Sport Richardt Strauss could return to the Ireland squad for the Six Nations following his rapid recovery from heart surgery

Schmidt coached Strauss at Leinster and believes that his return is a bonus for Ireland ahead of the Six Nations campaign

Golden age

welcomes mature bottlings of classic malts

Schumann toasts success

Britain were in equal fifth place in the Admiral's Cup yesterday in Christchurch Bay as another spate of protests was keeping the international jury busy here last night.

Devolution White Paper: The ladies who eat scones would like a bit more say

The television weather forecast is typical, says Jane McLeod. "They look carefully at the south-east, then East Anglia and the Midlands. But see when they get to Scotland? Scotland is just a wave of the hand."

Golf: The Open: Watson in mood for revenge

Tim Glover finds the amateur champion has an old score to settle

No-headache sherry gives competitors a hangover

Elizabeth Nash finds uproar in Jerez as tradition is shaken by a histamine-free fino

Pesky things always come in tens

Ten London attractions which no Londoner can imagine any visitor in his right mind wanting to go to:

Theatre / The principle of inertia

Summer Begins Donmar Warehouse, London

Golf: Sherry back on a Tiger hunt

Paul Trow discovers that an old rivalry is still firing a giant talent

Obituary: Jose Ignacio Domecq

Don Jose Ignacio Domecq was the acknowledged king of sherry tasters and known as El Nariz, "the Nose", for his astonishing ability to sniff out the nuances in the creation of his family's wonderful sherries.

Santa Claus denies illegal entry

The new Criminal Trespass Act has now caught out an Old Age traveller. Bill Hartston reports

A DOSE OF THE BODEGA BLUES

RICHARD EHRLICH'S beverage REPORT

Hard school's qualified failures

The riches won by a few seem far off to the many scrambling for a place on the European Tour. Andy Farrell reports

Golf: Gordon Sherry has round of 75 in European Tour qualifying school

Scotland's Gordon Sherry had a poor round of 75 yesterday at the European Tour qualifying school in San Roque, Spain. Sherry is joint 36th after five of the six rounds Only the top 40 and ties qualify for next season's circuit.

Food & Drink Special: The spirits of christmas

MICHAEL BATEMAN'S FESTIVE FOOD SPECIAL STARTS WITH CLEVER COOKING USING CHRISTMAS DRINKS. ILLUSTRATED BY LUCINDA ROGERS

A newspaper is like a caricature family gathering. As a reader, you move around, avoiding one relative and sharing a sherry with another; LETTER from THE EDITOR

Nineties austerity, tinged with environmentalism, is arriving in the newspaper market. After launching The Eye, we have had some letters urging us to offer a smaller paper, not a bigger one. I have some sympathy: one of the penalties of being in the business is that I get almost all the Sunday papers delivered at home. Well, not The News of the World or Sunday Sport, of course, but the rest of them. Under the slew of grey or yellowing paper, the bedroom, kitchen and hall slowly dissolve into a West London imitation of the Sao Paulo municipal rubbish tip - only instead of the seagulls' cry, there are small Marrs chirruping: "Daddy, why has that lady got no vest on?"
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