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The Knack: How to stand up straight

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The Knack: How to get a pay-rise, by Richard Denny

When asking for a pay-rise, one has to accept that it is a sales process. You must persuade your employer that it is in their interest to pay you more. But you should be looking to see what you put into the organisation before you ask or more out of it. Ask yourself: do I do more than is expected? Am I reliable? Am I indispensable? If you're all of these, you're in a position of strength and getting a pay-rise will be easy.

The Knack: How to throw a party

Throwing a party is the equivalent to putting your name up in lights on Broadway. So think of all the facets that make a party memorable to you and adopt them; set out to create the style of party you would just have to attend!

The Knack: How to win at Monopoly

"Personally, I've never taken Monopoly too seriously. Even though my Dad was the first winner of the Monopoly Championships in 1972, we only ever played occasionally as a family, so it wasn't very competitive.

The Knack: How to teach an old dog new tricks, by Roy Page

"I don't know why people say you can't teach an old dog new tricks. It's certainly more difficult to teach them, for the same reason that it's difficult for an older person to learn something new. There's a general attitude in life that the older you get the less likely you are to accept change, but that doesn't apply to everybody, and it doesn't apply to dogs. Everything a dog learns is done by routine. If you start them when they're young, they'll learn quickly. If they're older, you'll have to break their old habits first. In these circumstances, patience is a virtue. Training methods have changed dramatically since I started 20 years ago. In those days, it was put the lead on and yank the dog around. Now, you would speak to your dog in a kind voice and the teaching would be done in a sort of play method. If you've got a dog that pulls your arms out of your sockets, get his attention with a toy or a titbit, use the lead gently and give him a reward when he walks to heel. This could be food, or just a bit of fuss. I only have to change the tone of my voice and say `You're a naughty boy' and my dog has his tail between his legs.

The Knack How to win at conkers, by Paul Vjestica

"Four of us from work first entered the competition last year. We got two or three rounds in and no further. Because we're all engineers, we analysed what happened. We considered that a downward strike wasn't the best approach because the string of your opponent's conker absorbed most of the impact and yours would come off worse. So we thought we'd try the sideways swipe.

The Knack: How to write a poem

Never rhyme id with lid, advises Brian Patten

The Knack: How to tell a joke

Keep it short and don't attempt accents, says Jenny Eclair

METRO CHOICE: Getting paid

Slackers are largely an invention of a desperate media, scrambling around for umbrella terms - New Queer Cinema, New Wave Of New Wave - to define an era. But you see the plaid shirts and goatee beards and you think: well, something must be afoot. Either that or they've all been shopping at The Gap. If you suspect a friend or relative of yours to be a "slacker", try this simple test. Show them Ben Stiller's self-conscious slacker film Reality Bites. Do they run screaming from the room to the sanctuary of a joint? If so, they're the real McCoy. The genuine king of the genre is Richard Linklater, whose beguiling films Slacker and Dazed and Confused are being screened as part of the NFT's season "A Slacker's Guide To Film". There's also the seminal Stranger Than Paradise, Gus Van Sant's Drugstore Cowboy and a fair proportion of turkeys in slackers' clothing (Naked in New York, Bodies, Rest And Motion). Plus a preview of Linklater's new movie, Before Sunrise (opening here on 21 April), which stars Ethan Hawke and Julie Delpy (below) as two strangers who spend a day together in Vienna. Sounds riveting, huh? Don't be sarcastic; it's, like, a real dream, man.

Review / The new wave: Annette Morreau on Simon Rattle and the CBSO at the Proms

If any proof were needed of the continuing value of the symphony orchestra to contemporary music, it must be Mark-Anthony Turnage's four-year 'residence' with the CBSO and Sir Simon Rattle. Its culmination, a monumental farewell gift to an orchestra and a conductor who have allowed him to mature into one of today's most gifted composers, Drowned Out, which had its London premiere at the Proms on Thursday, is a work of astonishing facility, brimming over with confidence and vitality. Lasting about 23 minutes, and scored for large orchestra - Mahlerian in proportion but with de rigueur saxophones - it was inspired by William Golding's novel Pincher Martin. Turnage, in a pre-Prom talk, spoke of his need for titles as a stimulus, but added that he doesn't want the work to be taken as a literal description of drowning (as offered in Golding's novel) even if it does convey a palpable sense of terror and of life passing away. The opening sombre tolling of bells against a mournful, funereal theme in the cellos and basses evokes memories of Britten's Sinfonia da Requiem, a work Turnage much admires, although he shrinks from being considered an 'English' composer. The central section is a breath-taking, glittering dance, showing how convincingly Turnage has found an identity of his own that captures the vitality of jazz and street music without any hint of 'fashion'. After a screaming climax, the final section returns to the mood of the opening, quietly ending with a long, desolate clarinet solo.

Here Today: The New Wave revival

Something's afoot at the Camden Palace. A dodgy indie disco, usually frequented by drop-outs with long, lanky hair and Suede T-shirts, its habitues have gone all smart. Suddenly, everyone's turning up in natty suits, shirts and ties: especially the girls. The unisex hairstyle is a short, slick bob, tucked beneath one ear. It all looks so very . . . early Eighties.
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All this talk of an ‘apocalyptic’ threat is simply childish

Robert Fisk: All this talk of an ‘apocalyptic’ threat is simply childish

Chuck Hagel and Martin Dempsey were pure Hollywood. They only needed Tom Cruise
Mafia Dons: is the Camorra in control of the Granite City?

Mafia Dons: is the Camorra in control of the Granite City?

So claims an EU report which points to the Italian Mob’s alleged grip on everything from public works to property
Emmys look set to overhaul the Oscars as Hollywood’s prize draw

Emmys look set to overhaul the Oscars as Hollywood’s prize draw

Once the poor relation, the awards show now has the top stars and boasts the best drama
French connection: After 1,300 years, there’s a bridge to Mont Saint-Michel

French connection: After 1,300 years, there’s a bridge to Mont Saint-Michel

The ugly causeway is being dismantled, an elegant connection erected in its place. So everyone’s happy, right?
Radio 1 to hire 'YouTube-famous' vloggers to broadcast online

Radio 1’s new top ten

The ‘vloggers’ signed up to find twentysomething audience
David Abraham: Big ideas for the small screen

David Abraham: Big ideas for the small screen

A blistering attack on US influence on British television has lifted the savvy head of Channel 4 out of the shadows
Tim Howard: I’m an old dog. I don’t get too excited

Tim Howard: I’m an old dog. I don’t get too excited

The Everton and US goalkeeper was such a star at the World Cup that the President phoned to congratulate him... not that he knows what the fuss is all about
Match of the Day at 50: Show reminds us that even the most revered BBC institution may have a finite lifespan – thanks to the opposition

Tom Peck on Match of the Day at 50

The show reminds us that even the most revered BBC institution may have a finite lifespan – thanks to the opposition
Air strikes? Talk of God? Obama is following the jihadists’ script

Air strikes? Talk of God? Obama is following the jihadists’ script

The President came the nearest he has come yet to rivalling George W Bush’s gormless reaction to 9/11 , says Robert Fisk
Ebola outbreak: Billy Graham’s son declares righteous war on the virus

Billy Graham’s son declares righteous war on Ebola

A Christian charity’s efforts to save missionaries trapped in Africa by the crisis have been justifiably praised. But doubts remain about its evangelical motives
Jeremy Clarkson 'does not see a problem' with his racist language on Top Gear, says BBC

Not even Jeremy Clarkson is bigger than the BBC, says TV boss

Corporation’s head of television confirms ‘Top Gear’ host was warned about racist language
Nick Clegg the movie: Channel 4 to air Coalition drama showing Lib Dem leader's rise

Nick Clegg the movie

Channel 4 to air Coalition drama showing Lib Dem leader's rise
Philip Larkin: Misogynist, racist, miserable? Or caring, playful man who lived for others?

Philip Larkin: What will survive of him?

Larkin's reputation has taken a knocking. But a new book by James Booth argues that the poet was affectionate, witty, entertaining and kind, as hitherto unseen letters, sketches and 'selfies' reveal
Madame Tussauds has shown off its Beyoncé waxwork in Regent's Park - but why is the tourist attraction still pulling in the crowds?

Waxing lyrical

Madame Tussauds has shown off its Beyoncé waxwork in Regent's Park - but why is the tourist attraction still pulling in the crowds?
Texas forensic astronomer finally pinpoints the exact birth of impressionism

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