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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.

Giant turbine blades likely to claim lives of migrating geese

There is no doubt that the giant turbines will kill some pink-footed geese, which migrate to Britain during the winter

Asbo for Nazi pensioner

A goose-stepping 80-year-old woman who hurled anti-Semitic, racist and homophobic abuse at neighbours has been given an Asbo.

Susannah Shops: In search of the perfect bikini

It’s that time of year again – the holiday season – marred only by the fact that shopping for swimwear rears its ugly head once more.

Kung Fu Panda 2 (PG)

Voices of: Jack Black, Gary Oldman, Seth Rogen, Angelina Jolie

Charles Nevin: The sweet smell of success

Start the week: The Odor-Eaters National Rotten Sneakers Contest was won this year by a nine-year-old from Utah

Leading article: When more is less

Blockbuster shows with international appeal have their detractors among critics, but more and more among paying visitors, too. Their complaint is that, having paid double-digit prices, they are herded through too fast and with so many others that they can't actually see the pictures. Gauguin, which closed yesterday at Tate Modern, attracted particular venom.

Album: British Sea Power, Valhalla Dancehall (Rough Trade)

Power and glory – a panoramic take on protest pop

Katy Guest: We wish you a merry Solstice. Or whatever...

Light of the world or warmth in the gloom? Our writer on Pagans

Farmer cleared after shooting burglars

A disabled farmer arrested on suspicion of attempted murder after shooting two burglars raiding a cannabis farm on his property that he did not know existed has been cleared after a three-month investigation.

Who needs turkey? There are plenty of other delicious ways to celebrate Christmas...

From spicy seafood to wintry vegetarian feasts.

Roasted Jerusalem artichokes and apples

Serves 4

Goose pimples: Chills, they're multiplying

It's not just cold weather that gives us goose bumps - research shows that certain songs can have the same effect

Alfred, Classical Opera Company, Kings Place

Thomas Arne’s early musical works – including ‘The Sheep-Shearing’, ‘The Wild-Goose Chase’, and ‘The Temple of Dullness’ – would never have earned him fame.

Theodora: Actress, empress, whore, by Stella Duffy

Powerful consorts have often been trashed by prurient historians, and none more so than Theodora, Empress of Byzantium, wife of the sixth-century ruler, Justinian. Procopius's official work celebrated her piety and courage, but his scurrilous Secret History claimed to reveal her as a former prostitute of unsurpassed greed. A travesty, but Procopius had a novelist's flair for colourful detail: what reader could forget the circus performance with excited geese?

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