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The province of Lopburi, 150km north-east of Bangkok, is famous for the hundreds of crab-eating macaques that overrun its Old Town – including the 13th-century temple of Phra Prang Sam Yot.

Nadine Dorries: Working with rats and snakes in a jungle is not really very different from Westminster

Tory MP Nadine Dorries has explained her controversial decision to enter the I'm A Celebrity jungle, saying it was a "publicity gift" and a way of communicating with 16 million people.

Peter Gordon's butternut squash and leek risotto

Ingredients for 4-6 (as a light main course)

Workers preparing to harvest opium poppies in an opium poppy field in Burma

The poppy harvest: Burma's boom industry

Efforts to curb the rise in opium production are being undermined by ethnic conflicts

Top banana - the fruit of the wise man

Yes we have bananas (just no potatoes or wheat)

While cutting his way through India, Alexander the Great paused to note that in India bananas were the fruit of the wise man. According to a new report commissioned by the UN Committee on World Food Security, Alexander was perceptive. For as the climate warms, rice and wheat will become scarce. In their stead, the scientists say, the smart money is on bananas.

Branston Pickle will be sold to a Japanese firm in a deal worth £92.5 million

The £90m pickle: Branston sold to Japan firm

One of the nation's favourite sandwich fillers, Branston Pickle, is to be sold to a Japanese firm in a deal worth £92.5 million.

'Challenge' Anneka Rice still has famous jumpsuits

Anneka Rice has revealed she still has a huge stash of the famous jumpsuits from her TV series Challenge Anneka - and her children wear them for fancy dress parties.

Power to the (Tamil) people! There's a curry revolution going on in Tooting

An unheralded revolution is brewing in Tooting. This is extremely exciting news for revolutionaries and foodies alike. But before I tell you what it involves, some caveats.

Colbert, 50-52 Sloane Square, London SW1

Chris Corbin and Jeremy King are on a roll. In the past 10 months, they've opened three major restaurants in central London. The Delaunay flung its doors wide in the Aldwych in early December; its black marble pillars, station clock and calorific cake trolley shouted Vienna in its heyday.

Postcard from... Karachi

“As if we didn't have enough to worry about with terrorists and bandits,” said one disgruntled Karachi resident. “Now we have brain-eating amoeba to contend with.” Indeed, the latest threat in the notoriously crime-ridden city is not robbery or sectarian violence, but a waterborne organism that causes a form of meningitis.

Postcard from... Ebro Delta

It sounds like a plot from a spoof horror film, but ever since a South American mollusc, the innocent-sounding apple snail, was accidentally released into the rice fields of the river Ebro Delta in 2009, for local farmers, the nightmare scenario of a plague of voraciously hungry snails has been sadly all too true.

Take a dip: Spring rolls filled with smoked chicken and shiitake and dried black fungus mushrooms
Vibrant variation: Creamy Parmesan risotto allied with meaty porcini

Parmesan risotto with porcini

Serves 4

Five-minute memoir: Elson Quick reminisces on a trip to Thailand

I'm hungry. The day clears its throat. A cockerel's dusty bluster, a furry rip of motorised scooter exhaust, and from some high weed-throttled loudspeaker, the nasal megaphone of traditional song, impossibly nostalgic for a life I don't know.

Stranded ships threaten wildlife

Officials in eastern Spain say they are struggling to free two ships that ran ashore on a stretch of ecologically valuable coastline.

Chicken with garlic and chestnut stuffing

Chicken with garlic and chestnut stuffing

To serve 6

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