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High time for tea The afternoon tea is one of London’s longest-held traditions. Here are our favourite spreads with a twist Words LAURA CHUBB & JADE BREMNER You’d be hard pushed to find anything more quintessentially English than the afternoon tea. Centuries-old tradition, a jolly spiffing slice of cake or two and a brew – no wonder it's never gone out of fashion. But that’s not to say London’s afternoon teas haven’t begun mixing it up a bit for the modern day. We’ve noticed a new wave of twists on the traditional tea sweeping the city, which is why we’ve put together TNT’s ultimate guide to London’s best. Afternoon tea is all about decadence and indulgence, and you don’t get much more sinful than Afternoon Tease!, which serves a side of burlesque with your sponge. Once a month, this saucy event at the Volupté Lounge near Chancery Lane invites you to enjoy a full spread (pardon the pun) while ladies sporting feathers, fans and stockings are on hand to entertain. Tempest Rose, one of Afternoon Tease!’s smoking hot performers, tells TNT: “We encourage our audiences to cheer and stamp their feet whenever they see something they like. The audiences laugh, whoop and get thoroughly entertained.” Each Tease party features a series 8

of naughty shows, during which a bevy of women dance, sing, act and ... um ... improvise. Joining them is seldom frowned upon. As well as burlesque performances to get involved in and finger sarnies and warm scones to stuff down, Afternoon Tease! provides Gateaux Vivants – static nudie ladies dotted about the place, covering their bits with cakes. This is art. Appreciate it. If Afternoon Tease! is London’s naughtiest afternoon tea, then the TeaTox at Brown’s hotel in Mayfair is the one to wash away your sins. Reposition your halo with this healthier take on an afternoon binge, where sandwiches are served on rye bread and flourless chocolate cake makes your scoffing that bit more excusable. “It’s not a lesser option from a deliciousness point of view,” insists Sophie Darley, communications manager at Brown’s. “Anyone eating this alongside a friend who’s tucking into the traditional version of our tea wouldn’t feel left out.” Dishes include smoked mackerel – which is high in health-boosting Omega-3 – served with soft-boiled quail’s egg; smoked chicken and

guacamole on spelt bread (“It’s great for digestion and has a lovely, nutty flavour,” reckons Darley); fruit skewers with yoghurt and honey; and sugarfree orange cake baked with low-fat crème fraîche and smothered with a yoghurt topping. And if you go for the champagne option, you’ll be served a low-calorie Dosnon and Lepage ExtraBrut. Bonus. Super-chef Mark Hix is director of food at Brown’s, and as such the TeaTox is very much focused on seasonality (in keeping with Hix’s food philosophy), giving you yet another reason to feel extra-good and smug. Neither of these tickle your fancy? There are plenty more to tempt you over the page, from a gents’ version with Jack Daniel’s to the Mad Hatter’s. BEST AFTERNOON TEAS ›› Afternoon Tease! Next show March 2, 2.30pm-5pm. £42. Volupté, 9 Norwich Street, EC4A 1EJ Chancery Lane timefortease.co.uk Tea-Tox. Mon-Thur, 3pm-6pm; Fri, 2pm-6pm; Sat-Sun, 12pm6.30pm. £39.50; add £10 for champagne. Brown’s Hotel, Albemarle Street, W1S 4BP Green Park brownshotel.com

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SKETCH AFTERNOON TEA MAYFAIR £34 At Sketch – a space for food, art and music spread over two sprawling floors in an 18th-century building – the tea is as much a feast for the eyes as the tastebuds. Never mind that you’re seated in what very much resembles a fairytale forest (below); beautifully presented macaroons, caviar and quail egg and diddy sandwiches look good enough to, well, eat. The venue is the brainchild of French mega-chefs Mourad Mazouz and Pierre Gagnaire, so expect it to be special. Daily, from 1pm 9 Conduit Street, W1S 2XG Oxford Circus sketch.uk.com

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Prêt-à-Portea KNIGHTSBRIDGE If you’re planning on taking tea during London Fashion Week (Feb 15-19), you couldn’t find a better spot than this, darling. The designer spread changes every six months to follow changing fashion trends, serving up, for example, cakes in the shape of Manolo Blahnik pumps or a Marc Jacobs double-breasted chocolate biscuit blazer. £39

For a homely option, these pretty tea rooms in Hackney (true, ‘pretty’ and ‘Hackney’ rarely go together, but the venue really does smack of countrycute) serve up pots of brew, sandwiches, cakes and scones for just £20 per person, or they’ll chuck in a glass of Prosecco for an extra £3. A deposit of £5 per person is required when booking. £20

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Possibly London’s cheapest afternoon tea, this little stunner in The Fan Museum’s Orangery includes tea/ coffee, cakes and scones, but is so popular you’ll have to book early.

Along with all the usual trimmings, this tea has a USP in that it provides guests with the expertise of England’s first tea sommelier. Seriously. Heaven for tea geeks.

Tue & Sun, 2.30pm & 3.45pm 12 Crooms Hill, SE10 8ER Cutty Sark thefanmuseum.org.uk

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Held within the Courtyard Garden of the uber-posh Sanderson hotel, you’re invited to “tumble down the rabbit hole” for an Alice In Wonderland-themed afternoon (below). Alas, this is strictly without fancy dress or even a host of barmy characters, plumping instead for an exercise in “culinary whimsy”. We think they mean cakes and stuff that they’ve shaped in tandem with the theme. £35

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£16.75 This is a supercheap deal considering the locale: a four-storey Georgian townhouse in the heart of Soho. You can add on extras at a price, such as buttered crumpets for £3, too. Go binge on a budget.

Overlooking some of London’s very prettiest manicured gardens, this genteel affair comes with the best view of anything listed here. In winter, enjoy tea by the fire as you gaze out at the lawns, or go al fresco in summer. And look out for the mulled wine jelly.

Daily, 3pm-6pm 69-71 Dean Street, W1D 3SE Tottenham Court Road deanstreettownhouse.com

Daily, 3pm-4pm Beeston Place, SW1W 0JW Victoria thegoring.com

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THE MODERN PANTRY clerkenwell Being a modern pantry, the spread here looks beyond classic Brit fare to international flavours for inspiration, incorporating the likes of wasabi into its sandwiches and green tea into its scones. We hear the cherry brownies are particularly moreish, too. You can also plump for trendy Caravan coffee over tea. £15

Mon-Sat, 3pm-5pm 47-48 St John’s Square, EC1V 4JJ Barbican themodernpantry.co.uk

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CLARIDGE’S AFTERNOON TEA MAYFAIR £40 Continually winning awards from the prestigious Tea Guild, this is as good as tradition gets. Served on fine china in the hotel’s Foyer and Reading Room (below), you can expect the usual finger sandwiches and pastries, but done to absolute perfection. There are also 40 types of tea to choose from and freshly baked apple and raisin scones with clotted cream. Reserve well in advance. Daily at 1pm, 3pm, 3.30pm, 5pm or 5.30pm Brook Street, Mayfair, W1K 4HR Bond Street claridges.co.uk

This elegant Cantonese restaurant’s take on tea (below) is as refreshing a deviation from the norm as it is utterly delicious. The likes of prawn and spinach dumplings and deep-fried black cod rolls kick things off, with a light crispy duck salad and then an egg tart with mango and sago cream rounding the afternoon out. It’s £20 for two people, or a reasonable £28 with two glasses of champers. £20

GENTLEMEN’S AFTERNOON TEA CENTRAL LONDON Think afternoon tea is all about girls nibbling tiny sandwiches and quaffing bubbly? Man up at this gents’ version, a red meat feast of steak, roast beef and Yorkshire pudding, mini-burger, lamb hotpot and rabbit, rounded off with chocolate fudge cake, a tankard of Jack Daniel’s and a cigar. Natch. £50

Daily, 12pm-5pm 101 Buckingham Palace Road, SW1W 0SJ Victoria grandimperiallondon.com

Daily, 3pm-5pm Sanctum Soho Hotel, 20 Warwick Street, W1B 5NF Piccadilly Circus sanctumsoho.com

Athenaeum AFTERNOON TEA mayfair £29.50 Winner of the Tea Guild's best tea in 2012, and with a 'living wall' of plants to look at. Obvs.

The gorgeous garden view makes this tea – be sure to ask for a seat on the Wood Deck if visiting in summer.

Daily, 12.30pm-7pm 16 Piccadilly, W1J 7BJ Piccadilly Circus athenaeumhotel.com

Daily, 12pm-6pm 15 Montague Street, WC1B 5BJ Russell Square montaguehotel.com

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Designed by fourtime winner of 'Britain's Best Chocolatier' William Curley and his Japanese wife Suzue, this special twist on tea includes cakes and desserts with notes of wasabi, jasmine, yuzu and green tea running through them. There's also a selection of Japanese teas and infusions to choose from. Must be booked 48 hours in advance.

Set in the archetypal British stately home environment – and overlooking Hyde Park, no less – the Park Room and Library at the Grosvenor House offers a rose-themed tea with rosé wine (for an extra tenner), rose-flavoured cream on your scones, rose-flavoured cakes and the rare Golden Rose Heart tea.

On the second floor of the Fenwick department store, this glam restaurant is girlie style heaven, with its huge silver cocktail bar, shelves of fashion books and oversized perfume bottles decorating the walls. You can enjoy modest tea and scones for £8.50 or, for a tenner more, go for the full sandwiches, scones and cakes spread.

Daily, 3pm-5pm Halkin Street, SW1X 7DJ Hyde Park Corner comohotels.com/thehalkin

Daily, 2pm-6pm Park Lane, W1K 7TN Marble Arch parkroom.co.uk

Daily, from 3pm 63 New Bond St, W1A 3BS Oxford Circus rhubarb.net/venues/bond-brook

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vintage afternoon tea marylebone ’The best of British’ is offered at this stylish extravaganza at the Reform Social & Grill, itself modelled on classically dapper English gentlemen’s clubs. There’s a selection of six fancies and four sarnies to tuck into, with ingredients sourced from around the British Isles, and more loose-leaf teas than you can gently shake a dainty china cup at. £26.50

Mon-Fri, 3pm-5.30pm; Sat & Sun, 12pm-5.30pm Mandeville Place, W1U 2BE Bond Street reformsocialgrill.co.uk

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A grimy hipster hangout with a strong whiff of a musty charity shop, rusty fittings and a sticky carpet. However, in a city rammed to the gills with generic chain pubs offering an authentic ‘ye olde British pub’ experience with phony antique decor, it’s a happy contrast. Plus, it’s probably one of the only small pubs in London where you can see acts such as Skrillex playing a set in the back room – a cave-like enclave – as well as some of the best up-and-coming UK indie rock bands, promoted by the likes of Rough Trade records. Quite often these gigs are free, just make sure you get there early so you don’t get the view of the back of someone’s hairy neck, or a spot in a darkened corridor. It’s the definition of a student dive pub. If you’re looking for a pleasant place for a social beer, there are more appealing options, even in Dalston. But for musos and scenesters, it’s the place to be. THE GRUB Their pie and mash (£6.50) is a welcome return for winter, while the carvery with all the trimmings is a treat on Sundays (£8.50). Also try a Hank’s Chicago-style hot dog (£7.50 with a bottle of craft ale on Saturday and Sunday). THE SCENE

Amstel, Heineken, Belhaven Stout on tap; Sam Adams by the bottle. Beers from £4 a pint; wine from £4 a glass. VERDICT With the benefit of some of the best intimate indie gigs in London, The Shacklewell Arms is essential for live music fans. DAN THORNE BEHIND THE BAR BILL PLEASE

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It’s Pancake Day on Tuesday, so forget breaking eggs in your own kitchen and try some of London’s best. The blueberry pancakes with streaky bacon (£9) here make a sublime brunch ‘til 11.30am every day of the week.

This brilliant pancake house in Holborn serves up platesized pancakes that are topped like pizzas. Our fave is the Amsterdammer, which comes with sauteed apple, smoked bacon and maple syrup for £7.95.

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KENSINGTON CREPERIE Try crepes of every calibre here, from the healthy chicken and veg option to sinful hazlenut and chocolate cream, or the quirkier chicken tandoori. All crepes are £3-£8.50. kensingtoncreperie.com

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Wood-warm charm: suburban simplicity found in East Putney

TRIM TIPPLES London Fashion Week (February 15-19) needn’t mean taking a break from fun to concentrate on your figure. Those thoroughly decent folks at Drake & Morgan have put together a collection of calorie-conscious cocktails for would-be supermodels keen on having a good time. You can bag all three of the special drinks (Negroni Campbell, Berry Hall and Heidi Plum) for £18.95 at either The Refinery on Bankside, The Parlour in Canary Wharf, The Anthologist and The Folly in the City and The Drift on Bishopsgate. Valid until the end of LFW. Cheers! drakeandmorgan.co.uk

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FLIPPIN’ GOOD FUN Get silly for a good cause this week at Greenwich Market, which is holding a series of Pancake Day races to raise money for Macmillan Cancer Support. Try sprinting with frying pan in hand from 1pm on Tuesday, February 12 – teams of four can sign up for a £5 donation. Fancy dress is encouraged and you could win some kick-ass kitchenware. Plus there are pancakes on sale all day. Email annarakitina@ grenhosp.org.uk to register. shopgreenwich.co.uk

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PANCAKE POETRY Talking of Pancake Day, one of our favourite crepe-centric menus this Tuesday comes courtesy of The Water Poet in Spitalfields. Try their stilton, broccoli and Meantime Pale Ale option (£7.50 with side salad) for something totally unique, or get sweet on the warm rhubarb and amaretto frangipane with, in their own words, “proper thick custard” (£6). Yum.

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This smart-looking gastro pub, a newly renovated former coaching inn, sits on the cusp of Richmond Park in west London and is a stone’s throw from Putney High Street. In such a semi-secluded location, with its suburban charm and green spaces all around, it’s easy to forget you’re actually a 10-minute walk from a Tube station. Grand from the outside, it’s split into bar and dining areas within, with a wood-warm decor that is hearty but never imposing or overly fussy. The grub Gastro fare usually means pub grub with inflated prices, but The King’s Head manages to combine an element of flair in its menu while still being affordable. So no prawn cocktail to start here, but there is a Hampshire venison carpaccio with horseradish and chicken, and a ham hock and pistachio terrine. We opt for the scallops and black pudding fritter, which is a tad underwhelming – it’s beautifully presented but lacking that knockout flavour combination. The accompanying haddock smokey with poached hen’s egg and toasted soldiers (that’s toast to you and I) makes up for this – it’s a gluttonous, creamy treat my date and I end up going halves on so we can both enjoy it (a choice made by her rather than me). For mains we opt for the tried and tested fish and chips (or beer battered haddock and triple cooked chips, we’re told) and bangers and mash. Again, half of our choice is spot on: the fish is generous and flavourful and the chips are crispy and fluffy, but the simplicity of the ‘London bangers’ component of the other dish leaves us longing for a little bit more spark. The satisfying cheese board and chocolate truffle dessert sends us home on a belly-filled high, though. THE SCENE

We have a bottle of the Domaine Condamine l`Eveque cabernet merlot from the varied wine list, with spirits, beers and Young’s ales on offer, too. Bill please Starters from £4.50; mains from £9; desserts from £4. Wine from £4.30 (by the glass) and beers from £3.80 a pint. verdict An easygoing and unassuming night out that doesn’t break the bank. AM Behind the bar

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ALASDAIR MORTON FOR THE RECORD The music industry changes rapidly, in case you hadn’t noticed, which made the news last week that Sony is to stop producing MiniDisc players a retrotinged surprise. Not in a ‘shame to see them go’ way, but because no one thought they were still making them at all. MD players arrived in 1992, at an unfortunate time in portable music players’ history. Their scaling down of the CD Walkman found fans among media pros but they never caught on with the public, despite their Reefsoundtracked TV ad. Then music consumption changed, with the arrival of the iPod (no disc space needed) and latterly streaming services. So RIP MD, you will live on in the memories of the precious few who ever bought one, but are unlikely to make a cassette-style comeback – you won’t be adorning cool T-shirts anytime soon. You weren’t here long enough in the first place and sadly, you will not be missed much either.

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This annual benefit gig for the War Child charity, which helps children around the world affected by conflict, has landed one of its biggest headliners in recent years for this month’s event – none other than stadium-shredding megastars Muse are set to touch down in west London. The trio of Devon-born boys have, in the space of six albums, become the biggest band on the planet. And deservedly so. They’re in the middle of a global arena tour in support of their sixth release, the ambitious and bombastic The 2nd Law, with Matt Bellamy and co. slated to play Wembley Stadium this summer. Before then, though, fans will get the chance to see them in the far more intimate surrounds of the 2000-capacity Shepherd’s Bush Empire, a chance that doesn’t come along all that often, if ever. Never ones to shy away from grandstanding, epic future-rock, Muse have built on their impressive debut, Showbiz, with its subsequent follow-ups to amass a catalogue packed with global smash singles including Plug In Baby, New Born, Time Is Running Out and The 2nd Law lead Madness. Nothing is too big for the band, no idea too OTT, as evidenced by their current tour’s unveiling of a giant upside down pyramid that descends during the performance and rotates into different positions. Now that’s the sort of show even U2 in their giant cocktail glass heyday would have bowed down to. So expect a laser-filled, hit-laden show of monolithic proportions. And remember to dig deep! Shepherd’s Bush

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Half of Angus And Julie Stone goes it alone sans little sis as he takes his heartfelt acoustic tunes from the recent solo sojourn Broken Brights and 2007’s Smoking Gun out on the road. You’d be a fool to bet against him dipping into the duo’s much adored back catalogue of folk-blues, too.

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Spanish DJ and producer Coyu’s Barcelona-based Suara Records take centre stage this week, with the label head bringing along Ramon Tapia and Zombie Disco Squad for the ride. The likes of Jay Deep, Jason Smythe, Long & Harris and Lukas Greenberg will be turning up the heat across the four rooms of electro-techno-house heaven.

The turntablist terror, known as Andy Carthy to others, plays his 16th consecutive show in his residency at Camden’s classy Koko with a five-hour DJ set. He’ll be delving into his vault of sounds to bring you hip-hop, disco, electro, indie, house, reggae, funk – basically a what’swhat of music. Unrelentingly eclectic.

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The Sacramento noisemongers quickly outgrew the nu-metal tag they were lumped with in the late-Nineties as they expanded their sound to take in gothic soundscapes and electronic flourishes, only with Chino Moreno’s piercing howl. They’re back in London with last year’s record Koi No Yokan in tow.

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The Kiwi garage rock kings return to the capital to play this low-key show. The scruffed-up foursome hit the charts with Harmonic Generator back in the early-Noughties and have been beavering away, cranking out the riffs – fifth and most recent album Death Rattle Boogie was out last October – and touring the world ever since.

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the history of apple pie The buzz so far This up-andcoming five-piece mix Teenage Fanclub’s jingle and jangle, with the blissed-out atmosphere of My Bloody Valentine (before they started layering 25-guitar tracks on each song) and plenty of alt-rock weight behind Stephanie Min’s melodic vocals. Sure, it’s a dopey sounding name but, then again, so is Arctic Monkeys, and look how much harm it did them. The Critics say“One of the most exciting bands of the moment” ArtWednesday.com the plug Debut LP Out Of View is out now through Marshall Teller Records. They play Old Blue Last, Feb 19. FREE EC2A 3ES Old Street thehistoryofapplepie.com

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The Tasmanian-born singer-songwriter on his debut album Shadowman, his humanitarian drive and meeting Johnny Cash in the afterlife

INTERVIEW ALASDAIR MORTON

You’ve described debut Shadowman as “15 years in the making” – how so? Most of the time when you come to record you put down a compilation of your songs, and it is a representation of who you are at that time in your life. But for me it’s about reaching into a catalogue of past experiences, and trying to piece together who I am in my life. What have your experiences been? The album is happening at the proper time when things are coming together – a lot of my work is to do with young people and communities, and at its heart it’s about identity and culture and what is going on in day-to-day life. Is it quite personal too? It’s got both, there is personal stuff, my experiences with love, but I co-wrote lead single Heart Of Gold with a young guy who worked with me on [2011] documentary film project Drive, about young men who were dying in single vehicle car crashes [the biggest cause of deaths among 10 to 24-year-old males worldwide]. This guy had seen me and my mates play and just started learning. We were jamming one day and I said, “I like that”, and we wrote the song. It’s about coming of age as a young guy. The song Shadowman is about dying, the afterlife, coming back to life and karma. There is a highwayman journey about meeting Johnny Cash in the afterlife and getting his advice – I call it cosmic country. It sounds a spiritual record – do you consider yourself a spiritual person? I have studied philosophy and have been through a lot of experiences with people I’ve met. There are so many different religions and philosophies and they all share commonalities. That is what songwriting is, the best songs are the ones where people go, “That’s me!” We all have things in common, more than we don’t have things in common. And you recorded it at the famous Abbey Road Studios ... Yeah, we just did a session there with a couple of young people from [disability school] Stepping Stones, who were interested in music performance and production. My view is you

Tel-ing it like it is: singersongwriter Telen Rodwell should give young people the opportunity to engage and learn. And what better place? Community building COINS Foundation co-founder Larry Sullivan has been a big supporter ... He’s very positive and supportive and pushed me. In the CD sleeve I say, “Thank you for giving me somewhere and nowhere to hide.” We met when I came to the UK – my brother married his daughter. We got talking and found shared interests. He was interested in me as a filmmaker helping generate material around his foundation work. He was going to Haiti – he works with housing charity Habitat For Humanity – and asked if I wanted to cover it. It was out there that you played in front of him for the first time ... Former US President Jimmy Carter was involved, and [country musicians] Garth Brooks and Trisha Yearwood were volunteering too. One night somebody fished out an old, clangy guitar. I got up and played and got a good response. I’d done the odd open mic here and there, but I’d never really got round to performing otherwise. His philosophy is, “If you have wealth and success, share it.” Is that yours too? We come from a different place but we definitely agree with the fact that whatever skills or

wealth you have, whatever it is you’re good at, then share that. If you don’t give your gift to the world you’re just robbing the world of it. What has fuelled your sense of social injustice, do you think? I wanted to become someone I wish I’d met when I was a teenager. My experiences have taken me through a lot of disability support work with every age of person and somewhere in the middle I crossed into film. I made my first short film, The Toy Tub, with a guy who was a quadriplegic. I was supporting him as a carer. He had an interest in multimedia – he used a computer with a mouth stick – and we made this short and it won the first festival I entered, The Other Film Festival in Melbourne, for films made by, with or about people with disability. Where do you want to be in 12 months? I really like the crossovers: music is great but it is important to practice what you preach. If I’m encouraging people to express themselves creatively I have to be doing that, too. If you can record at a mega-studio like Abbey Road and combine it with young people gaining skills and experience it doubles the value. It’s not just me and my music – it becomes much more. Heart Of Gold is out March 4, and Shadowman follows this spring

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Reel love: Paul Rudd and Leslie Mann are dysfunctional and piss funny in Judd Apatow’s newbie

this is 40 FILM review by Michael Gadd Starring: Paul Rudd, Leslie Mann, Maude and Iris Apatow | 15 | 133mins | Out Feb 14

a good day to die hard FILM Starring: Bruce Willis, Jai Courtney, Mary Elizabeth Winstead | TBC | 97mins

Bruce Willis is back doing what he does best – kicking ass as tough-guy everyman cop John McClane, who’s seemingly got ever more grumpy with each passing film. This time he teams up with estranged son Jack (Aussie rising star Courtney) to combat some Russian heavies and save the world. On general release February 14

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Knocked Up may have grown up in age in this spin-off, but thankfully the gags haven’t. Writer, producer and director Judd Apatow doesn’t divert from his stock in trade with myriad flawed characters, a combo of the dry, absurd and crude (anyone who doesn’t like a fart joke is a liar), and centring it all on their relationships. It’s five years since Seth Rogen and Katherine Heigl had a kid following an improbable drunken shag, but they’re nowhere to be seen. Support crew Pete (Rudd) and Debbie (Mann) are the focus now – Pete’s started a (failing) record label and Debbie’s opened a shop (a major failure if not for her sales hottie Megan Fox). They’re still trying to remember why they like each other in the presence of hilarious kids Sadie and Charlotte, Apatow and Mann’s real offspring Maude, 14, and Iris, 10, the older going through puberty and a Lost obsession while the younger’s almost as off-beat cute as Outnumbered’s Ramona Marquez. Their 40th birthdays scare Debbie into an attempt to make their lives better – out with gluten, ciggies, sugar and technology – with predictable yet side-splitting results. Mammograms and colonoscopies shouldn’t be this funny. Melissa McCarthy (Bridesmaids) almost steals the show as a school mother, and cops one of the great i-Insults like a champ. Parenting issues also come with parental troubles (Debbie’s absent dad, a deadpan John Lithgow, and Pete’s too present mooching old man, Albert Brooks). But as always, gags come from everywhere and everyone, and don’t worry, just when you think it’s getting a bit real that’s the cue for a clanger. Good for: A proper laugh at yourself. Not just for the near-middle-aged or the V-Day crowd.

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If you go and see a show with a title such as this, then you’ll be expecting absurd, unbridled silliness, and Canadian stand-up Law provides this, but he is also no fool. His comedy is laced with a biting wit, self-deprecation and awareness to make him a performer unlike any other. Definitely one not to miss. Soho Theatre W1D 3NE. Feb 18-Mar 2. £12.50+ Tottenham Court Road sohotheatre.com

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The history of cut flowers is the focus here, and opening on Valentine’s Day it couldn’t be more timely. Did you know Covent Garden was integral to the blooming of the flower trade? Spare a thought for that bunch of roses you grab hastily on the way back from the Tube this week – they’ve come a long way to your loved one.

Writer Ian Watson’s programme notes say it’s “a challenge trying to explain what Lift is about” and, though promising, this short new musical – about a love-struck busker who imagines the lives of his fellow passengers in a Covent Garden Tube station lift – is muddled, earnest and overblown. LK

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Soho Theatre 41 Dean Street, W1D 3NE. Until Feb 24. £19.50 Tott Crt Rd sohotheatre.com

jamie kilstein What the show about? It’s for the outcasts and misfits. I love comedy that sticks up for the little guy instead of dudes who think they’re edgy so they make fun of girls who’ve been raped. No audience is thinking, “You know who’s had it too good for too long? Rape survivors!” It’s also about atheists, vegans, feminists, anti-war activists, Occupy Wall Street, anything that wouldn’t be in the Daily Mail, leftwing racism and guilt.

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Is comedy too mainstream? Yeah, not as much in the UK because being a comic is the final goal. In America everyone wants to be in commercials or be the next Charlie Sheen – a drug addict who beats women then gets a show and millions of dollars!

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Paul Dano is known for being the man who lost his milkshake to Daniel Day Lewis in There Will Be Blood and for conjuring himself a girlfriend out of fiction in the charming Ruby Sparks. Here he plays failing rock wannabe Joby Taylor, who embarks on a road trip to meet his little-seen toddler daughter in this glacially paced, but critically loved indie flick.

It’s all smiles and bonhomie in the staff room at a Cambridge school of English for foreigners in the late Simon Gray’s bleakly funny, socially observant play, until a new principal arrives. It unwraps the unhappiness beneath the superficial smiles with a sensibly toned down Rowan Atkinson as teacher St John Quartermaine. LK

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If you could change one thing in the world what would it be? Kill Charlie Sheen. Sorry. I wish people just had more empathy. When it comes to war, eating animals, treating women shit. All you have to do is put yourself in their shoes for a second before you realise you are being a total dick bag. Jamie Kilstein Soho Theatre, W1D 3NE Feb 18-23. £10+ Tottenham Court Road sohotheatre.com

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TNT’s token single guy: sits in pubs, drinks beer, watches sport, talks for way too long with old blokes at the bar … bizarrely, this doesn’t work


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The ‘heart’ of conversation Team TNT’s only singleton caves into peer pressure and takes a course in pulling. Will his new skills hook him up this V-Day? WORDS MICHAEL GADD

Jumping out of a plane scares the shit out of me, but I’d sooner do that than randomly walk up to an attractive girl, in the street, in broad daylight. I tell this to Doug Haines, co-director of The London School of Attraction, a training initiative that claims to help both men and women find the confidence to, well, pull. I’m getting a crash course in not being such a bloody wimp – or, rather, having the confidence to approach interesting women on the offchance they’re the love of my life, to paraphrase the expert. “Daytime is the most alien time to approach someone, but it’s also the most effective,” Doug explains. He goes on to tell me how to go up to a total stranger – from head-on, not the side, with small but decisive hand gestures. “Girls want to be talked to and guys see someone they’d like to talk to all the time, but do nothing about it,” he says. “A daytime approach has an 80 per cent hit rate.” By ‘hit rate’, Doug means a woman stops, listens and engages, as opposed to throwing coffee in your face or kneeing you in the nuts – as long as you’ve followed the rules. The rules are thus: be friendly (“As if you’ve known them for months”), but not creepy (the tricky bit), acknowledge the weirdness (“I know this seems strange, but ...”), be interesting (“No facts and figures”) and lead the conversation (“Questions are fine but they’re thinking, ‘Why has this guy stopped me?’, so you can’t put pressure on them. Save them for the first date.”). There’s more to this, which Doug’s company structures into three stages – theory (no probs), role play (if we have to) and the field (holy shit!) – which could last days, weeks or months, depending on the client’s needs and bank balance. Before we go on, I should mention that I’m no big fan of PUAs (or ‘pick-up artists’ to themselves) – the kind whose Bible is Neil Strauss’s The Game and who act to get girls into the sack. But seeing as I’m the only singleton in the TNT office and my colleagues all seem to think I’m in desperate need of help (cheers, guys), I go along with it. All of these services say they’re not like the others, and maybe they aren’t, but LSA – which also runs courses for women and corporates – claims to be all about being honest and giving yourself a chance. Tick. And their point of difference is actually tangible, gorgeous and disarmingly friendly – an actress named Hayley Eagles. Big tick. After a theory run-through, I move on to role play with the bubbly Hayley, who can set her response level anywhere from ‘one’

(a married mother of seven on her way to pick up the kids from school) to ‘10’ (totally up for it). Not going too easy on me, Doug asks her to go for a ‘six’, before I have to stand and strike up a conversation as if she was alone at a bar. I’m to

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do most of the talking and “come in at just above her energy level”, for a minute. About 45 seconds of bumbling idiocy later I have a familiar feeling. It’s not that I’m petrified of rejection, it’s just that there are so many reasons to not talk to a girl – she looks busy, is talking to her friends, is too hot for me, has a sign saying “fuck off” on her forehead … OK, it probably is the rejection thing, but Doug reckons he can beat this out of me. His method – try, try and try again, with some new skills – is akin to a boxer getting used to being punched. Even though it’s a false situation, Hayley is still a pretty ››

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Confidence building: seriously, her fake laugh is so damn convincing! girl I don’t want to make a dick of myself in front of. Doug says I do fairly well, but he’s also told me many of his clients aren’t all that “socially calibrated”, so the bar isn’t high. We go again, and again, and the improvement is noticeable in what I dub my “gibber ability”. Doug tells me to be more over the top – “I know that’s hard ‘cos you’re so dry” – and stresses it’s just an exercise in taking a chat from small talk into a proper interaction. He reiterates that it doesn’t matter what I say, but thoughts, feelings and the bizarre is way better than facts and figures. This will “bring out my personality”. What follows is a rant about butterfly farms freaking me out (referring to artwork in the room, and true) and about how I once got bitten by a dingo (also true, but not as cool as it sounds). Apparently I nailed it. I even convince myself I made Hayley laugh properly a couple of times (which means they nailed it). This can go on for hours for a proper client, with Hayley getting him used to being shut down and Doug advising on how to keep a conversation going or turning it into a coffee date. I can see how this works and like that it’s not about lines, but building up the courage to fail and creating opportunities to meet women you otherwise wouldn’t without gimmicks.

At this point, Doug would take a client out in “the field” to make use of the confidence built with Hayley, and with his moral support. I promise to give it a go later. Hayley tells me to remember any rejection is more “about their situation than anything you’ve done. So you can’t take it personally”. Sure. I was lying when I said I’d try it, but the more I think about it, the more I wonder, why not go to the effort of talking to more strangers who aren’t the old dudes I tend to make friends with at the pub? So the next day, instead of earphones and the paper, I say a nervous “Hi” to two stunners on the Tube. Result? Awkward smiles and eyes back to the Kindle. No harm no foul, I guess. Then I compliment a quirky cutie on her fluffy boots and 20 minutes fly by. This is fun. The street is a bust. The one time I try the patented front-on approach, the ‘target’ takes a curved line around me before an old lady asks if I’m OK. “It’s difficult but, if you persist, the rewards will be huge,” comes the pep talk from Doug. “Be open and talkative to everyone you meet. Make an effort to engage them and it won’t be a big jump talking to new women.” Not as scary as plunging out of a plane anyway. More on London School of Attraction at lsattraction.com

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WINE TASTING DATING: Now, this sounds more like it. Grape Vine Social’s dating with wine tasting events are on regularly throughout London, and provide singletons with that all-important Dutch courage as a matter of course. You’ll taste six wines and meet 20 dates, with small groups spending 15 minutes together tasting a vino before moving onto the next group/ wine. As the organisers say, “it’s a matter of taste”. Next event on Feb 14 in Holborn, tickets £39. More at grapevinesocial.com.

WINK LONDON: This new initiative looks to take the one-on-one jitters out of dating by throwing parties for singles that you can go along to with your mates. Strength in numbers, right? There are party games to get you mingling but, perhaps most important of all, the sociable element is intended to take the pressure off. The next event, ‘Nautical But Nice’, is a yacht party at Temple Pier on March 13. Tickets cost from £13 and sexy sailor outfits are encouraged. What could go wrong? See winklondon.com.

SPEED HATING: The brains behind ace club night Feeling Gloomy – an extended wallowing session for miserable Morrissey fans – bring you speed hating on February 13. It’s just like speed dating, only you have to moan about things you dislike instead of spending a few minutes trying to sound interesting. Cathartic, and you might even meet a fellow grumpy soul to whinge with for the rest of your life. Tickets are £11, and the event is at The Phoenix on Cavendish Square. More info at feelinggloomy.com.

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SPEED SKATING: As if speed dating weren’t daunting enough a premise, lovestruck.com is inviting would-be lovers to fall for each other – possibly quite literally – on ice. The event, at Broadgate Ice Rink on Valentine’s Eve, gives singles three 30-minute skating sessions to get to know each other. So, whether you’re confident on blades or are looking for someone to help you balance, this could work for you. Tickets cost £5 and the evening is on from 6.30pm to 9.30pm. See lovestruck.com.


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Iyengar yoga Winter got you feeling stiff and hunched? Bent spines can get some respite at Yoga Junction, where instructor Tessa teaches the ancient practice of Iyengar yoga, as first put forth by the eponymous yogi, BKS Iyengar. Tessa uses plenty of props, including fat bolster cushions, belts, blocks, blankets, chairs and dangling ropes. Though some poses are challenging (personally, our headstands have never been very strong), all these tools ensure your body is supported at every stage. Unlike at other studios, where teachers can sometimes leave students to flounder, Tessa is constantly correcting poor form. The class starts by laying on a bolster for several minutes to help open up the spine. While we held various positions for several minutes, the class never felt overly strenuous. Still, we were surprised the next day to find ourselves sore (in a good way). The class works, as we also noticed a discernible difference in our usually atrocious posture. Classes are Friday, 10am1.30pm and 12.05pm-1.20pm. £12. 93a Weston Park, N8 9PR yogajunction.co.uk Finsbury Park; Turnpike Lane Haringey; Hornsey

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Bizarre beauty Looking good has never been so ... strange. We check out some of the city’s odder spa treatments Words Daisy Carrington

The connection between oddity and beauty may seem fairly recent but it’s a fact divas have a long history of going to strange lengths to look good – do you think it was normal for Cleopatra to bathe in asses’ milk? Then again, it seems like some of London’s spas have taken things even more out there. The below treatments are not for squares.

Best for... Foot fetishists Chavutti Thirumal has its origins in Kerala, India (like all good holistic treatments it seems). The masseuse uses her feet to rub the back, legs and arms, meanwhile balancing from a rope to control pressure. The idea is that the practitioner can achieve longer strokes that go more deeply into the tissue. PRICE: £85-£95 for 90 minutes. WHERE: Natureworks, 16 Balderton Street, W1K 6TN. natureworks.net

Best for... Lewis Carroll fans Therapists begin the Soundbath treatment by proffering a “wonder box”, which belches out smoke and reveals a small vial that reads

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“drink me”, and a tiny chocolate mushroom. The actual therapy involves having tuning forks ringed near the ears and on the body, the idea being that certain tones and vibrations help us achieve balance. Clients also get wafted with feathers. At the end, in a move more evocative of witch doctors than high-end spas, the therapist shakes a bamboo filled with rice above their clients. PRICE: £65 for 60 minutes. WHERE: Lush Spa, 123 Kings Road, SW3 4PL. lush.co.uk

Best for... Tolstoy fans Russians, as we all know, are a tough bunch. It’s no wonder then that their version of a relaxing spa ritual is getting hit with tree branches. In reality, the practice is gentler than most deep-tissue massages, and helps to promote better circulation and release toxins. The K Spa’s Venik Massage gives a taste of Russian respite. The treatment includes a birch beating, plus a frolic in both the sauna and snow room (yes, said room is actually blanketed in powder). PRICE: £30 for 30 minutes.

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Chavutti Thirumal, available at Natureworks: “Foot rub? That’s not what I was expecting” WHERE: K West Hotel & Spa, Richmond Way, W14 0AX. k-west.co.uk

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You know anything called a geisha facial is sure to be exotic, and this treatment is doubly so. It starts with exfoliation using silkworm cocoons and is followed up with a mask made of nightingale droppings (don’t worry, the stuff is sterilised and mixed with a rice bran moisturising cream). The treatment has its origins in Japan and Posh Spice swears by it. The Beauty Bloom by Kinga is one of the few beauticians to offer the treatment in London. The best bit? She’ll come to you. PRICE: £90 for 80 minutes. thebeautybloom.com

Best for... Trekkies The Chuan Spa has a special mini-massage for anyone battling droopy lids. Clients are treated to a range of eye ointments meant to de-puff and smooth out the area before donning the specially designed Thalgo eye massage mask – a futuristic contraption that puts us in mind of Star Trek’s Geordi La Forge or Cyclops from X-Men. The mask uses air pressure to hit key acupressure points. Hey Scotty, beam up those crow’s feet. PRICE: £35 for 15 minutes. NEXT WEEK WHERE: Chuan Digital detox: Spa, 16 Portland TNT tries to lock up Place, W1B 1JA. the smartphone chuanspa.com

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top treatment: CACI Facial In addition to all the usual facial accoutrements – moisturising, exfoliation and a “sounds from the rainforest” background track – Dove Spa’s CACI facial goes a step further. The beautician massages your face with two prongs that send electric currents to any trouble spots. The skin gets tighter, and fine lines and scars become less visible. You don’t actually feel the current, though we did taste it (just a wisp of nickel flavour). £57.50 for an hour.

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House-sitting lets you try before you ‘buy’ into an area of London Deciding where to live in London can make or break your experience of the city. Weighing up rents, transport links, and the speed with which you need to make the decision can produce mixed results – some of you may get lucky and end up in your perfect ‘hood; others will languish on the outskirts of London and never really know its heart. The solution? Why not try house-sitting, which lets you get to know an area without signing on a dotted line first.

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Period property: “For free? Yes please!” housem8.com to help similar-minded folks. “We’ve had some incredibly romantic stays,” says Hill, who along with Linda has looked after more than 80 homes. He says this has afforded them some amazing adventures. “One of the best times we had was when we got snowed into a complex in the Pyrenees for three months,” he remembers. “It was a bit like The Shining, except I didn’t spend the day writing ‘All work and no play makes Jack a dull boy.’ Really, though, it was quite romantic.” Hill and his partner have also looked after a winery in Bergerac, a Spanish villa that doubled as a deer sanctuary and several celebrity homes (nondisclosure agreements means he can’t tell us which ones).

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Getting started Do your research As with any venture you undertake for the first time, research is the key. Peruse listings on websites such as mindmyhouse.com and trustedhousesitters.com, and read through various forums to get a sense of what to expect. For a step-by-step guide, Tom Hill sells a downloadable ebook on his site, housem8.com.

Mind a tipi: house-sits can come in all shapes The catch While house-sitting can allow you to get to know an area before settling on it and even see the world, it’s not without its drawbacks. “Make no mistake, house-sitting is a lot of responsibility,” Hill warns, “but the good definitely outweighs the bad.” It’s especially enjoyable for animal lovers, as 80 per cent of homes come with at least one pet. “It can be a lot of hard work, especially if the pets involved are problematic, and most often they are,” he says. “Think of it this way: most owners will put their dogs in a kennel when they leave town. It’s the troublesome dogs that don’t get put in kennels.” Hill notes that the properties involved are also often demanding, and if anything goes wrong – say a tree falls or the electricity stops working – it’s your responsibility as the house sitter to sort it out. “Some people think it’s desperately romantic but, in truth, you’re not doing nothing all day,” Hill explains. “You can’t just leave the place unattended for a night.”

Paid or unpaid? There are several websites dedicated to matching homeowners with house-sitters that have varying opinions on whether to charge for the service or if it should be free. One advantage to not charging is that should anything happen to the house while you’re looking after it, you won’t be held financially responsible, as long as you’re not at fault. If you do charge a fee, getting

liability insurance is an absolute must. “If, say, a house burns down in the middle of your stay, if you charged the homeowner, either they could sue you, or the insurance company could sue you for negligence,” Hill says. If and how much you charge also depends on the amount of animal care involved. Hill reckons that the more you’re required to do as a house-sitter, the more you should be compensated. He bases his own fees on what it would cost to kennel a dog. “If you have two dogs and a cat, it would cost £35 a day to put them in a kennel, so we’ll charge £40 a day and say, look, for an extra £5 you get security for your house.” Hill does warn that house-sitting isn’t a full-time solution, as assignments are too unpredictable and oddly spaced to provide any security. It can’t replace a full-time job, either: “Even if you get paid, you’re never going to make enough to pay the bills and feed yourself,” he says.

Start small Don’t go for the big, unruly properties the first time you housesit. Rather, look for a listing with a manageable number of pets to look after (like, say, one). This is a good way to figure out if house-sitting is for you, while also building your professional references. Meet up Hill very much advocated meeting the homeowner beforehand, preferably in person or, at the very least, over Skype to ensure you’re a good fit. “You’re doing business together,” he notes. “It’s important to make sure you like each other and can get along.” Get it in writing You’ve landed the assignment? Now make sure everything – from your rates, to the dog’s feeding schedule, to instructions for the remote control – is in writing. Hill insists that no detail is too small to be written out and agreed to by both parties.

Is it for you? As a one-off, just about anybody can housesit. But, Hill warns, not everyone’s cut out for it full-time. “Don’t think about it if you have kids, a regular job, or have a normal life with normal debts,” Hill says. “If you freelance, and NEXT WEEK can work from Boozy jobs: how to anywhere, it’s a lot make a living from easier to pull off.” liking a drink housem8.com tntMagazine.com

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Come here often?: Camilla, Duchess of Cornwall receives a traditional Maori welcome, a hongi, from New Zealand artist Rosanna Raymond, during a reception for finalists and past winners of ‘New Zealander and Australian of the Year’ at Clarence House in London

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Not content with making a comeback at birthday parties, bouncy castles can add saving lives to their repertoire. This was demonstrated when a paraglider got trapped in a tree over the weekend. The 27-year-old woman became tangled in branches about 16 metres off the ground in Bright, Melbourne. The police search and rescue team inflated a bouncy castle under the tree while a crane was arranged to bring her down. She was then slowly lowered to safety four hours later. And it wasn’t even her birthday, lucky girl. tweets of the week @AngryBritain So now the gays have won the #EqualMarriage vote, what’s next – the right to take their spouses speeding points? @ChribHibble You know, Beyonce, I’m inclined to agree. I don’t think I *am* ready for your jelly. @Cain_Unable Chris Huhne – capitalise on having a career going downhill fast while avoiding penalty points by becoming a slalom skier.

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Parisian women have been flouting the law for two centuries! Last week, ministers in France scrapped a 200-year-old law banning women from wearing trousers. The law was put into place as an anti-revolutionary measure. French revolutionaries wore trousers, as opposed to the knee-length culottes, favoured by the bourgeoisie. The law was introduced 38

when women rebels started following suit. The law required women to ask the police special permission to “dress as men”. Najat Vallaud-Belkacem, minister for women’s rights, said: “This ordinance is incompatible with the principles of equality between women and men, which are listed in the Constitution, and in France’s European commitments.”

‘goht abe’ – staff go ape for danish australia

Brisbane’s Alma Park Zoo staff have been practising their Danish in anticipation of the arrival of their first emporer tamarin monkey. The little primate, named Gomez – in honour of his species’ Colombian heritage – is being transferred to the tropical heat from the snowy confines of Denmark’s

Aalborg Zoo, where the four-year-old has spent its life. To make him feel at home, staff have been putting together a few choice phrases. “‘Goht abe’ basically means good ape, or good monkey,” said zoo curator Heather Hesterman. “He would’ve heard that all the time in Denmark, so it’s just a bit of familiarity.” Dr Hesterman said the language lessons would extend to French within the next few weeks, as Gomez’s intended mate is in quarantine in Brisbane. “She’s from France, so we’ll have to put snails on the menu for her,” he joked.

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Amount, in pounds, an amateur art lover paid for a painting found in a Paris junk shop only to discover it’s worth £35m

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Stewie the cat, the longest domestic feline in the world at more than 1.2 metres long from nose to tail, has died. The moggy was surrounded by family when he succumbed to a year-long battle with cancer at his Reno home. Guinness World Records declared Stewie, aged eight, the record-holder in 2010 – he measured 1.23 metres from the tip of his nose to the tip of his tail. Last month, he attended the International Cat Show in Portland, Oregon. “He did really well at the show, even though he wasn’t feeling totally perfect,” said Valerie Horton, the show’s entry clerk. “He loved being there because he loved the public. He always did.”

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Belgium has launched a new stamp which is bound to delight chocoholics around the world. “We have added a chocolate taste to the glue of the stamps ... which you can taste when you lick it,” the Belgian postal service said. “The stamps are also imbued with the smell,” it said, while the design side carries pictures of chocolate. “It was not easy to get the scent and flavour of the dark chocolate right. In the end, people from Belgium, Germany, the Netherlands and Switzerland all worked on it,” it said. “It is not the first scented stamp

Fine, in pounds, slapped on Rebecca Gallanagh, from Staffordshire, for blinging her criminal tag with fake diamonds

Volts, in thousands, that surged through Tom Sharp’s hand when he hammered an electricity cable in County Durham

Fine, in pounds, given to fisherman Leon Bekker, of South Africa, after hooking and killing a great white shark

Choc stamps: finger-licking good ... but this time it has been combined with a flavour.” The series of five stamps, intended for overseas mail, will cost £5.35 when they go on sale March 25.

DON’T GO HOME, IT’S FAR TOO EXPENSIVE AUSTRALIA

If you’re an Aussie thinking of returning home, think again. Two of the country’s cities have been named among the most expensive in the world to live, with a new report ranking Sydney third behind Japan’s Tokyo and Osaka. The Economist Intelligence Unit worldwide cost of living index 2013 placed Melbourne fifth after Norway’s capital, Oslo. Only a decade ago there weren’t any Australian cities among the top 50. “Australian cities have been rising very quickly up the rankings as economic growth has supported inflation and currency swings to make them costly,” the report says. Best you stay here then.

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Unimpressed: Jemima Khan is no longer giving Julian Assange the thumbs up

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Jemima Khan’s attack on Julian Assange is justified, if poorly worded It was only a matter of time before one of the celebs who put up a lump sum to secure bail for Julian Assange – only for the slippery little bugger to jump it and land them with the bill – got pissed off and spoke out. That celeb is Jemima Khan, part-time journo, socialite and former cricket WAG, who last week said she’s gone from “admiration to demoralisation” over the WikiLeaks affair. No wonder: she got stung for a rumoured £20k thanks to Assange skipping bail and holing up in London’s Ecuadorian embassy for the past eight months. He’s there to dodge extradition to Sweden, where he’s wanted to answer sexual assault charges, which many believe have been trumped up as a ‘holding case’ while the US prepares to prosecute him under the Espionage Act for leaking diplomatic cables. If Khan’s comments didn’t make her look particularly likeable either – she went a bit off-message by branding Assange an “Australian L Ron Hubbard” who might eventually tolerate only “disciples and unwavering devotion” – they did point towards a turn in the tide. That a high-profile figure who stumped up money for Assange has publicly reversed their opinion shows just how sick we’re all getting of his increasingly nauseating ego trip. Here’s a man who likes to paint himself as a martyr for free speech, a selfless crusader who confines himself within the walls of an embassy to stand up for his beliefs. Only, Julian Assange has only proven that his top priority is Julian Assange, even when his inability to face the music risks sparking an international incident (things got a little heated between Ecuador and England when the former granted him diplomatic asylum). If Assange believed in his WikiLeaks cause above all else, he’d accept the consequences – that’s what you do when you fight for something. Instead, he’s hiding like a snivelling little kid who’s pushed things too far and is shitting the punishment. Forget even the naive idealism of Assange’s politics. He’s taken charity from the likes of Khan who backed his ‘beliefs’, only to show how hollow his own attachment is to them. What happened to courage of your convictions? Assange shows no conviction or courage at all. » Agree or disagree? Is Julian Assange actually a brave crusader? letters@tntmagazine.com

More than 900 Aussies died while travelling overseas last year, new official figures show, with illness the major cause of death, as it emerged less than 50 per cent of Australians bothered with vaccinations before going abroad. The Department of Foreign Affairs and Trade found there’d been a 13 per cent rise in the numbers of Aussies dying on holiday since 2011, with diseases such as malaria and dengue fever claiming lives in the likes of Thailand, Vietnam and the Philippines. It seems nothing short of nuts to me that so many lives should be lost so

Malaria and dengue fever claimed lives

unnecessarily. There’s a temptation to feel invincible when setting out on an adventure in the tropics – you wouldn’t do half the crazy shit you get up to when travelling otherwise – but a few simple, responsible precautions can go a long way. I’d rather drop a few quid on a needle in my arm than drop dead, that’s for sure. TNTMAGAZINE.COM

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Time for change Australia should ditch its ‘embarrassing’ views on gay marriage and follow the UK’s lead WORDS CAROL DRIVER

There were cheers from campaigners outside parliament in London on Tuesday night, as MPs inside backed the right of gay couples to get hitched. In what was considered by some to be a highly controversial vote that split David Cameron’s Conservative party, MPs voted 400 to 175 in favour of the Marriage (Same Sex Couples) bill. It put England and Wales firmly on course to join other parts of Europe, the US, Canada, South America and Africa in allowing gay marriage. And it sparked fresh calls for Australian prime minister Julia Gillard and opposition leader Tony Abbott to reconsider their “embarrassing” views against “marriage equality”. Before Tuesday’s free vote, prime minister Cameron said allowing same-sex marriage would “make our society stronger”. He added: “I am a strong believer in marriage. It helps people commit to each other and I think it is right that gay people should be able to get married too. “This is, yes, about equality. But it is also about making our society stronger. I know there are strong views on both sides of the argument – I accept that. But this is an important step forward for our country.” Not all his MPs agreed. More than half voted against the proposed law or abstained. And critics have said it was a humiliating blow for Cameron, who had to rely on the Liberal Democrats and Labour to push through the bill, which must now pass the House of Lords before becoming law. Tory MP Matthew Offord said he was concerned about “where the legislation may lead”. He told the Commons: “The evidence from around the world is that once marriage is redefined with a flexible definition pressure always grows for redefinition.” However, supporters of equal marriage are now calling on Australia’s leaders to follow the UK’s lead and allow same-sex couples to marry. Alex Greenwich, NSW independent MP and gay rights activist, said the outcome of the British vote was “great news”. He added: “It would be 42

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great to see Tony Abbott showing the same leadership on this reform as a Conservative leader. It is embarrassing that Australia now continues to fall behind the rest of the Englishspeaking world when it comes to marriage equality. “I would also say that the vote in the UK proves that civil unions are a failed experiment and that you can’t give equality a different name.” A push for same-sex marriage in Australia was defeated in 2012 when Abbott, opposed to change, refused to allow coalition MPs a conscience vote. Gillard is against gay

Allowing same-sex marriage is ‘logical’

marriage although her Labor party supports changing the Marriage Act. She allowed caucus a conscience vote. During the Australian debate last year, Liberal senator Cory Bernardi was forced to resign as Abbott’s parliamentary secretary after suggesting same-sex weddings could lead to the legalisation of polygamy and bestiality. New Zealand is currently considering gay marriage legislation and will report back to parliament on Februrary 28. If passed, it could be legalised by May 2014. Aussie Peter Tatchell, a leading human rights activist based in London, called on Tony Abbott to follow David Cameron’s direction. He said: “If the British Conservatives can support same-sex marriage why can’t Tony Abbott and the Liberals? “I’m hoping the legislation of gay marriage in Britain will embolden more Australian politicians to take a stand for marriage equality. Discrimination is not an Australian value.”


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Tatchell called the ban on same-sex marriage the last major legal discrimination against gay people. “It’s profoundly offensive to deny same-sex couples who love each other the option of validating that love through the institution of marriage,” he added. As the vote took place on Tuesday night, many took to Twitter to voice their views. Wallabies flanker David Pocock tweeted his support for same-sex marriage. “I believe MPs voting for gay people being able to marry is a step forward for our country,” he posted. “Really disappointed in two major (Australian) parties. So important to make Australia more inclusive and move forward. “Not recognising LGBT relationships through legislation engenders homophobia/transphobia.” Sarah Hanson-Young, Greens Senator for South Australia, posted: “Fabulous news that the Brits will now have #marriageequality. Great leadership from @david_cameron. Long live the Queens of England!” While actor Stephen Fry said: “Whoop 400-175! Now that’s a majority!! A great day in the slow but glorious history of British progress and fairness.” Critics of the proposed law appeared to be in the minority on social media sites – at least in Australia. Although there were some in Britain. “It is a step backward, an open display of rebellion towards God,” British pastor Josh Williamson tweeted about the vote. TNT asked its Facebook followers whether they supported same-sex marriage. Beck Farquhar said: “Just wish Australia would catch up to the UK on its equality laws.” Anupam ‘forgottenglory’ Bansoodeb joked: “Gays should have the right to be unhappy like everyone else!” While Rebecca Clarke simply added: “About bloody time!” Should Australia and New Zealand follow the UK’s lead on gay marriage? Send us your views: letters@tntmultimedia.com

ARE YOU SARRIED? NZ MOOTS NAME CHANGE A New Zealand campaigner has come under fire for urging the country’s parliament to introduce new words to describe same-sex marriage. Russell Morrison said there are “already too many words in our language with multiple meanings”, explaining that “sarry” and “sarriage” should be used to describe same-sex couples. He said it would “make the situation clear for everybody”. Morrison put his proposal to the government administration committee during a hearing on marriage equality legislation. But Australian Marriage Equality’s national convener Rodney Croome said it would alienate gay couples. “What is the point of assigning same-sex couples a different word when ‘marriage’ describes exactly what many same-sex couples already have, a loving, committed, long-term relationship?” Croome said.

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New Brumby: David Pocock

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Look out world rugby, the David Pocock who is already among the best players in the world will undergo “massive improvements” this year, so said his new ACT Brumbies coach Jake White. The sometime Wallabies captain made a high-profile move from the struggling Western Force in the off-season and will line up this week against the Reds in their opening match of the Super 15 season. “The role we expect him to play is a different role to when he had to do everything at the Force,” White said. “He is very good at the breakdown ... but we are trying to add a new dimension to his game, and that’s running lines, supporting lines and sometimes carrying the ball. One of the things people often aren’t aware about him is how quick he really is.” Catch the Brumbies v Reds on Saturday at 8.30am on Sky Sports 3.

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Aussie F1 driver Mark Webber sounded a warning to rivals saying he’s happier than this stage last year with champion Red Bull’s car after two day’s testing. ”I think we are,” he replied when asked if the RB9 was better than 12 months ago. “Less changed on the car, the regulations are a bit more stable, we’re satisfied.”

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He said playing all three forms of the game means players have to be rested. “It (rotating players) is imperative today,” he told News Limited. “When I look back at my day, I know we would not have liked it because we did not play enough games. Today, with the amount of cricket and the different forms of the game, players are in danger of playing too much, particularly when a lot of them want to play three forms of the game.” He said the decision can’t be left up to players, who just want to get out there. “They don’t want to lose part of their income, but if you are out of the game for six months injured, you can lose a lot of income as well,” he said. Critics of the policy have included Brett Lee, Shane Warne and Ian Chappell.

BIG WEEK FOR ... Giant killers are a dime a dozen this year, but Luton Town have come from lower than the lot, the Conference, the fifth tier of English football, to reach Saturday’s fifth round FA Cup clash with Millwall. Manager Paul Buckle’s lads earned their way there with a 1-0 win over Norwich City, the first time a non-league side has beaten a Premier League team in the FA Cup since Sutton beat Coventry in 1989. Catch the game on Saturday from 12.45pm on ESPN.

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QUOTES OF THE WEEK My dog Peanut said “Knock him out” – that’s what I must do

South African boxer Frans Botha quotes his chihuahua ahead of last week’s fight against Sonny Bill Williams

Old friend: Ronaldo turns foe against Man United

PREVIEW TEAM OF STARS AND A STAR TEAM REAL MADRID V MANCHESTER UNITED WEDNESDAY, 7.45PM, SKY SPORTS 1

Real Madrid are struggling by their lofty standards, lagging at third in La Liga behind Barcelona and Athletico, so Manchester United are ready to pounce when they meet in the first of two Champions League legs. The Red Devils are on fire at the moment, streaking ahead of their nearest rivals, neighbours City, and showing form no matter what 11 they put on the park.

Real will be under immense pressure to get something out of this season, while Manchester have more positive ambitions to win the treble, given they remain in the FA Cup too. An extra element to this giant final 16 clash, a shame of a match up really as teams like this should be meeting later on, is Cristiano Ronaldo taking on the club he spent six successful years at. He’s said Real have the “better team” – he has to say that doesn’t he? – but admitted “Manchester are a very united team”. Great team v great players. Classic.

THE CHAT | ‘Widespread’ drug use in Oz sport

Steven Gerrard led them, Jack Wilshere was superb, Theo Walcott ripped Brazil to pieces with his pace and Wayne Rooney is a world-class striker. One-man team? Harry Redknapp gets excited in The Sun after England beat Brazil, with a little dig to Neymar’s pre-match comments

I’m not that naive to think that things don’t happen in clubs. There is no way the coach doesn’t know Australia’s most winning league coach Wayne Bennett on where the buck stops when it comes to systematic drug use

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RUGBY LEAGUE What’s this shit-storm in Oz about drugs in Q sport, match fixing and organised crime? Australian Crime Commission (ACC) last week A The released its details of a year-long investigation which claims performance enhancing drugs are widespread in Aussie sport, plus links to match fixing and organised crime. The ACC’s Organised Crime and Drugs in Sport report says prohibited substances, including stimulants, hormones and illicit drugs, are being used widely. The report also pointed the finger at sports scientists, coaches and other staff, some of who were getting the drugs from organised criminal gangs. Specific people weren’t named for legal reasons. “It’s a very black day for sport,” said Aussie John Fahey, president of the World Anti-Doping Agency.

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Rising Star As Australia cruised through the early stages of the World Cup in India, TNT meets a dynamic emerging force in world cricket WORDS MICHAEL GADD

When Meg Lanning is on song, the only thing to do is sit back and enjoy the show – or if you’re in the direct vicinity, duck for cover. The Aussie opening batter is probably the most destructive force in women’s cricket, a rare player who can take the game away from a side before they know it. New Zealand found this out last week when the Victorian smashed 114 runs – 74 of them from boundaries – to put her side in the box seat going into the final rounds. Lanning, a relative newcomer to the Southern Stars at age 21, has made an immediate impact. Much like her men’s team counterpart, the hard-hitting David Warner, there are more false starts than she’d like, but when it all comes together, it doesn’t get any better. She calls her exciting style of axe-wielding just being “positive”, just like her idol as a kid, the recently retired Ricky Ponting. “He was my hero growing up. He batted at number three, which is where I did,” she says. “It was his attacking nature that appealed to me and I carry that on today. I try to be aggressive from the outset and be positive.” It seems appropriate that the first record – of several so far and many to come – Lanning broke when she took the international stage was one of Ponting’s. In her second one-day international in January 2011, against closest rivals England, she scored her maiden century (103 not out) and with that, at 18 years and 288 days, became Australia’s youngest ever centurian (Ponting was 21 years and 21 days). Lanning’s early ascent to the national team means another Aussie sport lost a potential star – she’s represented Victoria in hockey and gave up the top level when named in the Stars line-up. “The decision was kind of made for me,” she says. Did a possible second Ellyse Perry-type career – she plays cricket and football for Australia – go begging? “No, I have no idea how she does it,” Lanning marvels. The faith selectors put in Lanning was impressive, considering she made that first international tonne even 46

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before she’d made one for Victoria. It was the end of last year that she really made her mark. In the Women’s National League she demolished the ACT Meteors with 174 from 142 balls (a record score in the competition) and eight days later blasted 241 not out off 136 balls for her club Box Hill. “That’s just the way I play,” says the modest swashbuckler. “Some days it all comes together and some days it doesn’t.

If things don’t keep moving, I get agitated

It probably doesn’t happen as often as I’d like it to but over the last year or so I’ve worked on building an innings and not getting out. Consistency – I’m working on that.” With such ability to score quickly, which she credits to playing in male teams from her early teens – “I was always intent on justifying my spot in the team” – Lanning is an asset to the Aussie Twenty20 side. But when they won the recent T20 World Cup title in Sri Lanka, it was in fact consistency that was her hallmark – Lanning became the first woman to pass 30 runs five times in a row in an international innings. “T20’s slightly different, you’ve got nothing to lose,” she says. “As an opener you want to get your team off to a flying start and I was pretty happy to contribute to the team. If you can contribute when it really matters it’s really satisfying.” Some moments that really matter are around the corner for Lanning and her Stars mates as they look to capitalise on an impressive start to the World Cup in India, where they’ve enjoyed conditions similar to those in Colombo, in which most of them performed so well in the T20 version. “We’re quite used to the conditions,” Lanning says.


Smiling assassin: Aussie Meg Lanning is explosive in the field, but does the most damage with a bat

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“The pitches obviously turn a little bit more but we’re fairly comfortable here. And it certainly gives us confidence that we’ve played and been successful here recently.” It helps that she enjoys the travel to exotic locations as well – “I don’t know that I’d have ever made it to Sri Lanka or India if it wasn’t for cricket, so I consider myself pretty lucky.” Australia was the only team to go through the group stage undefeated, with easy wins against Pakistan and South Africa. Then what could have been a tough chase of 227 was made look easy by Lanning’s century with 82 in support from Jess Cameron, the batter she finished second to in last week’s Belinda Clark Medal for Australia’s best player. They then opened the Super Sixes stage – in which the top three teams in each pool play the teams they haven’t yet faced in the tournament – with a typically tight two-run win over England defending a poor total of 147 runs. Yesterday they played Sri Lanka and on Wednesday they face the West Indies, who Lanning says “are extremely dangerous when they put it all together.” Australia is odds-on to finish in the top two and play in the final on Sunday at Mumbai’s Brabourne Stadium. When they go into that match, the Southern Stars will be looking for dynamite from their opener with the X-factor. But even though she’s fast becoming a poster girl for the revival of women’s cricket, which it’s fair to say has become a much more marketable product over the past few years, Lanning doesn’t feel too much pressure. “It’s just something that comes naturally to me,” she says of her attacking bent. “I like to keep the game moving all the time. I don’t like to keep things still for too long or I get agitated – I get a bit bored.” You’ve been warned world, don’t let Lanning get bored. The ICC Women’s World Cup final will air Sunday, 8.55am, on Sky Sports 1. Follow the World Cup results at wwc13.com

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WHITE FERNS EYE UPSET KIWI WOMEN IN THE HUNT The New Zealand women’s side were blown away by the explosive Australian pairing of Meg Lanning and Jess Cameron, but they’re well in the hunt for a rematch in the World Cup final. The White Ferns enjoyed an impressive eight-wicket victory over Sri Lanka on Friday, easily accounting for a miserly 103-run total. They play the West Indies on Monday at Brabourne Stadium, Mumbai, which will host the final. The Windies are also in the running for the top two play-off after winning their first Super Sixes game against South Africa. Then, on Wednesday, the White Ferns face England in a match that could decide who the form team of the tournament, Australia, plays on Sunday. With two losses in the tournament, one in the group stage and one to the Aussies, defending champions England have to win both of their remaining matches.

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Ross Taylor was righteously screwed when dumped as the skipper of New Zealand last year, but it’s great to see him back on the park doing what he does best with a bat in his hand. Anyone who likes cricket loves a guy like Taylor. He’s quietly spoken but when he’s in the right zone it’s spectacular. He returned for the Black Caps in the first Twenty20 against England at the weekend, after stepping away from the national team following his poorly handled dumping as the team’s captain. The mantle was handed to experienced Brendan McCullum, who no one including

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Taylor disputes is worthy of the post. But NZ’s a tiny country with a small pool of talent, and Taylor is world class. He didn’t deserve to be lied to, belittled and underminded in front of his teammates. Coach Mike Hesson, not a fan of Taylor as captain, is the bad guy in all this. So it’s terrific that Taylor’s had a change of heart.

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So it appears Australian sport is full of druggies and organised criminals – we don’t know who for legal reasons, but the Australian Crime Commission tells us they spent 12 months scratching the wound in all codes and hit an artery. And it’s actually worse than it seems. Drugs are in sport, blind Freddy wouldn’t even deny that it happens even when he – and the rest of us – can’t see it. But this is an investigation, an exhaustive one, carried out by Australia’s highest criminal intelligence authority. It’s more serious than a few bad eggs; apparently, the whole battery farm is on a drip. They say there are hundreds of elite athletes in Oz rorting the system, albeit by milliseconds or grams-worth of strength, but cheating’s cheating – and goes deep into organisations. It’s scary as the Australian Sports Anti-Doping Authority is considered by experts to be among the world’s best, yet the ACC says their hit rate is bugger all. The smallest shock from the ACC report is that organised crooks are behind the supply of banned substances to athletes and their connections – of course they are, they’re drugs. The government sees this not just as systematic cheating in sport (a bad look for brand Oz highlighted by the glee with which the Brit media reported the story), but with criminals. It’s bigger than Lance Armstrong as I see it. This is the war on drugs and organised crime with a threat to a big element of the national identity. The people making these claims, the ACC and ASADA, don’t say things lightly. Sadly, they don’t do things quickly. This will drag on. But at least now the ACC’s report is out, the ASADA can do its job less hindered, ramp up its testing and work closer to suspected wrong-doers who could previously avoid them. They need the right weapons to fight the blight on sport and maybe they’ll get them now. Sport is human performance at its peak, the ultimate entertainment, but it’s totally undermined by test tubes. At least now the codes charged with policing their own affairs will be more accountable. But it’s gonna be a bumpy and ugly ride.

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UNDER MY UMBRELLA Thai dancers perform in front of a snow sculpture of Thailand’s Wat Benchamabophit at Japan’s annual Sapporo Snow Festival.

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Adventure tour operator Intrepid Travel have just released a poll showing that eight in 10 people find a potential partner more attractive if they have an “interest in travel”. In fact, the members of mysinglefriend.com surveyed seem to use the expression as a byword for a whole string of other extremely appealing characteristics. Nine in 10 of those polled said travellers are more adventurous, while very high percentages said they are also more “curious about the world”, “cultured” and “openminded” – and we all know what that last quality really means. (Of course there was a contingent that had to spoil things: 19 per cent said they find those who travel more attractive because it means they have spare cash to splash. But let’s forget about those golddigging scumbags.) I’m definitely among the 80 per cent that has a soft spot for anyone that has seen a bit of the world. If someone tells me tales of dangerous treks through remote mountain crossings, recognises obscure dishes on exotic menus or, best of all, can switch languages without even pausing for breath, well I’ve been known to get quite hot and bothered. Anyway, readers, it’s safe to say that just by dint of opening this section you’ve put yourself among London’s most eligible. No, really, there’s no need to thank us ... Turned on by travellers? Write in and tell us

Taking place every year on the frozen Lake Kallavesi in Kuopio, Finland’s Ice Marathon cuts through some of the finest of snowy 20-23 scenery. As well as the main 37.5km competitive skating event there are plenty of other activities even beginners can take part in, such as moonlight skating or watching a fast and fierce ice hockey game. FEB

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blades aren’t up to much, there’s the chance to go on a snowmobile safari, which takes you along trails from the frozen-over Lake Syväri to the top of the Tahkovuori Hill. Magic.

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If you’re going to indulge in a vice, you might as well go 26 all out. Cuban tobacco is plentiful at this festival, where you can puff on Montecristos and more. Visitors can tour tobacco plantations in Vuelta Abajo, visit tobacco factories, taste samples and roll their own cigars. FEB

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Read the books, seen the films, been on the London tour, bought the glasses ... if you’re one of those Potter-heads that just can’t get enough wizardly entertainment, then the obvious next step is to book yourself a ticket on the inaugural four-night ‘Wizard Cruise’. That’s right, four solid days of Harry Potter-themed shenanigans. It’s organised by Whimsic Alley, a Los Angeles-based shop designed to resemble Diagon Alley, the fictional high street where the boy wizard likes to do all his magical shopping. The cruise will depart in November and costs a mere £413 per person. See whimsicalley.com if you’re mad enough to want to know more.

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FLIPPING THE BIRD An Aeroflot air hostess has been fired and rehired after a picture, which showed her apparently giving a plane full of passengers the middle finger, went viral. Tatiana Kozlenko uploaded the snap to Vkontakte, the Russian equivalent of Facebook, and tagged herself in it. The picture was then reposted on Twitter where it went viral. Kozlenko was promptly sacked, despite her claims that it wasn’t actually her in the image, but following an online outpouring of support for her, Aeroflot has done a 180 and decided to give her her job back again. Bosses said she had proved her “sincerity”. Er, OK.

HANDLE WITH CARE No more smashed bottles of wine or shattered perfume bottles when you get home: a new gadget has been designed which can tell you if baggage handlers have been too rough with your bags. DropTag can be attached to any package and contains a motion sensor that goes off when luggage is dropped or handled without care. It then sends a signal to the owner’s mobile phone. Spokesman Tom Lawrie-Fussey said: “It’s very sensitive, and can even detect ambient noise, but has adjustable thresholds – the user can decide whether they want to track general movement, catastrophic drops, or something in between.”

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The chilly coastline Taking the plunge

No more sand in your egg sandwiches – The Galley Girls will make you a personalised hamper containing the best of local produce. Prices start from £9.50. thegalleygirls.co.uk Renowned among locals and visitors, The Winking Prawn is on North Sands beach, and serves a fabulous array of seafood from £14. winkingprawn.co.uk There are few nicer places to relax with a drink than dickandwills, a New England-style brasserie and bar on the waterside with views stretching out into the Salcombe Estuary. Pints from £2.60. dickandwills.co.uk Award-winning Victoria Inn offers a great selection of ales, which you can quaff while watching boats pootle up and down. Pints from £2.60. victoriainn-salcombe.co.uk Stunning sea views and superb service at the fabulous Thurlestone Hotel. Rooms from £190pn with breakfast. thurlestone.co.uk

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“Don’t bother with your bra,” says Kari. “Really, just don’t go there.” It’s good advice. Shaking with cold, my hands are rapidly turning into icy lumps. The stinging pain is shocking, and getting worse by the second. Staggering into my pants – my friend Samantha holds them out for me to clamber into just as you would for a small child – I’m well past caring what anyone else on the beach thinks of my flailing attempts to get dressed. Nor can I do much about my pathetic groans and yelps as the wind buffets any exposed flesh and my hands begin to throb in earnest. As I plunge into the waters off Thurlestone Beach in South Devon, I think this is really putting the ‘wild’ into wild swimming. Technically, any outdoor dip counts, be it a river, lake or the sea, but since the point is to really get out there and expose yourself to the elements, I’ve decided to try the most extreme version I can – and the English Channel in the depths of February is turning out to be pretty hardcore. Kari Furre, a veteran wild swimmer and my guide today grins when I tell her I’m worried it won’t be considered proper wild swimming if I wear a wetsuit. “The water’s at its very coldest in March, but it’s only about five to eight degrees now,” she reasons. “There are some people who love it like that, but you need to acclimatise.” Point taken, so I’ve done as advised and borrowed a triathlon-standard wetsuit from a friend. The sun is shining – “Our first beautiful day after weeks of rain,” smiles Kari – so all togged up and wearing the gloves and socks I’d bought that morning from the local surf shop, we march cheerfully out into the ragged waves. I’d reassured Kari that I was a confident swimmer. Not to show off, but this is true – it’s the only sport I’ve ever been good at. I hadn’t mentioned, however, that I’m also a very unfit one, and haven’t even swum a length of a pool for quite a few years. Too late now. Chilled seawater starts trickling into my suit as I kick hard for the Thurlestone Arch, a rock bridge about 500 metres out into the bay. Cold water on warm skin makes you gasp, and fast, shallow breathing doesn’t help your co-ordination or control. Added to this is the effort of swimming with your buoyancy all to cock because of the wetsuit – basically, your feet float up in the water and it means doing breast-stroke with any sort of style is quite impossible. Kari, however, a qualified

swimming coach, looks like a sleek seal in the water, sliding through the waves with seemingly no effort at all. “Never swim alone” is a mantra dedicated wild swimmers live by and for a complete novice an experienced guide who knows the local waters is essential. Kari insists we take short breathers and keeps checking I’m good to go on. With her support, and almost without noticing, we’re suddenly at the arch, where massive waves are breaking over the reef beneath our feet and bashing their way through the hole in the rock. “Fancy swimming through it?” Kari asks. You don’t swim out to an arch without going through it, I think, even if

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the waves are swooshing alarmingly up and down its rocky face. Luckily, the swell shunts us through the arch easily, and our reward is a fish’s eye view of two cormorants’ creamy tummies as they launch themselves off their ledge. Helped back to the beach by the tide, the swim into shore is a cinch – until I try to get out of the water. Bashed by the waves rushing in and then dragging me back to sea, I find my only option is to throw dignity to the bitter winds and crawl inelegantly up the beach. Despite the sunshine, the whip of wind on wet skin as we change bites deep into my body, but I can’t stop grinning. I’ve managed a half-hour swim at the beginning of February, in water nearly as cold as it ever gets in this country. My reward has been a close up encounter with a beautiful geological feature that most people will only ever see from shore – oh, and serious Scottish Highlands: bragging rights.

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It’s fair to say that Valentine’s Day often serves as little more than a reminder of how utterly tepid, flat and pulse-free the gestures which pass for romance are these days. So if this week has had you rolling your eyes at bland dinner-for-two deals and hideous £2.99 cards, forget all that low-key crap. Instead sweep your loved one off to one of these places where they play the love game properly. The three-minute love affair. The dance of love. It takes two to ... you get the picture. We’re talking about the tango. Once upon a time, before there was krumping and, um, daggering, the tango was considered the steamiest of dances – described as looking like a couple who are head over heels about each other and having a blazing row at the same time. Passionate, no? The tango originated in the lower class districts of Buenos Aires and is thought to have started life in the city’s brothels. It quickly became a more mainstream pursuit, popular for its drama, pace and the fact the dance is done with the dancers’ bodies held

very, very close together. In fact, there’s even a Spanish expression about tango which means: the embrace is more important than the step. A trip para dos to the sultry city of Buenos Aires – home of the sexiest dance on the planet – is up there with the world’s most romantic travel destinations. There are heaps of milongas (dance halls dedicated to tango) across Buenos Aires, where you can order a bottle of cheap and heady Malbec, take a seat and watch some sizzling couples do it properly. Try Rojo Tango (rojotango.com) or Piazolla Tango (piazzollatangoshow.com). But really, if your visit here is going to count as an unmatchable gesture of love, you’re going to need to grab your other half by the hand and get stuck in yourselves. Take lessons from one of the many tango schools in the city, such as DNI Tango (dni-tango.com), where beginners are welcome and group lessons cost £3.80 an hour. You’ll soon be setting the dancefloor on fire. turismo.gov.ar


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In Belgium, chocolate isn’t just an indulgence, it’s a lifestyle. And given that cocoa is considered something of an aphrodisiac, you’re guaranteed an intensely pleasurable trip to the home of the world’s finest delicacies. Try a chocolate-making session in Brussels, where you can learn to shape, fill and decorate your very own Belgian truffles. Most tours also include free tastings too. Planete Chocolat run demos from £5.30pp. planetechocolat.be

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Finders, keepers. Especially when it comes to diamonds. Luckily, the Crater of Diamonds State Park in Arkansas lets you do just that. It’s the only public site in the world where visitors can search for diamonds on top of a gigantic ancient volcanic crater and keep any precious stones they uncover, regardless of the value. That’s a big deal, as the largest diamond found at the park was a whopping 3.03 carats, which can be worth thousands of pounds. Entrance is £4.50pp. craterofdiamondsstatepark.com

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A bouquet of roses? Nah. Think bigger. Much, much bigger. Head to the EuropaRosarium in Sangerhausen, which is the largest rose collection in the world. There are 75,000 rose bushes here, with an amazing 8300 species, including black, green and moss roses, from which to choose the perfect posy. Dinner at the on-site restaurant, The Black Rose, should also impress. Entrance costs from £2.25pp. europa-rosarium.de

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Hot, wet, steamy, naked = romantic, right? At many of the thermal springs in Beppu couples are actually allowed to bathe – just bathe, OK? – together. Usually Japanese onsen, as they’re known, segregate men and women, but here you can hop in the tubs together. There are eight different springs in this town, along with a range of indoor and outdoor versions to suit your desires. Opt for sand baths, steam baths or mud baths if you fancy something different.

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Town has world-class tourist A Cape destinations, such as Table Mountain, Robben Island, and nearby, the rugged coastline of the Cape of Good Hope. However, if you want to get more from your visit than these hotspots the city has a stellar calendar of events throughout February. One of the biggest parties is at the end of February, when Cape Town’s annual Pride festival takes place. It’s one of Africa’s premier LGBT celebrations and will be quite a party. Make sure you book your accommodation and tickets in advance as February is expected to be one of the busiest months for tourism in the city. The V&A waterfront is a regenerated area boasting an aquarium, two museums and a maritime centre as well as the working harbour itself. There are lots of reasonably priced bars and cafes around here too from where you can sit and watch the boats. The popular gourmet food Neighbourgoods Market, held at the Old Biscuit Mill car park on Saturdays, has given rise to a new trend in the city for artisan food markets. Other new foodie hubs to arrive in the city in the last couple of years include the Blue Bird Garage market in Muizenberg, which is housed in an old warehouse and offers live music on Friday nights. The recently opened V&A Market on the Wharf is open from Wednesday to Sunday and sells all manner of culinary delights.

ON YER BIKE Whatever you do, don’t get taxis around the city, they’re a total rip off. Everyone cycles, even when it’s raining or freezing cold, so rent a bike and do the same. There’s a good list of places to hire your bike from on the tourism website (iamsterdam.com) and it costs about six quid for a full day. It’s the best way to see the city in my opinion. Oliver Ashback, via email DON’T OVERDO IT I just want to warn everyone – the cannabis they sell in coffee shops is soooooo strong! Don’t smoke too much or you’ll miss out on actually getting to see the city and just end up off your face for days. Benny Thompson, via email

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Spain’s seafood paella) is a delicacy. However, Portugal also has some tasty national specialities such as piri-piri chicken and hearty pork fare. A personal favourite is bacalhau, a fantastic salted cod tomato stew; although if you don’t like salty food, you will struggle with this! Portuguese cuisine is also notable for its portion sizes – they are enormous. Learn the phrase meia dose, which means half portion, as trying smaller amounts of lots of meals is a good way to sample the range of foods. Lisbon, which is home to pasteis de nata (sweet custard tarts) and grilled sardines, is often heralded as the country’s gastronomic star but there are other regions which are strong contenders, too. Alentejo is heaven for meat eaters, where pork figures heavily in most dishes, but in hunting season you will also find hare and partridge. In Beiras, try the region’s cheeses – Rabacal and Serra. For something different, you could also try some of the unusual vinho verde (green wine) produced in Minho, a north-west region bordering Spain.

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“Something to eat, then something to fuck!” roars an enthusiastic British tourist, to howls of approval from his cluster of buddies. Anywhere else, I’d think that kind of public oversharing to be, well ... crass at best. But I’m earwigging on this gang of good-timers on Amsterdam’s Warmoesstraat, an anything-goes haven where most of the street clearly has identical plans for the evening. To my right are clubs Fuxxx and Dirty Dicks, stalwarts of Amsterdam’s infamous leather scene. Over the road is a window display which I swear would make even Soho’s sex shop regulars turn pink – a row of plastic bottoms in black, brown and white, an assortment of dildos, plugs, hoods, chains and a contraption that I can honestly say I have no idea where it goes or why. (Oh and a rack of cheerfully snuggly ski hats that read: ‘AMSTERDAM’). Just a block away is the Red Light District, where girls wearing only lingerie are posing in brothel windows, their expressions as blank as mannequins. And to my left are a bunch of coffee shops with signs in the window saying: “You can drink and smoke here!” From the pungent wafts of weed I can smell drifting out in the street, I certainly believe them. If there’s anywhere else like central Amsterdam, I’m yet to hear about it. The atmosphere is charged with the breathless excitement of tourists nervously buying drugs and sex (and expecting a bolt from the sky to strike them down), but offset by nonchalant Amsterdammers who sit around puffing, chatting and scrounging Rizla papers from each other. From January 1 this year, only residents of the Netherlands were supposed to be allowed to buy cannabis, but unsurprisingly, Eberhard van der Laan, Amsterdam’s mayor, has refused to enforce the ban in his city. After all, a third of the seven million tourists that visit each year spend at least part of their holiday getting gleefully blitzed in the coffee shops. I’m not here for the pot, however, but for Amsterdam’s equally famous but far more wholesome feature: its beautiful, winding, tree-lined, bicycle-friendly, iconic canals, which celebrate their 400th anniversary this year. Over 100km of waterways were dug in the 17th century, and they loop around the city centre in concentric circles, all seven feeding out into the wide and placid Oranjesluizen lake. And on a serene bank of this lake, there’s a warm and cosy houseboat waiting for me. So I beat a hasty retreat from the ‘Dam’s dens of iniquity, hop on my bike and cycle back to it.

The houseboat I’m staying on is as elegantly sophisticated as the city centre is debauched. Spacious and beautifully furnished, it has soft, romantic lighting, polished wood floors, an espresso machine, framed arty posters on the walls and fluffy white rugs. It’s the kind of place I dream about owning, but it really belongs to Ton Van Beers, a tall, tortoiseshell glasses-wearing Dutchman, who lives on his other boat, next door. He’s a man who gives the impression of having completely nailed the art of living the good life.

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have the illusion of being free – Amsterdam people are a little ... anarchistic,” he says, smiling. ”In the Eighties there was such a shortage of accommodation that people took to the water. But it only actually became legal to live on a houseboat about 10 years ago. By then we already had a whole community living here.” He says everyone just learned how to manage by trial and error. “It was a great way of connecting with people – once a week everyone from the boats around here would have dinner together, discuss any issues we were having with the boats and help each other out.” Even now, it seems as though the boat-owners are a very tight-knit group. Beers says everyone keeps an eye out for each other, and he never locks his doors. ”This community is full of people that are very unconventional,” he adds. As I clamber over the deck later, breathing in the cold, fresh air, and watching the ducks potter about in the water below, I think illusion or not, I’d choose this kind of Amsterdam anarchy any day. ❚ ‘Charming Houseboat’ costs £66pn through Wimdu wimdu.co.uk

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Old-fashioned Dutch grub is given a gourmet makeover at the swanky Restaurant Greetje. A sample dish is a grilled sandwich of traditional Frysian sugar bread with home-style duck liver pâté and apple syrup. Mains start from around £20.

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The NH Grand Hotel Krasnapolsky (left) is housed in a beautiful historic building in central Dam Square that dates back to 1866. Rooms are airy and filled with light, and many of them look out over the canal. Doubles start from £111pn. nh-hotels.nl

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There can’t be many more iconically Dutch places to drink than Brouwerij ‘t IJ (left), an independent microbrewery housed next to one of Amsterdam’s few surviving windmills. A taster selection (five small glasses) of their brews costs £6.50.

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WHEN TO GO: Antarctic cruises only operate from The scene around me is a strange one. position staring at the horizon. And there November to May because Lumps of ice float on top of the water I wait. At one point I notice sick bags otherwise the ice is too thick and sub-zero winds are whipping viciously. have been Sellotaped to every inch of the for ships to sail through. From On shore, meanwhile, one very confused boat. But then, halfway through day two, November to December, iceberg the best news ever arrives. “Conditions penguin waddles between piles of heapedand icescape shapes are considered are excellent,” expedition leader Monika up clothes. Strangest of all are the humans. to be at their most dramatic and Schillat informs us. “We’re making great Near naked, they surround me. They’re the fares are lower. December to time,” she adds, before the final cherry trying to swim, but mostly they’re just February is high season and best on the cake: “So great in fact that we’ll swearing … very loudly. for seeing penguins and other make our first landing, ahead of schedule, The air, as well as our bodies, is turning wildlife, while February to March is tomorrow.” The grins start to appear. blue because we’re taking a dip in the the time to go for whale watching, Antarctic Ocean and unsurprisingly, it’s Against the elements and last-minute discounts are bloody cold. Indeed, you’d survive about easier to secure. four minutes in these waters, but we’ve Over the coming days, which now involve CURRENCY: £1 = ARS7.90 no desire to test that limit. Barely able to 24 hours of light, the landings come to (Argentine Peso) breathe and with the glacial waves lapping dominate our waking moments. The SEE: discoveringantarctica.org.uk anticipation is on another level and what like daggers against my flesh, I last less than 60 seconds before staggering back to to wear becomes a major part of the ritual. Deception Island’s black volcanic sands. With our Antarctic Should we squeeze into three pairs of socks, or four? bath accomplished, a million-and-one layers are frantically Most of us lump for basically everything we have. Think thrown back on and soon grins dominate every face. It’s a gumboots, multiple socks, thermals, trousers, waterproof look we’ve grown accustomed to on our 10-day expedition trousers, more thermals, T-shirts, ice-breaker, fleece, ski to the Great White South. jacket, scarf, hat and gloves. With a life jacket thrown in for good measure, it’s a miracle any of us can move, but move Crossing Drake Passage we do, like a hyperactive line of Michelin men, waddling ecstatically to the deck. Getting here, which involved crossing the infamous Drake With strict laws meaning no ship can land more than Passage, has been no small feat. I’m on board the MV 100 tourists on Antarctica at any one time, we smugly Ushuaia, with 83 other passengers, having left its namesake congratulate ourselves on picking a ship with less Argentinian port a week before our icy plunge. The 500passengers than that magic number and head towards the mile stretch of water is renowned for being among the inflatable Zodiac boats, which will transport us to shore, world’s roughest. Indeed, one travel agent had jovially informed me that getting sick on the Drake is “just the 10 at a time. price you pay” for getting to see Antarctica. That had not Minutes later, we’re pulling up at Yankee Harbour, on been what I wanted to hear. Greenwich Island in the South Shetlands. Lying 75 miles The passage is named after English sea captain Sir Francis north of the Antarctic Peninsula, the weather that meets us Drake, who passed south of Cape Horn in 1578, but sadly, is fierce. The 40-knot winds bluster while intermittent rain my sea legs aren’t a patch on his. And so, filled with dread and snow beats down. But none of us care. ahead of a potential two days of gut-wrenching seasickness Penguin party hell, I wave goodbye to south Patagonia and the beautifully sheltered Beagle Channel, before getting drugged up to Seconds after touching land, a couple of the island’s 8000 ›› the eyeballs and assuming the recommended anti-nausea gentoo penguins swim up to greet us. Barely 70cm tall, tntMagazine.com

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and with red beaks that make them look as though they’re wearing lipstick, the gentoos are immediate stars. Sleek and streamlined in the water, our new best friends are an entirely different story on land. Put simply, it’s like they’re members of the Muppet family. They slip and stagger, flap and falter, the whole time looking lost in the world and completely bemused by our appearance. They approach us fearlessly, staring for long periods, heads cocked, before jumping off again, invariably falling on their faces. Calling them adorable just doesn’t do them justice. For a few hours we wander happily among the gentoos, many of which have painfully cute week-old chicks. Bundles of thick grey fur, the chicks cower under their parents for warmth as we form our paparazzi lines just a few metres away. Nearby we also spot chinstrap penguins, similar in appearance to the gentoos, except with a perma-smile black line replacing the lippy, and some skuas, large seabirds that are the penguin chicks’ most dangerous predator. Despite the harsh conditions, we eventually head back to the Zodiacs, feeling totally exhilarated.

us. More than a few of us throw quite a bit back at it. We wake, however, to a whole new world. Pulling up by the Hydrurga Rocks, ahead of us lies several days spent among the sheltered bays and channels off the Antarctic Peninsula itself. Everywhere we look, epic icebergs jut jaggedly into the skyline, penguins jump, dolphin-like, through the waters and huge seabirds, such as the 3m-wing spanned wandering albatross, prowl the skies. Venturing off the ship twice a day, we land at sites across

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the peninsula. At some, including Danco Island and Neko Harbour, we hike up the ice for panoramic views across the glistening continent. At others, such as Jougla Point, we get to admire the blubbery masses of Weddell, crab-eater and elephant seals. Everywhere we go, thousands of penguins and their chicks are there to meet us. A stop at an Antarctic military station, the Chilean Gonzalez Videla base, is an unexpected highlight. Having not had visitors for a couple of months, the 13 residents are over the moon to welcome us, plus our largely Chilean crew, who hit the shore waving their flags and singing the national anthem. Soon enough, they’re handing out the Pisco sours and showing us around. Still, best of all are our trips on the water, zooming between the icebergs aboard the Zodiacs. At Neko, we chance across a group of dozing humpback whales, bobbing sleepily

We gape in awe at the kaleidoscope of blues

on the surface, one using its giant pectoral fin to maintain its balance as it drifts so close we could practically touch it. At the Melchior Islands we head out with blue skies all around us, but this time it’s the ice that is the star. As the sun glistens through the bergs and onto the pure Antarctic waters, we gape in awe at the kaleidoscope of blues, hardpushed to think of a more beautiful sight. It’s often said that while the wildlife brings people to the Antarctic, it’s the ice that brings them back, and now I understand. Which is why later, pulling myself from my sub-zero Antarctic bath and preparing for the journey back to South America, I’m ready to pay whatever price the Drake demands. ❚ Beds on board the MV Ushuaia’s 10-day Classic Antarctica Expedition start at £3150. Book direct with the ship at antarpply.com For more information, see specialist tour operator Polar Cruises polarcruises.com

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