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On the road in Antigua, Guatemala: Red is the colour in this land of rum and lava

I wait by the wall, camera in hand, for someone to walk by. I've always liked walls, and this one would make an especially red backdrop. The early morning sun casts shadows across cracking layers of alternating care and neglect, and I begin to see shapes in the shades: pentimento flames in the gradations of red.

Remy Cointreau in whisky talks

The French spirits group Remy Cointreau is in exclusive talks to buy the Scottish whisky maker Bruichladdich Distillery as it looks to tap booming demand for premium whisky from emerging markets in Asia.

Diageo gets the taste for a cocktail with Brazilian spirit

Diageo has taken a further gulp of the growing cocktail sector by buying the spirit used to make the Brazilian drink caipirinha.

James Moore: In Diageo's world it's always drinks time somewhere

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David Walliams plays the PM in the BBC adaptation of his own book, Mr Stinky

DJ Taylor: To clean a house, you start at the top

Dominique Strauss-Kahn's travails show we no longer apply different moral standards to those with power

John Walsh hosts a cocktail party for friends and colleagues using a mixture of homemade and packaged cocktails

Can a ready-made cocktail ever eclipse the real deal?

A raft of new products claims to take the shakes and pains out of making cocktails. John Walsh puts the potent pretenders through their paces.

Bruce Robinson's rum do

Bruce Robinson, the director and writer of the black comedy Withnail and I and the cult classic How to Get Ahead in Advertising and the screenwriter and director of a new film The Rum Diary, starring Johnny Depp, claims not to be a director.

What lies beneath: Captain Morgan's final adventure

His name is written into the lore of piracy – and rum. Now a salvage team's coup is bringing the details to the surface

Ballabriggs fine after National but Aintree will hold full review

Balloons in the colours of Trevor Hemmings were tied to the stable gates yesterday morning, and it seemed as though the whole Cheshire landscape was conspiring in the celebrations. Yellow daffodils lined the lanes of the Cholmondeley estate; white clouds of blackthorn flared along the hedges; and green swathes of pasture glistened in the warm sunshine. In every direction, horses grazed peacefully; others peered out of their cool stalls across the cobbled yard. And here – his coat and eye unclouded by what he had achieved, and endured, the day before – was the winner of the most famous steeplechase on the planet. God, surely, was in his heaven, and all right with the world.

Captain Morgan's lost cannon recovered in Panama's waters

An international team of marine archaeologists has recovered six iron cannon from a reef in shallow waters not far from the mouth of the Panama Canal. They believe the weapons were lost during one of the less glorious chapters of British adventurism in the 17th-century featuring Captain Henry Morgan.

Bruce Robinson: 'I started drinking again because of The Rum Diary'

Falling off houses, terrifying his wife's horses – Bruce Robinson had put all the tragic consequences of the alcoholism that rippled through Withnail and I behind him. Then came his adaptation of Hunter S Thompson's bestseller...

Cooler shakers: The return of the cocktail

'Mad Men' made them hip again. But what's next for the cocktail? John Walsh meets the mixologists who are shaking up the way we drink

Leading article: Dream chaser

Just after three o'clock this afternoon at Newbury Racecourse, barring an inconvenient snowfall, history may be made.

Drug smuggler jailed after 'rum' gift killed man

A drug smuggler was jailed for 20 years today for the manslaughter of a taxi driver who died after unwittingly drinking pure liquid cocaine from a rum bottle.

Taxi driver 'died after drinking rum laced with pure cocaine'

A taxi driver died after unwittingly drinking pure liquid cocaine from a rum bottle given to him as a gift, a court has heard.

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