Heroin in Fraserburgh

The small fishing port of Fraserburgh in Scotland has the highest rate of heroin addiction in Britain. But these aren't stereotypical addicts. Here, the junkies are well-to-do housewives and trawlermen with money to burn. Peter Stanford reports. Photographs by Sam Faulkner

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You don't have to travel with a lover to enjoy the romance of this Caribbean island, writes Janet Matricciani

Portugal: Forget the revolution, just pass the port

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You don't need to be a football fan to visit Marseilles in the next month. The Mediterranean port is also the home of bouillabaisse, eye-opening architecture, comfortable hotels - and too many museums to visit in a weekend. Natasha Edwards makes a selection

Rural crisis: Farmers' lot - Men of the soil turn into unlikely new bre ed of militants

"There's no divine right to farm," was one stark message of the Oxford Farming Conference earlier this month and one Jack Cunningham, Minister of Agriculture, has been driving home with increasing bluntness. So what does the future hold for farmers and the agricultural landscape? Stephen Goodwin, Heritage Correspondent, assesses the prospects.

Wine: Red-letter days

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Coming into port

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A guide to port

What's in name Ruby


In which painting by which painter can you find this wood?

Of port and cigars, wills and paintings, aquariums and community centres

past desires, present needs

Drinking: How to make it in a traditional, male world

Sophia Bergqvist was only 28 when she gave up a flourishing career as a business consultant in London to run a modest port-producing estate in Pinhao, in the Douro valley, that had been in her family for decades.

Drinking: Bumper harvest puts fair wind in the sails of port

Port producers in Portugal's Douro valley are smiling with relief at the prospect of a good vintage, which ends in the next few days. While Spanish sherry flounders, port is shedding its fusty image to win new enthusiasts. Elizabeth Nash treads the grapes to investigate a success story.

Nelson spent half his final salary on port

Many people admit to taking a tipple to give them Dutch courage, but Nelson could be said to have taken things to extremes.

Wine consumption at record high

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