Jamie Merrill

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

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The wood-clad Hide overlooks Loch Nevis

Knoydart Hide, Inverie: Hide and seek in a stunning setting

You'll be torn between cosying up in this decadent retreat for two and exploring the scenery outside

Former soldiers Andy MacFarlane and Julie Taylor, who now work at the Jaguar Land Rover plant in Solihull

Homeless Veterans appeal: Win-win covenant connects veterans with employers keen to use their skills

Jaguar Land Rover is helping former armed forces personnel make the transition to civvy street

The closure of Merok Park Nursing Home is the latest in a succession of high-profile scandals involving care and nursing homes. File photo

Merok Park Nursing Home closed due to 'overpowering smell of urine'

Home cares for 25 elderly patients with dementia, physical disability and sensor impairment

Nobel Peace Prize laureate Malala Yousafzai attends a press conference on Tuesday at the Norwegian Nobel Institute in Oslo ahead of the ceremony to present her with the award

Malala calls on David Cameron to do better on human rights and climate change

Campaigner will accept Nobel Peace Prize in Oslo

Alex Salmond recently announced that he will fight for a seat in the Westminster Parliament at next year’s election

Alex Salmond attacked for holding on to 'golden goodbye'

Scottish Labour Party criticise former First Minister

Michael Adebolajo in the dock in Kenya in 2010

Lee Rigby murder: Tory MP demands answers from security services over plan to recruit Michael Adebolajo

A Conservative MP has called for the security services to respond to claims that they were involved in the questioning and alleged mistreatment of Lee Rigby's killer by Kenyan security services in 2010, three years before he went on to murder the young soldier in south London.

British military base in Bahrain is a 'reward' for UK's silence on human rights, say campaigners

The £15m base will be able to host destroyers and the Royal Navy's powerful new Queen Elizabeth aircraft carriers

Pandora Blake says the moves are an attack on a harmless industry

Porn regulation in the UK: It’s not as if we’re hurting anyone (else), say adult performers and producers

A new law will outlaw video-on-demand websites which showcase certain sexual practices. Jamie Merrill meets the practitioners with livelihoods on the line

Labour fury at Government decision not to send minister to Syria summit

Campaigners dismayed at Britain's unwillingness to admit vulnerable Syrian refugees

Bosses at the Royal Free Hospital in Hampstead have banned politicians for using the site “for political ends”

Royal Free Hospital bans political visits

It says: “Temperatures can become raised during election campaigns”

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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
World War Z author Max Brooks honours WW1's Harlem Hellfighters in new graphic novel

Max Brooks honours Harlem Hellfighters

The author talks about race, legacy and his Will Smith film option to Tim Walker
Why the league system no longer measures up

League system no longer measures up

Jon Coles, former head of standards at the Department of Education, used to be in charge of school performance rankings. He explains how he would reform the system
Valentine's Day cards: 5 best online card shops

Don't leave it to the petrol station: The best online card shops for Valentine's Day

Can't find a card you like on the high street? Try one of these sites for individual, personalised options, whatever your taste
Diego Costa: Devil in blue who upsets defences is a reminder of what Liverpool have lost

Devil in blue Costa is a reminder of what Liverpool have lost

The Reds are desperately missing Luis Suarez, says Ian Herbert
Ashley Giles: 'I'll watch England – but not as a fan'

Ashley Giles: 'I'll watch England – but not as a fan'

Former one-day coach says he will ‘observe’ their World Cup games – but ‘won’t be jumping up and down’
Greece elections: In times like these, the EU has far more dangerous adversaries than Syriza

Greece elections

In times like these, the EU has far more dangerous adversaries than Syriza, says Patrick Cockburn
Holocaust Memorial Day: Nazi victims remembered as spectre of prejudice reappears

Holocaust Memorial Day

Nazi victims remembered as spectre of prejudice reappears over Europe
Fortitude and the Arctic attraction: Our fascination with the last great wilderness

Magnetic north

The Arctic has always exerted a pull, from Greek myth to new thriller Fortitude. Gerard Gilbert considers what's behind our fascination with the last great wilderness