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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.

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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.

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