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Budget Special: The Chancellor dances nude ... and he's not a pretty sight

Fatima Clarke had come to dance - and the House was full. Eyes twinkling, his mouth set in a teasing smile, the Chancellor sat beside the Prime Minister, waiting for the tambours to beat and the sitars to strum. His back benches regarded him with nervous expectation: all present had a very shrewd idea of exactly what charms had been so flimsily concealed from the tabloid press, but was it not just possible that - like the Diana video - the leaks would turn out be a hoax?

How Victor became a lost cause

Stephen Brenkley catches up with a flying winger who fell by the wayside

TROUBLE IN THE HOUSE OF SPIRITS

A Miami courthouse is the stage for a family drama as dark as Lorca, vulgar as Dynasty. The Bacardis, purveyors of the world's best- selling brand of spirits, are immensely rich - and riven by bitter feuding. Could their current civil war wreck the empire of this proud Cuban clan?

Excellent spirits

The idea of the International Spirits Challenge seemed like a good one, and indeed it was. It also seemed like a relatively simple idea, and that it certainly wasn't.

CAPTAIN MOONLIGHT: Major sales job ... rum deals ... new rage

Hello there! Did you notice that the Conservative Party is bringing us a pounds 500,000 poster and newspaper advertising campaign devised by Maurice Saatchi? The campaign is promoting that much-loved Majorism, the one that told us we had a strong man in Number Ten, "No Gain Without Pain". I yield to none in my admiration for Maurice; and I know he is big enough to take a few other suggestions, canvassed during a quick ring-round after lunch in the ad world last week. And the offerings are, in no particular order: 1) John Major. He's Hurting. 2) John Major. Well Hard. 3) John Major. He's Responsible. 4) John Major. Tough. 5) The Conservatives. This Time It's Serious. 6) Conservative Government. It's Good For Pork. 7) This Government. It is. Absolutely. And I Bet You Are, Too. 8) The Conservatives. Just Blew It. 9) Vote Conservative And You Won't Have To Move To A Flat Filled With Asbestos. 10) Vote For Terry's Brother. Any more? Pink Vouchers!

From the greatest horse's mouth

BOOK OF THE WEEK; Red Rum: A Racing Legend by Ginger McCain (Weidenfeld & Nicolson, pounds 12.99)

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The warrior who became a national treasure

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FOOD & DRINK / When ripeness is all

The trouble with a pineapple is that once picked it can grow no sweeter . But, says Michael Bateman, buyers are finding new ways to bring us perfect fr uit

Travel: Welcome to the Soviet Union-on-Sea: Tourism has discovered Cuba, but only just. So visit the island now, while the scenery is still unspoilt and the people friendly, even if the food supply leaves something to be desired: Avoid the resorts, says Simon Calder, and take the nearest functioning car to the spiny mountains, the lush tobacco fields, or the virgin-white beaches

Dogmatism has given way to pragmatism. Until this year, most Britons travelling to Cuba did so for ideological reasons. This is a kind of Soviet Union-on-Sea, with rum instead of vodka and sun instead of snow. But now those who come to pay homage to the Revolution are easily outnumbered by those who just want a bargain Caribbean holiday. After 30 years enjoying the economic fiction maintained by state Communism (and massive hidden subsidies from the USSR), Cuba has had to join the real world, and has become the big new destination.

Food & Drink: A-Z of treats

Z is for Zuppa Inglese, which concludes our alphabet of sweet treats. Franco Taruschio, who serves it at his Walnut Tree Inn in Skerrid, Abergavenny, south Wales, believes that it dates back to a day when Nelson's sailors landed at Naples armed with bottles of rum. Not content with the fruit offered at the end of a meal, they asked for something else and were offered sponge cakes. This inspired the sailors to show their hosts how to make trifle. They soaked the sponge in rum, added chopped fruit, and topped the lot with Italian custard - which also begins with a Z, zabaione. Thus Zuppa Inglese, 'English soup', was invented.

FOOD & DRINK / A-Z of Treats: Quark and Orange Souffle

Q could be for Quince and Apple pie in our series of self-indulgent treats. But since it's only an apple pie (with sliced, peeled quince) here is Quark and Orange souffle, a dream of a dish from the Savoy chef, Anton Edelmann, whose new book, Creative Cuisine, is published by Pavilion at pounds 19.99.

Citizen cane: Wealth and the sweet life are hanging heavy on rum baron Luis del Campo Bacardi, left, stirring concern in the family. Jason Nisse looks at dynastic strains in a proud company

TUESDAY 23 February was not a good day for Luis Adalberto Facundo Gomez del Campo Bacardi. The great-grandson of the creator of Bacardi rum, a director of the private company that owns the largest spirit brand in the world, and one of the group's biggest individual shareholders with a fortune estimated to exceed dollars 300m ( pounds 201m), Mr Bacardi found himself being handcuffed and taken to the cells beneath the Palais de Justice in Geneva.
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