News German cockroaches - smaller than the famous American cockroach - have evolved to lose their sweet tooth

The creature crawled into his ear as he slept

Investment Column: Bananas ripen for Fyffes

AFTER a lean couple of years, bananas have started to bear fruit for Fyffes. The Irish fresh food group, which distributes two of every five bananas sold in the UK, benefited from firmer prices across the European Union and reported a 15 per cent rise in interim pre-tax profits to IRpounds 23m.

Be ordinary and make your millions

IF YOU had to name three particularly ordinary activities at random how about these? Having a cup of coffee, taking the bus to work, and vacuuming the living room. Ordinary, even boring. But those three activities have made three spectacular fortunes. Read on.

Theatre: Tomorrow's World Today

Some mornings, pushing a soft, plastic button and smiting an ergonomically- designed computer keyboard in order to log on (clocking in, so to speak) is as much 'work' as a person can bring themselves to do until they've had a stiff cup of tea and read the job ads. This five-second process is as unremarkable a daily routine as smiling at the receptionist or hanging up your coat. Had you been one of the first schoolchildren to learn how to use a computer, however, you may appreciate the effort that has gone into making it such a simple process.

Bagless wonder taken to cleaners

WHICH? consumer magazine yesterday entered the dust-up between rival vacuum-cleaner makers.

THE TRUTH ABOUT... Laying a path

LAYING a path should in theory be simple enough: a matter of slapping down some paving stones or cobbles or bits of wood in an aesthetically pleasing fashion, in such formation as to keep everybody's feet out of the mud underneath. In fact, installing a concrete or paving-slab path is an operation akin to resurfacing the M25, though on a slightly smaller scale. It involves digging a trench, adding a layer of hardcore, then either pouring in the concrete or adding a layer of sand and placing the slabs on top. Bricks are even worse: a brick path involves similar hard labour plus attempting to lay the things out in a fancy pattern (if you don't know your basketweave bond from your herringbone pattern, beware). Bricks also need some form of permanent edging or they will make a slow but determined attempt to escape, and they also need a firm hand to squish them down into their sandy bed (the extremely patient can use a piece of board and a club hammer, those with other commitments outside the garden will end up hiring a very scary petrol-driven plate vibrator). Attempting any of these on curved or wiggly paths multiplies the labour and headache factor by 20 (approx).

Outlook: First taste of Argos's defence

FOR A retailer that never seems to have moved out of the 1970s, Argos has suddenly come over all designer trendy. Instead of its usual grey presentations the company yesterday hired the London Weekend Television studios to regale audiences with its new retail strategy. There were lots of yellow kettles and bright red vacuum cleaners everywhere and, up on the podium, new chief executive Stuart Rose was reading from his autocue with all the aplomb of a seasoned Oscars presenter. Amazing what a hostile bid can do.

Doctor's boyfriend 'was like a timebomb'

THE murdered doctor Joan Francisco was warned that her alleged killer, Tony Diedrick, was "a walking time bomb", the High Court heard yesterday.

Family of murdered doctor launch civil action against her ex-boyfriend

THE FAMILY of a young doctor who was murdered more than three years ago yesterday launched an unprecedented High Court civil action against her former boyfriend whom they suspect of killing her.

Blood, sweat and sawdust

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The precise science of a great sleepover party

Not many people have slept in space. But every month more than 100 children lie in the darkness gazing at the the Apollo 10 Command module.

Briton looks to create power vacuum in Japan

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New Year Honours: CBE for inventor whose new design cleaned up

The inventor of the bag-less vacuum cleaner, James Dyson, whose revolutionary "cyclone" design ousted giants Hoover and Electrolux from the top of the British market, has been rewarded with a CBE.

Property: Doctor On The House: Only boffins can keep their cool with bo ilers

We're too darned hot. So please give us central heating with programmes we can follow, begs Jeff Howell

Thirty-seven hours (not) at home with the agony family Atkins

A 12-year-old girl disappears from home. Her mother is `The Daily Telegraph' agony aunt, Christian, moralising. What, asks Virginia Ironside, can one say?

Clean-living robot moves into the sitting room

In his novel 3001, the science fiction writer Arthur C Clarke envisaged a future where tiny household robots came out at night to take care of domestic chores while humans were asleep. That dream looks set to move a little closer to reality - with the advent of the self-operating vacuum cleaner.
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In a world of Saudi bullying, right-wing Israeli ministers and the twilight of Obama, Iran is looking like a possible policeman of the Gulf

Iran is shifting from pariah to possible future policeman of the Gulf

Robert Fisk on our crisis with Iran
The young are the new poor: A third of young people pushed into poverty

The young are the new poor

Sharp increase in the number of under-25s living in poverty
Greens on the march: ‘We could be on the edge of something very big’

Greens on the march

‘We could be on the edge of something very big’
Revealed: the case against Bill Cosby - through the stories of his accusers

Revealed: the case against Bill Cosby

Through the stories of his accusers
Why are words like 'mongol' and 'mongoloid' still bandied about as insults?

The Meaning of Mongol

Why are the words 'mongol' and 'mongoloid' still bandied about as insults?
Mau Mau uprising: Kenyans still waiting for justice join class action over Britain's role in the emergency

Kenyans still waiting for justice over Mau Mau uprising

Thousands join class action over Britain's role in the emergency
Isis in Iraq: The trauma of the last six months has overwhelmed the remaining Christians in the country

The last Christians in Iraq

After 2,000 years, a community will try anything – including pretending to convert to Islam – to avoid losing everything, says Patrick Cockburn
Black Friday: Helpful discounts for Christmas shoppers, or cynical marketing by desperate retailers?

Helpful discounts for Christmas shoppers, or cynical marketing by desperate retailers?

Britain braced for Black Friday
Bill Cosby's persona goes from America's dad to date-rape drugs

From America's dad to date-rape drugs

Stories of Bill Cosby's alleged sexual assaults may have circulated widely in Hollywood, but they came as a shock to fans, says Rupert Cornwell
Clare Balding: 'Women's sport is kicking off at last'

Clare Balding: 'Women's sport is kicking off at last'

As fans flock to see England women's Wembley debut against Germany, the TV presenter on an exciting 'sea change'
Oh come, all ye multi-faithful: The Christmas jumper is in fashion, but should you wear your religion on your sleeve?

Oh come, all ye multi-faithful

The Christmas jumper is in fashion, but should you wear your religion on your sleeve?
Dr Charles Heatley: The GP off to do battle in the war against Ebola

The GP off to do battle in the war against Ebola

Dr Charles Heatley on joining the NHS volunteers' team bound for Sierra Leone
Flogging vlogging: First video bloggers conquered YouTube. Now they want us to buy their books

Flogging vlogging

First video bloggers conquered YouTube. Now they want us to buy their books
Saturday Night Live vs The Daily Show: US channels wage comedy star wars

Saturday Night Live vs The Daily Show

US channels wage comedy star wars
When is a wine made in Piedmont not a Piemonte wine? When EU rules make Italian vineyards invisible

When is a wine made in Piedmont not a Piemonte wine?

When EU rules make Italian vineyards invisible