Jamie Merrill

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

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Beauty may really be in the eye of the beholder, say scientists

Scientists say an initial period of platonic friendship allows couples to overlook the less desirable physical attributes of their future partner

The bedrooms

The Peat Spade, Hampshire: A refurb that needs to dig a little deeper

Hampshire's Peat Spade inn is popular with fly-fishers on the River Test, but its rooms leave Jamie Merrill feeling cold

Glastonbury 2015: Teenage kicks in the Beat Hotel - more like Magaluf than Worthy Farm

Jamie Merrill ventures to the Beat Hotel where it's packed from dawn 'til dawn

Sinful style: the new BMW X6M

BMW X6M, motoring review: It guzzles fuel and looks awful, yet this super-SUV is great fun

In design terms, this car is the ultimate two-fingered insult to city-car drivers and the electric car owner

‘Worse than it has ever been’: migrants climbing into the back of a lorry on the A16 highway in northern France leading to the Channel Tunnel on Tuesday

Calais crisis: How militancy and desperation collided to plunge Channel crossing into chaos after migrants took advantage of workers' strike

The action saw the UK’s main transport links to the continent left at a standstill

Field of dreams: Emily Eavis

Glastonbury 2015 interview Emily Eavis: Organiser on 'selling out' and a trio of secretive 'baby spiders'

Emily Eavis has been running the Glastonbury festival with her father Michael since 1999. She talks to Jamie Merrill about running the biggest music event in the world and why it has lost none of its soul

Campaigners say almost all adult smokers in Hawaii started in their teens

Growing popularity of e-cigarettes pushes Hawaii to raise legal smoking age to 21

The measure is aimed at reducing the number of teenage smokers

Nigel Farage during the election campaign

Ukip struggling after 'massive' election costs

Exclusive: Source reveals £500,000 spending gap that may result in legal action and loss of HQ

Guernsey's government has struck back at suggestions that it operates as a tax haven

Guernsey outraged by its inclusion on EU tax blacklist

'It is technically inaccurate; it is not factually correct and we need to address it quickly'

Although Indonesia already owes Britain £246m from historic loans, the UK government has guaranteed a further £132m of loan for it to purchase arm

UK guaranteed over £130m in loans for repressive governments to spend on arms, figures show

New figures for 2014 show that the money included a bond of £190,000 to allow Saudi Arabia to purchase 'unspecified' arms

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