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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.

The Ten: Obsession for Gamers

10 best games to obsess over

We've all been there, crafting every item conceivable in Skyrim, building a bathroom in Minecraft 'just because' or replaying the same section of Metal Gear Solid 4 until we get through without being spotted (you know, like a proper spy). But where do our obsessions really lie? Here's a list of ten games which don’t just demand to be completed, but rather exhausted. Without further ado we give you: Obsession for Gamers.

Silent Hill HD Collection – Review

There are two things wrong with the name of the Silent Hill HD Collection, first, it’s barely a collection at all, consisting as it does of just Silent Hill 2 and Silent Hill 3, and second, those graphics fall short of what you expect of HD, the developers seemingly content to carry forward the game’s existing PS2-era aesthetics.

These photographs released by the University of Maryland Medical Center show images of full face transplant recipient 37-year-old Richard Lee Norris of Hillsville, Virginia

US man injured in gun accident gets new face, teeth and jaw

After 15 years of wearing a mask and living as a recluse, a 37-year-old Virginia man disfigured in a gun accident got a new face, nose, teeth and jaw in what University of Maryland physicians say is the most extensive face transplant ever performed.

The 'Red Deer People' had a distinctive anatomy that could characterise an entirely new human species

Deer relative, red herring or missing link to humans?

Bones found in China have led scientists to suggest a new species of humanoid. By Steve Connor

The 'Red Deer People' had a distinctive anatomy that could characterise an entirely new human species

Meet the other ancestors

Fossilised remains of China's 'red deer cave people' may represent a whole new human species. Steve Connor on a discovery that radically complicates the story of our origins

The Barber of Seville, English Touring Opera, Hackney Empire

English Touring Opera shows often embody the old adage about necessity and invention. Portability is the key: their sets must fit in the back of a van, and be shoehorned into a wide variety of spaces.

Prince attempts to end exile in Dubai

The latest leg of the Dubai Carnival introduces a distant beam of sunshine to the petrified domestic scene – and could yet make a down payment towards the European summer. For it is not so much his name that summons Dubai Prince to centre stage today, as his untapped potential. After just four career starts, the fact that he returns in a trial for the Dubai World Cup suggests he could yet develop into a Godolphin flagship for the months ahead.

How do I: Get my bike back ready for the road?

As any fair-weather cyclist will tell you, freezing temperatures and short days mean many bikes sit idle for much of December and January, but getting back on the road doesn't have to mean an expensive trip to the bike shop.

The 6,000-year-old statue was found on the banks of the river Somme in France

The earth mother of all neolithic discoveries

French archaeologists have discovered an extremely rare example of a neolithic "earth mother" figurine on the banks of the river Somme.

<p>1. Poilâne bread</p>
<p>Around £10, from selected Waitrose branches</p>
<p>Chewy inside, crisp crust, this is the best bread for communal breakfast. A Poilâne loaf lasts for days and toasts brilliantly.</p>

The 10 Best guest essentials

1. Poilâne bread

Around £10, from selected Waitrose branches

Chewy inside, crisp crust, this is the best bread for communal breakfast. A Poilâne loaf lasts for days and toasts brilliantly.

Lennon sporting a sizeable gap

Money can't buy you love... but £20k buys a Beatle's tooth

As Lennon's molar is sold at auction, Paul Bignell traces other body parts to go under the hammer

The 10 Best electric toothbrushes

They’re supposed to get your teeth shinier and whiter than a manual brush, but which will give you the most gleaming smile?

Mirror Teeth, Finborough Theatre, London

It's all screamingly satiric stereotypes in the Jones household in Mirror Teeth, Nick Gill's accomplished, if eventually rather tiresome, new play. Over early evening cocktails, James and Jane (David Verrey and Catherine Skinner) swap banalities and air their racist prejudices in the same tone of mildly deranged brightness with which they dispense scene-setting information about life in "one of the larger cities in Our Country." This is the absurdist world of Ionesco and N F Simpson revisited.

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Prince Charles the saviour of the nation?

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The open loathing between Barack Obama and Benjamin Netanyahu just got worse

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The Israeli PM's relationship with the Obama has always been chilly, but going over the President's head on Iran will do him no favours, says Rupert Cornwell
French chefs get 'le huff' as nation slips down global cuisine rankings

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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Young carers to make dance debut

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Design Council's 70th anniversary: Four of the most intriguing prototypes from Ones to Watch

Design Council's 70th anniversary

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