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1 DECEMBER 2017
Number 2,191
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INTERVIEW
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Special
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» Allies in crisis after extraordinary public
falling out between May and Trump
» British and American diplomats try to repair
damage after President belittles Prime Minister
» Post-Brexit trade deal with US in jeopardy
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FRIDAY
1
DECEMBER
Quote of the day
Good people do not need
laws to tell them to act
responsibly, while bad
people will find a way
around the laws
PLATO
HEALTH
EMPLOYMENT
HEALTH
Drug ‘can prevent’
migraine attacks
Disabled people get
route back to work
Missed targets will
lead to services cuts
A new drug that can halve the length
of time migraine sufferers are laid
low by the debilitating condition
has been hailed as an “incredibly
important” advance. Erenumab,
a laboratory-made antibody that
blocks a neural brain pathway, is
the first drug in 20 years proven to
prevent migraine attacks.
Theresa May has outlined a major
strategy to help get a million more
disabled people into work over the
next decade. She pledged to work
with industry alongside improved
mental health training for work
coaches and enabling more health
professionals to issue notes designed
to help people return to work.
NHS waiting time targets will not be
met and some services may have to
shut unless the health service gets
more money than it received in the
Budget, officials have warned. At
its board meeting yesterday, NHS
England officials discussed financial
constraints and set out which
services they intended to “protect”.
BREXIT
HEALTH
CHARITY
British citizenship
applications soar
Christmas travellers
face measles threat
‘Lonely Street’ song
highlights big issue
The number of EU nationals
applying for British citizenship has
more than doubled, official statistics
show. They show the figure climbed
by 108 per cent following the Brexit
vote. In the year ending September
2017, there were 32,856 applications
for citizenship, up from 15,766 in the
previous 12 months.
Holidaymakers planning Christmas
getaways to some parts of Europe
could be risk at contracting
measles, Public Health England
(PHE) has warned. People who
travelled recently, or plan to travel
to Romania, Italy and Germany, and
have not had two doses of the MMR
vaccine, are particularly at risk.
A musician who helped launch The
Big Issue magazine 26 years ago is
n
releasing a song in aid of a campaign
to tackle poverty and homelessness.
Phil Ryan said “Walking Down
This Lonely Street” addresses the
loneliness and mental isolation
many people face when they find
themselves on the streets.
Birthdays
THEATRE
Bette Midler, singer, 72;
Neil Warnock, football
manager, 69; Stephen
Poliakoff, screenwriter, 65;
Riz Ahmed (below), actor,
35; Janelle Monae,
singer, 32; Woody Allen,
director, 82
PEOPLE
Communist Corbyn?
Noel rolls with it
Anniversaries
Thursday 1 December 1955
Rosa Parks, a black woman,
is arrested in Montgomery,
Alabama, for refusing
to give up her seat on a
segregated bus to a white
person. The seamstress’s
defiance of the law became
a symbol of the growing US
civil rights movement.
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Puzzles.....................52
Weather...................55
Noel Gallagher has called Jeremy
Corbyn “a communist”. The former
Oasis guitarist was famously invited
to 10 Downing Street by Tony Blair
during the “cool Britannia” wave
in 1997. But Gallagher has now
dismissed all politicians as “idiots”
and reserved particular scorn for Mr
Corbyn as Labour leader.
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£470m
+18%
£200m
Musicals +21%
£180m
£160m
£397m
10%
£140m
10
increase in avera
ge
ticket price
£120m
8
£100m
6
4
Mussolini law used
to stop town protests
2
Newspapers support recycling
The recycled content of UK
newspapers in 2015 was 71%
Total box office
income 2013-16
£397m
ITALY
A Mussolini-era law is being used to
put a town under lockdown to force
through a gas pipeline against the
wishes of the community. A “red
zone” was declared in Melendugno
by the central government’s military
police after protests against the
effect of the Trans Adriatic Pipeline
(Tap) on the local area.
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People enjoy and support UK theatre, despite having less disposable
income on average to spend on the arts. A new report from UK Theatre
shows that the overall box office income has increased significantly since
2013, thanks to a renewed surge in popularity for musicals in the last year.
Show
business
Total box
office
takings
AGENCY WINS
BEST OF
THE BEST
ADVERTISING
AWARD
£80m
Plays +5%
£60m
Concerts +47%
Pantomime +17%
£40m
Dance +3%
Family theatre +42%
Comedy +9%
Opera +11%
£20m
2013
2016
0
1.3%
WORDS: VALERIE BROWNE
fuller theatre houses
4.3%
increase in performances
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ThePage3Profile
AFGHANISTAN
THERESA MAY SCRIVENER, NOT THE PRIME MINISTER
Girls’ robotics team
wins European title
Nigel Morris
An Afghan girls’ robotics team,
which was temporarily denied entry
to the US this year, has won an
award at a prestigious competition
in Europe. The team’s winning entry
was a solar-powered robot that
would help small farmers carry out
tasks including seeding and cutting
crops like wheat.
PM and Trump won’t
hold hands again
ANTARCTICA
Marine reserve a
watershed moment
The world’s biggest marine reserve
in Antarctica officially comes
into effect today, in what has been
hailed as a “watershed” moment in
conservation. The protected area in
the Ross Sea curbs activities such as
fishing, to protect wildlife including
Adelie and emperor penguins in the
high seas off Antarctica.
SPORT
LGBT flags ‘allowed’
at Russian World Cup
There are millions of
Twitter users...
And many have the same name as
famous people. Unfortunately for
Ms Scrivener, she used her middle
name when she set up her account,
and found herself on the end of
stinging tweet from Donald Trump
who thought he was addressing the
British Prime Minister.
The Donald Trump?
Yes, the US President has found
himself in a storm of criticism for
retweeting videos originally posted
by the far-right group Britain First.
He was rebuked by (Prime Minister)
Theresa May, and so responded:
“@TheresaMay, don’t focus on me,
focus on the destructive Radical
Islamic Terrorism that is taking
place within the United Kingdom.
We are doing just fine!”
That can’t be nice to wake up to.
The digital blunder vent
viral pushing Ms Scrivener
reluctantly into the limelight.
She was awakened at 4am by the
Presidential bungle, she said, by
“huge numbers” of messages.
“I haven’t been able to leave my
house. I’ve been bombarded and
been contacted by press from
around the world,” she added. “If I
wanted to be famous I would have
gone on X Factor.”
She’s an avid Twitter user then?
Ms Scrivener, 41, who lives in
Bognor Regis, West Sussex, used
her middle name to set up the
account @TheresaMay in 2009,
before Theresa May, @Theresa_
May was PM.
Ms Scrivener’s only had six
followers, compared with Mrs
May’s 427,000, and her account
was unverified, and privacy locked
when Mr Trump directed a tweet at
her on Wednesday night.
I’d be furious...
As was she, and shocked that the
blundering leader of the free world
had thoughtlessly directed his
44 million followers to her account.
“It’s amazing to think that the
world’s most powerful man
managed to press the wrong
button,” she said.
Most of the responses on Twitter
were from people offering their
condolences, with many Americans
apologising for their president.
“I’m just glad he was not
contacting me to say he was going
to war with North Korea,” she said.
Valerie Browne
Spectators will be allowed to fly
rainbow flags at the World Cup, a
Russian anti-discrimination official
has said. He explained that fans
won’t be affected by a law prohibiting
“propaganda” of homosexuality to
minors. “There will definitely be no
ban on wearing rainbow symbols in
Russia.” PAGE 62
UNITED STATES
Fired TV host says he
will ‘help’ his victims
Former US TV host Matt Lauer,
fired by NBC News for sexual
misconduct, has said repairing the
damage he caused is now his fulltime job. Lauer’s, who presented
Today, said: “I regret that my shame
is now shared by people I cherish.
Repairing the damage will take a lot
of time… It is now my full-time job.”
Letter from the
Political Editor
i@inews.co.uk
Only three days ago, Secretary of
State Rex Tillerson insisted that the
US was committed to maintaining
its historic “special relationship”
with Britain.
The reality today is very different
as the two nations face their deepest
diplomatic rift since Harold Wilson
refused to bow to American demands
to commit troops to Vietnam.
The rapport between Churchill
and Roosevelt, Reagan and Thatcher,
Blair and Bush is a distant memory
following the public clashes between
Theresa May and Donald Trump.
As Downing Street joined the
anger over his endorsement of
Britain First’s tweets, the President
did not back down and try to soothe
the diplomatic tensions. Instead he
doubled down and responded with
disdain to the Prime Minister, leaving
relations between No 10 and the
White House in ruins.
The fallout could hardly have come
at a worse moment. Britain needs to
sign a rapid trade deal with the US
after leaving the EU, and ministers
believed the election of a pro-Brexit
President with sentimental links to
the UK would help. As a result Mrs
May hurried over to the White House
days after his inauguration and
invited him on a state visit.
Since then it has been downhill.
Mr Trump is reported to have told
her that he does not want to come to
Britain if he faces protests.
Mrs May had little option but to
distance herself from his failure to
condemn white supremacists after
the death of an anti-racism protester
in Charlottesville, or his claim that
police knew the identity of the people
behind the terror attack on the
London Underground in September.
It’s a fair bet that the two leaders
will never be seen again holding
hands. It is even hard to see how they
can share a civil word.
Twitter: @NigelpMorris
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WEATHER
Snow falls on
beaches as icy
snap heralds
start of winter
By Scott D’Arcy
A second day of icy temperatures and
transport delays will hit parts of the
UK today after what, in many places,
was the coldest night of the year
– with temperatures falling as low as
-10°C in northern Scotland.
The Met Office issued a yellow
warning for icy patches and snow
across much of England’s east coast
and northern Scotland today – the
first official day of winter – and for ice
in west Wales, Cornwall and Northern
Ireland. Police urged motorists to
take extra care, and delays on buses
and trains are expected.
Nineteen schools in Aberdeenshire
closed yesterday because of the
weather, and beaches in eastern
England were blanketed with snow
for the first time in four years.
Today’s weather warning for
the eastern regions said: “Wintry
showers will bring an additional
hazard and may lead to 2cm to 5cm
of snow accumulating on ground
above 100m, primarily over northern
Scotland and north-east England.
Some roads and railways are likely to
be affected.”
Forecasters at Meteogroup UK
said today would be dry with sunny
spells across much of England and
Wales but showery in the east.
A band of drizzle will push across
Scotland and Northern Ireland this
afternoon and there will be brisk
northerly winds.
Tonight, a band of patchy light rain
will move south across England and
Wales, reaching southern areas by
the end of the night. Elsewhere, it will
be a mostly cloudy night. Tomorrow
will be cloudy in most areas but with
showers in west Wales and southwest England. Patchy, light rain will
affect Scotland for most of the day.
Weather, page 55
PEOPLE
Bold gran agrees
to cruise invite
from stranger
By Katie Grant
An adventure-seeking nonagenarian
threw caution to the wind, taking up
an invitation to go on a luxury cruise
with a stranger.
Vera Burrell, 90, urged the public
to follow her example and “seize the
day”, after she agreed to spend nearly two weeks cruising in the Mediterranean with a great-grandfather
who asked her to accompany him
within an hour of meeting.
Ms Burrell, who lives in the Sussex village of Great Cornard, encountered the elderly gentleman
when she visited a Winchester pub
for lunch during an organised coach
trip to Bournemouth. The greatgrandmother ended up sharing a
table with the man, identified only as
John, when he dropped in to the pub
for a bite to eat, according to the East
Anglian Daily Times.
Chatting over their meals, the pair
were discussing holidays when John,
I’v
ve had
a good life, I
don’t regret
anything,
least of all
the cruise.
Life is for
living
‘Seize the day’:
Vera Burrell,
90, booked the
trip within an
hour of meeting
the man in a pub
in Winchester
91, asked his dining companion if she
had ever taken a cruise.
Less than 45 minutes after they
met, the new acquaintances made
their way to a nearby travel agency
where John spent £3,700 for the
privilege of enjoying 12 days aboard
the luxury P&O liner, the Azura, with
Ms Burrell.
Ms Burrell, who insists her relationship with John is purely platonic,
said she has no regrets regarding her
spur-of-the-moment decision.
“I’ve had a good life, I don’t regret
anything – least of all the cruise,”
she said.
“Life is for living. I am not dead
yet – you have got to get on with it,
haven’t you?”
Speaking of the trip, which took
place last month and saw the pair
take in cities including Lisbon,
Porto, Malaga and Gibraltar, Ms
Burrell said: “We were strangers but
did have quite a lot in common.”
Ms Burrell said she and John plan
to remain friends.
6
NEWS
COVER STORY
Up close and personal Our transatlantic buddies
2 April 1982 Margaret Thatcher
and Ronald Reagan enjoyed a close
relationship, which was damaged
when the US remained impartial
over the Falklands.
5 March 1946 Winston Churchill
coins the term “special relationship” to describe the connection
between the UK and the US.
17 March 1968 British demonstrators attempt to break into the
American Embassy in London
during an anti-Vietnam War
protest. Relations between the
US and Britain reach a historic
low point after Harold Wilson
refuses to commit British troops
to the war.
28 July 2002 George W Bush
and Tony Blair enjoyed a close
partnership. Before UN weapons
inspectors determined the
existence of weapons of mass
destruction in Iraq, Tony Blair sent
a secret memo to Bush saying: “I
will be with you, whatever.”
24 June 2016 Barack Obama vows
that the special relationship will
endure following the Brexit vote.
“While the UK’s relationship with
the EU will change, one thing that
will not change is special relationship that exists between our two
nations,” Mr Obama said.
27 January 2017 Theresa May and
Donald Trump clasp hands outside
the White House. “We pledge our
lasting support to this special
relationship,” Mr Trump says.
Diplomats try to
salvage special
relationship after
Trump’s outburst
By Nigel Morris
POLITICAL EDITOR
£40 £30
Relations between Britain and the
United States are in crisis after an
extraordinary public fallout between
Theresa May and Donald Trump.
The President’s decision to share
inflammatory posts by a fringe farright group – and a personal attack
on her after she condemned the move
– has put a huge strain on the transatlantic “special relationship”.
As diplomats attempted to repair
the damage from the confrontation,
the furore brought renewed calls for
the controversial invitation for Mr
Trump to come to Britain on a state
visit to be formally cancelled.
And in extraordinary scenes in
the Commons, MPs queued up to
condemn the President as “fascist”,
“racist”, “stupid” and responsible for
spreading “evil”.
The row intensified after Mr
Trump hit back at Downing Street
criticism of him as “wrong” for
retweeting three Britain First videos
which purportedly depict violent acts
by Muslims.
He issued a late-night tweet directed personally at the Prime Minister,
saying: “Theresa May, don’t focus on
me, focus on the destructive Radical Islamic Terrorism that is taking
place within the United Kingdom. We
are doing just fine!”
In her first response, the Prime
Minister told a press conference in
Jordan that Britain had an enduring
relationship with the US.
“The fact that we work together
does not mean that we are afraid to
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London Mayor Sadiq
Khan said Mrs May
should withdraw the state visit
invitation, while Liberal Democrat
leader Sir Vince Cable said Mr
Trump was an “evil racist” who
should be denied the honour.
PARLIAMENT
MPs call for President to be
arrested if he comes to the UK
By Richard Wheeler, Jon Vale
and Harriet Line
£25 £15
say when we think the United States
have got it wrong and to be very clear
with them,” she added.
“I am very clear that retweeting
from Britain First was the wrong
thing to do,” she said to applause
from her Jordanian audience.
She rejected the growing clamour
to call off the controversial state visit,
but noted a date had not been fixed.
In evidence of alarm over the episode, Britain’s ambassador to the US,
Sir Kim Darroch, disclosed he had
raised the Government’s concerns
over Mr Trump’s retweets with the
White House.
He tweeted: “British people overwhelmingly reject the prejudiced
rhetoric of the far right, which seek to
divide communities & erode decency,
tolerance & respect.”
Shadow Foreign Secretary Emily
Thornberry said Mr Trump’s tweets
were designed to “humiliate and
belittle” the Prime Minister and
had put the Queen in a “very difficult
and invidious position” as his host for
the visit.
The Scottish First Minister,
Nicola Sturgeon, said Mr Trump’s
actions “underline and strengthen”
her view that his state visit should
not go ahead.
Donald Trump should delete his
Twitter account and be banned from
entering the UK, MPs have said.
Ministers were also pressed
to cancel the US President’s
planned state visit while
Labour’s Paul Flynn suggested that he ought to
be charged with inciting
racial hatred should he
come to Britain.
The Commons Speaker,
John Bercow (inset), who
has said he would be “strongly
opposed” to Mr Trump addressing Parliament during a state visit,
granted an emergency debate on the
diplomatic row.
The shadow Home Secretary,
Diane Abbott, denounced the Presi-
dent’s comments as “offensive to all
decent British people”.
Amber Rudd, the Home Secretary, appeared sympathetic to a call
from an MP for Mr Trump to delete
his Twitter account, telling MPs:
“I’m sure many of us might share
his view.”
But Ms Rudd also urged
them to remember the
“big picture”, that the
“unparalleled sharing
o f i n t e l l i ge n ce” h ad
saved lives.
Labour former minister
Chris Bryant was among
those to call for the President to
be arrested if he came to the UK.
“You cannot stand up to this kind
of action, you cannot stand up to horrible racism, or pretend to do so, and
invite the man in through the front
door,” he said.
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Eyewitness
Don’t let video
nasty fool you.
I heard the
real story
Kim
Sengupta
J
May’s £95m
boost for
Jordan
Theresa May said she is backing visions for social reform and
transformation in the Middle East, as she announced a £95m
cash injection for Jordan to help its economic stability.
The Prime Minister has been on a three-day trip to the
region as she looks to bolster relationships with Iraq, Saudi
Arabia and Jordan ahead of Britain quitting the EU.
Announcing the financial support she said: “This is just
the start of a significant increase in our funding for Jordan’s
resilience, which will go on to include support for the reform
of government, the growth of private sector investment and
the creation of safety nets to ensure that no one loses out
from these reforms.” TOBY MELVILLE /PA
ONLINE
DIPLOMACY
Anti-Trump
anger thwarts
US ambassador
‘Ignore Boris... don’t mind him’
By Thomas Hornall
The US ambassador to the UK
had a Twitter Q&A overtaken by furious users attacking US President
Donald Trump for retweeting farright videos.
Robert Wood “Woody” Johnson,
70, had hoped for questions about
settling into British life and his priorities as ambassador when he opened
up the #AskWoody hashtag but was
inundated with scathing attacks on
the President.
Capturing the general flavour
of most responses, one user said:
“What is your view of a US President
retweeting and legitimising a farright hate group whose leaders have
been charged and convicted for hate
crimes in the UK?”
Patrick Harvie, the Green MSP for
Glasgow, said: “I’d like to #AskWoody
why his President is promoting fascism in this country.”
Mr Johnson, the billionaire owner
of the New York Jets American football team, tweeted: “I have relayed
your concerns to Washington.”
By Katie Grant
Some staff at the Foreign
Office are allegedly advising
governments abroad to “ignore”
comments Boris Johnson makes
in public about Brexit, it is
understood.
Foreign Office officials
reportedly told Ireland’s
government “not to listen to
whatever he had to say” ahead of
Mr Johnson’s visit to Dublin last
month, according to Sky News.
Irish officials were told “not
COURTS
Save me from
being thrown in
jail, begs Fransen
By Katie Grant
The deputy leader of Britain First,
the extreme right-wing group behind the anti-Muslim videos that
President Trump retweeted, has
begged him to intervene to save her
to mind a word of what he says”
during the Foreign Secretary’s
visit, the broadcaster claimed,
indicating that Britain’s chief
diplomat was not speaking on
behalf of the UK Government.
It further adds to the apparent
frustration from politicians
in Dublin about “confusing
messages” from the UK
Government on Irish
border issues.
Last night, the Foreign Office
denied the claim. “We do not
recognise this version of events,
from being “thrown in jail”. Jayda
Fransen, from Penge, south-east
London, is currently awaiting
trial for allegedly inciting
religious hatred during
a speech she made in
Northern Ireland in
August. She denies
the charge.
Ms Fransen (right) attracted the attention of the
US President after posting
three anti-Muslim videos on Twitter. Mr Trump retweeted the posts
leading Ms Fransen to publish a
and the claims made in the
article are not supported by any
sources from the Foreign Office –
either on or off the record.”
The Irish Department of
Foreign Affairs also denied the
claims. “We absolutely refute
the contents of that report,” a
spokesman said.
During his November visit to
Dublin, Mr Johnson appeared to
dismiss Ireland’s demands for a
five-year Brexit transition period
after the UK leaves the EU in
March 2019.
video to express her “delight”. In
the video Fransen pleads with “the
leader of the free world” to
intervene in her case before she is jailed “for simply speaking out”. She is
due to appear at Belfast
magistrates’ court later
this month.
Social media group
Twitter, with whom Ms
Fransen has a “blue tick”
verified genuine account, said it
was reviewing accounts that had
been allocated the mark.
uly 2013 was a time of
great turbulence and
deep bitterness in Egypt.
The Muslim Brotherhood
government of Mohamed Morsi
had been overthrown in a coup
by the army chief General Abdel
Fatteh el-Sisi. Dozens had been
killed and injured in clashes,
the jails were being filled with
sweeping arrests.
A video appeared which showed
an attack in Alexandria which was
particularly shocking even amid
the unfolding violence. It showed
men chasing a group of teenagers
who were forced onto a roof and
then up to a ledge where, terrified,
they sought refuge. They were
caught, one of the boys savagely
beaten and others thrown down
to the concrete roof from the
ledge. A woman is heard crying
in the background: “Help them,
someone please help them, they
will kill the poor boys.” The men
who had carried out the attack
could then be seen walking away,
one of them carrying the black flag
of al-Qaeda on his shoulder.
This is one of the three videos
which were posted by the
far-right group Britain First –
founded by former members of
the BNP – which Donald Trump
has retweeted to his 44 million
followers.
The video of four years ago was
taken, of course, in North Africa.
There was no British connection
whatsoever to what happened
that day in Massir street in
Alexandria. And, as with so many
tweets sent out by Trump, this one
is wrong in what it claims.
I recall going from Cairo to
Alexandria with two Egyptian
colleagues to try and find out what
had happened. We were, I think,
the only foreign news organisation
to make the journey and we
arrived with little knowledge of
what was going on.
I talked to one of the youths
who survived the assault. The
events were dreadful. They were
not, however, part of an Islamist
terrorist campaign which Mr
Trump, and the hate group whose
postings he promoted, would have
us believe. It was, instead, the
result of violent passions which
had erupted due to a particular
political and religious crisis in
Egypt at the time.
The violence was not one-way.
Fifty-one Muslim Brotherhood
supporters had been shot dead
in Cairo by the military in just
one incident: the same military
that received billions of dollars
in aid from Washington and had
removed a democratically elected
government in an armed putsch.
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Our deal’s off if you
compromise over
border, warns DUP
By Rob Merrick
The Democratic Unionist Party has
threatened to reconsider its deal to
prop up Theresa May’s government
if she compromises over the Irish
border after Brexit.
Sammy Wilson, one of the DUP’s 10
MPs, said the party would not accept
any moves that would see Northern
Ireland “treated differently than the
rest of the UK”.
The warning follows reports that
further powers could be devolved to
Belfast allowing rules in areas such as
agriculture and energy to be aligned
with the EU – rather than London.
The move is an attempt to meet
the Irish Government’s demand for a
cast-iron guarantee there will be no
return to a hard border with Northern
Ireland, which it fears would be made
inevitable by new trade barriers.
“If there is any hint that, in order
to placate Dublin and the EU, they’re
prepared to have Northern Ireland
treated differently than the rest of
the United Kingdom, then they can’t
rely on our vote,” Mr Wilson said.
“They have to recognise that, if this
is about treating Northern Ireland
differently, or leaving us half in the
EU, dragging along behind regula-
tions which change in Dublin, it’s not
on.” He added: “If their support for
the Union diminishes, then our support will not be there.”
It is understood that DUP MPs
met senior Government ministers to
warn that any move to allow Northern Ireland to retain EU regulations
would be “deeply destabilising” to the
parties’ agreement.
The threat presents Theresa
May with the dilemma of how to do
enough to prevent the Irish government blocking progress in the Brexit
talks without losing DUP support.
The stakes could not be higher,
because an Irish veto would prevent
the UK moving the talks on to future
trade at an EU summit next month.
The DUP has agreed to back the
Conservatives on financial matters
and to deliver Brexit but the “confidence and supply” agreement does
not cover the precise terms of the EU
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only way to avoid a hard
land border is for Northern
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market and customs union.
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By Andrew Woodcock
Jeremy Corbyn has hit back at Morgan Stanley, telling the bank it is right
to regard him as a threat.
His comments come after the USowned firm released a report warning that the prospect of his party
taking power was a bigger threat to
the UK economy than Brexit.
In a video message released on
social media in response, the Labour
leader said a Labour government
would reform banking regulation to
rein in the “speculators and gamblers”
who crashed the economy in 2008.
Labour said that, despite the in-
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courted by senior members of the
Government, meeting Chancellor
Philip Hammond four times in a year.
A report from Morgan Stanley’s
equity team earlier this week had
warned investorsabout“theperceived
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Mr Corbyn responded: “These are
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who crashed our economy in 2008.
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The Duke of Cambridge has presented
Father Christmas with Prince George’s
festive wish list: a police car. As William’s
two-day trip to Finland came to an end, he
met the jolly man at a Christmas market
in Helsinki and showed him his son’s handwritten note, which requested the toy
vehicle as a present.
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Coroner raps
Whirlpool
over fire
hazards
By Eleanor Barlow
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HEALTH
Kellogg’s pledges to slash sugar
content of its best-selling cereals
By Paul Gallagher
HEALTH CORRESPONDENT
Kellogg’s UK, the maker of some of
the world’s most popular breakfast
cereals, has promised to reduce
sugar in three of its bestsellers.
Sugar in Coco Pops will come
down by 40 per cent (from 30 grams
per 100g to 17 grams). This follows a
reduction of 14 per cent earlier this
year, meaning that the company will
have halved the sugar in Coco Pops.
Sugar in Rice Krispies will be
reduced by 20 per cent, making
it one of the lowest-sugar cereals
available in the UK, and there will
be a 30 per cent reduction in sugar
per serving in Rice Krispies MultiGrain Shapes.
Kellogg’s will also make efforts to
tackle salt content in its products.
From the new year, it will reduce salt
in Rice Krispies by 10 per cent and
in Rice Krispies Multi-Grain Shapes
cereal in the UK by 50 per cent.
The company will also stop selling
Ricicles and end on-pack promotions aimed at children on Frosties.
Kellogg’s UK managing director
Oli Morton told the BBC that “consumers are asking for a healthier
way to start the day”.
Mr Morton said the company recognised “people are eating too much
sugar at breakfast and throughout
the day”.
The announcement was
given a cautious welcome by
anti-obesity campaigners.
However, others said the company
was not going far enough as sugary
cereals like Frosties and Crunchy
Nut will not change.
Jenny Rosborough, campaign
manager at Action on Sugars, said:
“We are encouraged by Kellogg’s’
sugar reduction plans and the recent changes they’ve made and
would now like to see this ambition
rolled out across their whole portfolio of cereals.”
Tam Fry, chair of the National
Obesity Forum, said: “Kellogg’s
should not get brownie points if
rebranding its Frosties packet is
designed to escape advertising
practice rules, but is certainly beginning to dig itself out of a murky past.
The reformulation of Coco Pops...
should be applauded. What a lot
of sugar-focused critics might also
miss is the [50 per cent] salt reduction in its multi-grain shapes brand.
That is impressive.”
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Dr Anna Robins, a senior lecturer
in exercise, nutrition and health at
the University of Salford, said that
under the new recipe, 30g of Coco
Pops would still mean a child under
the age of 11 had consumed one-sixth
of their daily recommended added
sugars by the end of breakfast.
She also said the 30g serving used
by Kellogg’s wasn’t typical.
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A spokesman for Whirlpool said:
“Safety is always our number one priority. We treat all incidents extremely
seriously and we have a robust process that continuously reviews the
safety of all our products. We will
carefully review and consider the
coroner’s findings in this case.”
Solicitor Thomas Jervis, from law
firm Leigh Day which represents
the families of Mr McTavish and Mr
Hender, said: “We will continue to
call for Whirlpool, and other manufacturers, to take action on potentially dangerous white goods and
for an effective recall system to be
implemented.”
Alex Neill, of consumer group
Which?, said: “This case is further
evidence that the UK’s product safety
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A coroner has called on white goods
manufacturer Whirlpool to take action to prevent future deaths after
two men were killed in a fire caused
by a tumble dryer.
Bernard Hender, 19, and Doug
McTavish, 39, died following the blaze
at a flat in Llanrwst, north Wales, on
10 October 2014.
At an inquest which concluded in
September, coroner David Lewis recorded a narrative verdict and ruled
the blaze was caused by an electrical
fault in the door switch of a Hotpoint
tumble dryer.
Following the inquest he published
a report raising concerns that evidence from witnesses called by lawyers for Whirlpool during the hearing
had been “defensive and dismissive”.
He said: “I did not emerge from the
hearing confident that Whirlpool’s
risk assessment processes have fully
identified or appreciated the extent
of the risk of fire (and its potential
consequences).”
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SOCIETY
First signs of ‘Brexodus’ as EU
immigration falls dramatically
By Nigel Morris
POLITICAL EDITOR
A “Brexodus” appears to be under
way with new figures showing European Union immigration fell dramatically following last year’s vote to leave
the bloc.
Net migration to the UK dropped
by more than 100,000 in the year
after the referendum, the largest
reduction since records began 53
years ago. A slump in numbers of EU
nationals moving to this country accounted for three-quarters of the fall,
leading to claims that public services
were already suffering as a result.
There was also a 30 per cent increase
in EU citizens leaving the country
Net migration was estimated at
230,000 in the year to the end of June,
the Office for National Statistics said.
That represented a drop of 106,000,
or around one third, compared with
the 336,000 registered between July
2015 to June 2016, the month in which
the referendum was staged.
The figures are still well above
Theresa May’s pledge to reduce net
migration to tens of thousands.
Migration from the EU fell steeply
Migration: the Brexit effect?
June 2015 - June 2016
June 2016 - June 2017
People arriving
EU
CITIZENS
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People leaving
284,000
230,000 -19%
291,000
263,000 -9.6%
95,000
123,000 +30%
95,000
90,000 -5.2%
SOURCE: ONS
by 82,000 to 107,000 as numbers
of people arriving from the bloc
slumped. The largest falls were
among French, Germans, Poles and
Spaniards. Non-EU migration, which
is governed by a visa system, fell from
196,000 to 173,000 and remains higher
than EU migration. Jonathan Portes,
senior fellow at The UK in a Changing
Europe, said the statistics indicated
that Britain has become a “less attractive place for European migrants”.
He said: “Whatever your views on
the impact of immigration, it cannot
be good news that the UK is a less attractive place to live and work, and
that we will be poorer as a result.”
The Labour MP Chris Bryant, of
the Open Britain group, said: “It is
no surprise tens of thousands of EU
nationals have left our country in the
past year, and fewer people want to
come here to contribute to our society and our economy. This is already
damaging our NHS, our universities
and our industries and is hitting tax
receipts, meaning less money for
public services.”
But Lord Green of Deddington, the
chairman of Migration Watch UK,
said: “This is a significant and very
welcome reduction in net migration
– especially by EU citizens who do
not have a job to come to. It points to
what could be achieved once the UK
regains full control over migration.”
Brandon Lewis, the immigration
minister, said: “We welcome the ongoing decrease in net migration levels
and remain committed to bringing
them down to sustainable levels, the
tens of thousands.
“To ensure we have an immigration system that works for everyone,
we will continue to reform routes
from outside Europe and will negotiate the right deal in the national interest in our Brexit negotiations.”
In another apparent effect
of Brexit, the number of
EU nationals applying for British
citizenship more than doubled
to nearly 33,000 in the 12 months
to September.
Lumley
takes the
stage
Joanna Lumley has
announced plans for a
“fabulous” new tour.
It’s All About Me, in
which the actress will
“recount some never
heard before stories”
from her career,
kicks off in October
next year.
The Ab Fab star, 71,
said: “Nothing like
this has come my way
before, and I may have
to be dragged off with
a hook at the end of
each show. Oh,people!
This is especially for
you from me, with
masses of love. I think
it will be fabulous.”
Lumley will be
joined on stage by
friend and producer
Clive Tulloh, who will
put to her questions
from the audience,
during the 30-date
UK and Ireland tour,
which begins on 6
October at Belfast’s
Waterfront Hall.
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HEALTH
Brains of smartphone addicts
show chemical imbalance
By Tom Bawden
SCIENCE CORRESPONDENT
Technology addicts have a chemical
imbalance in their brains – although
whether this is a cause or an effect of
excessive internet and smartphone
use has yet to be determined.
People who spend huge amounts
of time on their phones have a
“brain chemistry” that makes them
more likely to be depressed, anxious, impulsive and sleepless, a new
study finds.
That’s be caus e they h ave
more of a chemical called GABA,
which slows down brain signals,
and less glutamate-glutamine,
which causes neurons to become
electrically excited.
“The good news is that the
chemical imbalance in addicted people significantly
decreased or normalised
after cognitive behavioral therapy. This may
contribute to our understanding of treatment for
addictions,” said Professor
Hyung Suk Seo, at Korea University in Seoul.
The findings were presented at
the annual meeting of the Radiological Society of North America.
The study involved 19 young
people diagnosed with
internet or smartphone addiction and
19 healthy controls.
Twelve of the addicted youths received
nine weeks of cognitive behavioural therapy – which attempts
to manage problems by
changing the way you think
and behave – and noticed a significant improvement in that time.
EMPLOYMENT
Festive encounter could be a rash decision
By Paul Gallagher
HEALTH CORRESPONDENT
One in five people have had a sexual
encounter with a colleague at a work
Christmas party, a survey suggests.
Men are 30 per cent more likely
than women to have had a sexual
encounter at a festive gathering,
and 40 per cent more likely to have
caught a sexually transmitted
infection (STI) from a co-worker.
One in 10 men admitted that they had
picked up an STI from a colleague, or
knew someone who had.
People aged 18 to 24 were nearly six
times more likely than 45- to 54-yearolds to have caught an STI from a
colleague, yet the poll also found that
those aged 55 to 65 were most likely
to have hooked up with a co-worker.
The study of 2,000 office workers
was conducted for the health
website Patient.info.
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CULTURE
‘Girls’ author is sued by ex-boyfriend
after accusations of plagiarism
Oldest Latin
Bible returning
to Britain
By Sherna Noah
By Andrew Dalton
The former boyfriend of author
Emma Cline has accused her of
plagiarising parts of her best-selling
novel The Girls from him.
Chaz Reetz-Laiolo said in a lawsuit
filed in San Francisco that Cline used
spyware to access his email and other
accounts to gather material.
Cline issued a countersuit in which
she described the allegations as
the“ludicrous” acts of a man who is
jealous of his ex’s success and are part
of a two-year assault on her mental
health and literary reputation.
In documents presented to the
court, Cline said that the alleged plagiarism amounts to a few stray phrases and passages that stemmed from
the couple’s shared lives, conversations and reading of each other’s
work when they were both aspiring
writers who were romantically involved, starting in 2009.
Reetz-Laiolo also names Penguin
Random House in the legal papers,
saying the publishing house knowingly released plagiarised content
when it published The Girls.
The debut novel, released in June
2016, tells the story of a 14-year-old
girl who becomes involved in a dark
1960s cult that closely resembles the
Manson Family. It received glowing
reviews and was on The New York
Times’ best-seller list for 12 weeks.
Random House reportedly paid a
seven-figure sum for TheGirls and two
A giant Bible is returning to
Britain after more than 1,300
years to go on display in an
exhibition on treasures of the
Anglo-Saxon world.
Codex Amiatinus was made
in a monastery in WearmouthJarrow in Northumbria, in
the early eighth century. It is
1ft thick. The “extraordinary
object” was described by the
British Library’s Roly Keating
as “one of the great acts of
creative book production of the
entire millennium”.
It is the earliest complete
surviving manuscript of a Bible
in Latin. It was gifted to the
Pope in the year 716 and has
been in Italy since then.
Emma Cline, writer of US best-seller
‘The Girls’, said she used the spyware
to look for evidence of infidelity
other planned books. Cline’s Manson
novel was so keenly anticipated that
producer Scott Rudin acquired film
rights before it was published.
In a statement, Random House
said that it “stands by” Cline and her
book. “We firmly believe that there is
no basis to the plagiarism claims,” the
publisher said.
Reetz-Laiolo alleges that Cline
sold him her computer with spyware
installed, which she used to access
his email and other private accounts,
stealing from drafts of screenplays he
was writing for scenes and language.
Cline acknowledged that she used
the spyware but said it was to look
into Reetz-Laiolo’s alleged infidelity
during their relationship.
She said she is attempting to “put
a stop to an escalating campaign by
her abusive ex-boyfriend to extract
millions of dollars by intimidation
and threat, all under the auspices of
frivolous claims of copyright infringement.” AP
HEALTH
NHS radiology
services ‘are
under review’
SYRIA
British anti-IS fighter dies while clearing mines in Raqqa
By Ryan Hooper
A British man who travelled to Syria
to fight against Isis has been killed
while clearing mines in the recently
liberated city of Raqqa.
The man, named as 24-year-old Oliver Hall from the Portsmouth area,
had only been in the war-torn country
for about four months when he died.
Mr Hall was said to have been
working with the Kurdish People’s
Protection Units (YPG) clearing
mines from Raqqa, which had been
under the so-called caliphate’s control for three-and-a-half years, when
he was caught in an explosion and fatally injured.
His family has been informed.
A statement from Mark Campbell,
of the Kurdish Solidarity Campaign,
said: “It is with deep regret and
sorrow that I can confirm via Kurdish sources in Syria that Ollie Hall,
a UK national who travelled to Syria
in August to help in the liberation of
the Isis city of Raqqa with the Syrian Democratic Forces (SDF), fell
on 25 November from an explosion
of ordnance left by Daesh . Our deepest sympathies are with his family
and friends.”
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Oliver Hall, 24, went to fight against
Isis ‘knowing all the risks’ YPG/PA
In a video published alongside a
tribute to “martyr” Mr Hall on the
YPG Facebook page, he said: “I came
here of my own free will knowing
all the risks and consequences that
can follow. Whilst being here I’ve
received all the language training,
political, history and background to
everything. Greetings to all my family
and friends if unfortunately you are
reading this.”
The YPG tribute said: “Hundreds
of mines and traps have been placed
inside almost every building. Fighters
show a great effort and abnegation to
ensure the inhabitants return safely.”
By Ella Pickover
A national review into radiology services in the NHS has been
launched after it emerged patients came to “significant harm”
at a hospital where junior doctors
were left to interpret chest X-rays,
including those for suspected
cases of cancer.
The Care Quality Commission said it is reviewing radiology
across England after it found that
more than 20,000 X-rays had not
been reviewed by a radiologist or
an appropriately trained clinician
at Queen Alexandra Hospital in
Portsmouth. All NHS bodies have
been ordered to provide details on
their routine reporting of images.
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HEALTH
NHS to stop paracetamol on
prescription for some patients
By Ella Pickover and
Helen Chandler-Wilde
Patients may no longer be able to
get paracetamol on prescription for
some ailments under plans to ration
NHS prescriptions which are readily
available “over the counter”.
Items such as cough mixture and
cold treatments, eye drops, laxatives and sun cream lotions
may also be cut.
NHS England plans to
consult in the new year
on restricting prescriptions for a number of
mild ailments.
The announcement
comes as the health service’s board voted to cut a
number of other items from its “prescription list” in England.
Homeopathy and herbal remedies
will no longer be provided, in a move
that is intended to save the NHS millions each year.
Other supplements and pain killers have also been axed after the
board approved part of its review on
“wasteful” prescriptions.
The initial review examined 18
Cut What’s off the list
Items cut from the prescription
list include homeopathic remedies,
which were costing NHS England
around £92,412 each year.
Herbal treatments – costing
£100,009 per annum – are also going,
along with omega-3 fatty acid
compounds (fish oil) which
costs £6,317,927 each year.
The painkiller co-proxamol, which has had its
marketing authorisation
withdrawn due to safety
concerns, costs more than
£9m annually.
Glucosamine and chondroitin – prescribed for patients
with osteoarthritis – are going, as
are vitamin A, C, E and zinc – which
previously cost £1,500,000 a year.
“ineffective, over-priced and low-value treatments”.
Officials agreed that 13 items
should no longer be routinely prescribed, while five should only be provided in appropriate circumstances.
Officials also announced plans to
consult on medicines for various ailments which can currently be prescribed by GPs, but are available in
pharmacies, supermarkets, corner
shops and other retailers.
These include treatments for: cold
sores, coughs and colds, haemorrhoids, infant colic, dandruff, diarrhoea, headaches and back pain.
Treatments for mouth ulcers, nappy
rash, ringworm, head lice, mild toothache, travel sickness, and warts and
verrucae could also be restricted.
NHS England chief executive
Simon Stevens said: “The NHS is one
of the most efficient health services
in the world but we’re determined to
make taxpayers’ money go further.
“It’s right that we look at reducing prescriptions for medicines that
patients can buy for a fraction of the
price the NHS pays.”
But commenting on the new consultation, Don Redding, director of
policy at National Voices, a coalition of 160 health and care charities,
said: “If taken forward, these plans
could mean that some treatments
are only available to those who can
afford them.”
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believe it?
If you go down to the woods today, you
are in for an illuminating experience.
Westonbirt, the National Arboretum,
has launched its festive Enchanted
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CRIME
‘Cold Moon’
set to light up
the night sky
Honeymooner whose wife went
missing at sea admits coin theft
By Nilima Marshall
By David Connett
Skygazers will, clouds permitting, see a bigger and brighter
Moon this weekend as it moves
closer to Earth.
December’s full moon – traditionally known as the Cold Moon
– will appear 14 per cent larger and
30 per cent brighter than usual
on Sunday.
Tom Kerss, an astronomer at
Royal Observatory Greenwich,
said the exact moment of full
moon – when the Moon sits opposite the Sun in the sky – will be
3:47pm on Sunday, with moonrise
about 45 minutes later.
He added: “This year’s Cold
Moon is closer to us than the average full moon this year; close
enough to qualify as a supermoon, according to the widely
accepted definition.
“The Moon will reach its highest point above the horizon at
midnight local time. This is when,
weather permitting, it will appear
at its clearest and brightest.”
The Moon has a slightly elliptical orbit – it does not move round
the Earth in a perfect circle.
A Briton whose wife vanished as
the newlyweds sailed off the Cuban
coast yesterday admitted he was
smuggling stolen coins when he was
rescued alone.
Lewis Bennett (inset), 40, pleaded
guilty to transporting stolen coins
valued at $5,000 (£3,700). He faces
up to 10 years in jail when he appears
before a US judge in February 2018.
Rescuers discovered a batch of
coins on board the raft upon which
Bennett was found adrift. They were
allegedly from a batch worth up to
$100,000 he had previously reported stolen from an employer.
The charge was brought by the
FBI, which says it is continuing to investigate the disappearance of Isabella
Hellmann, the mother of
Bennett’s baby.
Rescuers found Bennett, a British-Australian dual citizen, alone in
his life raft in May after
he made an SOS call to say
Ms Hellmann, 41, was missing
and his 37ft catamaran was taking
on water.
Detectives said they found a stash
of silver coins in the raft before uncovering gold coins at the couple’s
Florida home.
Bennett claimed that he
and his wife were sailing on a delayed honeymoon trip when he
awoke to find his catamaran had been struck
and was sinking, and
his wife had vanished.
Neither the FBI nor the
coastguard has said whether
they suspect foul play in the disappearance of Ms Hellmann.
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By Paul Gallagher
HEALTH CORRESPONDENT
Type 1 diabetes is not predominantly a “disease of childhood” as
previously believed but is similarly
prevalent in adults, many of whom
are being misdiagnosed, according
to research by the University of Exeter Medical School.
More than 40 per cent of type 1
diabetes cases occur after the age
of 30. However, many of those with
type 1 diabetes at that stage in life
are thought to have type 2 diabetes
at first and not initially treated with
insulin to control blood sugar levels.
Research by the University of Exeter found it took a year for those
with type 1 diabetes who had been
misdiagnosed with type 2 to be put
on insulin. Distinguishing between
types is important to determine the
treatment needed.
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COMMENT FROM HOME & ABROAD
TRUMP’S
TWEETS
BRITAIN’S
BREXIT BILL
THE IRISH
BORDER
ROYAL
WEDDING
BITCOIN
BUBBLE?
‘A CHRISTMAS
CAROL’
President is
espousing
gutter politics
We don’t walk
away from
our debts
Jingoistic talk
is threatening
relations
Marriage is
increasingly
for the rich
It’s hard to
ignore links to
tax evasion
Ifans steals
the show
as Scrooge
The Times
The Sun
TheGuardian
Spectator
Financial Times
The Arts Desk
Mr Trump’s retweets
fit into a skewed
vision of a country
of no-go zones and
a society where
multiculturalism has
broken down. It is time
for him to come to
Britain, switch off his
phone and talk to the
locals. The visit should
be designed as a factfinding mission.
(Editorial)
The money in dispute
is not a divorce bill.
What we are arguing
about is how quickly
we can taper away
our existing financial
obligations. Britain is
not the kind of country
that walks away from
its debts. The saving
when compared to
what we would be
liable for if we stayed
is far greater.
(Daniel Hannan)
Some form of EU
customs union will
need to be in place for
Ireland to maintain its
current cross-border
freedoms. The Tories
must stop pretending
otherwise, and must
end the English
nationalist, jingoistic
and xenophobic
statements about our
Irish partners.
(Manuel Cortes)
There was no marriage
gap between rich and
poor a few generations
ago, but one has been
opening up. To those
who think marriage is
a quaint irrelevance,
such figures don’t
matter. But if you think
marriage is the most
powerful sponsor of
health, wealth and
education, then it
is alarming.
(Ed West)
Bitcoin may be a
libertarian dream, but
it is a real headache
for anyone who
views public policy
as a necessary
complement to market
economies. It is still
too often used for
tax evasion or
money laundering.
(Jean Tirole)
For all the excellent
ensemble work, this
is Rhys Ifans’ show.
He plays Scrooge as a
spikey Struwwelpeter;
at one point his
crescent of hair is
backlit in dramatic
silhouette and he
resembles a shark.
His Welsh accent has
been replaced by an
almost Peter Capaldilike oratory.
(Saskia Baron)
Daily Mirror
IrishTimes
With Trump confirmed
as a threat to our
country’s security,
his state visit must
immediately be
cancelled. He has
encouraged fanatics
in the far-right faction
Britain First and, in
doing so, sunk from the
gutter to the sewer.
(Editorial)
The Daily Telegraph
My firm advocacy
of Brexit does not
preclude me from
recognising the
political expediency
of paying this bill.
After all, it is standard
business practice to
buy yourself out of
any contract.
(Michael Fabricant)
Quote of
the day
Few things challenge
a modern state quite
like peaceful petitbourgeois rebellion.
There is no way
to crack down on
it without making
matters infinitely
worse, as Madrid
has just demonstrated
in Catalonia.
(Newton Emerson)
Daily Mail
The danger is that
Meghan Markle has
embarked on a mission,
and will use her
new role to promote
Brand Markle, whose
interests are unlikely
to coincide with
those of the cautious
Brand Windsor.
(Stephen Glover)
Economic Times
Given bitcoin’s
chequered history as
the means to purchase
illicit material, it
is no surprise that
regulators around
the world have cast
a watchful eye. As
such, the spectre of a
complete crackdown
on cryptocurrencies
remains an everpresent risk.
(Luke Kawa)
Time Out London
The Old Vic’s take on A
Christmas Carol works
so hard to win your
affection that I suspect
director Matthew
Warchus would wait
outside and hand you a
puppy afterwards if he
thought it would help
you have a good night.
(Andrzej Lukowski)
LifeInBrief
RUTH BONDY HOLOCAUST SURVIVOR AND JOURNALIST
Theresa May
has spent her
career fighting
terrorism. Doing
so requires
a bit more
sophistication
than retweeting
fascists
Nick Timothy
The Prime Minister’s
former adviser
condemns President
Trump’s tweeting
Ruth Bondy was a Holocaust survivor
who distinguished herself as a
translator, journalist and biographer,
introducing Czech humour and
literature to Israel. She was born Ruth
Bondyova to a Jewish family in Prague
in 1923, and the city remained a place
she loved throughout her life.
She started her career in journalism
there, working for the UP news agency
as an English-Czech translator. But
her career and whole way of life were
abruptly cut short by the Nazi invasion
of Czechoslovakia and the outbreak of
the Second World War.
In 1942 she was deported to the
ghetto of Theresienstadt, the holding
camp in the fortress town of Terezín
for tens of thousands of Jews waiting
to be transported to Auschwitz and
Treblinka. Thousands died from
malnutrition and disease there.
She later wrote: “I would like
the Theresienstadt ghetto to be
remembered as it was: a place of
spiritual elevation but also toughening,
of mutual help but also of ignoring the
other’s pain. A kaleidoscope of people...
most of whom managed to maintain
their humanity, were not cruel to each
other, and hoped to survive.”
In 1943, Bondy was deported to
Auschwitz. She survived, but most of
her family was murdered. “Four of us
survived,” she wrote, “Grandma, my
cousin, my sister Ditta, and I. Twentyfive have perished. Statistically, we
were a lucky family”.
Bondy was moved to the BergenBelsen camp towards the end of the
war, until it was liberated by British
troops in April 1945.
In 1948, she immigrated to Israel and
was immediately absorbed into the new
thriving journalistic and literary scene.
She worked for Davar, the newspaper
closely affiliated with the ruling Labour
Party. She wrote several biographies,
and was also a part of one of Israel’s
first and most popular radio panel
satire shows, Three In A Boat. She was
also a keen cook. The title of her cookery
book, The Taste of Life, was poignant in
light of her personal history.
But her most memorable
contribution to Hebrew-speaking
culture were her translations from
Czech into Hebrew. Most book-loving
Israelis cannot imagine their lives
without her translations of Czech
literary icons such as Karel Čapek,
Milan Kundera, Václav Havel, Ferenc
Molnár, Jaroslav Hašek and others.
Bondy was outspoken in her
opposition to the Israeli tradition
of sending pupils on school trips in
concentration camp sites, journeys
which often take a nationalistic slant.
“Stop taking children to places where
Jews died,” she once wrote. “Take them
to where they lived.”
Bondy was married to journalist
Rafael Bashan (1930-2001), whom she
divorced in 1981, and had a daughter,
the journalist Tal Bashan. Bondy kept
translating, writing, cooking and
tending her plants until her last days.
She is survived by her daughter, two
grandchildren and three generations
of Israelis who came to love Czech
literature thanks to her legacy of
40 translations.
Daphna Baram
Born 19 June 1923
Died 14 November 2017
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A new spirit of openness has boosted Theresa May
The Conservatives
should do themselves
a favour and focus on
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his Tuesday, Theresa
May’s new chief of
staff Gavin Barwell
hosted Conservative
backbenchers at
Downing Street to
lay out the scale of the party’s
challenge. Barwell was sporting
a large bruise, having slipped in
the shower and hit his head. It was
almost the perfect metaphor for
the party since he moved into his
new office: battered, injured, but
somehow surviving.
Barwell’s appointment, which
happened in the days immediately
after the loss of the Tory
parliamentary majority, is a rare
thing: an astute political move
by the Prime Minister. Barwell,
who lost his Croydon Central
seat thanks to May’s maladroit
election campaign, is well-liked
by his former colleagues in the
parliamentary party, and the
appointment also signalled that the
Prime Minister cared about the fate
of those Conservatives who were
left jobless thanks to her.
As well as steadying the
ship politically, Barwell (inset)
has transformed the mood in
Downing Street. As well as being
shellshocked at defeat, both the
machinery of the Government
and the Conservative Party were
demoralised by the tenure of his
predecessors as chief of staff,
Fiona Hill and Nick Timothy. Civil
servants no longer dread coming
into work at No 10 and ministers no
longer want to avoid visiting it. In a
measure of the new openness, for
several MPs the briefings were their
first trip to Downing Street since
David Cameron left.
The bad news for the Tories is
that, as far as the content of the
briefing goes, he might as well
never have been their leader at
As well as
steadying the
ship politically,
Barwell has
transformed
the mood in
Downing Street
all. The party is right back in its
pre-Cameron rut: voters see it as
the political equivalent of the Tin
Man from The Wizard of Oz – a brain
but no heart. That problem never
went away even under Cameron,
but they did at least erode it enough
to make inroads into groups that
had voted Labour throughout the
90s and 2000s: the socially liberal,
the non-white, and thirtysomethings. Now all those
groups are firmly back in
the Labour camp.
On the bright side,
the Conservatives
have been in this hole
before so they know
the way out. The world
has changed a bit since
2015, but not so much that
at least some of the old Cameron
approach wouldn’t do the party
some good, particularly if they can
solve Britain’s housing crisis, which
Cameron actively exacerbated.
The Government might, at last,
be in a position to get back on the
front foot. As far as the Brexit
talks go, the Government has
broken the deadlock – albeit by
doing, after six months of fruitless
tantrums, what Remainers and
thoughtful Leavers were urging
them to do from the get-go; cave
in on effectively every issue. That
means they have a choice. They can
spend the next six months having
more fruitless tantrums about our
trading relationship before caving
in on effectively every issue once
again. Or they can use the breathing
space to focus on issues other than
Brexit where they might do
some good and win some
actual votes – something
the Tory party used
to be good at, but now
increasingly seems to
regard as gauche.
The good news is
that Philip Hammond’s
Budget went off without
a crisis, and has now got
past the point were a bad Budget
traditionally unravelled. But the
whole affair was rather like a
football team that has been beaten
6-0 two weeks in a row playing
out a goalless draw: it’s definitely
progress, but it certainly isn’t
victory. (As one Conservative MP
cheerfully noted, its main giveaway,
a cut in stamp duty, is popular,
but costs so much per new person
on the housing ladder it would be
cheaper for the Government to just
build a home for every first-time
buyer and give it to them for free.
It also aggravates the problem
overall.)
And while the polls, for all the
worth those may have, point to a
deadlock, it is the Conservatives
who have to defy history if they are
to stay in power – they would have
to outperform every political party
seeking a fourth term in British
political history if they are to even
hold onto their fragile coalition
with the DUP, let alone regain their
parliamentary majority.
Since he arrived in a Downing
Street demoralised by bullying
and political failure, Barwell has
proved that he is a master at
the art of healing wounds and
burying hatchets – though not,
as his predecessors did, in the
backs of his enemies. The open
question is whether or not May’s
administration can discover an
instinct for something beyond
mere survival.
Stephen Bush is special correspondent at the New Statesman
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Trump is in a
class of his own
Is it not astonishing
that, within just over 24
hours, a US President
conspicuously failed
to congratulate one
of his citizens on her
engagement to a member
of the Royal Family
but publicly endorsed
the views of a far-right
British faction?
ROBIN WENDT
CHESTER
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TEXTS, TWEETS
AND EMAILS
Has there ever been a
world leader with so
little class and so much
arrogance as Donald
Trump? The next time a
non-Muslim American
decides to take out
his automatic assault
weapon and murder
innocent women and
children, perhaps our
Prime Minister should
tweet: “We’re doing fine.”
TOM SUTTON
FRAMPTON,
LINCOLNSHIRE
Farmers’ woes
are self-inflicted
The farming community
is deeply concerned
about the impacts of
Brexit. And yet, if reports
are to be believed, almost
two-thirds of them voted
to leave the European
Union. They got what
they wanted, and now
they are finding out that
what they got is not what
they wanted.
Rural communities
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May displays a
lack of clarity
Is it just me, or has
anyone else noticed
how our Prime Minister
simply has to include the
phrase “Let me be clear”
or “I am very clear” or
“My government is very
clear” in her statements
about negotiations with
the EU? It makes you
think doesn’t it? Perhaps
Mrs May isn’t that clear
after all.
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find themselves in a
dilemma which is almost
entirely self-inflicted,
despite the warnings
they were given by the
National Farmers’ Union.
The fundamental
problem farmers face
going forward is this:
when it comes to voting
in UK national elections,
they don’t count.
Farmers account for
fewer than 1 per cent of
voters and these votes
are dissipated across the
country. Their votes have
almost no influence on
our general elections.
Yet farmers are hugely
dependent on the £3.5bn
in annual EU subsidies,
which currently provide
almost 55 per cent of
their incomes.
How long after Brexit
will it be before the
Government decides that
there are a lot more votes
in giving this money
to the NHS or urban
regeneration projects
than to farmers?
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something, then.
RICHARD HEATH
KINGSTON, SURREY
Kelner’s right
royal mistake
Simon Kelner is
mistaken (Voices,
30 November). It was
perfectly possible 12
years ago for people
who had been divorced
to marry in church.
The difficulty for the
Careful what you
wish for: farmers
are realising
Brexit may not
be such a great
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Prince of Wales and
Camilla, Duchess of
Cornwall, was the public
understanding, whether
true or not, that their
affair caused the failures
of both of their first
marriages. Hence,
a blessing was the
only option.
SUE HUYTON
WREXHAM
Britain’s public
inconveniences
While public toilets
across London, and
doubtless eventually
most of the UK, are being
revamped for genderneutral use, can I suggest
that the opportunity
is also taken to make
them all open outwards,
without users having to
touch awkward bolts and
dodgy handles?
Attempts to maintain
hygiene using toilet
tissues, a little finger,
elbows or long sleeves
pulled down could be
made a thing of the past.
I frequently read the
directions to “now wash
your hands” – only to
watch individuals exit
without washing and
pulling doors inwards
using the handle that I
will have to grasp only
seconds later.
DEREK OSBORN
A tall story to
tell at a bar
Further to your recent
correspondence about
bar staff and how they
ply their trade, I can
confirm that the best way
to be served quickly is by
being tall.
PETER WOLSTENCROFT
LANCASHIRE
Mark Mugabe’s
departure day
You report that
Zimbabwe has decided
that Robert Mugabe’s
birthday will be
celebrated as a national
holiday (i, 28 November).
I think it would be
preferable to celebrate
21 November – the day
that he resigned.
DOUG MEREDITH
MANCHESTER
EU officials only
after the money
How dare Michel Barnier
accuse us of deserting
Europe. We, as a nation,
have done so much
over the decades to
assist Europe.
Barnier makes no
mention of the UK’s hour
of need when this small
island asked to be able
to regulate immigration.
Had they bent just a little,
we would not now be
leaving Europe.
EU officials are only
interested in the UK’s
investment to Europe
in order to protect their
own inflated salaries
and pensions.
DAVID FARMER
i was wrong
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error, the picture we
used of Meghan Markle
on p23 of yesterday's
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captioned. The picture
was taken last year, and
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Prince Harry and Meghan
Markle’s engagement may
have pushed you to saturation
point when it comes to all
things Royal, but it is my duty
to remind you that the new
series of The Crown begins
next Friday.
Even the cast was
concerned that when the
first episodes arrived on
Netflix, the story of the Royal
Family and their wealth could
have rubbed viewers up the
wrong way.
“None of us knew if people
would take these characters,
who are incredibly posh and
privileged, to their hearts,”
says Claire Foy, who plays
the Queen. “There was a huge
risk involved.”
However, it paid off as the
Netflix drama has been
hugely popular.
Foy has become a huge
star in her own right,
leaving the series to try
her luck in Hollywood
– she’ll be replaced by
Olivia Colman who
is to play the Queen,
from the mid-1960s.
You may like Beyoncé
and you may like Ed
Sheeran – that doesn’t
necessarily mean
that the two should
ever be mixed.
Yet the pair
confirmed a
collaboration
yesterday: a remix
of Sheeran’s album
track “Perfect”.
It doesn’t take much
commercial nous
to presume that the
track – complete with
its snowflake-adorned
cover artwork and
winter-themed video – is
a bid for the Christmas
No1. All other hopefuls
should just bow out now.
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facing a
Royal
overload?
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Dumping Spacey was right
Director Ridley Scott has finally
opened up about his decision
to scrap Kevin Spacey and
reshoot scenes for his new film
All the Money in the World with
Christopher Plummer.
He admitted he hadn’t spoken
to Spacey since
hearing the multiple
allegations of sexual
harassment levelled at
the actor – but felt very
strongly he had made the
right decision.
“I sat and thought about it and
realised, we cannot,”Scott
(inset) told Entertainment
Weekly. “You can’t tolerate
any kind of behaviour like
that. And it will affect the
film. We cannot let one
person’s actions affect the
good work of all these other
people. It’s that simple.”
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KELNER’S VIEW
Simon
Kelner
R
arely can we as a people
have felt more isolated. This
island nation really does
feel like an island today,
engaged in bitter and recriminatory
divorce proceedings with Europe,
and in the midst of a diplomatic row
with America. Everywhere we turn,
we see discord, uncertainty and
potential disaster, and, whichever
side of the Brexit debate you fall on,
and whatever you think of Donald
Trump, there is no escaping the
serious jeopardy faced by the United
Kingdom at this moment.
So thank heavens we have such
dynamic, visionary and responsible
political leadership to deliver us
through these difficult days. Oh yes.
Pardon my unworthy cynicism, but
I cannot remember a time when our
political establishment has been so
unfitting to the challenges that we
face as a nation. Everywhere is peril,
and yet we have a Government riven
by discord and personal ambition,
led by an enfeebled Prime Minister,
and an ineffective opposition stuck
in an ideological time-warp.
There is only one answer. A
Government of National Unity is
defined as “a broad coalition
government consisting
of all major parties in
the legislature, usually
formed during a
time of war or other
national emergency”.
What could be
more suited to the
current economic and
geopolitical climate?
A government which
manifestly puts the future of
the nation ahead of its own secular
party interests.
Even the most robust Brexiteers
must be wondering whether taking
control of our destiny was such a
good idea after all, largely because
the people taking control do not
appear to be up to the challenge.
It may be that the job itself is
impossible, but the impression
given by exchanges across the
despatch box and in the media is
that we have a group of politicians
intent on fighting their own battles
rather than preparing us for the
troubles ahead.
Nothing is as important for
Britain as Brexit. Forget about
the fall-out from the Twitter spat
with the White House. That special
relationship will surely survive this
bout of madness. Very few of us will
be unaffected by our retreat from
the EU, and I don’t say this only as
someone who voted Remain. Who
knows? Maybe our economic future
will indeed be golden outside the
EU, but that will require
the leadership we don’t
appear to have.
By any measure,
this is a national
emergency. The pound
has taken a battering,
the NHS is in crisis
(40,000 vacancies and
soon unable to plug the
gaps with Europeans),
and many business owners
are so fearful for the future that
they are pulling investment. So what
is wrong with Tories and Labour
pooling resources and putting
the country first? They all voted
together on invoking Article 50, and,
on the subject of Brexit, many across
the political divide are in agreement.
Of course, a grand coalition will
not happen, but it would be wrong
to dismiss it simply because it
would get mired in the practical
considerations of who gets what job.
We’ve had a Government of National
Unity before, notably in times of war.
The threat may be very different
this time, but the response needs
to be equally resolute. Where is the
Winston Churchill of our era?
SOCIAL MEDIA
place within the United Kingdom.
We are doing just fine!”
It’s hardly the first time Trump
has used Twitter to say or endorse
something terrible. But when
someone communicates as
prolifically and inanely as he does,
the medium becomes as important
as the message.
The fact that he is a talented
tweeter with more than 43.6 million
followers should tell us all something
about the essential nature of this
social media platform.
Twitter is shallow, self-promoting,
status-obsessed, full of rage and it
rewards these traits in its users.
Lots of good people use Twitter
with noble intentions, and yet this
conclusion remains inescapable.
It would be so even if Trump’s
unimpeded tweeting didn’t daily
make a mockery of the platform’s
“hateful conduct policy”.
It has become nigh on impossible
to participate in the world without
social media, however miserable it
makes us. Even a few hours offline
risks digital disenfranchisement,
while swearing off social media for
longer is as drastic a lifestyle change
as going vegan or moving to the
Outer Hebrides. We low-key social
media sceptics are the temperance
leagues of 21st-century society.
And so we stay online, observing
without posting and retweeting
instead of tweeting. That felt like a
workable compromise until Trump
showed that disseminating someone
else’s stupidity can be just as reckless
as coming up with your own.
Ellen E
Jones
Trump is vile
– yet still we
follow him
A
nother day, another online
outburst from Donald
Trump. It’s hardly news
any more, is it? And yet
we must keep a weary eye on the
White House because, as the adage
goes, when the US sneezes, the
world catches a cold. On Wednesday,
the President retweeted three
inflammatory and unverified antiMuslim videos posted by Jayda
Fransen, the deputy leader of homegrown hate-mongers Britain First.
“Britain first” is the phrase
Thomas Mair was heard repeatedly
shouting before he attacked and
murdered the Labour MP Jo Cox
in 2016. After a mild rebuke from
Downing Street, our thin-skinned
supposed ally doubled down with
an openly contemptuous tweet
addressed directly to the PM.
“Theresa May, don’t focus on me,”
he wrote, “focus on the destructive
radical Islamic terrorism taking
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PEOPLE
Henry’s six wives reborn as girl band
Dame Angela
‘devastated’
over criticism
By Robert Dex
Their lives have inspired novels,
films and TV shows. Now the six
wives of Henry VIII are being resurrected once again — as a girl group
in a West End musical.
The writers of the show, Six, have
transformed the Tudor king’s first
wife, Catherine of Aragon, into “a
Beyoncé-style character”, while his
second, Anne Boleyn, is described
as “more like Lily Allen”. Song titles
include “Don’t Lose Ur Head” and
“Ex Wives”.
Lucy Moss and Toby Marlow, who
wrote the musical while studying
at Cambridge, deliberately did not
create a Henry role. Moss said: “For
hundreds of years, these women’s
history has been so dictated to by
their relationship to this one man,
and we wanted to get away from that.
“We can address misconceptions.
Anne of Cleves is written off as the
ugly one – the Flanders mare – but
she was married to him for less than
a year and outlived the rest of his
wives, spending the rest of her life in
this splendid palace, so we are showing her as the sassy diva.”
Henry divorced his first wife,
Catherine of Aragon, to marry Anne
Boleyn, who was then beheaded for
treason. He went on to marry Jane
By Sherna Noah
The wives: Renee Lamb, Christina Modestou, Natalie Paris, Genesis Lynea, Aimie Atkinson and Izuka Hoyle DAN WOOLLER
Seymour, who died; Anne of Cleves,
whom he also divorced; Catherine
Howard, who was beheaded; and
Catherine Parr, who outlived him.
Antonia Fraser’s bestselling biography, The Six Wives Of Henry VIII,
was a major influence on the musical, which casts the women as singers in a pop concert.
Six was snapped up by production company Global Musicals and
producer Kenny Wax after a run
at the Edinburgh Fringe last year.
The rewritten version, with a new
cast, opens at the Arts Theatre in
London for one performance on
18 December before more shows
in January.
Dame Angela Lansbury has said she
is “devastated” by the way her comments on women taking the blame for
sexual harassment were interpreted.
The Murder, She Wrote star, 92,
raised eyebrows with an interview
in Radio Times, in the wake
of allegations made
against Harvey
Weinstein and others in Hollywood
when she ap peared to suggest
women might be
partly to blame.
Now the Britishborn star (inset) has
issued a statement saying she is “troubled” by how
quickly her quotes were “taken out of
context”, with blame attached to “my
generation, my age, or my mindset”.
Dame Angela said: “There is no
excuse whatsoever for men to harass women in an abusive sexual
manner. And I am devastated that
anyone should deem me capable of
thinking otherwise.
“I am a strong supporter of women’s rights.”
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LEISURE
Visit Blackpool and enjoy Britain’s best park
Appreciation
By Dean Kirby
NORTHERN CORRESPONDENT
One of the hidden gems of Blackpool
– the seaside resort’s Stanley Park –
has been named the best in the UK.
The attraction, designed by the
celebrated landscape architect
Thomas Mawson, was opened in
1926 and covers an area of about 260
acres (104 hectares). Often missed
by tourists as they flock instead to
Blackpool Tower and the Golden
Mile, the park boasts an Italian
garden, a large boating lake and an
Art Deco-style café.
Stanley Park scooped first prize at
the Fields in Trust awards in London.
More than 15,000 votes were cast and
360 parks were nominated.
Helen Griffiths, the chief executive
of Fields in Trust, said: “The UK’s
best park award is open to any
green space, regardless of whether
or not it is protected in perpetuity
with Fields in Trust. The people of
Blackpool have sent a clear message
that they love their local park and
I hope that Blackpool Council will
recognise this by working with
us to safeguard Stanley Park as a
place for community sport, play and
recreation for ever.”
Ellen Smith, the chairman of the
Friends of Stanley Park, told i’s sister
paper, the Blackpool Gazette: “It’s one
of the jewels in Blackpool’s crown,
and I’m so proud that people have
voted it the best in the country.”
Tennis player Kimberley
Mpukusa won the Young
Champion Award. She is involved
in the BME Sport Cymru project,
inspiring women and young
people from ethnic minorities.
Art Deco artistry
embodied the
town’s aspirations
Hidden gem: the
bandstand and boating
lake at Stanley Park,
which opened in 1926
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The park was opened by the 17th
Earl of Derby on 2 October 1926, the
same day as the town’s new marine
promenade. The park was named
“Stanley Park” after the Earl’s
family name, and cost an estimated
£250,000 to build – equivalent to
about £13m today.
The Fields in Trust awards
showcase the UK’s best parks and
highlight the efforts of people whose
dedication ensures that open spaces
are enjoyed by the public. The final
shortlist included Craigavon City
Park in County Armagh, Roath Park
in Cardiff and Rouken Glen Park in
East Renfrewshire.
The Friends Group of the Year
mile or so from
Blackpool’s shabby
centre, Stanley Park
sits like a memorial
to the town’s former grandeur,
and an era when mill hands and
factory workers from Burnley,
Bolton and Glasgow would
descend in their thousands for
a fortnight’s holiday in what
was, to them, a fun-themed
alternative universe.
Unlike the raucous arcades
and screams of trippers at
the Pleasure Beach, Stanley
Park is a peaceful, Art Deco
masterpiece. It offered – and
still offers – amusement and
relaxation, from its bandstand,
bumper cars, boating lake,
crazy golf, tennis, bowling
and model village, to its
conservatories, gardens and
wooded walkways.
For me, the highlight is the
café, which sums up the resort’s
cheesiness and aspiration to
escape the humdrum. Accessed
from an Italianate garden, up
stairs guarded by lion statues,
you can eat a burger and chips
or take afternoon tea beneath
grand skylights and unique
Art Deco iron grilles depicting
sporting attractions.
award, recognising the contribution
of communities to their parks and
open spaces, was awarded to Friends
of Angel Meadow in Manchester. It
was formed in 2004 to campaign for
the park’s regeneration and since
then has transformed an abandoned,
unloved site into a green retreat.
The parks and green spaces
minister, Marcus Jones, said: “The
public support… for Stanley Park
and all the finalists highlights just
how much residents of Blackpool and
local communities more widely care
about their treasured green spaces.”
The fountain and flower beds at
Stanley Gardens in Blackpool
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UNITED STATES
Republican bill to
expand gun
owners’ rights
clears first hurdle
By Matthew Daly
IN WASHINGTON
A key committee in the US House of
Representatives has responded to a
spate of mass shootings by approving
a bill to expand gun owners’ rights
– the first legislation since attacks
in Las Vegas and Texas killed
more than 80 people.
The Judiciary Committee
backed rules that would
allow gun owners with a
state-issued “concealed
carry” permit to carry a
handgun in any state which
allows concealed weapons.
Republicans said the reciprocity
measure would allow gun owners to
travel freely between states without
worrying about conflicting state laws
or civil suits. The bill was approved
19-11 and now goes to the House floor.
Some Democrats said the bill
making it easier to carry concealed
weapons across state lines – a priority
of the National Rifle Association
(NRA)andotherlobby groups– would
endanger public safety by overriding
states with strict gun laws, forcing
them to comply with states that have
far looser weapons legislation.
Jamie Raskin, a Democrat from
Maryland, said: “The bill lowers
everybody’s standards to the lowest
in the union. It is the agenda of the
NRA, but it should not be the agenda
of Congress.”
Another Democrat, Steve Cohen
of Tennessee, said the bill would
override his state’s ban on people
under 21 obtaining concealed carry
permits. Other critics noted that
restrictions on drunken drivers
and convicted stalkers could
be overridden.
John Rutherford, a
Republican, claimed the
bill would increase public
safety by allowing more
law-abiding citizens to
carry guns, regardless of
where they lived or travelled.
The judiciary panel also approved
legislation to strengthen the FBI
database of prohibited gun buyers.
But John Feinblatt (inset) of
Everytown for Gun Safety, a group
that supports stricter gun laws,
said the bill would make the country
more dangerous.
Between 1968 and October
this year, there were
1,516,863 gun-related deaths on
US territory. That compares with
1,396,733 American deaths in wars
since the country was founded.
The man was
fined for painting
new road signs
to make his daily
commute easier
CHINA
Phoney road-sign painter has brush with law
By Charlie Wood
Chinese authorities have fined
a driver who decided to ease his
morning commute by painting
more convenient road signs.
He was caught on trafficsurveillance cameras making the
additions with a paintbrush, the
Modern Express reports
The 28-year-old man,
surnamed Cai, from the eastern
city of Lianyungang, in Jiangsu
Trump ‘plans to sack Tillerson and
make CIA chief Secretary of State’
IN WASHINGTON
Donald Trump is reportedly
preparing to sack his chief diplomat,
Rex Tillerson, and replace him with
the CIA director, Mike Pompeo.
Mr Tillerson, a former oil executive,
has had a rough first year as US
Secretary of State, characterised by
tensions with Mr Trump in several
my commute smoother.” Police
said the behaviour was “very
dangerous” and could have caused
a collision. Workers have since
been deployed to repaint the road.
This is not the first time
someone in China has used their
design skills to alter traffic rules.
In May, a driver in the eastern
province of Zhejiang was fined
after he was filmed drawing his
own parking space with chalk on
a road.
AWARDS
DIPLOMACY
By Jill Colvin
province, was fined 1,000
yuan (£112).
He was seen on 27 September
painting new white arrows on
the road to redirect traffic, and
told police it was the result of
frustrations over the long delays
on his daily bus journey to work.
“I saw the straight lane was
always packed with cars, while
the lane that turns left has a lot
of space,” he said. “I thought
changing the signs would make
areas of foreign policy. He has
also received overwhelmingly
negative publicity for his
planned overhaul of the
State Department.
His likely removal
loomed awkwardly over
an Oval Office meeting
yesterday between Mr
Trump and the visiting Crown
Prince of Bahrain. Asked by a reporter
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whetherhewantedMrTillerson(inset)
to stay on the job, Mr Trump did little
to dispel rumours of the Secretary of
State’s imminent departure, merely
pointing out that Tillerson was in
fact in the room for the meeting.
“He’s here. Rex is here,” the
President said.
A White House official
said it was unclear how
soon Mr Tillerson might
be replaced. Mr Pompeo,
a former congressman, is
said to have grown close to
Mr Trump during his tenure as
head of the intelligence agency. AP
Britain is ‘snubbing peace prize’
By Gwladys Fouche
IN OSLO
The anti-nuclear group which won
this year’s Nobel Peace Prize has
accused Britain, the US and France
of snubbing its disarmament work
by planning to send only secondrank diplomats to the awards
ceremony on 10 December.
“It’s some kind of protest against
the Nobel Peace Prize,” said Beatrice
Fihn, of the International Campaign
to Abolish Nuclear Weapons (Ican),
of a plan by the three nations to send
only deputy chiefs of mission.
“They like their nuclear weapons
very much and don’t like it when we
try to ban them,” she said, accusing
the three of wrongly opposing Ican’s
work “when North Korea and the
US are exchanging threats to use
nuclear weapons”.
The prize-giving in Oslo will be
attended by King Harald and Queen
Sonja of Norway. REUTERS
YEMEN CRISIS
HELP US PROVIDE URGENT MEDICAL AID
DECEMBER 2017
Claire Manera is
an MSF project
coordinator recently
returned from Yemen
“When I flew into Sana’a I was
shocked by how many buildings
were destroyed.
It’s heartbreaking to see a
country that’s already so poor
being blasted to smithereens.
A lot of schools, health facilities and government
buildings have been destroyed. Families have
nowhere to go, especially the poorest.
At night, I could hear the planes circling. It was
awful knowing they were out there, targeting
different areas and dropping bombs. I could hear the
airstrikes when they hit – sometimes it happened
very close to where we were living. Our Yemeni staff
were calling me through the night, saying: ‘There’s
been an airstrike here, we can see it from our house,
there are buildings on fire’. We knew that soon the
casualties would start arriving at our hospital.
Yemen, September 2017- Dr Mohammad Ahmed examines a child in the outpatient department of Abs hospital. Credit: Sonia Verma
We treated a lot of war-wounded patients in the
hospital, not only as a direct result of the fighting,
but also from accidental shootings. We treated
a lot of children who were injured, often by picking
up guns that they didn’t realise could harm them.
I saw so many children and teenagers with machine
guns, manning checkpoints. It was shocking to see.
In Yemen, those who are suffering most are the
people caught in the middle of the conflict.
Children, mothers and the elderly are the victims
of this long war and they’ve suffered for too long.
Yet, despite the horrendous conditions people are
living through, they do everything they can to keep
going. They refuse to be beaten.
What is happening in Yemen?
Yemen is in the midst of a civil war. Since March 2015,
a Saudi-led coalition has been fighting anti-government
Houthi forces, resulting in bombing, gun battles and
widespread destruction. Ordinary people are bearing
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our work in Yemen in order to remain independent of
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Approximately 14.8 million people currently have no
access to healthcare and more than three million
people have fled their homes. Severe water shortages
combined with airstrikes, sniper fire and a fuel
blockade have turned this conflict into a full-blown
humanitarian crisis. Many clinics and hospitals have
been destroyed and those that are still functioning are
in urgent need of more medical supplies.
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HONDURAS
ZIMBABWE
Election protests
as TV contender
disputes count
Protest singer
fears worst from
new regime
By Gabriel Stargardter
IN TEGUCIGALPA
Four days after voting in a presidential election, Honduras sank deeper
into crisis yesterday with no clear
winner in sight and the vote count
disputed by the US-friendly incumbent’s centrist rival, a television game
show host.
Both President Juan Orlando Hernandez and his TV star challenger,
Salvador Nasralla, claimed victory
after Sunday’s election, which first favoured the opposition candidate but
then swung towards the incumbent
after a hold-up in the count.
Protests were mounting yesterday along with international concern
over a growing political crisis in the
Central American nation battling
poverty, drug gangs and one of the
world’s highest murder rates.
TheUnitedStateshasurgedaquick
conclusion to the vote count in what
is one of Washington’s closest
military and ideological allies in the region.
The Organisation of
American States (OAS) appeared to have salvaged
the credibility of the election by eliciting signed
statements from both
candidates vowing to
respect the final result
once disputed votes had
been checked.
By Andrew Selsky
IN EUGENE, OREGON
But a few hours later, Mr Nasralla,
who initially held a five-point lead, rejected the OAS accord he had signed,
saying his opponents were trying
to rob him, and urged supporters
to take to the streets of the capital
Tegucigalpa to defend his triumph.
US State Department spokeswoman Heather Nauert urged the candidates to respect the official results
once they are available.
Later on Wednesday, police fired
tear gas to disperse Nasralla supporters gathered outside the election
tribunal where the vote was being
counted. Staff were evacuated from
the building. REUTERS
Screen host to statesman?
With a booming voice and finely
coiffed hair, Salvador Nasralla (below)
is one of Honduras’ best-known faces,
hosting a sports programme and a
television game show that features
scantily clad women. He is backed by
left-wing former president Manuel
Zelaya. The possible return
of Mr Zelaya risks fuelling
concern in Washington.
President Hernandez, on
the other hand, has won
praise in the US for helping
tackle a flow of migrants
to the north and
extraditing drug cartel
leaders to America.
Steinem makes comic protest
Feminist leader Gloria Steinem has
tried her hand at stand-up comedy,
taking the mic at a Manhattan club
in the spirit of “laughing our way
to the revolution”. She earned her
biggest laugh with a joke about
Melania Trump: “A reporter asked
me what I would say to Melania. I
said, ‘I have a guest room.”’
She joined female comics at the
fundraiser dubbed “Laughter is the
Best Resistance”. The recent sexual
misconduct allegations against
powerful men were a hot topic. AP
As Zimbabweans celebrated the
removal of dictator Robert Mugabe, they danced on the streets to
previously banned protest songs
by one of the country’s most famous musicians – a man jailed
by the former white rulers and
hounded by the black government
that succeeded them.
The musician, Thomas Mapfumo, watched the euphoria from exile
in the US, but
he’s not rejoicing – because
Mr Mugabe’s
party and his
cronies still run
the country.
“I think there’s
nothing to celebrate
about,” Mapfumo said
in the college town of Eugene, Oregon, where he has lived since leaving Zimbabwe in 2004. “It’s still
the old train that we’re riding but
they’ve got a different driver now.”
Zimbabweans are excited about
Mapfumo returning to perform
with his band, The Blacks Unlimited, for the first time since 2004.
“I thought we will never see him
play here again, but now I am very
hopeful he will return home for
a show of our lives,” said Shupai
Muchingami, a fan in Harare.
Mapfumo, who is known as the
Lion of Zimbabwe, says his manager is trying to arrange a gig in
the country. AP
BANGLADESH
Pope chooses words carefully in call for action on Rakhine refugee crisis
By Philip Pullella
IN DHAKA
Pope Francis yesterday called for
decisive measures to resolve the
crisis that caused mostly Muslim
refugees in Myanmar to flee
to Bangladesh.
However, just as on the first
leg of his trip, in Myanmar, he
did not use the word Rohingya
to describe the refugees, which
is contested by the Yangon
government and military.
In a speech before Bangladeshi
President Abdul Hamid and
diplomats hours after arriving
under heavy security in Dhaka,
the chaotic and dusty capital of
more than 14 million people, the
Pope instead spoke of “refugees
from Rakhine State”.
In his speech the pontiff, who
used the term Rohingya twice
this year in appeals from the
Vatican, praised impoverished
Bangladesh’s “spirit of generosity
and solidarity” in helping “a
massive influx of refugees from
Rakhine State”.
The exodus of some 625,000
Muslim Rohingya people from
Rakhine state to the southern tip
of Bangladesh was sparked
by a military crackdown
in response to Rohingya
militant attacks on an
army base and police
posts on 25 August.
Scores of Rohingya
villages were burnt to
the ground, and refugees
arriving in Bangladesh
told of killings and rapes.
“It is imperative that the
international community
address this grave crisis,
not only by working to
resolve the political
issues that have led to
the mass displacement
of people, but also
by offering material
assistance to Bangladesh,”
Pope Francis said. REUTERS
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Investigation into how war criminal got poison into court
How to play Place 1 – 9 once
in the grid, obeying the sums
between pairs of squares
By Stephanie van den Berg
THE HAGUE
A UN tribunal that witnessed the suicide of a Bosnian Croat war criminal
says it is working with Dutch investigators to piece together how the convict smuggled a fatal dose of poison
into the high-security building.
Slobodan Praljak, 72, died on
Wednesday at a hospital in The
Hague within hours of drinking a vial
of liquid during the reading of his ap-
peals judgment at the International
Criminal Tribunal for the Former Yugoslavia. Preliminary tests confirmed
that Praljak died from drinking poison, according to the public prosecutors office in The Hague. It said it was
not yet able to name the poison used.
The appeals court had just upheld
Praljak’s conviction on charges of
crimes against humanity over persecution, murders and expulsions of
Bosnian Muslims from territory captured by nationalist Bosnian Croats
Praljak drinking from a vial in court
on Wednesday ICTY VIA AP
and the brutal imprisonment of wartime detainees.
Praljak’s lawyer, Nina Pinter, said:
“It never occurred to me he could do
something like that.”
She described Praljak as “an honourable man who could not live with
the war crimes conviction and leave
that courtroom handcuffed”.
Two opposition Croatian MPs received death threats for refusing to
attend a minute’s silence in parliament yesterday for Praljak. REUTERS
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“H
ey Sal, are you
OK? So sorry.”
Sally Taylor was
standing in the
shadow of the
Statue of Liberty on a ferry that
had just pulled into Ellis Island
when she glanced down at her
phone and saw these words, or
words to this effect. She knew
immediately that her close friend,
Tim, had died.
Sunday marks the 25th
anniversary of the first-ever text
message sent. On 3 December
1992, Neil Papwell, a 22-year-old
British engineer helping to
develop a “short message service
centre” for Vodafone, used
his computer to send a text to
Richard Jarvis, an executive at the
company. The message’s contents:
“Merry Christmas.”
Text messaging overtook
speaking on the phone and
even face-to-face contact as
the most popular form of daily
communication in Britain in 2011,
according to Ofcom.
Among the hundreds of
everyday, instantly forgettable
missives stored on our phones
(“Can you pick up some milk?”)
exist the occasional game
changers, messages that have
delighted, devastated, shocked or
soothed us. They are the texts we’ll
never forget.
Sally, who is from Bournemouth,
was on holiday in New York when
her old schoolfriend Lara got in
touch about Tim on 7 December
2015. For a few moments, she felt
numb. Then the reality hit her:
“I was in bits. I’ve never cried
so hard.”
The pair had been friends since
they were 14 – Sally would help
Tim sneak into clubs when they
were underage; he helped her
recover from her first break-up.
For the best part of a year
Tim had been having
treatment for a brain
tumour. Sally, 29,
had been in regular
contact with Tim
via his wife, texting
her friend jokes and
updates about her
own life.
It occurred to her on
the flight out to New York
two days previously that Tim’s
wife hadn’t replied in a while.
Tim was only 26 when he died;
his baby daughter was just eight
months old. “I knew he was very,
very poorly, but I just didn’t think
he would die,” Sally says.
Hayley Foster’s father
Craig was diagnosed
with terminal cancer
on 29 July 2014.
Hayley was
heartbroken – but a
text her father sent
her days before his
death on 13 August
of that year has
provided her with
untold comfort.
“I could write the longest best
daughter text ever but there are
not words for me to tell you how
much I love you,” Craig said. He
told Hayley how proud he was of
her, that he wanted to hold her and
never let her go.
“You are an angel to me. Don’t
ever change. I love you. Daddy,”
he concluded, adding over a
dozen kisses.
Hayley cherishes the message so
much she now has the words “You
are an angel to me” tattooed on her
ribs. She reads the text often – it
makes her feel connected to her
father and reminds her of how
“incredibly brave and positive”
he was.
“It really is a message that
AVIATION
Are we really going to stand
for flying without seats?
There’s no free lunches as ruthless cost-cutting
changes the way we travel, writes Adam Barnett
T
he holiday season is one
of the busiest times of
year for airlines, with
many flying home or
travelling abroad. But
there’s no Christmas spirit at some
airlines, which are coming up with
sneaky ways to save money. Gone
are the days of complimentary
food and drink across the board.
British Airways has started
charging passengers for food,
provided by Marks & Spencer,
on short-haul flights. The deal
with the supermarket giant,
announced last year, marks
a reversal for BA, which had
previously offered free food and
drink on all flights. The charges
apply to any passengers flying in
Euro Traveller – BA’s economy
seats to European destinations.
A turkey feast sandwich will set
you back £4.95 (that’s more than
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Farmhouses are
going to seed but
help is at hand
Main picture: Sally
Taylor in New York.
Left: Hayley Foster
with her father and,
above, his moving text
means the world to me and I am so
pleased that I have it,” she says.
Much of the bad news we would
once have received in person or via
a phone call is now transmitted to
us over text.
Clare (not her real name),
48, learned of her own father’s
terminal cancer via text on 19
April 2014. “Sorry to text but not
v private talking here,” he wrote
from his hospital bed. “Just got
news that cancer is metastatic... so
it ain’t going to get better.” At the
end of the message, Clare’s father
wrote: “Love u v much.”
Kirsty McIntrye (inset, left), from
Fife, learned that her grandfather
was terminally ill on an afternoon in
February 2009,
“Do you have a key to get
in? We’re still at the hospital,”
her father informed his then
teenage daughter.
Kirsty, 26, knew her parents had
taken her grandfather to hospital
that morning. None of his previous
medical appointments had dragged
on into the afternoon.
“I can vividly remember my
insides plunging when I read [the
message],” she recalls.
The text that administrative
assistant Kara Williamson, 36,
received from her mother when
Kara’s aunt died on 23 January
2015 simply read: “She’s gone.”
For some, the text they’ll always
remember above all others is
one they wish they’d never sent
– especially when they happen to
have dispatched that message to an
unintended recipient.
Marketing executive Tom
Wolfe had recently started a
new job when, last December, he
unintentionally overindulged at
his office Christmas party. “Baby,
I’m so drubk [sic],” the 26-year-old
texted his girlfriend. “Please help
xxx.” Moments later he heard
a howl of laughter from across
the room and realised he had
accidentally texted his boss. Tom’s
colleagues saw the funny side – but
those dreaded scenarios involving
a misdirected text are just as likely
to end in tears.
Ten years ago, Lisa (not her
real name), 26, attempted to
send a text to a classmate during
your local M&S Food Hall), while a
ham and cheddar option is £3.90.
Or, frequent flyers could always use
their Avios points: a pot of maple
syrup porridge, at £1.30, would cost
you 175 points.
The airline has also
introduced a “pay
least, board last”
policy, meaning
passengers board
according to how
much they’ve
spent on their
tickets. First class
travellers and gold
members of BA’s
Executive Club will
board first, followed by
silver and bronze members.
Economy passengers will be next,
then, finally, those who opted for
BA’s least expensive “hand-luggage
only” fares. “Group boarding
simplifies the process, making it
easier for customers to understand
the boarding sequence at the gate,”
read the announcement in the
airline’s internal newsletter.
Of course, the tried
and tested way to
save money is to cut
staff and salaries.
Willie Walsh, CEO
of British Airways’
parent company,
International
Airlines Group,
has previously done
just that, slashing
workforce numbers and
freezing pay. “Slasher”
Walsh, as he is known, cut
costs by 30 per cent in his previous
role as head of Irish airline Aer
Lingus, partly by sacking 2,500
Sally
Taylor was
in New York
City when she
received a text
that revealed
her friend
had died
breaktime at school, letting off
steam about her best friend, Ellen
(also a pseudonym), who she felt
had not been supportive during a
difficult time.
“It happened so many years
ago and the phone is long gone
but I can remember exactly what
the message said: ‘Ellen is such
a cow!’”
Lisa recalls how her friend
showed her the message, left the
room and arrived late for their next
class. They tried to patch things
up but, Lisa says, “we never really
went back to being friends in the
same way again”. The pair are no
longer in contact.
A decade later, the memory
still haunts Lisa. “I still feel
embarrassed to have done
something so mean, even if it was
an accident. Teenagers can be
so cruel.”
But the information we reveal
via text can, of course, be cause
for celebration.
Kat, a social media manager
from south London, phoned her
husband at work on 17 December
2015 – her 31st birthday – with
important news. He didn’t answer
so she sent him a text. It was a
photo of a pregnancy test stick.
The window read: “Pregnant 1-2
[weeks].” The couple had been
trying for a baby for seven months.
Upon receiving the text, Kat’s
husband didn’t reply; he picked up
his phone and called her instead.
In iWeekend tomorrow: 25 years of
the text message
staff. Then, in May, British Airways
came under fire from passengers
and unions alike after IT failures
caused mass disruption at
Heathrow and Gatwick.
Budget airlines Ryanair, Airbus,
VivaColombia and China’s Spring
Airlines have all said they would
like to introduce “standing seats” –
dismissed by critics as “bar stools
with belts”. “There are people
out there right now researching
whether you can fly standing
up,” said VivaColombia CEO
William Shaw in June. “We’re very
interested in anything that makes
travel less expensive.”
Meanwhile, when Ryanair boss
Michael O’Leary was asked how he
envisioned standing seating would
work, he said: “Same as on the
London Underground: handrails
and straps.”
Josh Barrie meets conservationists
fighting to save our agricultural relics
T
he idyllic patchwork fields
of Britain are peppered
with slanted outbuildings,
crumbling barns and
crooked granaries. Most
train journeys - at least those of a
considerable length – will benefit
from their existence.
Charming as these rural outposts
are, they are no longer in use.
Instead, what once were homes for
cattle, workhorses and hay bales sit
dormant and dilapidated.
Most farm buildings date back
to the early 19th century; some
are older, even pre-Industrial
Revolution. Britain’s agricultural
“restructuring” – a move to bigger,
faster, mechanised farming – has left
them redundant.
The Country Land and Business
Association (CLA), together,
primarily, with Defra and Historic
England, is looking for ways to
preserve these historic buildings for
fear of losing them entirely.
Former CLA president Ross
Murray says that there’s a great
deal at stake: “We [with the National
Farmers’ Union] look after most
of the rural land of England, and
thus hundreds of thousands of
traditional farm buildings – the
scale is staggering.
To repair a derelict farm
building would set you back
anywhere between £50,000
and £100,000
“Few are listed buildings, but
most are of heritage interest, and
probably all of us here think they are
vital parts of our landscapes.
“Over the last century,
probably half of these buildings
have been lost. That’s perhaps half
a million real buildings we have lost
over that time. That is 5,000 a year,
or 15 a day.”
Of course (as with nearly
everything) the stumbling
block to rescuing rural Britain’s
rickety facade is money. With no
agricultural functionality at their
disposal, there’s no flow of income
to pay for maintenance costs. To
repair a derelict farm building would
set you back anywhere between
£50,000 and £100,000; and many
more thousands of pounds are
needed for annual upkeep.
But in October, with support
from the CLA, NFU, and Defra,
Historic England published a series
of reports looking at how old farm
buildings – which are nearly always
still under the ownership of farmers
– might be salvaged.
Head of rural and environmental
advice for Historic England
Vincent Holyoak says that there
are numerous ways in which the
Our fields are peppered with derelict
farm buildings, many of which are of
heritage interest JOSH BARRIE
conservation of these properties can
be achieved.
“I think there are lots of solutions
that are financially viable,” he says.
“Some could be used for residential
purposes, or tourism. We could also
look at community-based initiatives
that allow us to maintain farm
buildings for future generations –
the important thing is that they’re
not lost.
“Some people might think, ‘well,
why should we bother?’ I think the
character of these old barns is really
significant to our cultural identity.
“These buildings may not be
listed, but that doesn’t mean they’re
not important and, in many cases
quite rare.”
Historic England’s reports analyse
how to manage the restoration,
maintenance, and adaptation of
the countryside’s stonewall jewels;
how to strike a balance between
sustaining them while retaining
their beauty.
“Development is obviously a
challenge, but it can be done.,”
insists Holyoak.
“Each place will be site-specific.
The key here is that we find a new
use. There might be opportunities
for affordable rural housing, or
hotels, or community schemes.
“It might also be a source of
additional revenue once Britain
leaves the Common Agricultural
Policy after Brexit.”
Holyoak says that a small pot of
money is available, but investment is
needed. He says Defra and Natural
England also have a role and are
supporting the scheme.
Perhaps there is life in these
buildings yet.
Historic England is working on a
pilot scheme to repair buildings in
the country’s most remote locations:
historicengland.org.uk
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GREECE
Asylum-seekers
moved to ease
overcrowding
By Idyli Tsakiri
IN PIRAEUS
The Greek authorities have
moved several hundred asylumseekers from the island of Lesbos
to the mainland in an effort to
ease overcrowding in its camps.
Thousands of refugees have
Japan’s coastguard yesterday boarded a North Korean fishing boat near
an island where the 10 crew said they
had taken shelter from rough seas,
the latest in a series of North Korean
vessels in distress drifting into Japanese waters.
The wooden boat was towed
closer to Hokkaido for inspection,
a coastguard spokesman said.
Authorities had yet to decide what to
do with the vessel.
Experts say food shortages may be
driving fishermen to risk taking their
boats closer to Japan. There has been
no suggestion the fishermen may be
defectors. REUTERS
become stranded on Lesbos and
four other islands since the EU
agreed a deal with Ankara in
March 2016 to shut down the
route through Greece.
“I came to heaven from hell,”
said 30-year old Mohammad
Firuz, who lived for two months
in a state-run camp in Lesbos.
He was among 300 people,
many of them women and
children, aboard a ferry that
reached the port of Piraeus
yesterday morning. The asylumseekers would be taken to camps
and apartments in the mainland,
authorities said. REUTERS
Tens of thousands of villagers on the
Indonesian island of Bali are refusing to evacuate a 10km danger zone
around an erupting volcano, putting
their fate in the hands of the gods or
simply staying put to protect homes
and livestock.
The 3,000-metre Mount Agung,
considered sacred by many on the
Hindu-majority island, started
spewing huge columns of ash last
weekend and there have been
constant tremors since.
Search and rescue teams say
some are refusing to leave their
Grand Manan
A lobster with the Pepsi logo
imprinted on its claw has been
discovered, sparking concern
over the amount of debris
littering the oceans.
The creature was found by
a lobster fishing crew off the
coast of Grand Manan in New
Brunswick, Canada.
Karissa Lindstrand spotted
the lobster as it was loaded into
crate to be banded.
“I can’t say how he got it on,”
she told Canada’s CBC news.
“It seemed more like a
tattoo or a drawing on the
lobster rather than something
growing into it.”
Ms Lindstrand said she had
Lydia Smith
The Mount Agung volcano started
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cattle unattended, while others have
spiritual reasons.
“The government has been clear
about evacuation orders, but some
people are slow to act or want to
stay,” said Gede Ardana, head of
Bali’s search and rescue agency.
Sutopo Purwo Nugroho, of the
disaster mitigation agency, said about
43,000 people had heeded advice to
take shelter, but with an estimated
population of 90,000 to 100,000 in the
danger area, many had not.
Ika Wardani, 33, sleeps with her
family at an evacuation centre at
night but during the day returns to
her cattle farm about 10km north of
the volcano.
She says there are some people
who live only five kilometres from the
crater who have refused to evacuate.
REUTERS
Manila
marches
for peace
Left-wing protesters
march against
President Rodrigo
Duterte in Manila,
in the Philippines,
yesterday. After
announcing his
withdrawal from
the peace talks with
communist rebels,
Mr Duterte hinted at a
crackdown on the left’s
legal organisations and
human rights groups.
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CAMBODIA
Passports cancelled for outlawed opposition
Cambodia has cancelled the
diplomatic passports of some
opposition members weeks after a
Supreme Court ruling dissolved their
political party.
The court outlawed the Cambodia
National Rescue Party (CNRP)
in November at the request of
authoritarian Prime Minister Hun
Sen’s government in a move that
prompted the United States to cut
election funding and threaten more
punitive steps.
The move comes after a warning
this week from Hun Sen that former
members of the CNRP who have fled
to Thailand may be sent home.
Human rights groups and some
Western governments have voiced
concern over what they say is the
deterioration of Cambodia’s political
landscape ahead of a 2018 election
that looked set to trouble Hun Sen’s
32-year rule. REUTERS
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never seen debris branded
onto a sea creature in her four
years of fishing off the Grand
Manan coast.
“This tells me there is a
lot of garbage in the ocean, if
that’s what’s happening to the
lobsters we get out from the
water,” she said.
Nobody knows how the
animal came to be imprinted
with the logo, but Ms
Lindstrand said some locals
had suggested the lobster
grew around the can as it was
developing into an adult.
Others believe part of a Pepsi
box may have stuck to the
lobster when it was growing
and printed on to its claw.
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Merkel and SPD North Korean
in coalition talks boat in distress
Germany’s President has held
talks with Chancellor Angela
Merkel and the leader of the
Social Democrats in the latest
attempt at forming a coalition.
Frank-Walter Steinmeier
hosted Martin Schulz, Ms
Merkel and her Bavarian ally,
Horst Seehofer, yesterday
to explore the possibility of
forming the same union as the
outgoing government.
Talks between Ms Merkel’s
conservative bloc and two
smaller parties to form a
previously untried coalition
collapsed in November. AP
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national blackout combat typhoid
Lightning sets off
art gallery alarms
Tanzania was hit by a countrywide blackout yesterday due to
a technical glitch in its national
power grid.
Blackouts occur regularly in
Tanzania, which relies on hydro,
natural gas and heavy fuel oil to
generate electricity.
Only 40 per cent of the country’s
50 million population have access
to electricity. The government
wants to increase that rate to
75 per cent by 2025. REUTERS
Lightning struck Florence’s
Uffizi Gallery early yesterday,
triggering alarms that drew both
firefighters and anti-terror police.
Director Eike Schmidt said
emergency services arrived
within minutes of the alarms, just
after 5am.
The lightning strike activated
extinguishing powder in the
prints and drawings storage
area, but none of the Renaissance
artwork was damaged. AP
Gavi, the Geneva-based global health
alliance, has earmarked $85m (£65m)
to help support the introduction of
typhoid vaccines in poor countries
where millions of children are at risk
of the often deadly disease.
The funds, agreed by Gavi at a
meeting yesterday, will go towards
the bulk-buying of new typhoid
vaccines including one developed by
privately held Bharat Biotech. The
vaccines are expected to be available
between 2018 and 2022. REUTERS
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Film
Music
Comedy
Theatre
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Staying In
Television
Books
‘These are people
who have been abandoned’
JOHN MACDOUGALL/AFP
Ai Weiwei tells James Mottram about the very personal reasons
he embarked on his most ambitious film project yet: a globe-spanning
documentary about the world’s 65 million refugees
T
here are many striking shots in Ai Weiwei’s Human Flow,
his urgent and compelling documentary
about the refugee crisis, but the
most arresting is perhaps the
very last.
Thousands of orange life
jackets, left on the shoreline
of the Greek island of Lesbos
by migrants flooding in from
Africa and beyond; the camera,
attached to a drone, rises gradually over the mounds, which
assume the vague shape of continents around the world.
For the celebrated Chinese
artist, it was the perfect image
to symbolise the plight of the
world’s 65 million displaced refugees. “These are people who have
been abandoned, like those life
jackets,” he says.
“Still, today, there is no right
programme. They are being
treated by all kinds of policies,
[ever] changing. They become
a product.” Human flotsam and
jetsam, he suggests.
Previously seen on screen in
2012’s Ai Weiwei: Never Sorry,
about his trials with the Chinese
government, Ai has frequently
turned to film for his art, creating numerous documentaries,
including a contribution to Don’t
Follow the Wind, a collaboration
set inside the exclusion zone at
the Fukushima nuclear plant
that went into meltdown in 2011.
Human Flow, however, is surely
his most ambitious work yet.
Those expecting a film about
solutions to the refugee crisis
might be surprised. Rather, it’s
a humane portrait that spans 23
countries, including Afghanistan,
Iraq, France, Germany, Greece,
the US-Mexico border and Rohingya villages in Bangladesh. A
year in production, involving 25
film crews and a dozen cinematographers, it’s a remarkable feat.
Much of it sees Ai on the frontline, on camera. “I travelled part
of it,” he clarifies. “A lot of locations you cannot get a visa, you
have to use local people.
And it’s not an easy movie. If
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you want to make one story, that’s
easy; if you want to show the global condition, it takes a lot of people to work behind the scenes.
Even the drones, you’re not allowed to bring them into most nations. We got stopped in all kinds
of locations.”
After it premiered at the Venice Film Festival in September,
trade paper Variety dismissively
dubbed it “Refugees for Dummies” (and plenty of stats do
flash up on screen). But while the
140-minute film undulates wildly
in tone, it’s impossible not to be
moved by some sickening scenes,
notably as the camera trails a
group of refugees repelled at the
Macedonian border by police.
Less focused than Gianfranco
Rosi’s award-winning Fire At Sea,
which dealt with migrants off the
coast of Sicilian island Lampedusa, it’s nevertheless crammed
with potent poetic images. “I
think it has to be presented to the
audience as a first-class cinema
experience,” says Ai. “I think it’s
tragic, but every tragic [situation]
may also parallel with beauty. And
that beauty makes us think and
gives comfort – a contradiction to
the film. So the film exists on different levels.”
It’s no surprise that Ai should be
drawn to such an emotive subject.
“I very much identify with the refugee condition because of my own
life story,” he explains. “I was born
a refugee. My father was punished
the year I was born. They sent him
to the most remote area in China.
He did hard labour and was seen
as enemy of the people and the
Party. That lasted for 20 years. I
never even dreamt we could leave.
My father told us: ‘Just think that
you were born here.’”
First exiled in Manchuria, Ai’s
family was sent to a labour camp
on the edge of the Gobi desert. His
father, a poet who studied in Paris,
was put to work cleaning toilets.
He attempted suicide several
times. “He’s been mistreated his
whole life,” says Ai, who believes
his upbringing gave him “essential, solid ground” to approach a
topic as vast as the migrant crisis.
“It’s not foreign to me. I feel I can
really talk to them, cut their hair,
or eat with them.”
Ai, too, suffered at the hands
of the Chinese government. Once
in favour – he helped design the
Bird’s Nest stadium for the 2008
Beijing Olympics – his criticism
of the Communist Party’s stance
on democracy and human rights
left him persona non grata, and
he was detained for 81 days at an
undisclosed location in 2011. He
now lives in Berlin, after the authorities unexpectedly returned
his passport in 2015. Many of his
friends are still in jail in China.
Needless to say, he wants
Human Flow to be seen by people
back home. “The film should be
shown in China. China has a very
different kind of human rights situation. Tibetans are not allowed
to travel. Rural people are not allowed to travel. And I was not allowed to travel. Everybody should
see the film, and see some kind of
reflection of themselves. But so
far we still haven’t had this luck.”
Now 60, Ai is instantly recognisable: the receding hairline, round
belly and matted grey beard. But,
despite frequently being on camera, he was recognised only once,
by a Syrian economics student.
Perhaps it says much about his
ability to blend in, to empathise
with those he meets – whether
while cooking kebabs on an open
fire or swapping passports in a
touching exchange.
He has no desire to be seen as Ai
Weiwei the artist. “No, they should
see me as an individual, who wants
to be involved,” he says. “The intention is to get people involved,
to understand the situation, and
to speak out. It could be one sentence, it could be one image.”
As calm as he sounds, speaking in slightly broken English, he’s
boiling with anger inside, particularly regarding European attitudes to the issue. “It takes global
leadership to sit down and see
how to prevent the refugee situation from war, from famine, from
environmental problems.”
He blames the media, too.
“We know how to help. We have
enough resources, we’re smart
enough, we’re privileged, and if
we turn away, we shatter ourselves. We diminish our purpose.”
He looks downcast. “It’s the only
way we can reward life, by helping
another person.”
‘Human Flow’ opens next Friday.
A special screening/Q&A with
Ai Weiwei takes place on Monday,
broadcast in cinemas across the
country (humanflow.film)
Land ahoy Refugees rescued from the sea are helped off a boat by aid
workers as they reach the Greek island of Lesbos in February 2016
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origins story
lacks true
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THE MAN WHO INVENTED
CHRISTMAS (PG)
HHHHH
Bharat Nalluri, 103 mins, starring:
Dan Stevens, Christopher Plummer,
Jonathan Pryce, Simon Callow,
Miriam Margolyes, Ian McNeice
Reviews by Geoffrey Macnab
The snowflakes fall in slow motion
in The Man Who Invented Christmas, a gooey yuletide yarn telling
the story of how Charles Dickens
came to write A Christmas Carol.
In the early 1840s, the thirtysomething Dickens (Dan Stevens)
is already a literary superstar. He
has just returned from a tour of
the US, but his celebrity hasn’t
ALSOSHOWING
WONDER (PG)
HHHHH
Stephen Chbosky, 113 mins, starring:
Jacob Tremblay, Julia Roberts, Daveed
Diggs, Owen Wilson, Mandy Patinkin
Wonder is like The Elephant Man
as a high-school comedy drama.
Jacob Tremblay, the brilliant
young star of Oscar winner Room,
plays Augie, a boy born with a
deformed face. When he is sent
to school for the first time, he is
bullied. We know, though, that his
inner beauty will shine through in
time for the closing credits.
The film has an enjoyable
quirkiness about it. Augie is a
mischievous and very bright boy.
His family dotes on him.
In the course of the movie,
not just Augie but almost all the
characters learn to confront
their insecurities. There are
some very sentimental scenes,
but the screenplay is witty and
well-observed, and Wonder
makes perceptive points about
friendship, coming of age,
endurance and basic decency.
HAPPY END (15)
HHHHH
Michael Haneke, 108 mins, starring:
Isabelle Huppert, Jean-Louis
Trintignant, Mathieu Kassovitz,
Fantine Harduin, Loubna Abidar
Michael Haneke is, as ever,
utterly relentless in probing away
at hypocrisies, bad faith and
unhappiness in this film about a
family of wealthy industrialists.
The newest addition to the
household is the precocious
12-year-old, Eve (Fantine
Harduin), who has just poisoned
her mother with prescription
pills and needs somewhere to live.
She is the daughter of Thomas
Laurent (Mathieu Kassovitz)
from his first marriage. Thomas
has remarried, but is engaged
in a sadistic love affair with a
classical musician. The ageing
grandfather (Jean-Louis
Trintignant) has severe memory
problems and yearns to die. The
matriarch figure, Anne (Isabelle
Huppert), runs the family
construction business in ruthless
fashion. Her son, Pierre, drinks
too much wine and has a social
conscience which embarrasses
the rest of the family.
It is hard to sympathise with
the family. None of them are
likeable. What is apparent,
though, is their self-loathing and
their inability to snatch anything
other than passing pleasure from
music, sex or alcohol. Haneke
leaves it up to us to work out the
roots of their discontent.
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in an incongruously picturesque
and artificial way.
Susan Coyle’s screenplay, based
on Les Standiford’s book, emphasises the speed with which Dickens wrote A Christmas Carol. The
novelist pitched the idea to his unenthusiastic publishers, to whom
he was already in debt, before he
even had a title or a plot line. He
had only a few weeks to complete
the task in order to have the book
ready for Christmas, but went at
the task in a manic fury.
Stevens plays Dickens with just
the right measure of bustling energy. He is always looking for inspiration, drawing from his own
life to create his characters. Tiny
Tim is based on his crippled nephew, who died aged nine. A gloomy
waiter in the Garrick Club helped
him portray Jacob Marley.
Dickens is in close dialogue
with his creations. In particular,
Stevens plays
Dickens with just
the right measure
of bustling energy
Bringing characters
to life Dan Stevens as
Dickens (right) with
Christopher Plummer
as Ebenezer Scrooge
brought him financial security.
With bills to pay, a child on the
way, his impecunious father to
support, and his recent novels not
selling well, the “ogre” of debt is
threatening to eat him up.
One challenge that continually
confounds director Bharat Nalluri
is how harshly he should portray
Dickens’ Victorian London. He
wants to acknowledge the dirt
and the poverty, the social inequality and the blithe indifference
that wealthy businessmen like Mr
Grimsby (Bill Paterson) show toward the poor. This, though, is a
Christmas costume drama with
all the trimmings. Slums and alleyways, drawing rooms and bustling streets have been recreated
Film
Matrix
Scrooge (Christopher Plummer)
taunts and goads him. The ghosts
of Christmas past, present and
future also come to life. We are
effectively being told the story
of A Christmas Carol at the same
time as Dickens is writing it.
The film offers the familiar
pleasures you would expect in a
costume drama about Dickens. It
is full of colourful turns from wellknown character actors. There
is a roaring performance from
Simon Callow as the self-important artist hired to illustrate the
book. We see Miriam Margolyes
scurrying around in her petticoats
as a kindly matron. In a quicksilver performance, Jonathan Pryce
is part Don Quixote-like dreamer,
part Micawber-like buffoon as
Dickens’ cash-strapped father.
So while this feels much like
the filmic equivalent of a trip to
a Dickens museum, the liveliness
of the performances go a long
way towards compensating for
the creakiness of the concept.
A tribute to the worst
movie ever made
THE DISASTER ARTIST (15)
HHHHH
James Franco, 103 mins, starring:
James Franco, Dave Franco,
Seth Rogen, Alison Brie, Ari Graynor,
Josh Hutcherson
When it comes to critics’ lists of the
worst films ever made, Ed Wood’s
Plan9FromOuterSpace (1956) used
to nestle very near the top. Its place
has now been usurped by Tommy
Wiseau’s sublimely awful The
Room (2003), the making of which
has been dramatised in comic and
poignant fashion in James Franco’s
latest feature.
Franco’s own career as director
hasn’t been entirely blemish-free.
That is presumably why he treats
Wiseau with such sympathy here.
He is not sneering at his subject,
whom he also plays; Wiseau is
a kindred spirit, an artist who
doesn’t give up, even when everybody else wishes that he would.
He is a comic and preposterous
figure, but, in his own warped way,
he does have integrity.
On one level, this is a buddy
movie. Tommy is befriended by his
fellow drama student, the blandly
good-looking Greg Sestero (Dave
Franco). They head off to Los Angeles together to try to break into
the movies. Before they go, Greg’s
mother (Megan Mullally) meets
Tommy. Like everyone else, she
is utterly bemused by him. She
warns Greg “you have to be talented” to make it. The whole point
of this film is that you don’t.
Greg and Tommy do just as
badly in Hollywood as we expect
– so Greg comes up with an idea.
If no one is going to hire them to
be in a movie, they can make one
themselves. Tommy will finance
it, write it, produce it, direct in it
and star in it.
The comedy works by a process
of attrition. The funniest scenes
tend to be those when Tommy
is appearing in front of camera.
His performance is ludicrous.
He can’t remember the lines he
himself wrote and when he does
finally deliver them, they don’t
make sense anyway. He’ll laugh
uproariously when someone tells
him sad or disturbing news. He
behaves equally strangely off set,
insulting the leading actress, refusing to turn on the air conditioning and berating his crew. There
is a wonderful moment when the
script editor (Seth Rogen) visits
the bank to cash his first cheque
from Tommy, convinced that it
will bounce. When it goes through
safely, he looks as if he has just witnessed the second coming.
It’s a nice irony that one of
the worst movies in recent history has enabled James Franco
to make one of the best films
in his own chequered career.
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Pride before
the fall James
Franco as the
egocentric
Tommy
Wiseau
filming
‘The Room’
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JESSICA BARRETT
Branagh in second
Christie mystery
Following the box-office success
of Murder on the Orient Express,
another Agatha Christie
adaptation is in the works.
Kenneth Branagh is rumoured to
be starring in and directing Death
on the Nile. Scriptwriter Michael
Green (Logan, Blade Runner 2049)
is also on board.
Jude Law lined up
for ‘Captain Marvel’
Jude Law could be joining the
Marvel universe. The Young
Pope actor is nearing a deal to
star opposite Brie Larson in
Captain Marvel. Law would play
Dr Walter Lawson, aka Mar-Vell,
who coaches pilot Carol Danvers
as she figures out her abilities.
‘Lady Bird’ a
critical triumph
THE INDEPENDENT
Lady Bird, the directorial debut
of Greta Gerwig (above), has
set a record as the most highly
rated film on Rotten Tomatoes.
The drama, which stars Saoirse
Ronan, had a 100 per cent rating
after 170 reviews from critics.
WHAT CRITICS ARE SAYING ABOUT THE NEW RELEASES
THE MAN WHO INVENTED
CHRISTMAS (PG)
THE DISASTER ARTIST (15)
WONDER (PG)
HAPPY END (15)
“Mostly a story about overcoming
writer’s block. That sounds boring,
and it surely would be if anyone
but Stevens was in the role.”
Entertainment Weekly
“Whatever my queasiness about
laughing at a head case, I couldn’t
help myself from thrilling to
Franco’s swan dive into egotism.”
New York Magazine
“A very tasteful heart-tugger,
a drama of disarmingly levelheaded empathy that glides along
with wit, assurance, and grace.”
Variety
“Suggests that the possibility of
love is dwindling in a world in
which digital interfaces serve to
thwart physical relationships.”
Little White Lies
“So writing the most popular
Christmas story since the one with
the manger wasn’t enough – he has
to learn to be a better man, too.”
AV Club
“The dazzle of the cast never takes
away from the film’s core message
about the importance of believing
in one’s own ability as an artist.”
The Guardian
“Mostly it succeeds in giving the
experience of being a confused
or lonely or scared youngster the
space it deserves.”
The Washington Post
“The Haneke film Haneke-haters
see in their heads when they think
of Haneke: oblique, showing people
being inhumane to each other.”
Village Voice
Brit pair to reunite
for ballooning epic
The Theory of Everything’s Eddie
Redmayne and Felicity Jones
(above) are in talks to team up
again for Amazon Studios’ The
Aeronauts. The screenplay, by
Jack Thorne, is based on the
true story of a journey taken by
balloon pilot Amelia Wren and
scientist James Glaisher in 1862.
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MUSIC
FR DAY
Ours is the
generation who
decided never
to hang up their
dancing shoes
‘I just wanted my
brother back’
Orbital, aka British dance music’s founding siblings, talk to
Bernadette McNulty about drinking tea with the Spice
Girls, their five-year split, and how rave changed the world
I
meet Orbital in their studio,
a hard-to-find building in an
industrial estate on the outskirts of Brighton. It’s a relic
from a time before gentrification, an apt place to meet the techno duo who brought dance music
from the free parties of rave at the
beginning of the 1990s to the top
of festival bills with their mixture
of tough, industrial beats and airy,
free-floating melodies.
The brothers were the original
bald-headed wonks with torches
on their heads, so similar they
seemed like twins. But meeting
Phil and Paul Hartnoll in the flesh,
in a room piled to the ceiling with
synthesisers and samplers, it is
amazing how different they are.
Phil, the oldest by four years at
53, is the garrulous, rock ’n’ roll
character with a lustrous moustache, dressed all in black. Paul,
by contrast, is the self-confessed
nerd, dressed in a smart jumper
and blood-red Dr Martens, the
shoes he bought for their latest reunion and what he describes as his
“captain boots”. “They symbolise
that I am taking control of my destiny again,” he says, as his brother
erupts into laughter.
The Hartnolls’ bickering, which
starts soon after I arrive in goodnatured fashion, could give the
warring Gallagher brothers a run
for their money. So much so, in
fact, that until this year, the two
had not spoken in five years. It was
a serious falling out, with Paul the
one who decided to split.
“I wished I’d been stronger and
dealt with what I didn’t like,” he
says. “It is easier to blame someone else than sort it out. There was
a lot of nastiness lurking inside. It
was typical male relationship stuff,
not dealing with things.”
Despite both living in Brighton,
the only communication they had
was through their children.
During their break, Phil spent
his time DJing around the world.
“It was a lot of fun, but it was so
painful to think about anything to
do with Orbital. All these incredible moments we’d had – head-
lining Glastonbury or remixing
Madonna and Kraftwerk – I
couldn’t think about anything. We
made Stephen Hawking sing at
the Paralympics Opening Ceremony. He had to take off his glasses, so he couldn’t see anything, but
he was up for it because he likes to
have a laugh. That was amazing,
but I couldn’t enjoy thinking about
it because we weren’t talking.
I just wanted my brother back.”
Paul, meanwhile, busied himself producing a solo album, writing film and TV soundtracks and
reading self-help books. “I learnt a
lot about myself in those five years.
I was travelling around doing
small gigs and having to unload
all my gear like in the early days. I
enjoyed it but then the straw that
broke the camel’s back was when
I got sacked from a period drama
I had been writing the music for.
“I had just bought a kitten, so I
was at home in my dressing gown,
stroking it, having this moment
where I just thought I had just had
enough. I was nearing 50 and I
Back in the spotlight
Orbital, playing the
Royal Albert Hall in 2012
(below) STEVE DOUBLE,
TANGLEPHOTOGGRAPHY
wanted my self-respect back and
an outlet for my creativity. All I
had to do was make up with Phil.”
Over the summer, they played
a triumphant headline gig at the
Bluedot festival at Jodrell Bank
in Cheshire, in the shadow of the
Lovell Telescope. It was an apt
location for a band that sampled
the Doctor Who theme and at their
third headline slot at Glastonbury in 2010 had the then Doctor, Matt Smith, come on
stage with them. “Our
groupies have always been 70 per
cent techno guys,”
Phil chuckles.
Not that their
music is wonkish.
Ever since the
still irresistibly
insistent groove of
their breakthrough
acid hit “Chime” in
1990, the duo have made
a uniquely British blend of
dance music that took the punkish attitude of their early heroes
such as Crass and mixed in folk
melodies and rock dynamics.
“We were influenced by people
like Kraftwerk and Trevor Horn,
who always had humour in their
music. We’ve never taken ourselves that seriously,” Paul says.
“We wanted to make records like
Tubular Bells and Autobahn that
had a narrative, that tell a story.”
Paul says the key to their music
has always been emotion. “The
worst thing is to make music that
people don’t have a reaction to. I’d
rather people hated it.”
Pioneers of turning electronic
music into unmissable live shows,
they nevertheless missed out on
some of the pop success of peers
such as Underworld, The Prodigy
and The Chemical Brothers.
“We’ve just never been able to
write a pop hit, despite trying,”
says Paul.
Phil recalls a time in the late
1990s when they were based at a
studio in east London. “Jamiroquai and the Spice Girls were in
there making their first records.
I remember Victoria making me
a cup of tea. We listened to their
first record being made and I said:
‘That’s never going to be a hit.’
Shows you how much we know.”
The brothers have always been
proudly political, from protesting against the poll tax Bill to
sampling John Major’s attack on
travellers at their 1995 Glastonbury show. I ask them whether, in
a climate where the clocks seem
to have turned back to a more
right-wing atmosphere, the rave
generation changed anything.
“We were naive back then in
that we thought we had changed
things for good,” says Paul. “But I
do believe that some changes were
lasting. When we grew up in Sevenoaks in the 1970s, blokes were
blokes and never expressed emotion or looked at women as equals.
But rave broke down those barriers. It made relationships less hierarchical. Now kids hug each other
all the time. That came from rave.”
Indeed, rave seems more popular than ever. This weekend, the
duo will play two sold-out shows
in Manchester and London and
have a new album in the pipeline.
The Chemical Brothers are also
playing the city, while The Prodigy have sold out three nights at
Brixton Academy in the run-up
to Christmas.
“Ours is the generation who decided
never to hang up
their dancing
shoes, and that’s
amazing,” says
Phil. “If we end up,
in 10 years’ time,
on the same bill
with The Chemical
Brothers, Underworld and Keith from
The Prodigy with his
Mohican stuck on his bald
head, I couldn’t be happier. I’m still
making the music I want to make,
playing these incredible shows,
having the most fun. I feel lucky.”
Orbital play Manchester Apollo
tonight and Hammersmith Apollo
tomorrow. For details of their
next album: orbitalofficial.com
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ALBUMREVIEWSByAndyGill
U2
Songs of Experience
HHHHH
Download: You’re The
Best Thing About Me;
Get Out of Your Own Way
“Free yourself to be yourself/
If only you could see yourself”?
It’s chronically under-powered,
with possibly The Edge’s dullest
guitar break, and Bono blithering
on about temptation – such,
presumably, being the meaning
of the “statue of a gold guitar”
glimpsed in the song.
Not that that is the worst lyric
featured on Songs Of Experience.
Not by some distance. For that
we must look to the extraordinary
lines from album opener “Love
Album
ofthe
week
If 2014’s ill-judged inbox intrusion
Songs of Innocence was titled
for its backward glances at
U2’s formative years tackling
the problems and ambitions
thrown up by adolescence, then
this completion of the Blakean
duality surely bears out the jaded
weariness inherent in the title.
Rarely has a band of such
stature sounded quite so bereft of
inspiration as U2 do here, gamely
struggling to reconnect with
the youthful vitality that roused
crowds across the globe, reduced
to hackneyed cheap tricks and
tired old truisms barely worth
the chords they’re strung on –
which are themselves the limpest
melodies of their career.
There is literally nothing to the
bass-driven funk-rock chugger
VAN MORRISON
Versatile
“The Blackout”, apart from the
bit when Bono sings “Blackout,
no fear/So glad that we are all still
here”. It’s just something cheaply
knocked together to facilitate
a simple stadium effect, with
all house lights turned off for a
moment before blazing back on
for the second line. (Cue huge
acclaim; or not.)
Likewise, can you spot the
moment in the lumpy rocker
“Lights of Home” when the stage
lights get turned on the audience:
NEIL YOUNG
The Visitor
HHHHH
HHHHH
Download: Broken
Record; I Get a Kick Out
of You; Affirmation;
Skye Boat Song
Download: Already
Great; Stand Tall;
Fly By Night
For the most part, this is a
masterclass in jazz phrasing:
standards such as “Bye Bye
Blackbird” and “I Get a Kick
Out of You” are teased gently
into new shapes, with no sharp
changes, Van’s delivery dancing
lightly around the melodies
over well-drilled, simpatico
arrangements. James Galway
lends weightless flute to a version
of Jose Feliciano’s “Affirmation”
which also features Van scatting
“ring-a-ding” like a mystic
Frank Sinatra, while the new
song “Broken Record” finds him
cutely repeating the title, as if the
needle’s stuck.
Having called for George W
Bush’s impeachment on 2006’s
Living With War, 11 years (and 17
albums!) later Neil Young turns
his attention to a “gameshow
host who has to brag and has to
boast, while tearing down the
things that I hold dear”. There
are references to wall-building
in “Change of Heart”; fake news
in “Stand Tall”; and best of all, a
stinging riposte to suggestions
of American decline in the
affirmative “Already Great”. But
as the album proceeds, it frays
apart as Neil’s gaze shifts to
bombs and babies in the plodding
anthem “Children of Destiny”.
THE ROLLING STONES
On Air
NITIN SAWHNEY
Live at Ronnie Scott’s
Download: Satisfaction;
The Last Time; Around
and Around; Down the
Road Apiece
Download: Homelands;
Dark Day; Redshift;
The Conference
This collection of early 1960s
sessions vibrates with youthful
revolutionary fervour. It’s razorsharp R&B, with lean and rangy
covers of Chuck and Bo songs
interspersed with early band
originals such as “Come On” and
a chunky “Satisfaction”, Charlie
Watts sounding like a marching
army on the latter. A wiry, fluid
“The Last Time” sounds great, a
perfect exposition of their chippy
sensuality. Brian Jones brings
spindly slide-guitar charm to “I
Can’t Be Satisfied”, while Keith
Richards’ rhythmic panache
punches along on swaggering
covers of “Around and Around”
and “Down the Road Apiece”.
This latest in the Live At Ronnie
Scott’s series may well have been
the most challenging to record,
involving a precise balance of
subtle instrumental and vocal
elements that enables Nitin
Sawhney’s eclectic, pan-cultural
blends to be realised fully. Both
“Homelands” and “Henrecia
Latina”, for instance, find Indian
and flamenco influences in
equilibrium. Elsewhere, Sawhney
and Eric Appapoulay’s guitars
and Aref Durvesh’s tabla are
augmented according to need
– a sliding smear of Ian Burdge’s
cello on “Dark Day”, undulating
lines of Ashwin Srinivasan’s
Bansuri flute on “Redshift”.
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is All We Have Left”, where
Bono’s voice is nakedly exposed,
save for the merest shiver of
strings, declaiming “All we have
is immortality/Love is all we have
left/A baby cries on a doorstep”.
Huh? Literally none of these three
lines connects with any of the
others, so how could it possibly
connect with the listener? Then
to cap it off, his heavily autotuned
voice avers: “This is no time not
to be alive”. One begs, on this
evidence, to differ.
The songs were mostly written
while Bono was recuperating
from surgery following a bicycle
accident, which seems to
have served as the intimation
of mortality triggering his
creativity. Originally planned
as a series of “letters” written
to his nearest and dearest, the
album’s theme was altered to
accommodate comments on
political upheavals. But neither
bit of grit has produced pearls.
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TELEVISION
37
FR DAY
THIS WEEK’S
1
THIS IS US FROM TODAY,
AMAZON PRIME
This drama captured the
hearts of its US audience (and
earned two Emmys and nine
further nominations), but many
UK viewers seemed to miss
it when it aired on Channel 4
earlier this year. Now you can
watch the whole series from
the beginning and see what the
fuss is about. The connection
between four stories set around
the US? The lead characters
all share the same birthday.
Milo Ventimiglia, Mandy Moore
and Sterling K Brown lead the
ensemble cast.
2
EASY
FROM TODAY, NETFLIX
Joe Swanberg’s Chicago-set
comedy-drama anthology
returns for a second series.
Each episode tells a story of
a different sad, unlucky-in-love
couple or individual trying to
make their way in the world.
Hannibal Buress, Orlando
Bloom, Emily Ratajkowski
and Dave Franco all cropped
up in the first series, though
only Franco will return for
the second. He’s joined by
Aubrey Plaza and Kate Micucci,
among others.
3
CAN WE LIVE WITH ROBOTS?
SAT 7PM, CHANNEL 4
Dancer and choreographer
Akram Khan has spent his
career using big world events
as inspiration for dance
projects. Here he investigates
Tento
watch
Chosen by
Jessica Barrett
to grow old in India, Miriam
Margolyes, Wayne Sleep,
Rosemary Shrager and Bobby
George are off on another
adventure. This time they
discover what retirement is
like in China with a journey on
a high-speed train and a trip to
a zoo to meet some pandas.
5
THE ART THAT MADE MEXICO:
PARADISE, POWER AND
PRAYERS MON 9PM, BBC4
the impact that robots and
artificial intelligence are having
on human relationships, before
distilling it into a performance.
4
THE REAL MARIGOLD ON
TOUR MON 9PM, BBC1
After exploring what it’s like
Artist Alinka Echeverria
explores three major forces
which have propelled change
and made their mark on Mexico.
They are: nature and land,
which have been the source
of life and long-term cause
of conflict; the struggle for
power, which has defined
much of Mexico’s history;
and finally faith, as expressed
in Mesoamerican
gods and Christian
iconography.
6
BROAD
CITY MON
11PM, COMEDY
CENTRAL
Clockwise from top ‘Easy’
returns for a second series;
(from left) Bobby George, Miriam
Margolyes, Wayne Sleep and
Rosemary Shrager visit China;
the Hairy Bikers get festive
The fourth series
of the cult comedy
finds Abbi and Ilana
experiencing New
York in a whole new
different way: in the
dead of winter. In
this episode, Abbi
comes across her
old English teacher
on a dating app,
and Ilana becomes
obsessed with the luxurious
bathroom of the house she’s
been sitting.
7
THE HAIRY BIKERS
HOME FOR CHRISTMAS
TUES 3.45PM, BBC1
Si and Dave, aka The Hairy
Bikers, are putting their own
twist on favourite Christmas
dishes. They’re helped by
celebrity guests including
Reverend Kate Bottley (of
Gogglebox fame) who tastes
their cherry and bourbonglazed gammon, as well
as a decadent Christmas
croquembouche for dessert.
8
KIRSTIE’S HANDMADE
CHRISTMAS TUES 8PM,
CHANNEL 4
Is it really Christmas
unless you’ve
seen Kirstie Allsopp make a
diorama bauble? The property
scout-turned-domestic goddess
returns with festive tips on
hand-printed wrapping paper
and bespoke Christmas cards,
and she even has time for a
cocktail masterclass.
9
PASSIONS: PUCCINI BY
ANDREA COLOMBINI
TUES 9PM, SKY ARTS
Conductor Andrea Colombini
has dedicated his professional
life to reviving the works
of Puccini. This film shows
his greatest project yet: a
production of La bohème staged
in the Italian composer’s
birthplace, Lucca, where
Colombini now himself lives.
10
CATCHING A KILLER: A
BULLET THROUGH THE
WINDOW THURS 9PM, CHANNEL 4
An unsolved murder forms
the basis of this fly-on-thewall documentary: a
19-year-old was shot
by a single bullet
through an open
window as he sat
in his Milton
Keynes home
one evening.
Thames Valley
Police must piece
together what may
have happened
in the run-up to
the killing, despite
having no suspects
and uncovering
no weapon.
Television Friday 1 December
CRITIC’S
CHOICE
GERARD GILBERT
PICK OF THE DAY
===
Gregory Porter’s
Popular Voices
MOTD Live: FA Cup
10pm, BBC4
Was Leonard Cohen a singer? Or
Bob Dylan? Or Lou Reed?
“Sometimes the message takes
centre stage,” says Gregory Porter in
this final film in his series, “shouted,
moaned, groaned or even just talked
in an attempt to tell the truth.” From
Bessie Smith, the “empress of the
blues”, to hip-hop, by way of Billie
Holliday, Woody Guthrie and the
aforementioned 1960s and 1970s
poet pop stars, “it’s all about telling
it like it is”. Shoe-horned slightly
awkwardly into this category is
Kurt Cobain, but there is surely no
doubting the assertion that rap and
hip-hop are now the torch-bearers
for the “truth tellers”.
7.30pm, BBC2
AFC Fylde vs Wigan Athletic. Dan
Walker and his fellow pundits
present live coverage from Mill
Farm, Lancashire, of this secondround clash. Fylde are making their
first appearance at this stage of the
competition, with the possibility of
meeting Premier League opponents
in the next round . League One
Wigan lifted the trophy as recently
as 2013. Kick-off is at 7.55pm.
===
Jamie And Jimmy’s
Friday Night Feast
8pm, Channel 4
It’s a vegetarian menu this week
in honour of guest Joanna Lumley,
a non-animal eater for the past 45
years and an advertisement for the
diet’s youth-retaining qualities. In
between cookery demonstrations on
Southend Pier, including a Moroccan
filo pastry swirl called a m’hanncha
and a favourite dish of the King of
Malaysia, there are reports in which
Jimmy Doherty bigs up the British
fava bean and helps build a vertical
veg patch on a 10th-floor balcony.
===
Have I Got News For You
9pm, BBC1
You only have to read the title of
Desiree Burch’s recent stage show
(unprintable here) to know that the
American comedian will be a firm
corrective to the boys’ club that
traditionally dominates HIGNFY.
Host Kirtsy Young also helps
balance the gender equilibrium.
6.00 Island Parish Sark
Winter (R) (S). 6.30
Claimed And Shamed (R)
(S). 7.15 Royal Recipes
(R) (S). 8.00 Sign Zone:
Anglesey: Island Life (R)
(S). 8.30 Sign Zone: Britain
Afloat (R) (S). 9.00 Victoria
Derbyshire (S). 11.00 BBC
Newsroom Live (S). 12.00
Daily Politics (S). 1.00 The
Link (R) (S). 1.45 Terry And
Mason’s Great Food Trip
(R) (S). 2.15 Channel Patrol
(R) (S). 3.00 Football: World
Cup 2018 – Live Draw
(S). 4.30 Oxford Street
Revealed (R) (S). 5.15 Put
Your Money Where Your
Mouth Is (R) (S).
6.00 Good Morning
Britain (S). 8.30 Lorraine
(S). 9.25 The Jeremy Kyle
Show (S). 10.30 This
Morning (S). 12.30 Loose
Women (S). 1.30 ITV News;
Weather (S). 1.55 ITV
Regional News; Weather
(S). 2.00 Judge Rinder (S).
3.00 Dickinson’s Real Deal
(R) (S). 3.59 ITV Regional
Weather (S). 4.00 Tipping
Point (R) (S). 5.00 The
Chase (S).
6.20 Kevin Can Wait (S).
6.45 The King Of Queens
(R) (S). 7.35 Everybody
Loves Raymond (R)
(S). 8.00 Everybody
Loves Raymond (R) (S).
8.30 Everybody Loves
Raymond (R) (S). 9.05
Frasier (R) (S). 9.35 Frasier
(R) (S). 10.05 Ramsay’s
Kitchen Nightmares USA
(R) (S). 11.00 Undercover
Boss USA (R) (S). 12.00
Channel 4 News Summary
(S). 12.05 Come Dine With
Me (R) (S). 1.05 Kirstie’s
Homemade Christmas (R)
(S). 2.10 Countdown (S).
3.00 Lost And Found (S).
4.00 A Place In The Sun:
Winter Sun (S). 5.00 Four
In A Bed (S). 5.30 Come
Dine With Me (S).
6.00 Milkshake! 9.15 The
Wright Stuff 11.45 FILM: A
Country Christmas Story
(Eric Bross 2013) Musical,
starring Desiree Ross (S).
1.25 5 News At Lunchtime
(S). 1.30 Neighbours (S).
2.00 FILM: Wishin’ And
Hopin’ At Christmas (Colin
Theys 2014) Seasonal tale,
starring Molly Ringwald
(S). 3.45 FILM: A Family
For Christmas (Amanda
Tapping 2015) Premiere.
Festive drama, starring
Lacey Chabert (S). 5.30 5
News At 5.30 (S).
6.00 BBC News At
Six; Weather (S).
6.30 BBC Regional
News; Weather
(S).
6.00 Strictly Come
Dancing – It
Takes Two
Analysis of
the couples’
progress (S).
6.00 ITV Regional
News; Weather
(S).
6.30 ITV News;
Weather (S).
6.00 The Simpsons
Mr Burns buys
his employees
hi-tech specs so
he can spy on
them (S).
6.30 Hollyoaks (S).
6.00 Neighbours
Amy questions
the wisdom of
a reunion with
Nick (R) (S).
6.30 5 News Tonight
(S).
7.00 Mastermind (S).
7.30 MOTD Live:
FA Cup AFC
Fylde vs Wigan
Athletic. Kick-off
is at 7.55pm (S).
7.00 Emmerdale (S).
7.30 Coronation
Street Rana and
Kate are forced
to spend time
together (S).
7.00 Channel 4 News
(S).
7pm
7.00 The One Show
(S).
7.30 Sounds Like
Friday Night
Featuring Rita
Ora and Royal
Blood (S).
8pm
8.00 EastEnders (S).
8.30 Still Open
All Hours
Granville stocks
a device that
creates positive
emotions (R) (S).
8.00 Australian
Wilderness
With Ray Mears
Last in the
series (S).
8.30 Coronation
Street (S).
9.00 Have I Got
News For You
Hosted by
Kirsty Young (S).
9.30 Mrs Brown’s
Boys New Year
Special (R) (S).
Daytime
6.00 Breakfast (S). 9.15
Claimed And Shamed (S).
10.00 Homes Under The
Hammer (R) (S). 11.00
The Housing Enforcers
(R) (S). 11.45 The Sheriffs
Are Coming (S). 12.15
Bargain Hunt (S). 1.00 BBC
News At One; Weather
(S). 1.30 BBC Regional
News; Weather (S). 1.45
Doctors (S). 2.15 Armchair
Detectives (S). 3.00 Escape
To The Country (R) (S). 3.45
Royal Recipes (S). 4.30
Flog It! (S). 5.15 Pointless
(R) (S).
6pm
9pm
10pm
11pm
Late
===
Eight Days That Made Rome:
The Downfall Of Nero
9pm, Channel 5
It’s a myth that Nero fiddled while
Rome burned. In fact, the Roman
emperor was very active in the relief
effort (even if he did blame it on the
Christians). Bettany Hughes looks at
Nero’s reign and explores the events
surrounding 9 June AD 68, the day
he took his own life – apparently
muttering “what an artist dies with
me” – and plunged the Roman
empire into a year of anarchy.
===
QI
10pm, BBC2
A not-entirely vintage edition of the
panel show, as you might expect
from its title “odds and ends”. Still,
Joanna Lumley serves a
‘Friday Night Feast’
8pm, Channel 4
Kirsty Young hosts as
Desiree Burch joins in
the fun on ‘Have I Got
News For You’
9pm, BBC1
Romesh Ranganathan
joins the panel on ‘QI’
10pm, BBC2
7.00 The Gadget
Show Jon
Bentley
tests some
navigation apps
(S).
7.00 World News
Today; Weather
(S).
7.30 Christmas
University
Challenge 2015
(R) (S).
6.15 FILM: The
Karate Kid
(Harald Zwart
2010) Drama,
with Jaden
Smith and
Jackie Chan (S).
8.00 Jamie And
Jimmy’s Friday
Night Feast (S).
8.00 Britain’s
Greatest
Bridges The
mile-long road
bridge spanning
the Severn
estuary (S).
8.00 The Good Old
Days Featuring
Max Wall and
Grace Kennedy
(R) (S).
8.50 Sounds Of The
Seventies (R) (S).
9.00 I’m A Celebrity…
Get Me Out Of
Here! Celebrity
survival
challenge (S).
9.00 Gogglebox The
households’
opinions
on recent
television (S).
9.00 Eight Days That
Made Rome:
The Downfall Of
Nero Bettany
Hughes focuses
on the death of
Emperor Nero.
9.00 Top Of The Pops:
1980 Big Hits
Performances
from the show
during 1980 (R)
(S).
6.00 Totally Bonkers
Guinness World Records
(R) (S). 6.20 Planet’s
Got Talent (R) (S). 6.45
Dinner Date (R) (S). 7.35
Emmerdale (R) (S). 8.00
Emmerdale (R) (S). 8.30
Planet’s Got Talent (R) (S).
9.00 The Ellen DeGeneres
Show (R) (S). 9.50 Dinner
Date (R) (S). 10.50 I’m A
Celebrity… Get Me Out
Of Here! (R) (S). 12.20
Emmerdale (R) (S). 12.55
Emmerdale (R) (S). 1.20
Planet’s Got Talent (R) (S).
1.50 The Ellen DeGeneres
Show (S). 2.40 The Jeremy
Kyle Show (R) (S). 3.50 The
Jeremy Kyle Show (R) (S).
4.55 The Jeremy Kyle Show
(R) (S).
6.00 I’m A Celebrity…
Get Me Out Of
Here! The highs
and lows from
the past 24
hours (R) (S).
7.30 You’ve Been
Framed! Festive
camcorder
calamities
(R) (S).
8.00 Two And A Half
Men (R) (S).
8.30 Two And A Half
Men Zoey and
her daughter
move in with
Walden (R) (S).
9.00 FILM: The Heat
(Paul Feig 2013)
Action comedy,
starring
Sandra Bullock
and Melissa
McCarthy (S).
9.00 Family Guy
Peter prepares
for a fight with
Liam Neeson
(R) (S).
9.30 Family Guy Part
one of two (R).
10.00BBC News At
Ten (S).
10.25 BBC Regional
News (S).
10.35 The Graham
Norton Show
(S).
10.00QI With Romesh
Ranganathan,
Matt Lucas and
Liza Tarbuck (S).
10.30 Newsnight (S).
10.30 ITV News;
Weather (S).
10.00The Last Leg
Matt Lucas
and Rebecca
Front join the
regulars (S).
10.00Secrets Of
Henry VIII’s
Palace The
history of
Hampton Court
(R) (S).
10.00Gregory
Porter’s
Popular Voices
Last in the
series (S).
11.25 Would I Lie To
You? With
Mark Bonnar
and Anita
Rani (R) (S).
11.55 The Apprentice
(R) (S).
11.05 Snowfall (R) (S).
11.45 Sign Zone: The
Billion Pound
VAT Scam –
Panorama
Current affairs
report (R) (S).
11.00 ITV Regional
News; Weather
(S).
11.15 FILM: Total
Recall (Paul
Verhoeven
1990) (S).
11.05 First Dates A
podium dancer
has a date with
a former Ibiza
club promoter
(R) (S).
11.05 Nazi King: Royal
Conspiracy
Questions
regarding the
loyalty of the
royal family
(R) (S).
11.00 Truth Tellers
At The BBC
Featuring Bob
Dylan, Joni
Mitchell and
Jarvis Cocker
(S).
11.20 FILM: Haywire
(Steven
Soderbergh
2011) Action
thriller, starring
Gina Carano (S).
11.30 Family
Guy Peter,
Quagmire, Joe
and Cleveland
form a detective
agency (R) (S).
1.00 BBC News (S).
12.15 Sign Zone: Saying
Goodbye (R) (S). 1.15 Sign
Zone: Army: Behind The
New Frontlines (R) (S). 2.15
This Is BBC Two (S).
1.15 Jackpot247 3.00
Storage Hoarders (R) (S).
3.50 ITV Nightscreen
12.10 FILM: Wild (JeanMarc Vallée 2014) (S). 2.15
Humans (R) (S). 3.10 Man
Down (R) (S). 3.35 Grand
Designs Australia (R) (S). 4.30
Location, Location, Location
(R) (S). 5.25 Draw It! (R) (S).
5.50 Mobil 1 The Grid (S).
12.00 SuperCasino (S).
3.10 FILM: The Midnight
Meat Train (Ryuhei
Kitamura 2008) Horror,
starring Bradley Cooper
(S). 4.45 House Doctor (R)
(S). 5.10 Divine Designs (R)
(S). 5.35 Nick’s Quest (R) (S).
12.00 Bastille Live At Eden
(S). 12.55 Top Of The Pops:
1980 Big Hits (R) (S). 1.55
The Girl From Ipanema:
Brazil, Bossa Nova And
The Beach (R). 2.55 Queens
Of Jazz: The Joy And Pain
Of The Jazz Divas (R) (S).
1.05 FILM: Electric
Boogaloo: The Wild,
Untold Story Of Cannon
Films (Mark Hartley
2014) The history of
the independent film
company (S). 3.20 Close
12.00 American Dad!
(R) (S). 12.30 American
Dad! (R) (S). 1.00 Ghosted
(R) (S). 1.30 Plebs (R) (S).
2.00 Plebs (R) (S). 2.30
Teleshopping
10.00Family Guy
(R) (S).
10.30 I’m A Celebrity:
Extra Camp
With guest
Jamie Laing (S).
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Alan Davies has fun with the word
“oojah-cum-spliff”, while he and
guests Matt Lucas, Romesh
Ranganathan and Liza Tarbuck sport
aeroplane oxygen masks, which
apparently don’t feed oxygen at
all (or not exactly). Two questions
you might care to ponder before
broadcast: on what train did the
Murder On The Orient Express take
place? And what is the largest
collection of things that don’t smell?
FILM
CHOICE
LAURENCE PHELAN
===
The Graham Norton Show
10.35pm, BBC1
Spot the wallflower as rock star
Sir Elton John, actor and writer
Stephen Fry and pop star Robbie
Williams share the sofa, joined
by tonight’s musical guest Pink.
That’s right, there isn’t one.
FILM OF THE DAY
===
Total Recall
The King’s Speech
11.15pm, ITV
(Paul Verhoeven, 1990)
Total Recall is beginning to look
somewhat dated and a little tatty
– more like a B-movie than what it
was, the biggest-budget action film
of its day. But it remains gloriously
entertaining: a lurid, violent sci-fi
mind-bender in comic-book colours.
Adapted from a Philip K Dick short
story, it stars Arnie Schwarzenegger
(left, with Sharon Stone) as a lowly
construction worker who thinks
he’s an interplanetary superspy
with an important mission on Mars.
Or is he an interplanetary superspy
who has been brainwashed and
given a new identity as a lowly
construction worker on Earth?
And how would one tell?
9pm, More4
(Tom Hooper, 2010)
A modest drama about how George
VI (Colin Firth) overcame a crippling
stammer with the help of a speech
therapist (Geoffrey Rush). Its intimacy
and restraint are its strengths.
8.55 A Place In The Sun:
Winter Sun (R) (S). 10.00
Four In A Bed (R) (S). 10.30
Four In A Bed (R) (S). 11.05
Four In A Bed (R) (S). 11.35
Four In A Bed (R) (S). 12.10
Four In A Bed (R) (S). 12.40
A Place In The Sun: Winter
Sun (R) (S). 1.40 A Place In
The Sun: Winter Sun (R)
(S). 2.45 Come Dine With
Me (R) (S). 3.50 Time Team
(R) (S). 4.55 Time Team (R)
(S). 5.55 The Secret Life
Of The Zoo At Christmas
(R) (S).
6.00 Heartbeat The
safety of two
young girls
causes concern
(R) (S).
6.00 The Big Bang
Theory (R) (S).
6.30 The Big Bang
Theory Sheldon
and Amy take a
train ride to the
Napa Valley (R).
6.55 The Supervet
A cocker spaniel
has a bulging
disc in its spine
(R) (S).
6.00 Futurama
(R) (S).
6.30 The Simpsons
Bart and Lisa
co-host a kids’
programme
(R) (S).
6.00 House
A campaign
manager falls ill
during a close
election race
(R) (S).
7.00 Murder, She
Wrote A Native
American
claims to own
Cabot Cove (R)
(S).
7.00 Hollyoaks (S).
7.30 First Dates
Abroad (R) (S).
7.55 Grand Designs
A man aiming
to build one
of the largest
homes ever
featured on the
show (R) (S).
7.00 The Simpsons
With the guest
voices of U2
and Steve
Martin (R) (S).
7.30 The Simpsons
(R) (S).
7.00 CSI: Crime
Scene
Investigation A
US air marshal
is killed by a car
bomb (R) (S).
8.00 Doc Martin
Louisa has
to find a new
babysitter (R) (S).
8.00 The Big Bang
Theory A
revelation from
Sheldon shocks
Amy (R) (S).
8.30 The Big Bang
Theory (R) (S).
8.00 The Simpsons
(R) (S).
8.30 Modern Family
(R) (S).
8.00 Blue Bloods
A witness in
a former case
asks Erin for
help (R) (S).
9.00 Midsomer
Murders
A sex scandal
resurfaces
following the
murder of a
detective (R) (S).
9.00 FILM: Oblivion
(Joseph Kosinski
2013) Sci-fi
adventure,
starring Tom
Cruise (S).
6.00 Monkey Life (R) (S).
6.30 Monkey Life (R) (S).
7.00 Monkey Life (R) (S).
7.30 Monkey Life (R) (S).
8.00 Sun, Sea And A&E
8.30 Animal 999 (R). 9.00
The Dog Whisperer (R) (S).
10.00 Monkey Life (R) (S).
10.30 Monkey Life (R) (S).
11.00 Modern Family (R)
(S). 11.30 Modern Family
(R) (S). 12.00 NCIS: Los
Angeles (R) (S). 1.00 Hawaii
Five-0 (R) (S). 2.00 Hawaii
Five-0 (R) (S). 3.00 NCIS:
Los Angeles (R) (S). 4.00
Stargate SG-1 (R) (S). 5.00
The Simpsons (R) (S). 5.30
Futurama (R) (S).
BBC iPlayer
Superb history of the
epoch-defining conflict
in South-east Asia.
6.30am The Radio 1 Breakfast
Show With Nick Grimshaw
10.00 Clara Amfo 12.45pm
Newsbeat 1.00 Scott Mills
4.00 The Official Chart With
MistaJam 5.45 Newsbeat 6.00
BBC Radio 1’s Dance Anthems
With MistaJam 7.00 Danny
Howard 9.00 Pete Tong 11.00
Monki 1am B.Traits 4.00 Radio
1’s Essential Mix
BBC Radio 1Xtra
6am The 1Xtra Breakfast Show
With A.Dot 10.00 Ace 12.45pm
Newsbeat 1.00 Mo The
Comedian 4.00 Sian Anderson
5.45 Newsbeat 6.00 Sian
Anderson 7.00 Seani B 9.00
Semtex 11.00 Sir Spyro 1am
Kan D Man And DJ Limelight
4.00 Diplo And Friends
BBC Radio 2
9.00 FILM: The King’s
Speech (Tom
Hooper 2010)
Fact-based
drama, starring
Colin Firth (S).
9.00 Karl Pilkington:
The Moaning
Of Life Karl
meets a group
of vigilante
superheroes in
San Diego (R).
9.00 Game Of
Thrones Tyrion
seeks a strange
ally (R) (S).
10.00A League Of
Their Own With
guests Tony
Bellew, Romesh
Ranganathan
and Sam Quek
(R) (S).
10.05 Game Of
Thrones Jaime
faces off
with the High
Sparrow (R) (S).
11.05 Blue Murder
Human remains
are found in a
lake (R) (S).
11.30 The Big Bang
Theory Raj
is named
one of People
magazine’s
“30 To Watch
Under 30” (R) (S).
11.20 The Real King’s
Speech The
relationship
between George
VI and his
speech therapist
(R) (S).
11.00 The Simpsons
Homer helps
Moe defraud
his insurance
company (R) (S).
11.30 The Simpsons
(R) (S).
11.05 Game Of
Thrones Jaime
confronts a
hero, and Arya
makes a plan
(R) (S).
12.40 A Touch Of Frost
(R) (S). 2.35 Margery And
Gladys (R) (S). 4.20 Judge
Judy (R) (S). 4.40 Judge
Judy (R) (S). 5.05 On The
Buses (R) (S). 5.30 ITV3
Nightscreen
12.00 The Big Bang Theory
(R) (S). 12.30 Rude Tube
(R) (S). 1.35 Gogglebox
(R) (S). 2.20 Tattoo Fixers
(R) (S). 3.15 Rude Tube (R)
(S). 3.40 Black-ish (R) (S).
4.05 Black-ish (R) (S). 4.25
Charmed (R) (S).
12.20 24 Hours In A&E
(R) (S). 1.25 Ramsay’s
Kitchen Nightmares USA
(R) (S). 2.20 Ramsay’s Hotel
Hell (R) (S). 3.20 Food
Unwrapped (R) (S). 3.45
Close
12.00 A League Of Their
Own (R) (S). 1.00 The Force:
Essex (R) (S). 2.00 Night
Cops (R) (S). 3.00 It’s Me Or
The Dog (R) (S). 4.00 Stop,
Search, Seize (R) (S). 5.00
The Dog Whisperer (R).
12.05 FILM: Manhunt
(Greg Barker 2013)
Documentary (R) (S). 2.05
Blue Bloods (R) (S). 2.55
Californication (R). 3.30
Californication (R) (S). 4.05
The West Wing (R) (S). 5.00
The West Wing (R) (S).
Netflix
Described as a German
Stranger Things, this creepy
drama lives up to its title.
The Vietnam War
BBC Radio 1
6.00 Richard E Grant’s
Hotel Secrets (R) (S). 7.00
Fish Town (R) (S). 8.00
The Guest Wing (R) (S).
9.00 The West Wing (R)
(S). 10.00 The West Wing
(R) (S). 11.00 House (R) (S).
12.00 House (R) (S). 1.00
Without A Trace (R) (S).
2.00 Blue Bloods (R) (S).
3.00 The West Wing (R) (S).
4.00 The West Wing (R) (S).
5.00 House (R) (S).
6.00 Hollyoaks (R) (S).
7.00 Charmed (R) (S). 8.00
Charmed (R) (S). 9.00 Rules
Of Engagement (R) (S).
9.30 Rules Of Engagement
(R) (S). 10.00 Black-ish
(R) (S). 10.30 Black-ish (R)
(S). 11.00 How I Met Your
Mother (R) (S). 11.30 How
I Met Your Mother (R)
(S). 12.00 New Girl (R) (S).
12.30 New Girl (R) (S). 1.00
The Big Bang Theory (R) (S).
1.30 The Big Bang Theory
(R) (S). 2.00 The Goldbergs
(R) (S). 2.30 The Goldbergs
(R) (S). 3.00 How I Met Your
Mother (R) (S). 3.30 How
I Met Your Mother (R) (S).
4.00 New Girl (R) (S). 4.30
New Girl (R) (S). 5.00 The
Goldbergs (R) (S). 5.30 The
Goldbergs (R) (S).
Dark
Electric Boogaloo: The Wild,
Untold Story Of Cannon Films
Radio
6.00 Judge Judy (R) (S).
6.20 Classic Coronation
Street (R) (S). 6.45 Classic
Coronation Street (R) (S).
7.15 Heartbeat (R) (S). 8.15
Wild At Heart (R) (S). 9.15
Judge Judy (R) (S). 9.40
Judge Judy (R) (S). 10.10
Judge Judy (R) (S). 10.35
A Touch Of Frost (R) (S).
12.30 Wild At Heart (R)
(S). 1.35 Heartbeat (R) (S).
2.40 Classic Coronation
Street (R) (S). 3.15 Classic
Coronation Street (R)
(S). 3.45 A Touch Of Frost
(R) (S).
ON DEMAND
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1.05am, Film4
(Mark Hartley, 2014)
From 1979 to 1989, Cannon Films
produced some of the best bad
movies, the schlockiest rubbish and
the most glorious cinematic failures
ever to grace cinemas and video
rental stores. This documentary
recounts the whole strange saga.
6.30am Chris Evans 9.30 Ken
Bruce 12noon Jeremy Vine
2.00 Steve Wright In The
Afternoon 5.00 Simon Mayo
7.00 Tony Blackburn’s Golden
Hour 8.00 Friday Night Is
Music Night 10.00 Sounds Of
The 80s 12mdn’t Anneka Rice:
The Happening 2.00 Radio 2’s
Funky Soul Playlist 3.00 Radio
2 Playlist: New To 2 4.00 Radio
2 Playlist: 21st Century Songs
5.00 Huey On Saturday
BBC Radio 3
6.30am Breakfast. The first in a
series of advent broadcasts of
JS Bach’s preludes and fugues.
9.00 Essential Classics With
Suzy Klein. Featuring Rick
Stein’s cultural inspirations.
12noon Composer Of The
Week: Koechlin. The composer’s
otherworldly personality. 1.00
News 1.02 Radio 3 Lunchtime
Concert. Accordionist Ksenija
Sidorova and the Spikeri
Quartet in Mozart, Dvorak
and Piazzolla. 2.00 Afternoon
Concert. Tom McKinney
presents a selection of the
finest concerts from across
Europe. 5.00 In Tune. Pianist
Cyprien Katsaris performs
live in the studio. 7.00 In Tune
Mixtape. An eclectic mix of
music. 7.30 Radio 3 In Concert.
The world premiere of Arlene
Sierra’s Nature Symphony.
10.00 The Verb. Ian McMillan
and his guests discuss how to
choose a writing mentor. 10.45
The Essay: More Letters To
Writers. Ian Sansom resumes
his imaginary correspondences
with the world’s great writers.
11.00 World On 3. Kathryn
Tickell presents a live studio
session with Welsh band
9Bach. 1am Through The
Night. Featuring the European
Soloists of Luxembourg and
pianist Anna Vinnitskaya.
BBC Radio 4
6am Today 9.00 Desert Island
Discs 9.45 Living With The
Gods 10.00 Woman’s Hour
11.00 My Life As A Cynic 11.30
The Wilsons Save The World
12noon News 12.04 Home
Front 12.15 You And Yours 1.00
The World At One 1.45 Book
Of The Week: Lou Reed: A Life
39
The Harbour
ITV Hub
The Welsh resort of Tenby
is the setting for this gentle
docu-series.
2.00 The Archers 2.15 Drama:
The Ferryman’s Apprentice
3.00 Gardeners’ Question
Time 3.45 Short Works 4.00
Last Word 4.30 Feedback 4.55
The Listening Project 5.00 PM
5.57 Weather 6.00 Six O’Clock
News 6.30 The Now Show.
With guests Lucy Porter and
Kae Kurd. 7.00 The Archers 7.15
Front Row. Arts programme.
7.45 Living With The Gods.
Neil MacGregor reflects on
the present, on the future and
on hope. Last in the series.
8.00 Any Questions? From the
Sean Hollywood Arts Centre
in Newry. 8.50 A Point Of View
9.00 Home Front Omnibus.
Parts 11-15. By Sarah Daniels.
10.00 The World Tonight. With
James Coomarasamy. 10.45
Book At Bedtime: Rabbit Redux.
By John Updike. 11.00 A Good
Read. Comedians Nish Kumar
and Katy Brand discuss their
favourite books. 11.30 Today
In Parliament. Mark D’Arcy
reports from Westminster.
11.55 The Listening Project.
Friends consider the benefits
of island versus mainland life.
12mdn’t News And Weather
12.30 Book Of The Week: Lou
Reed: A Life 12.48 Shipping
Forecast 1.00 As BBC World
Service 5.20 Shipping Forecast
5.30 News Briefing 5.43 Prayer
For The Day 5.45 IPM
BBC Radio 4 LW
8am Today 8.31 Yesterday In
Parliament 9.45 Daily Service
12.01pm Shipping Forecast
5.54 Shipping Forecast 2.55am
The Ashes 5.30 The Ashes
BBC Radio 4 Extra
6am Rogue Male 6.30 Changing
My Voice 7.00 Capital Gains
7.30 Dot 8.00 I’m Sorry I’ll Read
That Again 8.30 Albert And Me
9.00 The Rest Is History 9.30
After Henry 10.00 Plantagenet
11.00 Skylines 11.15 Kathleen
And Con 12noon I’m Sorry I’ll
Read That Again 12.30 Albert
And Me 1.00 Rogue Male
1.30 Changing My Voice 2.00
Dangerous Visions: Never
Let Me Go 2.15 Cosmic Quest
2.30 An Expert In Murder 2.45
Pick
ofthe
day
The Wilsons
Save The World
11.30am,
BBC Radio 4
Max and Mike
(Marcus Brigstocke,
above) decide
that they worry
too much about
what they eat, so
leave Jennifer and
Phillip in charge
of mealtimes.
Room Full Of Mirrors 3.00
Plantagenet 4.00 The Rest
Is History 4.30 After Henry
5.00 Capital Gains 5.30 Dot
6.00 The Fall Of The House Of
Usher 6.30 Soul Music 7.00
I’m Sorry I’ll Read That Again
7.30 Albert And Me 8.00 Rogue
Male 8.30 Changing My Voice
9.00 Skylines 9.15 Kathleen
And Con 10.00 Comedy Club:
Dot 10.30 Comedy Club: Radio
Shuttleworth 10.55 Comedy
Club: The Comedy Club
Interview 11.00 Comedy Club:
Listen Against 11.30 Comedy
Club: Chain Reaction 12mdn’t
The Fall Of The House Of Usher
12.30 Soul Music 1.00 Rogue
Male 1.30 Changing My Voice
2.00 Dangerous Visions: Never
Let Me Go 2.15 Cosmic Quest
2.30 An Expert In Murder 2.45
Room Full Of Mirrors 3.00
Plantagenet 4.00 The Rest Is
History 4.30 After Henry 5.00
Capital Gains 5.30 Dot
BBC 5 Live
6am 5 Live Breakfast 10.00
5 Live Daily With Chris
Warburton 1pm The Friday
Sports Panel 2.00 Kermode
And Mayo’s Film Review 3.20
5 Live Drive 7.00 5 Live Sport:
The Friday Football Social
10.00 Stephen Nolan 1am Up
All Night 5.00 5 Live Boxing
With Costello & Bunce 5.30 5
Live Sport: The Friday Football
Social
BBC 6 Music
7am Shaun Keaveny 10.00
Lauren Laverne 1pm Mark
Radcliffe And Stuart Maconie
4.00 Steve Lamacq 7.00 David
Shrigley 9.00 Tom Ravenscroft
12mdn’t Nemone’s Electric
Ladyland 2.00 6 Music Classic
Concert 3.00 6 Music Live
Hour 4.00 The First Time With
Bjork 5.00 Chris Hawkins
Classic FM
6am More Music Breakfast
9.00 John Suchet 1pm Jane
Jones 5.00 Classic FM Drive
7.00 Smooth Classics At
Seven 8.00 The Full Works
Concert. Music for a winter’s
night, including pieces by
Rachmaninov and Darke. 10.00
Smooth Classics 1am Katie
Breathwick 4.00 Jane Jones
Absolute Radio
6am Christian O’Connell’s
Breakfast Show 10.00 Leona
Graham 1pm Andy Bush 4.00
Dave Berry 7.00 Absolute
80s With Ben Burrell 10.00
Sarah Champion 4am George
Godfrey
Heart
6am Jamie And Emma
9.00 Toby Anstis 1pm Matt
Wilkinson 4.00 JK And Lucy
7.00 Club Classics 9.00
Annaliese 1am James Merritt
TalkSPORT
6am The Alan Brazil Sports
Breakfast With David Ginola
10.00 Jim White, Perry Groves
And Bob Mills 1pm Hawksbee
And Jacobs 3.00 The World
Cup Draw 4.00 Adrian Durham
And Darren Gough 7.00 Kickoff 10.00 The Two Mikes 1am
Extra Time With Tom Latchem
LISTINGS
What’sontoday...
Visual Arts
MAY MORRIS: ART & LIFE
William Morris Gallery, London E17
The most comprehensive survey
of May Morris to date, bringing
together more than 80 works,
many of which have never been
on public display, and revealing
the breadth of her creative
pursuits, featuring wallpaper and
embroidery alongside jewellery,
dresses and book designs, as well
as sketches and watercolours.
(020 8496 4390) to 28 Jan
WHEN WE WERE YOUNG
Scottish National Portrait Gallery,
Edinburgh
This display documenting the
experience and representation of
childhood uses photographs from
the gallery’s collection to explore
how the portrayal of children has
Travel Offer
shifted over the past 170 years,
featuring daguerreotypes from
the 1840s to digital prints from
this year. (0131 624 6200) to 13 May
GEORGE SHAW:
MY BACK TO NATURE
The Collection, Lincoln
Artists can be broken by the
weight of being the National
Gallery’s associate artist, but
George Shaw responded better
than any participant yet. His new
paintings teem with his passion
for the great art he immersed
himself in at the National,
alongside an inescapable need to
apply it to his personal history.
(01522 782040) to 14 Jan
JASPER JOHNS: SOMETHING
RESEMBLING TRUTH
Royal Academy, London W1
Arriving in the wake of the
uproariousness of Abstract
Christmas gift idea
id
Ph
Pick
ofthe
day
Expressionism in the 1950s,
the art of Jasper Johns was a
much less splashy affair. He
paints objects that we think we
know – flags, targets, light bulbs,
maps – and manages to wrest
new meaning. This retrospective
takes us from his first solo show
in New York in 1958 to the present
day. (020 7300 8090) to 10 Dec
REBECCA WARREN
Tate St Ives
The sculptor’s first major UK solo
exhibition in eight years, drawing
connections between her practice
and the geographical context
and artistic legacy of St Ives with
roughly worked sculptures and
neon vitrines. (tate.org.uk) to 7 Jan
GLUCK: ART AND IDENTITY
Brighton Museum
This exhibition explores the life
and work of the 20th-century
trailblazer of gender fluidity,
who adopted the name Gluck,
creating a masculine identity
incorporating men’s tailoring and
barber-cut short hair. As well as
portraits, landscapes and flower
paintings, the show includes
clothing, photographs, press
cuttings and personal ephemera.
(brightonmuseums.org.uk)
to 11 Mar
Talks
PETER TURNER
Waterstones, Liverpool
Ste
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ip
from
109
£
pp
Winter Cumbrian Mountain Express
E
Steam over the famous Settle & Carlisle Line
The writer talks about Film
Stars Don’t Die in Liverpool, his
1987 memoir of his relationship
with Gloria Grahame, recently
adapted for film. (0151 709 9820)
tonight 7pm
Comedy
HELEN MAYBANKS
FR DAY
40
THEATRE
ANTONY AND CLEOPATRA
Barbican Theatre, London EC2
Iqbal Khan offers a fluid and confident reading that takes its time to
establish, crucially, the luxury and opulence of Cleopatra’s court that
has lured Antony (Antony Byrne) from his Roman duty. Byrne makes
him a no-nonsense warrior and pleasure-seeker, beguiled by Josette
Simon’s magnificent, mercurial Cleopatra. (020 7638 8891) to 20 Jan
excoriating routines on race,
sexuality and gender in Fresh Off
the Bloat. (0844 477 2000) tonight
MILTON JONES
City Hall, Hull
The master of oddball one liners
– with hair and shirt combo to
match – tours Milton Jones Is Out
There. (01482 300306) tonight
PHIL WANG
Soho Theatre, London W1
MARGARET CHO
O2 Academy, Sheffield
Phil Wang first came to our
notice as one third of sketch aces
Daphne, but he really found his
The US star arrives on these
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Saturdays, 3rd, 17th, 24th February or 10th March, 2018
Departing London Euston 07.10, Watford Jn* 06.40, Milton Keynes 08.00,
Northampton 07.40**, Rugby 08.25, Nuneaton 08.45 (times approx)
Join us for an exciting steam journey over the world famous Settle and Carlisle Line. Sit back
and relax as we speed North hauled by electric loco to meet an historic steam locomotive
at Carnforth, 45690 Leander or 45699 Galatea. Our journey will take us across the dramatic
Cumbrian Fells to ancient border city Carlisle, where you can explore the castle, cathedral,
museum or shops and cafes before we take the scenic Settle & Carlisle Line, including Ais
Gill - the highest railway summit in England – the iconic Ribblehead Viaduct and magnificent
Three Peak views. Our train will leave its steam loco behind at Farington Jn for a fast run
home hauled by electric loco.
Price Includes...
Standard £109pp/£332 family – a reserved seat usually at a table for four
First £169pp/£506 family – morning coffee & Danish pastry and afternoon
tea with a savoury dish followed by a selection of fancies and cakes
Premier £259pp/£780 family – a full English breakfast, light lunch & a four
course dinner silver served at your seat
Presented by the Forestry Commission by arrangement with CODA
Plus Special Guest
Fri 8 June Delamere Forest Delamere, Cheshire
Sat 9 June Thetford Forest NR Brandon, Suffolk
Fri 15 June Westonbirt Arboretum NR Tetbury, Glos
Sat 16 June Bedgebury Pinetum NR Tunbridge Wells, Kent
Fri 22 June Sherwood Pines NR Mansfield, Notts
Sat 23 June Dalby Forest NR Pickering, N Yorks
Sat 30 June Cannock Chase Forest NR Rugeley, Staffs
or visit: www.railwaytouring.net and use code JQF
THE NUTCRACKER
Birmingham Hippodrome
Peter Wright’s production
is perhaps the best-loved
Nutcracker in Britain, with
a warm family feeling and
handsome designs. (0844 338
5000) to 13 Dec
SWAN LAKE/LOCH NA HEALA
Sadler’s Wells, London EC1
Michael Keegan-Dolan retells
the world’s most famous ballet in
modern rural Ireland, with live
music from Dublin band Slow
Moving Cloud. Keegan-Dolan
has a superb eye for the uncanny,
though his vengeful women
remain remote figures. (020 7863
8000) to Sat
SYLVIA
Royal Opera House, London WC2
The Royal Ballet dance Frederick
Ashton extravagant tale, with a
pretty Delibes score, a plot full of
gods and nymphs, and a title role
designed to show off its ballerina.
THE LITTLE MERMAID
Lyceum Theatre, Sheffield
For more information or to book, please call:
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Dance
(020 7304 4000) tonight
Enjoy The i £10pp discount when you book using code JQF
Passengers from *Watford Jn travel to Milton Keynes by service train to join our train and passengers from
**Northampton travel to and from Rugby by service train – fares included. Buffet car available. Junior fares
available. Tables for two can be guaranteed in First/Premier for a £22pp supplement subject to availability.
Organised by The Railway Touring Company. The Railway Touring Company’s Standard Conditions of Booking
and Travel apply – see website or brochure for details.
01553 661500
feet as a solo performer this year
in Kinabulu – a smart but lightly
handled show about ethnicity and
patriotism. (020 7478 0100) to 9 Dec
Tickets: 03000 680400
Buy online/info: forestry.gov.uk/music
Info: paulheaton.co.uk
David Nixon’s new ballet brings
Hans Christian Andersen’s
story to the stage, with music by
Sally Beamish and sets by Kimie
Nakano. (0114 249 6000) to Sat
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FILM
Pop
THE DIVINE COMEDY
Dome, Brighton
Six years since Bang Goes the
Knighthood, Neil Hannon
re-embraces founding principles
on his 11th Divine Comedy album.
Strings, droll historical namedrops, romantic sweeteners and
plush melodies number among
the many playful pleasures of
Foreverland. (brightondome.org)
tonight
GORILLAZ
Arena, Manchester
Between its party-time protest
beats and cutting-edge guests,
Damon Albarn and Jamie
Hewlett’s cartoon-hop concept’s
latest album sounds like a festival
caught in motion. Here, they take
the all-in-this-together festivities
of Humanz to the masses, no
doubt with guests on hand to
help the fusionz go with a pop.
DAKHABRAKHA
Pontio Arts Centre, Bangor
Indian, Arabic, African, Russian
and Australian instruments make
up the Ukrainian world music
quartet’s powerful transnational
sound rooted in their own
musical culture. (01248 382828)
tonight
Theatre
THE BAND
Regent Theatre, Stoke-on-Trent
This theatre show about Take
That is already the fastest-selling
touring musical of all time,
buoyed by the BBC’s Let It Shine,
which recruited Five to Five, the
young popsters who stand in for
Gary, Howard, Mark, Jason and
Robbie. Writer Tim Firth’s piece
is an infectious homage to the
music of Britain’s best-loved boy
band and the power of youthful
friendship. (thebandmusical.com)
‘It’s not always about
sex – it’s about power’
Ana Asensio confronts the covert exploitation of female
immigrants in an unsettling directorial debut that draws
on her own experiences. Emma Jones hears her story
to 9 Dec
(seetickets.com) tonight
MARK LANEGAN BAND
Academy, Liverpool
Whatever devil’s deal Mark
Lanegan struck to keep his
outlaw front from calcifying in
cliché, it’s working. Post-punk
reverberations and pummelling
electro-rock add throbbing
currents of intensity to Lanegan’s
rueful fatalism on Gargoyle,
spiked by a wit as dry as his
six-feet-under growl. (seetickets.
com) tonight
A WOMAN OF NO IMPORTANCE
Vaudeville Theatre, London WC2
With his spirited and splendidly
cast revival of A Woman of No
Importance, Dominic Dromgoole
launches his year-long season of
Oscar Wilde plays in the West
End. Stunning in black velvet,
Eve Best is wonderfully moving
as Mrs Arbuthnot, the “woman”
of the title who struggles to
prevent her beloved son taking
up a diplomatic career with the
cad who, 20 years back, fathered
and abandoned him. (0330 333
JESCA HOOP
Union Chapel, London N1
4814) to 30 Dec
After time spent duetting with
Sam Beam, Jesca Hoop finds
her own restless feet again on
her latest album. Memories Are
Now brims with lateral ideas, yet
it’s never merely flighty: Hoop’s
flights of off-piste imagination
harbour depths of personality
and feeling. (seetickets.com) tonight
YOUNG FRANKENSTEIN
Garrick Theatre, London WC2
Jazz
DOUBLE SPIRAL INFINITY
QUARTET
Vortex Jazz, London N16
Sun Ra’s saxophonist, the
93-year-old Marshall Allen,
touches down for a residency
with cellist Kash Killion, pianist
KA, and Avreeayl Ra on drums.
(020 7254 4097) to Sat
JOSE FELICIANO WITH
JOOLS HOLLAND
SEC Armadillo, Glasgow
The legendary guitarist and
singer has joined up with Jools
and his orchestra to tour their
new album, As You See Me Now.
This boisterous musical comedy
is Mel Brooks’ adaptation of his
own cult film, which poked fun at
the monster movies so popular in
the Thirties. It’s an old-fashioned
and unsubtle entertainment,
often puerile and sometimes
hell-bent on causing offence, but
packed with moments of zany
silliness. Hadley Fraser is wildeyed and tirelessly exuberant
as Frankenstein, the inventor’s
grandson. (0330 333 4811) to 10 Feb
HEDDA GABLER
Royal & Derngate, Northampton
Henrik Ibsen’s drama is one of
the great portraits of a soul in
crisis. Lizzy Watts stars in the
title role, as a passionate woman
who rebels against the numbness
of a stifling marriage, spots
vulgarity unerringly yet dreads
the prospect of scandal. Ivo van
Hove’s National Theatre staging
sets out to make this frequently
performed play seem unfamiliar.
(01604 624811) ends Sat
(0844 395 4000) to Sat
World Music
SONGHOY BLUES
Anson Rooms, Bristol
The Malian four-piece tour
their second album, Resistance,
following on from their
electrifying debut, Music in Exile,
and a documentary film, They
Will Have to Kill Us First, about
the impact of Islamo-fascists
Ansar Dine on their homelands.
(0117 331 8663) tonight
QUIZ
Minerva Theatre, Chichester
James Graham’s new play
dissects the concept of the
game show and lays it bare on
the intimate Minerva stage. In
doing so, it probes the TV show
Who Wants to Be a Millionaire?’s
most controversial moment
– the coughing major scandal
of 2003. Keir Charles’ pitchperfect portrayal of all the great
game show hosts – not least
Millionaire’s Chris Tarrant – sets
the tone. (01243 781312) to 9 Dec
Stripped
of dignity
Ana Asensio in
‘Most Beautiful
Island’
L
uciana, a Spanish immigrant in New York,
goes through a series of
dead-end jobs to make
ends meet. One day, her
friend Olga tells her she can make
easy money by coming to a party.
Dress prettily, Olga says, you’ll
just be looked at. A few hours
later, Luciana finds herself in a
basement warehouse facing what
American culture website Slate
has described as “one of the year’s
most jaw-dropping… disturbing
scenes… a twisted, literal manifestation of her vulnerability”,
and Luciana realises that no one
in the outside world would know,
or perhaps care, if she disappears.
The plot of Most Beautiful Island, written, starring and directed by first-time film-maker Ana
Asensio, highlights the particular
vulnerability of young female immigrants. It could equally have
been set in London, or any of the
world’s mega-cities. But it’s directly based on Madrid-born Asensio’s
own experiences after moving to
New York as a 23-year-old drama
student in 2001.
In between visas, Asensio ran
out of money. “I was living on
bagels and doing stupid things I
would never do if I had still been
living in my own country,” recalls
the vibrant Asensio, a decade and
a half later. “One day I ended up
in a really dangerous place. I got
myself out and never went back,
but I remember that I was afraid
I could disappear that night.”
Asensio isn’t willing to divulge
any more about what happened,
but it did form the inspiration for
her first film. “I wanted to show
the ugly side. Like any other immigrant, these women don’t speak
the language so well. They get offered ‘different’ types of opportunities, whether it’s: ‘Come to my
home, and you can clean it’ or: ‘You
have long legs, come to this party’.
It’s pathetic and degrading. Unfortunately, you are more of a target.”
Shot documentary-style, Most
Beautiful Island romped away with
the Grand Jury prize at the SXSW
festival in March. The film’s theme
has since become the hot topic of
the year. “The current environment highlights how people with
power exploit those who are more
vulnerable. It is not always about
sex, but it is always about power,”
says Asensio.
Asensio’s experiences flag up
the unseen layer of women you
would never believe are struggling, but are susceptible to the
wrong invitation.
“I met so many girls in the same
situation, girls from good families,
girls with degrees, pursuing
dreams of being models and
People would
say: ‘You have long
legs, come to this
party.’ It’s pathetic
and degrading
actresses. To the outside world,
it must have seemed they just
walked around with their portfolios. But I remember we would
all go to eat at this place once a
week because it was free, as they
wanted to fill the table with pretty girls. It was the only good meal
we got every week. It’s the same
now. There are girls with no documents and they go day by day,
job to job.”
The movie was Asensio’s own
last throw of the dice in attempting to make her career work, 16
years after arriving in New York.
Having previously had smaller
acting parts and done a one-woman show, she applied the same determination that had brought her
to the city, to her first film.
“It was a question of how to
take command of the situation,”
she explains. “I decided to write a
role for me, and I knew it would be
hard to get anyone to produce it.
I put all my savings in, and other
people invested, but I did think:
‘I have to do this all by myself as I
have nothing else to show.’ It took
a long time.”
While her own American dream
is finally coming true, Asensio is
realistic about how lucky she is.
“New York can be the end of your
dreams,” she says. “So many people have given up, and forgotten
perhaps why they even moved
there in the first place.”
‘Most Beautiful Island’ (18)
is in cinemas today
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BOOKS
FR DAY
The ghostwriter and the con man
FIRST PERSON
Richard Flanagan
(Chatto & Windus, £18.99)
Review by Allan Massie
S
ome novelists are
“putters in”, others “takers out”. The former
drench you with incident
and information, and
work on a big canvas; the latter
value economy, of words and effects. Richard Flanagan, winner of
the Booker Prize three years ago
for The Narrow Road to the Deep
North, has been called Australia’s
greatest living novelist, and is
very obviously a putter in.
First Person is a rambling, garrulous novel, telling a story which a
different sort of writer, Ron Rash,
for example, might have written at
a third of the length. In this, he resembles Jonathan Franzen, and,
like Franzen, lavish praise and big
sales have been his reward.
The outline of the story is simple. A young writer living in Tasmania is struggling to write his
novel. He is poor, has a wife and
young daughter, and there are
twins on the way. He supports
himself with odd jobs. Suddenly
a publisher makes him a proposition: $10,000 to ghost-write the
autobiography of Australia’s most
famous con man, a swindler on a
mammoth scale, who is awaiting
sentence and an unavoidable long
prison sentence for his crimes.
As a serious writer, he is highmindedly tempted to reject the
offer, which he owes to his closest
friend from boyhood, Ray, a wild
man who has acted as the con
man’s gofer and trouble-shooter.
But of course, he accepts; whatever his reservations, it’s money
he can’t afford to turn down.
The con man, Siegfried “Ziggy”
Heidl, an Australian who speaks
with a German accent, is difficult.
More than difficult. On the one
hand, he wants the book written,
because he needs the payment
promised in the contract. On
the other hand, he is quite uncooperative. He says he remembers
nothing about his childhood or
adolescence. If he produces what
seems to be a fact, he retracts it
almost at once. There are no true
facts, merely stories, and he won’t
even tell the stories. The supreme
con man is a solipsist for whom
nothing beyond himself is real,
and who will even question or
deny his own reality.
It is, very evidently, a novel of
our time, a 21st-century novel
which recognises that in the age
of the internet, reality is no longer objective; it is whatever you
choose it to be.
Wild boys Flanagan harks back to his narrator’s risk-taking youth, kayaking in Tasmania GETTY IMAGES
Ziggy is an emblematic figure.
In a world in which governments
and banks invent money out of
nothing, what’s the difference between them and the con man who
fleeces them? Was the money he
stole ever even real?
There’s some wonderful writing about Tasmania and the wild
kayaking exploits which the narrator and Ray enjoyed, at the risk
of their lives, in their youth. There
is some very fine descriptive writing and narrative passages that go
with a swing. There’s the sadness
of lives gone wrong or torn apart,
the desolation that is the consequence of family break-up.
Yet the strength of the novel
rests in its mordant intelligence,
in its recognition that the world
today is essentially Ziggy’s, one
of make-believe and denial. If you
can’t quite believe in Ziggy, this is
because Flanagan presents him as
the faceless face of a world given
over to self-invention and fantasy.
So it’s an absorbing novel,
intermittently very enjoyable too.
Yet I can’t avoid the thought that
it would have been better had
Flanagan taken more out and
stuffed less in.
ALSORELEASED
A FIELD GUIDE TO THE
NORTH AMERICAN
FAMILY Garth Risk
Hallberg (Vintage, £12.99)
Garth Risk Hallberg pulled off
a major coup in 2015. The film
rights to the young New Yorker’s
novel City on Fire were picked up
by the Oscar-winning Hollywood
producer Scott Rudin before he’d
even signed the book deal – which
came in at nearly $2m. Set in and
around Manhattan’s punk scene
in the mid-1970s, City on Fire
was an overnight best-seller that
turned Hallberg into the mosthyped writer of the year.
More astonishing, the novel
itself, clocking in at just over
900 pages, is a work of genuine
brilliance, Hallberg’s relentless
gifts gleaming off every page.
Following a cast of characters
from various echelons of New
York society, the story spins out
from a death in Central Park
into a transcendent aria
of the metropolis.
A Field Guide to the North
American Family, Hallberg’s
first work of fiction, originally
published a decade ago, is now
Top5
Books
being reissued on the back
of City on Fire’s success.
Where City on Fire is
Dickensian in scope, A Field
Guide, focusing on two modernday middle-class families in the
Long Island suburbs, is a svelte
novella made up of 63 interlaced
vignettes, which runs to just
over 120 pages.
The fracturing of the
Hungate and Harrison families
– neighbours whose lives are
thrown into turmoil by divorce
and a death – is told through
sketches that never run to more
than a page. The entries are
alphabetised under thematic
headings, such as “Optimism”
and “Grief”, each illustrated with
pictures taken by a different
photographer. It’s a wholly
distinct aesthetic from that of
City on Fire, but a work equally
steeped in a fascination with
families of different stripes.
Hallberg’s writing style here
is more lucid and malleable than
the expansive immersion of City
on Fire, evocative of masters
of American suburbia such as
John Updike, John Cheever,
James Salter and Richard Yates.
The photographs come with
meditative captions and playful
cross-references to other entries
(“An erratic Maturity pattern
characterises the Midlife Crisis:
it may remain a manageable size
for years, only to reach its stature
in a few turbulent days”).
The images themselves echo
the work of photographers such
as William Eggleston or Alec
Soth, in which mundane aspects
of American life resonate with
narrative power.
The epigraph is a quote from
James Agee, the writer who
in the mid-1930s documented
Depression-era dustbowl
families with photographer
Walker Evans. In the “how to
use” section, Hallberg challenges
“bold” readers to dispense with
a linear reading approach and to
“traverse the book at random”.
Conjuring a dreamily filmic
spell, with shades of American
Beauty and The Ice Storm,
this is a work that can be
approached (and rediscovered)
a number of ways, all equally
rewarding. It’s an ideal coffee
table or bedside companion,
to be dipped into for flashes of
pleasure. THE INDEPENDENT
Alasdair Lees
1. Bad Dad David Walliams (HarperCollins)
2. Diary of a Wimpy Kid: The Getaway Jeff Kinney (Penguin)
3. The Midnight Line Lee Child (Bantam)
4. Blue Planet II James Honeyborne & Mark Brownlow (BBC/Random House)
5. 5 Ingredients – Quick & Easy Food Jamie Oliver (Michael Joseph)
WINTER
Karl Ove Knausgaard
(Harvill Secker, £16.99)
LIFE IN THE GARDEN
Penelope Lively
(Fig Tree, £14.99)
Norwegian writer Karl Ove
Knausgaard’s My Struggle series
of autobiographical books won
him the adulation of the literary
establishment and the wrath of
certain family members.
In his new series, the Seasons
Quartet, he again tackles issues
relating to his own life, this time
in the guise of brief descriptions
of the world written for his
unborn daughter. It’s pretentious,
yes, but that doesn’t mean it isn’t
enjoyable. In Winter, we find
him ruminating on the weather,
the trials of fatherhood and his
childhood in the 1970s. Each
entry ranges from two to five
pages, making it easy to dip into.
Sometimes Knausgaard is
showing off, bragging about
how much he knows about the
physiology of owls or quantum
physics; other times he veers
to the surreal, imagining the
human brain separated from
its body. But the best moments
find him simply detailing small
incidents in his life; when he is
depressed and alone on an island
and observes the thrill-seeking
behaviour of an otter; or the time
he and a fellow dad take turns
dressing up as Father Christmas
to wow each other’s children.
Now in her mid-eighties,
Penelope Lively parts ways with
her perennial subject matter
of English middle-class life to
write with the authority of an
enthusiastic plantswoman. This
is not a how-to book, nor memoir,
nor coffee-table fantasia, though
it contains elements of all these
things. Rather, it’s a gentle survey
of the garden’s place in (mostly)
Western culture, which morphs
into a personal meditation on
time, memory and a life well lived.
Sam Priddy
Louise Fairbairn
Liz Ryan
PLACES IN THE
DARKNESS
Chris Brookmyre
(Orbit, £18.99)
Though set in space, Chris
Brookmyre’s latest novel is
essentially a locked-room
mystery. It’s set in Ciudad de
Cielo, on the edge of orbit, where
scientists are building a ship that
will eventually take humanity
out to the stars. The novel lives
up to the author’s description of
it as “space noir”, as our patience
with the sci-fi set-up is rewarded
with a crime plot heavy on
misinformation and misdirection.
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A life of
glossy
gossip
THE VANITY FAIR DIARIES:
1983-1992
Tina Brown
(Weidenfeld & Nicholson, £25)
Review by Sarah Hughes
“Y
ou never know
when you’re living
in a personal golden
age until it’s over,”
notes Tina Brown
wistfully at the end of her racy,
pacy diaries about her time as editor of US magazine Vanity Fair.
VF (as Brown refers to it) became a byword for the meld of
high and low culture which pretty
much defines journalism today
and Brown was the editor who set
the tone, transforming an unsuccessful relaunch into America’s
most buzzed-about magazine
stuffed full of exclusive interviews,
eye-catching covers (including,
memorably, Demi Moore naked
when seven months’ pregnant)
and the sort of stories that the incrowd gossiped about.
If that all sounds like so much
hyperbole, then blame it on the cumulative effect of reading Brown’s
diaries, which are stuffed full of
COFFEE
TABLE
CHOICE
Friend to the famous Brown with Meryl Streep in 2015 GETTY IMAGES
breathless accounts of dinner and
drinks parties, both attended and
thrown: literally in the case of one
notorious event involving the current President, who, disgruntled
with a Vanity Fair profile, pours
a glass of wine down the back of
the author, Marie Brenner, before
quickly vanishing.
There are lovely cameos, too,
from a young Boris Johnson (“an
epic shit. I hope he ends badly”),
Jackie Onassis (“I felt if you
cleared the room and left her
alone, she’d be in front of a mirror screaming”) and an easily
distracted Warren Beatty, who
takes Brown to lunch and gives
her the run-around, pontificating
about politics before concluding:
“Look, any time you want to waste
some time… no interviews.”
She has a wicked eye for small
details and enough affectionate
mockery to leaven the lengthy lists
of names which populate these
pages – some more well-known to
a British readership than others.
You would have to be an obsessive fan of New York culture in the
1980s to unpick sentences such as
“Vanity Fair’s success designated
me a great seat at Alice’s table
next to the aggressive takeover
king, Carl Icahn, along with the
creamy TV anchor Diane Sawyer,
mag magnate Malcolm Forbes,
the TV writer Norman Lear,
and the gossip columnist Aileen
Mehle, aka Suzy”. Although the
sheer amount of names dropped
may well leave you wondering:
“Who are these people and why
should I care?”
Yet if you simply relax and go
with the turbo-charged (another
of Brown’s favourite words) flow,
then these diaries are a great deal
of fun. Brown is fascinating on the
ins and outs of putting out a magazine and her enthusiasm for a good
story is winning (her tendency to
promote male writers while sacking women somewhat less so).
She’s also gloriously open about
the way in which her triumphs are
consistently talked down – “I love
the way he says ‘throwing money
around’ as if I am some ditzy girl
run amok with the budget” – and
honest about her struggles balancing motherhood and work.
There is sadness, too, as the arrival of Aids sees the parties replaced
by a slow parade of funerals and
even the unstoppable Brown is
moved to moments of sombre
self-reflection.
Ultimately, though, this is a perfect primer to the gaudy excesses
of 1980s culture. “This is what I
appreciate most about the city at
night, the life force of New York
aspiration, wanting, wanting to be
seen,” Brown writes in September 1985. The same could be said
of the author: it is her joy in her
job, her delight at being ringside
in this moment, and, most of all,
her sheer chutzpah, which keeps
you turning the pages.
What makes
Britain great?
It’s a question
that exercises
our finest
artists, from
Grayson Perry
to Martin Parr.
For ‘Merrie
Albion’, Simon
Roberts has
spent the
past decade
photographing
events and
places across
the UK that
bring people
together –
whether that
be watching
a regatta or
celebrating
Halloween.
The book
(Dewi Lewis,
£45) includes
essays by AL
Kennedy, Carol
Ann Duffy and
Tristram Hunt,
who attempt
to distil the
spirit of
merry Albion.
Pictured:
Broadstairs
Dickens
Festival, Isle of
Thanet, 2008
JONNY L DAVIES
i FRIDAY
1 DECEMBER 2017
ONEMINUTE
WITH…
Sally Rooney,
author
Where are you now and
what can you see?
I’m sitting at my kitchen table.
Directly before me I can see the
dishwasher, as yet unemptied,
and out the back door, the garden.
What are you currently reading?
Henry James’s The Ambassadors.
Who is your favourite author
and why do you admire her/him?
The author whose work I return
to most often is Jane Austen. She
just seems to understand how
extremely funny life is.
Describe the room where
you usually write…
I try to work in the spare room,
upstairs, at a desk by a window,
but more often I end up back at
the kitchen table, where forms of
procrastination are close at hand.
Which fictional character
most resembles you?
A few years ago I’d have said JD
Salinger’s Franny Glass, who is
having a nervous breakdown on
the couch in Franny and Zooey.
But I think I’m just slightly too
old now for that routine to be as
charming as it once was.
Sally Rooney, the author of
‘Conversations With Friends’
(Faber & Faber, £14.99), is
shortlisted for the Sunday Times/
PFD Young Writer of the Year
Award, in association with the
University of Warwick. The winner
is announced on 7 December
(youngwriter award.com)
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Homes and design
I
t should be no surprise that
the word “nomad” has ancient origins. It comes from
the Latin nomad via the
Greek word nomás, which refers to pasturing flocks, or némein
meaning to pasture, or to graze.
Nomadic hunting and gathering,
following seasonally available wild
plants and game, is by far the oldest human subsistence method.
In fact, until 10,000 years ago, all
modern humans were huntergatherers. Put even more simply,
humans were nomads for 99 per
cent of the period of their known
existence on Earth
Today, from the richest to the
poorest inhabitants of the planet,
and on to those who one day hope
to colonise other planets, nomadic
housing of one form or another is
more the rule than the exception.
With housing in general being
hard to come by, what is called
“manufactured housing” offers
the possibility of ownership and
residence to people who cannot
afford to build their own home on
site. Others can afford to spend
around £1.3m on a bus that can be
their very own motor home.
The nomadic spirit of our ancestors, the hunter-gatherers, is
very much alive in the modern
world. Where architecture has
often sought stability and thus the
lack of movement, modernity has
brought a sense of the finite, and
a good deal of modesty about posterity and longevity.
What more contemporary
thought could there be than to
seek nothing so much as to move;
to grow perhaps, but always
to move.
“A good traveller,” said the ancient Chinese philosopher Lao
Tzu “has no fixed plans and is not
intent on arriving.” It is the journey that counts, the point of arrival for all is exactly the same.
Go with
the flow
In a beautifully illustrated book,
PhilipJodidiolooks at design-led
nomadic homes around the world
Carl Turner
FLOATING HOUSE
UK, 2016
The architects proposed this
floating house as a result of the
increasing likelihood of flooding.
They have aimed to make the residence carbon neutral and self-sufficient. The structure could be on
piles or on a floating pontoon. The
“hull” would be made by a contractor and shuttering could be
manufactured with computer numerical controlled (CNC) milling.
They state: “The solid timber
The Ecocapsule
allows people
to live in
remote places
out of reach of
infrastructure
structure can be built on site in
one to two weeks.
“Windows can be supplied and
fitted by the manufacturer and
people can choose to what extent
they wish to do it themselves or
customise the design of their
new home.”
To be built with concrete, steel,
cross-laminated timber, polycarbonate, and plywood for the
furniture, the plans of the house
are available on the open-source
site paperhouses.co/architect/
carl-turner-architects.
‘The nomadic
spirit is very
much alive in
our modern
world
Ninebark
FLOATING HOME
Portage Bay, Seattle, US, 2009
The early inhabitants of the floating homes on Portage Bay were
loggers and sailors who built residences on fallen logs. Architect
Ryan Mankoski says: “Our primary design intent was to create
a modern dwelling that paid homage to the historical character of
the Lake Washington ship canal.”
This new home was built on a
100-year-old log float. “We chose
materials such as raw steel and
reclaimed cedar siding for the
exterior so that, with weather,
they would age in a natural way
reminiscent of the surrounding
industrial context,” say the architects. Materials used also include
reclaimed timber and bamboo.
Use of reclaimed wood and radiant heating are indicative of the
designers’ affirmation of green
design principles.
Abaton
PORTABLE HOME
Madrid, 2013
The ÁPH80 series was conceived
as an ideal home for two, easily
transported by road and ready to
be placed almost anywhere.
The portable home includes a
living room/kitchen, a full bathroom, and double bedroom. Its
gabled roof has an interior height
of 3.5m. Most of the materials can
be recycled, and the wood comes
from managed forests.
The exterior is covered with
gray cement-wood board. The
ventilated façade has 12cm of
thermal insulation. The timber
structure is manufactured using
CNC milling.
The inside timber panels are
made of white-dyed Spanish fir.
The structure takes eight weeks
to manufacture and one day
to assemble.
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1 DECEMBER 2017
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Fivetoview
Warrington
Carl Turner’s Floating House,
left, was created as a result of the
increasing likelihood of flooding;;
above , the interior
ECOCAPSULE
Sweden, 2015
Ecocapsule is a self-sustainable
intelligent micro-home that uses
solar and wind energy. It allows
people to live in remote places out
of reach of infrastructure, while
retaining a high level of living comfort. It can be used as a cottage, a
pop-up hotel, caravan, or even as a
charging station for electric cars.
The ellipsoid shape is designed
to maximise the collection of rainwater and dew. The design of the
outer shell also minimises energy loss. Hollow walls filled with
highly efficient thermal insulation
protect inhabitants from harsh
environments and help achieve a
performance almost on the level of
a passive house.
The capsule can fit into a standard shipping container. A trailer
turns it into a fully functional caravan. In an urban environment,
the small dwelling can readily be
placed on a rooftop. Its body is
made of fibreglass, overlaid on a
steel frame and filled with polyurethane foam insulation
Fiction Factory
WIKKELHOUSE
Amsterdam, 2016
The Wikkelhouse is a modular
building system that uses cardboard building elements that can
be assembled in a day without
creating a foundation. Interlocking cardboard segments can be
joined together to create a home
or structure for any other use.
Twenty-four layers of cardboard are wrapped around a
house-shaped mould, using “environmentally friendly” glue. The
rounded form makes it highly
wind-resistant.
The cardboard cladding is protected from the weather by waterproof foil and is finished with
wooden cladding boards.
All the materials employed can
be recycled, but the structural
models are designed to have a life
of 50 years or more. It can thus be
used either for temporary or for
permanent housing. Although architects such as Shigeru Ban have
used cardboard tubes as structural
elements for a number of years, the
combination of easily transportable modular assembly and exceptional durability proposed in the
Wikkelhouse would
appear to be unique.
‘Nomadic Homes’
by Philip Jodidio is
published by Taschen
DUKEBRIDGE COURT, WA13
Price: £290,000
They say: This open-plan
two-bedroom apartment is
located in the heart of the
picturesque Lymm village on
the Bridgewater Canal.
Call: 01925 903948
isport
In tomorrow’s
World Cup draw
The groups, the
fixtures, the key
clashes and all the
reaction from Russia
8-page winter walking special
in tomorrow’s
PARK LANE, WA4
Price: £445,000
They say: A picturesque
three-bedroom barn
conversion with triple-aspect
windows in the sought-after
area of Higher Walton .
Call: 01925 697280
ALDER LANE, WA5
Price: £995,000
They say: A four-bedroom
detached property that used
to be three separate cottages
before being rebuilt as one
unit by the current owners.
Call: 01925 747092
Don’t miss your chance to
win a walking holiday to
Venice worth £2,000
in association with
TWISS GREEN LANE, WA3
Price: £1,250,000
They say: View this Georgian
four-bedroom property on
Zoopla to see its grounds and
outbuildings , including a
separate converted barn.
Call: 01925 697006
MUSTARD LANE, WA3
Price: £850,000
They say: This impressive
five-bedroom family home
offers versatile living
accommodation alongside
extensive private gardens.
Call: 01925 697006
In association with
Image: Ian Dickin
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Homes and design
Doing up
the dream
A RENOVATION DIARY
Ben Alden-Falconer
Meeting locals is
more positive
than news from
the house
There’s nothing like piling up beds
in your front garden to meet the
neighbours. As I heave another
mattress thick with grime, a voice
emerges behind me.
“Is this stuff for sale?”.
“Take what you want,” I reply.
“You’ll save me taking it to
the dump”.
Two owners of “vintage” stores
have already left their cards
with me this morning. But this
guy, it turns out, has his own
immaculately renovated house
down the road. He is clearly having
a laugh.
“So are you turning it into
flats?” he asks. I’m not. His body
language shifts and he begins to
offer tips, gleaned from his own
three-year renovation.
Still working as a decorator in
London, he’s moved to Margate
where he can own a wellproportioned Edwardian home
just like the ones he renovates in
Muswell Hill. He shows off his
downstairs rooms – it will take me
years to get mine anywhere near
that. He asks if I like his original
stained glass in his door; I do, it’s
one of the original features that
attracted me to my own.
“I asked the glass maker to copy
yours!” He offers contacts for
local plumbers, carpenters and
electricians that he has used over
the years.
London is a place people come
to from across the country and
the world. So often when I meet
new people and they find out that
I grew up in East London, it is met
with surprise: “You are the first
actual Londoner I have met!”
Margate, too, feels like a place
people come to, but here the roles
are reversed; I’m the one moving.
While there are residents who are
Margate born and bred, everyone
I’ve met so far has told me about
their journey here – often one
made via the capital. Perhaps they
sense something in common.
The South Africans who run
a beachfront café in a converted
double-decker saw a Mary Portas
TV show about Margate’s declining
high street and drove down the
next day. Within three months
they had bought their house. The
Hungarian lady who runs the
health-food shop at the end of the
road had spent most of her life in
London, but moved down recently,
too. She looked at my house with
The front door is the last in the
street to retain its original glass
a friend, she tells me – she was
put off by the amount of work. She
certainly remembered the castiron, David Lynch-style boiler with
it’s rivets and pipework shooting
up through the kitchen ceiling.
A charming old lady with a
penchant for rescuing discarded
books from our front garden,
starts visiting regularly. After
living in the US and Canada, she
now spends her time between
Margate and her son in Boston.
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“So,” she asks, “are you turning it
into flats?”
As we clear the house, we find
certificates of commendable
wartime service, signed by the
London County Council (LCC).
Some of the former resident’s
relatives must have started
life in London before coming to
Margate, too.
I’m glad that meeting the locals
has been so positive, as the news
from the house is less good. Dad,
down to help clear out, and change
the locks, has uncovered dry rot.
He promptly knocks out most
of the wood and plaster work
around the front door. If it looked
shabby before, now it looks like a
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I am exhausted. My childhood
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for the first time in more than
a decade. It’s time to retreat.
I’ll be back next weekend
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UTILITIES
Water companies cannot be
trusted with customer data
By Kalyeena Makortoff
Britain’s water utilities regulator
has criticised four firms, including
Thames Water, for “shortcomings”
in the way they handle data, saying
customers may not be able to trust
company information.
Ofwat named and shamed Bristol
Water, Dee Valley Water, Southern
Water and Thames Water for lagging
behind their peers in its annual
Company Monitoring Framework
report, which is meant to hold
companies to account and “challenge
them to improve transparency”.
While it reported overall industry
improvement, Ofwat said that
“shortcomings in the data handling”
at those four firms “means the
regulator and customers cannot be
sure the information presented is
complete and accurate”.
Aileen Armstrong, Ofwat’s senior
director for finance and governance,
said: “As customers, we want to be
able to trust what we get from our
water company – be that the water
out of the tap or what they tell us.
“On the second of those, our checks
suggest we might not be able to take
everything at face value.”
Ofwat said there were “serious
concerns” over Thames Water when
it came to two categories, including
following the regulator’s financial
monitoring framework as well as
Responding to Ofwat’s
report, Southern Water
said: “Southern Water has
improved significantly over the
last year... We are working hard to
earn our customers’ trust.”
a broad assessment of “outcomes”
– meant to measure whether
stakeholders can understand
what companies are doing to meet
customer expectations.
In response to Ofwat’s findings,
T h a m e s Wa t e r s a i d i t w a s
“disappointed” by the regulator’s
decision to classify the company in
its lowest assessment category.
“We will be working hard to rebuild
trust and achieve self-assured status
as quickly as possible.”
The report comes a day after
Thames Water said it was unlikely to
meet its target for leaks once again
this financial year, and promised to
return a pot of £40m built up from
fines since 2015 to households.
It has been a tough 2017 for Thames
Water. It was fined a record £20m in
March for allowing 1.4 billion litres of
raw sewage into the River Thames
between 2012 to 2014. It was then
hit with a £8.6m regulatory penalty
for missed leak targets in 2016-17,
while it was also under pressure over
excessive pay for senior executives.
The group last week announced
that Ian Marchant – former chief
executive of SSE – is being brought in
as chairman to clean up its corporate
governance failings.
He will replace Sir Peter Mason
in January.
INSURANCE
Aviva to
share £3bn
pot with
shareholders
By Angela Jameson
Quote of
the day
The 30
Second
Briefing
It’s fascinating,
but it will make
central banks lose
control, and they
are not going to
let this happen
Andreas Treichl
The boss of Austrian
bank Erste Group says
bitcoin won’t be allowed
to succeed
TOO COLD
TO WORK
Are you freezing at work? There
may be a case for you to go home.
The UK is set to freeze this week as
temperatures plummet across the
country, with many areas already
experiencing snowfalls. Under
the Workplace (Health, Safety and
Welfare) Regulations 1992, the
temperature inside the workplace
should provide “reasonable comfort”
without the need for special
clothing. It continues that “all
reasonable steps should be taken to
achieve a temperature which is as
close as possible to comfortable”.
What does this mean?
It all depends on what the
temperature reading is inside your
workplace. Government guidance
indicates the temperature should
not fall below 16ºC (60ºF), no matter
how cold it is outside, or 13ºC if
employees are doing physical work.
.
Are there rule about it being too hot?
There is no cap on the maximum
temperature that staff can work in.
But if it is cold, employers should do
what they can, including providing
additional heating and allowing
their employees regular breaks
and the chance to have a hot drink,
should it get too cold.
What if I work outside?
There’s obviously little an employer
can do about outside temperatures.
However, they must still make an
effort to reduce the impact that
the cold weather may have on your
comfort. Information website Law
on the Web says this might include
measures such as supplying
warm work clothes to employees,
providing warm rest areas and hot
drinks, and allowing breaks to be
taken at appropriate intervals.
Dan Windham
Aviva investors received an early
Christmas present yesterday when
the UK’s life insurer said it would
return some of its £3bn cash pile
to shareholders.
The insurer also upgraded its
growth forecasts and dividend
payout, sending its shares up 2p
to 511p.
Mark Wilson, chief executive
at Aviva, said: “Aviva’s financial
and strategic position has been
transformed. The capital surplus
has tripled; the group has been
streamlined and Aviva is now
focused on markets where it has
high-quality franchises and is gaining
market share.”
The insurer said it would target
higher than 5 per cent annual
earnings growth from 2019 and bump
up its dividend payout ratio target to
between 55 per cent and 60 per cent
by 2020.
The Premiership Rugby sponsor
said the £3bn cash surplus would be
used to pay down £900m of debt, step
up bolt-on acquisitions and return
cash to shareholders.
In August, Aviva reported a
steep rise in first-half profits
after it was boosted by its general
insurance division.
The insurer said operating profit
grew 11 per cent to £1.46bn in the first
six months of the year.
Aviva bought a majority stake in
robo-investment adviser Wealthify in
October and acquired Irish provider
Friends First in November. It has
also sold its Spanish life and pensions
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FRAUD
MEDIA
Lloyds settles with fraud
victims in HBOS scandal
Daily Mail
owner faces
‘tough 2018’
after £112m loss
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From the
business
pages
By Holly Williams
Lloyds Banking Group has a reached
a settlement with a couple who
helped uncover the fraud scandal at
HBOS Reading, with the lender now
having shelled out more than £29m in
compensation payouts.
The bank said the dispute with
Nikki and Paul Turner, who became
victims of the fraud after they
took a business loan for £160,000
from HBOS in 2003, has been
fully resolved, although it did not
disclose the amount it has paid in
compensation.
Aspokesmansaid:“LloydsBanking
Group is sorry for the significant
personal distress the Turners have
suffered and acknowledges their
vital role, over more than a decade,
campaigning tirelessly for justice for
all the victims of the criminal conduct
at HBOS Reading Impaired Assets
Office.”
The couple uncovered the fraud
linked to the former HBOS impaired
assets office in Reading and have
campaigned for compensation for
those affected. The Turners brought
the scandal to the attention of HBOS
and Lloyds and then regulators,
politicians and the police.
Around 35 out of 63 businesses
affected by the scandal and
included in a review have accepted
compensation offers and been paid,
Paul and Nikki
Turner have received
an undisclosed
payout from Lloyds
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costing Lloyds more than £29m so
far. Three companies fall outside the
review, including that of TV star Noel
Edmonds.
The former Deal Or No Deal
presenter is seeking significant
financial redress from the bank
and is set to start legal proceedings
imminently.
Corrupt financiers from the
HBOS Reading branch were jailed
earlier this year for the £245 million
loans scam which destroyed several
businesses, before they squandered
the profits on high-end prostitutes
and luxury holidays.
Nikki and Paul Turner said: “We
are relieved that we have been able
to agree a settlement with the bank
that enables us get on with our lives.”
Lloyds Banking Group has
set aside a total of £100m
for victims of the fraud at the
hands of HBOS Reading staff
between 2003 and 2007.
HOUSING
House price growth continues to slow
By Stephen Little
House price growth slowed again
in November, with average monthly
property prices edging up just 0.1 per
cent, according to new figures from
Nationwide.
House prices had previously risen
Outlook
ANTHONY
HILTON
People are acting
like lemmings
over bitcoin
T
he father of JFK, Joe
Kennedy, once said that
he knew the Wall Street
crash was coming when
his shoeshine boy started
giving him share tips. That was 1929.
This week at an event in London
where the panel was supposed to
be discussing Brexit and the global
Rooftop gardens to
profit residents
By Ben Chapman
0.2 per cent in October and 0.4 per
cent in September.
Britain’s biggest building society
said that annual house price growth
remained stable at 2.5 per cent, the
same figure as in October. Average
UK property prices were £211,085.
Nationwide said the decision in
the recent Budget to abolish stamp
duty for first-time buyers was likely
to have only a “modest impact” on
overall demand.
The latest figures from the Bank
of England show that mortgage
approvals for house purchases are at
a 13-month low.
economy before an audience of
millennials, all the questions were
about bitcoin. Less than a year ago,
the cryptocurrency was trading at
$1,000 (£743). It has now exceeded
$9,000. Should they take a punt with
their housing deposit?
Whether or not it reaches $20,000,
the point is that bitcoin is worthless
– there is nothing backing it. It might
go to $20,000 or even $50,000 but
it is still worthless, unless of course
you can find a greater fool to sell it
to. If you can’t find anyone to take it
off your hands, then it will eventually
go back to zero. It is, after all, just an
entry on a computer ledger.
To understand this, remember
that paper money is worthless
too, if you think of it just as paper.
It has no intrinsic value. People
accept it because of the convenient
fiction that we can still take it to
the Bank of England, or whatever
national authority is issuing it and
get something else – originally
a set amount of gold – in return.
When bitcoin first appeared a few
years ago, I wrote that if anyone was
interested I would happily produce
bits of paper called Hilt-coin, which I
would, with equal willingness, sell to
anyone prepared to come up with a
suitably large sum of money. Nobody
did. But in essence bitcoin is simply
the computer equivalent.
Most people in the market should
understand that the bitcoin boom
Most people in the
market should understand
that the bitcoin boom
equates to lunacy
equates to lunacy but, as in the fable
of the Emperor’s New Clothes, no one
wants to be the first to say so.
Human beings find great comfort
in being part of a crowd. So do
lemmings. As a consequence, what
people have difficulty getting their
heads around was that if bitcoin is
Shares in the owner of the Daily
Mail dropped by almost a quarter
yesterday after the newspaper group
reported a full-year loss.
DMGT, which also owns Metro,
slumped to a £112m loss from a
£202m profit in 2016. The company
also warned of a tough 2018 ahead.
It said short-term earnings would
be hit by recent disposals and
“challenging conditions in some of
our sectors”.
Shares in DMGT fell almost 24 per
cent to 535p after the announcement.
Print advertising sales fell by 5
per cent for the year while digital
advertising revenue rose by 18 per
cent. DMGT said it expected media
revenues in 2018 to decline in the
mid-single digits.
Operating profit at Metro fell by 27
per cent to £11m despite a 4 per cent
increase in revenue at the freesheet.
DMGT makes only a minority of
revenues from its newspapers, with
the majority coming from other
businesses whch include selling data.
Sales fell by 13 per cent in the year
to 30 September to £1.66bn, while
adjusted profit before tax was also
down by 13 per cent to £226m.
While DMGT noted that MailOnline
moved into profit in the last quarter,
it warned that, for the wider group,
next year will be “adversely affected
by recent disposals and challenging
conditions”.
There were charges on three of
DMGT’s businesses – the largest
being £140m on energy data arm
Genscape amid changing solar habits
in the US. THE INDEPENDENT
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%
The amount
by which
DMGT shares
fell yesterday
indeed without any intrinsic value
why are so many shrewd investors
and any number of other so-called
experts willing to buy it? There has
to be a reason. Well there isn’t. It is a
wild gamble for them, too.
Intelligence is no defence – Sir
Isaac Newton, one of the most
brilliant people who has ever lived
– got hooked by the South Sea
Bubble and lost his fortune in 1721.
Equally famously, the normally staid
Dutch fell victims to Tulipmania,
when, for absolutely no reason, the
tulip became the most sought after
commodity.
These outbreaks of collective
madness throughout history were
documented by American economist
Charles Kindleberger in his 1978
classic Manias, Panics and Crashes.
Anyone still thinking of buying
bitcoin, please, at the very least, read
it first. Then lie down in a darkened
room till the feeling goes away.
EVENING STANDARD
The Montreal Gazette
In what’s being called the first
project of its kind in Quebec,
a new housing development is
being equipped with rooftop
gardens and solar panels
that, the developer says, will
generate a profit for residents.
The project consists of 148
new townhouses. Half of them
will have rooftop solar panels,
the other half will get rooftop
gardens, expected to generate
around $2,000 (£1,150) a year.
Amazon wants
Alexa to go to work
The Wall Street Journal
Amazon wants workers to ask its
virtual assistant Alexa to book
conference rooms and launch
meetings, as the company
races against rivals to make
the office the next major inroad
for voice-recognition devices.
Amazon has built a wide lead
with its at-home Echo speaker,
which launched in late 2014.
Now it wants to spark a surge in
workplace voice computing.
Siemens to list
healthcare division
Deutsche Welle
Siemens is to will list its
thriving healthcare division in
Frankfurt. It will be the largest
initial public offering of any
kind in Germany in more than
20 years. Siemens Healthineers
is valued at €40bn (£35bn) and
had been, until recently, tipped
for a New York listing. Siemens
is expected to make 25 per
cent of its shares available as a
minority stake for €10bn.
Rolls-Royce agrees
deal with China Rail
China Daily
Rolls-Royce Power Systems
and China Railway Rolling
Stock Corporation have signed
an agreement to collaborate
on engine solutions, including
hybrid drives and gas engines.
The relationship between RollsRoyce and CRRC goes back
many years and has seen the
rolling stock manufacturers
order 500 MTU Series 4000
engines for locomotives used
in New Zealand, Argentina and
South Africa.
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267.2
66.0
3779.0
313.2
565.5
351.9
2489.0
1766.0
216.3
885.0
4477.0
2849.0
197.3
8325.0
708.0
2540.0
1859.0
6775.0
6486.0
1728.0
318.1
3501.5
857.0
276.6
2357.5
+3.0
+4.0
-9.2
+3.0
+18.5
-3.0
-28.0
+5.0
+1.5
-28.0
-2.5
+4.0
-1.2
-1.1
-26.0
+0.8
+25.5
-4.0
-9.0
-3.0
-2.1
+5.0
-26.0
-41.0
-3.2
-145.0
—
-51.0
-41.0
-140.0
-32.0
-22.0
-1.9
-16.5
-4.0
-5.0
-8.5
614.5
1625.0
772.0
679.8
3956.5
773.0
4492.0
5470.0
221.8
3511.0
369.8
1217.1
279.9
73.6
4069.0
397.8
890.2
537.5
2887.8
2145.0
254.4
1174.3
5355.0
3211.0
229.8
8945.0
832.5
2901.0
1933.5
8255.0
8110.4
1784.0
338.8
4226.6
994.5
290.5
2516.3
FTSE 250
19952.9
FTSE All Share
4033.8
-66.9
-106.7
-33.1
FTSE Eurofirst300
1519.1
Dow Jones *
24285.7
-7.0
S&P 500 *
2653.2
+27.1
Nasdaq *
6876.8
+52.4
DAX
13024.0
-37.9
CAC 40
5372.8
-25.3
Hang Seng
29177.3
-446.5
Nikkei
22725.0
+127.8
+345.0
+0.16c
7326.7
€1.1346
Markets
FTSE 100
EURO/
POUND
Low
512.0
1157.0
518.2
358.3
3015.5
480.0
3340.0
3161.0
142.8
2681.0
269.6
912.0
231.6
56.9
2611.0
296.3
495.4
351.9
26.8
1530.0
205.0
859.3
3565.0
1313.0
182.3
6572.5
552.0
1646.0
1524.0
5410.0
6324.0
1321.0
204.5
2882.5
635.0
187.1
1954.0
DOLLAR/
POUND
Company
Price
Chg
High
Shell B
RSA Insur
Sage
Sainsbury(J)
Schroders
Scot Mort Inv Tst
Segro
Severn Trent
Shire
Sky
Smith&Neph
Smiths Gp
Smurfit Kappa Grp
SSE
Stan Chart
Standard Life Aber
St James Place
Taylor Wimpey
Tesco
TUI AG
Unilever
United Utilities
Vodafone
Whitbread
Ferguson
Worldpay Group
WPP
2388.5
608.5
774.5
232.3
3450.0
450.6
548.5
2099.0
3661.5
936.5
1310.0
1483.0
2354.0
1369.0
738.4
430.2
1214.0
195.5
194.1
1364.0
4164.0
820.5
224.3
3568.0
5330.0
422.0
1307.0
-26.5
+1.0
-4.5
-3.3
-5.0
-2.3
-1.0
-30.0
-55.0
+1.5
-1.0
-15.0
-6.0
+7.0
-10.6
+4.0
+2.0
-0.7
-4.0
+18.0
-52.0
+10.5
-0.9
-66.0
-25.0
+4.0
-3.0
2580.5
672.5
820.0
283.6
3548.0
469.5
564.0
2575.0
5067.0
1050.0
1442.0
1685.0
2441.0
1578.0
860.0
448.6
1245.0
208.6
219.4
1374.0
4557.5
1078.0
233.9
4333.0
5425.0
436.3
1928.1
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2037.0
526.2
595.0
222.4
2712.4
302.1
394.3
2047.0
3435.5
752.2
1091.0
1396.0
1712.7
1323.0
622.3
336.5
926.0
146.3
165.3
934.4
3050.5
764.5
186.5
3365.0
4427.0
255.7
1238.5
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GOLD
Per troy ounce,
London pm fix
+$0.73
901.0
1923.0
1359.0
909.5
2948.0
1899.0
4777.0
511.0
697.0
552.0
193.5
606.0
1345.0
489.1
4689.0
3816.0
629.0
260.8
2115.0
1716.0
4766.0
144.6
2369.0
1499.0
194.0
2566.0
4273.0
7155.0
2568.5
365.8
1406.0
1538.0
1291.0
256.6
310.1
339.6
1279.5
Company
$63.35
3i Group
Admiral
Anglo Amer
Antofagasta
AB Foods
Ashtead Group
AstraZeneca
Aviva
Babcock Intl
BAE Systems
Barclays
Barratt Dev
BHP Billiton
BP
BAT
Berkeley Grp Hldgs
British Land
BT
Bunzl
Burberry
Carnival
Centrica
Coca-Cola HBC
Compass
ConvaTec Group
CRH
Croda Intl
DCC
Diageo
Direct Line Ins
Easyjet
Experian
Fresnillo
G4S
GKN
Glencore
GSK
Low
$1,273.5
High
-$10.78
Chg
+ 0.55c
Price
$1.3500
Company
OIL
Brent crude,
per barrel
ENTERPRISE
TRANSPORT
Number of small
firms soars to 5.7m
Southern claims
it is back on track
The number of small businesses
in the UK has reached a record
5.7 million – almost 200,000
more than a year ago and 2.2
million higher than in 2000.
The Department for Business,
Innovation and Skills reported
that small businesses accounted
for 99.3 per cent of companies in
the private sector and employed
16.1 million people.
The owner of Southern Railway
said it would now be “wholly
focused” on improving service
for long-suffering passengers
after members of the train
drivers’ union Aslef ended their
lengthy dispute. Go-Ahead said
performance on Southern had
“consistently improved” this
year, despite train guards still
staging occasional walkouts.
RETAIL
FOOD & DRINK
Next to trial outlet
in branch of Tesco
Marston’s books
24% rise in profits
Next is to trial a concession
inside a Tesco supermarket.
The fashion retailer is taking
4,300 square feet of space in
a branch of Tesco Extra at
Surrey Quays, in south-east
London. Tesco already has
third-party concession deals
with electricals firm Dixons
Carphone and the health food
retailer Holland and Barrett.
The pubs operator and brewer
Marston’s said it shrugged off
higher costs to achieve a 24 per
cent increase in full-year profits.
The owner of the Two For One
and Pitcher & Piano chains said
pre-tax profits rose to £100.3m
in the year to 30 September,
from £80.8m the year before.
The firm’s shares rose by almost
8 per cent to 113p yesterday.
BANKING
PEOPLE
UKAR to clear B&B
loan ‘by summer’
Timpson joins
board of Barclays
Britain’s so-called “bad bank”
expects to sell off another
£5bn of Bradford and Bingley
mortgages by next summer.
UK Asset Resolution, the stateowned business responsible for
winding down the mortgage
books of failed lenders Northern
Rock and B&B, said 76 per cent
of the debts had been repaid.
Sir John Timpson, the chairman
of his family’s shoe repairs and
key-butting chain, has joined
the board of Barclays Bank. He
is one of eight non-executive
directors appointed to the new
board of Barclays Bank UK Plc,
created as Barclays prepares
to transfer its UK business to a
separate legal entity.
TRANSPORT
BANKING
MP seeks answers
from Uber bosses
Credit Suisse to
reward investors
The MP who chairs the House
of Commons Business, Energy
and Industrial Strategy
Committee has asked Uber for
details of its efforts to limit the
number of hours its drivers
work. Rachel Reeves’ request
comes amid safety concerns
about the ride-hailing service.
The chief executive of Credit
Suisse, Tidjane Thiam, has
promised to its give back half of
the bank’s profits in dividends
and shares buybacks from 2019.
Mr Thiam raised SFr4.1bn
(£3.1bn) from investors in July
– his second major fund-raising
since joining the bank in 2015.
the
markets
Sterling crossed the $1.35
threshold for the first time in
more than two months yesterday,
which put pressure on UK equity
markets. The FTSE 100 index fell
by 67 points to 7,326.67, while the
FTSE 250 ended the day 107 points
lower at 19,952.89.
***
The biggest risers on the
FTSE 100 were Mediclinic, which
closed 3.7 per cent higher at 560p,
and BT Group, which rose by 2.2
per cent to 261.1p. The biggest
fallers were Astrazeneca, down
2.5 per cent at 4,777p, and British
American Tobacco, which closed
2.4 per cent lower at 4,689p.
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56-63
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51
EQUALITY
In tomorrow’s
money
business
Shell pays women 22%
less than male employees The best £1 I ever spent
By Holly Williams
Female staff at Royal Dutch Shell
earn a fifth less than their male colleagues, the oil giant has revealed.
The FTSE 100 group’s gender
pay gap report showed a difference
of 22.2 per cent on average for male
and female employees in the UK.
But it said it was “confident we
have equal pay” and stressed the
gap was largely down to the lack
of women in senior management
roles and higher-paid technical and
trading jobs.
Two-thirds of the group’s employees are male and just 33 per
cent are female, Shell said.
It marks the latest damning report on the gender pay gap after
budget airline easyJet reported
earlier this week that female staff
earned 45.5 per cent less than male
employees.
The Bank of England also recently reported a gender pay gap
of 21 per cent. Sinead Lynch, Shell’s
UK chair, said: “Equal pay ensures
men and women are paid equally
for work of equal value.
“Through our robust and
non-discriminatory pay
processes, we are confident we have equal pay.
However, we do have a
gender pay gap.”
S h e l l ’s r e p o r t
comes after new government rules were
introduced requiring all
UK companies and public
sector organisations with 250
or more employees to publicly report their gender pay gap for the
year to April 2017.
Shell admitted it had “some
way to go” to address the gender
balance in its workforce, but said
it was making progress with a 12
per cent increase in the number of
women managers since 2015 and 47
per cent of graduate positions now
held by women. Ronan Cassidy,
chief human resources and corporate officer at Shell, said: “Are we
where we aspire to be? No.
“But we should recognise
the significant progress
we have made, especially the marked change
in gender balance at
recruitment and the
increase in senior
leadership representation, and draw confidence from that.”
The median UK gender
pay gap was 9.1 per cent for
the year to April for full-time workers, Office for National Statistics
figures show.
Shell added that only
25 per cent of UK
graduates in science, technology,
engineering and mathematics
(Stem) subjects are women.
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English Heritage has launched
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could lead to the loss of 90 jobs.
The charity, which manages
hundreds of historic monuments
daily
money
Analysts expect Prince Harry and
Meghan Markle’s wedding to lead
to sales of £60m as royal watchers
snap up souvenirs.
Prince William’s marriage to
including Stonehenge (pictured),
said if the changes go ahead, its
workforce of 2,300 would be
reduced by 4 per cent. Visitor
operations and marketing would
Kate Middleton in 2011 accounted
for a £527m increase in UK retail
spending, including £199m on
souvenirs and memorabilia on the
day, according to an estimate from
the Centre for Retail Research.
The Royal Family provides a
£550m annual uplift through
tourism, estimates Brand Finance,
a business valuation consultancy,
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MBNA has launched a new money
transfer Visa credit card.
be affected most, but all properties
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Chief executive Kate Mavor said:
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interest-free on money transfers
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introductory balance transfer fee
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“The card will be attractive
to those looking to borrow cash
for their current account and
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consumer website Moneyfacts.
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Steak and ale pie
Kakuro
NEW Zygolex® In i every day
How to play Fill the white squares so that the total in each
across or down run of cells matches the total at the start
of that run. You must use the numbers from 1-9 only and
cannot repeat a number in a run. Solution: minurl.co.uk/i
Find the missing words by following the RHYME, LETTERS and MEANING links
– eg, a word that rhymes with ‘cheek’, has one letter different from ‘pear’ and
has the same meaning as mountain, would be ‘peak’. Full rules at zygolex.com.
Solution, page 57
RHYME LETTERS
12
14
6
11
6
DOSH
3
4
7
11
TRASH
15
U
PASE
ST PU
RY FF
BELT
4
CHARM
19
6
4
4
SETTING
5
5
15
4
27
11
17
25
15
4
GRAPH
12
5
9
15
8
7 1
4 5
8
9
3
4
7
3
RHYME
2
1
Futoshiki
8
2
8
8
10
10
10
11
8
10
>
∧
7
14
19
13
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14
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3
0
0 1
14
9
∧
1
3
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How to play Find all the mines in the grid. Numbers in certain squares indicate how
many mines there are in the neighbouring squares, including diagonally touching
squares. Mines cannot be placed in squares with numbers. Solution: minurl.co.uk/i
2 3
16
22
15
15
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1 2
7
14
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MEANING
Minesweeper
7
16
LETTERS
>
Killer Sudoku No 1148
How to play Each row, column and 3 by 3 box must contain
each number (1 to 9) only once. The sum of all numbers
contained in a dotted area must match the number printed
in its top-left corner. No number can appear more than
once in a dotted area. Solution: minurl.co.uk/i
LUMP
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How to play
Place the numbers
from 1-5 exactly
once in each row
and column. The
greater than and
less than signs
(‘>’ and ‘<’) indicate
where one cell is
greater/less than
the adjacent
cell indicated.
Solution:
minurl.co.uk/i
2
SHELF
PUNK
AVERSE
8
4
9
4
TEASE
1
QUELL
5
5
How to play Place the numbers 1-9 once in each row, column
and bold-lined jigsaw region. Solution: minurl.co.uk/i
15
4
4
Jigsawdoku
On Monday
Janneke Vreugdenhil’s soft polenta
with mushrooms & spinach
4
4
CURTAIL
BLURB
Recipe from aldi.co.uk
GENE
4
4
26
9
Peel, halve and chop the onion into small
chunks. In a large saucepan, heat a little
oil. Add the beef and the chopped onions
and sauté until browned. Add the ale,
water, tomato purée and crumble over
the beef stock.
Season with a little salt and some
white pepper. Bring to the boil, cover and
cook on a low heat for 45 minutes until
the beef is tender.
Pre-heat the oven to 200°C/400°F/Gas
Mark 6. Transfer the meat and gravy to
an oblong pie dish.
Unroll the pastry and place over the
top, cutting to fit, then crimp the edges
and make a couple of cuts in the top to
allow the steam to escape. Brush over
some milk.
Bake in the oven for 20-25 minutes
until the pastry is risen and golden.
5
16
19
SERVES 4
1 x 400g pack diced beef
1 large onion
300ml brown ale, such as North Bridge
Brown Ale
150ml water
1 beef stock cube
1 dessert spoon tomato purée
1 x 375g pack ready rolled puff pastry
Salt and white pepper
A little sunflower oil
A little milk
CROOKED
3
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17
MEANING
12
2
3
3
3
3
2
2
2 2
2 2
2
1
2 2
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0 0
2 1
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2
0 1 1
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2
4
3
0
1
2
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Maths Puzzle
Codeword No 1869
How to play Fill the empty squares with
numbers that will make the across and
down calculations produce the results
shown in the grey squares. Each numeral
from 1 to 9 must only appear once. The
calculations should be performed from
left to right and top to bottom, rather than
in strict mathematical order.
How to play The numbers in the grid correspond to the letters of the alphabet.
Solve the puzzle and fill in the letters in the key as you discover them.
Three letters are provided to give you a start. The solution will be printed in
tomorrow’s paper, the solution to yesterday’s codeword is on page 57.
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26
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15
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T
Word
Ladder
How to play
Convert the word
at the top of the
ladder into the
word at the bottom
of it, using only
the four rungs
in between. On
each rung, you
must put a valid
four-letter word
that is identical
to the word above
it, apart from a
one-letter change.
There may be more
than one way of
achieving this.
BASH
19
22
15
18
H
PORT
5
39
DOWN
1 Clothing business
(Informal) (3,5)
2 Wear away (5)
3 Expressionless (7)
4 Cereal grain (4)
5 Polygraph (3,8)
6 Next to (2,3,4,2)
10 Place to sleep
(Informal) (5,3)
12 Heartfelt (7)
15 Churchman (5)
16 Young horse (4)
1
2
3
5
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Solution to yesterday’s Concise Crossword
ACROSS 1 Saul, 3 Tyre (Saltire), 6 Saint Andrews, 7 Minimised, 9 Nib, 11 To date,
12 Scampi, 13 Map, 14 Misplaced, 16 Will-o’-the-wisp, 18 Ogle, 19 Cede.
DOWN 1 Skinny-dipping, 2 Ultimatum, 3 Tor, 4 Rowing machine, 5 Onus, 6 Symptom,
8 Décolleté, 10 Build up, 15 Sate, 17 Lie.
Today’s other puzzles Cryptic Crossword, page 23;
Five-Clue Cryptic, page 9; One-Minute Wijuko, page 27
Puzzle solutions See page 57 and minurl.co.uk/i
1
8
4
1 6 3
2 8
5
9
4
7
6
7
1 9
3 1 7
2
2
5
7
5
7 4 9
6 8
6 9
7
2 1
3
1
4 2
3
3
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6 5
4
5
4 6
3
9 5
8 6
7 3 1
9
BOOM
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Conditions
15
How to play Each numeral from 1 to 9 must
appear (once only) in the squares forming the
red letter i. Solution: minurl.co.uk/i
Monday:Harder
Concise Crossword No 2191
ACROSS
1 Mass of fish eggs (3)
3 Place for waste
materials (4)
7 Dishonour (8)
8 Competent (4)
9 Amity (10)
11 Period before
Christmas (6)
13 Miscellaneous (6)
14 Reoffending
criminal (10)
17 Large weighty
book (4)
18 Ear-examining
instrument (8)
19 Apartment (4)
20 Colour (3)
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Sudoku Easier
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2
15
9
13
22
26
15
14
12
10
8
1
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Savour marquee
jumpers’ one-off
clash at Newbury
By Jon Freeman
RACING EDITOR
Probably for one time only, Thistlecrack and Unowhatimeanharry, two
of jump racing’s big beasts, clash
heads in the Ladbrokes Long Distance Hurdle at Newbury this afternoon. Sit back and enjoy.
Colin Tizzard’s Thistlecrack took
this Grade Two in 2015, but has since
evolved into a high class chaser and
is running here, after 10 months
sidelined with a minor tendon injury,
primarily as preparation for his two
major campaign targets, the King
George VI Chase (which he won as
a novice last year) and the Cheltenham Gold Cup.
Harry Fry’s Unowhatimeanharry,
equally impressive when winning
this last year, has stuck to the timber
trail and is being aimed at the Stayers’ Hurdle at Cheltenham, also won Thistlecrack continues his comeback after 10 months out with injury GETTY
by Thistlecrack in 2016.
Both rising 10, they now have dif- home, will be sufficiently match-fit regard, but nonetheless has been irferent racing agendas, but it will be after his lay-off to cope with such ritated by the criticism levelled at his
fascinating to see who comes out on a talented rival, as good and as young chaser Yanworth following his
sharp as ever when scoring recent Exeter fall.
top in this one-off contest and,
Yanworth, one of last season’s top
on his seasonal return at
more important, whether
hurdlers, crashed out before halfAintree.
the two of them remain in
Racing folk can way, prompting some to suggest
the peak form required
get quite touchy he wasn’t up to the job and should
for the tasks that lie
about their horses. switch back to hurdling.
ahead.
Number
of
wins
for
King bit back at “so-called exYou might just get
Thistlecrack’s best
Yanworth in his last
away with calling perts” in his Weekender column: “I’m
hurdles form is supeseven races. He fell
their spouse stupid hoping that Yanworth shows everior and he receives 6lb
in his most recent
or their child ugly, ryone what he can do (at Newbury
to boot, an advantage
race, at Exeter two
but find fault with today) – and shuts up one or two
the Tizzards feel may be
weeks ago
one of their four-legged people.”
crucial.
I hope so, too. Yanworth is among
friends and, whoa! You’ve
But they confess they have
the favourites for the JLT Chase at
crossed a line.
bigger fish to fry and I wonder
Trainer Alan King doesn’t come Cheltenham next March and one
whether the Gold Cup favourite,
though reportedly working well at across as particularly prickly in this beginner’s fall doesn’t make him any
5
NEWBURY
12.20
1.50
LADBROKES ‘NATIONAL HUNT’ MAIDEN HURDLE
(CLASS 3) £10,000 added 2m
1
F3-2F0 ABBEY STREET P Henderson 6 11 0........................... P Brennan
2
2U-5 ADMIRAL BARRATRY (BF) N Williams 4 11 0....Lizzie Kelly (3)
3
1/19- BLACK OP (BF) T R George 6 11 0.................................. A P Heskin
4
4-5 DASSETT GOLD P Webber 4 11 0 ..................................... G Sheehan
5
DEBACLE J Eustace 4 11 0...........................................................T Whelan
6
4-6 KAPCORSE P Nicholls 4 11 0....................................................H Cobden
7
4-22 LOSTINTRANSLATION C Tizzard 5 11 0.................R M Power
8
0 PEUR DE RIEN O Sherwood 4 11 0.............................C Shoemark
9
2- PRESENT RANGER (BF) D Skelton 4 11 0................H Skelton
10
64-14 SECOND TIME AROUND A King 5 11 0............W Hutchinson
11
1 SIMPLY THE BETTS H Whittington 4 11 0....... H Bannister
12
09 THE MANUSCRIPT Jonjo O’Neill 4 11 0.................K Moore (3)
13
1- WORLD PREMIER (D) B Pauling 4 11 0...............B J Geraghty
- 13 declared BETTING: 9-4 Lostintranslation, 10-3 World Premier, 4-1 Black Op, 8-1
Simply The Betts, 10-1 Kapcorse, Present Ranger, 12-1 others.
12.50
1
2
3
4
5
6
LADBROKES CHASE (NOVICES’ LIMITED HANDICAP)
(CLASS 3) £20,000 added 2m
/56-71
232-22
1860-1
12/3-2
21F113
008-71
CYRNAME (D) P Nicholls 5 11 8......................... Sean Bowen H,T
DUSKY LEGEND (CD)(BF) A King 7 11 6..........W Hutchinson
BIGMARTRE (D) H Whittington 6 11 6.................. H Bannister
HELL’S KITCHEN (C) H Fry 6 11 6...................B J Geraghty H,T
EXITAS (D)(BF) P W Middleton 9 11 2......James Bowen (5)
CRIEVEHILL (D) N Twiston-Davies 5 10 13....J Bargary (3)
- 6 declared BETTING: 11-4 Cyrname, 3-1 Dusky Legend, 4-1 Hell’s Kitchen, 5-1
Bigmartre, 7-1 Crievehill, Exitas.
1.20
LADBROKES NOVICES’ HURDLE (CLASS 3) £10,000
added 2m 4f 118yds
BEKKENSFIRTH (BF) D Skelton 8 10 12..Bridget Andrews (3)
BILL AND BARN P Nicholls 6 10 12...........................Sean Bowen
BOREHAM BILL B Pauling 5 10 12...........................................D Jacob
BOSS MANS LADDER B Pauling 5 10 12...Mr A R Ferguson (7)
CHEF DES OBEAUX N Henderson 5 10 12................... N Fehily
NABATEAN S Lycett 6 10 12.............................................M Goldstein
1 ROBIN WATERS D Skelton 4 10 12 ..................................H Skelton
1- SANTINI N Henderson 5 10 12......................... Nico De Boinville
SHADES OF SILVER E De Giles 7 10 12................. L Treadwell
- 9 declared BETTING: 2-1 Santini, 3-1 Robin Waters, 7-2 Chef Des Obeaux, 10-1
Bekkensfirth, 12-1 Boreham Bill, 14-1 Bill And Barn, 16-1 Nabatean, 20-1
Boss Mans Ladder, 25-1 Shades of Silver.
1
2
3
4
5
6
7
8
9
BEST BET
Cyrname (12.50pm, Newbury)
Looked an exciting chasing
recruit at Huntingdon and may
be bound for better things than
this.
33912/
16/4-6
120535
57/2-
1
2
3
4
LADBROKES NOVICES’ CHASE (GRADE 2)
(CLASS 1) £40,000 added 2m 4f
ADRIEN DU PONT P Nicholls 5 11 1.............................H Cobden T
BATTLE ANTHEM R Rowe 6 11 1............................................. L Aspell
WESTERN MILLER (D) C Longsdon 6 11 1........ R Johnson T
WILLOUGHBY COURT (D) B Pauling 6 11 1
Nico De Boinville
5
1D1-1F YANWORTH (C)(D)(BF) A King 7 11 1......................B J Geraghty
- 5 declared BETTING: 4-5 Yanworth, 15-8 Willoughby Court, 7-1 Adrien Du Pont,
14-1 Western Miller, 100-1 Battle Anthem.
FORM VERDICT
Grade 1 Christmas Hurdle winner Yanworth hasn’t exactly got off to the
best of starts over fences, falling at Exeter last time out and making a
few mistakes early on when making a winning debut over the larger
obstacles back in October at the same venue. It is still early days with
him in this sphere, but he will need to find plenty of improvement to
account for Neptune winner WILLOUGHBY COURT. He jumped left on
his chasing bow last month at Huntingdon but should be suited by this
return to a left-handed circuit, with this stamina test expected to suit.
Adrien Du Pont should have a future in this discipline, but might find
the two market leaders too tough on this occasion.
2.25
1
2
3
4
5
6
7
8
LADBROKES OPEN HANDICAP CHASE
(CLASS 2) £50,000 added 2m 4f
3.00
ITV4
43UP-1
13231541F22
2111-1
ITV4
1315422P5-5
1P3-33
312-21
P2-142
35F1-1
211-11
41U43-
O O SEVEN (D) N Henderson 7 11 12 ......... Nico De Boinville
VIBRATO VALTAT Miss E Lavelle 8 11 7............A Coleman T
OLDGRANGEWOOD D Skelton 6 11 5.......................H Skelton T
JAMESON (D) N Twiston-Davies 5 10 13...........J Bargary (3)
SPACE ODDITY H Fry 6 10 12............................................... N Fehily H
WILLIE BOY (CD) Miss V Williams 6 10 12........ L Treadwell
RIDGEWAY FLYER (D) P Nicholls 6 10 11.......H Cobden H,T
ICING ON THE CAKE (C) O Sherwood 7 10 2............... L Aspell
- 8 declared BETTING: 3-1 Willie Boy, 4-1 Oldgrangewood, 5-1 Space Oddity, 11-2
Jameson, 6-1 Ridgeway Flyer, O O Seven, 14-1 Vibrato Valtat, 20-1 Icing
On The Cake.
FORM VERDICT
O O Seven is an interesting contender on his reappearance, though he
has plenty of weight to carry and a mark of 152 could prove beyond
the seven-year-old on this occasion. Ridgeway Flyer is 2-2 since
joining Paul Nicholls but steps up in class here, while Willie Boy won
well three weeks ago over course and distance and represents a yard
that looks close to returning to top form. It could be worth chancing
OLDGRANGEWOOD, who has gone well the last twice at Chepstow and
Aintree in better contests than this. This galloping track will suit the
six-year-old and a mark of 145 doesn’t look impossible to defy.
LADBROKES LONG DISTANCE HURDLE
(GRADE 2) (CLASS 1) £50,000 added 3m
ITV4
1
1131-1 UNOWHATIMEANHARRY (CD) H Fry 9 11 6
B J Geraghty T
2
113-42 WHOLESTONE (D)(BF) N Twiston-Davies 6 11 3...D Jacob
3
11-213 BEER GOGGLES (CD) R Woollacott 6 11 0............. R Johnson
4
15424- TAQUIN DU SEUIL (C) Jonjo O’Neill 10 11 0.........A Coleman
5
11112- THISTLECRACK (CD)(BF) C Tizzard 9 11 0 ...T Scudamore
6
1115-1 COLIN’S SISTER (D) F O’Brien 6 10 13....................... P Brennan
- 6 declared BETTING: Evens Thistlecrack, 7-4 Unowhatimeanharry, 10-1 Colin’s
Sister, Wholestone, 16-1 Taquin Du Seuil, 50-1 Beer Goggles.
FORM VERDICT
NEXT BEST
Willie Boy (2.25pm, Newbury)
Toughed it out to win at this
course recently and has the
scope to shine in stronger
company.
EACH WAY
Actinpieces (3.35pm, Newbury)
Successful chaser these days, but
well handicapped and unexposed
as a three-mile hurdler.
less an exciting prospect. He will,
though, need to be on his game in the
Berkshire Novices’ Chase if he is to
see off Willoughby Court, winner of
a Cheltenham Festival novice hurdle
last spring.
Willoughby Court was actually
underwhelming when scoring on his
chasing introduction at Huntingdon,
but he will have learned plenty from
the experience and is likely to be a
different proposition this time.
FORM VERDICT
ACTINPIECES won by six lengths off this mark over fences at Fakenham
in October and appears nicely treated now running over the smaller
obstacles. Beneficial Joe has returned from a break in good order and is
respected with Noel Fehily taking over in the saddle. He drops back from
3m3f and may be capable of picking up some minor money, a comment
also applicable to Forza Milan, who lost little in defeat when finishing
runner-up in a Pertemps qualifier at Aintree last month.
BEST OF DONCASTER
12.00
1
2
3
4
5
6
7
8
9
10
11
SUNBETS.CO.UK NOVICES’ HURDLE
(CLASS 4) £7,000 added 2m 5f
233-11
11
3-P4
0
5
12-473
P51-5
78-0
5-52
7
9
TALKISCHEAP A King 5 11 10 ..................................................T Cannon
THISTLECRACK steamrollered all opposition put in his path over
DANDY DAN (D) K Bailey 4 11 4................................................ D Bass T
hurdles in the 2015/16 campaign, winning the Long Distance, Long
BARDISTA B Pauling 5 10 12............................................R McLernon
Walk, Cleeve, World Hurdle and Stayers’ Hurdle before embarking on a
BRIGHTS PARK N Kent 5 10 12...............................................A Tinkler
campaign over fences last term. Three novice victories were followed
CAPTAIN PEACOCK O Sherwood 4 10 12.....T Garner (3) B
by a defeat of Cue Card and Silviniaco Conti in the King George, though
ENNISCOFFEY OSCAR Miss E Lavelle 5 10 12N Scholfield
he was then turned over at odds of 4-9 by the ill-fated Many Clouds
MINELLA WHISPER R Phillips 6 10 12.........................I Popham
in the Cotswold Chase, suffering a tendon tear, and was ruled out of
MISSION
TRIO P Holmes 5 10 12................................J Kington (3)
the remainder of the season. Colin Tizzard’s charge had been anteMY CHARITY G McPherson 6 10 12..................... Kielan Woods
post favourite for the Cheltenham Gold Cup at that point, and is set to
OUTNUMBERED C Grant 4 10 12................................C Bewley (3)
resume his fencing career once he has the benefit of this outing behind
STORMY
MILAN
C Longsdon 4 10 12 .............................B Hughes
him. However, he still rates the one to beat at the weights in receipt of
- 11 declared 6lb from Unowhatimeanharry, who dominated this division last season,
barring his surprise defeat in the Stayers’ Hurdle when the drying BETTING: 15-8 Enniscoffey Oscar, 9-4 Talkischeap, 9-2 Dandy Dan, 5-1
ground arguably counted against him. Wholestone is expected to step My Charity, 12-1 Bardista, 20-1 Captain Peacock, 33-1 others.
up on his West Yorkshire Hurdle second behind Colin’s Sister and could
ICE CREAM DIRECT MEMBERS HANDICAP CHASE
emerge as the pick of the remainder, though it would be a huge shock if
(CLASS 3) £14,000 added 2m
one of the front the two in the betting weren’t to land this.
1
16P367 INK MASTER (D) D McCain 7 11 12 ..................Will Kennedy H
2
454241 NICOLAS CHAUVIN (D) J Moffatt 9 11 11 .................... H Brooke
LADBROKES HANDICAP HURDLE
3
434-25 VALSEUR DU GRANVAL (D)(BF) T R George 8 11 10 ...C Gethings (3) T
ITV4
(CLASS 2) £35,000 added 3m
4
33112P LITTLE POP (D) N Twiston-Davies 9 11 7Mr Z Baker (5) H
1
6-0372 WHATAKNIGHT (D) H Fry 8 11 12......................Mr M Legg (5) T 5
44525- BLANDFORDS GUNNER (D) R J Price 8 10 12 ......L Heard C
2
714524 OSCARTEEA P Bowen 8 11 7.....................James Bowen (5) T,V 6
1-1122 WELCOME BEN (D)(BF) Mrs J Stephen 8 10 6 ...Craig Nichol C
3
10/3P- I SHOT THE SHERIFF F O’Brien 10 11 7.............. P Brennan T 7
1332-4 NO CEILING (C)(D) I Williams 7 10 2 ............................T J O’Brien
4
13F-12 ACTINPIECES (D) Mrs P Sly 6 11 4........Miss G Andrews (3) 8
466534 CHESTNUT BEN (D)(BF) P Winks 12 10 0. Ryan Winks (5)
5
221-62 FORZA MILAN Jonjo O’Neill 5 11 4..............................K Moore (3)
- 8 declared 6
1/51-2 HELLO GEORGE (C)(BF) P Hobbs 8 11 3...............R Johnson C BETTING: 9-4 Nicolas Chauvin, 9-2 Little Pop, 5-1 Welcome Ben, 6-1
7
3674-7 THE ORGANIST (D) O Sherwood 6 11 3...............B J Geraghty Valseur Du Granval, 7-1 No Ceiling, 8-1 Chestnut Ben, 12-1 others.
8
2214-1 BOYHOOD T R George 6 11 0............................................... A P Heskin
FORM VERDICT
9
F35712 BENEFICIAL JOE (BF) G McPherson 7 10 13....... N Fehily H
10 2215-3 BENEAGLES (BF) A King 5 10 11....................... W Hutchinson V If NO CEILING has come forward for what was a creditable reappearance
11 5332-1 THIS IS IT N Mitchell 5 10 6 .............................................................D Jacob at Warwick three weeks ago, the consistent course winner remains on a
decent mark and is nicely weighted in this handicap for the in-form Ian
- 11 declared BETTING: 4-1 Beneagles, 5-1 Forza Milan, 11-2 Boyhood, Whataknight, Williams yard. Nicolas Chauvin dotted up at Wetherby last time and is
6-1 Hello George, 12-1 The Organist, This Is It, I Shot The Sheriff, 14-1 a danger, while chances are also given to Little Pop and Welcome Ben,
who rarely runs a bad race.
others.
12.30
3.35
Results service
MUSSELBURGH
Going: Good
12.30 1. COURT BALOO (H Brooke) 3-1; 2. The
Wise One 9-4 fav; 3. Professor Plum 6-1. 9
ran. 2l, 21/2l. (A Whillans). Tote: £3.00; £1.30,
£1.60, £1.60. Exacta: £12.10. Tricast: £35.81.
Trifecta: £28.10. CSF: £10.08.
1.00 1. LADY LONDON (C O’Farrell) 9-1; 2.
Apachee Prince 10-3; 3. Ange Des Malberaux
4-1. 9 ran. 5-2 fav Fight Away Boys (4th).
11/4l, 5l. (Mrs R Dobbin). Tote: £8.40; £2.20,
£1.30, £1.70. Exacta: £45.00. Tricast: £140.65.
Trifecta: £156.30. CSF: £39.66.
1.30 1. CANNY STYLE (B Hughes) 10-11 fav;
2. Simone 12-5; 3. Heartasia 4-1. 7 ran. 1/2l,
7l. (K Ryan). Tote: £1.90; £1.10, £1.10. Exacta:
£4.30. Trifecta: £5.70. CSF: £3.16.
2.00 1. NATHANS PRIDE (A Johns) 8-1; 2.
Vercingetorix 10-3; 3. No Such Number 7-1.
6 ran. 15-8 fav Affaire D’honneur (5th). 3/4l, 4l.
(T Vaughan). Tote: £7.80; £2.70, £2.90. Exacta:
£36.10. Tricast: £185.17. Trifecta: £155.10.
CSF: £33.62. NRs: Kalaniti, Running In Heels.
2.30 1. SILVER CONCORDE (B Hughes) 4-7
fav; 2. Point Of Principle 11-4; 3. Rose Tree
50-1. 10 ran. 6l, 31l. (K Dalgleish). Tote: £1.50;
£1.02, £1.10, £12.50. Exacta: £3.00. Trifecta:
£49.30. CSF: £2.62.
3.00 1. TRUST THOMAS (J Hamilton) 13-2;
2. Thankyou Very Much 5-2 fav; 3. Muwalla
6-1. 6 ran. nk, 33/4l. (Mrs A Hamilton). Tote:
£7.10; £2.50, £1.70. Exacta: £27.20. Trifecta:
£81.00. CSF: £23.88.
3.30 1. TOWN HEAD (H Bannister) 11-8 fav;
2. Sonic 9-2; 3. Colby 28-1. 13 ran. 5l, nk. (M
W Easterby). Tote: £2.50; £1.20, £1.60, £5.90.
Exacta: £8.70. Trifecta: £104.60. CSF: £7.61.
Placepot: £27.10. Quadpot: £12.90.
Place 6: £22.71. Place 5: £17.72.
TAUNTON
Going: Good
12.20 1. DIESE DES BIEFFES (N Fehily) 4-9
fav; 2. Show On The Road 4-1; 3. Challico 10-3.
11 ran. 6l, hd. (N Henderson). Tote: £1.30;
£1.02, £1.40, £1.20. Exacta: £3.60. Trifecta:
£8.30. CSF: £3.49.
12.50 1. BRAHMS DE CLERMONT (H Cobden) 4-6 fav; 2. Snapdragon Fire 10-1; 3.
Anndarrow 66-1. 10 ran. 22l, 48l. (P Nicholls).
Tote: £1.50; £1.10, £3.50, £18.70. Exacta:
£11.20. Trifecta: £341.70. CSF: £10.35. NR:
Desiremoi D’authie.
1.20 1. COMELY (Nico De Boinville) 6-1; 2.
Silent Steps 9-4 fav; 3. Gold Mountain 9-1.
7 ran. 3/4l, 31/4l. (N Henderson). Tote: £7.20;
£4.00, £1.20. Exacta: £20.60. Trifecta: £141.40.
CSF: £20.41.
1.50 1. LOVELY JOB (N Fehily) 5-4 fav; 2.
Beau Du Brizais 6-1; 3. Captain Buck’s 7-2.
5 ran. 11/2l, 33/4l. (F O’Brien). Tote: £1.90;
£1.30, £3.60. Exacta: £9.30. Trifecta: £18.20.
CSF: £8.82.
2.20 1. CABERNET D’ALENE (Lizzie Kelly)
9-4 fav; 2. Ambre Des Marais 3-1; 3. Goal 8-1.
10 ran. nk, 5l. (N Williams). Tote: £3.50; £1.50,
£1.30, £2.80. Exacta: £11.70. Tricast: £45.16.
Trifecta: £77.60. CSF: £9.38.
2.50 1. MORE THAN LUCK (D England) 15-8
fav; 2. It’s A Steal 16-1; 3. Jump And Jump 8-1.
8 ran. 21l, 1l. (Olly Murphy). Tote: £2.70; £1.10,
£2.30, £3.10. Exacta: £25.00. Tricast: £199.82.
Trifecta: £242.90. CSF: £29.96.
3.20 1. TRIPLE CHIEF (Bryony Frost) 9-1; 2.
Soulsaver 3-1 fav; 3. Sweeping Rock 7-1; 4.
One Cool Boy 33-1. 16 ran. 3/4l, hd, 3/4l. (J Frost).
Tote: £9.00; £2.10, £1.70, £2.50, £7.90. Exacta:
£38.60. Tricast: £214.18. Trifecta: £168.10.
CSF: £35.90. NR: Marju’s Quest.
Placepot: £10.50. Quadpot: £9.40.
Place 6: £8.34. Place 5: £8.03.
TOWCESTER
Going: Good-good to soft in places
12.40 1. ROYAL MAGIC (A P Heskin) 66-1;
2. Linenhall 5-2; 3. The Devils Drop 2-1 fav.
8 ran. 13/4l, 17l. (Sam Thomas). Tote: £70.30;
£9.10, £1.50, £1.10. Exacta: £276.00. Trifecta:
Not won. CSF: £231.54.
1.10 1. SOME FINISH (J Quinlan) 9-4 fav; 2.
Belmont Park 5-1; 3. Classic Jewel 5-2. 7 ran.
13/4l, 6l. (R Dickin). Tote: £3.60; £2.10, £3.00.
Exacta: £20.30. Trifecta: £64.50. CSF: £13.77.
1.40 1. BASTIEN (Kevin Dowling) 5-1; 2.
Who’s My Jockey 5-2 fav; 3. Maguire’s Glen
22-1. 12 ran. 41/2l, 41/2l. (A King). Tote: £4.70;
£1.90, £1.30, £7.40. Exacta: £21.00. Tricast:
£256.70. Trifecta: £474.70. CSF: £17.78.
2.10 1. COSMIC DIAMOND (G Sheehan) 5-1;
2. Hurricane Rita 5-4 fav; 3. Onehelluvatouch
16-1. 10 ran. 8l, 6l. (P Webber). Tote: £5.60;
£2.00, £1.02, £4.00. Exacta: £14.40. Tricast:
£89.64. Trifecta: £79.00. CSF: £11.38.
2.40 1. SPICE GIRL (H Stock) 5-2 fav; 2. The
Crazed Moon 9-2; 3. Floral Bouquet 12-1.
14 ran. 31/4l, hd. (M Keighley). Tote: £2.90;
£1.40, £1.70, £3.40. Exacta: £16.40. Trifecta:
£142.70. CSF: £13.58.
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£1.70, £3.50. Exacta: £32.70. Trifecta: £73.70.
CSF: £32.14.
3.40 1. THISTLE DO NICELY (Mr Thomas
O’Brien) 17-2; 2. Cooling 50-1; 3. Topofthecotswolds 3-1 fav. 12 ran. 4l, 21/4l. (Tom Lacey).
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£463.20. Trifecta: £4570.40. CSF: £385.78.
Placepot: £38.70. Quadpot: £16.60.
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Kiwi Parkes to make debut on exact
day he becomes eligible for Wales
Hartley and
Lawes straight
back for Saints
By Jack de Menezes
Northampton welcome back
Dylan Hartley and Courtney
Lawes from England duty as
they look to get their campaign
back on track at home to
Newcastle tonight.
Saints, after a positive start
to the season, have slipped to
seventh in the Premiership
standings after four
successive defeats.
England captain Hartley
(below) and Lawes will go
straight back into the side,
with Rob Horne also returning
from suspension.
Newcastle director of
rugby Dean Richards, himself
looking to arrest a run of
four defeats in a row, said:
“There are no easy games
in the Premiership and
Northampton will be another
big challenge.
“They’ll be a difficult nut to
crack but we beat them down
there last season, so it
holds no fears for us.
“You go
through blips,
highs and lows
during a season,
and at this
moment in time
we haven’t been
performing as
strongly as we were
earlier on.
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allowed ourselves to slip
and in attack we’ve not been
scoring the tries, so we just
need to pick it up.”
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Principality Stadium, Cardiff
Parkes, will make his debut for Wales
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has been selected by head coach for Hadleigh to earn his first cap and
Warren Gatland to start against the for Aled to make his first start of the
Springboks.
campaign,” Gatland said.
Another Scarlet who has
Gatland has a number
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of selection issues on
impress is scrum-half
his hands, with Wales
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ments after suffering a
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CRICKET
FIRST TEST MATCH—SECOND DAY
OF FIVE: New Zealand v West Indies
(Wellington, 10.00pm).
RUGBY UNION
AVIVA PREMIERSHIP RUGBY (7.45):
Northampton v Newcastle, Worcester
v Sale.
GUINNESS PRO14 (7.35): Glasgow v
Cardiff Blues, Newport Gwent D’gons v
Ulster, Southern Kings v Edinburgh (5.15).
GREENE KING IPA CHAMPIONSHIP
(7.45): Nottingham v Jersey.
New Zealander Hadleigh Parkes (left) plays his club rugby for Scarlets GETTY
agreed to honour a clause in their
contract with No 8 Taulupe Faletau,
meaning that the back-row is available for Wales selection even though
Bath will incur a large fine for not recalling him, believed to be £60,000.
Bath prop Scott Andrews, who is
on loan from Welsh side Ospreys, is
also retained as he remains a Walesbased player.
However, there is no Ken Owens
or Leon Brown in the squad, with
By Andy Hampson
We have spoken about
exposing the squad to
Test rugby and it is a great
chance for Hadleigh to start
the two front-rows ruled out of
the clash with back and head injuries respectively. Brown adds to
a growing list of absent tighthead
props with Samson Lee injured and
Tomas Francis recalled by Exeter,
meaning that Andrews will make a
rare start.
Gatland is already unable to call
on five of his British and Irish Lions
stars in Sam Warburton, Justin
Tipuric, Jonathan Davies, Liam Williams and George North, and matters were not made any easier by the
loss of scrum-half Gareth Davies and
lock Jake Ball to a shoulder injury
that he has been carrying through
the autumn. THE INDEPENDENT
ATHLETICS
BOBSLEIGH
Kipchoge wary of
Farah’s ability in
London Marathon
British federation fuming
Sochi was tainted by drugs
By Matt Majendie
By Mark Staniforth
Mo Farah will emulate his track success on the road when he tackles
next year’s London Marathon, according to Eliud Kipchoge.
Kipchoge, the world’s leading
marathon runner, believes the Londoner poses a real threat to his own
hopes of victory in the capital.
The Kenyan, who missed this
year’s race to focus on Nike’s sub
two-hour marathon attempt, has
been added to the men’s elite field
for next April’s race.
“Mo’s already very successful,”
said Kipchoge. “He’s a legend. Whatever he does in the marathon it does
not matter, because of the success
he’s had. But he’s learned a lot from
his last time in the marathon [when
he finished eighth in London in 2014].
He will be very successful.”
Farah’s sole time over 26.2 miles
of 2 hours 8 minutes and 21 seconds
is some way shy of Kipchoge’s best
of 2hr 3min 5sec, which is just eight
seconds off Dennis Kimetto’s world
record. EVENING STANDARD
The British Bobsleigh and Skeleton
Federation has said it is “disheartening” to learn that the bobsleigh
competition at the Sochi 2014
Winter Olympics took place
on an unfair footing.
The BBSA was reacting
to the news of further
Russian disqualifications from the four-man
bobsleigh event, which
means the British crew
led by John Jackson
(right, front) is now
in line to receive a
bronze medal.
Jackson had originally finished fifth in
Sochi, missing out on
a podium place by just
0.11sec, along with
his team-mates Stuart Benson, Joel
Fe a r o n a n d
Bruce Tasker.
In a state-
ment the BBSA said: “The BBSA
welcomes the International Olympic Committee’s recent decisions
and the impact it could have on the
results of Great Britain’s fourman Bobsleigh team at the 2014
Games.
“We fully support clean sport
and have always wanted our
athletes to compete on an equal
footing. Learning that this
does not appear to have
been the case during
the last Olympic Winter
Games is extremely
disheartening.
“Stu Benson, Joel
Fearon, John Jackson
and Bruce Tasker, and
the entire GB Bobsleigh
team and staff, worked
incredibly hard in the lead
up to the 2014 Games.
“If they were to be
awarded a retrospective
medal, it would be a
just reward for their
dedication.”
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CRICKET
England look to
flip the script and
take advantage of
siege mentality
Root aims to use Australian antics as
motivating tool for crucial second Test
just another ranting rabble, sliding
inevitably towards whitewash.
Adelaide can make or break an
Ashes tour. It was here in 2006 that
England surrendered a seemingly
IN ADELAIDE
impregnable position to the spin of
The defining motif of the Brisbane Shane Warne and their own screamTest came not on the field, but after- ing neuroses. It was here again in
wards. Opener Cameron Bancroft 2013 that Mitchell Johnson broke
is sitting at a press conference table them irrevocably apart. But it was
describing how Jonny Bairstow tried here in 2010 that Andrew Strauss’s
to head-butt him. Alongside, his cap- side pummelled Australia from first
tain Steve Smith is beside himself ball to last, paving the way for a fawith laughter, revelling in England’s mous series victory.
very public ridicule.
Brisbane, where England were
On the field, England are only well in the game for three days, of1-0 down. Off it, they are getfered just the merest taste of the
ting trounced. The big
lengths Australia are prequestion, ahead of the
pared to go to reclaim the
pivotal second Test at
urn.
the Adelaide Oval, is
As with the Ben
whether England can
Stokes incident in
edit a script that is
September, the EngRuns scored by
running resoundingly
land management
Alastair Cook from
against them.
initially seemed startwo innings in the
Brisbane first Test
Privately, England
tled by the speed with
are still seething at the
which the Bairstow
Bairstow controversy,
controversy – “a smokeincandescent at how it was
screen”, as Root put it
disclosed to the Australian
– gathered pace. “It’s part of
media via the stump microphones, touring Australia now,” Root admitirritated beyond measure at Smith’s ted ruefully. “It’s a strategy they use.”
reaction to it. “If that’s not motivaThere will be no solace out in the
tion to the players,” captain Joe Root middle. Australia have been on their
explained on Thursday, “I don’t know best behaviour this week, perhaps
what is. To see a reaction like that in a content to watch the England circus
press conference is…” At which point, from a distance. But batsman Peter
Root tailed off, his vexation clearly Handscomb insisted that they will
just microns below the surface.
continue to direct verbals at EngA siege mentality can be a powerful land, and Bairstow in particular.
unifying force in sport and the sensa- “Yeah, we’re going to go about it,” he
tion that everything and everyone is said. “I’m not trying to make him feel
against them may well benefit them good about himself. That’s not my
in the short term. Go 2-0 down, how- job. There is a line. We just have to
ever, and their anger will no longer make sure we don’t cross it.”
be of any use to them. England will be
Root’s response was sweet. “Their
line and ours are slightly different,”
he smirked. “Let’s leave it at that.”
James Anderson said England
would be happy to let their cricket
do the talking. “Our focus is showing
what we can do with a bat and ball
in our hands,” he said. “How we perform on a cricket field is what is going
to win us this series.” In that respect,
England’s task is simple: to take full
advantage of the pink Kookaburra
ball and conditions that are likely to
favour them.
It has been sweltering in Adelaide
all week, but a cold front is sweeping
in off the Southern Ocean, and the
chances of competing in the Ashes
remain in limbo. Avon and Somerset
Police announced they had completed their investigation into the allrounder, who was arrested on
suspicion of causing actual
bodily harm after a bustup outside a Bristol nightclub two months ago.
A file has been passed
to the Crown Prosecution Service and it will
decide whether to charge
Stokes, who remains suspended on full pay from all
England international matches.
Frasersaid:“Englandare undoubtedly a better side with Ben Stokes in
it, but they have to take account of
the way that might portray the game.
While the Ashes is a huge thing, the
image of England cricket is huge as
well.” Stokes received the mandatory no-objection certificate from
the ECB to play in New Zealand’s domestic competition. That raises the
intriguing possibility that a Big
Bash team could try to hire
Stokes, meaning he could
be playing Twenty20
cricket in Australia during the Ashes.
In the meantime,
Stokes prepares to play
for Canterbury against
Otago this weekend, with
Canterbury chief executive
Jeremy Curwin saying: “The Ashes
series is an obvious connection, however, that has not been a consideration for us or Ben at this time. He is
just keen to be able to work again. We
believe Ben has the right to be treated the same way as others. Of course,
Jonathan
Liew
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Fraser issues
warning over
Stokes recall to
Ashes squad
By Matt Majendie
AND Tom Collomosse
Ben Stokes will play competitive
cricket for the first time in two
months this weekend but England
selector Angus Fraser is cautious
about his possible return to the international game.
Stokes (right) will play a 50-over
game for New Zealand regional
side Canterbury on Sunday, but his
I have full confidence
that we will bowl them out
cheaply on a number of
occasions on this tour
forecast from the weekend onwards
is for much cooler temperatures in
the mid teens. The perfect stage,
then, for Anderson and Stuart Broad
to go to work. England have scant experience with the pink Kookaburra,
but South African seamer Vernon
Philander claimed that it “did too
much” when he played in the daynighter at Adelaide last year.
as with all players, we can reassess
the situation should it change. While
we have spoken to the ECB, there are
a lot of sensitive facts around Ben’s
matter that we have not been privy
to. However, having spent time with
Ben, we are very comfortable he
wants to play for Canterbury for all
the right reasons.”
England players were desperate
for Stokes to join them but there is
an acceptance among the squad that
he is more likely to miss the Ashes
than he is to take part in it.
Bowler James Anderson said: “It
is good that he’s getting to play some
cricket. If the situation does change,
he can hopefully join up with us at
some point. But it’s out of our hands
and we must try to focus on winning
the second Test with the squad we’ve
got here.” EVENING STANDARD
There are frailties to exploit, too,
in the Australian top order. David
Warner’s pink-ball record is poor.
Moeen Ali will come on as soon as the
spin-phobic Usman Khawaja arrives
at the crease.
If England can snare Steve Smith
early, Australian morale will plummet. “I have full confidence we will
bowl them out cheaply on a number
of occasions on this tour,” Root said.
Of course, England’s own batting
is under the microscope, despite the
encouraging starts made by Mark
Stoneman, James Vince and Dawid
Malan. Alastair Cook is short of a
Sledging will only
make us more
determined,
says Anderson
By David Clough
IN ADELAIDE
James Anderson insists England’s
sole intent to retain the Ashes
means there will be no partying
round Australia this winter.
The tourists’ senior seamer
predicts they will be “galvanised”
by Australia’s sledging of Jonny
Bairstow as they try to battle back
from 1-0 down in Adelaide.
Unwittingly, he opened himself
up to ridicule while batting in the
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‘Beating the Aussies would
change our sport forever’
By John Davidson
IN BRISBANE
Alastair Cook
bats during a
nets session at
the Adelaide Oval
yesterday PA
It’s the inconvenient truth to
some that English rugby league
is at a crossroads. With amateur
participation dwindling, fanbases stagnating, several stadiums
crumbling, sponsors indifferent and
TV viewership dropping, the sport
desperately needs a shot in the arm.
When Super League was introduced in 1996 and backed by Sky
Sports, the future of rugby league
seemed bright and exciting. But
more than two decades on those
initial gains have been squandered
and the code, one which has often
eagerly embraced innovation and
new technology, is seen by many to
be outdated and still confined to the
long-standing image of being just a
northern, working-class pursuit.
However, tomorrow a rare opportunity has been presented to change
the face of the game for good. England will take on Australia in the
World Cup final in Brisbane, the first
time the national team has reached
the decider in 22 years.
Beating the defending champions
down under could do
more for the sport
in one fell swoop
t h a n n ew T V
contracts, sponMonths since
sorship deals or
England’s
shiny new stadia
World Cup final
combined.
opponents
E n g l a n d
Australia last
has long craved
lost a game
success on the
international stage,
going back to Great Britain’s last
triumph back in 1972. In the years
since, England – despite inventing
the game way back in 1895 – has become a distant third behind the two
Antipodean giants, Australia and
New Zealand.
As Australia’s NRL competition
has expanded into a cash-rich
competition with massive salaries,
Super League has failed to advance
and the best English players are
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score, but looked sumptuous in England’s only previous day-night Test
against the West Indies. Perhaps it
is a happy omen that his two most
recent centuries – 243 at Edgbaston
and 193 for Essex against Middlesex –
both came against the pink ball.
There have been three day-night
Tests in Australia. Australia have
won them all. Neither of the two Adelaide games has remotely threatened to go into a fifth day. A draw is
by far the unlikeliest of the three results here, which feeds into the sense
that for England, this really is all or
nothing. THE INDEPENDENT
second innings of the first Test
when Australia decided to remind
him about headbutting Cameron
Bancroft on a night out.
The tactic, picked up on stump
mic, led to a ruling by England
and Wales Cricket Board director
Andrew Strauss that his players
should not stay out so late
again here.
But Anderson said: “It is not
like we are party animals, out till
three every night. Our focus is
showing what we can do with a
cricket bat and ball in our hands.
“When someone is trying to get
under my skin in all walks of life
it makes me more determined
to succeed. It is up to us to stick
together. We have to try to deal
with that, ignore it... if anything it
will galvanise us as a group.”
Luke Gale says a
World Cup final
win would give the
sport a major boost
in England GETTY
Just like English rugby union’s maiden World Cup win over the Wallabies in 2003, and the cricket team’s
Brisbane Stadium
Kick-off Tomorrow, 9am BST
drought-breaking Ashes victory in
Referee G Sutton (Aus) Television BBC One
2005, a long awaited trophy may
be the catalyst for serious change.
AUSTRALIA
Nothing can super-charge a sport
1
like breakthrough success.
B Slater
England’s players are acutely
aware of the unique chance they
D Gagai 2
have. “It would be massive for the
W Chambers 3
game over there, for the growth of
J Dugan 4
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the game, fullback Gareth Widdop
o es M Morgan 6
admits. “Especially for the fans and
C Cronk 7
families back home, the people who
J McGuire 13
have travelled here, there’s such a
huge support and there has been for
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the past 50, 60, 70 years. It would be
Gillett
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eral to build the sport there.”
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Half-back Luke Gale concurs: “It’s
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something our country needs,” the
J Roby
J raha
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Castleford star says. “Everyone get
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behind us on Saturday and get beE Whitehead S Burgess
hind the nation. It’s been a long time
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coming. Hopefully we can get the job
(capt) L Gale 7
done and send the nation happy.”
The odds are against England
K Brown 6
tomorrow. The Australians have not
5
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lost a match in 31 months and are
R Hall
K Watkins 3
undefeated under their legendary
J McGillvar 2
coach Mal Meninga. In veterans
Cameron Smith and Billy Slater,
1
they possess two of the finest playG Widdop
ers ever to lace on a boot. They are
ENGLAND on home soil. The Kangaroos are
Replacements:
rugby league’s equivalent to the
Australia: 14 W Graham, 15 J McLean, 16 R CampAll Blacks, only more formidable.
bell-Gillard, 17 T Frizell
England: 14 A Walmsley, 15 T Burgess, 16 B Currie,
But hope springs eternal. If an
17 C Heighington
upset could be sprung, the result
from London to Hull, Halifax, Wigan
often enticed to join either
and beyond could be
the NRL or rugby union.
momentous.
Six players in England’s 17“We’re going into this
We are
man squad that will com- going into
game as underdogs,” Widpete in the final tomorrow the game as
dop says. “The Australians
morning ply their trade
have been a good team for
down under, including underdogs.
a number of years now.
Australia
former dual-code internaThey’ve been great in this
have been a
tional Sam Burgess.
competition. For us, it’s
But an upset victory good team
about referring to us as a
team going out there and
on Aussie soil could for years
doing our best and doing
provide the impetus, the
everything possible. Who
momentum for English
rugby league to craft a better future. knows what can happen?”
World Cup final teams
Kevin Brown says England’s team
spirit is high before the final
Evergreen
Brown ‘living
the dream’ at
World Cup
By Ian Laybourn
IN BRISBANE
Kevin Brown says he “could do
this forever” as England’s long
World Cup tour nears its end.
The veteran Warrington
stand-off is revelling in his
playmaking responsibilities as he
seeks to help England to their first
World Cup triumph for 45 years
when they take on Australia at the
Suncorp Stadium tomorrow.
“I’ve had a lot of highs and
played in a couple of finals but
nothing close to this,” he said.
“Playing for your country
in a World Cup final is the
absolute pinnacle.
“It sounds like a cliché but
doing it with these lads makes it
so special, they are such a dream
to be involved with. I’ve toured a
few times and always been ready
to go home, I’ve had enough by the
end because it’s draining.
“But I could do this forever.
We all get on, we are all living the
dream, that’s the feeling. We said
before the semi-final ‘we’ve got
one more week in us’.”
Brown, 33, has experienced
a roller-coaster season in 2017,
beginning on a high 10 months ago
when he made his Wolves debut
in their World Club Series win
over Wayne Bennett’s Brisbane
Broncos but he was unable to
prevent them finishing outside
the top eight in Super League.
He was relieved to play in the
semi-final against Tonga after
being concussed in the first half of
the quarter-final against Papua
New Guinea but insists there was
no danger of him sustaining longterm damage to his health.
“I wouldn’t have played if I had
felt any untoward effects from
the knockout,” Brown said. “The
medical staff we have here are
unbelievable. And, to be honest,
you know yourself.”
We all get on, we are all
living the dream. We said
before the semi-final ‘we
have one more week in us’
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PREMIER LEAGUE
Giroud ready to join A-team
Redmond would have to fill Lacazette’s injury gap
been grateful for the
advice from Guardiola
W
hen the next cry of
during the game in a similar way
“footballers aren’t
to last season. Nothing negative or
like they used to
offensive was said towards me.”
be” goes up, I’ll
This isn’t an office environment
point everyone to
or your normal place of work. It’s
the up-in-arms reaction over Pep
sport. It’s emotional. It’s physical.
Guardiola approaching Nathan
You’re being tested by the
Redmond and ask: “why aren’t
opposition, under the focus of
fans like they used to be, either?”
thousands of fans and millions
I’ve no doubt it will be the same
on the other end of the camera,
people who criticised Sven Goran
fighting your own mental battles
Eriksson for his lack of animation,
with yourself throughout the game
or Louis van Gaal getting
and dealing with all
too comfortable in his seat
of that.
This isn’t
rather than patrolling the
What comes across
an office
technical area.
most is how people see
environment incidents as opposed
To me, it was
or your
straightforward. Even
to how footballers
before any explanation
normal place deal with it. Players
was offered, my initial
are accustomed to the
of work. It’s
reaction wasn’t that Pep sport. It’s
most direct criticism of
was out of order or being
their work, from fans,
emotional.
confrontational in a way
managers and other
It’s
physical
some are suggesting – he
players.
was talking football.
If you’re putting
It’s just how he is. He can’t get
yourself in Redmond’s or
away from it. Look at how he has
Mauricio Pellegrino’s position
pulled John Stones to the side
and wondering how you’d react,
and gone through an aspect of
then you have to do that with the
that player’s game that needs
consideration of years of resistance
correcting. Obsessing over the
to petty situations going on around
smallest details is what he does,
you and a thickness of skin that is
and it’s that obsession that makes
accumulated with each game. This
him do abnormal things.
isn’t a big deal at all.
The players and ex-players I’ve
I’ve had an opposition coach, in
spoken to about it have said the
Tommy Burns, pull me aside to
same thing: they would love to have
talk to me about my composure
played for a manager like that, and
and how to improve my game, and
laud him for the depth of his passion also an opposition player in Andy
and desire to make players better.
Goram actually seek me out – and
Those so riled by Pep’s actions
my parents – after a game to sit
need to ask themselves who he
and offer me advice.
has actually hurt by doing this.
In both instances it was the first
Apart from those offended on the
time I’d ever spoken to them and I
behalf of Nathan Redmond and
was grateful to them for it.
Southampton, I’d say no-one.
Pep isn’t perfect but I dare say
Redmond himself said last night
Redmond will be grateful to him
that Guardiola was “complimentary for thinking he was worthy of being
and positive”. He added: “He
sought out like that and given advice
commented on my qualities as a
by someone he greatly respects.
David Preece is a former Aberdeen
young English player and how he
player and goalkeeping coach
wanted me to attack his team more
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By Jack Pitt-Brooke
Olivier Giroud is ready to step into
Alexandre Lacazette’s shoes against
Manchester United tomorrow and
be a “small cog” in Arsenal’s “big machine” again.
The new £50m signing from Lyon
was taken off at half-time in Arsenal’s 5-0 rout of Huddersfield Town
on Wednesday night with a groin
problem, which Arsène Wenger confirmed would force him out of the big
game at the Emirates.
That gives Wenger a decision to
make, largely between Giroud and
Danny Welbeck to replace him, and
Giroud is in pole position having
Olivier Giroud scores
Arsenal’s fifth goal against
Huddersfield on Wednesday
night at the Emirates REUTERS
played 45 minutes on Wednesday, we have Wilshere who all came on.
scoring Arsenal’s second and fifth They are all offensive players. I will
goals.
see what I do for Saturday but ideIt would be Giroud’s first
ally you wanted Lacazette
start in the Premier League
there.”
When the
this season, but the French
Giroud admitted he does
veteran has been keeping boss wants to not know if he will play,
himself sharp in the Europa put us on the
but said he was prepared
League playing with other pitch we try
to step in if called. “He has
fringe players like Francis
different options,” Giroud
to
give
our
Coquelin, Theo Walcott and
said, “but I will get ready
best
and
bring
Jack Wilshere. Wenger said
like all the other players.”
our
small
afterwards he had plenty of
He admitted that having
options to replace Laca- cog to the big
become the B-team striker
zette if needed.
this season, he is itching
machine
“We have offensive weapfor a return to the big time.
ons,” he said. “We have
“Because we are competi[Danny] Welbeck, we have Giroud, tors, we want to play every single
game to help the team win,” Giroud
said. “We want to be on the pitch, we
are all competitors, so that is it.”
Like Wilshere, Giroud would love
to be playing more often in the Premier League, but Arsenal have won
five of their last six in that competition, meaning that serious rotation
is unlikely for a while. Arsenal are
arguably in their best form for years,
especially in their front three. “At the
moment the Premier League team
is doing well,” Giroud admitted. “We
have the chance to have two good
teams because we have got a good
squad and everyone tries to step up,
and give his best for the team.”
Giroud feels a strong sense of responsibility and hopes that if called
upon he can do his bit for the unit as
a whole. “We are enjoying playing together in Europe and obviously we all
want to play in the Premier League as
well,” Giroud said. “So when the boss
wants to put us on the pitch, we try to
give our best, and bring our small cog
to the big machine.” THE INDEPENDENT
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Allardyce appointed on
18-month deal at Goodison
Mourinho ready
to sell Shaw – but
only for £20m
By Mark Critchley
Everton have confirmed Sam Allardyce as the club’s new permanent
manager on an 18-month contract.
The former England manager
replaces Ronald Koeman, who was
dismissed in October with Everton
third-bottom in the Premier
League table.
Everton embarked on
a protracted search for
a replacement, with
Allardyce (right) initially
pulling out of race after
talks with the club’s
owner, Farhad Moshiri.
Marco Silva, the Watford
manager, was approached
but the Hertfordshire club
would not accept Everton’s £10m
compensation offer for the Portuguese coach’s services.
On Wednesday, Everton confirmed
that talks with Allardyce had been reopened and the 63-year-old finalised
terms at the club’s Finch Farm train-
ing ground. In a statement, Allardyce
said: “The attraction of the club itself,
the people I’ve known at the club –
Peter Reid is one of my best mates,
so are Andy Gray and Paul Bracewell
whom I worked with at Sunderland
– these people have always made me
aware of just how special and unique
a club Everton is and I feel really enthused and energised
to come in as manager,”
Allardyce said.
“Ambition is important for any manager or
coach, owner or director. It’s what you need to
have and hopefully we can
deliver to the fans to get this
club high up the league. That’s
what we’re aiming for.
“Let’s try to get a healthy spirit
around the club. That’s difficult when
you’re losing but the win last night
over West Ham and the magnificent
atmosphere around Goodison, which
was just brilliant... lifted everybody
around the club.” THE INDEPENDENT
By Jack Austin
Manchester United are ready to
sell Luke Shaw in January, but
could price many clubs out of the
market by insisting on £20m for
the left-back.
United signed Shaw from
Southampton in 2014 for a then
world-record fee for a defender
– £30m – but after struggling to
prove his fitness and form at Old
Trafford manager Jose Mourinho
is ready to let him leave.
Newcastle were thought to
be interested in a loan deal for
the 22-year-old full-back but the
£20m price tag rules them out
of contention.
Shaw himself has openly spoken
about wanting to play under
Mauricio Pochettino again but any
move from Tottenham would be
contingent on Danny Rose, himself
linked with a January move,
leaving the club. THE INDEPENDENT
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Twelve league wins in a
row at the Emirates, and
with two on the bounce
there against United,
we could not be better positioned.
This of course makes the game
even more terrifying, and we
could really do without improving
Mourinho’s awful recent record in
big away games. George Bond
BOURNEMOUTH
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PREMIER LEAGUE
The signings of Mané and Roberto
Firmino, combined with Philippe
It is now 17 goals in 21 appearances Coutinho’s development, have all
across all competitions for Mohamed helped to fill the void, but it is Salah
Salah. He is already Liverpool’s best alone who seems capable of emulatgoalscorer in a single campaign for ing Suarez.
the past three seasons.
Suarez marked himself out as exSaturday’s strike against Chel- ceptional player during 2012-13, but
sea meant no Liverpool player had Salah is currently out-scoring him,
reached the milestone of 10 Premier with four goals more after the same
League goals faster than Salah.
number of appearances. The EgypAfter his double at Stoke on tian is doing so in his first season at
Wednesday night, he is one away Anfield, too. 2012-13 was Suarez’s
from Sadio Mané’s tally at the
third.
club, despite the SenegaStill, Salah remains
lese having had a year’s
some way off matching
head start on him.
the output of Suarez
There are countat his very best during
less ways to describe
the 2013-14 campaign,
Number of goals
the excellent start
when the Uruguayan
Luis Suarez scored
that the Egyptian has
managed an astonin 2013-14 – just 14
made on Merseyside,
1ishing 23 goals after
more than Salah’s
but discuss Salah’s
21 matches. Factor in
tally for this season
scoring for any good
Suarez’s 15 assists too
length of time and comand Salah, who has set up
parisons are inevitably made
his team-mates to score on five
with the last prolific player within occasions so far, is blown out of the
Liverpool’s ranks.
water.
Luis Suarez’s shadow still looms
Even if disaster strikes against
around Anfield. Whether he was why Spartak Moscow at Anfield next
Brendan Rodgers almost ended the Wednesday and Liverpool contrive
club’s long wait for a league title in to exit the Champions League at
2014 remains a matter for debate.
the group stage, Salah could play as
What is unquestionable is that, many as 26 more matches this seawhen he left, Liverpool lost firepower. son. He has 26 more games to score
Rickie Lambert and Mario Balotelli 15 more goals and surpass Suarez at
together replaced less than a quarter his best. On this form, would any of us
of the Uruguayan’s goals.
put that past him? THE INDEPENDENT
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are saying
about your club
Salah on course
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There was no celebration
at the Vitality for Howe’s
40th birthday when his
old team Burnley beat us
on home soil. King’s heroic goal
was some consolation but the only
real comfort was the roasting
Huddersfield got served and
that Stoke were also left empty
handed. Emily Victoria
BRIGHTON & HOVE
BURNLEY
CHELSEA
Liverpool’s defence
isn’t as shocking as the
media narrative wants
everyone to believe.
Set pieces are their Achilles heel
and may well be our best threat.
Murray must play. Defensively,
our sitting-deep approach is
the best way to frustrate them.
My apologies if you are
reading this, Chris Wood
(above). I had written you
off before we signed you.
I thought you were nothing more
than a big lump. How wrong I
was. Your touch and link-up play
at times is simply sublime. A true
outlet for direct play.
Weststander (northstandchat)
cleverleys_claret (Up the Clarets)
It seems every week
we have an old player/
manager returning to
the Bridge. It’s Rafa’s
turn this week and even though
he did a good job here there will
be boos. We were pretty dire
against Swansea but at least
Conte rotated and I’m expecting a
comfortable win. Charlie Gould
CRYSTAL PALACE
EVERTON
HUDDERSFIELD TOWN
After our long-awaited
trip to Brighton, it’s from
one foe to the next, facing
the man who must take
much of the blame for our current
position: Alan Pardew. I can’t wait
for Puncheon to bag the winner,
celebrating with that stupid dance
Pardew did at Wembley. It still
haunts me to this day. Ollie Potts
After the Saints game
I thought we had hit a
new low. I had never
seen a worse defensive
performance by an Everton team.
But my spirits could only go one
way and Rooney made sure of it. A
hat-trick, and one of the best goals
he’s ever scored - to top it off we
kept a clean sheet! Marcus Bailey
Valiant against City but
capitulated in the last
10. More worrying is
our away form, evident
from the midweek drubbing by
Arsenal. No away goals since the
opening day and conceding them
at a rate Joe Hart would be proud
of. Everton away is a chance for us
turn it around. Olly Diamond
LEICESTER CITY
LIVERPOOL
MANCHESTER CITY
Our games against
Burnley often
surpass expectations.
Following our fantastic
win over Spurs, it’s imperative we
take all three points. Burnley are
tough to beat, but Puel has got
Mahrez, Gray and Vardy playing
well together, with Iborra a class
act in midfield. Joshua Jones
Two points lost, or a point
gained? Whatever the
verdict on the Chelsea
result, it was refreshing
to see a reaction through victory
at Stoke, a rotated line-up proving
the versatility Klopp has on offer.
A strong squad could give us the
upper hand if anything is to come
of this campaign. Elliott Charles
This year David Silva
has reinvented himself
as a central player.
Bigger, stronger, and
a real pest when closing down,
capitalising on a tough streak he
has always shown. If he keeps
playing the way he has done, he
could be our best player ever.
summerbuzz (bluemoon)
MANCHESTER UNITED
NEWCASTLE UNITED
SOUTHAMPTON
Our Emirates trip will
be a defining moment.
With three points,
we keep City within
touching distance and
stretch the gap over Arsenal to 10
points. Our strike force look ready
to dominate a porous Gunners
defence. Johnny Miller
Our two-goal comeback
against West Brom
stopped the rot to an
extent but defensive
frailties could be exploited this
weekend. Opposition teams are
wise to our weakness at full-back
and if Chelsea tap into that we
could be in trouble. Joe Donnohue
The last two games have
been a lot more positive.
The man at the heart
of it all? The previously
forlorn Pierre-Emile Hojbjerg.
His boundless energy has
reverberated around the team.
Now I am quietly confident ahead
of Bournemouth. Nick Roberts
STOKE CITY
SWANSEA CITY
TOTTENHAM HOTSPUR
With just three wins in
14, Hughes seems to be
under real pressure. The
fans’ patience with his
insistence on playing
five at the back appears to be
wearing thin. Having won just one
of our lost five at home, a win is
essential against fellow strugglers
Swansea. Joe Gregory
To win the lottery, you
need to buy a ticket. To
score a goal, you need
to have a shot. To win a
game, you need to score
a goal. We are doing none of these
at the moment. Currently our
survival plan is to pray for a clean
sheet and enough draws. Oh and
Sanches is pants. Nye Williams
Probably one of the worst
weeks of the season so far,
which is surprising after a
comprehensive away win
at one of Europe’s giants.
We face a stubborn Watford
side next, who are exceeding all
expectations, but exactly the sort
of challenge which can restart our
run of form. Charlie Taylor-Kroll
WATFORD
WEST BROMWICH ALBION
WEST HAM UNITED
What can you do when
Ashley Young turns
into a primetime David
Beckham, and Jesse
Lingard into Lionel Messi? Spurs
won’t be as forgiving as United.
This will be a top seven acid test
for Watford. Alex Keating
Pulis served Albion well
but his time was up.
Pardew is an interesting
hire. Wasn’t it a calendar
year winless streak that got him
sacked from Palace? And who we
playing tomorrow? You’ve got to
love football! Mark Burns
Another away game,
another embarrassing
loss. Any positives after
Leicester have now
disappeared with that drubbing
from Everton. Moyes needs to
sort something if we’re to avoid a
cricket score up at City. Joe Light
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Southgate warns
his players that
‘anyone can
beat England’
World Cup legends (l-r)
Cafu, Laurent Blanc, Nikita
Simonyan, Gordon Banks,
Fabio Cannavaro, Diego
Forlan and Carles Puyol
take part in the rehearsal
for the 2018 draw at the
Kremlin GETTY IMAGES
Manager points to nation’s failures
during 2014 World Cup and Euro 2016
last time. Everybody had ruled them
out and I was sitting there watching
them celebrate qualifying after two
Gareth Southgate has admitted on matches. We really have to be certain
the day England discover who they of our preparation for every match.
will face in the 2018 World Cup that
“But I also think, I’m looking at a
they have too often made the mis- couple of the Icelandic players who
take of “underestimating” group op- play in our league, we are really
ponents and thinking they will “sail guilty of underestimating the quality
through” international tournament of other teams.
first rounds.
“Iceland have some really good
S o u t h gat e a rg u e d i t
players and they’ve shown
doesn’t matter who his
that again in qualifying
side get in the draw at
and in the group they’ve
the Kremlin State Palqualified from. We’ve
ace this afternoon,
got to make sure that
we’re guaranteed
mentioning how eveEngland’s world
to beat any country
ryone had written off
ranking, putting
in the world. None
Costa Rica in the 2014
them in the second
of these teams are a
World Cup only for
seeded pots for
today’s draw
given.
they and Uruguay to
“Our mindset has to be
eliminate England and
that every opponent at this
Italy in the first round.
tournament is a team that can
Then there was Iceland in the
beat you. Equally every opponent is
Euro 2016 last 16.
“I don’t think we can be thinking a team we can beat. So the idea that
about who we want to avoid,” the Eng- there is any sailing through any game
land manager said. “We get who we at a World Cup, and if that’s been our
get and prepare for all those games. mentality in the past, maybe that’s
Some teams in the past would have why we haven’t done so well.
“The draw, for me, does not deterbeen a good draw – I’m thinking the
likes of Sweden [in 2002 and 2006], mine whether we have a good or a bad
we have a very average record against tournament. Although the draw is rethem and have found it very difficult ally exciting for everybody, it’s great
to play against them. Very often we for the supporters, a significant date in
the football calendar, all it does it tells
have underestimated countries.
“I was in Brazil scouting and I us who we are playing and when and
watched Costa Rica’s first two games the rest is up to us.” THE INDEPENDENT
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powerhouse
Anti-doping head urges Fifa to
speed up Russia investigation
By Ed Malyon
The head of the umbrella group of
national anti-doping agencies has
called on Fifa to “urgently” conclude
their investigation into whether the
Russian football team was part of a
state-sponsored doping programme
ahead of next summer’s World Cup
– and said that they must consider
expelling the hosts.
Joseph de Pencier, the chief executive of iNADO, has implored world
football’s governing body to get to
the bottom of an allegation contained
inside the McLaren report that football was among the sports involved
in Russia’s wide-ranging doping
initiative.
The report commissioned by the
World Anti-Doping Agency claimed
that a minimum of 11 positive tests
among footballers had been covered
up, and Russia’s 23-man World Cup
squad were among cases that Fifa are
supposed to have been investigating.
“Fifa absolutely has to investigate
this as an urgent matter and they
have got to do it in good faith and with
a will. Otherwise, they run the risk of
having a big cloud over their event,”
De Pencier said. THE INDEPENDENT
‘If Blatter was still
here, I wouldn’t
be hosting draw’
Gary Lineker tells Kevin Garside how
he sought assurances from Fifa before
accepting his role in today’s event
R
Organisers of the 2018
World Cup in Russia have
confirmed that they will tolerate
fans flying rainbow flags, despite
laws prohibiting “propaganda”
about homosexuality to minors in
the country.
ussia throws open its
doors to football’s gentry
today, led by our own
Gary Lineker, the co-host
of the World Cup draw.
When Russia’s name was held
aloft by Sepp Blatter, followed by
that of Qatar, seven years ago there
was no sense then of the convulsions
that would tear through the halls
of Fifa and Russian sport as the
investigations into institutional
corruption played out.
Indeed, today’s World Cup draw
takes place four days before the
IOC rule on Russia’s participation
in February’s Winter Olympics in
South Korea. Given the evidence
provided by the explosive private
diaries of Grigory Rodchenkov, the
chemist who headed up Russia’s
corrupt anti-doping operation at
the Sochi Olympics, the Moscow
leadership is hardly optimistic.
Though Michael Garcia’s
investigation into the 2018 and 2022
Fifa bid process found no evidence of
Russian corruption, it is also the case
that Moscow gave only limited access
to his investigative team and was also
found to have destroyed computers
leased by the Russian bid team. If
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Anderson queried
Aussie bowling
England’s James Anderson
asked the umpire if the Australia
bowling attack in the first Test
at Brisbane was too dangerous.
Anderson, England’s No 11,
was batting when No 10 Jake
Ball received five successive
bouncers in the second innings.
“I mentioned it to umpire Marais
Erasmus, but he didn’t think it
was too bad,” Anderson. “It’s the
umpire’s personal take on it.”
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Southgate looks to
ease United anger
O’Loughlin will be
fit, insists Sinfield
Gareth Southgate has sought
to publicly smooth England’s
relationship with Jose Mourinho.
The England coach said he has
“massive sympathy” for the
Manchester United manager
after his complaints over injuries
to Chris Smalling and Phil Jones
while on international duty.
Southgate said: “Manchester
United are incredibly supportive
of everything we do... [but] I trust
in our medical team.”
England captain Sean O’Loughlin
will be fit to lead his side in
tomorrow’s World Cup final,
according to his predecessor
Kevin Sinfield. O’Loughlin was
rated 50-50 by head coach Wayne
Bennett to recover from a quad
injury, but Sinfield – who has
joined up with the squad in his role
as Rugby Football League’s rugby
director – said: “Yes, we need
him... I have no doubt he will play.”
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Russia escaped sanction in that
problem with Russia hosting the
instance, Fifa did not, with Blatter’s
World Cup. It’s a proper football
corrupt regime being swept from
country that has never had it. It’s the
power. Only one of the members
next one I’m not supportive of where
involved in the vote that returned
that’s going, and they know that.
Russia and Qatar sits on the Fifa
“They are absolutely completely
Council, Egyptian FA vice
happy for me to still have
president Hany Abi Rida,
my strong-felt beliefs
I never
and his position is under
and if I think there is
had a massive something wrong I will
investigation.
Lineker (right) was
problem with continue to say so. Most
a critic of the Blatter
Russia hosting of the old guard, the
regime and maintains
the World Cup. ones responsible for the
his opposition to Qatar’s
corruption, are thankfully
It’s a proper
hosting of the 2022 World
either suspended or
football
nation
Cup. Indeed, during early
locked up, or about to
that has
discussions about his
be locked up.
involvement today, he
“I just asked how
never had it
sought assurances Fifa was
it’s changed, and
pursuing change and said
they explained how
he would not be silenced on Qatar.
the bidding process will
“They are making lots of changes,
work for the next one,
a massive amount. There is hardly
that everything will
anyone left from the old guard, if
be transparent. They
Blatter had still been in charge I
are doing everything
would not have done it,” he says. “You they can with new
have a lot of new people and a lot of
people so let’s hope
ex-footballers now. I have spoken to
it’s different. I am not
[ex-Milan player Zvonimir] Boban,
naive enough to think
who is quite high up in the hierarchy
that all the problems
there and he’s very impressive,
will go away but I
Marco van Basten is there, [Luis]
wouldn’t have done
Figo, [Emilio]Butragueno.
it if it was still the old
“So they are making changes
guard with Blatter.”
and it is only fair to give them the
Having
opportunity. I never had a massive
outmanoeuvred
England to win the 2018 vote, there is
some irony in inviting one of English
football’s favourite sons to MC the
Russian show. As a former World
Cup Golden Boot winner and as face
of BT Sport’s Champions League
coverage, not to mention Match of
the Day, Lineker is a smart pick. And
by maintaining a critical voice, he
allows Russia and Fifa to present
themselves as a progressive force.
“I have been involved in the World
Cup all my life. I will be broadcasting
it whatever, even if Blatter was in
charge I would be. I played in two,
I won the Golden Boot, I have
broadcast every one since and
I’m doing the World Cup draw.
It’s not a political statement in
any way shape or form.”
And there is optimism, too,
about English prospects.
“I think we will be more
competitive than in
recent years because
we’ve got better players
than we have had. A
lot will depend on the
fitness of our stars.”
Watch every game from
the Uefa Champions
League and Europa
League exclusively live
on BT Sport, online and
via the BT Sport App,
BT.com/sport
GOLF
Woods makes good start in Bahamas
Tiger Woods made an encouraging start to his latest eagerlyanticipated injury comeback in the first round of the Hero World
Challenge, carding a three-under-par 69 in the first round of the
Bahamas event. Woods, who had his fourth back operation in the
space of three years in April and is currently ranked 1,199th in the
world, reached the turn one under par despite a bogey on the ninth. He
bounced back with birdies on the 10th, 13th and 14th, before a wild tee
shot on the next led to a penalty drop from a bush and a second bogey of
the day. Englishman Tommy Fleetwood was the clubhouse leader after
shooting 66.
FOOTBALL
Conte charged by
FA after sending off
Chelsea manager Antonio
Conte has been charged with
misconduct by the Football
Association following his
dismissal against Swansea City
on Wednesday. The Italian was
sent to the stands by referee Neil
Swarbrick towards the end of the
first half of Chelsea’s 1-0 victory
after furiously protesting the
award of a Swansea goal-kick.
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