Jamie Merrill

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

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Sir David Attenborough and gorillas in Rwanda, 1979

Sir David Attenborough facing new battle to save the gorillas

An oil company's alleged interest in primates' habitat sparks outrage
This season is the seventh year Peter Bullock has fished for sardines, and he has often brought in as much as 20 tonnes of fish a night

When is a pilchard not a pilchard? When it's a sardine! Sales of the once-neglected fish are booming, thanks to rebranding

Waitrose has reported a 19 per cent rise in sales of the once-forgotten fish, while high-end restaurants have put them back on the menu
The Folkestone Zombie Walk

Keep the undead out of Folkestone: Unlikely zombie row infects seaside town

Residents split on charity zombie march

Pocket rocket: the new Audi S1

Audi S1, motoring review: Britain's clogged roads are no place for this pocket rocket

Price: £24,900
Engine capacity: 2.0-litre petrol
Power output (bhp @ rpm): 228 @ 6,000
Top speed (mph): 155
Fuel economy (mpg): 40.3
CO2 emissions (g/km): 162

The number of billionaires in the world has more than doubled since the financial crisis of 2009. File photo.

Number of global billionaires has doubled since the financial crisis

Oxfam launches major new worldwide inequality report

Polytunnels and the increased use of glasshouses have been crucial to extending the British strawberry season

Record-breaking strawberry season to last until December

Polytunnels and the increased use of glasshouses have been crucial to extending the British strawberry season

Stephen Gough makes his way south through Peebles in the Scottish Borders, in 2012

Naked Rambler could face a “lifetime of imprisonments” after European court ruling

Stephen Gough loses in landmark case

Under existing legislation, drone operators must seek Civil Aviation Authority (CAA) permission and demonstrate basic flying skills

Drones 'pose growing safety risk', warns British Airline Pilots Association

Rapid technological advances are outstripping the legislation  that governs British skies, a Lords committee will hear

'A good little city car': the new Renault Twingo

Renault Twingo, motoring review: Big in the city thanks to rear-wheel power and tight turns

The Twingo can make tight turns that would make a London taxi jealous

The Scout Moor wind farm in the South Pennines

Eric Pickles accused of 'rejecting wind farms to win votes'

The Communities Secretary blocks nearly nine out of 10 applications
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Homeless Veterans campaign: Donations hit record-breaking £1m target after £300,000 gift from Lloyds Bank

Homeless Veterans campaign

Donations hit record-breaking £1m target after huge gift from Lloyds Bank
Flight MH370 a year on: Lost without a trace – but the search goes on

Lost without a trace

But, a year on, the search continues for Flight MH370
Germany's spymasters left red-faced after thieves break into brand new secret service HQ and steal taps

Germany's spy HQ springs a leak

Thieves break into new €1.5bn complex... to steal taps
Mark Zuckerberg’s hiring policy might suit him – but it wouldn’t work for me

Mark Zuckerberg’s hiring policy might suit him – but it wouldn’t work for me

Why would I want to employ someone I’d be happy to have as my boss, asks Simon Kelner
Russia's gulag museum 'makes no mention' of Stalin's atrocities

Russia's gulag museum

Ministry of Culture-run site 'makes no mention' of Stalin's atrocities
Virginia Ironside was my landlady: What is it like to live with an agony aunt on call 24/7?

Virginia Ironside was my landlady

Tim Willis reveals what it's like to live with an agony aunt on call 24/7
8 best workout DVDs

8 best workout DVDs

If your 'New Year new you' regime hasn’t lasted beyond February, why not try working out from home?
War with Isis: Iraq's government fights to win back Tikrit from militants - but then what?

Baghdad fights to win back Tikrit from Isis – but then what?

Patrick Cockburn reports from Kirkuk on a conflict which sectarianism has made intractable
Living with Alzheimer's: What is it really like to be diagnosed with early-onset dementia?

What is it like to live with Alzheimer's?

Depicting early-onset Alzheimer's, the film 'Still Alice' had a profound effect on Joy Watson, who lives with the illness. She tells Kate Hilpern how she's coped with the diagnosis
The Internet of Things: Meet the British salesman who gave real-world items a virtual life

Setting in motion the Internet of Things

British salesman Kevin Ashton gave real-world items a virtual life
Election 2015: Latest polling reveals Tories and Labour on course to win the same number of seats - with the SNP holding the balance of power

Election 2015: A dead heat between Mr Bean and Dick Dastardly!

Lord Ashcroft reveals latest polling – and which character voters associate with each leader
Audiences queue up for 'true stories told live' as cult competition The Moth goes global

Cult competition The Moth goes global

The non-profit 'slam storytelling' competition was founded in 1997 by the novelist George Dawes Green and has seen Malcolm Gladwell, Salman Rushdie and Molly Ringwald all take their turn at the mic
Pakistani women come out fighting: A hard-hitting play focuses on female Muslim boxers

Pakistani women come out fighting

Hard-hitting new play 'No Guts, No Heart, No Glory' focuses on female Muslim boxers
Leonora Carrington transcended her stolid background to become an avant garde star

Surreal deal: Leonora Carrington

The artist transcended her stolid background to become an avant garde star
LGBT History Month: Pupils discuss topics from Sappho to same-sex marriage

Education: LGBT History Month

Pupils have been discussing topics from Sappho to same-sex marriage