London Lite Thursday, 16 July 2009 11 dads fury over claims outback drama was a stunt rescued brit hit by backpack backlash Drinktonight ...aroundVictoria Balls Brothers lALMOST all Balls Brothers bars are clustered in the City -- but this neat branch is in Victoria. And its got a corking wine list. For 18.50, a 2005 bottle of Cotes Du Rhone is pretty good value if youve got a group that wants to share. They sell champagne in half-bottles, too (Veuve Clicquot, 26.70). 50 Buckingham Palace Road, SW1W (020 7828 411) chris beanland Read1,ooosofpubandrestaurant reviewsandbookonlineat ha! ha! lPERFECT for the kind of after-work boozing occasions when you just want somewhere simple thatll keep everyone from the boss to the tea boy happy, Ha! Ha! fills with office workers in the early evenings. It offers a cheeky little caipirinha selection for summer: try the regular one, or a berry derivative with Chambord, raspberries, cachaa and, interestingly, sauvignon blanc (both 6.45). Cardinal Walk, Cardinal Place, SW1E (020 7821 1450) THE FAMILY of London backpacker Jamie Neale today hit back at claims in the Australian media that his miracle survival was a hoax. Gap-year student Jamie emerged gaunt and scratched but in relatively good health after 12 days lost in the Blue Mountains, in New South Wales. But some have questioned his tale of survival, suggesting the ordeal was a money-making scam, after celebrity agents said the 19-year-old from Muswell Hill could pocket up to 500,000 for his story. His father, Richard Cass, insisted the claims were untrue and said he would give any money raised to the rescue organisations which searched for his son and the Blue Mountains Hospital at Katoomba, where he is recovering. My boys no hoaxer. If you want to give me a cheque its got to go to the Blue Mountains Rescue Service or the Anzac Hospital, he told Australias Seven Network. I dont want any of this. I do not seek pub- licity. I dont want to be part of a celebrity culture. I just want my boy back and thats worth a million dollars to me. Police have said they have no rea- son to question the teenagers account, adding that his injuries are consistent with having been lost in the bush for an extended period. S u p e r i n t e n d e n t A n t h o ny McWhirter said: The incredible is always hard to believe. But weve had people who have survived a lot longer without food and water, in earthquake zones with people pulled out from under rubble. Rescue experts said although Jamie, who is due to study govern- ment and politics at Exeter University in October, made a number of mistakes which could have cost him his life, he also stuck to basic survival techniques. The teenager said he kept himself alive by eating berries and leaves after getting lost during a day walk of 10km to the lookout known as the Ruined Castle, and then a further 6km walk to Mount Solitary and back to Katoomba town in the dark. He asked for a hamburger as his first meal following his rescue. Doctors said Jamies condition was stable in hospital but he will not be allowed to leave until tomorrow afternoon at the earliest. He is still being treated for exposure and dehydration. Mr Cass, a teacher from Watford, who had carved a shrine to his missing son at Ruined Castle, said Jamie was yet to crack a smile. He said: Hes been to hell and back. Youd think hed be happy... maybe hes a bit fragile. by fRank thoRne Carving: dads shrine to Jamie Neale, above index.html2.html3.html4.html5.html6.html7.html8.html9.html10.html11.html12.html13.html14.html15.html16.html17.html18.html19.html20.html21.html22.html23.html24.html25.html26.html27.html28.html29.html30.html31.html32.html33.html34.html35.html36.html37.html38.html39.html40.html41.html42.html43.html