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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.

Oprah Winfrey said she was victimised at the Trois Pommes boutique in Zurich. The store's owner Trudie Goetz has apologised

So, what was it about Oprah Winfrey – black billionaire – that made Zurich store assume that she couldn’t afford a handbag?

Swiss boutique apologises after being accused of racism by the world’s most celebrated talk show host

Briony McRoberts as Sam Hagen in 'Take the High Road'

Briony McRoberts: Versatile actress and star of 'High Road'

The actress Briony McRoberts spent two decades taking character roles on television before making her biggest impact as the super-bitch Sam Hagen in Take the High Road, the Scottish soap opera screened nationally by ITV.

Usher pictured with his two sons by Tameka Foster at a film premiere in 2011. His five-year-old son Usher Raymond V has been taken to hospital after nearly drowning in Atlanta.

Usher's son, aged five, hospitalised after being caught in swimming pool drain

The five-year-old son of Grammy-winning R&B singer Usher has been hospitalised after nearly drowning in an Atlanta swimming pool.

Police investigate after body of a woman is discovered in University of East Anglia lake

The lake is in a part of the university known as the University of East Anglia (UEA) Broad, which is on a site west of the city

Dell founder ups his offer to take over PC maker

Michael Dell bowed to shareholder pressure yesterday in his battle to take the computer maker he founded private, but warned that his raised offer for Dell was the "best and final proposal".

Get me out of here - Cyprus, Lake Como, Dubai

Now... As the heatwave has slowed down holiday bookings, there are plenty of cheap packages. Flying from Cardiff on Sunday 28 July to Cyprus for a self-catering week in Ayia Napa costs £268 including 15kg baggage and transfers. thomascook.com

Where to go after a September city break in Rome – seaside or countryside?

Q. We are hoping to go to Rome in September for a long weekend. How easy would it be to extend the stay with a few days by the beach or in the countryside afterwards, to combine some culture with recharging the batteries? Claire Allard, Southampton

Bawsey Pits drowning victims named as Ryan Pettengell and Umar Balogun

Their bodies were recovered from separate lakes following a major search

Tina Turner

Page 3 Profile: Tina Turner, Singer

A fool in love?

Video: What Grace Dent watched this week

View the videos below to see clips from ‘Top of the Lake’ shown on the BBC and ‘Ray Donovan’ shown on Sky Atlantic

Two men killed after swimming in disused quarry in Norfolk

Bodies found in the water as police and health organisations issue warnings about staying safe during the hot weather

The Weekend’s Viewing: Hooked on the drama of what lies beneath...

Top of the Lake, Sat, BBC2 // Alive: Rankin Faces Death –  a Culture Show Special, Sat, BBC2

Shadowlands: Johnno (Tom Wright) and Detective Robin Griffin (Elisabeth Moss) in Top of the Lake

Television review: Top of the Lake - who fancies a trip to the spooky lake?

Jane Campion’s dark new series opened with lovely scenery and a gob-smacking moment

Lake escape: Yew Tree Farm was once owned by the writer Beatrix Potter but is now a cosy rental, sleeping six

Stay the Night: Yew Tree Farm, Cumbria

A farm with literary connections near Coniston Water has been converted into a self-catering let

Harvesting a field of wheat in Leicestershire

Water shortages for farmers ‘will make Britain dependent on imported crops’

Farmers face a severe water shortage that could put a considerable extra strain on the nation’s resources and make Britain increasingly reliant on imported crops, a government committee warns.

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