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Pair were handed £66,778.91 and £64,279.70 bar tabs after ordering bottles of Cristal champagne and Dom Perignon.

Anyone would think we had plenty to celebrate

Emma Cook raises her glass to an explosion in the sales of champagne

Travel: Bubbles for bursting at the millennium

They're dark, damp and closely guarded. And they contain a sparkling wealth of fascination. Stephen Pritchard goes underground to see the 'caves' of the Champagne region.

Rugby Union: Leicester shot down by cool-hand Ougier

Commentary: Leicester 22 Toulouse 23

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Racing: Dettori's treble puts wind up Fallon backers

Frankie Dettori decided yesterday that he will not appeal against the suspension he incurred for irresponsible riding at Goodwood on Saturday, but if he continues to ride as he did at Chepstow's Bank Holiday meeting, a mere five-day holiday will make little difference to his attempt to reclaim the jockeys' championship.

Tabor's Marlin lands Million

Michael Tabor, the owner who picked up the pounds 37,000 prize for the Celebration Mile at Goodwood on Saturday when Among Men was awarded the race after Frankie Dettori and Cape Cross were disqualified, landed a more substantial haul at the expense of the Italian when his Marlin won the Arlington Million in Chicago last night. Dettori finished sixth of eight starters on the Godolphin-owned Allied Forces.

Racing: Cliche heads British sweep

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Open house at the Globe but Glyndebourne it's not

It's summer, they're serving Moet et Chandon but it's not Glyndebourne. After a dummy run last year, the late Sam Wanamaker's dream has come true and Shakespeare's Globe Theatre has been reconstructed and it's finally open for business.

M&S adds fizz to champagne wars

Another cork was popped yesterday in the cut-price champagne wars with the launch of a pounds 9.99-a-bottle promotion by Marks & Spencer.

France casts doubt on Guinness merger

The pounds 23bn proposed merger between Guinness and Grand Met is about to face a new obstacle from the French authorities, which are worried that control of the global distribution of champagne is falling into British hands.

Walking the walk

Lowri Turner pays for the pleasure of an evening in the company of The Baron

Racing: Trainglot can retire with long-distance distinction

Jimmy Fitzgerald has not had the best of seasons, but the travails of the winter months will be immediately erased if one result goes his way at Ascot today. Trainglot, who has been not so much a servant but an entire chain gang at the Norton Grange stables, retires this afternoon, and the Irish trainer says he will be happier than the men behind the Grand National winner if the old horse can go out successfully in the Letheby & Christopher Long Distance Hurdle.

The Weasel: Instead of our Old Colony, a vast, astounding lunar- like landscape greeted my eyes

Even weasels feel the necessity to take holidays sometimes, and last week I found myself busily packing my suitcase for America. I managed to get myself to Heathrow and even on to an aeroplane, though I was not- a-little-nonplussed when my pilot turned out to be named something like Captain Stephensonnedottirfloorplug. But I put that out of my mind and after what seemed like a surprisingly brief nap, braced myself for arrival in our Old Colony. But as I glanced out of the window, I thought we were arriving at the moon instead: a vast, astounding, lunar-like landscape greeted my eyes, a white, totally deserted, lava-like surface dotted with small craters and hillocks.

Telling your whines apart

Long-winded gobbledegook, or learned deliberations? In this week's Beverage Report special Richard Ehrlich goes undercover and puts wine- tasting talk to the test with some sobering results
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Fall of the Berlin Wall

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Rose Rouse's safari in modern Britain

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Matt Parker is proud of his square roots

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Paul Scholes column: Beating Manchester City is vital part of life at Manchester United. This is first major test for Luke Shaw, Angel Di Maria and Radamel Falcao – it’s not a game to lose

Paul Scholes column

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Frank Warren: Call me an old git, but I just can't see that there's a place for women’s boxing

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Simon Hart: Manchester City will rise again but they need to change their attitude

Manchester City will rise again but they need to change their attitude

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‘A bit of a shock...’ Cambridge economist with Glasgow roots becomes Zambia’s acting President

‘A bit of a shock...’ Economist with Glasgow roots becomes Zambia’s acting President

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Fall of the Berlin Wall

History catches up with Erich Honecker - the East German leader who praised the Iron Curtain and claimed it prevented a Third World War
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