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'Dear Leader' sips cognac as nation starves

Hard information about North Korea is hard to come by, but in the last few weeks one thing has become increasingly certain: after two years of floods and economic stagnation, the country is on the verge of famine. An American congressman who visited this month saw peasants living off hot water and last year's cabbage leaves.

A great day dawned with brandy, but ended a wake

Nobody could have foreseen this: the one day of the year where sport permeates every household in Britain being so catastrophically disrupted by terrorist action. From schoolchildren with their love of horses, to office "sweeps", to housewives sticking a pin into the racing pages, the Grand National exerts a hold on our popular consciousness like no other event. The question everyone will now be asking is, can it ever be the same again?

Travel: True or false: The brandy barrel carried by St Bernards in the Alps is a myth

True, according to the monks who still keep a 900-year-old hospice running at the top of the 8,114-ft pass of the Col de Grand St-Bernard.

Gascony

This tranquil pocket of French countryside is a haven for jangled nerves.

Dance: A Christmas Carol

A Christmas Carol, Northern Ballet Theatre, Grand Theatre, Leeds (0113 245 9351) 7 Dec, 2.30pm & 7.30pm, pounds 6-pounds 23, concessions availab le

Challenger for Hennessy

The Murphy's Gold Cup and Hennessy Gold Cup double could be on the cards for Challenger Du Luc, who heads the betting for Saturday's race along with Big Matt.

BEVERAGE REPORT: THIS ROUND'S NOT ON ME

This is a message from your bank manager - if you're a fan of very old spirits, and you find yourself in the vicinity of Dukes Hotel, be careful. Dukes, London's most discreet five-star hotel, has a rather sumptuous list of ancient Cognac, Armagnac, single-malt and vintage port. And it also sells them at stupifyingly sumptuous prices.

The Knack: How to tell a joke

Keep it short and don't attempt accents, says Jenny Eclair

Letter: Political spice

Sir: Norma Major a saucy Worcester Woman? ("Cookie war", 11 September.) Quick! Hand me a large Cherie brandy before I collapse!

Davies stays in touch

Laura Davies needed 50 minutes less to trim six shots off her opening effort in the second round of the US Women's Open Championship here yesterday.

The end of life as I know it

A HOLE has opened up in my life. Do you want to hear about it? So you shall. It's a deep yawning hole. A deep yawning black hole. What you'd call a pit of melancholy, a chasm of accidie, a gulf of gloom. Do you begin to get the picture of this hole? Good.

Oh crumbs!

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Letter: Under the influence of brandy

IN ORDER to be able to celebrate the Millennium, some time ago I reserved a bottle of 10-year-old cider brandy for release on 1 January, 2000. I do not intend to be deprived of this anticipated pleasure by Scotch would-be monopolists ("Ciderman raises fighting spirit", 3 December).

Solo yachtswoman sails to record

IAN MacKINNON

Urgent fax to Daniel Day-Lewis

To the actor reported to have ended his long-standing relationship by fax: a lesson in how to let a lady down politely
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Shake down: Michelle and Barack Obama bump knuckles before an election night rally in Minnesota in 2008, the 'Washington Post' called it 'the fist bump heard round the world'
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