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The man's family had started making funeral arrangements when he awoke

Tommy Sheridan best man 'secretly filmed meeting'

The best man at Tommy Sheridan's wedding told a court today that he "secretly" taped the politician discussing allegations about his private life made in the News of the World.

Kettlewell: A village of scarecrows

Kettlewell's Scarecrow Festival, which runs from the 14th-22nd of August, is an annual event in the idyllic Yorkshire Dales.

The business on...Alan Brown, Chief executive, Rentokil Initial

So he's the rat-catcher-in-chief?

Rentokil does indeed have a pest control business, but it has other strings to its bow, too – everything from cleaning to courier services.

Last Night's TV: The Hotel Inspector, Five<br />Undercover Boss, Channel 4

Watching The Hotel Inspector made me hanker for a hamburger. Not because there was any fast food in it, but because it made me wonder, if you took out all the filler and watering-down, how much televisual meat you'd actually be left with. This is one of those reality shows that wastes a good 25 per cent of screen-time in flashing forward to the best bits coming up later (appetite spoilers) or recapping the best bits that have already happened (indigestion). Which is a shame because, amid the repetitions, there was some good content.

Dark Doings: The secret life of an enigmatic pest

A boom in the UK's mole population has been causing widespread alarm. Michael McCarthy reflects on a subterranean mystery

Indian man 'strangled wife with cord'

An Indian policeman gripped by jealousy strangled his young wife just two weeks after he arrived in Britain to live with her, a court heard today.

Mole numbers soar as strychnine ban checks pest control

Traditional trappers busier than ever after dramatic rise in calls for help from farmers and gardeners

London Mayor Boris Johnson urges fox control after twins attacked

Twin baby girls mauled by a fox as they slept remained in hospital today as London Mayor Boris Johnson said councils should "focus on their duties for pest control".

Thousands dead, their land poisoned. The sentence &ndash; just two years

Court ruling over the tragedy at Union Carbide's Bhopal plant has enraged campaigners. Andrew Buncombe reports

The truth is out there: 13/03/2010

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Philippa O'Brien: These urban types are intelligent and endearing

Beekeeping is like playing chess against the bees. Trying to get these wild creatures to obey you is a complex challenge. If they were left to their own devices, there would be swarms of them – and, with each swarm made up of hundreds of insects, this can be dangerous. Instead, you must outwit them.

Georgina Downs: Britain's Erin Brockovich

Georgina Downs is fighting to stop farmers spraying toxins on crops. Can she win?

Pandora: Kilfoyle: I gave Geoff his 'Buff Hoon' nickname

For years it has tormented him and delighted opponents. With Geoff Hoon back in the spotlight, so his unflattering nickname, "Buff Hoon", has once again sprung to the fore. And now, it appears the origin of the former cabinet minister's moniker has been found.

Arrested man drank pesticide in suicide bid

A man arrested in connection with the murder of his wife drank pesticide in an attempt to take his own life, police said today.

Michael McCarthy: A worrying and convincing thesis

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