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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.

Travel: Insider's guide to... Stockholm

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Shaken, stirred and in your house

The recipe for the perfect cocktail party: hire a travelling bar staff to do the work for you. DARIUS SANAI places his order

Food & Drink: Sit back. Relax. It's party time!

Sick of munching on peanuts and crisps? Always in the kitchen at parties? Then check out these canapes - fast food with attitude.

Christmas: Sweden's spirit in a bottle? Absolutely

Dummy h2 dventure with a difference, head for the Saxon border and the original land of toys.

Revolutionary spirit: Drink

A new Liverpool bar is encouraging a subversive approach to drinking - here, vodka rules, in a bizarre array of guises

Drink: Social welfare

Muso types will think they've gone to heaven at The Social, a bar that looks like a hip club, but feels like a friendly local

Art: The spirit moves them

Absolut Collection The Wardrobe, Leeds

Visual Art: Exhibitions choice

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Street Life: Samotechny Lane - The vodka king drove me to distraction...

Street Life SAMOTECHNY LANE

Juror drank vodka at trial

A WOMAN juror caught drinking vodka brought a halt to a multi- million-pound trial concerning an illegal trade in alcohol.

Bootleg tip-off line is started

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Former Soviet Union: `Let's drink to Islam!'

Welcome to a land where they build statues of the `Scourge of God', where villagers are reduced to eating berries from the forest while the wealthy build palaces amid the trees, and where geologists and journalists love baby bears

Street Life: Moscow - Cafe culture takes off in baking city

IT IS fiercely hot in Moscow, and time to turn to the services of Mohammed, a young man with a gentlemanly manner and a burning ambition, who works just down the street.

Drinks: Cocktail power

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Michael Calvin: Time for Old Firm to put aside bigotry and forge new links

Michael Calvin's Last Word

Time for Old Firm to put aside bigotry and forge new links
Isis hostage crisis: The prisoner swap has only one purpose for the militants - recognition its Islamic State exists and that foreign nations acknowledge its power

Isis hostage crisis

The prisoner swap has only one purpose for the militants - recognition its Islamic State exists and that foreign nations acknowledge its power, says Robert Fisk
Missing salvage expert who found $50m of sunken treasure before disappearing, tracked down at last

The runaway buccaneers and the ship full of gold

Salvage expert Tommy Thompson found sunken treasure worth millions. Then he vanished... until now
Homeless Veterans appeal: ‘If you’re hard on the world you are hard on yourself’

Homeless Veterans appeal: ‘If you’re hard on the world you are hard on yourself’

Maverick artist Grayson Perry backs our campaign
Assisted Dying Bill: I want to be able to decide about my own death - I want to have control of my life

Assisted Dying Bill: 'I want control of my life'

This week the Assisted Dying Bill is debated in the Lords. Virginia Ironside, who has already made plans for her own self-deliverance, argues that it's time we allowed people a humane, compassionate death
Move over, kale - cabbage is the new rising star

Cabbage is king again

Sophie Morris banishes thoughts of soggy school dinners and turns over a new leaf
11 best winter skin treats

Give your moisturiser a helping hand: 11 best winter skin treats

Get an extra boost of nourishment from one of these hard-working products
Paul Scholes column: The more Jose Mourinho attempts to influence match officials, the more they are likely to ignore him

Paul Scholes column

The more Jose Mourinho attempts to influence match officials, the more they are likely to ignore him
Frank Warren column: No cigar, but pots of money: here come the Cubans

Frank Warren's Ringside

No cigar, but pots of money: here come the Cubans
Isis hostage crisis: Militant group stands strong as its numerous enemies fail to find a common plan to defeat it

Isis stands strong as its numerous enemies fail to find a common plan to defeat it

The jihadis are being squeezed militarily and economically, but there is no sign of an implosion, says Patrick Cockburn
Virtual reality thrusts viewers into the frontline of global events - and puts film-goers at the heart of the action

Virtual reality: Seeing is believing

Virtual reality thrusts viewers into the frontline of global events - and puts film-goers at the heart of the action
Homeless Veterans appeal: MP says Coalition ‘not doing enough’

Homeless Veterans appeal

MP says Coalition ‘not doing enough’ to help
Larry David, Steve Coogan and other comedians share stories of depression in new documentary

Comedians share stories of depression

The director of the new documentary, Kevin Pollak, tells Jessica Barrett how he got them to talk
Has The Archers lost the plot with it's spicy storylines?

Has The Archers lost the plot?

A growing number of listeners are voicing their discontent over the rural soap's spicy storylines; so loudly that even the BBC's director-general seems worried, says Simon Kelner
English Heritage adds 14 post-war office buildings to its protected lists

14 office buildings added to protected lists

Christopher Beanland explores the underrated appeal of these palaces of pen-pushing