In Singapore, a businessman charged with drunk driving told the court: "I am a habitual drinker and I ask your honour to disqualify me for life as I want to drink and don't want to drive." The judge acceded to his request.
In London, Scotland Yard exposed a confidence trick that caught out a large number of restaurants and hotels early this year. Someone had been sending them bills for dry-cleaning, alleging that food or wine had been spilt on their clothes during the Christmas festivities.
In France, one of the country's largest wine producers announced plans to include label in Braille on all its bottles.