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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.

Christmas turkey? Why not go for a goose

The traditional Christmas bird may not be cheap, says Anthea Gerrie, but with its uniquely delicious fat and crispy crackling, it’s a festive feast that keeps on giving

Birds still at risk from lead poisoning despite shotgun laws

Lead poisoning is still a major cause of death among swans, ducks and other waterfowl despite legislation aimed at restricting the use of toxic lead pellets by shotgun owners, a study has found.

We need our fools – even you, Jeremy

Too much good taste is dangerous. Bullying people who offend into silence will only make our society duller and more monolithic.

Jimmy Hoffa in 1964

Possible breakthrough in hunt for missing union boss Hoffa

Just conceivably, beneath the drive of a modest house in the suburbs of Detroit, there lies the answer to one of America's most enduring mysteries: what happened to Jimmy Hoffa?

Jimmy Hoffa in 1964

Unsolved for 37 years: Whatever happened to Jimmy Hoffa?

A new lead into the disappearance of the union boss could solve one of America's greatest mysteries

Ryan Gander in his east London studio

In The Studio: Ryan Gander, artist

'We do not sit down here to come up with ideas. Ideas come in the car'

The ceremony ached with cleverness, wit, and subversion

Chris Blackhurst: There's nothing remotely 'leftie' about celebrating immigration and the NHS

Danny Boyle's Opening Ceremony was dismissed as 'leftie, multicultural crap' by right-wing Tory MP Aidan Burley. Chris Blackhurst, who was there, insists nothing could be further from the truth

A farmer force-feeds grain to a duck to produce foie gras

French call for Californian wine boycott as US state bans foie gras

Aggrieved diplomats in Paris to raise issue with US ambassador

Night vision: the Hagia Sofia

The Hedonist: Bar-hopping in Istanbul

What to see and where to be seen

'Seascape' by Claude Monet c1866

From Paris: A Taste for Impressionism, Royal Academy, London

The heirs to the Singer sewing-machine fortune bought whatever they damn well liked

James Moore: Aviva might want to show value to shareholders

Faced with the very real possibility of a Barclays-style blow-up at its AGM on Thursday, Aviva's chief executive, Andrew Moss, has taken the prudent course and declined an inflation-busting pay rise of nearly 5 per cent. Perhaps he, at least, sees the problem: notwithstanding the continuing questions about strategy (critics claim it doesn't have one), the shares have fallen off a cliff over the past couple of months.

James Moore: Aviva might want to demonstrate this tremendous value shareholders pay for

This sets a terrible example to the firms in which Aviva’s fund management arm invests

Album: M. Ward, A Wasteland Companion (Bella Union)

With his natural warmth and gentleness allied to a refreshingly non-dogmatic take on retro musical styles, M. Ward is one of the more engaging Americana artists around today.

Simon Kelner: A barbaric delicacy that is rightly beyond the pale

It is difficult to imagine these days, but, not very long ago, people would deposit litter on the streets without care or reproach, dog mess would be left on the pavement, and smokers would strike up without any consideration for their fellow citizens.

Golden fields in the evening sun near Yesnaby

Walk of the month: Orkney

At this time of year, the only company you're likely to have in Orkney is seabirds, as Mark Rowe discovers

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