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I'M A coke addict. No, wait! Before you throw down the newspaper in moral disgust, I mean of the cola variety. If I don't get my 330ml dose of stomach-rot every day, I am like a desperate smoker who has run out of cigarettes and is scrabbling around the ashtray for a few of yesterday's dog ends, or the alcoholic who pours with trembling hands his first glass of Voddy.

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TERESA POOLE ("Cola wars break out in China", 23 August) asks if the Chinese people's Future Cola is "the world's first patriotic cola". No, it was Coca-Cola. When America joined the Second World War in 1941, one of its greatest anxieties was that the rationing of sugar would restrict Coca-Cola supplies. Roosevelt broadcast: "...we are fighting for the American way of life and, therefore, the right of every American man and woman to drink one bottle of Coca-Cola a day".

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pounds 1.7bn float for Coke Beverages

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Maths and fizzics for the pupils of Dr Pepper

MY SON is barely out of kindergarten, but I have this vision of his graduation day some time in the next millennium. He will be wearing a gown that will not be black but a certain shade of red. In his hands will be the all-important diploma. It will read: "This education has been brought to you by Coca-Cola."

Cute-looking bear cubs help push Coke



By Juliette Kellow, BSc SRD

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Cadbury on acquisition trail after flat profits

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Football: Coca-Cola replays to go

Coca-Cola Cup replays will not exist next season following radical new proposals agreed by Football League clubs yesterday.

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