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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.

2013 Anniversary Games: Golden summer memories come crowding back at the Olympic Stadium

They started filing happily into their seats not long after four o'clock,  having made it past the clowns cavorting at the entrance gates – positioned perhaps in case anyone should be seen daring not to smile – and were still there six hours later, possibly wearied by the endless Britpop pumped around the stadium but still revelling in what was.

Fugitives Adrian Albrecht, left, and Milan Poparovic who escaped from a Swiss prison on Thursday

Pink Panther jewel thief breaks out of Swiss jail

Notorious gang behind robberies worth £200m used ladder to climb over prison fence

Postcard from... Belgium

A rebel uses a home-made slingshot to fire a bomb

Homemade grenades and catapults: Introducing the DIY weapons of the Free Syrian Army

Distribution remains haphazard among the various battalions and  some of them have to rely on a cottage industry to provide themselves with arms

The transit van is no longer a minor British institution

Manufacturing: Keep Britain moving... with Turkish Transit vans

White van men across the country will be bereft. The mighty Ford Transit van, so loved by tradesmen and small-business owners, is no longer a minor British institution.

Dog hit by car; master savaged by villagers

'Take him to the vet immediately,' he said, as though talking to some urban thicko

Stena Match Cup: Knocked-out Ian Williams forced to sit by and watch semi-finalists race in Marstrand's sunshine and good winds

Ian Williams is not a happy man. The reigning world match race champion and his Team GAC Pindar crashed out of the Stena Match Cup at the quarter-final stage and then had to watch as the semi-finalists enjoyed brilliant, even testing breezes.

Tour de France 2013: Mark Cavendish narrowly misses out on back-to-back victories

The Manxman finished fourth in Montpellier

The peloton makes its way through Corsica’s rolling hills

Tour de France 2013: Geraint Thomas scrapes past pain barrier

Sky rider refuses to quit despite severe injury as Gerrans wins stage in Corsican hills

An airliner is distorted by the heat waves rising up from the north runway at Sky Harbor International Airport in Phoenix

Flights cancelled in South-west American heatwave, but you can bake biscuits on your dashboard

In Arizona zookeepers fed tigers frozen fish while meteorologists baked biscuits in their van

Lining them up at Five Guys Burgers and Fries in New York

Byron? Pah! Can you do posher than George?

Our writers review their favourite burger joints...

Review: Modernity Britain, Opening the Box 1957-59, By David Kynaston

It was goodbye to post-war austerity in the Fifties, as shopping malls and skyscrapers arrived – and 'The Billy Cotton Band Show' made way for Elvis

Margareta Pagano: Look to the past for high street's future

British shoppers are a fickle bunch. We moan ad nauseam about the high street's death yet as a nation we are the world's most avid online shoppers. As latest sales showed, online is booming.

Bon Jovi performing at the Isle of Wight festival

Isle of Wight Festival 2013: Sun shone on Bon Jovi despite forecasts of a wash-out

The sun kept shining on revellers as they enjoyed the final day of the Isle of Wight Festival, headlined by Bon Jovi.

Foreign field: the war cemetry at St Symphorien

Mons: Relics and remembrance

Mons combines modern vitality with nods to its sombre past. By Emily Reynolds

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