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EDITOR’S LETTER The weather might not quite be playing ball just yet, but London is about to enter into full summer swing. It’s officially the season for outdoor entertainment, when the idea of going indoors to do anything fun is just plain silly. So make the most of the Big Smoke’s al fresco frenzy – it comes but once a year. Flick to P6 for our rundown of don’t-miss events, from watching movies in a hottub on a Shoreditch rooftop to flying kites en masse at Streatham Common. See you outside!

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This food and arts fest has something for everyone. “There’s a Tudor feast, pop-up poetry, fairytale tea parties, edible bugs, a real ale festival, a gourmet food fair and food walks,” explains fest opener chef Gennaro Contaldo. Something for all tastes and appetites, one might say. Some events are ticketed.

This National Trust initiative dispels the notion it’s just for ruraldwelling oldies, with a programme of London events including a Morden Hall Park beer fest, a croquet, boules and garden games weekend, a line-up of film parties in Hackney connecting Tudors to hippies and the National Tryst singles night.

Get kitted out for the summer in style at this one-night-only, 20 per cent off shopping night at 120 stores in Covent Garden. Designer gear galore will be marked down, and if it all gets a bit too much, there are loads of restaurants and bars also offering bargains to keep you fed and watered.

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Regent’s Canal This crowd-funded floating carnival is exactly the sort of English eccentricity this little island does so well. Tired of the usual tent ‘n’ beer in a park events popping up all over the place? Then get down to this crazy endeavour where tunes will blare from a barge, as people take to the canal in all manner of dinghies, rowing boats and bespoke floating devices, G&T in hand, to party hard. Any funds left post-event will be donated to the Canal And River Trust Charity. Top work! FREE

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The self-styled greatest air guitar band in the galaxy are set to bring you an unfathomable and inimitable night of pop culture madness, as the six musicians take the greatest songs and films of all time and mix them into a live mash-up that tells you their rather unique story. A totally madcapped triumph.

Kiwi Sir Edmund Hillary and Sherpa Tenzing Norgay went down in the history books as the first people to set foot on the top of the world, the summit of Mount Everest at over 29,000ft high. This exhibition of 40 photos from the Royal Geographical Society marks the 60th anniversary of their iconic achievement.

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Feeling fruity: Bompas and Parr created Kew Gardens’ Tutti Frutti boating lake

Outdoor London ‘Tis the season for rooftop shindigs and frolicks in parks. This year, add a fruit salad boating lake to the list Words laura chubb & alasdair morton If rowing a boat decorated like a fruit salad into a banana grotto under a giant gold pineapple has always been your idea of a perfect summer’s day out, well, this year you’re in luck. Among London’s outdoor offerings this sunny season – from rooftop film clubs to open-air theatre and fields of festivals – the Tutti Frutti boating lake at Kew Gardens has got to be one of the more bizarre. Part of the heritage site’s IncrEdibles fest, billed as a “voyage through surprising edible plants”, the colourful centrepiece has been created by culinary artists Bompas & Parr. That it’s a mite surreal should come as no surprise, then – these are the same folks who created a musical spoon specifically for eating Heinz beans with, using the principles of bone conductivity to transmit a specially composed soundscape into your inner ear as you munch. True story. Kew’s head of festivals, Vicky Brightman, explains: “It’s a piece of art that doesn’t exist without people – it’s really immersive, vibrant and bright. Even if you don’t want to get in a boat, it’s nice to watch other people on the water, and you can just wander onto 6

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Pineapple Island and relax.” She adds this is the first time Kew’s Palm House pond has been used as a boating lake since 1755, which means you can help make a piece of particularly odd history if you do decide to pick up a paddle. IncrEdibles, which also features a Global Kitchen Garden to show off more than 90 varieties of edible plant, is just one of the Unesco-listed botanic gardens’ summer specials, with Kew the Music and Kew the Movies also kicking off on the lawns on July 9 and Sep 12 respectively. Catching the likes of The Human League, Leona Lewis, The Rocky Horror Picture Show and Dirty Dancing here with picnic basket in hand will be a quintessentially English experience – “it really is an exceptional backdrop,” promises Brightman. More unique fairweather fun starting up soon comes courtesy of the excellent Bandstand Busking. Founded by a couple of guys from Edinburgh, Ian Sutherland and Tom Muirhead, back in 2008, what started out as a pet project – inviting up-and-coming bands to play acoustic sets at disused bandstands across London – has become something of a phenomenon, with major names

such as King Creosote, Emmy the Great and Mercury winner Speech Debelle all making appearances over the years. “On a sunny day we’ll get about 300 people turning up to watch,” reveals Sutherland, who adds he’s aiming to put on a busk a month throughout summer. “There’s this mini festival atmosphere, and it’s an intimate setting, sitting at the feet of a band playing acoustically. It’s really stripped back, really raw.” For now, Bandstand Busking is sticking to its original formula (setting up shows ad hoc and tweeting the details just before they start), but the concept is likely to progress. “I got an email from a guy in Mumbai this morning about starting it out there,” Sutherland tells us. “So watch this space.” We reckon they’re going global. MORE OUTDOOR LONDON ›› IncrEdibles at Kew Gardens. £16. Tutti Frutti Boating Experience is £4.50 for 30 mins, 10am-5pm. Until Sep 1. Victoria Gate, Kew Road Kew Gardens kew.org Bandstand Busking. Follow on Twitter for details of the next busk @bandstandbusks. bandstandbusking.com

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The relocated, renamed Greenwich Comedy Fest moves from the historic parks of the Royal Navy College to Allen Gardens adjacent to the culture throb of the East End. Apart from that, it’s business as usual as the top comedians in the land – Alan Davies, Aisling Bea, Andrew Maxwell, Craig Campbell, Ed Byrne, Jarred Christmas, Rich Hall, and more – go for the comedy jugular in the Big Top. Add in live music in the bandstands, and street food galore, and you’re sorted.

This eye-catching event has kite demonstrations from Brighton Kite Fliers and Spectrum and Cascade kite display teams, with specialists The Highwaymen on hand with all kinds of kites for you to purchase and get in on the action with. There will also be homemade Asian cooking, a hog roast, and loads of smiley, community-focused goings on. Aah.

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soho flea market soho This all-day event on Dean Street boasts market stalls alongside music and comedy. After its inaugural run last year it returns this weekend with a top notch line-up of creative stalls covering everything from fashion and art to home furnishings and food stalls, including Aussie deli Speck Mobile, stand-up Peter Halpin, plus Asya and Passport to Stockholm among the 10-strong musician line-up. The sort of shopping blokes can get on board with! FREE

June 2, 12pm-8pm W1D 3SE Tottenham Court Road

hoxton street market north london Part of the arts and community centre’s Beyond Barbican programme, this line-up of music, theatre and dance takes to Hoxton Street – the site of the weekly Saturday market – for a culturally diverse weekend in the city’s capital of cool. The Barbican’s programming the second day, too, but the schedule is still TBC. £TBC

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£23+ This beautiful amphitheatre (left) is perfect for catching one of the classics during this summer’s season, which includes The Sound Of Music and To Kill A Mockingbird.

£14.50+ A spectacular spot to catch an openair screening, Somerset House once again hosts this season of movies old and new, plus DJs and food. Bring your own blanket!

May 16-Sep 7, times vary NW1 4NU Camden Town openairtheatre.com

Aug 8-21, doors 6.30pm Strand, WC2R 1LA Temple somersethouse.org.uk

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£49.50 This charity half marathon with music has tune stations along the 13.1-mile route, and a headline set at the Greenwich Park finish line to celebrate. This year’s line-up is still yet to be announced, but Calvin Harris and Tinie Tempah have played previous years. Sep 8, start time TBC TBC runtothebeat.co.uk

June 16, 11am-5pm Streatham SW16 streathamkiteday.org.uk

The Globe is a reconstruction of the theatre as it would have been in the Bard’s day – down to the lack of roof but with the addition of some nice draught lager – and is one of the finest places to get ’Speared. This summer’s season includes Macbeth and King Lear. £various

Until Sep 28, times vary SE1 9DT London Bridge shakespearesglobe.com

the rooftop cinema club across london This rooftop movie club has two venues in London – one in Kensington and one in Shoreditch – and screens some of the finest celluloid creations. Cult to comedy, action to romance, the line-up, including Ben Affleck’s Argo, Darren Aronofsky’s Requiem For A Dream and Ryan Gosling weepie The Notebook, takes in new releases, beloved oldies, and everything in between, as you settle in above the streets, surrounded by panoramic views. The Shoreditch venue also hosts silent disco nights and pub sports days. £12+

Until September, 9pm Queen of Hoxton, EC2A 3JX Liverpool Street The Roof Gardens, W8 5SA High Street Kensington rooftopfilmclub.com

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open east festival stratford This two-day event is held in the Queen Elizabeth Olympic Park in east London to honour the sound, style and attitude of the East End on the one-year anniversary of the Olympic Games. There’ll be a cutting edge Eco Design Fair, for all your sustainable needs, an Art Car Boot Fair, and a Real Food Festival. With pop-up theatre, music, comedy and more, it’s the best way to honour this most vibrant part of the capital. £9.50

July 27-28, from 1.30pm Queen Elizabeth Olympic Park, E20 2ST Stratford noordinarypark.co.uk

greenwich and docklands international festival greenwich A mental 10 days of UK and international outdoor arts incorporating theatre, dance and, above all, spectacle. Last year saw giant insects walking along the Roman Road and this year promises to be even more nuts. Bungee-assisted aerial dance group Wires Aerial Theatre (directed by Aussie Nigel Jamieson) kickstarts things with a stunning assault from the skies, As The World Tipped. £9+

June 21-29, various times Various Greenwich locations

There are loads of great places in London for an outdoors dip, such as Tooting Bec lido, which is the largest outdoor pool in the UK. If the English ‘summer’ is not quite warm enough for you, head to Hampton Pool – it’s outdoors, fully heated all year round and sees Midge Ure (July 26) and The Zombies (July 19) at its poolside concert series.

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Posh, yes, but also beautiful and spectacular. So leave the suppositions at the door and embrace your inner horticulturalist at the world’s biggest annual flower show. Grab a glass of champers and strawberries, too, while you’re at it.

Get some proper culture in you for a change, in the shape of this opera al fresco series in the picturesque west London park. The operas taking to the stage include Puccini’s Madama Butterfly and Leoncavallo’s Pagliacci, performed in a double header. And yes, you can have a beer, too.

July 9-14, times vary Hampton Court, KT8 9AU Hampton Court hrp.org.uk

the scoop at more london south bank This Thameside outdoor arts space hosts comedy, theatre (Sherlock Holmes), film (Skyfall) and all manner of culturally appetising fare. Top work, Boris! FREE

Until Sep 27, times vary SE1 2DB London Bridge morelondon.com

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The hippest square in the hipster land of Dalston (the building in the corner is ambitiously called the Dalston Culture House) is the setting for these two days of live music and dance workshops. Full details are yet to be announced, but if last year’s absolutely packed programme is anything to go by, you’ll be spinning like the lead in the Street Dance movie before the day’s out. FREE

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nomad cinema centrAL LONDON This roaming cinema visits Fulham and Forest Hill’s Horniman Gardens, screening the likes of School Of Rock, The Neverending Story and Stand By Me. £8.50+

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HOT TUB CINEMA shoreditch An outdoor cinema at which you’ll stay warm whether the English summer hots up or not – why, this is genius! The ‘Summer of Tub’ kicks off on June 6 with a ‘Best of British’ season (think The Italian Job, Trainspotting) and will run all the way through ‘til September. It’s exactly what it says on the tin – a ticket gets you a seat in a hot tub on the roof of Rockwell House, and there’s barbecue food, cocktails and tub-side service to complete the luxurious experience. Can you think of a better way to take in a movie this summer? Thought not. £30+

From June 6, 6.30pm 10-14 Hewett St, EC2A 3NN Shoreditch High Street hottubcinema.com

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Just around the corner from the heath in Blackheath Village and a stroll from Greenwich Park, The Crown is going to be bustling come the first rays of summertime. Outside, there are picnic tables for al fresco drinking, and inside is spacious with open fires for cosy nights in the winter. The decor is modern and, unfortunately, rather underwhelming – fake logs stacked up, huge mirrors and tall floor lamps make it seem as though you’ve just walked into someone’s living room – and doesn’t really befit its 16th-century history (it was a former inn), which is a shame. As such, there’s nothing really wrong with the venue per se, but its lack of charm and character means it’s knocked down from four stars to a lessinspirational three stars. THE GRUB Decent pub grub with a few fancy surprises – think feta salad with watermelon and pomegranate; hand-carved, home-cooked ham and eggs, served with chutney and chips; and mature cheddar cheese and bacon burgers. THE SCENE

There’s a good selection of wines from around the world, as well as a wide choice of Kentish cask ales and international lagers. BILL PLEASE Starters from £4.50; mains from £7.95; desserts from £3.95. Small glass of wine from £2.70; pint of beer from £3.54. VERDICT Worth checking out for a drink and pub grub if in the area. CAROL DRIVER BEHIND THE BAR

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The mod-Euro food here is very good but it’s not the reason to come: the setting, a former hydraulic power station, with abandoned machinery and huge hooks hanging from the ceiling, is. thewappingproject.com

Dinner just isn’t dinner without a contortionist doing backflips around your table, right? Expect circus acts to sporadically burst into life throughout an evening at this Covent Garden eatery, serving Pan Asian grub. circus-london.co.uk

BEACH BLANKET BABYLON Inside an old Georgian mansion in Notting Hill, BBB’s interior is a fairytalelike mix of boho, French country chateau, Baroque and Rococo. Go to brunch for the best value. beachblanket.co.uk/nottinghill

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cheap feast For one of the best value feeds you’re ever likely to find in London, we absolutely have to big up the Backdoor Kitchen supperclub now booking for June 8. Hosts Rob and Fabio are cooking up six courses of sublime Italian and Spanish fusion cuisine, plus complimentary Aperol Spritz, for an audaciously reasonable £32 at their flat in south London. Having been stuffed within an inch of our lives with moaninducing treats at BDK’s recent night at Clapham’s The Jam Tree, we can’t recommend it enough. Get involved! backdoor47.wordpress.com

big food bash Not content with creating some of London’s most imaginative club nights (The Prohibition Party; The Blitz Party) and annual dandy sports day The Chap Olympiad, events maestros Bourne and Hollingsworth are now turning their capable hands to food. In a restaurant behind Exmouth Market, they’ll be curating Kitchen Party, which offers various pop-up dining experiences at a time, from edible installations to culinary performances (and, of course, eating). The programme is everchanging so check online for deets. Prices range from £15 to £50.

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The evidence that Dalston’s lifecycle as hipster hotspot du jour is reaching its nadir is mounting: White Rabbit is the first genuinely cool, pleasant restaurant to open in the area. This is bad news for Dalston’s hipsters – who hate genuinely nice restaurants, opting instead for dives, because, you know, they’re like, real and stuff – but great news for everyone else. White Rabbit’s spare industrial interior remains just the right side of tryhard, and the lowish ceilings, and glimpse of kitchen in the corner, give it an intimate feel. The grub White Rabbit, we’re informed by our waitress, makes absolutely everything on its menu from scratch (bar any cured meats), and encourages a sharing plates approach to dining (think big tapas with fewer dishes). The daily changing menu is broken into three sections: barbecue, wood oven and stove. Each dish arrives as and when it’s ready which turns the meal into a mini banquet of several overlapping courses. This is fine for two, but could soon become tedious if you’re a bigger group. We’re softened up with an almost movingly good chunk of homemade sourdough and whipped butter before our sardines with chimichurri arrive, followed by artichokes and pork loin, then steak and salad. Each dish is delicious and original, drawing together flavours I’ve seldom encountered together (think back to those sardines and chimichurri). The only blot on an otherwise unblemished meal is the side salad, which is sodden and salty.

It’s summer, so the only thing more exciting for foodies than a supperclub has got to be – why, a bleedin’ rooftop supperclub, of course! Forza Win offers just that, with drinks, pizzas from Pizza Pilgrims, dessert and live bands for £30 on a London rooftop between May 30 and Sep 21. Book online.

Behind the bar Were I to return I’d be inclined to opt for a beer given the diversity of the dishes and the Meantime London Lager on offer is a treat. Wine starts at £16.50 for a bottle and while the list dwells in Europe, it’s not extravagantly priced. Bill please Starters from £2.50; sharing plates from £8.50; desserts from £5.50. verdict Exactly the kind of place Dalston needs: exceptional food served by knowledgable staff in a relaxed atmosphere, and in a way that means you can try loads of different dishes and not feel like a naughty little piggy. Oliver jones

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Green Day tried the ambitious release of three albums in three months last year – ¡Uno!, ¡Dos! and ¡Tre! – only for frontman and head honcho Billie Joe Armstrong to be shipped off to rehab himself clean just before the first’s LP’s premiere. He’s all sorted out now, the band are back and they’ll be making sure that the Emirates crowd go 10 shades of basket case mental this weekend. After Dookie became the biggest-selling album in the galaxy in 1994 (it outsold Nevermind in the Nineties), Green Day went from being scruffy San Fran punks to global superstars – then they stalled. Three follow-ups failed to match this lofty expectation, until American Idiot hit in 2001 and took the band to a new level, its concept album conceit winning them new fans outside the punk-rock mainstream, and then Broadway plaudits, too, after Armstrong took the album to the stage. Follow-up 21st Century Breakdown marked yet another fallow period – had they gone too far from their roots? Was the band destined for any sort of future? Had they got too old to still be dyeing their hair and prancing around on stage in the emo-kids’ garb? Last year’s ¡Uno!, ¡Dos! and ¡Tre! delivered the answers. Stuffed to the rafters with loud, brash, three-minute punk-ified bruisers, it showed there was still life in the band yet, and firmly restablished Green Day with their Bay Area heritage. Then Armstrong had a mid-show meltdown in Vegas and jeopardised it all. Fear not – they are back now, and they mean business! And they’ll probably play When I Come Around, too. Arsenal

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The fourth show at this west London club night – held at Chelsea’s Stamford Bridge – has its strongest line-up yet. Plump DJs, Zinc, Eddie Temple Morris, and quirky mentalists The Correspondents line up to show you why this is one of the liveliest and fastest growing club nights in the capital.

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Party collective Supernova and DJ agency DC7 are on hand to bring you Spanish techno legend Paco Osuna (above) and Italian house master duo Supernova, along with Gonzalez and Tekart, for the penultimate bash in the north London club’s birthday celebrations. Get your finest on, it’ll be one hell of a shindig!

Unique electric-swing-tinted electronica from this Austrian DJ-turned-genre-pilfering star. Now touring his sound accompanied by a full band, he sold out the Forum and Koko last time he hit London, and is back now in support of new long player The Invisible Girl. Prepare to be converted – the band is totally stunning live.

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The French techno-electro producer on his latest LP Rave Age, the Dijon scene and choosing when to party INTERVIEW alasdair morton

Your albums take a lot of different genres for inspiration – what did you grow up listening to? Most of my family was into disco and, more specifically, Italo disco stuff. They didn’t really know who [Italian producer] Moroder was but they were constantly playing his tracks and soundtracks. I think he is a big influence. Later I got into techno as I started to go out clubbing.

Rave Age has a broader appeal than previous LP Flashmob – did you set out to make a pop-friendly album? There was no brainstorming about what the album should be and who it should target. That’s not my approach to music or composing. I simply made the music that I felt like making at that moment. Why did you choose Fade Away as the second single from the record? It’s a very poppy tune. That track is a bit different from the rest of the album. It’s really pop and I thought it was obviously a single despite the fact that it is not really representative [of the album].

Stamina has a great video that warns in hilarious ways about the dangers of overeating – a man being attacked by a humanoid hamburger for one. Is healthy living important to you? The video was not my idea but I loved the script. And yes healthy living is important to me. I play sports and I do try to balance my excesses. But I love enjoying the good things that life can give me above all. What is life like on the road for you? I don’t party every night. Touring and playing are not always connected just with getting wasted. It’s more about performing and playing the show and making the people dancing enjoy your stuff. I am a kind of party monster too but I decide when I want to do it. How do you decide each album’s new direction when there are so many genres mutating by the week? That is exactly the thing – it is about not thinking just in terms of genres. I understand

Vitalic: aka Pascal Arbez heads to Brixton that with so much music everywhere and so many musicians out there it is difficult not to label everything. But as a musician if you get stuck into those questions [about what genre something is] you can lose a bit of yourself. Do you ever feel anxious that some people out there won’t get Rave Age’s change in sound? I think some of them don’t get it and that’s part of the game. And it is also part of the thrill and excitement when releasing a new LP. So I do get quite anxious sometimes, but I also think at the same time that if I do fail I can always make another one. And I remember it is just music, too, and maybe that’s not the most important thing in my life. You have favoured shorter, threeto four-minute tunes rather than 10-minute build up structures, especially so on Rave Age. When did you decide to take this approach? When I realised that it wasn’t relevant to make long intros anymore for my tracks. But then again, that might change again now because I am getting into longer songs again.

La Rock 01 off OK Cowboy was a crossover hit in 2001 featuring on compilations, soundtracks and even the

floors of rock clubs – how did you feel about the track having such genrecrossing success? All this was super and really intense. But it was like a slow explosion going on over two to three years rather than a regular BOOM! So it was all smooth and nice and I had the time to think about it and not freak out. How does having a relatively small town of Dijon as your home base influence your music? Dijon had a really intense techno life in the Nineties. It was hosting a lot of cool parties and we were a bunch of musicians that were playing almost every week in the summer months at small parties around the city. It was a really good time. Which LPs have you enjoyed this year? Recently I enjoyed the Suuns’ Images Du Futur. If you could tour with three other artists who would they be? Iggy Pop, before he made adverts for phone companies, Depeche Mode at the Violator time and Justice for the fun. Vitalic plays The Playground Festival. Jun 7 & 8. £35+ 211 Stockwell Road, SW9 9SL theplaygroundfestival.com Brixton

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Unemployment is at one per cent, crime an all-time low: it’s a new USA. The catch? For one night a year crime is legal and anything goes. This home invasion horror thriller, from the guys behind Sinister, has a simple premise and, done right, could be a nasty shocker. Ethan Hawke’s the dad out to protect his family from the murderous masked viligantes outside. On general release May 31

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Director Neil Jordan (Interview With The Vampire) looks to reclaim the genre from the Twi-hard geeks and the vid-game hordes here with his latest, an excellent gothic yet contemporary bloodsucker reinvention. Gemma Arterton, a world away from her chirpy choirgirl in last outing Song For Marion, is Clara, a 200-year-old vampire and whore. Teenaged Saoirse Ronan, who turned down Peter Jackson’s The Hobbit for Jordan’s movie, excels too as her daughter Eleanor (their vampiric pasts explain away this minimal age difference), both hiding out in a British seaside town from mysterious vampires who won’t let them enjoy their eternal life. But is immortality really to be relished? Jordan and screenwriter Moira Buffini (adapting her own play A Vampire Story) serve up a literary-influenced vampire tale that questions the nature of love and the sacrifices it demands, as well as the merits of never-ending life lived without a soul (this is the sacrifice that must be paid if everlasting youth is to be found). As penance for this, Eleanor refuses to feed on the living, instead feasting on the terminally ill and those who have consented. There are new spins on accepted folklore – extending thumbnails aid the sucking of blood – as well as some classic rules (vamps cannot enter someone else’s house without invitation). Jordan revels in their ferocious, claret-splattered lives, in all their skin-puncturing, decapitating glory, and delivers a moving coming-of-age tale by the end, too. Forget Jacob, Edward and Bella – they’d be torn apart by this lot. Good for: Sensual, seductive and heartfelt, this is vampires for grown-ups.


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This 1882 drama is updated to the Seventies, as Nick Fletcher’s small Norwegian town medical officer threatens to reveal a secret about the contaminated public baths to the detriment of everyone else. Richard Jones’ interval-free production doesn’t always hit the mark but makes it very clear that self-interest rules. LK

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paul myrehaug What’s the show going to be about? A mix of true story telling and fun jokes about drinking… What was your strangest gig? In Iraq for the troops at a base in the north. We asked the commanding officer to turn up the show lights because the crowd couldn’t see our face. He said, “It’s fine but last time they did that it attracted mortars.” That’s fine, leave them low. Who inspired you to pick up a mic? Eddie Murphy. I watched Delirious 300 times as a teenager.

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After scaring everyone to death with his Macbeth reinvention, director Jamie Lloyd goes for laughs in his snappy Harold Pinter revival. Simon Russell Beale and John Simm star in this prescient black comedy about insubordination in an unspecified institution – but he ensures the reality of torture and misplaced authority isn’t lost. LK

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Good Wil comes to town Stand-up Wil Anderson’s a Down Under superstar but yet to break through here. His show in Soho this week is about to change that Words alasdair morton

“It’s about 60 minutes of the funniest things I can think of, said in a row,” stand-up comedian Wil Anderson tells us somewhat modestly of his new show, GoodWil. Could he be more specific? “I guess it’s also a lot about the culture of feedback and how that can lead to a culture of complaint... but with dick jokes!” Aah, that’s more like it. Anderson has always been something of a contrarian, a stand-up equally at ease taking on big issues as he is delving into the filthiest jokes you can think of. He’s a “blokey”sometimes funnyman, as keen to challenge stereotypes as he is on living up to the matey Aussie one he’s often described as. Both a talented comic and very successful too, Anderson has written a new show every year since his 1999 Edinburgh Fringe debut and also enjoys a booming sideline in radio and TV, courtesy of his hosting gig on The Gruen Transfer series and shows on Triple J and Radio Q. He has found fame Down Under but – so far – remained largely under the mainstream radar in this hemisphere. That’s about to change. He’s in town for a two-week stint at the Soho Theatre with Goodwil, which comes straight from its Melbourne International Comedy Festival premiere this April, an event at which he’s found great acclaim, nabbing the People’s Choice award three years in a row since 2010. “The show features a bunch of stories about things that have been going wrong in my life lately, things that are big to me but small in the context of the world, and I am trying to talk about how you reconcile those things and keep perspective,” Anderson says, adding reassuringly that this won’t be at the expense of phallic-centric giggles. After all, it wouldn’t be a Wil Anderson show without interspersing the serious themes with a well-placed knob gag. But why does he think we live in such a culture of complaint in the first place? “The reason is multi-faceted, and partly to do with the ease of complaint,” he explains. “In the old days if you were angry you had to get an envelope, write a letter, buy a stamp and then go to the post office – halfway through you are going to stop being angry. These days you just push a button.” The digital age has brought us instant anger. “It’s also a lot to do with the fact we are constantly being asked for feedback,” he continues. “Politics is poll driven, every service call comes with a survey, TV shows run viewer tweets, newspapers have readers’ comments. And this brings me to the media – with the growing demand for click-

throughs in online media everything has to be sensational, which means everything must be black and white. The world would be a far more reasonable place if we just acknowledged that most issues have their fair share of grey.” So what exactly has been getting Anderson’s goat, we wonder, musing over what sounds like an advancing journey towards grumpy old manhood?

I’m attracted to women but dress like KD Lang

“People who get their luggage before the seat belt sign goes off on the plane; people who don’t get off their phone in shops when they’re getting served; and people who tweet on zebra crossings,” he replies, throwing in what sounds like a very personal peeve at the number three spot.

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Philosopher: Anderson muses on big issues in his new show Anderson will also be tackling a topic that has both featured in his material before and is currently sitting high in the sphere of public debate. “I’ve talked about gay marriage for years,” he says of the political hot potato that’s doing the rounds worldwide at the moment (New Zealand legalised same-sex marriage in April, and the House of Commons has passed David Cameron’s plans for the same here, despite 161 MPs voting against it, and former Tory chairman Lord Tebbit claiming it could lead to fathers marrying sons and other such nonsense). “I just see it as an equal rights issue,” Anderson argues. “I am a mostly heterosexual man – I say mostly because I am attracted to women but dress like KD Lang – who could meet a stranger today, fly to Vegas and be married in 24 hours. “Yet a gay person who has been with their partner for years can’t declare that love in an equal fashion. That doesn’t seem right. As you can see from the changes around the world, it doesn’t seem right to a lot of other people either. I always said I’d happily stop talking about gay marriage as soon as gay people could get married – I was hoping I could have stopped by now.”

Equal rights are clearly a topic Anderson is passionate about. “The biggest concern at the start of a tour is that I want to talk about things that I will be as interested in when I am doing the last show as [I am when I’m doing] the first,” he says. “Then I try to make them funny.” This determination to follow his passions has seen Anderson decide upon a renewed focus on stand-up, too, with his other jobs going on the backburner for a while.

I see myself growing into a grumpy old man

“You get to a point in your life where you stop worrying what other people think or say you should be doing,” he explains. “[You] just want to do what you enjoy doing. For me, that is and always has been stand-up comedy. A month ago I was playing the Melbourne International Comedy Festival, last week log cabins in Alaska, and now I’m doing a season in Soho. You see the world for free, which is more fun than sitting around at a radio station, no matter how much they pay you and how many free Bon Jovi tickets you get.” Is there a downside to the touring, we enquire? “Missing out on your friends’ lives,” he fires back. “This January I missed two of my friends’ weddings as I was telling dick jokes to strangers in Minneapolis.” But with all this grumbling about our culture of complaint we wonder if he isn’t falling foul of the bitching bug himself. Or will he mature with age into a philosophical sage who takes the world and all its imperfections in his stride? “I’m more likely to be a grumpy old man,” he decides. “I’ve always seen myself growing into some grumpy old George Carlin-esque comic with a beard and a ponytail.” With dick jokes, of course. ❚ Wil Anderson: GoodWil at Soho Theatre. May 27-June 8. £10+ W1D 3NE sohotheatre.com Tottenham Court Road

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PARKOUR I’m in a group of roughly 20 people, and we’re taking it in turns to run head-first into a wall. This is beginners parkour, yet I can’t help but feel singularly out of my league as I try to run up the surface after sprinting towards it at full speed. Everyone else manages to scale it, while I impotently manage to graze the top with my fingertips. I’m told if it’s easier, I can simply do a handstand against the wall. And this is just the 30-minute warm-up. The two-hour class is one of several offered by Parkour Generations, one of the world’s largest collections of freerunning specialists. There are several instructors available to help put the humble novice safely through their paces. After practicing a series of runs and high jumps, we do circuits around what is essentially a tricked-out jungle gym. At one station, there are low-to-the-ground railings, and we’re taught how to balance jumps (and, most importantly, land) from one to the other. Though I’m unfit, I’m surprised that the class actually gets easier, and fun. I’m tempted to sign up for another few sessions, if simply to boast to friends that I can scale the highest wall in the playground. £8. DC

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Australian Rules football If you were a keen Aussie Rules player back home, you don’t have to leave it behind as there are a number of teams in London. The West London Wildcats are our personal favourites. A friendly bunch of blokes, more than happy to head to the pub after practice on Thursdays – we can’t argue with that. WHEN/WHERE: Tue and Thu from 6.20pm, Dukes Meadows playing fields, near Barnes Bridge station. HOW MUCH: £65 annual membership (training twice weekly, Jan-Aug). pitchero.com/clubs/westlondonwildcats

Beach volleyball London is not particularly well known for its beaches, and that’s probably because it hasn’t got any. But Londoners are

resourceful people, and so the necessary components of beach volleyball – that’d be sand and a net – have been brought to the city. Join the London Beach Volleyball Club to get involved. WHEN/WHERE: Socials are Sat, noon-2pm in Westminster; Sun, noon-2pm in Shoreditch; and Thu, 6.30-8.30pm in Barn Elms. HOW MUCH: £60 for the season (Apr-Sep), covers three social sessions a week. Add £50 for a weekly coaching session (May-Aug). londonbeachvolleyball.org

Netball It’s not just for ladies, honest – One Netball UK runs mixed and women’s outdoor games between July and October, with “strict criteria” including that game venues boast “proximity to the local drinking hole”. WHEN/WHERE: Various times at venues in Pimlico, Waterloo, Wimbledon and Camden. HOW MUCH: From £82 for a single player. onenetball.com

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Expect pacey games (in 15-minute halves), minimal injury risk (you tap rather than tackle) and a regular barbecue with beetroot, pineapple and cheese burgers at London Touch Rugby – now this sounds like our kind of sport. Registrations are now open for mixed and men’s teams. WHEN/WHERE: Wed, 6.30-9pm (May-Aug), Old Actonians Sports Ground, Acton. HOW MUCH: Single player registrations (mixed teams only) are £45. Team registration fee (men’s) is £180, of which £60 constitutes a refundable bond if your team doesn’t default at any stage during the season, and each team pays £20 per game.

If netball and basketball had a baby, they would name it korfball. And in the spirit of the masculine and feminine, ahem, coming together, four men and four women form a korfball team. Summer training is held outside. To try out two sessions for free, contact the Highbury Korfball Club. WHEN/WHERE: Wed, 7.459.30pm, near Old NEXT WEEK Street station. Forget the net: HOW MUCH: £7 per How to date the person, per session. highburykorfball.co.uk

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From Batman’s lair and a Tardis-like chalet to an old factory and a boat, you needn’t settle for an ex-council flat or a crumbling houseshare in London ...

The dream The setting for a scene in Batman Begins, the base for a live episode of TV ghost-hunting show Most Haunted and the set for the video of Spice Girls’ Wannabe, the iconic St Pancras Chambers certainly has a varied history. The frontispiece to St Pancras Station originally opened as the Midland Grand Hotel in 1873, becoming railway offices in 1935, and then re-opening as The St Pancras Renaissance Hotel and apartments in 2011. The gothic style means it’s rich with vaults, archways, beams, buttresses and other features that lead you to imagine Dracula himself could be lurking behind the curtains.

If you are brave enough to rest your head here you’ll be rewarded with a seriously stunning apartment, with the pictured onebed currently up for rent. Claire O’Donnell, lettings manager at Foxtons Camden, tells us that a DJ was the previous tenant and points out: “Whoever occupies it can take advantage of the room service from the hotel, as well as access the leisure facilities.” Batman, Dracula and room service – it’s the perfect bachelor bad. THE DAMAGE: One-bed, £725 per week. CONTACT: Foxtons Camden, tel. 020 7424 6000.

The serious stretch This two-bed apartment is housed in southeast London’s Alaska Building – so named because it was opened in 1869 as an Alaskan seal fur factory (boo). With a tower


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and extension added in 1930 by Wallis, Gilbert and Partners, who also designed London’s Art Deco Hoover buildings, the Grange Road structure holds plenty of architectural quirks. Inside, original features have been gorgeously retained, with exposed brickwork, rustic wood-slatted doubleheight ceilings and industrial metal beams creating a space that looks modern but has its roots firmly placed in history. Frank Xavier, lettings manager at Urban Spaces, who has actually lived in the property himself, says: “This development has a real community feel – throughout the summer months the communal gardens and lake serve as a popular social scene, with barbecues and beers to be had. Plus the area is so quiet, it’s like an oasis in the city.” THE DAMAGE: Two-bed, £600 per week. CONTACT: Urban Spaces, tel. 020 7251 4000.

quintessentially English about living on a houseboat, so why not embrace the culture while you’re here? This boat contains five apartments and a communal terrace, and is moored near the pretty Kew Bridge. You will find all your creature comforts on board, plus under-floor heating. And it’s a serious money saver. As lettings agent Laura Hockey from Martin & Co points out: “Advantages are in abundance with bills included, council tax exemption, and all the mod-cons.” Tax dodging and guaranteed views of the water? We think the poms might be onto something... THE DAMAGE: Two-bed, NEXT WEEK £300 per week. CONTACT: Martin & Co, Working in Canada Ealing, tel. 020 8579 9191. WORLD’S WEIRDEST HOUSES tntmagazine.com/weird-houses

The ‘save your pennies’ This property (right) in East Barnet looks as if it belongs in the hills of a ski resort thanks to its shape and cedar-clad exterior. It’s also deceptive in that it’s a hell of a lot bigger than it looks from the outside: due to planning permission restrictions, the owner, Dr Chas Church, had to excavate downwards to create a floor below ground level, and it now contains four three-bed apartments, all available to rent. Employing Iranian architect, Parham Bakhtar, Dr Chas converted what was once a garage he inherited from his father into this state-ofthe-art, spacious and modern property. With quartz and porcelain surfaces and lighting by George Nelson – known for his modernist bubble lamps – as Dr Chas puts it: “Folk ask, ‘Where is Grand Designs’ Kevin McCloud?’” THE DAMAGE: Three-bed, £540 per week. CONTACT: Grange Homes, tel. 020 8360 9890.

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Getting high: stunt expert Leigh-Anne Vizer is held by a 4.5m-long King Kong hand 300m above Melbourne, launching the King Kong Experience at Eureka Skydeck

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The mighty Tenacious D appeared on New Zealand’s TVNZ One News as guest weather presenters with hilarious results. As far as the weather is concerned, the duo did a lousy job. Standing in front of a map of the country, Jack Black mispronounced most of the names of the towns and cities, giving virtually no useful meteorological information whatsoever. He even managed to squeeze a rude word when he mentioned the town of Whakatane. Concluding the report, Black and Kyle Gass proceeded to approach the camera like amorous ogres to give the Kiwi viewers at home a big wet kiss. Watch it on tntmagazine.com. TWEETS OF THE WEEK @sickipediabot Wayne Rooney’s newborn son Klay, was named in honour of his father. Thick and difficult to work with @thedailymash Idea of female scout leader ‘is doing Al Qaeda’s head in’ @jpstacey I am interested in one of your racist energy tariffs! I want to combine low cost energy with my xenophobia. Can you help?

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The UK tabloids dubbed her the Duchess of Pork, but Australians might be more inclined to nickname Sarah Ferguson the Duchess of Porky Pies. The ex-wife of Prince Andrew, Duke of York, is Australia’s least-trusted British royal, a new poll reveals. The Reader’s Digest survey of 1220 34

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Aussies found they’re more likely to trust parents-to-be Wills and Kate, and Queen Elizabeth, who took first, third and second place respectively. Prince Charles, Australia’s next monarch, scraped in at only number 11. “Poor Prince Charles ranks lower than all his siblings, as well as a niece, a daughter-in-law and a sister-in-law – perhaps surprising for the man who expects to be king,” Reader’s Digest managing editor Louise Waterson said.

KANGAROO ATTACKS JOGGING POLITICIAN AUSTRALIA

An Australian politician has been attacked by a kangaroo while jogging through Canberra.

Shane Rattenbury, a minister in the Australian Capital Territory government, was on his morning run when he almost collided with an eastern grey kangaroo that had been grazing on a front lawn. “We both got a nasty fright – and of course when kangaroos are startled they lash out,” the 41-year-old said. “As the kangaroo sought to escape, it landed on me, and its claws dug into my leg.” Rattenbury said the 1.4m marsupial knocked him down and left two deep scratches on his leg. A passerby who saw him lying injured on the roadside took him home.


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Years, in age, of Yuichiro Miura, who became the oldest climber to reach the 8850m summit of Mount Everest

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Hundreds of sunbathers fled an Indonesian beach in terror after a 1.3m crocodile washed ashore and crawled on to the sand to catch a few rays. The 500kg reptile emerged from the water at Balikpapan beach on Borneo Island, settling near the lifeguard tower. Ari Triyanto, the lifeguard on duty, said everyone on the beach ran away, only to return in dribs and drabs to watch the police try and apprehend the wily reptile. “The crocodile swam up and down the coast for three days. We finally caught it on Monday afternoon when it swam near a river mouth,” he added. The captured croc has been transported to a nearby breeding centre.

The prosecutor said “the pair previously had a strained relationship, tickling led to kissing and then to intercourse”. The dad set up the camera in his kitchen to record evidence of a ghost. But when he returned from work, the footage showed his partner and son canoodling. The woman will be sentenced next week.

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A man in Tasmania who was hoping to capture paranormal activity in his home accidentally filmed his girlfriend having sex with his 16-year-old son. Appearing in court in Hobart, the unidentified 28-year-old woman, who’d been in a relationship with the teen’s father for 11 years, pleaded guilty to five counts of sex with an underage boy. The woman told the Tasmanian court she was “ashamed and embarrassed” and didn’t realise the age of consent was 17.

A man has been charged with murder after he allegedly “pocket dialled” 911 and revealed his murder plot. In the call Scott Simon, 24, can reportedly be heard saying he’s going to follow another man home and kill him. Minutes later, Nicholas Walker, 33, was shot dead while driving on to a Florida on-ramp. Detectives allege Simon was the one to coordinate the killing after getting into an argument with Walker, but that someone else pulled the trigger.

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TNT puts the world to rights

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Inclusion of moderate Islam is our greatest weapon

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No British Muslims should feel the need to say ‘not in my name’

It’s strange the people and organisations that get criticised in the wake of an atrocity like the Woolwich attack. Frankly, I find the censorial instincts of supposedly intelligent commentators and columnists on Twitter, suggesting that the BBC or ITV were doing something editorially remiss by showing the harrowing pictures of the incident, far more unnerving than those images. They could do much worse than to remind themselves of the well-documented dangers of prior restraint before tweeting such asinine crap. It is the public’s right to know the truth of incidents that occur in our society and we are privileged to live in a time when the truth of events (in most instances) is more accessible than ever. The comments following the killing of soldier Lee Rigby from moderate Muslim figures, such as Huffington Post’s Medhi Hassan and commentator Mohammed Ansar, have shown how deeply they cherish the freedoms that make this country what it is. Conversely, the actions of the English Defence League have shown how utterly they fail to grasp the fundamentality of those liberties. In an uncomfortable synergy of perspective for those walleyed cretins, it’s a trait the EDL shares with the perpetrators of this barbaric crime. There are many frameworks for hatred: from pseudo-intellectual discussions of ‘privilege’, to perversions of religion, to crazed nationalism. Some of these frameworks are easier to undermine and dismantle than others. Extremist interpretations of religion are the most difficult. Their tenants are infallible, immune to rational argument and logic. We should be under no illusions as to the dangers of extreme Islamism. A day after the Woolwich incident, 19 people died in a suicide bombing in Niger carried out by jihadist group Mujao. And, yet, the strongest weapon against extremist Islamists is Britain’s ongoing inclusion and support of moderate Muslims. We must show that every day in Britain all races and religions can exist together equally and peacefully. That’s how we win. » Agree or disagree? letters@tntmagazine.com

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THERE’S NO LOGICAL NO TO GAY MARRIAGE I’m just going to quote them directly: “A lesbian Queen with a test tube heir”, “a father could marry his son for tax reasons”. A collection of the dribblings from the mouth of Tory grandee Lord Tebbit last week posing as arguments against gay marriage. It’s fair to say that if this is what they’ve come to, then those against same-sex nuptials have lost the debate. The gay marriage bill has trundled off to the Lords, where one of the finest collections of old bigots in the country will no doubt do their best to fuck it up.

A lesbian Queen with a test tube heir

What the proposed legislation has done almost more effectively than anything else is highlight the insincerity of that most central of Conservative beliefs: the freedom of the individual. Tories believe in absolute freedom of the individual, unless it’s doing something a bit rum like committing your life to a person you love who happens to be the same gender. TNTMAGAZINE.COM

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Social media suckers A growing number of people are tweeting their way into trouble with the law WORDS OLI JONES Last week, 29-year-old chef Toby Hockley from Norwich was taking part in the 100-mile Boudicca Sportive bike ride when he was clipped by a motorist. Despite allegedly being hurled into a hedge by the impact, Hockley suffered only minor injuries. But the driver hadn’t stopped to find out. So far, it’s sadly not that an unusual a story – until you learn that the person behind the wheel, who otherwise would have remained anonymous, outed herself on Twitter with a particularly unremorseful post. Emma Way, a 21-yearold trainee accountant who has disputed Hockley’s version of events, wrote on the social networking site: “Definitely knocked a cyclist off his bike earlier – I have right of way he doesn’t even pay road tax! #bloodycyclists.” After the message was retweeted hundreds of times, Norwich Police tweeted back, advising Way to hand herself in. An investigation into the incident is now underway.

hadn’t noticed the young man’s balls when he liked the snap. Nevertheless, the education minister was forced into the 21st century’s equivalent of a vegetable pelting in the stocks – a humiliating apology “for any offence caused”. Of the people most prone to a social media gaffe, it would appear sports stars are among the most susceptible. Only earlier this month, the Lions rugby team had to say a public sorry after a picture of a springbok impaled on a railing was posted on their Twitter account, accompanied by the words: “Isn’t this what @lionsofficial did to Springboks in the 3rd Test in Johannesburg 2009? @qantaswallabies

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Stupid is as stupid does As a result, TNT thought it wise to tell you a few cautionary tales, lest you get tempted to tweet your way into trouble. After all, ever since Twitter launched in 2006, it has performed a wholly unique function – revealing a hitherto hidden impulse of humans to destroy themselves in 140 characters. As the microblogging site’s popularity has soared (more than 500 million registered users as of 2012), this selfdestructive streak has developed from simple stupidity to tactless tweeters actually landing themselves in jail. Way could yet prove an example of the latter (though she has apologised for the offending tweet), but the former is still going strong across all forms of social media. Earlier this month, Aussie politician Peter Collier got himself into a spot of bother after he ‘liked’ a photo on Facebook of a young man’s ‘sneaky nuts’ prank. For the uninitiated among you, ‘sneaky nuts’ pranks are when a gentleman covertly exposes his testicles at an inappropriate moment. Collier claims he 38

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be warned.” The Lions are now drawing up social media guidelines for their players to observe. Back in 2010, Aussie swimmer Stephanie Rice, 22, became one of the first high-profile athletes to discover the economic pitfalls of social media fails. The golden girl of Aussie swimming was dropped by her sponsors after she tweeted “suck on that faggots” when the Wallabies defeated the Springboks in a September test. These examples, however, are small potatoes compared to the people who've managed to tweet themselves straight into the clink.

Crime and punishment In 2012, student Liam Stacey made headlines after tweeting racist remarks about the footballer Fabrice Muamba, who at the time was fighting for his life in an east London hospital. Stacey, a 21-year-old biology undergraduate at Swansea


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University, admitted racially aggravated public disorder after his posts, written in the wake of Muamba’s on-pitch heart attack during an FA Cup match between Bolton and Tottenham Hotspur, were reported to police by offended Twitter users. Stacey claimed that his remarks – which included “LOL. F*** Muamba. He’s dead!!!” – were made while he was under the influence of alcohol. Still, he was sentenced to 56 days in jail, and last week it was revealed he has been banned from returning to Swansea University for the remainder of the year. More high-profile figures are not exempt from the repercussions of ill-advised tweets, either. Also last week, Sally Bercow, wife of the Commons speaker John Bercow, lost her legal battle against Lord McAlpine, with the High Court ruling she had posted a libellous tweet. It all started when BBC2’s Newsnight wrongly made allegations of child sex abuse against the Tory politician, after which Bercow wrote: “Why is Lord McAlpine trending? *innocent face*.” Those fateful few words will likely cost Bercow a pretty penny now that she has been forced to settle with McAlpine, who also received damages from the BBC. Twitter’s profusion of free speech is dangerous enough for users in Western countries, but in places without a tradition of free speech, it is all but lethal. In February, Kuwaiti Mohammad Eid al-Ajmi was jailed for five years for tweets that were deemed insulting to the ruling royal family. And in April of this year, Turkish pianist Fazil Say was jailed for 10 months for tweeting jokes about a religious leader and some Islamic practices. Say is a critic of the Islamic government of the formerly secular Turkish state. “Social media is a space with a litany of dangers,” social media expert Fiona Dunphy says. “But as with most things in life, the thing that leaves us open to those dangers is, more often than not, our own stupidity.” You have been warned.

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This afternoon’s Championship playoff final between Watford and Crystal Palace brings with it not only the promise of the Premier League, but the top flight’s new-look financial gains too. As of the forthcoming 2013-14 season, a new TV rights deal will mean Premier League clubs could pocket up to double what they do under the existing deal. Recently relegated QPR, Reading and Wigan will be only too aware of this, which means this afternoon’s Wembley final should carry a little extra spice. Watford will be hoping their last ditch dramatics in the second leg semi against Leicester – in which keeper Manuel Almunia saved a Leicester penalty at stoppage time which then sent his team cruising up the pitch to score, sending 40

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players, manager and fans berserk – will carry on, with Gianfranco Zola’s men looking for their first top flight return since their 2007 relegation. On the other side, the Eagles – who have yo-yoed between English football‘s top two tiers since 1977 – will be looking to make a Premier League return after an eight-year absence. All eyes will be on star striker Wilfried Zaha (left) in his last match before he moves on to Manchester United in the summer. Championship Play Off Final, Watford v Crystal Palace, Monday, May 27, kick off 3pm, Sky Sports 1

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Since their dismal performance in the first Test last week, in which they lost to England by a whopping 170 runs, New Zealand have some serious face to save. First up is the second Test, which concludes today and tomorrow, giving the Kiwis a chance to salvage some pride before the first ODI this Friday at Lord’s. The London venue played host to their battering last week, so Brendon McCullum’s squad will be hoping to make amends this time round.

BIG WEEK FOR ... Double Olympic gold medallist Mo Farah will be looking to make it a pretty damn impressive six out of six at today’s Bupa London 10,000m road race. The Somalian-born Farah has picked up the gold in this event since its launch in 2008, and will be looking to further extend his road race dominance this year to six consecutive wins. Farah took part in last month’s London Marathon, running half of the 26.2-mile distance in preparation for running the whole shebang next year. He will be using the Bupa event, which circuits St James’s Park with a finish outside Buckingham Palace, as part of his preparation for the World Championships, which are to be held in Moscow this August. The 10,000m was one of Farah’s gold-winning events in last summer’s 2012 Games alongside the 5000m. With a bit of luck, a highly possible sixth straight victory here might see him dig out the Mobot (right) again for a spot of post-race celebration.


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QUOTES OF THE WEEK Tonight I’m gonna get drunk, listen to James Brown and at midnight I’ll say ‘I feel good!’ Toulon president Mourad Boudjellal on his side’s 16-15 Heineken Cup win over Clermont Auvergne. If only that was how all sporting bosses talked ...

Bad back: Murray has pulled out of French Open thanks to injury

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MAY 26-JUNE 9/ ITV The second Grand Slam of the season is upon us, and despite Andy Murray’s withdrawal through back injury, it’s shaping up to be a cracker. Roger Federer, the current world number three, will open against a qualifier, with number one in the ATP rankings Novak Djokovic starting his campaign against 57th-ranked Belgian David Goffin. Defending champ and world number four Rafael Nadal – who triumphed against Djokovic last year to make it seven French

Open wins in the last eight years at Roland Garros – gets out of the blocks opposite Daniel Brands. With world number two Andy Murray ruled out, it’s an open draw, with Nadal and Djokovic all but set to meet in the semis. World number one Serena Williams, who has 15 slam titles to her name but only one picked up in Paris, will be out to correct last year’s shock first round exit when she opens against Georgian Anna Tatishvili. The chief obstacle to that – current champ Maria Sharapova, who opens her defence against Su-Wei Hsieh of Chinese-Taipei.

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When you win too easy for some years, it is difficult to lose some races afterwards Ferrari F1 driver Fernando Alonso hits out at Red Bull for complaining that Formula One is “not racing anymore”, but is instead more about management of the sport’s official Pirelli tyres, after Red Bull’s poor recent form on the track

You have enough to describe after that Sir Alex Ferguson’s comments to the BBC’s John Motson as he decides to skip the post-match press conference after his last game in charge of Manchester United, in which the Red Devils surrendered a 5-2 lead away at West Brom to draw 5-5

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FOOTBALL Sergio Garcia made seemingly racially Q motivated comments last week about Tiger Woods, but has escaped PGA punishment – why? When Chelsea’s John Terry made an ass of himself with A supposed racial comments directed at QPR’s Anton Ferdinand, he got a full investigation that resulted in a fourmatch ban by the FA. When Garcia makes an ass of himself by saying that he would welcome long-standing rival Tiger Woods round his house by serving up fried chicken, everyone denounces his stupidity yet no firm disciplinary action is taken. It’s hard to see how Garcia’s comments should go without punishment, though he has denied the comments were made with racist intent. His sponsors are thinking twice, anyhow.

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Champions forever The team to win the ICC’s top-eight tournament will be holders for eternity – it’s the last one WORDS MICHAEL GADD Two weeks, the eight top teams in the world, 15 games and a winner who will be the title holder for good – that’s how the ICC Champions Trophy rolls into England and Wales. From June 8, matches will be played at London’s Kia Oval, Cardiff’s SWALEC Stadium (Sophia Gardens) and Birmingham’s Edgbaston ahead of the final on June 23. Australia won the past two editions in South Africa and India, but South Africa’s depth makes them favourites, despite their fourth ranking in the world. It’s anyone’s. This is how the two pools of four teams shape up.

GROUP A Australia ICC World Ranking: THIRD A four-nil Test flogging in India was a bad look, but they’ll be sad to see this tournament go. Call it now if David Warner and Shane Watson fire. If they don’t pull their weight, the pressure will be on skipper Michael Clarke (surely he’ll crack one day), but Phil Hughes and Matt Wade will have plenty to prove after being dumped for the Ashes. It’s worrying that the most senior speedster is the least reliable, Mitchell Johnson, alongside newbies such as James Faulkner. But with Mr Metronome Clint McKay likely to bowl his 10 overs for nothing, Australia will, as always in big ones, be in the reckoning.

and Johnathan Trott is miserly and consistent. Well balanced and perfectly suited to tricky early summer Brit wickets.

New Zealand ICC World Ranking: EIGHTH The Black Caps’ ranking belies their talent and they couldn’t have asked for a better preparation – Tests and ODIs against England in England. There couldn’t be a worse pool, though. Aussie (born in NZ) Luke Ronchi is a new face, and bolsters a damaging batting line-up including Brendan McCullum and Ross Taylor. Kiwi bowlers such as Tim Southee, James Franklin and Trent Boult have a command of the swinging ball, while spinners Daniel Vettori (back after eight months) and Nathan McCullum are master run-rate chokers.

Sri Lanka ICC World Ranking: FIFTH Young captain Angelo Mathews leads a side in which his best players (batsmen Tillakaratne Dilshan, Kumar Sangakkara, and Mahela Jayawardene, and leggie Rangana Herath) are all over 35. Their quality spinners won’t fare so well here, although the return of Chanaka Welegedara is welcome on the seamer-friendly decks. Tied ODI series 2-2 in Oz after getting pumped in the Tests, so not to be discounted totally.

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England ICC World Ranking: SECOND Unbeaten in their last eight ODI series, only India like playing at home more than England. But last time the Trophy was in England in 2004, they snatched defeat from the jaws of victory in the final and lost to the West Indies. They’ll make the most of the two new balls – one from each end – with Jimmy Anderson (main picture) and co’s knack of finding swing where others don’t. Their top order of Alastair Cook, Ian Bell 42

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India ICC World Ranking: FIRST Who isn’t playing makes India strong – Gautam Gambhir, Yuvraj Singh, Virender Sehwag and Harbhajan Singh are all dropped. This leaves a big job for Virat Kohli, Suresh Raina and Rohit Sharma, led by MS Dhoni who won’t get to tell the curators how to prep the pitch. They’re number one courtesy of home form, but spinners won’t prosper here.


Clockwise: Michael Clarke; Australia pops the bubbles in 2008; Dale Steyn; MS Dhoni

Pakistan ICC World Ranking: SIXTH ODI legend Shahid Afridi can’t get into this side, so Pakistan must be feeling OK, or rebuilding. They prepare with series in Scotland and Ireland, so will be used to the conditions. A lot will rest on Captain Misbah-ul-Haq, who’ll be 39 and leading a young side capable of an upset, but not consistent. If a spinner does damage, it’ll be Saeed Ajmal and his doora.

South Africa ICC World Ranking: FOURTH The tournament favourites’ most experienced players are out, with Jacques Kallis making himself unavailable (at time of print anyway) and captain Graeme Smith injured. A big weight falls on AB de Villiers, a batsman turned keeper who takes over as skipper. JP Duminy is back in the fold after snapping his achilles in Oz last year, and their pace bowlers – with Dale Steyn and Morne Morkel – are the world’s best.

West Indies ICC World Ranking: SEVENTH Dwayne Bravo takes the reins from Darren Sammy (whose still the Twenty20 and Test skipper) of this under-performing yet unpredictable side. On any day, the Windies can tear an attack apart with batting strength from Chris Gayle, Keiron Pollard and Bravo, but they can as easily collapse. Many of this side know how to win on big occasions though – they’re the T20 World Cup champions and you can’t argue with that.

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ICC CHAMPIONS TROPHY FIXTURES GROUP A June 8: England v Australia June 9: New Zealand v Sri Lanka June 12: Australia v New Zealand June 13: (D/N) England v Sri Lanka June 16: England v New Zealand June 17: (D/N) Australia v Sri Lanka

Edgbaston, Birmingham SWALEC, Cardiff Edgbaston, Birmingham The Oval, London SWALEC, Cardiff The Oval, London

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SWALEC, Cardiff The Oval, London Edgbaston, Birmingham The Oval, London SWALEC, Cardiff Edgbaston, Birmingham

India v South Africa Pakistan v West Indies, Pakistan v South Africa India v West Indies South Africa v West Indies India v Pakistan

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TNT PREDICTION SEMI-FINAL England v India / Australia v South Africa FINAL England v Australia

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Ronaldo: could he soon be back in a red shirt?

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Last week, British boxer Carl Froch said he planned “to kill” opponent Mikkel Kessler in the ring during their bout last Saturday, and everyone got their knickers royally in a twist. By the time you read this, the fight will have happened so you’ll know whether the Nottingham-born pugilist kept to his word – unlikely, we know. But the fact his comments caused such consternation among the boxing community in the first place, even placing him at the focus of an inquiry, shows how muddled the sport has become trying to reshape its public image.

We like boxing – it’s corrupt and brutal

It is, after all, a sport in which grown men stand in a ring – that’s actually a rectangle – and punch each other in the face. For money. A sport where two twats had a fight at a press conference and then found themselves centre stage at Upton Park making a hefty payday as a result. People like boxing because it is corrupt and brutal – stop being such prudes.

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For footy fans, the period we’ve just entered is known, officially I might add, as the ‘bullshit’ period, in which rumour, conjecture, talk, debate, nonsense and, of course, utter bullshit rule until the first ball of next season is kicked in August. It’s also, let’s be honest, just as exciting as when the football is actually on. Neymar to Man City; The Special One’s return to the Bridge; Ronaldo back in a Manchester United shirt – the stories doing the rounds are fascinating and make the 201314 season already look like it is going to be the best there’s ever been. The lure of where the next campaign could start, let alone end, proves an addictive tonic for the mid-season lull of actual pitch time. Football is, as is often said, a soap opera for blokes. Who said what to whom; who raised their arms above their shoulders yet wasn’t seen by the ref; who deserved a red but escaped without even a booking. As clichéd as this sounds – there are plenty of blokes who are partial to a bit of Corrie – the inference that gossip and unsubstantiated chat are great fun is all too true. As well as the above-mentioned transfer rumours, there are numerous managerial spots to be filled, many more that look like they will be changing, and moves to be negotiated – Gareth Bale to Real Madrid? – all of which gives ample ammunition to the gossip gunners to take aim with. The next 12 weeks could be the most transformative the Premier League’s seen in a long time – the dawn of a new era it is indeed, with last season’s top three clubs, United, City and Chelsea, all seeing fresh faces at the helm come August 17. But who else will be moving? Both Stoke and Everton are looking for new managers, most likely Eurobound Championship club Wigan, too. And how long will it be before rumours start of Arsenal’s uncharacteristic big-spend raid for Lionel Messi? It sounds preposterous bullshit, but stranger things have happened – it’s time to enjoy the rumour mill as it churns.

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HELL AND SAFETY One of my favourite things about going abroad is that in nine countries out of 10 (errr, I made that number up, but it seems like a lot) they couldn’t give a flying stuff about health and safety rules.

Fall over on uneven pavement in India? Should’ve looked where you were going. Fall off an elephant in Laos and break your arm? Next time you’ll hold on a bit tighter. Get food poisoning from a street stall in Malaysia? You’re welcome not to eat there again, and by all means tell your friends not to either. But suing, or making a fresh web of regulations to prevent ANYTHING BAD EVER HAPPENING AGAIN? They’ve obviously got better things to do with their time. Sometimes it seems like Europe is the only place daft enough to get bogged down in zillions of rules that replace everyday common sense. The latest barmy bit of lawmaking involves protecting us from that most dangerous, high-wire of activities – yep, dunking bread in olive oil. From January next year, bowls of oil served at the start of meals in restaurants across Europe will have to be replaced with tamper-proof nozzles and EU-approved labelling. It’s supposed to improve hygiene and reassure diners that olive oil in restaurants hasn’t been diluted. But since when has anyone ever given a toss about diluted olive oil? What’s next, bringing each and every ingredient vacuum-packed to the table in case of interference? If you ask me, the legislators need a break – somewhere sunny in the Med. They can unwind over a nice long, olive oil soaked lunch in the sunshine and come up with some better things to worry about.

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Apart from being one of the most beautiful places on earth with its pounding surf, divine temples and striking mountains and volcanoes, 15-13 Bali is also home to one of Indonesia’s biggest arts festivals. This year the festivities will include handicraft exhibitions, village dances, live music performances and traditional cookery contests. JUNE-JULY

WHY: Now in its 35th year, the festival aims to be as much about preserving Balinese artists traditions as attracting tourists. In particular, the country’s rich dance heritage is always celebrated, so there will be perfomances of legong, gambuh, kecak, barong, baris and mask dances.

EL COLACHO Spain

El Colacho celebrates the feast of Corpus Christi by 2 lining up babies on mattresses while grown men dress up in yellow jumpsuits and jump over them. Barmy, eh? The festival takes place in Castrillo de Murscia and has been running for almost four centuries. The tradition is supposed to cleanse the babies’ souls of original sin. JUNE

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Helping to cement Brooklyn as the hipster centre of the 31-9 universe, Brooklyn’s film fest involves awards, screenings, parties, workshops, and undoubtedly, lots of thick-rimmed black glasses. MAY-JUNE

This yearly get-together is to thank the gods for the 1-2 harvest and ask for prosperity. Celebrations are held with rice wine and coconut cakes. JUNE

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DO IT BECAUSE: You could learn to throw a few Balinese-style shapes, take inspiration from this year’s Taksu (inner power) theme, or muscle your way into the cultural parade which opens the festival at Niti Mandala Park in Renon on the afternoon of June 15.

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Land of the free: unless you’re on Airbnb

New Yorker Nigel Warren has been fined US$2400 (£1500) after renting his apartment out for three days through Airbnb (airbnb.com), a popular website that helps people let their homes out on a short-term basis to travellers. A 2010 law which was introduced to stop landlords from purchasing apartments and turning them into de facto hotels says property owners can’t rent out their homes for less than 30 days. Airbnb said in a statement: “Eightyseven per cent of Airbnb hosts in New York list just a home they live in – they are average New Yorkers trying to make ends meet, not illegal hotels that should be subject to the 2010 law.”

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blue flag brits Tough new EU standards on beach cleanliness has meant that the number of British beaches awarded the Blue Flag has dropped by a third since last year. Only 55 now meet the new “excellent” standard which was imposed under the EU Bathing Waters Directive. The figure is down from 79 last year. Kent’s Thanet was the region with the most Blue Flag beaches this year – with a total of eight given the quality stamp, including Margate, Botany Bay and Joss Bay. The Dorset regions of Poole and Bournemouth had four Blue Flags, along with Torbay in Devon and the Isle of Wight.

gold-plated iPads Another week, another more-money-than-sense story from Dubai. Guests at the Burj Al Arab, which calls itself the world’s most luxurious hotel, are now presented with a gold-plated iPad on arrival. The equipment, worth £6715, comes engraved with the hotel’s name, and contains software that acts as a “virtual concierge”. The iPads were created by British brand Gold & Co. CEO Amjad Ali told the Huffington Post: “The symmetry is obvious: both the gold-plated iPad and the hotel are unique in terms of quality, mystique and, dare we say, decadence.” Gosh, all we ever ask for is decent wifi...

Thai Tourist courts Special fast-track courts for tourists are on the cards in Thailand, in an attempt to resolve criminal issues as quickly as possible for holidaymakers. Authorities are hoping to boost confidence in the country after a rise in crimes against travellers in popular destinations such as Phuket and Krabi. Thailand’s new minister of tourism, Somsak Pureesrisak, wants the courts to prioritise crimes such as attacks, thefts or scams and said he would make travellers’ safety a top priority.“The state should increase punishment against those who commit crimes like robbery and assault on tourists,” he said.

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Everyone’s got their idea of a perfect meal out – for some it’s a family bucket at KFC, for some it’s Heston Blumenthal’s Fat Duck tasting menu. For a surprising amount of others still, it’s fishing around in a toilet bowl. Seriously, we’re not yanking your chain. At Taiwan’s Modern Toilet Restaurant, the food comes served in miniature bogs, the drinks in urinals (don’t order weak iced tea) and practically every other aspect of the decor is themed around the crapper. Need a napkin? Pull a few sheets off the dunny roll dispenser on the wall. Plungers hang off the ceiling, the light fittings look like giant poos. The seats, naturally, are disused toilets. As for the actual washrooms, you guessed it, you do your business on a plate. But this eatery is no flash in the pan – the first branch of Modern Toilet opened in Kaohsiung, Taiwan, and was such a success there are now 12 restaurants in Taiwan and Hong Kong, with plans to expand into Macau and Kuala Lumpur, Malaysia. It all began when owner Wang 54 00

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Tzi-Wei started selling dollops of chocolate ice cream on paper squat toilets. Customers apparently found his scatological humour hilarious, and the idea for the Modern Toilet Restaurant took shape. Wang has been quoted saying he was inspired by a Japanese cartoon with a poo-obsessed character, but to figure out how he made the leap from this to a toilet-themed restaurant is, well, a bit of a strain. Hotpot, curries, noodle soup and lots of other soggy foodstuffs that look unappealing floating in a toilet bowl are all on offer for your pleasure. But apparently it doesn’t put people off. One food blogger, writing for mrnaomi.wordpress.com, said the food was good but, “I am not really impressed with the look of the dessert. It’s kind of disgusting like mixed everything in it [sic].” That’s what’s disgusting? That the dessert has too many ingredients? If you say so... moderntoilet.com.tw

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A traditional Japanese sake-house restaurant in Utsunomiya, north of Tokyo, has swapped wait staff for servile monkeys. The two macaques at Kayabukiya Tavern serve customers, one bringing drinks to the tables and the other giving guests hot towels. They both get tipped soya beans for their efforts. Due to Japanese animal rights regulations, they are each only allowed to work for two hours a day. jnto.go.jp

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Nekorobi, Japan

Fancy a little cuddle with your coffee? Try one of Tokyo’s cat cafes, where you pay by the hour to play with soft fluffy critters for as long as you like. Tokyo has plenty of cat cafes, most likely because most apartments in the city don’t allow pets. Cat Cafe Nekorobi has 12 in-house kitties that love to be petted, as well as books, magazines and games. Can’t afford the plane ticket? Aussie entrepreneur Lauren Pears is hoping to open London’s first cat cafe in summer. nekorobi.jp

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“Our food is guaranteed not to cause pregnancy” is the slogan of popular Bangkok restaurant chain Cabbages And Condoms. As opposed to all that food that does get you up the duff? Anyway, quibbles aside, this restaurant is all about johnnies, which are displayed on the walls, carpets and as artworks, plus given away free. And yes, that’s an inflated condom on the waiter’s head in the picture above. Ha, what is he like? pda.or.th

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At Dick’s Last Resort, you can expect to be insulted by waiting staff, have napkins thrown in your face and be treated obnoxiously all through the evening. And you’ll damn well like it. This US bar and restaurant chain thrives on its unique treatment of customers. You’ll be given a big dunce hat to wear with something rude written on it, and can sup drinks called ‘Raspberry Dicksuckle.’ You can even buy a T-shirt to take home with the slogan: ‘Real Women Love Dick’s’. Nice.

plas curig overview The first and only hostel in Wales to have been awarded the coveted fivestar rating from Visit Wales, Plas Curig is a former YHA hostel given an impressive makeover. The staff is friendly, and a room is a fraction of the price of many charmless identikit hotel chains. The decor is colourful and there’s a spacious communal kitchen. The views from the hostel over the hills and mountains are bound to tempt you out for a hike, or any number of outdoor activities on offer in the area. Owner Amy McIntyre says she was inspired by some of the beautiful hostels she found on her travels in Asia and wanted to bring “affordable luxury” to the UK. wow factor Stepping out into the gorgeous Snowdonia National Park with babbling streams in the mountain village of Capel Curig, just a few miles from tourist fave, the village of Betws-y-Coed. Rooms If you don’t fancy sharing one of the four-bed bunk dorm rooms, there’s the option of a family-sized room. All are clean and cosy. Bill, please Dorm beds from £22.50pppn – cracking value.

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We’re hurtling through olive groves and vineyards as Stefano Mazzetti tells us the story of his farm, bouncing around in his fire-red golf buggy as an orange sun sets over the nearby town of Chianciano Terme. This is Tuscany, Italy, where I’ve spent the afternoon with a tour group getting plastered on red wine from Stefano’s vineyard – a bottomless supply comes with the stay – and now he’s showing us where the grapes we’ve been enjoying were grown. Stefano’s farm has been in the family for eight generations, bought by an ancestor with money earned over half a lifetime spent labouring in the Tuscan fields. Once a London-based chef of some renown, Stefano moved back home 10 years ago and has been running La Pietriccia as an ‘agriturismo’ or farmstay ever since. We’re staying at his spacious villa to get a taste of the local lifestyle, which means eating and drinking huge amounts of regional produce, cycling, soaking up the scenery, generally living the good life – and avoiding other tourists like the plague. Home to six Unesco World Heritage sites and some of the best wine in the world, Tuscany is hardly undiscovered. The regional capital of Florence receives 10 million tourists a year, with Sienna and Pisa drawing in millions more. Mercifully, Chianciano Terme is far enough away from these hotspots not to have caught the mass tourism bug, meaning its idyllic rolling fields and rustic style remain largely unspoilt. Bright and early the following morning, we are greeted by lycra-clad Andreas, who’s taking us out on a day-long bike ride, from Chianciano to Lake Montepulciano. He promises us the journey won’t be onerous, but it turns out that the hilly landscape of southern Tuscany is a tough ride. At each steep rise, Andreas’s unconvincing shouts that these are only small slopes – “piccolo, piccolo!” – don’t make it any easier, especially when we find out his last jaunt covered the 400odd miles between Rome and Florence. But when we arrive, we’re rewarded for our efforts with the sight of the huge, deserted Lake Montepulciano, sitting peacefully in a golden valley. Buzzards soar silently overhead and nearby, a beaver sits in the middle of the track, gnawing on a recently felled tree. It’s one of the selling points for this trip that guests are kept away from the camera-wielding, tour-bus packing hordes, and I’m amazed to see that even in

this perfect rural scenery, there isn’t another tourist in sight. After a cheese and beer-heavy lunch in a local restaurant we pedal furiously back to the agriturismo. Huge grey storm clouds gather overhead, but with impeccable timing, we arrive with minutes to spare before the heavens open. As rain lashes outside it’s the perfect moment for Stefano to let us in on a little secret. Descending to a hidden cellar below the house he shows us rack after rack of vincente, the sweet Tuscan liquor. Among the oldest bottles of the port-like

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shelf are dozens of bottles of grappa brewed from everything from nuts to strawberries, so naturally we spend the rest of the night tasting various samples from this treasure trove. We’ve been cocooned in our rural bubble for a few days, so Pisa, which we visit the following day to see the infamous leaning tower, is a bit of a shock to the system. We join the throngs taking that classic pose-as-though-you’re-holding-itup snap, before ditching the Central Square and heading into the quieter parts of town. Just like the rest of Tuscany, away from the crowds Pisa is lively and local, and an enjoyable place to spend a few hours drinking coffee and watching people go about their business. As we get ready to depart Pisa’s small airport later that day, I genuinely feel as though I’ve been let in on a secret at Chianciano Terme – that if you really want to get away from it all, there’s a side of Tuscany that remains remarkably untouched, where you can do just that. ❚ Orlando went on G Adventures’ ‘Living like a local’ tour of Tuscany, priced from £799pp for seven days gadventures.com

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Set around a small square in the centre of Pienza, Sette di Vino is a two-storey, locally run restaurant famous for its fried cheese. A twocourse meal with house red wine costs from £17. (Piazza di Spagna 1)

A rare thing, a decent pizza restaurant within spitting distance of an Italian landmark, Pizzeria Duomo offers good food, great service and affordable prices just a couple of minutes from the Leaning Tower of Pisa. ristorante-duomo.it

A family-run restaurant just minutes away from Lake Montepulciano, Casa Vacanze I Chiari serves hearty Tuscan food in a vast courtyard and in summer its pool makes it a favourite with locals. A three-course meal costs from £25, with house wine. casavacanzeichiari.it

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A tiny bar in the centre of Sienna (about an hour’s drive from Chianciano Terme), Key Largo overlooks the Piazza il Campo, and is quieter than the restaurants and cafes that pack one of the most famous squares in Italy. Drinks from £3.50. (Piazza Il Campo, 53100 Sienna)

Enoteca la Fortezza di Montalcino is inside Montalcino’s historic fort, and provides access to the ramparts (tickets have to be bought at the counter). An excellent place to while away an hour with a bottle of wine, which costs from £17. enotecalafortezza.com

The place to go in Pisa for locally brewed beers, late closing and a good crowd, Orzo Bruno brews everything from orange-infused ales to IPAs and is open until 2am. Beers from £4. orzobruno.it

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Hostel Pisa is located, unsurprisingly, within a stone’s throw of the famous leaning tower. It’s clean, friendly, and is an affordable base for excursions into Tuscany. Dorm beds from £15pn. hostelpisa.com

Set in a 13th-century Italian fortress, just 8km from Sienna city centre, Fattoria di Cavaglioni is certainly a quirky way to see the Tuscan countryside. It’s a 25-minute bus ride into town from the hotel. Rooms from £30pn. anfamtos.com

Agriturismo-ristorante La Pietriccia is run by Stefano Mattezzi and his family, across the valley from the town of Chianciano Terme – best to book as a package through G Adventures. Rooms from approx £70-80pn. lapietriccia.com

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Got two weeks off? A month? Summer’s the time to think big, leave your normal life far behind and get out there into the farthest reaches of the globe to see all those places you’ve always wanted to. Whether you like to pack in as much action as you can, reach new heights of decadent partying or kick back and relax in beautiful scenery, there’s a destination out there with your name on it. So have a read of some of our dream trips here, and see if any, or all of them, take your fancy. Interrailing, Europe They might have worn neon legwarmers, listened to Wham! and done terrible, terrible things with their hair, but the Eighties backpacker generation certainly knew how to travel. Take a leaf out of their book and spend the summer interrailing. It’s still a relatively cheap way to travel, and better still, is incredibly flexible. You can start your trip planning to hit every gallery and art museum on the continent, with Paris at the top of your list. Then maybe you’ll get sidetracked, and decide it’s epic monuments you want to see, and visit Berlin to see the Brandenburg Gate. Craving some ancient history? On to Rome to visit the Colosseum then. After all that culture, you might decide to get outdoorsy, and squeeze in some surfing in Portugal or hikes in Switzerland’s mountains. Don’t forget about the Netherlands, where you can spend time in cool microbreweries, or hanging out in the cafes that line the historic canals. Perhaps you’d prefer to head east, and enjoy a week partying hard in the hedonistic cities of Belgrade and Prague. And just keep going and going until your money or annual leave runs out – whichever happens first. We reckon the best way to do it is to divide your time between must-see places, cultural events and music festivals, and leave at least a week for just seeing where the journey takes you. MAKE IT HAPPEN: The Interrail Global Pass is valid in 30 countries, including Austria, Finland, France, Germany, Italy, Portugal, Spain, Sweden, Switzerland and Turkey among others. Prices start from £159 for five day’s worth of travel (to be taken within 10 days). If you can spare the time though, the one-month continuous pass at £382 is the

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