Books: The longest goodbye

What did the most famous cider-drinker do with his life after those youthful adventures? He tippled, he loved, he joked - but now the charming miniaturist has a tombstone of a biography.

Travel: Traffic jams, double-decker buses, fast food and Guinness - why London is just heavenly for the Spanish

My Spanish friends living in London think our local high street is brilliant. They say it's 10 times - if not 20 times - better than anything they've got back home.

Television: Peter York On Ads No 288: Blackthorn Cider

Cider really is the pits. The commercials of course, not the drink, I can't remember what it tastes like. But the commercials, historically designed to give the biggest grown-up balls possible to a drink associated with sub-teen trialists, have been famously idiotic and deeply Kerrang. The snake in the desert. All those arrows. (Though I have to say the Johnny Vaughan "I've just been to the lavatory" for Strongbow was rather good.)

Letter: The price of fish

Sir: May I draw your attention to a significant error in Professor Trewavas' article ("Is organic food safe?", 30 July)? The mycotoxin patulin, which occurs in apples and apple juice, is not found in cider - organic or otherwise - as it is broken down during fermentation.

The Investment Column: Bulmer set to regain sparkle

HP BULMER, the Strongbow and Woodpecker cider maker, has given its investors a few Scrumpy-style headaches over the past couple of years.

Police chief's daughter found guilty of assault

THE DAUGHTER of a chief constable was found guilty yesterday of assaulting two police officers in her father's force after she drank a litre of cider.

No Pain, No Gain - Our Man's Portfolio: Merrydown acquires sweet taste of success

SINCE MERRYDOWN was founded by two former prisoners of war nearly 55 years ago it has endured a sweet and sour existence. On several occasions the cider group has teetered on the brink of disaster, only to demonstrate its undoubted qualities of survival. It is currently on a familiar route - the comeback trail.

A short break in San Sebastin

It may not have the guaranteed sunshine of the Costas, but this Basque city has the perfect beach and a reputation for the best cuisine in Spain. Tony Kelly counts the Michelin stars

Comment: When it's right to say no to a night of cider with Rosie

Just as bad teachers should be forced to leave the profession, so should those who sleep with their pupils

Allied Domecq

Allied Domecq

Theatre: A Seventies night devoid of glam


Memento mori and hot cider

TIME PLAYS odd tricks with you at the Tate Gallery, when you pop in to inspect this year's shortlist for the Turner Prize. It's a tiny exhibition - four or five works each from four young artists - and will therefore take (quick mental arithmetic) 16-20 minutes of your busy schedule, max. So you go along and, 95 minutes later, you have to be thrown out, protesting, by the Gallery's pushy gauleiters.

pounds 215m bid for cider maker

CANANDAIGUA, the New York-based beer, wine and spirits producer and wholesaler, yesterday agreed to pay 243p a share in cash for Matthew Clark, the UK drinks wholesaler and cider maker.

Cider group Matthew Clark soars on news of bid talks

SHARES IN Matthew Clark soared yesterday as the troubled Diamond White and Dry Blackthorn Cider group was forced to reveal that it was in talks with a potential bidder.

Family of hanged girl reject verdict

THE FAMILY of a teenage girl found hanging from a tree after an apparent rejection by her boyfriend may seek to have the suicide verdict on her death reviewed, her mother's lawyers said yesterday.
Latest stories from i100
Career Services

Day In a Page

Independent Travel
Pompeii, Capri & the Bay of Naples
Seven Cities of Italy
Burgundy, the River Rhone & Provence
Prague, Budapest and Vienna
Lake Garda
Minoan Crete and Santorini
Prices correct as of 15 May 2015
Isis profits from destruction of antiquities by selling relics to dealers - and then blowing up the buildings they come from to conceal the evidence of looting

How Isis profits from destruction of antiquities

Robert Fisk on the terrorist group's manipulation of the market to increase the price of artefacts
Labour leadership: Andy Burnham urges Jeremy Corbyn voters to think again in last-minute plea

'If we lose touch we’ll end up with two decades of the Tories'

In an exclusive interview, Andy Burnham urges Jeremy Corbyn voters to think again in last-minute plea
Tunisia fears its Arab Spring could be reversed as the new regime becomes as intolerant of dissent as its predecessor

The Arab Spring reversed

Tunisian protesters fear that a new law will whitewash corrupt businessmen and officials, but they are finding that the new regime is becoming as intolerant of dissent as its predecessor
King Arthur: Legendary figure was real and lived most of his life in Strathclyde, academic claims

Academic claims King Arthur was real - and reveals where he lived

Dr Andrew Breeze says the legendary figure did exist – but was a general, not a king
Who is Oliver Bonas and how has he captured middle-class hearts?

Who is Oliver Bonas?

It's the first high-street store to pay its staff the living wage, and it saw out the recession in style
Earth has 'lost more than half its trees' since humans first started cutting them down

Axe-wielding Man fells half the world’s trees – leaving us just 422 each

However, the number of trees may be eight times higher than previously thought
60 years of Scalextric: Model cars are now stuffed with as much tech as real ones

60 years of Scalextric

Model cars are now stuffed with as much tech as real ones
Theme parks continue to draw in thrill-seekers despite the risks - so why are we so addicted?

Why are we addicted to theme parks?

Now that Banksy has unveiled his own dystopian version, Christopher Beanland considers the ups and downs of our endless quest for amusement
Tourism in Iran: The country will soon be opening up again after years of isolation

Iran is opening up again to tourists

After years of isolation, Iran is reopening its embassies abroad. Soon, there'll be the chance for the adventurous to holiday there
10 best PS4 games

10 best PS4 games

Can’t wait for the new round of blockbusters due out this autumn? We played through last year’s offering
Transfer window: Ten things we learnt

Ten things we learnt from the transfer window

Record-breaking spending shows FFP restraint no longer applies
Migrant crisis: UN official Philippe Douste-Blazy reveals the harrowing sights he encountered among refugees arriving on Lampedusa

‘Can we really just turn away?’

Dead bodies, men drowning, women miscarrying – a senior UN figure on the horrors he has witnessed among migrants arriving on Lampedusa, and urges politicians not to underestimate our caring nature
Nine of Syria and Iraq's 10 world heritage sites are in danger as Isis ravages centuries of history

Nine of Syria and Iraq's 10 world heritage sites are in danger...

... and not just because of Isis vandalism
Girl on a Plane: An exclusive extract of the novelisation inspired by the 1970 Palestinian fighters hijack

Girl on a Plane

An exclusive extract of the novelisation inspired by the 1970 Palestinian fighters hijack
Why Frederick Forsyth's spying days could spell disaster for today's journalists

Why Frederick Forsyth's spying days could spell disaster for today's journalists

The author of 'The Day of the Jackal' has revealed he spied for MI6 while a foreign correspondent