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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Isis profits from destruction of antiquities by selling relics to dealers - and then blowing up the buildings they come from to conceal the evidence of looting

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Tunisia fears its Arab Spring could be reversed as the new regime becomes as intolerant of dissent as its predecessor

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King Arthur: Legendary figure was real and lived most of his life in Strathclyde, academic claims

Academic claims King Arthur was real - and reveals where he lived

Dr Andrew Breeze says the legendary figure did exist – but was a general, not a king
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Tourism in Iran: The country will soon be opening up again after years of isolation

Iran is opening up again to tourists

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Migrant crisis: UN official Philippe Douste-Blazy reveals the harrowing sights he encountered among refugees arriving on Lampedusa

‘Can we really just turn away?’

Dead bodies, men drowning, women miscarrying – a senior UN figure on the horrors he has witnessed among migrants arriving on Lampedusa, and urges politicians not to underestimate our caring nature
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Why Frederick Forsyth's spying days could spell disaster for today's journalists

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