News A man in Kenya has woken up in a morgue after he was pronounced dead

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

Letter: Feeble GM crops

Sir: We should not be surprised to learn that GM corps need just as many chemicals and have unreliable yields (report, 8 July).

Group 4 in line to look after top secret files

TOP SECRET Government files, many of them classified, are to be guarded by private security firms. Rentokil, Securicor and Group 4 will be invited to tender for contracts as ministers attempt to make keeping secrets cheaper.

Property: Pests don't win prizes at home

Infested? It can prove very costly to eradicate the problem, let alone repair any damage. By Penny Jackson

Rentokil plunges 20% on profits warning

SHARES IN Rentokil Initial, the pest control and business services group led by Sir Clive Thompson, slumped by a fifth yesterday after the group warned that profits this year would undershoot market expectations by a wide margin.

Outlook: Sir Clive's glory days may be over

SOMEHOW, Mr Ten Per Cent does not have quite the same ring to it. Moreover, it brackets Sir Clive Thompson with that breed of commission men who make their living off the talents of others, be they footballers, film stars or for that matter writers.

California visited by `pesticide plague'

IN 1988 KATHY Elkins moved to Lompoc, on the central Californian coast, with her husband and infant daughter. Living in a pleasant small town amidst verdant rolling hills, she thought she had found herself a little slice of paradise. Until, that is, she got sick.

Letter: GM fallout fears

SINCE EVERY major American seed company has been bought up by multinational companies such as Monsanto over the past dozen or so years ("In my own backyard", Review, 4 April), a handful of Americans have responded by forming heritage seed exchanges to preserve old varieties of plants that are not dependent on insecticides, fertilisers and weed killers produced by the new owners of the seed companies.

Letter: Feeble US

Feeble US

Letter: Cruel to be kind

Sir: It's difficult to understand the fuss over alleged attempts by the Sinnington Hunt to increase the fox population by building artificial earths (report, 11 February). All hunters desire a plentiful quarry species whether they be shooters, anglers or fox-hunters. Shooters go to extraordinary lengths to breed as many game birds as possible.

Theatre: Stand by your scarecrow

THE WIZARD OF OZ WATERMILL THEATRE NEWBURY

Mouse `found in Topic bar'

A WOMAN bit into a chocolate bar containing the head and shoulders of a mouse, a court heard yesterday.

Rural factor in `eyeless babies'

A RARE CONDITION that causes babies to be born without eyes or with abnormally small ones is nearly twice as common among country dwellers as among people who live in towns, a study has found.

Science: Some creatures should stay at home

What's the second biggest threat to the planet? Man introducing rampant species to new parts of the world.

How green is your trolley?

In Britain's shops and markets, organic food has never been more popular. But the industry itself does not enjoy such rude health.

Your Holiday Disaster: The gite sounded like a dream to Ann Mackintosh - until she discovered that it came with four-legged tenants

IT WAS the mention of the 400-year-old water mill that attracted us to the gite near Limoges, in France, in the first place.
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