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Asbo woman blames Red Bull for 'hyper' behaviour

A woman given an Asbo for terrorising her neighbours has blamed her behaviour on an addiction to Red Bull.

Business Diary: All singing from the same songsheet

Much mirth among those who back Ofcom's plans to force Sky to share more content at lower prices. The submissions to Ofcom from sports associations representing cricket, rugby union and rugby league had more in common than the fact that they are opposed to the regulator's plans. The wording of each one is remarkably similar: almost as if the same person – or company – had offered them a template.

Energy drinks: Do they work?

Sales of caffeinated drinks are booming. But these sugar-packed concoctions aren't always the handy little pick-me-ups they claim to be

Stand by for the Man City scooter and energy drink

The vision of Manchester City's future, which is believed to have helped persuade the club's new Arab owners to take the plunge, projected the team as a brand of Virgin proportions with cars, scooters, restaurant chains and energy drinks all carrying the "City" name.

Cocaine – the drink – goes on sale

A controversial energy drink called Cocaine, marketed as 'The legal alternative' to the drug, was on sale yesterday, despite pledges by Keith Vaz, the chair of the Home Affairs Select Committee to halt its arrival in the UK.

Red Bull: it promises energy, but doesn't mention sticky blood...

Australian researchers have found that the sugar-free version of Red Bull may increase the danger of blood clots, and creates "sticky" blood, raising the risk of heart attack or stroke. How this affects the sales of Red Bull – last year 3.5 billion cans were sold in 143 countries – is yet to be seen.

Leading article: Past masters

This week's call by historians for pupils to be given more of a chronological understanding of their past should be heeded. Topic work on its own fails to give pupils an adequate understanding of why events took place. The popular topic of the Second World War is a case in point. You need to understand what happened in the run-up to the declaration of hostilities to make sense of what then happened. The Qualifications and Curriculum Authority, the body responsible for the national curriculum, should listen to the concerns of the Institute of Historical Research in their review of the secondary curriculum.

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IT'S THAT delicate, fuzzy, desolate time of year again. The time when the unpleasant after-effects of overindulgence lead even the most hardened party-goer to reach for hangover cures with a trembling and palsied hand.

Drink firms told to ditch `energy' claims

"ENERGY DRINKS" containing alcohol, which their makers claim can boost mental or physical capabilities, could lead to excessive drinking and violent behaviour and must be renamed, industry watchdogs said yesterday.

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