"The mice at this station have been attacking customers," reads a sign at the entrance to Farringdon Tube station in London. "Please place the bottom of your trousers into your socks to avoid being a victim of the Farringdon mice."
There is something of a swagger about Vilas Ubhare when he sets about killing a rat. His stick comes down fast, the rat is dispatched and then in a fluid, unbroken motion Mr Ubhare hooks his toe under the rodent's tail, flips the corpse into the air and catches it neatly in a sack. It is like watching a footballer perform tricks in the park.
Animal welfare charities reacted angrily to news today that the number of animal experiments rose to a record high in Britain last year.
Another day, another 50 Shades of Grey story. So what is the latest development being attributed to the popularity of E L James' sadomasochistic tale, now the fastest-selling paperback of all time?
Laughter is the most obvious outward sign of happiness. But is it better for our health than we ever imagined?
A long weekend in tranquil, cushy Jersey makes you do things you wouldn't dream of doing at home, says Julie Burchill
The wretched of the earth high above turquoise blue seas; take a face mask with you before you clamber up the Jabal al-Zbeleh – the 'Mountain of Rubbish' – and just imagine the beauty of the beach that still exists six storeys of muck below you. These days, you might need the face mask when you observe Lebanon's politics, but the moment you see the middle-aged Palestinians of this place, filthy and gaunt, their shirts and trousers pasted with the detritus of Lebanon, you can only feel compassion. They work high atop this vile garbage heap, to ferret out old plastic and leather and metal and still-ripe tomatoes amid flies and rats and wild dogs and rotten food and used hospital syringes and torn-open sacks of household rubbish and methane gas.
Farmers want to stop the spread of TB in cattle. But Brock will fight back, says Harry Mount
Sex and imminent nuclear annihilation come alive in the tale of a boy and girl finding love – just as Kennedy and Khrushchev lock horns over Cuba
A huge rise in its numbers should not stop us giving the maligned rodent more respect
Chinese sculptor Ai Weiwei is eloquent, even when held by his government, in two UK shows
Los Angeles rap collective Odd Future are on the brink of big things – but can they achieve world domination and still hang on to their power to provoke? By Gillian Orr
Taxonomy tells us how animals, plants and the planet are changing. But without better funding and more young scientists, we will be left with millions of anonymous species, says Roger Dobson
My earliest food memory... My mum's amazing banana ice-cream. I do a version of it and I don't know why, but I can never get it to taste as good – it's missing her magic touch.
It's another tale of broken promises at No 10 as the rodents have a field day
A succession of policy U-turns over the past nine months, from forestry sales to housing benefit, is causing damage to the PM's reputation