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Great tucker, smart gizmos

June 19th, 2018 / / categories: 南京夜网 /

Illustration: michaelmucci南京夜网What are you looking for when you stay in a hotel? We bring you the latest in hotel trends from around the world.
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It’s a competitive business, the hotel industry. From how you check in to the brand of shampoo on the bathroom shelf, hoteliers have to pay attention to every aspect of the experience to even attempt to stand out.

Here are some of the latest trends in hotels, from gadgets to dining.

Body scrubs and yoga mats

Wellness has become a huge focus for hotels, with properties investing millions upon millions in spas, health experts and in-room health services.

The InterContinental Group has gone as far as launching a whole new hotel brand, EVEN Hotels, specifically aimed at health-conscious travellers in the US. EVEN Hotels have in-room workout equipment such as a coat rack that doubles as a pull-up bar and fitness experts on hand to advise guests.

Menus focus on healthy meals, and guests can get free extras such as flavoured filtered water and mini-smoothies to start the day.

Swissotel is also targeting the health-conscious consumer, with services such as yoga and Pilates equipment that can be set up in rooms; customised jogging maps; and healthy meal options.

Many hotels around the world are also targeting travellers who have problems with sleeping, offering packages that include advice by sleep experts.

Hotels also continue to introduce and upgrade their spa facilities, with a recent Hilton survey of 6000 travellers finding that nearly half considered spa facilities an important factor in selecting a hotel.

The report found that hotel guests were increasingly savvy about spa offerings and products, while men were a growing market. Hilton says the key to providing spa services in hotels is having global consistency while also allowing for locally influenced treatments.

Gadgets, gadgets

Free internet is a sticky issue for hoteliers but it seems consumer demand is winning out.

A TripAdvisor survey of more than 9000 hotel owners and managers found that 77 per cent intended to offer free internet access this year; 12 per cent would charge a fee; and the rest would not offer it at all.

Some hotels have even started offering free wi-fi access in hotel vehicles that are used to provide transfers for guests.

Many upmarket hotels are now offering iPads for guests’ use during their stay, while iPod docks have become commonplace.

A hotel in Britain, the Hotel Indigo Newcastle, recently replaced its in-room copies of the Bible with Kindle e-readers pre-loaded with the text.

Guests are also able to download one other religious text to the device during their stay.

An area of technology that has been slower to take off for hotels is mobile check-in.

Most major hotel brands now have mobile applications that allow guests to research and book hotels, but mobile check-in is just getting started.

The Bay Hotel Singapore recently became the first hotel in the island-state to offer mobile check-in, with guests also able to log their preferences before arrival and check out using a mobile device when they leave.

Feeling important

For luxury hotels it’s all about personalised service, to make their cashed-up guests feel very important.

Starwood Hotels, for example, has abolished standard check-in and checkout times for its “elite” level loyalty program guests, giving them the room for 24 hours.

A guest who doesn’t check in until late at night can have the room until the following night, rather than having to be out of the room at 10am.

The Pullman Auckland has introduced in-car check-in, so guests can complete all their check-in requirements while being chauffeur-driven to the hotel.

Guests leave the car with their room key already in their hand, so they can bypass reception and go straight to their room.

Valet services are also becoming a common feature for top hotels.

At the Hilton Surfers Paradise complex on the Gold Coast, a new penthouse suite comes with a “personal valet” who can manage any aspect of your (rather expensive) stay.

Stamford Hotels & Resorts is taking a technology-driven approach, introducing a mobile application that allows guests to “jump the queue”.

The iGuest app, which will be rolled out for all of Stamford’s Australian hotels, can be used to arrange services such as having a meal or drinks in your room when you arrive.

Dining that is fine

There was a time hotel restaurants were best avoided but now they can be among the best eateries in town. Celebrity chefs, Michelin stars and the best local produce can be found at many hotel restaurants worldwide. Hotels often have wine bars, tapas bars, brasseries and sidewalk cafes, not stuffy dining rooms.

The Hilton chain plans to open 500 new restaurants in the next three years, and is working with restaurateurs to bring new concepts into the mix.

Hyatt is concentrating on healthy and sustainable dining, using organic and local produce, and hormone- and antibiotic-free meats.

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Beauty on the quiet

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Green, vibrant and cosmopolitan, Nagasaki shatters its war-torn image, writes Steve McKenna.
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‘Nagasaki is the most beautiful city in Japan, more beautiful than even Kyoto,” says Bill, an ebullient, baseball-capped American with a fondness for all things Nippon. This is Bill’s seventh trip to Nagasaki, but he’s looking to get further under the city’s skin, so he’s joined today’s walking tour. It’s led by Kaz, an affable fortysomething who’s part of a network of volunteer guides keen to show tourists there’s more to this city than tragic war stories.

“Nagasaki has such a long history; such a colourful history,” Kaz says. “Too many people think it begins and ends in 1945 with the atomic bomb. We want them to know more.”

We take a breather in Kazagashira Park, a leafy hilltop gem that offers majestic panoramas of the city. Hugging the western tip of Kyushu, the most southerly of Japan’s four main islands, Nagasaki is set around a deep harbour and edged by pretty green hills. It has none of the neon-signed, Blade Runner-esque sprawls of Tokyo and Osaka and instead comprises a snug mix of concrete and mirror-glass buildings, wooden temples and shrines, and elegant architecture with a European twist. Trundling through its laid-back – by Japanese standards – streets is a fleet of quaint, colourful trams.

“Much of what you can see down there has been built or reconstructed in the last 50 or 60 years,” says Kaz, who then points opposite. “You see that hill? That’s Mount Inasa Park. You can take a cable car up there. At night, when everything is lit up, the views are incredible. And you see that hill? Well, on the other side, there’s the suburb of Urakami; that’s where they dropped the bomb. That’s where the real damage was done.”

Kaz says he prefers not to dwell too much on the events of August 9, 1945. His father survived the attack and didn’t speak about it until he was on his deathbed. I don’t argue; this afternoon I’ll be heading to Urakami, where museums and memorials expose the gritty details of that savage end to World War II.

We’d begun the tour along the Nakashima river, which meanders through the city to the harbour and is arched by picturesque stone bridges, largely cobbled together by Chinese monks in the 17th century. One is called the Spectacles because of the shape it reflects in the water. The bridges are an example of the strong Chinese influence in Nagasaki.

From the waterfront, we headed into nearby Teramachi, an atmospheric district with its ancient Japanese Shinto shrines, shadowy graveyards and twisting alleys packed with delightful little wooden houses – plus the Sofuku-ji and Kofuku-ji Buddhist temples, which the Chinese monks built in eye-catching Ming dynasty style. The Chinese were responsible for one of Nagasaki’s signature dishes, champon – a brothy noodle soup loaded with squid, pork, octopus and vegetables – and some believe they also sparked Japan’s first major contact with Europe.

In the mid-16th century, an off-course Chinese ship carrying Portuguese explorers stumbled across Nagasaki, then a small fishing village. After initial scepticism, the Japanese and the Portuguese became trading partners. The Spanish, British and Dutch got in on the act, too, and Nagasaki thrived as a cosmopolitan port city.

While Japanese feudal lords were particularly interested in importing European weaponry and Portuguese sweets and sponge cakes (known as castellas), they were less enamoured by the Christian religion and its proselytising missionaries. Slowly, but surely, they crushed this “foreign plague”. Christians were arrested, taken to temples and ordered to stamp on statues of the Virgin Mary; public crucifixions took place, the religion was banned and, eventually, under the powerful Tokugawa shogunate, all foreigners were expelled from Japan, bar a small group of Dutch traders considered more interested in business than faith.

This tumultuous period inspired Shusaku Endo’s classic novel, Silence – one of a number of books and plays based in Nagasaki. Giacomo Puccini’s opera Madama Butterfly is perhaps the most famous; the most recent is David Mitchell’s evocative The Thousand Autumns of Jacob de Zoet.

Mitchell’s love story is set on Dejima, a man-made island home to the Dutch and, for 250 years, Japan’s sole window to the outside world. These days, the old enclave is a tourist attraction, its highlight the Dejima Museum, which exhibits how Western science, art and culture trickled in during the barren years.

Japan’s period of isolation ended in 1859. Assisted by US Commander Matthew Perry’s gunboat diplomacy measures, the West negotiated free-trade treaties. Foreigners returned and their influences are seen amid the hills east of Dejima. There’s pretty French-built Gothic-style Oura Catholic Church, and Hollander Slope with its cluster of restored painted wooden Dutch houses. There’s also Glover Garden, a splendid hillside villa named after the Scottish merchant Thomas Glover, who sowed the seeds for the country’s first railway, founded the Japan Brewery Company (later the Kirin Brewery Company) and also helped Nagasaki become a centre of arms and shipbuilding under the fledgling Mitsubishi Corporation – a status that would lead to its targeting in World War II.

After savouring a bowl of champon and a castella cake for dessert, I tram it to Urakami. Urakami’s Atomic Bomb Museum, which lies metres from the bomb’s hypocentre, has an array of graphic exhibits, moving accounts from survivors and intriguing details of the manoeuvrings between Allied politicians and military figures.

Three days after the “Little Boy” bomb was dropped on Hiroshima, another port city, Kokura, was to be hit. But when it became shrouded in heavy cloud, the fallback option – Nagasaki – bore the brunt . The “Fat Man” was almost twice as powerful as the “Little Boy”. It killed 74,000 people, injured, and in some cases exposed to radiation poison, tens of thousands more and wiped out one-third of the city.

A bitter irony is that Urakami was traditionally Nagasaki’s Christian stronghold. Even when the religion was banned, an underground movement here kept it alive. And when Christianity was officially allowed again, Urakami’s faithful built a giant cathedral. The bomb destroyed in three seconds what had taken three decades to construct.

It’s hard to imagine such carnage as I amble around this peaceful, modern neighbourhood. Sweet scents waft from florists and bakeries, and a group of smiling schoolchildren flock to explore the rebuilt cathedral.

As I continue my travels around Japan, I think back to Nagasaki. Kaz was right. The bomb is just one chapter in the city’s gripping story. And I reckon Bill may have been right, too. Nagasaki is the most beautiful city I see in Japan.

Three more things to do in Nagasaki

1 Boat trips Cruise liners dock at Nagasaki’s port, but you can also enjoy scenic boat tours around the harbour, with some vessels venturing out to Hashima. Nicknamed Gunkanjima (Battleship Island), it once claimed to be the most densely populated place on Earth, but was abandoned after the closure of its Mitsubishi coalmines in 1974. Hashima’s buildings have been ravaged by the elements, giving the island the haunted look of a wrecked battleship.

2 Shimabara A little more than an hour from Nagasaki by train, the castle town of Shimabara was formerly home to feudal lords and samurai warriors. Dotted with carp streams and folk exhibits, plus the longest reclining Buddha in Japan, the town sits on a peninsula in the shadow of Mount Unzen. This active volcano has spawned sulphur pits, steam vents and natural springs, including some enticing onsen (bathing spots). A high-tech museum pays tribute to those who perished in mud slides and lava flows following an eruption in 1991.

3 Going Dutch Labelled “a virtual Holland”, Huis Ten Bosch (House in the Forest) is a theme park named after a residence of the Dutch royal family. A 75-minute rail trip from Nagasaki, it has picturesque canals, windmills, tulip gardens, van Gogh exhibitions and Dutch architecture. Hotel Amsterdam is one of several European-style hotels inside this quirky attraction, english.huistenbosch.co.jp.

Trip notes

Getting there

Japan Airlines flies from Sydney to Nagasaki via Kansai or Tokyo, au.jal南京夜网.

Staying there

Doubles at Akari hostel and guesthouse are priced from ¥5900 ($73), nagasaki-hostel南京夜网. The Portuguese-flavoured Hotel Monterey Nagasaki has advance web deals from ¥8050, www.hotelmonterey.co.jp.

See + Do

Free guided walking tours by locals, such as Kaz, take place daily at 11am from Akari.

More information

www.at-nagasaki.jp

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Sky rider … a Red Bull X-Fighter stunt competitor in action.WITH a flurry of flip vaults, flairs and 360s, New Zealander Levi Sherwood won the final leg of the Red Bull X-Fighters series yesterday to claim the International Freestyle Motocross championship.
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The 20-year-old defeated Frenchman Thomas Pages in a thrilling final in which each rider had two minutes to hurl themselves over imposing dirt ramps and fling their bodies about like rag dolls while keeping control of the bikes that flung them up to 15 metres in the air over Cockatoo Island.

”It’s a big relief for me,” Sherwood said. ”It’s been a long time coming. I put a lot of pressure on myself.

”I knew I had to give it everything. Thomas really brought the heat today. He came back from his bad qualifying run and took it all the way to the final. He made me work for it.”

You know guys are tough – or maybe they’re crazy – when they’re introduced with ”Back from a broken neck!”, as last year’s Sydney winner Josh Sheehan was. This is a sport where a common move is to put your feet on the handlebars of the bike while soaring through the air across 30 metres or more.

Of course, there’s not always a happy ending. And when Pages bit the dirt early in his final ride, it seemed a painful fate had ended his tilt. Nevertheless, the 27-year-old got back on his bike – only to fall even more heavily in the dying seconds of his section. He got up again. But it took a little while.

That left Sherwood needing little more than a clean ride to snare the title, which he provided – and still put on a show. The Kiwi ended up winning in all five categories: variety, execution, style, course and energy.

”It makes it a little bit easier,” Sherwood said of his opponent’s falls. ”But I still had to go out there and do two minutes. So I couldn’t celebrate yet.”

The event was the climax of a six-stop series, which took in the UAE, the US, Turkey, Spain and Germany, though the event in Turkey was cancelled because of poor weather.

Thankfully, the weather played ball yesterday, ensuring the track was dry enough and the wind placid enough for the 12 riders to do their thing. And they did it on 6500 tonnes of dirt moulded into five ramps, two ”super kickers”, a 35-metre mega-ramp and a dirt quarter pipe.

The riders performed all sorts of manoeuvres, with all sorts of inventive names, such as front and back flips, 100-footers, flairs, lazy boys and one-handed strippers.

While the competitors risked their welfare, the crowd of skater-chic 18 to 35s enjoyed a dreamy setting, with the Sydney Harbour Bridge providing the backdrop. The event was widely broadcast but what the television cameras couldn’t pick up was the pungent smell exuded by the machines, a mixture of motor fumes, burning engine parts and melting rubber. Not that anyone was complaining.

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New Hawks are coach’s top priority

June 19th, 2018 / / categories: 南京夜网 /

Eager to make an impact … the Hawks’ Adris Deleon finds a gap after coming off the bench.WHILE it was impossible not to notice the vintage performances of veteran Glen Saville in the Hawks’ 79-76 win over the Kings on Friday night, Wollongong’s Gordie McLeod was more concerned with the contribution of his two off-season signings – Lance Hurdle and Adris Deleon.
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”They [Hurdle and Deleon] were good, obviously they are going to be better once they’ve spent more time getting to know their teammates, but they contributed well and we could see glimpses of what they will offer us this season,” the former NBL coach of the year said. ”It was very encouraging what we did on the court against the Kings.

”The pleasing thing was not only that Sav’s played well but that we had good contributions from other parts of the team. We had five players in double figures, which bodes well for the rest of the season. In this league you’ve got to have multiple players having an effect on the game, otherwise you’ll struggle.”

While Saville’s 21 points, 10 of which came in the third quarter, undoubtedly gave the Hawks the edge against the Kings, Hurdle contributed 10 points, Deleon 12, and Larry Davidson and Oscar Forman notched 10 and 13 respectively.

”It was a real spread of points, it was good to have an impact from the bench,” McLeod said.

McLeod opted to start with Deleon on the bench, while Rhys Martin started for the Hawks in front of a 4323-strong crowd at WIN Entertainment Centre.

When Martin got into foul trouble in the third quarter, Deleon was at hand, eager to make his mark.

Asked whether Deleon would regularly start from the bench, McLeod was clear that every position was up for grabs. ”No, we make decisions relating to starting combinations on a week-to-week basis, based on training and on our opposition.

”Our rebounding was disappointing, it was an area that we’d made some improvement on in the pre-season and, for whatever reason, it was a weakness for us on Friday.”

Also worrying was the Kings shooting percentage throughout the match, an indication that the Hawks defence was pressing effectively for all four quarters.

”The Kings shot at over 50 per cent, we obviously we didn’t do a good job of finding ways to disrupt them to give ourselves a chance to change the tempo of the game,” McLeod said.

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Tamworth trainer Leon Davies will be out to win his third successive Coonamble Cup (1600m) when Clever Hans lines up in the $40,000 race today. Davies won in 2010 with Prussian Secret and Altonio last year. Clever Hans, formerly trained by Rado Boljun in Canberra, has been a model of consistency since joining Davies this preparation. The six-year-old gelding was a last-start third to Southern Shimmer and Double Halo in the Dubbo Cup and has also been runner-up in the Moree, Coffs Harbour and South Grafton cups. “He deserves a change of luck,” Davies said. “He’s just found one better lately but he’s very honest and tries his heart out every time he goes around. Everyone in the stable loves him.” Davies trialled Clever Hans on his home track last month, where he won easily. To freshen the gelding’s mind and keep him sharp for today, Davies sent him over jumps this week. He named the Mark Mason-trained Emotional Outburst as the horse to beat. Davies has a good chance of taking the other feature on the day, the $20,000 Baradine Cup (1300m) with Twin Zero, formerly with Luke Griffith.
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PHILLIPS ON A ROLL

Amateur jockey Tim Phillips has been on a hot streak, riding 12 winners from his past 16 mounts. Based at Batemans Bay, he continued his spree with three winners at the Mungery picnic meeting last Saturday. Included in his treble were the $3000 Mungery Cup on board Platinum Touch for Nyngan trainer Rodney Robb. Platinum Touch started at $3.50 and beat the favourite, Poker Pro, and Soswari. It was the gelding’s second picnic cup win after taking the Collarenebri Cup on September 15.

GOLDEN OLDIE

Gold Sultan, a 10-year-old trained by Mark Milton at Gulgong, showed he still retains a zest for racing by winning at Orange on Monday. It was a fitting reward for Gold Sultan after being nosed out three times this campaign, including a second in the Narromine Cup. The gelding was ridden by Nigel Seymour, 36, making yet another comeback to the saddle. Seymour has loads of ability but for varying reasons his commitment to racing has waned on previous occasions.

KELLY CALLS IT QUITS

Clarence River Jockey Club (Grafton) starter Rex Kelly will retire on October 30 to move to the Gold Coast and work with his trainer son, David. The 67-year-old has been with the CRJC for 15 years. Kelly, born in Tenterfield, was a top-flight rider during his days in the saddle, winning 1190 races, in the Northern Rivers, Sydney, Hunter Valley and Queensland. “I just decided it’s time to move up with David and give him a hand before I’m too old,” Kelly said. “All our grandkids are on the Gold Coast as well. I’ve enjoyed my time with the CRJC.”

CUPS GALORE

Important meetings coming up include the $6000 Verandah Town Cup at Lockhart and $6500 Gulargambone Cup next Saturday, and the $15,000 Lennox Head Cup (Ballina) and $40,000 Queanbeyan Cup, $25,000 Thunderbolt and $20,000 Golden Bullet on Sunday.

TAB meetings: Today – Coonamble. Monday – Leeton, Cessnock. Tuesday – Grafton. Friday – Coffs Harbour, Canberra. Saturday – Albury.

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SYDNEY last night hoped their reputation for getting deals done would allow them to secure Kurt Tippett and prompt Adelaide to honour an understanding to deal the star forward to his club of choice.
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Still basking in their premiership joy, the Swans edged Gold Coast and Brisbane to be Tippett’s preferred new home with a four-year contract industry sources estimate to be worth about $3.2 million. This is conditional on the Swans and Crows negotiating a trade, beginning tomorrow.

Tippett’s management confirmed an intriguing clause exists in the 104-game forward’s contract allowing him to get to the new club of his choice in a trade. When asked about the reported clause in Tippett’s last contract, that he could be traded to the club of his choice for a second-round draft pick, Peter Blucher of Velocity Sports said: ”There is an understanding between the parties, they would help get him to the club of his choice.”

But he added it was also recognised that arrangements had to be ”commercial” in the deal with the Crows. Adelaide, who were desperate to retain the 25-year-old three years ago, are understood to have agreed to a deal where it would receive a second- and possible third-round draft pick for Tippett.

There are suggestions the Crows would only follow through on this deal if Tippett returned home to a Queensland-based club. Industry speculation is that, whatever the arrangement or understanding between Tippett and the Crows, a deal would be done that involved Sydney’s first pick, No. 22, and a player, going to the Crows. Blucher urged the Crows to not be too demanding, as Tippett could yet ”walk” to the Suns in the pre-season draft.

Swans chief executive Andrew Ireland told The Sun-Herald that the deal between Tippett and the Crows was an understanding and was not contractually binding.

”We are certainly not aware of anything in his contract,” Ireland said. ”What we are conscious of [is that] apparently the club, when he re-signed, and he could have gone to the Gold Coast, at the end of that period … if he wanted to change they would look favourably upon it.

”His management, Kurt and his father are confident the commitment was given to wherever he wanted to go. All I can say is we have a reputation, when we traded for players in the past, for not being silly and to get the deal done.”

Greater Western Sydney and the Swans have a cost-of-living allowance that helps to retain players and ease living expenses, which traditionally have been higher in the Harbour City. This allowance equates to 9.8 per cent of total player payments, which this season meant an additional $862,000.

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WITH the dust settling from the Sydney Kings’ fighting three-point loss at Wollongong in the season opener on Friday night, co-captain James Harvey issued a warning to the rest of the NBL yesterday: ”Don’t sleep on us”.
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The Kings have been written off by some but Harvey is having none of it, declaring the 79-76 loss in front of a hostile crowd a big disappointment but proof the Kings are in the game. ”Don’t sleep on us,” the hard-edged former Gold Coast player said. ”We’ve put a lot of hard work in and we’ve got a coach [Shane Heal] who, apart from being one of the greatest Australian players ever, is one of the most competitive people I’ve ever been around. There’s just no way he’ll allow his team to not be competitive.

”This league is so close, there will be a handful of games between top and bottom. If we’re in that position again, we’ll take care of business.”

They might well have beaten the Hawks but for two factors, foul trouble early for Harvey and Ben Madgen, and a fourth-quarter cramp that put import Corin Henry out of action for a few crucial minutes. Harvey said having himself and Madgen out in the middle stretch cost the other players energy and wasn’t a fair indication of the team’s steam. ”When you’re only able to run six or seven deep in the middle stretch of the game due to foul trouble, it makes it really difficult,” he said. ”In normal circumstances I think we’re one of the fittest teams in the competition.”

They proved that, coming back from a dodgy third quarter and a 70-58 deficit with seven minutes left to nearly steal the victory. ”We went into the game with an expectation we were going to win,” Harvey said. ”So, to drop a close one, which most people said was a pretty tough-fought game, is pretty disappointing.”

Among the positive signs was the form of the imports. Darnell Lazare nailed 21 points on 10 of 14 shooting from the field and Henry netted 15 points, with six rebounds and four assists. ”Both had some pre-game jitters, being their first appearance in Australia,” Harvey said. ”But they performed very well.”

The Kings take on another great rival this Friday, the Melbourne Tigers, in Sydney. ”I’m a first-year Kings player and the first two games are the two greatest rivalries for the club, Wollongong and Melbourne,” Harvey said.

”Hopefully we can pack the Kingdome and get our first win on the board. Hammer’s our coach, Chris Anstey’s their coach, so there’s a lot of history just among the coaches.”

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AS A wicketkeeper, Brad Haddin’s craft relies upon sleight of hand, the ruthlessness to strike like a cobra when a batsman least expects it and a mental toughness to remain focused when others might have dozed off, so it’s surprising to learn he freely passed on the tricks of a tough old trade to a player threatening his place in the national side.
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Haddin, 34, was well aware he had several rivals – his younger NSW teammate Peter Nevill included – breathing down his neck to assume his mantle as Australia’s keeper. However, rather than dig moats around his patch, he was happy to share tips to help his rival fulfil his potential. ”It’s easy for me to give advice and to help any cricketer,” Haddin said. ”If I can help someone be a better cricketer whether they’re going for my spot or not, life goes on … I’m happy to pass on any information to help them because it can only help Australian cricket and NSW.”

By his admission, Haddin was dropped – not rested – from the Australian team during last summer’s one-day tournament.

”The bottom line is [that] the easiest way to get selected for the team is actually to take the decision out of the hands of the selectors and perform,” he said. ”I’ve always thought about making sure I’m prepared the best I possibly can be and the selection part is the easy part. If you are are performing you will get picked and if you are not up to scratch, you won’t.”

Haddin said it was also easy to help ”Nev” improve because he possessed an unmistakable hunger. ”He’s getting better every year and his desire to learn impresses me,” Haddin said. ”He wants to learn, he wants to get better and I like that because I believe every time you turn up to training you have to want to get better. If you look at someone like Ricky Ponting, it’s inspiring to see that despite all he’s achieved he turns up to training with the aim to be a better cricketer. And I see that in Nev, he’s getting better and better every year.”

Nevill, 26, said as a young cricketer he read many books by the game’s best players to gain insights. He said he gained a complete education since he left Victoria in 2008 and linked up with Haddin as his understudy at NSW and as a teammate at Eastern Suburbs.

”Brad has a wealth of knowledge and a good eye when it comes to wicketkeeping technique and wicketkeeping coaching,” he said. ”We’ve done a lot of our work together during the pre-season and that has been a real plus for me.”

Nevill, who was sent to the West Indies as Australia’s reserve keeper to Matt Wade when Haddin was forced to return to Sydney because of his daughter Mia’s battle with cancer, said his mentor had also taught him a tough hide was as crucial in their profession as soft hands.

”Brad is very resilient,” Nevill said. ”He’s quite confident and headstrong and has a confidence in his own ability. He’s been a role model around the group in terms of his mental toughness and the way in which he prepares. What I’ve learned from Brad and from watching the guys on the West Indies tour was how much work they have done to get there.”

While Nevill finished last season as the Blues’ leading run-scorer with an average of 67, Haddin said after scoring a superb century against Tasmania last week that it was important for anyone in his position to realise keeping was the foundation to their game. ”As much as it was good to get the runs, my number one job is to be a wicketkeeper and I couldn’t be happier with where that’s at.”

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Bookshop

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THE ONE HUNDRED YEAR OLD MAN WHO CLIMBED OUT THE WINDOW AND DISAPPEAREDJonas Jonasson, Allen&Unwin, $29.99
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From Sweden comes this part road trip, part romp through the history of the 20th century. Allan is irreverent, sardonic. Upon his escape from an aged-care home, he robs a criminal gang. And so begins a chase. Not laugh-out-loud, as the blurb claims, but wryly diverting.

LIKE A HOUSE ON FIRECate Kennedy, Scribe, $27.95

Few Australian short-story writers have international reputations. Kennedy is an exception. Although she ventures into poetry, travel and the novel (all with success), the short form is her showcase. In her work, the tradition of Australian realism continues. The domestic is the main battlefield: illness, childbirth, violence. Slices of life like slices of cake, warmly and acutely observed.

ZOMBIE TITS, ASTRONAUT FISH AND OTHER WEIRD ANIMALSBecky Crew, NewSouth, $24.99

Blogger and science writer Crew leads a tour of some spectacular oddities. It all makes science accessible to the general reader. She alternates between straight non-fiction and comic, anthropomorphic sallies – something that, depending on your taste, either endears or irritates.

BOOK THAT CHANGED ME: Joanne Harris

GORMENGHASTMervyn Peake

A true original, by one of the 20th century’s most underappreciated voices. Peake matures well; as I age, I’m discovering new things about his work and what it shows me about myself.

Joanne Harris is a British author whose best-known work is Chocolat. Her latest books are Peaches for Monsieur le Cure – the third Chocolat book – and A Cat, a Hat and a Piece of String (Doubleday, $32.95).

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Berry grabs the Fat chance

June 19th, 2018 / / categories: 南京夜网 /

TOMMY BERRY might have got his first group 1 on Epaulette in the Golden Rose but there is no doubt his victory on Fat Al for Gai Waterhouse in yesterday’s Epsom surpassed his $1 million triumph.
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Often racing is not about money but opportunity; that was the case for Berry, who was picked up by Waterhouse as her No.2 rider about 20 months ago.

”That’s unreal,” Berry enthused. ”To win one for Gai after everything she has done for me is fantastic.

”You always remember your first [group 1] but that was better.”

Waterhouse said Berry had given Fat Al a ”perfect” ride as he went to the front and controlled the Randwick mile to draw her equal with her father Tommy Smith on seven Epsom wins. ”Tommy has cottoned on to how we do things very quickly and that was an example of it,” Waterhouse said. ”He is a wonderful young man and deserves that.”

Fat Al, which was beaten as $1.30 in the Shannon Stakes last week, jumped straight to the front and Berry was able to dictate the speed to suit him. It was back to the regular tactics after he took a sit seven days earlier.

”There was huge wind last week and he just buffered all the way and it didn’t help at all,” Waterhouse said. ”He was able to front and get his rhythm out there and Tommy rated him perfectly.”

There was no pressure on Fat Al to lead, with Rolling Pin happy to take a trail. When he loomed up to challenge in the straight, Berry found another gear and then had to hold off a late charge from Ambidexter, which had beaten him in the Theo Marks last month.

Kerrin McEvoy thought he had got the better of Fat Al in the final 100m. ”He just pulled up when he got to the front and stopped,” he said.

Berry got more out of Fat Al and he had a head margin on the post from Ambidexter, with Rolling Pin holding on for third, just in front of Lightinthenite.

”I have to say I was surprised with how easy I got it in the middle stages,” Berry said. ”Everyone was querying the run last week but Gai had trained him to the minute for this race and he was always going to be very hard to get past.”

It put right what had been a bad day for Waterhouse, who had seen Proisir and Urban Groove beaten as favourite in the Spring Champion and Flight Stakes.

The middle stages took the swoopers out of the race, and both John O’Shea and Grahame Begg, who trained fourth Lightinthenite and fifth Secret Admirer respectively, lamented the speed.

”They just didn’t go hard enough,” O’Shea said. ”He tried hard but the leaders went too easy … just look where the horses that finished in front of him were in the run.”

Begg added about last winner Secret Admirer: ”She was able to get into the race because they went too slow.”

Gwenda Markwell said Rolling Pin could be freshened up and taken to Melbourne for a race like the Salinger on Derby Day.

”He is going great and tried very hard,” Markwell said. ”I would love to take him to Melbourne and get in one of those sprints down the straight.”

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