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Life when you're young is supposed to be great. It's a myth. Let's stop pretending

London: Rock'n'roll is the R&R served up at this hotel

You can smash up a guitar, then hop on a Harley. Or why not fill up the bath with Jack Daniel's and wait for the groupies to arrive?

Augusta in a world of it's own

The glittering stars of world golf, resplendent in their designer apparel and comfortably ensconced in their private jets, have few problems in life.

Split, By Suzanne Finnamore

American columnist Suzanne Finnamore was 40 when her husband walked out. With a young son to raise and a mortgage to pay, she decided to throw caution to the winds and write everything down.

Cab driver 'drugged and raped' passengers

A taxi driver drugged and sexually assaulted a string of women passengers after pretending he had won the lottery, a court heard today.

Mother 'shopped son over frenzied knife attack'

A mother turned her son in to the police after he confessed to a frenzied knife attack on a 14-year-old girl, a jury heard today.

The Beverage Report: The whisky convert

I've never been a whisky fan. Why discuss the merits of different malts when you could be slamming tequilas? Even the rock-chic of Jack Daniels, often pictured in the grip of Zoë Ball or Sara Cox in the years before ladettes fell out of favour, was ruined for me by the fact that it was my grandmother's tipple.

Are these Britain's worst-dressed men?

So says 'GQ' magazine. Carola Long, deputy fashion editor, decides if they are being wronged

The new evangelism: The man who put conscience on a coffee cup

Rick Warren's megachurch attracts more than 20,000 each week. His book tops the non-fiction bestseller lists. Andrew Gumbel meets a preacher with a world mission in Lake Forest, California

Dead man thought racism was `routine', inquest told

ONE of the last people to see a young Asian student alive told his inquest yesterday that his friend had not taken a violent racist attack seriously because it was nothing out of the ordinary.

Famous Grouse finds itself in the sights of a predator

FAMOUS GROUSE, one of the UK's best-selling Scotch whiskies, is in the sights of a predator just one day after the Glorious 12th signalled the start of the grouse-hunting season.

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American Times Lynchburg: Whiskey and dry, it's the Tennessee way

YOU DON'T need to go anywhere near New York's Times Square to find the United States a land of hustlers. From the garish roadside hoardings to the blaring television commercials, through radio newsreaders who intersperse their bulletins with details of today's supermarket "specials", everyone seems to be yelling a sales pitch.

Ice Hockey: Letter from New York: Hasek chases icy goal

When the news reached the fans outside the Marine Midland Arena that there were no more tickets for the Stanley Cup finals, they were not happy. So unhappy they picked up a metal barricade and tried to break down the doors. They chanted: "Hell no, we won't go!," an old anti-Vietnam War rallying cry.
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