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Tuesday
Jul242012

UK: Customer Accidentally Smashes $60K Bottle of Cognac 

Hemera/Thinkstock(LONDON) -- A clumsy customer shelled out more than $10,000 for two glasses of the world's most expensive cognac at London’s Playboy Club late last week. Afterward, he accidentally dropped the 234-year-old bottle of liquor, valued at $60,000.

London's Evening Standard reports the haughty hooch was destined for a Guinness Record for the world's most expensive cocktail, but when the customer lifted the bottle of 1788 Clos de Griffier Vieux, he bobbled it, sending it smashing against the floor.

Master mixologist Salvatore Calabrese was to craft an Old and Wise with the centuries-old cognac, part of his million dollar-plus collection of old spirits. He is still in mourning.

"We all just froze, then it sunk in," he said. "I've been heartbroken. Not because of the value of the bottle, but because it is a piece of history that has been lost."

And because the bottle was opened, any insurance on it was voided. The customer, a businessman friend of the barman, remains anonymous.

Copyright 2012 ABC News Radio

Monday
Jun182012

British Sisters Set Record for World’s Oldest Siblings

PRNewsFoto/Jack Daniel's(LONDON) -- A pair of British sisters have set the Guinness World Record for being the world’s oldest siblings.

According to Guinness, Dorothy Richards, 108 and her sister Marjorie Ruddle, 105, have a combined age of 213 years and three months.

They celebrated their achievement on June 8 with a tea party in the nursing home where Ruddle now lives.  Richards lives in a nearby retirement home.

“Really, all we wanted was to get the two of them together,” Pat Comber, Ruddle’s daughter, said, according to a statement from Guinness.  “They haven’t seen each other for three years because my mother has a slight disability and my aunt is quite frail.”

They both attended college in London as young women, but returned home to Northampton to take care of the household when their mother died.  Later, they both married.  

Ruddle married Dr. James Robertson Wills in 1932, and had three children with him. Five years after Wills died, she married Allan Ruddle.

Her sister Dorothy married an optician, and they had three sons.

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