How Britain scaled Peak Booze

By 2004, the average Briton was drinking nearly three times as much as they had in the Fifties - and Chrissie Giles was above average. True, she lacked self-control. But, as she explains, our growing thirst has been manipulated by canny brands and a changing society

My Edinburgh: Sara Pascoe, Comedian

Welcome to the Edinburgh Bragging Festival, I hope you like telling everyone how excellent you are! The first thing to do is hang pictures of your brilliant face everywhere, but much bigger than your actual face, so that everyone can see from 500 yards how brilliant your face is (who knew there was that much Photoshop in the world?) Next, collect as many stars as you can and plaster your face and your Twitter feed with them in a row. Now, we can all start getting jealous of each other!

Heineken Cup draw is kind to Harlequins, hard on Exeter

Harlequins have been given a kind draw for the group stages of next season's Heineken Cup. Biarritz will provide the English champions with their stiffest opposition in Pool Three, which is also made up of Ireland's weakest province, Connacht, and Zebre of Italy.

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Watch the Rugby World Cup in awesome style with a complete home cinema

The Rugby World Cup, sponsored by Heineken, kicks off in New Zealand on 9 September. Unless you're very lucky or very rich, you probably won't get the chance to see any of it in the flesh, but we can give you the next best thing: the chance to watch it on your very own, very expensive home cinema system.