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EDITOR’S LETTER While most of the world’s awe-inspiring sights, such as the Pyramids or Grand Canyon, are known to everyone, it’s doubtful the rice terraces in the Philippines are top of many mustdo lists. But as our story on page 74 shows, the terraces are amazing. Having walked (and fallen) through the lush hillsides myself, I can confirm the area is a mesmerising place to visit!

74 Make the Philippines your dream destination

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Celebrity News TNT Life Look Who’s Talking: Val Lehman Cinema Culture TAKING ACTION: Dolphin doco The Cove makes a splash in Oz

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52 CAREERS & MONEY 52 Careers 56 WHERE TO FROM HERE: Other places you can get work visas 59 Coming & Going

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There are many things to like about England, and even the Poms themselves. But one thing I cannot tolerate about them is how lazy they are behind a bar. I am so sick of going into a heaving pub on a Friday night, with customers stacked three-deep waiting for a drink, and watching some little British spiv amble around the

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SAFETY FIRST I’d like to remind fellow travellers that you still need to take the same precautions gallivanting around Europe as you would at home. Don’t be lulled into a false sense of security just because you’re on holiday. Even if you are in a tiny fishing village on a remote coast in Italy, protect yourself against crime. In just such an idyllic place we left a bag on the back seat of our hire car. We left the car for no more than an hour to go for a walk, and returned to find someone had punched through the back window and stolen the bag. We didn’t lose much, but it shocked us into realising that criminals are everywhere – even in quiet, idyllic locations. Anneliese, Earlsfield

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Performers from Willi Dorner’s outdoor movement troupe make body sculptures in central London. Dorner, an Austrian artist, squeezes human bodies into nooks and crannies for his Bodies In Urban Spaces project, in which dancers, climbers and performers wearing brightly coloured clothes run through malls and high streets and cram themselves into any gap they can find in public buildings.

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Capital idea: Ronnie Scott’s Bang in the middle of Soho, itself an intoxicating mixture of posh restaurants and battered strip clubs, sits Ronnie Scott’s, one of the world’s most famous and storied jazz clubs. Ronnie Scott’s opened in 1959 and has since hosted most of the legendary and popular names in modern jazz and jazz fusion, carving out a niche in London’s live music scene. Inside, the club is low-lit and oozes old-school charm. The bench seats are a crimson crushed velvet, and portraits

of jazz heroes adorn the walls. Each evening an opening act warms up the crowd, and by the time they’re winding down the club is almost full. As the main act sidles on, Ronnie’s is humming. The first notes of a wailing sax cut the air like a knife, and another latenight jam at Ronnie Scott’s gets started. TOM STURROCK

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stiffness of many hotel restaurants opting instead for the slick ’60s style of the Michael Caine/Jude Law character it’s named after. Minus the heartbreak. THE GRUB The menu makes the most of nearby Borough and Billingsgate markets, with fresh British ingredients served simply on Alfie’s boards or whipped up into

hearty meat and fish dishes. BEHIND THE BAR A helpfully divided wine list (aromatic, stimulating, fresh, etc), and delicious classic cocktails. BILL PLEASE Prices vary widely (mains from £7.50-£16), so save or splurge depending on your mood. VERDICT The perfect place to kick off a Bermondsey bar crawl. AMY ADAMS

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It’s not only darker days and golden leaves that signal autumn’s here. Changes in the fruit and veg section also herald the new season. PUMPKINS From the orange Cinderella varieties to small speckled green squashes, pumpkins are more than Halloween decorations. Stuffed, used in soups, risottos and even in warm salads, they’re one of British autumn’s best. MUSHROOMS Try a different variety this year: chanterelles in stir-fries, girolles with pasta, enoki in salads. If you want an authentic autumn experience, foraging for fungi can be lots of fun. Rather than risk eating poisonous types, join foraging expert Fergus Drennan on a hunt (wildmanwildfood.com) or scan Hampstead Heath with Andy Overall (fungitobewith. org). Alternatively, website Londonforager.com has

OF THE BEST: OYSTER BARS Bentley’s Swallow St, W1B 4DG Under the helm of chef Richard Corrigan, this stylish Piccadilly bar and restaurant serves up oysters from a variety of producers. Look out for specials.

Bibendum plenty of tips on finding free food in the capital. BLACKBERRIES Although berries are seen as summer foods, blackberries are ripe for picking in autumn. If

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on Oct 24-25 at the Royal Horticultural Halls. Try over 400 rums, learn how to make exotic cocktails, salsa to live music and stand the chance of winning a trip to the Caribbean. Tickets are £20. For more information about the event see rumfest.co.uk.

Wright Brothers Of Borough Market Stoney St, SE1 9AD More rustic than the other two bars – shucking takes place around old barrels – but it’s even better for it. Slurping good fun.

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Wine lovers can get their fill at this year’s Wine Show on Oct 22-25 at the Business Design Centre in Islington. Quaff wines from all over the world, take part in guided walks around the show with various experts, sit down to a session in the tasting theatre

to learn something new, and listen to talks and a tasting by wine guru Oz Clarke. Tickets start from £12.50, and include entry and a wine glass. See wineshow.co.uk.

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SO SORRY: Dannii Minogue has apologised for poking fun at a bisexual contestant on The X Factor. The Aussie judge rattled fans of bisexual teacher Danyl Johnson, 27, after commenting on his decision to change the words of a song to make the lyrics refer to a woman not a man. Within a week of the show airing, the media regulator Ofcom had received almost 4000 complaints relating to Minogue’s comment, but is yet to decide whether it will formally investigate the incident.

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South Africanborn super stylist Nicky HambletonJones is six-anda-half months pregnant with her first child. The 38-year-old and her husband of three years Rob, a civil engineer, are said to be thrilled.

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Aussie radio DJ Jackie O’s husband Lee Henderson was badly burned in a petrol-fuelled accident during a burn-off at their weekend retreat. “He should be all right,” the presenter said.

A TASTE OF CLINGLE They are yet to set a wedding date, but Australian power couple Michael Clarke and Lara Bingle have been keeping themselves busy building a brand together.

The glamorous couple have fronted their first joint campaign as the faces of Aussie energy drink Synergy. They posed for a series of sexy advertising images, thrusting cricketer Clarke into the modelling world usually inhabited by Bingle. “It’s

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”Maybe in a past life I was an Aborigine.” US fashion designer Donna Karan explains her affinity with Australia’s indigenous people.

NZ Woman’s Weekly: Meet Kiwi boxer David Tua’s beautiful wife Robina. Plus celebrities open their hearts about the tragic Samoan tsunami while Sarah Ferguson turns 50 and veteran star Elizabeth Taylor goes in for surgery.

AUSTRALIA OK!: Hollywood’s most beautiful bodies, plus busy Australian Idol host Andrew Gunsberg opens up about long-distance love and stepping into Kyle Sandilands’ shoes, while Kylie Minogue goes “Gaga” in the US, and joy at last for Oscar winner and proud new mum Jennifer Hudson as she shows off her baby boy David Jr.

SOUTH AFRICA You: Former Egoli star Michelle Pienaar and partner Norval Crosson show off their cute little son Joshua Peter Crosson and confess they love being parents and want another baby. Plus Brad and Angelina and their Shiloh lookalike twins take a holiday in the Middle East. There is also the story of a tandem parachute jump that went terribly wrong.

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The Aussie actress who played ‘top dog’ Bea Smith in cult TV show Prisoner talks scrag fights and putting Jonathan Ross in his place.

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Val Lehman INTERVIEW ALISON GRINTER Prisoner, or Prisoner Cell Block H as it’s known here, tackled some weighty issues. My parents wouldn’t let me watch it as a kid.

sensationalism. A certain percentage of any group is homosexual and that’s how we portrayed it.

Was it fun to play Bea Smith?

I should think not – you were much too young!

Everyone knows the show was a huge in Britain, but it was also big in the US.

You had some scarily real scrag fights on Prisoner. Did you ever get injured?

It aired on more than 40 independent channels. NBC and CBS were very worried about it and they rescheduled Mork And Mindy up against us. And we were banned in Salt Lake City – the Mormons didn’t like us!

No. And I choreographed most of them. When we first started we had a stunt man but he had no idea how women fought. So we got rid of him.

I saw an old YouTube clip of you being interviewed by Jonathan Ross – you certainly put him in his place.

Well that served him right because he actually changed his entire tack. He saw me in the corridor with the two ladies who had started the [Prisoner] fan club who were both gay, and he put two and two together and came up with five – he assumed I was as well [gutsy laugh].

Sometimes I “ can be a whole lot fucking tougher

You put him straight by saying that the whole gay/lesbian storyline in Prisoner wasn’t a big deal in Australia.

No, it wasn’t. No journalist ever asked me about it, ever! [In the UK] it was one of the first questions ever asked. He had been warned by his TV researcher not to take me on about it cos I was sick of the attitude. It was never done for

Were people scared of you off-screen?

The producers. Because we were not being paid for it. We had to take them to court to get paid for it.

People generally loved me. But I did have half a dozen very drunk youths coming home from the football once in Melbourne who challenged me saying: ‘How tough are ya really?’ I went into a phone booth to call a friend, and they were banning on the glass … I pushed the door open and went up to the largest and most vocal one and said: ‘Sometimes sweetheart I can be a whole lot fucking tougher!’ And they just melted away.

Did you visit prisons as research?

» Prisoner Cell Block H Volume 3 DVD

Did you go to America to promote it?

No. It was actually kept a deep, dark secret. The only way we found out it was showing in America was that fans started writing to us and ringing us up. Who was keeping it a secret?

Yes we did, not that we got much of a chance to speak to the inmates. We spent most of the time in the deputy governor’s office. And she was a very strange lady herself, who didn’t understand what pecking order was – puh-lease! She said ‘we don’t have anything like that in this institution’ and I said ‘sorry, you have more than one person in a room you’ve got a pecking order’.

YOU DON’T SAY? What was your nickname at school? Didn’t have one, never ever had one – no one dared.

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Great fun to play, she was never wrong and totally invincible.

Who would play you in the film of your life? Cate Blanchett and Nicole Kidman are a bit light on, so I think probably Russell Crowe. Best costume you’ve ever worn to a party? Years ago I used to go to the National Theatre Arts Ball. Our costumes were so massive we had to stand in a furniture van to get us there. I won best dressed lady three years running. I was beating all the drag queens – they were not happy.

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SCREEN TEST: ANIMAL DOCOS

Louie Psihoyos

★★★★★

It’s easy to see why The Cove is making waves around the world. Part natural history lesson, part Dirty Dozen-type action flick, Louie Psihoyos’s documentary is a masterclass in how to tell an important story in the most thrilling way possible. The film hooks you early with the revelation that thousands of dolphins are being slaughtered each year by fishermen at a Japanese town called Taiji. Looking to expose the butchery is conservationist Richard O’Barry and a crack team of eco-warriors. Playing out like a Jason Bourne movie, the group travel to Taiji and sneak into the cove where the killings take place to plant cameras. The subsequent footage is difficult to sit through and will make anger and revulsion swell up inside

1 Who narrated March Of The Penguins? 2 Which documentary followed the life and death of Timothy Treadwell, a grizzly bear enthusiast? 3 What are the names of the two main animals in the documentary Arctic Tale? 4 Name the celebrated BBC documentary series that was turned into the feature film doco Earth? 5 What 1953 Disney documentary won the first Academy Award for Best Documentary Feature?

even the most apathetic person. Almost as shocking is the useless International Whaling Commission, and the fact that people are merrily chomping mercury-rich dolphin meat. Sure, The Cove is one-sided, but with the claims backed up

by hard-hitting scenes, this is one of the most important films you’ll see this year. GOOD FOR: Those who want to make a difference. PIERRE DE VILLIERS » For our interview with Richard O’Barry see page 22

3 2035 4 Gorillaz 5 2006 LAST WEEK’S WINNER Geoff Bosie

★★★★★ George Clooney and Meryl Streep provide the voices in Wes Anderson’s witty and surprisingly nuanced stopmotion take on Roald Dahl’s yarn about a smooth fox who takes on three evil farmers. Excellent animation combine with a sharp script to ensure that this is a film that lives up to its name. GOOD FOR: Fans of Wallace and Gromit. PDV

I’m really looking forward to that film.”

COLIN

★★★★★ Shot entirely on camcorder for just £45, Marc Price’s inventive horror film follows zombie Colin as he gets used to life as one of the living dead. The movie’s low budget is both a blessing and a curse as original storytelling is hindered by dodgy camera work. Still, Price is a young filmmaker to keep an eye on. GOOD FOR: Taking a break from blockbusters. PDV

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Political thriller Balibo, gritty love story Samson & Delilah and urban drama Cedar Boys will vie for best film at the 2009 Australian Inside Film (IF) Awards. Samson & Delilah – a drama centred around two Aboriginal teenagers in central Australia – leads the charge with eight nominations, including best script, best song and best direction. Young stars Rowan McNamara and Marissa Gibson were also recognised in the best actor and best actress categories. The IF awards will be held on November 18.

LAST WEEK’S ANSWERS 1 Michael Palin 2 Holy Grail

FANTASTIC MR FOX

THE REEL DEAL Robert Pattinson apparently lost a karaoke contest to Hugh Jackman. The British actor is set to star in Unbound Captives with the X-Men star, and revealed they bonded by seeing who could perform the best renditions of classic tracks by Abba. Pattinson said: “We met up in Japan and we went karaoke singing. We were singing Abba songs, it was pretty funny. It was sort of an Abba song singoff, you know, last man standing. “I think he won, only because he can drink more than me and still sing in tune. He’s a cool guy and

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CULTURE TURNER PRIZE 2009 The Turner Prize recognises outstanding work from any British artist under the age of 50, and this year’s shortlist is a diverse collection of styles, materials and themes. As with any exhibition, there are pieces that instantly grab your attention, and others that leave you slightly baffled. Even if the technical skill and attention to detail is obvious, and impressive, the point of some pieces is often less clear. Roger Hiorns, for example, is interested in shifting, unexpected forms, which trigger questions about the world around us. While that

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SEE THIS: Exhibition might sound inaccessible, there is something undeniably beautiful and bizarrely hypnotic about one of his installations (right), which is metal dust from an atomised passenger jet engine, spread across the gallery floor to resemble a colourless desert landscape. TOM STURROCK

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» Tate Britain, Millbank, SW1P 4RG Pimlico (tate.org.uk/ britain). Until Jan 3. £8

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WORTH A LOOK The Sacred Made Real: Spanish Painting and Sculpture 1600-1700 explores Spain’s history of religious art. » National Gallery, Trafalgar Sq, WC2N 5DN

•David Chipperfield: Form Matters showcases

Leicester Square (nationalgallery.org.uk). Oct 21-Jan 24. £8

the work of one of Britain’s leading architects. » Desgin Museum, Shad Thames, SE1 2YD

Bermondsey (designmuseum.org). Oct 21-Jan 31. £5

THEATRE OF THE WEEK

BOOKS OUT THIS WEEK

BREAKFAST AT TIFFANY’S

LAST NIGHT IN TWISTED RIVER

★★★★★

Anna Friel on stage is less of a wide-eyed innocent than Audrey Hepburn on screen in Samuel Adamson’s new version, which partially acknowledges the louche, dangerous New York social scene depicted in Truman Capote’s 1958 novella. Friel is cute, sometimes

vulnerable, and casually naked as the witty manmagnet. But an airy set and clunky staging do little to conjure up the risqué lifestyle of Holly Golightly. LOUISE KINGSLEY

» Theatre Royal Haymarket, Haymarket, SW1Y 4HT Piccadilly Circus (0845 481 1870; trh.co.uk). Until Jan 9. £15-£49.50

WILDLIFE PHOTOGRAPHER OF THE YEAR

John Irving (Bloomsbury) OCT 19

Kicking off in a New Hampshire logging settlement in 1954, Irving’s latest novel tells the tale of a boy and his father who become fugitives pursued by a vengeful constable.

SUPERFREAKONOMICS

(BBC Books) OCT 22

The 19th portfolio of the prestigious annual wildlife photography competition, featuring all 120 winning and commended photographs from 2009.

I CAN SEE CLEARLY NOW THE RAIN IS GONE

Steven D Levitt and Stephen J Dubner

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Rosamund Kidman Cox

George Korankye

(Allen Lane) OCT 20

(Mirage) OCT 19

Authors of the bestselling book Freakonomics return with more myth-busting insights about controversial topics such as prostitution and terrorism.

A ‘faction’ tale based on Scotland’s Dunblane shooting, which sets factual events from a radiographer’s point of view within a fictional hospital.

MORE STAGE Aussie director Jacob Wagen turns his hand to The Spanish Tragedy in this edgy production, which puts a contemporary interpretation on an Elizabethan blockbuster » Arcola Theatre, Arcola St, E8 2DJ

Dalston Kingsland (arcolatheatre.com).

Until Nov 14. £10-£16

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TAKING ACTION Conservationist Richard O’Barry caused a splash in Australia with his documentary The Cove, highlighting the plight of dolphins WORDS PIERRE DE VILLIERS

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bout two months ago conservationist Richard O’Barry travelled to Broome in Western Australia to promote The Cove, a documentary chronicling his efforts to stop the annual slaughter of about 23,000 dolphins at a Japanese town called Taiji. After screening the shocking film, O’Barry called on residents to put pressure on their local council to suspend all ties with Taiji, Broome’s sister city. The reaction stunned him.

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PEOPLE POWER “Broome council was getting so many emails from angry people that their servers crashed,” O’Barry recalls. “There was such an outcry that Broome decided to sever its ties with Taiji a short while later. That was huge news in Japan, and it broke through the media blackout that surrounded the slaughter of the dolphins. It was a significant blow.” So significant, in fact, that when O’Barry visited Taiji last month, the killing of bottle-


The Japanese “ mafia are involved in whaling ” nosed dolphins seemed to have stopped. That the conservationist was able to rally so many Australians speaks volumes for the 68-year-old’s infectious passion and the power of doco The Cove.

Getty Images, Louie Psihoyos

BATTLING THE CAUSE In the film O’Barry, who has been fighting to protect marine life for almost 40 years, goes to extraordinary lengths to expose the slaughter of dolphins. With fishermen spearing the animals in a small cove away from the eyes of the public, the conservationist enlisted the help of free divers, cameramen and special effects experts to plant equipment in the area and record the attack. The group’s commitment to shining a spotlight on the killings and the selling of the meat, toxic because it’s so high in mercury, put them in danger throughout their stay in Taiji. “You had to look over your shoulder all the time because you just don’t know what the renegade, drunken fisherman might do,” O’Barry says. “Then you also have to worry about the yakuza [Japanese mafia], who are very involved in whaling, and being arrested by the police. It was very nerve wracking.” COVERT OPERATIONS After sneaking in under cover of darkness and planting cameras and sound equipment, the team captured sickening footage that has enraged people the world over. “Taiji is a small place with a big secret that is now getting international media attention,”

The crew on location in Taiji (above)

O’Barry says. “It’s a massive problem because not only are you killing 23,000 dolphins, which the fishermen blame for depleting fish stocks, but you’re infecting the people eating them. If it wasn’t for this film, stopping the slaughter might take another 25 years.” While The Cove has seemingly resulted in the end of bottle-nosed dolphin killing in Taiji, O’Barry says the war is far from over. “They are now killing pilot whales, which have even higher levels of mercury,” he says. “Pilot whales are actually dolphins, so it’s a trick the mayor and the city council came up with, telling the world – we are not killing dolphins any more. It’s just not true.” Despite the decision by Broome to reinstate ties last week, O’Barry is confident ordinary Australians will keep the pressure up. “I think people in Broome have to keep the pressure on, and I believe they will,” he says. “Of all the places I’ve visited I like Australia best because they’re so conservationist-minded. When they saw what was happening in Taiji they acted immediately, which is fantastic.”

» The Cove is out on October 23. For our review see page 20

For years Richard O’Barry was on the wrong side of the battle to protect marine life as the man who caught and trained dolphins for the TV series Flipper. When one dolphin called Cathy was driven to suicide by being hemmed in, and chose to stop breathing while she was in his arms, O’Barry went on a mission to free marine animals. “When I first started doing this work around 1970 I was motivated by guilt,” he says. “Flipper was so popular it led to dolphin shows and all these marine parks. But I’m not motivated by guilt any more. The work I do now is more like breathing, I just do it and don’t think about it.” But O’Barry’s efforts have angered marine parks. “They will fight me until their last breath, but I think we are winning,” he says. “People will think twice before they buy tickets to dolphin shows now. I just came from Germany and there are only three places left there, and only one in Switzerland. We are asking people not to buy tickets because that’s the best way to shut this thing down.”

Richard O’Ba rry

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FLIPPER TO FREEDOM FIGHTER

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MUSIC WHITNEY HOUSTON I Look To You (Arista)

★★★★★

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She was making Amy Winehouse and Pete Doherty look like amateurs for a while, but Whitney Houston eventually managed to get clean. Hers is the kind of riches-to-rags-to-riches story that the US adores; no wonder I Look To You brought Houston the biggest first-week sales in her 25-year career. The main evidence of Houston’s troubles offered by the album is vocal. Houston’s formerly crystalline soprano

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is scratchier, slurrier and basically unrecognisable. The change is most audible on I Didn’t Know My Own Strength, a big ballad made poignant not by the lashings of cheese over the arrangement but by Houston’s own vocal frailties. Voice aside, there’s not much to talk about. This is a straightforward modern American pop album, blending uptempo cuts with corny slowies, and nodding as much to the past (discotinged Million Dollar Bill) as to current trends (Nothin’ But Love). So, how about that Bobby Brown comeback? WILL FULFORD-JONES

MICHAEL BUBLE

MR HUDSON

Crazy Love

Straight No Chaser

KINGS OF CONVENIENCE

LIVE REVIEW

(Reprise)

(GOOD/Mercury)

Declaration of Dependence

Richard Hawley Shepherds Bush Empire Oct 8

★★★★★ Although his dreary rendition of Georgia On My Mind and a ghastly take on All I Do Is Dream Of You won’t make anyone forget either Ray Charles or Singin’ In The Rain, Canadian crooner Michael Bublé doesn’t do most of these overfamiliar songs too much harm. The real problem is whether, when there are already upwards of 100 perfectly adequate recordings of Cry Me A River out there, the world really needs another. It probably doesn’t. WFJ

★★★★★

If you haven’t heard the one about how north Londoner Mr Hudson (first name Ben) became Kanye West’s right-hand man on West’s recent album 808s & Heartbreak then you’ve clearly been living under a giant rock or on Pluto or something. In which case you’ve probably also been spared the horrendously anodyne, anaemic, subKanye electro of Hudson’s single Supernova. The rest of the album ain’t much cop either. ALISON GRINTER

(Source/Virgin)

★★★★★

For their latest outing, Norwegian duo Kings Of Convenience don’t deviate from their formula for gentle, acoustic tunes. As with their previous two albums there is a quiet, emotionally charged quality to the songs on Declaration Of Dependence which finds its most pleasing expression in prettily undulating numbers like Power Of Not Knowing. But a few more upbeat numbers like Peacetime Resistance would have given DOD the lift it sorely needs. AG

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NO.1 Sexy Bitch, David Guetta feat Akon. MAKING NEWS Rumours abound that Powderfinger are to split up, with an industry insider claiming that their next tour will be their last. But the band’s manager Paul Piticco denied any knowledge of an imminent split.

NO.1 Sexy Bitch, David Guetta feat Akon. MAKING NEWS Boh Runga and her band will join a host of local artists for the inaugural Coro Music Festival at the Coromandel Area School on Sunday, January 3, 2010. The festival is presented by the Education Charity CEDACT.

NO.1 Celebration, Madonna. MAKING NEWS Forget The X Factor, the hottest new talent show is Shanty Stars, a competition to unearth singing talent among the millions of people who live in townships. All genres are allowed but contestants must live in a shack to enter.

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Although it lacked the sense of occasion palpable at the Sheffield-based crooner’s last London gig in 2007, this was an engaging evening. Sporting an ultra-sharp, velvet-collared suit, and twanging on a succession of vintage guitars, Hawley delivered every song on his fine new album Truelove’s Gutter, plus a few oldies. His band now includes multi-instrumentalist David Coulter, whose musical saw solos were an inspired, eerie touch. That’s more than can be said for the guest appearance by Lisa Marie Presley during the encores. JON LUSK

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GIG OF THE WEEK DIZZEE RASCAL When he first emerged from East London as a brash new talent sporting debut LP Boy In Da Corner it looked as though Dizzee might languish in the musical margins occupied by critically acclaimed, yet commercially ignored grime artists. A Mercury Prize certainly put him on the map, but it’s the cheeky chappy’s recent crossover into dance and pop which has sent him stratospheric with three massive number ones (Dance Wiv Me with Calvin Harris, Bonkers with Armand Van Helden, and Holiday with, er, himself). Don’t miss.

» Brixton Academy, 211 Stockwell Rd, SW9 9SL

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Brixton

(0844 477 2000). Thu, Oct 22. £19.50

LADYSMITH BLACK MAMBAZO

GREEN DAY

With Afro-pop everywhere now it’s difficult to recall how radical Paul Simon’s appropriation of Ladysmith Black Mambazo’s music for Graceland sounded back in 1986. The South African collective fronted by Joseph Shabalala can still give you chills with their Zulu harmonies.

Like The Ramones before them there is something ageless about pop/punksters Green Day. Little wonder, as the trio’s latest album 21st Century Breakdown will attest, they have made an art form out of creating teenage-y, anthemic threechord wonders. They’re in town to plug the new album and play hits such as Longview this week.

» Cadogan Hall, Sloane Tce, SW1X 9DQ

» 02 Arena, Peninsular Sq, SE10 0DX

Sloane Square (020 7730 4500; cadoganhall.com). Oct 23-24. £10

BELIEVE THE HYPE YVES KLEIN BLUE

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THE LINE-UP Michael Tomlinson

(lead vox), Charles Sale (guitars), Sean Cook (bass) and Chris Banham (drums). HAILS FROM Brisbane. THE BUZZ SO FAR Named after the blue monochrome paintings by French artist Yves Klein, this BrisVegas quartet are aiming for the same level of classicism with their punk infused indie rock. WHAT ELSE? Formed at university, the band won MTV’s Kickstart competition and wisely used the $20,000 prize money to finance their 2008 debut EP Draw Attention To Themselves (out now on Guerrilla Music from digital providers). THE BAND SAY “We’re influenced by older bands and classic recordings.” THE CRITICS SAY “Yves Klein

Blue spin a rather beguiling mix of lovely melodies and idiosynchratic rhythms and vocal patterns – sort of like the Arctic Monkeys or The Strokes with all the shit bits taken out.” (Inpress) THE PLUG Supporting Reverend And The Makers at various

North Greenwich

(0870 534 4444). Oct 23-24. £37.50

London venues from Nov 5-27. See myspace.com/yvesklein bluemusic for details.

SOUND BITES Pop Idol runner-up Jessica Mauboy (below) will lead the charge of Aria nominated artists at this year’s Awards ceremony on November 26. The Darwin singer is up for six gongs for her second album Been Waiting, including Best Female Artist. Also picking up multiple nominations were Empire Of The Sun, Ladyhawke, AC/DC and The Temper Trap.

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Big Bad

WOLFMOTHER After cutting loose the original line-up Wolfmother frontman Andrew Stockdale is back with a new album, a new band and a bigger and bolder sound WORDS ALISON GRINTER


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he swagger is gone. Wolfmother’s Andrew Stockdale is uncharacteristically humble on the phone from his London hotel. It’s almost as if the massive success of the band’s self-titled debut album, released in 2004, counts for nothing now its original members Myles Heskett (drums) and Chris Ross (keyboards/ bass) are no longer in the picture. The two left citing “irreconcilable differences” earlier this year, leaving a bruised Stockdale to dust himself off, recruit three new band members and record Wolfmother’s phenomenal new album Cosmic Egg.

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If Wolfmother’s first album went up to 11, then Cosmic Egg is off the dial! I’m really happy with the record … I think Alan [Moulder, producer] made the band sound incredible but that’s just my humble opinion. You didn’t want the album to sound too polished, is that right? Yeah, it’s like you can record someone on guitar and it sounds compressed, or you can set up the drums so you can’t even hear the person play it’s so hi-fi. I wanted it to sound good in a hi-fi way but without being overproduced and clean. Did some of the magic of recording at LA’s legendary Sound City Studios and Sunset Sound Studios rub off on the album? You can’t help but be inspired in some of those old studios – the wood and the desks. I was thinking about all the records that had been made on this desk, Bob Dylan’s voice has gone through, or Kurt Cobain’s voice or Neil Young’s guitar: it’s such a major part of Western culture and for us to be able to use that equipment is kinda cool. You did a song By The Sword with Slash for his album. Were you awestruck by him? He’s a pretty iconic guy, and has a real presence. It was an honour to meet him and do the song. He made contact with you. Is he a fan? Yeah, he likes my vocal style, I guess.

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Cosmic Egg is named after a yoga move. Do you practise yoga much? “I wish I could say I did but, I just went to that one class [laughs]. I was looking for an album title and that name was mentioned during the class so it just kind of jumped out of me. That tie-dye T-shirt you’re always wearing in photos – did you get it in Byron Bay? Yeah [laughs], I pulled over at one of those hippie shops on the way in and thought ‘Fuck it, I’m gonna get one of those tie-dye T-shirts.’ It’s pretty bright. I must look like a real tourist. You’re now a member of the Twitterati … Yes, I’m involved in the Twitter world now.

Andrew Stockdale above and opposite with, from left, Aidan Nemeth (guitar), Ian Peres (keyboards/bass) and Dave Atkins (drums)

Your dispatches while making the album were pretty funny, particularly the one that said: ‘White Feather is the greatest song since Womack & Womack’s Footsteps.’ [Laughs] See that’s where I should not be going on Twitter. Did you see the one I put up when I was in a hotel room in Gothenburg and found a card with ‘Bjork’ written on it? She must have been in the same room before me. You slept in the same bed as Bjork! Yes, that is an interesting thought. You were writing some of the songs for the album around the time Heath Ledger died. Oh yeah, that was a bit of a freak out. I didn’t know him or anything like that, just that like me he had a daughter, and the same sleeping pills he ODed on, a doctor prescribed me when Wolfmother started touring. I just thought: ‘Whoa, you gotta watch yourself.’ Sounds like he just pushed himself over the edge working, went into the character too much … It just makes you think, everything aside, you’re a human being, and you need to remind yourself you need to look after yourself. Did you know that the Splendour In The Grass gig was going to be your last one with Myles Heskett and Chris Ross? Yeah, that was the plan – it was like established two or three weeks before that gig it would be the last show, yeah. Pretty full on, hey? So are you going to be keeping in touch with those guys? Maybe in time we’ll see, but it’s gonna take some time for things to wash over …

» Cosmic Egg out October 26 through Island

BREAKING UP IS HARD TO DO Andrew Stockdale isn’t the first frontman to part with band members over “creative” differences … ■ Luke Steele As frontman of The Sleepy Jackson, Steele “lost” no fewer than 11 bandmates, including his brother Jesse. Empire Of The Sun members take note. ■ Axl Rose By the mid ’90s the ginger whinger had provoked all of the main members of Guns ’N’ Roses (Izzy, Duff, Slash) into leaving the band. He went on to recruit a new line-up, which included a guitarist called Buckethead. ■ John Butler The indie troubadour split from bass player Shannon Birchall and drummer Michael Barker earlier this year. He has since teamed up with Bryon Luiters and Nicky Bomba.

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MUSIC LISTINGS MONDAY 27

SATURDAY 2

Casiotone For The Painfully Alone, Concern, Mewgatz

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

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

St, NW1 7JE (0870 432 5527). £14.50.

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

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

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

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

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

Left With Pictures, My Sad Captains, The Riff Raff

Rosemary Branch Festival: Pete Letanka Trio South

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

African swing band. Rosemary

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

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

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

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

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.

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

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

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KT Sullivan The vocalist

The Bug, DJ Adrian Sherwood The London outfit

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

play experimental rock. The

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

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

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

Jayson Norris, Rhys Morgan, Amphibic Acoustic rock singer-songwriter originally from New Zealand. Halfmoon Putney, Lower Richmond Rd, SW15 1EU (020 8780 9383). £5.

Sleepercurve, White Light Parade, HK:UK The London trio play progressive indie-rock to promote their forthcoming EP. Dublin Castle, Parkway, NW1 7AN (020 8806 2668). £6, w/flyer £5.

The Yeah You’s, Meg Hutchinson Alternative duo

FRIDAY 1

Emily Barker & The Red Clay Halo, Danny Schmidt

Skinny Molly

The Wednesday Night Showcase Acoustic showcase of signed and unsigned acts. The Bullet

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

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

The Deadly Vibes, The Risk, The Branded

Tarrbaby, Three Times Daily

The Blockheads The veteran

punk-rockers play their hits. The

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

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

Willie Garnett’s Big Band Gravity, Spector, Gunner Sgt, Continental Train Wreck The outfit play indie-rock songs. Hope And Anchor, Upper St, N1 1RL (020 7354 1312). £6, concs £4.50.

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

Hayze, I’m Spartacus, Hipsters Fix, The Blockade Indie-rock trio from Ipswich.

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

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

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

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Zoot Money’s Surprise Party The veteran blues man

tracks from the New York performer. Cafe Oto, Ashwin

plays his monthly residency.

St, E8 3DL (020 7923 1231). £10.

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

James Marsters

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.

The Cavendish Arms, Hartington Rd, SW8 2HJ (020 7627 0698). £5.

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

The Wolfetones Brian Warfield and his band play upbeat interpretations of Irish ballads and songs. Irish Cultural Centre, Blacks Rd, W6 9DT (020 8563 8232). £15.

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

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

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

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

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

Ultravox The 1980s

Pink

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

The pop singer performs tracks from her album Funhouse. O2

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

Tacoma The Paris-based

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

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

Jim White The Americana

Mick Thomas, Rachel Hatfield, Natalie MCcool

country singer plays tracks from his extensive back catalogue.

The Australian soloist performs folk-rock. The Troubadour,

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

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

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

Rd, WC1X 8BZ (020 7837 4412). £6.

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.

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

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

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

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

Heavy soulful rock four-piece from London. Bull And Gate,

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

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

Mike Kintish and Nick Ingram perform electro-rock tracks.

Bridgefire, Son Of Bitch

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

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

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

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


CLUBBING

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Natasha Vuckovic PICKS OUT THIS WEEK’S BEST CLUB NIGHTS

CLUB OF THE WEEK PERFECTO PRESENTS PAUL OAKENFOLD It’s not often that Oakie plays on British soil. Now more at home in the US, these days he’s more likely to be collaborating with A-listers, such as Madonna, than mixing tunes in a dark and sweaty London club. Catch the Britishboy-done-good at Matter this week as he plays alongside Lottie and Adam White. Let’s hope he doesn’t repeat his embarrassing dance moves seen in Madge’s Celebration music video.

» Matter, The O2, Peninsula Sq, SE10 0DY

North Greenwich

(020 7549 6686). Fri, Oct 23, 10pm-6am. £12

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electro

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WONDERLAND

A good opportunity to check out Steve Angello’s brother, AN21, before predictions of his massive success come true. Liaison regulars X-Press 2, known for their multi-decked sets, are also on the line-up.

Quite a good line-up at Ministry this week. This is Pete Tong’s night and of course the Radio 1 DJ will be doing his thing. Watch out for Chris Lake too, who has some great house music up his record sleeve.

» Pacha, Terminus Pl, SW1V 1JR Victoria (0845 371 4489). Sat, Oct 24, 10pm-5am. £15 adv, £20 otd

» Ministry Of Sound, Gaunt St, SE1 6DP Elephant & Castle (0870 060 0010). Sat, Oct 24, 11pm-7am. £20 adv

LP REVIEW Later Mixed by Crazy P (Seamless Recordings)

UK funksters Crazy P are back with this Later mix, which offers chilled out, easy listening vibes doused in ’70s funk, gently building up to a crescendo of disco-tastic tunes. There’s a couple of Crazy P’s own tracks, including Never Gonna Reach Me with vocals by Danielle Moore. The

only ear-sore is when the chilled mood is annoyingly disturbed with George Double’s painful Breast Meat rap effort. Overall though, it’s a bloody good funked-up sound, which will have you reaching for that Afro. Out this week.

We have five copies of Crazy P’s Later album to give away. To enter, email grabs@tntmagazine.com with ‘Crazy P’ in the subject line by noon on Wed, Oct 21.

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hard house/trance

house/garage

rock/metal

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CLUB NEWS

Ministry Of Sound is holding a mammoth event at The O2 Arena for New Year’s Eve. Called Ministry Of Sound Live, the show’s line-up includes Calvin Harris, Eric Prydz and Deadmau5 (above), and will feature a 360-degree DJ stage. Harris will be playing the midnight set. Tickets are from £50 and on sale now. A download site, which specialises in classic dance music, has been launched. OldSkoolmp3.com has pulled together a collection of some of the rarest and most desirable tunes from the last 25 years of dance music. “If you’ve enjoyed a period of your life dedicated

to the weekend world, then OldSkoolmp3.com is going to help fill your iPod with priceless memories,” the website says. “Vinyl junkies will appreciate the opportunity to lock up their valuable record classics and download high quality MP3s and full frequency Wav versions to throw down at their next gig.” Tracks are available for £1.49. Tiësto’s new album Kaleidoscope can be listened to in full on the DJ’s MySpace page. It features collaborations with Bloc Party, Nelly Furtado and Calvin Harris. Check it out at myspace.com/tiesto.


CLUB LISTINGS MONDAY 27 Authentic Cuban Night 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

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

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

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

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.

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

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.

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

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Game On Residents spin

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

Socialism Brockie, Nicky

Forca Brasil DJ Fred spins

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

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

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

club anthems. LVPO, Dean St, W1D

house and commercial dance.

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

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

5BQ (020 7434 3399). 9pm-3am. £8.

Trannyshack Tasty Tim and

Silk Cuts DJ Nick Fletcher spins

global house. Jewel, Glasshouse

Lost In London Party hits

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

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

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

Wicked Wednesdays

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

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

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.

Brewer St, W1F 0SE (020 7734 3040). 10.30pm-3am. £5, w/flyer £3.

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

THURSDAY 30 Arpdays DJs Idjut Boys, Bill

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

FRIDAY 1 Appropriate For... Party! Residents spin dance, pop and club classics. Apt, Queen St, EC4N 1TX (020 7618 9020). 7pm-3am. £5, £3 guest list. Free before 10pm.

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

White Heat DJs Matty and Olly spin rock and disco.

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

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

(020 7739 3440). 7pm-1am. £8.

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

Classique The residents

Calentito Resident DJs spin

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

pop, R’n’B and classic soul.

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

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

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.

SATURDAY 2 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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“Our report card shows objectively, slowly, things are deteriorating, access in emergency departments is worse, waiting times in emergency departments is worse, on all measures our public hospitals are gradually getting worse.” AMA president Dr Andrew Pesce.

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AUSTRALIA One lucky baby A six-month-old baby had a miraculous escape after his pram was clipped by a train and dragged 30m at Ashburton station in Melbourne. The baby was taken to hospital but later discharged with only a minor bump.

Inglis in court Rugby league star Greg Inglis fronted the Sunshine Magistrates’ Court in suburban Melbourne with his lawyers formally indicating he would contest charges he assaulted his

in the drink: Crown Prince Frederik of Denmark falls into the water after capsizing his boat in Rose Bay, Sydney. The Prince is in Australia for the 2009 World Masters Games and is competing in the Taser Class. Princess Mary did not travel to Australia.

girlfriend on August 9. Inglis’s lawyer Michael Croucher indicated the contest would be based on a factual argument and the defence that Inglis was protecting Robinson from herself. The next hearing will take place on April 12.

Rapist pleads guilty

Greg Inglis

A 21-year-old Polish man pleaded guilty in Edinburgh High Court, Scotland, to the rape of a 24-yearold Australian woman. The court was told Michal Marchlewski, 21, and his cousin, who hanged himself after being arrested, abducted the woman in

*And finally … weed bad for sex

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smokers experienced premature ejaculation at nearly three times the rate of non-smokers. Women who smoked cannabis daily were more likely to have had two or more sexual partners in the previous year and they were also seven times more likely to have been diagnosed with a sexually transmitted infection in the past year than non-smokers.

Midget race attacked A ‘Midget Cup’ at Cranbourne racetrack received national attention after objections from the Victorian racing minister. The race involved shortstatured people being carried on the backs of punters and racing 50m down the straight to the winning post. The race was defended by organisers and participants, including dwarf Jeremy Hallam.

“I’m weighed down by gold. I’m aiming for 200 medals. I’ll be still swimming when I’m over 100.” 99-year-old World Masters contestant Margo Bates on winning at the games. “If you had no home to go to, if you had no country to live in ... what would you do?” Alex, a spokesperson for Tamils aboard the boat stopped by Indonesian authorities. TNT er th weaport re

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Australian research revealed men who regularly smoked cannabis may be prematurely stubbing out their sex lives. Men who smoked pot daily were found to be four times more likely to have trouble reaching orgasm than those who did not inhale, according to a La Trobe University study. Other daily male cannabis

broad daylight and raped the woman a number of times in about eight hours in February. Marchlewski will be sentenced on January 7.

“(Ben Lexcen) was a very nice guy, I had a lot of time for him, he was a very likeable person. But after 25 years, I must say that he had very little to do with the design.” Dutch naval architect Peter van Oossanen claims his team designed the winged keel behind Australia II’s 1983 America’s Cup win.


What’s happening across the country

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■ 253 Sri Lankans seeking asylum in Australia are intercepted by Indonesian authorities following a request from Kevin Rudd. ■ Refugee status is given to 42 asylum seekers who survived a boat explosion off Ashmore Reef earlier this year. ■ Opposition claims Federal Government policy on asylum seekers encourages people smugglers.

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he Prime Minister must admit his border protection policies were a failure, according to opposition leader Malcolm Turnbull. The call came after a week of debate following the detention of 253 Sri Lankans in Indonesia heading to Australia. The Indonesian navy apprehended the Tamil asylum seekers, who were trying to reach Christmas Island, after

TASMANIA Tasmania is the state leading Australia out of the global financial crisis. CommSec Economics’ State of the States economic rankings placed the Apple Isle at the top of the class for economic performance.

QUEENSLAND Kevin Rudd’s policies on asylum seekers are under intense scrutiny

an intelligence tip-off from Australia and a personal plea from Prime Minister Kevin Rudd to Indonesian President Susilo Bambang Yudhoyono. The navy took the asylum seekers to the port city of Merak, in western Java. But the asylum seekers refused to leave the ship, fearing they would be

deported back to Sri Lanka or forced to spend years in limbo in Indonesia while they waited for another country to resettle them. There were reports another six boats carrying asylum seekers were also headed for Australia, but Rudd refused to apologise for his Government’s policy.

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Bali survivors shocked by plans

Two women attend a memorial service for the Bali bombings

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Plans to build a new nightclub on the site of the former Sari Club, where dozens of Australians were killed by the Bali bombings, have sickened some survivors. Last Monday marked the seven-year anniversary of the terrorist attack which killed 88 Australians. While memorial services were held in Bali and across Australia it was revealed Bali businessman Kadek Wiranatha had plans to redevelop the Sari Club site into a new nightclub and restaurant. The Australian-based Bali

BALI BOMBINGS • 202 people killed in the attacks on the Sari Club and Paddy’s Bar at Kuta on October 12, 2002. • 88 Australians died in the explosions. • Three Indonesian men were executed for their role in the bombings.

Peace Park Foundation said it wanted to build a park and memorial on the site. Bali Governor I Made Pastika supported the peace park plan and said he would not allow a new development.

Nova 106.9 breakfast radio announcer Ash Bradnam was allegedly caught driving with a blood-alcohol reading of 0.214. He announced on Nova that he was taking time off from his broadcast duties and admitted to having a drinking problem.

NORTHERN TERRITORY A woman was fighting for her life after jumping from a moving car in Darwin. She was struck by the car’s back wheels. The driver stopped and moved her to the side of the road before driving off. The man was charged with recklessly endangering life.

WESTERN AUSTRALIA A Perth man was jailed for posting pictures of his three-year-old daughter on a paedophile website. The man was arrested during an international operation, code named Operation Keiko, in March last year. The girl was clothed in the pictures but her underwear was showing in one shot.

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Erebus trip to go A plan to fly five representatives of the victims of the Erebus crash to Antarctica to commemorate the 30th anniversary of New Zealand’s worst air disaster would go ahead, Air New Zealand said. Last month, families of the 257 people killed in the November 28, 1979, crash questioned why so few of them were offered seats. The airline responded saying it was not logistically possible to take everyone. The airline said the overwhelming majority of the families supported the plan to send representatives and a decision had been made to proceed with it.

NZ compares well New Zealand and Australia were “flavour of the month” compared to other OECD countries because they did not have a banking crisis and were recovering reasonably well, according to finance minister Bill English. Speaking to the New Zealand

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The percentage of people polled who believe lowering the drinking age from 20 to 18 in 1999 had a negative impact on Kiwi society.

20b Top prize: New Zealand Prime Minister John Key takes afternoon tea with six-year-old Breanna Newman, winner of the ‘Phones for Starship’ competition. Breanna collected 468 mobile phones in the recycling competition, winning afternoon tea with Key.

Herald after his trip to London and Hong Kong, English said the country was coming out of recession better than most.

been provoked. He was found guilty of murder in July after a month-long trial.

Murderer appeals

Property values across the country rose 2.7 per cent from their low in April, but remained 7.1 per cent below the market peak of late 2007, according to QV Valuation. QV’s residential property index in September was down 1.1 per cent from the same time last year. The average sale price increased further to $387,567 in September from $385,426 in August.

Convicted murderer Clayton Weatherston lodged an appeal against his conviction, the Court of Appeal said. Weatherston, 33, was jailed for a minimum of 18 years in September after a jury found him guilty of murdering his former girlfriend, Sophie Elliott, in January 2008. The former Otago University tutor admitted stabbing Elliott 216 times, but argued he had

ranked sixth most socially attractive, while it came seventh on prestige. Australian English came in thirteenth and eleventh respectively in the same categories. Auckland University of Technology professor Allan Bell said New Zealand English was relatively similar to Queen’s English and BBC English.

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*And finally … choice accent Brits really do love Kiwi accents. A BBC survey found New Zealanders had the most charming and prestigious English accents outside of the United Kingdom. Stuff.co.nz reported that 5000 people were surveyed on the social attractiveness and prestige of 34 English-speaking accents. New Zealand English was

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■ The search for two-yearold Aisling Symes ends with the grim discovery of her body in a stormwater drain. ■ Waitakere City Council confirms complaints had been made about the drain Aisling died in. ■ Five hundred people attend Aisling’s funeral.

UPPER NORTH ISLAND Five teenagers were charged with murdering 17-year-old Kaine Lewis in Murupara. Lewis was beaten and dumped on a driveway of a Murupara house, where he was found dying on October 3. He was the second teenager to die in Murupara gang violence in nine months.

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undreds of mourners gathered on Friday to farewell Aisling Celine Symes, the West Auckland two-year-old who went missing two weeks ago. Her body was found in a stormwater drain on Monday in Longburn Rd, Henderson after her disappearance a week earlier sparked a huge search. About 500 people filled Ranui Baptist Church in West Auckland. Well-wishers filed past her coffin, which was adorned with the Irish flag, a New

Items are displayed on top of the casket at the funeral service for toddler Aisling Symes

Zealand flag and a Winnie the Pooh teddy bear, before the service began at 11am. After her disappearance a search failed to find Aisling and police suspected she had been abducted. Inspector Gary Davey said they looked down the drain twice the day Aisling disappeared and sent cameras

down the following day. He said police decided last week to dig up the drain due to blockages and they found Aisling 36m from the manhole and 1.5m underground. Waitakere City Council spokesman Wally Thomas said there had been four complaints about the drain and the manhole in five years.

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Lee forced to pay back taxpayers Prime Minister John Key accepted an accounting error was to blame for MP Melissa Lee’s television production company needing to pay back taxpayer money. Lee, a list MP, was the National’s candidate in the June 13 Mt Albert by-election and during the campaign faced allegations that her television production company, Asia Vision Ltd, had misused taxpayer funds for political purposes. NZ On Air cleared her of the allegations but in the process uncovered $80,000 of unspent contingency funds which

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should have been refunded. Key said an innocent mistake appeared to have been made and NZ On Air did not think it was deliberate. “I accept her at her word and I’ve got no reason to dispute that,” Key said. Lee said she was only made aware of the problem last week and would rectify it. Labour deputy leader Annette King said the public should have been told about the problem sooner after broadcasting minister Jonathan Coleman was informed about the irregularity in August.

LOWER NORTH ISLAND An off-duty police officer who was bashed while trying to break up a fight in Hastings was put in intensive care. The officer was attacked by a group and knocked unconscious, suffering numerous head and facial injuries.

UPPER SOUTH ISLAND Police and animal lovers were hunting a sadist after a horrific nail gun attack on a cat in Christchurch. The dead female cat was found in Sparks Rd in Hoon Hay with a dozen 85mm nails in its head.

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A 21-year-old Otago University student studying for exams was bashed unconscious in her Dunedin home by an intruder. She was taken to Dunedin Hospital for treatment to a head injury and was in a serious condition. Police were still looking for the attacker.

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Police unhappy The KwaZulu-Natal police expressed concern about domestic violence cases that were reported and withdrawn. The comments came after assault charges laid by the wife of former Springbok rugby star Percy Montgomery were withdrawn the previous week. A statement issued by the couple the following weekend said the charges were “laid in haste and an over-reaction” to an argument between Montgomery and his wife. Police said when such incidents occured a lot of state time and resources were wasted.

Pistorius off the hook Paralympic star Oscar Pistorius would not be prosecuted on an assault charge, Pretoria police said. Pistorius, 22, spent a night behind bars in September for allegedly assaulting a woman who had attended a gathering at his Silverlakes house. Police said there was not enough evidence to prosecute,

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Township trouble: Residents of the township Sakhile near Standerton in Mpumalanga protest over poor service delivery and alleged corruption in their city council. ANC members were meeting with municipal officials to resolve the situation.

nor was there any intention by Pistorius to assault the woman.

Uni drops charges The ANC criticised a university rector’s decision to drop disciplinary charges against four white students whose video humiliating black workers sparked a race outcry last year. The home-made video, filmed in a former whites-only hostel, showed five black workers taking part in initiation-like rituals which included kneeling to eat food into which a student had urinated. “In a gesture of racial reconciliation, and the need for

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Brandt were confronted by six robbers who overpowered them. They forced the couple back into the house where they were tied up. One of the attackers later wanted to close the garage doors, but, instead of the remote control button, he hit the panic button. Police were still searching for the robbers.

Land prices fiddled Collusion on land prices among some owners, estate agents, valuers and government officials was hampering land restitution, according to deputy land reform minister Joe Phaahla. He said once owners knew their land was earmarked by government for settlement of a land claim, its value often sky-rocketed.

“We don’t have ugly women in the ANC. That is why Zille can’t be a member. She has faked her face. This means that she fakes everything including policies.” ANC Youth League president Julius Malema on reports Democratic Alliance leader Helen Zille had botox treatment. “They made me out to be the so-called big drug lord, landlord, the mafia boss. It was all bullshit.” Glenn Agliotti speaking on a video shown in South Gauteng High Court on Thursday. “His death is a huge loss to South Africa, particularly the music fraternity. We join many South Africans in paying tribute to this jazz icon who became a beacon of hope and inspired so many artists.” ANC spokesman Brian Sokutu on the death of legendary jazz saxophonist Winston Mankunku Ngozi. “We’ll smash, it’ll be war until ... Jacob Zuma comes.” A resident of the township of Sakhile in Standerton where riots started over the lack of services in the community.

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healing, the University of the Free State will withdraw its own charges against the four students,” University rector Jonathan Jansen said in his inauguration speech on Friday.

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■ Convicted drug trafficker Glenn Agliotti is on the stand all week in Jackie Selebi trial. ■ Agliotti claims businessman Brett Kebble’s death is a case of assisted suicide. ■ He also claims payments made to Selebi are simply a case of helping a friend.

KWAZULUNATAL A police station that was praised for bringing crime down was being investigated for cooking its books, Beeld reported. The Mountain Rise police station in Pietermaritzburg allegedly failed to include 147 crimes in its crime statistics report.

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onvicted drug trafficker Glenn Agliotti stood firm in his conviction that payments made to former top cop Jackie Selebi were innocent gestures of generosity. Agliotti was testifying in the High Court in Johannesburg in the case against Selebi, who was facing two counts of corruption and defeating the ends of justice. The charges related to payments of at least R1.2 million he allegedly received from Agliotti, businessman Billy Rautenbach and slain

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mining magnate Brett Kebble. By the end of the second week, Agliotti was still the only witness to have testified. “I’ve helped friends before. I’ve given presents to friends before. That’s just how I am,” he said. In a video recording shown to the court Agliotti also claimed the death of Kebble, in

2005, was an assisted suicide. Agliotti was charged with Kebble’s murder in 2006. “It was an assisted suicide. Brett got into such financial trouble, he could not see the way out. He then planned it with (Clinton) Nassif and they planned it, they prayed about it, they had dry runs.” The trial continues this week.

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UK visa issue remains on agenda South Africa should ensure it was “standing on firm ground” before approaching the United Kingdom to renegotiate the country’s new visa requirements. Responding to a question in the National Assembly on when South Africans could expect to no longer have to apply for a visa before entering the UK, Home Affairs Minister Nkosazana Dlamini-Zuma said the decision was up to the UK government. In February this year, the UK slapped a visa requirement on South African citizens visiting the country, following

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concerns about stolen and forged SA passports. She said there were “objective and subjective reasons” why the UK had introduced the visa requirement. “And until we are satisfied that we have addressed all the objective reasons, it would not make sense for us to go back to the UK and try and renegotiate,” she said. “We should know that we are standing on firm ground by the time we go to them.” She said the matter remained on the agenda of bilateral discussions.

EASTERN CAPE A 35-year-old man was killed after residents of Kwazakhele attacked him with sticks and stones for allegedly attempting to rape a 64-year-old woman. The man was already dead when police arrived.

WESTERN CAPE The University of Stellenbosch was told its racial transformation programme to increase the amount of black undergraduates to 34 per cent by 2015, from the current level of 24 per cent, was “too mediocre”. This was the claim of the National Assembly’s higher education portfolio chairman, Marius Fransman.

GAUTENG The Advertising Standards Authority (ASA) ordered the strip club Teazers to take down its “no need for gender testing” billboard in Johannesburg. It said the billboard was offensive to athlete Caster Semenya.

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NETBALL Australia roll the Poms 55-44 in a one-off Test in Bath. It was a

bit of revenge for Sharelle McMahon’s girls who were beaten by England four days earlier for the first time in 26 years. Only 27 years until a new record is set.

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CRICKET The West Indies players settle their dispute with their governing board and a fullstrength squad is expected to tour Australia next month for a three-Test series. Everyone still expects them to get flogged by the Aussies.

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MOTORBIKES Casey Stoner returns from illness to take out the Australian MotoGP at Phillip Island. Valentino Rossi comes second.

I feel hard done by – I feel “ I have received more coverage than a murderer ” Frank Farina struggles for a bit of perspective after being sacked as Brisbane Roar coach for drink driving.

THURSDAY SNOOKER Premier League Ronnie O’Sullivan’s on show 7.30pm Sky Sports 1 FRIDAY CRICKET Champions League Final The best of Twenty20 3.30pm British Eurosport 2 SATURDAY RUGBY London Irish V Leicester Two of the heavyweights 3.15pm Sky Sports 2 SUNDAY FOOTBALL Liverpool V Man United Rivalry with feeling 2pm Sky Sports 1

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Peter Crouch Has he always been this popular? Hardly. When he was signed by Liverpool in 2005 some people thought the club was mad and then it took him four months to get on the score sheet. Will he go to the World Cup? Who knows what Fabio Capello is thinking. With 18 goals in 35 matches for England, he’s a good chance but don’t put your house on it.

Why is there even any debate about his spot? Because he’s built like a telephone pole. There’s a line of thinking Capello likes his strikers a bit more solid — think Wayne Rooney and Emile Heskey.

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Waikato stay on finals track Air NZ Cup Results Canterbury 27 d Hawke’s Bay 20 Southland 29 d Taranaki 13 BOP 28 d Manawatu 27 Wellington 37 d N Harbour 13 Otago 21 d Tasman 0 Waikato 27 d Northland 19 Auckland 37 d Counties 14

A rattled then resurgent Waikato kept their Air NZ Cup rugby semi-final hopes alive by belatedly engineering a precious 2719 bonus-point victory over lowly Northland in Hamilton.

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Cheetahs pip Sharks on siren In an ill-tempered match which at times almost reached boiling point, the Cheetahs shocked the Sharks in the dying seconds to beat them 23-21 in their Currie Cup semi-final in Durban. The standout player was undoubtedly Cheetahs flyhalf Jacques-Louis Potgieter who scored the winning drop goal on the stroke of full-time, with the Sharks desperately defending their one-point lead. Potgieter secured 18 of the Cheetahs’ 23 points. The Cheetahs, who were the underdogs against a Springbok-laden Sharks outfit, qualified for the final having sneaked into the playoffs. Referee Marius Jonker wasn’t a popular figure with the spectators and was booed for heavily penalising the home team at the breakdowns, but the constant pressure applied by an excellent Cheetahs pack of forwards

Jacques-Louis Potgieter celebrates his winning drop goal

eventually brought the home crowd to a standstill. The hosts held a commanding 15-3 lead at halftime and three minutes after the break Sharks flyhalf Juan Hernandez struck a drop goal to increase the lead to 18-6, but then the Cheetahs fought back,

scoring 14 unanswered points in quick succession to surge into a 20-18 lead with 20 minutes left on the clock. Two tries in the 45th and 59th minutes saw the visitors take a two-point lead before a penalty from the home team put them back in front 21-20.

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The unerring boot of flyhalf Morne Steyn condemned Western Province to also-rans when he landed seven matchwinning penalties in the Bulls 21-19 win in their Currie Cup semi-final at Newlands. Province enjoyed the distinction of scoring the only try of the match and, late in the second half, they looked like they could score an upset win over the highly-fancied Bulls but the Springbok marksman landed the decider three minutes from the end. Province got off to a poor start giving up a 6-0 lead in the opening 10 minutes and lacked penetration once they managed to take play beyond the halfway line. Poor kicking from flyhalf Peter Grant and scrumhalf Dewaldt Duvenhage didn’t help their cause.

Waikato kept a gallant Northland side scoreless in the second half and crucially in the 55th minute when a key turnover while hard on defence orchestrated the match-turning try to Sosene Anesi. Dwayne Sweeney then

secured a potentially crucial bonus point when he crossed in the last movement of the game to ice Waikato’s recovery. Northland played well above their station at 13th on the log, rattling Waikato throughout a first half they deservedly lead 19-10 on the back of a smartly engineered try, staunch defence and Lachie Munro’s flawless five-from-five goal kicking. Waikato opened the scoring through an eighth-minute Stephen Donald penalty and produced the first try after 75-match veteran Anesi timed his backline incision perfectly but Northland barely flinched and took it to their opposition throughout.


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New black cap Northern Districts batsman BJ Watling was the new face in the Black Caps’ squad for next month’s limited-overs series against Pakistan in the United Arab Emirates. South African-born Watling, 24, finished third in the 2008/09 State Shield batting averages and MVP rankings, with an average of 63.62.

Ferguson crushed Callum Ferguson’s worst fears were confirmed with news that he ruptured his anterior cruciate ligament while fielding for Australia in the Champions Trophy. Cricket Australia doctor Trefor James said the necessity of a knee reconstruction meant Ferguson would be out of the game for at least six months.

Clarke new skipper Cricket Australia officially appointed Michael Clarke captain of the national Twenty20 team in place of Ricky Ponting who retired from that form of the game. Victorian Cameron White was named vice-captain.

Dravid dropped Rahul Dravid was dropped for at least the first two matches in India’s upcoming ODI series against Australia. Dravid was recalled for the recent tri-series in South Africa, and made scores of 14, 47, 39, 76 and 4.

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Jacob Oram pulled the pin on his New Zealand Test career in a bid to prolong his career to the 2011 World Cup and beyond.

Currently sidelined with a hamstring strain, Oram ended speculation about his future by confirming his 33rd Test, against Sri Lanka in Colombo in late August, was his last. Before the two-Test series started, Oram indicated another bowling-related injury would force him to reassess his international career. His hamstring injury duly materialised during the leadup to the Champions Trophy in South Africa last month. He said the decision was tailored to give him a chance of playing in the World Cup. “The World Cup’s massive for me,” Oram said.

Jacob Oram bowling in his final Test in August against Sri Lanka

“We’ve shown in the Champions Trophy even with a number of injuries that we’ve got a hell of a squad available to us with a lot of talent.” Oram has a year to run on a $US675,000 Indian Premier League deal with the Chennai Super Kings.

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Born: July 28, 1978 Tests: 33 debut: December 12, 2002 v India, Wellington Batting: 1780 runs at 36.32 Bowling: 60 wkts at 30.05 catches: 15

Cobras, Victoria lead charge South Africa’s Cobras had the best of Australia’s Victoria in their Champions League Twenty20 match on the weekend, with a comfortable eight-wicket victory. The game started 100 minutes late and was reduced to 17 overs a side after police and security staff checked the stadium twice following the discovery of a suspicious bag during a regulation security sweep. The result meant none of the three Indian teams had made it through to the semi-finals. Victoria remained top of League B on run rate ahead of the Cobras despite their loss, but the slick South African outfit would finish top if they defeated Delhi in the final game of the phase today (Monday). The Bushrangers and Cobras would either play a semi-final in Delhi on Wednesday or Hyderabad on Thursday, with Trinidad and Tobago, New South Wales or South Africa’s

David Hussey has had another strong tournament for Victoria

Diamond Eagles providing the opposition. Victoria finished on 5-125 after a disastrous start in which they lost two wickets in the first over. The Cobras cruised to victory with an over to spare.

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Andrew Flintoff reaffirmed his enthusiasm to travel to Australia to participate in the Twenty20 Big Bash which will start on December 28. He is keen to join a host of stars including West Indies captain Chris Gayle, Sri Lankan spinner Muttiah Muralitharan, West Indies all-rounder Dwayne Bravo and Sri Lankan quick Lasith Malinga.

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Kiwis on the rise New Zealand was the best Oceania nation, rising 17 places to number 83, in the latest soccer world rankings published by Fifa. South Africa was only two spots behind the Kiwis at 85. It was a drop of 12 places for Bafana Bafana.

Another dutchman Australian soccer’s infatuation with the Dutch intensified with John van’t Schip appointed the inaugural coach of A-League club-in-waiting Melbourne Heart. The Ajax Amsterdam assistant coach agreed to a two-year deal with the Heart, who enter the A-League next season.

sales all white Sports fans were embracing next month’s sudden-death World Cup soccer qualifying match between New Zealand and Bahrain in Wellington. Since the All Whites snatched a 0-0 first-leg draw in the Bahraini capital of Manama, about 20,000 tickets had been snapped up for the return leg on November 14. The Wellington stadium has a capacity of 34,500.

Drogba backs SA Chelsea star Didier Drogba threw his support behind South Africa’s ability to host next year’s World Cup. “I was here in South Africa for the Confederations Cup in June and everything was perfect. The stadiums are good and the people in South Africa are very friendly,” Drogba said.

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Tim Cahill’s uncanny radar for goals to save his country arrived on cue once again to salvage the Socceroos’ Asian Cup qualification campaign last Wednesday.

Cahill scored deep in the second half to secure Australia’s 1-0 Group B qualifier win over Oman at Etihad Stadium, firing the Socceroos from bottom of the group to equal first. Cahill’s goal was his 18th in 36 internationals and his fifth in his past four Socceroos matches. His 73rd minute lunged right-foot met a Scott Chipperfield cross to lift Australia into a good position to secure qualification for the 2011 Asian Cup finals with three group games left. Australia are equal on four points with Oman and also have an identical goal difference to the Asian nation. The top two teams in the

Tim Cahill is swamped by teammates after scoring the Socceroos’ winner

four-team group qualify. The match was sullied by claims from Oman coach Claude Le Roy that he was insulted by Socceroos team manager Gary Moretti at half-time. The FFA later apologised to Le Roy on behalf of Moretti for any offence caused.

aussie Ranking drops The Socceroos dropped 10 places to 24th in the latest Fifa world soccer rankings. Despite the fall in the rankings, Australia remained the highest-rated team in Asia ahead of Japan in 40th. Brazil topped the rankings.

Farina’s career comes to crossroads Sacked Brisbane Roar coach Frank Farina claimed he still had a future in Australian football despite being unceremoniously dumped for a second drink-driving offence. The coaching career of Queensland soccer’s former golden boy was in tatters after he was caught driving at twice the legal blood-alcohol limit on October 10. But despite the controversy, Farina remained upbeat about his future in football, and even his career in Australia. “I’m still only 45, so I’d like to think that I’ve still got a future in football,” he told ABC Radio. “Whether that be in coaching or in another capacity I’m not sure.” The club’s decision to tear up Farina’s contract sparked a messy legal stoush over his

Change of tune Frank Farina certainly changed his tune as last week’s events unfolded. Initially, Farina threw himself at the mercy of Roar board. “Whatever the board deem is necessary (I’ll accept), I don’t have any defence ... They have been fantastic to me since I’ve been here,” Farina said on Monday. After being sacked, Farina was far from happy and the lawyers were sharpening their pencils.

severance package. Brisbane offered him just three months’ pay to leave while Farina demanded he be paid out of his $250,000-a-year contract, which ran until the 2010-11 season.

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Four new caps and the return of three All Blacks from last year’s rugby team were the key talking points of the 33-man squad named for the six-match tour to Japan and Europe.

Wellington’s Tamati Ellison will get his chance with the All Blacks

The squad featured 18 forwards and 15 backs. The new caps in the squad were Bay of Plenty flyhalf Mike Delany, 27, Hawke’s Bay winger Zac Guildford, 20, Otago fullback/wing Ben Smith, 23 and Wellington utility back Tamati Ellison, 26. The All Blacks open their tour with a Test against Australia in Tokyo on October 31, followed by Tests against Wales, Italy, England, France and the Barbarians. Smith made the squad after just three seasons of Air New Zealand Cup rugby.

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Giteau denies rift rumours Flyhalf Matt Giteau and former captain Stirling Mortlock insisted there was no rift within the Wallabies over new leadership appointments. Reports of player disenchantment arose after the announcement Rocky Elsom would be the new Wallabies captain, Giteau said. “No tension, I’m obviously excited to be picked in the squad and looking forward to the tour coming up,” he said. Deans overlooked his key playmaker for the vicecaptaincy, instead opting for the in-form Berrick Barnes who was tipped to usurp Giteau at No.10 and push him out into the centres.

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Giteau admitted he was disappointed he missed out. “I think if you talk to any players within the squad at some point they would like some form of leadership role at some point in time, so from that point of view (I’m) disappointed but fully supportive of the guys that obviously the coach and (ARU boss) John O’Neill have appointed,” he said.

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All Blacks squad J Afoa, A Boric, D Carter, J Cowan, W Crockett, M Delany, S Donald, T Donnelly, J Eaton, A Ellis, T Ellison, C Flynn, O Franks, Z Guildford, A Hore, C Jane, J Kaino, T Latimer, B Leonard, L McAlister, R McCaw (c), L Messam, M Muliaina, M Nonu, K Read, S Sivivatu, B Smith, C Smith, R So’oialo, A Thomson, B Thorn, N Tialata, T Woodcock.

He made his Super 14 debut for the Highlanders this year and was a member of the 2007 New Zealand Under-21 side. Guildford has had a stellar season this year and is the leading try scorer in this year’s Air New Zealand Cup, with 13 tries for Hawke’s Bay.

Muliaina to miss first part of Super 14 Veteran All Blacks fullback Mils Muliaina was granted an extended off-season break by the New Zealand Rugby Union and will sit out the first three rounds of next year’s Super 14. Muliaina, 29, will have February off, missing the Chiefs’ three matches on the road against the Sharks and Lions in South Africa and against the Western Force in Perth. The Chiefs captain and veteran of 77 Tests asked for the clause in his contract when it was renewed earlier this year.

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Dual major winner and crowd favourite John Daly reversed a decision to withdraw from the Australian Open and PGA tournaments after a quicker than expected recovery from a rib injury.

The big-hitting American, who is as well known for his over-indulgent lifestyle as his exploits on the golf course, withdrew from both tournaments in September citing a flare-up of the injury, first sustained in 2007. “My recovery from stem cell surgery has been closely monitored by my doctor and I have been cleared to begin playing competitively in two weeks,” Daly said. It will be the second consecutive year Daly, who won the US PGA

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Championship in 1991 and the British Open in 1995, has played in both the Australian Open and the Australian PGA Championship. He will play alongside Greg Norman and defending champion Tim Clark in the Open at the NSW Golf Club.

DALY A BIT SNAPPY John Daly’s trip to the Australian Open last year didn’t end so well after he smashed a spectator’s camera into a tree. In 2002 he was disqualified at the Australian PGA after he threw his putter into a lake.

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Bradshaw farewells Brisbane Brisbane’s stunning AFL tradeweek acquisition of Brendan Fevola eventually cost them their popular full forward, Daniel Bradshaw. Bradshaw advised Lions officials on Friday he would not return to the Gabba in 2010 after rejecting a two-year deal. The 30-year-old was disappointed to be put up with midfielder Michael Rischitelli as trade bait for Fevola before rejecting a contract with the Carlton Blues. Although Brisbane eventually snared Fevola by trading Lachlan Henderson and draft picks, in what appeared an excellent result, Bradshaw’s departure has tarnished the deal. Carlton were the favourites to lure him south while

THE QUOTES... “Maybe I should have the attitude of Anthony Kim, get home at 4am and go play. Maybe I should have gone out with him.” Aussie golfer Robert Allenby on his Presidents Cup singles opponent, who won their match 5 and 3. “That was an unfortunate incident. I don’t think Serena would do that again.” Sydney International tournament director Craig Watson on world No.1 Serena Williams’ verbal outburst at the US Open. She’ll also headline his event. “I just can’t understand how those cops knock on the door to say your kid has been in a car accident. It was that hard for me and we are talking about a racehorse.” Trainer Mark Kavanagh on breaking the news to Maldivian’s owners of the horse’s career-ending injury. “Everyone says you can’t tackle him ... we’ll see how I match up against him.” Nathan HIndmarsh on tackling his Eels teammate Fuifui Moimoi.

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Sydney loomed as another attractive option for the dualpremiership player. Bradshaw’s Perth-based agent Colin Young confirmed he would test his value in the market place. Bradshaw kicked a club record 496 goals in 222

matches for the Lions but was no certainty to line up in attack alongside Fevola and skipper Jonathan Brown in 2010. The 192cm power forward, received a strong offer from Brisbane but was not pleased to be hawked around by his club of 14 seasons.

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S I W I K E H T N A C ? N W O D E L B DOU main man Benji Marshall will be the Kiwis’ Nations against Australia when the Four d kicks off in London this weeken

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lmost a year ago, rugby league was turned on its head when reigning world champions Australia meekly surrendered their crown to a rampant New Zealand side in the final of the World Cup. This Saturday, Australia and New Zealand meet again, this time at Twickenham Stoop Stadium. It’s the first fixture in the inaugural Four Nations tournament, with France and England in the mix as well. The Kiwis will again be underdogs, and if they are to cause another boilover, skipper Benji Marshall will need to have a blinder. “We’ve got a fairly young team, I think we’ll still go OK,” Marshall says. “But it’s going to be pretty tough with the Aussies out for revenge after the World Cup, as well as the English. “It will be hard to surprise everyone again, especially after last year. The Aussies will be

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PROVING IT WAS NO FLUKE Marshall claims the Kiwis are desperate to prove their World Cup win was not an anomaly – and the only way to do that is by bloodying the Aussies’ noses again. “It’s all good winning once, but you don’t want to make it look like a fluke, so we’ve got to back that up,” Marshall says. “I’m sure we’ve got the talent to do it, it’s just making sure we prepare well and perform on the day.” After facing Australia, the Kiwis will cross the channel to play France in Toulouse, and then head north to Huddersfield to take on the Poms. And Marshall acknowledges his men will need to improve on their last meeting

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The Aussies “ won’t be taking us lightly this time ” with Australia, a 38-10 defeat to in this year’s Anzac Test in Brisbane. “We can use that loss as motivation. They’re obviously going to be favourites for that opening game, so we need to make sure we don’t make the same mistakes again,” Marshall says. “Everyone pretty much knows everyone in the team, and when you come back together with so many good players everyone knows their role, so you don’t really need that long to get everything back clicking.”

MARSHALLING THE TROOPS As New Zealand’s key playmaker, Marshall has often been relied upon to spark the side. Arguably, there is an unhealthy dependence on Marshall, who now bears the added burden of captaincy. Despite the pressure, the 24-yearold remains unfazed. “You’ve just got to show the way and hope everyone follows,” Marshall insists. “That’s my job in the halves anyway. I direct everyone, I do most of the talking – so as long as I lead

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by example there’s nothing to worry about.” While Marshall will weave his magic in the backline, he’ll be counting on the returning Frank Pritchard to ignite the Kiwis’ big men. “It’s the first time we’ll have Frankie back in the team since he missed the World Cup, and he’s a wrecking ball in the second row, so hopefully he can lead us in the forwards.”

LONDON, HERE I COME Surprisingly, Marshall has never played in this part of the world. The Wests Tigers star’s career has been blighted by injury, and during most post-season tours he’s been at home watching his teammates from New Zealand. “It’s been disappointing the last few years not being able to go on the tours,” he says. “To finally play in the UK and see a part of the world I’ve always wanted to visit is an added bonus.”

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IMMORTALITY BECKONS The Brisbane Broncos’ five-eighth Darren Lockyer will captain Australia during the tournament, and is set to break a string of national records. Lockyer, 32, captained Australia in the TransTasman Test win at Suncorp Stadium on May 8, when he equalled fellow Queenslander Mal Meninga’s record of

most Test appearances (46). Lockyer is two Tests short of equalling Clive Churchill’s record for most games as captain (27), and one try short of Ken Irvine’s record of most tries (33). It will be fitting if Lockyer breaks all of those records over the next month, to confirm his standing as one of the code’s all-time greats.

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WILL FRANCE BE REMOTELY COMPETITIVE? In a bid to expand the appeal of rugby league, France have joined the traditional participants, with a Pacific qualifier to take part instead next year. France are ranked fifth in the world but were poor at last year’s World Cup, finishing behind Fiji and Scotland in their group. Their squad draws heavily from the Catalans Dragons, who play in the Super League, and while they might lift in front of a home crowd, it’s hard to see them containing the Aussie and Kiwi stars. France’s greatest rugby league player was fullback Puig Aubert, who played during the ’40s and ’50s. He was nicknamed Pipette because of a heavy smoking habit that saw him lighting up on the field.

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ueensland has earned the unwanted title of Australia’s unemployment capital, recording the nation’s highest jobless rate. Australia’s strengthening economy helped stem the national unemployment rate, which dropped a surprising 0.1 per cent to 5.7 per cent. But in Queensland it is a different story. The cane toad state fell behind the rest of the nation, suffering a 0.8 per cent rise in its jobless rate to jump

to 6.3 per cent in September. The hospitality sector has been one of the hardest hit, with new figures showing jobs in hotel and accommodation businesses are disappearing faster than after the postOlympic let-down in 2000 and the turmoil of September 11.

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IRELAND Working holiday: Aussies and Kiwis aged 18 to 30 can get a year’s working holiday visa if they have sufficient funds to support themselves. Other: Non-EEA nationals need a work permit. It’s difficult to get sponsored as it’s up to the potential employer to make the application and prove that efforts have been made to fill the position from within the EU/EEC. Work permits are generally only arranged for qualified people in sectors where skills are in demand, such as IT, architecture and nursing. See: inis.gov.ie. CHINA Working holiday: None available. Other: To work in China, you need a Z visa to enter the country and begin obtaining a resident permit. The most common type of work for foreigners in China is teaching English. Because of the complicated nature of getting a visa and job in China, it’s worth considering a specialist agency that can assist with visas, jobs and accommodation. See: china-embassy.org. HONG KONG Working holiday: Australians and New Zealanders aged 18 to 30 can apply for a 12month working holiday visa for Hong Kong. Other: To legally work in Hong Kong you will need to be sponsored by a company that will then see your application through so you can get a working visa. See: immd.gov.hk.

DUBAI Working holiday: None. Other: To work in Dubai you need a residency

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SINGAPORE Working holiday: Aussies and Kiwis aged 17 to 30 who are recent graduates or undergraduates can apply for a six-month working holiday visa. Other: To work in Singapore you will need to be sponsored by a company that will apply for an employment pass or work permit. See: mfa.gov.sg.


Kiwi speech therapist Sharon Thomson, 26, has been working in Dublin for 10 months. She loves her job and the city. “Flexibility is a real advantage for speech therapists in Ireland,” says Thomson (left), originally from Wellington.

GETTING THERE Thomson and her husband James opted for a working holiday in Ireland rather than the UK because they found the application process easier, cheaper and quicker. “I’d also heard there were jobs in Ireland for speech therapists,” Thomson says. “To get my qualifications validated was less of a complex and long process than it was for the UK.”

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IN THE SPOTLIGHT: SPEECH THERAPISTS DEMAND Garrett Greene, from recruiter TTM Healthcare, says demand for speech therapists with more than two years’ experience cannot be met in Ireland, so work and a warm welcome awaits overseas-trained speech therapists.

VISAS AND PAY As well as being paid about double the UK’s going rate, Greene says Aussie and Kiwi speech therapists shouldn’t have a problem applying for a work permit, and if they’re under 30 they can obtain a working holiday visa. “Knowing experienced professionals are available for specific contracts is enticing to our clients,” Greene says.

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QUALIFICATIONS BENEFITS Thomson will be taking new skills back to New Zealand when it’s time to return. “I’ve had three different roles and each one has been quite different, and has given me a broader experience in terms of the different ways of working,” she says.

permit, which must be organised by the company that employs you. See: dnrd.ae.

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UNITED STATES Working holiday: None. Other: Australians can get an E-3 visa if they have a minimum of a bachelor’s degree relating to their occupation and can find a job. The US issues 10,500 of these each year. You must have a job to get one. The O-1 visa is for workers of “extraordinary ability”, such as artists, designers and scientists. You must have a job or a sponsor. The H1-B is similar to the E-3 but is open to all nationalities. Only 65,000 are given out annually. You must have a job to be eligible. See: travel.state.gov/visa CANADA Working holiday: Aussies and Kiwis aged 18-30 can get a 24month working holiday visa. Other: You can’t work in Canada without a visa. There are some visas available for skilled and temporary workers. It’s also possible to be sponsored. See: cic.gc.ca.

Validation is required by the Professional Education section of Ireland’s Department of Health & Children. The validation board sits once a month so candidates will need to sort this out in advance.

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EXHIBIT The Museum of Welsh Life near Cardiff is anything but a boring old trip down memory lane WORDS JON LUSK

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BUILT TO LAST The building at the entrance seems conventional enough, with a souvenir shop, café and four galleries with exhibits

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house for the future, designed for the kind of self-sufficient low-carbon lifestyle we should all be aiming for. And for posher people, there’s the Elizabethan manor house of St Fagans Castle, the only structure not moved here from somewhere else. It was donated to the National Museum of Wales in 1946, and became the impetus for the Museum Of Welsh Life, which opened two years later, becoming one of seven such institutions.

HISTORY COMES TO LIFE There’s a slightly surreal sensation as you stroll through the pleasant lanes linking the barns, mills, shops and cottages, wandering into each like an uninvited guest. There’s usually a member of staff sitting unobtrusively in each building, but they’re not your typical bored museum attendants. They seem genuinely engaged with their jobs and happy to answer questions, and they’re all bilingual – the number of locals chatting away in Welsh to them and each other underlines the impression that this is a ‘living’ museum, much loved by Welsh people. Each house is furnished and decorated as it would have been in the period it was built or

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lived in, which only adds to the feeling you are trespassing in real peoples’ homes. To add to the intrigue, some buildings such as the bakery, Gwalia Stores and tearoom are functioning commercial premises where the staff are doing real jobs. There’s even a resident blacksmith and cooper who make ‘vintage’ items, which are for sale.

PLAYING HOUSE Thinking I have no real interest in interior design, I check out the Rhyd-y-car iron workers’ houses and am pleasantly surprised. The six homes in the compact row of cottages are identical in their basic structure, but can’t look more different inside. They showcase Welsh life at various stages from 1805 to 1985. The attention to detail extends outside to the gardens, which include a pigeon-house and an air-raid shelter later converted into a garden shed. Just leave the leeks in the ground, OK?

NEED TO KNOW WHEN TO GO The Museum of Welsh Life is open all year round from 10am-5pm. Entry is free. GETTING THERE Take either bus 32 or 320 from Cardiff central bus station. LANGUAGE English and Welsh. GOING OUT A pint of ale is about £1.95, and lager is about £2.10. ACCOMMODATION The Riverhouse Backpackers has dorm beds and private rooms from £17.50 (includes breakfast). Travelodge Cardiff has private rooms from £29. SEE museumwales.ac.uk/ en/stfagans.

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■ The Welsh language has some 750,000 speakers in Wales, the Welsh Borders, and … Argentine Patagonia. ■ Despite its strange spelling, Welsh is far more regular in its pronunciation than English. For example, the ‘dd’ is always pronounced ‘f’, as in Caerdydd (Cardiff). ■ Faggots (meatballs), bara brith (a type of bread), cawl (stew) and crempogs (pancakes) are unique local foods. ■ Wales is often said to have the world’s longest place name: Llanfairpwllgwyngyllgogerychwyrndrobwyllllantysiliogogogoch … but there are other contenders in New Zealand and Thailand.

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The perfect escape from the frenzy of London combines traditional English holidaymaking with an alternative vibe. The mods and rockers may have departed long ago, but wander the retro clothes shops and organic cafés of North Laine and Brighton’s bohemia is still alive. Tuck into fish and chips on the pebbly beach and lose your stomach on the Brighton Pier Waltzer.

BEST OF THE REST The turrets and minarets of the Royal Pavilion sing out to be explored. After admiring the lavish decor, wander across the gardens to the Brighton Museum & Art Gallery – a bright, modern space filled with art, design and local history. If you want to learn about the city’s reputation as a dirty weekend destination, this is the best place to be. Then there’s The Sea Life Centre, which is the oldest operating aquarium in the world. Since the chimpanzee tea party is no longer

of intimate The Lanes and North Laine cater for every taste, from funky clothes to antique jewellery.

CHOW DOWN The Lanes and North Laine areas are filled with top-notch eateries. Try Terre à Terre’s deliciously complicated dishes that give veggie cuisine a makeover. For brunch you can try Bill’s Produce Store, a huge barn of a place that sells food and fresh ingredients, or Idyea, where you pay a set price and pile your plate high.

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It’s all about Brighton beach. In summer you’ll find a patchwork of towels, deckchairs and varying degrees of sunburnt flesh, while in winter you get the pebbles to yourself, bar a handful of dog-walkers. At the Fun Fair on Brighton Pier you can pick from the stomachchurning Booster, hilariously naff Horror Hotel or the classic Waltzer. If you make your way west from Brighton Pier, you’ll find a promenade of artists’ studios and cafés on one side, and the skeleton of the derelict West Pier on the other.

Whatever you’re looking for in the way of entertainment, you’ll find it in Brighton. See comedy at Brighton Dome, jazz at the Hanbury Club or a cabaret at entertainment centre Komedia. Then you can head to the beachfront to trawl the many clubs along the terraces.

NEED TO KNOW WHEN TO GO All year round. In the warmer months you get the seaside buzz, but when it’s cooler there’s a lot more room to move. GETTING THERE Direct trains run frequently from Victoria and London Bridge, and take an hour. See firstcapitalconnect.co.uk. GETTING AROUND On foot is fine. It’s a 20-minute walk to nearby neighbourhoods such as Kemp Town, or a £5 taxi ride. GOING OUT A beer is about £3. ACCOMMODATION Dorm beds start from £14 and private rooms from £20. For digs with a difference try stylish guesthouse Snooze (snoozebrighton.com) in Kemp Town. A double starts at £60.

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WALKING IN THE SNOW Long gone are the days of strapping an ungainly tennis racquet to each foot to go walking on snow-covered ground. Snowshoes are now a crampon-style device that make navigating through snow easy. Most of the region is covered in snow in winter, which means almost every mountain path is suitable for a snowshoe hike. But one


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of the best areas for this BRATISLAVA SLOVAKIA is the Slovak Paradise National Park. HUNGARY Sadly, in 2004 a hurricane Levoˇ ca uprooted thousands of trees, apartment at the top of Lomnick´y štit (2634m) cutting a swathe through 3 million sq km of for €430. See vt.sk. forest in northern Slovakia and leaving many hills looking like a logging site. But the area PISTE AND QUIET is still aptly named, with some fantastic trails. Anyone who has had the misfortune of learning One of the prettiest is to the summit of Velka to ski at a big resort will understand the pain of Knola, from where there are views across the repeatedly falling over while five-year-old kids entire main ridge of the High Tatras and the zoom past at high speeds. Low Tatras. Fortunately, Slovakia has numerous ski fields HIGH TIMES where you can learn to ski or snowboard in an Some of the best hiking in Europe can be found uncrowded, friendly atmosphere. Plus, lift passes in the High Tatras, with 600km of marked trails and ski hire are much cheaper than the Alps. to explore amid the stunning scenery of jagged Many resorts have only four or five lifts, peaks and mountain lakes. (The higher trails which means experienced skiers will conquer are closed November to April). all the runs quickly. But the flipside is a lack of The main range of the High Tatras stretches the too-cool-for-school types that make the Alps only 24km, but with many of the peaks higher so intimidating. The main resorts are Strebske than 2600m – the highest is Gerlachovsk´y štit at Pleso, Star´y Smokovec and Tatranská Lomnica. 2655m – it’s one of the smallest high mountain » Daniel Landon travelled with Explore ranges in the world. (0844 499 0901; explore.co.uk). Private group To rest along the way, there are mountain trips start from £599 with Tailormade Explore huts (chatas), where for less than €20 you can (0844 875 1890; tailormadeexplore.co.uk). stay the night (bedding is provided) and have a An eight-day walking tour in the High Tatras hearty meal cooked for you. Or for something mountains starts at £979 special, up to four people can stay in an

As a base for exploring the Tatras the pretty, historic town of Levoc ˇ a is hard to beat. The town square is a well preserved example of magnificent 14-15th century Renaissance architecture. The St Jakob church, town hall and Spis Museum are all worth checking out. Most intriguing is the Cage of Shame (below), a small metal enclosure from medieval times that was used as punishment for any woman seen out after dark on her own. The unfortunate lady would be locked up for 24 hours and the townsfolk would take delight in hurling rubbish at her. Levoc ˇ a’s town square has several fantastic, cheap bars and restaurants: mains cost €4-€5 and beers less than €1. Try Saris, the region’s brew, while garlic soup is a local speciality. The restaurant in the Hotel Arkad and the Restaurant U 3 Apoštolov serve good meals, while Teatro is an atmospheric café and bar.

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WHEN TO GO For hiking May-October is best. The ski season is December-March. GETTING THERE Catch a bus from Košice or Poprad, or a train from Spisska Nova Ves (on Slovakia’s main east-west train line). GETTING AROUND Buses connect Levoca with nearby towns. For the High Tatras take the tram from Poprad. VISAS South Africans require a Schengen visa. Aussies and Kiwis don’t need visas. CURRENCY Euro. 1 GBP = 1.07 EUR. LANGUAGE Slovakian. English is spoken in tourist areas and many eateries have English menus. GOING OUT A beer is €1. ACCOMMODATION Double rooms from about €60. A double room in POLAND a pension (private home) is €20-€40. Poprad SEE levoca.sk.

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HOME SWEET HOME Hayley Madden TALKS TRAVEL PHOTOGRAPHY Two return flights to Australia, New Zealand or South Africa with Etihad Airways in TNT’s Home Sweet Home photography competition. The overall winner will win the flights for two, and there are also weekly prizes of a trip to Scotland or a photography course. » Upload your photos of what reminds you of home while living in the UK to tntmagazine.com/homesweethome. Files must be at least 2MB. The closing date for entries is November 30. See website for terms and conditions.

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Shooting from up high at night is great for city images as the cars, street lights and buildings create luminous maps, lines and grids. Wayne has a particularly good angle of St Paul’s lit against a background of twinkling squares.

WHY THIS WORKS: 1 The dome is lit from the side, emphasising form and detail. 2 The dome is surrounded by

tiny windows, so it appears to rise majestically out of a sea of lights. 3 Following on from the sea theme, the composition makes the lower part of the cathedral take on the appearance of a ship’s deck. 4 There is still enough light in the sky to produce a colour in the image, rather than it being pitch black. 5 The pink sky contrasts with green-yellow lights.

HOT TIPS: 1 Artificial lights give a colour cast. You may like this effect, but it can be overwhelming. Use your camera’s white balance to tone down an over-enthusiastic cast. 2 Most compact cameras will keep the flash on and use a long shutter to get the ambient light in night mode. Turn off the flash and place the camera on a tripod or steady surface.

3 Artificial light gives a false light reading. If your compact has a compensation button then use it to overexpose for better results. 4 With long exposures use the self-timer button to release the shutter to avoid camera shake. 5 Beanbags are versatile and easy to transport to act as support for a compact camera. Place them on a wall, floor, or any flat surface.

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In Berlin we found OF a brilliant Insider THTIEPWEEK walking tour that leaves from outside Hackescher Markt station at 10.30am and 3pm daily. The tour is four hours, and I didn’t want it to end. Our guide had served West Berlin in the British Army in the ’70s, and seen the fall of the Berlin Wall. He had amazing stories to tell, and hidden gems to recommend, which we would never have found by ourselves.

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My girlfriend and I are doing a van tour of Europe. We want to head to Italy and work our way back along the Mediterranean coast, via France, Spain, Morocco, and Portugal, to London. How much will the toll and ferry charges be and is a GPS our best bet rather than road maps? Ryder Nash, via email

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I detect from your query that there is a perception Londoners are somewhat uptight and not at all relaxed. This could account for the only culture shock I get whenever I go to Australia: on arrival, I feel like I’m breathing out and, very gently, slowing down. On the whole though, I don’t think you will find adjusting to life in Melbourne tough. It’s a superb city, with loads of green space, fine bars and restaurants, and an unrivalled sports scene. The Victorian capital is also the most European of Australian cities. You’ve got time to find out about this when you’re living there, so use your month to see some more of Australia. I’d take some time to see Sydney and the coast to the north, then fly either to Perth, from where you can spend a few weeks exploring the southwest, or to Alice Springs, and see the big rocks. Use Virgin Blue or Jetstar’s network of flights to get around, and take a train or two. This will give you a great introduction to Australia, and leave time to get settled in Melbourne before you start ‘didgeridoo studies’, or whatever it is you’re flying all that way to learn about.

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With a name like that I’m glad to see you’re planning a tasty trip. What you’re really asking is how you work out toll charges on European roads. France is the daddy of road-charging nations, and you’ll almost certainly find yourself on a toll road at some point, signified by blue péage signs. If you don’t want to pay tolls in France, stick to lesser roads, prefixed by ‘N’. The other countries you’re visiting will ask for money for zippier roads. Spanish toll roads are prefixed ‘AP’. In Italy, most Autostrade (A roads) require payment, as do major Portuguese roads. Morocco also has tolls on major roads. Via Michelin (viamichelin.co.uk) can give you a breakdown of toll charges. Even if you don’t mind paying, spend time on smaller roads so you see local towns and villages. If you have a satnav, you can usually set it to avoid tolls. Digital solutions, though, while good for preventing you from getting lost, are no substitute though for the dreamy hours spent poring over a decent road atlas of Europe.

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TRAVEL SHOW TURNOUT UK’S FOOD FIGHT The Government has launched a campaign to remind travellers outside the EU that there are strict rules about bringing food back into the UK. Travellers are advised to check what they can and can’t bring back from outside the EU on the website direct.gov.uk/ dontbringmeback. All meat and dairy products are banned, and restrictions apply to other food stuffs such as fish, shellfish, honey and certain fruit and vegetables.

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SKIING MADE EASY EasyJet has launched a new ski holiday website, which enables customers to book all aspects of their trip online. The booking service at easyjet.com is provided by B2Bski.com, and gives users access to accommodation, transfers, equipment hire and lift passes. The booking facility has access to more than 1000 properties in 216 resorts across the Alps.

Anyone who bagged a big discount on a trip or tour at the TNT Sun and Snow Travel Show on October 10 won’t need convincing the show was a big success – in more ways than one. The charity auctions raised more than £1500 for New Zealand’s Starship Foundation, which supports sick children and their families. That’s almost double the amount raised last year – so thanks to everyone who made a bid, and to the travel companies who donated the trips. The winning entries of TNT’s Travel Writing and Photography Awards were announced, with the winners receiving some great prizes for their stunning images and stories. More than 4000 people turned out for the

show – a 46 per cent increase on last year – with the number of exhibitors also rising. The show also saw the launch of our new website findatravelbuddy.co.uk, which puts solo travellers in touch with each other. TNT would love to know your thoughts on the show – what worked well, what didn’t, and what we can improve for next year. Please email sunandsnow@tntmagazine.com – everyone who provides feedback will go in a draw to win a pair of tickets to either the TNT Halloween Party on October 31 or the Novemberfest party on November 22. Meanwhile, put March 6, 2010, in your diary for the next TNT Travel Show.

Airport security reveals all Manchester Airport has introduced a new scanner that produces naked images of passengers. The scanner, which is so powerful it shows outlines of passengers’ genitals, aims to speed up security by avoiding the need for a body search and for passengers to take off their coats, shoes or belts. The images will be seen by one officer and can’t be stored or captured. Passengers have the right to refuse being scanned by the new machine. The department of transport

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will monitor the scheme for a year before deciding whether to install similar scanners on a permanent basis. The scanners have had a trial run at Heathrow airport, and are gradually being rolled out in the US.

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Ulverston, Cumbria November 28-29 Soak up the atmosphere of a traditional market town during Charles Dickens’ time. There’s a Victorian fair, Christmas market, and horse-drawn carriages, while people in costume set the scene.

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LOCK IT IN HALLOWEEN PARADE New York City, US Oct 31, 2009 halloween-nyc.com

TAR BARREL ROLLING Ottery St Mary, England Nov 5, 2009 otterytourism.org.uk

HOGMANAY Edinburgh, Scotland Dec 31, 2009 edinburghshogmanay.org

CANNABIS CUP AMSTERDAM, THE NETHERLANDS WHAT: An annual pilgrimage

for pot-heads, where Amsterdam’s best coffee shops put up their most fragrant, and potent, hash for judging. WHERE: Amsterdam, The Netherlands. WHEN: Nov 22-26. WHY: Founded 22 years ago by the editor of marijuana bible High Times, it’s now a well-known event among smokers and members of

the cannabis industry. DO IT BECAUSE: Spliff smoking aside, there are also talks, concerts and coffee shop crawls on the line-up. HOW MUCH: A judge’s pass is €250. Single entry is €30 for the day.

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RIO CARNIVAL Rio de Janeiro, Brazil Feb 13-18, 2010 rio-carnival.net

ROCK-PAPER-SCISSORS WORLD CHAMPIONSHIPS Toronto, Canada November 14 Rock-paper-scissors might be one way to solve a dispute quickly and easily, but this is an organised, and fun, event. Sign up online to take part in the championships yourself.

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NEW ORLEANS MARDI GRAS New Orleans, US Feb 16, 2010 mardigrasneworleans.com

LAS FALLAS Valencia, Spain Mar 12-19, 2010 turisvalencia.es

THE TRAVELLER … Tim Bell, 23, from Hamilton, New Zealand Where’s the best place you’ve been to?

Best place in the UK?

Liverpool. For the nightlife, and it has an almost different vibe to London – more laid-back. Your dream destination?

Kris Dohrman from Whakatane, New Zealand, in the Algarve, Portugal

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Sweden, for the snow season to go boarding. Weirdest thing you’ve eaten?

Deep-fried chicken feet in Thailand. I wouldn’t recommend it.

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Thailand. You can pretty much get away with anything, and it has a happening atmosphere.


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WALK TALL With deep-comfort cushioning and a reinforced heel and toe, let your walking boots try causing blisters with these socks on. They’re made of nanosilver wool, which kills bacteria. THE DAMAGE: £2.93 WHERE: rohan.co.uk

MARKET KNOWLEDGE Regular readers might have noticed a photo that appeared on our Letters page in TNT two weeks ago. I won’t go into too much detail, but it featured five young men emulating the Red Hot Chili Peppers gallantly strutting across Abbey Road wearing only a strategically placed sock. You get the picture. Enough in-house marketing, but the photo got me thinking about, erm, socks. We take this

THE INSIDER ANNA GROVES, EDITOR, NATIONAL TRUST The best part of my job is … working with people who are committed to the preservation of some of the most outstanding sites this country has. My most memorable travel experience was … Standing on the top of Mt Kinabalu in Borneo with a

item of clothing for granted, forgetting to pair them, wearing them oddly, losing them in the … actually, where do they go? But a decent pair of socks can make the difference between reaching the summit of a mountain or abandoning a trek on day one; a good day’s snowboarding or on-piste agony; a confident stroll across Abbey Road’s zebra crossing or … again, you get the picture.

tear-soaked view of dawn over the national park. Starkly contrasted with the tears spilled as we drove from the national park past palm oil plantations. The sight of so much destruction is a memory I can’t shake. My favourite place in the world is … Tioman Island, off peninsular Malaysia – turtles and sharks in the reefs, monkeys in the trees,

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ROOM WITH A VIEW Entering Batad, I was breathless not just by the thinner air at 2000m above sea level, but also by the vista that unfolded before me. The amphitheatre of mountains encircling the village was cloaked in electric lime-green terraces striped by stone walls. Only scattered farms with thatched or shiny corrugated-iron roofs and groves of bananas disturbed this bewitching symmetry. Batad is a peaceful village where children chase piglets and chickens up and down slopes so perilously steep I felt if I rolled out of bed I might just keep going. Accommodation is rustic – simple guesthouses with buckets of cold water for washing, and almost everything on the menu comes with rice. I plumped for Simon’s Place – unlikely to bust the budget at £2 a night – which has stupendous views of the terraces from its open-sided restaurant. Apart from being spellbound by the beauty of swirling mists funnelling down from the mountains, and enjoying the air’s chilly contrast to the humid lowlands, it’s possible to arrange hikes lasting several days from Batad. With just

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WHEN TO GO November to April is drier and less humid, and the mountains are less prone to landslides. Tropical Storms Ketsana and Parma caused severe flooding in low-lying areas of Manila and Luzon recently, and heavy rainfall in the north has resulted in landslides. Check the latest weather forecasts at typhoon2000.ph before you travel. Mindanao in the south is not safe, see fco.gov.uk for advice. GETTING THERE With no direct flights from London to Manila, the best travel option is Cathay Pacific (cathaypacific.co.uk) via Hong Kong. From Manila, overnight buses to Banaue are about £6 one-way. GETTING AROUND To get from Banaue to Batad board a public jeepney (see page 78) or hire a motorised tricycle (about 300-400 PHP). VISAS None required for stays up to 21 days. CURRENCY Pesos. 1 GBP = 75.25 PHP. LANGUAGE English is widely spoken, but you’ll also hear Filipino and local dialects. GOING OUT A beer costs from 40-50 PHP. ACCOMMODATION Dorm beds in hostels start from 200 pesos a night. A hotel/ guesthouse double is from 1000 PHP. SEE wowphilippines.co.uk.

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Ifugao children play on the edge of the rice terraces

an afternoon to spare, I arranged a short walk to a local waterfall.

WALK ON THE EDGE Setting off, I noticed a local entrepreneur was selling T-shirts printed with ‘I survived Batad rice terraces hike’. “Ah, the path is a little tricky,” said Benny, a local guide, with some understatement. All the walks entail venturing along the narrow terrace walls, which is unnerving as the terraces drop 3-4m to one side – I could imagine plummeting into the sludgy soft mud below. Benny zipped along like a mountain goat, leaving me to edge along like a novice tightrope walker. But I soon found my feet and enjoyed the ingenuity of how the terraces were constructed to cling to the mountains, and how rice barns

on stilts kept unwanted diners out. There was also plenty of wildlife – damselflies and exotic swallowtail butterflies fussed around muddy edges, and we saw black-and-yellow spotted salamanders, waterfowl, and noisy frogs. The stone walls were smothered in colourful lichens and ferns. But it’s a battle, admitted Benny, to maintain the terraces for the future. We passed a few old women bent double, weeding, and Benny explained that younger people preferred to go to the cities to look for better-paid jobs. “My family has seven terraces, which are hard work to maintain, but even this doesn’t provide enough rice for us for the whole year,” he said. We rounded a bend on the mountainside, and came to a dramatic terraced ravine that meandered like a snake. Waterfalls can often be disappointing but Tappiya Falls was more cappuccino than skinny latte – its powerful, foamy flow plunged 40m, thudding with real fury into a pool. At that moment I didn’t need to be told that I was experiencing one of the great natural wonders of the world. I knew it.

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Tiny Boracay island’s perfect white sand beaches ensure it’s the Philippines’ most renowned holiday spot. It’s packed with resorts and plenty of nightlife, so if you prefer something more chilled and cheaper, opt for Siquijor in The Visayas chain of islands.

Ecotourism hotspot Palawan bristles with excitement, and every visitor should attempt the amazing coast-to-coast underground cave traverse by boat through Puerto Princessa Subterranean River National Park.

World-class breaks and waves of the hollow, barreling variety pound the beaches at surf spots such as Cloud 9, located on Siargao island.

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HISTORY Manila’s best day trip is Corregidor island, which retains the heaviest World War II fortifications remaining across the Pacific. You’ll be shown beefy gun emplacements and bombproof tunnels as guides relay how General McArthur recaptured Corregidor from the Japanese.

Puer to Princessa, Palawan

WILDLIFE Don’t miss Bohol for its weird saucer-eyed critters called tarsiers. They inspired Stephen Spielberg’s Gremlins.

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So there is a TNT Magazine rack outside Plaistow Station and I know I’m not the only Antipodean to pick it up faithfully every Monday morning – so where are we all hiding? Shall we gather and have a good laugh at how cheap our rent is? See tntmagazine.com/seeking. Fancy Nancy: Happy 30th for Thursday you gorgeous, crazy, funny, and wonderful girl! You sure are one in a million and we wouldn’t want you any other way. Hope the dirty thirties are all you ever dreamed of – you deserve it! There’s never a dull moment with you around so we expect to see some pole dancing (or at least a bit of table dancing) on Saturday – bring it on! Love, The Smiths. 26 W3 Hardcore: The best house to live in in London. Thanks to everyone I’ve met in and out of the house. I love you all, will miss all the crazy times. Will see you all again, take care … Bondeee. The guy in the lift at Tate Modern on Tuesday, October 13: We were both going up

and you got off on the third floor while I continued up to the fifth. You were wearing a light-blue shirt and a grey tie and were carrying a folder. I’m the brunette in the purple top and blue jeans. We both

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reached for the elevator buttons at the same time and our hands touched for a brief moment, and we smiled at each other. If you remember me and want to meet up, email liftencounter@hotmail.com. R. Happy Birthday B-Rad:

Thought this would be perfect timing to tell you that you are the best root we have ever had. Hope you have a pimpin’ birthday. Love Nanna and LabJab xxx. Lost – black camera bag:

I lost my camera bag in Wimbledon on Saturday night, October 10. There are two memory cards and one sim card in the front pocket. Probably every photo I’ve ever taken :-(. Will pay a reward for the memory cards. Email cgreggor@gmail.com. Kaitlyn: Together we’re the good, the bad and the ugly, but with you out of the picture

it will only be the bad and the ugly bits left … Not a good idea methinks – who’s now gonna stop us from getting into trouble after drunken nights out? And then make us lovely toasties when we get home? K, you’ll be sorely missed, but know that you’ll forever be in our hearts. Michelle and Anne. Rocco: Happy anniversary Toit Arse! It’s been four fantastic years since you slammed the door in my face, and who’d ever have thought that it would be the start of something so beautiful?! You’re the most gorgeous man on earth and I love you more than ever. Here’s to us and the future! All my love, Mango Tit. Welcome to London, Patrick:

You’re finally here! I’ve been jumping around like a nutter ever since you told me you were coming. I can’t wait to

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Say what? Who are you kidding? Of course you’ve got an objection. Well done for trying to be grown-up about

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Have an awesome birthday in London and hope it’s filled with plenty of shenanigans and a few JDs of course! See you at home for Xmas, and don’t forget to bring me some smokes. Ned. Erin: After ten years in the Don you’re heading to greener (and sunnier!) pastures. Many good times have been had and you’ll be missed by us all. PS Keep an eye out for the red socks, there’s always one that gets away and spoils it all :-). Ally. Teresa from Brissy who lives in Hammersmith: Met you at

Belushi’s in Fulham on Friday, October 2, and I gave you a piggyback ride to the bus stop. Email me at piggybacktom@ hotmail.com if you’d like to meet again. Tom.

done anything wrong, but you do realise you have every right to be pissed off about the situation, don’t you? Seriously, don’t be afraid to remind her the wound’s still a little sore. And speak up soon, lest you find yourself sitting in the pub listening to what your best mate likes in bed.

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