Monaco are ready to swoop for Chelsea boss Jose Mourinho, according to one of the French club’s shareholders.The Blues boss is under intense pressure at Stamford Bridge after a woeful start to the season for the Premier League champions.Saturday’s defeat to West Ham was Chelsea’s fifth of the season and Mourinho, sent to the stands at Upton Park, has faced criticism for his behaviour in recent months.Another defeat against Liverpool this weekend could spell the end for Mourinho at Stamford Bridge, according to widespread reports.And Monaco are ready to make their move if the ‘Special One’ does see his Blues reign brought to an end.Alessandro Proto, a shareholder at the Ligue 1 club, told Spanish newspaper Sport: “On Saturday night the first contact was made with Jose Mourinho about training Monaco.“We are still in a very early stage but we are convinced that Mourinho could train Monaco.” Jose Mourinho 1
11 14. Gabi (centre midfield) 11 11 11 11 6. Koke (left midfield) 2. Diego Godin (centre back) – see the full line up, in squad number order, by clicking the arrow above 20. Juanfran (right back) 7. Antoine Griezmann (right attack) 11 Wednesday’s second-leg quarter final between Atletico Madrid and Barcelona in the Champions League is live on talkSPORT 2. For details on how to retune your radio, click here.Luis Suarez scored twice to seal a comeback win for Barca in the first leg, but the tie remains firmly in the balance with Atleti getting the crucial away goal at the Camp Nou.Fernando Torres was the scorer for Diego Simeone’s underdogs before being dismissed for a second bookable offence – so who could take the Spaniard’s place?Take a look at talkSPORT’s predicted Atleti XI by viewing the slideshow above. 16. Angel Correa (striker) 3. Filipe Luis (left back) 13. Jan Oblak (goalkeeper) 11 17. Saul Niguez (right midfield) 11 11 11 11 21. Yannick Carrasco (left attack) 19. Lucas Hernandez (centre back)
THE family of slain Garda Robbie McCallion have told how their lives will never be the same again after Kerrykeel tearaway Jamie McGrenaghan mowed down the tragic officer during a botched robbery.McGrenaghan, from Gortnathraw, Cashel, was sentenced to seven years in prison on Friday for dangerous driving causing the death of the much-loved 29 year old Letterkenny-based Garda.But tragic Robbie’s heartbroken brother John has said nothing will ever makes things right for them again. John, also a Garda like the brothers’ dad Bob before them, could not hide the contempt he had for McGrenaghan as he stared at him throughout the trial.As he was led away in handcuffs, John said his family will never be able to forgive how the young car thief had put their light out on their lives and that he still could not bring himself to say McGrenaghan’s name.“The contempt I hold for that person is indescribable. No apology, sorry or remorse for what he done can remedy or mend the utter devastation he has caused.“Our lives were shattered the night that car hit Robert. He was 29 and would have been 30 soon. Instead of planning a party for him, we were laying wreaths on his grave,” said John.John described how the night before Robbie was struck by McGrenaghan’s car was the last night’s peaceful sleep his family have had.He revealed how the day before he returned to Letterkenny to start his shift, he had taken their father Bob for his cancer treatment in Galway.When he arrived in Letterkenny, he called his parents and before he went out on his shift on that fateful night, he called them again.“On April 7th we sat beside him as his body got weaker and weaker. We watched the last of his life drain from his body. And he was gone.“We prayed for a miracle but there was none. We got a hearse home into the driveway – the same driveway which we had said goodbye to him to weeks previously,” he said.Robbie was a GAA fanatic who ate, drank and slept football.He had went to school at Scoil Mhuire and Padraig where he did his Leaving Cert in 1997 before spending two years studying business at Mayo Institute of Technology.He joined the Gardai on February 7th, 2005 and after an initial training term in Letterkenny, was later stationed there.He lived in Carolina Park, not far from where he was to be cruelly mowed down by a runaway car, and was dating a local schoolteacher Maria O’Donnell.“It (his death) has left a huge hole in Swinford GAA Club. He was a leader on the field and was never happier than when he pulled on the jersey,” said brother John.According to John he loved being a member of An Garda Siochana and was killed doing his duty as a member of An Garda Siochana and all he wanted was a transfer back to Swinford so he could be closer to home.The McCallion family admit that they miss their brother and son so much that they are forever ringing his mobile phone just to hear his voice on the end of the line.“The burden just can’t be described. Never again will any family occasion be the same. The pain we feel now will not get any easier.“The pain is so bad we ring his voicemail to hear him. ‘Robbie here – leave a message and I’ll get back to you’. The life we lead now is just an existence but we have to do our best,” he said.He added that nobody apart from his family will ever know how much they lost when Jamie McGrenaghan decided to try and escape the Gardai on that March night in 2009.“To the media and the people around the country he is Garda Robbie McCallion. But to us he is our son, brother and boyfriend who was so cruelly taken away from us.“Mam and dad waved Robbie off and he came home two weeks later in a coffin. Every day we are grieving. He died doing his job and he didn’t deserve it. Sleep well Robbie,” added John.Robbie was just 29 when he went to answer a call that two men had been spotted acting suspiciously near a car in a housing estate on the outskirts of Letterkenny in Co Donegal in the early hours of March 27th, 2009.The Mayo man knew the housing estate in question very well because he was the community liaison officer for Tara Court.But his life and the lives of his two colleagues Garda Shane Lavelle and Joanne Doherty were to change forever in a two minute spell of madness that night.When they arrived at the cul-de-sac housing estate in their marked Ford Focus patrol car around 4.10am, they noticed two young men standing beside cars in the middle of the road.Garda Lavelle quickly spotted the white Toyota Corolla’s driver’s door had been tampered with and his Garda instinct immediately kicked-in.He asked the man standing beside the car with a tow rope in his hand, Cathal Dunleavy, what he was at?As he did so Jamie McGrenaghan, then just 17, quickly reversed his car back one hundred yards back up the road they had driven down.He alerted his colleagues and told the driver Garda McCallion to pull the patrol car across the centre of the road to block his getaway.What happened next would send shockwaves around the country and ultimately lead to the death of the young Swinford Garda.McGrenaghan claimed he panicked, thought he saw a gap big enough to fit through between the patrol car and a wall.In his own words he “went for it” in a bid to escape the Gardai.It was later to emerge that McGrenaghan had been caught just a month earlier having broken into 6 mobile homes at Eelburn Caravan Park on the Fanad Peninsula.If he was caught with a stolen car, there was no question he would be facing time behind bars.Garda Shane Lavelle described the moments when McGrenaghan’s red Peugeot 306 came hurtling towards them, its tyres screeching and engine accelerating.“I will never forget the screeching of the tyres and seeing Robbie being thrown into the air and disappearing into the darkness,” he said.Garda McCallion was thrown 15 feet into the air as McGrenaghan’s car threw him like a ragdoll into the darkness of the night and into a nearby garden.He suffered serious head injuries and died almost two weeks later on April 7th at Dublin’s Beaumont Hospital.The McCallion family’s world was thrown into chaos the night their youngest son and brother was seriously injured and it was broken beyond repair when he then passed away.But before they could really grieve for their GAA-mad son, they would have to face the trial of the young man who brought them so much pain and grief.On Friday afternoon, Jamie McGrenaghan was finally convicted of dangerous driving causing the death of Robbie McCallion.It was not the manslaughter verdict the McCallion family had pushed for on two occasions only for the jury to fail to reach the first time and unanimously reject on Friday week last.But it means that on the direction of Judge John O’Hagan, he will serve seven years in prison with the last year suspended.EndsWE STILL PHONE ROBBIE’S MOBILE JUST TO HEAR HIS VOICE – SLAIN GARDA’S HEARTBROKEN FAMILY was last modified: February 13th, 2011 by StephenShare this:Click to share on Facebook (Opens in new window)Click to share on Twitter (Opens in new window)Click to share on LinkedIn (Opens in new window)Click to share on Reddit (Opens in new window)Click to share on Pocket (Opens in new window)Click to share on Telegram (Opens in new window)Click to share on WhatsApp (Opens in new window)Click to share on Skype (Opens in new window)Click to print (Opens in new window)
The Launch of the CLG Bord Inish Eoghan Underage League Finals in aid of Childhood Cancer Foundation took place in Harry’s Restaurant Bridgend this week. Team Managers and players from Malin, Buncrana and Glenswilly were in attendance along with Inishowen GAA’s Chairman Gerard Callaghan, Secretary Pat Mc Laughlin, and Treasurer John Mc Laughlin.Childhood Cancer Foundation’s Maura Toner, CLG Bord Inis Eogahn’s Gerard Callaghan, Gerard Roarty of Donegal Animal Hospital who are main sponsors of the event, John Mc Laughlin, treasurer of Inis Eogahn Bord, with representatives from Malin and Glenswilly U11 teams who will compete in the final on Friday 23rd of September at Buncrana.Maura Toner of Childhood Cancer Foundation gave a brief talk on the benefits and awareness this league creates for the foundation. The committee thanked Gerard Roarty of Donegal Animal Hospital who are the main sponsors of this special event that takes place on Friday 23rd of September.CLG Bord Inis Eoghan Chairman Gerard Callaghan, Childhood Cancer Foundation Representative Maura Toner, Donegal Animal Hospital’s Eamon Ward who are the main sponsors, Pat Mc Laughlin, Secretary Inishowen Board and under 9 players from Glenswilly and Buncrana Clubs at the launch of the CLG Bord Inis Eoghan league finals at Harry’s Restaurant Burt.GAA: Inish Eoghan Underage Leagues launched was last modified: September 16th, 2016 by StephenShare this:Click to share on Facebook (Opens in new window)Click to share on Twitter (Opens in new window)Click to share on LinkedIn (Opens in new window)Click to share on Reddit (Opens in new window)Click to share on Pocket (Opens in new window)Click to share on Telegram (Opens in new window)Click to share on WhatsApp (Opens in new window)Click to share on Skype (Opens in new window)Click to print (Opens in new window)
Some of the Nyamityobora players celebrating one of their goals against Police on Tuesday (Photo by Agency)StarTimes Uganda Premier LeaguePolice FC 1-4 Nyamityobora FCStarTimes Stadium, Lugogo Tuesday, 29-01-2019LUGOGO – Ibrahim Juma Dada scored three times as Nyamityobora defeated Police FC 4-1 at the StarTimes Stadium in Lugogo on Tuesday.The 20 year old striker scored two first half goals and sealed his treble at the stoke of full-time to ensure a famous victory for the Abanyakare. Darmien Nakalema scored the other goal for the visitors while Ashraf Ggaliwango grabbed Police’s consolation.After a conservative start by both sides, Juma Balinya had a brilliant opportunity to put Police one up but could not convert from close range while one on one with an empty net.The missed opportunity would soon haunt the Cops as Dada Ibrahim opened the scoring on 21 minutes, slotting in Nyamityobora’s 7th goal away from home this season.Three minutes later, Dada turned provider, setting up Damien Nakalema for 2-0 after the former’s low cross was parried by Police custodian Davis Mutebi.Police responded by taking off Pius Kaggwa and replacing him with Michael Odong as Abdallah Mubiru tried to restore lost order and composure in his team.The switch did not pay dividends however as Nyamityobora scored a third six minutes before the break with Dada beating Sadat Kyambadde and shooting first time into the right hand corner, leaving Mutebi rooted to the spot.By the end of the half, Policed looked dejected as Nyamityobora went into the break leading 3-0.The first chance of the second half fell to Police’s Ronald Nyanzi on 50 minutes but the attacker shot wide of the target after he was teed up by Juma Balinya. Moments later,Derrick Kakooza replaced Nyanzi as Police made their second substitution on the day.At the hour mark, Nyamityobora nearly scored a 4th as Nakalema tried his luck from distance but his shot rattled off the cross bar and out for only a goal kick.With 22 minutes to play, Police threw on Ruben Kimera in place of Simon Mbazira in their final switch. Moments later, Balinya had a shot from just inside the box saved by Nyamityobora goalkeeper Otim, off a swift counter attack.On 72 minutes, Jerry Jakisa replaced Peter Otai as Nyamityobora made their first substitution in an attempt to freshen up the tired looking 11 on the pitch.Dada missed a glorious opportunity to score the visitor’s fourth when he lashed onto a throw ball, beat Police goalkeeper Davis Mutebi but his ball across the goal was dealt with by the Police defence.Police’s created a brilliant chance on 78 minutes as Balinya pounced on a loose ball in the 6 yard box but his effort was cleared off the line by Martin Arinaitwe. After the save, Arinaitwe was replaced by Brian Mugisha in the Abanyakare’s second substitution.Five minutes from time, Ashraf Ggaliwango pulled one back for the Cops, heading a corner into the right hand corner to male it 1-3.Moments later, Nakalema become the first player to be booked after he fouled Kimera near the Nyamityobora penalty area. The resultant free-kick would however mount to nothing as Kimera blasted it over.In the final minute of the 90, Dada completed his hat trick, lashing onto a long ball and lifting it over Mutebi into the net to put the result beyond doubt.The win is Nyamityobora’s first away from home this season and their biggest in the top flight.Nyamityobora remain 14th on the log with 12 points from their first 16 games while Police drop to 9th having gathered 21 points so far this season.The other game played on Tuesday:-Tooro United FC 1-0 Express FCUpcoming SUPL fixtures:-Mbarara City FC vs KCCA FC-Bul FC vs Maroons FCComments Tags: Ibrahim Juma DadaNyamityobora FCpolice fcStarTimes Uganda Premeir Leaguetop
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We sat down with Nathan Barr for a conversation about composing sound tracks for films — and how a composer fits into the overall production crew.Cover image via Nathan Barr.Nathan Barr, who has brought the chills to Eli Roth’s Cabin Fever, the sultry to Alan Ball’s True Blood, and the intrigue to FX’s The Americans, gives us insight into all things composing.Image via IMDB.PremiumBeat: When I look at your credits and abilities, it’s easy to be impressed. Then I remember that I gave you your first opportunity to show it, and I feel like a freaking genius for recognizing your awesomeness! Of course, at the time, you were assisting Hans Zimmer. How influential was that experience for you as an artist?Nathan Barr: Yes Traveling Companion was my first film ever! I remember coming up with the main theme in Hans’s writing room, which he generously let me use when he wasn’t working. I remember you and your editor David coming over, and feeling pretty awesome being able to preview some ideas for you in his amazing room, sitting at his desk. He was also very generous in letting me join him in various meetings when it was appropriate. I got a front row seat peering into the life of one of the most successful film composers in history, and I still vividly remember how exciting that time was. When I started developing my own career after leaving Hans, I had to find my own way of writing that was comfortable for me. My experience with Hans taught me a lot about how I would differentiate my compositional process from his. For example, his writing space at that time was not set up to record live instruments. It was packed full of noisy samplers and synths that made recording anything in the room impossible. Also, whereas he worked almost exclusively “in the box,” I wanted to have microphones up and readily available so I could experiment with my growing collection of musical instruments.Nathan Barr Studio. (Photo by Nathan Barr.)PB: How important is it to you to get along with the director, and do you like more freedom or more direction when you are creating a score?NB: While I do know of examples where conflict between a director and a composer has yielded great musical results, it makes the whole process unpleasant and tortuous. Some of the work I am proudest of has been the product of supportive directors and show runners who trusted me to explore without too much interference. While these individuals look at the process of creating the score as collaborative, it’s also important to them to let others express themselves — and that’s empowering.True Blood. Image via HBO.PB: If there is one word that I could use confidently to describe you, it would be “versatile,” and I would use that word in several different contexts. Artistically, you move flawlessly between genres (romance, horror, drama, adventure, comedy) and media (features, television, shorts, docs, webisodes), and skillfully, you play so many different instruments. Do you view a story and the tools you use to score it as varied colors on a single palette or do you approach each project very differently?NB: I definitely try to view each project through a new musical lens. While I may begin the scoring process for a new project from the finishing point of the previous project, hopefully I end up in a new place I haven’t visited before when all is said and done. And I do love the versatility of what I do as a film/TV composer. Jumping from a western to a horror film to an indie drama is a thrill, and it keeps the process fresh and exciting.The House with a Clock in Its Wall. (Image via Universal Pictures.)PB: Clearly, you must work very closely with the director and producers when you are scoring a film, but what other departments and crew positions are extremely helpful or important for your process? For example, cinematographers work closely with directors, but often the production and costume design team could heavily influence their lighting and setups.NB: Honestly, one of the most important collaborations for a composer beyond the director is the picture editor. A well-cut film is infinitely easier to score than something that has not been put together effectively. Great picture editors cut every scene with a natural rhythm or tempo in mind, which directly impacts the composer’s music. Two other important crew positions that composers interface with are the music editor and the post-production supervisor. The former is there to protect the score during the dub, help shape the score, and keep track of spotting notes and cues sheets — and the latter is there to make sure schedules align.The Americans. (Image via 20th Television.)PB: I understand you recently purchased and restored the Wurlitzer that resided on the 20th Century Fox scoring stage from 1928 until 1994. You collect and play very traditional and unusual instruments. How much of the history of cinema and world culture influences your work?NB: The history of cinema is very important and influential to me. When I first got into this business 20 years ago, I spent my first couple years educating myself by devouring films from great directors all over the world and in all time periods. Whether it was Truffaut, Hitchcock, Kubrick, or Tartovsky, I watched and watched and listened and soaked everything up. This all continues to influence my work today. For example, David Shire’s scores to Coppola’s film The Conversation and The Taking of Pelham 123 were starting points for me with my score for The Americans. Buying the Wurlitzer Theater Organ that was built for the scoring stage at Fox in 1928 has already impacted me as far as the current projects I am working on. I believe that instrument and its place in film history will profoundly affect my creative output in the coming years.Image courtesy of Nathan Barr.PB: Finally, as someone who is incredibly curious and creative, what new technology have you been using in your composing, and what new toys on the horizon that you’ve heard about (if any) are you most excited about incorporating in your work?NB: The Wurlitzer is the latest toy/tool I am thrilled to be exploring. I am also having a friend build an unusual instrument based on a pipe organ that will allow me to experiment with organ pipes in a way that would not be possible in the context of an installed organ. It is called the “Herman-Taylor High-Pressure Stout-O-Phone.” It’s a collaboration between several folks in the organ business, including the legendary Edward Millington Stout III and Dick Taylor, who are among the best in the business. New creations like this get me so excited about what I do.Looking for more film industry interviews? Check these out.Interview: The Film Collaborative on Filmmaking Rights and DistributionInterview: The Editor of “This is America” on Building the Iconic VideoSet Your Film Right: On Location with Robert FoulkesAn Interview with Andrew Shulkind, DP of Netflix Original film The RitualExclusive: Designing Wakanda and the Amazing Sets of Black Panther
“It was almost a miracle from God to win Wimbledon,” said Bartoli, whose highest world ranking was seven.Bartoli says the weight loss was so dramatic she was reduced to buying clothes made for young teenagers.“I was in the public eye and I could hear people talking behind my back and saying, ‘Oh, she’s anorexic’ and I wanted to scream out and say, ‘You have no idea what I’m going through’,” said Bartoli, who went through her 2013 Wimbledon campaign without dropping a set.“It was a battle to survive every day. I could not believe people were thinking I was doing that on purpose to myself. I was scared of everything.“I was not processing protein, I was losing my hair and I love my long hair, and my teeth were almost falling out and my skin was breaking down.ADVERTISEMENT Ethel Booba on hotel’s clarification that ‘kikiam’ is ‘chicken sausage’: ‘Kung di pa pansinin, baka isipin nila ok lang’ Lacson: SEA Games fund put in foundation like ‘Napoles case’ Another vape smoker nabbed in Lucena After shock win over Pacquiao, Horn ignoring the criticism LOOK: Jane De Leon meets fellow ‘Darna’ Marian Rivera MOST READ China furious as Trump signs bills in support of Hong Kong Pagasa: Kammuri now a typhoon, may enter PAR by weekend Don’t miss out on the latest news and information. French former tennis player Marion Bartoli. AFPMarion Bartoli has battled back from ill health to be fighting fit for her role commentating at Wimbledon but the former French tennis star admitted on Monday she feared she would die.The 32-year-old who beat Germany’s Sabine Lisicki to win the 2013 Wimbledon title, retired later that year and faded away to a mere shadow of the robust looking athlete she once was.ADVERTISEMENT Cayetano to unmask people behind ‘smear campaign’ vs him, SEA Games What ‘missteps’? LATEST STORIES She told The Times she was battling the HINI virus, the swine flu bug blamed for wiping out millions in the 1918 Spanish flu epidemic, but was only diagnosed after Wimbledon last year, laying to rest the rumours she was anorexic.“I did not know if I would wake up alive the next morning,” she said while taking time out from commentating on the WTA tournament at Eastbourne last week.FEATURED STORIESSPORTSSEA Games: Biñan football stadium stands out in preparedness, completionSPORTSPrivate companies step in to help SEA Games hostingSPORTSWin or don’t eat: the Philippines’ poverty-driven, world-beating pool stars“But I thought, ‘if I have to die, then if it is at Wimbledon, I would accept it.’”Bartoli, who also reached the 2007 Wimbledon final, says her career-defining victory in 2013 came just at the moment she was physically falling apart. “I could not wash myself with normal water, I could not type an email, my skin was so thin that I could feel the electricity. I had arthritis. I was buying clothes for 14-year-olds.”Following her diagnosis last year Bartoli spent four months in hospital in Paris and then required daily visits from a nurse at her home in Dubai.She puts her illness down to battering her body incessantly from a very young age in her bid to succeed in the sport.“I felt it happened for a reason. My body was reminding me that it has been going non-stop since I was eight years old until the moment I got ill,” said Bartoli, whose immediate target is to focus on her personal life and her desire to find love and found a family.“I am starting to feel alive again and ready to build a love story, to start a family,” she said.Sports Related Videospowered by AdSparcRead Next Robredo: True leaders perform well despite having ‘uninspiring’ boss PLAY LIST 02:49Robredo: True leaders perform well despite having ‘uninspiring’ boss02:42PH underwater hockey team aims to make waves in SEA Games01:44Philippines marks anniversary of massacre with calls for justice01:19Fire erupts in Barangay Tatalon in Quezon City01:07Trump talks impeachment while meeting NCAA athletes02:49World-class track facilities installed at NCC for SEA Games View comments
It’s the joy of seeing the unexpected, of not knowing what each day holds and the carefree leisure of curiosity which gets you feeling like a child again and makes going to a new place so exciting. Whether you are the kind of person who enjoys the relaxed leisure of,It’s the joy of seeing the unexpected, of not knowing what each day holds and the carefree leisure of curiosity which gets you feeling like a child again and makes going to a new place so exciting. Whether you are the kind of person who enjoys the relaxed leisure of sandy beaches, the exotic romance of desert country or are just looking to satisfy the adventurer in you. Here’s everything you need to know about the 10 best places to travel to, in India and abroad, that will suit your budget and mood, with tips on what to expect, the places not to miss and how to perfect that stylish yet practical holiday look.IstanbulReasons to visit: If flea markets and the mysticism of dervishes are not reason enough, then you have great food and architecture to look forward to. The beautiful beaches are an added bonus.Hot spots: Explore the Byzantine wonders, especially the Church of St Saviour in Chora, known for its mosaics and frescos. Haggle for great Turkish carpets at the Grand Bazaar, ferry around the Bosphorous and do not forget to walk along the legendary city walls.Wardrobe: Stylish, casual dresses are your best bet. Dress up more for the city and less for the seaside. Focus on light dresses with flats rather than the staple touristy shorts and T-shirt look. Do not forget to carry some modest clothing for the mosques as you will not be allowed in if you are showing skin.Sandals by Bess; Price: Rs 23,196Dress by Missoni; Price: Rs 60,053Bag by Stella McCartney; Price: Rs 58,914Tunic by Versace; Price: Rs 1,83,930advertisementBora BoraReasons to visit: This French owned territory in the Pacific Ocean is known for its white sandy beaches and idyllic beauty. The perfect place to head out to if you are looking for an easy relaxed vacation.Hot spots: Take part in all the exciting water sports, which include everything from windsurfing to shark feeding. It’s known for its varied marine life and snorkeling is a sport that every visitor should experience.Wardrobe: Before you even begin to pack, make sure to buy or borrow a small weekend bag, even for a week long trip, as Bora Bora has no direct flights and you will take a smaller plane from Tahiti’s main island to your resort. Keep your wardrobe very basic. Include lots of beachwear and carry simple totes that are water-resistant.Shorts by JC Crew; Price on RequestSandals by Lanvin; Price Rs 47,728Tankini by Missoni; Price Rs 35,324Bag by Anna Hindmarch; Price Rs 12,692JordanReasons to visit: If the history of a place is what excites you, then travel to Jordan to follow the ancient footsteps of the Queen of Sheba, Cleopatra, Prophet Mohammed, Jesus, and Lawrence of Arabia.Hot spots: Visit the nature reserves of Dana and Wadi Rum, Jerash, Madaba, and Mt. Nebo, where Moses first saw the Promised Land. Float in the Dead Sea and the Red Sea. Discover dramatic crusader castles. Take the camel ride into the Wadi Rum desert, then explore Petra for two full days.Wardrobe: No cleavage. Please stick to demure garments that do not attract too much attention to you. Wear long flowy dresses, team them with headscarves and avoid shorts. Skirts are fine, as long as they are not too short.Jumpsuit by Stella McCartney; Price on Request Sandals by Paloma Barcelo; Price Rs 34,028 Bag by Christian Louboutin; Price on RequestBandhavgarhReasons to visit: If being wild is what you crave for, then this national park in Madhya Pradesh is the best bet for you. There are 22 species of mammals and 250 species of birds to watch out for.Hot spots: Beside the wildlife, Bandhavgarh is also famous for the archaeological remains of the Kalchuri period that have been found there. There are caves belonging to the pre-historic period, which should not be missed, as they date back to the first century.Wardrobe: Refrain from carrying anything fancy to this part of town. Focus on pants, boots and camping gear. Carry cottons and do not forget to pack some woollens, as the temperature tends to dip in the evenings. Say no to skirts and shorts as they will be uncomfortable in the jungle.Boots by Belstaff; Price Rs 24,657Cargos by JC Crew; Price Rs 23,395Gloves by Burberry; Price on RequestJaisalmerReasons to visit: Known as much for its majestic architecture as for its magical sand dunes, this place is a must visit for those who are looking for a little bit of gypsy romance.Hot spots: The most magnificent attraction is the Jaisalmer Fort known as the Sonar Kila, made famous by Satyajit Ray, due to the yellow stone it was built from. Then there is the Jain temple. But the most important thing to do when here is to go on a desert safari.Wardrobe: Do not carry clothes in dark colours. Carry ample linen shorts for the day. You can also carry day dresses. Make the most of the chilly desert evenings in romantic flowy dresses and dramatic jewellery as Rajasthan is all about opulence and luxury.Dress by Diane Von Furstenberg; Price Rs 29,295Bag by Lanvin; Price Rs 60,078Dress by Elizabeth and James; Price Rs 25,910advertisementTuscanyReasons to visit: Known as much for its history as for its romance. From Renaissance art in Florence to tasting local wines, this part of Italy is a must visit for every romantic.Hot spots: Visit the cities such of Florence, Siena, Lucca and Pisa and the countryside for its quaint villages, castles, villas and vineyards.Wardrobe: A place this dreamy deserves your fashionable best. Wear skirts during the day teamed with leggings, opt for wedges to stay comfortable without lowering your style quotient. In the evenings switch to gowns and elegant dresses.Boots by Stella McCartney; Price Rs 34,665Dress by Vionnet; Price on RequestClutch by Temperley London; Price Rs 78,827LakshadweepReasons to visit: These are India’s only coral atolls and geologically a part of the same chain as the Maldives. This is a place known for its sandy beaches and thriving marine life.Hot spots: The Coral Reef Cruise to Kavaratti, Kalpeni and Minicoy islands is an interesting opportunity to rejoice in the solitary pleasures of these emerald islands.Wardrobe: The only thing you need to carry while on these islands is your swimwear. Pack a few kaftans or light shirt dresses for the times when you feel like covering up.Kaftan by Mathew Williamson;Price Rs 74,266 Bag by Valentino; Price on RequestDress by Halston Heritage; Price Price Rs. 30,077Araku ValleyReasons to visit: Famous for its coffee plantations, tunnels, bridges, orchards and waterfalls. Araku Valley in Andhra Pradesh is the perfect place to go to if hill stations are what make you happy.Hot spots: The picturesque Ananthagiri Hills in the ranges of the Eastern Ghats and the Burra caves for their stalactites and stalagmites are a fascinating experience.Wardrobe: The best wardrobe for this destination is a pair of denims or cargo pants with comfortable T-shirts and flat shoes as there is a lot to explore. T-shirt by Fendi; Price Rs 34,028Bag by Stella McCartney; Price on RequestJeans by 7 For All Mankind; Price Rs 17,292HampiReasons to visit: The capital of Vijayanagar, the 14th century empire has its ruins spread over Hampi. It is a great place to spend a few days discovering its rich, vibrant history and admiring its scenic views.Hot spots: Major tourist attractions of this royal relic include Hampi Bazaar and the the royal center near Kamalapuram. 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It would not be an exaggeration to state that 2010 was a brilliant year for Indian sport, in which athletes from a broad spectrum rose to the top and crowned themselves with glory at the Asian and world level.As has become a habit, sections of the electronic media go through the gimmick of picking a “sportsperson of the year”. A select number make it to the list and eventually one person is chosen ahead of the pack.The point is, in a year where Indians did so well and tore the form book to shreds in so many disciplines, it is the collective joy which athletes brought that should make us all feel proud.Today, when people have become so disillusioned with life in India, it is sport which makes us forget the pain. When one watched Sachin Tendulkar carve out his magical 50th Test century in South Africa, one forgot about having to pay through one’s nose for petrol or onions or how corruption was an integral part of the Indian system.And if you choose to think about His Majesty’s ODI double hundred in Gwalior, you know you were watching a genius at the crease. In the end, he left you in a trance.I honestly feel at the end of the year, it is not worth talking about what Lalit Modi did in the Indian Premier League and how the BCCI reacted in a knee- jerk fashion.Yes, Modi is history and the BCCI is rightly being pulled up by courts for taking all kinds of arbitrary decisions.advertisementAt the same time, just as people kept saying the Commonwealth Games ( CWG) would never happen, India showed that it was possible to do things at the last minute. Everyone associated with the task of hosting the Games managed to pull it off, though from ticketing woes to poor food packages for volunteers and excessive policing, there was a bad taste that lingered.Yet, what people will really remember the CWG for is India’s rich medal haul and how several new stars were born. Be it the efforts of gymnast Ashish Kumar or the golden girls from track and field, India shone as hosts. It is their efforts which made the CWG a success, with shooter Gagan Narang defining consistency with a four- gold haul.The loss really was for all those athletes who did not come to India thinking the stadia would collapse or snakes would be slithering in their beds at the Games Village near the Yamuna bank.From the CWG to the Asian Games, it seemed India would not be able to reproduce the same form. However, despite pessimistic predictions from the naysayers, it was again a case of India shining, though the shooters, wrestlers and weightlifters flopped. Ronjan Sodhi was the golden exception.The way Ashish, Bajrang Lal Takhar, Virdhawal Khade, Ashwini Akkunji, Preeja Sreedharan, Joseph Abraham, Pankaj Advani, Vijender Kumar and Somdev Devvarman led the assault on medals, you knew Indian sport had come of age.Comparisons were made with China, as to how they win so many medals in virtually every discipline.But I think the Indian sportspersons are rising to the challenge and comparisons with China are ridiculous. With tight doping controls now in place at the mega events, it was great that no Indian flunked a dope test in Guangzhou.What one needs to do in 2011 is build on the momentum. Do not starve the athletes of good competition, equipment and foreign coaches. Without all this, expecting results at the London Olympics in 2012 will be foolhardy.And now, we come to a category of sportspersons who I would not wish to address as winners but champions. There is a difference between a winner and a champion – and the latter category is the one where Viswanathan Anand, Sushil Kumar, MC Mary Kom and Tejaswini Sawant belong.To produce four world champions in one year is something Indian sport was never known for.It is a tribute to the perseverance and work ethic of these individuals that they could crown themselves with glory in a year where our sport shone.Just to jog the reader’s memory, when Anand was to go to Sofia, Bulgaria, to defend his world title, he was in huge trouble. Fly ash was a big menace and flights were being cancelled across Europe.Anand eventually had to take a 40- hour road journey from Frankfurt to Sofia. And after that, he was still alert enough to beat Topalov for the world championship title.advertisementComing to Sushil, people thought his bronze medal effort at the Beijing Olympics was nothing great. But when he won the world title in Russia in September, it was indeed a big day for Indian sport.No Indian wrestler had ever won anything as big as this and the smiling man again won gold in New Delhi at the CWG. Two women also made it special as Mary Kom won the world boxing championship for a record fifth time, this time in a different category to her previous four. Everyone knows what she has done for women’s boxing in India, but it is her hunger for more and more success which is hard to understand.And last but not the least, Tejaswini Sawant winning the 50- metre rifle prone event at the world championship in Germany was not expected. This win should put Tejaswini in the right frame of mind to train for the London Olympics.To leave Saina Nehwal’s four big titles out would be wrong, and the World No. 2 badminton player doesn’t look like stopping anytime soon.People will talk of bad things as well in Indian sport in 2010 – with specific reference to corrupt officials and politicians. Let’s just forget about them.If you have woken up with a bad hangover after the Christmas parties, just think of Indian sport in 2010. It will make you feel good again.