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EDITOR’S LETTER Notting Hill Carnival will be rampaging loud and proud through the neighbourhood’s narrow streets this weekend, and it’s a London rite of passage you don’t want to miss. Sure, it’s got a bit of a rep – a dirty, drunken, slightly stabby one – but flick to our foolproof guide on P26 and, by knowing what to expect, you’ll be prepared for one hell of a party. The Carnival has been celebrating multiculturalism in the capital since the Sixties – something well worth showing your support for.

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Not a literary spin on Woodstock, as the name might suggest, but a street festival centred around east London bar The Book Club. This third annual event takes on a nautical theme, celebrating the British summer by the seaside. There will be music from disco band Odyssey, hip-hop duo Nextmen, Prince tribute Princeless and more, including a slow motion ‘Baywatch running’ competition, a Punch and Judy show and donkey rides along with a wealth of fish and chips and sea salt cocktails. Top stuff. free

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A big part of the Southbank Centre’s Festival of Neighbourhood, this 70m-long urban beach stretches the entire length of the South Bank’s Queen’s Walk and is a perfect riverside location for chilling out in the sand with a beer, lapping up those rays of sun and watching the people of London go past.

It’s your last chance to catch some top comedy and theatre as the Fringe enters its final week. Check out surreal solo character show Paolo Ferrari Live And Al Dente and Ezra Elia’s absurd comic thriller, Heads Bodies Legs, in which a hospital patient forfeits his soul so that he can pay his bill (both until Aug 25).

After going down a storm last December, this hugely popular exhibition returns to the OXO Gallery. Photographer Roger Hooper’s work focuses on wildlife and the natural environment, capturing magical moments not often glimpsed, as well as the many WWF projects that he’s covered.

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Part spoken word, part performance art, part heavy rock, part world music – safe to say four-piece PoetiCat is not your usual group. Resolutely alternative and proudly DIY, they’re wildly original yet wholly accessible as well. You’ll be converted instantly into their weird and wonderful world.

This annual bank holiday event has been going since 1966, led by members of the West Indian community. With around a million people attending, it is one of the biggest street festivals in the world, with music, food and its famous parade. Turn to P26 for our must-not-miss survival guide.

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Capital Caribbean London’s awash with the sights, sounds and flavours of the Caribbean. Here’s the best outside Notting Hill Words alasdair morton The Notting Hill Carnival is about to unleash a wealth of West Indian music, food and culture across the bank holiday weekend, but it’s not the only place to get a taste of the Caribbean in London (although you can find out all you need to know about the Carnival on P26). The east gets its dose of the Carib spirit with Reggae Roast and Wray And Nephew’s Carnival Warm-Up Party on the opposite side of town at the London Fields Brewery in Hackney. “It’s going to be a special day bringing the atmosphere of carnival and Jamaica to east London through a combination of music, art, food and of course authentic Jamaican cocktails,” says UK sound system and label Reggae Roast’s Moodie Ranking. Reggae Roast will lead a musical journey through Jamaica’s fave stylings, from rocksteady to roots and dancehall throughout the day, with cocktails, a Jamaican-style barbecue and coconut stalls adding to the tropical vibe. World famous street artist Jack Murray will also be on hand to bring a little bit of Kingston to town with a very special live project. 8

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“He’ll be creating a scene from downtown Kingston as a huge mural throughout the day, incorporating aspects of Jamaican culture such as sound systems, street food stalls and music. People will be able to watch the scene develop in front of their eyes as the day progresses,” Ranking explains. The daytime events are just half of what the Reggae Roast crew have planned: “From 9pm the night session will kick off and things will really start to ramp up. We’ll be cranking up the decibels on the huge Noise Control Audio Sound System.” Headlining will be Shy FX, the worldrenowned drum ‘n’ bass producer who is just about to release his first fulllength reggae album. “It’s a tribute to the rise in popularity of reggae and Jamaican culture recently,” Ranking adds of Shy FX’s performance. “This will be his first reggae set so it’s really special and not to be missed.” The Caribbean vibes are not just curtailed to the bank holiday weekend, however, with famed Wandsworth pub The Ship planning to host a Caribbeanthemed day next month.

“People can expect a classic, chilled out Ship Sunday with a Caribbean twist,” says The Ship’s Jo Ellery of their plans for the day, which will see their new-look outdoor terrace taken over by an island theme and plenty of spicy jerk chicken. Along with the tastes of the Caribbean will be special guest Levi Roots, who’s known for overloading the senses with his food and beats. “Mr Reggae Reggae Sauce himself will be playing live acoustic music from his new album,” Ellery says. “His music, much like his cooking, is all about fun, relaxation and heart. He’ll be here all day so swing by and say hello – he might even give a cooking demo!” And that’s just the start of it – Caribbean flavours can be found all across London if you look … MORE TASTES OF THE CARIBBEAN ›› Reggae Roast and Wray And Nephew’s Carnival Warm Up. Aug 24. £8+ London London Fields Fields Brewery, E8 3RR reggaeroast.co.uk The Ship’s Caribbean Day. Sep 1. FREE The Ship, SW18 1TB Wandsworth Town theship.co.uk


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This Caribbeanthemed pop-up arrived earlier this summer to bring a little ruminfused spice to rooftop bar Skylounge at Doubletree by Hilton in central London. There’s Windies food and drinks, reggae beats and stunning views of the Thames and the city to admire. We recommend the rum shack sangria. £14

Mon-Sat, 4pm-10pm 7 Pepys Street, EC3N 4AF Tower Hill doubletree3.hilton.com

This famous traditional steel music band are set to play three two-day residencies at this west London hotel. As well as sets from the band themselves, there will also be a three-course Caribbeaninfluenced buffet, limbo dancing and DJs, too. £38

Aug 24 & 25, Sep 28 & 29, Oct 26 & 27, 7.30pm 97 Cromwell Road, SW7 4DN Gloucester Road hikensingtonforumhotel.co.uk

uk rumfest 2013 central london UK Rumfest is “the ultimate rum experience”, bringing “the music, food and partying associated with rum drinking”, led by UK Rum Ambassador Ian Burrell (above). There will be over 400 rums to sample – we’d recommend not trying them all in one day – with cocktails and live mixing demonstrations, too. A tropical food market will bring you sustenance and there’s salsa, soca, reggae, zouk and samba dancing throughout the afternoon as well. £25+

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Artesian’s ‘rum ambassador’ has sourced more than 50 different rums, including many rare Caribbean types. There is a reason this bar is one of London’s finest!

Kodjovi Kush and The Afrospot AllStars host this monthly night that brings you all the best afro, reggae and dub.

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cottons camden & islington These two branches of well-loved Cottons restaurant offer up the finest islands-inspired food. Cottons Camden has seen the likes of Samuel L. Jackson, Halle Berry and Chris Martin stop by to sample its menu, which is renowned for fusing traditional Caribbean dishes with nouveau cuisine. Cottons Islington boasts a ‘Jerk Night’ every Tuesday, and Cottons Rhum Shack in Shoreditch is all about the rum cocktails and tall drinks. £4

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Mon-Sat, 12pm-2am. Sun, 12pm12am W1B 1JA Oxford Circus artesian-bar.co.uk

rum shack soho Floridita’s rum shack (left) goes to town with the Caribbean’s favourite spirit. There are 15 signature rum cocktails – so something for everyone, whether you’re after a simple classic or something a little more adventurous. Also a top drawer line up of live music and DJs. FREE

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Rompa’s Reggae Shack bring this post-Carnival after party to central London for a night of reggae, roots, digi, dancehall and jungle. To make sure you’re properly in the mood, you’ll have to sample some of Rompa’s Reggae Rum Punch, too. Party time.

Little Roy started playing roots and reggae back in the Sixties, and has amassed a career that includes bona fide genre classics such as Prophesy, Christopher Columbus and Tribal War. He is also, perhaps a little surprisingly, known for performing covers in what can only be described as the ‘reggae style’, as seen on his Battle For Seattle album in 2011, in which he took a decidedly reggae approach to Nirvana’s grunge output. You can definitely expect a little of both tonight at this west London show.

Aug 25, 7pm-3am Bloomsbury Bowling Lanes, WC1H 9EU Russell Square bloomsburybowling.com

Aug 29, 7pm Stamford Bridge, Fulham Rd, SW6 1HS Fulham Broadway underthebridge.co.uk

Last Sat of the month, 8pm-3am Passing Clouds, 1 Richmond Road, E8 4AA Liverpool Street passingclouds.org

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Reggae Salute comes to south London’s iconic venue for this night of roots, reggae and dancehall, featuring star Jamaican roots, reggae and poetry performer Luciano as headliner and support from I-Octane, Etana, Christopher Martin and Chuck Fendor.

Possibly the best named bar in London (it has to be said with the accent!) brings reggae tunes and drinks to the east. The best sunny tracks blast out all day and night and you can feast on West Indian grub including dumplings and saltfish. Plus, be sure to get stuck into top rum-based cocktails. FREE

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Sep 29, 7pm 211 Stockwell Road, SW9 9SL Brixton o2academybrixton.co.uk

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Mon-Sat, 11am-11pm. Sun, 12pm-10.30pm 42 Kingsland Road, E2 8DA Liverpool Street andadebridge.com

DJs and events label Sun Bailante is behind this Notting Hill Carnival after party, with a live PA by the Barbados megastar Lil Rick. They’ll be joined by the “best Caribbean DJs in the world”, including DJ Duchess Alicia, Djahman, Shakit, Mr General, Djorn and James, and more, to make sure the Carnival party keeps going all the way through to sun up the next day. £13.50

Aug 25, 11pm-6am 16 Parkfield Street, N1 0PS o2academyislington.co.uk

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Every last Saturday of the month, this food and fashion market pops up in east London, and is famed for its Caribbean grub courtesy of Mama’s Jerk Station.

Reggae and punk classics, which fused a life together on the Seventies music scene in London, combine at this weekly club night.

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Mon, 8pm-3am Madame Jo-Jo’s, 8-10 Brewer Street, W1F 0SE Oxford Circus madamejojos.com

This fourth annual music festival looks to highlight Afro-Latin and Caribbean cultures, and brings a wealth of music and performance from around the world via workshops so you can get a real taste for the flavour of dance and music, particularly from the West Indies. There are performances and parties in the evenings after you’ve tried it out for yourself and, hopefully, picked up some new skills. Remember to seek out their Afro-Latin sound system at Carnival.

Ellis (right) was named Best British Male Newcomer at the Brit Reggae Awards earlier this year and makes his first hometown appearance since then at the Jazz Cafe. A star in the making.

Mr Vegas has created a back catalogue of reggae and dancehall classics over the course of his decade-long career – as well as a name for himself as a diehard social media aficionado – which he’ll be taking to this north London venue.

Aug 23-26, times vary Various venues Various batukefestival.com

Sep 28, 7pm The Jazz Cafe, NW1 7PG Camden Town mamacolive.com

Aug 21, 7pm The Jazz Cafe, NW1 7PG Camden Town mamacolive.com

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caribbean scene royale greenwich This award-winning 100-seat restaurant – it was voted the UK’s best Caribbean restaurant two years in a row – is famed for ‘Caribbean chic cuisine’. It serves up the finest cocktails – the Hurricane Bar is open for those who want to drink without dining – as well as a culinary journey through the various countries, making it a must stop in London for a genuine Caribbean experience. £5+

Mon-Thur, 12pm-11pm. Fri-Sat, 12pm-12am. Sun, 12pm-11pm 17 Western Gateway, Royal Victoria Dock, E16 1AQ Royal Victoria caribbeanscene.co.uk

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The burly bouncers check inside my bag before I’m allowed to make my way into The Light. It’s a bit over the top for a bar but, confident I’m not carrying any weapons, they give me the nod and advise me against opening a packet of crisps they’ve found in my bag. There are others still in the queue that aren’t so (un)lucky – the packed beer garden is brimming with drinkers, so it’s one-in one-out and they have to wait. It’s the outside space that’s a massive draw here. Not a garden as such, but more a collection of pub benches. Parties of after-work drinkers are already lining up shots to kick off their Friday night. The music – house with a pulsing bassline – from inside the bar is thumping its way out. It’s torturously loud as we wander into the soulless industrial warehouse-style venue to order drinks, which takes far too long.

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A colourful crowd tends to congregate in this gem of a pub on Portobello Road, which serves craft beers and cask ales alongside an eclectic mix of live music. Sits opposite the blue door from that movie.

Unselfconscious cocktail bar with inventive takes on rumheavy blends (Mr Yellow Belly mixes Wray & Nephew with lime, jerk and tamarind syrup, £8). They call them “exceptional drinks with a tiki twist”.

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This basement club is an old fave and offers a varied programme of live music and DJs, hosting everything from reggae and ska to beloved indie night Death2Disco. Scruffy but cool.

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CONNECT 4-PLAY You can’t really call yourself a hip young thing making the most of London unless you’ve been to brunch at least once at The Breakfast Club, which is celebrating eight years in business this week with loads of Eighties-themed fun. On Thursday alone, there’s a space hopper race around Hoxton Square and a Rubik’s Cube challenge in the Spitalfields branch, while on Friday you can try Connect 4-Play speed dating in Hoxton and Clapham. As a bonus, money raised from these events will go to Rays of Sunshine, which grants wishes to kids with life-threatening illnesses. thebreakfastclubcafes.com

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GAME (SEASON) ON Calling all carnivores: it’s game season and the city’s restaurants are falling over themselves to get in on the meaty treats. For one, the City’s Paternoster Chop House has created a game and gin cocktail pairing menu (sample match: beetroot martini blended with Hendrick’s gin; pigeon breast on toast served with blackberry and onion chutney). How terribly British. paternosterchophouse.co.uk

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CUPPAS AND COCKTAILS Fancy a pint with your full English breakfast, or maybe you’re more in the mood for a fry-up at 2am? Well weirdoes, your prayers have been answered. Newly refurbished Polo Bar on Bishopsgate is reopening and serving everything from breakfasts and pies to craft beers and Cristal, 24 hours a day. A Great British caff for all hours, where you can enjoy a cuppa or a cocktail whatever the time of day.

John Salt on Angel’s Upper Street describes itself with almost absurd modesty as: “A neighbourhood bar with good beer.” This, I imagine, tactical undersell suppressed my expectations on a smotheringly humid evening recently. Split over two levels, John Salt carries off the, some would say now clichéd, industrial chic aesthetic with rare aplomb. Downstairs a number of slatted metal tables and benches sit next to floor-to-ceiling front windows. The bar is a pewtertopped expanse of beauty that forms a suitable centre-point to the relaxed downstairs, while the dining area is stationed in a murkily lit mezzanine. The grub John Salt’s menu is the brainchild of former Pitt Cue Co chef/ BBQ savant Neil Rankin. Indulging the current trend for ‘sharing plates’, John Salt’s daily changing menu is a cacophony of clashes and cunning blue-collar embellishments. See: aged-dripping fries. Our pork belly with pineapple is so good I wish it was served by the pallet, and the deep-fried whitebait with chipotle mayo is fresh and spicy. The heirloom tomato salad is delightfully biting and the chard onions with yoghurt is one of those dishes that is so simple it fools you into thinking you could create your own version at home. You couldn’t. Thoroughly stuffed I force down a strawberry soup with sesame brittle, which is a bizarrely fitting end to the meal. THE SCENE

The sharing plates style of dining doesn’t lend itself to a bottle of plonk. You’re better off going with a couple of bottles from John Salt’s considered beer list. Kernel IPA is great. Although, if you’re set on wine, the Rioja is balanced and versatile enough to rub along happily with most dishes on the menu. Bill please Small plates start from £3.50, with most medium plates £8, going up to £12 for really big plates. Sides £3; desserts £4; beer from £4; wine from £3.95. verdict Usually when you take blue collar food as your inspiration and give it a proper dining twist the soul disappears along with the taste. John Salt has kept both, in spades. Perfect for a relaxed mid-week treat, or, whisper it, a date. OJ Behind the bar

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The 10th anniversary bash for this Rob Da Bank-curated Isle of Wight fest is shaping up to be one of its best. Elton John, Snoop Dogg, Fatboy Slim (pictured), M.I.A., Franz Ferdinand, The Flaming Lips, WuTang Clan, Bombay Bicycle Club, Rudimental and Jessie Ware are just a smattering of what’s going on. Also with a wealth of DJs among the live music, comedy, and an HMS Bestival theme to mark the anniversary. Sep 5-8. £199. Robin Hill Country Park, Isle Of Wight, PO30 2NU

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London’s annual dance fest comes to Clapham Common for the 10th year to make sure the last bank holiday of the year goes off with a bang. The two-day south London event has quickly become the must-not-miss dance event of the summer, taking clubland lovers outside for an all-day party. Saturday night is headlined by Armin Van Buuren, with Afrojack, Laidback Luke, special guest Eddie Halliwell, alongside Paul Van Dyk, Paul Oakenfold and with back-to-back sets, Carl Cox and Loco Dice. Example headlines the Sunday night with Knife Party (aka Rob Swire and Gareth McGrillen from defunct Aussie drum ‘n’ bass-ers Pendulum) alongside Nicky Romero, Andy C, Baauer, Benji B and Deviation, Strings, Dillon Francis, RL Grime, Friction and Friends, Kove, and special guest, Californian Steve Aoki. Pete Tong presents the All Gone Pete Tong stage, with a Groove Armada DJ set, Erick Morillo, Steve Lawler, Dusky, Blond:Ish, Johnny Bloomfield, Jesse James and Scuba. Eric Prydz will be on hand too, with Boys Noize performing a live show and Laurent Garnier, James Zabiela, Tim Green and Sven Vath, with Totally Enormous Extinct Dinosaurs (above) and The 2 Bears highlights on the Together Stage. So cross your fingers for some top weather – on recent form, this is going to be the summer that comes through – and make sure you have the after party sorted as the show finishes at 11pm. Eric Prydz headlines the official after party, South West More, at Electric Brixton. Clapham Common

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Your new movie You’re Next is a vicious home invasion horror. Have you always been a horror fan? Totally. I never had nightmares watching horror as a kid. I’d walk into a video store and zone in on the horror section, all the Freddy Kruegers, Jaws, Pet Cemetery, the Chucky movies, Stephen King’s IT – I still won’t walk over a drain in the street, though! How did you get involved in the film? It’s a bit different to your last (Step Up 3D). I’m good friends with a lot of stuntmen; I have always had a passion for that [sort of work] and at one point wanted to be a stuntwoman. A friend who is a stuntman in the business knew [the filmmakers] were struggling to find their lead actress, as they wanted someone with a physicality and acting background. And then they asked him if he knew any women in the stunt world ... When did you decide you wanted to pursue acting rather than stunts? Acting was always first, but I’ve always had a passion for being physical [too]. I grew up a swimmer, a horserider and a dancer. A lot of the time when I fell dancing it was like doing your own stunts, so there was a crossover. And a lot of my friends were in the stunt business. I’d watch them do burn-outs, drive cars off bridges and light themselves on fire and think: “I want to do that.” I’ve always had a lot of energy. And you need that for this movie. You’re always running ... Yes, always keep running, that was actually one of my mottos growing up. So it was funny that this comes in to the film!

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There must have been some tough days filming. Which was the hardest? I don’t remember there being a tough day, actually. That’s the weirdest part. Not even when you had to bash someone in the head 10 times? No, this was the funnest movie to shoot. The only person who was not having a fun time was the director, as he had this horrible toothache the whole time and was on all kinds of pain

Action girl: Vinson takes them all on in You’re Next killers just to get through it. I loved coming on to set and getting into hair and make-up and instead of looking all pretty, getting blood and guts sprayed all over me. We were shooting a horror movie, not a beauty pageant! What was the best scene to film? A choreographed three-person fight sequence in this small kitchen at the end of the movie. I had always wanted to work with a stunt co-ordinator like that. We were using all the objects in the kitchen and seeing what we could do with them (kitchen appliances get some very inventive uses, we’ll say that much!). And the other girl who is in the scene, Wendy Glenn, is my best friend and roommate of five years. We’ve lived together in Hollywood before.

You’re Next director Adam Wingard, writer Simon Barrett and many of the cast had worked together before. Was it tough coming into that group? Only for the first day. I was very aware that Adam and Simon and much of the cast had all worked together before – I was this outsider girl that they only knew from Step Up 3D. The first scene we shot was a big dinner table scene with everyone and there was lots of improvisation. It was like an out of body experience as I’m not an improvistional actor. Watching them deliver these lines I almost couldn’t stop laughing – we

had to cut a lot of our reactions out ‘cos we were just laughing the whole time! How did you get on with the attackers in the movie? They were such great guys and dedicated to do whatever they had to do – which wasn’t much fun for them, as I had to beat the shit out of them. And the guy under the tiger mask was writer Barrett ... Yeah, but he didn’t want to hurt me. He had to smash through a window at one point and he was so tentative about doing it. I had to encourage him to treat me pretty mean. You must have picked up some injuries doing all this? Actually, this was the first film where I‘ve not broken something. I’ve broken toes and fingers before. This time I escaped unscathed, almost. In the dinner table scene I had to throw the table cloth off and dive under the table but I didn’t realise that Amy’s [Seimetz] heel was sticking out. So I got a six-inch stiletto about a millimetre from my eye. There was real blood then. But it’s not a real horror movie if you don’t have at least one injury! You’re Next is released on August 28 through Lionsgate

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Neill Blomkamp follows up his acclaimed sci-fi/ social commentary District 9 with this equally epic-looking future tale, in which society is divided into two. The rich live on the titular paradise space station, the others root around in the grime on Earth – until Matt Damon’s crim sets out to break into ‘the most heavily defended place in the universe’, that is. On general release August 21

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Director Jordan Vogt-Roberts and screenwriter Chris Galletta’s feature debut is a warm and decidedly funny coming-of-age comedy that deserves its acclaim as one of this year’s Sundance breakout hits. The film tells the tale of Joe (Nick Robinson) and Patrick (Gabriel Basso), two teenaged best friends who are fed up with their lives at home. Joe’s father is a depressive widower and Patrick’s mother and father are overbearing in their attempts to be both parents and friends. So the two decide to take off for the summer and build their own house in a clearing in the woods, living by themselves with no one to tell them what to do, and with oddball pal Biaggio (Moises Arias) tagging along for the experience. The insight and understanding of the young boys’ predicaments gives the film a heartfelt sincerity that is immediately touching, their longing for independence and adulthood an instantly recognisable experience from childhood. It is also exceptionally funny, with Arias a scene-stealing wonder as the eccentric and unpredictable Biaggio and Nick Offerman, as Joe’s father Frank, bringing a sarcastic bite through his unrelenting intolerance of stupidity. “You’re right, it is a classic kidnapping – they took our children and the canned goods and pasta!” he growls at one point. With great performances across the board and stunning cinematography that captures the beauty of an outdoors that enraptures the boys, it is a sterling debut. Good for: Enjoying one of the films of the year.


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Survive Notting Hill Carnival is party heaven for some and a mission for others – here’s how to enjoy, not endure, London’s craziest streetfest Words MiCHAEL GADD & OLI JONES

It’s Europe’s biggest street party, where the vibrant sights, sounds and delectable smells of west London’s multicultural community are celebrated by a million-plus happy revellers on the bank holiday weekend. Or, it’s a loud sea of vomit, garbage and, in worst case scenarios, blood, that’s near impossible to get home from. The Notting Hill Carnival is a divisive beast, but for the majority it’s among the most anticipated parties on London’s fest calendar. The festival that’s run in some form since 1964, first as a peaceful rally for race relations organised by the West Indian community, boasts 300 stalls, steel drum and sound system music blaring, and an epic parade through the streets of Richard Curtis’s favourite hood. Here’s what you need to know about the eats, drinks, tunes and more…

Booze WHAT HATERS SAY: Lukewarm lager and dodgy rum punch drunk with reckless abandon by vomiting dickheads. WHY THEY’RE WRONG: It doesn’t have to be this way. While jammed pubs serve other stuff, Carnival is all about imbibing one of two things – cans of Jamaica’s fave lager Red Stripe from an offie, convenience store or enterprising local (not exactly legal) or fruity rum punch out of a plastic garbage bin from a street vendor. Beware the punch. Some vendors are stingy on the alcohol but the 25,000 bottles of the dark stuff drunk during the day has to go somewhere, so be careful.

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Food WHAT HATERS SAY: Dirty chicken sitting out all day – a great way to get Tuesday off work with an acute case of salmonella. WHY THEY’RE WRONG: While the many stalls at Carnival with barbies look a bit rough and ready, they have to have been approved for a permit and have paid to be there. And if they’re especially dodgy, they’re shut down, fined or lose their right to be there next year. More importantly, they’re cranking out seriously tasty, spicy, Caribbean goodness that’s more than worth the risk and kicks a kebab’s butt every time – jerk chicken with rice and peas or curried goat are the musthaves, and make awesome stomach lining for that punch.

Parade WHAT HATERS SAY: A motley rabble of bodily protuberances and indistinguishable cleavages performing a bad parody of Brazil’s Carnival and clogging the roads up. WHY THEY’RE WRONG: Primarily, such grievances are bollocks, plain and simple. London’s streets are morbidly grey almost all year round, so when Notting Hill turns London’s depressing colonial history into a celebration of its encouraging multicultural present, in a fashion more glorious and honest than any state-organised inclusivityfest, it should be applauded. The parade is the centrepiece of the whole shebang – a trail of energy, music and Londoners. As with most parade advice, get there early to get a good spot. ››

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Let yourself wallow Right after ‘D-Day’, allow yourself a mourning period to “weep uncontrollably in a loud snot-filled way,” so says Claire Garber, who penned the book Love Is A Thief (£7.99, amazon.co.uk) when she got dumped just before her 30th birthday. It’s important not to let this last too long, however, and also not to mistreat yourself or others. “Don’t use external solutions such as new dates, sex, alcohol, drugs, food and so on to numb you or give you an upper,” says author and founder of relationship website baggagereclaim.co.uk, Natalie Lue. “It’s important to acknowledge how you feel, but also to know that this will pass.“

Cut all contact ‘Staying friends’ with your ex is a no-no. ”You will end up auditioning for the

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Renting in London is the favoured option for expats – and anyone who doesn’t have a spare half-a-million quid knocking about. But it can feel like there are villainous landlords lurking behind every door, ready to trick you into parting with your hardearned cash before going AWOL at the first sign of trouble (probably escaping into their underground lair). It’s particularly rife at this time of year as, according to data from Gumtree.com, rental scams peak in September in the last-minute dash for new term or new job accommodation. Luckily, there are now government schemes and accreditation bodies in place to protect tenants’ rights. The important thing is to make sure everything is bona fide before you sign on the line...

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[Caption] you should check that they are a member of an official landlord association. You should also ask to see proof of ownership before handing over any money. Landlords should also provide the necessary certificates and documentation, such as the EPC (Energy Performance Certificate), gas certificate and electrical safety check. And, of course, always read the contract carefully. “Some landlords have no idea how to legally let a property,” says Kate Faulkner, managing director of independent property advice site propertychecklists.co.uk. “They are usually the ones with a poorly written agreement with mistakes in it, no gas safety certificate or EPC and no electric checks and they won’t have an inventory

Be a scam detector It sounds obvious, but make sure you view the property first. Photos can be misleading, or the person who is claiming to be the landlord may not even own the property. Make sure you meet with the agent or landlord and view the property in person. It can be tempting to rent directly from a landlord in order to avoid expensive agency fees, however, accredited agents (bodies include ARLA, NAL and NLA) will carry out important background checks on the landlord, so it could save you a lot of money and stress in the long run. They will also protect your deposit and rent with a client money protection account. If you do deal directly with the landlord,

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Who will fix it? As much as the landlord is responsible for the property, you are too. Indeed, there are certain areas that you are financially liable for. “It is the tenant’s responsibility to take care of the immediate property, like the walls, floorboards and so on, and they must pay for any damages; but it is the landlord’s duty to repair damage to the structure of the property, as well as the common parts of the building, like the garden or staircase,” Jonathan Hudson, founder of Hudson’s Property, tells TNT. “This may vary in cases where the landlord has transferred responsibility for some maintenance to the tenant in return for cheaper rent.” So it’s important to be clear about this when signing the contract. The landlord is also responsible for utilities, such as the boiler and kitchen appliances, if they came with the property. If something breaks and the landlord is uncontactable or refuses to pay, contact the agent who rented you the property. “They should help you seek legal advice, or you can go to Citizens Advice or somewhere like Landlord Law (landlordlaw.co.uk),” says Faulkner. Make sure you document the problem – with photos and copies of the emails you have sent your landlord, and also check your contract for the time frame the landlord has to fix any issues before pursuing it. “If the landlord still won’t do anything your next port of call should be your local council,” Spareroom.co.uk’s Matt Hutchinson says. “They may be able to inspect the property

and, especially if the issue poses a health and safety risk, can get involved.”

Getting your deposit back If you have done things properly and you have an assured Shorthold Tenancy Agreement, by law your deposit should be protected by the Tenancy Deposit Protection Scheme. “In the case of disputes, the scheme will hold the deposit until it’s resolved,” says Hutchinson. “If your landlord didn’t use a scheme they can be fined up to three times the amount of the deposit.” If you are renting a room rather than a property, however, you may not be protected, so it’s about making sure you don’t give your landlord any excuse to keep any of your deposit. “One mistake tenants often make is not paying their last month’s rent in lieu of having their deposit returned – you should do this as you can end up breaching your contract,” advises Faulkner. “Also, issues tend to arise if you differ in your opinion of what is ‘good condition’. In the main, the best way to avoid problems is to meet with the landlord – and/or the letting agent – once you have cleared everything out and go around the property together with NEXT WEEK the inventory and agree between you what’s owed Snow jobs: or what needs paying Work abroad in Canada for on the day.” LANDLORD HORROR STORIES

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Teresa Walsh: Had two years of leaking roof – grew mushrooms under the carpet – not good ones! And had drunken texts from letting agent on weekends. Took it to tenancy tribunal and after eight months got £100 compensation. Louise Gibney: Moved in to a room in a house the landlord lived in. Then the washing machine disappeared; the wi-fi disappeared; the furniture disappeared – my DVD player went walkabout. I moved out and he only gave me £200 of the £300 deposit back. I said he’d likely get a £1k fine for not registering with Deposit Protection Scheme. He texted me to come back for the balance. I’ve not heard from him again.

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Northumberland, in the early hours, apparently to get their hands on some food. But when police surrounded the premises, they armed themselves with knives and a five-hour siege ensued. Angela Marshall, who runs the cafe, said: “Apparently they were hungry and wanted some quiche. There was a little bit of money in the till, but I think they just wanted food and then it got out of hand.” Eventually officers were able to talk the pair of raiders out and they were arrested on suspicion of aggravated burglary.

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Saddam Hussein on its nine-hole set. A Hitler statue on the course raises its right arm in a Nazi salute and shouts “Nein, nein, nein” when a golf ball is hit through its tunnel by players. Another hole depicts an animated statue of former Iraqi dictator Hussein. Michael Samuels, of the Board of Deputies of British Jews, called the Hitler figure “tasteless” and said it has “absolutely no artistic value whatsoever”. The course is part of an art installation, called Doug Fishbone And Friends: Adventureland Golf, and has been designed by some of the UK’s most celebrated contemporary artists.


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Value, in thousands of dollars, of a diamond ring found by American Michael Dettlaff, who gets to keep it

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If your love life is going down the can, you may as well give this latest dating event a go. Toilet Dating has been launched by quirky site DoingSomething.co.uk. It’s a pub crawl with a crappy twist – singletons are led around London with stops at toilets of historical note along the way. Taking place the first Friday of every month, thankfully it’s free to join in. Founder Matt Janes said: “Nothing would be more awkward than having a first date in a toilet… until now.” Dunny poo-poo it, ‘til you’ve tried it ... It’ll leave you feeling flushed ... You’d be potty not to give it a go ... Don’t be a porcelain princess ... We’ll get our coats.

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A woman drove 300km from Hamilton to Mount Mauganui near Auckland while asleep at the wheel. The unnamed driver suffers from bouts of sleepwalking and had been prescribed heavy-duty pills after being caught sleepdriving 10 months ago. However, oddly, she appears to have taken her medication before getting into her car. A friend who saw the woman driving off alerted police. Tracking her phone, officers found not

Age, in years, of remains found in bog in Ireland, thought to be the oldest body in the world – predating Tutankhamun

Not so cute: flesh-eating cats only was she asleep, but she was texting. They discovered her outside a house she used to live in. Sergeant Dave Litton said: “The potential for tragedy was huge.”

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A dead cat lover’s pet ate away at her body, which lay undiscovered in her home for weeks. Recluse Janet Veal’s moggies were forced to munch on her after she died, leaving them with no food for three months. Neighbours alerted police after noticing a build-up of mail and realised they hadn’t seen Veal, 56, for some time. Officers broke in and found dead cats and dogs. Veal’s body was in the kitchen. Southampton Coroner Keith Wiseman said: “It was clear that certain parts of Mrs Veal’s body were missing and had, the officer formed the view, effectively been gnawed and eaten away by the animals.”

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Promising: Abbott and Rudd at last week’s first TV debate

Politicians should be made to keep election promises

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Despite the fast-flowing gaffe count, it’s an important time for Oz Elections are great fun, and highly entertaining, as the prospective candidates lurch from one gaffe-laden disaster to another, firing off soundbites and promises as they journey from one group of well-chosen listeners to the next. But the erroneous choices of words mask that this is a highly serious business and that all the promises these politicians make should be kept. Tony Abbott has admittedly endured a few weeks that put even George ‘Dubya’ Bush and his famous utterances, or ‘Bushims’ as they were swiftly coined, to shame. He became an international laughing stock after he got his words muddled up and described his opponent, Kevin Rudd, as not being the “suppository of all wisdom”. The memes and jokes swiftly followed – know your enema; images of Abbott as Lord Of The Rings’ Gollum ‘squeezing out a policy’. Needless to say, Abbott’s authority immediately evaporated. And this was not an isolated incident. He had already been accused of sexism, quite rightly, after he described Liberal candidate Fiona Scott as having “sex appeal”, a comment he later brushed off as stemming from his being “a bit exuberant”. And he had casually dismissed same-sex marriage as being nothing more than “the fashion of the moment”, a comment some say shows his disdain for the gay community. Rudd has promised that should he be re-elected at next month’s polls, he will introduce a same-sex marriage bill within 100 days of his win. A fine promise, one which would move Australia forward into the present day rather than wallowing in such narrow-mindedness. But it is a pledge he should be made to keep. Too often promises are made, then in predictable political fashion, abandoned. Just look at Nick Clegg’s grovelling apology after he reneged on his assurance before the last election that he would vote against any rise in university tuition fees. Promises made to garner votes should be kept – make it a law, even – as behind all the media pouting the future of a nation is on the line here. » Agree or disagree? Should pollies be forced to keep promises? letters@tntmagazine.com

DRIED BEER IS ON ITS WAY HERE Dried food has been around for ages, but now a company in the United States is about to launch sachets of powdered beer – just add water for an instant bevvie. Alaskan company Pat’s Backcountry Beverages will launch next month a pale and dark ale dried beer, available in four packs, providing an instant and incredibly light alco-drink when packing for that weekend in the great outdoors. The beer concentrate, the company promises, “contains all the great flavour, alcohol, and aroma of a premium quality microbrew”, only it doesn’t come with the 95 per cent water that makes up beer.

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So with your freeze-dried chicken tikka masala or roast dinner, you can now make yourself a pint at the campsite, though quite how close to the real thing this new powdered brew tastes remains to be seen. After all, Diet Coke doesn’t quite taste just like the real thing, does it? TNTMAGAZINE.COM

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Innocent victims? As two travellers claim they were forced into smuggling drugs, TNT looks at other famous cases WORDS CAROL DRIVER If their stories prove to be true, the two British women allegedly found attempting to smuggle £1.5m of cocaine into Peru last week were targeted by an organised crime gang, and forced into carrying the packages. Drug mules Melissa Reid and Michaella McCollum Connolly claim they had loaded guns held to their heads and were told to traffic the white powder or they would be killed. They were robbed of their passports and mobiles and followed by members of a violent drugs cartel on board flights from Ibiza to Peru. Reid, 19, from Scotland, and Connolly, 20, from Northern Ireland, say they were recruited while working on the Spanish party island – prompting police to issue a warning to other travellers heading to Ibiza this summer. One officer told the Daily Mirror that it’s not an isolated incident: “In the past six months we have seen young girls being targeted in Spain and sent to Peru to take drugs back. “From what we know from recent cases the mules are often shown a great time while they are out there [Spain] and many of them are actually supplied drugs for free. It’s only after a few weeks it’s explained to them in no uncertain terms that nothing is for free. They are then manipulated, threatened and abused into doing these runs. It is a line of investigation we are looking in to with Reid and Connolly.” The two women were found with 11kg of cocaine as they tried to board a plane at Jorge Chavez International Airport in Lima heading to Majorca, from where police believe they were trying to move the shipment to Majorca via Madrid. They are due to appear at a preliminary court hearing in Lima. They face lengthy prison sentences if found guilty – and could be waiting three years just for the case to go to trial. Connolly said: “I didn’t realise drugs were so big here but it happens all the time. The police have said they see girls like us all the time. We’ve resigned ourselves to the fact that we’re not going home soon and are doing jail time here. We’ll take responsibility for what was found on us but 44

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we didn’t do it of our free will, we didn’t have a choice.” They’re not the first alleged drug smugglers to claim innocence. Here, TNT looks at other famous cases.

Schapelle Corby The 36-year-old hit the headlines last week after rumours circulated she would be released from jail – something Bali prison officials strongly denied. Having been holed up in Gusti Ngurah Wiratna for the past nine years, Corby was jailed after being found with 4.2kg of cannabis in her bodyboard bag at Ngurah Rai International Airport in Denpasar in 2004. The ex-beauty student’s trial was reported on around the world – with much opposition over the length of her sentence and the questionable judicial process. Corby

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has always maintained her innocence – claiming that the drugs were planted in her bag during transit. Despite pleas from the defence, the prosecution argued against fingerprinting the bag of hash; they also refused to work out the weight of Corby’s bag when it was checked in with four others at Brisbane airport, to see whether it had gained 4.2kg en route – which would back up Corby’s defence. As far as Balinese officials were concerned, Corby was found with cannabis in her possession, so she was guilty. After being spared death by firing squad, Corby was jailed for 20 years – in 2012, that term was slashed by five years, meaning she has been eligible to apply for parole since last year. Responding to stories that Corby could soon be


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Like Reid and Connolly, Australian teacher Dalziel claims she was carrying packages for someone else when in 2005 she was found with 4kg of heroin then worth US$1.3m in Mauritius. She was arrested on arrival from Nairobi, and despite pleading not guilty, the then 52-year-old was jailed for 28 years for drug trafficking – meaning she’ll be 80 by the time she’s released. Dalziel continues to maintain she was targeted and used as a decoy for the real smugglers. “Having regard to the huge amount of heroin, the manner in which it was hidden and its street value of 40 million Mauritius rupees, I find that she is a trafficker,” Judge Paul Lam Shang Leen wrote in his case report.

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The world’s best player last year will be on the sidelines this weekend as Wigan take on Hull FC in the Challenge Cup final at Wembley. But in a couple of short months Kevin Sinfield will get his chance again on the hallowed London turf when both World Cup semi-finals are held there on November 23. The Leeds and England skipper who won the 2012 Golden Boot will be part of a Rugby League World Cup promotion this Friday when the code takes over Trafalgar Square from 11am-3pm, so it seemed only logical to ask for his impartial view on Saturday’s big one and how the Poms are shaping up ahead of hosting their World Cup. Wigan take on Hull FC in the Challenge Cup final this weekend – how do you see it shaping up? It’s a really tough one to call – both teams are capable of winning. If Hull can show the same form they did against Warrington (in the semi-final) they’re a chance. It’s important for Wigan to get [Sam] Tompkins and [captain Sean] O’Loughlin back. I‘m going to sit on the fence – the team who plays best on the day will win, the way we want it. Wembley is the undisputed home of football – what does it mean to rugby league players when they play there? Traditionally, it’s important in this country. You always strive to play there in big games. Anything there is a great sporting occasion, and the Challenge Cup is no exception. To get the opportunity to play on the big stage, in such a stadium, is awesome. I feel very fortunate to have played in a few of them, albeit getting second prize in 46

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‘Captain Fantastic’: one of Leeds superstar Sinfield’s many names a lot of them. It’s a great thing to be involved in, and there’s not many sports around the world where you can fill a whole stadium with supporters of a bunch of different teams and everyone has a great time. You must be looking forward to hosting a World Cup at home, with the opening match in Cardiff against Australia and the semi-finals back to back at Wembley… Ticket sales have been great and it’s just around the corner now. People within league are interested and I’d like to think those outside will take notice – it is the largest sporting event to take place in this country this year. Both semi-finals there will be huge, so hopefully we can fill it and put on a real show for everyone. I’m sure the four teams there will play their part and make it a great festival of rugby league. Is this the year England stop Australia or New Zealand from winning it? I’d love to say yeah. There’s a lot to happen before then, and we don’t know what the make up of the squad is going to be like. We don’t know what injuries we’re going to have, but I’d love to say yeah. It’d be a great shot in the arm for British rugby league. It’d be great to jump on the back of the legacy that was left by the Olympics – if England was good enough to win the World Cup it would have a great impact on participation and the profile of the sport. That’s what we all want. rlwc2013.com

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HULL FC R4: North Wales (Championship) 62-6 R5: Wakefield Trinity (Super League) 24-6 QF: Catalan Dragons (Super League) 24-13 SF: Warrington Wolves (Super League) 16-12


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TUE, 10.45AM, LORD’S The Southern Stars will take some confidence into their opening one-day match of their Ashes series against England, after declaring twice in a bid to force a result in their one-off Test. Jodie Fields’ Australian side batted well in both innings of the Test at Wormsley last week but it fizzled to a draw courtesy of some stoic work from the hosts. The nonresult means both sides are on two points in the multi-format series going into three one-dayers and three Twenty20 clashes (each format has six points up for grabs).

The coloured clothing comes out first on Tuesday at Lord’s (tickets are £14, available at lords.org) followed by 50-over matches at the Sussex County Ground at Hove on Friday and Sunday. Although disappointed her side couldn’t take all of the Test points on offer, it’s highly unlikely there’ll be a stalemate in the series once all games are done and dusted. “Every match is vital, so even though it’s a drawn Test it’s down to the rest of the series now, and every match is as important as the other,” Fields said. The Twenty20s will be played at Chelsfield on Aug 27, Southampton on Aug 29 and Durham on Aug 31.

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Barmy barracks The famed Army of English cricket fans formed when their team was crap – has Ashes success changed them? WORDS MICHAEL GADD

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With England an unbeatable 3-0 up ahead of the final Test series at the Oval on Wednesday, the Barmy Army will be out in force. It’s a vastly different picture to when the devoted fanbase first formed in 1994-95, and through to the Noughties, when England were largely Australia’s whipping boys. The contrasting results of the eras make no difference to co-founder Paul Burnham. “It was so normal for the Brits,” says Burnham, 48, who started the Army with mates Dave Peacock and Gareth Evans. “We support our team regardless. It’s always been about looking on the bright side of life and making the most of every little victory – a 50, a hat-trick or a partnership from the tail. The Aussie fans couldn’t understand it. They were so used to winning.” There wasn’t a chance to do otherwise – the Aussies had won the Ashes since 1989 and went on to win series in 1997, 1998-99, 2001 and 2002-03. But the Barmies kept singing. The tide turned in 2005 with a two-run win at Edgbaston, which Burnham reckons changed everything. “After then I think England certainly gained a psychological edge,” he says. England could outplay the dominant Aussies. “I think [the 5-0 whitewash in] 2006-07 would have happened either way, with the amazing side Australia had, but I think in ‘05 we realised that with some positive cricket and the crowd getting behind them, they could be a force. I’ve never known an atmosphere like that – I guess there was something like it in 1981 when [Ian] Botham did his magic, but ‘05 was remarkable for the atmosphere. I will never forget that.” Whether winning a tight one or getting pasted away from home, the Barmy Army attitude never wavers. “When we go away from an English winter we go to some very nice countries – the subcontinent, Caribbean, Australia. We’ve paid a lot of money to support the team, but wouldn’t let our whole trip be decided by the way they go on the pitch.” The Barmy Army bans negative chat at the ground – 48

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Burnham wasn’t a fan of Mitchell Johnson jibe, He bowls to the left, he bowls to the right, Mitchell Johnson your bowling is shite. “Discuss it in the bar,” Burnham says of anything other than encouragement. And no favourites. “Everybody’s your favourite. We started supporting a team that was losing and giving 100 per cent, and that’s all we ask of the team, regardless of the result,” he adds.

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As winners though, and with new blood always arriving as part of what is now a significant business venture as well as a fan facilitating group, some need to be reminded of where the Army comes from. “I get worried about some of the younger guys who are getting too used to England winning, and they’re a bit critical, so we have to remind them what it’s about. On the whole, the Barmy Army ethos is there.” Their philosophy aside, the Barmies are best remembered by those who’ve shared a ground with them for songs. Their chants of “We’ve got three dollars to the pound” have expired with exchange rates, but they continue to add to their songbook. Unfortunately for them, the best new addition to the repertoire – about Ashton Agar to the tune of Black Lace’s Agadoo – is redundant after the young spinner was dropped and is unlikely to feature at the Oval. “The songs have got cleverer over time,” Burnham says. “They’re important because no one wants to hear ‘En-gerland’ any more than they want to hear ‘Aussie Aussie Aussie, Oi Oi Oi’ over and over again. And on tour, six hours a day for five Tests is an awful lot of time to come up with something.


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I like anything that’s witty, without any swear words in it.” One member of the group never likely to be heard swearing on crowd cam is Billy ‘the Trumpet’ Cooper. He became a regular fixture when he spotted a Barmy Army member in Antigua with a trumpet he had lost in a taxi in Barbados on England’s tour of the Caribbean in 2004. “It was a bit of a novelty one with a blue bell, so I recognised it,” Cooper says. “When I said ‘That’s mine,’ they said, ‘Play us a tune to prove it.’ I played The Great Escape, which is why I always start with that one now. Paul came over and said, ‘That was fantastic, can you come and do it tomorrow?’ And it all went from there.” Burnham says Cooper’s “an invaluable asset” in getting the crowd going in the same direction. “He’s got comic timing, he’s a very thoughtful guy, Billy,” he says. “He doesn’t rock up pissed playing trumpet, he’s a professional player and takes pride in what he does.” Controversy rocked the Army when Cooper wasn’t allowed to take his horn into Trent Bridge for the first Test due to “health and safety” concerns, much to the disappointment of Kevin Pietersen, Graeme Swann and Stuart Broad, who were among a chorus of players saying he should be allowed in. And as Burnham says, “the Barmy Army’s not needed at Lord’s”. But at Old Trafford and Chester-le-Street, Billy’s featured heavily. David Warner even praised his choice of the Rocky theme when he came out. “It’s not about giving a trumpet recital, it’s about adding some variety to the day and helping the singing be a bit more in tune than it might be,” he says. “England crowds like to have a sing-song anyway. There’s nothing wrong with quiet times either, but the times when the energy needs to be picked up a bit present themselves fairly obviously.” “I’m careful for it not to be all about the trumpet, though. The last thing I’d want is to take anything away from the cricket. That and people having a good time is what matters.”

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WHY’S Billy PLAYING THAT? and other barmy songs Watching the Ashes at the ground or on TV, you hear familiar tunes but may not have a clue why it’s being played or what the red and whites are singing. Rocky theme: Makes sense when David Warner comes out. Ring Of Fire: He’s Matty Prior, He’s Matty Prior. Only Fools And Horses: For Johnathan Trott. Guess why. Neighbours, Home & Away, I Should Be So Lucky: Billy plays Kylie, Jason and soapie themes for the Aussies. Yellow Submarine: “You all live in a convict colony, a convict colony, a convict colony … ” God Save The Queen: They might just be singing the national anthem, or the Aussie specific version, “God save your gracious Queen, long live your noble…” Rudy: The Specials’ song “A message to you Rooty” for Joe. Ding Dong Merrily On High: Great for Xmas and Ian Bell. My Old Man’s A Dustman: A special occasion when this is sung for Graeme Swann. Features the closing line, “Never cut a spinner or pat a burning dog.”

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How good was that?! Actual players running around on fields with a round ball, goals, some controversy etc – for a moment it drowned out that incessant transfer chatter we’ve had all summer. The big deals are far from done, but when we went to press this is what has happened in the biggest ones – Gareth Bale plays for Spurs, Luis Suarez plays for Liverpool (when his suspension for biting Ivanovic is over in five games anyway) and Wayne Rooney plays for Man United. Nothing’s changed. You’d think this not-so merry annual dance of players

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trying to get out of contracts they signed is getting old, but far from it. Last week, BBC pundit Robbie Savage gave a list of tricks he and others have and do pull to force a move – sulking, faking injury, undermining managers, using media mates, starting rumours and more. It’s soap opera stuff that keeps pub chat flowing and for better or worse, it’s part of the game.

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“Well done. You’re our number one tweaker. Sorry for screwing you around with the experiment with the young bloke who we dropped you for after your last Test included seven wickets in an innings,” is what no one likely said to Nathan Lyon following his good showing in the fourth Test at Durham. Certainly not Australia’s chairman of selectors, John Inverarity, who with every utterance hangs an axe over the spinner. Lyon will never be Warney, but he’s hard-working, consistent and after trying everyone else, the best we’ve got. But no, after being dropped in favour of Ashton Agar for the first two Ashes matches, he was brought back. Player of the series already Ian Bell and prodigious Kevin Pietersen gave him some stick at Old Trafford, but at Durham he took seven wickets on a pitch doing little for him, fairly economically, and when series dominator Graeme Swann didn’t. Cue Inverarity announcing a squad of 18 for the the one-day and T20 series. No shock it didn’t include Lyon. But it did include Fawad Ahmed, the Pakistani refugee leg-spinner helped into contention by Federal Government legislation, not just as a squad member but as the “lead spinner”. This was a kick in the guts for Xavier Doherty, who’s been good for Australia (45 ODIs to his name) in the short forms, and his average and economy rate over 145 List A (domestic one-day) games is better than Ahmed’s in 11 limited overs matches. Inverarity’s baffling explanation for dumping Doherty is that he’s “very much a known quantity” and the national selection panel would like to see “how [Ahmed] fares in international competition”. So we’re trialling players in series in England now after being wiped winless in the Ashes? Doesn’t make a huge amount of sense, but not the least. Ahmed is now “in contention” for the return Ashes in Australia, said Inverarity. Lyon copped being dropped for Agar like a champ, then repaid the little faith shown him in Durham. Ahmed’s story is a cracker, but not so good to not give Lyon a shot at writing his.

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THE UGLIEST TOWN Hemel Hempstead last week topped a poll of the UK’s ugliest towns, leaving old (not so) favourites like Luton and Slough for dust. The survey by website Crap Towns Returns awarded the 89,000-people-strong town on the outskirts of the M25 the dubious ‘honour’, with one of the authors behind the survey, Sam Jordison, commenting: “I know exactly why Hemel did so well in the poll. I’ve been there once.”

Aw, poor Hemel Hempstead. Imagine being voted the ugliest of anything – the town must be eating cookie batter out of the mixing bowl and crying itself to sleep en masse. So I’ve decided to take on cheer-up duty, metaphorically bringing round the Sex And The City box set by searching out double H’s more redeeming features. We all know looks fade, anyway – what’s important is personality. An integral part of one’s identity, of course, is your name. One theory says the word ‘Hemel’ probably came from ‘Haemele’, which was the name of the district in the 8th century and means ‘broken country’. Oh, woops. Er, well, what’s in a name, anyway? OK, let’s move on to history. We are the sum of our experiences, right? Henry VIII and Anne Boleyn are reputed to have stayed in the town in the 1500s, although this was the wife who started Hezza’s unfortunate habit of lopping his missus’s heads off. Recent history, then ... in 2005, the Buncefield Oil Depot on the edge of the town exploded and burst into the biggest factory fire in peacetime Europe, belching black clouds. Ah. U-G-L-Y, you ain’t got no alibi, Hemel Hempstead. You ugly. Been to an uglier town? Write and tell us

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stansted STRIKE Another bank holiday, another airport strike threat. Ho hum. This time it’s Stansted staff who scan bags before they’re loaded onto aircraft planning walkouts over the long weekend, with 40 members of the GMB union set to stroll off the job at 3.30am and 3.30pm each day from Friday, leaving passengers little choice but to either deal with delays or travel with hand luggage only. The walkout is over premium payments for working anti-social hours and overtime. According to reports, talks are being held to resolve the dispute before any strike action is taken. Want to stick it out in England this weekend now? See P58 for our top staycations.

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edinburgh ‘expensive’ Edinburgh is Britain’s most expensive city break, according to a new survey by travel review website TripAdvisor. The study analysed the cost of a one-night stay (with four-star accommodation, pre-dinner drinks, meal for two and a taxi home) in 20 key UK cities, with the Scottish capital ringing up at £20 steeper than the second-most expensive getaway, Brighton. The most cost-effective domestic holiday was Nottingham, followed closely by Cardiff. Meanwhile, in a separate survey by website Crap Towns Returns, Hemel Hempstead was named England’s ugliest city, followed by Luton.

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CHINA DEEMED ‘UNSAFE’ Tourists are turning away from China in droves thanks to the country’s persistent problems with air pollution, new data has suggested. Media reports about the thickening smog in January claimed pollution in Beijing at one point reached 40 times the World Health Organisation’s safe limit. The China National Tourism Administration admitted it recorded a dip of five per cent in the number of foreign visitors entering China between January and June, compared with the same period last year. China is the world’s third most popular destination for international travel, behind France and the US.

BARCA IS ‘SCAM CITY’ Barcelona is the city in which you’re most likely to fall victim to a travel scam, so says a study commissioned by Generator Hostels. The poll of 2000 British tourists revealed common ruses included taxi drivers taking unnecessarily long routes to the punter’s desired destination, and locals persuading tourists to take a photo and then trying to charge them for it. Paris and Rome came second and third, which is perhaps unsurprising in light of recent news stories reporting on increased pickpocketing in the French capital and a group of British tourists being charged £54 for four ice creams in Rome.

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It’s amazing the difference a day can make. Come this Friday night, you’ll be hard-pushed to find an unsmiling face, and for good reason. Most of us will be buzzing at the prospect of a bonus 24 hours away from the office. However, the August 26 bank holiday Monday will be the last public holiday for three months, so try to resist spending the long weekend getting up to date with Breaking Bad on the sofa. There’s stacks going on around the country to get involved in, as this quick guide shows. Medieval Festival, Sussex Missing Game Of Thrones? Get your fix of knights, jesters and hog roasts (presumably sans the dismemberment) at the three-day Medieval Festival held at Herstmonceux, a stunning 15th-century moated castle set deep within the East Sussex countryside. The entertainment will include battles between more than 1000 knights and bowmen, jousting competitions, medieval markets and beer taverns. There’s camping available on site, too. Go on, get medieval on everyone’s asses. Tickets cost £15 in advance. englandsmedievalfestival.com

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Mod Weekender, Brighton It doesn’t get much more British than the mod movement, which originated in London in the Fifties and went on to be cemented in pop culture iconography with the help of The Jam (and, today, Sir Bradley Wiggins). Prepare to get your Quadrophenia on as the who’s who of the mod world descend on their spiritual home for this annual roadtripping event. The Saturday and Sunday daytime action is all based around the Volks Tavern, 200m east of Brighton Pier, where there will be bands playing, retro markets and Scooter competitions. Entrance is free. Start growing those sideburns now, people! newuntouchables.com

Cornwall Folk Festival, Wadebridge Escape the Big Smoke and spend your weekend filling your belly with pasties and scrumpy, accompanied by the sounds of top folk music acts. The Cornish are a fiercely proud lot – any trip to this county at the southwestern tip of Great Britain (the bit that looks like a toe poking into the water)

will be draped in ubiquitous Saint Piran’s flags, the ‘national’ flag of Cornwall – so you can expect any fest celebrating the culture to be a right good old knees up. Tickets for the whole weekend cost £50, or individual events start at £6. While in Cornwall, head over to England surfing capital Newquay and explore the consistent swell found on its seven miles of coastline. Or, if you’re looking for a more relaxing retreat, nearby Padstow is a cutesy fishing village perfect for indulging in fish ‘n’ chips, ice creams and the odd round of mini golf. cornwallfolkfestival.com

International Music Festival, Liverpool Liverpool’s month-long celebration of all things music reaches a crescendo over the long weekend with a stack of free shows, featuring the likes of Soul II Soul and The Saturdays in Sefton Park. Make sure you put enough time aside to sample some other ‘Scouse’ delights, from Beatlemania at The Cavern Club (cavernclub.org) to a proper big night on the town. Check out the freakshows at Circo (circoliverpool.com), or for the more student-friendly among you, The Blue Angel (savetheraz.co.uk/where), affectionately known among locals as ‘The Raz’, is a basement haven of sweaty punters and cheesy tunes. limfestival.com

Festival of Fools, Belfast Head over to Northern Ireland for a city break with the bonus of knowing that on Sunday, the Cathedral Quarter will play host to this free festival of street theatre and all-round circus shenanigans. While you’re in town, be sure to check out shiny new museum Titanic Belfast (titanicbelfast.com), which commemorates the ill-fated ship that was built in the Cork: The secrets city and sank on its maiden of Ireland’s pub trail voyage in 1912. are out of the bottle

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173kmph. It also saw him take a serious tumble, resulting in a three-month stay at a Nicaraguan hospital. Fast forward a few years and along came Daryn Webb, the Aussie owner of a hostel called Bigfoot in nearby Leon. He tried boarding down the black stuff on everything from surfboards to fridge doors, before settling on a crude Formica and plywood sledge. And now you can join daily trips run by Webb’s Bigfoot successors. For under £20 (which includes two mojitos), you’re handed your board, goggles and orange jumpsuit before starting the leg-burning climb to the top. Once there, peer down the 40-degree drop and take the plunge into a cloud of dust and garbled screams. Volcanic gravel flies at you, and those who lose control will have the bloody face and arms to show for it. Stay straight, however, and you could top 80kmph when passing the speed gun. bigfoothostel.com/volcanoboarding.html

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It’s been near the top of South America must-do lists for many a year, but when it comes to extreme adventures, mountain biking down the most dangerous road in the world simply doesn’t get boring. Much of the cliff-side road is just 3.2m wide with sheer drops a pants-wetting 4000m. Safety barriers separating you from the abyss are nonexistent – that’d be cheating, right? Costs from around £70pp. gravitybolivia.com

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When it comes to pure, unadulterated terror, it’s still hard to beat a bungee. So why not try the biggest of the lot, all 764ft of it, in Macau. Indeed, so massive is the recordbreaking China-based jump that Kiwi bungee pioneer AJ Hackett and his buddies had to invent a special second generation bungee cord which was able to take the extra pressure, plus drop straighter, meaning you won’t swing into the concrete Macau Tower. That was nice of them. It costs £203pp. ajhackett.com

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Fancy scuba diving with big man-eater sharks? How about when the sharks are getting fed and you don’t have a cage? Well that’s exactly what you can do at Beqa Lagoon, off Pacific Harbour, on Fiji’s Viti Levu Island. Started by South African Brandon Paige, the fish feeding dives involve taking cover behind a small ocean wall while the dive crew police the visitors. Large bull sharks are almost always part of the action, while a lone tiger shark often drops by. From £103pp. aquatrek.com

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Rise above the skiing vs boarding debate by trumping both sides with an arm-wrenching, death-defying ice climbing experience in the frosty surrounds of Alaska’s Valdez. A regular destination for top climbers since the Seventies, thanks to the massive, stunning blue ice to be found in Keystone Canyon, plus the region’s many frozen waterfalls, Valdez has developed into a major hotspot for the ice lovers of the world. Full-day guided climbs of the Worthington Glacier cost from £97pp. alaskasummer.com

milhouse overview A couple of blocks from Cusco’s central Plaza De Armas, Milhouse is one of the newest hostels in the Machu Picchu gateway city, and already one of the best. Created from a partnership between Inca Trail tour specialists Bamba Experience and legendary Buenos Aires party hostel Milhouse, the Cusco pad is set within a beautifully restored old colonial mansion. wow factor The moment you walk in off the bustling Peruvian street and into the historic courtyard, tarted up with funky modern touches, it’s clear the hostel is a cut above. There’s a lively bar and social scene for the party animals, but also plenty of space to escape. rooms Spacious and clean, with most rooms having en suite. Cage lockers near power sockets (so stuff can be securely left charging) and privacy headboards by dorm beds, are examples of the excellent design touches that show this crew know (and actually provide) what budget travellers want and need. bill please Dorm beds cost from £6.50pn, doubles £30pn.

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Beaches and surf. Those are often what first springs to mind when San Sebastian is mentioned, especially if it’s an Antipodean that’s doing the mentioning. And indeed, the northern Spanish city, overlooking the Cantabrian Sea, has plenty to boast about in those departments – La Concha is regularly labelled Europe’s best city beach, while Zurriola is the stuff of legend among serious surfers. But bronzed beauties and boards aside, there’s far more to San Sebastian than simply hanging out half naked. As unbelievable as it may sound, this is one town where keeping your clothes on is as fun as whipping them off. Well, almost. With food, culture and after-dark scenes to match just about any other small city on the continent, it’s no surprise this coastal getaway has been handed the European Capital of Culture crown for 2016. So read on for your guide to what stands behind the sands.

A Spain in the arse First things first, careful who you call Spanish. San Sebastian is in the heart of Basque country, the western Pyrenees region that straddles the border with France and includes the likes of Pamplona, Bilbao and Biarritz. Similar to the Catalans over in Barcelona, it’s an area where people are passionately proud of their own language and culture, while harbouring a general desire to be separate from Spain. As such, many San Sebastian locals, or donostiarras as they’re known, would say they share more with their Basque brothers in French towns like Biarritz than their colonial overlords in Spanish capital Madrid. Everyone will speak Spanish but would much prefer, you’ll quickly realise, to banter in Basque. If you’re keen to learn the basics and earn some solidarity high fives, just remember the golden rule – every word needs to contain at least one ‘x’. However, one similarity to the Spanish that even the most diehard separatist couldn’t deny is that San Sebastian loves a fiesta. Time your visit to coincide with one of the city’s many annual festivals and you’ll come across plenty of the old traditions – from pelota games (basically outdoors squash) to stone throwing contests, via drumming and period dress wearing, all accompanied with copious amounts of cider. Try to catch the fishing boat regattas on the first two Sundays in September, plus the Fair of Santo Tomas, on December 21. sansebastian.co.uk/events-and-festivals

Basque in the glory If A-list celebrities are more your thing, make sure you’re in town for one of Europe’s most glamorous cinematic feasts – the San Sebastian International Film Festival. Widely considered the biggest movie event in the Spanish-speaking world, the festival has hosted the European premieres for bighitters as varied as Star Wars and Alfred Hitchcock’s Vertigo.

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P-pick up some pintxos San Sebastian is a magnet to the sort of sweeping, exaggerated statements which are normally written off as marketing talk or lazy journalism. The difference with this Basque beauty, however, is that it beats the easy hype. The beaches really are that good. And the film festival truly is damn cool. But here’s a third one for you, the biggest of the lot: San Sebastian is the best place to eat in Europe. There, it’s said. We know, it sounds ridiculous. But here are the facts. For starters, check out any list of the world’s top restaurants. Keep your eyes to the skies and you’ll likely spot Donostia (the town’s Basque name) eateries Arzak and Mugaritz in the top 10. Better yet, forget Tokyo or Paris, if you’re after the city with more Michelin stars per capita than anywhere else in the world, look no further than San Seb. But so what, we hear you cry. What if you don’t want to cripple your credit card on a meal that will probably leave you hungry? Well, the best bit about eating out in San Sebastian is that it actually makes no sense to spend a fortune on the top restaurants – the cheap stuff is just so good. The local delicacy – pintxos – cost around £2.50 each and can be found on just about every street corner. Basically the Basque version of tapas, pintxos (spot the ‘x’) are more often than not small pieces of bread generally topped with mushrooms, cheese or seafood, as well as a scrumptious sauce. From classic staples like tortilla to more decadent dining experiences, such as spider crab tarts or braised pig’s ears, pintxos tick every box on the holiday eating wishlist – delicious, reasonably priced and unique. So make like a local and hop from bar to bar, gorging on pintxos while washing them down with txakoli, the local fizzy green wine. Find the best spots, and understand what you’re eating, on a gastronomic tour put on by Follow Me. justfollowme.com

The old ones are the best If you’re not sure where to go to satisfy your alcoholic appetites, a good bet is always to head into the Parte Vieja, San Sebastian’s characterful old town. You’ll find the lively little lanes packed with people grazing on pintxos and chugging the region’s best beverages. Calle Fermin Calbeton is often the liveliest street, with many drinkers jumping on the all-nighter train. But it’s easy to escape the boozy buzz for those wanting to find something more romantically charming. Either way, in typical Iberian style, don’t expect the action to really get going until the early hours, so try not to hit your first bar before 10pm. Kill time with a few swigs of Basque favourite kalimotxo (what’s that? An ‘x’?), basically red wine and Coke. It sounds wrong, but it’s Basque, so you know it won’t taste wrong. ❚

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Beachy Barca: catch rays Catalan-style San Sebastian isn’t the only great city break that lets you get some sand between your toes. Here’s three more. NICE, FRANCE City slicker: Wander the winding lanes of the old town and soak up the atmosphere. Swing by the city’s myriad art museums for your fix of Monet, Warhol and more, then spend your evenings in clubs and bars to suit every taste, from bohemian jazz to big name DJs. Beach bum: There’s an array of free pebble beaches or, if you don’t mind paying a fee, 15 private beaches with bars, restaurants, changing rooms and loungers. Flight time: About two hours from London. BARCELONA, SPAIN City slicker: Don’t miss La Sagrada Familia church, an incredible feat of creativity still being built. Las Ramblas is also a must-see, a chaotic central boardwalk crammed with tarot readers and street artists, while the epic La Boqueria food market pulses at its top. Veer off the tourist trail to Carrer de la Riera Baixa for vintage boutiques. Beach bum: Millions of sun-seekers pile on to Barcelona’s beaches, the busiest being Platja de la Nova Icària. A series of beaches spread northeast from the Port Olímpic marina, so have a wander if you’re looking for a calmer spot. There’s a small nudist section at Platja de la Mar Bella. Flight time: About two hours from London. NAPLES, ITALY City slicker: The historic city centre is a World Heritage Site with a wealth of treasures to discover. We particularly like the Palazzo Donn’Anna, derelict but beautifully so, built out over the water and smack-bang next to a beach. It’s not open to the public, but makes essential snapping. Beach bum: There are plenty of sandy stretches to choose from, so sample a few. The most scenic are bordered by the big blue on one side, and black volcanic cliffs decorated with bright houses and tumbling greenery on the other. Flight time: About two hours and 40 minutes from London.

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landscape – if all the sand had been replaced by snow and ice. I’m standing on what is essentially an enormous ice rink, many metres thick and covered with a heavy layer of snow. We gape in awe and make a couple of snow angels before returning to the vehicle and ploughing back down the slope. On our way back into Jasper on the tour coach, the driver slows down as we approach a car parked by the side of the road. “Often cars will stop because there’s wildlife,” he tells us. My excitement at the possibility of spotting a grizzly is short-lived – we see that the couple from the car are just taking pictures of each other in front of the mountains. We carry on not too much further and spy a second car parked by the side of the road – and this time I’m in luck. I see my first ever wild bear. He’s a small black creature wandering nonchalantly along the grassy embankment. This turns out to be the first of two bears I see while on the trip. The second is brought to my attention by a headsup over the intercom on the train that same evening. The announcer tells us there’s a bear lounging around on the tracks; they often come down to eat grain left behind by goods trains. This particular black bear is curled over the track as if it’s a log; he’s lazing around like an oversized floppy teddy. I want to get out and cuddle him, but that would delay the train and I’m pretty sure I wouldn’t have much of a face left if I did. We are now slowly chugging towards Winnipeg. This section of the journey is a long one, stretching overnight and all of the following day. We arrive in Winnipeg at night, have a quick drink at the hotel bar and flop into bed. The next morning, our group digs into the history of the city with the tour A Prairie Legacy: The Bison and Its People. Winnipeg was a trading centre for the aboriginal people 72

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JUST GOOD FRIENDS?: Desperately seeking an answer to the question of whether I can stay mates with a long-time friend after giving her a thorough banging on the kitchen floor when hammered and enjoying it immensely. Serious conundrum here, folks. Please help. Todd TUBE TUNES: To the man listening to his iPod sans headphones on the Tube. You do realise that not everybody wants to hear techno blaring in their faces at 8am in an impossibly overstuffed train, right? Thanks for DJing for us all. Christina SHUT IT: To the unnamed roommate who chooses to leave the door cracked so we know when he has sex. We get it. We don’t need to hear your (hilariously brief) constipated moose noises coming from you or your girlfriend. P.S We think she’s faking it. Tony TREE HUGGER: To the man talking to the tree for 20 minutes yesterday in Hyde Park. I 100 per cent know where you are coming from. Sometimes people just don’t listen as well as nature. Absorbing the ambiance of the earth is the most basic form of tranquility. Not sure why you started making out with it though. Susan FELLOW LOSERS?: I’ve been on a diet I read about online for about two months now. I’ve been eating nothing but cottage cheese, prune juice and rhubarb. Not seeing the desired results. Does anybody have any success stories with this diet, or am I wasting my time and toilet paper? Diane

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