Smaller companies have been a lucrative, albeit higher-risk, area to invest over the long term. The Numis Smaller Companies Index has, since 1955, achieved an annual return of 15.8 per cent compared with 12 per cent for the broader UK stock market.

Dragons breed in Britain

Bizarre sea dragons from Australia's west coast have been brought to the UK with hopes of becoming the first breeding group in the country.

Round-up: Halifax cup game called off over ineligible player

The challenge Cup was thrown into disarray yesterday when the tie between Halifax and Batley was called off less than four hours before kick-off because Halifax had fielded an ineligible player in the previous round.

Tebbit could be charged over 'dragon kicking'

Tory peer Lord Tebbit could face prosecution over claims that he kicked a person wearing a dragon costume during Chinese New Year celebrations.

Walker drops legal action against Bulls to join Catalan Dragons

The Queensland winger, Chris Walker, rejected by Bradford, has joined the Catalan Dragons on a two-year contract. Walker claimed the Bulls had reneged on a deal with him in order to sign the Manly scrum-half, Matt Orford.

Phantom Limb: exclusive free download

Download a free track by the Britol country-soul sextet.

Album: Phantom Limb, Phantom Limb (Naim)

Two years after forming at the end of 2004, Phantom Limb's progress was derailed when singer Yolanda Quartey fell ill.

Vampires: From freak to chic

In literature vampires are terrifying, shadowy figures who "vant to suck your blood", and whose heads need to be cut off and stuffed with garlic to prevent them returning from the dead. But in cinema vamps appear to be, well vampish.

The ten best vampire holidays

A plethora of fang-bearing films and television shows have hit our screens recently, from The Vampire’s Assistant to the highly acclaimed True Blood, and the latest is New Moon, sequel to the 2008 hit Twilight, released last week.

The Etruscan Roots of The Twilight Saga

Were there vampires in Volterra? Probably not, but the Etruscans had their own brigade of gods and demons representing night, death and resurrection.

Dracula: The Un-Dead, By Dacre Stoker and Ian Holt

History is repeating itself in many ways. For one, this is the "official" Dracula sequel, the book's blurb claims in blood-red font, written by a direct descendant of Stoker himself, and a well-known historian. Thematically, too, history is repeating itself, for Quincey Harker, the son of Jonathan and Mina, is prompted to explore his parents' dark secrets after coming across the troubled production of Dracula at the Lyceum, directed by Bram Stoker himself.

Ten places to celebrate Halloween in style

Halloween has its roots in Samhain, an ancient Gaelic festival roughly meaning “summer’s end”. During this time, it was believed that the divide between the living and dead became thin, allowing spirits to pass between the two worlds, hence the need to ward off evil whilst welcoming ancestral spirits home.

Twilight heart-throb Robert Pattinson voted 'favourite vampire'

Twilight heart-throb Robert Pattinson's character Edward Cullen has been hailed film buffs' favourite movie vampire.

Top ten spooky sightings

Roadside phantoms, big cats and spooky toilets flushing are among incidences of the supernatural to be recorded in the UK in the last 25 years.

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