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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.

Treasures of the Olympic Winter Games

Book of the week: Treasures of the Olympic Winter Games

Britain may be minnows when it comes to winter sports, but we did invent modern sledding, and we’ve had our moments in figure skating too. Indeed, as this book reminds us, figure skating first appeared on the Olympic schedule in London in 1908.

Beak season: Pink-footed geese are found inland

Wildlife Weekend: Wintering birds in the Kingdom of Fife

Spend most of the first day in Largo Bay, south-west of Kirkcaldy. There may be no finer location to watch the wintering seaduck for which Scotland is renowned. If the tide is high and the sun shining, start with the light behind you at the bay’s eastern edge, Ruddon’s Point. Look westwards for dense black rafts of scoters, mainly common scoter. A flash of white wings draws your attention to velvet scoters secreted among them. Check the flock carefully and you could even see surf scoter. There is no more regular British site for this North American visitor.

Northampton women killed in Utah family of five 'murder-suicide'

Local police said serving officer Joshua Boren appeared to have turned his gun on his wife, mother-in-law and two young children

Stephen Bunting celebrates winning the BDO World Championships Final

Darts: Top seed Stephen Bunting claims maiden world title

Top seed Stephen Bunting defeated Alan Norris 7-4 to be crowned BDO World Darts champion at Lakeside on Sunday night.

The woman was also a student of Ian Lake, pictured, who the Independent revealed last month had abused pupils since the 1970s

Royal College of Music hit by more sex abuse allegations

Former student claims teacher and janitor ‘lunged’ at her in the 1970s

Couple reunited with lost retirement holiday photos in just one day after campaign to find them goes viral

Isabel Taylor and Duncan MacWatt assumed their precious photos had been lost forever when Mrs Taylor dropped a bag containing a memory card

Ice balls washing up on the shores of Lake Michigan as the US is plunged into sub zero temperatures

Polar vortex: Lake Michigan turns to sea of giant ice balls

The polar vortex which has plunged the US into sub zero temperatures has caused yet another incredible sight - huge boulders of ice in Lake Michigan

Google celebrates Zora Neale Hurston's life with a doodle on their homepage.

Zora Neale Hurston celebrated in the US with a Google Doodle on her birthday

The prolific writer and activist died in poverty in 1970, but soon came to be considered one of America's greatest writers

High life: The Valley bar has estate views

Room Service: Hilton Shillim, India

A hilltop escape with that healing feeling

Postcard from... Nainital

Ian Lake was finally convicted of sexual offences in 1995, after years of abusing students

Decades of abuse by Royal College of Music piano teacher Ian Lake boosts demands for inquiry

Victims demand to know why Ian Lake was employed by Royal College of Music for so long

2013 - the year in review: The best TV of the Year

Breaking Bad, Netflix

Wyatt was last seen leaving a lodge in Nelson Lakes National Park on December 15

Missing Cornish hiker: New Zealand rescue crew is 'confident' recovered body is that of Andrew Wyatt

Mountain rescuers searching for a British hiker in New Zealand are “confident” the body they have recovered at the bottom of a 100-metre cliff is him.

The Boat Shed in Nelson, New Zealand

New Zealand rescuers find mountain body in search for British hiker

Mountain rescuers searching for a British hiker in New Zealand have recovered a body at the bottom of a 330ft cliff, police have said.

Sofa, so good: ‘Gogglebox’ allows us to watch the TV watchers

The best television shows of 2013

The Independent's TV critic selects this year's best of the box

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Middle East crisis: We know all too much about the cruelty of Isis – but all too little about who they are

We know all too much about the cruelty of Isis – but all too little about who they are

Now Obama has seen the next US reporter to be threatened with beheading, will he blink, asks Robert Fisk
Neanderthals lived alongside humans for centuries, latest study shows

Final resting place of our Neanderthal neighbours revealed

Bones dated to 40,000 years ago show species may have died out in Belgium species co-existed
Scottish independence: The new Scots who hold fate of the UK in their hands

The new Scots who hold fate of the UK in their hands

Scotland’s immigrants are as passionate about the future of their adopted nation as anyone else
Britain's ugliest buildings: Which monstrosities should be nominated for the Dead Prize?

Blight club: Britain's ugliest buildings

Following the architect Cameron Sinclair's introduction of the Dead Prize, an award for ugly buildings, John Rentoul reflects on some of the biggest blots on the UK landscape
eBay's enduring appeal: Online auction site is still the UK's most popular e-commerce retailer

eBay's enduring appeal

The online auction site is still the UK's most popular e-commerce site
Culture Minister Ed Vaizey: ‘lack of ethnic minority and black faces on TV is weird’

'Lack of ethnic minority and black faces on TV is weird'

Culture Minister Ed Vaizey calls for immediate action to address the problem
Artist Olafur Eliasson's latest large-scale works are inspired by the paintings of JMW Turner

Magic circles: Artist Olafur Eliasson

Eliasson's works will go alongside a new exhibition of JMW Turner at Tate Britain. He tells Jay Merrick why the paintings of his hero are ripe for reinvention
Josephine Dickinson: 'A cochlear implant helped me to discover a new world of sound'

Josephine Dickinson: 'How I discovered a new world of sound'

After going deaf as a child, musician and poet Josephine Dickinson made do with a hearing aid for five decades. Then she had a cochlear implant - and everything changed
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Greggs gives lesson in crisis management

After a mishap with their logo, high street staple Greggs went viral this week. But, as Simon Usborne discovers, their social media response was anything but half baked
Matthew McConaughey has been singing the praises of bumbags (shame he doesn't know how to wear one)

Matthew McConaughey sings the praises of bumbags

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Flying fun: 7 best quadcopters and drones

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Joey Barton: ‘I’ve been guilty of getting a bit irate’

Joey Barton: ‘I’ve been guilty of getting a bit irate’

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Andy Murray: I quit while I’m ahead too often

Andy Murray: I quit while I’m ahead too often

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Ferguson: In the heartlands of America, a descent into madness

A descent into madness in America's heartlands

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BBC faces corruption allegation over its Sir Cliff police raid coverage

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