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EDITOR’S LETTER Most of us wouldn’t mind being Indiana Jones (or Lara Croft) – travelling to farflung destinations in search of hidden treasure, taking out any bad guys that pop up along the way. In Egypt, as Jahn Vannisselroy discovers this week, these dreams can become a reality. Not only are there ancient tombs and ornate temples to explore, there’s also a mysterious culture to learn about, complete with tales of curses and unsolved riddles. Turn to page 74 to find out more about visiting this fascinating country.

74 Immerse yourself in Egypt’s ancient wonders

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17 ENTERTAINMENT 17 Celebrity News 18 Look Who’s Talking: Maggie Beer 20 A DIFFERENT VIEW: David Kramer brings SA theatre to London 22 Cinema 23 Culture 24 TNT Life

26 MUSIC & CLUBS 26 Music 28 MUD, SWEAT & TEARS: Your guide to surviving the festival season 30 Music Listings 32 Clubbing 33 Clubbing Listings

65 Explore Prague’s revolutionary history

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59 Global Vision 60 CAMPING IT UP: Scotland’s best campsites revealed 62 TNTT Weekender: Dubrovnik 63 Late Deals 65 VELVET CITY: A revolutionary view of historic Prague 68 Hotshots 70 Travel Tips 71 Travel News 72 On The Road 73 Gear Up 74 TOMB RAIDER: Meet the pharoahs in ancient Egypt 62 Experience Dubrovnik’s picturesque Old Town

53 CAREERS & MONEY 53 Careers 56 Money 57 Coming & Going

REGULARS 20 David Kramer’s South African theatre tales

4 Letters 6 Wins 138 Desperately Seeking & Dear Reuben

20 How to stay smart at festivals in 2009


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With regard to ‘What’s in a name?’ I think Antipodeans and South Africans need to remember that we haven’t grown up here in the UK, and need to be careful when forming opinions about our adopted home. This is especially important when it comes to terms that cause offence – we don’t know about the jeers people used to bully each other in primary school, or the racist jokes young teenagers tell each other and the impact they still have when used today. Lilly, via tntonline.co.uk

CREDIT CRUNCHIES A thought about Australia’s current crisis: instead of giving billions of dollars to banks, try the following (let’s call it the ‘Patriotic Retirement Plan’). There are a few million over50s in the work force. Why not pay them $1 million apiece to

have members of parliament pay back their falsely claimed expenses and allowances. Baino, Acton

IT’S JUST NOT CRICKET I’ve been struck by the difference between the treatment meted out to the touring Australia cricket side, and the treatment the Poms

I’m proposing to make it socially unacceptable to talk about the Ashes in public

take early retirement with the following stipulations: 1. They must retire. This will create millions of job openings. 2. They must buy a new Aussie car. This will fix the auto trade. 3. They must buy a house or pay off their mortgage – an end to the housing crisis. 4. They must send their kids or grandchildren to school or uni, lowering the crime rate. 5. They must buy alcohol or tobacco every week so there’s money back in tax. If more money is needed,

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could expect on a return leg. When the Aussies arrived a fortnight ago, the press was welcoming and respectful. In Oz, the media would have wasted no time undermining the visitors, airing a steady stream of reasons why they’re not good enough. However, the attitude of the British press points to a deeper divide in the nations’ sporting psyches. Aussies’ chips are always all-in. We’ll be gutted if we lose and triumphant if we win. The Poms want the

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option of pretending they were never interested if things go sour: “oh, we’re terrible at sport – what did you expect?” That phoney, self-serving indifference is one of the most contemptible aspects of the Brits, and why they don’t deserve to win. Ever. Shane, Fulham

ASHES TO ASHES I’m dreading the upcoming Ashes series. With no football, the media is going to be full of micro-analysis of the fiveTest snorefest. No one else cares about the Aussie obsession with beating the motherland and proving they’re ‘not just convicts’. I’m proposing to make it socially unacceptable to talk about the Ashes in public. Don’t let your friends get away with it. Pour scorn on them or send them to the insomnia ward at the local hospital to do some good for society. Rick, via email

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week, showcasing work from the KwaZulu-Natal studios.

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Battersea Park Children’s Zoo, Battersea Park, SW11 4NJ, June 1 Photo: Katie Collins / PA

A cute two-month-old coati enjoys a meal of worms at Battersea Park Children’s Zoo. The zoo, in South London, aims to educate children about conservation, and prides itself on allowing visitors to get up close and personal with the animals. Coatis, members of the racoon family, are native to South and Central America.

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LONDON LIFE

WHAT’S ON Daniel Landon PICKS THE BEST OF LONDON THIS WEEK

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MELTDOWN FESTIVAL VARIOUS PRICES WHAT: Every year the always innovative Southbank Centre invites a legendary muso to put together a programme of performances. Jazz icon Ornette Coleman is in the curator’s chair for 2009 and he’s invited the likes of the The Roots (right), Moby, Yoko Ono’s Plastic Ono Band and a host of jazz heroes. WHEN: June 12-21. DO IT BECAUSE: Meltdown is renowned for “reinvention, improvisation and collaboration”, so if you like quality, cutting-edge music, this is for you.

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Capital idea: Science Museum No matter how long you choose to spend at the Science Museum, chances are it won’t be long enough. Its numerous galleries can be rewarding even on a quick visit, and there are plenty of informative and entertaining exhibits to ponder over, such as a cutaway of an aircraft, steam engines and astronaut suits, if you have more time. But it’s not all about big and obvious technological developments. There are galleries about measuring

time, and mathematics, for example. Particularly worth checking out is the gallery on the history of medicine, which includes a reusable condom. There is also a 3D IMAX theatre, which screens science films. DL

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RESTAURANT REVIEW Al Waha ★★★★★

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THE SCENE London foodies’ favourite, this restaurant serves up authentic Lebanese cuisine in a smart (white linen table cloths) but almost clinical setting – a few candles

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Make your own

would not go amiss. Service is top-notch and we were well looked after during the meal. THE GRUB Although the main grill section is worthy of a look, it’s the hot and cold starters that steal the show. Order a selection and share – the hummus is rich and smooth, and our favourite was kibbeh maklieh (deepfried crushed wheat stuffed

with lamb, onions and nuts). BEHIND THE BAR A large wine list, but somewhat pricey – £19 for a South African Chenin Blanc. BILL PLEASE Three starters each and wine came to £20 a head. There’s a minimum order of £13.50 per person. VERDICT Look no further for great Lebanese food in London. JANINE JORGENSEN

SUMMER SNACKS

Summer evenings mean enjoying the outdoors with a drink in hand. Try your hand at these simple eats. Sun-dried tomato pâté WHAT YOU NEED: 200g sun-dried tomatoes in oil; 100g walnuts, broken up; 40g Parmesan; 4 tbsp olive oil; 2 garlic cloves; handful of fresh sweet basil leaves; 2 tbsp balsamic vinegar; black pepper; sugar. THE WORK: Blitz all the ingredients except the balsamic vinegar in a processor until smooth. Give it a taste and add more pepper or sugar if it’s too sour. Stir in the vinegar. Spread on toasted baguette slices and serve as bruschetta. Pastry wheels WHAT YOU NEED: 200g ready-rolled puff pastry; butter; Vegemite or Marmite (depending on your origins);

OF THE BEST: DELICATESSENS East Dulwich Lordship Ln, SE22 8EW A fantastic range of cheeses, olive oils, cold meats, pasta and fresh bread – it may be a tad expensive but foodies know it’s well worth the price.

I Camisa Cheddar cheese, grated. THE WORK: Roll out the puff pastry into a rectangle. Spread the pastry sheet with butter and then either Vegemite or Marmite. Scatter the grated

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Mortimer & Bennett Turnham Green Terrace, W4 1RG Priding themselves on finding the finest ingredients from around the world makes this gourmet heaven.

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NEW ZEALAND Woman’s Weekly: Popular Kiwi actress TylerJane Mitchel reveals all about her outrageous detox and her addiction to travel. Plus, it is alleged Katie Holmes and Tom Cruise get into a bit of role reversal as she rules the roost and he plays Mr Mom.

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Sex And The City actress Cynthia Nixon hopes to marry her partner in New York next year. She is lobbying to legalise samesex marriages in the state.

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FIRST LADY OF GLAMOUR: Aussie pop princess Kylie Minogue scooped a double whammy at Glamour magazine’s Woman of the Year awards in London last week. Bagging the main award of the night, Kylie was crowned Woman of the Year 2009 and also took home the gong for Entrepreneur of the Year.

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Angelina Jolie was taken to hospital as a precautionary measure after a minor bump to the head while filming thriller Salt. Ouch.

BABY RUMOURS Aussie actress Nicole Kidman denied rumours she and husband Keith Urban are planning to adopt a child from Vietnam.

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”I’ve always been famous, it is just that nobody knew.” Lady Gaga confirms her feet are not firmly on the ground.

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SOUTH AFRICA YOU: Rumours of money worries for ex-Springbok player Joost van der Westhuizen, who denies that he’s broke. Meanwhile, fans of Isidingo are in a huff over the programme’s raunchiest sex scene ever – a saucy threesome. Plus, allegations of a four-month trial separation for Brad Pitt and Angelina Jolie, following a supposed sham red carpet appearance by the pair.

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Maggie Beer She’s well-known for her recipes with verjuice, but the Aussie food hero also has a talent for singing and would love to change the world INTERVIEW JANINE JORGENSEN

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You left school at 14 and did a range of jobs, none of which involved cooking – now you’re an Australian food hero. How did that happen?

It was case of circumstance and necessity. Food was always an important part of my life, I didn’t realise how lucky I had been in learning things without realising it. We were farming pheasants and had difficulty selling them because people didn’t know how to cook them. Because I had natural instinct and was never afraid, I just cooked them the way I felt they should be, and that started my world of food. On your Aussie TV programme, The Cook And Chef with Simon Bryant, you say you’re a messy cook …

you can taste something as you read it. I didn’t have a benchmark but I had the concept of it. We were the first in the world to commercially produce it in 1984 … and the rest of the world followed, which is wonderful, really.

I have a go “ at everything

Apart from cooking, you have another talent that you make time for when you’re home …

I’m haphazard, I have go at everything. I throw myself into it and love what I do.

Every Wednesday a group of us get together at my house to sing – everything from 1930s and ’40s jazz to a bit of opera, with a piano. It’s singing for joy.

I suppose that’s the difference between being a cook and being a chef?

And are you expected to rustle up dinner afterwards?

Very much so. Simon is highly organised and technical and I have no technique and just feel.

No [laughs] – we just have drinks. We keep it easy.

How did you find out about one of your famous ingredients, verjuice?

Do you have any advice for amateur cooks, especially those wanting to recreate a taste of home in London?

Verjuice is the grape that didn’t ripen. The vineyard workers were allowed to pick these grapes after everything had finished as they were still sour. One year we couldn’t sell our Rhine Riesling grapes. I read a lot about this verjuice and if you’re really into food

Always be seduced by vegetables in season. If you’re busy, working long hours, invest in something called a crockpot. It’s ideal for putting on something slow, like lamb shanks or pork legs, before you leave for work. Add verjuice and fresh

YOU DON’T SAY? What would your superpower be? To give everyone the confidence to cook. For people to grow their own veggies and know how to cook them – now that could change the world. What song is guaranteed to get you on the dance floor? I Still Call Australia Home [laughs ] . Best costume you’ve worn to a party? I had two convicts in my family and now have a black and white striped dress I call my convict outfit which I wear to parties.

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Good extra virgin olive oil, verjuice, pastes – for more than just going with cheese, you can add some to gravy. I always have dried pasta, tomatoes, tins of anchovies, parmiggiano – so you can make a great meal in just a moment. It’s simple.

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As a season of South African stage productions hits London, playwright David Kramer explains why it’s important to retell history WORDS PIERRE DE VILLIERS

W

hen David Kramer (left) was an up-and-coming singer touring South Africa in the ’80s, he popped into a museum in the Klein Karoo town of Montagu to soak up some local culture. What the entertainer found inside had such a profound effect on him that Kramer was inspired to write a ground-breaking musical, which is now being staged in London.

DIGGING UP THE PAST “There was this skull in a display case,” the award-winning playwright recalls. “It belonged

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to man called Koos Sas, a local Khoisan who was gunned down after being accused of killing a shopkeeper in Montagu. “Growing up in South Africa in my time you never heard the other the side of the story, and how certain communities lost so much. So I started to wonder what it would be like to tell a story from the perspective of Koos Sas.” Initially Kramer was content to release a song about the infamous Khoisan, but realised the tale of Sas deserved to be explored further. The result is Koos Sas: The Last Bushman Of Montagu, a unique stage production which forms part of the South African season this


Karoo Moose

month at the Tricycle Theatre in Kilburn. The first Afrikaans musical with English subtitles to be staged in London, it is set against a backdrop of racism and subjugation, and reimagines Sas as a Robin Hood-type character who won’t accept the lands of his ancestors could belong to anyone. The last of the “bushman robbers”, Sas is gunned down by police, and his skull paraded overseas as an example of a primitive man.

A STORY WORTH TELLING For Kramer – who has put together critically acclaimed musicals such as Kat And The Kings, which focus on areas of South African history that have been suppressed – Koos Sas: The Last Bushman Of Montagu was a chance to bring the plight of the Khoisan to a wider audience. “The overseas perspective of South Africa is very much this clash between black and white, while the decimation of the original inhabitants of southern Africa, the Khoisan, is hardly mentioned,” he explains. “When you start looking into that side of the history you discover there was this

You never heard “ how communities lost so much ” trade in bushman skeletons at the turn of the century. Human remains are held in museums in South Africa, England and in Europe, so the musical also explores people’s fascination with what they saw as primitive man and how damaging that was.”

THE CHANGING FACE OF THEATRE Koos Sas: The Last Bushman Of Montagu comes to London after a hugely successful run in South Africa. Kramer believes the make-up of the audiences that saw the musical at the Baxter Theatre in Cape Town is an indication of just how much the arts have changed in South Africa. “In the past, theatre was quite an elite sort of thing and it was mainly white people who came to see it,” he explains. “I’ve seen audiences change from being almost all white to being very representative of the racial mix of Cape Town today. “There has been a development of shows that appeal to the broad population of South Africa. There is a different kind of storytelling that’s going on, and that’s really exciting.”

» Koos Sas: The Last Bushman Of Montagu and Karoo Moose, Tricycle Theatre, Kilburn High Rd, NW6 7JR Kilburn (020 7328 1000). From Jun 16. £10-£20 Koos Sas: The Last Bushman Of Montagu

DIRECTOR LARA FOOT NEWTON TALKS ABOUT KAROO MOOSE “I’m getting the actors to soften their Saffa accents so people in London can understand them,” explains Lara Foot Newton, taking a break from rehearsing her award-winning play Karoo Moose, which is part of the Tricycle Theatre’s South African season. The accents might be softened but the message Karoo Moose conveys will be as powerful as ever. Set in the Karoo in South Africa, the play deals with the breakdown of the family unit as seen through the eyes of a young girl. “There are real problems with child abuse in South Africa that people have to face up to,” Foot Newton explains. “But this is also an uplifting and playful piece of work.” With Karoo Moose featuring a host of talented young actors, Foot Newton believes the outlook for theatre in South Africa is rosy at the moment. “There seems to have been a surge in South Africa when it comes to gifted actors and writers,” she says. “Like everyone we struggle with funding, but I still think it’s a great time for theatre over here.”

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CINEMA ENTERTAINMENT

THE HANGOVER

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SCREEN TEST: VEGAS MOVIES

Bradley Cooper, Ed Helms, Zach Galifianakis, Justin Bartha

STARRING:

RT 99 MINS

1 The vault of which casino is raided by Danny Ocean’s gang in Ocean’s 11? 2 In Honeymoon In Vegas what does Nicolas Cage agree to do after losing a poker game? 3 Name the Vegas show Seth Rogen and Paul Rudd see in Knocked Up. 4 Which film is the following line from: “In Vegas, everybody’s gotta watch everybody else”? 5 Name the underdog dodgeball team that wins in Vegas in Dodgeball.

★★★★★

In a posh Vegas hotel three mates come to, having just experienced the greatest bucks party of all time. The problem is, they can’t remember a damn thing. Why is there a tiger in the bathroom, and a baby in the closet? And what has happened to the groom-to-be? As Phil (Cooper), Alan (Galifianakis) and Stu (Helms) search for their friend Doug (Bartha) while trying to piece together what happened the night before, the comedy set-pieces just keep coming in a film that breathes new life into the bromantic comedy genre. From a weird encounter with Mike Tyson, to tackling a naked mob boss who has been locked in the boot of a car, The Hangover takes you on a hysterically

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funny trip through Sin City. While director Todd Phillips sets a cracking pace, it’s the likeability of the leads that makes this such a blast, with Galifianakis in blinding form. Ironically for a film about

amnesia, The Hangover is one of the most memorable comedies of the year so far. GOOD FOR: Anyone who’s ever woken up with the hangover from hell. PIERRE DE VILLIERS

LAST WEEK’S ANSWERS 1 Someone ruined a shot

2 Waitress 3 Kyle Reese 4 Two 5 T1000 LAST WEEK’S WINNER Michael Mackinnon

THE REEL DEAL

THE LAST HOUSE ON THE LEFT

Braving the rain at the gala opening night of the 56th Sydney Film Festival last week, the Australian cinema community gathered to watch UK director Ken Loach’s comedy drama Looking For Eric. Direct from the Cannes Film Festival, the movie stars former French soccer player Eric Cantona as an imaginary friend of a postman. The festival features three local films in the running for Australia’s largest cash prize for a movie. Rachel Ward’s Beautiful Kate, Disgrace by director Steve Jacobs, and Khoa Do’s Missing Water are among the

Hollywood’s obsession with remakes continues with this offensively bad thriller in which a couple exact revenge on a gang who torture their daughter. Derivative, overthe-top and, apart from one disturbing rape scene, very low on real shocks, this is a complete waste of time. GOOD FOR: Those who are easily shocked. PDV

Russell Crowe’s latest film project Robin Hood may be in trouble, if comments from a new cast member are anything to go by. Rumours the script is constantly being re-written were confirmed by Dame Eileen Atkins, who stepped in to replace Vanessa Redgrave after Redgrave pulled out to mourn the death of her daughter, Natasha Richardson. “They keep rewriting the script and changing my lines quite dramatically, so I’m terrified of forgetting them,” Atkins told the UK’s Daily Express last week.

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★★★★★ Postman Eric Bishop (Steve Evets) is helped through a crisis when philosophical footy star Eric Cantona mysteriously appears to him in Ken Loach’s well-crafted comedy drama. Excellent performances and a fantastic script make this a contender for the best film about football ever made. GOOD FOR: Those who wonder why they call it the beautiful game. PDV

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★★★★★

films vying for the A$60,000 Sydney Film Prize.


CULTURE ROMEO & JULIET There are two must-dos in London for Shakespeare fans: A Midsummer Night’s Dream under the stars in Regent’s Park, and Romeo & Juliet performed from the balcony at the Globe. The open-air theatre isn’t doing Dream this season, but The Globe is obliging with a run of everyone’s favourite tragic love tale. And it’s a production worth seeing. Adetomiwa Edun makes a fluid Romeo, and Ellie Kendrick, a gapyear student (don’t you just hate her?), warms into her Juliet after a shaky start. But, as so often happens,

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SEE THIS: Theatre the star-crossed lovers are upstaged by brash Mercutio, an unusually comic Benvolio and a witty turn from Fergal McElherron as the Capulets’ manservant. Penny Layden and Kiwi star Rawiri Paratene excel as the nurse and Friar Lawrence. CLAIRE GOODALL

» Shakespeare’s Globe,

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Bankside, SE1 9DT London Bridge (020 7401 9919; shakespeares-globe.org). Until Aug 23. £5-£33

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WORTH A LOOK Funk, soul, jazz and blues – Been So Long is a new musical comedy from Che Walker. » Young Vic, The Cut, SE1 8LZ

Musical drama Too Close To The Sun offers a fictional account of writer Ernest •Piccadilly Circus (0844 871 7622; ambassadortickets.com). Jul 16-Sep 5. £10-£55

Southwark (020 7922 2922; youngvic.org). Jun 11-Jul 15. £22.50 Hemingway’s last year. » Comedy Theatre, Panton St, SW1Y 4DN

EXHIBITION OF THE WEEK

BOOK OF THE WEEK

BASIL HALL: ETCHED IN THE SUN

ONE DAY

★★★★★

Basil Hall is a master Aussie printmaker who has spent 25 years working with remote indigenous artists. The resulting works featured in this exhibition are masterful. They represent a diverse range of artistic styles, showing the broad spectrum of indigenous

art. Many are remarkably elegant, but all are evocative of a certain theme or spirit – whether it’s animals, the landscape, or in one charming print, a new arrival to a big city. DANIEL LANDON

» Rebecca Hossack Gallery, Conway St, W1T 6BA Warren Street (020 7436 4899; r-h-g.co.uk). Until Jun 20. Free

David Nicholls (Hodder & Stoughton) OUT JUNE 11

★★★★★ Unlike most university shags, Dex and Em’s one-night stand develops into an enduring friendship spanning 20 years. One Day follows their journey, on one day of each year, from wide-eyed ingénues, through success and failure, love and loss, to something approaching self-realisation. What a journey it is. Taking his cue from the narrative structure, Nicholls catapults his readers on a whistlestop tour of the ’80s and ’90s, exploring the complexities of suppressed passion,

burgeoning romance and gutwrenching disappointment on his way. What’s more, it’s comically, painfully true. Have you ever developed a crush on your best mate? Been stuck in a job you despise? Partied too hard and woken up wondering how life passed you by? It’s all here – the human experience laid bare in all its fallible glory. So real are Nicholls’ leads, so compelling their story, it’s impossible not to be drawn into their world, to care deeply about their fate. By turns heartwarming and heart rending, this sublime novel is story-telling at its best. CG

MORE EXHIBITIONS Forward To Freedom is a new display commemorating the 50th anniversary of the formation of

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the Anti-Apartheid Movement and its significant and wide-ranging impact in the UK, South Africa and around the world. » Museum of London, London Wall, EC2Y 5HN

Barbican (020 7001 9844;

museumoflondon.org.uk). Jun 12-Sep 6. Free

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MEET THE CREW Krysten Booth Editor From: Toowoomba

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TEACHING CAREER NIGHT Working in the teaching industry? Come to TNT’s career networking night, in association with Tradewind Recruitment, at Octave 8 this Wednesday and find out how you can work in the best schools and get the highest rates of pay in London. Tradewind is a holder of the DCSF

Quality Mark and is one of the leading providers of teaching staff to schools in the capital, committed to finding you the best job possible. » Octave 8, 27-29 Endell St, WC2H 9BA Covent Garden. Wed, Jun 10, 4pm7pm. Free but registration is necessary. Sign up at tntonline.co.uk/networking

SA RUGBY SCREENINGS The Lions Tour live Watch live coverage of the British and Irish Lions’ three Tests against South Africa at Stamford Bridge, plus there’ll be Q&As with former Springbok and England players.

» Jun 20 & 27, Jul 4. £15. See chelseafc.com/tickets

SPOTLIGHT ON TNT SUMMER SCHOOL Travelling this summer? Learn the lingo of your destination and get more out of your trip. TNT and the Language Machine have teamed up to give you the chance to go on a five-week language course, learning Spanish, Italian or French, ideal for beginners or those who’d like to refresh their basic skills. Spanish lessons begin on Tuesday, June 30; Italian on Wednesday, July 1; and French on Thursday, July 2.

» TNT office, 14-15 Child’s Pl, SW5 9RX Earl’s Court. £60 before Jun 22, £75 thereafter. See tntonline.co.uk/ summerschool

LIFE IN THE UK MADE EASY wanting to benefit from their time overseas.

» The guide is available from tntonline.co.uk/guides. £1 to cover postage (£4 outside the UK)

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SA TIMES MAGAZINE WHAT Saffas in London, pick up your free copy of the South African Times

WHEN On June 16, and then every month thereafter

WHERE For distribution points, see southafricantimes.co.uk

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Make the most of your time in the UK and Ireland with a copy of TNT’s Guide To The UK & Ireland 2009. Packed full with useful advice and information, such as how to find a flat, getting a job, visa options, how much everything costs, keeping in touch with home, festivals and travel, the guide is the perfect companion for anyone

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With his daily marathon of meetings, Boothy sure is a busy man – so maybe it’s no surprise we got to hear the happy news about his engagement through Desperately Seeking! Having fully embraced modern technology, he’s even been tweeting away from the wilds of Africa – all the while fighting off those hungry lions …


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MUSIC KASABIAN West Ryder Pauper Lunatic Asylum

MUSIC & CLUBS

(RCA)

★★★★★

Comparisons to Oasis that Kasabian have drawn since they blustered on to the scene look set to continue; supporting their heroes on tour will see to that. Truth be told, Kasabian have more in common with Primal Scream. Both bands are shamelessly in thrall to classic rock; both seem desperate to experiment without always having the smarts to do so. Despite the occasional

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LITTLE BOOTS

PLACEBO

PATRICK WOLF

Hands

Battle For The Sun

The Bachelor

(679)

(PIAS)

(Bloody Chamber)

The PR machine surrounding Victoria Hesketh has been so intense that it’s easy to sympathise with listeners who grew sick of her before she’d so much as released a second single. Her debut album can’t possibly live up to its advance billing, and doesn’t. Still, despite a surprising amount of filler, there’s plenty here to like: the Kylie-esque Stuck On Repeat; the glacial Click; and, of course, New In Town, currently sitting near the top of the singles chart. WFJ

It’s a surprise to learn that Battle For The Sun is only Placebo’s sixth album. At any rate, the long-serving trio have long since passed the point where they’re likely to draw in a huge new constituency of fans. Battle For The Sun comes billed as the group’s cheeriest record yet, but only diehards will probably be able to tell the difference: the grinding riffs and sharp-edged vocals of tracks such as Devil In The Details seem cut from the group’s usual cloth. WFJ

Patrick Wolf’s left-field pop has always been as flamboyant as his dress sense, and his fourth album hardly bucks this trend. Indeed Wolf’s trademark multi-instrumentalism seems to reach an apogee on The Bachelor, rendering tunes Count Of Casualty and Vulture as wondrous baroque versions of Hot Chip-style electro dance. It can all get a bit OTT, as on ponderous violin-led Theseus, but there’s never a dull moment. ALISON GRINTER

★★★★★

★★★★★

★★★★★

SOUNDS OF HOME

NEW ZEALAND

SOUTH AFRICA

NO.1 Boom Boom Pow, Black Eyed Peas MAKING NEWS Empire Of The Sun have won best video at the St Kilda Film Festival. The duo of Luke Steele and Nick Littlemore won the award for their trippy film clip of single We Are The People, shot in Mexico.

NO.1 Knock You Down, Keri Hilson ft Kanye West MAKING NEWS Hip-hop star Che Fu has been made a Member of the New Zealand Order of Merit. The 35-year-old received the nod in a letter addressed to “Mr Fu”, but the honour will be given in his real name, Che Kuo Eruera Ness.

NO.1 My Life Would Suck Without You, Kelly Clarkson MAKING NEWS Sipho Sithole of Native Rhythm Records declared Camagwini “the first ethno-soul princess,” at the launch of the Afro-pop songstress’ second album Emandulo at The Bassline in Newtown last week.

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LIVE REVIEW Manic Street Preachers Roundhouse May 28 ★★★★★ The release of Journal For Plague Lovers gives life to late Richey Edwards’ lyrics, kept hidden for 15 years. Despite Nicky Wire’s limited movement due to a prolapsed disc, an eclectic melancholic crowd thrash to the huge double set. The brilliant gratuitous use of a string orchestra in This Joke Sport Severed and beautiful solo ballad Facing Page Top Left are the highlights of the new LP, which is played in full. Wire’s Magnum PI white suit perfectly reflects the mood as the Roundhouse is rocked by classic tune Australia, and so much more. EDO ELLIS

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AUSTRALIA

twist – the strident middle section to Where Did All The Love Go? for instance – the exotically titled West Ryder Pauper Lunatic Asylum is basically just a conservative rock record covered in glitter dust. The likes of Underdog and Vlad The Impaler go nowhere fast; vocalist Tom Meighan runs through every sneery rock singer stereotype in the book, hardly helped by lyrics that blend incoherence with cliché at every turn. All told, Kasabian’s third LP is a hugely overhyped rock record. When you put it like that, those Oasis comparisons seem right on the money. WILL FULFORD-JONES


MUSIC

GIG GUIDE MUSIC & CLUBS

Alison Grinter PICKS OUT THIS WEEK’S BEST LIVE MUSIC

GIG OF THE WEEK MELTDOWN: YOKO ONO’S PLASTIC ONO BAND FT ANTONY HEGARTY, SEAN LENNON Long vilified as the crazy lady who single-handedly tore The Beatles asunder (yeah, right) Yoko Ono is finally getting her creative dues at the ripe old age of 76. Her recent album Yes, I’m A Witch, a collaborative reworking of Ono tunes with a clutch of indie rock darlings, was a critical hit, and she has another album My Head And The Sky in the pipeline. This week she and Plastic Ono Band, the conceptual supergroup she formed with hubby John Lennon in 1969, are Ornette Coleman’s choice of headliner for the Meltdown festival.

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» Royal Festival Hall, Southbank Centre, Belvedere Rd, SE1 8XX

Waterloo (0871 663 2501). Sun, Jun 14. £20-£25

LADY SOVEREIGN

I AM GIANT

She should be filling stadiums by now but somewhere along the line it all went a bit wrong for grime artist Louise Harman. Her in-your-face chavvy shtick proved too salty for US tastes, and she didn’t last long as Jay-Z’s personal signee to Def Jam records. Second album Jigsaw was disappointing but TNT Music reckons she’ll have her day yet.

Despite being the only NZ band to have two albums debut at the top of the charts in Godzone, alternate metallers Blindspott called it a day two years ago. But the band’s erstwhile drummer Shelton Woolright has formed a new quartet, I Am Giant. As you’d expect their music is on the heavier side of rock – in a good way.

» KCLSU, Macadam Building, Surrey St, WC2R 2NS

» Proud, Camden Stables Market, Chalk Farm Rd, NW1 8AH

Temple

(020 7848 1588). Wed, Jun 10. £10

Chalk Farm (020 7482 3867). Thu, Jun 11. £5, £8 after 10pm

BELIEVE THE HYPE SING IT LOUD

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THE LINE-UP Cousins Pat Brown

(vocalist) and Keiran Smith (guitars), plus Nate Flynn (bass), Ben Peterson (keys) and Chris Lee (drums). HAILS FROM Minneapolis, US. THE BUZZ SO FAR Sporting flowing locks à la Hanson and a youthful earnestness to match, Sing It Loud are the latest pop-punk pin-ups to reach our shores. But they ain’t just pretty faces – they also have cred: their debut album Come Around was produced by Josh Cain, guitarist of ’90s punk revivalists Motion City Soundtrack. WHAT ELSE? They’re signed to uber respected indie label Epitaph, home to such punk greats as Rancid, Gallows and Bad Religion. THE BAND SAY “Many oldschool Epitaph punk kids

hate our band but we don’t care.” (Rocksound) THE CRITICS SAY “Chirpier than a songbird who’s just won the lottery.” (Kerrang) WE SAY Sing It Loud – they do exactly what it says on the tin. LISTEN TO No One Can Touch Us at myspace.com/singitloud.

THE RELEASE Debut album

WIN Homeless charity Crisis is staging a ‘hidden gig’ with Kiwi DJ Zane Lowe (below) and Pendulum helming the decks, and experimental outfit The Bays playing a live set on Wed, Jun 17. Tickets are £30 from 0871 220 0260 or crisis.org.uk/ hidden with all proceeds going to the charity. We have two pairs of tickets to the gig to give away. To enter email grabs@ tntmagazine.com with ‘Crisis’ in the subject line.

Come Around out now on Epitaph.

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mud, sweat & tears Festivals can be tough going for the uninitiated, but with TNT’s survival guide your summer music experience needn’t be an endurance test WORDS ALISON GRINTER

WILL IT RAIN? Probably. A scorching summer is predicted for Britain this year but you should still prepare for the likelihood of wet weather. A raincoat and wellies will go a long way towards keeping you dry if the grassy field you’re camping in turns into a muddy slick overnight. Keep an eye on the weather forecast with metoffice.gov.uk.

Make friends and form

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a community

HOW DO I GET THERE? Transport is generally well set up with shuttle buses running from local train stations to the site. You can usually just follow the herd, but make sure you’ve at least had a look at the route


CHECKLIST

TENT Do you know how to pitch it? Practise in the backyard. Don’t forget your sleeping bag and roll mat. CLOTHES Pack carefully for all kinds of weather. Hats, sunglasses and raincoats are a must. Leave expensive threads at home.

TOILETRIES Toilet roll, face wipes, hand sanitiser, painkillers, suncream, toothbrush, tampons, condoms, plasters. Tents: the classic festival experience

on the website before you set out. Arrive early to escape the crowds, and be patient. Book your coach and rail journeys well in advance (see nationalexpress.co.uk for coach services and nationalrail.co.uk for trains). And unless you’re driving you’ll have to carry your stuff some distance – so pack light but pack well.

WHERE WILL I SLEEP? You can’t beat sleeping in a tent for the classic festy experience. Most weekend tickets include camping but not all, so check the festival’s website. If camping, don’t leave buying a tent until the last minute and look beyond high street stores (eBay etc) for bargains. Many festivals now also offer ‘luxury’ camping in the form of pods and tipis, but these can be expensive. If hiring a camper van do bear in mind that many festivals charge a hefty whack for an extra pitch.

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HOW CAN I KEEP MY STUFF SAFE? Don’t take expensive stuff with you in the first place, and keep your mobile and cash on you in a bum bag or some other small carry bag. You can padlock your tent if you like but if someone wants to break in they will, so best not advertise the fact you’ve got anything in there that’s worth stealing. A better bet is to make friends with the people camping close to you, thereby creating a sort of festival ‘neighbourhood watch’. ARE THE TOILETS REALLY THAT BAD? Yes. They start out clean but deteriorate fast, and after the first day they usually run out of toilet paper too, so pack your own (those little packets of tissues are ideal). The sinks also stop working pretty quickly so a small bottle of sanitiser is a good idea for hands – and a torch is essential for night time visits to the loo.

CAN I TAKE MY OWN BOOZE? Most festivals allow you to take your own alcohol into the campsite area only, but glass is usually prohibited – so pour your tipple of choice into plastic bottles or simply take cans. IS THE FOOD EXPENSIVE (AND CRAP)? Festival food is definitely getting better. Gone are the days when dodgy burgers and limp chips were the only things on offer. Most of the big festivals provide veggie and gourmet options – but they can be pricey. Food costs soon add up so it’s a good idea to pack some snacks such as crisps, cereal bars and nuts. And you can at least stock up for the first day with some supermarket-bought sandwiches. HOW MUCH MONEY SHOULD I TAKE? As much as you think you’re going to need. Budget for food, drinks, alcohol and hippy dippy stuff like reiki massages, or whatever. The bigger festivals will certainly have cash machines, but the queues are insane.

GARBAGE BAGS Good for storing wet clothes or as a makeshift raincoat.

TORCH For those nocturnal dashes to the dunny. Don’t forget batteries.

CASH Take enough to last for the whole festival. Also take your debit/credit card, just in case you run out.

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WHAT’S THE DEAL WITH DRUGS? TNT Music ain’t gonna pretend that this kind of naughtiness doesn’t go on, but still feels obliged to state the obvious: drugs are illegal and if you get caught with them you’ll get done. What’s more some festivals go to great lengths to keep drugs out, so sniffer dogs and random bag searches are not uncommon. And if you’ve never taken drugs before, a gathering of 50,000 plus people is not necessarily the best place to experiment, especially with acid or magic mushies. Be safe and have a good time! forget your gumboots Don’t tntonline.co.uk

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TICKETS Don’t forget ’em, whatever you do.

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MUSIC LISTINGS MONDAY 27

SATURDAY 2

Casiotone For The Painfully Alone, Concern, Mewgatz

Dub Pistols The hip-hop, breakbeat and ska collective use horns and turntables for the performance. Koko, Camden High

The Chicago-based indiepop performer promotes his album Vs Children. The

St, NW1 7JE (0870 432 5527). £14.50.

Luminaire, Kilburn High Rd, NW6 7JR (020 7372 7123). Adv £8.50.

Jooks Of Kent, The Nuns The trio play blues and boogie crossed with rock and roll.

Kenny G The saxophonist promotes his album Rhythm And Romance. Royal Albert

The Grosvenor, Sidney Rd, SW9 0TP (020 7733 1799). £5.

Hall, Kensington Gore, SW7 2AP (020 7589 8212). £29-£50.

Left With Pictures, My Sad Captains, The Riff Raff

Rosemary Branch Festival: Pete Letanka Trio South

The London-based combo play melodic indie-pop. The

African swing band. Rosemary

Lexington, Pentonville Rd, N1 9JB (020 7837 5371). £6, w/flyer/NUS £5.

Branch Theatre, Shepperton Rd, N1 3DT (020 7704 6665). £10.

Raphael Saadiq The Grammy Award-winning American soul singer and producer plays tracks from his back catalogue. IndigO2, Peninsula Sq, SE10 0DX (0871 220 0260). £22.50 & £30.

NOFX American punk-

TNT’S TOP BOOKING

NINE INCH NAILS O2 Arena, Peninsular Sq, SE10 0DX North Greenwich (0870 534 4444). Wed, Jul 15. £32.50 You want to what me like an animal? Trent Reznor’s nihilistic rock vehicle rolls into town this summer. Expect to hear 20 years’ worth of hits.

Chris Wood Acoustic folkrock from the singer-songwriter and guitarist. The Slaughtered Lamb, Great Sutton St, EC1V 0DX (020 7253 1516). £14, concs £12.

rockers. Shepherds Bush Empire, Shepherd’s Bush Green, W12 8TT (0905 020 3999). £20.

Gary Moore, Buddy Whittington The veteran guitarist promotes his album, Bad For You Baby Baby. Hammersmith Apollo, Queen Caroline St, W6 9QH (0844 844 4748). £26.91-£34.26.

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KT Sullivan The vocalist

The Bug, DJ Adrian Sherwood The London outfit

performs the songs of Jerome Kern. Live! On The Park At Pizza

play experimental rock. The

On The Park, Knightsbridge, SW1X 7LY (020 7235 5273). £15 & £25.

Rhythm Factory, Whitechapel Rd, E1 1EW (020 7375 3774). £10.

The Wednesday Night Showcase Acoustic

Easy Star All-Stars The New York four-piece perform covers with a reggae twist. Koko, Camden High St, NW1 7JE (0870 432 5527). £17.50.

Putney, Lower Richmond Rd, SW15 1EU (020 8780 9383). £5.

Sleepercurve, White Light Parade, HK:UK The London

Emily Barker & The Red Clay Halo, Danny Schmidt Folk from the Australian singer-songwriter and her band, including tracks from her album Despite The Snow Snow.

trio play progressive indie-rock to promote their forthcoming EP.

showcase of signed and unsigned acts. The Bullet

Bar, Kentish Town Rd, NW1 8PB (020 7485 6040). £5, w/flyer £4.

And Bar, Dover St, W1S 4LQ (020 7629 9813). £15.

Skinny Molly

Southern US rock band featuring Lynyrd Skynyrd guitarist Mike Estes. The Half Moon, Half Moon Ln,

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The Blockheads The veteran

punk-rockers play their hits. The

Electric Ballroom, Camden High St, NW1 8QP (020 7485 9006). £23.50.

The Luminaire, Kilburn High Rd, NW6 7JR (020 7372 7123). £8, adv £6.

Herne Hill, SE24 9HU (020 7274 2733). £12, adv £10.

The Deadly Vibes, The Risk, The Branded

Tarrbaby, Three Times Daily

The American three-piece play country-rock tracks from their album Feels So Good I Wanna Do It Again. Boston Arms, Junction Rd, N19 5QQ (020 7272 8153). £7, concs £5.

Willie Garnett’s Big Band

Gravity, Spector, Gunner Sgt, Continental Train Wreck The outfit play indie-rock songs.

Sax-led swing from the 17-piece. Bull’s Head, Lonsdale Rd, SW13 9PY (020 8876 5241). £7.

Dublin Castle, Parkway, NW1 7AN (020 8806 2668). £6, w/flyer £5.

Hope And Anchor, Upper St, N1 1RL (020 7354 1312). £6, concs £4.50.

The Yeah You’s, Meg Hutchinson Alternative duo

Indie-rock trio from Ipswich.

Mike Kintish and Nick Ingram perform electro-rock tracks.

Sam Lewis Soul, blues and folk from the guitarist and his band playing tracks from album Everything You Are.

The Troubadour, Old Brompton Rd, SW5 9JA (020 7370 1434). £7.

12 Bar Club, Denmark Place, WC2H 8NL (020 7240 2622). £6.

Okkyung Lee, Christian Marclay, Steve Beresford, John Butcher Experimental

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Zoot Money’s Surprise Party The veteran blues man

tracks from the New York performer. Cafe Oto, Ashwin

plays his monthly residency.

St, E8 3DL (020 7923 1231). £10.

Bull’s Head, Lonsdale Rd, Barnes, SW13 9PY (020 8876 5241). £10.

James Marsters

Bridgefire, Son Of Bitch Heavy soulful rock four-piece from London. Bull And Gate, Kentish Town Rd, NW5 2TJ (020 8826 5000). £5, concs £4.

Nina Ferro with Boisdale Blue Rhythm Band The Australian jazz singer performs with the outfit. Boisdale Of Belgravia, Eccleston St, SW1W 9LX (020 7730 6922). £12, diners £4.50.

José González The Swedish singer-songwriter plays lo-fi pop.

Hayze, I’m Spartacus, Hipsters Fix, The Blockade The Cavendish Arms, Hartington Rd, SW8 2HJ (020 7627 0698). £5.

Old Brompton Rd, SW5 9JA (020 7370 1434). £8, £7 before 10pm.

The Wolfetones

Brian Warfield and his band play upbeat interpretations of Irish ballads and songs.

Irish Cultural Centre, Blacks Rd, W6 9DT (020 8563 8232). £15.

SUNDAY 3 Ian Anderson Jethro Tull flautist. Barbican Hall, Barbican Centre, Silk St, EC2Y 8DS (0845 120 7500). £17.50-£25.

Rhydian The Welsh X Factor finalist performs tracks from his self-titled album, which features covers and originals. Hammersmith Apollo, Queen Caroline St, W6 9QH (0844 844 4748). £22.02-£39.15.

trio play experimental rock. Dublin Castle, Parkway, NW1 7AN (020 8806 2668). £6, concs £4.50.

Compton Terrace, N1 2UN (020 7226 1686). Adv £20.

John Standing The vocalist performs the songs of Noël Coward. Live! On The Park At Pizza

Ultravox The 1980s

Pink

new wave and electropop band perform tracks from their repertoire. Roundhouse,

The pop singer performs tracks from her album Funhouse. O2

On The Park, Knightsbridge, SW1X 7LY (020 7235 5273). £15 & £25.

Tacoma The Paris-based

Chalk Farm Rd, NW1 8EH (0844 482 8008). £32.50 & £35.

Arena, Peninsula Sq, SE10 0DX (0871 220 0260). £35.

Jim White The Americana

Mick Thomas, Rachel Hatfield, Natalie MCcool

country singer plays tracks from his extensive back catalogue.

The Australian soloist performs folk-rock. The Troubadour,

Jeniferever, Red Skys, Caesura, Codes In The Clouds Indie-rock from the

Union Chapel, Compton Terrace, N1 2UN (020 7226 1686). Adv £17.50.

Old Brompton Rd, SW5 9JA (020 7370 1434). £12, adv £10.

Swedish four-piece playing tracks from their album Spring Tides. Monto Water Rats, Gray’s Inn

The London singer and instrumentalist plays soul, funk and electronica. The Troubadour,

The acoustic pop vocalist plays songs from his album Like A Waterfall. Union Chapel,

East Wintergarden, Canada Sq, E14 5AB (020 7334 3922). £17.

Rd, WC1X 8BZ (020 7837 4412). £6.

Blues, funk and soul from the seven-piece. Dover St Restaurant

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Jayson Norris, Rhys Morgan, Amphibic Acoustic rock singer-songwriter originally from New Zealand. Halfmoon

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Submit your free listing at least three weeks prior to the publication by emailing gigs@pressassociation.com.

Tina Turner The Grammy Award-winning American singer-songwriter performs hits from her back catalogue. O2 Arena, Peninsula Sq, SE10 0DX (0871 220 0260). £50-£200.

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FAST FORWARD AC/DC Wembley Stadium, Jun 26 (0871 2200 260). £55 Animal Collective Brixton Academy, Aug 20 (0844 477 2000). £18 Blur Hyde Park, Jul 2-3 (0870 534 444) £45 British India Dublin Castle, May 24 (020 8806 2668). £6. John Butler Union Chapel, Jul 17 (0870 264 3333). £17.50 The Cat Empire Shepherds Bush Empire, Jul 3-4 (08444 77 2000) £17.50 Nick Cave & The Bad Seeds Latitude Festival, Jul 16-19, Henham Park, Suffolk, (latitudefestival.co.uk) £150 Die! Die! Die! Cargo, May 10, (020 7403 3331). £6.50 The Drones The Luminaire, May 21 (wegottickets.com). £8.50 Gurrumul Union Chapel, May 13 (0844 576 5483).£12.50 Manic Street Preachers Roundhouse, May 28-30 (0844 482 8008). £26.50 Mr Scruff Koko, May 23 (0870 4325 527). £15 Pet Shop Boys O2 Arena, Jun 19 (0870 534 4444). £30 Shapeshifter Forum, May 22 (0844 847 2405). £17.50 Toast Festival: Dave Dobbyn, Jayson Norris, Goldfish Clapham Common, Jun 26-28 (0871 230 5583). £15-£150


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CLUB GUIDE

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Natasha Vuckovic PICKS OUT THIS WEEK’S BEST CLUB NIGHTS

CLUB OF THE WEEK SUPERFREQ Looks like a model, rocks like a bastard … that’s what Superfreq says about itself. This is a party that was born to quench the thirst of clubbers who didn’t want the weekend to end. Set up by The End’s co-owner Mr C, it was once a Sunday soirée at his club, but has now moved into recently opened London Bridge venue Cable. Residents Mr C, Dollz At Play and Matthias Tanzmann (right) will be there, with a set by James What too. Get your Superfreq on.

» Cable, Bermondsey St Tunnel, SE1 3JW

London Bridge

(020 7403 7730). Sat, Jun 13, 11pm-8am. £17

beats/breaks

funk/soul

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drum ’n’ bass

electro

hip-hop

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Old-school cool comes to The Den (formerly The End) this week, as house music legend Frankie Knuckles gets ready to play a four-hour set. He’ll be joined on the decks by another dance music stalwart, Danny Rampling.

Watch films about dance music, and then go clubbing afterwards. Movies include High On Hope, about the infamous Blackburn raves and Jon DaSilva will recreate the music of Manchester’s notorious Hacienda nightclub.

» The Den, West Central St, WC1A 1JJ Tottenham Court Road (020 7240 1083). Sat, Jun 13, 10pm-10am. £22

» Curzon, Shaftesbury Ave, W1D 5DY Leicester Square (0871 703 3988). Fri, Jun 12, 11pm-4am. £15

PLACE TO BE The Crescent With a champagne bar downstairs and nightclub upstairs, The Crescent is a new venue in West Kensington. Enter a dark interior that’s plush and posh. The club upstairs is surprisingly large, with a lowered dance floor surrounded by seating made for people watching. A bit of an odd location as there’s not much going on around it – however, it’s

definitely worth a visit if you like your cocktails.

» North End Crescent, W14 West Kensington 8TG (020 7603 2058)

We have a VIP table, including a bottle of champgne, at the Frankie Knuckles gig for one reader and five friends to give away. To enter, email grabs@tntmagazine.com with “Frankie Knuckles” in the subject line by noon on Wed, Jun 10.

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hard house/trance

house/garage

rock/metal

techno

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Get Loaded In The Park has announced another stage to its already bulging line-up. Felix Da Housecat (above), The Count & Sinden and Crookers will be appearing on the Dim Mak stage at the festival on Sunday, August 30. Other names on the bill include Orbital, Röyksopp, Laurent Garnier, Booka Shade and Sneaky Sound System. Birmingham’s Gatecrasher nightclub is giving clubbers the chance to pay for entry and drinks in euros during a 13-week period as it brings a taste of Ibiza to the UK. Some of the island’s parties will hit the venue,

including Manumission and Amnesia. “We surveyed 2000 people from our database and found that over 60 per cent would not be going to Ibiza this year, so we though why not bring the fun to them?” a spokesman for Gatecrasher says. And for those heading to Ibiza despite the crunch, there’s a new club on the scene in San Antonio. Called BoHo, its parties include Nicky Holloway’s Desert Island Disco on Mondays, Bitch and Filth on Tuesdays, hard dance night Atomik on Wednesdays with The Tidy Boys and Mr C’s Superfreq on Thursdays.


CLUB LISTINGS TNT’S TOP BOOKING

MONDAY 27 Authentic Cuban Night

Electrovibe James Mac and DJ Lukass play house and electro. Club Boulevard, The Broadway, W5 5JY (07912 654 543). 10pm-late. £10.

DJ Flecha plays Cuban beats, plus dance classes. Fiesta Havana, Fulham Rd, SW6 5NH (020 7381 5005). 5pm-2am. £5, free before 9pm.

Bite DJs Lydia, Ian, Marcus and Complexus play electro, hip-hop, indie, Motown and pop. Punk, Soho St, W1D 3DN (020 7734 4004). 9pm-3am. £5, concs £3, free before 10pm.

Explosive DJ Rugrat spins R’n’B, funky and club classics. Zoo Bar, Bear St, WC2H 7AQ (020 7839 4188). 10pm-3.30am. £5.

Hard Core Salsa DJ

House Rules Bank Holiday Special Norman Jay spins house classics. Plan B, Brixton Rd, SW9 4AY (0870 116 5421). 9pm-6am. Adv £10.

Lost And Found Keb Darge and Andy Smith play blues, rock and Northern Soul. Madame Jo Jo’s, Brewer St, W1F 0SE (020 7734 3040). 10pm-3am. £8.

Miami 305 Funky house and pop from Mr Mak and Edge. Stanza, Shaftesbury Ave, W1D 5DY (020 7494 3020). 9.30pm-3am. £15, mems £10.

Platinum Funk The

Mario plays mambo and salsa. Salsa!, Charing Cross

Delicious Thursdays R’n’B

Funky Fridays DJs provide funk,

resident DJs supply R’n’B, hip-hop and funky house.

and retro hits on the ground floor, with house and party anthems in the basement. Zoo Bar, Bear

disco, pop, African beats and 1980s hits, plus live performances from Jesse, Ken and Tyrone.

The Libertaire, High St, W3 6NG (020 7160 0572). 10pm-late. £10, ladies Free before 11pm.

St, WC2H 7AQ (020 7839 4188). 10pm-3am. £10, £8 before 10pm.

Royal Oak, East Hill, SW18 2QB (020 8874 4892). 7.30pm-late. Free.

Fuse The resident DJs spin funky house and indie. The

Hospitality High Contrast and Skream Zinc spin house. Matter

chart, party and retro hits in the basement with R’n’B, electro and house in the VIP room. Zoo Bar, Bear St,

Langley, Langley St, WC2H 9JA (020 7836 5005). 4.30pm-1am. £8, free before 9pm, £3 before 10pm.

At O2 Arena, Peninsula Sq, SE10 0AX (020 7549 6686). 10pm-6am. £15.

WC2H 7AQ (020 7839 4188). 9pm-3am. £7, NUS £5, adv £4.50.

Members Night DJ Bambach

Rd, WC2H 0JG (020 7379 3277). 5.30pm-2am. £4, free before 9pm.

Double Shake It With Laquisha Jonz Andrew

Salsa Night The resident

Elmore and Tommy Sandhu supply club hits. The Shadow

DJs provide salsa tracks. The Standard, Blackhorse Ln, E17 6DS (020 8503 2523). 8pm-9pm. £6.

Lounge, Brewer St, W1F 0RF (020 7287 7988). 10pm-3am. £5£10, free before 10pm, mems free.

Game On Residents spin

TUESDAY 28 Barrio Latino Merengue, salsa, bachata and urban Latin tracks from Chino and Alex. Bar Rumba, Shaftesbury Ave,

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W1D 7EP (020 7287 2715). 9pm-3am. £5, £4 before 11pm, NUS £3.

Socialism Brockie, Nicky

Forca Brasil DJ Fred spins

BM and Phantasy provide drum ’n’ bass. Herbal, Kingsland

salsa, samba and Latin tunes, plus live bands. Salsa!, Charing Cross Rd, WC2H 0JG (020 7379 3277). 5.30pm-2am. £4, free before 9pm.

Lost In London Party hits on the ground floor, electrohouse in the basement and commercial R’n’B in the VIP room. Zoo Bar, Bear St, WC2H 7AQ (020 7839 4188). 9pm-3am. £7, guestlist/NUS £5.

Salon DJ Aubrey spins club anthems. The Shadow Lounge, Brewer St, W1F 0RF (020 7287 7988). 9pm-late. £5-£10, free before 10pm, mems free.

supplies funky house anthems.

Latin Fever Latin music from resident DJ Jorge, plus live bands. Salsa!, Charing Cross

The Shadow Lounge, Brewer St, W1F 0RF (020 7287 7988). 9pm-late. £5£10, free before 10pm, mems free.

Rd, WC2H 0JG (020 7379 3277). 7pm-2am. £10, £8 before 11pm, £4 before 9pm, £2 before 8pm.

Rewind Residents spin classic

Twisted The residents supply

Rd, E2 8DA (020 7613 4462). 9pm-2am. £7, £5 before 12am, NUS £4, ladies Free before 11.30pm.

club anthems. LVPO, Dean St, W1D

house and commercial dance.

5BQ (020 7434 3399). 9pm-3am. £8.

Trannyshack Tasty Tim and

Silk Cuts DJ Nick Fletcher spins

Dusty O supply chart anthems, plus live bands. Madame Jo Jo’s,

global house. Jewel, Glasshouse

Motion, Victoria Embankment, WC2N 6PA (020 7389 9933). 8pm-late. £10, guestlist £5 before 11pm, free before 9pm.

St, W1B 5DQ (020 7439 4990). 9pm-1am. £10, guest list £5.

Upper Class DJ Leo spins

For full listings info go to tntonline.co.uk/ whats_on Brewer St, W1F 0SE (020 7734 3040). 10.30pm-3am. £5, w/flyer £3.

Wicked Wednesdays

The residents supply R’n’B and hip-hop. Sound, Leicester

Sq, WC2H 7NA (0870 863 1010). 9pm-3am. £10, £2.50 before 11pm.

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Arpdays DJs Idjut Boys, Bill

house. Jewel, Glasshouse St, W1B 5DQ (020 7439 4990). 9pm-1am. £10, guest list £5.

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Residents spin dance, pop and club classics. Apt, Queen St, EC4N

1TX (020 7618 9020). 7pm-3am. £5, £3 guest list. Free before 10pm.

Back In The Day Resident DJ Stevie B spins retro pop, electro, funk, house, dance and R‘n’B.

White Heat DJs Matty and Olly spin rock and disco.

Brewster and Jonny 5 spin club hits. Cargo, Rivington St, EC2A 3AY

Madame Jo Jo’s, Brewer St, W1F 0SE (020 7734 3040). 10.30pm-3am. £7, adv £6.

(020 7739 3440). 7pm-1am. £8.

Escape Soho, Brewer St, W1F 0SU (07833 327002). 9pm-3am. £4.

Classique The residents

Calentito Resident DJs spin

play house classics, 1980s pop and commercial R’n’B. The Hill,

pop, R’n’B and classic soul.

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Muswell Hill, N10 3ST (020 8365 3651). 10pm-3am. £10, £7 before 11.30pm.

Salvador And Amanda, Great Newport St, WC2H 7JA (020 7240 1551). 9pm-3am. £10, guestlist £5.

SATURDAY 2

Digress Soho, Beak St, W1F 9RA (020 7437 0239). 12noon-3am. £10, £7 before 11pm, free before 10pm.

Steve Smart Steve Smart spins dancefloor hits. Club Boulevard, The Broadway, W5 5JY (07912 654 543). 10pm-1.30pm. £10, ladies £5 before 11.30pm.

XXL Techno and pop from resident DJs for a crowd of hirsute guys and their admirers. The Arches, Southwark St, SE1 1RU (020 7403 9643). 9pm-6am. £12, concs/mems £8.

SUNDAY 3 Dubfire Paul Woolford, Tim Sheridan Vs Mr C and Biased Guy spin dubstep. Matter at O2 Arena, Peninsula Sq, SE10 0AX (020 7549 6686). 10pm-6am. £15, adv £12, NUS £10.

Born 2 Boogie DJ Legs,

Playboys and Milk Tray spin R’n’B, hip-hop, soul and reggae. Archangel, Kensington High St, W8 5NP (020 7938 4137). 10pm-2am. £10, concs £8.

Funkinyou 5th Anniversary & Sunglasses Party DJ Arkoss and special surprise guests play house, funk and electro. Koko, Camden High St, NW1 7JE (0870 432 5527). 10pm-5.30am. £15.

Carwash Resident DJs play 1970s and 1980s disco and funk.

N-Joy The resident DJs

Club Aquarium, Old St, EC1V 9DD (020 7251 6136). 10pm-3.30am. £15.

supply club anthems.

Destination Resident DJs

Cheap$kates Disco and hip-hop courtesy of DJ Downfall.

spin funky house, dance, commercial dance, R’n’B and club anthems. On Anon,

Moonlighting, Greek St, W1D 4DR (020 7734 6308). 9pm-3.30am. £6, NUS £4.50, w/flyer £4.

Piccadilly, W1V 9LA (020 7287 8008). 9pm-late. £10, £7 before 11pm, free before 10pm.

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Rock The Kaz Bar Resident DJs spin disco, funk, pop, house and R’n’B grooves.

Motion, Victoria Embankment, WC2N 6PA (020 7389 9933). 10pm-3am. £10, free before 12am.

Wetyourself Resident DJs spin electro and minimal tunes. Club Aquarium, Old St, EC1V 9DD (0776 704 7420). 10pm-4am. £10, w/flyer £5.

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TIESTO VICTORIA PARK Bethnal Green Jul 3, £36 The Dutch DJ is coming to London this summer for a bit of festival fun. Having sold out the O2 Arena last year, he’s sure to do the same at this event. Get your tickets now at ticketmaster.co.uk.

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NEWS & SPORT

NEWS IN REVIEW

The week that was MONDAY

» TUESDAY » WEDNESDAY » THURSDAY » FRIDAY » SATURDAY » SUNDAY QUOTE UNQUOTE

WRAP UP OF THIS WEEK’S EVENTS FROM AUSTRALIA, NEW ZEALAND AND SOUTH AFRICA

“The guy’s a psycho chook. Who in their right mind gets onto a plane and because he doesn’t get the right colour birdseed has a spack attack?” Nationals Senate leader Barnaby Joyce responds to a poll showing that voters think Prime Minister Kevin Rudd can be nasty.

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AUSTRALIA Growth for economy Australia has avoided a technical recession as the economy grew by 0.4 per cent for the first quarter of the year. But Prime Minister Kevin Rudd warned that Australia is not out of the woods yet. “There is a lot by way of difficulty and obstacles which lie ahead of us,” he said.

O’Brien loses battle Professor Chris O’Brien died in hospital last week, following a three-year battle with cancer. A state funeral will be held

NUNS ON THE RUN: Singer Delta Goodrem gets ready to run the final leg of the Nun’s Run, a 400km charity run from Dubbo to Darlinghurst. The nuns are raising money for a new cancer centre at St Vincent’s Hospital, where Goodrem was once a patient.

for the acclaimed cancer surgeon and face of the reality TV medical programme RPA. “He was the great gold standard by which most doctors judge themselves, and it’s just a huge loss for not only medicine, but for Australia,” neurosurgeon Dr Charlie Teo said of his friend and patient.

Grant for fire orphans

Chris O’Brien

Children orphaned in Victoria’s Black Saturday bushfires will receive $50,000 as part of the $7 million child bereavement grant announced last week. Children who lost both their parents will get $50,000, plus

$20,000 a year. Young adults aged up to 26 who lost a parent will receive $35,000 to help with education and other needs.

Turnbull: death threats Opposition leader Malcolm Turnbull said the late media tycoon Kerry Packer threatened to kill him over a deal to buy the Fairfax newspaper group. Turnbull said he was threatened after he told Packer he planned to have him ousted from the consortium in 1991. “I didn’t think he was completely serious, but I didn’t think he was entirely joking either,” Turnbull said.

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for people to push the limit,” one female office worker, who stopped to watch the spectacle after a morning meeting, said. But police did not share her view and fined Roberts $750 for his efforts, saying he put his life in danger as well as the lives of onlookers and emergency services personnel.

“You ring up and ask to place an ad for a fridge and it’s $40. Then you ask for a sex ad and it’s 10 times that much.” Sex worker Ivy McIntosh says newspapers discriminate against prostitutes when it comes to advertising. “I think that is the most bizarre thing I have ever seen, or heard, or read in my life.” Victorian Premier John Brumby on the NSW request that students returning from Victoria stay home from school for one week due to the threat of swine flu.

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A Frenchman who calls himself the real Spiderman pleaded guilty to illegally climbing a 41-storey building in Sydney. Alain Roberts, 46, stopped traffic as he scaled one of the city’s largest skyscrapers, the RBS Tower, and was greeted with cheers from office workers when he reached the top. “I think it’s really important

“I’m not a magician, but at least you’ll look fabulous when you’re sweating.” Fashion designer Peter Morrissey, who has just designed the new McDonald’s managers’ uniforms.


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What’s happening across the country

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■ Defence minister Joel Fitzgibbon quits over meetings held in his office. ■ Health contracting discussed with American health group. ■ Senator John Faulkner is appointed Australia’s new defence minister.

efence minister Joel Fitzgibbon resigned last week in the midst of a scandal, which accused him of not complying with the ministerial code of conduct. Fitzgibbon quit over meetings between US health group Humana, his brother Mark who is chief executive of health fund NIB, veterans affairs minister Alan Griffin and defence personnel minister Warren Snowdon, at which health contracting was discussed. Fitzgibbon said he learned

The body of a newborn baby was found at Renmark High School, north-west of Adelaide. Police located the teenage mother who was seeking medical treatment.

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Former defence minister Joel Fitzgibbon

that one meeting between the parties was held in his ministerial office and his staff members sat in on a number of meetings. “Despite having made clear to all parties that it was important that I not be involved, I am not satisfied that contact between the various parties leave it clear

that I have entirely conformed with your ministerial code of conduct,” Fitzgibbon said. Prime Minister Kevin Rudd appointed veteran politician senator John Faulkner to replace Fitzgibbon. Rudd described Fitzgibbon as a “good” defence minister, but said he had made mistakes and “paid a high price”.

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Last World War I serviceman dies Australia’s oldest man and last remaining World War I serviceman died last week, aged 110. Jack Ross died peacefully in his sleep at the Golden Oaks Nursing Home in the central Victorian city of Bendigo. Prime Minister Kevin Rudd said in mourning the death of Australia’s oldest man, Australia should remember all who served in the Great War. “[As] we mourn the death of Jack Ross, I ask that we also reflect on the service and sacrifice of the 417,000 Australians who served our

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nation during the First World War and the 61,000 who gave their lives,” Rudd told parliament last week. At 18 years old, Ross enlisted in the Australian Imperial Force in January 1918, and trained at the Wireless Training School before he was posted to the 1st Battalion at Broadmeadows camp in Victoria. Although he never saw active service because the war ended while he was still at the camp, Ross served Australia again in World War II as a member of the volunteer defence corps.

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Pharmaceuticals company Herron planned to close its Brisbane factory. All 130 workers were told they would lose their jobs from early 2010, but 96 would be offered a transfer to Melbourne.

ACT A Canberra restaurant that underpaid its Chinese chef $47,000 was fined $30,000 and ordered to pay him back. The chef had since returned to China.

NEW SOUTH WALES Australian customs and border protection police seized two tonnes of chemicals capable of producing $15 million worth of methamphetamines at Port Botany in Sydney. Six men were charged.

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Tasmania was ranked as having the lowest overall crime rate in Australia for 2008. The state had the lowest rates in almost every category, with a 23 per cent drop in sexual assault and a 33 per cent drop in armed robbery.

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Thomson discharged All Blacks loose forward Adam Thomson was discharged on two counts of assault. The complainant, Joanna Margaret Holley, presenter of TV2 children’s programme Squirt, rang police from a motel in Havelock North in the early hours of December 21 after arguing with Thomson, who had accompanied her to a wedding. In court Holley admitted Thomson had responded to her crying and arguing by trying to walk away, and that he had not physically assaulted her.

QUOTE/UNQUOTE “When I found out that my ticket had won, I just kept saying wow, wow, wow.” A Lower Hutt second division Lotto winner on finding out he won $800,000 days after losing some of his retirement fund in a failed investment. “Loan sharks are foul mongrels.” Labour MP Parekura Horomia says fringe money lenders are creating problems for Maori people. “Somebody who’s keen, who’s found a cool chick and who wants to give them something they normally wouldn’t be able to afford.” Wellington man Anthony Gardiner, who launched a Twitter treasure hunt for a $5000 engagement ring after his girlfriend rejected his proposal.

Swine flu child case A one-year-old toddler from South Auckland tested positive for swine flu. The child, who attends a childcare centre in Papatoetoe, was isolated and recovering at home. Staff and other children were offered Tamiflu and asked to stay in isolation.

Arise, Sir John Champion athlete John Walker became the first Kiwi to be knighted since the National Government restored knights and dames this year. Sir John was an Olympic

WILL THE REAL PITA PLEASE STAND UP?: Maori Party co-leader Pita Sharples inspects a puppet of him at the Backbencher Bar. The pub, across the road from Parliament, is famed for its collection of caricatures and is a regular haunt of New Zealand politicians.

1500m gold medallist in 1976, a year after he became the first runner to go under three minutes 50 seconds for the mile.

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A Whakatane hunter described how seven armed Mongrel Mob members stood over him as he

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“So many people here and I hate being looked at cos there is, like, no white people.” Aroha Hurring, who fled NZ with her partner and $3.4 million, shares her life on the run in Asia on Facebook.

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emerged from the bush in Urewera National Park. “They obviously wanted our guns and our dogs, and I was wondering whether I would have to shoot them to get home safely,” the hunter said. Police were investigating the claims.

“They’re so envious of me, and I don’t snub any of them. They give me the thumbs-up and I give them the thumbs-up.” Rona Mckay, 71, of Christchurch, on local boy racers’ reactions to her $80,000 1998 Mitsubishi Evolution.


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SUMMARY ■ David Bain found not guilty of murdering his family in Dunedin in 1994 in a retrial. ■ He was convicted in 1995 but in 2007 the Privy Council quashed those convictions. ■ His most ardent supporter, Joe Karam, spent millions to prove Bain’s innocence.

avid Bain was found not guilty on all five counts of murder in the High Court last week, and was free to go home. After five hours and 50 minutes of deliberating, the jury in one of New Zealand’s most sensational trials found Bain not guilty of murdering his family 15 years ago. Bain met the verdict calmly, and smiled broadly. Outside the court, he thanked his supporters, particularly former All Black Joe Karam, who had

UPPER NORTH ISLAND Sports personality Matthew Ridge was injured after a BMW pinned him to a wall at his car grooming business in Greenlane. Ridge’s injuries were believed to include a fractured hip and pelvis,

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LOWER NORTH ISLAND David Bain shortly after the verdict

personally spent millions to support Bain. “Without Joe and his solid strength … I wouldn’t have made it through this far,” Bain said. “Joe’s been there through everything for me.” Karam said Bain was an “innocent man beaten down by a lot of myths and legends”. “There’s nothing more than

smoke with no fire,” he said. Michael Reed QC, who headed Bain’s legal team, said Bain should apply to Cabinet to get compensation for his years of lost freedom. ‘’Of course I believe that should happen after 13 years in prison,” Reed said. “Think how long 13 years is in prison.’’

A Rimutaka Prison unit manager and three prisoners were charged with cannabis-related offences following a police and corrections department bust. The charges were the result of information provided by the corrections department in April, which indicated Rimutaka Prison inmates were being supplied with cannabis.

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MP resigns over sex allegations Internal affairs minister Richard Worth resigned after news of his involvement in two sex scandals broke last week. An Auckland woman laid a complaint with police about a “a sexual encounter” involving Worth in March. A day later, another woman alleged Worth had harassed her by phone. Despite Worth’s claims of innocence, Prime Minister John Key said: “Dr Worth’s behaviour does not befit that of a minister and I won’t have him in my Cabinet.” Key also said Worth should talk with his family about the

WAS IT WORTH IT? The second woman alleged Worth made “vulgar, sexually explicit” phone calls and texts to her and may meet John Key to show him the messages.

wisdom of remaining an MP. Worth refuted the allegations, and said they had damaged his career and hurt his family and friends. “I maintain that I am innocent of any crime, and I will defend myself vigorously against any accusations that I have broken the law,” he said.

A 39-year-old Nelson woman set herself on fire by the city’s Maitai Walkway. A passer-by dragged her into the river after he saw her pour liquid on herself before setting herself alight. She later died.

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Richard Worth (inset) has resigned from Cabinet

The New Zealand Automobile Association called for action after the stretch of road between Invercargill and Bluff was identified as the most dangerous section of state highway in Southland. The AA said it was highly likely a fatality would occur on the section.

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QUOTE UNQUOTE “I don’t know what you are talking about. I have no deals with the SABC. It’s shocking news. We will discuss it with the family.” Nelson Mandela’s grandson, Mandla, on a report he sold the TV rights to the former president’s funeral for R3 million, quoted in The Star.

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Missing student The body of missing Matie student Eren van Rensburg, 20, was found in a sandy grave on top of a dune at Elandsbaai on Wednesday last week, two days after her disappearance. A 24-year-old man, who apparently was known to her, was arrested in connection with her disappearance, Die Burger reported.

Zuma and Zille march “President Jacob Zuma” and opposition leader “Helen Zille” put aside their differences to take part in a protest march by a coalition of producers and artists at the SABC in Auckland Park last Thursday. “They flew up from Cape Town last night, they held hands and had a nice chat,” Z-News puppet manipulator Nkosinathi Gaar said. The TV Industry Emergency Coalition wanted to use the march to highlight their struggle to get payment out of the SABC for work they had produced.

‘Zuma’ and ‘Zille’ protest

ALL SMILES: Allen Salama, 12, from Washington, poses with former South African president Nelson Mandela at a meeting in Johannesburg on Tuesday last week. A group of American and South African students, aged from 11 to 19, met Mandela as part of a series of activities ahead of Mandela Day on July 18.

Finger wiping good A Kentucky Fried Chicken television ad showing men wiping their greasy fingers on a boy’s head in accordance with African tradition was cleared of the charge it could promote the spread of cholera. In a ruling handed down last week, the Advertising Standards Authority also said the wiping was not a form of child abuse. A member of the public, HT Frans, complained the men were transferring their germs to the boy, counter to department of health advertisements which

*And finally … busted for barking that irritate neighbours by barking continuously. “Owners may not keep any dog which barks for more than six minutes in any hour or more than three minutes in any half hour,” the by-law states.

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Child prostitution There were about 10,000 child prostitutes in Johannesburg alone, Retha Meintjes, member of Sapsac, an organisation investigating child abuse, told Beeld newspaper. She said though figures were not available for other cities, all the available information indicates the situation in Cape Town, Durban and Port Elizabeth was “equally grave”.

“The family are just trying to regroup. He’s a father of three. His eldest is turning six in a week, and he’s got four-year-old twins.” Neil Heine, brother of Erich, the only South African aboard Air France flight 447, which crashed into the Atlantic last week. “SABC, stop feeding ama repeats.” A poster at a protest against non-payment by the public broadcaster.

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encouraged people to wash their hands to avoid spreading the disease.

“I am absolutely shocked at Huisgenoot’s audacity to reveal Joost’s money matters … I am not buying Huisgenoot again. I would rather read the Bible.” Beeld reader Thea van Rooyen in a letter on a magazine article about former Springbok Joost van der Westhuizen’s financial situation.


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SUMMARY ■ President Jacob Zuma gives his first state of the nation address. ■ South African economy affected by financial crisis, and country in a recession. ■ Government promises to work more with the public and establish a hotline.

resident Jacob Zuma called on South Africans to work together with government to do more to realise the vision of a better and more prosperous nation. In his first state of the nation address last week, Zuma told parliament that though South Africa had not been affected by the economic criss to the extent that a number of other countries had, the country was in a recession. “It is more important now than ever that we work in partnership on a common programme to respond to

A disgruntled worker was arrested last Friday after he allegedly burned down his boss’ house in Johannesburg. Police said the worker was angry after he was told his services were no longer required.

KWAZULUNATAL President Jacob Zuma talks to Thabo Mbeki after his first state of the nation address

this crisis,” the president said. Zuma promised an era of renewal and said that the government would become more interactive with the public, with work having begun on the establishment of a public liaison capacity in the presidency. In addition to receiving

letters and emails from the public, government would establish a telephone hotline for citizens to use. “Staff will handle each public inquiry as if it was the only one, following it through all the channels until it receives the attention it deserves,” Zuma said.

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leaving South Africa and reasons for returning had remained consistent. “What we have been seeing for the past nine months is that many people who have been torn about returning have made the decision to return, partly because of the global crisis, but also because on reflection, South Africa is where they want to be,” she said. “This is a great opportunity, as we are gaining from international experience both in skills and entrepreneurship, and for many the conscious decision is to be home and make a difference.”

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The SPCA assisted organisers of President Jacob Zuma’s ‘ascendancy to the highest office’ party with the slaughter of 25 cows last Friday when the Nxamalala clan in Nkandla, where Zuma grew up, entertained the president.

EASTERN CAPE Four robbers and a policeman were killed in a shootout after a robbery at Mpozolo pension payout point in Willowvale last Thursday afternoon. The police were called after the gang of seven robbers fled with an undisclosed amount of money.

LIMPOPO

South Africans miss the lifestyle of their homeland

A South African who claimed to be 135 years old, possibly the oldest woman in the world, has died, Limpopo premier Cassel Mathale said last week. Moloko Temo, who was possibly born on July 4, 1874, died last Wednesday, and is survived by her daughter, Evelyn Mothemane, 29 grandchildren and countless great-grandchildren.

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CRICKET Former Australian coach John Buchanan denies rumours he may join England for the Ashes. The value of cricket coaches is oft-debated, but Buchanan’s move is probably a smart one.

RUGBY LEAGUE Cronulla Sharks chairman Barry Pierce quits after a month that saw the club hit by a sex scandal, a player banned for steroid use and another player fined for racial vilification.

RUGBY Australia hammer Canada 86-0 at the junior world champs, while the Kiwis belt Uruguay 75-0. But South Africa, shamefully, only manage to win 36-10 over Fiji.

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RUGBY Former All Blacks captain Justin Marshall calls for an ‘expats v All Blacks’ exhibition match. Marshall, never shy about his own ability, would love to get a win over the current crop.

CRICKET Australia announces that Andrew Symonds will be sent home from England after yet another booze-related breach of team rules. Surely, it’s now all over for the all-rounder.

HOCKEY The Aussie women, aka the Hockeyroos, fight back from a goal down to beat world number two Argentina in the final of the SPAR cup in Queensmead.

SUNDAY RUGBY After playing with Sonny Bill Williams for the Barbarians, Luke McAlister urges New Zealand Rugby to do whatever it takes to sign the 23-year-old former NRL star.

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EPL transfer season What’s happen so far? The biggest signing so far is Gareth Barry (right) moving from Aston Villa to Manchester City for £12m. Aren’t Manchester City loaded? Yes – since they were taken over by Abu Dhabi sheikhs last year. They promptly tried to sign Kaka for £100m. Will they be spending big this year? They’ve been linked to Carlos Tevez

and Barcelona star Samuel Eto’o. Who else? Three of the world’s four best players could be moving. Kaka looks set to leave AC Milan. Ronaldo could be leaving Man Utd, who, with Chelsea, have an interest in Franck Ribery.

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Aussies’ winning start The Wallabies tamed Sonny Bill Williams and thrashed a disjointed Barbarians side to open their international season with a 55-7 victory at the Sydney Football Stadium on Saturday night.

Showing some early season rustiness against an even less cohesive Baa Baas, the Australians scored eight tries, with winger Drew Mitchell grabbing a double, to post their biggest victory in 11 games against the invitational side in front of 39,688 fans.

The Wallabies led 20-7 at the break after three first-half tries, before running away with the match. Man-of-thematch Matt Giteau booted four conversions and a penalty goal to cap a flawless kicking game. Playing his first game in Australian since walking out on NRL club the Bulldogs, Williams looked dangerous on occasions, but was also on the end of plenty of attention from the Australians, most notably from opposite number

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MCALISTER TO RETURN? New Zealand’s injury woes may allow Luke McAlister to make an early return to the All Blacks side. Coach Graham Henry said McAlister, who was to come back with the Junior All Blacks, could be selected against France.

nursed it through to the Super 14 final against the Bulls, where a final quarter tackle was the killer blow. Kahui, who turns 24 this week, was hoping to kick on from an impressive Super 14 season.

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Jack returns and shuns easy rugby Former All Black Chris Jack says he’s returning to Super 14 because he doesn’t want to play “easy rugby” in the northern hemisphere. Capped 67 times for the All Blacks, Jack played two seasons for Saracens in the English premiership under former Wallabies coach Eddie Jones, but will return to the Crusaders in 2010 via a stint with South Africa’s Western Province in the Currie Cup. “I’m not going back just to muck around, if I wanted to muck around I would have stayed up there,” Jack said. “If I wanted to play easy rugby I would have stayed.”

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Emerging All Black Richard Kahui will miss the next six months following a shoulder reconstruction, leaving the Kiwi midfield looking threadbare ahead of the season-opener against France. “There were a few options thrown out there but we all knew what had to happen,” Kahui said. “I just didn’t want to say it. I’ve been hiding it, trying not to tackle with it and things like that, but at this level you’ll get exposed if you try and hold a shoulder like that.” He had an initial scan after last season’s Super 14 match against the Brumbies and

Stirling Mortlock, who smashed him in a big tackle. The thrown-together Barbarians attempted to play with their trademark flair but predictably struggled for combination and pace.

The British and Irish Lions battled their way past the Free State Cheetahs on Saturday, winning 26-24 in the third game of their 10-match tour. The Lions remain unbeaten after earlier getting the better of a Royal XV and the Golden Lions. Next. they face Super 14 powerhouse, the Sharks, in Durban on Wednesday. The Lions, with several changes to the team that beat the Golden Lions 74-10 during the week, had to dig deep to secure the win, but had luck been on the Cheetahs’ side, the result could have gone the other way. Replacement flyhalf Louis Strydom failed to nail a drop goal attempt in the dying minutes which could have snatched a win for his team, while, earlier, Jacques-Louis Potgieter missed several penalty kicks.


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32-year-old Queensland veteran Petero Civinoceva after another outstanding Origin performance

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Greg Inglis QUEENSLAND The electric winger scored two tries to further enhance his superstar status. His second try was the highlight – he burst out of traffic and sprinted 75m, leaving a trail of hapless Blues in his wake as the Maroons surged clear.

THE TABLE Team Dragons Bulldogs** Broncos Storm* Cowboys Panthers Knights Titans Rabbitohs* Sea Eagles Raiders Warriors* Eels* Tigers Sharks Roosters

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PD 108 78 16 91 118 46 41 14 -19 6 -41 -56 -109 -60 -82 -151

PTS 18 18 18 17 16 16 16 16 13 12 12 11 11 10 8 8

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18 NSW B Creagh J Hayne C Wing tries K Gidley 3 goals

Queensland claimed victory in the opening State of Origin clash and are now just one win away from a record fourth straight series crown. Led by two tries to centre Greg Inglis and a flawless game from halfback Johnathan Thurston, the Maroons secured five tries to three in front of 50,967 fans. The Maroons led 24-6 after 43 minutes and

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28 Panthers L Walsh 2 P Aiton G Daniela B Tighe tries L Walsh 2 G Cooper goals

The Tigers played with plenty of purpose at Leichhardt Oval but little execution and slumped to their fifth straight loss. After scores were tied at 10-all, the Panthers crossed three times in the final nine minutes, and not even a video referee howler could save the Tigers, who now face an uphill battle to play finals. Storm 48

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4 Broncos I Folau try

The Maroons may have beaten NSW in the opening interstate clash in Melbourne, the Storm wiped the smile off the faces of Brisbane fans. Melbourne led 20-0 at half-time, and the Broncos, missing their talisman in Darren Lockyer, never really fired a shot.

appeared to have the match in their control, but two fortuitous tries to the Blues ensured a tense finish to an enthralling football game. Queensland skipper Darren Lockyer missed a field goal in the 75th minute but it didn’t matter as the Blues couldn’t conjure the try to level the game. Maroons winger Darius Boyd then rammed home the victory with a try in the corner on the siren. Game two is in Sydney on June 24.

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A Graham 2 J Williams 2 S Bolton M Bowen A Payne M Scott T Williams tries J Thurston 5 goals

12 Rabbitohs B Champion C Wing tries C Sandow 2 goals

North Queensland consolidated their top eight credentials by belting South Sydney for their fourth straight win. Johnathan Thurston back up superbly from his ROUND Origin heroics, setting up two tries 13 and kicking five goals, while lock Luke O’Donnell had another impressive game. Sea Eagles 38

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M Robertson 2 A Watmough T Williams G Stewart D Williams S Matai tries M Orford 5 goals

18 Roosters S Kenny-Dowall 2 B Jones S Sa tries C Fitzgibbon goal

The game turned in the 57th minute when, with Manly holding a slim lead, Roosters centre Ben Jones spilt a testing pass from Braith Anasta. Sea Eagles winger David Williams pounced on a Roosters error and raced 90m for the game-breaking try.

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Sharks 18 N Stapleton A Tupou M Wright tries L Covell 3 goals

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10 Warriors B Champion C Wing tries C Sandow 2 goals

The Sharks recorded back-to-back win for the first time this season and relegated the Sydney Roosters to 16th when they scored a 18-10 win over the struggling Warriors at Toyota Stadium. The Sharks raced to a 18-0 lead after just 29 minutes, with tries to Matt Wright, Anthony Tupou and Nathan Stapleton.

Knights 18 K Lulia J Mullen J Sau tries K Gidley 2 G Ndaira goals

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20 Eels L Brown M Vatuvei tries K Locke goal

A controversial penalty and some Parramatta flair propelled the Eels to a 20-18 upset of Newcastle at EnergyAustralia Stadium. The Knights led 12-6 at half-time but fell victim to a questionable decision and complacency as the Eels threw caution to the wind with some entertaining football for their fourth win.

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Outgoing Tigers coach Terry Wallace offers a truism that is particularly true at Richmond

Blue Chris Judd on the burst

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16.16.112 Blues B Fevola 8 A Carrazzo B Fisher C Judd H Scotland J Garlett K Simpson R Houlihan S O’hAilpin

Carlton moved into the top four after an impressive win over Brisbane at the Gabba. The Blues looked to have the game sewn up at the last change, when they led by 30 points, but the Lions came home with a wet sail, booting seven goals in the final term. While Brisbane never actually hit the front, Jon Brown and Daniel Bradshaw both missed Tigers 14.5.89

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J Riewoldt 3 M Morton 3 S Tuck 2 A Pattison 2 A Collins B Deledio D Polo J McMahon

24.13.157 Bulldogs J Hill 4 S Higgins 3 B Johnson 2 D Giansiracusa 2 L Gilbee 2 M Hahn 2 L Picken 2 A Cooney C Ward R Hargrave J Akermanis M Boyd N Eagleton

Terry Wallace’s time at Richmond came to an end, as the Bulldogs recorded a thumping win. The Tigers kicked the last five goals of the first half to be ahead by two points at the break, but the Dogs ran riot thereafter, kicking 13 goals to two in a dominant second-half performance. Power 14.10.94

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D Rodan 3 J Westhoff 2 B Lade B Ebert D Pearce K Cornes M Motlop M Westhoff T Boak T Chaplin W Tredrea

11.4.70 Dockers M Pavlich 2 S Thornton 2 D Mundy 2 C Pearce M Walters D Solomon G Ibbotson M De Boer

The fickle Dockers threatened to upset Port Adelaide early on, leading by 16 points early in the second term. But Port lifted their intensity and kicked six goals to two in the third quarter, to set up a handy buffer that they maintained through to the final siren. Hawks 12.14.86 J Roughead 3 L Franklin 3 M Williams 3 X Ellis 2 S Mitchell

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11.9.75 Swans A Goodes 3 B Hall 2 B Kirk D Jolly J Bolton J McVeigh M Mattner M O’Loughlin

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A Swallow 2 B Ross A Edwards A Simpson B Warren D Petrie L Thomas M Firrito

The Kangaroos made the early running, and were out by 27 points midway through the second quarter, but the Saints clicked into gear and booted seven goals in the final quarter to surge to their 11th straight win of the year. Saint Justin Koschitzke starred with six goals. Bombers 18.6.114

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21.4.130 Crows K Tippett 7 C Knights 5 R Douglas 2 T Walker 2 A McLeod B Vince I Maric J Porplyzia P Dangerfield

The Crows prevailed in a high-scoring, freeflowing encounter, after Essendon led by 21 points halfway through the third term. Adelaide still trailed by eight points at the last change, but kicked six goals in the final quarter to come home with the four points. Eagles 11.11.77 B McKinley 2 M Brown 2 Q Lynch 2 D Cox J Kennedy M LeCras M Rosa S Selwood

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BLUES He has his share of knockers, but he’s vital to Carlton’s fortunes, and when he’s on song, he’s one of the finest forwards in the game. Fevola finished with eight goals against the Lions, and his entire repertoire of tricks was on display. Fevola now has 39 goals for the season, more than any other player.

15.13.103 Saints J Koschitzke 6 N Riewoldt 3 A Schneider 2 C Jones J Gram J Gwilt N Dal Santo

S Lucas 4 J Watson 3 A Monfries 2 H Skipworth 2 A Davey A Lovett A McPhee K Reimers M McVeigh P Ryder R Dyson

Brendan Fevola

15.9.99 Cats P Chapman 3 T Hawkins 3 G Ablett 2 S Byrnes 2 C Mooney M Stokes R Gamble S Johnson T Varcoe

A rout looked on the cards when Geelong kicked the first five goals of the game but the Eagles improved and enough to at least make it an honourable loss, even if the Cats never really looked like losing. Dean Cox was best for the Eagles, while Gary Ablett gathered 42 touches.

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shots on goal in the dying minutes – had they kicked truly, the Lions could have snatched an unlikely victory. The Blues were well-led by spearhead Brendan Fevola, who finished with eight goals for the night, while captain Chris Judd was his usual damaging self through the middle. For the Lions, utility Jared Brennan had one of his best games for the year, while veteran Simon Black kept the Lions in the game early on, and was then instrumental in the fightback.

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David Warner scored 63 runs off 53 balls

ROY PONDERS FUTURE A besieged Andrew Symonds will seek the advice of friends Matthew Hayden and John Buchanan before deciding whether to announce his retirement from Australian cricket after being sent from England following another alcohol-related stuff-up.

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Aussies lose opener Australia got off to a poor start in the Twenty20 world championships, going down to the West Indies by seven wickets at the Oval on Saturday afternoon.

After slumping to 3-15 early on, Australia recovered to post a competitive target of 7-169. David Warner top-scored with 63 runs, while Brad Haddin and the Hussey brothers all

chipped in with hard-hitting cameos down the order. But the West Indies flogged the Australian bowlers, chasing down the total with more than four overs to spare. West Indies captain Chris Gayle was ferocious, smashing 88 runs from just 50 balls. Should Australia lose to Sri Lanka on Monday, their tournament will be over before

it truly began. In another game on Saturday, New Zealand accounted for Scotland in a rain-marred encounter that saw the innings reduced to just seven overs for each side.

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SHANE BOND DOB: June 7, 1975 ODI DEBUT: v Australia, January 11, 2002 ODI: 67 matches, 125 wickets at average of 19.25 TEST DEBUT: v Australia, November 22, 2001 TEST: 17 matchs, 79 wickets at average of 22.39

Daryl Tuffey is once more eligible for selection. “We understand both of these players wish to return to international cricket – which is great news for cricket in New Zealand,” NZC chief executive Justin Vaughan said. “We would love to able to include them in selection discussions.”

FLINTOFF EYES ASHES Despite missing the Twenty20 world championship with a knee injury, English all-rounder Andrew Flintoff believes he will be fit for the first Ashes Test on July 8. Flintoff will play just two first-class matches leading in, raising the prospect of him starting the series underdone.

MILLS MONITORED Kiwi seam bowler Kyle Mills missed his nation’s rainaffected win over Scotland with a back injury, and will be monitored ahead of New Zealand’s clash with South Africa, which looks set to determine which nation qualifies first in Group D.

TAIT JOINS ‘A-TEAM’ Discarded Aussie fast bowler Shaun Tait has been handed the crumbs of an Australia A call-up after losing his central contract. Shaun Marsh, David Warner and Doug Bollinger join Tait in the 17-man squad to face Pakistan A from the end of this month.

PLAYERS TO CHOOSE Players will be allowed to choose between their domestic sides and IPL franchises for the Champions League Twenty20 tournament in October. In a stunning shift, IPL teams no longer have first call on imports whose domestic sides also qualified.

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After an absence of more than two years, New Zealand fast bowler Shane Bond is again eligible for international duties, provided he can prove he has severed ties with the Indian Cricket League (ICL). In 2007, Indian officials saw the ICL as encroaching on their own Indian Premier League, so pressured other nations to ban players attached to the rebel competition, which included Bond. But last week, the Indian board, in all its divine mercy, “granted amnesty” to those players. The decision means Bond, 34, could be considered for a New Zealand A tour to India in August, and the Black Caps’ tour to Sri Lanka shortly after. Along with Bond, bowler

Symonds’ replacement, Cameron White, admitted to mixed feelings about the circumstances of his call-up. While relishing the chance to break into the Australian side, White claimed he was disappointed for Symonds.


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The Socceroos are headed to next year’s World Cup in South Africa. Australia drew 0-0 in Qatar on Saturday, securing the one point they required to cement their spot.

Memorably, Australia qualified for the 2006 World Cup via a dramatic penalty shoot-out against Uruguay – this time around, it was a more low-key affair. Australia created more chances of the two sides, but were unable to score. Yet coach Pim Verbeek would have taken positives out of the way Harry Kewell (left) and Tim Cahill combined through the

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KIWIS AND BAFANA CLASH New Zealand and South Africa seem set to battle for second spot in their pool at the Confederations Cup, beginning in South Africa this weekend. Both sides are in Group A, along with Iraq and Euro champions Spain.

midfield. And ultimately, Australia emerged with the result they needed. “It’s a bit strange, you don’t really have the feeling that you qualified for the World Cup, that feeling will come in the coming days,” Verbeek said. “The boys are feeling fantastic, I think they did a great job, very professional.” The Socceroos will now enjoy a victory lap, when they take on Bahrain in Sydney this week, and then Japan at the MCG on June 17.

In-form Stosur eyes Wimbledon

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Brimming with confidence after a breakthrough grand slam result at the French Open, Australian Samantha Stosur is setting her sights on further success at Wimbledon, which begins in London on June 22. After losing a tight semifinal to eventual winner Svetlana Kuznetsova, the super-fit Queenslander believes she can do at least as well on grass. “I’ve got to adapt a few little things for the grass, but I’m certainly looking forward to getting in there for another grand slam,” Stosur said. “Hopefully I can bring out some of the same kind of tennis and find myself in a similar position. “I’ve kind of proven I can

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do it in a grand slam and where it really counts,” she said. Stosur, 25, had never before gone past the fourth round at a major, but she will be aided in her Wimbledon assault by a higher seeding than she enjoyed in Paris. For the first time in her career, her ranking is in the top 20, entitling her to an easier draw.

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“I think he can snap. He is a bit like Ivan Milat – he has got that serial killer in him.” NSW prop Luke Bailey on teammate Ben Creagh’s white-line fever. “If I’m wearing cuff links, I’ll wear a gold Audemars Piguet. I also have a few silver Piguets. They are beautiful dress watches. I also have a platinum Harry Winston watch that I wear a lot because it has a rugged elegance. You can wear it out at night for dinner or on a golf course, or climbing the mountains.” Greg Norman waxes lyrical about expensive watches, and sounds like a wanker. “There’s no doubting Andrew’s capabilities as a player, but there are other things happening around him that made the decision we’ve come to a relatively easy one.” Ricky Ponting, on what must surely be Andrew Symonds’ last boozy indiscretion. “I’ve lived an easy life, the life you dream about. And at that time I thought it was normal, but it’s so far from normal. Money came in left, right and centre; you just thought that’s how it was for everyone.” Fallen Aussie tennis player Mark Philippoussis, now broke, after blowing US$7 million of prizemoney.

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GROUNDS Despite rejectingd a oneyear deal, reportedly worth $4 million a year, Socceroos captain Lucas Neill says he wants to stay with West Ham and is hopeful of reaching a pay agreement to stay at the English Premier League club. where he is captain.

Casey Stoner leads the MotoGP championship

Stoner out in front Australian MotoGP rider Casey Stoney sits atop the world championship standings ahead of Sunday’s Spanish GP in Barcelona, but insists it’s too early in the season to be looking at the points table.

Stoner won at Barcelona in 2007, the year he took out the world championship, but refuses to entertain talk of a second title. “At this stage it’s not the most important thing,” he said. “Points are always

points and as many as you can get is important, but as for the standings, I think it’s more the middle to the end of season when it becomes crucial.” Stoner, 23, leads the championship with 90 points, four points ahead of Spain’s Jorge Lorenzo. He surged into the lead after winning in Mugello, Italy last month, breaking Valentino Rossi’s seven-year reign on his home track. But defending champion

Rossi, who sits third in the overall points standings, remained confident he was on track to win a record seventh world title. “The championship is very close, with the three of us separated by less than 10 points,” Rossi said. “But it will be a long fight and we will try again in Barcelona next time out.”

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Jackson targets second WNBA title Aussie basketballer Lauren Jackson is entering her ninth WNBA season, and having considered an off-season move to Arizona, is now intent on leading Seattle Storm to another title. Jackson, 28, has won her fair share of individual glory, as league MVP in 2003 and 2007, but is still smarting from losing last year’s Olympic gold medal game to the Americans. “The silver medal is still a great accomplishment,” she said. “But you never know how many opportunities you’ll have to win a championship. So

yeah, I was a little bit upset after that game. It hurt.” Over eight WNBA seasons, Jackson averages 19 points and eight rebounds per game, but is committed to improvement. “The athlete who is motivated and wants to get better never stops trying. I’ll be able to give it a good run this year and become a better player,” she says. Fellow Aussie Suzy Batkovic-Brown also plays for Seattle, while compatriots Belinda Snell, Erin Phillips, Tully Bevilaqua and Kristi Harrower also play WNBA.

FOWLER ON THE MEND A-League side North Queenland Fury took a risk by signing former Liverpool striker Robbie Fowler, and there are plenty critics ready to gloat. But Fury chairman Don Matheson has assured supporters they will soon see Fowler in full flight sooner.

EVANS EYES TOUR Top Australian cyclist Cadel Evans has reached the crucial phase of his Tour de France preparations. After a month of training camps and equipment fine-tuning, Evans will gauge his racing form at the tough Dauphine Libere, the June 7-14 race.

LEWIS PICKS HURDLES Australian runner Tamsyn Lewis is set to square off against two-time world champion Jana Rawlinson and reigning Olympic gold medallist Melaine Walker in the 400m hurdles at the world track and field titles in August.

AUSSIE PIPS KIWI Australian Mike Corren outgunned second-seeded Kiwi Graeme Wilson to win the North Island squash championships in Hamilton on Sunday. Corren downed Wilson in 11-7 11-9 11-7 to win his second title in the space of a week.

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expanding HORIZONS The southern hemisphere’s rugby landscape is changing with a revamped competition on the way and further expansion plans in the pipeline WORDS TOM STURROCK

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n 2011, the Super 14 will become the Super 15, with the new side set to be based in Australia. The expansion will be accompanied by a longer season, built around three national fiveteam conferences. Jim Tucker, rugby writer for Australia’s Courier-Mail, has been covering Tests since 1979, and has been to four World Cups. He’s also been covering Super 14 since its inception. “With the global financial crisis, it’s not a great time to be starting new teams and everyone will be waiting with bated breath to see how it works,” Tucker says. “But rugby needed to do something new, to change. And this is it.”

ALL ABOUT THE BROADCASTERS “Melbourne are definitely the hot favourites,” Tucker says of the planned 15th side. “They’ve gone through the process before and they’ve got some advanced planning in place as a result.” Tucker insists that despite South African efforts to push the Southern Kings, an all-black Cape side, into the league, a fifth Australian side always made the most sense, with lucrative TV dollars the major carrot. “John O’Neill, the ARU boss, was obsessed with getting the new team in Australia. This is the Australian solution – they want more games, more product to go up against AFL and NRL. “They want more derbies between Australian


TUCKER ON … “That’s how conferencing works. With three wildcards, it’s probably fair enough. The third-best Kiwi side can still make it if they’re good enough. And there’s a status to being the best team in your country – that’s now recognised.”

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sides – in the new format, that will go up from six games to 20 games. “They’ll get that home-and-away series between NSW and Queensland, which is very attractive. That was one of the greatest things about Australian rugby – but it got sacrificed with the move to Super 14, and they now play just once a year.”

HOW DEEP IS THE AUSSIE TALENT POOL? While it makes commercial sense for the new team to be based Down Under, there’s concern that Australia’s rugby stock might not be strong enough to sustain a fifth franchise. Part of the solution may be a relaxation of the rules regarding international players, allowing

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THE NEW FORMAT ■ The 2011 comp will have three five-team national pools, with a fifth Australian team on the way. ■ The season will run from late February to early August. ■ Sides will play 16 games: home and away against sides in the same pool, and once against four of the five teams in the other groups. ■ The top teams in each group will qualify for a six-side finals series, along with the three next-best sides.

a Japanese side for 2016, maybe even sooner

the fifth Australian side to feather their nest with Pacific Islanders and Europeans. Tucker raises another possibility: “It could also be that players can play in any of the Super rugby countries, and still be eligible for Test selection.”

THE NEXT BIG DOMINO TO FALL While the shift to Super 15 will revolutionise the competition, Tucker insists it is just a stepping stone to even more ambitious expansion. “I definitely think we will have a Japanese side for 2016, maybe even sooner,” he says. “If they host one of the World Cups in 2015 or 2019, a Super rugby team has to fly. O’Neill sees the benefit for the broadcasters in having a team in Japan and finding a new audience. Whether it comes in 2013 or 2016, that’s a dimension O’Neill wants.” Tucker believes the advent of a Japanese side would see the move to Super 18. “They’ll have three six-team conferences, and set up that central conference with a Japanese side and the five Australian teams,” he says. “They’re all in the same time zone, so it’s great for broadcasters – they can have a Super Saturday where there are three games in a row.”

“There was a fair bit of brinkmanship there – but South African rugby respects New Zealand rugby more than anything else on the planet. They cherish that relationship.”

WHETHER AUSTRALIA HAS ENOUGH QUALITY “There’s a concern that we’ll see raiding parties to NSW and Queensland, like when the Western Force came in. John O’Neill has made promises up and down the country saying that won’t happen, but we’ll have to wait and see.”

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worrying times but urges for students to remain calm. “Too much anxiety about jobs prospects and debt can be damaging to students’ future prospects. “We must help graduates avoid the ‘career paralysis’ trap,“ Shillingford says.

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the attitudes and the potential behaviour of the younger generation in particular. “Younger age groups have only ever known relative economic good times during their adult lives, so the change in economic climate is therefore likely to hit these groups the hardest.”

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How do you budget?

I try to put away a certain amount each month, but it’s been hard since I’ve been in London. What do you blow your cash on?

Rent is the main one. Other than that, it’s going out in London. Restaurants, bars – I’ve been to a few shows on the West End in the last month. I’ve lost a bit of money playing poker in the last few weeks as well. Do you have any extraordinary expenses?

I travel quite a bit through work, and whenever I’m overseas in an interesting city, I come to think of it as an excuse to piss away cash on stuff I don’t need. It’s a problem. I have more stupid hats than I need.

WHAT’S SO BAD ABOUT HIM? Forbes Magazine estimated Superman’s nemesis Lex Luthor’s net worth at US$4.8 billion, making him the world’s richest villain, but is he misunderstood? » Born in the Suicide Slum » He is a father figure to district of Metropolis, he is instilled with a desire to become a self-made man. » Luthor is revered in the alien world of Lexor, where he rediscovered the planet’s lost technology and rebuilt society for its inhabitants.

Conner Kent, a hybrid clone created from DNA belonging to Luthor and Superman. » Served three years as US President; he was elected on a platform of technological advancement, and proposed a moratorium on fossil fuels.

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nearly 50 per cent of the young people surveyed believe they will reduce their use of credit as a result. Doug Strachan, head of consumer insight at Post Office Financial Services, says: “These findings demonstrate that the recession is already causing a marked change in

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EMPLOYMENT Getting a job doesn’t have to be an impossible task. Register with a couple of agencies, the cream of which advertise in TNT and at tntjobs.co.uk. Most recruitment agencies handle specific sectors: IT, banking, finance, secretarial, legal, medical and teaching are the broad categories. Make an appointment to see a consultant, and take your passport, CV and references with you. Some agencies will help you open a bank account.

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Check the conditions of your Tenancy Agreement. If you want to leave before your lease is up, you may be liable to pay until new tenants are found. If you’re living in a sharehouse and haven’t signed a contract, you can move out whenever

The UK tax year begins on April 6, and if you work only part of the tax year you should get some tax back. The tax threshold is £6475 per year – so if you earn less than this, you won’t pay any tax. You’ll need a P45 (when you leave a job) and a P60 (at the end of the tax year). If you’re leaving the UK and won’t work again before the end of the tax year, you can claim a rebate by filling in a P85.

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n these days of credit crunching, camping has re-emerged as a fun way of travelling without taxing your bank manager – if you still have one, that is. The good news is that some of the world’s most spectacular scenery and Europe’s coolest campsites are located right here in the UK, in Scotland – as I discovered when researching Cool Camping Scotland, a guide to sites that reinvent the old-fashioned notion of camping as something just for families and Scout groups.

BEST FOR WALKERS Red Squirrel – Tucked spectacularly into one of Scotland’s famous glens, Glencoe, this campsite (main picture) boasts vertiginous mountains on all sides. There are dozens of walks to choose from, with trails to suit all levels as well as world-class technical climbing. More sedentary souls can enjoy the mountains rearing up in front of the site.

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Beinglas – If you fancy tackling Scotland’s well-known long distance trail the West Highland Way, or even just taking on a section of it, then Beinglas is an ideal base. The trail skirts right past the campsite and you can stock up on hiking supplies here as well as meet fellow walkers.

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BEST FOR SOMETHING DIFFERENT Faichemard – If you want to avoid the risk of running into families on your camping getaway, head just north of Loch Ness to Scotland’s adult-only site. Here you can pick a pitch on heather-covered ground surrounded by forest, and enjoy a sundowner on a picnic table handily provided at every site.

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Lazy Duck – For quirky cool, Lazy Duck is the place. The moniker emanates from the resident Aylesbury ducks, so lazy they can’t be bothered to hatch their own eggs. Humans tend to feel similarly relaxed here with hammocks in the heather, a Tarzan swing, sauna, and outdoor ‘bush shower’, which hints more of Africa than the Highlands.

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BEST FOR BEACHES Invercaimbe – Some of the finest sunsets in Europe can be viewed from the beach here. Enjoy the fiery oranges and reds as they melt over the Small Isles and the shimmering Atlantic Ocean, and feel as though you’re at the end of the world. You pretty much are.

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Sands Holiday Centre – One of the larger and more commercial camps in the Highlands just north of Gairloch, but as the name suggests it offers beach galore where you can enjoy a second childhood among dunes and Atlantic surf, with gorgeous views out to the isles.

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BEST FOR ADVENTURE SPORTS Grandtully – Near the banks of Scotland’s largest river, the mighty Tay, in Perthshire, this site is run by the Scottish Canoe Association and is perfect for those wanting to seek out the thrills of a river kayak ride, go whitewater rafting or enjoy a whole host of other watery excitement, with local specialist companies on hand to organise it all for you.

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Rothiemurchus – From this site, venture into the nearby Cairngorms where numerous high-level walks await – but beware, as these are serious mountains, not just weekend hills. There is mountain biking on the forest trails and mountain slopes, as well as kakaying and sailing on Loch Morlich.

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BEST FOR VIEWS Applecross – With epic views across the Isle of Skye, the sunsets here are spectacular. If you are tight on cash you can camp free of charge right by the beach. Don’t miss a pint and a seafood feast at legendary Applecross Inn.

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Badrallach – The family who own Badrallach, the Stotts, proclaim their paradise is “a truly timeless place”. The sea loch and mountain views are sublime – unchanged for centuries since the days when the clans roamed the glens. It does take a bit of effort rumbling down a rough track to get here, but it is more than worth it.

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TNT Weekender Dubrovnik CROATIA

Dubbed the ‘jewel of the Adriatic’, Dubrovnik’s Old Town is set within city walls built from the 13th century onwards. A Unesco World Heritage Site, the city is made up of cobblestone streets, forts and museums. Despite being bombed heavily by the Serbs in 1991, Dubrovnik has been well preserved and is a top tourist destination when visiting Croatia.

allow swimmers to dive in. Banje beach, located outside the city’s eastern Ploˇce Gate, is a good bet, with great views of the Old Town and the option of hiring a pedolo or jet ski.

CHOW DOWN If you like seafood then you’ll be in heaven in Dubrovnik, with excellent fresh prawns, calamari, fish and mussels available. Pizza and pasta dishes are also offered in lots of places, but leave room for ice cream – heavier than

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If you like beer then get used to saying ‘pivo’. Try Croatian beers like Zlatorog or Ozujsko, which aren’t too bitter and are usually served on tap. For great sundowners, head to Buza I or II, two open-air cliffface bars. Croatians love their café culture so you’ll feel right at home if coffee is your thing.

OUT OF TOWN Head to Lokrum, an island situated less than a kilometre from the Old Town. Boats to the island leave the harbour every half an hour between April and October.

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MUSEUM TIME Get a bit of culture in at the Dominican Monastery and

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buzzing during its annual Summer Festival. This year it runs from July 10-August 25. GETTING THERE There are regular flights into Dubrovnik from London. Ferry services run from several Croatian destinations including Hvar and Split, and Bari in Italy. Buses connect all major cities in Croatia. VISAS South Africans need a Schengen visa. CURRENCY Croatia Kuna. 1 GBP = 8.48 HRK. LANGUAGE Croatian. GETTING AROUND The Old Town can be easily explored on foot but if you’re staying outside of the walls, buses and taxis are available. GOING OUT A beer costs about 16 HRK. ACCOMMODATION A room in a guesthouse starts at about 70 HRK.

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Walking the tall walls that surround the Old Town is a highlight when visiting Dubrovnik, and a good way to get your bearings. Head to Pile Gate, the Old Town’s main entrance to the 2km walk, which offers stunning rooftop and ocean views.

With temperatures hitting 30˚C in summer, taking a dip in some of Dubrovnik’s crystal clear waters is the perfect way to cool down. The beaches are generally pebbly, although there are some concrete areas that

Museum, which has paintings dating from the 15th and 16th centuries on display, or check out works by contemporary Croatian artists at the Museum of Modern Art. Other options include the Maritime Museum and Ethnographic Museum.


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The peaceful revolution that freed then Czechoslovakia from its communist grip began and ended in Prague. Go there now to uncover a thriving city shaped by its recent past WORDS ALISON GRINTER

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MUSEUM OF COMMUNISM A statue of Lenin greets you inside,

and the accompanying text doesn’t hide the curator’s bitterness towards the revolutionary leader’s “tactics of extreme ruthlessness.” There are lots of kitsch artefacts but most interesting is a film showing the riots and demos leading up to independence in 1989, complete with bloodied protesters being terrorised by police and people offering flowers to embarrassed soldiers. See muzeumkomunismu.cz.

THE OLD TOWN SQUARE Now covered by a welter of alfresco cafés and attracting sheep-like tourists to watch wooden

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n the face of it, Prague looks just like any other bustling European destination. But beneath the touristy veneer beats the dissident heart of a city that once took on its communist authorities and lost – then took them on again 20 years later and won. This helped shape the Prague you see today, so it’s worth delving into its fascinating past.


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saints emerge from the Astronomical Clock on the hour, it’s impossible to imagine this cobbled square (main picture, p65) as the scene of political unrest. But in January 1968, the Prague Spring, led by then-Czechoslovakian leader Alexander Dubcek, kicked off here, with the aim of restyling “Socialism with a human face”. By March demos, petitions and street debates were in full swing in the square – then nicknamed ‘Prague’s Hyde Park’. Sadly the party ended abruptly on August 21 when Russian tanks rolled in. Praguers responded with Molotov cocktails and fierce fighting broke out. You can still see dents in the walls of the National Museum in nearby Wenceslas Square, made by Soviet machine gunfire.

LETNA This vast open space near the Letna Gardens was the scene of the biggest demonstration of the 1989 Velvet Revolution, when 750,000 people gathered to protest against the Czech government. It was a defining moment which led to the anti-communist coalition getting the ruling party to resign.

WHEN TO GO Any time. Prague attracts stag and hen dos all year, but crowds will be thinner in the colder months. GETTING THERE Czech Airlines, British Airways PRAGUE and EasyJet all fly CZECH REPUBLIC direct from London with the date 17.11.89 to Prague. GETTING AROUND marks the spot. Prague’s integrated PRAGUE CASTLE public transport system More than just a castle, Prague Hrad has (with metro, tram and bus services) is cheap always been the seat of Czech rulers. In 1989 and easy to use. it took on a special significance when Vaclav VISAS Australians and Kiwis Havel went from being dissident to president don’t need a visa. South and took up his post here. He recently Africans need a tourist visa. published To The Castle And Back about life CURRENCY Czech Republic as the first president of post-Velvet Revolution Koruny. 1 GBP = 29.65 CZK. Czech Republic. LANGUAGE Czech. » Alison Grinter travelled to Prague GOING OUT Take your pick with Eastern Trekker (0845 257 8345; from classical concerts to easterntrekker.com). The seven-day throbbing nightclubs and Bohemian Trek is £323. hot new bars. Beer costs from €1.40. ACCOMMODATION A dorm bed at the Plus Prague hostel starts at €7. Book on hostelworld.com THE JEWISH MUSEUM – the largest online hostel In Prague’s former Jewish ghetto, it provides booking website with 20,000 a fascinating account of the city’s Jewish hostels in 170 countries. history. See jewishmuseum.cz. SEE prague-info.cz.

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KARLOV MOST (CHARLES BRIDGE) Take a stroll along this magnificent bridge. Unfortunately there’s no avoiding the flocks of tourists. The best time to see it is early in the morning or later in the evening.

PETRIN Jump on the funicular railway up to peaceful Petrin, a park with spectacular views across the city. At the top of the hill is Petrin Tower, a small-scale copy of Paris’ Eiffel Tower.

STUDENT MEMORIAL, NARODNI TRIDA On November 17, 1989, students marching along Narodni Trida in memory of the students who had been persecuted by the Nazis 50 years earlier were bashed by police. A bronze plaque of hands making peace signs (near number 16)

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This simple landscape has been carefully composed to make the most of the ethereal atmosphere. The inclusion of trees in the foreground breaks up the skyline, provides texture to the lake, and creates depth without imposing

RUNNER-UP THE CUTEST TIGER CUB IN THE WORLD, NORTHERN THAILAND Rebecca Oates, Melbourne, Australia Fabulous colour and texture from the light of the window is perfectly reflected in the cub’s eyes, giving a classic square highlight. By closing in tight on thecub’s face, and using a large aperture

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a tripod is a must as it allows small apertures to create front to back sharpness. A light tripod is easy for travelling, but weigh it down with stones or similar when in use. » Julia wins a three-day tour of Scotland for two valued at £198 from Haggis Adventures

so the depth of field is shallow, Rebecca has a great portrait. With portraits, the eyes – windows to the soul – are usually the most important aspect, and this cub has soul by the bucket load. HOT TIP: Window light is great for portraits. Position the subject of your photo near the window and make sure they are not in direct sunlight, so a north-facing window in the northern

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THEME: BUSKERS Musician, Venice by Shane Heenan, Timaru, New Zealand Street musicians are popular holiday subjects, but it is a challenge to capture what is essentially sound on to a visual medium. Shane has used black and white for this image of a busker in Venice.

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HOT TIPS: 1 Including the crowd and its reactions can make for an interesting background. 2 Establish a mood. Is the effect you want one of hard graft or festival-like fun? 3 Essentially the image is a portrait, so try to capture the character of the person or performance. 4 Using a long lens will give a voyeuristic feel to your images and allow you to shoot through crowds, while a wide angle will put you in the heart of the action. 5 Give some change – it’s only polite and many performers could not survive without their busking supplements.

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Melisa and Andrew, via email I’m booked on a tour of La Tomatina but am struggling to organise transport to Valencia from the city I’m flying into. I haven’t booked my flights yet as I can’t seem to find train times on the Spanish government travel website. How reliable are trains in Spain? Is it better to fly into Madrid or Barcelona? Should I book rail tickets in advance? Or should I hire a car? Jess Halls, via email

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This is one of those questions that seems difficult when you’re a long way away, but is easier once you’re in Europe. The answer is you should fly directly into Valencia, which as Spain’s third largest city is easy to reach from anywhere in Europe, including connections in Madrid or Barcelona. Should you wish to use Spain’s excellent, fast and reliable rail network, however, times and fares can be found at the Renfe Spanish rail site (renfe.es). In the UK, you can book tickets at Spanish Rail (020 7725 7063; spanish-rail.co.uk) up to 60 days in advance of travel. Valencia is three hours and 20 minutes from Madrid by fast train, which costs £38.42. From Barcelona the journey is 10 minutes longer and costs about £6 more. You’ll find the world and his tomato trying to reach Buñol from Valencia for La Tomatina, so allow plenty of time to get there – a 6.30am train is not too early.

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This week’s postbag reflects the public service nature of this page. I’d love to give advice on tracking down bronze effigies of medieval soldiers hiding in old churches deep in the English countryside, but as you lot want tips on getting wellied at Spanish festivals I must oblige. Given I’ve answered this kind of question several times already this year, and summer has just begun, may I suggest you all cut out and keep this one? The truth is there’s no cheap way to do a trip like the one Ben is planning. You don’t have enough time to go overland and flying odd routes is not cheap. This journey requires a one-way fare on a non-budget airline and at least two connections. Croatia Airlines (020 8563 0022; croatiaairlines.com) will get you from Bilbao to Split via Zagreb with a 23-hour layover in Barcelona for £253, including taxes. Other options are very expensive. If this doesn’t appeal, then you’ll have to get yourself to Madrid and hop on a flight for around £100 going via another European capital, possibly Budapest flying with Malev.

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TOAST TO ENGLISH PUBS SWISS BLISS Eurostar has introduced connecting fares to 18 stations in Switzerland. From St Pancras International it will take six hours and 28 minutes to Geneva, seven hours 28 minutes to Zürich and seven hours 40 minutes to Bern. Tickets start from just under £100 return.

A new campaign is being launched to celebrate one of England’s most important national treasures: the pub. This year, the great English pub won the Outstanding Contribution to Tourism Award at the Enjoy England Awards for Excellence, cementing the important role inns and pubs play in the country. Off the back of this, Inn England now features a database of pubs and inns around the country, available at innengland.com. The campaign from Enjoy England aims to show that, as well as offering food and drink,

pubs are an integral part of the English way of life, the cornerstone of many communities and a great way to discover more on local history. Innengland.com shows how pubs and inns provide a starting point for visitors to an area, acting as tourist information centres by giving tips on the best local walks, viewpoints, nearby attractions and destinations. Visitors to the site can search for a pub or inn by theme, from ‘Most Scenic Views’ to ‘Most Historic’, and build a trip around it. They’re also encouraged to rate the pubs, leave comments, and upload images.

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American Pie on Haad Rin beach in Koh Phangan at 6am while watching the sun rise. I don’t particularly like the song, and Turlough doesn’t have the voice of an angel, but I won’t forget it in a hurry. My favourite place in the world is … Sydney. I have a soft spot for it since living there. The next destination on my travel wishlist is … South America. I’m going

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You’re never short of an adventure in Luxor. Immerse yourself in the history of ancient Egypt, but keep your wits about you WORDS JAHN VANNISSELROY


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WHERE THE DEAD SLEPT I’m keen to dive straight in to see where old Ramses II lay, but am stopped by questions from one of the less intrepid in our group: “Are there booby traps? Is there a curse?” Tomy, our Egyptian guide, cracks his trademark Cheshire Cat grin and reassures us there are no booby traps and the supposed

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curse only affected those who were first to enter the tombs. Slightly disappointed I start my descent into the belly of the hill in which the tomb lies. Being 30m underground where a dead man lay under the protection of a curse for thousands of years is slightly eerie, but thrilling at the same time. Apart from being a welcome reprieve from the scorching sun, it’s a chance to admire the colours of the tomb paintings, which depict the pharaoh’s path to the afterlife, and were created by mixing water colours with a binder of either glue or egg yolk. They remain remarkably vibrant after 2000 years, and I wonder how they would have looked when freshly painted. Tomy salivates and his Egyptologist eyes mist up: “I can only imagine in my mind how they would look. I can only get so far … they would have been so beautiful.” As I stare at the hieroglyphics, trying to conjure up their long-faded splendour, my

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t was Indiana Jones who gave me my thirst for knowledge of ancient civilizations. His swashbuckling, globetrotting ways and insatiable curiosity in Raiders Of The Lost Ark stirred a desire within me to see how other cultures had evolved … and to get into a bit of trouble along the way. As I enter the tomb of Ramses II in Egypt’s Valley of the Kings, I think about what I’ve done to get this far: braved donkey rides, food poisoning, hustlers trying to sell me “the best hash in Egypt”, serpent smiles of wannabe Casanovas trying to steal my girlfriend Leanne while telling me I’m a “lucky man”, a bus breakdown in a remote village where the local police arrived carrying machine guns, and men trying to shake me down for tips because they knew a good angle for a photo. Some snakes and a few Nazis – Indiana Jones had it easy.

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train of thought is broken by a couple of noisy tourists pretending to read them. I mentally add other tourists to my list of modern-day Egyptian pitfalls.

The temple “ of Hatshepsut

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THE CROSS-DRESSING QUEEN Over the hill lies the temple of Hatshepsut, who was one of few women to take the title of pharaoh. Tomy tells us she used to act like a man, talk like a man, dress like a man and even wore a fake beard. Despite being successful in war, she started a long era of peace and was in love with the architect of the temple, a man named Senmut. The temple is breathtaking – a huge structure carved into the side of a hill – and has views for miles. It’s amazing such perfection could be achieved so many hundreds of years ago. We look up at the caves which were used as hideouts by Islamic militants until 1997, when inexplicably a group of them came out and massacred 58 tourists and guides with submachine guns. Thankfully, the area has not seen another major attack since.

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TALES OF THE FLESH It’s respectful for both men and women to cover up, and a good idea if women don’t want to be hassled.

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– so many have touched it, it’s now black – in the hope it will help them conceive. Before I can slap her hand away, Leanne reaches out to touch the hieroglyphic hard-on. Tomy cackles while I mutter my own silent prayers to the gods. Indiana Jones never had to put up with this sort of trouble.

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LAND OF PLENTY You won’t be stuck for things to do in Egypt – where to start is the only problem.

See the Sphinx and the Pyramids. Take a ride on a camel for a great photo opportunity. Ignore the hawkers or you’ll regret it.

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VISIT ABU SIMBEL This awe-inspiring temple features four giant statues of Ramses II, which have been cut out of rock. The drive to the temple is an experience itself as you ride through the harsh desert.

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Possibly the most peaceful thing you’ll ever do. It’s warm, smooth, and you only have to move for another beer.

HAVE A NUBIAN DINNER GO HOT-AIR BALLOONING See the west bank of Luxor from a different angle as you float over the Valley of the Kings – a sight not to be missed.

In Aswan, sit down to a traditional dinner with the locals, which means singing, dancing and great food – the Nile perch is a must.

EXPLORE ASWAN’S MARKETS

SMOKE A SHISHA

A great way to see Egyptian daily life. Bring your best haggling game if you plan to buy, and stick to the shops that are advertised as “hassle-free” if you prefer to browse in peace.

A great way to unwind and the tobacco comes in all the usual flavours. Keep the substance legal though, to avoid trouble.

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WHEN TO GO Avoid the summer months of June, July and August, when temperatures regularly exceed 40˚C. GETTING THERE A direct flight from London to Cairo takes about four and a half hours. GETTING AROUND There are restrictions on tourists’ movements for security reasons. Buses travel in convoy with police escorts, so if you miss the window you may have to wait another day before you can travel. Taking a tour is a good idea if you’re short on time and want to get round the major sights. VISAS Kiwis, Aussies and Saffas all need visas. CURRENCY Egyptian Pound. 1 GBP = 9.18 EGP. LANGUAGE Arabic. GOING OUT A beer costs 15 EGP. A beer on a felucca costs 10 EGP. Egypt is an Islamic country so drinking in public is frowned upon, but moderate drinking is tolerated in restaurants and hotels. ACCOMMODATION There’s a wide variety and it’s cheap, but it’ll usually be included in the cost of your tour. SEE egypt.travel.


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SHEPHERDS BUSH Funky girl to share with young teacher in lively, Aussie sharehouse. Close to Central/Hammersmith and City lines. £270 pcm Tel: 0794 609 990 Email: kacey-jo.hose@lv.com

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on the hillside and spent the entire duration of the event chatting and balancing on a tree trunk, yet I don’t even know your name, and never asked for your number, which I regret now as I really enjoyed your company. You’re from Melbourne, live in Manchester and work for a Finnish company, Wartsila, as an engineer (fixing ships). If you see this, please get in touch. It’s in fate’s hands. Email me at cheeserolling09@ googlemail.com. Thanks. Happy anniversary Vasie:

Thank you for making me the happiest man on the planet. Love Pawel. Adriana: The visa’s up, Mt G is calling and you need to make like a (gum)tree and leave. Your final wish is our command: a spot in the TNT. The Putney Walkie profits will take a dive and Route 220 will have to be satisfied with flashes of much smaller ‘knockers’ from our balcony. See you in NZ. Love L&L. The pretty girl at the Redback on Bank Holiday Sunday, May 24: I gave you a shoulder

ride to the Tube and my cardi because you were cold. You jumped off in such a hurry I didn’t get your number. Email itscoldoutinacton@ yahoo.co.uk.

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Hej hej Chocolate baba:

Guess what? It’s your 15th birthday, again! “I’m fifteeeeen!” Another amazing and eventful year has passed. I really hope you have a great day with many more 15th birthdays to celebrate! You have my heart forever. Crazy Cat. Bloemfontein Road: I took my pet snakes and ran away in the middle of the night because I couldn’t handle saying goodbye to the best friends I’ve ever had. Love The Darkness. Two South African passports lost in Fulham on Saturday night, May 30: Please, if any

one has found our South African passports belonging to Quentin Van Breda and Lee-Anne Pritchard (lost in Fulham near Elk Bar, I think),

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My girlfriend came back from a girls’ weekend with a huge vibrator. She told me it was all a big joke, but I’ve realised – and the evidence is too embarrassing to mention here – she’s using it whenever I’m out. She calls it William (as in Shakespeare). Do I confront her, or just steal the batteries?

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My boy, here you need to be bigger – in the figurative sense of the word. If

she realizes your ego has taken a knock because she’s been playing with a machine, she might think less of you. Take it on the chin. The

next time the two of you are getting it on, suggest you bring William into the game. She’ll be surprised, but also relieved. With William out in the

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Well peeps, sadly the time has come for the three blind mice to vacate the building. It’s been a blast, it’s sad to think there will be no more red light parties, absinthe fuelled nights out, and random nights at the Walkie. The burgh will not be the same! Thanks for putting up with my random music, and noisy bed. You guys rock my world! Edward is mine! Peace out, Love the Virgin Mary :-) Lost black slide Fujifilm camera either at Church or She Bu Walkabout on Sunday, May 31: I don’t care about the

camera but am desperate to get my memory card back, it’s a blue SD. Happy to pay, please help me! Email lily.stevens@ hotmail.com. Cabbage Patch Kid and Bundy Buddy: Enjoy your

last weeks in London – it’s been a pleasure! CPK – never dance any other way than ‘The La Roux’, lay off the Vodka as you look prettier without a rash, and one more thing … you’re gay! BB – ‘Bummed’, only a few more weeks of you flashing that new gee wizz! tattoo on your ass. Glad the Veet worked a treat. Let’s see if you can get kicked outta the Walkie one more time. So many sweats, so many Foster’s, so many good times. Love, Lauren.

open and part of the fun, the mystery will be taken out of old Shaky. All you then need to do is show her there are still things a man can do a dead old dildo can’t – and by this time his novelty will have worn off to such an extent he’ll be as dead as old Shakespeare himself.

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