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Whisky distilled for 110th birthday of founder's grandchild, sells for £44,000

A rare bottle of whisky has sold for £44,000 – around £1,700 a nip.

Henderson's Oscar enjoys his Flat spin

Trainers are finding some exotic sanctuaries from the big freeze, the timing of which is causing increasing disquiet. With a diminishing window to give his Cheltenham Festival candidates a race, Nicky Henderson yesterday took no less a horse than Oscar Whisky to the all-weather at Kempton, and he could yet send Binocular up to Kelso on Wednesday.

Slow-roast duck leg with bashed neeps and haggis

Slow-roast duck leg with bashed neeps and haggis

Serves 4

Gamilati is a 12-1 chance for the 1,000 Guineas after scoring in the UAEe quivalent at Meydan in Dubai yesterday

Gamilati hot – before a tot of Whisky?

Originally devised to keep the racing and betting industries on the move during exactly this kind of freeze, the all-weather has since evolved into a surface for all seasons. Many trainers nowadays like to start off well-bred young horses on the polytrack rather than on firm, heavy or unevenly watered turf.

Honey-roast duck with flowering chives and black fungus

Divine duck: Mark Hix cooks with the most succulent of birds

It's the perfect ingredient with which to create these warming winter dishes.

The Doors: A Lifetime of Listening to Five Mean Years, By Greil Marcus

Greil Marcus records that, in 2010,listening to the radio on a regular car journey around San Francisco revealed that The Doors got more airplay than anyone else of their era, and with a greater number of songs - though they weren't a Bay Area band. As Marcus tells it, this drove him to re-assess their work and to reconsider the grotesque fetish status the 1960s have acquired as the enviable Neverland of stalled possibility, used to render impotent all that comes after.

Trainer Nicky Henderson with Oscar Whisky at his Seven Barrows yard in Lambourn yesterday

Henderson ready to scotch Champion route for Whisky

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Copita, tapas restaurant on D’Arblay Street

The Art of Concealment, Jermyn Street Theatre, London 

Jermyn Street Theatre, which has just deservedly won The Stage's  Fringe Theatre of the Year Award, kicked off 2011 with Less Than Kind, a fascinating, hitherto unperformed draft of an early play by Terence Rattigan.

Talisker whisky truffles

Talisker whisky truffles

Makes about 20

Dublin Carol, Trafalgar Studios 2, London (3/5)

The straggling Christmas decorations look more than a little half-hearted (mostly bare spruce), but then the setting of Conor McPherson's play, first seen in 2000, is an undertaker's office and it would be tactless to the bereaved to put on a flashier show.

Dickson Wright says: 'I have an explosive temper That Krakatoa strata is still in my make-up'

Clarissa Dickson Wright: 'When I was young, pubs had badger ham on the bar'

What people loved about the Two Fat ladies was the sheer anarchy of it Two fat old bats on a Triumph, travelling around the country and cooking. The impact we had felt particularly brilliant: I found out recently we single-handedly saved the Gloucester Old Spot pig breed from dying out, after we did a programme about it.

South Africa: Man fined for soaking Zuma

A man found guilty of assault after spilling a glass of whiskey and water over President Jacob Zuma has been fined 8,000 rand (£635).

The Young Turks neon-adorned pop-up above the Ten Bells pub in London's Spitalfields

Food News & Reviews: pork belly; kitchen knives; soup club; Christmas hampers; blended whiskies

This week I've been eating...old spot pork belly

Smokeheads, By Doug Johnstone

Four forty-something friends take off for a whisky-drinking winter weekend on the Scottish island of Islay: single-malt connoisseur Adam, who dreams of opening his own distillery; über-hedonist banker Roddy, who practically breathes cocaine; straight man Ethan, and sensitive Luke. The boys not only fall out among themselves, but also run into trouble with the locals. Roddy cops off with a barmaid; Adam entertains tender feelings for a distillery guide who is the ex-wife of a brutal and corrupt copper. What starts as a drink-and-drugs soaked piece of superior lad-lit turns into a ferocious thriller reminiscent of Straw Dogs. The characterisation is a little broad, but you won't want to stop reading. It also makes you thirst for whisky.

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