Market Report: Brazilian talks add to Glencore’s allure

Commodity and mining giant Glencore Xstrata is constantly on the lookout for new assets to add to its coffers and the City bought into news yesterday it was in talks with Brazil’s Vale over a nickel mine joint venture.

Cheers Diageo! Walsh walks off with £46m retirement

The former chief executive of Diageo had amassed a shares and pension retirement fund of more than £46m when he stepped down this summer.

Diageo’s luxury brands mask Guinness slump

Britons are splashing out on upmarket spirits like Ciroc vodka — a favoured tipple of Prince Harry — even as Guinness sales struggle, the world’s biggest drinks company said today.

Whisky galore as Chinese get the taste for Scotch

Russell Lynch discovers Diageo is spreading the word about Johnnie Walker in the world’s second-biggest economy

Jersey tells Brazil politician's firms to repay fraud cash

A fraud case considered vital as part of Brazil's drive to clear up corruption ahead of hosting the 2014 World Cup and the Olympics two years later has been resolved in Jersey.

Diageo toasts success as it pours out
£1.3bn to buy India’s United Spirits

The drinks giant Diageo has finally agreed to acquire a controlling stake in United Spirits for nearly £1.3bn, growing its presence in India massively and ending months of speculation.

Teenage girl in critical condition after being swept into violent seas during game of 'wave dodging'

A teenage girl was in a critical condition in hospital tonight after being swept into violent seas during an apparent game of wave dodging.

Diageo rejig fuels talk Walsh may head for exit

Diageo, the drinks giant behind Guinness and Smirnoff, has promoted Ivan Menezes to chief operating officer, fuelling speculation that its chief executive Paul Walsh may be edging towards the end of his Diageo career.

Spotlight On... Paul Walsh, chief executive, Diageo

What's this I hear about the drinks boss Paul Walsh quitting?

The Bargain Hunter: Crack open the champers

There's nothing like oysters and champagne to make you feel like a million dollars – but thankfully you no longer need to have millions to enjoy them. London restaurant Plateau is currently offering half a dozen Colchester rock oysters with a glass of Piper-Heidsieck Champagne for just £15. Available at any time of day, they can be savoured in the romantic setting of the restaurant bar or – if the weather's nice – the Johnnie Walker terrace, overlooking Canary Wharf.

Diageo's sales reflect European economies

The drinks giant Diageo hailed its performance in emerging markets yesterday after profits rose despite sales of Guinness falling again in Europe.

Sushi and whisky: hard time in Russia's VIP prisons

Ex-prisoner claims that if you have cash, you can live the good life behind bars

Smokeheads, By Doug Johnstone

Four forty-something friends take off for a whisky-drinking winter weekend on the Scottish island of Islay: single-malt connoisseur Adam, who dreams of opening his own distillery; über-hedonist banker Roddy, who practically breathes cocaine; straight man Ethan, and sensitive Luke. The boys not only fall out among themselves, but also run into trouble with the locals. Roddy cops off with a barmaid; Adam entertains tender feelings for a distillery guide who is the ex-wife of a brutal and corrupt copper. What starts as a drink-and-drugs soaked piece of superior lad-lit turns into a ferocious thriller reminiscent of Straw Dogs. The characterisation is a little broad, but you won't want to stop reading. It also makes you thirst for whisky.

DVD: Whisky Galore! (PG)

In a wretched week for DVD releases, raise a glass to this delightful Ealing comedy from 1949.

Another shot of Scotch on the rocks with a splash of wit

Jonathan Romney raises his glass to 'Whisky Galore!' on the eve of its re-release
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After a bad week in which its leader had a public meltdown and its only city council couldn't agree on a budget vote, what next for the alternative party? It's over to Caroline Lucas to find out
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Barbara Woodward: Britain's first female ambassador to China intends to forge strong links with the growing economic superpower

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