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My stomach has endured the full scope of awful foods this planet has to offer Trying adventurous food is a big part of travelling, but India, where I'm travelling through now, has more problems with [food] hygiene than anywhere else in the world. It's a cultural problem, as eating meat is a rarity in rural areas, so they treat it like a vegetable, keeping it in a cupboard. So when the occasional Westerner passes through, by the time it's pulled out, it's been in there for a few months. When travelling across poorer parts of India now, I try to survive off rice and dahl.

Tall order: impressive canal-side buildings in Amsterdam

My life in travel: Sally Boazman

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Down to the Sea in Ships, By Horatio Clare: Book review - excellent look at ocean-bound trade and exploitation

chances are that you have spent the past two weeks wrapping, unwrapping and wolfing down the stuff brought to you by people like the cheerful rating whom Horatio Clare calls "N".

The Night Guest, By Fiona McFarlane: Book review - a suspenseful debut novel about ageing and illness from a talented young voice

There is an irony to so many young novelists writing about dementia (Samantha Harvey's The Wilderness, Jonathan Franzen's essay "My Father's Brain", to mention just two). In some respects though, it isn't ironic at all.

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UK weather: Severe weather warnings as high tides put coastline at high risk of floods

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A car tackles flood waters in Kent today, as the threat of more bad weather and flooding continues across the country

UK weather: Batten down the hatches, Owen Paterson warns, as country faces 'exceptional weather'

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Xu Shuaijun's hot air balloon near the disputed islands

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The Liaoning docked at Dalian Port in December 2013

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Large waves break along the coast at Porthleven, Cornwall where a 26-year-old man went missing on New Year's Eve.

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Scientists found that including data from the Arctic eliminated any 'pause' in global average temperatures

Earth 'will heat up by 4C' by the year 2100, scientists predict

Rise is twice that considered dangerous by climate scientists

The olinguito was found in the forests of Colombia and Ecuador

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Women carry offerings at a ceremony honoring Iemanja, Goddess of the Sea, as part of traditional New Year's celebrations on the sands of Copacabana beach in Rio de Janeiro

Cruise ship passenger missing after jumping overboard near Puerto Rico

The US Coast Guard was searching for a Canadian passenger who jumped off a Royal Caribbean Cruises ship as it motored off a remote Puerto Rican island toward the US territory's mainland.

Letters: Seasteads - islands of hubris and exploitation

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