Life and Style Large breeding snails of the 'gros gris' variety in Helen Howard's production unit

Heliculturists have increased production 25-fold since 2000. Cahal Milmo meets some and finds out why more home cooks and chefs are shelling out

Amec raises £707m from sale of French division

Amec, the engineering and project management group, yesterday unveiled the £707m sale of its French arm to the private equity group which owns Kwik-Fit and United Biscuits.

Buy Of The Week: Normandy

It took two years to breathe new life into a 17th-century manor house near Cherbourg. Mary Wilson reports

Racing: Dods keeps up double roll

Michael Dods's rich vein of form continued at Beverley yesterday when the Darlington-based trainer saddled his third double in four days. He had been on the mark with a brace at Ayr on Saturday and repeated the feat at Musselburgh on Monday before Three Pennies and Rotuma added to his tally on the Westwood.

Mussel bound

Freshwater mussels are the cornerstone of river ecology. But some, such as the aptly named depressed mussel, are under threat. Simon Hadlington reports on work to boost their numbers, and a potential spin-off for water companies

Leading Article: Out of their shells

SNAILS. THE French eat them, you know, but we have to confess a certain admiration. Others may rush about frenetically, but you can't hurry a snail. By contrast, tortoises live life in the fast lane. So it is particularly pleasing to notice the growing popularity of snail racing, evidenced by the turn-out in London yesterday for the Guinness Gastropod Championship. Most sporting spectacles - our minds, for some reason, turn to an England innings - tend to be over all too quickly. However, your snail gives value.

Mussels that can mend their own genes offer chance of new cancer treatments

A DEEP-SEA mussel that can mend its own genes is helping scientists to devise new treatments for cancer and diseases caused by damage to DNA.

Football: Vale's Foyle spoils brave comeback by Grimsby

MARTIN FOYLE came off the bench to secure stylish Port Vale's second home win yesterday after Grimsby Town had threatened a second-half comeback in the First Division meeting. The veteran Foyle tucked home a close-range shot after fine work on the right by the impressive Marcus Bent to complete the 3-1 victory.

Parliament: The Sketch: Blair juggles a petrol bomb, an octopus and a Ming vase

I LOOKED upon Mr Blair with some awe and curiosity yesterday. Here was a man simultaneously attempting to control a potentially contagious war in the Balkans, finesse the Byzantine politics of the European Commission and prevent a fragile peace in Northern Ireland from falling apart.

Crofters under fire over threat to mussels

A COLONY of rare mussels, prized for its pearls, is under threat from a community of crofters accused of putting money before nature.

Quizzing First Direct's Octopus

"LOOK WE'RE not Brain of Britain you know," said an unhappy First Direct spokesman through gritted teeth yesterday as the tension started to tell.

Is this the answer to everything? The answer to everything now available

IF YOU are the sort of person who has always wanted to know how to translate "no chicken curry" into 27 languages, or where you can find some Boeing 747 landing lights for your garden, a new information service promises to find out the answer for you, as well as informing you how long it takes to get to Timbuktu.

Bay watch team fights limpet abuse

MARINE BIOLOGISTS call them "the hard men of the rocky shores". Protected by their conical shells from the buffeting of the waves, the resilient creatures cling stubbornly to Britain's coastline, munching on seaweed and playing an important role in the ecology of the marine environment.
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Syrian conflict is the world's first 'climate change war', say scientists, but it won't be the last one

Climate change key in Syrian conflict

And it will trigger more war in future
How I outwitted the Gestapo

How I outwitted the Gestapo

My life as a Jew in wartime Berlin
The nation's favourite animal revealed

The nation's favourite animal revealed

Women like cuddly creatures whilst men like creepy-crawlies
Is this the way to get young people to vote?

Getting young people to vote

From #VOTESELFISH to Bite the Ballot
Poldark star Heida Reed: 'I don't think a single bodice gets ripped'

Poldark star Heida Reed

'I don't think a single bodice gets ripped'
The difference between America and Israel? There isn’t one

The difference between America and Israel? There isn’t one

Netanyahu knows he can get away with anything in America, says Robert Fisk
Families clubbing together to build their own affordable accommodation

Do It Yourself approach to securing a new house

Community land trusts marking a new trend for taking the initiative away from developers
Head of WWF UK: We didn’t send Cameron to the Arctic to see green ideas freeze

David Nussbaum: We didn’t send Cameron to the Arctic to see green ideas freeze

The head of WWF UK remains sanguine despite the Government’s failure to live up to its pledges on the environment
Author Kazuo Ishiguro on being inspired by shoot-outs and samurai

Author Kazuo Ishiguro on being inspired by shoot-outs and samurai

Set in a mythologised 5th-century Britain, ‘The Buried Giant’ is a strange beast
With money, corruption and drugs, this monk fears Buddhism in Thailand is a ‘poisoned fruit’

Money, corruption and drugs

The monk who fears Buddhism in Thailand is a ‘poisoned fruit’
America's first slavery museum established at Django Unchained plantation - 150 years after slavery outlawed

150 years after it was outlawed...

... America's first slavery museum is established in Louisiana
Kelly Clarkson: How I snubbed Simon Cowell and become a Grammy-winning superstar

Kelly Clarkson: How I snubbed Simon Cowell and become a Grammy-winning superstar

The first 'American Idol' winner on how she manages to remain her own woman – Jane Austen fascination and all
Tony Oursler on exploring our uneasy relationship with technology with his new show

You won't believe your eyes

Tony Oursler's new show explores our uneasy relationship with technology. He's one of a growing number of artists with that preoccupation
Ian Herbert: Peter Moores must go. He should never have been brought back to fail again

Moores must go. He should never have been brought back to fail again

The England coach leaves players to find solutions - which makes you wonder where he adds value, says Ian Herbert
War with Isis: Fears that the looming battle for Mosul will unleash 'a million refugees'

The battle for Mosul will unleash 'a million refugees'

Aid agencies prepare for vast exodus following planned Iraqi offensive against the Isis-held city, reports Patrick Cockburn