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EDITOR’S LETTER As the new editor, I’d like to say a big hello to our readers. This issue is packed with fantastic features. Find out how Aussie singer Sarah Blasko managed to crack the UK (page 30), and, if you’re feeling creative, turn to page 72 to find out how life drawing just got sexy. Fancy a short break? Hop over to Dublin for real Irish charm (page 64) or head to the Canary Islands for some winter sun (page 78). Enjoy!
64 What’s the craic?: Dubliners know how to have fun
8 LONDON 8 London Life 10 ICONIC LONDON: Go on a pop culture tour of the capital 12 Food & Drink 14 Spotted 16 Silly Buggers
19 ENTERTAINMENT 19 20 21 22 23 24
Celebrity News TNT Life Look Who’s Talking: Riaan Manser Cinema Culture A PRIZE EFFORT: Writer Damon Galgut on making the Booker prize shortlist
26 MUSIC & CLUBS 26 Music 30 BREAKING AND ENTERING: Sarah Blasko on cracking the UK market 32 Music Listings 34 Clubbing 35 Clubbing Listings
78 Canary Islands: winter needn’t be miserable
36 NEWS & SPORT 36 38 40 43 44 45 46 48 49 50
Australia News New Zealand News South Africa News The Week in Sport Rugby NRL AFL UK football General NEW KID ON THE BLOCK: Saffa surfer Jordy Smith is riding high
63 Global Vision 64 IRISH SPIRIT: There’s plenty to keep you entertained in Dublin 68 Late Deals 69 TNTT Weekender: Lyon 70 Hotshots 72 SKETCHY BEHAVIOUR: Take a sexy art class in Glasgow 74 Travel Tips 75 Travel News 76 On The Road 77 Top Five 78 THE HOT TICKET: Escape winter in the Canary Islands 30 Aussie singer Sarah Blasko is turning heads in the UK
55 RETURNING HOME 55 Careers 56 A HELPING HAND: Volunteer and get ahead back home 58 Money 60 Coming & Going
REGULARS 10 London is full of iconic pop culture landmarks
4 Letters 6 Wins 130 Desperately Seeking
72 Combine art classes with burlesque in Glasgow
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WHAT’S ON Tom Sturrock PICKS THE BEST OF LONDON THIS WEEK
TURNER PRIZE FROM £8 WHAT: It’s regarded as the most prestigious arts award in Europe and provokes plenty of discussion every year. Sampling different media, encompassing sound, film and sculpture, the art is contemporary and the winners, which have included Damien Hirst and Grayson Perry, tend to be destined for big things. WHEN: October 5-January 2, 2011. DO IT BECAUSE: When you’re next at a party full of skinnyjeaned mods in stupid hats, you’ll be able to talk selfconsciously about this year’s entries, describing them alternatively as “breathtaking” or “banal”.
» Tate Britain, Millbank, SW1P 4RG RAINDANCE FILM FESTIVAL PRICES VARY
Capital idea: Cinema Museum London’s grand museums are among the finest in the world, showcasing antiquities and the natural world in incredible detail. But the capital’s lesserknown joys include the niche museums that celebrate esoteric interests in a lovingly batty way. The Cinema Museum stands as a monument to the golden age of Hollywood, its walls lined with glorious old promotional posters and lustrous images of heavily airbrushed matinee idols.
It’s not just old stuff in boxes, either. The museum hosts regular talks by industry professionals sharing trade secrets and old war stories. Anyone obsessed with film, whether the technical aspects or the folklore, will find plenty here to fire their imagination, its charm only heightened by its ramshackle character.
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One of the UK’s largest independent film festivals returns for its 18th year. Get online and check out the programme for highlights.
The British architect and designer has left his mark in cities across the world, and this exhibition celebrates his 30-year career. A must for design junkies.
» Apollo Piccadilly Circus,
» Design Museum,
19 Regent St, SW1Y 4LR Piccadilly Circus (raindance.co.uk). Oct 10
Shad Thames, SE1 2YD Bermondsey (designmuseum.org). Until Jan 2
» 2 Dugard Way, SE11 4TH, Elephant & Castle GREAT FOR: FILM ANORAKS
BRITAIN EXPLAINED LONDON BY NUMBERS
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Winter in London can be grim at the best of times – so imagine what it must have been like in December 1952 when cold weather combined with still air and pollutants to cover the city in a thick layer of smog that hung about for five days. People shrugged it off at the time – certainly, Londoners are no strangers to a bit of dirty air – but it
eventually emerged that as many as 100,000 people fell ill and that about 12,000 died prematurely. This was mostly from
respiratory tract infections, triggered by pus rising from lung infections caused by the smog. Not a nice way to go, that. The Great Smog galvanised parts of London society into starting what grew into the modern environmental movement and was the catalyst for a raft of new laws restricting industrial air pollution and banning black smoke. TS
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Pounds a cyclist was wrongly charged by London’s bike hire scheme
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WOLFGANG WEINBERGER £27.50 Austria’s favourite comedian delivers his masterwork, A Guide To Sexual Misery. You’ll walk out feeling a lot better about your lack of action.
» Arts Theatre, 6-7 Great Newport St, WC2H 7JB Leicester Square (theartstheatre.co.uk). Until Nov 13
ACROSS THE STREET AROUND THE WORLD TICKET PRICES VARY West London’s artistic and culture heritage is front-andcentre at this three-week festival. Highlights include some great reggae nights and screenings on Portobello.
» Venues in and around Notting Hill Ladbroke Grove (rbkc.gov.uk). Until Oct 23
Halloween Cat Prowl Saturday 30 October 2010 In aid of Battersea Dogs & Cats Home 18:00 Prowl starts from the Millennium Bridge, 10K (16 and over) ends at Battersea Dogs & Cats Home, 5K (open to all) ends at Wellington Arch, Hyde Park 20:00 After Prowl Party ’til late, prizes for the best fancy dress, complimentary refreshments, entertainment and DJ Prowl entry: Adults £15, NUS £10, Under 16s £6
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Performances will be staged across London this month, so put on your tutu and book yourself a ticket to see someone bust their moves. Hopefully, you’ll pick up a few shapes to throw yourself.
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L A T R O M M I LONDON Follow in the footsteps of movie stars and musicians on a pop culture tour WORDS FRANKIE MULLIN
n London you’re never more than a foot away from a location that’s been used in a film or on an album cover. Hang on, maybe that was a rat. Either way, unleash your inner ligger and get some Facebook shots at these iconic spots.
Scene of the crime: hang out where Lock, Stock … was shot
GANGSTER’S PARADISE Lock, Stock And Two Smoking Barrels (above) was undoubtedly Guy Richie’s finest hour. The majority of the film was shot in London, but most recognisable is the street end where Eddie and Dog live and the gang hang out. In reality, this corner of Park Street is opposite Borough Market – an upmarket gastro food fair and not somewhere you’re likely to get caught in the middle of a weed heist. It’s on from Thursday to
Saturday and is a good place for a drink with atmosphere.
» 15 Park St, Borough, SE1 London Bridge
LIKE CLOCKWORK Ultra violent and controversial, A Clockwork Orange caused such outcry for its casual brutality and rape scenes that director Stanley Kubrick chose to ban the film himself. The plot centres around glittery but psychopathic Alex and his delinquent gang, the ‘Droogs’. Alex lives in a bleak block of flats with his equally malfunctioning parents. Depressingly, these flats really exist and are the Tavy Bridge Centre on London’s sprawling Thamesmead South estate.
Battersea Power Station
The scene in which Alex pushes his mates into the water then slices one of their outstretched hands with his knife is filmed on Thamesmead South’s Binsey Walk. Not recommended for a day out unless you’re a massive film buff or intrigued by British architecture at its most grim.
» Thamesmead South, London SE2
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DON’T LOOK BACK Whatever your opinion of the mouthy Gallagher brothers, Oasis were an unavoidable soundtrack to the ‘90s. Their second album, What’s The Story Morning Glory, sold 15 million copies and propelled the boys to Britpop stardom. The album cover was shot on Soho’s Berwick Street, which was a haven for independent record shops. The two guys in the shot are London DJ Sean Rowley and album producer Owen Morris. Sadly, most of the music shops have bitten the dust but Berwick Street is still a colourful thoroughfare and you’ll find pubs, cafés, clothes shops and the odd sex show. Plus, there’s a market six days a week.
» Berwick St, Westminster, London W1F
Oxford Circus/Tottenham Court Road
James Bond; and Harry Potter
PIGS MIGHT FLY Animals was Pink Floyd’s tenth album and is a cutting condemnation of Britain in the late ‘70s. The album cover, designed by bassist and writer Robert Waters, is of the Battersea Power Station and the pig flying over it represents those at the top of the capitalist system. The pig-shaped balloon was floated above the power station but unfortunately drifted off and landed in a farmer’s field in Kent, reportedly scaring his cows. In the end, the pig was superimposed on a picture taken earlier. Battersea Power Station now sits empty but is a listed building whose Art Deco façade makes it iconic in its own right.
» 188 Kirtling St, London SW8 5BN Vauxhall
CROSSING OVER Predictable, but we couldn’t miss it out. In 1969, The Beatles immortalised the zebra crossing outside Abbey Road Studios for their eleventh album and the cover art spawned three decades of tourist poses and a tongue-in-cheek, sock-on-penis tribute from the Red Hot Chili Peppers. Abbey Road’s street sign has now been moved out of reach of souvenir hunters and the council paints over Beatles-fan graffiti several times a year. Abbey Road Studios has installed a webcam on the crossing and pretty much any time you look, someone is stopping traffic trying to get a replica shot. Visit, but don’t get run over.
» Abbey Rd, NW8 (abbeyroad.com)
Walk this way: recreate the Abbey Road cover
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28 DAYS LATER STRANGER THAN FICTION 28 Days Later was shot at instantly recognisable London locations such as Westminster Bridge and Piccadilly Circus. To film with the streets deserted, police would stop traffic from 4am5am. Their biggest problem wasn’t the drivers but the wasted clubbers who had to find alternative routes home. The solution? They hired hot girls to break the news to people as they left the clubs, and no-one complained. Genius. He’s behind you …
Two Smoking Barrels; From left: Bridget Jones’s Diary; Lock, Stock and
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RESTAURANT REVIEW Navajo Joe ★★★★★
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THE SCENE An unassuming façade belies this lively southwest US-themed gaff in the heart of theatreland. An upstairs dining level affords views over a marble bar
Chicken Satay Twice-starred Michelin chef Atul Kochhar has travelled the length and breadth of Malaysia searching for new dishes and ingredients. Here’s his rather good chicken satay. WHAT YOU NEED: 1 tsp turmeric powder; 1 small lemongrass stem, finely chopped ; 2 tsp caster sugar; 2 tbsp vegetable oil ; 4 skinless chicken breast fillets, cut into 3cm cubes For the satay sauce: 2cm ginger, finely chopped; 1 small onion, finely diced; 1cm galangal finely chopped (optional); 1 garlic clove, crushed; 1tsp dried red chilli flakes; 2 tbsp vegetable oil; 50g peanuts, toasted and finely chopped; 2 tbsp tamarind paste; 2 tsp muscovado or palm sugar; 8 bamboo skewers, soaked in water for 1 hour THE WORK: Combine the turmeric, lemongrass, sugar and oil. Add the chicken to the bowl and stir well. Cover
swollen with tequila, and in a basement bar a DJ amps up the vibe. THE GRUB Essentially the fare is Mexican – nachos, fajitas, etc – plus wildcards like fish laksa. What the …? The food was mediocre. A seared fillet steak teriyaki was soggy. The tequila lime chicken chimichanga fared better with the bird nicely cooked: it’s
blandness suited my unadventurous partner. BEHIND THE BAR This is where NJ shines. Cocktails are a muddle of punchy flavours and the variety of tequila would make a Mexican froth. BILL PLEASE Three courses and cocktails cost around £60. VERDICT Foodies don’t bother. Just hit the bar in the 4-6pm happy hour. REBECCA KENT
A taste of Malaysia
OF THE BEST HOT CHOCOLATES The weather is cooling down so it’s time we warmed up.
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with cling film and leave in the fridge to marinate for around 3 hours. To make the satay sauce, mix the ginger, onion, galangal, garlic and chilli with 2 tablespoons of water. Heat the oil in a saucepan over a medium heat and add the onion mixture. Stir continuously for 3-4 minutes until the onion is golden. Add the peanuts and cook for 5 minutes. While the sauce is cooking, mix the tamarind paste with 100ml
water stirring until smooth. Add to the satay sauce along with the sugar and simmer for 20 minutes until reduced by a third. Thread the chicken onto the bamboo skewers and grill or barbecue for 2 minutes on each side until tender and slightly charred on the outside. Serve with the satay sauce. » Atul’s Spice Kitchen: Malaysia is new and exclusive to Good Food from 24 October at 8pm (Sky 249, Virgin 260).
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THE ULTIMATE GIG: For those of you not lucky enough to have been in the US when Jemaine Clement and Bret McKenzie appeared in The Simpsons the other week, catch it in the UK on Sky 1 HD at 7.30pm this Thursday, October 7. The episode, Elementary School Musical, sees Jermaine and Bret playing counsellors at a performing arts camp, giving Lisa acting advice in typical Flight Of The Conchords manner. Expect healthy lashings of deadpan and irony.
A GOOD WEEK FOR
Popstress Kylie Minogue and her Spanish toyboy Andres Velencoso have done it! Nah, there’s no ring involved yet but the Come Into My World singer has set up home with her hunk in a London mansion.
A BAD WEEK FOR
Aussie TV host Ruby Rose got into trouble with Qantas for wearing a pair of ripped fashion-jeans in business class, breaching the airline’s dress code. Naughty, naughty!
UNLIKELY GROUPIE He may be a tough cookie in Hollywood, but at home Russell Crowe doesn’t mind cuddling up in front of the TV … to watch The X-Factor.
The Australian talent show uncovered a surprising fan when the movie star came to the defence of The X-Factor evictee James McNally on Twitter. Crowe’s opinion caught the attention of The X-Factor judge Ronan Keating, who invited the Gladiator hero
to the show via Twitter. “Hi Russell, I would love for ya to come to X factor on Sunday and support my 2 artists.’’ Crowe tweeted back, “Hello mate … Firstly, really like who you are on the show. Can’t make Sunday. School holidays, I’ve got two little boys and we are having adventures in the bush.” Not only is the man some sort of Robin Hood for singers, but a great daddy too. Champ!
”I’m not removing anything I’m wearing … I could get herpes.” Russell Brand remembers Katy Perry’s first words to him.
New Idea: Breakfast duo Paul Henry and Pippa Wetzell go separate ways as Wetzell leaves the show to have her third child; plus presenter Jeanette Thomas talks about how cancer changed her life. Woman’s Weekly: Red carpet pics from the Qantas Awards.
AUSTRALIA New Idea: Rock legend Jimmy Barnes introduces his two unknown daughters; and WAG Alex Fevola reveals all the goss from this year’s Brownlow Medal ceremony. Woman’s Day: It’s all about love this week with Home And Away’s Kate Ritchie and Stuart Webb; plus farmer-wants-awife Brad Crane and Stacie Marmion are getting hitched.
SOUTH AFRICA Heat: Teen bopper Justin Bieber flew into South Africa and the mag was ready and waiting with the camera to give him a warm welcome; plus Idols judge Mara Louw insists race plays a major role in the talent competition. You Magazine: Isidingo’s Arno Marais talks about his car crash miracle and his wish to get back to set.
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The South African adventurer was the first person to circumnavigate Africa by bicycle. More recently, he made a documentary about paddling around Madagascar in a kayak …
Riaan Manser INTERVIEW ALISON GRINTER
21 You’re the first person to cycle around Africa – how many bikes did you get through or did you just use the one?
That one bicycle went further than 40,000 kilometres. I went through 120 tyres, 90 tubes. I took a very basic bike – I had no choice but to become a very good bicycle mechanic. When I speak at schools I tell them all the stories of eating bats and rats and then I have a puncture-fixing competition with the kids where I show them how quickly I can repair one. I’ve done it in three-and-a-half minutes. So what made you then want to tackle the coast of Madagascar in a kayak?
After going around South Africa everyone knew who I was. People would come up
to me in the malls or on the streets saying, “Hey, it’s Manser the bicycle guy,” and I thought to myself, “I want to be seen as an adventurer, a bicycle is just a mode of transport.” But why go to Madagascar? Because I felt I had really not conquered Africa.
I made friends “ with a mouse named Russell ” In your film, Madagascar Maverick, you said loneliness was your biggest obstacle: did you have a pretend friend like Wilson in Castaway?
On the Africa trip, I made friends with a little brown farm mouse, his name was Russell. I used to speak to him and he spoke back to me. He travelled a day with me but then bit me and ran away. It was a very special day. I’d convince myself that [the loneliness] wasn’t bad but when I look back, I was a lunatic. I don’t mean to be derogatory, but I was chatting to this mouse like you wouldn’t believe. On the Madagascar trip I had a rapala, a moulded, plastic cigar-shaped fish with hooks hanging off it that you tow while you’re paddling. I think I began to chat to him because of his big, big eyes. His name was Thomas the Hitman Rapala. You encountered all sorts of mishaps on both trips: riots, big storms and you were even imprisoned. But what is the scariest moment you’ve had on your travels?
Being held by rebels in the middle of the jungle [in Liberia]. They
could have stabbed me to death. That day wasn’t one of the days when I was scared in my life, that was the only day in my life when I said to myself: “Riaan, accept it: February 26, 2004 is the day you die – that’s the way it’s going to be – that’s what’s gonna be on your gravestone.” What about battling against the natural elements?
On the Madagascar trip I nearly drowned a few times. A cyclone hit me when I was down south, as I was trying to make landfall, and I thought, “Woo – this is going to be a close call.” On the Madagascar trip you were also catching your own food along the way. Did you ever run out?
Yeah, I caught my own food and sometimes I ate like a king … but other times I would go without food for days. The longest was three-and-ahalf days. I couldn’t take huge supplies with me. What was the weirdest thing you ever ate on your travels?
On the Africa trip, I ate a lot of monkey – when you’re hungry you don’t get fussy. I also ate a lot of rat … having it on a baguette with chilli sauce was really lovely. Eeeeuw – what does monkey taste like?
It’s a very sweet meat. The Nigerians and the Congolese are really into their monkey. They would put a thick, thick pepper sauce over the meat.
» Madagascar Maverick is part of the Adventure Film Festival, Vue Leicester Square (adventurefest.co.uk). Wed, Oct 6. 7pm. Free: request tickets at adventurefest.co.uk/2010/free-tickets. Riaan Manser will also take part in a Q&A courtesy of Windhoek Lager. tntmagazine.com
Wall Street: Money Never Sleeps
SCREEN TEST: MICHAEL DOUGLAS
Michael Douglas, Shia LaBeouf, Carey Mulligan, Josh Brolin
RT 127 MINS
1 For which film did Michael Douglas win an Oscar in 1975? 2 What was the screenplay for the first Wall Street film originally entitled? 3 For how many years was Douglas married to Diandra Luker before their divorce? 4 On what US talk show did Douglas confirm he had throat cancer? 5 Who is Douglas’s wife?
So, 23 years after Wall Street showed us how enigmatic and evil a corporate raider can be, greed still makes for a good film – up to a point. Oliver Stone’s sequel to his 1987 classic has some fine performances and excellent cinematography, but its pace is so slow that you, unlike money, might well fall asleep. It’s 2008 and trader Jake Moore (LaBeouf) is out for blood when his mentor is destroyed by rumours. After consulting with Gordon Gekko (Douglas), the legendary corporate raider (now out of prison) and father of his girlfriend, Winnie (Mulligan), he takes aim at tycoon Bretton James (Brolin). But dealing with Gekko comes at a price,
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and Moore realises a leopard doesn’t easily change its spots. Having Gekko back on screen is a blast and Douglas develops his most famous character by adding vulnerability. He’s well supported by LaBeouf and Mulligan who, despite being
called on to little more than cry every 10 minutes, manages to be memorable. Pity, then, that the last third plods along so badly that the film’s stock drops dramatically. GOOD FOR: Those who believe greed is good. PIERRE DE VILLIERS
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A TOWN CALLED PANIC
THE REEL DEAL Prepare to be terrified all over again, as makers of horror hit Wolf Creek plan to shoot a sequel next year. Work is well advanced on the script, which promises to be “pretty damn dark” and both star John Jarratt (pictured) and director Greg McLean are back on board, Adelaide Now reports. Other than Jarratt, as serial killer Mick Taylor, there will be an entirely new cast. The real-life “Wolfe Creek” is actually in Western Australia, but the 2005 film was shot in South Australia.
Lunacy abounds in this big screen version of Vincent Patar and Stéphane Aubier’s cult animated TV show that sees a cowboy, Indian and a horse try to track down the thieves who stole their house. The rough, stop-motion animation takes some getting used to, but the vocal work and storyline is consistently entertaining. GOOD FOR: Those who like the Cravendale milk ads. PDV
THE DEATH AND LIFE OF CHARLIE ST CLOUD
★★★★★ Zac Efron makes an unsuccessful attempt at being taken seriously as an actor in this schmaltzy ghost story in which a high school graduate hangs out with the spirit of his younger brother killed in a car crash. Efron does some decent work but is let down by the cheesiest of climaxes. GOOD FOR: Fans of Zac Efron. PDV
South African -born Oscar winner Charlize Theron has
reportedly bought the rights for the remake of Dutch writer/director Elbert van Strien’s Two Eyes Staring. According to Dutch sources, Theron has lined up meetings with “A-list directors” for the remake of the movie, screenafrica.com reports. Written by van Strien and Paulo van Vliet, the film tells the story of a nine-year-old girl who discovers her sinister friend is the ghost of her mother’s dead twin. The original Dutch feature was recently screened at a number of festivals, including the Edinburgh International Film Festival.
CULTURE DESIGN FOR LIVING
★★★★★ Noel Coward’s 1933 comedy about an unconventional relationship was written with the intention of providing himself with a starring role. But there’s nothing suave about Andrew Scott’s interpretation of playwright Leo, who forms one point of an irresponsible triangle of inextricably attracted and moneyed bohemians. It’s an attention-grabbing performance that yields dividends. So does Lisa Dillon’s portrayal of insecure interior decorator Gilda, who loves Leo and painter Otto as much as they love her and,
SEE THIS: Theatre controversially, each other. Neatly constructed and performed with relish, this is a disrespectfully witty (if long) treat, with the bonus of Angus Wright’s older, loyal art dealer and Maggie McCarthy’s housekeeper voicing their disapproval to no avail. LOUISE KINGSLEY
» Old Vic, The Cut, SE1 8NB Waterloo (0844 871 7628; oldvictheatre.com). Until Nov 27. From £10
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to see The Globe’s acclaimed productions of Henry IV Part 1 and • Last chance London Bridge (020 7401 9919). Until Oct 9. From £5
Henry IV Part 2 » Shakespeare’s Globe, 21 New Globe Walk, SE1 9DT
EXHIBITION OF THE WEEK
BOOKS OUT THIS WEEK
BOTHAM’S BOOK OF THE ASHES
Wilson Centre, Manuel Harlan
Considered one of the great innovators in the history of photography, this major retrospective of Eadweard Muybridge’s work from the late 1860s to 1904 brings together his earlier panoramic landscapes of America and his groundbreaking images of motion.
Celebrated for his technical advances that enabled the camera to record movement in split seconds for the first time, his images of colonial expansion are equally fascinating. LARA BRUNT
» Tate Britain, Millbank, SW1P 4RG Pimlico (020 7887 8888; tate.org.uk). Until Jan 16. £10
Sir Ian Botham (Mainstream Publishing) OCT 7
THE SECOND BOOK OF GENERAL IGNORANCE John Lloyd and John Mitchinson
Sir Ian charts his love affair with cricket’s oldest and most treasured prize, revealing how it shaped his life and how he helped to turn it into the contest it is today.
The brains behind hit quiz show QI take their cues from the “General Ignorance” round to present a collection of mind-bending facts.
I LOVE CURRY
Iain M Banks
(Orbit ) OCT 7
The Scottish sci-fi writer behind such classics as The Wasp Factory returns with a new tale about a brutal war raging within the digital realms that is about to erupt into reality.
Known for her healthier approach to Indian cooking the TV chef presents an eclectic choice of her favourite curries, including regional dishes and her own creations.
(Faber & Faber) OCT 7
MORE EXHIBITIONS The contemporary Frieze Art Fair
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Natural History Museum, Cromwell
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South Kensington (nhm.ac.uk). Oct 22-Mar 11. £9
A P R IZ E EF F O R T
Top South African author Damon Galgut talks about the solitary act of writing and his chance of winning the Man Booker Prize WORDS VIVIENNE HAMBLY
SECOND TIME LUCKY? “The shock value of it [the selection] took me by surprise; it’s easy to forget how upsetting to one’s routine it is,” says Cape Town-based Galgut, who is no stranger to the prize, having previously been shortlisted in 2003 for the novel, The Good Doctor.
As a writer, I’m “ used to obscurity and humiliation ”
“I guess with the foreknowledge of how stressful the actual awards night is, I’m approaching it [this time] with a little more cynical awareness of what’s involved. I’m better equipped in terms of knowing what to expect. I mean, you’re much more likely not to win than to win, obviously – you’ve got a one-in-six chance. If you aren’t the winner, all this buzz that lifts you up for a while just suddenly switches off, so that’s quite a shock if it goes the other way.”
NEW WRITING If you were thinking In A Strange Room is yet another South African novel bearing the heavy cross of race and politics, you’d be mistaken. While it’s true that current South African socio-political concerns are likely to permeate any novel written by a South African, post Apartheid, many writers have experienced a certain liberty to explore more general themes. In fact,
THE MAN BOOKER PRIZE HOLY GRAIL OF LITERARY AWARDS Possibly the most distinguished prize for writing around, the Man Booker Prize for Fiction lends enormous kudos to authors, whether they win the £50,000 prize, or make only the first cut. Held annually, the competition is commonly referred to simply as ‘the Booker’ and was established in 1968. The winner is selected from an initial longlist, announced mid-year, which is whittled down to a shortlist. Graham Swift, winner of the 1996 prize said: “Prizes don’t make writers and writers don’t write to win prizes, but in the near-glut of literary awards now on offer, the Booker remains special. It’s the one
most authors are keen to avoid being pigeonholed into the old stereotype. Galgut is no exception. “Once you’re labelled a South African writer, it’s very easy to be dismissed with a certain set of expectations,” he says. In A Stange Room is, in part, in defiance of that, and its resulting themes will ring true with anyone who has travelled on their own for a few weeks or months. Marked out by three separate but equally disastrous journeys – through Greece, India and Africa – Galgut’s tense, finely crafted piece is about failed relationships, self-discovery and, ultimately, a young man’s search for love and somewhere he can call home.
GREAT EXPECTATIONS Galgut has in the past been lauded as the “bold, fresh voice of South African fiction”, a younger writer with sufficient weight to shift the old guard – Andre Brink and previous Booker winners J M Coetzee and Nadine Gordimer, for instance – from the pound seats, but he’s decidedly unaffected by the attention. “As a writer I’m far more used to obscurity and a slightly ongoing humiliation,” he says. “And in the end, the business of writing remains exactly the same with the same set of problems; the writing itself is just as difficult and just as solitary. I don’t spend time thinking about what I’m supposed to live up to.” The winner of the Man Booker Prize will be announced on October 12 – Galgut says he isn’t holding his breath, but he might be surprised.
which, if we’re completely honest, we most covet.” Previous home-grown winners include J M Coetzee for Disgrace and Life & Times of Peter K; Nadine Gordimer for The Conservationist; Peter Carey (above) for True History of the Kelly Gang and Oscar And Lucinda; Thomas Keneally for Schindler’s Ark; DBC Pierre for Vernon God Little; Keri Hulme for The Bone People. Check out themanbookerprize.com.
ALSO SHORTLISTED ROOM by Emma Donoghue (Picador) Intense story told in the voice of five-year-old Jack, whose birth is the result of the abduction and repeated rape of a young woman. THE FINKLER QUESTION by Howard Jacobson (Bloomsbury) An examination of the relationship between two friends and their former teacher, and what happens when one of them is attacked. PARROT AND OLIVIER IN AMERICA by Peter Carey (Faber and Faber) Olivier de Garmont, an aristocrat and his servant Parrot flee the French Revolution for New World America. THE LONG SONG by Andrea Levy (Headline Review) Set in Jamaica at the end of the slavery years, this tracks the fortunes of July, who endures the worst this brutal period can throw at her. C by Tom McCarthy (Jonathan Cape) Serge Carrefax, the son of a radio enthusiast and teacher of the deaf, works as a radio operator during WWI. He is interned as a POW and lands up in an Egyptian tomb.
hat’s it like to be in line to win the most prestigious literary award in the world? South African writer Damon Galgut knows. His latest novel In A Strange Room is on the shortlist for this year’s Man Booker Prize, a competition that recognises excellence in literary fiction from authors in the Commonwealth, Ireland and Zimbabwe. With a £50,000 cash prize attached to the award, not to mention the kind of international exposure most writers only dream of, it’s not hard to see how being on the final shortlist of six – which this year includes Australian Peter Carey’s Parrot And Olivier In America – could be cause for some anxiety.
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CARL BARÂT Carl Barât (Arcady Record)
Fresh from a series of triumphant Libertines’ reunion shows with old mate Pete Doherty, no-one would have been surprised if Carl Barât had chosen to cash in on those Arcadian glory days for his first solo album proper. But no, Barât eschews Libertines’ rough-hewn rock for something a little more European sounding.
The jaunty vaudevilleflavoured The Magus sets the tone followed closely by the rollicking Gallic pastiche Je Regrette, Je Regrette. The album is awash with strings, choirs and lush effects but Barât’s best moments
come in the form of pared back, moody torch songs like Carve My Name and Shadows Fall. His one real throwback to the early noughties, the lukewarm Run With The Boys, reminds us why he’s moved on. ALISON GRINTER
BRING ME THE HORIZON
Wreckorder (ADA) The Travis lead singer’s solo debut album features guesties from Paul McCartney and Neko Case.
Disc-Overy (Parlophone) Multi-MOBO nominated rap arriviste Tempah releases his genrehopping first album.
There Is A Hell, Believe Me I’ve Seen It...
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Tool, Rammstein, Iggy & The Stooges, MIA (below), Grinderman, Die Antwoord, Lupe Fiasco and Wolfmother are just some of the acts confirmed for 2011’s Big Day Out. The six-date roadshow kicks off in Auckland on January 21, 2011 and culminates in Perth on February 6.
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No 1 single The Stars Fall Down, The Parlotones No 1 album Angel Of My Heart, Juanita du Plessis
No 1 single Just The Way You Are (Amazing), Bruno Mars No 1 album Going Back, Phil Collins
Gorillaz The O2, Nov 14-16 (0844 277 4321). £45 Guns N’ Roses The O2, Oct 13 (0844 477 5775). £51-£56 Ke$ha Shepherd’s Bush Empire, Dec 14 (0844 477 2000). £24.50 Kylie Aphrodite Les Folies Tour 2011 The O2, Apr 7-8 (0115 993 4166). £65-£85 Hugh Masekela and The Mahotella Queens Royal Festival Hall, Nov 12 (0871 663 2501). £10-£27.50 O2 Your Country Live: Regurgitator, Scribe Shepherds Bush Empire, Nov 10 (O2yourcountrylive.co.uk). Free Pendulum Wembley Arena, Dec 3 (0844 815 0815). £25 The Parlotones Shepherd’s Bush Empire (0844 477 2000). Nov 25. £14 Stereophonics Hammersmith Apollo, Oct 17-18 (0844 277 4321). £33 Shapeshifter Shepherd’s Bush Empire, Oct 29 (0844 477 2000). £17.50 Tame Impala Heaven, Oct 28 (0844 811 0051). £12.50 Xavier Rudd & Izintaba Shepherd’s Bush Empire, Dec 6 (0844 477 2000). £18.50
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Big name artists were left in the shade by smaller, quirkier acts when this year’s Aria nominations were unveiled at Sydney’s Conservatorium of Music last week. Leading the pack were Sia, Angus and Julia Stone, Birds Of Tokyo (above), Megan Washington and Guy Sebastian with six nominations each.
Chart-toppers John Butler and The Temper Trap had to make do with a mere five nominations each, while old pros such as Crowded House, Jimmy Barnes and Kylie Minogue managed only three nods each. Other notable mentions go to psych-rock newcomers Tame Impala who bagged five nominations, and Oz rock favourites Powderfinger, currently on their final Aussie tour, who secured four nominations. The Aria Awards will take place at the Sydney Opera House on November 7.
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Alison Grinter PICKS OUT THIS WEEK’S BEST LIVE MUSIC
GIG OF THE WEEK IMELDA MAY Imelda May was listening to Billie Holiday when most kids were singing along to Wet Wet Wet, so it’s little wonder she was singing in clubs in her native Dublin by age 16. A nomination for Best Burlesque Singer in 2007 and her first album, Love Tattoo, catapulted her to wider fame back home, and more recently a tour with Jools Holland led to support slots with U2 and the Scissor Sisters. Now the first lady of rockabilly is in town to play tracks from her second album, Mayhem, which features a skiffle version of Tainted Love.
» Forum, 9-17 Highgate Rd, NW5 1JY
Kentish Town (0844 847 2405; venues.meanfiddler.com). Fri, Oct 8. £17.50
The words “experimental music” are enough to bring even the most ardent music lover out in hives, but Sydney innovators PVT (formerly PIVOT) have always had a way of shaping their glitchy electronic post-rock noise into something both cohesive and melodic. They’re here to plug third LP Church With No Name this week.
Conor O’Brien’s solo project may have missed out on winning the hallowed Mercury Prize to The XX but the Dubliner still has kudos to burn for his sublime debut album, Becoming A Jackal. With an Eng-Lit approach to lyrics and tunes to-swoon-for, O’Brien’s folk-art pop brings to mind Arcade Fire and Augie March. What’s not to like?
» Cargo, 83 Rivington St, EC2A 3AY Old Street (0870 060 0100; cargo-london.com). Wed, Oct 6. £10
» Scala, 275 Pentonville Rd, N1 9NL
NEW BAND ALERT
King’s Cross (0870 534 4444; scala-london.co.uk). Tue, Oct 5. £11.50
FESTIVAL WATCH Tickets now on sale Glastonbury Tickets 2011 tickets went on sale at 9am on Sun, Oct 3. Worthy Farm, Pilton (glastonburyfestivals.co.uk). Jun 22-26. Weekend tickets £195
THE BUZZ SO FAR Hailing from San Francisco, this duo are
comprised of New Zealand raised vocalist Tamaryn and her collaborator/producer, Rex John Shelverton. Together they produce the kind of narco-rock guitar haze that would have made Mazzy Star and the Cocteau Twins proud. Their glacial compositions, the perfect showcase for Tamaryn’s otherworldly vocals, have already impressed the likes of US tastemakers Pitchfork. Expect to hear more from them as they unleash their album in the UK. THE PLUG Debut album The Waves is out Mon, Oct 4.
Lounge On The Farm Take advantage of the early deposit scheme. Acts TBC. Merton Farm, Canterbury (loungeonthefarm.co.uk). Jul 8-11. Weekend tickets £85 Benicassim Discounted tickets are now on sale. Line-up TBC. Benicassim, Spain (fiberfib.com). Jul 14-17. Four-day tickets £125 Secret Garden Party Tickets are now on sale. Mill Hill Field, Cambridgeshire
(uk.secretgardenparty.com). Jul 21-24. £125 Camp Bestival Bestival’s sister festy returns. Lulworth Castle, Dorset (campbestival.net). Jul 29-31, Weekend tickets £155 V Festival V has 2011 tickets on sale for 2010 prices. Line-up TBC. Chelmsford/Staffordshire (vfestival2011tickets.com). Aug 20-21. Weekend tickets £165 Leeds/Reading festivals Line-up is TBC. Reading/Leeds (seetickets.com). Aug 26-28. Weekend ticket £180 Bestival Tickets on Sale Tickets are now on sale at 2011 prices. Robin Hill Country Park, Isle of Wight (bestival.net). Sep 8-11. Weekend tickets £160
BREAKING AND ENTERING Aussie singer Sarah Blasko is big back home, but the UK has proved a tough nut to crack WORDS ALISON GRIINTER tntmagazine.com
DRAMATIC SIGNING The answer lies in the fact that around this time last year, Blasko’s sublime vocal and songwriting ability caught the interest of Dramatico, the UK indie label which is also home to Katie Melua, Gurrumul and France’s first lady, Carla Bruni. Blasko went on to sign a licensing deal for the European release of her third and most recent album, As Day Follows Night. So does she feel the benefits of being signed to such a powerful label? “Yeah, certainly. I don’t think I knew how huge Katie Melua was over here …
It’s been a “ struggle to get songs played ”
she’s this multi-million selling artist,” Blasko says down the line from her home in Brighton. “What’s important to me is that they’re [Dramatico] actually a lovely bunch of people who are really passionate about music. They’ve been hugely supportive – they’re always like, ‘it’s just a matter of time’.”
OUTSIDER STATUS Indeed, there weren’t many awards Blasko didn’t win in Australia for As Day Follows Night (an Aria for Best Album among them). But having hit her artistic and commercial limits Down Under she moved to the UK this year with a view to widening her audience. “It’s something I should have done a while ago … [I was] playing the same festivals and venues, which was great but you need to feel that you’re being challenged,” she says. This year Blasko supported The Temper Trap, one of the few Aussie bands who’ve broken here recently, on their UK tour, but recognises the struggle to be heard in Britain.
MUSIC & CLUBS
ne of this year’s more bizarre TV moments came courtesy of Sarah Blasko’s appearance on BBC2’s The Review Show. While Blasko performed her beautiful, bewitching tune We Won’t Run for the assembled cultural commentators, Antipodean viewers might have wondered how the Australian, an established artist with a three-album career back home, but a virtual unknown over here, scored such an illustrious gig.
Blasko takes ‘power dressing’ to a new level
“There’s so much music here and so much going on that it’s hard for an outsider. It takes time. It’s been quite a struggle just to get songs played on the radio,” she says.
MADE IN SWEDEN As Day Follows Night was recorded in Stockholm with Bjorn Yttling of Swedish whimsy-popsters Peter, Bjorn And John. It seems to have been a collaboration made in heaven, setting the project apart from her previous albums. Each lovelorn song is exquisitely wrought, buoyed by Blasko’s girlishly, ethereal singing voice. “I’ll definitely work with him again,” she says of Yttling. “He’s a really talented guy … but it was a gamble because I didn’t know him very well.” While living in Stockholm, Blasko got stuck into Swedish culture, eating semla buns and attending crayfish parties. She says: “You just eat loads of crayfish and drink Schnapps, wear silly hats and sing songs.”
Legend has it that the album’s tracks were laid down in the studio that ABBA once recorded in. “I don’t know if they recorded in there,” Blasko clarifies. “There was certainly a piano that they used for Mamma Mia – it’s some unusual piano that somebody had specially made. We wanted to use it but it just didn’t fit.”
PENTECOSTAL BEGINNINGS Blasko started singing in a Pentecostal church as a teenager, though she hastens to explain that it was “not a choir”. “It was my first experience of communal singing,” she says. “I went to heaps of different churches. My family went to so many different denominations of Christian churches and then we went to a Pentecostal church until I was 17, when I decided that I didn’t agree with it anymore … there’s something about organised religion that makes me feel slightly ill.” That’s probably a good thing as one of the album’s more intriguing songs, Is My Baby Yours?, looks ostensibly like a curious subversion of the paternity question. “It sounds like a 16-year-old girl who got drunk and doesn’t know who the father is,” Blasko laughs, then adds more seriously: “It’s really about realising that someone you love is in love with somebody else.”
» As Day Follows Night
Bjorn Yttling with his band Peter, Bjorn And John
out now. Sarah Blasko performs at Electric Ballroom, NW1 8QP Camden Town (0870 264 3333; electricballroom.co.uk). Wed, Nov 17, 7.30pm. £12.50
MUSIC LISTINGS Seasick Steve Californian blues-folk guitarist. The Blues
MUSIC & CLUBS
Kitchen, Camden High St, NW1 7JN (020 7387 5277). £15.
Akil The MC, Louis Logic, Flash Fry Records, Reps, Rup, Uncle Dicky Hip-hop
Judie Tzuke The acoustic rock singer-songwriter celebrates 30 years in music. Union
from the American rapper and former member of Jurassic 5.
Chapel, Compton Terrace, N1 2UN (020 7226 1686). £20.
The Barfly, Camden, Chalk Farm Rd, NW1 8AN (0844 847 2424). £11.
John Barrowman The Glasgow-born entertainer and television personality performs pop hits and songs from musical theatre. Royal Albert Hall,
SATURDAY 9 Avulsed, Fractured Insanity, Btk, Gorebound, Decrepit Womb Death metal from the Madrid-based group. Bull And Gate, Kentish Town Rd, NW5 2TJ (020 8826 5000). £10.
The Beat Ska and 2-Tone hit-making outfit. The
Denyse Anyogu And Band
Bloomsbury Ballroom, Victoria House, Bloomsbury Sq, WC1B 4DA (0870 060 0100). £25.
The songstress leads her group in playing soul-driven pop.
Keni Burke The pioneering
Kensington Gore, SW7 2AP (020 7589 8212). £22.50-£55.
Stratford Circus, Theatre Sq, E15 1BX (020 8279 1015). £14, concs £10.
bassist performs his hits with a backing group.
Josephine Foster & The Victor Herrero Band The
Architects, Norma Jean, Devil Sold His Soul, Lower Than Atlantis The Brighton-
American songstress joins the Spanish band to play a collection of folk songs written by Federico Garcia Lorca. Cafe Oto, Ashwin St, E8 3DL (020 7923 1231). £12, adv £10.
Hayseed Dixie Rock and bluegrass from the American four-piece. Islington Academy, N1 Centre, Parkfield St, N1 0PS (0844 477 2000). £15.
Jorn, Crimes Of Passion Metal from the Norwegian five-piece. The Underworld, Camden High St, NW1 0NE (020 7482 1932). £5-£12.
Paprika Sextet Balkan and other Eastern European folk from the London-based combo. Le QuecumBar, Battersea High St, SW11 3HX (020 7787 2227). £15, adv £12.
Clare Teal, The Ronnie Scotts All Stars Jazz songstress. Ronnie Scott’s, Frith St, W1D 4HT (020 7439 0747). £20-£37.50.
TUESDAY 5 The Band Of Heathens, Russell Joslin The five-piece from Austin, Texas plays rock. The Borderline, Orange Yard, Manette St, W1D 4JB (0870 060 3777/ cc 0871 231 0842). £10.
Comply Or Die, The Vexed, Trash Cat The band plays punk with hints of ska. Dublin Castle, Parkway, NW1 7AN (020 8806 2668). £6, concs £4.50.
Glenn Hughes The veteran vocalist and bass maestro plays rock. Islington Academy, N1 Centre, Parkfield St, N1 0PS (0844 477 2000). £22.
Glen Matlock, The Philistines The former Sex
TNT’S TOP BOOKING
ELBOW The O2, SE10 0DX North Greenwich (0844 856 0202, theo2.co.uk). Mar 28, 2011. £TBC Still riding high on the success of their Mercury Prize winning 2008 LP, The Seldom Seen Kid, the critically adored indie outfit from Bury confirm UK dates in support of their upcoming new album.
WEDNESDAY 6 Tony Allen, Seun Kuti, Thandiswa The Nigerian drummer performs Afrobeat and celebrates his 70th birthday and 50 years of independence for his home country. Barbican Centre, Silk St, EC2Y 8DS (0845 120 7500/ cc 020 7638 8891). £13.50-£22.50.
Chris Botti Instrumental jazz from the American trumpeter. Union Chapel, Compton Terrace, N1 2UN (020 7226 1686). £29.50.
Cecil Sharp House Community Choir The choir
Supertramp Melodic prog rock from the genre veterans of Breakfast In America fame. O2 Arena, Peninsula Sq, SE10 0DX (0871 220 0260). £42.50.
THURSDAY 7 Geoff Achison, Rob Tognoni The Australian singer-songwriter performs blues-folk. Charlotte St Blues Club, Charlotte St, W1T 4QH (020 7580 0113). £7, adv £5.
Natacha Atlas, Attab Haddad Quintet Arab and
based four-piece plays hardcore metal. Koko, Camden High St, NW1 7JE (0870 432 5527). £12.
Buddy Holly And The Cricketers A rock ’n’ roll show including classic hits such as That’ll Be The Day and Peggy Sue. Broadway Theatre, Rushey
Italian-American swing from the sax-playing vocalist and his band. 100 Club, Oxford St, W1D 1LL (020 7636 0933). £18, adv £15.
the sartorial duo. Shepherds Bush
outfit plays progressive rock from its album, Reborn.
Empire, Shepherd’s Bush Green, W12 8TT (0905 020 3999/ cc 0844 477 2000). £11.50.
100 Club, Oxford St, W1D 1LL (020 7636 0933). £20, adv £18.50.
Wilko Johnson The Canvey Island guitarist and ex-Dr Feelgood member performs rock and blues. The Standard Music Venue, Blackhorse Ln, E17 6DS (020 8503 2523). £12.
Klezma Villanova, Rook And The Raven The Twickenhambased four-piece plays Gypsyinspired folk-punk. Proud Camden, The Horse Hospital, Chalk Farm Rd, NW1 8AH (020 7482 3867). £10, £8 before 9pm, w/flyer £5 before 9pm.
Lacuna Coil, Slaves To Gravity Metal from the Italian
Kult The outfit from Poland plays punk-ska. Forum, Highgate Rd, NW5 1JY (020 7344 0044). £25.
Mumford And Sons Londonbased indie-folk outfit. Apollo, Queen Caroline St, W6 9QH (0844 844 4748). £20.
Pimpinela Latin pop from the Argentinean duo. Union Chapel, Compton Terrace, N1 2UN (020 7226 1686). £25.
Gordon Webber’s Rd Runners The nine-piece big band plays soul and Motown.
North African music mixed with pop from the Londonbased singer. Cadogan Hall,
outfit. Relentless Garage, Highbury
Sloane Terrace, SW1X 9DQ (020 7730 4500). £15.50-£30.
Corner, N5 1RD (0870 060 3777/ cc 0844 847 1678). £17.50.
Richard Lloyd Rock from the veteran singer-songwriter and founding member of Television.
Delays The Southampton-
Mark Chadwick The Levellers frontman performs an acoustic set. Bush Hall, Uxbridge Rd,
based quartet plays indie-rock.
W12 7LJ (020 8222 6955). £16.
Relentless Garage, Highbury Corner, N5 1RD (0870 060 3777/ cc 0844 847 1678). £12.50.
Daddy Yankee The artist plays
The Borderline, Orange Yard, Manette St, W1D 4JB (0870 060 3777/ cc 0871 231 0842). £10.
Hardcore metal from the Lancaster, Pennsylvaniabased outfit. Islington
Rory McLeod Folk singer-
Academy, N1 Centre, Parkfield St, N1 0PS (0844 477 2000). £14.
performs a capella harmony songs from the British Isles and the rest of the world. Cecil Sharp House, Regents Park Rd, NW1 7AY (020 7485 2206). £72, concs £58.
hip-hop reggaeton and R’n’B.
Brixton Academy, Stockwell Rd, SW9 9SL (0844 477 2000). £30.
Helpers The Seattle-based four-piece plays grunge. The
Manu Dibango The
Electric Ballroom, Camden High St, NW1 8QP (020 7485 9006). £15.
veteran saxophonist fuses jazz and African rhythms.
Of Montreal The US-based band plays theatrically-skewed indie-pop. Koko, Camden High
Ronnie Scott’s, Frith St, W1D 4HT (020 7439 0747). £20-£41.50.
Errors, Twilight Sad Electro
Downstairs At The King’s Head, Crouch End Hill, N8 8AA (020 8340 1028). £12.
Oysterband The British folk
EC2A 4AP (020 7729 5959). £10.50.
Plaid & Southbank Gamelan Players The two groups
The Posies Alt pop from
performs Americana and folk.
the Seattle-based four-piece.
The Slaughtered Lamb, Great Sutton St, EC1V 0DX (020 7253 1516). £13.50.
Bobby Long, Alex Starling, The Spivs Acoustica from
perform an electronica, dance and world music duet.
the London-based singersongwriter. Hoxton Square Bar
Village Underground, Holywell Ln, EC2A 3PQ (020 7422 7505). £14.50.
And Kitchen, Hoxton Sq, N1 6NU (020 7613 0709). £10, adv £9.
Sublime With Rome Ska-punk
Australia. Cargo, Rivington St,
Devon Sproule The USbased songstress performs playful alt country. The
Green Note Cafe, Parkway, NW1 7AN (020 7485 9899). £10.
The experienced musician plays folk and blues. The
Classic rock and blues from the Dallas-born guitarist. Royal Albert Hall,
Villagers, Cate Le Bon
Luminaire, Kilburn High Rd, NW6 7JR (020 7372 7123). £17.50.
Kensington Gore, SW7 2AP (020 7589 8212). £50-£60.
EC2A 3AY (020 7739 3440). £10.
Steve Miller Band
Michael Ball: Heroes Tour The vocalist and actor performs his hits and songs from the stage. Prince Of Wales Theatre, Coventry St, W1D 6AS (0870 850 0393). £65-£75.
Georgie Fame & Sons R’n’B from the veteran singer and pianist. The Castle, Finchley Rd, NW11 8DG (020 8455 3501). £22.50, adv £20.
Ian Hunter The veteran classic rocker and ex-leader of Mott The Hoople. Union Chapel, Compton Terrace, N1 2UN (020 7226 1686). £21.50.
from the collaboration of Eric Wilson, Bud Gaugh of Sublime and Rome Ramirez. Shepherds
Jean Michel Jarre Electronica from the multi-million selling French artist. O2 Arena, Peninsula
Bush Empire, Shepherd’s Bush Green, W12 8TT (0905 020 3999/ cc 0844 477 2000). £21.50.
Sq, SE10 0DX (0871 220 0260). £45.
Tristania The seven-piece
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Aug Burns Red, Blessthefall
stalwarts play energetic acoustic tunes. Union Chapel, Compton Terrace, N1 2UN (020 7226 1686). £20, adv £16.50, concs £12.
Angie Palmer, BJ Cole, Billy Buckley The singer-songwriter
PVT Progressive house trio from
Dover St Restaurant And Bar, Dover St, W1S 4LQ (020 7629 9813). £15, free to diners before 10pm.
songwriter and storyteller.
W1D 1LL (020 7636 0933). £10.
Ray Gelato’s Giants Classic
Curved Air The veteran
indie-pop quartet from Glasgow. XOYO, Cowper St,
Rd, N1 9NL (020 7833 2022/ cc 0870 060 0100). £11.50.
Moon Ln, Herne Hill, SE24 9HU (020 7274 2733). £10, adv £8.
Hurts Angular electro-pop from
St, NW1 7JE (0870 432 5527). £14.
Indie-folk from the Dublinbased singer-songwriter and his group. The Scala, Pentonville
Egypt The trio plays blues. The Half Moon, Half
Green, SE6 4RU (020 8690 0002). £16.
Pistol plays punk-influenced pop-rock. 100 Club, Oxford St,
Relentless Garage, Highbury Corner, N5 1RD (0870 060 3777/ cc 0844 847 1678). £15.
The Jazz Cafe, Parkway, NW1 7PG (0870 060 3777). £20.
band from Stavanger, Norway plays gothic metal. The Underworld, Camden High St, NW1 0NE (020 7482 1932). £16.50.
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CLUB LISTINGS MONDAY 4
Central 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, pop, R’n’B and funky house. Moonlighting, Greek St, W1D 4DR (020 7287 372). 10pm-3.30am. £5, NUS £1.
Popcorn Commercial dance, house, pop and R’n’B, plus a cinema and chill-out room. Heaven, Charing Cross Arches, Villiers St, WC2N 6NG (020 7930 2020). 11pm-6am. £8, £2 before midnight, w/wristband free before 1am, NUS/mems free.
Rehab DJs Haley, Dan 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 courtesy of the residents. Tiger Tiger, Haymarket,
N*A*S*I*N SoniX, Brahim and Punk Gareth play punk, rock, metal and ska. The Borderline, Orange Yard, Manette St, W1D 4JB (0870 060 3777/ cc 0871 231 0842). 11pm-3am. £5, w/flyer £4, NUS £3, mems £2.
Hydraulix Vs Naked Lunch A Paul, DAVE The Drummer, Marcello Perri, Gizelle and James Kinetic play techno, house and dance. Jamm, Brixton Rd, SW9 6LH (020 7274 5537). 10pm-6am. £10.
Inferno Andrew Elmore spins funk, house and dance. The Shadow Lounge, Brewer St, W1F 0RF (020 7287 7988). 10pm-3am. £10, free before 11pm.
Kerrang Radio Presents Kerrang Radio DJs, Q DJs, Kate Lawler and Danielle Perry spin rock and indie. 93 Feet East,
Psyrhythmix DJs spin
Get Yourself Connected
psychedelic trance. Club
Nick Tcherniak spins house and electro. The Langley, Langley St,
414, Coldharbour Ln, SW9 8LF (020 7924 9322). 11pm6am. £5, £3 before midnight.
Roller Disco Funk and disco for a wheeled audience. Renaissance
Shake Resident DJs play hip-hop, R’n’B, funk and house. Rumba, Shaftesbury
Rooms, Arches, Miles St, SW8 1RZ (0844 736 5375). 8pm-midnight. £10, w/skates £7.50, NUS £5.
Ave, W1D 7EP (020 7287 2715). 9pm-3am. £5, free before 11.30pm.
Smash & Grab Queens Of
Trannyshack Miss Dusty
O, Tasty Tim and Lady Lloyd spin commercial dance and pop. Madame Jo Jo’s,
Bear St, WC2H 7AQ (020 7839 4188). 7.30pm-3am. £7, guestlist/NUS £5.
Secret Shoreditch Location, EC2 (07855 369013). 10pm-6am. £10-£15.
GOLDFISH The Coronet, SE1 6TJ Elephant & Castle (020 7701 1500; coronettheatre.co.uk). Oct 29. From £10 One of the coolest live electronic acts, South Africa’s Goldfish are a pleasure to both watch and listen to as they combine live instruments into their set. Sheer brilliance.
SW1Y 4SP (020 7930 1885). 9pm-3am. £6, £5 before 10pm.
Lost In London Party on the ground floor, electro-house in the basement and commercial R’n’B in the VIP room. Zoo Bar,
Hybrid Life X Omar-S, Art Department, Alex Jones, Rich NxT and Deep End Soundsystem spin deep house and techno.
Brewer St, W1F 0SE (020 7734 3040). 10pm-3am. £5, w/flyer £3.
Work! Old school funk, hip-hop and pop courtesy of Big John and Biggy C. Hidden, Tinworth St, SE11 5EQ (020 7247 4121). 11pm-4am. £3-£6.
Noize, Sally SexFace, Ben Raynor and Girls In The Pub supply indie, electro and rave. XOYO, Cowper St, EC2A 4AP (020 7729 5959). 10pm-3am. £8, £5 before 11pm.
Temptation Pop, R’n’B, dance and cheese with resident DJs. Zoo Bar, Bear St, WC2H 7AQ (020 7839 4188). 10pm-3am. £10, £7 before 10pm, guestlist free before 10pm.
and Arias play Latin beats, plus Katy And The Mambloeros, El Mahico, Surianne and Monastic Trio perform live. Notting Hill Arts
hosts a night of vintage, fetish and underground sounds, plus live burlesque performances from Betsy Rose, Miss Kitty Kat and Missy De Lish. Proud
Minibloco DJ Patrick plays
Madame Jo Jo’s, Brewer St, W1F 0SE (020 7734 3040). 10pm-3am. £8.
hip-hop, soul and Brazilian beats. Guanabara, Parker St, WC2B 5PW (020 7242 8600). 5pm-late. £10.
G, Supa Mann and Xavier Miller play R’n’B, hip-hop and funky house. Tamarai, Drury Ln, WC2B 5PG (020 7831 9399). 10pm-3am. £15, guestlist £10 before 11.30pm.
pop, R’n’B and Motown The Den & Centro, West Central St, WC1A 1JJ (020 7240 1083). 10pm-4am. £8, free before 11pm.
Therapy Electro-pop and
and guest DJ Volta45 spin African hip-hop, soul and Afrobeat. The Last Days Of
Replay Diego CK, Anto and
Decadence, Shoreditch High St, E1 6JE (020 7729 2896). 8pm-2am. £5.
Your Mum’s House Scally
The Shadow Lounge, Brewer St, W1F 0RF (020 7287 7988). 10pm-3am. £10, free before 11pm.
Banjam DJs spin indie and pop,
Dandan and Jamie D Winter spin electro and fidget house. Punk,
Unwind Mayaan Nidam,
plus Alpines and Charlie XCX play live experimental pop. Proud
Soho St, W1D 3DN (020 7734 4004). 9pm-3am. £5, £3 before 11pm.
Steve Nocerino play deep house. The Den & Centro, West Central St, WC1A 1JJ (020 7240 1083). 11pm-7am. £10, ladies £5.
Soundcrash Presents Eskmo provides live dubstep, hip-hop and electronica. Electrowerkz, Torrens St, EC1V 1NQ (020 7837 6419). 7.30pm-11pm. £7.50.
Camden, The Horse Hospital, Chalk Farm Rd, NW1 8AH (020 7482 3867). 7.30pm-2.30am. £7, concs £5.
DJ Fad play R’n’B, funk, dance and hip-hop. Proud Camden,
Club Remix DJ Eddy Temple Morris supplies indie and electronica, plus My Tiger My Timing and Killer Meters play live. Proud Camden, The
The Horse Hospital, Chalk Farm Rd, NW1 8AH (020 7482 3867). 7.30pm-1.30am. £6, £5 before 10pm.
Horse Hospital, Chalk Farm Rd, NW1 8AH (020 7482 3867). 7.30pm2.30am. £7, £5 before 11pm.
White Heat DJs Matty, Marcus and Olly play indie, punk, techno and electro. Madame Jo Jo’s,
Glitz & Glamour DJ Mark Bambach plays house, R’n’B and dance. The Shadow
Brewer St, W1F 0SE (020 7734 3040). 10.30pm-3am. £6, adv £5.
Lounge, Brewer St, W1F 0RF (020 7287 7988). 10pm-3am. £5, free before 11pm, mems/guests free.
Volume Parallel, DJ CLK and
WEDNESDAY 6 Close Up DJ Rhodium spins R’n’B and hip-hop. The Old Queen’s Head, Essex Rd, N1 8LN (020 7354 9993). 7.30pm-1am. £7, £5 guestlist.
Honey Fits EP Launch Rock, punk and indie courtesy of DJs De-Railed and Nate Thompson, plus live music from Honey Fits. Ginglik, Shepherd’s Bush Green, W12 8PH (020 8749 2310). 7pm-1am. £5, mems free.
FRIDAY 8 Bedrock DJs Little Chris and George spin indie and pop. The Borderline, Orange Yard, Manette St, W1D 4JB (0870 060 3777/ cc 0871 231 0842). 11pm-4am. £7, w/flyer £5 before midnight.
Filthy Few Presents Nightmoves Justin Robertson, Stopmakingme, Sophie Lloyd, Firas & Jay Karim, Michael Palmer, Shame DJs and Sam Potts play house and electro. Cargo, Rivington St, EC2A 3AY (020 7739 3440). 9.30pm-3am. £10, free before 10pm.
The Gallery Hernan Cattaneo, Sister Bliss, 16 Bit Lolitas and Gavyn Mytchel play trance, house, electro and techno. The Ministry Of Sound, Gaunt St, SE1 6DP (0870 060 2666). 10pm-6am. £15, adv £13, mems/NUS £10.
Sq, SE10 0DX (0871 220 0260). 10pm-late. £16.75-£22.25.
Lost And Found Keb Darge and Andy Smith play blues, rock and Northern Soul.
Club, Notting Hill Gate, W11 3JQ (020 7460 4459). 7pm-2am. £5.
Cabaret, Minster Court, EC3R 7AA (020 7482 3867). 7.30pm-late. £10.
Kinky Malinki Joachim Garraud, Hardwell and Avicii spin house, tech-house and electro. IndigO2, Peninsula
Madame Jo Jo’s, Brewer St, W1F 0SE (020 7734 3040). 10pm-3am. £8.
Popstarz Three rooms of indie, Voix De Ville Kai Hoffman
Afri-Kokoac DJs AJ Kwame
The Good Foot Snowboy and Healer Selecta supply 1960s and 1970s deep funk, soul, rare groove, Mambo and R’n’B.
Mode PR DJs VG, Shock, Bennie
Movimientos Live Cal Jader
WC2H 9JA (020 7836 5005). 8pm-3am. £10, £5 before 9pm, free before 8pm.
Brick Ln, E1 6RU (020 7770 6006). 7pm-1am. £7, adv/w/flyer £5.
dance from Kris Di Angelis.
Chrissy Maranello, Lee Rands and Stevie T play house and tech-house. East Village, Great Eastern St, EC2A 3HX (020 7739 5173). 10pm-3.30am. £8, £5 before 11pm.
We Are One Afterparty Indie and electro DJ sets from Cocknbullkid, Darwin Deez, James Theaker and Emily Rawson. All Star Lanes, Brick Ln, E1 6QL (020 7426 9200). 8pm-1am. £6.
SATURDAY 9 Carpet Burn Jonny Woo, Ma Butcher, Princess Julia and John Sizzle play pop, dance, house and Italo disco. Eagle, Kennington Ln, SE11 5QY (020 7793 0903). 9pm4am. £6, NUS £4, £3 before 10.30pm.
Gorgesusx DJs Howie and Perry play dance and R’n’B. Crazy Larry’s, King’s Rd, SW10 0TZ (020 7376 5555). 10pm-3am. £10, guestlist £5 before 11pm.
Love House Resident DJs spin house, chart hits, pop and R’n’B. Oxygen Bar, Irving St, WC2H 7AZ (020 8123 2507). 9pm-3am. £10, £5 before 11pm, free before 10pm, guestlist free before 11pm.
Techliks Coppe, Jake Williams and Rottkappchen play glitchy electronica and bass-heavy beats. Ginglik, Shepherd’s Bush Green, W12 8PH (020 8749 2310). 7pm-3am. £8, mems free.
Tittle Tattle Tomoki Tamura, Dennis Christensen, Dom Keenan, Dubby, When In Roma and Koma spin house and electronica. Cargo, Rivington St, EC2A 3AY (020 7739 3440). 5pm-3am. £10, free before 10pm.
Wig Out Tommy Turntables, Lady Lloyd and Prince Nelly play indie, rock, R’n’B and Motown. The Den & Centro, West Central St, WC1A 1JJ (020 7240 1083). 10pm-2.30am. £7, £5 before 11pm.
SUNDAY 10 Groove Sanctuary AfricanLatin, funk, disco and deep house from DJ Jimbo, Joey Vieira and guests. Madame Jo Jo’s, Brewer St, W1F 0SE (020 7734 3040). 9.30pm-3am. £5, free before 11pm.
Horse Meat Disco Jim Stanton, James Hillard, Filthy Luka and Severino spin disco. Eagle, Kennington Ln, SE11 5QY (020 7793 0903). 8pm-3am. £6.
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» TUESDAY » WEDNESDAY » THURSDAY » FRIDAY » SATURDAY » SUNDAY quote unquote “What we have now is not only a weak government, but a deceitful government.” Tony Abbot siezes on Julia Gillard’s creation of a committee of MPs to discuss carbon tax, which she ruled out in her election campaign.
wrap up of last week’s events from australia, new zealand and south africa
AUSTRALIA Aussies are jet-setters Australians travelled overseas in unprecedented numbers over the past year, making 6.8 million overseas trips, up from 2.1 million 20 years ago. New Zealand was the top destination, attracting 1.1 million Aussies, ahead of Indonesia, in findings revealed by the Australian Bureau of Statistics.
Labor party losses Julia Gillard led Labor to an embarrassing defeat in the new parliament’s first policy ballot. The prime minister labelled
A step ahead: It’s all fun and games until someone breaks an ankle. Young women in stilettos no less than 3 inches high leg it in a 4 x 100m relay in Sydney all in the name of breast cancer research. A world-record time had organisers tickled pink.
Opposition leader Tony Abbott a “wrecker” as his Liberal-National coalition voted 73-72 against a proposal that would allow MPs a fresh vote if they missed a ballot. It was the first time the ruling party has been beaten in the lower house since 1962.
most refugees were economic migrants and not genuine asylum seekers – information apparently used to reject claims. Only 30 per cent of asylum claims had been accepted recently, compared with 95 per cent earlier in the year.
Asylum freeze lifted
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A six-month processing freeze of Afghan asylum-seekers was lifted after an assessment determined that the war-torn country was unstable after its recent election. However, refugee groups condemned an assessment by the Australian embassy in Kabul that
Clocks went forward one hour in New South Wales, Victoria, Tasmania, the ACT and South Australia and will stay so until April 3, 2011. Sydney, Melbourne, Canberra and Hobart is now 10 hours ahead of London, until October 31, and Adelaide, 9.5 hours ahead.
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37 – both from Adelaide and with different mothers – into his family. He regretted not having met them earlier, but admitted: “It was probably better for them that they didn’t know me, because I was pretty wild.” Bennett went to the same school as Campbell and the pair knew each other, but didn’t realise they were related.
“I had to give it to her, otherwise I would have had to go away and become a monk.” An unnamed man who claims he paid ‘holy men’ Tony Golossian and Arthur Psichogios $50,000 for naked prayer sessions to rid his wife of a curse. The men are on trial for sex offences, which they deny. “I don’t know what to say, I’m feeling a bit sick about this.” Sarah Murdoch incorrectly announces Kelsey Martinovich as winner of Australia’s Next Top Model on live TV, instead of her competitor, Amanda Ware. TNT er h weat rt repo
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Stalwart Aussie rocker Jimmy Barnes’ brood has expanded to seven after he learned of two daughters he never knew he had. The Cold Chisel frontman, who is a dad to four children with his wife, Jane, and to musician David Campbell from a previous relationship, welcomed his love children, Amanda Bennett, 36, and Megan Torzyn,
“She’s obviously got some mental issues, and had them for a while.” NRL player Brett Stewart on the teen who accused him of indecent and sexual assault – charges he was cleared of after a 10-week trial.
SOUTH AUSTRALIA A $15m Buddhist temple development has been planned for Sellicks Hill, along the Wine Coast. The idyllic beach setting will host a 35m-high pagoda and 18m bronze Buddha statue, four shrines, masters’ accommodation and public Chinese Memorial Gardens.
Aussies and Kiwis at Gallipoli, part of recent controversy
“As long as remedial action is not taken, we intend to do something on the part of the Turkish government,” he said. Assyrian community leaders who erected the monument said it was not an affront to Australia’s Turkish community. The controversy put a major survey of the WWI battlefields in Gallipoli, where 11,500
Australian and NZ soldiers died, in limbo, as visa applications for Australian archaeologists were stalled. However, Ozge backed down at the last minute. Turkey’s foreign minister, Ahmet Davutoglu, said the monument threatened to “poison the perfect relations between Australia and Turkey”.
Soldiers on manslaughter charges
WESTERN AUSTRALIA A 16-year-old boy has been charged with the manslaughter of his friend after he incinerated a car they broke into at Bassendean Shopping Centre. Police said the teenager set fire to the car to eradicate evidence but Jamie Collard, 16, was trapped inside without his friend’s knowledge.
VICTORIA Melbourne doctor Richard Young, 42, has been barred from practising until July 2011 for offering a prostitute $50 for oral sex after he examined her. The former Cleo Bachelor of the Year nominee was previously suspended for having sex with two patients.
NSW Aussie troops come under fire
The man died, along with the children, from grenades. The accused said they would “strenuously defend” the charges and expressed their regret over the deaths, but concerns were raised about
how soldiers would respond to future insurgent attacks. “These were people we were risking our lives to protect,” the soldiers said in a statement. The trial is due to begin early in 2011.
Police shot dead a pit bull terrier that attacked a man and a woman. The dog retreated when officers used pepper spray and a taser on it, but was shot when it returned and lunged at an officer in a home in St Clair, Sydney.
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■ Turkish Government offended by Assyrian ‘genocide’ monument erected in Sydney ■ Controversy threatens archaeological survey of WWI battlefields in Gallipoli ■ Monument could “poison” perfect relations between Australia and Turkey
A ferocious debate began after three Australian soldiers serving in Afghanistan faced charges over a raid that killed five children. The men were charged with manslaughter, dangerous conduct, failing to comply with a lawful general order and prejudicial conduct, after an operation to clear a compound where a Taliban leader was believed to be hiding. The case stemmed from a night-time ‘capture or kill’ mission, involving about 30 Australian soldiers who exchanged fire with an Afghan man, the Sydney Morning Herald reported.
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controversial monument in Sydney commemorating the deaths of Assyrians in WWI nearly sparked a diplomatic row with Turkey. The Australian and Turkish governments were in talks after the Turkish ambassador to Australia and NZ, Oguz Ozge, said the memorial, which described the deaths of about 750,000 Assyrians at the hands of Ottoman troops as ‘genocide’ was offensive to the Turkish government.
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Amount of NZ dollars available to New Zealanders who want to fund their outdoor adventure via a Hillary Expedition grant.
Family rail crash
You’re hired, for now: Peru-born Aucklander Paloma Vivanco-Coutts, now living in London, will be the first New Zealander to appear on the popular British version of TV show The Apprentice. Episode one airs on BBC One, on Wednesday.
Escort’s remains found
Murder rate rising
The dismembered remains of missing escort Carmen Thomas have been found in bushland west of Auckland. The detective leading the search for her killer and the body of the 32-year-old mother said police were confident that she was buried at the site they were digging up in the Waitakere Ranges, west of Auckland. Thomas was last seen alive on June 27. Bradford James Joseph Callaghan, 32, her former partner and the father of her five-year-old son Jack, has been charged with her murder.
The New Zealand murder rate is up 20 per cent on the previous year, new crime statistics show. Police released record figures for the 2009-2010 fiscal year, which showed there were 65 murders in New Zealand. Overall crime was down, with 441,960 recorded offences compared with 442,540 in the previous year. They also revealed officers resolved 523 more offences than the year before. A series of 12 unrelated killings in August 2009 saw a spike in the murder rate. Domestic violence also increased 8.5 per cent.
Value in NZ dollars of two plastic bags full of cannabis found by a dog walker in a Taupo park.
Number of giant Maori carvings transported from Whakatane to their new home at the refurbished Eden Park sports stadium in Auckland.
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German Shepherd, “cared for the lamb, cleaning her and treating her like his own”, owner Brogan Campbell told the Southland Times. The dog took the lamb under his wing, and they followed each other like they were joined at the hip, she explained. “Quanto thinks he is the lamb’s mother and Snowdrop is happy to accept that as well.”
Number of volunteer tradesmen currently being recruited by Christian aid group Habitat for Humanity to help rebuild the homes of uninsured Christchurch earthquake victims.
*And finally … A lamb’s best friend They say that opposites attract, and that’s certainly true in the case of Snowdrop the lamb and Quanto the dog. Snowdrop was brought indoors by her owners after being born in the midst of one of Southland’s heaviest snowfalls. While the lamb warmed up in front of the fire, household pet Quanto, a five-year-old male
Number of employers facing redundancy when MTV closes its New Zealand office in December.
Kiwi film-maker Jane Campion – who directed The Piano and Bright Star – has been commissioned by the BBC to work on a “startling, atmospheric” new multi-part television drama series. Set in New Zealand, Top Of The Lake will follow the disappearance of a pregnant 12-year-old girl last seen standing chest deep in a freezing lake. Filming will begin next year.
The drivers of two passenger trains that collided near Plimmerton, north of Wellington, injuring three people, were father and son. Sixty people were on board when a train heading north to Paraparaumu struck a slip, derailed and was driven into the path of an oncoming Wellingtonbound locomotive. KiwiRail chief executive Jim Quinn confirmed the drivers were related. “That’s a pretty unbelievable coincidence. The drivers were obviously shaken and shocked.”
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Hobbit feud grows
UPPER NORTH ISLAND Police believe a valuable whalebone artefact was returned to an historic Northland house because the thieves thought it had a tapu, or curse, on it. “With all artefacts strongly connected to Maoridom, if they are removed or illtreated, they carry an automatic curse,” a police spokesman said.
No deal: Sir Peter Jackson has the support of the NZ Government
stating that, according to legal advice, the film’s producers could be breaking industrial laws if they negotiated an agreement with the union, as actors were regarded as individual contractors, not employees. NZ Actors Equity claimed Jackson and other producers had refused to enter into a
union-negotiated agreement. It advised members not to accept work on the project because actors might be employed on inferior non-union contracts. The union’s stance has found support from big names including Karl Urban from The Lord Of The Rings and the president of NZ Actors Equity, Jennifer Ward-Lealand.
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Oz lures high-calibre Kiwis working full-time than Australians. About 90 per cent of Kiwi men have jobs, compared with 83 per cent of Australian men, the report says, while the percentage of Kiwis working full-time surpasses the equivalent rate of Aussies by 10 per cent. New Zealand is the secondlargest contributor to Australia’s overseas-born population, after the UK. Queensland has become the state of choice for New Zealanders – they are twice as likely to live in Brisbane as the overall population.
LOWER NORTH ISLAND A passenger plane crash-landed at Blenheim airport on Thursday. None of the 46 passengers was injured. Air New Zealand confirmed the Q300, operated by subsidiary Air Nelson, experienced a nose wheel failure after landing.
UPPER SOUTH ISLAND The Canterbury earthquake has apparently turned the tables in the Christchurch mayoral election, with incumbent Bob Parker now the favourite candidate. The UMR Research poll showed 55 per cent of voters now intended to vote for Parker, up from just 28 per cent in June, before the quake hit.
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The University of Otago achieved the highest university operating surplus in the country last year, at $31.1m, figures released by the Tertiary Education Commission show.
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■ Government backs film-maker Sir Peter Jackson in his dispute with NZ Actors Equity union over The Hobbit ■ Jackson threatens to move production away from New Zealand ■ Union’s stance backed by big names like Karl Urban from The Lord Of The Rings
New Zealanders are moving to Australia in record numbers, but they arrive educated and end up working, on average, harder and longer than natives, a government study says. Far from being a drain on the country’s education system and social services, the wave of migrants from across the Tasman Sea is proving to be older, professional and focused on work, an Australian Bureau of Statistics report says. Last year, 500,000 New Zealanders aged 15 to 64 and living in Australia had higher rates of employment and were more likely to be
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he NZ Government has backed film-maker Sir Peter Jackson in a dispute with union NZ Actors Equity over his latest Tolkien saga, The Hobbit. Jackson has threatened to move the production from New Zealand, possibly to Eastern Europe, after the union called for an international boycott of the film because it was not allowed to negotiate on behalf of its members. The Government revealed its support for Jackson in a letter
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Uni links remain The University of Johannesburg rejected calls to sever ties with Ben-Gurion University in Israel over the Israel-Palestine conflict. Demands for a boycott, led by UJ vice-chancellor Barney Pityana, were vetoed by the faculty senate. Instead, it proposed to continue its relationship with the university as long as it collaborated with Palestinian universities on research projects within the next six months. UJ Vice Chancellor Adam Habib said the compromise reflected his institution’s values. Other SA universities have started to follow suit. Ben-Gurion and Rand Afrikaans University – an all-white apartheid-era university until UJ took over in 2005 – had collaborated on projects since 1987.
EU to fund education The European Union has pledged more than R1bn to primary education in South Africa when President Jacob Zuma visited Belgium for the
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“We do not want their spirits dampened by corrupt police officers.” Young recruits need to be inspired by their commanding officers to eradicate violent crime, says National Police Minister Nathi Mthethwa. Group effort: Surfers catch a wave at Muizenberg beach for the annual Earthwave event, where locals attempt to break the Guinness world record of 103 surfers riding the same wave. They failed, mustering only 95 waxheads. Nice day for it, though.
third SA-EU summit to fortify bi-lateral links. The EU also agreed to fund development projects in Zimbabwe worth €365m after Zuma warned that ongoing sanctions against the country were hampering its progression.
in Johannesburg to receive documents, which they later learned were invalid, after paying money into a fraudulent account. The department for home affairs has received more than 6,000 residency applications from Zimbabweans so far.
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Fish levels promising
Hundreds of Zimbabweans who queued to obtain passports and documents to support their case for residency in South Africa when the period of special dispensation ends on December 31, were victims of a scam. People queued – some for days – at a building near Cosatu House
Stocks of diminishing fish species such as kingklip have been revived thanks to increasing consumer demand for sustainablyharvested fish and eco-friendly fishing methods. The Southern African Sustainable Seafood Initiative, launched in 2004, has been deemed a success.
“There has been a deliberate attempt to distort a decision on nationalisation not only from faceless sources in the ANC, but also from yourselves.” ANC Youth League president Julius Malema has a dig at journalists during a post-National General Council presser. “We’re not setting up our stand at Sexpo to try and spoil anyone’s fun.” The Film and Publicaton Board warns stall-holders at Sexpo in Jo’burg not to push any boundaries. “It’s a crisis. There’s total anarchy.” Radley Keys, the DA spokesman for environmental affairs, on the clearing of the Ndumo Game Reserve after land claim was granted to 2000 people.
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quote unquote “Mischievous and cheap political point scoring.” Nokeng mayor Anna Digoro dismisses claims by the Democratic Allliance ahead of the local elections that the municipality had fallen apart under the ANC.
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WESTERN CAPE A humpback whale that washed up onto a reef in Struisbaai was euthanised by a police explosives unit because it had little chance of survival, the National Sea Rescue Institute reported.
LIMPOPO Walmart wants to acquire Massmart and its subsidiaries, including Makro
attractive market dynamics, favorable demographic trends and a growing economy,” Walmart executive vicepresident Andy Bond said. The acquisition would be a boon for South Africans who would benefit from cheaper prices and job opportunities. However, the investment is at risk of going sour if it fails to
tame the resistance of the country’s largest federation of unions and government-allied Cosatu, which labelled the bid as “hostile”. Walmart responded with the assurance it was committed to adhering to SA’s labour laws. The rand advanced to a 2.5-year high, to 6.99 against the US dollar, thanks to the bid.
Foreigners key to healthcare success
Health is high on the agenda in South Africa
A nationwide public health insurance scheme which could be rolled out from 2012, would rely heavily on foreign doctors, health experts warned. The programme, which was high on the agenda at the ANC’s recent national council, would be phased in over 14 years at a cost of R128bn in its first year, then R376bn each year thereafter. It would give every South African access to free healthcare. However, it would rely on 80,000 new medical posts – particularly in rural areas – when the country already suffers from an acute shortage of skilled personnel.
A recent study found many graduate doctors were leaving South Africa due to compulsory community service. “We will have to bring in more doctors from outside the country. We’ve done the gap analysis … it will be thousands, not tens of thousands, but certainly thousands,” chief organiser Olive Shisana said. Medical union Hospersa warned a massive training programme should get underway immediately. Only 8 per cent of blacks are covered by a medical care plan, compared to 64 per cent of whites.
Mark ScottCrossley, who was involved in the murder of his former employee Nelson Chisale, whose body was thrown to lions in Hoedspruit in 2004, has been freed. Scott-Crossley’s life sentence for murder was controversially downgraded to a parole period in 2008 on the lesser conviction of being an accessory after the fact.
GAUTENG The Department of Roads and Transport was failing to deal with the number of applications for driving tests at the Waltloo Driving and Testing Centre in Tshwane after taking over the running of the call centre several weeks ago. Applicants faced a three-month wait.
NORTH WEST The department of public works agreed to pay a settlement of R22m to Tsogo Developers despite the contractor failing to complete the R456.5m Brits Hospital. Tsogo pulled out after partner developer, Ilima, went into liquidation.
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■ Walmart negotiates a R30bn buy-out of South Africa’s third-largest retail chain ■ Acquisition would be a boon for South Africans who would benefit from cheaper prices and more jobs ■ Cosatu objects to the prospective deal, labelling Walmart as “anti-unionist”
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merican retail giant Walmart is negotiating a reported R30bn (US$4bn) takeover bid with executives of South African chain Massmart in a move that could transform the nation’s retail landscape. The potential acquisition of South Africa’s third-highestvalued listed store goup, would be a test case for other multinationals looking to tap rising consumer spending on the fast-growing continent. “South Africa possesses
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SNOOKER Australian snooker star Neil Robertson celebrates his new status as world number one by beating Ronnie O’Sullivan in the final of the World Open in Glasgow.
AFL Former Essendon skipper James Hird is appointed coach of his old club, replacing Matthew Knights. Hird’s got his work cut out for him, because the Bombers are in bad shape.
AFL The Gold Coast Suns unveil Gary Ablett as their first captain. Expansion is all well and good, but how fair is it when the new sides can throw silly money at the best players?
RUGBY LEAGUE North Queensland Cowboys star Johnathan Thurston has the support of his teammates as he fights to retain the club captaincy after being arrested on a boozy night out.
BASKETBALL The Australian women’s team, aka the Opals, lose 69-78 to Czech Republic in the quarterfinals of the world champs. Bad loss for the Opals, who won the title back in 2006.
SURFING Australia’s reigning world champion Mick Fanning moves into the top three in this year’s title race after winning the Quiksilver Pro in France, beating Kelly Slater in the final.
FOOTBALL Basking in premiership glory, Collingwood coach Mick Malthouse reveals Alan Didak played the entire finals series with a torn pectoral that could have ended his season.
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Former Geelong star Gary Ablett on his decision to join the Gold Coast Suns for $9m over five years.
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Manchester City spending What’s the deal? Manchester City last week announced losses of £121m in the 12 months to May, the club’s first full year under the ownership of Sheikh Mansour (right). They spent £133m on wages alone, which is £8m more than their entire turnover.
Are City fans worried? Thanks to their owners’ deep pockets, Manchester City are the world’s richest club, but Uefa is set to impose restrictions on spending from next season, and those could hit City hard. Clubs that repeatedly post annual losses of more than €15m could be barred from European competition.
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The Dragons, having topped the table since the first month of the season, trailed the Roosters 8-6 at half-time in the NRL grand final and another ignominious choke appeared on the cards. In recent years, the Dragons might have let this one slip, but instead, they responded emphatically after the restart, crossing four times to post a thumping win and break their 31-year premiership drought. Prodigal son Mark Gasnier opened the scoring in the seventh minute, latching on to a cross-field kick from Jamie Soward, but the Roosters hit back hard. Braith Anasta was awarded a controversial try after a tryline scramble and, with the Dragons rattled, Mitch
Aubusson seized on a fumbled ball to put the Roosters ahead. But the Dragons came out firing in the second half. Darius Boyd put Jason Nightingale over for his first; the winger’s second on the hour-mark putting the Dragons out by more than a converted try. The swagger was back as the Dragons pressed hard, Dean Young crashing over despite the hint of a knock-on, celebrating by pointing to the badge on the jumper his father wore when he captained the last Dragons side to win a competition in 1979. With Soward lining up for a field goal to put the icing on the cake, Nathan Fien instead celebrated a stunning return to the paddock from a badly broken ankle earlier in the year, bustling over to get the party started.
Dragons skipper Ben Hornby thanks the fans for their patience over the past 31 years.
Darius Boyd DRAGONS Boyd has been arguably the Dragons’ best player all year and, after missing out on the Dally M, was a worthy winner of the Clive Churchill Medal as the best player afield. The full-back was brilliant in creating the try for Jason Nightingale that got the Dragons moving in the second half and threw himself into his work all game.
Bennett takes out seventh title “ This is awesome, the
Since joining the Dragons, Bennett’s influence has been profound. He has transformed a side renowned for its flakiness into the competition benchmark in defence and pressure football. After winning the minor premiership in 2009, the Dragons ran out of legs in the finals but, this year, there was an added resolve throughout. His opposite number, Brian Smith, was left wondering what it must feel like, after he tasted grand final defeat for the fourth time in 27 years of coaching, with seven different clubs. St George also spoiled one of sport’s great fairytales by preventing the Roosters becoming the first team in 76 years to go from the wooden spoon to premiers in one season.
best moment of my life and so glad to be a part of it, so proud of all our team
Dragons halfback Jamie Soward revels in the moment after a sublime kicking performance.
As inscrutable as ever, St George-Illawarra coach Wayne Bennett strolled onto ANZ Stadium after the Dragons shook the Roosters in the second half, his hands in his pockets and stony-faced. As his players celebrated wildly, the man who has now won seven premierships seemed to be taking it all in his stride. Already a statistically superior coach to Jack Gibson, Bennett now has two more titles than the legendary Easts and Parramatta motivator. Bennett has also matched Gibson’s feat of taking two different teams to the top after winning six premierships in 21 years with the Brisbane Broncos. Certainly, it is a record that entitles Bennett to be considered the code’s greatest ever coach.
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Magpies coach Mick Malthouse on his side’s full-field press, already known as ‘the box’.
Magpies romp home Magpies 16.12.108 S Sidebottom 2 S Wellingham 2 A Didak 2 C Dawes 2 B Macaffer 2 B Johnson D Jolly D Swan D Thomas H O’Brien T Goldsack
7.10.52 Saints S Milne 2 B Goddard J Koschitzke L Hayes N Dal Santo S Gilbert
A week after their dramatic grand final draw, Collingwood and St Kilda met again in the replay at the MCG and, this time, Collingwood were not to be denied, dominating all day to secure their 15th premiership. The Saints appeared a beat too slow from the outset, fumbling at ground level, missing targets by foot and generally struggling to contend with Collingwood’s relentless full-field press. On the Saints’ rare forays forward, Nick Riewoldt was the sole target and regularly found himself outnumbered. The Saints were unable to score a goal in the first term, allowing Collingwood to take an 18-point lead into quarter-time. One passage
of play epitomised St Kilda’s frustrations – as Riewoldt ran into an open goal, Magpies defender Heath Shaw closed from behind to effect a diving smother on the line and it was clear it wasn’t going to be St Kilda’s day. Early in the second quarter, the Saints enjoyed a brief spell of ascendancy, but couldn’t make it count on the scoreboard. Instead, they managed one goal and six behinds for the term, while Collingwood booted three majors at the other end to widen the margin to 27 points at the main break. St Kilda were hanging on by a thread at the start of the third quarter, but goals to Chris Dawes, Sharrod Wellingham and Dane Swan put the Magpies out by 46 points, ensuring the final quarter was little more than an extended victory lap.
Scott Pendlebury MAGPIES A worthy winner of the Norm Smith Medal as the best player on the ground, Pendlebury also symbolises the Magpies’ promise for the future. At 22, the midfielder has plenty of improvement left but is already a cornerstone of the Collingwood engine room. The faithful are talking about a dynasty, one in which Pendlebury could well emerge as their most important player.
It’s as bad “ Ball feels for former teammates a feeling as
friend, Saints midfielder Lenny Hayes. “There wasn’t a hell of a lot I could say – I just said to Lenny, ‘I love you, mate’.” “It was strange, there was relief, elation,” Ball said about the win. “It’s such a long season and it was even longer this season so when you look across and see some of my good mates who I spent a fair bit of time with, my heart goes out to them. “I just know exactly how they were feeling after last year; it’s a horrible feeling.” Ball looked almost subdued on the dais as he received his premiership medal, and said he didn’t think it would have “looked good” had he celebrated more demonstrably just one season after leaving the Saints.
you can have when you’re involved in what we are. It’s selfexplanatory really
Saints skipper Nick Riewoldt laments his side’s second consecutive grand final loss.
At the end of any grand final, the euphoria of the winners is in stark contrast to the despair of the losers. This year, though, Collingwood midfielder Luke Ball found himself wrestling with some mixed emotions. A year earlier, Collingwood midfielder Luke Ball had tasted grand final defeat as a St Kilda player. In seven seasons, Ball played 142 games for the Saints and was captain in 2007, but walked out at the end of last season, having concluded that his opportunities would be limited if he stayed put. Ball was among Collingwood’s best players, gathering 25 touches, and took the time immediately after the full-time siren to seek out his old teammates, particularly his close
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TOTTENHAM On the last day of the transfer window, Spurs snapped up Van der Vaart for £8m from Real Madrid after a move to Bayern Munich fell through. It was hailed as a fine piece of business by Spurs manager Harry Redknapp and it looked an even shrewder deal after the midfielder scored twice against Aston Villa. Van der Vaart can also play as a second striker, further boosting Spurs’ scoring power.
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Man City ‘Invincibles’? Manchester City defender Kolo Toure reckons his side are starting to resemble the great Arsenal ‘Invincibles’ of 2004 that won the League without losing a match. Maybe he should keep it in his pants until City secure a top-four finish. Or, even better, until they actually win something. This is exactly why neutrals have quickly developed a distaste for nouveau-riche Manchester City. Cashed-up blowhards.
United held to draw Further confirmation that Manchester United are yet to hit their stride this season came when the Red Devils were held to a 0-0 draw by Sunderland – it was the fourth time from seven games this season United have been forced to share the points. The match built to a fascinating climax, with both sides searching for a later winner. Although Sunderland began the match as underdogs, they would have left the pitch feeling they could have taken all three points, with striker Darren Bent creating some particularly juicy chances. Elsewhere, Tim Cahill scored in stoppagetime to ensure Everton claimed all three points
against Birmingham City. The 2-0 win was the Toffees’ first victory of the season and lifted them out of the relegation zone. Earlier, Everton were the beneficiary of a defensive mix-up that saw Birmingham’s Roger Johnson turn the ball into his own net. Tottenham came from behind to win 2-1 over Aston Villa after 20-year-old Villa winger Marc Albrighton enhanced his reputation as a key figure in his club’s future with a goal in the 16th minute. Spurs hit back late in the first half, new recruit Rafael van der Vaart combining with Peter Crouch to equalise. It was the same one-two in the 75th minute, the Dutchman completing a brace to secure the win.
Rooney vows to fire against Montenegro
Manchester United striker Wayne Rooney hopes to use England’s upcoming Euro 2012 qualifier against Montenegro to play himself into form. Rooney has endured a tough few months, that have included a mediocre World Cup, tabloid revelations about his trysts with an escort and a recent ankle injury that sidelined him against Sunderland. Rooney has yet to score for United in open play this season and, despite his injury, suggested he had manager Alex Ferguson’s full backing to turn out for England next Tuesday. “He knows I’m going to be part of that squad and fit to play,” Rooney said. “I’m sure he wants me to get that game as well because at the minute I need a few more games to get back to myself.”
For the first time, Rooney discussed his disappointing summer with England. “It was a poor World Cup,” he said. “I know by my own standards I didn’t reach the form I would have liked. It still puzzles me why that was. I can’t say I wasn’t fit; we prepared well as a team, and though I have gone through a hard time since, I was in the right state of mind.” Asked about the storm of tabloid attention engulfing his private life, Rooney was phlegmatic, “It’s obviously been a hard time but I just need to try to get back to doing what I do best, and playing football the way I can do. I’m only a human being, I hurt as well, but I need to get through this and get back to playing football the way I know I can do. I’m sure everything else will settle down.”
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Watson leads way in Mohali
Australian opener Shane Watson made the highest score of his Test career in the first Test against India, his knock of 126 anchoring the tourists’ first innings.
Australia won the toss and elected to bat, before producing the kind of patchy performance that has become all too common in recent times. Simon Katich went early before Ricky Ponting combined with Shane Watson for a 141-run stand. But when Ponting was run out for 71, the wheels fell off. Including Ponting’s wicket, Australia lost 4-68, with Michael Clarke and Mike Hussey out cheaply. After managing just 36 runs from four innings against Pakistan during the past English summer, Marcus North is the Australian under the most pressure to retain his spot for the Ashes and a sixball duck would surely not have helped his cause. When Watson fell to
Harbhajan Singh, Australia were teetering at 6-275 but were again delivered by some vital lower-order runs, with stand-in keeper Tim Paine making a composed 92 before falling painfully short of his maiden Test century. Mitchell Johnson also got in on the act, clouting a brutal 47 to propel Australia to 428 all out. In reply, India got off to a flying start, romping to 1-106 in the 20th over before Virender Sehwag fell for 59. The tempo of India’s innings slowed from there, but experienced middle-order batsmen Rahul Dravid and Sachin Tendulkar ensured Australia never seized any real momentum. As day three wore on, with India steadily gaining ground on Australia’s firstinnings total, only a dramatic reversal in the struggle between bat and ball seemed likely to deliver a result other than a draw.
Shane Watson made a crucial century
Skepticism plagues new format James Hopes
icc boss snubs revamp ICC chief executive Haroon Lorgat does not believe one-day cricket needs a reduction of overs. “I am still a strong supporter of 50-over cricket,” Lorgat told the Sydney Morning Herald. “The important point is structure, schedule and context. A championship league would give context to every match.”
New South Wales captain Stuart Clark said the idea will need to prove itself this season. “Over the last couple of months there’s been a lot of talk about whether it’s right or not,” Clark said. “At the end of the year it will either be a real success or maybe we’ll have to go back to the drawing board.”
Legendary former spinner Shane Warne has conceded Australia are more vulnerable at home than they have been for a generation, but still tipped a 2-1 victory in the upcoming Ashes series. “Given that there’s not much between the two teams, you think the next thing to weigh up are the Australian conditions,” he said. “Australia have only lost a couple of series in 20 years in Australia. “This is England’s best chance since 1986,” Warne added. “With Australia in transition, they are not playing as well as they can, while England are playing pretty well and with a settled squad. “They need Graeme Swann to take 30 wickets in the series, and if he does that, they can probably win.”
Cricket Australia’s radical new domestic one-day format, which kicks off this week, is yet to be fully embraced by the players, with many apprehensive about the overhauled state competition. In a bid to rejuvenate the dying one-day game, CA have created the National One-day Cup. The new format includes 45 overs per team with split innings of 20 and 25 overs. “The tactics will be a bit weird to start off with,” Queensland captain James Hopes said. “I think some teams will just try to play it straight down the line the first few games until they get a handle on what stages you can go hard. “But you’ve got to keep the momentum in a game that you keep stopping.”
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Williams eyes call-up
Williams started the match at centre and helped set up two tries, before showing off all his power and pace in a swerving 60m run which turned the Otago defence inside out and ended in a converted try. New Zealand face Australia in Hong Kong on October 30, before a Grand Slam tour of the British Isles. Although Williams appears likely to be named in the squad, even national coach Graham Henry remains unsure where the rugby league convert would be most likely to play. “I could imagine he could
Sonny BIll Williams in action for Canterbury
play six and he could be a marvellous utility, but at the moment we see him as a midfield player who has probably got the ability to play on the wing,” Henry said. Canterbury coach Rob Penney echoed the sentiment, suggesting Williams could also play as a blindside flanker. “It was something that we
discussed about six to eight weeks ago. We would love to give him an opportunity to maybe have a run there,” Penney said. “It would be really interesting to see him go there. He has had some time there and he is not averse to the proposition either. If the planets align, it may happen.”
Semenya withdraws from Games The Commonwealth Games’ dwindling field of world-class track and field athletes was further depleted last week when South Africa’s 800m world champion Caster Semenya withdrew from the Delhi event with a back injury. Semenya had been suffering serious lower back pain and had not been comfortable during her last few races. “It would serve no purpose to have an athlete in Delhi who was struggling with any sort of injury that would compromise performance and it is our medical view that physically and emotionally she would not be capable of doing justice to her talent at an event of this magnitude,” South
Africa’s chief medical officer Shuaib Manjra said in a statement. South Africa will also have to go without Semenya’s male counterpart Mbulaeni Mulaudzi, the men’s 800m world champion, and long jumper Godfrey Khotso Mokoena is also expected to withdraw. Australia’s medal chances took a hit when discus world champion Dani Samuels pulled out, citing concerns over health and security. The withdrawals of dozens of athletes have further undermined an event already plagued by allegations of corruption and ineptitude and the spectre of terrorism.
“The fans, viewers and crowds have been watching cheats and liars. How long will they continue to part with their money to watch manipulated matches?” Former Test umpire Darrell Hair on the Pakistan cricket team. Turn it up, Darrell. “We are Australians, we are used to dealing with the most venomous snakes in the world. A couple of snakes here’s not going to be an issue.” Australian team manager Steve Moneghetti on snakes in the Commonwealth Games accommodation. “So long as there is some water in the pool, she’ll be right.” Aussie swimmer Christian Sprenger dismisses concerns about facilities. “If people are cheating and getting caught, that’s a good thing; if people want to exaggerate the stories and ... claim cycling is a filthy sport, that’s not such a good thing.” Aussie cyclist Cadel Evans (below) on three-time Tour de France winner Alberto Contador’s failed doping test.
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Sonny Bill Williams took another step toward a spot on the All Blacks’ end-ofyear tour, leading Canterbury to a 35-20 win over Otago in the ITM Cup, but speculation still rages over his best position.
d i k w e non ck o l the b Emerging South African surfer Jordy Smith looks for all money a future world champion – maybe the future is now WORDS TOM STURROCK
t the top of professional surfing, the names of the regular winners have a ring of familiarity. For nearly a decade, the sport has been dominated by American stars Kelly Slater and Andy Irons, along with a contingent of seasoned Aussies, led by two-time world champion Mick Fanning. This year, though, has seen the emergence of a new contender – South Africa’s Jordy Smith, 22, a Durban product on track for a top-three finish. “It’s been a wee bit surprising, but I’ve just been having fun – I didn’t expect it to come this quick. I’m just trying to take it all in,” Smith says. “I made an oath at the start of the year to just enjoy myself – when you’re out free surfing and having fun, that’s when you get the best waves. I’ll just go out there and surf and hope it works out.”
DURBAN DREAMING Certainly, the west coast of the US and Australia’s unending miles of beaches
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It’s a weird “ situation – I don’t feel pressure ” TAKING IT EASY The race for the world title is reaching its crescendo, with the year’s final three events – beginning in Peniche, Portugal this week – set to determine who finishes top of the pile. Will Kelly Slater take out an astonishing 10th title? Or will a new name, maybe Smith or Australia’s Taj Burrow, be added to the list of champions? “I’m still going to go after it with everything I’ve got,” Smith says. “But it’s a weird situation because people tell me that I must be feeling the pressure, but I don’t feel any – I’m just doing what I love.” Nor is Smith cowed by the experience of his rivals. Indeed, he insists his youth frees him from the burden of expectation. “It’s my third year and I’m still learning, but they’ve been in every situation and seen
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have reared their share of pro surfers – perhaps the big surprise is that the surfing hotspots of South Africa have taken so long to throw up their own challengers. “I did a lot of travelling with my dad in the car – just up and down the cape, up to J-Bay,” Smith says of his early years as a grommet. “But I was also just hanging with my friends in Durban. You could go down to the beach on any given day and the waves would be pretty good.” And it was on home soil, at Jeffreys Bay, that Smith notched his breakthrough world tour win in July. “That was a dream come true, especially with all my family and friends there watching. It was also the fact that it put me right up there in the standings – Louis Oosthuizen won the British Open golf around that time as well, so it was a big weekend.”
The taste of victory: Smith gets paid for doing what he loves
everything,” he says. “That’s probably my big advantage. Some of these older guys probably feel like they’re running out of time, like they’ve got to prove themselves now or never.”
LIVING THE LIFE As a 22-year-old living his dream, Smith has ample opportunity to enjoy the rarefied lifestyle of a pro surfer. “Certainly, there’s everything from the amazing locations, and the beaches, the girls, the parties, the festivals,” Smith says. “But sometimes it’s hard – the flying really takes it out of you and the fact you have to bring all your equipment with you, lugging 10 different boards around the world. But we get paid to travel the globe, so it’s pretty good.” Regardless of what happens this year, Smith has laid the foundation for a rich career – even if he fails to win the world title, it seems certain that success is only a matter of time. “I think if you rush into something, you’re more likely to make mistakes,” he says. “At the moment, I’m just enjoying the lifestyle of being Learning process: Smith is a pro surfer.” keeping his eyes and ears open
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TOUGH AT THE TOP RECENT WORLD TITLE WINNERS 2009: Mick Fanning (AUS) 2008: Kelly Slater (USA) 2007: Mick Fanning (AUS) 2006: Kelly Slater (USA) 2005: Kelly Slater (USA) 2004: Andy Irons (USA) 2003: Andy Irons (USA) 2002: Andy Irons (USA) 2001: CJ Hobgood (USA 2000: Sunny Garcia (USA) In 1992, Kelly Slater became the youngest ever surfing world champion, winning the title aged 20. In 2008, he became the oldest champion, when he won his ninth title aged 36. After trading titles with Mick Fanning over the past four years, Slater appears on track for a tenth title, leading the world standings after rediscovering his best form this year.
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It did and it certainly gave me a few stories to tell. That always helps in any job interview. I think international experience also gave me an edge over other candidates in New Zealand who hadn’t worked in a larger market. Industries like digital media are also much bigger in the UK, so it was great experience to be able to bring with me to NZ.
I miss the nightlife, the people, the great pubs, curries and, of course, the football. Living in Auckland is great though, as the lifestyle is very easy and the people are great.
Australian businesses are reining in their growth plans for the year’s end, with hiring expectations dropping for the first time in 2010, according to the latest Manpower Employment Outlook Survey.
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remained at 11.7 per cent. Melbourne economist Saul Eslake told the Herald-Sun: “It’s another indication of how far younger people have not participated to the same extent as adults in the post-GFC recovery in employment.”
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You’re not the only one that can benefit from the skills and experience you’ve taken from London. Volunteer – it’s the way forward WORDS REBECCA KENT
ome say travelling makes them a better person, so why not make a worthwhile contribution to the world and become a volunteer? Your London experience won’t be knocked back, so get busy and get enriched.
Furry friends: the RSPCA always needs volunteers
THE SPICE OF LIFE Variety is one of New Zealand’s better known charities, whose mission to help sick, disabled and disadvantaged children already resonates with repatriates, says CEO Lorraine Taylor. ‘’Many people returning from their overseas experience contact us looking for an opportunity to give back to their country, which we are thankful for as their overseas experience as global
citizens provides many benefits to our organisation,’’ she adds.
CHOOSE YOUR ROLE It may be popular, but Variety still only has 50 volunteers nationwide, which means there’s plenty of scope to expand its pool, and a variety of roles to choose from. They range from office administration to anything involved in the mad-cap adventures of its Variety Bash, an annual convoy of bombed-out cars that travels around the countryside raising money for Kiwi kids. Bush bashing in an old banger – who said volunteer work wasn’t fun? REAP THE REWARDS Gaining a sense of self-worth, having
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great fun, making friends and opening yourself up to job opportunities are all a part of getting involved with your community, explains Kristin Romanis of The Centre for Volunteering in Australia. “Volunteering may be an outlet for your natural talents, a road-test for your new career, or simply a handy way to make new friends. Your strong beliefs and values may also inspire you to volunteer,” Romanis says.
FUEL YOUR PASSION With that in mind, consider approaching the RSPCA if you harbour a soft spot for furry creatures (rspca.org.au), help aboriginal communities write grant proposals (icv.com.au), monitor wildlife (org.au), plant forests (conservationvolunteers.org.nz), entertain sick kids (starlight.org.au) or even instruct a tai chi class (volunteernow.org.nz). QUESTIONABLE TALENTS Volunteers are needed 360 days of the year, but demand for particular roles can fluctuate, Romanis says. “There is always a demand for accountants, who are often hard to find,” she adds. “But to help decide who to help and how, ask yourself: ‘what do I enjoy? What skills and talents can I offer? How can my skills and talents help a community
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WORK FOR THE GREATER GOOD New Zealand’s heart is in the right place. Its 17,800 charities were propped up by more than one million volunteer hours this year, which is equivalent to around 30,312 full-time roles – a considerable contribution indeed. Across the ocean, Australia’s 4.6 million volunteers are credited with contributing $4.6bn to its GDP. It begs the question, where would we be without them?
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organisation? What values and experiences would I like to explore?’.”
WHY BOTHER? So, what do I get out of it, I hear you ask. How about a sense of fulfilment from helping someone else out? A self-esteem boost? The chance to develop existing skills and learn new ones? Plus you’ll likely get an opportunity to improve your health, expand your social set and feel needed, which can be satisfying in itself. You may even get a job out of your charitable deeds.
Jo Braddock, who lives in Hampstead, volunteered to give swimming lessons at her local club in Upper Hutt, New Zealand. “Having swum there since I was five, I eventually taught kids who were just starting to compete, so it was very rewarding to be a part of their early successes,” she says. Braddock’s contribution also prevented her form sinking in her professional career. “Learning how to give clear instructions, keep different kinds of people motivated and develop their skills over time was really valuable for my career in learning and development, she explains. “When I was applying for jobs, the thing that stood out on my CV was not my academic record but the leadership ability displayed through my coaching and experience. In the end, I think I got the better deal.”
DO THE GROUNDWORK There are some formalities you may have to consider when applying for a voluntary position. Some organisations require references or referee contact details. Make sure you have them on hand from your time in London because they’ll need to be up-to-date. You will need a police check if you want to work with children. GET CRACKING Finding a volunteering role close to home will make life easier, but positions can take you anywhere. Ask around, otherwise search volunteernow.org.nz for New Zealand or govolunteer.com.au in Australia. What are you waiting for?
Working with children is always rewarding
MONEY Your monthly guide to moving to Australia and New Zealand
WHERE DOES YOUR DOSH GO?
John Devoy Job Recruitment consultant Lives Auckland, NZ Age 28
NZ growth forecast lowered ew Zealand economists have issued a more conservative estimate for economic growth over the next 12 months, compared with predictions made in June. The move comes after the central bank announced it would raise interest rates at a slower pace to nurture
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a fragile economy, the New Zealand Herald reported. In light of this, the economy is expected to grow by 2.8 per cent by March 31, 2011, according to the NZIER Consensus Forecasts survey. This has fallen from the 3.2 per cent predicted in June. NZIER believes the
Canterbury earthquake will also impact on the level of economic recovery. More positively, the jobless rate is expected to drop from 6.8 per cent to 6.2 per cent by March, and wages are predicted to rise by 1.5 per cent – though these will largely be eroded by inflationary pressures.
Five years, but I wanted a different lifestyle and to start a family.
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The latest survey from credit reporting agency Dun and Bradstreet has revealed that consumer debt in Australia reached record levels in June, with the average sum owed surpassing the $1000 mark. The news has sparked concern that a wave of personal bankruptcies may follow.
NSW country pub owners claim business is suffering due to low-cost alcohol and domestic big-screen TVs. One patron said many people now watch TV at home rather than venturing to the pub, and prefer to buy a month’s worth of booze rather than shell out on expensive drinks.
Buying a car and setting up house again.
How did you deal with London’s high cost of living?
I had a good job that paid well. But New Zealand is not a cheap country to live in, either. What were your major expenses when setting yourself up back home?
Are your spending habits in NZ different to what they were in London?
Yes. Now that I have a child most of my money goes on him. Plus the NZ lifestyle is different to London, so I am doing other things in my spare time.
CANTERBURY EARTHQUAKE New Zealand’s most damaging earthquake for nearly 80 years struck on September 4, with the total cost of repairs estimated at $4bn. Here are the facts: » The mid-Canterbury quake west of Christchurch city, and struck at 4.36am and was initially measured at magnitude 7.4 – this was later downgraded to 7.1. » In the first 15 hours, there were 28 aftershocks ranging from magnitude 4 to 5.4. » The epicentre was 40km
the depth of the quake was at 10km. » Up to 100,000 of Christchurch’s 160,000 homes were damaged, with 500 likely to be condemned. » The $4bn figure is double the initial estimate for damages.
If you’re thinking of investing in a new mobile phone and call home a lot, make sure you get one that gives you access to Skype. The 3 network has a variety of pay-as-you-go phones offering Skype-to-Skype calling, meaning you can keep in touch with your friends and family back home while on the move, and for free. The INQ 3G Chat also offers access to emails, Facebook and Twitter and is available for around £60, so you could save on internet connection fees too. See three.co.uk. Whatever your network, make sure you check your free internet allowance before making calls via Skype.
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ASK THE EXPERTS I’ve decided to move home to Adelaide after six years in London. I came here with a communications degree and some work experience in the marketing field. In London, I’ve worked for the past six years as a marketing assistant for the same small company. Are there jobs for me in Adelaide?
Mark Pamplin EXPERT, HAYS
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Under current regulations, you can either continue to hold your UK-based personal pension fund or transfer the balance into an approved pension fund in your new country of residence. The benefit of transferring your fund abroad is that it gives you more flexibility with your investments. This is because under current UK legislation, if you continue to hold retirement savings in a UK pension fund, you will be required to use the lump sum to purchase an annuity (a type of financial product that provides a set income for life) upon retirement. Many Antipodeans will not have large enough retirement savings in the UK to purchase a very beneficial income in retirement. If you want to transfer your funds abroad at some stage in the future, consider the exit and transfer fees charged by the provider of your initial UK pension fund before signing up. If you decide to transfer your pension to Australia, you must make sure your new provider meets HMRC’s list of Qualifying Recognised Overseas Pension Schemes.
Sales and marketing companies in Adelaide are taking advantage of the changing market conditions and recruitment is increasing. Currently, those with a marketing or communications background are in demand. Working within a small company means you’ve gained exposure in
Many of the large sharehouses in Acton will be party houses, and their inhabitants partial to a session at Antipodean haunt The Redback Tavern. If that’s not your cup of tea you can pay a bit more for a civilised abode. Properties tend to be larger in north and west Acton and smaller in east Acton. Terraced houses are common in the areas around the high street, and south Acton is full of estates and apartment blocks. Expected rent: one bedroom flat from £250 a week; double room in a houseshare from £110. Tube zone: 2. Shepherd’s Bush Houses in Shepherd’s Bush, or She Bu as it’s affectionately known, aren’t as cheap as Acton. But there are loads of sharehouses in this area, especially along Uxbridge Road, the main arterial on the way to Acton, so travellers flock here in large numbers. The area has a multicultural feel and many shops along the main street have signs in Arabic as well as English. Expected rent: one bedroom flat from about £325 a week; double room in a houseshare from £130. Tube zone: 2.
many different marketing areas, so in your case being in the same role for six years can show stability and commitment to a company, which can be seen positively. Employers also tend to understand that small companies are not always able to offer career progression. With regard to finding work, look at job sites and contact an international recruiter. Consultants will be able to offer you advice on salaries, the current job market and tailoring your CV for employers back home.
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Fulham Fulham, in west London, can be expensive, but it’s a vibrant place to live with plenty of cafés, bars, pubs and restaurants all within easy walking distance of the Broadway. There’s a variety of housing options, from flats above shops all along Fulham Palace Road, Dawes Road and Fulham Road, to two-storey terraced properties in between, which are often divided up into flats but can be rented out as whole houses. Expected rent: one bedroom flat from about £350 a week; double room in a houseshare from £120. Tube zone: 2.
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There’s good news for those who leave the UK without working for the entire financial year. You could be due for a tax refund. The UK financial year runs from April 6 and if you didn’t work for the entire 12 months you may have paid too much tax. The threshold is £6475 per year – so if you earn less than this you should apply for a refund. You’ll need a P45 (when you leave a job) and a P60 (at the end of the tax year). If you’re leaving the UK and won’t work again before the end of the tax year, claim a rebate by filling in a P85.
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GLOBAL VISION Cambodian Buddhist monks pray at a pagoda during the Pchum Ben festival (Festival of Death) in Phnom Penh. The festival is a popular holiday in Cambodia and consists of 15 days of prayer for the deceased, visits to the temple and delivering food to monks.
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Sup Guinness and ogle 2000-year-old bog people in Dublin
WORDS JANINE KELSO
rimming with history and character, Dublin is positively cosmopolitan, its streets thronging with immigrants and tourists, leading many to think of the Republic’s capital as the country’s least Irish city. But dig a little deeper and get off the tourist map, and you’ll find the city still has much to offer. Here is our pick of Dublin’s top five mustdo experiences.
POUR A PINT OF GUINNESS Dublin is Guinness’ spiritual home, and the best place in the world to sup its most famous export. Learn how to pull a perfect pint of the gloopy black stuff, topped off with a creamy head, at the Guinness Storehouse. Then enjoy a drink in its dazzling 360-degree bar, which affords striking city views. Guinness’ advertising hall of fame is also
worth a look. It includes commercials that date back to 1929, not to mention that award-winning surfer ad.
VISIT THE BOG PEOPLE History boffins should pay a visit to the free National Museum of Ireland, home to two 2000-year-old bog people, who were preserved in bogs until they were discovered in 2003. Historians believe the bodies were sacrificed to the gods of fertility to guarantee a good harvest. The museum
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Perfectly preserved: bog people
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A DAY TRIP IN CORK Escape the capital and head to the energetic city of Cork to sample its edgy art galleries, sizzling clubs and heaving boozers offering footstomping live music. Don’t visit without supping the tasty local brews – Murphy’s and Beamish. A must-see attraction is Cork City Gaol, which was used from 1823 to 1923, and is a vivid reminder of Ireland’s troubled past. The hellish living conditions are realistically recreated by true-to-life models of depressed prisoners and stern guards. Despite this, times were so bad during the potato famine of 1846-49 that starving people committed crimes so they could be sent to jail, where at least they’d get food and shelter. See discoverireland.ie/cork.
also houses Viking artefacts and Egyptian relics.
GO BAR HOPPING While tourist trap Temple Bar is loaded with after-dark haunts frequented by raucous stag and hen parties, you’ll find a more genuine Irish experience at boozers such as Hogan’s on George Street and the recently spruced up Whelan’s, on Wexford Street, famed for its live music and late bar. Stop for a cheeky pint at Dublin’s oldest boozer, the Brazen Head, which was founded in 1198 and has traditional Irish music every night of the week.
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KILMAINHAM GAOL Unearth Ireland’s gruesome history with a visit to this creepy prison. The jail was the setting for the ruthless execution of 14 nationalists involved in the 1916 Easter Rising. Socialist leader James Connolly, who was so badly injured from fighting that he only had days to live, was strapped to a chair and executed by firing squad. The public was outraged by the barbarity of the killings. Fascinating tours include visits to the execution yards, the prison chapel and a museum.
HIT THE SHOPS Mosey round the boutiques of Grafton Street, where you’ll find hip frocks and edgy accessories. Discover retro clothes, cool t-shirts and funky jewellery at Cow’s Lane Market, in Temple Bar. On Saturday mornings, head to the Meeting House Square Market where you’ll find an array of scrumptious treats, from waffles and crepes to paella and sushi.
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shamrockeradventures.com) on the Northern Rocker tour, which begins in Dublin and travels to Derry, Belfast and the Giant’s Causeway. It recently won ‘Best Visitor Experience’ at the Northern Ireland Tourism Awards. Shamrocker also runs three, five and seven-day trips throughout Ireland.
NEED TO KNOW WHEN TO GO Anytime. Visit on Saint Patrick’s Day on March 12, 2011, if you fancy an epic bender. GETTING THERE Fly direct to Dublin The Irish know how to drink
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with Ryanair and Aer Lingus. GETTING AROUND Dublin is easily explorable on foot. GOING OUT A beer is ¤4. ACCOMMODATION Shared dorms from ¤12 and private rooms from ¤20. SEE visitdublin.com.
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Situated at the tip of the Rhône valley – home to some of the world’s finest winegrowing regions – and at the foot of the Alps, France’s second city, Lyon, is widely considered to be the country’s gastronomic capital.
obsessed with food. From the hearty working-man’s fare served at the city’s traditional “bouchons” (Lyon’s answer to the bistro) all the way up to the finest cuisine imaginable, a trip to Lyon is an opportunity to eat till your heart’s content. You will find tripe sausages (andouillettes) and baked pike mousse (quenelles) on most
HEADLINE ATTRACTION Home to more restaurants per square metre than any other place on earth, the Old Town, or Vieux Lyon as it is locally known, is full of cobbled lanes and Gothic and Renaissance architecture.
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BEST OF THE REST Lyon is host to a number of museums, and the collection at Musée de Beaux Arts de Lyon is second only to that of the Louvre. The Textile Museum houses an impressive array of fine silks and tapestries from throughout the ages in an eighteenth century palace.
CHOW DOWN The Lyonnais are utterly
menus, as well as an array of pigs’ trotters, ears and other animal off-cuts, depending on the chef’s fancy. Lyon masterchef Paul Bocuse’s brasseries are all very good, and not ridiculously expensive either.
TRY THE LOCAL TIPPLE The east bank of the river Rhône around Pont Guillotière is undoubtedly the city’s most beautiful spot for a drink. Take a seat on one of the converted barges that line the river and
bask in the glory of both the Hôtel Dieu (a remarkable and imposing hospital built in the 18th century) and the Basilica Notre-Dame de Fourvière in the summer sun. By night, many of the barges transform into floating nightclubs.
OUT OF TOWN The Alps are spectacular all year round, and Lyon is the perfect launch pad for a visit. It is only an hour to Grenoble on the train, even less by car, and from there the many resorts, traditional villages and looming peaks are all within easy reach. The Beaujolais and Côtes du Rhône wine growing regions are also accessible from Lyon. However, as organised tours are few and far between, your best bet is to hire a car for a day or two and head out into the countryside by yourself.
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NEED TO KNOW WHEN TO GO In winter for skiing in the Alps and summer for vineyard visits. GETTING THERE EasyJet and bmi fly direct to Lyon, or take a train from Paris (two hours). VISAS South Africans need a Schengen Visa. CURRENCY Euro. 1 GBP = 1.21 EUR. LANGUAGE French. GETTING AROUND You can manage on foot, or public transport is good. Choose from the metro, trams, buses and the bike rental system Velo’V – the cheapest and easiest way to get around. GOING OUT A beer is ¤5. ACCOMMODATION Dorm beds from ¤17 and private rooms from ¤30. SEE lyon.fr.
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WINNER PIT STOP, RURAL FRANCE Steve J Bradley, Auckland, New Zealand
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There is deceptive simplicity in the way Steve has divided the frame for this shot, which is full of colour and texture. The scudding clouds seem to scurry away from the motor home, and the shadow of the vehicle forms a sharp triangle that points into the distance.
The motor home is half out of the picture so all of the elements give a message of travel, direction and movement despite the initial impression of tranquility and stillness. HOT TIP: Use a polarising filter to make the most of deep blue sky with
RUNNER-UP HALONG BAY, VIETNAM Amy Burgess, Melbourne, Australia Amy’s shot has a great voyeuristic atmosphere as the camera peeps through the branches into another secret world. The steep cliff on the left gives the feeling of tumbling into the frame and the boats gently lead the eye out into the distant cliffs as they melt into the fog. Looking down onto the scene gives the impression
white fluffy clouds.
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that we are hovering over the landscape, adding to the mystery of this unknown land. HOT TIP: Foreground foliage is a lifesaver for any landscape but be careful it doesn’t intrude too much. It should be a scene setter, not a scene blocker. » Amy wins a photography course from Nigel Wilson Photography (020 7793 8664; photographycourses.org.uk) valued at £60
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THEME: FILL IN FLASH Kwandwe Private Game Reserve, South Africa by Cindy Attwell, Eastern Cape, South Africa Fill in flash is useful for filling in shadows or making the most of a sunset while keeping the foreground detail. Cindy has done exactly that with this image of a tree, which would have been totally black if it were not for the use of flash.
WHY THIS WORKS: 1 An interesting foreground subject with a good shape and lots of texture. 2 The flash illuminates the tree so the hills are still in silhouette and the rich colours of the sky are not affected. 3 The use of flash has enhanced the tree. 4 The shape and height of the
tree have emphasised by the low horizon. The tree appears to be reaching for the sky. 5 The sun is not hidden by the tree; their positions in the frame imply a connecting line, creating a sense of distance between the two.
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WORDS SARAH WARWICK
ot too long ago, a night out in Glasgow meant warm beer in a seedy dive, culminating in deepfried haggis and possibly a headbutt from a local. Back in those sad old days, if you were told that someone was taking their clothes off under the railway arches, you’d have stayed well clear. Fast forward to 2010, however, and Scotland’s biggest city has become a centre Classes are popular with all types
for exciting nightlife. And the girls (and boys) taking their clothes off under the arches are at the centre of a craze that has art fans agog from New York to Tokyo.
TOP DRAW Dr Sketchy is an ‘anti-art class’, combining burlesque performance and life drawing. Invented by Molly Crabapple (a New York art student) back in 2005 as an antidote for lacklustre drawing classes, the Dr Sketchy events have now been syndicated across the globe and the Glasgow incarnation is, surprisingly, the UK’s most popular. Despite not having picked up a pencil in a decade, I’ve headed north to see what all the fuss is about. “It’s more like fun than art,” says Frodo McDaniel , the brains behind the Rhymes With Purple Theatre Company, that runs this branch of ‘Sketchy’. As well as burlesque performance and various life-drawing poses (directed by McDaniel and his sidekick, Ben Allison) there are comic songs, games and competitions.
“Often in the competitions, the winners are just stick figures,” he reassures me. “We don’t take it too seriously.”
TASSEL-TASTIC As Rufus goes to take his place on the stage to announce the first model, I collect art supplies from the table and look around the room. With its high ceilings and dark corners it’s like some sultry Parisian cave, with a bar along one end. Cutting into my reverie, Rufus grabs the mic and, with no further ado, introduces: “The best bum in burlesque … Miss Mia Meow!” An awed silence falls as the cavern is infiltrated by a sexy sheriff of the Wild West: all legs, boots and fringing. Tossing her dark wavy hair, she sashays into her routine, pulling out two tiny toy guns from her bikini and taking aim. It’s tongue-in-cheek titillation at its best. Miss Meow puts off the big nipple-tassel reveal until the dying bars of her music before performing an impressive double
SHORT BREAK FIVE TOP NIGHTS OUT IN GLASGEE ■ CLUBBING
■ LIVE MUSIC With its hilarious name borrowed from a New York venue, King Tut’s Wah Wah Hut is the place to see bands in Glasgow. According to the NME, it’s ‘possibly the finest small venue in the world’. See kingtuts.co.uk.
■ COMEDY Now in its tenth year, The Stand was started as a hobby and is now among the top comedy venues in the country. See thestand.co.uk.
HAVIOUR tassel spin. The guy on my right positively beams with happiness. I can’t take my eyes off her pink, crocodile boots with their six-inch heels. Not just for their sheer burlesque awesomeness, but because I’m aware that they’ll be hell to draw. But when Mia stops twirling her tassels and I get down to sketching, I find that the basic rules of life drawing – look twice, draw once – come back to me easily in this relaxed, creative environment.
BEER AND BURLESQUE For a while it’s all very quiet, just the swish of charcoal on sugar paper. Mia poses cheekily: literally, her bum
cheeks blooming out of a barely there sheriff’s costume as the room hums with concentration. But it’s certainly not all art-work – it’s mostly art-play. I’m thrilled to win a badge for a caption competition, and enjoy an afternoon of beers, burlesque and lots of the trademark Glasgow banter. At the end of a happy afternoon I find that my drawing may not have improved, but my view of what Glasgow has to offer is immeasurably boosted.
■ BURLESQUE “Brightest burlesque darlings. Delivers a night of pure glamour and excess,” said Bizarre magazine about this risqué super club. Stupendously outré and over-the-top. See clubnoir.co.uk.
■ KARAOKE Get a taste of the old Glasgow at the Horse Shoe Bar. The longest continuous bar in the UK is most famous for riotous karaoke and home-made pies. See horseshoebar.co.uk.
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NEED TO KNOW WHEN TO GO Dr Sketchy is held monthly at The Arches, Argyll Street, G2 8DL. £7 per person, students £5. See rhymeswithpurple.net. GETTING THERE EasyJet and BMI both fly from London to Glasgow, or take the train. GETTING AROUND There’s a good public
transport system. Get Glasgow Flyer 500 bus into town from the airport (costs £4.50 one way, £7 return). GOING OUT A beer is £3.30 a pint. ACCOMMODATION SCOTLAND From £14 for a hostel bed or £20 for EDINBURGH a single room. Glasgow SEE visitscotland.com.
Not just cool but sub-zero, the SubClub is no provincial pubescent pulling parlour. Promises instead ‘hedonistic … genre-defying clubbing’. And it delivers. See subclub.co.uk.
TIPS You might have to look hard to find great powder at Christmas
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If you’re looking for a good value ski resort, try Livigno in Italy. As it’s a tax-free haven, food and drink is super cheap, and there are plenty of cool bars and restaurants to choose from. Skiing is great, too, thanks to its high elevation. It also has a snowboarding park and a few spa hotels. Ella, via email
I’ve only ever had a summer Christmas, so this year I want to head to a snowy mountain. Can you suggest somewhere that has great powder, quality partying and good value accommodation? We’d also be keen to get a crew together, so if there are any takers out there who want to meet some fun Kiwis, drop me a line! Chloe, email@example.com
Nice idea – it’s a shame that everyone else has the same one. While a skiing or snowboarding trip over Christmas is not quite as costly as going over the February school half term, it’s not far off. And the snow might not be as good. In general, if you’re skiing before New Year you should aim for altitude resorts with a better chance of snow, or keep your fingers crossed for early dumps across the Alps. Last year was good, which doesn’t mean anything for this year, but it was also a very good value year for securing discounts on properties, especially if you went direct through sites like Owners Direct (ownersdirect.co.uk). In terms of where to go, Chamonix in France has the right mix of snowy fun and being a real place, rather than just a resort, so I’d start by looking there. The nightlife is rocking, though Christmas itself may be a little sleepy. There are plenty of budget flights there too, though don’t expect many bargains over Christmas.
My partner and I are travelling to Phuket, Thailand, for a week. After Phuket, we have a week in which to explore Thailand before heading to Laos. Are there any unmissable islands or destinations en route to Laos? We have heard that the islands near Bangkok are particularly worth visiting; what is the best way to travel between them? Thailand traveller, via email
I’m scratching my head a little on this one. To get from Phuket to Laos you must travel overland to Bangkok and on through northern Thailand or via Cambodia. No need to visit any islands. Unless, of course, you want to. But with a week you don’t have long, unless you take an overland journey to Ko Samui or Ko Pha Ngan and fly on to Bangkok from there. The other option, of visiting Ko Chang or even up-and-coming Ko Kut would make sense if you were going to Cambodia and on to Laos, but there’s still an element of backtracking involved. If I were you, I would consider exploring some of Thailand north of Bangkok. You’ll have already had some beach time and may be ready to bite off a taster of the culture, temples and food that make the north so memorable. Alternatively, you could use the week even more smartly and see the temples at Angkor in Cambodia, the region’s absolute undisputed highlight.
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The New Zealand Cycle Trail project got the thumbs up this week in a move that will see 2000km of cycleway open up in September 2011. Following the news, Australasia specialists Austravel is predicting a rise in Kiwi biking holidays.
NEW FLIGHTS EasyJet will introduce flights from Gatwick to Zagreb, the Croatian capital, next February, operating five flights a week. Meanwhile, Ryanair will run more than 500 extra flights over Christmas to Poland, Italy, Germany, the Canary Islands and to ski destinations, including Grenoble, Turin and Salzburg. British Airways plans to introduce a new service from Gatwick to Buenos Aires and São Paulo from March 2011.
PRICEY HIRE CARS Ireland has been hailed the cheapest place to hire a car, according to a study by Travelsupermarket.com. Of the 131 locations surveyed, Georgia, Zambia and the Seychelles have been branded the most expensive destinations to rent a vehicle for a week.
WORLD-WIDE IGNORANCE One fifth of all UK residents think it never rains in Africa, according to a recent survey. Widespread ignorance about world geography and climate was unveiled in a poll of 1726 people, conducted by online travel agency Sunshine.co.uk. Half of the people quizzed incorrectly believe that it rarely snows in France, despite the fact that the French Alps entice millions of skiers and snowboarders every year. And almost 70 per cent think the Sahara Desert is always hot. The reality is that temperatures fall to below freezing every night. A total of 17 per cent said there were no volcanoes on the Canary Islands. In fact, the Canaries are volcanic islands, and the landscapes
are made up of cones, lava fields, caves and underground galleries. Moreover, Tenerife is home to the third biggest volcano on earth. Another survey, also carried out by Sunshine.co.uk, revealed that 54 per cent of Britons think Timbuktu is an imaginary place, while one in 10 believes that Kazakhstan does not exist. They thought it was a place dreamed up by Sacha Baron Cohen as the birthplace of his comedy character Borat. Meanwhile, seven per cent think Africa is a country rather than a continent. In response to the findings, Sunshine.co.uk founder Chris Brown suggested that travellers undertake some research before heading abroad.
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Vegetarian hotspots India has been named the world’s top veggie destination, according to a list compiled by Skyscanner to mark World Vegetarian Day on October 1. As almost 40 per cent of Indians are vegetarian, there is an abundance of meat-free fare.
Sri Lanka has eclipsed Thailand to become the bestvalue long-haul destination, while Australia and Hong Kong have been branded the priciest, according to a new report from Post Office Travel Money. In the study, researchers totted up the cost of 10 tourist items, including meals, drinks, postcards and cigarettes, in 22 holiday destinations. In Sri Lanka, a “basket” of 10 items cost £46.85, compared with £155.48 in Sydney. While an evening meal for two costs £25 in Sri Lanka, travellers to Sydney can expect to fork out £116.88.
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DIWALI (FESTIVAL OF LIGHTS)
Mumbai, India Nov 5 2010 India’s Hindus burn oil lamps to honour Rama. Houses are lit to welcome Lakshmi, goddess of wealth, and fireworks are lit. It’s noisy, colourful and loads of delicious food is eaten.
TAR BARREL ROLLING OTTERY ST MARY WHAT: Men, women and
children run through the streets carrying flaming barrels of tar on their shoulders. The night ends with a giant bonfire. Thousands watch but only those born in Ottery can carry a barrel. WHEN: Nov 5, 2010 WHY: Theories on the Devon festival’s 17th-century origins abound and range from it being a rite intended to ward off evil spirits, to a way of
frightening rats from plagueridden homes. DO IT BECAUSE: Running from flaming barrels is way cooler than dodging bulls, as nothing gets slaughtered at the end. HOW MUCH: Free but a £1 donation is requested.
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LOCK IT IN HOGMANAY Edinburgh, Scotland Dec 31, 2010 edinburghshogmanay.org
VENICE CARNIVAL Venice, Italy Feb 25-Mar 8, 2011 veniceconnected.com
RIO CARNIVAL BERLIN JAZZ FESTIVAL Berlin, Germany Nov 3-5, 2010 About 250 musicians take part in a fairly serious music festival. That said, it’s in Berlin, which is party central. Take a break from the techno clubs to check out some jazz in one of many venues across the city.
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Rio de Janeiro, Brazil Mar 4-8, 2011 rio-carnival.net
NEW ORLEANS MARDI GRAS New Orleans, USA Mar 8, 2011 mardigrasneworleans.com
LAS FALLAS Valencia, Spain Mar 15-19, 2011 turisvalencia.es
THE TRAVELLER … Robert Harding, 24, Brisbane, Australia What’s been your favourite place?
Edinburgh. The castle is beautiful. Best party?
Mondays at The Temple Walkabout in London – the place is just mental! Weirdest travel story?
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Leicester Square is colourful.
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Jenny Chau from Sydney, Australia, at Hatshepsut Temple in Luxor, Egypt
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BIG TRIP Canary Islands SPAIN
Escape the chill this winter and head to the balmy Canary Islands WORDS LUCY CORNE
THE PERFECT BEACH If you’re seeking sun, you’d probably like a nice stretch of sand to go with it, and the Canaries have playas aplenty. Here’s a rundown of some of the best to help you decide where to lay your towel. Best for escaping the crowds If you want the sand to yourself, Gran Canaria’s Güigüí Beach is the place. Reachable by a five-hour hike or by chartering a fishing boat, this black sand beach backed by imposing cliffs has no amenities, but virtually no patrons either. Best for an all-over tan Punta de Papagayo boasts golden coves to rival Europe’s finest beaches and while stripping off isn’t obligatory, if you’re a fan of nude sunbathing then Papagayo is a great place to let it all hang out. Best for watersports Fuerteventura’s vast and beautiful Sotavento Beach is the top spot for windsurfers, be they pros looking for practice or first-timers wanting lessons. If you crave waves rather than wind, head to Lanzarote’s Caleta de Famara – the self-proclaimed ‘Hawaii of Europe’. Best for swimming Las Canteras Beach clings to the edge of the Canaries’ largest city, Las Palmas (Gran Canaria). At low tide a reef holds back the waves, making this the perfect place for swimming, snorkelling or just sunbathing. Best overall Sometimes there’s a reason tourists flock to a particular spot. Gran Canaria’s Maspalomas Beach is one of those reasons. Shifting sand dunes provide a striking backdrop to a beach that, while touristy, is large enough to rarely seem crowded.
VOLCANIC WANDERS While best-known for beaches, the steep, volcanic landscape on most of the islands makes for superlative hiking country. Most challenging is the trek to the top of
ince winter temperatures in the Canary Islands rarely drop below 20˚C, they make an ideal destination for sunseekers not wanting to stray too far. And with seven islands to choose from, there’s something for everyone – hike in the mountains, explore quaint hamlets, surf and snorkel, or lounge on the beach.
WINTER SUN: SHORT HAUL PORTUGAL The Algarve caters to all travel types, with its idyllic beaches, laid-back seaside towns and rugged beauty spots. Even if it’s not sunbathing weather, the coast still has its allure, especially in the Costa Vicentina Natural Park – a fine spot for surfers, hikers and photographers. MAINLAND SPAIN It seems too perfect that the most exquisite corner of mainland Spain is the part most suited to winter travel. Even if the Andalusia sun doesn’t shine enough for a beach visit, you can admire the dazzling architecture of Seville and Granada, sample stellar tapas and spot Europe’s only wild monkeys in Gibraltar. CYPRUS You’ll likely have a beach to yourself in winter, but if the weather doesn’t co-operate you can enjoy myriad monasteries, churches and castles. Even the party-hard resorts of Ayia Napa and Paphos are lined with monuments and museums. As an added bonus, you can ski down Mount Olympus from January. Warm up in the Algarve
Teide, Spain’s highest mountain at 3718m. After a five-hour uphill slog, spend the night in a mountain hut before summiting at sunrise – just be prepared for bizarre weather changes and don’t be disappointed if the incredible view is obscured by cloud. If climbing mountains doesn’t appeal, you could delve into Gran Canaria’s 200mdeep Bandama Crater, an extinct volcano. Verdant and until recently inhabited by a lone farmer, the crater is an easy hop from Las Palmas and a relatively gentle two-hour walk.
It’s easy to “ wander off the beaten track ” There are options for those who’d like to avoid gradients altogether, most notably Lanzarote’s informative ramble through the Timanfaya National Park. Guides explain the unique surroundings as you scramble over – and occasionally under – blackened lava fields. If solidified lava is a little stark, the pine forests of La Palma’s Caldera de Taburiente might appeal. Start atop the gargantuan crater and descend through clouds, stopping to swim in waterfalls en route. But if you only tackle one volcanic wander, make it La Palma’s uniquely beautiful Ruta de los Volcanes. Starting in the island’s centre, the seven-hour trek takes
LA PALMA TENERIFE GRAN CANARIA
FUERTEVENTURA LA GOMERA EL HIERRO
you past the Canaries’ most recent volcano and many of its peers en route to the coast.
ISLAND NIBBLES Canarian food is rustic, hearty and shaped by years of hardship, but that’s not to say it isn’t tasty. In fact, it’s a delight, whether you self-cater from farmers’ markets or dine on traditional dishes made with home-grown ingredients. Gran Canaria and Tenerife are the top spots for variety, but the lesser-known islands have lots to offer in the way of local specialities. Cheese is a theme running through Canarian cuisine, be it the strong goats’ cheese of Fuerteventura, the fabulously flavourful almogrote (a garlicky cheese dip) spread on farm-style bread in La Gomera or El Hierro’s take on quesadillas. These dense sponge cakes made with cheese are altogether easier to swallow with a drink and luckily booze is savoured across the archipelago. Lanzarote’s wine is considered some of the best, if only for their ingenuity in growing vines in volcanic gravel. If you’re looking for something stronger, Gran Canaria and La Palma specialise in rum, while Gomerans swear by parra – moonshine – or the slightly less lethal gomeròn – moonshine mixed with honey. The honey in question comes not from Something fishy …
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OFFBEAT CANARIES Independent travellers often shun the Canary Islands, dismissing them as a predictable destination for package tourists. But with mass tourism confined to a few coastal pockets, it’s surprisingly easy to wander off the beaten track. Visiting El Hierro is pretty offbeat anyway, but if you’re seeking serious solitude, head
NEED TO KNOW WHEN TO GO Anytime. The Canary Islands are sunny all year round. GETTING THERE Fly direct from London to Gran Canaria, Tenerife, Lanzarote and Fuerteventura. GETTING AROUND Go island hopping by plane or ferry. VISAS South Africans will need a Schengen visa. CURRENCY Euro. 1 GBP = 1.18 EUR. LANGUAGE Spanish. GOING OUT A beer costs around ¤2. ACCOMMODATION Dorm beds from ¤12, private rooms from ¤15. SEE spain.info.
bees but from the sap of palm trees, and is a major feature of La Gomera’s desserts. If you have a sweet tooth, head to La Palma for cakes and cookies heavy on honey, almonds and gofio – this roasted maize flour is central to Canarian cooking.
for the south-west with its pine forests, quaint hamlets and wind-blasted trees. While in the area, stop at the Orchilla Lighthouse, Spain’s westernmost point. If you like superlatives, try the highest point on La Gomera, the Garajonay National Park. Harbouring a laurel forest, waterfalls and vistas of three other islands, it’s great for a not-too-taxing hike. Walking also takes you far from the crowds on the larger islands, particularly Tenerife’s Anaga Natural Park with its misty forests, rural hamlets and deep ravines. But if you’re talking absolute escapism, visit islets not islands. Isla de Lobos, a dot in the Atlantic off Fuerteventura’s shores, warrants a wander for its barren beauty. For the ultimate in solitary travel, head to La Graciosa, home to 500 smiling souls and not a single paved road. Eat seafood in the sand-strewn town of Caleta del Sebo, lie on beautiful deserted beaches and enjoy a car-free wander around a little piece of paradise.
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WINTER SUN IN AFRICA THE GAMBIA Africa’s smallest country is perfect for winter sun as it’s exotic, hot and relatively cheap and easy to reach. Package tours to the coast make an ideal base for visiting fi shing towns, traditional villages and nature reserves.
KENYA If you’re in Kenya, chances are you’re looking for animals. The Masai Mara is the quintessential park for spotting the Big Five (lion, buffalo, rhino, leopard and elephant) but it’s not the only place for an animal encounter. Amboseli is famed for elephants, framed against a Kilimanjaro backdrop, while Lake Nakuru is renowned for flamingos.
Sinai Desert’s Coloured Canyon or join a midnight hike up Mount Sinai to witness a desert sunrise.
MOROCCO Morocco’s vibrant cities and colourful markets are the perfect antidote to a drab British winter, with Marrakesh the best of the bunch. Head south to Essaouira or Agadir to hit the beach – the former is good for watersports, the latter boasts a wonderfully sheltered beach. If you tire of lounging in the sun, venture inland for a ski resort in the Atlas Mountains.
TUNISIA The best option for a winter visit to Tunisia is to delve into the Sahara. Too stifling to explore at other times of the year, an early winter trip is ideal. Sci-fi fans can follow the Star Wars trail, taking in a dozen movie locations. Start in the Grand Erg Oriental, a vast sand sea occupying the south-western corner of Tunisia. Head east to the troglodyte homes of Matmata, stopping in Tataouine before ending on the beachlined island of Jerba. And relax …
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EGYPT Red Sea resorts have plenty to attract travellers in search of winter sun. If you’re deterred by Sharm el Sheikh’s package holiday vibe, try Dahab – Egypt’s backpacker Mecca. Both offer fine beaches, world-class scuba diving and chilled-out bars. For a more active alternative, scramble through the
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