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

Bargain Hunter: Across-store savings

There are numerous offers running at Marks & Spencer this week, including 30 per cent off selected furniture and televisions, 20 per cent off homeware, digital cameras and home cinema, 25 per cent off all men's suits over £150, £5 off all kidswear over £30 and 25 per cent off champagne and cases of wine. A more specific list of savings can be found at www.marksandspencer.com/.

Album: Belshazzar's Feast, Find the Lady (Unearthed)

The Feast are an augmented duo, configured around the robust presences of Pauls Sartin and Hutchinson, one of Bellowhead, the other of Hoover the Dog – respectively voice/violin, oboe and accordion.

Dream Home (18)

Starring: Josie Ho, Eason Chan, Paw Hee-Ching

Sara Maitland: Silence: Its power, and its glory

We seem embarrassed by it, but we could all do with more of the sort of respite offered by today's two-minute pause

John Walsh: BTW (05/11/10)

* Australians are notoriously friendly chaps but there are limits. Matthew McLaughlin, a magistrate in Queensland, was hearing evidence in court from Thomas John Collins, and objected to Collins calling him "mate". Sorry, he said, you can't call me that. You must call me "Sir" or "Your Honour". There was a pause. "Okay mate," said Collins. McLaughlin, incensed by this lese majeste, sent him to the cells – and is now being criticised for getting too big for his boots. "Some of these magistrates see themselves as Lord of the Fiefdom", said councillor Paul Tully. "I say to every magistrate, 'Get off your high horse, mate, and show some tolerance.'" Call me a dreamer but I can't see this approach working at the Old Bailey.

Nice work if you can get it as agent prepares to pocket estimated £3m

One of the biggest winners from Wayne Rooney's new contract is Paul Stretford, the vacuum cleaner salesman turned agent who could make an estimated £3m solely for his role in getting Rooney – who, until a few months ago, saw himself as a lifelong Red – to agree an extended deal.

Power struggle: The National Grid was created to provide energy for all - but that's when the problems really began

In 1920s Britain, electricity was rare, unreliable and expensive. Then the Government started building the National Grid to provide energy for all – and the problems really began, says Gerard Gilbert

Consumers decide that fancy vacuum cleaners suck

They were a Noughties' status symbol, but sales have slumped as we all become less house-proud

Bazooka buoyancy aid winds Dyson award

A bazooka which fires buoyancy aids out to sea was honoured for its ingenuity today.

The pigeons have gone, but visitors are flocking to Trafalgar Square

Art venue. Film set. And now maze. Andy McSmith on the rebirth of a London landmark

Album: Faust, Faust Is Last (Klangbad)

One of the progenitors of "krautrock" and as charmingly elusive a bunch as the field has produced.

Dyson profits double thanks to R&D investment

The vacuum cleaner giant is hiring another 350 engineers as sales boom worldwide

BP calls in Costner's $26m vacuum cleaners to mop up huge oil spill

The 'Waterworld' star has spent 15 years developing device to separate oil from sea water and it is now being put to work

Graduate news: Employers plan on raising graduate recruitment targets

Almost 40 per cent of employers are planning to raise graduate recruitment this year, according to research by the Association of Graduate Recruiters. A snapshot survey of almost 100 companies taken in April, found that almost 60 per cent say they are still open for applications and 55 per cent are more confident about the economy compared to three months ago.

Notes: 30/04/10

Various items owned or desired by middle-aged Britons in a survey include laptops, iPods and games consoles.

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