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EDITOR’S LETTER Sometimes one of the truly great things about living in London is leaving this awesome city behind and signing on for a couple of weeks at a different pace in a different place. Overlanding in Africa might sound a little daunting if you haven’t done much camping, but rest assured the rewards far outweigh the challenges – especially when you’re watching a pride of lions laze around in the sun. Check out our first-timers’ guide to Africa on page 72, and take it from me – it’s a once-in-a-lifetime trip.

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After all the hype about the Ashes, how good is it that the Poms are nowhere near as good as the English players themselves and the media has made them out to be? One thing that impressed me though is the crowd for the first Test. I was lucky enough to go to the first day of the Test in Cardiff and the atmosphere, particularly the Barmy Army, was brilliant. Back in Oz the crowds at the cricket go beyond rowdy fun and become obnoxious, idiotic tossers. But in Cardiff it was all good-natured fun. The Poms might be crap at cricket, but at least they can handle drinking in the sun a whole lot better than we can. Andrew, Putney

CIG OF IT ALL I wish smoking would be made illegal. I hate walking along city streets where people in front of me are neurotically puffing on their cancer-causing drug dispensers. Is a simple walk down the road really so anxiety-inspiring that these nervous twits need nicotine to get from A to B? Do they have no regard for the health of others? It makes me sick. I say ban the cigarette. Ween the tobacco junkies off their habit with government-funded patches. In two years the streets will be clean again and the whole programme will be cheaper than treating those ignorant/ weak-willed emphysemic idiots gasping away in hospital wards due to a condition of their own making. Austin, via email

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The Poms can handle “ drinking in the sun a whole lot better than we can ” flu. Someone in my office has just been diagnosed and he’s now off work for the next week or so. We hot desk at work, and although he’s not in my immediate area, I still can’t believe that most people don’t even bother to wipe down their phones and keyboards each morning. When the swine flu scare first started I’d see the cleaners out there wiping the door knobs with disinfectant every evening, but now they’ve stopped doing that too. Surely we should be getting more vigilant, not less so? Stacey, Fulham

HOW BORING What’s all this excitement about the Ashes? It’s just two second rate sporting nations battling it out for some 4-inch urn. Now everyone has to be subjected to Ashes this and

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Ashes that, morning, noon and night. Let’s be honest, we are not all that interested in this stupid contest – especially if you are a New Zealander or a South African where we participate in proper sports like rugby, fishing and hunting. Let’s, for one instant, assume the Aussies do manage to avenge the loss of the urn in 2005. What will it prove? It will only prove they are better than a poor England team which could most probably not stand up to an average provincial side in South Africa. So – say it like it is. It’s boring and not worth all the fuss. Reinardt, Earlsfield

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A visitor to Madame Tussauds takes a closer look at the new waxwork of Michael Jackson. The figure, unveiled days after the late singer’s Los Angeles memorial, shows him in a pose from posters advertising concerts he had planned to hold at London’s O2 Arena.

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Capital idea: Buckingham Palace It’s without a doubt one of the most famous homes in the world, and Buckingham Palace sure lives up to its reputation when viewed from the inside. Unless you’re about to receive a knighthood or attend a state banquet, you can only get in the Palace for a couple of months a year – and it’s well worth having a look. If you’ve already seen some of the great palaces of Europe (Schönbrunn, Versailles) you’ll have an idea what to expect: loads of gold fittings, plush

carpets, huge chandeliers, old paintings of fancy-looking blokes on horses and ornate furniture – all the stuff you’d imagine would be in a gaff befitting the British monarch. It’s lavish and opulent, making it too OTT for many – but then us mere mortals don’t have to live there. DL

Join the hoi-polloi and get your fill of choirs and concertos, symphonies and sopranos from the world’s best orchestras and soloists.

» Royal Albert Hall, Kensington Gore, SW7 2AP South Kensington (0845 401 5040; bbc.co.uk/ proms). Jul 17-Sep 12

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» Buckingham Palace Rd, SW1A 1AA Green Park (royalcollection.org.uk). Tours Jul 26-Sep 30. £16.50 VERDICT: A RIGHT ROYAL GAFF

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eer is pretty much the elixir of life in Britain, and necking pint after pint in the local pub is one of the fondest (if haziest) memories of the UK that Aussies, Kiwis and Saffas take home with them. And while there’s certainly nothing wrong with spending a good portion of your free time boozing in a pub near you, London has a wide range of opportunities to actually get up close and personal with beer. No, I don’t mean throwing it up after one too many. London has loads of breweries and bars where you can see the amber nectar being made, taste the numerous different varieties, and generally learn a thing or two about Britain’s favourite booze.

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THE PRIDE OF LONDON If you fancy getting your taste buds round a drink that’s actually local (ie from London rather than somewhere in Europe, Australia or far out in the English countryside), then

opt for a pint brewed by Fuller’s – such as the famous London Pride. Fuller’s bills itself as “London’s only remaining traditional family brewer”, having been making beer at their Griffin Brewery in Chiswick since 1845. Sadly, the Young’s Brewery in Wandsworth shut a couple of years ago, while the Stag Brewery in Mortlake (which brews Budweiser) will close next year. A tour of the Griffin is highly recommended. It takes about two hours, and includes a tasting session afterwards. This is a great way to learn how beer is made and, equally importantly, how it’s shipped out to pubs. Tours only run on weekdays, and must be booked in advance (see fullers.co.uk). There’s also a shop where you can buy Fuller’s products, including some of their speciality varieties.


It’s hard to beat sitting in a beer garden on a warm summer evening. Here are some of London’s best:

NORTH The Edinboro Castle in Camden Town; The Flask in Highgate; The Freemason’s Arms in Hampstead; and The Crown in Islington.

WEST Henry J Beans in Chelsea is rated by one TNT expert as “by far the best beer garden I’ve seen in London”; The Prince Alfred in Notting Hill Gate; The Queen’s Head in Brook Green, Hammersmith (above); and you can play table tennis at The Crabtree in Hammersmith.

Try before you “ buy from tipples brewed in-house ” London to the Thames, and it gave its name to Wandle Ale, made at Sambrook’s Brewery (sambrooksbrewery.co.uk) in Battersea. The brewery has only been running for a couple of years, and is on a much smaller scale than Fuller’s, but is a proud new addition to the London drinking scene. You can do tours of the brewery, and it also runs open evenings on the third Wednesday of every month.

SOUTH Fuller’s Griffin Brewery, Chiswick

or in a bottle – is at the Greenwich Union pub (greenwichunion.com), which serves only beers brewed by Meantime.

The Devonshire in Balham; The White Horse in Parson’s Green; The Fentiman in Oval; and The Grand Union and Duke of Edinburgh, both in Brixton.

EAST MEAN BUT NOT NASTY Another London favourite is the Meantime Brewing Company, based in Greenwich. It brews a large range of beers, including delish coffee and chocolate flavoured varieties, and wheat beers. The best place to try one – either on tap

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HOME BREWS A pub with its own brewery on the premises sounds like a recipe for a great night out. At Bunker in Covent Garden you can try before you buy from three different tipples brewed at the in-house micro brewery. At Zero Degrees in Blackheath, south-east London, you can have a beer that’s been freshly brewed on the premises. Another fine pub is the William IV in Walthamstow, home to the Sweet William Micro Brewery.

The great British institution that is the pub will be celebrated in Greenwich Park in September. Pub in the Park will feature three days of entertainment, including headline bands and comedy, traditional pub pastimes such as darts and pool and even karaoke, and lots of stalls to taste and swill beer. Keep an eye on TNT and tntonline.co.uk/ events for discounted entry.

RAKE IT IN If you love beer, The Rake pub next to Borough Market is the place for you. While the nine beers on tap offer a good selection, it’s the fridge that matters: there’s a selection of more than 130 – yes, that’s right, 130 – different beers, from all over world. Just glorious.

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PUB IN THE PARK

Pub on the Park in Hackney; and the Vibe Bar, in the Old Truman Brewery on Brick Lane.

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CAFE REVIEW LJ Coffee House ★★★★★

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THE SCENE Thanks to its comfy interiors, beautiful coffee and fabulous staff, LJ’s is visited by a good stream of regulars and nearby theatre workers. Inside the café are

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leather sofas to lounge on and a shelf of books and board games to browse. It makes a good alternative to a pub after checking out the West End ’s sights on the weekend. THE GRUB LJ’s has great ethical coffee alongside some of the yummiest cakes in London. There’s usually a lunch offer with salad or

sandwich and coffee; for summer they’ve got milkshakes and smoothies too. BILL PLEASE Very reasonable. A medium latte costs £2.25 and tasty cookies and cakes start from £1.45. VERDICT This is an independent coffee shop that beats the chains. The only gripe is that there isn’t more seating. JOEL NORTHCOTT

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There’s nothing more quintessentially English than a cup of tea. TYPES OF TEA Black tea: this type of tea, which includes Assam, Darjeeling and Ceylon, gets its smooth flavour and darker colour from the leaves reacting with oxygen during the drying process. Green tea: this doesn’t go through the oxidation process, and is sweeter and some say healthier than black tea. Oolong tea: is a cross between green and black tea. White tea: is the world’s rarest tea as it can only be picked for a few weeks a year.

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US TV star Kim Kardashian will be doing good work raising money for charity in South Africa and it’s neighbour, even if she can’t spell it. “I am going to Johannesburg and Boswana [sic],” she tweeted.

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Russell Crowe wasn’t happy just to score a ticket to the Wimbledon final. He apparently wanted an even better seat, but was put back in his place by a security guard midway through the match.

DRUGS ARE BAD, M’KAY? Heath Ledger’s father Kim has spoken out about Michael Jackson’s death, saying the similarities between the stars’ tragic endings have left his family reeling.

Jackson’s death reopened old wounds for the Ledgers. “On the day Michael died I spoke to my daughters and former wife Sally and we all had such a down day,’’ Ledger told Woman’s Day. Ledger was blunt about the role drugs played in the

two deaths. “At the end of the day, we’re all responsible for what goes into us, and I blame Heath for not being responsible,’’ he said. Ledger died from an overdose of prescription drugs while battling insomnia and the flu in his New York apartment in 2008. Jackson was a heavy user of a cocktail of prescription drugs, which are believed to have led to the cardiac arrest that killed him last month.

SAY WHAT?

”It’s heartbreaking to see all these pretty girls in tears.” Christian Lacroix feels the pain of models upset that his latest fashion show could be his last.

Woman’s Weekly: As her little girl battled a mystery virus, Kiwi broadcaster Mary Lambie tells how she kept a desperate bedside vigil. Plus a 10-page tribute and souvenir special to Michael Jackson – the man, the father, the musical genius.

AUSTRALIA New Idea: Inside the celebrity lives of temporary Australian residents Katie Holmes and Suri Cruise as they interact with a billionaire babies’ club chaired by new mum Erica Packer and her daughter Indigo. Meanwhile, potty-mouthed British chef Gordon Ramsay and wife Tana are on a make-or-break holiday Down Under.

SOUTH AFRICA You: Pondering the story behind Joost van der Westhuizen’s recent collapse: apparently “he’d been under enormous pressure and was very stressed”. Plus, a lost in translation moment for the Boks’ Peter de Villiers and his confusing so-called “mumbo-lingo”. Also, selfstyled King of Pop, Michael Jackson, is this week’s tragic cover story.

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The former England fast bowler on what makes the Ashes so special, and persistent rumours that he could have been an Aussie

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Darren Gough INTERVIEW TOM STURROCK What do you think it is about the Ashes that captures the imagination of Aussies and Poms alike?

It’s unbelievable. I think that people of my age group grew up watching so many great battles, and just the memory of all those big moments adds to it all. That’s what made me want to be part of it. Certainly, as an Englishman, if you only played one Test, you’d want it to be against Australia. You played at a time when England didn’t have much joy in the Ashes.

Yeah, I never played in a winning Ashes series. We had some good England sides, but we always came up against this invincible Australian team, which was one of the best ever. It was an amazing team. But I never got to win an Ashes series – I was desperate to beat them. After a while you must have been sick of the Aussies …

No, never. I always wanted that challenge. You always knew that if you helped win an Ashes series, you’d be remembered forever.

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What was it like touring Australia?

I loved touring Australia. There was no better place to prove yourself. It was tough, but we had some great results there. We won in Melbourne in 1998. That was probably the best win I was ever involved in. What about the media and the public, who are widely considered to be quite hostile to touring sides?

The media get on your back straight away. They love it. They’ll slaughter you. That’s the Australian way, though. Any sign of weakness or sign that you’re down. But the crowds are great. As long as you’re a fighter, they’ll warm to you. If they see that you can take the mickey out of yourself and laugh at yourself, they love it. If they see you’re giving 100 per cent, they’re great.

You were always popular among Australians. There was a feeling that you were just unlucky to be born in the wrong country.

Yeah, I heard that a lot: ‘You could have been an Aussie’. They’re very tough, and I guess my image has always had a bit in common with that Aussie stereotype. But I’m definitely English.

If you’re a “ fighter, Aussies warm to you ” All the talk over here has been about the 2005 Ashes, as though there wasn’t a series in between.

I didn’t know there was a series in 2007! No, all the talk has been about 2005 because it was such a great achievement for England to win. And they were still celebrating 18 months later. The Aussies were hurt, like a wounded animal, and they came out and slaughtered England. Do you have any favourite sledges?

The highlight reel Gough took an Ashes hat-trick in Sydney in 1999. He was also the first Englishman to take 200 ODI wickets.

Ian Healy was my favourite. I remember when Nasser Hussain was batting, and Steve Waugh told Healy to watch out for Nasser’s big nose. Healy was like: ‘Where should I stand? On the boundary?’ I always liked that funny banter. Not the personal abuse. I didn’t like that.

Go Tykes Gough supports Barnsley FC, a South Yorkshire club currently playing in the Championship.

I suppose Aussies and Poms don’t need to be careful with each other.

Twinkle toes In 2005, Gough took part in the BBC television show Strictly Come Dancing. He won both the main series and the 2005 Christmas special. Two years later he returned to win the 2007 Christmas special.

It’s true. You have to be careful in some places – they don’t get the humour. But we’re very alike. We all like a beer. Although it’s probably a bit warmer here in England.

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CINEMA

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Harry Potter And The HalfBlood Prince

SCREEN TEST: HARRY POTTER 1 What is the sport called that sees pupils at Hogwarts flying around on brooms? 2 What is the train called that transports the children to Hogwarts? 3 What does the spell Wingardium Leviosa inable you to do? 4 What does Severus Snape teach at Hogwarts? 5 Here’s the quote: “Why do they have to travel in packs? And how are you supposed to get one on their own to ask them?” Now name the movie.

Daniel Radcliffe, Emma Watson, Rupert Grint

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★★★★★

The Half-Blood Prince has the task of whetting the appetite for Harry Potter’s muchhyped two-part finale, which follows over the next couple of years. By striking the right balance between comedy and creepy moments, director David Yates ensures his film does just that, and more. For most part The Half-Blood Prince is ‘Hogwarts 90210’ as Harry (Radcliffe), Hermione (Watson) and Ron (Grint) try to pull those they fancy. In between all the snogging and love potions, Harry attempts to extract a secret from Horace Slughorn (Jim Broadbent), a professor who makes a return to the school. Moving at a steady pace, the sixth Harry Potter film allows its young cast to show

how much they’ve improved, and the trio all put in fine dramatic performances. Their efforts are matched by Yates, who deftly steers his film from a light-hearted teen comedy to a dark, brooding climax with a particularly eye-

popping scene in which Harry is accosted by an army of the zombie-like Inferi. At this rate the The Deathly Hallows is going to be killer. GOOD FOR: Convincing those who think that Potter is pants. PIERRE DE VILLIERS

O’Clock Show 3 Kazakhtsan 4 Sweeney Todd: The Demon Barber Of Fleet Street 5 Madagascar LAST WEEK’S WINNER Arlene Hughes

★★★★★ Sam Rockwell is in mesmeric form as an astronaut who starts seeing strange things when he finds himself stranded on the moon. Taking a measured, old-school approach to sci-fi, Moon is a thought-provoking offering that explores the meaning of life without ever boring its audience to tears. GOOD FOR: Those with an attention span. PDV

Ana Kokkinos. Tarantino (below) will jet into town for the Australian premiere of his latest film Inglourious Basterds on August 2. Sacha Baron Cohen took OTT precautions against locals stealing his thunder when his promotional tour for Brüno rolled into Sydney. The Age reported that the comic forced members of The Chaser’s War On Everything to sign agreements promising they wouldn’t pull any stunts before being admitted to the film’s premiere at the State Theatre. A spokesman for the ABC said the Chaser team had no prank plans: “They just wanted to see the movie.”

LAST WEEK’S ANSWERS 1 Isla Fisher 2 The Eleven

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THE REEL DEAL Cult movie director Quentin Tarantino and East Timor’s president Jose Ramos-Horta are among the guests who will attend the 2009 Melbourne International Film Festival (MIFF). On July 24, the festival’s opening night, Ramos-Horta will join Aussie stars Anthony LaPaglia and Gyton Grantley at the world premiere of Balibo, about the deaths of five Australian-based journalists in East Timor. It heralds a starstudded 17 days, with Deborra-Lee Furness, Frances O’Connor and Miranda Otto set to walk the red carpet for the premiere of Blessed, by director

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★★★★★ A talented cast, including Mickey Rourke, can’t save this rudderless drama that follows the lives of disaffected youngsters in 1980s LA. Aussie director Gregor Jordan tries to breathe life into an awful script, but the characters are so unlikeable you’ll do well to sit all the way through The Informers. GOOD FOR: Those with no taste. PDV


CULTURE THE WINTER’S TALE Part of the Transatlantic Bridge Project, Sam Mendes’ production of Shakespeare’s tale of all-consuming jealousy is more comic celebration than tragedy once the glimmering candles of Sicilia give way to the rustic pleasures of Bohemia, with its fun-loving comedy characters. Ethan Hawke’s guitarstrumming, light-fingered Autolycus and Tobias Segal’s Young Shepherd bat brilliantly for the US contingent, while Brits Richard Easton (as the Old Shepherd), Simon Russell Beale and Sinead Cusack

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SEE THIS: Stage are equally effective. The famous “exit pursued by bear” stage direction raises a laugh (even though it proves a lanky specimen), and sausage-pink balloons are put to saucy use when a bucolic hoedown gets under way. LOUISE KINGSLEY

» Old Vic, The Cut, SE1 8NB

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Waterloo (0870 060 6628; oldvictheatre.com). In repertoire with The Cherry Orchard until Aug 15. £9-£45

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WORTH A LOOK The trials, tribulations and joys of life in contemporary England get a comic turn in Jerusalem. » The Royal Court Theatre, Sloane Sq, SW1W 8AS

•The affairs, scandals and decadence of the

Sloane Square (royalcourttheatre.com). Until Aug 15. £10-25

Roman court feature in In Bed With Messalina. » The Courtyard Theatre, Pitfield St, N1 6EU

EXHIBITION OF THE WEEK

BOOK OF THE WEEK

JW WATERHOUSE

SILENCED

★★★★★

John William Waterhouse (1849-1917) might not be a household name, but his paintings depicting scenes from classical mythology, poetry and mysticism made him one of Britain’s bestloved artists. Portrayals of Greek and Roman life, and of love-struck

Manchester City Galleries, Joan Marcus

Old Street (thecourtyard.org.uk). Jul 14-Aug 2. £10

women, are imbued with a gorgeous aesthetic presence. There’s plenty of sexual tension and numerous femme fatales here – but in an evocative, sensual way. DANIEL LANDON

» Royal Academy of Arts, Piccadilly, W1J 0BD Piccadilly Circus (royalacademy.org.uk). Until Sep 13. £9

Vicky Jaggers (Hodder & Stoughton) OUT NOW

★★★★★ Confessional memoirs are weird beasts. Invariably you read them knowing that you are not necessarily going to get a ‘literary experience’. The attraction to them, as a reader, is that they are real-life tales of hardship and/or horror endured by real-life people. So I’m not sure what’s gone wrong with Vicky Jagger’s memoir. Her story is as compelling as it is horrific. At 13 she was raped by her psychopathic older brother. She fell pregnant to him and bore a child. As if

that weren’t bad enough, she didn’t feel able to confide in her parents and kept this wretched secret to herself for 18 years, until David’s escalating violence forced her to speak out. She says she committed her story to paper so as to inspire victims of abuse to break their silence, which is laudable. But the prose she proffers is so enervating the reader soon loses interest. I suspect the book was heavily edited and that we’re just not hearing enough of her own voice. Her anger seems muted and the emotional impact of her considerable trauma blunted. ALISON GRINTER

MORE EXHIBITIONS See contemporary British art in all its glory in Classified. » Tate Britain, Millbank, SW1P 4RG

Pimlico

•After Darwin: Contemporary Expressions presents artistic and literary responses to Darwin’s theories

(tate.org.uk). Until Aug 23. Free

on human and animal emotions. » Natural History Museum, Cromwell Rd, SW7 5BD

South Kensington (nhm.ac.uk). Until Nov 29. £6

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FRINGE

benefits With Edinburgh’s festivals kicking off next month, Aussie comic Adam Hills tells TNT why the Fringe is still the best

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ustralian comedian Adam Hills has a novel approach to writing material for his stand-up shows. “My writing process is to book myself in for a gig and then see if I come up with something funny before I step onto stage,” he says with a chuckle. “If I try to write some jokes and I don’t have a gig for a week, I will not come up with anything. My brain goes: what’s the point, you won’t find out if it’s funny for another week anyway. If I do come up with something funny I want to feel the laughter straight away.” Despite this fly-by-the-seat-of-your-pants attitude towards writing jokes, Hills has never failed to ‘feel the laughter’ at gigs. His inventive


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FEST ACTS FROM HOME » Soweto Gospel Choir August 6-10 This choir stirs the soul with spiritual classics in beautiful a cappella harmonies.

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If all else fails, “ we’ll just go back to Australia

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material (the prosthetic limb he wears after being born without a right foot regularly works its way into his act) has made him a big hit at comedy clubs and festivals around the world, and he also hosts a trivia TV show in Australia called Spicks And Specks. Ask Hills which of his many gigs he finds the most satisfying and the comedian answers without hesitation. “The Edinburgh Festival is the one thing that goes in the diary every year and everything else is based around that,” he explains. “Edinburgh is one place where you can really mingle with other stand-ups. Normally you are off on tour and on your own but at Edinburgh you are in the same place at the same time. It’s actually quite dangerous because you end up in the bar at the end of the night with all your best mates, 20 nights in a row.” After taking it relatively easy in Edinburgh last year, Hills can’t wait to head north to the Scottish capital. “Last year I did a really good thing and I didn’t do a solo show,” he says. “I only did a couple of late-night shows and the rest of the time I soaked up the atmosphere. I kind of realised just how great the festival is and how lucky I am to be part of it. So this year I am going back with renewed vigour.” While it’s way too early to discuss the topics he’ll be covering in his shows, Hills is bracing himself for a strange bit of audience participation

that seems to be following him round the world. “Wherever I go people shout out: ‘Go You Big Red Fire Engine’,” he says. “It’s something that was yelled at me once in Melbourne and I turned it into a catchphrase. I actually named one of my shows Go You Big Red Fire Engine and got T-shirts printed up, which ended up raising about A$50,000 for an orphanage in Cambodia. Maybe I’ll do a mockumentary, travelling the globe and finding out all the places Go You Big Red Fire Engine ended up.” The way Hills has used heckling to his benefit illustrates how unfazed the comedian is by the pressures of being a stand-up. It’s a laidback attitude, the comedian believes, that comes with being Australian. “I’ve always thought of Australians as having an attitude of ‘if all else fails, we’ll just go back to Australia,’” he says. “If everything goes wrong, at least I’ll be sitting on a beach at the end of the day, and it will be a lovely day. So when people say to me: ‘Aussies are so confident,’ I reply: ‘It’s not confidence, it’s carelessness.’”

» Edinburgh Fringe Festival runs from August 7-31. See edfringe.com

» Rhys Darby: It’s Rhys Darby Night August 6-15 A unique blend of sound effects, characterisations and askew observations.

» Brendon Burns: Comedy Good Yeah Silly Side C**t August 28-29 The foul-mouthed, and very funny, Aussie stand-up will turn the air blue.

» One Kiwi, One Aussie, One Hour August 8-29 Kiwi comic Nick Rado and Aussie funnyman Richard Brophy combine.

» Tony Cox – Guitar, Me, South Africa August 12-30 South African Tony Cox will dazzle with an array of guitar skills.

» Raybon Kan: Spermbank Millionaire August 8-29 NZ’s favourite bespectacled Chinese comedian brings his stand-up act to Edinburgh.

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MUSIC FLORENCE & THE MACHINE Lungs

MUSIC & CLUBS

(Island)

★★★★★

Another week, another debut from a young British female singer who benefited from enormous they’ll-be-big-in2009 hype in January. Little Boots (first in the BBC’s Sound of 2009 poll) saw her album tumble out of the top ten in next to no time; La Roux (fifth) has fared a little better. Now it’s the turn of Londoner Florence Welch, who came third in the poll and later won

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VARIOUS ARTISTS

THE RUMBLE STRIPS

WILCO

Moondust

Welcome To The Walk Alone

Wilco (The Album)

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(Island)

(Nonesuch)

Timed to coincide with the 40th anniversary of the Apollo 11 moon landings, this compilation appears to have been put together by doing a series of buzzword searches (“moon”, “space”, “stars”) on a biggish iTunes library, and then switching to shuffle; how else to explain the presence of Moon River and Bad Moon Rising? Still, there’s some fine stuff here; best of all is Brian Eno’s An Ending (Ascent), from his lovely Apollo: Atmosphere & Soundtracks. WFJ

Island Records have thrown the kitchen sink at second LP by indiepop mediocrities The Rumble Strips, enlisting Mark Ronson to produce it and bringing in Owen Pallett (Arcade Fire, Last Shadow Puppets) to add the strings. Unfortunately, as the old folk saying goes, you can’t make chicken soup out of chicken shit. Welcome To The Walk Alone is a little like a terrible cartoon being hung in a gilt-edged frame in the hope that it’ll disguise the lack of quality. It doesn’t. WFJ

The charge most levelled against the undisputed darlings of American alt-rock, seven albums into their career, is that they are less experimental than they once were. And while parts of Wilco (The Album) seem stuck in angel gear (One Wing and You And I, a duet with Leslie Feist), the nagging psych-rock intensity of Bull Black Nova and the delicate slide guitar of Solitaire shows frontman Jeff Tweedy still to be a songwriting force of some reckoning. ALISON GRINTER

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NO.1 I Gotta Feeling, The Black Eyed Peas MAKING NEWS The blonde guitarist who appeared in the video of Michael Jackson rehearsing only days before his death has been revealed as South Australian-born musician Orianthi Panagaris, the Sunday Mail reports.

NO.1 I Gotta Feeling, The Black Eyed Peas MAKING NEWS Kiwi indie musos have put together a Michael Jackson tribute album to express their sorrow at the singer’s passing. The album featuring ten Jacko hits can be downloaded free from cheeseontoast.co.nz.

NO.1 True Believer, Sasha Lee MAKING NEWS Hundreds of Michael Jackson fans and impersonators paid tribute to the late singer last week by dancing up a storm in Joburg’s Nelson Mandela Square to a soundtrack of his hits including Billie Jean and Smooth Criminal.

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the Critics’ Choice award for new talent at the Brits. Listening to Lungs, it’s surprising that Welch received such huge advance acclaim. Not because she isn’t talented (she is), but because the little musical and lyrical world she tries to build for herself is often so unfashionably hippyish. A major-label production team has done its best to iron out the kinks, but there are still idiosyncrasies on show. However, Welch is a pop singer, not an innovator, and Lungs is at its best when it aims big: on Rabbit Heart, and on the immense Blinding. Not the sound of 2009, but not bad. WILL FULFORD-JONES

LIVE REVIEW Hilltop Hoods Islington Academy July 1 ★★★★★ Restlessness in the crowd dissipates in a second when the Aussie hip-hop juggernauts storm the stage to deliver a raw and robust performance. DJ Debris scratches cracking mixes of basslines and horns, cut with choice vocal sampling, and MCs Pressure and Suffa deliver a pulsating set of favourites and songs from new album State Of The Art. “You are now rocking with the best”, determine the MCs, with the crowd taking home the hook: “It’s All Over/Go Home/ Go Sleep/Wake Up/Get Sober/What A Great Night.” REBECCA KENT


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GIG GUIDE MUSIC & CLUBS

Alison Grinter PICKS OUT THIS WEEK’S BEST LIVE MUSIC

GIG OF THE WEEK THE TEMPER TRAP It’s one thing to get hyped in the BBC’s Sound of 2009 poll, but it’s entirely another thing to live up it’s grand predictions of pop stardom. Even so, Melbourne band The Temper Trap are doing everything right. NME are on-board proclaiming them “destined for major things”, and their emotionally charged epic rock went down a storm on the John Peel stage at Glasto a few weeks back. They arrive this week ahead of the UK release of their Jim Abiss-produced debut Conditions, out in August.

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» ICA, The Mall, SW1Y 5AH

Piccadilly Circus (020 7930 3647). Wed, Jul 15. £8.50

JOHN BUTLER

KASABIAN

Since he last graced a London stage in 2007 he’s lost the dreadlocks, named Nicky Bomba and Byron Luiters as new members of his outfit, The John Butler Trio, and won a swag of plaudits for album Grand National. But rest assured, Mr Butler can still do a rootsy rock wig-out with the best of them, as this gig is sure to attest.

Here’s an oft-forgotten factoid for ya: Kasabian were named after Linda Kasabian, Charles Manson’s getaway driver turned witness for the prosecution. Still doesn’t make this Brit quartet particularly interesting. But if soaring, swaggering, glamtastic electro-rock floats your dinghy, then check the boys out in Brixton this week.

» Union Chapel, Compton Tce, N1 2UN

» Brixton Academy, 211 Stockwell Rd, SW9 9SL (0844 477 2000). Jul 16-17. £20

Highbury & Islington

(0870 264 3333). Fri, Jul 17. £17.50

BELIEVE THE HYPE FRANKMUSIK THE LINE-UP Vincent Frank. HAILS FROM Croydon.

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THE BUZZ SO FAR He’s a 23-

year-old art school dropout from the London College of Fashion and a one-time beatboxer known as Mr Mouth who describes himself as a “bedroom-based pop auteur”. But wait, come back … He’s been hailed as an electropop star in the making, and recently recorded a song live on Twitter with man-of-themo Tinchy Stryder. He also opened for the Pet Shop Boys at the O2 Arena – so cred where cred’s due. WHAT ELSE? He’s currently dating post-Neighbours pop star also-ran Holly Valance, who he hooked up with after she starred in his upcoming Confusion Girl music video.

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SOUND BITES Augie March, Australia’s greatest band since AC/DC, are to take a break. The quintet, who formed in 1996 and released four critically acclaimed albums including Moo You Bloody Choir will go on hiatus after their current tour. “We’ll have a break and pick it up in a year or so and see where it is then,” guitarist Adam Donovan said.

FRANKMUSIK SAYS “I’d describe

THE PLUG Heaven, Villiers St,

my music as Blade Runner Pop.” (onemoredisco.com) THE CRITICS SAY “He’s the female Robyn, he’s Mika on acid, he’s a bloody weirdo.” (Guardian) THE RELEASE Album Complete Me out on July 27.

WC2N 6NG Embankment (020 7930 2020). Thu, Jul 23. £9

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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-

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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.

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

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

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

The Wednesday Night Showcase Acoustic

Folk from the Australian singer-songwriter and her band, including tracks from her album Despite The Snow Snow.

showcase of signed and unsigned acts. The Bullet

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

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

THURSDAY 30

The Blockheads The veteran

punk-rockers play their hits. The

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

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

WEDNESDAY 29

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.

Skinny Molly

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

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

For full listings info go to tntonline.co.uk/ whats_on

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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Natasha Vuckovic PICKS OUT THIS WEEK’S BEST CLUB NIGHTS

CLUB OF THE WEEK ISSST There’s a number of reasons that make this event so special, starting with the fact that Tiefschwarz are playing. They’re German brothers who are masters of their domain thanks to their arse-shaking tunes. Secondly, it’s on the top floor of a 33-storey skyscraper in central London. Throw in the intimacy factor, where only 400 tickets are for sale, and you’ve got yourself a mighty fine par-tay.

» Paramount, 103 New Oxford St, WC1A 1DD

Tottenham Court Road (020 7420 2900; ticketweb.co.uk). Sat, Jul 18, 10pm. £20 adv

beats/breaks

funk/soul

THE CANAL PARTY #2 Nothing beats a bit of day clubbing. Set on a terrace with a marquee in case it rains, dance as the sun goes down to Terry Farley, Stuart Patterson and Ashley Casselle.

» The Grand Junction Arms, Canal Bridge, Acton Ln, NW10 7AD Harlesden (020 8965 5670). Sat, Jul 18, 5pm-4am. £10

drum ’n’ bass

electro

hip-hop

HOW’S MY RAVING? A live PA from the Blackout Crew, plus Disco of Doom, DJ Guy and Hot City are also on the bill at the second ever How’s My Raving? event. And it’s free. Get in quick. It’ll be good!

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nights include Pure Pacha, Kinky Malinki and Hed Kandi. Worth a visit, just make sure you’re dressed the part.

» Terminus Pl, SW1V 1JR Victoria (0845 371 4489).

We have one pair of tickets to the Canal Party #2 to give away. For your chance to win, email grabs@ tntmagazine.com with ‘canal party’ in the subject line by noon on Wed, Jul 15.

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house/garage

rock/metal

techno

CLUB NEWS

» Cargo, 83 Rivington St, EC2A 3AY Old Street (020 7393 440). Fri, Jul 17, 7pm-3am. Free

PLACE TO BE Pacha Pacha is one of clubland’s most prestigious brands with venues in Ibiza, New York, Sharm El Sheikh and, of course, London. Renowned for its style and glamour, Pacha is the kind of place where what you look like is almost as important as the music itself. With a balcony overlooking the dance floor and a smaller room if you’re after a change of scenery, house music rules here and

hard house/trance

Great news for Swedish House Mafia fans. Axwell (above), Sebastian Ingrosso and Steve Angello are heading to London for a show at Brixton Academy on Saturday, November 7. Topping up the Swedishness is Eric Prydz, who’ll also be playing on the night. Yep, we’re very excited about this one! Tickets from £22.50 at ticketweb.co.uk. Norman Cook aka Fatboy Slim has cancelled his annual Big Beach Boutique party in his home town of Brighton. Scheduled for September 5, no reasons have been given for the cancellation, but it’s not the first time the superstar

DJ has cancelled on fans this year. He called off his gig at the Snowbombing festival in Austria in April, after checking himself into rehab for alcohol abuse. David Guetta’s fourth studio album One Love will be released next month and the French DJ has gone all collaboration crazy on us. Apart from his UK No.1 track with ex-Destiny’s Child singer Kelly Rowland, When Love Takes Over, Guetta has also collaborated with Will.i.am from the Black Eyed Peas, Estelle and Kid Cudi for the album. Seems as though the DJ has well and truly made it into the mainstream.


CLUB LISTINGS TNT’S TOP BOOKING

MONDAY 27 Authentic Cuban Night

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 Mario plays mambo and salsa. Salsa!, Charing Cross

Platinum Funk The

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

Game On Residents spin

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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

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

Ave, W1D 5DY (020 7494 3020). 9.30pm-3am. £15, mems £10.

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

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

Salon DJ Aubrey spins club anthems. The Shadow

Miami 305 Funky house and pop from Mr Mak and Edge. Stanza, Shaftesbury

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

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

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

Jo Jo’s, Brewer St, W1F 0SE (020 7734 3040). 10pm-3am. £8.

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

Salsa Night The resident

on the ground floor, electrohouse in the basement and commercial R’n’B in the VIP room. Zoo Bar, Bear St,

and Andy Smith play blues, rock and Northern Soul. Madame

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

Elmore and Tommy Sandhu supply club hits. The Shadow

Lost In London Party hits

Lost And Found Keb Darge

Funky Fridays DJs provide funk,

Double Shake It With Laquisha Jonz Andrew

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

house classics. Plan B, Brixton Rd, SW9 4AY (0870 116 5421). 9pm-6am. Adv £10.

Delicious Thursdays R’n’B

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

TUESDAY 28

House Rules Bank Holiday Special Norman Jay spins

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.

THURSDAY 30

Arpdays DJs Idjut Boys, Bill

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

FRIDAY 1

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

SATURDAY 2

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

Born 2 Boogie DJ Legs,

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.

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.

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.

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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Fiesta Havana, Fulham Rd, SW6 5NH (020 7381 5005). 5pm-2am. £5, free before 9pm.

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

The Broadway, W5 5JY (07912 654 543). 10pm-late. £10.

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.

DJ Flecha plays Cuban beats, plus dance classes.

salsa, samba and Latin tunes, plus live bands. Salsa!, Charing

Electrovibe James Mac and DJ Lukass play house and electro. Club Boulevard,

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

“Now we’ve seen last night Kevin Rudd warning in Berlin of the dangers of too much debt. It’s as though he left Australia as Paris Hilton, committed to a spending spree, and arrived in Berlin as Scrooge McDuck, wanting to tighten his belt.” Federal Opposition Leader Malcolm Turnbull.

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AUSTRALIA Australian shot dead A Victorian man was shot and killed, possibly by a sniper, near a massive gold and copper mine in Indonesia’s Papua region. Drew Grant, 29, who was married with a young daughter, was shot in the neck on Saturday as he travelled in a car with four other employees of Freeport McMoRan, a US mining company.

All Saints axed Long-running Australian TV drama All Saints was axed by the

HOLIER THAN THOU: Kevin Rudd met Pope Benedict XVI during a private audience at The Vatican. The Pontiff expressed great interest in the achievements of Mother Mary MacKillop amid hopes she might one day become Australia’s first saint.

Seven Network after showing for more than a decade. The award-winning hospital drama would end filming in August, the network said. Filmed in Sydney, the show has been running since February 1998 and will wrap at 493 episodes.

Last Aussie VC dies

All Saints star Judith McGrath

Australia’s last remaining World War II Victoria Cross recipient, Edward Kenna, died aged 90 in a Victorian nursing home. On May 15, 1945, Kenna was involved in an action near Wewak, New Guinea, during which he exposed himself to

heavy fire, killing a Japanese machine gun crew and making it possible for his company’s attack to succeed.

Aussie injured by bull An Australian man was injured on day two of the running of the bulls at the San Fermín festival in Spain. The unnamed 24-year-old was in hospital after breaking his jaw last Wednesday in a fall during the run, but his condition was not thought to be serious. One person died last Friday after being gored by a bull – the first such death since 1995.

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“This afternoon Australian officials were advised that the reason for Mr Hu’s detention was that he was being detained on the suspicion of espionage and stealing state secrets.” Foreign minister Stephen Smith on the detention of Australian Rio Tinto employee Stern Hu in China.

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*And finally … that’s a wrap A green tree frog that swallowed a sheet of cling wrap will not have to undergo life-saving surgery after it passed the plastic naturally. The frog was taken to a Northern Territory vet with

“Everyone wishes to buy their children houses or islands in the Caribbean, but if they can’t afford it, that’s the end of it.” Prosecutor Ross Martin SC at the trial of former Queensland MP Gordon Nuttall.


AUSTRALIA

What’s happening across the country

SUMMARY ■ Ryan Scott Frreeman falls to death in the Canadian Rocky Mountains. ■ Reports say the 24-yearold was “scrambling” and may have slipped. ■ Father says Freeman died doing what he loved.

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QUEENSLAND A man nursing a gunshot wound to the stomach drove 2km to his local KFC and collapsed on the restaurant floor. The 21-year-old man, who was taken to a Gold Coast Hospital, staggered into Runaway Bay KFC.

he father of a South

Australian man who fell to his death while hiking in Canada’s Rocky Mountains says his son died doing what he loved. Ryan Scott Freeman was killed when he plunged 50m while hiking at Mount Kidd in Kananaskis, which is west of Calgary. The 24-year-old’s father, Roger Freeman, said Ryan had been on a working holiday for 18 months, crossing the US with friends and visiting Europe for the Tour de France. “Young people quite often die in horrible circumstances

WESTERN AUSTRALIA Ryan Freeman

that are senseless, but Ryan was having a good time and enjoying himself and doing what he wanted to do,” Roger Freeman said. Ryan, who completed a software engineering degree before embarking on his travels, was reportedly scrambling – a sport similar to rock climbing that is done with

limited assistance from ropes – when he died. Freeman said his son was an experienced rock-climber. “Scrambling is really just like climbing a steep hill, using your hands and feet,” he pointed out. “A rock may have just slipped out from under him or something.”

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Minimum wage frozen due to crisis Australia’s 1.3 million low-paid workers have missed out on a pay rise after a decision to freeze the minimum wage for the first time in 17 years. The Fair Pay Commission blamed the global financial crisis for its decision to keep the minimum wage at $14.31 an hour, or $543.78 a week. It also said a rise was unwarranted because lowpaid workers received a boost to their disposable incomes through tax changes and the federal government’s recent stimulus packages. But unions rubbished the decision, saying it would only

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NORTHERN TERRITORY About 30 crocodiles were stolen from the Janamba Crocodile Farm at Middle Point. Staff noticed the crocs were missing when they did a stocktake. The animals were about one year old and 60cm to 1m in length.

TASMANIA

The Fair Pay Commission announced its final minimum wage-setting decision. Responsibility now passes to the Minimum Wage Panel of Fair Work, the national workplace relations tribunal.

stifle consumer spending. Commission chairman Ian Harper said the decision was taken to protect jobs. “The commission has given first priority to keeping Australia’s unemployment rate as low as possible,” he said.

Two children aged seven and nine were seriously injured when a bus rolled over. The vehicle carrying 14 people crashed in the Pilbara.

An 85-year-old woman with underlying health problems was the state’s first death caused by swine flu.

NEW SOUTH WALES

Workers stage a protest in Melbourne

An investigation was launched into claims a murderer fathered a son after smuggling his sperm out of prison. It is believed his girlfriend became pregnant in another state, Seven Network and The Daily Telegraph reported.

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Barlow denied Convicted double killer John Barlow lost his last chance to clear his name after the Privy Council dismissed his case, despite questioning the firearms evidence used to convict him. British law lords found that FBI evidence presented at Barlow’s third trial linking him to the murders was “unscientific and untenable”. But the case against him was “overwhelming” and the flawed evidence was not sufficient to uphold his appeal. Barlow was jailed for a minimum of 14 years for the execution-style murders of Wellington businessmen Gene and Eugene Thomas, who were found shot in their offices on The Terrace in 1994.

Jones an MP? Prime Minister John Key said the “door is wide open” for former All Black Michael Jones to stand for National if he decided he wanted to be an MP. Jones said he could not rule out doing so in the future. He

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The amount of interest NZ farmers will pay under a new loans scheme set up by dairy co-op Fonterra.

19 GETTING INVOLVED: Prime Minister John Key on a tour of the Pacific islands. His meetings have been dominated by talks with other leaders on the global economic downturn, its impact on struggling Pacific economies, and how New Zealand might help.

described Key as a “progressive thinker” with a commitment to economic development in the Pacific, with an understanding of the need for social benefits.

Assault over church A 55-year-old Hastings man who beat his daughter over the head with a lump of concrete when she refused to go to his Mormon church “does not understand what all the fuss is about”. Judge Geoff Rea said on February 22 Uluia Muliipu had become involved in an argument with his daughter who refused to attend church. He chased her down the street and back into the

house, picking up a lump of concrete along the way. He then hit her over the head in a bedroom with the concrete causing skin on her head to split and start bleeding. Muliipu was sentenced to 12 months in jail.

Kiwi killed in Jamaica NZ-born Tiki Hunia, a 27-yearold IT consultant and English teacher based in Hong Kong, was shot dead in front of his wife Nickie-Jean during an attempted robbery in Kingston, Jamaica. The couple were on a second honeymoon after renewing their wedding vows.

The number of serious incidents a 111 call centre worker has failed to alert police to. Police are trying to get the worker removed.

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about $800. A Kiwibank branch in Goodbehere Street, Feilding, was also robbed late last month by a man “easily mistaken as a female” with long dark hair and high-heeled boots. A woman was also spoken to but not charged. It was not known whether she owned the clothes.

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The number of New Zealand Post jobs which have been lost due to the recession.

*And finally … a well-heeled robber A male cross-dresser was arrested following two bank robberies in Manawatu. He was stopped in a car by police in central Palmerston North shortly after a Kiwibank branch was robbed last Thursday. The man, wearing a skirt and high-heeled boots, made off with

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ew Zealand’s swine flu death toll officially reached seven after a Taranaki man who died early last week was confirmed as having the illness. According to a spokesman for the Ministry of Health, the man had an underlying medical condition. The director of public health, Mark Jacobs, said there was no need for authorities to change their management approach, but vigilance would remain. ”For most New Zealanders swine flu will be a mild illness, but in some instances the infection can cause more severe illness and, in a few tragic instances, death,” he pointed out. There were now 1555 confirmed cases of swine flu in New Zealand. Meanwhile the Health Ministry announced the eligibility for a free seasonal influenza vaccine was extended to all Kiwis, not just those who

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UPPER NORTH ISLAND A terms of negotiation document was signed by the Crown and Far North iwi NgaiTakoto to settle historic Treaty of Waitangi claims. The focus would now be on reaching agreement on a redress package.

LOWER NORTH ISLAND A free seasonal influenza vaccine has been announced

have health problems. The vaccine would be available from surgeries until the end of September. “The free vaccine is expected to increase community uptake of the influenza vaccine, which is already showing increased uptake on previous years,” the ministry said in a statement.

DOCTORS’ WARNING Doctors warned asthmatics that steroid-based inhalers suppressed the immune system, increasing the risk of contracting influenza viruses and limiting users’ chances of successfully fighting them off.

Police are investigating a group of drivers sacked for stealing fares from Go Wellington. Nine drivers are accused of stealing at least $20,000 after they exploited a failure in Go Wellington’s payment system. The thefts are believed to be the tip of the iceberg, with at least $500,000 going missing in the past three years.

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Grass now not so green in Australia Kiwis living in Australia are heading back home in numbers not seen for 20 years. And those looking for a new life in Australia are significantly fewer, as potential migrants weather the economic storm at home. New Zealand has had a net loss of migrants to Australia for decades, but Statistics NZ figures show the trend has eased as jobs become less secure in both countries. In the first five months of this year, nearly 4000 Kiwis headed home from Australia – about 500 more than in the corresponding periods for 2008

Many Kiwis are returning home from Australia

A man who allegedly tried to acquire a firearm to shoot Nelson MP Nick Smith forced the closure of the politician’s Nelson electorate office while police and the country’s diplomatic protection squad dealt with the alert.

LOWER SOUTH ISLAND and 2007. More than 800 Kiwis came back in May alone – the highest May figure since 1990. The number of New Zealanders heading across the Tasman permanently or long term in the first five months of 2009 was 4500 down on the year to May 31, 2008.

KIWI JOBS FOR KIWIS? The British media fired up last week with reports of Brits sent home from NZ after being let go from their jobs. Immigration NZ denied accusations of an “anti-migrant job crisis”.

An 18-year-old woman was attacked on a popular jogging path in Dunedin. The random attack, with a broken bottle, left her with cuts to her forehead, cheeks, hand and arm, for which she needed stitches. The male attacker was still at large.

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Not Madiba’s art Former president Nelson Mandela distanced himself from an exhibition of artwork due to open in London next Thursday, July 16. Advocate Bally Chuene said Mandela wished to state that he disassociated himself from the artwork at Belgravia Gallery allegedly associated with him. The gallery is at 45 Albermarle Street in London, and the exhibition was scheduled to take place between 6pm and 9pm.

A memorial for Michael Jackson last Tuesday started with a message of condolence from former South African president Nelson Mandela. Jackson, who died in LA on June 25, had met Mandela on several occasions. “Michael was a giant and a legend in the music industry,”

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STRIKE ACTION: Around 70,000 construction workers at 2010 Fifa World Cup venues were called on by their unions to down tools over pay at noon last Wednesday. Two days earlier, the Labour Court turned down an application by the contractors for a court interdict to prevent the strike.

read the message from Madiba. “We mourn with the millions of fans worldwide. We had great admiration for his talent and that he was able to triumph over tragedy on so many occasions.”

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A 13-year-old girl was found in a brothel and tavern in Chatsworth in Durban during a police raid, The Mercury newspaper reported on Thursday. Metro police found the girl living with a man in his thirties

and believe she was trafficked from the Eastern Cape into central Durban and then transferred to Chatsworth.

Stadium bribe claim An East London construction company claimed it was asked for a R6 million bribe to secure the contract to build a 2010 World Cup stadium in Mthatha. The Daily Dispatch reported that two people allegedly approached Rumdel Construction with the offer.

*And finally … Boks coach muzzled Sports Minister Makhenkesi Stofile said Springbok rugby coach Peter de Villiers should watch his mouth. Sport 24 reported Stofile blamed the SA Rugby Union (Saru) for bizarre comments made by De Villiers. “They appointed him as a coach, not as a spokesperson,”

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Stofile said. “Now he’s being left to the mercy of the media.” The minister said: “It could mean that he is not judged on his achievements on the rugby field but on his achievements with his mouth.” Stofile’s comments came after the Bok coach seemed to condone the gouging of players’ eyes.

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SUMMARY ■ First Nelson Mandela Day celebrated this Saturday. ■ South African ministers will devote 67 minutes to community service. ■ People around the world asked to perform a selfless task to honour the day.

inisters and ANC MPs would devote 67 minutes of their time to community service on Saturday, July 18, to mark the first Nelson Mandela Day, ruling party chief whip Mathole Motshekga said. Motshekga said government ministers and Parliament’s top officials would do community service in the Eastern Cape, from where Mandela hails. Nelson Mandela Day will be celebrated for the first time on the former president’s 91st birthday. It was instituted to

GAUTENG A 16-month-old baby was shot dead during a robbery in Eersterust, Pretoria, last week. Two men broke into the house of a couple and their four children. According to Beeld one of the robbers shot the baby in the head after they could not find a cell phone on the mother.

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celebrate Madiba’s 67 years in politics, from his pivotal role in the anti-apartheid struggle, to his presidency and finally his work as mediator in peace talks and as an Aids activist. It calls on people around South Africa and abroad to perform a selfless task to help their community for at least

an hour and seven minutes. His grandson, Mandla Mandela, said Mandela’s response on hearing about the tribute was that he hoped that one day somebody would “pay tribute to the many ordinary men and women who walked his journey with him.”

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Two Eastern Cape men involved in a cash-in-transit heist and the robbery of a police station three years ago were jailed for more than 760 years. Phindiwe Fanayo, 28, and Simpiwe Ndika, 32, were sentenced in the Mthatha High Court after they pleaded guilty to a string of charges.

KWAZULUNATAL South Africa’s mix of English and Dutch law needs to be “Africanised”, Cape Judge President John Hlophe told a Progressive Professional Network symposium in Durban last week. He said people need law that embodies their own culture.

MPUMALANGA have a huge responsibility … so I wish you good luck.” The demise of the Scorpions follows a resolution taken by the ruling ANC at its conference in Limpopo in 2007.

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SCORPIONS STUNG The ANC was unhappy with Scorpions methods, and accused them of “Hollywood-style tactics”.

Police called for women in the province who were illegally married to foreigners to come forward after a Witbank businessman was arrested in possession of identity documents belonging to South Africans.

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Members of the Hawks, the police’s newly launched crime-fighting unit, must brace themselves as they take over from the ousted Scorpions, a former Scorpions boss warned. “My advice to you is you have to be thick-skinned as you weather the storms – there will be turbulence out there,” said Thanda Mngwenge, the former deputy head of the Scorpions, now replaced by the Directorate for Priority Crime Investigations. As he made the symbolic handover of 288 case files to Anwa Dramat, head of the DPCI, Mngwenge, said: “You

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RUGBY LEAGUE The NRL takes another PR hit with Roosters forward Nate Myles suspended for six weeks after drunkenly defecating in a hotel corridor. How do these guys survive to adulthood?

FOOTBALL Former Liverpool star Robbie Fowler insists he will honour his two-year contract with new A-League side North Queensland Fury, quashing rumours he will bail early.

BASKETBALL Australian centre Nathan Jawai, 22, has a new NBA home after being traded from the Toronto Raptors to the Dallas Mavericks in a blockbuster four-team deal.

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AFL Sydney Swans full-forward Barry Hall quits the club, effective immediately. Hall, 32, co-captained the Swans to a flag in 2005, and may look to continue his career elsewhere.

TENNIS Australia’s Bryden Klein cops a six-month ban for racially vilifying South Africa’s Raven Klaasen at Eastbourne last month. Klein, 19, was also fined about $30,000. Just deserts.

CRICKET With the Poms’ bowling attack being belted by Australia, discarded England quick Steve Harmison stakes his claim for a Lord’s recall, taking 5-60 for Durham against Yorkshire.

SUNDAY SWIMMING Australia’s hopes of a massive haul at the world swimming championships suffer a major blow, with Olympic medallists Eamon Sullivan and Hayden Stoeckel withdrawing.

Australia showed “ the Pommies that we do have a good club team and can match them at any level

Gold Coast United owner Clive Palmer after his side, led by Jason Culina (left), beat English side Fulham 2-1 in a friendly.

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MONDAY MOTORSPORT Speedway World Cup Smell that burning rubber 7pm Sky Sports 2 TUESDAY CYCLING Tour de France Saddle up for stage 10 12.30pm British Eurosport WEDNESDAY RUGBY LEAGUE Queensland V NSW Origin game three 10.30am bigpondtv.com THURSDAY CRICKET England V Australia Day one of the second Test 10am Sky Sports 1 FRIDAY RUGBY Sharks V Kavaliers Can the Sharks rebound? 6pm Sky Sports 3 SATURDAY RUGBY New Zealand V Australia The Tri-Nations begins 8.30am Sky Sports 2 SUNDAY MOTORSPORT German MotoGP Can Casey Stoner recover? 12.45pm BBC2

PUB TALK: BRITISH SPORT EXPLAINED Cesc Fabregas Who is he? He’s Arsenal’s 22-year-old central midfielder and captain. What’s happening? Fabregas is being persistently linked to Spanish giants Barcelona and Real Madrid, with a £35 million transfer fee also being mentioned. Will he go? It’s unlikely. He’s not a prima donna like

Ronaldo, and he has great respect for Arsene Wenger, but Arsenal’s lack of recent silverware is a liability. How upset would the fans be if he leaves? Gunners fans would be devastated. They’re building a young side, but if their best young player goes, those plans go belly-up.

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McCaw ready for Auckland Richie McCaw will galvanise the Kiwis

The All Blacks have endured a sluggish start to the international season, but will welcome back skipper Richie McCaw for Saturday’s Bledisloe Cup encounter with Australia in Auckland.

McCaw played 45 minutes for Christchurch on Saturday, but before that, his last match was in the Super 14 semifinals. Despite his layoff with a knee injury, the Kiwi skipper is confident he will slot back in quickly. “The first couple of games are hard work but you accept that and just get out and get into it,” McCaw said. “I guess I have a bit of experience, having gone through it a couple of times. “In a team like the All Blacks, you’ve got pretty good fellas around you and you only need to do your job.”

Wallabies mentor Robbie Deans, who coached McCaw at the Crusaders, expects the dynamic flanker to galvanise the All Blacks. “He has been sitting there waiting, he doesn’t enjoy not playing,” Deans said. “He would have been training the house down. Last year he came back from the

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HENRY BACKED FOR 2011 All Blacks coach Graham Henry, and his assistants Steve Hansen and Wayne Smith, last week had their contracts extended by two years, ensuring they will pilot New Zealand’s 2011 World Cup campaign, despite their disappointing finish in 2007.

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The Sharks, last year’s South African domestic champions, stumbled in the first outing of their title defence, losing 29-15 to Western Province. Western Province – with Willem de Waal in supreme form on the wet Newlands ground, adding 19 points which kept the pressure on the Sharks – have suddenly put together a front five that can compete with the best. The Blue Bulls, last year’s

beaten finalists, had more success, holding off a plucky Lions outfit to win 19-13 at Loftus. The Bulls could have sealed the game earlier, if not for some poor goal-kicking.

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The Super 14 will expand from 2011, with a 15th side set to join, and as the application process opened last week, officials were expecting expressions of interest from across the southern hemisphere. While Australia is favoured to host the new side, with Melbourne and western Sydney the frontrunners, the South African Rugby Union is also pushing the Southern Kings, a side based in the Eastern Cape that would join the Australian conference. The Victorian Rugby Union is spearheading Melbourne’s bid, but a second bidder from Victoria has also emerged.

significant break and played the full 80.” Underlining the importance of the game, Wallabies captain Stirling Mortlock described the Tri-Nations opener as “our most significant challenge to date this year.”


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Marcus North scored a ton on his Ashes debut

Aussies expose Poms England face a week of uncomfortable questions about their bowling attack ahead of the second Test at Lord’s, after the Australian batsmen dominated the first Ashes Test in Cardiff.

After bowling England out for 435 in the first innings, Australia set about grinding

the English bowling into the dust, with four batsmen – Simon Katich, Ricky Ponting, Marcus North and Brad Haddin – scoring centuries, a first for Australia against England. Australia eventually declared at 6-674. Andrew Flintoff bowled gallantly and James Anderson

chipped in with a couple of wickets, but the rest of the attack was toothless. Stuart Broad’s place must be under threat, after he finished with 1-129 from 32 overs, while England’s spin experiment failed dismally, Graeme Swann and Monty Panesar taking 1-246 between them.

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Nielsen says Clark recall uncertain Aussie bowler Stuart Clark was the surprise omission from the team for the Ashes opener in Cardiff and, even with Brett Lee injured, may well face a further spell on the sidelines. Clark, 33, has 90 wickets from 22 Tests, at an average of less than 23. He was the pick of the bowlers in the 2006-07 Ashes, claiming 26 wickets at an average of 17. But he finds himself behind the younger trio of Mitchell Johnson, Peter Siddle and Ben Hilfenhaus. “We were probably looking for three bowlers that did things a little bit differently,” Nielsen said. “The problem for Clark is that Siddle is quicker and younger – even if he isn’t as accurate.” “They’re both very similar

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bowlers and tend to hit the wicket hard and come into the right-handers,” Nielsen said. Clark could still be recalled for this week’s second Test at Lord’s, but would probably need to replace spinner Nathan Hauritz rather than one of the other quicks. Hauritz is no world-beater, but Australia may be reluctant to field an all-pace attack, so Clark will be hoping the curators at Lord’s prepare a pitch unsuited to spin.

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The Wanderers Stadium in Johannesburg has been suspended as an international venue by Cricket South Africa (CSA) after the host association, the Gauteng Cricket Board, controversially accused CSA of mismanaging the 2009 IPL.

MENDIS TO REDBACKS Sri Lankan mystery spinner Ajantha Mendis will play for South Australia in the next domestic Twenty20 competition. His signing follows New South Wales’ coup in recruiting Pakistani all-rounder Shahid Afridi.

BOND, TUFFEY BACK New Zealand will welcome back Shane Bond and Daryl Tuffey for the first time since their ban for playing in the Indian Cricket League was lifted. Tuffey will tour Sri Lanka with the Test squad next month, while Bond will go to India with New Zealand A.

FIELDS SAVES AUSSIES A record sixth-wicket partnership between Jodie Fields and Rachael Haynes saved Australia in their first Test against England. The Aussie women were reeling at 5-28, before the pair came together. Fields made 139 and Haynes went for 98. AUSTRALIA A LEVELS SERIES Callum Ferguson scored an unbeaten 72 to help Australia A beat Pakistan A in the second of three 50-over matches between the sides. The Aussies bowled the tourists out for 188, with Brett Geeves taking 3-32, before easily overhauling the target.

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Nate Myles. Enough said.

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18 Sea Eagles V Mauro M Robertson G Rose tries M Orford 3 goals

St George Illawarra brushed aside the absence of seven first team regulars to thump Manly at WIN Stadium and continue their charge toward the minor premiership, tightening their grip on top spot with an eight tries to three demolition. Manly’s loss of four players to Origin commitments, plus Jamie Lyon and Brett Rabbitohs 36

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12 Panthers P Aiton G Daniela tries L Walsh 2 goals

Down 20-0 at the break, the Panthers looked headed for complete humiliation after Souths fullback Nathan Merritt sprinted away for a 44th minute try to set up a 26-point buffer. But converted tries to hooker Paul Aiton and centre Geoff Daniela, both confirmed by the Warriors 14

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Bulldogs coach Kevin Moore believes his men have answered critics who questioned the squad’s depth after a thrilling win over the Warriors in Auckland on Sunday. The Bulldogs were without stars Brett Kimmorley, Michael Ennis and Josh Morris through State of Origin duty, Ben Hannant and Knights 23 R Fa’aoso A Uate W Naiqama K Lulia tries W Naiqama 3 goals B Rogers field goal

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video referee, got the Panthers to within 14 points with 20 minutes remaining. The resurgent John Sutton then snuffed out any hopes of a full-scale Panthers revival by crashing over the line with 10 minutes remaining. The Rabbitohs lengthened the margin even more when centre Colin Best scampered over in the left-hand corner with just under five minutes left. Jamal Idris due to injury and Greg Eastwood and Bryson Goodwin because of suspension. But they still had enough quality to snatch a thrilling win and end any hope the Warriors had of making the top eight. Young gun Ben Barba scored the try which reclaimed the lead with a minute left on the clock to keep the Bulldogs near the top of the table, as sides begin to jostle for top four spots. minutes without Mullen, who suffered ankle ligament damage. Up 16-0 at at the break, Newcastle tallied four tries to one and held Canberra scoreless for almost an hour. The Raiders dominated territory in the first and third quarters but failed to capitalise on their possession. A 56th minute Joel Monaghan try was the Raiders’ only reward.

RABBITOHS Sutton scored a try in each half and set up second-rower Eddy Pettybourne with a perfect defence-splitting pass early on. Later, Sutton crashed over for his second to kill off the Panthers’ challenge.

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PD PTS 181 28 116 26 93 25 32 24 114 22 48 22 -33 22 5 20 3 20 -40 17 -22 16 -52 16 -77 15 -123 15 -73 14 -172 12

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SATURDAY PANTHERS V RAIDERS 8.30am SHARKS V SEA EAGLES 11.30am

SUNDAY ROOSTERS V WARRIORS 5am TIGERS V COWBOYS 6am

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Gritty Newcastle displayed defensive steel after losing key playmaker Jarrod Mullen, and stayed on course for the NRL finals with a courageous win over Canberra on Saturday. The Knights spent much of the match defending and played all but the first five

Stewart to injury, was exacerbated by an afternoon of handling errors. Even so, they were down 30-18 and still in the contest until Dragons halfback Jamie Soward took his personal tally to 20 points with a try 13 minutes from time. His mates steamrolled home from there, Wendell Sailor and Brett Morris finishing with doubles. The Dragons win was even more impressive given they were without NSW forwards Ben Creagh and Justin Poore ahead of Origin three.

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Pies outlast Bulldogs Dale Thomas (left) kicked the sealer

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17.9.111 Magpies L Davis 4 D Swan 2 D Thomas 2 P Medhurst 2 A Toovey B Johnson D Beams J Fraser S Pendlebury T Goldsack T Lockyer

The Saints and the Cats have been predictably identified as the league benchmarks, but the Bulldogs and the Magpies produced a contest on Friday night that suggested they’re not as far behind the top two as many presume. Collingwood seemed mostly in control for the first three quarters. With Alan Didak contuining his white-hot form in the middle and Dane Swan typically busy, the Magpies led by 41 points late in the third term. But the Bulldogs refused to lie down. Shaun Higgins reduced the margin to 34 points at the last change, and the Dogs then kicked the first five goals of the last quarter, with Mitch Hahn’s goal, 20 minutes in, cutting the margin to two points. But the Magpies hit back, a crucial goal to Dale Thomas allowing them to hang on.

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15.17.107 Bombers J Winderlich 3 M Lloyd 3 S Lucas 3 R Dyson 2 A Welsh B Stanton K Reimers S Lonergan

A tough week for the Swans ended in defeat to the Bombers, and while the Bombers are on track to play finals, the Swans are almost shot. Essendon kicked four goals to one in the second term to lead at the break, and then ground their way further on top. Lions 16.12.108

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9.11.65 Cats M Rooke 2 C Mooney M Blake R Gamble S Byrnes S Hogan S Mumford T Hawkins

Brisbane cemented their spot in the top eight by beating an undermanned Geelong outfit, who were without star players Gary Ablett and Matthew Scarlett. The Lions set up the win with a seven-goal second quarter, and were well-served by key forward Jon Brown. Crows 19.16.130

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The Dockers’ abject season continued, with one of the worst performances in their miserable 15-year history. The Crows booted the first 11 goals of the game, holding the Dockers to a solitary behind in the first half. Crows rookie Patrick Dangerfield was best afield. Demons 15.11.101 L Jurrah 4 R Petterd 4 M Bate 2 R Robertson 2 B McLean B Moloney L Dunn

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Carlton recorded a routine victory over Richmond, with their stars in Brendan Fevola and Chris Judd leading the way. A six-goal second term gave the Blues a 20-point lead at half-time, and the Tigers never truly threatened thereafter. Ben Cousins was best for the losers. Hawks 10.13.73

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With their premiership defence hanging by a thread, the Hawthorn narrowly avoided a damaging loss. The reigning premiers trailed by 15 points early in the last quarter, but forced their way over the line, thnks to four finalquarter goals from Lance Franklin. Eagles 11.4.70 A Hansen 3 A Embley 3 M LeCras 2 J Kennedy 2 A Cockie

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The Eagles gave the unbeaten Saints a scare, and the scores were level at the last change. But the Saints came out firing in the last quarter, booting the first five goals to put the Eagles away. Leigh Montagna and Nick Dal Santo were the best for the winners.

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Dockers coach Mark Harvey talks up the Crows after they belt his men. Mildly self-serving.

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Brendan Fevola BLUES He’s a loose unit, but when Fev is on song, he’s also one of the most exciting players in the league. He was sensational against the Tigers, booting four goals in the second term to set up the win, finishing with nine for the day.

THE LADDER Team Saints Cats Bulldogs Magpies Crows Lions Blues Bombers Power Hawks Swans Eagles Roos Tigers Demons Dockers

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Melbourne controlled the game for the middle two quarters, pushing out to a 32-point lead midway through the third term. But Port rallied late, closing to within seven points in the last term, before Demons youngster Ricky Petterd sealed the win with his fourth goal.

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Cadel Evans (right) must make his move

Politics hurting Evans Cadel Evans’ chances of finally winning the Tour de France, after finishing runner-up the past two years, are suffering from his lack of vital support.

Peloton politics cost Evans on Saturday’s stage eight, the 176.5km ride into Saint Girons. Evans still finished among the lead group, but was foiled in his attempt to claw back some of the time he lost in the

team time-trial earlier in the week. He stormed clear of the peloton early on in the category one climb that began the eighth stage in Andorra. But the Silence-Lotto rider became a victim of his own past successes, with the Astana-led main bunch chasing hard to reel him in at the same time as his breakaway colleagues refused to share the work, knowing

their efforts would eventually amount to nothing as long as he remained in their midst. The mountain stages will continue this week and, given his lack of support, Evans will need to ride aggressively to force his way back into contention for the coveted yellow jersey.

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Australian golfer Adam Scott signalled his return to form at the Scottish Open and insisted he “likes his chances” of claiming a first major title at this week’s British Open. “The ball striking is there again and I’m just enjoying being able to see some shots and then hit them,” Scott, who turns 29 this week, said. “Hitting this many greens, it’s hard to have a bad score. So it has been like going from one extreme to another for me. I love the Open and that style of golf. “Turnberry is in perfect condition and I’d put it up there with Muirfield as my favourite Open venue. It’s

“A mate called me the other day. We talked about Michael Jackson and he said he thought the papers pulled out some old footage of him being black again because I was on the front and back pages.” Sacked Wallaby Lote Tuqiri may have lost his job, but not his rapier wit.

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Scott says he’s ready for major win Adam Scott is confident

“I was a bit shitty.” Queensland coach Mal Meninga on hearing Nate Myles would be suspended for six weeks, for dropping a Henry III in a hotel corridor.

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going to be tough but I like my chances.” Meanwhile, South Africa’s 2008 Masters champion Trevor Immelman withdrew from his second successive major, pulling out of the Open because of the persistent wrist injury that forced him out of the US Open.

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“I know of them but I had to introduce myself to guys like George Smith. I almost called him ‘Sir’. I didn’t say anything to Matt Giteau, until he said hello to me.” Will Genia (right), the new reserve Wallabies halfback, on his first training session.

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“It is tempting to blame everybody who had a bowl yesterday … After all, the alternative is to heap praise on the Australia batsmen – who really were rather good – but where’s the fun in that?” English cricket columnist Simon Barnes struggles to digest the bitter reality of Australia’s innate cricketing superiority. Don’t worry, Simon. It’s a long summer. Plenty of time for you to get your head around it.

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OVER FOR TAKEOVER The career of Takeover Target is over after he fractured a cannon bone at Newmarket. Joe Janiak bought the sprinter for $1250 in 2003 while he was a taxi driver but Takeover Target retires with 21 career wins and earnings of more than $6 million.

STONER DAZED Australian MotoGP star Casey Stoner will undergo a battery of tests to identify a mystery illness, after finishing fourth “in a daze” in the US Grand Prix two weeks ago. Stoner sits third in the championship standings, behind Valentino Rossi and Jorge Lorenzo.

FULHAM RECOVERS English Premier League side Fulham squared things up on their Australian pre-season tour, beating A-League champions Melbourne Victory 3-0 at Etihad Stadium on Saturday night, making amends for their mid-week loss to Gold Coast United.

Hooker eyeing gold in Berlin Australia’s Olympic pole vault champion Steve Hooker began his European season in style last week, winning a meet in Lausanne, Switzerland, but he will need to maintain those high standards to win gold at the world championships in Berlin next month.

Hooker (right), who turns 27 this week, cleared 5.75 metres on his first attempt to defeat in-form Frenchman Renaud Lavillenie, and showed no signs of recent knee and shoulder injuries. Equally impressive was the performance of Australia’s Beijing silver medallist Sally McLellan, who won her 100m hurdles in 12.60 seconds,

Australia’s newest NBA player Patrick Mills, drafted by the Portland Trail Blazers earlier this month, has broken his right foot and won’t play in the NBA’s summer league. The 23-year-old point guard will have surgery to repair a fractured metatarsal.

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just outside her personal best of 12.53, beating a field that included Olympic champion Dawn Harper. “I felt really good,” the 22year-old Queenslander said. “I was firing when I got out of the blocks and I kept running fast. It was a good run.”

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Lleyton Hewitt is looking forward to a “free hit” at the rankings points on offer in the lead-up to next month’s US Open in New York. The former world number one climbed 12 spots to 44 in the rankings following his quarter-final appearance at Wimbledon, as he is looking to continue that ascent. His 2008 season was cut short by a hip injury, so Hewitt has no ranking points to defend leading up to the Open and any points he accrues will guarantee further progress. Hewitt will take three weeks off to freshen up and rest a minor leg muscle strain before resuming in Washington, where he won in 2004 before

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DOKIC FALLS ILL Jelena Dokic’s attempt to reignite her career has hit a hurdle, with the former world number four diagnosed with glandular fever following a series of blood tests.

reaching the final in New York. He will then round off his Open preparation in Montreal and Cincinnati. “He’s not defending anything so if he can do alright, he could be seeded in the top 32 at the US Open,” Hewitt’s manager David Drysdale said. “The aim is to try and get him in the top 20 by the end of the year.”

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The International Boxing Organisation could strip Anthony Mundine of his middleweight world title unless he fights Daniel Geale again. Geale’s camp lodged a successful protest against Mundie’s split points win over their fighter in May.

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MOST POINTS » Andrew Mehrtens (NZ) 328 points » Dan Carter (NZ) 312 » Matt Burke (AUS) 271 » Percy Montgomery (RSA) 210 » Stirling Mortlock (AUS) 198 » Carlos Spencer (NZ) 153 » Matt Giteau (AUS) 121 » Braam van Straaten (RSA) 94 » Christian Cullen (NZ) 80 » Jannie de Beer (RSA) 69 ON THE BOX SAT JUL 18 8.30 am Sky Sports 2 NZ VS AUSTRALIA

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SOUTH AFRICA The good news: A sleepwalking second-string team may have lost to the Lions, but there’s still plenty of depth in South Africa. Not only is the World Cup-winning side, including Bryan Habana (above), still largely intact, but there’s a herd of talented young bucks with bright futures ahead of them. Heinrich Brüssow has shown the value of having a world-class fetcher, while fullback Zane Kirchner has a shrewd rugby brain. Most importantly, though, South Africa may have found a solution to their flyhalf problems in Morne Steyn. The bad news: Peter de Villiers. The Boks coach has been a PR disaster and, with Schalk

Burger, has dragged SA rugby back to the bad old days when the Boks were seen as thugs. As a tactician, De Villiers has done the right thing, having exhausted every other alternative. Must do better. The Boks also seem lost when captain John Smit is not on the field. If you’re a Saffa, pray he stays injury-free for two more years. One for the future: Heinrich Brüssow. Impossible to shift once standing over the ball and could dominate the breakdown for years. Tri-Nations prediction: Winners. A favourable draw and battle-hardened squad make the Boks slight favourites.


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NZ v AUS July 18, Auckland RSA v NZ July 25, Bloemfontein RSA v NZ August 1, Durban RSA v AUS August 8, Cape Town AUS v NZ August 22, Sydney AUS v RSA August 29, Perth AUS v RSA September 5, Brisbane NZ v RSA September 12, Hamilton NZ v AUS September 19, Wellington

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The good news: Richie McCaw is ready for battle again. So are Sitiveni Sivivatu, Rodney So’oialo, Conrad Smith and Andrew Hore, while Dan Carter is easing his way back to full fitness. The All Blacks stars can’t return soon enough because, without them, New Zealand have been ordinary. Some of the positives Graham Henry can take from the All Blacks’ last few Tests were performances by greenhorns like back-rower Kieran Read and, in particular, the freakishly athletic giraffe that is lock Isaac Ross. If, in Carter’s absence, New Zealand can find a flyhalf who can unleash the backline, the midfield combination of Conrad Smith and Ma’a Nonu will take some stopping. The bad news: It is hard to remember when the All Blacks were last this low on confidence. You know something’s wrong when even Joe Rokocoko struggles to score tries. The way the French bullied the New Zealand forwards in Dunedin will also worry Henry, especially since remedying the situation will be tough without injured enforcer Ali Williams.

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MOST TRIES » Christian Cullen (NZ) 16 tries

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One for the future: Isaac Ross. Surprising pace for a lock and a range of passing that a centre would be proud of. Tri-Nations prediction: Runners-up. The return of McCaw will work wonders, but playing two away games against the Boks will be tough.

AUSTRALIA The good news: If youthful exuberance wins you trophies, the Wallabies should start stocking up on silverware polish. With silky backline players Berrick Barnes, Peter Hynes, James O’Connor and Quade Cooper all developing under Robbie Deans, Australia are starting to play with real guile. Add the calming influence of Matt Giteau (who is combining beautifully with Barnes), Stirling Mortlock and George Smith and the

return of Rocky Elsom, and you have the makings of a fine team that could come to the boil in 2011. Deans will be quietly confident that something special is brewing in his adopted country. The bad news: A lack of depth in certain positions remains a problem, and losing Giteau to injury would be disastrous. And while the Aussie pack stood up well to the French recently, you have to wonder if they will wilt in the face of a truly physical onslaught.

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One for the future: James O’ Connor. A jackrabbit of a player whose pace off the mark and elusiveness will trouble the most watertight defensive line. Tri-Nation prediction: Wooden spoon. Bags of talent but still a work in progress.

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even in 10 of the 2 million extra jobs created under the Labour Government have been accounted for by migrant workers, according to an international study. Foreigners in the UK now take a larger share of new jobs than in any other major industrialised nation, despite the Government’s pledge to give British workers the first crack of the whip. The latest report will fuel growing concern in the UK

over the impact of immigration on jobs during the recession. Damian Green, the shadow immigration minister, said: “Yet another of Gordon Brown’s soundbites has proved to be false. This government has created British jobs for foreign workers.”

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Working-class men are no more likely to find well-paid careers than they were a generation ago, according to a UK study that claims there has been “little obvious sign of decline” in the influence of background on life chances.

More New Zealanders are heading home, but many are returning to the dole queue. Employment minister Paula Bennett says more than one in nine Kiwis who returned in the past 12 months ended up on the dole.

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An Australian peak motoring body has named the Hyundai Getz the cheapest car to own and run at $122.18 a week, down from $122.67 last year. The most expensive car was the Toyota LandCruiser diesel at $371.10, down from $398.64. Overall, costs dipped 7 per cent from last year.

The Bank of England held interest rates at a record low of 0.5 per cent last week, as had been widely anticipated. In a surprise to the experts, though, the bank announced it would not be increasing the scale of its quantitative-easing programme, intended to inject new cash into the economy.

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vaults, but the thieves had so many diamonds to carry they only opened 123 of them. » The thieves were caught in Italy, after being traced by DNA left on a sandwich. They were jailed, but the diamonds were never found.

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It’s the perfect time of year for produce, so get along to you your local market and start eating healthily – it’s cheaper than eating crap. Everything you buy in supermarkets has a mark-up to cover packaging, transport, storage and the wages of the guy working the cash register. So ditch that, and make the effort to get along to a farmers’ market near you. The food is miles better, and it’s healthier. You’ll save a packet, and eat better for it. Great steaks, great veggies and none of the supermarket mark-up. Get online and check out farmersmarkets.net to find out about the closest market to you.

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you want, though it’s usual to give a month’s notice and help find someone to move in. Pay and cancel your bills

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payments will be filed with a credit reference agency (making it difficult for you to set up an account or rent a flat if you return), or you could receive a County Court Judgement.

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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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With its secluded beaches and non-stop action, the Channel Island of Jersey is full of surprises WORDS AMY ADAMS

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he tapestry of lanes crossing inland Jersey still confuses those born and bred here. We’re on a mission to find a sunset concert, before the sun sets, but its location near remote Neolithic burial site Dolmen de Grantez isn’t helping local journalist Claire Campbell. Eventually her determination pays off and we round the corner to find a sloping field covered in groups of friends, picnic rugs and well-stocked eskies. At the bottom a brass band plays alfresco against a backdrop of St Ouen’s Bay. As the fading light glints off the English Channel it’s like I’ve stumbled on another world. It’s a feeling you get quite often in Jersey.

KAYAKS AND GO-KARTS I’ve barely arrived on the island before I’m padding across the white sands of St Brelade’s Bay and into a waiting kayak. Following our instructor Chester Mackley, the group paddles

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around the headland, sticking close to the shore for views of towering cliffs dotted with flowers. Our destination is Beauport, a secluded beach of ivory sand lapped by translucent water that makes me feel like I’ve paddled to Thailand. ”I came for two weeks and stayed for 10 years,” says Mackley, a South African. Married to a local, he’s firmly established, as is his business Surf & Sun Watersports, which offers activities from wakeboarding to coasteering. “Tomorrow we’ll get you blokarting,” he says excitedly as we pass around tapas at beachside restaurant Crab Shack. I find out exactly what this is as I approach the quieter east end of St Brelade’s Bay. Threewheeled go karts attached to sails whizz across the beach propelled by the wind. “Just keep your arms in if you capsize,” advises Mackley as he turns me into the wind. Thankfully it’s far easier than it looks, and


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you’re so low to the ground you feel like you’re screaming along across the sand, even if in fact you’re only trundling.

SURF’S UP, OR NOT While the cliffs sheltering St Brelade’s Bay make it ideal for many water sports, St Ouen’s is the place to surf – a vast sweeping bay on the west coast set to host the amateur surfing competition Eurosurf in September. I’d stopped by that morning to sample the legendary brunch at Big Vernes, where the size of the portions is only justified by a few hours’ surfing, so it was definitely time to get in the water. Perhaps it was this that was my undoing, though. After an hour of patiently waiting for me to try to stand up on my board, my instructor Joe Davies had to dash for his bar shift in St Helier. “We’ll be going there later,“ laughed local events organiser Linzi Wilson. “That’s so

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Jersey, the guy who teaches you to surf will also be serving you cocktails!” We never got to see whether his cocktails were as good as his cutbacks, though. The food at sister restaurant Rojos was too good to rush, and we missed last orders. Perhaps this was for the best. Zoos aren’t fun on a hangover and the next morning I visited Durrell, Jersey’s Wildlife Conservation Trust, set up by Gerald Durrell 50 years ago to save endangered species. With highlights including Andean bears, Madagascan lemurs and orang-utans from Sumatra, I didn’t want to leave, and I was even more confused about where in the world it was I was leaving.

» Amy Adams travelled to Jersey with Jersey Tourism (jersey.com) and Flybe.com.

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WHEN TO GO Time your visit with one of the island’s fantastic summer festivals. GETTING THERE It’s a 50-minute flight from Gatwick or London City airports. GETTING AROUND The best idea is to hire a car. Try Hertz (hertzci.com). VISAS Jersey is part of the United Kingdom so no visas are required. CURRENCY British pound. LANGUAGE English, but street signs are also in French. GOING OUT Cheaper than mainland UK. A pint ENGLAND is about £2.20. ACCOMMODATION Campsites from £9; Private rooms from £20. JERSEY SEE Surf & Sun Watersports (surf andsun.co.uk); Durrell FRANCE (durrellwildlife.org).

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ECO MUSIC Jersey Live might be the island’s most famous summer music festival but it’s by no means alone. Now in it’s second year, Grassroots has moved to a bigger and better venue and has enlisted the help of Pete Murray (above) and Newton Faulkner to entertain the masses that turn up. The festival, organised by Aussie Jeff Wison and his wife Linzi, is carbon neutral, and highlights of the site include an eco village. For more information see allez-oop.com/events.

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The appeal of France’s second tourist attraction (after Paris) isn’t hard to spot. Reclining on the Côte d’Azur, Nice has all the charm of its neighbours Cannes and Monte Carlo, but without the snobbery. In a place where people leave work to sunbathe, then leave the beach to party, joie de vivre doesn’t run short.

every day but Monday, when the antiques take over. North from here is the old town, which is known as Vieux Nice, a winding maze of narrow streets lined with shops, cafés and ice cream stalls. La Place Rossetti is at the very heart of Nice, and is overlooked by the colourful dome of SainteRéparate Cathedral.

CHOW DOWN Nice is a great place to eat out, even on a budget. There are plenty of options in Vieux Nice

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BEST OF THE REST A street back from the Promenade des Anglais you’ll find Cours Saleya, a lively marketplace filled with fruit, vegetable and flower stalls

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MUSEUM TIME After Paris, Nice boasts the highest number of museums in France. Highlights include the Museum of Modern and Contemporary Art, Musée Matisse, and the Musée National Massage Biblique Marc Chagall, devoted to the surrealist painter.

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including Chez Rene and Lou Pilha Leva, where you can pick and mix dishes. Specialities include salade niçoise and socca, a pancake made from chickpea flour and olive oil.

Nice is an ideal place to base yourself while exploring the rest of the French Riviera on trains or organised tours. Make sure you take day trips to film mecca Cannes (40 minutes), Monaco (40 mins) or Grasse (35 mins). Other nearby towns worth a look include Eze and St Tropez.

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buzz of the summer crowds. Book ahead, though. GETTING THERE There are several direct flights to Nice’s international airport. Catch a bus or taxi to the town centre. There are some direct trains from Paris. The trip takes about five hours. VISAS Australians and New Zealanders don’t need a visa. South Africans need a Schengen visa. CURRENCY Euro. 1GBP = 1.16 EUR. LANGUAGE French. GETTING AROUND Most sights are within walking distance. Taxis aren’t common but the buses are frequent. GOING OUT Beer is about €5. ACCOMMODATION Dorm beds from €14 and private rooms from €20.

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The Promenade des Anglais is a 5km beachside boulevard created so 19th century English tourists could take evening strolls along the Baie des Anges (Bay of Angels). Nowadays you’re more likely to see roller blades than parasols. The beach itself might be pebbly, but the colour of the water will make you realise why this section of the French coast is called the Côte d’Azur.

Master Home, Wayne’s, King Pub – on Rue de la Préfecture. For something more French, try Le Bar des Oiseaux on Rue St-Vincent. The Grand Escurial is Nice’s largest club.


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Relax in Korˇ cula – and keep your eyes peeled for celebrity appearances WORDS JO CACKETT

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feel sorry for Marco Polo. Tales of his backpacking romp to the Far East have often been dismissed as too outrageous to be true. Some also argue that the famous travel writer wasn’t actually born in Venice, but Korcula ˇ Town, a small medieval walled settlement on the island of the same name. But even if the closest he came to the Silk Road was wearing his silk pyjamas, being from this corner of Croatia wouldn’t be a bad thing. Some historians believe Polo, born in 1254, came from a family of great nobles from Korˇcula Town. His alleged birthplace is an unassuming limestone brick house still standing strong today. Climbing its narrow stairs to the loggia is worth it for the panoramic view of the island with its royal blue waters, lush vineyards and dense dark woods that


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LANGUAGE Korˇ cula Town Korˇ cula Croatian. Island Mljet Dubrovnik GOING OUT Head to Dos Locos or Café Bar Massimo for cocktails, Fresh for cheap beers, then dance the night away at Disco Gaudi. ACCOMMODATION Korˇ cula Backpackers (korculabackpacker.com) has dorm beds for €14 per night. Rent an apartment for €35-€50 per night at marcopolo-apartments.com. SEE korculainfo.com.

prompted the Greeks to name it Korkyra Melaina: ‘Black Corfu’. Island hopping along the Dalmatian coast is a regular jaunt for travellers. Whether you’re exploring the archipelago of 1185 islands, reefs and islets through the eyes of your snorkel, over the handlebars of a bike or from the deck of a boat, Korcˇula is worth a stop.

FAMOUS FACES Marco Polo wasn’t the only famous person to walk Korcˇula Town’s cobbled streets. Celebrities often park their yachts in the local marina, with the likes of Tom Cruise, John Malkovich and Elizabeth Taylor having sunned themselves in the open-air cafés. Our guide Lea Cubelic told us her mother once shared a table with the glamorous Sofia Loren. Alas Johnny Depp was unavailable for lunch, but sampling the seafood pasta with local wine alfresco made up for it.

Baroque and Renaissance palaces of local merchants line the streets, and the 14th century Romanesque-Gothic cathedral of St Mark is still significant today. After cycling to a nearby beach for a quick dip, it’s time for a few cocktails at terrace bar Massimo. I imagine the young Marco Polo gazing out at the same glistening waters, picturing the adventures his father and uncle were having on their first trip to the Far East. But the cula Town (and below) Kor ˇ image doesn’t ring true. Why would anyone want to travel so far afield if they came from Korˇcula?

Pisa, Genoa and Venice were fierce rivals during the 13th and 14th centuries, and battles were fought over trade in the Mediterranean and Levantine. In September 1298, the Battle of Curzola (Korˇ cula) was fought between the fleets of Genoa and Venice in the channel of Korˇ cula and mainland Pelješac. Despite the Venetians sending their biggest war fleet of 96 galleys and three big ships, the Genoese emerged victorious. Thousands of Venetians were killed and captured, among them being the legendary traveller and explorer Marco Polo. Imprisoned in Genoa, Polo dictated his marvellous travels to writer Rustincello in the renowned Il Milione or The Travels Of Marco Polo.

» Jo Cackett travelled with Sail Croatia (0845 257 8289; sail-croatia.com). A seven-day Cycle and Sail trip, with breakfast and dinner, starts at £429

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IN HIGH DEMAND The rich and powerful have always wanted a piece of Korˇcula island due to its strategic position in the Adriatic Sea. Initially a playground for the Greeks, Illyrians, Romans and Croat-Slavic pirates, from the 12th century onwards there was a tug-of-war between the Venetians, Hungarians and Genoese. More recently Austria, France and Britain have staked a claim, until Croatia’s independence in 1992. It’s easy to see why Korˇcula was so sought after, with its honey-coloured stonewalls that encircle the Old Town, fanning out like a fish bone to protect it against the harsh winds and harsher enemies. Walking through the labyrinthine lanes you’ll find shops filled with jewellery made from local coral gems and crafts displaying the age-old arts of stone masonry and shipbuilding. Gothic,

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WHEN TO GO The warmest time to visit is between June and September, when the temperature is an average of 25°C. GETTING THERE British Airways flies direct to Dubrovnik. EasyJet and Croatia Airlines fly to Split. Catch a ferry to Korcula from Split or Dubrovnik, or take a week to cruise the Dalmatian islands. GETTING AROUND Walking around the town is easy. Cycle and hike to explore the rest of the island. There is also a local bus service. VISAS South Africans need a visa. CURRENCY Croatian Kuna. 1 GBP = 8.49 HRK.

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WINNER CAVES, SARDINIA, ITALY, Stephanie Withers, Melbourne, Australia The vastness of this cave has been brought out by clever composition. The group of people on the rocky outcrop look tiny compared to the long stalactites hanging in the foreground, and the vertical lines of the cave are elongated in the reflection of the underground lake. A vertical format emphasises the height and depth of the scene and the foreground structure creates a natural frame. HOT TIP: In low light situations a ‘fast’ lens will enable you to work without a tripod. A fast lens has a very wide maximum aperture, F2.8 for a zoom lens and F2 for a prime. It will allow three or four stops more than a normal lens, and used with fast film enables you to shoot in dim situations where flash is not allowed. » Stephanie wins a threeday tour of Scotland for two valued at £198 from Haggis Adventures

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RUNNER-UP FROM A BUILDING TOP, TAIWAN, Shaun Carrodus, Auckland, New Zealand This scene shot early evening and in black and white has revealed its graphic qualities. The circles are reminiscent of the ripples when a stone is thrown into a pond, and the tiny white street lamps are

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THEME: GROUP SHOTS Antigua, Guatemala, by Megan Wilson, Oamaru, New Zealand

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Groups photos are a prerequisite for most occasions. Instead of resorting to the usual line ’em up and shoot ’em format, it is much more fun to try something different as Megan’s excellent group shot clearly demonstrates.

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WHY THIS WORKS: 1 Heads are on different levels so the eye travels around. 2 The heads are grouped in threes and the whole forms a rough triangle – much more dynamic than a line. 3 Subjects are engaged with each other, making them a group physically as well as emotionally. 4 Subjects posed naturally – no awkward hanging arms or forced smiles here. 5 Subjects are in the act of moving, adding to the dynamics of the composition.

HOT TIPS: 1 Get heads together as close as possible. They will look much more of a group. 2 Avoid people facing directly to camera. This can be very confrontational if you have a whole line of people. Put people slightly side on or turning towards the camera. 3 Putting people at varying distances can work well. 4 Use steps/ledges to get people on different heights. 5 Get yourself either up high or down low. High up will work especially well for large group shots.

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YOU ASKED FOR IT Tom Hall FROM LONELY PLANET

A couple of tips if OF you’re doing a salt THTIEPWEEK flat (Uyuni Salar) tour in Bolivia. Four-day tours are more or less the same price as three-day tours – an extra night’s accommodation amounts to about US$3. Take a torch and warm clothes as rooms are basic and there’s not much electricity. Sunglasses and sunscreen are useful against the glare of the pans. Take adequate supplies of water as there’s little available. Finally, ask for a later departure on the third and final day if you’re returning to Uyuni, so you can see the geyser field in daylight (a 5am departure is too early, while a later departure will still allow enough time to return to Uyuni). Maria, via email

I’m island hopping around Greece in August and then want to spend five days in Turkey before flying out of Istanbul. Can I take a ferry from one of the Greek islands to Turkey and get to Istanbul from there, or do I need to return to Athens and take the train to Istanbul? Amanda Trott, via email

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Alton Towers is Britain’s best theme park, so you’re looking at heading overseas for anything that’s more thrilling. If we overlook Disneyland Paris as a little soft on the thrills, Parc Asterix is the first and most unusual theme park you’ll hit on the continent. Dedicated to the world’s most famous ancient Gaul, the Parc is resolutely French and will make no sense whatsoever if you’re not a fan, which can add a surreal note to a visit. Especially when you get to the dolphins, which never featured in any Asterix book I read. The website (parcasterix.fr) is also in French only. In a concession to continental harmony, Germany’s Europa Park is arguably northern Europe’s best place to get your white-knuckle fix. The park is located close to the French border between Freiburg and Karlsrhue. Its website (europa-park.de) lists attractions, found in country-themed areas throughout the park, on a scale of one to ten in the thrill stakes. Aim for the French section to find the Silver Star, Europe’s highest roller coaster. The themeparkcity.com website has links to other theme parks – an excellent way to plan a road trip if ever there was one!

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Fear not Amanda, you don’t need to backtrack to Athens. There are five routes you can take, but remember that you’ll need to book a day in advance for all of them. From Chios you can go to Cesme daily during the summer. Daily boats also leave from Kos to Bodrum. Four boats travel weekly from Lesvos to Turkey and there are two boats daily from Samos to Kusadasi, which is a useful connection for visiting Ephesus. From Rhodes daily catamarans steam for Marmaris. For more details see greekferries.gr. You’ll have to pay port tax of €9 on departures to Turkey, so keep some cash back. While on the subject of Greek ferries, the reader trying to get from Piraeus to Mykonos on an afternoon sailing will, if the website is to be relied on, need to overnight in Athens as there’s only one departure a day at 7.25am. You can fly from Athens to Myknonos with Olympic Airlines (olympicairlines.com) for £76 in the afternoon or evening. Not ideal, but better than losing a hotel room you’ve paid for.

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APATHY LEADS TO ILLNESS A quarter of international travellers are risking serious illness and death by failing to get vaccinations for killer diseases before leaving the UK. One in four people who had travelled to Asia, Africa or the Middle East in the past year had failed to get any health information before their trip, a new survey found, with nearly 25 per cent declining to get any vaccinations despite going to areas that harbour life-threatening infectious diseases such as meningitis, yellow fever, Japanese encephalitis and typhoid. A further 7.5 per cent of those recommended a vaccine by a doctor failed to get it. In addition, the survey by Taylor Nelson

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How’s this for stand-up service? They’ve suggested a fat tax for overweight passengers, and a fee for using the toilet – and now Ryanair could bring a new meaning to cattle class by making passengers stand up. The no-frills carrier has revealed it’s in talks with US plane maker Boeing about adapting its aircraft so that some passengers could be placed in “vertical seating”. Stephen McNamara of Ryanair said the airline’s passengers “wouldn’t be fully standing – they would have something like a stool to lean

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THE INSIDER DAVID FORDER MARKETING MANAGER, FLIGHT CENTRE My first big trip was … An 18 month round-theworld trip when I was 20. I had so many good times on the journey, visiting Asia, Australia, New Zealand, the South Pacific and the USA. My most memorable

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BIG TRIP Overlanding AFRICA

1. GOING BUSH One of the joys of overlanding is the chance to immerse yourself in the environment. While some nights will be spent in camp grounds, you’ll likely get the opportunity to bush camp, which means you’re camping in the wild with all the local inhabitants – think lions, hyenas, cheetahs and ants that draw blood when they bite (yes, it hurts). Rest assured you’re perfectly safe (humans apparently aren’t worth the hassle – except for the ants, of course), but the experience of waking in the middle of the night to the sounds of a lion is one that will feature high in your pub talk when you return. Remember too that Africa is wonderfully diverse. From the dense jungles of Uganda

Rediscover what “ silence sounds like ” to the vast plains of the Serengeti to the aweinspiring sight of Victoria Falls, memories of the natural beauty of your journey will last as long as any encounter with a lion. Top tip: Try to find five minutes to yourself in a quiet spot every day. Africa is the place to rediscover what proper silence sounds like.

There’s more to Africa than animals. Open your eyes and your mind to get the most out of your journey WORDS KRYSTEN BOOTH

2. THE PEOPLE In many rural areas of Africa the locals want to meet you as much as you want to meet them. Whether it’s getting an audience when you pull up in what looks like the middle of nowhere to being offered banana beer after a day on the truck, Africans are keen to rub shoulders with tourists. They’ll be curious to see what you’re up to, exchange pleasantries and keep moving – exactly the same as you, really. Top tip: Ask locals for permission before you take their photo. Some object, and tourists who start snapping inconsiderately might find out how accurate locals are at throwing rocks. 3. THE EDUCATION There’s a bar at one camp ground in Tanzania that keeps a quote book of stupid things said

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he Lion King has a lot to answer for. Aside from a musical that boyfriends around the world have been dragged along to, it reinforced the idea that the star attraction of Africa is the wildlife. And while the Big Five (lion, leopard, elephant, buffalo and rhinoceros) might be in the spotlight, the rest of the African experience ain’t bad either. If you’re considering an overland trip in Africa, here are another big five reasons to pack your bag and jump on the truck.

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NEED TO KNOW WHEN TO GO It depends whereabouts you’re going. Avoiding the wet season can be a good idea for obvious reasons, but at that time guides are more likely to know exactly where many animals are because they won’t be out searching for water. GETTING THERE Nairobi, Johannesburg and Cape Town have international connections, making them the common arrival and departure points. VISAS Visas vary with where you’re travelling, but many can be bought at border crossings. Check with your overlanding company well in advance of departure. CURRENCY Take US dollars with you to exchange. GOING OUT Beers in most places will be less than £1. ACCOMMODATION Mostly camping. Facilities vary on the grounds themselves.

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by overlanders (“Do you think my mum will be home if I phone her?” takes some beating). But remember: if you don’t ask, you don’t learn. Visiting orphanages and schools that educate children for the cost of a couple of pints is a humbling experience. You’ll probably also get to meet volunteers who have taken time out to live in African communities to help where they can. If you’re thinking this might be the kind of thing you’d like to do, an overland trip will give you a glimpse into what to expect. Top tip: Avoid judging by western standards. Many traditional cultural practises still go on, including female circumcision. While you may not agree with certain things, remember you are a guest in someone else’s country, and change won’t be instigated by you offending people who are trying to teach you about their customs.

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the good people will outnumber the not-sogood people, and after a couple of weeks you’ll have made some great new friends.

5. THE WILDLIFE I know I said there was more to Africa than the Big Five, but the wildlife in Africa is awesome. You may have seen elephants in a zoo or at the circus, but having a herd of 30 meandering toward you as you round a bend in the Serengeti is a different experience altogether. Some people on overland trips are concerned they’ll be viewing the animals from a distance that makes them look like rocks on the horizon. Rest assured you’ll be getting as close as you’ll ever want to – unless you’d like to get eaten. One afternoon in our troop-carrier, which only had five of us onboard, we spent half an hour about 15m from four lions having an afternoon rest up a tree. Two hours later we stumbled across said herd of elephants who passed within metres of our vehicle, before lazily stopping in a nearby water hole for a quick paddle. Remember to soak up the moment – don’t spend the whole time behind your camera’s viewfinder trying to get that perfect shot. Even if you’re not an avid photographer, it’s hard not to get caught up in the excitement and hoping against the odds that you’ll jag a shot that could grace the cover of National Geographic. Make a concerted effort to put the camera down and

just watch for your own enjoyment, without trying to capture that Kodak moment. Top tip: If you’re serious about photography, make sure you have at least a 200mm lens, spare batteries and plenty of memory cards – a couple of keen amateur photographers in our group were taking about 1000 shots a day during game drives.

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SLEEP EASY You’ll need a sleeping bag, but if it’s warm you might not want to cocoon yourself all night. Pack a sheet to sleep on and throw in a pillowcase as well – stuff it with clothes to rest your head on.

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This is very important when overlanding. Most days you’re on the move and sleeping in tents, so there’s not a lot of a lot of room to spread your gear out. Recycling clothes for a couple of days is perfectly acceptable.

… BUT PACK DARK Travel in an overland truck can be very dusty. In order to keep the clean clothes appearance up, pack dark clothes.

Don’t cut corners on this one, and don’t leave it until the last minute. Visit an NHS clinic that has a travel nurse at least eight weeks before you travel and find out what vaccinations you will need. For some jabs you’ll need to visit a specialist clinic.

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TAKE CASH LOOK STUPID They look ridiculous when you try them on in the store, but when you’re camping a head torch is more essential than a tent. Almost.

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FINCHLEY CENTRAL Double room avail, recently decorated. Furnished with en-suite bathroom & garden. £424.40 pm excluding bills Tel: 07747 175 374. Email: abigailannparry@googlemail.com FINCHLEY ROAD Huge double room. Close to tubes. Communal garden. £659 pm incl bills. Telephone: 07968 893 943. Email: shaynaobrien@gmail.com FULHAM BROADWAY Furnished double room avail. Bathroom share with one person, own wellequipped kitchen. Close to amenities & transport. £160pw. Tel: 07880 600 732 HAMMERSMITH/FULHAM Spacious double room, own bathroom. Fully furnished, backyard & internet. Close to tubes & amenities. £890 pm Tel: 07532 406 109. andremeurer.nz@gmail.com KILBURN PARK 2 single rooms. £120 per week, cleaner weekly for communal areas & internet included. Tel: 07956 413 490. Email: LionessG@aol.com LEYTON HOUSESHARE Double Rm, suits couple. Clean house, 2 kitchens, 3 bathrooms. 1min from station. £65pppw, incl bills & Sky, Broadband. Rob 07903 740 687. LEYTONSTONE Double room to share in 2 bed flat. Furnished. Wi-fi, sky, own garden. Close to public transport. £350 per month. Email: jacksoncola74@yahoo.co.uk MANOR HOUSE Exceptional double room with ensuite shower. Newly refurbished house. Close to local amenities & tube. £110 pw Tel:07950 306 324 NOTTING HILL Large master bedroom avail. in 3 bed flat. Fully furnished with ensuite bathroom. Tel: 07905 086 827 Email: notting.hill@live.co.uk PARSONS GREEN King size room in 3 bed flat avail. Furnished. Newly renovated, outdoor deck area. £165 pw. Tel: 07533 682 001 moosewrx@hotmail.com

PUTNEY Double room avail. 2 bathrooms, living room, balcony, kitchen, unlimited broadband, digital TV. £500pm Tel: 07821 425 079 ulka2007@hotmail.com PUTNEY En-suite double bedroom, fully furnished . Close to tube & bus. Sky, wireless internet & rear deck/patio. £800 pm incl bills for couple. Tel: 07973 270 335. Email: carlvdwalt@gmail.com RAYNES PARK Single room in great 4 bedroom house. Furnished. Sharing with 3 girls. Close to tube. £300 pm + bills.Tel:07897 006 390 peart2@hotmail.com SEVEN SISTERS Conversion flat to share with 2 others. Newly refurbished with rear garden. Bills incl. £380 pm. Tel: 07749 655 504 agnieszkabi@yahoo.com SEVEN SISTERS Double room avail. Garden, sitting room & wireless internet. Close to the tube. Sharing with 2 females. £105 pw bills incl. Tel: 07748 474 772 selina@caat.org.uk SHEPHERDS BUSH Double room in recently refurbished houseshare. Modern kitchen/diner, large lounge, 2 bathrooms & garden. £150 pm Tel: 07894 532 152 dianegray1@hotmail.com SHEPHERDS BUSH Fully furnished small double room. Nice décor, all mod cons & small back yard. Close to tube & amenities. £90 pw excl bills. Tel: 07506 230 597. Email: elh_79@hotmail.com SWISS COTTAGE Large triple room, suit 3 friends sharing. Cleaner weekly for communal areas. £70 pw Tel: 07956 413 490. TURNHAM GREEN Large double room in 3 bed house. Fully furnished. Garden, modern kitchen & 2 bathrooms. Close to tube and local amenities. £140 pw Tel: 07875 202 827 TURNPIKE LANE Fully furnished double room. Garden & parking. Close to tube & amenities. £480 pm incl bills Tel: 07835 527 329. kdalgleish@rencap.com WANDSWORTH Massive double room in 3 bed flatshare. Furnished. Great transport links and local amenities. Avail 2 Aug. £665 pm Tel: 07786 261 670 WESTBOURNE PARK Large sunny room avail. Share kitchen & bathroom (no sitting room). Wireless internet available. Close to tubes. £360 pm. Tel: 07728 566 762 kavtracy@yahoo.co.uk

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sunbathing next to the pool at the hotel in Mykonos. We discussed the cool places to go out at night. You are Aussie (I think from the town of Narromine, or was it some other NSW place …), and currently living in Maidenhead. At the time I was attached, but now I’m not. Drink? Email maiden.girl@live.co.uk. Canberra boy. Vampire girl: Happy 325th year birthday! Still a spring chicken ey, I’ve got a few fat little humans for you to suck on to celebrate the occasion. Hope you have a bloody good day :-). Love you, Mr Jekyll. Bright Spark: Thanks for all the great memories over the last five years – The Good, The Mad and The Ugly (you on the couch passed out, hehe). It’s been magic and I’d give my left foot to do it all again :-) Hero Zero. Paul in the backyard: Met you at a backyard party a million moons ago, where you lost a scarf and a girl … Got in touch afterwards through the trusty TNT – wonder whether we can do it again? Email nicescarf@hotmail.com. Ali Norman: Have a great birthday sweets! We can’t wait to party with ya on Saturday – me, myself and I will all be there. Hugs and kisses, your Jenny.

post your message at tntonline.co.uk/seeking or email seeking@tntmagazine.com Princess: So sad that you’re

leaving us. The flat is going to be very empty without you (and your million ‘toyboys’ everywhere). We hope you have a wicked trip through India and wish you all the best for back home. Lots of love, Sai, Daniella and Bec. Pretty girl: We met at the Redback on Friday, July 3. We were getting to know each other when we where rudely interrupted. Would very much like to see you again. Email iou35pounds @googlemail.com. Jon aka Dozer: It’s been two years since we met outside Maccas, and who’d ever have thought that you offering me some chips would lead to where we are now. I’ve had the time of my life and hoping our journey will never end. Happy anniversary baby. Yours always, Jessica.

Boardshort thief, Hvar, Croatia, Saturday, June 27: You suck.

Why would you steal another man’s boardies? I hope you suffer in my jocks – if you’ve worn them (they’re red, white and blue Quiksilver) I hope you pick up the nasty case of spotty dick I got a couple of years back, and that’s no joke. Frankie: You’ve been the best partner in crime that a smooth criminal like myself could ever wish for. Who’ll be my wingman now when I steal kisses off the girls? Have a great time back home and see ya in the Caribbean in 2010 – island style for sure! Dave. The girl LP aka yummy: All the best on your amazing adventure. It’s come around so soon but no one is more deserving. Thanks for all the unforgettable memories over the past seven months. Will never forget the fun, laughs

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I’ve been going out with a gorgeous girl for a few months, and it’s going great. But while the sex is tops, I can’t get the fantasy of a threesome with another girl out of my head. My girlfriend has a couple of hot friends but I’m not sure how to broach the subject. Any tips?

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Knobbing two women at once is up there with knocking off your girlfriend’s

twin sister, but it’s not exactly simple to engineer. You’re just as likely to get two swift slaps to the chops when your two sexpots realise

what you’re up to. A far better approach would be to bring the subject up with your other half when you are getting cosy, with a glass of wine or six to

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and craziness. See you on the way back through and don’t forget skiing and Greek Islands next year. The sky is the limit for your babe and hope all your dreams and wishes come true. You’re a star. PS I want a shirt … ‘I get it’. Love you LP xo. Lily: Happy 5th birthday Lily with love from everyone at TNT! The hot Saffa guy in the green and blue striped shirt at Egg on Saturday, June 27: Sorry

for stepping on your toes (literally) with my stilettos – ouch! I hope they’re OK, and all ten are still attached! I could see you were in agony but you sure handled it like a man. Maybe we could meet up sometime, think I owe you a drink/pedicure. And don’t worry, I’ll leave the stilettos at home, promise. Email sandra_ milkner45@hotmail.com. Marcus : It’s not too late if you’ve changed your mind. I’m still here. Steph. Kiwi or Aussie ladies: Single and open-minded Ealing, London guy, would love to meet open-minded Kiwi or Aussie ladies for friendship or any types of relationship. Any shape or sizes, age, race or colour are all welcome. Please feel free to contact me at hotguy@safe-mail.net. I look forward to hearing from you all. L-G xx.

lubricate your inhibitions. But you have to respect her feelings – don’t act like a sulking toddler if she’s not up for it. Think of it from her point of view – how keen would you be if she suggested roping in one of your mates for a good time while you watched on?

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