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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.

Investment Insider: End in sight for printing money, so what now?

Bull market may drive cyclical businesses so far ignored in recession
David Cameron with Stephen Harper following his address to both House of Parliament

David Cameron appeals to Canadian PM Stephen Harper not to block plans to crack down on tax evasion

PM seeks support before G8 summit for global deal to create registers of company ownership 

The Business Matrix: Thursday 23 May 2013

Shares up as profits pour in for Britvic

Investment View: Reputations are at stake, but Shell is a better bet than BP

If allegations are correct, an average of £2,000 can be added to our petrol bills over the last decade

EU taps top oil traders for price-fixing information

The European Commission stepped up its investigation into oil price fixing as it sought information from trading houses such as the FTSE 100 giant Glencore.

The ‘Deepwater Horizon’ explosion in the Gulf of Mexico killed 11 workers and injured 16 others

BP warns over millions of dollars of 'fictitious' compensation claims for the 2010 Gulf of Mexico oil spill

Oil giant BP has warned that millions of dollars of "fictitious" compensation claims for the 2010 Gulf of Mexico oil spill are putting the company at risk.

Oil-price rigging could have added more than £2,000 to the average household petrol bill over the past 10 years

BP and Shell price-fixing investigation: Oil executives may face jail, warns David Cameron

Oil executives could face jail if they conspired to keep petrol prices high by rigging the market, David Cameron has warned.

'Limp-wristed and lettuce-like': MP attacks inquiry into BP and Shell petrol price-fixing allegations

Oil giants targeted by European Commission in probe into suspected market manipulation

Point of view: The deck and pool

B&B and Beyond: Cape View Clifton, Cape Town

With ocean-facing terraces and a standout location, this chic guesthouse is the perfect Cape escape

Sudden exit, but a job well done at Shell for Peter Voser

Chief executive's departure surprises the City but he has left the oil giant in better shape
Durk has developed uncompromising hip-hop without releasing an overtly commercial track

The Playlist: Godspeed You! Black Emperor / Jack White / MGMT

Godspeed You! Black Emperor

Innes: she personified the bohemianism of the late 20th century

Jocasta Innes: Cookery and design writer who transformed our approach to home-making

At one point she lived on the £20 a week she could make translating bodice-rippers from the French

Bumi shares halted while auditor examines figures

The Bumi saga took another twist today as the coal miner set up by financier Nat Rothschild broadened an internal review into its key Berau subsidiary – forcing the suspension of its shares.

Twelve police officers 'missing' in Nigeria

Militants in Nigeria's oil-rich southern delta ambushed a group of police officers as they sat stranded in a boat in the region's winding creeks, leaving at least 12 “missing” in the most serious attack in months in a region vital to the country's finances,.

Investment Insider: BP has acted decisively to recover from oil spill

Before the Gulf of Mexico oil disaster three years ago, BP was a must-own share for UK investors. The company was not only one of the most generous dividend payers, it had been a spectacular growth share too. Consequently, many investors held BP shares either directly in their portfolios or indirectly (and perhaps unknowingly) through their pension funds.

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Homeless Veterans appeal: 'You look for someone who's an inspiration and try to be like them'

Homeless Veterans appeal

In 2010, Sgt Gary Jamieson stepped on an IED in Afghanistan and lost his legs and an arm. He reveals what, and who, helped him to make a remarkable recovery
Could cannabis oil reverse the effects of cancer?

Could cannabis oil reverse effects of cancer?

As a film following six patients receiving the controversial treatment is released, Kate Hilpern uncovers a very slippery issue
The Interview movie review: You can't see Seth Rogen and James Franco's Kim Jong Un assassination film, but you can read about it here

The Interview movie review

You can't see Seth Rogen and James Franco's Kim Jong Un assassination film, but you can read about it here
Serial mania has propelled podcasts into the cultural mainstream

How podcasts became mainstream

People have consumed gripping armchair investigation Serial with a relish typically reserved for box-set binges
Jesus Christ has become an unlikely pin-up for hipster marketing companies

Jesus Christ has become an unlikely pin-up

Kevin Lee Light, aka "Jesus", is the newest client of creative agency Mother while rival agency Anomaly has launched Sexy Jesus, depicting the Messiah in a series of Athena-style poses
Rosetta space mission voted most important scientific breakthrough of 2014

A memorable year for science – if not for mice

The most important scientific breakthroughs of 2014
Christmas cocktails to make you merry: From eggnog to Brown Betty and Rum Bumpo

Christmas cocktails to make you merry

Mulled wine is an essential seasonal treat. But now drinkers are rediscovering other traditional festive tipples. Angela Clutton raises a glass to Christmas cocktails
5 best activity trackers

Fitness technology: 5 best activity trackers

Up the ante in your regimen and change the habits of a lifetime with this wearable tech
Paul Scholes column: It's a little-known fact, but I have played one of the seven dwarves

Paul Scholes column

It's a little-known fact, but I have played one of the seven dwarves
Fifa's travelling circus once again steals limelight from real stars

Fifa's travelling circus once again steals limelight from real stars

Club World Cup kicked into the long grass by the continued farce surrounding Blatter, Garcia, Russia and Qatar
Frank Warren column: 2014 – boxing is back and winning new fans

Frank Warren: Boxing is back and winning new fans

2014 proves it's now one of sport's biggest hitters again
Jeb Bush vs Hillary Clinton: The power dynamics of the two first families

Jeb Bush vs Hillary Clinton

Karen Tumulty explores the power dynamics of the two first families
Stockholm is rivalling Silicon Valley with a hotbed of technology start-ups

Stockholm is rivalling Silicon Valley

The Swedish capital is home to two of the most popular video games in the world, as well as thousands of technology start-ups worth hundreds of millions of pounds – and it's all happened since 2009
Did Japanese workers really get their symbols mixed up and display Santa on a crucifix?

Crucified Santa: Urban myth refuses to die

The story goes that Japanese store workers created a life-size effigy of a smiling "Father Kurisumasu" attached to a facsimile of Our Lord's final instrument of torture
Jennifer Saunders and Kate Moss join David Walliams on set for TV adaptation of The Boy in the Dress

The Boy in the Dress: On set with the stars

Walliams' story about a boy who goes to school in a dress will be shown this Christmas