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A liver transplant patient turned up to her operation appointment at a German hospital with a bottle of vodka in her bag, a court has heard.

Father 'drank vodka before causing baby son's death'

A 34-year-old man drank a bottle of vodka before causing the death of his 10-week-old son by inflicting severe injuries to his head, a court heard today.

Still playing the rebel: Nigel Kennedy is back and he's showing no signs of mellowing

Nigel Kennedy returns for a gig at London's Tower Festival as his seminal Vivaldi album gets a 20th anniversary re-release. He still has the haircut, the attitude, and he's still angry – about conductors, the price of CDs, Palestine, country music, Margaret Thatcher, and much more. Jessica Duchen met him, and then partied...

Man 'injected vodka for thrill' says murder accused

A gay con artist accused of murdering his partner said he had started looking at suicide websites and injecting vodka for a "thrill" before he died.

Dom Joly: The more gaffes on television, the better the show

I was doing a Radio 2 panel show last week and we had a heckler. Well, to be fair it wasn't exactly heckling, more mumbling. It all started really quietly, when the comic Robin Ince was going on about Jordan and Peter Andre. There were mutterings from the back of the crowd about how he ought to "leave Jordan alone". It was said so quietly that Ince pretty much ignored it. Then the voice asked him to "leave Peter Andre alone".

A tale of two cities: How do you sample St Petersburg and Moscow in one weekend? Plenty of caviar, blinis and vodka...

it was long past midnight on the train to Moscow and, as the suburbs of St Petersburg receded, the darkened landscape rushed by in a blur. In the restaurant carriage, where a few passengers remained, I was being scolded by a local acquaintance. I'd been stirring my Bloody Mary, you see, and this is not the done thing in Russia, where vodka must be savoured in as unadulterated a way as possible, even when mixed into a tumbler of tomato juice. White Russians are always served double by their namesakes. Order a glass of the house white here and you'll get a disdainful, "what a wuss" stare from your waiter. Luckily, I hadn't got around to asking for the Worcestershire sauce just yet.

Premium vodkas become cult hit

Premium and super-premium vodkas marketed on their heritage, provenance and style have become a cult hit with brand-conscious drinkers, at up £140 a litre.

The President's Last Love, By Andrey Kurkov

It's the year 2013 and Bunin, the Ukranian president, has joined other heads of state in an open-air swimming pool to drink vodka and celebrate Putin's legacy.

Tim Walker: 'There's no cold front from Russia when it comes to hosting beauty pageants'

"Russian males enthusiastically celebrate the existence of their womenfolk"

Derek Pain: Turn to drinking to ride out economic woes

No Pain, No Gain

Man jailed for vodka fire attack

A 19-year-old man who threw vodka in the face of a teenage girl before setting light to her was jailed indefinitely today.

<a href="http://blogs.independent.co.uk/independent/2008/11/busted-at-the-b.html">Asian (con)Fusion: Busted at the border</a>

A couple of weeks ago I was crossing the border to Pakistan bearing, as a gift for a friend, a bottle of vodka.

The Weasel: Currant affairs

Putting weather on one side, it's the little things you miss when you switch from taking les grandes vacances in Charente-Maritime to having your hols in Filey, North Yorks. By little things, I mean, of course, comestibles. Over the decade that we've been coming to the Yorkshire coast, it has become increasingly possible to persuade one's palate that it is on the Ile de Ré. The sourdough bread from Driffield farmers' market could not be matched at most boulangeries and the same goes for the butter croissants from our village Co-op. It is even possible to get rillettes de porc from the Ginger Pig butchers in Pickering, though the French would find both price and texture on the stiff side. But certain items remain elusive.

Love and Other Demons, Glyndebourne Festival Opera, Sussex<br/>Proms (34), Royal Albert Hall, London <br/>Proms (37), Royal Albert Hall, London

Never mind the zombies, listen to the singing as Eötvös's icy composition meets tropical heat in his exquisitely crafted fifth opera

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Miles Kington Remembered: Dietary supplements that work ... or I'll eat my own words

The slower we eat, the less food we ingest. Simple as that. With my system you can eat as much as you like &ndash; or could, if only you had the time for it
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