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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.

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Northampton lock Samu Manoa charges through the Castres defence at Franklin’s Gardens last night

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Record temperatures across southern Australia cooled today, reducing the danger from scores of raging wildfires but likely bringing only a brief reprieve from the summer's extreme heat and fire risk.

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Britain has about 22m sheep in the national flock

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We love a big cat (see also the Surrey Puma) but none more than that stalking Bodmin. Proof eludes those who seek it, but dumb sheep across Cornwall remain fearful.

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Animal rights protesters to picket Hobbit premiere

Animal rights protesters plan to picket the UK premiere of The Hobbit after whistleblowers came forward to claim three horses died unnecessarily during filming.

Blanquette d'agneau

800g stewing lamb, cubed
12 small carrots, peeled
1 large onion, halved and stuck with 1 clove
1 bouquet garni
Salt and freshly ground black pepper
50g butter
50g plain flour
100ml double cream
2 egg yolks
A few drops of lemon juice
Fried button mushrooms, to garnish

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