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

Finance: The Trader - When limited company is a thing of joy

Doors opened, a mass of humanity bulged out and hordes threw themselves forward

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Letter: No tea, no sherry

CONTRARY TO your report ("`Fuddy duddy' Lit Soc tries to become a more hip soc", 13 June), the Royal Society of Literature is not moving from Hyde Park Gardens for lack of money but because our lease has ended. We will be going to Somerset House where we will continue to hold our lively and provocative lectures and debates. We cannot invite Jilly Cooper to tea or for sherry because we don't have tea or sherry parties, but she is very welcome to become a member of the RSL. If she joins, I doubt whether she will hear the name Dorothy Whipple, but she may well find herself involved in one of our campaigns: for an increase in the public lending right fund to authors for the borrowing of their books from libraries, or against the imposition of VAT on the printed word - something, I imagine, that the Independent on Sunday opposes.

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Wines of the month: First of the summer wines

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Drink: Spirit of adventure

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Queens Award: Macallan keeps whisky exports flowing

THE MACALLAN Distillers, maker of malt whisky since 1824, has won a Queen's Award for Export after increasing the percentage of its production sold overseas from 54 per cent to 61 per cent over the last three years, writes John Willcock.

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DNA gives clue to 15-year-old killing

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Faith & Reason: Violent hatred and the soft suburban soul

The response of the churches to the Lawrence report must confront a terrible reality which for too long has been utterly alien to them

Food & Drink: Burns' Night calls for a rare tot of grassy, sweet Lowland whisky

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Fools and their alphabets are copiously parted

R for mo, R for Askey, R for English, R for bitter. That was it. No upmarket ones at all

Hospice baby is joy of Christmas

FOR MOST of the patients who spent yesterday at St Christopher's Hospice, it was their last Christmas Day. They were encouraged to celebrate in their own way, whether it was with a glass of sherry and cigar in hand or with two King Charles spaniels lying on the bed.

Richard Ehrlich's beverage report: Spend! Spend! Sip! Sip! Glug!

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