Boyszone 12 Tuesday, 13 October 2009 London Lite The Lite guy guide to changing a wheel Good fit: safety is rule number one Learn how to pLay the cooLest L ondon has gone ukulele crazy: the world record for the most uke players strumming a tune together in one place was set in June, when 850 people jammed along to Sloop John B by The Beach Boys at the inaugural London Uke Festival. Smaller, cheaper and easier to pick up than the guitar, this four- stringed instrument has become the height of cool: UK sales last year topped 1.5m, w h i l e R o b b i e Williams, david Bowie and Tom Smith from Editors are all fans. And who wouldnt want to emulate Elvis Presley in Blue Hawaii? Festival-goers have been blissing out to quirky covers by the Ukulele orchestra of Great Britain (youll never listen to Shaft in the same way again) and the uke has even over- taken the recorder as many schools learning instru- ment of choice. There are a huge variety of ukulele lessons available in the capital, as w e l l a s j a m sessions and karauke -- kara- oke with a twist. I popped along to the duke of Uke for my first lesson. If schoolchildren are learning it, how hard could it be? BY eifion rees Jointhe scrumto struma ukulele Spendit! Dressupyour ApplelaptopWISH you could tote your Apple laptop around in a case as stylish as the computer itself? Well, now you can, thanks to Ally Capellinos new range of Apple accessories which hits stores at the end of the month. Take your pick from functional and fashionable canvas satchels or leather laptop gloves, pictured, designed especially for MacBook Air notebooks and available in four colours. Prices from 110. nMENSWEAR brand Duffer Of St George celebrates its 25th anniversary this year. If you missed its capsule collection in August, heres a second chance to stock up on signature items for autumn/winter such as parkas, duffle coats, pictured, bomber jackets and hoodies. The second- wave collection is available from this month at JD Sports and Scotts stores, with prices starting at 19.99. WOULD you know what to do in the event of a flat tyre? Stewart Topp, this years Patrol Of The Year for the AA (theaa.com), has tips on changing a wheel. If in doubt, call the experts out If you dont have the tools or knowledge, call for assistance. Safety first Make sure everyones out of the car, that youre away from traffic and that the ground youre on is not soft, loose or uneven. Secure the car Switch off the engine, put the car in first gear (or P if automatic) and apply the handbrake. Wedge a wheel chock in front of and behind the wheel opposite the one youre changing. Jack car Place the jack in the point closest to the wheel that needs changing, check the head has engaged and extend until the car starts to lift. Slacken off the nuts Use a wheel brace to loosen the wheel nuts. Take off the wheel Raise jack so the wheel is just clear of ground. Fit the spare Secure the top nut first, then the rest, with fingers. Tighten in stages, working diagonally -- top, bottom, left, right. Lower the car before tightening nuts with wheel brace. eifion rees Ukulele hero: Elvis made the uke a hit after using it in films 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.html