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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.

England defender Kyle Walker apologises for "hippy crack" photographs - but will not face disciplinary action for inhaling nitrous oxide on night out

Tottenham right-back was out in Sheffield and has promised not to do it again after learning of the health risks that come with taking the legal high

Battle of the TV bushmen: Ray Mears’s latest assault on ‘boy scout’ Bear Grylls’s reputation is just the tip of the iceberg

Ray Mears accused his junior of putting viewers’ lives at risk with unsafe advice

Students facing university costs of up to £50,000

Living costs in London approach £9,760 per year as students seek ways to make ends meet

Testicle-eating fish, the Pacu, found in Paris with fears it could be coming to the UK

Small piranha-like fish was found in European waters for the first time in August

Undercover Sunday Times reporter 'had sex with dentist' during Mazher Mahmood sting

Investigator's actions exposed during General Dental Council hearing

Alex Kapranos, Franz’s perfectly preserved frontman

Music review: Why Franz Ferdinand are still the best

Art-pop kings remind the world why they rank among this century’s finest songwriters with a truly scintillating comeback gig

The cheap imported devices could also pose a significant risk to dentists and dental nurses, say health officials

700 dentists earn more than £200,000 a year

Figures relate to taxable income from both NHS and private work

First Night: V Festival; Chelmsford, Essex

Haircuts are to pop idols what logos are to brands. The acres of Rapunzel blonde, which saw the Princess of Pop through Destiny's Child to solo domination, have this summer been ruthlessly lopped, and this weekend Chelmsford's ode to commercial culture ushered in a whole new - asymmetrically bob-cut - Beyoncé.

Beyoncé performing during day one of the V Festival at Hylands Park in Chelmsford

V Festival review: Beyoncé wows the festival crowds with her repertoire of hits

Haircuts are to pop idols what logos are to brands. The acres of Rapunzel blonde, which saw the Princess of Pop through Destiny's Child to solo domination, have this summer been ruthlessly lopped, and this weekend Chelmsford's ode to commercial culture ushered in a whole new - asymmetrically bob-cut - Beyoncé.

Tim Key: ‘I had bought provisions for my stay in the Lakes. Sausages and Hula Hoops’

This week I went to a little cottage in the Lake District. I went there on my own, partly to write, partly to breathe in air from the mountains and waterfalls and partly to see whether I could spend five days in complete isolation. No internet. No phone reception. No make-up. No nothing. Would I flourish? Or would I fold, destroy the cottage and then have a difficult conversation with my mum’s friend Barbara, who owns it?

The pacu fish - or,

Men in Sweden warned after sighting of testicle-eating fish

A small piranha-like fish with a fierce reputation has been found in European waters for the first time

Scientists grow human tooth using stem cells taken from urine

Team in China say their slightly unsavoury work could realise the 'final dream' of regenerating adult teeth to replace those lost through aging or decay

Smart-tooth sensor could tell you when you're eating too much

The technology is currently only in the prototype stage but future developments would fit inside a cavity

Former Italian premier Silvio Berlusconi has been sentenced to seven years in prison

Trio found guilty of pimping prostitutes for Silvio Berlusconi's 'bunga bunga' parties

Bankrupt impresario and former newsreader given seven-year jail term, with five years for dental hygienist-turned-councillor

Damn this hot weather to hell!

It’d just be nice if there was some acknowledgement that not everyone thinks these high temperatures are paradise

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