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It all got a bit too much for one nine-year old, who had to run off to vomit after devouring 'delicacies'' such as crickets, ants and pigeon burgers.

The Week Ahead: Barclays' results signal start of the bonus season

Signalling the start of the banks' reporting season, Barclays' full-year results tomorrow will be especially closely watched after the publication last week of Project Merlin, the agreement between the Government and the biggest banks.

Market Report: Rentokil defies critics to rise after key resignation

The resignation of a senior boss and a savaging from brokers is not normally the recipe for a share price rise, yet that is exactly what Rentokil Initial enjoyed yesterday.

Plagues of roaches, rats, and bedbugs sweep Britain

Pest infestations are on the rise as cash-strapped councils phase out free extermination services

Business Diary: Consolation prizes for Forgemasters

Congratulations to Graham Honeyman, the chief executive of Sheffield Forgemasters, who has just won the Institute of Directors' prestigious director of the year award, as well as two other gongs at the same shindig.

Week Ahead: Old Mutual investors hoping for sale update

The dust may have settled since HSBC decided last month to pull out of a £4.5bn deal to buy Nedbank, but for Old Mutual – the majority owner of the fourth-largest South African bank – the pressure is on to show that its other major sale will not be heading down the same direction when it publishes its third-quarter results on Thursday.

Market Report: City hangs up on TalkTalk as takeover hopes fade

Dading hopes of a takeover deal knocked TalkTalk Telecom, the broadband internet provider which was spun out of Carphone Warehouse this year. The stock ended last night's session down 2.8p at 147p after JPMorgan Cazenove warned that, while the market might still be expecting a bid, potential predators were likely to remain on the sidelines for now.

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.

The Week Ahead: British Gas fuels gains for energy giant Centrica

Continued strength at British Gas is expected to drive gains for Centrica, the energy group which is due to issue half-yearly results this week.

Market Report: Soco swells as bulls bet on exploration success

Soco International surged by as much as 9.7 per cent last night as traders piled in on hopes of a doubling of the oil prospector's share price.

Locals are doing it for themselves

In rural areas across the country, pubs have closed down, stilling the beating heart of communities. At the weekend Byron Rogers witnessed a refreshing change in his village – and pints are being pulled once again

The Week Ahead: Whitbread goes full steam ahead with Premier Inn

Analysts expect another positive update from Premier Inn-owner Whitbread, with many in the City anticipating a positive outlook with the hospitality group's full-year figures this Thursday.

Business Diary: Rentokil bugged as PR gaffe is exposed

Red faces at Rentokil and its PR agency BrandsLife, which claimed research showed the typical train carriage might be home to 1,000 cockroaches, 200 bedbugs and 200 fleas. The shocking findings were widely covered in the media, but prompted some cynicism amongst scientists who actually know a thing or two about such matters. After a series of blogs questioning the research, Rentokil has published "a clarification and an apology". This was a worst-case scenario, Rentokil now admits, based on assumptions such as the carriage never being cleaned or carrying any passengers to stamp on the pesky insects.

Small Talk: LSE looks to tackle problem of AIM investor relations

Pretty much every company under the sun claims to want a "diversified investor base," not least those on the Alternative Investment Market (Aim), who see a varied shareholder register as a distinct feather in the corporate cap.

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The Guest List 2014: Forget the Man Booker longlist, Literary Editor Katy Guest offers her alternative picks

The Guest List 2014

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It's the best of British art... but not all is on display

Voted for by the British public, the artworks on Art Everywhere posters may be the only place where they can be seen
Critic claims 'I was the inspiration for Blanche DuBois'

Critic claims 'I was the inspiration for Blanche DuBois'

Blanche Marvin reveals how Tennessee Williams used her name and an off-the-cuff remark to create an iconic character
Sometimes it's hard to be a literary novelist

Sometimes it's hard to be a literary novelist

Websites offering your ebooks for nothing is only the latest disrespect the modern writer is subjected to, says DJ Taylor
Edinburgh Fringe 2014: The comedy highlights, from Bridget Christie to Jack Dee

Edinburgh Fringe 2014

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Dame Jenny Abramsky: 'We have to rethink. If not, museums and parks will close'

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