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At the Mimusubi shrine in Yotsukaido, Japan, locals hold an annual mud festival that includes a ceremony praying for a good harvest and good health. Audience participation is apparently welcome.

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No Polish Accents: London correspondent Mark Rice-Oxley set out to do a little research on the shortage of Bangladeshi staff in British curry restaurants (see story). But with 12,000 curry houses to choose from, his stab at finding a good example fell short. "If my favorite curry house is suffering from a shortage of Bangladeshi waiters then it is doing a good job covering it up," he says.

During a recent visit, the restaurant was packed with families, couples on a romantic night out, and what appeared to be a local operatic group, and yet "the food was prompt and service snappy and, he adds, "no trace of Polish accents emanating from the vicinity of the kitchen."

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David Clark Scott

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