October 22-28 2012 Issue 704 tntdownunder.com
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A JAW U TH LOOT OF SO N AUSTR ALIA S ADVENTURE
TOTES UNDERGROUND Digging deep in Coober Pedy
NEVER GAVE US UP Rolling around with Rick Astley
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EDITOR’S LETTER It’s almost summer and although we can’t always promise warm weather in Australia, we can promise one thing: the festivals will be coming at you. We’ve got a comprehensive list that caters to music of all tastes, from goth to Gangham. Speaking of different, we chat to king of cheese Rick Astley (pg18) and literally go underground in Coober Pedy (pg26). So read on and rock on in whichever way you please!
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LISTINGS NEW ZEALAND
FEATURES FESTIVAL SEASON
We break out our fluro singlets and check out Oz’s top summer festivals
We sit down with 80s pop sensation Rick Astley to talk fame and YouTube
If subterranean living is your idea of a holiday, Coober Pedy’s the place to go
We learn to Tango with some horses and a gaucho (sort of) in Buenos Airies
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The festival’s opening night will be something to remember. It begins with a screening of an internationally acclaimed new film by American Director Paul Thomas Anderson called The Master which will be screened in the historical Turbine Hall. The hall was built in the 1940s for manufacturing turbines for boats has been refurbished into a state of the art cinema. Live music from Arrested Development and a pop up nightclub will ensure the festivities continue long after the film has finished. If you love film and you love Sydney this is one not too miss! Oct 24-28. Cockatoo Island
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SURRY HILLS FESTIVAL
BYRON BAY SURF FESTIVAL 2012
You’re invited to the city’s biggest and best loved street party. The Valley Fiesta is back for another year, with a weekend long celebration of all things musical. Electronic musicians as well as live bands will have equal billing to strut their stuff.
One of the few proper “donation” festivals in Oz, this year’s Surry Hills Festival is bursting at the seams with live music, art and markets to keep you entertained. Catch local darling Alison Wonderland on the decks and heaps more Hill’s action.
Focusing on the creative culture that exists within the surfing set, this is a celebration of everything surf related. Live bands will provide entertainment along with screenings of surf films, art exhibits and a freestyle surfing competition.
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Festival fever Australia loves festivals. Indeed, the next few months are so crammed with them it’s hard to keep track. Here are the essentials WORDS ALEX HARMON
What do deadly snakes and festivals have in common? Australia has the more of them per capita than anywhere in the world. That’s Australia for you, life on the edge, full of thrills and spills and hey, what doesn’t kill you only makes you stronger, right? The most common complaint I hear is that there are too many festivals and it’s too hard to decide on which one to attend, while over in the UK the most common complaint is in regards to all the mud. This just proves that people are whingers, no matter where they are. Complaints aside, the best thing about Aussie festivals is the atmosphere. Sure, we don’t always get the big names or Kate Moss rolling around in the mud wearing short shorts, but we do have the vibe. The sun is shining (well, usually), the clothing is sparse (always) and people are generally having a sweet time, all for the love of the music. 6
So whether you like to dance, mosh, skank, sway, shuffle or all of the above, there will be something for you. And it doesn’t matter where you are, the festivals move around so as long as you can get to a capital city or sometimes even a country field, then you won’t miss out. Hell, even Tasmania gets one of the coolest festivals in the country at New Year’s. Another great thing about festivals in Australia is the people watching. There’s the protein-shake, Aussie-flag loving blokes you get at the likes of Big Day Out and Soundwave, or the peaced out, bespectacled hipster girls at the likes of Harvest and Laneway. Then you’ve got your hardcore, diehard festival fan who lives for the music, forgoing showers and getting on the green for the camp-out weekender festivals like the Blues and Roots or Peats Ridge. Or the show-offs who don’t really care about the music
but want to be seen. They’re usually pepped up to the max, wearing their swimming costume (girls) or have their shirts off (guys) and want to be your best friend. Try to avoid them. I could go on and on about festival stereotypes, but I won’t, because it’s not just about them. Making their way over to these shores for the festival season this year are artists like The Chemical Brothers, Blondie, Alt-J, Red Hot Chilli Peppers and Blink 182. It’s an action-packed time though and many festivals sell out before you can say “can I jump the fence?” (indeed, many have already sold out, but check eBay and Gumtree for last minute sell-ons, also Facebook is a great way to buy tickets, just go to the festival page and check out the forums). So, to help stop your head exploding trying to work out where, when and how much, here’s the low ›› down...
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WHAT: Set in the beautiful Glensworth valley about an hour north of Sydney this is one of the ultimate escape festivals. Music, arts and sustainability are the watch words for this festival headlined by some of Australia’s ultimate Folk and Rock acts like the John Butler Trio, The Medics, The Cairo’s and Battleships as well as many, many more. WHERE/WHEN: Glensworth Valley (an hour north of Sydney), 29 Dec – 1 Jan. HOW MUCH: Three-day passes for $340 + bf or you could volunteer and get in for free. The festival are looking for helpers for everything from childcare to marketing. Shifts last around five hours so you still have plenty of time for the music. MORE INFO: peatsridgefestival.com.au
WHAT: Australia’s premier dance festival is back for another big year with a huge lineup of dance acts including Diplo, Calvin Harris and Tiesto. WHERE/WHEN: Sydney (Nov 24), Perth (Nov 25), Adelaide & Melbourne (Dec 1), Brisbane (Dec 2). HOW MUCH: $174.95 MORE INFO: stereosonic.com.au
FIELD DAY WHAT: You’re probably going to be a little hung over from New Years Eve but the best cure will be a little hair of the dog. Oh, and some of the top indie/dance acts in the world including Hot Chip. WHERE/WHEN: The Domain, Sydney. Jan 1. HOW MUCH: $118 + bf. MORE INFO: fielddaynyd.com
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WHAT: Known as FOTSUN to the locals, this single stage, boutique rock and folk festival has a limited capacity of only 3,000 people so it’s important to book tickets fast. WHERE/WHEN: Port Macquarie, Dec 14-15. HOW MUCH: $160, including camping. MORE INFO: fotsun.com
WHAT: Despite the questionable quality of punter this is the big one, the biggest festival in Australia. Regularly attracting the biggest names touring and this year is no exception. The Red Hot Chilli Peppers will be headlining a 37 act lineup. WHERE/WHEN: Syd (Jan 18), GC (Jan 20), Adl (Jan 25), Melb (Jan 26) and Per (Jan 28). HOW MUCH: $165 + bf MORE INFO: bigdayout.com
WHAT: If you’re not in Sydney over the New Year break but don’t feel like sleeping for a few days you could always go to a 12 hour dance festival. Featuring The Chemical Brothers, Mark Ronson, M.I.A, SBTRKT, Knife Party Booka Shade and cover girl Kimbra just to name a few. This festival is surely going to be one not to miss as it makes it’s way around the country in early January. WHERE/WHEN: Adelaide (Dec 31), Melbourne (Jan 1), Gold Coast (Jan 5) and Perth (Jan 6). HOW MUCH: From $139 depending on city. They even have a buy now pay later scheme where you can pay off the tickets fortnightly. MORE INFO: futureentertainment.com
DUB DAY AFTERNOON WHAT: Brisbane’s premier Reggae and Dub festival celebrates 10 years of jammin’. Headline acts include Champion Sound and One Dread. WHERE/WHEN: Brisbane (Nov 24). HOW MUCH: $18. MORE INFO: greentix.com.au
PYRAMID ROCK FESTIVAL WHAT: The idyllic surrounds of Phillip Island doesn’t mean the music will be chilled. This festival rocks the new year with 360, Children Collide, Closure in Moscow, PNAU and many many more. WHERE/WHEN: Phillip Island, Victoria, Dec 30 – Jan 1. HOW MUCH: Two-day pass starts at $279 and includes camping. MORE INFO: thepyramidrockfestival.com
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WHAT: Hey boys, hey girls! Once you’ve seen one fireworks display you’ve seen them all so why not bring in 2013 dancing your nut off on iconic Bondi Beach with Fedde Le Grand, Knife Party and the Chemical Brothers. Then when it all gets too much, take a dip. But don’t tell your mum we said that. WHERE/WHEN: Bondi Beach. Dec 31. HOW MUCH: From $128 + bf. MORE INFO: shorething.com.au
WHAT: One of the festivals that has emerged in recent years as a real highlight of the summer. Held over four days across the New Year in scenic Victorian seaside town of Lorne and in beautiful Marion Bay in Tasmania a huge line up of international and local acts will swap through halfway. This years lineup includes American psych rockers The Flaming Lips on NYE. WHERE/WHEN: Lorne (Vic) and Marion Bay (Tas), Dec 29-31. HOW MUCH: Lorne is sold out, but it’s $216+bf for the three-day Marion Bay festival. MORE INFO: fallsfestival. com.au
NYE ON THE HARBOUR WHAT: Lit by the world famous fireworks display the Harbour City will be the perfect backdrop to some sweet dance tunes. Aussie dance heroes PNAU will bring in 2013 for Sydneysiders along with Ajax, Yesyou, the Sosueme DJs, Elizabeth Rose and more. Then the gang are tiding over Perth on January first to do it all again. No need for any sleep then. WHERE/WHEN: Syd Harbour Dec 31 – Perth Jan 1 HOW MUCH: From $93 MORE INFO: falcona.com
SUMMAFIELDAYZE WHAT: A brand new dance festival comes to Queensland’s party capital for 2013. Featuring the Chemical Brothers, M.I.A, Hot Chip as well as a host of other local dance and indie talent Summafieldayze promises to be a whole h WHERE/WHEN: Gold Coast, Sat, Jan 5. HOW MUCH: Starting at $95. MORE INFO: summafielddayze.com.au
WHAT: Historically a festival for purely home grown acts Homebake has taken the surprising step of announcing it’s first international act ever for 2012. American glam punk veterans Blondie headline another top lineup of Aussie and Kiwi acts in the heart of the city of Sydney at the Domain. WHERE/WHEN: Sydney, Dec 3. HOW MUCH: $95 + bf. MORE INFO: homebake.com.au
WHAT: Traditionally one of the earliest festivals on the summer cycle, Harvest represents a perfect way to ease into it all. This is a decidedly Rock’n’Roll flavoured festival in 2012 with veteran songwriters Beck and Ben Folds Five amongst the lineup. WHERE/WHEN: Melbourne (Nov 12), Sydney (Nov 13), Brisbane (Nov 19). HOW MUCH: $150 + bf. MORE INFO: harvestfestival. com.au
FUTURE MUSIC FESTIVAL WHAT: The (arguably) largest dance, electronic and music festival in Australia returns in 2013 with a mind blowingly large lineup including such dance/ rave music legends as The Prodigy, indie superstars Bloc Party, Madchester Heroes and alternative music icons The Stone Roses and the latest internet music sensation PSY, the dude behind Gangnam Style making a special guest appearance, his first time in the country. All this and more plus Mexican themed drinks and food menu means good times. WHERE/WHEN: Bris (Mar 3), Perth (Mar 4), Syd (Mar 9), Melb (Mar 10), Adl (Mar 10). HOW MUCH: $137.50 + bf MORE INFO: futuremusicfestival.com
LANEWAY WHAT: Perhaps the flagship boutique festival of the year, the St Jerome Laneway festival is the absolute favourite of the super hipster crowd. From its humble beginnings in Melbourne’s back streets it has grown into a huge event on the music calendar, including shows in Singapore and NZ. Catch Bat for Lashes, Alt-J (pictured) and much, much more. WHERE/WHEN: Singapore (Jan 26), Auckland (Jan 28), Brisbane (Feb 1), Sydney (Feb 2), Melbourne (Feb 3), Adelaide (Feb 8) and Perth (Feb 9). HOW MUCH: $140+bf MORE INFO: lanewayfestival.com.au
GOLDEN DAYS FESTIVAL WHAT: What started out as a little folk festival on the outskirts of Coolum has now blossomed into a full blown Rock, Dub and Folk music bonanza come November. Look out for Fat Freddy’s Drop and Something for Kate headlining. 2012 Golden Days Festival promises to be huge. WHERE/WHEN: Coolum Sports Complex,Queensland. Nov 17-18. HOW MUCH: $86.50 + bf MORE INFO: goldendaysfestival.com
WHAT: Bluesfest runs for five days each Easter just outside Byron Bay, the perfect place for this chilledout hippy heaven. Acts for this years Blues haven include the awesine Ben Harper, punk icon Iggy Pop and his indomitable sidekick Stooges and American crooning hearthrob Chris Isaak. This is a unique festival in tersm of its focus on Blues, Country and Reggae music and is hugely popular. If you’re thinking off going better book soon. WHERE/WHEN: Tyagarah Tea Tree Farm, Byron Bay. Mar 28- April 1. HOW MUCH: $495 (five-day) or $345 (three-day), plus more for camping. Early bird tix on sale now. MORE INFO: bluesfest.com.au
A DAY ON THE GREEN WHAT: This festival mixes music and wineries and runs across the summer months. This summer’s tours includes The Hoodoo Guru’s, Simple Minds, Devo, The Angels and Dave Gleeson. WHERE/WHEN: Seventeen different venues across all Australian states and New Zealand. HOW MUCH: From $140. MORE INFO: adayonthegreen.com.au
WHAT: This is one for the hard rockers and headbangers. Metallica, Linkin Park and Blink 182 are just a few of the acts playing. Should be an absolute banger. WHERE/WHEN: Brisbane (Feb 23), Sydney (Feb 24), Melbourne (Mar 1), Adelaide (Mar 2), Perth (Mar 4). HOW MUCH: $155. MORE INFO: soundwavefestival.com
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The Beards Nathaniel Beard of the hairy four piece band from Adelaide tells us why bearded men are better, what he thinks of chicks with beards, and why you should avoid shaving at all costs INTERVIEW ALEX HARMON
“A moustache is not beard”
What do you think of hipster beards? They’re fine, any beard is fine with me. What I don’t like is people growing a beard because it might be cool to do that. I don’t think that’s a good reason. I think you should grow a beard because you’re supposed to grow a beard, not because it’s currently in fashion. What do you think of Movember? I don’t like moustaches one bit. It really irks me when someone wears a moustache. I like beards. So you’re not into designer stubble? I don’t mind a styled beard, but just make sure it’s a beard. A moustache is not a beard. I don’t like things that aren’t beards.
Excited about your national tour? Yes, very excited. Every time we tour it becomes more and more likely that people will grow more beards, and that is what drives us. Is there a place in Oz with great beards? Australia is looking strong at the moment, it’s a constantly increasing rate for beards, which is great, but we find that Canberra is surprisingly filled with beards. Almost to the point that we feel we don’t need to play there anymore. But you don’t see many in politics? No you don’t, and I think that will be one of the last things to change. There are a lot of preconceptions that exist with beards. Basically a politician growing a beard is gambling with their whole career. That shouldn’t be the way it is, but unfortunately being a public figure with a beard is tough. But the tides are changing. Brad Pitt has a beard, for example. And I think that is a good benchmark. Why are bearded men better? Well they’re better because they have beards. I am not sure what the reason behind it is. But I have certainly noticed that bearded men are better looking, they are faster at running, they
have neater handwriting and they are better at writing songs about beards.
Does your dad have a beard, or do you have two mums? My dad has had a beard for his entire adult life. And so has his father and his father before him. I come from a long line of bearded men.
Would you get rid of the beard for a chick? There is nothing that would make me get rid of my beard. Billy Gibbons from ZZ Top was once offered $1m to shave off his beard and he refused. Me personally? I would rather die than remove my beard. I would rather be brutally murdered than remove even part of my beard.
What about chicks with beards? I like them. They’re not common enough. I appreciate seeing them, and often at gigs females will have a fake beard or they will have a drawn on beard and I often find that to be quite an improvement. I don’t like looking at a beardless face. It makes me angry and sick.
Ever been discriminated because of it? Oh all the time. I have faced much bearded hardship. I’ve been refused jobs, I’ve had girls tell me they’re not interested, I’ve had people cross the street because they think that just because I have a beard I must be a criminal or a rapist. The list of prejudices is a long list.
Best beard you’ve ever seen? I’ve seen some pretty good beards in my time. Probably the best beard I’ve ever seen belongs to a guy called Jack Passion. For four years he was the winner of the Beard and Moustache Championships. To be able to see and touch the best beard in the world, I felt some kind of magical power. It was a thick, luscious red beard that went down to his navel.
Has it changed at all? Yes, it’s definitely getting easier. Slowly but surely it is being elevated. I can certainly see a difference since when we started mid-90s. Men that don’t have beards, well they are part of history now, it’s finished, it’s too late. I give it 10-15 years and most people will have beards. And ideally I would like to see a reverse of the discrimination that we’ve experienced.
Tips for maintaining your beard? Give it a bit of a trim, wash it regularly and first and foremost if you’re trying to grow a beard – avoid shaving at all cost. Catch The Beards in Canberra (Nov 1), Sydney (Nov 2), Melbourne (Nov 3), Perth (Nov 17), Hobart (Nov 30) and Adelaide (Dec 1 & 2). thebeardsblog.wordpress.com
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END OF WATCH FILM review by Hugh Radojev STARRING: Jake Gylenhaal, Michael Pena | MA | 116min
THE MASTER FILM preview. Joaquin Phoenix, Philip Seymour Hoffman, Amy Adams | TBA | 137mins
A man struggling to come to terms with life after serving in the navy meets a charismatic man and ends up joining a cult. This is the latest offering from director Paul Thomas Anderson (whose filmography includes the wonderful There Will Be Blood) well known for making films that are more works of art then pure entertainment. I, for one, am looking forward to it. HR
This is one of the most gripping, heart-wrenching, engrossing, funny buddy cop movies ever made and I absolutely implore you not to see it! I know that sounds like a massive contradiction but trust me, End of Watch will turn your stomach and break your heart in equal measure. It is a truly depressing and sad film. The beginning of the film quickly sets up the archetypal, cliched characters familiar to anyone who has seen a buddy cop movie; the two best friends who are a bit cavalier in their attitudes towards policing, the hard-as-nails sergeant constantly yelling at them, the nervous rookie and the grumpy older guy. Know that they’re all there, then forget about them because this movie is all about the two main characters – Brian Taylor (Gylenhaal) and Mike Zavala (Pena). The banter between these two as they cruise the streets of south central Los Angeles is brilliant, and when “shit gets real” (to borrow from Bad Boys) the two characters bring a real sense of camaraderie and love to some really trying, violent and horrible situations. The bond between these two characters, both as partners and best friends, is the beating heart of the film and sets it apart from all the others in the cop movie genre. Gylenhaal and Pena deliver outstanding performances. They seem like genuine, down to earth people whose job forces them into some shocking situations. And this is what ultimately makes the film so unbearably sad. GOOD FOR: People who always wished Bad Boys was written by a guy with depression
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Giving it all up The trench coat wearing 80s pop sensation, Rick Astley, talks fame, flying, and how annoying it must be to be Rickrolled WORDS ALEX HARMON
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You could say Rick Astley is the anti-pop star. He's scared of flying, he's been married for over 20 years (to the same woman), and most striking of all, he quit music at the peak of his career. After selling over 40 million albums by the age of 27, he retired, deciding that his family was more important and spent the next couple of decades largely out of the spotlight. Now, almost 20 years since he vowed he'd 'never give us up', Astley is back with a new album and tour. But whatever you do, don’t call it a comeback. “I wouldn’t say it’s a comeback because I am never going to go back to what it was before,” says Astley. “Part of me – my ego – says wouldn’t it be great to comeback and be in the charts again, but the reality of that is, no I wouldn’t.” The Eighties pop icon, winner of MTV’s ‘Best Ever Act’ in 2008 and accidental star of a viral internet meme, remains relatively humbled by his success, preferring to dodge the limelight, even when it's directed straight at him. “I did a gig at the Rewind Festival last weekend just outside of London with 30,000 people,” he explains, “everyone was singing along to my songs and then when I’m driving home and calling in for fuel and a sandwich, not one person bats an eyelid. That is pretty amazing to be able to do that. I count myself really lucky.” It’s hard to believe the baby-faced singer, so recognisable for his concrete ginger bouffant and swaying grey trenchcoat could go unnoticed. “Okay, If I have my glasses off, with my hair in a bit of a quiff then, yes. But if my hairs in a bit of a mess and I’ve got glasses on then nine times out of 10 I wont get recognised. Which is pretty perfect.” Astley is genuinely proud to admit that he does not regret what others in 1993 called 'career suicide'. “I’ve gotta be honest, I used to look in the mirror and say 'who the hell are you? I don’t know you anymore. I don’t particularly like you anymore.' And at that point you have to start changing things in your life, as amazing as it was. I’m a Dad, I want to enjoy that and I don’t want to be a nutter in a few years time. That’s why I left it all behind,” admits Astley. It may have been his family that motivated him, but he was also disillusioned with the industry ("the music business
It could have been anyone. You could have been Dave-rolled
is all about business") as well as the travel. The flying, which some would call a perk, became a burden, and eventually for Astley, it became a fear. “I have been to therapy about my fear of flying and one of the things I have come down to is that nobody wants to get on a plane to do something that they don’t actually want to do. Your subconscious is going to say ‘stop this, I don’t want to do this, how can I stop this? Okay I don’t want to get on that plane, I don’t like flying,’” he reveals. “Maybe that’s too simplistic, but I think there’s something in that. I still fly, but I don’t like doing it. I’m okay with it now. But back in the day I was getting on planes to go back somewhere that I was last week to go and mime on TV. I wasn’t even singing live or performing with a band. My brother Mike could have gone somewhere and done them for me. It seemed ridiculous.” Astley will make the journey to Australia in November to play a string of east coast shows and admits the long haul flights are easier “because I can take a couple of tablets and go to sleep.” It will be Astley’s first Australian gig in over 23 years. So what exactly has he been doing? "Well, I’ve never really stopped making music. I’ve been touring – that’s how I pay my gas bill. I’ve actually just written a new album and I’m doing it as a labour of love. I will do a little tour just before we go to Australia and I’ll be doing small venues where I’ll be performing my new songs. Venues where I’ll be able to look out into the audience and see my sister, which is the total opposite to what I did at the Rewind Festival. I am really enjoying that side of it and I like to mix it up a bit. I play drums in a little punk rock band. I’m
Playing the same song for 25 years is tiring work
still just a 15 year old kid making music in a garage. Astley may feel like a teenager, but he's an over achieving one – he is the only male solo artist to have his first eight singles reach the Top 10 in the UK. Not only that but his classic Never Gonna Give You Up was a #1 hit single in 25 countries and the eighth highest selling song of 1988 in Oz. “There’s a certain magic to be able to perform a song like Never Gonna Give You Up that only I am able to do. I didn’t value it when it was a big hit and I was Captain Cheese. I didn’t really see it for what it was.” Indeed, Captain Cheese was prepared to serenade me on the phone, but a last minute change with the PR company meant that I was calling him earlier than planned. Astley was expecting a call from a girl called Sharon. “I thought I’ve gotta go and listen to My Sharona, I haven’t heard that song for ages. I’ve got it on YouTube right now and then you called me and said your name was Alex.” Speaking of cheesy tunes, Astley prefers to think of them as legacies to be carried with pride. “Here’s a classic example: I am listing to My Sharona and I’m looking at that guy who is older than me who has a rocking tune. That guy has something that no one in the world has, because he wrote the song, he sang it, and it’s one of those songs that everyone remembers. For the same reason I value that song [Never Gonna Give You Up] like I do photos of my family.” Perhaps part of the reason the song still lives on today lies in the Rickrolling phenomena of 2008. We've all heard of the viral internet meme, perhaps even been victim of it, but not
even Astley could have foreseen how big it was. “Well, obviously it was quite a big thing on the internet at the time, but for me personally it didn’t really exist. Because unless you are Rickrolled yourself then it’s nothing. I didn’t ignore it, but I just kind if left it alone. That’s the beauty of the internet, it’s owned by everybody. I’m sure it bored some people to death, especially the people who just wanted to click on their link but got Never Gonna Give you Up." As someone who carved out a career years before the YouTube-age, Astley takes a philosophical stance on the impact of the internet on music. “That’s the thing about the net, it has a freedom to it. Like I can punch in My Sharona and get that song in 25 different versions. Some kid in his bedroom covering it, then the original guy singing it. It’s given music a new lease on life. The music industry are probably shitting themselves. But for the rest of us, it’s great. We have access to music like never before." And Astley, ever the accidental star, just accepts that he is part of this greater being. “The Rickrolling thing is part of that, it’s something that people did and it could have been anyone, I just happened to be the Rick. It could have been Dave-rolled," he surmises. "That's if somebody found a video that was even cheesier than mine.” ❚
Catch Rick Astley at Tweed Heads (16th Nov) Ipswich (17th Nov), Brisbane (18th Nov), Canberra (Nov 21), Wollongong (Nov 24), Sydney (Nov 25) Albury (Nov 29), Melboune (Nov 30 & Dec 1) See: rickastley.co.uk
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English traveller PRIYAL DADHANIA looked forward to the picturesque Franz Josef glaciers. But all it took was one person in the group with a dodgy stomach to ruin the serenity. When you think of New Zealand it’s difficult to refrain from imagining mountains and lakes. These postcard worthy features are not be missed, especially not the glaciers with their crevasses and ice caves ready for us to explore. Franz Josef, on the west coast of New Zealand’s south island is continuously inundated with tourists in their 20-somethings as the Kiwi Bus pulls in for two nights at a time. The majority of people will partake in some sort of glacier related activity – whether it’s a hike or an ice climb. In my case it was an eight hour hike storming through the ice and snow. Waking up hangover-free, everyone on the Kiwi Experience was brimming with excitement. Unlike the usual hushed voices trying not to alarm anyone’s banging head the head cradling was thrown aside as there was no need to work out the antics of the night before. Instead, like mature adults we were in bed by 11pm and ready for this early morning start (well, most of us were – there’s always one!)
Bursting with energy we walked down in groups to check-in for the mission which lay ahead. The next step: the outfit. Shorts or swimming trunks were advised, and layering up was a smart move seeing as it was set to be freezing the further up we went. As we put on our gloves and hats, and packed our lunches in an orderly fashion it bought us back to the days of school trips. This was the last toilet stop for a large part of the day – where are you going to find toilets on a glacier? Marching around with our hiking boots we jumped on the bus and began the hike through the rainforest and on toward the glacier. Fast, medium, slow – we all split off into ability groups. The boys, wanting to show their manly abilities, bundled into the fast group. Similarly, the Essex girl – dressed with her fake lashes and full face of make-up (to attract who exactly?) bundled into the slow group. We began to make pace getting into the swing of things and stamping into the ice with the clawed hiking boots, better known as crampons, curiosity got the better of me. “Has anyone ever needed to pee on the ice?” I asked, slightly intrigued. While this wasn’t too bad for boys,
girls can you imagine having to get your tush out in the freezing cold while balancing in the squat position, it doesn’t sounds like fun does it? I was told that the number one rule of the hike was no pollution. If you have a chocolate, you take the wrapper with you. If you want a mandarin, you carry the peel around till you’re back on firm ground. Similarly, if you need to poo, you do it in a plastic bag and carry the stinking bag around with you the whole day. It’s definitely not an activity for a dodgy stomach – well, you’d think. This once in a lifetime opportunity got the better of someone in the group. Can you see where this is going? With a dodgy stomach due to some interesting Chinese the night before, a girl in our group couldn’t quite make it through the day without a toilet stop. And another. And another. Most people would have called it off, asked for a refund and curled up in the foetal position for the day. On a glacier you’ve got no privacy. Needless to say after the first couple of hours she decided, thankfully for the group, it was time for her to turn around and head home. Luckily I had a bit more control over my bladder. The only thing I had to complain of was a couple of aching muscles and a few stiff joints, which were well worth the views. Besides, it was easily cured later that night by relaxing in the hot pools, followed by a couple of drinks at the bar, of course.
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Joining the underground Possibly Australia’s strangest town, the post-apocalyptic, underground town of Coober Pedy has to be seen to be believed WORDS BROOKE GILLILAND
We were a mere four hours from 2011’s WHAT TO DO: Coober Pedy after the catacombs of Rome, where people messy arrival when suddenly, emerging Tours do two & half hour sunset used to bury their dead and meet in times of from the vast, red-brown emptiness of the trips daily. They head to the persecution, this church was dug out in the Outback, was… civilization? Breakaways via The Moon Plain mid-1970s. I can’t say I felt exactly at ease here; Nine (or maybe 19) long and restless Desert & The Dog Fence. Drinks & while my head throbbed with blurry memories hours had passed since leaving glorious nibbles included from $50pp. See: of the previous nights’ alcohol-induced sins, it’s ol’ Uluru on the ridiculously early morning a wonder I didn’t burst into flames. cooberpedytours.com of New Year’s Eve. With all its remaining Still nursing extreme dehydration and a ACCOMMODATION: BIG4 might, our van was finally barrelling general feeling of imminent death, I joined Oasis Tourist Park in Coober Pedy towards hints of an actual town. As the group back on the van and was carted off has budget cabins for $40/night. Europe’s The Final Countdown blared out, to see the mines. Aside from tourism, Coober For bookings, see big4.com.au Pedy’s main industry is opal mining. Due to the I wondered about the countless mounds For underground stays, The easy access to dynamite, it’s no surprise that of dirt piled high by the road. Had we Radeka Downunder Dugout Motel local spats often become “explosive”. At one stumbled upon some long-abandoned sci-fi has dorms for $35/night. See: mine, we see a blown-up tractor contraption movie set? radekadownunder.com.au and our tour guide tells us that all you have I wasn’t far off. We had arrived in the GETTING THERE: to do is say something wrong down the pub funny little town of Coober Pedy, which Greyhound has a bus service from and you risk having your equipment blown up. comes from the Aboriginal term, kupa-piti, Adelaide to Coober Pedy meaning, “white man’s hole”. Coober Pedy is not only the opal capital An underground abode of the world, but was also the set for films like Mad Max Beyond Thunderdome, Red Planet and The Adventures of Priscilla: Queen of the Desert. In addition to bizarre leftover movie props, the rusty car wrecks in every second yard might make you think you’ve arrived in a postapocalyptic wasteland. Into the underworld Located 846km north of Adelaide, Coober Pedy’s 2,000 residents weather the extreme heat by living underground, mostly in refurbished opal mines, which I got to experience for myself in an underground hostel. It is strange waking up in utter darkness, with no concept of time. I’ve got to say I liked it, or maybe I simply appreciated its soothing effect on my aching head after far too many drinks the night before. Despite my wretched condition the next morning, I managed to pull my pathetic body off the bed and into the 48°C heat (seriously) before we continued to our next stop, Catacomb underground church. Named
Life above ground is pretty sweet too
Guess that’s reason enough to lay off the booze! Miners in Coober Pedy have become so proficient at making homemade bombs that a sign at the old cinema said, “Explosives are not to be brought into this theatre”. What a shame, everyone enjoys some light interaction during a movie. One especially opinionated letter to the editor at Coober Pedy’s oh-so-originally named Coober Pedy News even resulted in the blowing up of the paper’s office.
into New South Wales and on to Jimbour in south-east Queensland. The fence hasn’t been able to keep all dingoes out of the region, however, as several parts were found to have holes in the 1990s. As I wondered at the never-ending length of fence, my hazy mind wasted its final brainpower remembering Elaine’s cheeky chant in an old Seinfeld episode: “Maybe the dingoes ate your baby!” (Forgive me).
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Our last stop in Coober Pedy, and perhaps the most breathtaking, was the Breakaways. This vast reserve gets its name from the various plateaus and massive rocks, which from a distance look as though they have broken off the main land. Actually formed from the evaporation of an inland, ancient Australian sea, the plateaus would have served as islands over 70 million years ago. After the continental shift, however, the climate is said to have changed, evaporating the sea and revealing these majestic formations for millennia of our viewing pleasure. After several minutes attempting to absorb this huge emptiness before me, I climb back onto the bus, marvelling at just how small I really am as we make our way back to town. It is a strange old place, Coober Pedy. Just when you think you’ve seen it all, out pops an expanse resembling the likes of Mars or a record-breaking fence. The next morning, we head towards Adelaide with Coober Pedy at our backs and the sunrise on our left and I quietly decide that Coober Pedy surely holds another record: single strangest town on the planet. ❚
Next stop was the Big Winch, where my hangover all but left me for dead at the face-meltingly hot lookout point. One of the town’s many trademark structures, the Big Bucket very nicely sums up the town’s spirit with an optimistic “if” painted on its side. Also here is Coober Pedy’s first, and quite possibly only “tree”, made from the remains of a burnt-out truck. Points for creativity, right? Just a few kilometres away from the town centre, we are back in the desert, watching in awe at a rainstorm far across the flat plain. It is still incomprehensible to me just how many miles of this harsh landscape spans Australia, virtually untouched by human progress. We came to a stop next to a rather unremarkable fence. I soon learned, however, as the old saying goes, not to judge this book by its cover. In front of me was the famed Dog Fence, erected as a barrier in the 1880s to keep sheep-killing dingoes out of south-east Australia. The 1.8 metre-high wire mesh Dog Fence is the longest fence in the world, stretching 5,500km from the Nullarbor cliffs on the Great Australian Bight, across South Australia, 28
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Learning the tango From cobbled lanes in the eclectic barrios to ranch life with the gauchos, Buenos Aires will keep you on your toes WORDS XAV JUDD
What unites a famous female icon, a footballer almost as insane as the late ‘mad dog’ Gaddafi and an innovative magical realist writer? No, Evita Perón, Maradonna and Luis Borges respectively were not all covered in maple syrup and chocolate bits at one of my striped pyjama parties; rather, they all help to define Buenos Aires, as it is where these three greats were born or spent an important part of their existence. And, who would not want to while away the hours in the Argentinian capital, with its alluring Europeaninfluenced architecture, unbelievably lush climate and swanky, eclectic night scene. Originally founded in 1536 and situated on the southeastern coast of the South American continent, once I arrive in Buenos Aires, I really am the bull entranced by the matador. And it’s easy to see why, as this appealing metropolis is split into 48 barrios (neighbourhoods) that each have a distinct charm and feel. Whether it’s the district that is the geographical heart of the city, microcentro, which has a plethora of historic buildings and museums; the southeastern located old port region La Boca, with swathes of houses so bright and vibrant that you could believe it might have been the setting for the colour section of The Wizard of Oz; or Palermo, full of parks and exquisite gardens like Jardín Japonés, where it’s easy to find some of the this town’s three million porteños (locals) or sightseers strolling around tucking into delicious fried meat pastries called empanadas.
not stop there, as this extravaganza spills out into a more general bazaar along this neighbourhood’s main drag, the pedestrianized calle Defensa, and various other lanes. Here, I search for a bargain amongst mounds of clothes, knickknacks and souvenirs like flattened champagne bottles, as clowns with painted faces, old crooners with guitars and other artists and performers create an atmosphere to die-for. In the early evening, Plaza Dorrego even hosts a milonga (a weekly dance get-together) where whoever fancies can try their hand at tango until the sky fills up with stars. Snapping up a bargain When you observe something from the bottom upwards, even the most rotund pair of butt cheeks can often look rather different. So, being fed up of normal city excursions that present the usual postcard-pretty, sanitised landmarks – think Paris’s Eiffel Tower or the pyramids in Giza – I opt for an Urban Photo tour (foto-ruta.com). Run by two talented snappers, Becky and Jess, my outing offers up a more interesting angle of Buenos Aires by taking in the truly eclectic barrio, Villa Crespo. Although ostensibly a well-to-do
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How bazaar I wonder if someone is a kleptomaniac whether they have control over what they steal or they just have to take whatever they can grab. Well, whatever any light-fingered fiend or even regular shoppers want to get hold of, they’d be spoilt for choice in San Telmo on a Sunday. Why? That’s when the quaint, cobblestoned roads of this bohemian barrio spring alive because of one of South America’s most happening street markets. It is centred on the 300-plus stalls that make up the antiques fair (Feria de Antigüedades) in Plaza Dorrego, where hordes of tourists and locals purr over everything from rusty pocket watches to timeworn clogs, to vintage gramophones and fine china. But the action does
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area with trendy outlet stores and designer bars and cafes, derelict industrial buildings, twisted car hulks and boozeaddled vagrants highlight a gritty (but safe) underbelly. But, before I begin my escapades, the two girls go through a quick introductory session about taking images so that we can improve. Furnished with this information about how to get the best out of form, silhouette and texture etc, we set out in groups of three or four to comb the neighbourhood
My pictures turn out “ like they’ve been done by Stevie Wonder ”
and bring back the most engrossing shots. With the twist being, that these have to relate to ten oblique clues we are given, such as ‘driving me to distraction’ or ‘I’m a creep, I’m a winner’. Lots of my friends say that most of the pictures I usually turn out seem like they’ve been done by Stevie Wonder, but with my newly enhanced skills this is already not the case. The whole thing ends when we return back to base camp (a café-cum-antique shop, in this case) and view what we’ve produced on a large projector, over a glass of wine. The next day I visit a building constructed in the 1730s that served as a poor house before it had several stints as a
prison. Now a fascinating museum (Penitenciario), shanks – makeshift weapons utilizing razor blades and toothbrushes– in one display cabinet indicate a stay when it was a penal institution would have been about as much fun as a vegan being forced-fed a McDonald’s quarter pounder. This austere climate is further highlighted by the former convict’s stark accommodation: single cells no more than two metres across containing small metal framed beds, a thin dog-eared blanket and a simple wash basin and toilet. Yet, the men and women detained here undoubtedly deserved such miserable punishment. Indeed, one exhibit illustrates the lengths some of these reprobates would go to get hold of drugs, smuggling them in in a tennis ball. Yes, instead of smashing the small yellow spheres around the court, these buggers got whacked on its contents. Surely something that would prompt a legend of the aforementioned sport, John McEnroe, to utter his most memorable phrase, “You cannot be serious!” A grave imposition My other half often says that there’s more than a touch of the living dead about me when I wake up in the morning. But surely, that’s no excuse to be sniffing around others who have passed away in the early nineteenth-century built La Recoleta Cemetery. So, why am I here? To glimpse the tomb of this country’s most famous woman, Evita Perón. And what made her such an icon? Well, it definitely wasn’t because she had huge bazookas a la Dolly Parton or a fly wig like Tina Turner; no, she was the First Lady of the nation between
1946 and 1952 due to her marriage to the President, Juan Domingo Perón. During this time, this beauty endeared herself throughout the land by supporting the poorest citizens – though perhaps it is odd that a penchant for wearing extravagant Christian Dior outfits, Cartier jewellery and other similar bling was not seen as an oxymoron. Nevertheless, such popularity led to a grave in the aforementioned 5.5 hectare burial ground, alongside other notable Argentinians like various former heads of state. And at the time of day I am here, this place really is a site to behold: sitting aside wide tree-lined main walkways huge mausoleums are smattered with angelic marble statues, elaborate bronze crypt markers and noble crosses that seem to vie for attention under a light blue sky laced with strings of cloud. Horses for courses In Shakespeare’s riveting play Richard III the eponymous brute opines “A horse, a horse, my kingdom for a horse”. Well, after many years of trying, I finally have one, well for half an hour at least. I am ninety kilometres outside of the town centre at the splendid 1,200 hectare ranch, Estancia Santa Susana. Red bricked and with white colonnades, this rustic colonialstyled Spanish mansion dates back to the 1850s. Now a museum, as with the nearby dining room (comedor), grill, gift shop and stables which are also in the same holding, it is immersed in a sea of green long grasses that are dotted with phone booth- thick palm trees. Back to my four-legged friend – it is also possible to get these lovely beasts to pull you about in a wagon – and the free ride; accompanied by a local guide, a gang of us head out into yonder across vast tracts of earth. Of course, during this thirty minute jaunt, I am über-kind to my horse, as I don’t want to be thrown into a puddle or, worse still, a pile of crap I pass by that is so huge it looks like it could only of come out of Godzilla. Later, I watch as real South American cowboys (gauchos) take over. They entertain everybody by demonstrating various skills in a traditional sport called carreras de sortijas (ring races). The art of this activity is to gallop on a steed and catch a wedding-sized ring that is suspended from a crossbeam. And all of the successes are granted with ‘viva, viva’. During my stay here, another treat is an authentic asado-barbecue (beef, chicken, salads, desert and coffee). And, of course, there’s a dance, tango and music show. In fact, you’ve guessed it, coming to Buenos Aires and not seeing a tango performance or actually taking some classes would be about as crazy as attempting to keep a great white shark’s jaws shut with a paper clip. Locals here really take this amazing type of dance to their hearts, because it originated in the area of the Rio de la Plata (which is between Argentina and Uruguay) in the mid-19th-century. There are various places to catch a glimpse of professional performers, such as the venue I choose, because it’s named after one of this crazes greatest exponents, (Esquina) Carlos Gardel. And, as I depart from this awesome metropolis, in a surreal way I almost feel like it’s actually been my tango partner: it/she embraced and then seduced me, I was left in a spin by its/her mesmerising beauty, and then swept completely off my feet. ❚
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AUSSIE TRAVELLERS WORRY ABOUT DEALS AUSTRALIA
Australians are budget-conscious travellers who worry whether they are getting the best deal. Nearly half the 1,800 people quizzed by hotwire.com said they fret about not having enough spending cash when away. Men are more worried than women about missing out on the best deals by booking late. And 43 per cent of respondents are concerned they’re not getting what was paid for. In another survey by Skyscanner, one in five international travellers miss their flight, and traffic jams are the most likely excuse.
WHY DID THE WALLABY CROSS THE ROAD? UNITED KINGDOM
Drivers on an English country lane may have been forgiven for thinking they were Down Under when a wallaby was seeing crossing the road. The animal, native to Australia, hopped in front of a taxi on the A603 at Barton in rural Cambridgeshire. “This is the weirdest thing I have seen. I said to the girls I was sure we did not live in Australia. We spent 40 minutes searching for the animal,” driver Tomas Tarjan, 32, told Cambridge News. “As I had my hazards on, several taxis stopped. When I explained they just asked me if I was all right. The girls in the back called the police – they
did not believe us.” Passenger Jessica Wiltshire, 20, has caught the moment on her camera phone. When police saw the picture, they hunted the wallaby down and released it back into the wild. “I quickly got my phone out and took a picture of it because I thought no one was going to believe me,” she said. The wallaby is believed to be a descendant of a troupe that escaped from Whipsnade Zoo in Bedfordshire 60 years ago.
BUY AN ENGAGEMENT RING, GET A GUN UNITED STATES
A US jeweller is offering free rifles for husbands-to-be who spend at least $1918 on an engagement ring at his store near Iowa City. Jeweller Harold van Beek at Jewelry By Harold in North Liberty, Iowa said he wanted to “do something for the boy who doesn’t like to hunt for diamonds but likes to hunt for deer”. The rifle offer is subject to Iowa laws on gun ownership. Those barred include felons and addicts. Van Beek said he was inspired after a similar offer was advertised in Georgia.
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IN NUMBERS 4
Years Michael Foster and Susan Cooper from the UK will spend in jail after growing cannabis – sending £400k to Africa
Cost, in pounds, for 24 hours of wifi in top London hotel The Ritz – equivalent to nine months’ home broadband
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POLICE CALLED TO HELP MOVE DRAWERS
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Who do you call to help move your furniture or to find the nearest fish and chip shop? The police, of course. Cops in New Zealand receive hundreds of calls each day – some are more bizarre than others. Last week, an elderly lady called, requesting help to move her chest of drawers. Police central communications shift commander Marty Parker said: “The chest had fallen on to the bed and she had a son who could help but he was busy. “The informant said the chest had fallen over and clothes had come out and she didn’t want anyone to see the mess.” He’s also fielded calls from people looking for the closest petrol station.
PM RANT PROMPTS MISOGYNY UPDATE
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The Macquarie Dictionary is to update its definition of misogyny after Julia Gillard’s rant at Tony Abbott highlighted the term now had a broader meaning. A misogynist, as it stands now, is a hater of women, but when the next edition of Australia’s most-used dictionary is released it will be a “step up from sexism”, as it has been used for more than 20 years. The dictionary’s editor Sue Butler said misogyny’s second definition will be that it’s like sexism but with a “stronger edge to
Years, US lottery winner Andy Askar waited to cash in $5m ticket to make sure his fiance married him for love
In action: Aus PM Julia Gillard it.” Gillard launched a ferocious attack on the leader of the opposition last week. To see the full rant, see tntmagazine.com.
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A Swedish robotics company has teamed up with hotels to create a robot that uses guests’ sleep patterns for art. The Acne company and Ibis hotels will portray sleep data on canvas through a robot connected to bedding that monitors temperature, body movement and pressure on the mattress, sounds and vibrations. The Sweet Bed captures all this through 80 sensors, and the data is sent to a robot installed in the hotel’s lobby. The robot then transforms the sleep data into digital art. Only three Ibis hotels in Paris, London and Berlin will have the high-tech bedding.
QUOTE OF THE WEEK I kept saying to him, ‘Excuse me, I’m pregnant – do not be like that with me’ and then at the end of the meal he called me fat. So I just m slapped him Pop star Mel B was not impressed with Simon Cowell’s weight jibes
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South Korea Psy with their little eye something beginning with T Don’t laugh, this chubby middle-aged man could do wonders for tourism
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Poor old Julia Gillard. Even when she’s not trying to she brings sexism to politics. This time it was when she took a stumble while on tour in India. The PM slipped in wet grass and landed spread-eagled in front of photographers. But Ms Gillard’s tumble showed a strength of character when she laughed it off – she showed the true Aussie spirit of being able to take the piss out of yourself. However she still managed to bring politic’s topic du jour into it: sexism. She said it was an occupational hazard for
The PM landed “spead-eagled ” women wearing modest heels and this would never happen to a man in politics. Trouble with footwear seems to follow Ms Gillard – she lost a shoe as she was being whisked from the Australia Day riot in Canberra in January. But falling and bringing gender into politics aside, at least she isn’t on the other end of the shoe. George Bush, anyone?
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Move over The Macarana, get to the back of the wedding reception playlist Nutbush and don’t even bother learning the Melbourne shuffle, there’s a new craze sweeping the world – Gangnam Style. Not since political fashionista Kim Jong-il has the world seen such a camp figure come out of the Korean peninsula. But unlike up north, the South Korean government is jumping on board and encouraging tourists to not just learn the moves, but see the city of Gangnam. In July, the music video for Gangnam Style was uploaded onto YouTube and received about 500,000 views on its first day and has since entered the Guinness Book of Records as the most “liked” video in YouTube history. The internet phenomenon is the brainchild of South Korean rapper Park Jae-sangknown commonly as Psy, a K-Pop sensation (although it took his arrival in Sydney for me to notice.) I know I’m a bit late to the party as even my two year old niece, who can’t remember what she had for breakfast, can sing the song and bust out the dance moves. But can a chubby middle-aged Asian man who gyrates like a long lost member of the Village People really boost tourism in South Korea? According the Korea Tourism Organization who is using the song to promote the country and its culture, it can. Adeline Goh, senior marketing manager of the Organization says the video has made people “sit up and notice Korea and especially the Gangnam area in Seoul.” I’m still at a loss to figure out how this plump man’s horse riding style dance moves can gain such a worldwide following, but it seems like I am alone. Psy has even broken into the indie music scene having been booked at next year’s Future Music Festival. Something tells me that by March when the festival hits the country, Psy and his “Oppa” dance moves will be past their used-by date. For South Korea’s sake, I hope I am wrong.
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ROSE COPS A SERB FROM THE FA FOOTBALL
The Serbian Football Association have dismissed accusations of racist behaviour by England Under-21’s defender Danny Rose during a recent match in Krusevac. The England side narrowly won the game 1-0 with a late Connor Whickham goal sparking a brawl and ugly scenes both on and off the pitch. Young Tottenham defender Rose was subsequently shown a red card after he kicked a ball into the crowd, despite complaining he was racially abused by the home fans – a charge the Serbian Football Association has disputed. “The FA of Serbia absolutely refuses and denies that there were any occurrences of racism before and during the match at the stadium in Krusevac.” The statement continued, seemingly laying the blame at Rose and claiming he acted in a “vulgar way”.
SCHUMACHER RETIRES... AGAIN FORMULA 1
Mercedes driver and F1 legend Michael Schumacher has decided that enough is enough and he will retire at the end of the season – for a second time. “I have decided to retire at the end of the season,” said Schumacher. Although he didn’t quite rule out maybe returning for a third time. “I still feel I am capable of competing against the best but the time sometimes comes to say goodbye and this time it might be forever.” The 43 year old seven-time world champion came out of his first retirement in 2010 but has struggled to recapture the sort of form that made him famous whilst driving for Ferrari in his heyday. Lewis Hamilton will replace him in 2013.
Ooh, aah Cantona: The Mercurial Frenchman’s feet have always been considered gilded on the red half of Manchester but now it’s official. The larger than life midfielder and occasional martial arts exponent is seen here accepting his “Golden Feet” award in Monaco. He may well have been a handy footballer in his day but he hasn’t aged particularly well
FURY FIGHT COMES AT A PRICE BOXING
Having enhanced his reputation with a first round knock out win over fellow Brit Audley Harrison last month, Liverpool-based boxer David Price is calling out Tyson Fury. “I’d fight Tyson Fury next Saturday night. I’m ready to fight right now!” Price’s comments come in the wake of a tirade Fury launched against him in a TV interview. The Irish born pugilist claimed he would put Price in “intensive care” if they ever met in the ring. Price, however, has put the comments down to “jealousy” and wants the fight to take place at Anfield next summer. Price’s promoter Frank Maloney offered to put up £500,000 for Fury to fight Price.
BIG WEEK FOR ... Young Newcastle United striker Nile Ranger found himself in serious trouble with his manager over his inability to turn up for training on time. According to Alan Pardew it’s gotten so bad that he has banned him from training altogether. “This guy is late so often, it is unbelievable,” said Pardew. “He will not get back in the team unless he has a period of six weeks where he isn’t late.” Surely the 21 year old bad boy is just fishing for sponsorship by Tag Heuer?
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Liverpool gets the blues: Everton have been in excellent form so far this season
PREVIEW The Merseyside Derby PREMIER LEAGUE FOOTBALL: SAT, OCT 27 There’s a feeling on the Blue half of Liverpool that the tides are turning in Everton’s favour. Having finished above their cross-town rivals in the Premier League last year, the Toffees are now one of the most in-form teams at the start of the season. The Reds on the other hand (historically the dominant force in the city) have suffered their worst start to a league season in over 50 years with new management and a paper thin squad yielding poor early results.
Whilst the emergence of talented youngsters like 17 year old Raheem Sterling and 19 year old Suso have mollified the fans somewhat, the reality is that Brendan Rodgers and his side need to start winning games and start winning them soon. With stalwart goal keeper Pepe Reina and his back four struggling for clean sheets, Liverpool fans will hardly be relishing in the prospect of their team facing in-form Everton forwards Nikica Jelavic and Kevin Mirallas, or Belgian midfielder Marouane Fellaini.
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Has former Tottenham Hotspur playmaker Q Luka Modric upset Spurs again? content with merely being Real Madrid’s latest big A Not money signing, Luka Modric has seemingly turned scout and taken it upon himself to try and lure former teammate Gareth Bale to join him in Spain. “He should play for Real Madrid and I hope he’ll come. It would be amazing and I think he can. He’s a good enough player,” Modric said after guiding his native Croatia to a 2-0 win over Bale’s Welsh side last week. It was also reported that Modric cheekily slipped Bale a replica Real Madrid shirt after the game. Modric is unlikely to do himself any favours with his former North London club or its fans after he forced his exit from them in July.
With W Wi Wit it Mancini all goes w wel we well, we have a good relationship togetherr Manchester City’s lovable larikin “super” r Mario Balotelli professes nothing but love for his manager in the face criticism about his somewhat erratic, yet always amusing, behaviour
II’m ’m m not gay, but I would eatt food off his body. Preferably something that needs to be mopped up Russell Brand admits he has a man crush on David Beckham and wouldn’t mind eating dinner off his abs. Becks the new stable table?
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Lamrock Lodge 19 Lamrock Ave. Bondi. 02 9130 5063, lamrocklodge.com
City Resort Hostel 103-105 Palmer St. Woolloomooloo 02 9357 3333 cityresort.com.au
Bondi YHA 63 Fletcher Street. Tamarama. 02 9365 2088, yha.com.au
The Bunkhouse 35 Pine St, Manly. 1800 657 122, bunkhouse.com.au
Manly Backpackers 24-28 Raglan St. Manly. 02 9977 3411 manlybackpackers.com.au
Avalon Beach Hostel 59 Avalon Pde, Avalon Beach. 02 9918 9709, avalonbeach.com.au
Boardrider Backpacker Rear 63, The Corso, Manly. 02 9977 3411 boardrider.com.au
Easy Go Backpackers 752 George St. CBD. 02 9211 0505, easygobackpackers.com.au
Kangaroo Bak Pak 665 South Dowling St. Surry Hills. 02 9261 1111
Glebe Point YHA 262-264 Glebe Point Road. Glebe. 02 9692 8418, yha.com.au
Coogee Beach House 171 Arden St. Coogee. 02 9665 1162, coogeebeachhouse.com
SYDNEY DO Manly Surf School Manly Beach. 02 9977 6977, manlysurfschool.com Maritime Museum Darling Harbour. anmm.gov.au My Sydney Detour Unique city tours. mysydneydetour.com
CENTRAL COAST Newcastle Beach YHA
02 4925 3544, yha.com.au
9 Ocean View Dr, Terrigal. 02 4384 1919, yha.com.au Skydive Central Coast Warnervale.
BYRON BAY Backpackers Holiday Village
Oceanworld Manly West Esplanade. oceanworld.com.au
116 Jonson St 1800 350 388,
Powerhouse Museum Darling Harbour. powerhousemuseum.com.au
Skydive the Beach Wollongong. skydivethebeach.com
29 Shirley St 1800 817 696
Sydney Olympic Park Darling Harbour. sydneyolympicpark.nsw.gov.au
Byron Bay Accom
Sydney Tower and Skytour 100 Market St, CBD. sydneyskytour.com.au
Sydney Harbour Bridge The Rocks. bridgeclimb.com
Shoot Rd. 02 6685 7709,
Sydney Aquarium Darling Harbour. sydneyaquarium.com.au Sydney Wildlife World Darling Harbour. sydneywildlifeworld.com.au Taronga Zoo Mosman. zoo.nsw.gov.au Waves Surf School wavessurfschool.com.au
02 6680 8666,
The Arts Factory 1 Skinners
nomadshostels.com Nomads Byron Bay Lawson Lane. 1800 666 237,
nomadshostels.com Byron Bay YHA 7 Carlyle St. 1800 678 195, yha.com.au Skydive the Beach Byron
SYDNEYMUSIC Hordern Pavillion playbillvenues.com
Coogee Beachside 178 Coogee Bay Rd, Coogee. 02 9315 8511, sydneybeachside.com.au
Oxford Art Factory oxfordartfactory.com
Surfside Backpackers 186 Arden Street. Coogee. 02 9315 7888, surfsidebackpackers.com.au
The Annandale annandalehotel.com The Enmore enmoretheatre.com.au
Sydney Opera House sydneyoperahouse.com
Bay Kingsford Smith Park, Ballina 1800 302 005
COFFS HARB Coffs Harbour YHA 51 Collingwood St. 02 6652 6462, yha.com.au
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BRISBANE STAY Aussie Way Backpackers 34 Cricket St. 07 3369 0711, aussiewaybackpackers.com
XXXX Ale House Brewery tours. Cnr Black & Paten St, Milton. 07 3361 7597, xxxxalehouse.com.au
Banana Bender Backpackers 118 Petrie Terrace. 07 3367 1157, bananabenders.com
Base Brisbane Embassy 214 Elizabeth St. 07 3166 8000, stayatbase.com Base Brisbane Central 308 Edward St. 07 3211 2433, stayatbase.com Brisbane Backpackers Resort 110 Vulture St, West End. 1800 626 452, brisbanebackpackers.com.au Brisbane City Backpackers 380 Upper Roma St 1800 062 572, citybackpackers.com Bunk Backpackers Cnr Ann & Gipps Sts, 1800 682 865, bunkbrisbane.com.au
The Alhambra Nov 23,$15 Brisbane boys made good Violent Soho bring their rocking live set to Fortitude Valley.
The Deck 117 Harcourt Street, New Farm. 04 3377 7061
Australia Zoo Glasshouse Mountains, Tourist Drive, Beerwah. 07 5436 2000, australiazoo.com.au
Tinbilly Travellers Cnr George and Herschel Sts. 1800 446 646. tinbilly.com
Gallery of Modern Art 07 3840 7303, qag.qld.gov.au
Riverlife Adventure Centre Kayaking & rock climbing. Lower River Terrace, Kangaroo Point. 07 3891 5766, riverlife.com.au
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Backpackers in Paradise 40 Peninsula Drive, Surfers Paradise. 1800 268 621, backpackersinparadise.com.au
Trekkers Backpackers 22 White St, Southport. 1800 100 004, trekkersbackpackers.com.au
Gold Coast International BP 28 Hamilton Ave, Surfers. 1800 816 300, goldcoastbackpackers.com.au
Story Bridge Adventure Climb 170 Main St, Kangaroo Point. 1300 254 627, storybridgeadventureclimb.com.au
Surfers Paradise YHA Mariners Cove, 70 Seaworld Drive, Main Beach, Surfers Paradise. 07 5571 1776, yha.com.au
Coolangatta Sands Hostel Cnr Griffiths & McLean Sts, Coolangatta. 07 5536 7472, coolangattasandshostel.com.au
Surfers Paradise Backpackers Resort 2837 Gold Coast Highway, Surfers. 1800 282 800, surfersparadisebackpackers.com.au
Aquarius Backpackers 44 Queen St, Surfers Paradise. 1800 22 99 55, aquariusbackpackers.com.au
Coolangatta Kirra Beach YHA Pl, 230 Coolangatta Rd, Bilinga. 07 5536 76442, yha.com.au
Sleeping Inn Surfers 26 Peninsular Dr, Surfers Paradise. 1800 817 832, sleepinginn.com.au
Islander Backpackers Resort 6 Beach Rd, Surfers Paradise. 1800 074 393, islander.com.au
GC DO Dreamworld Theme park. dreamworld.com.au Get Wet Surf School 07 5532 9907 Seaworld seaworld.com.au Wet â€˜nâ€™ Wild Water World wetnwild.myfun.com.au Warener Bros Movie World movieworld.com.au Zorb 07 5547 6300
SUNSHINE CST Mooloolaba Backpackers 75-77 Brisbane Rd, Mooloolaba.
WORKERS WANTED FOR FARM IN INNISFAIL. Free accommodation and food provided. Offers very good working and living conditions.
PHONE 0437 692 002
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