and Chamonix and say hello to Surbiton -- the home of suburban skiing. 24 Friday, 18 September 2009 London Lite Metpays1m for hotels as 400 jobs cut A BOROUGH is hoping to become Greater Londons first ski resort with the launch of suburban skiing. A band of street skiers plans to travel through the streets of Surbiton, near Kingston, on skis made from ice. Linoleum will be laid over the tarmac during the charity event next month. This will be the first event showcasing the new sport. The technique has opened every high street, cul-de- sac and back road up as potential suburban ski slopes. The sport was devised by cheese club, Homage de Fromage. Its website boasts: Say No to Aspen Whysuburban skiingmaybe upyourstreet The forces Top five Samsung Tocco Lite Visit - Call 0800 781 7975 Save 20on this amazing touchscreen For people who want an amazing phone, they can customise, at an amazing price. With handwriting recognition, 3.2 megapixel camera and personalised home page widgets this is the phone for you. Now 79.95* was 99.95 *When you top-up 10 by credit/debit card or 20 for cash purchases freezysTepsTocoolcraze Breaking the mould: Jack Dimes, 17, will use curtain rails to ski Note: wear shoes so toes dont freeze off 1. Take two small bread moulds, or two rectangular tinfoil takeaway containers. Fill them with water. 2. Take pieces of wire (two for each foot) and tie loops in the ends. Place the wires in the water-filled moulds so that when the water is frozen, the looped ends will stick out of the sides of the ice. 3. Put mould in the freezer. 4. When water has frozen, thread a plastic cable tie through each pair of wire loops to make straps for your feet. 4. Place feet in the skis and make sure straps are tied tight. Make sure you wear sensible footwear to avoid toe loss. 5. Put on helmet, elbow and kneepads. 6. For skiing poles, take curtain rails and hold them with the flat bracket pointed down. 7. Assume traditional skiing position with knees bent. Push off and hit those slopes! THE Metropolitan Police is spending more than 1 m a year on hotel and conference room bookings, some costing in excess of 35,000 a day. The cash-strapped force, which this week announced plans to cut 400 uni- formed posts to help save 67m next year, booked 10,861 rooms across the country, many near Scotland Yard, at a total cost of 1,075,030. The bills included 42,000 for 300 nights in the Park Plaza in Victoria and 57 bookings of conference rooms at the De Vere Holborn Bars, costing up to 35,190 a day. Hilton hotels were also popular, with bookings for a total of 153 nights, includ- ing at Canary Wharf, Hyde Park, Islington, Kensington and Paddington. Police insiders said the Met deserves criticism for using hotels for conferences as it has its own meeting rooms. Mayor Boris Johnson has pledged to cut the huge amount of flab and fat from organisations such as the Met to protect frontline officers. His deputy Kit Malthouse announced this week that 400 custody officers were being replaced by civilians. Joanne McCartney, Labour policing spokeswoman on the London Assembly, said: The Mayor and his deputy talk about cutting police numbers to save money. Youd think if they really were in control of the ship they would look at cutting this kind of expenditure. The figures were disclosed in a freedom of information request by the Travelodge hotel chain. This followed the admission by the chairman of Essex Police Authority, Robert Chambers, that his force could recruit an extra 600 officers if staff used low-budget accommodation rather than more expensive hotels. A Met spokesman said the force had 45,000 staff, which placed a high demand on meeting space, and Met facilities are used when appropriate and available. Somebookingscost35kaday by GeorGina littlejohn n Copthorne Tara 987 nights, up to 134 a night n De Vere Holborn Bars 57 days at conference rates up to 35,190 a day n Jurys Kensington 855 nights, up to 110 a night n Strand Palace 590 nights, up to 136 a night n Park Plaza Victoria 522 nights, up to 184 a night 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.html44.html45.html46.html47.html48.html49.html50.html51.html