In the red: Ministers serve up 1,000 bottles of Bordeaux from the government wine cellar (plus champagne, brandy and gin)

In the red: Ministers serve up 1,000 bottles of Bordeaux from the government wine cellar (plus champagne, brandy and gin)… and guess who foots the 55,000 bill Whitehall functions enjoy 5,000 bottles of wine and spirits in the last yearBill includes a 1906 bottle of Hine Grande Fine brandy worth 1,472Critics say officials should opt for 'modestly' priced drinks By Gerri Peev PUBLISHED: 18:15 GMT, 7 February 2013 | UPDATED: 22:48 GMT, 7 February 2013 GUests at Whitehall functions enjoyed 1,000 bottles of Chateau Margaux 1982, an older vintage than the bottle pictured Bottles of vintage wine worth more than 1,100 each have been quaffed at government parties at taxpayers' expense. Guests at official Whitehall functions were treated to 23 bottles of a 1982 vintage Chateau Margaux Bordeaux, which sells for up to 1,100 a bottle.

One for you, one for me: Online shoppers treat themselves to a Christmas gift every time they shop

One for you, one for me! Online shoppers treat themselves to a Christmas gift every time they shop (and sometimes more than one…) | UPDATED: 17:09 GMT, 24 December 2012 There is just one more night to go until stockings are opened and gifts are unwrapped, and some of us are waiting with eager anticpiation to see what fortune will bring us. But according to a new study, a great many of us aren't satisfied with relying on Santa or loved ones to bring us the perfect gift. A survey has revealed that nearly half of us have been treating ourselves to at least one Christmas present with every purchase we made online this festive season

Christmas: Pets get more presents than partners say Pets At Home

Sorry, darling, I spent all the Christmas cash on Fido: Pet owners splurge more money on presents for their animals than for partners At least 75% of pet-owners buy gifts for their four-legged friendsSome 66% spend more on a pet than a partnerAverage spend is 38Pets At Home have already sold 49,000 pet advent calenders in the UK | UPDATED: 11:07 GMT, 30 November 2012 Britain's boyfriends and girlfriends may well be getting present envy this festive season. Especially when they look under the tree on Christmas morning and find the dog has more presents than they do