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Considerable volumes of wishful thinking and even more hot air have been expended on the 'wonderful' 2012 Burgundy vintage, currently on offer. Sparing you the hyperbole and cutting to the chase, Burgundy 2012 is a good vintage in which a handful of great wines have been made by a few exceptional growers. It is not a rising tide that raises all boats in the mould of 2005 or 2010.

Vodka blamed for high number of early deaths in Russia

25 per cent of Russian men die before they are 55, study reports

Video: Real life GTA 5 as man fights car, punches thin air and spontaneously sprints before police swoop in

Man doesn't look unlike playable character Trevor Phillips

‘Fat finger’ gaffe sees trader lose up to £400k in HSBC share purchase

The mistake resulted in the share price of Britain’s largest bank rising more than 10 per cent

Rob Ford was stripped of most of his remaining powers

Mayor of Toronto Rob Ford sued by his sister’s ex-boyfriend for allegedly having him beaten in jail to prevent him exposing ‘illicit behaviours’

The lawsuit, which was filed on Wednesday by Scott MacIntyre, alleges that the politician was behind an assault in a Toronto jail in March 2012

Diageo hit by emerging markets slowdown

Drinks giant announced plans to cut costs by £200m as Chinese sales decline

Russian teacher 'kills friend in heated poetry versus prose argument'

Suspect stabbed his friend to death after victim insisted prose was superior as literary genre

Nick Milligan and his daughter Emily (left) died on the Camel estuary in Cornwall last May

Missing York student Megan Roberts likely to have fallen in river while drunk, say police

Police searching for missing Megan Roberts have said the most probable scenario is that she "entered the river" while "heavily affected by alcohol".

The science of sleep: This is why you're tired on Monday mornings

Sorry to say - it's the weekend lie-ins and the drinking

Is anybody out there? Justin Bieber's Believe is 14th at the US box office

Justin Bieber arrest: DUI and drag racing charges dropped in drastic U-turn

The documents, published on the Miami-Dade County Court Clerks website, detail that the singer now faces just one charge

Wine from cartons at Jamie’s Italian

Boxing clever: How I succumbed to the call of carton wine

Of course, we (I) should be drinking less. But you know what? January’s been a hard enough month

In 2012, 178,247 prescriptions were filled out in England for drugs used to help alcoholics achieve abstinence or prevent relapse, compared to 102,741 in 2003

When I was unemployed the best release from reality I had was in alcohol

The government's argument for deterrence is fatuous. To assume that those given to alcohol, cigarettes and drugs will stop should the cost be high enough is absurd

‘High’ street: A shopping spree really does make you happy, says new research

Say buy buy to the blues: Picking goods and paying for them really does banish sadness, says a study into retail therapy

A shopping spree really does make you happy, says new research

Wines of the week: The best low or reduced alcohol wines

Terry Kirby selects the best bottles to buy

The Grill Room at the Grand, restaurant review: First-class dining in a fantastic heritage setting

For all the cuddly Thomas the Tank Engine nostalgia that surrounds Britain's railway history, it should never be forgotten that this was the story of capitalism in the raw. In the 19th century, fortunes were made but more typically lost and the winners were only too keen to signal their grand ambitions to the world.

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