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EDITOR’S LETTER Watching the athletes perform in the Olympics is, of course, inspirational. But, if you’ve had enough of all the enviable physical prowess on display, flick to P8 for the best pub quizzes and games were you can show off your intellectual abilities instead. Or just drown your sorrows. Although, the Games have turned out a few not-to-beforgotten moments. Turn to P48, where we reveal our top seven. Let us know yours – carol.driver@tntmagazine.com

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The good folks at the Queen welcome BMX stunt rider, UK number one and all-round twowheeled badass Keelan Phillips to kick the weekend off with an evening demonstration of his wicked skills. Come, be impressed, but don’t try any of the skills on your ride home, though. Leave that to the pro’s.

Grin and beer it as Britain’s biggest pub, essentially, opens its doors for a five-day boozeathon that features no less than 800 cask and bottled ales, ciders and foreign beers. Just don’t try to sample them all – even with 1/3-, 1/2- and full-pint options, it’s a tall order for anyone.

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In the year the world’s eyes look to Britain – so far it’s rained, the nation’s won a couple of medals and people have generally been very restrained about it all – you can get a peek inside the Queen’s palace, a must-stop for all tourists, and rightly so. The Grand Hall, where the thrones sit, the Music Room, and much of the Queen’s diamond jewellery are all on display, so you can see where the monarchy, sometimes, resides. £5+

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A sandy beach escape in the middle of the city – it’s a novel and winning idea, as the Roundhouse’s terrace is covered with sand castles, men in board shorts and deck chairs. There’s a BBQ hut, Margarita shack, ice creams in bountiful supply and happy hour from 5pm to 7pm. Bring on the sun.

Four spectacular and diverse shows bring the best of Chinese culture to town, featuring: Dou Dou, the singing sensation who wowed at the 2008 Beijing games, the Chinese Youth Carnival, Lv Wei in concert with the London Philarmonia Orchestra, and theatre show The Monkey King And Other Tales.

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Bicycle helmets should be compulsory, according to Team GB gold medalist Bradley Wiggins. The call came after cyclist Daniel Harris was knocked down and killed by a bus outside the Olympic Park. The 28-year-old died after being hit by the official Olympic media bus last Wednesday night. Wiggins said: “It’s dangerous and London is a busy city and a lot of traffic.” Harris, from Ilford, was a web specialist who had only begun recently using his bike to commute into London. The bus driver was arrested and bailed on suspicion of causing death by dangerous driving.

It’s open for business, come back into the capital, come and shop, come and eat in London’s restaurants Prime minister David Cameron begs people to come to the capital after they stay away in their droves

COMMUTERS ADMIT ‘HATE STARE’ TACTICS You’re on a busy train and there’s a spare seat next to you. Someone gets on the next stop, eyeing the empty chair. What do you do? Adopt the ‘hate stare’ of course. The ‘don’t bother me’ look has been named by US scientists looking into behaviour of commuters. Other tactics include putting a bag on the seat, checking phones, putting in headphones and faking sleep.

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Blunder-prone Boris gets stuck on zip ride, goes viral It could only happen to Boris Johnson. London’s hapless mayor became an internet sensation last week, when he attempted to gracefully sail down a zip wire in Victoria Park. Wearing a hard hat and gripping two Union flags, blond Johnson was all set to ride the 1050ft zip line. It was, of course, a recipe for disaster. Johnson, renowned for his gaffes, ground to a halt about 65ft from the end. He was left dangling comically for about five minutes, as bystanders snapped photos and recorded footage. When asked how he was feeling, Johnson replied “very,

very well, thank you”, before shouting: “Get me a rope, get me a ladder.” He then assured them: “It’s very, very well organised. It’s going well so far. Right.” The images went viral, with Twitter ablaze with comments. @ChrisBrosnahan summed up the mood: “[This is] what most of us were expecting the opening ceremony to be more like.” A spokesman for Mr Johnson told reporters he “remained unbowed” by the incident, adding: “The judges will rightly be marking him down for artistic impression.” The the full, hilarious video, log on to tntmagazine.com/boris

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Get boganised Down at The Underdog in Clapham, the bogans are recruiting, pulling more converts to their way of life every week WORDS JAHN VANNISSELROY “This show contains coarse language, strobe lights … and traces of nuts. Let’s play some fucken bingo!” And with that, Bogan Bingo kicks off. Ocker-asthey-come callers Tim and Trev, decked out in cut-off jean shorts and flip-flops, emerge to Poison’s Ain’t Nothing But A Good Time and the howls of an audience hungry for action. As with each weekly installment of Bogan Bingo, Clapham’s The Underdog bar is heaving, an up-for-it crowd of predominantly Aussies and Kiwis, but featuring a good number of Brits, champing at the bit for a dose of bogan. They’re not disappointed. Tim quickly get his balls (his bingo ones) into action, as Trev darts to and from the mic, his weird asides the perfect foil for his mate’s witty banter. Within seconds, the smut is flowing. “44: on all fours … bitch”; “16: never been kissed – bullshit!”; “69: a dinner for two”. The crowd loves it, cheering, high-fiving and roaring along to the classic rock songs that accompany many of the ball drops. When “Number six: show us your tits” is called, there’s free beer at the bar for any girl game enough to provide a little breast action. Although

one plucky lass, standing up on her seat, teases by pulling her bra down, there’s no takers. Boos all round. “I saw a bit of nipple,” Tim says delightedly. “That’s worth a shandy.” The crowd goes wild. Again. Bogans are so hot right now. Earlier this year, they were added to the Oxford English Dictionary, and Tim and Trev’s show, started in London in 2008, has been phenomenally popular, selling out for a year. How things have changed. “‘Bogan’ is a term of endearment now,” Trev explains later. “Before, you could find offence in being called that. Now, ‘bogan’ is more a way of life, a personality trait. You don’t have to be a bogan all the time, but, usually after a few beers, everyone’s got a bit of bogan in them.” That lurking inner-bogan has been worked into a rollicking show perhaps best described as ‘controlled carnage’, the sort that attracted the curators of the Edinburgh Fringe Festival, where the boys take their show this month. “We’ve created mayhem in a pub,” Trev says proudly. “We feel we give people a licence to be a little bit stupid, not take themselves so seriously. It’s a good, unpretentious night out.”

Back at The Underdog, everyone’s merry. More numbers tumble from Tim’s tongue, accompanied by more classic rock and a healthy dose of dry ice, until someone manages to stand up, grab their crotch, raise their devil horns into the air and yell, “Bloody Bingo”. Simon, an Aussie, makes his way to the front to the sound of Johnny Cash’s I Walk The Line. “Hi, Simon,” the crowd chants. “Go get fucked, Simon." Simon’s won the night's top and second-most sought-after prize: a £1500 Stoke Travel voucher (a photo of a panda on a slide is the reward everyone secretly covets). He performs a little victory dance as the pub belts out: “There was a farmer had a dog, and Bingo was his name-o. B-I-N-G-O!” An hour later, outside The Underdog, a well-dressed British girl stumbles from the pub, singing John Mellencamp’s Hurts So Good to herself. She looks well pleased. I guess Trev’s right. There really is a little bit of bogan in all of us.

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Described as dynamic, refreshing and addictive, this oftenthemed quiz takes place Hollywood Arms in the heart of beautiful Chelsea. Held in the pub’s Blanchard Room, which dates back to the 1600s, the night is the perfect follow-up to a quality meal in the recently refurbished restaurant.

Social-media-based bingo game played via Twitter. Divide a piece of paper into six squares and In each square write the name of a London-based Thames crossing and then post a photo of it to Twitter. During each game day, all Thames crossings will be tweeted to @ldnbridgebingo. Whenever you successfully mark off a crossing, again take a picture and tweet it. Like regular bingo, the winner is the first to mark off all their squares. Slightly odd, but will make your day in the office go a bit faster. FREE

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Tues. 8pm 45 Hollywood Road, SW10 9HX South Kensington hollywoodarmschelsea.com

UNDERGROUND REBEL BINGO SHOREDITCH Raucous, raunchy and a whole lot of fun, Underground Rebel Bingo features scantily clad callers, loud music and a whole lot of grubby sexual rhyming slang over three rounds of anarchic fun. Then, the party continues until they decide to kick you out. Prepare for a wicked evening of debauchery – just don’t take your nan. £6+

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Apparently “the best film quiz in London ... and maybe the world”, The Boogaloo’s ‘Gonna Need A Bigger Boat’ night is often a sell-out, with huge screens, prizes and secret surprises making it a big hit for any movie buff.

This refurbished traditional pub in Soho serves up a pub quiz featuring great prizes and a friendly, bohemian crowd in an offbeat atmosphere. The food’s great, too.

The Punch Tavern is a beautiful 17thcentury building in the heart of central London. Named after the founders of controversial Punch Magazine, as the journos were always drinking outside the building back in the 1840s, the pub is a tourist attraction in itself. The quiz appears pricey at £10 a team, but the winners scoop all the cash. If victorious, splash out on a just-like-mum-used-tomake dinner, as The Punch has scooped numerous awards for its grub. Fancy holding your own quiz night? The Punch rents out space for you to do just that. There’s also poker evenings and table tennis, in case you and your mates haven’t had enough compeition.

Madame Galina The Ballerina and a handful of her handpicked acts entertain at Volupte London. While most cabaret clubs and burlesque nights are a spectator-only sport, Galina gets the crowd going with bingo and a quiz following her raunchy show. Expect a kookie, gobby and rip-roaring good time. Price includes show and threecourse meal.

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Tues. 6.30pm 99 Fleet Street, EC4Y, 1DE Chancery Lane punchtavern.com

Aug 16. 7,30pm 7-9 Norwich Street, EC4A 1EJ Chancery Lane volupte-lounge.com

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FOOSBALL HOXTON Get involved with the game that Friends made cool again at Hoxton’s Bar Kick, an establishment that also runs the British Foosball League. The former shoe shop is a funky place to hang out and also shows 3D football games in the basement. Chow down on freshly cooked food, sip cocktails, then get involved and challenge your mates. Join the league and work your way up the ladder, competing for prizes. Casual players are welcome, though. A great chance to get competitive. FREE

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BINGO NIGHT AT ROYAL VAUXHALL TAVERN VAUXHALL

Join compere and funnyman Martin Hancock, who used to play Spider in Coronation Street – if you’re a fan (and who isn’t?) you’ll recognise him. As the name promises, it’s a high-energy, slightly-off-the wall evening, with food, drinks and cash and some silly booby prizes, of course! FREE

Every second Wed. 7pm 188-190 New North Road, Essex Road N1 7BJ thenorthpolepub.co.uk

This has to be the most flamboyant pub night in town. Hosts Timberlina and Hay Baylen present entertainmentthemed bingo featuring musical singalongs, spontaneous rants and banter, songs, surprise guests including a Cher doll, incredible prizes and great music all night. £1

MUSICAL BINGO WITH JESS INDEEDY KING’S CROSS Join US presenter Jess Indeedy and DJ Helix for their famously addictive bingo, featuring songs instead of numbers. Compete to win top (and kitsch) prizes, ranging from sandwich toasters, inflatable parrots, and vintage records to rounds of cocktails and champagne. Prepare yourself, as Jess and Helix take bingo to the next level. £8

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Aug 23. 8pm Drink, Shop & Do, 9 Caledonian Rd, N1 9DX King’s Cross musical-bingo.com

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INDIE BINGO TOOTING Held at teh Tooting Tram And Social, it’s bingo, but with indie bands instead of numbers (right) . Musicians range from the Beatles and The Strokes, to The Hives and The Vaccines, and facts, jokes and general knowledge relating to the artists are given throughout the game – so you can learn something during the three rounds. There’s also a bonus round in between, hosted by master of ceremonies Dave Cording and formally know as ‘Dave’s Dingy’. Here, you can win booby prizes if you manage to detect Indie Bingo’s mystery song. Major rewards include a bottle of champagne, a £25 drinks voucher and a jackpot of a £50 worth of booze, to be spent over six months. FREE

With rounds such as ‘I Went On Holiday And All I Heard Was This Song’, ‘Not Another Wedding’ and ‘Wet Fart’, this music quiz is famously hilarious. You’re guaranteed a fun evening at Jerusalem. £5

CAROM SOHO Like billiards, but on a board, carom involves using a striker disk with a flick of the finger to make contact with and move lighter disks into corner pockets. Beginners and advanced players are all welcome to get involved at Carom At Mezza. There are four full-sized boards for rotational play and the club has an area where you can play while enjoying regional Indian cookery and drinks. Carom currently has a popup Indian summer garden out the back, where the game can be enjoyed. FREE

Mon-Sat. From 5.30pm 100 Wardour Street, W1F 0TN Tottenham Court Rd mezza-soho.co.uk

August 15. 7pm 33-34 Rathbone Place, W1T 1JN Tottenham Court Road soundsfamiliarmusicquiz.com

SCIENCE MUSEUM LATES SOUTH KENSINGTON Hosted by ‘evil geniuses’, where better to do a quiz than among all the knowledge of the Science Museum? Great prizes for the winners in this exciting after-hours venue. £2

Monthly. Next quiz Aug 29. 6.45pm Exhibition Road, SW7 2DD South Kensington sciencemuseum.org.uk

First Thurs of every month. 7pm 46-48 Mitcham Road, SW17 9NA Tooting Broadway indiebingo.com

THE MUCKY PUP ISLINGTON Not for the fainthearted, this quiz means business. From general knowledge to cryptic clues, The Mucky Pub hosts an ‘above average’ quiz for trivia experts who want to challenge themselves and show off. The winner gets a share of the takings. Dogs are welcome, too. How cool is that?! £1.50

Wed. 8.30pm 39 Queen’s Head Street, N1 8NQ Angel muckypup-london.com

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BAR THE SCENE Once upon a time, this pub was a tramshed, and the first thing that hits you is the size: the ceilings are 75 foot above you in a cavernous room that features a mezzanine running around three of the walls. Twinkling fairly lights give the venue cosy, heartfelt vibes, and the off-kilter, slightly skewed decor (large mirrors, lampshades, huge leather single-seat sofas, the Tube station-esque tiles) conjures an aura of stylish, slightly timeless intrigue. THE GRUB It’s a limited option of bar snacks only, so it is down to you to keep your metabolism going with a glass of vino, or the like. BEHIND THE BAR A wide range of beer, draught and bottled, sits alongside wines, spirits and shooters – so whatever your tipple, or if you just fancy a change, there’s something here to cater for all. BILL PLEASE Beers from £3.80; wines from £3.75; spirits from £2.70. VERDICT A winning venue that maximises the options afforded by its imposing, impressive building. It’s a lively Friday-night venue that is packed to the rafters and buzzing, and has a stage, too, on which bands and comedy acts are hosted. The Tram And Social’s layout also makes it ideal for more cosy, one-to-one drinks, or for lazy afternoon chill outs as well. Pretty much a clear-cut winner in all areas but food, and highly recommended. ALASDAIR MORTON

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If you have a sweet tooth at breakfast, pop into this Holborn bakery and choose from muffins, pastries and cakes – everything baked fresh daily. Grab a seat with a good book, a friend or some work.

Offering huge portions of traditional English breakfasts and other fried-up classics, this Pimlico café borders on being a diner as they shout your order across the restaurant. It’s likely you’ll quickly become a regular.

Sacred Café, with six locations in London, brews gourmet coffee and serves up tea in antique pots. While the drinks are what it is known for, Sacred also offers hearty Kiwi meals for something more substantial.

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FUN AND GAMES Don’t miss out on a minute of the Games action at Stratford’s newest pop-up bar. The Faucet Inn, near the Stadium, has launched the 1500capacity Podium Bar which boasts a British beer garden and an Englishstyle BBQ. With drinks such as Wells & Young Real Ale and Pimm’s, and baguettes and burgers from 8am11.30pm, the bar is already a favourite with athletes and visitors. There’s also a giant TV screen showing live Olympic coverage, so it’s the best antidote for those who failed to get tickets. faucetinn.com

OBTAIN PURITY Healthy eating fast-food store Pure, with restaurants already in Fitzrovia and Soho, is launching in Covent Garden. With meals prepared and cooked fresh on the site every day and a focus on natural ingredients, it offers a healthy haven away from prepackaged temptation. Freshly baked flatbreads, homemade dressings atop waist-friendly salads, wraps, hot boxes and smoothies are all available for takeaway or delivery. pure-madeforyou.co.uk

POUR YOUR OWN VINO London has its first self-service wine machine as part of Corney & Barrow’s new ‘Cabin’ Bar at Waterloo station. Working by way of an Oyster-card style system, the bar is designed to look like The Orient Express, with an opulent, tapas-style menu including take-out hampers with cured meat, high quality cheeses and freshly baked bread along with an impressive wine display. Open from 5pm-9pm daily.

LA MANCHA TAPAS/ SPANISH THE SCENE La Mancha has an inviting atmosphere, thanks to its warm lighting and pleasant staff who skillfully work to make guests feel at home. Surreal scenes from the likes of Spanish artists Salvador Dali and Pablo Picasso adorns the walls, with the restaurant���s focal point, a large mural of Dali’s Windmills With Butterfly Blades, adding a classy splash of colour. The establishment quickly fills up with a cross section of trendy young things, couples on dates and larger groups, and the room is soon alive with the sound of animated chatter. A huge bar in La Mancha’s front half serves up a selection of exceptionally well-balanced cocktails. It’s an extremely pleasant environment. THE GRUB La Mancha’s menu involves a massive offering of tapas, extensive to the point of overwhelming, and all food persuasions are catered for in a variety of ways. My date and I go for a small selection for starters: gambones (king prawns in brandy sauce), vieras (sea scallops wrapped in bacon with lobster sauce) and champinones al ajillo (mushrooms with garlic and chilli). Each is exceptional. For mains, we choose the 200g pepito de solomillo fillet steak, which is cooked to absolute perfection, complemented with a mouth-watering peppercorn sauce; and the zarzuela de pescado, a casserole of mussels, prawns, monkfish, salmon, squids and sea bass, lobster sauce, which is slightly on the salty side, but a great dish nonetheless. With a cocktail each and a few glasses of wine, there’s only really room for a shared dessert, the banoffee pie a perfect end to a fine meal. Service from La Mancha’s friendly and professional waiting staff is exemplary.

More than 20 top cocktails, sangria and a good range of Spanish beer, wine and cider, served by knowledgeable bar staff. BILL PLEASE Tapas from £2.95; mains from £8.95; dessert from £4.95; wine from £5.50/£15.50; cocktails from £6; beer from £3.85. VERDICT Wholesome Spanish food in a relaxed environment. An excellent start to your evening in Putney. JAHN VANNISSELROY BEHIND THE BAR

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Despite all the moaning, whinging and bitching beforehand, the Olympics have been pretty damn awesome. My Tube hasn’t been too packed or slow (and I work out East), I’ve met some great people from other countries out and about, and I’ve also watched Australia win some medals live at the aquatic centre. Sure, there’s always going to be some controversy with the Games, but I seriously wish it was on every year in London. Simone, via email

PIPPED OFF So fashion goblin Karl Lagerfeld had a go at poor old Pippa Middleton (tntmagazine.com). Look, I don’t think Pippa is anything special either and her ass is weak. But, Karl, when you look like a terrorhawk you really shouldn’t pass judgement on someone else. Chris Winkley, via Google+

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CLOSING CEREMONY PARTY Hyde Park, W2 4RU AUGUST 12 | DOORS AT 2.30PM | £55+

This intimate, independent and atmospheric Dorset bash takes things back to how festivals used to be – all about community, entertainment, cracking bands, and an escape from the everyday norm (in this case the identikit line-ups parading across the country). This year’s headliners are indie-popsters Beach House, Grizzly Bear and the longstanding Grandaddy, with Alt-J, Alabama Shakes (below), Tindersticks, Deer Tick and a host of stand-ups, too, among the epic support for the weekend. Larmer Tree Gardens, North Dorset, SP5 5PY. Salisbury Aug 31-Sept 2. £150 endoftheroadfestival.com

With Danny ‘the legend’ Boyle having smashed it out of the park with the Olympics Opening Ceremony (unless you’re a Tory ‘twat’, that is) the closing celebrations to the 30th Olympiad will have a lot to live up to. As the official Closing Ceremony kicks off at the Olympic Stadium up the road, Hyde Park hosts a closing concert – and it is a best-of-British event in every sense. Where the respective opening gig was a mish-mash of Brit bands – the less said about Duran Duran the better, other than to query whether they actually know it is no longer the Eighties, as their heavily sprayed barnets suggest otherwise – this show is all about the genuine heavyweights. Blur, back at the scene of their triumphant 2009 reunion shows, headline. They’ve just released Blur 21, celebrating 21 years of a diverse career, and are bound to draw on their eclectic back catalogue. So expect, given the ceremony, a showboating, grandstanding greatest-hits set. Think Song 2 (as featured in Boyle’s Opening Ceremony), Beetlebum, Country House, Popscene, Girls & Boys, but also bet on musical chameleon Damon and his boys to throw in a few shocks to keep everyone on their toes. Support on the evening comes from reformed ska legends The Specials, Bombay Bicycle Club and the Hook-less New Order to remind everyone that some of the world’s greatest music originated here on these little islands. True world leaders, on a global stage – it’s the gig of the summer. Sorry Bruce. Hyde Park

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Rootsy, dub, soul, afro-beat, funksters The Seeds have sold bucketloads back home and, with this year’s Dust And Dirt and their eight-piece live assault, are making deserved inroads over here, too. Check out tntmagazine.com for a chance to win a pair of VIP gig and aftershow party tickets to this south London show. Electric Brixton Town Hall Parade, Brixton Hill, SW2 1RJ Brixton electricbrixton.com

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Legend and Atlanta-based electro/ house king Felix DHC hits London for the second night of his quarterly residency. In line to shine this time out is fashionista/ artist/ DJ Scarlett Etienne, who’s graced the pages of Vogue and devised the set list for runway shows at London Fashion Week, no less. Glitz, glam and tunes to boot.

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Not one to find himself short of a word or two, ol’ John Lydon has been relatively quiet of late with the Games on, particularly given his snarling face graced Boyle’s opening bash. He brings his post-Pistols group to town, with this year’s comeback LP, This Is PiL, in tow, too. Age has not tempered this antagonist, mind.

What do you do when you’re one of the world’s biggest dance acts? If you’re Groove Armada, you go back to basics, literally, as they did earlier this year when they announced indie imprint Hypercolour would put out their forthcoming No Knock release. “We wanted to take things back to that warehouse sound,” the lads said. Epic!

Former ‘next big things’ who never quite made the jump to the next level, the Brooklyn six-piece made up for missing out on fame by making some damn fine music instead. With a powerful rhythm section – two drummers, no less – they’ve an ecletic approach that veers from indie rock to post-punk balladry. Honest.

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EYE EMMA JEDI THE BUZZ SO FAR This Norwegian five-piece (via London) have surely one of this year’s stand-out names, a quirky gigglefest, but the boys have tunes to match. Mining an indie-pop territory that dials both elements all the way to infection, debut single Sin is a Friendly Firesesque three-minute burst of choppy, angular indie guitars, harmonious vocals and pounding dance-able beats, with a full-on rock-out outro. It’s shamelessly mainstream, and all the better for it, shorn of any pofaced indie-isms. Indie-pop that isn’t embarrassed by the latter. THE CRITICS SAY “An upbeat, romping slice of guitar-led cavorting.” ShingShingNew.com THE PLUG Debut single Sin is out August 6 through Killing Moon Ltd eyeemmajedi.com

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MONDAY 6 Funday Monday DJ Jimbo Jangles plays house, dance, indie, pop, R‘n’B and electro.Cargo, Rivington St, EC2A 3AY (020 7739 3440). 7pm-1am, doors. Free.

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Monday Resident DJs play pop, dance and R‘n’B. Thirst, Greek St, W1D 3DR (020 7437 1977). 5pm-3am. £3, free before 10pm.

Colony Summer Rave Equinox, Al Tourettes, Outrage, Modular, Sync 24 Vs agent2, Mantra Vs Double O, James Tec Vs Luke Handsfree, AGT Rave Cru, MB And CB spin electro, drum ‘n’ bass and techno, plus a live performance from Matt Whitehead. Corsica Studios, Elephant Rd, SE17 1LB (020 7703 4760). 10pm-6am. £5.

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

The Dirtbox DJs Jay Strongman, Rob Dirt Box and Ian Whittington play house, techno and electronica from the last three decades. The Bedroom Bar, Rivington St, EC2A 3AY (020 7739 5706). 10pm-3am. £5.

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. Salsa Cellar Resident DJs play Latin funk, salsa and reggae. Downstairs At The King’s Head, Crouch End Hill, N8 8AA (020 8340 1028). 9pm-late. £7, concs £4. Service Industry Night Colin Russell and Donald Sweeneey provide R‘n’B, hip-hop and chart. Rumba, Shaftesbury Ave, W1D 7EP (020 7287 2715). 9pm3am. £7, £5 before midnight, w/payslip free before midnight. Jam Hot Resident DJs play reggae, roots, Americana, R’n’B and dub, plus a live performance from Lab Rats. Proud Camden, The Horse Hospital, Chalk Farm Rd, NW1 8AH (020 7482 3867). 7.30pm-1.30am. Free.

TUESDAY 7 Balearic Resident DJs spin deep, vocal and Balearic house to evoke the spirit of Ibiza. The Shadow Lounge, Brewer St, W1F 0RF (020 7287 7988). 10pm-3am. £5, guestlist free. The Elite Leagues LeeN, DJ Sugai and guests supply electronica and dance beats at this open deck, social networking event. The Macbeth, Hoxton St, N1 6LP (020 7749 0600). 7pm-late. £3.

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WEDNESDAY 8... 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, NUS £4, guestlist NUS/w/flyer £3. Clubbing London & Max Parties Resident DJs spin house and electro. The Den & Centro, West Central St, WC1A 1JJ (020 7240 1083). Midnight-6am. £10. Disco Paradise Jo Public plays rare groove, soul, rock ‘n’ roll and disco. Joiners Arms, Hackney Rd, E2 7QL (020 7739 9397). 11pm-2am. Free. Formula DJs Champion, Serious One, Terror Danjah, Ill Blu and Notion spin dubstep and grime. East Village, Great Eastern St, EC2A 3HX (020 7739 5173). 9pm-2am. Free. Hot Rocks Resident DJs spin punk-rock rock ‘n’ roll, R‘n’B and ska. Surya, Pentonville Rd, N1 9JL (020 7713 6262). 10.30pm-2am. Free. London Lyricist Lounge DJ Sai spins hip-hop, rap and R‘n’B, plus an open-mic session. The Lockside Lounge, West Yard Dock, NW1 8AF (020 7284 0007). 7pm-midnight. Free.

For Beats Sake DJs Ben Waist, Daffy and Optimus Funk spin funk, house and disco. The Social, Little Portland St, W1W 7JD (020 7636 4992). 7pm-late. Free.

Madd Raff Wednesdays The Heatwave spin bashment and dancehall, plus a guest set from Marcus Nasty. The Social, Little Portland St, W1W 7JD (020 7636 4992). 7pm-1am. £7, £5 before 10pm, free before 9pm.

Queerly Out Shots DJ Julio Bravo spins pop, disco, Motown, hip-hop and 1980s classics. Escape Bar, Brewer St, W1F 0SU (020 7734 3040). 9pm-late. Free.

Metrolatina Resident DJs mix jazzy salsa with Cuban sounds. Salsa!, Charing Cross Rd, WC2H 0JG (020 7379 3277). 9.30pm2am. £4, free before 9pm.

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

Stripped Back Soul Resident DJs play Motown and soul. The Blues Kitchen, Camden High St, NW1 7JN (020 7387 5277). 7pm-1am. Free.

Tuesday DJ Paddy Garcia spins soul, pop, hip-hop, house and disco. Catch, Kingsland Rd, E2 8DA (020 7729 6097). 9pm-midnight. Free.

Wednesdays Are Winning A mashup of electro, pop, indie, soul and dubstep. Mother Bar, Old St, EC1V 9LE (020 7739 5949). 8pm-3am. Free.

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/w/flyer £4.

White Leather Viper Club Italo disco and obscure classics courtesy of PoP Campaign and White Leather Viper. Dalston Superstore, Kingsland High St, E8 2PB (020 7254 2273). 9pm-3am. Free.

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THURSDAY 9. Clockwork Rock and indie courtesy of Sound Of Confusion and Telegram Sam, plus live performances from Sulk and Wildlife. The Lock Tavern, Chalk Farm Rd, NW1 8AJ (020 7482 7163). 8pm-late. Free. Dance Nights Princess Karina and DJ Gary Baldi spin dance hits. EC3 Live, Crosswall, EC3N 2JY (020 7488 1766). 11.30pm-4am. £10. Globetronica Resident DJs and guests supply house, dub, broken beat, nu jazz and world beats. The Player, Broadwick St, W1F 8HN (020 7494 9125). 8pm-2am. £5 after 9pm. I Love Fwd Resident DJs and guests supply house, funk and electronica. Plastic People, Curtain Rd, EC2A 3QE (020 7739 6471). 9.30pm-2am. £7. 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. Prick Up Your Ears John Sizzle, Dave Kendrick, Juancho & Rob and Kevin Clash play electro and robot rock on rotation. East Bloc, City Rd, EC1V 1JN (020 7253 0367). 11pm4am. £5, free before midnight, w/flyer £3 after midnight. Super Sonic Festival Taster Reggae, dubstep, techno and electronica courtesy of King Midas Sound System, Glatze, Iron Fist Of The Sun, JK Flesh, Laurence Hunt and Sarah Farmer. Corsica Studios, Elephant Rd, SE17 1LB (020 7703 4760). 8pm-late. Adv £10. Vibe DJs on rotation including Anas, Spider, Prezedent, Ice, Commander B, Pioneer and DJ L spin hip-hop, R‘n’B, funky house, garage, bashment and reggae. Moonlighting, Greek St, W1D 4DR (020 7437 5782/ cc 020 7287 3727). 10pm-3am. £7, w/flyer £5 before midnight, ladies £5, free before 11.30pm.

Disco’s Deeper Resident DJs spin old school and club classics. Gigalum, Cavendish Parade, Clapham Common South Side, SW4 9DW (020 8772 0303). 7pm-late. Free. Dub-All Or Nothing 1st Birthday Xilent, Inspector Dubplate, Boy Kid Cloud, Square Wave, Soloman and guests supply drum ‘n’ bass, dub and hip-hop. Cable, Bermondsey St, SE1 2EG (020 7403 7730). 10pm-6am. £10, adv £8. Egg Smirnoff Weekender Pt. 1 DJs Felix Da Housecat, Scarlett Etienne, Al Gibbs, Warboy, Jodie Harsh and Kris Di Angelis spin house, techno, electro and pop. Egg, York Way, N7 9AX (020 7871 7111). 11pm-7am. £20, adv £15, NUS/mems £10. Sin City Stevie C, Riyad, Tony Madball and Demonic provide contemporary rock and metal in the main room, while Shuff and Vixen supply classic rock and metal in room two. Electric Ballroom, Camden High St, NW1 8QP (020 7485 9006). 10.30pm-3.30am. £7, NUS/mems £5 before 11.30pm, w/flyer £5 before midnight. The Upfront Project DJs Ben Westbeech, Jam City, Lando Kal, Mumdance, Helix, Funkystepz, Bwana, Juk Juk and Diamond Bass spin dubstep and electronica. The LightBox, South Lambeth Place, SW8 1SP (020 7434 1113). 10pm-6am. Adv £8. Wall Of Sound Goes Back To The Phuture Adamski, Jon Carter and Starz Angels provide hiphop, dancehall, house and acid, plus live performances from Killaflaw, BeatFox, Echoes and BB. 93 Feet East, Brick Ln, E1 6RU (020 7770 6006). 5pm-1am. £5, w/flyer £3, free before 11pm.

SATURDAY 11 Backward Brew & Diggy Please DJs Shepdog, Count Skylarkin and Kombine play reggae, soul, hip-hop, jungle and dancehall, plus a live performance from East Park Reggae Collective. The Bedroom Bar, Rivington St, EC2A 3AY (020 7739 5706). 9pm-3am. £8, adv £6. Beat Players Presents The Best Of British Sean McCabe, Phil Asher, Stephen Adams and Shaun Samuel supply soulful house beats, funk and boogie. East Village, Great Eastern St, EC2A 3HX (020 7739 5173). 9pm-3.30am. £12, adv £8.

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Black & White Theme DJs Julien Amour, Alfredo Ramos, Alex Hutch, Red Wolf, Mr Turbo, Weeksey and Jace spin house and soul, plus a live set from Angelina. Gigalum, Cavendish Parade, Clapham Common South Side, SW4 9DW (020 8772 0303). 7pm-late. Free. Egg Smirnoff Weekender Pt. 2 DJs Gregor Tresher, Reset Robot and Warboy spin house and techno. Egg, York Way, N7 9AX (020 7871 7111). 10pm-11am. £20, adv £15, NUS/mems £13. Fedde Le Grand London Takeover Fedde Le Grand, Sultan And Ned Shepard, Danny Avila and guests supply house, techno and electronica. The Ministry Of Sound, Gaunt St, SE1 6DP (0870 060 0010). 11pm-7am. £20, mems £15. Annie Mac Presents DJs Annie Mac, Madeon, AlunaGeorge, Karma Kid and Monki spin electronica, pop and dubstep. Koko, Camden High St, NW1 7JE (0870 432 5527). 10pm-late. £16.20. Hypercolour House and electro courtesy of Groove Armada, Todd Edwards, Maxxi Soundsystem, Alex Jones and Cedric Maison in room one, plus Tom Demac, Indigo, Shenoda, Youandewan, Charlie Banks and Zumo in room two. Great Suffolk St Warehouse, Great Suffolk St, SE1 0NS. 10pm-6am. £20 & £25, see www.residentadvisor.net for details. We Fear Silence Present Friction, Breakage, Spectrasoul, North Base, Robert Luis and guests supply electronica, hip-hop and dance vibes. Cable, Bermondsey St, SE1 2EG (020 7403 7730). 10pm-6am. £15, adv £13.

SUNDAY 12 Brasil Brasileiro DJ Bruno Camargo and Ailton ET spin funk, Latin and house, plus a live performance from Zeu Azevedo E Forrodaki. Guanabara, Parker St, WC2B 5PW (020 7242 8600). 5pm-late. £5 after 8pm. Jamais Vu Resident DJs spin drum ‘n’ bass, dubstep and hiphop. Horse And Groom, Curtain Rd, EC2A 3NZ (020 7503 9421). 8pm-2am. £5, free before 9pm. Star Life!! Resident DJs spin chart, R‘n’B and hip-hop. Rumba, Shaftesbury Ave, W1D 7EP (020 7287 2715). 10pm-3am. gents guestlist £7, ladies guestlist £5, gents £5 before 10.30pm, ladies free before 10.30pm. Sunday Sessions House and electro from Shiva residents. Gigalum, Cavendish Parade, Clapham Common South Side, SW4 9DW (020 8772 0303). 7pm-late. Free. Tutti Frutti Soul, disco and house courtesy of DJ Squeaky. Dalston Superstore, Kingsland High St, E8 2PB (020 7254 2273). 9pm-2.30am. Free. Writer’s Block Resident DJs play pop and R‘n’B, plus Jay Norton, Kersha Bailey, Dean Atta and Desta Haile perform live. The Macbeth, Hoxton St, N1 6LP (020 7749 0600). 3pm-late. £7, adv £6

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MONDAY 6 7seconds, Madball, Cruel Hand, Thicker Than Water Veteran hardcore punk band from Reno, Nevada. The Underworld, Camden High St, NW1 0NE (020 7482 1932). £15.

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TUESDAY 7 Antony’s Meltdown: Buffy Sainte-Marie Canadian folk, rock and country singer-songwriter. Southbank Centre, Belvedere Rd, SE1 8XX (020 7960 4200/ cc 0844 875 0073). £22.50 & £27.50, concs £11.75 & £13.75. Liam Bailey, Natalie Duncan, Chris McDonald, Harleighblu, Tim McDonald Soul from the Nottingham-based singer. Cargo, Rivington St, EC2A 3AY (020 7739 3440). £10, adv £8. Clare Dove, SoHo, Kevin Farrell, Chris Hicks R‘n’B and pop singersongwriter from Reading. The Troubadour, Old Brompton Rd, SW5 9JA (020 7370 1434). £6. The Drakes, Black Lights, Zeit Ambassadors, Rawfox The Oxford-based four-piece plays acoustic rock, folk and indie. Dublin Castle, Parkway, NW1 7AN (020 7485 1773). £6, concs £4.50.

Hannah Scott, Sophie Grant, Chloe Foy Acoustica from the singer-songwriter and musician. The Barfly, Camden, Chalk Farm Rd, NW1 8AN (0844 847 2424). £5.

The Crazy World Of Arthur Brown Psychedelic rock from the veteran band. Half Moon, Putney, Lower Richmond Rd, SW15 1EU (020 8780 9383). £18.50.

Alphonso Stewart The Londonbased singer performs R‘n’B and soul from his album Reborn. Cargo, Rivington St, EC2A 3AY (020 7739 3440). Adv £10.

The Creepshow, The Peacocks, Dragster, Graveyard Johnnys The Toronto-based four-piece plays psychobilly and punk-rock. The Underworld, Camden High St, NW1 0NE (020 7482 1932). Adv £13.50.

Surface Festival: Bowey White, The Onironauts, Awake, Bomber, It Killed Harper The Londonbased band plays blues-rock. O2 Academy Islington, Parkfield St, N1 0PS (020 7288 4400/ cc 0844 477 2000). £8.

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London Irish Village 2012: Thin Lizzy Classic rock from the veteran Dublin-based combo featuring vocalist Ricky Warwick. Under The Bridge, Fulham Rd, SW6 1HS (020 7957 8261). £29.50. Also Wed. The Nameless Girl, Portia Conn Pop-rock four-piece with members from London and Devon. The Barfly, Camden, Chalk Farm Rd, NW1 8AN (0844 847 2424). Adv £5. Star F*cking Hipsters, Moral Dilemma, Pettybone, Nu,pogodi! A politically-charged collision of punk, hardcore, metal and ska from the New York-based band, featuring members of Leftover Crack and The Ergs! The Underworld, Camden High St, NW1 0NE (020 7482 1932). £12. Surface Festival: That Guy And The Others, Corolla, According To You, Lostcords The three-piece performs a fusion of rap, reggae and soul. O2 Academy Islington, Parkfield St, N1 0PS (020 7288 4400/ cc 0844 477 2000). £8.

WEDNESDAY 8 Agnostic Front, Deez Nuts, The Mongoloids, Take Offense Hardcore punk by the veterans of the New York scene. The Underworld, Camden High St, NW1 0NE (020 7482 1932). £15. Jon Anderson, Miro Zbirka, Cappella Istropolitana The former lead singer of Yes performs his songs with an orchestral backing. Sadler’s Wells, Rosebery Ave, EC1R 4TN (0844 412 4300). £25-£65. Dou Dou Pop from the Chinese singer. Hackney Empire, Mare St, E8 1EJ (020 8985 2424). £10-£27.50, concs £8-£25.50. The Limousines, Glitches, Moones Electro-indie from American duo Eric Victorino and Giovanni Giusti. The Barfly, Camden, Chalk Farm Rd, NW1 8AN (0844 847 2424). £6. Tamara Schlesinger The Londonbased singer and member of the band 6 Day Riot performs alt pop from the album The Procession. The Old Queen’s Head, Essex Rd, N1 8LN (020 7354 9993). £7.50.

The Snakeoil Rattlers, The Blue Carnation, Davey Hal & The Big Bow Wow, Yippee Ki Yay, Jay Fraser The Londonbased group plays countryrock. Underbelly, Hoxton Sq, N1 6NU (020 7837 4412). £6. Surface Festival: Erick Adrian, Brand New Start, Jerome & The Soulnotes, Tank Trap, J.A.Y. R‘n’B, soul and pop from the Londonbased singer. O2 Academy Islington, Parkfield St, N1 0PS (020 7288 4400/ cc 0844 477 2000). £8. Sylvester Anfang II, Liberez, Helm The Flemish collective plays psych folk and rock. Cafe Oto, Ashwin St, E8 3DL (020 7923 1231). £8, adv £7.

THURSDAY 9 Antony’s Meltdown: Marc Almond The former Soft Cell member plays pop and electro. Southbank Centre, Belvedere Rd, SE1 8XX (020 7960 4200/cc 0844 875 0073). £22.50-£27.50, £11.75-£23.75. D’lys & The Flames The Londonbased singer-songwriter leads her soul and R‘n’B combo. The Troubadour, Old Brompton Rd, SW5 9JA (020 7370 1434). £7. Eyehategod, Ramesses, Dopefight The American five-piece performs metal from the album Whiskey Drink. The Garage, Highbury Corner, N5 1RD (0870 060 3777/ cc 0844 847 1678). £17. Donavon Frankenreiter Acoustic surf rock from the Californian singer-songwriter and guitarist. O2 Academy Islington, Parkfield St, N1 0PS (020 7288 4400/ cc 0844 477 2000). £15. Tom Milsom, Jake Hart, Miss World The London-based musician and producer performs experimental electro. The Garage, Highbury Corner, N5 1RD (0870 060 3777 /cc 0844 847 1678). £5. Alan Price Soulful pop-rock from the former member of the Animals. Bull’s Head, Lonsdale Rd, Barnes, SW13 9PY (020 8876 5241). £14. Raba Pop-rock from the Surreybased outfit. Bush Hall, Uxbridge Rd, W12 7LJ (020 8222 6955). £8.

Antony’s Meltdown: Lou Reed The former member of The Velvet Underground performs alternative rock. Southbank Centre, Belvedere Rd, SE1 8XX (020 7960 4200/cc 0844 875 0073). £45-£65, concs £22.50-£32.50. ENV, Stalagmites, The Deep South Project, Sound Pressure Level Hiphop and rap by the London-based singer. Dublin Castle, Parkway, NW1 7AN (020 7485 1773). £7, concs £5. Ingested, Release The Kraken, Omega Particle, Hollow Dreams Manchester-based metalcore five-piece. The Garage, Highbury Corner, N5 1RD (0870 060 3777/ cc 0844 847 1678). £7.50. Out Side Room Indie-dance combo from East Sussex. Half Moon, Putney, Lower Richmond Rd, SW15 1EU (020 8780 9383). £5. Pianos Become The Teeth, Balance And Composure, Seahaven The Baltimore-based five-piece plays screamo and hardcore. The Borderline, Orange Yard, Manette St, W1D 4JB (0870 060 3777/ cc 0871 231 0842). £12. Princip, The Effect, Halfway To New York, Senakah The Londonbased quartet plays indie-rock. The Clapham Grand, St John’s Hill, SW11 1TT (020 7223 6523). £10, adv £8. The Slackers, Jaya The Cat, Dirty Revolution New York-based ska outfit. The Underworld, Camden High St, NW1 0NE (020 7482 1932). £15. Universal Taal Project, Elephant Head, Tubby Boy & The Peavies, 4 Star, Musalman Electro, funk and R‘n’B from London-based multiinstrumentalist Ranvir Verma and his band. The Dogstar, Coldharbour Ln, SW9 8LQ (020 7733 7515). £5. James Wolff, Paul Rubinstein Folk-blues singer-songwriter from London. Jamboree, Cable St, E1W 3HB (07713 867881). £6, adv £4.

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Crystal Seagulls, The Blanks, Fuss, Monksey The London-based fourpiece plays indie-rock with Britpop influences. Nambucca, Holloway Rd, N7 6LB (020 7281 8877). £6. Derby Sunshine, Haywire Saint, P45, Camber The band performs indie-influenced electro-pop. Hope And Anchor, Upper St, N1 1RL (020 7354 1312). £6, concs £5. The Great Indoors Contemporary rock showcase featuring Franz Nicolay, The Winter Olympics, Motley Kunst, The Near Death Experience, The Pineapple Chunks, Bombers and Falling Stacks. The Windmill, Blenheim Gardens, SW2 5BZ (020 8671 0700). £7, adv £6. The Horses Of Instruction, Advanced Plastics Group, Ralegh Long Alt country and indie band from London. Buffalo Bar, Upper St, N1 1RU (020 7359 6191). £6, adv £5. The Masonics, Jonah Gold & His Silver Apples, The Sundae Kups The band plays garagerock and punk-rock. Hackney Trashbar, Stoke Newington High St, N16 8BP (020 8732 1234). £7. Public Image Ltd Former Sex Pistols member John Lydon leads his experimental new wave band. HMV Forum, Highgate Rd, NW5 1JY (020 7428 4099). £27.50. Wideboy Generation, The Amazing Graces, Daytona The Londonbased trio performs pop and rock. The Barfly, Camden, Chalk Farm Rd, NW1 8AN (0844 847 2424). Adv £5.

SUNDAY 12 Antony’s Meltdown: William Basinski The American musician performs avant-garde ambient music. Southbank Centre, Belvedere Rd, SE1 8XX (020 7960 4200/ cc 0844 875 0073). £17.50 & £20, concs £8.75 & £10. Beenie Man, Cham, Bugle, Christopher Martin, Swappi, Lil Rick, Miss O Dancehall reggae by Jamaican singer Anthony Moses Davis. O2 Academy Brixton, Stockwell Rd, SW9 9SL (0844 477 2000/ cc 0844 477 2000). £35. Blur, The Specials, New Order Seminal Britpop and indie from Damon Albarn’s award-winning band. Hyde Park, W2 2UH (0300 061 2000). Adv £55.

The Black Seeds The New Zealandbased outfit plays reggae, funk and dub, promoting the band’s album Dust And Dirt. Electric Brixton, Town Hall Parade, Brixton Hill, SW2 1RJ (020 7274 2290). Adv £14.50.

Ignite, Vittu, The Human Project, Lay It On The Line Hardcore punk band from California. The Underworld, Camden High St, NW1 0NE (020 7482 1932). Adv £15.

Congo Faith Healers Londonbased alt rock and blues fourpiece. The Green Note Cafe, Parkway, NW1 7AN (020 7485 9899). £7.

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Steven McKellar South Africa’s Civil Twilight frontman on touring the States, how rock ‘n’ roll changed his life, and trawling aviation terms INTERVIEW ALASDAIR MORTON

Who were your musical influences? My brother and I grew up with opera, jazz and blues around the house. Rich grew up with a lot of folk, Simon and Garfunkel. And then we got into British rock, Oasis, Blur, and we went through a punk phase, too – but it didn’t last long. Did your family’s musicianship help? If it wasn’t for their encouragement, we’d be miserable drunks, for sure. What are the pros and cons of being in a band with your brother? The pluses: I have family on the road all the time, and I share a lot of experiences with him and play music with someone who knows me really well and who I can’t bullshit or fake it with. And the minuses of being in a band with your brother? They’re exactly the same! Where did the band name come from? From looking up aviation terms – we needed a name quickly and just ran with Civil Twilight. We’ve had names before, one being Superfine. But that was a long time ago, alright? You guys moved to LA briefly in 2005 – what were your impressions? We were utterly overwhelmed. We’d never been to a city of that size. The first thing we did was go to a drive-thru Burger King. I don’t know why! America affected us in ways we are still trying to understand.

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Did you ever have second thoughts? Many times. When we were carless, phoneless, moneyless, living in a garage … But, we always had fun and made good friends with good people. It’s a place of many broken dreams, and a land of scavengers and fakes, kings and visionaries. It blows the mind, really. I still don’t understand how that place works. After your 2009 self-titled debut, you relocated to Nashville … Moving from Cape Town to Los Angeles was one kind of shock. But, moving from LA to the south was even greater. We’d never been to that area of the country and it affected our songwriting because we started travelling more and felt more in touch with America.

Andrew and Steven McKellar and Richard Woulters How did you feel when your songs started getting used in major US TV shows such as One Tree Hill? The first time was a thrill – we all gathered around the TV and it was surreal when the song came on. But we had bloated expectations about how much exposure one show would get us. The truth is that it’s just another brick in the wall. Did you approach your follow-up, 2012’s Holy Weather, differently? It was challenging because of time constraints. We’d been touring for two years straight and had to write in little breaks, so the road had a big influence on it as becoming a touring band for the first time played a big role in the lyrical and musical subjects. How did touring change your outlook? We’ve only really toured America, which is huge. It’s spread out, with big towns, little towns, deserts, cornfields and swamps. Touring it is an adventure few people get to see. It’s as if each town or destination is one frame in a long movie, and when you’re on the road for months, the frames move faster and faster as you experience the sensation of watching a movie being spun out before your eyes. On top of that, you’re living in a moving bubble – your real life and occupation helps people escape theirs, and it’s addictive and lonely and exhilarating and

exhausting. I never understood why musicians get so heavily into drugs and alcohol and keep going round in circles until they wear themselves so thin that they blow away in the breeze. But I do now. How did you find writing from other people’s perspectives on the record? It’s just a shifting of the mindset to allow yourself freedom to play with ideas and stories in your head. I’m not a serial killer, but I can write a song about being one. Just like acting, you put yourself in a role and find your own voice within it. Where was your first gig and how did it go? It was in the Hout Bay Christian School hall, opening for a band called Torn Veil. I was 13, it was two weeks after we’d formed the band and I was so nervous, I wanted to puke before we went on stage. Which singer influenced you the most? The first time I heard Jeff Buckley, I was about 17 and a friend put headphones over my ears and played me Grace. We had just recorded our first full-length album by ourselves, and I wanted to start all over again after hearing that record. Single Fire Escape is out August 20, through Wind-Up Records.

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360 FILM review by Alasdair Morton STARRING: Rachel Weisz, Jude Law, Anthony Hopkins | 15 | 110mins | On general release Aug 10

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The fourth movie in this ‘West Side Story for a new generation’ franchise takes things to Miami for the latest bout of three-dimensional gyrating and gymnastic moves. It’s unlikely to be troubling the Dark Knight Rises this summer, but promises to flaunts moves plenty to entertain the fans. On general release from August 10

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Director Fernando Mereilles has made two bona fide classics of contemporary cinema in The Constant Gardner and his breathtaking breakout City Of God. His latest, though, a multi-stranded tale of life and its small-world surprises, fumbles for the visceral visuals and showboating storytelling of his best films and emerges a muddled minor work in a celebrated career. Merielles has an all-star cast at his disposal to populate his globe-trotting tale of people enjoying and enduring life, each episode and each character connected. Kicking off with a fresh-to-the-streets sex worker, who catches the eye of Law’s husband-away-on-business, Mereilles rolls through a procession that includes Hopkins’ weather-beaten, guilt-ridden father, en route to examine the remains of a woman who may be his estranged daughter; a Brazilian woman fleeing London; and Ben Foster’s stand-out turn as a newly released sex criminal, uneasy with a world of temptation in front of him. Some strands are more affecting (Hopkins’ gravitas brings weight, despite limited means to work with), yet the coincidence with which writer Peter Morgan’s characters meet is more hokey and contrived than demonstrating any globalinterconnectivity. Mereilles’ flashy technique, the source of urgency and cinematic verve in previous projects – especially his technically beguiling last, Blindness – is also in short supply here. The intent is noble, but the substance a little lacking, and the execution merely satisfactory when it could have been stunning. GOOD FOR: A middle-of-the-road drama that misses the opportunity to be truly profound

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Subtitled Stories From The Syrian Revolution, this collation of interviews is highly topical. The words of protesters, activists, soldiers and the tortured and bereaved create something of the restricted and oppressive atmosphere of a country in turmoil. Performed with compassion, it makes for disturbing viewing. LK

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MATT OKINE What’s new show Being Black & Chicken & S#%t about? It’s about armed-robberies, toasters, sushi, and seafood. I talk about them separately, though – I didn’t rob a sushi place for a toaster!

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Have you always been scared of crabs? Crabs are hardcore! You can’t shake a crab’s hand. No matter how friendly you are to them, they will try to snip you. I want to say: ‘I’m sorry you’re no good at rock, paper, scissors – it’s not my fault.’

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Jurassic Park meets Cloverfield in this Brit flick ‘found footage’ horror as a group of explorers hunt dinosaurs in the dense jungle of the Congo, only to find their roles quickly change as they shift from being the hunters to the hunted. It wears its B-movie credentials on its sleeve but the camcordered ‘this really happened’ hook is a little long in the tooth now.

Based on the characters he came across when building his writing career, Tennessee Williams’ 1977 play is a disjointed but evocative portrayal of his experience in a 1930s New Orleans boarding house. More a succession of snapshots than a fully-fledged play, this depiction of endof-the-road loneliness is well worth a visit. LK

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What’s the funniest thing you have seen this week? At the airport in Bangkok, I saw a book called Cooking With Poo.Turns out ‘poo’ is the Thai word for crab, but it opened up a whole series of strange recipes in my mind ... steamed poo with ginger. Soft-shell poo ... the immaturity is endless! What’s the weirdest gig you have done so far? I once performed to a group of people at a buffet. Those were the glory days! You haven’t lived until someone asks you for a bread roll … mid-joke. Being Black & Chicken & S#%t. Soho Theatre. Aug 13-25. 7.30pm. £10+ W1D 3NE Oxford Circus sohotheatre.com

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The return of the Sugar Man A new doco about singer-songwriter Sixto Rodriguez shows you don’t have to sacrifice ethics to find fans, but you may have to wait WORDS ALASDAIR MORTON

Rock ‘n’ roll is littered with stories of hedonism and idealism, success counterbalanced by dismal failure. Stories you couldn’t dream up if you were to get a room full of Hollywood screenwriters and task them with fashioning the most far-fetched idea they could muster. Were you to do this, though, you’d be hard-pressed to come up with a tale as astounding as that of Sixto Rodriguez, the focus of an engaging and inspiring new documentary, Searching For Sugar Man. “I spent six months travelling round Africa and South America looking for good stories,” filmmaker Malik explains of what caught his eye initially about Rodriguez’s tale. “I was speechless, I hadn’t heard such a good story in my life.” Singer-songwriter Rodriguez was going to be the next Bob Dylan, a street poet prowling Detroit’s sidewalks with a guitar and tales of social conscience. After recording two albums, Cold Fact and Coming From Reality, to little US success, he returned to labouring jobs, convinced his musical career was not to be. Unbeknown to him, though, his records found favour outside his homeland, in Australia and, especially, South Africa, where his anti-establishment songs and championing of the plight of the working class caught the attention of the anti-Apartheid movement, and subsequently went platinum. “I did random vox pops in the streets of Cape Town and every second person knew of Rodriguez, no matter their age or sex,” Malik says of his initial investigations into the musician. Despite this southern hemisphere success, no royalties or even news of his popularity made it across the Atlantic, and little was known in SA of the musician so many adored, his albums revealing little more than a solitary name. It was in Rodriguez’s lyrics, though, that two musical detectives, Craig Bartholemew and record shop owner Stephen ‘Sugar’ Segerman delved to find out who their hero was. Myths had flourished in the absence of fact, chiefly that Rodriguez was dead, either by a drug overdose or, strangely, a bizarre onstage suicide, but the duo’s investigation led them to Michigan, where they discovered Rodriguez was alive and well. Before long, he was stepping off a plane in Cape Town in 1998, and playing sold out shows to 20,000 clamouring fans. He had found success, finally, and it had been on his own terms. Rather than being a radio hit in South Africa, it was

Rodriguez’s music, lyrics and inspirational world view that had won him his fanbase. He had fervent fans who would go to the length of having his album covers tattooed on their arms, in some instances, in allegiance to his steadfast ethics and refusal to bow to the easier route, musically or in any facet of his life. In fact, his records were not widely played on

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South African radio because they were then censored by the powers that be. “After the [Cape Town] shows I went out and met the audience,” Rodriguez tells us when we meet him in a London hotel as part of the documentary’s world tour. “There were a lot of soldiers and they told me how they were in service, they had conscription there, and they’d trade cassettes and that was how it circulated, in part, at that time.” To hear of his anti-establishment ideals and how they ››

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was when I thought: ‘Are you going to make this work or not?’ So then I agreed.” Sugar Man heralds the start of a new chapter in Rodriguez’s life and career. “As a result of technology I’m almost a new act,” he relishes of the opportunity for him to connect with a new audience. “Although the material is old-century, I do consider myself contemporary and there is a new lease of life for the material, as well. The young blood should invest in the recordings.”

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Further success beckons and Sixto could very well be on the cusp of that mainstream acclaim many foresaw at the end of the Sixties. An appearance on The David Letterman Show is booked for late August, with global film fest appearances, and accompanying gigs, as well. The duo have been to the Czech Republic and Moscow recently, with Malik picking up the Special Jury Prize and Audience Award for Best International Doc at Sundance, too, meaning it’s not just the tall, dark musician whose life has changed. There are new shows on the horizon as well, including a return to Australia next year and new dates in South Africa after the documentary tour is done and dusted. If you were to stop someone on the street in his native Detroit in a few months time, perhaps, it is highly likely you’d find half the people you spoke with would know of Rodriguez and his incorruptible ways, too. And it’s not before time. ❚ Searching For Sugar Man is out now through StudioCanal.

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connected with people, you’d expect the man himself – dressed in rockstar black when we sit down for our chat – to be full of polemic, yet he is nothing of the sort. The man we meet, who ran for Detroit mayor twice, driven by his social idealism, is softly spoken and quiet, exuding the sort of inner peace that comes from enjoying and being at one with the world and his place in it. Most tellingly, it was not the discovery of a revenue stream in ‘98 that most pleased Rodriguez, but the knowledge that his music had found the people, his people, for whom it was intended. Far from pocketing long overdue pay cheques, he took the money from his Cape Town shows and gave it away. “The music industry is a fast-paced business, but it is not all about the money,” he explains. “That’s not the reason you do things, there is more beyond that, another kind of reward – self-expression. Anyway, you can’t take money with you when you go.” When piecing the doco together, Malik went back and spoke to many involved in the recording of the albums in the Seventies, notably Coming From Reality producer Steve Rowland and Cold Fact‘s Dennis Coffey. “They had been waiting for this phone call for years,” Malik enthuses of the producers who’d worked with the likes of Jerry Lee Lewis and Marvin Gaye, but counted their work with the “prophet” Rodriguez as their most valued. “They wanted to talk about being part of something pretty amazing in the Seventies, and they didn’t know the story [of Rodriguez’s South African success], either.” Rodriguez himself was sceptical, and was only convinced to provide Malik with a new interview for the film – conducted at his home – when the Swedish-based filmmaker made the sojourn to Detroit. “It’s a place you want to see in July when it is hot, or in February when it is very cold,” Rodriguez recalls of Malik’s courting of him. “He came in February and filmed these shots of me walking through the city and that TNTMAGAZINE.COM

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KATE SAMUELSON, 20 JOB English student FROM Camden Town How do you budget? I live in a student house and the six of us have a shared account we all transfer

money into for things like water and electricity. We also put £100 each into a ‘kitty’ every couple of weeks, which we spend on communal meals and house essentials like toilet paper and washing-up liquid.

Last big blow-out? I recently returned from a month travelling in Asia with my boyfriend. Although general living is far cheaper out there, I dreaded looking at my bank balance when I got home! I am far poorer now than I was before I left, but the trip was definitely worth it. What non-essential items do you spend money on? Music – it’s just too easy to download from iTunes!

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her maltipoo puppy, Daisy, to only travel in style, so she bought her a luxury Louis Vuitton carrier made of cowhide, worth £959.

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❚ Bubbles, Michael Jackson’s chimpanzee, was rumoured to have his own bodyguard, use Jackson’s toilet and sleep in his bed, of course – until he was sent to a £10,000 centre for apes. ❚ Indo, Gracie, Zhaki and Tyson are Will Smith’s spoilt rottweilers. They apparently have their own £415 treadmill, in case Smith is too tired to walk them.

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Strolling around Pimlico, you’re surrounded by white, columned houses rising from sleepy sidewalks. It’s a world away from the hustle of central London, with beautiful parks and just the odd tourist toting a large camera. However, you know you’re in the capital, as there are plenty of suits. Pimlico is bounded at the south by the Thames, bumping up on Belgravia to the north, Chelsea to the west and Westminster to the east. Its draw is that it’s a leafy, quiet area. And, as such, there’s a wealth of professionals living here who want to leave their hectic lives at the office.

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Very similar to Kensington and Chelsea in appearance, Pimlico is a more affordable version with all the same luxury. “You’re walking distance from Belgravia Street and Sloane Square, but without the Chelsea prices, so you get a lot more value for your money here,” says Louise Verrall from Douglas & Gordon estate agents on Wilton Road. The convenience of the location, as well as the obvious appeal of living near the Victoria line is ideal for commuters. “Obviously being so central and with the good transport links, we get a lot of people going to the City everyday and the Mayfair, Greekpark areas,” Verrall adds. Filled with private gardens and the public St George’s Square, there’s no shortage of places to stretch out on the weekends. A short walk will land you at major tourist

Character: converted townhouses; below, Pimlico Tube locations, such as Buckingham Palace and Green Park, or the banks of the Thames.

Don’t move here if... You have are on a really tight budget, although if you look hard enough, you can bag a flatshare for about £80pw (at the cheapest). And Pimlico’s not for you if you want to party around the clock and expect wild nights mid-week. The nightlife scene in here is much more sedate.

The people It’s mostly young professionals living here predominantly in their late 20s to mid-30s.

Where to hang out The blessing of being a lovely, quiet neighbourhood brings with it a shortage of pubs and restaurants. Places to check out are Pimlico Spice (pimlicospice.co.uk), an Indian restaurant on Lupus Street, and Cask (caskpubandkitchen.com) on Charlwood Street, which offers a dazzling array of

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“There are lots of things that are convenient living in Pimlico. You’ve got the station with all your shops and everything. It’s always busy with lots of tourists.”

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ales from around the world. On Saturday mornings, the Pimlico Farmers’ Market opens up in Orange Square. With a great array of seafood, bakery items, organic vegetables and fresh fruit, this market is a great place to stock up on the ultimate hangover breakfast.

The connections Pimlico falls on the major London transportation hub of Victoria, making it a key area to live for commuters. The two major Tube stations connecting it to the rest of London are Victoria and the Pimlico

station on the Victoria line. National Rail services can be accessed at Victoria station. Many outward buses can be picked up at Victoria, but the 24, 360 and C10 run through Pimlico itself.

“I work here – the whole area is quite business-orientated. That said, you can sometimes struggle to find a good bar for after work drinks, so I never usually hang around.”

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“It’s really congested with traffic. The roads are really busy. Getting on buses and trains can be a little congested. But other than that it’s good. It’s nice. ”

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NELSON, WHERE DID YOU GET THAT HAT? UNITED KINGDOM It was a case of hats off to London’s landmarks as statues were given a makeover with new headwear. Twenty of the capital’s icons, including Lord Nelson and the Duke of Wellington (above), received hats created by top designers. The project, called Hatwalk, is part of London Mayor Boris Johnson’s bid to encourage people to research and learn about sculptures of famous figures. After 18 months of planning, the hats were placed overnight on statues including William Shakespeare, Robert Burns, Queen Victoria and the Duke of Wellington. TWEETS OF THE WEEK @_Snape_ Gabby Douglas’s last name rearranged is USA Gold. You know who else had a rearranged name? Lord Voldemort. I’m onto you, Gabby. @fleetstreetfox Hmm. Two people found my site yesterday by Googling ‘stinking drunk old ladies’ @Queen_UK Reigning 9 to 5, what a way to make a living ...

MAN FINED OVER ‘NO BALLS’ INSULT ITALY Telling a man he has “no balls” as an insult is a crime punishable with a fine because it hurts male pride, a court has ruled in a curious row between two cousins. The case was brought to the supreme court by a lawyer named only as Vittorio against his cousin Alberto, a justice of the peace, for the phrase uttered during a heated courtroom exchange in the southern Italian city of Potenza. Vittorio’s lawyer had argued the 48

Feeling peckish? Cooks make a 53-metre long torta (sort of Mexican sandwich) during the annual Torta festival in Mexico City. More than 300 people helped to make the giant sandwich, which includes meat, chicken, cheese, avocado, mole (Mexican spicy sauce), turkey, tomatoes, beans, ham, shrimps, octopus and different types of cheese

expression implied that his client was “worth less than other men because he did not have the attributes”. A judge will now rule on the fine that Alberto should pay to Vittorio.

FIREWORK UP ARSE GAG BACKFIRES AUSTRALIA A Darwin man who shot to fame after lighting a firecracker in his buttocks says his condition is not as bad as people thought. Alex Bowden, 23, made headlines as far away as Alaska after police said he pulled the prank at a party on

Saturday. There were concerns Bowden would need to be flown to a specialist burns unit in Adelaide because of his injuries. But he said he’s not as injured as first thought. Bowden confirmed he had enjoyed a few beers before he put a spinning “flying bee” firework in his arse and had a friend light the fuse. He said he burned his fingers and his buttock cheeks, but his genitals and back were fine. “I just had a few beers with the boys and let off a few firecrackers,” he said. “And I put one in my arse. I had a few lads up from Queensland and I had to put on a good show.” Bowden’s mother reportedly thought the situation with her son was funny.

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NEW ALERT CODE AS WOLF-WHISTLES DIE NEW ZEALAND Women be warned: workmen on building sites have developed a new code to alert each other to attractive women passing by. Wolf-whistling is dying out, with offenders given warnings and being moved to other sites. But workers, who declined to be named, in New Zealand have said they instead use secret codes. “We might yell something like, ‘Wayne’s at the gate’,” one said. Another said: “Anyone got a spanner?” was their code. Another worker, with almost 18 months in Christchurch’s central city red zone, said: “I know there are a few women who miss those days, but I can assure them, they still get checked out.” Phew! That’s alright then, girls.

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FRANCE A gang of thieves dressed as knights and armed with a sword and an axe have robbed the organisers of a medieval festival in France, making off with £16,000. The theft took place as organisers were counting earnings from the event in Bitche. “According to witnesses, there were three or four individuals, masked and wearing medieval attire,” a spokesman said. They struck one of the organisers with the handle of the axe and escaped with the cash. Police have opened an investigation and interviewed witnesses. The Medievales

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SWIMMERS DIVE INTO 50 SHADES OF GREY AUSTRALIA Australia’s women’s swimming team have revealed the secret behind their gold medal success – reading 50 Shades Of Grey to relax. Alicia Coutts, Cate Campbell, Brittany Elmslie and Melanie Schlange are reading the erotic bestseller while they chill out at the Athlete’s Village in east London. “Everyone has been talking about it. My manager said just forget about the sex bits and it’s actually a really good story,” Coutts admitted. “I’ve found it really interesting. I can’t put it down.” The swimmers took home gold for the women’s 4x100m freestyle relay last weekend.

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On Wednesday, Bradley Wiggins provided us with a great advert for cycling, his mod sideburns scything through the London streets en-route to Olympic gold in the time trial. Then, at 8pm, the sad news broke that Dan Harris, a civilian cyclist, had been killed on his bike, hit by an Olympic media bus in east London. Witnesses say that Harris had ‘no way to escape’, a phrase even casual observers will have heard used repeatedly to describe fatal cycling crashes. And each time I hear it chimed, I feel less guilty for giving up my bike. I was lucky. I had an escape route. I took up cycling in the capital two years ago, the twin incentives of banishing my (very minor) mid-twenties paunch and avoiding people breathing down my ears on the Tube, seemed reason enough. For five months, I cycled happily, avoiding the near misses most London cyclists will dutifully recount. But then two incidents in a day abruptly divorced me from my bike, the second leaving me flat on the pavement outside the Nag’s Head shopping centre on Holloway Road, with the driver of the bus that hit me shaking his fist my way. Unlike Harris, I had an easy out on to the pavement. Tragically, he wasn’t so lucky. Three weeks later, an acquaintance, Dan Cox, a talented young art theorist, died on his bike in Dalston, and almost a year after that, the scene of my lucky escape claimed the life of another cyclist. And there will be more. The volume of uninsured drivers on London’s road, the nakedly token attempts to build a cycling infrastructure, and a culture of outright animosity between road users all make London a dangerous place for cyclists. Cycling is the answer to the capital’s ailing pubic transport system, congestion, obesity, and yet the action from City Hall has been utterly ineffective: painting a bit of road blue and calling it a cycling superhighway fools no one. I quit cycling because I was sick of feeling like a soldier in a battle with motorists. Infrastructure and a culture of road tolerance is what protects cyclists. We have neither. » How do you feel about cycling on London’s roads? letters@tntmagazine.com

SEE BORIS THE MAN, NOT THE BUFFOON One of the highlights of my week, and many-a-Londoner I’m sure, was seeing the mayor of our fair smogtropolis dangling like a boogie from a zipwire. Not that I was on board with the proceeding ‘oh isn’t Boris great, what japes’ media coverage. There was even talk again of Boris as the next Tory leader, which is actually a great idea. It would banish the Conservatives to electoral obscurity again. Cameron, for all his various flashman foibles, is a Tory leader who stood in front of his party and got a standing ovation for his support of gay marriage.

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Don’t look up at Boris and see a buffoon, look at him and see the moron who closed crisis centres for abused women and the man who Rupert Murdoch wants to be the next PM. Make him leader. He may be popular in London, but outside of the capital the affable rah act doesn’t wash. TNTMAGAZINE.COM

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Designs on greatness Sporting technology continues to help lift athletes’ performances WORDS JAHN VANNISSELROY

Ever since 776BC, when the Greeks began using sports, through the newly formed Olympic Games, as a way of achieving social status, humans have continually strived to improve their on-field performances. Over the ensuing centuries, through new innovations and continued refinement, athletes have become faster, stronger and fitter, bringing us to the finely tuned physical specimens, the Rolls-Royces of our species, we see at London 2012. A new exhibition, Designed To Win, at London’s Design Museum, showcases sports’ major technological advances, some popular, others not so, that have allowed history’s sportsmen and women to achieve excellence in their fields. Here, we’ve picked the highlights for you to consider – if you can draw yourself away from the TV for a few minutes.

LZR Racer, swimming Speedo's controversial line of swimming suits was launched in 2008 at that year's Beijing Olympics, where 94 per cent of all races were won by athletes donning the LZR Racer. By August 2009, 93 world records had been broken by swimmers wearing it, prompting major investigations and allegations of “technological doping”. The suit provided the muscles with improved oxygen, and held the body in a more hydrodynamic position, while repelling water and increasing flexibility. Wow! But when swimmers started wearing two or more, smashing world records in the process, swimming governing body Fina stepped in and banned them.

Mongoose bat, cricket Attempts to change anything about the shape of a cricket bat have usually been met with hostility by the game’s fraternity. Australian fast bowler Dennis Lillee infamously used an aluminum bat in a 1979 Test against England, nobody suspecting what he was up to until he managed to hit the ball. The strange noise created led umpires to inspect, 52

and Lillee was forced to change his weapon. It was banned soon after. Bats remained orthodox until 2010, when the Mongoose was introduced, its blade 33 per cent shorter than a conventional one and its handle 43 per cent longer. Australian Matthew Hayden scored 94 from only 43 balls using the bat in a 2010 IPL T20 match, and soon after, despite opposition from traditionalists, the games governing body declared the Mongoose legal for any form of cricket, from Tests down, worldwide. However, the majority of players reject the Mongoose, preferring to keep it old school.

Long putter, golf Tiger Woods and Arnold Palmer hate them, but until recently, the long putter was rare in golf. However, when Keegan Bradley won the 2011 Open using one, the golfing world began to take notice. Ernie Els won the British Open using one this year, while runner-up Australian Adam Scott lost using his. The handle on the long putters are up to 130cm longer than a traditional putter and is used to anchor the club to the golfer’s chest as he or she shoots for the hole. Golf currently allows the long putter, although some players refuse to buy into the new technology, instead beating their drums louder for it to be banned.

Oakley eyeshade, all sports Proper sports eyewear didn’t really exist before the Eighties, athletes instead having to choose between plastic, which offered extremely poor clarity, or sunglasses with real glass, which heightened the risk of shattering. In 1984, however, Oakley, started by American Jim Jannard in his garage and named after his dog, introduced the Eyeshade, eyewear that utilised Plutonite, a special polycarbonate blend, to maximise visibility while increasing impact protection. At London 2012, many athletes can be spotted using the company’s RadarLock eyewear, an innovation that eliminates all optical distortion,

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provides more strength and offers more protection from the sun’s rays. Plus it makes them look pretty cool. The future (and present) has never been clearer.

Spaghetti-strung racquet, tennis The double-strung tennis racquet was first sighted in 1977, but was soon banned due to the excessive spin it generated. Romanian Ilie Nastase used what became known as the ‘spaghetti-strung’ racquet to end the 57-match claycourt winning streak of Argentinian Guillermo Vilas, who was so confused by the spin, he threw a tantrum, storming off court and forfeiting the match. In 1978, the International Tennis Federation banned the spaghetti-strung racquet. It remains the only attempt to limit a technological advance in the sport.

Flex foot, paralympics Without the Flex Foot, we wouldn’t have seen Oscar Pistorius at London 2012, nor half the athletes at next week’s Paralympics. Pistorius’s carbon-fibre Cheetah version was so well designed, it’s hardly been changed since its 1996 invention. The latest prosthetic technology from Flex Foot will be showcased at the Paralympics. It features an interchangeable running sole, with layers of thermal cushioning and air pocket that wrap around the carbon-fibre blade. Previously, athletes had to cut regular shoes to fit, the homemade enterprises invariably failing at crucial times.

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Timekeeping, all sports Imagine trying to use your naked eye to decide who won an Olympic race; it would be impossible. But until 1932, when Omega was made the Games official timekeeper, things were pretty much like that. Initially, just a stopwatch was used (quite sophisticated for the time) but things quickly developed. By the Forties, electronic timers were used and the Fifties gave rise to photo-finish technology. By 1960, the

live time of each competitor was superimposed on a large TV screen, leaving no margin for error. At London 2012, Omega used new Quantum timers capable of recording up to 16 competitors at once, to an accuracy of one-millionth of a second. If Omega says you’ve lost, or broken a world record, chances are extremely high that you have (main image).

Load And launch, basketball The NBA originally tried to ban Michael Jordan’s Air Jordan shoes for a lack of white (it didn’t work) but they scored a victory in 2010 against Athletic Propulsion Labs’s Load And Launch shoe. Each shoe features eight springs that store energy from downwards pressure and then release it on liftoff. But when tests revealed wearers could leap an extra 9cm in the air, the NBA outlawed the shoe, giving the company the ultimate seal of approval that their product worked. Maybe the professionals can’t use Load And Launch, but it will change street ball for ever.

Helmets, Formula One When female F1 driver Maria De Villota crashed at 200mph in a test run at Cambridgeshire last month, not many gave her a chance of survival. However, it appears her helmet saved her life. They may look much the same as they did years ago, but the advancement of F1’s headgear is all below the surface. Head and neck trauma is high on the list of the FIA’s major concerns for drivers and, as such, just as much work goes into helmets as it does their cars. Modern-day helmets contain materials used in bulletproof vests, with impact-absorbing plastics and fireproofing also employed. The visors are anti-fogging and have transparent layers that yers erss th tha hat at a driver can rip off if it becomes dirty. Designed To Win, Design Museum, until November 18. £10 SE1 2YD designmuseum.org Tower Hill

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KIWI ATHLETE’S PIC GOES INTERNATIONAL OLYMPIC VILLAGE LIFE New Zealand cyclist Greg Henderson was the official photographer of a ‘quad off’ in the Games Village. Henderson recorded the battle, between German cyclists Andre Greipel (above left) and Robert Forstemann, who was crowned victor. No medal for either, sadly. Henderson sent the attractive pic worldwide, via Twitter, with the comment: “You thought Greipel has a big set of legs. There was a quad off in the German camp today. Greipel lost.” It was picked up by international media and promptly shared by millions across the web. Thighs does matter, apparently.

SA GOLDEN BOY UPSTAGED BY DAD OLYMPICS SWIMMING An emotional interview featuring the father of 200m butterfly champion Chad Le Clos was one of the major highlights of the pool coverage. Talking with BBC host Clare Balding immediately after his son’s triumph, South African Bert Le Clos, 55, was in tears as he watched footage of his offspring. “He’s beautiful. What a beautiful boy. Sorry, sorry. He’s unbelievable. He’s committed like you cannot believe. He’s the most down-to-earth beautiful boy you will ever meet in your life. Look at him. I love you. He’s crying like me,” Le Clos said. Then, after seeing himself on TV, he pulled his shirt over his stomach, saying: “Oh my God, every time I see myself. Is this live? Unbelievable. Thanks Great Britain.” Later, Bert told media that Chad once played football, but had “funny” legs –”you know, flat-footed”– so it was decided he would be a swimmer instead. 54

Don’t you just love the beach volleyball? The athleticism, the illusion of summer at the beach, the fierce competition. And the pre-match entertainment (above) ain’t bad either. Everyone (especially Boris Johnson) was enjoying themselves at Horse Guards Parade last week. It’s not hard to see why. Now … who won gold?

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If nothing else goes New Zealand’s way, Valerie Adams and her shotput can usually be relied upon to give the country a golden glow. Adams, who trains with a men’s shotput, is the reigning Olympic, Commonwealth and World champ and will carry the hopes of a nation when she competes in Monday’s heats and (all going well) Tuesday’s final. Gold is not a fait accompli, however; Adams’ main rival, Belarusian Nadzeya Ostapchuk, beat the Kiwi’s best throw of the year four times last month, chalking up a top heave of 21.39m. Adams will definitely have to be on her game to win.

Emily Seebohm, known as the ‘CBomb’, was no doubt uttering a few choice words in private after a latenight social media session apparently cost her gold in the 100m backstroke. Seebohm revealed she had stayed up past her bedtime the night before her big race, replying to the Facebook messages and tweets of hundreds of wellwishers. “I just felt like I didn’t really get off (social media) and get into my own mind,” she revealed after winning silver. But fellow tweeter Breanna Tucker was having none of it. “How [was Twitter to blame]?” Tucker tweeted. “Was she tweeting from the pool?” Fair question.

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PREVIEW Run, swim, cycle for gold OLYMPIC GAMES MEN’S TRIATHLON

TUESDAY, 11.30AM BBC ONLINE/ RED BUTTON Triathlon combines the best of three worlds and, like the heptathlon and decathlon, forces participants to be excellent at more than one pursuit. The event is a huge deal, with one of either British brothers Alistair and Jonny Brownlee the red-hot favourite to power his way to hometown glory. If they fail, Team GB has recruited a Slovak, Richard Varga, the field’s best swimmer, as a back-

up to ensure that Hyde Park is the scene of a national party on Tuesday afternoon. The Aussies and Kiwis, the two best-performed nations since triathlon’s 2000 Olympic inclusion, will have other ideas, though. For the Aussies, Courtney Atkinson, Brad Kahlefeldt and Brendan Sexton will race their hearts out, while the New Zealanders feature Bevan Doherty (silver in Athens, bronze in Beijing), Kris Gemmel and Ryan Scissons. Also keep an eye out for the defending champ, Canadian flagbearer Simon Whitfield. He’s no slouch, either.

I feel that we need more fat men at the modern Olympics, men like the pot-bellied monsters of the weightlifting and wrestling ESPN boxing columnist Steve Bunce thinks perhaps there’s too much of the body beautiful at the Games. Each to their own

My two-and-a-half-year old could have won one of those matches Former British badminton star and Olympic silver medallist Gail Emms wades into the badminton scandal. That’s quite a talented toddler …

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BMX usual, China’s really cashing in this Olympics, Q As improving their tally of gold on a daily basis. What’s one of them medals worth, anyhow? young reader, those medals are priceless. How do you A Why, put a price on years’ worth of blood, sweat and tears; a limited social life; and the pride of an entire nation? If you were, however, to value the medals on the cost of their raw materials only, you’d discover that each first-place medal has little more than one per cent actual gold. The remaining metal is 92.5 per cent silver and 6.16 per cent copper and the entire thing is worth about £412. For the silver medal, the gold is replaced with more copper (it’s worth £192) and the bronze features 2.5 per cent zinc and 0.5 per cent tin, coming in at a whopping £3.20.

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Aside from the nastiness surrounding the badminton, it’s been a great Games, made even more memorable by the emergence of Hamadou Djibo Issaka, the Sculling Sloth. The 35-year-old Djibo Issaka, finished woefully off the pace in all his races at Dorney Lake, but was adopted by the painfully posh rowing crowds and willed on as if he were one of their own. Everyone loves a cult figure and Djibo Issaka certainly fits the bill. He only started learning the basics of the sport three months ago, using a wooden fishing boat in Niamey, the capital of landlocked Niger where he’s from.

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“Before this week, I hadn’t been in a professional boat before. There aren’t these kind of boats in Africa” he said. It can only go up from here for Djibo Issaka. He plans to row on and compete in 2016 Rio de Janeiro 2016, moving up from last place. That truly is the spirit.

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A ruse, Sir Christopher. A ruse so glowingly apparent you could pin a ribbon on it and call it a gold medal. And that’s exactly what Team GB cyclist Phillip Hindes managed to pull off, deliberately crashing after a bad beginning to Thursday’s team sprint to gain a restart and allow his team, featuring Sir Chris Hoy, the best chance of scoring gold. The ruse worked, GB winning – convincingly, and IOC-sanctioned, it transpired – but the term ‘Olympic spirit’ was sadly missing from the ugly little affair. Consider now, the scandal of the naughty badminton players of China, who deliberately tried to lose in order to avoid sterner opposition in the next round, essentially resetting their pursuit of gold and forcing their opponents of South Korea and Indonesia to follow suit. While there’s plenty to dislike about the Chinese – the 2012 medal tally, a dubious state-sanctioned doping record, and a not-too-flash human rights history – top seeds Yu Yang and Wang Xiaoli were technically within their rights to do what they did. The format, nonsensically round-robin (who gets a second chance in the tennis?), saw to that. So, what’s the difference between performing badly to refresh your chances of winning gold and deliberately crashing to improve your chances of coming first? Opponents of such an idea will no doubt cite rule 4.5 of the Olympic code of conduct, which outlaws ‘not using one’s best efforts to win’. And they can, but they must also apply it to Hindes, who, like the Chinese, used a grey area in the law to gain an advantage. Why Hindes opened his mouth is another question worth asking. No doubt other cyclists who have used this little get-out-of-jail card in the past, but will surely have it no longer available, will be cursing his openness. Perhaps his conscience, or ego, got the better of him. However, the fact remains, while the loopholes in both events will now be closed, one pack of rule-benders will be going home in shame as the other celebrates gold. It seems homeground advantage does indeed count for plenty at the Olympic Games.

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Golden moments TNT’s top seven events of the 2012 Olympics so far WORDS CAROL DRIVER We always knew it would be an emotional time when the Olympics finally arrived – all that hard work, dedication and commitment paying off, or not, in front of our eyes. But alongside such a momentous occasion, there’s always the moments you could never foresee. Below are TNT’s favourite bits from the first week of London 2012 (not including bumbling Boris, who’s best moment is on P6).

The embarrassing-dad interview: Chad Le Clos You would, of course, forgive Chad Le Clos feeling a bit emotional after winning gold in the 200-metre butterfly final, beating American Michael Phelps by 0.05 seconds. However, it wasn’t the Olympian who was shedding tears in front of the cameras, but his over-excited father, Bert. Overcome with pride, Bert was interviewed for the BBC by presenter Claire Balding. Pumping his fist in the air, the South African said: “Unbelievable! Unbelievable! I’ve never been so pleased in my life. It’s something indescribable what happened tonight. He’s unbelievable. He’s the most down to earth beautiful boy you’ll ever meet in your life. Look at him, he’s crying like me. I love you. Look at him! I love him.” Enough already. Sheesh.

Drunk & disorderly: The Australians It was always expected that the Australian athletes would swagger into London, full of bravado and confidence, and they haven’t disappointed. The green and gold army first ‘livened up’ the Opening Ceremony, with team members accused of being “rowdy” and “drunk” as they climbed over barriers and wandered into the centre of the stadium. But Olympic rower Joshua Booth took it to another level when he was arrested for allegedly damaging a shop front during a drunken night out after his team failed to win a medal (finishing sixth, with Germany taking first). The 21-yearold also fainted, hitting his head while at a police station. Loving. His. Work.

The worst broadcaster: NBC #NBCFail was trending for a number of days on Twitter as the US broadcaster continued to piss off viewers with its secondrate coverage of the Olympic Games. Not content with making a balls-up of the Opening Ceremony – dropping a tribute to the 7/7 bombing victims because it ‘wasn’t relevant’ to the US audience and, ironically, telling viewers to Google who Tim Berners Lee is – the bosses then decided to keep in-demand content for prime-time TV (running hours after the Americans had learned who’d won what over the interweb). Lastly, and rubbing salt into an already sore wound, NBC got its countries mixed up on its website, running a description of Austria next t a map of Australia. #doh! to

Dolphin Girl: Ye Shiwen In an eyebrow-raising, record-shattering time, Chinese swimmer Ye Shiwen won gold in the women’s 400m, sparking allegations of, gasp, doping. The 16-year-old not only took an incredible five seconds off her own personal best, but also more than a second off the world record. However, what made those raised eyebrows arch to look like a surprised facelift victim was Shiwen swimming the final 50m of the freestyle leg faster than men’s champion Ryan Lochte. The Chinese contingent came out in support of Shiwen, saying she had undergone more than 100 drug tests since arriving in London, all of which she had passed. But it reignited the debate about the Chinese and cheating, which, let’s face it, if proved to have happened at any stage in the Games, wouldn’t come as a massive shock.

The sit-in protest: Shin Lam We all like our Olympians to have fighting spirit, determination, an overwhelming desire to succeed. But when those emotions turn to stubbornness, it’s just a bit embarrassing all round. Poor South Korean fencer Shin Lam didn’t care about that, though, when she broke down in tears and staged a sit-in protest for an hour after one second was put back on the clock during the semi-finals of the women’s fencing. The extra time allowed Germany’s Britta Heidemann to win 6-5 and make it through to the final. After all that, the 25-year-old was allowed to fight her bronze medal match, but ended up losing that as well.

One-upmanship: New Zealanders Rather than follow the Aussies’ raucous lead, the New Zealand athletes seem to be maintaining a low profile while in London, keeping themselves to themselves and being well behaved (thus far). And it’s paying off. Sticking it to the Aussies where it hurts, the Kiwi women’s hockey team slammed to a 1-0 victory against them. NZ then went up against South Africa, scoring a tremendous 4-1 victory. Sweet as. (We had to give the Kiwis this moment, as, let’s face it, Aus is caning them when it comes to medals.)

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MOBILE-PHONE THROWING CONTEST Finland For those who feel like they are slaves to their mobile phones, this festival in the southeast town of Savonlinna will help you break free. 18 It was created as payback for all the frustrations and disappointments caused by these modern devices – the one that got away thanks to a hastily typed number; infidelity exposed; being shit at Temple Run. AUG

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SPAIN’S ROAD PIRATES Spain’s roads are increasingly being targeted by ‘highway’ pirates who rob tourists driving in foreign-registered or rental cars, the British Embassy has warned. A total of 13 robberies on the roads were reported to the consulate in Barcelona in the past two weeks alone, while there were 140 robberies on the AP7 motorway last year – and these are only the incidents reported to the British Embassy. A spokesman warned the most common technique was for thieves to slash tyres at service stations, so that when the driver has to pull over after setting off again, one thief comes to their aid while an accomplice robs the car.

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DEATH IN PHUKET Eight people have drowned swimming off the west coast of Phuket in the past three months, with Brit Peter Cook the latest victim. Cook drowned while swimming at the popular Patpong beach. A beach vendor claimed to have warned him not to go swimming in the rough surf. Local media reported that Cook had arrived at the beach before the first lifeguard came on duty, although red warning flags were in place. An American student and a Chinese tourist drowned near the same spot in June. Monsoon season, from May to October, creates strong currents.

LIBYA: IT’S PARADISE We named it one of our top five dangerous destinations to visit, but if the fledgling Libyan tourist industry has its way, the country will soon be welcoming hoards of travellers. Adel Belhaj, of the Libyan Society for the Activation of Tourism, told USA Today: “Libya has all it takes to become a vacation paradise.” The country boasts a wealth of historical marvels, including one of the world’s best-preserved Roman cities at Leptis Magna, cave art and troglodyte homes. However, Tripoli-based travel agency Bright Orient said: “When there is no security, there is no tourism.”

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My first canal boating experience has a rocky start – a rogue tyre wrapped around the propeller almost putting an end to the trip before it even begins. But it’s not long before our hosts on Britain’s only floating backpacker hostel tackle the entanglement and we’re on our way, revelling in the tranquillity as we gaze across rolling green fields and glide under old, stone bridges. I’m one of seven guests aboard the Wandering Duck Canal Boat Experience, run by well-travelled couple Mark and Ruth Bratt. The pair operated a backpackers’ hostel in Kaikoura, New Zealand, for 18 months and on returning home decided canal-cruising accommodation would be a fun alternative. Named Rakiraki (Maori for duck), the narrowboat is about 7ft wide by 70ft long. Our home for the next two nights boasts a lounge, kitchen, two bathrooms and two four-bed shared-bunk cabins for guests. Space is tight, but that’s all part of the adventure. Joining me and my Aussie friend are three Liverpudlians and two Irish lasses. As we settle in with drinks from the ‘Honesty Bar’, which even includes a hand-pump with real ale, we hear how the Wandering Duck idea was hatched. “We wanted to find a way to give people an experience which would be uniquely British,” Mark says. Britain was first to develop a nationwide canal network, which played a vital role in the Industrial Revolution. While railways ended their commercial use, it also meant canals weren’t modernised here like in other parts of Europe. “I love the way they developed this system in the 1800s and just stuck with it. I definitely think it’s part of the draw,” Marks adds. Next morning, I rise early and soak up the morning sun on the bow of the boat, accompanied only by the gentle chug of the engine. With a speed limit of 4mph, there’s no chance of feeling rushed. It’s a welcome change of pace from London. The distance between our departure point at Hyde, near Manchester, and end point at Bugsworth Basin in the Peak District is roughly 10 miles, but as we’re on the Locks and Tunnels tour, we’ll pass through 16 locks and the Rakiraki will rise about 210ft. “There are more than 2000 miles of canals in Britain and being manmade they are elevated so you get those beautiful vistas,” Mark says. Ruth warns us about the 14ft-deep locks – if you fall in you could be dragged under by the suction of the emptying

water, crushed by the 25-tonne boat or struggle to stay afloat in the aerated water as it fills. But we aren’t deterred and take turns winding the paddles open and shut and throwing our weight behind the hefty gates. It’s a full-body workout. For a more laidback experience, Wandering Duck offers a Relax and Enjoy tour on the lock-free route from the Peak District to Macclesfield and vice versa. “A guest on that tour described it as ‘legitimate idleness’,” Ruth laughs. After lunch there’s only a few swing and lift bridges to operate, so some of us have a go steering the boat. At 6pm, we moor and decide to tramp the hour-and-a-half New Mills

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circuit, which includes the stunning Millennium Walkway, a path suspended over the River Goyt between a towering wall and an abandoned centuries-old mill. Returning to a hearty dinner, it’s been a long day in the best of ways. “It’s so peaceful I feel like I’ve been on holiday for a year,” guest Tim says. “The hardest decision I’ve had to make is red or white wine.” The next morning we cruise for two hours before heading to the historic spa town of Buxton, well worth exploring for its Georgian architecture and warm springs. But we’re bound for the zipwires of nearby tree-top adventure park, Go Ape! We enjoy a fantastic afternoon flying through the foliage, but I must say I’m sad to bid farewell to the canal boat lifestyle. I could definitely get used to it. ❚ A two-night canal boat trip costs £95 midweek and £115 on weekends, including all meals, hot drinks and snacks. wanderingduck.co.uk Go Ape! Tree Top Adventure at Buxton from £30 per person. goape.co.uk

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Every month at the full moon, the island of Ko Pha Ngan in Thailand opens up the crescent-shaped beach at Haad Rin to 20,000-30,000 people from around the world, all of them covered in neon body paint and pumped to party from dusk until well after dawn. The Full Moon Party is a backpacker rite of passage, guaranteed to be rammed with half-naked young hotties partying hard in paradise. Why on earth wouldn’t you want to check it out? Plus, if you’re staying on the island, it’s free (and even if you’re not, entrance is only about 100 baht, or £2). Drinks are served in colourful buckets, the ilk of which you used to build sandcastles as a kid. These buckets promise a far less wholesome form of entertainment, with a straw popped in and filled to the brim with Thai moonshine, plus Red Bull or juice. Aside from drinking yourself into beach-fringed oblivion, other popular activities at the Full Moon Party include leaping over a rope lit on fire (maybe one to think twice about), and 70 00

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During August, Girandella Beach in southeast Croatia will fill up with thousands of people ready to party non-stop. A raft of European DJs playing mostly dance and electronica will be spread across five huge dancefloors, full of scantily clad hedonists who really know how to have fun. If you take your partying seriously, this event is definitely one not to miss – the dancing goes on all day and night long. rabacsummerfestival.com

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Want to experience a beach party atmosphere in one of the world’s greatest cities? Step into the MoMA PS1, an offshoot of the iconic New York museum, and dance a Saturday evening away to live music in its ‘beach installation’, set up in the courtyard. If you need a break from the noise, sneak off into the art gallery and take a lap around the modern art exhibitions, included in the ticket price of US$15 (£10). The event runs every Saturday from now until September 8. momaps1.org/warmup

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When better to party than the day that lasts (almost) all night long? The Feast of Sant Joan in Barcelona celebrates the Summer Solstice in the best fashion possible – with heaps of drinking, dancing and fireworks. Walk on down to the Barceloneta Beach for the best vibe, nab a spot next to the bonfires and listen to the live music that plays until the sun rises. Just make sure to get there early and stake out your spot. barcelona-tourist-guide.com

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Grab your surfboard, your BMX bike, or your skateboard (hell, grab all three) and head on down to the Boardmasters Festival in Cornwall on August 8-12. Situated on a cliff-top overlooking Watergate Bay and Fistral Beach, this is an ideal location to listen to a line-up of eclectic acts scattered across three stages, including Dizzee Rascal, Pulled Apart By Horses and Krafty Kuts. Europe’s only surf, skate and music festival costs £89 to attend and camp, or £40 for day tickets.

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packed with culture, this is the perfect day trip. A compact city of cobblestone streets, churches and cafes, it will provide plenty to see for your break away from Amsterdam. At the heart of Haarlem is the Grote Markt. This quaint square is home to lots of cafes and restaurants and is a good place to start getting to know the city. Just off the square is the Frans Hals museum (franshalsmuseum.nl, admission £8), which displays a number of the Dutch artist Frans Hals’ finest work (Haarlem is the subject of many of the pieces). His art is a beautiful insight into 17th-century Dutch life. For your next bit of history, head to Corrie Ten Boom Museum. This is the home of heroine Corrie, who hid hundreds of Jews and Dutch resistors in a secret compartment during WW2. Another must-see is Grote Kerk St Bavo. The towering Gothic cathedral is home to the Müller organ, which Mozart and Handel both once played at. If this is all a bit too cultured for you, Haarlem is 10 minutes by train from the seaside at Zandvoort. One of the Netherlands’ premier beach resorts, the sand here does get very crowded during summer. There are all walks of life – from the trendy to the not-so – and a nudist beach to the south, if that tickles your fancy.

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My first impressions of Latvia are mixed. Double denim? Definitely. Mullets? Most certainly. Awesome music festival on the beach? That, too. Although this former Soviet state still bears some of the physical, mental and sartorial scars of its turbulent past, it seems Latvia has moved on, albeit at a characteristically leisurely pace – the tourism board’s tagline is ‘best enjoyed slowly’ – since gaining independence in 1991. I’m sitting on a sunny beach in Salacgriva, north-west Latvia beer in hand, watching that Ed bloke from Friendly Fires shake his thing. This is the sixth year of Positivus, Latvia’s most popular music festival, with a line-up that boasts Muse and Manic Street Preachers. Bordered by beach and pine forests, with no shortage of hammocks to chill in, it sure beats muddy Glasto as a festival location. Being only an hour’s drive from Riga, it’s a quick trip back into the capital and the quaint, higgledy-piggledy streets of the Old Town. Despite having gained a reputation in recent years for roving loutish stag parties in search of cheap beer and strip joints, this remarkably pretty town is surprisingly tranquil. Wonky fairytale-esque houses with pastel-coloured frontages line the cobbled streets, where cafes and bars bedecked with flowers jostle for attention. Mercantile abodes, handsome brick churches, bizarre Baroque towers and hideous Soviet slabs all contribute to the eclectic mishmash of architecture that gives Riga’s Old Town its uniquely haphazard character. I make a beeline for St Peter’s Cathedral, where I ascend the tower for about £1 and marvel at the fantastic panoramas over the city. To the south, the border of the Old Town is demarcated by five vast zeppelin hangars with art-deco facades, reerected after WWI to house the Central Market, where you can buy everything from erotic underwear to tinned potatoes. Beyond this is the newly developed Spikeri district, which has quickly become fashionable among newgeneration Rigans. At the artistic hub of this neighbourhood pulses the dirty Deal Café, comprising a bar, theatre, cinema, gig venue and a workshop/ studio space which, when I pass through, is teaching a trendy-haircutted bunch of Rigans how to make music using Nintendo Game Boys. Cycling has recently caught on in a big way in Riga. I take one of the bright green Air Baltic bikes (the Rigan equivalent of Boris Bikes) for a spin across the river, to the Unescoprotected 18th-century wooden architecture of Kalnciema.

Not many other wooden structures from this period have surived in such fine condition, making it a special destination. Fortuitously, I arrive in time for the weekly farmers’ market held here, which sells not only locally grown food, but also handicrafts, books, clothes and records. There’s a jovial, relaxing atmosphere, so I hang around until the evening, when the stalls are packed away, and in their place local

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music acts perform on a small stage and Rigans dance, drink and sing late into the night. In order to recover, I decide to partake in a spot of diving, travelling half an hour to Sloka Quarry, considered one ›› of the county’s top dive sites. Accompanied by Zanna

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Sendeleva from The Baltic Seal Divers Club, we cruise a road separating verdant hills, through a scene dotted with small lakes and the winding Daugava River, until it’s time to wade into the chilly waters for a 40-minute dive. As shoals of silvery fish swim around us, I relax so much in the serenity of this underwater world, that when our time is up, it’s with reluctance that I return to the surface. On emerging, we give a group of swimsuit-clad picnickers quite a fright, before they collapse into giggles at our rubber-suited awkwardness. Zanna tells me that out on the west coast, near Liepaja, there are hundreds of Soviet and German wrecks to be explored, sunk during the various occupations Latvia has endured. I wish I could go, but it’ll have to wait until next time. See, I’ve already decided on a return visit – my muted expectations of this small, unassuming country have been proved so wrong that I can even forgive the occasional 1980s throwback wandering, unrestrained, in the streets. ❚ Positivus Festival costs about £36pp for two days, including camping positivusfestival.com/en Scuba diving in Sloka Quarry from £22pp diveclub.lv latvia.travel

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Housed in a smart renovated warehouse in Riga’s trendy Spikeri district, Kitchen’s chefs take pride in producing excellent food daily. The two-course business lunch for £3.20 is a steal and there’s a pleasant outdoor area with decking for sunny days and warm evenings. restaurantkitchen.lv

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For a cheap shot of horseradish spirit and a beer chaser to start off your night, look no further than Slavu Merins. This is a traditional Russianstyle bar with a few old posters advertising hard liquor on the walls. Have a drink or two and move on, it’s not a place to get comfy. Beers from about £2 a pint. (C-4, Dzirnavu 55/2)

Louche, laid-back Latvians frequent this achingly hip cocktail bar. Laze around on one of Piens’ vintage sofas, dance to the eclectic music choice on one of the two large terraces or simply watch the beautiful people of Riga relax in this funky bar. Cocktails about £6. klubspiens.lv

If you manage to get past the strict door control at Coyote Fly, you can expect an extremely expensive evening surrounded by the uber-rich, Latvian TV celebrities, foreign DJs and incredibly beautiful waiting staff. Drinks upwards of £10. coyotefly.lv

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Frequently voted the number one hostel in Eastern Europe, The Naughty Squirrel’s location in the centre of Old Riga is the best in town. From about £10pn for a bed in a dorm. thenaughtysquirrel.com

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DAY 1: 10:00 Bordeaux is the world’s wine capital, producing around 960 million bottles a year and home to the most renowned, top-end chateaus. Start the day getting oriented at Esplanade des Quinconces, one of the country’s largest public squares. Dating back to 1820, its most impressive feature is the Girondins monument, a 50m-high column with an elaborate fountain at the base – statues sculpted from 52 tonnes of bronze form the centrepiece. The monument commemorates the Girondins, a moderate political faction during the French Revolution, a number of whom were sent to the guillotine in 1793. 11:00 Keep the pace at ‘saunter’ and check out Rue SainteCatherine. The 1.2km-long pedestrianised street is the main shopping thoroughfare in Bordeaux and is lined with photoworthy historical buildings from across the centuries. Makes for perfect ‘soak up the scenery’ fodder. 12:00 It’s midday, so we reckon you’re allowed a glass of wine. Aim for Bar a Vin (baravin.bordeaux.com) – which, if you can’t hang on until noon, opens at 11am – where you’ll find Bordeaux’s most reasonably priced tipples. A glass of something from the extensive wine list costs as little as £1.60 for 15cl. A great place to sample a selection of vinos. 13:00 Time to sample the other thing the French do exceptionally well – food. Cassolette (cassolettecafe.com) is a cosy bolthole with stone walls and table football, serving up classic French country house fare (think duck confit and casseroles). Try the ‘express’ daily menu, which offers two courses for £8.50. 14:00 Wine tours in Bordeaux tend to be pricey affairs, but 80

you can find half-day trips for semi-decent prices if you do some digging. Ophorus (ophorus.com) offers minibus tours with tastings from about £50, starting at 2pm and ending at 6.30pm. Book at least 48 hours in advance. 19:00 Back in the city, you’ll no doubt have worked up an appetite slugging back all that plonk. Locals love L’Entrecôte (4 Cours du 30 Juillet, tel. 05 56 81 76 10), where there’s always a line out the door. The restaurant only has one expertly done dish on the menu: steak and chips, at about £13. 21:00 If you fancy making some mates, kick off a night on the town at The Down Under (104 Cours Aristide Briand, tel. 05 56 94 52 48). This Antipodean bar is a friendly place with a party vibe, sports on TV and themed fancy dress nights. You’ll feel right at home. 22:30 Then, mix with the locals at Cafe Pop (1 R Kleber Place de la Victoire, tel. 05 56 94 39 06), where revellers dance to the latest cool French tunes until 2am. If you fancy something a bit more rough and ready, head over to Connemara (connemara-pub.com), a raucous Irish bar that stays open late. Also hosts quiz nights, karaoke and wine tastings. DAY 2: 10:00 Battle the hangover with the free continental breakfast (and limitless coffee) offered when you stay at leafy B&B Jardin du Sequoia (87 rue Saint Genès; beds from £27pn). Now that you can face the thought of vino again, try what is surely Bordeaux’s most decadent experience and bathe (yes, bathe) in red wine at Spa de Vinothérapie Caudalie (sources-caudalie.com; from £50).

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13:00 Head to Marche Des Capucins (Place Capuchin; marchedescapucins.com) to pick up some picnic essentials. This busy market has stalls offering up everything from meats and cheeses to wine, olives and oysters. Then lug your haul to Jardin Botanique (Cours de Verdun), Bordeaux’s verdant botanical gardens, for a sophisticated afternoon of quaffing and scoffing. 15:00 If you can move, spend the afternoon ticking off some landmarks. There’s the Cathédrale Saint-André (Place Pey Berland; admission about £4), a beautifully carved church built in the 13th and 14th centuries, and CAPC Musée d’Art Contemporain (capc-bordeaux.fr), housing modern art in what was once a warehouse for storing colonial spoils, such as coffee and cocoa. 18:00 It’s your last chance to gorge on gourmet French fare. Baud et Millet (baudetmillet.fr; mains from £12.50) stocks more than 100 cheeses that are used in various inventive cheese-centric dishes, and even challenges the most hardened fromage fanatic with an inevitably queasy, cheesy all-you-can-eat buffet. 20:30 Anyone looking to inconvenience their digestive system further should bid farewell to Bordeaux in Cafe Brun (bar-pub-bordeaux.com), a cosy, low-key bar with a massive selection of Belgian brews and whiskies. Now go home and hit the gym.

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WHEN TO GO: The next Days 1-3: The Only Way Is Down Rickshaw Run sets off on There’s a knot of fear deep in my chest as September 9. Test-driving and After three days of test-driving and a raucous I grip the handlebars of my auto-rickshaw; pimping sessions take place launch party to kick the whole thing off, it’s that, and a healthy dose of you-must-beSeptember 5-7, with the launch time to hit the road – specifically the 1500m crazy disbelief. It’s the first day of testparty kicking things off on descent awaiting us. We meet at the ‘pimping driving for the Rickshaw Run, a two-week September 8. grounds’ for a final time, the smell of petrol, journey spanning nearly the entire Indian wet paint and panic in the air. The muddy subcontinent, and I’m way beyond having CURRENCY: £1 = INR87 field is a beehive of activity, teams swarming, second thoughts. Sitting behind me, my (Indian Rupees) buzzing about to put the finishing touches on teammate, Citlalli, doesn’t look much REGISTERING: You can their tuk-tuks: neon-coloured horns, stereo more confident. sign up now for the April 2013 systems, even custom-made seat cushions. “Come on, it’s just like driving a motorcycle,” edition of the Rickshaw Run, or Matt walks around, clipboard in hand, the says Matt, chief of the Rickshaw Run, who’s join the waiting list for an earlier cheeky grin on his face saying: “You all giving us a few pointers. I assume he meant edition. Places are limited to 70, have no idea what’s about to hit you.” that to be reassuring, but I’ve never driven otherwise The Adventurists run out Indeed; the streets out of Shillong are a motorcycle before, let alone any vehicle of rickshaws. The entry fee is £1395 not only clogged with 70-odd brightly with manual transmission. per team. More on the website. painted rickshaws, but torrential downpours, The Rickshaw Run is the brainchild of The SEE: theadventurists.com too. Dips in the road swiftly become rivers, Adventurists, a Bristol-based travel company then fords, and a continual sheet of water pounds us, which, that tempts thrill-seeking (and perhaps foolhardy) folks to naturally, goes well with our broken windscreen wiper. At join them in “fighting to make the world less boring”. One least our hazard lights insist on flashing at all times – it’s of seven adventures offered by the outfit, the Rickshaw probably for the best. Run takes place three times a year in India, rotating its start But when I don’t have my head out the rickshaw, helping and end points between Shillong, Jaisalmer and Fort Kochi. Citlalli navigate the obstacle course that is the Indian highway, While no one has yet died on the Run, the risks of traversing I’m able to take in the scene around us. The name for this potholed, truck-heavy roads in a 145.45cc-engine vehicle particular state, Meghalaya, literally means “the abode of are very real. The Adventurists warn: “Your chances of clouds” in Sanskrit, and it’s little wonder why. Wispy puffs being seriously injured or dying as a result of taking part of white rest over the region’s many rolling hills, their are high.” Spiffing. jungled slopes covered with verdant undergrowth and As Matt yells out instructions, I fumble for the clutch, then trees. Occasionally, we spot a river winding through the the brake, then the throttle, and at all times our rickshaw countryside, with a calm that belies the chaos around us. jerks forward like a newborn colt trying to find its legs. If This corner of India, known as ‘The Seven Sisters’, after I can barely make it out of the practice track without stalling, the number of states packed into the tiny area, was only I can’t help musing on how I plan to get to the finish line. opened to tourism a few years ago; due to ethnic violence Here in Shillong, an old hill station located in the far and unrest, you needed an entry permit previously. Even northeast corner of India, it’s nigh on impossible to wrap my today, the lack of tourists lends an air of remoteness to the head around the trip to come. The distance we’re to cover is region that makes it feel as if you’re the first to explore it. the same as that from London to Moscow, and yet we’ll be By day’s end, we’ve only managed to cover 110km; enduring it in a vehicle the rest of Asia uses for short jaunts thankfully we’ll go 210 the next day, and 270 the day after, around its cities. Our destination? Jaisalmer, an ancient, bringing us to Siliguri, a city right on the cusp of where the sandy-coloured fort city tucked away on the western edge ›› northeast meets mainland India. Our expectations of of Rajasthan’s Thar Desert, a mere 3000km away. TNTMAGAZINE.COM

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distance quickly adjust; while the rickshaws can be driven up to 50km/hour, in reality we average about 30 – thanks to the rutted roads, way too many chai breaks, and, of course, inevitable breakdowns. Days 4-6: Beat It, Bihar On the morning of our fourth day, we wake early, nervous for what’s ahead. We’re planning to cross from West Bengal into Bihar, one of the poorest and most undeveloped states in India; worse yet, we were warned in Shillong against rumours of bandits and robbers here, told to: “Make friends” and “Don’t go through Bihar alone.” Entering the eastern state with three other teams, we’re collectively holding our breath, waiting for the worst to hit. Gone are the steamy hills of Meghalaya; in their place, the land grows so flat that many areas are flooded, our route less of a road than a strip of land bordered on both sides by water. In other places, bright-green fields of corn and banana trees stretch out to the horizon. Water buffalo submerge themselves in the river to stay cool, their black hides gleaming under the noon sun. As beads of sweat trace a constant path down my forehead, I’m only slightly jealous. Although no bandits ever come our way, Bihar still seems set to deter us: there’s a dangerous night drive on dark, narrow roads straight out of a Hitchcock film, followed by a 30km traffic jam the next morning. The curious locals make it all worth it, however, our conversations with them might not have happened were we not rattling across their country in a rickshaw. As we near the dusty town of Ara, our last stop in Bihar before Uttar Pradesh – India’s largest state by population and famous for sights such as the Taj Mahal and Fatehpur Sikri 84

– two teenage boys ride up next to us on their motorcycle, the wind ruffling their silky black hair. “Do you want to ride?” the boy on the back calls out. Citlalli is driving, and I give her a look in one of our side mirrors. “Maybe,” she banters back playfully. “Do you speak Hindi?” they ask, their voices raised above the relentless din of bus horns, lorry motors, and the bleating of cows. I answer this time, leaning my head around the rickshaw. “No. We don’t.”

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“Then how do you survive here?” My eyes meet Citlalli’s again. It is an excellent question. Days 7-8: Lost in the Holy City Matt issued us with an important warning: “Don’t drive at night.” Never mind that our headlight only emits a faint glow, but the roads themselves are rarely lit, and objects – whether a lorry, cow, stray dog or person – can suddenly appear right in front of you. But as night falls on our seventh day on the road, we’re nowhere near our destination: the holy city of Varanasi. We have no choice but to continue; after all, we survived our night drive in Bihar a few days earlier. But this time, there’s another element to contend with – a monsoon-like rainstorm that has us recalling our initial drenched descent from Shillong. Citlalli takes the wheel while a guy from

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another team and I sit in the back, our heads comically poking out each side of the rickshaw. We still haven’t bothered to have our windscreen wiper fixed, and so we’re forced to help Citlalli steer through the darkness. “Cow!” we shout into the wind. “Bicycle! Truck! Child!” I’m wearing a raincoat, and yet it makes little difference – the rain pelts me as strongly as if someone were spraying a garden hose in my face. My clothes, usually pungent with sweat, grease, and oil, are now also sopping wet. But battling the flooded back streets into Varanasi is worth every moment we almost tipped over – we have our first day off in the city, and celebrate having reached the halfway point of our trip. Besides giving our rickshaws a rest and catching up on laundry – which the guesthouse hangs along the street to dry, much to our humiliation – we explore all that we can of India’s religious capital, waking early for a sunrise boat ride along the sacred Ganges River ›› and attending a Ganga Aarti ceremony that evening

Matt Dickens: chief of chaos

The Insider's guide As chief of the Rickshaw Run, Matt Dickens is perhaps most qualified to give advice. Here are his top tips for surviving the race. 1. Take nothing too seriously. “India is a country that if you let it, will put your brain through a mangle and spit it out the other side. Sometimes you need to step back, close your eyes and take a deep breath. When you dare to peel your eyelids open again you might be pleasantly surprised to find yourself with a smile on your face.” 2. Get involved. “The culture shock when visiting India for the first time can be overwhelming. But if you chat, laugh, eat, drink and dance with the locals, you’ll find Indian people are some of the most welcoming and beautiful-souled you will ever meet. Don’t hide yourself from them.” 3. Don’t drive at night. “The roads across most of India can be considerably different to what you’re used to. They might not even be roads. Throw in a 20-tonne truck bearing down with blinding lights and an invisible cow in front of you, and you’re getting close to the abject fear that will grip your heart.” 4. Horny OK please. “Sound your horn at home and the chances of someone getting out and slashing your tyres is relatively high. Not sounding your horn in India is almost on par with this. Use it to say: ‘I’m here, I’m not here, I’m going, I’m coming, hello, I know, I don’t know and I have a horn.’ 5. Wake early. “Sunrise is India at its most calm. Misty roads, watching the country wake up, the smell of early morning fires and quiet(er) roads will greet you like an old friend and add an element of romance to your Rickshaw Run.”

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performed by seven priests. This particular ritual involves a series of fire offerings dedicated to the Goddess Ganga – or Mother Ganga, as she is also known. As billows of pungent, smoky incense waft into the air, I can’t help giving thanks for the 1500km we’ve covered so far. Days 9-12: Racing Through Rajasthan The next 1500km pass in a blur. Our route leads us from Varanasi to Agra, where we park our rickshaws and sprint to the Taj Mahal before sunset, and then to the northwestern state of Rajasthan, India’s largest. Meaning ‘The Land of Kings,’ Rajasthan is arguably best known for its fort cities and their beautiful maharaja palaces – the Pink City of Jaipur, the Blue City of Jodhpur, and finally, the Golden City of Jaisalmer. We share the road into Jaisalmer with herds of bowlegged camels, savouring every last mile before the finish line. Once again I’m filled with disbelief, just as I was 12 days ago in Shillong – this time, though, it is disbelief that we’ve actually made it. Matt is waiting for us when we rattle to a stop for the last time. “You look like you’ve had an adventure,” he says as we walk up to him. And from the grease stains on our T-shirts to the layers of dust and grime coating our rickshaws, we certainly have. ❚

Top to bottom: At the finish line; the Blue City of Jodhpur; motoring through a monsoon

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