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.

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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

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Allied Domecq

Theatre: A Seventies night devoid of glam

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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.
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