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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.

Market Report: British Energy lit up by bid rumours and upgrade

A broker upgrade and bid rumours boosted British Energy, which rose while the FTSE 100, spooked by risking inflation, falling retail sales and the spectre of yet more turmoil in the US financial system, sunk deeper into bear market territory yesterday,

No Pain, No Gain: Thank goodness for the miners and oil producers

Despite some disastrous investments – principally the Food & Drink Group and Lennox – the No Pain, No Gain portfolio has displayed rather more aplomb than I had realised.

The Week Ahead: The tension is electric ahead of HRG's results

The slowing economy and the scourge of the credit crunch have made investors increasingly nervous. And beyond the banks, the alarm bells are ringing loudest in the retail sector: leading stocks have taken a hit as a series of profit warnings have made the market wary of the slightest ease-up in trading. So, this Wednesday, when the Argos and Homebase-owner Home Retail Group unveils its full-year results, investors will be on the alert for any clues about the health of the high street.

Rentokil wins City backing despite third profits alert

Rentokil has issued its third profits warning in five months, alerting investors that its troubled City Link parcel business would incur "a significant full-year loss".

No Pain, No Gain: Never go back, they say. But Mears looks tempting

Mears, the support services group, was an early constituent of the No Pain, No Gain portfolio. It alighted on the shares at 23p, selling at 71.5p. At the time, I was delighted with the profit. However, my joy was short-lived – the shares subsequently romped ahead, hitting a peak of 380p.

Jeremy Warner's Outlook: Bankers are desperate for more funding. So why are they paying bumper dividends?

Institutions must act on stock lending; Rentokil pays high price for dream team

Trio's £94m incentive to lift Rentokil back into the rat race

Former ICI team McAdam, Brown and Ransom appointed; Long tours City to ensure support

Catch us a strong leader, Rentokil investors insist

Shareholders demand that board appoints a full-time executive chairman who can turn the business services company around

No Pain, No Gain: Much pain, few gains after relentless hammering

It's been a bruising few months for the No Pain, No Gain portfolio. Profits have again been whittled away as the onslaught on the stock-market undercard has continued.

Jeremy Warner's Outlook: Sir Fred's bullishness fails to convince

Succession planning at Caz and Rentokil; Inflation makes an unwelcome return

Rentokil in profit warning after City Link fails to deliver

Shares in business services group plunge by 23%; Board announces departure of chairman

Market Report: Drax powered up by Centrica bid rumours

There was bid talk in the utilities sector yesterday. The British Gas owner Centrica was said to be on the hunt, while the electricity company British Energy and Drax, which owns and operates the largest coal-fired power station in the UK, were cast as the likely prey.

The Week Ahead: Housebuilders to reveal effect of slowdown

Turmoil in the financial markets and worries about a slowing economy have taken their toll on house builders, many of whom are due to publish their results this week. Last week, in a cautionary 16-page note, Dresdner Kleinwort said that updates are "expected to show the grim reality following builders' trading statements indicating it was too early to call the spring selling season", adding: "We reckon it will be dreadful."

Year of the rat: Meet the verminators

Britain now has more of them than people – and your four-legged foes might soon be popping round for a bite. Sophie Morris visits the verminators whose hi-tech arsenal has got rodents on the run

Market Report: Respite for Rentokil after buyout speculation

It has clearly not been a happy Christmas for rat-catchers, as Rentokil Initial's value has headed for the sewers in the past two months. It enjoyed a rally late yesterday, amid rumours it was the target of a management buyout.

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Super-sized ships: How big can they get?

Two of the largest vessels in the world cruised into UK waters last week
British doctors on brink of 'cure' for paralysis with spinal cord treatment

British doctors on brink of cure for paralysis

Sufferers can now be offered the possibility of cure thanks to a revolutionary implant of regenerative cells
Let's talk about loss

We need to talk about loss

Secrecy and silence surround stillbirth
Will there be an all-female mission to Mars?

Will there be an all-female mission to Mars?

Women may be better suited to space travel than men are
Oscar Pistorius sentencing: The athlete's wealth and notoriety have provoked a long overdue debate on South African prisons

'They poured water on, then electrified me...'

If Oscar Pistorius is sent to jail, his experience will not be that of other inmates
James Wharton: The former Guard now fighting discrimination against gay soldiers

The former Guard now fighting discrimination against gay soldiers

Life after the Army has brought new battles for the LGBT activist James Wharton
Ebola in the US: Panic over the virus threatens to infect President Obama's midterms

Panic over Ebola threatens to infect the midterms

Just one person has died, yet November's elections may be affected by what Republicans call 'Obama's Katrina', says Rupert Cornwell
Premier League coaches join the RSC to swap the tricks of their trades

Darling, you were fabulous! But offside...

Premier League coaches are joining the RSC to learn acting skills, and in turn they will teach its actors to play football. Nick Clark finds out why
How to dress with authority: Kirsty Wark and Camila Batmanghelidjh discuss the changing role of fashion in women's workwear

How to dress with authority

Kirsty Wark and Camila Batmanghelidjh discuss the changing role of fashion in women's workwear
New book on Joy Division's Ian Curtis sheds new light on the life of the late singer

New book on Ian Curtis sheds fresh light on the life of the late singer

'Joy Division were making art... Ian was for real' says author Jon Savage
Sean Harris: A rare interview with British acting's secret weapon

Sean Harris: A rare interview with British acting's secret weapon

The Bafta-winner talks Hollywood, being branded a psycho, and how Barbra Streisand is his true inspiration
Tim Minchin, interview: The musician, comedian and world's favourite ginger is on scorching form

Tim Minchin interview

For a no-holds-barred comedian who is scathing about woolly thinking and oppressive religiosity, he is surprisingly gentle in person
Boris Johnson's boozing won't win the puritan vote

Boris's boozing won't win the puritan vote

Many of us Brits still disapprove of conspicuous consumption – it's the way we were raised, says DJ Taylor
Ash frontman Tim Wheeler reveals how he came to terms with his father's dementia

Tim Wheeler: Alzheimer's, memories and my dad

Wheeler's dad suffered from Alzheimer's for three years. When he died, there was only one way the Ash frontman knew how to respond: with a heartfelt solo album