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Monday, December 4, 2017
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700,000 more kids and OAPs living in
poverty compared with four years ago
aUSTeRiTY and spiralling housing
costs have pushed a further 400,000
children and 300,000 pensioners
into poverty over the past
four years, a charity’s
report suggests.
More than 14million
people now live in poverty, which is classed as
less than 60 per cent of
average income, the Joseph
Roundtree foundation
(JRf) added.
it said Britain
was at a ‘turn-
by dominic Yeatman
ing point’ after the first sustained rise
in the figures for 20 years.
The report comes as the social
mobility czar alan Milburn (pictured) resigned, along with his
fellow board members, saying
there was ‘little hope’ of fixing
the problem because the government was fixated on Brexit.
‘There’s only so long you
can go on pushing water
uphill,’ Mr Milburn
added. ‘The govern-
ment as a whole, it’s become increasingly obvious, simply doesn’t have a
plan to tackle the searing divides that
scar the nation.’
The JRf singled out higher food
and energy bills, housing costs, along
with the four-year freeze on tax credits and working age benefits among
the chief causes.
its chief executive Campbell Robb
said: ‘Political choices, wage stagnation and economic uncertainty mean
that hundreds of thousands more
Continued on Page 2 »
Boy band wins final: Page 3 »
2 METRO Monday, December 4, 2017
Labour could hold
a second EU vote
LABOUR has not ruled out
holding a second Brexit
referendum, its international
trade spokesman revealed.
Barry Gardiner said it was not
party policy as no decision had
been made about a new vote.
If the party came out and
called for another referendum
on leaving the European Union
it would just ‘encourage’ the EU
to give Britain the ‘worst
possible deal,’ he said.
Any new vote must include a
threshold, of say two-thirds,
rather than a simple majority,
he added.
On Saturday, Jeremy Corbyn
said in Lisbon that Labour had
not set its position on the issue.
Trade talks optimism as EU
Brexit officials brief MEPs
Progress: Barnier (left) and Juncker AP
TOP EU officials are to meet with
MEPs today to discuss Brexit amid
hopes that a deal on future talks could
soon be struck.
European Commission president
Jean-Claude Juncker and his chief
negotiator Michel Barnier will brief
the European Parliament Brexit team
two hours before facing Theresa May
this lunchtime in Brussels.
The UK hopes to move on to discussing a post-Brexit trade deal with
the EU – if European officials agree
by DANIEL BINNS
‘sufficient progress’ has been made.
The prime minister is said to have
agreed to accept liabilities of up to
£89billion, a cost of up to £49billion
with rebates and other arrangements.
However, EU diplomats urged caution amid uncertainty about oustanding issues such as the Irish border.
Meanwhile, several senior Conservative ‘Brexiteers’, including ex-party
leader Iain Duncan Smith, said the
European Court of Justice should have
no jurisdiction in the UK during the
planned two-year transition period.
Health secretary Jeremy Hunt
warned yesterday Brexit might not
happen if Mrs May loses power, claiming ‘she is doing an unbelievably challenging job amazingly well’.
And a Mail On Sunday poll has
found that 50 per cent of Britons support a referendum on the Brexit deal.
Wife's Brexit fear: Page 4 »
BUSKER FAVOURITE
TO AID HOMELESS
BUSKERS’ song Streets
Of London has been
revamped to become a
Christmas hit to help the
homeless through charity
Crisis. Songwriter Ralph
McTell (pictured), 73, said
the country had become
‘inured’ to homelessness.
The rendition, out today,
marks 50 years since the
song’s release. It will be
performed by Annie Lennox
alongside an 88-voice choir
made up of charity workers
and homeless people.
Millions on the breadline
» Continued from Page 1
people are struggling to make ends
meet. The Budget offered little to
ease the strain and put low income
households’ finances on a firmer
footing.’
An estimated 4million children –
nearly a third of the total – are in
poverty, along with 1.9million OAPs.
It equates to £297 a week after
housing costs for a single parent with
two children aged five and 14, or
£144 for a single person with no
dependents.
Child poverty will rise until at least
2022, the Institute of Fiscal Studies
has said. The JRF, which is calling
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those on low incomes are not saving
for a pension and ‘more older people
are likely to rent and have higher
housing costs in retirement’.
The Department for Work and
Pensions said it was spending an
extra £4.2billion supporting
pensioners, carers and the disabled
in 2018 and still spends £90billion a
year on those of working age. Since
2010 ‘people in absolute poverty has
fallen by over half a million,’ it added.
But Shadow works and pensions
secretary Debbie Abrahams said wage
stagnation and cuts, combined with
rising cost of household essentials, was
a ‘terrifying prospect for millions’.
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Monday, December 4, 2017 METRO 3
RAK-SU VERY MUCH! BOYBAND VOTED THE X FACTOR KINGS
BOYBAND Rak-Su won the 14th
series of The X Factor last night,
beating Grace Davies in the final.
The Watford foursome
performed their single Dimelo
with Wyclef Jean, which is now on
sale with all profits going towards
the children’s hospice charities
Together for Short Lives and
Shooting Star Chase.
They had also impressed judges
with their self-penned songs
Touche and Mona Lisa.
Beaten finalist Grace
Lewis, 20, from Blackburn
had reprised ‘Too Young’ –
another self-penned song
which reached No.3 in the
iTunes chart after she
showcased it earlier in
the series.
Judge Simon Cowell
told the finalists: ‘I
think maybe you have
changed this show for
ever because you write
your own songs.’
Just 4.4million tuned in
to see the first-leg of the
final on Saturday,
1.1million down on last
year and a fraction of
the 19.4million who
watched in 2010.
Jubilant: Rak-Su celebrate after
learning they have won the X Factor
final, ahead of Grace Lewis DYMOND/REX
Shirley’s cha-charm
offensive to see off
Darcey rift rumours
by TOM STICHBURY
STRICTLY star Shirley Ballas insists
she doesn’t step on Darcey Bussell’s
toes – as she played down past reports
of a rift between the pair.
Despite having chalk and cheese
upbringings, the show’s head judge
assured fans they get on swimmingly.
‘Our backgrounds are worlds apart. I
come from a housing estate, the underprivileged if you like, and she comes
from privilege,’ Shirley explains.
‘But her persona and lovely attitude
work well with mine. I just want to
cuddle her all the time.’
Taking a trip down memory lane, the
‘queen of Latin’ said: ‘When I was
young we didn’t have a pot to piddle
in. Our dad left when I was two and
my brother David three.’
Shirley says a family tragedy – David’s suicide at 44 – helped her build
bridges with her estranged father.
‘My dad wasn’t part of my life until
David died, when we grew closer,’ she
recalls. ‘Now, I love him to bits’.
Meanwhile, Shirley, 57, can’t keep
away from social media – even after
feeling the heat for the shock departure
of contestant Aston Merrygold.
‘When they [trolls] write terrible
things on Twitter, I try to take a step
back, breathe and think, “What situation are they in?”’ she tells this week’s
Radio Times (out now). ‘They are
judging me, but I don’t have to judge
them,’ she added.
Last night, EastEnders actor Davood
Ghadami became the tenth celebrity to
Perfect
partners:
Darcey and
Shirley hand
out advice
(above) and
Nadiya and
Davood exit
the show
(left) BBC
leave the contest after losing out to
former X Factor winner Alexandra
Burke, 29, in the dance off.
The dad-of-two, 35, beamed: ‘I
never thought I’d get this far which is
why I am smiling.’ Praising
partner Nadiya Bychkova, 28,
he added: ‘This is Nadiya’s first
year on this show and I think
she’s done incredibly well.’
4 METRO Monday, December 4, 2017
Royal bodyguard:
My French wife is
facing Brexit crisis
Honour: Francoise and Simon Milne
after Marine received his MBE PICTURE: PA
A SERVING bodyguard to the Queen
is ‘angry and frustrated’ after his
French wife of 24 years was left
fearing for her future right to stay in
the UK.
Former Marine Simon Milne MBE,
58, said his wife decided to apply for
permanent residency because of the
uncertainty surrounding Brexit.
But Francoise, 50, had her application refused in October as she could
not prove she was ‘self-sufficient’ –
leaving her ‘scared and confused’
about the future.
‘She has supported me through my
career with the Royal Marines and
now in my current role,’ said Mr Milne,
who has served in Northern Ireland
and Bosnia and is one of 27 Gentlemen at Arms who guard the Queen.
‘I am flabbergasted with this decision. I can only hope that it is an unintended oversight,’ added Mr Milne,
who is chief executive of the Royal
Botanic Garden in Edinburgh.
Mother-of-three Ms Milne said that
her ‘world has been shattered’ by the
Brexit vote. ‘It felt like I had been cut
by DAN O’DONOGHUE
in half when the vote came back yes,
my children were crying,’ she said.
‘I never felt I needed to claim dual
nationality before, I could move about
freely and work freely, now it feels like
a lot of freedom has gone.’
She added: ‘I don’t know what will
happen after 2019, I don’t know if
there will be time limits on how long I
can stay in the country, if I want to
leave to see my parents in France I
don’t know what the rules will be on
coming back.’
The Milnes’ MP, the SNP’s Deidre
Brock, has written to ministers and
raised the case in a Commons debate
last week.
She said: ‘The government says EU
nationals shouldn’t worry, then refuses
residency to long-term citizens like
Francoise.’
Home Office minister Brandon
Lewis told the Commons last week
that an agreement with the EU on citizens’ rights is ‘within touching distance’.
Monday, December 4, 2017 METRO 5
Farage: Ridiculous
fuss over Trump’s
extremist tweets
by DANIEL BINNS
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On the defence: Nigel Farage on the
Andrew Marr show with Ayesha
Hazarika (centre) and Kate Andrews from the
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Risk of rift with US as Trump slams PM
THE special relationship between the
US and UK looked in jeopardy last
night as the row over Donald Trump’s
anti-Muslim Twitter posts intensified.
MPs launched an unprecedented
attack on the American president in
Parliament for sharing videos from
far-right group Britain First. It came
is viewed by the public as ridiculous.’
His comments were met with anger by
co-panellist and former Labour aide
Ayesha Hazarika. She said: ‘Donald
Trump is a racist, he’s misogynistic
and he’s Islamophobic. He peddles in
stirring up hate and division. That
might be something you agree with,
but that is not what British values are
in this country.’
She added: ‘Just remember as Jo
Cox lay dying, the scumbag who executed her shouted out the words “Britain first”.’
But the MEP accused Ms Hazarika
of being ‘out of touch’ and repeated
his claim to have ‘done more than anybody to stop the rise of the far-right in
Britain’. On Twitter, Labour MP David
Lammy said: ‘@Nigel_Farage defends
Trump promoting Britain First? Nothing but a pound shop Enoch Powell.
We fought the National Front in the
’80s and we’ll do it again.’
Later in the same programme, Tory
MP Jacob Rees-Mogg, asked if he
thought the president had crossed an
‘important boundary’, said: ‘Though I
am on Twitter, I think it is a fundamentally trivial medium and it is not worth
spending so much time fussing.’
Sky News political correspondent
Beth Rigby responded on social media,
saying: ‘Retweeting far-right propaganda to 44million people doesn’t feel
trivial to me.’
METROTalk : Pages 16-17 »
I wrote Flynn message, claims lawyer
TwIT
HITS
THE
FAN
Angered MPs:
Donald Trump
refused to
say sorry for
sharing tweets
from far-right
Britain First AP
FORMER Ukip leader Nigel Farage has been accused of hypocrisy
after saying he will take a taxpayer-funded EU pension. Mr Farage, as
an MEP, will reportedly get a £73,000 annual pension at 63. It could be
part-funded by Britain’s estimated £50billion ‘divorce bill’. On BBC1’s The
Andrew Marr Show Mr Farage, 53, said ‘Why should my family and others
suffer even more?’ The Lib Dems called him ‘a shameless hypocrite’.
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Friday, dm 1, 2017
NIGEL FARAGE provoked fury yesterday when he defended Donald
Trump for retweeting anti-Muslim
videos posted by a far-right group.
The former Ukip leader said the row
had been ‘blown out of proportion’
and suggested the US president did not
have ‘an earthly clue’ about the identity of the extremist Britain First group
when he shared the clips last week.
It comes amid calls for Mr Trump’s
state visit to the UK to be cancelled
over the Twitter posts, which were
condemned by Theresa May and MPs
from all parties.
But Mr Farage, a Trump supporter,
told BBC One’s The Andrew Marr
Show: ‘Do I think those tweets were in
good taste? Not particularly.
‘[But] the level of outrage from the
liberal elite in this country is out of all
proportion. The idea that that should
lead to half the Labour party saying he
shouldn’t be allowed to come to our
country frankly is ridiculous and I think
DANIEL BINNS
after Mr Trump refused to apologise
and attacked Theresa May for saying
he was wrong to share the clips.
He tweeted: ‘@Theresa_May, don’t
Continued on Page 5 »
DELICIOUS
HUMBUG
FROM RHYS
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Twitter storm: Friday’ss Metro on Trump
DONALD TRUMP’S aides have
dismissed a tweet from the
president that said he fired his
former national security adviser
for lying to the FBI about his
secret talks with Russia before the
president took office.
On Saturday, the US president’s
account tweeted: ‘I had to fire
General [Michael] Flynn because
he lied to the Vice President and
the FBI. He has pled guilty to those
lies. It is a shame because his
actions during the transition were
lawful. There was nothing to hide!’
This contradicted his claims that
Flynn was dismissed in February
for misleading vice-president Mike
Pence over his meetings with the
Russian ambassador.
Flynn pleaded guilty on Friday
to lying to the FBI, which sources
close to Mr Trump said he did not
know when he sacked him.
Yesterday, Mr Trump’s lawyer
John Dowd insisted he had written
the tweet and apologised for his
‘sloppy’ phrasing. Former FBI
director James Comey, who was
sacked by Mr Trump in May, said
just a few days after Flynn’s
departure that Mr Trump had
privately asked him to ‘go easy’ on
his former adviser.
Critics have said if Mr Trump
knew Flynn had lied to the FBI at
the time then this was an attempt
to obstruct justice.
Former head of the US office of
government ethics, Walter Shaub,
said: ‘Before we slipped into an
alternate universe of unabashed
corruption, this tweet alone might
have ended a presidential
administration.’ But Mr Trump
tweeted yesterday: ‘I never asked
Comey to stop investigating Flynn.
Just more Fake News covering
another Comey lie!’
The Trump administration has
refused to comment, but the White
House has previously said Mr
Trump’s tweets should be
interpreted as official statements.
Cordelia Lynch: Page 13 »
6 METRO Monday, December 4, 2017
Pressure grows on Green
over ‘unacceptable’ porn
by GAVIN CORDON
A CABINET minister has piled pressure on Damian Green, saying it was
‘not acceptable’ if he used a Commons
computer to view pornography.
Mr Green, also under investigation
over claims of inappropriate behaviour
towards a woman Tory activist, has
strongly denied using the computer to
watch porn.
Asked on BBC One’s Andrew Marr
Show whether such behaviour was
acceptable, education secretary Justine
Greening said: ‘There are clear laws. I
think most employers would say it
wasn’t acceptable.’
Health secretary Jeremy Hunt, however, backed Mr Green. ‘I trust him
absolutely and that’s why I believe
what he says, but there is an investigation, and I think, we should wait,’
he told ITV’s Peston On Sunday.
Meanwhile, The Sunday Times
reported Theresa May’s chief of
staff, Gavin Barwell, said that
if Mr Green stayed as effective deputy prime minister,
it would look like she was
protecting ‘her mate’s job’.
On Friday, ex-detective Neil
Lewis told the BBC he was
Inquiry: Damian Green denies claims, and (left) cabinet colleague Justine Greening
‘shocked’ at the volume of porn found
during a 2008 investigation when Mr
Green was an opposition home affairs
spokesman and had ‘no doubt’ it
had been amassed by the Tory MP,
echoing claims made by ex-assistant commissioner Bob Quick. Their
PA
actions, however, were condemned by
the chief inspector of constabulary, Sir
Thomas Winsor, who said police had
an ‘enduring’ duty of confidentiality.
‘Such violations may have a chilling
effect on the willingness of victims
and witnesses to cooperate,’ he said.
Labour peer:
I’ll pay back
travel claims
A LABOUR peer has offered to
repay travel expenses between
London and his Brighton home
after admitting it would have been
‘more appropriate’ not to have
claimed the money.
Lord Bassam receives a
parliamentary allowance of £36,366
a year – part of his salary as
Labour’s chief
whip in the
Lords, the
Mail on
Sunday
reported. The
payment is to
cover expenses
in ‘staying
overnight
away from
their main or
only residence’. However the paper
said Lord Bassam (pictured) simply
made the hour-long train journey
between Brighton and London
while also claiming about £6,400 a
year for train tickets and taxi fares.
In a statement he said: ‘While I
have not been advised that any
breach of the rules has taken place,
waiving the right to such travel
claims would perhaps have been a
more appropriate response.’
He said he will repay previous
travel claims.
Monday, December 4, 2017 METRO 7
Leaping
to the
rescue
Cliffhanger:
A base jumper
throws himself
off the edge to
help his friend
SOLENT NEWS
Hero base jumper
takes the plunge
to help injured pal
at Beachy Head
Chute-ing star: The paramedic in mid-fall
A BASE jumper leapt straight to the rescue
after his friend crashed into a 530ft cliff at
Beachy Head.
The trained paramedic wasted no time in
following his pal over the edge after seeing
him lose control, hit the cliff face, and plunge
to the beach below.
The coastguard was called, along with a
search and rescue helicopter, after the accident near Eastbourne, East Sussex. A coastguard spokesman said: ‘Birling Gap coastguard team were sent to a base jumper whose
parachute had pulled him towards the cliff.
by DANIEL BINNS
One of the other base jumpers was a paramedic who immediately jumped off the cliff
to his aid.’
He said a paramedic on the helicopter
treated the base jumper who had a broken hip
and was stuck near Beachy Head lighthouse.
He was airlifted and handed over to ambulance crews in Brighton.
The coastguard has warned people to stay
away from the Beachy Head cliffs where there
have been a number of rock falls this year.
Rescued: A helicopter arrives to lift the man to hospital
Monday, December 4, 2017 METRO 9
MELTDOWN AT EUSTON
Huge disruption after overhead wires damaged
RAIL passengers suffered severe
disruption after Euston station was
closed for an entire morning to allow
engineers to replace damaged
electrical overhead wires.
Trains began running at around midday yesterday, with lines fully open by
1pm, but passengers were told to
expect delays throughout the day.
More than 500 metres of wire near
Wembley, north-west London, needed
replacing after it was damaged at
around 3.30pm on Friday.
A set of railway points
also had to be
by RYAN WILKINSON
repaired. The cause of the damage had
yet to be established.
Ross Kennedy, who was on a weekend break, told the BBC he had been
badly affected by the disruption.
‘Friday night was a disaster at
Euston, and we were about two hours
delayed getting up to Manchester,’ he
said.
Laura, 24, from Dumfries, tweeted:
‘No trains out of London Euston,
cheers! No information and stuck
on a train to Birmingham standOn track:
Shadow chancellor
John McDonnell
PICTURE: REX
McDonnell: National
rail will pay for itself
LABOUR’S plan to renationalise the
railways will ‘pay for itself’ by being
more efficient, shadow chancellor
John McDonnell has said.
He dismissed claims the party’s
nationalisation programme, which
includes taking rail operating
companies into public ownership
when the current franchises end,
represented a big hole in its tax and
spending plans.
‘When you acquire an asset that is
a valued asset, it pays for itself
because it is an earning asset. That
therefore covers the cost of
nationalisation itself,’ Mr McDonnell
told Sky News’ Sunday With
Paterson show.
‘It would be cost-free because it
pays for itself. You get an income
from the operation of the service.’
He highlighted the example of the
East Coast line which he said
generated an income for the treasury
when it was temporarily re-
nationalised and was facing the
prospect of a further government
bailout now it is in private hands.
‘When the East Coast line was
brought into the public sector and
managed efficiently it paid into the
treasury £1billion,’ he said.
‘The government is now having to
bail out the East Coast line again.
The cost is probably £2billion. What
we are saying is bring it into public
ownership where it will be managed
more effectively. It will pay for itself.’
Mr McDonnell said Labour would
be able to eliminate borrowing for
day-to-day expenditure in five years
by investing in the economy, which
will ‘give us a return’.
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ing for 2 hours because of no extra carriages!’
Passengers hoping to use Virgin,
London Midland and London Overground were advised by Network Rail
to check before travelling.
RMT union boss Mick Cash said
‘serious questions’ needed to be asked
about the state of rail infrastructure.
He demanded ‘an investigation into
the impact of current cuts to maintenance and renewals at Network Rail
and the future impact of the further
planned cuts, privatisation and fragmentation’.
Going
nowhere:
Euston
services were
suspended
yesterday REX
Monday, December 4, 2017 METRO 11
Meghan will add sparkle
to Queen’s Christmas Day
by DANIEL BINNS
MEGHAN MARKLE is set to become
the first royal fiancée to spend Christmas with the Queen.
The 36-year-old, whose engagement
to Prince Harry was announced last
week, will join Her Majesty and family at her Sandringham estate in Norfolk, according to The Sunday Times.
The festivities are said to include a
black-tie dinner, a full English breakfast, a church service and a pheasant
shoot. It is thought unlikely Meghan
will attend the hunt due to her reported
opposition to blood sports.
In earlier reports, royal sources said
the American actress was not expected
at Sandringham for Christmas.
There is speculation her name has
now been added to the guest list at the
request of Prince Harry.
If that’s the case, it breaks royal tradition. The Duchess of Cambridge,
when she was plain Kate Middleton,
spent Christmas 2010 with her parents
in Berkshire, despite getting engaged
to Prince William the previous month.
A friend of Harry, 33, told The Sunday Times: ‘Now they are engaged, it
was unthinkable that they would be
apart for Christmas. The royal family
Royal visits:
Meghan in
Nottingham.
She is said to
be spending
Christmas at
Sandringham
(left) AP/REX
have fully welcomed Meghan into the
fold.’ The newspaper said the couple
were also planning to visit Meghan’s
mother, Doria Ragland, in California
during the festive period.
The couple are due to marry at St
George’s Chapel, Windsor Castle, in
May next year. No date has been
announced. Ms Markle did her first
official royal engagement with Harry
in Nottingham on Friday.
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IN BRIEF
Landlords’ £200k
immigrant fines
HUNDREDS of landlords have
been fined in a government
right-to-rent crackdown on
illegal immigration.
Seventy-five civil penalties
from July to September took
the tally since the start of last
year to 311, with a total value of
just over £200,000.
Right-to-rent requires
landlords to establish that
tenants or lodgers have a right
to be in the country by copying
documents such as passports
or identity cards.
Failure to comply can mean
up to a £3,000 fine per tenant.
Arrest over ‘dirty
protest’ at match
A FOOTBALL supporter whose
team who have not won at
home for almost a year was
arrested after pulling his pants
down during a match.
Fellow Sunderland fans said
the teenager had defecated on
his seat during Saturday’s 3-1
defeat to Reading at the
Stadium of Light.
One wrote on the Ready to
Go forum: ‘What sort of filthy
animal even does something
like this? He should be locked
in a cage.’ A club spokesman
said the matter was in the
hands of Northumbria Police.
Monday, December 4, 2017 METRO 13
Change in gun
law is not what
world expects
Could Trump
be skating
on Flynn ice?
D
ONALD TRUMP started
tweeting before dawn
yesterday. His free-flowing
commentary on the Russia
investigation is likely to go
straight into special counsel Robert
Mueller’s files of possible evidence.
The president criticised the FBI, the
justice department and seized on news
‘He lied’: Mr Trump’ss tweet on Mr Flynn
that one of Mr Mueller’s team had been
to said it makes you wonder about the
ousted over anti-Trump tweets.
PR strategy of his legal adviser.
But it was his claim that part of his
Despite Mr Flynn’s guilty plea, there
rationale for firing national security
is still no smoking gun, no proof of
adviser Michael Flynn
collusion. There may never be. But it’s
was because he
hard to see why the methodical Mr
had lied to the
Mueller would have agreed to a plea
FBI that got Mr
deal for Mr Flynn unless he thought it
Trump’s critics
could net him bigger fish.
excited. They
Jared Kushner, the president’s son-injumped on it as
law, and K T McFarland, former deputy
possible proof
national security adviser and nominee
that the president
to be ambassador to Singapore,
tried to obstruct
whom I have interviewed, are
justice – something
named as possible targets.
he vehemently denies.
For the White House, it is a
It has since been
frustrating distraction. One
claimed the tweet in
source interviewed by Mr
question was drafted by
Mueller’s team told me:
Mr Trump’s chief
‘People working in
lawyer John Dowd.
Admission:
But
Michael
American politics ought to
That will probably
Flynn is thought to
be careful about calling for
minimise the fallout
their opponents to be
for the president, but
have made a deal REX
locked up.’
Republicans I spoke
Republicans pin election hopes on tax cuts
FRIDAY might have been a difficult day for Mr Trump, but he had
perhaps his greatest night yet as president. Republicans scored their
first major legislative win as the Senate backed sweeping tax cuts. They
hope the cuts and a booming economy will help them to appeal to
voters between now and next November. But it was a scrappy fight, with
Democrats complaining about unreadable handwritten amendments.
Where’s Waldo? Not in Texas
jails, but KKK book is just fine
MORE than 10,000 books are
banned in Texas prisons, but you
might be surprised by the choices.
The Color Purple,
Freakonomics
and Where’s
Waldo? Santa
Spectacular are
not permitted,
but Adolf
Hitler’s Mein
Kampf and two
books by former
Ku Klux Klan
grand wizard
David Duke are.
According to the
Texas Department of Criminal
Justice, literature is banned if it has
information on explosives, could
inspire strikes or riots,
mentions
illegal sex
acts or
contains
explicit
images, gives
tips on
criminal
schemes or if
the binding
could be used
to help hide
contraband.
@CordeliaSkyNews
Running for cover: Concertgoers flee the Las Vegas shooter
GETTY
WHILE Washington has been consumed by
the Russia investigation, a gun bill beloved
by the firearms industry has been quietly
edging closer to becoming law.
The National Rifle Association is
expected to score its first big legislative win
of the year, two months after 58 people
were killed in Las Vegas in the deadliest
mass shooting in modern US history.
The act would force states with strict gun
laws – such as requiring permit holders to
have training or barring convicted stalkers
from owning guns – to recognise firearms
permits from states with lower thresholds.
It would also allow off-duty police officers
to carry weapons in school zones.
14 METRO Monday, December 4, 2017
The showstopper I just
can’t get fired up to try
P!NK is renowned for getting the party started at her
spectacular live shows by taking to the skies for a string of
gravity-defying stunts.
But the mum-of-two admits she is a real party pooper when
one particular hair-raising idea of starting a show comes her
way… being shot out of a cannon.
‘I’ve been asked twice and it’s still being suggested. They just
know that I’m an idiot and I’ll do whatever… other than being
shot out of a cannon,’ she exclaims.
‘I’m very pyro-phobic, I don’t like fire’, she added.
P!nk, whose seventh album Beautiful Trauma is out now,
confesses to being curious about being the first pop star to
perform in space.
‘I would do that,’ she teases, before cautiously adding:
‘Actually I don’t want to go through that mock stage.’
Last month, P!nk outdid herself when she sang while scaling a
skyscraper at the American Music Awards in Los Angeles.
There’s a time for
stunts: P!nk sits on
hand of clock at the
Billboard Awards REX
A N D R E I H A R M S W O RT H ’ S
What About
Us? Yes, we
U
argue... but
we’re happy
P!nk on ups and downs of marriage
H
little defensive’. The Family Portrait
ONESTY is always the
singer says she is just being ‘painfully
best policy, insists P!nk –
honest about the human experience’
especially when it comes
and is ‘proud’ to be an open book.
to delivering cold, hard
‘It’s the truth. Other people are going
truths on married life.
In an exclusive interview with Guilty through it and it’s okay,’ she continues.
‘If you come back from it, and we’re
Pleasures, the US singer revealed she
testament to that, then I’m proud, I’m
has been criticised for speaking so
not ashamed.’
frankly about her relationship with
P!nk, real name Alecia Beth Moore,
husband Carey Hart.
knows just how tyre-some other halves
‘I had a woman come up to me and
can be... bringing up the time she
try to make me feel bad about
slashed Carey’s motorcycle tyres.
something I said about
‘I sliced my hand open and
my marriage,’ she said.
got 13 stitches. He’s an
‘I was talking about
a**hole sometimes,’ she
how it’s f***ing hard,’
laughs. ‘It was a long time
she explains.
ago – Thanksgiving 2005.
‘Sometimes, I
I was very passionate
love that
that day’.
person
But the 38-year-old
more than
superstar – who shares
anything.
daughter Willow, six,
Other
and 11-month-old son
times, I’m
Jameson with Carey,
like, “I
42 – insists they’re
don’t like
back on track.
anything
‘We [like to] go
about you,”
for motorcycle
and
rides, but most
sometimes
of the time we
you don’t
just want to be
have sex for a
with our kids,’
long time.
she gushes.
‘The woman
Last night,
said, “You
P!nk raised
don’t have sex
Happy together...
the roof by
with your
most of the time we
performing
husband? Your
during The
are: P!nk and hubby
relationship
X Factor live
must be
Carey Hart REX
final.
awful.” I got a
easy
Making my dad proud ain’t they
bring
WHO Knew P!nk’s toughest
critic would be her father?
Despite having three No.1s and
19 top ten UK singles under her
belt, the music idol has been told
she still has some grafting to do.
‘My dad says I haven’t written
that signature song, so I’d like to
do that for him,’ she said.
‘He listens to Billy Joel and Elton
John... every f***ing song
out is a signature song!
‘Apparently, I haven’t done that
yet. I have to work on my writing
skills,’ she quipped.
We think your pa, Jim, should have
another listen to What About Us –
which has put P!nk in the running
for best solo pop performance at
next month’s Grammys.
Monday, December 4, 2017 METRO 15
with Tom Stichbury
@Metro Showbiz
@Metro_Showbiz
PARTY GIRL
CARA’S SCOT
THE LOOK...
Kooks singer Luke is brooding
... for a turn to change nappies
said: ‘It’s early days but having
KOOKS frontman Luke
kids would be great.’
Pritchard admits he is
Meanwhile, the band – also
broody – after comparing the
made up of guitarist
band’s latest tour to a daddy
Hugh, Peter on bass
day-care centre.
and drummer Alexis –
UPHe exclusively told
revealed their rider
AND-COMER
GP he can’t wait to
for Saturday’s gig at
JORJA SMITH is to
change nappies.
the SSE Wembley
create more buzz – after
‘Three of the
arena, was anything
being unveiled as
guys have kids,
but rock’n’roll. ‘We
the winner of The
so it’s like a
have bathrobes
Brit Awards 2018
crèche,
with our initials,’
Critics’ Choice gong.
which is
Luke said, joking
The 20-yearsweet,’ he
they’d like a bath
old singer
added.
Off his rocker?:
of ‘Evian water
beat Mabel
Luke, who’s
with a sprinkling
Kooks frontman
and Stefflon
been with
of champagne’.
Don to the
girlfriend
Luke can’t wait to
That’s more
prize.
Ellie since
start a family REX
like it.
April,
Lil Peep show! Tribute to late rapper
A TOUCHING tribute was
paid to late US rapper Lil
Peep in the capital.
The 21-year-old, real name
Gustav Åhr, died of a
suspected drug overdose
last month. Gone, but not
forgotten, a picture of him
ain: Cara
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The
Gutter
Ed: Bey’s a hard
act to mail down
Rupert: I’m not
a Bard sculptor
Sam’s a Brit of a
birthday expert
Despacito’s viral
video of the year
ED SHEERAN says
it’s tough getting
in touch with Beyoncé.
‘I have an email address,
[but] it changes every
week,’ said Ed who duets
with Bey on Perfect.
RUPERT GRINT’S
hobby sounds
potty. ‘I get a crayon
and shape the end of it,’
the Harry Potter actor
spills. ‘I once made a
bust of Shakespeare’.
BRITNEY SPEARS
felt the love on her
36th birthday when Sam
Asghari filled her house
with cupcakes, candles
and rose petal hearts.
Boyfriends... take note.
LUIS FONSI and
Justin Bieber hit
Despacito is the mostwatched video of 2017.
It has 64.7million views
in the UK and 4.3billion
worldwide, says Vevo.
was projected on to the
Houses of Parliament in
London at the stroke of
midnight on Saturday.
Across the pond in
Long Beach, New York,
family and friends held a
special memorial service.
16 METRO Monday, December 4, 2017
RUSH-HOU R C RU SH
LOVE (well, lust) is all around us, as shown by the messages
left by our commuter cupids. Are they talking about you?
YOU were on the Guildford train
from Waterloo on a very cold
winter’s evening, wearing a black
coat, grey scarf and gold tie. I got
on at Wimbledon and you looked
up and our eyes met a few times.
You have a lovely smile and I wish
there’d been some way to say hi.
Girl, Black And White Coat
YOU were the sexy Irish copper
in my building on the Royal Mile
on Thursday. I was dishevelled in
a tartan shirt. I do scrub up well.
Fancy a drink at the Christmas
market when you’re off-duty?
Lisa, Edinburgh
TO the Frenchman in a red tie
who boarded at Bristol Parkway
at 4.40pm on Thursday. You
were with a tall friend in a hat.
We stood between carriages
and my friend and I got off at
Cheltenham. You told me you
were going to Birmingham and
looked as though you were on a
business trip. You made my heart
race and my head dizzy. Our eyes
locked as the doors closed. If you
read this, tell me you will get off
at Cheltenham on your way back
and I will be waiting for you. So
many things I’d like to say.
Girl, Navy Scarf, Fair Curly Hair
TO the train driver of the 6.07am
TransPennine Express service
from Manchester Piccadilly to
Liverpool Lime Street on
Thursday. You smiled when
I walked past you to get on
the train. You’re a complete
hottie and I want to talk trains
over a nice cold pint.
Petite Blonde Girl
Wearing A Cat Top
TO the tall brunette with beautiful
hazel eyes on the Southern train
from Coulsdon to Croydon. You
have me mesmerised since you
accidentally made eye contact
while putting on your make-up
a couple of months ago. We still
occasionally make eye contact
but I’m too shy to hold your gaze.
I’d like to get to know you over a
drink. Please say hi?
Shy Fellow Commuter
TO the beautiful woman with
a suitcase who smiled at me on
platform 13 at Manchester
Piccadilly on Wednesday around
8.15pm while getting on the
Glasgow train. I should have seen
you were struggling and helped
but my nerves got the better of
me. I hope our paths cross again
as maybe I won’t be so shy then.
Guy With Glasses and Black
Coat Looking Freezing
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This vile president
isn’t welcome here
And he will be met with protests if he does come
n MPs from across the political
spectrum have denounced Donald
Trump for retweeting hate videos
posted by a far-right group (Metro, Fri).
I am a pensioner and have never
been on a demo in my life but if he
comes on the planned state visit, I will
travel to London to join it. This man
has vile views.
Jo, Notts
n All too soon what was suspected
is becoming a creeping reality – the
US president is sick. The sooner he’s
helped, the better. Cobby, via email
n It is ironic that the US president
rambles on about ‘fake news’ when
the person he retweeted is notorious
for sharing fake news to incite hatred.
Let him come to Britain – we can
protest and show him how unwelcome
he is here.
David, Manchester
n I am a 67-year-old who has grew
up in post-war Britain during the Cold
War but never have I feared for the
future as much as I do now. The man
is deranged, you can see that through
his body language. Stop him before
it’s too late.
Mike, Coventry
n It is the job of leaders to unite
society rather than spread disorder.
In a time when Islam is being
attacked, when so much misinformation
and misconception about it is being
spread, Trump’s retweets give a
totally unbalanced impression of
Islam and only stoke up hatred.
There are countless incidents of
violence every day involving nonMuslims. If one started tweeting
videos of all, it would just cause
chaos, hatred, conflict and disorder.
Islam and other religions are all too
often framed in a wrong way and it is
vital that all must be done to bring
different cultures, religions and
people together to create peace in the
world.
Musharaf Ahmed, London
n Donald Trump assumes everyone is
fascinated by his bizarre tweets.
He has never had so many followers
Monday, December 4, 2017 METRO 17
GOOD DEED FEED
Not right in the
head of state:
Trump’s mental
health has been
called into question
THANK you to the guy who
handed in the phone I dropped
on the eastbound platform at
Holborn on Wednesday evening.
The doors had closed but I went
back for it.
Sue, Nottingham
ALAMY
Professor Stephen Hawking to work
out that from the outset the man
was cuckoo.
The Republican Party needs to get
a grip and remove him before he
completely destroys what shred of
respectability it has left and he
annihilates the planet. Adam, London
n Trump is seriously unhinged and
a menace to the world. I have a bottle
of champagne ready to celebrate
when he is drummed out of office or
his term ends.
Anon, via text
n Shouldn’t Twitter remove Donald
Trump’s account for spreading
hatred?
Helen, Leeds
n Trump’s state visit would only
legitimise his stance both to the
British and American public. It must
be prevented.
Hugh, London
and enjoys the publicity. He criticised
Theresa May for saying he was wrong
to share the far-right video but his
view on how the UK should be
governed is frankly irrelevant.
The shame is that while this current
debacle continues, the far right are
getting publicity for their skewed
views.
Jackie, Essex
n So people are worried for Donald
Trump’s mental health. It doesn’t take
n Is Trump truly mad? A single gun
incident in the US can kill more
people than have ever been killed in
the UK due to Islamic terrorism and
yet he reckons it is the UK that has
the problem.
Jock, Hertfordshire
THANKS to everyone who helped
me and my toddler at Herne Hill
on Wednesday, especially the
lady who paved the way for us to
get on a packed train and the
kind lady who gave a pretzel to
calm down my hysterical
daughter.
Louise, London
Common on Monday night, the
man who drove me home and
the woman who stayed with me
while I fumbled for my keys.
I am OK.
Fiona, via email
THANKS to the Birmingham cab
driver who went out of his way
to return my seven-year-old’s
bag containing his iPod. You’ve
made a little boy very happy.
Claire, Knowle
TO the very kind stranger who
sent my wallet back to me the
weekend before last. Thank you
so very much. If it wasn’t for
your kind deed, I would have had
the expense of having to buy
another bus pass.
Isla, Herts
THANK you to the lady who came
to my aid when I was taken ill at
lunch at the SCC in Glasgow on
November 23. She also advised
my friend to get the first-aiders.
I am coeliac and had not
checked before eating. I ended
up in A&E in Glasgow on a drip.
A week later I am on the mend.
Sylvia, Falkirk
THANK you to the two people
who helped me after I was run
over by a motorbike by Clapham
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Is price really worth paying?
n People saying the tough post-
Brexit years are worth it
(MetroTalk, Fri) should consider
how much of the pain they are
willing to shoulder.
John, Barnet
creating an unstable continent on
our doorstep similar to the 1930s.
It really is at any cost to our future
for some people, isn’t it?
Stephen Retford, via email
n So Alan from Surrey (MetroTalk,
n As voters weren’t told the cost of
Fri) sees a successful Brexit being
up to five years of economic
turmoil in the UK together with the
social economic collapse of Europe
leaving the EU, is the referendum
result not null and void? Is there
anyone who could test this in the
courts?
Adrian, North Somerset
60
18 METRO Monday, December 4, 2017
signalled a departure from
What is the meaning
previous records. It’s also a
of life?
statement about how I feel
I haven’t figured it out! We
right now. There’s
called the album that
something to loving your
because the title track
Inspiration: Soul
was the first to be written
personal life and also
star Aretha Franklin
your work life, and
for it, which in turn
SECONDSwith
KELLY CLARKSON
The first American Idol winner,
35, talks about new album
Meaning Of Life and her life
with four children, a manager/
husband and a new song style
being able to choose who I work with
after my American Idol contract
finished. It feels like a new chapter.
What happened with your
previous deal?
They had things in mind for what
they wanted me to sing and there
was a lot of compromise on my
part. I tried my best with every
project and I made things I could be
proud of when I’m singing it at 60.
But I worked with people I didn’t
necessarily want to work with. We
were successful but success doesn’t
necessarily equal happiness. This
album is a very different sound to
what people have heard before. So this
a great move for me. For people to
invest in you as a person makes quite
a difference.
Were you recording singles you
didn’t like?
No. I wrote several of them. It started
off not great because I wanted to go
soulful pop but they already had female
singers on their label making them
money in that area, so I was their poprock singer. Luckily I like pop-rock but
15 years of one sound can get a bit old.
I made the best of it but, at the end of
the day, it didn’t make me happy.
How many songs have you
written on this album?
Not that many – four. My main
objective was to focus on it as a singer.
I got tired of people coming to my
shows and at every meet-and-greet
saying: ‘You’re a much better singer
I worked with people
I didn’t necessarily
want to work with.
Success doesn’t
equal happiness
live than on your album.’ So I wanted to
make a musical footprint with this sound
and do something that really challenged
me vocally.
How has the music industry
changed since you started?
People are trying to navigate the fact
that it’s not as profitable as it used to
be and how that works with
streaming. It’s ever-changing.
It’s nice to be with a team
that doesn’t fear that.
REX
What can people expect from
the new album?
It’s still pop but it’s a soulful
departure. It’s more like the stuff
I grew up on. The previous records
were more pop-rock and this is more
like the singers who inspired me
growing up. It’s the album I wanted
to make since I was 13. It’s inspired
by female singers with a powerful
presence, from Aretha Franklin to
Annie Lennox, En Vogue, TLC,
Bonnie Raitt, Rosemary
Clooney, Whitney and
Mariah.
less, it means I work more productively.
Time management is key in any
industry but crucial if you are a mum.
Does being married to your
manager help?
Definitely. Who’s going to take care of
me better than my husband? Because if
he doesn’t, he’s going to pay for it after
hours! He’s a great fit for me. We
debate quite a bit. He’s more from the
business world, I’m more from the
creative world, but that’s good – I like
people with brains and opinions. It’s
been good for me. He challenges me
and I push him as well.
So you’re in favour of workplace
romances?
I’m in favour of love wherever
you find it – find it and keep it.
It’s hard enough, especially
for females – there’s not
enough men to go round,
percentage-wise. So when
you find love, latch on to it.
How has motherhood
changed you?
My give-a-s*** factor has
gone – not that there was a
.Funny girl: Singer. What are your musical
strong presence of that to begin
ambitions?
.Barbra Streisand.
with. You just don’t have any
I’ve always wanted to do
more time for nonsense. I could maybe
Broadway but my family wouldn’t want
entertain doing certain things to try to
to live in New York. I grew up doing
be nice before but we have four children. musical theatre. I started in Annie Get
Making sure each one of them feels
Your Gun but got lead roles in Seven
loved and supported means I’m still
Brides For Seven Brothers and
definitely a workhorse but I’ve made
Brigadoon. I’m a huge Barbra Streisand
fan and I’d love to do Funny Girl as
a change of pace. I told the new record
well. ANDREW WILLIAMS
label boss I will work my ass off but
don’t want to be an absent parent – and
she respected that. It doesn’t mean I work
Meaning Of Life is out now
Monday, December 4, 2017 METRO 19
Exotic hols ‘picked
over house buying’
MILLENNIALS are taking more
expensive breaks because they
believe saving to buy a house is
unrealistic, a travel company says.
The average amount travellers
aged 18 to 35 are spending has
risen by ten per cent in the past
year, according to Contiki.
Demand for long-haul destinations such as New Zealand is up 83
per cent, South America 71 per
cent, Bali 56 per cent and Vietnam
50 per cent, it added. With a typical
Hum it out: Jennie
mumbles a tune
while holding three
grubs in her mouth
in the latest I’m A
Celebrity trial
ITV/REX
GRUB AND BEAR IT! JENNIE’S
I’M A CELEB-EATIE CHALLENGE
CORONATION STREET star Jennie
McAlpine must have been tempted
to apply the brakes as she braved
last night’s Bushtucker trial.
The actress, best known as Fizz,
was served a serious amount of
grub – but not of the food variety –
while taking part in the Car Cruel
Karaoke challenge.
Revved up and raring to go, she was
joined by Saturdays singer Vanessa
White for a unique game of ‘name
that tune’ in the I’m A Celeb jungle.
The pair were tasked to hum a
selection of songs and successfully
guess the artist and track name…
while holding various critters in
their mouths. Mum-of-one Jennie,
33, drew the short straw when she
had to perform Spice Girls’ hit Stop
with three witchetty grubs in her
mouth. Bet she was tempted to say,
stop, right now.
Meanwhile, Vanessa, 27, warbled
her own chart hit All Fired Up with
the ‘help’ of a huge water spider.
Red-faced Jennie guessed wrong,
but apologised by saying: ‘Oh I’m so
sorry, I love that song, too!’
Despite a few bumps (and bugs) in
the road, the pair collected eight
out of a possible ten stars.
Meanwhile, Kezia Dugdale became
the second star to leave the series.
I’m A Celebrity continues tonight at
9pm on ITV.
Revved up: Jennie
and Vanessa cheer
winning a star
by NEIL LANCEFIELD
first-time homebuyer in the UK now
aged 30, Contiki’s Donna Jeavons
said young people are prioritising
experiences over property.
She added: ‘With housing so
expensive, many young people are
opting to live in the moment, knowing that buying a house could be a
little further down the line than it was
for previous generations. Saving a bit
here and there isn’t really scratching
the surface for millennials, so many
are choosing the best holiday they
can afford instead.’
Contiki’s average customer is aged
26 and it has launched themed trips
to Canada for ‘avid Instagrammers’.
Meanwhile, U by Uniworld will be
Europe’s first river cruise brand for
young people when it starts in April
with craft beers, street art tours and
vintage bike rides. Air France’s airline aimed at millennials, Joon,
launched in Paris on Friday.
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SUMMIT UP? SNOW SHOWERS
i
r
Storm in a tea shop...
owner faces £20k fine
for looking at rival café
A CAFÉ owner has been hit
with a ‘bonkers’ ban which says
she must not even glance at a
rival tea shop next door.
Kerry Radley said just a
sideways look at saucers being
rattled in Prima Rosa could land
her with a £20,000 fine.
Tensions have been brewing
after Broadland district council
in Norfolk served the 45-yearold boss of Radley’s café and
shop with a community
protection notice. The council’s
legal team said it had received
complaints about Ms Radley
‘causing anxiety’ to Prima Rosa
owner Martin Nudd and his wife.
She was accused of posting
negative comments on social
media, removing the tea shop’s
advertising from around the
village of Salhouse, being
‘aggressive’ towards its
customers – and staring into the
café to ‘intimidate’ the couple.
But Ms Radley claimed it was
she who was the victim of online
abuse, which she said started
after she opened the café in
August 2014. Her problems got
Quite a stir: Prima Rosa WESSEX NEWS
worse when the rival tea room
opened in May 2015, leading to
a battle for trade.
Ms Radley said she has been
forced to close her café and is
appealing against the order, with
a court hearing fixed for next
year. ‘It’s crazy,’ she said. ‘I
need to look left, which is where
Prima Rosa is, to pull up safely
outside my property.’
Mr Nudd, who is also a
Salhouse parish councillor, said
he ‘found it best not to comment
in order to prevent inflaming
any situation’.
IN BRIEF
Fees deter older
student nurses
SOME 28,620 students were
accepted on to nursing
courses in England this year,
down 0.9 per cent on 2016’s
record high, Ucas said.
The switch from NHS
bursaries to tuition fees for
nursing subjects at English
universities has seen an 18 per
cent drop in applications, and
fewer students aged 21 and
over taking up places. But the
decreases were offset by more
younger applicants being
accepted, the university
admissions service said.
Cocker calls time
on 6 Music show
JARVIS COCKER is ending his
BBC Radio 6 Music show after
nearly eight years.
The Pulp frontman will step
down from the Sunday Service
programme at the end of this
month. It has been a weekly
show since 2010 although
Cocker has taken breaks for
other projects.
Station head Paul Rodgers
said: ‘I’d like to thank Jarvis for
an inspirational show.’
From January 7 the slot will
be filled by Amy Lamé.
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PAUL KINGSTON/NNP
DUE ‘JUST ABOUT ANYWHERE’
People traffickers
superglue eleven
migrants into lorry
by LAURA ELVIN
ELEVEN ‘illegal’ migrants – including six children – had to be cut
free from the back of a lorry after a
trafficking gang glued the lock shut.
The ten Iraqis and one Afghan
national were rescued by firefighters
after the lorry pulled into a layby
and people were attracted by shouting and banging from the inside.
Those freed included a baby and
children aged between six and 15.
Police had to call firefighters who
used cutting tools to open the lorry
because the locks were damaged
and glued.
Paramedics were also called to the
scene on the A303 near Warminster,
Wiltshire, on Saturday.
Owner of the Willoughby Hedge
Layby Café, Dave Thomas, said:
‘We all knew straight away what the
banging and shouting was.
‘A couple of drivers come in
Freed: Migrants leave the lorry SWNS
every Saturday back from the continent and so once we were told of
the banging, they went straight to
the back of the lorry to open the
doors, but to no avail.
‘It has happened here twice before.
Police were soon there as were the
fire brigade, but then they had to
wait for a special disc cutter to get
the padlocks off.’
Mr Thomas added: ‘The back
doors had been locked, they had
been damaged by glue and force and
could not be opened.
‘It seemed this is a typical ruse by
the gangs. They get migrants into
lorries, then damage and superglue
the locks so they cannot be opened.’
Mr Thomas said the people in the
lorry had ‘been feeding on the pallet
of very expensive Belgian chocolate’ it was carrying.
Police said: ‘As a welfare concern
all of the group were individually
medically assessed at the scene by
paramedics and then deemed fit to
be held by the police for illegally
entering the UK.’
The Home Office confirmed its
immigration enforcement department was called to the scene.
22 METRO Monday, December 4, 2017
Cancer ‘fresh challenge’
for Ann Summers boss
LINGERIE tycoon Jacqueline
Gold says having breast cancer
has ‘changed life for the better’
as she revealed her battle with
the disease for the first time.
The Ann Summers boss
said she was diagnosed in
October last year after she
found a pea-sized lump
in her right breast.
‘In a perverse way, I
feel that having
cancer has given me
an opportunity,’ she
told Hello! magazine.
The 57-year-old
(pictured) – who is
married with an
eight-year-old daughter – said
she approached it as she would a
business challenge. She had 30
chemotherapy sessions and
‘cried’ when her hair fell
out – but is now following
a healthier diet and doing
yoga to ‘build up her
strength’. The cancer was
gone in April but she
will not receive an allclear for another
two years. Ms Gold
– one of Britain’s
richest women –
added: ‘We’re all
equal when it
comes to health.’
METRO BITES
n GARLIC could ward off
hospital superbugs. Ajoene in
the vegetable destroys the
biofilm in resistant bacteria,
which helps antibiotics work
again, a Danish study finds.
n COLSTON Primary School in
Bristol, named after 17th
century slave trader Edward
Colston, is changing its name
after protests elsewhere. The
new name is yet to be chosen.
n DRIVING test examiners are
striking today for 48 hours. The
Public and Commercial Services
union said staff were forced to
work more hours for no extra
pay as the new test launches.
Effortless:
Benjamin
Clementine
commanded
the stage in
Brighton
with his
brilliant
voice REX
Monday, December 4, 2017 METRO 23
Clementine’s sweet
sound shows off an
extraordinary voice
B
ENJAMIN CLEMENTINE
was a bold choice for
2015’s Mercury Prize. A
bona fide outsider, he
was born in Crystal
Palace to Ghanaian parents.
He spent his youth in Edmonton
as a quiet misfit, taught himself
classical piano from online
tutorials, ran away to live in Paris,
began busking during bouts of
homelessness, then regrouped
and returned to London to launch
his musical career via a startling,
Macca-approved appearance on
Later... With Jools Holland
Clementine’s debut was a
striking semi-autobiographical
work, dancing with the ghosts of
Satie and Simone. The meaning of
its title – At Least For Now – only
makes sense in retrospect: it was
merely a primer and placeholder,
setting us up for what came next.
With this year’s I Tell A Fly, an
impressively challenging concept
symphony about the voyages of
refugees from Aleppo to Calais,
Clementine made an artistic leap
analogous to the distance Brian
Wilson travelled between Surfin’
USA and SMiLE, or Scott Walker
between The Sun Ain’t Gonna
Shine Any More and The Drift.
In Brighton, a barefoot and
boiler-suited Benjamin, assisted
by a drummer and bassist,
delivered with astounding
confidence, God Save The Jungle
referencing the National Anthem
REVIEW
Benjamin Clementine
The Dome, Brighton
HHHHH
by SIMON PRICE
and Guns N’ Roses with bitter
irony, and One Awkward Fish
summoning the memory of Alan
Kurdi, the dead Syrian infant
washed up on a Turkish beach.
Clementine is an extraordinary
singer – his booming baritone
elevating effortlessly to the flutter
or a Theremin or the chatter of an
exotic bird. As a performer, too, he
has grown in stature (literally: his
hair is now taller than his head).
Flanked by thirteen porcelainwhite mannequins, adult and child
(the adult females all heavily
pregnant), the once painfullyintroverted singer commanded the
stage, refusing to play the second
song until latecomers were seated.
He ventured on to the floor for a
bizarre five-minute chant of ‘porto
bello, porto bello’ during By The
Ports Of Europe, holding a drily
funny discussion about what it is
to be alien, and conducting a
fifteen-minute singing lesson to
Condolence. When he fell silent, so
did everyone: you could hear the
low hum of the air con.
Clementine left his audience with
many questions but one certainty:
we are fortunate to be alive at the
same time as an artist like this.
34 is the
age we
wise up
to reality
BRITS lose their carefree attitude and
become more sensible
at the age of 34, a
study shows.
After initially
adopting a ‘devil may
care’ approach, we
start to lose our ‘cloak
of invincibility’ as we
reach our mid 30s.
Two in five adults
said their taste for
adventure had
mellowed over time,
and half said they’ve
become more aware
of their physical
fragility as time has
worn on.
But three in ten still
crave extreme
activities such as scuba
diving, skiing and
go-karting, revealed
research by TV
channel Dave.
The station’s general
manager Luke Hales
said the survey showed
that there was ‘no
reason to slow down’
for thrill-seekers.
No way back for the Redknapps
as Louise and Jamie to divorce
JAMIE and Louise Redknapp are
set to divorce after failing to save
their 19-year marriage.
There is no going back amid
reports Louise has filed court
papers to sever ties once and for all.
It comes seven months after the
former Eternal singer moved out of
the family home she shared with
her former footballer husband, 44.
‘They have come to a mutual
agreement that divorce is the only
option,’ claimed The Sun on
Sunday.
The couple, who tied the knot in
1998, are expected to reach
amicable terms over the custody of
their two sons, nine-year-old
Charley and six-year-old Beau.
Trouble brewed following
43-year-old Louise’s turn on
Strictly Come Dancing last
year – during which
she ‘rediscovered’
her confidence.
In previous
interviews, the
mum-of-two
has credited
the BBC
show for
pulling her
out of her
‘comfort
zone’ as a ‘Stepford Wife’. Louise
said she felt ‘physically sick’ at
the thought of not performing
again and has since gone on
to appear in a touring theatre
production of Cabaret.
Jamie, worth a reported
£15million, formerly
played for Liverpool
and Tottenham
Hotspur and has
enjoyed a lucrative
TV career with Sky
Sports and A
League Of Their
Own since hanging
up his boots.
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Scene
Music | Film | TV | Comedy
CLEAR PRESENT
DANGER
A bunch of TV favourites are chancing their luck with
some questionable albums. Gabriel Tate advises on which
you should most fear to find in your Christmas stocking
What? Furrowed brows ahoy! In his
Anton du Beke
From The Top
What? Very, very familiar show tunes
delivered with enthusiasm and a
suspicious amount of processing. As
a singer, he’s a terrific dancer.
Highlight Me And My Shadow, a duet
with the late Bruce Forsyth that’s all the
more touching for being a bit ropey.
Lowlight I Bet You Look Good On
The Dancefloor, putting the Arctic
Monkeys through the jazz-hands meat
grinder yet still missing the Mike
Flowers-does-indie ‘irony’ boat by a
good 20 years. Neither funny nor good.
Give it to Len Goodman, in case he
thinks he’s missing Strictly.
Rating ##$$$
Verdict Dread Astaire
late-1970s pomp, Bruce Springsteen
was described as sounding ‘like a
constipated cowboy drowning in
oatmeal’. Well, try listening to yer man
Knowles (no relation to Beyoncé,
plainly) to learn the true meaning of the
term ‘earnest’. This acoustic ‘session’
is presumably how the telly handyman
woos the ‘mystery blondes’ so
frequently spotted ‘on his arm’.
Highlight Joni Mitchell’s River. It’s
dreadful, obviously, but does illustrate
how some songs are simply
indestructible no matter how extreme
the duress they’re under.
Lowlight Make You Feel My Love.
Knowles does Adele doing Dylan. Dear
listener, do a runner.
Give it to An expectant mother – the
unborn child might find Knowles’s
subterranean rumble oddly soothing.
Rating #$$$$
Verdict OMG. SOS. DNR.
Jason Manford
A Different Stage
Nick Knowles
Every Kind Of People
What? Chirpy MOR comedian shows
his serious side with an array of songs
from the musicals. He’s professionally
trained, so it’s syrupy but by no means
the endurance test you might fear. Even
so, unlikely to convert those with a base
aversion to song’n’dance numbers.
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Music | Film | TV | Comedy
Sheridan Smith
Sheridan
What: The star of stage and
screen milks her already vast
success with a debut solo album
Highlight Hushabye Mountain from
Chitty Chitty Bang Bang, always a
pretty sinister number, to which
Manford brings both creepy, whispered
sensitivity and, when required, volume.
Lowlight Falling Slowly, the
heartbreaking centrepiece from Once,
in which he can’t resist drowning out
the subtler charms of Kate Rusby. Nice
falsetto, though.
Give it to Your Lloyd Webber-loving
aunt who has wearied of Ball-n-Boe’s
clowning and wants something with a
bit of ‘credibility’. Relatively speaking.
Rating ###$$
Verdict Michael Gall
laugh in his voice) thanks everyone
from musicians to the person in charge
of contracting. Skippable for even the
most committed Walshophile.
Give it to Your Doctor Who-loving
cousin, as a warning from history.
Rating ##$$$
Verdict Phony Bennett
Shane Richie
A Country Soul
What? Former EastEnder adopts an
Bradley Walsh
When You’re Smiling
What? After recording Britain’s
biggest-selling debut album of 2016,
Big Bradley has more karaoke takes
on big band standards. Sinatra et al
can rest easy or turn in their graves, as
they wish.
Highlight The Tony Bennett hit Who
Can I Turn To? – the lush orchestration
and backing ‘Bradettes’ prop up the
album but this is one song where the
TV funnyman and game-show giggler
seems to feel the music rather than just
perform it.
Lowlight When You’re Smiling/All Of
Me (reprise), when our Bradley (with a
American accent on a series of modern
country numbers with a vaguely Celtic
tinge. Think The Corrs rather than
Hank Williams.
Highlight Perky Nik Kershaw
cover I Won’t Let The Sun Go Down
On Me. Otherwise, a gospel-fuelled
man hug of Pat Green’s Wave On
Wave resembles a less mawkish
version of The Living Years by Mike
And The Mechanics but designed to
be played at weddings rather than
funerals.
Lowlight Shut Up (’Cause All I Want
Is You), in which Shane pleads with
his missus to get down to some midilfe
sexytime, complete with comedy guitar
effects.
Give it to Your alt.country-loving
friend, just to annoy them.
Rating ##$$$
Verdict Johnny Hash
featuring family favourite musical
numbers such as City Of Stars from
La La Land as well as tracks invoking
her many TV triumphs including Cilla
Black’s Anyone Who Had A Heart.
Highlight A sassy take on Robert
Palmer’s Addicted To Love, one of
the most adventurous inclusions –
which is to say, not that
adventurous at all, really.
Lowlight Crazy by Gnarls
Barkley. So overwrought it could
sink a cruise ship.
Give it to That aunt who thinks
Graham Norton is ‘edgy’.
Rating ##$$$
Verdict Not so Funny Girl.
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Birds’ dinosaur ancestor
was just a big bit of fluff
Shaggy:
Anchiornis
had far more
feathers
than birds
REBECCA GELERNTER/PA
FEATHERED dinosaurs were
much fluffier than their direct
descendants – today’s modern
birds.
Research suggests the
carnivorous paravian anchiornis
had a shaggy plumage that was
far less streamlined and
aerodynamic and they needed
four wings to at least glide.
Birds today manage
powered flight using a wing
surface formed by just one
row of feathers rather than the
multiple rows of the
anchiornis.
A University of Bristol team
has compared its fossilised feathers
to those of other dinosaurs and
extinct birds.
American scientific illustrator
Rebecca Gelernter’s reconstruction
shows its primitive ‘contour’
feathers around the body consisted
of a short quill with long, flexible
branches erupting to form two
vanes, on either side of the shaft,
and a forked shape.
The colour patterns for the
anchiornis are known from
fossilised pigment studies.
Ms Gelernter said: ‘It is really
exciting to show others what we
believe these fluffy, toothy almost
birds looked like as they went
about their Jurassic business.’
Bumper crops:
Tomato plants
thriving in the
new hydroponics
system developed by
Adam Dixon (inset)
PHYTOPONICS/PA
UN digs young Brit’s idea
to let refugees grow food
A YOUNG British engineer will
tomorrow receive a UN award for
his ingenious scheme for growing
food in disaster zones.
Adam Dixon, 25, has designed a
hydroponics system to grow crops
such as tomatoes in water-filled
recyclable polymer film containers.
It all packs flat and requires ten
times less land and water than
conventional systems, so is ideal
for use in refugee camps or areas
hit by natural disasters.
Mr Dixon, from Pocklington,
Yorkshire, has been named a UN
Young Champion of the Earth.
The Cardiff University
mechanical engineering graduate
is one of six people under 30
worldwide to receive the award for
‘big ideas’ that protect or restore
the environment.
He will receive £11,000 funding
at a ceremony in Nairobi, Kenya,
to help bring his idea to fruition,
along with training and mentoring.
His company, Phytoponics, is
raising investment to develop the
technology on a commercial scale.
Mr Dixon first used hydroponics
to grow plants in his bedroom as a
teenager. ‘There hasn’t been much
evolution in the systems for a long
time, and I think it’s ripe for
development,’ he said.
‘It’s very sustainable because it
uses much less land and water. It is
a sustainable food technology.’
By 2050, he believes just ten per
cent of land will be needed for
agriculture.
His system is already being tried
out for use in refugee camps.
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Text the word VIEWS followed by
your comment, name and where
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Food aid: As the polymer containers pack flat they are ideal for disaster zones
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Saving blue planet is task
for all of us, says Sir David
SIR David Attenborough has said the
‘future of humanity’ depends on people taking action to protect the planet.
The warning came as the broadcaster
opened up about the heart-rending
Blue Planet II scene in which a baby
albatross was killed by a plastic toothpick.
In an episode of the BBC series, the
young bird was shown lying dead after
its mother had mistaken the toothpick
for healthy food.
The television presenter
spoke of the threats Earth is
facing, including the 8million tonnes of plastic
dumped into the sea each
year, global warming and the
rate of over-fishing.
‘Never before have
we been so aware
of what we are
doing to our
planet – and
by JOE NERSSESSIAN
never before have we had such power
to do something about it,’ said Sir
David (pictured), 91, writing in the latest edition of the Radio Times.
‘Surely we have a responsibility to
care for the planet on which we live?
The future of all life on Earth now
depends on us doing so.’
There are concerns that more than a
million birds and 100,000 sea mammals and turtles die every year
from eating and getting tangled in
plastic waste.
In the column, Sir David
writes: ‘Plastic is now found
everywhere in the ocean, from
its surface to its greatest depths.
‘There are fragments of nets so
big they entangle
the heads of fish,
birds and turtles, and slowly strangle
them. Other pieces of plastic are so
small that they are mistaken for food
and eaten, accumulating in fishes’
stomachs, leaving them undernourished.’ He stressed: ‘Our wellbeing is
inextricably bound up with the health
of the oceans.’
Sir David added that all was not yet
lost and urged people to ‘reduce the
amount of plastic that we use in our
everyday lives’.
He also echoed a previous call that
he hoped US president Donald Trump
would reconsider his threat to withdraw from the Paris Agreement.
Sir David praised countries for coming together in 2015 to sign the climate agreement but added: ‘It is
true that since then the United
States has threatened to withdraw
from that decision.
‘Let us hope that Trump will
eventually recognise that the Paris
Agreement was not about Pittsburgh,
or even Paris, but the entire planet.’
There’s no ducking
it...we faked scene
MAKERS of Blue Planet II
‘recreated’ an accident which
saw thousands of yellow
plastic ducks bob around the
world after falling from a ship
off Costa Rica.
Viewers appeared confused,
with one asking: ‘Are these the
original rubber ducks?’
Producer John Ruthven
revealed how the show
dropped 250 ducks
into the sea for the
scene – but none
was left behind.
‘We counted them
out and we
counted them all
back in,’ he said.
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Zero attraction in
no-hours contracts
TWO-thirds of workers on zerohours contracts would rather have
guaranteed hours, a TUC report
reveals.
The survey of 300 adults
employed on the controversial contracts found
that the main reason they
agreed to them was
because it was the only
type of work available.
Only one in eight gets
sick pay and fewer than one
in ten would receive
by ALAN JONES
redundancy pay – but two in five do
get paid holidays.
Half of those questioned have had
shifts cancelled with less than 24
hours notice, and most wanted
to work more hours.
The TUC estimates zerohours working costs the
exchequer £1.9billion a year
because those on the contracts
pay less tax and national
insurance and are
more reliant on tax credits. General
secretary Frances O’Grady (pictured)
said: ‘Most people on zero-hours
contracts are not on them by choice.
They’d much rather have the security
of guaranteed hours and the same
rights as employees.
‘Now’s the time for the government to ban zero-hours contracts, as
they have done in other countries like
New Zealand.’
An estimated 1.4million Britons –
about one in 20 workers – were on
zero-hours contracts in May.
BUSINESS BRIEFING
Outlook ‘tepid’ Manufacturers ‘end on a high’
for UK growth MANUFACTURERS
weaker position in
ECONOMIC
output is set
to remain
‘lacklustre’
with 0.3 per
cent growth
forecast to
the end of 2019.
CBI chief economist
Rain Newton-Smith
(pictured) said she
expected ‘sluggish’
activity amid a continued
wages squeeze and
Brexit uncertainty.
are ending the year
on a ‘bang’, says an
industry report.
Global demand for
goods, from Europe
in particular, was
compensating for a
Facebook opens
its London hub
Strikes rise at private firms
FACEBOOK has opened
its new office in London,
creating 800 jobs.
The 247,000sq ft site
off Oxford Street will be
the firm’s biggest
engineering hub outside
the US and will take its
UK workforce to 2,300
by the end of next year.
the UK, found a
survey of 347 firms
by the EEF
manufacturers
organisation and
business advisory
firm BDO.
Call to scrap public pay cap
MPs will today call on the government to
scrap the public sector pay cap. A debate is
being held in Westminster Hall, triggered by a
150,000-signature petition calling for a pay
rise above one per cent for all public workers.
THE number of days
lost due to strikes at
private firms leapt
80 per cent last year.
Walk-outs affected
nearly 150,000 days
to July, compared
with 83,000 in the
previous year, said
law firm EMW. That is
more than double the
public sector total.
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Are themed
hotels going to
the Dark Side?
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TRAVEL SECTION OF THE YEAR
WHERE THE WILD THINGS ARE
Lizzie Pook eschews the big crowds and busy ships to explore the
wild Galápagos archipelago on a private island-hopping air safari
W
HAT does a standard snorkelling
experience on the Galápagos Islands look
like? It could be a face-off with sea lions,
surrounded by swarms of pearly-grey fish.
Today, however, it’s all about sharks: with
my nose up against a cave, I see blacktip reef ones,
sharing the murky darkness with a shoal of yellow-tailed
surgeonfish, who announce themselves by billowing past
me. As I raise my head to take a breath, a huge pelican
sweeps over my head, inches from grazing my scalp. This
Shoal in one:
Continued on Page 30 »
ANIMAL MAGIC
T H E S E G A L Á P A G O S H O T S P O T S H AV E S O M E O F T H E M O S T S P E C T A C U L A R W I L D L I F E O N E A R T H
Flightless cormorants
Fernandina
Marine iguanas
Las Tintoreras
Hammerhead sharks
Wolf Island
Waved albatross
Española
Giant land tortoises
Rancho El Manzanillo
The westernmost island in
the archipelago is home to
the world’s only flightless
cormorant, which dives
deep to the ocean floor to pick
off eels and octopuses.
Set foot on Las Tintoreras and
you’ll find thousands of nesting
marine iguanas. You may see
them sneezing – a mechanism
they have developed to remove
the salt water from their lungs.
Scuba divers in the waters here
often say they’re unable to see
the ocean’s surface when they
look up because of the area’s
thousands-strong schools of
hammerheads passing by.
From April to December, the
world’s population of waved
albatross breeds here. At nearly
a metre high with a wingspan of
2.5m, you won’t want to miss
these remarkable birds.
Farmers on this ranch on
the island of Santa Cruz
live symbiotically with the
Galápagos’s famous land
tortoises, which roam, mate
and feed freely on the land.
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is life in the gin-clear waters of
Punta Carrion bay, an inlet off Santa
Cruz in the Galápagos Islands. The
Ecuadorian archipelago is formed
of 13 major islands and seven tiny
islets and I’m on a new luxury
island-hopping air safari. This
alternative to traditional cruising
programmes involves visiting three
islands on short scenic flights via
light aircraft and day trips by boat.
I stay at the luxe beachfront Finch
Bay on Santa Cruz Island, and
Scalesia Lodge, a glass-fronted ecohotel in the highlands of Isabela Island,
where the 16 tented rooms blend so
finely with tangles of rainforest, they
almost disappear.
This seven-night land-based tour
means we are able to reach some of
the archipelago’s more remote arid
volcanic interiors and boggy green
farmland, where thousands of giant
land tortoises roam like stegosauruses.
Also, if you go green at the gills on
water, you’ll relish exploring with the
earth beneath your feet. This option
offers more freedom – I cringe at the
larger groups in the distance – and
more time to explore. We take four
speedy flights and a couple of trips on
the rickety-but-quick local ferry.
Back on Finch Bay’s Sea Lion
yacht, we eat red snapper, fried
plantain and zingy seafood ceviche,
and set sail for South Plaza Island,
a surreal place dusted with carpets of
rich red sesuvium flowers. On the
way, as I scan the frothy white-tipped
waters for orcas, coffee table-sized
Lizzie Pook visited remote
volcanic interiors and green farmland
manta rays leap clear out of the water
in the distance. ‘There’s nothing here
in the Galápagos that’s going to sting
you, poison you or eat you,’ boasts
our guide Klaus as we arrive on the
black lava shores that writhe with
apple-red Sally Lightfoot crabs.
He’s right. The aforementioned sea
lions belch, bark and stake their
territory but, like most animals in the
Galápagos, they’re not at all bothered
by us. Biologists posit that the animals
have evolved without any sort of fear
mechanism because of the lack of
natural predators. During my trip, one
friendly sea lion blew bubbles in my
face and jumped over my head in a
sort of slo-mo Free Willy-like arc.
‘Look!’ yells Klaus, picking up a
smooth stone. ‘This has been in the
belly of a sea lion – they eat them as
it’s good for their digestion. Some
think they also use them to weigh their
bodies down to get the good fish.’
I wander to the top of a cliff and
stand, buffeted by strong winds, as
There’s nothing here in the
Galápagos that’s going to sting
you, poison you or eat you
Archipelago attractions: Finch Bay, a beachfront hotel serving fine seafood, is an excellent base on Santa Cruz Island
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LAND HELPS THE LOCALS
When viewing the wildlife,
visitors can forget there
are also people inhabiting the
islands.
‘The Galápagueños have
limited farming and are
prevented from fishing,
increasing dependency on
tourism as a source of income,’
says Saul Greenland at
responsibletravel.com, which
specialises in authentic tourism.
Night of the iguana:
As well as the
wildlife, visitors to
the Galápagos can
hike through the
forests and lava
fields
GETTY
frigate birds float on thermals and
are so close I can see the mottled
texture of their bright-red throats.
No wonder conservationists are
working hard to preserve this
special place. Problems still exist –
overfishing, a growing human
population and the introduction of
species such as black rats, thought
to have arrived with pirate ships in
the 13th century. They gobble
up eggs and spread disease,
leaving conservationists no
Ultimately, though, the
choice but to drop poisoned
Galápagos is a fragile
cookies. Animal-human
treasure. It’s a fact I’m
interaction is also an issue –
reminded of as I reach
one visitor was caught
the top of Volcano
with a marine iguana in
Sierra Negra, strewn
his rucksack – but a
with white lava morning
clampdown on numbers
glory flowers and
and the enforcement of strict
candelabra cacti. At the
guidelines means
summit we find a lava
the islands are
field some 4,500
flourishing again.
years old. The last
Clear view: Snorkelling is exceptional
‘Cruise ships offer financial
benefits through accommodation,
food and entrance fees but
tend to skip the local
Galápagueños.
‘By taking a land-based tour –
better still, staying in small
locally owned accommodations –
you will be indirectly supporting
the environment and also
experiencing a different
perspective of the Galápagos.’
eruption here took place in 2005,
when 30 million cubic metres of lava
flowed at a monstrous 15m per
second. I look at the vast land and
ponder how this tiny part of the world
can still make you feel incredibly
small.
Exsus Travel offers seven nights
from £4,100pp based on two
sharing, including accommodation,
excursions, transfers, domestic and
international flights, exsus.com
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ure | Adventu
Take a wellness break in
chic new Swiss eco hotel
AROSA ski resort will welcome the Valsana Hotel
this Thursday. The 40-room hotel, wrapped with
latticed balconies and powered by a clever energy
system that draws heat from the spa, sits on
the edge of Switzerland’s Obersee Lake and
offers in-room vintage record players and balcony
hammocks. What’s more, it’s cheap by Swiss
From £291 per night, valsana.ch
standards.
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flights
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Free your mind:
The Valsana Hotel
opens at the
Arosa ski resort
on Thursday
Ice to see you…
IF survival suits and freezing
waters sound like your idea of
fun, sign up to Off The Map’s
new Icebreaker experience.
After the 37m vessel cuts
through the thick ice that
blankets Sweden’s Bay Of
Bothnia, a gangplank is
dropped so you can walk on
the thick sea ice and, if you
fancy it, dip in the slushy
waters left in its wake.
From £1,549 for four days’
full-board, offthemap.travel
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Beat the crowds at a Thai beach retreat
KOH Samui swarms with tourists but you won’t find them at The
Library on Chaweng Beach. Thailand’s favourite Design Hotels
member, which boasts a modern minimalist aesthetic and more than
1,400 books, is rolling out 20 new stylish ‘Secret Chapter’ villas built
around an emerald tiled eight-metre saltwater pool.
£282 per person per night based
on two sharing, thelibrarysamui.com
Eco-chic in Switzerland
and a rescued leafy
retreat in Shanghai
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Branching out
in Shanghai
WHEN 10,000 ancient
camphor trees were
threatened by
construction, the Aman
hotel group and a local
entrepreneur relocated
the entire forest – along
with 50 ancient houses
– 400 miles north to
Shanghai. They now
form the new
Amanyangyun retreat,
which opens next
month with 24 suites
and 13 villas.
From £586 per night,
aman.com
Climb aboard for a stylish Venice adventure
IF you’ve always fancied
yourself in a captain’s hat, board
Le Boat’s chic new Minuetto
vessel next March and embark
on a self-drive cruise around
Venice’s elegant lagoons. The
new offering from the canal
boat specialist sleeps up to
eight and has a large tinted
window, a stylish L-shaped sofa
and a sprawling sundeck.
From £1,570 for seven nights’
full-capacity hire, leboat.co.uk
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Trek to the
stars of the
theme hotel
Escape
.Go wild: The Azteca.
.Hotel at Chessington.
.World Of Adventures.
Hotels across the world are raking it
in with popular themes – but are
they tasteful or just plain tacky?
Tracey Davies checks in to find out
‘Y
Things hotel package. It includes
L’EL, qaleghqa’mo,’
said the Klingon barman, themed snacks like Eggo waffles
(preferred by one of the show’s
his oversized brow and
protagonists), a ouija board bedspread
conch-like ears glowing
– sweet dreams! – and unlimited
under neon-streaked
Netflix. Over in Bangkok, meanwhile,
lights. I looked around the faux
the new prison-themed Sook Station
futuristic bar filled with bored Borgs
hostel issues guests with a prison
and grinning Trekkies clutching
number and striped PJs on
pints of dyed green Romulan
arrival. The ‘cells’ have
beer. Unfazed, I ordered
authentic metal doors,
a James Tea Kirk, a
bunk beds and a dimly
fishbowl of strong blue
lit communal
booze smoking with
bathroom. Oh, and
dry ice. Did it feel
a mugshot is taken on
like the year 2369
arrival as a lovely
and was I in the space
memento.
station Deep Space
I’ve woken to the
Nine? Not really. It
screech of (real) monkeys
was still 2001 and the
.Play to type: The. in the jungle-themed
Las Vegas Hilton’s Star
Trek Experience wasn’t
.Watergate Hotel in. Azteca Hotel at
Chessington World Of
quite transporting me into
.Washington DC.
Adventures. The animalanother galaxy.
I’m not a huge fan of themed hotels. print wallpaper, jungle white noise
and Indiana Jones vibe somehow
At best they achieve their goal of
worked in Surrey. OK, it wasn’t quite
standing out from the crowd; at worst
the Amazon Basin, but waking up to
they’re as awkward as dinner at
the call of the wild gave it a sniff of
Fawlty Towers. The hip Gregory
authenticity. I’ve also spent a night in
Hotel in Manhattan recently jumped
Vader’s Quarters, a Star Wars-themed
on the bandwagon with its Stranger
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littlewoods.com
scandal was coordinated, relaunched
room in Hotel Pelirocco in Brighton.
suite 214 with an edgy redesign by
The room was cramped, the seagulls
Lyn Paolo, the costume designer
were noisy and the bed was so hard it
from the American political thriller
was like a Jedi challenge. Was I again
Scandal. Guests can
transported to a galaxy far, far away?
mastermind their
No, but I did consider a cab to the
own political scandal
chiropractors.
with its in-room
There are two kinds of
binoculars, a
themed hotels, though. There
typewriter and
are the Star Treks of Vegas
a twin-reel tape
and there are the
recorder.
Watergate Hotels of
The rest of the hotel
Washington DC.
nods subtly to its
Two months
scandalous past;
ago, the
room keys
stylish 336which read
room hotel,
.Cheers! A ferengi manned the.
‘No need to
where the
.bar on TV’s Deep Space Nine.
break in’,
Watergate
old Nixon speeches instead of hold
music on the phone and pencils
emblazoned with ‘I stole this from the
Watergate Hotel’.
Another outpost that will sit in
this niche bracket – shall we say
‘resistance-chic’? – is the 209-room
Eaton Workshop, which will open in
the US capital next spring from the
world’s first politically motivated
hotel group. It is pitched as an antiTrump hotel and sits, incidentally,
a few blocks from the Trump Hotel.
Here you’ll find countercultural art
installations and minibars with
activist toolkits nestled among the gin
miniatures. How much fun it will be
to stay in, I don’t know. Maybe we
should call a Klingon?
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An ice-cold tale of family murder
Pick up Ragnar Jónasson’s latest – it’s this month’s chilling Book Chat choice, says Claire Allfree
Desolate:
M
BOOK
G E T I N V O LV E D
White Out is the latest top
pick for Metro Book Chat –
our online book club where
we collate the latest news
and reviews. And we want
to hear from you - share
your thoughts on Ragnar
Jónasson’s eerie whodunnit
by logging on to facebook.
com/metrobookchat; by doing
so, you’ll be in with a chance
to win next month’s book in
our prize draw. To get the
juices flowing in the meantime,
take inspiration from our
discussion points below.
White Out
By Ragnar
Jónasson
(Orenda Books)
T
WENTYFIVE
years ago
a woman
fell off a cliff in a remote
Icelandic hamlet. Not long after, her
five-year-old daughter suffered the
same fate. Now, after a long period
away, the remaining sister has
returned to the village where her
family was torn apart, only for her
body to be discovered on the same
rocks two days before Christmas.
This is the fifth novel in Ragnar
Jónasson’s Dark Iceland series
starring young detective Ari Thor,
although it works perfectly well as
a standalone thriller. Jónasson has
made no attempt to
disguise his admiration for
Agatha Christie and this taut,
precision-tooled whodunnit shares
several classic Christie tropes: a
secluded house, a shortlist of possible
suspects – including an elderly
brother and sister, and a wealthy
businessman – several deeply buried
secrets and a general interest in the
more desolate, vengeful depths of the
human condition. Yet Jónasson is also
a master of atmosphere and, as one of
Jónasson is interested
in what festers beneath
in the pockets of
unhappiness many of
his characters live in
the potential suspects
is bumped off the day
before Christmas Eve, you
can almost feel the snow clouds
drawing in, extinguishing the light.
This is a gripping thriller full of
sly misdirection and slow, dripfeed reveal but it’s also a subtle
portrait of contemporary Iceland,
rocked by financial instability
and where, away from the big
towns, tiny communities cling
to life. Not much festive cheer,
then, and certainly Jónasson
is interested in what festers
beneath in the pockets of
unhappiness many of his
characters live in. The prose is
stark and minimal, the mood dank
and frost-tipped.
It’s also bleakly brilliant, although
perhaps best read with a warming
shot of whisky by your side.
n Compared with other crime
novels, White Out is hardly
speedy. Does its slowness
increase the all-round puzzlesolving pleasure… or make the
whole thing drag?
n If you’re after a moody
setting to your thriller, you
can’t go wrong with Iceland.
But which aspects of the
landscape really shivered
your timbers?
n The detective Ari Thor is
about to have a baby with his
wife. Does this make us like
him just that little bit more?
.Minimalist style:.
.Author Ragnar Jónasson.
n Jónasson is a pretty stark,
minimalist writer. Could this
have done with a richer writing
style? And how does Jónasson
compare with our very own
Agatha Christie? Get thinking –
and sharing!
T H R E E M O R E F E ST I V E C H I L L E R S
Sleep No More
Portrait Of A Murderer
The Darkest Day
Known mainly for her Adam Dalgliesh
crime novels, PD James also excelled at
the short story and this collection of six
brought together for the first time follows
a previous collection, The Mistletoe
Murder And Other Stories, published last
year. Each of these eminently satisfying
shorts will feed fans of PD James’s love for the nastier
side of life but some also nod to the golden-age style of
crime writing, none more so than The Murder Of Santa
Claus in which the Lord Of The Manor meets a sticky
end while delivering presents very early on Christmas
morning in 1939.
The British Library’s publishing imprint
has been doing sterling work resurrecting
crime novels from the annals of history
and this latest example marks their 50th
publication. First printed in 1933, it’s by a
writer highly regarded by Dorothy L Sayers
and is unusual in that it reveals the murderer early on. The
story itself involves a classic set-up – six offspring meet
each December at the house of their father, who after
one such gathering is found dead. You read most of the
novel through the killer’s eyes and the result is a riveting,
uncomfortable encounter with a murderous mind.
You might know the Swedish novelist
Håkan Nesser for his Inspector Van
Veeteren crime novels. Here, in the
first of a new series, he introduces a
new, much younger and metaphysically
minded detective, Inspector Barbarotti.
The Hermansson family has gathered in
the Swedish town of Kymlinge in the depths of December
to celebrate the birthdays of father and daughter. Come
the end of the weekend, two members of the party are
dead. The plot is fiendishly complex but Nesser is as
sure-footed as a mountain goat on ice. Just the thing for
a winter afternoon. CA
by PD James (Faber)
by Anne Meredith (British
Library Classics)
by Håkan Nesser (Mantle)
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Turtles All The
Way Down
by John Green
(Penguin)
Ideal gift: Because
kids can never read
too many books
When Aza Holmes
and her Fearless
Best Friend attempt
to solve billionaire
Russell Pickett’s disappearance,
she doesn’t expect to find herself
drawn to his son, Davis. Between
Aza’s spiralling thoughts and
painful anxiety, is there space for
romance? A complex,
challenging, poignant
novel from the
author of The Fault in
Our Stars.
PIC: REX
13+
Tales to fire the
imagination
Imogen Russell Williams rounds up the
best books to give kids this Christmas
A Dog
With
Nice
Ears by
Lauren
Child (Hodder)
0-4
Lola is determined to get a dog but
could her ideal dog actually be...
a rabbit? Warm, quirky humour
featuring siblings Charlie and Lola.
You Choose
In Space
by Nick Sharratt
and Pippa
Goodhart
(Penguin)
This vivid and funny intergalactic book
invites readers to pick weird clothes,
foods and friends – and explore a
universe of imagination.
The Adventures Of
Eggbox Dragon
by Richard Adams
and Alex T Smith
(Hodder)
The dragon is made of
recycled junk but he’s brilliant at finding
things – and breathing fire. An engaging
book from the author of Watership Down.
The Polar Bear
Explorers’ Club
by Alex Bell and
Scott Brown (Faber)
When her guardian, Felix,
sets out on an expedition
to the Icelands, Stella
Starflake Pearl is determined to
accompany him, despite the dangers.
But can she and her fellow youthful
explorers survive the Icelands
alone? Wintry, atmospheric, highly
imaginative fantasy.
Queen
Munch
and
Queen
Nibble
by Carol Ann Duffy
and Lydia Monks (Two Hoots)
5-8
Gorgeously colourful tale of queens
and their appetites, featuring fruitcovered frocks and jewellery made
from rain.
King Coo
by Adam Stower
(David Fickling)
Fleeing bullies, Ben
Pole doesn’t expect to
fall into a hidden forest
– or to meet King Coo, an
inventive, day-saving bearded girl. A
charming romp.
Pop-Up
Shakespeare
by The Reduced
Shakespeare
Company and
Jennie Maizels
(Walker)
A hilarious summing-up of the Bard’s
oeuvre, with lively illustrations and
information-crammed secret flaps.
Fantastic Beasts
And Where To
Find Them
by JK Rowling and
Olivia Lomenech Gill
(Bloomsbury)
A must for
Potterheads, this
sumptuous reissue
of Rowling’s guide
to the animals of the
wizarding world is
gorgeously illustrated.
9-12
We See
Everything
by William
Sutcliffe
(Bloomsbury)
This powerful, fastmoving dystopian
novel is set in a
future London where shortages
and surveillance are the norm – at
least in the Strip, where Lex lives,
and where his dad has just become
a target for new drone pilot Alan.
Though Lex and Alan will never meet,
their lives are entangled, just as their
perspectives intertwine throughout
the book. A bleak, compelling,
thought-provoking thriller.
Escape
Being Miss
Nobody
by Tamsin
Winter (Usborne)
Selectively mute
and socially anxious,
Rosalind is terrified
by her new secondary
school and the bullying she faces
there. But when she finds a voice
online, she doesn’t expect to be
in danger of becoming a bully
herself. Authentic and sensitive, this
contemporary novel deals honestly
with difficult emotions. This is the
first novel by Tamsin Winter, a
secondary school English teacher
from Leicestershire.
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METROSCOPE
by Patrick Arundell
CRYPTIC CROSSWORD
Across
QUICK CROSSWORD
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3. He says what others are thinking (9)
8. He aimed to strike many a match! (4)
9. Plan to put stone at the end of the
beds (9)
10. Appliances in the kitchen where the
firing is done (6)
11. It gives numerical indications and is
expressed in the same terms (5)
14. The kind of band made from an alloy (5)
15. Not springtide (4)
16. Come in to put on record (5)
18. Incline to one side, as lancers used
to do (4)
20. One in the twisty lane is not at home (5)
21 & 9 Dn. Intuition provides an added
feeling (5,5)
24. Intellectual fellows with a short story (6)
25 & 26. Steps that need to be taken in a
ship - a mate has his methods! (13)
27. One who spreads out the litter (9)
Across
1. He acts shamefully about the
certification of a will (9)
2. As a result of catastrophes, a mass
of feathers sinks to the ground (9)
4. Cherished animals take a pace
backwards (4)
5. One out of thirteen is a rogue (5)
6. Craft workers observed about before
midday (6)
7. Top copy and ten more (4)
9. See 21 Across
11. A contest that is only struck once (5)
12. In some matches he takes the record (9)
13. Not supported at the back? (9)
17. He may be seen flying in Poplar
Avenue (5)
19. What those who frequently lift their
glasses do (6)
22. You’ll need a note for invigorating
medicine (5)
23. Letters for a military station (4)
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Dog’s lead (5)
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Dry (4)
Empty (4)
So or thus (3)
Equipped with weapons (5)
Roundabout route (6)
Employ (3)
Male voice (4)
Card game (4)
Inflammation of the skin (10)
Repair (4)
Metroku
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Across: 4 Bypass; 7 Euphoria; 8 Sacred; 10 Unity; 13 Wick; 6 4 7 3 1
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25 Cos; 28 Adage; 30 Relay; 31 Tends; 32 Boor; 33 Gags.
Friday’s solutions
Cryptic
Quick throw (3)
Gaelic (4)
Fastener (4)
Recede (3)
Precipitation (3)
Spurious, counterfeit (5)
Traitor (5)
Overnight travelling case (6)
Habitual drunkard (3)
Cut wool from (5)
Church part (4)
Departure (6)
Revise (4)
Common viper (5)
Policeman, informally (3)
Male bee (5)
Grain husks (4)
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NEW The Real Marigold On
Tour BBC1, 9pm
Revered: The Real Marigold gang
Difficulty rating: Challenging
Darts legend Bobby George has a
new career as the go-to travelogue
geezer. Fresh(ish) from going to pot
on cannabis in the States, here he’s
back with the original Marigold gang
for a creaky stroll around Chengdu
in China, a place where pensioners
are revered. Miriam Margolyes, as
ever, steals the show with a mix of
potty mouth and emotional panda
moments.
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TONIGHT’S
TV CHOICE
I’m A Celebrity… Get Me
Out Of Here ITV, 9pm
The countdown to Sunday’s final
starts here as this week sees the
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are despatched. It looks set for a
battle between Stanley Johnson and
Toff Toffolo but we’ve got a soft spot
for Dennis Wise. Such a tiny man.
charm that makes the most of this
erratic spin on the wideboys-out-tomake-a-mint genre.
Comedy Slice: Hailmakers
It’s always worth checking in on this
US thriller if only to see Aussie actor
Sullivan Stapleton, formerly of Strike
Back, giving his weekly masterclass
in butch. Not a man ever likely to
show us his Hamlet, he’s an action
man par excellence. More power to
his elbow. KEITH WATSON
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It’s the nature of the beast that
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affairs but BBC3 deserves credit for
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talent. Akemnji Ndifornyen and
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Blindspot Sky Living, 10pm
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Sport
PICTURE: GETTY
W E E K E N D BY N U M B E R S
Successive major titles in
2017 for Bianca Walkden
(pictured), who won the World
Taekwondo Grand Prix in Ivory
Coast. The 26-year-old beat
South Korean Da-Bin Lee in the
+67kg final to become the first
athlete to claim all four grands
prix in the same year, also
winning the world title.
world No.1 Mark Selby at
snooker’s UK Championship.
5
Years as a pro boxer for
Miguel Cotto who ended
his career with a unanimous
points defeat to Sadam Ali. The
Puerto Rican six-time world
champion, 37, had already said
16
Jumping for joy:
Roberto Firmino
(left) helps
Philippe Coutinho
(second left)
celebrate
scoring
Liverpool’s
fourth goal
Henderson demanding repeat
show from five-star Liverpool
JORDAN HENDERSON wants more of
the same from Liverpool after they
warmed up for their crucial
Champions League tie with Spartak
Moscow by hammering Brighton 5-1.
The Reds need a point on
Wednesday to guarantee a place in
the last 16 and go into the game off
the back of a sizzling display which
took them up to fourth in the table.
Skipper Henderson said: ‘It’s very
pleasing. Overall for 90 minutes we
played very well, controlled the
game with the ball, scored some
brilliant goals and defensively I
thought we were solid.
‘It was a brilliant second goal on
the counter-attack. [Mohamed]
Salah, [Roberto] Firmino and
[Philippe] Coutinho, fantastic goals.
‘It’s a big game in midweek and we
need to keep the momentum going.’
Wobbly Spurs
must end poor
run, says Jan
by JUSTIN PALMER
TOTTENHAM have heaped pressure on
themselves by failing to win any of their
last four Premier League matches, according to Jan Vertonghen.
Spurs ground out a 1-1 draw away to
Watford on Saturday, forced to battle for
a point after defender Davinson Sanchez
was shown a red card for putting a forearm into Richarlison’s face.
Mauricio Pochettino’s side have
slipped to sixth in the table and fellow
centre-back Vertonghen accepts Spurs
have serious work to do to get their
league season back on track.
‘We have to get back to winning ways
and we know that,’ said the Belgian.
‘We had a run where we had to win a
couple of games and we didn’t, so I suppose the pressure is a little bit more, but
we know we can win these games.’
Watford plundered the early lead at
Vicarage Road, Christian Kabasele’s
header putting the hosts ahead.
Heung-min Son’s tap-in drew Tottenham level before the break but the visitors were lucky not to concede a lastgasp penalty for handball. Full-back
T H E Y S A I D I T. . .
‘Getting the players who
are injured fit again is a
main priority when
everybody starts
talking about the
January window.’
New Everton boss Sam
Allardyce (left), who
kicked off his reign
with a 2-0 win over
Huddersfield, wants
to be able to assess
his current squad
before discussing
transfer targets
Kieran Trippier, though, insisted Tottenham are unfazed by their bad run.
‘We’ve got a fantastic team, great spirit, a hungry young team and a great manager – we just have to keep going,’ he
said. ‘It was difficult when we went
down to ten men but we still created
chances and kept pushing on for the
three points. We had to dig deep.’
Tries for New Zealand-born
centre Hadleigh Parkes in
his Wales debut against South
Africa – a 24-22 win.
2
he would retire after attempting
to defend his WBO lightmiddleweight crown.
World ranking of Scott
Donaldson, who ended
a run of ten straight defeats to
stun defending champion and
66
First-half tries for
Premiership leaders Exeter
in a 42-29 win over Bath.
4
Minutes on the clock
when Kearnan Myall got
a last-gasp try for Wasps to seal
the bonus point and a 32-25
Premiership win over Leicester.
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F O O T B A L L P R E M I E R L E AG U E
PICTURE: GETTY
High kicking: Silva
fires home from
De Bruyne’s cross
Premier League
Man City
Man Utd
Chelsea
Liverpool
Arsenal
Tottenham
Burnley
Watford
Leicester
Everton
Southampton
Brighton
Stoke
Bournemouth
Newcastle
Huddersfield
West Brom
Crystal Palace
West Ham
Swansea
P
15
15
15
15
15
15
15
15
15
15
15
15
15
15
15
15
15
15
15
15
W
14
11
10
8
9
7
7
6
5
5
4
4
4
4
4
4
2
2
2
2
D
1
2
2
5
1
4
4
4
5
3
5
5
4
3
3
3
7
4
4
3
L
0
2
3
2
5
4
4
5
5
7
6
6
7
8
8
8
6
9
9
10
F
46
35
28
33
29
23
14
25
20
19
15
14
18
13
14
9
12
8
13
8
A
10
9
12
19
19
13
12
26
20
28
18
19
30
17
22
26
21
25
32
18
Pts
43
35
32
29
28
25
25
22
20
18
17
17
16
15
15
15
13
10
10
9
Results
Arsenal ....................... 1
Brighton ..................... 1
Chelsea ..................... 3
Everton ..................... 2
Leicester .................... 1
Stoke ......................... 2
Watford ...................... 1
West Brom ................0
Bournemouth ........... 1
Man City .................... 2
Man Utd .................... 3
Liverpool .................. 5
Newcastle ................. 1
Huddersfield ............0
Burnley .....................0
Swansea .................... 1
Tottenham ................ 1
Crystal Palace .........0
Southampton ...........1
West Ham .................1
SUCH PRECIOUS SILVA
City star breaks Hammers hearts
by keeping hosts on the march
Man City
2
FABIAN DELPH would love
Manchester City to break
the Premier League record for
consecutive wins against
Manchester United at Old
Trafford next Sunday but
insists his side are not looking
beyond the Champions League
clash with Shakhtar Donetsk on
Wednesday. Victory over West
Ham made it 13 in a row and
Delph said: ‘It would be nice [to
do it at Old Trafford]. It’s a
derby, we want to win. But
we’re taking it game by game.’
Otamendi 57, Silva 83
West Ham
1
Ogbonna 44
by MATTHEW NASH
DAVID SILVA volleyed a late
winner as Premier League leaders
Manchester City came from behind
to beat stubborn West Ham 2-1.
The Spaniard, who extended his
contract last week, hooked home
from close range seven minutes
from time to snatch the points.
City had trailed at half-time to an
Angelo Ogbonna header but dominated the second period and pulled
level through Nicolas Otamendi.
The win was a record-equalling
13th in succession in the Premier
League, a club-record 20th straight
in all competitions, and restored an
eight-point lead over Manchester
United – who City visit next Sunday – at the top of the table.
The Hammers remain without a
win under David Moyes but, after
forcing City to rely on late heroics
Leveller: Otamendi
for a third successive game, will
take much encouragement.
They stifled their hosts in the first
half and restricted Pep Guardiola’s
men to few clear-cut chances. West
Ham had the better openings, the
best put wide by Michail Antonio.
Silva went closest for City when
his deflected long-range strike was
tipped over by Adrian, in goal because Joe Hart was ineligible to
play against his parent club.
The visitors lost Cheikhou Kouyate to injury but were rewarded for
their hard work on the stroke of
half-time, Ogbonna rising to head
home Aaron Cresswell’s cross.
Guardiola sent on Gabriel Jesus at
the break and he created the equaliser just before the hour, crossing
for Otamendi to poke home.
Adrian did well to deny Leroy
Sane (twice), Kevin de Bruyne and
Raheem Sterling, before De Bruyne
picked out Silva with a brilliant
cross the Spaniard volleyed in.
That proved enough, as Diafra Sakho fired a late chance wide.
Blues battle to keep pressure on
CESC FABREGAS admits Chelsea
are now hoping for Manchester City
to slip up to give them any chance of
retaining their Premier League title.
Chelsea have won six and drawn
one of their last seven league games,
coming from behind to see off
Newcastle 3-1 at home on Saturday.
Eden Hazard was the Blues’ hero
as they battled back from Dwight
Gayle’s early opener for the Magpies.
The Belgian scored the equaliser
and wrapped up the points with a
chipped penalty after Alvaro Morata
had headed Chelsea in front.
‘We needed to win before the top
teams played and it was an impor-
tant three points,’ said Fabregas
(pictured). ‘They [City] are there
because they deserve it. Our job is to
keep going and see what happens.’
Newcastle have now taken just a
point from their previous six games
but midfielder Mikel Merino believes
forthcoming back-to-back home
games with Leicester and Everton
can turn around their fortunes.
‘Playing at home is always an
advantage for us,’ he said.
‘The strength of the crowd is
important and I think with all the
strength they give us we will improve.
‘We have to be patient and
confident in our possibilities.’
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IN BRIEF
PICTURE: GETTY
PEP TALK DID
NOT HOLD KEY
FOR REDMOND
Bournemouth
T H E Y S A I D I T. . .
‘I think it’s a clear penalty, I really do.’
Eddie Howe was disappointed his side were denied a
first-half penalty when Adam Smith was brought down
by Sofiane Boufal. Smith was booked for diving and
said referee Jon Moss apologised to him after the game.
1
Fraser 42
Southampton
1
Austin 61
Puel hopes his Foxes
can keep on flying
Saints alive: Inform Austin [left]
celebrates earning
a point for his side
Cech: Mistakes and missed
chances cost Gunners dear
by DAVE FILMER
THIS WEEK’S
FIXTURES
(7.45pm unless stated)
TODAY
The Emirates FA Cup Second Round
Slough v Rochdale..................... BT Sport 1
Sky Bet Championship
Birmingham v Wolves .................................
Sky Sports Football
TUESDAY
UEFA Champions League Group A
Benfica v Basle.............................................
Man Utd v CSKA Moscow............................
Group B
Bayern Munich v PSG..................................
Doubling up:
Lingard scores
his second goal
past Cech
takes. There are not many times you
play United and dominate the whole
game, having so many chances, so
Celtic v Anderlecht.......................................
Group C
Chelsea v Atletico Madrid...........................
Roma v FK Karabakh...................................
Group D
Barcelona v Sporting...................................
Olympiakos v Juventus................................
WEDNESDAY
UEFA Champions League Group E
Liverpool v Spartak Moscow......................
Maribor v Sevilla...........................................
Group F
Feyenoord v Napoli......................................
Shaktar Donetsk v Man City.......................
Group G
FC Porto v Monaco.......................................
Off: Elliott Bennett
was the second
Blackburn man to see red
■ CREWE hit back from 3-0 down
to earn a 3-3 draw with nine-man
Blackburn in the second round of
the FA Cup. Elsewhere, Joe Ward’s
late leveller saw National League
Woking clinch a 1-1 draw with
Peterborough. Isthmian League
Leatherhead had player-boss
Sammy Moore sent off as they let
slip a lead to lose 3-1 at Wycombe.
SOUTHAMPTON boss Mauricio
Pellegrino heaped praise on
Nathan Redmond for his response
to his face-off with Pep Guardiola,
after the midfielder helped rescue
a point at Bournemouth.
Redmond came on at half-time
and set up Charlie Austin’s
equaliser in an entertaining 1-1
draw. Ryan Fraser had given
Bournemouth a half-time lead but
Redmond pepped up his side.
‘He played well,’ said Pellegrino,
who insisted he did not think the
player felt any extra motivation.
‘One comment will not change
the performance of one player.
The most important thing is how
we played in the second half.’
Austin now has three goals in
three matches for the low-scoring
Saints and Pellegrino said: ‘The
confidence in one striker is
something that is really difficult
to train or to buy. And you really
need some experience, you need
to score goals.’
PETR CECH blamed Arsenal’s own
mistakes, rather than the brilliance of
David de Gea, after they lost an Emirates thriller 3-1 to their old rivals
Manchester United.
Home goalkeeper Cech felt early errors from Laurent Koscielny and Shkodran Mustafi left the Gunners a
mountain to climb as their 12-game
winning run at home was ended.
United clinically punished them,
with Antonio Valencia and Jesse Lingard making it 2-0 inside 11 minutes.
Arsenal fought back, with David de
Gea making a string of superb saves,
while Alexandre Lacazette netted and
hit the woodwork before Lingard’s
second killed the game.
Cech said: ‘The game was decided
at the start with our two mistakes and
they scored. We need to make sure
that when we create chances in a big
game we score and don’t make mis-
Sport
this is positive, but we are disappointed. We played against Huddersfield
and we were on the other side of it
RB Leipzig v Besiktas..................................
Group H
Real Madrid v Borussia Dortmund............
Tottenham v Apoel Nicosia ........................
THURSDAY
UEFA Europa League Group E
Apollon Limassol v Everton .............(6pm)
Group H
Arsenal v Bate Borisov................(8.05pm)
FRIDAY
Sky Bet Championship
Sheff Utd v Bristol City................................
Ladbrokes Scottish Premiership
Dundee v Aberdeen .....................................
SATURDAY (3pm unless stated)
Premier League
Burnley v Watford ........................................
Crystal Palace v Bournemouth..................
Huddersfield v Brighton..............................
Newcastle v Leicester ................. (5.30pm)
Swansea v West Brom ................................
Tottenham v Stoke.......................................
West Ham v Chelsea...................(12.30pm)
Sky Bet Championship
Aston Villa v Millwall....................................
Barnsley v Derby..........................................
Burton Albion v Preston .............................
Fulham v Birmingham.................................
Hull v Brentford ............................................
Middlesbrough v Ipswich............................
[winning 5-0]. We had a spell where
we had four shots and everything went
in. This time it was the opposite.’
United boss Jose Mourinho praised
Lingard, who made it three goals in
five days after opening his account for
the season at Watford last Tuesday.
‘He played well. He did what the
team needed him to do, defensively
and also in terms of going into finishing areas,’ Mourinho said.
‘When we play with two strikers we
need people from the midfield that
can arrive in finishing situations and
that’s what Jesse did for us.’
Greater responsibility may fall on
Lingard with Paul Pogba facing a ban
after he received a straight red card for
a studs-up tackle on Hector Bellerin.
The France midfielder will miss
next Sunday’s Manchester derby, plus
league games with Bournemouth and
West Brom, but is likely to feature in
the Champions League against CSKA
Moscow tomorrow.
Norwich v Sheff Wed ................... (5.30pm)
Nottm Forest v Bolton.................................
QPR v Leeds..................................................
Wolves v Sunderland...................................
Sky Bet League One
Blackpool v Rotherham ..............................
Bradford v Rochdale....................................
Bristol Rovers v Southend..........................
Bury v AFC Wimbledon ...............................
Charlton v Portsmouth ...............................
MK Dons v Shrewsbury...............................
Oldham v Northampton..............................
Oxford v Doncaster......................................
Peterborough v Blackburn .........................
Plymouth v Gillingham................................
Walsall v Scunthorpe...................................
LEICESTER manager Claude Puel
hopes his team can continue their
recent improvement over the
busy festive schedule.
Saturday’s 1-0 home win against
Burnley was his third in six games
in charge and followed the 2-1
midweek defeat of Tottenham.
‘It has been a good week and it
was important that we continued
our hard work,’ said Puel.
‘It bodes well for the future. My
team is still progressing.
‘There are a lot of matches
coming up now and we need all of
the players to try to maintain this.
There is a long way to go.’
T H E Y S A I D I T. . .
‘I was encouraged... if
that’s the quality of the
group I have then we’ll
be fine.’ Alan Pardew saw injuryhit West Brom draw 0-0 with
Crystal Palace in his first game in
charge and believes the Baggies
have the depth to get out of trouble.
Slutsky in Tigers exit
HULL have parted company with
boss Leonid Slutsky, six months
after he became the first Russian
coach in the Football League.
Slutsky, 46, who replaced Marco
Silva in June, has won only four of
his 20 Championship games.
The Tigers, relegated from the
Premier League last season, are
20th in the table after Saturday’s
2-2 draw at Sheffield Wednesday.
14
Game losing streak ended
for struggling Benevento
when goalkeeper Alberto Brignoli
scored an injury-time diving
header to earn a 2-2 draw against
AC Milan and the first Serie A
point in the club’s history
Wigan v Fleetwood ......................................
Sky Bet League Two
Accrington Stanley v Swindon...................
Cheltenham v Crewe ...................................
Chesterfield v Barnet ..................................
Colchester v Exeter......................................
Crawley v Mansfield ....................................
Grimsby v Forest Green ..............................
Luton v Notts County..................................
Morecambe v Coventry...............................
Newport County v Carlisle..........................
Port Vale v Cambridge ................................
Stevenage v Wycombe................................
Yeovil v Lincoln City.....................................
Ladbrokes Scottish Premiership
Hamilton v St Johnstone.............................
Hearts v Motherwell ....................................
Kilmarnock v Partick....................................
Rangers v Ross County...............................
SUNDAY
Premier League
Liverpool v Everton....................... (2.15pm)
Man Utd v Man City......................(4.30pm)
Southampton v Arsenal...............(12noon)
Ladbrokes Scottish Premiership
Hibernian v Celtic........................(12.30pm)
FA Women’s Super League 1
Arsenal v Liverpool ...........................(2pm)
Birmingham v Bristol City ...............(2pm)
Chelsea v Man City .....................(6.30pm)
Everton v Sunderland .......................(2pm)
Yeovil v Reading........................ ( 12.30pm)
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C R I C K E T S E C O N D A S H E S T E ST
SMOG IN DELHI
CAN’T MASK THE
CLASS OF KOHLI
SRI Lanka
players wore
masks (right) to
counter the smog
during their third
Test with India as
Virat Kohli left
them toiling in
the field.
The poor air
quality stopped
play on three
occasions, while
Lahiru Gamage
needed lengthy
treatment at one
point and fellow seamer Suranga Lakmal
also left the field feeling ill as Kohli hit a
career-best 243, eventually declaring on
536 for seven – a decision partly
influenced by the fielders’ struggles.
After Sri Lanka reached 131 for three in
reply, India bowling coach Bharat Arun
said: ‘[It’s] the same for both teams. Virat
batted close to two days, he didn’t need
a mask.’
SCOREBOARD
Overnight: Australia 209-4 (U T
Khawaja 53)
AUSTRALIA
P S P Handscomb lbw b Broad.36
S E Marsh not out .....................126
T D Paine c M M Ali b Overton ..57
M A Starc c Anderson b Broad .. 6
P J Cummins c Malan b Overton..44
N M Lyon not out.........................10
Extras b6 lb6 w1 pens 0 ............13
Total 8 wkts dec (149 overs) ..442
Fall: 1-33 2-86 3-139 4-161 5-209
6-294 7-311 8-410
Bowling: Anderson 31-5-74-1,
Broad 30-11-72-2, Woakes 27-484 1, Overton 33-3-105-3, M M
Ali 24-3-79-0, Root 4-0-16-0
NO REGRE
ENGLAND FIRST INNINGS
A N Cook not out..........................11
M D Stoneman lbw b Starc .......18
J M Vince not out.......................... 0
Extras pens 0 ............................... 0
Total 1 wkt (9.1 overs) ................ 29
Fall: 1-29
To bat: J E Root, D J Malan, M M
Ali, J M Bairstow, C R Woakes,
S C J Broad, C Overton, J M
Anderson
Bowling: Starc 5-1-13-1,
Hazlewood 4-2-16-0, Cummins
0.1-0-0-0
Feeling the strain:
Captain Root shows
his frustration while
Broad (below, left)
takes a tumble and
James Vince and
Alastair Cook hit the
deck after their
collision saw a
chance go down
S P O RT I N B R I E F
Quins nick it after Danny’s
magic touch sinks Sarries
Gatland content to
go under the radar
RUGBY UNION
JOHN KINGSTON lavished praise on Danny
Care after his individual brilliance helped
secure a dramatic 20-19 win for Harlequins
over Saracens at the Stoop.
With 90 seconds of the Premiership
contest remaining, Tim Visser pounced on
Care’s crossfield kick for the winning try –
after the England scrum-half had earlier
created two scores for Charlie Walker.
Quins director of rugby Kingston said:
‘He’s a wonderful footballer – he could have
easily played professional football – and it’s
the smatterings of sparkle that he brings to
the game which make him so special.’
RUGBY UNION
WARREN GATLAND is happy for
Wales to go into this season’s
Six Nations as underdogs.
Injury-hit Wales completed
their autumn campaign with a
24-22 win over South Africa
and head coach Gatland said:
‘With where all the teams are,
it’s going to be one of the
closest Six Nations we have
had for a long time.
‘People are talking up other
teams. Long may that continue
from our point of view.’
Match-winner:
Visser (right)
celebrates with
Mike Brown
Monday, December 4, 2017 METRO 43
C R I C K E T S E C O N D A S H E S T E ST
Sport
PICTURE: GETTY
TS FOR ROOT
Bayliss defends Joe’s decision to make Aussies
bat first despite Marsh leaving them in trouble
by JOHN PAYNE
JOE ROOT is comfortable with his decision to bowl first, despite Australia piling
on the runs in the second Test, according to
England coach Trevor Bayliss.
The tourists, trailing 1-0 in the series,
were struggling on 29 for one at the end of
a rain-hit day two in reply to Australia’s
442 for eight declared in Adelaide.
Shaun Marsh’s unbeaten 126 from No.6
allowed captain Steve Smith to call time on
Australia’s innings, just as batting was
about to get more difficult under the lights.
England were relieved heavy drizzle restricted their reply to 9.1 overs before play
was abandoned for the evening, during
which time they lost only Mark Stoneman.
Despite trailing by 413 runs, Bayliss insisted Root stood by his choice to put the
hosts in to bat after winning the toss.
‘He wouldn’t do anything different,’ said
the Australian. ‘It’s well-documented that
one of our challenges is taking wickets on
flatter pitches. Joe wanted to give our guys
the best opportunity to take 20 wickets.
‘It wasn’t an easy decision. It wasn’t taken lightly. We bowled pretty well and didn’t
get the results we deserved.’
Indeed Bayliss felt England suffered a little payback for the
2015 Trent Bridge Test, when
everything went their
way as Stuart
STUMP
mics
should be
turned down
so TV viewers
cannot hear
continuing
verbals
between the
Having words:
teams, says
Anderson and Root
England coach
with Marsh
Trevor Bayliss.
‘I don’t think
that’s necessarily a (good) thing for
young kids watching,’ he said.
‘But it’s grown men, playing a very
competitive sport. Sometimes those
emotions boil over. It’s just redblooded young males competing
against each other, (and) most of the
time it’s fairly light-hearted.’
Broad’s career-best eight for 15 saw Australia bowled out for 60.
‘That’s the game of cricket,’ he said. ‘It
might have evened it up from Trent Bridge
two years ago, when they nicked everything. We’ve got to put it up with it and not
let it frustrate us.’
England are lacking the genuine pace to
compare with Australia’s Mitchell Starc
and Pat Cummins, but hope Mark Wood
can prove his fitness in next week’s tour
match in Perth with a view to becoming a
mid-series addition to their armoury.
Nonetheless, coach Bayliss added:
‘The bowlers we’ve got are more than
capable of creating chances, which I
thought we did.
‘There’s no use wishing that someone else is going to come, with a
click of the fingers. That’s all
we’ve got.’
Future burns bright
for fit-again Tiger
2
European
Tour titles for
South Africa’s
Dylan Frittelli
(above), who
beat Ajun Atwal
in a play-off at
the Mauritius
Open after both
finished on 268,
16-under par
GOLF
TIGER WOODS is confident about
his future after he finished with a
four-under 68 at the Hero World
Challenge in the Bahamas,
leaving him eight-under overall.
Woods, 41, had started just
three events since August 2015
due to injuries. ‘Overall I’m very
pleased,’ he said. ‘I have no pain.
I showed some good signs, I’m
ready for a bright future.’
Rickie Fowler started with
seven successive birdies and
Back with a bang: Woods
finished with a 61 for a fine win.
T H E Y S A I D I T. . .
‘England didn’t bowl well. They
bowled 1.6metres shorter than
Australia and that is the
problem. When you win the toss
and bowl you have got to make
sure you capitalise and bowl
the right length.’
Former England captain Michael Vaughan
Dejected:
England’s
Gareth
Widdop
Watkins so
proud after
stumbling
to defeat
RUGBY LEAGUE
2
Runs scored by Ben Stokes (below)
who endured a torrid time with bat
and ball as he suffered defeat on his
Canterbury debut against Otago in
New Zealand’s 50-over Ford Trophy.
The all-rounder lasted just seven balls and
then failed to take a wicket in his nine overs
as Otago claimed a three-wicket win
KALLUM WATKINS believes England have
shown they can ‘battle with the best’ but was
left to rue missed opportunities after their
agonising World Cup final defeat to Australia.
England’s 6-0 loss in an absorbing, defencedominated match – likened by coach Wayne
Bennett to State of Origin clashes between
Queensland and New South Wales – leaves
them still looking for a first World Cup
triumph since 1972.
It could have been so different but for a try
that got away as England were mounting a
strong second-half challenge in Brisbane.
Watkins looked a certain scorer after being
put through a gap by Elliott Whitehead with
his winger, Jermaine McGillvary, free on the
outside, but the Leeds centre was felled by an
ankle tap from a flying Josh Dugan and was
unable to supply the final pass.
‘We had them on the rack, we
just needed to take some
opportunities’
‘It seemed like slow motion,’ Watkins said.
‘He caught me, then I thought, “I’m alright
here” but then I just stumbled.
‘It would have been a certain try because I
had Jerry (McGillvary) on the outside and
Elliott on my inside.
‘It is what it is. I’m just immensely proud of
the guys, the effort was superb. We had them
on the rack, we just needed to take some
opportunities. We fought really well.’
Australia scored the only try through
second-rower Boyd Cordner after 14 minutes.
‘We had an opportunity to win the game but
we just couldn’t get the result in the end,’
Watkins added.
‘It could have gone either way. It shows we
can battle with the best.’
T H E Y S A I D I T. . .
‘I keep it as businesslike as I can – I
don’t want to get too emotionally
involved.’ Ronnie O’Sullivan, looking to match
Steve Davis’ record six UK Championship titles, after
beating Michael Georgiou 6-1 in the second round
Hew’s done it in Masters final
TENNIS
WORLD No.2 Alfie Hewett became the first British
men’s singles champion by defeating Gordon Reid
at the Wheelchair Tennis Masters in Loughborough.
In an all-British final, Hewett beat the man who
denied him gold at last year’s Paralympics 6-3, 6-2.
Champions:
Australia
celebrate with
the trophy
LETDOWN
RIGHTCALL
Cech says Arsenal’s
defeat to United
was self-inflicted
Root has no regrets
over putting Aussies
in, declares Bayliss
Football: Page 41 »
Cricket: Pages 42-43 »
Sport
METRO
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PICTURE: REUTERS
Leaders leave it late again to
beat Hammers for win No.13
PEP GUARDIOLA is happy to be known
as the modern king of ‘Fergie time’ after
Manchester City again left it late to claim
victory, with West Ham the victims yesterday of the runaway leaders.
City equalled the Premier
League record of 13 straight
wins with a 2-1 home success and can break it against
Manchester United at Old
Trafford next Sunday.
Their past four
wins have all been
settled in the final
ten minutes, with
David Silva’s goal
in the 83rd minute
at the Etihad a relatively early decider by
recent standards.
Guardiola (right) is
happy to take a reputa-
by GAVIN BROWN
tion once owned by United boss Sir Alex
Ferguson, who was renowned for the late
goals scored by his teams. ‘I heard about
the Fergie time, of course,’ he said.
‘What we have shown is we
never give up. If we can take
something about the Fergie time, it is welcome,
a pleasure.’
On the 13-win run,
he added: ‘It means
we have done 39 points
in a row. That’s a lot.’
West Ham boss David Moyes
was frustrated but encouraged,
and did not guarantee a return for
ineligible on-loan keeper Joe Hart
after Adrian excelled. The Scot
said: ‘If you get the jersey you hope
you can retain it. That’s football.’
NOW IT’S
Silva lining: The Spain midfielder’s
83rd-minute clincher extended
Manchester City’s winning Premier
League run to 13 games
PEP TIME!
MANCHESTER CITY 2-1 WEST HAM · BOURNEMOUTH 1-1 SOUTHAMPTON
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Reports: Pages 40-41 »
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