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A football season already full of surprises and excitement is about to be topped by the world’s favourite sporting tournament. Whatever happens in Rio – and everyone’s got an opinion on that – the game itself will continue to evolve and grow. Which is why it’s the perfect time to look to the future of football, which we do in our cover story this month (and there’s another 14 pages of footy-related goodness in our opening Bullevard section). Forward thinking is also on display as the guy who invented parkour takes his beloved sport to new heights, and new depths are conquered by two climbers on a previously uncharted route through a giant underground cave. All this, plus the new X-Men movie, F1 and much, much more. We hope you enjoy the issue. the red bulletin
“You have to jump, not fall” David Belle, page 62
at a glance Bullevard 12 world football special There’s that international tournament coming soon in Brazil, right? Here’s all your pub conversation ammo
28 Torque talk
The transformation of Formula One
40 Avalon Biddle
Planning to race overseas Auckland hip-hop outfit Third3ye
What next for the world’s favourite sport: can it still be beautiful?
44 Peter Burling
Next Team NZ skipper?
46 Master of all
How Braden Currie rose through the world multi-sport ranks
52 Soccer’s next goals
Technique and tactics are changing, how will this affect the game?
60 Electro-pop rocks!
Metronomy back keeping the beat
78 out of the darkness
When you decide to climb your way out of one of the deepest caves in the world, there’s no place to go but up
62 The parkour maestro lo expectations
Most World Cup theme songs are terrible. Can Jennifer Lopez break the curse of global disharmony?
88 89 Train like a pro
Olympic beach volleyballer Julius Brink on the elements of his exercise regime that you can do too 08
Best mountain bike kit
New Zealand ace Brook Macdonald recommends the gear you can use to take to the trails like a pro
David Belle invented it: now he’s taking it to the next level
74 James McAvoy
Superhero talk with the X-Men star
78 Rock in a hard place
The first-ever climb of the world’s second-largest underground cave
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42 New wave rappers
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Contributors who’s on board this issue
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raphael honigstein The Munich-born, London-based football writer and author is best known for his Bundesliga columns and podcast appearances for The Guardian and for reporting on Premier League matches for Süddeutsche Zeitung. In a press versus Chelsea coaching staff fivea-side game in 2007, Honigstein bore down on Jose Mourinho, who was playing in goal. Sadly, he was caught in two minds and the eventual shot more closely resembled a backpass. Read his future of football story on page 52.
“I was impressed by the gigantic scale of the place,” says the German photographer, of the 160m-deep deep Majlis al Jinn cave in Oman. Fengler was with extreme climbers Stefan Glowacz and Chris Sharma during their expedition into the second-largest cave chamber in the world. His pictures, often of snow or rock, or both, and the intrepid explorers thereof, have appeared in the likes of Alpinist and Men’s Health. We’ve got him on page 78.
“Parkour isn’t a sport, it’s the school of life,” freerunning pioneer David Belle told our writer, who was well and truly schooled during two days of full-scale, intense parkour lessons in Belle’s hometown of Lisses, France. “I learned how to jump without fear across gaps 6m wide and from roofs 8m high,” says Lisetz, a frequent contributor to The Red Bulletin. He survived (there were no claims for ice packs and bruise lotion on his expenses form) to write a fine story on Belle’s crew, on page 62.
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It’s coming: 64 matches, 12 cities, Brazil, June 12-July 13
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The Phantom of Rio The best forward in the world will be the most feared man this summer
„ bj E litium re m quo c ull aut l a ex evele ni s ea e sro“
B ra sil wir ien kom men ! Ryan Inzana
The shock from 1950 still reverberates in Brazil. Uruguay won the World Cup that year, in Rio de Janeiro, beating the hosts in the final at the Maracana Stadium in front of 200,000 weeping fans. Brazil burnt their old white jerseys after the game and didn’t play another match for two years. That wound may heal with a win for the team now in yellow and blue, in this year’s final – at the Maracana. But Uruguay are in excellent form, ranked in the top 10, with an attacking force led by the man who is probably the world’s most dangerous striker right now, Luis Suarez. On the back of his fantastic season for Liverpool in the Premier League, leading his country to victory in a final against Brazil would reduce the Maracana, and an entire nation, to tears once more.
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W C RE W IN D
LAST TIME OUT Quick refresher on what happened in South Africa four years ago
f i n a L This (above) was basically Holland’s tactic against Spain. The Spaniards’ response was to score the winner after 116 minutes and win 1-0.
s e m i - f i n a l Spain’s Carles Puyol said “Pick that one out” after heading home to beat Joachim Low’s Germany 1-0 in Durban 17 minutes from time.
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The beautiful game has one, less-than-beautiful tradition: official World Cup songs. This year’s is a trend-bucker. The catchy We Are One (Ole Ola), by Pitbull, Claudia Leitte and Jennifer Lopez, is sure to get into your head this summer.
Put your flags up in the sky
Show the world we are one
(put ’em in the sky)
(one, love, life)
And wave them side to side
Ole ole ole ola
(side to side)
Ole ole ole ola
Show the world where you’re from
Ole ole ole ola
(show ’em where you’re from)
Ole ole ole ola
The nearly men History tells us you can excel individually at a World Cup, but all for nothing
Guillermo StAbile Eight goals for Argentina, lost the final.
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matthias sindelar Austria’s finest could only lead his team to the semis.
q u a r t e r - f i n a l A man wearing an ill-fitting suit passed himself off as the Argentina manager and presided over a 4-0 defeat to Germany.
leOnidas Top scorer with seven; Brazil lost in the semi-final.
ademir Eight goals, but not in the final, where Brazil lost 2-1.
sAndor Kocsis Scored 11; Hungary lost in the final.
Just Fontaine Best-ever topscorer with 13. France came third.
Josef Masopust Oldest living final netter, 83. Czechs lost 3-1.
A European team has never won the World Cup in South America. But Brazil have never won it in Brazil.
Pelé himself thinks his home country will win the World Cup. That’s the same Pelé who thinks the German team are better.
SEVEN REASONS BRAZIL WILL WIN And seven reasons why they won’t. Everything points to a home win, but look at it another way, everything points against it, too
gerd muller Came up short in a thrilling semi-final.
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Johan Cruyff Total football wasn’t enough for the Dutch.
1 9 74
rob rensenbrink Hit the post as Holland miss out again.
Brazil-born Diego Costa has scored more goals in 2014 than Ronaldo did when he was at his best. He chose to represent Spain this year.
Julio Cesar is Brazil’s No 1 goalie. Right now his club side is Toronto FC in Canada, which is about the 666th best team in the world.
Neymar scores at least one goal in every other match he plays for Brazil. Which means Neymar is off target one match in two.
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Eusébio Nine goals were not enough to win it for Portugal.
In 2013, Brazil won the Confederations Cup. No winner of that tournament has gone on to win the World Cup the following year.
Lionel Messi has never scored a goal in Brazil. Yet he scored three the last time he played against Brazil.
ALain Giresse Part of all-star France side at a loss in semis.
Zico Best Brazilian of his time missed a pen in quarters.
Claudio Caniggia The Argentina star shone until a final defeat.
roberto baggio Skied a pen so that Italy lost the final.
Ronaldo Brazil took a risk on his fitness in the final – and lost.
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F o o t b a l l e r q u i z
S U B S B E N C H
Thinking Man’s Game
GAME OFF, SWITCH ON
Think you know your tatts as well as your stats? Solve these star player puzzles if you can…
A. Wayne Rooney B. Cristiano Ronaldo C. Hulk 2. Who devised football’s most awful yet ingenious haircut: a walrus ’tache, so his son could more easily identify him on TV? A. Ronaldo B. Roberto Carlos C. Rivaldo
3. Which non-smoking Frenchman owns a shisha bar in the Channel port of Boulogne-sur-Mer?
5. Which shy dressingroom dancer isn’t currently romantically linked to a singer?
A. Karim Benzema B. Franck Ribery C. Mathieu Valbuena
A. Mesut Ozil B. Gerard Pique C. Neymar
4. Which notorious hard tackler had this sign tattooed on his calf to warn players from other teams?
6. Which fashion victim wears diamond earrings, though only off pitch due to regulations?
A. Daniele de Rossi B. Sergio Busquets C. Pepe
Where to turn when there’s no footy on t he t w ee t spot
OPTA SPORTS twitter.com/OptaJoe will give you statistics till the cows come home.
A. Alessandro Diamanti B. Joshua Brillante C. Mario Balotelli
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ANSWERS: 1 B, 2 A, 3 B, 4 A, 5 C, 6 C
1. Which footballer owned a Ferrari 599 GTB Fiorano (yes, the one pictured below) for about a year before he totalled it?
THE NUMBERS GAME: WHY EVERYTHING YOU KNOW ABOUT FOOTBALL IS WRONG Football works in ways beyond our comprehension. Comprehend them thanks to this splendid unstuffy analysis.
L i s t en t o t he a p p
Who is it? Body parts and a trip to the body shop
CORBIS, GETTY IMAGES(5), PICTUREDESK.COM DIETMAR KAINRATH
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oliver kahn German keeper made only boob in the final.
talkSPORT During June and July, the radio station will be a prime source of news, interviews and live broadcasts.
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Zinedine zidane Ifs and butts meant France came second.
Diego Forlan Five goals took Uruguay only to the semis.
“Which team do you support? Bull-garia?”
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SHAOLIN SOCCER The most underrated football film ever made. It deserves a replay.
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Wat c h i n g o n T V l i k e u s
the away team Some of the world’s best players represent countries that didn’t qualify for Brazil. This XI could give all the teams a game 10
1 3 2 6 4
sa mi r H a nda n ov i c
A l eksandar Ko l arov
Dani el Agger
Position: Goalkeeper National team: Slovenia Club: Inter Milan Current value: €24m
Position: Right-back National team: Serbia Club: Manchester City Current value: €12m
Position: Centre-back National team: Denmark Club: Liverpool Current value: €14m
b r a n i s l av iva novi C
davi d a l aba
nemanja mati C
Aaron Ramse y
Mare k HamSIk
Gare t h Bale
Position: Centre-back National team: Serbia Club: Chelsea Current value: €16m
Position: Left-back National team: Austria Club: Bayern Munich Current value: €32m
Position: Midfielder National team: Serbia Club: Chelsea Current value: €25m
Position: Midfielder National team: Wales Club: Arsenal Current value: €20m
Position: Midfielder National team: Slovakia Club: Napoli Current value: €40m
Position: Forward National team: Wales Club: Real Madrid Current value: €80m
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o f f i c i a l G a d g e t r y
Don’t cry, Zlatan! The Swede has been to two finals: these greats never made it at all
spray it, ref! When association football began in 1863, refs relied only on whistle and flags. In the century-and-a-half since, various inventions have made their lives a little bit easier
Bert Trautmann Alfredo di Stefano Never played for West Real Madrid star who Germany, and missed missed two finals for out on the 1954 win, Argentina (didn’t enter in 1950 or 1954) and two because manager Sepp for Spain (1958, didn’t Herberger wouldn’t pick foreign-based players. qualify; 1962, injured).
Since 2006, the referee on the pitch and the fourth official on the sidelines have been able to discuss refereeing decisions. Or make jokes about the players.
Eric Cantona Playing in the French second division in 1986, France didn’t qualify in 1990 and 1994 and he’d retired by the time they won on home soil in 1998.
Looks like a 1980s iPad but is actually a digital soother: there has been less friction since it was first deployed, at the 1998 World Cup, to show how much stoppage time is to be played.
George Weah Never made it, despite 20 years in and out of the Liberia national team. They had to pull out of 1994 qualifying due to UN sanctions.
LINE MARKER SPRAY PAINT
“ O ne thing i s for sure , a World C up without m e i s nothing t o watch”
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Zl ata n I b r a hi mov i C Position: Striker National team: Sweden Club: Paris Saint Germain Current value: €15m
After it was tested to mark free kicks at last year’s Confederations Cup, the mousse will be used on the pitch in Brazil. Or is it just a free advertising ruse by Gillette?
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Position: Striker National team: Poland Club: Borussia Dortmund Current value: €42m
Position: In charge of Denmark since July 2000, he is the longest-serving international coach
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And here’s our suggestion. Sensors in footballers’ socks and boots determine whether a player is fouled or faking it. For a real infringement, the ref gets an ‘Ow!’ signal in his ear.
“We don’ t need s atellites , G PS and a chip in the ball” Michel Pl atini , UEFA president
D E C I S I O N M A K I N G O N T H E S P O T
TAKING THE PERFECT PENALTY Seven minutes into the 2006 World Cup final. Zinedine Zidane chips a penalty just right of centre. The ball hits the underside of the crossbar. Italy’s keeper Gianluigi Buffon, having dived away to his right, looks on helplessly as the ball bounces behind the goal-line and it’s 1-0 to France
The spin made Zidane’s ball bounce back up onto the bar and out of the goal. Never see that happen again.
Aiming a penalty kick into the top corner is a certain goal. But it takes nerves of steel to go for it.
1 Only one in 15 World Cup goals has come via a penalty. To date, there have been 150 World Cup penalties in regular time.
2 The first shoot-out in a World Cup was in the 1982 semi-final between West Germany and France. The former won, obviously.
3 In 2013-14, about 83
per cent of pens were scored in the Premier League; 70 per cent of spot kicks are scored in World Cup shoot-outs.
? Why doesn’t the
goalie just stay in the middle when facing a penalty? Because only one in 12 penalties is aimed there.
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Goooaaal! The one that started it, the one to end them all and the purest: three goals that have rightly gone down in history I LL U S T R A T I O N : M a r t i n U d o v i c i c
T H E F I R S T G O A L
Montevideo, Uruguay, 1930 There were barely 500 fans present when French insideright Lucien Laurent scored the first goal in the first World Cup, volleying in a cross from the edge of the penalty area against Mexico. An historic goal, of which there are no photographs or film footage, though newspaper reports said it was a gem of a strike. France went on to win 4-1.
T H E G R E AT E S T T E A M G O A L
Mexico City, Mexico , 1970 Scored after a string of nine passes four minutes from time. It builds from defence, then Clodoaldo dances past four players in midfield; Rivelino to Jairzinho, to Pelé, who flicks a final pass into the path of Carlos Alberto. The full-back races to smash it first time into the far corner, to make it 4-1 and seal Brazil’s third World Cup final victory.
T H E G R E AT E S T S O L O G O A L
Mexico City, Mexico, 1986 Diego Maradona had barely featured in the first half of Argentina’s quarter-final clash with England. After 51 minutes, he scored the ‘Hand of God’ goal that put Argentina 1-0 ahead. Four minutes later, he dribbled past five defenders and went around goalie Peter Shilton for one of football’s greatest scores. Argentina went on to win the match 2-1 and the tournament.
f o o t b a l l b y t h e n u m b e r s
Nil is better than one And why you should always celebrate a goal with both arms in the air Source: The Numbers Game, Chris Anderson and David Sally, Penguin Books
10 Games you’d have to watch to see one goal in the Premier League scored straight off a long corner kick. It’s no better at World Cups, so take a short corner.
Percentage of lucky goals, found in a study of 2,500 pro goals, where ‘lucky’ is defined as something happening that the goal-scorer hadn’t intended.
Australia beat American Samoa 31-0 in 2001, the biggest-ever win in World Cup qualifying.
The best comeback ever. In their 1954 World Cup quarter-final match against Switzerland, Austria went from 3-0 down after 25 minutes to 5-3 up after 34 minutes, and they won 7-5.
60 Average minutes of play in a football match. Play is interrupted, or the ball is out of play for half an hour. So how come there’s only ever about five minutes’ stoppage time?
Years of World Cup football before there was a 0-0. Brazil and England eked out the ‘groundbreaking’ bore draw on June 11, 1958.
From 2001-02 to 2010-11, a clean sheet earned more points than scoring a goal in the Premier League.
If a player celebrates after scoring in a penalty shootout by raising both arms in the air, he unsettles the other team’s penalty-takers demonstrably more than if he just pumps a fist.
FOOTBALLERS IN KOMA*
* KOMA: Kainrath’s Œuvres of modern art
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f o o t b a l l t r u t h s
just the facts World Cup-winning teams are scoring fewer goals on the road to victory. But more and more people get to see them. Plus: where will the rain affect your team this summer?
Goals by Winning teams
game of extremes
Brasilia 8mm 1,200m
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URU GER Bra BRA SPA 1930 1954 1970 2002 2010 15 goals 25 goals 19 goals 18 goals 8 goals 4 games 6 games 6 games 7 games 7 games
Porto Alegre 19°C
Recife 390mm 10m
São Paulo r a infa l l in june
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SÃo Paulo 11,000,000
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Ronaldo’s record “When you swap shirts after the match , you expect it to smell bad because of the sweat, but Beckham’s smelled really nice” rona l d o, 2002
15 goals 11 with his right foot, three with his left, one header. He is the all-time world cup top scorer
how we’ve followed the matches
from 1930 Live radio commentary (Europe)
Newspaper reports and pics
LIVE from 1966
Live black-andwhite broadcasts in some countries
Worldwide broadcasts of live games
from 1994 from 2010 Online match reports
LIVE TV reports – up to a week after the match
Matches broadcast live in full – and in colour from 1978
13.07.2014 Action replays and slow motion introduced
About 900m people predicted to watch final on TV and online Corbis
Live games in both 3D and HD
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T V wor k o u t
N O T T H E N o 1 S P O R T E V E R Y W H E R E
sit and be fit
SOCCER ON THE SIDELINES
Studies show that getting caught up in the action from your sofa is almost as good as exercise. Almost
In Brazil, 32 countries will battle for the prize. In 29 of those countries, football is the biggest sport. Three countries take a different view
T H E M I R R O R E f f e C T Doctors at the University of Western Sydney have discovered that if we watch someone else playing sport or exercising, our bodies behave in a way similar to that person’s…
T he so f a e f f ect
…and this also applies when we watch people doing sport on TV. Heart rate, blood pressure, breathing, and muscular nerve activity all increase. This is good – as long as you’re not screaming red-faced for 90 minutes.
I A M A M A N !
Australia loves its cricket, rugby and Australian rules football. ARF games have an average attendance of 33,500. A-League soccer matches attract about 12,000.
A University of Utah study shows that testosterone levels in male football fans increase when watching their team win. They did not measure the levels of schadenfreude when watching other teams lose.
H e a rty s u pport
Let’s not overdo it: boffins at the University Hospital of Munich found three times as many men had heart attacks while Germany were playing during the 2006 World Cup as at other times.
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According to a 2013 consumer survey, American football is the favourite sport of 46 per cent of Americans. Soccer, top with only two per cent, is way down in sixth place.
Football has increased in popularity in Japan recently, but when it comes to spectator numbers and player salaries, one sport is still way out in front: baseball.
S u r p r i s e pa c k a g e s
‘We will take you down’ No World Cup has ever had as many dark horses as this year’s: five unfancied football nations could do great things in Brazil
The dark horses What have they got going for them? Nickname by fans: Football insiders say:
B E LG IU M
C O LO M B IA
B O S N IA
They’re young, hungry
They’re better than Croatia,
U-S-A! U-S-A! U-S-A!
The Red Devils
“In the last couple of years, clubs have spent
“Head coach Klinsmann is
€250 million on Belgian internationals.”
Possible best player ? Trump card?
Eden Hazard: outmaradonas Maradona
Thibaut Courtois is probably the best man between the sticks in the world right now.
Increasing pressure to succeed.
a great motivator, but not much of a tactician.”
Jozy Altidore: a poacher like
Gary Lineker Big tournament experience Five first XI regulars have more than 80 caps each.
Too many easy games in qualifying give a false sense of ability.
Colombian fans have never had to travel so near to attend the finals.
but about as unknown as Iran.
“Have you seen my original 1994
“Technically the players are
(the coffee growers)
E N G LA N D
It’s the first time since 1966 that no one’s expected anything of them. Perfect opportunity to play without any pressure, at long last.
The Three Lions “If more
Carlos Valderrama Panini sticker?”
Jackson Martínez: the thin Ronaldo
on a par with the Brazilians.” Miralem Pjani´c:
the new Zidane
English players played abroad,
the national team would be better.” Steven Gerrard: the inspirational captain’s got it all
No other South American backline let in so few goals during World Cup qualifying.
Edin Dzeko and Vedad Ibisevic scored 18 goals between them in 10 qualifying games.
Ross Barkley, Alex Oxlade-Chamberlain and Raheem Sterling bring fresh ideas.
Radamel Falcao’s left knee.
Ibrahimovic! The best footballer eligible to play for Bosnia plays for Sweden.
Only won one of seven penalty shoot-outs in international tournaments.
TRINIDAD & TOBAGO Smallest nation to reach the World Cup. In 2006, T&T earned a 0-0 draw against Sweden, but lost 2-0 to Paraguay and England.
WALES Surprise package in 1958, only going out to eventual winners Brazil in the quarterfinals by a score of 1-0. Beat that, Gareth Bale.
HAITI In 1974, the Caribbean side led 1-0 against Italy, but lost 3-1, then lost 7-0 to Poland and 4-1 to Argentina. Third worst finals record. the red bulletin
One-hit wonders: THEY MADE IT TO FINALS BUT HAVE YET TO GO BACK
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who’s the greatest Brazil, with a rating of 2,113 points, and Spain, with 2,086, are the two best teams in the world
According to Elo Ratings (as of April 1), which, unlike other ranking systems, calculates a team’s strengths with the precision of a chess computer. Backdated scores have been calculated for all countries, and only Hungary have managed greater: Ferenc Puskas’s magical Magyars notched 2,166 points, after beating Uruguay in the semis of the 1954 World Cup. David Ruiz and Iker Casillas can be glad not to be facing them. eloratings.net
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Still trying to get your head around the new rules of F1? Our insider access to the Infiniti Red Bull Racing garage means you can know everything about the 2014 cars and what they can do photography: Peter Clausen Film
Making F1 transparent: the inner workings of the RB10 raced in 2014 by Sebastian Vettel and Daniel Ricciardo
Aerodynamics Some people turn their noses up at the new noses on the 2014 cars, but 2013’s stepped noses didn’t look that good either. Engineers moan that wings can’t now generate as much downforce and the car’s aerodynamics have been reined in too far. But that’s good, because it means driving the cars as if they’re on rails is over. Sliding is back.
driving Position The new aerodynamic regulations with the flatter nose also have an effect on the driver’s position. As Infiniti Red Bull Racing driver Daniel Ricciardo explains: “My feet are positioned in a lot further in the RB10 than in previous F1 cars.” There’s also a minimum weight requirement of 690kg, but that’s car plus driver, so lightweights have a slight advantage.
Turbo engine Instead of 2.4-litre V8 engines that screeched around grand prix circuits from 2006-13, we now have 1.6-litre V6s with a maximum 15,000rpm. A turbocharger uses the exhaust flow to blow fresh air into the engine, hence the whistling noises. Why smaller engines? To challenge teams to be more efficient with less engine capacity.
controls Every driver input ‘interferes’ with the perfect output of an engine. It’s a team’s job to minimise that interference, and the new regulations haven’t made this any more difficult. Thanks to the increase in torque, which comes from the turbo and the ERS system (see point 6), one driver’s weapon has become more deadly: his foot on the accelerator.
efficiency An F1 car now has eight gears (plus reverse), rather than seven, but instead of being able to change gear ratios to suit each track, ratios are selected at the start of the season and can be changed only once. Only 100kg of fuel is now available per race and the rate of flow is limited to 100kg an hour. This is another test of the teamsâ€™ ability to do more with less.
ers Replacing KERS, the Energy Recovery System is in two parts: MGU-K, which captures kinetic energy generated during braking (essentially what KERS was), and MGU-H, which collects the engineâ€™s heat energy. Both systems charge batteries. This boosts power by 163bhp for a maximum of 33 seconds per lap.
exhaust The days when you could use exhaust fumes to seal a diffuser on the vehicle floor, and thus increase downforce, are over. Whatever flows from the exhaust now has to end up in a central pipe above the engine cover. The extra spoiler above the exhaust, known as a monkey seat, helps with downforce, but not like a diffuser would.
tyres Since the engines now have more torque, meaning the tyres can wear more easily, Pirelli has come up with stiffer, harder, more complex structures that ought to be at least as durable as their predecessors were. They also have a greater contact surface and work in a broader range of temperatures. There are six types of tyre, four dry and two wet.
reliability A driver has five power units per season. Each has six elements: engine, MGU-K, MGU-H, energy store, control electronics and turbo. If an extra element is needed, a driver will incur a 10-place grid penalty at his next race. If the entire power unit needs replacing, heâ€™ll start from the pit lane. The gearbox has to last for six consecutive events, otherwise thereâ€™s a five-place penalty.
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lap times The aerodynamics are worse and the cars are heavier, but they are more powerful, which in practice means that they are slower through the corners, but quicker in a straight line. The 2014 cars will soon be doing lap times as quick as their predecessors.
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The Italian job Could the next Valentino Rossi be a girl from Orewa? She’s already racing road bikes in the same series he did Words: Robert Tighe Photography: Alistair Guthrie
‘Five feet tall. Female. Fast.’ Avalon Biddle’s Facebook biog doesn’t mince words. The 21-year-old Aucklander is equally direct about her ambitions. “I’ve wanted to race overseas for years,” she says. “The New Zealand scene is so small and we’re so far away. No matter how well you do here it’s almost impossible to get noticed by the big European teams.” After winning several national titles, Biddle went to Italy in 2012 and finished second in the Italian women’s championship. This year she’s up against the men, riding a 250cc Rumi bike in the Italian Road Racing Championship, the same series that kick-started the great Valentino Rossi’s career. the red bulletin: What’s your earliest motorsport memory? avalon biddle: Riding a PeeWee 50 motocross bike on the school fields when I was six. I used to sing Spice Girls songs at the top of my voice when I was riding because I loved them so much, but I wasn’t very good at motocross. I didn’t like the jumps. On my 13th birthday I did my first lap on a road bike on the track and loved it. It’s all I’ve wanted to do since. What’s been the highlight of your career so far? Finishing second in the Italian women’s championship two years ago. I was 19 years old, I went over to Italy on my own and then my dad, Keith, died of liver cancer at the end of 2012. I got my passion for motorsport from him. Mum worked weekends so Dad looked after me and my older brother. He dragged us along to watch whatever motorsport was on around Auckland. I spent so much time with him and he loved working on my bike and seeing me do well. 40
Was it hard for you to get back on a bike after your father died? I always knew I wanted to carry on, but it was only after he was gone I realised how much he did for me. He used to organise everything. He was an official, so he knew the rules inside out and he always had my bike running perfectly. When I had to do it on my own I was lost for a while. I missed seeing him before and after every race. He used to say to me: “Don’t let anyone push you around. The race track is yours.” One of your nicknames is La Bambina, ‘little girl’ in Italian… I’m also known as Avocado and Av Gas and some people call me a jackrabbit
“No one likes being beaten by a girl: I don’t like being beaten by another girl. I race to win” because in races I like to lead from the front and leave everyone else behind. How would you describe your riding style in race conditions? I like going fast. Some riders are technical and like the slow, tight stuff. I don’t. I like to go flat out. I’m an aggressive rider, a hard racer and I don’t like letting people pass me. Is your size a disadvantage? It helps, actually. I’m five foot nothing and 55kg, so being smaller I can tuck my elbows and knees in really tight. Plus, the less you weigh, the faster the bike goes. What’s the worst injury you’ve had? In 2010 my bike slipped on some oil and my hand got caught under the fuel tank.
I got back to the pits and was sitting on the pit wall when I felt this pain in my hand. I pulled off my glove and there was a chunk of flesh missing from the pinky finger on my left hand. There was nothing but mush left in the glove so the doctor tucked over the skin, stitched it up and I was left with half a finger. Is there anything that scares you? I’m not afraid to go fast on a race track, but I hate cycling my bike on New Zealand roads. That to me is much more dangerous than racing a motorbike. How did you get a ride in Italy? In 2012, WIL Sports Management, an Auckland company that supports young Kiwi athletes introduced me to the Rumi family, who have always been around motorsport. I got on really well with Sarah Rumi, whose brother-in-law Stefano Rumi runs the Sport Racing Engineering team. With Sarah’s help, I pestered Stefano until he finally let me test ride his bike last year. The test went well and he offered me a one-year deal to compete in this year’s Italian Road Racing Championship. This year I want to finish in the top 10 consistently and I want to race in the world championships one day. How does racing in Italy compare to New Zealand? The tracks are much more flowing, and way faster. In New Zealand, most corners you’re in second gear doing 120kph. In Italy, you can be in third or fourth gear going flat out at over 200kph around a corner. It’s crazy, but fun. How are women racers perceived in Italy? No one likes being beaten by a girl: I don’t like being beaten by another girl. I race to win. facebook.com/avalonbiddleracing the red bulletin
Need for speed: “I like going fast,” says Biddle. “I’m an aggressive racer and I like to lead from the front”
Number magic Mind-expanding hip-hop from West Auckland and other dimensions Words: Tom Goldson Photography: Tobias Kraus
Spend five minutes with the rap quartet Third3ye, and you might assume they’ve arrived in our time straight from San Francisco’s Haight-Ashbury district in 1967: crystals and love beads; chakras and psychedelics; homespun spirituality. But this is Auckland’s blue-collar stomping ground of Avondale in 2014, where MCs Angelo King, 24, and MeloDownz, 22, cook up flower-powered beats and rhymes with producer Ben Jamin’, 24, and DJ Toru, 28. Just don’t make the mistake of dismissing Third3ye as hip-hop for hippies. “You see me with dreadlocks, wearing John Lennon glasses – it’s all influenced by that age, but I’m still a bro from Avondale,” says MeloDownz. “We present a different perspective on hip-hop, it’s the New Age of hip-hop, but we’re not hippies. These are just the thoughts we have and the life experiences we like to speak on.” To get your head around the motley crew of agenda-setters who are steering the course of contemporary hip-hop is to realise that Third3ye’s tripped-out take on rap is not without precedent. Whether it’s Kendrick Lamar’s Black Hippy collective or a dashiki-wearing Trinidad James, hip-hop has grown increasingly comfortable with letting its freak flag fly. However, according to King, not all of hip-hop’s new wave of rhymers walk their talk. “There’s definitely an element of people capitalising on hippy values and it can become a shtick,” he says. “I call it being a ‘hippy-crit’, when it becomes an image for an artist. You can definitely tell the fakes, and you can really tell the ones that aren’t living what they rhyme about. The 42
one thing I do not want to see is an actual genre or fad that comes out of this.” Tie-dyed trends aside, few hip-hop artists have so completely immersed themselves in the New Age-isms that Third3ye have channelled into their debut album. Mastered at Red Bull Studio Auckland by in-house engineer, Ben Lawson, On3ness sets Angelo King and MeloDownz’s spiritualised rhymes to the electric guitar and gamelan-sampling blurred edges of Ben Jamin’’s production. “To me, the album’s all about the synergy of life,” says King. “We called it On3ness, and a microcosm of that unity is us, it’s the synergy between us. We
“You can tell the ones that aren’t living what they rhyme about” are in the room together, our cells are communicating with one another’s, our spirits are communicating with one another’s, and we are calibrating to be in this group with one another. When we do that, we produce a piece of work that is consistent with one another.” By King’s reckoning, Third3ye is a love child of all of their musical backgrounds, but it is his own back story that informs much of the group’s philosophies. His parents called San Francisco home during the heady days of the late 1960s, when counterculture bloomed in the city. The alternative lifestyle they sought and enjoyed on the West Coast was one
they would later transpose to West Auckland. King’s father raised him as a Catholic, but it wasn’t long before the son began to question his churchadministered education and seek his own path to enlightenment. “My philosophies at an early age were influenced by religion, but I veered away from that faith because I felt like it was too structured for the way that I was. I developed my own philosophies from that point. Through music and through articulating myself in rhyme, I feel like I can speak on the ideas I developed more than I can any other way – and I think you hear that on On3ness.” Just hours after Third3ye finished mastering their debut album, they played the Red Bull Thunderdome at Auckland’s Laneway festival, with King jumping on a speaker stack to move the crowd and MeloDownz stalking the stage like some kind of dreadlocked shaman. If the number of fingers raised every time King called on the audience to “put your threes in the air” is any indication of their buzz, West Auckland’s trippiest have people power on their side. Thinking back to their mid-afternoon set, King smiles as he recalls Third3ye’s impact in the Thunderdome. “If you can make music with a message, it will penetrate,” he says. “If you provide a nice, digestible platform for those ideas to be put across, then your ideas will cut through. And if people can see us up on stage feeling comfortable about ourselves having these beliefs, then maybe it will empower them to feel comfortable having their own unique beliefs and not having to follow the crowd like sheep.” third3ye.bandcamp.com the red bulletin
The line-up Angelo King – MC MeloDownz – MC Ben Jamin’ – producer DJ Toru – DJ, MC Discography On3ness – album, 2014 Ajna – EP, 2013 Earth Raps – EP, 2012 Origin story Angelo King and MeloDownz first connected on air at Auckland radio station Base FM after they were both invited to rap on Monday night show Native Tongues. That’s the jam An in-house producer for the Young, Gifted and Broke music collective, Third3ye beatsmith Ben Jamin’ has built beats for @Peace, Esther Stephens and Raiza Biza.
Cats and catamarans “There’s a few gross things floating about, like cats,” says Burling, of the water at the Rio Olympics course. “The favelas are up in the hills, so when it rains a lot of stuff comes down into the water. We’ll take our jabs.” Early start Burling was 11 when he first raced Dean Barker, as a crew member in a promotional series before the 2001 America’s Cup. “We lost. But we took a couple of races off him,” says Burling’s then skipper, Tauranga Yacht Club commodore Gary Smith.
Coming to America’s After an Olympic medal and a world championship, the young yachtsman is gunning for Dean Barker’s job as Team New Zealand skipper
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On a balmy day in late March, skipper Peter Burling and his racing partner, Blair Tuke, are training a few hundred metres out from Murray’s Bay, a tranquil suburban beach on Auckland’s North Shore. They are in a 49er, a wickedly fast, 5m long two-man skiff, something like a yachting bucking bronco. It can be turned on a dime, accelerate swiftly and tip in the blink of an eye. “If they’re not jostling or colliding or capsizing, they’re not really trying,” says sailing coach Hamish Wilcox of 49er competition – short-course racing which is always intense. Out on the water with Burling and Tuke, the reigning world champions, are Josh Porebski and Marcus Hansen, silver medallists at the same event and a raw teenage duo, Logan Dunning-Beck and Jack Simpson, who are just happy to be training alongside the two best crews on the planet. In the first race between the three crews, the youngsters look hopelessly outmatched, and are left for dead after snapping a tiller extension. In the second, they take a different line, toward the right of the course, and steal a commanding lead. Even though it’s only training, Burling’s voice strains as he rounds the final mark. He doesn’t like losing. He and Tuke push it to the limit, but can’t close the gap. The world champions, humbled by a couple of rookies; the unpredictability of yachting laid bare. “It’s a massive game of chess,” says Burling. “You’ve got all these moving parts that you’re trying to make fit. That’s the cool thing the red bulletin
about yachting – it’s making the correct decision more than the other guy.” Burling is developing a reputation for making more correct decisions than almost anyone else. He won silver at the London Olympics in the 49er, and his sights are on gold in Rio. Many think he’ll get it, and more besides. “He’s the next Russell Coutts,” says coach Wilcox, emphatically. There’s no higher praise in sailing. Coutts is New Zealand’s greatest ever yacht racer, an Olympic gold medallist and master tactician who has won the America’s Cup five times with three different syndicates. At first glance, you
“It’s a massive game of chess, all the moving parts to make fit” might not think that Burling can live up to that comparison. He’s sandy haired and slender, with the permatan of a man who, when he’s not racing yachts, kiteboards or surfs to unwind. He speaks in a slow drawl, never appearing particularly excited or reflective. The beach-bum persona is deceptive. Burling is a ferocious competitor. He spent his childhood fishing and waterskiing in Tauranga’s Waikareao Estuary, always in and around the water. His dad bought his brother a tiny oneman Optimist boat, but it took a while for Burling’s love of boats to take.
“I was almost getting dragged along,” he says. “It was only when I started racing, and the competitive side of it came in, that I started to enjoy it more.” He proved uncommonly talented. He won his first national championship aged 12, and went on to win a half dozen more in four different craft over the next few years. That helped gain him selection to the Beijing Olympics at just 17 – New Zealand’s youngest-ever Olympic sailor. Soon after that, he linked up with Tuke. “We’re both pretty driven,” says Tuke. “We share the same goals. We bring different skills to the table which, when combined, lead to a pretty strong partnership.” In July last year, Burling skippered the victorious New Zealand entry in the Red Bull Youth America’s Cup. Six months later, he was signed by Team New Zealand to race in the race proper in 2017. There were conditions of signing, not least that nothing would get in the way of competing in the 2016 Olympics. “That’s the priority,” he says firmly. Secondly, he doesn’t want to be making up the numbers in the crew of Dean Barker, Team New Zealand’s skipper for the past three challenges. “I definitely wouldn’t have signed on just for something like that,” he says. “I’ve got a pretty good chance of steering the thing.” In 2017, he’ll be 26. Too young, many would say, to take the wheel a $100 million boat and the weight of a nation on his shoulders. But based on what he’s done so far, would you bet against him? facebook.com/peter.burling
Hard yards H ow B r a d e n C u r r i e w en t f r om r el at i v e u n k now n to N e w Z e a l a n d â€™s b e s t m u lt i -s p or t s at h l e t e in t h r ee y e a r s words: Ben Stanley photogr aphy: Miles Holden
During the past 12Â months, Braden Currie has won multi-sport events in New Zealand, Australia and China
op-level sport can be boiled down to moments. Those that define competition: the pure joy of success, the humbling blow of defeat. The moments seen by cheering crowds and camera lenses, that tell the story of who won and who lost. Then there are other moments, too. The ones that nobody sees. The moment before a dawn training run when your mind plays tricks and you’re consumed with self-doubt. The moment when a tendon tightens and an entire year of work flashes before your eyes. Braden Currie, rising star of the multi-sports scene, knows both types. The 27-year-old has won the last two Coast to Coast competitions in New Zealand, high points in a two-year stretch of international adventure race victories. The Coast to Coast is brutal, forcing its entrants to run, kayak and cycle 243km from one side of New Zealand’s South Island to the other. Currie won this year’s event in 11 hours 18 minutes. Lean and sinewy, with a country boy smile, he trains hard, alone, and has often wondered if the life of the multi-sporter is really the right option. 48
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Running is Braden Currieâ€™s strongest multi-sport discipline: it stems from bush running as a teenager
Currie gained an unassailable lead in the mountain bike element of this year’s Coast To Coast event
“ h e’s th e so rt o f guy wh o wi ll push it har d er than anyo n e else”
Ignore the kayak slung under the deck beneath his house in Wanaka, and the bicycles by the door, and he could be just another Kiwi bloke; a carpenter maybe, given a few tools lying around the place. With a cold beer in hand, Currie will sit in the late summer sunshine and talk to you about riding a motorbike on his parent’s farm as a kid, and his interest in maybe returning to that farm one day. You’ll be invited to read his five-year-old son Tarn a bedtime story – such is the custom in the Currie household – and be proudly driven a short distance to 50
the spot where he and wife Sally are building a home of their own. Yet Currie is his country’s best at what he does, on the cusp of becoming the best in the world. Three years ago, he was a weekend warrior in Australia, juggling a small business and young family. During the last 12 months, he has finished top of the podium in multi-sport events in New Zealand, Australia and China. How did he get so good? Those he has competed with and against will tell you it’s for one main reason: the guy can hack it.
“Braden is the sort of guy who will push it harder and further than anyone else I know. He will absolutely suffer for his success,” says Currie’s long-time training partner, Dougal Allen. Says legendary NZ multi-sporter Richard Ussher, who finished second to Currie in this year’s Coast to Coast: “Braden isn’t afraid to put it out there.” Currie laughs at the words of his peers, before shrugging his shoulders and nodding. “That’s probably how my mind works,” he says, with a grin. “Sometimes I think good athletes are stupid. You have to be able to forget things really quickly, be a little bit fish-minded. I’m definitely able to forget how much something hurt me, go out there and do it a week later. Of course you get in that same place, and say, ‘Oh right – this happens.” the red bulletin
Currie was born and raised on his parents’ sheep farm in Methven, near Christchurch. With the Mount Hutt ski field of the Southern Alps on his doorstep, he developed a passion for snowboarding. Despite that (he went on to represent New Zealand on his snowboard), Currie says he wasn’t a very active kid growing up, and was given the nickname Slug for the right reasons. He didn’t stay sluggish for long: after receiving his driver’s licence as a teenager, he would drive to a bush reserve near Mount Hutt to take part in bush running. He found he was a natural runner – it’s his strongest multi-sport discipline – and also began rock climbing. His passion for mountaineering led him to travel and climb some of the mountains of Europe in his early 20s. Aged 22, Currie returned to New Zealand and sampled the multi-sports scene for the first time. He won smaller events, before making a first attempt at the two-day Coast to Coast in 2007. Then real life intervened: Currie, Sally and their young son Tarn moved to Byron Bay in Australia, so he and Sally could run a mountain bike rental
“ I feel li ke o ff-road is go i n g to g et b i gg er an d b i gg er over th e n ext few years ” company. After two years and a handful of small-scale Australian multi-sport events, he returned to New Zealand to compete in the 2012 Coast to Coast, finishing third. It was the spark he needed. Under the tutelage of Ussher, with whom he raced in team events in Australia and China, Currie devoted himself to fully multi-sports. He estimates that competing in the 2012 season meant he was about NZ$30,000 worse off, but the following year, with sponsorship and his selfbelief leading to more prize money, he broke even. Money is always an issue for athletes outside sport’s mainstream, but Currie’s hard work and faith in his ability are cashing the cheques.
Day two begins with a 25km paddle
Red B u l l D ef ia nce Braden Currie has tackled most multi-sport events, so this year he has set about designing a new one. Red Bull Defiance will take place over two days in October on the tough terrain and choppy waters near Currie’s hometown of Wanaka.
Day one begins with entrants travelling by barge to the start at Minaret Station, from where they will start a 56km mountain bike ride. After that, there’s a 7km run up to Diamond Lake which includes an abseiling element, before they kayak 9km to Glendu Bay, then run another 14km.
Day two starts with a 25km kayak paddle across Lake Wanaka and down the Clutha River. Then comes a 25km mountain bike ride, with an additional component of clay bird shooting. The event finishes with a 25km run that reaches an elevation of 1,630m.
his year, Currie has designed a multi-sport stage race, Red Bull Defiance, to be held near Wanaka in October. Up on the hills that make up the skyline of Currie’s hometown, the race will see 150 two-person teams travel about 150km over two days. Mountain biking, kayaking, clay bird shooting and off-road runs between sheep stations are the elements in what will be the biggest event of its kind in Australasia. Currie is confident it will attract some of the world’s best multisport athletes, not least because it’s a mainly off-road race, in contrast to most other events on the calendar. “I feel like off-road is only going to get bigger and bigger over the next few years – and obviously I’d love to see Red Bull Defiance go huge,” he says. Before that, in the European summer, Currie, along with Sally, Tarn and oneyear-old daughter Bella, will relocate to France, so he can compete in highprofile events across the continent. More evidence of his devotion to, and belief in, his ability and potential. “Before 2012,” he says, “I’d never really committed to the sport, given it everything. It had always just been a case of ‘I’ve got the skills – or I could get better – but I don’t have the time. So, that year, it was a 110 per cent commitment thing, so much training, and we did it.” Currie knows that if he’s going to crack it on the world stage, he’s going to have to be that little bit tougher than the rest. “You spend so much time working by yourself, trucking along. If you can only really thrive when there’s a crowd cheering you on, it’s not going to work for you. The hardest time for me is about day 11 of the month-long build-up before an event. Everything becomes a challenge. Every little thing. You wake up and go, ‘Oh no. Should I be really doing this? Should I quit and get a job?’ But I don’t quit: I do it. This is the life I chose to live, and it’s what I love doing.” facebook.com/multisportbradencurrie
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the futuâ€… of football
The Portuguese forward turns 30 next February, and he has every chance of becoming the first outfielder to win 200 national team caps (Iker Casillas, Spanish goalie, might be the first double centurion)
A never-ending tactical battle. Creating a perfect player. The struggle to make time and space. Scoring goals. Football is a game of conflicting opinions under one agreement: the game should be beautiful. But what can we expect looking ahead for the worldâ€™s favourite sport?
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The 43-year-old Spaniard was well respected as a player, but is now one of the great managers, winning about 75 per cent of his games in charge of Barcelona and, now, Bayern Munich
ood football is primarily a question of pace. If you run, pass, shoot and think quickly, you will win. The world’s best teams can speed things up in such a way that time itself seems to pass more quickly over the course of 90 minutes. And so football is becoming a time machine, showing us now what the future holds for the game. In the English Premier League, Liverpool are currently dictating the style of play. Their manager, Brendan Rodgers, has declared speed to be the most important precept of attacking football. The two forwards, Luis Suarez and Daniel Sturridge, often play with no fixed position in the front third of the pitch; it’s the players’ direction of movement that matters, not where they start from. The envy with which the Reds’ rivals watch their incredibly exciting and successful playing style will, by next season, be replaced by a desire to make a similar impact on the pitch. Small, quick forwards will be in demand on the transfer market whereas last year, traditional centre forwards were highly rated.
the world’s best teams can speed things up in such a way that time seems to pass more quickly over the 90 minutes
Imitation and adaptation
Champion teams of recent years – Spain, Pep Guardiola’s Barcelona and Bayern Munich, Jurgen Klopp’s Borussia Dortmund – all achieved success with revolutionary ideas, setting new standards that became the norm as teams set out to emulate them. “Bayern Munich copied us, just like the Chinese do,” Klopp said, in 2013, when Jupp Heynckes’ team won the league, cup and Champions League treble. Heynckes had instructed Bayern to press forward, and keep the ball deep in their opponents’ half by watching his black-and-yellow rivals. But successful strategies spawn counter-strategies and reciprocal action. “When it comes to the concept of the game, play doesn’t actually move forward in a straight line, but goes round erratically in circles,” says football historian Jonathan Wilson, author of Inverting The Pyramid: The History Of Football Tactics. He gives the example of Guardiola, who, during his last season with Barca (2011/12), only played two real defenders in a number of games: “But you could also see that formation’s failings. You don’t have space against teams which defend very deep and it also gives your opponents plenty of space to counter-attack.” Wilson says the immediate future belongs to physically strong teams who can move the ball around quickly and not to the passing game, but, “there’ll be a backlash against this, too. Tactics never stand still.”
Poison and antidote
The majestic tiki-taka style of play, as demonstrated by Barcelona and Spain, is passing football with the greatest focus on possession of the ball and can be seen as a reaction to the power football of teams such as Chelsea and Juventus, which was in the ascendancy 10 years ago. Tiki-taka may owe its origins to the aesthetic ideals of iconic Dutch manager and player Johan Cruyff, but Barca and Spain mastered it out of necessity. “We noticed that our players couldn’t keep the red bulletin
Aged 22, he is carrying the mantle of the Next Best Player In The World After Messi. After 136 goals in 225 games for Santos, his first season for Barcelona has been full of promise
up with the dynamism of English, French and German players,” says Spanish journalist and author Guillem Balague, who has written biographies of Guardiola and Lionel Messi. “So we had to find another way. The idea was to control the opposition and the game using the ball.” The perfection both teams achieved made it impossible for less gifted opponents to get into the game with rougher tactics. There were other effects, too. Said Miroslav Klose, after Germany lost 1-0 to Spain in the 2010 World Cup semi-final: “When we did get possession of the ball, we were too worn out and tired to move it around.” But tikitaka has given rise to defensive football as an antidote. Chelsea and Inter under Jose Mourinho are just two teams to have reintroduced the bolt tactic, invented by Karl Rappan in Switzerland in the 1930s and which led to the sweeper system that favours collective, zonal defending.
the majestic tiki-taka style can be seen as a reaction to the power football of chelsea and juventus
Will the German attacking midfielder be locked into a Messivs-Ronaldo comparison with Neymar, as to who is the world’s best? Bayern chose him over the Brazilian
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The false 9
It is even more important for teams of this Hispanic-Dutch school of football, which, as of last summer, includes Guardiola’s Bayern Munich, to have individuals in their ranks who can break through the chain. When Guardiola took over as manager, he wanted to sign Brazilian Neymar from Santos. The 22-year-old was just the guy he was looking for; Neymar’s style of play – fast acceleration, expert dribbling skills, perfect technique, versatility – is similar to that of Messi, who matured into the best player in the world under Guardiola. However, the then president of Bayern Munich, Uli Hoeness, was able to convince his Catalan manager not to buy the South American and to go for his German equivalent instead, and so Mario Gotze came from
If he wins the Champions League with Chelsea, where he says he wants to stay manager for another decade, he’ll be among the all-time greats
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Bundesliga rivals Borussia Dortmund for €37 million. “He’s an incredible player and he’s smart and clever in the 18-yard box,” Guardiola gushed, about the man who plays for the German national team. The 21-year-old can be the so-called ‘false 9’, a centre forward who drops deep into midfield, the playmaker or play on the wing. Maybe one day he’ll also play in central midfield. Neymar went to Barca and, in the summer of 2013, Real Madrid signed Gareth Bale from Tottenham Hotspur for, depending on who you believe, €91m or €100m. The Welshman guarantees goals but his deadstraight, ground-covering style of play suits Real’s direct game better. Arsenal manager Arsene Wenger, in awe of Bale, said that he is, “like a cannonball”.
Time and space
Small, lightweight players like Messi, Neymar and Gotze, and model athletes who could be sprinters, such as Bale and Cristiano Ronaldo of Real Madrid, are increasingly important in the modern game. These are the players who break out of the constraints of modern team football, to find time and space at the right moment to make a difference. “The tighter things get on the pitch, the more important good anticipation and swiftness of action become,” says Bernhard Peters, director for sport and youth development at Bundesliga team TSG 1899 Hoffenheim. The team, from the Kraichgau area of Germany, is considered extremely innovative and, like Borussia Dortmund, trains its first team and youth teams using a footbonaut. A player stands at the centre of a 14m-square cage, the four walls of which are split into nine, two-panel columns. The two panels in the centre column of each wall are ball dispensers; the other 64 panels are goals. Balls are dispensed randomly, one at a time, and the player has to control the ball and then ‘score’ in whichever of the goals lights up. The footbonaut allows players to practise exercises they can’t during regular team training “It improves the penetration and accuracy of your passes, as well as your perception and decision-making to optimise your first touch and help you keep possession until you want to pass it,” says Peters. Several top European clubs are thinking of buying one.
As luck would have it
In Germany, long seen as a country of battling players who run and run, footballers are being trained to improve their technique, as in Spain, but Peters the red bulletin
National teams = second tier
We used to see the best football teams at the World Cup. Now it’s the Champions League. Top clubs can choose from a global pool of players and train them far better and more thoroughly than the national team coach who gets his squad together once every couple of months and has difficulty replacing unavailable players. The difference in quality between national teams and elite clubs will continue to get wider.
Life in the old dog yet: rebirth of the centre forward As recently as two years ago, it looked like that endangered species, the classic centre forward, already reduced from two to one in some line-ups, and not present at all in many others, might be replaced by the attacking midfielder. But as Bayern Munich show, old-school warhorses like Mario Mandzukic have again become extremely important when up against ultra-defensive opponents who defend very deep. The bruiser can’t be brushed off that easily.
joints 3 Artificial and tendons
Torn cruciate ligaments normally put players out of action for six months. Injured players are bad for results and the balance sheet. The technology isn’t in place yet,
but it can only be a matter of time before professional players have artificial tendon implants that will reduce the risk of injury and bear a greater strain.
4 Defenders As Stars
Defenders earn less and have lower transfer fees than their teammates up front. This is mainly down to distorted perception. Their mistakes stand out, while all the little things they do to prevent danger in the first place are glossed over. As game data is increasingly analysed, the lads at the back will garner greater respect and tactics that encourage all-out attack or defence will make them more important. There will be another Franz Beckenbauer, a superstar who emerges from the deep.
Shot clock is cominG
More teams will play extreme passing football because there will be more players technically able to do it. Eventually, players will be able to hold onto the ball as easily as basketball and handball players can. That will make necessary the introduction of a time limit for going on the attack, a shot clock, or a change in the rules whereby the referee can award a free kick to the opponents for the offence of “passive play”.
economics professors Chris Anderson and David Sally showed in their book, The Numbers Game, that half of all goals are more or less flukes. “We have to accept that half of what happens on the pitch is out of our hands,” they wrote. Football is, at least from a statistical point of view, a game of chance and, “a sport of glorious inefficiency”. Roughly the same number of goals is scored now as 40 years ago, even though today’s players undoubtedly run further and faster and strike the ball harder. “A dynamic equilibrium between two forces has been reached: between offensive innovation and defensive technology,” say Anderson and Sally.
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doesn’t see a day when there’ll be 11 Gotzes on a single team. “It wouldn’t win you any titles,” he explains. “A team needs different types of players: leaders; those who are important for team spirit; artists.” When it comes to formation, you need the right balance of individual talent in a group tactical scheme. “If you’re lacking one or the other, you won’t achieve long-term success,” Peters says. Jonathan Wilson says that the time of radical tactical revolutions is behind us and the basics of how football is played will only change slowly. It will remain the most complicated team sport because the relative scarcity of goals means the majority of effort is in vain. American
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The nine-second goal
But that doesn’t mean that you shouldn’t do all you can to fight against luck. Liverpool manager Brendan Rodgers values the work of psychologist Steve Peters so highly that they sit next to each other in the dugout. Football analysis, where every type of player and match data is gathered, is likewise still in its infancy in Europe, but in years to come, it will provide information that will have considerable influence on the sport. Small yet radical innovations have come from lesser teams because they have to make up for the gap in class with better ideas. We are likely to see more setpiece special moves that led to the goal that RB Leipzig’s Daniel Frahn scored against Stuttgart II in September 2013. The two Leipzig players who took the opening kick-off, played the ball back to a defender, then ran into the Stuttgart penalty box along with five teammates who ran from the halfway line as soon as the referee blew his whistle. A high, long ball was played in; baffled Stuttgart players were caught napping and it was 1-0 to the home side after nine seconds. In international football, Chile’s highly complex 3-3-3-1 formation, which national coach Marcelo Bielsa developed in time for the 2010 World Cup, still makes the South Americans one of the hardest sides to beat. In the future, players will of course be more athletic and have better ball skills, but underdogs will better understand how to minimise the difference in class by using more studied tactics. Football will still be the team sport in which the underdog wins most often. Uncertainty will remain, and that goes a long way towards making the sport so exciting. Whatever progress is made, even in a thousand years from now, we won’t know the outcome of a match in advance.
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Li k e What you Li k e
Beyond the Ordinary
In the mix
Metronomy’s main man on the meaning of success, missing MySpace and adoring electronic music.
Joseph Mount clearly remembers the moment that he officially became a professional musician. In 2002, the English architect of nimble electro-pop outfit Metronomy was fresh out of university with significant debt and the itch to find a source of income. Mount met with a career counsellor to discuss job prospects. “I told them, ‘I just finished a degree. I’m a musician.’ So they replied, ‘Oh, so would you be interested in working in retail?’ I was like, ‘No, I’m in debt. I’m a bloody musician now.’ I just decided that I wouldn’t take a crappy job again, and I didn’t.” Thanks to a mix of skill, luck, and networking, Mount kept himself busy doing soundtracks for animated projects and remixing familiar hits while Metronomy’s indie-pop, electronic psych-rock sound gradually gained steam. As Mount recalibrated tunes by Gorillaz, Klaxons, Britney Spears, Franz Ferdinand, Kate Nash and others, Metronomy transitioned from a one-man-show to a full band. We caught up with the 31-year-old before Metronomy embarked on a European tour in support of their latest album, Love Letters. the red bulletin: After declaring that you were a professional musician all those years ago, was there a crowning moment where your decision felt justified? Joseph Mount: It was probably the first time I was doing my interviews, and I was able to go into record shops and find a CD or read very small things about Metronomy in magazines. For my parents and a lot of people, when you first get written about by a broadsheet newspaper – a real newspaper – that is like, “Oh, OK. So 60
you’re a musician now, are you?” Up until that point, they don’t believe you. You imagined the sound of Metronomy’s 2011 album The English Riviera as “music made next to the seaside”. Did you have a similar concept in mind when you created Love Letters? A lot of the tracks on Love Letters were written while I was touring the last album and between places, so I think it has the feeling of a bit of exploring something or somewhere. If there is a concept of this album, it was just that it was recorded in an incredibly basic, analogue way. If it’s supposed to sound like anything, it’s a record recorded in an old studio.
“You’re aware you have this bigger audience and bigger expectations. It made me push myself” Elements of several styles figure in Metronomy’s sound, but above all, the project has always been rooted in electronic music. Why is that? I expect it’s something to do with drumming – the fact that I started out playing the drums. To learn about other instruments, I was using a computer to program stuff and play along. When you’re using that equipment, you’re relying on electronic [foundations]. There’s something I like about drum machines and the world their sounds make. I find that as pleasing as classic guitar pop. The idea of using remixes to elevate your profile, as you did, seems easy to do since there are all these other,
bigger artists who could help you should a track take off. On the flip side, it also seems difficult to stand out since the internet is nowadays flooded with remixes and covers of pre-existing artists. What did you think of the remixing process? At one point, it was very easy and enjoyable. At another point, it got to where Metronomy was a cool name to have a remix by, so I was able to ask for more money, but it was still something I enjoyed. Then I started to feel like I was part of the problem. Nowadays, like you’re saying, there’s this glut of remixes and cover versions, and they don’t really serve any purpose, unless you’re doing a big house or clubby remix. They just feed the blogosphere. For me, that world is not as interesting anymore as the world of genuine collaborations and genuine singles and things like that. Imagine starting out in 2014 instead of when you did. Because of that glut, would you still use remixes as a way to boost your profile? I don’t know what people use anymore. When I was starting, MySpace was quite a good thing. Now, you have Bandcamp and SoundCloud and all this stuff, but to me, it doesn’t present a musical community in the same way that, strangely enough, something like MySpace used to. I’m quite nostalgic about MySpace. Nowadays, I would still send stuff to record labels. When I was young, I actually went and did work experience at a record label. You really can’t beat meeting people and talking to people and communicating your passion in person. When I moved to Brighton and started going to the clubs, that was the only way I ended up getting anything released. Trying to network in the old-fashioned way as well as the new does the job. metronomy.co.uk the red bulletin
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Metronomy, from left: Oscar Cash, Olugbenga Adelekan, Anna Prior and Joseph Mount
D av i d B e l l e a n d h i s friends invented pa r ko u r . N ow, sta r r i n g in the sportâ€™s highest profile movie and more pas s i o n at e t h a n e v e r about his incredible invention, he wants the world to live a n d p l ay by h i s r u l e s
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Parkour is a sport and, to its practitioners, a way of confronting fears and conquering obstacles in all aspects of life
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FIR ST RUL E OF PAR KOUR :
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The basic training for every move is achieving stability, physically and mentally
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W David Belle (front) invented parkour as a teenager. Now he wants to share his experiences with youngsters all over the world
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hen David Belle is invited to a barbecue on a roof terrace, a switch will flip in his head. He will divert his attention away from the smell of steaks, the other guests’ small talk, the admiring glances at his physique. Instead, his brain will be scanning the support column leading to the scaffolding leading to the lorryloading bay leading to the pavement. As the host offers ketchup, he’s working out the way to get everyone to safety should the barbecue burst into flames. If a three-year-old clambers onto the fire escape on the sixth storey of the building opposite, he will take a matter of seconds to stop the kid falling. He thinks the way that he thinks because he invented parkour. It’s thanks to Belle that, in cities around the world, you see people in trainers and tracksuits practising for hours at a time trying to perfect a jump over a handrail or working out how to get over a wall. Parkour is the art of efficient motion in urban space. The aim is to find the fastest, most efficient and most elegant way from A to B on foot, without means of transport.
“Parkour isn’t dangerous,” says David Belle, “because the people who do it for real know exactly what their bodies are capable of and what they’re not”
DANGEROUS? ONLY IF YOU DON’ T KNOW WHAT YOU’RE DOING David Belle (left) sees himself as a guardian of his sport’s pure teachings. “Not everything that looks like parkour,” he says, “actually is parkour”
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to wa rn use you of dan ger and it bec om es Difficult jumps require mental preparation: a visualisation of every stage of the move in the finest detail. Only then can they be pulled off successfully
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But for many of those who do it, parkour is more than that. Getting over obstacles, mastering challenges and taming fears makes parkour a school of life which to the rest of us looks like a really cool thing to do. “Everything that I am today,” says Belle, “I am because of parkour.”
SPREADING IN LEAPS AND BOUNDS The capital of the parkour world is Lisses, a small town with a population of 7,000 situated 30km south of Paris. This is where 41-year-old Belle lives and where, 17 years ago, he and his Yamakasi Crew, which took its name from a word meaning ‘strong men’ in the Congolese language of Lingala, began with a couple of acrobatic moves that grew into a globally recognised subculture. A good portion of that fame comes from the movies. In 2001, seven of the crew’s nine founding members starred in the action film Yamakasi: Les Samourais Des Temps Modernes. The two Yamakasi missing from the cast list had already left the group to pursue their own careers in cinema. Sébastien Foucan developed the acrobatic art of freerunning – a parkour variant that promotes flair and worries less about the rule concerning most efficient movement – which he showcased in an incredible chase sequence for the 2006 James Bond film Casino Royale. Belle, too, had a solo career, which began in earnest in 2004 with the action drama District 13, written by Luc Besson and directed by Pierre Morel (Taken). He was also getting work as a stuntman in films, such as Crimson Rivers 2: Angels Of The Apocalypse and Transporter 2, and refining the parameters of parkour. Being able to move efficiently was not an end in itself, he began telling an everincreasing number of fans and students. Parkour is about être fort pour être utile, being strong to be useful, being ready for when others might need help. For young, potential traceurs, as the practitioners of parkour are known, Belle became an idol. Millions would click on his YouTube videos and watch in awe as he jumped with ease from one block of flats onto another, a distance of 6-7m with a drop of 40m below. But Belle, 41, with the musculature of a boxer and the sleek grace of a panther, doesn’t care much for personal fame and recognition. His burning desire is to have the whole world go mad for parkour. “Parkour’s potential has barely been tapped,” he says, “because anyone, anywhere, can learn it and they don’t need any equipment.” the red bulletin
Traceurs from around the world meet to train together at this housing estate in Lisses, near Paris. The ‘Private Property’ sign serves a mostly decorative purpose
A R T I S T S O F S U R V I VA L This year could be the most important year in the history of parkour since 1997, when the Yamakasi Crew formed. Belle wants to start a foundation to make the parkour scene more interconnected and promote up-and-coming talent. He hopes to publish a book on the history of parkour with Yamakasi member Charles Perrière. And he wants to help parkour break out from its Western roots. First stop will be China, where he aims to spend the next few months building parkour training areas and holding workshops for up-and-coming traceurs with the help of local promoters. “Parkour’s future is in China and Russia,” says Belle. “People there are growing up in a society that demands a lot of discipline and hard work of them, but they still yearn for some freedom and self-fulfilment. With parkour they can combine the two.” Belle knows what he’s talking about here. He is the son of a soldier who served with the French army in Vietnam, and his own childhood was one where self-development and discipline were equally important educational goals. He is still inspired by his father, Raymond, who died in 1999. “‘You can do anything you want,’ he told me, ‘as long as you do it with complete commitment.’” 72
The younger Belle knew exactly what it was that he wanted to do. He wanted to pick up on an idea of his father’s and fine-tune it. Raymond turned the Méthode Naturelle – the French army’s standard training practice – into a system of attack and escape for the jungle. Raymond had even come up with a name for his obstacle-course training, which involved negotiating ditches and fallen trees under a hail of bullets: le parcours.
‘ F E A R I S YO U R F R I E N D ’ Belle is now a father figure, both to the guys from the Parkour Origin crew, whom he trains for up to eight hours at a time, and to the hundreds of traceurs from all over the world who descend on Lisses every year to get a glimpse of his tricks and learn from them. The fact that the neighbours don’t
complain comes down to another parkour core value: respect. Any urban space used for training purposes has to be left as it was found. Traceurs repair any obstacle they damage. With its open stairwells, railings and low walls, Belle’s housing estate, the Résidence du Mail de l’Ile-de-France, is the perfect place to try out some of the basic moves of parkour. You can practise passements, the vaults over obstacles, as well as your saut de precision, or precision jump, and the tic tac, launching off an obstacle. “The most important thing to remember is that you build up very gradually,” says Charles Perrière. The 39-year-old heads a parkour school, Culture Parkour, in Paris and he knows how to give his pupils the confidence the red bulletin
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Using this technique, Belle has mastered drop jumps from heights up to 8m. To him, the basics that every parkour beginner has to internalise until they become second nature, and which enable him to do what he does, are nothing unusual and within the grasp of everyone who does or wants to do parkour. “You start training for parkour with balance exercises,” explains Belle. “If you can keep your balance, everything else will come naturally.”
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they need to succeed. “You have to work with your fear,” he tells them. “If you don’t know yourself well, you’re a slave to your fear. Use fear to warn you of danger and it becomes your friend.” Perrière is a master of one of parkour’s most spectacular moves, the saut de fond, a drop jump from a great height. First, he visualises every phase of the move in his mind’s eye: “The more experience you have, the more detailed your imagination becomes.” Then he jumps neatly – “you have to jump, not fall” – straightens himself out, keeps his eye on the ground, lands with knees slightly bent and cushions the impact with his whole body. “If you’ve got room, you can add a roll. If you jump from a height of anything above about 1m 70cm, you have to.” the red bulletin
Evocative comparisons come thick and fast when Belle talks about parkour. The mind of a traceur is a knight, he explains, and his body his horse. A traceur, he says, is like a samurai: calm on the outside but always ready for action on the inside. Or they’re like pianists because their brains make the right decisions without them thinking. Belle is so convincing in conveying parkour’s emboldening and inspirational guiding principles because he is their own most eager follower. “I was a shy kid. I was wary and solitary,” he says. “And I was impatient, too. If I didn’t get something straight away, I’d forget about it.” Belle reinvented himself thanks to parkour. He says that every successful move increased his self-confidence. Training with other traceurs on a daily basis did away with his antisocial behaviour. Repeating the same exercise hundreds
of times over and over again, he says, taught him discipline and patience. “Hmm, OK,” he says, rethinking, with a smile. “Maybe not so much patience.”
A PA R KO U R B L O C K B U S T E R Last summer, Belle underwent a serious test of self-discipline and his ability to rise to a challenge. He had let his training slide over the previous winter, was 10kg overweight and had been feeling unhappy with his life. Then the phone rang. It was Luc Besson. “David,” he said, “you still remember that film project we talked about a couple of years ago, don’t you?” “You mean the Hollywood remake of District 13?” “Exactly,” said Besson. “We start shooting in two months.” Brick Mansions, in cinemas worldwide now, has every chance of giving parkour its biggest boost in awareness since Casino Royale. Belle stars as an ex-con who teams up with a cop, played by the late Fast & Furious star Paul Walker, to take down a criminal gang in a dystopian future Detroit housing project. “I studied English for four hours a day and trained for the stunts with Paul for three hours,” says Belle, who also devised the choreography for the fights and the chases. In the opening scene, he leaps through a closed window and into another one. During another pursuit, he shows off a combined drop jump and gap jump (saut de détente), leaping from a height of almost 5m over a chasm 7m wide. “My fear,” says Belle, “told me exactly how far I could go.” facebook.com/brickmansionsmovie parkour.com
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X-Men: Days Of Future Past star James McAvoy on real-life superhero fights and the right way to be run over
t’s a good time to be James McAvoy. He’s winning awards for his role as the most depraved cop in cinema history, in Filth. He’s just finished filming a version of Frankenstein in which he plays the dissecting doc and Daniel Radcliffe is his assistant, Igor. With immediate past and future bright, it’s the perfect moment for his new film, X-Men: Days Of Future Past. The 35-year-old Scot is back as Professor Charles Xavier, after X-Men: First Class, and doing his best to prevent the world from ending. If he’s half as heroic on screen as he is switched-on and funny in real life, everything should be OK. THE RED BULLETIN: What’s different about the X-Men movies compared with the other superhero films? JAMES MCAVOY: There’s always been a real thematic
backbone to them. They’re about ghettoised characters, persecuted people who are cast out from society. Or, if they haven’t been cast out, they’ve been closeted. There are allegories and metaphors there for people who don’t feel safe in the world, or who feel judged. X-Men is about superheroes, but they’re the least ‘super’ of all. Even Wolverine – he is a great superhero, but because he’s just so tough. Especially my character, who is the most human of them all. Professor Xavier has powers of the mind, though? Yes, but for me, he is a diplomat. Saying that, in the last film, I was a such a cad, and in this one I’m such a… mess. An alcoholic, drug-abusing dropout. There are about 20 heroes and villains in this film. How do they all fit in? the red bulletin
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Hit man: McAvoy is on top of his game, excelling in a range of film roles from superhero to cop
Superfly guy: McAvoy loves stunt work, he’s been run over by a car and now wants to be a jet pilot
at five miles an hour, then we go up to eight, then to 10, then to 12, 14, to 16 and ultimately we got up to 18 and 20 miles an hour. Basically, as soon as I could see the car in my peripheral vision, I jumped off the ground just a tiny bit, and then the car swipes me and puts me relatively gently over the top. I love stunt work – I’ve just done loads on Frankenstein. Is there anything else exciting you’d love to try? I always wanted to be a Harrier jet pilot. What I do want to do is fly a Spitfire before I die. There’s some weird reason that it’s really hard, I’ve looked into it. At one point, I was going to play a prominent World War II pilot, and if I was going to do that, I would learn to fly. But it didn’t happen. Then I looked at just getting a ride in a Spitfire, but the insurance is ridiculous. There was one for sale, in good condition, for just over £2 million. I thought they’d be £25 million. Your hardcore fans are known as McAvoyeurs. What are they like? They’ve been so loyal. I’ve kept a couple of drawings and pictures I’ve had sent. One where I’ve been turned into a Japanese manga character. I’d pay for that, like the guy who draws you in the street on holiday. This year, there’s a third Marvel superhero team movie, Guardians Of The Galaxy. So, after another Avengers film next year and the next X-Men the year after, will we see all of these teams team up? Actually, I think it should be called X-Men Rules And Is Better Than Guardians Of The Galaxy And Avengers And Everyone Else Can Kiss My… no, what would be brilliant is if you got all of us together in a hotel room and made us fight. Not the superheroes – the actors. Just made us fight. That would be genius.
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Until X-Men: First Class, Wolverine is the beating heart of every X-Men movie, and his relationship with Jean Grey has been the thing that pumps it. Then we took over in First Class and there was no Hugh [Jackman], no Wolverine. That film was Magneto’s genesis story and also the backbone of his and Charles’s relationship. But now Wolverine comes in, and so what me and Michael [Fassbender, playing Magneto] had, Hugh is added to. Do you get to flex your muscles, like the other two? A bit. Charles isn’t really an action dude. But there is a fair amount of fisticuffs. I beat up Michael a couple of times. But he gets me back. We have argy-bargy on a plane, and the plane dives and we get thrown around. But in your next film, The Disappearance of Eleanor Rigby, you get run over for real. Yes, and I loved it. How does a person get run over? You start off slow, and rehearse for ages. We used a Toyota Prius, which has a raked front that goes quite low to the ground. So we start with the car
“What I do want to do is fly a Spitfire before I die. There’s some weird reason that it’s really hard, I’ve looked into it”
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How do you climb an underground rock face that’s never been conquered when the clock’s ticking and there’s No margin for error? Just ask these guys…
out of tHe words: Alex Lisetz photography: Klaus Fengler
SUMMIT MEETING Stefan Glowacz, 49, (above right) and Chris Sharma, 33 (below right) climbed a rock face with a difference in Oman: the second biggest cave chamber in the world. Below left: Glowacz and Sharma at one of the entrances to the Majlis al Jinn cave.
MAJLIS AL JINN The giant cave chamber in Oman was discovered by geologist Don Davison and his wife Cheryl Jones in 1983. Jones christened the cave Majlis al Jinn, Arabic for the meeting place of the spirits.
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ore rope!” shouts Stefan Glowacz. “MORE! ROPE!” But Chris Sharma can’t hear him. Sharma is a couple of metres below the beam of light from Glowacz’s head torch, swallowed up by the darkness of Majlis al Jinn, the second biggest cave chamber in the world. The vastness of this underground cathedral breaks down Glowacz’s words into separate syllables, bounces them off the walls and turns them into a dull reverberation. His face is racked with pain. It is February 28, 2014, with little more than a week left to make a success of a near-impossible mission. He would like the acoustics to be the worst of his problems.
MID 2012, GARMISCH-PARTENKIRCHEN, GERMANY glowacz: “My friend Heli Putz put the idea into my head. He told me about this cave in Oman, the Majlis al Jinn. Felix Baumgartner [the man who leapt from the edge of space in the Red Bull Stratos mission] jumped into it in 2007 and a few other BASE-jumpers had been there since. The cave is nondescript from the outside: three crevices a few metres across at the bottom of a slope covered in small rocks. But in actual fact, you’re standing on the roof of an enormous vault. At 160m deep, 310m long and 225m wide, it could almost accommodate Wembley Stadium. ‘Wouldn’t it be amazing,’ Heli said, ‘if someone the red bulletin
The underground vaultâ€™s dimensions are huge, as were the trials and tribulations of the climb. The route was always overhanging and often more than 45 degrees steep
abseiled down to the bottom and then climbed back out via the rock face.’ I wanted to be that somebody. But this was not a job for one man alone. I would need a partner. The best one I could get. I thought Chris Sharma would be interested. We had met at a couple of events and hit it off straight away. He is the most creative climber of his generation, one I look up to in the same way I admire my idols from the 1970s and ’80s.”
LATE 2012, SANTA CRUZ, USA sharma: “The phone rang. It was Stefan Glowacz. The same Stefan Glowacz I’d admired for years. With every new project he reinvents climbing, even though he’s now been active for decades. I said yes before he’d even finished his question.”
On the Limit Rope tore Stefan Glowacz’s hands open in a fall (above). Although the injury had a negative impact on his every move, he fought on to the bitter end.
In December 2012, Glowacz drove to the Selma Plateau in Oman in a 4x4, stirring up clouds of dust that hung in the air for minutes. The Majlis al Jinn cave is only 30km from the coast, but to get there meant driving on bumpy gravel tracks and reaching altitudes of up to 1,500m above sea level. Glowacz realised that he wouldn’t just be facing technical climbing challenges on this expedition. There would be logistical challenges as well. There wouldn’t be any drinking water for the base camp he’d want to set up here. Back in Oman’s capital, Muscat, he met with high-ranking officials. They agreed to grant him official permission to enter the cave, their only demand being that he should come back out alive. Glowacz gave them his word. He had his hands on the official permit relatively quickly by local standards: six months later. sharma: “Today I stood for the first time at the chasm where our adventure awaits us and looked down. You can’t see anything. It’s just blackness. I threw a rock in and waited for the impact. And waited. And waited. It seems pretty deep.” 82
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“WE LIVING C R E AT U R E S A R E N ’ T WELCOME DEEP BELOW GROUND. I T ’S TO O FA R DOWN, TOO DARK, TOO DANGEROUS”
FEBRUARY 19, 2014, MAJLIS AL JINN glowacz: “We abseiled down to the bottom of the cave. Our first climbing attempts showed that the quality of the rock was better than we hoped, but the weak light meant it was hard to see in all directions. You could hardly see the holds on the rock in front of you. You’re climbing blind.” sharma: “Right from day one, I understood how differently Stefan and I wanted to approach the project. I’d like to just climb straight off, but Stefan studies the rock face first, plans the pitches, and co-ordinates the logistics, which is necessary because our project has turned into something huge. There are 20 of us in total on the team,
and we have 700kg of equipment, six lighting balloons and 2,400m of rope. And we’re in a hurry: we’ll have to climb all the routes in just two-and-a-half weeks because the authorities won’t let us stay in the cave any longer than that. What I can learn from Stefan are analytical thinking and having a commanding overview. I have to learn these things. We have a project full of questions ahead of us. The biggest question of all is whether we we’ll be able to free-climb such a steep rock face at all.” The narrow beam of light from Sharma’s head torch scours the rock in front of him. He is hanging upside down about a third of the way up the rock 83
Extreme overhangs, crumbling rock and weak light meant that progress was slow and difficult
FEBRUARY 25, 2014, MAJLIS AL JINN sharma: “Stefan is one tough guy. He wrapped tape around his exposed palms, which must have stung like crazy. But as bad as it was, that fall could have ended very differently. Now I understand why Majlis al Jinn translates as ‘the meeting place of the spirits’. We living creatures aren’t welcome here, deep below ground. It is too dry, too dark, too far down, too dangerous. There aren’t any animals here, apart from a few tiny black bugs. But I’m beginning to enjoy the challenge. As you have to improvise so much when you’re climbing, you can let your intuition take over. Climbing is actually like meditating for me. A peak sporting performance is the way to find yourself.”
BACK ON EARTH After two-and-a-half weeks, the conquest of the Majlis al Jinn was complete. Local goatherds came to offer congratulations at the cave’s exit.
“ C L I M B I N G I S L I K E M E D I TAT I N G . P E R F O R M I N G AT Y O U R P E A K L I K E T H I S I S T H E W AY T O FIND YOURSELF” face. Even he, perhaps the best competitive climber in the world, has his limits. Inserting each bolt into the rock face is a challenge. He moves from one to the next quickly. “That’s great!” Glowacz shouts out, from below. The echo reverberates off the walls.
FEBRUARY 20, 2014, MAJLIS AL JINN glowacz: “I was climbing differently from the way I normally climb. I wasn’t falling back on my routine and was more unsettled than usual, which is why I made a mistake. I wanted to hook in my second ascender rope, but when released, it went into a sudden spin. This caused the other ascender to come loose and I was flung down about 10m. I automatically grabbed the rope with both hands, which is the worst thing I could have possibly done. The rope ripped the skin off my hands to the point that flesh was exposed. I screamed out and dropped a bit further. Shit.” the red bulletin
Sharma is hanging in the fourth of the 13 separate sections, known as pitches, that he and Glowacz have mapped out. He’s climbed 100m so far. The stresses and strains of organising the pitches over a total of 300m are enormous. Many pitches are on overhangs of at least 45 degrees from the horizontal. No natural light. No days off. And now he has the toughest section of the whole rock face ahead of him. Sharma dips into the chalk bag once more. He will later rate this pitch as one of the hardest he has ever undertaken.
MARCH 1, 2014, MAJLIS AL JINN glowacz: “‘If you do this,’ I say to Chris, ‘then in my view you’re the best climber in the world.’ I can see the ambition in his eyes, but just as he’s a couple of millimetres away from triumph, he has to give in because we don’t have enough time to devote a whole day to a single pitch. So we organise a way around, even if Chris is a little unhappy about it.”
MARCH 5, 2014, MAJLIS AL JINN sharma: “Yes, it is possible to free-climb in the Majlis al Jinn. Today we managed the final pitch and climbed every single red point, which means that we only used the natural rock structures. We spent six days climbing in all. The rest of the time went on organisation. It was rough going. We peeked out into the glaring light of the desert. Our crew celebrated and a couple of goatherds gave us toothless grins. We hugged. But Stefan, with his hand injuries, stayed out of the high-fives.” After they packed up their equipment, Sharma and Glowacz flew to Europe. While celebrating at a small party in Spain, where Sharma has chosen to make his home, they hear that the Majlis al Jinn is to be opened up to tourists. Perhaps, in three or four years’ time, other climbers will be climbing different routes back out into the light of day. “Every rock face,” Glowacz explains, “is easier once someone has shown it can be climbed. The hardest thing is imagining the impossible.” glowacz.de
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Brinkmanship: follow Julius Brink’s tips to gain a strategic advantage
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get the gear Star Trek: the bike that helps Macdonald to podium finishes
Kit up to get down MOUNTAIN BIKING In the ultracompetitive world of downhill, gear that shaves seconds off race times is vital. Here’s some you can use
To e to hea d Brook Macdonald’s must-have kit
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the ride thing why this bike makes you better
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the Bontrager rims are designed to dent instead of break,” says Buckle. “Hopefully that helps him get to the bottom of the course without puncturing.”
“Anyone can walk into a bike shop and buy an exact replica of this frame,” says Trek’s Brian Buckle of the Session 9.9 650B. “We want people to be able to ride the same frame as our elite riders.”
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The Fox RAD DH Shock on Macdonald’s bike is custom-built for him. He’s one of a handful of World Cup riders racing with the prototype part.
“Tyres are nearly as important in mountain biking as in Formula One,” says Buckle. “Brook can choose from seven different Bontrager tyres depending on the conditions.”
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“As Brook bombs down mountains and bounces off rocks,
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“I’ve used Five Ten shoes since I started in the sport, but the change to clipless should help me be more consistent and hopefully faster.”
“These have been called the Swiss Army knife of goggles. They’re customised to fit my face and have great breathability around the nose and an incredible field of vision.”
“It’s designed for motocross, but it’s been adapted for mountain biking and it’s light and durable and it makes me feel safe.”
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Brook Macdonald: on the up and up in downhill mountain biking
“The competition is so fierce now,” says Brook Macdonald, of the UCI Downhill World Cup. “Everyone is going faster and you’ve got to try everything you can to get an edge.” The 22-year-old from New Zealand has made several changes to his setup this year to help him in his quest to be the best in the world. The biggest change is the bike he’s riding, an upgrade from the Trek Session 9 with 26in wheels to the Trek Session 9.9 650B (above) with 27.5in wheels. “With the bigger wheels, I’ll have faster roll-in speeds. It will help smooth out some of the rougher sections and hopefully it will help me gain lots of time,” says the man they call Bulldog. Macdonald is also hoping a switch in footwear will help, too. He is changing from flat shoes to clipless, which, despite the name, attach to the pedals. It’s a significant change for a rider known for his fast and loose style.
Deep sand, great take-off power: Julius Brink
Shore thing Beach volleyball Olympic gold medallist Julius Brink on how to play – and look – like him
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Golden sands: Julius Brink is reigning Olympic beach volleyball champ
Through a varied schedule of endurance training, weights, and technical and tactical practice, Julius Brink spends about 25 hours a week honing his body. The team tactics element is all the more important, because the 31-year-old German beach volleyball pro has a new partner this season, in the shape of Armin Dollinger, a 23-year-old fellow German. Brink says that would-be beach volleyballers – you, for three hours a year, on holiday – can certainly learn from the pros. “Play indoor volleyball, which is quicker than the beach version, on a regular basis to improve your basic technique. Do weight training two or three times a week and work classic exercises such as squats, dead-lifts and pull-overs into your programme, to strengthen your shoulders because they come under great strain.”
Fu ll b o dy w o r k o ut Take a shot at sling training
The sling trainer is a simple piece of kit used for warm-up, strengthening and rehabilitation. One way Julius Brink uses it is an effective exercise to improve core stability (below left). Hook your feet into the straps and stretch your body. Push yourself backwards and forwards while keeping your body tense.
G E T V O L L E Y B A L L e r s ’ S h o U L D E RS “Pull-overs with a barbell are a basic exercise when it comes to improving shoulder stability,” says Brink. “I recommend five sets of eight-12 reps each, leaving at least a minute’s break between sets.”
A session with the sling trainer is part of Julius Brink’s regular workout routine
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Lie flat on the bench. Hold the bar above your chest with your arms bent slightly. Carefully lower the bar behind your head, maintaining full control.
As you move to the end position, with your elbows still slightly bent, push your lower back into on the bench and exhale as you return to the start position.
Jump around: Bar Rouge is the place to be in Shanghai
not just noodles Shanghainese must-eats
Xiao Long Bao Delicate, soupfilled pork dumplings are a staple of the city’s cuisine. You can find them everywhere from street corners to the finest restaurants.
Living the Hai life It’s hard to stay on trend in a city as fastpaced as Shanghai. Yet here, where conspicuous consumption is a competitive sport, one club has endured. This year, Bar Rouge will celebrate a decade servicing a well-turned-out crowd with a high proportion of expats. Certainly, location has been key to this place’s longevity. You’ll find it in the Bund, the city’s historic waterfront, and on its splendid terrace you can sip to the backdrop of a spectacular 180-degree view of Shanghai’s skyline – a sight that has changed much in the last 10 years. Like many high-end clubs, Bar Rouge, has its own caste system, where VIPs occupy tables groaning with prestige alcohol and everyone else waits at the permanently packed bar. The door policy is strict. “But if you arrive with positive energy and a big smile,” says Deniz Otman, the club’s operations manager, you just might get in.” bar rouge 18 Zhongshan East 1st Rd, Huangpu, Shanghai, China bar-rouge-shanghai.com
Bar Rouge offers views, drinks and expat pandas
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Gansevoort Park Rooftop, New York Clubby twin-level hotel bar, 20 stories above Park Avenue South in the city’s NoMad district, with one of NYC’s best roof pools. People by Crystal, Dubai Thanks to its 360-degree view of the skyline, from the top of the Raffles Hotel, it draws top DJs like Steve Aoki. Less great: super-strict door policy. Rooftop Bar, Melbourne Astroturfed venue that hosts everything from DJ events to open-air movies. A laid-back vibe and great views of the city’s Central Business District.
Shao Kao Shanghai’s street barbecue is popular and a cheap late-night snack. Choose from the vast array of vegetables, meat and seafood on sticks and watch them grilled in front you.
Chou Doufu You can’t avoid getting a whiff of this pungent fermented tofu. A Western equivalent is, sort of, salty blue cheese. To find your nearest vendor, just follow your nose.
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shanghai A first-rate nightclub with a superb view of China’s second city. Just stay happy in the queue
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listen real good Nasir bin Olu Dara Jones grew up in Queensbridge, a rough part of New York City. His father left. He dropped out of school. The classic CV for a career as a drug dealer. Instead, he became Nas, and in 1994, released his debut album, Illmatic, aged 20. It was groundbreaking: no one had told the tough-life tales in such a poetic and musical way before. The album is still lauded as a hip-hop touchstone by critics, fans and fellow musicians, and a 20th-birthday rerelease includes demos, remixes, and unreleased tracks. Nas took time out from the celebrations to remember the music that fired him up back then.
Nas’s Illmatic is 20 this year
‘It sounded like a rhino’ Playlist To mark the special edition of one of the great hip-hop albums, Nas picks the songs that fired him up when he made it
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Public Enemy Rebel Without A Pause
“I saw them live for the first time at an anti-racism rally in Harlem in 1988. With samples of speeches by civil rights campaigner Jesse Jackson and Chuck’s razor-sharp rap, hip-hop never sounded more forceful. Chuck D roared, ‘Soul, rock and roll, coming like a rhino,’ during this song and it really sounded like a rhino was running through the club.”
Stevie Wonder Master Blaster
“I was a kid when I heard this song for the first time, and I thought, ‘Whoever this guy is, he is the greatest music-maker of all time.’ He recorded this song as a tribute to Bob Marley’s Jammin’. That Stevie would care to do a reggaeinfluenced record like that is incredible. It was pivotal in me later working together with Marley’s son, Damian.”
Boogie Down Productions My Philosophy
“When I was a teenager, I used to wonder if rappers could be philosophers. KRS-One of BDP answered my question with this track. He showed what an MC can do, what being a rapper is all about. This song was mind-blowing and still is, musically as well as lyrically. KRS-One was a teacher for me. He was like Malcolm X, the Marcus Garvey of our generation.”
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Michael Jackson Human Nature
“The way Michael describes meeting a girl in a city in this song is magical. I still wonder what synthesizers he used for it – respect to Quincy Jones, who is the best producer who ever lived. I used a sample from it for my single, It Ain’t Hard to Tell. Sadly, I never got to meet him in person, but we spoke on the phone a few times.”
A Tribe Called Quest I Left My Wallet In El Segundo
“My favourite early ATCQ tune is this one. The story is amazing: Q-Tip and the guys take a road-trip across America in his mother’s car. When they get back he realises that he lost his wallet in El Segundo. It was the first time I heard the word ‘grub’, meaning food. Q-Tip is the coolest of the cool and we ended up working on Illmatic together.”
s o u n d b ox the orchestra around you
Crowd-funded on Kickstarter, this mini-synth turns everyday objects into musical instruments. Bananas, pan lids, items of furniture… anything can be used to generate a sound once it’s hooked up. Sounds are emitted via a built-in speaker. dentakulondon.com
Ponoplayer Rock legend Neil Young says that listening to hi-res music on this forthcoming digital player (he’s a company founder) sounds 30 times better usual MP3s. ponomusic.com
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OK, so perhaps Montevideo’s beach isn’t the world’s most attractive surfing location. But the steady, smallish waves and mild climate make it a good spot for beginners.
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Uruguay guy: musician Juan Campodonico
Where’s the beef?
montevideo The clash between old and new, and amazing steaks, are what makes the capital of Uruguay so great, says one of its most famous sons Juan Campodonico is a star in his native Uruguay. The 42-year-old musician has formed successful bands Bajofondo and Campo, produced albums by Jorge Drexler (who became the first Uruguayan to win an Oscar, for the soundtrack to The Motorcycle Diaries) and has composed the music for international TV ads for the likes of Honda. He cannot get enough of his hometown. “What is it that I so love about Montevideo? The magnificent dichotomy between progress and nostalgia. We Montevideans like what’s new, but we also like to wallow in the past. You can feel that in the city’s music, culture and image.” Here he makes a must-do list for next time you swing by South America. juancampodonico.com; www.campomusic.net
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1 La Otra Tomas Diago 758 “There’s no factory farming in Uruguay, which means our meat is high quality, and this is the city’s best steakhouse. I recommend the vacio [flank] steak. You mainly get it here and in Argentina.”
records by old Uruguayan singers such as Romeo Gavioli and Alfredo Zitarrosa. I also go there for the fruit, the books, the wonderful second-hand clothes and live tango music on every corner.”
4 la ronda & El Santa Ciudadela “You might not find a Starbucks in Montevideo, but you will find bars steeped in folklore. Like La Ronda (above) or El Santa. You’ll often see President Pepe Mujica in the latter – as always, without a tie.”
3 Feria de T Narvaja Dr Tristán Narvaja “Legendary flea market. On a Sunday, I rummage through
SandboardinG Mega-popular in Uruguay, not least because of places like Valizas and Maldonado. For sand-sport fanatics, the huge dunes they offer are the best anywhere on the continent. sobrelasdunas.com
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Am Rio de la Plata “The seafront promenade is 22km long, with sandy beaches, large sunbathing areas and a pink granite footpath. You have to go for a walk here.”
5 Parque Rodo Barrio Parque Rodo “People tend to either love or hate this area of the city, which has somehow got stuck in the past. There are 1960s buildings, romantic parks and an ancient fairground. It’s a reflection of Montevideans’ nostalgic soul.”
Want a bird’s-eye view of the Uruguayan capital? Go straight from Montevideo’s beach into the air on a hang-glider. We recommend the night-time trip for spectacular sights. arribauruguay.com
th e N ASA Test Three of the 11 hoops the Speedmaster had to jump through to reach the moon
Through space and time: the current Omega Speedmaster ’57 chronograph
High temp: 48hrs at 71°C then 30mins at 93°C. Low temp: 4hrs at -18°C. Ten days in 95% humidity at 20-71°C
Out of this world
Vibration Three, 30-minute cycles, with the watch in different positions and the vibration frequency varying from 5-2,000Hz.
Omega Speedmaster How a piece of precision Swiss engineering became vital kit in the exploration of space
www.hq.nasa.gov/alsj/omega.html The only watch “flightqualified by NASA for all manned space missions”
Six shocks of 40G, lasting 11 milliseconds each and in one of six different directions.
Top: The centrifuge used in the test programme. Left: Buzz Aldrin wearing a Speedmaster on the moon in 1969
The Speedmaster with a NASA strap, on a NASA test log. The strap allowed astronauts to wear the watch under or over a sleeve
Buzz Aldrin wearing his Speedmaster in Eagle, the Apollo 11 Lunar Module
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Anonymous NASA staff descended on Houston’s jewellery stores in 1964 to buy a bunch of watches, from which they’d choose the one they would issue to their astronauts. They bought timepieces made by Bulova, Elgin, Gruen, Hamilton, Longines, Lucien Piccard, Mido, Omega and Rolex, then put each one through an 11-part test of precision under extreme conditions. The only survivor of that process was the Omega Speedmaster. NASA designated it as “flight-qualified by NASA for all manned space missions”. Astronauts Gus Grissom and John Young were the first men to wear the watches in space, on the Gemini 3 mission, on March 23, 1965. Legend has it that Omega, based in Biel-Bienne, Switzerland, only found out about this a year later, after seeing a photo of an astronaut wearing a Speedmaster. Today, both American astronauts and Russian cosmonauts wear one.
Packing a punch: Ultra Street Fighter IV
P l ay Again? How often do gaming’s icons appear?
Mario Mario Kart 8, out on May 30, after Mario Golf: World Tour. With these, there have been about 200 games (plus format variants) featuring Nintendo’s mascot.
Ultra Street Fighter IV Fireballs fly in the return of gaming’s most beloved beat-’em-up The thing about a new Street Fighter game is that it’s not really new. It’s still essentially the side-on, fast and frantic super-powered beat-’emup it was back in 1987, and that’s why the fighting game series is one of the most popular of all video games. Gaming tech advances have only led to improvements in a winning formula, rather than a throwing-out of the Bison with the bathwater. So, Ultra Street Fighter IV is 2D fisticuffs in a kinda 3D environment, just like the Super Street Fighter games that preceded it. There are five more playable characters in this latest version, including Decapre, a leggy Russian wearing a blue ninja suit and a hat last seen on Concorde stewardesses, making a total of 44 combatants. Street Fighter nerds either love or hate the fact that Decapre is a clone of Cammy, a veteran Street Fighter character, also playable in USF IV, made flesh by Kylie Minogue in the Street Fighter movie. The passion of those nerds has also led SF’s maker, Capcom, to tweak this new game based on feedback from the last one, ironing out the gameplay kinks that led to much online discussion. In early June, those who own the last game can upgrade to the new one; the rest of us have to stump up in full. For Xbox 360, PC and PlayStation 3. streetfighter.com
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Your games dreams come true
Make a million-dollar game for nothing
You can download and use the same tools that leading games developers use to build games such as Unreal – some of them for free. Unreal Engine 4 costs US$19 per month, while the CryEngine from Crytek, maker of Far Cry and Homefront 2, is only US$9.90 per month. All those times you shout at the screen, “If only…”? Put your money where your mouth is.
Sonic There are 30 main games on the blue hedgehog’s CV, plus as many again in cameos and team-ups, including the Mario Olympics games (see above).
At E3, know gaming’s future
On June 10, social media will be busy. That is the first day of E3 2104, the 20th and biggest Electronic Entertainment Expo, the trade show at which new games are traditionally unveiled. About 50,000 people are expected over three days at the Los Angeles Convention Center. When is Halo 5 out? Is Nintendo making a new console? These, and so many more questions, will be answered.
‘T’ First seen in 1984, along with I, J, L, O, S and Z, and since in a grand total of 54 official Tetris games and countless other unofficial homages and rip-offs. tetris.com
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Race for Goulding The last time English synth-popette Ellie Goulding touched down in New Zealand, the keen runner made time around her one performance to clock up serious jogging miles around Auckland. Goulding has been taking part in a range of charity runs, and while here, she took selected fans with 96
her as part of the ‘Ellie Runs’ initiative with Nike. When she touches down in June, she’ll be pounding the pavements in three cities, with shows lined up in Auckland, Wellington and Christchurch. Goulding famously spun records with fellow prizewinners Katy Perry and Lorde at a Brit Awards afterparty back in February. Maybe on this visit she’ll make the time to collaborate with our very own pop royal? premier.ticketek.co.nz
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On track for NZ: Ellie Goulding
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Are friends electric?
New wave icon and synthesizer enthusiast Gary Numan is bringing his Splinter tour to these shores, playing a show at Auckland’s Studio. We can expect a goth-rock workout from his most recent set of songs, Splinter (Songs From A Broken Mind). ticketmaster. co.nz
Athletic prowess is not required, just an iron will, if you’re planning to take on the Heart Stopper Challenge in Wellington, Waikato and Auckland. Teams of four-six challengers take an early winter plunge – in fancy dress – that’s more than just a dip of the toes. Entrants must have their shoulders submerged and stay in for five icy minutes. There’s method to this madness: raising money for kids born with heart defects, a very worthy cause. heartstopper.org.nz
Metal as anything Vesicant, Dark Horse, Insidious Wretch. The guest cast list for Game of Thrones? No, they’re bands set to kick out thrash, dark, black, death and sludge metal at Capital Punishment V, the last instalment of the Wellington metal institution. Search for Capital Punishment V on facebook.com
don’t miss more dates for the diary
SIX-HOUR SLOG Now in its fifth year, the Wainui 6 Hour Wurldz is a gruelling cycle ride for teams and individuals on mountain bike trails developed by the Wainuiomata Trail Project, north of Wellington. w6w.co.nz
The young and the restless Fresh off their 10-date Australian tour with Brisbane dream-pop outfit Vancouver Sleep Clinic, The Naked and Famous are back home in Auckland, playing The Powerstation as part of their In Rolling Waves tour. It’s their first NZ show since a triumphant main stage appearance at January’s Big Day Out. Word is this will be the last chance this year for Kiwi fans to catch them live: the Los Angeles-based five-piece have American and European dates, including some festivals, lined up next in their diaries. thenakedandfamous.com/tour
FEET FIRST Inspired by the 1974 Commonwealth Games, the Christchurch Airport Marathon has a reputation as the country’s fastest. There’s also a Mara’Fun race for kids. christchurch marathon.co.nz
BLACK ATTACK May 24
Hanging tough The Tough Guy and Gal Challenge will test the mettle of up to 2,000 competitors on a brutal course with a barbed-wire crawl, a spider’s web net climb, swamp crossings and, of course, a truckload of mud thrown in for good measure. The challenge tours six NZ spots this year, with Hawke’s Bay first off the starting block, with a purpose-built trail located at Clifton Station, Cape Kidnappers. Prizes and amazing goodie bags await. eventpromotions.co.nz
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The All Blacks 2014 season begins against England at Eden Park, in the first game of the Steinlager Series. Last meeting, at Twickenham in 2013, England almost fought back to win. The AB’s won’t want that again. allblacks.com
Greece, March 26, 2014 The Corinth Canal is about 21.3m wide at its narrowest point. Enough to rush an Extra 300S through there, thought Hungarian aerobatics legend Peter Besenyei. The plane has a wingspan of 7.5m. Besenyei has a hell of an eye.
“Claustrophobia? When you’re jetting at 300kph there’s no time for it” Peter Besenyei, world aerobatics champion and Red Bull Air Race pilot
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