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EDITOR’S LETTER How to drag oneself from the pub at moment? With the Ashes in full swing and the Tri-Nations under way, the temptation to sit and watch sport all weekend is almost irresistible. But at this time of year, London is a wonderful city to explore. On page 10 Daniel Landon has some suggestions for things to do on the weekend and Trevor Paddenburg’s feature on London for lovers on page 12 has tips for those looking to impress. You can also get great ideas at tntonline.co.uk/ londonlife.

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9 LONDON 9 London Eye 10 London Life 12 LOVE IS IN THE AIR: Your guide to the capital’s most romantic spots 14 Food & Drink 16 Spotted

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ADDICTED TO CRICKET As a Saffa, I really don’t mind the cricket [Ashes], and I don’t care that they’re fighting over a silly urn. But I really do mind when my Pom housemate takes over the sharehouse living room and watches cricket nonstop from when it starts right to the end, and then all the

MAN OF THE MATCH: This is a photo of my mates and me (in the hat) with Brett Lee at the first Ashes Test. I have to say what a nice guy Brett Lee is. He walked past us a few times and said that he’d come back for a photo. I was sure he’d blow us off and not bother coming

back. But sure enough, he went out of his way to come back over and have a chat. He spent heaps of time posing for photos and signing autographs. I think everyone that he spoke to was impressed with how friendly he was. Well done, Brett!

he throws a strop and refuses, to the point that now we can’t even find the remote control to change the channel. I wouldn’t

being in Britain. But it seems the only way to see it is to spend all day at the pub or pay £36 a month to Mr Murdoch and his mass multimedia corporation, Sky. How could the BBC never miss a beat while the tennis at Wimbledon was on, but ignore one of the country’s oldest sporting events? I work in a shop where it’s not appropriate to have the radio on, so I catch up with

How could the BBC “ ignore one of the country’s oldest sporting events? ” highlights and news flashes about it afterwards. Seriously, he hasn’t missed a moment of it the whole of last week. It’s so bad that when the other two housemates and I ask to just watch the news (God forbid, anything longer)

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

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THE WEMBLEY CUP FROM £29 WHAT: Four quality football teams, including the European champions Barcelona, go head-to-head at Wembley. WHEN: July 24 (Celtic v Al Ahly and Spurs v Barca); and July 26 (Barca v Al Ahly and Spurs v Celtic). DO IT BECAUSE: A sporting event at Wembley Stadium is a must-do London experience; it’s an easy and cheap-ish way to see top-class football; and it’s a rare chance to see hugely talented Barcelona FC – the best club team in the world – without travelling to Spain .

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Capital idea: The Horniman Museum The best things in life are free – and sometimes right under our noses without us even realising it. I’ve lived in South London for three years now but have only just discovered this gem of a museum in deepest Forest Hill. The Horniman, designed by Charles Harrison Townsend, opened in 1901 when tea trader Frederick John Horniman gifted his collection of specimens and artefacts from round the world to the public. And what a weird and

wonderful collection it is. The ground floor is full of stuffed beasties including a walrus dating back to 1870. There’s also a fascinating room showing the evolution of musical instruments, and the tiny aquarium in the basement, complete with a tank full of translucent jellyfish, is simply amazing. ALISON GRINTER

Take a peek inside the royal digs and see just how lavish a monarch’s pad can get. A must for fans of stately homes and gardens.

» Buckingham Palace Rd, SW1A 1AA Green Park (royalcollection.org.uk). Jul 26-Sep 30

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SWAN UPPING Though it might sound like something awful, illegal and bestial, swan upping is in fact a quaint and meaningful English tradition. Due to some quirk from the 12th century, the British monarch owns all the ‘unmarked mute swans’ in open water – because they were a fave royal dish. These days the Royals only worry

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ondon can be wild when you’re swinging single – but it’s also a treasure trove of great pursuits for people with partners. With TNT’s guide to love and lust in London you’ll never be short of ideas, whether you’re forging out on a first date, popping the question or trying to sneak in some alfresco fornicating.

COOL STUFF FOR COUPLES Avoid the sterile major chains and book a couch at Everyman Cinema (everymancinema.com) in Everyman Cinema

Make out on The Mall

Hampstead or Belsize Park. Snuggle up with some vino while catching your favourite flick.

IMPRESSING ON A FIRST DATE It sounds creepy, but London’s cemeteries make a great place for a secluded stroll to get to know your new partner. Atmospheric Highgate (highgate-cemetery.org) is the best. If you’d prefer dinner, try the Oxo Tower Brasserie (harveynichols.com/output/page128), with panoramic views. Or whip up a homecooked dinner with gourmet ingredients from Borough Market (boroughmarket.org.uk). FIXING THINGS AFTER A FIGHT If you need to patch things up after a tiff, save yourself the flight to Venice and instead take a canal boat ride around Little Venice (maidavalevillage.com) in Maida Vale. Or go on a Thames cruise – but instead of going slow, jump aboard London RIB Voyages (londonribvoyages.com) for a high-speed trip that’s sure to set the juices flowing.

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SENTIMENTAL SIGHTS The 9m Lovers Statue at St Pancras is sure to stir up passions, especially after a couple of glasses


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of bubbly at the station’s Champagne Bar. Better yet, board the Eurostar (eurostar.com) to Paris for the ultimate romantic getaway.

POPPING THE BIG QUESTION Forget the London Eye – head for Kensington Roof Gardens (roofgardens.virgin.com). Once you sign in, it’s free to go up to the roof where a wild English woodland garden awaits 50m above street level. Secluded and romantic, it’s the ideal spot for a proposal. Alternatively, get down on one knee while crossing Waterloo Bridge at sunset, or consider the Whispering Gallery in St Paul’s Cathedral (stpauls.co.uk), where sound travels across the dome to your beau on the other side.

you can also stroll through Queen Mary’s Rose Garden, dedicated to the symbol of love.

TEA AND TEASE Coffee, Cake & Kink (coffeecakeandkink.com) is an ‘erotic café’ in Soho where you can stop for a snack and leave with all manner of sex toys. Or, for a little erotic cabaret with your latte, try the Volupte Lounge (volupte-lounge.com).

Few things are “ more exciting than stripping off ”

BLOW THE BUDGET Bliss out with a couples massage at Elemis Spa (elemis.com), then wow your lover with swanky afternoon tea at The Wolseley (thewolseley.com) or Fortnum & Mason (fortnumandmason.com). Finally romp the night away at plush Flemings Mayfair Hotel (flemings-mayfair.com).

CONCERTS BY CANDLELIGHT Never mind all that ‘no sex before marriage’ stuff, Trafalgar Square’s holy house St Martinin-the-Fields (stmartin-in-the-fields.org) is worth paying a visit for its romantic concerts by candlelight. The daily mass at Westminster Abbey (westminster-abbey.org) also hosts some of the best choirs in the world.

NAKED AND NAUGHTY Few things are more exciting than stripping off together – in public! Hampstead Heath Ponds (hampsteadheath.net) are an invigorating place for the skinny dip, while naked disco Starkers (starkersclub.co.uk) is a real laugh if you don’t mind your dangly bits going everywhere.

GOING FOR IT IN THE GREAT OUTDOORS For a slice of peaceful seclusion head to Kyoto Garden in Holland Park or the Chelsea Physic Garden (chealseaphysicgarden.co.uk). If having a roll in the grass is what you’re after, visit Bushy Park (royalparks.org.uk). With 450 acres of green space to explore, you won’t struggle to find a spot for a romantic tryst.

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WINE, DINE AND SIXTY-NINE London boasts loads of cosy pubs and romantic restaurants. Linger over a bottle by candlelight in Gordon’s Wine Bar (gordonswinebar.com), or order the oysters at Gordon Ramsay’s Boxwood Café (gordonramsay.com/boxwoodcafe). PLEASURE IN THE PARK Get your hamper delivered to any of London’s major parks with Easy Picnic (easy-picnic.com). Opt for Regent’s Park (royalparks.org.uk) and

A PENCHANT FOR POETS At Keats House (keatshouse.co.uk) you can see original manuscripts by London’s most famous romantic poet. Follow it up by penning lines to your loved one at Covent Garden’s Poetry Café (poetrysociety.org.uk/content/cafe). Roll me over in the clover …

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BAR REVIEW Edinboro Castle ★★★★★

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THE SCENE A cool Camden boozer that’s atmospheric and classy on the inside, and boasts an excellent tree-shaded beer garden outside. Join the hippy throng among the booths and

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picnic benches on a balmy evening – or rug up under the canopies beside a heater when it’s wet and chilly. THE GRUB A wide variety of classy pub fare and sharing platters, but in summer it’s all about the outdoor barbecue. BEHIND THE BAR All sorts, from Foster’s to fruit beer and perry to Pimm’s. There’s also a reasonably priced wine list and

some interesting soft drinks. BILL PLEASE Wine from £2.60, beer from £2.80, jug of Pimm’s £11. Barbecue from £4.95. VERDICT It took an age to get served at the main bar, but all was forgiven when a ketchup disaster (white jeans – argh!) was rectified with soda water and a replacement burger with minimum fuss and no charge. CLAIRE GOODALL

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Get crafty when next you light up the barbie or braai with these savoury and sweet kebab recipes.

OF THE BEST: SCANDI COOKING Scandinavian Kitchen Great Titchfield St, W1W 7PP This café serves great smørrebrod (open sandwiches), herring and, of course, meatballs.

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SWEET SKEWERS WHAT YOU NEED: Strawberries; marshmallows; icing sugar; 8 kebab skewers; melted Belgian chocolate. THE WORK: Again soak the skewers in water if you’re using wooden sticks. Wash the strawberries and sprinkle with icing sugar. Thread the strawberries and marshmallows on to the sticks. Give them a quick grill over the coals and drizzle with or dip into the melted chocolate.

WHAT’S IN STORE Too lazy to make your own? Try these instead » Waitrose has a wide range of barbecue treats, but we particularly like the salmon and coconut kebabs (£4.99 for 310g). » Award-winning butcher C Lidgate (Holland Park Ave, W11 4UA) makes its own kebabs, ranging from Caribbean chicken to steak and onion.

A PROPER PARMA & PINT NIGHT Homemade chicken parma using real chicken breast, butterflied & crumbed. Topped with parma ham, homemade tomato sauce & cheese. Served with chips, salad and a pint of Fosters.

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LAMB SOSATIES WHAT YOU NEED: 200g cubed lamb; 1 large onion; 24 dried apricots; 1 green pepper; 1 red pepper; 250ml plain yoghurt; 2 tsp curry powder; 2 tsp sugar; 15ml oil; 8 metal or wooden kebab skewers THE WORK: If you are using wooden skewers you need to soak these in cold water for at least 30 mins, so they don’t burn over the fire. Mix the yoghurt, curry powder, sugar and oil in a small bowl. Season to taste. Peel the onion and cut it into cubes, then chop up the peppers. Thread the skewers, alternating with lamb cubes, onion, peppers and dried apricot halves. Place them in a large resealable plastic bag and pour in the sauce. Refrigerate and allow to marinate overnight or for at least 8 hours. Once they’ve been marinated, grill the kebabs on the barbecue/braai. You could use chicken or beef instead of the lamb.


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Ukraine’s ministry of culture says it banned Sacha Baron Cohen’s new movie Brüno because it is “immoral”. Apparently the film’s scenes showing sexual organs and homosexual intercourse are too obscene.

CHARLIZE SUFFERS Doctors suspect food poisoning played a role in the as-yet unidentified virus that landed Charlize Theron in hospital for four days.

The South African-born film star and Oscar winner is now back at her home in LA, according to the tabloid National Enquirer. The Monster star, who is also an outspoken human rights campaigner, reportedly suffered severe abdominal pains, which she attributed

to suspected food poisoning. But when the sharp stomach pains failed to go away, Theron’s partner, actor Stuart Townsend, took her to Cedars-Sinai Medical Centre to seek help. After a series of tests, doctors at the medical centre prescribed antibiotics and reportedly suspected the Benoni-born beauty had picked up a food-borne virus while she had been travelling overseas.

SAY WHAT?

”Jennifer Hawkins is one of my all-time favourite Miss Universes.” Miss Universe competition owner Donald Trump shares who gets his vote.

Woman’s Weekly: Rugby legend Jonah Lomu’s world exclusive on his new “miracle” baby, Brayley, with his partner Nadene Quirk, plus the former All Blacks player talks about reuniting with his estranged family, past relationships and new tattoos.

AUSTRALIA New Idea: Shane Warne and his ex-wife Simone Callahan holiday together in Las Vegas, rekindling marriage rumours. Little Crocodile Hunter Bindi Irwin shows she has the courage of her father Steve. Plus, full coverage of Michael Jackson’s memorial service against the backdrop of whether Debbie Rowe will want custody of his kids.

SOUTH AFRICA YOU: Bafana Bafana superstar Matthew Booth and wife Sonia show off their holiday home and bubbly sons, Nathan and Noah. Plus, after booze, drugs and an assault charge, actor Deon Coetzee says he has cleaned up his life. Also, a behind the scenes look at The Bold And The Beautiful’s wedding of the season between silver fox Eric and much younger Donna.

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MEET THE CREW Piet van Niekerk Web producer From: Bonnievale

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TNT TOUCH TOURNAMENT Get ready for an action-packed day of touch rugby at the annual TNT Touch World Series in King George’s Park in Wandsworth on September 5. Held in association with In2touch and Number 8 Construction Services Ltd, the tournament is open to all TNT readers and follows the same format as the Rugby World Cup. Each team is

allocated a country and given 10 free player shirts, plus there are great prizes to be won for the best dressed team, best supported team and the funniest play of the day, amongst others. » King George’s Park, Mapleton Rd, SW18 4DN Southfields. Sat, Sep 5. £150 per team. To register, see tntonline.co.uk/events

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SPOTLIGHT ON TNT TRAVEL WRITING & PHOTOGRAPHY AWARDS Are you a budding travel writer or photographer? Then don’t miss your chance to enter TNT’s Travel Writing And Photography Awards 2009. Competition entrants can win a share of more than £5000 worth of prizes including Busabout passes, a Sail Croatia trip, a Fez Turkey tour and topof-the-range cameras. The winners will also have their work published in a special edition of TNT.

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PUB IN THE PARK FESTIVAL in anything from karaoke to poker to sport.

» Greenwich Park, SE10 8QY North Greenwich. Sep 18-20. £18.75. See tntonline.co.uk/ pubinthepark

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SA TIMES MAGAZINE WHAT Saffas, don’t forget to pick up the Madiba birthday edition of SA Times.

WHEN Out on Tuesday, July 21.

WHERE The green branded bins at Tube stations, shops and bars in south-west London.

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Why choose between the pub and the park when you can have both? Pub In The Park is a threeday festival celebrating the great British pub tradition, and it’s coming to Greenwich Park on September 18-20. Alongside pubs presenting the best pub food and drinks, there’ll also be live bands and comedy, plus visitors can join

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Just like a vampire, Piet never feeds in daylight hours – but when it comes to his one meal of the day he slaps a steak on the braai as thick as the Oxford English Dictionary. He also only ever drinks beer, and having drunk Estonia’s bars dry is planning to do the same at Oktoberfest. Oh, and he’s met Mr Mandela a few times too – now that’s cool!


LOOK WHO’S TALKING

The DJ phenomenon, who performed at the Athens Olympics and once played to 250,000 clubbers in Rio de Janeiro, is in London for an open-air extravaganza

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Tiësto INTERVIEW ALISON GRINTER

You’re a DJ of rock star proportions – so if you were a rock star, who would you like to be?

Oh, that’s a good one – it would be nice to be Bono, huh? But no I don’t see myself as a rock star. I see myself as a part-time famous kinda guy – I can walk on the streets and some people recognise me, but it’s not crazy like Brad Pitt or something. It’s perfect because if you go to a club you can feel important.

I let myself “ be inspired by the crowd

What have you learnt from these indie whippersnappers?

The standard of the songwriting is so high. Just being in a room with those guys – Calvin Harris is so creative. Is it true you broke a world record, drinking 31 Red Bulls in 24 hours?

Ah, no – I dunno where that came from.

Do you drop your own name to get into fancy restaurants?

Yeah, that’s really funny actually. I can go into a restaurant and ask for a table. Sometimes it’s handy – it works. What’s your most prima donna demand on your rider?

It’s more technical – the monitor system I’m working on, equipment – that for me is very important. If you’re a rock band touring around the world you have a different budget. As a DJ you work with what you can get, so I demand high standards in technology.

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good. I had my period with classical music. Now I’m trying to combine indie pop rock into my sound. I’m working with all those interesting bands now: Calvin Harris, The Yeah Yeah Yeahs, Bloc Party.

You introduced a generation of clubbers to classical music when you put Barber’s Adagio For Strings to beats. That’s no mean feat.

It was voted best dance anthem of all time in the UK so that’s pretty

For your upcoming spectacular at Victoria Park you’ve invited Sneaky Sound System along. Are you a fan?

Yeah, she [Connie Mitchell] has an amazing voice. I heard her at the music conference in Miami and was just blown away. It was so phenomenal.

Do you get nervous before going on stage for these mega shows?

Yeah, sometimes, because every night is different, you have a different crowd, different country, different set-up and different music as well – I let myself be inspired by the crowd, so I never know what I’m going to play. How long does it take to read a crowd?

I know pretty fast, within half an hour, what they are up for. I always try to play something different and take it from there. I was playing at Privilege [in Ibiza] and a lot of new people came to the show and I just played basically whatever I wanted and they liked everything … it’s very inspiring for me because I played none of my own hits. What tune would you play at the end of the world?

Adagio For Strings would suit very well, I think. It’s a euphoric tune.

» At Victoria Park, E3

Mile End (0870 534 4444). Fri, Jul 31. £36

YOU DON’T SAY? What song is always guaranteed to get you on the dance floor? Back In Your Head by Tegan and Sarah Tell us your guiltiest pleasure. I think Poker Face by Lady Gaga. I like it but it’s hard to admit it. What’s your porn star name (first pet + your mum’s maiden name or first street)? My first pet was Noa, a girl cat. What is a maiden name? Oh, I don’t think I wanna tell you that. But my first street was Laurierstraat. So it would be Noa Laurierstraat.

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CINEMA SCREEN TEST: APARTHEID IN FILMS

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Skin

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Sam Neill, Sophie Okonedo, Alice Krige

STARRING:

RT 108 MINS

★★★★★

The thought of a non-South African director bringing an important apartheid-era story to the big screen is enough to put most Saffas off their braais. However, unlike many filmmakers from outside the Republic, Anthony Fabian captures the complexities of racial segregation in Skin. Based on true events, the film focuses on the remarkable life of Sandra Laing (Okonedo), a woman with black features born to a white Afrikaans couple in the 1950s. Because of her appearance, she is expelled from an all-white boarding school and, to the concern of parents Abraham (Neill) and Sannie (Krige), is reclassified as ‘coloured’. Shunned by racist whites, Sandra elopes with a black man – driving a wedge

1 Who played Steve Biko in the 1987 film Cry Freedom? 2 Goodbye Bafana is the true life story of a white racist who guarded which black prisoner? 3 The 2003 film Stander is about a South African police officer turned what? 4 Name the Alan Paton book which has been made into a film twice. 5 The 1988 film A World Apart is based on the lives of which famous husband/wife anti-apartheid activists?

between her and her parents. With all the leads putting in striking performances, Skin effectively brings home the horrible absurdity of apartheid and the National Party’s obsession with skin colour. Fabian lets the story tell itself, refraining from adding

needless melodrama to a film that illustrates how, in the old South Africa, truth was stranger and sadder than fiction. GOOD FOR: A reminder of the horrors of apartheid. PIERRE DE VILLIERS

» For our interview with Anthony Fabian, see page 24

Sandra Bullock shows she still knows her way around a romcom in this offering about a pushy editor who forces her assistant (Ryan Reynolds) to marry her to avoid being deported. It’s predictable, derivative stuff, but Bullock and Reynolds have good enough chemistry to keep you watching. GOOD FOR: Incurable romantics. PDV

ANTICHRIST

★★★★★ Lars Von Trier lives up to his reputation as a brilliantly bizarre filmmaker with this horror movie, featuring everything from talking foxes to hardcore sex. As He (Willem Dafoe) and She (Charlotte Gainsbourg) retreat to a cabin in the woods, Von Trier conjures up images that will haunt your mind for weeks. GOOD FOR: Those who like their noodle baked. PDV

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LAST WEEK’S WINNER Claire Sidoti

★★★★★

seen a cent of the proceeds. “Should this case go all the way through trial, we are confident New Line Cinema will lose its right to release The Hobbit,” says Bonnie Eskenazi, a lawyer representing the heirs. The Hobbit films are currently in pre-production. A film about SA punk rock band Fokofpolisiekar was one of the most popular films at this year’s Cape Town Encounters Documentary Film Festival. The film, Fokofpolisiekar: Forgive Them For They Know Not What They Do, will be distributed in SA from September 4.

LAST WEEK’S ANSWERS 1 Quidditch 2 Hogwarts Express 3 Allows you to levitate objects 4 Potions 5 Harry Potter And The Goblet Of Fire

THE PROPOSAL

THE REEL DEAL Peter Jackson’s The Hobbit films could be derailed because of a legal dispute involving the Hollywood studio making them and JRR Tolkien’s heirs. Tolkien’s family and a British charity they head, the Tolkien Trust, are seeking more than US$220m (£134m) in compensation for the Lord Of The Rings trilogy Jackson (right) filmed in NZ. Tolkien’s heirs sold movie rights to the Lord Of The Rings books 40 years ago for 7.5 per cent of future receipts, but say that three films and £3.6 billion later, they have not

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CULTURE THE IMPORTANCE OF BEING EARNEST This play, first performed at the St James Theatre in 1895, could easily have claimed status as the grandfather of situation comedy had radio been around at the time. Like the recipe behind any good sitcom, Oscar Wilde’s Earnest is built around a multitude of double lives, lies, misunderstandings and mistaken identities. But the play is more than a hilarious innocent farce – it carries social comment of universal value that is even more relevant to today than 114 years ago. But whether it’s the brilliant

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SEE THIS: Stage production, the summer breeze floating through the Open Air Theatre, or simply the backdrop of the night sky that makes The Importance Of Being Earnest so earnestly pleasurable, you will have to find out for yourself. PIET VAN NIEKERK

» Regent’s Park Open

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Air Theatre, NW1 4NR Baker Street (0844 375 3460; openairtheatre.com). Jul 3-25. £10-£42

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WORTH A LOOK A Southern belle meets her match in classic A Streetcar Named Desire. » Donmar Warehouse, Earlham St, WC2H 9LX

•Ernest Hemingway’s final days get the musical treatment in

Covent Garden (0844 871 7656; donmarwarehouse.com). Jul 23-Oct 3. £13-£29 Too Close To The Sun. » Comedy Theatre, Panton St, SW1Y 4DN

EXHIBITION OF THE WEEK

BOOK OF THE WEEK

COROT TO MONET

I BELIEVE IN YESTERDAY

★★★★★

Most of us are familiar with impressionist master Claude Monet – perhaps the greatest landscape painter of all. But this exhibition delves into the French landscape painters to whom he was indebted for helping establish the previously under-developed genre. The techniques that

The National Gallery Photography

Leicester Square (0844 871 7622; thecomedytheatre.co.uk). Until Sep 5. £10-£55

Monet’s forebears, notably Jean-Baptiste-Camille Corot, pioneered and mastered make an interesting variation on how the great impressionist tradition took off. DANIEL LANDON

» National Gallery, Trafalgar Sq, WC2N 5DN Charing Cross (nationalgallery.org.uk). Until Sep 20. Free

Tim Moore (Vintage) OUT NOW

★★★★★ From getting beaten up by angry Rome-hating Gauls to firing cannons at Yankee soldiers in a Texan forest, Tim Moore sure has lively stories to tell from his adventures in the world of historical re-enactment. Inspired to find out just how tough life was in times past, Moore joins various ‘retromaniacs’. These folk yearn for the authenticity (and violence) of pre-21st century life, and like nothing

better than dressing in period costume – from the Iron Age to the US Civil War – eating brambles, recreating battles, talking in ye olde tongue or guiding an ox wagon. Moore’s discomfort at the privations of yesteryear, and the passionate way the more seasoned re-enactors get into period character, make for a lively and amusing read. It’s disappointing not to find a deeper look at the social and historical context of what life was like as a Roman legionary, for example, but as a chronicle of one man’s adventures in re-enactment this makes an interesting, entertaining read. DL

MORE EXHIBITIONS Explore how astronomy

has shaped our world in Cosmos And Culture. » Science Museum,

Exhibition Rd, SW7 2DD

South Kensington (sciencemuseum.org.uk).

•Personal insights of high-profile gay people and arresting images feature in Gay Icons. » Jul 23-end of 2010. Free

National Portrait Gallery,

St Martin’s Pl, WC2H 0HE

Charing Cross (npg.org.uk). Until Oct 18. £5

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rector Anthony Fabian A powerful new film by British di ing – a coloured child examines the story of Sandra La eid South Africa born to white parents in aparth

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n 1955 a coloured girl named Sandra Laing was born to white parents. Such a scenario would have been confusing and potentially traumatic under any circumstances. But this particular real-life tale unfolded in a small rural town in South Africa, during apartheid, with explosive consequences. Anthony Fabian’s new biopic Skin picks up the thread of this extraordinary story when Sandra (played by Ella Ramangwane) is 10 years old. Despite her dark skin and tightly curled hair – the result of a rare genetic quirk where a black ancestor’s DNA lies dormant until emerging generations later – Sandra’s doting family treat her as a white Afrikaner. Still, a chilling scene from the movie in which Sandra’s patriarchal father Abraham (Sam Neill) only half playfully points a gun at his wife Sannie (Alice Krige), saying: “You will have to trust me as I have trusted you all

Sam Neill, Ella Ramangwane and in Skin Alice Krige as the Laing family


AN OUTSIDER’S PERSPECTIVE

Sandra Laing with her mother, Sannie

these years,” betrays the strain and alienation this family must have suffered.

RACIAL ROULETTE Inevitably, Sandra falls foul of apartheid’s racial classification laws and is kicked out of her all-white school. It is at this point that Fabian’s direction on Skin comes into its own, showing up the Kafkaesque absurdities of defining people by their race. One scene shows an official sticking a pencil in Sandra’s curly hair in a way to suggest he

Her relationship “ with her parents seemed so painful ”

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believes this test has some rigorous scientific basis. “It’s such a ludicrous thing, yet was a serious plank of apartheid’s classification laws,” says Fabian. In 1967 Sandra was reclassified ‘white’ when the law was changed to say the child of two white parents could not belong to another racial group. Her parents believed this is to be an answer to their problems until a teenage Sandra (played by Sophie Okenedo) falls for Petrus, a black man. In a country where people of different races weren’t allowed to mix let alone marry, Sandra’s decision to be reclassified as black ultimately led to estrangement from her parents and two brothers.

HUMAN DRAMA Fabian first heard about Sandra’s story on the radio. “I was moved to tears by the story and in particular the relationship between Sandra and

her parents, which seemed to me so painful.” He tracked down Sandra in Johannesburg and acquired the rights to her story. She was involved with the film from start to finish. “She’s really happy with it,” says Fabian. “I think it’s been cathartic for her to be able share her story.” Surprisingly there are lots of snort-out-loud funny moments in Skin, but then the film homes in on the personal family drama rather than the political one. “We’ve all seen films about the struggle and the activists or Steve Biko or Nelson Mandela, all the important, famous people. But we haven’t yet seen the impact of that system on ordinary people,” Fabian says. Refreshingly Fabian doesn’t set out to identify heroes or villains. His treatment of Sandra’s parents – staunch members of the National Party and supporters of apartheid – is largely sympathetic. “Sandra’s father in particular was so aware that by making that choice [to be black] she would give up every privilege that a white South African had – he just found it unbearable,” he says.

FAMILY REUNION? Sandra’s parents are now dead, and despite attempts to reconcile with her brothers they refuse to have anything to do with her. “The story isn’t really properly over yet,” says Fabian. “Maybe one day Oprah Winfrey will sweep in and make that reconciliation happen … but unfortunately it hasn’t happened yet. You can’t change those attitudes overnight.”

» Skin at ICA, The Mall, SW1Y 5AH

Piccadilly Circus (020 7930 3647). Jul 24-Aug 13. £8. For our review of Skin, see page 22

In tackling this inimitably South African story for his first feature-length film, British director Anthony Fabian certainly had his work cut out for him. “I had to immerse myself in the history and culture of South Africa since the country was settled – 300 years ago – because Skin touches on every aspect of that history,” he says. But Fabian found that swotting up on the Sandra Laing story was only part of the challenge. “When I first started researching Skin, I got this response from South Africans that it was too hot to touch,” he explains. Still, his outsider status was “enormously helpful because I was able to see [the story] without any of my own baggage in relation to the issues it’s dealing with.” It also helped Fabian find a through line, “which for me was about the personal family story rather than the political implications.”

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TELLING THE STORY

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MUSIC THE DEAD WEATHER Horehound (Sony)

★★★★★

MUSIC & CLUBS

“Only” the drummer? Jack White, you suspect, is never ‘only’ anything. White started out behind the kit before moving on to guitar, so in some sense he’s come back to his roots. But while White might not be centre stage with his latest side project, as he is with the White Stripes and The Raconteurs, it’s still recognisably his band. Replacing White in the spotlight is Alison Mosshart,

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VV BROWN

VARIOUS ARTISTS

Travelling Like The Light

Now That’s What I Call Music Vol 73

(Island)

★★★★★ This week’s entry in the Hotly Tipped British Female Singer category is Vanessa Brown, who’s spent the past few years on the fringes of the hype machine that’s nearly suffocated some of her fellow singers. Travelling Like The Light nods in the directions of classic soul and pre-Beatles pop, but its scrubbed-up aesthetic helps make it very a modern record. Some songs are forgettable; still, Brown’s energetic and charismatic performances keep the listener on side. WFJ

(EMI)

★★★★★

The latest instalment in this pop album franchise rolls into shops once more, offering its standard two-disc survey of the recent British pop charts. This time, it’s more dispiriting than cheering, with high spots (Dizzee Rascal’s irresistible Bonkers, Beyoncé’s Halo) overshadowed by clunkers (the reheated late-’90s techno of Calvin Harris, Britney’s If You Seek Amy and assorted junk by the likes of Pixie Lott). Still, volume 74 will be along in November. WFJ

STEVE KILBEY & MARTIN KENNEDY

LIVE REVIEW

Unseen Music Unheard Words

Blur Hyde Park July 2 ★★★★★

(Indies Aus/Zoom)

★★★★★

Steve Kilbey may never match the stunning musicianship he divined with his band The Church during the ’80s. And yet this collaboration with Martin Kennedy of ambient noodlers All India Radio has given his solo work the lift it desperately needs. Stretch Into The Stars almost rivals Under The Milky Way for spacy gorgeousness. In fact, Unseen Music Unheard Words is full of atmospheric, moody, melodic gems, which should definitely be heard. ALISON GRINTER

SOUNDS OF HOME

NEW ZEALAND

SOUTH AFRICA

NO.1 I Gotta Feeling, Black Eyed Peas MAKING NEWS The results of Triple J’s Hottest 100 Of All Time revealed its listeners to be stuck in a grunge-era time warp. Nirvana’s Smells Like Teen Spirit topped the poll and seven out of the top 10 songs were also from the ’90s.

NO.1 I Gotta Feeling, Black Eyed Peas ON TOUR Liam Finn, Eliza Jane, Lawrence Arabia and Connan Mockasin have announced a four-date tour of NZ next month in support of Finn and EJ’s new release Champagne In Seashells. The EP will be out in NZ on September 6.

NO.1 I Know You Want Me, Pitbull MAKING NEWS Chris de Burgh’s long-awaited South African tour will kick off in Joburg on November 14. The crooner is much loved in the country which, under apartheid, banned his song Poker for being blasphemous.

Freshly hoarse from closing Glasto, charismatic Blur frontman Damon Albarn pogos on to the Hyde Park stage to approving roars from the sun-drenched 55,000 capacity crowd. From She’s So High to This Is A Low, Blur take us on a nostalgic tour of Britpop and beyond – proving the chameleon-like quality of their talent: from bouncing anthems Girls & Boys and Parklife, to softer, subtler hits Beetlebum and Tender. Playing out the encore to Song 2 and The Universal, Blur convince us that even pot-bellied and pushing 40, they’ve still got what it takes. CLAIRE GOODALL

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AUSTRALIA

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whose day job as the singer with The Kills has yielded several records of indisputable raucousness but little value. It turns out she’s a pretty charismatic vocalist, more versatile than has been apparent from her previous albums, with So Far From Your Weapon a welcome change from her default yowl. Behind her, White, and a Queen Of The Stone Age, Dean Fertita, churn out an assortment of bluesy grooves that range from the inspired to the barely-written. “Only” another Jack White side-project? Not quite, but hardly a thrill a minute either. WILL FULFORD-JONES


MUSIC

GIG GUIDE MUSIC & CLUBS

Alison Grinter PICKS OUT THIS WEEK’S BEST LIVE MUSIC

GIG OF THE WEEK THE SECRET GARDEN PARTY After winning a ‘Best Small Festival’ award last year, The Secret Garden Party has galvanised its position as a much sought after alternative to some of the corporate love-ins that pass for music festivals these days. Set in a gorgeous lakeside idyll, it’s a not-for-profit shindig offering an eclectic musical mix, including Jarvis Cocker, Rodrigo Y Gabriela and VV Brown, to name a few. Plus there’ll be all kinds of left-field activities, such as mud wrestling, bubble wrap popping and twilight maypole dancing. Should be an all-out barn burner.

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» Grange Farm, Cambridgeshire, PE28 2PH (secretgarden party.com/2009)

Huntingdon. Jul 23-26. £137

BLUE KING BROWN Citing Fela Kuti, Bob Marley and Santana as major influences, Blue King Brown are not like other Aussie bands. Founded by Carlo Santone and Natalie Pa’apa’a, the Melbourne-based octet sport a distinctly reggae/Afrobeat sound with hippy ideals to match. Hear ’em play cuts from recent album Stand Up Monday week. . » Borderline, Orange Yard, Manette St, W1D 4JB Tottenham Court Road (0870 0603 777). Mon, Jul 27. £8

CALVIN HARRIS The stately Somerset House won’t know what’s hit it when mad scientist of synthpop Calvin Harris unleashes storming dance tracks like The Girls and Acceptable In The 80s. The Dumfries chap, who boasts collaborations with Kylie and Dizzee under his belt, is sure to preview tracks from upcoming album Ready For The Weekend.

» Somerset House, Strand, WC2R 1LA Temple (somerset house.org.uk/music). Mon, Jul 20. £22.50

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THE LINE-UP Norman Nouvelle

(guitar/vocals), John Paul Baron (guitar), Gregory Bishop (drums), Glen Roberts (keys), Pedro Kirk (bass/brass). HAILS FROM Herefordshire. THE BUZZ SO FAR With their Afro-tinged rhythms, breezy blasts of brass and jangling tunes, Apples have drawn endless comparisons with Vampire Weekend. But to keep things interesting there’s also a touch of Madness-style jauntiness about them. WHAT ELSE? Strangely they have a song, Theo, about their PR man. THE BAND SAY ”Music at the moment reflects the credit-crunch world we find ourselves in. All Apples want to do is to show that there can be some fun and joy.” (NME) THE CRITICS SAY “It’s easy to

see why comparisons have been made with Vampire Weekend, they’re just as uplifting and summery sounding. Whilst they’re too young to have heard Haircut 100 the first time round, they’ve clearly done their homework.” (Q Magazine)

THE RELEASE Debut single

The Warlocks, Patrick Wolf and Polly Scattergood are just some of the indie upstarts appearing at the uber hip and happening 1234 Shoreditch Festival on Sunday, July 26 (Shoreditch Park, N1). Tickets are £15 from 0844 477 1000, or visit the1234shoreditch.com. We have two pairs of tickets to the festival give away. For a chance to win, email grabs@tntmagazine. com with ‘Shoreditch’ in the subject line.

Reason 45 out now on myspace.com/apples.

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MUSIC LISTINGS MONDAY 27

SATURDAY 2

Casiotone For The Painfully Alone, Concern, Mewgatz

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

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

St, NW1 7JE (0870 432 5527). £14.50.

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

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

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

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

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

Left With Pictures, My Sad Captains, The Riff Raff

Rosemary Branch Festival: Pete Letanka Trio South

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

African swing band. Rosemary

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

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

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

NOFX American punk-

TNT’S TOP BOOKING

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

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

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

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

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TUESDAY 28

KT Sullivan The vocalist

The Bug, DJ Adrian Sherwood The London outfit

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

play experimental rock. The

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

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

The Wednesday Night Showcase Acoustic

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

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

Sleepercurve, White Light Parade, HK:UK The London

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

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

showcase of signed and unsigned acts. The Bullet

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

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

Skinny Molly

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

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

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

The Deadly Vibes, The Risk, The Branded

Tarrbaby, Three Times Daily

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

Willie Garnett’s Big Band

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

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

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

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

The Yeah You’s, Meg Hutchinson Alternative duo

Indie-rock trio from Ipswich.

Mike Kintish and Nick Ingram perform electro-rock tracks.

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

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

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

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

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.

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 SATURDAY SESSIONS PRESENTS OUTPUT WORLD TOUR With tunes such as Put Your Hands Up For Detroit, The Creeps and Let Me Think About It, Dutchman Fedde Le Grand has bridged the gap between clubland and commercial, putting him on the most-wanted list for dance and pop fans alike. He hits Ministry this week, promoting his latest album, Output, alongside DJs Dave Spoon and Chris Lake. Expect a roadblock. It’s gonna be good.

» Ministry Of Sound, Gaunt St, SE1 6DP

Elephant & Castle (0870 060 0010). Sat, Jul 25, 11pm-7am. £20 adv

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funk/soul

drum ’n’ bass

electro

hip-hop

GOLDFISH

FABRICLIVE

Saffa boys Goldfish are, well, gold. The duo’s live jazzy house sets bring something new to clubland, and rather than the usual sight of DJs playing off a laptop, they are a pleasure to watch. This one is highly recommended.

Fabric is a dab hand at delivering tasty line-ups, and this week is no exception. With Evil Nine, Adam Freeland, Alex Metric and Goldie on the bill, you can treat your ears to a smorgasbord of beats.

» Pacha, Terminus Pl, SW1V 1JR Victoria (0845 371 4489). Fri, Jul 24, 10pm-5am. £15

» Fabric, Charterhouse St, EC1M 3HN Farringdon (020 7336 8898). Fri, Jul 24, 10pm-6am. £13

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parties, then check out the weekly Sunday morning event, Breakfast @ Egg, where carnage ensues while most of London is just waking up to its cornflakes.

» York Way, N7 9AP

King’s

Cross (020 7609 8364)

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South West Four’s official after-party will be held at The Coronet in Elephant & Castle and hosted by Eric Prydz’s Pryda. Tickets start from £20 and are on sale at ticketmaster.co.uk.

We have two pairs of VIP tickets to Output World Tour to give away. For your chance to win, email grabs@tntmagazine.com with ‘Fedde Le Grand’ in the subject line by noon on Wed, Jul 22.

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Carl Cox was recently seen partying with motorbike maker Ducati. The superstar DJ was one of 300 guests at Ducati’s Superbike Party at Donington Park, and he was even wearing Ducati clothing and posing for pics on the machines. The Amsterdam Dance Event (ADE) confirmed its first round of names for 2009. Armin van Buuren, Laurent Garnier,

Richie Hawtin, Paul van Dyk, John Digweed and Phil Faversham are among the many DJs who will be playing at the four-day event. ADE is Europe’s biggest electronic music conference, and will run from October 21-24. A Tasmanian man paid A$6000 for hundreds of blue M&Ms, thinking they were ecstasy tablets, The Advocate reported. Dwayne Grant Seabourne, 21, of Devonport, paid A$15 each for 400 sweets, planning to sell them for A$30 apiece. Although buying chocolate isn’t illegal, Seabourne was jailed for three months for attempting to traffic drugs.

Linda van den Broek, tilllate.com

Egg Funny name, great venue. One of the last remaining King’s Cross clubs after the closure of iconic venues such as the The Cross and The Key, Egg loves its electro and techno. Split over a few floors with three main rooms, the highlight is the outdoor garden terrace, which feels like a little bit of summer all year round. If you love your after-

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MONDAY 27 Authentic Cuban Night

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

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

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

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

Hard Core Salsa DJ

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

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

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

Platinum Funk The

Mario plays mambo and salsa. Salsa!, Charing Cross

Delicious Thursdays R’n’B

Funky Fridays DJs provide funk,

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

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

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

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

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

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

Fuse The resident DJs spin funky house and indie. The

Hospitality High Contrast and Skream Zinc spin house. Matter

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

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

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

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

Members Night DJ Bambach

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

Double Shake It With Laquisha Jonz Andrew

Salsa Night The resident

Elmore and Tommy Sandhu supply club hits. The Shadow

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

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

Game On Residents spin

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

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

Socialism Brockie, Nicky

Forca Brasil DJ Fred spins

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

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

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

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

supplies funky house anthems.

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

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

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

Rewind Residents spin classic

Twisted The residents supply

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

club anthems. LVPO, Dean St, W1D

house and commercial dance.

5BQ (020 7434 3399). 9pm-3am. £8.

Trannyshack Tasty Tim and

Silk Cuts DJ Nick Fletcher spins

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

global house. Jewel, Glasshouse

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

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

Upper Class DJ Leo spins

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

Wicked Wednesdays

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

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

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Arpdays DJs Idjut Boys, Bill

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

FRIDAY 1

Appropriate For... Party!

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

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

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

White Heat DJs Matty and Olly spin rock and disco.

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

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

(020 7739 3440). 7pm-1am. £8.

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

Classique The residents

Calentito Resident DJs spin

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

pop, R’n’B and classic soul.

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

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

SATURDAY 2

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

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

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

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

Born 2 Boogie DJ Legs,

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

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

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

N-Joy The resident DJs

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

supply club anthems.

Destination Resident DJs

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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“I’m going to kick his arse – the millions that have been spent on this search, the man hours and woman hours that have gone into it … all because he goes out on a walk without his mobile phone.” Richard Cass, father of British backpacker Jamie Neale, who was lost for 12 days in the NSW Blue Mountains.

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AUSTRALIA Siblings die in crash A NSW brother and sister were killed when an Iranian airliner caught fire in mid-air and crashed into farmland, killing all 168 on board. Caspian Airlines flight 7908 exploded minutes after taking off from Tehran’s Imam Khomeini international airport. Foreign Minister Stephen Smith said the brother and sister, who were in their 20s, were dual Australian-Iranian citizens.

Masks for expecting Pregnant women were advised to wear face masks in public and

Jamie Neale

stay home as Australia’s swine flu danger increases. The Royal Australian and New Zealand College of Obstetricians and Gynaecologists urged pregnant women to also “wash themselves scrupulously” after coming into contact with other people.

Backpacker’s ordeal British backpacker Jamie Neale (above) agreed an exclusive $200,000 publicity deal with the Nine Network’s 60 Minutes. The 19-year-old spent three days in hospital after being lost in the NSW Blue Mountains for almost two weeks. The Sydney

Morning Herald reported Neale planned to donate at least half his fee to the emergency services.

Corrupt Nuttall jailed Former Queensland government minister Gordon Nuttall, 56, was sentenced to seven years in jail, with parole available after two and a half years. He was found guilty of 36 counts of receiving secret commissions totalling $360,000 between 2002 and 2005 from two businessmen, Ken Talbot and Harold Shand. Former premier Peter Beattie and his successor Anna Bligh testified against their disgraced cabinet colleague.

“But I also remind our Chinese friends that China too has significant economic interests at stake in its relationships with Australia and with its other commercial partners around the world.” Prime Minister Kevin Rudd toughens his stance with China on the detention of Rio Tinto executive Stern Hu. “Sorry but the church should lower their voice, and if they’re still shouting then we all know God is far, far, far away from them.” A Samoan couple backs a hotel’s complaints that worshipping at the open-air church next door is too loud.

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Queensland taxi drivers were outraged after a police officer fined a driver $100 for not pulling up his socks. Cab Drivers’ Association of Queensland secretary Lee Sims told the Courier-Mail it was the first time he had heard of such a “petty” notice, but conceded drivers by law had to be “neatly dressed” – an area open to


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What’s happening across the country

SUMMARY ■ Three Australians killed in Indonesian capital bombing. ■ Mining executive Garth McEvoy, Perth businessman Nathan Verity and Austrade official Craig Senger named. ■ Prime Minister Kevin Rudd warned the death toll could still rise.

hree Australians were confirmed killed in a bomb blast that rocked Indonesia’s capital Jakarta. Mining executive Garth McEvoy, Perth businessman Nathan Verity and Austrade official Craig Senger were named as victims of the blast. Jim Truscott, a personal friend of Verity, said the businessman ran a human resources and recruitment business in Jakarta, but lived in Perth with his wife Vanessa and five-year-old son. Truscott said Verity’s body was found amid the rubble of

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The aftermath of the Jakarta blast and (inset) Nathan Verity (top) and Craig Senger

one of the bomb blasts that struck the Marriott and RitzCarlton hotels in Jakarta’s upmarket Mega Kuningan business district. The death toll in the Indonesian capital stood at nine, with 55 injured, 17 of whom were foreigners. Senger, an Austrade official,

was attending a conference at the Marriott Hotel when the bombs were detonated. It was thought officials at the Australian Embassy did not know what had happened to him until an Indonesian TV network broadcast footage of him lying injured on an ambulance stretcher.

Canadian murdered in Melbourne hree men were charged with murder over the bashing death of a Canadian tourist outside a Melbourne pub. Cain Anthony Aguiar, 25, died in hospital last Tuesday from serious head injuries after he was assaulted outside the Blarney Stone Hotel in Yarraville in the city’s west five days earlier. Aguiar, who also held Australian citizenship, had been in Australia for less than a month when he went for a drink alone at the hotel. Three Pacific Islanders from Melbourne’s western suburbs

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appeared in court charged with Aguiar’s murder and were remanded in custody. They did not enter a plea. “It is impossible to express in words the grief felt by his family, friends and colleagues,” said a statement released by Aguiar’s family. “We are in full support of any measures that could be taken to prevent other families from experiencing this pain,” they said. His parents Tony and Izzy Aguiar and sister Tonya also posted a message on Facebook urging friends to pay tribute to their son and brother.

The state government was forced to defend it’s newly updated logo after it seemingly confused the waratah – the state’s emblem since 1962 – with the lotus, the national flower of India, The government spent almost $5000 on the new logo, which its own scientific department said was not a waratah.

QUEENSLAND The state’s 25,000 public health nurses and midwives accepted the State Government’s offer of a 12.5 per cent pay rise.

VICTORIA A state funeral was held for Ted Kenna, 90, Australia’s last surviving WWII Victoria Cross recipient. Kenna earned his VC in the jungles of New Guinea in 1945.

NORTHERN TERRITORY The HMAS Bundaberg went to the rescue of an elderly couple who were caught up in rough seas off the northern Australian coast in their catamaran. The couple, in their 50s, were on a trip around Australia.

SOUTH AUSTRALIA A young man was killed in a two-car smash at Meadows, about 50km south-east of Adelaide.

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Kiwi killed in Jakarta Friends and colleagues of the New Zealander killed in the Jakarta bomb blasts paid tribute to a dedicated and committed man who got things done. Tim Mackay, 62, was named as one of the nine people killed and 55 wounded, including 17 foreigners, in the bomb blasts at the five-star Ritz-Carlton and Marriott hotels. He was president director of the Swiss-based Holcim cement company in Jakarta, and had gone to the Marriott Hotel for a business meeting. Jeremy Smith, Holcim’s Christchurch managing director described Mackay as “a very dedicated, competent person who knew how to connect with people”. NZ Prime Minister John Key expressed sadness at the death.

Kiwis are fatties New Zealand is the third fattest nation in the developed world, a report revealed. The obesity rate among adults in New Zealand in 2007 was

Kiwis: fat

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The number of shearing titles won by veteran Kiwi shearer David Fagan after he took out the Glenarm title in County Antrim, Northern Ireland. BALL OF FLUFF: Six-month-old Maltese pup Scooter sits dwarfed by owner Cheryl McKnight. At 8cm tall and just over 20cm from his nose to his tail, Scooter is less than the Guinness Book of World Records title holder for smallest dog in the world in height.

26.5 per cent, with only the USA (34.3 per cent) and Mexico (30 per cent) higher, the Organisation of Economic Co-operation and Development Health Data Report 2009 said.

nominations for directing, original music and lyrics, sound mixing and writing. The winners will be announced on September 20 in Los Angeles.

Conchords Emmy nod

Te Papa chief executive Seddon Bennington was found dead in the Tararua Ranges after going missing while tramping. The bodies of Bennington, 61, and family friend Marcella Jackson, 54, were found in the snow four days after they were reported missing. The pair had been in the ranges for a tramp to Kime Hut, but failed to return as planned.

Kiwi comedy duo Flight Of The Conchords received six Emmy nominations for their hit HBO television show. The show was nominated for best comedy, while one half of the duo, Jemaine Clement, was nominated for best actor in a comedy. The series, which also stars Bret McKenzie, also received

going on but “such is the nature of life in Fiji” they were taken to a police station, he told the New Zealand Herald. While they were given no details of the allegations, they were told they could be jailed for 48 hours without charge. The man said the lodge secretary showed police a copy of the permit allowing the meeting.

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The number of confirmed measles cases in Christchurch after an outbreak at a high school and childcare centre.

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The amount in dollars worth of condoms and tampons inside a vending machine ripped off the wall of the women’s toilet in the Pinetree Arms at Paraparaumu Beach.

20,000 The amount in dollars worth of reparation awarded to the family of a young water-skier who died after being run over by a boat on Lake Taupo in January.

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The number of hours of community service Timothy Hellner was ordered to complete after he pleaded guilty to starting up an unattended $450,000 helicopter, which had its keys left in the ignition and the door open.

*And finally … Freemason caged A New Zealander spent a night in a Fiji prison cell after police, alerted by frightened residents suspecting sorcery, raided his Freemasons meeting. The man, who didn’t want to be named, blamed “dopey village people” for the raid in which 13 other members of the Freemasons Lodge of Lautoka were also held. Nothing sinister had been

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Kiwi crushed in bin

What’s happening across the country

SUMMARY ■ London-based teacher Scott Williams found dead at a rubbish depot in Brighton. ■ Police believe he may have fallen asleep inside a wheelie bin. ■ Williams’ family in NZ suspect foul play rather than a drunken mishap.

New Zealand teacher living in London was found dead at a rubbish depot in Brighton. A post mortem indicated Scott Williams, 35, was crushed – apparently in the compacting mechanism of a rubbish truck – after going to sleep in a large wheelie bin following a night out drinking with friends. Rubbish collectors found the body when they emptied their truck, and witnesses to the grisly find said bystanders thought he had been beaten up and stabbed. Williams had apparently

UPPER NORTH ISLAND A 50-year-old Mt Maunganui woman died after lying for hours in a roadside ditch between Tauranga and Te Maunga during heavy rain. Police thought that the woman, a passenger in a car, asked to make a toilet stop but fell after she climbed over a metal crash barrier on the roadside.

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been at a pub socialising before setting off home. “We’re trying to test the theory that Scott climbed into the wheelie bin of his own accord to shelter from the rain,” Detective chief inspector Graham Pratt from Sussex police said. Williams’ family in New Zealand were unconvinced

and said they suspected foul play rather than a drunken incident as the cause of death. Williams, a former Waikato swimming champion and student at Hamilton’s Fraser High School, had been living and working as a teacher in London since 2000, with a break back in New Zealand in 2007.

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New Zealanders cash in on super deal New Zealanders who have worked in Australia and had to leave their compulsory retirement savings behind when they returned home will be able to repatriate the funds under a new agreement. The Australian Tax Office estimated about $A13 billion ($NZ16.6 billion) was held in “lost” accounts within the superannuation system. The agreement was reached during a Brisbane meeting between NZ finance minister Bill English and Australian treasurer Wayne Swan. English said many New Zealanders who had worked

WHEN CAN I GET THE CASH? Legislation would have to be passed before the new scheme could come into effect. That is expected within the next 12 months.

in Australia kept track of their retirement savings. Portability will operate between the official Australian superannuation fund and New Zealand’s KiwiSaver scheme. English said although Australians who had worked in New Zealand could also send their savings home, Kiwis were likely to benefit most.

LOWER NORTH ISLAND Two girls, aged 13 and 16, were arrested after a Wanganui dairy was robbed at knife-point.

UPPER SOUTH ISLAND Two New Zealand wines were named among the best in their classes at the annual International Wine Challenge in London. The winning wines were Clifford Bay Awatere Valley Sauvignon Blanc 2008 and Kennedy Point Waiheke Syrah 2007.

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A Queenstown teenager may be suspended from his high school after creating an online quiz on Facebook that described his teachers as circus freaks. The 15-year-old creator invited friends to compare themselves to staff at Wakatipu High School by answering five questions. One teacher said she now questioned why she had become a teacher.

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Teacher sentenced A teacher convicted of dragging his dog behind his vehicle earlier this year was sentenced to 18 months in prison by the Kokstad Magistrate’s Court. Half of the sentence was suspended. The teacher, Andile Jezile, also had the option of paying a R3000 fine. Jezile was arrested in January, charged with seven counts under the Animal Protection Act, and later released on bail.

Tourism increase South Africa’s tourism sector proved to be more resilient to the global economic downturn than some other economic sectors, tourism minister Marthinus van Schalkwyk said on Wednesday. He added that the impact would only be more visible in the next few months as the full consequences of the global economic crisis settled in. “However, in 2008 we bucked the overall negative trend with

Marthinus van Schalkwyk

HORNS BLARING: Zakumi, mascot for the 2010 Fifa World Cup, tries out the ‘kuduzela’, a new instrument to blow during next year’s soccer tournament. The kuduzela was introduced to fans in Pretoria on Tuesday last week. It is shaped like a kudu horn and will rival the plastic trumpet known as the vuvuzela.

SAA crew off the hook

a 5.5 per cent growth in foreign arrivals,” he said.

VIP driver charged The “blue light” VIP driver whose passenger allegedly shot at the tyre of a vehicle near Pietermaritzburg was charged with six counts of attempted murder last week. His passenger, SA police constable Hlanganani Nxumalo, 29, allegedly caused an accident in which six people were injured on the N3 last November. Nxumalo’s driver, Caiphas Xolani Ndlela, 36, was also charged with reckless and negligent driving.

All but one of 30 South African Airways (SAA) crew members arrested in two separate drug busts at Heathrow Airport would no longer face charges, the airline said. UK authorities confirmed they would take no further action against the employees, SAA spokeswoman Robyn Chalmers said. The exception was former SAA cabin crew member Mmatshuma Matlhara, who was arrested in South Africa on her return from the UK, and charged with drug trafficking.

*And finally … more drug use

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“The police waxed lyrical about the speedy formation of the Hawks when, behind the scenes, it was making no progress at all. For 56 days, the Hawks’ staff grew by the sum of zero.” DA’s Dianne Kohler-Barnard wanting to know why no progress was made in recruiting staff for the crime fighting unit. “The manner in which affirmative action is implemented does not promote equality, but it discriminates unfairly.” Former South African president FW de Klerk.

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World Drug Report in Pretoria last week. In 2006 there were 2.52 million dagga users, rising to 3.2 million users in 2008. Cocaine users increased from 0.24 million to 0.29 million last year.

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“We as the KwaZuluNatal Blind And Deaf Society fully support Kyle Springate in his attempts to have sign language declared an official language in schools.” The society’s CEO, Jace Nair, on the matric pupil’s request.

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Drug usage in South Africa is twice the world norm, and the use of cocaine and dagga has increased by 20 per cent in two years, the Central Drugs Authority said at the release of the United Nations 2009

QUOTE UNQUOTE “That thing is very dangerous. It releases toxic fumes. It is called the silent killer. When the fumes are released, you cannot smell it.” Emergency services spokesman Percy Morokane after two security guards died after making a fire in a drum in a closed room.


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Upset over TV rights ■ Nelson Mandela’s grandson denies selling the rights to his grandfather’s funeral to the SABC. ■ It was reported the public broadcaster paid R3 million for the rights. ■ The first Mandela Day is celebrated on Madiba’s birthday on Saturday.

EASTERN CAPE Circumcision deaths in the Eastern Cape rose from 41 to 43 last week, while eight boys are in a critical condition in hospital, the province’s health department said.

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An image of Nelson Mandela, made of children’s handprints, commemorating his 91st birthday

public broadcaster supposedly paid Mandela’s grandson R3 million for the broadcasting rights to the funeral. Zwelivelile said the allegation was “unfounded and false”, and he was seeking legal advice. “Due to my personal admiration for my grandfather, I would never trade on his name and reputation,” the

former president’s grandson, who is also an ANC MP, said. His comments came shortly before the first Mandela Day was celebrated in honour of his grandfather last Saturday. “My wish for my grandfather is many more years, and good health,” he said. “I wish he will be spared from … having to read such horrible nonsense.”

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Construction strike comes to an end Members of the National Union of Mineworkers (NUM) employed in the construction sector returned to their jobs last Thursday, the union said. “The NUM confirms that indeed the construction strike is over and that our 50,000 members are back at work,” it said in a statement. The NUM also thanked its members for their “discipline and resilience” during the strike, and for returning to work on Thursday morning. “We thank the Congress of SA Trade Unions, the SA Football Players Union, the Local Organising Committee,

STRIKE ACTION Almost 70,000 construction workers downed tools at 2010 soccer World Cup projects country wide. The NUM, which led the strike, accepted a 12 per cent wage increase last week.

the SA Football Association, the Department of Labour and the Commission for Conciliation, Mediation and Arbitration for their support during the difficult period of the strike, and for playing a role to resolve the dispute at hand,” the NUM said.

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A Western Cape Unisa student was fined R20,000 or six months in jail last week for fraudulently obtaining 25 cellphone contracts with Vodacom, worth R120,000.

MPUMALANGA Violent protests in Mpumalanga can be blamed on the provincial government’s failure to respond to problems, co-operative governance and traditional affairs minister Sicelo Shiceka said last week. “Communities have been raising issues at provincial level. No one attended to them,” the minister told a media briefing.

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World Cup stadium construction was halted during the strike

Two toddlers, who were playing with spades outside, discovered a foetus in a shallow grave, Welkom police said last Thursday. “Two little kids, three and six years old, were playing with their little plastic spades, digging in the ground, when they noticed something looking like a hand of a baby,” said police sergeant Malebo Khosana.

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on the eve of former president Nelson Mandela’s 91st birthday last Saturday, his grandson, chief Zwelivelile Mandla Mandela, said he was considering taking legal action against reports that he “sold” the rights to his grandfather’s funeral to the SABC. Zwelivelile told Die Burger that he hoped the investigation into mismanagement by the SABC would also clarify who was responsible for spreading the rumour. Newspapers reported the

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FOOTBALL Socceroo Lucas Neill may remain at West Ham, where he is captain. Manager Gianfranco Zola hopes to retain the Aussie, who has been linked with Galatasaray.

ATHLETICS Australia’s Olympic pole vault champ Steve Hooker gets beaten for the first time in almost a year, finishing behind Renaud Lavillenie and Romain Mesnil in Reims, France.

BASKETBALL Just days after winning WNBA All-Star selection for the seventh time, Aussie centre Lauren Jackson is ruled out indefinitely with a strained Achilles tendon.

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CRICKET Former England coach Duncan Fletchert accuses Aussie skipper Ricky Ponting of hypocrisy after Ponting’s criticism of England’s timewasting tactics in Cardiff.

NRL Sydney Roosters boss Steve Noyce says ex-Raider Todd Carney would be a good fit for the club, despite his problems with alcohol and the rash of recent PR disasters for the NRL.

HOCKEY The brave Hockeyroos lose a penalty shoot-out to Argentina in the final of the Champions Trophy. Perversely, Australia now faces relegation from the elite six-team tournament.

SUNDAY RUGBY The Wallabies arrive home following their painful loss to the All Blacks in Auckland with injury concerns over forward Richard Brown and centre Berrick Barnes.

I think their “ Titanic has sunk.

Didn’t they just lose four series in a row? I wouldn’t be cheering too much

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MONDAY CRICKET England V Australia The final day from Lord’s 10am Sky Sports 1 TUESDAY CYCLING Tour de France Reaching the business end 11.30am British Eurosport WEDNESDAY FOOTBALL Chelsea V Inter Milan Pre-season friendly 4am Chelsea TV THURSDAY POKER Sky Poker Five-O Burn and turn 10pm Sky Sports Xtra FRIDAY FOOTBALL Tottenham V Barcelona The Wembley Cup 7.45pm Sky Sports 1 SATURDAY RUGBY South Africa V NZ The Tri-Nations continues 2pm Sky Sports Xtra SUNDAY MOTORSPORT British MotoGP The action from Donnington 12.15pm British Eurosport 2

Queensland star Greg Inglis reacts to NSW winning game three of Origin

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John Terry and Man City What’s happening? John Terry, captain of Chelsea and England, has been linked to Manchester City for a reported transfer fee of £25 million. Is there anyone not linked to Manchester City? Not really - they’ve already bought Carlos Tevez, Gareth Barry and Emmanuel Adebayor.

Will Terry go? It’s a longshot. It’s hard to know the whims of Chelsea’s owner Roman Abramovich, but Terry is Chelsea to the bone. He came through their juniors and was there before Abramovich’s millions. But he may be tired of the Chelsea soap opera and want a new challenge.

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Carter eyes August return Injured All Blacks flyhalf Daniel Carter believes he isn’t far from a return to the rugby field.

Carter, 27, said he could make his playing return for Canterbury in a month’s time in the Air NZ Cup, with rehabilitation from his ruptured Achilles tendon continuing well. The domestic competition begins in two weeks’ time and Carter hopes to play a relatively early role in it, possibly opening the way for an All Blacks return in their two final Tri-Nations Tests in September. “The early rounds of the Air NZ Cup are looking promising,” Carter said. “In the last couple of weeks I’ve been doing a bit of speed work and playing some anaerobic games with the

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Springbok Bryan Habana to finish as the

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Canterbury boys as well. I can run freely and it’s just about getting that spring and bounce back in my injured leg. “I haven’t started contact yet and I guess that will be the next test. In terms of running, there’s no nerves or apprehension about that.” Carter, who suffered the injury in January while playing for French club Perpignan, hoped he could participate in full team training by the end of this month. Canterbury’s campaign will begin away to North

Harbour on August 1, with the first home game, against Waikato on August 14, a possible first appearance for the 59-test veteran. “I’ve done so much rehab on it now that the tendon is strong and it’s just a matter of getting that last 10 per cent out of it,” he said. “It’s frustrating doing all this training and not having the reward of playing at the end of the week. “I’m keen to get back out there and that’s positive, because it shows the hunger is there. But I won’t play unless I’m 100 per cent.” If Carter isn’t deemed ready for Tri-Nations Tests against South Africa on September 12 and Australia on September 19, he will probably be named in their season-ending tour quad.

Sharks rebound by belting Boland CURRIE CUP RESULTS

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Blue Bulls 30 d Province 22 Sharks 46 d Kavaliers 10 Lions 31 d Cheetahs 22 Griquas 36 d Leopards 11

Western Province travelled to Loftus as favourites, but were outclassed 30-22 by a young Blue Bulls squad that made the best use of the few opportunities they were given on Saturday. And although Province were in control for most of the match, they could not convert the territorial advantage and possession they enjoyed into points on the board. In other results, the Sharks opened their account on the

Currie Cup log with an emphatic 46-10 win over the Boland Kavaliers in Durban on Friday night, but will realise that there is plenty of work to be done before they face the Blue Bulls next weekend.

The Lions edged the Cheetahs, while the Griquas were too strong for the Leopards.

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Tighthead prop Jannie du Plessis was last week named in South Africa’s Tri-Nations squad, in the only major change to the group that beat the British and Irish Lions, replacing Deon Carstens. » Forwards: Andries Bekker, Bakkies Botha, Heinrich Brussow, Bismarck du Plessis, Jannie du Plessis, Ryan Kankowski, Victor Matfield, Tendai Mtawarira, Chiliboy Ralepelle, Danie Rossouw, John Smit, Juan Smith, Pierre Spies. » Backs: Jean de Villiers, Fourie du Preez, Jaque Fourie, Bryan Habana, Adrian Jacobs, Ricky Januarie, Ruan Pienaar, JP Pietersen, Francois Steyn, Morne Steyn.

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Aussie centre Berrick Barnes on a brain-fade that cost his side a try, and a handy first-half lead.

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Stephen Donald NEW ZEALAND He might just be keeping Daniel Carter’s seat warm, but Donald confirmed his status as a world-class flyhalf in his own right – if there was any doubt. His five penalty goals were the difference, ensuring the All Blacks converted vice-like pressure into an advantage on the scoreboard. His fifth penalty sealed the game, minutes after Matt Giteau missed.

There “ was some

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16 Australia B Barnes try M Giteau con 3 pens

The Wallabies’ Eden Park hoodoo will extend into a 24th year after the Australians wilted under a second-half All Blacks onslaught in the Bledisloe Cup opener on Saturday night. The Australians led 13-10 after a bright first half, in which centre Berrick Barnes scored in just the fourth minute, before All Blacks captain Richie McCaw countered in the 26th. But running with a helpful breeze, Australia would have been disappointed with their slender lead and the New Zealanders were back on level terms just a minute after the break through a Stephen Donald penalty goal. Donald then

put them ahead for the first time in the match three minutes later, before Matt Giteau got the Wallabies back on level terms with a penalty of his own. But the momentum swung decisively in New Zealand’s favour and they reclaimed a 19-16 lead with a 61st minute penalty goal to Donald, after a Giteau clearance had been charged down in the danger zone. Giteau had the chance to draw level again but hooked a 64th minute penalty shot from 30m out to the left, before Donald booted another three-pointer in the 75th minute to seal the win and ensure the All Blacks began their Tri-Nations campaign on the right note.

O’Connor struggles with pressure The Wallabies’ gamble with two youthful backs on the bench misfired on Saturday night, as James O’Connor and Will Genia received baptisms of fire in Auckland’s Eden Park cauldron. Nineteen-year-old O’Connor replaced Berrick Barnes at inside centre for the final quarter of the match, just as the All Blacks took a 19-16 lead. Coach Robbie Deans had spoken of his confidence in the rookie in the lead-up to his biggest game, but the blond-haired whiz kid was taught a lesson about the big time as he struggled, along with the rest of his team, under relentless All Blacks pressure. He knocked on cold 30m from his own line in the 67th minute, before throwing a

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poor pass that put his team under pressure in their own zone three minutes later. He later threw a pressure pass captain Stirling Mortlock couldn’t handle. “[It was] a great earthing experience for James,” Deans said. “He’ll be better for that.”

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Bulldog Chris Armit gets wrapped up

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Roosters forward Willie Mason dismisses talk of a boxing career.

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Brett Kimmorley BULLDOGS Followed up a starring return to Origin earlier in the week by kicking the winning field goal.

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

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PD PTS 181 30 123 28 31 26 93 25 48 24 94 22 18 22 9 22 -65 22 -8 19 -2 18 -71 17 -65 16 -129 15 -79 14 -178 12

*Have drawn a game **Bulldogs deducted 2 points for having 14 players on the field in Round 2

Monday night game Eels v Storm

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Dogs hold off Titans Bulldogs 23

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16 Titans M Rogers 2 K Gordon tries S Prince 2 goals

In a battle for outright second on the ladder, the Bulldogs looked more at home at Brisbane despite the Gold Coast only having to travel an hour up the highway to play away. After trailing 16-0 at half-time, the Titans gave themselves a chance when Mat Rogers gobbled up a Scott Prince cross-field kick in the 53rd minute to open their scoring. But the Broncos 12

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C Parker D Taylor tries P Wallace 2 goals

44 Rabbitohs B Champion 3 N Merritt 2 E Pettybourne F Talanoa D Tyrell tries C Sandow 5 I Luke goals

South Sydney embarrassed Brisbane at Suncorp Stadium on Friday night, to record their first win in Brisbane since they beat the defunct South Queensland Crushers in 1995, and their first over the Broncos in Brisbane since 1989. South Sydney led 16-6 at half-time and Panthers 27

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J Paulo F Puletua J Tia-Kilifi B Tighe tries M Gordon 5 goals L Walsh field goal

14 Raiders T Campese J Croker D Vidot tries T Campese goal

Penrith maintained their top-eight status and severely dented Canberra’s finals hopes with a 27-14 win at CUA Stadium on Saturday night. The Raiders scored all their points in the second-half, but a terrible first 40 minutes left them with too much work still to do.

Dogs bit back when Jamal Idris and Daniel Holdsworth set up veteran Hazem El Masri for what looked the match-winning try in the 64th minute, giving them a 22-6 buffer. However, the Titans had other ideas. Flying winger Kevin ‘Flash’ Gordon reeled in his own kick to score a brilliant individual try in the 70th minute, and dual international Rogers sealed his double five minutes later. Suddenly it was 22-16 with five minutes left on the clock, only for Brett Kimmorley to kick the sealer. ran riot in the second half with centre Beau Champion scoring a hat-trick of tries. Brisbane missed the leadership of five-eighth Darren Lockyer, who was sidelined with a knee injury, but they produced a performance which would be a serious concern for coach Ivan Henjak. Souths fullback Nathan Merritt took his try tally to 13 for the season with a double. Sharks 26

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B Pomeroy 2 B Ferguson L Covell M Wright tries L Covell 3 goals

32 Sea Eagles B Farrar K Foran B Kite G Rose T Williams D Williams tries M Orford 4 goals

The Sharks went into half-time leading 22-16, but the Sea Eagles lifted after the restart thanks to an earbashing from coach Des Hasler. The Sharks refused to lie down, but their resistance was eventually ended when Tony Williams raced over in the 73rd minute.

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MONDAY RABBITOHS V ROOSTERS 10am

Roosters 24 B Jones W Mason M Pearce T Symonds tries C Fitzgibbon 4 goals

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30 Warriors M Vatuvei 2 P Ah Van S Jones S Mannering W McKinnon tries S Jones 3 goals

The Warriors continued the pain for the Sydney Roosters, twice coming from behind to win the battle of the NRL strugglers. The Warriors trailed with ten minutes remaining before Wade McKinnon returned the ball 90 metres to put the Kiwi side ahead for good.

Tigers 34 C Payne B Marshall S Gallant C Lawrence T Tuiaki R Farah tries B Marshall 5 goals

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14 Cowboys M Bowen C Webb tries J Thurston 3 goals

Wests Tigers kept their finals hopes alive with a 34-14 win over North Queensland in a fiery clash at Leichhardt Oval. The Tigers scored six tries to two and remained within four points of eighth spot, rallying after they conceded a Matt Bowen try after just 44 seconds.

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Collingwood’s bid for an eight straight win and a stranglehold on a top four spot was scuttled by Hawthorn, who produced one of their best performances of the year to give their premiership defence a shot in the arm. Collingwood led by 11 points at half-time, but it was all Hawthorn thereafter, the reigning premiers booting the next nine goals and rediscovering some of the mongrel that took them to last year’s flag but has been so sorely lacking so far in 2009. Before the match, the Hawks had just one win from their past four matches, and looked in danger of missing the finals. But the big names stepped up for Hawthorn, with Luke Hodge, Sam Mitchell and Lance Franklin all delivering when it mattered.

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Geelong blew the Demons out of the water with seven goals to none in the first quarter, before cruising home for a routine win. Gary Ablett enhanced his Brownlow hopes picking up 40 touches, while Joel Selwood and Paul Chapman were also busy for the winners. Dockers 7.5.47

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The Lions eventually overcame the Dockers in a low-scoring arm wrestle, with key forward Jon Brown’s three second-half goals proving decisive. The emergence of young Lions midfielder Daniel Rich continued, with the 19-year-old picking up 31 touches. Tigers 12.13.85 J Riewoldt 3 M Morton 2 R Nahas 2 D Polo M Coughlan M White S Edwards T Hislop

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The Bulldogs saw off a determined Essendon outfit to cement their spot in the top four after trailing by 15 points midway through the second quarter. A six-goal third quarter set up the win for Dogs, with hard-nut Mitch Hahn booting three goals in six minutes. Blues 19.10.124

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The Swans led by 15 points when Luke Ablett booted the first goal of the third quarter, but then rolled over in insipid fashion. Carlton piled on nine unanswered goals in the final term, indicating that the Blues are heading for finals, while the Swans are a spent force. Power 17.10.112

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Port kept their finals hopes alive with an easy win over the Eagles. Port booted six goals in the first term to set up the win, and West Coast never threatened from there. Dom Cassisi was best for the winners, while young midfielder Chris Masten starred for the Eagles. Saints 15.15.105 X N Riewoldt 4 A Schneider 2 S Milne 4 F Ray A McQualter B McEvoy J Gram J Koschitzke

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The Saints served another chilling reminder of their premiership credentials, soaking up the early pressure from the in-form Crows, before totally outgunning them. The Saints led by two points at the first change, but outscored the Crows 11 goals to three thereafter.

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Swans coach Paul Roos lost his appetite after another bad loss.

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Luke Hodge HAWKS Hodge was back to his tough, longkicking best against Collingwood. If the Hawks are to re-launch their campaign, Hodge will be key.

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Richmond led by 43 points early in the third quarter, but were forced to settle for a draw after the Kangaroos booted eight goals in a row either side of the last change. The Roos led by six points in the dying minutes, before Tigers forward Mitch Morton levelled the scores.

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“Both sides not going through the corridor, let’s call that the ‘Nate Myles effect’.” AFL commentator Dennis Cometti on fire. “Since I’ve been here I don’t think I’ve had one positive word said about me. It’s very hard when you know deep down that you can do the job, but people haven’t seen the best of you.” Aussie spinner Nathan Hauritz isn’t feeling the love. “I’ve done it pretty tough over the years. My brother paid for me to go to this tournament. For a while now our family has lived with my mother-in-law in London, and she helps out when she can. There’s always food around but there’s never any money in my wallet. I always take food from home and don’t go out much. It’s not easy, but you get around it.” Australian golfer Daniel Gaunt. If only he could find that last golden ticket. “I got Sid Vicious and that’s what I’ve been ever since. They reckon I go a bit fiery and the eyes go red and I get going.” Aussie quick Peter Siddle on his nickname, Sid Vicious.

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Despite losing a fourth straight Origin series, NSW clawed back some self-respect last week, prevailing 28-16 over Queensland in a spiteful dead rubber at Brisbane’s Suncorp Stadium.

Back-rower Trent Waterhouse became the first NSW player sent off in Origin history as game three erupted with two separate bouts of fisticuffs in the final two minutes. Waterhouse was given his marching orders for knocking Queensland prop Steve Price out cold while he was going toe-to-toe with Brett White. The incident saw a Jarryd Hayne try scored in the left corner at the time disallowed, and prompted a hail of halffull plastic bottles to be thrown on to the ground by incensed Queensland fans. Two-try NSW hero Ben Creagh was also sin-binned in the last minute of the match, and fired-up Queensland

forward Sam Thaiday followed him for a spell on the sidelines with the result already in the Blues’ keeping. The Blues four-tries-to-three triumph left the Maroons to celebrate a hollow 2-1 series success in front of a packed house at the old Lang Park. They had been attempting to record Queensland’s first clean sweep since 1995.

LOCKYER WEIGHS FUTURE Queensland skipper Darren Lockyer has yet to decide whether he will take part in the Maroons’ push for a fifth straight series win next year, with this year’s series possibly his last: “I’m not going to make any decision about rep football until the start of next season.”

Parkinson closes on first world title Australia’s Joel Parkinson came a step closer to a maiden surfing world title after taking out the Billabong Pro at South Africa’s Jeffreys Bay last week. Parkinson, 28, proved too strong for American Damien Hobgood in the final, scoring 9.47 out of 10 on his first wave, before cruising to a 15.97 to 11.94 triumph in clean 1.5m surf. It was Parkinson’s second victory at the famous J-Bay event, 10 years after he won the event there as a wildcard in 1999. A different approach to the world title is paying dividends for the veteran Aussie. “In terms of the world title, I do my best not to think about it,” he said. “In the past, I’ve done my

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head in by wondering how many points behind or ahead of someone I am. “This season, I’ve just focused on the task at hand. “I’ve had a good start, but it’s a long year and a lot can happen.” Parkinson has now won three of the first five events this year to build a 1404 point lead over CJ Hobgood, with Brazilian Adriano de Souza, Australian Taj Burrow and Damien Hobgood rounding out the top five.

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GROUNDS Australian Formula One driver Mark Webber will undergo surgery on his leg to have screws removed. The Red Bull driver broke his leg in a cycling accident while competing in his charity challenge in Tasmania last year.

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Kiwi rider Julian Dean earlier in the tour

Kiwi rider shot in Tour New Zealand’s Julian Dean and Spain’s Oscar Freire suffered minor injuries after being shot with an air rifle during the 13th stage of the Tour de France on Friday.

Dean said he hadn’t seen anything at the time of the incident, which happened as riders were descending the

Col du Platzerwassel in the east of France, in cool, wet and misty conditions. “I didn’t really know what happened, I was just riding along and thought I’d been hit by a stone popping up from a tyre or something,” Dean told RadioSport afterwards. “It split the end of my finger

a little bit, but it’s OK, there’s no drama. It didn’t bother me at all – compared to the crashes we have, it was actually pretty light really. “It’s amazing something like this hasn’t happened before. In something like the Tour, you can’t control the crowds very much.”

Australia’s world champion 400m hurdler Jana PittmanRawlinson is looking forward to next month’s world championships in Berlin after finishing second in only her second 400m hurdles race in more than 12 months at a meeting in Switzerland.

GIFT COULD MOVE The Stawell Gift could be moved to Ballarat to save the iconic professional running meet from prospective financial ruin. The City of Ballarat has made a five-year bid worth $1.25 million to host the Gift which has been held in Stawell since its inception in 1878.

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The Australian women’s water polo team’s quest for a second world title heats up in Rome this week, with pool games against South Africa and New Zealand scheduled for Tuesday and Thursday. The Aussie women’s team, also known as the Stingers, are one of the top teams, famously winning the gold medal at the Sydney Olympics. In the men’s competition, Australia and South Africa are outsiders. Australia is in the

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Former Liverpool star Robbie Fowler scored in his first hitout for A-League side North Queensland Fury, who lost 2-1 to Wolverhampton Wanderers in Perth last week. Fowler has been dogged by hip and groin niggles since arriving in Australia five months ago.

championship – they’re secondfavourites behind the USA.

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Australia have upset Olympic champions Japan 5-2 in their opening game in the World Cup of Softball. Australia’s Stacey Porter had a threerun home run in the third inning and added a two-run single in the fourth.

same pool as Kazhakstan and powerhouses Spain and Serbia, while South Africa must find a way past at least two of Canada, Germany and Hungary.

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ack in 2007, at the world swimming championships in Melbourne, Libby Trickett took home five gold medals – three individual and two relay. This week, she will begin her defence of those titles in Rome. Trickett, 24, doesn’t expect it to be easy – and with the sport currently engulfed in a controversy over swimsuits, there could be one or two distractions along the way. But after a post-Olympics break, the swimming star is ready to dive back in. “I took three months off, which was my longest break since I started training seriously six years ago. It was nice to unwind and be normal for a bit,” she says.

BACK FOR MORE While Trickett acknowledges that the year after an Olympics can find some swimmers short of motivation, she hasn’t had such problems. “You hear about that post-Olympics hangover, and swimmers struggling for motivation. The world championships, although still a very high standard, is not quite the Olympics,” she says. “But I’ve loved every minute of it. I changed coaches, and that’s been positive. I’m trying to keep myself fresh because I’ve hopefully got a few more years in the sport.” On the horizon, of course, is London 2012. It would be Trickett’s third Games – a clear goal, but one she tries not to think about too much. “It’s still three or four years away, and that’s


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OLYMPICS Beijing 2008 100m butterfly 4 x 100m medley relay Athens 2004 4 x 100m freestyle relay

Libby Trickett at the Beijing Olympics last year

Five golds last “ time was more than I hoped to achieve ”

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a long time, a lot can happen between now and then. But it also passes in the blink of an eye. “To have that longevity, and be able to go to three Olympics is something I’ve admired in other athletes, so hopefully I can get there.”

THE RIVALS Trickett dominated the world championships in 2007, and she’s set for another full programme: the 50m butterfly, 50m and 100m freestyle, freestyle relay and medley relay. But another five-gold haul might be too much to ask. “It’s difficult to quantify success like that – five golds last time was more than I hoped to achieve,” she says. “So it’s not so much about medals, it’s about trying to get as close as possible to my best performances. And if I can do that, it will put me in a good position to finish right up there.” It’s familiar territory with familiar rivals. “Britta Steffen and I have had a back-and-forth rivalry for a few years now. And Marleen Veldhuis as well. It’s always great to compete against these girls,” she says. Certainly they’re the swimmers to beat in the freestyle and butterfly sprints, with Steffen and

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Veldhuis setting three world records between them this year, breaking two of Trickett’s.

Melbourne 2007 50m freestyle 100m freestyle 100m butterfly 4 x 100m freestyle relay 4 x 100m medley relay Montreal 2005 50m freestyle 4 x 100m freestyle relay 4 x 100m medley relay

COMMONWEALTH GAMES THE SUITS There’s an elephant in the room. Or, at least, a skintight elephant suit made of black synthetic. The Rome championships may be remembered as the meeting where the controversy over space-age swimsuits reached a critical mass; the meeting where times, records and medals were recorded with asterisks alongside. “I’m definitely in favour of technology being used in our sport, but as a tool rather than a weapon. It should be an aid to swimmers, rather than the kind of advantage we’re seeing at the moment,” Trickett says. “Hopefully, we can get back to the purity of the sport, where we’re admiring swimmers for the work they’ve put in rather than asking about what suit they’re wearing.”

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100M FREESTYLE: Britta Steffen

50M FREESTYLE: Frederick Bousquet (FRA), 20.94

(GER), 52.56

100M BACKSTROKE: Aaron Piersol (USA), 51.94

200M FREESTYLE: Frederica

200M BACKSTROKE: Aaron Piersol (USA), 1:53.98

Pellegrini (ITA), 1:54.47

50M BREASTSTROKE: Felipe Franca Silva (BRA), 26.89

400M FREESTYLE: Frederica

50M BUTTERFLY: Rafael Muñoz (ESP), 22.43

Pellegrini (ITA), 4:00.41

100M BUTTERFLY: Michael Phelps (USA), 50.22

50M BACKSTROKE: Daniela Samulski

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50M BREASTSTROKE: Amanda Reason (CAN), 30.23

50M FREESTYLE: Marleen Veldhuis (NED), 23.96

50M BUTTERFLY: Marleen Veldhuis (NED), 25.33

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rewards and strength in the tax market. What do you do in your job day-to-day?

Attend many meetings – whether it’s with tax candidates to discuss their options in the market or help them prepare for interviews, to meeting with partners and HR from the ‘Big 4’ accountancy practices and tax boutiques in London.

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nemployment is set to climb for the rest of the year, but according to UK recruitment company Hays, some sectors will weather the storm better than others. Doctors, healthcare workers and social workers all have good job security because of “continued high demand and pressure on social services and healthcare,” Hays says. The sector grew for the twelfth month running in June. Jobs in education are also

booming, with a “severe” shortage of maths, science and head teachers making the sector a secure employer, Hays says. Social housing and IT are also high on the list of industries expected to endure the recession with success.

Career Tax consultant, Goodman Masson Age 27 Lives Canary Wharf From Christchurch, New Zealand How did you get into your line of work?

I arrived in the UK and met many recruitment agencies, and decided that Goodman Masson would be best firm to work for based on the culture,

Australian workers are taking pay cuts of up to 20 per cent and working fewer hours to keep their jobs, as more places vanish every month. The June jobless rate rose to 5.8 per cent, meaning around 22,000 jobs disappeared last month.

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Finding the right candidates. The tax recruitment market was very much a candidateshort market, but the present state of the world economy has seen a shift in demand.

skills are more about your education, qualifications and experience. It’s soft skills that make you stand out from the crowd – and they’re becoming ever more important in the current economic climate where negotiation skills are key. Their influence should not be underestimated.

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he IT industry is one of the most diverse sectors out there, with a stack of different jobs available. From support to consulting, there are roles for people of all levels, whether you have an IT qualification or not.

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HELPDESK What is it? Helping users with basic support issues. You’ll be dealing with either internal or external customers, assisting them with both hardware and software problems. What do you need to do it? A good knowledge of IT is usually enough but any Microsoft certification will help too. Check out getting a Microsoft Certified Professional qualification, which looks great on a CV. “It helps to have good customers service skills too, because you get lots of angry people on the phone to you,” adds Matthew Iveson, managing director of IT recruiter CV Screen. How much does it pay? Expect to earn around £21,000 a year. TESTING What is it? Making sure software systems work properly before they go live to the customer. You’re basically checking that there aren’t any bugs in the system. What do you need to do it? “You need to be very thorough and diligent,” says Iveson. While it’s not vital to be qualified, it’s worth getting an International Software Testing Qualifications Board certificate, which Iveson

says increases your chances of getting a job. How much does it pay? Between £28,000 and £36,000 a year.

PROGRAMMING What is it? Developing software systems. Programmers generally work for software houses or large companies with their own systems that need developing. What do you need to do it? An IT degree. You will also need to know how to work in programming languages. Iveson says C++ and Java are the most in demand. How much does it pay? An experienced software developer earns around £35,000.

TRAINING DAYS IT is always evolving so it’s important to keep abreast of what’s happening in the industry if you want to progress your career. “Be aware of new technologies that come on to the market and get experience in them – it will certainly help your career,” advises Matthew Iveson, of IT recruiter CV Screen. Try to get involved with any training courses your employer offers, or go on external training courses if that’s possible. “Any sort of Microsoft certification or similar would be very useful,” Iveson adds.

CONSULTING What is it? Consultants generally work with external clients, advising them about their IT systems. “You’d be recommending new systems, how they could improve their current systems and generally looking at performance issues surrounding that,” Iveson advises. What do you need to do it? An IT degree and an in-depth knowledge of the systems you are consulting on. You’ll also need good customer service skills because you’ll be spending a lot of time with clients. How much does it pay? Senior consultants earn around £50,000 to £60,000.

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cultural drivers. People don’t mind working hard if they feel the system is just; our system isn’t broken, but it could sure do with a major overhaul. We need to buy fewer, better quality, more responsible products,” Lana adds.

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I give myself £200 a week. That doesn’t include rent or bills. At the end of the week, I put whatever is left over under my mattress. What do you blow your cash on?

All the usual stuff. Beer, cigarettes, clothes, rent, bills, music, bad food. Although I have been drinking more at home recently. That’s been my biggest sacrifice. Do you have any extraordinary expenses?

While I’m in London I’m pretty good. But I’ve had a few weekends away where I’ve just gone overboard. I went down to Brighton for a weekend and it blew my weekly budget out of the water.

A POUND OF HISTORY The pound sterling is the oldest currency still in use today, and has a storied past. Admittedly, knowing its history won’t help you acquire more » A common slang term » The Bank of England was is quid, which is thought to derive from the Latin phrase quid pro quo, which means “something for something”. » The pound sign derives from the ‘L’ – an abbreviation of the Roman ‘librae’, which was the basic unit of weight.

formed in 1694, followed by the Bank of Scotland a year later. Both began to issue paper money. » On February 15, 1971, the UK decimalised, replacing the shilling and penny with the new penny.

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consumer consciousness, which will endure beyond the current economic climate. “Keeping-up-with-theJoneses at any cost has led to resource depletion, disparities of wealth, and an unstable global economy,” Lana says. “We need to reinvent our

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There’s more to Newcastle than its reputation as a party town. Check out these cultural icons between getting the rounds in WORDS CLAIRE GOODALL The Angel of the North

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he inhabitants of north-east England are noted for their ability to ratchet up a night on the tiles. But Geordies – as Newcastle’s residents are known – have plenty more reasons to celebrate their beloved Toon. An elegant, prosperous city, Newcastle throbs to the beat of its vibrant nightlife and varied cultural scene. From the rejuvenated waterfront party zone to the handsome central shopping streets and up-and-coming Gateshead just south of the river, there’s a sense of historic grandeur mixed with irrepressible youth.

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BUILDING BRIDGES Picture Newcastle, and the image that springs to mind is likely the Tyne Bridge – an epic arched structure of steel girders based on the design of Sydney Harbour’s famous coat hanger. Running alongside it – and affording excellent views of the Tyne on the journey into Newcastle’s central station – is the double-tiered High Level Bridge, built to carry the East Coast Main Line on its way to Edinburgh. Of the seven bridges clustered along this short section of the Tyne, the other one worth a look is the Millennium, or Blinking Eye, Bridge (main image). Constructed as part of a regeneration

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AUSSIE EXPORTS It’s not just the Tyne Bridge that has links Down Under. I’m A Celebrity … Get Me

Out Of Here! presenting duo Anthony McPartlin and Declan Donnelly started out their careers as PJ and Duncan on kids’ TV show Byker Grove, set in the eponymous Newcastle suburb.

AC/DC CONNECTION Acca Dacca frontman Brian Johnson grew up in Gateshead, and was a founding member of glam rock band Geordie before he auditioned to replace Bon Scott in the line-up of Australia’s bestever rock group. Baltic art gallery

project for the Newcastle-Gateshead Quayside, this clever design opens like a winking eye to allow ships to pass underneath.

QUAY INGREDIENTS The Millennium Bridge links the bar-lined boardwalk along the Quayside on the north of the river with the arts and entertainment venues across the Tyne in Gateshead. Take time to wander along the waterfront, pausing to gaze across to the stocky grain store that now houses the Baltic modern art gallery and the futuristic curves of Norman Foster’s Sage live music venue. It’s worth checking out what’s on at Baltic. There are no fixed exhibits, but the gallery attracts installations by some of the world’s leading contemporary artists.

WHEN TO GO Any time of year – there’s plenty to do inside and out. GETTING THERE Trains from King’s Cross take about three hours to Newcastle’s central station. It’s a sevenhour drive from London. GETTING AROUND The Metro is cheap, quick and easy to navigate. There are also buses, but you can easily get around the city centre on foot. GOING OUT A beer costs from £2.20. ACCOMMODATION Dorm beds from £18. A double in a basic hotel from £40. SEE visitnewcastle.com.

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wings soon won over the Geordies, who – with their characteristic good humour – affectionately nicknamed it the Gateshead Flasher.

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CITY OF ANGELS Antony Gormley’s immediately recognisable Angel Of The North statue stands sentinel over the A1 about 8km south of Newcastle. Whether you’re arriving by train or on the main road from London, watch out for the panorama of the world’s most-viewed work of art. The rust-coloured, 20m structure caused quite a stir when it was unveiled in 1998, at a cost of £1 million. But the benevolent presence of the angel with its gravity-defying, outstretched

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The sexiest woman in the world (according to FHM) was born and raised in Newcastle, before shooting to fame in Popstars: The Rivals. Several Girls Aloud albums, one footballer hubby and an X Factor contract later, Cheryl Cole (right) is the darling of gossip mags the world over.

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Barcelona is the ideal setting for long, lazy days broken up by a siesta before heading out to wine, dine and party. Few travel experiences can be more enjoyable than relaxing in a street café with a plate of paella and a jug of Sangria after a day of sightseeing.

CHOW DOWN There are tapas bars galore in Barcelona, particularly in the Barri Gòtic area just off La Rambla. Dishes to try include calamares a la Romana (deepfried calamari), patatas bravas (fried potatoes), chipirones (baby squid) and albóndigas (meatballs). Don’t expect to eat early – most restaurants don’t get busy till 10pm. If you’re on

typically made of red wine, fruit, brandy, fizzy water and a sweetener such as honey. It’s refreshing – but it can lead to a pretty nasty hangover.

OUT OF TOWN Relive the glory of the 1992 Olympics with a trip to the Olympic Port and Village. The area has one of the city’s best beaches and is a pleasant spot to enjoy the sunny climate.

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BEST OF THE REST Check out the Palau de la Música Catalana, a concert hall with the most elaborate interior imaginable. You can only see it on guided tours – and these tend to sell out so get in early.

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a budget buy cooked fresh prawns and a tub of allioli from the Mercat de la Boqueria market off La Rambla. Add a bottle of cava and you’ve got a picnic lunch fit for a king.

TRY THE LOCAL TIPPLE There are plenty of bars to choose from, with the pick in Barri Gòtic and El Raval. Don’t leave without trying sangria,

Spain brought us Zara, Mango and Camper – to name a few of the better-known brands – so it’s only right you spend at least some time checking out Barcelona’s shops. The Barri Gòtic is a good place to head if you’re after interesting trinkets or authentic wares such as handmade espadrilles. Don’t leave any planned shopping for a Sunday – the Spanish take their day of rest seriously and few shops open.

GETTING THERE The main airport is El Prat. Take the Aerobus into town (€3.90, 30 minutes) or the RENFE train (€2.60) that links with the metro. Girona Airport, 100km away, is used by some budget airlines. Take the Barcelona Bus service (€21 return) into town. GETTING AROUND Barcelona is spread out, so jump on the metro or splash out on the hop-on, hop-off Bus Turistic (€26 for two days), which visits the main attractions. VISAS South Africans need a Schengen visa. CURRENCY Euro. 1 GBP = 1.17 EUR. LANGUAGE Spanish. GOING OUT A beer is €4. ACCOMMODATION Dorm beds from €15. Private hotel rooms from €24.

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From the soaring spires of his unfinished church to the magical grottoes of Parc Güell, Antoni Gaudí’s architecture is an essential part of Barcelona’s visual DNA. After seeing the above check out La Pedrera, an apartment block designed by Gaudí with a great museum in the attic, and the nearby Casa Batllo (House of Bones) which resembles a mermaid’s palace. The ‘modernista’ style (art nouveau to English speakers) is also evident in work by other architects in the city.

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f o ROCK AGES Ibiza is best known for its legendary club nights – but now the White Isle is branching out into live music WORDS NATASHA VUCKOVIC

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omething peculiar is taking place this summer, each and every Tuesday night on the small Balearic island of Ibiza. While clubbing and electronic music have long been the reason that thousands of young clubbers make their annual pilgrimage to the White Isle, in recent years the rock movement has also been making its mark on the hedonistic party destination.

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IT’S NOT JUST ABOUT DANCE MUSIC Dishing up a whole new concept on how to party in Ibiza, Ibiza Rocks is a weekly event all about live music, saying hello to indie cool with its swaggering lead singers and kick-arse bands, and bidding adieu to DJs and their laptops. This is about rock ’n’ roll. Set at the Ibiza Rocks Hotel, the open-air

event packs in punters who are up for an Ibiza experience which is that little bit different. Hotel guests with a poolside view can rock out at the gig from their balconies, which surround the stage. The Ting Tings, Friendly Fires, The Kooks and Calvin Harris have already performed for Ibiza Rocks this season and the line-up for the rest of the summer is just as impressive (see right). It’s a pretty awesome view, looking down on Calvin Harris from a balcony while he belts out Acceptable In The 80s to a pulsating crowd. A pristine swimming pool with a massive Ibiza Rocks logo on the bottom, hordes of other giggoers on surrounding balconies and the night sky complete the picture. Yep, life is good.

RECLAIM THE DANCEFLOOR But Ibiza Rocks organisers haven’t stopped there. Realising that clubbing is still key to Ibiza, the Rocks gig is followed by club night Reclaim


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DJs often dominate line-up. Reclaim The Dancefloor is about partying for the younger generation, giving the one-fingered salute to overpriced entry fees and ageing DJs. Or, as Ibiza Rocks promoter Andy McKay calls it, “dad house”. “Nobody’s trying to stop dad dancing, we are just giving people the choice not to have to move to his beat. Youth is the island’s vibrant new currency,” McKay reckons.

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HOW DOES IT WORK? Ibiza Rocks gigs run every Tuesday night from 7.30pm to 11.30pm. You can go to an Ibiza Rocks gig regardless of whether you are staying at the

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PIGEON, BOTANIC GARDENS, GLASGOW Melissa Taylor, Melbourne, Australia Melissa liked this shot for its jungle-like atmosphere, and I agree with her. The lush green foliage and brown tropical-like river make a great background for the silhouette of the humble pigeon, which is framed by

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Two things to know about the Cinque Terre: it’s very beautiful, and very popular. The five in question – Monterosso, Vernazza, Corniglia, Manarola and Riomaggiore – are rambling cliffside villages hemmed in by the sea on one side and mountains on the other. October is good for beating the crowds, but the weather can be unpredictable. It may be soggy and cool, or you may get some warm, sunny days. It’s worth taking the risk though, to see the villages at a quiet time. No cars are allowed in the Cinque Terre, so you either walk or take the train between them. It sounds like you want to walk, and good on you. You could do all of the 18km in a day, but it’s better broken up by a day or two, stopping in villages along the way for a swim, kayak or long, lazy lunch. Accommodation can be arranged in booking offices in Monterosso, or in advance online via cinqueterre.com. Vernazza is the quaintest and most acclaimed village, but Manarola takes the plaudits for me, thanks to its medieval church.

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Varanasi is the “ place to come and cleanse their sins ” down to the river, known as ghats, you’ll find the spiritual heart of the city, the site for bathing, praying, and cremating your loved ones. The main ghat is Dasaswamedh, where finding room among the dawn bathers our group steps into a small wooden boat. Sitting cross-legged at the helm as he steers us out on to the river, our boatman is a silhouette against the burning orange disc of the rising sun. Behind him a lone swimmer glides through the water as smoothly as one of the few remaining Ganges dolphins might. We row on to Man Mandir Ghat, where two dhobis (professional washermen) thwack the laundry dry on the steps, their wet arms glistening in the early morning light. In the distance a lone fire burns, the flames licking the pink glow of dawn and turning the domed temple in the background into a hazy mirage. “The city has been declared the greatest of the greatest cremation grounds for Hindus,” says our boat tour guide Prince, by way of introduction. We’re at Manikarnika, the city’s main cremation ghat. It operates 24 hours a day

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way from the Ganges the streets of Varanasi have not yet woken, but down by the sacred river’s west bank there is a hive of activity. Dawn prayer time, known as puja, has begun, and Hindu pilgrims wade into the water, men stripping down to their pants and working soap up into a lather, while women in saris gently cleanse their faces. Some fill bottles with the holy liquid, others cup it in their hands offering it up to the rising sun. Varanasi, in the north Indian state of Uttar Pradesh, is considered one of the oldest and most holy cities in the world. It lies at the only point along the River Ganges where the water flows from south to north, interpreted as moving from death to paradise. Despite dangerously high levels of pollution in the river, for devout Hindus it’s the place to come and cleanse the sins of both the living and the dead. Along the series of steps leading

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NEED TO KNOW WHEN TO GO The best time to visit northern India is October to April, avoiding monsoon season and the heat of the summer months. GETTING THERE Delhi’s Indira Ghandi airport is the main flight hub for northern India. Kolkata is also an option and Varanasi has an airport for domestic flights. GETTING AROUND India’s train system can be a riddle but once solved it’s the best way to travel. Alternatively, consider going on a tour. VISAS Apply for a visa in person at the the India Visa Application Centre or online at in.vfsglobal.co.uk. CURRENCY Indian rupees. 1 GBP = 78.37 INR. LANGUAGE Hindi is the main language, but you’ll find English is spoken. GOING OUT Beer prices vary from 50 INR (bottle shop) to 300 INR (hotel bar). Some restaurants won’t serve alcohol during religious festivals. ACCOMMODATION Dorm beds form 100 INR, private rooms from 200 INR.

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Bakery. Just as we’re about to give up the ghost in the labyrinth of Varanasi’s old town we stumble upon the backpackers’ hangout: two darkened floors of battered cushions around low tables. Refreshed by a cool lassi we launch ourselves into the bazaar, making our way past the glittering bangles and stalls laden with floral offerings towards the Golden Temple – the city’s most popular place of Hindu worship. Non-Hindus can’t visit the main temple, but there are shrines in the complex around it and before we know what’s happening we’re being cajoled inside one, our wrists wrapped in red thread as we receive a blessing – and then the bill for it. With a bit of luck we find our way back to Dasaswamedh Ghat, where the evening prayer session ganga aarti (in India the Ganges is known as Ganga) is about to begin. Once again we pile into a wooden boat, this time rowing only a few metres from shore to get

■ Hindus believe if a body is cremated in Varanasi the soul will be released from the cycle of life and death and find salvation. ■ Only Doms, so-called ‘untouchables’ can handle the dead bodies at the cremation ground. ■ Bodies can only be set alight with fire taken from the holy fire, burning since “time immemorial”. ■ Dom Raja looks after the fire and charges others to use it, according to their wealth. ■ Pregnant women and children under 12 years can’t be cremated. Nor can anyone who has died from snakebite, small pox or leprosy. Instead the body is weighed down with stones and placed in the Ganges. ■ You are not allowed to take photographs of the cremation ghats.

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a view of the nightly ceremony. Seven priests dressed in saffron robes stand on platforms facing the river, ringing bells in one hand and using the other to draw shapes in the dark sky with burning chalices. One by one our group lights a candle cushioned in a small paper bowl by marigolds and rose petals. We set them floating on the Ganges, watching as they gradually sink into the inky depths of the river to join the life and death that mingles freely beneath its surface.

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SEE THE TAJ MAHAL AT SUNSET There’s no denying the striking elegance of this monument (above) – it hits home even when your view’s obscured by hundreds of tourists. To get the Taj Mahal to yourself head to the banks of Yamuna River and watch the setting sun turn the twinkling, white marble a soft, dusky blue.

EXPLORE MEDIEVAL TEMPLES Orcha might be a small rural town, but it’s stuffed to the hilt with temples (right), palaces and cenotaphs. Fork out 20 rupees for a tour through the Escher-like interior of the ramshackle Chaturbhuj Temple to sit with the vultures and admire the view. The erotic temples of nearby Khajuraho are worth the trip too.

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BRAVE THE CHAOS OF DELHI If you’re flying in and out of Delhi, leave time to explore the capital at the end of your trip. By this time you’ll have warmed up to India and be able to appreciate the city’s sights without succumbing to its sounds and smells. Put Humayun’s Tomb and the Ghandhi Smriti museum at the top of your to-do list.

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There’s a lot to see in the Pink City: the vast Amber Fort, the terracotta buildings of its nickname, a Bollywood flick at the art deco Raj Mandir Cinema. Make a beeline for the Bapu Bazaar though, where poky shops are stuffed with groups of gossiping women, half-buried in rainbow rolls of sari fabric.


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CRICKET

Aussies leave Lord’s with worries Australia begins a tour match against Northants at Northampton on Friday, and will be looking to bounce back from a performance at Lord’s that featured sporadic, undisciplined bowling and an insipid first-innings batting collapse.

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The third Test begins on Friday, June 30 at Edgbaston in Birmingham, and the tourists will need to improve on their showing in the early stages of the Lord’s Test. Having let slip a golden opportunity to go 1-0 in the first Test at Cardiff, the Australian bowlers produced a shambolic opening morning, but fought back to have England 3-364 at stumps, with Strauss unbaten on 161. On the second morning, Australia took three wickets in the first three overs, threatening to dismiss England for less than 400.

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South African bowler Dale Steyn has replaced Sri Lanka spinner Muttiah Muralitharan as the world’s top-ranked Test bowler. Since the start of 2008, Steyn, 26, has taken 94 wickets at an average of 22, while Muralitharan has taken 47 wickets at 28 in that period.

England now drifting into favouritism in most markets. Source: bet365.com

But Graham Onions and Jimmy Anderson rallied, nudging England up to 425. In reply, Australia lost Phil Hughes and Ricky Ponting (left), before Mike Hussey and Simon Katich set about rebuilding the innings. The pair looked settled after adding 93 runs, but once Katich was caught in the deep off Onions’ bowling, it unravelled in dramatic fashion, Australia losing 6-49 before being all out for 215. England opted not to enforce the follow-on, electing instead to bat Australi a out of the game by building a massive lead.

Johnson: erratic

AUSTRALIA A PREVAIL Australia A has posted a clean sweep against Pakistan, winning all three of the fourday, ODI and Twenty20 legs. In the deciding ODI, keeperbatsman Tim Paine, 24, smashed 134 to helped Australia post 316, before Pakistan were all out for 301.

FRANKLIN’S HAT-TRICK Kiwi all-rounder James Franklin has responded to his dumping from the New Zealand cricket team with a stunning hat-trick and century double for English county side Gloucestershire, who still lost their division two match against Derbyshire.

KIWIS EYE EXPANSION New Zealand Cricket plans to expand the domestic Twenty20 competition which next summer will be played over the holiday period. The six major associations will play one another twice to determine the finalists.

P20 FACES THE AXE The P20, English cricket’s answer to the IPL, could be on the verge of being scrapped. The competition, scheduled to be played over three weeks in June from 2010 onwards, has run into serious concerns over funding and opposition from several counties.

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has him covered for consistency. With Nathan Hauritz rounding out the attack, it’s an inexperienced group. So with older heads Brett Lee and Stuart Clark waiting in the wings, Johnson needs to rediscover some of the form that saw him star in South Africa earlier this year or face demotion from the side. Australia will begin a tour match against Northants on Friday, and Johnson will likely be given further opportunity to find his rhythm. But with only three Test remaining, if Johnson continues to bowl like a broken hills hoist, a tough call may need to be made.

A row over a disputed catch threatened to bubble over on day four of the Lord’s Test. Aussie spinner Nathan Hauritz claimed a diving, low catch at mid-on off Ravi Bopara, then on 19. But Bopara stood his ground and umpire Rudi Koertzen gave him not out.

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Johnson must recover radar Ahead of the Ashes series, Mitchell Johnson was arguably the second player picked in the Australian side, behind only Ricky Ponting. Ponting himself acknowledged that Johnson was the only bowling assured of selection. But two Tests later, Johnson’s spot is no longer so secure. His opening morning at Lord’s was bewildering. He struggled for control and leaked boundaries. He still recovered to take three wickets, but conceeded more than a run a ball. Not good enough from the leader of the attack. So far, Johnson has been comfortably outbowled by Ben Hilfenhaus, and Peter Siddle

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