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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.

'Jaws' returns to stalk Martha's Vineyard

Martha's Vineyard has everything. Clear skies. Gentle surf. People flock to its Atlantic beaches every summer to splash in the waves. But there was apprehension in the air at the weekend after multiple warnings that one or possibly two great white sharks were cruising the waters close to its beaches.

Fishing Lines: Keys to success for Rawle are putting Florida skippers in place

Old skippers from Florida have not taken too kindly to an upstart Essex lad muscling in on their territory. People who fished on their boats called them "characters". They were renowned for their rudeness, unwillingness to listen and general bloody-mindedness. But if you wanted to fish the Keys hotspots, you often had to put up with your skipper being drunk, aggressive, abusive and often all three.

Wet and wild: Britain's coasts are home to many exotic creatures

Puffins, dolphins, sand lizards, seals - Ifunanya Ifeacho on the species to see and where

Something To Declare: Stansted Express; sharks in Mexico; Birmingham; 48 Hours

Where to go, how to save, what to avoid

Stranded divers 'fought off Komodo dragon'

A British couple rescued from a remote Indonesian island where they were marooned with three other divers after being swept away by strong currents described surviving 12 hours in shark-infested waters and having to fend off a giant, carnivorous lizard.

South Africa 43 Wales 17: Gatland has 'no excuses' for defeat

The much heralded meeting of the world champions and the Grand Slam winners proved no contest as Wales were swept aside here in Bloemfontein on Saturday.

Boy tells how he tried to save friend killed by shark

An Australian schoolboy braved bloodied seas yesterday to try to save his friend who had been mauled by a shark off a popular beach while the pair were bodyboarding.

Shark kills boy off Australian coast

A shark attacked and killed a 16-year-old boy today while he and a friend were bodyboarding off Australia's eastern coast, officials said.

Paperback: Hellfire and Herring: A childhood remembered, By Christopher Rush

The little Scottish fishing village of St Monans once boasted fishermen who could "smell a shoal of herring in the breeze as accurately as a gannet" and a hellfire preacher who thundered from his pulpit like a "dog-collared Viking". The undertaker, also the boat-builder, was a man with a good line in black humour who generously sized up bodies at a glance: "Nobody went cramped into eternity in a James Miller coffin... the ships were tight but the boxes were comfortable." With characters such as these surrounding him, local boy Christopher Rush spent his adolescence experimenting with poetry and sex amid the leafy woods of Fife.

Black Water, (15)

Just when you thought it was safe to go back into the water... This killer-croc picture is one the Australian Tourist Board will want to bury.

Shark-fin soup trade threatens hammerheads

One of the most impressive members of the shark family is to be classified as endangered because of the increase in demand for shark-fin soup in the Far East.

Swimming with sharks (one man's unfashionable crusade)

Rob Stewart was filming in one of the world's most heavily protected marine reserves when he stumbled across the massacre that changed his life. Swimming off Ecuador's Galapagos Islands, which inspired Charles Darwin's theory of evolution, the young Canadian wildlife photographer came across a floating graveyard.

Take a trip to Australia's secret marine wonderland

Ningaloo Reef, off the coast of Western Australia, is a destination to rival its better-known Queensland counterpart. Cameron Wilson takes the plunge

Art of making money: How does a dead fish sell for £12m and who's writing all the cheques?

By what alchemy does a dead fish sell for $12m? How can a discarded leather jacket be worth $690,000? And who's writing the cheques? Don Thompson spent a year trawling the murky waters of the contemporary art market to find out

Christian Slater: Swimming with sharks in Fiji

Film star Christian Slater saw these fearsome marine predators close up when he went diving without a cage off a remote island in Fiji. Ian McCurrach hears the intrepid tale
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Iraq invasion 2003: The bloody warnings six wise men gave to Tony Blair as he prepared to launch poorly planned campaign

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Months before the invasion of Iraq in 2003, experts sought to warn the PM about his plans. Here, four of them recall that day
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A new documentary looks back at origins of the computer-games industry
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Twenty years ago, Belle & Sebastian was a fey indie band from Glasgow. It still is – except today, as prime mover Stuart Murdoch admits, it has a global cult following, from Hollywood to South Korea
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A veteran of the Fifties campaigns is inspiring a new generation of activists
Winston Churchill: the enigma of a British hero

Winston Churchill: the enigma of a British hero

A C Benson called him 'a horrid little fellow', George Orwell would have shot him, but what a giant he seems now, says DJ Taylor
Growing mussels: Precious freshwater shellfish are thriving in a unique green project

Growing mussels

Precious freshwater shellfish are thriving in a unique green project
Diana Krall: The jazz singer on being friends with Elton John, outer space and skiing in Dubai

Diana Krall interview

The jazz singer on being friends with Elton John, outer space and skiing in Dubai
Pinstriped for action: A glimpse of what the very rich man will be wearing this winter

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Russell T Davies & Ben Cook: How we met

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Bill Granger recipes: Our chef serves up his favourite Japanese dishes

Bill Granger's Japanese recipes

Stock up on mirin, soy and miso and you have the makings of everyday Japanese cuisine
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