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EDITOR’S LETTER One of the best things about living in London is the scale of just about every genre of creative activity. From music to art to cabaret, this city has it all. One example is Aussie-made show La Clique (see page 26), a captivating blend of circus and cabaret that the capital can’t get enough of. And for some random, out-there public works of art, check out the feature on page 12.

72 Dive into the Maldives and help the environment

59 TRAVEL

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9 LONDON 9 London Eye 10 London Life 12 IN LIVING COLOUR: Discover London’s urban art scene 14 Food & Drink 16 Spotted

19 ENTERTAINMENT 19 Celebrity News 20 TNT Life 21 Look Who’s Talking: Sam Worthington 22 Cinema 25 Culture 26 CIRCUS ACT: Zany Aussie-made show La Clique returns to London

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Music Music Listings Clubbing Clubbing Listings

12 Accessible works of art in the capital

36 NEWS & SPORT 36 38 40 43 44 46 48 50

Australia News New Zealand News South Africa News The Week In Sport General Rugby Cricket PLENTY LEFT TO PROVE: Allan Donald on the SA v England Tests

59 Global Vision 60 CATHEDRAL CITY: Explore the many attractions of Durham 62 Late Deals 63 TNTT Weekender: Cambridge 64 A LILLE BIT OF EVERYTHING: Why this French city’s got it all 66 Hotshots 68 Travel Tips 69 Travel News 70 On The Road 71 Gear Up 72 A DEEPER APPRECIATION: Eco-travel in the Maldives 63 Do your homework: what to see in Cambridge

53 CAREERS & MONEY 53 Careers 56 Money 57 Coming & Going

REGULARS 4 Letters 6 Wins 122 Desperately Seeking & Dear Reuben 26 La Clique rolls back into London

21 Sam Worthington – Australia’s new hero


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➥ TNT 1366, NOV 2-8 KEEPING TRACK I’ve been following the letters in TNT regarding the uselessness of the train services in London with great interest. Like Damien of Kentish Town suggested (‘Bad track record’), I kept a list of all the disruptions to my services over a month-long period, then emailed them to the train provider. First of all, they tried to weasel out of it, saying my

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THE CHINESE STATE CIRCUS FROM £10 WHAT: A combination of martial arts and acrobatics, it’s a dynamic spectacle full of colour and mind-boggling stunts. WHEN: December 16-26. WHY DO IT: Let’s face it, the Chinese are incredible at this kind of stuff. Remember the opening ceremony for the Beijing Olympic Games? They know how to put on a good show. And instead of a ringmaster, they have a Monkey King who runs the whole caper. What’s not to love?

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Capital idea: The Serpentine It’s a pleasant time of year for a wander along the banks of Hyde Park’s S-shaped lake. On a drizzle-free morning, there are few better spots to drink a coffee and read the paper. The best place to start is across the road from Lancaster Gate Tube – that entrance brings you straight into the Italian Gardens, a picturesque quadrangle filled with babbling fountains and chalky, moss-covered statues. You might assume it’s too chilly to take a dip this time

of year, but the Serpentine Swimming Club is gearing up for its annual Peter Pan Cup on Christmas Day (only members can participate, though). At the south-east end of the lake, there are plenty of chances to pick up a mulled wine – check out the Winter Wonderland fair or Serpentine Bar and Kitchen – before you pop out in Knightsbridge. TS

There are some great markets that specialise in food, but the one at Somerset House is more focused more on crafts and design. Great for lastminute Christmas shopping.

» Somerset House, Strand, WC2R 1LA Temple (somerset house.org.uk). Dec 18-22

ENNIO MARCHETTO £17 In his stunningly original show, Marchetto uses origami to impersonate luminaries from Pavarotti to Eminem. There’s still time to catch his special Christmas performances.

» Southbank Centre, Belvedere Rd, SE1 8XX Waterloo (southbank centre.co.uk). Until Dec 22

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The public can “ touch the sculpture, causing it to melt ” area for its decaying industrial architecture.

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LONGPLAYER What is it? A composition of Tibetan gongs and singing bowls, arranged so it will play for 1000 years without the same sequence being repeated. Why is it cool? Housed in London’s sole lighthouse, the composition will only play to completion if technology survives or evolves.

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BEAR IN THE SQUARE What is it? A life-sized ice sculpture of a polar bear, carved on December 11, that will melt over 10 days, drawing attention to climate change. Why is it cool? The public can touch the sculpture, causing it to melt, echoing the way humanity affects the balance of nature.

» Trafalgar Square, Westminster, WC2N 5DS Charing Cross

QUANTUM CLOUD What is it? The 30m pile of hollow sections of steel appears utterly chaotic, but if you look closely you can make out the image of a human in the middle of it all. Why is it cool? Antony Gormley, one of the UK’s most prolific public artists, chose this

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SEIZURE What is it? Artist Roger Hiorns pumped 75,000 litres of copper sulphate into an abandoned council flat, causing a bright blue crystalline growth on every surface. Why is it cool? Hiorns succeeds in jarring his audience out of their numb urban fug.

» 157 Harper Rd, SE1 6AE

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ONE FOOT IN THE GROVE What is it? An open-air exhibition of street art, giant sculpture and installations, fully licensed, underneath the Westway road bridge. Why is it cool? British graffiti and street art has serious roots in this neck of the woods, so this show celebrates the genre’s origins, but also what it has become.

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Iconoclastic: Banksy

London is also home to some eye-catching murals, often in some unexpected locations. Here are a handful worth checking out: Fitzrovia mural – Part local homage and part attack on large-scale developments. » Whitfield Gardens, W1T 5EB Euston Square The Spirit of Soho – An A-Z of Soho, with shady characters and beloved landmarks. » Carnaby St, W1 Oxford Circus Cable Street mural – Recreates the Battle of Cable Street, which saw locals brawl with fascists. » Cable St, E1 0BL Whitechapel Brixton River mural – A bucolic riverbank scene adorns the side of a semi-suburban terrace. » Strathleven Rd, SW2 Clapham North Battersea in Perspective – A panorama of the South Bank with the power station unmissable. » Dagnall St, SW11 Clapham Junction Westbourne Park mural – Small, but clever – a warped mirror image of nearby commuters. » Great Western Rd, W9 Westbourne Park

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Ladbroke Grove (mutatebritain.wordpress.com). Until Dec 20

THE BEST OF BANKSY What is it? You never know where you will come across a Banksy, identifiable by his distinctive graffiti-stencil design and the deadpan satirical or iconoclastic message. Why is it cool? Beyond the sentiments of the individual Banksy pieces, the identity of the artist adds an extra layer to the intrigue. Banksy remains quasi-anonymous, although he is believed to be 35 years old and from Bristol.

» Banksy Rat – Paparazzi, south side of Piccadilly, W1

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Art history: the Cable Street mural

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RESTAURANT REVIEW Lola Rojo ★★★★★

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78 Northcote Rd, SW11 6QL 020 7350 2262 Clapham Junction

THE SCENE A neat, white shoebox of a tapas restaurant brought to life with splashes of red and black in the decor and tableware. In summer Battersea meets Barcelona

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with the option of perching on stools at an outdoor tapas bar. THE GRUB Mouthwatering tapas with a twist – think Manchego lollipops and brava potato served in a neat row with hollandaise sauce. If you don’t think the tapas will fill you up there are several types of paella to choose from. Beware the waiter telling you the padron peppers aren’t hot!

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ONE FOR CHOCOHOLICS While chocolates aren’t the most original gift idea, the recipient won’t mind if they find a Godiva Christmas Box under the tree. Smooth, rich and seriously delicious. RRP £36. See godiva.be

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CHRISTMAS SHOPPING Inn The Park SW1A 2BJ, Dec 19, 10am-5pm Foodie Oliver Peyton is hosting a festive food market at his St James’s Park restaurant. Goodies on offer include organic British produce and Peyton and Byrne’s gorgeous cakes.

GIMMICK GIFT Rudolph might not thank you, but if you’re looking for a fun stocking filler, try Edible’s reindeer pâté (£15). Other weird and wonderful “delicacies” from the company include worm gin and chocolate-covered scorpions. See edible.com.

SWOP THE SHORTBREAD … for a box of iced biccies from Biscuiteers, which range from edible Christmas baubles to themed collections, such as London icons. A tin of baubles (below) costs £39.50. See biscuiteers.com.

Christmas Wednesdays Columbia Road E2, Dec 16 & 23, 5pm-9pm London’s flower road stays open a bit longer to browse the quirky gift shops and have a glass of mulled wine over a mince pie or two.

Christmas Slow Food Market Southbank Centre Sq, Dec 19-23, 11am-8pm Stock up on food from sustainable sources. There are demos and tips on how to do your own festive feast.

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BEHIND THE BAR Spanish tipples from Estrella Damm and sangria, to perky cava and hearty rioja. BILL PLEASE £60 for several tapas dishes, wine and coffee. VERDICT Gordon Ramsay thought this local tapas restaurant was good enough to star on a recent episode of The F Word. Book ahead!


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WELL DONE ME: Oscarwinning US actor Morgan Freeman said he felt that he’d done “a good job” portraying Nelson Mandela in a film about the former South African president’s appearance at the 1995 Rugby World Cup. “We did a good job of reinventing and bringing him back,” Freeman told journalists at the premier of Clint Eastwood’s new film Invictus in Johannesburg. The film deals with how Mandela used the 1995 Rugby World Cup to help bring unity to South Africa.

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Nicole Kidman attended the glittering world premiere of her latest film Nine in London’s Leicester Square. She also revealed she would try her hand as an interior designer if her acting career took a nose dive.

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Kiwi comedy duo Flight Of The Conchords won’t be doing a third season of their hit TV show. Posting the news on their website they said they were “proud” of how the show ended.

GIBSON BEHIND BARS Hollywood actor and director Mel Gibson is heading back to the lock-up – but this time it’s for professional reasons.

Gibson will clear out a prison to shoot scenes for his second movie in Mexico next year, according to Veracruz governor Fidel Herrera Beltran. Gibson will return to eastern Mexico, where he shot the 2006 movie Apocalypto. It’s been reported that prisoners will be transferred

from the Ignacio Allende prison to other state facilities to make way for filming from January. Construction of a new prison in the area will finish before Gibson arrives. The star has already visited the Allende prison, and he donated US$1 million towards hurricane relief in the Gulf of Mexico region in 2005. Many Mexican prisons are notorious for overcrowding and rioting.

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”Miss Tweedy, it’ll be interesting to see what you do in your life.” The comment delivered to a then 16-year-old Cheryl Cole from her headmaster.

NZ Woman’s Weekly: Can Tiger Woods win his way back into his wife’s heart? Take a look back at the life of Coronation Street legend Maggie Jones, who played the role of Blanche Hunt for 35 years. Plus, are Brad and Ange at war?

AUSTRALIA Ok!: Packed To The Rafters star Rebecca Gibney on having fun while getting fit. Plus covergirl Angelina Jolie faces her demons and talks ‘drugs, dad and me’. Also, Britney’s ex Kevin Federline opens up about his relationship with the singer, his new love and his adorable sons. And yet more on Tiger Woods’s controversial crash.

SOUTH AFRICA You: Oprah Winfrey is in South Africa where she lectured about ways to improve your life. Joost and Amor van der Westhuizen make their first public appearance together since his tell-all biography hit shelves last month. Plus inside Scientology, where there have been new attacks from insiders against high profile members.

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From bricklaying to blockbusters, Australia’s latest action hero talks about how he made it big ahead of his new James Cameron movie, Avatar

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Sam Worthington INTERVIEW JAMES MOTTRAM You used to be a bricklayer. How hard was it getting into acting?

I was never really trying to get into the industry. I was a bricklayer. I wanted to build houses … and I just fell into the industry. I fell into drama school. And then I’ve been fortunate enough to work ever since I got out of drama school at 21. You name it, I did it in Australia. I couldn’t do any more. That was it. I hit the glass ceiling. People were turning me down for jobs, going: ‘I can’t afford him. Why the fuck doesn’t he go to America?’ So it hasn’t been a case of me struggling, but it’s been a case of me keeping on working. How important was Somersault, with Abbie Cornish, to your career?

I started to take things more seriously after that. A lot of the movies I did in my apprenticeship, I saw how you can coast, because you’re in your early twenties. You go out on a bender, and you come in at 6am, and your call time is five past six – and you still do fucking good work. But to me Somersault was ‘Come on, man, let’s buckle down a bit and see what you can get if you work a bit harder and not be an inherently lazy actor like most of them are.’ How was working on James Cameron’s Avatar?

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It was 14 months, so it was a megaexperience. Apart from Avatar 2 – if they make it – most movies won’t take that long. Essentially, you’re working in the most rudimentary style with the most advanced technology. Working with Jim, any job after that is easy. After Avatar, Terminator Salvation and Clash Of The Titans to come, how do you feel about being in three of the year’s biggest blockbusters?

I fucking hope I’m in more, to be honest!

But doesn’t that amaze you?

No, I’m fucking excited! I’m not going to be coy here! Fuck that! Fucking A! If I’m coming in and playing with the big boys, I want to do it the right way. They’re offering me blockbusters – fantastic! I watch blockbusters. So I like to do movies that I watch. Why do you think some of the more successful film actors are Australian?

I always look at it that it takes us 15 hours to get to America, and that’s a long time, so we’re not going to waste our time or their time. And we come packed with a bag of experience. To pay the bills in Australia, like any small cottage industry, you have to do theatre, film and TV. You check your ego at the door. You may win an award one week but the next week,

you’re doing a Nescafé commercial, and the next week you’re digging a hole … So that’s what I think it is. We’re armed up with passion and we’re experienced.

I’m not going to “ be coy here! Fuck that! Fucking A! ” Do you feel that you’ll get typecast, though, as the tough guy?

I’m always going to get typecast as what I am – a 33-year-old man who has a soft heart … In a way, I’m trying to choose movies to identify what I’m going through in my life. So in Avatar, it’s about a young kid – a marine, but I played him as a fiveyear-old kid – going to another planet. What are you soft-hearted about?

I’m soft-hearted about a lot of things. I’m a gentle soul. If I tell you, you might hurt it. Terminator Salvation director McG said they had to pull you out of a lot of bar fights during the shoot. Is that true?

No that’s not true! He talks it up! It’s a great story – and I will perpetuate it.

» Avatar is out December 17

DID YOU KNOW? Sam was born in Perth, and grew up Rockingham, WA. He won the Australian Film Institute award for Best Lead Actor for his role as the mulleted, sexually confused farmer Joe in Somersault. He won GQ magazine’s ‘Man of the Year’ in Australia this year, beating Eric Bana and Russell Crowe.

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Half-naked, over-sized Smurfs in the jungle chased by guys with massive guns – so this is what James Cameron has been up to since sinking the Titanic. The director promised his latest would be a quantum leap in film-making and, visually, it is. Combining nextlevel motion-capture CGI with 3D technology, Avatar sucks you into a dazzling world and keeps you transfixed, despite a predictable storyline. On planet Pandora, a mining corporation is at loggerheads with treehugging natives the Na’vi. To befriend their hosts, a team of scientists develop an ‘avatar’ system, which allows humans, including marine Jake Sully (Worthington), to download their consciousness into bodies that look like the tall, blue locals. When Sully

1 Which Oscar-winning movie, starring Leonardo DiCaprio and Kate Winslet, was James Cameron’s highest grossing film? 2 Which film was Cameron’s directorial debut in 1978? 3 Which sci-fi film series stars the current governor of California? 4 How many times has Cameron been married? 5 What is the name of Cameron’s movie production company?

falls for Na’vi warrior Neytiri (Saldana), it spells trouble. The CGI serves the story pretty well, with the special effects gurus capturing the facial expressions of the actors who portray the native Na’vi. Cameron overplays his hand, though, and the film’s last

30 minutes has too much weird chanting and one too many battle scenes. All-in-all an impressive, if flawed, return for the ‘King of the World’. GOOD FOR: Those who like cutting-edge visuals. PIERRE DE VILLIERS

A Spanish guy looking for his dad and a Belgian woman who’s unlucky in love find out how exciting and frustrating being a backpacker in London can be when they move into the same place in Shoreditch, in Alexis Dos Santos’s vibrant dramedy. The characters are a tad annoying but this will resonate with anyone who has shared a house in the capital. GOOD FOR: Backpackers. PDV

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★★★★★ A drunken dare inspires two college buddies (Mark Duplass and Joshua Leonard) to enter a competition and make a gay porn film in Lynn Shelton’s budget comedy. Convincing performances ensure a good build-up, but some interesting themes are left unexplored in a movie that doesn’t live up to the hype on the festival circuit. GOOD FOR: Fans of bromance movies. PDV

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of the region’s landmarks, including Mt Eden and Rangitoto Island. The film was released in New Zealand last Thursday. Actor Vin Diesel has posted on his Facebook page that The Chronicles Of Riddick team are planning to film in New Zealand. “The Riddick team are in New Zealand location scouting already … that’s exciting,” he said. No formal announcement has been made about a third film, but Diesel (left) indicated that franchise writer/director David Twohy has at least one new script in the series.

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CULTURE V&A: MEDIEVAL AND RENAISSANCE GALLERIES The V&A’s recently reopened Medieval and Renaissance Galleries house remarkable collections spread over three floors. To assemble the vast selection of artefacts must have been a mountain of work, but the result is striking. The exhibition includes pieces from 300 to 1600AD, with 16th century Europe producing many of the most eye-catching elements. Stained-glass windows line the V&A’s east wing, depicting the life of Jesus Christ in brilliant colour, while towering stone tableaus

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SEE THIS: Exhibition fill every spare space. One piece in particular commands attention: the Monument to the Marchese Spinetta Malaspina. It’s the sculpture for the tomb of a distinguished 15th-century Italian soldier, featuring the Virgin Mary, the saints, and the soldier resplendent on horseback. TOM STURROCK

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Robert Louis Stevenson

Orhan Pamuk

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Istanbul-set love story between two distant relatives spanning 30 years. Items mentioned in the book will be displayed in Pamuk’s Museum of Innocence, in Istanbul, next year.

★★★★★ Emotions simmer and explode in Debbie Allen’s partially recast Broadway production of Tennessee Williams’ 1955 drama of frustrated desire, ambiguous sexuality, failed ambition and financial greed. The Deep South setting remains but the action moves

forward 30 years. Adrian Lester memorably captures former sportsman Brick’s chronic detachment, which finally detonates in a confrontation of defeated self-disgust. LOUISE KINGSLEY

» Novello, Aldwych, WC2B 4LD Charing Cross (0844 482 5170). Until Apr 10. £10-£49.50

Best known for creating dual personality Jekyll and Hyde, Stevenson’s account of his travels in Silverado with his wife Fanny has been newly republished.

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OLD CALABRIA

Robert Kirkman

This classic travel tome by Norman Douglas paints a beautiful picture of the old region on Italy’s toe, and is republished this week for a new generation of backpackers to enjoy.

(Image Comics) DEC 15

Fans of the cult graphic novel series about people trying to survive a zombie apocalypse will no doubt look forward to its 11th instalment. Johan Persson, Nobby Clark

(Faber&Faber) DEC 24

Norman Douglas (IB Tauris) OUT NOW

MORE THEATRE Six characters, a derelict church and a dead body in a trunk: South African playwright Reza de Wet’s Miracle gets its UK debut in a spooky crypt before transferring to the West End

» St Andrew Holborn, 5 St Andrew St, EC4A 3AB

Chancery Lane

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ize, apparently, does matter, according to Marawa, the Melbourne-born star of stage extravaganza La Clique. And the 27-yearold – who’s one of about a dozen acts in the special Christmas season of the cabaret/circus at London’s Roundhouse – should know. Apart from her sparkly costumes, the London-based Aussie will be wowing the crowd with her cheeky, high-octane hula hooping, in which she shimmies in ways we certainly never did as kids. “It’s really very simple,” chortles Marawa, who has been known to spin up to 102 hoops around her body at one time. “When you were a kid, you were really short and the tiny hula hoops were perfect. Now when you pick up those same hoops and you’re twice the size, you can’t do it. But it’s Mario, Queen of the Circus

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The show’s Australian creative producer, Brett Haylock, is devoted to his “tiny show with a big heart”. Describe the show. La Clique was created five years ago and you’d think by now we’d have nailed that sound bite, but it’s still impossible to define. How did the idea develop? It was created as a latenight cabaret alternative for the Edinburgh Fringe Festival, in the Famous Speigeltent, which is owned by an Australian. It captured everyone’s imagination and hasn’t stopped for five years.

Ursula Martinez

WATCH OUT FOR … THE SKATING WILLERS They roller skate on a tiny, spinning circular stage at break-neck speeds. Wow!

CARL-EINAR HACKNER This shambolic Swedish magician with rockstar hair will have you in stitches.

MARIO – QUEEN OF THE CIRCUS Leather-clad Mario loves Queen and juggles like a maniac. He’s also one of the sauciest acts on the bill.

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Chances are you’ve never seen striptease quite like Ursula’s and her disappearing hanky.

actually really easy – you just need a bigger hoop.” If only it were that simple. But Marawa, who originally studied for a Social Science degree at Melbourne’s Swinburne University, has been honing her skills for some time. “I did a bit of gymnastics at school,” she explains, but nothing too serious until she decided to throw in her

So it has Aussie roots? It’s co-produced by Aussies, but we never wear that on our sleeve, only because the show is not an Australian show … a lot of our crew and cast are Australians because we draw from circles we know. But the nature of the acts means you wouldn’t know they were Australian.

uni degree in favour of attending Melbourne’s National Institute of Circus Arts. “It was a degree in circus,” she laughs. “Eight hours of training a day, over three years.” Marawa’s talent was spotted by La Clique’s creative producer, Brett Haylock, during her graduation performance in 2004. She worked with him on other projects until being invited to take part in a La Clique tour to Dublin in 2007. “It just sort of snowballed from there and I went back and did the The acts must make for an Melbourne Festival and Sydney interesting time on tour. Festival with [La Clique].” What you see on stage is She also spent five months at what you get off stage. La Clique’s celebrated residency There’s a real sense of at the London Hippodrome family. We never hold earlier this year, which earned the auditions and we continue show the kudos of a 2009 Olivier to find incredible artists. Award for Best Entertainment. “Oh, I think it’s the most amazing show in the world,” Marawa gushes. “My part is only five minutes, but the whole show? I still watch it.” And what about those five minutes in the spotlight? “High heels, that’s the only difficult part of my act – hula hooping in really high heels,” Marawa Brett Haylock (second from right) says, proving again that it’s and the show’s 2009 Olivier Award all about dimensions.

» Roundhouse, Chalk Farm The Skating Willers

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ALBUMSE D S WE MIS0 9 NIRVANA 0 2 IN Live At Reading (Geffen)

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The usual knock on live albums is that they’re mere trinkets, souvenirs only of interest to those who were at the shows. This one, though, is a little different. There were a lot of people at the Reading Festival’s main stage on August 30, 1992; by some counts, 60,000. But there are even more who say they were there, such is the status that Nirvana’s muchbootlegged Sunday-night headline slot has achieved

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★★★★★ Continuing our round-up of recent albums we didn’t quite have room to cover, here comes Jigga, six years removed from premature retirement (and now in his forties) but still keen to show the kids how it’s done. His home-help certainly manage it: exec-produced by Kanye West, The Blueprint 3 boasts more than its share of worthwhile beats. The problem, really, is Jay-Z, who doesn’t always have much to say and rarely sounds all that interested in saying it. WFJ

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As far as supergroups go, this one’s pretty super: Queen Of The Stone Age Josh Homme out front, with a dream-team rhythm section of Led Zeppelin bassist John Paul Jones and Nirvana drummer Dave Grohl. Perhaps inevitably, it doesn’t live up to its credits. While the GrohlJones engine room locks into solidity often enough – see the likes of No One Loves Me And Neither Do I and New Fang – there really aren’t many songs here that linger long in the memory. WFJ

Malice N Wonderland

★★★★★ If Jay-Z occasionally sounds as if he’s on cruise control, that’s nothing compared to the disinterest that exudes from Snoop Dogg, who isn’t so much coasting as asleep at the wheel. Snoop’s basically been making the same record for the better part of 20 years, and Malice N Wonderland doesn’t offer much variation on the same themes (bitches, pimping and weed). The most entertaining thing about Malice N Wonderland may be the jawdroppingly awful cover. WFJ

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NO.1 Tik Tok, Ke$ha. MAKING NEWS Sarah Blasko has won this year’s Triple J Album of the Year Award for her third album As Day Follows Night. The Sydney singersongwriter capped off a good year after taking home the gong for Best Female Artist at last month’s Aria awards.

NO.1 Whatcha Say, Jason DeRulo. MAKING NEWS Eldred Stebbing, founder of Stebbing Recording Centre and producer to just about every legendary Kiwi band going – from Ray Columbus & the Invaders to Th’ Dudes – died last week at the age of 88.

NO.1 Down, Jay Sean/ Lil Wayne. MAKING NEWS Joint winner of South African Idols 2009 Jason Hartman will support Kelly Clarkson during the SA leg of her All I Ever Wanted global tour, iafrica reports, starting on March 12 at the Coca-Cola Dome in Joburg.

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LIVE REVIEW Alice In Chains Brixton Academy Dec 7 ★★★★★ Back in 2002, after a lengthy hiatus and the death of iconic vocalist Layne Staley, it looked like Alice’s adventures in the grunge metal wonderland were over. But tonight, promoting their first studio album in 14 years, Black Gives Way To Blue, they sound like resident kings. They move effortlessly between the portentous riff epics of their past, the more intense, multi-layered slabs of their present, and a delicate mid-gig acoustic set, as new singer William DuVall’s voice – distinctive, emotive and, thankfully, not karaoke Staley – glides richly above. ALIX BUSCOVIC

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in the years since it took place. Live At Reading is also different because, unlike most live records, it lives up to its reputation. From the opening blast of Breed to the unlikely encores (two obscure punk covers and the fearsome Territorial Pissings), this is a rock group at the peak of its powers, not necessarily delighted with the global success that’s recently come their way but confident enough to blast their way through the discomfort. The group never again performed in the UK, but it’s unlikely that they could have bettered this set. WILL FULFORD-JONES


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GIG OF THE WEEK XFM WINTER WONDERLAND The Christmas music experience doesn’t have to boil down to tacky albums or desperate X Factor wannabes – er, I mean talented up-and-comers let loose on the charts. Instead, get your hiney down to the Brixton Academy for a dose of good, old-fashioned guitar music. The line-up at this year’s XFM Chrissy charidee extravaganza includes Razorlight (right), The Temper Trap, The Big Pink, Bombay Bicycle and plenty more. So, altogether now in tune: “I’m dreaming of an indie Christmas …”

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As you’d expect from a band formed of Dave Grohl, Josh Homme and John Paul Jones, this trio make a fairly decent racket flecked with elements of their respective bands (Queens Of The Stone Age, Foo Fighters and Led Zep). And as you’d expect, they are pretty amazing live. Catch ’em as they pimp their debut LP this week.

Paramore aren’t just a rock band, they’re a phenomenon. This quintet of God-fearin’, gun-totin’ emo kids from Franklin, Tennessee, have sold four million albums worldwide, and can easily fill cavernous venues like Wembley Arena. Providing songs for the first Twilight film certainly didn’t hurt their popularity either. In town Friday.

» Hammersmith Apollo, Queen Caroline St, W6 9QH

» Wembley Arena, Engineers Way, HA9 0DH

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BELIEVE THE HYPE COPY HAHO

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vox), Rikki Will (drums), Stuart Mcintosh (guitar) and Richard Scott (bass). FROM Stonehaven, Scotland. THE BUZZ SO FAR The energetic indie-poppers have gained a reputation for being amazing live, but then that’s probably because they spend nearly all their time on tour. Copy Haho (named after parachuting technique High Altitude, High Opening) are still unsigned, but for how much longer? THE BAND SAY “I love the satisfaction you get from hearing a finished version of something that’s been in your head/practice room for months. Live though, there’s that random element – anything could happen at any time.” (isthismusic.com) THE CRITICS SAY “They’re a

beautiful mix of chaos and precision, constantly on the brink whilst actually being in control.” (thelineofbestfit.com) THE RELEASE Single Wrong Direction out now on 7in vinyl through Too Pure Singles Club. THE PLUG At the Garage, 20-22 Highbury Corner, N5

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Highbury & Islington 1RD (0844 847 1678) Tue, Dec 15. £7. ELIZABETH EUN

SOUND BITES Delta Goodrem cancelled two Aussie shows in the same week citing medical reasons. The warbler was due to perform alongside her fiancé Brian McFadden at a launch for Qatar Airways in Melbourne. Tina Arena was flown in from Paris at short notice to replace her. Goodrem also pulled out of the Christmas Carols at Sydney Opera House.

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CLUB OF THE WEEK FABRIC Fabric knows how to throw a good party, and this weekend is no different with an impressive name on its marquee. Progressive house master John Digweed will be playing a special set. Expect the venue to be packed.

» Fabric, Charterhouse St, EC1M 3HN

Farringdon (020 7336 8898). Sat, Dec 19, 11pm-8am. £18

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PURE PACHA Ian Carey will be at Pacha’s uber sexy party, Pure Pacha, this weekend. Make sure you dress smart – this one is glam.

» Pacha, Terminus Pl, SW1V 1JR Victoria (0845 371 4489). Sat, Dec 19, 10pm-5am. £15 adv, £20 otd THE GALLERY He’s been voted the best DJ in the world for his uplifting trance sets. Catch what all the fuss is about as Armin van Buuren hits The Gallery for a superb set.

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CLUB NEWS If you’re heading to The Gallery on New Year’s Eve, then get online to vote for the midnight tune. Tall Paul (right) is on the decks for the all-important 12am set, and you can choose from 20 different tunes for him to play. They range from classic, reachfor-the-laser tunes, including legendary Faithless track Insomnia, to trance gold, such as Touch Me by Rui De Silva and Da Hool’s Meet Her At The Love Parade. See thegallery-club.co. uk/nye to have your say on what will be playing when you say hello to 2010. TNT has teamed up with London nightclub Matter

to offer tickets to Positronic this Saturday night for the bargain price of £5. Danny Howells, who by the way is also gracing the decks at the Summadayze parties Down Under next month, and Jimpster are

headlining, plus there will be live performances from Stimming and 65daysofstatic. To take advantage of this credit crunch-friendly deal, type in promo code ‘TNT’ when buying your tickets at ticketweb.co.uk.

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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.

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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.

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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

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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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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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“So any suggestion that you can dramatically cut emissions without any cost is, to use a favourite term of Mr Abbott, ‘bullshit’. Moreover he knows it.” Former opposition leader Malcolm Turnbull writes on his blog.

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AUSTRALIA Nation heating up Australia was on track to have its second-hottest year since records began. The Bureau of Meteorology said the past six months had been the hottest on record and Australia had endured a particularly mild winter, with a decline in sea ice in the Arctic.

Joyce promoted New opposition leader Tony Abbott announced a reshuffle of his front bench with Barnaby Joyce, Tony Smith and Scott Morrison all promoted to key

wet christmas: Santa Claus is surrounded by sharks, turtles, stingrays and hundreds of other colourful marine animals as he makes his daily visit to the Melbourne Aquarium. Santa also entertains the children with a quiz during his visit.

portfolios in the line up. Joyce is the new opposition finance spokesman, Smith has taken up the role as communications spokesman and Morrison is the coalition’s new immigration spokesman.

Hostie to serve again

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A flight attendant who failed to disclose she was paid $200,000 to reveal her mile-high tryst with actor Ralph Fiennes was ordered to perform 100 hours of community service. Lisa Robertson, 41, pleaded guilty to concealing the money from bankruptcy proceedings after she told the Nine Network

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the harbour side of Norwich Quay at about 2am. Police were concerned for the Tasmanian resident and searched the port and the water. They also investigated if his bank accounts had been accessed or whether he had tried to contact his family in Australia. He was located in a pub the following day.

Twenty cent stabbing A teenage boy was charged after he allegedly stabbed a man 14 times after robbing him of 20 cents. The 23-year-old man from Melbourne told police the youths demanded money and one pulled out a knife. He said he gave the 20 cents he had in his hand to the 15-yearold who then stabbed him 14 times with a knife to his upper body, arms, neck and face, inflicting serious injuries.

“In some ways a bank is really just like a company that sells banana smoothies. A bank is a business that buys and sells something … only in this case that something is money.” A video created by Westpac comparing interest rates to bananas. “I think Westpac should have a long hard look at itself. [They are] talking about peoples’ most basic things in life – a mortgage, an affordable mortgage, to underpin things as basic as a home.” Prime Minister Kevin Rudd on the bank’s recent efforts. TNT er th weaport re

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An Australian tourist who went missing in New Zealand’s South Island was found safe and well in a pub. The 45-year-old was last seen just south of Christchurch. Police said he was on a fishing trip with a friend and the pair had a drink at the Lyttelton Hotel before the left on his own. He was last seen walking on

of her affair with the famous actor aboard a flight from Darwin to Mumbai in 2007.

“If we win the election I’ll be regarded as a genius. If we don’t win I’ll probably be political roadkill at some point in time.” Opposition leader Tony Abbott on his choices for the frontbench.


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■ Kidnap victim back in Australia after 15 months in captivity in Somalia. ■ He admits he shouldn’t have been in the country when kidnapped. ■ He thanks family for rallying to pay a $600,000 ransom for his release.

VICTORIA A pathological gambler was ordered to pay $1 million back to Melbourne’s Crown Casino after failing in his bid to sue for millions of dollars he lost at the venue. He lost $30 million during a 15-month, $1.5 billion gambling spree in 20052006 and argued the casino preyed on his gambling addictions.

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ustralian kidnap victim Nigel Brennan admitted he shouldn’t have risked being in Somalia but said his motives to be there were honourable. The 37-year-old photojournalist arrived back in Australia after spending 15 months in captivity in the east African nation. He and Canadian journalist Amanda Lindhout were kidnapped while travelling to a refugee camp near the capital city, Mogadishu, on August 23 last year. They were kept apart from

Nigel Brennan talks to the media about being kidnapped in Somalia

each other, beaten and tortured until a $600,000 ransom was paid for their release in November. Brennan said he risked his life in Somalia to help raise the profile of the plight of those less fortunate. “In hindsight it was a risk I maybe shouldn’t have taken and I am personally distressed

at the grief and heartache I have caused, but my motives were honourable,” he said. He thanked those who raised the ransom including Dick Smith, who underwrote the ransom, and the Australian Government, which he said deserved credit despite criticisms over its refusal to provide the money.

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Swimming rocked by abuse claims

Alan Thompson

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Swimming Australia boss Kevin Neil vowed there would be no “cover-up” over accusations of sexual abuse against a former head coach and “inappropriate” behaviour by Alan Thompson, his successor. Former Australian swim team coach and manager Terry Buck, who died in a tractor accident in 2005, was accused of abusing a number of elite Australian swimmers. The allegations were made by Greg Rogers who won silver and gold at the 1968 Olympics in Mexico City. Rogers said he and his

brother were abused as youngsters by Buck. He told News Limited that Buck first targeted him as an 11-year-old at Clovelly Surf Club, and the abuse lasted for the next seven years. Police spent five months investigating the allegations after the Sydney Olympic Games, but the case was dropped in early 2001. Buck’s widow slammed the allegations as false. Neil was also forced to announce current head coach Thompson had taken personal leave after being accused of “inappropriate” behaviour.

NEW SOUTH WALES A young mother tried to shelter her baby as a car collided with a truck killing them and three other relatives, including her husband, south of Sydney. The five family members, died instantly with the 23year-old mother being found protectively covering her three-month-old baby.

QUEENSLAND A 70-year-old man celebrating his birthday had a heart attack when he went skydiving on the Gold Coast. The man was on a tandem jump when he lost consciousness after jumping out of the plane.

NORTHERN TERRITORY Pregnant women in the Northern Territory were more likely than other women around the country to smoke while pregnant. A report showed 27 per cent of Northern Territorian women kept on puffing while pregnant.

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Botched circumcision A doctor who botched the circumcision of a wriggling four-year-old, severing an artery in the boy’s penis, may face further disciplinary action. The boy needed emergency hospitalisation after the operation, which was performed in January by a general practitioner, assisted by a doctor unqualified to practice in New Zealand, and the doctor’s wife. A report by the Health and Disability Commissioner, recommended the doctor in charge should reconsider his work practices, “giving particular consideration whether he should undertake circumcisions in boys aged older than six months”.

Appeal dismissed The Court of Appeal backed the verdicts of a High Court jury and the nine-year jail term imposed on Rotorua mum Lisa Kuka for the manslaughter of her three-year-old daughter, Nia Glassie. Kuka appealed the two

Lisa Kuka

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The percentage of the police force that is female. Authorities are hoping to increase the intake for training to 30 per cent female.

7500 christmas run: Competitors in the Great New Zealand Santa Run through the Viaduct Harbour in Auckland. The run was held in an attempt to break the Australasian record for the most Santas involved in a fun run and to raise funds for the charity Cure Kids.

manslaughter verdicts against her and the jail term handed down in the High Court at Rotorua by Justice Judith Potter in February, but her appeals were dismissed.

Smacking reviewed It was up to parents whether they lightly smacked their children or not and the law would be changed if they were prosecuted for it, Prime Minister John Key said. A report on how the antismacking legislation was working found there was no evidence that police and welfare staff had responded

at the floodgate to the Maketu Estuary. When the Coastguard arrived he told his rescuers he had only just bought the steel-hulled yacht. “We managed to pull him off and get him back to the jetty. When the owner turned up he jumped overboard and started swimming,” said Shane Beech from the Maketu Coastguard.

inappropriately or out of proportion to concerns about child safety after the changes.

Balibo shame The Government was facing criticism for its “shameful” failure to tackle Indonesia over the killing of a New Zealander and four other journalists in 1975. Human rights and media groups and the Green Party reacted to the admission by a former Indonesian colonel that Gary Cunningham was intentionally killed along with four Australians at Balibo in East Timor.

The amount of drivers pulled over in Auckland in one night to undergo an alcohol breath test.

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The amount in kilograms of precursor pseudoephedrine – which is used to make methamphetamine or P – that was seized by customs in October and November.

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The amount of kilometres run by Malcolm Law in seven days to raise $73,000 for the Leukaemia and Blood Foundation.

*And finally … wannabe pirate fails A budding pirate had his career scuppered early when his commandeered vessel ran aground before it could reach the high seas. The 32-year-old man set sail and raised the Jolly Roger flag on 16m yacht Rufus Gutz, sunlive.co.nz reported. However, soon afterwards he stranded the yacht on a sandbar

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■ Unemployment rate better than predictions feared by Treasury. ■ A new forecast will be released this week on how the country is recovering. ■ Treasury believes economic recovery could still be under threat.

UPPER NORTH ISLAND A young female motorist who knocked down four cyclists in Auckland badly injuring one, pleaded guilty to four charges of dangerous driving. Police alleged she knocked down and injured four cyclists on Auckland’s waterfront on September 26. She will be sentenced on February 17.

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reasury said the unemployment rate would peak at 7 per cent, according to Prime Minister John Key. When the recession began to bite, Treasury feared that unemployment could rise to at least 8 per cent sometime next year. Key consistently said he believed Treasury was being too pessimistic and the data showed more people were coming off the dole than going on to it. Treasury’s latest report on economic indicators said

John Key

despite signs of recovery sustainable economic growth was still under threat. Households were still acting cautiously as they faced limited wage growth, lower employment prospects and considerable levels of debt, it said. Labour’s employment spokeswoman Annette King

said Key was using volatile and potentially misleading data to pull the wool over people’s eyes. The number of people on the dole traditionally fell at this time of the year and the seasonal drop had only been 2.6 per cent this year compared to 5.2 per cent average of the past nine years, she said.

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The Dalai Lama

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Tibetan spiritual leader the Dalai Lama addressed more than 1000 people at Auckland’s Vector Arena on the subject of “A Peaceful Mind”. In New Zealand at the invitation of the Tibetan Buddhist community, he also held a teaching session at the same venue. Opposition leader Phil Goff held talks with the Dalai Lama, but Prime Minister John Key chose not to meet the Dalai Lama on this visit. Key denied being pressured by China not to meet the Dalai Lama, but said last month: “We would understand the

WHY IGNORE DALAI LAMA? China, which has occupied Tibet since 1959, objects to senior political leaders meeting the Dalai Lama, as he represents opposition to China’s occupation of Tibet. The Dalai Lama fled into exile in India after an abortive Tibetan uprising in 1959, nine years after Chinese troops marched into the Himalayan region

way the Chinese would deal with these things, but on the other side of the coin that wasn’t the over-riding factor.”

LOWER NORTH ISLAND A man who stole an ageing dog to use as bait in a dog fight was jailed for 10 months and banned from ever owning or caring for another animal. It was the first time anyone has been jailed for dog fighting in New Zealand.

UPPER SOUTH ISLAND A German visitor was caught trying to board a flight at Christchurch Airport with endangered geckos and skinks, worth more than $50,000, hidden in his underwear. The man pleaded guilty and was remanded for sentencing in January.

LOWER SOUTH ISLAND Invercargill mayor Tim Shadbolt lost his bid to sack deputy mayor Neil Boniface following a special council meeting. The meeting that was supposed to determine whether or not councillors had confidence in the deputy quickly turned into personal muck-racking.

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The number of debtridden consumers applying for protection in terms of the National Credit Act every month.

Investigation update

Nationalisation call ANC Youth League president Julius Malema called on gold and platinum mines to be

54 helping hand: Former first lady Graca Machel hands out caps to children from a home during the launch of the Champions for Children campaign. The campaign supported by Nelson Mandela encourages people to participate in the fight against child abuse.

nationalised, as they were the most profitable. Speaking in Durban, Malema said transferring ownership of mines from private hands to the state should not be seen as a complicated process.

Mob justice strikes

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Six men were in a serious condition in hospital after they were attacked by residents at Westenburg in Polokwane. The suspects, believed to have been involved in the murder of a man in his 40s, were captured and assaulted. They were found lying in the

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with the suspect, who was wearing a Kaizer Chiefs cap, that his team was not doing too well. Manatha said the suspect took exception to the remark, drew a knife and stabbed the teenager several times.

street and left for dead. Police were treating the case as one of mob justice.

Bull ritual to continue The Pietemaritzburg High Court ruled that the Zulu custom of killing a bull bare-handed, could go ahead. Judge Nic van den Reyden dismissed an application by Animal Rights Africa to stop the traditional ritual, known as Ukweshwama. A bull is killed during the ceremony as a symbolic way of thanking god for the first crops of the season.

The number of years Ananias Mathe will have to spend behind bars. He gained notoriety by becoming the first person to mysteriously break out of C-Max prison but as been recaptured.

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A joke about the poor showing of glamour football club, Kaizer Chiefs in the PSL, resulted in the death of a 17-year-old. Police spokesperson Captain Jackson Manatha said Nqaba Mancoko had apparently joked

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The amount in tonnes of medical waste found buried illegally near Welkom in the Free State – the third such site found in the area.

A lone policeman managed to nab three armed robbers after a shootout in the Transkei. Police said captain Zwelidumile Marawu arrived at the scene while four armed men robbed a shop. The policeman wounded all four robbers, and arrested three of them.

The Social Development ministry said the findings of a probe into alleged irregularities by SA Social Security Agency chief executive Fezile Makiwane would be made public soon. Makiwane was placed on special leave in July pending the outcome of an investigation into his alleged flouting of the Public Finance Management Act and irregular procurement processes.

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■ Half a million football fans to visit South Africa next year. ■ Prize pool of US$240,000 announced by Fifa. ■ Photo-journalist is arrested for bomb threat.

NORTH-WEST Two people died when two passenger trains collided near Potchefstroom. A further 80 people were injured when the wellknown Trans Karoo long distance train collided with the upmarket Premier Classe train. The Railway Safety Regulator ordered an investigation.

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ootball fans around the globe have started planning their 2010 Fifa World Cup itineraries in earnest. In the days following the draw, Fifa received 220,000 applications for tickets. An estimated 500,000 visitors are expected to travel to South Africa for the monthlong tournament. Adding to the building excitement was news that Fifa had allocated a staggering US$420m in prize money, with the winning team walking away with US$30m. The runner-up will receive US$24m. Even teams that do not make

Nelson Mandela delivers a video message at the World Cup draw

it past the first round will each receive US$8m, and all teams have already been paid $1m for “preparations”. The draw in Cape Town proceeded smoothly, despite a bomb threat on the day. German photo-journalist, Bernd Fischer (68), was arrested shortly after the threat. He appeared in

court last week and was granted bail of R5000. Fischer was arrested shortly after allegedly telling police at a security check point at the Cape Town Convention Centre that he had a bomb in his bag. South Africa will play Mexico in the opening game in Johannesburg on June 11.

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Authorities say air travel still safe The Civil Aviation Authority (CAA) said contrary to perception, the number of air accidents had decreased year on year in 2009. The CAA was commenting after an Airlink plane overshot the runway at George Airport and came to rest on the road to Herolds Bay. None of the 30 passengers and three crew members aboard were injured. CAA spokesperson, Phindiwe Magwebu, said most accidents reported involved the general aviation sector, including private aircraft. Statistics released by the

COAST TO COAST

CAA showed there were 176 accidents from January to November last year, while the figure for 2009 stood at 108. Airklink was under mounting pressure from authorities after three air safety-related incidents in less than three months. During September, a Jetstream aircraft crashed shortly after taking off from Durban International Airport. The pilot, Allistair Freeman, was killed. Another Jetstream veered off the runway in Port Elizabeth during take-off last month, but no one was injured.

The aviation industry’s record is under scrutiny

GAUTENG Police fired rubber bullets to disperse a rowdy crowd that tried to prevent Democratic Alliance leader Helen Zille from addressing residents at Winterveldt. Seven people were arrested and while a number of others were wounded.

KWAZULUNATAL National Police Commissioner Bheki Cele was angered when he walked into the office of a junior Metroral manager, who had an old South African flag on her desk. She also had a full-sized new national flag on her wall.

LIMPOPO ANC Youth League leader Julius Malema left a special congress of the South African Communist Party, after he and other ANC leaders were booed by delegates. The congress started at the Turfloop campus of the University of Limpopo near Polokwane on Thursday.

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TENNIS Todd Woodbridge tells Mark Philippoussis to stick to the seniors rather than attempt another crack at the main tour. Unfortunately for Poo, he needs the money.

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SWIMMING Aussie sprinter Eamon Sullivan calls for all world records set in the suits which have been banned to be scrapped. Sullivan says to keep them would be “incredibly stupid”.

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SURFING Three-time world champion Stephanie Gilmore continues her stunning career by winning her third-straight Billabong Pro Maui to secure back-to-back Triple Crown titles.

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RUGBY LEAGUE Warriors forward Steve Price says he wants to continue playing representative football. Despite losing the captaincy at the Warriors he says he has no intention of retiring.

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RUGBY UNION New Zealand Rugby Union decides to retain the current 14-team model for next year’s provincial competition. The plan to go to a two-division competition is on hold again.

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SURFING Mick Fanning clinches his second world championship tour surfing title when fellow Queenslander Joel Parkinson is eliminated in the third round of the Pipeline Masters in Hawaii.

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SKIING Winter Olympic moguls champion Dale Begg-Smith says he’s ready to defend his title after returning from injury to finish fourth in the opening World Cup event in Finland.

I went to South Africa “ because my kids wanted to go to South Africa to go on safari … You guys [the media] can believe whatever you want

Ever affable Australian golfer Robert Allenby, miffed about implications he missed his national Open to play in a much richer tournament in South Africa.

THURSDAY BASKETBALL Milwaukee V LA Lakers NBA 1am ESPN

FRIDAY ICE HOCKEY Philadelphia v Pittsburgh NHL 12am ESPN America SATURDAY RUGBY UNION Stade Francais v Ulster Heineken Cup 3.45pm Sky Sports Red button SUNDAY CRICKET Australia V West Indies Perth Test 2.25am Sky Sports 2

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Michael Owen BIt over the hill isn’t he? Well you’d think he was 56 by the way some people carry on, but he’s actually only just turned 30. But isn’t there plenty of people who love him? There certainly is, but there remains doubt if he can return to his glory days when he

played in the 1998 and 2002 World Cups and the 2000 and 2004 Euros. But how good was he? In 2001 he won the Ballon d’Or which meant he was judged the best footballer in Europe at the time. Any chance he’ll be in South Africa next year? Fabio Capello hasn’t shown any faith in his record yet, but he’s finding form at the right time.

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Greg Bird now has plenty to smile about after signing with the Gold Coast

Titans catch Bird cheaply Controversial star Greg Bird said the opportunity for a fresh start with an NRL club which had shown him compassion influenced him to sign an unusual four-year deal with the Gold Coast.

Bird signed a one-year deal for 2010 with three one-year options. The unusually structured contract would allow the Titans to discard Bird if he were to breach the club’s

strict code of conduct. Bird said he was seeking a fresh start after being cut adrift by Cronulla in January and enduring a stressful court case which had its sequel last month when a conviction of recklessly wounding his girlfriend was quashed on appeal. On Tuesday he was fined $2500 by a magistrate for falsely accusing his friend of the attack.

Ablett talks with Coast Nathan Ablett looms as the wildcard in Gold Coast’s audacious bid to make his brother Gary the marquee player of their AFL debut. The club-in-waiting sent a chill through Geelong after confirmation of their meeting with the Brownlow medallist and two-time premiership player. Gary was at Geelong training last week and the club was saying little. “He’s still a Cats player,

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we’re hopeful of keeping him beyond then [the end of next season],” a club spokesman said. Nathan, who left Geelong at the end of 2007, has already signed with the Gold Coast and his brother comes out of contract at the end of the 2010 season, with Gold Coast entering the competition the following year. It is expected they will be able to offer him more than $1 million per season.


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Fava retires

Tim Cahill might not be as welcome in Australia as he thought

representative schedule and the free kick they’d deliver a rival code in the battle for fans. NRL chief executive David Gallop said under the current proposal it would be impossible to run a rugby league season around the

World Cup’s demands. “Some of the proposals are not going to be palatable to us and would be very costly to us,” said Gallop. AFL boss Andrew Demetriou declared Etihad Stadium off-limits to the FFA.

Former Wallaby Scott Fava hung up the boots after failing to overcome a chronic back injury. Fava, who won five caps for the Wallabies, is the only player to have played for each of Australia’s four Super 14 franchises.

Witt back to league Former Warriors, Manly and Parramatta half Michael Witt is returning to rugby league after a stint with New Zealand rugby union side Otago. Witt signed a contract with Wales-based English Super League club the Crusaders.

Katsidis closing in WBO interim lightweight boxing world champion Michael Katsidis said he was close to fulfilling his dream of bringing a big fight to Australia. Katsidis’s trainer Brendon Smith revealed he had held talks in Los Angeles with Golden Boy Promotions president Oscar De La Hoya.

Camplin a magpie Olympic aerial skiing gold medallist Alisa Camplin joined the board of AFL club Collingwood. Camplin, 35, is a lifelong Magpies’ fan, and currently works as a senior executive with IBM.

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Despite a 5-3 victory in the final of the Champions Trophy, Australia men’s hockey coach Ric Charlesworth said there would be further changes to the squad.

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The Sydney International has confirmed it will have one of the best fields in women’s tennis outside of the majors. No.6 Venus Williams is the only top 10 player planning to miss the tournament in January.

Cameron plans comeback to ring New Zealand heavyweight boxer Shane Cameron is looking at a programme of five fights next year as he seeks to revive his career. In October, Cameron’s ambitions of a world title shot were dealt a serious blow when fellow New Zealander David Tua stopped him in the second round of a one-sided contest in Hamilton. Manager Ken Reinsfield said the comeback would start in Melbourne in mid-March against an opponent yet to be confirmed. “I’d like to see Shane fight five fights next year,” he said. “If he gets through them well, maybe six.” Possible venues for the other bouts include the US and New Zealand. The Cameron camp also announced the appointment of a new trainer in Australian Barry Michael who once won the IBF world super featherweight title.

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The FFA is bidding to host the World Cup in either 2018 or 2022 but to do so it would require exclusive access to 12 of Australia’s largest stadia for up to 10 weeks. But both the AFL and NRL were refusing to step aside completely and claimed they could not run their competitions under the proposals. The AFL is refusing to relinquish their rights to Etihad Stadium, while the NRL is concerned not only at their loss of stadia around the country but at the major disruption to their

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grounds North defends mate Marcus North rubbished calls for Michael Hussey to be dropped from the Australia side. Hussey was under intense pressure to keep his job after an indifferent start to the summer against the West Indies.

48 England Warm up A South Africa Invitation XI had a draw with England in the final warm-up match to Wednesday’s Test. Batting first England declared at 8-328, before they had the game finished with the hosts at 7-165 with Graeme Swann bagging six wickets.

Pace for perth Waca curator Cameron Sutherland is expecting a fast and bouncy pitch for Wednesday’s Test against the West Indies. Sutherland admitted the Perth strip was not up to its usual standard in recent years but was confident of a return to form.

Hughes endorsed Matthew Hayden and Justin Langer have endorsed Phillip Hughes’ role as Australia’s long-term opener. The pair said a stint on the sidelines would make him a stronger player.

Bollinger in strife Australian paceman Doug Bollinger was reprimanded for dissent. Bollinger reacted angrily when he had an emphatic lbw appeal refused on day four of the second Test against the West Indies in Adelaide.

Kallis racing time Jacques Kallis was using an oxygen chamber to get himself fit for South Africa’s first Test against England. Kallis suffered a fractured rib during the Champions League Twenty20 and did not play the ODI series.

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Australian bowler Peter Siddle is struggling with a hamstring injury

Siddle struggling Australian paceman Peter Siddle was confident his injured hamstring was healing fast enough to deny good mate Clint McKay a Test debut against the West Indies in Perth.

Left hamstring soreness restricted Siddle to eight overs in the second innings of the second Test in Adelaide, which finished in a draw. The 25-year-old said he

began feeling pain the week before the Adelaide Test but the injury was exacerbated by bowling 25 first innings overs. A scan revealed a strain, as well as bleeding and fluid in the hamstring and quadricep. But Siddle said he had improved steadily since the end of the match and expected to line up on Wednesday. “I think I’m a good chance, you always want to be a good

chance, you always want to have your name up there to play in a Test match,” he said. “I’ll do everything over the next few days with [team physio Alex Kountouris] here in Victoria and when we head over to Perth, do everything I can to make sure I am in that eleven.”

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West Indies give Aussies a fright Australian batsmen wondered, then wobbled, before weathering the West Indies bowlers to secure a draw in the second Test in Adelaide. Set 330 runs to win, Australia were 5-212 at stumps on the final day. The home side retained their 1-0 lead in the three Test series. The Australians initially wondered if they could rewrite history by making the highest fourth innings total to win an Adelaide Test. But when quickfire knocks from Simon Katich (21 from 26 balls) and Ricky Ponting (20 from 34 balls) were extinguished, so was

Australia’s intent to chase the target as the remaining batsmen shut up shop. Opener Shane Watson laboured for 172 minutes for 48, while vice-captain Michael Clarke’s unbeaten 61 was top score in an innings in which Katich, Ponting, Mike Hussey (29) and Brad Haddin (20no) all contributed. West Indies skipper Chris Gayle gave his team a chance with a gritty unbeaten knock of 165 in the second innings. The laconic lefthander also proved a wily tactician throughout the match, particularly as the Windies pressed for victory.

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ack in 1994, South Africa’s cricket team arrived on these shores for their first series against England since emerging from the shadows of apartheid. In the first innings of the first Test at Lord’s, Allan Donald, then 27, gutted England, taking 5-74. On South Africa’s return to the home of cricket – a neat parallel for their return to the international fraternity – Donald’s bowling encapsulated the talent and power of cricket’s prodigal sibling. The Proteas weren’t back to make up the numbers. They were a threat. Now, at the end of 2009, South Africa have

recently surrendered top spot in the rankings to India, but are arguably the best side in the world nonetheless. The upcoming four-Test series against England, beginning Wednesday, could see the Proteas return to the top of the standings and perhaps embark on an era of clear-cut ascendancy, but Donald – the man whose withering pace propelled his country back into the game’s upper echelon – claims South Africa’s current bowling attack lacks depth. “I’m a bit concerned about South Africa’s bowling and their ability to take 20 wickets,”


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Every day is a new challenge. Sometimes I’m called early in the morning and despatched to a school – other times I’m booked weeks in advance. What’s the best thing about your job?

ON THE JOB BHAVIN TAILOR Career Secondary school supply teacher Age 27 Lives East Finchley From Sydney, Australia How did you get into your line of work?

Teaching has always been my passion – a career in another field has never really been an option for me.

I love the variety of my job, and in particular the exposure to so many differing teaching practices as a supply teacher. I feel like my skills are being developed much quicker than if I were in one school for a long time. It’s also great to only work a maximum of 38 weeks per year – it leaves you with lots time for travel and exploration. What’s the most challenging thing about your job?

The most challenging element of being a supply teacher is constantly having to find the energy to build up a rapport quickly with different students and teaching staff at the new schools I go to.

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at work, and try to pinpoint the areas where you can enlist the help of others. It’s also extremely important to remember that you shouldn’t have to face the problem alone. If you find you’re continuously struggling with your workload you should be proactive and talk to your line manager, or your recruitment consultant if you’re a temp.

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n Australian research group has declared that white-collar expats returning home – or ‘repats’ – expecting their overseas experience to help them to walk into a new job may in fact be returning to a tight job market. Australia enjoys a low unemployment rate of 5.8 per cent, but a report by IBISWorld claims 10,000 finance, banking and insurance expats have trickled back into Australia from around the world since

the start of the financial crisis in October 2008. That influx has pressurised a local finance market, where the number of jobs fell 4.4 per cent in the year to July, and where the IBISWorld report projects losses of a further 0.8 per cent by June 2010.

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Tens of thousands of Australian clean energy jobs are at risk if new carbon pollution reduction laws are not passed, unions claimed, after the Senate rejected the Government’s emissions scheme for the second time.

The past 18 months produced one of the worst Kiwi job markets in a generation, but construction industry professionals have been relatively unscathed, due to government spending on large infrastructure projects.

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Christmas trees take root ith Christmas Day fast approaching, plenty of sharehouses are agonising whether to get a tree before the big day, and for many, fake trees are the way to go. At £25, Tesco’s artificial trees are a cheap option that won’t cover the carpet in needles. By Christmas day,

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London you shop, the higher the prices for real trees. In Chelsea’s King’s Road, for example, 6ft trees fetch between £50 and £100 and sometimes as much as £170. But there are bargains, with Camden Garden City quoting £24 for a 6ft Norwegian spruce, and £44 for a Nordmann fir.

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Online sales are expected to rise by 14 per cent this year and top £5bn for December alone, according to a study by IMRG, the industry body for global e-retail. Almost three quarters of Britons are doing more than half of their Christmas shopping on the internet.

UK consumers rate paying their mobile phone bill as their lowest priority each month. More people choose to pay first their utility bills, council tax, mortgage or rent, insurance, store or credit card debt, internet charges or unsecured loans than the bill for their mobiles.

How do you budget?

Getting paid monthly is hard. Basically, I put my rent aside at the beginning of the month, but apart from that I live until I run out of money. I don’t imagine I’ll leave here with a large nest egg but that has never been my intention. What do you blow your cash on?

Most of my money goes on drinking, eating and cabs. Any savings are for travelling. Do you have any extraordinary expenses?

I’ve been known to splash out on fancy-dress costumes that go above and beyond, and whenever I catch a plane I go a bit crazy at all the over-priced shops just before I board.

BOND … ALAN BOND Australian Alan Bond founded his Bond Corporation 50 years ago. It made giddying wealth Down Under, but also plunged to ignominious lows » Born in Hammersmith, $1 billion, but sold it back three London, in 1938, Bond emigrated to Oz in 1950. He began his working life as a signwriter, but by the 1970s had made a fortune in property development. » In 1987 he bought the Nine network from Kerry Packer for

years later for just $250 million. » In 1987, Bond purchased Vincent Van Gogh’s Irises, for $54 million – at the time a world record for a painting. » Declared bankrupt in 1992, he was sentenced to seven years in jail in 1997 for fraud.

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At Christmas time, your credit card is probably about to get a hammering, so be smart about how you manage your plastic to avoid a debt hangover that lasts long into the new year. It’s always tempting to only pay the minimum on your credit card each month, but you should find a way to tighten the belt a little further to prevent even more debt accruing through interest. It might sound unlikely, but credit card companies are sometimes prepared to reduce their interest rates. If you’ve been a good customer for several years, it certainly can’t hurt to ask at this time of year.

Tesco expects to have sold nearly a third of a million fake trees, with black emerging as the most popular colour. For the real deal, non-drop firs are less likely to shed their needles, but generally cost about 20 per cent more than the basic Norwegian spruce. The closer to the centre of

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

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TRAVEL GLOBAL VISION Performers from the Tun Huang Art Research Institute in China’s Gansu province perform in

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Cathedral City Overlooked by its famous house of worship, by day Durham is genteel. Come night time it loosens up as visitors and locals alike mingle at the town’s restaurants and bars WORDS SIMON COLE

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ravel writer Bill Bryson has seen many a city, but he was so taken by Durham that he lingered long enough to become Chancellor of its university. Less than three hours by train from London, Durham’s winding streets and spectacular cathedral make it a good base for exploring the oft-ignored north-east of England.

A WEALTH OF HISTORY The “Land of the Prince Bishops” was once a

semi-independent state, ruled by powerful church leaders, and Durham is probably best known for the towering cathedral that captures the gaze of passengers arriving on the city’s high rail viaduct. The semi-French names of nearby towns, such as Chester-le-Street, are a reminder that long after the Romans left the area William the Conqueror’s cohorts also managed to push this far north. The cathedral – often cited the best example of Norman architecture in Europe – was one of


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A TALE OF TWO CITIES Durham has a Jekyll and Hyde personality: by day it’s genteel with posh students and American tourists en-route to Edinburgh. But the North East used to be a major mining area, and in the reconstructed village and pithead of nearby “living museum” Beamish, visitors can get a feel for the tough industrial past that shaped the locals’ no-nonsense character. This enduring earthiness makes for good pub banter, and at the complex of new bars and restaurants around the Gala Theatre you’ll find plenty of people happy to have “a bit craic-on” with you as they chuck a few down – especially during the office party season. The theatre’s name is a reference to the annual Miners’ Gala, where villagers proudly marched behind the bands and banners that belonged to their local collieries. The first parade was in 1871, and despite the controversial pit closures of the

1980s this gathering still takes place every July. During the world wars many local men were recruited to the Durham Light Infantry. The DLI Museum (durham.gov.uk/dli) tells their story, and also has a small art gallery. Afterwards you can shop for presents in the Victorian market before retiring to the various pubs around Elvet bridge, where the meandering River Wear encircles the cathedral and a castle which is now a university residence. While you may not become a figurehead for Durham, you should catch a glimpse of why Bryson fell in love with this “perfect little city”.

AROUND AND ABOUT BEAMISH Enjoy Christmas Edwardian-style at this enormous outdoor museum, with trams, steam trains and a reconstructed mining village. See beamish.org.uk.

WEARDALE The nearby Tanfield (tanfield-railway.co.uk) and Weardale (weardale-railway.org.uk) railways both run Santa Specials; or fossick to your heart’s content for minerals such as lead and quartz in the hills and streams of this rugged area.

THE ANGEL OF THE NORTH Bus 21 takes 37 minutes to Tyneside’s famous public artwork.

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NEWCASTLE Leave your coats at home for a big night out with hardy natives in the selfproclaimed party city. Trains take about 15 minutes to Newcastle’s busy Central Station drinking area; return via post-pub night bus N21.

CHRISTMAS SHOPPING Get it all done under one roof at the 330 stores in the Gateshead Metrocentre mall (metrocentre.uk.com); 40 minutes by train (nationalrail.co.uk).

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WHEN TO GO Whenever, but wrap up warm if you’re going in winter. GETTING THERE Trains from King’s Cross take about three hours (from £15; eastcoast.co.uk). GETTING AROUND Durham City is very small, but a car is handy if you want to see outlying sights or the coast. LANGUAGE An (only slightly) tongue-in-cheek phrasebook will help you “Larn Yersel’ Geordie”. GOING OUT Savvy scholars shop around for pints from under £1.50. ACCOMMODATION Premier Inn has double rooms from £61, or check out durhamtourism.co.uk to find reasonably priced guesthouses and B&Bs.

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TNT Weekender Cambridge ENGLAND

Cambridge has much in common with fellow academic powerhouse Oxford: a town centre filled with elegant colleges, busy students and plenty of cafés and pubs to keep them happy. Soak up the architecture and check out AA Milne’s original Winnie The Pooh manuscript in the Wren Library before punting down the River Cam to explore the Backs.

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The university is made up of several colleges, many housed in wonderful old buildings centred around neat lawns known as quads. Perhaps the most famous is King’s College, with its gothic masterpiece King’s College Chapel. Head there at 5.30pm on MondaySaturday (Sunday times vary) to hear the famous choir.

BEST OF THE REST The best view of King’s College Chapel is from the banks of the River Cam, an area known as the Backs. In summer you’ll find the river teaming with punts – join them by hiring a vessel at

Scudamore’s Boatyard (scudamores.com). Or try the latest sport to hit Cambridge: stand-up paddle-boarding (fenpaddle.co.uk). In winter take a brisk walk along the Cam before heading back over one of the many pretty bridges.

TRY THE LOCAL TIPPLE Cambridge has its fair share of trendy bars, but it’s the old man pubs that will win you over. Try the Pickerel Inn where you can sup mulled wine by an open fire, or The Eagle, which has grafitti by World War II pilots.

CHOW DOWN If you’re just after a snack, join the queues of students at bakery Fitzbillies – they’re lining up for a reason. For dinner try the Arts Restaurant near the Cambridge Arts Theatre or the Cambridge Chop House. Veggies should head to Rainbow Café.

MUSEUM TIME The Fitzwilliam Museum has a fascinating collection of treasures, from works by Picasso to Egyptian mummies. At Kettle’s Yard, wander the house of former Tate curator Jim Ede, admiring his taste in art, from Miro to Henry Moore. AMY ADAMS

» Amy Adams travelled with Visit East of England (visiteastofengland.com) and National Express Trains (nationalexpresseastanglia. com), and stayed at Somerset House B&B (107 Milton Rd, 01223 505131).

NEED TO KNOW WHEN TO GO At term time for the student buzz, summer to make the most of punting on the Cam and winter to escape the crowds. GETTING THERE Catch a train from London Liverpool Street or King’s Cross, which takes 60-90 minutes. GETTING AROUND You can easily walk the centre of Cambridge, or join the locals who get round by bicycle (you’ve never seen so many cyclists, so keep your wits about you crossing the road). Buses run from the station to the town centre. A taxi is about £5. GOING OUT A pint costs about £2.80. ACCOMMODATION Dorm beds from £13.95 at the YHA (yha.org.uk). Doubles from £20.

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A Lille bit of EVERYTHING Lap up all the best aspects of French culture in this charming city, and do a spot of Christmas shopping at the same time WORDS JAHN VANNISSELROY

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AFTER A FASHION From its merchant past, metropolitan Lille has kept a commercial tradition, and the variety of the 3900 shops is enough to satisfy every budget and desire. The euro might have strengthened in recent times but there are still plenty of bargains to be found. Each of the city’s districts has its own special

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BON APETIT The French know about their food, and in Lille you’ll find excellent fare with a Flemish twist. Try carbonade à la flamande, which is slices of charcoal-grilled beef cooked with onions in strong, locally brewed beer. For local cuisine, head to the restaurant Estaminet Au Vieux de la Vieille on Rue des Vieux Murs in the old part of the city. Here

you can enjoy a delicious three-course meal for about €20. However, if you fancy getting creative, L’Atelier des Chefs offers cookery lessons in northern French cuisine. Cook your own tasty lunch in half an hour for €15. Book before you leave at atelierdeschefs.fr.


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features. Vieux (Old) Lille is the ideal place to find the great names in luxury goods, fashion and design, while a market takes place on the Place du Concert every Sunday morning. In the train station district, the Euralille centre houses shops, restaurants and a hypermarket. The multi-ethnic Wazemmes offers good bargain hunting in the bazaars and discount shops in the Rue Gambetta district. And on Place de la Nouvelle Aventure, you’ll find international flavours at the bustling Sunday morning market.

PARTY ON! There are plenty of bars in Lille: quiet, exotic, jazz, rock – even Australian. The main area the local students go to party is the Halles district, around Place des Halles Centrales, where Masséna and Solferino streets are crammed with pubs and bars. Check out Sapo, La Scala, Seven Heaven and Au Fut et à Mesure (where you can pour your own beer). In the old town, La Capsule is great for a night out, while in the city centre live electro club At Home Café is decorated like a house, with a kitchen, dining room, living room, bedroom and bathroom. Le Tri Postal, on Avenue Willy Brandt, is a bar and a club in an old post office. The Network Café (15 Rue du Faisan) is one of the busiest dance clubs in Lille, often attracting big name DJs, and in the Wazemmes district check out Le Supermarket and Le Kiosk.

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after the Louvre, with a heavyweight collection including works by Monet and Rodin. For something a little bit different, head to La Piscine in nearby Roubaix. A former municipal swimming pool now transformed into an art gallery, it has a well laid-out and interesting permanent collection. The current temporary exhibition is Conversation Anglaise: The Bloomsbury Group, featuring a collective of early 20th century English writers, artists and intellectuals who explored free love, opium, pacifism and women’s rights long before such concepts became trendy.

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WHEN TO GO Any time, but Christmas in Lille has a special buzz. GETTING THERE P&O ferries run 25 crossings daily from Dover to Calais. From there it’s a short drive to Lille. At £50 return any time for a car, pile in your mates and it’s a cheap trip. Or take the Eurostar from St Pancras. GETTING AROUND You can see the old town by foot, but to visit the outer districts take the metro or tram. VISAS South Africans need a Schengen visa. CURRENCY Euro. 1 GBP = 1.10 EUR. LANGUAGE French. GOING OUT A beer is €3-€4. ACCOMMODATION Dorm beds from €17, and double hotel rooms from €54. SEE lilletourism.com; tourisme-nord.fr

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CULTURE VULTURES The Palais des Beaux-Arts in the town centre is said to be France’s most important art museum

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It’s easy to get in the festive spirit with Lille’s month-long Christmas market (below), held in the Place Rihour in the centre of town. Christmas carols fill the air as the 50m Big Wheel provides punters with views of the city. Follow the irresistible aroma of roasted chestnuts to the 82 chalets, which teem with gifts, nativity figurines, Christmas decorations and festive food. You can find regional specialities here, as well as arts and crafts from Russia, Poland and even Quebec.

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The Isles of Scilly, off the south coast of England, are the only destination in the UK to make Frommer’s list of top destinations for 2010. Other worldwide picks from the travel guide publisher include Melbourne, Hanoi, Copenhagen, and Santiago de Cuba, as well as Hawaii, Abu Dhabi and Tunisia.

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A report identifying the top 10 ethical places to travel to next year has been released. US-based international travellers’ alliance Ethical Traveler has highlighted countries in the developing world that are best at protecting their natural environment, promoting responsible travel, and building a tourism industry that benefits local communities. Jeff Greenwald, executive director of Ethical Traveler and co-author of the report, says: “There’s no doubt that worldwide interest in mindful, responsible travel is growing – not only among travellers, but within the countries that host us. “Now is the perfect time for savvy travellers and well-intentioned governments to evolve together, each encouraging the other. “This is especially true in the developing

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Iceland’s new ferry crossing A new high-speed ferry link is launching from Iceland’s south coast to the Westman Islands. Due to open in July 2010, the new crossing will cut a three hour trip down to 25 minutes. The ferry link is predicted to make the islands a popular day trip from Reykjavik. Visitors can explore the

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homes abandoned during a volcanic eruption in 1973, and see one of Iceland’s largest puffin colonies.

world, where travel and tourism can be developed as lucrative and low-impact alternatives to forestry, mining, and the destruction of ocean habitats.” The report’s co-author, Christy Hoover, adds: “In drafting our report, we used scores of information sources – including publicly available data – to rate each country’s genuine commitment to environmental protection, social welfare and human rights.” The top 10 countries in alphabetical order: Argentina Namibia Belize Poland Chile Seychelles Ghana South Africa Lithuania Suriname

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Help make a difference to the environment while on a snorkel safari in the tropical waters of the Maldives WORDS CLAIRE MASON


BIG TRIP Velavaru Island THE MALDIVES

AN EARLY START As much as I think I want to sleep in while on holiday, I’m up at 7am every morning. But it’s much easier to rise at this early hour when there’s the promise of a snorkel safari, which means sailing out to the deeper side of the coral reef surrounding the island. The Marine Lab offers snorkel safaris on a complimentary basis every second morning, and local guides who grew up on nearby

It’s the Marine Lab “ that really gets my blood pumping ” islands take guests out to sea. It’s on my first snorkel safari that I hear about the alien plant, and I want to show it who’s boss. Before we jump into the water, Ikraam, one of the local guides, reminds us how important coral is: “The coral reefs around Velavaru Island support a quarter of all the marine life [of the area] and protect the coasts from wave erosion.” This fact is brought vividly to life as soon as I put my head under water. Milk fish, tiger fish, small yellow fish with faces shaped like trumpets; there are so many fish I don’t know where to look first. “It’s like looking into a very full giant fish tank!” exclaims a fellow swimmer. It’s fascinating to just float and stare at all the goings-on under the sea, but we’re here to do a spot of coral gardening, just one of the

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reading water as I peer through my snorkel, I’m face to face with public enemy number one as far as coral reefs are concerned. The foe in question is a brown cauliflower-like plant, which is damaging the fragile coral – for which the Maldives is famous – by attaching itself to it and leaching the coral of its nutrients. As enemies go, this is one very bad guy. I fancy myself as a tree-hugger – I recycle all my plastic bags and switch off the lights when I leave rooms. But there comes a time when even the most ardent ecologically aware soul wants a holiday. Finding myself on Velavaru Island, in the South Nilandhe atoll of the Maldives, I realise I haven’t sacrificed my green conscience at all for the sake of a break. I squeal with delight at the sight of the island’s spa and lick my lips looking at the resort’s cocktail menu, but it’s the Marine Lab on Velavaru that really gets my blood pumping with excitement.

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NEED TO KNOW WHEN TO GO November to February is peak season. You’re guaranteed great weather then, but the prices are nearly double. GETTING THERE Emirates flies to Male International Airport via Dubai. From there a seaplane transfers you to Velavaru Island. GETTING AROUND Velavaru is so small you can walk it in 30 minutes. Boats take you to surrounding islands. VISAS You’ll get a visa on arrival at the airport. CURRENCY The local currency is Rufiyaa, but US dollars are used on all the islands. 1 GBP = 20.89 MVR. LANGUAGE Dhivehi. GOING OUT A beer costs between US$5-US$8. ACCOMMODATION The Maldives is not a budget destination, but it’s possible to visit without breaking the bank. Travelling in the off season is cheaper. Allinclusive packages keep food and drink bills low. SEE visitmaldives.com.

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eco-friendly activities that the Marine Lab offers guests on the island. The coral gardening on our safari takes the form of ‘weeding’ the reefs of this nasty alien plant, and we are itching to find it. We’re instructed to pull the plant off of the coral without causing too much harm to it, and then to swim out away from the reef and drop it. Lying on the seabed away from the coral, it can’t cause any damage. The snorkel safari takes about two hours and by the time we all clamber back on to the boat, a fair size of the reef has been weeded by our green fingers. I realise how effective this is as an eco-tourism activity. The Marine Lab is maintaining the environment and teaching guests all about ecological issues through the snorkel safaris. Coral planting is another activity the Marine Lab occasionally gets guests involved in. During the 1990s, the El Niño weather phenomenon brought such warm tides past the island that a lot of the coral died and the rest was bleached white. After being tested in Indonesia, coral was transplanted in Velavaru, which proved to be so

MORE ACTIVITIES Alongside the snorkel safaris, the Marine Lab also offers other options for visitors.

TURTLE CONSERVATION PROJECTS Velavaru is a key turtle-nesting site and the resident marine biologist at the Marine Lab can tell you about the ongoing turtle conservation projects. You can get involved in monitoring nesting sites and collecting data on the habits of these sea creatures.

VIDEO PRESENTATIONS It might sound a bit like school, but once you’ve been on a snorkel safari, it’s anything but. Twice a week, Velavaru’s resident marine biologist gives a short presentation on the reef fi sh and the origins of coral in the Maldives.

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SPOTTING BABY SHARKS The reef not only teems with fish – turtles and sharks regularly hang out here too. The lagoon around Velavaru Island acts as a shark nursery as it’s a calmer and more protected environment than the deep sea. Pregnant black-tipped reef sharks come into the lagoon to give birth, and then return to the ocean. The babies, however, stay in the lagoon, exploring the coral and melting the hearts of all who see them. I spot one in very shallow water and immediately want to adopt it. Velavaru Island means ‘turtle island’, and the Marine Lab is involved in turtle conservation

SCUBA-DIVING The Marine Lab takes guests out scubadiving and offers PADI qualifications. For guests who want to scuba-dive, but don’t want to lug all their gear with them on longhaul flights, the Marine Lab can provide wetsuits and air tanks.

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too. Out on the snorkel safari, my partner sees a turtle about a metre in circumference and gestures wildly to Ikraam. “That’s a teenager turtle, the adults can get much bigger,” is Ikraam’s nonchalant reply. The Marine Lab gives me a much clearer and more intimate idea of the Maldives than just lazing about a five-star resort ever will. I feel a close connection to the aquatic inhabitants of the Maldives and any enemy of coral is now an enemy of mine. Brown cauliflower-like plants, you have been warned!

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WHERE ELSE TO GO GREEN SOBERANÍA NATIONAL PARK, PANAMA Panama offers rainforests, coral reefs and beaches fringed by the Pacific Ocean and Caribbean Sea. There are lots of hotels, but the Canopy Tower captures the imagination. It’s built right in the rainforest and is a paradise for bird lovers. It runs purely on ecological principles and the owner, Raul, has made sure the lodge causes no harm to the environment. Photographers rate it highly.

VOROVORO ISLAND, FIJI For eco-travellers with a yearning for something different and a bit of spare time, the Tribewanted project could be your cup of tea. Tribewanted started with humble beginnings and big dreams in 2006. The dream was to build a community on the island, using local customs and incorporating international ideas on sustainability. The project is now in its third year and has a massive online following. For guests wanting to experience the real thing, living on the island for one to 12 weeks is possible, and in that time you’ll be exposed to community building, sustainable living practices and adventurous experiences.

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CASITA VERDE, IBIZA Closer to the UK and much easier to travel to than the more remote islands, Casita Verde is situated in a lush valley close to the village of San José in Ibiza. Casita Verde has buildings made out of recycled bottles, cans and wood, and uses alternative energy, such as solar and wind

Join the community life on Vorovoro Island, Fiji

power. With such a gorgeous location, guests can participate in the eco-projects offered here and educate themselves on sustainable living while enjoying a beach holiday.

VABBINFARU, MALDIVES This is another island in the Maldives archipelago where the Marine Lab focuses more on shark and dolphin conservation. Guests can work with the resident marine biologist tracking movements and habits of dolphins. Research gathered from the shark monitoring has been used by the Maldives environmental ministry to implement shark conservation projects.

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The hot Kiwi bloke from O’Neill’s in Wardour Street on Saturday, November 28:

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You were out with your mates celebrating a birthday. Thanks for following my Norwegian friend back to the Mayfair Hotel. She would love to see you in Norway! Please get in touch! See tntmagazine.com/seeking. Nutella and Leash: The time has come for me to say goodbye to my girls (Aussie and Kiwi). From toga night to ’80s night, to finding random stuff on our way home from the pubs every time. Oktoberfest was legend … wait for it … (where did that pineapple come from, Nutella?) … DARY! I can’t believe I’m leaving. I’ve had the time of my life! See you guys again soon. Benny B. Piglet: Hip hip hooray, it’s Dani’s birthday! And that we’ll be celebrating in true Piglet-style with Lambrini, chicken korma and Family Dad. What else could you want? Oink, oink! PMS. South African girl at Egg, King’s Cross, on Saturday, December 5: I’m looking to

get in contact with the lovely South African girl I spent all night chatting to and dancing with. Unfortunately, I had a bit of a ’mare on the way home and lost my mobile phone, and your number

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

with it! If you happen to be reading this I’d love for you to get in contact. Thanks, Craig from New Zealand. See tntmagazine.com/seeking. Jason C: Hey babe, it’s time to head home after a year of fun. Although we’re going to be broke, I’ll forever remember: sniggering at Cockfosters, the Jubilee weekend service, friendly Willesden locals, green peas with fish, lining up for half the day at the Post Office, free banking, and dodgy real estate agents. Thanks for taking me along for the ride. Love Kerrie.

and get stuff jacked from your own lounge. The camera was less than a month old and was a limited red edition. Email mykimike25@hotmail.com. Mr Latex: Well PG, the time has come fella, you’re off! No more mega-burger Saturday or tower burger combos on Sunday, and I reckon that the UK’s condom manufacturers will probably be scaling back production within a week. See you back in Oz, long live Chalk Farm Massive! Patto.

The camera from my party:

now back from my travels and keen to meet up. Email me at lailaxmason@gmail.com. Laila. Norgs: This past year has been great, so glad I got to share the good times with you. From the House of Skirt, to bunk bed picnics, sunshine, cocktails, tubes of shame,

Desperately seeking my Panasonic Lumix TX7. If you were at my house party on Pennard Road in She Bu on Saturday, December 5, and you took or know who took my camera, please contact me for a reward. It sucks to have parties

George, the Kiwi I met at Tracy’s leaving do at the Halfmoon back in August: I’m

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

Q

My girlfriend’s in France for two months doing a language course. Even though I love and miss her, I haven’t been faithful. None of the other girls are half as good as my girl, but I don’t regret being with them. Am I a bad person?

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Are you a bad person? Probably not. But are you a bad partner? The answer is a resounding yes – although,

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if it makes you feel any better, you’re probably not as bad as Tiger Woods. Still, you have to realise your girlfriend will be back soon,

and as sweet as it is that you “love and miss her”, and think she’s a patch above all your other conquests, I doubt that it will make her feel better

hostel adventures, pirate punch, girl dates, legs up, firefighting, Amsterdamage, island adventures, snakies, scenic detours, wine and dodgy French men, football and frivolity, kickin’ it with the canaries, random chats, London family, jazz hands, snow angels and frostbite, busting out the classic Aussie dance moves, 9 times, and many, many more. From you know who. Lost silver Canon camera at Shepherd’s Bush Walkabout:

I was at the Shepherd’s Bush Walkabout on Sunday, December 6, and think I left my camera on a table upstairs. It’s a silver Canon camera and has some priceless memories. If anyone picked it up, please return it to the Shepherd’s Bush Walkabout’s lost and found, or at least just the memory card, as the photos can’t be replaced. Kylie. Lanz, Willy, Mel and Paccas:

I can’t believe the time has come to say goodbye! Boo. The best memories I have from my time here have been times shared with you guys. The damage on the liver, the wasted Sundays, steak baguettes, the 39, 220 and the District line! Not to mention the dress-ups, and missions around Europe. The green boys and the stage 5 clinger will miss you. That is all …

when she finds out what you’ve been doing while she was away. My tip: watch the original Alfie movie. Here’s a quick summary: boy cheats on several girls, gets screwed over, and is left all alone. It’s not a coincidence when they say life imitates art.

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