'Penis soup is something I'll treasure for ever': Adventurer Simon Reeve reveals the most stomach-churning dishes he's encountered

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.

Robert Burns, 1759 to 1796. Scottish Poet

Page 3 Profile: Robert Burns, Scottish Poet

Ah, Scotland’s favourite son.

Philomena Dunleavy's body was dismembered before being buried

Man accused of beheading his mother and dismembering her body

40-year-old James Dunleavy has denied the charges

Elephant campaign: Saying ‘it wasn’t me’ is not enough – we must act

Who wants to inherit a world where elephants only live domestically

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Poetry, red in tooth and claw

The Sorrow of Angels by Jon Kalman Stefánsson - book review

Epic tale of survival set among Iceland's unforgiving fjords

Uphill struggle: Sheep farmers lose on every fleece

Fleeced by wool: Sheep farmers face Victorian levels of poverty, despite keeping the nation warm and fed

Wool is on a roll. Demand from Chinese consumers for British wool is sending prices skywards, and the sweater business is warming up for a further festive boost this week, when the public is invited to sport its finest Christmas jumpers for charity.

The News Matrix: Monday 11 November 2013

A quarter of walk-in centres have closed

Meat detector that distinguishes between beef and horsemeat is unveiled

Retailers will soon be able to distinguish almost instantly between beef and horsemeat in products, thanks to a bench-top device built by British engineers.

Miami vice: Richie Incognito (left) with his alleged victim Jonathan Martin

The Last Word: The danger of saying 'no' to having your bed urinated on

Rugby must beware of following NFL initiation rituals that left one player in a mental facility

Police have appealed for witnesses after 160 sheep were stolen near the village of Wool

Fleeced: 160 sheep stolen from field near village of Wool

Dorset police appeal for witnesses after weekend rustling

Goat's cheese crisis: Industry experts warn of shortage across the UK

Low supply and an increase in demand could see the price of goat's cheese hiked up this winter

Niedermorschwihr in north-eastern France

Landscape of French farming set to change as President François Hollande channels subsidy to smaller producers

President François Hollande has reversed decades of French farm policy by channelling subsidies away from intensive, highly-mechanised producers towards smaller, more traditional farms.

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