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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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Pompeii, Capri & the Bay of Naples
Dubrovnik, the Dalmatian Coast & Montenegro
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Lisbon, Oporto and the Douro Valley
Lake Garda, Venice & Verona
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Prices correct as of 23 January 2015
Iraq invasion 2003: The bloody warnings six wise men gave to Tony Blair as he prepared to launch poorly planned campaign

What the six wise men told Tony Blair

Months before the invasion of Iraq in 2003, experts sought to warn the PM about his plans. Here, four of them recall that day
25 years of The Independent on Sunday: The stories, the writers and the changes over the last quarter of a century

25 years of The Independent on Sunday

The stories, the writers and the changes over the last quarter of a century
Homeless Veterans appeal: 'Really caring is a dangerous emotion in this kind of work'

Homeless Veterans appeal

As head of The Soldiers' Charity, Martin Rutledge has to temper compassion with realism. He tells Chris Green how his Army career prepared him
Wu-Tang Clan and The Sexual Objects offer fans a chance to own the only copies of their latest albums

Smash hit go under the hammer

It's nice to pick up a new record once in a while, but the purchasers of two latest releases can go a step further - by buying the only copy
Geeks who rocked the world: Documentary looks back at origins of the computer-games industry

The geeks who rocked the world

A new documentary looks back at origins of the computer-games industry
Belle & Sebastian interview: Stuart Murdoch reveals how the band is taking a new direction

Belle & Sebastian is taking a new direction

Twenty years ago, Belle & Sebastian was a fey indie band from Glasgow. It still is – except today, as prime mover Stuart Murdoch admits, it has a global cult following, from Hollywood to South Korea
America: Land of the free, home of the political dynasty

America: Land of the free, home of the political dynasty

These days in the US things are pretty much stuck where they are, both in politics and society at large, says Rupert Cornwell
A graphic history of US civil rights – in comic book form

A graphic history of US civil rights – in comic book form

A veteran of the Fifties campaigns is inspiring a new generation of activists
Winston Churchill: the enigma of a British hero

Winston Churchill: the enigma of a British hero

A C Benson called him 'a horrid little fellow', George Orwell would have shot him, but what a giant he seems now, says DJ Taylor
Growing mussels: Precious freshwater shellfish are thriving in a unique green project

Growing mussels

Precious freshwater shellfish are thriving in a unique green project
Diana Krall: The jazz singer on being friends with Elton John, outer space and skiing in Dubai

Diana Krall interview

The jazz singer on being friends with Elton John, outer space and skiing in Dubai
Pinstriped for action: A glimpse of what the very rich man will be wearing this winter

Pinstriped for action

A glimpse of what the very rich man will be wearing this winter
Russell T Davies & Ben Cook: 'Our friendship flourished online. You can share some very revelatory moments at four in the morning…'

Russell T Davies & Ben Cook: How we met

'Our friendship flourished online. You can share some very revelatory moments at four in the morning…'
Bill Granger recipes: Our chef serves up his favourite Japanese dishes

Bill Granger's Japanese recipes

Stock up on mirin, soy and miso and you have the makings of everyday Japanese cuisine
Michael Calvin: How we need more Eric Cantonas to knock some sense into us

Michael Calvin's Last Word

How we need more Eric Cantonas to knock some sense into us