Jamie Merrill

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

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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

High and Over’s architecture is of ‘outstanding importance’

High and Over for sale: Amersham's modernist gem where architecture students pay homage goes on the market for £2.8m

It has long attracted building design aficionados. Now it could be theirs - for a price

London's New Year's Eve fireworks event is being ticketed this year for the first time at £10 a head

New Year's Eve: Stay away from central London unless you have fireworks ticket, advise police

100,000 paid £10 each to be near the fireworks - but everyone else told to avoid large areas near the Thames

The endangered Persian leopard is thriving thanks to landmines

Landmine sanctuary: rare leopard finds haven in the lethal legacy of Iran-Iraq war

The endangered Persian leopard is thriving thanks to landmines

Dominique Gonzalez-Foester's installation 'TH.2058' which opened in October 2008 at the Tate modern

Tate galleries forced to disclose the extent of controversial BP sponsorship deal

Tate has 35 days to disclose details of 25-year arrangement

‘Cinderella’ at the Mercury Theatre, Colchester, is designed to appeal to children with autism and sensory disorders

Pantomime leads the pack in quest to entertain autistic theatre-goers

‘Relaxed’ performances – featuring quieter songs and no pyrotechnics – proving popular

Gavin Barwell, MP for Central Croydon

Tory MP is told to stop pestering his constituents

Gavin Barwell's campaigns are a 'running joke' and blatant electioneering, says local paper
This year’s near-perfect growing conditions have led to the largest sprouts for 10 years

Bumper Brussels: Sprouts set to be biggest in 10 years after near-perfect growing conditions

Much-maligned Christmas dinner vegetables are also set to be sweeter than usual

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Not even the 'putrid throat' could stop the Ross Poldark swoon-fest'

Not even the 'putrid throat' could stop the Ross Poldark swoon-fest'

How a costume drama became a Sunday night staple
Miliband promises no stamp duty for first-time buyers as he pushes Tories on housing

Miliband promises no stamp duty for first-time buyers

Labour leader pushes Tories on housing
Aviation history is littered with grand failures - from the the Bristol Brabazon to Concorde - but what went wrong with the SuperJumbo?

Aviation history is littered with grand failures

But what went wrong with the SuperJumbo?
Fear of Putin, Islamists and immigration is giving rise to a new generation of Soviet-style 'iron curtains' right across Europe

Fortress Europe?

Fear of Putin, Islamists and immigration is giving rise to a new generation of 'iron curtains'
Never mind what you're wearing, it's what you're reclining on

Never mind what you're wearing

It's what you're reclining on that matters
General Election 2015: Chuka Umunna on the benefits of immigration, humility – and his leader Ed Miliband

Chuka Umunna: A virus of racism runs through Ukip

The shadow business secretary on the benefits of immigration, humility – and his leader Ed Miliband
Yemen crisis: This exotic war will soon become Europe's problem

Yemen's exotic war will soon affect Europe

Terrorism and boatloads of desperate migrants will be the outcome of the Saudi air campaign, says Patrick Cockburn
Marginal Streets project aims to document voters in the run-up to the General Election

Marginal Streets project documents voters

Independent photographers Joseph Fox and Orlando Gili are uploading two portraits of constituents to their website for each day of the campaign
Game of Thrones: Visit the real-life kingdom of Westeros to see where violent history ends and telly tourism begins

The real-life kingdom of Westeros

Is there something a little uncomfortable about Game of Thrones shooting in Northern Ireland?
How to survive a social-media mauling, by the tough women of Twitter

How to survive a Twitter mauling

Mary Beard, Caroline Criado-Perez, Louise Mensch, Bunny La Roche and Courtney Barrasford reveal how to trounce the trolls
Gallipoli centenary: At dawn, the young remember the young who perished in one of the First World War's bloodiest battles

At dawn, the young remember the young

A century ago, soldiers of the Empire – many no more than boys – spilt on to Gallipoli’s beaches. On this 100th Anzac Day, there are personal, poetic tributes to their sacrifice
Dissent is slowly building against the billions spent on presidential campaigns – even among politicians themselves

Follow the money as never before

Dissent is slowly building against the billions spent on presidential campaigns – even among politicians themselves, reports Rupert Cornwell
Samuel West interview: The actor and director on austerity, unionisation, and not mentioning his famous parents

Samuel West interview

The actor and director on austerity, unionisation, and not mentioning his famous parents
General Election 2015: Imagine if the leading political parties were fashion labels

Imagine if the leading political parties were fashion labels

Fashion editor, Alexander Fury, on what the leaders' appearances tell us about them
Phumzile Mlambo-Ngcuka: Home can be the unsafest place for women

Phumzile Mlambo-Ngcuka: Home can be the unsafest place for women

The architect of the HeForShe movement and head of UN Women on the world's failure to combat domestic violence