Environment The Nathusius’ pipistrelle weighs just 7.6g and is the size of a human thumb

A tiny bat the size of a human thumb has become the first to be recorded crossing the North Sea from Britain to mainland Europe – before meeting an untimely end in the Netherlands.

Hockney's 'Woldgate Woods, 21, 23 & 29 November 2006' will be shown at the Royal Academy exhibition

Hockney has all the time in the Wolds

The artist's epic, tranquil paintings illuminate a little-visited corner of Yorkshire, says Christopher Hirst

James Moore: Osborne's got it right over North Sea oil tax

Outlook According to the oil industry George Osborne was effectively shutting the North Sea down when he hiked the supplementary charge on producers to 32 per cent from 20 per cent.

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David Prosser: North Sea investment? What about that tax hike?

Outlook In the context of the row over the 50p top rate of tax and the arguments about new levies on banks, the announcement made by BP yesterday makes interesting reading. Isn't the sizeable – and very welcome – investment it is making in the North Sea exactly the sort of development for which the oil industry told us this year's Budget would spell doom?

North Sea Scrolls, Cabaret Voltaire, Edinburgh<br/>Beardyman, Assembly Hall, Edinburgh<br/>Amanda F*cking Palmer, HMV Picture House, Edinburgh

Never mind the stand-ups, the best humour in Edinburgh came from an unlikely trio who delivered a secret history of the United Kingdom

Book Of A Lifetime: The Accidental Tourist, By Anne Tyler

Asking a book lover to choose her book of a lifetime is a little like asking Casanova to pick his love of a lifetime; but if I have to, that book must be 'The Accidental Tourist' by Anne Tyler. A friend's mother recommended it to me back in the Eighties. We were sitting on the veranda while the slow sun set over the dark-blue North Sea and I was bemoaning the lack of "my kind of books". By this, I meant books that combined the best qualities of literary and commercial fiction the way the classics do; books where the writer's voice and view of the world delights and surprises, where the story and the characters seduce you along from page to page.

Shell admits risk of further spill

Hundreds of tonnes of oil could still be inside an offshore pipeline which has been leaking for a week.

BP struggles to fill vacancies

As unemployment hovers around the 2.5 million mark, BP is the latest employer to complain about a shortage of skilled recruits.

BP struggles to recruit engineers

A shortage of skilled engineers is threatening to hamper efforts by BP to boost production in the North Sea, a senior executive has said.

Oil leak detected on North Sea platform

A leak has been discovered on a North Sea oil platform owned by Royal Dutch Shell.

Enquest cashes in on rising oil prices

Enquest, the North Sea-focused oil company, posted a 145 per cent hike in profits yesterday as rising oil prices boosted its bottom line over the first half of the year.

Lost at sea &ndash; the &#163;1bn of wasted cod

Almost £1bn worth of North Sea cod has been discarded by UK fishing vessels since 1963.

A Day That Shook The World: First hovercraft run

On 25 July 1959, the fiftieth anniversary of Louis Blériot's successful flight across the English Channel, a totally new form of transport made its own first crossing of the Channel - the hovercraft.

There are scores of islands for sale at bargain prices but is living in splendid isolation haven or hell?

Don't let the romance get in the way of the reality, says Graham Norwood
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