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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 organisation behind the Newham mosque plans

The organisation behind plans to build a giant mosque in Newham is one of the lesser known and most misunderstood Muslim revivalist movements that came out of north India at the turn of the last century. Tablighi Jamaat began as an offshoot of Deobandism, the deeply socially conservative school of Islam which movements like the Taliban also trace a theological lineage to. But they espouse none of the violent militancy of their ideological cousins who continue to blight Afghanistan and much of tribal Pakistan.

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

Say Aah! Dentists warned not to buy a hand held X-ray machine due to radiation concerns

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Sir Alex Ferguson has said Wayne Rooney’s “frame” means that he is affected more than other players by time out of team

‘Frame’ game is a struggle for Wayne Rooney, says Sir Alex Ferguson

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An angler choked to death on a fish after he made a bizarre bet with friends that he would hold it between his teeth.

Liverpudlian ladies sample the wares in the beauty hall at the newly opened Harvey Nichols

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Britain's Sam Davies leaving son behind to compete in round-the-world Vendée Globe

Northern hemisphere November is not known for its salad days but for Britain’s current queen of ocean racing, fast becoming a French star, it is sunny and fruitful and for three British sailors there is the neck hair raising challenge of taking on 12 Frenchmen, two Swiss, an Italian, a Pole, and a Spaniard in one of the toughest challenges in world sport.

Animal Collective, The Roundhouse, London

"For us it's not always about just writing a good song" Animal Collective's vocalist Avey Tare once maintained. "We want to play with your ears in terms of colours and space with sound."

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A visitor looks at a the skull of a Tyrannosaurus rex at the Dinosaur Hall permanent exhibition at the Natural History Museum of Los Angeles

Giant reptile ruled the Jurassic Seas

It's official: A giant marine reptile that roamed the seas roughly 150 million years ago is a new species, researchers say. The animal, now named Pliosaurus funkei, spanned about 40 feet and had a 6.5-foot-long skull with a bite four times as powerful as Tyrannosaurus rex.

Scrum-thing very painful on the pitch

If further evidence were needed of the superior toughness of rugby players, we present: Paul Wood's missing testicle. The Warrington Wolves prop played on after being kneed in the groin on Saturday, later joking about an operation that has left him about 15 grams lighter.

Holistic dentists view the mouth as 'a barometer of the body's overall health'

Holistic dentists: Beyond daily flossing

Brushing? Check. Flossing? Check. Twice-yearly cleanings? Check and check. You may think you've got good oral health in the bag, but an article in Whole Living may make you think again.

The Insider: Clever tidy-ups

One can procrastinate over tidying for many reasons – a favourite, as it tends to defer the effort indefinitely, is to conclude that there's no point until I buy that magic laundry rack/under-sink thingy/swishy wall-hanging clutter-holding gadget. But with these bargain DIY versions, there's no excuse…

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