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Police tell of the devastating personal impact of ice

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Spread of ice can’t be contained by same old drug-law enforcementThe ice age: 12-year-olds are slaves to the drug but school counselling service is to be axedTeens speak out about their drug addiction
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As the state’s drug squad commander, it causes him sleepless nights. As a father, it breaks his heart.

Detective Superintendent Tony Cooke has witnessed first-hand the devastating impact ice is having on today’s younger generation. It frustrates him that so many teenagers downplay its risks, even over a short period of use.

“Kids who should be getting ready for some of their brightest, most enjoyable years are getting hooked on Ice, and it is controlling them. They find themselves in drug squats, in psychiatric wards and in detention centres, when they should be at school, work or university.

He added: “Young people need to understand that Ice not only destroys your physical appearance, your brain, your relationships and your bank account. It destroys your dreams.

One of the main strategies in the fight against ice is halting the availability of pre-cursor chemicals used to manufacture it, according to State Crime Commander, Assistant Commissioner Mark Jenkins.

“The unique challenge with combating the supply of Ice and other amphetamine-type-substances is that we are fighting the war on many fronts. Unlike heroin and cocaine, which are not produced in Australia, Ice is both imported and manufactured locally.

“Keeping track of pre-cursor chemicals, many of which are imported legally, is one of our major priorities. Considering these chemicals are sold across the nation, and are easily transported from state to state, we’re working closely with other jurisdictions and government agencies to combat this issue.”

The original release of this article first appeared on the website of Wuxi Plastic Surgery Hospital.

French cafe Bitton Gourmet the full package, accent included

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Bitton Cafe & Bistro, Alexandria, Sydney.WHOPerry Keyes, singer-songwriter from Waterloo
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WHEREBitton Gourmet, Erskineville

WHY”It’s a French cafe. I like to go there of a night because I never really knew much about French food and French people, so it’s a little pocket of exotica. I’m the last guy to go to a French restaurant. I’m not really a guy who goes out for dinner that much, I’m more of a daytime guy. I live in Waterloo and we never had many French restaurants in that part of town, so these things came late to me in life. I’ve got a friend who took me there.

I like the food, it’s a pretty informal environment – very open – the staff are lovely, they’re French and you can sit inside or outside.

In Bitton you still see a bit of the clash of the area – a blend of housing commission and new arrivals in the area. I love being able to look at the people that walk past.”

WHAT”It’s basically the beef-eye steak for me: it’s got a Bearnaise sauce, I have that with salad and I guess I’m supposed to say pommes frites, but they’re chips. In a way – and they’re not going to like me saying this – I have an upgraded counter meal.

They have this great bread-and-butter pudding and really good wine.

I’m not a wine head so I tend to follow my mates’ recommendations.

I’m just glad this wasn’t 10 years ago or I’d be recommending the Rusty Shovel at Kensington RSL!

I’m a single man living alone, so my stuff is pretty straight up. I can do a curry, a lamb korma, and pasta – it’s pretty basic. I only have to please myself, so you take a lot of shortcuts.”

ABOUT”I have a new album, Funnyholt, coming out in January. I’ll be doing a show at Sydney Festival on January 18 in the Aurora tent, with a capacity of 600 – it’s the main tent. They said they’d put us in the big tent so that’s how I describe it to people.

It involves more theatrical elements with film and audio and an expanded band, nine piece with strings. We’re taking this theatrical show hopefully around Australia. We’d be looking at doing that from closer to the middle of the year.”

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Three stars out of five

5 Superbe

4 Delicieuse

3 Bloody good

2 Comme ci, comme ca

1 Non, merci

I had the dubious pleasure of trying Qantas’ new economy-class offerings last week: an assortment of plastic trays filled with variously frazzled and tasty pieces of meat and fish. It was a strange experience and one that drummed home how heavily airlines are forced to rely on pre-packaged food. Serving 2 million meals at 30,000 feet is an undeniable logistical challenge, no doubt, but there is another thing about it that is equally undeniable when it comes to longhaul cattle-class dining: it propels normal, sea-level cooking with fresh ingredients into pure luxury status. A simple tomato salad or proper French fry is classy after messing around with plastic peel lids and stamp-sized slices of cheese for 13 hours.

That isn’t to say Bitton Gourmet was made better because it followed aeroplane food. Not at all. The French stalwart is simply a classy bolthole unto itself, a business-forward establishment with its heart firmly lodged in Paris and its brains in its cleverly engineered and long-standing inner west restaurant-cum-cafe-cum-shop.

Our picker this week, Perry Keyes, mused at how unlikely he is as a restaurant recommender, but I beg to differ. Bitton is a family place, a couples’ place, a celebration place, a place to have a simple coffee. It’s reliable and smart, inexpensive and not pedestrian. It looks out onto trees and grass and feels neighbourhoodly, European and unpretentious – good traits that Erskineville has a habit of bringing out among its local businesses.

So, a la Keyes, we have to have the $29 steak frites – an eye fillet with pepper sauce and chips – and then add French favourites foie gras, melon salad, steak tartare, yet more frites and tarte tatin to our order.

Foie gras is a rare, if fraught, cameo on menus here, and is treated as such, with just a small amount filing ravioli with mushrooms, sitting in a clear consomme. I’m all for its delicate treatment.

My southern French-themed melon and jamon is turned into a salad, with glistening pieces of wine jelly and balsamic vinegar. Our raw steak is a little tame, with not enough punch and acid for me. The lean menu is dotted with products in bold print – they’re available to buy from restaurateur David Bitton’s in-house store. As are gift cards. As is his food consultancy expertise. And, never one to miss a trick, Bitton has a 1300 phone number that ends, bien sur, in BITTON.

Children have more than a look in, with a blackboard paint-daubed room to chalk all over and mess about in, and in the early hours are surrounded by their own, eating bowls of penne and sweet pancakes.

On the main menu, alongside the steak, a chicken ballotine with mushroom ragut and kale is caramelly and nutty, autumnal even, and a bowl of gnocchi with asparagus and spinach is a handsome dish, with its vivid green, fried gnocchi – which have a pancakey, but not at all unlikeable, character – and curling parmesan.

But back to the steak. It’s a big, podgy, pillowy cut of a thing, pink in all the right parts and not fatty nor overfed-tasting. Pepper sauce, frites and dijony vinaigrette are an unbreakable union alongside the meat. Who can go wrong with that combination?

Last but not least, a special mention to the staff. I know, I know, a French accent just seems to rule the roost when it comes to service (and who cannot love a complementary mini ramekin of creme brulee towards the evening’s close?). But the waiters were so charming, charismatic and good fun that they’ll doubtless have me going back for an encore.

The original release of this article first appeared on the website of Wuxi Plastic Surgery Hospital.

Wychwood: one of the world’s most magical gardens in Tasmania

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Spectacular: From Wychwood by Karen Hall and Peter Cooper. Photo: Peter Cooper Review: Wychwood by Karen Hall and Peter Cooper
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Spectacular: From Wychwood by Karen Hall and Peter Cooper. Photo: Peter Cooper

Spectacular: From Wychwood by Karen Hall and Peter Cooper. Photo: Peter Cooper

Review: Wychwood by Karen Hall and Peter Cooper

Spectacular: From Wychwood by Karen Hall and Peter Cooper. Photo: Peter Cooper

Review: Wychwood by Karen Hall and Peter Cooper


Karen Hall & Peter Cooper

Murdoch Books, $59.99


Many of us have probably driven past a common-or-garden paddock anywhere in Australia and given it no more than a glance. Understandable, of course. A paddock is a paddock: grass, maybe a bush shrub or two, cattle or sheep grazing and all surrounded by a post-and-wire fence.

Wychwood, created by Karen Hall and Peter Cooper and situated at Mole Creek in the Meander Valley at the foot of the Great Western Tiers in northern Tasmania, was born out of just such a paddock. This book, written by Hall and superbly illustrated with many beautiful photographs by Cooper, is the story of its creation.

It began in 1991, when Hall and Cooper left Queensland as a couple for temperate Tasmania, deciding the Apple Isle was the place to go. Ultimately, they bought a small holding of a little more than one hectare (2-1/2 acres) of lush grass with a house at Mole Creek. “There were remnants of an apple orchard,” Hall recalls, “and at the furthest boundary ran Mole Creek itself, full of brown trout and platypus …”

Gradually, as time and money permitted, Wychwood was developed into its current form. “Magical may be an overworked word but it perfectly describes Wychwood, a garden that is a work of art,” says the foreword by former Fairfax writer Leo Schofield, who for some years lived in Tasmania. He notes the garden’s “inspired planning, the seductive gentleness of its contours” and the “subtleties of materials and colour”, its grand scale making it an “expansive and surprising place”.

For those of us who have yet to visit the garden, Wychwood the book must suffice, and so it does – magnificently.

Guiding the reader around the garden is a well-illustrated map with numbered references, showing, among much more, a soft-fruit garden, propagation area, nursery, heritage apple, pear and plum orchard, birch copse, assorted maples, sycamores, a labyrinth and the creek. For visitors, there is a car park, shop and gallery and swings for children.

The seven-ring, unicursal turf labyrinth, the path of which totals about 250 metres, caught my eye. Its unicursal form, Hall explains, means the line creating the shape has no ending.

She points out that whereas mazes compel people to devise strategies to conquer the puzzle, labyrinths, thought to date from the Bronze Age, only offer one path, that “may be twisted and convoluted, but eventually the [person] is taken to the centre (the ‘goal’) and then out again”. After many years “our labyrinth is still the talking point of our garden”.

The book is divided into four parts, dealing with: life before Wychwood and getting to Mole Creek; the garden emerging, encompassing first steps, creating the its look and sharing Wychwood with others; plants and practicalities, covering the couples’ beloved plants, various trees, roses, climbers and such, and a section on seasonal gardening; and journey’s end, looking at the transformation from paddock to garden being complete.

Hall describes today’s Wychwood as an “almost oasis-like landscape, filled with countless species of plants and hidden spaces”, adding: “Wychwood has a settled feel to it now. It sits within this stunning valley as if it has always been here”.

Interpersed within the main text are lists of Wychwood’s apple varieties and plants; and pieces, for example, on the garden’s trees, roses, climbers, perennials and annuals. All this offers a feast of information. As does the book as a whole, with the added bonus of the photos, which show what a varied and “enchanted” place of nature has been created by two dedicated people.

The original release of this article first appeared on the website of Wuxi Plastic Surgery Hospital.

Are we spoiling our kids with travel?

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I’ll never forget the first time I went overseas.
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It was a month after the fall of the Berlin Wall in 1989.

I remember picking up priceless pieces of freedom, burying them in my backpack.

I remember feeling flushed with independence, as a young woman from a new country in an old land.

But mostly, I remember how proud I was to save up enough money, after three years working full time, for the airfares.

I first left these shores at the age of 23.

Our son had his first overseas trip when he was one year old; our daughter, six months.

My, how things have changed.

Expedia’s annual State of the Nation report reveals Australians are “taking off earlier and travelling farther and more frequently”.

“Kids today … are receiving their first passport on average at two-and-a-half years old,” according to the report.

This is in stark contrast to the average adult, who got their first passport at the age of 17.

More than half of the nation’s children (54 per cent) now own a passport.

Urban kids get them earlier than their country counterparts.

There are many factors feeding this trend.

One is the price of airfares, which has dropped by 20 per cent over the past three years, driven by low-cost carriers.

Another is the rise in use of mobile devices, making research and booking easier.

A third is globalisation: connectivity makes the world seem a whole lot smaller.

So, where are we all going?

For parents, beach holidays are still No. 1, especially if you’ve got a baby or toddler.

Outdoor holidays (think bush-bashing) are best when the kids are in primary school, while 60 per cent travel to a big city if they have high-schoolers.

Internationally, New Zealand is the preferred destination for parents of children under 12, while the United States and Canada tie for top spot among teens.

And, not surprisingly, parents are more likely than those without children to have an overnight stopover when travelling overseas, so they don’t scream and swear as much – er, I mean, so they can combat jetlag.

According to the survey, Hawaii is the place parents would most like to stop over (sorry, Singapore!).

The only problem now is how to keep kids grounded.

After all, how can they appreciate the simple things in life if they’re jet-setting around the world?

Sure, travel is the university of life, but they need to learn gratitude as well.

“We didn’t get to go overseas until we were adults!” I rant, repeatedly. “You kids don’t know how lucky you are.”

This segues into something about living in a shoebox in the middle of the road, from a Monty Python sketch.

“Yeah, mum, you’re old, get over it,” one of them inevitably replies.

So, our next trip is going to be an old-fashioned one: driving up the Pacific Highway in a motorhome.

Sure, it isn’t as glamorous as flying to the French Alps, but it might make the kids appreciate the kind of holidays we had growing up.

After all, there’s a first time for everything.

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The land of the hobbits

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Perfect ending: Twilight descends on the Mill House at Hobbiton, Perfect ending: Twilight descends on the Mill House at Hobbiton,
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Perfect ending: Twilight descends on the Mill House at Hobbiton,

Perfect ending: Twilight descends on the Mill House at Hobbiton,

Bad news: apparently it is raining heavily in Hobbiton. That never happens in The Hobbit or Lord of the Rings movies, where J.R.R. Tolkien’s “Shire” is always bathed in spectacular sunshine whenever Bilbo and Frodo set off on their adventures.

Reality, of course, always differs from fantasy. And we should have realised that those beautifully rolling hills and dales in Sir Peter Jackson’s film versions of the Shire can only be that impossibly lush shade of green because it rains often in the Land of the Long White Cloud.

It’s certainly chucking it down in Auckland when we set off on the two and a half hour drive south to Matamata, home now of the Hobbiton Movie Set.

The third and final movie in Jackson’s second Tolkien trilogy – The Hobbit: The Battle of The Five Armies –  premieres in London on December 1. It will hit cinemas in Australia on Boxing Day, traditionally the biggest day for movie ticket sales on our calendar.

We’re here  to visit the most important locations which have featured in the trilogy. It’s a kind of last Hobbit hurrah.

You’d be right in thinking there’s a sense of Tolkien fatigue in both New Zealand and Australia. After all, we’ve been living with the epic encounters of Gandalf, Sam, Gollum, Aragorn and the rest of the characters for 13 years, since 2001 when The Lord of the Rings: The Fellowship of the Ring was released to critical applause and a box office bonanza. There’s no doubt Jackson’s six Tolkien films have put New Zealand firmly on the map both as a centre of film excellence and a tourist destination. James Cameron will soon start shooting back-to-back instalments of his Avatar series in Wellington.

And this trip has been designed to show the international media – from Europe, Asia and the Americas – that even more than Sir Ian McKellen, Elijah Wood, Martin Freeman, Viggo Mortensen or Richard Armitage, the real star of these six Tolkien films has been the spectacularly unblemished New Zealand scenery.

Fortunately by the time we arrive at Hobbiton Movie Set around 11.30am, it has stopped raining. By the afternoon, the whole scene is looking as exquisite as it does in the films as Russell Alexander, Hobbiton’s general manager, explains how his family’s 1250 acre sheep and cattle farm in the Waikato region somehow became of one of New Zealand’s biggest tourist attractions.

“Dad and my brother bought this farm in 1968, and we run around 13,000 sheep and 300 beef cattle here,” he says. “And if you ask my father he’ll still say it’s still a working farm, first and foremost, with this little Hobbiton thing on the side.

“The Hobbiton Movie Set set only takes up one per cent of the farm, so we’re lucky. Before it became Hobbiton, it was just a rough little gully, a bit of a swamp really. Sheep used to get stuck in the swamp regularly.”

But on October 1, 1998, the Alexander family’s fortunes changed forever. Russell’s father, Ian, was sitting in front of the TV watching a rugby match between Waikato and Auckland. It was half time when his wife said there was a man called David Comer who wanted to speak to him.

“David said he was the location scout for Peter Jackson,” Ian, now 73, recalls. “He explained Peter had got the rights to film Lord of the Rings. I’d never heard of Peter Jackson. But I picked up the vibes from my wife who was standing behind David, and said that I’d read something about it in the local paper. That was an outright lie.”

The family patriarch gave the location scout permission to take as many photos of the farm as he wanted “as long as he remembered to close the gates so the sheep don’t get out” and got back to watching his rugby game (Waikato won).

Nothing happened for several weeks, but then Comer rang and said he wanted to bring several other members of the crew, including Jackson, down to the farm. According to legend, Jackson had originally planned to use several farms for different locations for The Shire. The Alexander farm was merely meant to be the location for Bilbo’s 111st birthday party under “The Party Tree” – a large and very strikingly shaped Stone Pine. But when the director saw the site, it perfectly matched his imagination of what Tolkien had described in the books. The other Shire locations were scrapped.

The Alexanders signed a contract with Jackson and the film company in March 1999. “The next day, the New Zealand army arrived to put in a service road,” says Russell. “Filming started here in September 1999.”

The original Hobbiton set for the Lord of the Rings trilogy was temporary, only built to last the three or four months it took to film The Shire scenes. It was made of polystyrene, plywood and sticky tape. On the last day of filming, most of the 39 Hobbit holes were pulled down.

The Alexander family were sworn to secrecy until the release of first movie. But in 2002 the movie makers gave them the go-ahead to start running tours. “Back then it was just the landscape, a few facades and a handful of Hobbit holes,” Russell says. “But in 2007 Peter made contact and said, ‘We’re going to make The Hobbit and we’d like to come back’.”

Jackson and the Alexander family formed a joint venture company to create a unique tourist attraction: Hobbiton Movie Set. The movie set was painstakingly recreated over two years, but this time built as a permanent film lot, supervised by Brian Massey, The Hobbit’s art director.

It opened to the public in January 2011. Visitor numbers have risen from 52,000 in that first  year to 230,000 in 2013, with more than 300,000 expected this year. Australians are easily the biggest visitors, followed by the British, Americans, Germans and New Zealanders.

Those who take the basic tour are on site for two hours, arriving and departing Hobbiton by coach from what used to be Russell’s farmhouse and is now The Shires Rest – a gift shop, restaurant and car park complex by the main road. Each Wednesday, there are special night tours, including a banquet in a marquee next to The Green Dragon inn. And then, of course, there are the weddings, birthday parties and corporate events with Hobbits as the central theme (and no brides or grooms have dressed as Hobbits so far).

Our tour guide, Dan, was only six and living in Matamata when Jackson began filming the first Lord of the Rings movie. “A small ad appeared in the local paper, but it didn’t say what was being filmed,” he tells us. “So only seven locals applied to be in the movie.”

The tour begins at Gandalf’s Cutting, where Gandalf rides into The Shire for the first time. There are gasps from our tour party when they see the full sweep of Hobbiton. There are now 44 Hobbit holes on the site, made out of brick, concrete and treated timber and deliberately “weathered” by the prop artists with chainsaws, vinegar and a yoghurt mixture which encourages moss.

Dan points out how different Hobbit holes are of varying sizes. Basically those that were film sets used by actors playing hobbits are built at 90 per cent of true scale,  while the ones used in scenes featuring Ian McKellen are just 60 per cent to scale so Gandalf looks much larger.

Around 900 Hobbits are meant to live here. We pass fake wells and fake beehives but real gardens growing squash, pumpkins, herbs, tomatoes, strawberries which are served to visitors at The Green Dragon.

“Look at those fruit trees,” says Dan. “In the book there is a line about the children sitting under plum trees. Peter Jackson felt real plum trees would be too large. But he pays such attention to detail, he had apple and pear trees planted instead. Before shooting the scene, the apples and pears were all stripped off and replaced with fake plums.

“That scene never even made it into the movie, though it is in the extended version.”

Soon, we’re at the Frog Pond. The frogs were too loud for the shoot, so Jackson paid someone to remove all the frogs, which were put in a different pond on the farm.

As we reach the heights of Bag End, Dan points out the tree above the site of Hobbiton’s most famous Hole, where Bilbo and Frodo live. It looks real, but it is a steel construction, with 200,000 fake leaves made in Taiwan, painstakingly sewn on.

At Baggins Hole, Dan explains how the scene where Gandalf and Bilbo smoke a pipe was shot using a split screen so Gandalf appears so much larger than Bilbo. He also points out that they could hardly have been watching the sunset, as they appear to in the film, since the Baggins Hole faces east. Instead Jackson filmed seven sunrises, had them reversed, and chose the best.

Remember that scene in the first Hobbit movie where Bilbo decides to follow Gandalf and the 13 dwarves after all, running through The Shire, shouting “I’m going on an adventure!”? Dan explains how that long run involved Martin Freeman actually being filmed running down two sides of the hill so it makes The Shire seem twice the size it is in reality.

We then head down to see Sam’s Hole and the Party Field under The Party Tree that attracted Jackson’s interest in the first place.

Our final stop, which involves a lovely stroll around the lake and past the watermill, is The Green Dragon, where we are offered Gandalf-sized refreshments.

For the movies, this was only ever a facade. As Dan explains, no interior shots in any of the Tolkien movies were shot here: that was all done at the movie studios in Wellington.

But once The Shire scenes were all safely in the can for The Hobbit trilogy (and it took only 12 days, compared to the three months it took to shoot the similar scenes in the previous trilogy), Brian Massey supervised the removal of part of a hill and the construction of the interior of The Green Dragon. Many visitors pose for photos by the firesides and in the comfy armchairs in the mistaken belief Martin Freeman and Elijah Wood filmed key scenes here.

Though many of the visitors on the day we toured were wearing Hobbit ears, oversized Hobbit feet or other props and costumes from the movies, there are no actors re-enacting scenes or even screens showing extracts from the films.

“We’re not allowed to,” Russell Alexander admits. “But I think it would be the ruination of Hobbiton if we went down that track. We’re not a theme park. The essence of this place is Kiwi understatement, catching people by surprise when they see the amount of detail in a Hobbit Hole.”

He recently visited The Wizarding World of Harry Potter at Universal Studios theme park at Orlando, Florida.

“I thought it was marvellous. That’s what Americans do really well. But no-one in New Zealand can compete with that. We want to concentrate on what is unique about this place  and that’s the fact it looks like the world Tolkien described.”

The writer was a guest of Tourism New Zealand and Air New Zealand. TRIP NOTESMORE INFORMATION

hobbitontours整形美容医院m. GETTING THERE

Air New Zealand fly daily from Sydney and Melbourne to Auckland with connecting flights to Rotorua. The airline also fly from Sydney to Rotorua on Mondays and Thursdays. Phone 13 24 76, or see www.airnewzealand整形美容医院m.au.

The drive from Auckland to Matamata takes 2 hours, 30 minutes. From Rotorua, it takes 45 minutes. Hobbiton Movie Set Tours also depart from Rotorua daily at 8.15am and 1.15pm. STAYING THERE

There is no accommodation at Hobbiton Movie Set (as yet). The closest city is Hamilton, about 30 minutes drive. AND DON’T MISS…QUEENSTOWN, SOUTH ISLAND

Several Middle-earth locations used in either the Lord of the Rings or Hobbit films are close to the picturesque town in the heart of the Southern Alps. They include The Remarkables range and 12 Mile Delta, location of Ithilien. Nomad Safaris offer personalised tours in Land Rover Defenders. See nomadsafaris整形美容医院.nz. WETA CAVE WORKSHOP, WELLINGTON

The Weta Cave Workshop Tour, in the heart of Miramar, Wellington, is a 45-minute guided tour which provides a behind the scenes glimpse into Weta Workshop, founded by Tania Rodgers and Richard Taylor in 1987. It gained international fame because of the work it did for Jackson’s Tolkien movies. See www.wetaworkshop整形美容医院m. TRAVEL TIPS FROM THE CAST SIR PETER JACKSON, Director

“Hobbiton is the one thing you shouldn’t miss in New Zealand. There is a lot of amazing scenery in New Zealand but for Lord of the Rings and Hobbit fans, it’s incredible to walk the lanes of Hobbiton. It is starting to feel authentic, has a wonderful vibe and it is a good slice of New Zealand farmland with lots of sheep and cows. “Wellington is home, and it is a city just the right size for me. I don’t like big cities and any smaller would get boring. It’s like a pocket-sized San Francisco. “I don’t have holidays, but when I was a kid my parents used to take me to Kaiteriteri Beach, near Nelson. It’s a beautiful place, and the last holiday I remember, about 40 years ago.” BRIAN MASSEY, Art director

“I love the drive to Milford Sound. Much as I admire Milford Sound itself, it is the journey over Homer Saddle to the Sound that I find even more impressive. The country is so big, so mountainous, so absolutely stunning.

“The other drive I really enjoy is along the east coast of the South Island. You get off the ferry from the North Island at Picton and drive down to Christchurch. Most tourists go down the west coast, which is lovely too. But the east coast isn’t as well known. There are lots of great Department of Conservation campsites which are pretty basic but in priceless positions.” JOHN CALLEN, Oin the dwarf

“Queenstown. Never has there been a mountain range better named than The Remarkables. There is so much to do, summer or winter.

“And I’d also recommend Auckland. As they biggest city in New Zealand, there are so many things to do. Fabulous restaurants. World class sailing. Kite surfing. Wonderful theatre. And great walks between the east and west coast beaches.”  STEPHEN HUNTER, Bombur the dwarf

“I’d recommend the Coromandel Peninsula on the western side of the Bay of Plenty. My parents lived there and it is steep, hilly and largely covered in rain forest.

“Or head up from Auckland to the Bay of Islands, which is really beautiful and a great place to see whales and dolphins.” MARK HADLOW, Dori the dwarf

“My favourite drive is leaving Queenstown and heading up the west coast of the South Island towards Greymouth and up to Nelson. It is one of most brilliant drives you’ll ever experience.

“I also love Hawkes Bay. We didn’t film any of the Hobbit there, but the wineries alone are worth the visit. My favourite is Sacred Hill.

“And as a golfer with an 11 handicap, I love playing at Arrowtown Golf Club, just a few minutes out of Queenstown. Superb views from every fairway.” JED BROPHY, Nori the dwarf

“Lake Tekapo, about three hours drive south west of Christchurch, would be on my list. We shot some of the scenes in the Rings trilogy there. And I’d recommend Paradise, just out of Queenstown, because there is so much adventure tourism there – bungy jumping, white water rafting, jet boating and amazing scenery. But it is a great standalone tourist attraction with great restaurants, great nightlife and great people.”

The original release of this article first appeared on the website of Wuxi Plastic Surgery Hospital.

Famous Flyer: Lisa Wilkinson

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Lisa Wilkinson Photo: Jacky Ghossein Lisa Wilkinson, Peter Fitzsimons
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Lisa Wilkinson Photo: Jacky Ghossein

Lisa Wilkinson, Peter Fitzsimons

Lisa Wilkinson Photo: Jacky Ghossein

Lisa Wilkinson, Peter Fitzsimons


A trip to Antarctica with our kids a few years back when my husband (author Peter FitzSimons) was writing his biography of Sir Douglas Mawson. From the sheer, rugged beauty of the landscape, to the wildlife, to seeing our first iceberg, the whole trip just blew us all away.  We even got to go inside Mawson’s Hut, which has literally been frozen in time … everything still sitting there in position as if he’d only ventured out yesterday.    AND THE BEST HOTEL YOU’VE STAYED IN?

Le Bristol in Paris. The rooms are exquisite, the gardens superb, the restaurant overlooking the courtyard sublime, and there’s even an enclosed rooftop pool that looks out to Sacre Coeur. I promise you, you’ll never want to leave.  WHAT DO YOU ALWAYS TAKE WITH YOU? 


Antarctica aside, warm weather usually sets me up for a great time.   WHAT’S YOUR BEST PIECE OF TRAVEL ADVICE?

My life motto is: Laugh often, travel lots, read more, be humble, give back, and ENJOY!   AND YOUR WORST EXPERIENCE ON HOLIDAY?

A weekend camping holiday on Fraser Island in Queensland back in my single days. The guy I went with was just a friend … but once we arrived he wouldn’t get the message that I was not interested in him romantically.  Awkward when you are sharing a two-man tent. I spent each night with a frying pan under the pillow, ready to strike!   WHAT IS THE BIGGEST PACKING MISTAKE YOU’VE MADE?

I do it all the time: I over-pack.   WHERE DO YOU WANT TO GO NEXT?

I’ve recently started discovering the Northern Territory, so it is a toss-up between taking the beautiful Ghan train trip from the Alice to Darwin, heading to stunning Kakadu, or spending a few nights where Kate and Wills did, at Longitude 131 at Uluru. I was lucky enough to meet them and they both raved about the place.

Lisa Wilkinson co-hosts Channel 9’s Today Show

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Dartboard shoots ahead while others crash and burn

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Alexium piled on another $5000 to the dartboard’s portfolio as everybody else, along with the market, went backwards.
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In the first three weeks of this round of the shares race, share values have fallen by 2.8 per cent overall.

Only the top three racers are beating the market, which has given up all its gains this year as commodity prices, especially that of iron ore, continue to slide.

These are being squeezed on two fronts: the strengthening US dollar in which they’re valued and slowing growth in China, Japan and Europe.

The big shock is Japan, the third-biggest economy, falling into recession in the September quarter.

Little wonder mining stocks are being pummeled.

But the banks aren’t faring much better. The Murray banking inquiry, due to report any day, is hanging over them like the sword of Damocles with the threat of their having to carry more capital, which would mean less for lending out.

On top of that the Senate has thrown out the government’s watered-down version of the future of financial-advice reforms known as FOFA, which will make life tougher for the banks’ lucrative wealth-management arms.

But at least there was some comfort in the fact that the minutes of its last meeting showed the Reserve Bank is becoming somewhat more relaxed about rising property prices, so the mooted regulatory clampdown on loans to investors may be all talk.

This will be a testing week for our racers. On Wednesday morning our time the US releases a swag of statistics including GDP growth in the September quarter, home prices and consumer confidence.

After those they may give thanks to the Thanksgiving holiday in the US, meaning no Wall St lead on Friday.

David Potts

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The Tripologist: Travel advice and tips

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Sardinia is indeed stunning, and it fits all your requirements for food, beaches and the sun-drenched Mediterranean lifestyle. From Toulouse it’s a 3½ hour flight with Alitalia to Cagliari Airport. Using Hipmunk (Hipmunk整形美容医院m) I’m getting a price of $278 for the return journey, which is just a couple of dollars more than the one-way ticket, and therefore it makes sense even if you’re heading back to Paris. For your daughter, the closest hub is Milan, from where there are several daily flights to Cagliari at a starting price of $121 for the return journey, and again just slightly more than the one-way ticket price. Singapore Airlines (singaporeair整形美容医院m) has one-stop flights from Sydney to Milan, and so does Emirates (emirates整形美容医院m).

Since it looks like you’ll have two-three weeks in hand, another option is Sicily, which has all that Sardinia offers plus live volcanoes, a rich archaeological heritage, classical temples that date back to ancient Greek days and a treasury of splendid baroque cities that practically nobody has ever heard of. If you were to choose Sicily you could even include the Aeolian Islands in your itinerary, and islands such as Lipari and Stromboli are wonderful beyond words.



The Metropolis of Tokyo offers English-language city walking tours, and these could be perfect for you. Tours operate weekdays and the tour desk is located on the first floor of the Tokyo Metropolitan Government Building No.1, 2-8-1 Nishi-shinjuku, Shinjuku-ku. There are 10 tours to choose from, maximum group size is  five, and they’re either free or at nominal cost. You need to register online for the tours and the easiest way to find the website is to Google “go Tokyo walking tour”.

Tsukiji Fish Market operates its own guided tours (tsukijitour整形美容医院m), which start from the Tsukiji KY Building at the intersection of Harumi Street and Shin-Ohashi Street just opposite the market, and a five -minute walk from Tsukiji Shijo station on the Toei Oedo Line, which is close to your hotel – take Exit A1 when you leave the station.

Tokyo Walking Tours (tokyowalkingtours整形美容医院m) is another small group specialist with a range of tours including the fish market, with a pick-up and drop-off from your hotel.

The ride across Hong Kong Harbour on the Star Ferry, a stroll along Hollywood Road past the curio shops and galleries of Chinese art and furniture, the nearby Cat Street Market, an evening promenade from the Star Ferry Terminal along the Tsim Sha Tsui East Waterfront and the tram ride along Hong Kong Island’s north corridor – be sure to sit upstairs – are just a handful of the small delights that await you in Hong Kong. I also like the free Tai Chi lesson, weekdays except Tuesdays, at 8am on the Tsim Sha Tsui Waterfront, close to your hotel. Book with the Hong Kong Tourism Board (discoverhongkong整形美容医院m)



The Islamic Arts Museum (iamm整形美容医院.my) has a vast collection of Islamic artworks and artefacts from Asia. China and Southeast Asia, and it gets a big thumbs-up from visitors.

The National Mosque is a sprawling, landmark building surrounded by reflecting pools and gardens, and non-Muslims are welcome to visit outside prayer times.

Take a look at the Petronas Twin Towers, once the world’s tallest buildings, which are at their best at night when the dancing fountains at the foot of the towers put on their lightshow.

Aquaria KLCC (aquariaklcc整形美容医院m) is a spectacular oceanarium located beneath the city’s Convention Centre.

Bukit Bintang is a giant shopping centre where you could eat, shop, be entertained and, if you were content with dozing, satisfy every worldly need without ever setting foot outside.

Within the vast parkland of Lake Gardens, the Bird Park (klbirdpark整形美容医院m) styles itself the “world’s largest free-flight walk-in aviary”, covering almost 21 acres and filled with exotic feathery species.



From C. Williams, “On a flower trek through Kashmir our cook surprised us  at dinner time with a magnificent plum pudding, blue flames dancing on  its surface. As they say the proof is in the  eating. Somewhere between the brandy being provided for the flaming, it was substituted for metho. Not the delicious taste we had been expecting from the vision we had seen at the tent opening. Never forgotten.”

K. Hobden writes “At a food festival on Shooters Island in the Vltava River, Prague, I was intrigued by potato ice-cream. Not surprisingly, it tasted exactly like that – sweet, cold mashed potato!”

L. Goldsworthy writes “During a holiday in Canada in 1988 my sister and I ordered “apple pie and cream” and my husband said “just cheese for me” assuming he would receive a cheese plate.   When the apple pies arrived with cream, his apple pie came with slices of cheese on the top.  He said to the waiter he was expecting a cheese plate but on the menu it listed “Apple pie and cheese” as it is served that way in Canada. They believe that an apple pie without cheese is like a kiss without a squeeze.”

“The Japanese possibly have the world’s most adventurous palates,” writes G. Clarke. “No surprise then to discover in Tokyo recently wasabi ice cream, an unusual combo of fire and ice.  Wasabi raised its fiery head again on my last trip when I came across wasabi Kit Kats.  The jury’s still out on those.”

S. and G. Weller write “Years ago I worked in Kuala Lumpur and attended a function for my children. Ice-cream was served for afters and the yellow ice cream in the container obviously held some passionfruit-flavoured fare.  Wrong!  How about sweet-corn flavoured ice- cream? The pale pink container looked suspiciously like strawberry ice cream but on testing turned out to be red bean! The range of curries and chicken dishes found at markets were a delight but I always steered away from ice-cream.”

Next question: Brad Pitt or Madonna – ever had a celebrity encounter during your travels?

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The US’s gun laws are failing its children

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After six-year-old Brandon Holt was shot in the head as he played with neighbours in his front garden he did not die at once and his father, Ronald, leaned over him, made his face and voice as calm as possible and said to him, “Daddy’s here, daddy’s here”.
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The afternoon of April 8, 2012, in the cul de sac in Tom’s River, a leafy suburban township in New Jersey, had been the same as any other. Brandon had been out on the lawn with the Senatore kids from next door.  But about 6.30pm, the Senatores’ oldest child, a 12-year-boy, knocked on the door, a local paper, The Star Ledger reported later.

“Brandon got hurt,” he said.

Ronald and his wife walked, then ran, down the driveway, to find Brandon slumped in the seat of a golf cart.

Brandon had been playing a “pretend shooting” game with the Senatore children when the youngest, a four-year-old boy, disappeared into his home and returned with a loaded .22 rifle he had taken from his father’s bedroom.

One shot was discharged from about 13 metres and hit Brandon in the head as he sat next to the Senatores’ 8-year-old daughter.

When Ronald arrived he was still struggling to breath, with one eye bulging.

In the weeks that followed, the shooting fractured the community. Many wanted to see the boy’s father, Anthony Senatore, known as Anthony jnr, charged. Police found five unsecured firearms in the house within the reach of his children, along with ammunition. Aside from the .22 that killed Brandon, they found a Stevens 12-gauge shotgun, two Harrington & Richardson shotguns, and a Remington 12-gauge shotgun.

A month later Anthony jnr was charged with five counts of second-degree endangering the welfare of children (his own), one count of third-degree endangering the welfare of a child (Brandon), and a disorderly person’s misdemeanour-offence for enabling access by minors to a loaded firearm.

On December 14 it will be two years since Adam Lanza blasted his way into Sandy Hook Elementary School with a semi-automatic rifle and shot dead 20 children and six staff.

The massacre inflamed, yet again, the culture war over gun ownership in the United States, sparking a new movement for gun control laws. Nationally at least, that movement has failed, with the National Rifle Association successfully blocking the introduction of bans on automatic rifles like the one used in Sandy Hook, or even of universal background checks for people seeking to buy weapons.

And until the recent midterm elections it seemed the gun rights movement was succeeding across the states, too – not just in halting gun-control proposals but even in having state legislatures abolishing those that already existed. Depending on which analysis you read, 70 pro-gun laws have passed since Sandy Hook, compared with about 64 gun-control laws. The trend appears to be that strongly conservative states are loosening their laws, while liberal states are tightening theirs.

The so-called “guns everywhere” law passed in July in Georgia allows permit holders to carry firearms into airport security zones without penalty, as well as into bars, nightclubs, classrooms and certain government buildings. Similar laws have been passed around the country, including in Missouri, Oklahoma, and Tennessee.

The day after the law’s introduction in Georgia, two gun owners drew on one another in a convenience store after a “misunderstanding”, a local newspaper said. One saw a gun in a holster on the other’s hip and pulled his weapon. There was some semi-serious debate later about whether under the state’s so-called “shoot first” law, which allows people to use lethal force if they feel threatened, both men might have been justified in shooting the other on seeing each other’s weapons.

In Texas, the gun rights group Texas Open Carry has been expressing its support for the second amendment right to bare arms by gathering in local coffee stores and supermarkets armed with military-style assault rifles.

It is notoriously difficult to record accurately how many people in the US are killed or injured each year by guns. While annual figures emerge eventually, it usually takes years and they are not always accepted universally because research is hampered by a federal funding ban.

In the 1990s the US Centers for Disease Control and Prevention funded a study that concluded the presence of a gun in a home was a strong indicator of an increased risk of gun violence in that home. Alarmed, the National Rifle Association pushed to limit federal funding of research into gun violence and in 1996 Congress passed the Dickey Amendment, named for the Arkansas Republican who introduced it. The law forbade the use of funds for research that advocate for or promote gun control. While the Dickey Amendment did not ban outright all federal gun studies, researchers say it was clear the CDC and all scientists dependent on federal funding risked losing their backing if they investigated gun violence.

One of the few changes Barack Obama managed to drive home after Sandy Hook was a $10 million package of funding for research, but the Dickey amendment remains in place.

The most reliable recent figures on gun deaths come from 2010, when 31,076 Americans were killed by guns – 11,078 were homicides, 19,392 were suicides, and 606 were accidents. There were also 73,505 people treated in hospitals for gun injuries.

The long-term trend in gun violence is down, in line with declining crime rates. A Pew Research study last year  found US firearm homicides peaked in 1993 at 7.0 deaths per 100,000 people, but by 2010 the rate was 49 per cent lower, with firearm-related violence – robberies, assaults and sex crimes – falling 75 per cent from 1993 to 2011.

But the rate of mass shootings appears to be increasing.

According to a study by Every Town for Gun Safety, a gun control group founded after Sandy Hook, there have been more than 90 school shootings since the massacre, including one just after midnight on Thursday local time, when a gunman opened fire in Florida State University library, wounding three students before being shot dead by police.

Meanwhile, the rate of mass shootings has trebled since 2011, according to a study by Harvard University based on data provided by the investigative journalism magazine Mother Jones.

The researchers looked at incidents in which a stranger murdered four or more people, a standard developed by the FBI a decade ago. (A federal law signed by Barack Obama last year used a threshold of three victims.) This research challenges that done by Northeastern University criminologist James Alan Fox, which found a relatively stable rate. The difference can be found in the data the two studies have used. Fox looks at all incidents in which four people were shot dead, including domestic violence and drug and/or gang-related violence .

Scrubbing those sorts of incidents from the data, the Harvard researchers found that between 1982 and September 6, 2011, a mass shooting occurred on average every 200 days in the United States. Since then one has occurred every 64 days.

Meanwhile, a small industry has been spawned in finding ways to protect children in schools from armed attackers.

In a recent survey of new products, the Washington Post spoke to a teacher who had been seeking to patent the Portable Affordable Lockdown System, a cable a teacher could keep on their desk and loop between a classroom door handle and an eyehook bolted into a wall.

“Our classrooms are not safe. There are people bent on doing wrong, doing evil,” inventor Celisa Edwards, of Georgia, told the Post. “And we are deterring those perpetrators.”

Other new products included portable, bullet-proof white boards to use as shields, bullet-proof school bags and an app to monitor for homicidal plots. The industry was believed to be worth $720 million this year, one researcher said.

Kenneth Trump, a national school safety consultant, told the Washington Post, “What’s really being sold here is an emotional security blanket”.

What has confounded many advocates for a broad political response to the incidence of gun violence is that gun control remains popular, not just in the general community, but even among gun owners, even members of the NRA.

Last year, the New England Journal of Medicine published research showing overwhelming support among NRA members for many initiatives the organisation was opposing successfully in Congress and in state governments.

“For instance, 84 per cent of gun owners and 74 per cent of NRA members (versus 90 per cent of non-gun-owners) supported requiring a universal background-check system for all gun sales,” the researchers reported. “Seventy-six per cent of gun owners and 62 per cent of NRA members supported prohibiting gun ownership for 10 years after a person has been convicted of violating a domestic-violence restraining order, and 71 per cent of gun owners and 70 per cent of NRA members supported requiring a mandatory minimum sentence of two years in prison for a person convicted of selling a gun to someone who cannot legally have a gun.”

The NRA does not typically talk to media about gun control, but a former senior NRA lobbyist, Richard Feldman, told Fairfax Media there were two reasons the organisation appeared to be more radical than its membership.

First, of the estimated 5 million NRA members, only about 10 per cent bothered voting on board positions or donating to its campaigns, he said.

“They might only be donating $20 each, but 500,000 times $20 ain’t chump change,” he said.

With its coffers bulging from membership fees and donations, as well as its relationship with arms manufacturers, the NRA expresses to politicians, through what is considered the most sophisticated lobbying machine in the US, the fears and desires of a minority of members, those with the extreme and passionately held views on the right to bare arms.

Second, he blamed the rise of identity politics in the US. He believed many of those motivated members opposed anything proposed by gun control advocates simply because they disliked and mistrusted gun-control advocates. Feldman was abandoned by the organisation when he backed an initiative by then-President Bill Clinton to provide child locks with new guns when they were sold.

Feldman does not believe the NRA genuinely opposed the provision of child locks for guns – after all, there was no compulsion on gun owners to actually use the devices – but they opposed seeing him compromise with a known enemy.

With the general failure of even sympathetic politicians to bring significant change, a new trend emerged in the midterm elections earlier this month.

Gun-control activists simply circumvented legislators by using referenda in various states. Though the election was a huge success for conservatives in office, gun-control activists won a string of victories.

In Washington state a referendum to close the so-called gun show loophole – where private sales don’t require background checks – passed easily and a competing ballot initiative banning any gun restrictions was voted down 55-45 per cent.

Although anti-gun-control measures won in deeply red states like Alabama, “where it counted – Colorado, Connecticut, and Washington State – our side lost big-time,” Mike Vanderboegh, a pro-gun activist from Alabama told the Christian Science Monitor.

One reason might be that for the first time, the deep-pocketed gun lobby was outspent. The NRA spent about $35 million this year to support its candidates – nearly all Republicans – but gun-control groups, funded by billionaires like Bill Gates and former New York City Mayor Mike Bloomberg spent more than $50 million. Gun-control groups spent $4 million in Washington state alone, whereas NRA spent about $500,000.

John Feinblatt, president of Mr Bloomberg’s Everytown for Gun Safety, celebrated the results. “When Americans vote on public safety measures to prevent gun violence, gun safety wins,” he said. “The NRA might be able to intimidate Washington, DC, and state legislators, but they don’t intimidate American voters.”

In Connecticut, where Democratic Governor Dannel Malloy signed a gun-control law requiring registration of semi-automatic weapons and large magazines, voters returned him to office. Malloy was a target of the gun lobby, which argued the law was unconstitutional. About 100,000 gun owners are refusing to register their guns and the state is threatening them with legal action and the loss of their right to own guns.

In Colorado, Democratic Governor John Hickenlooper also narrowly won re-election after signing laws requiring background checks for gun purchases and limiting the size of ammunition magazines. Unlike mostly liberal Connecticut, Colorado is a swing state and Hickenlooper trailed his Republican opponent for much of the campaign before pulling out a nail biter.​

Tactics have changed, too. Where once most gun-control groups advocated banning gun types, most now pursue more limited changes.

Dan Gross, the president of one of the nation’s leading gun-control groups, the Brady Centre to Prevent Gun Violence, told Fairfax Media Brady did not want to see some guns banned from all people, but all guns banned from some people.

That is, where once activists sought to ban hand-guns, then semi-automatic weapons, activists now claim to support the second amendment but seek to introduce new regulations, such as universal background checks, compulsory child locks and bans on people with domestic violence records.

A Brady Centre report published last month, called the Truth About Kids and Guns, showed that guns are the second-leading cause of death and injury to American children after car accidents. Gross said while the auto industry and government did all they could to reduce the incidence and impact of such accidents, the gun industry and NRA did all it could to prevent any action to reduce the impact of gun deaths. The report showed that in 2011, 19,403 children and teens were shot and 2703 were killed.

Children had no say about living in a home with an unsecured weapon, he said. He also argued that mass killings were part of the story, because most perpetrators of school shootings – people like the Sandy Hook killer – took their weapons from their home.

Everytown for Gun Safety has also focused on the issue of children, producing a report on accidental child shootings in the year from December 2012 to December last year. It makes for difficult reading. Over 20 pages it provides snapshots of the lives and deaths of children who have found guns in their homes or cars and accidently shot themselves or people around them.

Some examples: The day after the murders in Sandy Hook, three-year-old Ryder Rozier was visiting the home of his uncle, Ian Rozier, a 37-year-old Oklahoma highway patrolman, when he found the state trooper’s loaded handgun and accidentally shot himself in the head.

A couple of weeks later, on Christmas day, the Smiths in Conway, North Carolina, had just finished the family meal when two-year-old Sincere picked up a loaded .38 and shot himself in the chest.

In Jacksonville, Florida, three children were playing together when one found a .22 handgun and accidently shot her friend Tatiana Mitchell in the head.

Brandon Holt’s story is retold in scant detail on page 26 of the document, just above that of three-year-old Qui’ontrez Moss, late of Sumter, South Carolina.

Last month Anthony Senatore, 35, pleaded guilty to two of the six counts of endangering children he had originally been charged with for leaving those weapons lying around the house next to Brandon’s home.

Brandon’s father Ronald told Fairfax Media the legal result means little to his family.

Senatore faces three years in prison and will be free on bail until his sentencing in February.

At the hearing last month prosecutors said they would make him surrender his guns and his firearms purchaser ID card.

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New York’s best hotel bars: Raising the bar

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Le Bain at the Standard High Line. Le Bain at the Standard High Line.
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Le Bain at the Standard High Line.

Le Bain at the Standard High Line.

Rose Bar at the Gramercy Park Hotel.

The Ides at Wythe Hotel.

Bemelmans Bar at The Carlyle.

For a city that supposedly never sleeps, New York has a lot of hotels, from modest cabins modelled on an ocean-liner to expansive penthouses overlooking the world’s most famous skyline. It also has a lot of hotel bars, running a similar gamut from plain Jane to lavish opulence.

In many cities, a hotel bar is for guests seeking a quiet respite. New York, by contrast, treats them like public haunts, and the city floods in to get away from its own hustle and bustle. It is not unusual for residents to get caught up in the maelstrom of Midtown and, though they live less than two blocks away, flee into the New York Palace for happy hour in the serene courtyard of the Palace Gate.

For the traveller, hotel bars offer an additional attraction: they are distillations of the city outside. Visiting a few of New York’s best hotel bars is to toast the full spectrum of New York itself, from its high-society elite to its lingering nostalgia for a golden jazz age.

And the best part? After you’re done, the bed is only an elevator-ride away.   Gatsby-style: Rose Bar at the Gramercy Park Hotel

There are many coveted addresses in New York, though few can boast a private park. The only one on the island of Manhattan, Gramercy Park, is locked around the clock, accessible to no one except local residents and guests at the Gramercy Park Hotel, which holds one key.

In many respects the Gramercy Park Hotel is a “grande dame” of New York hotels. Bob Marley and John F Kennedy were regular guests, and Babe Ruth was thrown out of the bar once. Favoured by actors, artists and writers for decades, the hotel in its current incarnation bears the decorative stamp of Oscar-winner Julian Schnabel, mixing European grandeur with an irreverent American playfulness.

Though insiders will tell you the real jewel is found on the roof, the Gramercy Terrace is open only for private events now. While you plan your lavish birthday party for that space, the Rose Bar downstairs offers an incomparable setting for a late-night cocktail alongside the Maarten Bass billiards table. Exquisite art by Warhol and Damien Hirst line the walls, and a rotating music showcase brings the likes of Rufus Wainwright to the floor.

Cocktail that sums it up: Bohemian Side Car, which mixes Hennessy cognac with a wisp of absinthe. 

(2 Lexington Ave; Gramercyparkhotel整形美容医院m).High in the sky: Le Bain at the Standard High Line

Sex and the City made it cool, the High Line made it fascinating, but The Standard is what makes the Meatpacking District a must-see destination. Straddling the elevated park and offering everything from a German biergarten to installation art (most recently a “light cave”), this unpredictable hotel draws business travellers and the Fashion Week crowd alike. It is knotted and chaotic, often spilling on to the street, and its greatness comes from a feeling that the whole place is run like a human zoo.

Best is Le Bain, a penthouse discotheque with one of the best views in the city. If unimpeded views downtown to the Freedom Tower and uptown to the Hells Kitchen are not enough, there’s also a plunge pool in the dance floor (towels are provided), and a crêperie on an AstroTurfed rooftop fenced in with glass. The drinks are outrageously expensive, but the parties are just plain outrageous (learn the passwords for faster access). Indeed, there’s no better spot in New York if you’re looking for something to brag about back home. Dress sharp.

Cocktail that sums it up: Vodka Soda, the drink with the fewest calories.

(848 Washington St; Standardhotels整形美容医院m/high-line). Every hour is happy hour: Lobby Bar at Ace Hotel 

Real estate comes at a premium in Manhattan, but freelance creatives wanting an office have found the perfect solution: occupy a bar. Walk into the lobby of the Ace Hotel, a New York version of the Seattle and Portland mainstays, and you’re confronted by a glowing assembly of laptop computers. Patrons are sipping Stumptown coffee, or throwing back a highball from the Lobby Bar to help break their writer’s block.

In line with the Ace aesthetic, the space evokes a trendy lodge, like a Ralph Lauren showroom handed over to disaffected hipsters. Lighting is low, armchairs are plaid, there’s a photo booth and old biology posters, and those two badgers in the glass box are stuffed originals. The staff uniform appears to be skinny jeans and a stretched-out tie.

While not for everybody, this is an indelible scene of the city, and it makes a convenient escape from the chaotic excesses of 5th Avenue.

Cocktail that sums it up: Rock the Casbah (shaken, with irony).

(20 West 29th St; acehotel整形美容医院m).Timeless class: Bemelmans Bar at The Carlyle 

Back on Manhattan, The Carlyle was once, and remains, the city’s most elegant address – so much so, that when management commissioned Ludwig Bemelmans, famous for his Madeline books, to paint a giant mural in the hotel bar in 1947, he exchanged payment for a year and a half of free accommodation.

Restored in 2002, Bemelmans’ mural is a sweeping love letter to Central Park: giraffes tip their hats to each other, rabbits smoke cigars at picnics, a thief robs the Metropolitan Museum of Art, and a rather familiar nun corrals two lines of uniformed schoolgirls near a bandstand. Throw in romantic low lighting and a ceiling covered with 24-karat gold leaf and what you get is the best hotel bar in Manhattan. On most nights there’s even an accomplished pianist tickling the ivories with beloved classics, or Woody Allen if you’re extra lucky. Bemelmans remains as fresh, elegant and quintessentially New York as it ever was.

Cocktail that sums it up: Patron Starlet, though, unsurprisingly, the most popular drink is a vodka martini.

(35 East 76th St; Rosewoodhotels整形美容医院m/en/carlyle).Brooklyn, baby: The Ides at Wythe Hotel

Even as Brooklyn has shifted the centre of gravity in New York, pulling much of the life and culture of the city across the East River, the hotel scene has lagged, preferring the tested shores of Manhattan. That began to change when Wythe Hotel transformed a 1901 Williamsburg factory into a spectacular showcase of the borough’s characteristic style. Indeed, Wythe is Brooklyn in miniature: the idolatry of vintage, industrial chic, young confidence, shameless innovation.

On the roof is The Ides, which has the tremendous good fortune to offer views of the legendary New York skyline. The generous courtyard looks back at the city from the riverside – a view that is so overwhelming everything else is kept to a minimum, including a small inside space, marble tables, and muted red banquettes. The line for entry can be long, but the crowd is unassuming and drinks are reasonably priced. This is the perfect place to start an evening, before you dive into the wonder that is the Brooklyn culinary scene.

Cocktail that sums it up: Dark and Stormy, because of all that hipster angst.

(80 Wythe Ave, Brooklyn; wythehotel整形美容医院m).

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