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PATH TO PEACE Get your spiritual fix in Nepal WUIN R OF

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EDITOR’S LETTER Sporting contests don’t come bigger than the football World Cup – and with Australia, England and New Zealand invited, and South Africa as host, you certainly won’t need to be a diehard fan to enjoy next summer’s mega soccer party. With the allimportant draw now complete, check out our feature on page 52 for the lowdown on who your nation will be playing.

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While I’m proud that the New Zealand soccer team has made it to the World Cup in South Africa next year, I don’t like their name and most of all their ‘all-white’ uniform. Since coming to the UK, I’ve realised the uniform resembles that of the England team’s. Is this surprising when football in New Zealand is dominated historically by Pommy immigrants? It’s as though they don’t want to adopt their new country’s tradition of dressing in the national colour of black, and their name seems to be a deliberate attempt to set themselves in opposition to the All Blacks – our rugby team. I think most Kiwis would prefer the New Zealand soccer team to dress in black and change their name to something more appropriate and Kiwi. Every time I see them I cringe at how much they seem a pale reflection of the England team. Having said all of this, I’ll still proudly support them next year. maxbax, via tntmagazine.com

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MODE OF TRANSPORT Lower Marsh, SE1 7AE Once a shop that sold Vespas and other scooterrelated stuff, Scooterworks never intended to be a café, but its Italian coffee machine has made it one of the best spots for a cuppa in London.

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HOUSE HUNTING: Pop princess Kylie Minogue and her Spanish model boyfriend Andres Velencoso are believed to be looking for a home in New York. The singer is keen on recording and pursuing her movie career in the Big Apple, while Velencoso hopes to pick up more modelling work in the city. “Kylie and Andres are thinking about spending more time in America,” an unnamed insider told The Mail On Sunday. The couple are expected to spend Christmas in Oz.

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South African actor Charlize Theron jokingly pretended to pull the ball for Ireland out of a bowl during a rehearsal for the World Cup draw. Ireland controversially failed to go through to the tournament.

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TVNZ Breakfast host Paul Henry sparked outrage when he called Susan Boyle “retarded” and appeared to snigger at the singer’s picture. Boyle has since gone to No.1 in NZ.

KIWI VAMPS IT UP US vampire TV show True Blood will get another shot of Kiwi blood when actor Grant Bowler joins the cast, which includes fellow New Zealander Anna Paquin.

New Zealand-born actor Bowler, who plays rugged Wolfgang West in the Kiwi comedy series Outrageous Fortune, has signed up for the third season of HBO’s hit vampire show. Bowler has previously appeared on Lost and had

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The Temper Trap ditched sold-out shows in Germany to perform at the Aria Awards Down Under – and didn’t win any! Lead singer Dougy gives us the skinny INTERVIEW ALISON GRINTER You rushed back to Oz to play at the Aria Awards leaving your German fans in the lurch. Sounds a bit last-minute.

It was! Michael Gudinski [Liberation label boss] was pretty adamant on us flying back to perform [laughs]. You don’t say no to Michael. And you were nominated for a couple of Aria Awards …

Yes, none of which we won. How did that feel?

Ah, well, man, I kinda, in hindsight, see the merit in playing at the Arias, because we’ve just gone up in the charts again, or so I’m told. But at the time I thought, man, we flew all the way here, we cancelled sold-out shows in Germany, and we didn’t even win anything! I think it was more the fact we had to hop on a plane for 24 hours, absolutely jetlagged, play, and then go back home, than not winning anything.

We’ve just “ upgraded from JD to Jameson

It was your first Aria Awards. What are they like? Do people watch the show or do they just get pissed and chat?

No I think people actually do watch the show. Yeah, I think you’re seated in such a way that you kinda don’t have a choice but to face the podium, so whoever’s performing at the time, you’re really at their mercy. I dunno, it was kinda weird … If I had one complaint about the Arias: the catering could have been better. A bit more care into the food goes a long way for your artists, Australia, come on! It was more so during dress rehearsals. We had to send out a runner to drive around Homebush to find food, cos there wasn’t any catering. I’m just being a spoilt diva.

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You’ve been selling out shows in the UK and Europe. Is that a headspin?

Do you enjoy touring Europe? Where are you right now?

I’m still trying to get my head around how we can sell out shows for next year in the UK and can’t even win an Aria! [Laughs]. Nah … but selling out shows in Denmark, you know, for next year, that’s weird: we’ve only been there once but I guess that shows the power of the internet … TV ads and movies and stuff like that.

We’re in Vienna so there’s a lot of old, beautiful buildings and stuff, but seriously, Europe, after a while, it all looks the same! There’s always some statue of some dude with his arms outstretched and his penis hanging out in the middle of a fountain.

People still see songs on adverts as selling out, but they don’t realise that in the current climate bands have no choice.

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Dougy Mandagi

» At XFM Winter Wonderland, Brixton Academy, 211 Stockwell Rd, SW9 9SL Brixton (0844 477 2000). Wed, Dec 16. £25. Also at Koko, 1a Camden High St, NW1 7JE Mornington Crescent (0870 264 3333). Mon, Dec 21. £16

Ah, yeah, I’m not too idealistic about that stuff and, like you say, it is a totally different industry. The bread and butter has gotta come from somewhere. Is your rider classier now that you’re quite successful?

Yes, we’ve just upgraded our whiskey from Jack Daniel’s to Jameson or something fucking crazy. And we get fresh socks. Don’t ask me! Johnny [The Temper Trap’s bassist] and Toby [drummer] – they tell me there’s nothing like putting on a pair of fresh socks! And I’m like, Okaaay, whatever. I dunno, probably they’ve all got holes in theirs.

YOU DON’T SAY? Who would play you in a film of your life? Benjamin Bratt. Somebody told me one time: ‘You know who you look like? That dude from Miss Congeniality’. What did you have for breakfast? A Continental breakfast – I’m in a hotel. What song is guaranteed to get you on the dance floor? Drive by The Cars. I slow dance to it and reach my hand out to the air and pull invisible things down – you know when you do that move?


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★★★★★

A highly contagious virus has decimated the world’s population, leaving a group of surgical mask-wearing survivors to fight for their lives. No, it’s not the latest swine flu update, but the chilling, surprisingly engaging apocalypse drama Carriers. When we catch up with the cast, the world has gone to hell. Trying to escape the flesh-eating bug are brothers Brian (Pine) and Danny (Pucci), Brian’s girlfriend Bobby (Perabo) and Danny’s friend Kate (VanCamp). As they make their way to the coast, the foursome run into a father and daughter who need their help. When the group is forced to join forces with the man and his kid, it sets in motion a series of grisly events that strain the relationship within the

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WHERE THE WILD THINGS ARE

A movie adaptation of classic TV cartoon Yogi Bear, featuring singer Justin Timberlake and Ghost Busters star Dan Aykroyd, has begun being filmed in New Zealand. The film about the kleptomaniac, picnic basket-loving bear is a CGI/live action hybrid, which is being shot in 3D, with Aykroyd and Timberlake (right) as the voices of Yogi and his sidekick Booboo, 3News reported. It’s not known whether the stars would be in New Zealand for filming. Kiwi Tim Coddington is the producer.

Maurice Sendak’s children’s book about a boy who escapes to an island inhabited by furry creatures is brilliantly adapted for the big screen by Spike Jonze. A beautiful celebration of childhood, which features a startlingly good turn by newcomer Max Records, this more than does justice to Sendak’s inspirational tale. GOOD FOR: Sendak fans PDV

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★★★★★ Lyes Salem directs and stars in this satire set in an Algerian village where, in an attempt to win respect, a gardener tells tall tales about his sister’s marriage to a rich foreigner. Witty and well-acted, it pokes fun at the machismo within Algerian culture, and underlines Salem’s reputation as a promising filmmaker. GOOD FOR: Those sick of formulaic comedies. PDV

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latest feature film Boy has been selected for a competition at the Sundance Film Festival, held in Utah in January every year. Boy was one of 14 films chosen from 1022 worldwide submissions for Sundance’s World Cinema Dramatic Competition, which is regarded as the premiere American showcase for independent films. Inspired by Waititi’s Oscarnominated short Two Cars, One Night, Boy is a coming of age tale, which was shot in the film director’s childhood home town of Waihau Bay in the Bay of Plenty.


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CULTURE THE PRIORY Even with ex-Spooks star Rupert Penry-Jones, Michael Wynne’s strongly cast new play is unlikely to continue the Court’s recent run of West End transfers. The only real surprise is that the building in question isn’t the famous rehab centre but a remote country pile rented by recentlydumped writer Kate (Jessica Hynes) and her thirtysomething friends to see in the New Year. However, this reunion treads an uneasy path between farcical comedy and disillusioned pathos without hitting the heights

ENTERTAINMENT

SEE THIS: Theatre or plumbing the lows. Joseph Millson’s gay architect and Rachael Stirling’s bitch of a TV producer impress, but this is familiar territory that’s been visited more imaginatively – and less predictably – before. LOUISE KINGSLEY

» Royal Court Theatre,

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Book now for December’s performance of Showstopper! The Improvised Musical. This monthly special aims to create a brand new musical in an hour with the help of the audience » Leicester Square Theatre, Leicester Pl, WC2H 7BX Leicester Square (leicestersquaretheatre.com). Last Thursday of the month (Dec 17). £10-£15

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In Spain in the 17th and 18th centuries, religious art was characterised by burgeoning realism that saw the divine represented in meticulous detail. This exhibition showcases that trend and draws out the skills of the artists of the time. The other fascinating

aspect of religious art is the way images are fetishised. Just as a modern-day image of Britney Spears dressed as a schoolgirl speaks to our obsessions and anxieties, so does the image of Christ splayed on the cross. TS

» National Gallery, Trafalgar Charing Sq, WC2N 5DN Cross (nationalgallery.org.uk). Until Jan 24. £8

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GOING ROGUE: AN AMERICAN LIFE

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The author of My Sister’s Keeper is back with another heart-wrenching ‘conundrum’ novel, which looks at a family torn apart by one sibling’s congenital bone disease.

The much-vilified US Republican seeks to redeem her reputation by publishing an autobiography: a tricky prospect given that Associated Press fact checked the book and found errors.

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Nora Roberts (Piatkus Books) DEC 15

Zurburan, Johan Persson

Emmaline Grant is a wedding florist, who can’t seem to find Mr Right, even though he’s right in front of her. This is the second book in the ‘Bride Quartet’ from the American queen of romance novels.

Dan Abnett (Black Library) DEC 7

Set in the imaginary fantasy universe based on the cult Warhammer 40,000 tabletop game, this sci-fi novel has garnered praise from even the most diehard fans.

MORE EXHIBITIONS Innovative contemporary design at Design Real » Serpentine Gallery, Kensington Gardens, W2 3XA

South Kensington (serpentinegallery.org). Until Feb 7. Free

A derelict London flat has been covered with crystals in Seizure » 151189 Harper Rd, SE1 6AE

Elephant & Castle. Until Jan 3. Free

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aybe it’s those atmospheric chilly evenings or the promise of a glass of mulled wine in a snug pub afterwards, but nowhere else does Christmas entertainment quite like London.

TREADING THE BOARDS: PANTOS Chrissie creds: What could be more fun than men dressed as women, bawdy humour and throwing sweets? Pantomimes are a huge feature of Britain’s unique Christmas charm. Here’s our tip for the season: “He’s behind you!” Do it: Aladdin takes the crown for most performed panto this year, with several versions in town. But with ex-Baywatch babe Pamela Anderson (left) swapping the red cossie for a stint as the genie, New Wimbledon Theatre’s version is

likely to be the one on most Christmas lists.

» New Wimbledon Theatre, 93 The Broadway, SW19 1QG Wimbeldon (ambassadortickets. com/wimbledon). Dec 4-Jan 10. £16-£29

Meanwhile, over on the East side, Aladdin is pretty much your last chance to see inside the incredible Hackney Empire before it shuts down for nine months for a major refurb.

» Hackney Empire, 291 Mare St, E8 1EJ

Hackney Central. (hackneyempire.co.uk) Nov 28-Jan 9. £9.50-£22.50

For something a little more grown-up try Sinderfella, an adults-only panto showing in the heart of the West End.

» Leicester Square Theatre, 5 Leicester Pl,

Leicester Square (020 7432 4220). WC2H 7BX Dec 4-30. £15-£19.50


See the Sugar Plum Fairy in The Nutcracker

in his all-male version of the classic ballet.

» Sadler’s Wells, Rosebery Ave London, EC1R 4TN Angel (sadlerswells.com). Dec 10-31. £10-£50

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Into The Hoods: A London Fairytale is an urban fable complete with a soundtrack courtesy of Gorrillaz, Massive Attack, Jay-Z, Basement Jaxx and Kanye. Like a panto, but with street cred.

» Queen Elizabeth Hall, Southbank Centre, SE1 8XX Waterloo (southbankcentre.co.uk). Dec 16-Jan 10. £15 -27.50

MEN IN TIGHTS: A NIGHT AT THE BALLET Chrissie creds: Nothing says Christmas like a delicate winter dreamland peopled by willowy ballerinas. Do it: Lose yourself in The Nutcracker’s magical world of sugar plum fairies and Tchaikovsky’s brilliant music at this seasonal ballet.

» London Coliseum, St Martin’s Ln, WC2N

4ES Leicester Square (eno.org). Dec 16Jan 3. £8-£60

Men in tutus performing Swan Lake? Take a swig of edgy with your Christmas sherry as Matthew Bourne turns tradition upside down

ALL YE FAITHFUL: CAROL CONCERTS Chrissie creds: It doesn’t get more Christmassy than carols, and the Brits pour such dedication into their songs about yuletide you’ll want to tralalala along. Do it: Rug up and enjoy a free carol service in one of London’s most iconic outdoor squares. BYO candles and mince pies.

» Trafalgar Square, SW1

Charing Cross (london.gov.uk/trafalgarsquare/events/xmas. jsp). Dec 7- 21. Free

If you haven’t yet seen inside London’s extraordinary St Paul’s Cathedral, grab this chance to be awestruck by the interior while getting into the spirit.

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London has so many gobsmackingly impressive churches you don’t need to be highly religious to get along to midnight mass. The much-loved St Martin-in-the-Fields and both St Paul’s Cathedral and Westminster Abbey will hold services on Christmas Eve – an excellent chance to see the interiors of these wonderful buildings. The weeks before Christmas are also a great time to visit St Martin-inthe-Fields’ atmospheric Café in the Crypt for a mince pie afternoon tea. ■ St Martin-in-the-Fields, Trafalgar Square, WC2N Charing Cross 4JJ (www2.stmartin-in-thefields.org). Dec 24,11.30pm. ■ Westminster Abbey, Parliament Square, SW1P 3PA Westminster (westminster-abbey.org). Dec 24, 11.30pm. ■ St Paul’s Cathedral, St Paul’s Churchyard, EC4M 8AD St Paul’s (stpauls.co.uk). Dec 24, 11.30pm

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Stray a little from the traditional at the grand Royal Albert Hall. Special events include an evening featuring Rufus and Martha Wainwright, along with guests Boy George and Dawn French.

» Kensington Gore, SW7 2AP

High Street Kensington (royalalberthall.com). From Dec 7. £25-£70

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MARKETS GALORE

What better way to cap off a night of panto, carols or ballet than a rugged-up wander through the winter wonderland of London’s world-renowned Christmas lit streets. The best lights are usually found around the West End’s shopping district of Oxford and Regent Streets, although your local high street will have a good showing too.

Call them kitsch if you will, but that’s kind of the point with these knick-knack laden stalls. » Hyde Park Winter Wonderland, Hyde Park, SW1X 7RL Hyde Park Corner. » Covent Garden Deluxe Christmas Market, Covent Garden Piazza, WC2E Covent Garden. 9DD

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CHILL AT TNT’S ICE DISCO Get your skates on and dance the night away at TNT’s ’80s ice disco on Sunday, December 13. Tickets are £10 and include skate hire, ice cream, ’80s DJ and after-party, plus there are TNT goodie bags up for grabs for the best ’80s outfits and the

performers of the grooviest moves on the ice. But don’t worry if you’re not Torvill and Dean – everyone’s welcome, whatever your skating ability. » Queens Ice and Bowl, W2 4QP Queensway. Sun, Dec 13. 4pm-11pm. £10. See tntmagazine.com/icedisco

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MUSIC PAUL MCCARTNEY Good Evening New York City (Mercury)

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MUSIC & CLUBS

From a mediasaturation point of view, not even Simon Cowell could compete with The Beatles in 2009. The remastering and subsequent reissue of the Fab Four’s back catalogue may yet go down as the music industry’s last hurrah, their final opportunity to sell us back our past before Spotify and other internet concerns erase such options. This makes the arrival of Good Evening New York City

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Where We Are

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Although Louis Walsh’s bargainbasement Boyzone are responsible for several of the worst records ever to grace the charts – no exaggeration – Where We Are isn’t on a par with their most appalling music. The title track actually has a little oomph about it, for one thing. But ultimately, this is still Westlife, which means you can hear every cheesy chorus and string-section swell coming from a mile away but not detect a hint of charisma in the vocals. WFJ

Rhydian Roberts, for those with better things to do on a Saturday night, was the runner-up in the 2007 series of The X Factor. Unlike Leon Jackson, the winner of the same series, Sony have stuck with Rhydian for a second album, marrying his operatic baritone to a pop concept via Radio 2 chestnuts, such as John Denver’s Annie’s Song and Mike & The Mechanics’ The Living Years. If she can get past the terrifying cover, your mother may love it. WFJ

If Amy Millan’s voice sounds familiar, it’ll be from her work with Stars and, more prominently, Broken Social Scene, the Canadian collective of which she’s a sometime member. Millan’s own music isn’t as elegant as that of Stars or as dynamic as the last couple of Broken Social Scene records. Masters Of The Burial is quiet, country-tinged and fairly unassuming. It doesn’t really go anywhere during the 11-track journey, but the view’s nice enough while it lasts. WFJ

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NO.1 Tik Tok, Ke$ha. MAKING NEWS Empire Of The Sun may not make another album, the band’s lead singer Luke Steele admitted to The Daily Telegraph last week. The comment comes only weeks after the duo cleaned up at the Aria Awards with debut album Walking On A Dream.

NO.1 Whatcha Say, Jason DeRulo. MAKING NEWS The inaugural St Jerome’s Auckland Laneway Festival has finalised its bill for next year, with Sarah Blasko and Daniel Johnston joining the already stellar line-up of Florence & The Machine, Echo & The Bunnymen, plus more.

NO.1 Be Mine Tonight, La Vuvuzela feat Tarryn Lamb. MAKING NEWS Behind-thescenes footage from The Parlotones’ upcoming music video will be used as the basis for TV ads plugging a new KFC snackbox, iafrica.com reports. The video, paid for by KFC, will air on December 11.

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LIVE REVIEW Fat Freddy’s Drop Hammersmith Apollo Nov 30 ★★★★★ Drawing almost exclusively on their two most recent albums, Wellington’s “seven-headed soul monster” have no trouble filling a two-hour set. MC Slave nearly steals the show with his crowdpleasing antics during Roady, but lead singer Dallas Tamaira (below) is more confident than ever, looping his soulful croons and sometimes strumming an electric guitar. There’s more planning in the jams, which meander less and often end abruptly, but a few solos wander into self-indulgence. Something lost and something gained for a band that never stays in one place. JON LUSK

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rather baffling. The Beatles’ reissue programme was designed as the last word on the quartet’s legacy, the definitive versions of their indelible back catalogue. But now, less than three months later, Paul McCartney has stuck out a live album of his own, two-thirds of which is made up of Beatles songs. McCartney’s current band is a good one. But with the final chords of the remastered Eleanor Rigby and the spruced-up Paperback Writer still ringing in our ears, these live versions more or less define superfluous. Unless, of course, you were there. WILL FULFORD-JONES


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GIG OF THE WEEK FLORENCE AND THE MACHINE, THE TEMPER TRAP Yes, yes, yes, it’s that red-haired lady with the gale force voice, and you probably don’t need to be told again how ace her album Lungs is. But check out the support act. We knew the Melbourne’s answer to U2 were going take off, but didn’t figure they’d get to Brixton Academy this quickly. Sure, it’s only a support slot, but with a UK top 10 hit Sweet Disposition and two sold-out nights at Shepherds Bush Empire next year, it won’t be long before they’re headlining here.

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With a ballsy approach to pop/rock that always seemed at odds with the ultra-femme hue that is her trademark, Pink’s in-yer-face shtick was never more in evidence than on her recent “let’scelebrate-my-divorce!” LP Funhouse. Catch her at the House Of Fun-themed O2 this week. Support, strangely, comes from Kiwi trio Evermore.

Ol’ Mazzer can still trowel on the make-up with the best of ’em, but is he still convincing anyone with his shock rock tactics? The faithful will be out in force to see the antichrist superstar play cuts from new album The High End Of Low, but for the rest of us it’s a case of him flogging a dead horse. Or a one-trick pony.

» The O2, Peninsular Sq, SE10 0DX

» Brixton Academy, Stockwell Rd, SW9 9SL

North Greenwich

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BELIEVE THE HYPE PONY PONY RUN RUN

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THE LINE-UP Gaëtan (vocals/

guitar), Amaël (bass), and Antonin (synths). HAILS FROM Nantes, France. THE BUZZ SO FAR Pony Pony Run Run’s debut single, Hey You, an upbeat slice of Gallic synth-pop, was arguably the summer hit in France. Proof? More than half a dozen of their remixes all have been getting significant attention and radio play. The trio already has a huge fan base in their native France, but thanks to tours with Simple Minds and Calvin Harris, they are poised to overrun the UK. THE BAND SAY “We listened to anything and everything. We were raised on whatever was on the radio, the good stuff and the slightly shocking stuff. A mixture of dance and rock, some very mainstream stuff

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WIN You may know the story of how Detroit psychrocker Rodriguez’s 1970 album Cold Fact became a beacon of hope to South Africans living under apartheid. But did you know the 67-year-old is in town for a show at the Union Chapel on December 9? Tickets are £18.50 from 0870 264 3333. We have two pairs of tickets give away. Email grabs@tntmagazine.com with ’Rodriguez’ in the subject line to enter.

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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-

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

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

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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


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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“Political parties don’t work when people just announce what they’re doing and expect everyone else to follow. I will not be that kind of leader.” Newly elected Liberal leader Tony Abbott.

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AUSTRALIA Interest rates up The Reserve Bank raised the cash rate by 25 basis points to 3.75 per cent, for an unprecedented third month in a row. Westpac drew the wrath of politicians and business leaders when it increased its interest rates by 45 basis points.

Hinch in strife Outspoken radio broadcaster Derryn Hinch lost a bid to challenge two suppression orders he allegedly breached by naming two sex offenders. It was alleged he breached the

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special visit: Exiled spiritual leader of Tibet, the Dalai Lama, begins an ‘Awakening the Mind’ teaching in Sydney. The Dalai is giving Australians the opportunity to hear his message – that responsibility for the future of life on earth rests with each of us.

court orders by identifying one paedophile at a victims of crime rally on the steps of the Victorian parliament in June last year and another on his website.

HIV rate increases The number of Australians newly diagnosed with HIV is about 40 per cent higher than it was four years ago. This was because young people in particular were not aware of the risks of unprotected sex, Bill Bowtell, director of the Lowy Institute’s HIV/Aids project said. Just short of 1000 (995) Australians were newly diagnosed with HIV last year,

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the nation’s labourers and 4.3 per cent of all machinery operators and drivers. The analysis came just weeks after a Government backbencher called on restrictions for the amount of New Zealanders allowed to move to Australia. The Government said it was not considering adopting the stance as policy.

Terrorist could get out Australia’s most notorious terrorist Willie Brigitte could be released from a French jail in the new year. Brigitte was found guilty in 2007 of criminal association with a view to committing a terrorist act, and sentenced to nine years imprisonment. The charges against Brigitte related chiefly to his activities in Australia in 2003, when he prepared for attacks on targets such as Sydney’s Lucas Heights nuclear reactor.

“I am convinced that my son’s story is true. In this sense my son’s right to a fair and speedy trial has been trampled.” Simon Palfreeman, following the sentencing of his son Jock to 20 years in jail for murder after a fight in Bulgaria. “Should I not be premier by the end of this day, let there be no doubt in the community’s mind that any challenger will be a puppet to Eddie Obeid and Joe Tripodi.” Former NSW premier Nathan Rees on Thursday before being rolled by his own party.

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Kiwis moving to Australia might not be new but it’s been revealed the nation is attracting New Zealand’s most unskilled workers. Census figures showed Kiwis made up 2.8 per cent of the Australian workforce. Of that, they represented only 2.4 per cent of professional workers in the country, while they represented 3.4 per cent of

down slightly from the 1051 new cases that emerged in 2007.

“The only thing as far as the future is concerned is that there will not be a by-election in Wentworth, assuming there isn’t a bus waiting around the corner when I leave the parliament.” Former Liberal leader Malcolm Turnbull.


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‘Retard’ offensive

There wouldn’t be any “big bang” tax changes in the next budget, finance minister Bill English said. The Tax Working Group, which is reviewing the entire tax system, held its last public meeting and was due to report its recommendations to the Government by the end of the year. English said he hoped it

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The amount of drivers who committed suicide on the road between 2000 and 2008.

Maori return: Crates bearing the remains of 33 Maori are returned to Te Papa Museum after being repatriated from Europe. The majority of the remains are kiwi tangata (skeletal remains) and four are toi moko (tattooed preserved heads).

would come up with “practical suggestions”. The working group has been considering a wide range of issues, including spreading the tax base to land, investment properties and capital gains.

Dolphin injures girls

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Two girls were left bruised and sore following a run-in with Gisborne’s resident dolphin, Moko. While the 12-year-olds, both junior lifeguards, were out on their paddle boards, Moko knocked them off as he tried to get hold of the boards, The Gisborne Herald reported.

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Jason came home from work. Kilgour said she spent three hours trying to open the door and started screaming from the pitch-black wardrobe, hoping neighbours would hear her, but the cries upset Harry. She was terrified he would hurt himself. Harry eventually tired himself out and fell asleep on his bedroom floor.

One of the girls was left with an injured nose, while the other got a bruised hip.

First space rocket flies New Zealand’s first space rocket was launched at Great Mercury Island. The Atea-1 took off from its launch site after technical problems delayed the original planned launch. The launch company, Rocket Lab Ltd, started three years ago with the aim to develop a series of Atea rockets that would make space more accessible, according to company director Mark Rocket.

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An Auckland mother spent seven hours locked in a small closet after her 14-month-old son shut the door on her. Karen Kilgour, 32, sat helplessly listening to her son Harry “crashing and banging” around their Mt Eden home after he pushed the door closed, The New Zealand Herald reported. She was freed when husband

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Using the word “retard” was as offensive as a racial slur like “nigger”, Special Olympics New Zealand said. The organisation had asked the Broadcasting Standards Authority to ensure using “the R word” was unacceptable after TV One’s Breakfast host Paul Henry called Scottish singer Susan Boyle “retarded”. Henry laughed while reading from a magazine article about how the Britain’s Got Talent singer was starved of oxygen at birth and suffered an intellectual disability.

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■ Hone Harawira allowed to remain a member of the Maori Party. ■ Harawira apologises for referring to white people as “motherf...ers”. ■ The Maori Party rejects it backed down over the Harawira issue.

UPPER NORTH ISLAND The death of the niece of All Blacks hooker Keven Mealamu at a family touch tournament at an Auckland secondary school was being investigated as a workplace accident. Christina Mealamu, 6, was crushed by a scrum machine at Tamaki College.

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aori Party renegade Hone Harawira returned to the fold after the party caucus decided to give him another chance. Harawira will confine himself to his Te Tai Tokerau electorate in the Far North until the end of the year, then rejoin the caucus in 2010. Harawira got into trouble because of an unauthorised trip to Paris while on a parliamentary visit to Brussels and his racially abusive email in which referred to white people as “motherf...ers”. Party leaders asked him to

Hone Harawira has apologised for his remarks

consider leaving and becoming an independent MP, but he said he was determined to stay in the ranks. After a series of hui in his electorate, a sombre Harawira said sorry to his fellow MPs for pain and suffering he caused. He also apologised more generally for offence caused. “I apologise also to those

New Zealanders, both Maori and Pakeha, and particularly women, who have been offended by my comments. They were insensitive, they were hurtful, they were unnecessary, and I apologise for the grief and anguish that they have caused.” The Maori Party said it had not backed down on the issue.

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New Zealand Prime Minister John Key backflipped on climate change talks, saying he would go to Copenhagen because he believed the presence of the world’s leaders could help shape the outcome. Key had originally not intended to go because he saw it as a “photo opportunity” where any firm conclusions on a binding international agreement to reduce greenhouse gas emissions would not be reached. But pressure built for him to attend as other leaders, including US President Barack Obama, announced they were

making the trip to Denmark. “The landscape has changed considerably in the last three weeks,” he said. “While I don’t think there will be a binding agreement in Copenhagen, there’s every chance now that political progress will be made and I wouldn’t have wanted to give the wrong impression by my absence that somehow New Zealand wasn’t committed to the fight against climate change, because we absolutely are.” Key said it now could make a difference for more world leaders to be there.

LOWER NORTH ISLAND Shaun Mihaka Sullivan, 26, and Rangitera Spencer Walker, 16, were found guilty of murdering Wairarapa man Paul Irons. Irons, 36, died in hospital five days after he was bashed by the men in October 2008.

UPPER SOUTH ISLAND Death threats were hurled from the public gallery as a man appeared on an attempted murder charge in Christchurch District Court. Kasha William Gosset faced 10 charges including the attempted murder of a 24-year-old man who police say was shot twice in the chest in Woolston on November 11.

LOWER SOUTH ISLAND A woman who repeatedly assaulted her three children, including a one-year-old boy, was jailed for three and a half years. The children were assaulted over a 21-month period with weapons that included a jug cord.

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DA calls for probe The DA demanded a probe into ANC Youth League leader Julius Malema’s handing out food parcels in Cape Town, Die Burger reported. According to the party Malema handed out 200 parcels on behalf of the SA Social Security Agency (Sassa) under the ANC’s banner. “It is a clear conflation of party and state”, DA spokeswoman on social development, Patricia Kopane said. “The Sassa is not a political party, which has a particular constituency and agenda.”

Warning of job losses President Jacob Zuma warned there could be more job losses in South Africa before the economy picks up. “We may still lose more jobs before we turn the corner on job creation. Nearly a million people have been cut loose by the crisis and many of them have families that depend on them,” Zuma

Beauties arrive: Miss World contestants Zoureena Rijger from Suriname, Avalon-Chanel Weijzig of the Netherlands and Moldova’s Ana-Maria Bragaru pose during a visit to Sun City. The Miss World pageant will be hosted on Saturday, December 12.

told a media briefing after a meeting with his economic crisis leadership task team. Zuma revealed that 4482 jobs had been saved from March to September this year thanks to the implementation of the country’s first training layoff scheme.

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The SPCA defended its policy of dumping animal carcasses on a Johannesburg landfill. According to the The Star the organisation was euthanasing animals and disposing of the carcasses on a landfill in Randfontein. The practice was

*And finally … Theron has a laugh

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asked to host the World Cup draw alongside Fifa general secretary Jerome Valcke, pulled the ‘Ireland’ ball out of the bowl instead of France. “Yes, she did, but it was only a joke,” Valcke confirmed.

World Cup death A man who was taking part in the 5th FAI World Cup of Canopy Piloting died in a parachute accident in Carletonville, west of Johannesburg. A spokesperson for the Parachute Association of SA, Mark Bellingan, said the 36-year-old Russian team member died after sustaining severe injuries in the early morning accident.

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“It has gone in no direction at all, like a headless chicken.” Energy expert Andrew Kenny shares his opinion on Eskom. “By effectively breaking our story in advance, and robbing us of exclusivity, the presidency has damaged the relationship of trust that we had developed with officials there.” Mail & Guardian editor-inchief, Nic Dawes, criticises the presidency for releasing a statement on an exclusive story set to appear on the paper’s front page. “We have to be harsh. There will be special courts for 2010, so that we arrest you now and deal with you. We will be hard with them.” National police commissioner Bheki Cele warns supporters at the Fifa World Cup to behave. “Let there be no more shame, no more blame, no more discrimination and no more stigma. Let the politicisation about HIV and Aids stop.” President Jacob Zuma on World Aids Day. TNT er th weaport e r

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■ New crime statistics show that murders are on the decline in South Africa. ■ Bank robberies and ATM attacks are also down but house robberies jump. ■ The ANC applauds police but warns that people should stay vigilant.

GAUTENG Five people drowned when their bakkie went off the Hebron bridge and ended up in a river in Ga-Rankuwa, north of Pretoria.

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he murder rate in South Africa continued to drop but house robberies increased by 27 per cent, according to new crime statistics released by the police. Figures for the 2008/2009 financial year showed murders dropped by 3.4 per cent and attempted murder by 4.3 per cent. Bank robberies declined by 29.2 per cent, ATM attacks by 10 per cent and cash-in-transit robberies by 2.3 per cent. Alarmingly, house robberies jumped by more than a quarter, a statistic, police conceded, that created an impression among the public that crime was getting worse. “It is one of the crimes that

Poachers killed two white rhinos for their horns at a farm outside Ficksburg. The carcasses of the animals were discovered with their horns cut off outside the Kenyana Game Lodge. Police minister Nathi Mthethwa

are the most intrusive and personalised,” police minister Nathi Mthethwa said. “We simply cannot tolerate a situation where people do not feel safe in their homes.” The ANC lauded the police for the declining murder rate after a survey by the Institute of Race Relations indicated a 30 per cent decline in 15 years. “It’s an indication which

shows that the partnership between the police and communities is achieving some success,” the party said in a statement. “All of us should continue to be vigilant and participate in combating crime through being part of street committees and participating in community policing forums.”

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Sparks flew at an electricity conference in Pretoria where a senior Eskom manager came under fire for his company’s controversial policies. The struggling company’s chief officer for generation, Brian Dames, listened to comments and suggestions from a room of engineers, trade unionists and economists at the event organised by Solidarity. Economist Mike Schussler dismissed Dames’ claim that Eskom’s 35 per cent a year

for three years tariff hike application to the National Energy Regulator of SA, “really” only amounted to a 16 cents per kwH increase per year. In a rousing presentation Schussler uttered obscenities against the electricity utility and the Government, and said Eskom did not need a “ fucking finance model”. He also accused the state of “Marxist, socialist kak” for giving electricity to the poor for free.

LIMPOPO The Limpopo department of agriculture asked for another R38 million from National Treasury to help drought-affected farmers. According to weather forecasts the probability of moderately strong El Nino conditions could lead to below-normal rainfall.

KWAZULUNATAL Residents in Durban were stunned when a whale shark beached itself at the harbour. “This is the third time the whale has beached itself,” emergency services spokesman Derrick Banks said.

EASTERN CAPE Western Cape premier Helen Zille said the people of Port Elizabeth were fighting “a losing battle” against criminals as the city’s ANC councillors waged war on each other.

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RUGBY UNION Justin Harrison is signed by the ACT Brumbies. It’s a shot at redemption for the big lock whose stint at Bath ended in disgrace after admitting to taking cocaine.

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CRICKET Brad Hodge announces he will retire from first-class cricket later this month. He says there is little chance of him playing Test cricket again, so he will focus on limited-overs cricket.

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CRICKET The Sydney Olympic Stadium looks likely to host ODIs in the future with the ICC giving it the green light as a venue. The SCG is likely to continue hosting Tests.

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RUGBY LEAGUE The Gold Coast Titans offer bad-boy Greg Bird a contract after he and girlfriend Kate Milligan visit the city. A decision is expected this week. What are the Titan’s thinking?

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MOTOR RACING Jamie Whincup wraps up the V8 Supercar title by finishing fifth in the Sydney 500. He is just the 12th driver to win multiple Australian Touring Car/V8 Supercar championships.

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GOLF After a horror year, Adam Scott finally has something to smile about when he takes out the Australian Open in Sydney. He comfortably saw off Stuart Appleby in the final round.

You either have to “ be deaf, dumb or blind to notice he was my whipping boy two or three years ago

MONDAY FOOTBALL Watford V QPR Championship match-up 7.45pm Sky Sports 1

Boxer Anthony Mundine says he wasn’t too impressed by Danny Green’s big win during the week.

THURSDAY RUGBY UNION Oxford V Cambridge Traditional varsity match 1.30pm Sky Sports 2

FRIDAY SNOOKER 2009 UK Championship Semi-finals 7pm British Eurosports SATURDAY BASKETBALL Cleveland V Portland NBA action 1am ESPN SUNDAY FOOTBALL Liverpool V Arsenal Premiership battle 4pm Sky Sports 1

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Amir Khan He seems like a pretty handy boxer. Anyone who saw his demolition of Dmitriy Salita would certainly agree with that. What’s his background? He’s a Bolton boy through and through and he was pegged as a champion boxer years ago. In 2004 he

won a silver medal at the Athens Olympics at the age of 17. How old was when he turned professional? He was 19 when he signed with promoter Frank Warren. Since then he’s won 22 bouts and only lost once. Now what? It looks like the bright lights of the US beg.

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Taylor goes home Jerome Taylor was sent home from the West Indies’ tour of Australia. Taylor broke down during Australia’s first innings of the first Test at the Gabba.

Clark uncertain Stuart Clark’s Test career was at the crossroads after he was overlooked to replace the injured Ben Hilfenhaus in the second Test in Adelaide. Victorian Clint McKay was called up for the second Test as 12th man, allowing Doug Bollinger to make Australia’s team.

Proteas slip South Africa slipped to third in the ODI rankings after their series loss to England. Australia still top the table comfortably with India in second spot. India captain Mahendra Singh Dhoni sits atop the batting rankings followed by Australia’s Mike Hussey.

symonds returns Former Australian all-rounder Andrew Symonds will revisit his past after being included in the Queensland Academy of Sport squad for this month’s inaugural Futures League Twenty-20 tournament in Melbourne. Bulls selectors opted to pick the explosive Symonds as one of four over-23-year-olds for the December 13-17 tournament.

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Windies fight hard Australia had a fight on their hands after the West Indies managed to secure a first-innings lead of 12 runs.

Australia’s batsmen once again frittered away promising starts with Shane Watson the worst offender. Starting the third day on 96, Watson was bowled without adding to his score when he missed an attempted pull shot off spinner Sulieman Benn. Watson was forlorn, walking

from the ground in disbelief at blowing his best chance yet for a Test ton. His opening partner Simon Katich soon followed him back to the dressing rooms when, facing Benn, he got an inside edge on to his pads which lobbed into the hands of Adrian Barath at short leg. Captain Ricky Ponting looked in fine touch but when on 36 he smacked a trademark

pull shot from the bowling of Kemar Roach straight to Dwayne Bravo at midwicket. Mike Hussey (41) and Michael Clarke (71) also gave up good starts as Australia were bowled out for 439 in reply to the West Indies first innings of 451. Going into the fourth day the West Indies were 0-23.

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Bond’s injury puts future in doubt Shane Bond confirmed his career was at the crossroads and he would make a decision on whether to play on in coming weeks. Bond suffered a minor abdominal tear in his man-ofthe-match performance in the first Test against Pakistan in Dunedin when he took 8-153. It was the same injury that forced him out of the tour of South Africa. Scans confirmed the tear and, although the speedster could have played in the second Test starting at the Basin Reserve, New Zealand Cricket took a precautionary approach by sending him home for

rehabilitation before a hopeful return against Bangladesh in February. Bond told the Sunday News he wouldn’t rush a decision. “You think about giving up and you ask yourself whether it’s worth all the effort,” Bond said. “I suppose what I want to do is take a couple of weeks away from cricket and wait until the disappointment and emotion from this latest setback – which is something I’ve always done – subsides before I make any decision. From there, I’ll sit down and look at things. “You can’t take a decision like this lightly so I will wait until I’m feeling better first.”

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Injured pace bowler Brett Lee faces a lengthy rehabilitation after undergoing surgery on his right elbow. Lee had an operation in Sydney to repair a damaged ligament in his right elbow joint. Cricket Australia medical officer Dr Trefor James said Lee would be required to use an elbow brace for about six weeks before he started more intensive rehabilitation.

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Needing 405 for victory New Zealand were dismissed for 263 in the middle session on Sunday. Ross Taylor top scored with 97 while Pakistan pace bowler Mohammad Asif took 5-67 to end with a match analysis of 9-107. Taylor, dismissed for 94 in the first Test in Dunedin, again missed an opportunity to notch his third hundred of the calendar year when Misbah-ul-Haq took a sharp catch low down at first slip from the bowling of teenager Mohammad Aamer. Misbah made amends for a potentially costly lapse late on

O’brien retires A tearful Iain O’Brien announced his retirement from international cricket. The New Zealand fast bowler confirmed the current Test series against Pakistan would be his swansong before he relocated to England. O’Brien said a desire to be with his wife Rosie was the reason behind his decision.

Saturday when he muffed an easier chance when Taylor was on 13. The damage was done to New Zealand’s hopes on the second day when they were bowled out for 99 in response to Pakistan’s 264. Pakistan scored 239 in their second innings.

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Rain seals series win for England McLaren in It was a disappointing few days for the South African cricket team after they lost the one-day series to England and lost their No.1 Test ranking to India. South Africa’s opportunity to level the series against England was lost when the fifth game in the series at Durban was washed out on Friday without a ball being bowled. It was the second match of the series washed out giving England a 2-1 victory. Proteas captain Graeme Smith said he was happy for the focus to switch to the Test series, which starts on December 16. “Our next one-day series is in India where the [2011] World Cup is going to be played,” Smith said. “Hopefully by then we will have a fully-fit squad and a squad which has developed from here. “There’s a break now and

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Andrew Strauss with the trophy for winning the one-day series

there will be a few new faces in our [Test] squad. The last two years have been really terrific for us in Test cricket and we want to carry it on.” South Africa starts the series ranked second in the world after India took the top spot by beating Sri Lanka.

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South Africa added three new faces to its expanded 15-man squad for the first Test against England at Centurion. Ryan McLaren, Alviro Petersen and Friedel de Wet were added to the squad to replace Imraan Khan and all-rounder Albie Morkel. All-rounder McLaren impressed the right people during the ODI series against the tourists and would provide cover for Jacques Kallis, who is under an injury cloud. The first Test starts on December 16. South Africa squad: Graeme Smith (capt), Hashim Amla, Mark Boucher (wk), AB de Villiers, Friedel de Wet, JP Duminy, Paul Harris, Jacques Kallis, Ryan McLaren, Morne Morkel, Makhaya Ntini, Wayne Parnell, Alviro Petersen, Ashwell Prince, Dale Steyn.

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Nick Mallett praises his Barbarian team’s efforts.

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Bryan Habana BARBARIANS Habana’s had a bit of an up-and-down season by his own brilliant standards. But he showed on the weekend why he’s still the world’s best flyer when given space and opportunity on a rugby field. A delight to watch.

Botha ruled out for three months An achilles injury has ruled out Springboks and Blue Bulls lock Bakkies Botha for the next three months. Botha went under the surgeon’s knife on Friday and wasn’t expected to be back on the field until March. The Bulls are now a bit thin in the lock department with Hendrik Roodt turning his back on opportunities in South Africa to sign with the Waratahs for the 2010 Super 14 season. The former Emerging Springboks player told the Sydney Morning Herald he would like to play for Australia.

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Some Bryan Habana magic helped the Barbarians stun the All Blacks 25-18 at Twickenham and rob them of an unbeaten sixmatch rugby tour. Habana scored a hat-trick, including two long-range efforts, with the Springboks winger’s third coming in the 69th minute. A penalty goal with three minutes left, from

his compatriot Morne Steyn, sealed the victory and signalled scenes of jubilation. It ended the All Blacks’ six-match winning streak in the latter part of the season, and ended an up-and-down year with a record of 10 wins and five defeats. Despite tries to Ben Smith and Anthony Boric, it was just the All Blacks’ second loss to Barbarians in 10 matches. While the second-string All Blacks gave the ball some air, they couldn’t finish their chances.

Deans happy with direction Wallabies coach Robbie Deans hailed the emergence of a young group of “genuine Test players” he believes promise an exciting future for Australian rugby. Most of the 35-man squad returned to Australia following a Spring tour which yielded mixed results with Test wins over England and Wales, a draw against Ireland, losses to New Zealand and Scotland and midweek victories over Gloucester and Cardiff. Deans didn’t want to evaluate where the world No.3 ranked Wallabies were at the halfway point of a four-year World Cup cycle, but said if the tournament was held tomorrow Australia would be “a shot” of winning. “We’ve just got to add consistency, which comes with experience and obviously when you look at the profile of the group it’s a remarkably young group and they are learning

Robbie Deans is happy with the development of Quade Cooper

in the toughest arena,” Deans said. He said there had been a lot of pluses in terms of player development. Among those mentioned by Deans were Will Genia, Quade Cooper, Digby Ioane and props Ben Alexander and Benn Robinson.


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Australia’s Danny Green scythed down a boxing legend as he stopped US superstar Roy Jones in just two minutes at Acer Arena in Sydney.

Making the first defence of his IBO cruiser weight world title, 36-year-old Green floored Jones with a big right hand to the head after one minute. Sensing his opponent was still vulnerable, Green applied further pressure and backed up the American who suddenly looked all of his 40 years. Several unanswered punches prompted English referee Howard Foster to stop the bout after just 122 seconds. Jones landed a handful of punches in the opening minute during which both men felt each other out with quick jabs. Green’s unexpectedly swift win may well have spiked a

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oval redevelopment South Australia’s two AFL teams are set to play out of the Adelaide Oval within four years after the State Government announced a A$450 million redevelopment project. The redevelopment is dependent on Federal Government funding.

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much-anticipated rematch between Jones and Hopkins scheduled for early next year. Hopkins, 44, kept his end of the deal with a unanimous 12 round points win in his home city of Philadelphia over Enrique Ornelas about 15 hours after Jones was defeated. Green still wasn’t prepared to speculate over his next opponent, but stressed he

wanted big fights. “Hopkins has a pretty good name, he’s already disrespected Australia enough,” Green told reporters on Wednesday. “Who knows? I’m just chilling, I’m going to go with the flow for a while.” Australian boxing legend Jeff Fenech said Green would destroy Anthony Mundine in a fight.

Nicole Kidman lent her voice to Australia’s bid for the 2018 or 2022 Fifa World Cups. Kidman narrated a promotional film being used by Football Federation Australia to showcase the nation’s credentials.

ARMSTRONG for Oz It was confirmed cycling legend Lance Armstrong would return to Australia in January for the Tour Down Under. He will ride with his new team RadioShack.

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“I’ve just knocked out one of the greatest fighters of all time, it’s like comparing a killer whale to a flathead.” Danny Green, about the possibility of a rematch with old adversary Anthony Mundine. “What’s the other guy’s name? Bollinger? Bollinger. This will be the first time I am going up against him. It’s a challenge.” West Indies skipper Chris Gayle on Doug Bollinger before the second Test at Adelaide. Sure enough, Bollinger dismissed him on the first morning with a short delivery. “It is evident that this group has a really exciting future.” Wallabies coach Robbie Deans talks up his team after returning from the tour of Europe. “The West Indies played no better than a poor Shield side. A poor Shield side would have been better prepared, would have showed more heart and passion.” Former Australian cricket captain Kim Hughes on the touring side’s efforts in Brisbane.

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Young Australian driver Daniel Ricciardo insisted he was not feeling much pressure as he had his Formula One trial in Europe.

Ricciardo, 20, spent three days of testing at the Jerez circuit in Spain for the Red Bull Racing team. The West Australian, won the 2009 British Formula Three Championship. “I have been busy in and out of the factory making a [specially-moulded] seat and spending time on the simulator,” Ricciardo said. “Everyone is working hard to make the test the best it can possibly be for me.” Red Bull’s Australian driver Mark Webber, was pleased to see another Australian getting a trial. “He [Ricciardo] is a great

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young bloke,” Webber said. “He has done very well. “He is in Red Bull’s junior driver development squad and he comes with good raps from the people who have worked with him.” Red Bull’s motorsport director Dr Helmut Marko said

Ricciardo was a good driver – “otherwise he would not be in our young driver program”. “We will see if he can make it to F1 after the test,” he said. Ricciardo is contracted to race in the Formula Renault 3.5 series in Europe next season with top French team Tech 1.

Lockyer still to decide on rep footy Champion Brisbane five-eighth Darren Lockyer will have as much time as he needs to decide whether he wants to continue his representative career or call it quits. Lockyer, still to formally sign a new two-year contract with the Broncos, is weighing up his representative future. There’s been talk that at 32, and with 50 Tests and 30 Origins taking their toll on his body and with nothing more to achieve, Lockyer should step down as Queensland and Australian captain and save himself for the Broncos’ premiership cause. But Broncos coach Ivan Henjak said Lockyer, who is Australia’s most-capped player would be free to make up his own mind without

Darren Lockyer will be free to decide if he plays representative football

pressure from the club. “I haven’t, and the club has never, put any pressure on Darren in terms of rep footy. He’s earned the right to make that decision on his own and we’ll let him,” Henjak said.

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“I can’t say what’s realistic and what’s not, but I can only say that in my heart I would love to give it one more go.” Injury-prone Mark Philippoussis, pictured, of yet another return to the ATP Tour.

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they’re still in the hunt. Australia would have been hoping to draw at least one soft side, but it didn’t happen, with all their challengers boasting players from the world’s top leagues. Fixtures: Germany, June 13, Durban; Ghana, June 19, Rustenburg; Serbia, June 23, Nelspruit. The key: The absence of a world-class striker hurts Australia – that’s why the finishing skills of Tim Cahill will be vital to their chances. Prediction: Do they have enough players who can turn a match? They’ll have a crack, but may be outgunned. A group stage exit looms.

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TAKE A PUNT WHO’S THE FAVOURITE? Spain, England and Brazil are the three hot favourites, each paying between 4-1 and 6-1. Argentina are next, at about 9-1.

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South Africa, Mexico, Uruguay, France Likely to progress: The hosts might have fancied their chances of progressing but with France and Mexico in their group their chances look shot. France can be fickle but should have enough quality to qualify top.

Netherlands, Denmark, Japan, Cameroon Likely to progress: The Netherlands have plenty of stars and should prevail, with Denmark and Cameroon jostling for second. Give the nod to Cameroon, provided bluechip striker Samuel Eto’o is fit and firing.

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Argentina, Nigeria, South Korea, Greece Likely to progress: Argentina should cruise through here, failing a couple of massive boilovers. Nigeria can be brittle in big tournaments, but should be safe enough ahead of outsiders Greece and South Korea.

Italy, Paraguay, New Zealand, Slovakia Likely to progress: Hopefully the Kiwis honour the ANZAC spirit by beating the diving Italians. If not, Italy and Paraguay are likely to go through, but New Zealand’s hopes would be bolstered by this draw.

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England, USA, Algeria, Slovenia Likely to progress: The Poms got dealt a winning hand. The match against the Yanks on June 12 is a programmer’s delight and could be tricky for England but Algeria and Slovenia are straight off the wishlist.

Brazil, North Korea, Ivory Coast, Portugal Likely to progress: The Group of Death. You have to back Brazil’s record, but the showdown between Drogba’s Ivory Coast and Ronaldo’s Portugal looms as the highlight of the group phase. Ivory Coast by a nose.

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Germany, Australia, Serbia, Ghana Likely to progress: Assume Germany progress on the back of three clinical, nerveless performances. From there, Serbia and Ghana are hard to split, with Australia the underdogs in a group that offers up no easy points.

Spain, Switzerland, Honduras, Chile Likely to progress: Spain, with stars all over the park, have been widely tipped to break their World Cup duck and an accommodating draw has seen their odds shorten even further. It’s Spain, then daylight, then probably Chile.

HE SHOOTS, HE SCORES Spanish pair Fernando Torres and David Villa are tipped to score the most goals, paying between 9-1 and 12-1, ahead of England striker Wayne Rooney at about 13-1.

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Why are you going home?

I’ve got to the point where I’m keen to be back in Melbourne among family and friends. I want to buy a place, own a car again, and generally enjoy the lifestyle.

ON THE JOB DANIEL GOAD Career Office supplies buyer Age 35 From Melbourne, Australia

Do you think your time in London will help you get a job?

I’ve learnt a lot and gained good skills and experience. When speaking to Aussie recruiters they seem to look on UK experience favourably.

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The shortage of nurses and midwives in Australia has prompted the Government to place nursing occupations on the critical skills list, giving overseas-trained nurses priority in visa processing.

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Christmas is not the best time to be looking for work, but the market seems to have picked up a bit in Australia in the past two to three months.

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temporary and permanent roles in Australia is that you’ll need a reference from each of your last two employers. If your last role was a temporary assignment and less than six weeks long, you may need a third reference.

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working holiday visa, then managed to get sponsored by my employer. I’m heading back in time for Christmas.

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60 per cent saw their pay rise. John Buchanan, director of the centre, said researchers were concerned the real legacy of the financial crisis was an intensified trend of people moving into casual work and missing out on standard employee entitlements.

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on the HOME FRONT Despite tough economic times, there’s still good news for those moving to Australia WORDS SAMANTHA BADEN

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t’s time for the usual movement of people back to summer Down Under from wintry UK, but those at the employment coalface say economic considerations are also playing a role this year.

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OPPORTUNITY KNOCKS? Hays GlobaLink manager Rachel Baldy, whose specialist team assists those wanting to make the move from the UK to Australia, has found the state of the Australian economy has played a part, especially over the past 12 to 18 months, for those heading home. “It fared better than some other developed countries like the UK, so a lot of people have said perhaps it’s a safer option,” she says. Baldy is quick to stress, however, that this perception of Australia’s economic wellbeing is specific to certain industries. WHICH INDUSTRIES? According to Baldy, in the accountancy and finance arena there’s been a demand for cost accountants, financial and commercial analysts and internal auditors for the commercial sector, as well as supervisors and managers within the taxation and business services area. In the construction and property sector, design and construction engineers are wanted. “They are the people we are really trying to get in touch with here in the UK,” she says. In addition, the Australian public sector has been recruiting project managers for schools, hospitals and other infrastructure projects. Oil and gas is also a growth area for jobs

in Australia. “A major area for us is Western Australia. From what we’re hearing there will hopefully be some big projects happening there [in the future] and also, to a lesser degree, on the infrastructure side in Brisbane.”

WILL I GET PAID LESS IN AUSTRALIA? Probably yes, says Baldy. “If you’ve worked in the London market, salaries tend to be quite disappointing when you head back Down Under, particularly if you move from London to Adelaide or Brisbane or Canberra.” The financial shock is likely to be even more pronounced if you’re coming from the financial services sector or IT, which attract very good money in London. Sydney and Melbourne are still paying the highest salaries, but those pay packets aren’t climbing at pre-recession levels. “They certainly haven’t [plummeted] but they have levelled to a more realistic salary,” Baldy says.

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ADVICE FROM THE FRONT LINE Rachel Baldy from Hays GlobaLink offers advice for those considering a move to Australia. Be prepared for a lengthy job hunt. “Unemployment is still higher in Australia than it has been for the past 10 years – so be prepared for a competitive market.”

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Geelong’s value groceries eelong has the cheapest prices for groceries in Australia, according to a recent survey by consumer watchdog Choice. A basket of 35 items, including bread, rice and bananas, set shoppers back $123.15 in Geelong, compared to $136.79 in Bunbury, Western

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$142.68 at IGA, and $154.73 at FoodWorks. “The presence of Aldi in the eastern states provides more competition to Woolworths and Coles, which encourages the big two to price more keenly,” Choice spokesman Christopher Zinn said about the results.

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The New Zealand Institute of Economic Research says Kiwi exports would not suffer if “border taxes” on imports from countries with soft climate change policies are introduced. A bigger threat to Kiwi exporters may be the perception about the sustainability of goods, it says.

Retail tycoon Solomon Lew has thrown down a challenge to rival department store group Myer, suggesting consumers prefer to shop with his company’s retail chains, which include Just Jeans, Portmans, Dotti, Jay Jays and Jacqui E, because they provide better service.

How long have you been in London?

I’ve been here for four years and feel like now it’s time to move on. I haven’t decided where I want to live next, but I’ll be travelling for a little while longer. Do you expect life to be cheaper in Australia?

Yeah – definitely. I’m not sure where I’ll be staying when I first arrive, but it will be great to be able to pay Aussie dollars for rent instead of pounds. Will you need to spend much to set yourself up?

At some stage I’ll have to buy and run a car, which I haven’t had to do in London. And I’ll have to buy new furniture too, as I won’t be taking anything back home with me.

BLAME THE METRIC SYSTEM? Ever wondered which of the world’s cities sells the most expensive fast food. No? Well, a consulting firm did a study anyway. Here are the results » Dublin – a hamburger call a Quarter Pounder? meal at a “medium-priced establishment” costs US$9.16. That’s enough to make you want to get drunk and fight. » Amsterdam – apparently after visiting its coffee shops you’ll pay US$7.88 for a burger. » Paris – you know what they

A Royale with Cheese. The surrender monkeys pay US$7.43 for their meal deals. » Brussels – the home of Brussels sprouts is also home to over-priced burger meals, costing the same as the French capital at US$7.43.

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Kiwis heading back to New Zealand will probably want to buy a new car at some point, and even if they’re broke after their London adventure, there’s some real value to be had if they know where to look. It is cheap to fix cars in New Zealand, and there are heaps of Japanese imports, so many vehicles that would be seen as uneconomic in Europe are still on the country’s roads. Once place to look for cheap cars is the backpackers’ market, where travellers sell cars after a stint in the country. You want a car that’s just come on to the circuit, and hasn’t done too many miles. See backpackerscarmarket.co.nz.

Australia, which was the most expensive of the 24 Australian cities surveyed. There are also major differences in prices across different supermarket chains. It costs only $94.30 to fill a basket at Aldi, compared to $126.87 at Woolworths/ Safeway, $127.67 at Coles,

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MOVING ON Resign from work How much notice you need to give your employer will depend on your contract (usually two weeks to three months). You must give at least one week’s notice if you’ve been in your job for a month or more. Give notice on your flat

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

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You may not spend more than two consecutive years outside the UK if

you wish to retain your Indefinite Leave to Remain (ILR) status. As it seems you are most likely eligible to naturalise as a British citizen now, I would suggest that you undertake this process prior to returning home. Once naturalised, you are then entitled to apply for a British passport, therefore giving you complete freedom to return to the UK whenever you please, as well as having the opportunity to live and work in the EU.

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to yourself is about £80 a week. Going it alone A bedsit or studio is at least £150 a week. Bills Bills can include phone, gas, electricity, water, council tax and a TV licence. Bond This is usually a month’s rent. You may also have to pay one month’s rent in advance. Leases You may need to sign a lease for six or 12 months.

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Namely council tax, internet, phone, gas, electricity, TV, gym membership, insurance. Settle overdrafts and credit cards Any defaults

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

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

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SHIPPING Get plenty of quotes, checking sizes and whether customs and tax charges are covered. For sea freight (which should take no longer than 12 weeks to arrive) you’ll pay about £80£150 for your first box – less for suitcases – and £30-£90 for additional boxes.

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JUST ARRIVED ACCOMMODATION There are Antipodeans and South Africans calling all parts of London home, but generally they tend to head west (Acton, Shepherd’s Bush, Fulham, Hammersmith), north (Dollis Hill, Kilburn, Willesden Green) or south (Clapham, Southfields, Tooting). For listings see tntmagazine. com/accommodation. Dossing Offer to chip in £5 a night minimum. Hostels Expect to pay at least £10-£25 a night. Sharing You can share a room for about £50 a week. A room

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

NATIONAL INSURANCE You need a National Insurance (NI) number to work in the UK. Call 0845 600 0643 to make an appointment to apply for one. Some NI contributions go into a State Second Pension (S2P). You can contract out of this and direct the money into a private pension fund instead. You’ll need to do this before the end of the tax year or your contributions will be lost.

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t will probably be when you’re hugged by the 100th stranger – your body warmed by the whisky that makes Edinburgh’s remarkable castle shine even brighter in the snow – that you decide no matter how many times you’ve celebrated New Year, you’ve never savoured anything like Hogmanay, the riotous party that ripples through all of Scotland’s six big cities.

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EDINBURGH Edinburgh (above) offers the granddaddy of all Hogmanay parties. This year there is a packed five-day programme with Madness, the Enemy and the Noisettes performing at the Concert in

the Gardens on New Year’s Eve, as well as sets by local indie faves Frightened Rabbit and We Were Promised Jetpacks. Get in as soon as you can to snare a ticket for the nefarious 80,000-strong street party on December 31. See edinburghshogmanay.org.

GLASGOW Rival city Glasgow (winterfestglasgow.com) isn’t content to play second fiddle, and has a party that bashes on through the city centre, with the main celebrations in George Square. This year you can join crowds of Glaswegians enjoying some of Scotland’s hottest acts, including

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STIRLING In historic Stirling, it’s mostly locals at the fun festivities set in the dramatic Stirling Castle. The Party at the Castle (stirlinghogmanay.co.uk) sees the ramparts come alive with the stirring sound of the massed bagpipes and drums, as well as home-grown pop songstress Sandi Thom, X Factor stars The MacDonald Brothers, and Stars In Their Eyes winner Freddie Mercury impersonator Gary Mullen, plus fireworks. DUNDEE Back east in Dundee, no official events have yet been announced, but Hogmanay is always a party night in a city dense with bars and clubs. The action spins around the centre, with revellers sporting their own drinks and buskers providing the musical accompaniment.

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ABERDEEN Also on the east coast, the Oil Capital of Europe shakes off its posh moneyed front and lets its hair down for the big night. Aberdeen’s Winter Festival Hogmanay (aberdeencity.gov.uk/hogmanay) culminates with two spectacular fireworks displays – one at the Castlegate and another in Union Terrace Gardens. The ticketed street party of recent years has been swapped for a series of community-based events as part of an attempt to get back to the Hogmanay spirit of old. INVERNESS The party is set to go off with a serious bang in Inverness, Scotland’s most northerly city. Hogmanay – Red Hot Highland Fling (invernessfestivals.com) brings the Inverness Winter Festival to a close in Northern Meeting Park Arena with the effervescent Red Hot Chili Pipers, Blazin’ Fiddles and Peatbog Faeries. These frenetic bands turn traditional Celtic music on its head to create a pumping beat, which will keep Highlanders and visitors lucky enough to be in town partying into 2010. ELSEWHERE IN SCOTLAND Even outside the cities the New Year’s Eve party bashes on into 2010, and it is not for nothing that Scotland always needs an extra day of holiday at this time of year. If you’re in the spirit (having plenty of the local liquid helps), and fancy yourself as a hardy Scottish Hogmanay partygoer, then fling yourself the next morning into the chilly waters at the Loony Dook in South Queensferry, just outside Edinburgh, or join the madcap locals doing the same in Broughty Ferry on the fringes of Dundee.

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Tommy Reilly, on the Big Stage, as well as lively ceilidh band Bahookie, and then marvel at the impressive fireworks display.

Hogmanay dates far back in Scottish history, some linking it to ancient winter solstice celebrations, but it really came to the fore during the Reformation in the 17th century, when Christmas was frowned upon by Scottish Protestants as a Popish festival. There are many Hogmanay traditions but on the Isle of Skye this includes burning a bull’s hide, with every guest having to sniff the smoke to ward off evil spirits. If the fire goes out during sniffing, it signifies bad luck in the future. A less gory Hogmanay tradition is first footing, when the first person to enter the home on New Year’s Day brings good fortune. Traditionally the first footer should be a dark-haired male stranger carrying a lump of coal, which symbolises warmth and fuel. First footing’s friendly spirit is still alive in Scotland’s cities, with visitors from all over the world welcome to join the party, which sizzles on into the New Year.


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ell this was a first. I was about to be pushed down a very steep hill in Madeira’s capital Funchal on a sled by two men decked out in white and wearing straw boaters. To make it even more interesting, it was on a bone dry road with a hairpin bend. This is tobogganing Madeira style, and the Toboggan Men (as they’re affectionately called) have being doing this for hundreds of years from father to son. It’s just one of Madeira’s quite unique attractions, and it’s great fun. This stunning sub-tropical island, under Portuguese rule since 1400, has strong British influence from the time of the Napoleonic wars, when the Brits set up camp to help defend it against the French. This is still in evidence in the beautiful colonial properties around it, many now converted into luxury hotels. Although it’s often overlooked in favour of the popular Canary Islands lying to the south, Madeira’s year-round sunshine makes it a great choice for a winter break. Local life is rich in


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WHEN TO GO The climate is good all year. GETTING THERE Direct flights with EasyJet (easyjet.com) and TAP (flytap.com). GETTING AROUND Best to take a taxi or bus as driving on the narrow, windy, hilly roads can be tricky. VISAS Schengen visa for South Africans. CURRENCY Euro. 1 GBP = 1.12 EUR. LANGUAGE Portuguese. GOING OUT A beer is about €2. ACCOMMODATION Hostels in Funchal from €12. For a treat try Hotel Quinta Das Vistas, from €82.50 (charminghotelsmadeira.com). SEE madeiratourism.com.

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Festive traditions are deeply rooted in Madeiran custom, and from mid-November Funchal’s huge bay is transformed into a giant nativity scene with literally thousands of illuminations across the capital, culminating in the biggest fireworks display in the world on New Year’s Eve. Be sure to book early!

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tradition and festivities, there’s a Kodak moment everywhere you look, the food and wines are delicious and it’s a walker’s paradise.

WALK THIS WAY The island’s spectacularly rugged scenery, formed out of its volcanic birth, is a mixture of wondrous geologic formations and colours that make walking the island such a pleasure. I tried Vereda do Areeiro, a walk linking Madeira’s two highest peaks. This magnificent, mostly paved route has some jaw dropping descents and ridges that tested my fitness, but it provided stunning views across Madeira’s mountain spine, and by the time I’d reached the summit I felt I’d earned that cold beer. For a different challenge then there are the famous Levadas – an ancient network of stone irrigation channels built to transport water across the island. Running all over lush valleys, mountains and tunnels, they provide walkers with a perfect route map across the island, so you can stroll alongside or even on top of them and just enjoy the views. All Madeira’s walks are well marked, but if you want the safety of walking in company, plan your visit during the Madeira Islands Walking Festival, running January 12-16, 2010 (madeiraislandswalkingfestival.com). PLENTY TO DO Madeira also offers a dazzling canvas of subtropical flora and fauna. Check out Funchal’s Tobogganing Madeira style

Beautiful botanic gardens

excellent botanical gardens Jardim Panoramico and Santa Luzia for stunning displays. There are some outstanding nature reserves too, like Rocha do Navio in Santana (where you might catch a glimpse of monk seals). For something a bit different walk through 700m of lava tubes at the Volcanism Centre at São Vicente, or just enjoy countless outdoor activities. The capital Funchal is an impressive sight. It’s a huge amphitheatre that begins in the harbour and rises up to over 400m, so to get around there are cable cars – or you could try a toboggan, of course! It’s a magical sight at night, especially over Christmas and New Year (see above right). It’s got plenty of shopping and a long promenade where you can gawp at the huge cruise liners as they pass by. The lovely old town near the harbour has a mass of restaurants and bars among its narrow cobbled streets where you’ll find traditional food such as bolo do caco (sweet potato bread with garlic butter) and espetada (barbecued beef or pork skewers), and of course worldfamous Madeiran wine and cake.

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HOW TO MAKE YOUR PHOTOS STAND OUT

THEME: USING LINE AND SHAPE TO INFER DEPTH Deckchairs, Brighton Beach, by Joanne Cocklin

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Our brains are trained to interpret 3D information in 2D, and consequently we have a fairly sophisticated way of viewing lines and shapes. When we view a flat image, such as a photo, our eyes play tricks on us, so lines are of the utmost importance in composition. Joanne’s image is made up purely of horizontal and vertical lines.

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WHY THIS WORKS: 1 A limited colour scheme draws attention to the lines. 2 There’s a contrast of three wide, horizontal stripes across the image and thin, short vertical lines in the middle. 3 A nice use of texture, with a pebbled beach, crinkly sea and smooth sky. 4 Lots of space around the chairs gives an air of

expectancy. You want someone to walk in and sit on those chairs. 5 The chairs facing out to sea infer depth and space.

HOT TIPS: 1 Linear perspective – the rule that parallel lines nearest to us get closer together as they go away from us – can be exaggerated with a wide-

angle lens. You can make the lines appear to zoom in, or diminish, so the perspective appears flatter. 2 Use interposition so objects in front partially block the view of objects behind. You can make use of juxtaposition to exaggerate or decrease the size of a subject. 3 Texture gradient can also be exaggerated with a wide-

angle lens. In this instance the texture of the pebbled beach is less defined in the distance, but individual pebbles stand out closer. 4 Use relative size – an object is smaller at a distance than close up. If you place subjects further away, you flatten them. 5 The higher the field of view, the further away it seems. This is called height in plane.

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This plan is all over the place and you need an evening with a map. Combining Turkey with Egypt isn’t straightforward. There are no sea connections, land travel takes forever, and a flight is about £250, which is best booked in Istanbul with Egypt Air or Turkish Airlines. So if you want to see Egypt, it must be a holiday within a holiday, lasting about two weeks. Spend another two weeks in Turkey, exploring the western half of the country and Cappadocia. That leaves a month for Eastern Europe. For this I’d suggest going through Bulgaria, Romania, Hungary, the Czech and Slovak Republics and Poland. For tips on what to see, In Your Pocket (inyourpocket.com) has free downloadable city guides. If you’ve been in the UK for more than six months and are under 26, then a Global Inter Rail pass (interrailnet.com) is good value at £359, valid across the continent for a month. If you’re over 26, you’d be hard pressed to pay the £545 that the pass costs on train fares in a month and should buy point-to-point tickets instead.

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Ah, the Monodon monoceros, my favourite weird-looking whale. The narwhal is bestknown for its distinctive ‘horn’, which is actually a kind of tusk. Apart from the odd bit of waterjousting, a practical use for the tusks has never been observed, and as it’s only males who have them, they can’t be critical for survival. Prospects for spotting a narwhal are not great. The mammals are found in the Canadian High Arctic, Greenland and, occasionally, as far east as Svalbard, but they’re no bigger than large dolphins and unless they stick their tusks into the air you won’t be able to appreciate their unique appearance. You might see them on the ultra-pricey Arctic icebreaker cruises around the far north, but none advertise themselves to narwhal hunters. All I can suggest is that you go on a whale or dolphin-spotting cruise somewhere, and bring a home-made tusk, which you attach with stickytape to a passing porpoise. As well as giving the same visual effect as seeing a narwhal, you’ll get the thrill of having brought some DIY chic to a holiday that normally lacks improvisation. This creature looks set to continue to be isolated and a rare sight, which gives further credence to my suspicion that it’s too stupidlooking to be real.

My girlfriend and I are going to Gallipoli for Anzac Day, then we want to travel around Turkey and Eastern Europe for two months. We’ve got a budget of £4000- £5000, and want to see as much as possible, but are open to suggestions. We also want to visit Egypt. Brendan, via email


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A hotel for dogs has opened in Taiwan, equipped with paddling pools, salons, classes and playrooms. A stay at Pet’s Dream Park in Taipei costs a man’s best friend £8.50 a day, plus food. Nervous dogs can get their own VIP room at no extra cost. See taiwan.net.tw.

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INDIA OFFERS ECO-TOURISM Travel responsibly in India and Nepal with The Green Circuit, a series of tours with a focus on natural and cultural heritage that have joined together to create an eco-tourism loop. The project is a result of a partnership between five responsible tourism operators throughout the Indian Sub-continent. Launching the tour Fiona Jeffery, chairperson of World Travel Market and the Just a Drop Foundation, said: “At a time tour operators are competing with each other for every segment of travel business, it’s a pleasure to see five responsible tourism operators come together to provide responsible holidays. “The Green Circuit is an initiative that should

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Regional Europe guide Lonely Planet has overhauled its regional guidebooks for some of Europe’s most popular holiday regions. The relaunched series aims to help travellers explore each destination’s food, culture, nature and unique attractions. The first seven new style books include Provence & The

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be replicated across the world to strengthen the responsible tourism movement.” The Green Circuit unites experts in their respective regions covering destinations in Nepal, the Himalayas, north-east and east India, and the southern tip. Initiated by socialtours.com in Nepal, it is a collaboration between Help Tourism, Grass Routes, The Blue Yonder and Ecosphere. Each tour operator in the Green Circuit is a committed expert in their chosen field, offering experiences specific to the local environmental and cultural conditions. Further information is available at thegreencircuit.net.

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‘Solidays’, where people head off on holiday alone, are on the rise according to ebookers.com. The research, which polled 4000 adults, found 15 per cent of holidaymakers have travelled alone in the past 12 months due to friends and family being unable to afford the trip.

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WORDS ELIZABETH EUN

INTERNATIONAL HOTAIR BALLOON WEEK

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January 9-16 Filzmoos, Austria This small village near Salzburg is the premier location for hotair ballooning, thanks to its gusty winds. Time your visit with this event to see masses of balloons fill the sky.

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WORLD SNOW FESTIVAL SWITZERLAND WHAT: The Swiss town of

Grindelwald is transformed into a snowy paradise for one of the biggest snow festivals in the world. WHERE: Grindelwald, Switzerland. WHY: The festival began in 1983 when a Japanese artist carved a giant Heidi in the snow. Now it’s a venue for international artists to create magnificent figures out of snow and ice, which are displayed on the ice rink.

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NATIONAL WINTER ALES FESTIVAL Manchester, England Jan 20-23, 2010 alefestival.org.uk

VENICE CARNIVAL Venice, Italy Feb 5-16, 2010 veniceconnected.com

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

WHEN: January 18-23. DO IT BECAUSE: Even if you

can’t make anything besides a snowball, the town puts on communal events for everyone to enjoy, including a fondue evening and tobogganing. HOW MUCH: Free.

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NEW ORLEANS MARDI GRAS SEMPER OPERA BALL Dresden, Germany January 15 Held in the lavish Semper Opera House, this ball has become a highlight on Dresden’s social calendar. If the tickets are too pricey opt instead for the free open-air party on the nearby square.

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Berlin. I just love the history – so torn apart but so together. And the fact people are out until 10 in the morning. Most over-rated place?

Barcelona. It wasn’t as vibrant as I expected and there was lots of crime.

Sea urchin in Morocco.

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BRIGHT EYES Harsh sunlight; white snow; travelling at high velocity (maybe). It all has the combined effect of leaving your eyes dry and irritated. Soothe them with Blink intensive tears eye drops. THE DAMAGE: £4.99 WHERE: blinkintensive.com

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THE INSIDER MICHELLE TEDESCO, SALES & MARKETING MANGER AT ANDERSON TOURS My first big trip was … To the USA to work at a summer camp in North Carolina. My favourite place in the world is … London. It has everything to offer and the major sights, like Tower

and snowboarding gear, or croissants. If there is a pharmacy, the first barrier is language related and the second is price – even deodorant will cost an arm and a leg. Enough of the ranting, you’re there for skiing not shopping anyway. The solution is to be prepared. Think about the little extras you might need when you’re away and take them with you, whether it’s hangover cures or pain relief for potential injuries.

Bridge and Big Ben, are amazing. The next destination on my travel wishlist is … Africa. I can’t think of anything more exhilarating than seeing wild animals in their natural habitat, sleeping under the stars, trekking the mountains in search of gorillas and visiting the tribespeople in their villages to understand their way of life.

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BIG TRIP Lumbini SOUTHERN NEPAL

There are no “ neon lights, bells or whistles ”

OURNEY WORDS LUCY CORNE

abstinence. So, having swotted up on the basic Buddhism outlined in my guidebook, I set about exploring Lumbini. First stop is the sacred pond, where Queen Mayadevi bathed before she gave birth to the baby that would be Buddha. It seems little more than a murky pool, but those on a true pilgrimage stop to bathe here before visiting the birthplace itself. Fearing what might happen to my digestive system if I accidentally ingest a drop of the green water, I head instead to the Ashokan Pillar. Erected in 249BC by a Nepali king, the pillar is now home to another ritual. Scattered around its base were some interesting offerings – coins, flower petals and the occasional clump of thick, black hair. The devout trim their locks and leave the clippings to honour the Buddha’s decision to shave his head and shun worldly possessions. Lacking the scissors and nerve to

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’m enjoying a cup of chai after a busy day exploring a Thai monastery, admiring Chinese architecture and trying to decipher Korean script. Of course, I haven’t been on a day-long pan-Asia dash. In fact, I haven’t left Lumbini, a tiny town in a low-lying corner of southern Nepal. I started the day on the kind of journey that both thrills and terrifies me. Sitting with my back against the windscreen, I surveyed the marvellous mayhem of a Nepalese bus ride: a 3:1 passenger to seat ratio; distorted music blaring from decrepit speakers; lively grins; and, of course, a roof piled high with luggage, livestock and another dozen or so passengers. But I was confident I’d arrive in one piece. After all, I was on a pilgrimage of sorts – a trip to the birthplace of Siddhartha Gautama, better known as the Buddha. OK, so I was unlikely to find enlightenment in one day, but I was hoping to learn a little about Buddhism and enjoy some respite after three manic months in the subcontinent. I wasn’t disappointed on either count. Leaving the busy market and rickshaw-lined streets behind, I find the sacred site silent, save for the fluttering of prayer flags and the occasional gleeful shout from a pilgrim excited to end their journey. The Buddha was born a prince in 563BC but later shunned his privileged upbringing to seek enlightenment and follow a life of

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NEED TO KNOW WHEN TO GO Autumn (September to November) is a dry but verdant time to visit. It’s dry from September until May, though the winter months are cold. GETTING THERE Jet Airways and Qatar Airways are the cheapest operators, with return flights starting at £539. GETTING AROUND Local buses are cheap and can be fun for short journeys. Reserved seating on tourist buses is less packed, while pricier luxury buses have air-con and a buffet lunch at a rest stop. VISAS All visitors need a visa. You can get one at the embassy in London or on arrival in Nepal. You’ll need two photos and £35 for a 30-day visa. CURRENCY Nepali rupee. 1 GBP = 120 NPR. LANGUAGE Nepali. GOING OUT A local beer costs 150 NPR. ACCOMMODATION A basic room with shared bathroom is 300-600 NPR. An en-suite hotel room is 750-1200 NPR. SEE welcomenepal.com.

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Any trip to Nepal is incomplete without a glimpse of Everest, but we can’t all afford the £25,000 and eight weeks required to clamber to its summit – not to mention the months of hardcore training. We felt a little guilty taking the lazy route, but it wasn’t entirely without inconveniences. We did have to drag ourselves out of bed before sunrise to jostle for an early flight from Kathmandu. Clouds notoriously descend by 8am, so flights stop at 7.30am and departures are often cancelled, with customers told to try again the following day. Luckily we scored a place on the coveted 6am trip, and were able to enjoy the highlight of a six-month jaunt around Asia. Deciding between the fabulously named Buddha Air and Yeti Airlines is tough, but both offer identical hour-long trips culminating in photo frenzy at Sagarmatha, as the mountain is known in Nepali. There’s something magical about seeing the world’s highest point, its jagged white outline backed by a glorious blue sky. And while you don’t get a shot of you and your flag at the summit, you do get a certificate claiming that though you didn’t climb Everest, you did ‘touch it with your heart’! Mount Everest

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follow suit, I make my way to the main reason people flock to Lumbini – Mayadevi Temple. In line with the minimalist values of Buddhism, there are no neon lights, bells or whistles. A simple stone sits behind cloudy glass, marked with a plaque reading: ‘The exact birth-place of Buddha’. Overhead hangs a carving depicting Queen Mayadevi clutching the tree she gave birth beneath, though the detail has been worn smooth by faithful followers running their hands over the much-adored effigy. Suitably enlightened (about Buddhist history) and relaxed after some silent contemplation, I set out to investigate further. The Lumbini Development Zone is enormous and to explore in any depth you really need to rent a bike or haggle for a rickshaw. Taking the lazy option, I settle into my seat, jumping out to explore the


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you go? Missing those smoky blue eyes to stare into over dinner. Chris. Poo: The last three months have been the longest of my life. Can’t wait to see you and spend the next two months traveling. Tott xoxox.

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there! We (Meg and Sara) are trying to track down the hottie we were chatting to at the bar for like 20 minutes before the end of the night on November 27. We want to know who out of us you liked best … ? We’ll be there again for the next two weeks and hope to find out your answer! Otherwise, email us at mag-and-sara@live.co.uk. To The Villas and Number 7:

All you folks have rocked my world for the past year of this journey, the times are pretty blurry but I wouldn’t change it for anything. Lucky I didn’t lose my camera at the Walkie and need to write in here asking for it back. See you all on the flipside, Palm out! PS You will never stop me talking! Cute Little Guy: You were watching me play ping pong in The Third Space gym. I was wearing small shorts and green lycra top with V-neck. You smiled, I waved, we connected. My name is Justin and I know we should meet. Come and find me on the table. Andy Colbert: Wishing you a very merry and raucous birthday this Wednesday. Totally skint after our record bender the other night (well, at least now I know how much

post your message at tntmagazine.com/seeking or email seeking@tntmagazine.com

one man can drink in one night!) so no money to spend on presents this year, but what’s better than your very own message in Desperately Seeking – priceless! Have a good one geezer. Cheers, Terri. Sexy Pettie: Hey Pettie, I met you at the Chatsworth in Acton on Saturday night at Crackers’ 30th. I think you are sexy and I’m gutted I didn’t get your number. Would you love to have a beer some time? John XXX. Message me at crackersmate@hotmail.com. Another London innings is coming to an end: Just

wanted to thank van tour 06 for introducing me to my lovely girlfriend, the Reddy for witnessing our first kiss, all the flats we’ve lived in for the unforgettable times, Sam’s chicken for the weekend diet, 207 for all the IOUs, the Walkie for those nail biting Kiwi/

Aussie games, The Church for great Sunday sessions, all the couches we’ve woken up on and to TNT Magazine for putting this in and for keeping me up-to-date, for here and back home, great times! To be continued … Wikim. iPod found at She Bu Walkabout: If you think it’s

yours, email mmargolis@ hotmail.co.uk with description of lost iPod so that I can return it to you. Toni: We first met on a cold, wet and miserable Saturday to watch the rugby; you with the smoky blue eyes and gorgeous smile, me with the white rugby shirt and little Aussie buddy. I was captivated! By chance, the following week at the same location (Temple Walkabout) we met again, and sparks flew with drinks and laughter. You took my number with hope of another meeting; where did

Desperately Seeking is a reader forum, and all messages should be within the spirit of the page; TNT cannot take responsibility for offence caused. No phone numbers can be printed. Messages may be edited for publication. See tntmagazine.com/seeking

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I dated my high school sweetheart for over four years, but even though we broke up two years ago, I still can’t stand the thought of him with someone else. I recently heard that he’s been getting serious with a new girl. What do I do?

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Forgive me for being blunt, but you should do absolutely nothing. He

may have been your high school sweetheart, but the key thing to note here is the past tense. He was your boyfriend, two years ago, in the past –

and now he’s someone else’s. It may still hurt, but that’s probably because you believe it’s OK to keep thinking about him. I’m here to set the record

To all my crazy crew in London: Wow, can’t believe

it’s time to say goodbye to London again for the third time in eight years! Will miss you like crazy … getting taped up, crazy nights at the Walkie, Reddy, Church, 105 … ATVing, dress-ups, almost burning the house down. The list is endless! Just won’t be the same in Oz without any of you … Take care of yourselves and I’ll see yas when I’m looken atchas!! Brashy xxx Looking to meet new people:

Hi all, I’m a 26-year-old Aussie guy who’s been living in London for the past six months. I don’t really know anyone here and am looking to kick off my social life, which I seem to have left back in Oz. Interested in meeting some new people to share some drinks and stories with. See tntmagazine.com/seeking. Hottie: I’m soooo glad to finally have you back in town. Life in London is no fun without you, and I’ve missed your hot bod and rod. Now, don’t you ever dare to leave me again. Your partner in crime. straight. It’s not acceptable to let your mind wander off to some mythical land where you’re still with him. My advice is get your mates together, go out for some drinks and meet a nice new chap. There are definitely other guys out there, give them a chance – even if you didn’t go to school with them.

» Got a sex or relationship dilemma? Email dearreuben@ tntmagazine.com

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