Voices

Just as money drives the poachers, so visitors’ dollars can give communities a sustainable reason to protect their valuable wildlife. Simon Calder looks at the possibilities for East Africa

Jazz: Dave Douglas Quartet - Custard Factory, Birmingham

Great as it is, the great tradition can be a ball and chain for younger artists, especially in jazz where modernism started late but caught up fast. The experiments in the clubs of New York between 1945 and 1965 are the equivalent of several generations in French painting, from the cubism of bebop, say, to the Art Brut of free jazz, and they represent a heroic period of sustained invention that we still haven't come to terms with. What, then, remains to be said when so much has been said before, and so eloquently?

A skier with altitude set to bag the big seven

Graham Austick, a 26-year-old from Northumberland, has set his sights on becoming the first person to ski from the summit of the highest mountain on each of the seven continents.

Travel: "We would be pleased to welcome one or two children free of charge"

You read it here first: this year, you can expect a lot of newspaper travel stories on family camping holidays in France. I further predict that a disproportionate number will involve the writer driving a Vauxhall Sintra and sailing on Brittany Ferries.

Tennis: McGrath the high climber

Meredith McGrath should find it easy clambouring over Arantxa Sanchez Vicario and into the final of the ladies singles after recently scaling Africa's highest peak, Mount Kilimanjaro - all 19,340 feet of it.

The worst of friends

FITZGERALD AND HEMINGWAY: A Dangerous Friendship Matthew J Bruccoli Andre Deutsch, pounds 14.99

Bunhill: No smoking car

THE Cancer Research Campaign has some new and improbable allies: Edwina Currie, Stirling Moss and Hugo Spowers, alumnus of the Oxford Dangerous Sports Club (you know, bungee jumping in Avon, hang-gliding off Kilimanjaro, flying across the Channel in a helium-filled balloon shaped like a kangaroo). In the past nine years, young Hugo has been building up the Prowess Group, which, as you might expect, is a sort of up-market brrm-brrm group involved in restoring, designing and running racing cars.

Travel (Departures): Top 10 charts

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TRAVEL / Hobby Holidays - Walking

Whether you want to test yourself with a Himalayan trek, or meander through a string of French rural villages, there is a suitable walking holiday for you. Most operators give a clear indication of how demanding the walking is, using a grading system to help you choose a package that won't exhaust you. Prices are per person, including board, lodging and travel to overseas destinations unless otherwise stated. Programmes and prices may alter for this summer. You'll need walking boots and warm and waterproof clothing.

Travel: A military canal runs through it: Romney Marsh is one of the last wilderness areas in the South-east. To launch our series of UK spring breaks, David Hewson walks from Hythe to Rye; elsewhere we trek among Thai hill tribes and footslog up Kilimanjaro

Romney Marsh remains one of the last great wildernesses of south-east England. Flat as a desert, and at times just as daunting, it is an odd, occasionally eerie wetland straddling the coastal borders of Kent and Sussex, rich in birds, local folklore and solitary medieval churches.

Slowly on to the roof of Africa: At 5,000 metres on Kilimanjaro it is minus 15C. To keep warm you have to move quickly; if you move quickly you get acute mountain sickness. David Belton reports

Halfway up the escarpment, Pete, a Californian computer analyst, begins to throw up. His whole body shakes as he brings up streams of the sterilised water we have forced down our throats all night. A few feet away, Rob stands hunched against the cold. His face, eerily lit by my torch, glows white. After four hours' hard climbing, Gillman's Point looms 300m above us. I ask Pete if he thinks he can make it.

ROCK / Ever-increasing circles: Julian Cope, new antiquarian, talks to Kevin Jackson about setting stones in rock

DEVOTEES of Wayne's World - a body which, judging by the latest box-office returns, appears to be made up of about half the population of the Western hemisphere - may recall the scene when our young friends Wayne and Garth go backstage after an Alice Cooper gig. Part timid, part gleeful, they expect to witness the standard-issue debauchery of cocaine, groupies and the lash, but are greeted by something less predictable: a scholarly lecture from Mr Cooper on the political history of Milwaukee and the derivation of the town's name from a Native American term. 'Boy]' breathes Wayne, 'You guys really know how to party]'
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