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EDITOR’S LETTER It’s a strange quirk of travel folklore that a train ride – in which you see little more than endless pine forests – is perhaps the most famous of all journeys. But when it comes to epic experiences, day after day of random, vodkafuelled encounters makes the TransSiberian a stand-out. Check out page 86 for the lowdown on the journey of a lifetime.
86 All aboard the Trans-Siberian Railway
9 LONDON 9 London Eye 10 London Life 12 THE BOAT RACE: A bluffer’s guide to the Oxford/Cambridge battle 14 Food & Drink 16 Spotted
19 ENTERTAINMENT 19 Celebrity News 20 TNT Life 23 Look Who’s Talking: Emilie de Ravin 24 Cinema 27 Culture
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38 Australia News 40 New Zealand News 42 South Africa News 45 The week in sport 46 Super 14 49 NRL 28 MUSIC & CLUBS 50 AFL 28 Music 32 STARS IN THEIR EYES: South African 53 General band The Parlotones seek success 54 THE REBEL YELL: Melbourne Rebels 34 Music Listings coach Rod Macqueen talks to TNT 36 Clubbing 37 Clubbing Listings 57 CAREERS & MONEY 57 Careers 62 Money 65 POINT TO BE MADE: Your guide to the Tier 1 and 2 visa changes 67 Coming & Going
69 Global Vision 70 TIME WARP TOWN: Explore the ancient city of Lincoln 72 Late Deals 75 TNTT Weekender: The Cotswolds 76 COME WHAT MAY: Celebrate May Day in Cerne Abbas 78 Hotshots 80 Travel Tips 81 Travel News 82 VINTAGE ITALY: Immerse yourself in Italian culture in Abruzzo 84 On The Road 85 Gear Up 86 ALL ABOARD: The journey of a lifetime on the Trans-Siberian
82 Explore the Italian region of Abruzzo
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4 Letters 6 Wins 138 Desperately Seeking & Dear Reuben
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As I walked the couple of kilometres to the Tube station, I had to laugh at the 207 bus which, even though stuffed so tight it puts a Vietnamese family of 10 all on one bike to shame, continued to stop at every stop till the confused species we call humans sorted their shit out and “moved down inside the bus”. If only they had looked out the window and realised that, yes, you look like a caged freak, but also that there is a girl in a purple skirt who is overtaking your stupid lazy arses – and she’s on foot! Alas, this nation has always been and will remain: fat and dependent on a dysfunctional transport system.
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➥ TNT 1383 MAR 1-7 CROWDED HOUSE In answer to Rebecca’s question (‘Time to make a move?’) about whether she and her boyfriend should live with others I say, ‘Absolutely!’ It is possible to find a cheap room in a houseshare in London where you and your boyfriend could make loads of new friends and still save loads of money to travel. I’ve always loved living in shared houses in London and I’ve formed some really close friendships from doing so. You’ll probably find it strengthens your relationship
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➥ TNT 1385 MAR 15-21 LAUGHING MATTER I moved to London from Perth two years ago and have fallen in love with the London comedy scene; I go to three-to-four ‘amateur underground’ comedy shows a week. Every week I flip straight to Tom Sturrock’s ‘What’s On’ section to see his comedy recommendations. This week, I really enjoyed his article ‘Just For Laughs’. The “experimental gag-man” that Sturrock refers to is William Andrews, and is one of my favourite comedians.
to avoid it or read up on its pros and cons before taking it. My housemate had a big freak-out on it last weekend and turned into a paranoid mess, crying and burbling. Other friends who take it seem to lose their verve midweek – where they would once socialise on a Wednesday they now seem to suffer from the ‘plant food blues’ and isolate themselves until the next party where they take even more of this stuff (apparently, it’s easy to build a tolerance to it). I hope the Government bans it before more people die or are left with mental problems as a result of this crap. In the meantime, TNT readers beware! Jordan, Ealing » For more on the drug, see page 11.
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Who are these little critters and what the hell are they up to? Apparently, they’re Emperor Tamarin monkeys – native to the Amazon rainforest – and they’re busy grooming each other shortly after being moved into the brand new Rainforest Life enclosure at ZSL London Zoo. The temperature- and humidity-controlled bio-dome is also home to monkeys, sloths, tree anteaters and tropical birds.
WHAT’S ON Tom Sturrock PICKS THE BEST OF LONDON THIS WEEK
EASTER EGG HUNT AT KEW GARDENS £13 WHAT: It’s Easter and if no one is going to hide chocolate eggs in your garden for you, head down to Kew for an epic hunt. You might even catch a glimpse of the Easter Bunny. WHEN: April 4 DO IT BECAUSE: Kew Gardens are spectacular. Its rolling lawns are quintessentially English but the greenhouses are also crammed with weird and wonderful flora from around the world. If you haven’t been already, this is a great excuse to take a stroll through.
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Capital idea: Twinings Tea Shop You don’t have to spend long in the UK to know that the Poms love their tea. The Twinings Tea Shop, on London’s Strand, has been doing a roaring trade in the humble cuppa for more than 300 years and is a treasure trove of tea leaves. Founder Thomas Twining opened the shop in 1706 and the store hasn’t moved from its location since. It sells over 100 types of tea, ranging from traditional English Breakfast to a fruity Cranberry and
Pomegranate. You can’t get the full effect until you walk in and marvel at the colourful boxes of tea lining the shelves. The wooden interior and soft lights give the store a cosy feel added to by the paintings of Twining family members on the walls. BORANA GREKU
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MEOW MEOW Mephedrone, also know as meow meow, has become a fixture in headlines over the past fortnight, following the drug-related deaths of two teenage boys in Scunthorpe. The Sun has launched a campaign to ban the drug, currently sold legally over the internet as plant food, but then crushed up and snorted, delivering the
same kind of high as speed. Its low price tag means no one really knows what they’re snorting and horror stories abound. In November last year, a young Durham man was hospitalised when, beset by visions of centipedes crawling all over him, he ripped off his own scrotum. I’ll just have a beer, thanks. TS
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A BLUFFER’S GUIDE
TO THE BOAT RACE Here’s everything you need to be an expert on this weekend’s blockbuster between Cambridge and Oxford WORDS TOM STURROCK
very year, Oxford and Cambridge universities battle for rowing supremacy on the Thames in a race that draws about 250,000 people to the banks of the river and attracts a global television audience. It’s massive, so don’t let the fact you know nothing about rowing mean you miss out on all the fun.
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THE RECORD Of the 155 completed races, Cambridge have won 79 and Oxford 75 with, of course, one draw. In 1912, one of the strangest races in the event’s history occurred when both boats sunk. The
THE CONTROVERSIES Two famous mutinies occurred in 1958 and 1987, both at Oxford, and both involving visiting American crewmen who fell out with the establishment over training methods and selection decisions. Amazingly, Oxford still recovered to win in both those years. Back in 2001, a Cambridge crewman lost his oar in the first minute, following a clash of blades with the other boat. With Cambridge down to seven men, Oxford began to pull away, only for umpire Rupert Obholzer, a former Oxford rower, to call for a first ever restart. Cambridge ended up winning. Drop into conversation: “The 2007 race left a nasty taste in people’s mouths – German champion Thorsten Engelmann helped
THE HISTORY The first race was in 1829 and it has been held annually since 1856, except during the two World Wars. The tradition was started by Charles Merivale, a student at St John’s College, Cambridge, and his schoolfriend Charles Wordsworth, who was at Oxford. Cambridge challenged Oxford to a race at Henley-onThames, and the second race occurred in 1836, when the venue moved to Putney. Drop into conversation: “This year could be the closest since 1877, which was declared a dead heat, although the judge, ‘Honest John’ Phelps, was suspected to have been asleep under a bush when the boats crossed the finish line.”
race had to be repeated the next day – Oxford won on the second attempt. The most extreme weather occurred in 1952, when a blizzard hit south-west London. Again, it was Oxford who prevailed. In 1984, Cambridge’s boat sank after crashing into a stationary barge while warming up before the race. Drop into conversation: “Oxford have had an edge this century, but certainly neither side can hope to be as dominant as Cambridge between the wars, when they won 13 years in a row.”
An oarsome team: Oxford took the honours in 2009
Cambridge win, but then went home to Germany without finishing his studies, prompting concerns about ring-ins.”
THE COURSE The course is 4 miles and 374 yards long (that’s 6779m) and starts just west of Putney Bridge, with the crews rowing north past Bishop’s Park, round the bend underneath Hammersmith Bridge and then down south, with Chiswick Pier to the west, underneath Barnes Bridge and then over the line. Fortunately, this stretch of the Thames is well-stocked with pubs, and the banks on Saturday will be lined with revellers. Drop into conversation: ”A good start is important. Back in 2002, Oxford became the first crew in 50 years to trail at the Barnes Bridge, some 4 miles into the race, before coming back to win. It’s hard to come from behind.”
BANKSIDE BEERS The Boat Race is great fun, but really, it’s all about having a few pints on the Thames and taking in the carnival atmosphere. The pubs will be heaving but, luckily, there’s plenty of options, depending on where you want to base yourself.
THE LINGO There are eight rowers who sit one behind the other, each with one oar, and a cox, who steers. Leading up to the race, you’ll hear plenty of analysis about the mechanics of rowing. Basically, the catch is the stage of the stroke where the oar enters the water; the drive is the propulsive part of the stroke while the oar is submerged; the release is when the oar comes out of the water. Drop into conversation: “Oxford have the more impressive engine room, but they’ll need to minimise wash-out and keep good keel; whichever coxswain finds the fastest current will give his crew the advantage.”
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Race takes place on Saturday, April 3 at 4.30pm. WHERE: It starts at Putney Bridge and finishes near Chiswick Bridge. TRANSPORT: Putney Bridge Tube station will put you near the start, while Hammersmith and Ravenscourt Park stations are best for the middle bend. If you want to be near the finishing line, you’ll need to get the overground to Mortlake, Chiswick or Barnes Bridge. Probably not a bad idea to get moving early, though. The trains, stations and surrounding streets will be rammed. PUBS: Take your pick depending on what part of the course you want to watch from. The Duke’s Head and the Star and Garter are near the start, while The Crabtree Tavern, the Blue Anchor, The Rutland, The Dove and The Old Ship are in the middle. Ye White Hart and The Ship are further west near the finish line. If you’re lucky, you might see some toffs puking in their top hats.
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BAR REVIEW The Narrow Boat ★★★★★
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THE SCENE A trendy but not overly-posh pub that overlooks Regent’s Canal. In the upstairs bar you can admire the view from the balcony, plus there’s a restaurant downstairs. You
can also sit on the towpath, drink in hand, and soak up some rays. THE GRUB Modern pub food. It’s not quite to fancy gastropub standards, but the prices (mains from £9-£12) are reasonable. The desserts are particularly lovely. BEHIND THE BAR Four ales and the regular range of lagers on tap, and a good wine list.
Wines by the glass from £3.70 and bottles from £13.50. BILL PLEASE Two Sunday roasts and a couple of pints for a shade under £30. VERDICT If you can’t get to Richmond or Greenwich when the sun comes out, this is a great place for a waterside drink. Just keep an eye out for manic cyclists tearing along the towpath. DANIEL LANDON
It’s Easter so get into the brown stuff
Nothing says Easter like a chocolate binge. But mind you pick carefully – this festival of sweets happens but once a year. THE BEE’S KNEES We love a gimmick at TNT and Lindt’s new Heads and Toes and Bugs and Bees Easter treats are the cutesy business. The hazelnut cream and crispy rice filling is pretty good too. And at just £2.49 a packet we can afford to scoff two. » Available in supermarkets
NAUGHTY BUT NICE Green & Black’s Butterscotch Egg (£9.99) combines large crunchy butterscotch pieces with cocoa-rich milk chocolate. There’s even a mini-egg version (£2.99) for the lightweights – shame on you. » Available in supermarkets
DARK HORSE Check out Thornton’s Deliciously Dark Easter Egg (£9.99), which has got nifty treats inside. Apparently it’s been “lovingly” hand decorated. We don’t know about that, we just know we want one. » See thorntons.co.uk
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Gail’s Portobello Rd, W11 2DZ If you’re a sambo fan then Gail’s just might be your idea of yeasty heaven. If not, then gorge on the best cheese twists this side of Cheddar. Branches around London.
Breads Etc Clapham High St, SW4 7SS Locals will already know about this gem, which has toasters on the tables. And yay, they have Monmouth coffee.
POSH CHOC Godiva’s brand new Artisanal Egg is over a kilo of luxurious chocolate loveliness. At £85 a pop, it’s certainly the big daddy of the egg world. Thank god there’s a smaller version available for £15. » See godiva.be
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FIZZY MINX: That’s a mean poker face on Lady Gaga as she lands Down Under to embark on the current leg of her 11-gig Monster Ball tour. While she wore a stolid expression to perfection, her outlandish hairstyle is bound to have drawn a few smiles from those around her. Kudos to Ms Gaga who pulled off a look using Diet Coke cans as rollers in her hair. With success clearly in the can, the edgy songstress set off her outfit with some sexy black lace underwear. We’re not sure Australia’s ready though.
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Isla Fisher, 34, and Sacha Baron Cohen, 38, got hitched in a low-key Paris affair after a six-year engagement. Only a few family and friends were invited to attend the traditional Jewish ceremony.
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Fledgling pop star Ke$ha flashed a nipple in full view of excited paps while splashing about at Bondi Beach before performing in Sydney after Tik Tok hit No. 1 in Australia.
THE GIRL NEXT DOOR Kelly Brook is reported to have scored a role on Neighbours when she makes the move Down Under later this year.
Producers of the soap have wasted no time in approaching the glamour model and actress about injecting some proper British class on to the famous set, as Australian gossip mongers get themselves into a frenzy over her impending move to Melbourne, The Daily Star newspaper reported. Brook, 30, plans to relocate from London later this year with her rugby player beau
Danny Cipriani, 22, who has been recruited to join the Melbourne Rebels Super 15 rugby team. A pal of Kelly’s said: “She is really excited about going to Australia, and to get an approach from Neighbours is a real bonus.” The Ramsay Street camp reckons Brook, who bares her curves as Miss September in the West End’s Calendar Girls, is just the person to freshen up Britain’s favourite Aussie soap, which is about to celebrate 25 years on the box.
”I call it my little vaJew-Jew.” Jewish singer Amy Winehouse nicknames her bits.
Woman’s Weekly: Radio presenter Kate Hawkesby is potty about her daughter Marley, first lady Bronagh Key introduces her furry friends, and The Apprentice TV heavyweight Terry Serepisos says his son Julian is his number one protégé.
AUSTRALIA New Idea: Former conjoined twins Trishna and Krishna have grown to be healthy girls, and country crooner Adam Brand and his Strictly Come Dancing partner, Jade Hatcher, have announced they are getting hitched. Woman’s Day: Bob Irwin has a beyond-the-grave encounter with his son Steve, and he says all is OK.
SOUTH AFRICA Heat: B-list celeb Nicky van der Walt pulls out all the stops to pop the question to model Lee-Ann Liebenberg, Kelly Clarkson is big on voice but too little on showmanship for her South African fans, and with David Beckham’s World Cup hopes dashed, the mag explores what’s in store for the famous English footballer and his missus.
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The Aussie star of Lost talks about smooching Robert Pattinson, her favourite love films and making friends in LA
Emilie de Ravin INTERVIEW JAMES MOTTRAM Remember Me is a romantic drama set in New York. What’s your experience of dating in big lonely cities?
It is difficult. People just end up meeting in bars. No one’s actually walking around and interacting. Online dating and all these things … they’re so fake, I’m sure people aren’t really writing proper profiles. It’s all such a game instead of it just being an organic process. So, to the most important question … What was it like to kiss your Remember Me co-star Robert Pattinson?
I’m so curious about what people want me to say! Do people want a description of his mouth?
Remember Me deals with teenage angst. What were you like as a teen?
I was so enveloped in this whole new world of acting, it didn’t give me time to deal with that. I moved to LA when I was 18. I moved for a job, then just kept working, so I stayed out. And LA is just
crazy. Especially coming from Melbourne, which is a pretty cool, down-to-earth, cosmopolitan city. In LA you have endless people wanting to be your friend for the wrong reasons or people with ulterior motives. There are some great people there too, but you can’t be naïve. You’re probably best known as Claire in Lost. How was it to return after a season absence?
Great. It was a good time after four seasons to have a break. It was kind of perfect. I got to work on some great stuff. But it was exciting to see everyone. So what happens then at the end of Lost? You can tell us …
I don’t know “ what happens at the end of Lost
I actually don’t know! We have three episodes left to shoot. I really don’t know.
Well, is he a good kisser? Girls want to know and you’ve been there …
What is next for you?
Yeah, been there, done that, and ticked that one off! He’s a great guy and everything was just very comfortable. There were tabloid stories suggesting you and Pattinson were a couple. How did you deal with that?
I don’t know. You just ignore it or laugh about it. In a way, it amuses me, but it’s stupid. What are you going to do about it? I should read these things to find out what I’ve been doing! What are your favourite romantic movies? Getty Images
[Baz Luhrmann’s] Romeo + Juliet. I think because it wasn’t fake. It dealt with tragedy. I’ve never been a fan of fluffy romantic movies, showing everyone happy and a perfect ending.
Without going into old films, because I could go on about those forever, I suppose something that was relevant to me when I was a teenager was
Are you excited to find out?
Yeah, are you kidding? It’s been six years of not knowing! It’s going to be good, I’m sure, but I’ve no idea what.
An animated film, Legend Of The Guardians. Zack Snyder directed it. It’s based on a series of books and we’re all Australian owls! I’m a very cute little fluffy owl called Eglantine. It was so fun. It’s incredible the amount of work that goes into these things.
» Remember Me out April 2
DID YOU KNOW? Emilie grew up in the Melbourne suburb of Mount Eliza – though she now lives in California. She has starred in more than one remake of a classic horror movie – Carrie and The Hills Have Eyes. Her great-great grandparents on her father’s side were French. ‘De Ravin’ means ‘from (the) ravine’ in French.
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“OK, you cunts, let’s see what you can do,” hisses 11-yearold costumed crusader Hit Girl before carving up a bunch of thugs. Welcome to the violent, foul-mouthed and undeniably cool world of Kick-Ass, a film posing the question of what happens when those with no powers try to be superheroes? Living every schoolboy’s dream is Dave Lizewski (Johnson) a comic book-loving geek who, wearing a green suit and calling himself KickAss, starts to fight crime. Once his exploits become a hit on YouTube, Kick-Ass finds himself on a collision course with fellow ‘superheroes’ Big Daddy (Cage) and his daughter, Hit Girl (Moretz), as well as mob boss Frank D’Amico (Mark Strong) and his son Chris (Christopher Mintz-Plasse),
1 Who is Kick-Ass screenwriter Jane Goldman married to? 2 Of which type of Japanese story is Goldman a fan? 3 Which famous Hollywood A-lister and architecture fan partied with Goldman at the Kick-Ass London premiere? 4 What was controversial about the dress Goldman wore to the Kick-Ass premiere in London? 5 What was the name of the fantasy film Goldman wrote, starring Robert De Niro?
who has his own alter-ego – Red Mist. Despite an over-elaborate plot and a middle section that sags, Kick-Ass is one of the funniest films of the year. Poking fun at the genre, Matthew Vaughn’s film is
subversive, shocking, wellacted, and in Hit Girl, has given us a sensational new pop culture icon. GOOD FOR: Watching as an antidote to all those brooding superhero films. PIERRE DE VILLIERS
THE REEL DEAL Abbie Cornish is to star opposite screen legend Robert De Niro in the thriller Dark Fields. The Hangover’s Bradley Cooper has also been linked to the project, which starts filming in May, according to Australian newspaper The Daily Telegraph. Cornish will play a woman involved with Cooper’s drug-addicted character in the thriller.
Ridley Scott’s new film Robin Hood. Crowe apparently had two voice coaches teaching him to pronounce Nottingham as “Noddinham”. The film, to be released in May, also stars Australian actress Cate Blanchett as Maid Marian. Robin Hood has suffered several setbacks, such as the set moving during filming. The script has also had various rewrites, after an initial plan to cast the Sheriff of Nottingham as the hero and Robin Hood as a morally ambiguous vigilante was dropped.
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SAMSON & DELILAH
★★★★★ Aussie director Warwick Thornton’s award-winning film chronicling the romance of two troubled Aboriginal teenagers lives up to the hype. Shots of Alice Springs are stunning, but the performances of Rowan McNamara and Marissa Gibson make the best impression. GOOD FOR: Seeing the emergence of bright young talent. PDV
HOW TO TRAIN YOUR DRAGON
★★★★★ The people behind Shrek and Kung Fu Panda get it right again with this charming, funny yarn about a Viking boy (voiced by Jay Baruche) who has to reassess his priorities after befriending his tribe’s mortal enemy – a dragon. A smart script and inspired animation ensure this soars. GOOD FOR: Kids of all ages. PDV
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CULTURE LOVE NEVER DIES Andrew Lloyd Webber’s famous money-spinning Phantom resurfaces as Mr Y, a reclusive impresario behind a Coney Island fairground and, to the chagrin of Madame Giry and her daughter, he’s still obsessed with his muse Christine. The first act moves slowly, though the eclectic designs (including a transparent unicorn) are a treat. It isn’t until after the interval that the soaring melodies come into their own. Despite a quartet of contributors, the book is feeble, and the lyrics little better. Ramin Karimloo’s strong-
SEE THIS: Theatre voiced Phantom lacks charisma but Sierra Boggess’s Christine hits and holds the emotional high notes in a sequel that pleases while rarely matching the poignancy of the original. LOUISE KINGSLEY
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London Bridge (southwarkplayhouse.co.uk). Mar 30-Apr 17. £8-£18
EXHIBITION OF THE WEEK
BOOKS OUT THIS WEEK
RICHARD HAMILTON: MODERN MORAL MATTERS
ICONS OF ENGLAND
Broadly labelled as ‘protest art’, Hamilton’s installations showcase his counter-cultural credentials, taking potshots at Margaret Thatcher, Tony Blair and plenty in between. Most interesting is Hamilton’s
manipulation and mediation of news images, which are ephemeral but have a resonant power, to investigate the role of the media in shaping contemporary political mores.
» Serpentine Gallery, Kensington Gardens, W2 3XA Knightsbridge (serpentinegallery.org). Until Apr 25. Free
(Ramdom House) APR 1
American-born travel writer and self-confessed Anglophile Bryson expands on his 2008 coffee table book, celebrating everything English, from seaside piers to deer parks.
The Chocolat author returns with a new novel about a dysfunctional family with three sons called Black, Brown and Blue, and is told through posts on a web journal badguysrock.
THE GOOD MAN JESUS AND THE SCOUNDREL CHRIST
While collaborating with Mandela on his autobiography, Time magazine editor Richard Stengel got to know him intimately and has distilled the great man’s thoughts into 15 life lessons.
(Canongate) APR 1
The author of His Dark Materials offers a radical new take on the myths and mysteries of the Gospels in this retelling of the life of Jesus.
Richard Stengel (Virgin Books) APR 1
MORE EXHIBITIONS Urban Africa looks at a continent
in flux. » Design Museum, Shad Thames, SE1 2YD
•See grotesque, captivating portraits at Gavin Nolan: A King’s Gambit Accepted »
(designmuseum.org). Mar 31-Sep 5. £8.50
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Old Street (charliesmithlondon.com). Until Ap 24. Free
MUSIC GABRIELLA CILMI Ten (Island)
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We half expected Aussie teen Gabriella Cilmi to shed her ‘barely legal’ image with a sonic reinvention for her second LP. But we didn’t expect this ! Ten is the sound of Cilmi discovering disco. And possibly sex. She’s made the explosive pairing of undisputed queen of ’70s disco Donna Summer and uber electro producer Giorgio Moroder as the template for her new sultry, souped-up
SHE & HIM
Most Hollywood stars draw snooty responses when they dip their toes into musical waters. Volume One, Zooey Deschanel’s first record with M Ward under the umbrella of She & Him, was a notable exception to the rule. Volume Two offers more of the same sunny and faintly retro pop. Deschanel’s winningly winsome way with a melody and Ward’s colourful production combine to make this into a very nice little record. WFJ
Pitching their sound halfway between McFly and Snow Patrol, General Fiasco sound like every mainstream indie band you’ve ever heard. In guitarpop terms, tracks such as Please Take Your Time couldn’t be much more middle of the road if it had white lines painted down the middle. Aside from the occasional hint of a Northern Irish accent lurking in Owen Strathern’s inauthentic Americanised vocals, it all sounds wearyingly familiar. WFJ
The opening track of Simon Green’s fourth album suggests a Damon Albarn-esque concept-record collision between modern electronic sounds and traditional Asian music. Sadly, Black Sands isn’t quite that interesting. Green’s follow-up to 2006’s Days To Come will offer few surprises to those who have tracked his career: kind of upbeat, down tempo music. It’s nice enough, but it’s hard to shift the suspicion that there’s less here than initially meets the ear. WFJ
SOUNDS OF HOME
NO.1 Hey Soul Sister, Train MAKING NEWS A Sydney mother is calling for live shows to carry a classification to warn against explicit material, after she unwittingly exposed her nine-year-old daughter to Lady Gaga’s risque antics at last week’s Sydney show, The Daily Telegraph reports.
NO.1 You Got Me, J Williams feat Scribe MAKING NEWS The Pixies had such a blast celebrating the 20th anniversary of their 1989 LP Doolittle in Auckland this month that the iconic outfit “want to see the South Island as well” and have confirmed a Christchurch gig for August 3.
NO.1 5 More Minutes, La Vuvuzela MAKING NEWS The Parlotones will play alongside Alicia Keys, Shakira and The Black Eyed Peas at the Fifa World Cup ‘kick-off’ concert at Orlando Stadium, Joburg on Thursday, June 10. See page 32-33 for our interview with the band.
LIVE REVIEW Editors Brixton Academy Mar 24 ★★★★★ The Editors’ third album In This Light And On This Evening, released last year, saw them experimenting with synthesizers and a harder, more industrial sound. But it’s not until you hear this new direction live that you appreciate the extent to which the Birmingham-based quartet switched allegiance from Joy Division to Depeche Mode as their main muse. Tonight they are thunderous with crashing percussion, towering synth lines and singer/guitarist Tom Smith’s stentorian vocals. Still it’s early hits Bullets and Munich that linger longest when the show’s over. AG
sound. It gets off to a great start with the pulsating synths of On A Mission and the dappled sonics of Love Me Cos, while the Xenomaniaproduced Hearts Don’t Lie is a barnstorming slice of soul disco that wouldn’t have been out of place in NYC’s Studio 54 circa 1977. Sadly, it ain’t all killer. Ten loses its mojo in the middle, with some fairly feeble synth ballads which lay waste to Cilmi’s powerful vocals. But Invisible Girl, a potential chart topper if ever we heard one, and the sensual Amy Winehouse soul of Superman bring Ten back to the boil just in time. ALISON GRINTER
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GIG OF THE WEEK TEENAGE CANCER TRUST: THE WHO PLAY QUADROPHENIA A rare treat this, in which the modfathers of British rock perform their classic 1973 rock opera Quadrophenia in its entirety. Set in London and Brighton in 1964-65, it centres around a mod named Jimmy with a four-way split personality and contains such Who classics as The Punk Meets The Godfather and Bell Boy. It was also the inspiration for the 1979 film of the same name starring Phil Daniels.
» Royal Albert Hall, Kensington Gore, SW7 2AP
South Kensington. (020 7589 8212; royalalberthall.com). Tue, Mar 30. £25-£100
THE CRANBERRIES The Cranberries. Gosh, remember them? Irish. Massive in the ’90s. Sold 14.5 million LPs in the US. Alone! They had that song. Zombie. What a chorus. Delivered with all the subtlety of a foghorn by front lady Dolores. They’re back. After seven years. Fancy that.
» Royal Albert Hall, Kensington Gore, SW7 2AP South Kensington (020 7589 8212; royalalberthall.com). Wed, Mar 31. £37.50-£65
PHOENIX Phoenix are right up there with croissants and the Pompidou Centre as a few of our favourite French things. Their 2009 album Wolfgang Amadeus Phoenix was a lovely slice of ebullient, indie pop bouyed by danceable rhythms and hooky melodies. They step off the Eurostar to perform at the Roundhouse this week.
» Roundhouse, Chalk Farm Rd, NW1 8EH Chalk Farm (0844 482 8008; roundhouse.org.uk). Mar 29-30. £18.50
BELIEVE THE HYPE JUKEBOX THE GHOST
THE LINE-UP Ben Thornewill
(piano, vocals), Tommy Siegel (guitar, vocals), Jesse Kristin (drums, vocals). HAILS FROM Washington, DC. THE BUZZ SO FAR The trio met while attending George Washington University and promptly discovered a shared love for indie-pop. Their playful tunes combining powerful piano chords and sublime falsettos are reminiscent of Ben Folds Five who they’ve also toured with. WHAT ELSE? Originally called The Sunday Mail, their current name comes from the lyrics of a Captain Beefheart song and a line from Vladimir Nabokov book Pnin. THE BAND SAY ”It’s like we matured a bit and the music reflects that. Now life experiences have set into the
new music and have come out in songs of pain, love and the joy of existence.” [brightestyoungthings.com] THE CRITICS SAY “A refreshing reminder that the lighthearted electricity of a fantastic pop song is still filled with live wires.” [Spin]
THE PLUG Album Let Live And
Let Ghosts out now on New Music Club. BORANA GREKU
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SOUND BITES Crowded House are set for another crack at world domination with a new label deal, a new album and a soon to be announced worldwide tour. The quartet’s upcoming album Intriguer will be released in June through Universal Music worldwide, excluding North America, although a deal here is expected to be firmed up soon. The band will play UK dates in June and July.
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The Parlotones are setting the pace for other South African bands to find fame both at home and abroad WORDS ALISON GRINTER
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he Parlotones lead singer Kahn Morbee realised his band had really hit the big time when they became the first ever South African musicians to headline the humongous Coca Cola Dome in their hometown of Johannesburg last year. “When the idea was first introduced to us, we just thought, ‘Are you mad?’” he says down the phone from his London hotel. “At the end of it we actually pulled it off. Hopefully, we’ve set the standard and other South African bands can follow.” Morbee, along with bandmates Glenn Hodgson (bassist/keyboardist) Paul Hodgson (guitarist) and Neil Pauw (drummer) have certainly set a new bar for popularity among South African bands. The monumental success of their first album Radiocontrolledrobot in 2005
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allowed them to give up their day jobs (Morbee worked in the very un-rock ’n’ roll profession of financial advisor), their second album The World Next Door To Yours went gold in three months and their third and latest, platinumselling album Stardust Galaxies, has made them the biggest selling band in South Africa.
EUROPE BOUND Over three albums The Parlotones’ spiky Britpop has given way to a more rousing, orchestral sound, as evidenced on Stardust Galaxies. Think big ballady tracks in the vein of Elbow, Keane or Snow Patrol. But despite the ‘Englishness’ of their music their songs capture Joburg life – not all of it edifying. “To wear a happy face you gotta
swallow pills,” sings Morbee on Welcome To The Weekend. “I love living there and I wouldn’t choose to live anywhere else,” he says. “But there are bleak elements of it, too.” The quartet are now branching out into Europe where they are starting to make serious inroads. Recent single, Life Design, was added to MTV Europe’s playlist in February and Morbee says he can monitor the progress with his own eyes. “I always relate it back to our first show in London [at Scala in 2005]. It was to 40 people. And last time we played, there were 900!”
KENTUCKY-FRIED SELLOUTS? In a novel approach to marketing their music, The Parlotones allowed KFC to pay for their video for Life Design. In return, they provided the fast food outlet with behind-the-scenes footage from the vid to advertise KFC snacks. However, to maintain some semblance of credibility the video had no branding whatsoever. “Now that really would be selling out, not that we haven’t,” Morbee laughs. “The rules of engagement have changed,” he says, referring to the freefall of album sales in recent years. ”Twenty years ago an artist could be very purist and particular about what they were involved in, now it’s a case of you need to use any tool to use at your disposal to build and sustain a career.” Indeed, The Parlotones perhaps couldn’t have afforded the resulting video, which featured 35 female dancers – all dressed and wigged up to look identical – arranged in a circle to create a human animation wheel. “On the final day when they all took off their wigs, it was almost like graduation day,” he says. “They all threw their wigs into the air!”
CUNNING STUNTS During their career, The Parlotones seem to have ascribed to the ‘exposure at any cost’ school of marketing, which has seen them taking part in all manner of publicity stunts. They have bungee jumped, sky-dived, eaten tripe in Soweto and waxed each other’s legs on TV. “We never thought we were above anything,” explains Morbee. “It’s about getting the band out there and markets do exist for every age group regardless of the content of TV show.” This might explain why the band’s fanbase ranges from teens to 50-year-old dads. ”Probably the weirdest things we did were kiddy shows: getting food and water bombs thrown at us,” says Morbee. “Another time Glenn had to put on a wizard’s hat and got spun on a wheel to see what food he was gonna cook. I can’t imagine Liam Gallagher doing that!” No, neither can we.
» At Electric Ballroom, Camden High St, NW1 8QP Camden Town (020 7485 9006; electricballroom.co.uk). Thu, Apr 8. £10
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MUSIC LISTINGS MONDAY 29
Good Natured, Filthy Boy, Rapids The London-based
Peter Andre The Australian pop singer-songwriter performs songs from his 2009 album Revelation, alongside past hits.
trio plays Japanese pop. Proud Camden, The Horse Hospital, Chalk Farm Rd, NW1 8AH (020 7482 3867). £5, concs £4.
Hammersmith Apollo, Queen Caroline St, W6 9QH (0844 844 4748). £25, VIP £50.
The Meow Meows Richarles Bronson, Riojim, Paul Abbott, Seymour Wright, Ross Lambert
Brighton-based ska combo. Soho Theatre, Dean St, W1D 3NE (020 7478 0100). £10-£17.50.
Improvised metal from the
Ninja Gun, Crazyarm
French artist. Cafe Oto, Ashwin St, E8 3DL (020 7923 1231). £6, adv £5.
The American four-piece, from Georgia plays rock, country and punk. The
Dead Cowboy Culture, David Peter And The Wild Sect, Faster Than Robots The Leicestershire-
Underworld, Camden High St, NW1 0NE (020 7482 1932). £6.50.
Phoenix The Parisian indierock four-piece performs material from its album Wolfgang Amadeus Phoenix. Roundhouse, Chalk Farm Rd, NW1 8EH (0844 482 8008). £18.50.
The Steepwater Band, Andy Derosa, The Electric Mojo The Chicago-based trio plays blues and rock. Bush Hall, Uxbridge Rd, W12 7LJ (020 8222 6955). £15.
TNT’S TOP BOOKING
THE BLACKEYED SUSANS The Borderline, Manette St, W1D 4JB Tottenham Court Road (ticketweb.co.uk). Sat, Apr 10. £10 Starting as a side project for The Triffids in the ’80s before growing into a legendary alternative outfit, The Susans will play their first London gig in support of box set Reveal Yourself 1989-2009.
based four-piece plays indie and pop-punk. Hope And Anchor, Upper St, N1 1RL (020 7354 1312). £6, concs £5.
The Great Flood, Troubadour Rose, The Dirty Sweet, deVIence Alt-rock and pop from the London-based five-piece. Underbelly, Hoxton Sq, N1 6NU (020 7837 4412). £6.
Hepcat Reggae, pop and ska from the Californian seven-piece. Islington Academy,
Therapy? Hard rock and punk from the Belfastbased trio. Monto Water
Emery The American five-piece
N1 Centre, Parkfield St, N1 0PS (0844 477 2000). £16.
Rats, Gray’s Inn Rd, WC1X 8BZ (020 7837 4412). £15.
plays heavy rock from its album In Shallow Seas We Sail. The Barfly,
The German veterans perform electronic songs from its back catalogue and soundtracks.
Marcella And The Forget Me Nots Alternative
TUESDAY 30 Any Swing Goes The London-based big band plays swing classics. Bridewell Theatre, Bride Ln, off Fleet St, EC4Y 8EQ (020 8858 7755). £25, concs £20.
Camden, Chalk Farm Rd, NW1 8AN (0844 847 2424). £10.
the Leeds five-piece. Koko, Camden High St, NW1 7JE (0870 432 5527). £14.50.
Indie-rock four-piece. The Lexington, Pentonville Rd, N1 9JB (020 7837 5371). £10.
Roachford Soul and R’n’B singer. Madame Jo Jo’s, Brewer Strung Out Punk-rock and metal from the Californiabased five-piece. The Underworld,
Still I Rise, B*tches Be Crazy, Hangover Cure, Stars Of Reason
The London four-piece plays traditional Arabic and Andalusian music. The Green Note Cafe, Parkway, NW1 7AN (020 7485 9899). £9.
Blackstreet Teddy Riley’s
Camden High St, NW1 0NE (020 7482 1932). £12.
reformed group perform R’n’B.
Dick Dale Inventor of the
Steve Carlson The Los Angeles funk-rock singer-songwriter performs songs from his album Stripped Down. Underbelly, Hoxton Sq,
cabaret pop eight-piece.
El Andaluz St, W1F 0SE (020 7734 3040). £17.50.
The Branco Heist, Leddra Chapman, Georgia Strand
Royal Albert Hall, Kensington Gore, SW7 2AP (020 7589 8212). £25-£65.
Hadouken! Nu-rave from
IndigO2, Peninsula Sq, SE10 0DX (0871 220 0260). £30-£50.
Bistrotheque, Wadeson St, E2 9DR (020 8880 6100). £12, adv £10.
The London-based quartet performs indie. The Barfly, Chalk Farm Rd, NW1 8AN (0844 847 2424). £6.
Gordon Webber’s Rd Runners The nine-piece big band plays soul and Motown. Dover St Restaurant And Bar, Dover St, W1S 4LQ (020 7629 9813). £15.
Airbourne, Taking Dawn
surfing sound and guitar maestro from California.
N1 6NU (020 7837 4412). £10.
Aussie rock four-piece fronted by Joel O’Keeffe. Hammersmith
The Luminaire, Kilburn High Rd, NW6 7JR (020 7372 7123). £22.50.
Abdullah Ibrahim, Ekaya
Apollo, Queen Caroline St, W6 9QH (0844 844 4748). £17.
Goldblade, Templeton Pek
A Funk Affair An evening of funk featuring some of the UK’s finest musicians.
Big Funk Corporation Modern
The five-piece from Manchester plays punk-rock. The Borderline,
Ronnie Scott’s, Frith St, W1D 4HT (020 7439 0747). £15-£27.50.
The pianist and his band plays South African folk and jazz. Barbican Centre, Silk St, EC2Y 8DS (0845 120 7500/cc 020 7638 8891). £10-£27.50.
R’n’B mixed with 1970s rare groove and funk featuring the vocals of Andrew Wood-Mitchell.
Orange Yard, Manette St, W1D 4JB (0870 060 3777/cc 0871 231 0842). £10.
Phantom Limb, Foreign Slippers The Bristol six-piece
Dover St Restaurant And Bar, Dover St, W1S 4LQ (020 7629 9813). £12.
Daniel Johnston, Jeffrey Lewis
The Holloways, Gaolers Daughter, Media Circus, The Brassik Indie-pop from
Troxy, Commercial Rd, E1 0HX (020 7748 2728). £16.50.
the London-based four-piece.
Patti Plinko And Her Boy
Dirty South, Lee High Rd, SE13 5PR (020 8852 1267). £15, adv £10.
The chanteuse performs dark cabaret. Leicester Square
plays country, blues and folk. Hoxton Square Bar And Kitchen, Hoxton Sq, N1 6NU (020 7613 0709). £9, adv £7.
Timothy B Schmit The American musician and former bass player for Poco and The Eagles plays rock. Cadogan Hall, Sloane Terrace, SW1X 9DQ (020 7730 4500). £40.
WEDNESDAY 31 Archie Bronson Outfit Psychedelic rock from the three-piece. University Of London Union, Malet St, WC1E 7HY (0870 060 3777). £12.50.
The Leisure Society, Sons Of Noel and Adrian Upbeat, melodic folk-pop from the UK collective. The Tabernacle, Powis Sq, W11 2AY (020 7221 9700). £16, adv £14.
The New Governors, Jono, Gareth Icke, Alan Frew
Anti-folk from the eccentric Texan singer-songwriter.
Hall, Kensington Gore, SW7 2AP (020 7589 8212). £30-£65.
Dennis Locorriere With His Band, Andy Fairweather Low & The Low Riders The folk-pop singer-songwriter performs songs from his album, Post Cool. Cadogan Hall, Sloane Tce, SW1X 9DQ (020 7730 4500). £26 & £28.50.
Theatre, Leicester Pl, WC2H 7BX (0844 847 2475). £8-£12.
The trio plays popular cover songs from album Coming Home. Royal Albert Hall, Kensington
Miles Winter Roberts
Gore, SW7 2AP (020 7589 8212). £22.50-£37.50.
London-based acoustic folk-pop musician. Bull’s Head, Lonsdale Rd, SW13 9PY (020 8876 5241). £10.
Alternative rock from the Bournemouth-based four-piece.
Warrior Soul Experimental punk-rock from the New Yorkbased five-piece. Islington
South Of The Border, Old St, EC1V 9NQ (020 7739 4202). £10, adv £7.
Academy, N1 Centre, Parkfield St, N1 0PS (0844 477 2000). £12.50.
The Cranberries The Irish band plays Celtictinged indie-rock. Royal Albert
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Geno Washington & The Ram Jam Band The veteran singer returns with his band to perform blues and soul. Halfmoon Putney, Lower Richmond Rd, SW15 1EU (020 8780 9383). £10.
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FAST FORWARD John Butler Trio Hammersmith Apollo, Apr 14 (0844 844 4748). £21 Sarah Blasko Islington Academy, Apr 15 (0844 477 2000). £12.50 Crowded House Hammersmith Apollo, Jun 8-9 (0844 844 4748). £44.75 Download Festival: AC/DC, Wolfmother Donnington Park, Jun 11-13 (0844 277 4321). £175 (weekend) Eskimo Joe Shepherds Bush Empire, May 17 (0844 477 2000). £27.50 Fat Freddy’s Drop The Troxy, Sep 9 (0870 264 3333). £27.50 Green Day Wembley Stadium, Jun 19 (0844 980 8001). £26-£35 Grinspoon Forum, May 23 (0870 0603 777). £18 Jack Johnson O2 Arena, Jun 30 (0844 856 0202). £30-£37 Motörhead Brixton Academy, Nov 27 (0844 477 2000). £32.50 Muse Wembley Stadium, Sep 10-11 (0844 277 4321). £45 The Necks Barbican, Jun 26 (020 7638 8891). £15 Pendulum Wembley Arena, May 28 (0844 815 0815). £28 Powderfinger Brixton Academy, Apr 22 (0844 477 2000). £22.50 Primal Scream Olympia, Nov 26-27 (0870 903 9033). £35 South West Four: Armin Van Buuren, Fatboy Slim Clapham Common Aug 28-29 (0844 477 2000). £17.50
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Natasha Vuckovic PICKS OUT THIS WEEK’S BEST CLUB NIGHTS
CLUB OF THE WEEK SHAKE IT! Cool warehouse location? Check. Killer sound system? Check. Legendary DJ? Check. Yep, this party has got all its bases covered as the mighty fine Carl Cox (right) gets your Easter long weekend started with a bang. Coxy’s joined by the usual Shake It! suspects Layo & Bushwacka! as well as Omri H, who hails from Israel. Parties don’t get much cooler than this. Oh, a word of warning: get your tickets early. With Coxy on the bill, it’s going to be crammed.
» Warehouse location, Great Suffolk St, SE1 0NR Southwark (shakeitlondon.com). Thu, Apr 1, 10pm-6am. £15 adv beats/breaks
drum ’n’ bass
With four good parties on the bill, we couldn’t mention only one. Thursday has Digweed’s Bedrock party. Friday is for drum ’n’ bass fans with Andy C. On Saturday, Sven Vath brings his Cocoon party with Ibiza hero Loco Dice. DC10 madness ensues on Sunday with Tania Vulcano.
James Zabiela is one talented lad. If you’ve ever seen him play, you know he’s always surrounded by groupies studying his tricky fingers and drooling over his mixing skills. See what all the fuss is about at Ministry’s Easter Saturday sessions. Technasia, Todd Terje and the Cosmonauts join him.
» Matter, The O2, Peninsula Sq, SE10 0DY North Greenwich (020 7549 6686; matterlondon.com). Thu, Apr 1-Sun, Apr 4. £15-£20 adv
» Ministry of Sound, Gaunt St, SE1 6DP Elephant & Castle (0870 060 0010; ministryofsound.com). Sat, Apr 3, 11pm-7am. £20 adv
We have a pair of tickets to each night of the Matter Weekender to give away. To enter, email grabs@tntmagazine with ‘Matter Weekender’ followed by the night you would like to attend in the subject line by noon on Wednesday, March 31.
CLUB NEWS Paul Oakenfold (right) is hosting a “floating music festival” in the Caribbean. He’s taking his Perfecto party on a four-day party cruise from Tampa, Florida to Grand Cayman and back, and promises 24/7 partying, theme nights, pool-side cocktails and gambling. The ship sets sail on September 30. Check it out at perfectoatsea.com. One for tech heads: Pioneer has launched a new mixer as a companion to its CDJ-2000 digital decks. The DJM-2000 has been developed with the help of an army of well-known DJs, including James Zabiela, Roger Sanchez, Eddie Halliwell
and the Swedish House Mafia. Pioneer says the mixer takes the “pleasure and power of creative mixing up to new levels”. It includes a touch screen and an “arsenal” of remixing FX.
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Central St, WC1A 1JJ (020 7240 1083). 9pm-3am. £5, £3 before midnight, free before 10.30pm.
Country Mondays Brazilian and samba night with resident DJs, plus a live Latin band. Guanabara, Parker St, WC2B 5PW (020 7242 8600). 5pm-2.30am. £5.
Happy Monday Chill-out anthems courtesy of the residents. Thirst, Greek St, W1D 3DR (020 7437 1977). 5pm-3am. £3, concs available.
Iluvlive Shooting Stars, Smiler and Janiece Myers play hip-hop and garage. Proud Camden, The Horse Hospital, Chalk Farm Rd, NW1 8AH (020 7482 3867). 8.30pm-1.30am. £5 and £8.
Mambo Monday Latin and samba from the resident DJs. Fiesta Havana, Fulham Rd, SW6 5NH (020 7381 5005). 7pm-2am. £8.
Boot Camp Rob C and Peter X spin disco in aid of Positiveline and The Eddie Surman Trust. Eagle, Kennington Ln, SE11 5QY (020 7793 0903). 9pm-2am. £3, mems £2.
Festa Fiesta Latin and samba
Lost In London Party on the ground floor, electro-house in the basement and commercial R’n’B in the VIP room. Zoo Bar, Bear St, WC2H 7AQ (020 7839 4188). 7.30pm-3am. £7, guest list/NUS £5.
Replay Stefano Noferni, Diego CK, Anto and Steve Nocerino play house. The Den & Centro, West Central St, WC1A 1JJ (020 7240 1083). 11pm-7am. £10, ladies £5.
WC2H 7AQ (020 7839 4188). 9pm-3am. £7, guest list/NUS £5.
Trannyshack Miss Dusty O, Tasty Tim and Lady Lloyd spin commercial dance and pop. Madame Jo Jo’s, Brewer St, W1F 0SE (020 7734 3040). 10pm-3am. £6, w/flyer £3, free before midnight.
Wicked Wednesdays The residents supply R’n’B and hiphop. Sound, Leicester Sq, WC2H 7NA (0870 863 1010). 9pm-3am. £10, £5 before 11pm, guest list £3.
THURSDAY 1 Bedrock John Digweed, Danny Howells, Marco Bailey and Marc Marzenit play house and techno. Matter at O2 Arena, Peninsula Sq, SE10 0AX (020 7549 6686). 10pm-7am. £15, adv £10.
Central St, WC1A 1JJ (020 7240 1083). 10pm-3am. £10, concs £6.
St, W1D 4DR (020 7287 372). 9pm-3am. £6, NUS £5, w/flyer £4.
Prologue James Priestley, Jozif, Paul Louth, John & On, Kris Hall, MiMo and Stafford Brothers play house, techno and funk. East Village, Great Eastern St, EC2A 3HX (020 7739 5173). 9pm-3am. £10.
T Bar Presents D’Julz, Lele Sachi and Luca C spin techno and house classics. T Bar, Dukes Pl, EC3A 7LP (020 3206 1091). 9pm-6am. £8, free before 11pm.
Dance Rocks House, R’n’B,
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chart, indie and 1980s and 1990s hits. The Watershed, The Broadway, SW19 1SD (020 8540 0080). 8pm-late. £8, £5 before midnight.
Good Rabbit Bad Wabbit Pete Jarvis, Keith Rinse It Roberts, Miss C and Stephanie Le Francois play house. Gramaphone, Commercial St, E1 6LT (020 7377 9337). 9pm-3.30am. £7, £5 before 10pm.
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Lady Luck Club DJ El Nino spins fetish and underground tracks, plus burlesque performances. Proud Cabaret, Minster Crt, EC3R 7AA (0207 482 3867). 9.30pm-late. £37.50.
Launch Of 360 Weekender Brothers Vibe, D Ramirez, Matt Tolfrey, Phil Drummond, Primo DJs and SHE spin techno and funky house. Egg, York Way, N7 9AX
Popstarz Three rooms of indie, pop and R’n’B for a gay crowd.
(020 7609 8364). 10pm-late. £12.
The Den & Centro, West Central St, WC1A 1JJ (020 7240 1083). 10pm-4am. £8, free before 11pm.
Shake It! Carl Cox, Layo
Soul Fridays The resident
& Bushwacka! and Omri H play electro, techno and house. Shake It! Warehouse, Great
DJs supply R’n’B, 1990s soul and funky house. Stanza,
Suffolk St, SE1 0NR (0870 060 0100). 10pm-6am. £15, adv £10.
Shaftesbury Ave, W1D 5DY (020 7494 3020). 10pm-3am. £10.
To The Bone Snuff Crew,
FRIDAY 2 Big Night Out DJs David, Jim
Flame Resident DJs play soul
Olly play indie, punk and electro. Madame Jo Jo’s,
Cheap$kates Disco and hip-hop courtesy of DJ Downfall. Moonlighting, Greek
3ST (020 8365 3651). 10pm-4am. £12 before 11.30pm, ladies £10.
DJs spin indie and punk. The Roxy, Rathbone Pl, W1T 1HJ (020 7255 1098). 10pm-3am. £5, w/flyer £4, NUS £3, £3 before 11pm.
and swing, plus live cabaret and burlesque. The Den & Centro, West
and Mr Benz spin R’n’B and house. The Hill, Muswell Hill, N10
Perry play dance and R’n’B.
Game On Residents spin chart, party and retro hits in the basement, with R’n’B, electro and house in the VIP room. Zoo Bar, Bear St,
White Heat DJs Matty and Brewer St, W1F 0SE (020 7734 3040). 10.30pm-3am. £5.
Myclub Running Man, Sweet P
Unbranded DJs Howie and
from the resident DJs, plus salsa classes before 10pm. Fiesta Havana, Fulham Rd, SW6 5NH (020 7381 5005). 7pm-2am. £6.
Belle play glam rock and punk. St Moritz, Wardour St, W1F 8WL (020 7437 0525). 10pm-3.30pm. £6.
SWEDISH HOUSE MAFIA Brixton Academy, Stockwell Rd, SW9 9SL Brixton (o2academybrixton. co.uk). May 28-29. From £26 The Dons of house music Steve Angello, Sebastian Ingrosso and Axwell are back for two shows. Nights like this are what clubbing is all about.
Hey! Ho! Let’s Go! Resident
Decadence DJs Shuff and
and John play pop, indie, retro and rock. The Roxy, Rathbone Pl, W1T 1HJ (020 7255 1098). 5pm3.30am. £9, NUS £5, £4 before 10.30pm, free before 8.30pm.
Rik Moran, Charlie TTB and Dave TTB play house and disco. The City Arts & Music Project, City Rd, EC1Y 2BJ (020 7253 2443). 11pm-4am. £10, adv £7.50.
SATURDAY 3 Blow Up Paul Tunkin and Ian
Get Loaded In The Dark Indie and house, plus Black Grape perform live. The Coronet, New Kent Rd, SE1 6TJ (020 7701 1500). 10pm-6am. £15
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Bite DJs Lydia, Ian, Marcus and Peta spin electro, indie, hip-hop and pop. The Den & Centro, West
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Calentito Pop, R’n’B, and soul. Salvador And Amanda, Great Newport St, WC2H 7JA (020 7240 1551). 9pm-3am. £10, guest list £5, free before 9pm.
Jackson play pop, rock, soul and punk. Peter Parker’s Rock and Roll Club, Denmark St, WC2H 8LP (0785 584 5329). 10pm-3am. £6-£8.
Cocoon Sven Vath and
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Crazy Larry’s, King’s Rd, SW10 0TZ (020 7376 5555). 10pm-3am. £10, guestlist £5 before 11pm.
SUNDAY 4 Buttoned Down Disco’s Easter Party Christian Laing and Jamie Grimble play indie, electro and pop, plus Captain Credible, Cinnamon Antics and Kaputt perform live. Relentless Garage, Highbury Corner, N5 1RD (0870 060 3777/cc 0844 847 1678). 9pm-3am. £10, free before 10pm.
Circo Loco Tania Vulcano, Rhadoo, Dyed Sondorom, Garagem and Maas Prod play house and techno. Matter at O2 Arena, Peninsula Sq, SE10 0AX (020 7549 6686). 7pm-6am. £15.
Easter Bank Holiday House, techno and electro from Jacob Husley, Sebastien Leger and Ben Klock. Fabric, Charterhouse St, EC1M 6HJ (020 7336 8898). 11pm-6am. £10.
Hed Kandi’s London Easter Bank Holiday Sunday Spectacular Kraak & Smaak, John Jones, Andy Norman and Sarah Louise play house and disco and funk. Ministry Of Sound, Gaunt St, SE1 6DP (0870 060 2666). 10pm-5am. £20.
Horse Meat Disco Jim Stanton, James Hillard, Filthy Luka and Severino spin disco. Eagle, Kennington Ln, SE11 5QY (020 7793 0903). 8pm-3am. £6.
Rootikal Bank Holiday Special Adrian Sherwood, Earl
residents play house, electro and trance. Matter at O2
Gateshead, David Hill, Mr Faso and Nick B play reggae and dub. East Village, Great Eastern St,
Arena, Peninsula Sq, SE10 0AX (020 7549 6686). 10pm-7am. £20.
EC2A 3HX (020 7739 5173). 2pm2.30am. £5, free before 5pm.
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“The worm likes the platitudes, it feeds like crazy on the platitudes. If they had a fake-ometer in there as well I suspect the inverse proportion would be going up as Kevin Rudd spoke.” Opposition health spokesman Peter Dutton on the health debate.
AUSTRALIA Dog nearly rips off arm A 67-year-old woman had her arm almost torn off and suffered other gruesome injuries when a pit bull she was looking after suddenly lunged and bit her repeatedly. The vicious attack lasted for nearly two minutes as she was thrown around her flat by the dog in Victoria’s far south-west, paramedics say.
Rann survives South Australian Premier Mike Rann said his Labor Party used morally wrong tactics in his
Water world: Mermaids and Poseidon, the god of water, on an ‘iceberg’ to celebrate World Water Day. The shipping container made to look like ice represents the amount of water an Australian house could save in six months by installing a water-saving device.
successful election campaign. But Rann said the polling booth tactics had “absolutely zip” impact on him delivering Labor a third consecutive term in power. Liberal leader Isobel Redmond conceded defeat in the election and described some of Labor’s campaign tactics as “dodgy”.
Roberts back in court
Rugby league great Ian Roberts will give evidence against the Nine Network over a controversial skit lampooning a gay character on The Footy Show. The former Australian and NSW Origin star originally planned to formally join a legal
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conquered even these circumstances as Bissett’s girlfriend had forgiven him and they had since become engaged to be married, the Supreme Court in Burnie was told. Bissett, his girlfriend and another woman were on a camping trip when his girlfriend announced to him, for the first time, she enjoyed sex with women.
Patel stands trial The trial of Dr Jayant Patel started in Brisbane. Patel pleaded not guilty to the manslaughter of Mervyn John Morris, as well as the manslaughter of two other patients, and causing grievous bodily harm to another man. The charges relate to Patel’s time as director of surgery at the Bundaberg Base Hospital.
“Pretty wild, mate. I live in a pretty rickety old house and she was jumping up and down on the stumps a bit. I’ve got an avocado tree through my dog kennel.” A North Queensland resident on Cyclone Ului. “I believe Tony [Abbott] is so well established that my departure won’t affect him at all. If he was in trouble I probably wouldn’t go.” Liberal Senator Nick Minchin announces his retirement.
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A sex three-way ended in tears after a man bolted just as the encounter involving his bisexual girlfriend and her female lover was imminent, a court was told. Phillip Bissett, 44, of Latrobe in the Tasmania’s north-west, pleaded guilty to assaulting his girlfriend while trying to escape the developing tryst last year. However, love appears to have
complaint made to the NSW Anti-Discrimination Board. However, he will now just give evidence during a tribunal hearing on May 19, fellow gay activist Gary Burns said.
“That doesn’t surprise me, there hasn’t been any Liberal leader who the worm has liked. My job is not just to court cheap popularity with platitudes … my job is to ask the hard questions.” Opposition leader Tony Abbott.
What’s happening across the country
■ Prime Minister Kevin Rudd lauded as winner after debate with Tony Abbott. ■ Few initiatives announced by either side in debate. ■ Treasurer Wayne Swan is challenged to debate by Joe Hockey.
QUEENSLAND A 13-year-old boy who gatecrashed a party in south-east Queensland allegedly attacked a teenage girl with a weapon and raped her. Police said the 15-yearold girl was attacked at a home in Toowoomba.
ealth was shaping up as a winner for Labor after Prime Minister Kevin Rudd found his election mojo during a nationally televised showdown with opposition leader Tony Abbott. What looked like a risky decision to agree to a debate with Abbott appeared to have paid off for Rudd, who clearly outperformed his rival in their first clash of the election season. But it was more about theatrics than policy, producing little new detail as the Prime Minister took on the opposition leader during a
NORTHERN TERRITORY Kevin Rudd and Tony Abbott face off
nationally televised debate at the National Press Club. The only initiatives of substance were a promise by Rudd to consider tweaking his funding strategy to protect country hospitals and a commitment by Abbott to an extra 3,500 hospital beds. The showdown was a major boost for Rudd after a tough
few months in the polls. He has faced sliding opinion polls since Abbott became Liberal leader and the fallout from the Government’s home insulation program. Despite Rudd’s success in the debate, shadow treasurer Joe Hockey was still intent on taking on treasurer Wayne Swan in a debate.
Hu to learn fate this week Australian officials will be in court in China to hear the fate of businessman Stern Hu, with a verdict expected this week. The trial of Hu, an Australian Rio Tinto executive charged with receiving bribes and infringing commercial secrets, wrapped up in Shanghai. Hu was believed to have pleaded guilty to receiving bribes and not guilty to the commercial secrets charge, although details were sparse because foreign journalists were banned from the courtroom. He could be sentenced to
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years in prison in the controversial case, which has rocked the business world and strained AustraliaChina relations. Australia’s Department of Foreign Affairs and Trade spokesperson said consular officials would be present when the court reconvened to announce its verdict. “We continue to maintain close consultation with Mr Hu’s family and his employer,” the spokesperson said. Foreign minister Stephen Smith expressed regret that Australian officials had been locked out of part of the trial.
A five-year-old girl survived a close encounter with a 2m salt water crocodile. The girl sustained deep cuts to her leg on while swimming at Caledon Bay in north-east Arnhem Land, about 120km south of Nhulunbuy.
TASMANIA A preliminary hearing for a Hobart woman who denied murdering her medical specialist husband was set down for next month. Susan Neill-Fraser, 56, pleaded not guilty to the alleged 2009 Australia Day murder of her partner of more than 20 years, Bob Chappell. His body was never found.
Australian consul-general in China Tom Connor
The Federal Government was to provide financial assistance to those affected by a disastrous storm that caused widespread damage in Perth. Attorney-General Robert McClelland said the storm caused extensive damage to property, businesses and infrastructure.
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Justice minister Simon Power confirmed he had received a letter from David Bain’s lawyers formally claiming for compensation for wrongful conviction and imprisonment. Bain was convicted in 1995 of murdering five members of his family in Dunedin. In 2007 the Privy Council quashed his convictions on the grounds of a substantial
The amount in dollars RX Plastics in Ashburton was fined after one of its employees was crushed to death in a machine last year. tables turned: Former judge Michael Lance, right, arrives with his lawyer John Haigh, QC, at North Shore District Court for a defended hearing on a wilful damage charge for allegedly vandalising a car with a set of keys. He was found not guilty.
miscarriage of justice and ordered a retrial. In June 2009 he was found not guilty.
Waikato River Settlement for Waikato-Tainui until recently.
Lady Mahuta dies
A teenage girl who deliberately lit a fire which killed Pukekohe mum Lynette Chapman changed her plea on a murder charge. The girl, 16 at the time of the incident, admitted the charge of murdering Chapman, 49, who burned to death in a fire at her house on January 20 last year. The girl, who had denied the charge throughout last year, also admitted two charges of arson when she appeared at the High Court in Auckland. She will be sentenced in July.
Raiha, Lady Mahuta, widow of former Tainui leader Sir Robert Mahuta and mother of Labour MP Nanaia Mahuta, died at the Ngaruawahia home of her daughter in the Waikato. Former Tainui leader Sir Robert, who died nine years ago aged 61, negotiated the historic $170 million Tainui treaty settlement with the Government in 1995. Lady Mahuta, who was 67, continued to work on the
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having a cosmetic procedure. Respondents were not aware there was any link to Olay, a survey spokesman said. More than a third said they would choose to have cosmetic surgery to “stay youthful” (37 per cent), while others wanted to appear more attractive to a current or potential partner (21 per cent).
Teen admits murder
The number of people who signed a petition protesting cuts to adult education funding.
The number of people who signed a petition presented to an education select committee supporting the reintroduction of school food guidelines.
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New Zealand women were increasingly comfortable with the idea of having cosmetic surgery but most were happier to use a face cream, according to research findings. An online survey of 510 women by skincare brand Olay found 8 per cent admitted to already having work done, with a further 38 per cent considering
30,000 The amount in dollars the company River Valley Ventures was fined for failing to ensure the safety of a trainee guide who drowned when the raft he was on flipped on the Rangitikei River.
There would be no open cast mining on Great Barrier Island or in the Coromandel, Prime Minister John Key assured Parliament when he came under sustained attack over Government proposals to open up some of the conservation estate’s protected land. Labour, the Greens and the Maori Party joined forces to question Key and energy minister Gerry Brownlee, who announced the proposals to remove 7058 hectares from the protected status of schedule four of the Crown Minerals Act.
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What’s happening across the country
■ Teen murderer gets life sentence for murdering 15-year-old. ■ Victim was strangled then left face down in water where she drowned. ■ Mother of victim says nonparole period is farcical.
UPPER NORTH ISLAND Two men were arrested for the shooting of an eight-year-old girl with an airgun in an Auckland park last month. Ness Vagana had to have a slug gun pellet removed from her thigh after she was shot in Marlborough Park.
he distraught mother of murdered teen Liberty Rose Templeman described her young killer’s eleven-and-a-half year nonparole period as “farcical”. An at-times emotional Rebecca Templeman said outside the court “that man [Herman Kriel] smirked” when his son got such a light sentence. “It’s farcical … he should have got 30 years minimum,” she said of 16-year-old Hermanus Theodorus Kriel. In 2008 Kriel beat Liberty, 15, unconscious, strangled her and then dragged her body into the
LOWER NORTH ISLAND Rebecca and Andrew Templeman, the parents of murdered Libby Templeman, speak to the media
Wairoa Stream at Kerikeri, leaving her face down to die. She drowned. Kriel, 14 at the time of the killing, showed no emotion when sentenced by Justice Raynor Asher in the High Court at Whangarei for “a brutal, cruel” crime. Last month a jury found Kriel guilty of murder by an
11 to one majority, but were unanimous in convicting him of a second charge of indecent assault, for which he was sentenced to six months imprisonment to be served concurrently. Mrs Templeman, with her husband Andrew at her side, asked what messages were being sent to criminals.
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Lauaki apologises for fight Chiefs rugby No.8 Sione Lauaki apologised to family and teammates outside Hamilton District Court after pleading guilty to assault. The charge followed a 2am incident at Coyote Bar and Restaurant in Hamilton on March 5, when the former All Black got into a fight while drinking at the bar. The court was told Lauaki punched the victim at least twice, with one closed-fist blow leaving him with cuts and bruises to the lips. After his appearance before community magistrate Rae Brooker, Lauaki spoke to
news media outside court. “I’m really disappointed that I let my family down, my mum and dad down and my teammates down,” he said. Lauaki was to reappear for sentence on May 6. After the incident Megan Mahaffey, manager of the Lone Star bar next to Coyote, said she felt sorry for Chiefs players “who are regularly picked at”, especially by “young people looking to pick a fight”. Hospitality entrepreneur John Lawrenson, who co-owns six Hamilton inner-city bars, also believed Chiefs players were well behaved.
One of New Zealand’s oldest child sex offenders was jailed for more than five years. Donald MacDonaldDalkeith, 81, was sentenced in Napier District Court after pleading guilty to 14 charges of unlawful sexual connection with children aged between 12-14.
UPPER SOUTH ISLAND A skipper who piloted his launch into the catamaran of a family of six sailing in Queen Charlotte Sound in April last year faced court. Stuart Leck admitted operating his launch in a manner causing unnecessary danger or risk.
LOWER SOUTH ISLAND
Improved heating in homes where asthmatic children lived would reduce the number of school days they miss through illness, an Otago University study found. Over the winter terms reseachers found asthmatic children without the improved household heating missed nearly two extra days of school.
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28.5m The amount in rands paid at a London auction for work by South African artists like Jacob Pierneef, Gerard Sekoto and Maggie Laubser.
Winfrey settles Oprah Winfrey settled a defamation case with the former
4250 Taxi prtoest: Taxi operators disrupt traffic in Cape Town during a day-long strike against the city’s Integrated Rapid Transit (IRT) system. They were striking because they feel it would damage their business and also against perceived unfair treatment by authorities.
headteacher of the Oprah Winfrey Leadership Academy for Girls, based south of Johannesburg. Nomvuyo Mzamane said Winfrey had damaged her reputation by saying she had ignored students’ complaints about being sexually abused. There was no indication how much the matter had been settled for.
Disability Alliance members burnt tyres at SA Football Association house in Johannesburg in protest against the lack of accessibility to World
*And finally … cow blood, no bull
manufactured through the extraction of red blood cells from cattle. The MCC said hemopure could be used in emergencies where blood was not available for transfusion. Red, not blue, blood cells from cattle are put through several processes to create hemopure.
Cup stadia to people with disabilities. Local organising committee CEO Danny Jordaan said he would investigate.
Judge death arrest A Sandton woman was arrested in connection with the death last year of an acting judge. Acting judge Patrick Maqubela was found dead in his Sea Point, Cape Town, home in June 2009 after he failed to answer phone calls from colleagues and family. At first it was thought he had suffered a heart attack, but the investigation later focused on the possibility that he was killed.
The number of meetings to listen to communities’ service delivery complaints planned by government every year.
The percentage of South Africans living with both tuberculosis and HIV, according to the National Education, Health and Allied Workers’ Union.
The number of beers expected to be sold at Fifa World Cup fan fests.
The amount in rands donated to the iSimangaliso Wetland Park by the US-based “Global Environment Facility” for economic and social initiatives. TNT er th weaport re
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A well-known war cry for supporters of the Bulls rugby team is, “my blood is blue!” In a bizarre development, Bulls supporters – and anyone in South Africa for that matter – may indeed soon receive, well, bovine blood cells. The Medicine Control Council (MCC) approved the use of hemopure, a blood substitute
The number of people shot dead by police in the 2008/2009 reporting year.
Members of the army would not be granted leave during the Fifa World Cup tournament. Army chief Solly Shoke said all leave had been cancelled and army members would be on high alert. Shoke said high alert was a norm for large events and was not a result of any expected disruptions.
AfriForum would seek a high court interdict to stop ANC Youth League president Julius Malema from singing the words “Awudubule (i)bhunu” [kill the boer] unless he apologised. Malema’s repeated singing of the song irked some communities and AfriForum said the struggle song described farmers and whites as dogs, cowards, robbers and rapists, and included a call to shoot farmers and whites.
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Govt fights Aids
EASTERN CAPE Five armed robbers were shot dead by members of Port Elizabeth’s newly established tactical task team. The drama started when seven men robbed a bank in KwaDwesi and a lone policeman gave chase and killed two.
KWAZULUNATAL A man gets an Aids test in Pretoria
include a massive education, information and mobilisation plan, and involve all Government hospitals and clinics. Motsoaledi had issued 9000 letters to retired healthcare staff, of which 4000 had responded positively to help implement the campaign. South Africa accounts for
only 0.7 per cent of the world’s population, but 17 per cent of the global number of people living with HIV/Aids. On World Aids Day, President Jacob Zuma announced far-reaching measures to increase treatment of HIV and Aids, marking the first step in a shift to address the pandemic.
Human traffickers convicted May 10 and faced a maximum sentence of life imprisonment or a R100m fine, Mhaga said. They were arrested in 2007 after three Thai women fled their brothel in Durban and sought sanctuary at their embassy. The women were recruited by Chuchumporn in Thailand. However, the harsh treatment they received at the brothel prompted them to flee. The NPA was receiving assistance and funding from the European Union to tackle human trafficking.
A Durban motorist was fined R70,000 for speeding and drunk driving, and had his driver’s license suspended. Amith Sookraj, 30, of Durban, was arrested after a high-speed chase on the N2 south of the city. Sookraj was driving an Audi Quattro A5 2L Turbo at 252km/h.
WESTERN CAPE The provincial administration was to launch a major drive to eliminate corruption and ensure sound financial management. The provincial finance minister, Alan Winde, said “Operation Red Flag” would ensure all loopholes in financial systems were closed permanently.
Thai prostitutes have been trafficked to South Africa
Francina van Vuuren, 77, was critically injured when four men attacked her and her husband and other relatives in their Jagersfontein home. She was severely beaten and her hands tied with wire.
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■ Largest ever Aids testing programme to start in April. ■ There will be 2.5 billion condoms distributed. ■ South Africa has 17 per cent of the world’s Aids population.
South Africa made its first conviction for human trafficking for the purposes of sexual exploitation. National Prosecuting Authority (NPA) spokesman Mthunzi Mhaga said the state used racketeering laws related to sexual exploitation to convict a couple, South African Basheer Sayed and Thai national, Somcharee Chuchumporn, in the Durban Regional Court. The United Nations Office on Drugs and Crime welcomed the conviction. Sayed and Chuchumporn were due to be sentenced on
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“revolution” in South Africa’s response to HIV and Aids would unfold in April as the largest ever testing and counselling campaign kicks off. Health minister Aaron Motsoaledi said the Government was ready to take the bull by the horns to combat the disease. The campaign was approved by Cabinet recently and would cost the country more than R1.4 billion. It would require 2.5 billion condoms over the next year and 15 million people would be tested by 2011. The campaign would
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RUGBY LEAGUE Billy Slater makes a dill of himself after its revealed he sledged Knight Cory Paterson who suffers depression. Slater said, “Why don’t you go to your room and have a cry”.
FOOTBALL Less than three days after the Melbourne Victory lose the ALeague Grand Final, they’re humiliated in the Asian Champions League 4-0 by Kawasaki Frontale.
HOCKEY After recently winning the World Cup Ric Charlesworth’s Kookaburras are brought back to earth with a thud as they lose to Argentina 2-1 in Townsville.
RUGBY UNION Kiwi John Mitchell confirms he won’t be jumping ship from the Force halfway through the season despite the fact he isn’t looking to renew his contract in 2011.
RUGBY LEAGUE Tim Sheens confirms he’s re-signed with the club through to the end of 2011. With Lote Tuqiri and Benji Marshall in his team, Sheens has the sniff of another premiership.
RUGBY LEAGUE Scott Prince is caught up in a salary cap storm with a former sponsor claiming he agreed to build the Titans’ skipper a $400,00 house which wasn’t declared by the club.
TUESDAY TENNIS ATP Masters Miami The ‘fifth’ grand slam 3pm Sky Sports 4
WEDNESDAY FOOTBALL Arsenal V Barcelona Champions League 7.45pm ITV1
grand final, Under-13s against each other and Simon Katich’s mum made a cake for both teams to celebrate after the game
ICE SKATING Cheltzie Lee’s star continues to rise with the Australian figure skater delivering a personal best score on her way to 17th place at the World Championships in Turin.
The one thing I “ remember was playing a
MONDAY ICE HOCKEY Boston V Buffalo NHL battle 11pm ESPN America
THURSDAY FOOTBALL Benfica V Liverpool Europa League 8.05pm Five
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Mike Hussey on his long friendship with Australian teammate Katich.
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Lewis Hamilton How did he get so good? He’s obviously got some pretty handy god-given gifts, but he’s basically spent his whole life getting to this point. Pushy family? It’s hard to know but his father Anthony never seems to be too far away. Hamilton
certainly credits his dad with a lot of his success. How did he get his big break? The legend is that he approached then McLaren team principal Ron Dennis in 1995 when he was 10 years old and told him he wanted to race for him. A few years later he was the youngest teenager to be signed by an F1 team.
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This week’s winners and losers
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Patrick Phibbs makes a break for the Brumbies
Brumbies emerge Brumbies 30 M Hooper, M Toomua, J Valentine tries; M Giteau 3 cons 3 pens
23 Chiefs R Kahui, B Leonard tries; S Donald 2 cons 3 pens
The Brumbies’ run of injuries failed to slow but coach Andy Friend remained upbeat about his side’s Super 14 hopes. Winger Francis Fainifo became the latest casualty after fracturing his leg in the early stages of the Brumbies’ thrilling 30-23 win over the Chiefs in Canberra, with the injury set to bring a premature end to Fainifo’s season. The Brumbies scored three tries to two, the last with less than three minutes to go, to break a 23-23 deadlock and notch up their first win
over the Chiefs since 2007. But the ACT-based side was counting the cost of the bruising encounter with halfback Josh Valentine also in doubt for their next clash after coming from the field with a hamstring injury. Friend said he remained hopeful Fainifo would be right for the last match of the regular season, against the Crusaders in Christchurch. Fainifo and Valentine join inside centre Christian Lealiifano, who copped a seasonending knee injury in the loss to the Blues and veteran flanker George Smith on the sidelines. It remained unclear when Smith would be fit after he injured his shoulder against the Blues.
NZ prop eyes French club Former All Blacks prop Carl Hayman opted to play rugby for French club Toulon instead of returning to New Zealand in time for next year’s home World Cup. New Zealand Rugby Union chief executive Steve Tew said Hayman’s decision “came down to the wire” and he finally made up his mind only in the “last day or two”. “I got a call late yesterday to confirm that he had chosen the French option,” Tew said. “Carl has weighed up the financial implications of staying and playing in Toulon versus the opportunity of coming back, and he has chosen the former.” Regarded as one of the world’s best tighthead props, Hayman, 30, had said earlier that he was torn over whether to remain with English club Newcastle. He joined Newcastle after the All Blacks’ failed World Cup campaign in 2007. The 45-Test veteran’s form for Newcastle had been consistently high and the Hurricanes franchise were vocal in their desire to lure him back home. The NZRU respected Hayman’s decision to go to Toulon.
Reds land first hat-trick in six years Cheetahs 10 A Johnson try; N Olivier 1 con; M Bosman pen
31 Reds W Genia, P Hynes, D Ioane tries; Q Cooper 2 cons; Q Cooper 3, Genia pens
Queensland coach Ewen McKenzie was unhappy with his team’s performance despite a drought-breaking 31-10 Super 14 rugby victory over the Cheetahs in Bloemfontein. The Reds overcame a first-half deficit and a Quade Cooper brain fade to notch their first hat-trick of Super 14 wins in six years, the victory also ending a four-year drought in South Africa. It was the Reds’ fourth win of
the campaign, the first time since 2006 they have recorded more than three Super victories in a season. Sparked by a man-of-the-match performance from skipper and halfback Will Genia, Queensland scored the last 23 points. The Reds scored three tries to one in wet conditions and prevailed despite losing flyhalf Cooper to the sin bin in the first half. Cooper was banished for tripping a Cheetahs player who attempted to take a quick restart from the home team’s 22.
It wasn’t his “ finest hour
Lachie Turner races away for 90-metre intercept try for the Waratahs
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and it certainly didn’t help the team
Reds coach Ewen McKenzie has his say about Quade Cooper’s brain explosion when he tripped an opposition player.
Julian Huxley BRUMBIES Julian Huxley made a remarkable comeback two years after being diagnosed with a brain tumour. He was thrown into action earlier than expected after Fainifo’s injury.
THE TABLE Team Bulls Stormers Crusaders Waratahs Brumbies Reds Chiefs Hurricanes Blues Sharks Highlanders Cheetahs Lions Force
P 6 6 6 7 7 6 6 7 6 7 7 6 7 6
W 6 5 5 5 5 4 3 3 3 2 2 2 0 0
L 0 1 1 2 2 2 3 4 3 5 5 4 7 6
BP 4 3 3 3 1 3 5 4 4 4 2 1 3 1
ON THE BOX FRIDAY 11am Sky Sports 3 FORCE V STORMERS
SATURDAY 7.30am Sky Sports 2 CHIEFS V HIGHLANDERS
SATURDAY 9.30am Sky Sports 2
WARATAHS V CHEETAHS
Hurricanes V Crusaders, Blues V Bulls, Sharks V Reds. Bye: Brumbies, Lions
PTS 28 23 23 23 21 19 17 16 16 12 10 9 3 1
Tahs edge blues Waratahs 39 D Halangahu 2, D Mumm, T Polota-Nau, L Turner tries; D Halangahu 4 cons 2 pens
32 Blues R Ranger 2, I Toeava, R Wulf tries; S Brett 3 cons 2 pens
The NSW Waratahs consolidated their position in the top four with a thrilling 39-32 victory over the Blues at the Sydney Football Stadium. The Waratahs trailed until winger Lachie Turner sped 90 metres for the game-turning intercept try eight minutes from full-time. “It was a big play by Lachie. Those sort of plays can change a season and it was a great Hurricanes 26 M Nonu, V Vito tries; P Weepu 2 cons; W Ripia 2, PWeepu 2 pens
29 Sharks P Lambie, JP Pietersen tries R Pienaar 2 cons 5 pens
The Hurricanes slumped to their fourth straight defeat, going down 29-26 to the Sharks. Sharks halfback Ruan Pienaar did not turn down any spotkick opportunity and nailed five to sink the Hurricanes who had fought back to tie the score at 26-26. Errors at crucial times saw the Sharks escape with their second win on the trot in New Zealand, having defeated the Highlanders. Highlanders 39 H Triggs, K Lynn tries; penalty try; I Dagg 6 pen, 3 con
29 Lions W Pekeur 2, M Killian, C Grobbelaar, JP Joubert tries; C Spencer con, E Rose con
The boot of fullback Israel Dagg was instrumental as the Highlanders beat a selfdestructing Lions 39-29. The Lions scored five tries to three but Dagg kicked nine from 10 shots at goal in a 24-point haul as the Highlanders recorded their second win of the season and snapped a three-game losing streak.
effort by him,” NSW captain Phil Waugh said. NSW’s fourth straight win vaulted the Waratahs to fourth spot on the table behind the defending champion Bulls. The Blues were shattered after rallying from 21-7 down late in the first half. “We looked like scoring in the corner so to see Lachie Turner scoring up the other end, it was tough,” Blues coach Pat Lam said. “But the boys showed a lot of character to me back … it was just a good game of footy.” Force 15 J O’Connor 5 pens
28 Bulls Z Kirchner, P Spies, M Steyn tries; M Steyn 2 cons 3 pens
Western Force’s winless start to the season continued as the Bulls came from behind to post a 28-15 triumph in Perth. James O’Connor nailed five penalties as the Force edged ahead 15-10 in the 49th minute but the defending champions piled on the final 18 points of the match to ensure their unbeaten run this season extended to six games. No.8 Pierre Spies, fullback Zane Kirchner and flyhalf Morne Steyn all crossed but the Bulls couldn’t find a fourth try that would have earned them a bonus point. The Bulls attacked relentlessly from the outset and were camped inside the Force’s 22m for much of the opening nine minutes before Spies crashed over the line. Steyn’s first penalty of the night in the 34th minute made it 10-6 but the Force finished the half in a flurry, with another two penalties to O’Connor, the last bouncing in off the upright, giving the home side a 12-10 lead at the break.
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Jason Nightingale crosses to score for the Dragons
much. I think they are the benchmark at the moment
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They don’t “ give you
Cowboys coach Neil Henry praises the Dragons after a disappointing loss.
Dragons on fire THE PLAYER
B Morris 2, J Nightingale 2, M Cooper, B Creagh tries; J Soward 4 goals, J Soward field goal
WARRIORS Maloney ran in a hat-trick of tries in the second half as the Warriors ran riot. The stand-in halfback finished with 28 points.
Team Dragons Titans Storm Warriors Tigers Roosters Bulldogs Sea Eagles Panthers Eels Cowboys Knights Raiders Broncos Sharks Rabbitohs
P 3 3 3 3 3 3 3 3 3 3 3 3 3 3 2 2
W 3 3 3 2 2 2 1 1 1 1 1 1 1 1 0 0
L 0 0 0 1 1 1 2 2 2 2 2 2 2 2 2 2
PD 51 27 16 40 3 -8 22 16 4 -13 -23 -26 -30 -34 -18 -27
PTS 6 6 6 4 4 4 2 2 2 2 2 2 2 2 0 0
Sharks V Rabbitohs
Round 4 games
Storm V Dragons, Roosters V Broncos, Sharks V Eels, Cowboys V Titans, Raiders V Tigers, Warriors V Sea Eagles, Knights V Panthers, Rabbitohs V Bulldogs
A Graham try; J Thurston 2 goals
12 Eels K Inu, J Reddy tries; K Inu 2 goals
Benji Marshall brilliantly dismantled Parramatta to lead the Wests Tigers to an impressive victory at Sydney Football Stadium. Marshall was everywhere for the Tigers, scoring two superb second-half tries as well as creating one of Lote Tuqiri’s two four-pointers, and even potting a first-half field goal. Sea Eagles 36 S Matai 2, M Ballin, B Farrar, J King, S Rodney tries; J Lyon 6 goals
12 Knights R Fa’aoso, E Tuimavave tries; W Naiqama 2 goals
Manly converted a commanding half-time lead into victory for the first time this season, smashing Newcastle at Gosford. After rushing to a 24-6 advantage at half-time, Des Hasler’s men were able to go on with the job against the Knights with centre Steve Matai crossing for two tries. Broncos 16
Monday night game
The defensive wall was ever-present but St George Illawarra also gave a glimpse of razzledazzle as the Dragons maintained their perfect start to the season with victory over North Queensland at WIN Stadium. The Dragons were never threatened with the six tries to one win setting up a mouthwatering Good Friday clash against reigning
B Marshall 2, L Tuqiri 2, B Ayshford tries; B Marshall goal, field goal
I Folau, M Gillett, A McCullough tries; P Wallace 2 goals
48 Warriors J Maloney 3, J Ropati 2, L Hohaia, S Mannering, J Moon tries; J Maloney 8 goals
Stand-in halfback James Maloney scored 28 points in the Warriors’ Suncorp Stadium win. The clash claimed several casualties, including Brisbane’s Israel Folau (fractured finger) and Warriors’ Manu Vatuvei (leg), as the Broncos fell to their biggest home defeat.
premiers Melbourne at Etihad Stadium. The home side relied on its defence, which has now conceded just four tries in three games this season, but well-executed first half tries to Brett Morris, Matt Cooper and Jason Nightingale showed the Dragons had plenty to offer in attack as well. The Cowboys on the other hand had nothing but a Johnathan Thurston penalty goal to show for their efforts up until the 67th minute, when Grant Rovelli sent Ashley Graham over. Panthers 10 L Coote, S McKendry tries; M Gordon goal
16 Storm B Finch, L MacDougall, B Slater tries; C Smith 2 goals
Halfback Cooper Cronk orchestrated unbeaten Melbourne’s win over Penrith at CUA Stadium. Playing his first game of the season following surgery, Cronk helped set up Melbourne’s three tries. As in their two previous games the Panthers fell away after half-time. Titans 24 K Gordon, D Moore, S Prince, J Tomane tries; S Prince 4 goals
4 Raiders D Vidot try
Scott Prince inspired Gold Coast to a win over an error-riddled Canberra at Skilled Park. Winger David Mead grabbed two tries and Kevin Gordon one with young centre Joseph Tomane also having a superb match. Raiders winger Daniel Vidot scored a consolation try for the well beaten visitors. Bulldogs 60 J Morris 4, B Barba 3, J Idris 2, S Turner 2, A Ryan tries; B Goodwin 6 goals
14 Roosters B Anasta, B Jones, M Pearce tries; T Carney goal
Canterbury centre Josh Morris bagged four tries to send the Roosters crashing back down to earth with a flogging at ANZ Stadium. The Bulldogs recorded their biggest ever win over the Roosters, with the match virtually all over at half-time when the home side led 30-4.
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50 Josh Kennedy kicks for the Swans in their loss to St Kilda
Saints see off Swans Swans 13.10.88 A Goodes 3, M Mattner 2, B Kirk, D Bradshaw, J McVeigh, J Moore, J White, K Jack, N Malceski, R O’Keefe
15.6.96 Saints N Riewoldt 4, J Gram 2, J Koschitzke 2, A McQualter, A Schneider, B Goddard, B Peake, J Geary, N Dal Santo, S Milne
AFL premiership favourites St Kilda opened their quest for the 2010 flag with a typically hard-fought eight-point win over Sydney at ANZ Stadium. The Saints were far from their best but had enough class to see off the new-look Swans. There was plenty of encouragement for
Tigers 9.10.64 J Riewoldt 2 M Morton 2, A Thomson, B Cousins, B Deledio, B Nason, T Hislop
18.12.120 Blues C Yarran 3, E Betts 3, S O’Hailpin 3, B Gibbs 2, J Waite 2, M Murphy 2, B McLean, K Simpson, L Henderson
Carlton made a great start to the season by beating Richmond by 56 points at the MCG. Eddie Betts, Setanta O’Hailpin and Chris Yarran all kicked three goals for the Blues. For Richmond Daniel Jackson and Ben Cousins tried hard but were outgunned. Demons 8.13.61 B Green 2, B Miller 2, R Petterd 2, McKenzie, M Jamar
17.15.117 Hawks C Brown 3, J Roughead 3, G Moss 2, M Osborne 2, R Hooper 2, C Peterson, J Morton, L Hodge, R Ladson, S Mitchell
The Hawks handed out a 56-point thrashing to a dismal Melbourne at the MCG. The Hawks were missing Lance Franklin but Luke Hodge, Jordan Lewis and captain Sam Mitchell all had strong games. Few Demons stood out, with Jack Grimes best for his side. Lions 16.18.114 J Brown 5, B Fevola 3, L Power 3, B Staker, J Brennan, J Drummond, J Sherman, T Banfield
12.10.82 Eagles J Kennedy 2, L Shuey 2, Q Lynch 2, A Embley, B Ebert, D Cox, M LeCras, N Naitanui, P McGinnity
Cats 19.11.125 C Mooney 3, S Byrnes 3, G Ablett 2, J Bartel 2, J Kelly 2, S Johnson 2, T Hawkins 2, B Ottens, C Ling, J Selwood
13.16.94 Bombers A Davey 2, A Monfries 2, D Zaharakis 2, J Watson 2, B Howlett B Stanton, D Fletcher, J Neagle, K Reimers
Reigning premiers Geelong powered home to beat Essendon by 31 points at the MCG. Joel Selwood was outstanding for the Cats. Geelong broke the game open in a devastating spell when they outscored Essendon by nine goals to one behind. Bulldogs 13.15.93 B Hall 3, M Hahn 2, B Lake, D Giansiracusa, J Hill, L Picken, M Boyd, R Murphy, S Higgins, W Minson.
19.15.129 Magpies A Didak 4, P Medhurst 4, D Swan 3, L Davis 3, D Thomas, J Anthony, S Pendlebury, S Wellingham, T Cloke
The Magpies beat fellow flag fancies the Bulldogs by 36 points at Etihad Stadium. Paul Medhurst and Alan Didak kicked four goals apiece each for Collingwood. It was a letdown for Bulldogs skipper Brade Johnson, who went goalless in his 350th game. Power 13.18.96 B Ebert 2, C Hitchcock 2, D Pearce 2, W Tredrea 2, D Cassisi, J Davenport, J Westhoff, M Banner, M Thomas
Johnathan Brown LIONS The big forward’s haul of five goals helped steer the Lions home as they played the entire second half with only two players on the bench.
THE LADDER Team Hawks Blues Lions Magpies Cats Power Saints Swans Kangaroos Bombers Bulldogs Eagles Tigers Demons Crows Dockers
P 1 1 1 1 1 1 1 1 1 1 1 1 1 1 0 0
W 1 1 1 1 1 1 1 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 0
L 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 1 1 1 1 1 1 1 0 0
D 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 0
% 192 188 139 139 133 117 109 92 85 75 72 72 53 52 0 0
PTS 4 4 4 4 4 4 4 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 0
Sunday night game Crows V Dockers
ON THE BOX THURSDAY 10.30am ESPN LIONS V BLUES
SATURDAY 9am ESPN 12.10.82 Roos B Harvey 3, B Warren 2, D Hale 2, H McIntosh 2, L Thomas 2, L Adams
Port Adelaide scored a nervy 15-point win over North Melbourne at AAMI Stadium. Kane Cornes, Domenic Cassisi and Brett Ebert were among the Power’s best players. Kangaroos captain Brent Harvey was excellent, kicking thee goals.
SAINTS V KANGAROOS
MONDAY 5am ESPN HAWKS V CATS
Other Round 2 games Magpies V Demons, Eagles V Power, Crows V Swans, Bombers V Dockers, Tigers V Bulldogs
Brendan Fevola thrilled and spilled but it was Jared Brennan and Jonathan Brown who stole the show as Brisbane bravely overran West Coast at the Gabba. The Lions came from 14 points down late in the third term to outmuscle the young Eagles.
Swans coach Paul Roos as he commenced his final season in charge, with his troops kicking three straight goals in the final quarter to draw within two points, but turnovers and a general lack of cohesion led to their downfall. Nick Riewoldt (four goals) and Justin Koschitzke totally outclassed opponents Heath Grundy and Lewis Roberts-Thomson respectively, while Leigh Montagna, Nick Dal Santo and Lenny Hayes won plenty of the ball.
Simon Black talks down speculation the addition of Brendan Fevola has made the Lions top four material.
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New Zealand and Australia were locked together following two days of the second Test after the hosts couldn’t ram home the advantage Ross Taylor created with his recordbreaking century. Taylor cracked an 81-ball century, the fastest by a Kiwi Test batsman, on the way to 138 but the hosts could only manage 264 to claim a 33-run first innings lead at Seddon Park. That deficit was wiped when bad light forced an early finish, with Australia two runs in credit as Shane Watson (28 not out) and Simon Katich (six not out) hit 35 without loss off 14 overs in their second innings. Captain Daniel Vettori bowled three wicketless overs after his excellent 4-36 on day one of his 100th Test. Taylor belted his way past
Sloppy fielding costly Ross Taylor hit 19 fours and four sixes in his 104-ball, 179-minute knock before being caught behind from a swipe at Doug Bollinger. In reaching his record 81-ball century, Taylor rode his luck hitting through Johnson’s hands on 52, then on 92 edging to Watson who shelled a comfortable chance. He reached his halfcentury off 34 balls.
Vettori’s 82-ball record, set against Zimbabwe in Harare in 2005-06. But New Zealand would have been disappointed to only post 264 after they were a comfortable 2-114 with BJ Watling (46) helping Taylor add 84 for the third wicket.
Ross Taylor on his way to a record 81-ball century for New Zealand
Webber fails in Melbourne Reigning Formula One world champion Jenson Button cruised to his second straight Australian Grand Prix victory as disaster struck again for local favourite Mark Webber. The British McLaren driver outpaced his rivals by 12 seconds, taking the chequered flag ahead of Polish Renault pilot Robert Kubica with Ferrari’s Felipe Massa third. Webber, who started from second spot on the grid, finished a lowly ninth after tangling twice with McLaren’s Lewis Hamilton. On lap 16 the Australian Red Bull driver ran wide and fell to eighth, before climbing back up the order. Then two laps from the end of the 58-lap race, the pair
Jenson Button dominates the Australian Grand Prix in Melbourne
again clashed, with Webber limping back to the pits. The race began chaotically in greasy conditions after drizzle started to fall half an hour before the start. Massa made a dynamic start, carving his way through
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the grid from fifth to overtake Webber and slot into second behind Vettel. But at the first corner Fernando Alonso’s Ferrari and the McLaren of Button collided as the Spaniard appeared to cut across the British driver.
Socceroos begin hunt Socceroos coach Pim Verbeek announced he would quit the job after this year’s World Cup finals in South Africa. Verbeek said he would not continue beyond the World Cup campaign, as he would “look for a new challenge”. “It has been a very difficult decision for me after more than two years but it is time for me to look for a new challenge,” Verbeek said. “I have enjoyed every minute of being head coach of Australia and we achieved some fantastic results including qualifying for the World Cup and the Asian Cup. “It is a good time to make this announcement so we can now focus.”
The Melbourne Rebels will join the Super 15 next year and are sure to sign some high-profile players, but coach Rod Macqueen isn’t naming names WORDS TOM STURROCK
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arlier this month, amid little fanfare, the Melbourne Rebels, who will next year join an expanded Super 15 rugby competition, announced the signing four new players to go with out-of-favour England utility-back Danny Cipriani. The names – Laurie Weeks, Adam Byrnes, Richard Kingi and Lachie Mitchell – are unlikely to send shuddders of dread through the competition, but Rebels coach Rod Macqueen (main image, centre), who coached Australia to the 1999 World Cup, is confident his side will hit the ground running. “That’s got to be the goal – that’s the mission. We’ve got a two-to four-year plan, but we’ve got a one-year plan to be competitive,” Macqueen says. “In life, you never achieve anything without
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MARK GASNIER was a star in the NRL with the Dragons, but now plays union in France. The 28-year-old seems a likely Rebel. STIRLING MORTLOCK has played his entire career with the Brumbies, but might appreciate the business opportunities in Melbourne. MARK GERRARD left the Brumbies for Japan but may be keen to stake his claim for a Wallabies recall. Stirling Mortlock: is there life left in the old warhorse?
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taking a risk and we intend to do things differently and to challenge the status quo.”
NEW KIDS ON THE BLOCK To prevent a repeat of Western Force’s raiding of other franchises for their 2006 entry, the Australian Rugby Union placed an embargo on the Rebels signing Australian Super 14 players before March 15. While that restriction has lifted, Macqueen still insists the Rebels won’t be looking to ransack other playing lists. “The reality is that it’s a risk to come to a new franchise, but in a lot of ways that becomes self-fulfilling because the players who aren’t prepared to come are, perhaps, not the kind of players we’d want,” he says. Macqueen is opposed to recruiting too many overseas players – the Rebels are allowed to sign 10 non-Australians – but he also knows experienced players are vital. “If we were looking longer-term, we could focus on signing younger players and developing them,” he says. “But there’s no doubt that we’ve got to be competitive from the outset, so we’ll also pick up some older players and try to get that mix right.” BUILDING THE SIDE Macqueen will take his time in putting a team together. “We don’t have to sign too many too quickly. We’ve got until October to put it together. The biggest mistake would be to rush to sign players. “One reason we’re doing it slowly is because we have a definite type of player in mind – we have a vision of how we want to play the game.” Cipriani was the first shot across the bow, the 22-year-old player put his international
The big mistake “ would be to rush to sign players ” career on hold for a stint in the tough southern hemisphere competition. “He wanted to come and that was the big thing for me – it wasn’t a money decision and that sent the right message,” Macqueen says. “He’s multi-talented with a lot of different skills and that will help him fit in with what we’re about. I think he can learn a lot from Super 15. It was an easy decision for us.”
THE LIE OF THE LAND While doubts have been raised over whether the talent pool Down Under can support a fifth side, Macqueen has been impressed by the performances of the Australian teams in 2010, the struggling Western Force aside. “It’s nice to see some younger players coming through – the Reds are playing a good brand of rugby,” he says. “NSW haven’t been playing great rugby but have still been able to win, and that’s the sign of a good side.” From next year, Melbourne will be added to the mix and just as he’s confident of a building a competitive playing list, Macqueen is equally certain the Rebels will find a niche in the AFLmad city. “It’s almost a given that Melbourne will embrace rugby – Melbourne prides itself on being a sporting city and the facilities down here are amazing,” Macqueen says. “We’ve had nothing but support from the other codes – in that way, it’s a city unlike any other.”
CHRISTIAN LEALIIFANO was born in New Zealand but grew up in Melbourne. At 22, the flyhalf could be a priority target for the Rebels. DIGBY IOANE played junior rugby in Victoria before moving north. He’s in his fourth Super 14 season and has represented Australia. GARETH DELVE has reportedly signed, but is waiting for clearance. The Wales and Gloucester number 8 would be a coup.
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Are people still moving into the public sector? There’s been talk of public sector budget cuts, but some areas are still recruiting. For example, Hays’ Catherine Goosem says interim managers with change experience remain highly sought after. It’s also worth noting that
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Travel back in history with a trip to the ancient English city of Lincoln WORDS XAV JUDD
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he Celts called it Lindon and the Romans named it Lindum. But as soon as I arrive and see its majestic 11th-century cathedral and castle pressed against an azure horizon, the only phrase I can use to describe what we now call Lincoln is â€˜a slice of heavenâ€™. Dating back to the Iron Age, the city became one of the most important places in England during the medieval period because it was so successful in producing wool and cloth,
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such as the dyed Lincoln green made famous by Robin Hood. The city’s name means ‘The Pool’ and derives from the proximity of the original settlement to a deep pool on the River Witham, at the base of a prominent hill.
ANCIENT HISTORY As I stroll around the charming cobbled streets of Lincoln’s ancient quarter, I notice that this is a locale that seems undisturbed by the passage of time. In the Bailgate area, I come across the odd Roman arch, and circular markings where that empire’s majestic columns once stood. This area, along with the adjacent Steep Hill, also has a smattering of half-timbered and stoneclad houses, quirky book and antiques stores, and tearooms. Lincoln’s cathedral (main image) and castle dominate this part of the city, and, before its central spire collapsed in 1549, the cathedral was reputed to be the tallest building in the world. More recently, the cathedral provided the atmospheric setting in Tom Hanks’ blockbuster The Da Vinci Code (below). The castle fort is interesting because it contains an old prison where the long-drop form of hanging was devised. It houses one of the four surviving documents of the Magna Carta– the 1215 charter of liberties that King John was forced to agree to by his Barons. IN THE HOTHOUSE As it’s in the East Midlands, Lincoln is not the sort of place where you’d expect to find a tropical haven. Nonetheless, as I walk into the Sir Joseph Banks Conservatory my skin is met with a sudden
warmness on account of it being a hothouse. Named after the eponymous botanist and naturalist who took part in Captain Cook’s first Great Voyage (1768-1771), the conservatory is flush with exotic plants reminiscent of that incredible journey.
GORGEOUS GARDENS The conservatory and John Mawber Gardens – which are outside – are both located in a splendid attraction called the Lawn. Formerly a mental hospital, there’s nothing nutty about it now. A delightful green space spread over eight acres, it affords an unparalled panorama of Lincoln. At its centre, there is a charming hall for functions, some shops and a café.
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PARTY TIME IN LINCOLN Despite its quaint, rarefied environs, Lincoln is a good place to party. “There’s fun or trouble to be had in equal amounts, if you know where to look for them,” jokes David, one of a number of the foreign students making up this city’s thriving university population. There are bistros, bars and nightclubs all over town but possibly the most happening milieu is Brayford Waterfront. A multi-million pound redevelopment, its hippest joints include Scream, the Square Sail and Royal William. The uber-venue in this area has to be the Engine Shed. A club doubling as a rock venue, it’s hosted Razorlight, the Zutons and the Arctic Monkeys (right) among others. Other spots throughout the city where you can let your hair down include Sakura, Revolution, Pulse Ritzy JJ’s and the Tower.
WHEN TO GO Visit in summer for outdoor activities, especially during the Gainsborough Riverside Festival (June 5) and the Lincolnshire Show (June 23-24) GETTING THERE Take a train from King’s Cross via Newark North Gate or Peterborough. The journey takes two hours. GETTING AROUND Buses run to all the interesting parts of the city. GOING OUT A pint of beer costs £2-£3. ACCOMMODATION Private rooms from £30. SEE visitlincolnshire.com.
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With its rolling limestone hills, thatched cottages and manor houses, this is true jigsaw puzzle territory. The villages of Chipping Campden and Northleach are highlights and are often busy as a result.
HEADLINE ATTRACTION The village of Stow-on-theWold has a big market square, which feels somewhat out of place among the rolling hills. It’s a beautiful space, which gives the impression it belongs on the Continent. This market square is integral to the town’s history as a central trading point when up to 20,000 sheep were sold in a day. These days the bulk of the trading is done in the many antique shops.
villages in the Cotswolds, and with good reason. The River Windrush meanders through town, and local businesses have latched on to the idea of enjoying life by the water, with a number of bankside restaurants and pubs for you to visit. If you want to enjoy the place at its most idyllic, avoid visiting at lunchtime when it’s overrun by coachloads of daytrippers. Arrive in town later in the day and stay the night instead.
Bourton-on-the Water merits exploration, but don’t fall for the ‘Venice of the Cotswolds’ hyperbole – the two are about as similar as your local church and St Peter’s Basilica. Still, it is one of the most popular
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Described as “the most beautiful village in England” by designer and artist William Morris, Bibury is set on the River Coln, and is home to one of the most photographed streets in England: Arlington Row. On it are a clutch of cottages built in 1380 as a wool store, which were converted into weavers’ cottages in the 17th century. There’s also Bibury Trout Farm where people can feed fish – or catch them, if they prefer to feed themselves.
A BIT OF HISTORY Chipping Campden is regarded as one of the most authentic market towns in the Cotswolds. The historical market hall, built in 1627, stands testament to the importance of this village.
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Celebrate May Day the pagan way with dancing and music in the English country village of Cerne Abbas WORDS MATT RISLEY
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Jaunty: locals dance at dawn to see in spring
HIPPIES AND PAGANS Standing on a windswept English country hillside at a decidedly muggy pre-sunrise hour, surrounded by colourfully-clad Morris dancers, chanting hippies and blessing pagans wasn’t exactly what I’d imagined when I was promised a rural, springtime getaway. But the reality is that the annual May Day celebrations at Cerne Abbas – universally acknowledged as the country’s biggest fertility power place – are as traditional as they come,
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h, May Day. Reliable, quaint, charming little May Day. A Bank Holiday renowned for its merry Morris men, jolly village bake sales, and dances around 180ft pagan penises. Come again?
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harking back to an Englishness far removed from the Hugh Grant foppishness we’ve all come to know and love. You may not know it by name, but the chances are you already know where I’m talking about. Situated just to the north of Dorchester sits a sleepy rural village, which just so happens to lie next to a whopping chalk outline of a naked man wielding a huge weapon. The Cerne Abbas Giant also happens to be the world’s only protected historical landmark with a 26ft erection.
MERRY MEN After a stress-free drive through Devon’s beautiful, lush green scenery, pastoral sheepdotted hills, and a cosy stopover at the village B&B, we awake at some ungodly hour, and traipse our way out to the local village car park to meet the leader (aka ‘bagman’) of the Wessex Morris men. As he leads us through sylvan woodland and up the infamous hill, the combination of the refreshingly lung-cleansing country air and soothing silence reminds me how beautifully serene the English countryside can be – just in time for the jovially rotund bagman to begin explaining the history of the area.
FERTILITY SYMBOL The specific why, when and how of the Cerne Abbas Giant’s construction are still largely unknown; some archeologists believe it stands as a primal ode to man’s inner hunter, while others believe it’s the remnants of a Dutch giant who was beheaded by the village’s people after an attempted invasion (obviously). The most prominent folklore, however, lays claim to the giant as a symbol of fertility (more than likely the Celtic fertility god, Cernunnos), and it’s believed that generations of locals have helped maintain the chalk outline since at least the 2nd millennium BC.
SPRING HAS SPRUNG The bagman tells us how the Wessex Morris men (and accompanying pagan hippies) perform an ancient dawn ritual every year to welcome in spring, and as we reach the peak it’s hard not to get swept away with the free-lovin’, earthy vibe of it all. Jaunty folk tunes play out on melodeons WHEN TO GO The clue’s in the title – May 1. as the Morris men jingle and jangle their GETTING THERE Hire a car for the weekend way around a giant wooden (almost demonic – see easycar.com/tntmagazine for looking) head. Known as the Ooser, it’s a vital a 5 per cent discount. You can also train part of the folklore, and as it’s held aloft and it to Dorchester from London Waterloo swayed in time with the music and clacks of the and then hop off the bus midway morris men’s sticks, the sun starts to rise to Sherborne. over the horizon with fitting ethereality. GETTING AROUND Definitely With spring officially welcomed in, go on foot to soak up the we follow the revitalised group village vibe. back down to the village to GOING OUT A pint of conclude the festivities in an ENGLAND beer costs under £3. ending as archaic as the earthLONDON ACCOMMODATION B&B blessing ritual: a giant fry-up rooms from £30. accompanied by the laughs, Bristol Portsmouth SEE dorsetforyou.com/ chatter and music of a welcoming Cerne Abbas cerneabbas. local English pub.
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A relic from ye olde days when our ancient ancestors worshipped the country’s trees and woodland, May Day would often stand as a time when people would outdo each other by creating increasingly outlandish flower garlands. The elaborate presentations eventually became so huge they began using people as walking, plantcovered podiums.
If you thought giant pagan willies and rural jigs were weird, they’re not a patch on what some of England’s other villages get up to on May Day.
RIDING OF THE BOUNDS Locals on horseback scour the English boundaries near Berwick-upon-Tweed to make sure the Scottish aren’t invading. Do you want to tell them about Gerard Butler and Billy Connolly or should we?
MINEHEAD’S HOBBY HORSE Resembling a budget pantomime cast-off, Minehead traditionally releases a ramshackle hobby horse (a person in a boat-shaped wooden frame covered in bright robes) on to its streets, accompanied by musicians and rival horses on May 1 every year. The tradition has existed since 1465 and is seen as a sign of good luck. Minehead’s hobby horse
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I am going to Portugal for Easter with three friends. We are flying into Faro and then hiring a car to drive up to Lisbon for three nights before driving back to Faro. Can you suggest any must-see places for us to stop at on the way? Claire Godber, via email
Italy? August? Hot. Busy. Expensive. Hmm. That, in essence, is what awaits you. Italians tend to get out of cities in August if they can and hit the beach, and you might wish to follow their example. Consider missing Venice and Rome and explore smaller towns instead as it’ll be less sweaty and crowded, and it should be easier to find places to stay. Jasmin, ditch the camper van and do this one on trains and buses. Negotiating roads into and out of big cities in Italy is challenging enough, but finding somewhere to leave this every night and the cost of tolls pushes this into the toohard bracket. I also have a nasty image of some unscrupulous person eyeing up the contents of your van while you’re strolling round Hadrian’s Villa. You can always hire a car for a few days, something you may wish to consider if you’re venturing to Puglia or Campania in the far south. One last thing: you should also book ahead if you know you’re hitting one of the famous destinations in Italy, if only by a day or two. This will avoid sweaty strolling between hostels.
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Lisbon is a great city and you’ll have a ball there. If you don’t do very much apart from go to sleep during the day and go out in the Barrio Alto at night you’ll still think it was one of Europe’s great cities. When you add in superb food, wonderful views and excellent beaches, then it makes a compelling case for being the Iberian peninsula’s best city. Any arguments, Barcelona buffs? Or are you all stuck in a queue for a half-finished cathedral? Leaving Faro, I’d plough north pretty rapidly, pausing only to admire the mountains of Monchique before overnighting at the fun seaside town of Setubal. On the way back, I’d spend a little longer in the Alentejo region, which separates Lisbon from the Algarve, checking out the fine medieval town of Evora and nearby Neolithic monuments. You might find it a little hard to drag yourself straight back to Faro, so soften the blow with a visit to the Algarve surf town of Sagres and dramatic sea cliffs of Cabo de Sao Vicente. You’ll find other stops, so allow plenty of time, and if you see something you like the look of, go with it.
My boyfriend and I are planning on visiting Italy for the month of August. We are undecided – should we backpack around for a month with no accommodation or should we hire a camper van and drive around for a month? Jasmin, via email
TRAVEL NEWS Eel fest in Ely
Patch up Peru Travellers can help Peruvian communities devastated by torrential rains and flooding in January this year. Hands Up Holidays has introduced an eight-day Patching Up Peru tour, which includes three days of volunteering in the Sacred Valley near Cusco. See handsupholidays.com.
Eels will be the flavour of the day on Saturday, May 1 at Ely’s annual festival. The Annual Eel Day begins at 10.30am with a procession along the city’s Eel Trail Heritage Walk. The National Eel Throwing Competition is the highlight of the day, when competitors will try to beat the national record for the furthest thrown handmade eel sock. Smoked and jellied eels will be on sale. See visitely.org.uk.
GOING MAD FOR MADRID Madrid has soared in popularity since last year, according to the latest figures from price comparison website cheapflights.co.uk. The website has seen a 61 per cent rise in searches for the Spanish capital, thanks to the football mania surrounding Real Madrid. The city is also flush with museums, nightlife and great food. Hot on the heels of Madrid is Abu Dhabi, which has been searched for 45 per cent more than last year. The city has become popular since it hosted the Formula 1 Grand Prix. Serbian capital Belgrade has seen a 20 per cent
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Rail workers will stage a fourday national strike after Easter in a move expected to cause travel chaos. The rail staff are poised to walk out on April 6-9, which will result in the cancellation of most train services, causing severe disruption to travellers and businesses. In the face of strike action, EasyBus is highlighting its airport-transfer services, which offer an alternative to train travel from London to and from Gatwick, Stansted and Luton airports. Meanwhile, union Unite has said British Airways (BA) cabin crew will not strike over Easter but it has not ruled out further action in mid-April. BA workers are currently in the
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middle of a four-day strike which began on Saturday. See ba.com for details. Staff at Lufthansa are set to walk out for four days on April 13-16. See lufthansa.com if you’re booked to travel with the airline on those dates. Pilots at Tap Portugal began a six-day strike last Friday, grounding all flights. See flytap.com for information. Air France cabin crew began a four-day strike on Sunday. Check with airfrance.co.uk for more details.
EASTERN PROMISE Tucan Travel has launched a range of adventure tours in Eastern Europe. Using local transport, the trips will take in the highlights of Russia, the Baltic states, Eastern Europe and the Balkans. See tucantravel.com.
WELSH WEEKEND Thrill-seekers can now head to north Wales for an adrenaline-fuelled weekend with tour group Adventure Express. Tours cost £295 per person and include train travel from London to Wrexham, accommodation, and two days of activities, such as white-water rafting and canoeing. For more info see adventure-northwales.com.
Escape the crowds and soak up authentic Italian culture in Abruzzo WORDS ANDY MOSSACK
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ALL SHOOK UP It’s desperately sad that the region has seen its tourist traffic fall by half since tremors shook its mountain capital L’Aquila in 2009, but the truth is that its historic buildings had stood there proudly for hundreds of years before the quake and, realistically, it could be hundreds more years before any threat returns – if at all. Most of this area is above 750m, its hillsides
hey look like giant spiders, sitting in the sea waiting patiently for their prey but these curious structures are trabocchi, traditional hand-built fishermen’s huts on stilts and just one of the delights of this extraordinary and unblemished part of Italy. Sited right where the north of Italy meets the south, Abruzzo is a region of contrasts. With the towering Gran Sasso range and the Apennines in the east, and the dramatic 130km of Adriatic coastline to the west, Abruzzo can’t fail to offer you the best of both worlds. The region also has the bonus of being around 40 per cent cheaper than more touristy parts of Italy.
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and mountains dotted with hundreds of little towns and villages, all of which offer traditional homemade produce of the highest quality. Pottering from one mountain village to the next, I indulged in glorious nibbles of justpressed olive oil, crusty bread, fresh pecorino and aged bresaola, not to mention wild saffron and dollops of the flavoursome Abruzzo black lentils, washed down with the local red wine, Montepulciano d’Abbruzo. I explored the tiny village of Santo Stefano, which brims with character, then marvelled at the glorious 13th-century duomo (cathedral) and wind-carved sandstone valleys of Atri, before ending the day in the lovely Castel Del Monte, a medieval town which raised its profile recently after being used as the location for the George Clooney movie The American.
WOLF WATCH Gran Sasso and Majella national parks merit exploration, along with the other 30 protected nature reserves. In summer, the area is a magnet for hikers and bikers while the winter pistes offer challenging runs to experienced skiers. Check out the Apennine wolf sanctuary at Impianezza, near Popoli, where €8 bought me a ticket to get up close and personal with the animals.
ALL AT SEA Back at sea level, the principal town on the coastal stretch is Pescara. Razed during World War II, it’s now the modern heart of the region. Main drag Corso Vittorio Emanuele II is the place to go for designer bargains. The coastline is also a study in contrasts, from the wide sandy beaches in the north near Pescara, Martinsicuro and Francavilla al Mare, to the wild and rugged landscape in the south. CAESAR’S CHOICE For me though, the coastal jewel in Abruzzo’s crown is Vasto, only an hour south of Pescara. This is a stunning Romanesque town with a glorious bay and beaches, and is literally brimming with antiquities and ancient charm. Julius Caesar thought highly of it, and its lofty position within the Roman empire can be seen in the oodles of granite and marble remains. Even the town museum is a beautiful old building, decked out with ornate original marble and offering breathtaking views of the bay from its top floor. Abruzzo provides visitors with a taste of vintage Italy without the crowds. It’s a region where time has stood still, and as far as I am concerned, long may it continue to do so.
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A GARGANTUAN VILLAGE FEAST Abruzzo’s food is top-notch, with dishes created using fresh and flavoursome local produce. Le virtù is a popular regional soup, which takes seven hours to cook and includes seven types of dry pulses, seven fresh pulses, seven different vegetables, seven meats, seven pasta shapes and seven seasonings. Abruzzo dishes tend to be hearty and infused with spices, such as chilli peppers and saffron. Expect to find wild boar
on the menu as it’s hunted in the area. The region is one of Italy’s main wine producers; its rich and soft Montepulciano is normally rated the region’s best red tipple, while Trebbiano d’Abbruzo is a popular fruity white. A legendary culinary tradition in Abruzzo is la Panarda, a traditional, gargantuan village feast, which can consist of as many as 50 courses and lasts all day and all night. Needless to say, it’s advised to begin the feast on an empty stomach.
Mamma mia: Abruzzo locals
NEED TO KNOW WHEN TO GO The warm summer months are the best time to visit, but it’s possible to ski in winter. GETTING THERE Ryanair flies direct to Pescara from London Stansted. GETTING AROUND Hire a car to see the region. See easycar.com/tntmagazine for a 5 per cent discount. VISAS South Africans need a Schengen visa. CURRENCY Euro. 1 GBP = 1.12 EUR. LANGUAGE Italian. GOING OUT A pint of beer costs about ¤1.50. ACCOMMODATION Hostel dorm beds are from ¤25, double hotel rooms start from ¤75. SEE lifeinabruzzo.com.
Pescara Vasto L’Aquila Abruzzo
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The Netherlands May 8 Windmills all across Holland throw open their doors for a day. There are about 1200 still surviving today, and it’s a good chance to take in some of the Dutch countryside.
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head to this small town in Morocco for a three-day festival that coincides with the blooming of the area’s Pink Persian roses. WHERE: The town is nestled in the Valley of Roses in the High Atlas Mountains. WHEN: It kicks off in midMay, but dates depend on when the roses bloom. WHY: Roses are El-kelaa M’Gouna’s lifeblood, with
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Brace yourself for an epic train journey through three countries on the Trans-Siberian WORDS CLAIRE GOODALL
The Trans-Siberian RUSSIA, CHINA AND MONGOLIA
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njoy your journey,” drawls my driver, in a Russian accent thick with nicotine and Mafioso leanings. I nod and raise a hand in farewell as he backs out of Yaroslavl Station’s packed car park and drives away. Shouldering my backpack, I turn to face the impressive facade looming before me, punctuated by thick sets of doors shut tight against the chill of the Russian winter. My Trans-Siberian journey starts here – the tickets, zipped into the inner lining of my double-layer snow coat, indicate in Cyrillic that I’m looking
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for train number two, departing from platform four, coach nine. Here goes. I push the door in front of me. It’s locked. So is the one next to it, and the one next to that. I shift my backpack grumpily and walk to the next bank of doors. Locked, locked, locked. In fact, the Russian capital’s answer to St Pancras International appears to be closed for business this Tuesday evening at 9pm. I step back and ponder my situation. There are lights on inside and a muffled hubbub emanates from the cracks between the doors. If I walk around the building I’m bound to find a way in. To the left, there’s a café filled with cigarette smoke and Russian businessmen drinking
vodka. To the right, a dingy side street populated by a young couple having a disagreement. Not the ideal candidates to practise on. Back to the doors.
OPEN SESAME They’re still locked, and there’s no one around. I’m just about to panic when a door opens – I swear the only one I hadn’t tried – and a man walks out, trips down the stairs and disappears into the night. As nonchalantly as possible, I walk through the door he’s just used, which opens without so much as a creaking hinge. A fraught 20 minutes later, having negotiated the melee of Russian commuters and Cyrillic
WHEN TO GO It’s bitterly cold in winter and can be unpleasantly hot in summer. The trains are heated or ventilated according to the season, so whatever the weather outside you’ll find the opposite in your cabin. GETTING THERE Fly to Moscow or Beijing. It’s also possible to reach Russia via the European rail network. GETTING AROUND If you’ve booked through a tour operator, you’ll be collected by an Englishspeaking guide at each break in your journey. VISAS Everyone needs visas for every country they visit, which must be arranged in advance. Allow 6-8 weeks. CURRENCY Russian ruble, Mongolian tugrik and Chinese yuan. 1 GBP = 44.40 RUB, 2171.92 MNT and 10.29 CNY. You can’t buy these currencies in the UK. LANGUAGE Russian, Mongolian and Chinese (Mandarin). GOING OUT It’s vodka, not beer on this trip. Buy mid-priced options if you’re not keen on hangovers. ACCOMMODATION Moscow hostels from £17, Beijing from £10. Homestays are the usual arrangement en route. SEE Follow the TransSiberian route in real time at google.ru/intl/ru/ landing/transsib/en.html.
Gobi desert, Mongolia
signposting, I’m on a platform beside what I believe to be the No. 2 Rossiya Express, bound for Vladivostok, emotionally and physically exhausted. “Hello,” a voice at my elbow chirps. “Are you all right there?” I’ve rarely been so pleased to hear a British accent. “Hello,” I beam. “Are you going to Siberia?” “Yes, but we’re in first class – these guys will look after you,” she nudges me towards a small group wielding backpacks. “Have a fun night, we’ll catch you in the morning.” It seems only seconds before I’m tucked up in pyjamas, staring goggle-eyed as the Moscow suburbs fall away, talking excitedly with my new cabin mates until, one by one, we grow drowsy and fall asleep to the rhythm of the train tracks.
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of your fellow travellers: it’s as much about the people you meet as the places you go. Russian Railways reckons 80 to 90 per cent of its business comes from enterprising tourists, though the international contingent on this winter service is in the minority. The voice in the night belongs to Lou who, along with husband Dave, is making a roundthe-world trip by land in honour of their 40th birthdays. My cabin mates are Bret and Nicky – a Kiwi couple returning ‘home’ to Melbourne after a year in London – and Tom, a British gap year student. Among the travelling waifs and strays we pick up along the route are a Dutch couple on their way to Tibet and a lone Spaniard who gazes forlornly out of
Go dog sledding en route
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A Russian welcome
TRAIN CAMARADERIE Over the next few days I come to realise that this is what a Trans-Siberian journey is all about – a series of unlikely circumstances linked by the warm embrace of the train, and the camaraderie
We fall asleep “ to the rhythm of the train tracks ”
END OF THE TRACK All the while, a landscape of steppe, forests, mountains, cities, lakes and desert trundles inexorably past our cabin windows. New passengers come and go, time zones pass in an afternoon, and the parallel existence of life on the train rolls on regardless. New friendships are cemented debating the pros and cons of Vladimir Putin and Dmitry Medvedev, learning to pronounce ‘nazdarovya’ (cheers),
the window between reading War And Peace. I spend the long night crossing the Chinese border – while the train is guarded by army officials and the wheels are changed for the narrower gauge of track – chatting to an American botanist en route to Beijing with his Swedish wife and their three-month-old son, Floris. The Russian passengers are an equally eclectic mix. The national junior judo team joins us as far as Omsk, playing poker long and loud into the night. On one leg Tom is next door, and our fourth bunk is occupied by a blonde Russian called Sascha, who arrived in the night, cracked out a smile and Jammy Dodgers midmorning, and mysteriously disembarked somewhere in Siberia the following night. Another evening Bret and Nicky return from the dining car at 2am, having been getting to know a couple of Russian army officers over a bottle – or two – of vodka. In Mongolia, the blonde-haired, blue-eyed Floris held court in the dining car amid a legion of cooing Mongol matriarchs.
Great Wall of China
and comparing visas and passport stamps. By the time we approach Beijing, the end of our journey, I can’t feel less alone than that bitter night in Moscow. This time we disembark mid-morning into the bright Chinese sunlight, with fond goodbyes and promises to meet the next evening under Mao’s portrait. Opposite the station next to the YHA I’m bemused to notice a Starbucks and McDonald’s – icons of Western consumerism firmly planted in the heart of the Communist East. I realise I’ve travelled a third of the way around the world only to come back home again. But the memories of the journey will stay with me forever.
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RUSSIA The Trans-Siberian proper runs between cosmopolitan Moscow and the eclectic naval port of Vladivostok, in Russia’s Far East. Many travellers also include St Petersburg for a touch of culture and sophistication. Other popular stops are Yekaterinburg, where you can straddle the Asia/Europe border and pay your respects to Russia’s famously murdered royal family, and Ulan Ude, the home of Russian Buddhism. The one not to miss is Irkutsk, from where you can visit gargantuan Lake Baikal. The surface freezes solid in winter for a super-size ice rink, while in summer it’s pleasant to hike along the scenic shores.
MONGOLIA The most popular train route is the TransMongolian via Ulaanbaatar. You know you’ve arrived in Genghis Khan’s homeland when the grime from the Gobi forms a film on your skin. If you’re stopping here, get out to the countryside and visit a nomadic family, spend a night in a traditional ger (right), and gallop across the steppe on a hardy Mongol pony.
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St Petersburg Yekaterinburg
Manzhouli Harbin Vladivostok
CHINA CHINA There is a third route, the Trans-Manchurian, which bypasses Mongolia and enters northern China via Harbin, famed for its annual ice carving festival and Siberian tiger park. The highlight of the trip into China is Beijing, though – a vast, busy, ancient and thoroughly modern metropolis. Spend a few days here to climb the Great Wall, amble through the hutongs and glare at Mao’s portrait in Tiananmen Square.
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