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 survery received more than 27,000 responses from patients who described themselves as gay, lesbian or bisexual

Gay people more likely to have mental health problems, survey says

Bisexuals are the worst-affected group

Sublime: the new Jaguar F-Type coupé

Jaguar F-Type V6 S Coupe, motoring review: A car for today, despite reverting to E-Type

PRICE £60,235
ENGINE CAPACITY 3.0-litre supercharged V6
POWER OUTPUT (BHP @ RPM) 375 @ 6,500
TOP SPEED (MPH) 171
0-60 MPH (SECS) 4.8
FUEL ECONOMY (MPG) 32.1
CO2 EMISSIONS (G/KM) 213

Ensuring safe passage for 500 years: The need for lighthouse operator Trinity House is undimmed

This summer it celebrates five centuries of keeping the British mariner safe at sea
Iraqi Shia fighters prepare to fight Isis militants in Jurf Al Sakhar, 43 miles south of Baghdad AP

The world must 'wake up' to the scale of the crisis in northern Iraq, warns British aid worker

Many refugees feel 'abandoned' by the international community

Kia Cee'd GT, motoring review: Warm hatch could be a game-changer for 'dull, dependable' Kia

Price: £20,500
Engine capacity: 1.6-litre 4 cylinder turbo
Power output (BHP@rpm): 201 @ 6,000
Top speed (mph): 143
Fuel economy (mpg): 38.2
CO2 emissions (g/km): 171

Luxurious hunk: the new Rolls-Royce Wraith

Rolls-Royce Wraith, motoring review: Excellent touch and silky skills for such a big player

PRICE From £235,000
ENGINE CAPACITY 6.6-litre V12
POWER OUTPUT (BHP @ RPM) 624 @ 5,600
TOP SPEED (MPH) 155
FUEL ECONOMY (MPG) 20.8
CO2 EMISSIONS (G/Km) 317

The UAE Ministry of Foreign Affairs said Oxford Street had high rates for fraud, theft and pickpocketing

Emirati tourists warned to avoid 'dangerous' Oxford Street

It’s a mile-long shopping destination known for chain stores, traffic jams, air pollution and crowds of meandering tourists, but London’s Oxford Street has gained an  unwelcome accolade after the UAE Ministry of Foreign Affairs listed it on a map of the most “dangerous areas” for Emirati tourists in the capital.

Commuters burning calories on the London Underground

Why commuting to work doesn’t mean your health has to go down the tube

In the battle against the middle-age spread, commuters have long been recommended to walk or cycle to work. But a major new study has suggested that taking public transport could also be beneficial.

Cardiovascular diseases still remain the biggest killer in Europe

Heart disease rates fall across Europe

Decline is link to the fall in smoking rates

Welsh health minister Mark Drakeford worries e-cigarettes could give youngsters a taste for nicotine

Smokers turn their backs on NHS as they opt for e-cigarettes to help quit smoking

The number of people turning to the NHS for help to stop smoking has fallen for the second year in a row, according to a new report.

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Surrounded by high-rise flats is a little house filled with Lebanon’s history - clocks, rifles, frogmen’s uniforms and colonial helmets

Clocks, rifles, swords, frogmen’s uniforms

Surrounded by high-rise flats is a little house filled with Lebanon’s history
Return to Gaza: Four months on, the wounds left by Israel's bombardment have not yet healed

Four months after the bombardment, Gaza’s wounds are yet to heal

Kim Sengupta is reunited with a man whose plight mirrors the suffering of the Palestinian people
Gastric surgery: Is it really the answer to the UK's obesity epidemic?

Is gastric surgery really the answer to the UK's obesity epidemic?

Critics argue that it’s crazy to operate on healthy people just to stop them eating
Homeless Veterans appeal: Christmas charity auction Part 2 - now LIVE

Homeless Veterans appeal: Christmas charity auction

Bid on original art, or trips of a lifetime to Africa or the 'Corrie' set, and help Homeless Veterans
Pantomime rings the changes to welcome autistic theatre-goers

Autism-friendly theatre

Pantomime leads the pack in quest to welcome all
The week Hollywood got scared and had to grow up a bit

The week Hollywood got scared and had to grow up a bit

Sony suffered a chorus of disapproval after it withdrew 'The Interview', but it's not too late for it to take a stand, says Joan Smith
From Widow Twankey to Mother Goose, how do the men who play panto dames get themselves ready for the performance of a lifetime?

Panto dames: before and after

From Widow Twankey to Mother Goose, how do the men who play panto dames get themselves ready for the performance of a lifetime?
Thirties murder mystery novel is surprise runaway Christmas hit

Thirties murder mystery novel is surprise runaway Christmas hit

Booksellers say readers are turning away from dark modern thrillers and back to the golden age of crime writing
Anne-Marie Huby: 'Charities deserve the best,' says founder of JustGiving

Anne-Marie Huby: 'Charities deserve the best'

Ten million of us have used the JustGiving website to donate to good causes. Its co-founder says that being dynamic is as important as being kind
The botanist who hunts for giant trees at Kew Gardens

The man who hunts giants

A Kew Gardens botanist has found 25 new large tree species - and he's sure there are more out there
The 12 ways of Christmas: Spare a thought for those who will be working to keep others safe during the festive season

The 12 ways of Christmas

We speak to a dozen people who will be working to keep others safe, happy and healthy over the holidays
Birdwatching men have a lot in common with their feathered friends, new study shows

The male exhibits strange behaviour

A new study shows that birdwatching men have a lot in common with their feathered friends...
Diaries of Evelyn Waugh, Virginia Woolf and Noël Coward reveal how they coped with the December blues

Famous diaries: Christmas week in history

Noël Coward parties into the night, Alan Clark bemoans the cost of servants, Evelyn Waugh ponders his drinking…
From noble to narky, the fall of the open letter

From noble to narky, the fall of the open letter

The great tradition of St Paul and Zola reached its nadir with a hungry worker's rant to Russell Brand, says DJ Taylor
A Christmas ghost story by Alison Moore: A prodigal daughter has a breakthrough

A Christmas ghost story by Alison Moore

The story was published earlier this month in 'Poor Souls' Light: Seven Curious Tales'