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EDITOR’S LETTER Have you got your diary sorted for the Olympics? If you’re not escaping London (if you are, look on tntmagazine.com for ideas), flick to P8 for a guide to the entertainment on offer in the capital. On P30, we chat to funnyman Rhys Darby ahead of his new show, which we reckon will be a big hit. Or, if you’re looking to ditch the UK, consider Iceland – our writer goes in search of adventure. Turn to P82 to discover whether he finds it.

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Comedian Rhys Darby on his new solo show and escaping FOTC’s Murray

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On the track of bison, moose and beavers in Poland’s Podlaskie Voivodship

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Volcanoes tours, snorkelling and ATV riding adventures in Iceland

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International premieres, pop-up screenings and live events comprise this event, which has, since its 2000 birth, established itself as an international event. Films in award contention this year include Amy Winhouse – The Day She Came To Dingle; Ai Wei Wei: Never Sorry, about the Chinese dissident; and Argentine doc The Last Elvis.

You don’t have to get yourself down to SW19 to get involved in some tennis. This City event has all manner of swingball trophies and prizes as the suits (and others) go head to head. There’s also a Swingball summer party on Thursday evening, with live music and free Pimm’s and hot dogs. It’ll be fun. Swing on by.

This exhibition of the iconic French designer’s shoes features examples of his many classic creations, from stilettos and lace-ups to boots, showing why his sculptures are the most sought-after fashion items in the world. There’s also a three-dimensional holographic ‘performance’ by Dita Von Teese, too.

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Rugby 7s. Lightning rugby. Pool A will see Harlequins take on London Irish, London Wasps and Saracens

Making a splash: Sumo long jump

13 July, Twickenham Stoop, Kick off 7.30pm To book tickets call 0208 410 6000 or visit www.quinsru.talent-sport.co.uk

The J.P. Morgan Premiership Rugby 7s Series sweeps across the country this summer. The series features all 12 Premiership Rugby Clubs, live music and family entertainment at three pool matches in July with the top two teams in each pool going to the final to battle it out to become Series Champions.

SUMO SUITS ATHLETICS WORLD CHAMPS Battersea Park

All those athletes arriving in London have got it easy – running around the track in tight-fitting lycra outfits is nothing, try doing it in a sumo suit. The fourth annual Sumo Suit Athletics champs hit town, pitching contestants into events including the 100m, long jump, high jump, shot put and a legbusting 400m. For those who rate their endurance, there’s a pentathlon, encompassing all five events. So get down, run, wobble, laugh, and win a yourself a medal. £25

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Politics, the media and the body are the themes of this exhibition about the infamous 1936 Berlin Games. It focuses on propaganda from the time, the Nazis’ skill as exemplary manipulators of public opinion, and those who refuted their idea of ‘the perfect body’. Easy: John Rambo in First Blood Pt II.

A great chance to examine the influence of British pop culture on record covers, clothes, furniture and interior design. From studded punk jackets and psychedelia to scooter-riding mods, look back to when Britain was a globally renowned fashion hub and the focus of the eyes – and envy – of the world.

Daily until Sept 14. 10am-5pm Wiener Library, WC1B 5DP Russell Square wienerlibrary.co.uk

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SEX TOUR? THERE’S AN APP FOR THAT An app into the salacious history of the home of London’s sex industry has been released by The National Trust. Soho Stories, an X-rated tour, free to download, will guide users through the redlight district. And it comes with a warning about “reference to sex and violence”. Ivo Dawnay, the London director of the Trust, said: “British rock ‘n’ roll, feminism and gay liberation were all born in Soho, and this new technology allows us to deliver those stories in a vivid way.” Users can choose their own route, and satellite technology pinpoints where they are.

This is not going to make a Hollywood action movie A Met Police officer on board a doubledecker for Operation Red One – swooping on suspected con artists on London Bridge – tells it like it is after the vehicle gets stuck in traffic

UK’S FIRST CABLE CAR TAKES TO THE SKY Boris Johnson officially opened The Emirates Air Line cable car last week. Passengers can now commute from the 02 Arena in south London to the ExCel centre in the north. The system can carry 2500 people per hour in each direction, and costs £3.20 for a single fare, using an Oyster. Johnson said: “Get on this cable car immediately. It’s beautiful, worth every penny.”

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Europe’s tallest building opens for business with laser show The 310m high Shard is set to open for business this week, with a spectacular laser show. Nearly 50 lights will be projected on to Europe’s new tallest building, on the south bank of the Thames, illuminating the night sky on July 5. The show – consisting of 12 lasers and 30 searchlights – will kick off at about 10.15pm, and will be streamed live on the Shard’s Facebook page. Lasers will be beamed on to London’s other landmarks, including the Gherkin, London Eye and Tower Bridge. And the show will be soundtracked by music performed live by the London Philharmonic Orchestra. Tickets to The View – a 360-degree platform, offering views for 40 miles across the city – will go on sale the following

morning at 9am, although it won’t open until February 2013. The 95-storey, pyramid-shaped building, designed by architect Renzo Piano, cost £450m and has taken three years to build. As well as three levels of restaurants, 27 floors of offices and 19 floors of hotel rooms, the Shard will also boast ten properties at the top of the skyscraper, expected to fetch up to £50m each. When London mayor Boris Johnson visited The Shard, he said: “If you want a symbol of how London is powering its way out of the global recession, the Shard is it, rising confidently up to the heavens. “[It] is destined to become as iconic a landmark on London’s cherished skyline as the Gherkin, St Paul’s or Big Ben.” See the-shard.com for laser show details.

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Gigs and Games It’s nearly here. And there are 12,000 events going on during the Olympics. Here’s our pick of the best in London WORDS CAROL DRIVER Love it or loathe it, the Games are a coming. With just weeks to go, it’s time to stop whining and get involved – with the world’s spotlight on the city you’re living in, it’s the best excuse to party. Until September 9 – the end of the Paralympics – there will be 12,000 events featuring more than 25,000 artists from all 204 participating Olympic nations. The tough decision you face is deciding where to party. Fret not. We can help. BT London Live (btlondonlive.com) will be held at Hyde Park and Victoria Park between July 27 and August 12 – moving to Trafalgar Square for the Paralympics – with giant screens of the sporting action as well as a host of free events and entertainment every day. There are a bunch of concerts, with the likes of Alexander Burke and Rebecca Ferguson taking to the stage. Also on offer are bungee jumping, trampolining, cricket and basketball. In Victoria Park, a 180ft observation wheel will offer views of the Olympic Park. Hyde Park is hosting two paid-for concerts to rival the Olympic opening and closing ceremonies. Fans of the Eighties will be impressed as Duran

Duran headlines on July 27, along with Snow Patrol and Stereophonics. Blur will be closing the show on August 12 along with The Specials. And Sir Tom Jones will be shaking his stuff on July 28, to kick off 15 days of free fun. Linda Lennon, chief executive for The Royal Parks, hosting BT London Live, said: “Visitors can watch live Olympic action, take part in sports and enjoy music and cultural performances. The summer of 2012 is going to be unforgettable and the atmosphere in Hyde Park and throughout the capital will be sensational.” The London 2012 Festival is a 12-week “explosion of arts and creativity” running alongside the Games. It’s the finale of the Cultural Olympiad, arts events running since 2008 (festival.london2012.com). One of the big spectacles is One Extraordinary Day, which will involve 36 brave dancers jumping, flying, swooping and soaring from seven London buildings. It’s all a bit hushhush; no one knows when or where in the capital it’ll be taking place, and organisers will recruit an audience via social media. The “extreme action”

choreographer and dancer Elizabeth Streb behind OED, said: “I like to think of us as action’s answer to rock ’n’ roll. “We do things you would never imagine. We slam into walls, we dive through glass, we put fires out with our bodies. In some of the events we’re freefalling from 40 feet. It’s going to be the most dangerous thing I’ve done.” BT River Of Music’s gigs will take place on July 21-22, with Scissor Sisters, Baaba Maal and Noisettes performing (btriverofmusic.com). The two-day, free events will take place over six stages – Asia represented in Battersea Park; Europe at Somerset House and Trafalgar Square; Americas at the Tower of London; Oceania at the Old Royal Naval College; and Africa at the London Pleasure Gardens. And one-day fest Traction, curated by DJ Gilles Peterson, will open its doors on July 14. Tickets cost £20 for the event which will see Mercury-prize nominee Ghostpoet joined by London artist Plugs at Granary Square – at the heart of the 67-acre King’s Cross redevelopment (eurostartraction.com). Let the Games begin. MORE OLYMPIC EVENTS ››

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LONDON RIVER PARTY WESTMINSTER This new party night takes to the water two evenings a week for drinking and dancing with the backdrop of London’s lights. A house DJ will provide the tunes as the boat departs from Westminster Pier at 7.30pm, returning to Blackfriars Pier at 11.30pm. The price includes a free shot with your first drink, nibbles, plus free entry to Temple Walkabout, so the party doesn’t have to end when you dock.

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More than 500,000 are expected to line the streets as Olympic and Paralympic stars parade across London. A procession of 900 athletes will walk from the Guildhall, through the City past iconic sites, including St Paul’s Cathedral and Trafalgar Square, along the Mall to the Queen Victoria Monument. There will be a grand finale in front of Buckingham Palace. Top excuse to keep the party going full swing. FREE

LONDON EYE OLYMPIC LATES SOUTH BANK For two weeks only during the Olympics, the London Eye will be running until midnight, affording stunning views over the capital. Visitors can also book a new capsule experience, which includes either champagne, or finger food and wine. If you’re yet to go on the Eye, this will be your best chance to do it. Book now. £15+

Sept 10 From Guildhall to Buckingham Palace molpresents.com/parade

July 27-Aug 12 Westminster Bridge Road, SE1 7PB Waterloo, Embankment, Charing Cross, Westminster londoneye.com

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Have your say about the impact of the Games by taking part in this series of short films looking at how people living in London have been affected. It’s part of three stages of shorts, which will be screened in a free exhibition.

Anticipating the spirit of Rio 2016 Games, Somerset House will be filled with Brazilian culture with Casa Brasil (Olympic House). Expect exhibitions, fashion, and arts on display, Brazilian food on offer, as well as a carnival atmosphere.

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Workshops £5: June 23 & 30, July 5. Exhibition July 12-21. Free Rivington Place, EC2A 3BA Old Street rivingtonplace.org

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Learn about the Olympics through the ages at the Royal Opera House. This one-off exhibition has teamed up with the Olympic Museum in Lausanne to include artefacts from athletes as well as audio and film on display in the capital for the first time. You’ll also be able to have a look at medals since 1896 and the torches since 1936. There’s also a section dedicated to the first Games, held in Ancient Greece.

Check out how the sought-after medals were made for this year’s Games: from the designs and the mining of the metal, through to their production at the Royal Mint.

Check out this range of photographic Games commissions, taken as Olympians prepare to compete. Includes behindthe-scenes images as well.

As part of the Camden Fringe, comedian Rosie Wilby will give you a giggle as she revisits the title of her 2006 debut show. The stand-up will be pondering why her petition to introduce swingball as an Olympic sport at the 2012 Games stalled at 32 signatures. And she’ll keep you in fits of laughter throughout.

July 28-Aug 12 Bow Street, WC2E 9DD Covent Garden roh.org.uk/visit

Until Sept 9 British Museum, Great Russell Street, WC1B 3DG Holborn britishmuseum.org

July 19-Sept 23 National Portrait Gallery, St Martin’s Place, WC2H 0HE npg.org.uk Charing Cross

Aug 1, 6 & 8 The Camden Head, NQ1 0LU Camden Town camdenfringe.com

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This nine-day event boasts a top line-up of art, music, science, literature and acrobatics. Look out for the pop-up ballroom, and the one-man alien band. Enjoy games from the V&A’s vintage collection, as well as readings from Road Stories – shorts which have been put together by well-known writers. Taking centre stage will be by Katie Paterson, who has taken a four-anda-half-billion-year-old meteorite and created a new artwork. See it to believe it.

The House of Switzerland is one of the few national buildings opening up to the public. It will be turning 3000sqm into a “Red Zone” mini-village. Guests can take part in sporting events, listen to live music, tuck into top food and enjoy cultural performances. On display will be traditional Swiss sports, and there will be medal ceremonies with Swiss athletes in attendance. FREE

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July 28-Aug 5 Exhibition Road, SW7 2AZ South Kensington exhibitionroadshow.co.uk

OLYMPIC PARK WALKING TOURS EAST LONDON Not got tickets for Olympic events? Then this is your best bet of seeing the venues in which the athletes compete. Stroll around all three Olympic sites with the Going For Gold tour, or opt for one of the daily walks that will take you around the east London site. Your guide will give you the lowdown on everything from the history of the area, to why east London was chosen to host 2012. £9+

July 20-Aug 12 Glaziers Hall, 9 Montague Close, SE1 9DD London Bridge houseofswitzerland.org

Daily – various times Gold tour at White City Tube. Daily walks at Bromley-by-Bow Tube toursof2012sites.com

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Get caught up in the buzz of the Olympics as the park screens the sporting action as well as a host of entertainment, including prizes and games.

Expect musical street parades and comedy as the Olympic torch lands in Hackney, heading to Clissold Park, Stoke Newington, with special guests expected.

July 27-Aug 12; Aug 19-Sept 9 Off Tooley St, SE1 2AA London Bridge molpresents.com/picture

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PENINSULA FESTIVAL GREENWICH Relax on Europe’s largest man-made city beach, sail along the Thames in a Tall Ship, and go glamping in Greenwich. Events at this festival – the theme of which is ‘Get in touch with the Dutch’ – also include live music, big screen events, and live coverage of the Olympics. As well as DJs from around the world, the festival will also hold an ‘I Love Jamaica Day’ and the London Soul and Blues Festival with Jools Holland.

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At the top end of your budget, this pop-up members’ club will be opening in a four-storey mid-19th-century Victorian warehouse, a 100m walk from the Olympic Park. Open all day til 2am, dine all day on top food, sipping cocktails, overlooking the place of the moment. £90

This celebration is going on all summer long, and is made up of smaller festivals and weekenders. Enjoy comedy, immersive theatre, exhibitions, cabaret and music running until the end of the Paralympic Games. VARIOUS

Until Sept 9 Southbank Centre, Belvedere Road, SE1 8XX Waterloo southbankcentre.co.uk

July 20-Sept 9 Hackney Swan Whf, E3 2NG Wick thefringe2012.com

HAVE-A-GO-SPORTS HYDE PARK + VICTORIA Of course you could be an Olympic athlete. To prove it to your mates, take part in these sporting events at the BT Live sites. Get involved in Wheelchair Rugby League in Victoria Park, or at Hyde Park have a taster session of wheelchair basketball, enjoy ping pong tables, and there’s also a triathlon course. Plus there’s cricket, lacrosse, football, handball, volleyball, badminton and netball at both sites, with coaches and professionals. FREE

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DENISE FARRELL CO-OWNER OF VOLUPTE What baffles me about London is that it’s almost impossible to get a decent takeaway after 11pm. In fact, it’s also pretty tough to get a late-night drink – but through sheer perseverance and a willingness to travel, you can end up in some bizarre places indeed! London’s best-kept secret is the African Club – a small doorway in Dalston that leads to a small dingy club open all hours and plays great music. You can only gain entry if recommended by a dodgy minicab driver. When I want to chill out, I go to Hackney City Farm. The most interesting person I’ve met is Sergio Vitale – my partner. He tolerates my crap and brings sunshine to my life on a daily basis, and isn’t afraid to express himself on the dance floor! My favourite place for a drink The Night Jar and Lounge Lover (both Shoreditch) are great for cocktails. For when you’re hungover in London you can’t beat people-watching and the best breakfast ever at The Ginger Pig Café on Hoxton Street.

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BAR THE SCENE Floridita’s previous incarnation, The Marquee Club was the legendary launching pad for the likes of The Rolling Stones and Led Zeppelin. Its remarkable heritage and decadent setting are married in a quirky evening package, which includes a tour of Soho, followed by dinner and cocktails. Tour guide Emma brings the area’s rich past to life, with trivia on its once prostitute-lined streets and tales of its murky past. Later, we are seated in the low-lit basement bar Floridita, with curved lounges, a sweeping staircase, and tacky nightclub atmos, when a trio of glittering drag queens storms on the stage, showgirl-like and delightfully camp. THE GRUB It’s a limited menu for the package, including fish, meat and vegetarian options. I plump for the salmon. It squidges beneath my fork and the chicory is limp. I’m too distracted by the imposing drag queens to care, though. BEHIND THE BAR The bar does a great cocktail, inspired by its Latin American theme, and some named after celebrities who visited its 20th-century Havana cocktail bar, such as Ava Gardner and Spencer Tracy. BILL PLEASE The tour, two-course meal, mojito, plus show costs £35. A glass of wine from £4.25, a bottle from £20.50. Cocktails from £8.50. VERDICT A dash of culture and a liberal measure of camp make for a thoroughly satisfying night. From 6.45pm every Tues, Wed and Thurs. REBECCA KENT

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LONDON COCKTAIL CLUB Bacon and eggs isn’t just for breakfast. Try the Bloody Bacon Martini at this Goodge Street bar for a sweet and savoury cocktail to satisfy any thirsty carnivore. Gotta love drinking a bit of pig. londoncocktailclub.co.uk

PURL This experimental cocktail bar does the Vieux Carre, a twist on the Manhattan, with Jack Daniel’s, cognac, benedictine, Cocchi di Torino, peychaud, and topped off with salmon Jerky. Interesting. purl-london.com

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PICNIC CHIC Picnics shouldn’t be limited to yesterday’s sandwich and a bag of chips. Yo! Sushi has a new £15 hamper for two, featuring a Yo! Sushi cooler bag, two bottles of Asahi beer, a sharing sushi platter, dessert and a frisbee. But if fish isn’t your fancy, Carluccio’s also offers a £45 hamper packed full of regional Italian dishes. So impress your mates with a dining experience fit for a proper adult. yosushi.com

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GRAB A HOTDOG Celebrate American Independence Day, or at least eat away your bitter feelings, at Blues Kitchen in Camden. In true celebration of the restaurant’s US heritage, the venue is throwing its annual Hot Dog Eating Contest on July 4. The winner receives a £50 voucher to spend at the venue, plus, of course, bragging rights to the title of Hot Dog King or Queen. Also, anyone with an American passport gets a free drink at the bar. theblueskitchen.com

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COCKTAIL IN A CARPARK Taking in views of London from 10 storeys high while sipping a cocktail – that’s a cool way to do summer. Try it at Frank’s Cafe and Campari bar, which has popped up on the 10th floor of a Peckham carpark. Cocktails are £5 and there’s food such as hummus, grilled apricots and mint chilli to nibble on. It’s open until September 30, from noon-11pm. Take a blanket, as it can get chilly up there. 95a Rye Lane, SE15 4ST

TRANGALLAN Tapas THE SCENE Nestled on the periphery of Newington Green, Trangallan is the latest restaurant to open in this increasingly popular enclave, just west of Dalston. Next door to the fabulous Acoustic, the tapas restaurant, open Tuesday to Sunday, has been converted from a Turkish working men’s club, and its handpicked interior is something quite special. The bright-white walls and tall windows contrast cleverly against the disparate dark-wooden vintage furniture (all for sale, by the way) to create a greater sense of space than the dimensions of the compact dining room should strictly allow. Downstairs is an equally well-thought-out basement used for screenings, live music and cabaret, which happen weekly. THE GRUB In recent years, tapas is a word that has suffered some denigration, mainly due in to chain restaurants dishing up banal, pre-packaged dishes. Trangallan is the antithesis of that approach. The menu affords room for some unchanging Spanish stalwarts: beautiful Iberian ham, traditional tortilla and a surprisingly bountiful green salad, while the other offerings rotate regularly. On my visit, the tomato and anchovy salad, and beef and mashed potato are particular highlights. The dishes arrive at different times, as soon as they’re ready, creating a relaxed dining experience, perfect for a midweek treat.

The Trangallan doesn’t do anything by half, and takes its wine as seriously as it takes its food. Its list is comprehensive and full of surprises. The Piemonte 2009 Arcese Cortese, one of the many options available by glass, is delightful. All the wine on the menu is also available to buy for carry out. BILL PLEASE Tapas from £4; beer from £3.50 a pint; wine from £3.40 a glass, £16.90 a bottle. VERDICT The dishes are expertly assembled and the menu is considerately compiled. The staff are charming and attentive without being overbearing, creating a calm environment to enjoy the Trangallan’s beautiful grub. OLIVER JONES BEHIND THE BAR

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This three-day dance fest in Cheshire has a kaleidoscopic line-up that runs from tech and house to trance and upstart dubstep oiks – and everything, and everyone, in between. David Guetta (left), Deadmau5, Calvin Harris and Tiesto perform alongside LA‘s Skrillex, Sub Focus, Example, Andy C and Erol Alkan. There’s something to keep you dancing all weekend, the hardcore among you taking it all in in one go. Daresbury Estate, Hall Lane, Cheshire, WA4 4AR £130 (weekend camping) Aug 24-26

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The fellas at Bloc show how summer should be done with this, their first Londonbased bash after their Butlins-set weekenders, and they’ve orchestrated one hell of a line-up of new, established and underground talent. Straddling genres to incorporate everything from experimental psych-rock and hip hop, to dubstep and techno legends, the bill is marked by its diversity. Snoop Dogg brings his ho-bashing raps to the Friday night as mainstage headliner, supported by Richie Hawtin and Steve Reich. Snoop’s lyrics might not be politically correct, or palatable to the reasonable, but he knows how to work the crowd. Returning rave-sters Orbital headline the Saturday, continuing their Wonky summer tour into east London. The Hartnoll Brothers find support from the likes of electro messiah Gary Numan, alongside Flying Lotus, Jeff Mills, audio-visual drum ‘n’ bass star Squarepusher, and Texan noisesmiths Battles, whose remix Dross Glop earlier this year is already one of 2012’s long player standouts. Taking up residency in the London Pleasure Gardens, Bloc has found itself a venue whose character matches that of its acts. Set in 60,000sqm of waterside docklands, with a backdrop of the towering warehouse blocks that used to mark this formerly industrial area of London, the Gardens will boast a 30m geodesic dome, the majestic Hub stage from Glastonbury and an audio-video experience with imposing installations, that make the setting as much of a performer as the stage-bound musical acts. Pontoon Docks DLR

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He was once scary, upsetting the funless Stateside with his goth-shock act; then his rock institution placement saw the outrage factor dim. The man christened Brian is back now, with album nine, Born Villain. Whether you’re dedicated to wearing black all year round or not, his live show is a spectacle worth catching. Brixton Academy 211 Stockwell Road, SW9 9SL Brixton o2academybrixton.co.uk

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The Aussie DJ duo hit south London’s club lynchpin for this, one-night-only show. Having toured the world (last year they headlined 35 shows across three continents), played at the most prestigious clubs and become a festivalscene mainstay, siblings Matt and Chris are headed for the very top.

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MONDAY 2 Hard Core Salsa DJ Mario plays mambo and salsa, plus dance lessons. Salsa!, Charing Cross Rd, WC2H 0JG (020 7379 3277). 7pm-late. £4, free before 9pm.

Disco���s Deeper Ryan and guests spin dance anthems and party tunes. Gigalum, Cavendish Parade, Clapham Common South Side, SW4 9DW (020 8772 0303). 7pm-late. Free.

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Drumcast Rewind Majistrate, Sly, Kane and guests supply drum ‘n’ bass. Hidden, Tinworth St, SE11 5EQ (020 7820 6613). 10pm-late. £15 before 1am, adv £10.

Monday Madness DJs Bruno and Jimmy Jam spin pop and carnival classics. Walkabout, Temple, Temple Place, WC2R 2PH (020 7054 8033). 8pm-midnight. £5, free before 8pm.

Fabriclive DJs Marky Calibre, Fabio, Marcus Intalex and guests supply drum ‘n’ bass and dance. Fabric, Charterhouse St, EC1M 6HJ (020 7336 8898). 10pm-6am. £17, adv £16, adv £21 inc CD, NUS £10 before midnight, mems £12, £7 after 3am.

Popcorn Resident DJs supply dance, electro, R‘n’B, pop and hip-hop. Heaven, Charing Cross Arches, Villiers St, WC2N 6NG (020 7930 2020). 11pm-5.30am. £8. Rednek Album Launch Eddy Temple Morris, DJ Lauk, DJ Sly and Tribal Riot Tickets spin drum ‘n’ bass, hip-hop and jungle. The Garage, Highbury Corner, N5 1RD (0870 060 3777/ cc 0844 847 1678). 7pm-late. £5.

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Rehab DJ Haley, Zoe Demonette, Dan Udy and Malarky supply indie, electro and pop. The Roxy, Rathbone Place, W1T 1HJ (020 7255 1098). 10pm-3am. £5, NUS/w/flyer £3, mems £1 before 9.30pm.

Clubbing London & Max Parties House and electro. The Den & Centro, West Central St, WC1A 1JJ (020 7240 1083). Midnight-6am. £10.

Stampede DJ Laurence Rene spins pop-punk, indie, rock and ska, with hosts Oli Sandler and Matt Boland. Escape Bar, Brewer St, W1F 0SU (020 7734 3040). 9pm-3am. £5, £1 before 11pm, free before 10pm, NUS £3.

Death2Disco DJs Danny Watson, Nigel Thomas and BlagSound DJs spin indie, punk and rock, plus Kites, Swanton Bombs and Kentish Fire perform live. Notting Hill Arts Club, Notting Hill Gate, W11 3JQ (020 7460 4459). 7pm-2am. £3, free before 11pm.

TUESDAY 3 Balearic Deep, vocal and Balearic house from Amir Groove and Nick Tcherniak. The Shadow Lounge, Brewer St, W1F 0RF (020 7287 7988). 10pm-3am. £5, guestlist free. The Elite Leagues DJ Sugai spins hip-hop and beats at this networking showcase. The Macbeth, Hoxton St, N1 6LP (020 7749 0600). 7pm-late. £3.

Gigwise Presents Toy, Black Black Hills and guests spin indie, electro and garage-rock. Proud Camden, The Horse Hospital, Chalk Farm Rd, NW1 8AH (020 7482 3867). 7.30pm-1.30am. £8, NUS £7. Latin Zouk DJs Onda Amor and Mishka Zouk supply R‘n’B and Latin sounds, plus zouk dance classes. Club Colosseum, Nine Elms Ln, SW8 5NQ (020 7720 3609). 7pm-midnight. £10 incl classes, £8 club only, free for first timers.

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Gold Road Presents Planes EP Launch Party DJs Binko Swink, Mousedeer and Gold Road spin pop and retro hits. Ginglik, Shepherd’s Bush Green, W12 8PH (020 8749 2310). 7pm-3am. £5, w/flyer £3. Gravity DJs Alan K and Fat Tony spin electro, house and disco, with hosts Mauricio and Danny Boyce. Fire, South Lambeth Rd, SW8 1UQ (020 7582 9890). 2pm-late. £10, concs £5. Love Present DJs Rob Bailey and Chris Dale spin 1960s club soul, ska, Motown, R‘n’B and boogaloo. Orleans, Seven Sisters Rd, N4 2HZ (020 72841 8482). 10pm-late. £5, free before midnight.

Panic Max Panic, Gaz Panic and That Perfect Fumble spin indie, electro, retro and pop. The Roxy, Rathbone Place, W1T 1HJ (020 7255 1098). 10pm-3am. £5, NUS/w/flyer £3, guestlist w/flyer free before 10.30pm.

Trannyshack Miss Dusty O, Tasty Tim and Lady Lloyd spin commercial dance and pop. Madame Jojo’s, Brewer St, W1F 0SE (020 7734 3040). 10pm-3am. £5, w/flyer £3, free before midnight.

Bikini Vs Shorts QT, 2Hype, Quincy, Mr Mention, Invasion Crew, DJ Bliss, Killah Contrast, DJ Bones, Jai VB, Keety General and guests supply R‘n’B, party and dance. Euphoriom, High St, W3 6NG (020 8993 2915). 10pm-3.30am. £15, adv £10.

White Heat DJs Matty, Olly and Marcus supply electro, techno and indie. Madame Jojo’s, Brewer St, W1F 0SE (020 7734 3040). 10.30pm-3am. £5, concs/flyer £4.

WEDNESDAY 4 Choke Resident DJs play hip-hop, drum ‘n’ bass, electro, indie and grime. The Roxy, Rathbone Place, W1T 1HJ (020 7255 1098). 10pm-3am. £5, guestlist NUS/w/flyer £3, NUS £4.

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Cheezy Thursdays DJs Watty Jnr, Real People, Doctor B, Jazzy G and Sir Lloyd provide pop, retro, rock ‘n’ roll and dance hits. Porky’s Wine Bar, Sternhold Ave, SW2 4PA (020 8671 3424). 9pm-2am. £5, free before midnight.

We Are SME Blog Party DJ Snips, Rossta, Rohan BM, Jason Taylor and DJ TP provide hip-hop, grime, beats and bass. East Village, Great Eastern St, EC2A 3HX (020 7739 5173). 9pm-3.30am. £8, £6 before 11pm, free before 10pm.

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Dc7 3rd Birthday Gianni Scotto, Nicole Moudaber, Alex Tepper and guests provide sleazy house, techno and electronica. Crucifix, Crucifix Ln, SE1 3JW. 11pm-7am. £15, concs £12, see www.residentadvisor.net for details.

Yoyo Leo Greenslade, Seb Chew and guests supply grime, hip-hop, dubstep and garage. Notting Hill Arts Club, Notting Hill Gate, W11 3JQ (020 7460 4459). 7.30pm-2am. £7, £5 before 11pm.

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Merk Chicken Presents Scott Garcia, MC DT, Blakey and guests supply grime, drum ‘n’ bass and dub. The City Arts & Music Project, City Rd, EC1Y 2BJ (020 7253 2443). 10pm. £7, £5 before 11pm.

Bodymove Summer Sessions Techno and house courtesy of DJ Spen and CJ Mackintosh. Egg, York Way, N7 9AX (020 7871 7111). 8pm-10am. £15-£20, NUS £10.

Madd Raff Wednesdays The Heatwave supply bashment and dancehall, plus a dance session courtesy of dancehall instructor Safwaan Shoshoni of Pineapple Studios. The Social, Little Portland St, W1W 7JD (020 7636 4992). 7pm-1am. £5, £3 before 11pm, free before 9pm.

Bad Sex Mayton DJs and Fin Munro spin electro and indie, plus burlesque and cabaret performances. Proud Camden, The Horse Hospital, Chalk Farm Rd, NW1 8AH (020 7482 3867). 7.30pm-2.30am. £7, £5 before 10pm, guestlist £5, NUS free before 10pm.

Lost In London Cesar Ruiz, Rachel Harvey and I Am Santiago spin house and electro, while DJ Masha and Niroshan play disco and techno. Pacha, Terminus Place, SW1V 1JR (0845 371 4489). 11m-6am. £10 & £15, adv £6.

Traumatik Gavin Peters, Tim Ross, Adam Cotier and Deja Vu supply underground house and dance vibes. East Village, Great Eastern St, EC2A 3HX (020 7739 5173). 9pm-3am. £10, £8, ladies £5 before 11pm.

No Quarter Resident DJs spin rock, indie and electro, with live performances from Long Dead Kings, Early Ghost, Jade Hopcroft, Tom Bradley and Jamie Martyr. Notting Hill Arts Club, Notting Hill Gate, W11 3JQ (020 7460 4459). 7pm-2am. £8, w/flyer £6.

Stupid Tuesday Resident DJs play funky house, disco and pop. Thirst, Greek St, W1D 3DR (020 7437 1977). 5pm-3am. £3, free before 10pm.

Garage Nation Ez, Noriss Da Boss Windross and guests supply garage and electronica. Proud 2, Peninsula Sq, SE10 0DX (020 8463 3070). 10pm-5am. £10.

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Bloc 2012 Electronic music festival featuring Snoop Dogg, Richie Hawtin, Steve Reich, Nicolas Jaar, Amon Tobin, Ricardo Villalobos and ISAM today and Orbital, Gary Numan, Flying Lotus, Kode9, James Blake, Scuba and Jeff Mills on Saturday. London Pleasure Gardens, Caledonian Rd, N1 1BA (0845 050 8258). 3pm-late. Also Sat. £55, weekend ticket £99. Bodymove Weekender Darren Emerson and guests supply house, techno and dance beats. Egg, York Way, N7 9AX (020 7871 7111). 11pm-late. £20, mems £15, adv £10.

Discotec World Pride Party Luke Hope, Femi B, Lee Harris, Kartel Brown and guests supply trance, house and electronica. Brixton Clubhouse, Brixton Rd, SW9 8HH (020 7326 4455). 10pm-late. £15, £10 before midnight, adv £7. Fabric Craig Richards, Petre Inspirescu, Jay Haze, Matt Tolfrey, Droog, Bicep and Terence Parker spin electro, house and techno. Fabric, Charterhouse St, EC1M 6HJ (020 7336 8898). 11pm-8am. £19, adv £18, adv £23 inc CD, £10 after 4am, mems £13, NUS £12. House Rules MYNC, Gareth Wyn, David Griffiths, Haran Delucas, Rich Barnard and Dan Jackson supply dance. Cargo, Rivington St, EC2A 3AY (020 7739 3440). 8pm-late, £15, adv £10, free before 9pm. HustlaBall Cutting-edge DJs provide house and electronica. Electric Brixton, Town Hall Parade, Brixton Hill, SW2 1RJ (020 7274 2290). 10pm-6am. £16-£59.

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Mau5trap Warehouse Party Noisia, Bare Noize, Foreign Beggars Live, Tommy Trash, The Frederik, Koven, Slugz And Boyson, Rattus Rattus, Phear Phace, Harikiri Sai and guests supply drum ‘n’ bass, house, dubstep and electronica. Secret Location, E1 (0871 220 0260). 10pm-6am. £15-£25. Mellophonik Pabz La Funk, Carl Phill, Alfredo Ramos, Brad Francis, Mr Turbo and DJ Weeksey supply house, funky beats and minimal. Gigalum, Cavendish Parade, Clapham Common South Side, SW4 9DW (020 8772 0303). 7pm-late. Free. Saturday Sessions Laidback Luke, Oliver Twizt, Perlussja, Shane Patrick, Tim Cullen, Sheldon, Junior G, Karma & Bunga Bunga, DeeAfro, Derek M, Shaq, Darragh Flynn, Joe Godfrey, Alexandar J, DJ Corvus and Tours Residents spin electro and house. The Ministry Of Sound, Gaunt St, SE1 6DP (0870 060 0010). 11pm-7am. £20. Urban World Pride Party 2012 Host Clington Forbes, DJs, performers and guests provide bashment, grime, Afrobeat, disco and soulful house. Hidden, Tinworth St, SE11 5EQ (020 7820 6613). 8pm-6am. £9, adv £7. We Fear Silence Present Newham Generals, Trim, Logan Sama, Terror Danjah & Riko, Swindle, Elijah & Skilliam, Champion, Mr Mitch and Notion spin hip-hop, electro and garage. Cable, Bermondsey St, SE1 2EG (020 7403 7730). 10pm-6am. £13, adv £8 & £10.

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MONDAY 2 BluesFest 2012: Hugh Laurie The Oxford-born actor and musician performs classic blues songs from his debut album Let Them Talk. HMV Apollo, Queen Caroline St, W6 9QH (0844 209 7331). £35-£40.

Meek Mill North Philadelphiaborn hip-hop artist and rapper Robert Williams performs to promote his album Self Made Vol 2. Proud 2, Peninsula Sq, SE10 0DX (020 8463 3070). £25.

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The Psychedelic Furs Post-punk and new wave veterans from London. The Garage, Highbury Corner, N5 1RD (0870 060 3777/ cc 0844 847 1678). £20.

Hermitude, Horrorshow Hip-hop and electronica from the Australian outfit. The Barfly, Camden, Chalk Farm Rd, NW1 8AN (0844 847 2424). Adv £6. Metric The Canadian indie-rock band performs songs from the album Synthetica. O2 Shepherd’s Bush Empire, Shepherd’s Bush Green, W12 8TT (020 8354 3300/ cc 0844 477 2000). £16.50. M Ward Indie-folk from American singer-songwriter Matthew Stephen Ward. Koko, Camden High St, NW1 7JE (0870 432 5527). £15. Our Lady Peace The Canadian four-piece plays alt rock from the album Curve. O2 Academy Islington, Parkfield St, N1 0PS (020 7288 4400/ cc 0844 477 2000). Also Tue. £15. Priceless London Wonderground: Kid Koala, DJ Food The Canadian DJ and musician previews material from his album 12 Bit Blues alongside fellow Ninja Tunes alumnus DJ Food. The London Wonderground Spiegeltent, Jubilee Gardens, off Belvedere Rd, SE1 8XX (0844 545 8282). £12.50. Regina Spektor The New York-based singer-songwriter performs alt pop from the album What We Saw From The Cheap Seats. Royal Albert Hall, Kensington Gore, SW7 2AP (0845 401 5045). £38.50.

TUESDAY 3 Adrenaline Mob Heavy metal supergroup formed by Symphony X singer Russell Allen and ex-Dream Theater drummer Mike Portnoy. King’s College London Students’ Union, Macadam Building, Surrey St, WC2R 2NS (020 7848 1588). £19.20. Africa Utopia: Word Sound Power Senegalese musician Baaba Maal performs World music to accompany poetry and readings from writers including Lemn Sissay, Lebo Mashile and Pauline Black. Southbank Centre, Belvedere Rd, SE1 8XX (020 7960 4200/cc 0844 875 0073). £10-£15, concs £5-£7.50. Dan Andriano And Brendan Kelly The Alkaline Trio bassist and the Lawrence Arms singer performs acoustic punk-rock. The Borderline, Orange Yard, Manette St, W1D 4JB (0870 060 3777/cc 0871 231 0842). £10. Diamond Head, Tytan, Culprit Heavy metal from the Stourbridge-based band. O2 Academy Islington, Parkfield St, N1 0PS (020 7288 4400/ cc 0844 477 2000). £15. Sheila Escovedo Pop-rock by the American drummer, aka Sheila E. The Jazz Cafe, Parkway, NW1 7PG (020 7485 6834/ cc 0870 060 3777). £20.

FRIDAY 6 BluesFest 2012: Mick Taylor Rock and blues-rock from the songwriter and guitarist. Under The Bridge, Fulham Rd, SW6 1HS (0844 209 7331). Adv £15.

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Los Lonely Boys, The Dunwells, Nine Below Zero Chicano rock power three-piece from Texas. O2 Shepherd’s Bush Empire, Shepherd’s Bush Green, W12 8TT (020 8354 3300/ cc 0844 477 2000). £22.50. Prita, Wil Udall, Kristy Clarke Soul, folk and roots from the Australian singer-songwriter. The Troubadour, Old Brompton Rd, SW5 9JA (020 7370 1434). £6. The Tallest Man On Earth Folk and blues from Swedish singer Kristian Matsson. Hackney Empire, Mare St, E8 1EJ (020 8985 2424). £20.

WEDNESDAY 4 Africa Utopia: Taj Mahal Blues and World music from the American Grammy Award-winning composer and singer-songwriter. Southbank Centre, Belvedere Rd, SE1 8XX (020 7960 4200/cc 0844 875 0073). £10-£40, concs £5-£20. BluesFest 2012: Gov’t Mule The band plays Southern rock and blues-rock. Under The Bridge, Fulham Rd, SW6 1HS (0844 209 7331). Adv £23. BluesFest 2012: Ian Siegal & The Mississippi Mudbloods, Simon McBride The guitarist performs blues-rock. O2 Academy Islington, Parkfield St, N1 0PS (0844 209 7331/ cc 0844 477 2000). Adv £16. BluesFest 2012: Kenny Wayne Shepherd The American singersongwriter and guitarist plays blues-rock from his album How I Go. Islington Town Hall, Upper St, N1 2UD (0844 209 7331). £15 & £17.50. Action Bronson Hip-hop from the New York-based MC. The Garage, Highbury Corner, N5 1RD (0870 060 3777/ cc 0844 847 1678). £14.50.

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The Wailers Classic reggae by the veteran band, once the backing group of Bob Marley. O2 Shepherd’s Bush Empire, Shepherd’s Bush Green, W12 8TT (020 8354 3300/ cc 0844 477 2000). £19.50-£28.50.

THURSDAY 5 Active Child, The Invisible, Hospitality, Nzca/Lines Los Angeles-based singer-musician and former choir boy Pat Grossi plays a classically-tinted blend of indie-pop in support of the album You Are All I See. Village Underground, Holywell Ln, EC2A 3PQ (020 7422 7505). Adv £11. Bijoumiyo, New Rising Funk outfit from Cambridge. Floridita, Wardour St, W1F 0TN (020 7314 4042). £10-£30. Bill Posters Will Be Band Comic jazz ensemble featuring members of Bonzo Dogs and Temperance Sevens. Bull’s Head, Lonsdale Rd, Barnes, SW13 9PY (020 8876 5241). £10. Die Antwoord Hip-hop and dance band from South Africa. HMV Forum, Highgate Rd, NW5 1JY (020 7428 4099). £15. Gossip, Comanechi Indie-rock and dance-rock from Beth Ditto and her American group. O2 Shepherd’s Bush Empire, Shepherd’s Bush Green, W12 8TT (020 8354 3300/ cc 0844 477 2000). £17. Paul Heaton Country and indie from the North Westbased singer-songwriter. Barbican Centre, Silk St, EC2Y 8DS (020 7638 8891/ cc 020 7638 8891). £18-£28.

Hilltop Hoods Hip-hop from the award-winning Australian outfit. Electric Ballroom, Camden High St, NW1 8QP (020 7485 9006). £16.50.

Marilyn Manson, Lacuna Coil The controversial shock rocker performs rock and industrial metal from the album Born Villain. O2 Academy Brixton, Stockwell Rd, SW9 9SL (0844 477 2000/ cc 0844 477 2000). £30.

Kiss Pure rock showmanship and iconic painted faces from the American four-piece, promoting its album Monster. HMV Forum, Highgate Rd, NW5 1JY (020 7428 4099). £50.

Zeeteah Massiah House and dance from the Barbados-born singer known for the songs This Is The Place and Sexual Prime. MAP Studio Cafe, Grafton Rd, NW5 3DU (020 7916 0545). Adv £10.

BrynFest: Gruff Rhys The South Wales-born singer-songwriter, musician and Super Furry Animals frontman plays psychedelic indie-pop and alternative rock. Southbank Centre, Belvedere Rd, SE1 8XX (020 7960 4200/cc 0844 875 0073). £12-£18, concs £6-£9.

The Estimators, The Dapper Cadavers, The Apocryphalites The London-based outfit plays traditional Jamaican ska, rocksteady and early reggae. Fiddler’s Elbow, Malden Rd, NW5 3HS (020 7485 3269). £5. The David Fisher Band The singer and his band play pop and classic rock. Colour House Theatre, Merton Abbey Mills, off Merantun Way, SW19 2RD (020 8542 5511). £10, adv £8. Fred Frith, Christian Marclay Avant garde and experimental rock by the experienced composerguitarist. Cafe Oto, Ashwin St, E8 3DL (020 7923 1231). £10. The Brian Jonestown Massacre, Cate Le Bon American musician Anton Newcombe leads his psychedelic indie and garage-rock outfit. O2 Shepherd’s Bush Empire, Shepherd’s Bush Green, W12 8TT (020 8354 3300/ cc 0844 477 2000). Adv £15.

Defeater, Former Thieves, Polar Hardcore punk from the Bostonbased band. The Underworld, Camden High St, NW1 0NE (020 7482 1932). £11.

Laura Marling The awardwinning singer-songwriter and musician plays contemporary folk in support of her album A Creature I Don’t Know. Royal Albert Hall, Kensington Gore, SW7 2AP (0845 401 5045). £25.

The Dirty Radicals, The Pirate Party Brigade, Zephyr Reign Pop-punk band from London. 229 The Venue, Great Portland St, W1W 5PW (020 7323 7229). £10, adv £8.

Royce Da 5’9” American rapper Ryan Montgomery performs hip-hop. The Jazz Cafe, Parkway, NW1 7PG (020 7485 6834/ cc 0870 060 3777). £18.50.

Lettie, Deadcuts, Nina Antonia & Jerome Alexandre, Tom Bland The London-based singer performs ambient and experimental pop in support of the album Good Fortune, Bad Weather. The Horse Hospital, Colonnade, WC1N 1JD (020 7833 3644). £7, adv £5.

Keith Waithe And The Macusi Players The flautist and his band plays a mix of Caribbean, South American, Asian and African rhythms. St Ethelburga’s, Bishopsgate, EC2N 4AG (020 7496 1610). £12, adv £10.

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The Mahones, Louise Distras, The Lagan Irish punk from the Montreal-based band. O2 Academy Islington, Parkfield St, N1 0PS (020 7288 4400/ cc 0844 477 2000). £10. Wireless 2012 A showcase of contemporary music featuring Deadmau5, Afrojack, The Roots, Maverick Sabre and Metric on Friday. Saturday’s headliner Drake and performances by Professor Green, Nicki Minaj, Wiz Khalifa and Example. Rihanna will top the bill on Sunday with Calvin Harris, Jessie J, J Cole, Flux Pavilion, Rizzle Kicks, Labrinth and Kaskade also playing live. Hyde Park, W2 2UH (0300 061 2000). Also Sat & Sun. Fri/ Sat £49.50, Sun £52.50, Fri & Sat £94, Sat & Sun £97, weekend ticket £135. Wolfmother Metal and rock from the Australian band. IndigO2, Peninsula Sq, SE10 0DX (0871 220 0260). £22.50 & £27.50. Atongo Zimba Afrobeat and West African rhythms from the Ghanaian singer and musician. The Green Note Cafe, Parkway, NW1 7AN (020 7485 9899). Adv £10.

SATURDAY 7 D-Urbanites, Tasita D’mour Electronica, funk and soul by the London-based group. Under The Bridge, Fulham Rd, SW6 1HS (020 7957 8261). £10, adv £8.

Avalonia Multi-instrumentalist and composer Jacquelyn Hynes’s Irish, Indian and Arabic fusion project. The Green Note Cafe, Parkway, NW1 7AN (020 7485 9899). Adv £10. Katy B Dubstep, R‘n’B, garage and pop from the Londonbased singer-songwriter. Somerset House, The Strand, WC2R 1LA (020 7845 4600). £25. Faith No More Alt and experimental rock from the American five-piece fronted by unpredictable lead singer Mike Patton. HMV Apollo, Queen Caroline St, W6 9QH (0843 221 0100). £33.50. Amy Grant Pop and gospel by the American singer. Union Chapel, Compton Terrace, N1 2UN (020 7226 1686). Adv £29. Presser Pop and rock from Hungarian singer and keyboardist Gabor Presser. The Scala, Pentonville Rd, N1 9NL (020 7833 2022/ cc 0844 477 1000). Adv £22. Profane And The Sacred, Severed Earth, Paralus, Pot Metal and stoner rock by the London-based band. Nambucca, Holloway Rd, N7 6LB (020 7281 8877). £5. Hank Wangford And The Lost Cowboys Country music from the singer-songwriter and his band. Half Moon, Putney, Lower Richmond Rd, SW15 1EU (020 8780 9383). £10.

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Paul Chowdhry The comedian talks ethnic stereotypes, his first live DVD, and new Edinburgh show What’s Happening White People? INTERVIEW ALASDAIR MORTON

How is new show What’s Happening White People? coming along? It’s changing every time I perform it. It is about multiculturalism in contemporary Britain and the way that we perceive it. I walk out on stage and say, ‘What’s happening, white people?’ and it has become a catchphrase now. People say it to me in the street. Bruce Forsyth has, ‘Nice to see you, to see you nice’ and I have this. You’ve been doing Stand Up For The Week on C4, as well… I have picked up a following from that. It’s intense – you do a new routine every week for 10 weeks. There is no other show where you get to perform a whole new stand-up set every week. On TV, generally you do your greatest hits. On the last episode, I talked about the Graham Norton Show recently with Will.i.Am where [Harry Potter actress] Miriam Margoyles said it was nice to meet him because he’s black. He laughed it off, and the audience laughed out of embarrassment. She didn’t mean it in a racially derogatory way, but you can’t just say that. Racism has been in the media recently especially with the European Football Championships in Ukraine… It brought up a lot of debate, with Sol Campbell saying: ‘Don’t go there.’ I thought: ‘We don’t want John Terry going out there, he might not come back!’ Does being on TV change what you write about? You have to send it to the lawyers, and they go through it with a fine-toothed comb. What can you not say? We had a whole discussion about saying the Jamaican word ‘bloodclot’. It was interesting having a whole load of lawyers and C4 people speaking patois to each other, and I then had to explain what it meant. Is it frustrating being tagged as an ‘Indian comic’, not just a comic? You don’t get many ethnic people on TV these days – there is no ethic person with their own show right now. You’re still talking about Lenny Henry how long has that been? I get pegged

Chowdhry: telling the lawyers how it is as a ‘British-Asian stand-up’, but why do you have to narrow it down to that? They want to put you in a box but they don’t say ‘middle class Englishman Michael McIntyre’. How did you get started in comedy? I grew up with the old Seventies and Eighties comedy – Little And Large, Russ Abbott, and you can see I am hugely influenced by Morecombe and Wise, too. You play characters in your stand-up – does character comedy bring risks of being misunderstood? If you are a character like Al Murray or Lee Nelson the line is very blurred and people do take it seriously – you get skinheads turning up. Sacha Baron Cohen does the same thing with Ali G and Borat and gets called homophobic! It’s whether you’re laughing at the character or the character’s jokes… Exactly, my characters come out on stage. I don’t stay in the same one for the whole show. And I like to act out scenes rather than describe them; an audience has to think, ‘You’ve just done something we couldn’t,’ or you might as well be down the pub talking with your mate. Do audience reactions surprise you? Yeah, people now either love me or hate me,

which is how you want it to be, because that’s when you find your true audience. But now people go mad for it – I was trending on Twitter after the [C4 Comedy] Gala, which was in front of 20,000 people at The O2. And I did push it; I talked about the BNP, and it had more hits on YouTube than anyone else on the Gala. But you get attacked for it a lot, too. So many trolls; sometimes I think it is the EDL, even though I am not even Muslim. They’ve not understood it quite it right! You’re doing What’s Happening White People? for your first live DVD… It’s the first time a British Indian comic has had his own DVD deal, too. Omid Djalili had one but he’s Iranian, people forget Iran’s a different country. The thing I like about my audience is that everyone comes – English, Indian, black and white, and when everyone’s in the room together you can cross so many barriers. Whereas if you’re playing to one audience they can get uptight that you’ve spoken on someone else’s behalf. But frequently people come up after shows and say they’ve learnt something about another culture. Balham Comedy Festival. July 5. 10pm. £8 The Bedford, SW12 9HD balhamcomedyfestival.com Balham. DVD recording at Hammersmith Apollo, Sept 22 and performing nightly at the Edinburgh Fringe Festival

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Man vs nature: Willem Defoe hunts his prey

THE HUNTER FILM review by Alasdair Morton STARRING: Willem Dafoe, Sam Neil | 15 | 90mins

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Defoe stars in Sydney-born filmmaker Daniel Nettheim’s adaptation of Julia Leigh’s 1999 novel, about a mercenary hunter’s search for the elusive, perhapslong-extinct, Tasmanian tiger. It’s a gripping, man-vs-nature-vs-capitalism tale with solid emotional underpinning. Nettheim teases out a story that has Defoe’s hunter, Martin, working for a shady client and sent out into the Tasmanian brush to search for the tiger. It is here he encounters others out to beat him to the prize, with a tale of greenies vs loggers playing out amid the scenic backdrop. Martin is a loner who doesn’t need anyone, and Defoe excels as a man at home in the wild, with only his wits and a rifle for company. Society is not on his list to engage with – until he finds lodgings with Frances O’Connor’s grieving wife Lucy, whose husband went missing on the trail of the tiger a year earlier, potentially at the hands of displeased locals. Nettheim uses the film to consider the case for conservation versus the logging industry’s generation of local jobs, and he presents both sides of the argument with rigour. He captures the stillness of the outdoors, too – Martin’s scenes alone in the wild are fraught with tension – although the story loses momentum near its end. It is Martin’s emotional thaw, though, that most affects. His interaction with Lucy’s two children brings him out of his self-serving fug, and ultimately informs his decision on whether to complete his mission or re-engage with the world. GOOD FOR: A taut thriller with smarts and heart, too

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Daughter of 18th-century feminist Mary Wollstonecraft and radical philosopher William Godwin, lover (and later wife) of Romantic poet Percy Bysshe Shelley and teenage author of Frankenstein – Mary Shelley’s life offers rich pickings for playwright Helen Edmundson, who constructs an engrossing story here. LK

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Bobcat Goldthwait, the deraged Cadet Zed in the Police Academy movies, is now a celebrated filmmaker. His latest movie takes aim at celebrity culture, as Joel Murray’s middle-aged office drone goes on the rampage, offing reality TV stars. It’s not as dark as 2009’s perverse World’s Greatest Dad, but is a biting, if a tad predictable, satire of instant-celebrity culture.

It helps to know something of the history behind Michael Frayn’s fact-based 1969-set political drama. It’s based in the period following the election of Willy Brandt to the post of chancellor as he worked towards the unification of East and West Germany. It’s absolutely fascinating viewing, no matter how informed you are. LK

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How to avoid the apocalypse Rhys Darby tells us how he can help us dodge the end of the world in VIP style, ahead of his new solo UK tour, This Way To Spaceship WORDS ALASDAIR MORTON

“It’s amazing,” Rhys Darby says of his life. ”It’s been going well, career-wise, but at the end of the day, the essence of what I am about is stand-up, so it’s good to get to the point where I have got the proof I can produce a great show and am not just famous for being on TV.” Darby’s waxing lyrical about his impending show, This Way To Spaceship, which lands in the UK this July. In particular, the Kiwi funnyman’s talking about Spaceship collecting the prestigious FRED Award for Best Show at the New Zealand International Comedy Festival this year. And, of course, the fame brought to him by a certain optimistic band manager, but more of him later. First off, though, Darby wants to tell us how to escape the apocalypse. “I felt that it was 2012, the Mayan calendar was running out, there were, and still are, a lot of natural disasters happening, there’s global warming,” he says. “I thought: ‘What if things really are winding up?’” The end of the world makes for a pensive premise for a stand-up show – the death of the planet is hardly big laughs, but in the hands of Darby it serves as the launchpad for a predictably surreal, flight-of-fancy semiautobiographical tale, with added spaceships. “I was living in LA and filming a sitcom,” he explains. “Living the high life – I even had a pool! But I got to thinking that if the world ended, there were bound to be spaceships, somewhere, and, of course, ones for VIPs. But how would I get on there? The show starts with me on this ship looking back on my life and what I had done to get there.” What follows is a procession of ridiculous stories, some truthful, others less so, which flit in and out of Darby’s life, the comedian revelling in blurring the line between fact and fiction as he careers through vignettes of absurdity. “I was inspired by Spike Milligan and his war memoir Adolf Hitler: My Part In His Downfall, which features true stories as well as flights of fancy,” Darby says. “The reader can decide what is true and what isn’t. It’s good to have that sort of artistic licence to spin a yarn. One moment I’ll be talking about an actual story from my life, the next about having sex with a mermaid.” Darby has a long association with the UK, first arriving in 2002 to pursue a career as a stand-up. “We didn’t have a comedy scene in New Zealand,” he says. “It always seemed like something that was happening in the UK or the US.”

The journey to the northern hemisphere was not part of the plan from the start, however, and was only on the agenda after another curious alter-ego career path had been jettisoned. “I am the most unlikely candidate to have served in the military by choice,” Darby recalls of his army days. “I was in the army cadets at school and it seemed like

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a natural progression. My idea was to become an officer, my mother would be proud and I would lead a battalion into battle and rescue some POWs from a war-torn village.” Lofty aspirations, it would seem, for a military signaller. “The reality was a bit more like the training in Full Metal Jacket. My sense of humour got me in trouble, but I was good for morale and the sergeants liked me. I stayed for ›› another three years, but got to a crossroads where

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but they didn’t – it came out here the same week as the [2011 Christchurch] earthquake and so not much attention was paid to it, as you can imagine.” Comedy, though, remains Darby’s first love – “It is just more fun! I love making people laugh” – and he now shares his time between Los Angeles and New Zealand, where he returned after the second season of Conchords.

I was there most nights, staring at her

But what of Murray, the well-meaning misfiring Conchordian who catapulted Darby to international fame? Does he miss him? Far from lamenting a character with which most people readily associate him, Darby has more than just a soft spot for the friendly band manager. “He has a naive optimism, there isn’t a bad bone in his body,” he explains. “And that represents the New Zealand mindset as a whole – an impressionable type of person that doesn’t mean harm to anyone and about whom people enjoy laughing at. I’m waiting for the opportunity to outdo Murray, but until that time comes he is ‘top of the pops’.” It is highly likely, though, that the next ‘character’ to outdo Murray will be the talented Darby himself, as he boards his spaceship on a tour of out-of-this-world humour. ❚ This Way To Spaceship begins on July 1 in Bournemouth. London Shepherd’s Bush Empire, July 20-23. £21.50 W12 8TT o2shepherdsbushempire.co.uk Shepherd’s Bush

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I would have to do more courses, rise up the ranks and own a military house in the middle of nowhere. I looked at that and thought, ‘I might go to university’.” His first foray into comedy was with Rhysently Granted, a sketch-and-song duo with friend Grant Lobban, but it was at the University of Canterbury on the outskirts of Christchurch that he really started to hone his funnyman skills. “I saw an ad in the paper for the Green Room, a new performance cafe that turned out to be a good student hangout with a beatnik vibe and performances every night. I got on really well with the owners; three girls, one of whom is now my wife [Rosie Carnahan]. I was there most nights staring at her, and watching the other acts, whether it was music or poetry or something obscure,” he remembers. “Quickly, over two years, more people came down to the show until we became the South Island hub of comedy. Rosie and I lived in an apartment above the building, and became the couple who let the scene flourish. It was quite a romantic beginning.” The move to Britain, climbing the ladder of the UK comedy circuit, followed, before Flight Of The Conchords set Darby‘s star soaring as the perpetually optimistic, yet hopelessly misguided band manager, Murray. The show, shot in the US and hit on both sides of the Atlantic, captured the attention of the Hollywood crowd. Roles in Jim Carrey comedy Yes Man, and fellow NZ expat Richard Curtis’s The Boat That Rocked followed, before he decided to step away from the silly roles. “I took the lead in an indie film called Coming And Going, and was excited to see if I could be the lead in a rom-com. And then I did a New Zealand film called Love Birds, about a guy who, essentially, has a three-way love affair with a woman and a duck. I thought more people would see it, TNTMAGAZINE.COM

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RUMBLE IN THE PARK If you have ever baulked at those mentalists in London’s green spaces being barked at by personal trainers to achieve winner fitness, yet like the idea of exercise al fresco – with a little help – then this might be right up your street. Before you get too excited, though, the organisers of Rumble In The Park still describe it as the ‘toughest, most-challenging boot camp you will ever attend’. But no one will be commanding you to ‘get down and do 10’ while you quiver in a pool of sweat. The gym comes to you in the park, with no Rumble class ever the same. Expect to do anything from pulling sleds, to kettlebell work. You may also find yourself hanging from trees, flipping tractor tyres, or slamming sand bags into the ground. And, if you prefer to beat someone up for fitness, the boxing pads are ever present. Stick at it and you’ll see your cardiovascular fitness, strength and muscular endurance improve no end. Capped at 20 bodies, classes are small and personal, and the trainers are friendly. Classes run in Richmond, Surbiton, Cobham, Thames Ditton and Teddington, and costs £10 per session.

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Traditional crafts and skills are making a comeback. With the emphasis on vintage and being eco-friendly, it’s no longer considered cool, for example, to throw away furniture just because it’s wearing thin. And, in times of austerity, who can afford to call upon experts to do odd jobs that we all should be able to do ourselves? Learning a new skill doesn’t have to be time-consuming. There are lots of short courses popping up all over London. Here, TNT looks into the most useful.

Creative Alteration, Make Lounge WHAT: Do your clothes no longer fit? Or do you buy vintage items that need adjusting? In this 3.5-hour workshop in Islington, you’ll learn techniques to revamp at least one garment, plus the skills – taking up hems, repairing zips – to alter others at home. PRICE: £45. You need to have basic skills. themakelounge.com

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Jewellery making, London Jewellery School WHAT: If you’re thinking about getting into jewellery making – as a hobby or for extra cash – start off with a taster class. On offer at the Hatton Garden school are more than 100 classes, including how to make a silver ring, and recycling your jewellery. PRICE: From £42. Class lengths vary. londonjewelleryschool.co.uk

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Sewing, Sew Over It WHAT: Who knew you could do so many things with a needle and thread? Learn everything from dressmaking and quilting, to making 1940s tea-dresses and knickers at this North Clapham venue. There’s also a course on how to recreate a Mad Men-style dress, for the more advanced. Guys, there’s stuff here for you, too, including how to make your own shirt. You can do it. PRICE: Classes from £30. sewoverit.co.uk

DIY, The Goodlife Centre WHAT: Learn how to carry out those basic jobs around the house – not least so you can get your full deposit back when you leave.

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Perfect: Queenstown boasts a stunning combo of beauty and adventure

Mountain home New Zealand’s adventure capital offers a fulfilling lifestyle, amid blue skies and stunning mountains WORDS REBECCA KENT In a town where ‘active’ means leaping off a 134m-high cable car, and to ‘relax’ is to sip wine in worldrenowned vineyards, Queenstown is not your everyday resort. It thrives on tourism and hospitality, but more technical trades are available to those determined to call one of the most beautiful corners of the world home. TNT finds out more.

Everything and more Home to a population of 10,500, Queenstown, in Otago in the southwest of New Zealand’s South Island, can hustle and bustle like a small city. Consider the 1.8 million tourists that flock here each year – particularly in winter – and that is especially true. But for a bite-sized place, it packs a mighty 38

punch, says Buzz Recruitment director Ben Crossen (buzzhospitality.co.nz). “It’s a fun, fast-paced, central location with breathtaking scenery and you get to meet many different people,” Crossen says. “You will never get bored.” Indeed, mountains such as The Remarkables and Ben Lomond are just as perfect for hiking and biking as they are for snowboarding, and watersports enthusiasts play among the dramatic canyons of the Shotover River, and central Lake Wakatipu. And as if there’s not enough adrenaline coursing through the town, everyone gets loose during the Queenstown Winter Festival every June and July, packed with music and events. Then it goes from wild to mild. Summer slows down, with long hot

days not getting dark until 11pm. Also, a glass of local pinot noir should not be missed at the world’s southern most wine-producing region.

Getting around Queenstown is so compact you can navigate it by foot. Otherwise, public transport is clean and reliable. There are a few places you shouldn’t miss: Vudu Cafe (vudu.co.nz) for top coffee, Pub on Wharf (pubonwharf.co.nz) for live music, and Skyline Gondola, Restaurant and Luge for spectacular views (skyline.co.nz). Don’t forget Fergburger – it’s a Queenstown institution (fergburger.com).

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ON THE JOB VICKI MURDOCH CAREER Founder/ designer, Silken Favours AGE 30 LIVES Hackney FROM Scotland

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hospitality. Experience WHERE TO LIVE is not necessarily Most people start at a hostel Kiwi Andrew required, but there is (about $150/£75wk) then find Duncan, 34, moved a high turnover of staff. a houseshare, paying $120to Queenstown in Hostels and hotels $150 (£60-£75) a week in rent. November 2011 after are often recruiting Otherwise, there’s communal 10 years in London. He for housekeepers, housing such as Reavers Lodge now works as a hotel reception staff and (reavers.co.nz) and Shotover manager. “I contacted food and beverage Lodge, (shotoverlodge.co.nz). In all the major hotel workers. There are also winter it gets very cold and having companies when I got hundreds of jobs each sunlight pour through your house back, but it was only year on the snow. Look is essential. For this reason, avoid when I signed up with in the Lakes Weekly Fernhill on the lake’s north shore agents doors started to Bulletin (lwb.co.nz), (though views are stunning). Try open,” he says. ”It took plus the Mountain instead Kelvin Heights (expensive), me two months to get Scene (scene.co.nz). Frankston (popular), or, a 15-minute a role – references are The ski season is drive out of town, Arrowtown. very important.” There from June-October, and were some shocks in most jobs are advertised in January/ store, though. “The pound does not go February. In the summer season, far. Food and power is expensive, and December-April, there are hardly NZ TV will drive you mad. Get Sky.” enough people to fill jobs, specifically Know what you’re in for in hospitality, retail and viticulture. The average pay is $15 (£7.55) an Duncan is an anomaly in Queenstown, hour in hospitality and admin, and from says Addstaff recruiter Kim Hamilton. $19 (£9.60) as a chef. “The wages are “You won’t find a lot of Kiwis,” she says. lower in Queenstown than in another “It is full of people from all over the parts of NZ, as so many workers from world. But everyone is friendly abroad drives remuneration down,” and happy, and if they’re Crossen says. living here Most nationalities (18-30) can easily it’s because NEXT WEEK obtain a one-year working holiday they’ve fallen visa (two years for those from the UK), in love with it Visa changes: how they affect you which can be extended if you gain … and that’s sponsorship. See immigration.govt.nz. not hard.”

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Who lives there? Students (it’s got a university) and commuting city workers. What about the park? Greenwich Park is a splendid, hilly sprawl that is one of the largest green spaces in London. It offers fine views over the Thames, Isle of Dogs, and the City. Its undulating nature means runners get fit very fast. Join the weekly 5km group run (parkrunorg.uk). The park is currently being colonised by the Olympic movement, with the equestrian, plus running and shooting in the modern pentathlon, being held there. Cost of a room in the area? About £500pm Cutty Sark

Zen qualities: the pagoda at Battersea Park Cost of a room in the area? About £500pm Clapham Common

Queen’s Park NW6 Who lives there? The young and stylish, including yummy mummies. What about the park? Like the people, it’s pretty and well-manicured. It includes six all-weather tennis courts, a pitch-and-putt course, a petanque ground, a little nature train, an animal farm and a great cafe. It also hosts annual summer festivals. Beautiful, really (qpark.org.uk). Cost of a room in the area? About £650pm Queen’s Park

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Who lives there? Middle-class Brits, Antipodeans and British Caribbeans. What about the park? Clapham Common hosts everything from music festivals to football tournaments, and is carpeted with sun worshippers, and picnickers in the summer. It’s verdant, with a couple of ponds, and pubs and restaurants at every corner. Bonfire night here is insane. Why not try get your butt into gear with British Military Fitness (britmilfit.com).

Mile End, E9 Who lives there? Young professionals, born-and-bred-Londoners, plus students. What about the park? Victoria Park, a 15minute walk away, is an east London gem, and recent beneficiary of a £4.9m makeover. It brims with flora and fauna, and the West Lake is still filiing with ducks, geese, swans, moorhens and coots. For the active, there’s cricket nets and football pitches, tennis courts, a bowling green and a mini skating

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MORE AREAS WITH PARKS Ravenscourt Park, W6 A peaceful haven, off the beaten track. Its rich gardens and wildlife habitats are calming. It features tennis and basketball courts, a teahouse, and it puts on a smashing fireworks display in November. Try your hand at cycling event London Freewheel (londonfreewheel.com) attracting 40,000 people, starting at this park. Ravenscourt Park

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park. Festivals such as Lovebox and Field Day draw dance-music lovers from all over London. The park will host giant screens on which to watch Olympic events (londonlive. uk.com). Cost of a room in the area? £400pm Mile End

Osterley Park and Gunnersbury parks are both ideal for long walks. Cost of a room? About £450pm Ealing Broadway

Battersea, SW11 Who lives there? They call it ‘Nappy Valley’ for all the young families there. There’s also a smattering of celebs. What about the park? Battersea Park borders the Thames, has a zoo, an art gallery, an athletics track and gorgeous gardens, plus a raft of sports facilities, including 5km and 10km running tracks. For entertainment, the bandstand hosts jazz concerts every Tuesday and Friday in summer. The park is hosting the Asia stage as part of the BT River of Music on July 2122 (btriverofmusic.com). Get in. Cost of a room in the area? £550pm Battersea Park

Ealing, W5 Who lives there? A big Irish and English community, a bunch of Antipodeans, plus plenty of Polish people. What about the park? Parks more like. Take your pick of Pitshanger Park, Lammas Park (ripe for a picnic with its enchanting gardens), Ealing Common (good for frisbeethrowing) and Walpole Park. The latter hosts a yearly, highly reputed jazz festival, and a comedy festival (ealing.gov.uk).

Brixton, SW9 Who lives there? A lively Afro-Caribbean community, plus much more buttoneddown, middle-class types from Herne Hill. What about the park? Brockwell Park’s annual Lambeth Country Show in September attracts people citywide (lambeth.gov.uk). The park has calm meadows around the south, and sloped football pitches over by Dulwich Road. It also boasts a BMX track, tennis courts, a free bowling green, a basketball court, a miniature railway, an open-air swimming pool and a gym. Take time to wander the walled garden and smell the roses. Look out for the occasional open-air theatre event, too. NEXT WEEK Cost of a room in the area? About Spotlight on £330pm living in Acton Brixton

Dollis Hill, NW2 A verdant lung in the heart of north-west London, Gladstone Park is an area of woodland with tree-lined avenues that criss-cross the green, a special duck pond, walled garden, cafe and bowling green. Each June it hosts Gladstonebury Festival (gladstonepark.org.uk) a showcase of food, music and other entertainment. Dollis Hill Finsbury Park, N4 A fine example of edgy, urban greenery, where the highly diverse communities that surround it, all come together as one. Home to the London Blitz American Football Club, it has a boating lake with ducks and swans, a running track, tennis courts and a small skate park. Enjoy a walk there along London’s longest local nature reserve, at four miles, to Highgate. Also Join the cycling club (finsburyparkcc.org). Finsbury Park

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DAD OFFERS BEER IN EXCHANGE FOR JOB AUSTRALIA An Aussie father is offering free beer for a year in exchange for an electrical apprenticeship for his out-of-work son. Paul McVeigh said he had fielded phone calls from around the world after placing an advert in a newspaper, but no job offer. “It’s become a bit of a nightmare, really,” he said. “I’ve had loads of calls, foreign breweries wanting to sponsor the offer and stuff, but no real job offers.” Nick, 19, had sent out hundreds of applications to firms in the Queensland but without success. The Mackay Daily Mercury received a letter condemning the free-beer offer as a straightforward bribe and accusing McVeigh of “prostituting” his son. TWEETS OF THE WEEK @MadamMiaow UK rioters imprisoned for stealing bottles of water. #Barclays bosses slapped on wrist for manipulation of trillion-pound markets. #pm? @RoyChubbsBrown Just heard on the news that David Beckham is going to miss the Olympics...Can’t he Sky+ it? #YFB

FILM ‘MADE MAN CARRY OUT ROBBERY’ UNITED STATES A bank robber said he was compelled to carry out a heist after watching an award-winning documentary. Raymond Knudson claims he carried out the crime after watching Inside Job, on the cause of the global financial crisis. Afterwards he drove straight to a police station and confessed, handing in £270. Raymond Knudson, 50, pleaded guilty 46

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to sticking up a Bank of America branch in April. He’s scheduled for sentencing on September 10. Inside Job explores how changes in banking practices helped create the financial crisis and won the 2010 Academy Award for Best Documentary Feature.

FAIR COP FOR STINKY GARLIC THIEVES AUSTRIA Austrian police didn’t need sniffer dogs to help them track down a suspected heist – 9.5 tonnes of garlic. Officers stopped three

overloaded and sagging vans about to cross into Hungary from Austria last week. They found them to be packed to the roof with the pungent cargo. After questioning, the five Romaninan men in the vehicles were charged them on suspicion of receiving stolen goods. Police say the garlic apparently came from Spain and estimate its value at about £24,000. One officer said it was clear what the vans were carrying even before their doors were opened. “All three vehicles really stunk like garlic,” he added.

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AUSTRALIA A third of hotel guests squirrel away buffet breakfast items to snack on later in the day, a survey has found. Three out of four guests also admitted to taking the shampoo, conditioner and body gel home with them in a survey of 5000 Aussies by lastminute.com.au. Other common items that make their way into guests’ luggage – sometimes accidentally – include pens, gym towels, toilet paper, slippers, robes, room keys and even a wet bath mat. The survey also found 77 per cent of guests think they are just as tidy at hotels as they are at home. However, only one in

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UNITED STATES President Barack Obama is better suited than Republican rival Mitt Romney to deal with an alien invasion, according to a study. National Geographic Channel contacted 1114 adults across the US for its fanciful opinion poll ahead of its new documentary series Chasing UFOs. Thirty-six per cent of respondents said they were certain that unidentified flying objects exist. Eleven per cent said they had seen a UFO, and 20 per cent said they knew someone who had. And 65 per cent said the president, battling for re-election in November, would be more adept than Romney to respond to an alien invasion.

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BOY BIDS $30K ON DISUSED TRAIN NEW ZEALAND A mother nearly had to fork out $29,990 (£19,300) for a old train, after her four-year-old son bid in an online auction by mistake. Metlink, the public transport arm of Greater Wellington Regional Council, thought it had hit the jackpot when the opening bid was received. However, website Trade Me received an email from the boy’s mother – username smiley134 – saying: “I’m really sorry. My four-year-old was playing and placed a bid, I don’t actually want to buy the train, can my bid please be removed?” There have been no other bids but there are nearly 150 comments. “Is the Fat Controller included? The train might need to be kept in line,” nzfatmatt posted.

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No chance of that as Muse hold their own Jubilee for rock royalty In 1991, Freddie Mercury was chosen to write the official song for the next summer’s Olympics. His offering, Barcelona, named for the city the Games were held in, was a work of majesty, a love song to a beautiful place. In 2011, Matt Bellamy and his band Muse were chosen to write an Olympic song for next month’s Games in London. His offering, Survival, is a work of laziness, an overblown piece of pomp that fails to mention, even once, the city of the Games. In Muse’s effort, you sure can feel the Mercury rising, but only because it shamelessly steals from Queen’s classic Bohemian Rhapsody, adopting the piano vamp and faux-operatic style that song became famous for. As well as the requisite Muse heaviness, there is also some Soviet marching music thrown in, and a solo that seems tire quickly, limping back off to its corner, an 800m runner who went too quickly around the first 400. No doubt Bellamy genuinely wanted to replicate the triumphant spirit summoned by the Queen frontman in 1991, but parts of Survival could be mistaken for the inner turmoil David Beckham underwent as he got off the phone to Stuart Pearce last week: a dark noise of persecution and confusion, topped off with a girlish howl, a la Justin ‘The Darkness’ Hawkins. The lyrics, too, sound slightly wounded: “I won’t forgive/ the vengeance is mine” (aren’t the Olympics supposed to be about transcendence of hard feelings for two weeks?) and “And I’ll light the fuse/ And I’ll never lose” (wooooah, terrorist connotations, anyone?). Perhaps that was Bellamy’s aim. Where Barcelona was written in a time of economic prosperity, maybe Survival reflects the austerity cuts, the jobless masses, the isolation of life in a big city. Whatever. The only consolation will be seeing the (actual) Queen’s reaction on opening ceremony night. “Oh, that was interesting. Sounds like that other band. Well, he may be a thief, but at least he didn’t rip off my name like Freddie and Bryan May did.” Short of inspiration, lads? It may be time for a new muse. »Hear Survival at tntmagazine.com/museolympics. Tell us what you think at letters@tntmagazine.com

STILL MORE TO EXTINGUISH Five years since a smoking ban was introduced in bars and restaurants to the UK and, unsurprisingly, there’s been plenty of benefits. Asthma and heart attacks have reduced, and meals are no longer ruined by some clown’s face fire. It seems like the state made the right move, but it now needs to extend its ban to include smoking in all public areas. For the non-smoker, it’s excruciating having to navigate the pollution cloud of second-hand smoke being blown by the sickly army of carcinogen-riddled neurotics who insist on self-administering their anxiety medication in public. These smouldering piles of poor health will argue they have rights. Sure, but just as

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Displays of patriotism are easy to spot. England fans usually belt out God Save The Queen at a footie match. Kiwis may pledge allegiance to the All Blacks with a silver fern tattoo. At Royal Ascot this year, there were many flags waving for Australia’s Black Caviar. When it’s a question of sport, it’s obvious whose side punters are on – but more difficult for followers to decide who to root for. It’s no longer as simple as cheering for the country you were born in. When you consider a third of Londoners are from outside the UK, it’s not as straightforward as rooting for your homeland. With 216 countries to be represented at the Olympics, the big question is: who will you be backing? Two Nations, an event held in London last week, put that very dilemma to young Londoners. The attendees were from around the world – Zambia, Nigeria, Sri Lanka, Jamaica, England, Bangladesh and more. Many were secondgeneration immigrants, born in London, yet, when pressed on who they’d like to see win gold, only a few declared Team GB. Writer Jasmine Cooray, a British-born child of Sri Lankan, immigrants, struggles to reconcile her heritage with her national loyalties. “The only thing vaguely Sri Lankan about me is my melanin level and unusually high spice content,” she joked. “If I get the sense an athlete is passionate and focused, I’m behind them. And the female competitors have my support any time.” And for teacher and poet Hannah Lowe, 35, who was born in Ilford to an English mother and Jamaican-Chinese father, it is a matter of politics. “I don’t feel particularly patriotic, because I don’t agree with UK foreign policy and the domination that is a legacy of colonial history,” Lowe said. ”I want to champion the underdog, see smaller countries do well on a global stage.” According to Dr Martin Richardson, who has researched national identity at Durham University, the Olympics is a forum where people are comfortable putting aside 50

nationalism. “Interestingly, at the Olympics you see so many symbols of nationhood, and there’s a stirring of nationalist spirit, so there will always be friction,” he said. “But, in recent years, nationhood has been transcended by personality. We want people to do well because of who they are and the difficulties they had getting there, even though they might stand no chance of getting a medal.” As an example, Richardson references Cathy Freeman, the 400m Aboriginal gold medal winner in Sydney who came

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to symbolise Australian’s unity, the reconciliation between black and white. He added: “That curious idea of personality, or celebrity, was evident with Freeman. All of Australia was supporting her in Sydney. Yes, they were rooting for the green and gold, but that was by extension. [In this year’s Games] people will find an affinity for Jamaica because of Usain Bolt.” British-born, second generation Nigerian Michael Ogundare, 24, agreed. “The Olympics is an exhibition of individual talent for me. I’ll be going for Bolt because I believe he is one of the leading lights of athletics, and in the football, it’ll be Argentina for Messi, and in basketball, the US for Lebron James. I relate more to the mentality of an athlete,” the production intern said. However, Richardson said patriotic allegiance won’t be completely discarded by everyone at the Olympics. “I was reading a piece one of my students wrote about how the Czech Republic is keen to beat the Russians, and how the

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Poles are the same. I suppose history may dictate what kind of support there will be. It’s like the traditional fanatical support for Barcelona, because of oppression during the time of Franco, and that notion that everyone’s ganging up on you, that bunker mentality, but it depends on the sport.” Australian-Chinese Redmond Lee, 36, who also holds a British passport, will be rooting for green and gold, despite having lived in London for a decade. “I don’t feel that supporting a team and staying in a country are necessarily connected. Of course, I don’t wish Team GB any ill. I hope they go really well ... just not well enough to beat Australia,” he said. “Plus, Australian teams are roundly booed whenever the English are involved, and my automatic reaction is to be antipathetic to English teams.” The English have also had an affect on Kiwi Casey Mead’s psyche. Although the 33-year-old PR, who permanently resides in Britain, said she’d rather support the team from the country she’s in than homeland neighbour, Australia. “In the 2006 football World Cup I supported England as New Zealand hadn’t qualified. But as time has gone on, the ribbing from Brits, particularly concerning the All Blacks choking in the rugby, has made it harder for me to support England. But it will always be them over Australia.” The Olympic movement has always been underpinned by the ideology of one nation and London 2012 will strive to be no different – something Richardson supports. “I love that you will always discover a crazy sport you never thought of because you’ve walked into the TV room at the right time,” he said. “The archery will be on and then you’re glued to it. You don’t know the rules and you’re supporting a Korean whose name you don’t know, but he’s your guy. It’s one of the healthy by-products of multiculturalism.” » Who will you be rooting for? Tell us letters@tntmagazine.com

GOD SAVE OUR QUEEN BRIT CREDENTIALS TESTED Michigan-born Olympic hopeful Tiffany Porter (pictured) was made a very public target of a campaign to Anglicise Team GB, by being grilled on the words to national anthem God Save The Queen by a journalist. It was the appointment of the sprint hurdler (whose mother is English) as team captain for the World Indoor Championships in March that sparked a row over socalled ‘Plastic Brits’ – a pejorative term for athletes who have switched allegiance to represent Britain. Somali-born long-distance running champion Mo Farah, said he was “disgusted” by the line of questioning, and UK Athletics head coach Charles van Commenee responded by asking all the “people that matter” to learn the lines if only to avoid a repeat of the Porter grilling. Other ‘Plastic Brits’ in Team GB are Ukrainian wrestler Olga Butkevych, Cuban triple jumper Yamile Aldama and long jumper Shara Proctor, from Anguilla.

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CARLTON UNHAPPY WITH AIDS INSULT AFL The Blues have ordered Brock McLean to pay $5000 to charity for making an Aids-related offensive remark. McLean must also undertake an education programme and has been given a suspended one-match ban. The 26-year-old initially posted, “Today can fuck right off” on Twitter, which led to another user asking if he had been delisted. McLean, who played only 15 senior games in two-and-a-half seasons with the Blues, replied with a comment saying he’d contracted Aids from the user’s mother. McLean’s post came one week after the Blues were fined $7500 after three of their players used Twitter to criticise umpires. 52

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Australian Formula 1 driver Mark Webber has been among the most consistent on the circuit this year and, with 12 races to go in 2012, remains in contention for the driver’s championship, sitting in second place. He arrives in the UK this week for the British Grand Prix (Sunday 12.55pm, BBC Two), on the back of excellent race in Valencia, which saw him go from starting in 19th place to finishing in fourth. Here’s hoping the Red Bull ace can continue his top form at Silverstone – an Aussie winning on British soil will never get boring. Ever.

Shane Watson expressed his “burning desire” to play in an Ashes-winning side and use the current 50-over tour for reconnaissance. “Now is a time to be able to put some things in place so we can have some success when we come back here during the Ashes,” he said. “We can learn about the cricket we need to play to beat the English over here.” Watson described playing against England as not just a cricket experience, but a life experience. “It is a very good feeling when you beat the English and it is the worst feeling when you lose to the English,” he said.

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Greg Inglis (right) is in top form

QUOTES OF THE WEEK I gave my best as I always have done and that’s why I’m happy with my own contribution True to form, Portugal captain Christiano Ronaldo reveals what’s most important to him. What about the rest of the team, pal?

PREVIEW Mate against mate: winner takes all RUGBY LEAGUE: STATE OF ORIGIN THREE WEDNESDAY, 11AM. SKY SPORTS 2 Fullback Billy Slater may be out for Queensland, but NSW wil scarcely be rejoicing as they make the trip north to the intimidating Suncorp Stadium. Greg Inglis will replace Slater with a combination of strength and speed unmatched in the game. One-on-one, Inglis is almost impossible to stop. His record says enough of his ability – no player has scored more Origin tries.

For NSW, Jarred Hayne is thriving in the Orgin cauldron, causing the Maroons to go on red alert each time he touches the ball, the skill he showed to set up Josh Morris’s try in Sydney a perfect example of his game-changing ability. And while NSW captain Robbie Farah won plaudits for his defensive work in game two in Sydney, his work at dummy half was simply superb. The more Farah gets involved, the easier it will be for halves Mitchell Pearce and Todd Carney to get the talented Blues backline firing. It’s going to be huge. Tune in.

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It’s not like I am sending my 12-year-old niece to fight al-Qaeda UK Athletics head coach Charles van Commenee scorns suggestions 18-yearold sprinter Adam Gemili could be under too much stress at London 2012

I was laughed at in my own home. I found that worse than cheating Former Chelsea and Holland legend Ruud Gullit on his split from wife Estelle. TMI, dude, TMI

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CRICKET heard the JP Morgans 7s series is about to Q I’ve start. Sounds good. What’s it all about? And how do I become part of it? JP Morgan Premiership Rugby 7s Series kicks off on A The Friday, July 13, at the Twickenham Stoop. You can see Harlequins, London Irish, London Wasps and Saracens battle it out, with the top two going through to the final in Bath on Friday, August 3. Join the party at The Stoop with kick-off at 7.30pm for high-scoring, high-octane summer rugby featuring some of England’s top rugby talent. Thrilling entertainment and end-to-end rugby is guaranteed as the players give their all to rule the city’s 7s landscape. With tickets for £10, you can’t lose. Get yours now at jpmorgan7s.com

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Summer party at the Kia Oval What event this summer can combine the three key factors of high-quality sport, a few beers and another tick on your checklist of London landmarks? Is it Wimbledon? No – you have to queue for days to get tickets there, only to miss all the top players, pay two weeks’ rent for a pint, and be judged by stuffy stewards for your Pat Cash tribute headband. Is it Stamford Bridge? No – all you get there in the summer is pre-season friendlies that are largely designed to sell football shirts and give experience to all the young blokes that will play in the League Cup this year. It’s not the Olympics, is it? Don’t be bloody stupid! Those tickets were sewn up over a year ago and cost so much you’d be stuck in London for the next decade paying them off – and that’s before you’ve even bought a pint. The answer to the question is Twenty20 Cricket at the Kia Oval – and your mates at TNT have made it even easier for you to get down there by staging a special TNT Summer Party there on Friday, July 6 during Surrey’s London Derby match against the Middlesex Panthers. Tickets cost just £25 and will also get you into one of our legendary afterparties at the Grand Union Bar, just down the road, where you carry on the party until late in the evening with a host of like-minded individuals. The game will be the biggest domestic T20 match in England this year, played in front of a 15,000-strong crowd and pitching two historic rivals against each other for London bragging rights that will be fully enjoyed by fans for the next 12 months. Both sides will boast a star-studded team, with Surrey set to field current England stars Kevin Pietersen and Chris Tremlett alongside future International talent, such as Stuart Meaker, Jason Roy and Rory Hamilton-Brown. Aside from the English contingent, Surrey also boast the legendary Dirk ‘The Diggler’ Nannes, a well-travelled 56

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Australian, who is equally capable of delivering left arm howitzers on to batsmen’s toes as he is of skiing the toughest moguls in the world – something he proved when representing Australia in both World Cup Skiing and World Cup T20. Middlesex could counter by having their England trio of skipper Andrew Strauss, fast bowler Steven Finn and ingenious Irishman Eoin Morgan all available, as they seek to gain revenge for a loss that has already been inflicted by Surrey at Lord’s on June 14. However, it wasn’t just the quality of the cricket that persuaded us to stage the TNT Summer Party at this match – the Kia Oval is a sporting landmark not just in London, but across the world, and seeing a match there should be on the summer checklist of every Aussie, Kiwi and South African in the city. The ground – owned by the Prince of Wales, but leased back to Surrey County Cricket Club – has been in regular use since 1845. It was the birthplace of the Ashes in 1882, when English fans were so enraged their side had lost to the Australians they burned the bails and stored the remains in a small urn, which was taken to Australia for the subsequent series and used as a trophy. Its place in sporting history was confirmed. In 1948, The Oval was also the site of possibly the most iconic moment in the history of Australian sport. Sir Donald Bradman, the greatest batsman to ever play the game, walked to the crease needing just four runs to retire with an extraordinary Test Match average of 100. Cheered to the wicket by the English fans – and the opposition team – the Don was dismissed second ball for a duck. The legend goes that he could not see the ball properly because of tears in his eyes caused by the warmth of his welcome – and he ended his career averaging a mere 99.94. In recent years, the ground has been a less happy hunting

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ground for Aussies, with Ricky Ponting losing the Ashes there in both 2005 and 2009. Whether the irrepressible ‘Punter’ will be selected to return next year to try to avenge the defeat will be one of the great sub plots of this year’s Australian summer. History aside, another reason we chose The Oval for the TNT Summer Party was simply because the atmosphere inside the ground is the best in the country. In recent times, The Oval has begun to style itself as the rebellious older brother of Lord’s, subverting the unattractive MCC snobbery north of the River Thames by not taking itself too seriously and encouraging the modern breed of cricket fan who appreciates a well-timed cover drive but also likes a pint, a song and some amusing banter with the opposition fans. Where other grounds try to echo the Wimbledon approach and employ stewards who are seemingly paid extra to look down their noses at you, the guys on the gate at The Oval seem genuinely happy to have you in their ground. They allow you to wear shorts, sing questionable yet warmhearted songs about Graeme Swann’s cats and even – if you decide to join up as a member – allow you stay and enjoy a beer in the ground until 11pm after a game. The TNT Summer Party will be rocking the Peter May Stand on the evening of Friday, July 6, before decamping to the Grand Union Bar just down the road to carry on the evening and pick over the finer points of Pietersen’s technique (or just have a few more beers!). Tickets are available from kiaoval.com. Just select the ‘Peter May Stand’ and enter the code ‘TNT’ to make sure you get a ticket that will let you into the Grand Union afterwards. Look forward to seeing you down there! Surrey County Cricket Club The Kia Oval kiaoval.com Oval Vauxhall

ASHES BALLOT Next summer will see the Kia Oval stage the climax of the 2013 Investec Ashes Series – with Australia attempting to win the urn in England for the first time in 12 years. Tickets for the match will be like gold dust – with members of Surrey CCC getting first priority to secure their spots at the ground. However, the club is keeping 1000 tickets back every day for general sale – available to both Englishmen and Australians! To be in with a chance to get tickets, simply enter the ballot that will be hosted on kiaoval.com later this summer. If you are successful, you will be contacted later in the year and given the chance to buy tickets.

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IGNORE THE BORING DREAM-KILLERS Alan Shearer, who shall henceforth be known as Sherlock Columbo-Lansbury, doesn’t think England can win the 2014 World Cup. The former England captain proffered the startling evidence that the Three Lions were ‘a million miles’ from the top team in the world. But think back just two games before England bored the world to death against Italy, when Shearer and his pundit brethren, were getting ‘feelings’ about it being England’s ‘time’. That optimism was warming. What’s the point of sport if you can’t delude yourself

Lives without hope are very dull ones indeed

into thinking your team might win? Surely that’s part, if not all, of the fun. Would we watch it if the result was guaranteed? Don’t listen to chuntering gasbags like the aforementioned Geordie ‘detective’ and others who get wound up by people with unrealistic expectations. Lives without hope are very dull ones indeed.

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Wimbledon 13th seed Gilles Simon was absolutely right to highlight the unfairness in women tennis players claiming the same amount of prize money as the men. “The male players spent twice as long on court at Roland Garros as the women,” the Nice-born 27-year-old told France Info. “The equality in salaries isn’t something that works in sport.“ Until 2006, a disparity in prize money was justified using exactly the same logic. However, in 2007, Wimbledon’s board voted unanimously to offer equal financial rewards money for both sexes, bringing it into line with the three other majors. The strongest argument supporters of the equal-pay policy can muster is that the men’s and women’s championships are ‘work of comparable value’, a loaded phrase if ever there was one. Objectively, it begs the question whether the two championships are actually equal, and only the steadfastly bien-pensant would dare to suggest that is the case. The men’s game is superior in all facets; in terms of skill, entertainment and economics, male tennis players dominate. Such a stranglehold on ratings and popularity may not last forever, though, and any working model considering the above would need constant re-evaluation to adjust the prize accordingly. Theoretically, if the pendulum was found to be heading in the other direction, if two or three eminently skillful, saleable female stars were to materialise at Wimbledon, the women could end up being paid more than men. Consider, for example, how much you’d pay to see Maria Sharapova, compared to say, Gilles Simon? Tennis is one of the few sports where women share a similar profile with men, and offering equal pay does set an admirable example to other sports. That said, it’s still clearly unfair that men are asked to do twice the work for the same pay. Why don’t the women just play five sets?

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Enduring problems Performance-enhancing drugs are nothing new on the Tour de France WORDS TOM STURROCK

Over weekend, the 99th Tour de France began in the Belgian city of Liege and will finish in Paris in three weeks. The race is a monument to supreme athletic endurance, illustrated by some of Europe’s most majestic scenery, but it is an event dogged by scepticism. For the Tour’s first 60 years, doping was part of the race’s very fabric. Riders imbibed everything under the sun to gain an edge – alcohol, ether, toad extract, amphetamines, cocaine, nitroglycerine, even strychnine. It was only after a series of incidents in the 1950s, when drugged riders injured themselves, that doping became illegal and drug-testing began. In 1966, a third of riders tested positive for amphetamines. In 1967, British rider Tommy Simpson died in his saddle, after a combination of drugs and alcohol masked the effects of exhaustion. Steroids eventually became the drug of choice, but they were too easily detected. By the 1990s, it was all about erythropoietin (EPO), a drug ostensibly synthesised to boost red-cell production in anaemics. Since then, the Tour has been beset with one doping scandal after another and spectators can be forgiven for questioning how many of the top riders are clean and how many are drug cheats.

Contador rides again Alberto Contador had won the Tour De France three times, most recently in 2010, and was considered one of the world’s best climbers. There were suspicions surrounding the Spaniard for several years, though – in 2009, after Contador smashed a climbing stage up the Swiss peak of Verbier, former Tour winner Greg LeMond wrote that Contador’s performance would require an aerobic capacity “that has never been achieved by any athlete in any sport”. Contador refuted the allegations, but when he was 60

eventually busted, few were surprised. In 2010, he tested positive for clenbuterol, a steroid used to treat asthma, and plastic residue, which suggested he had used blood transfusions to beat testers. Contador copped a one-year ban but, on appeal, claimed contaminated food was responsible. The Spanish Cycling Federation cleared him and Contador’s case was referred to the Court of Arbitration for Sport, which last year reiterated the ban, although it meant Contador was able to defend his title last year. How dodgy is it? The 2006 Tour de France was rocked by the Operacion Puerto case, a Spanish investigation into the doping network of Dr Eufemiano Fuentes. Contador and his Astana teammates were all implicated. At the time, Contador insisted: “I was in the wrong team at the wrong time and somehow my name got among the documents.”

Landis tells tales American cyclist Floyd Landis won the 2006 Tour de France, only to be stripped of his title after returning a urine sample showing a hormone imbalance nearly triple the legal ratio. It was a landmark in professional cycling – the sport’s most prestigious race sullied as the ugly reality of doping was dragged out from the shadows. Landis protested his innocence and even released a book, Positively False, and created a website to raise funds to clear his name. But in 2007, he was found guilty and banned for two years. When Landis eventually admitted to doping in 2010, no one was shocked, although many were disgusted by his willingness to ask other people to donate funds to his fraudulent defence. And Landis went a step further, naming others he claimed had also doped, including seven-time Tour winner – and Landis’s former teammate – Lance Armstrong.

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Clockwise: Lance Armstrong; Tyler Hamilton; Floyd Landis How dodgy is it? Landis claimed members of US Postal used EPO and resorted to blood transfusions to avoid getting caught. Landis charged that ‘clean’ blood was extracted in Armstrong’s apartment and kept in a fridge in his wardrobe. Landis also claimed that a positive drug test returned by Armstrong had been suppressed after team officials paid off cycling bosses.

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Armstrong implicated In 1996, Armstrong, then 25, was diagnosed with testicular cancer. Even though the tumour metastasized into his brain and lungs, Armstrong recovered and came back to win the Tour de France seven years in a row between 1999 and 2005. But, in 2010, Tyler Hamilton – an Olympic gold medalist and another of Armstrong’s former teammates, broke his silence. Appearing before a federal grand jury investigating doping in cycling, Hamilton admitted using performanceenhancing drugs and even returned the Olympic gold medal he won in 2004. Speaking to 60 Minutes, Hamilton claimed to have seen Armstrong inject EPO “many, many times” and that he had also used testosterone and undergone blood transfusions to avoid detection, describing it as “the culture of the sport”. How dodgy is it? Armstrong, now the subject of a fresh probe by US officials, is quick to claim he has never failed a drug test despite being “the most tested athlete in the world”. In the past, Armstrong has insisted: “This has been a 13-year question... Blood, urine, hair, whatever they wanted to take. At some point, somebody’s going to have to answer that question. I’m not wasting any more of my time.” But how many former teammates need to implicate Armstrong before the mud sticks?

Man in yellow: Cadel Evans

AND THEY’RE OFF ... KNOW YOUR JERSEYS The Tour de France is held across 21 stages spanning nearly 3500km. The main event is known as the General Classification – the eventual winner is determined by the time elapsed in completing the various stages. During the tour, the leader of the General Classification wears the yellow jersey. But there’s also a Points Classification, where the first 25 riders who finish each stage earn points. The leader of the Points Classification wears the green jersey. Then there’s the King of the Mountains, which recognises the cyclists who excel in the climbing stages, where riders require a unique fitness base to battle the steepest hills. The leader in these stages wears a whiteand-red polka-dot jersey. It’s all very colourful, isn’t it?

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LIVING DOLL The Kumari, considered a living goddess, attends festivities on the last day of the Rato Machindranath chariot festival, also known as Bhoto Jatra, in Jwalakhel, Kathmandu

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THE WILD THINGS The wildlife is often the inspiration to travel somewhere – orangutans in Borneo, lions in the Serengeti, etc. However, appealing as going wild abroad can be, it can also send the traveller running for the nearest apartment block set in as many square kilometres of concrete as possible.

Got a scary travel story? Email laura.chubb@tntmagazine.com

NACHI FIRE FESTIVAL, Wakayama, Japan Tucked away in the majestic mountains of Wakayama, lies Mount Nachi. In the heat of summer, white-robed priests carry 12 enormous 9-15 torches of cypress wood up a crest to the 133m Nachi Waterfall. Locals have come to pay homage to the falls and their magical properties since the dawn of Japanese civilisation. JULY

WHY: Emperor Jimnu landed on the coast of Nachi and saw a light shining in the mountains. According to legend, this bright light turned out to be the majestic falls of Nachi. Jimnu declared the falls sacred and, in return, the falls sent him Yatagarasu, a crow who could carry messages to the gods.

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Fishing for big game or just a cold beer while cruising 11-15 on the sea, this festival is a perfect mix of competition and calm. Surrounded by a week of parties both on and off shore, The Big Game Classic offers a chance for you and your friends to snag the biggest fish and celebrate on the beach all night.

Sun, sand and skin mix to make this music festival a 12-15 combination of everything young and fun. With headliner performances by Florence + The Machine, Bob Dylan and The Stone Roses, soaking up the sun and the sounds will make for a smashing party.

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Slosh through mud to score at this world championship. 13-14 The regular rules of football apply, but the field is a sludgy bog. The games are open to visitors and locals alike as long as they don’t mind being knee-deep in mud. JULY

Fables, fantasy and fun are wrapped up in this 12-15 folklore festival. These oral traditions will evoke love loss and a lot of laughter. This is an explosion of rhythm, colour and great food. JULY

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Almost two millennia later, the tradition of paying homage to the falls still remains. DO IT BECAUSE: The ancient festival is an insight into Japanese culture. Also, according to legend showing the falls your respect may give you luck for the rest of the year.

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For me, the wildlife I encounter when travelling is as much a source of sleepless nights as it is maxedout SD memory cards. A particularly memorable occasion was when I woke to the sound of scuffling in my lodge in the Amazon. I was alarmed to note that the pack of M&Ms my roommate had left on the bedside table was no longer there – and that whatever was in here with us was almost certainly rustling around inside the empty wrapper. Said roommate then spotted a brown tail. I spent from then until the waking hours wondering if snakes enjoy the taste of chocolate. My adventures in Burma so far are no exception. I’ve just moved on from Bagan, where there are 50 types of poisonous snake, responsible for a large percentage of deaths in the region. We were told to keep our eyes peeled and always carry a torch at night. This translated into every stray twig and branch striking pure, cold fear into the pit of my stomach. I have also battled a cockroach big enough to kick the shit out of a house cat and strenuously avoided eye contact with roughly a million monkeys that lined my ascent to a hilltop temple. My guide has forewarned that they were ‘playful’. Let the record clearly state that this would definitely not be my choice of adjective.

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LON-SYD IN 4 HOURS The long-haul flight from London to Sydney could soon be a thing of the past. Boeing, Lockheed Martin and Gulfstream – with a bit of help from NASA – are working on the first supersonic commercial passenger airliner. The aim is a 4000km/h flight that takes four hours. The companies claim they are close to overcoming the ‘sonic boom’, which rolls in the jet’s wake and was Concorde’s biggest obstacle. The new jet, codenamed X-54, wouldn’t fly until after 2020, which means a full-sized version could be available by 2030, assuming the new technology was successful. That’ll put an end to excuses for not going home at Christmas.

NEW DRUG HOTSPOT Move over Amsterdam – those looking for a marijuana holiday could soon be heading to Uruguay. The South American country has mooted state-controlled sales of the drug as it battles a rise in crime. “We believe the prohibition of certain drugs is creating more problems for society than the drugs themselves ... with disastrous consequences,” Defence Minister Eleuterio Fernandez Huidobro said. “Certain phenomena are appearing in Uruguay that didn’t exist before.” The new bill envisages some shops would be allowed to sell marijuana cigarettes at a price fixed by the authorities.

LOVE SPLITS ON HOLD Holidaymakers are prepared to put off breaking up their relationships so they can get their two weeks in the sun. According to a study, one in 10 people has delayed doing the deed in order to go on a planned trip. Of these, 82 per cent said they ditched their partner after the holiday – with half of those doing so within two weeks of returning. Although 18 per cent said they were still together. Sunshine. co.uk asked 1839 Brits about their holiday habits. The study also revealed 11 per cent of holidaymakers had split up with a partner just so they could be single on holiday.

IBIZA SET TO ROCK Ben Howard, Mark Ronson, Zane Lowe and Kasabian are kicking off the party as Ibiza Rocks celebrates its seventh year. Professor Green, Plan B, Chase & Status, Tinie Tempah and Katy B will play at the open-air gigs, which run until September. Playing their first live gig in Ibiza, New Order take to the stage on Sept 12. The band’s Bernard Sumner said: “New Order and Ibiza are forever entwined.” The Ibiza Rocks gigs will culminate with two closing parties – Two Door Cinema Club on Sept 19, and Mark Ronson and Zane Lowe on Sept 21. See ibizarocks.com or lowcostholidays.com

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GETTING THERE Trains run regularly between Brighton and London stations (Victoria or London Bridge). Advanced singles start at £4 with Southern Railway, and the fastest journey times are less than an hour. southernrailway.com

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If you like your supper served in suspenders, book a table at Proud Brighton Ballrooms. Enjoy basil mojitos and seared scallops, while burlesque performers eat fire off their finger tips and spank themselves with riding whips. £35pp for a threecourse meal and a cabaret show. brightonballroom.com At Aloka, Brighton’s only raw-food restaurant, beetroot shavings and beansprouts never tasted so good. Mains from £11.90. aloka.aura-soma.net Sticky Mike’s Frog Bar is a hip hangout; expect graffiti-style decor, eccentric artwork and a creative crowd. Pints from £3.80. drinkinbrighton.co.uk Oki Nami Bar is set above Fat Boy Slim’s sushi restaurant of the same name, and overlooks the peaceful Pavilion Gardens. Cocktails at £6.50, or £3.50 in happy hour. okinami.com/bar Boutique B&B Seaspray is on a smart seafront square in Kemp Town. Doubles from £49pn, with breakfast. seaspraybrighton.co.uk

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Go wild, or be mild? Summer is the best time to explore Brighton, whether you’re looking for action or relaxation WORDS LUCY GREWCOCK

Well-known for its eccentric outlook and beer-fuelled beach parties, Brighton has always been a favourite seaside escape. But in tandem with the city’s wild side are hundreds of holistic therapists and serene sanctuaries – the perfect antidote to excessive nights out and a welcome retreat for overworked urbanites. Exploring these contrasting characteristics reveals Brighton’s two extremes of escapism.

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By day WILD: Only when you’re back on solid ground do you realise that you haven’t drawn breath for a full 20 minutes; flying across the English Channel at 50mph, a Zapcat hovercraft ride is the perfect pick-me-up after a hedonistic night out. Or, for old-school thrills, experience the roller coasters, river rapids and horror houses of Brighton Pier; be sure to ride The Booster, a giant slingshot that launches you in the air with a stomach-sickening swoop before plummeting you back towards the sea. For festival-style fun, head to the city’s beach bars. On a sunny day, you’ll see more people than pebbles, a kaleidoscope of beachwear and the occasional streaker. Bring your own booze or find a seat in a patio bar, where you can expect live music and resident ravers. If ‘going wild’ means ‘back to nature’ for you, visit Britain’s first official nudist beach – it’s discretely hidden behind a bank of pebbles, to the east of the pier. adventureconnections.co.uk MILD: Stone massage or salt glow, colour therapy or timeline treatment, Brighton is teeming with health spas and healing hands. Head to The Treatment Rooms, a day spa offering more than 50 different chill-out treatments. Proving that men can be pampered, too, the ‘Olympian Ritual’ involves a deep-muscle massage with essential oils and black pepper. Or escape the crowds and walk west from the Pier, towards Hove’s more salubrious shores. Pack a picnic and recline on The Lawns, or enjoy a sunset barbecue on the beach and see the starlings dance around the West Pier. thetreatmentrooms.co.uk Take a break WILD: Some of the best independent coffee shops are found

in Kemp Town or The Lanes. On a self-proclaimed mission to ‘caffeinate Brighton’, The Marwood is, without doubt, the city’s quirkiest café – enjoy super-strong coffee while surrounded by stuffed cats and hang-gliding action men. themarwood.com MILD: Herbal teas and fresh-fruit smoothies aren’t hard to come by in Brighton. Visit the cafes on Gardner Street, in the North Lanes, or swap morning coffee for a guarana-seed shake at the Guarnaco Bar – try their signature Acai smoothie or sweat it out with a shot of wheatgrass. guaranaco.com After hours WILD: The elaborate bars on St James’s Street can always be relied on for larger-than-life nights out; in the heart of Brighton’s gay quarter. On the other hand, if pints-in-pubs are more your scene, stick to the North Lanes, where the best collection of lively watering holes can be found. The boldest nightclubs all have a sea view. For booming bass, make a beeline for The Volks and you’ll be guaranteed chest vibrations and ear ringing that will last for months. For Brighton’s latest nights, try Coalition, which stays open till 7am. volksclub.co.uk drinkinbrighton.co.uk/coalition MILD: For drinks without the debauchery, Brighton’s classy cocktail bars and more peripheral pubs are the answer. Early evening or early-hours, the balcony bars on New Road are a great place to people-watch; or for board-games and beers, venture out to the calmer corners of the city – try the pubs in Hove, Hanover or Seven Dials. For entertainment, catch a classical music concert at The Brighton Dome, or see what’s on at The Theatre Royal. Film-wise, the arts cinema, The Duke of York’s, has been a favourite with locals NEXT WEEK ever since it opened in 1910 Newquay: – see classic movies or select The lowdown on new releases, while enjoying UK summer surf slabs of homemade cake. picturehouses.co.uk TNTMAGAZINE.COM

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Grabbing a bite to eat can take on a whole new meaning when you are making your way around the world. It isn’t always enough to spend your time rushing to the next cookiecutter tourist stop. If you really want to experience what another country has to offer, then try travelling like a local and most importantly, eating like a local. Each culture has its own take on mealtime, and immersing yourself fully in that ritual is a must-do for any traveller worth their salt. And we’re not talking about munching on your own weight in pasta in Italy, or chowing down on a bucketload of croissants in Paris. You need to stretch the imagination a little bit here, folks. Some of the following options might not exactly conjure images of gastronomical delight but the saying “don’t knock it ‘til you’ve tried it” rings true in each case. So, before you go searching for French fries, step out of your comfort zone and try one of these weird foods from around the world. They may not all be your cup of tea, but at least you

can say you got a taste of real culture. Balut (above) is one of the more out-there foods of Asia. The dish is made from a fertilised duck embryo that is boiled and eaten from the shell. The locals enjoy this slightly grisly delicacy seasoned with salt, chilli, garlic and vinegar. While it is becoming an increasingly popular appetiser in restaurants all over the Philippines, it is still most commonly found at street vendor stall. Give it a try – if you can ignore the duckling’s eye staring at you as you slurp back the flavoursome broth, then peel the egg to eat the yolk and young chick. Strangely, the white is the bit that shouldn’t be eaten because it can be tough and untasty. As the dish becomes more widespread, cooks are experimenting with increasingly more complicated recipes, some of which include baking the balut into a tasty pastry. You’ll never look at your Cornish pasty quite the same way. So there you go, that’s flavoursome balut in a nutshell – pun intended (sorry). tourism.gov.ph

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These scurrying little buggers have survived since the age of the dinosaur, so the Thai locals have decided they must be good for something. Eating. Deep-fried cockroaches are considered a common snack by roadside vendors and food venues alike in South-est Asia. Before you get squeamish, think about it this way: crunchy roaches are a cheap-and-easy munch for hungry backpackers on a budget. tourismthailand.org

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Cuy chactado is a dish most popular in the Andes region of Peru. It may shock some people to find out that the succulent meat is actually guinea pig, but one country’s pet is another’s yummy little snack. The indigenous women of the Peruvian Andes will raise large numbers of guinea pigs specifically for food. It’s hard to imagine the critters yielding much meat, but they can grow surprisingly big when left to run around in the fresh mountain air. visitperu.com

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TARANTULAS, CAMBODIA

To prepare this snack, spiders are tossed in garlic, MSG, sugar and salt and then fried until the legs are completely stiff. Travellers describe the taste as bland, a cross between chicken and cod. The best bit of meat comes from the head and body, but be wary of the abdomen full of brown paste, which includes organs, sometimes eggs and definitely excrement. Tasty treat. tourismcambodia.org

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Dry and dusty Malawi a could give the Australian Outback a run for its money when it comes to the annoying fly population. But unlike the inhabitants of the sunburnt country, the good people of Malawi have found a clever way to get revenge – by eating the pests. The flies are caught in a net, mashed and squashed together to form a patty and then cooked on whatever sun-soaked metal surface is handy. Yum.

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am planning on visiting the Romantic Q IRoad by flying into Frankfurt and flying out of Munich over four days. I want a day in Innsbruck, as well as visit Lichtenstein. Does this sound reasonable? Shelly, via email be incredibly rushed. You will find A Itthatwould you won’t be able to make the most of the route in this time if you are trying to cram in a number of other places which aren’t en route. My advice would be to concentrate on the Romantic Road itself. Fly in to Frankfurt and pick up a hire car. Drive just over an hour south-east, to the start of the Romantic Road at Würzberg. It is worth pausing here as this laidback student town is a pleasant spot on the Main River. From here, continue south to the tourist hub of the route, Rothenburg ob der Tauber. It is best to stay overnight, to be able to enjoy the town once all of the daytrippers have gone. Stay at the Hotel Raidel, complete with 500-year-old beams (romanticroad.com/raidel) – a single room with private bathroom is less than £40. Make sure your trip includes the castles of Ludwig II near Füssen. Neuschwanstein Castle is said to be the inspiration for Disney’s castle and the adjacent Hohenschwangau Castle can both be visited on a guided tour from the ticket centre (£18.50) but be sure to get there early. From here, it’s a two-and-half-hour train trip to Munich for your flight home.

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fewer holidays during this time of austerity, beaches and attractions will be quieter. You will also find that businesses will be welcoming visitors with open arms and with the pound strong against the euro, Greece represents good value for money. Be aware that there is an increased risk of strike action within the country affecting tourist services such as flights and transport. Protests have taken place in Syntagma Square in central Athens, but as you are visiting the islands, you should be fine. Ensure you have a good travel insurance policy (that includes supplier failure cover) and keep abreast of local news. If you have booked a package, the operator has a duty of care for its customers all elements of your trip (transfers etc) are their responsibility. Alternatively, book your trip on a credit card as you are covered by the Consumer Credit Act if you spend more £100. It is also sensible to take small denominations of euro as if Greece does leave the Eurozone, these may be easier to convert. Also, don’t rely on your credit or debit card for emergencies as electronic banking may suffer during a financial crisis, meaning having some emergency cash is a good idea.

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Step into the wilderness Track down moose, bison and even beavers in the remarkable countryside of Poland’s Podlaskie Voivodship WORDS SASHA HESELTINE It’s morning and I am geared up for action in the far-flung east of Poland’s beautiful Podlaskie Voivodship. Biebrza National Park is 60,000 hectares of marshy flatlands, gentle river valley and moose-concealing pine forests. This is a landscape of wetlands and peat bogs, bordering the Biebrza river and home to hundreds of different bird species, thousands of insect species, 900 moose, red deer, wild boar, hares, rabbits and even wolf packs and solitary lynxes. It’s going to be a good day. I rock up at the HQ of Biebrza National Park at OsowiecTwierdza to meet conservationist Kate Ramotowska, who runs Eco-Travel, a company that has taught eco-tourism visitors for 20 years. Heading off by 4WD along the snow-strewn park’s lone road, we abandon the jeep and creep through the pines in search of the elusive moose. About about the size of a horse, with bobbly, Shrek-like antlers, they have long, comical faces and soon one peeks shyly around a tree at us. And another. And then more and more. But it may not be this way forever; with each protected moose in the Biebrza forest consuming 20kg of pine leaves daily, there is an ongoing feud between conservationists and forestry commission, who want to cull the animals. After an awesome morning of catching moose off guard, spotting majestic red deer and following the tracks of wild hares through the icy undergrowth, we lunch on smoczki (pork meatballs) in the park’s wood-panelled hostelry at Dwór Dobarz. Here, we discover the weather conditions are perfect to take a hot-air balloon trip to spot some more wildlife. Kate notices I’ve gone green. “Here, have this. It’ll help the nerves,” she says, handing me a shot of local Zubrówka vodka, flavoured with bison grass. And perhaps it does, because I’m soon propelled into a wicker basket and we are off, swept along by a bright yellow-and-red balloon, the only splash of colour in the gun-metal skies. The pilot releases the burner and we swoop 2kms up over the Biebrza river valley and the flat marshes bordering the pine forest, drifting high above the treetops and looking down on grazing moose and boar. The next morning, I’m at Białowiez˙a National Park, which was established in 1921, but now has 60 per cent of the land lying across the Belarus border. The area belonged to Russia until 1919; Tsar Nicholas II used it as his private hunting

ground, eradicating the existing herds of bison and laying waste to pretty much all wildlife in the area. Today the park is home to protected herds of European bison – reintroduced in the 1950s and now flourishing, with 480 living wild – plus the remnants of Europe’s last great primeval lowland forest. I set off on a 4WD safari to track down the creatures. We search for them among the pine trees, spotting red deer,

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white eagles and harriers before eventually tracking down a herd, their great shaggy heads nodding as they bask in weak winter sunshine. Having told my guide, Michal, I’ve never seen a beaver, ››

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at twighlight at twilight he takes me off to a secret site on the river Narewka where we catch a handsome male specimen frolicking in the icy water before it swims upstream and disappears into his multi-level bankside home. Back in the park next morning, I make it to Białowiez˙a HQ in time to jump on a horse-and-trap for a journey into the primeval forest. Untouched and unmanaged by human hand, this wild land is fiercely protected and left entirely to its own devices. There’s no harvesting, no hunting and all the species are native: spruce, oak, lime, pine, rare fungi, birds, wild boar, bison, red deer, and yes, those 29 kinds of mosquito. It’s here that my three-day ecology seminar ends. What an experience to explore two such special, nurtured national parks, to see the animals in their natural environment and to see the work involved in preserving Europe’s last great wilderness. Long may it last. ❚ Biebrza National Park Admission from £1 per day for walking/ cycling tours.biebrza.org.pl Białowie a National Park bpn.com.pl European Bison Reserve (+48 85 681 23 98) and Museum of Nature and Forest (+48 85 682 97 02) is £2.25. Entrance into protected area of the park only by pre-arranged guided tour.

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For hearty (and heavy) local cuisine, head for Dwór Dobarz in Bierbza National Park. Try the regional Mazurin specialities of smoczki (pork meatballs cooked in potato) and bison-flavoured vodkas. Mains from £5.50. dwordobarz.pl

The sleek dining rooms at the Hotel Cristal in buzzing Białystok provide a delicious take on local specialities for an on-trend urban crowd. Try Zurek – sour rye soup – with quails’ eggs, local fried perch or duck served with noodles. Mains from £7.50. cristal.com.pl

A royal Russian treat, the Restaurant Carska (Tsar’s Restaurant) is in the renovated train station built by Tsar Nicholas II to access his hunting grounds, in remote countryside near Białowieza. Feast on caviar, rich, meaty Solianka soup and smoked salmon. Mains from £10. restauracjacarska.pl

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Białystok, the cool, cultured main city of the Podlaskie region, has spawned an edgy nightlife thanks to its university students. Three bars to try are grungy Strych (Rynek Kos´ciuszki 22), The Passion Beach (Włókiennicza 2) for pints plus dance music, and all-nighter Alchemia (ul. Lipowa). Pints from £1.20.

Białowieza’s Sioło Budy Ethnographic Museum runs summertime parties for fans of local tradition. Relax around a campfire to sample Ukrainian beers and local Zubrówka vodka while listening to Belarussian accordion music – a reminder that you’re almost on the border. Pints from £1.50. siolobudy.pl

For a late-night drink in mellow surroundings, try the Club 1871 in the bowels of Białystok’s sleek Hotel Branicki. The bar has a garish electricblue glass floor and serves up equally colourful expensive cocktails to a background of corny Euro-pop. Pints from £1.90. hotelbranicki.com

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Stay close to the animals in Biebrza National Park at five budget campsites, all open from May until September. The biggest is at Osowiec-Twierdza, near the park HQ. The forest lodge in Grze˛dy has six simple double or treble rooms, showers and communal kitchens. Rooms from £24pppn, tent pitches from £2. biebrza.org.pl

Stop over in Białystok to sample fourstar luxury at the Hotel Branicki, where the rooms in the annexe are decorated with seminal black-andwhite images from Polish history. Rooms from £70pppn. hotelbranicki.com

In Białowiez˙a, overnight in Apartmenty Carskie, a water tower converted into four glamorous bedrooms accessorised with heavy Franco-Russian wooden furniture and the biggest sparkling white bathrooms ever seen. Rooms from £90pppn. restauracjacarska.pl

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Sun, sea and party This is Bournemouth in 48 hours WORDS RUTH ROXANNE BOARD

DAY 1: 09:00 Nestled in a bay on the Dorset coast, Bournemouth is a sleepy seaside town by day and party central at night. Recently voted the best beach in Britain, it’s a splendid setting for a break. First stop, and your base for the day, is the quintessential British Beach Hut (bournemouthbeachhuts.co.uk), available to hire from £34 per day during July and August. Just down the road at Boscombe, the stylish Beach Pods are £190 per week. Designed by Wayne Hemingway, these trendy huts will provide you with oodles of retro beach nostalgia, as well as offer some much-needed shade. 11:00 A few hundred yards’ walk along Undercliff Drive will lead you to the Bournemouth Surf School (bournemouthsurfschool.co.uk). Take a lesson for £35 or hire a wetsuit and board for £10 for two hours and a try out the town’s artificial reef. 13:00 After all that strenuous activity, refuel at Urban Reef (urbanreef.com), located at the rejuvenated Honeycomb Beach, with a crab wrap for £8.50 and smoothie for £3.60. 14:00 Continue the action with a bike ride. Hire some wheels at Front Bike Hire (front-bike-hire.co.uk) from £5 for the hour (or £15 for 24 hours) and ride east past Boscombe Pier and the quiet Fisherman’s Walk beach to the Bronze Age site of Hengistbury Head (hengistburyhead. org). Here you can see an abundance of local wildlife, plus the historical ‘double dykes’. 15:00 Head back to your beach hut and take the land train (01202 451 781) from Boscombe Pier to Bournemouth. The train leaves every 20 mins during peak season and costs £2 80

one way or £5 for a day pass. Explore the seafront and grab an ice cream from the arcade entrance as you stroll along the Victorian Pier. If the weather is a little inclement, push past the kids at The Oceanarium (oceanarium.co.uk) for a £9.95pp underwater aquarium experience where you will learn the secrets of the ocean. 17:00 Take a walk through the blooming marvellous Bournemouth Gardens, pull up a deck chair and listen to the big tunes at the band stand. Grab a putter and have a go at the Crazy Golf (01202 451 781) circuit for £3.30pp. 19:00 Just a bit further north through the lower gardens is the Bournemouth Balloon (bournemouthballoon.com). This permanent fixture rises to the height of 150m and gives a 360-degree panoramic view. Tickets cost £12.50pp. 21:00 Grab a classic burger for £6.95 and a beer from £3.10 at hipster bar Sixty Million Postcards (sixtymillionpostcards.com). Check out the local musos and keep eyes peeled for a visit from famous alumni. 23:00 Finish the night off by hitting ‘the strip’ for a welldeserved boogie. Walkabout (walkabout.eu.com) is a popular choice with the locals for a bit of cheese or Chilli White (chilliwhite.com) for posing and pulling. Hit Camel Bar (camelbar.co.uk) for a shisha in the underground garden and party on until 6am. DAY 2: 10:00 You may be feeling a little delicate, so head to Norwegian Wood (1 Glen Fern Road) for a humongous traditional English breakfast. 11:00 Escape the sun and browse around The Russell-Cotes Museum (russell-cotes.bournemouth.gov.uk) for £5pp.

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The Bournemouth Balloon, a beacon in the lower gardens

This museum holds artefacts collected during the 1800s by locals Merton and Annie Russell-Cotes on their travels around the world. 13:00 Take the M1 or M2 (wdbus.co.uk) bus from Bournemouth Square to Poole bus station. From here, it’s a five-minute walk to Poole Quay, where you can sip an ale from one of the seafarer’s inns. The Poole Arms (19 The Quay, Poole) serves great locally caught seafood. Then, for a scenic view, hop aboard the Bournemouth Belle (dorsetcruises.co.uk) for £10.50pp return to see the world’s second-biggest natural harbour (after Sydney) taking in the mega-rich, celebrity hideaway of Sandbanks. 15:00 Catch the ferry to the pretty Brownsea Island (brownseaislandferries.com) for £9.50pp. The island is the last outpost of the native red squirrel. 18:00 Return to the throng of Bournemouth and shake your thing at Pavilion Dance (paviliondance.org.uk). Lessons range from showgirl to west coast swing for £5pp. 20:00 Recharge your batteries at the top-notch Westbeach (west-beach.co.uk) for sumptuous seafood. Mains start at £12.50, and wine from £19.95 per bottle. Chill out to soulful tunes as you watch the sun set. 22:00 You may be feeling full so don’t stray too far. 1812 (eighteen-twelve.com) is the right side of grown-up cool with classy cocktails with live jazz at the weekends. National rail from London Waterloo to Bournemouth from £16 one way with Southwest Trains southwesttrains.co.uk. Coach from London Victoria with National Express from £4 each way. www.nationalexpress.com

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A land of fire and ice From volcanoes and snorkelling in crystal-clear water to caving and ATV riding along rugged beaches, Iceland offers non-stop action WORDS JAHN VANNISSELROY

WHEN TO GO: Different seasons yield different experiences. anyone and I pop my head back up into The water’s two degrees and my mouth, the only part of me exposed, is now numb. It’s of Winter (Nov to Mar), when it’s reality to find the rest of the group is out darker, is the best time to see the no mind, though; the extreme environment of the water already. The guide motions to Northern Lights. The days last much me to join them, and I begin a slow drift to is too beautiful to be worrying about small longer in summer (mid-June to uncomforts. I lie still, occasional wafts of the other side, still finding new angles and Sept), a great time to get amongst my flippers my only movement, drifting unexplored territory to keep me enthralled. it with the locals, who are not shy in a current through the thin beginning Back on dry land, we return to the of partying hard. of Iceland’s Silfra Fissure in Thingvellir fissure’s beginning and the adventurous are National Park, as I prepare to glide between invited to hurl ourselves from the banks into CURRENCY: Icelandic krona. the Eurasian and North American tectonic the freezing waters below. I leap, piercing 1GBP= 200ISK plates. It’s a tranquil time, silent and pure. the grey surface, adrenaline rushing as the ACCOMMODATION: I’ve managed to get ahead of the rest of cold stabs my skin, surfacing to scramble up Reykjavik Backpackers has friendly the group, so no flippers in the face can ruin the craggy banks and race up to the nextstaff and the establishment’s my view, which extends all the way to the highest ledge – just because I can. onsite bar makes for a sociable bottom, 100m in some places. Adjusting my It’s a harsh environment, but one environment. From £25pppn. snorkel causes an intake of half a mouthful SEE: reykjavikbackpackers.com providing plenty of adventure. But then of water, but swallowing it solves the Iceland is well versed at finding the silver visiticeland.com problem and is probably good for me; the lining in uncomfortable situations. liquid that fills Silfra is melted ice from a glacier 50km away, Perhaps best known for the colourful Northern Lights, filtered through the country’s porous lava fields for many the nation wasn’t really on the travel radar before the 2008 years before arriving at the north end of Thingvellir lake credit crunch, considered by all but the most intrepid as through underground wells. It’s likely the cleanest on earth. too out of the way and too expensive. But as the country’s Above me, the sun has failed to pierce the brooding sky currency lost 44 per cent of its value in a nationwide and the water’s surface remains unmolested by wind; perfect bankruptcy, news editors around the world featured it high conditions, as shards of light and the slightest gust would up in their bulletins and editions. The problem for them (or affect the stunning clarity, rated among the world’s very blessing in Iceland’s case) was that the stock images of the best for diving and snorkelling. I float on, taking care not to nation consisted almost solely of its splendid wildlife: Icelandic touch the sides, lest I stir up the plant life, ruining the view horses roaming on verdant fields, geysers exploding, rugged for those behind me. Below me lies the Cathedral, an area scenery and the beautiful Blue Lagoon were beamed into where the Icelandic diving club holds its annual Christmas the international consciousness. Suddenly, Iceland became an ball. Regrets at not having got my PADI certificate surface, option for adventurous, budget-aware travellers. as my snorkelling dry suit is too buoyant to delve any further And then, in 2010, Eyjafjallajökull, the volcano that caused than the surface. the infamous ash cloud, erupted, bringing Europe’s airways Before reaching the lake proper, I take a left turn and to a halt. Google searches on Iceland quickly reached into the enter the lagoon, an expansive area in which our guide millions, again highlighting the remarkable wilderness and lets us roam as we wish. Snorkelling from one side to the adventure the nation offered (when it wasn’t accidentally other, then paddling along the banks, I marvel at the rock causing the rest of the world major problems). formations and strange, placenta-like growths and in places Silfra is just one of those amazing natural experiences on reach out to touch the bottom, only to be reminded that it’s offer and thankfully I’m soon to taste plenty more. too far down, the immaculate visibility fooling me yet again. About an hour’s drive into Thingvellir is the Gjábakkahellir It’s been 15 minutes since my last conversation with cave. Here, I go from extreme clarity to extreme confusion, ›› TNTMAGAZINE.COM

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Explore one of Iceland’s many lava tube and (below) lava fields, ATV adventures; the Blue Lagoon and Silfra

losing my sense of direction as my caving party creeps deeper into the lava tube. When lava leaves a volcano, it travels in channels, the tops of which cool down and harden. Inside, the molten rock continues its journey until it has nowhere to go, leaving a giant cylinder perfect for an adventure. However, it’s not as though they’re unexplored; in Iceland’s earlier societies, criminals were made outcasts, banished from villages, and would often seek refuge from the harsh elements inside these winding hollows. The walls vary from silky smooth to craggily uneven depending on which part we’re in, the lava’s speed as it cooled dictating the surface. Alongside unwrinkled green, red and yellow volcanic stone (the different colours caused by varying temperatures when cooling) grow stalagmites and stalactites. We’re instructed not to touch under any circumstances. Previous parties have contained light-fingered environmental vandals, their thievery a shame as the ancient souvenirs only look like melted iron sitting on a mantelpiece without a sense of perspective. Iceland’s most famous caver, Björn Hróarsson, has mapped hundreds of the country’s lava tubes, and in our cave has replaced the missing tites and mites with replicas, but they remain a sad reminder that nothing beats the real deal. During this dank, dark descent, we’re crouching for metres of slow-but-steady progress, hunched to avoid the sharp stone of the roof, hardhats earning ever more dents as we clumsily adjust to our alien surrounds. Some spots require advancement on hands and knees and others demand we lie down and roll along the jagged floor in order to continue. At the deepest point, our guide, Gulli, instructs us to extinguish our headlanterns, to not make a sound. We perch on boulders in the absolute darkness, craning our ears. There’s nothing … and it’s incredibly peaceful. Think of the last time you were awake and saw and heard nothing. In our hectic modern-day lives, it won’t have been too often. An unexpected bonus of enjoying five long minutes in the 84

pitch black is that it makes footing more secure, but after the torches are switched back on, Gulli quickly unsteadies our nerves with his black Icelandic humour: “What would you rather have? One missing member of the group or one extra member?” The way back is spent with more than a few glances over the shoulder. The following day I’m back above ground, booting along the Reykjanes peninsula on an ATV, 50km from the centre of Reijkavik. It’s no cruise, the surface underneath the fat tyres rapidly changing from solid to loose rock, from sand to clay. Wits have to be kept at all times as we race along the challenging trail, speeding to keep up with our guide, Jakob, who seems to be relishing pushing us.

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After a rugged 45 minutes, he leads us down to Selatangar beach. The wind whips violently across the desolate foreshore and we take refuge in an old fishing house built from lavastones. Here, from 1151-1884, this shelter formed part of a village of fishermen and their families. From this spot, dressed in animal skin, they would brave the savage ocean in wooden boats to land the cod that would sustain them. “Viking blood,” Jakob remarks. ”They were tough mothers.” The fishing industry is still alive today; much of the cod landed in Iceland will reach London within 24 hours, served up in our fish-and-chips. We hoon back along the beach, opening the throttle as we smash headfirst into the stinging wind. Our ATVs are too powerful to be slowed, though, even as the terrain becomes remarkably steep. We roar upwards along thin, rocky trails – it’s probably someone’s land, but as it’s not on

Gulli’s black Icelandic humour unsettles us

a map, Icelandic law dictates it’s free for everyone to use – snaking to the highest point of our journey, the summit of the mountain Hagafell, where we take in a 360 view of the entire peninsula. The famous Blue Lagoon is on one side; the island of Elde, where 16,000 pairs of Northern Gannets spend their days, and the fishing village of Grindavik on the other. Such a challenging landscape demands closer inspection, so 24 hours later, I take in the peninsula by jeep with the extremely knowledgeable Clint, a non-stop fountain of information about the area and the country itself. His family have been here for generations, farming before the economy collapsed and diversifying into tourism when the global financial crisis hit. The day is spent in awe of the power of Mother Nature as we explore kilometres of lava fields, walking through rockstrewn landscapes to stand at the precise points of eruption, Clint reassuring another isn’t due for a while yet. Iceland has 30 ›› active volcano systems, 13 of which have exploded since

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The Insider's guide Sigrún Magnea, Arctic Adventures tour desk staff What advice do you give to travellers going to Iceland? Do not expect the weather of Bahamas, nor the politeness of the British. However, do expect to see spectacular nature all around the country and to meet some sarcastic, patriotic and nice people. What’s your favourite place in Iceland? My favorite place outside of Reykjavík is Ásbyrgi, which is in the north of Iceland and is full of history about the pagans, which I find very interesting. There you can camp and take small hikes around the area. Is there a national food or drink people should try? No one can leave Iceland without trying Hákarl, a rotten shark meat, which leaves you with a taste of Iceland history for days. Brennivín, or “wine that burns” is the perfect schnapps to wash it down with. Where’s good for an adventure? River rafting is one of the most adventurous things to do in Iceland, and if you’re up for a challenge and some fun, I recommend going to the raft base, Hafgrímsstaðir for the “Beast of the East”, a river in Northern Iceland where you get the dose of adrenaline you need and a day you won’t forget. If you enjoy hiking, try the Laugavegur highland trek, which is an extreme and amazing route, located up in the highlands. Where’s best to party in Reykjavik? All of spots are located in the centre, on the main street, Laugavegur. Good places to dance are B5 and Austur. For a bar atmosphere, try the 11bar, Danske kro, Næsti bar or Kaffibarinn. Fridays and Saturdays are party days and bars are open until 5am. adventures.is

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settlement in 874 AD, making it impossible to escape the ever-looming threat of an rainfall of lava. Further on, we stumble through the steam at the geothermal area Krýsuvík, one of Iceland’s high temperature areas, breathing in the rotten-egg smell of the sulphur springs as the mud bubbles menacingly at 100 degrees. And nearby the fragile nature of Iceland is highlighted at lake Kleifarvatn, which since a huge earthquake in 2000 has shrunk by 20 per cent. To finish, I enjoy one another of the pleasant results of Iceland’s uncertain underground activity, The Blue Lagoon, a natural spa producing temperatures of up to 39 degrees. Its murky mineral-rich water, a combination of sulphur and silica, is a far cry from the clarity of Silfra, however it soothes the aches and bruises accumulated during three days of action. But although the lagoon may ease the physical reminders, it’s powerless to erase the memories of Iceland’s adventures, which remain forever etched into my mind. ❚ Jahn Vannisselroy was hosted on the Black And Blue snorkelling and caving tour with Arctic Aventures adventures.si; the six-hour Volcano Gardens tour with Volcano Tours volcanotours.si; and the two-hour Lava Beach tour with ATV 4X4 atv-adventures.com

Reikjavik and (below) the Blue Lagoon

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