News Waitresses at Kitsch nightclub hold bottles of champagne

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

Where there's a wheel

collect call

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

GREG WOOD

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
Career Services

Day In a Page

Independent Travel
Pompeii, Capri & the Bay of Naples
Dubrovnik, the Dalmatian Coast & Montenegro
Burgundy, the River Rhone & Provence
Lisbon, Oporto and the Douro Valley
Lake Garda, Venice & Verona
Spain
Prices correct as of 23 January 2015
Isis hostage crisis: Militant group stands strong as its numerous enemies fail to find a common plan to defeat it

Isis stands strong as its numerous enemies fail to find a common plan to defeat it

The jihadis are being squeezed militarily and economically, but there is no sign of an implosion, says Patrick Cockburn
Virtual reality thrusts viewers into the frontline of global events - and puts film-goers at the heart of the action

Virtual reality: Seeing is believing

Virtual reality thrusts viewers into the frontline of global events - and puts film-goers at the heart of the action
Homeless Veterans appeal: MP says Coalition ‘not doing enough’

Homeless Veterans appeal

MP says Coalition ‘not doing enough’ to help
Larry David, Steve Coogan and other comedians share stories of depression in new documentary

Comedians share stories of depression

The director of the new documentary, Kevin Pollak, tells Jessica Barrett how he got them to talk
Has The Archers lost the plot with it's spicy storylines?

Has The Archers lost the plot?

A growing number of listeners are voicing their discontent over the rural soap's spicy storylines; so loudly that even the BBC's director-general seems worried, says Simon Kelner
English Heritage adds 14 post-war office buildings to its protected lists

14 office buildings added to protected lists

Christopher Beanland explores the underrated appeal of these palaces of pen-pushing
Human skull discovery in Israel proves humans lived side-by-side with Neanderthals

Human skull discovery in Israel proves humans lived side-by-side with Neanderthals

Scientists unearthed the cranial fragments from Manot Cave in West Galilee
World War Z author Max Brooks honours WW1's Harlem Hellfighters in new graphic novel

Max Brooks honours Harlem Hellfighters

The author talks about race, legacy and his Will Smith film option to Tim Walker
Why the league system no longer measures up

League system no longer measures up

Jon Coles, former head of standards at the Department of Education, used to be in charge of school performance rankings. He explains how he would reform the system
Valentine's Day cards: 5 best online card shops

Don't leave it to the petrol station: The best online card shops for Valentine's Day

Can't find a card you like on the high street? Try one of these sites for individual, personalised options, whatever your taste
Diego Costa: Devil in blue who upsets defences is a reminder of what Liverpool have lost

Devil in blue Costa is a reminder of what Liverpool have lost

The Reds are desperately missing Luis Suarez, says Ian Herbert
Ashley Giles: 'I'll watch England – but not as a fan'

Ashley Giles: 'I'll watch England – but not as a fan'

Former one-day coach says he will ‘observe’ their World Cup games – but ‘won’t be jumping up and down’
Greece elections: In times like these, the EU has far more dangerous adversaries than Syriza

Greece elections

In times like these, the EU has far more dangerous adversaries than Syriza, says Patrick Cockburn
Holocaust Memorial Day: Nazi victims remembered as spectre of prejudice reappears

Holocaust Memorial Day

Nazi victims remembered as spectre of prejudice reappears over Europe
Fortitude and the Arctic attraction: Our fascination with the last great wilderness

Magnetic north

The Arctic has always exerted a pull, from Greek myth to new thriller Fortitude. Gerard Gilbert considers what's behind our fascination with the last great wilderness