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

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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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Drink: Spirit of adventure

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Queens Award: Macallan keeps whisky exports flowing

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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

A surveyor more accustomed to assessing bomb-damage claims in his native Northern Ireland is reviving one of Scotland's most distinctive malt whisky distilleries. His efforts may save Bladnoch, the most southerly of Lowland whiskies and therefore the one most suitable for Monday's celebration of Rabbie Burns, who was born near Ayr and died in Dumfries.

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.

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