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Middle-class problems: Christmas presents

pounds 7,000 for woman after earwig in M&S chocolate liqueur gave her insect phobia

A WOMAN who developed an insect phobia after consuming a Marks & Spencer liqueur containing an earwig has been paid pounds 7,000 by the high- street chain.

Football: Rangers rampant as Mols strikes

European football: Scottish title holders move closer to Champions' League thanks to Dutch striker

How Osmond gatecrashed the party

"ALLIED HAS tons and tons of shitty pubs in great sites and it is crap at management." It is easy to see why Sir Christopher Hogg, the urbane chairman of Allied Domecq, has never exactly warmed to Punch chairman Hugh Osmond.

Football: Devil of a job for Advocaat

Phil Gordon sees the Rangers coach setting his sights on Europe

Football: Wieghorst stays at Celtic


Football: Advocaat angered by dithery defence

DICK ADVOCAAT, the Rangers manager, has criticised his defenders for the over-elaborate football that could scupper the club's title aspirations.

Football: Advocaat happy to stay

DICK ADVOCAAT, the Rangers manager, yesterday hinted that he may be ready to extend his current Ibrox contract which is due to expire at the end of next season.

Football: Advocaat facing disciplinary action

DICK ADVOCAAT, the Rangers manager, will learn next month whether he faces the prospect of overseeing potential Scottish title glory from the stands.

Drink: Getting in the seasonal spirit

Warm yourself on a winter holiday evening with smart new single malt whisky liqueurs. Photograph by Ross Kirkman

Football: Advocaat defends under-fire Amoruso

DICK ADVOCAAT, the Rangers manager, yesterday launched a passionate defence of his captain, Lorenzo Amoruso, on the eve of his team's vital UefaCup tie against Bayer Leverkusen.

FOOTBALL: Advocaat advocates new Negri attitude

THE RANGERS manager, Dick Advocaat, has warned the unsettled Italian striker Marco Negri he faces the prospect of becoming a forgotten talent unless he regains his desire for the game.

Food and Drink: Sweet on sours

For a new twist on a classic cocktail, replace the rye or bourbon in your Whiskey Sour with fruity Pisco brandy from Peru. Illustration by Griff


With the help of an irresistible selection of flavoured vodkas and bewitching hospitality, Eva and Kaz Michalik have converted West Londoners to traditional Polish cuisine. "When we first opened twelve years ago, Polish food was almost unheard of and it was very difficult for people to eat beetroot," laughs Eva, "but now they love it." Alan Rickman, Ruby Wax and a host of BBC folk have all discovered the pleasure of Eva's company and excellent, home-made victuals. "You know when you've been Eva-d!" said one Patio regular, as a mixture of bison grass vodka, honey liqueur, red bortsch and blinis begin to take effect.

Asia trembles as Japan's air force flies over foreign skies

The former Singaporean prime minister, Lee Kuan Yew, Asia's most forthright statesman, once said why Japan should never again be allowed to send troops overseas. It was like "giving liqueur chocolates to a reformed alcoholic".

Sexual harassment charges

The importer and promoter in the United States of the German liqueur Jagermeister is being sued for allegedly sexually harassing workers, including more than 100 promotional models known as "Jagerettes".
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War with Isis: Iraq's government fights to win back Tikrit from militants - but then what?

Baghdad fights to win back Tikrit from Isis – but then what?

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Living with Alzheimer's: What is it really like to be diagnosed with early-onset dementia?

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Setting in motion the Internet of Things

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Election 2015: Latest polling reveals Tories and Labour on course to win the same number of seats - with the SNP holding the balance of power

Election 2015: A dead heat between Mr Bean and Dick Dastardly!

Lord Ashcroft reveals latest polling – and which character voters associate with each leader
Audiences queue up for 'true stories told live' as cult competition The Moth goes global

Cult competition The Moth goes global

The non-profit 'slam storytelling' competition was founded in 1997 by the novelist George Dawes Green and has seen Malcolm Gladwell, Salman Rushdie and Molly Ringwald all take their turn at the mic
Pakistani women come out fighting: A hard-hitting play focuses on female Muslim boxers

Pakistani women come out fighting

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Leonora Carrington transcended her stolid background to become an avant garde star

Surreal deal: Leonora Carrington

The artist transcended her stolid background to become an avant garde star
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Education: LGBT History Month

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Cricket World Cup 2015: Tournament runs riot to make the event more hit than miss...

Cricket World Cup runs riot to make the event more hit than miss...

The tournament has reached its halfway mark and scores of 300 and amazing catches abound. One thing never changes, though – everyone loves beating England
Katarina Johnson-Thompson: Heptathlete ready to jump at first major title

Katarina Johnson-Thompson: Ready to jump at first major title

After her 2014 was ruined by injury, 21-year-old Briton is leading pentathlete going into this week’s European Indoors. Now she intends to turn form into gold
Syrian conflict is the world's first 'climate change war', say scientists, but it won't be the last one

Climate change key in Syrian conflict

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How I outwitted the Gestapo

How I outwitted the Gestapo

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The nation's favourite animal revealed

The nation's favourite animal revealed

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