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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.

Platinum miners sacked as tensions rise in South Africa rise

Tensions mounted in South Africa's resources industry yesterday as Anglo American fired 12,000 platinum miners, Shell declared force majeure on fuel deliveries and unrest in the mining industry spread to take another life.

Investment Insider: Are giant companies such a big deal for investors?

Shares in Apple climbed above $660 this week, propelling its market value to $624bn, which topped the previous record held by Microsoft. The maker of iPods, iPhones and iPads is now worth more than Switzerland. Bought shares in Apple in 2002 and you'd be looking at an average annual return of 46 per cent.

The 10 Best tough gadgets

If you regularly wreck mobiles, need a watch that can take a kicking or fancy a water-proof MP3, check these out...

Time almost up for Shell to begin Arctic drilling

Shell is racing to begin a massive drilling campaign in US Arctic waters before they freeze over and postpone activities by a year.

Shell faces 12 month setback in $4.5bn Arctic drilling campaign

The oil company has converted a 300-foot vessel to comply with heightened safety standards
Walter Haefner: industrialist and philanthropist who made his fortune in the post-war car industry and the burgeoning world of computers

Walter Haefner: Businessman and philanthropist

Walter Haefner, the world's oldest billionaire, was an industrialist and philanthropist who made his fortune in the post-war car industry and the burgeoning world of computers. He remained, however, an unshowy man – despite an interest in horse-breeding and his later ownership of the successful Moyglare Stud Farm.

Coalition 'united on carbon cuts', says Nick Clegg

Deputy Prime Minister Nick Clegg today dismissed claims of rifts within the coalition Government over its commitment to cutting carbon emissions, as he unveiled a £100 million investment in energy efficiency.

Family ties: George Osborne, right, and his father-in-law Lord Howell, are both supporters of fossil fuels

Osborne accused over gas lobbyist father-in-law

Campaigners ask if Chancellor's energy policies are influenced by Lord Howell

Shell disappoints as profits fall

Falling energy prices left its mark on Royal Dutch Shell today after a weaker-than-expected profits performance drove a big fall in its share price.

Greenpeace campaigners target Shell petrol stations

Motorists faced delays at petrol pumps as environmental campaigners launched a protest at an oil firm's plans to drill in the Arctic.

The Business Matrix: Saturday 14 July 2012

Italy's credit rating cut by Moody's

Shell and Thailand's PTT face penalty shoot-out in battle to land Cove Energy

After five months without scoring that decisive goal, the match between Shell and Thailand's PTT for the trophy that is the oil explorer Cove Energy is hurtling towards a penalty shoot-out.

Leading article: Business with Burma must benefit both sides

When Burma's democracy leader, Aung San Suu Kyi, was released after more than 20 years under house arrest, David Cameron led the way in making sure this great event was celebrated in the world with the gusto that it merited.

British businesses head to Burma for trade delegation

British businesses, including the oil giants BP and Shell, will arrive in Burma tomorrow for the first government sponsored trade delegation to the south east Asian nation in nearly two decades, the Independent has learned.

Edinburgh fights back

The Scottish capital's film festival has fallen on tough times. But, says Geoffrey Macnab, despite hiccups, there are some signs of life to be found in this year's scaled-back event

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Lake Garda
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A nap a day could save your life

A midday nap is 'associated with reduced blood pressure'
If men are so obsessed by sex, why do they clam up when confronted with the grisly realities?

If men are so obsessed by sex...

...why do they clam up when confronted with the grisly realities?
The comedy titans of Avalon on their attempt to save BBC3

Jon Thoday and Richard Allen-Turner

The comedy titans of Avalon on their attempt to save BBC3
The bathing machine is back... but with a difference

Rolling in the deep

The bathing machine is back but with a difference
Part-privatised tests, new age limits, driverless cars: Tories plot motoring revolution

Conservatives plot a motoring revolution

Draft report reveals biggest reform to regulations since driving test introduced in 1935
The Silk Roads that trace civilisation: Long before the West rose to power, Asian pathways were connecting peoples and places

The Silk Roads that trace civilisation

Long before the West rose to power, Asian pathways were connecting peoples and places
House of Lords: Outcry as donors, fixers and MPs caught up in expenses scandal are ennobled

The honours that shame Britain

Outcry as donors, fixers and MPs caught up in expenses scandal are ennobled
When it comes to street harassment, we need to talk about race

'When it comes to street harassment, we need to talk about race'

Why are black men living the stereotypes and why are we letting them get away with it?
International Tap Festival: Forget Fred Astaire and Ginger Rogers - this dancing is improvised, spontaneous and rhythmic

International Tap Festival comes to the UK

Forget Fred Astaire and Ginger Rogers - this dancing is improvised, spontaneous and rhythmic
War with Isis: Is Turkey's buffer zone in Syria a matter of self-defence – or just anti-Kurd?

Turkey's buffer zone in Syria: self-defence – or just anti-Kurd?

Ankara accused of exacerbating racial division by allowing Turkmen minority to cross the border
Doris Lessing: Acclaimed novelist was kept under MI5 observation for 18 years, newly released papers show

'A subversive brothel keeper and Communist'

Acclaimed novelist Doris Lessing was kept under MI5 observation for 18 years, newly released papers show
Big Blue Live: BBC's Springwatch offshoot swaps back gardens for California's Monterey Bay

BBC heads to the Californian coast

The Big Blue Live crew is preparing for the first of three episodes on Sunday night, filming from boats, planes and an aquarium studio
Austin Bidwell: The Victorian fraudster who shook the Bank of England with the most daring forgery the world had known

Victorian fraudster who shook the Bank of England

Conman Austin Bidwell. was a heartless cad who carried out the most daring forgery the world had known
Car hacking scandal: Security designed to stop thieves hot-wiring almost every modern motor has been cracked

Car hacking scandal

Security designed to stop thieves hot-wiring almost every modern motor has been cracked
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Take your seat: 10 best placemats

Protect your table and dine in style with a bold new accessory