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Marking the A-League’s greatest ever goalscorer on debut would seem a baptism of fire for most defenders, however Sydney FC’s new Dutch centre-back wasn’t overly impressed by Besart Berisha, suggesting the Melbourne Victory striker was “nothing special”.
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The 28-year-old Jordy Buijs played his first competitive game in more than four months in Thursday night’s 2-1 win over the Sky Blues’ oldest rivals – and it took little time for him to spark a feud with this season’s top marksman.

It began with a ninth minute shoving incident that triggered a heated response from the Albanian forward, who spent the remaining 81 minutes largely isolated at the arrowhead of Victory’s attack.

The former Eredivisie regular was part of a central defensive pairing given the task of nullifying the threat of Berisha. Having man-marked him for 90 minutes, Buijs revealed the performance of his opponent didn’t meet the hype.

“I think he is one of 11 players so he is nothing special, I think,” Buijs said.

“The only thing that he has is a great name here in Australia and I think we [refuted] this. How do I say this, we got him out of the game. This was a priority for me and Wilkie – my friend next to me – so he did nothing today.”

Instead, it was the mobility of Victory’s wingers and attacking midfielders that caused Sydney FC the most problems on Thursday night.

Fahid Ben Khalfallah, Marco Rojas and James Troisi combined for the first goal with a slick passing move and continued to threaten, forcing the Sky Blues to alter their gameplan after the half-hour mark.

Right back Aaron Calver was deployed deeper and instructed not to support in attack, allowing him to focus on limiting the threat of Khalfallah.

“They put some good pressure in the beginning in the first part of the first half and we had a little problem there, that’s why the goal was coming in the first part of the first half.

“After that we needed to change something, we had to stick a plan and after this goal we got the control again and we made it. We had one chance, one goal,” Buijs said.

The former NAC Breda and De Graafschap defender was forced to play a far more physical match than in the Dutch Eredivisie in a contest his coach described as a “dog fight”.

“Here we are fighting more and I like to fight so for me it’s not a problem,” Buijs said.

“Next week we can play more football because we have the team to play good football and today we had something different from the game. First we need to fight and after this we can play football after the game.”

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Mirka Federer watches the semi final match between her husband Roger Stan Wawrinka. Photo: Quinn RooneyIf Kim Kardashian’s plastic, see-through, thigh-high boots cemented last year’s place as the year of the “ugly” shoe, then Mirka Federer, wife of tennis champion Roger Federer, may have kicked off the year of the “ugly” jumper.
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During Federer’s five-set take down of Swiss compatriot Stan Wawrinka in Thursday night’s semi-final, the Fed’s player’s box included a noteworthy distraction in the form of Mrs Federer’s $1975 Gucci jumper.

The bright pink and green sweater, from the pre-fall 2016 collection, features an applique tiger and the words L’aveugle par amour, translating to “blind love”, or “blinded by love”, a phrase of questionable tact when your beloved is the one on centre court.

It’s fair to say social media was abuzz with talk about the jumper during the match, which lasted three hours and five minutes.

As for the pink and green combo, it’s got a long history and was reportedly popular in kitchens in the 1970s.

Gucci has used it in subsequent collections but other designers are also declaring gaudy is the new black. Prada is doing it in a handbag, while Giuseppe Zanotti and Salvatore Ferragamo are doing it in footwear.

Celebrities spotted in pink and green include Kate Waterhouse, who wore a Gucci dress on Cup Day 2016, and even Queen Elizabeth II, although her outfit was not made by the Italian fashion house.

But back to the jumper.

Gucci designer Alessandro Michele, since taking the reins in 2015, has successfully rebooted the brand’s cult status through his hefty injection of logomania and his “bohemian luxe” approach to dressing, including a massive injection of colour that others have rushed to emulate.

The clashing colours and bold prints, while not to everyone’s taste, mean that to fashion observers the item is instantly recognisable as Gucci, which translates to branding gold.

The jumper in question, featuring the tiger that has become one of Gucci’s latest totems, which also include a snake and a graffiti motif, harks back to the “ugly jumper” trend of the 1980s, which is having a strong influence on international fashion at the moment.

If you’re hunting for local examples of the origin of the trend, you only have to look back to Jenny Kee and Coogi, both cult labels in the 1980s, for plenty of references.

Whether the tiger jumper is worth nearly $2000 is a matter of personal taste but rest assured, if Gucci is doing it now, the high street stores will follow in due course.

And if you really can’t stomach the ugly jumper trend, hang tight. Like all trends, this too shall pass.

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The heat hasn’t stopped them, nor rain. They come with guitars, harmonicas, double basses and microphones. Some are first timers, others have been lugging in their gearfor a quarter century or more.
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Looking for fame (and a few tips): Jacob Ridgeway, from Newcastle, drew big crowds when he busked in Peel St. He also played a few indoor gigs, such as Teamo Teahouse, above, during festival. Picture: Peter Hardin 260117PHA054

They all have one thing in common –busking on Tamworth’s “Boulevard of Dreams” with the hope of being discovered and making it big in country music.

For the past week The Leader has been asking its readers to vote in a people’s choice poll for the best buskers this year via our website.

These are the ones you voted for as winners so far.

There’s plenty more out there, though –350 plus buskers actually –so get along to Peel Street and judge for yourself before the festival ends onSunday.


The accomplished guitarist and vocalist had a crowd around him from day one and has plucked his way into a few walk-up finals around town. You can catch him outside Perfect Pieces in Peel St when he not gigging with some admirers. Blake won the senior section in the Junior Battle of the Young Stars.


Three boys from Gulgong who showed us all how to play a box. Yes a box. From a charity store. Big. Green. Loud. As a drum. There were a few guitars and some great singing too. They had a rollicking good time and so did the crowd.



After a hiatus this ensemble is backand those who find them playing at the boutique end of Peel Streetare in for a treat. It’s a big band with a big sound.


He’s a bit shy, but boy can he play and sing. Izak has been setting up shop outside Illegal Lengthsand has been drawing in quite a fewmusic lovers with his skill on the guitar.


Do you want to learn how to yodel? Taylor can teach you …she sang it to us. It may not be the most popular of styles these days but with her banjo and her vocal gymnastics she sure is one to listen to. You’ll find her inPeel St near the sushi shop. On Saturday, Taylor took out the junior section in the Battle of the Bluegrass competition.


This Novacastrian has played at a number of spots around town, from the street to the back of tearooms, stages to walk-ups. His is a mix of modern pop and country, with a big voice and a rockingheart.


A trio of dynamic young performers who havelined up gigs around town. Their close harmonies and sweet voices still manage to cut through the din of the Boulevard of Dreams. Oh, and their drummer’s pretty laid back too. On Saturday, the Dennis Sisters took out the Battle of the Bands competition.


The finger picking goodness of Reid, from Adelaide, made me stop and do a double-take. He was playing a surfing classic, without a capo, and his fingers were like lightening. He’s been playing for, ooh, a good 18years and he’s only 23. Watch out for him. He’ll be back playing on the streettoday.

Boulevard of dreams: Buskers come lugging guitars, sound equipment and hopes to Tamworth each year. Photo: Gareth Gardner 200117GGC07


The official final judging of the Toyota Country Music Busking Competitionwill be at tonight’s concert in Bicentennial Park from 7pm. Entry to the competition, where the Top10 finalists will perform, is free.

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IT’S 2017 and yet sometimes it feels as though we are still in the dark ages.
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On Friday, there was an article on an Australian news website that was purely dedicated to what Roger Federer’s wife was wearing while he played in the Australian Open men’s semi-final.

Yes, Federer made it through to the final in a five-set match against Stan Wawrinka, but it was his wife Mirka that was instead the focus.

Mrs Federer had dared to wear a bright pink Gucci jumper that had an image of a tiger on it along with the words“L’ Aveugle Par Amour”, which is French for Blinded by Love.

And a big “whoopdy do” to that.

Sure, pan the camera and maybe take notice of what she’s wearing, it was bright and colourful after all, but to devote an entire article to it –please.

Of course this isn’t the first or the last time this has happened.

It seems to be something of a common occurrence in mainstream media, but it’s certainly a running commentary everyone could do without.

Who cares what Mrs Federer is wearing?

It’s her body, so it’s her choice.

Of course everyone would remember the days Australia had its first female Prime Minister in Julia Gillard.

Ms Gillard was constantly scrutinized for what she was wearing, how she spoke, her earlobes were “too long” and her hair was “too red”, according to some.

I’m not saying someone like Tony Abbott didn’t also draw attention for his appearance –how many times did we need to see the image of him in budgie smugglers?

Of course again it is his body, so his choice.

It’s just not something the media needs to focus on, particularly in this day and age.

Surely, focusing on someone’s achievements rather than how they look or what they wear would be far more scintillating.

Of course, the media isn’t all to blame.

The lounge chair critics were at it on Thursday night during the match, bashing Mrs Federer for her outfit.

The issue is this treatment does seem reserved just for women.

This has already been proven when KarlStefanovic wore the same suit on air on his morning television show for a year.

No one noticed.Imagine the outcry if a woman did the same thing.That’s the point –there shouldn’t be outcry and it needs to change. Pronto.

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STAR IN THE MAKING: Jimboomba-based tennis player, Joshua Irwin, aims to improve his Tennis Australia ranking in 2017. Photo: Louise Starkey
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Joshua Irwin is living proof hard work and dedication pays off.

The 16-year-old has trained with theFuture Pros TennisAcademy for over a decade, and has only just started to make his mark, climbing the tennis playing ladder, in the past 12 months.

Joshua excelledat theGold CoastCircuit of theJunior Development Series–winning the under 17s boys division–last year, and went on to scorefourth place at theHead QLD State Age competition in Rockhampton.

Now, the enthusiastic athlete said his eyes were set on becoming the best.

Joshua’s new yearresolution will be to improve his technique and mindset on the court, as well as his Tennis Australia ranking.

“I’m currently sitting around the 1600 mark and that’s up against the big guys like Nick Kyrgios, who is number one at the moment,” he said.

“I’m aiming to get to around the 1000 mark in the next 12 months or even 800 if I smash it.”

Future Pros TennisAcademy coaches Kiel Lindnerand AJ Thompson said Joshua had “huge potential” if the athletecontinued to train hard.

“Josh’s head space is probably his biggest downfall at the moment,” Kiel said.

“We need to get him focused and up his training, from three to seven hours on to about 15 hours training each week.

“He’s got what it takes and if he keeps going, pushing through the early mornings and not passing up training because he wants to sleep, there will be no stopping him.

“The talent is there and his skill set is second to none, and we’re really hoping to see him on the international circuit in the next few years.”

AJ said another goal on Joshua’s list will be to train for the 2017 Australian Money Tournamentseries–an array of semi-professional tournaments.

“He’ll start out training for, and doing, the Junior Tour and will go on to the Australian Money Tournament,” she said.

“Josh will also be looking to ramp up his school grades so he can look into the option of attending a tennis college, in America, after school.”

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Safety authorites will inspect the plane on Friday, which is still in the Swan River. Photo: Channel 7 The 1948-built twin engine seaplane was Mr Lynch’s pride and joy, a craft he referred to as the ‘family caravan’. Photo: Facebook
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Acting Police Commissioner Stephen Brown paid tribute to the victims and praised emergency services. Photo: ABC News 24

A plane that crashed into the Swan River as part of Australia Day celebrations in Perth on Thursday will remain in the water until the Australian Transport and Safety Bureau inspects it.

Peter Lynch, 52, and his female passenger Endah Aricakrawati, 30, died when his Grumman Mallard seaplane crashed into the river about 5pm, in front of thousands of people who had gathered for the annual Australia Day fireworks display.

The plane broke up on impact and a handful of pleasure craft nearby on the river, as well as emergency services, sped to the scene near Heirisson Island and tried in vain to rescue the occupants.

“People around me were screaming out and turning their heads,” acting Police Commissioner Stephen Brown told Radio 6PR on Friday.

“The plane was in the water .. within seconds the emergency services were there.

“Behind the police you see on the ground there are hundreds of senior people at Maylands police complex managing the events, the highest calibre people from all agencies, and they served us really well yesterday.

“But despite these amazing efforts they were unable to save Peter and Endah.”

The seaplane remains in situ, under water police guard.

The aviation fuel in the river has now dissipated, according to the acting Commissioner, who said comprehensive investigations would begin once the plane was extracted from the water within the next 24 hours.

“WA Police would conduct a coronial investigation and the ATSB would complete its own investigation,” he said.

“There would be a lot of work to do on the remains of the plane and it could take up to six months for the results to be known. Until then to speculate was pointless.

“I’d hope we have that out in the next 24 to 48 hours, but as you’d imagine it’s quite a logistical exercise.

“We might need to special equipment to be able to extract it without causing damage to the aircraft, because we don’t want to do that, we want it to come out as pristine as it can and we want to be able to recover all of the parts.”

The City of Perth cancelled the skyshow out of respect for the families of the deceased and to “conserve the integrity of the site”.

The commissioner said the 1000 or so police officers deployed to the foreshores were instrumental in informing the estimated 60,000 people who had already gathered about what was happening, as the news was simultaneously broadcast on social and traditional media.

Thankfully the bulk of the expected crowd of 300,000 had not yet turned up, with the mercury having risen to 41 degrees on Thursday and still remaining high late into the afternoon.

Perth Lord Mayor Lisa Scaffidi said the skyshow would not be rescheduled because the logistics were too difficult for an event of this scale, particularly given the sellout Big Bash League final at the WACA on Saturday and Chinese New Year celebrations were also scheduled.

She said the city would work on claiming losses against insurance and that the incident would not affect the future of the event, although future aerial displays will be reviewed in light of the investigation outcomes.

“While we say $1.9 million for the event, a lot of that is the logistical preparation and road closures and setup. The actual firework costs I am told is $450,000,” Ms Scaffidi said.

“A lot of those are reusable. How they will be reused at this time I cannot say. We are still working through the detail.”

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Peter Lynch was the father of three young children. Photo: Facebook Perth Skyshow plane crash victims Peter Lynch and Endah Cakrawati.
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Family and friends and the greater flying community are mourning the loss of pilot Peter Lynch and his passenger and partner Endah Cakrawati, who died on Thursday evening when his plane crashed into the Swan River during the City of Perth’s Skyshow event.

Mr Lynch, 52, and Ms Cakrawati, 30, died after Mr Lynch’s 1948-built Grumman Mallard plane crashed into the river before thousands of horrified people gathered for the annual Australia Day fireworks display.

The event was called off shortly after, with Labor leader Mark McGowan on Friday praising police and emergency services for their response to the tragedy and backing the decision to halt the fireworks.

“The decision to cancel the Skyworks yesterday was the right call given the tragic circumstances. It was a difficult decision to make, but importantly, it was the right decision,” he said.

Laura Lynch posted a heartfelt message on her Facebook page at midnight on Friday in the wake of the tragedy involving the father of her three children.

“With great difficulty I am unbearably saddened to confirm that my great friend and the father of my children passed after a tragic accident on the Swan River in Perth yesterday,” she wrote.

“Service details to follow in due course.”

Friends wrote back to Ms Lynch in support, expressing sympathy at the loss of a man who “lived his life with great joy … a good mate, father and friend”.

It is understood he and Ms Lynch had separated but had two sons and a daughter together.

Mr Lynch’s sister, Helen Lynch, said part of the family was travelling to Perth following the shocking news of his death.

“Just to confirm my brother Matthew’s post that our brother Peter and his new partner Endah died in yesterday’s Perth plane crash,” she wrote in a Facebook post.

“Matty is coming to stay here for a bit in Braidwood and our sister, other brother and mother have headed to Perth.

“Thanks for your understanding. It is a tremendous shock and we are still processing.

“We will miss him.”

Mr Lynch had recently moved to Perth from Brisbane to take a role as business development director at Fortescue Metals Group.

Ms Cakrawati worked with Mr Lynch as investor relations manager at Cokal, a mining company he founded in 2009.

It is not yet known if she has family or friends in Perth or Australia.

Just six months ago – around the time Mr Lynch moved to Perth – Ms Cakrawati had written on her Facebook page: “I have a great life, great friends, and great LOVE…..JUST PERFECT.”

Friends in Indonesia have paid tribute to Ms Cakrawati, whose photos show her going out with friends, playing the guitar and modelling.

“Rest in peace for my beautiful friend.. Still proud of u sis Endah Aricakrawati, u reach ur dream high.. We love u,” wrote one friend.

“Rest in peace my dearest friend,” said another.

WA’s acting Police Commissioner Stephen Brown also paid tribute to the pair, who he described as “two wonderful people”.

“And I extend those sympathies on behalf of all emergency service workers, not only the police but all emergency service workers in Western Australia,” he said.

Aviation community pays tribute

Mr Lynch told an aviation blog in a 2013 interview that he loved flying not just for the friends he made, but for the rush of being airborne, the “pure pleasure of getting up in the sky and having the freedom to go virtually anywhere”.

He said the best flying experience he’d ever experienced was after buying the Grumman Mallard plane in the US and completing the training to fly it, when he set off to fly over the Grand Canyon and Hoover Dam.

Aviation groups have posted tributes to Mr Lynch, who was held in high regard.

“It is with great sadness as we try to come to terms with the tragic news of the passing of Peter Lynch,” the Great Eastern Fly-in Committee wrote.

“Peter was a man of vision and one with a passion for aviation and was well loved and respected in our close knit flying community.

“Peter for many years attended the Evans Head Great Eastern Fly In, was the man with a vision for an Air Park at Evans Head, and was instrumental in the establishment of the Evans Head Aviation Museum.

“Our deepest and sincere condolences are expressed to Peter’s family and many friends who are grieving with his sad passing.

“Clear skies Peter….and may you rest in peace, our dear friend and colleague.”

WA community ‘shaken’ by tragedy

Labor leader Mark McGowan said the Swan River tragedy had shaken the WA community.

“My heart goes out to the families and friends of the two people involved. They’re in all our thoughts and prayers today,” Mr McGowan said.

“Thank you to our amazing emergency service workers for doing all the work they do in the most difficult circumstances.”

The Grumman Mallard was intended to have been displayed frequently at the Evans Head Aviation Museum and used to promote the airpark project around Australia.

Clive Palmer and colleagues also pay tribute

Former Queensland colleagues of Peter Lynch have also paid tribute to the aviation enthusiast and entrepreneur.

In a joint statement, Waratah Coal and chairman Clive Palmer said the “well known and respected” member of the mining community in Australia and south east Asia would be missed.

“Peter’s ingenuity, business savvy and entrepreneurial spirit allowed him to design, develop and manage a variety of large scale underground and open cut coal projects,” the statement said.

Mr Lynch held a number of senior positions throughout his Queensland mining career, which started in 1989. He joined Waratah Coal in 2006, and the company said his vision for the Galilee Basin mine and related projects helped create “one of Queensland’s greatest mine, rail and port infrastructure projects”.

“His zest for business flowed into his personal life, where his passions for restoring cars, boating and flying, were infectious,” they said.

“Our sincere condolences are expressed to Peter’s family and friends. He will be sadly missed by all who worked alongside him, especially by the Staff and Management here at Waratah Coal and the Mineralogy Group.”

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Some people collect frequent flyer points. Others collect records.

Matthew Butler collects Japanese Kit Kats.

The crisp, chocolate covered wafer biscuit wouldn’t necessarily cross your mind as special or unique.

In Australia, that is.

Japan is known for its eccentricity. Capsule hotels, talking toilets and cuddle cafes are all part of the norm., So perhaps it’s not surprising to find more than 300 varieties of Nestle’s Kit Kats.

Butler, a senior lecturer at Monash University, has made it his mission to conquer the Kit Kat kingdom. With more than 100 flavours under his belt including miso and corn, this Melbourne local has found an extra sweet hobby.

“I’ve always been fascinated with Japanese culture – both the historical stuff but also the pop culture stuff,” said Butler, who has a dedicated Tumblr page for his Kit Kat discoveries.

It wasn’t until 2010, however, when one of his honours students returned from holiday with a haul of Japanese treats that he first had a taste.

“I guess I’ve always been interested in trying weird and wonderful things. It was like ‘check these out, these are crazy Kit Kats’. So I tried a bunch of flavours. I’d always liked [Kit Kats] beforehand.”

Yuzu Koshu, a Japanese spicy sauce was the first flavour that struck a chord and to this day remains his all-time favourite.

“It was like a dark chocolate with citrus flavours and a peppery, kind of chilli taste.”

Unfortunately for Butler, this Kit Kat was part of a limited-edition range and is no longer available.

“The things with Kit Kats is that some of them are seasonal and regional. Some have stuck around since I first tried them but others have appeared and disappeared.”

Many of the flavours are only available in specific areas of Japan and are designed to showcase regional specialities.

In 2016, Hokkaido, famous for its fruit, inspired a mini melon and mascarpone cheese treat. Hiroshima’s maple red bean cakes have also been incorporated into the Nestle range. A few weeks ago a red velvet Kit Kat to celebrate Valentine’s Day hit the shelves with an estimated life span of just two months.

Shortly after learning of the Kit Kat craze, Butler packed his bags and left to discover more.

Matt Butler in a Kit Kat Chocolatory store, Japan. Photo: Matthew Butler

“I had just finished my PHD and decided I wanted to celebrate by climbing Mt Fuji and travel around Japan for a month. The Kit Kat symbolises what I like about Japan. It’s just odd, in all the best kind of ways,” he said.

After falling in love with the “weirdness of the culture”, Butler returned twice more to continue his Kit Kat hunting escapades.

“They were harder to find than I thought they would be. I found train stations were often the easiest place to find them. Convenience stores tended not to have a huge range, but sometimes you would luck out and find a random flavour, like cola,” he said.

Airports and food markets were the other best places as they stock more of the common flavours like chili, wasabi and sweet potato. Kit Kat Chocolatory Boutiques are spread across Japan and feature higher-end ingredients. Online stores have also started catering for international audiences as an affordable and convenient way to fuel the hobby without the plane ticket. “You can get the wacky flavours [online]. Six months ago, I got the sake one. They definitely taste quite sake-ish. You know what you’re eating,” he said.

After keeping a box of wrappers for record, Butler discovered his tastes were wackier then most. Soy sauce, wasabi, and pumpkin were among his top contenders. The maple pancake was a huge hit with family and friends. The fruit flavours, however, didn’t score as well.

“They’re pretty funky. A lot of the fruit ones don’t work. Melon and pear are terrible,” he said. Butler can’t wait for his next Japanese holiday and has made loose plans to go over in 2020 with his wife for the Tokyo Olympics. Predictions for an Olympic edition have been made.

With Kit Kat resembling the Japanese phrase “kitto katsu” meaning “to surely win” the stakes are high.

Matt Butler’s collection of Kit Kats include sake and rock-melon. Photo: Matthew ButlerMatt Butler’s picks for the most unusual flavours

1. Edamame … edamame (Japanese beans) is one of my favourite snacks. So are Kit Kats. So this should be a match made in heaven. WRONG.

2. Cola … a great surprise. The fizzy cola granules between the wafers make for a different, yet delicious, Kit Kat experience.

3. Apple Vinegar (as well as Shinsu Apple flavour) … apple should never be in chocolate, and this is no exception. The absolute worst Kit Kats!

4. Aloe Yoghurt … the fact this is a collaboration between Kit Kat and Tokyo Beauty Clinic (TBC) should be testament to its oddness. Not horrible but not great either.

5. Carrot … a seasonal Easter variation that mercifully has only appeared once and for a brief time. Veggies and chocolate are not a good mix.

6. Wasabi … imagine what you think wasabi in a white chocolate Kit Kat would taste like. It tastes EXACTLY like that. Full wasabi flavour with a touch of the heat.

See also: 20 things that will shock first-time visitors to Japan

See also: The one dish in Japan you won’t be able to eat

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Martin Sheen as Willard in Francis Ford Coppola’s, Apocalypse Now. Photo: American Zoetrope Francis Ford Coppola, right, directs Marlon Brando as Kurtz.
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Robert Duval, centre, as Lieutenant Colonel Kilgore.

“I love the smell of donations in the morning.”

That just might be what the team seeking to crowdfund a computer game version of Apocalypse Now might be saying today as their Kickstarter campaign has clocked up more than $US70,000 in its first 24 hours.

That is still a long way short of the $US900,000 they aim to reach by February 25, and the $2.5 million they ultimately think it will take to make their game console ready by 2020.

The developers of Apocalypse Now – The Game say they have chosen the crowdfunding route because it gives them the freedom to make something other than just another first-person shooter – the sort of game Francis Ford Coppola, the director, co-writer and producer of the 1979 Vietnam War classic had repeatedly been pitched, and turned down, by major game studios over the years.

Coppola’s film, based on Joseph Conrad’s short novel Heart of Darkness, is about US Army captain Willard (Martin Sheen) being sent up the Nung River on a mission to assassinate Colonel Kurtz (Marlon Brando), who has gone rogue. It is a violent, hallucinatory, shocking tale that lays bare the madness of war in general, and the pointlessness in particular of America’s involvement in Vietnam. There are no heroes in this tale, and little sign of sanity.

The developers are attempting to recreate that sense in their game, and that is why they have eschewed the traditional game studio route.

“We are not making a shooter – we are making a survival horror experience,” says executive producer Lawrence Liberty. “I want to make a game where you can sit on the boat and drop acid if that’s what you want to do. We’re crowdfunding this game because traditional game publishers would try to turn it into a shooter.”

Crowdfunding it was a way of testing the appetite of fans of the movie for such a project, the team say. And, adds director Montgomery Markland, it means “we will have the same independent creative authority that Francis Ford Coppola had when he made Apocalypse Now some 40 years ago”.

Coppola has given the project his blessing. He will act as a creative consultant, and his studio, Zoetrope, has licensed the work to the developers, precisely because their vision is not the standard one.

“I learned quickly that the major game publishers have modelled themselves after the big Hollywood studios in that they’re driven to make risk-free formulaic tentpole projects that fit easily into a specific genre,” Coppola said.

The team behind the game seemed to understand that the story “is about not getting killed, rather than being a killer”, he added.

Although the developers have set an October 2020 release date for the game in PC  form, they are hoping to have it finished in time for the 40th anniversary of the movie’s release.

Ultimately, their grander ambitions include console and a virtual reality version.

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Matthew Wade will captain Australia on the one-day international tour of New Zealand after Steve Smith’s withdrawal due to injury dealt another major blow to the relevance of the Chappell-Hadlee series.
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Following the earlier decision to rest David Warner from the series, Friday’s announcement that Smith will miss the tour means Australia will be without their on-field leaders, and two best batsmen, for a series that could clinch the reigning World Cup titleholders a lucrative bonus for topping the International Cricket Council’s ODI rankings.

While Smith’s injury is legitimate, the absence of Australia’s two biggest names from the series is further indication the team’s priority is the daunting challenge on the subcontinent rather than taking on their trans-Tasman rival.

It will also raise questions to the merits of having another Chappell-Hadlee series two months after the last battle, which was thrown in as a sweetener for New Zealand’s participation in last summer’s inaugural day-night Test.

Selectors met on Friday to decide on a stand-in captain and settled on Wade, who edged out former Twenty20 captain Aaron Finch and South Australia skipper Travis Head. Aborting Warner’s planned rest was discussed with the vice-captain but selectors decided against it.

Wade, who is also Victoria’s leader, will be Australia’s 24th captain in the ODI arena. Queensland youngster Sam Heazlett takes Smith’s place in the squad.

Smith injured his ankle on Thursday during the dead rubber ODI against Pakistan in Adelaide and will be sidelined for seven to 10 days, Cricket Australia said, but he is not believed to be in any doubt for the first Test against India, starting February 23.

Smith said he was having trouble walking but was confident it would not affect his Test preparations in Dubai, where Australia are holding a training camp.

“It was decided an hour ago that I’ve been ruled out of the New Zealand series,” Smith said on Friday morning.

“I’ve got a medial ligament injury to my left ankle. They think it’s a seven-to-10-day injury and I wouldn’t be fit for the first game, I’d be very unlikely for the second game and a possible for the third game. We’ve got a lot coming up so they think it’s an opportunity to rest it and be right for India.

“It’s a bit of a shock. I just landed really awkwardly on my foot and I felt something straight away. I was a little bit concerned, I’ve never really injured my ankle like that. I was in a bit of pain last night, I injured it and went off and got it strapped and looked at and was in a reasonable amount of pain in the field.”

While Smith has been in red hot form, it would have been too big a gamble to take Australia’s best player over to New Zealand and risk aggravating the injury before such a big series.

“I would have loved to have been in NZ, I feel like I’m batting really well at the moment,” Smith said.

“When I’m batting well I want to keep going. It’s disappointing from that aspect but we have pretty big fish to fry shortly in india. Hopefully the boys can do the job in the Chappell-Hadlee without me.”

The news was met with a mixed reception across the ditch as New Zealand now have a better chance of regaining the Chappell-Hadlee trophy, which they place a high importance on, though they would have liked to take on a full-strength Australian team.

“It’s disappointing for New Zealand because the Chappell-Hadlee series is the pinnacle event in our eyes – it’s a great opportunity for us against the No.1 ODI team in the world,” Black Caps selector Gavin Larsen said.

“You want to win against the best possible team you guys can put on the park. The thing that’s disappointing is you won’t be at full strength.

“[But] there’s no such thing as a bad Australian team. Your depth is tremendous, it will be one helluva scrap.”

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