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The Pest Detectives: The Definitive Guide to Rentokil by Rob Gray

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The Birth of a Pest Control Powerhouse

What a year was 1925.

F. Scott Fitzgerald published The Great Gatsby, Benito Mussolini seized dictatorial power in Italy and Kristiania became Oslo. The fez was outlawed in Turkey, water skis were patented, Louis Armstrong made his first record under his own name and the Nobel Prize in Literature was awarded to George Bernard Shaw.

Walt Disney got married, and released the black-and-white short animated comedy Alice Rattled by Rats in which a group of boisterous rats play havoc with a cat (some things never change!), a full three years before Mickey Mouse took his debut bow. It was the year that saw the birth of Margaret Thatcher, Malcolm X, Richard Burton, Sammy Davis Jr, Peter Sellers, Bill Haley, Pierre ...

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