This millennium, Britain’s dragonfly contingent has been in the throes of revolution. Several sparkling species have crossed the sea to start colonising the UK. In this ambitious itinerary, you might see up to seven magnificent dragonflies unknown in Britain two decades previously.
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Sunday 26 May 2013
Amsterdam’s Schiphol Airport is expected to start gassing thousands of geese this week to prevent potentially lethal bird strikes on aircraft, after an animal rights group failed to convince a court to halt the cull.
Friday 24 May 2013
Outlook The Treasury this week hailed the fact that data from the Office for National Statistics showed that "underlying borrowing" is now falling. But did it? If you strip out factors such as gilt coupon payments from the Bank of England and transfers from the Royal Mail pension fund, borrowing in April 2013 was £10.2bn, up £1.3bn on the £8.9bn borrowed in April 2012. Ah, but what about the £2.3bn profits from the Bank of England's wound-down Special Liquidity Scheme (SLS)? They were paid over to the Treasury in April 2012 and thus flattered that month's borrowing figures. So disregard those profits for April 2012 and the comparison with April 2013 looks better, showing a £1bn fall in borrowing.
The Last Word: If game fully embraced corporate principles managers would get a bonus for relegation
Saturday 18 May 2013
Business and sport have discovered a fatuous glamour in one another
Friday 05 April 2013
A south London tourist board is challenging the Lake District's claim to the name. So did it bring out the poet in John Walsh
Friday 29 March 2013
Why would the BBC be willing to appear to support such a barbaric process?
Saturday 23 March 2013
There was a time when Paul Gallico's novels had a place on every middle-class bookshelf, yet, even though several of his books remain in print, he has all but vanished from public consciousness. He was born in New York in 1897, the son of a famous Italian pianist and composer, and became one of the highest-paid sports writers in America. His career took off after he asked the boxer Jack Dempsey to spar with him, and was able to describe what it felt like to be knocked out by a champion.
Wednesday 06 February 2013
First produced in 1931, a couple of years before Hitler came to power, Carl Zuckmayer's comedy pokes risky, spirited and oddly charming fun at the German inclination towards militaristic conformity.
Tuesday 22 January 2013
The Old King shows a man reduced to wordlessness, fighting to communicate or connect with an audience. Dancer Romeu Runa flails about, putting himself through gruelling tasks.
Monday 14 January 2013
Former EastEnders actress Gemma McCluskie was beaten to death by her brother after a row over an overflowing sink, a court heard today.
Tuesday 08 January 2013
With a thoughtful sentiment behind every trinket, Dodo's jewellery is for the romantic at heart
Monday 24 December 2012
Farce – with its panic-propelled exits and entrances and its heavy dependence on doors – should not officially work in in-the-round theatres.
Friday 21 December 2012
Rarely these days do you see something on televesion that is so nerve-shreddingly real
Monday 17 December 2012
Double-century partnership between Jonathan Trott and Ian Bell leads England to their first Test series win in India since the days of David Gower
Wines of Week: Oldenburg Vineyards 2009 Cabernet Sauvignon; Domaine De Brau 2010 Pays D'Oc IGP; Valle Vento Barolo 2008
Sunday 16 December 2012
Terry Kirby selects the best bottles to buy
Thursday 13 December 2012
The festive season is here, and so are the shiny, sparkly, twinkling decorations to go with it.
Richard Dawkins on babies with Down Syndrome: 'Abort it and try again – it would be immoral to bring it into the world'
Scottish independence: English people overwhelmingly want Scotland to stay in the UK
Isis threat: Cameron wants an alliance with Iran
Michael Brown shooting: Chaos erupts on the streets of Ferguson after autopsy shows teenager was shot six times – twice in the head
Disgusting, frustrating, but intriguing: how the country really feels about its politicians
Bin bag full of cats' heads discovered near Manchester's Curry Mile
- 1 'Alien thigh bone' on Mars: Excitement from alien hunters at 'evidence' of extraterrestrial life
- 2 West poised to join forces with President Assad in face of Islamic State
- 3 Mother fed her daughter tapeworms to make her skinny for pageant
- 5 ALS ice bucket challenge co-founder Corey Griffin drowns, aged 27