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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.

Dennis Rodman 'investigated for violating sanctions' against North Korea

Former NBA star's lavish birthday gifts for 'friend for life' Kim Jong-un may have violated international sanctions imposed on North Korea

That's one hell of a lot of lycra: These 12 celebrities are in Austria training for new reality TV show, The Jump

The Jump: Marcus Brigstocke talks broken bones, getting his kicks and why the show is no Celebrity Big Brother

The comedian insists he is doing it for the thrill of 'sliding fast down things'

The mankier the better: Explaining the allure of the grotty student pub

A paean to the humble student watering hole - and the Friday hangover

The Houses of Parliament illuminated at night

‘What? No martini!’
MPs complain about subsidised catering at House of Commons

It’s a tough life at the House of Commons. Aperitifs are in short supply, the Cajun food is poor and there is a dearth of ‘fresh game’ on the lunchtime menu.

Postcard from... Brussels

Nicolas Sarkozy has a leopard-print pair on his head. Vying with the former French President is Mao Tse-tung, sporting fetching pink lace lingerie in place of a hat. But one attraction of the small but infamous De Dolle Mol pub in Brussels is apparently missing: the mayor’s underpants.

Crime is falling sharply

The mysterious case of the falling criminal offences: burglary and murders down again, statistics show

Burglary and murders are down again, but what’s driving this 20-year drop in offences?

Road sign to the entrance of HMP Featherstone, HMP Brinsford and HMP Oakwood; a nine-hour disturbance at Oakwood prison has been described as a 'full scale riot'

Oakwood Prison: G4S denies claims nine-hour disturbance at Wolverhampton jail was a 'full scale riot'

A nine-hour disturbance at a private prison run by controversial operator G4S has been described as a “full scale riot”.  An unnamed member of the so-called Tornado squads sent in to quell the violence at HMP Oakwood near Wolverhampton earlier this month has claimed that inmates set tripwires and threatened officers as they were leaving a wing strewn with debris, including iron bars.

Justin Bieber shocked fans by announcing his plans to retire

Justin Bieber arrested and bailed for DUI and drag racing in Miami Beach

According to law enforcement sources, the pop star was taken into custody for his involvement in an incident in Miami Beach

Sir Alex Ferguson looks less than impressed during Manchester United's League Cup defeat to Sunderland

Listen to the 999 call as a drunk Manchester United fan demands to speak to Sir Alex Ferguson following penalty shoot-out heartbreak

Emotions were running high after United's Capital One Cup semi-final exit to Sunderland, but it was all too much for one intoxicated fan to take

The Week in Radio: American podcast The Complete Guide to Everything is banal...and brilliant

There comes a point, usually in the dead of winter, when one is forced to look further afield for one's listening, preferably to a place where the presenters don't sound as though they have lost the will to live or, conversely, as if they are trying to batter you to death with their joie de vivre.

An image released by the Freeland Police Department of Anthony Lescowitch, in Freeland, Pennsylvania. He was arrested by police shortly after he shared a wanted photo posted by the Freeland Police Department of himself on his Facebook page

You can't catch me... oh you have! Police arrest man hours after he boasted on Facebook they could not find him

After two months on the run from the police, one criminal decided to celebrate by sharing a wanted picture of himself on Facebook - before being arrested hours later.

The world's first beer flavored jelly bean, the Draft Beer Jelly Belly jelly bean took three years to develop

Cheers! World's first beer-flavoured bean set for UK release

The factory smells like an ale house, but there's no alcohol

The heat is on: Mayor of Toronto Rob Ford is alleged to have offered suspected gang members thousands for a video which shows him smoking crack cocaine.

Rob Ford admits he ‘had been drinking’ after he was captured on camera rambling in Jamaican patois in a fast food restaurant

Toronto’s illustrious mayor was captured on camera putting on a bizarre patois monologue for customers at the eatery in the Canadian city

Bill and Brenda Arnold stop for refreshments

A glass of white with your petrol, sir? Pouring pints for parched drivers along a British motorway

Wetherspoon has opened its first pub along the M40, causing controversy as road-safety advocates cite concerns about promoting drink driving

Patient arrives for liver operation with a bottle of vodka

A liver transplant patient turned up to her operation appointment at a German hospital with a bottle of vodka in her bag, a court has heard.

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Kathryn Williams explores the works and influences of Sylvia Plath in a new light

Songs from the bell jar

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One man's day in high heels

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