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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.

Hi, gr8 white here – strvng. Cn we mt 4 lunch? C U l8er

Australian scientists develop revolutionary tracking system that texts the authorities whenever a killer shark nears the beach

A new view of the ocean

A remarkable film offers humans a glimpse of how it feels to be a fish – or a dugong.

John Simm: 'I don't mean to seem cocky'

He's known as the star of television dramas 'Life on Mars' and 'Dr Who'. Now the actor is returning to the West End stage

Meet the cosmetic king who prefers his protests muddy

The millionare founder of Lush is no ordinary tycoon – he backs direct action that makes a political stink

DVD Review: Mega Shark Vs. Giant Octopus (15), Bent Harner (86 mins)

Following his adaptation of Charles Bukowski’s Factotum, Bent Hamer returns with this bittersweet tale of train driver Odd Horten (played with heart-warming precision by Bård Owe) who is facing retirement after 40 years.

Beasts of the sea making a splash off the coast

Worldwide conservation experts meet to discuss plan to protect the giant fish with UK nature reserves

Dr Alex Rogers: How we can save the tigers of the sea

The great predators – bluefin tuna, sharks and billfish – have vanished from our oceans with significant impacts on ecosystems. We are hardly aware that these lions and tigers of the seas are rapidly ending up on the lists of species threatened with extinction.

Letters: The side-effects of dyslexia

Dyslexia's disastrous psychological side-effects

You should have seen the shark that got away...

It's the biggest fish ever caught off the British Isles – but not everybody is happy

Caught: the sharks used to smuggle a tonne of cocaine

Mexico takes a chunk out of the drug cartels after officials find more than a tonne of cocaine in shark carcasses

The BBC plan for changing the way we view its shows

Film clips, music tips and social networks will help bbc.co.uk to grow.

Britten Peter Grimes, English National Opera, London



There is always added pressure on English National Opera to deliver with Peter Grimes.

National treasures: Why holiday abroad?

People put off by expensive foreign travel can find plenty of outstanding attractions at home this Easter.

Tahiti's top attractions lie beneath the waves

The best way to see these islands in the South Pacific is by boat. It's cost effective, too. Sophie Morris reports

Tired of the same old dive sites? It's time to seek out some more affordable, exotic locations

Scuba diving is an addictive sport, offering the chance to explore a realm that can be tranquil and electrifying in successive moments. Many divers head for popular destinations such as the Red Sea, but after a couple of trips, the popularity of these reefs takes the edge off the experience.

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French chefs get 'le huff' as nation slips down global cuisine rankings

Fury at British best restaurants survey sees French magazine produce a rival list
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What happened when superstar choreographer Matthew Bourne encouraged 27 teenage carers to think about themselves for once?
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Dame Harriet Walter interview

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Art should not be a slave to the ideas driving it

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England vs Wales: Cool head George Ford ready to put out dragon fire

George Ford: Cool head ready to put out dragon fire

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Time for Old Firm to put aside bigotry and forge new links