FR EE Thursday, March 29, 2018 T HE WORL D’ S M O ST P O PU L AR FRE E N E WSPAP E R TEARS & CHEERS AT DODDY FAREWELL Pag 6-7 » Sin City: London’s lucrative property market is said to have become a magnet for foreign criminals PICTURE: ALAMY Page 2 » n Is this the greatest selfie that’s ever been taken? Page 29 » BLITZ ON McMAFIA MILLIONS Inquiry into property bought with dirty cash THE use of foreign ‘dirty money’ to buy luxury homes in Britain is to be investigated by MPs, amid rising tensions with the Kremlin over the Salisbury poisoning. Claims that criminals and corrupt leaders have invested £4.4billion in property here will be examined by the Treasury select committee. Starting today, the group of MPs will consider ways to strengthen laws so buyers have to show where cash has come from. Buyers from the United Arab Emirates have spent £1.7billion of ‘suspicious wealth’ on UK property, by DANIEL BINNS with Russians in second place on £942million, according to figures from pressure group Transparency International UK. Lax rules are said to have allowed corrupt Russian tycoons, like the characters in fictional TV drama McMafia, to spend ill-gotten gains with no questions asked. Tory MP Nicky Morgan, who chairs the committee, appeared to hint yesterday that the Salisbury Continued on Page 9 » FR EE n Council tax bills are set to rocket by 5% Friday, March 16, 2018 T h e wo r l d ’ s m o sT p o pu l a r fre e n e ws pap e r PUTIN THE PARIAH n Trump, Macron and n Allies condemn use of Merkel unite with May nerve agent as America to point finger at Russia reveals tough sanctions RUSSIA found itself out in the cold last night as European allies and the US backed Britain by blaming the poisoning in Salisbury on Vladimir Putin. The Kremlin was condemned in a joint statement issued by Donald Trump, French president Emmanuel Macron, German chancellor Angela Merkel and Theresa May. The foursome said an attempted assassination by Russia was the only by domINIc yEATmAN ‘plausible explanation’ for the attack on former spy Sergei Skripal and his daughter Yulia. And they denounced the ‘first offensive use of a nerve agent in Europe since the Second World War’. Mr Trump chose yesterday to sign off financial sanctions against five Russian institutions and 19 individuals accused of meddling in the 2016 US election. He told reporters: ‘It certainly looks like the Russians are behind the poisoning. ‘It’s something that should never ever happen and we are taking it very seriously, as I think are many others.’ Russia called the claims from the four leaders ‘completely insane’. Mr Putin – on the election campaign trail – held Continued on Page 4 » Alliance: Theresa May, Donald Trump, Emmanuel Macron and Angela Merkel Campaign trail: President Vladimir Putin speaks at a youth event in Moscow yesterday PICTURE: EPA your guide to all the weekend football action Sponsored by in side Tensions: Metro’s March 16 report 2 METRO Thursday, March 29, 2018 COUNCIL TAX ROCKETS 5% Steepest rise in 14 years but town hall leaders warn of further cuts to services HOUSEHOLDS are about to be hit with the steepest rise in their council tax for 14 years. The inflation-busting increase will see bills go up by an average of 5.1 per cent for the coming financial year, which starts next week. The typical band D household will have to pay an extra £81, including about £30 to plug shortfalls in funding for social care. Nearly £2billion extra will be raised as town halls take advantage of new freedoms to raise bills by up to 5.99 per cent. Council leaders, who faced by SAM LISTER tougher caps in the first few years after the Tories took power, said they now had little choice but to demand more cash as they struggle to balance the books. Local Government Association chairman Lord Porter warned that services would still have to be cut. ‘Since 2010, council tax bills have risen by less than inflation and other key household bills,’ he said. ‘The extra income this year will help offset some of the financial pressures but the reality is that many councils are now beyond the point where council tax income can be expected to plug the growing funding gaps they face. ‘This means councils will have to continue to cut back services or stop some altogether to plug funding gaps.’ The rise is the highest since 2004/5 but communities secretary Sajid Javid (pictured) said bills had fallen under the Tories when inflation is taken into account. ‘Council tax in England is 7.6 per cent lower in real terms than it was when we came to government,’ he said. ‘Under the last Labour government council tax doubled and in Labour-run Wales it has trebled.’ Labour’s shadow communities secretary Andrew Gwynne said: ‘This shows that under the Tories, you pay more for less. ‘Over the last eight years, council budgets have been reduced by 50 per cent and services cut.’ Average band D council tax bills in shire areas will be the highest at £1,749, up by £86, according to figures from Mr Javid’s department for housing, communities and local government. In London, households in similar properties will have to pay £1,405, an increase of £55. What’s your opinion? Text the word VIEWS followed by your comment, name and where you live to 65700. Standard network charges apply. Gridlock: Frustrated workers queue to get into Canary Wharf Tube station last night Commuters swarm on station as strike prompts train chaos RUSH hour commuters got nowhere fast amid strike chaos last night. Huge queues formed at Canary Wharf Tube station in London, with passengers seeking an alternative route after the walkout hit Docklands Light Railway services. 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She suggested New Rules should be put in place when it comes to how women are treated. ‘For a female artist, it takes a lot more to be taken seriously if you’re not sat down at a piano or with a guitar,’ Dua fumed. ‘For a male artist, people instantly assume they write their own music, but for women, they assume it’s all manufactured.’ And the 22-year-old assured fans she is hard at work penning the follow-up to her self-titled debut album. ‘It’s very much dance crying,’ she told GQ magazine. ‘It is a pop album that you’re going to be able to dance to, but a lot of the songs are sad. They’re about heartbreak and they’re about going through some emotional manipulation.’ The full interview is in May’s GQ, on sale next Thursday. Brassed off! Viola player victory over hearing loss by JAN COLLEY rk on her n hich she described as ‘dance crying’ PICTURES: MARIANO VIVANCO/GQ A LEADING viola player who says his hearing was irreparably damaged by loud music during rehearsals has won a landmark case against the Royal Opera House. In the first case of its kind, which could have huge implications for live music, Christopher Goldscheider, 45, told London’s High Court he was exposed to unacceptable noise levels at the Covent Garden venue in 2012. The musician, from Biggleswade, Bedfordshire, said he suffered ‘acoustic shock’ and became unwell after sitting in front of an 18-strong brass section during rehearsals for Wagner’s Ring cycle. His claim for lost earnings alone is allmostt £750,0 000. The courtt heard d Mr Goldscheider was exposed to an average levell off 91 decibels over three hours and that, despite ‘Acoustic shock’: Viola player Christopher Goldscheider was placed in front of the brass section wearing earplugs, this gave rise to a ‘substantial risk of injury’. He added that his symptoms emerged if he entered ‘a loud environment’ and he was ‘susceptible to vibrations’. The ROH Covent Garden Foundation contended that his condition was not caused by playing in the orchestra. It saiid he had d been proviided d wiith ear protection and the opera house had d gone ‘as far and, if anything, further than the reasonable employer’ to reduce noise levels. Yesterday Mrs Justice Nicola Davies found in favour of Mr Goldscheider. The foundation was in breach off noise at work rules, she said. Damages will be assessed at a later date. 4 METRO Thursday, March 29, 2018 The Doctor will see you finally... after 50 years Tardy Tardis: Dr Who William Hartnell, whose script was thrown out 50 years ago THE script for the very first episode of Doctor Who – rescued from a skip 50 years ago – is coming under the hammer. The 43-page document was owned by William Hartnell, the first Doctor, and still has his annotations in blue pencil. He played the role from 1963 to 1966. The current owner of the script was eight when he was given the rare piece of TV memorabilia. His grandfather worked for a building firm that had been renovating Hartnell’s former home in Mayfield, East Sussex, and found the script, called An Unearthly Child, among the rubbish. The owner, who declined to be identified, unveiled his treasure on the BBC’s Antiques Roadshow last year, saying: ‘William Hartnell had just moved out and this was being thrown out. My grandfather gave me it because I was a Doctor Who fan.’ Expert Chris Yeo told him: ‘It’s the DNA of Doctor Who, the genesis of the programme, which makes it very important.’ The script for the episode, aired on November 23, 1963, is being sold through Dudley-based Aston’s Auctioneers on May 3. It has been given an estimate of £5,000 to £7,000. Unearthly-ed: The script for Unearthly Child, with Hartnell’s notes PICTURES: BNPS He, she, now us... all city’s residents can get gender ID A COUNCIL which gave staff ‘gender ID badges’ to show whether they preferred to be called ‘he’, ‘she’, or ‘their’ has widened the scheme to the public. Brighton and Hove council launched badges for workers which read ‘My Pronouns are’, followed by the three options – or a blank space to fill in their own choice of self-description. Now the tags are available to residents as part of the #MyPronounsAre campaign to raise awareness of trans and non-binary people. Tessa Marshall, the University of Brighton’s equalities engagement adviser, said the university will hand out the badges to students after Easter. ‘Not making assumptions and taking the responsibility to find out how someone should be addressed benefits us all and is integral to supporting and respecting our colleagues, students and visitors,’ she said. The council said its scheme was also timed to mark the global Trans Day of Visibility on Saturday. Brighton councillor Emma Daniel said: ‘We all define our own gender and by LEWIS PENNOCK we should respect other people’s identities, and rights. Now there is more freedom and safety to be ourselves. But there’s still more to do. ‘Who a person is may not match what you expect and may not be defined easily. If someone’s pronouns differ from what you assume, it’s for you to adapt and it’s ok to ask. ‘We’re proud of being a diverse city, and the council is committed to equality and inclusion for all people. Read the badge, respect people; it’s that easy.’ The move follows the example set last year by HSBC bank, which introduced 10 gender-neutral titles for trans and non-binary customers, allowing them to choose between Mx, Ind, M, Mre, Msr, Myr, Pr, Sai, Ser or Misc. What’s your opinion? Text the word VIEWS followed by your comment, name and where you live to 65700. Standard network charges apply. Thursday, March 29, 2018 METRO 5 p e T Watch out Chloe... hot felon’s ex has warning for ‘pregnant’ heiress TOPSHOP heiress Chloe Green is believed to be expecting a child with her partner Jeremy Meeks, known as the ‘hot felon’. But the report has led to a warning for Sir Philip Green’s daughter from Mr Meeks’s estranged wife Melissa. The 37-year-old, who has a nineyear-old son, Jeremy Jr, with the convict-turned-model, believes the former Made In Chelsea star is being ‘played’. A source said: ‘Melissa knows this game that Jeremy is running on Chloe. She’s been through it. While Jeremy was running the streets, she was taking care of their children and working hard. He’s put Chloe right where he wanted her to make his move.’ Melissa (pictured) ended her eight-year marriage to Mr Meeks, 34, last October. The ex-gang member shot to fame in 2014 when a police mugshot, taken after his arrest for gun possession, went viral. He landed a modelling contract on his release from jail in 2016. He and Ms Green, 27, have been dating since last May, and days ago he fuelled speculation he was about to propose when he was pictured at a Beverly Hills jewellers. Neither Ms Green nor Mr Meeks was available for comment. Search for Hatton Garden ‘kingpin’: Police arrest man by DOMINIC YEATMAN POLICE hunting the mastermind of the £35million Hatton Garden jewellery heist have arrested a 57-year-old man in north London. Six men, aged from 58 to 76, were jailed for the 2015 Easter weekend raid, but the ringleader – known as ‘Basil’ –was never caught. He is said to be an ‘eccentric’ who spent years planning the heist and may have made off with up to £10million. Sources say his identity was known only to two members of the gang – Brian Reader, now 79, and Terry Perkins (right), who died aged 69 in jail. Scotland Yard’s Flying Squad seized the suspect on suspicion of ‘non-residential burglary’ in a dawn raid yesterday in Islington, the London borough where the gang planned the heist. ‘A number of items were seized from the address,’ said a spokesman. ‘The man remains in Gem of a story: How Metro reported raid custody in a north London police station.’ ‘Basil’ was caught on CCTV wearing a face mask, large hat and ginger wig during the raid on the headquarters of Hatton Garden Safety Deposit. He is thought to have had keys to the building and let the gang in after disabling the alarm system. Once inside, gang members abseiled down a lift shaft and drilled through a 20in thick wall to carry out what was described in court as the ‘largest burglary in English legal history’. Up to 73 safety deposit boxes containing gold, sapphires and diamonds were prised open on the Bank Holiday Monday. Pearls worth £3million were stolen from one box alone. Police believe gems worth millions have never been recovered Perkins, one of those jailed in 2016 for between 21 months and seven years, died a week after a court ordered him and three other gang members to pay back £27.5million, or face another seven years in jail. Judge Christopher Kinch said it was ‘difficult to endorse any particular treatment’ for those who chose to commit offences at an advanced age. 6 METRO Thursday, March 29, 2018 TATTY-BYE E DODDY Y Thousands pay tribute to comic legend Sir Ken FANS, celebrities and dignitaries gathered in their thousands to say a final ‘tatty-bye’ to much-loved comedian Sir Ken Dodd yesterday. Stars including Jimmy Tarbuck, Claire Sweeney, Ricky Tomlinson and Tom O’Connor paid their final respects Widow: Lady Anne Dodd arrives for the cermony Iconic: Children dressed as Diddymen watch hearse leave service by ELEANOR BARLOW Ash earlier this month aged 90, as ‘perhaps our city’s greatest hero’. Irish comic Jimmy Cricket paid tribute to ‘one of the most different, original, innovative and gifted comedians’. Close friend and author John Fisher said Sir Ken was ‘a life-enhancing to the comic at a ceremony in Liverpool Cathedral. The cathedral, which has a capacity of 2,700, was full, with children dressed as his trademark Diddymen among the congregation. Hundred ds more watched the service on n screen outside. Fans lined the streets a horse-drawn carriage bearing his coffin, with a bouquet of yellow sunflowers, made its way to the cathedral. Tickling sticks lined approach to the cathed and were placed on lan marks, including The Be From us to you: Fans left tickling stick statue on the Pier Head, in ute to the entertainer. tributes on statue of The Beatles Tarbuck described Sir who died at his home in force of nature’.. He by saying: ‘We’ll never see the Ken Dodd again. Thank you Sir atty-bye.’ reference to the length of the edian’s shows, Canon Myles ies, acting dean of Liverpool, ed that the congregation would ot ‘be missing the last bus home’. However, the service did, somewhat fittingly, run for 30 minutes longer than expected. The coffin was followed by Diddymen as it was carried out he cathedral to applause. private interment was due to the ceremony. Thursday, March 29, 2018 METRO 7 Trademark: One of Sir Ken’s famous Diddymen rides alongside his coffin PICTURES: GETTY IMAGES & PETER BYRNE/PA WIRE Wave: Liverpool comedian Tom O’Connor Respects: Former Brookside star Claire Sweeney Tribute: Tarby hailed ‘greatest hero’ Red tie: Ex Liverpool FC star Ian St John Touch hing triibutte: Jimmy Criickkett and his wife May Marion Telly boss: Lord Michael Grade Roylety: The Royle Family’s Ricky Tickled: Comic Johnny Vegas manages a smile Thursday, March 29, 2018 METRO 9 UK ‘is destination of choice for laundering dirty money’ » Continued from Page 1 Top table: Vladimir Putin leads a cabinet meeting PICTURE: AP Family fears Skripals have just 1% hope of recovery Poisoned: Yulia and Sergei Skripal remain critical after the nerve agent attack REX THE niece of poisoned spy Sergei Skripal said her uncle and cousin have only about a one per cent chance of recovering. Viktoria Skripal said the prognosis for the former Russian double agent and his daughter Yulia ‘really isn’t good’, as they remain in a critical condition after the nerve agent attack in Salisbury. She said the family had not told Mr Skripal’s mother about the poisoning. ‘Out of 99 per cent I have maybe one per cent of hope,’ she told the BBC. ‘Whatever it was, has given them a very small chance of survival. They’re going to be invalids for the rest of their lives. ‘The first priority was to protect our granny so that she wouldn’t hear or find out anything.’ Her comments came as countries across the world joined the UK in diplomatic action against Russia, which has been blamed for the attack. Last night Met Police said it was believed the Skripals first came into contact with the nerve agent novichok at home. Specialists have identified the highest concentration, so far, on the by DOMINIC YEATMAN front door, it said. Russia denies poisoning the pair, and the foreign ministry has suggested the ‘possible involvement’ of British special services – Moscow’s bluntest accusation yet of foul play by the UK. Moscow said Britain’s failure to provide evidence suggests the poisoning was a ‘major political provocation’. British officials have rejected such claims as nonsense. The Russian embassy in London responded to claims by officials that more than 20 different stories had come out of Moscow since the attack to ‘try and confuse the picture’. A statement on its website read: ‘This only confirms the openness of the Russian society and the independence of Russian media.’ It added: ‘Let’s also not forget that at least five different versions of the poisoning have been “leaked” by the police to British media: the Skripals were either poisoned in a pub, or in a restaurant, or in their car, or by putting the chemical into Ms Skripal’s suitcase, or by smearing their door handle.’ incident had played a part in prompting the inquiry. She said: ‘Given the threats that face the UK, the effectiveness of the regimes that we use to protect our financial system from misuse have never been more important. ‘It has been claimed that the UK, particularly the London property market, is becoming a destination of choice to launder the proceeds of overseas crime and corruption – so-called “dirty money”.’ Russian president Vladimir Putin, who led a cabinet meeting yesterday, has faced claims that he is propped up by shady oligarchs with wealth stashed in London. After former KGB colonel Sergei Skripal was poisoned in Salisbury, Theresa May vowed to pursue ‘criminals and corrupt elites’. But Labour pointed out that not one prosecution was brought last year for failure to prevent money laundering. The Russian embassy in London welcomed moves to crack down but questioned if it was part of an ‘anti-Russia’ campaign. What’s your opinion? Text the word VIEWS followed by your comment, name and where you live to 65700. Standard network charges apply. Thursday, March 29, 2018 METRO 11 ‘Women can sleep safe’ as Worboys to remain in jail by CATHY GORDON THE decision to release black-cab rapist John Worboys from prison was overturned yesterday by the High Court. Three judges ruled that the Parole Board must make a ‘fresh determination’ in the case of the serial sex attacker following a challenge by victims. Sir Brian Leveson, Mr Justice Jay and Mr Justice Garnham said the board should have ‘undertaken further inquiry into the circumstances of his offending’. They announced that the ‘release decision will be quashed’ and the case ‘remitted to the Parole Board before a differently constituted panel’. Parole Board chairman Nick Hardwick (pictured) resigned before the ruling, apologising ‘for the mistakes that were made in this case’. Victims of 60-year-old Worboys welcomed the ruling but said they still feel ‘let down’ by the justice system. Kim Harrison of law firm Slater and Gordon, which represented 11 women, said: ‘Our clients are delighted and deeply relieved by today’s decision to overturn the release of this dangerous man. ‘We have said all along that Worboys is a manipulative and calculating individual who conned the Parole Board into granting his release. ‘Our clients, who have been terrified that he will track them down after his release, can now sleep easy in their beds safe in the knowledge that this serial sex offender will be kept in jail where he belongs.’ Another lawyer for the women Storm: Metro front page on Worboys said justice secretary David Gauke ‘bears some responsibility’ for the failings in the case. Phillippa Kaufmann QC said it was the Ministry of Justice which was responsible for putting the dossier of evidence before the Parole Board. She also said it was ‘disappointing’ that Mr Hardwick appeared to have What’s your opinion? Text the word VIEWS followed by your comment, name and where you live to 65700. Standard network charges apply. been made a ‘scapegoat’, when there was a ‘systemic failure’. Lawyers for the two unnamed women who brought the challenge argued during a hearing earlier this month that the Parole Board’s decision to release Worboys, who now goes by the name John Radford, was ‘irrational’. At that hearing judges continued a temporary bar preventing his release, which was originally granted in January. Worboys was jailed indefinitely in 2009 with a minimum term of eight years after being found guilty of 19 offences, including rape, sexual assault and drugging, committedagainst 12 victims. The calm before Fogle’s trek up Everest Precious moment: Ben Fogle with his family and dog Storm IT’S a picture of domestic bliss... but Ben Fogle will soon leave the comfort of family life behind to take on the gruelling challenge of climbing Everest. The TV presenter is spending time at home with his wife Marina, son Luda and daughter Iona before he heads to the Himalayas next month. He and Olympic cycling champion Victoria Pendleton, 37, will scale the world’s highest peak to raise cash for the British Red Cross. Fogle, 44, has mounted a social media campaign to draw attention to the expedition. On Monday he shared a photo that showed him jumping naked into an Arctic lake. 14 METRO Thursday, March 29, 2018 Why Madge is still Sean’s Penn friend GWYNETH PALTROW and exhubby CHRIS MARTIN appeared to revisit their former family home. The pair, who divorced in 2016, posed outside a London pad with their children Apple, 13, and Moses, 11. Gwynnie, 45, captioned the snap ‘42’, the number on the front door behind them. SEAN PENN has confessed he is still Hung Up on first wife Close: Penn and Madonna – hours after trashing his Madge after their second wife, Robin Wright. split GETTY Asked on a US chat show who he preferred out of Britney Spears and the 59-year-old Queen of Pop, the double Oscar-winner, 57, emphatically replied: ‘Ah, I love my first wife very much.’ Penn has two children – Dylan, 26, and Hopper, 24 – with House Of Cards star Wright, 51. But in a separate interview he admitted they have ‘not a lot of conversation’, adding: ‘She and I did not share the same ethical views on parenting.’ Granny’s good advice for Ky-lie Spinning around: Kylie gets anxious STEVE SCHOFIELD KYLIE MINOGUE won’t be needing a shrink to tackle all the voices that she an’t get out of her head. a ‘There are a lot of voices in my head,’ the op princess admitted, adding that if she o eels anxious, ‘I put the kettle on and make a up of tea’. The 49-year-old told Attitude she probably would benefit’ from counselling – but I don’t really like it’. Kylie prefers her 98ear-old gran’s advice to ‘lie flat, put your rms up and just lie like that for ten minutes’. Up for Creek... Katie’s reunion THE stars of Dawson’s Creek have all come together for a special reunion. Katie Holmes and four-time Oscar-nominee Michelle Williams posed for the cover of Entertainment Weekly with co-stars James Van Der Beek and Joshua Jackson to celebrate the 20th anniversary of the US TV drama’s first episode. Holmes, 39, said: ‘We’ve seen each other over the years, but not everybody all together... and never for long enough.’ A N D R E I H A R M S W O RT H ’ S Bloom’s Nintended ... it’s clearly Katy! Couple enjoy Super Mario party during world tour O RLANDO BLOOM the 33-year-old appeared to reveal her signalled it’s all still fun nickname for Bloom when, just and games – video before singing Into Me You games to be precise – See, she gushed: ‘I feel very with Katy Perry when he loved and this next song is joined her for a Super Mario about being so loved.... this is called Into Me You See, for ccelebration. Bubbadoo.’ The Lord Of The Rings Later, the on-off aactor, who announced this week that he is returning w couple dressed as cou to o the West End, was Nintendo characters Mario and Luigi sspotted in the crowd He’s the Mario for a Super Mario when Katy kicked off kind: Orlando on w tour of Tokyo, on tthe Asia run of her Katy’s tour, and go-karts. Video Witness world tour W dressed as Mario iin Japan. On stage ootage showed fo REX Bloom pulling faces at the camera while wearing his Mario costume. The pair paused their romance last March, but it wasn’t long before they pressed the start button again. In September they went paddle-boarding in California – a reminder of when the 41year-old Brit stripped naked for a similar date during their initial year-long romance. Without naming Bloom, Katy has suggested they are just going with the flow this time, saying: ‘People are in and out of your life, it’s nice to keep people you love around you.’ The actor will appear in Killer Joe at London’s Trafalgar Studios this summer. Thursday, March 29, 2018 METRO 15 with ith Tom T Sti hb Stichbury @Metro_Showbiz BEYONCÉ’S alleged biter may still be at large, but that didn’t stop the singer nipping out for Big Sean’s 30th birthday bash. Wearing a polka-dot top, fluffy heels and sunnies, she was joined by hubby JAY-Z at the do in LA. ‘Whole lotta Kings n Queens,’ Big Sean swooned after sharing a selfie. Meanwhile, this week’s claims that Bey, 36, was bitten on the face by an unnamed actress may inspire a TV series. Ryan Murphy, 49, the producer LOOK WHO’S ENJOYING A MEXICAN WAVE ther CALVIN HARRIS is ano star happy to jump on r he e afte board with an old flam es with wav was spotted making lf. stunning ex Aarika Wo found DJ The I Need Your Love ers when himself in familiar wat ski jet a he enjoyed a ride on del in with the American mo Cancun, Mexico. 24, dated Harris, 34, and Wolf, 2015 for several months in on to before the Scot moved know all Taylor Swift... and we how that ended. actress would love a bit A Any part in this Beyoncé TV drama behind TV hit American Crime Story, yesterday teased the title card: ‘Who Bit Beyoncé?’ He said: ‘It’s happening. Who should play Beyoncé?’ Crisps made Kelly packet in KELLY OSBOURNE has revealed she lost her job as a Radio 1 agony aunt because she was too brutal with her advice. Kelly, 33, recalling her days on The Surgery in the noughties, said: ‘I got fired... somebody called in and asked if they could use a crisp packet as a condom.’ Thinking they were a ‘f***ing idiot’, she admitted: ‘I was too direct.’ The Ski whizz: Calvin and Aarika on their jet ski in Cancun BACKGRID Gutter Gorillaz... but Snoop is sorely missed Foxxes are on Board for summer festival GORILLAZ have teamed up with Snoop Dogg on new song Hollywood. The band debuted the track – without the rapper, who has a guest verse – at their recent concert in Chile. ROCKERS Black Foxxes are set to make a splash at Boardmasters Festival. The British band have joined the line-up for the annual surf and music bash on the Cornish coastline from August 8-12. 16 METRO Thursday, March 29, 2018 GOOD DEED FEED THANKS to the Lothian Buses driver in Edinburgh who let my nephew on his bus free when he had lost his bus pass when attacked. Brenda Henderson, Edinburgh MANY thanks to Michelle and Darren and all the team at TfL Euston for recovering my camera from a deep ventilation shaft. Really appreciate your efforts. Stephen THANK you to the kind lady in New Street Tesco who offered to pay for my lunch when I forgot my purse on Monday. I was so embarrassed I didn’t realise what you were saying until you had left. Anon HUGE thanks to Dave Harris, Marylebone station manager, for making sure I got home safely on Friday after too many drinks. Embarrassed Sara, High Wycombe THANK you to Wood Green Tube staff who helped my dad on Friday lunchtime when he fell back down the up escalator. You were brilliant. He’s a bit bruised and embarrassed. Lucy, Wood Green TO the blonde girl in the Crown Plaza Glasgow on Saturday night. Thanks for the Sam Smith tickets. It was my mum’s birthday – you made her day. Anon Start your text with the word DEED followed by your comment, name and where you live to 65700. Standard network charge applies Talk METRO S EN D U S YOUR VI EWS START a text with VIEWS followed by your comment, name and where you live to 65700. Standard network charge applies. Or EMAIL firstname.lastname@example.org Helpline for Views, Rush-Hour Crush and Good Deed Feed: 020 3615 0600. Full T&Cs on metro.co.uk/terms Metro is a member of the Independent Press Standards Organisation Jail is too good for cruel killers Throw away y key for Vietnamese woman’s murderers n I read your report on the rape, torture and murder of Quyen Ngoc Nguyen with absolute horror (Metro, Wed). But my overriding emotion was anger that these two ‘men’, Stephen Unwin and William McFall, could commit such an evil crime. They are inhuman beasts and we should lock them upp and throw away the key! Debbi, Kent n Botth Unwiin and d McFell had served about 14 yeearrs for murder and were released. That is shocking – they sh houuld have got the death penalty for the first murders they com mmitted. Alan, Essex n Two known eviil murderers who raped, tortureed and burned alive an innocent girrl should get the death penalty. This country and our oo kind (and legal system are far to these type of monssteers know it). C, London Evil crime: Left, victim Quyen Ngoc Nguyen and killers Unwin (top) and McFall PA n The high rates of crime, and the violence with which crime is carried out by the lowlifes within our society, must surely lead to a review and reinstatement of capital punishment. If our politicians are in doubt, then they should let the nation decide by having a referendum. Jonathan, Leeds n These killers face a long sentence. But jail, sadly, may be exactly where they want to be to see out their days. J, Stockport Expulssions are humiliating for Putin n It’s just so gre eat to see or Vladimir that awful dictato Putin being so humiliated internationally, with 26 countries kick kin ng out Russian Metro, Wed). He diplomats (M ong now – his won’t last lo people will kiick him out very soon. Richa ard d Farrar, London n Good for Theresa May. Splendid. More balls than male politicians. Sue Benjamins, Barking at all. I think this is the right time to teach him a lesson. Joosabba n Mr Putin should take the Russia by sending all these diplomats home? Mr Putin is ruthless. Are we opening the box called war? Chris, Mexborough poisonings seriously and come out to say sorry instead of saying he will retaliate. Mr Putin has no regard for human lives n Do we really need to provoke RUSH-HOU R C RU SH Love is alll around us, as shown by the messages left by our comm muter cupids. Are they talking about you? Don’t o tell us if you meet up! forget to TALL, atttractive African gent sittting at the bus stop on Oakleigh Road South ra ailway bridge last Th hurrsday at 1.50pm. dly y allowed me on You kind the No.34 4 towards Arnos Grove befo ore e you – after a y on a phone went rude guy beforre us! Can you get uch? in tou Woman With Small ag And Big Hair In Navy Raincoat IMPECCABLY dressed angel in a suit with the most perfect expressive eyebrows I’ve ever seen on the District line. You look like you’re carrying a lot around with you – let’s talk and I’ll help you take a load off! Shy Blonde Who Smiled At Your Wink HANDSOME gentleman on the 8am semi-fast Metropolitan line train going to Aldgate last Thursday. We talked about why the train was so packed. It was easy chatting to you. Didn’t have time to check if there was a ring on your finger before getting off at Finchley Road. If not, coffee? The Quiet Lady, Grey Coat With Grey/Pink Scarf TALL, white guy, short brown slightly curly hair. You were wearing a white shirt and black trousers. We were stood extremely close (thanks to the rush hour). Our eyes met for a few seconds. After this, I was too nervous to look again. When getting off at London Bridge I lost my footing slightly. Thursday, March 29, 2018 METRO 17 Last days: The Burrows (inset) have to demolish their house. They are planning a new life in Ireland SWNS Desperate to remain in EU n I tuned into the parliamentary debate on breaches of electoral law on Wednesday to learn more about the issues surrounding the CA/ Facebook allegations around the Vote Leave campaign. However, what I witnessed was a shameful collection of bitter Remainers in a blatant kangaroo court, some suggesting that if the allegation was proven, the result of the referendum should be made void. As we get nearer to the exit date, the efforts of undemocratic Remainers are becoming more and more desperate and extreme. Paul Lewis, Edinburgh n Will those investigating the alleged cheating by the Leave campaign (Metro, Wed) also take into A REAL SHAME VALLEY IDYLL HAS TO BE TORN DOWN n It was sad that North Devon council ordered Alan and Kate Burrows to destroy their Hobbit-style home (Metro, Wed). It reminds me of Russell Crowe’s speech in the 2010 Robin Hood film when he said every Englishman’s home is his castle. Anon n Alan and Kate’s life in Tarka Valley, Devon, seems idyllic. Using earth, tree trunks, a compost toilet and a makeshift boiler, as well as being so close to nature, is something we should aspire to, not let jobsworth council officials tear down. Steve, Bolton n We can’t just let anybody build wherever they please. Save the green belt! Stu, Harlow AND ANOTHER THING... n I have just got a TfL blue badge and card to encourage passengers to give up their seat, as I have a hidden disability. On my first day, people pretended to be asleep and on the second a disabled lady offered her seat! Hoping that things will improve! Carolyne, Enfield n Well done Network Rail for trashing Haywards Heath station. You’ve now destroyed trees near platform four, revealing more of the new walkway carbuncle! NJK n First Bus, it would be super fantastic if you could wait until passengers have You’re better than any Bumble matches I’ve had. Curly-Haired Brunette, 5ft 4in, Black Jacket coat. Do you fancy a glass of rosé by the river? Tall Shy Brunette With Leopard-Print Handbag THE beautiful lady of stainedglass habits and colourful clothes. Enjoyed our chat very thoroughly and would love to see you again to discuss art and antiquated fashions. From an admirer and habitual tricorn wearer. Robin, Woolwich STRAWBERRY blond guy in a grey suit on the southbound Northern line at 6pm on Tuesday. You proved a good distraction from my book. Let’s forget the pages and get lost in each other’s words. Alice, Smiley, Tanned Blonde With Pink Earrings STYLISH silver fox with sideburns and an olive green jacket waiting outside Richmond station, sometimes with a dachshund in a blue TO the train driver who waved at me on the 8.50am Glasgow train on Tuesday morning, I may have distracted you. Can stopped passing through the doors before you close them. Sore Shoulder, Glasgow n How did that Easter egg remain uneaten for 170 years (Metro, Tue)? An egg roughly the same size at my work this week lasted less than a day! Mandy, Bristol you remember to stop next Lesley, Hamilton time? e bear in the TO the big cute Ipswich football shirt, we swapped pies on the Norwich to-London train. Fancy a pint Conn nor, Norwich TO the hungove er geography teacher sitting on the floor of the packed Virgin train to Newcastle, the Labour Party may not like you but I do. Anon Text CRUSH followed by y Rush-Hou ur Crush, name where you live to 65700. Standar netw work charge applie consideration then prime minister David Cameron’s wasting of £9 million on pro-Remain leaflets before the campaign even began? Dermot Corrigan, East London n It appears Vote Leave cheated to win the referendum. So what does Theresa May do? Keep as her political adviser ex-Vote Leave official Stephen Parkinson (Metro, Tue), the man who allegedly outed the Vote Leave whistleblower Shahmir Sanni as gay. Vince, London n How about the Cameron government’s £9 million leaflets promoting Remain? And who’s looking into Remain overspending? Nah, thought not. Disgusted, London 60 18 METRO Thursday, March 29, 2018 Isle Of Dogs is your eighth film with director Wes Anderson. who were sending me these How did you first meet? cassettes. They were Agents wanted me to work relentless. I have the largest with Wes [for Rushmore]. collection of video cassettes I started receiving video of Bottle Rocket in the world! cassettes of Bottle Rocket, his first film. I was being So I think he [Wes] then .Pup star: Murray as. sent me the script and surrounded by people .Boss in Isle of Dogs. SECONDSwith BILL MURRAY The actor and comedian, 67, talks about voicing baseball-loving pup Boss in new film Isle Of Dogs – and joking about #MeToo I read it, and the agents said, ‘We’d like to set up a meeting with you and Wes.’ I said, ‘That’s not necessary. I’m going to do it.’ And I’ve still never seen Bottle Rocket! The funny thing is, he told me later, ‘I was begging my agents to get you in Bottle Rocket and they would never call you because I was nobody!’ The film is set in Japan, where you made Lost In Translation. Is it a country you love? I certainly like it there. You spend a month there and you really do miss the politeness, I tell ya. There’s nothing like it! It’s not the bowing thing, which we all joke about, but just the way they respect you… it really affects you. You’re known for playing hard to get when it comes to signing on for roles. Why? I think you have to say no. It’s very appealing to be offered a job but in the movie business people get desperate and they take jobs to be paid. And that’s the number one problem – to take a job for money. So if you can avoid that then you will be alright. You’ve recently been doing live shows with classically trained musicians. What’s that about? I’ve been playing with three classical musicians who usually travel independently: Jan Vogler, who is a cellist, an East Berliner; his wife Mira Wang, a violinist from Peking; and Vanessa Perez, a pianist from Venezuela. They’ve all played together. I met Jan travelling back and forth from Berlin You make can’t rules about comedy. It’s either funny or it’s not. When you start making rules, then what else can’t I do? and after getting to know each other, he said, ‘Why don’t we make a show?’ We do this combination show that keeps moving around. I read some poems and I sing. They’re so talented. It’s a powerful little show. AFF/EMPICS ENTERTAINMENT The film’s stop-motion animation is amazing. Did you ever visit the London studio where they made it? Yeah, I went to Three Mills in London. The sets are crazy! There are dozens of sets and dozens of puppets and a fascinating bunch of people. When the bell rings at five o’clock, they have fun. Puppeteers… they’re like hanging out with little people. Puppeteers get a little crazy. joke. I don’t know what the joke is. Rose McGowan is making jokes. I don’t know who else… Sarah Silverman has got to be saying something funny. Were you shocked by all the sex abuse revelations in Hollywood these last six months? Well, rape is a tough one… shocked, surprised? That’s not the word I use. It’s just ‘urgh’. It’s a sickening feeling, it’s like getting punched. And I knew one of those women. I thought, ‘Oh f***, I know her, she’s my friend.’ Some of them seem like they got caught up in the firestorm. I don’t think Al Franken should’ve been forced to leave the Senate. I think his stuff was sophomoric. Is it tricky for the comedy scene Who makes you laugh now? amid this culture of Dave Chappelle. Now, that guy, political correctness? he’s really got it. I saw him live in person and I thought, Well, I think it’s very difficult ‘Oh my God, this is my to make any #MeToo jokes. guy.’ I never saw anyone You can try your damnedest. who was so completely There’s probably a joke to be in control of what he was made but it’s probably a going to say and he’d talk woman that’s going to make about anything. His latest it. If it’s funny, I’ll laugh. But .Just joking:. you can’t make rules about .Rose McGowan. stuff is crazy good. He talks about Trump. In the crowd comedy. It’s either funny or where I saw him in South Carolina, it’s not. When you start making rules… three-quarters voted for Trump and then what else can’t I do? Then there he was killing them. But it was funny are things that are rough subjects that and no one booed at all. They were can make people laugh. It’s foxhole like, ‘S***, that’s funny!’ humour… there are things like that that are so horrible, you laugh. JAMES MOTTRAM How do you feel that you can’t make a #MeToo joke? I think you can. But I don’t have the Isle Of Dogs is in cinemas from tomorrow. For live music dates, see ticketmaster.co.uk Thursday, March 29, 2018 METRO 19 Pair hug each other before they jump in front of train Death plunge: Platform 1 at Doncaster railway station where the couple died SWNS A COUPLE embraced each other before jumping in front of a train, horrified witnesses have said. The man and woman, who have not yet been named, both died at the scene despite the efforts of paramedics. Police said they are not treating the deaths as suspicious. The incident happened shortly after 8pm on Tuesday at Doncaster railway station in South Yorkshire. Witnesses told the Doncaster Free Press that the pair hugged and jumped from Platform 1 at the same time. It is thought they had bought tickets to get through the station barriers. Police are now working to establish the identities of the couple and inform their families. A British Transport Police spokesman said: ‘Officers were called to Doncaster railway station to reports of two people being struck by a train. ‘Officers attended alongside paramedics. Sadly two people were pronounced by NATHAN SANDHU dead at the scene. Officers will now work to establish their identities and inform their next of kin. ‘The investigation into how they came to be on the track is under way and a file will be prepared for the coroner.’ Posting on Tuesday night on Twitter, a Virgin Trains spokesman said: ‘My heart is broken for all involved in this tragic incident. ‘Services are returning to normal but so much pain will remain. ‘If you have been affected by tonight’s events, please talk to the Samaritans.’ Doncaster is a key station on the east coast mainline and several services were cancelled and disrupted until about 11.30pm. Contact Samaritans: Call: 116 123. Find your local branch online at: www.samaritans.org 20 METRO Thursday, March 29, 2018 Lucky fan scores a £9m win on Lotto A LIFELONG football fan scooped more than £9million on the lottery after buying a lucky dip when his team stormed to a 3-0 victory. Paul Long, 55, felt his luck was in when his beloved Leyton Orient secured a home win against Woking on Saturday. He bought a £2 online ticket for the Lotto and matched all six numbers to win the £9,339,858 jackpot. Dad-of-three Mr Long said: ‘I try to go to most home games and this was our first win since before Christ- by RACHEL McDERMOTT mas so I was feeling pretty chuffed. But not half as chuffed as I’m feeling now.’ Mr Long, from Wickford, Essex, worked for Ford in Dagenham for more than a decade before giving up due to ill health. He now plans to swap his six-year-old Fiesta for a new Ford EcoSport. He also wants to treat his family and friends to ‘one hell of an exciting adventure’. But Mr Long origi- nally thought he had only won £9,000. Then he called Camelot and was congratulated on a £9million win. ‘I think I must have been in denial as I still thought it was £9,000,’ he said. ‘My kids will all be secure for life and I can also help out friends, whether that’s a little cash boost, a holiday, to take in a show or just enjoy a posh meal. ‘I want this win to help change people’s faces so that they go from humdrum to beaming grin.’ Chuffed: Orient win was great for Paul Long, but Lotto win was better PA WIRE Thursday, March 29, 2018 METRO 21 Ireland rugby stars cleared of party rape TWO rugby stars have been cleared of rape. Ireland internationals Paddy Jackson, 26, and Stuart Olding, 25, had always denied assaulting a woman at a party. A jury took three hours and 45 minutes to find them not guilty after a nine-week trial. Jackson was also cleared of sexual assault. Blane McIlroy, 26, was acquitted of exposure and Rory Harrison, 25, was cleared of perverting the course of justice. The complainant had told the court she went to the party at Jackson’s house in Belfast following a night out at a club in June 2016. She said the two players attacked her when she went upstairs to fetch her bag, having decided to leave after the ‘mood changed’. Judge Patricia Smyth said: ‘This has probably been the most difficult trial any jury in Northern Ireland has ever been asked to adjudicate on.’ Jackson’s lawyer Joe McVeigh said afterwards that malicious social media comments had put the trial process at risk. He said ‘robust mechanisms’ were needed to ‘properly secure the integrity of our criminal justice system’. Charity charges epileptic who broke glass in seizure by BECCA HUSSELBEE A SHOPPER was charged by a charity shop after she knocked over glassware while having an epileptic fit. Sandra Kirkham, 72, shattered a bowl and cut her foot during the seizure in a Mencap store. A worker at the shop in Congleton, Cheshire, then ordered her to compensate the learning disability charity for the breakage. As her husband Kevan, 56, paid for a pair of sandals she had been trying on, the shop took a further £17 in damages. Mrs Kirkham, from Sandbach, said: ‘I was so angry – it’s a charity which should definitely be aware of illnesses like this. All I can remember as I regained consciousness is the shop worker repeatedly asking, “You’ve got to pay for the goods”. ‘When you come out of a fit, it takes a long time to work out what is happening. I was so confused as I didn’t know what had broken and why there was blood everywhere. ‘I was eventually taken away in an ambulance and it was only then that I was able to make sense of what had happened. My husband said they didn’t show any sympathy or offer any kind of apology.’ Glen Hall, head of retail at Mencap, said the charge was a ‘wrong decision’ made by a new member of staff. He said: ‘We are mortified this happened and for adding to an already very difficult situation.’ The charity had offered Mrs Kirkham ‘our sincere apologies, to fully reimburse her and invite her back to choose any item from the shop’, he said. Apology: Mencap has said sorry to Sandra Kirkham (right) after she had to pay for breakages after a seizure CATERS 22 METRO Thursday, March 29, 2018 Scene Music | Film | TV | Comedy CUBA TAKES CHICAGO Cuba Gooding Jr famously showed us the money in Jerry Maguire – now the actor’s showing us his moves in a West End musical. By Andrew Williams I F Cuba Gooding Jr is nervous about being thrown in at the deep end making his musical debut in Chicago, he’s putting on a good front of not showing it. He had just a month to get up to speed for the key role of smooth-talking lawyer Billy Flynn but the excitement that buzzes off him when he talks up his part is contagious. ‘This role’s been all-involving – physically and mentally, you have to know all the dances, the intent of the character and the vocal arrangements,’ he says. ‘You put them all together and that’s the final performance. It’s a mind-blowing experience. ‘When you prepare a character and you say the dialogue, see the wardrobe, put it all together and you meet the character and it all clicks, it’s euphoric. It’s like a drug. And I haven’t had this level of euphoria since I did OJ Simpson. This guy is one of the top five most energetic characters I’ve ever played and you have to put your heart and soul into it. I’m having a ball playing him.’ Let’s pause for breath here. It’s fair to say Gooding Jr, 50, is throwing himself heart and soul into Chicago, back in the West End after a five-year break. Stepping into a role played by Richard Gere in the Oscar-winning 2002 film and on stage by talent as diverse as Jerry Springer and David Hasselhoff hasn’t fazed the actor best known for his ‘show me the money’ turn in Jerry Maguire. A big plus for Gooding Jr is performing in the West End. ‘There’s something about the history, the buildings, the architecture and the Shakespearean history of it,’ he says. ‘As a black kid growing up in South Central you don’t imagine yourself being surrounded by that level of refinement. I didn’t go to college and even though I had success early with Boyz N The Hood I felt insecure about not having trained Magic mic: Cuba Gooding Jr will be testing out his vocal muscles as Billy Flynn in Chicago REX FEATURES properly as an actor. Broadway represented an achievement for me and the West End does so again.’ Boyz N The Hood, 1991’s film about gang life in South Central Los Angeles, was his breakthrough but it was Jerry Maguire five years later that put him on the A-list with a best supporting actor Oscar. ‘Winning the Academy Award was like being in a car accident,’ he reflects. ‘When I was standing on that stage and All that jazz: Cuba Gooding Jr rehearses at Studio Wayne McGregor TRISTRAM KENTON Thursday, March 29, 2018 METRO 23 Music | Film | TV | Comedy Scene Show me the movies: Gooding’s breakout role in n Boys N The Hood (left), wooing the Academy in Jerry Maguire (above) and killing time in American n Crime Story: The People Vs OJ Simpson (right) after suffering constant blows to the seeing everyone slowly rising to their feet, then having a night that went on and head – it can lead to personality changes. ‘Having to embody that was draining on until the sun came up…’ But how much difference does winning but the highlight was seeing how it affected so many people who understood an Oscar actually make to a career? that period in America. When you do a ‘There are actors who haven’t worked project like that, which connects with an for years who have an Oscar sitting on audience the way we did, it’s a real high.’ their shelf,’ he says. ‘But the bottom line From there he went on to appear in is you walk into a room and they American Horror Story: Roanoke, once immediately say “Academy Award again working with producer Ryan winner” before your name, which gives Murphy, the brains you a certain panache behind American and cachet. No matter As a black kid growing Crime Story. ‘Ryan’s what you do as an actor you’ll always up in South Central you got such a great talent scripts,’ he says. have that element of don’t imagine yourself forNow he’s got three accomplishment.’ being surrounded by months of singing on Gooding Jr has enjoyed a renaissance that level of refinement stage six times a week ahead of him. thanks to playing OJ ‘I’ve gone through Simpson in American my moments of Crime Story: The abject terror but then you get to the People Vs OJ Simpson, for which he was moment when you know you can do it,’ nominated for an Emmy Award. Playing he says. ‘The vocal cords are like any OJ, he recalls, was an intense experience. other muscle. I’m working on a muscle ‘I had to get into the mindset of a man I haven’t worked on in this way before who has been subjected to physical and it’s paying off.’ trauma on the football field to the extent that I believe he has that CTE concussion Cuba Gooding Jr stars in Chicago thing, where he’s prone to outbursts of at London’s Phoenix Theatre until anger,’ he says. CTE is a condition some June 30, chicagowestend.com athletes in impact sports have sustained 24 METRO Thursday, March 29, 2018 Jewish pupil at top school was forced to eat ham pizza Force-fed pork: Clifton College said attack was ‘abhorrent’ and ‘unacceptable’ SWNS A PUPIL at one of the UK’s leading boarding schools was suspended after he tried to force feed a Jewish boy pork. The victim ‘suffered psychologically’ after the incident involving a ham pizza at £35,000-a-year Clifton College in Bristol, it was claimed. The Jewish teenager remained at the school alongside his alleged attacker, who was allowed back into classes after a short suspension. Insiders said the alleged attacker was on the periphery of another incident at the school a few years ago where a pupil – who was later expelled – wore a Nazi costume. Religious leaders have criticised the school, which has its own synagogue and had a house dedicated to Jewish students until 2005, over the way the incident was handled. A high-profile member of the Jewish by ALEX SHIPMAN community, who did not want to be named, said: ‘The fact it happened is awful, but the way Clifton College has brushed it under the carpet is much worse. It’s difficult to describe what abuse like this does to a child. For someone who is Jewish and never eaten pork this is a horrible thing to go through. The victim has suffered psychologically.’ A spokesman for the 139-year-old college said the incident, which happened in December, was ‘completely unacceptable’ and ‘fell far short of the high standards we expect from our pupils’. He said: ‘Anti-Semitism in any guise is abhorrent, pernicious and is absolutely not tolerated at Clifton College. Following a thorough investigation by the school, proportionate and appropriate sanctions were put in place.’ Thursday, March 29, 2018 METRO 25 IN BRIEF ‘Disabled’ cheat’s 18 holes of golf A BENEFITS cheat who said he was unable to walk without a stick was caught red-handed playing a full round of golf. Clive Price, 57, claimed disability allowances for three years – but inspectors twice spotted him walking unaided at Looe Golf Club in Cornwall. On both occasions, in July and August 2016, he played 18 holes. Price, of Saltash, admitted fraudulently claiming nearly £14,000. He was given a one-year conditional discharge after Truro crown court heard he was paying back the money. Footprints lead to ice age Americans FOOTPRINTS left by prehistoric seafarers 13,000 years ago have been found off the Pacific coast, suggesting humans lived in the Americas 1,000 years earlier than thought. The discovery of toe, arch and heel prints left by three people was made at Calvert Island in British Columbia. Prof Duncan McLaren, of Victoria University, British Columbia, said: ‘This provides evidence of the seafaring people who inhabited this area during the tail end of the last major ice age.’ The going’s firm... drunken jockey drives on 3 wheels by CALLUM JAMIESON A DRUNKEN jockey drove his car for two miles on three wheels before stopping to take a nap in the middle of the road. An off-duty police officer spotted Peter Lebigre behind the wheel, a court heard. When he roused him the 28-year-old attempted to drive off. But the officer took his keys and held onto them until uniformed police arrived. They noticed his Volvo C70 only had three wheels and that one of those was completely flat. Driving with a wheel missing had also caused extensive damage to the road. Lebigre, a Frenchman, failed an early morning roadside breath test on the A281 at Rudgwick, near Horsham, West Sussex on February 18. He was charged with driving with 43mcg of alcohol per 100ml of breath in his system and with possessing cannabis. He appeared before magistrates at Worthing where he admitted the offences and was disqualified from driving for three years and sentenced to a 12-month community order, requiring him to carry out 80 hours of Missing: Driving without one wheel caused extensive damage to the road PICTURES: INS unpaid work. He was also ordered to pay £85 costs and a £85 victim surcharge. Lebigre, of Pulborough, is a jockey based there with trainer David Menuisier. Horse power: French jockey Lebigre in the saddle 26 METRO Thursday, March 29, 2018 CHEERS ME OLD CHINA! Xi and Kim put on warm front for historic visit Back in line: Kim Jong-un, Xi Jinping and their wives during the visit in Beijing ALAMY Five killed as pick-up truck goes off cliff THREE children and two women were killed when their pick-up truck plunged 100ft off a cliff on California’s Pacific Coast Highway. The bodies of the children were found beside the vehicle, which landed on its roof. The women were discovered dead inside. Firefighters had to abseil down the cliff and a helicopter was used to airlift the bodies out. Police said the victims came from Oregon and Washington. The truck was driving south on Highway 1 on Monday when it pulled into a dirt lay-by and, for unknown reasons, continued directly off the cliff near Juan Creek, 180 miles north of San Francisco. Police, who were last night notifying relatives, believe alcohol and drugs were not factors. RECENT tensions were placed firmly on the back burner as North Korean leader Kim Jong-un visited China to meet President Xi Jinping. Smiling broadly, the pair sought to portray the strong ties between the long-time allies as Mr Kim made his first known trip to a foreign country since he took power in 2011. Mr Xi held talks with Mr Kim at the Great Hall of the People in Beijing. He and his wife Peng Liyuan hosted a banquet for Mr Kim and his wife Ri Sol-ju. Official reports stressed the by GILLIAN WONG warmth of the meeting in a bid to downplay the chill over North Korea’s development of nuclear weapons and long-range missiles. ‘We speak highly of this visit,’ Mr Xi told Mr Kim, China’s official Xinhua news agency said. But US-based analyst Bonnie Glaser said the pair were ‘reaffirming traditional ties as if nothing had happened when the relationship had plummeted to unprecedented lows’. She said: ‘Here is Xi Jinping say- Burger off... Steven snubs menu tribute by TOM STICHBURY STEVEN SPIELBERG risked a bunfight after he banned a fast-food chain from naming a burger after him. The Hollywood director had no appetite for a close encounter of the burg kind when American restaurant Carl’s Jr unveiled its ‘Spielburgers’, to celebrate the 71-year-old’s new sci-fi flick, Ready Player One. The company had optimistically tweeted: ‘BIG NEWS GUYS!! As a tribute to the legendary director of #ReadyPlayerOne, we’re going to change the name of our Charbroiled Sliders to #SpielBurgers. ‘@StevenSpielberg hasn’t signed off yet, but we’re pretty sure he’ll be down with it.’ However, the movie legend snubbed the offer, responding in a video of his ing, “Don’t worry, everything is going to be great”.’ In recent months China has backed tougher UN sanctions against Pyongyang. The visit comes ahead of the North Korean leader’s planned meeting with Donald Trump. The US president tweeted yesterday that he had received a message from Mr Xi saying Mr Kim ‘looks forward to his meeting with me’. Mr Trump said: ‘Now there is a good chance Kim Jong-un will do what is right for his people and for humanity. Look forward to our meeting!’ IN BRIEF New president is a Suu Kyi loyalist THE Myanmar parliament has elected Win Myint, an Aung San Suu Kyi loyalist, as its new president. Ms Suu Kyi, who described herself as ‘above the president’ when her government was installed in 2016, retains executive authority. Mr Myint received 403 votes against 211 for Myint Swe, the military’s nominee. Bid to make Trump talk about Stormy Gherkin title: Spielberg’s post rejecting the renaming of a burger own: ‘Hey there. It’s recently come to my attention that Carl’s Jr wants to rename their Charbroiled Sliders “Spielburgers”. They’re pretty good, but I’m passing. Cease and desist. You can’t do it. Sorry guys.’ The restaurant took his response on the chin, posting: ‘OMG Spielberg likes our Charbroiled Sliders! (He’s not down with #Spielburgers but we’re fine with that).’ A LAWYER for porn star Stormy Daniels filed a motion yesterday seeking sworn depositions from president Donald Trump and his attorney Michael Cohen. Michael Avenatti wants to ask them about $130,000 (£92,000) paid to Ms Daniels, who claims she had a sexual encounter with Mr Trump. Thursday, March 29, 2018 METRO 27 WORLD BITES n THE BEACH made famous by the Leonardo DiCaprio movie is to be closed every summer because of damage to sea life and coral reefs by tourists. Maya Bay, on Thailand’s Phi Phi Leh island, will shut for four months starting this June. Toast: The two leaders raise a glass. But the smiles conceal recent tensions PA n SAUDI students studying abroad will each receive $2,000 (£1,400) from the government to support their education after King Salman yesterday approved a recommendation made by his son, Crown Prince Mohammed bin Salman. n EGYPTIANS went to the polls yesterday in an election that is virtually guaranteed to hand a second four-year term to president Abdul Fattah alSisi, who faced only a token opponent. Turnout was low. Results are due on Monday. Florida head injury victim wakes with posh English accent AN American woman has woken up with a posh English accent after being hit on the head during a break-in. Ashley Bosma, 28, said: ‘My friends and family think it’s really funny. They quote lines from Monty Python and even Mrs Doubtfire at me and finish off conversations with “Cheerio” or some other British mannerism.’ Doctors diagnosed her with foreign accent syndrome – a rare speech disorder found in cases of brain injuries. Mrs Bosma was alone in her home in Hollywood, Florida, when an intruder broke in and is believed to have hit her on the head with a cast-iron skillet. After being treated for a head injury, by HANNAH MCFADYEN she returned to normal life despite suffering memory problems. A month later, she woke up and her American accent had become a plummy English one. The ex-military mechanic (pictured) said: ‘I have never been to the UK so it is a real mystery how this has happened. I was a fan of Harry Potter but not anything linked to Britain other than that. The only exposure I have had was a work colleague who was a Brit. I loved his accent but I haven’t spoken to him for about three years.’ Husband Derek and daughter Sophia, five, are amazed by the change. But Mrs Bosma, a trainee paramedic, said some people think she is faking it. ‘I have two pet corgis and I had someone ask me “Do you have corgis because they’re the Queen’s favourite?” I don’t think I even answered him,’ she said. As for Mr Bosma, he said: ‘She’s still the same wife, the accent is just a tiny part of her.’ New voice: Ashley Bosma in hospital after an intruder hit her on the head CATERS Thursday, March 29, 2018 METRO 29 Me-2: Ross Franquemont photographs himself with the northern lights behind him PICTURES: CATERS THE ULTIMATE SELFIE U-2 pilot snaps spectacular photo as he whizzes through the northern lights Eye in the sky: The pilot captures natural wonder IT’S not easy to take a good photo when you’re flying a U-2 spy plane at about 500mph. But US air force pilot Ross Franquemont managed to grab a stunning selfie that shows the majestic northern lights as you’ve never seen them before. The image shows him flying straight through the aurora borealis, with green light reflected off his helmet and filling the sky behind him. Mr Franquemont said the photo – and others he took on the flight – led to huge interest. ‘The reaction has been incredible,’ he said. ‘Probably one of the best feelings came from my co-workers, many of whom have flown this exact same flight. One of them said “finally someone was able to capture it”.’ The 40-year-old, from Lenoir in North Carolina, took the photos as he whizzed over Canada at about 70,000ft in a the U-2 ‘Dragon Lady’ last month. After he published the images, the air force began receiving enquiries from people wanting to become pilots of the ultra-high altitude aircraft. ‘I’d love to take everyone up to see for themselves but we’ll have to wait for Virgin Galactic and hopefully others to start doing it,’ he said. Smiles high: Mr Franquemont grins in the cockpit of spy plane 30 METRO Thursday, March 29, 2018 Ouch! Jared’s Mars attack is real nightmare REVIEW Thirty Seconds To Mars America (Polydor) H by SHARON O’CONNELL S TAND well back – here comes the fifth album from notoriously shy and retiring, perennially down-dressed Oscar winner Jared Leto and his band. To listen to the full, 16-track set without due care and attention is to have your ears pulverised into pâté by its hurricane-force bombast and relentless fusillade of clichés. Leto’s constant, tin-eared sloganeering delivers the final, excruciating blow. Though it’s produced by Leto (with help from European big hitters Zedd and Yellow Claw), it’s more like an audience-targeted algorithm, which means that it lacks not only substance, but also soul and sensuality. Leto’s formula calls for brash and bloated stadium rock/pop to be spiked with trap beats, EDM trills and vocal tics swiped from chart hip hop, with not so much as a pinch of originality – and then overbaked. There’s a little Depeche Mode here (Walk On Water), some Prince there (One Track Mind, featuring A$AP Rocky) and a dash of The Police on Rescue Me. Great Wide Open leans so heavily on U2, their knees must be buckling under the strain. And the nightmarish Live Like A Dream – whose chorus consists solely of an ‘oh, oh, oh’ chant – will have you begging for mercy. The stats, though, are proof of the band’s success: two Top 20 US Billboard albums and global arena tours. America will probably sell by the skipload. Go figure. Loose Cash with odd gold nugget REVIEW Various Artists Johnny Cash: Forever Words (Legacy Recordings) HHH by SHARON O’CONNELL T O CALL Johnny Cash a giant of American roots music is no overstatement – and not just because he was 6ft 2in and wore size 13 boots. From his mid-1950s launch on Sun Records to his work with Rick Rubin, Cash expanded the idea of country music perhaps more than any other artist. He also left behind a huge personal archive. In 2016, Forever Words: The Unknown Poems was published and this compilation based on Cash’s writings is a kind of companion piece. Co-produced by son John Carter Cash, it features his half sister Rosanne Cash, who delivers The Walking Wounded, a mournful ballad with lapsteel guitar, and her stepsister Carlene Carter, who opts for dark gypsy-blues on June’s Sundown. Old friends Kris Kristofferson and Willie Nelson figure on touching opener Forever/I Still Miss Someone, while less expected is the luminously groovy Goin’, Goin’, Gone, from jazz-hop pianist Robert Glasper and R&B singer Ro James. If you’ve never been a fan of slick arena-filler Brad Paisley, then Gold All Over The Ground is unlikely to convert you, whatever its source. Ditto John Mellencamp, with his gravel-voiced hoedown Them Double Blues, or Jewel’s tremulous Body On Body. Questions of personal preference aside, Forever Words is an empathetic honouring of a man whose plain speaking had a poetic power all its own. Thursday, March 29, 2018 METRO 31 £195,000k? You don’t get many to the galleon Sale ahead: Replica of the Golden Hind, moored in Brixham, Devon A FULL-SIZE replica of Sir Francis Drake’s famed Elizabethan galleon the Golden Hind has been put up for sale for £195,000. The 120ft wooden ship is a remake of the ship Drake sailed round the world, the first Englishman to circumnavigate the globe. Owner Neil Worrell, 58, bought the boat four years ago with his wife, who has since passed away. The ship is a visitor attraction at Brixham, Devon. He said: ‘It’s a good opportunity for someone to take over a business that’s doing well.’ It will be CHRIS SLACK/BNPS This stinks! Parents rap school’s loo paper rations Roll with it: Oldwinsford school says the toilet system is only temporary SWNS by ARUN LAL ANGRY parents claim their children have been given a bum deal after a primary school removed loo roll from the toilets to avoid blockages. Pupils at Oldwinsford C of E primary school in Dudley, West Midlands, must put their hand up and ask permission to take toilet roll out of the classroom. One Counting sheets: Tissue is on demand dad said a boy had been left in tears when the teacher asked if he was going for a poo or a wee and counted off the sheets accordingly. He said: ‘What sort of school scrutinises the number of sheets of loo roll a kid needs?’ Another mum branded the move at the What’s your opinion? Text the word VIEWS followed by your comment, name and where you live to 65700. Standard network charges apply. 420-pupil school ‘truly ridiculous’. She said: ‘The rules are unhygienic and it is humiliating for children to have to ask in front of everyone for toilet paper.Having toilet paper in the actual toilet is just a basic need.’ But acting headteacher Jo Seker defended the decision, citing ‘a number of incidents’ where toilets have been blocked by paper stuffed down them. Ms Seker said there had been ‘disappointing behaviour in the bathrooms which has caused flooding, damage and temporary closure of the facilities’. She added the on-demand system was temporary until lockable dispensers are installed over Easter. ‘We are not limiting the amount of toilet roll children can use; the temporary system is allowing us to monitor behaviour and avoid any further incidents.’ However, one mum said: ‘Surely it would just be better to educate them about not putting too much down the toilet?’ Cot death ‘linked to defective gene’ COT death may be associated with mutations in the gene which helps regulate breathing, new research has shown. It is the first clear evidence that genetics plays a role in sudden infant death syndrome (Sids), scientists said. The study focused on the SCN4A gene, where defects are linked with a range of neuromuscular disorders that make breathing or speaking difficult. One of the variants may leave some children with weaker breathing muscles, said University College London researchers, who looked at 278 British and US tissue samples. 32 METRO Thursday, March 29, 2018 Lab SCIENCE TECHNOLOGY INVENTIONS in association with Kids saved by fast DNA test SUPERFAST DNA sequencing is helping doctors treat critically-ill children in days rather than weeks. Using a technique called wholegenome sequencing to analyse patients’ DNA, clinicians at Great Ormond Street Hospital for Children, in London, were able to diagnose and better treat rare conditions. Rapid analysis software of DNA from 24 children in intensive care saw doctors diagnose ten infants in as little as four days. One child had a mutation that caused recurrent kidney tumours. As a result, surgeons realised they needed to remove both organs. Dr Hywel Williams, whose University College London team led the research, said diagnosis is valuable, even if a condition is fatal. ‘If you know there’s nothing you can do then you don’t have to keep doing biopsies and you can make them more comfortable. That’s a real godsend,’ he said. His team’s work also proved extremely cost-effective. The test Crack it: Test revealed DNA flaws is £5,600 per patient, only a little more than the cost of a day in intensive care, he said. Dr Stephen Kingsmore of the Rady Children’s Institute for Genomic Medicine in San Diego, said the advances will ‘transform intensive care practice’. Using equipment not yet widely available he made a diagnosis in just 19.5 hours. ‘For the families, this is miraculous,’ he added. T HE US Army wants to develop small drones to automatically spot, identify and target vehicles and people. This capability may allow faster responses to threats – but it could also be a step towards autonomous drones that attack targets without human oversight. The project will use machinelearning algorithms, such as neural networks, to equip drones as small as consumer quadcopters with artificial intelligence. Current military drones have little onboard intelligence, sending raw video back to analysts who pick out and identify targets. The US Army already fields miniature drones that can highlight moving objects or pursue a target autonomously once the operator locks on to it with the camera. Several thousand have been used in Afghanistan, Iraq and Syria. But Based on stories in the latest issue of New Scientist, which is available in the shops now. For more cool science and technology stories go to newscientist.com KILLERS the new project goes much further. It will detect, recognise, classify, identify and target, which covers the entire process from finding a person to aiming weapons at them. ‘This does sound like they are moving very close to lethal autonomous weapon systems,’ said prof Stuart Russell at the University of California, Berkeley, who has recently raised concerns about such drones. The Pentagon’s directives seem to commit it to ensuring human oversight of drones. But prof Russell doesn’t find this very reassuring. ‘At best, the drone shows a target to the human and the human says “yes” or “no”, WITH A MIND OF THEIR DRONE Into attack mode: Drone quad copter Also in New Scientist this week: n Why we love inequality n Dark radiation messing Thursday, March 29, 2018 METRO 33 You’re sitting in my cave! Humans stole bear homes OUR ancient relations may have ambushed huge bears as they woke from hibernation – then stolen their caves. ‘These cave bears were hunted and butchered by Neanderthals,’ said Marco Peresani at the University of Ferrara, Italy. which is known to be a problematic system design, because the human stops exercising judgement very quickly,’ he said. Many studies of safety systems, including one from the Technical University of Berlin in 2008, show that operators tend to gradually reduce the number of times they check a machine’s output and start to place more trust in the machine than in their own senses, a tendency known as automation bias. ‘And of course, it would be very easy to leave the human out,’ said prof Russell. At the moment, dozens of people can be monitoring the video feed from military drones, who then decide what action to take, said Paul Scharre, director of the Technology and National Security Program at the Center for a New American Security, a think tank in Washington DC. Mr Scharre, formerly a special operations reconnaissance team His team excavated Italy’s Rio Secco and Fomane caves to analyse 1,700 bones from about 50 bears living up to 50,000 years ago. Some bones may have been cooked and others had bite marks matching Neanderthal teeth. leader in the US army, doubts that the US military wants autonomous weapons. He does see other issues, though. ‘The problem with AI is that it’s brittle,’ said Mr Scharre. ‘It can go from super-smart to super-dumb in an instant, making mistakes that are jarringly stupid for a human.’ One famous example is a 3D-printed plastic turtle that AI systems repeatedly identify as a gun, even though there is no resemblance in human eyes. Small drones that can spot and identify objects already exist. ‘The military is basically trying to import the technology from the commercial sector,’ said Dr Nabin Sharma at the University of Technology Sydney, in Australia. ‘The tech is out there, and it will be widely available whatever the US Army does.’ A US Army spokesperson would not comment on the project at this time. with the universe n How beetles conquered the world £1m prize to turn air cheaply into water FIVE TEAMS are battling for a £1million prize to see who can produce the most water from air in the cheapest most sustainable way. Entrants in the Water Abundance XPrize must produce 2,000 litres using renewable energy at no more than two US cents per litre. Among the finalists are London-based Veragon who have teamed up with Imperial College London start-up ThinAir to enhance a machine that condenses water from the air by cooling it. Yes, wee could grow food on a trip to Mars ASTRONAUTS going to Mars or beyond may be able to survive on plants watered with their urine. Our wee is 95 per cent water, with the rest composed of nutrients such as nitrogen, potassium and phosphorus, which can harm humans – but not plants. A University of Sydney team calculated how dwarf wheat and soya take up nutrients from human urine. They used a computer model to show how the Garden: International Space Station crops grow in natural soil in a chamber with a ventilation system and urine and water injectors. Over a simulated 20 years, urine largely met the plants’ nutritional needs without high harmful emissions such as carbon dioxide or ammonia. But using faeces – with its risky bacteria – will also be key. ‘If you’re trying to operate independently and grow food, plants need fertiliser. And the only fertiliser available would be [human] wastes,’ says Abraham Noe-Hays at the Rich Earth Institute in Brattleboro, Vermont. How low calorie diet could prolong your life DRAMATICALLY cutting the calories you consume may extend your life – and now we have an idea why. After more than a year on a calorie-restricted diet, resting metabolism seems to change. Dr Leanne Redman of Pennington Biomedical Research Center in Louisiana carried out a study of 53 adults. For two years, 34 people ate 15 per cent fewer calories than usual. The others ate what they wanted. In the second year, those on the diet burned ten per cent less energy – their metabolic rate – during sleep. Their blood had a 20 per cent drop in damage to cells caused by the by-products of metabolism – cellular oxidative stress – thought to be a hallmark of ageing. Dr Redman thinks the body adapts to fewer calories by lowering its resting metabolic rate. No time to waist: Benefits of eating less 34 METRO Thursday, March 29, 2018 Drink-driver who killed 3 teens jailed for 13 years Crash victims: From left, Josh McGuinness, Harry Rice and George Wilkinson A SPEEDING drink-driver who knocked down and killed three boys was branded a ‘murderer’ and told to ‘rot in hell’ by his victims’ mothers as he was jailed for 13 years. Jaynesh Chudasama was more than two-and-a-half times over the legal limit and had cannabis in his system when he lost control of his Audi A5 while trying to overtake another car, a court heard. He was travelling at 71mph on a 60mph road when he ploughed into Harry Rice, 17, George Wilkinson and Josh McGuinness, both 16, in January. The 28-year-old car hire worker fled the scene, in Hayes, west London, but was pursued and dragged back by two by EMILY PENNINK of the victims’ pals. He was sentenced at the Old Bailey yesterday after admitting three charges of causing death by dangerous driving. Judge Wendy Joseph QC said the deaths of semi-professional footballer Harry, apprentice electrician George Wilkinson and labourer Josh, had caused ‘immeasurable’ pain, anger and despair. Outside court, protesters called for life sentences for killer drivers. Harry’s brother Matthew said: ‘My brother was ruthlessly taken away by a callous driver. He should not see the light of day, end of story.’ Carnage: Wrecked car (left) and killer driver Jaynesh Chudasama (right) PA/MET POLICE Thursday, March 29, 2018 METRO 35 ‘Defrauded’: Zelda Perkins on her way to testify to MPs yesterday AP PHOTO Weinstein’s aide reveals: I feared jail A FORMER assistant to Harvey Weinstein told MPs she feared she would go to jail if she broke a non-disclosure agreement signed with his company. Zelda Perkins, who left Miramax Films in the UK in 1998 after alleging the producer attempted to rape a colleague, called the agreement ‘morally lacking on every level’. She said she had signed it because she believed it contained obligations that would restrict alleged predatory behaviour by Weinstein (pictured). Ms Perkins told the Commons women and equalities committee: ‘Essentially we were defrauded. We signed that agreement with the belief that Miramax and Harvey Weinstein would uphold their obligations.’ Ms Perkins said she had asked that Weinstein go to therapy and for ‘a human resources system to be brought in with three by LAURA HARDING complaint handlers’. She said: ‘If a damages claim was sought in the following two years this would either be disclosed to Disney (parent company of Miramax) or they would fire Harvey.’ The committee heard that Ms Perkins believed breaking the agreement, which she was never given a copy of, could result in her going to jail. ‘Basically I just couldn’t ever say anything about anything to anybody,’ she said. Ms Perkins said she was advised by lawyers that she and her colleague would be ‘utterly crushed’ if they attempted to take legal action. They were told it ‘wasn’t worth considering because of the disparity of power’. Weinstein, 66, who has been accused of multiple sex assaults, denies all allegations of non-consensual sex. IN BRIEF Weight-loss ops push up divorces OBESE people who have bariatric surgery to lose weight could also lose their partner if they are in a relationship, a study found. But those who are single are more likely to find love. Data from nearly 4,000 obese Swedes showed singletons who had surgery were more likely to be in a new relationship four years later, while those who were married at the time of surgery had higher incidences of divorce four years later. The study is published in JAMA Surgery. Life was sweet as a kid, say adults PENNY sweets, school holidays and having someone else cook for you are among the things adults miss most from their childhoods, a poll has revealed. The top 20 experiences that grown-ups yearn for also include visits from the tooth fairy and playing on swings, researchers commissioned by Hollywood Bowl bowling alleys found. Also on the list were birthday parties and arcade games, with four in ten adults saying their childhood was the best time of their life. Thursday, March 29, 2018 METRO 37 A stickering point... £773 to fill World Cup album AN AVID football fan who wants to complete Panini’s World Cup 2018 sticker book will have to fork out £773.60, a maths expert calculated. Prof Paul Harper worked out a formula for the most likely cost of filling the album after the Italian brand announced that a pack of five stickers was rising from 50p to 80p. The album has space for 682 stickers including 32 squads, managers and stadiums. Prof Harper, (pictured) from Cardiff University school of mathematics, said the minimum cost of getting all 682 was £109.60, based on buying 137 packets and never getting a duplicate which was ‘extremely unlikely’. Prof Harper said: ‘The first sticker you buy is guaranteed not to be a duplicate. The second sticker has a 681/682 (99.85 per by JOHANNA CARR cent) chance of being a new sticker. The third sticker has a 680/682 (99.7 per cent) chance and so on.’ His calculations showed that on average you would need to buy 4,832 stickers, or 967 packets, to complete the book, at a cost of £773.60. But he said fans could significantly reduce the cost by buying and swapping in groups. Two people can reduce the number of packs required by 30 per cent, five players by 57 per cent and 10 players by 68 per cent. Panini said: ‘We encourage collectors young and old to trade stickers, whether in the playground or on social media! The fun of sticker collecting is in the swapping. If you have difficulty swapping, you can send to Panini for your missing stickers.’ 38 METRO Thursday, March 29, 2018 Trends Style | Wellbeing | Celebrity What is it with the GREEN DRESS? It’s the style that’s flying off shelves once again, says Nicole Mowbray U RBAN legend has it that green is unlucky – but that’s not apparently the case for fashion designers. Cult Danish fashion brand Ganni generated headlines in 2017 with its Dalton green printed crepe tea dress, hailed by Vogue as a dress to wear anywhere that ‘suits everyone’. The £95 piece sold out in a matter of days and became an instant Instagram phenomenon after being sported by influencers such as Pernille Teisbaek and practically every Vogue editor. Now it seems the green printed dress is back for 2018 and is more popular than ever, with London label Kitri’s own green printed Gabriella pleated shirt dress (see box far right) leading the way. The Gabriella sold out within 24 hours earlier this week, generating a waiting list 800strong for its April restock. They are not alone. Topshop’s emerald green crepe dress (£32) is one of its ‘trending products’ and according to the brand is fast on its way to being out of stock – likewise the brand’s green leaf-print ruffle wrap dress (£49), which is similar in style and cut to Ganni’s piece last year. Lupita Nyong’o, Kate Middleton and Penélope Cruz are all fans of the hue. So what is it about a girl in a green dress? ‘I wore a green silk T-shirt dress for my interview at Vogue,’ says Julia Hobbs, now creative content editor at Conde Nast International. ‘It felt neat but in an offbeat way. I liked the idea that it looked bold and fresh without having any hint of seductiveness, much the same as the Kitri dress.’ Hobbs owned the Ganni piece last summer and says that for spring/summer 2018 ‘a good green dress will have a 1970s silhouette, tone and print ’. But she has a word of caution: ‘As with any current fashion micro-trend there’s an interiors movement to match – cue the avocado bathroom suite revival, which is continuing to gather likes on Instagram.’ You have been warned. Green girls: Black Panther actress Lupita Nyong’o, Paris Hilton and Penélope Cruz are all fans of a green dress REX FEATURES, XPOSUREPHOTOS Thursday, March 29, 2018 METRO 39 Style | Wellbeing | Celebrity Trends GREEN DRESSES TO IMPRESS lla d ess itri om wrap dress 32, hop. m rint rap s , .com ess, a- Trends : Page 45 » .Green zone: Kate. .Middleton on trend. .at the RHS Chelsea. .Flower Show last year. .REX. 40 METRO Thursday, March 29, 2018 Highest honour for cop who sacrificed life in terror siege by RICHARD LOUGH Leading tributes: President Macron and wife Brigitte arrive at ceremony GETTY/AP A HERO police officer murdered in a terror attack has been hailed as the symbol of the ‘French spirit of resistance’ by president Emmanuel Macron. Lt Col Arnaud Beltrame was stabbed in the throat and repeatedly shot after taking the place of a hostage during a siege at a supermarket in Trèbes, south-west France, last Friday. His coffin was carried through Paris yesterday, where mourners – including his widow, relatives and colleagues – had gathered for a national memorial service. At the ceremony in the cobbled courtyard of Les Invalides, a former military hospital, the 44-year-old was posthumously awarded the Légion d’Honneur – France’s highest honour – by Mr Macron. Earlier a minute’s silence was observed at all French police stations. Delivering a eulogy in front of the officer’s Tricolor-draped casket, Mr Macron said: ‘To accept to die so the innocent can live: that is the essence of Ultimate sacrifice: Lt Col Beltrame what it means to be a soldier. Others, even many who are brave, would have wavered or hesitated.’ He also insisted France would prevail with calm against an ‘insidious enemy’ that sought to divide the nation and deprive citizens of their freedoms. In the last three years more than 240 people have been killed in attacks carried out by Islamist militants. Mr Macron said: ‘What we are fighting is clandestine Islamic fundamentalism, which spreads through social media, which does its work out of sight, which preys on weak and unstable minds, and which on our soil corrupts and indoctrinates on a daily basis.’ Mr Beltrame’s actions helped bring to an end the siege staged by Moroccan-born terrorist Radouane Lakdim, who was shot dead by police. Three other people were killed and 16 were hurt in the attack last week. Lakdim, 25, who had claimed to be a supporter of Daesh, had been on an extremist watch list since 2014 but intelligence agencies had determined he did not pose a threat, said minister Gerard Collomb. Mr Beltrame was a highly regarded member of the Gendarme National and friends and colleagues have paid tribute to his sense of duty and calmness under pressure. His body was last night returned to the city of Carcassonne for his funeral. Thursday, March 29, 2018 METRO 41 Remember him: Officials and police observe a minute’s silence for Lt Col Beltrame ‘He did not waver’: Mr Macron places the Légion d’Honneur on Lt Col Beltrame’s coffin Nation’s pride: French flags honour the fallen officer at the ceremony in Les Invalides 42 METRO Thursday, March 29, 2018 Britain’s ‘youngest councillor’ dies suddenly at the age of 21 Bright: Theresa May with Clarissa A STUDENT believed to have been Britain’s youngest councillor when elected three years ago has died suddenly at the age of 21. Clarissa Slade was found dead by her flatmate at her home on Monday. No cause of death has been given but it is understood she was born with a heart defect and is said to have complained of pains in recent weeks. A post mortem examination is to take place. The young Conservative, who was a third year classics student at the University of Winchester in Hampshire, was just 18 when she was elected to represent her home town of Tiverton, Devon, for both the town and district council. Her parents Colin and Elizabeth Slade are also Tory councillors. Mr Slade paid tribute to his daughter, saying she had ‘a bright future ahead’ and loved politics. ‘She was a very bright councillor, the youngest in the country when she was elected,’ he said. Ms Slade, whose social media posts included pictures with Theresa May and Jacob ReesMogg, had faced criticism for moving 120 miles away, but said she still carried out her duties and travelled at her own expense to as many meetings as possible. ic z is e s si of g d u to r veh in u 0 A PLINTH Ancient statue destroyed by Daesh is A RECREATION of a statue destroyed by Daesh in Iraq has been installed on the fourth plinth in Trafalgar Square. The sculpture (pictured) of protective deity Lamassu is made of 10,500 empty date syrup cans, symbols of a thriving Iraqi industry decimated by war. The original statue of winged bull Lamassu, built to guard one of the gates of ancient city Nineveh in about 700 BC, was smashed up by a militant using a power tool at Mosul Museum in 2015. Artist Michael Rakowitz, an American from an Iraqi background, said his version symbolised the suffering of refugees forced to flee from his ancestral homeland and neighbouring Syria. ‘I see this work as a ghost of the original, and a placeholder for those human lives that cannot be reconstructed, that are still searching for sanctuary,’ he said. The Victorian-era plinth was intended by SHERNA NOAH to hold a statue – as do the three in the other corners of the square – but money ran out and it remained empty. Mr Rakowitz’s sculpture is the 12th to occupy it over the last 20 years. He has been working since 2006 to make his own versions of 7,000 artefacts looted from Iraq’s national museum after the toppling of Saddam Hussain. He uses Iraqi newspapers and food packaging for the project, called The Invisible Enemy Should Not Exist. The 44-year-old has used the same title for the Trafalgar Square work. He said the choice of cans reflects the use of melted-down guns, captured from the French, to make the reliefs on Nelson’s Column at the centre of the square. He said: ‘The sculpture stands outside with its wings Thursday, March 29, 2018 METRO 43 Still going at 110 – oldest men thank luck, laughs and porridge LAUGHTER, luck and porridge are the keys to a long life, according to Britain’s two oldest men, who celebrate their 110th birthdays today. Robert Weighton said he credited his long life to a sense of humour, eating food he enjoys and a healthy dose of luck. He said: ‘I think laughter is extremely important. Most of the trouble in the world is caused by people taking themselves too seriously.’ Mr Smith, a Scotsman, said: ‘Porridge is helpful and having a job you enjoy. ‘I like to think I’ve lived a decent life. I do ask myself, “Why me? Why have I lived so long when others haven’t?”’ OF HOPE remade with cans in Trafalgar Square Erasing history: Daesh militant takes power tool to original version of statue PICTURE: AP raised. It’s still performing its duty as guardian of Iraq’s past and present, facing south-east, hoping to return in the future.’ The mayor of London Sadiq Khan said: ‘Michael’s work shows the power of art to bring to life politics, cultures and personal stories from around the world and across generations.’ The statue replaces British artist David Shrigley’s image of a huge hand giving the thumb’s up. It will remain on display until 2020, when it will give way to Briton Heather Phillipson’s sculpture of a whirl of cream topped with parasites. Other works on the fourth plinth have included Marc Quinn’s sculpture of Alison Lapper, who was born with no arms. Antony Gormley created One & Other in which people took turns to spend an hour on the plinth. The pair have never met, but have exchanged birthday cards over the last few years. Mr Weighton (pictured) was born in Hull and was an engineer for most of his working life. He spent time overseas in Taiwan, Japan and Canada and currently lives in a care complex in Alton, Hampshire. The father-of-three has ten grandchildren and 25 great-grandchildren. Mr Smith was born in Invergowrie, near Dundee. He emigrated to Canada in 1927 but returned after five years and now lives in the village of St Madoes, east of Perth. He farmed for 40 years before retiring at the age of 70. 44 METRO Thursday, March 29, 2018 Classic Mini back on road as one-off electric dream THE iconic Mini has returned – and it’s caught up with the latest technology. A one-off version of the classic model has been unveiled, showcasing its zero-emission technology. Once the world’s most recognisable city car – more than 5million Mini Coopers were sold between 1959 and 2000 – engineers have turned the much-loved runaround into an electric car. It is fitted with 30 lithium-iron phosphate batteries to give it a range of 65 miles between charges and a top speed of 75mph. The Oxford-based carmaker said the vehicle ‘retains the brand’s Cult car: Based on the iconic Mini Cooper, the zeroemission version was unveiled at the New York Auto Show SWNS Plug in: Mini has a 65-mile range unmistakable character while embracing innovative zero local emission technology’. Mini and BMW unveiled the car at the New York Auto Show. However, it will remain a one-off with no plans to return it to production. Stressed HR bosses have more sickies than doctors HUMAN resources bosses, whose job includes monitoring sick days, are the members of staff most likely to take days off due to stress, a study found. The poll of 2,000 British workers found they had more days off for stress than doctors or teachers. These three groups, along with factory workers and IT bosses, make up the top five occupations that see staff taking the most time off for stress. The study, by Step One Recovery, found 90 per cent of those polled said they often felt overwhelmed by work. One in five had turned to alcohol after a stressful day – and three per cent admitted using recreational drugs to cope. Nearly all of those (97 per cent) who earned £100,000 or more said colleagues didn’t realise how much stress they had to deal with on a daily basis. Step One USINESS BITES by STIAN ALEXANDER Recovery, a rehabilitation retreat in Spain, offers bespoke holistic treatment for those suffering ‘executive burnout’. Claire Cheek, a director of the luxury retreat, said: ‘Stress is something people are forced to deal with in all aspects of their lives, however workplace stress is something that we’re seeing more people struggling to cope with. ‘Professionals with perfectionist and controlling tendencies are far more likely to be affected by burnout, as they thrive on stress and adrenalin. ‘This in turn can lead to self-medication, using alcohol and drugs to “unwind”. It is estimated that 20 per cent of alcoholics are highly functioning, but if they continue, one day it all catches up with them.’ n THE beast from the east brought a chill to both high street and online retailers, with yearon-year sales volumes for March down for the first time since last October, a CBI trade survey said. n STOCKING up on free fast-food condiments, DIY haircuts and not always flushing the toilet are among ways Brits are making cash stretch, a poll of 5,000 by Carphone Warehouse found. n COCA-COLA has confirmed it is closing plants in Milton Keynes and Northampton in 2019 with the loss of almost 300 jobs. Production and warehousing will be transferred to other UK sites. n SKY BET has been fined £1million by the Gambling Commission for not protecting vulnerable punters. The fine relates to compulsive gamblers who had asked the operator to refuse their bets. n NATIONWIDE plans to enter the business banking market by taking a slice of Royal Bank of Scotland’s £800m challenger fund. It wants to launch a current account for smaller firms. TOURIST RATES Australia (A$).............................................................1.75 Canada (C$) ...............................................................1.74 Euro (€)...................................................................... 1.09 New Zealand (N$) .................................................... 1.82 Poland (zloty) .......................................................... 4.24 Singapore ($) .............................................................1.73 South Africa (rand) ................................................ 15.55 US ($).......................................................................... 1.35 Thursday, March 29, 2018 METRO 45 Trends CRACK ON u r u rban g Spoil yourself with a L’Oréal egg and more this Easter The Hot List: Page 47 » ALAMY Yo u id e Style | Wellbeing | Celebrity Welcome to the e SEASON A OF HELL E After untold cocktail classes and a drawer full of willy straws, author Lucy Vine is over being a hen S OMEONE recently asked me to count up how much I’ve spent on hen dos and weddings in my life. I got as far as £10,000 and had to stop because it was too upsetting. I’ve been a bridesmaid for the last seven years in a row – and a guest at dozens more – and much as I’ve loved all my brides, there’s no denying weddings and hen dos bring out the absolute worst in everyone. In my new novel, What Fresh Hell, the heroine, Lilah, watches on helplessly as her newly engaged best friend descends into madness over willy straws and £500 spa trips. I’ll be honest, some of it is inspired by real life. My engaged friends have all been dreamy (for the, er, most part) but I’ve been on countless out-of-control hen dos that ended with hospital visits after stripper injuries, epic drunk arguments thanks to daytime tequila, and – probably worst of all – total exhaustion after too many enforced-fun activities. And it seems like everyone has their own hen do horror story. Continued on: Page 46 » T H E AW F U L T RU T H A B O U T H E N D O S Hen parties are spending 28 per cent more per group in 2017 compared to 2013, according to the website GoHen. GoHen also claims the most popular international destination for both hens and stags is Barcelona. According to a YouGov poll, 41 per cent of people think stag and hen dos are now outdated. The top three activities on a hen do are dance classes, cocktail mixing and life-drawing classes, according to GoHen. A fifth of women attending hen parties admit to cheating on their partner, revealed a recent tabloid investigation. 46 METRO Thursday, March 29, 2018 Trends Style | Wellbeing | Cele Celebrity ebrity ebrit Hen don’t: Lucy puts a brave face on it Time to ditch the L-plates... expensive. By the time it came around, we were going to Marrakesh at a cost of just over £800. Not including When I told people the subject of expenses. I spent four days in a city my new novel, I was bombarded with I didn’t want to visit, with eight women awful tales of people crying in corners I didn’t know, doing activities I didn’t and rampaging egos. My friend Sarah enjoy. And I’m still paying for it two told me: ‘I went on a hen do in Berlin years later.’ last year where I saw the maid of That’s a common tale but I think honour slap the bride in the face with things could be finally changing. Latest her own L-plate. We tried to break it up and I ended up nearly strangled with government figures show the number of straight marriages a polystyrene veil. have hit a record It turned out they’d The bride was so drunk low and I reckon fallen out because that’s at least in the bride said Berlin by 11am that she tried wasn’t “special to get off with the model part because everyone’s so enough” for her in our life drawing class. sick of the parties big weekend. If it She then cried for four attached to the hadn’t been so process. And for upsetting, it hours in the loos those still having would’ve been hens, research says funny.’ they’re changing. A work colleague, Demand for mixed-gender parties has Janet, told me: ‘The bride on my last grown by 200 per cent in the past two hen do was so drunk by 11am that she years, according to travel company tried to get off with the model in our Red7, and already this year, ‘sten’ and life-drawing class. She then cried for ‘hag’ weekend bookings have seen a 50 four hours in the loos because she’d per cent rise in popularity. That will “betrayed” her fiancé. We had to hopefully even out some of the more confiscate her phone to stop her calling extreme behaviour and be much more off her wedding.’ cost-effective. Either way, I think I’m My friend Abbey told me how a done with hen dos altogether. It’s time super-fancy recent hen do she went on to say no to feather boas and devil began with a huge tantrum from the horns, at least for a while. I want a bride as the hens weren’t using the holiday of my ‘Instagram hashtag’. choosing. Ideally It’s not just the absurd behaviour I’m one where I don’t sick of, it’s also the insane cost of it all. spend the whole A recent survey by clothing company time avoiding eye Banana Moon claimed the average hen contact with babycosts an eye-watering £507 a pop – and oiled butlers… it says a lot that I think of that as being fairly reasonable. I haven’t been on a What Fresh Hell proper holiday in years because I’ve (Orion) is out now committed to so many hens in the likes of Ibiza, Paris and Marbella (twice). My friend Susan told me: ‘I agreed to Tell us your hen do a uni friend’s hen do because the initial horror stories email didn’t sound too bad. The plan Text the word VIEWS followed was to get an Airbnb in Liverpool and by your comment, name and the whole thing would cost around where you live to 65700. £150. But every email saw things Standard network charges apply. getting more and more excessive and » Continued from Page 45 Thursday, March 29, 2018 METRO 47 Style | Wellbeing | Celebrity Trends The Super Elixir of life Eggstremely sweet Altar your house with a holy smell IF church at Easter is more of an idea than a reality for you, get your hands on the Spiritus Sancti candle from Cire Trudon, which mimics the ‘heady, holy’ fragrance of altar candles. Makes your house smell holierthan-thou. £70, net-a-porter.com T he THE L’Oréal Paris Beauty Egg includes a full-size L’Oréal Paris Smooth Sugars face and lip scrub, a mini clay detox mask and the brand’s Hydra Genius Liquid Moisturiser in miniature. Sweet! £8, superdrug.com HOT t s i L Bread, a detox mask and socks for Easter compiled by NICOLE MOWBRAY Stay on the bunny side of the street GUSSIE up your ankles in these cute unicorn bunny and Easter egg socks from Asos, which will get you in the mood for celebrating even if you’re spending the long weekend in your PJs. £3.50, asos.com Get this bunny in your clutches HILLIER Bartley’s red leather bunny clutch is a stylish nod to all things Easter that you can wear all year round. £450, net-a-porter.com A gut-friendly slice of sourdough 48 METRO Thursday, March 29, 2018 Trends Unwind Style | Wellbeing | Celebrity WHEN: June 30–July 1 WHERE: Meopham, Kent WHAT: Meditation, relaxation and creativity are at the centre of this grown-up festival. There’s mindfulness, craft workshops such as stitching and painting, beauty treatments, market stalls, inspirational speakers and, of course, loads of yoga. At night it’s live music or, if you’re too chilled from the day’s activities, small, friendly gatherings around campfires. Day ticket from £55, unwindevents.co.uk FAMPI Festival No 6 WHEN: September 6–9 WHERE: Portmeirion, Wales WHAT: Set in a fairy tale-like village where every building has been Grade II listed, this is a festival of polarity. It has big-name music stars, including Franz Ferdinand and Friendly Fires, but the daytime itinerary goes off the party piste with guided runs in woodlands, paddleboarding in the River Dwyryd and, for those who prefer man-made sophistication, an outdoor swimming pool. There are also massages, wooden hot tubs, talks and fitness classes. To ease you into the evening party spirit, there’s a torchlit procession at dusk. Three-day ticket from £180, festivalnumber6.com Soul Circus WHEN: August 17-19 WHERE: Elmore e, Cotswolds WHAT: A wellne ess festival with controlled parttying. In the day there’s a yoga menu that stretches furthe er than a downward dog.. Choose from Curvesome yoga, Starwars yoga and ‘raw chocolate ow’. The ere’s also a spa, ice barss aplenty, cookery classes and holistic ght there are therapies. At nig DJs, live music, locally brewed ooze and supper clubs. Day y ticket from £79, soulcircus.yoga Thursday, March 29, 2018 METRO 49 Style | Wellbeing | Celebrity NG Trends FELINE FRAMES It’s like glamping but with a fitness twist – and it’s going to be all the rage this summer. Helen Croydon packs her yoga pants and picks the best events Large round sunglasses have been all the rage for years now but 2018 sees things a little differently, with angular cat’s eye shapes becoming this season’s must-have. The look is easier to wear than it may first appear, especially for those with good cheekbones or a heart-shaped face. Here are five of the best; now all you need is the long-lost sunshine… Illesteva Marianne cat-eye mirrored sunglasses £170, net-a-porter.com Céline cat-eye acetate sunglasses in electric blue £290, matchesfashion.com Pointy Polly cat-eye red sunglasses £18, topshop.com Grey Ant cat-eye sunglasses in black £263, shop.greyant.com Love o e Trails ra s Keswick Mountain Festival WHEN: June 8–10 WHERE: Keswick, Lake District WHAT: The ultimate outdoors weekend for committed endurance sport fans. In the day there are triathlons, aquathlons, 10k races and open-water swims to compete in. For the non-competitive, there are taster sessions on canoeing, bushcraft, navigation skills, sunset or sunrise hikes and group cycles. And yes, there is live music at night – if your legs are still able to dance. Weekend ticket from £75, al.co.uk keswickmountainfestiva Slim tortoiseshell cat-eye sunglasses £15, zara.com 50 METRO Thursday, March 29, 2018 Trends Style | Wellbeing | Celebrity A WORD IN YOUR HAIR Head girl: W E’VE had wraps, braiding, barrettes and wash-out pastel dye jobs but the latest hair trend to turn heads is cooler than all of those combined. The brainchild of hair stylist and trend forecaster Zoe Irwin, hair stitching is A Thing. Irwin – an ambassador for GHD and a stylist at salon Taylor Taylor London – began performing customised stitching a year ago, embroidering words or hearts into the hair. ‘I wanted it to be cool rather than pretty, which is why it’s imperfect,’ she says. ‘It needs to look undone. I looked to DJs and old punks for inspiration while other references came from the artist Sterling Ruby.’ Rather than a sewing needle, Irwin uses a bodkin, which is traditionally used in tapestry. ‘It’s flat and the end tips up, which makes it safer to work with,’ she says. ‘People can choose any word – within reason – and I sew it in using Chinese silk threads in neon colours.’ She begins by washing and blowdrying the hair before plaiting a section underneath, like a cornrow. ZOE IRWIN/ TAYLOR TAYLOR LONDON Hair-stitching will get you ahead of the fashion pack, says Nicole Mowbray This is invisible yet acts as an anchor for the sewing. ‘If you stitch into hair without something to attach it to, it falls away,’ she says. ‘That’s why we braid. I’ve made some videos about this on YouTube [look for ‘punk stitching’] and it’s actually really easy. ‘My braid is completely imperfect because it’s not seen anyhow. You also need to get texture in the top of the hair. I apply a root lift spray when the hair is wet before drying it and styling it into a ponytail. This gives you the physical room to write a word on the side of the head, although I have also done hearts in people’s hair.’ The stitching should stay in until you next wash your hair and it’s really easy to take out. ‘Designs are done in a running chain stitch so as soon as you snip the end of one thread and pull it, the rest comes out,’ she says. Now you’ll really have to think about what your hair says about you. Blow-dries and hair stitching with Zoe Irwin is available at Taylor Taylor London, £70, taylortaylorlondon.com GET THE METRO APP DOWNLOAD FOR FREE Thursday, March 29, 2018 METRO 51 Style | Wellbeing | Celebrity Trends M Y girlfriend wants space from our relationship to have sex with other people. I haven’t been easy to be with. I’ve suffered with depression and addiction issues for a long time and I was unfaithful to her when I was at my lowest. I’ve cleaned up and have been in therapy for the past year. She really supported me while I worked out my issues and now she wants to take a sabbatical from work to go away and follow a project she’s passionate about. She’s asked for this to be a break from us. I asked if she wants to have sex with other people and she said the thought had crossed her mind but she did love me. Do I let her go to get the taste of freedom out of her system and hope she comes back? Or do I fight for her? YOU present this as a choice between begging her to stay and allowing her to go but her mind is quite clearly made up. ‘Begging is your decision – and why wouldn’t you? Going is hers – and she is already on her way,’ says James McConnachie. ‘What remains is only how you handle this new reality.’ Your girlfriend is someone who sacrifices her happiness for others, which may be the result of childhood conditioning. ‘But this can only go on for so long before it becomes unbearable,’ says Dr Angharad Rudkin. ‘It sounds like you’re ready to be in a new mutually supportive relationship but she is running on empty.’ There are, of course, traditional ways to tell a woman you want to be with her till THE EXPERTS Rupert Smith is the author of Interlude (Turnaround) James McConnachie is the author of Sex (Rough Guides) Dr Angharad Rudkin is a clinical psychologist death do you part, says McConnachie. ‘But if that isn’t for you, demonstrate your love and commitment by telling her what you want and that you’ll respect whatever it is she wants. ‘Your best chance is to be her safe harbour, not her prison. Harbours have to have an opening in the wall or they don’t mean anything at all.’ Then your real test starts. ‘You have to hold things together without her by your side,’ says Rupert Smith. ‘While it’s painful to think about her with someone else, going it alone is probably even scarier.’ ‘Your best chance is to be her safe harbour, not her prison’ You need to use all those strategies you’ve learnt to keep a firm grip on any critical thoughts about being unlovable. After all, as Rudkin says, ‘you will love and be loved again’. ‘I would also suggest taking up exercise, signing up for a course or – my own preference – baking,’ says Smith. So prove to her – but mostly to yourself – that you can survive without her. ‘And remember, what’s sauce for the goose is also sauce for the gander,’ adds Smith. ‘If she’s free to have sex with other people, so are you.’ Be hopeful – this severing of your relationship will either pull her closer to you or launch you into a fresh new chapter. Send your dilemmas to email@example.com NEILWEBB.NET My girl wants time to sleep around 52 METRO Thursday, March 29, 2018 Puzzles METROSCOPE by Patrick Arundell CRYPTIC CROSSWORD QUICK CROSSWORD 1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 10 11 12 9 13 14 15 17 16 18 19 21 20 22 23 24 26 27 25 28 29 32 30 31 33 34 35 36 Across 1. Assemble in the mother ship (4) 8. An impresario may do without affectation (3,2,2,3) 9. Submitted to the Spanish guard (8) 10. Briefly, it helps to make photography possible! (4) 12. Is against using Latin (6) 14. Connections between stories (6) 15. Hidden talent, perhaps (6) 17. In an E. European it is courteous (6) 18. A square one should go round easily enough! (4) 19. Ring-fighter (8) 21. It’s a fair feature, in an indirect way (10) 22. It’s worn to order, perhaps (4) Down 2. 3. 4. 5. 6. 7. 11. 13. 16. 17. 18. 20. Yesterday’s solutions Cryptic Across: 7 Arena; 8 Inroads; 9 Kindred; 10 Aired; 12 Speedboats; 15 Family ties; 18 Erase; 19 Upshots; 21 Collect; 22 Alice. 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SP: Stream Live Ltd SE1 1JA, 0800 0673 330 immigrant family carving out a new life after arriving from Sierra Leone. NEW Wannabe BBC3, from 10am Who’s up for a zig-a-zig-ah right now? And yes, we are in the music biz for this tongue-in-cheek cringe comedy. The deluded and mildly ghastly Maxine (Lily Brazier) dreams of recreating her long-lost nanosecond of girl band fame glory. Her genius idea: Mum Pop. NEW Billions Sky Atlantic, 9pm Hedge fund king Bobby Axelrod (Damian Lewis, every inch the amoral moneymaker) has had his assets sharply pruned as we return for a third series of high-finance cut and thrust. However, you simply can’t keep a bad but charming guy down and in Trump-era America his fortunes look set to rise. About as zeitgeist as it gets. KEITH WATSON Thursday, March 29, 2018 METRO 53 We talk to Goat Girl’s Clottie Cream Music Page 54 » Exploring TOKIO The Britain’s Got Talent winner tells Ashley Davies how a series of life-defining events shaped his unique talents T OKIO MYERS has had more life-changing moments in his 33 years than many people fit into a lifetime. The most recent – and most public – came last year when he won Britain’s Got Talent. His piano and drum mash-ups of tunes such as Debussy’s Clair de Lune/Ed Sheeran’s Bloodstream, and his final-winning showstopper which fused Hans Zimmer’s Interstellar score with Rag’n’Bone Man’s Human, won him £250,000 in prize money and earned him a record deal with Simon Cowell’s Syco label. Another significant event in Tokio’s life came at the age of 11, when he witnessed his head teacher Philip Lawrence being fatally stabbed outside his school in London’s Maida Vale. The experience made young Tokio – then known as Torville Jones – determined to stay away from any sort of gang activity, and he poured his energies into music, spending hours practising on a second-hand keyboard his father had given him two years earlier. His hard work paid off and he went on to win a scholarship to the Royal College of Music. Although he describes it as ‘like Hogwarts’, it opened him up to a greater breadth of musical expertise and training than he could have previously imagined. ‘The competition is hard. There are so many great musicians there,’ he says. ‘I loved it, but at the same time I always knew that I wanted to do something a bit different. It’s very traditional there – which is great, I’m not knocking it at all – but I just felt like I wanted to push things and take it to the next level. ‘Someone’s got to ruffle the feathers...’ He later earned a decent living DJing under the name TokioYoYoYo and as a musician, touring with big names such as Amy Winehouse and Kanye West. But he was always itching to do more of his own music, and took a gamble by applying to Britain’s Got Talent. You’ll Continued on Page 54 » PHOTO: GARY HOLDER Weekend A WHOLE LOTTIE LOVE 54 METRO Thursday, March 29, 2018 From Page 53 » be hearing a lot more from Tokio over the coming months. He has collaborated with Olympic athlete Jazmin Sawyers – seen on The Voice last year – to produce a dramatic reworking of the hymn Jerusalem. Their version was recorded at Abbey Road Studios with a 54-piece orchestra and a choir, and is the anthem for the England team at the Commonwealth Games in Australia, which starts on Wednesday. Tokio is also about to embark on a nationwide tour where he’ll be playing songs from his debut album, Our Generation. And he’s slightly awe-struck by the amount of organisation and equipment it will involve. ‘It’s a really big moment in my career,’ he says of the show, which promises to be full of technical as well as musical wizardry. ‘It’s a really big, big project. It’s going to be very different to anything anyone’s seen. It’s all about the experience. ‘It’s literally going to make people cry, laugh, and take people on a journey. Some of it might be a bit brash and harsh but I want people to be absolutely blown away by everything, from the visuals to the sound to the performance. I’m trying to create a world that people can go into and be, “Wow, what was that?”’ Aside from three cover tracks, Our Generation is all Tokio’s own material, and much of the sound is a lot grittier than what people will have seen him perform on Britain’s Got Talent. ‘I had complete and utter creative control on the album,’ he says. ‘I’m so proud of the record.’ He’s used much of his prize money to set up a studio in his East London home, and says that while his focus is on the current, he has one eye on longer-term work in film scores. ‘I would love to collaborate in the way Hans Zimmer has done,’ he says. ‘I love all the work he’s done. It’s very inspiring. I’d love to go down that route and write for films as well as keeping touring and all the good stuff. ‘But I think my goal now is just to be able to stick around. ‘That’s the truth. With these shows, especially Britain’s Got Talent, people come and go. My thing is to hopefully prove I’m a worthy artist, not just a TV celebrity guy. That’s the mission right now.’ n Queen’s Hall, Edinburgh, April 2, and then touring, tokiomyers.com Goat-to girls: Clottie Cream, centre right, with, from left, L.E.D., Naima Jelly and Rosy Bones ‘Don’t call us angry. We’re outspoken...’ Ahead of their debut album, Sharon O’Connell hears Goat Girl have been tagged many things they are not W HEN Lottie, aka Clottie Cream, explains what it means to be a member of south London’s Goat Girl, she describes a closeness that suggests a deep friendship grown from shared passions and commitment. ‘We are a gang in that we are all on the same page with what we want from being in a band,’ the singer and lyricist declares. ‘It’s never been about wanting to achieve ultimate fame, the most special times to us are when we’re writing and rehearsing together. And when we’re performing, which we love, we’re genuinely performing for ourselves. ‘We’re ambitious in the sense that we want to do things that help us positively evolve, but not in terms of having a five-year plan. We like to take things as they come.’ It’s an approach that’s served the four 21-year-olds pretty well so far. Goat Girl signed to Rough Trade before they had released a note of music and will release their self-titled debut album on April 6. It’s a smart and spirited set that shanghais garage rock, upbeat pop, hoedown country and spitfire punk into songs that range from the personal (I Don’t Care – addressing conformity) to the political (Burn The Stake: ‘Build a bonfire, build a bonfire, put the Tories on the top/Put the DUP in the middle and we’ll burn the f***ing lot’). For Lottie, though, being tagged a ‘political’ band is both misleading and limiting. ‘We don’t want that idea to be boxing us in to one thing,’ she says. ‘If people see you or hear you in one way, it doesn’t allow ‘I don’t really think it’s possible to not be political in this time’ you to evolve. But I don’t really think it’s possible to not be political in this time. ‘Even relating to one another on a daily basis is political and having an awareness of that within my lyrics is very important to me. ‘But also, I get that feeling from the way that we chant melodies together, even if those words don’t have an overtly political meaning. It’s more that in the way that it’s sung, there’s a political energy between us.’ Three members of Goat Girl – Lottie, guitarist Ellie (L.E.D) and bassist Naima – they like to keep their surnames quiet – have been playing together since they were 14. They met drummer Rosy in 2015 on a night out at south London’s The Windmill. With frequent attendance at local label Trashmouth Records’ gigs and kinship with bands such as Meat Raffle and Warmduscher, Goat Girl were hailed as part of a new south London ‘scene’ – another inaccurate tag, they say. Are there any other assumptions that Goat Girl routinely face? ‘The main misconception people have about us is that we’re four angry girls,’ she says. ‘And that in itself is sexist. Why can’t women be politicised and outspoken in that way, instead of just being “angry feminists”? ‘I don’t think we have controversial opinions, we just express our views – but a lot of people don’t.’ n Tomorrow, The Gate Arts Centre (as part of Wales Goes Pop!), Cardiff, songkick.com; Saturday, The Deaf Institute, Manchester, thedeafinstitute.co. uk; and touring PHOTO: HOLLY WHITTAKER Weekend Music 56 METRO Thursday, March 29, 2018 Weekend Around the country 1 2 CHICAGO: THE MUSICAL There will be daily razzle dazzle and plenty of it now that this record-breaking – and highly sexy – musical has returned with Oscar-winner Cuba Gooding Jr starring and PASSION PLAY It takes 100 artists to move 20,000 people to tears in this traditional 90minute Good Friday telling of the story of Easter. Free, at noon and 3.15pm. Tomorrow, Trafalgar Square, London, visitlondon.com/things-to-do/ event/41421239-passion-of-jesus-at-trafalgar-square 3 CHILCOTT’S ST JOHN PASSION At this time of year Coventry Cathedral Chorus usually performs a Bach Passion, but you won’t be disappointed at this modern take. Tomorrow, Coventry Cathedral, coventrycathedral chorus.com Sarah Soetaert (pictured) as Roxie Hart. Until October 6, Phoenix Theatre, London, atgtickets.com 5 JESSIE WARE Hear tracks from her latest album Glasshouse as well as classics like Say You Love Me. Saturday, O2 Academy Sheffield, Sheffield, academymusicgroup.com 4 THE FRATELLIS DINOSAURS IN THE WILD While we wait for upcoming film Jurassic World: Fallen Kingdom (screams) why not walk among real dinosaurs in the flesh. At this fully immersive experience, come face to snout with them as you zoom back in time. Until July 31, Greenwich Peninsula, London, dinosaursinthewild.com 7 MESSIAH ON GOOD FRIDAY 6 It’s been a Good Friday afternoon tradition for nearly 150 years, enjoying Handel’s masterpiece in stately surroundings. Moving and masterly. Tomorrow, Royal Albert Hall, London, royalalberthall.com How time flies – the three charming Scottish rockers are back with a fifth album, In Your Own Sweet Time. Tomorrow, O2 Academy Newcastle, Newcastle-upon-Tyne, academymusicgroup.com MACKLEMORE His second solo album is barely six months old so it’s high time we got to hear it live, which is what the consummate rapper is offering – if you can wangle tickets. Tomorrow, Victoria Warehouse, Manchester, gigsandtours.com 8 10 9 MARY STUART a in o MANON The commemoration of supreme choreographer Kenneth MacMillan continues apace with this masterpiece of modern ballet to music by Jules Massenet. Until May 16, Royal Opera House, London, roh.org.uk SIMON GAGE Thursday, March 29, 2018 METRO 57 BOXING PICTURE: AFP/GETTY Ready to rumble: Joshua (left) and Parker Q& A Sport with Joshua Buatsi The Croydon light-heavyweight has his fifth professional fight on the undercard of Anthony Joshua’s showdown with Joseph Parker. By Matthew Nash Are you excited to box on the Joshua undercard again, as you did in October? It’s a big card, a stadium fight, and more experience for me – you can’t buy that. I look forward to it, there’ll be lots of good nervous energy and the hairs on the back of my neck are sure to rise up, which is good. Bring it on. What can a new fan expect from you? Expect to see someone who wants to win at all costs, putting it all on the line. I’m looking forward to putting on a dominant display and hopefully I will get a good slot on the night. How have your prepared for Saturday? I’ve been sparring a lot of the Great Britain team before they headed out to the Commonwealth Games so they’re razor-sharp. Tell us about signing for Matchroom and Joshua’s AJ Boxing last year? TALE OF THE TAPE ANTHONY JOSHUA JOSEPH PARKER WATFORD AUCKLAND 28 AGE 26 20 PRO FIGHTS 24 20 WINS 24 20 WINS BY KO 18 100 KO % 75 0 DRAWS 0 0 DEFEATS 0 6ft 6in HEIGHT 6ft 4in 82in REACH 76in 5 WORLD-TITLE FIGHTS 3 65 ROUNDS BOXED 123 ORTHODOX STANCE ORTHODOX There’s more interest in boxing in this country, and that’s thanks to AJ. I had offers from the US but knew I had to do it in this country. I’m a London boy but I had to look at all the angles. As a world champion, does AJ inspire you? It’s good to get a first-hand vision of how it can be done. Just being around him and seeing it happen makes you think it is possible for you too. I know I’m very, very far off what he is doing but that’s what is making me work hard. Are you the sort to trash talk? My approach will be different – my style is not to trash talk. I don’t want to get drawn into a war of words on social media but no one wants to be disrespected. Now I’ve said that, I’m sure it will happen anyway! Call of the Wild-er for heavyweight nice guys WHO wants to see a nice guy knocked out? There is every chance Anthony Joshua or Joseph Parker will hit the canvas in Cardiff as the picture in the heavyweight division starts to get cleared up on Saturday night. Neither Joshua, who owns the WBA, IBF and IBO belts, nor Parker are the type for real trash talk, despite their game efforts this week. But their clash will lead one of them closer to the elusive Deontay Wilder and unification of boxing’s blue-riband weight class. After Dillian Whyte’s old-school KO of Lucas Browne in London last weekend, there is the appetite for a real ding-dong in Wales. Those inside the Principality Stadium will be baying for an explosive display from their by MATTHEW NASH man in the first meeting of two undefeated world heavyweight champions on UK soil. Joshua expects a knockout but is ready to go all the way. Parker claims he is still deciding the method by which he will win. Joshua is the bigger, stronger man. Parker is a more technical challenge than Wilder would present. Could it be a classic, like Joshua-Klitschko 11 months ago? Perhaps, but it could also be a night for AJ to nudge past the New Zealander and closer to world domination. Joshua, with 20 wins from 20 fights, all inside the distance, says Parker will freeze in front of 80,000 fans: ‘It’s an experience he hasn’t faced yet. It is daunting, it is overwhelming.’ After three underwhelming fights, Parker believes he is ready to show top form. ‘The fans haven’t really seen the best Joseph Parker there is,’ he insists. The theory is Parker and his team have got under Joshua’s skin over recent months and the WBO king has claimed: ‘Of course he can be beaten. He is not a god, he is a human being, and I will show on Saturday night that I am going to beat him.’ Whether these prove to be empty threats, or whether Parker lives up to his billing as a world champion remains to be seen. But it is hard to see how anyone derails the AJ train quite yet. THE TIPSTER @tipstermetro Antonio needs Blues to rocket past Spurs SPACE trash may fall to earth on Stamford Bridge, though, it may not Easter Sunday and scientists be satellite junk falling in west fear it is going to cause London but the door slamming some big damage. behind Antonio Conte as he’s Debris from China’s sent packing. Newcastle to Tiangong-1 space station Defeat to Tottenham will beat Huddersfield will break into small leave Chelsea eight points at St James’ Park pieces as it enters our behind their rivals and set to (Betway) atmosphere but boffins miss out on a Champions have no idea where it will League spot. Betfair go 13/10 they win to bring Spurs down to earth. land. If there’s a sonic boom at 4/5 5/2 Brighton’s Leonardo Ulloa (above) to net against his old side Leicester. BTTS is 10/11 (Ladbrokes) ■ BURNLEY can push West Brom closer to the brink on Saturday by winning at The Hawthorns at Betfair’s 21/10. ■ PLYMOUTH, Shrewsbury, Luton, Wycombe and Forest Green form tomorrow’s Good Friday acca. How do you see the main event going? Everything’s in AJ’s favour – he’s the bigger, taller and stronger man against a smaller, stockier guy. It’s all negatives for Parker. Joshua Buatsi is on the undercard of Anthony Joshua v Joseph Parker. Sky Sports Box Office will exclusively show the JoshuaParker unification fight on Saturday. Available to buy now at sky.com/orderboxoffice 58 METRO Thursday, March 29, 2018 Sport FO OTBALL ENGLAND af hga e a e ee to Ru a n n l wa tten am midfiel , ions 1- n th f y with I . revealed st m ’s 1llan com on fo nar s e a g e a nsta under o 2 d ks a by MATTHEW NASH Ras r amberlai and c to p the watchi ll so r. t i . ll ’ rs sa t i s tit ‘I’v d - n . e e the h r, ress w emai - t res Sou ‘ y’re ari where Rus with s but I at is the big thing abilit and loo in e next w .’ e a in orm is E o p t pot e -u ri c e ag uthg e rus t aft r ley. dL g a ‘ i a a er w . Playmaker’s Sterling work is a boost GARETH SOUTHGATE heaped praise on Raheem Sterling after the Manchester City forward pressed his claims to start in the No.10 role at the World Cup. Sterling ran Italy’s defenders ragged, producing one of his best displays for England so far in the 1-1 draw at Wembley. The only thing missing from his performance was a goal but, with less than three months until the tournament, Southgate was delighted with the 23-year-old. ‘When you have someone of Raheem’s dribbling ability, it causes a problem for the opposition,’ he said. ‘You’ve seen his numbers with City this year, he’s playing with confidence. A lot of these lads are expressive players and they need to feel freedom on the pitch – it’s different for defenders, they need structure to be able to perform.’ Southgate also reserved praise for goalkeeper Joe Hart, who did not play in the friendlies with Holland or Italy and looks set to go to the World Cup as back-up. The on-loan West Ham keeper has been a bystander over the past ten days as Everton’s Jordan Thursday, March 29, 2018 METRO 59 FO OTBALL ENGLAND Sport PICTURE: REX FO OTBALL IN BRIEF Ritchie back in training with Toon ENGLAND’S PLAYMAKING OPTIONS ING SSE L -C 36 GOALS 2 2 I T H E Y S A I D I T. . . ‘ ein am r cause run a performanc an a s c ’ ex i ei se for Southgate Pickford and Stoke’s Jack Butland were given 90 minutes each to press their claims. Southgate, however, maintains the race for the No.1 shirt remains ‘very tight’ and added: ‘He (Hart) has been excellent. I’ve been very straight with him throughout. ‘I spoke to him about three weeks ago and he understood everything I said.’ Constant threat: Sterling made a big impact against Italy NEWCASTLE midfielder Matt Ritchie has handed manager Rafael Benitez a major boost by resuming training ahead of Saturday’s Premier League clash with Huddersfield. Ritchie (pictured), who withdrew from the Scotland squad through injury over the weekend, was back with the rest of the Newcastle players yesterday after being assessed by the club’s medical staff. Ritchie played 87 minutes of Scotland’s 1-0 defeat by Costa Rica last Friday, but headed back to the north east before Tuesday’s 1-0 win in Hungary. He is now in with a chance of playing in this weekend’s vital game. Potters’ Arsenal bogey is no issue for Lambert PAUL LAMBERT hopes his own experience of winning at Arsenal can help Stoke end a miserable run. The relegation-threatened Potters have lost on all 15 visits to Arsenal since a victory in 1981 but Lambert’s Aston Villa won at the Emirates on the first day of the 2013/14 season. ‘I know what it’s like to win there, what it’s like to lose there, what it’s like to draw there,’ said Lambert. ‘We have to find a way to hurt them.’ T H E Y S A I D I T. . . ‘I’m progressing day by day down there, working under a fantastic manager and with unbelievable players.’ Liverpool left-back Andrew Robertson believes his impressive first season at Anfield can only be good news for Scotland and new national-team boss Alex McLeish 60 METRO Thursday, March 29, 2018 Sport FO OTBALL Russia face new probe into racism FIFA has opened an investigation after France players were racially abused by fans in Russia, where the World Cup is being held in less than three months. Monkey chants could be heard from the St Petersburg crowd when black France players touched the ball in a friendly. The abuse was also audible on a TV broadcast after Manchester United’s Paul Pogba scored in France’s 3-1 win. French sports minister Laura Flessel called for international action, tweeting: ‘Racism has no place on the soccer field.’ PICTURE: GETTY VAR FROM PERFECT Waiting game: England and Italy players pause while the VAR decision is made We all feel in the dark when it comes to reviews, says Jamie ENGLISH DUO REACH SEMIS MANCHESTER City (above) eased into the Women’s Champions League semi-finals with a 7-3 aggregate win over Linkopings after a 5-3 secondleg victory in Sweden last night. Fran Kirby scored twice for Chelsea who joined City in the last four by beating Montpellier 3-1 at home to progress 5-1. RESULTS Ladbrokes Scottish Premiership St Johnstone.................1 Hamilton.................... 0 Women’s Champions League quarter-finals, second leg Chelsea.........................3 Montpellier................. 1 (Chelsea win 5-1 on aggregate) Linkoping......................3 Man City......................5 (Man City win 7-3 on aggregate) FA Women’s Super League 1 Bristol City ...................0 Birmingham...............2 Sunderland ...................1 Everton ....................... 1 Reading ........................3 Yeovil.......................... 0 FIXTURES (7.45pm) Sky Bet League One Blackburn v Bradford .............................................. Gillingham v MK Dons ............................................ by MATTHEW NASH ENGLAND striker Jamie Vardy insists there are still teething troubles with video assistant referees and ‘no one knows what is going on’ when the system is used. Gareth Southgate’s men were denied victory as Italy were awarded a late penalty after referee Deniz Aytekin consulted the VAR and ruled debutant James Tarkowski had fouled Federico Chiesa at Wembley. Lorenzo Insigne dispatched the resulting spot-kick to cancel out Vardy’s first-half opener as the Italians left London with a 1-1 draw. The late setback dented what was an otherwise fairly positive evening for England manager Southgate as he plans for the World Cup in Russia. Vardy fired home his seventh inter- THE FOOTBALL Association has denied a report chief executive Martin Glenn wants to quit after just three years in the job. According to Sky News, the FA has asked recruitment firm Odgers Berndtson to find a successor for Glenn as he has ‘become jaded’ by a series of controversies and wants to leave after the World Cup. ‘The FA, in accordance with good corporate governance, is conducting a talent mapping exercise for future CEO succession,’ a statement read. ‘This is not a recruitment process and there is no current or planned timeline for Martin Glenn to leave. He remains committed to leading the modernisation of the organisation.’ national goal but was left questioning the VAR system. ‘It is what it is,’ he said. ‘They say they are using it at the World Cup, so ‘I think that there are still issues with it’ we have used it tonight. Obviously most of it is down to players and supporters not knowing what is going on. ‘It is okay to come up and say that VAR is in use but no one knows what it is going on. It is obviously taking time as well. There were five minutes added on. ‘There are still issues with it but it works in other countries, so who knows?’ Eric Dier captained England on the night and the Tottenham man has grown accustomed to VAR, having had a real taste of it during the recent FA Cup clash with Rochdale at Wembley, a match marred by several controversies using the new system. ‘I haven’t seen it (the penalty incident) again, so I can’t comment on that,’ said Dier. ‘But I think the VAR was smoother than when I have experienced it in previous times so I have got no complaints with that and the time that it took. ‘From where I am looking, even if there is contact, the ball is out of play already (before contact) so is it a foul if you can obviously see he isn’t going to get the ball anyway?’ But he added: ‘Once the referee makes the decision, with or without the VAR, you have to accept it.’ LESSONS TO LEARN AS ENGLAND FAIL TO LAND KILLER BLOW WILY ITALIANS NEVER SAY DIE One moment is all it takes and, having been dominated for most of the match, co Chiesa James Tarkowski’ oul on allowed Italy a draw which flattere them. Although harsh on England, it wa a reminder – rather like Tottenham’s recent defeat at Wembley by Juventus – you have to kill your opponents off. The Azzurri were never dead and buried so the longer the game went on the more the feeling grew that just one moment might change things. So it proved. A CLEAR NEED TO BE CLINICAL A draw against Italy is usually not to be sniffed at but the visitors failed to qualify for the World Cup and are a pale imitation of previous Azzurri sides. While it’s not catastrophic in terms of preparation for Russia, it’s not the perfect sign-off Gareth Southgate – so close to two wins BIG-MATCH DEBRIEF Matthew Nash looks at England’s inability to finish off Italy from two this week – would have wanted ahead of naming his squad in May. He’ll argue VAR changed things but the Three Lions should have put Italy away long before the late penalty call. Maybe they should have gone for that vital second goal. Let’s hope it’s lesson learned. DIFFICULT CALLS AHEAD No one really harmed their World d Cup chances at Wembley so Southgate still has tough calls to o make. Jack Butland and Jordan Pickford look locked in a battle for the No.1 jersey, James Tarkowski has given Southgate another option at centre-back and up front there is a good y alternative to Harry Kane in pacy Jamie Vardy, Raheem Sterling, Jesse Lingard and Marcus Rashford. There are some tough calls ahead and, while Southgate will be pleased at the plethora of options, a best XI is still a tricky one to call three months out from the tournament. IT’S RIGHT, BUT IT’S NOT GOOD Every time VAR rears its head it appears to be to the detriment of football. Fans left Wembley on Tuesday believing England had been robbed. But tthe decision to check tthe replay was ccorrect, as was the penalty call. Seeing a p decision overturned in d such a way is taking s some getting used to. s The hope is VAR T doesn’t dominate the d World Cup and some of W itts issues are ironed ou ut before June. Thursday, March 29, 2018 METRO 61 CRICKET ENGLAND Dismal winter must have sting in the tail, says Joe by JUSTIN PALMER JOE ROOT has left his England team in no doubt a vast improvement is needed in the final Test of their arduous winter. In a first series since their 4-0 Ashes drubbing, England fell flat with an innings defeat to New Zealand in Auckland. Root, who voiced his steadfast support for Trevor Bayliss as the ‘right man’ to continue as England coach, spelled out his and his team-mates’ responsibilities to reach a much higher standard. They will have that opportunity in the final Test in Christchurch tomorrow. Victory would square the series and prevent England’s longest winter schedule for 55 years ending on another downer. Root held a lengthy meeting to discuss the task ahead with his bowling attack. Afterwards, he said: ‘We hope we can put right what was a really bad week. The (two days of) rain (in Auckland) made it look a lot better than it was. We know we were well off the mark. ‘It’s about making sure we’re far better than we have been so far on this tour.’ QA MOTORSPORT Billy Monger The 18-year-old racing driver lost both legs in a shocking accident last year. This weekend he returns to competition in the British F3 opener at Oulton Park in a specially adapted car. Interview by Adam Hay-Nicholls Did you ever think, in the days, weeks and months after your accident, you would be racing F3 in 2018? I didn’t know what was going to happen at the time. To get to this stage is a pretty great achievement. I’m just looking forward to this weekend. There is extra pressure because of the number of people watching, but it’s ‘good’ nerves. I want to prove what I can do. Where do you get your bravery and determination? I have a network of people around me who put my feelings first. And the motorsport community really rallied. That’s the main thing that got me through; the support. It motivated me to get back to what I love doing. ‘We hope we can put right what was a bad week. We were well off the mark’ Asked about Bayliss’ role, Root made clear his faith in the coach. ‘We as players have a responsibility to put things right,’ he said. ‘He’s been very good at trying to take pressure off us and allowing us to try and perform at our best, even when it has got tough. ‘He’s got some brilliant ideas and he’s a very talented coach, and the right man to take us forward to the end of his tenure.’ After being bowled out for just 58 en route to a landslide defeat at Eden Park, changes are sure to be on the agenda. Moeen Ali and Craig Overton appear most likely to make way, with fit-again paceman Mark Wood set to return, while spinner Jack Leach and batsman Liam Livingstone could make debuts. Root said: ‘I’d never make changes just to be seen to be doing something. I always want to be picking the side I think can win the game in the given conditions.’ Sport Lewis Hamilton and other drivers are in awe of your comeback. Have they helped spur you on? After the accident, I was unconscious for a few days and woke up to find messages from people like Lewis and Jenson [Button]. A few weeks ago I met up with Lewis at Silverstone. He showed me around his new car and I showed him around mine. It’s inspirational to spend time with your childhood heroes. Turn over: Jack Leach (left) could offer a spin alternative to Moeen (right) in the second Test PICTURE: GETTY R O O T O N. . . M O E E N A L I RO OT ON... BEN STOKES ‘It has been a struggle for Mo but he’s a very talented lad. It’s (about) making sure he keeps believing in all the good stuff he’s done in the past and trusting his game.’ ‘It’s important we err on the side of caution and make sure we don’t lose him for a long period of time.’ Off-spinning all-rounder Moeen scored just 28 in two innings in Auckland and failed to take a wicket in his 17 overs All-rounder Stokes was limited to a batting role in the Auckland Test because of a back injury Was there a psychological barrier the first time you went back out on track? I was nervous at first but within a few laps I felt just as I used to. The main thing was getting confident with the new controls. It used to be second nature. Now I have to think about what I’m doing. S P O RT I N B R I E F Murray’s back on court and chasing return after hip op TENNIS ANDY MURRAY’S recovery from hip surgery appears to be gathering pace after he posted a picture of himself at full stretch on the practice court. The three-time grandslam champion has not played competitively since his quarter-final defeat at Wimbledon last July. The Scot had surgery earlier this year and had been targeting the beginning of the grasscourt season in June to make his comeback. This week he was spotted back on the court, training in France, and yesterday posted an image (right) from his latest session, writing on Instagram: ‘Chasing down another @aidymchugh error today during practice #progress.’ Rory’s heading to Wentworth again GOLF RORY McILROY will make his first appearance on European soil this year at May’s BMW PGA Championship at Wentworth. McIlroy, who missed last year’s event with the rib injury that troubled him throughout 2017, said: ‘I’m looking forward to going back to Wentworth. ‘I haven’t played there in a couple of years but, with the new grass that they’ve put in, it looks a much better golf course.’ Dublin deadline set for Farrell RUGBY UNION OWEN FARRELL has 24 hours to prove his fitness for Saracens’ Champions Cup quarterfinal against Leinster in Dublin on Sunday. The fly-half is 50-50 to recover from a quad injury suffered in England’s Six Nations loss to Ireland. Billy Vunipola (arm) is definitely out. New pair to target Rapid runs CRICKET WORCESTERSHIRE have signed New Zealand opener Martin Guptill and ex-Australia batsman Callum Ferguson for this summer’s T20 Blast. Guptill will play the Rapids’ first eight group games with Ferguson taking over for the final six. 62 METRO Thursday, March 29, 2018 Sport CRICKET Warne believes bans for tampering are excessive Embarrassed: Warne SHANE WARNE believes the balltampering punishments handed to Steve Smith, David Warner and Cameron Bancroft are excessive. The former Australia spinner knows the players had to be punished but believes the scandal has been blown out of proportion. Warne said: ‘To hear the Australian cricket team had been involved in premeditated cheating is embarrassing. There is no way you can condone it. ‘But the jump to hysteria has PICTURE: AP elevated the offence beyond what they actually did. Maybe we’re at a point where the punishment just might not fit the crime. ‘Their actions were indefensible and they need to be severely punished. But I don’t think a oneyear ban is the answer. ‘My punishment would have been to miss the fourth Test match, a huge fine, and be sacked as captain and vice-captain. ‘But they should still be allowed to play after that.’ n Warner the leader n Aussies are hit with bans of sandpaper plot by DAVID GURNEY DAVID WARNER was yesterday named as the ringleader behind the Australia balltampering scandal which has seen him, captain Steve Smith and Cameron Bancroft hit with lengthy bans. Vice-captain Warner and Smith have been suspended from international and domestic cricket for 12 months by Cricket Australia after the Cape Town controversy, with Bancroft banned for nine months. At a press conference after the third day’s play of the third Test with South Africa – which the hosts won by 322 runs – Smith and Bancroft admitted to a premeditated attempt to tamper with the ball. Now CA has revealed the yellow tape Bancroft was captured on camera rubbing against the ball, and then hiding down the front of his trousers, was sandpaper. TheAustralians’ governing body charged Warner with devising the plan, instructing a junior player – Bancroft – to carry it out and even demonstrating how to do it. Leaping on the last point, ex-England captain Michael Vaughan tweeted: ‘Interesting to see how one demonstrated how a ball could be artificially altered ... !!!!!!! But it was an ISOLATED incident !!!!’ Announcing the punishments, CA said 31-year-old batsman Warner, a controversial figure throughout his international career, will never again hold a team leadership position, while Smith and Bancroft will not be considered for such roles until 12 months after their bans have ended. All three will, however, be available for next summer’s Ashes series in England. CA stated Warner had shown an ‘apparent lack of contrition’, a claim later deleted from its statement. Smith was charged with Thursday, March 29, 2018 METRO 63 CRICKET Humiliation: Smith receives an escort on his way out of South Africa after being sent home from Australia’s tour Sport ODD MAN OUT? DELE DIFFICULTY AS SOUTHGATE TACKLES ‘HUGE CHOICES’ Pages 58-59 » WILD ONE NO MORE MR NICE GUY AS AJ AIMS HIGH Pages 57 » INSIDE THIS SATURDAY’S Tweet sp t Jonathan Trott has a short and sweet message for Warner, who was critical of the former England batsman’s decision to leave the Ashes tour in 2013 with a long-standing stress-related condition, labelling him ‘poor and weak’. JUSTICE n Lehmann: We have to change Shamed: Warner was exposed by Cricket Australia as the man behind the ball-tampering knowledge of the plan, telling Bancroft to conceal the evidence and attempting to mislead match officials and the public. Smith and Warner have also been banned from this year’s Indian Premier League, while all three must do 100 hours of voluntary service in community cricket. Coach Darren Lehmann survives with n I’m innocent, insists coach ‘Previously we butted heads but that’s not the way to play going forward’ CA satisfied he was not involved. On his walkie-talkie conversation with Peter Handscomb just before the 12th man entered the field to talk to Bancroft, CA chief James Sutherland said: ‘He sent a message to say, “What in the hell is going on?”.’ Lehmann, who confirmed he was not going to resign, said: ‘The first I saw of it was on that screen, I got straight on the walkietalkie. There were a couple of expletives. ‘I’m confident it is an isolated issue. The players have made a grave mistake but they are not bad people. I hope people give them a second chance. I worry about the three guys mentally. ‘We are truly sorry. We need to change how we play. We need to work to bring the respect back from the fans. Previously we butted heads but that’s not the way to play going forward. 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