With just one win in their first 17 League games, they were sinking fast and, with no new ideas to stop the rot, Coppell went to his chairman, Ron Noades, and suggested that a change might be mutually beneficial.Noades would have none of it. Finally, teams of four or five scientists staked out factories and warehouses for days at a time, and caught the rodents by hand.It is not unknown for mice to be taught 'clever tricks' in laboratories by college professors studying behavioural patterns. It teases and intrigues from the start - a decoy solo planted in the orchestra to be picked off by the real one. I seek assignments in Scotland without revealing my true motives to my editors; my long-suffering wife unearths the Scottish Mountaineering Club's guidebook of the Munros from under our bed.Four or five times a year I head up the M1, determined to tick as many more on Munro's list as I can. Its main clients have been the banks - especially Barclays - and receivers who ended up with scores of hotels on their hands during the recession.It is highly profitable - accounts for the year to March show pre-tax profits of pounds 156,000 on turnover of pounds 544,000, in only its second year of operation.But is Koch's latest interest not a bit like owning a flock of vultures? 'It's not as though we drive people out and put ourselves in The banks do that,' he says.
Through the Edinburgh Centre for Tropical Forests he developed, for example, a programme for broadening the genetic base of pine species in China, which led to a reopening of forestry relations between Britain and Cuba, where seed is to be collected. Instead of sabotage, however, he accepts an easier explanation: 'They were very cheap.' Less innocent is the import duty he had to pay at Moscow's Sheremetyevo Airport when the badges arrived, along with 400,000 plastic bags telling people to vote for him in today's parliamentary poll, in which he is standing as a candidate for the 'Kremlin constituency' of Moscow Central. It took less than pounds 1,000 to have his campaign paraphernalia produced in England, but five times that plus a week of haggling to get the stuff through Russian customs 'That is why I began the campaign so late,' says Mr Tarasov. PolyGram's strong performance was partly offset by high development costs for software for Philips' CD-I system, while profits from domestic appliances and personal care were flat. After she jilts him he spends his entire life secretly waiting for her; despite a highly successful business career he never marries. Catchable? Surely not.Goal: Cantona (60) 0-1.Coventry City (4-4-2): Ogrizovic; Atherton, Rennie, Babb, Morgan; Flynn, Boland (Marsden, 82), Darby, Ndlovu; Quinn (J Williams, 82), Wegerle. Goldblum, his raddled features crowned by greasy hair, looks like the ridge-headed Dilophosaurus, which delivers a startling spit. 'It was an awful lot of work wasted, but it somehow seemed logical.
It declined while Andre Previn was its music director, and has barely recovered with Vladimir Ashkenazy in the driving seat. According to a report* by the World Travel and Tourism Council, it employs more people, has a larger gross output, invests more capital and pays more tax than any other industry in the world. According to the 1991 Hees annual report, Edper's equity interest in a range of large subsidiaries does not exceed 13 per cent.This is how Bronfman-connected companies issued more securities than anyone else in Canada during the Eighties boom They raised more than Cdollars 30bn in equity. One gives it a wide- ish berth and wonders what the fish thereabouts taste of.I shall remember best the late evening when we used the wooden derrick to lower an ancient leaky sailing boat into the fast-flowing tide, and I put on the kind of life- jacket Kenny More used when the Brits knew how to make proper films, and tautened the yellowed cotton sail against the evening breeze. Others said it is an admission that IBM's management lacks depth after a purge of senior executives by Mr Akers.Mr Rizzo, 64, is expected to help in the planned devolution of IBM's divisions into more autonomous units.