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The New Zealanders designing their own coffins

For most people, organising a funeral is an expensive formality that is left to the professionals. But groups in New Zealand are now changing that. The Coffin Club is teaching people how to make and decorate their own coffins, letting them personalise their funerals while breaking down taboos associated …

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Farms of the future could fight food shortage

At street level, there’s nothing special about this road in south-west London. But take a journey 33 metres underground, and you’ll see something quite remarkable. Since 2015, farming company Growing Underground has been growing micro-herbs, including pea-shoots and mustard leaves, in a disused World War II air-raid shelter. The …

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Banking bonanza

Viewed from the 38th floor of a newly-built skyscraper in the centre of the city, Frankfurt resembles a construction site.The gridiron streets that surround the now-iconic towers of Deutsche Bank, UBS and Commerzbank are eclipsed by layers of scaffolding.Meanwhile, continually moving giant orange cranes loom above the few green …

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Investors threaten to hang up on Dixons chief

Leading shareholders in Dixons Carphone want directors to accelerate a search for its next boss after last week’s shock profit warning wiped nearly a quarter off the company’s stock market value. Sky News has learnt that a number of top 10 investors in the retailer will press Lord Livingston …

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