Monday, August 30, 2010

Bespoke Events

When unique is what you need, look no further.

Got a business need for an event that's a bit different?  Looking for something other than 'off-the-shelf' hospitality?  Sportsworld can help you create a memorable bespoke solution to suit your specific requirements.
Whether you want to indulge your guests with high performance cars and fine dining or wow them with a VIP experience to remember, we can deliver the event to suit the occasion (and, of course, your budget).  We will work with you to create the best possible event experience.

A selection of events we can organise for you:

  • Corporate Sailing Days: Sunsail
    With our TUI partner Sunsail, experience a whole new world on the water in 2010. Completely bespoke and tailored to you, we can arrange anything from team building and hospitality days to international regattas and racing in Cowes Week. Whether you're looking to motivate your team, or build customer and client relationships, you will be inspired by the perfect and idyllic scenery on offer across the Solent and Isle of Wight Bays to a number of worldwide destinations.
  • Performance Motor Yacht & Racing Charters:Experience the thrill and excitement of a day racing a luxurious motor yacht
  • Behind the scenes stable tour and racing:Get a sneak preview of the jockeys, the stable and the start line!
  • Activity Days:4x4, clay pigeon shooting, quad biking, archery to name but a few
  • Corporate Driving Day:Set guests free on some of Britain’s fastest race tracks
  • Corporate Golf Day:Gleneagles, St Andrews, Goodwood or Stoke Park, the choice is yours
  • Fishing Weekend:Relax in the countryside for a weekend of fishing and fine dining
  • Fly Fishing Day:Master the art of fly fishing with the England captain
  • High Performance Car Experience:Drive a Lamborghini Gallardo, Ferrari F430 or Aston Martin DB9 around the English countryside
  • Tank Day:Crush cars, learn the role of the SAS and work as a team
  • Track & Rally Challenge:Let lose on the track and get behind the wheel of a rally car
  • Fine Wine Tasting:Sample some of the world’s more desirable wines
  • Sunday Night Soiree with Les Miserables:Treat guests to a personal viewing of this famous West end show

Hamburg Travel Guide

HAMBURG is the second largest city in Germany, it formed with Lübeck, Bremen and Rostock and other European ports the medieval Hanseatic League. Hamburg is a city-state, being as far as possible independent of other states that existed and exist in Germany. However, during the centuries, Hamburg has always been an international city, not only because of its position in international trade, but also in political dimensions.

The city is known as one of the most important harbours in Europe and the world, and it is the greenest city in Germany: 13 % of the city are park and greenland, 23 % protected countryside and 6% nature reserves. Nevertheless, two thirds of the city are occupied by parks, lakes or tree-lined canals, giving this huge harbour city a refreshal rural feel.

Culturally, Hamburg is said to have more in common with its trading partners and neighbors in the Low Countries, Denmark and even England, than it does with southern Germany. In Hamburg, there are more than 50 museums offering an educational and fun experience; from the Museum of Art and Craft to special exhibitions in the Bucerius Art Forum. There is no limit to art!

Hamburg has many faces and contrasts are evident wherever you look there. The finest parks and buildings are revealed around the Alster Lake in the city center while the neon-lit Reeperbahn at night revive old memories of “Sin-City Europe”. And a walk along one of Hamburg’s many canals explains why this city has been called the “Venice of the North”. Recently, the city has become a Media center, half of the Nation’s newspapers and magazines have their roots here.

Unfortunately, large parts of the city were destroyed during the devastating air raids of World War II. In spite of it, Hamburg still has large quarters with expensive houses and villas, home to merchants and captains, surrounded by lots of green. Hamburg keeps its tradition of being an open, yet discreet city. Hamburgers sometimes appear to be quite reserved at first, but once they get to know who they are dealing with, they will be as warm and friendly as you would wish.

Thursday, August 19, 2010

Here comes summer: The cultural events of the season

20 Theatre: Women Beware Women, National Theatre, London
Thomas Middleton's thrilling tragedy of lies, lust and treachery in the Florentine court. Marianne Elliott directs Harriet Walter as the wicked widow Livia. To 8 June in rep
21 Film: It's a Wonderful Afterlife
Billed as My Big Fat Greek Wedding meets Shaun of the Dead, or an arranged-marriage romp with added ghosts, Gurinder Chadha's latest kicks off cinema's silly season with style. Sally Hawkins stars.
21 Theatre: Bingo, Chichester Festival Theatre
A sure sign that summer is on its way, the season at Chichester opens with Patrick Stewart playing an ageing Shakespeare in Edward Bond's 1973 play. To 22 May
23 Film: Centurion
Dominic West, Michael Fassbender and the Bond girl Olga Kurylenko star in this gory sword-and-sandals epic about the travails of the Roman Ninth Legion. Neil Marshall, of Dog Soldiers fame, directs.
23/24 Pop: LCD Soundsystem, Brixton Academy, London
They're back! Three years on from Sound of Silver, the adored dance-electro stars release their third album, This Is Happening, on 17 May and play several UK gigs before Wireless Festival in Hyde Park on 3 July. Touring to 2 May
23 Theatre: Macbeth, Shakespeare's Globe, London
The Rogues and Kings season kicks off with the most roguish king of all, played by Elliot Cowan. Lucy Bailey – whose gruesome, blood-soaked Titus made people faint at the Globe in 2006 – directs. To 27 June in rep
27 Opera: Aida, Royal Opera House, London
As unpredictable as ever, David McVicar dispenses with the dusty pyramids of old for his striking new production. To 16 May in rep
28 Art: The Concise Dictionary of Dress, Blythe House, London
This sounds like a fun Springtime day out. The ever-exciting Artangel bring together a psychoanalyst and a costume curator for a journey through the ideas of dress and desire, housed in the nooks and crannies, and on the roof, of the V&A's vast repository for furniture, ceramics, fashion and fine art. To 27 June (
29/30 Pop: Gorillaz, Roundhouse, London
Blur won the prize for gigs of the year in 2009, and now Damon Albarn's mighty Gorillaz, playing their first London dates since 2001, look set to steal 2010's crown. Promising songs from across the Gorillaz back catalogue, films, animation and assistance from De La Soul, Mos Def and Shaun Ryder, this is the hottest of hot tickets.
30 Theatre: Hightide Festival, Halesworth
A weekend of new writing by the sea. The theatre festival, patrons of which include David Hare and Bill Nighy, has the premiere of Moscow Live, Serge Cartwright's play about his time in a Russian newsroom; Adam Brace's Midnight Your Time, in a mystery location; a talk about Guantanamo from Clive Stafford Smith; and cult films. To 3 May (
1 Festival: Brighton Festival
There's plenty to grab the imagination in the Brian Eno-curated programme this year. Not least dreamthinkspeak's Before I Sleep; a site-specific promenade version of The Cherry Orchard in an abandoned department store; a new musical from Simon Stephens, who wrote Punk Rock; music ranging from Afrobeat to Philip Glass; and talks with Martin Amis and Antonia Fraser. Don't miss the lively comedy and theatre programme on the Fringe, too. To 23 May (
1 Festival: Camden Crawl
A bank holiday weekend treat with music from I Blame Coco, New Young Pony Club, Chew Lips, We Are Scientists and Speech Debelle, comedy from Robin Ince, Pappy's, Isy Suttie and Jack Whitehall, and a Rough Trade pop quiz, thronging the pubs, streets and canalsides of NW1. (
7 Film: Four Lions
Chris Morris, the mercilessly satirical creator of The Day Today and Brass Eye, turns his eye on a group of hapless jihadists with, to judge from the trailer, hilarious results.
7 Festival: All Tomorrow's Parties, Butlins, Minehead
Matt Groening, the creator of The Simpsons, is among the leftfield curators for the holiday-camp festivals this year. His pitch-perfect choices so far include Iggy and the Stooges, The xx, Joanna Newsom and Spiritualized. (
8 Comedy: Flight of the Conchords, Apollo, Manchester
It's business time as Bret and Jemaine bring their inimitable brand of comedy soft-rock to the UK for the first time in five years. The tour culminates at Wembley Arena – what would Murray say? Touring to 18 May (
8 Art: Tatton Park Biennial
An enticing group of young artists – including Jamie Shovlin, Jem Finer and Ryan Gander – are let loose in the house and grounds of the Cheshire stately home. There is a collapsing tree house in the arboretum, a two- ton block of Arctic ice in a glasshouse, a kitchen full of feathers and giant lily pads on the mere. Plus, pay a visit to the world's smallest cinema on the lawn. To 26 September (
11/12 Pop@ Joanna Newsom, Royal Festival Hall, London
Two rare shows from the Californian harpist and all-round indie heroine, playing songs from her new, triple album, Have One on Me.
11 Film: One Night in Turin
"Gazza cried, and football changed forever." James Erskine's film promises the inside story on England reaching the semi-finals of the 1990 World Cup, just in time for South Africa.
13 Festival: Udderbelly, South Bank, London
The country's quirkiest venue – a travelling, giant, upturned purple cow – is also one of the finest for fringe theatre, comedy and dance. It returns to its riverside pasture with comedy from David O'Doherty and Sarah Millican, acrobatics from Controlled Falling Project, Frisky and Mannish's pop cabaret, upbeat dance in Brazil! Brazil! and an evening with The Wire's Clarke Peters. Get there early and have a summery drink in the beer garden. To 18 July (
13 Festival: Concrete and Glass, Hoxton Square, London
An exciting addition to the scene when it debuted in 2008, the visual arts and music festival created by Flora Fairbairn, Paul Hitchman and Tom Baker of Eat Your Own Ears returns. Martin Creed plays a gig with fellow artist David Shrigley, and there are exhibitions curated by Hannah Barry and Guy Gormley at 20 Hoxton Square. To 28 May
14 Film: Robin Hood
The outlaw gets the "reboot" treatment in Ridley Scott's film, starring Russell Crowe. "He's a guy who's been on the road, as opposed to a guy walking around with a feather in his hat and wearing a little green skirt. I never liked that Robin Hood," says the director of his remake. Cate Blanchett plays Maid Marian.
14 Art: Tate Modern's 10th Birthday
The museum is holding a free festival to celebrate its first decade. No Soul for Sale will see 50 independent arts spaces from around the world thronging the Turbine Hall until midnight throughout the weekend. New York's White Columns will team up with Sonic Youth's Thurston Moore on a poetry piece, super-cool Icelandic collective Kling & Bang will dangle an installation from the ceiling and London's Museum of Everything will take part. A global snapshot of contemporary art. To 16 May
18/19 Dance: Babel, Sadler's Wells, London
Sidi Larbi Cherkaoui's latest mystical work takes place on a set of five giant boxes, designed by Antony Gormley.
20 Opera: Billy Budd, Glyndebourne
He has the golden touch at the Donmar but how will the director Michael Grandage fare with his first opera? The season gets off to a mouthwatering start with his take on Britten's 1951 all-male classic, never before performed at Glyndebourne.
20 Dance: Big Dance Bubble, Potters Field Park, London
Look out for a giant bubble landing in London's parks and outdoor spaces. Created by the German Art & Architecture collective Raumlabor-Berlin, it will house various arts events. The launch sees Sadler's Wells and Siobhan Davies collaborating with Fevered Sleep for a new dance piece. To September (
21 Art: Picasso: Peace and Freedom, Tate, Liverpool
A rare look at Picasso's post-Second World War career and the artist as political activist, Communist and, believe it or not, feminist. To 30 August
27 Theatre: All My Sons, Apollo Theatre, London
The closest thing the West End gets to a summer blockbuster – Zoë Wanamaker and David Suchet star in Arthur Miller's family drama. Howard Davies directs. To 11 September
27 Pop: Lady Gaga, Arena, Nottingham
Twenty-foot high monsters! Leotards! Burning pianos! Hairpieces! Really catchy tunes! The new queen of pop drops by casually for a few more dates on her world tour. To 4 June
28 Film: Sex and the City 2
Carrie and co return. Have you missed them? Details of the sequel are tougher than a dodo's egg to come by but the recently released trailer promises 1980s flashbacks, the return of Aiden, a trip to Morocco, deaths, births and lashings of fabulous fashion.
29-31 Pop: Dot to Dot Festival, Bristol, Nottingham, Manchester
Who says you need a field to hold a festival? Taking place in pubs and clubs across three cities over the bank holiday weekend, Dot to Dot has one of the best line-ups around, including Ellie Goulding, Field Music, Wild Beasts and Goldheart Assembly. (
4 Theatre: Women, Power and Politics, Tricycle Theatre, London
June 2010 and has anything really changed? Twelve of our very best playwrights look at women's relationship with power down the ages. Rebecca Lenkiewicz takes on Elizabeth I, Lucy Kirkwood looks back to the Greenham Common protests and Bola Agbaje writes on current-day student politics. To 17 July
5 Theatre: Sorry!, Warwick Arts Centre, Coventry
The anarchic Footsbarn present an evening of burlesque and circus in a big top. In Sorry!, a funeral and a Gypsy wedding collide – with added horses. To 12 June; then Victoria Park, London, 19 June to 5 July (
9 Art: Rude Britannia: British Comic Art, Tate Britain, London
From William Hogarth to, strangely, Angus Fairhurst, an overview of Britain's fine comic tradition. To 5 September
11 Classical: Aldeburgh Music Festival
Classical music and walks on the beach in Britten country: the 63rd festival includes recitals from Ian Bostridge, the world premiere of Elliott Carter's What Are Years?, conducted by Pierre Boulez, and a celebration of Peter Pears' centenary. To 27 June (
11 Film: Greenberg
Ben Stiller gets serious as the unlikeable hero of Noah Baumbach's follow-up to Margot at the Wedding and The Squid and the Whale.
11 Pop: Meltdown, Southbank Centre, London
Richard Thompson has curated an engaging set of concerts, including Broken Bells' first live show, Seasick Steve, Elvis Costello and cricket pop from The Duckworth Lewis Method. There's also a tribute to Kate McGarrigle from her family and assorted members of the folk aristocracy, an evening of political songs and a screening of Werner Herzog's Grizzly Man set to Thompson's own score. To 21 June
12 Theatre: The Bridge Project, Old Vic, London
Sam Mendes' transatlantic theatre troupe – Stephen Dillane and Juliet Rylance are this season's stars – arrives back in London with The Tempest and As You Like It. To 21 August
12 Pop: Doves, Thetford Forest, Suffolk
Gigs don't get much more atmospheric than Doves in the shadow of the pine trees. Part of the Forestry Commission's series of concerts in spectacular woodland locations across the country. (
15 Cabaret: Fitzrovia Radio Hour, Last Days of Decadence, London
Here's a spiffing idea: 1940s-inspired radio plays performed with live sound effects and cut-glass theatricality in a Shoreditch vintage paradise. This summer's tall tales include the daredevil adventure The Day They Stole the Eiffel Tower and a cricketing morality tale, A Bat from Hell. To 25 July; then at the Edinburgh Fringe (
16 Film: Edinburgh Film Festival
Like Cannes without the beach, or the sun – but still a good place to catch the next big thing before it happens: last year it secured the UK premieres of Antichrist and The Hurt Locker. This year's opening gala celebrates Sylvain Chomet, the Oscar-winning creator of Belleville Rendez-vous, and features his new film, The Illusionist. To 27 June (
17 Theatre: Alice, Sheffield Crucible
Posh is still making waves at the Royal Court, and now Laura Wade, Sheffield born and bred, unveils her modern-day, Northern version of Wonderland. To 24 July (
18 Opera: Idomeneo, Coliseum, London
Love her or hate her, Katie Mitchell has a way of directing talked-about productions. Following on from her sell-out Dido and Aeneas, she now turns to Mozart. Edward Gardner conducts. To 9 July
18 Festival: Winterwell
Another year, another boutique festival – but how many have Roald Dahl as their theme? Festival-goers are invited to bring their snozzcumbers and dress up as their favourite characters – from Oompa-Loompas to Twits – as Norman Jay, We Have Band and Animal Kingdom provide the tunes. To 21 June
19 Opera: Die Meistersinger von Nürnberg, Wales Millennium Centre, Cardiff
Bryn Terfel makes his role debut as the shoemaker and poet Hans Sachs in Wagner's six-hour epic. Richard Jones adds his flamboyant and witty touch as director. To 3 July in rep; then Birmingham Hippodrome, 6 & 10 July (
19 Art: Ernesto Neto, Hayward Gallery, London
Big, stretchy, tactile, walk-through sculptures. The Brazilian artist reopens the gallery in style, with new installations on the roof terrace. To 5 September
19 Architecture: London Festival of Architecture
Events include Bankside Urban Forest – with a tour around the unseen reaches of Tate Modern, talks from Foster+Partners and Arup and a cookery school in Borough Market – a chance to look around the flats and gardens of the Barbican estate and a guided tour of BBC Broadcasting House. To 4 July (
2 Opera: Manon, Royal Opera House, London
Anna Netrebko stars in a lavish production of Massenet's Parisian opera. Antonio Pappano conducts. To 10 July
23 Festival: Glastonbury, Worthy Farm, Pilton
Forty years on and it's still the one not to miss. 2010's Holy Trinity of headliners is U2, Muse and Stevie Wonder But will it rain? To 27 June
28 Film: Whatever Works
Larry David plays a grumpy physicist called Boris Yelnikoff in Woody Allen's latest New York movie. Evan Rachel Wood and Patricia Clarkson also star. Never mind the American critics' kvetching, we're going.
30 Pop: Kings of Leon, Hyde Park, London
Somewhere along the line last year, the Followill brothers became the biggest band in the world. Now they play a triumphant outdoor gig.
2 Film: Shrek Forever
After The fourth and final chapter in the animated fairytale. Princess Fiona, Donkey and Puss in Boots all come along for one final ride, too.
3 Pop: Rufus Wainwright, Kenwood House, London
A fine setting, and a rare solo UK outing, for the self-professed diva who will include songs from his latest album, All Days Are Nights: Songs for Lulu. (
5 Architecture: Serpentine Pavilion, London
The French architect Jean Nouvel has been commissioned to make his UK debut with the 10th anniversary pavilion. Angular, bright, pillar-box red with a retractable roof, it will house French artist Christian Boltanski's Heartbeat, last seen at Paris's Grand Palais, a bar and some ping-pong tables, too.
7 Theatre: La Bête, Comedy Theatre, London
Mark Rylance follows Jerusalem with a turn as a street clown in David Hirson's Molière-inspired play about the battle between highbrow and lowbrow art. Joanna Lumley and David Hyde Pierce also star.
7 Opera: La Traviata, Royal Opera House, London
Angela Gheorghiu stars as the tragic heroine in a revival of Richard Eyre's production. Four performances only. To 17 July in rep
8 Pop: Summer Series, Somerset House, London
The line-up for the courtyard concerts includes Noah and the Whale, The xx, Florence + the Machine, Gil Scott-Heron and Corinne Bailey Rae. To 18 July (
9 Theatre: Pygmalion, Chichester Festival Theatre
Rupert Everett returns to the stage to star as Henry Higgins. To 27 August in rep (
8 Film: The Twilight Saga: Eclipse
Here comes the third in the vampire romance series, starring Taylor Lautner, Robert Pattinson and Kristen Stewart.
13 Opera: The Duchess of Malfi, Royal Albert Basin, London
The mystery event of the summer. Punchdrunk team up with English National Opera to stage an immersive, operatic version of Webster's revenge play over three floors of an empty office block in the East End.
15 Festival: Latitude, Henham Park, Southwold
The most enticing festival line-up so far for the gentle Suffolk weekender, with Florence + the Machine, Vampire Weekend, Belle and Sebastian, Laura Marling and Grizzly Bear. To 18 July (
15 Film: Inception
For Batman fans who can't wait for his follow-up to The Dark Knight, Christopher Nolan directs Leonardo DiCaprio as a hustler who reads people's minds by entering their dreams.
17 Classical: Proms, Royal Albert Hall, London
The programme is set to be announced on Thursday but with 100 concerts to choose from, there's sure to be something for everyone. ( proms)
18 Comedy: David O'Doherty, Open Air Theatre, London
The winner of the 2008 if.comedy Award at the Edinburgh Fringe and self-proclaimed "Ryanair James Bond" brings his "David O'Doh-Party" to Regent's Park.
19 Dance: The Bolshoi Ballet, Royal Opera House, London
The Bolshoi Ballet arrives back in London with Yuri Grigorovich's epic Spartacus, pairing Ivan Vasiliev and Svetlana Zakharova. Also on the programme are Giselle, Don Quixote and a triple bill of Paquita, Petrushka and Alexei Ratmansky's Russian Seasons. To 8 August
23 Film: Toy Story 3
Fifteen years after the original changed the landscape of film-making, the Toy Story series returns in 3D, with cameos from Barbie and Ken.
23 Festival: Womad
Gil Scott-Heron, Salif Keita, Staff Benda Bilili and Horace Andy are among the big names on the bill. To 25 July (
29 Art: Martin Creed and Richard Wright, Edinburgh Art Festival
Two Turner Prize winners have been given free rein over the city's stairs. Martin Creed brings a new piece of public art to the capital with his Scotsman Steps, while Richard Wright will create a new mural for twin stairwells at the Dean Gallery. To 5 September (Edinburghartfestival. com)
29 Film: Film 4 Summer Screen, Somerset House, London
Cinema beneath the stars. Films confirmed so far include Cabaret, Kubrick's Paths of Glory and a Vampire Night double bill of Let the Right One In and The Lost Boys. To 8 August (
30 Film: The A Team & The Karate Kid
Twenty and thirtysomethings, prepare for a weekend of nostalgia as two 1980s remakes hit the multiplexes. Liam Neeson and Bradley Cooper star in the "gritty" big-screen transfer of The A Team while Jackie Chan teaches Jaden Smith (son of Will) to wax on, wax off.
2 Theatre: Earthquakes in London National Theatre, London
Mike Bartlett follows up Cock with a rollercoasting, time-travelling urban drama. Rupert Goold directs the Headlong co-production.
5 Theatre: Into the Woods, Open Air Theatre, London
Timothy Sheader directs Stephen Sondheim's dark fairytale in leafy Regent's Park. To 11 September (
6 Festival: Edinburgh Fringe
The programme is yet to be announced but if you're a theatre and comedy fan, there's nowhere else to be in August. To 30 August (
13 Film: The Sorcerer's Apprentice
Jerry Bruckheimer and Disney's latest bid for the summer-holiday audience stars Nicolas Cage as the sorcerer Balthazar Blake in a live-action take on Mickey Mouse's Fantasia.
13 Festival: Edinburgh International Festival
Highlights of this year's globe-trotting programme include Opera de Lyon's Porgy and Bess, the UK premiere of Brett Dean's opera Bliss based on Peter Carey's sardonic novel, flamenco from Paco Peña, an Early Music recital from Magdalena Kozena and visits from New York's theatrical wunderkinds, Elevator Repair Service with their take on Hemingway. To 5 September (
13 Festival: Vintage at Goodwood
A stylish addition to the festival scene, this weekend created by Wayne and Geraldine Hemingway and Lord March brings together music, fashion and art. Stages are programmed by decade, from 1940s tea-dance to 1980s warehouse, with music from The Noisettes, Gaggle and Rox, among others. Elsewhere, Lily Allen will launch her clothes range and there are catwalk shows and vintage markets for rummaging. (
14 Theatre: The Merry Wives of Windsor, Shakespeare's Globe
Christopher Luscombe's production is revived for a warming end to the season. To 2 October
20 Film: The Expendables
What do you get if you cross Sylvester Stallone with Jason Statham, Jet Li, Mickey Rourke, Bruce Willis and Arnold Schwarzenegger? Creaking joints, yes, but also late summer's big-hitter, as the gang of action veterans band together.
27 Film: Scott Pilgrim vs The World
Edgar Wright, the director of Shaun of the Dead, hits Hollywood with a comic-book adaptation starring geek du jour Michael Cera.
Additional reporting by Emily Jupp and Miranda Kiek
Al fresco feasts: How to have fun at a festival
Picnics are no picnic. If you're not contending with the vicissitudes of English weather there will be flies, dog dirt or hectoring pigeons. But for those brave enough to wish to combine al fresco music or theatre with al fresco food, here are a few suggestions.
A number of arts events will spare you the trouble of preparing a picnic. The Open Air Theatre in Regent's Park offers a four-course picnic plus wine at £22.50 per person. At the same price, English Heritage Picnic Concerts have linked up with Carluccio's to produce an Italian-style hamper.
While English Heritage's picnics specify a two-person minimum, Glyndebourne is willing to cater for one. Rather heart-warmingly, the lone concert-goer can share his or her picnic rug with another solo attendee. It's a sort-of for the caviar-consuming classes. Glyndebourne hampers are predictably opulent, containing a tablecloth, glasses, china and cutlery. Too posh to clear up the remnants of your lobster salad and smoked salmon? Porters will be on hand to do it for you.
Picnickers who prefer to bring their own foil-wrapped marmite sandwiches and sit on macs or plastic bags and consider a leaky flask of milky coffee the height of luxury will enjoy BBC Proms in the Park. The Proms retains its original democratic vision and is unlikely to be horrified by plebeian tastes.
If it's all about the view, The Minack Theatre in Cornwall is another top place for a picnic. Appetites heightened by sea air, picnickers can enjoy their sandwiches while looking out over the Atlantic Ocean.
Miranda Kiek
How to have fun at a festival
It might sound obvious, but pack well. It is very annoying to arrive well-equipped with wellington boots, a mac, and hoody for the chilly evenings, only to find that the sun is blazing and you're without sunglasses, sun cream or a hat. Arrive onsite early, both to secure a pitch that suits either your need for proximity to the stages, or the family-friendly, quieter camping areas further afield, and to make the most of the early entertainment on offer, usually bands and films to warm up the weekend. Another tip is to pitch your tent on higher ground to avoid the muddy results of inevitable rainfall. For the iPhone owners, a useful application to download is the "Tent Finder" – its flashlight might prove a godsend in guiding you back to your canvas shelter. It might also be sensible to arrange a meeting point for you and your festival companions because mobile phone signals are notoriously unreliable onsite.
Music is your priority, so source a programme early on to start planning which bands to see. Be warned that stages at the larger festivals tend to be nicely spread out – at Glastonbury, it takes 45 minutes to cross from the John Peel Stage to the Shangri La area. Smaller platforms such as the comedy or literary tents fill up very quickly, so when there is a big name star appearing, be sure to be there early to avoid disappointment. Unlike when watching a band, if you're not in the tent, you won't hear a thing.
Keep a look out for surprise impromptu sets taking place across the site. Latitude is known for its surprise guests and improvised gigs in the woods – a piano is strategically positioned for passers by to play, while at the intimate End of the Road festival in Dorset, impromptu acoustic sets take place in magical clearings in the forest, and at Green Man, in the Brecon Beacons, you can find theatrical shows taking place among the trees. But above all, rather than plotting a strict timetable, be flexible enough to give yourself the opportunity to stumble across bands that you might never have heard of. It's then that the festival experience really begins.

Monday, August 16, 2010

Team Building

Building a dream team?  Make sure the activity day isn't a nightmare.

Sportsworld are experts in organising and managing team building activities designed to meet your company requirements.
Using skills from leadership, competitiveness, creativity, co-operation, and powers of observation the exercises offered are tailored to involve all members of the party.

What we can organise for you

We will talk to you closely about your brief and then organise the right team building activity to suit.

These could range from Its a Knock Out!, Rocket Launch, Bomb Disposal, Roll a Ball, Blind Giant Jigsaw, The Cube, Toxic Waste, Spiders Web, Semaphore, Safe Cracker, The Towers, Stepping Stones, Key Retrieval, Message in a Bottle, Sequential Motion, Matrix 13, Nuclear Reactor.

Each package is customised depending on the number of guests and the aims created.
The majority of these activities can take place in various locations around the country subject to certain criteria.
The general format of the day will include:
  • Briefing on the days activities
  • Full days activities
  • Mid morning refreshments
  • Lunch 
  • Provision of a qualified emergency technician
  • Safety equipment  
  • Printed event documentation 
  • Experienced event staff in attendance throughout the day

Sunday, August 15, 2010

Celebs Behind Bars? Not in Egypt

Scandals like the 1970’s allegation of a young girl’s homicide by the hand of director Roman Polanski (linked to sex offenses) are not known to ancient Egypt.
However, the ancient world wasn't without its bad boys. High treason and attempts to the king’s life were among the top crimes to be punished in ancient Egypt. Robbery existed but there is no evidence of homicides or other death crimes. Justice was Maat, the supreme balance against chaos, and everything in life had to be done accordingly. Just as we respect our Constitutions and laws, ancient Egyptians had their laws and ordinances. Viziers and judges were appointed by the pharaoh to decide upon requests for intercession.
Forget not to judge justice. It is an abomination of the god to show partiality. This is the teaching. Therefore, do you accordingly. Look upon him who is known to you like him who is unknown to you; and him who is near the king like him who is far from his house. Behold, a prince who does this, he shall endure here in this place. - From The Instructions of Rekhmire, in The Wisdom of Ancient Egypt by Joseph Kaster.
So, it seems like the rich and famous of ancient Egypt had a lot in common with today's celebs when it came to lifestyle choices. They could probably drink, race, eat and party our paltry lot under the table - but when it comes down to it, they were a lot better behaved.

Friday, August 13, 2010

Raj Thackeray demands action against Suresh Kalmadi

MNS chief Raj Thackeray today demanded action against the chief of Commonwealth Games (CWG), Suresh Kalmadi for alleged corruption in organising the event.
"Action should be taken against Kalmadi else such things would be encouraged," Raj told reporters in Mumbai today.
He felicitated Tejaswini Sawant for becoming the first Indian woman shooter to clinch a gold medal at the World Championships in Munich, Germany.
Raj congratulated Tejaswini for the success and wished her for future games.
Earlier, his uncle and Shiv Sena chief Bal Thackeray lashed at Kalmadi alleging that he had ruined the Games.

Cabinet secretary KM Chandrashekhar to oversee C'wealth Games preparations

Cabinet secretary KM Chandrashekar will oversee the preparations for the 2010 Commonwealth Games to be held in New Delhi in October 2010.
Sources say that Suresh Kalmadi will stay on as chairman of the Organising Committe. The Centre is reluctant to take action against Kalmadi until the charges against him are proved.
Prime minister Manmohan Singh and UPA chairperson Sonia Gandhi will discuss the Commonwealth Games issue during a core group meeting today.

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 These virtual clearinghouses and forums have led the way in showing enthusiasts how to engage in responsible travel.
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EcoClub ( The International Ecotourism Club, based in Athens, Greece, is a global cooperative network promoting ecotourism. This is one of the most popular websites spotlighting eco-lodges and activists around the globe. Posts news on ecotourism, events, and jobs; also provides features, a publications archive, and first-rate real-time chats. Recommended: Search page for ecolodges, environmentally friendly hotels, tours, and services ( Interviews with leading ecotourism personalities (
Online Message Board:
Cost: Mix of Free/Pay (various membership levels)
Contact: 011-30-21-06-71-9671. Email: is Ron Mader’s popular, award-winning site for serious ecotourism. It provides free access to more than 10,000 pages for travelers, students, and policy-makers. Developed in 1994 as a reporter’s notebook (a forerunner of today’s blog), Planeta pioneered online environmental and tourism reporting and works toward sustainable development. The site features news, articles, an eco-travel directory, recommended reads, and a world forum linking to all Planeta discussion boards.
Recommended: World Travel Directory (;
Ecotourism Resource Guide:
Travel Checklist:
Message Board:
Photo Gallery:
Contact: Ron Mader (
Sustainable Travel International ( is a non-profit organization whose mission is to promote sustainable development and responsible travel by providing programs that help consumers, businesses, and travel-related organizations protect the environmental, socio-cultural, and economic needs of the places they visit, and the planet at large. Recommended: The following STI “Programs”—MyClimate™ greenhouse gas offsets program, which enables travelers and travel companies to support sustainable development and environmental conservation while helping to mitigate the greenhouse gas emissions that result from travel; The Green Travel Market provides comprehensive, up-to-date information on sustainable tourism products and services; The Eco-directory is a unique destination guide designed to help travelers make responsible travel choices. The travel providers in the Eco-directory have been chosen for their commitment to sustainable tourism. Listings indicate eco-certification status; Travel Philanthropy promotes, publicizes, and informs the public about credible travel philanthropy programs in the global marketplace.
Cost: Mix of Free/Pay
Contact: 720-273-2975. Email:
The Travel Abroad section of Transitions Abroad’s online portal offers a comprehensive section on Responsible Travel and Ecotourism. It features responsible travel programs, and article archives, and links to key websites and organizations.
Recommended: The Responsible Travel Advisor section offers a selection of how-to articles and a free PDF version of the 2006 Responsible Travel Handbook ).
Volker Poelzl’s Resources for a Global Consciousness (see Transitions Abroad Sept./Oct. 2006 or
Contact: 802-442-4827. Email:
Other Key Responsible, Ethical, and Sustainable Travel Web Sites
Earthfoot,, is a virtual Internet community specializing in eco-sensitive people-to-people travel to destinations worldwide.
Ecotour Directory,, is an online directory of ecotours and ecolodges around the world.
G.A.P Adventures,, is a Canada-based travel company, offering responsible and sustainable tours such as trekking, safaris, ecotourism, cultural tours, etc. to many destinations worldwide.
Global Exchange,, offers socially responsible Reality Tours to over thirty developing countries worldwide.,, is a tour operator that offers environmentally, culturally and socially responsible tours for small groups, with destinations worldwide.
Journeys International,, is a family-owned global adventure travel company in the US, specializing in guided cross-cultural explorations, nature safaris, treks and eco-tours in remote corners of the globe.
Peregrine Adventures,, is an Australia-based travel service, promoting ecological and responsible tours for small-groups.,, is a U. K.-based, online travel agent providing a directory of over 270 organizations and businesses that engage in responsible, sustainable, and ecological tourism activities.
The International Ecotourism Society (TIES),, promotes responsible and sustainable travel. The site lists ecotourism operators worldwide in its Travel Choice section.
Travelroots,, lists responsible eco-tourism holidays to destinations worldwide.
Tribes Travel,, is a UK-based travel company offering holidays and safaris run on fair trade and responsible travel principles.
Wildland Adventures,, is an ecotourism company for small groups, safaris, and adventure vacations in countries worldwide.
World Expeditions,, based in the UK (with offices in Australia, USA, Canada & New Zealand), offers trekking and small group adventure holidays, based on responsible and sustainable travel principles. 

How to choose a guide that is right for you

 In recent years, there have emerged a few new trends in travel guides as publishers aim their guidebooks at travelers who have less time but are willing to spend more money. As a result, there are now a growing number of guidebook series that have decided that less is more: they provide a more selective approach to their destinations. Such guidebooks often include suggested itineraries for vacations from one to three weeks, geared toward visitors with less time on their hands. Instead of exhaustive listings of sights, accommodation and restaurants, these guides offer fewer choices, only providing the top listings or "best of class" in the respective categories.
To get an idea of the types of travel guides that are available, go to a bookstore and browse the travel section. Read the introductory paragraphs of different travel guides to find out if you like the author’s voice and style. Look at the listings of hotels, restaurants, and sights. Are you overwhelmed by the number of suggestions, or would you rather have more listings? Are the selections suitable for your budget?
Do you like the size and layout of the travel guide? Some guides are printed in two columns and have a tiny font to cram a lot of information in one page, making it difficult to navigate through the pages and quickly find important information.
Do you prefer a well-illustrated guide with plenty of photos? Does the guide have plenty of detailed maps to help you get around? Does the guidebook contain information that is important to you such as an introduction to the local food, culture, customs, history, and festivals? All these are important considerations.
Ask yourself what your primary travel interests are and look for a guide that provides the information you need. Do you like background information on history and cultural sights, or would you rather prefer a guide that focuses on nightlife and entertainment? If you are interested in the outdoors, make sure your guide provides detailed information about hiking, treks, safaris and ecotourism. If you are looking for a special interest travel guide such as hiking, trekking, canoeing, bicycling or cultural guides, keep in mind that these guides don't sell as many copies as general travel guides, and they are not updated as regularly. But aside from this disadvantage, such travel guides are an indispensable companion for travelers who want to get more in-depth information about their main area of interest.
Also, keep in mind that regional and special interest guides are often available locally in English. This is always a great option in English-speaking countries. When I was in India last year, I bought several hiking and trekking guides for the Himalayas, written and published by knowledgeable local authors. If you speak the language of your travel destination, you can always count on finding informative guidebooks in the local language.
If you only visit one region of a country or just a major city you should look for a regional or city guide instead of buying a travel guide for the whole country. These guides provide much more in-depth information, as they specialize in one area. These guides also usually have a smaller format, making it easy to carry them in your pocket.
Below I have listed some of my favorite travel guidebook series.

Hotels in Jaipur 

Best Travel Guidebook Series

Every time I go to a bookstore there seems to be a new series of travel guides on the shelves. As record numbers of people travel abroad, more and more publishers are jumping on the bandwagon to cash in on the growing travel industry. Nevertheless, finding a guidebook that suits your needs and whose style and suggestions you like is not easy.
Despite the plethora of travel guides available, I have found not one single travel guide that meets all my travel needs and interests. Some books provide in-depth cultural and historical information with great essays and photographs but have few recommendations for lodging, dining, and transportation. Others emphasize practical travel information but provide little background on culture and history. The best travel guide is ultimately the one you put together yourself from a variety of sources, based on your personal interests and travel preferences. I recommend getting a general guide that tells you how to get around and where to stay, and another guide that specializes in your main travel interest, such as art, history, trekking, kayaking, etc.

Thursday, August 12, 2010

Ford India: Over the years

Since the launch of the Escort in 1997, Ford India has come a long way. With 164 dealership facilities across 97 cities, it is one of the country's leading car companies. The Figo, Fiesta and Endeavour are the latest models from the Ford stable. A look at Ford's exciting journey.

RIM to allow only legal monitoring of Blackberry data in India

Blackberry maker Research In Motion has said it would allow Indian security agencies only to do legal monitoring of data of its subscribers, although India has asked the smartphone vendor to provide access to e-mail and messenger data or face ban.
“The only time it allows carriers to access the data sent via BlackBerry devices is in the case of national security situations, and even then, only as governed by the country’s judicial oversight and rules of law,” the Canada-based Research In Motion (RIM) said in a statement on Thursday.
India has threatened to shut down BlackBerry e-mail and instant messaging services by August 31, unless RIM granted security agencies the technology to decrypt BlackBerry communications, citing national security concerns.
Although some experts have opined that RIM’s decision to only allow access to its data when ordered to do so by a judge might be problematic in certain countries where the judiciary is less than impartial, the company said that it maintains a “consistent global standard for lawful access requirements that does not include special deals for specific countries.”
“Although RIM cannot disclose confidential regulatory discussions that take place with any government, RIM assures its customers that it genuinely tries to be as cooperative as possible with governments in the spirit of supporting legal and national security requirements, while also preserving the lawful needs of citizens and corporations,” RIM said.
Any technical capabilities that RIM would give to a carrier that would allow for the legal monitoring of BlackBerry messages would have to be “technology and vendor neutral,” the company said, an indication that RIM is not willing to allow foreign governments to access data sent using BlackBerrys that security agencies in those countries wouldn’t already be able to monitor if it were sent from smartphones made by competing manufacturers.

India’s ultimatum was issued hours after senior officials from government, intelligence and state-run telecom operators met to discuss how to gain access to BlackBerry content.
“If a technical solution is not provided by 31st August, 2010, the Government will review the position and take steps to block these two services from the network,” a government spokesperson had said.
India wants access in a readable format to encrypted BlackBerry communication, on grounds it could be used by militants.
There are an estimated one million BlackBerry subscribers in the country.

Tuesday, August 10, 2010

Frankfurt Travel Guide

FRANKFURT AM MAIN is called “the Manhattan of Germany” because of its location on the Main river. The city is the financial heart not only of Germany but also of the European Union, pumping euros into the world economy. Frankfurt is a dynamic metropolis and for many visitors it will be the first point of call in Europe, because its airport is the largest in terms of passengers on the European continent.

During World War II Frankfurt was deeply bombed, and as consequence, its medieval city was destroyed. Happily, the city recovered quite quickly after the war, and its modern shape was formed. With the rebuilding process, one of the Europe’s most efficient underground transportation systems was developed. That system includes a subway train system (S-Bahn) and a deep subway with smaller coaches (U-Bahn). Frankfurt also contains the tallest skyscraper in the European Union, the Commerzbank Tower, which is also the second tallest on the continent (after the Triumph-Palace building in Moscow).

Frankfurt is frequently seen only as a transit hub or a business centre, but it is so much more. In fact, it is a prosperous cultural centre for the entire Hesse, with a good collection of theatres, galleries, museums, amongst them some architectural highlights. While Frankfurt is not the size of London or Paris, it will not keep you wanting in terms of cultural activities.

Frankfurt is a city with two faces: On the first it is the competitive financial capital of Germany and on the other it is a civilized place which spends more on the arts than any other city in Europe. If you have more time to spend, Frankfurt is a perfect starting point for daytrips up the Rhine River towards Rudesheim or Heidelberg and only a 30 minutes train trip away from Wiesbaden, Mainz or Marburg.

Wednesday, August 4, 2010

Love, Sex and Adultery in Ancient Egypt

Women had more freedom than their counter parts in Mesopotamia, for instance, but never as much as Paris Hilton and pals. Egyptians married young, very young indeed, and, in royal families, between themselves. Childbirth was dangerous but encouraged in ancient Egypt - prosperity was a goal for everyone and that included having a big family.
The love and sex lives of the Egyptians were as complicated as they are today. Turin's famous Erotic Papyrus assures us that the Egyptians were sexually adventurous, with a penchant for naked belly-dancing, and collections of love poetry from the Amarna era reveal that they were also big romantics.
According to Angelina Jolie in recent news “fidelity is not essential in her relationship with Brad Pitt”, but adultery is one of the oldest reasons for divorce, death and depression - the 3 D’s - and in ancient Egypt as in most of the modern world, women often still file for divorce on the grounds of adultery. Divorce was legal and the problems arising from it were usually when it involved property that had to be divided. The bigger the stake - the bigger the battle, as the recent multi-million divorce case between ex-Beatle Paul McCartney and Heather Mills clearly illustrates.
The love and sex lives of the rich and famous captivated the less fortunate in ancient Egypt just as the romances of Jordan and Peter Andre or 'Bradjelina' do today. The alleged affair between Hatshepsut and Senenmut clearly occupied the minds of workers at Deir el-Medina - one of them drew a caricature of their love affair in an ostracon. Then, as now, there would always be somebody who didn't approve!

Sunday, August 1, 2010

Plan your trip to the World Cup 2010

The draw has taken place. We know who England face next June - and how much it will cost to be there.
We (with apologies to our readers in Scotland, Wales, Northern Ireland and, most unfairly, Ireland) know who we have to beat to get to the second round of the World Cup. The USA, Algeria and Slovenia are all that lie between us and the knockout stages of the tournament — which are, in turn, all that lie between us and the inevitable trophy-lifting in Soccer City, Johannesburg, soon after 10pm local time on July 11, 2010. Easy.
Crucially, we now know where England are playing — and when. After months of speculation, hedging and hysterical talk about hysterical prices, the final variables have been decided. Here are all the questions you need answered to plan your World Cup trip.
South Africa is large, and several of the 10 World Cup stadiums are an internal flight apart. England’s opening game, against the USA on June 12, is at the Royal Bafokeng stadium, in Phokeng, near Rustenburg, a good two-hour drive from Johannesburg airport. The second match, against Algeria, is at Green Point, in Cape Town, on June 18. The last group tie, against Slovenia, is in Port Elizabeth on June 23. Since the draw on Friday, tour operators have been sitting in front of their calculators trying to work out the cost of flying their clients from one game to the next. By today, they should have a rough idea of final costs.
No. Are we absolutely sure? Yes. Really? Yes. Almost all hotel stock was snapped up by the entire planet’s tour operators months and months ago. Unless you want to commute in from Mozambique (which some crazy people are already planning) or sleep in someone’s spare bedroom (check out for very limited options), there is no room at the inn.
Direct flights from the UK to Johannesburg and Cape Town were, as of Friday night, trading at upwards of £1,000, compared to a normal June price of £500. The cheapest indirect flight is via Cairo with Egyptair (£900): you’ve really got to love England to bother with that. And these are entry-level prices — to fly on key days at sensible times will cost more. Then, of course, you’ll need a match ticket. They’re already selling on eBay for thousands, but this is illegal — and risky. You don’t pick up the actual match ticket until you get to South Africa, and you have to show your credit card. If your name’s not down, you’re not getting in.
There are five Fifa-approved operators: Thomson Sport (which includes Sportsworld), Keith Prowse, Thomas Cook, BAC Sport and Emirates Tours. They have been selling packages like hot cakes for several months at high but not extortionate rates, having long ago bagsied hotels and international flights. Have their numbers on speed dial, phone them all up today and see what the latest deals are.
Some of the options have already sold out. For example, Thomson Sport’s three-night final package, an in-and-out long weekend with a ticket to the (Brazil-England?) final went several weeks ago, despite the £5,995 price tag. Between the five operators, however, you can still book pretty much any Jo’burg or Cape Town-based package. Here are the best options.
Thomson Sport (0845 121 2018, still has availability for its one-group-game packages, with four nights’ accommodation at the Holiday Inn Express in Cape Town, international flights and an England match ticket. Prices start at £2,512pp — but if you want to see the England-USA opener, you’ll be splashing out on internal flights to get you up to Jo’burg. Packages including two England matches, on a similar basis, start at £3,825pp for 11 nights, again not including internal flights.
Sportsworld (01235 547261, is for those of you who aren’t content with just being at the World Cup, but want all the trimmings as well. For about £3,550pp, you can watch the England group match of your choice, with a Category 1 ticket (the best), hospitality (lunch and drinks in a marquee before and after the match), three nights’ four-star accommodation and nonstop international flights. Seven nights, incorporating the semi-final and final, will cost a shade less than £10,000pp.
Keith Prowse (0845 125 4880,, which specialises in corporate travel, but is selling packages to hoi polloi for the World Cup, has an 18-day tour with all three England group games from £4,995pp, including match tickets, international flights and three-star accommodation. For the next few days, it’s knocking £1,000 off that price, which, if you can spare the time off work, is a great deal. Depending on your confidence levels, it also has the 13-day Final Tour, with tickets to a quarter, a semi and the final, from a less great £12,500pp.
Thomas Cook Sport (020 8739 2360, has already broken up its longer stays into bite-size trips. Its England group-stage packages start at £2,499pp for a one-game, five-night trip, £3,650pp for a two-game 10-nighter and £4,150pp for a three-game 17-nighter, including match tickets, international flights and three-star accommodation. Again, you’re going to be paying extra for internal flights. You can also book a stay for the entire tournament, watching all three England group games and the four knockout rounds. The how-on-earth-are-you-going-to-get-your-boss/wife-to-agree-to-it? 35-night epic starts at a relatively good-value £8,200pp, including direct international flights, accommodation and Category 3 tickets. For Category 1 tickets, you’ll pay £1,000 more. Again, internal flights are extra.
BAC Sport (020 7456 7100,, the smallest of the five operators, has a two-England-match group package based either in Cape Town or, more originally, Sun City, the gambling resort two hours west of Jo’burg. Prices start at £4,395pp for 11 nights, including both international and, where necessary, internal flights.
Finally, Emirates Tours (0844 800 0775, has all sorts of packages available, based in Cape Town and Johannesburg, ranging from a two-star, five-night package with one England group game (from £2,450pp, including indirect economy flights) right up to a five-star, 32-night package covering the whole tournament, with tickets to every England group game and the knockout stages. The price? Drum roll: £22,720, including first-class flights, natch.
So, apart from working out how many wheelbarrow loads of cash you can spare, it seems straightforward. All you have to decide is which games you want to see and where you want to base yourself.
Because operators had to block-book everything long before Friday’s draw, they did so without knowing where England would be playing in the group stages. In other words, they took a punt.
Thomson decided to base its clientele in Cape Town, on the grounds that it’s somewhere you’d want to spend three weeks of your life in between watching the football. They have a point, but every single one of the 10 World Cup stadiums, apart from Green Point, is an internal flight away. Keith Prowse and Thomas Cook opted for Johannesburg, a city nobody would want to spend time in unless they absolutely had to, on the assumption that, because seven of the stadiums are less than four hours away, most of the games would be driveable. Emirates and BAC Sport, on the other hand, hedged their bets and have space in both cities.
Where should you base yourself? Well, Cape Town hosts England’s Algeria game, Jo’burg hosts the USA match and Port Elizabeth (miles from anywhere) is the venue for the Slovenia tie. It’s much of a muchness in the group stages so, on tourist grounds, Cape Town wins. For the knockout stages, Jo’burg is more sensible for all but the semi-finals (England would play in either Durban or Cape Town).
Well, it won’t be cheap. Both BAC Sport and Emirates Tours can quote tour prices inclusive of internal air transfers because they have opted to use official Fifa-chartered flights with set prices. Thomas Cook, Keith Prowse and Thomson Sport did not. If you have to book your flights on the open market, this could add a fortune to your package price. On Friday night, Jo’burg-Cape Town returns were going for £600 and up on key dates. Both Thomson and Keith Prowse said they would resort to chartering their own flights, and that prices would be significantly lower than that. Thomas Cook said it already had internal allocations and would confirm prices over the weekend. This should be a key part of your discussion with the operators before you book.
There are plans for football fan parks — or Fifa Fan Fests, as they’re calling them — with giant video screens at each of the 10 host cities, and despite some security concerns, the football fiesta will be in full swing. BA Holidays (, Thomson Sport ( and ITC Sports (01244 355390, are among several operators offering trips to coincide with the World Cup. It is, however, winter in South Africa and summer here. If you’re going to watch it on a screen, you may as well do it in your local... or use the money you’ll be saving by staying at home to invest in that 56in plasma screen you’ve had your eye on. If you’re out there for the England games, the fan parks will, of course, be the place to watch Portugal get knocked out in the group stages.
If you want to be at the World Cup, you have to book fast. The operators expect a huge surge in the next few days, and most can’t foresee having many tickets past New Year. So, no. Get on the phone.
From the Times Online.