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FIERCE STORMS that battered France this week took a heavy toll not just on buildings, trees, and historic monuments. The terrible gales also have destroyed thousands of prizestocks of oysters.

Football: Bakke relieves fixture fears for Leeds

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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.

The Investment Column: Belgo

WHO SAYS the Belgians are boring? Belgo was a dream come true for penny share fans last year, jumping from 2.5p to 12p, giving the Belgian beer and mussels business a value of 123m.

Food: The Olney way

The late Richard Olney knew almost everything worth knowing about French cuisine. Long-time devotee Simon Hopkinson pays homage to the American food writer's inspirational approach

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.

Sunfish recovers after taking wrong turning

A TROPICAL sunfish washed up in North Wales is being nursed back to health yesterday in a warm indoor pool on a diet of supermarket mussels.

Racing: Smith sends two to Newmarket

DENYS SMITH, the northern trainer, sends the two-year-olds Zestril and Lady-Love to the July meeting at Newmarket next week. Zestril, a winner at Carlisle last week, will make the journey from County Durham to tackle Tuesday's Cherry Hinton Stakes. The following day Lady-Love, a winner at Musselburgh, runs in the EBF Swaythling Memorial Novice Stakes.

Racing: Kissogram follows Wonderful footsteps

LUCA CUMANI has entered both Kissogram and Manndar for the International Stakes at York on 17 August in an attempt to secure a second successive victory in the pounds 370,000 race.

Racing: Supple finds winners in bountiful supply

WILLIE SUPPLE recorded an astonishing 697-1 four-timer at Musselburgh yesterday, the first time the 31-year-old Irish jockey has ridden four winners on the same card.

Racing: Dee Pee Tee Cee on target for York prize

DEE PEE TEE CEE put on the style again to complete a four-timer in the easiest fashion under Terry Lucas at Hamilton yesterday. He has now earned a step up in class and will return to York, the scene of his third success of the term last Saturday, to have a crack at the John Smith's Cup on 10 July.

Pupils scared of gang warfare

RIVAL GANGS fought in the corridors of a school in Lothian and pupils feared for their safety, an inspectors' report said yesterday.

Racing: Fatehalkhair makes Ellison feel good

THE TRAINER Brian Ellison was entitled to feel happier after Fatehalkhair had scored in style at Catterick yesterday. The County Durham handler had been disappointed when his gelding had finished unplaced at Musselburgh 18 days earlier in a race that is under scrutiny by the Jockey Club.
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