Jamie Merrill

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

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A protest near a drill site operated by Cuadrilla in Balcombe, West Sussex, in 2013

Anti-Cuadrilla group's fracking protest leaflet misleading, says watchdog

Lancashire residents’ group said to have exaggerated size of Cuadrilla’s shale gas plans

If you upturn a tortoise, it will find its feet again, thanks to a clever combination of shell shape and leg and neck manoeuvres

The topsy-turvy world of the tortoise: a smaller shell helps them to walk tall

Larger specimens are less adept at righting themselves when they are flipped on to their backs, study finds
Activists in Entebbe last August

Gay rights activists defy Ugandan laws by publishing new LGBTI magazine

Thirty thousand copies of 'Bombastic' are to be circulated by hand - and the effect will be inflammatory in the socially conservative country
Jamie Merrill recharging a VW e-Golf at Warwick services on the M40 before setting off to Wigan

Are e-cars the future of motoring? Find out on a long, but not long enough, drive up the Electric Highway

Despite scoffs and derision, Jamie Merrill has always felt e-cars were the way forward. Now that battery technology has caught up with him, he takes a charge and heads for Glasgow to make a point. But...
The Cemfjord photographed in March 2013 by Hannes van Rijn

Rescue teams search for crew of overturned cargo ship Cemfjord off north coast of Scotland

Four lifeboats, two rescue helicopters and other vessels are taking part in the search for the crew which is believed to be largely made up of Polish seamen

People could face prosecution for flying drones dangerously

Christmas drones crashing into power lines could damage National Grid, energy firms warn

Some unmanned aerial vehicles on sale to the public can reach heights of 2,000 feet

Ed Sheeran topped the album sales chart for 2014

Ed Sheeran and Sam Smith top British dominated best-selling albums chart of 2014

Figures also show that four of the top five most streamed artists of the year were British

Bentley GT V8 S, motoring review: A convertible in winter? More practical than you think

Brits buy more convertibles than anybody else in Europe because there’s little more pleasurable than blasting through the cold air with the roof down

A still from video footage captured by journalist Eddie Mitchell

Licensed drone operator arrested by 'dangerous and idiotic' police officers while filming near Gatwick

Photojournalist Eddie Mitchell was later released without charge

King Julien will countdown to the New Year on Netflix

New Year's Eve: Netflix offers fake midnight countdown for parents keen to get kids to bed

An animated three-minute countdown 'special' can be streamed early

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Isis hostage crisis: The prisoner swap has only one purpose for the militants - recognition its Islamic State exists and that foreign nations acknowledge its power

Isis hostage crisis

The prisoner swap has only one purpose for the militants - recognition its Islamic State exists and that foreign nations acknowledge its power, says Robert Fisk
Missing salvage expert who found $50m of sunken treasure before disappearing, tracked down at last

The runaway buccaneers and the ship full of gold

Salvage expert Tommy Thompson found sunken treasure worth millions. Then he vanished... until now
Homeless Veterans appeal: ‘If you’re hard on the world you are hard on yourself’

Homeless Veterans appeal: ‘If you’re hard on the world you are hard on yourself’

Maverick artist Grayson Perry backs our campaign
Assisted Dying Bill: I want to be able to decide about my own death - I want to have control of my life

Assisted Dying Bill: 'I want control of my life'

This week the Assisted Dying Bill is debated in the Lords. Virginia Ironside, who has already made plans for her own self-deliverance, argues that it's time we allowed people a humane, compassionate death
Move over, kale - cabbage is the new rising star

Cabbage is king again

Sophie Morris banishes thoughts of soggy school dinners and turns over a new leaf
11 best winter skin treats

Give your moisturiser a helping hand: 11 best winter skin treats

Get an extra boost of nourishment from one of these hard-working products
Paul Scholes column: The more Jose Mourinho attempts to influence match officials, the more they are likely to ignore him

Paul Scholes column

The more Jose Mourinho attempts to influence match officials, the more they are likely to ignore him
Frank Warren column: No cigar, but pots of money: here come the Cubans

Frank Warren's Ringside

No cigar, but pots of money: here come the Cubans
Isis hostage crisis: Militant group stands strong as its numerous enemies fail to find a common plan to defeat it

Isis stands strong as its numerous enemies fail to find a common plan to defeat it

The jihadis are being squeezed militarily and economically, but there is no sign of an implosion, says Patrick Cockburn
Virtual reality thrusts viewers into the frontline of global events - and puts film-goers at the heart of the action

Virtual reality: Seeing is believing

Virtual reality thrusts viewers into the frontline of global events - and puts film-goers at the heart of the action
Homeless Veterans appeal: MP says Coalition ‘not doing enough’

Homeless Veterans appeal

MP says Coalition ‘not doing enough’ to help
Larry David, Steve Coogan and other comedians share stories of depression in new documentary

Comedians share stories of depression

The director of the new documentary, Kevin Pollak, tells Jessica Barrett how he got them to talk
Has The Archers lost the plot with it's spicy storylines?

Has The Archers lost the plot?

A growing number of listeners are voicing their discontent over the rural soap's spicy storylines; so loudly that even the BBC's director-general seems worried, says Simon Kelner
English Heritage adds 14 post-war office buildings to its protected lists

14 office buildings added to protected lists

Christopher Beanland explores the underrated appeal of these palaces of pen-pushing
Human skull discovery in Israel proves humans lived side-by-side with Neanderthals

Human skull discovery in Israel proves humans lived side-by-side with Neanderthals

Scientists unearthed the cranial fragments from Manot Cave in West Galilee