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EDITOR’S LETTER For those of us who come from places where sweet and sour sauce is as close as you get to a taste of other cultures, London’s mish-mash of communities is a highlight of the overseas experience. Check out the first of Daniel Landon’s two-part series on the different areas of London on page 12, with tips on where you can explore the cultures that make up this cosmopolitan city. The second part will run in next week’s magazine. Remember there are also heaps of other London activities at tntonline.co.uk.
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Further to Phil of Uxbridge and his rant at whingeing Aussies in last week’s column, I’ve got to say he has a point. I have found that the majority of Aussies, Saffas and Kiwis complain non-stop about the crap weather, the London Underground, warm beer, cold pies, the Heathrow injection, blah, blah, blah. Let’s face it, like the majority of us Brits, you’re too dumb to learn another language because if you could you would be living in wonderful locations in France, Spain and Italy, where the sun shines almost like home, the beer is cold and you could be having a barbie on the beach almost every weekend. Instead, you all decide to come to this miserable little island and get pissed in your home away from home bar (£1.50 snakebites, £6 jugs, free refills 6pm-8pm). At the end of the day just admit it – and put up and shut up with all the eccentric things that go on in this part of the world. Mark, Orpington
Phil (Whinging Aussies), you have a point. A lot of us Saffas and Aussies do whinge and complain about aspects of life in Britain. And even I, as a South African, get annoyed by it and share the view that if you don’t like it, go home. At the same time, I have found that people in the UK enjoy a good whinge too. In fact, I probably hear more home-grown Brits complain about the weather than any Aussie or Saffa. With us it is slightly understandable as we are used to warmer climates. We are experiencing the
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Put up and shut up with “ all the eccentric things in this part of the world ” best summer in three years but then a few days of rain and everyone carries on about how the Met Office got its forecast wrong. Come on everyone, Brits, Saffas and Aussies alike – let us all be more positive. Yes the economy is in a slump and the papers are covered with Jordan’s marital problems and prize assets. At the end of the day, there are places in the world that are a lot worse off. Gareth, New Malden
IT’S ALL A BIT BARMY Much has been made over the past week about English crowds booing Ricky Ponting. In turn, the behaviour of the Barmy Army has spiralled into a bit of an issue. It’s a bit bizarre, and it highlights the English ability to cannibalise themselves. So the English crowds booed Ponting. It’s a bit disrespectful
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– Aussie crowds wouldn’t boo Lara or Tendulkar. But who really cares? Certainly not Ponting, who has shrugged it off and even went so far as praising the Barmy Army as one of the finest crowds in sport. He’s obviously not losing any sleep over it. And what have the Barmy Army done to find themselves in the crossfire? They get drunk and sing. Good luck to them. Why are people getting their knickers in a knot over it? It all seems so precious that I’m relieved the backlash was started by the Poms and not the Aussies – who, to their credit, don’t seem to be remotely bothered. Jason, via email
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I agree with your editor’s letter last week about getting out and seeing more of England. I’ve got friends who have been here two years and haven’t seen anything except London and Edinburgh. Of course they fly off to Europe every other week, but they’ve missed the point. They’re going to go home and tell people they’ve lived in the UK. But they certainly won’t
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WHATâ€™S ON Daniel Landon PICKS THE BEST OF LONDON THIS WEEK
LONDON MELA FREE WHAT: A huge one-day celebration of Indian, Pakistani and Bangladeshi culture. Thereâ€™ll be no fewer than eight different zones of South Asian music, arts, dance and food. WHEN: August 16, 1pm-8.30pm. DO IT BECAUSE: This is a great chance to discover the thriving, diverse and fascinating culture of some of Londonâ€™s most highprofile communities â€“ be that some thumping house beats or traditional tunes (or even a mash-up of the two), a fiery curry or circus acts.
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Capital idea: Diana Memorial Fountain Whether itâ€™s because they want to pay respects to a much-loved lady or simply fancy a paddle, the Diana, Princess of Wales Memorial Fountain sure draws a lot of visitors. Itâ€™s hard not to admire the innovative design â€“ water flows in both directions from the highest point, meeting at the bottom. The public are welcome to sit on the edge and dangle their feet, but are requested not to climb on the
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BRICK LANE TAKEOVER ÂŁ20 Three dozen bands strut their stuff at eight East End venues to raise cash for Macmillan Cancer Support.
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BRITAIN EXPLAINED THE CRAP SUMMER Look outside and chances are it’ll be gloomy and wet. Hang on – didn’t the Met Office predict back in May “it’s odds on for a barbecue summer”? They did, but aside from two nice weeks in June summer has been non-existent. July had 160 per cent more rain than average, and this month is also predicted to be unsettled. The cause of the wetness this year, and during
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ARABS ON EDGWARE ROAD The stretch of Edgware Road from Marble Arch to the A40 flyover is often described as ‘Little Arabia’. While you’ll find plenty of the regular high street stores here, there are also lots of authentic cafés, restaurants and supermarkets (check out the gaudy, blingedup tea sets on sale). You’ll see Arabic script adorning many shopfronts, bearded men farewelling each other with a kiss on the cheek, and superfashionable young women in headscarves. Edgware Road is hard to beat for top kebabs and Middle Eastern and Arabic food
(from Lebanese to Moroccan to Persian), as well as baklava and the thickest ice cream you’ll ever eat. The Markus Coffee Company on Connaught Street has a huge range of brews. Get cultured: Smoke a water pipe. Just about every café or restaurant has them – it costs about £12 and it can take as long as an hour to smoke one. Simply hold the nozzle in your hand and suck the smoke into your mouth (not your lungs), then exhale. The tobacco comes in a range of flavours. They won’t give you a high, but all that sucking might make you feel a little light-headed.
LONDON 15 BENGALIS IN THE EAST END The Brick Lane area of Spitalfields is one of the most vibrant parts of London. With its many curry houses and Bengali stores, it didn’t get the nickname Banglatown for nothing. Until the 1950s, the region was the hub of London’s Jewish community and dubbed ‘Little Jerusalem’. But as Jews gradually drifted away from the area, it became home to large numbers of Bengalis thanks to its proximity to the East End’s dockyards – many Bengalis arrived in London to work on the shipping lines between the UK and Asia.
Get cultured: A wander down Brick Lane is a must-do London experience. Competition among the curry houses is fierce, and with so many (friendly) touts hanging around outside the restaurants, it’s not hard to haggle. Worth a polite peek inside is the mosque at number 59. Built in 1743, it was originally a place of worship for French Protestants fleeing persecution across the Channel. It became Methodist in 1819, and a synagogue 1898. It was turned into a mosque in 1976, and is one of the largest in London, holding up to 4000 worshippers.
JEWS IN HENDON AND GOLDERS GREEN London is home to about 200,000 Jews from all walks of life, who adopt the full range of religious, spiritual and cultural observance. You’ll find Jewish communities scattered across the city, though these days the north-west is home to the greatest numbers. Historically Jewish life flourished in the East End (see above). Numbers grew as many Jews fled the pogroms of Eastern Europe in the 19th century. You can see the remnants of this community in the old synagogues and shopfronts close to Spitalfields market. You can also quite literally feed on the area’s Jewish heritage with a huge salt beef bagel at the 24-hour Brick Lane Beigal Bake – still an institution. For a more contemporary Jewish experience head for the suburbs of Golders Green and
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Hendon in the London Borough of Barnet. You’ll find jam-packed kosher restaurants touting pizza, curry or Chinese; shops selling all manner of Jewish paraphernalia; and lively bars and cafés. There are also dozens of synagogues, each with a loyal membership, and organisations catering to the specific needs of the community. Get cultured: All Jewish shops and kosher restaurants are shut on Saturdays for the Jewish Sabbath. Head to Golders Green Road for Sunday lunch. Choose from kosher felafel (made with chickpeas), a shwarma (like a kebab, but with salad) or a vegetarian boreka (a flaky pastry stuffed with cheese, spinach, potato or mushroom.)
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RESTAURANT REVIEW Chutney Mary ★★★★★
535 Kings Road, SW10 0SZ 020 7351 3113 Fulham Broadway
THE SCENE Good first-date or anniversary setting with soft lighting to get the evening off to a romantic start. There is also a conservatory which gives an almost alfresco feel,
although most of the tables in this area are for groups of four or more. THE GRUB Not your average local curry house line-up. The focus is on traditional regional Indian dishes that are bursting with flavour. BEHIND THE BAR The wine list is as classy as the venue with prices to match – house white starts from £20.50.
BILL PLEASE Yikes, if you needed any confirmation this isn’t your local curry house, this will do it. The lamb biryani is £18 and a chicken nimbu korma £15.75. VERDICT Definitely one for a special occasion when you try to pretend you have more money than you actually do. Value for money? I think not. KRYSTEN BOOTH
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Forget the ice-cold fizzy sweet stuff sold at the pub – ‘real’ English cider is something a little different. MADE IN ENGLAND Records of cider making in England date back to after the Norman invasion (1066). Today English cider is mainly produced in southern and western England, such as in Somerset and Devon.
OF THE BEST: KARAOKE BARS Lucky Voice Poland St, W1F 8QU Book a private booth and sing away till your vocal chords can take no more, and neither can your mates. Drinks are pricey, but the pizzas go down a treat.
THE REAL DEAL ‘Real’ English cider has no added sweeteners or flavourings – it’s pure fermented apple juice. Cloudy, tangy (almost sour), and not fizzy, it has a 6-9 per cent alcohol content. PERRY MAKING Perry is cider made with pears rather than apples.
are often hard to find, but those more easily available and worth a try are Westons, Aspall and Newton Court.
TRY THESE Real English ciders (and not those decorated with kitsch cartoons and twee names)
WHERE TO BUY Food markets are a good place to start – try Borough or Greenwich. Although it’s
a traditional English tipple, many pubs don’t have the real stuff behind the bar. Some that do are Bricklayer’s Arms (Waterman St, SW15 1DD), Edinboro Castle (Mornington Tce, NW1 7RU), Harp (Chandos Pl, WC2N 4HS) and Chimes (Churchton St, SW1V 2LP).
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TwoTwentyTwo 222 Marylebone Rd, NW1 6JQ Baker Street (landmarklondon.co.uk/ dining/cellar.htm) If you’re looking for
somewhere smart to take a date, or even to spoil yourself, TwoTwentyTwo ticks all the boxes. Located in the Landmark Hotel, the restaurant offers a tasty menu featuring the likes of sea bass, salads and hearty steak – or simply enjoy a drink from the varied wine list.
Columbia Rd, E2 7QB An oldfashioned East End boozer that offers singalongs on karaoke nights. More of a My Best Friend’s Wedding than Lost In Translation experience.
Cousin Jill’s Karaoke Lounge Albemarle St, W1S 4JH Karaoke sophisticated and discreet? It is here, where you book ahead to indulge in your pop star fantasies.
11 Bermondsey Sq, SE1 3UN London Bridge (delaziz.co.uk) A ‘contemporary souk’ with influences from North Africa, the Mediterranean and the Middle East, Del’Aziz offers an eclectic mix of breakfasts, mezze platters, cocktails,
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THERE GOES THE HOOD Actor Russell Crowe has denied reports he has been banned from a British pub near the set of his new Robin Hood film.
A British newspaper reported that a spirited argument over licensing laws apparently ended with the Oscar winner being banned from The Brickmakers pub in Windlesham, Surrey. But Crowe’s manager Grant Vandenberg said the story was untrue. “The only
truth to the whole thing is that he has been to the hotel,” he told the Nine Network in Australia. “He has been there four or five times with his kids. There is a playground in the back of the hotel.” A duty manager at the pub told the newspaper: “I’m not exactly sure what he’s supposed to have done but there was apparently trouble and he’s been asked not to return.”
”At first I was like: ‘How? … What? … Eh?’” Former All Black Jeff Wilson can’t understand how his wife Adine got preggers.
Woman’s Weekly: Sporty couple Adine and Jeff Wilson are apparently overjoyed to be expecting another baby. New Idea: In his first major interview since being acquitted of murder charges, David Bain talks prison life, freedom and his love of horses.
AUSTRALIA OK!: Pictures of Katie Holmes and Suri Cruise out and about in Melbourne, where mum Katie is filming her latest flick. Plus, from haggard to hunky, generous Russell Crowe is a real-life Robin Hood. And Angelina Jolie reveals she’s ready for more babies – the gorgeous actress tells why life with six kids isn’t crazy enough.
SOUTH AFRICA You: Behind the Proteas’ success is coach Mickey Arthur, who is a mentor and a family man. Plus singer and actor Izak Davel and Mericke de Wilde arranged their wedding in five weeks – and it turned out picture perfect. The bride’s battle with cancer persuaded them to bring forward their wedding date – not because she was ill but because they wanted to be together.
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Join TNT when we celebrate Britain’s great pub tradition at Pub In The Park on September 18-20. Pubs from all over the UK will come together to let you enjoy great food, drink, live music, comedy, bartender flare and more. You can also take part in cocktail workshops, wine/beer tasting sessions, plus pub games such as darts, karaoke and poker. » Greenwich Park, SE10 8QY North Greenwich. Sep 18-30. £18.75. See tntonline.co.uk/pubinthepark. TNT readers can get two tickets for £32. Quote TNT22
LOOK WHO’S TALKING
The London-based Aussie actor on his new role as Baby’s father in Dirty Dancing, passionate audiences, and why he’d retire to Adelaide
William Tapley INTERVIEW ALISON GRINTER You’re taking over the role of Jake Houseman, Baby’s father, in the West End production of Dirty Dancing. Have you been practising the line: ‘When I’m wrong, I say I’m wrong’?
That was the only line from the movie I knew before I auditioned! [In a US accent] ‘When I’m wrong, I say I’m wrong’. It’s like if you’re cast as Bond you’re gonna be: ‘the name’s Bond, James Bond,’ in a zillion ways you try to get a different edge on it. Was it tempting to get the DVD out and see how Jerry Orbach did it in the original Hollywood version?
Not at all, actually. He’s very different to me, he’s a lot older. When he did the movie he was probably in his mid fifties … I’m only 40 this year. He had a whole different thing anyway.
The most fun roles are sporting or action
You were born in the UK but grew up in Australia, is that right?
Yeah, that’s right, I grew up in Adelaide. Adelaide? Oh gawd, no wonder you got the hell out and moved to London.
It’s a wonderful place to retire. Adelaide’s got the flower show and it used to have the Grand Prix, and we’ve still got the Barossa Valley. But no thanks to Melbourne for nicking the Grand Prix. So you went from Adelaide to studying at Rada, one of the most prestigious drama schools in the world.
Yeah, I’m amazed they didn’t throw me out after three months. It was very hard work. I met some hugely talented people and I’m very proud to have gone there. You’ve been in loads of British dramas. What are your favourite roles to play?
The most fun roles are either sporting or action, cos it’s just boys’ toys. I’d say, and this is by no means the most artistically challenging, but the most fun would have been The Relic Hunter, in which I played a sword-wielding leader of the Knights Templar and had a fantastic sword fight with twelve bad guys – brilliant fun!
OK, here’s the test of a true romantic: do Johnny and Baby stay together after the final curtain comes down?
YOU DON’T SAY?
Of course they do; it’s an unwavering romantic philosophy that they should be running off and having babies.
What song is always guaranteed to get you on the dance floor. Any swing.
Apparently Dirty Dancing audiences can get very vocal …
What’s your guiltiest pleasure? Taking two hours out of family life to play touch rugby on a Sunday.
I think it’s fair to say they feel free to get in amongst it. They have no inhibitions about vocalising their support for the show. My sister was watching last night and she knows every line from the film so she was pretty much mouthing the words as we were saying them. Sometimes you get people taking that to the next step and they’ll say the words as you’re saying them, and some people will shout them out before you’ve actually said them.
What’s the best costume you’ve ever worn to a party? I can tell you the best costume I had in a production – probably Fortinbras in Hamlet. I had this wonderful European 19thcentury military uniform on. That was enjoyable to strut about in.
Are you ever tempted to go back to Australia and star in some of the quality television over there, such as Underbelly or Sea Patrol?
I did actually go down there in ‘99, and I was sitting on a train going to another audition and it was really hot and I was sweating and looking over the harbour and just watching the yachts bobbing around – and I thought bollocks to this, and went a got a job at a sailing school as a sailing instructor instead.
» Dirty Dancing, Aldwych Theatre, 49 Aldwych, WC2B 4DF Covent Garden (0844 847 2330; dirtydancinglondon.com). From £16.25. Now booking until 2010
A Perfect Getaway
SCREEN TEST: WEDDINGS
Milla Jovovich, Steve Zhan, Timothy Olyphant, Kiele Sanchez
RT 97 MINS
1 Ben Stiller starred in what 2007 comedy remake of a mismatched couple’s ill-fated honeymoon? 2 Name the real-life couple who produced My Big Fat Greek Wedding. 3 In what year did the film Honeymoon In Vegas get released? 4 What is rule number one in Wedding Crashers? 5 In Just Married, where do Ashton Kutcher and Brittany Murphy go on honeymoon?
A pair of backpackers discover why you should always choose your travelling companions carefully in this tense thriller from David Twohy, which will keep you guessing until the end. Newlyweds Cliff (Zahn) and Cydney (Jovovich) are on honeymoon in Hawaii and decide to hike to a secluded beach. On the way there they hear about another newlywed couple who was murdered on the islands. When they are joined by freakish Iraqi veteran Nick (Olyphant), and his hot girlfriend Gina (Sanchez), things start to go seriously tits up. Despite some glaring holes in the plot, A Perfect Getaway remains watchable thanks to characters that have a bit of depth to them. Making the
most of his part is Olyphant, who as an ex-soldier has just the right combination of charm and menace to make you wonder whether he’s a villain or hero, and Jovovich, who after a shaky start during which you wish she falls off a cliff, shows decent acting
skills for a former model. And while the frenetic climax doesn’t exactly match the build-up, there is enough suspense here to make this a solid piece of escapism. GOOD FOR: Those who need reminding that you don’t talk to strangers. PIERRE DE VILLIERS
2 Marie Antoinette 3 Darren Hayes 4 Wicker Park, Troy 5 Brazilian Jiu-Jitsu LAST WEEK’S WINNER Emma Green
★★★★★ Gianni Di Gregorio directs and stars in this charming comedy in which a 60-something man, his 93-year-old mother and three other elderly ladies spend a sweltering holiday together in a Trastevere apartment. Sharp dialogue delivered by an entertaining, amateur cast makes MidAugust Lunch a tasty affair. GOOD FOR: Those who like character-driven comedies. PDV
★★★★★ Illegal immigrant Sayra (Paulina Gaitan) and a gang member she falls for, El Casper (Edgar Flores), undertake a treacherous train trip from Honduras to America in Cary Fukunaga’s thrilling drama. Wonderful performances and sumptuous cinematography ensure this is an impressive debut by a bright new talent. GOOD FOR: Those who think the Tube is uncomfortable. PDV
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South African film Shirley Adams was the big winner at the
annual Durban International Film Festtival. Directed by first-time filmmaker Oliver Hermanus, it nabbed gongs for Best South African Film, Best FirstTime Feature Film and Best Actress for Denise Newman. The film, set in Mitchell’s Plain, tells the story of Shirley Adams, whose husband abandons her and whose son is left partially paralysed after he his shot. The film festival’s jury said the flick, also written by Hermanus, “tackles numerous relevant social issues with subtlety and a mature sensitivity”.
LAST WEEK’S ANSWERS 1 Home And Away
THE REEL DEAL The man better known as toilet cleaner Kenny, Shane Jacobson, has hit the publicity circuit with his new film Charlie & Boots. The flick, billed as funny and heartfelt, stars Paul Hogan as Charlie McFarland, while Jacobson (below) plays his estranged son, Boots. After a family tragedy Charlie and Boots try to put their differences aside and head off on the road trip of a lifetime. The film is due for release in Australia in September, with a UK release date yet to be announced.
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CULTURE EXQUISITE BODIES Cutaway models of pregnant women and genitalia affected by horrific diseases … sounds gross, huh? Anyone squeamish is advised to steer clear of this exhibition, subtitled ‘The Curious And Grotesque Story Of The Anatomical Model’. But if you can stomach this sort of thing, this is a fascinating display of models of the human body that became popular in the 19th century. With cadavers in short supply and prone to rot, these models were useful to doctors, and as they were displayed to the paying
SEE THIS: Exhibition public, also brought the mysteries of the body and its ailments to the masses for the first time. The models are remarkably graphic and lifelike (some are still used by medical students today), and make for engrossing viewing. DANIEL LANDON
» Wellcome Collection, Euston Rd, NW1 2BE Euston (wellcomecollection. org). Until Oct 18. Free
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WORTH A LOOK David Byrne transforms the Roundhouse into an interactive sound installation in Playing The Building. » Roundhouse, Chalk Farm Rd, NW1 8EH
•Watch a sculptor, painter and filmmaker create document and
Chalk Farm (roundhouse.org.uk). Until Aug 31. £5
exhibit art, live, in Laboratory. » Jerwood Space, Union St, SE1 0LN
Southwark (jerwoodspace.co.uk). Until Aug 30. Free
THEATRE OF THE WEEK
BOOKS OUT THIS WEEK
Nina Bawden’s children’s book about World War II evacuees has not been out of print since its publication in 1973. The straightforward stage adaptation by Emma Reeves retains a child’s-eye view as, now grown up, former evacuee Carrie recalls the years she and her younger brother spent in a Welsh mining village while
the bombs fell on London. Told with humour and affection – though lacking in theatrical imagination – it’s a tale about growing up and learning lessons. LOUISE KINGSLEY
» Apollo, Shaftesbury Ave, W1D 7EZ Piccadilly Circus (0844 412 4658; carrieswar.com). Until Sep 12. £10-£39
CONFESSIONS OF EDWARD DAY
(Little, Brown) AUG 13
In Brookmyre’s latest satirical novel, pupils from St Peter’s High are on retreat at a secluded activity centre, coming to terms with the murder of a fellow pupil. What could possibly go wrong?
THE PAGES Murray Bail (Vintage, Paperback) AUG 13
Bail’s follow-up to Eucalyptus is a meditation on friendship and love, men and women, landscape and the difficulties of thought itself, set on a sheep station in Australia.
(Weidenfeld & Nicolson) AUG 13
Thespian Edward Day’s life is never the same again when he is saved from drowning by a mysterious man during a summer weekend in New Jersey.
DAUGHTERS OF SHAME Jasvinder Sanghera (Hodder, Paperback) OUT NOW
More shocking true-life tales of forced marriage and persecution from Sanghera, author of the bestselling memoir Shame.
MORE THEATRE Written and directed by New Zealand playwright Tom Sainsbury, LUV cuts through suburban subcultures where texting, clubbing, internet dating and stalking stumble towards love. » Tristan Bates Theatre, Tower St, WC2H 9NP
(020 7240 6283; tristanbatestheatre.co.uk). Until Aug 15. £12
MUSIC THE TEMPER TRAP Conditions (Infectious)
MUSIC & CLUBS
Australia’s answer to Coldplay? Well that’s kinda how Melbourne quartet The Temper Trap are being spruiked to us. And there’s certainly something in the comparisons: their music is imbued with the kind of spaciousness and atmosphere that is generally (and boringly) filed under ‘epic’. Even so, there’s plenty to enjoy here. Dougy Mandagi’s Jimmy Sommerville falsetto is pleasingly buoyed by guitars,
THE STONE ROSES
MATTHEW SWEET & SUSANNA HOFFS
The Stone Roses (Silvertone)
Under The Covers Vol. 2
★★★★★ A regular topper of best-Britishalbums-ever surveys, the Stone Roses’ debut album gets a 20th-anniversary reissue this week. It hasn’t aged well. The shimmery pop of She Bangs The Drums and Waterfall carry a certain period charm; Fools Gold retains an appealing groove. But the tinny production and Ian Brown’s terrible vocals don’t do the spotty material any favours; newcomers may wonder what the fuss is all about. WILL FULFORD-JONES
The bleating excuse offered by authors of covers albums is usually that they’re trying to bring something new to the originals. Not so with this sorry waste of time, in which Hoffs (of The Bangles) and Sweet deliver 15 virtual note-by-note reconstructions of such overplayed oldies as Maggie May and You’re So Vain. Offering nothing new, this clutch of bar-band doodles and karaoke singalongs may be the most arrogant release of the year. WFJ
★★★★★ The first thing you notice will probably be the voice of Hayden Thorpe. It’s a charismatic instrument that spends much of Two Dancers swooping between expressive tenor and soaring falsetto. The second thing you notice may be the fact that the band behind Thorpe is less interesting, chugging through a series of by-the-book harmonic progressions without ever catching fire. The surface is lovely, but there’s not much beneath it. WFJ
SOUNDS OF HOME
NO.1 I Gotta Feeling, Black Eyed Peas. MAKING NEWS Jet’s new album Shaka Rock looks set to go down a storm if the band’s recent rapturous reception is anything to go by. The band played new tracks alongside oldies at Sydney’s Luna Park last week.
NO.1 I Gotta Feeling, Black Eyed Peas. MAKING NEWS A string of local and overseas acts have been confirmed for Gisborne’s Rhythm and Vines festival over New Year. On the bill so far are Empire Of The Sun, Major Lazer, Midnight Youth, Krafty Kuts, Kora and plenty more.
NO.1 Thinking Of You, Katy Perry. MAKING NEWS Flamboyant singer Chris Chameleon will take his production ‘Klassieke Chameleon’ on a national tour from September 6-19. Backed by string and wood instruments, he will perform his own tunes and classic covers.
LIVE REVIEW Tiësto Victoria Park July 31 ★★★★★ As Sex on Fire reverberates around the heaving Victoria Park it’s kinda odd to see a DJ on stage and not Kings Of Leon. Although a lone DJ playing a big outdoor stage is a new (and risky) enterprise, Tiësto has the presence and track selection to pull it off. He drops plenty of wellknown tunes, like Delirium and Empire Of The Sun’s We Are The People, that have the crowd dancing their butts off, and there’s even a singalong to The Scientist. But it’s the dozen or so of Tiësto’s own tracks that really get 20,000 punters going. Clubland will feel a little lame after this. DANIEL LANDON
sometimes shimmering and soaring as on Rest, and sometimes urgent and rapid-fire – like they’ve been lifted straight from U2’s The Unforgettable Fire – as on Fools and Sweet Disposition. And yet, for reasons TNT Music can’t quite pinpoint, Conditions just doesn’t possess that indelible quality that has you humming its tunes for the rest of the day. So it’s a good album, not a great one. But nevertheless it showcases the prodigious talent of this foursome. Let’s just say we’ll be watching with some interest to see what they come up with next. ALISON GRINTER
GIG GUIDE MUSIC & CLUBS
Alison Grinter PICKS OUT THIS WEEK’S BEST LIVE MUSIC
GIG OF THE WEEK U2 Another U2 album, another round of OTT never-before-seen arena extravaganzas. The album this time is No Line On The Horizon, generally hailed by critics as their best since 1991’s Achtung Baby. The extravaganza meanwhile comes in the form of the 360˚ Tour, complete with a giant electronic claw and cutting edge circular staging. Even without the parade of hits, it will be one to write home about. Still, for their next release you gotta wonder how they are going to top this round of shows. Gigs on the moon?
» Wembley Arena, Arena Sq HA9 0DW
(0844 815 0815). Aug 14-15. £30-£150
Judging by My God, a net-leaked track from her upcoming album Come To Life, Nat’s collaborative efforts with Chris Martin have given her simpering pop shtick a good kick up the proverbial. Catch her this week as she plays new tunes alongside oldies like Torn.
If Nirvana’s music embodied everything that was brilliant and innovative about grunge, then Pearl Jam’s represented everything that was commercial and safe. Not that this has hampered their career one iota. They preview their ninth album, Backspacer, this week.
» The Luminaire, 311 Kilburn High Rd, NW6 7JR
Kilburn. Wed, Aug 12. The Lexington, 96-98 Pentonville Rd, N1 9JB Angel. Wed, Aug 19. Both £15 (08700 600 100)
» Shepherds Bush Empire, Shepherd’s Bush Green, W11 8QE Shepherd’s Bush (0844 477 2000). £40. O2 Arena, Peninsular Sq, SE10 0DX North Greenwich (0870 534 4444). £40
BELIEVE THE HYPE THEORETICAL GIRL
THE LINE-UP Theoretical Girl,
aka Amy Turnnage, plus her sometime backing band The Equations. HAILS FROM London. THE BUZZ SO FAR She’s sold out tours up and down the country, rocked Glasto, and built a cult fanbase. She even played SXSW with a dislocated thumb. The DIY indie glamour girl (she plays bass, keys and guitar, and supplies vocals) is happy to play alone with a backtrack or with her band, and masterfully blends sunny beats and intimate lyrics with a classical vibe. WHAT ELSE? Fans made an online petition to get her signed. Memphis Industries took up the offer. SHE SAYS “I want to keep writing, keep playing, keep adding to the live
band and end up fronting a full orchestra”. THE CRITICS SAY “Honeytoned and light-hearted, she is reminiscent of C86 indie bands and 1960s girl groups.” (The Guardian) LINK myspace.com/iam theoreticalgirl.
THE RELEASE Debut Divided
SOUND BITES Courtney Love accused pop duo The Veronicas of stealing her look and making “crappy” pop music in a vicious Twitter attack. But the feisty Origliasso twins hit back in bitchy style with Jess O telling the Daily Telegraph: “I guess she just wanted my attention by writing shit. She is madly in love with Azaria [Byrne] and she’s very jealous I’m dating him.”
out Aug 17 through Memphis Industries. ALI NIGRO
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d e s r e V r Swapping opera for pop, Aussie sta has taken Kate Miller-Heidkeâ€™s music career a remarkable turn WORDS ALISON GRINTER
SHE’S OFTEN COMPARED TO KATE BUSH “I don’t know about the whole Kate Bush thing,” says Miller-Heidke, who, like Bush, is renowned for her pure, high voice and dramatic pop stylings. “When you’re a chick and you write songs and you have a high voice – it’s just a lazy comparison. I’ve never even really got that into Kate Bush. It’s good to be compared to someone good at least, better than being compared to Britney or something.” POP IS HER FIRST LOVE “I was 13 when I discovered Joni Mitchell and bought my first guitar. I spent endless
The opera was “ better than getting a job at K-Mart ”
hours in my room writing about unrequited love. I used to listen to Tracy Chapman and Cyndi Lauper. I loved singing. I was one of those babies that sang before I spoke.” Miller-Heidke’s prodigious vocal talent led to her being classically trained as an opera singer. “But I was always playing in bands and that’s where I always felt I belonged.” Still, opera paid the bills. “You know, it was better than getting a job at K-Mart.”
SHE ONCE PLAYED KEYBOARDS IN PETE MURRAY’S BAND “Yeah, it was when I was 17. I wasn’t very good to be honest, I got fired after a few gigs and I never got paid. I think he still owes me like $35 from that gig we did at the Ritz Cafe,” the singer says, laughing. Miller-Heidke then started her own band Elsewhere, which went, um, nowhere. “We were broadly categorised as les-pop, you know, as in with the whole Suzanne Vega, Ani DiFranco, melodic, acoustic folky pop. Pop music for lesbians, basically.”
MUSIC & CLUBS
othing about Kate Miller-Heidke is ordinary, not her Germanic-sounding name, her baroque dress sense or her Cyndi Lauper-ish blonde looks. And certainly not her career trajectory from classically trained opera singer to quirky pop diva. In 2004 Miller-Heidke was about to star in The Pirates Of Penzance when her pop tune Space They Cannot Touch became the most-requested song on Triple J. For the singer the choice was a no-brainer: goodbye Sydney Opera House and hello pop stardom. A major label deal and two albums later, the 28-year-old BrisVegas lass is on the cusp of becoming a household name. So what’s she all about?
Kate Miller-Heidke performs alongside her husband and collaborator Keir Nuttall
SHE WRITES SONGS WITH HER HUBBY Miller-Heidke’s husband Keir Nuttall is also her longtime co-writer, co-producer and collaborator, who helped write her first album Little Eve and follow-up Curiouser. In April this year, the pair won the 2008 International Songwriting Competition for Caught In The Crowd. “Yeah, that was incredible. The list of judges included some of my all-time musical heroes, such as Tom Waites, Ray Davies, Robert Smith, and even people like Weird Al Yankovic,” she says. She and Nuttall were also nominated for the APRA Music Award for best song for Can’t Shake It, but lost out to The Living End’s White Noise.
CLASSICAL TO POP DIDO The aural-wallpaper warbler was trained at London’s posh Guildhall School of Music from the age of six, but she only found pop fame when Eminem sampled her tune Thank You for the chorus of his hit single Stan.
CHARLOTTE CHURCH SHE’S CRACKED THE TOP 10 IN OZ “My third single Last Day On Earth miraculously [went] into the top 10 in Australia, which is a new thing for me. It’s the first time I’ve been anywhere near the top 10. “It’s totally weird. It’s a ballad sandwiched between bloody Beyoncé and Lady Ga-Ga or whoever. So God knows how these things happen!”
» At The Fly, New Oxford St, WC1A 1EP Oxford Circus (0844 847 2424). Wed, Aug 12. £6; Big Wheel Sundays, Regent’s Park Open Air Baker Theatre, NW1 4NR Street (seetickets.com). Sun, Aug, 23. £26-£32.50
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From cherubic “voice of an angel” to hell-raising teen, the transition from classical to pop was a very public fall from grace for Church (left). It’s just a pity the new tunes weren’t quite as diverting as the tabloid headlines.
HAYLEY WESTENRA OK, technically Westenra didn’t actually cross over from classical singing to pop, but then she didn’t have to: in 2007 her album Pure became the best-selling classical album of the 21st century in the UK, making the Kiwi soprano a huge star.
MUSIC LISTINGS MONDAY 27
Casiotone For The Painfully Alone, Concern, Mewgatz
Dub Pistols The hip-hop, breakbeat and ska collective use horns and turntables for the performance. Koko, Camden High
The Chicago-based indiepop performer promotes his album Vs Children. The
St, NW1 7JE (0870 432 5527). £14.50.
Luminaire, Kilburn High Rd, NW6 7JR (020 7372 7123). Adv £8.50.
Jooks Of Kent, The Nuns The trio play blues and boogie crossed with rock and roll.
Kenny G The saxophonist promotes his album Rhythm And Romance. Royal Albert
The Grosvenor, Sidney Rd, SW9 0TP (020 7733 1799). £5.
Hall, Kensington Gore, SW7 2AP (020 7589 8212). £29-£50.
Left With Pictures, My Sad Captains, The Riff Raff
Rosemary Branch Festival: Pete Letanka Trio South
The London-based combo play melodic indie-pop. The
African swing band. Rosemary
Lexington, Pentonville Rd, N1 9JB (020 7837 5371). £6, w/flyer/NUS £5.
Branch Theatre, Shepperton Rd, N1 3DT (020 7704 6665). £10.
Raphael Saadiq The Grammy Award-winning American soul singer and producer plays tracks from his back catalogue. IndigO2, Peninsula Sq, SE10 0DX (0871 220 0260). £22.50 & £30.
NOFX American punk-
TNT’S TOP BOOKING
NINE INCH NAILS O2 Arena, Peninsular Sq, SE10 0DX North Greenwich (0870 534 4444). Wed, Jul 15. £32.50 You want to what me like an animal? Trent Reznor’s nihilistic rock vehicle rolls into town this summer. Expect to hear 20 years’ worth of hits.
Chris Wood Acoustic folkrock from the singer-songwriter and guitarist. The Slaughtered Lamb, Great Sutton St, EC1V 0DX (020 7253 1516). £14, concs £12.
rockers. Shepherds Bush Empire, Shepherd’s Bush Green, W12 8TT (0905 020 3999). £20.
Gary Moore, Buddy Whittington The veteran guitarist promotes his album, Bad For You Baby Baby. Hammersmith Apollo, Queen Caroline St, W6 9QH (0844 844 4748). £26.91-£34.26.
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KT Sullivan The vocalist
The Bug, DJ Adrian Sherwood The London outfit
performs the songs of Jerome Kern. Live! On The Park At Pizza
play experimental rock. The
On The Park, Knightsbridge, SW1X 7LY (020 7235 5273). £15 & £25.
Rhythm Factory, Whitechapel Rd, E1 1EW (020 7375 3774). £10.
The Wednesday Night Showcase Acoustic
Easy Star All-Stars The New York four-piece perform covers with a reggae twist. Koko, Camden High St, NW1 7JE (0870 432 5527). £17.50.
Putney, Lower Richmond Rd, SW15 1EU (020 8780 9383). £5.
Sleepercurve, White Light Parade, HK:UK The London
Emily Barker & The Red Clay Halo, Danny Schmidt Folk from the Australian singer-songwriter and her band, including tracks from her album Despite The Snow Snow.
trio play progressive indie-rock to promote their forthcoming EP.
showcase of signed and unsigned acts. The Bullet
Bar, Kentish Town Rd, NW1 8PB (020 7485 6040). £5, w/flyer £4.
And Bar, Dover St, W1S 4LQ (020 7629 9813). £15.
Southern US rock band featuring Lynyrd Skynyrd guitarist Mike Estes. The Half Moon, Half Moon Ln,
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
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.
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.
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
new wave and electropop band perform tracks from their repertoire. Roundhouse,
The pop singer performs tracks from her album Funhouse. O2
On The Park, Knightsbridge, SW1X 7LY (020 7235 5273). £15 & £25.
Tacoma The Paris-based
Chalk Farm Rd, NW1 8EH (0844 482 8008). £32.50 & £35.
Arena, Peninsula Sq, SE10 0DX (0871 220 0260). £35.
Jim White The Americana
Mick Thomas, Rachel Hatfield, Natalie MCcool
country singer plays tracks from his extensive back catalogue.
The Australian soloist performs folk-rock. The Troubadour,
Jeniferever, Red Skys, Caesura, Codes In The Clouds Indie-rock from the
Union Chapel, Compton Terrace, N1 2UN (020 7226 1686). Adv £17.50.
Old Brompton Rd, SW5 9JA (020 7370 1434). £12, adv £10.
Swedish four-piece playing tracks from their album Spring Tides. Monto Water Rats, Gray’s Inn
The London singer and instrumentalist plays soul, funk and electronica. The Troubadour,
The acoustic pop vocalist plays songs from his album Like A Waterfall. Union Chapel,
East Wintergarden, Canada Sq, E14 5AB (020 7334 3922). £17.
Rd, WC1X 8BZ (020 7837 4412). £6.
Blues, funk and soul from the seven-piece. Dover St Restaurant
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Jayson Norris, Rhys Morgan, Amphibic Acoustic rock singer-songwriter originally from New Zealand. Halfmoon
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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 THE FREEMASONS The Freemasons are a couple of producers who’ve had massive success on the commercial side of dance music. They’ve worked with Kylie, remixed Beyoncé and Shakira’s Beautiful Liar, they’re the guys behind Sophie Ellis Bextor’s Heartbreak Make Me A Dancer, and they’ve been asked to work on X Factor winner Alexandra Burke’s album. Enough about their CV – catch them at this special gig at the White House this weekend. For fans of a bit of cheesy house.
» The White House, Clapham Park Rd, SW4 7EH
Clapham Common (020 7498 3388). Sat, Aug 15, 9pm-5am. £12
drum ’n’ bass
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Session is put on by Mat Horne of Gavin & Stacey fame, where not only does he DJ, he invites a few others to play too. This week Cut & Shut Disco, These New Puritans and Humanzi are on.
This one’s unlike the parties you’d usually find on this page, but it sounds too fun to miss. A day celebrating the Queen of Pop’s 51st birthday, expect a mix of performance, music and film, all inspired by Madge.
» Queen of Hoxton, Curtain Rd, , EC2A 3JX Liverpool Street (020 7422 0958). Sat, Aug 15, 8pm-2am. Free before 9pm, £5 after
Tottenham Court Road (020 7734 4004). Sat, Aug 5, 2pm-9pm. £7 adv
so it’s not the place to head if you’re after an all-nighter. But it’s certainly a good place to get the party started.
» 150 Brick Ln, E1 6QL Liverpool Street (020 72473293)
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» Punk, Soho St, W1D 3DN
93 FEET EAST Set on London’s famous curry street Brick Lane, this East London venue loves to party. With three main areas plus a decent sized courtyard (great for summery Sunday sessions), you’ll be drawn in by its buzzy atmosphere and mash-up of music where anything goes – from Motown to hip-hop to electro. A great venue for getting sweaty and having a dance, closing time at 93 Feet is 1am,
Europe’s biggest DJ trade show, BPM, will be held at Birmingham NEC this year on October 3-4. There will be seminars, workshops and presentations at the event, which focuses on everything to do with DJing. Equipment manufacturers will be exhibiting their wares and there will be a range of demonstrations from high profile DJs. “BPM brings together DJs, promoters, producers, performers and dance music enthusiasts for two days of learning, networking, partying and most of all music,” said organisers Eddie Short and Mark Walsh. For more details see visitbpm.co.uk.
Does this man ever stop touring? Tiësto (above) has announced that he’ll embark on a mammoth 18-month world tour. The Kaleidoscope World Tour will begin on September 24 with three consecutive nights at New York City’s Hammerstein Ballroom, followed by a two-month run in North America. More dates are set to be announced soon. Watch out for Paul Oakenfold’s collaboration with Madonna. Called Celebration, the track, which was recently recorded in New York, will appear on Madge’s upcoming Greatest Hits CD Celebration.
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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.
Mario plays mambo and salsa. Salsa!, Charing Cross Rd, WC2H 0JG (020 7379 3277). 5.30pm-2am. £4, free before 9pm.
Double Shake It With Laquisha Jonz Andrew
Delicious Thursdays R’n’B and retro hits on the ground floor, with house and party anthems in the basement. Zoo Bar, Bear
Funky Fridays DJs provide funk, disco, pop, African beats and 1980s hits, plus live performances from Jesse, Ken and Tyrone.
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.
St, WC2H 7AQ (020 7839 4188). 10pm-3am. £10, £8 before 10pm.
Royal Oak, East Hill, SW18 2QB (020 8874 4892). 7.30pm-late. Free.
Fuse The resident DJs spin funky house and indie. The
Hospitality High Contrast and Skream Zinc spin house. Matter
chart, party and retro hits in the basement with R’n’B, electro and house in the VIP room. Zoo Bar, Bear St,
Langley, Langley St, WC2H 9JA (020 7836 5005). 4.30pm-1am. £8, free before 9pm, £3 before 10pm.
At O2 Arena, Peninsula Sq, SE10 0AX (020 7549 6686). 10pm-6am. £15.
WC2H 7AQ (020 7839 4188). 9pm-3am. £7, NUS £5, adv £4.50.
Members Night DJ Bambach
Game On Residents spin
TUESDAY 28 Barrio Latino Merengue, salsa, bachata and urban Latin tracks from Chino and Alex. Bar Rumba, Shaftesbury Ave,
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.
The residents supply R’n’B and hip-hop. Sound, Leicester
Sq, WC2H 7NA (0870 863 1010). 9pm-3am. £10, £2.50 before 11pm.
Arpdays DJs Idjut Boys, Bill
house. Jewel, Glasshouse St, W1B 5DQ (020 7439 4990). 9pm-1am. £10, guest list £5.
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Residents spin dance, pop and club classics. Apt, Queen St, EC4N
1TX (020 7618 9020). 7pm-3am. £5, £3 guest list. Free before 10pm.
Back In The Day Resident DJ Stevie B spins retro pop, electro, funk, house, dance and R‘n’B.
White Heat DJs Matty and Olly spin rock and disco.
Brewster and Jonny 5 spin club hits. Cargo, Rivington St, EC2A 3AY
Madame Jo Jo’s, Brewer St, W1F 0SE (020 7734 3040). 10.30pm-3am. £7, adv £6.
(020 7739 3440). 7pm-1am. £8.
Escape Soho, Brewer St, W1F 0SU (07833 327002). 9pm-3am. £4.
Classique The residents
Calentito Resident DJs spin
play house classics, 1980s pop and commercial R’n’B. The Hill,
pop, R’n’B and classic soul.
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.
The Libertaire, High St, W3 6NG (020 7160 0572). 10pm-late. £10, ladies Free before 11pm.
Rock The Kaz Bar Resident DJs spin disco, funk, pop, house and R’n’B grooves. 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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Platinum Funk The resident DJs supply R’n’B, hip-hop and funky house.
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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“Potentially this would have been, if it had been able to be carried out, the most serious terrorist attack on Australian soil.” Australian Federal Police acting chief commissioner Tony Negus, following the arrest of five men who were allegedly planning a terrorist attack on Holsworthy Army base in Sydney.
AUSTRALIA Koala Sam dies Sam, the koala made famous by footage of her drinking from a firefighter’s water bottle during Melbourne’s summer bushfires, died last week. The koala was put down during surgery to remove cysts.
Dingo attacks child Rangers were searching for a dingo that attacked a four-yearold boy walking on a beach with his family on Fraser Island. The child was at Hook Point,
NICE OUTFIT: Some of the leaders who attended the Pacific Island Nations Forum in Cairns. The forum was hosted by Australia which meant Prime Minister Kevin Rudd picked their attire – opting for a pale blue RM Williams business shirt, with optional matching boots.
at the island’s south end, when the animal knocked him to the ground and bit him on the legs.
Rape charge dropped A 14-year-old girl who revealed on-air during a controversial lie detector stunt that she had been raped told police she did not want to proceed with any probe. The girl took a lie detector test on the Kyle and Jackie O 2Day FM show last month. Since then the radio show was taken off air, and co-host Kyle Sandilands was dumped as a judge on Network Ten’s Australian Idol.
Axe man jailed for life A 70-year-old who murdered his wife and two grandchildren and attempted to kill his daughter with an axe will spend the rest of his life in jail The man, who could not be named, was sentenced to two life sentences for the murders of his grandchildren, at least 15 years for his wife’s murder, and at least 12 years for the attempted murder of his daughter. The daughter found the bodies of her children and her mother in the family home at Cowra, in NSW’s central west, on June 30 last year.
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“Quality journalism is not cheap and an industry that gives away its content is simply cannibalising its ability to produce good reporting.” News Corporation chairman Rupert Murdoch after the announcement of fourth quarter losses.
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*And finally … not today, baby Qantas was forced to bump some of it’s most vocal customers from a series of flights. The passengers – all babies flying with their parents to a home birth rally in Canberra
“It’s also important that I reassure the broad Islamic community here in Victoria that we understand that the overwhelming and vast majority of people of Islamic faith are not terrorists.” Victoria Police chief commissioner Simon Overland.
What’s happening across the country
SUMMARY ■ Investigators seek a mystery woman with Australian or Kiwi accent. ■ Identikit image of the women released. ■ Witness believed woman was waiting for someone to deliver her “new daughter”.
mystery woman believed to be from Australia or New Zealand became the fresh focus of the worldwide search for missing British girl Madeleine McCann. Private investigators hired by Madeleine’s parents were alerted about the woman by a new witness who detailed a conversation he had with her in Barcelona, just three days after Madeleine vanished from a Portuguese resort in May 2007. It was claimed that when the witness approached her, she asked: “Are you here to
QUEENSLAND Wildlife authorities on the Gold Coast want a magpie poisoner to stop, before a child falls victim to the bait. It’s thought bread, heavily laced with poison, killed 20 magpies at Palm Beach.
NORTHERN TERRITORY Madeleine McCann and (inset) the Antipodean woman
deliver my new daughter? Have you got her? Have you got the child?” When she realised he did not know what she was talking about, she walked off. The man told investigators he believed the woman had an Australian accent, but a friend who also heard the conversation thought she could be Kiwi. On Friday afternoon, an
elderly Sydney woman went into Burwood police station and filed a report claiming that a friend she had met in Spain, and travelled with in Portugal, was the woman in the identikit picture. She had a photo to back up her claim. The NSW Police force forwarded the information to the Australian Federal Police for follow-up.
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Terrorist plot forces security review A major review of security at Sydney’s Holsworthy Army base would be completed within a month, the Defence Department said. The federal government ordered the review after members of an alleged terrorist cell plotted to storm the base, south-west of Sydney, and shoot as many troops as possible before being killed. Five men were charged with terrorism-related offences after raids on 19 properties in Melbourne and Victoria. Security at the barracks came under scrutiny the next day, when a reporter and
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photographer from The Daily Telegraph were arrested after passing through security and taking photos. They were charged with unlawfully sketching, drawing, photographing or painting fortifications. Defence spokesman Rob Olney said the newspaper clearly had an agenda and the journalist had incorrectly reported he gained access to the actual Army base. Olney said Tim Vollmer, 26, and his colleague, 38, drove into a public area, which includes a golf course and Steele Barracks.
The NT government agreed to fund a walkway over a crocodile infested waterway in the remote community of Palumpa after children were forced to wade through it to get to school.
WESTERN AUSTRALIA A 17-year-old was charged with grievous bodily harm after attacking a bus driver. The youth was accused of striking the driver with a piece of concrete.
VICTORIA Two brothers, one in a wheelchair, were violently robbed as they sold fundraiser chocolates. Jordan, 11, and his 10-year-old brother Daniel, who has muscular dystrophy, were robbed of $100 worth of chocolate and $20.
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A nine-year-old girl walked out from behind a stationary school bus in Sydney before being struck and killed by another bus in what police described as a tragic accident.
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Serious dog attack
The number of birds killed in an aviary at the Temuka Domain. Police were looking for a scratched offender.
‘Stick to acting’ HEEL THE WORLD: Auckland hospitality workers switched their aprons for heels and wigs for a race called Heel-A-Thon to raise money for the Kids Can Telethon Big Night In. It saw the men strap on heels, and in many cases wigs and dresses, while the women donned their favourite stilettos for the 50m race.
catastrophic effect on the New Zealand economy,” Key said. But Castle-Hughes remained undeterred. “I’d love to sit down and maybe he’d know that – if we sat down and talked – I know a lot more about it than I think he thinks I do,” she said.
Kids play with body
The percentage rise in calls to the Alcohol Drug Helpline during the past year, adding weight to the alcohol reform debate.
A woman jogger suffered serious injuries in an attack by a pack of pig hunting dogs in Arapuni in North Island. Police said the dogs bit the woman, Margit Christensen, 36, all over her scalp, arms and legs. She was flown to Waikato Hospital in Hamilton, where she underwent nine hours of surgery. The eight dogs, some valued a $1500, were seized from their owner and destroyed.
Actress Keisha Castle-Hughes was told to “stick to acting” by Prime Minister John Key, after she suggested New Zealand should commit to a 40 per cent reduction in climate change emissions by 2020. He said that if New Zealand followed her suggestion and reduced emissions by 40 per cent on 1990 levels, that would actually require a drop of 64 per cent, because they were at present 24 per cent above 1990 levels. “That would have a
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A group of Whangaporoa children played with a dead body in a creek for 11 days, believing it was a crocodile. It was not until a parent tried to fish out the remains that anyone suspected it was a human. Police ruled out foul play but
were waiting on dental records to provide a formal identification of the female body.
NZ help for Tonga New Zealand Navy divers and an Air Force Hercules left for Tonga to help in the recovery of victims from the submerged Princess Ashika ferry. Up to 66 people were feared dead after the sinking of the inter-island ferry on Wednesday. Daniel Macmillan, a Briton living in New Zealand for five to six years and carrying a Kiwi driving licence, was confirmed among the dead.
The amount in dollars of a planned Ngati Rangitihi Waitangi Tribunal compensation claim for damage to the Tarawera River by Norske Skog and Carter Holt Harvey.
The Richter scale reading of a quake that hit Southland.
The number of motorists snapped in a sevenhour speed camera shift on SH1 in Huntly.
The percentage of NZ unemployment in the June quarter.
*And finally … give me a McJob
$500,000 in the special Easter draw, but now he wants to get back to work. The former apprentice welder has been enjoying the quiet life “just playing computer games” since his big win.
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Three months after winning $500,000 on Lotto, a redundant Christchurch man says he is now bored and wants a job at McDonald’s. James Green, 36, lost his job four weeks before he won
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What’s happening across the country
UPPER NORTH ISLAND A biologist conducted autopsies on six dolphins to see if their deaths were linked to the mystery toxin thought to have killed two dogs and made dozens ill on North Shore beaches in the past fortnight. The Public Health Service warned people not to swim or take children on beaches.
Job losses are expected to rise in New Zealand next year
of the global downturn. Prime Minister John Key said he did not think unemployment would rise above 8 per cent. However, Council of Trade Unions economist Bill Rosenberg said the council was worried that unemployment would exceed that figure in 2010.
WINZ TO HIRE MORE STAFF Another 303 frontline staff would be hired by Work and Income to help people find jobs. The government said an extra $17.2 million would be invested to pay for them because of rising unemployment figures.
Politician found guilty of corruption
Taito Phillip Field
A jury found former MP Taito Phillip Field guilty of 26 of 35 criminal charges. The verdicts came after a trial at the High Court in Auckland, which lasted more than 14 weeks. Field, former Labour MP for Mangere, was found guilty of 11 of 12 charges of bribery and corruption after the Crown said he had Thai nationals carry out work on his properties in return for immigration assistance between November 2002 and October 2005. He was also found guilty of 15 of 23 charges of wilfully
‘NO PERKS’ Field should lose his parliamentary perks, Prime Minister John Key said. Having entered Parliament in 1993, Field was entitled to claim for up to 12 free domestic return airfares a year, as well as 90 per cent off international travel.
attempting to obstruct or pervert the course of justice. The charges related to his evidence at an inquiry into the work on his homes. Field was remanded on bail for sentence on October 6.
LOWER NORTH ISLAND A kiwi released into the Rimutaka Forest Park was killed by a dog. Fern, a two-year-old male bird, was the first kiwi to die from predation in the area since the birds were reintroduced in 2006.
UPPER SOUTH ISLAND Farmers in Nelson took a stand not to employ overseas workers under a new backup seasonal work scheme, as unemployment soared. The region has 590 workers on unemploymentrelated benefits, which is the same number as Pacific Island workers who were employed under a seasonal work scheme.
LOWER SOUTH ISLAND A large piece of a woman’s lip was bitten off by a female attacker during a fight in Highgate, Dunedin. Passers-by dialled 111 when the screaming 19-year-old women was left lying on the ground in front of a dairy.
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nemployment would get worse before it gets better, finance minister Bill English said after the latest statistics showed it had risen to 6 per cent. The Household Labour Force Survey put the number of unemployed at a 10-year high of 138,000 – more than the population of Dunedin. For the past four months, on average 1100 people a week signed up for the dole. “There’s more job losses to come over the next 12 months,” English said. “That’s why we have to strengthen the economy and provide sustainable jobs – too many of those jobs that were lost were based on too much borrowing and government spending,” he said. Business NZ said the country had been in recession since early 2008, longer than other developed countries and well before the beginning
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The number of months the body of Johan Nel was missing after the state mortuary in Brits lost his charred remains following a car crash.
Trashing annoys Tutu
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CORPS TRAINING: Former correctional services minister Ngconde Balfour, former Democratic Alliance leader Tony Leon, and former minister of social development Zola Skweyiya (left to right) undergo diplomatic training for future deployment in the diplomatic corps.
rights. They exercise their rights by infringing on other people’s rights,” he said.
Swine flu death A KwaZulu-Natal man became South Africa’s second H1N1 fatality, The Mercury reported. The 44-year-old from Phoenix died last Wednesday, after becoming ill on his return from a trip to Swaziland. At the end of last week, there were 29 confirmed cases of the flu in KwaZulu-Natal, and more than 700 confirmed cases across the country.
Hijacker sentenced The man who hijacked Judy Sexwale, wife of human settlements minister Tokyo, was sentenced to 15 years’ jail by the Wynberg Magistrates’ Court in Johannesburg. Mbuso Simelane spent two years waiting for the end of his trial, which was postponed 21 times as he hired and fired seven private and Legal Aid lawyers. Simelane held Judy Sexwale at gunpoint outside St David’s Marist College in Sandton in October 2007.
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The age of a woman allegedly raped by a 48-year-old man in Sharpeville, south of Johannesburg, as reported by police.
The annual price in rand of a TV licence in South Africa after an 11 per cent rise in the tariff was announced.
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Beach in Thailand, Portugal’s Tavira, Mexico’s Sayulita and Sanur in Bali. Lonely Planet’s Travel With Children, in which the list appears, is the fifth in the series first published in 1985.
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The number of new vehicles sold in SA in July – 27.4 per cent fewer than the number sold in July last year.
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Durban was listed as one of the top 10 family beach holiday cities in the world by travel publisher Lonely Planet. Other city beaches on the list include Kauai in Hawaii, Cottesloe in Australia, Karon
63,000 The number of employees affected by retrenchment since October last year, according to trade union Solidarity.
A female army chaplain and a sergeant major faced charges in a military court last week after they were found in an allegedly compromising position in a military vehicle. Beeld reported the chaplain’s upper buttons were undone while the sergeant major’s fly was open. The two army employees appeared in the military court in Thaba Tshwane last week on charges relating to disgraceful conduct or conduct detrimental to military discipline.
Archbishop Desmond Tutu condemned the recent trashing of streets by municipal workers during strike action. Speaking in Durban last Tuesday, Tutu said their behaviour did not advance the cause of unionism. “I get annoyed when people trash streets and say that they are exercising their
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SUMMARY ■ President Jacob Zuma says he will be making surprise inspections of SA schools. ■ Teachers are warned to work for seven hours every day of the week. ■ Zuma says education is the number one priority for his administration.
resident Jacob Zuma said he would visit schools unannounced to check teachers taught seven hours a day, and that pupils were attending classes. “As part of active performance monitoring and evaluation, I will visit some schools unannounced to check if the non-negotiables are being adhered to,” Zuma said, addressing 1500 school principals at a conference at Inkosi Albert Luthuli International Convention Centre in Durban. Zuma said one of the non-
President Jacob Zuma will conduct surprise school inspections
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The Mercedes Benz of the mayor of the Moqhaka Municipality and a similar municipal vehicle were damaged when they collided during an alleged race. Die Volksblad newspaper reported the crash occurred on the road between Kroonstad and Viljoenskroon.
GAUTENG negotiables was to ensure that teachers taught for seven hours every school day. “Teachers should be in school, in class, on time, teaching, with no neglect of duty and no abuse of pupils. “Some of our teachers should know that Fridays and pay days are ordinary school working days,” he said. Zuma added that education
was priority number one for his administration. “We have essentially come together to launch a new drive to truly change the learning, teaching and management of our schools.” The conference was aimed at giving school principals an opportunity to tell the president of problems affecting their schools.
De Lille: help empower poor women Only women in the upper levels of society enjoy the rights the Equality Act brought to the new South Africa, Independent Democrats president Patricia de Lille said at a Women’s Day gathering in George. “As a nation we have the legislative framework in place, we have got the Constitution and the Equality Act … but these rights are still mostly enjoyed by women in the upper echelons of society,” southafricantimes.co.uk reported De Lille as saying. “Marginalised, poor women can only claim their rights if
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they know them, and this is where we are seriously lacking. “My call is to the women empowered already – we must take responsibility and reach out to and educate these women to benefit from their rights that are enshrined in our Constitution.”
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An eight-yearold boy drowned while trying to reach for a cell phone floating on water in a drainage pipe in Dobsonville, Soweto. Police said the boy fell into the water and was washed away.
NORTH WEST A North West farmer charged in connection with shooting four people appeared in the Brits Magistrates’ Court on Friday. Dawie Swart, 55, was charged with attempted murder after he allegedly shot four people on his farm because he suspected they were stealing oranges. The case was postponed until September 10.
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An under-21 rugby match between the Lions and Boland in Wellington was cancelled last week when four of the Lions players were diagnosed with swine flu, Beeld reported.
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CRICKET Australia survive for a draw against England in the third Test at Edgbaston, thanks to a 185-run partnership between middle order bats Michael Clarke and Marcus North.
RUGBY LEAGUE The ARU releases Timana Tahu midway through his four-year contract, with the 28-year-old centre immediately joining the Parramatta Eels on a new three-year deal.
TENNIS Lleyton Hewitt bows out of the Washington Classic, his first tournament since Wimbledon, losing 4-6 6-3 7-6 to second seed Juan Martin del Potro. Keep an eye on Hewitt.
FOOTBALL Socceroo midfielder Tim Cahill declares himself ready for the 11-month campaign that begins with Everton’s Premier League season and culminates in next year’s World Cup.
FOOTBALL Portsmouth boss Peter Storrie confirms his club is keen to sign Australian striker Mark Viduka. Viduka, 33, is looking for a new club after Newcastle were relegated last season.
RUGBY LEAGUE The Rabbitohs will be without captain Roy Asotasi for the rest of the season, after the Kiwi international injures his knee during his side’s win over the Sea Eagles at Brookvale Oval.
SUNDAY CRICKET An Aussie supporter group, The Fanatics, admits one of their members set off the fire alarm that forced the English team out of their beds at 4.30am ahead of the Headingley Test.
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PUB TALK: BRITISH SPORT EXPLAINED Jack Wilshere Who is he? Arsenal’s 17-year-old midfielder who scored two goals against Rangers in the Emirates Cup, prompting manager Arsene Wenger to compare his young charge to Wayne Rooney. Is he the real deal? He certainly looks it. To
compare a young player to an established star isn’t Wenger’s style, so he must be super-impressed. Will he be a factor this year? That would be a bonus for Arsenal. He’ll play plenty of games, but has some maturing to do. Arsenal could be in for a tough year, but Gunners fans can take heart in the bright future Wilshere represents.
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Carter return gathers pace AIR NZ CUP RESULTS Canterbury 22 d Auckland 16 Northland 29 d Taranaki 16 Southland 26 d Otago 19 Tasman 19 d N Harbour 15 Waikato 30 d Manawatu 22 Wellington 21 d Hawke’s Bay 13 B of Plenty 32 d Counties 9
Dan Carter accelerated his return to international duty by guiding Canterbury to a 22-16 Air NZ Cup win over Auckalnd on Friday night.
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CURRIE CUP RESULTS Cheetahs 24 d Blue Bulls 15 Lions 19 d Kavaliers 13 Sharks 44 d Leopards 15 Griquas 33 d W Province 32
The battling Cheetahs overcame overwhelming prematch odds to deservedly beat the Blue Bulls 24-15 in a Currie Cup match in Bloemfontein on Friday night, scoring three good tries to none. The victory was built on a solid performance by the home side pack and some excellent tactical play by the former Blue Bulls scrumhalf JP Joubert, who controlled the game and used the forward dominance of his pack well. Their physical approach to the breakdown, in particular,
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All Blacks hooker Keven Mealamu will undergo surgery for a chest muscle injury, ruling him out of the rest of the Tri-Nations series. Hooker suffered a ruptured pectoral tendon during last Saturday’s Tri-Nations Test against South Africa in Durban, a match the Boks won 31-19. “It’s incredibly disappointing for Keven but he is in a positive frame of mind and will undergo surgery on Friday,” All Blacks doctor Deb Robinson said. Mealamu will be out of action for four months, missing not only the remainder of the TriNations series but also NZ’s end-of-year tour to Japan, Britain and Europe. New Zealand’s next TriNations Test is against Australia at Sydney on August 22.
The flyhhalf contributed all his team’s points in just his second first-class outing since suffering a serious Achilles injury in France six months ago. The influential All Blacks pivot scored a decisive try 10 minutes from full-time and for good measure he complemented
his all-round tactical kicking by adding five penalties and a conversion at Eden Park in Auckland. Carter’s try was an immediate riposte to Auckland’s own fivepointer and came courtesy of a Tim Bateman surge which split the Auckland defence up the middle. Centre Bateman did all the hard work before Carter loomed on his right shoulder to accept the pass and scamper the remaining 22m to the line. Just moments earlier Auckland snuck into the lead for the only time when fullback Paul Williams scored in a largely lacklustre contest.
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All Blacks skipper Richie McCaw says coach Graham Henry is not responsible for recent losses.
Pierre Spies SOUTH AFRICA The strong loose forward ran hard all day, making tackle after tackle and even stealing lineout ball. Spies hit the ruck hard throughout the match, forcing the Wallabies to make mistakes and give away penalties.
THE TABLE Team
W 3 New Zealand 1 Australia 0
L 0 2 2
BP 0 0 1
PD PTS 33 12 -15 4 -18 1
Boks too powerful South Africa 29 V Matfield try M Steyn 7 pens dg
17 Australia A Ashley-Cooper M Giteau tries M Giteau 2 cons B Barnes drop goal
The Wallabies made a perfect start after a clean line-out win and a swift backline movement led to fullback Adam Ashley-Cooper crossing after two minutes. However, South Africa’s deadly super-boot Morne Steyn punished Australia’s consistent mistakes at the breakdown as they tried to stop the powerful Springboks getting go-forward ball. A try to veteran Boks lock Victor Matfield, set up by a clever dummy and skillful left foot chip by captain John Smit after 27 minutes gave South Africa the advantage. The Boks
took a 23-10 lead into the break, and added a couple of penalties in the second half. South Africa was ruthlessly efficient as they squeezed the life out of Australia. Even when they didn’t force the turnover, the South Africans’ steel trap defence was strong enough to cope with almost whatever the Wallabies could throw at them. For Australia, flyhalf Matt Giteau showed a nice step to dot down in the 66th minute and 19-year-old James O’Connor was cool and collected in the Newlands cauldron. Critics will bag South Africa for not playing the most attractive form of rugby but if you’ve got a winning formula, why change it?
NZRU guarantees Henry’s position
De Villiers talks down Boks
With coach Graham Henry under increasing pressure to cajole a decent performance out of the All Blacks, the New Zealand Rugby Union last week offered a vote of confidence. “We have total faith that these guys are going to be the best to take us through to the World Cup,” head of professional rugby Neil Sorensen said. “We don’t want to change these guys now.”
While most were talking his team up, Springboks coach Peter de Villiers (right) refused to believe his men have this year’s TriNations trophy in the bag after overwhelming the Wallabies in Cape Town on Saturday. The world champions are now three from three – having also conquered the All Blacks in Bloemfontein and Durban – and full of confidence entering their three-match tour of Australia and New Zealand. But with the first four matches of the tournament going the way of the home team,
and after watching the Springboks lose the second half against the Wallabies at Newlands, de Villiers was wary of writing off South Africa’s two rivals. “Now they will have the crowds behind them,” he said. “It’s half-time now for us and you saw how we struggled in the second half today.” “But we operate as a team and definitely it’s working well at the moment.”
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Sydney Roosters legend Arthur Beetson on the club’s decision to let Craig Fitzgibbon leave.
44 Ben Hornby on the burst
Dragons rolling on Panthers 6
L Lewis try M Gordon goal
25 Dragons J Smith 2 B Creagh J Soward tries J Soward 4 goals J Soward field goal
Jeremy Smith scored two tries in his first game for over three months and Jamie Soward became the first man in the league this season to score 200 points as St George Illawarra easily accounted for Penrith. The Dragons seventh straight win tightened their already vice-like grip on the minor premiership. Early on, the Dragons monopolised Storm 20
C Cronk B Finch J Tomane S Turner tries C Smith 2 goals
8 Cowboys W Tonga 2 tries
The Cowboys haven’t won in Melbourne in seven attempts, unable to crack the fortress. They had plenty of opportunities – blowing at least three try-scoring chances in the first half alone to trail 10-4 at the break – before a Cooper Cronk try in the 48th minute saw Melbourne take control of the match. Sea Eagles 22
T Williams 2 A Watmough J King tries M Orford 3 goals
36 Rabbitohs B Champion 2 N Merritt 2 C McQueen F Talanoa tries C Sandow 6 goals
Manly looked set for a big win when they shot to a 12-0 lead through tries to Tony Williams and Anthony Watmough. But the Rabbitohs hit back when John Sutton grubbered a perfect ball for fullback Nathan Merritt under the posts, before pulling clear in the second half. Eels 40 L Burt 2 E Grothe F Moimoi K Inu J Reddy tries L Burt 8 goals
8 Knights S Simpson try K Gidley 2 goals
S Kenny-Dowall S Sa tries C Fitzgibbon goal
17 Tigers B Ryan 2 T Tuiaki tries B Marshall 2 goals R Farah fg
Wests Tigers secured their fifth straight win and moved into the top eight with a 17-10 victory over the Sydney Roosters at the Sydney Football Stadium on Sunday. A second-half double to winger Beau Ryan and a heavy penalty count in their favour ensured the Tigers kept their 2009 fightback on track. Bulldogs 23
B Goodwin 2 B Kimmorley D Stagg tries H El Masri 3 goals B Kimmorley field goal
20 Raiders T Campese P Graham J Thompson D Vidot tries T Campese 2 goals
After trailing 15-6 at half-time and 21-10 with half an hour to go, the Raiders got back to within one point following a try to Daniel Vidot. But Terry Campese missed the conversion and Bulldogs winger Hazem El Masri sealed the win with a late penalty. Warriors 10 M Vatuvei 2 tries K Locke goal
30 Titans M Rogers 2 K Gordon S Prince A Laffranchi tries S Prince 5 goals
Dual international Mat Rogers scored two tries to inspire the Gold Coast to an easy win over the Warriors at Mt Smart Stadium on Sunday. The victory heralds the Titans return to form after suffering a surprise upset at the hands of North Queensland last weekend while the loss leaves the Warriors languishing in 14th spot.
Jamie Soward DRAGONS Soward has taken the next step in 2009, scoring more than 300 points so far. He will be crucial to the Dragons’ finals campaign.
THE TABLE Team Dragons Bulldogs** Titans Storm* Panthers* Cowboys Tigers Sea Eagles Knights Rabbitohs* Eels* Broncos Raiders Warriors* Sharks Roosters
P 20 20 20 20 20 20 20 20 20 20 20 19 20 20 19 20
W 16 15 13 12 10 10 10 10 10 9 9 9 7 6 5 5
L 4 5 7 7 9 10 10 10 10 10 10 10 13 12 14 15
PD PTS 239 36 115 32 51 30 109 29 7 25 90 24 27 24 18 24 -20 24 18 23 -46 23 -137 22 -33 18 -116 18 -129 14 -193 14
*Have drawn a game; Warriors have drawn two **Bulldogs deducted 2 points for having 14 players on the field in Round 2
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SUNDAY SHARKS V TIGERS 5am BONCOS V PANTHERS 6am
MONDAY KNIGHTS V STORM 10am
Newcastle’s 2009 freefall reached terminal velocity at Parramatta Stadium on Sunday, as the Knights crashed out of the top eight with a 40-8 loss to an Eels side whose bubble refuses to burst. Parramatta made it four wins in a row to close within one point of eighth-placed Manly, and are now challenging for finals.
possession against a Penrith side that turned the ball over in three of their first four sets. The errors resulted in tries to Ben Creagh and Smith in the 36th, setting up the Dragons’ 12-0 half-time buffer. Penrith threatened to launch a full scale comeback after the break, with a converted try to Luke Lewis the second half cut the deficit to six points. Lewis touched down again five minutes later, only for the video ref to scrub the score because of an earlier knock-on.
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That’s why Blues book “they’ll travel into finals spot deep September, Blues 14.13.97
B Fevola 4 K Simpson 3 M Murphy 2 A Joseph H Scotland M Kreuzer N Stevens R Houlihan
8.14.62 Cats C Mooney 2 M Stokes 2 C Ling M Rooke S Hogan T Harley
The Blues produced their best performance of the season to upset Geelong and secure a spot in the finals – they will now see September action for the first time since 2001. The Cats kicked the first two goals of the match, but once Carlton clicked into gear it became clear that an upset was on the cards. Four answered goals in the last term, including two to Brendan Fevola, got the Blues home. After winning their first 13 games of the year, Geelong have lost three of their past six – no reason to panic, but certainly a chink in the armour built up in recent seasons.
B McGlynn 2 B Dowler C Rioli B Renouf J Lewis J Roughead
Kade Simpson evades Andrew Mackie Bulldogs 13.14.97
C Ward 2 J Akermanis 2 J Hill 2 L Gilbee 2 A Cooney B Johnson B Lake D Cross R Griffen
16.6.102 Eagles A Embley 4 J Kennedy 4 M LeCras 3 B Ebert B McKinley D Wirrpanda Q Lynch T Houlihan
West Coast coughed up a 47-point lead but hung on for an upset that jeopardises the Dogs’ top four hopes. The Eagles kicked the first nine goals of the game, but the Dogs stormed back. The lead changed four times in the last term, before Mark LeCras kicked the winner. Crows 9.14.68
J Porplyzia 3 C Knights 2 A McLeod B Burton B Symes K Tippett
13.11.89 Magpies J Anthony 3 A Didak 2 C Dawes 2 C Wood 2 T Cloke 2 B Dick D Thomas
Collingwood leapfrogged the Bulldogs into third-placed after notching their tenth win from their past 11 games. The Crows led by 15 points early in the third term, but the Pies then booted the next five goals to open up a handy buffer which they hung onto. Tigers 10.8.68 J King 3 A Rance B Cousins B Deledio D Polo M Morton M White T Vickery
J Neagle 3 A Monfries 2 A McPhee 2 J Watson M Quinn B Prismall N Lovett-Murray M Hurley S Lonergan
12.15.87 Lions D Bradshaw 2 M Rischitelli 2 D Rich 2 S Harding 2 J Brennan J Polkinghorne J Sherman L Power
Brisbane forward Daniel Bradshaw booted a goal after the siren to ensure a seesawing encounter ended in a draw. Essendon took a 15-point lead into the final term, but Brisbane finished stronger, hanging on for a draw that leaves the Bombers just outside the top eight. Roos 19.9.123
T Goldstein 5 D Petrie 3 L Hansen 3 A Swallow 2 B Harvey B Rawlings C Jones D Harris L Thomas M Firrito
8.13.61 Demons M Newton 2 N Jones 2 S Martin 2 B Miller C Morton
The Roos took control of the match from midway through the second quarter, and killed off Melbourne’s resistance with seven goals in the third term. Roos’ ruckman Told Goldstein drifted forward with great success, booting five goals to lead his team’s attack. Dockers 17.14.116
A Goodes 4 J Moore 2 K Jack 2 J White 2 M O’Loughlin 2 B Kirk E Barlow L Ablett J Bolton J McVeigh M O’Dwyer
C Mayne 4 D Headland 3 A Grover 2 K Bradley P Haselby G Broughton M Pavlich B Peake C Pearce N Suban J Van Berlo
Hawks coach Alastair Clarkson lauds the Saints’ depth and backs them to win the flag.
Michael O’Loughlin SWANS The Sydney veteran played his 300th game against Richmond, becoming the first player in the club’s history to reach the milsetone. O’Loughlin, 32, will retire at the end of the season, with more than 500 goals to his name, and premiership medallion won in 2005. In his prime, O’Loughlin was a mercurial, slippery forward, as dangerous at ground level as on the lead.
THE LADDER Team Saints Cats Magpies Bulldogs Lions Blues Crows Power Bombers Swans Hawks Eagles Roos Tigers Dockers Demons
P 19 19 19 19 19 19 19 19 19 19 19 19 19 19 19 19
W 19 16 13 12 11 11 11 9 8 8 8 6 5 5 5 3
L 0 3 6 8 7 8 8 10 10 11 11 13 13 13 14 16
D 0 0 0 0 1 0 0 0 1 0 0 0 1 1 0 0
% 164 130 118 123 108 110 109 91 99 95 91 90 83 80 76 72
PTS 76 64 52 48 46 44 46 36 34 32 32 24 22 22 20 12
W Tredrea 2 S Burgoyne 2 R Gray 2 D Cassisi H Hartlett B Lade D Pearce N Salter
Port Adelaide squandered a golden opportunity to cement a spot in the top eight, rolling over as the Dockers romped away for their fifth win of the year. The Dockers, led by youngsters Greg Broughton and Paul Duffield, booted seven goals to two in the first term.
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An undermanned Saints outfit drove another nail into Hawthorn’s premiership defence – another loss to Adelaide this weekend, and the guillotine will come crashing down. Despite missing a handful of stars, the Saints ground their way on top in a low-scoring tussle.
The Swans piled on eight goals to two in the third quarter to consign Richmond to another loss and preserve their slim hopes of playing finals. Adam Goodes was the stand-out player, racking up 25 touches and also booting four goals against an outgunned Richmond defence.
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GENERAL Marcus North drives during his century
Oval decider looms England came into the fourth Test at Headingley dreaming of a seriesclinching victory, but two batting collapses in two days doomed their hopes and their middle order.
The fifth Test at the Oval, starting next Thursday, looms as the moment of reckoning in this year’s Ashes, and Australia
will go in with their tails up. Australia finally appear to have settled on their best side, with the belated inclusion of Stuart Clark and Shane Watson usurping Phil Hughes at the top. England, on the other hand, must confront a handful of selection headaches, with several batsmen out of form and a bowling attack rendered
benign by Andrew Flintoff’s absence. For Australia, the bowlers were the stars; Stuart Clark and Peter Siddle shredding England on day one, then Mitchell Johnson and Ben Hilfenhaus the destroyers the following evening. In between, Marcus North scored his third Test century in his fifth Test.
Gold Coast off to winning start A-LEAGUE RESULTS Central Coast 2 d Melbourne 0 Adelaide 1 d Perth 0 Sydney 3 d North Queensland 2 Gold Coast 3 d Brisbane 1
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Prize recruits Jason Culina and Shane Smeltz helped Gold Coast United to a memorable A-League debut, with both men scoring in a 3-1 win over Brisbane Roar 3-1 in a Queensland derby at Suncorp Stadium on Saturday night. Kiwi Smeltz, the A-League’s player of 2008-09, made his
‘’The nearest that England will come to any ashes at the end of this Test is the charred remains of their ambitions, hopes and vanities which the Australians have put to the torch.” Scyld Berry lets rip in The Daily Telegraph. ‘’And there is only one gnarled veteran around who is willing to play Test cricket and that is Mark Ramprakash ... A desperate one-off measure, as Ramprakash is 39, but who else?” Berry again. Poms are funny. “Bopara’s impersonation of a number three Test batsman is becoming less convincing than a pub karaoke artiste murdering ‘My Way’.” Cricket writer Stephen Brenkley, of The Independent, on the trials of Ravi Bopara (below).
mark in the 17th minute by timing a beautiful run into the box and expertly insideheeling a cross into the back of the net. Culina was inspirational in the midfield all night, and added his name to the scoresheet in the 56th minute when Joel Porter found him in space on a counter-attack. The sides then traded injury-time goals to round out the scoring. On the evidence of Culina’s inspirational performance and Smeltz’s class deep in attack, the pre-season hype on United appears to be justified.
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‘’England’s colander middle order had been dispatched with the disdain of Douglas Jardine dispensing with an Antipodean fly.” Vic Marks name-checks the Iron Duke in The Guardian.
It’s the national obsession in this country, so make sure you know your Carling Cup from your Champions League WORDS TOM STURROCK
or the next nine months, the first ten pages of every UK sport section will be saturated with football. Every day. Your only option is to take an interest. But the different competitions baffle even the locals, so here’s all you need to know about how it works.
Everton’s Tim Cahill
PREMIER LEAGUE The deal: In the richest domestic league in the world, the 20 teams play each other twice. The top side takes the title, but there is also competition for places in the European league and to avoid relegation. The dates: It all kicks off August 15, and runs through to May 9 next year. The champs: Manchester United, for the past three seasons. The question: Can Manchester United win an unprecedented fourth straight title?
UEFA CHAMPIONS LEAGUE The deal: Europe’s biggest competition sees 76 clubs from 52 countries whittled down to 32 teams at the eight-group stage, when it gets serious. After a round robin, in which each side plays the other three in their group home and away, the top two sides from each group progress to the knockout stage. The dates: The group stage begins September 15. The final is in Madrid on May 22, 2010. The champs: Barcelona, beating Chelsea and Manchester United in their last two ties. The question: Will three of the last four sides be English, for a fourth straight year? FA CUP The deal: First played in 1871-72, it’s the oldest competition in the world. The romance of the FA Cup stems from the fact that teams of all
■ An embattled manager angrily rejecting claims his job is on the line, just days before announcing he is stepping down to help the club ‘move forward’. Chelsea’s Didier Drogba feels the pain
different standards take part – there will be 762 this season. It means unlikely giant-killers often emerge, such as Barnsley, who knocked out Liverpool and Chelsea in 2007-08. The dates: The real stuff starts November 7, with the final on May 15, 2010. The champs: Chelsea, for the second time in three seasons. The question: Can a side do the double, winning the FA Cup and the Premier League for the first time since Arsenal in 2001-02?
Manchester City’s Robinho
Can Manchester “ United win a fourth straight title? ” UEFA EUROPA LEAGUE The deal: Europe’s second-tier competition; the group stage sees 48 teams in 12 pools of four. The top two progress to the 32-team knockout phase, along with eight sides eliminated early from the Champions League. The dates: The group stage starts September 17, with the final played May 12, 2010. The champs: Shakhtar Donetsk, from Ukraine. The question: Can Everton, Fulham or Aston Villa become the first English winner since Liverpool in 2000-01? CARLING CUP The deal: A smaller version of the FA Cup, restricted to the top four divisions. It’s a bit Mickey Mouse, but the winning club always talks it up, and it does guarantee entry to the Europa League the following season. The dates: Top clubs don’t play until later this month. The final will be on February 28, 2010. The champs: Manchester United (pictured opposite celebrating last year’s win). The question: Can a mid-table bolter book a spot in Europe?
HOW DO TEAMS QUALIFY FOR EUROPE? CHAMPIONS LEAGUE
Currently, four Champions League spots are allocated to clubs from England, Italy and Spain, with less spots going to sides in weaker national leagues. The top three Premier League clubs go straight into the Champions League group stage the following season, while the fourthplaced side must win a preliminary match to join them. Arsenal will need to do that this year, but it shouldn’t be a problem.
Teams can qualify for the second-tier in a variety of ways. The first is by finishing fifth in the Premier League. Sides can also qualify by winning the FA Cup or the League Cup. But if those comps are won by top four sides, they’ll play in the Champions League instead, allowing the sixth and seventh sides in the Premier League to play in the Europa League. Sides that bow out of the Champions League early drop down into Europa.
■ Chelsea suffer an early setback under new manager Carlo Ancelotti, prompting former gaffer José Mourinho to again claim, modestly, that he is “the special one”. ■ Manchester City make a promising start, sparking outlandish speculation about their ability to win everything under the sun, only to unravel spectacularly in the new year. ■ To deflect attention after a couple of losses, Liverpool manager Rafael Benitez picks a fight with Manchester United boss Alex Ferguson. ■ Indecipherable diagrams supposedly showing how Steven Gerrard (below) and Fernando Torres combine, accompanied by three pages of esoteric analysis.
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■ Chelsea striker Didier Drogba sulking, diving and rowing with teammates, only to pull his finger out in time to score a late winner against Arsenal.
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Australia and the UK. What do you do on a dayto-day basis?
Encouraging travel agents and the public alike to get out there and do adventure tours around the globe! I do this via store promotions, travel agent and public events, store trainings and many other funfilled activities. What is your favourite part of your job?
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ustralian Prime Minister Kevin Rudd has promised to create 50,000 “green” jobs and apprentice positions to combat climate change and a stale job market. His government has forecast unemployment will rise as high as 8.5 per cent next year. Speaking at the Labor Party conference, Rudd said: “The government I lead will not stand idly by while thousands of young Australians have their hopes crushed by a
global recession not of their own making.” The “green” jobs package includes 30,000 apprenticeships with training in environmentfriendly building practices, such as installing solar energy and water recycling systems, and retrofitting homes.
Career Sales executive for Contiki Travel Age 27 Lives Ealing From Brisbane, Australia How did you get into your line of work?
A marketing degree followed by years of good times working in and amongst the travel industry. Previous roles were in product development, sales and e-commerce in both
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What’s a personal statement and how important is it? If you think about it, writing a CV is your sales pitch – which makes the personal statement your opener. Catherine Goosem from Hays GlobalLink says it should sit below your personal details, and you should use it to really stand out from the crowd. It
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The age-old challenge for anyone working in the travel industry – so many places to see and not enough money to see them all.
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A new report from the UK’s Women and Work Commission says progress in narrowing the pay gap between men and women is “stalling”, blaming an education system that still encourages girls to take “traditional” jobs.
What is the most challenging part of your job?
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Being able to work for a fun company like Contiki while also being able to travel the world meeting tons of fab people. The top five places I visited for work last year would have to be Helsinki, Paris, Oslo, Lauterbrunnen and Brighton (OK, I know the last one isn’t as glamorous, but I had to represent the UK somewhere in there).
Diana Taylor, 24, originally from Shepparton, Victoria, worked as a chalet host with her boyfriend Robert Fisk at small French resort La Tania, near Courchevel, between December 2008 and April 2009.
cold rush What you need to know if you’re planning on working on the slopes this winter WORDS SAMANTHA BADEN
ancy a season on the ski slopes? For most roles, enthusiasm and commitment are far more important than qualifications. Vicky Higgs, commercial manager at ski recruitment company Natives, says you need to play to your strengths and plan ahead, which is good news for those who want to carve up the white stuff and get paid for it this winter.
WHAT KIND OF JOBS CAN I GET? Everything – from shop work, to waiting in restaurants and resort management DO I NEED QUALIFICATIONS? On the slopes they’re necessary if you want to be a ski instructor, but some chef roles also require a qualification. WHAT IF I JUST WANT TO BE IN THE SNOW? That’s the majority of the jobs, says Higgs. Most roles will be split shifts (working mornings and evenings), allowing you time in the snow. WHAT KIND OF VISA DO I NEED? Higgs says your working holiday visa for the UK won’t be enough to allow you to work in the Alps. If you hold an EU passport, though, you can work without any trouble. Although most
UK companies insist you have an EU passport, some smaller companies only require a working visa for the relevant country. Aussies and New Zealanders aged 18 to 30 can apply for a French or Italian working holiday visa. There are no working holiday visas for Austria.
WHAT ABOUT THE US OR CANADA? Although a visa is required, it is possible to get a job over there but difficult to sort out in advance. Higgs says that most of the North American resorts hold a jobs fair in October. WHAT’S THE PAY LIKE IN THE ALPS? You’re not going to make millions, but it’s enough to get by. Higgs says most jobs include accommodation, lift pass, equipment hire and insurance for the season. Salaries vary between £70 and £250 a week, depending on the role.
On landing a job Taylor was in the UK on a working holiday visa, and decided to enrol in an Alpine Cooking Course, run by tour company Natives, with a view to making herself more desirable to prospective employers. “The course was a great help, not only to get cooking tips and training but I was able to ask questions about working a season,” she says. Taylor landed a job within a week, and says the chalet work was perfect because of her catering background. Tips on the experience “Be prepared for some hard, not-so-glamorous work, no matter what job you end up getting,” Taylor says. She also advises people to introduce themselves to the local bar staff before the tourists arrive, so you can get the locals’ discount. Get to know your coworkers well at the start of the season because they will become your family, friends and saviours. And, she says, get out on the mountain – even if you are exhausted. “It helps to remind you of why you are working so hard.”
WHAT IF I DON’T HAVE SPECIFIC SKILLS? Higgs says for each job you see advertised think about what the main requirements are. For example, for a chalet host they’re looking for customer service, budget skills, and most of all proven ability to turn up to work.
» See natives.co.uk for more information.
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of more channels, while expanding its broadband and telephone businesses. Sky chief executive Jeremy Darroch said: “As customers become more careful about the companies they do business with, we believe that reputation will become increasingly important.”
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Tesco adverts claiming cheaper shopping have been banned for being “misleading”. The Advertising Standards Authority said the adverts, in newspapers and on TV, did not give customers enough information to make an informed choice, dubbing them “unfair”.
Ultra fast broadband will be available in Wellington and Christchurch next year, allowing consumers to watch high-definition internet telly and video-conference with friends and workmates. TelstraClear will upgrade its networks to deliver download speeds of 100 Mb/sec.
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Rent is a major expense for everyone I know. Then it’s just bills and feeding myself. There’s not much chance to save over here. Have you got any extraordinary expenses?
I’m a food and drink person. I try to shop at markets, and that saves me a lot of money on the basics, but then I get sucked into buying six different types of cheese. I also spend a lot of time justifying a lot of wine purchases to myself.
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Cheap steak can be stringy and tough, but with a bit of imagination you can turn it into a prime cut. The first thing to do is make the meat tender. If you add a tablespoon of wine vinegar to your meat while cooking, the acetic acid will break down the fibres. It’s a good idea to marinate cheap cuts, so pull something together with salt, oil and whatever flavouring you like – maybe some pepper or mushroom sauce. Finally, make sure the steak is warmed slightly before you cook it, so it doesn’t have to spend as long in the pan. Try wrapping it in plastic and submerging in warm water.
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COMING & GOING ACCOMMODATION There are Antipodeans and South Africans calling all parts of London home, but generally they tend to head west (Acton, Shepherd’s Bush, Fulham, Hammersmith), north (Dollis Hill, Kilburn, Willesden Green) or south (Clapham, Southfields, Tooting). For listings see tntonline. co.uk/accommodation Dossing Offer to chip in £5 a night minimum. Hostels Expect to pay at least £10-£25 a night. Sharing You can share a room for about £50 a week, while a room to yourself will start at around £80 a week. Going it alone A bedsit or studio is at least £150 a week. Bills Bills can include phone, gas, electricity, water, council tax and a TV licence. Bond This is usually a month’s rent. You may also have to pay one month’s rent in advance. Leases You may need to sign a lease, which will typically run for six or 12 months.
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I applied for a Certificate of Approval (COA) to marry my partner of seven years. We were both born in Australia, but he has Irish parents and an Irish passport. Once I’ve obtained a COA and after we get married we want to stay on in the UK, but I’m currently on a working holiday visa, which is valid until next year. Will I need to apply for a spousal visa or an EU/EEA Resident Card? Does the EU/EEA Residence Card application have a fast-track option?
Once you and your partner are married you will need to apply for an EU/EEA
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NATIONAL INSURANCE You need a National Insurance (NI) number to work in the UK. Call 0845 600 0643 to make an appointment to apply for one. Some NI contributions go into a State Second Pension (S2P). You can contract out of this and direct the money into a private pension fund instead. You’ll need to do this before the end of the tax year or your contributions will be lost.
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The UK tax year begins on April 6, and if you work only part of the tax year you should get some tax back. The tax threshold is £6475 per year – so if you earn less than this, you won’t pay any tax. You’ll need a P45 (when you leave a job) and a P60 (at the end of the tax year). If you’re leaving the UK and won’t work again before the end of the tax year, you can claim a rebate by filling in a P85.
SHIPPING Get plenty of quotes, checking sizes and whether customs and tax charges are covered. For sea freight (which should take no longer than 12 weeks to arrive) you’ll pay around £80-£150 for your first box – less for suitcases – and £30-£90 for additional boxes.
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d gDrEaSIn GNS Ancient Spain meets the space age in the Basque city of Bilbao WORDS AMY ADAMS
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s we drive over the River Nervion into Bilbao, my sister and I yelp in unison. The taxi driver doesn’t flinch, he’s heard it all before. In front of us sits the Guggenheim Museum, possibly the most audacious art gallery ever built. A cross between a giant tin-foil corsage and a space-age ship, it’s the only building that’s ever made me squeal in delight. The museum (main image) would have stood out wherever it was built, but when it opened in 1997, Frank Gehry’s titanium fantasy threw the rundown port city around it into stark contrast. In the past 12 years though, Bilbao, on the edge of the Basque Country, has undergone enough
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urban and cultural regeneration to spark the term ‘Guggenheim effect’. Tourists flocked to the building, which is also beautiful on the inside, with a glass atrium and visible lifts and walkways that, according to the audio guide, “pump people round the museum like arteries”. In turn tourist euros were pumped into the city, hotels built, buildings inspired, and the riverside area transformed. The Guggenheim is no longer quite the anomaly it once was.
IN WITH THE NEW Walking along the river from east to west, the first thing to catch your eye is the white, arched Zubizuri footbridge – a futuristic harp propped between the river banks. Built to create better access to the Guggenheim, it was designed by Spanish architect Santiago Calatrava, who’s also responsible for the bird-like airport terminal. Cross the Zubizuri for a panoramic view of the Guggenheim, then head upriver and cross back over another innovative bridge, the wooden-slatted Pedro Arrupe. You’ll need half a day at least to explore the Guggenheim, but it isn’t the only gallery in town. Head north past swanky hotels Miro and Gran Hotel Domine, and you’ll reach the newly renovated Bilbao Fine Arts Museum, home to a world-class collection. Walk through the elegant park next door and you reach another emblem of new Bilbao, the huge Euskalduna conference centre and concert hall, built in a former shipyard and designed to look like a vessel under construction. It’s not just the quayside that’s changed. In town you’ll find flashes of modern design, from tree-like lamps and funky benches of Plaza Indautxu to the crumpled glass facade of the Basque health department headquarters. In fact you needn’t walk at all, but can jump on a tram and glide past the city’s architectural boasts, or zip round on the metro. Sir Norman Foster designed the stations, curved glass shelters (dubbed Fosteritos) emerging from the ground. BUT NOT OUT WITH THE OLD Despite all this emphasis on modern design, Bilbao hasn’t forgotten its medieval roots. The
The Basque health department headquarters
old town, Casco Viejo, remains an important part of the city, home to the Basque Museum, the Mercado de la Ribera – one of the biggest covered markets in Europe – and the gothic Santiago cathedral. It’s also the place to try the Basque version of tapas known as pintxos – delicate layers of meat, fish and vegetables on bread. Take a tour of the pintxos bars that line Las Siete Calles (seven streets), washing each bite-size snack down with a glass of the local white wine called txakoli, or small shots of beer called zuritos. There’s little chance of losing your bearings between the Plaza Santiago and the river, but one reason to check the map is Plaza Nueva, a neoclassical square enclosed by arched arcades, most of which house bars and restaurants. Perching on a stool at Cafe Bar Bilbao, before the pintxos-laden bar and brightly tiled walls, it’s safe to say the Guggenheim is not Bilbao’s only attraction.
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Metro station in Bilbao
WHEN TO GO Time your visit with one of the city’s many festivals, such as Bilbao BBK Live music festival, which coincides with the Running of the Bulls in nearby Pamplona every July. GETTING THERE Vueling flies from Heathrow to Bilbao, while EasyJet leaves from Stansted. You can also take a ferry from Portsmouth. GETTING AROUND You can walk around Bilbao, but the city has great public transport if you want to go further afield – choose from buses, trams and the metro. VISAS South Africans need a Schengen visa. CURRENCY Euro. 1 GBP = 1.18 EUR. LANGUAGE Spanish (Castilian) and Basque. GOING OUT A small beer is €2. ACCOMMODATION You won’t find dorm rooms, but hotel doubles start at €30. SEE bilbao.net/bilbao turismo
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Set on the River Rhine, Cologne is packed with beer halls, bars and clubs, making it an attractive destination for party-goers. But there is plenty to tickle your cultural side too. Cologne has an abundance of churches and museums and offers a mix of Roman, medieval and modern architecture.
BEST OF THE REST Take a stroll along the banks of the Rhine to see modern Cologne, including Köln Arena and the Köln Triangle. Head over the Hohenzollernbrücke
MUSEUM TIME There’s something for everyone when it comes to Cologne’s museums, from sport to art and even an old Gestapo prison. If you only have time for one, though make it the Schokoladen museum, dedicated entirely to the sweet stuff. While it’s no Willy Wonka factory, you can learn about growing cocoa, watch the chocolate production line in action, and sample a wafer that has been covered in chocolate fresh from the chocolate fountain. Sweet.
TRY THE LOCAL TIPPLE You can’t pass up drinking beer in Germany, it’s among the world’s best. Cologne is home to 20 breweries so there’s plenty of local stuff to get into, such as Kölsch, which is served in distinctive thin cylindrical glasses (pictured). Head to a beer hall, where staff will
deliver you a new beer without you having to ask. The beer halls are also a great way of meeting locals as the bench seating and shared tables make a visit a social event.
CHOW DOWN German food is hearty, and after eating it for a few days you’ll certainly feel heavier. Think bratwurst sausages, stuffed pork belly, loads of potatoes, sauerkraut and bread. But if you tire from traditional fare, you’ll also find cuisine from all over the world in the city.
RETAIL THERAPY Cologne is fairly compact and easy to walk around. It has a great selection of shops, from boutiques to high street stores. If you’re looking for unusual Christmas presents, time your visit with the festival season when the city hosts a fantastic Christmas market.
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visit with the city’s ‘fifth season’, Cologne Carnival (November 11-February 16, 2010). Go before Christmas for the markets. GETTING THERE Fly direct to Cologne Bonn Airport. The city is also well-connected by train with direct lines running to Frankfurt, Munich and Berlin. VISAS South Africans need a Schengen visa. CURRENCY Euro. 1 GBP = 1.18 EUR. LANGUAGE German. GETTING AROUND Seeing the sights on foot is the best way to explore the city. GOING OUT A small glass of Kölsch is about €2. ACCOMMODATION Dorm beds from €17, double rooms from €25.
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Cologne’s giant Gothic cathedral (Kölner Dom) with its twin towers rules the city’s skyline. Inside you’ll find the Shrine of the Three Magi, a tomb said to hold one of the biblical three kings. Take a walk around the great building before checking it out inside. Make sure you climb up the bell tower and take in the panoramic views across the city.
for great view of Cologne’s bridges, the cathedral and Old Town.
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ndorrans are an active bunch, and not just during the winter ski season. In summer the slopes attract trekkers and downhill cyclists in droves, and there’s plenty more to do. It would be rude to visit without getting stuck into the activities on offer (hitting the principality’s duty free shops doesn’t necessarily count) so we accepted every challenge Andorra had to chuck at us, and then some.
CHALLENGE NUMBER 1: RUN UP A HILL OK, we’re actually trekking, not running, up through Val d’Incles, possibly one of the most gorgeous places I’ve ever clapped eyes on. As we pass streams and waterfalls our mountain guide Marc Crichton points out an array of pretty flora including wild celery, Alpine rose, and the Pyrenees Lily, which supposedly smells of human sperm (though, oddly, no one is keen to verify this). Despite the brilliant sunshine there’s still unmelted snow up here, lending credence to the Andorrans’ claim they have 300 sunny days a year, and snowfall every month. While making steady if plodding progress we’re overtaken by two impossibly fit joggers who actually are running up the mountain. They are locals, probably training for one of Andorra’s Ultra Sport events, Crichton tells us – not that we feel inadequate or anything. An
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hour or so later we make it to the wonderfully blue, inviting Juclar lake at the top, complete with mountain refuge for those requiring food or a bed for the night, or both. Degree of difficulty: 4/10 Fun factor: 8/10 Do it: experienciamuntanya.com
CHALLENGE NUMBER 2: CYCLE DOWN A MOUNTAIN Oh it sounds so bloody easy, doesn’t it – but the thing about mountain biking is that there’s a hairline fracture between keeping the bike still and letting it hurtle vertically downhill at a breakneck, bowel-liquefying speed. We are cycling in Vallnord, a ski/snowboard resort in winter and a mountain biking mecca in summer. The Teenage Mutant Ninja Turtle armour we’re kitted out in makes sense once we start skidding helplessly down the slopes. Our guide, Oscar Lacueva, a one-time World Championship level competitor who can tear down a mountainside in two seconds flat, patiently teaches us how to brake with one finger on each hand, so we can keep the handlebars nice and strong. There’s virtually no pedalling – almost all your effort goes into controlling the bike – but it’s still quite taxing. We quickly gain confidence, though, and it’s all exhilaratingly downhill from here. Degree of difficulty: 7/10 Fun factor: 9/10 (when you get the hang of it) Do it: vallnord.com
CHALLENGE NUMBER 3: START YOUR ENGINES There are loads of go-karting tracks dotted around Andorra, but the one at El Tarter is extra special because it was designed by Marc Gene – a Spanish F1 driver with the Minardi team – and his kid brother Jordi. It’s basically a series of hairpin bends linked up with the odd chicane, and it looks terrifying. Stomach churning, I’m up against four cocky, highly competitive blokes. But once we’re off roaring around the Gene brothers’ labyrinthine track I soon get the hang of when to put pedal to metal, and when to ride the brakes. OK, so I’m lapped several times and never quite get the hang of the flags (a red one means what, exactly?!) – but it’s a thrilling experience and I can’t stop smiling for the rest of the day. Degree of difficulty: 7/10 if you’re me, 2/10 if you’re anyone else Fun factor: This one goes up to 11! Do it: grandvalira.com
WHEN TO GO Between July and September for perfect summer activity weather. GETTING THERE Flights to nearby Barcelona, Girona Reus and Toulouse with EasyJet, Ryanair and British Airways from London airports. Andorra la Vella is a three-hour bus ride from Barcelona. GETTING AROUND Buses link the main towns but your best bet is to hire a car. Get a 5 per cent discount at easycar.com/tntmagazine. VISAS Tourist visas are not required. However, South Africans need Schengen visas to pass through France or Spain to reach Andorra. CURRENCY Euro 1 GBP = 1.15 EUR. LANGUAGE Catalan. GOING OUT Beer costs €2. ACCOMMODATION Andorra doesn’t really do hostels, so expect to pay €40 for a hotel double in peak season. Camping is a budget option. SEE andorra.ad.
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Once you’re nice and sweaty from all that exercise it’s time to hit the Caldea Spa, home to Europe’s largest natural thermal springs. Looking like something straight out of a Las Vegas casino, Caldea is a giant complex of pools complete with sauna, Turkish baths and hydromassages. At the end of the day music swells and the water in the main pool becomes the star multimedia show ‘Mondaigua’, which can be a little disconcerting for a first timer. See caldea.com
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WINNER ON LOCATION Simon Hammett, Exeter, UK
This is a great comment on the invasion of the media in everyday life. The children peering avidly into the camera from the sidelines, while the camera itself dominates the frame and points at some unknown subject, makes a
strong image, made stronger by the use of high contrast black and white. HOT TIP: Use a fast ISO, develop film in Rodinal or turn up the contrast when digitally processing and use a high contrast paper when printing to get the ‘whitewash and
RUNNER-UP CONGER EEL, CROATIA Peter Gates, Liverpool, UK Peter coped well with the challenge of underwater photography, capturing this conger eel perfectly. Technically this is spot on. Focusing is sharp, exposure good, and the fish is well framed – no mean feat when dealing with low light, and a moving subject in a
soot’ effect in black and white.
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magnified environment where perspective is distorted. HOT TIP: When photographing underwater move as close as you can to your subject to reduce the murkiness and blueness of the water as much as possible. » Peter wins a photography course from Nigel Wilson Photography (020 7793 8664; photographycourses.org.uk) valued at £60.
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THEME: SLOW SHUTTER AT NIGHT Big Ben by Stephen Capilli, Sydney, Australia If you want to wow your friends with your photography techniques, then learning to use a slow shutter at night is simple and effective. Stephen got a great shot in this way of Big Ben and the Houses of Parliament.
WHY THIS WORKS: 1 Taken at dusk when sky still has colour. Jet black skies generally don’t work as well. 2 Dark enough for the floodlights to come on and bring the buildings to life. 3 A slow shutter has made the lights of the traffic look streaked for abstracted sense of movement.
4 Use of lines and pavement lead eye to Big Ben. 5 Inclusion of the famous double decker bus is a nice touch, as is the couple walking on the pavement.
HOT TIPS: 1 A slow shutter is generally anything less than 1⁄30 second, but for light trails of traffic
1 ⁄8 second or even slower may be necessary. A tripod is essential. If you have no tripod, find a steady surface to rest the camera on and use the self-timer to release the shutter. 2 If your camera has no shutter override (TV, shutter or manual modes) it may have a night mode, which
allows slow shutter speeds. 3 If not then force a slow shutter by using slow film (ISO 100 or slower). 4 You can also force a slow shutter by putting a neutral density filter over the lens – this reduces the amount of light that reaches the film. 5 Make sure the flash is turned off.
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When spending TIP OF a weekend in the THE WEEK Lake District, B&B accommodation can be expensive and difficult to book at the last minute (and often you have to book at least two nights). If you’ve got a car, try the White Mare Country House and Hotel in Beckermet. Rooms are £60 per night (for two sharing). The staff were fantastic and their restaurant meals are huge for really decent prices.
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I’m thinking of taking a stopover in Japan on my way to Sydney. Do you have any tips for sightseeing in Tokyo? Kasey-Anne Whitmore, via email
Caution, Jake, for you cannot see Austria and Switzerland in just five days. This is barely enough time to see Vienna and Salzburg – or indeed Salzburg and the car-free Alpine retreat of Halsatt you mention. And you don’t need a car: with just a few days you should pick two or three places and travel by train. If you want to pick one – or on the off-chance you mean you have five days in both Austria and Switzerland – I’d concentrate on the area around Salzburg, adding in hiking or cycling (both are cheap) in Hohe Tauern National Park. In Switzerland shake things up in funky-feeling Zurich, before moving on to the Jungfrau region to stretch your legs. To save money I’d recommend hostelling and booking your bunks ahead. Self-cater where you can and go easy on the nights out. You could fly into Salzburg and out of Zurich. This trip will leave plenty for another time, but should give you a feeling for what makes these countries such jaw-dropping beauties.
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My first tip is not to do what I did and arrive with no idea where your hotel is. The city is easy to get around by train but it does help to know the nearest station when you first land in a jet-lagged haze. That same haze will wake you up at 4am on the first day, so go to Tsujiki Fish Market to see the world’s largest frenzy of fishy financing. The Japan National Tourism Organisation (seejapan.co.uk) has a good overview of the various neighbourhoods to explore: the shrines and temples of the Asakusa district; Ueno Park for the excellent Tokyo National Museum; and the nearby electronics centre of Akihabara – a neon-lit wonderland after dark. Also to be seen in the evening is Shibuya, home to the worldfamous crossing. If you’re in town at a weekend swing by Harajuku to see the city’s youth tribes in all their glory. Using sites like Asia Rooms (asiarooms.net) you can secure a three-star or better room at very reasonable rates. Foreign credit and cash cards can be used throughout Japan. Japan buffs: can anyone tell me which famous monster has a statue in the Hibiya Park area of the city? I’ll happily give a Lonely Planet guide to the first entry I pull out of the hat.
A mate and I are planning to take a five-day road trip around Austria and Switzerland. We want to hire a car and leave it in the same country we collect it from, as it’s cheaper. We’d like to see Salzburg and Halsatt in Austria, but otherwise have no idea about the best route or where to start and finish. Any advice? Jake Walker, via email
Hugh got it Hugh Jackman was voted the top choice to replace Lara Bingle as the face of Australian tourism. The actor beat Bindi Irwin, Dame Edna Everage and Jennifer Hawkins for the role, according to a survey by Roy Morgan Research.
RARE GERM STONE The Blarney Stone in Ireland has been voted the world’s most germ-laden tourist attraction in a poll of 4600 travellers by TripAdvisor. The kissing stone was followed on the list by the wall of gum in Seattle and Oscar Wilde’s lipstickcovered tomb in Paris.
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SECRETS AND LIES Over half of us exaggerate and a quarter of us lie when talking about our travels, according to a poll by iknowagreatplace.com. The online travel community found that the most common lies featured made-up adventures, fake romances and new friends.
JOIN THE JET SET IN NZ Forget bungy jumping and black river rafting: New Zealand’s tourists will soon be able to get their thrills by flying with a jetpack. Kiwi inventor Glenn Martin will launch flights in a personal, strap-on aircraft for the public early next year, with plans to expand to Australia soon after. The Martin Jetpack is a two-litre jet-powered engine designed to soar at 100km/h at heights of up to 50m. The first public flight programme will be limited to low and slow flying in a controlled area while the Christchurch-based company tests the safety and limits of the engine. “Just because we have to stay under 10m
high and under 10km/h doesn’t mean it won’t be an incredibly exciting experience,” Martin Aircraft Company chief executive Richard Lauder told news agency AAP. “It will still be flying as it’s never been done before, just in the confines of a rugby field-type space,” he said. The flights are expected to cost about the same as a bungee jump or a tandem skydive, and will require just a few minutes of training before a person can strap in and take off. “It makes sense to start this up at our Christchurch base, but ultimately we want to take it to Australia, the US and the rest of the globe too,” Lauder said.
Aussies keep things short New Zealand has overtaken Britain as the number one overseas destination for Australian travellers, as the popularity of short-haul travel soars, a survey suggests. Hong Kong, Malaysia, Fiji, Vietnam, Thailand and Japan also experienced strong growth in the past few years, according to Roy Morgan Research, the Daily Telegraph reported in Sydney. Experts say the trend had arisen because people didn’t want to take too much time
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off work, the Australian dollar was not as strong as it was in the ’90s, and the number of Aussies born in New Zealand and Asia had increased. However, the number of Australians travelling within Australia has fallen, according to the Morgan report.
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Abbots Bromley, Staffordshire September 7 A quaint ritual dating back a mere 783 years, in which locals don some massive antlers for a jaunt through countryside, villages and, of course, pubs.
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BOG SNORKELLING Llanwrtyd Wells, Wales Aug 31, 2009 green-events.co.uk
HALLOWEEN PARADE New York City, USA October 31 halloween-nyc.com
OKTOBERFEST MUNICH, GERMANY WHAT: The world’s biggest
piss up, with millions of people boozing it up in one of the many tents. WHERE: Downtown Munich. WHEN: September 19 to October 4. WHY: Germans love their beer, and the idea of getting together each autumn for a festival of it goes back almost 200 years. DO IT BECAUSE: If you love beer you’ve pretty much got to go, and the traditional food
is good too. The steins make great souvenirs, but cops have been known to do checks and issue €50 fines for stealing ’em. Buy one instead. HOW MUCH: It’s free to enter. A stein of beer (one litre) will cost about €8 (£7).
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TAR BARREL ROLLING Ottery St Mary, England Nov 5, 2009 otterytourism.org.uk
MEXICAN INDEPENDENCE DAY Mexico City September 15-16 Check out the president re-enacting the famous battle cry of 1810 to fight off the conquering Spaniards, or join the masses to knock back a tequila or three.
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Ireland, for the people and the scenery. Dream destination?
America, because there’s so much to see. What’s the weirdest thing you’ve eaten?
Frogs’ legs, snail and eel. Most overrated place?
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GET PACKING: GILETS Amy Adams SOLVES YOUR TRAVEL GEAR PROBLEMS HAVE A GANDER The Rab Neutrino Vest is stuffed with goose down, which means it’s cosy yet light, and provides core warmth while still allowing unrestricted arm movement. THE DAMAGE: £100 WHERE: snowandrock.com
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MARKET KNOWLEDGE Here’s a fact for you: the word gilet derives from the Turkish yelek, referring to a traditionally embroidered silk or velvet waistcoat worn by women over a dress. It seems a long way from the gilets of today – or at least that breed of gilets that can also be called body warmers. What they lack in extravagances of fabric or decoration, though, they more than make up for in practicality. I know which sort I’d rather be
THE INSIDER JORDAN HALLPIKE, IBIZA ROCKS HOTEL PROMOTION The best part of my job is … The interesting people I get to meet from so many walks of life. My first big trip was … To America when I was 18. I spent nine months travelling around the US coaching soccer.
wearing if stuck up a Scottish mountain. What’s that? You’d prefer a waterproof? I wasn’t talking about a mid-winter ascent of Ben Nevis. Where gilets come into their own is those shoulder season treks, when a jacket is just too much but you want something to take off the chill. Or when you want your arms free to whirl like a dervish – so the link is more than just linguistic after all.
My most memorable travel experience was … Travelling up and down the West Coast of America last summer, hopping from one beach to another. My favourite place in the world is … Hermosa Beach, California. The next destination on my travel wishlist is … Australia. My sister has just come back from there and raves about it. I need to
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see what the fuss is about. My top travel tip is … Get good recommendations from friends and other travellers – no blog or book can give you the info that they can. I always pack … Light, as I seem to pick up so much stuff along the way. My guilty travel pleasure is ... Stealing the hotel soap, shower gel and toothpaste.
With its rugged landscape, Scotland makes the ideal destination for a mountain biking holiday WORDS ROBIN MCKELVIE
urrounded by menacing, craggy hills and thick forest, I wait with trepidation at the start of the notorious Glentress red run. Armed with only my mountain bike and helmet, 18km of mountain madness stares back at me. A quick gulp of air, a rush of adrenaline, and I’m off, descending into the white-knuckle world of Spooky Wood, Hit Squad Hill and The Matrix, awash with epic climbs, heart-pumping downhills and huge jumps and berms. Welcome to mountain biking in Scotland – a country that well deserves its growing reputation as the world’s number one mountain biking destination. Glentress is the perfect introduction to Scottish mountain biking. I pitch up at the centre’s The Hub In The Forest and tuck into some heart-starting coffee and freshly baked goods as the staff fill me in on all the various routes on offer. Then it’s off to their gear store – they rent and sell gear too – to get kitted out for the thrill ride.
RED-EYE FLIGHT I choose the red route as the black run looks too insane and I want more of a challenge than the green and blue routes. For those looking to brush up on their skills beforehand, The Hub offers coaching and you
NEED TO KNOW WHEN TO GO The trails at Glentress are open all year round, while The Hub facilities are open at certain times on weekdays and weekends. It’s best to book a bike in advance (and it’s £2 cheaper at £20 a day). GETTING THERE The best way to get to Glentress is to hire a car in Edinburgh and drive, which takes less than an hour. For 5 per cent off car hire check out easycar. com/tntmagazine. GOING OUT There’s a café on site that does excellent food. Nearby Peebles is a popular Scottish Borders market town with a good range of pubs. ACCOMMODATION The Tontine Hotel in Peebles (tontinehotel.com) and The Macdonald Hotel Cardrona (macdonaldhotels.co.uk/ cardrona) in Peebles offer bike packages. Day trips from Edinburgh are possible. SEE thehubintheforest.co.uk, and visitscotland.com/ perfectbiking.
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The route starts “ with an epic uphill through the forest ” can warm up on the Skills Loop. For serious bikers the Free Ride Park comes with a warning: “body armour is seriously recommended”. The red route starts with an epic haul uphill through the forest, but the effort is worth it as the views open up. Pennel’s Vennel is the first stretch of single-track downhill, loose and rocky, but it’s just a warm-up for the challenges of Spooky Wood, which kick off with three mighty drop-offs and push on into a dozen 180-degree bends, 18 jumps and 17 tabletops. Like many routes in Scotland, the red at Glentress has a number of options so you can pedal around the toughest sections and duck out of some of the climbs. My journey takes me flashing through tight single-track woodland where wet roots across the track and narrow gaps between the trees have my head spinning, and also across a tricky raised wooden section. Then there are the hulking rocks that have to be banged over, leapt across or avoided at all costs. Just under two hours after I left The Hub’s café I am back, a sweaty, adrenaline-pumping mess of dirt and smiles. The red route here
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offers seriously testing mountain biking, and after a morning slapping down it the afternoon awaits with the choice of tackling that black route or one of the relatively easier routes.
THE BIKING OF SCOTLAND Glentress is typical of the experience on offer at the mountain biking centres now springing up all over a country made for mountain biking, with its phalanx of unspoilt mountain landscapes. It is one of the Seven Stanes – a network set up by the Forestry Commission. Indeed Scotland recently usurped Canada as the world’s number one mountain biking destination, according to an International Mountain Bike Association people’s poll. Since 2002 Fort William in the Highlands has been holding rounds of the Mountain Bike World Cup and it has also hosted the UCI Mountain Bike World Cup series, the most prestigious and extreme competition in the mountain biking calendar. Scotland is certainly not resting on its mountain biking laurels, though, with centres constantly upgrading their facilities and new
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runs being developed all the time. There are the aforementioned world famous downhills at Fort William, and a 3km fire road climb and its myriad obstacles, including huge drop-offs, boulder fields, rock slabs and stone staircases, with the nefarious names of sections – Two Ton Drop and Surgeon’s Slab – giving you an idea of the difficulty involved. Whether you’re seriously into your mountain biking or just want to try it out for the first time in a user-friendly environment – and enjoy some epic scenery while you’re at it – forget about jetting off to Europe or Canada and take part in the world class mountain biking on your doorstep. There’s a wealth of biking centres in Scotland to choose from, as well as endless opportunities for going out on a bike on your own and losing yourself in the wilds.
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CYCLE EUROPE: MORE ROUTES TO TRY ENGLAND Almost £1 million has been invested to bring the Dalby Forest visitor centre up to scratch and improve mountain biking facilities in this gorgeous woodland forest in Yorkshire. Purple Mountain is what a biking centre should be. There is a wide choice of routes, from beginner greens and blues, to more technical red runs and, for adrenaline junkies, crazy black runs. As well as hiring bikes the centre also has a bike shop, with all the kit you could ever require, and a café stocked with the needs of hungry bikers in mind. » See purplemountain.co.uk.
of rides available and plenty of lifts, gondolas and the tempting Afterbike Pub. » See hafjell.no.
With some of the most spectacular mountains in Europe, Slovenia is perfectly set up for biking. The Mountain Bike Park at Crna na Koroskem was set up in 1995 and boasts a dozen fairly wild trails, with GPS on hand to keep you on the right track. Many trails link into longer adventures, and they have a hotel, bike hire, bike wash and repair shop on site. » See mtbpark.com.
The Black Forest is home to Bikepark Bad Wildbad, which hosts the German Downhill Championship. They are well set up with coaching, a bike shop, mountain railways and cable cars on hand. There are eight trails on the site, ranging from easy to difficult. » See bikepark-bad-wildbad.de.
FRANCE The mountain biking oasis of Les Gets Bike Park is set in some stunning French Alpine scenery. As well as lessons, bike repair and bike washing, there are a whopping 650km of trails to explore in the region, with ski lifts handy for getting up the tough ascents and letting you enjoy the downhills more. » See paradisvtt.fr.
TAKE A BRAKE On the brake front, forget brakes that you normally get on road bikes and opt for disc brakes instead. They offer a lot more control and you don’t have piles of wires getting in the way. As with a lot of mountain biking gear, once you have tried them out you won’t go back to the cheaper options.
WEAR AND TEAR When it comes to what to wear most riders won’t need body armour for the easier trails, but it does offer protection and is essential on the serious black downhills – some centres won’t allow you on without it. Otherwise a light, breathable base layer is essential, and waterproofs are always handy in the UK.
When it comes to a bike the choice is either hardtail or dual-suspension. Hard tail bikes, with only front suspension, are fine for most trails, but on tough reds and blacks, as well as skill tricks, dual-suspension bikes come into their own. Prices range from a few hundred pounds to thousands, so hiring is a good option if you won’t be doing much cycling afterwards. It is also essential to get a frame that fits your body size. Go to a specialist shop so they can help you out.
Mountainous Norway is an awesome biking destination, and at Hafjell Bike Park they have shown how mountain biking can make up for a decline in ski business. Mountain biking is really emerging here, with decent facilities, a range Germany’s Bikepark Bad Wildbad
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