Jamie Merrill

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

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Dylan Thomas’s Boathouse at Mwche farm, Llansteffan

Dylan Thomas' favourite view to be blighted as local council greenlights a 45m wind turbine

The granddaughter of non-conformist Welsh poet Dylan Thomas has said she has “no words to describe” the decision by a vote by local councillors to allow a wind turbine to "decimate" the view from the Carmarthenshire boathouse where he wrote some of his most famous works.

Fruit that has been damaged by bad weather will go on sale rather than be destroyed

Ugly fruit gets a makeover as store cuts waste

Waitrose sells produce disfigured by bad weather, and that’s good for farmers and customers alike 

Stewart Campbell, who takes holidays alone, on an island off Thailand

Single tickets please as more holidaymakers leave partners at home

Forget romantic walks along tropical beaches or candle-lit suppers in European capitals. More and more British holidaymakers are opting for “me time” and going away without their partner, according to a new survey.

A police officer stands outside a polling station in Tower Hamlets

Election watchdog to probe Tower Hamlets count delays, as last results finally announced

One of the most controversial councils in the country is facing an investigation by the Electoral Commission, after a local election vote count was finally competed Tower Hamlets in east London after five days of delays.

Population decline in religiously sceptical European countries combined with rapid population growth in central Africa could see a resurgence of Christianity

Steve Jones at the Hay Festival: Falling birth rates in Europe and rising ones in Africa could spell decline in atheism

A combination of surging population growth in Christian Africa and population decline in Europe could signal the decline of atheism, a world-renowned geneticist has claimed.

Ants were found to create ‘highly complex networks’ in their search for food

Ant groups 'more efficient than Google' in processing data, new study finds

While individual 'scout' ants may seem chaotic in their movements, they are leaving a pheromone trails to allow other ants to follow them to food sources

Lord Browne is the chairman of controversial fracking firm Caudrilla

Lord Browne at Hay Festival: Send gay employees to Russia to change attitudes, says fracking firm boss

The chairman of controversial fracking firm Cuadrilla has called on British businesses to send gay employees to Russia in an attempt to change that country’s attitude on homosexuality.

Kim Kardashian and Kanye West at the Met Ball this year

Kanye West and Kim Kardashian wedding: Couple married in two-day celebration of celebrity branding and bling

If fame is a profession, these two are the CEOs. Now they are merging – sorry, marrying
Tim Hallchurch said he hadn’t had a challenger ‘in quite some time’ John

Local elections 2014: ‘Anyone of any party can stand against me, they just haven’t’

Jamie Merrill visits the uncontested Tory ward of Otmoor, Oxfordshire, to see if it is a ‘blight on democracy’

Chuffing quick: the new Audi SQ5

Audi SQ5, motoring review: It may not be flashy, but this new SUV is fearsomely fast

PRICE £43,075
ENGINE Capacity 3-litre twin-turbo diesel V6
POWER OUTPUT (BHP @ RPM) 313 @ 3,900-4,500
TOP SPEED (MPH) 155
FUEL ECONOMY (MPG) 41.1
CO2 EMISSIONS (G/KM) 179

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Russian troops and armour pour into Ukraine
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Potatoes could be off the menu as crop pests threaten UK

The world’s entire food system is under attack - and Britain is most at risk, according to a new study
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Gangnam smile: why the Chinese are flocking to South Korea to buy a new face

Seoul's plastic surgery industry is booming thanks to the popularity of the K-Pop look
From Mozart to Orson Welles: Creative geniuses who peaked too soon

Creative geniuses who peaked too soon

After the death of Sandy Wilson, 90, who wrote his only hit musical in his twenties, John Walsh wonders what it's like to peak too soon and go on to live a life more ordinary
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Caught in the crossfire of a cyber Cold War

Fears are mounting that Vladimir Putin has instructed hackers to target banks like JP Morgan
Salomé's feminine wiles have inspired writers, painters and musicians for 2,000 years

Salomé: A head for seduction

Salomé's feminine wiles have inspired writers, painters and musicians for 2,000 years. Now audiences can meet the Biblical femme fatale in two new stage and screen projects
From Bram Stoker to Stanley Kubrick, the British Library's latest exhibition celebrates all things Gothic

British Library celebrates all things Gothic

Forthcoming exhibition Terror and Wonder: The Gothic Imagination will be the UK's largest ever celebration of Gothic literature
The Hard Rock Café's owners are embroiled in a bitter legal dispute - but is the restaurant chain worth fighting for?

Is the Hard Rock Café worth fighting for?

The restaurant chain's owners are currently embroiled in a bitter legal dispute
Caribbean cuisine is becoming increasingly popular in the UK ... and there's more to it than jerk chicken at carnival

In search of Caribbean soul food

Caribbean cuisine is becoming increasingly popular in the UK ... and there's more to it than jerk chicken at carnival
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11 best face powders

Sweep away shiny skin with our pick of the best pressed and loose powder bases
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Roy Hodgson's hands tied by exploding top flight

Lack of Englishmen at leading Premier League clubs leaves manager hamstrung
Angel Di Maria and Cristiano Ronaldo: A tale of two Manchester United No 7s

Di Maria and Ronaldo: A tale of two Manchester United No 7s

They both inherited the iconic shirt at Old Trafford, but the £59.7m new boy is joining a club in a very different state
Israel-Gaza conflict: No victory for Israel despite weeks of death and devastation

Robert Fisk: No victory for Israel despite weeks of devastation

Palestinians have won: they are still in Gaza, and Hamas is still there
Mary Beard writes character reference for Twitter troll who called her a 'slut'

Unlikely friends: Mary Beard and the troll who called her a ‘filthy old slut’

The Cambridge University classicist even wrote the student a character reference
America’s new apartheid: Prosperous white districts are choosing to break away from black cities and go it alone

America’s new apartheid

Prosperous white districts are choosing to break away from black cities and go it alone