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Business Diary: 12/09/2009

High praise from a spinner who knows

Much joy at Media House, the PR agency representing the Phoenix Four, who were roundly castigated in yesterday's MG Rover report. "Outrageous spin" was how the Secretary of State for Business, Lord Mandelson, described the agency's statement on behalf of the businessmen. "It's my finest hour," says one of the Media House execs. "What an accolade from the dark lord of spin himself."

Diageo under attack for job losses

The Scottish Government hit out at drinks giant Diageo yesterday for turning down a proposal to save hundreds of jobs.

Diageo rejects plan to save whisky jobs

Hopes of saving hundreds of whisky jobs were dashed today after drinks giant Diageo rejected a Scottish Government-backed proposal to counter their factory closure plans.

Senior judge warns over new Supreme Court

The creation of a Supreme Court for the UK verges on "frivolous" tinkering with the constitution which may have dangerous unintended consequences, a senior judge warned today.

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Hot shots: tequila becomes Britain's spirit of choice

Few liquors can match tequila for its association with endurance drinking and lethal hangovers. For decades, Mexico's national spirit has been at the heart of an unholy alliance with salt, lime and pickled caterpillars to make it the tipple of choice for those in search of cheap and rapid oblivion.

Business Diary: 29/08/2009

Provident lends a pricey helping hand

They're a kind bunch at Provident, the sub-prime lending specialist. Aware that in these difficult times, some people are finding themselves a little short, it's sending out personalised mailshots offering loans – "a local agent" will even deliver the cash to your door. And with an APR of just 254.5 per cent, what's not to like about the deal?

Diageo plant faces axe despite £2bn profit

Protesters attacked Diageo's plans to axe 900 whisky jobs after the drinks giant's reporting of a £2.02bn profit yesterday.

Tennent's snapped up by Magners' owner

Scotland's best-selling lager, Tennent's, was today snapped up by the brewer of Magners cider in a deal worth £180m.

Russia fans told to 'drink whisky' when in Wales

Russian soccer fans have been told to drink whisky on their trip to Wales for next month's World Cup qualifier to ward off the H1N1 swine flu virus, the head of the country's supporter association (VOB) said today.

'Cigarettes, whisky, and wild, wild women'

... Henry Allingham's recipe for a long and happy life. The world's oldest man and First World War veteran died yesterday, aged 113

Drinks group Diageo axes 900 jobs

Around 900 jobs are being axed by drinks group Diageo in Scotland as part of an overhaul which will see the closure of its historic distillery at Port Dundas, it was announced today.

Dave Matthews Band, Brixton Academy, London

Before their support set for Bruce Springsteen in Hyde Park, Dave Matthews Band played a pair of "intimate" sets at Brixton Academy, one of London's largest venues. This is a group accustomed to stadium shows back home in the US; in the UK they are best known as one of the few huge American acts whose sound hasn't translated into fame this side of the pond. They remain, to an extent, uncategorisable: blues, bluegrass and jazz fusion all battle for their place in the DMB sound.

'Cigarettes, whisky, and wild, wild women'

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