My Edinburgh: Simon Stephens, playwright

I lived in Edinburgh for two years after I graduated from university. It was a very happy time: I was disgustingly, almost unbearably young. It was where I met my wife and where I decided I wanted to be a writer. They were two of the most formative and important years of my life.

DVD: Cameraman: The Life and Work of Jack Cardiff (PG)

"She's dead, she's dead, he's dead... I'm just alive," jokes Jack Cardiff at the start of this affectionate homage, featuring Martin Scorsese, Lauren Bacall and Kirk Douglas, to this fiercely talented and inventive cinematographer.

David Prosser: Pension planning over a barrel

Outlook Congratulations to Diageo for coming up with a bright idea for plugging its pension deficit more rapidly than its scheme trustees could have expected. The notion of handing over company assets that are otherwise financially unproductive – maturing whisky in the drinks company's case – is a natural extension of the trend that has seen a string of other businesses transfer property to their pension plans.

Diageo serves up millions of barrels of Scotch whisky to plug pension deficit

The drinks giant Diageo is to use millions of barrels of its maturing whisky as collateral to help plug its £862m pension deficit. Under an agreement with its UK pension trustee, Diageo said yesterday it will transfer its maturing whisky stock – which has a book value of £500m – into a new pension funding partnership (PFP).

Bottle of whisky sells for £25,000

A rare single malt has sold for just over £25,000, making it one of the world's most expensive bottles of whisky, auctioneers said today.

Diageo's 12 per cent sales rise shows 'signs of recovery'

The drinks giant Diageo said it had seen "some signs of recovery" and growth of 12 per cent in its third-quarter sales to 31 March. But the performance was flattered by comparisons with sales in the depths of recession. The company, whose brands include Guinness stout and Johnnie Walker whisky, warned that "consumer trends remain difficult to predict".

My encounter with the world's hottest chilli

In north-east India grows a pepper so fiery that the nation's military could soon be using it as a weapon. So what does it taste like? Andrew Buncombe gives it a try...

Rankin captures a taste of single malt whisky

Sepia tone snapshots by famous Scottish photographer Rankin, inspired by a famous Scottish whisky, have been published in a book which forms a “photographic essay” of the beautiful three-hundred-year-old estate responsible for Macallan Single Malt Whisky.

Business Diary: Rich trip down memory lane for Caudwell

Wine producer Penfolds has come up with a novel promotional idea, sponsoring a series of talks at which well-known businessmen will offer up entrepreneurial tips as they describe their "vintage years" (see what they did there?). First up is John Caudwell, the founder of mobile phone business Phones4U. Not surprisingly, he counts his vintage year as the one in which he sold the company for £1.5bn.

David Prosser: Let's call the bluff of the tax whingers

Outlook One by one, they are coming out of the woodwork. On Tuesday, it was the boss of independent financial adviser Hargreaves Lansdown whingeing about the forthcoming 50p top rate of income tax (he paid himself an abnormally large dividend to get in first). Yesterday, it was the turn of Diageo, the drinks giant, to warn that it might have to move its headquarters to another domicile if UK tax becomes "egregious" for corporates or individuals.

We're drinking our way out of recession, says Diageo

Britons are drinking their way through recession, Smirnoff-to-Guinness giant Diageo said today as strong domestic markets bucked falling first-half sales across the group.

Shackleton's whisky found – with ice of course

Explorer abandoned Scotch in 1909 after failed South Pole expedition

The Whisky Taster, The Bush, London

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