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EDITOR’S LETTER While the mighty (and muddy) Thames might not be the first place you’d think of to spend a sunny day, it’s actually an excellent spot to play when the weather’s fine, as Laura Adcock found out this week on page 10. Now’s also the perfect time to plan your next holiday and on page 68, Sarah Warwick discovers that even a trip to Italy’s Tuscany doesn’t have to be expensive.

76 Discover the charms of China

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8 LONDON 8 London Life 10 MESSING ABOUT ON THE RIVER: Fun activities on the Thames 12 Food & Drink 14 Spotted 16 Silly Buggers

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If Gangster’s Paradise – Jerusalema is anything to go by, the South African film industry has come on in leaps and bounds over the past few years. Well acted, cleverly written and beautifully shot, Ralph Ziman’s crime drama can go head-to-head with most things coming out of Hollywood at the moment. Based on actual events, the film tells the story of Lucky Kunene (Seiphemo) who grows up in Johannesburg dreaming of owning a BMW and a seafront property in Durban. We follow his criminal career path from a footsoldier stealing cars to a crime boss who hijacks entire buildings and laughs in the face of authorities. However, with committed

Detective Swart (Robert Hobbs) vowing to bring him down and a relationship with a woman from the wealthy suburbs (Miskin) making him vulnerable to his enemies, Kunene has to use all his street smarts to stay alive. Though influenced by the likes of Scarface, City Of God and American Gangster,

Jerusalema puts a South African twist on genre staples. The script is a cracker, combining humour, action and social commentary, while Seiphemo is hugely impressive in what is the best South African film you’ll see this year. GOOD FOR: Those who love gritty crime dramas. PIERRE DE VILLIERS

THE REEL DEAL Wellington film-maker Peter Jackson may yet direct the two Hobbit movies after all, Entertainment Weekly reported. Mexican director Guillermo del Toro pulled out of the films over ongoing delays in a start date for filming the $209 million project, with the earliest likely release date 2012. Jackson (right) was reported to have met studio representatives at the beginning of June after saying he would not rule out directing The Hobbit if another suitable director could not be found.

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★★★★★ Set in the wake of the 2005 London bombings, this patchy drama sees a middle-England woman (Brenda Blethyn) and French forester (Sotigui Kouyate) forge a special bond as they search for their children. Highlights are Kouyate’s powerful, award-winning performance, good cinematography, and an effective score. GOOD FOR: Londoners. PDV

starring Sonam Kapoor and Imran Khan, is a classic lightweight music, dance and lovefest Bollywood movie – shot in Queenstown. Its release follows extensive publicity in the Indian press touting New Zealand’s attractions.

LEAVING

★★★★★ An excellent Kristin Scott Thomas props up this bleak drama in which a doctor’s wife cheats on her husband with a labourer and is forced to live without the security of his money. The storyline is sparse but this is still a thought-provoking relationship drama that pulls no punches. GOOD FOR: Those who haven’t broken up recently. PDV

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CULTURE SUCKER PUNCH It’s a story that’s been told before – of discovery, determination, and then swaggering pride before a fall. But Roy Williams adds an extra dimension by locating this trajectory of two black teenage friends, from delinquency to top level boxing, firmly in the ’80s. It’s a time when white trainer Charlie thinks it’s fine to refer to his protégé as “boy”, won’t let him date his daughter and claims the punters don’t care who wins. All they want is to see black guys beating the shit out of each other. The stylised fights are

ENTERTAINMENT

SEE THIS: Theatre thrillingly choreographed, the young actors toned and totally convincing. If the smell-the-sweat staging sometimes blurs the dialogue, it’s a small price to pay for a ringside view of this short, punchy play. LOUISE KINGSLEY

» Royal Court Theatre,

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SW1W 8AS Sloane Square (020 7565 5000; royalcourttheatre.com). Until Jul 31. £10-£25

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WORTH A LOOK Mark Little directs and stars as anti-hero Monk O’Neill in A Stretch Of The Imagination at the Cock Tavern Theatre. » Kilburn High Rd, NW6 6JH

Kilburn (cocktaverntheatre.com). Until Jul 17. £15

latest show The Butler to London. » Pleasance Theatre, North Rd, N7 9EF

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BOOKS OUT THIS WEEK

1:1 ARCHITECTS BUILD SMALL SPACES

BROKEN

★★★★★

Bigger isn’t always better. This exhibition, in which seven architects from Brazil to Japan use their native cultures as inspiration, tells us that small spaces add texture to architecture. Models and drawings are used to help

V&A Museum / James

•New Zealand’s Loons Circus Theatre Company brings their

Caledonian Road (pleasance.co.uk). Jul 7-31. From £7

visitors understand the ideas behind designing buildings and patrons are encouraged to kick off their shoes and step inside the displays scattered throughout the museum. ASHLEY BARFOROUSH

» V&A Museum, Cromwell Rd, SW7 2RL South Kensington (020 7942 2000; vam.ac.uk). Until Aug 30. Free

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DEXTER IS DELICIOUS

(Random) JUL 8

Jeff Lindsay

Special Agent Will Trent faces a wall of silence in the close-knit community of Grant County where a drowning made to look like suicide is actually a coldblooded murder.

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MEN I’VE LOVED BEFORE

THE DEALER AND THE DEAD

Adele Parks

Gerald Seymour

The latest in the Dexter series sees the neighbourhood serial killer taking a break from murdering Miami’s lowlifes to enjoy being a new dad. But it’s not long before he’s needed again.

(Headline Review) JUL 8

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Career gal Nat thinks Neil is ‘the one’ until he gets broody, forcing her to rifle through her little black book to see if someone from her past could actually be the man of her dreams.

JUL 8

In Seymour’s latest thriller a body is unearthed along with the ID of the arms dealer who betrayed the Croat village of Vukovar against the Serbs 18 years earlier.

MORE EXHIBITIONS German photographer Wolfgang Tillman’s first major exhibition in London since 2003 is at the Serpentine Gallery and features figurative and abstract work from the last 10 years.

» Kensington Gardens, W2 3XA

Knightsbridge (serpentinegallery.org).

Until Sep 19. Free

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ALBUM OF THE WEEK

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FAST FORWARD Airbourne Brixton Academy, Dec 2 (0844 477 2000). £17.50 Sarah Blasko Electric Ballroom, Nov 17 (0870 264 3333). £12.50

BIG BOI

The Cat Empire Brixton Academy, Oct 23 (0844 477 2000). £19.50

Sir Lucious Leftfoot – The Son Of Chico Dusty (Mercury)

★★★★★

If Outkast’s 2005 one-albumeach concept, Speakerboxx/ The Love Below, highlighted the contrasts between Andre 3000 and Big Boi’s respective musical styles, it also hinted that the hip-hop duo were ready to go their separate ways. Confirmation may be here in the form of Big Boi’s

first solo album proper. Rejected by Outkast’s label Jive for not being commercial enough, and subsequently released on Def Jam, Sir Lucious Leftfoot – The Son Of Chico Dusty is, ironically enough, packed with the kind of eclectic, innovative yet

accessible hip-hop that would give Kanye West a run for his money. The standout tracks, such as, Turns Me On, Follow Us and the filthy Tangerine, are easily up there with Big Boi’s biggest hit to date, The Way You Move. Who needs Andre 3000? ALISON GRINTER

ALSO OUT ENRIQUE IGLESIAS

FEEDER

A-HA

Euphoria (Polydor) Like daddy, like son? Well, no, Julio never made an LP with Usher, Akon and Wisin & Yandel, did he?

Renegades (Big Teeth) Fairly ho-hum Welsh indie rockers, who had a hit with tune Buck Rogers, put out their seventh album.

Hunting High And Low (Rhino) Morten Harket and co re-release their indelible ’80s classic, featuring hit Take On Me, 25 years on.

MUSIC NEWS Adelaide songstress Sia Furler has teamed up with charity Peta to make an advert that urges animal lovers to neuter their pets to prevent unwanted kittens and puppies. The ad features Furler, a vegetarian and ardent animal lover, and her dog, Pantera, baring their teeth with slogan, “Take A Bite Out Of Animal Overpopulation: Desex Your Dog”. Of course, all this chat about desexing cats and dogs coincides nicely with the release of her new album We Are Born, which is out next week.

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LIVE REVIEW Hard Rock Calling: Pearl Jam Hyde Park June 25 ★★★★★ After the mellow opening of Given To Fly, frontman Eddie Vedder – now in his forties but still likeably sincere and animated – takes things up a notch with a pulsating version of Corduroy, replete with searing guitar solo. The best moments are the old favourites from their grunge heyday – Even Flow, Black, State of Love and Trust are all highlights – while the new material fails to resonate as much. Indeed, the more

recent tracks seem to coincide with slight sags in the show. Pearl Jam know how to please, though, and anthemic Alive as the secondlast song surely achieves that. TOM STURROCK

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No 1 single California Gurls, Katy Perry feat Snoop Dogg No 1 album Recovery, Eminem

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Fat Freddy’s Drop The Troxy, Sep 9 (0870 264 3333). £27.50 Robert Forster Jazz Cafe, Jul 13 (0844 847 2514). £20 Grinderman Hammersmith Apollo, Oct 1 (0844 844 4748). £25-£27 Hilltop Hoods Koko, Jul 13 (0844 847 2258). £16.50 Interpol Brixton Academy, Dec 6-7 (0844 477 2000). £25 Jet Shepherds Bush Empire, Jul 18 (0844 477 2000). £25 Kelis Shepherds Bush Empire, Oct 1 (0844 477 2000). £22.50 Ladi6 Rhythm Factory, Aug 28 (020 7375 3774). £10 Linkin Park The O2, Nov 10 (0844 856 0202). £44.50 Don McGlashan Dingwalls, Jul 22 (0844 477 1000). £10 Hugh Masekela and The Mahotella Queens Royal Festival Hall, Nov 12 (0871 663 2501). £10-£27.50 Motörhead Brixton Academy, Nov 27 (0844 477 2000). £32.50 Salmonella Dub Shepherds Bush Empire, Sep 24-25 (0844 477 2000). £20 Urthboy Monto Water Rats, July 13 (themonto.com). £6

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GIG OF THE WEEK SNOOP DOGG Can you be a feminist and a Snoop fan, asked the Guardian last week? Well, TNT Music has always considered herself to be a bit of a femmo (equal rights for women seems like a no-brainer, really) long before Lady GaGa made it fashionable again but was won over by Snoop after the rapper delivered a powerhouse performance at the Exit festival a few years back. Let’s just say good music often transcends the stupidest lyrics. And there’s something funny about a song that goes “Beautiful … you’re my favourite girl.”

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» Shepherds Bush Empire, W11 8QE Shepherd’s Bush (08444 77 2000; o2shepherdsbushempire.co.uk). Fri, Jul 9. £45 THEM CROOKED VULTURES

SOMERSET HOUSE SERIES

The supergroup comprised of rock behemoths Dave Grohl, Josh Homme and John Paul Jones have added this gig to their run of festival dates to raise money for Brian O’Connor, Them Crooked Vultures’ friend and part-time bassist for Eagles Of Death Metal, who has sadly been diagnosed with cancer.

Even when it’s pissing down, Somerset House’s grand courtyard still makes for an atmospheric outdoor summer venue. This year’s series kicks off with indie quintet Mystery Jets on Thursday, with gigs from Noah And The Whale and N-Dubz to follow. But perhaps the pick of the week will be French bliss-pop duo Air’s set on Friday.

» Brixton Academy, Stockwell Rd, SW9 9SL Brixton (0844 477 1000; o2academybrixton.co.uk). Mon, Jul 5. £32.50

» Somerset House, Strand, WC2R 1LA

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Piccadilly Circus (0844 847 2461; somersethouse.org.uk). From Thu, Jul 8. £22.50

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Cerys Matthews and Orchestre National De Barbes added to Womad line-up The former Catatonia lead singer and the Arabic supergroup are added to the festival. Meanwhile, Gurrumul has had to cancel all his European dates, including Womad, due to illness. Charlton Park, Wiltshire (womad.org). Jul 23-25

The Good Gods THE BUZZ SO FAR Less than an year old, this London quartet may

be still wet behind the ears but their bespectacled lead man Thomas George Hatred has already written with the likes of folk acts Emmy The Great and Noah And The Whale. His current project is more distinctly indie pop with a noirish undercurrent, the perfect vehicle for his warped baritone voice. WHAT ELSE? Their dark, sparse cover of Rober Palmer’s ’80s hit Addicted To Love has to be heard to be believed. THE PLUG Debut single Lying On Our Bright Red Backs, which sounds like something sunburnt Glasto revellers could relate to.

Calling all budding DJs and promoters Make your bones as a promoter or DJ and you could join the likes of David Guetta, Leftfield, Goldfrapp, Friendly Fires and Aphex Twin at the LED festival. Submit a 20-minute guest mix with a reason why you should win the coveted slot. Victoria Park, E3 5SN (ledfestival.net). Aug 27-28

Stop Making Sense Festival in Croatia announced Actually, it makes plenty of sense: think Croatia’s sunkissed beaches, boat parties and a left-field line-up, which includes globe-spanning beats from The Very Best and Radioclit (below), Friendly Fires’ massively popular DJ incarnation, Son Of Dave’s take on blues, Django Django’s garage rock and pristine electro from Nathan Fake. Petrçane, Croatia (sms-2010.com). Aug 27-28. £80

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MUSIC LISTINGS Supermodel, Cry Red, The Hostages Indie-rock from the New Zealand-based four-piece.

Tonic Fold Funk and pop from the London-based collective. St Paul’s Church,

Rob Bravery, Kate Stapley, Wayne Hamilton, Amy Cro Downbeat indie-folk

100 Club, Oxford St, W1D 1LL (020 7636 0933). £10, adv £8.

Covent Garden, Bedford St, WC2E 9ED (020 7836 5221). £18, adv £15.

from the London-based singer-songwriter. The Source

Xtatic Soul and funk outfit fronted by Vanessa Haynes.

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Below, Lower John St, W1F 9TY (020 7060 3614). £6, adv £5.

Dover St Restaurant And Bar, Dover St, W1S 4LQ (020 7629 9813). £12, free before 10pm.

Air, Olof Arnalds The French

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MONDAY 5

Bill Evans & Robben Ford, Tokyo-Chutei-Iki, The Ronnie Scott’s All Stars

FRIDAY 9

Forum, Highgate Rd, NW5 1JY (020 7344 0044). £25.

Aswad The veteran reggae outfit performs its hits. IndigO2, Peninsula Sq,

Ashtray Navigations, Team Brick, Gum Takes Tooth Deliberately peculiar

SE10 0DX (0871 220 0260). £22.50.

psychedelic beats and guitar-escapism. The Old Blue

bluesman from Louisiana plays his hits and proves his place in the 100 Greatest Guitarists Of All Time. Shepherds Bush

Big Funk Corporation Modern

Last, Great Eastern St, EC2A 3ES (020 7739 5793). £8, adv £6.

Empire, Shepherd’s Bush Green, W12 8TT (0905 020 3999/ cc 0844 477 2000). £32.50.

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

The saxophonist and guitarist play a fusion of jazz, blues and rock. Ronnie Scott’s, Frith St, W1D 4HT (020 7439 0747). £20-£37.50.

Buddy Guy The inspirational

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electro–pop and dance duo promotes album Love 2.

Hot Club Of Boisdale Parisian swing inspired by Stephane Grappelli and Django Reinhardt. Boisdale Of Belgravia, Eccleston St, SW1W 9LX (020 7730 6922). £12, £4.50 before 10pm.

The Sword The Texan outfit plays heavy metal. The

R’n’B mixed with 1970s rare groove and funk featuring the vocals of Andrew Wood-Mitchell.

TNT’S TOP BOOKING

ROBYN Shepherds Bush Empire, W11 8QE Shepherd’s Bush (08444 77 2000; o2shepherdsbushempire. co.uk). Fri, Oct 22. £16.50 Loved by the critics and the masses alike for her innovative pop smarts, the Swedish songstress will be back to plug latest LP Body Talk Pt 1.

Them Crooked Vultures Josh Homme, Dave Grohl and John Paul Jones play hard rock. Brixton Academy, Stockwell Rd, SW9 9SL (0844 477 2000). £32.50.

Patrick Watson Alt-pop from the Montreal-based singersongwriter. Tabernacle, Powis Sq,

Bunny Come, The Coolness, Kristian Marr The Londonbased four-piece plays electronica. Proud Camden, The Horse Hospital, Chalk Farm Rd, NW1 8AH (020 7482 3867). £5.

W11 2AY (020 7221 9700). £15.

The Robert Cray Band The

TUESDAY 6

blues-rock musician performs songs from album This Time, with his backing group. Barbican, Silk

Crystal Fighters

St, EC2Y 8DS (0845 120 7500/cc 020 7638 8891). £32.50 & £38.50.

Electro–pop outfit from Navarra in Spain. Hoxton Square Bar And Kitchen, Hoxton Sq, N1 6NU (020 7613 0709). £9.

Emily & The Woods, Karen Bates, The Georgia Duncan Band Folk-pop from the LondonGray’s Inn Rd, WC1X 8BZ (020 7837 4412). £6.

The band plays funky rock. Hope And Anchor, Upper St, N1 1RL (020 7354 1312). £6, concs £4.50.

Garcia Plays Kyuss Vocalist John Garcia from stoner rock group Kyuss performs some of the band’s material. The Electric Ballroom, Camden High St, NW1 8QP (020 7485 9006). £16.50.

Kele Bloc Party frontman Kele Okereke performs electro and dance-rock. Village Underground, Holywell Ln, EC2A 3PQ (020 7422 7505). £15.

Simon Lynge The Nashville-based songstress performs rock-tinged bluegrass and country. The Troubadour, Old Brompton Rd, SW5 9JA (020 7370 1434). £6.

Clare Portman The London-based singersongwriter performs acoustica. 12 Bar Club, Denmark Pl, WC2H 8NL (020 7240 2622). £6.

The Sun Ra Arkestra The big band of the late improviser performs jazz, swing and avant-garde freestyle under the direction of Marshall Allen. Cafe Oto, Ashwin St, E8 3DL (020 7923 1231). £25, adv £22.

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Graffiti 6 The producer and singer-songwriter duo plays an eclectic mix of folk, funk, house and hip-hop, with vintage soul influences. The Old Queen’s Head, Essex Rd, N1 8LN (020 7354 9993). £6.

Darts Retro pop-rock ’n’ roll from the re-formed veteran band. 100 Club, Oxford St, W1D 1LL (020 7636 0933). £13.50.

Lucid Jake, The Fundamental The pianist-poet performs experimental music and poetry. Underbelly, Hoxton Sq,

Westley Horner, Jenny’s Birthday, Hummingbird

Benoit Viellefon & His Orchestra The group performs

Bill Jenkins, Steve Morrison

Lower Richmond Rd, SW15 1EU (020 8780 9383). £5.

swing, jazz and Cuban dance.

the blues. Brook’s Blues Bar, The Telegraph, Telegraph Rd, SW15 3TU (020 8788 2011). £10.

Media Circus, Just Like Pictures, The Stuns The

Rickie Lee Jones Cool pop,

Chalk Farm Rd, NW1 8AN (0844 847 2424). £6.

Volupte, Norwich St, EC4A 1EJ (020 7831 1677). £10.

THURSDAY 8 Betty, Substatic, The Voyeurist, Beestings Pop-rock from the New York-based band. Cargo, Rivington St, EC2A 3AY (020 7739 3440). £12, adv £10.

The Kent-born guitarist performs

jazz and Americana. Union Chapel, Compton Tce, N1 2UN (020 7226 1686). £23.50.

London Darlings, The Few, Good Weather Girl Funky punk-rock four-piece. The

London-based four-piece plays pop-rock. The Barfly,

The Natives, The Baskervilles, This Is Black, Kill Her Killer, Mc Gaff E Indie-rock from the London-based four-piece. The Luminaire, Kilburn High Rd, NW6 7JR (020 7372 7123). £5.

The Cuban Brothers

Good Ship, Kilburn High Rd, NW6 7JR (07949 008253). £5.

Latin-funk with a twist of humour from the London-based outfit.

Omar Nu British soul from

Ian Shaw, Dick Pearce Quartet Contemporary jazz

the London-based singer.

from the award-winning vocalist.

The Jazz Cafe, Parkway, NW1 7PG (0870 060 3777). £17.50.

Ronnie Scott’s, Frith St, W1D 4HT (020 7439 0747). £15-£41.50.

The Penny Black Remedy, Jonnygonehome Ska-tinged

To’Mezclao Cuban dance

from the Bostonian band. The Purple Turtle, Crowndale Rd, NW1 1TN (020 7383 4976). £8.

country-rock from the Londonbased foursome. The Luminaire,

St, EC2A 3AY (020 7739 3440). £12.

Don Weller

David Ford Acoustica from

Kilburn High Rd, NW6 7JR (020 7372 7123). £5, adv £4.

Reuben Richards & Soul Train Blues, funk and soul

606 Club, Lots Rd, SW10 0QD (020 7352 5953). £12.

Floridita, Wardour St, W1F 0TN (020 7314 4042). £10, adv £7.

Death Before Dishonor, Texas In Jul Hardcore metal

the Eastbourne-based singersongwriter. Koko, Camden High St, NW1 7JE (0870 432 5527). £15.

Mike Head Blues and swing from the resident singer and pianist. Le QuecumBar, Battersea

The Borderline, Orange Yard, Manette St, W1D 4JB (0870 060 3777/ cc 0871 231 0842). £12.50.

Of Belgravia, Eccleston St, SW1W 9LX (020 7730 6922). £12, £4.50 before 10pm.

The London-based three-piece plays indie-rock. Half Moon,

based combo. Monto Water Rats,

Decoy, Sunday Morning Service, The Hitch Hikers

songwriter from South Africa performs indie-rock ballads.

swing and blues. Boisdale

N1 6NU (020 7837 4412). £6.

Barfly, Chalk Farm Rd, NW1 8AN (0844 847 2424). £10.

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Arno Carstens The singer-

The Boisdale Blue Rhythm Band The outfit plays jazz,

music combo. Cargo, Rivington

The tenor saxophonist and his band plays funky jazz fusion.

from the seven-piece.

Eileen Hunter Jazz standards and swing originals from the singer and pianist. 606 Club, Lots

Boisdale Of Belgravia, Eccleston St, SW1W 9LX (020 7730 6922). £12, £4.50 before 10pm.

SUNDAY 11

High St, SW11 3HX (020 7787 2227). £5, mems free, free before 8pm.

Rd, SW10 0QD (020 7352 5953). £10.

Vijay Iyer Trio New York-based

Little Harlem Swing and rhythm

artist from California. Shepherds

Folk from the singer-songwriter and electric guitarist. The Green

three-piece plays improvisational jazz. The Vortex Jazz Club, Dalston

’n’ blues from the Londonbased band. Boisdale Of

Bush Empire, Shepherd’s Bush Green, W12 8TT (0905 020 3999/ £45.

Note Cafe, Parkway, NW1 7AN (020 7485 9899). £14.

Culture House, Gillett St, N16 8JH (020 7254 4097). £15.

Belgravia, Eccleston St, SW1W 9LX (020 7730 6922). £12, £4.50 before 10pm.

Soft Tone Needles Uplifting

Denmark St Big Band

northern soul band. Half Moon, Lower Richmond Rd, SW15 1EU (020 8780 9383). £9, in adv £7.

The 19-piece, London-based band play the repertoire of Frank Sinatra and the Rat Pack. The

Martin Carthy Snoop Dogg Hip-hop and rap

Trudy Kerr & The Boisdale Blue Rhythm Band Mainstream jazz from the singer and combo. Boisdale Of Belgravia, Eccleston St, SW1W 9LX (020 7730 6922). £12, £4.50 before 10pm.

Jesse Malin The New Yorkbased singer-songwriter performs alt country-tinged rock with support from The St Marks Social.

Alejandro Toledo & The Magic Tombolinos

Islington Academy, Parkfield St, N1 0PS (0844 477 2000). £12.50.

Balkan, Oriental and Gypsy sax-led sextet from London.

Rob Milne Group The tenor and soprano saxophonist leads his group. Charlie Wright’s International Bar, Pitfield St, N1 6EN (020 7490 8345). £5.

Alan Price Soulful pop-rock from the former member of the Animals Bull’s Head, Lonsdale Rd, SW13 9PY (020 8876 5241). £12.

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The Green Note Cafe, Parkway, NW1 7AN (020 7485 9899). £10.

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Spice Of Life, Moor St, W1D 5NA (020 7739 3025). £10, NUS £8.

Funk Affair An evening of funk featuring some of the UK’s finest musicians. Ronnie Scott’s, Frith St, W1D 4HT (020 7439 0747). £15-£27.50.

Summer Series: N-Dubz The hip-hop and urban trio plays songs from album Uncle B. Somerset House, Strand, WC2R 1LA (020 7845 4600). £20-£27.50.


CLUB LISTINGS MONDAY 5

St, WC1A 1JJ (020 7240 1083). 9pm-3am. £5, w/flyer £3.

Hard Core Salsa DJ Mario plays mambo and salsa. Salsa!, Charing Cross Rd, WC2H 0JG (020 7379 3277). 7pm-late. £4, free before 9pm.

I Love Mondays DJ Victor spins commercial dance, disco, pop, garage, R’n’B and funky house. Moonlighting, Greek St, W1D 4DR (020 7287 372). 10pm-3.30am. £5, NUS £1.

Inferno Andrew Elmore spins funk, house and dance. The Shadow Lounge, Brewer St, W1F 0RF (020 7287 7988). 10pm3am. £10, free before 11pm.

FESTIBELLY Undershore, Lymington, SO41 5QA (festibelly.com). Sat, Aug 28. £30 Now in its third year, this gorgeous boutique festival in the New Forest is an intimate do, offering live music and DJs including electro-rockers The Big Pink, The Invisible and Man Like Me.

Lost And Found Keb Darge and Andy Smith play blues, rock and northern soul. Madame Jo Jo’s, Brewer St, W1F 0SE (020 7734 3040). 10pm-3am. £8.

Mind Yuh Business DJs Ashley Beedle, Dean Rudland, Liam Large and Tim K play soul, ska and funk. Dex Club, Brixton Rd, SW9 8HH (020 7326 4455). 10pm-6am. £10, w/flyer £7, £7 before 11.30pm.

Shake Disco and pop from DJ John Osbourne and Paul C in the main room, while DJ Milo plays party anthems in room two. The Electric

Jump Jive And Shout DJ Late Lee plays jive and jump, plus live bands. Fiddler’s Elbow, Malden Rd, NW5 3HS (020 7485 3269). 7.30pm-late. £4.

Rehab DJs Val, Cheeky Pete Donaldson, Satoko, Haley and The Demonettes play indie, pop and electro. The Roxy, Rathbone Pl, W1T 1HJ (020 7255 1098). 10pm-3am. £5, NUS/w/flyer £3, £1 before 10.30pm.

Vodka Island Funky electro, house and chart with residents. Tiger Tiger, Haymarket, SW1Y 4SP (020 7930 1885). 9pm-3am. £6, £5 before 10pm.

TUESDAY 6 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 from the resident DJs, plus salsa classes before 10pm. Fiesta Havana, Fulham Rd, SW6 5NH (020 7381 5005). 7pm-2am. £6.

Forca Brasil DJ Fred spins

Diffrent Strokes

Latin Krazy Salsa, merengue,

Get Yourself Connected

Ballroom, Camden High St, NW1 8QP (020 7485 9006). 10pm-3am. £10, NUS/mems £8.

DJs Phat Cat, Zay London, Lonyo and Mobo Award winner and Kiss FM DJ Manny Norte play neo soul, 1980s pop, US house, funk and R’n’B. Cherryjam, Porchester

bachata and reggaeton. Salsa!, Charing Cross Rd, WC2H 0JG (020 7379 3277). 7.30pm-late. £4, free before 9pm.

Nick Tcherniak spins house and electro. The Langley, Langley St,

Sweet Memory Sounds

Rd, W2 6ET (020 7727 9950). 9pm-late. £10, £5 before 11pm.

Funky W6 Club A club night for, and run by people, with learning disabilities with pop, disco, house and reggae from Luminous Frenzy DJs Frank and Louise. Bush Hall, Uxbridge Rd, W12 7LJ (020 8222 6955). 7.30pm-late. £5.

Game On Residents spin chart, party anthems and retro hits in the basement, with R’n’B, electro and house in the VIP room. Zoo Bar, Bear St, WC2H 7AQ (020 7839 4188). 9pm-3am. £7, guest list/NUS £5.

Grapple 101 DJ Screwpulous spins classic chart, plus wrestling hosted by Danny and Ashley. Eagle, Kennington Ln, SE11 5QY (020 7793 0903). 9pm-2am. £3, mems £2, mems free before 10pm.

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

Swerve Chris Intaface, Fabio and Bailey play drum ’n’ bass. Cable, Bermondsey St, SE1

Cross Rd, WC2H 0JG (020 7379 3277). 7.30pm-late. £4, free before 9pm.

2EG (020 7403 7730). 10pm-3am. £7, £5 before 11pm, NUS £5.

Lost In London Party on the

Trannyshack Miss Dusty O,

ground floor, electro-house in the basement and commercial R’n’B in the VIP room. Zoo Bar,

Tasty Tim and Lady Lloyd spin commercial dance and pop.

Bear St, WC2H 7AQ (020 7839 4188). 7.30pm-3am. £7, guest list/NUS £5.

Seduction Resident DJs play garage, hip-hop, R’n’B, reggae, dubstep and drum ’n’ bass. Rumba, Shaftesbury Ave, W1D 7EP (020 7287 2715). 10pm-3am. £5.

White Heat DJs Matty, Marcus and Olly play indie, punk, techno and electro. Madame Jo Jo’s, Brewer St, W1F 0SE (020 7734 3040). 10.30pm-3am. £6, adv £5.

Madame Jo Jo’s, Brewer St, W1F 0SE (020 7734 3040). 10pm-3am. £5, w/flyer £3.

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Greek St, W1D 4DR (020 7287 372). 9pm-3.30am. £5, w/flyer/NUS £3, NUS £1 before midnight.

psychedelic trance. Club 414, Coldharbour Ln, SW9 8LF (020 7924 9322). 11pm-6am. £5, £3 before midnight.

commercial dance and chart. LVPO, Dean St, W1D 5BQ

The Good Foot Snowboy and Healer Selecta play ’60s and ’70s funk, rare groove, mambo and R’n’B. Madame Jo Jo’s, Brewer St, W1F

Notting Hill Arts Club, Notting Hill Gate, W11 3JQ (020 7460 4459). 7pm-2am. £8, £6 before 10pm.

0SE (020 7734 3040). 10pm-3am. £8.

Too Damn Glam Mark Storie,

Roller Disco Funk and disco for a wheeled audience. Renaissance

In Full Swing DJs spin

Rooms, Arches, Miles St, SW8 1RZ (0844 736 5375). 8pm-midnight. £10, w/skates £7.50, NUS £5.

Royal Albert Hall, Kensington Gore, SW7 2AP (020 7589 8212). 7pm. £25.

Temptation Pop, R’n’B, dance and cheese with resident DJs. Zoo Bar, Bear St, WC2H 7AQ (020 7839 4188). 10pm3am. £10, £7 before 10pm, guest list free before 10pm.

Underground Skank DJ Lost, Shivers, Dappa, Science, Flury and Rush provide dubstep, drum ’n’ bass and house. The Rhythm Factory, Whitechapel Rd, E1 1EW (020 7375 3774). 10pm3am. £8, £5 & £7 before 11.30pm.

Your Mum’s House Scally Dandan, Jamie D Winter spin electro and fidget house. Punk, Soho St, W1D 3DN (020 7734 4004). 9pm-3am. £5, £3 before 11pm.

vintage rhythms and swing.

Latin Fever Latin tracks from resident DJ Jorge. Salsa!, Charing Cross Rd, WC2H 0JG (020 7379 3277). 7pm-2am. £10, £8 before 11pm, £4 before 9pm, £2 before 8pm.

Unbranded DJs Howie and Perry play commercial dance and R’n’B. Crazy Larry’s, King’s Rd, SW10 0TZ (020 7376 5555). 10pm3am. £10, guestlist £5 before 11pm.

Viper Futurebound, Fresh,

Your Favourite Rockstar’s Wedding Christian Stevenson

The LightBox, South Lambeth Place, SW8 1SP (020 7434 1113). 10pm-6am. £9, adv £7.

plays rock and pop. Notting Hill Arts Club, Notting Hill Gate, W11 3JQ (020 7460 4459). 7pm-2am. £8, £6 before 11pm, free before 8pm.

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DC Breaks, Sigma, Furlonge, Insideinfo, Delta Heavy, Mr Brown and MC SAS play drum ’n’ bass, dubstep and electro.

Viva La House Boddhi Satva, Jose Carretas, Nick Doe, Mani, EQ, Raymundo Rodriguez and J Nelson play deep house and minimal techno.

hip-hop from DJ Disastronaut.

The Den & Centro, West Central St, WC1A 1JJ (020 7240 1083). 10pm-6am. £15, adv £8.

Blow House, electro, techno,

The Dogstar, Coldharbour Ln, SW9 8LQ (020 7733 7515). 7pm-4am. £5, free before 10pm.

drum ’n’ bass and disco from the resident DJs. Egg, York

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Bond International Presents

Cuban Club DJs spin Cuban

Way, N7 9AX (020 7609 8364). 10pm-10am. £12, NUS/concs £8.

Resident DJs spin hip-hop, funk, indie, dancehall, bashment and dubstep. The Book Club, Leonard

Calentito Pop, R’n’B, and soul. Salvador And Amanda,

St, EC2A 4RH (020 7684 8618). 8pm2am. £5.

and salsa. Stanza, Shaftesbury Ave, W1D 5DY (020 7494 3020). 8pm-midnight. £5, £4 before 8pm, free before 7pm.

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

Carpet Burn Jonny Woo, Ma

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Butcher, Princess Julia and John Sizzle play pop, dance, house and Italo disco. Eagle, Kennington

Groove Sanctuary AfricanLatin, electronica, funk, disco and deep house from DJ Jimbo (Raw Deal), Joey Vieira and guests. Madame Jo Jo’s, Brewer

pop, rock, disco, dub, drum ’n’ bass, dubstep, soul, funk and house. The Dogstar, Coldharbour

Ln, SE11 5QY (020 7793 0903). 9pm4am. £6, NUS £4, £3 before 10.30pm.

St, W1F 0SE (020 7734 3040). 9.30pm-3am. £5, free before 11pm.

Ln, SW9 8LQ (020 7733 7515). 9pm-4am. £5, free before 10pm.

Download This SBTRKT provides

Horse Meat Disco Jim Stanton, James Hillard, Filthy Luka and Severino spin disco.

(020 7434 3399). 9pm-3am. £5.

Agita Brasil Latin and samba

Flying Saucers Keb Darge,

from the resident DJs, plus dance classes before 10pm. Fiesta

Ruby Dagger, Little Edith and Swampcat Caz play rock ’n’ roll, blues, rockabilly and R’n’B. The

Dance Rocks House, R’n’B,

garage, two-step and house with support from Doc Daneeka and Greenmoney. Plan B, Brixton

chart, indie and 1980s and 1990s hits. The Watershed, The Broadway,

Rd, SW9 4AY (020 7733 0926). 10pm-4am. £8, £5 before 11pm.

Bedroom Bar, Rivington St, EC2A 3AY (020 7739 5706). 8pm-1am. £5.

SW19 1SD (020 8540 0080). 8pm-late. £8, £5 before midnight.

Grind A Go Go DJ Dead plays

Cheap$kates Disco and hip-hop courtesy of DJ Downfall. Moonlighting, Greek St, W1D 4DR (020 7287 372). 9pm-3.30am. £6, NUS £5, w/flyer £4.

Place, SW1V 1JR (0845 371 4489). 10pm-5am. £20, adv £15.

pop, R’n’B and Motown The Den & Centro, West Central St, WC1A 1JJ (020 7240 1083). 10pm-4am. £8, free before 11pm.

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Havana, Fulham Rd, SW6 5NH (020 7381 5005). 7pm-2am. £6.

Diason, Damo, Brad Hudson, Adam Asenjo, Brad James and Thatboykana play house and electro. Pacha, Terminus

Popstarz Three rooms of indie,

Audio Sushi Indie, electro and

Choice Cuts DJ Disaster spins Electric Thursday House,

DJ Derek and Adam Callan play reggae, ska and dub, plus a screening of the World Cup third place play-off.

Psyrhythmix DJs spin

Blockheads Resident DJs spin indie, punk funk, rock, commercial urban and retro pop. Moonlighting,

WC2H 9JA (020 7836 5005). 8pm3am. £10, £5 before 9pm, free before 8pm.

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rock ’n’ roll, R’n’B and garage, plus live music from The Sundae Kups. Bethnal Green Working Men’s Club, Pollard Row, E2 6NB (020 7739 2727). 9pm-2am. £8.

Eagle, Kennington Ln, SE11 5QY (020 7793 0903). 8pm-3am. £6.

Sensational Sundays DJ Eddie J Santos spins commercial chart, party anthems, funky house and commercial R’n’B. Zoo Bar, Bear St, WC2H 7AQ (020 7839 4188). 12noon-2am. £10, guestlist £5, free before 8pm.

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» TUESDAY » WEDNESDAY » THURSDAY » FRIDAY » SATURDAY » SUNDAY quote unquote “I’m not sure if I would always be able to keep my hands off you.” Queensland high school teacher Laura Naomi Fields in a letter to a 16-year-old student. She was subsequently banned from teaching for five years.

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AUSTRALIA Church’s sex shame The Catholic Archbishop of Melbourne Denis Hart publicly acknowledged the church’s shame after priest John Sidney Denham was jailed for 20 years on child sex charges against 25 boys between 1968 and 1986. Denham described himself as a “scumbag Paeodophile” during the trial in NSW.

Mining hearts Julia Prime Minister Julia Gillard broke a deadlock with the mining industry, and renegotiated Kevin Rudd’s 40 per cent mining super profits tax to a 30 per cent levy,

Julia Gillard

SNOW GOOD: Skating on Sydney’s largest open-air ice rink is one way to revel in winter, but rare frost and temperatures of 4.3˚C on June 30 – Sydney’s coldest June morning in 27 years – thanks to an Arctic front had the city in a collective shiver.

now called the mineral resource rent tax. Gillard said negotiations with the coal and iron mining companies were “hard, frank and respectful”. The new plan would affect fewer miners, but cut Government revenue by $1.5 billion.

Tobago team to win the backing of their Fifa representatives. Last year aid to Africa increased by 40 per cent around the same time the Government endorsed a Football Federation Australia strategy to provide “football-relevant” aid to Africa.

An expensive bid

Qantas executives detained in Vietnam for six months over a $US31 million fuel-hedging loss probe were released. Daniela Marsilli, former chief operating officer of Jetstar Pacific, and ex-chief financial officer, Tristan Freeman, returned home after a ‘’shameful’’ experience.

Australia’s World Cup bid team dipped into the country’s foreign aid budget to try to secure the 2018 tournament, the Sydney Morning Herald reported. A Fifa probe revealed bid officials gave away jewellery and paid travel costs for a Trinidad and

Airline execs go home

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“While big city politicians will tell you Australia is full, again, I disagree.” NSW Nationals leader Andrew Stoner calls for 500,000 workers to regional NSW to reduce city population stress and improve regional economies. “A kick in the head and a cup, I know what I’d rather.” Winner of the Marree Australian Camel Cup, Peter Chantler, whose daughter Gracie,16, rode Dish Dash to a convincing win, started the day with a camel kick to the cheek. TNT er h weat rt repo

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True Blue: An Aussie contingent marches in the Grand Parade of Nations in Sydney as part of the 93rd annual Lions Club International Convention. Involving 12,000 delegates from 146 countries, it’s the second time the event has been held in Australia.

“What has happened today to myself and the people of the Torres Strait is a big, big win.” Torres Strait Island elder George Mai is jubilant after winning a nineyear court battle to secure native title rights over 40,000sqm of ocean between Cape York and New Guinea.


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WESTERN AUSTRALIA Resources town Karratha will be transformed into a “world-class” city, on par with Australia’s other metropolises. The State Government launched a blueprint to turn the town into a “future city”, with improved infrastructure and retail, commercial and housing facilities.

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who was replaced with his deputy, Julia Gillard, left The Lodge in Canberra, where he lived with his wife Therese and daughter Jessica, only five days after his ousting. Moving to Brisbane, Rudd said his final goodbye to the official residence. “This has been our home for the better part of the last three

years … our family home. “It’s the people’s house and we return it gratefully to the people.” Welsh-born Gillard said she would not move into The Lodge until she won an election, but she did make the Canberra office her own by decorating it in Western Bulldogs colours.

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‘Doctor Death’ sent to prison Phillips, who underwent an oesophagectomy despite being unfit for the procedure. Patel also unnecessarily removed large sections of Ian Vowles’ bowel, causing permanent injury. Before his tenure at the hospital, Patel was disciplined for “gross negligence” in the US in 2000. Former patient Doris Hillier expressed anger at the sentence: “He’s taken three lives … it should have been life, life, life.” Prosecutor Ross Martin said Patel was a man driven by a “toxic ego”, who performed surgeries beyond his skill level.

QUEENSLAND Queensland Rail’s (QR) bulk haulage network would be privatised later this year as the Government focused on passenger services. The sale, part of $15bn of assetstripping, would proceed, despite QR breaching workplace agreements. QR National would be Australia’s largest carrier of rail freight.

TASMANIA Stavros Papadopoulos, 22, was sentenced to life in jail for murdering Chinese accounting student Zhang “Tina” Yu in June 2009. He bludgeoned the 27-year-old with a brick before strangling and drowning her in the Tyenna River.

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Jayant Patel and his wife Kishoree at a court hearing

Emergency funding of up to $12.8bn would tackle the most serious locust plague threat in 40 years. Extensive chemical aerial spraying aimed to control the looming menace to crops and sportsgrounds.

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■ Former prime minister Kevin Rudd set to receive $600,000 annual allowance ■ The perks include a gold air pass, a car, four staff and an office in Brisbane ■ Rudd leaves The Lodge, returning it “gratefully to the people”

A surgeon dubbed ‘Doctor Death’ was jailed for seven years, but could be released in half that time, sparking despair among his victims’ families and former patients. Jayant Patel was convicted on three counts of manslaughter and one of grievous bodily harm for his failures while he served as the director of surgery at Bundaberg Base Hospital from 2003-2005. Patel was charged over the deaths of Mervyn Morris, whose rectal bleeding he failed to tend to; Gerardus Kemps, who bled to death after an oesophagectomy; and James

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eposed prime minister Kevin Rudd is to receive annual allowances of about $600,000 because he led the country for more than one year. He is due to receive superannuation, a gold air pass, a car, at least four staff and his own office in Brisbane for the rest of his life. The allowances would be worth $20m by the time Rudd turned 85, news.com.au reported. Rudd would also receive an annual pension of up to $145,987. The former prime minister,

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All Black rape claims

UPPER NORTH ISLAND Police were confident of hunting down a onearmed man in a purple Holden after he allegedly robbed an Orewa bar at gunpoint. “If you stood out like that, why would you go out and rob someone?” Detective Mike Palma said.

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Robin Brooke is facing another teenage sex scandal

wasted and he was using my body like he had a right to it.” Brooke refused to leave the home, despite multiple requests and only left when police were called, she said. The All Black allegedly paid the woman’s friend, who said she witnessed her friend being raped, $1500. The New Zealand Herald reported that Brooke was due

to become All Blacks captain in 1998 but a male flatmate of the woman contacted the rugby union, threatening to go public with the allegations if Brooke was appointed. Police last week urged the woman to lay a complaint. In February, Brooke publicly apologised for a separate incident in which he groped a 15-year-old girl in Fiji.

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Fane bombs with Jew, HIV jokes Comedian David Fane resigned from his TV and radio gigs after making racist and homophobic comments at an Auckland media event. Fane, who hosts a breakfast show on radio station Flava and is the creator of the animated TV show, Bro’Town, told advertising agency executives at the inaugural Radio Roast: “I want to eat you, but I won’t because I don’t want to get HIV. “Would you roast an HIV person?” he asked his audience. “You’d roast them because they’re expendable,” he continued, “like the Jews.

Hitler had a right, you know.” His employer, Radio Network, said Fane would send written apologies to the New Zealand Jewish Council and the New Zealand Aids Foundation, for the offence he had caused. Fane told TV3 his comments were “dumb”. “I really am so very sorry for any offence I’ve caused you,” he said. “They were dumb words, said by a dumb man.” Fane is also known for his film and TV roles including Outrageous Fortune, Sione’s Wedding and Radiradirah.

LOWER NORTH ISLAND Upper Hutt man Dwayne Mercer was struck with New Zealand’s first warning under the controversial new “three strikes” law after he groped a woman while he was a guest at her house.

UPPER SOUTH ISLAND Seddon couple Chris and Trish Redwood agreed to host the controversial Undie 500 student car rally, saying a repeat of the violence seen in Dunedin was unlikely. But police, the town’s mayor and the landowners’ neighbour remained vehemently opposed to the event.

LOWER SOUTH ISLAND The popular Birdman competition is set to continue as part of the Queenstown Winter Festival, despite one competitor suffering serious injury this year. A 24-year-old Queenstown woman fractured her C7 vertebra after jumping from a jetty into Lake Wakatipu during the recent competition.

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■ Robin Brooke accused of raping a comatose woman 12 years ago ■ He allegedly paid the victim’s friend, who said she witnessed the incident, $1500 ■ A newspaper reports Brooke may have captained NZ if not for the allegations

Tasteless: Fane not so funny

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ormer All Black Robin Brooke was accused of having non-consensual sex with a comatose woman 12 years ago when she was 17. The woman’s friend said Brooke gave them “shot after shot” of Chartreuse – which has an alcohol content of 55 per cent – before he bought marijuana and went home with them. The alleged victim told TVNZ she woke up “sick to [her] gut” to find Brooke having sex with her. “I didn’t want it. I was passed out,

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Dark times ahead? South Africa could plunge into darkness after a breakdown in negotiations between trade unions and national power supplier Eskom. Discussions fell through when the National Union of Mineworkers and the National Union of Metalworkers of South Africa rejected a revised offer of an 8.5 percent wage increase and a R1000 housing allowance. The unions, who with trade union Solidarity represent 2900 workers, want a 9 per cent pay increase and R1500 allowance, and have threatened to strike over the matter.

Selebi tells secrets Former police chief Jackie Selebi was convicted of corruption for disclosing top secret reports about underworld figures to drug trafficker Glenn Agliotti in return for R1.2 million. The former Interpol president was convicted in the High Court in Johannesburg and would be sentenced on July 14. He faces the prospect of 15 years in jail.

The big game: The World Cup is fielding football giants on and off the pitch. This looming puppet is pitted against other larger-thanlife characters at The Giant Match, an event staged purely for the entertainment of World Cup enthusiasts in Port Elizabeth.

Wealth lies dormant Africa has US$1.7 trillion worth of untapped wealth and production in sectors such as agriculture, tourism and water – investment areas that stretch beyond commodoties. A study by Africa Investor and the Africa Group reported that with GDP in Africa boosted by wealth from its vast natural resources, investors should not overlook the continent’s potential.

Mulholland dies

Jackie Selebi

Actor Gordon Mulholland, best known for his role as mining boss Hilton McRae in one of the country’s first TV shows The

Villagers, died aged 89, at his home in East London. Also famed for his role in the 1986 film Jock Of The Bushveld, Mulholland’s health had deteriorated after he suffered a stroke last year.

Paris off the hook Paris Hilton escaped charges of drugs possession at a World Cup court in Port Elizabeth after she was arrested while watching the Brasil v Holland match. Authorities dropped the charges after her co-accused, former Playboy playmate Jennifer Rovero, pleaded guilty to possession of cannabis.

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Canada for more than 10 years, the international channel has been driving testosterone levels off the Richter scale in the Rainbow Nation so much that the search is now on for local presenters for Naked News Africa. Yiwombe said the presenters of the African channel had to reflect the diversity of beauty of the continent.

“When I later checked that room, she was nowhere to be found and I felt so devastated.” Mother Sibonakele Ngwenya on the theft of her week-old baby, Promise, by a fake nurse from a clinic in KwaDabeka. “These unfortunate utterances betray glaring ignorance of the league …” The ANC is outraged by public calls from the ANC Youth League in eThekwini to dismiss sports minister Makhenkesi Stofile over his lack of involvement in the World Cup. “Government is closely monitoring these xenophobic threats by faceless criminals whose desire is to create anarchy.” Police minister Nathi Mthethwa responds to public concerns over a threat of xenophobic violence against foreigners in the country after the World Cup ends.

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Internet TV channel Naked News has penetrated the South African international news market. Presented by women who undress while reading the news and sport, it is “the thinking man’s answer to adult entertainment”, the channel’s Africa spokesperson Quintine Yiwombe, claimed. Having aroused men in

quote unquote “Is Aurora signifying a new labour standard in South Africa?” Speaking at the launch of a report on South African employment, economist Mike Schussler says the Department of Labour failed miners who worked without pay for the mining company.


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GAUTENG Johannesburg was exposed as the third worst city in the world in which to commute, behind Mexico City and Bejing. The IBM Commuter Pain Index was determined on the feedback on 8192 motorists in 20 cities across five continents.

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a false name to harbour him from police. Wright’s lawyer, William Booth, denied the accusations and lambasted Cele over the public allegations, saying they had “aggrieved” his client. He said Wright spoke to Joseph in his capacity as a journalist before there

was a warrant for his arrest. Wright was charged with obstructing justice and contravening the Immigration Act by offering fake ID. His case would be heard at a World Cup court on July 7. Charges against Joseph were dropped after he paid a R750 admission of guilt fine.

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Reporter cashed in on premier were aired in 2005, during which time Smith resigned from the newspaper, he only offered an affidavit to the National Prosecuting Authority, along with a request for indemnity against any criminal charges, last week. Rasool was ousted as head of the party in the province in 2005 by James Ngculu and was axed as premier in 2008 by the ANC before the party lost the Western Cape to the Democratic Alliance. Smith also admitted he was a co-owner of a PR firm, which gave advice to Rasool, while he was at the paper.

Mangaung’s executive mayor defended his decision to purchase R15 million worth of World Cup tickets and T-shirts for poor people, saying it provided a memorable atmosphere.

KWAZULUNATAL The Health Department would circumcise 4000 boys before July 13 as the Government considered regulating illegal initiation schools. The intensified programme, involving health practitioners, traditional leaders and the community, followed the discovery of the 40th death due to illegal circumcision.

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A woman was jailed for three years for conspiring to kill her boss with his business partner, who was accused of pilfering money from the company. Joanne Neethling, 30, a paramedic for City Bowl Armed Response, was exposed before her plot could be executed.

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■ Sunday Mirror journalist accused of orchestrating plot with English fan ■ Simon Wright faces court on July 7 for obstructing justice ■ Wright is “aggrieved” about public accusations

A former political reporter for the Cape Argus newspaper confessed to taking payments from former Western Cape premier Ebrahim Rasool in return for articles that fostered his political ambitions. The newspaper’s chiefs said that they were “aghast” at Ashley Smith’s revelations and consequently splashed details of his affidavit across the front page. In the affidvit, Smith admitted he was used by Rasool to make attacks on his rivals within the ANC – particularly the provincial secretary Mcebisi Skwatsha. Although the allegations

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ational police commissioner general Bheki Cele condemned British journalist Simon Wright for orchestrating a plot with an English fan to expose World Cup security as lax. Police arrested Sunday Mirror journalist Simon Wright, accusing him of helping Pavlos Joseph enter the England team’s dressing room after their match with Algeria on June 18. Cele claimed Wright profited from the plot through an exclusive interview and had booked him into a hotel under

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RUGBY LEAGUE St George-Illawarra confirm Mark Gasnier will return to the club until the end of 2014 after the former Dragons skipper spent two seasons with French rugby club Stade Francais.

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AFL Saints tagger Steven Baker will miss the rest of the regular season after copping a nine-match ban for three counts of striking during a spiteful clash with Geelong.

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RUGBY UNION Sonny Bill Williams’ most recent foray into boxing lasts only two minutes and thirty seconds – that’s how long it takes for Williams to floor Kiwi battler Ryan ‘Hulk’ Hogan.

FOOTBALL New Zealand football coach Ricki Herbert says he would like nothing more than to continue with the All Whites, but will wait to see if any other offers flood in from overseas.

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RUGBY SEVENS Australia’s sevens side gets drawn in the same pool as the Poms for the Commonwealth Games – to be held in Delhi in October – along with minnows Sri Lanka and Namibia.

FOOTBALL Veteran Socceroo Mark Bresciano announces he has joined Italian club Lazio on a two-year deal. Bresciano, 30, has played for four clubs in Italy’s Serie A since 1999.

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MOTORSPORT Marcos Ambrose’s frustrating NASCAR season continues at Daytona International Speedway, where the Tassie driver crashes out in a 17-car pile-up with only 12 laps to go.

Line them up “ and if he wants to

be a domino… I’m up for it. I’m up for anybody

Anthony Mundine is ready to fight fellow Aussie light middleweight Ryan Waters.

THURSDAY CRICKET England v Bangladesh The Poms are getting chirpy 7.30pm BBC1 FRIDAY MOTORSPORT British F1 Grand Prix Practice sessions start 9.55am BBC Red Button SATURDAY RUGBY UNION South Africa v New Zealand The Tri-Nations opener 8.30am Sky Sports 2 SUNDAY FOOTBALL World Cup final Time for the decider 7.30pm BBC1

PUB TALK: BRITISH SPORT EXPLAINED Roy Hodgson What’s happened? Hodgson has left Fulham to manage Liverpool, with the London club pocketing £2m in compensation. What’s his story? He coached Switzerland in the early 90s and also managed United Arab

Emirates and Finland. He’s worked at Blackburn and Udinese and did two stints at Inter Milan. Had England sacked Fabio Capello, Hodgson would have been favourite to take over. Fulham must be spewing? Hodgson took them from near-relegation into the top half and then to last season’s Europa League final. He’ll be hard to replace.

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Ben Barba BULLDOGS The 21-year-old excitement machine has had limited opportunities but he set the Dogs alight against Cronulla, staking his claim as the side’s best replacement for veteran playmaker Brett Kimmorley.

THE TABLE Team Dragons Panthers Tigers Titans Rabbitohs Sea Eagles Roosters Warriors Broncos Eels Knights Bulldogs Raiders Sharks Cowboys Storm*

P 15 14 15 15 15 15 15 15 16 15 15 15 15 15 15 15

W 12 10 9 9 8 8 8 8 8 6 6 5 5 5 4 9

L PD PTS 3 190 26 4 113 24 6 7 22 6 -11 22 7 74 20 7 28 20 7 -3 20 7 -24 20 8 27 18 9 -46 16 9 -61 16 10 -11 14 10 -93 14 10 -140 14 9 -133 12 6 83 0

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The Bulldogs were held scoreless in the second half for the second straight game, but did all the damage before half-time, leading 24-8 at the break, and then held firm to record their first back-to-back wins in two months. The Dogs scored three converted tries in the Raiders 12 J Monaghan J Thompson tries J Croker 2 goals

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22 Roosters T Carney J Friend S Perrett S Kenny-Dowall tries T Carney 3 goals

Sydney Roosters halfback Todd Carney made a triumphant return to his old NRL stomping ground, leading his side to a tense win over Canberra at Canberra Stadium. Carney, who was sacked by Canberra in 2008 for a series of off-field indiscretions intercepted a pass Warriors 35

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The baby Broncos looked to have come of age when, aiming for their seventh win in eight games, they found themselves leading 14-12 in the dying minutes in front of 30,127 fans. But Robbie Farah, the Tigers hooker overlooked for Origin selection, showed

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The in-form Warriors secured a third straight win, flogging Parramatta at Mount Smart Stadium. Lewis Brown bagged a brace during the victory, which keeps the Warriors in the hunt for a top eight spot. The Eels were once again inept in attack and

uncanny poise, directing a pin-point cross-field kick to Mitch Brown, who crashed over in the 78th minute for the match-winning try. After trailing 12-8 at half-time, the Broncos looked to have sealed the result in miserable conditions when last-minute selection Gerard Beale crossed in the 50th minute to give the hosts a 14-12 buffer. But the visitors weren’t to be denied, thanks to Farah’s heroics. first 17 minutes to set up an 18-2 advantage, but Ben Barba put the Sharks on the back foot with a perfect 40-20 in the opening set, before setting up Blake Green. Bulldogs centre Jamal crossed after bursting through three tackles to extend the lead and Barba then put his stamp on the game again, beating two defenders to score a dazzling solo try, before pouncing on a kick and racing 40 metres for his second. in the 12th minute and ran 80 metres to score the first try of the match, before his precise kick helped winger Sam Perrett find the line just two minutes later, giving Sydney a 10-0 lead. Joel Thompson and Joel Monaghan crossed for the Raiders to give the hosts a 12-10 halftime advantage, but second-half tries from Shaun Kenny-Dowall and Jake Friend sealed the win for Brian Smith’s side. have not scored more than six points in a game for over a month. But for the Warriors, who have been notorious for blowing games they should have won this season, it was an efficient and workman-like performance with Michael Luck and James Maloney both outstanding. The Warriors lost Lance Hohaia to a groin injury before the match, resulting in a major reshuffle, but it seemed to have little effect.

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Port Adelaide coach Mark Williams senses his time at the club is coming to an end.

Chance Bateman tries to evade Dale Morris

Hawks win thriller Hawks 12.7.79 L Franklin 3 C Rioli 2 L Hodge 2 J Roughead 2 B Muston B Renouf S Mitchell

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11.10.76 Bulldogs B Hall 2 D Giansiracusa 2 J Grant 2 A Cooney B Johnson R Griffen R Murphy S Higgins

Hawthorn claimed the biggest scalp of their seven-match winning streak, scraping home against the Bulldogs in a seesawing match that went down to the wire. After three tight quarters, the Bulldogs led by five points at the last change and had their Blues 18.12.120 E Betts 5 C Yarran 2 J Garlett 2 H Scotland 2 L Henderson 2 K Simpson 2 R Houlihan S O’hAilpin B Gibbs

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9.11.65 Lions A Cornelius 2 T Banfield 2 A Buchanan J Polkinghorne D Rich J Redden S Black

Carlton cruised to a thumping win, heaping further misery on the Lions, after banging on six goals to one in the second quarter and another six in the last. Carlton goalsneak Eddie Betts continued his outstanding season, while skipper Chris Judd dominated in the midfield. Magpies 20.15.135 C Dawes 4 D Jolly 4 A Didak 3 D Beams 2 S Pendlebury 2 T Lockyer 2 D Swan 2 L Ball

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R Crowley 5 P Hasleby 2 S Hill 2 A Grover A Morabito D Mundy A Sandilands D Roberton H Ballantyne M Barlow M Pavlich

Crows 19.10.124 K Tippett 6 P Dangerfield 4 R Henderson 3 T Walker 3 B Vince S Goodwin S Thompson

9.9.63 Roos L Hansen 4 B Warren D Wells H McIntosh L Thomas T Goldstein

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8.10.58 Power D Pearce 2 J Schulz 2 A Carlile B Ebert M Banner M Thomas

Fremantle continued their outstanding season with an emphatic win over Port, leading all day to edge closer to a coveted top four berth. Port enjoyed a brief flurry late in the second term, booting three straight goals to close to within 10 points, before the Dockers surged home.

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5.10.40 Bombers P Ryder 2 H Hocking S Lonergan T Slattery

The Bombers slumped to their fourth straight loss, never firing a shot against a Crows outfit that has won three of their past four. Adelaide midfielders Scott Thompson and Nathan van Berlo starred through the middle, while tall forward Kurt Tippett was unstoppable. Tigers 14.5.89 J Riewoldt 5 A Collins 3 C Newman 2 B Griffiths B Nason D Martin M Farmer

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12.13.85 Swans J McVeigh 3 A Goodes 2 J Moore 2 B McGlynn K Jack M Pyke S Mumford T Dennis-Lane

At the 20-minute mark of the third quarter, the Swans led by 33 points. But the Tigers launched a remarkable comback, piling on the last three goals of the term and then another five in the last to snatch victory. Tigers youngster Andrew Collins kicked the last two goals of the match.

BLUES Few thought Carlton would cope without Brendan Fevola but Betts has been a big part of the solution, emerging as one of the league’s top crumbers; he was at it again against the Lions, booting five goals.

THE LADDER Team Cats Magpies Saints Dockers Bulldogs Blues Hawks Swans Roos Crows Lions Bombers Power Demons Tigers Eagles

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After opening up a 19-point lead at the first change, Geelong were never troubled by the Roos and cruised to a routine win. The margin blew out to 58 points midway through the final quarter, before the Roos kicked the last four goals to salvage some respectability.

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Collingwood kicked the first eight goals of the match to rule out any chance of an upset, and then buried the listless Eagles even deeper by adding nine goals to one in the third term. The Magpies had a spread of contributors but their engine room dominance underpinned the win. Cats 14.14.98

chances to build a decisive buffer when they controlled the first eight minutes of the final stanza. But the Hawks dug deep, and enjoyed telling contributions from their stars when it mattered. Captain Sam Mitchell, vice-captain Luke Hodge and tall forwards Lance Franklin and Jarryd Roughead all kicked classy goals in the last term, as the Hawks came from behind to snatch an important victory.

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Australia were outplayed by England when it mattered, surrendering the five-match ODI series, but recovered impressively to win the two dead rubbers and avoid an embarrassing whitewash.

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Trailing 3-0 when they arrived at the Oval last Wednesday, Australia finally found the runs they had been missing all series, setting England a target of 5-290. The Poms never looked like getting close, with Ryan Harris claiming 5-32 to help bowl England out for 212. At Lord’s on Saturday, the Aussies overcame a sluggish start – they were 4-106 in the 30th over – before a brutal stand between Mike Hussey and Shaun Marsh pushed the total up to 7-277 off 50 overs. The English top order didn’t

look interested, and when Shaun Tait, who bowled at blistering speeds all day, dismissed Andrew Strauss and then Michael Yardy in the fifth over, England were reeling. Paul Collingwood led a recovery but, after he went for 95, England ended up all out for 235. “I was a bit disappointed with the way the series has finished to tell the you the truth because game three could have gone either way,” Australia skipper Ricky Ponting said. “I am pretty proud of the guys the way they have stuck at it and the way they have fought back.”

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Waugh backs Smith for Ashes

Former Australian prime minister John Howard last week had his candidacy for vice-presidency of the ICC, which leads automatically to the presidency, blown out of the water by the African and Asian nations. Howard’s nomination was not even put to a vote when the ICC executive board met in Singapore on Wednesday. Howard has never been shy to express his sometimes divisive views on cricket, but the decision also reflects Cricket Australia’s dwindling political power. “It is a very bad precedent to be establishing for the ICC,” Howard said. “I wanted to do this job. I thought I could do it well and I would have devoted my full time to it.”

Former Australian captain Steve Waugh has heaped praise on emerging all-rounder Steven Smith and claims the youngster could be the side’s first-choice spinner by the time the Ashes begin in November. So far in his career, Smith has been cast as a big-hitting all-rounder in the limitedovers formats but, with regular spinner Nathan Hauritz injured, he looks set to make his Test debut against Pakistan at Lord’s next week and may have futher opportunities to press his claim on the tour to India in October. “I think Steve Smith is one of the most promising cricketers we have seen in Australia in the past 20 years,” Waugh said. “You have to give him a little bit of time; I mean,

caught in a spin cycle Since Shane Warne retired from Test cricket, Australia have picked seven different spinners. Stuart MacGill and Brad Hogg were tried; Beau Casson, Jason Krejza and Bryce McGain came and went; and Cameron White wisely decided to focus on his batting, before Nathan Hauritz cemented his spot.

leg-spin is a tough art. “I think with his batting, he is not far off being in the top six batters anyway; he is an excellent fieldsman as well – when you have that sort of talent, then you have to got give that an opportunity. “Whether he comes in as an all-rounder … he has to be close to being in that Test side.”

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“If they pick players on form, they’d nearly have to pick the entire Queensland team. I’d love to see that day.” Former Queesland rugby league star Steve Renouf wants an all-maroon Australian Test side. “I heard Tim Mannah say he wants to play Origin for NSW. The selectors should ask Tim, what’s he willing to do for his state? If he says ‘die’, put him straight in. That’s what they should be asking each of their players.” Gavin Allen, a former Maroons prop of the mid-1990s, with some advice for the NSW Origin selectors. “I’d probably be looking for a new job if we lose (the Ashes) again … I’ve got the biggest eight months of my career coming up.” Aussie cricket captain Ricky Ponting on the challenges ahead. “I never thought I would see the day when I had a bit of sympathy for Steven Baker … He just really annoys you. If it happened at a pub you’d just smash a glass over his head.” Richmond veteran Ben Cousins (below) on the niggling tactics of St Kilda stopper Steven Baker.

Webber hits streets Ahead of this weekend’s British F1 Grand Prix at Silverstone, Australian driver Mark Webber took his Red Bull for a rush-hour spin on the streets of London, making a brief pit-stop to change his tyres outside Buckingham Palace.

Webber currently sits fourth in the drivers standings – behind British McLaren pair Lewis Hamilton and Jensen Button as well as Red Bull teammate Sebastian Vettel – and needs to bounce back from his last start in Valencia, where a spectacular crash saw the Aussie finish with no points. Webber was lucky to escape unhurt from the crash – when his car spun and somersaulted at 190 km/h after clipping the back of Heikki Kovalainen’s Lotus – and said his biggest concern was smashing into something while airborne. “I was worried about bridges or things that I could

Webber cruises around London

hit up in the air,” Webber said. “I knew I was involved in a huge crash, and that I was just a passenger. “But I knew there was a lot of run-off down there, so that was good. I was also happy it was a tyre wall and not the Techpro stuff because that is not as good as the tyres.”

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STALLED FOR 30 YEARS Not since 1980 has an Australian F1 driver taken the chequered flag in the British Grand Prix. Back then, it was Alan Jones, in his Williams-Ford, who won at Brands Hatch on his way to winning that year’s drivers championship, pipping Brazilian driver Nelson Piquet by winning the year’s final two races.

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made amends in spectacular fashion by finishing third overall in the Tour of Spain and then wining Australia’s first ever world road race title in Mendrisio, Switzerland. Since then, the 33-year-old Katherine native has switched teams, to American outfit BMC, and has gone on to honour the rainbow jersey reserved for reigning world road race champions, winning the Fleche-Wallonne semiclassic before performing strongly at the Giro d’Italia in May and June.

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He’s out for the whole year, and his tactical kicking will be missed when it gets tight. There’s also the question of fatigue – the team is largely made up of Stormers and Bulls players, who played more games than anyone in the Super 14. Underlying all this is whether Peter De Villiers, South Africa’s erratic coach, has got his head in the right place. He’s been criticised for bringing on substitutions at the wrong time and killing the momentum of the team. Keep an eye on: Francois Louw – a hugely impressive new flanker who is superb at the breakdown. Prediction: Second.

NEW ZEALAND The good news: Kiwis would have been over the moon to see Daniel Carter playing a starring role in the recent Tests against Ireland and Wales. The benefits

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SOUTH AFRICA The good news: The Springboks beat the All Blacks three times in a row last year and the Stormers were victorious over the New Zealand teams in the Super 14, so the squad should have some confidence that they can get the job done overseas. There’s never been more depth in South African rugby – for instance, Victor Matfield, Bakkies Botha, Andries Bekker and Danie Rossouw, arguably the four best locks in the world, are all South African – leaving them betterequipped to deal with injuries than New Zealand and Australia. The Boks will also welcome back Jean de Villiers, a calming influence in the backline. The bad news: South Africa will be without scrum-half Fourie du Preez, who is probably their most influential player.


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NEW ZEALAND V SOUTH AFRICA July 17, Wellington

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AUSTRALIA V NEW ZEALAND The Wallabies will need to step it up a gear

September 11, Sydney

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of Carter’s impeccable kicking are obvious, but it’s his ability to carry the ball and his willingness to take on tacklers that has impressed so far this season. While the Tri-Nations will present a stiffer challenge than the touring UK sides, New Zealand showed enough zip to suggest they will go into this year’s series with a real intent to attack and score heavily. The bad news: There’s not much – they look like they’re in good shape. While the All Blacks posted comfortable wins in their three Tests, slow starts were a minor concern. They eventually got going and ran out winners, but if they come out of the blocks sluggishly against better sides, they may be punished more severely. Coach Graeme Henry took a punt by picking only two specialist wings in his Tri-Nations squad. He’s showing faith in Joe Rokocoko, who’s had a tough time against the Boks in recent years. If he struggles, the decision to overlook Zac

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Guildford and Hosea Gear could backfire. Keep an eye on: Victor Vito – the Kiwis reckon they’ve unearthed another top-liner in Vito, an athletic loose forward who came through the New Zealand sevens side. Prediction: First.

AUSTRALIA The good news: Robbie Deans’ plans are gradually starting to come together and the Wallabies should be a more formidable proposition than last year, when they had a nasty habit of going missing under pressure. Quade Cooper and Will Genia are just at the start of their careers, but have already established a pairing in the halves that looks set to serve Australia well over the next decade or so. In general, the Aussie backs are in good shape, with Adam Ashley-Cooper and James O’Connor impressing during the recent Tests and Matt Giteau, one missed penalty aside, back to something approaching his best form. The bad news: Australia remain frustratingly inconsistent. They are capable of playing sublime rugby at times, but are also liable to keep sides in the match with damaging skill errors and lack of discipline. The young forward pack also remains a worry. They’re improving and Deans will keep the faith, but they were bullied at times by England and are in for an even tougher time against South Africa and New Zealand. Keep an eye on: Kurtley Beale has already drawn comparisons with Mark Ella and, after making his debut on last year’s endof-year tour, the 21-year-old utility back will be looking to live up to the hype. Prediction: Third.

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Australia When you look out of that window at work, do you see a landscape of unprecedented opportunity? Can you imagine yourself looking out of that same window, at that same old view in 5 years time? Will you be much further forward? Will it be so much better by then, will it all have finally changed for the better? And does the scenery change much when you get home? Is it the same commute, the same restaurants, the same cafes the same old distance from anything that’s different? Maybe it’s time to see life from our point of view. With full economic recovery, outstanding opportunities for progression and one of the best lifestyles in the world, the outlook for career-driven recruitment professionals with Hudson Australia is different altogether.

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What do you do for a living back in NZ?

I’m the marketing manager for the same company I worked for in the UK.

ON THE JOB ED COLLETT Career Avionics engineer, product manager, marketing manager Age 36 Lives Auckland, New Zealand

Feedback from applications and job interviews since coming back to New Zealand has actually been that I am too specialised and too experienced. New Zealand companies should be open to transferable skills of people coming back from the UK. What do you miss about living in London?

I was in London for 14 years,

The easy access to Europe.

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Kiwi employees are keen to change jobs as the country emerges from recession, with twice as many people looking to move jobs as in 2009, a recent workplace survey has found.

Restaurant owners in New Zealand have complained so much about the shortage of experienced chefs in the country that immigration will review the way it hands out work permits to chefs.

OFFICE GURU Samantha Baden TACKLES YOUR CAREER DRAMAS

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What is the oil and gas job market like in Australia? With more than $200bn of work planned for Western Australia’s oil and gas sector over the next 12 months, an energised jobs market is expected. Hays’ Diane

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Townson says there’s also positive activity on the east coast of Australia where the focus is on Coal Seam Gas (CSG); geoscientists with CSG experience and senior reservoir engineers are also highly sought after.

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than 45,000 permanent jobs. ”A rational response to the problem demands a rapid shift to a zero fossil fuel, zero-emissions future,” the plan insists, also predicting that Australia’s grid electricity demand will increase by 40 per cent by 2020.

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When it’s time to head home, make sure you’ve ticked off these London essentials first WORDS ASHLEY BARFOROUSH

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o you’ve decided this summer in London will be your last and it’s time to head home. Get started on these essential London experiences before it’s too late.

LONDON EYE Rising 135m above ground, the iconic London Eye is by far the best way to get high in town and the views alone make it a must-do. The queues can be dire for the world’s biggest observation wheel so it’s well worth booking ahead of time.

» Minster Court, Westminster Bridge Rd,

going to be cheaper and (can we say it?) better to splurge while you’re living over here. So bust open the 2010 Michelin Guide, anywhere you pick will be great, but why not devour French delicacies at Alain Ducasse at The Dorchester, which has just this year been awarded three Michelin stars. If that doesn’t float your boat, you can check out a Gordon Ramsay gastro pub.

» The Dorchester, Park Ln,

W1K 1QA Hyde Park Corner (alainducasse-dorchester.com). See gordonramsay.com for pubs

WEST END SHOW Anticipation is in the air. The band is ready. The audience is quiet. The curtain rises and the spectacle begins. With tickets starting at below £20, there’s no excuse not to see a something in the West End before you head home. Whether you can’t get enough of Andrew Lloyd Webber’s musical genius, just love Wicked or prefer to see Jude Law in Hamlet, there’s bound to be something that takes your fancy.

» Various venues. For discount theatre tickets, see tntmagazine.eolts.co.uk

Waterloo (londoneye.com). SE1 7PB From £18.90

POLO IN THE PARK Quintessentially British, polo has horses and posh clothes in spades. It’s also one of the fastest ball sports around – there’s nothing dainty about 500kg animals crashing into each other at 40km/h. Games are on Sundays (check website for dates) from 2pm and entry is £2. Bring a blanket and a picnic.

» Ham Polo Stables, Petersham Rd, TW10 7AH Richmond (020 8334 0000; hampoloclub.com)

MICHELIN STAR POSH NOSH If you’re lucky, there might be a couple of Michelin stars floating around your home town. Chances are there are not as many as in London, which means it’s probably

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High tea in London

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HIGH TEA TIME Forget everything your mother told you: it’s actually OK to eat cake for dinner, especially when you’re in London forking out more than £15 for it. High tea is more than a piece of cake and a cuppa, it’s tea, cake, scones and finger sandwiches … oh, and sometimes it even includes a glass of bubbly. Dress up for this London institution and don’t worry if you’ve already been, go again – every high tea is different so you’ll want to get at least three under your belt before heading home.

» We like tea at The Orangery, Kensington Gardens, W8 4PX High Street Kensington (hrp.org.uk/ kensingtonpalace). From £14.85

EAT PROPER FISH AND CHIPS Yes, you can get fish and chips back home, but you’ve really got to devour the dish where it was first fried. This British

DON’T FORGET SOMETHING NICE FOR HOME … Moving back home will be a gift enough for some mums and dads – but what do you get family who expect a present?

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delicacy was born and breaded in the 1800s when Joseph Malin married fish to chips. If you’re fishing for a traditional British meal, skip along to your nearest chippy- or try one of these TNT favourites.

» Fishers Fish & Chips, Fulham High St, SW6 3JH

The perfect gift for your dear old mum who’s no doubt been sending you care packages for the past 18 months.

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But not an England jersey, obviously. Opt for a Fulham or a Chelsea strip. Perfect for your two-year-old nephew – about the only person who can get away with wearing this in Parramatta.

Fulham (020 7610 9808)

» George’s Portobello Fish Bar, Portobello Rd, W10 5SA Notting Hill Gate (020 8969 7895)

CHANGING OF THE GUARD Love a man in uniform? You’ll see dozens of them during the uniquely British Changing of the Guard ceremony outside Buckingham Palace. Over the years, the guards might have changed, but the tradition hasn’t, with the British Army responsible for guarding Her Maj since the 1600s. See the change every day at 11.30am in June and July and on alternate days in August.

How many times has a Brit said: “I don’t understand why you Antipodeans move over here – it rains all the time.” Good for those about to leave for London. Umbrellas: great if they work, shit if they don’t

» Buckingham Palace Rd, SW1 W0PP Green Park

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MONEY Your monthly guide to moving to Australia and New Zealand

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Not such a holiday Down Under ew Zealanders and Australians have some of the lowest holiday entitlements in the world, a new survey by Expedia has revealed. Kiwis receive 19.5 paid holidays per year on average, and 2.5 of these are not taken. While Aussies are given an average of 20 days per year,

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the survey found that 3.5 of these are wasted – making them worse off. Though not the lowest – the Japanese only take nine of their 16.5 days leave – it compares unfavourably with the French, who receive an average 37.5 days and fail to take just three of these. Young Kiwis (aged 18 to

34 years old) in particular, feel under pressure when it comes to taking annual leave, with one in 10 saying their bosses are not supportive. Many are also concerned about being overlooked at work if they are out of the office, according to nzherald.co.nz.

Job Senior marketing specialist, Telstra Lives Paddington, Australia Age 32 How long were you in the UK and why did you leave?

Five and a half years. My grandmother was terminally ill so I wanted to spend time with my family. How did you deal with the UK’s high cost of living?

I think there’s a strong perception that London is a very expensive city to live in, but Sydney is no better! Any major expenses when you got back home?

EASY MONEY Laura Adcock MAKES YOUR CASH GO FURTHER

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A Melbourne woman who mistakenly bought two tickets for the Lotto has managed to double her winnings. She bought the second ticket thinking the first had expired, and banked a handy $742,311.37 per ticket. Some people just have all the luck.

So-called “Fifa World Cup” text messages are doing the rounds in Victoria, claiming recipients have won millions of dollars in a lottery. Consumers are asked to email their financial details. Victoria’s consumer affairs minister warned: “Don’t be fooled – you can’t win a lottery you never entered.”

Furniture. Sydney rental properties come completely unfurnished. I’m holding off on buying a car until I really need one, so that’ll be the next big expense. Are your spending habits any different in Australia?

They’re roughly the same minus the toned-down weeknight catch-ups.

MONEY FOR NOTHING We mere mortals struggle to make enough money to keep us off baked beans, yet these guys are making millions from beyond the grave » The King might be dead, him quite literally to anyone, but Elvis’s wife and daughter are living very well indeed on the £1bn his estate has generated since his passing. » Savvy Yoko Ono has increased John Lennon’s £100m fortune to £300m since his death in 1980 by selling

including suncream, Ben & Jerry’s and coffee cups. » Despite only being worth a measly £1m when she died, Marilyn Monroe (left) now generates £2m per year. The estate is obviously rubbing its hands with glee.

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urrounded by untamed jungle, I wipe the beads of sweat from my brow as I trek through the brilliantly green, steamy rainforest. I could be in the Amazon. But I’m not in an exotic land, I’m in the Eden Project’s rainforest biome, a cavernous dome containing a staggering 1154 different plant species, which has been hailed the largest conservatory in the

Step into a tropical world

Burst the bubble: the biomes aim to educate

world. With a sticky, hot temperature that sits between 18˚C and 35˚C, the 50m high and 240m long biome is alive with streams, trees, flowers and a waterfall.

MED FOR IT The smaller Mediterranean biome is a microcosm of plant life from South

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ON THE FARM To complete the notion of a living theatre of plants and people, the gargantuan conservatory contains a West African farm, where coffee and cocoa grows and tie-dyed shirts hang on a washing line. Alongside this is a Malaysian jungle home, made entirely from bamboo (so-called, we are told, because of the noise it makes when it burns – “bam … boo”). As we roam through the frangipanifragranced dome, we learn everything about rainforest agriculture, from the history of cocoa production and the banana trade, to the medicinal power of plants, such as the innocuous looking Madagascar periwinkle, a pretty pink flower used to treat childhood leukaemia.


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Africa, southwest Australia, central Chile and California. My journey begins with Greek-style white-washed walls flanking a gold mosaic pavement, before I’m confronted with a bevy of brightly coloured flowers and trees. People-sized sculptures of Dionysus, Greek god of wine, dance through vineyards, labelled with the name of the grapevine and the wine it produces.

WASTE NOT Outside the biomes, a giant bumblebee sits alongside a rainbow of flowers and a variety of Cornish crops. There’s also a sinister model of a skeletal creature constructed entirely out of electrical products, such as irons, computers, washing machines and microwaves, providing a visual reminder of the

Honeycomb inspired the design

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WHEN TO GO The Eden Project only closes on December 24 and 25. GETTING THERE The Eden Project is a five-hour drive from London. Hire a car at easycar.com/tntmagazine to get a 5 per cent discount. National Express (nationalexpress.com) runs four coaches a day from London to St Austell, which take around seven hours. GETTING AROUND Take the 101 or 527 bus from St Austell station to the Eden Project. GOING OUT A pint of beer is about £2.50. ACCOMMODATION Dorm beds start from ENGLAND £18, while a B&B costs from £30. There LONDON are plenty of caravan and The Eden Project campsites in Cornwall Cornwall for the budget traveller. SEE edenproject.com.

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TOP FIVE ATTRACTIONS TINTAGEL CASTLE Chock-full of legends of King Arthur and Merlin, this atmospheric castle sits atop cliffs overlooking the Atlantic Ocean. See english-heritage.org.uk/tintagel.

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ST MICHAEL’S MOUNT Steeped in folklore, this 14th-century castle can be found on a small island just off Penzance. See stmichaelsmount.co.uk.

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SURFING Newquay boasts some of the best surfing beaches in Europe so grab a board and a wetsuit, and start riding those gnarly tubes and bitchin’ breaks. See surfnewquay.co.uk.

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importance of recycling. Named WEEE man, the model is made of the 3.3 tonnes of waste electrical products that the average person in the UK chucks away in a lifetime.

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HONEY TRAP Sited in the depths of a disused china clay pit and surrounded by rolling green countryside, the Eden Project’s giant biomes make for a striking sight, with a futuristic and space-age feel. The hexagon design of honeycomb provided the inspiration for the design of the biomes. The transparent roofs are made from a type of plastic called EFTE that unlike glass, transmits UV light, so wear a sunhat if you visit in the summer.

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SEXY FLOWERS The Eden Project is sexed-up horticulture, and visitors certainly don’t have to be green-fingered gurus to enjoy this global garden, which seeks to entertain while educating people about the importance of plants to our lives. The environmental message is strong throughout the complex: we can’t survive without plants. You have to see it to Adam and Eve it.

LAND’S END Mainland England’s most westerly point is all craggy cliffs and knockout views, with some great routes for hikers. See landsend-landmark.co.uk.

ST IVES This charming seaside resort is famed for its golden sandy beaches, narrow streets and top-notch art galleries. See stives-cornwall.co.uk.

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One of the world’s most prestigious university towns, scholarly Oxford is postcard pretty and packed with history. Its close proximity to London makes it the perfect weekend escape.

HEADLINE ATTRACTION Christ Church College is the largest college at Oxford University. There’s plenty to see including a 12th-century cathedral, the dining hall, which featured in the Harry Potter movies and an art gallery with works by old masters. You’ll also discover where the inspiration for Alice In Wonderland came from: Lewis Carroll wrote the book while he was a maths professor here and Alice is named after the then-dean’s daughter.

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BEST OF THE REST Taking a stroll through Oxford is the best way to explore the small city. Start on Broad Street where you can take in the impressive architecture of the Sheldonian Theatre, designed by Sir Christopher Wren and erected in 1664-8, and the Clarendon Building, with

its Greek-like columns and towering roof statues. From here, head to the Covered Market, where you can do a spot of shopping or stop for a coffee.

CHOW DOWN For top-notch curry try awardwinning Aziz on Cowley Road. Branca on Walton Street is a good Italian bar and restaurant serving stone-baked pizzas. If you really want to splash out, Le Manoir is a two Michelin-star French restaurant on Church Road. Or indulge in a cream tea – a time-honoured tradition consisting of a pot of tea served with massive scones, clotted cream and strawberry jam.

TRY THE LOCAL TIPPLE There’s no shortage of boozers in Oxford in which to sup a pint of ale. Eagle & Child on St Giles is a great place to start, a literary pub that both CS Lewis and JRR Tolkien used to frequent. The Turf Tavern has had a slew of famous visitors in its day including Elizabeth Taylor, Stephen Hawking, Bill Clinton, Tony Blair and Alicia Silverstone. It’s also where ex-Aussie Prime Minister Bob Hawke entered the Guinness Book of Records for downing a yard of ale in 11 seconds.

A BIT OF HISTORY Oxford University gave birth to the English language. There are 39 colleges in total, perhaps the most impressive being Christ Church, New and Magdalen. Outside the university you’ll find England’s oldest museum, the Ashmolean.

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Express (nationalexpress. com) runs a coach service from London’s Victoria station to Oxford. The journey is about two hours and return tickets are about £20. First Great Western (firstgreatwestern.co.uk) run trains from Paddington station to Oxford. The journey takes about an hour. GETTING AROUND Oxford is a compact city and easy to explore on foot. All the sights are near one another. GOING OUT A pint of beer is about £2.90. ACCOMMODATION Dorm beds start from about £16 and private hotel rooms from £24. See tntmagazine.com/hostels.

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Indulge in the glorious sights and food of Tuscany without breaking the bank WORDS SARAH WARWICK

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elato is the finest word in the Italian language. Not only does it mean ice cream, to me it also means happiness. Especially when I have a cone of stracciatella (chocolate chip ice cream) and I’m looking down at the red roofs of Florence bathed in sunshine. This moment of perfection is at the start of a girls’ road trip through Tuscany: five days, four sheilas and lots of pizza, pasta and, of course, gelato. In Florence, the frozen snack is almost a religion. Gelaterias sit on every street corner, each with row-upon-row of tubs bulging with fruity, nutty and chocolatey goodness.

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home to great art, architecture and the birthplace of my beloved gelato. Its second city, Pisa, is justly famous for its wonky tower. Then there are fine beaches, great food, ancient architecture and a landscape of olive groves, vineyards and red-roofed farmhouses. Basically, paradise. The only small snag is the cost. Tuscany ain’t cheap. But there are ways to experience all the good stuff for a snip. There’s so much culture on the streets of Florence that you can overdose without even paying an entrance fee. We splash out to visit the Uffizi Gallery but snub the real statue of David, held in the costly Accademia di Belle Arti, in favour of a trip up to Michelangelo’s hilltop piazza, where a full-size replica of the statue presides over a glorious view. As it’s free to wander, we drink in as much of Florence as we can: the Duomo, churches, parks and piazzas. We hit the supermarkets and stock up on Italian lager, pomodoro (tomatoes) and pecorino cheese, picnicking in ancient piazzas where we soon catch the eye of the locals.

One memorable character, Silvio, takes a liking to us and calls us “bellissima”, until we blush as red as the pomodoro.

CHOW BELLA After two days in Florence, we are ready for the great outdoors. Train travel is super cheap and we hop to the market town of Rosignano, checking out its beach and central market. We carry our wares on the bus to Pomaia, a village in the hills. A self-catering apartment and fresh ingredients brings out the chefs in us: mozzarella-laden pastas and creamy risottos are eaten until stomachs swell and sing. TOWER TALK On our final day we take the bus and train back to Pisa. Climbing the tower costs €15, so we save our money for a bottle of wine and spend the afternoon in the sunny gardens by the tower, playing cards and eating one final gelato as the sun goes down on our glorious – and surprisingly cheap Tuscan road trip.

Cheap rent: volunteer on a farm

SAVE MONEY IN TUSCANY HOW TO KEEP IT CHEAP STAY IN HOSTELS Hotels in Italy can be expensive but hostels tend to be pleasant and attractive. Try Hostel Sampaoli in Florence or Hostel Station in Pisa for great value two- and four-bed rooms. PICK YOUR SIGHTS Don’t worry about paying to get into every museum – pick one or two and spend the rest of your time strolling around churches, piazzas and parks that are free to enter. HAVE A PICNIC Italian supermarkets are great for fresh food and deli ingredients. Buy bread, beer, cheese and vegetables and have impromptu picnics. TAKE THE TRAIN Trains in Italy are very cheap – use them rather than premium airport bus transfers. LIVE ON A FARM Experience the Tuscan countryside for nothing when you volunteer with WWOOF Italy. Farms will give you bed and board in return for looking after baby pigs and goats or helping with the olive harvest in November. See wwoof.it

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WHEN TO GO Most of the year is sunny. need a Schengen visa. Avoid mid-winter and mid-summer’s CURRENCY Euro. 1 GBP = ¤1.16. temperature extremes. LANGUAGE Italian, but most people GETTING THERE Ryanair (ryanair.com) speak basic English. and EasyJet (easyjet.com) both fly to GOING OUT Beer in the bars is about €4 Pisa airport. a pint, but beer in the supermarket is GETTING AROUND From Pisa ¤1.30 for a big bottle. airport, take the train to Pisa ACCOMMODATION Dorm city centre (€0.80) or to beds in Florence and Pisa Florence SMN (€5.40). are about €22. A fiveTrains run from Pisa bed apartment in ITALY to Rosignano, and Pomaia costs €80 Florence Pisa Pomaia buses run from there a night. Rosignano to Pomaia. SEE discovertuscany. ROME VISAS South Africans com

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Of course, I can help – and congratulations to you. Lots of honeymooners disappear to fry on a beach and do unmentionable things for a fortnight, which is, apart from the unmentionable bit, a complete waste of time. You can still do the nasty while visiting places that are interesting, and cultural stimuli and romantic settings should fuel your ardour. In Budapest, check out a spa or two. These are municipal facilities rather than chi-chi private boudoirs and many are housed in lovely buildings, such as the Széchenyi Bath. The Buda Castle Hotel (budacastlehotelbudapest.com) is a top-notch boutique bolthole, which costs a fraction of what you’d pay in other cities. The delights of Vienna’s Innere Stadt are free, as are many museums, allowing you to eat large volumes of cake and drink very fine coffee. In Prague, just strolling around the city is pretty wonderful, enjoying picnics in the parks and picking some scenic cafés in which to drink beer and eat sausages. The Romantik Hotel U Rake (romantikhotel-uraka.cz) makes for a nice place to finish your stay, in the midst of quiet Hradcany, a short hop from the Castle area. I’m off for a cold shower.

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SOUTH AMERICA POPULAR The Bolivian salt flats have become a recent hotspot for travellers, according to research by Hostelworld.com. The online reservations provider has seen a staggering 316 per cent rise in bookings to the Bolivian town of Uyuni, from where tours to the world’s largest salt plains depart. One of Bolivia’s top attractions, the salt flats are awash with pink flamingos and giant cacti. In fact, Hostelworld.com found that South America experienced the greatest rise in bookings compared with other continents. Fortaleza in Brazil and Montevideo in Uruguay were other up-and-coming destinations on the continent. Colombia has also risen in popularity, with one of its largest cities, Santa

Marta, experiencing a 267 per cent increase in bookings compared with the same time last year. “Colombia has traditionally been seen as dangerous but this unfair image is slowly changing,” Hostelworld.com’s Aisling White said. The best performing European destinations were cultural Toulouse in France; Pamplona in Spain, famed for the Running of the Bulls; and the atmospheric English city of York. Jordan is also popular with backpackers, with both Amman and Aqaba seeing increases in bookings of 65 per cent and 54 per cent respectively.

Eat on the cheap in Poland Poland has been hailed the cheapest place to eat out in Europe, according to a Which? survey. A meal for two with wine costs £28.79 in Poland, compared with £54.40 in Ireland, which was branded the most expensive country to dine out in. Along with Germany, Ireland and Portugal, Poland was also among the cheapest countries to stay in Europe, according to Hotels.com, which compared the prices of three- to five-star hotels in various capital cities. A three-

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man, easily old enough to be my grandfather, slams down his final tile and swigs his tea. It seems I’ve just lost my first game of mah-jong. We’ve been invited to join a rowdy bunch of wrinklies while sipping chrysanthemum tea in one of Chengdu’s charming teahouses. Completely ignorant of the rules and lacking a common language that stretches beyond “ni hao”

(hello) and “xiexie” (thank you), we’ve experienced confusion and been subject to plenty of raucous laughter when we choose the wrong tile.

PARK LIFE Planning a trip to China can be daunting. We studied the map forlornly, trying to decide between city and village, coast and mountain, tourist haven and tribal land.

Worried we’d miss out on something major, we eventually agreed on Chengdu as a starting point – a choice that turns out to be one of our smarter decisions. Think of everything quintessentially Chinese, save snaking walls to keep Mongolians out, and you’ll find it in or around Chengdu. We made a beeline for the People’s Park, a huge place showcasing samples of all things


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NEED TO KNOW WHEN TO GO September and October are the perfect months to visit Sichuan with comfortable temperatures and little rainfall. However, the rains of July and August can make for some stunning scenery. GETTING THERE KLM (klm.com) flies from London to Chengdu for about £735 return. GETTING AROUND Trains are abundant, comfortable and relatively cheap. Try to book tickets at least two days in advance if you can. Bargains can also be found for internal flights if you book ahead. VISAS All nationalities need a visa to enter China. A 30-day tourist visa is £50. CURRENCY China Yuan Renminbi. 1 GBP = 10 CNY. LANGUAGE Generally Mandarin, with Cantonese spoken in the south. GOING OUT A large beer is 10 CNY. ACCOMMODATION Dorm beds cost about 35 CNY and an en suite double room is about 130 CNY. SEE cnto.org.

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A traditional teahouse

demolishing every part of the chicken you’d never normally eat. And it’s bathed in a fiery Sichuan sauce that has us ordering another beer via hand signals.

MAD ABOUT MASSAGE The final stop for the day is one of Chengdu’s insanely cheap massage parlours. In fact, an hour-long massage is so cheap (£1.50) that I’m bracing myself for the offer of ‘something extra’ to bump up the price, but that travel tale is not FEET FIRST destined to be mine. In China, massage is After delving straight into more an essential than a luxury – a divine China’s captivating culture, pastime open to all. there seems only one way On the next bed, my more adventurous to finish – with chicken feet other half is taking the traditional route hotpot and some traditional – acupuncture and a cupping session, therapy. OK, so the hotpot a combination akin to torture. Dozens is a mistake – the kind of glass cups resembling mini fishbowls of culinary cock-up are attached to his back – each is that every traveller first wafted with to China endures. a flame to suck Pointing to an the air from apparently appealing within. Flesh is then dish being enjoyed at sucked into each cup, a neighbouring table looking similar to mini seems a great idea. We brains in jars. The result is fail to realise that below a back that looks like it has been pelted the saucy surface with 25 close-range squash balls and of the hotpot, our regret that lasts three weeks – the fellow diners are time it took for the inch-wide, T’ai chi in the park traditional. We taste a few sticks of mystery meat – a Chinese institution – then witness outdoor t’ai chi sessions and mass dance classes laid on by whitehaired women, and the teahouses in the park are as noisy as they are beautiful.

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BIG BUDDHA One of Sichuan Province’s most spectacular sights is the giant 71mhigh Leshan Buddha, carved straight from the rock face. It can be found at the confluence of three rivers in Leshan City, 180km from Chengdu. Created 1200 years ago, the world’s largest Buddha (main image, previous page) took more than 90 years to carve.

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PANDA TIME While many Chinese cities offer teahouses, acupuncture sessions and opportunities to munch on strange meat, Chengdu boasts one thing others can’t – the world’s largest population of giant pandas and it’s time for me to follow a childhood dream and see one up close (see breakout below).

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VOLUNTEERING WITH PANDAS Sometimes people pay good money for the strangest things (colonic irrigation springs to mind) and I must admit that, as I shovel a pile of poop into my overflowing dustpan, the $50 a day I’d handed over for this privilege does enter my thoughts. Of course, this is no ordinary dung and if you want to spend your holiday picking up giant panda poo, you have to pay for the honour. Donning ridiculously ill-fitting overalls on the first day at Bifengxia Giant Panda Base, in Ya’an City, we meet Dong and He, the keepers who mentor us for the next fortnight. Each morning the supply of bamboo and panda cake arrives and

it’s time for the toughest task on our itinerary: enticing the pandas away from their homes and cleaning up their dung. And with animals that pack away 18kg of bamboo a day, there is certainly no shortage of excrement. We quickly spot our pandas’ quirks: Fu-Fu thrives on tourists’ attention (think Alex the lion in Madagascar); YuanYuan shows mannerisms so human you wonder whether he is actually a person in a panda suit, and Bei-Yang has a much-appreciated preference for attending to calls of nature out in the bush, far from the reach of my dustpan and shovel. And then there is Zi-An. Choosing a favourite when you’re surrounded by adorable animals is tough, but I instantly decide I’ll be spending my free time with Zi-An. Rescued from the wild, he is the granddad of the group at 17 years old and is a heartwrenching sight, missing a leg, the sight in one eye and most of his teeth. Whether your travel schedule allows a brief day trip to Bifengxia to watch and maybe cuddle the pandas (for the right price), a weekend poop-scooping stint or a longer period to really get to know the animals, it’s likely to be a highlight of your China trip.

Not so giant at three months old

There aren’t many things that will get me out of bed at 5am. A long-haul flight, an African game drive, and the rare chance to watch a near-silent sunrise in perpetually hectic China. The boat’s captain sees to it that everyone knows when we’ve arrived at the first of the Yangtze River’s three gorges, with an immense blow of the ship’s horn that vibrates our narrow bunks. I’m thrilled to find I get the first gorge entirely to myself. As the sun rises over towering cliffs, the predictably murky water lapping at the riverbanks and the remarkable silence broken only by occasional passing boats, it is almost too much to take in. Soon enough, the moment is shattered by the arrival of my co-passengers, a selection of backpackers, elderly Chinese couples and young families opting for a bargain trip along Asia’s longest river. The budget cruise follows the same route and timetable as its larger, pricier counterparts, but instead of swimming pools and dancing girls, entertainment is limited to a single slot machine and all-day drinks on the deck. We boarded the boat at Chongqing, for a three-night trip to Yichang. Occasional stops to haggle in markets or sample the fiery Chongqing hotpot break the sleepy routine, but for most an empty agenda is the main appeal. After weeks in China’s hectic hinterland, the chance to lounge around revives our zeal for travel. And with all this relaxation, I really have no excuse to sleep in past the pre-dawn blast of the horn.

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croatia sailing Hop on-board a traditional Croatian cruiser with its local crew and Busabout Guide for an adventure around the Dalmatian Coast.

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LA TOMATINA THE WORLD’S BIGGEST FOOD FIGHT! 23-26 AUG ■ La Tom-Ibiza Combo Tours £319 ■ Barca-Ibiza-La Tom Treble £429 ■ Beach Camping Package £139 ■ City Centre Hostels/Hotels £179/£159

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CROATIA SAILING SPEND 7 AMAZING NIGHTS SAILING IN CROATIA

£439

✔ Our price includes Fuel Surcharge, Port Taxes, Half Board We sail Croatia’s best island route: ✔ Split ✔ Markaska ✔ Mljet ✔ Dubrovnik ✔ Trstenik ✔ Korcula ✔ Hvar ✔ Bol ✔ Brac

US OPEN TENNIS WEEKEND CENTRE COURT ACTION IN THE BIG APPLE! ■ Middle Weekend Tour 3 - 6 SEP £299 ✔ 3 Nights Manhattan ✔ Centre Court Tickets ✔ NYC Nightlife ✔ Federer ✔ Hewitt ✔ Nadal

HOGMANAY EUROPE’S BIGGEST NYE PARTY IN EDINBURGH! ■ 3 Night Hostel & Hotel 30 DEC-2 JAN £199/£239 ■ 4 Day Coach/Hostel Tour 30 DEC-2 JAN £259 ✔ Accom ideally located in the absolute heart of town ✔ Edinburgh street party pass ✔ Superb pubs, bars & clubs ✔ Funky tour t-shirt ✔ Experienced Fanatics tour reps ✔ Countdown New Year’s for all the world’s time zones!

EGYPT EXPERIENCE THE MYSTERY OF THE PHARAOHS! 8 Days 24-31 OCT £360 10 Days 24 DEC-2 JAN £480 ■ Easter Half-Term 10 Days 15-24 APR £480 ✔ Cairo & Pyramids ✔ Nile Cruising ✔ Luxor & Aswan ✔ Train, Coach & Riverboat Transfers ✔ Hotel Accom ■ Autumn Half-Term ■ Xmas-New Year

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BOARDMASTERS RELENTLESS BOARDMASTERS SURF & MUSIC FESTIVAL 6-8 AUG NEWQUAY, CORNWALL FEATURING XAVIER RUDD! ■ 3 Day Return Coach £179 ✔ Return Coach ✔ 2 Nights Camping ✔ Festival Ticket ✔ UK’s biggest music, beach & surf festival!

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Visit the world famous city that gave birth to The Beatles and finish off the weekend with an enchanting stop at Stratford Upon Avon – Shakespeare’s old stomping ground! Tour Includes: Return luxury coach travel, overnight accommodation, panoramic sight seeing tour of Liverpool, entrance to the Beatles Story, visit to Chester & Stratford, plenty of free time & services of an Anderson Tours Tour Manager.

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Endless canals, bustling nightlife, the red-light district. This tour takes you on a sightseeing tour of Amsterdam and a visit to Brugge on the way home. Tour includes 2 nights hotel accommodation with breakfasts, 3 course dinners & free bar included! Return coach & ferry travel, visit to a cheese & clog factory & services of an Anderson Tours Tour Manager.

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OXFORD, BATH & STONEHENGE. OVERNIGHT HILTON Sat 24th - Sun 25th July Tour Includes: Return luxury coach travel, guided city sightseeing tours of Oxford & Bath, entrance to Stonehenge, overnight accommodation at the Hilton Hotel with buffet dinner & breakfast included & services of an Anderson Tours Tour Manager.

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A day in Wales Stonehenge private viewing evening Stonehenge private viewing morning Cambridge A day in Wales Isle of Wight Windsor, Eton & Oxford

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£295 Gorillas in the Mist £310 Elephants & Falls £425 Gorilla & Game Trek £495 Wildlife Express £555 Kilimanjaro Climb £750 Down Africa Way £895 BIG FIVE Explorer £895 Kenya to Cape £1095 The Big Overlander £1195 Great African Expedition 6 DAYS

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The guy at Walthamstow bus station on Monday, June 28 at 1pm-1.30pm: You were

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wearing what seemed to be your blue work trousers, black work boots, T-shirt and black aviator sunglasses, and had two beautiful tattoos one saying ‘Aotearoa’ and the other was a ta-moko. You have the most beautiful set of lips I have seen. If you’re single and fancy having a drink in the sun with a cute, adorable, fun girl, drop me a line at funkyportuguese@gmail.com. Cathy Mac/ C-Mac/ C-Train:

As if you are leaving us. We just can’t believe it … We’ll miss all the nights of debauchery, the dinners (especially your chicken curry) and watching you shake your booty on the d-floor. London will just not be the same without you! Don’t behave too much when you go home. Miss you already … Love, you know who. Happy birthday mister T: It’s gonna be huge – I promise to keep my clothes on this time, unless you can persuade me otherwise, wink wink. Brazilian birthday girl: I am seeking the Brazilian girl who was celebrating her birthday on Saturday, June 26 at Floridita in Soho. Thanks. Email brazilianfloridita@ gmail.com. Dr. Hall: Hally, Hoorley, Oil, Supa, Huff, Egyptian, Adam, as the last of the Wet Dog crew, the Bush won’t be the same without you. No more running home to beat the sun, no more Bernies at 2am, the parties on Percy won’t be the same but at least the shower

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

will be free. Although it will be sad to see you go, enjoy your European tour with TBear and I’ll see you back in Oz. Thanks for being a top man, the Cuddler. Bday girl: Tace, your birthday drinks were a blast from what my mates keep telling me. That night we were inseparable (apparently) and along with losing my memory I lost my phone, which had your details on it. I’d love to see you again under less intoxicating circumstances because I didn’t even get to give you the bday present I bought for you. Give me a hit on my number, or email bb_787@hotmail.com. BB.

I like it raw! Lots of love JDogg, SDogg, KDogg and Dougal, aka Team Hope. PS. KY, you can call me dragon, and CDogg, stop shitting in the shower. Meeting new people: Hi all, we’re a couple and most of our friends have gone back home as they were on short-term visas. We move back and forwards a fair bit so it can be challenging meeting new ‘normal’ people. And yeah, it’s partly laziness on our part … We reckon they should do ‘speed dating’ for singles and friends just trying to meet normal people to hang out with. Anyone out there involved in that business want to give it a crack? Cheers. See tntmagazine.com/seeking.

KY and CDogg: our backbone at the Hope and Anchor: With drinks in our

hands we’ll say goodbye to our feral friends. Wednesday, Friday, Saturday, Sunday (some Thursdays and even the occasional Tuesdays) will not be the same without the two of you. Thank you for everything – well, maybe not the hangovers. We hope that your return to NZ sucks and that you’ll be back within a month. ATM all the way … oooh baby

The sexy babe with blonde hair, blue eyes and a great Garnier tan: You try to make

Marmite on toast in a pot and get Marmite everywhere but on the toast, you have all the ice queen answers and advice, you don’t like to waste time queuing for the ladies, you made the best salad at Christmas lunch, you always told us you always wanted to be in ‘Desperately Seeking’

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

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and get so upset every Monday when you’re not, so we’re making your dream come true. We’ll miss you so much no 1 booze hag. Love lots from your London booze hags. Ross from RBS: OK, don’t wanna say too much but hopefully you know who you are … Met you so long ago at Clapham Grand, I was the Kiwi girl you took home with you … Wanna see you again and if you do too, contact me. See tntmagazine.com/seeking. Lost part of my life: Hi all, I was at the Crabtree in Hammersmith on Saturday night, June 26. I was there celebrating a friend’s bday and woke up the next day without my camera, phone and sunnies. If you have found them or know where they have ended up, please let me know. Email bb_787@hotmail.com. A reward will be given. Welcome to London, Boobs:

Can’t believe you’re finally here after all those years of talk and no action. You won’t regret it, London rocks! Ali. The guy with his shirt tucked into his undies at Ladies Day, Royal Ascot: You had me

hook, line and sinker with your flirtatious gestures, dapper suit and unbuttoned shirt revealing a titillating tuft of mousey chest hair. I was visualising a little horse and jockey of our own, but then you turned around and I saw that your shirt was tucked into your undies and your undies were riding high. Even worse, your undie tag had ‘Mark’ written on it in pen. What a fashion faux pas, dude. I just couldn’t stick around. The Silver Ring lady.

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