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.

Deborah Ross: Thank you, New Testament, for letting me beat my slaves

If you ask me: Honestly, anyone would think you could just pick out the biblical references that confirm your own prejudices!
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John Fairfax, self-styled "professional adventurer," fulfilled a boyhood dream when he became the first recorded person to row solo across the Atlantic Ocean in 1969.

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More areas of England are at high risk of drought this spring and summer due to ongoing dry weather, the Environment Agency said in its latest briefing.

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Shark sighting hurries World Championship racing

A shark sighted close inshore led to a hurried morning meeting of leaders from the 78 countries and 1,100 competitors taking part in the world championships of sailing.

Loxton, one of Bradman's 'Invincibles' dies at 90 

Sam Loxton, one of Australian cricket's so-called "Invincibles" and who Sir Donald Bradman once referred to as "the very essence of belligerence," has died at the age of 90.

The French yacht Groupama 4 sails slowly in very light wind into Table Bay

Cut-throat conditions for sailing world championhips

Pirates on the next leg of the Volvo round the world race and two people killed by sharks in the waters off the race tracks of the world championships of sailing, with 10 world titles at stake, make sailing look even more dangerous than is normal.

Australia fears 'Jaws' after third shark fatality

A US man has been killed by what is thought to be a great white shark off the south-west coast

Diver killed by great white in third fatal attack in weeks

A great white shark killed an American diver yesterday in the third fatal shark attack in recent weeks off the coast of Western Australia.

Bodyboarder killed in shark attack

A shark bit the legs off a bodyboarder at a popular surfing spot in western Australia, killing the man, police said. Authories were reportedly searching for the shark as well as the man's missing limbs.

Achmat Hassiem: 'I could feel my leg being torn apart... I was being attacked by a great white'

Paralympic swimmer tells Robin Scott-Elliot the incredible story of how he survived a shark attack – and saved his brother's life – and how sport helped heal the wounds

Letters: Islam has lessons on rights and duties, and our responsibilities

The recent riots indicate that we have not got the correct balance between citizens' rights and their duties. Perhaps we have something to learn from Islam.

Bride heard 'awful scream' as shark hit

The widow of a man killed by a shark during their honeymoon in the Seychelles has described hearing his "awful scream", having been reassured earlier that there was no danger in the water.

Don't go into the water, Seychelles tells tourists after shark kills Briton

The Seychelles has not had a shark attack in coastal waters for nearly 50 years, according to a police spokesman

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