Jamie Merrill

Jamie Merrill is a news reporter and feature writer for The Independent, The Independent on Sunday and i.

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Kia Cee'd GT, motoring review: Warm hatch could be a game-changer for 'dull, dependable' Kia

Price: £20,500
Engine capacity: 1.6-litre 4 cylinder turbo
Power output (BHP@rpm): 201 @ 6,000
Top speed (mph): 143
Fuel economy (mpg): 38.2
CO2 emissions (g/km): 171

Luxurious hunk: the new Rolls-Royce Wraith

Rolls-Royce Wraith, motoring review: Excellent touch and silky skills for such a big player

PRICE From £235,000
ENGINE CAPACITY 6.6-litre V12
POWER OUTPUT (BHP @ RPM) 624 @ 5,600
TOP SPEED (MPH) 155
FUEL ECONOMY (MPG) 20.8
CO2 EMISSIONS (G/Km) 317

The UAE Ministry of Foreign Affairs said Oxford Street had high rates for fraud, theft and pickpocketing

Emirati tourists warned to avoid 'dangerous' Oxford Street

It’s a mile-long shopping destination known for chain stores, traffic jams, air pollution and crowds of meandering tourists, but London’s Oxford Street has gained an  unwelcome accolade after the UAE Ministry of Foreign Affairs listed it on a map of the most “dangerous areas” for Emirati tourists in the capital.

Commuters burning calories on the London Underground

Why commuting to work doesn’t mean your health has to go down the tube

In the battle against the middle-age spread, commuters have long been recommended to walk or cycle to work. But a major new study has suggested that taking public transport could also be beneficial.

Cardiovascular diseases still remain the biggest killer in Europe

Heart disease rates fall across Europe

Decline is link to the fall in smoking rates

Welsh health minister Mark Drakeford worries e-cigarettes could give youngsters a taste for nicotine

Smokers turn their backs on NHS as they opt for e-cigarettes to help quit smoking

The number of people turning to the NHS for help to stop smoking has fallen for the second year in a row, according to a new report.

The Aygo is perfectly functional, but the interior feels cheap

Toyota Aygo, motoring review: Like driving a smartphone cover - and what's that noise?

PRICE: From £8,595 (£11,965 as tested)
ENGINE CAPACITY: 1.0-litre three-cylinder
POWER OUTPUT (BHP@RPM): 68 @ 6,000
TOP SPEED (MPH): 99
FUEL ECONOMY (MPG): 68.9
CO2 EMISSIONS (G/KM): 95

Choppy waters: Candyscape

A £3.6m yacht 'bought as seen' scuppers tycoon

American multimillionaire sues lawyers after bargain buy splutters to halt on its maiden voyage
Flood water was pumped from fields into the river Parrett in January

Storm fears mean sandbags again on the Somerset Levels

Residents have not been in their flooded homes for months – now more bad weather is forecast

Rabbi Miriam Berger of the Finchley Reform Synagogue, standing in front of the Torah Ark

UK Jews mourn Gaza dead but anti-Semitic attacks surge

The Finchley Reform Synagogue has been far busier than usual this week, with Monday seeing the biggest-ever turnout for Tisha B’Av that Rabbi Miriam Berger can remember.

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Mafia Dons: is the Camorra in control of the Granite City?

Mafia Dons: is the Camorra in control of the Granite City?

So claims an EU report which points to the Italian Mob’s alleged grip on everything from public works to property
Emmys look set to overhaul the Oscars as Hollywood’s prize draw

Emmys look set to overhaul the Oscars as Hollywood’s prize draw

Once the poor relation, the awards show now has the top stars and boasts the best drama
French connection: After 1,300 years, there’s a bridge to Mont Saint-Michel

French connection: After 1,300 years, there’s a bridge to Mont Saint-Michel

The ugly causeway is being dismantled, an elegant connection erected in its place. So everyone’s happy, right?
Radio 1 to hire 'YouTube-famous' vloggers to broadcast online

Radio 1’s new top ten

The ‘vloggers’ signed up to find twentysomething audience
David Abraham: Big ideas for the small screen

David Abraham: Big ideas for the small screen

A blistering attack on US influence on British television has lifted the savvy head of Channel 4 out of the shadows
Air strikes? Talk of God? Obama is following the jihadists’ script

Air strikes? Talk of God? Obama is following the jihadists’ script

The President came the nearest he has come yet to rivalling George W Bush’s gormless reaction to 9/11 , says Robert Fisk
Ebola outbreak: Billy Graham’s son declares righteous war on the virus

Billy Graham’s son declares righteous war on Ebola

A Christian charity’s efforts to save missionaries trapped in Africa by the crisis have been justifiably praised. But doubts remain about its evangelical motives
Jeremy Clarkson 'does not see a problem' with his racist language on Top Gear, says BBC

Not even Jeremy Clarkson is bigger than the BBC, says TV boss

Corporation’s head of television confirms ‘Top Gear’ host was warned about racist language
Nick Clegg the movie: Channel 4 to air Coalition drama showing Lib Dem leader's rise

Nick Clegg the movie

Channel 4 to air Coalition drama showing Lib Dem leader's rise
Philip Larkin: Misogynist, racist, miserable? Or caring, playful man who lived for others?

Philip Larkin: What will survive of him?

Larkin's reputation has taken a knocking. But a new book by James Booth argues that the poet was affectionate, witty, entertaining and kind, as hitherto unseen letters, sketches and 'selfies' reveal
Madame Tussauds has shown off its Beyoncé waxwork in Regent's Park - but why is the tourist attraction still pulling in the crowds?

Waxing lyrical

Madame Tussauds has shown off its Beyoncé waxwork in Regent's Park - but why is the tourist attraction still pulling in the crowds?
Texas forensic astronomer finally pinpoints the exact birth of impressionism

Revealed (to the minute)

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From slow-roasted to sugar-cured: how to make the most of the British tomato season

Make the most of British tomatoes

The British crop is at its tastiest and most abundant. Sudi Pigott shares her favourite recipes
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Oscar Quine cleanses, tones and moisturises to find skin-savers blokes will be proud to display on the bathroom shelf