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8,000 white-clawed crayfish are forecast to perish in the River Allen as a result of the plague

Errors and Omissions: Plagued by an inappropriate use of a metaphor

Our Letters editor casts his eye over this week's Independent coverage

Belles & Whistles by Andrew Martin, book review: A journey of past and present

When HS2 is built, the line will run 500 metres from my house. It won't do me any direct good, since it won't stop between London and Birmingham, but it will obviously be good for the country. Locally, we can look forward to the restoration of the line, victim of Beeching, between Aylesbury and Milton Keynes, and the prospect of being able to get a cross-country train to Oxford or Bedford.

My shout: John McEnroe has always courted controversy

Errors and Omissions: When does a quote become an ‘outburst’?

Our letters editor takes to task this week's Independent coverage

Errors and Omissions: This was a clear illustration of utter desperation

Our letters editor takes to task this week's Independent coverage

Siberia: A History of the People by Janet M Hartley, book review: A guided tour of the frozen wastes

A grim waste of ice and snow dotted with unspeakable penal colonies. That's all we know about Siberia. The first surprise in Janet M Hartley's fact-packed survey of 400 years of Russia's Wild East is that Siberia is a rich country.

The new lobby entrance to the Hotel Majestic

Errors and omissions: There’s strength in numbers – as long as they agree

Our letters editor takes to task this week's Independent coverage

FBI photos depict various appearances of the convicted murderer JoAnne Chesimard

Errors and Omissions: How to make a drama out of a few inaccuracies

Our letters editor takes to task this week's Independent coverage

The Great War non-fiction: How Europe stumbled into suicide in 1914

At the centre of the drama in Lawrence Sondhaus' The Great War at Sea (Cambridge Univer-sity Press, £25) is the Imperial German navy. Never in the history of human conflict has an elite armed service so damaged its own side. The German High Sea Fleet was created in the 1890s in misguided enthusiasm for the sea-power theories of Mahan. Its existence drove Britain into the arms of France and Russia.

Israeli army soldiers take their positions

Errors and Omissions: Some news reports don’t quite hit the right target

Our letters editor takes to task this week's Independent coverage

A militant Islamist fighter waving a flag, cheers as he takes part in a military parade along the streets of Syria's northern Raqqa. The fighters held the parade to celebrate their declaration of an Islamic

Errors and Omissions: There are a few rules to learn about succession

Our Letters editor takes to task this week's Independent coverage

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