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Passport, toothbrush, ticket... sweatband: Can you combine a holiday with a body reboot?

Our three intrepid reporters head off in search of yogic balance, an army work-out and a diet that gives new meaning to 'slow food'

My Life In Travel: David Mitchell, novelist

'Places don't seduce you, but moments do'

Watercress: Best of the bunch

It’s been upstaged in the kitchen by fashionable rocket leaves. But now we’re rediscovering the peppery pleasures of watercress

One woman's silent quest for peace on India's wild frontier

For 50 years Manipur has been riven by a bloody feud between militants and the state. For the last 10, Sharmila Irom has starved herself in a bid to stop it

Vitamin could help under-nourished mothers have healthier babies

Providing vitamin supplements to poorly nourished women during pregnancy may reduce the risk of them giving birth to underweight babies, a study has shown.

Deborah Ross: 'My hair basically always looks like it's had a good going over with an electric toothbrush'

If you ask me – and why wouldn't you, considering I am brave and true and know everything? – there simply aren't enough shampoos on the market. Now, I know what you are thinking. You are thinking just the opposite. You are thinking: if one industry has got it all covered, it's the shampoo industry.

Simply eating your five a day will <u>not</u> protect you against cancer

Focus of research shifts to specific fruit and veg that could ward off certain tumours

Fashion an organic future

Sally Jayne Hall reveals why you should shake off those winter blues and go green for spring

Doctors: take 'bottled sunshine' pills

It is called "bottled sunshine" and we should all be taking more of it, doctors said yesterday.

Vitamin D helps immune system

MEDICINE Vitamin D plays a key role in fighting infection by "priming" inert white blood cells known as T-cells into killer cells that seek and destroy unwelcome invaders, Danish scientists have found.

Why vitamins are hard to swallow

Many of us take vitamins as a quick fix for good health. But a range of studies show that some supplements are useless &ndash; and could actually harm us. So should we stop popping pills? By Dan Roberts

Best for sun-worshippers: Bondi Beach

I once spent six months working in television in Sydney, and that's when I first visited Bondi Beach. Back then, it was a bit unloved – there was nowhere to eat and the beach was run-down and grubby. In spite of its close proximity to the city centre, Bondi just wasn't fashionable. Nowadays, things are very different – the neighbourhood has been reinvented and Bondi has become the most vibrant beach in Australia; perfect for a fun weekend break from the city. The combination of a beautiful bay, golden sands and a cosmopolitan crowd ensures that this is a beach for everyone – surfers, serious swimmers, hikers, sunbathers and families enjoying communal picnics. Once frequented by backpackers, junkies and down-and-outs, the cleaned-up, restored Bondi is chic, and boasts, among other things, award-winning chef Sean Moran's Panaroma on Campbell Parade, a great neighbourhood restaurant where he offers organic produce, delicious roast chicken and fresh fish, all served simply. Think River Café, Aussie-style.

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Scientists develop mechanical spring-loaded leg brace to improve walking

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Scientists develop mechanical leg brace to help take a load off
Peter Ackroyd on Alfred Hitchcock: How London shaped the director's art and obsessions

Peter Ackroyd on Alfred Hitchcock

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Ryan Reynolds interview: The actor is branching out with Nazi art-theft drama Woman in Gold

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Sevenoaks is split over much-delayed decision on controversial grammar school annexe

Sevenoaks split over grammar school annexe

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Ross Barkley played well against Italy but he must build on that. His time to step up and seize that England No 10 shirt is now
Why Michael Carrick is still proving an enigma for England

Why Carrick is still proving an enigma for England

Manchester United's talented midfielder has played international football for almost 14 years yet, frustratingly, has won only 32 caps, says Sam Wallace
Tracey Neville: The netball coach who is just as busy as her brothers, Gary and Phil

Tracey Neville is just as busy as her brothers, Gary and Phil

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