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.

Great white shark is spotted off Cornwall

JUST WHEN you thought it was safe to have a holiday here in the UK... the first sighting in British waters of a great white shark, the species in the film Jaws, was claimed yesterday.

Coastguard closure `could lose lives'

JOHN PRESCOTT'S campaign to silence critics suffered a set-back when he was attacked for closing three coastguard centres. Unions told the Deputy Prime Minister that shutting the Tyne Tees centre, at Tynemouth, the Oban centre, in west Scotland, and Pentland, north Scotland, would "lose lives". The announcement followed his acceptance of all the recommendations in a report by Lord Donaldson, former master of the rolls .

`Use dogs to round up pupils'

COSY CLASSROOM posts usually reserved for Hammy and Fluffy could be usurped by Fido and Rover after a teaching union called for dogs to be trained as teachers' assistants.

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Obituary: John Brandon-Jones

JOHN BRANDON-JONES was an architect who flirted with modernism for a few months when a student, and then stood out against it for 70 years, because he felt that it was only a misunderstanding of the doctrines of Ruskin on which he had been brought up. His life and work presented an alternative to modern architecture that inspired others who instinctively went against the grain of post-war fashion and he went on to win a devoted following of admirers, partly through his enthusiasm for the late Victorian architects Philip Webb and C.F.A. Voysey.

The week in Westminster: Parties you can control - but not the voters

SO IT has been a poke in the eye for the control-freak tendency at Millbank. Although every party has claimed victory in the "super Thursday" elections the real winners were Dennis Canavan and Rhodri Morgan.

Books: Beam me up, Scotty

John Sutherland hails the clan that shed light around the craggiest of coasts

Eating In: Lest we forget

It would be a shame to let traditional dishes such as Fat Rascals and Bedfordshire Clangers slide into oblivion, says Michael Bateman. So let's hear it for the new Domesday book of British food

Open Eye: Serving the parts that other universities cannot reach

The OU provides a vital resource for one of Britain's most remote regions. Yvonne Cook reports on the impact of distance learning techniques in Britain's far North

Navy tackles oil leak from battleship war grave

IT IS ONE of the Royal Navy's most sacred war graves. Torpedoed by a U-boat in 1939 with the loss of 833 lives, the battleship HMS Royal Oak lies beneath 90ft of water at the bottom of Scapa Flow in Orkney.

At last, an end to feudalism

The Highlands teem with foreign lairds, bristling with anger at the ingratitude of their serfs

Obituary: Torgrim Hannas

TORGRIM HANNAS was a linguist, an intelligence officer, and an antiquarian bookseller who specialised in Scandinavia and in English 18th- century literature.

The Independent Collector: John Windsor's guide to collecting contemporary art: Michele David

AN ARTIST who pours paint on to a laid-flat canvas, you might assume, is a creator of abstracts, much in the manner of Jackson Pollock.

Travel: A nation goes up in flames

As winter sets in, Britain burns brightly with fire festivals to ward off the dark spirits of the long, cold nights
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