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Methane galore: Whisky and the green energy revolution

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Madoff wine sale to raise funds for victims

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Dom Joly: The women wore wedding gowns and the men wept

I woke up to a village with no bunting, so I presumed that we weren't having a street party, which was a relief. I headed off out to the shops to buy a couple of bottles of Scotch ready to settle down in front of the telly to decide which was the worst location given to a BBC correspondent. No such luck – I got home only to find the family in the other car, waiting for me. Apparently we were due at a royal wedding party, and I had been told about it several times in the past week. I snuck the whisky into the boot and slunk in to the car.

Sean O'Grady: America's troubles are a problem for us all – but also a useful lesson

To repeat the cliché, when America sneezes, the rest of the world catches a cold. While the fast-growing emerging markets have domestic engines of growth, they are still dependent on exports; and capital flows from... America. They have not "decoupled" from the US any no more than we have.

Brian Viner: Cheesy royalism is worth drinking to

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Scotch exports soar to £3.45bn

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