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Entire UK could
keep key EU rules
Government battles to save draft Brexit
deal – and shore up pact with DUP
Christine Keeler
Profumo affair
model, who helped
to end the age of
deference, dies
P6
60
p
THE
P9
Pensioner poverty
Britain falling further behind
other rich nations
P9
Blood pressure breakthrough
New prediction of mortality is
a warning to Britain’s GPs
P5
PAPER – BRITAIN’S FIRST AND ONLY CONCISE QUALITY TITLE
Rail anger:
commuters
hit by biggest
price hike
for five years
» Renewed calls from passengers and Labour for
Britain’s railways to be renationalised
» Fares set to rise by 3.4% – adding up to £150 to
the cost of some common season tickets
WEDNESDAY
6 DECEMBER 2017
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EXCLUSIVE
Mikheil Saakashvili interview
As the former Georgian leader
tries to bring down Ukraine’s
president, he says: ‘I am a foreigner
trying to save the country’ P23
Downing Street team
is exhausted and
prone to mistakes
... but this week makes a good
Brexit deal more likely
MARK WALLACE
I RUSSIA BANNED FROM WINTER OLYMPICS
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I PROJECT PUFFIN
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SOCIETY
Which biopic
has seen
another one
bite the dust?
See p.19
The day at
a glance
WEDNESDAY
6
DECEMBER
Quote of the day
more religious
VOLTAIRE
Birthdays
Noel Clarke, actor/director,
42; Colin Salmon, actor,
55; Arabella Weir, actress,
60; Susie Wolff, racing
driver (below), 35; Andrew
Flintoff, retired cricketer,
40; Nick Park, animator, 59
EDUCATION
UNITED STATES
POLITICS
MALTA
Clothing brand to
sue over land rights
Ex-officer may sue
Green over claims
Three charged with
killing journalist
England and Northern Ireland
have moved up in the latest world
literacy rankings. The Progress
in International Reading Literacy
Study put Northern Ireland in joint
sixth place, while England was joint
eighth. Of the 50 countries taking
part in tests on 10-year-olds’ reading
ability, Russia scored the highest.
The outdoor clothing brand
Patagonia plans to sue the Trump
administration over its decision to
reduce federal protection of two
large areas of land in Utah, in the
“largest elimination of protected
land in American history”. Its
website carried a message declaring:
“The President Stole Your Land.”
A former assistant commissioner
with the Metropolitan Police is
considering legal action against
the deputy prime minister, Damian
Green. Bob Quick is calling on Mr
Green to publicly retract allegations
that he lied about “vast amounts”
of pornography discovered on the
MP’s computer. PAGE 8
Three men were charged last night
with murdering Daphne Caruana
Galizia, a Maltese journalist killed
by a car bomb in October. Seven
other men were bailed by a court in
the capital, Valletta, pending further
inquiries. Ms Caruana Galizia, 53,
had investigated corruption on the
Mediterranean island.
ONLINE
The Health Secretary, Jeremy
Hunt, has criticised Facebook for
“targeting younger children” by
releasing a child-focused version of
its Messenger app. The social media
company announced on Monday
that it had begun US trials of
Messenger Kids, a standalone
app aimed at the under-13s.
EDUCATION
Broadening
their horizons
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47%
USA
40%
Australia
39%
UK
i critics’ top TV
picks for 2017
The Handmaid’s Tale
Line of Duty
Stranger Things 2
Twin Peaks: The Return
Taboo
Fargo
Better Call Saul
The Moorside
Mindhunter
Big Little Lies
Game of Thrones
Legion
Three Girls
Homeland
Narcos
American Gods
King Charles III
Broadchurch
Ozark
Newspapers support recycling
The recycled content of UK
newspapers in 2015 was 71%
16%
France
Japan
Singapore
China
New Zealand
14%
8%
5%
5%
5%
AUSTRIA
No pay rises for us,
insists party leader
Percentage of parents from this country who would consider
university education abroad for their child
UAE
India
Indonesia
China
Hong Kong
Malaysia
Singapore
USA
Mexico
Taiwan
Egypt
Canada
France
UK
Australia
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Instagram is to alert users to the
dangers of posing with wild animals,
warning them that the creatures
may have been exploited. The photosharing platform will issue pop-up
messages whenever users search
for or click on popular hashtags to
inform them that such images could
involve harmful behaviour. PAGE 21
23%
Germany
The List
NATURE
Instagram issues
wildlife warning
25%
Canada
From gripping crime thrillers
to hard-hitting dystopian fare,
2017 has kept many of us glued
to our screens. i’s arts and
television writers have selected
their top 20 dramas of the
year. They are as follows, in no
particular order:
Anniversaries
One of the world’s most extensive reports on
international expat education is published
today. Nearly 8,500 parents across 15 countries
participated in the research, which reveals the
most popular places to study abroad.
Countries parents are most likely to consider for their child’s
university education abroad in 2017
Hong Kong
Tuesday 6 December 1983
A team of doctors, led
by the surgeon Magdi
Yacoub, performs the first
successful heart and lung
transplant operation in
Britain. Lars Ljungberg,
a Swedish journalist,
received the organs at
Harefield Hospital, London.
A pioneer of the gene-editing tool
which has taken bioscience by
storm has spoken of her fear of
the technology opening the door
to “designer babies”. Professor
Emmanuelle Charpentier’s work
paved the way for a “cut and paste”
DNA technique.
Russia tops world
literacy rankings
Hunt: ‘Facebook app
targets children’
If there were no priests,
people would be
DNA scientist warns
on designer babies
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Austria’s probable next leader
is proposing that politicians do
without a pay rise next year – even
though auditors calculated that they
are entitled to a 1.5 per cent rise.
Conservative leader Sebastian Kurz
is in talks with the Freedom Party on
forming a coalition government and
is expected to become Chancellor.
PEOPLE
BBC apologises for
Kapoor photo error
BBC News At Ten has apologised
after using clips of the wrong actor
in its report of the death of Shashi
Kapoor. On Monday night’s bulletin,
video clips were played as presenter
Huw Edwards announced that the
veteran Bollywood star had died at
the age of 79 – but neither of the
men shown were Kapoor.
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UNITED STATES
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Emperor Hirohito’s
war memoir for sale
KEVIN AND DAZZ,
ARMY DOGS
A memoir by Japan’s Emperor
Hirohito that offers his recollections
of the Second World War is
predicted to fetch up to $150,000
(£112,000) at an auction in New York.
The 173-page document was dictated
to his aides soon after the end of the
war, at the request of US General
Douglas MacArthur.
PEOPLE
Prayers answered
for Perry in lawsuit
Katy Perry and the Catholic Church
have been awarded almost $10m
(£7.5m) in damages after the singer’s
plans to purchase a former convent
ended up in court. The property,
which the singer agreed to purchase
in 2015, was instead sold by two of
the nuns that lived there without the
approval of the archdiocese. PAGE 19
AUSTRALIA
Hop to it! Scientists
tap up frog trackers
It’s a dog’s life...
Two “hero” dogs have been spared
after MP Sir Alan Duncan intervened
to stop them from being put to sleep.
Retired army dogs Kevin (pictured,
with Lance Corporal Kelly Wolstencroft) and Dazz were due to be
given lethal injections this week
but Sir Alan, the Conservative MP
for Rutland and Melton, wrote to
colleagues at the Ministry of Defence
(MoD) to call for a reprieve.
Why the death sentence?
Letters of support offering homes
to the dogs had been rejected by the
MoD, Sir Alan said.
An MoD spokesman previously
stated: “Wherever possible, we
endeavour to rehome [dogs] at
the end of their service life. Sadly,
there are some occasions where this
is not possible.”
What kinds of duties did Kevin and
Dazz discharge?
The Belgian shepherds are believed to
have served in Afghanistan, working
with troops to locate explosives in
Helmand Province.
They are currently based at the
Defence Animal Centre in Melton
Mowbray, Leicestershire, in the
constituency which Sir Alan represents. The Foreign Office minister
previously spoke of how the “hero”
dogs had “fought fearlessly alongside
our soldiers”.
Two very good boys indeed
Former SAS soldier Andy McNab
launched a petition last week calling
for the duo to be saved, along with a
former police dog named Driver.
“Experienced handlers have come
forward to say they want to house the
much-loved dogs, who have helped
save hundreds of lives,” McNab said.
The petition attracted more than
370,000 signatures in five days.
That must have got their tails wagging
On Monday night, Sir Alan said he was
“absolutely thrilled”that Kevin and
Dazz had been saved. “They can now
enjoy a very happy and well deserved
retirement,”he added.
Katie Grant
Australia scientists want the public
to help them track frogs using an
app as part of conservation efforts.
FrogID can track 240 species of
the amphibian around the country
by recording the noises they make.
The scheme’s inventors believe the
crowd-sourced mapping could lead
to the discovery of new species.
CHARITY
Workers forgo bonus
to save colleague
Hundreds of staff at a car parts
plant have given up their Christmas
gift from their employer to pay for
life-saving treatment for a colleague.
Liam Debbage, 31, who suffers from
clear-cell sarcoma, was able to buy
the drug after staff at ZF Peterlee
agreed to forgo gifts and instead
boosted the charity fund by £16,000.
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Letter from
the Editor
Oliver Duff
i@inews.co.uk
Ticket to the future
All aboard the nostalgia express for
a golden age of rail that never
existed. Rail travel in Britain has
never been safer or more popular.
Nor has it ever been more expensive, with public faith in rail operators so low (cover story, page 4).
Ticket prices have risen by
more than a quarter since 2010 –
about the same as rail chiefs’ pay,
but twice national wage growth.
Meanwhile, fuel duty has been
frozen since 2011 and short-haul
air passenger duty since 2012.
I used to be an evangelist for rail
travel. No need for a car, I crowed
– once joining a Christmas Eve
sardine service back to my home
town carrying a record 13 bags.
Too many hours sat waiting on
platforms, or with my nose jammed
into armpits, changed that.
Four pleas, then. (#2 is in the
Government’s strategic vision.)
1. Unite track and trains: end
squabbling between operators and
Network Rail. Our railways need
national leadership - not fragmenting into smaller local monopolies,
inefficient for the consumer.
2. Streamline ticketing tech
- which brilliantly combines the
worst of the Victorian age and the
21st century. Passengers continue
to queue at machines to collect
pieces of cardboard, but only after
navigating seven infuriating
computer windows to laboriously
input personal information. With
other online shopping, you can buy
with one click. Smart-seats would
also help to fill off-peak trains.
3. Introduce graduated pricing
– giving passengers cheaper fares
around the peak/off-peak “cliff edge”
in morning and evening timetables.
4. Ask the Germans and French
for help. The Germans are better at
running more trains closer together, increasing network capacity
– a welcome prospect to Britain’s
170,000 vertical commuters.
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commuter
club widens
such as Milton Keynes (£5,028
to London) and Portsmouth and
Southsea in Hampshire (£5,048).
But when fares increase in January 2018, London commuters
in Oxford, Colchester in Essex,
Chichester in West Sussex and
Hastings in East Sussex will also
be joining the club.
The £5k club’s growth has been
partly driven by people travelling
further and longer to get to work.
In 2010, according to the Office
for National Statistics, 2.8 million
people made daily commutes of
By Padraic Flanagan
Rising rail fares are to swell the
membership of Britain’s most undesirable club – the £5k commuter
club for workers who must pay that
much to get to work each year.
Season tickets to London are
already above £5,000 from places
two hours or more – but this has
now increased to 3.7 million.
As the rise was greeted with
anger by commuters, rail user
groups pointed out that commuters who buy an annual season ticket before 31 December can pay this
year’s price and avoid the increase
that takes effect on 2 January.
But commuter Leo Healy demanded a more radical strategy. He tweeted: “I pay as much
for a season ticket on the train
as my parents paid for a house.
Renationalise the railways.”
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Rail passengers will be hit by the largest fares hike in five years next month.
Average ticket prices will go up by
3.4 per cent on 2 January, the industry
body the Rail Delivery Group (RDG)
said. It is the sharpest rise since 2013,
when fares increased by 3.9 per cent.
Of the 20 operators that released
individual figures, TransPennine
Express passengers face the highest
increase at 4.6 per cent. A spokeswoman said this follows a two-year
price freeze on some of its most
popular advance fares.
Passenger watchdog Transport
Focus compared the news to “a chill
wind” blowing down platforms as
many passengers’ incomes are stagnating or falling.
Chief executive Anthony Smith
said: “While substantial, welcome investment in new trains and improved
track and signals is continuing, passengers are still seeing the basic
promises made by the rail industry
broken on too many days.”
One in nine trains (12 per cent)
failed to meet the rail industry’s
punctuality target in the past 12
months, arriving more than five minutes late at terminating stations for
commuter services or 10 minutes for
long-distance journeys.
The Rail, Maritime and Transport
(RMT) union described it as “another
kick in the teeth” for passengers.
General secretary Mick Cash said:
“For many who have had their pay
and benefits capped or frozen by this
Government, these fare increases are
another twist of the economic knife.
The private train companies are
laughing all the way to the bank.”
Fewer than half (47 per cent) of
passengers are satisfied with the
value for money of train tickets, according to Transport Focus.
The Government uses the previous
July’s Retail Prices Index measure
of inflation to determine increases
in regulated fares, which was 3.6
per cent.
The RDG said that more than
97p in every pound from fares goes
back into improving and running
the railway.
Successive governments have
wanted to reduce funding of the railways by taxpayers and increase the
relative contribution of passengers.
Commuters hit More than £100 on some season tickets
Many season tickets are going up by
more than £100, including in Theresa
May’s constituency of Maidenhead,
from where an annual pass to London
will rise by £104 to £3,092.
Other routes on which regular
commuters will see significant rises
include Liverpool to Manchester
(up £108 to £3,152), Gloucester to
Birmingham (up £140 to £4,108) and
Tweedbank to Edinburgh (up £96
to £2,732).
For many put-upon commuters,
using the strike-hit Southern
Rail services, the increases are
particularly galling. Passengers
buying annual season tickets to travel
between Brighton and London will
now have to pay £4,332, an increase
of £163, prompting commuters to ask
on social media whether prices were
going up in direct proportion to a
decline in rail services.
Travellers from Leeds to
Manchester or Nuneaton to
Birmingham could see respective
increases of £68-£69, while those
making the short run from Bristol to
Bath will pay an additional £57.
In Wales, Arriva Trains said an
increase of 3.3 per cent will see
season ticket costs from Neath to
Cardiff rise from £1,652 to £1,708.
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HEALTH
Fall in blood pressure may signal final years
loss, and those who had high blood
pressure to begin with. However,
long-term declines also occurred in
A drop in blood pressure is
healthier people.
a sign you have 14 years
Professor David Melzor fewer left to live, a
er, from the Universtudy suggests.
sity of Exeter Medical
Almost 47,000 BritSchool, said: “Our
ons who had died at
large-scale study has
The number of
age 60 or older were
shown for the first
years
during
which
studied, including
time that blood preselderly
patients’
people who had been
sure drops for around
blood pressure
healthy as well as those
14 years before death,
dropped before
who had conditions
in
older patients.
they died
such as heart disease
“We now need more
or dementia.
research to understand
Researchers from the Univerwhy this happens. It is imporsity of Exeter Medical School and tant for physicians to understand as
UConn Health in the US found that much as possible around ageing and
blood pressure declines were the blood pressure to help personalise
steepest in patients with demen- treatment.”
tia, heart failure, late-in-life weight
Professor George Kuchel, one
By Paul Gallagher
HEALTH CORRESPONDENT
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Hypertension risk Why it shouldn’t be too high, either
What is raised blood pressure?
Hypertension is a condition in which
the blood vessels have persistently
raised pressure, putting them under
increased stress. The higher the
pressure, the harder the heart has
to pump.
What are the symptoms?
Most people with hypertension
have no symptoms, which is why it
is known as the “silent killer”. Sometimes it can cause headaches, shortness of breath, dizziness, chest pain,
palpitations and nose bleeds.
What should my blood pressure be?
Normal adult blood pressure is
defined as 120 mmHg (millimetres
of mercury) when the heart beats
(systolic) and a blood pressure of
80 mmHg when the heart relaxes
(diastolic). When systolic blood pressure is equal to or above 140 mmHg
and/or diastolic blood pressure is
equal to or above 90 mmHg the blood
pressure is considered to be high.
Why is it dangerous?
The higher the blood pressure, the
higher the risk of damage to the heart
and blood vessels in organs such as
the brain and kidneys. Hypertension
is the most important preventable
cause of heart disease and stroke
worldwide. If uncontrolled, it can
lead to a heart attack and eventually
heart failure. Hypertension can also
lead to kidney failure and blindness.
of the study authors, from UConn
Health, said the findings should
make both doctors and researchers
carefully consider what dropping
blood pressure really means for
older patients.
“I would be very concerned if anyone were to interpret our article as
suggesting that hypertension should
not be treated in late life or that they
should stop their blood pressure
medications,” he added.
Doctors have long known that
blood pressure rises from childhood
to middle age. But normal levels in
the elderly are less certain.
The declines were not due simply
to the early deaths of people with
high blood pressure, the report said.
The study is published in the Journal of the American Medical Association Internal Medicine.
HEALTH
Liquid diet helps half
of trial patients shake
off type 2 diabetes
By Paul Gallagher
HEALTH CORRESPONDENT
The most common form of diabetes
can be beaten by an all-liquid diet, a
landmark trial has found.
Around half of those with type 2
diabetes went into remission after
12 months using an intensive lowcalorie diet of soups and shakes and
no medication, according to the ongoing trial.
Around 300 people in Scotland and
Tyneside took part in the Diabetes
Remission Clinical Trial, funded by
Diabetes UK. Half received standard
care from their GP, while the other
Isobel Murray no longer needs
diabetes medication DIABETES UK
SCIENCE
Why bubbly
tastes better
in a glass
half received a structured weight
management programme. Findings from the first year showed that
46 per cent of those who took part in
the diet programme were in remission one year later.
Isobel Murray, 65, from North Ayrshire, who took part in the study, lost
more than 22kg (48lb) and no longer
needs diabetes medication.
“I was on various medications
which were constantly increasing
and I was becoming more and more
ill every day,” she said. “When the
doctors told me that my pancreas
was working again, it felt fantastic,
absolutely amazing.
“I don’t think of myself as a diabetic
any more. I get all my diabetes checks
done, but I don’t feel like a diabetic.”
About 4.5 million people are estimated to have diabetes in the UK –
almost 1 in 10 adults – and it costs the
NHS around £14bn a year. The vast
majority have type 2 diabetes, which
is strongly linked to lifestyle – poor
diet, excess weight and inactivity – as
well as genetics.
The diabetes trial found that
around 86 per cent of those who lost
at least 15kg went into remission,
compared with 4 per cent of the control group. The findings also stated
that 57 per cent who lost 10 to 15kg
also went into remission.
By Rachel Hosie
If you think the Prosecco you sip
from a plastic cup at the office party
doesn’t taste as good as from a glass,
you’d be correct – serving sparkling
wine in plastic or polystyrene cups
makes the bubbles behave differently,
affecting the taste, a study has found.
The reason is that in disposable
Artist Himid, 63, is oldest Turner Prize winner
Britain’s leading arts prize has been scooped by its
oldest contender. Lubaina Himid, 63, a key figure
of the Black Arts Movement, was presented with
the £25,000 Turner Prize by DJ Goldie in Hull
Minster last night. She is the oldest to have won
the prize in its 34-year history, after a bar on
artists over 50 was lifted.
Himid (inset), professor of contemporary
cups, the bubbles stick to the
sides for longer and get bigger as a result.
“It turns out the bubble formation process on
styrofoam is completely
different than on glass,”
said lead author of the
study, Kyle S Spratt, of the
applied research laboratories
art at the University of Central Lancashire, was the
unanimous winner for her installation ‘A Fashionable
Marriage’ (pictured above).
Chairman Alex Farquharson said: “The jury
responded to her visual exuberance and the satirical
nature of the work which deals with issues
around race and the legacy of colonialism with
great wit.”
at the University of Texas
at Austin.
“Using plastic glasses
really isn’t so good because the bubbles actually stick quite strongly
to the walls of the glass
[and so are] bigger before they lift off,” added
Andrea Sella, professor of
inorganic chemistry at University
College London.
The discovery was made as part of
a study into how the sound and distribution of bubbles affects the taste of
champagne, presented at a meeting
of the Acoustical Society of America
in New Orleans.THE INDEPENDENT
The real deal, page 30
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BREXIT
‘Whole of UK’ could align with
key EU regulations, says Davis
By Richard Vaughan
The whole of the UK could align its
regulations in key areas with the EU
following Brexit, David Davis told
MPs yesterday.
In answer to an urgent question, the Brexit Secretary said that
Northern Ireland would not be left
behind in any deal to move negotiations on to trade.
Mr Davis was speaking as the
Prime Minister was left scrambling to salvage her Brexit deal
after Arlene Foster publicly condemned the plans, branding them
“unacceptable”.
Irish Taoiseach Leo Varadkar
said that “the ball is now in London’s
court”, after Mrs May pulled out of a
proposed deal when the Democratic
Unionist Party (DUP) rejected as
“unacceptable” proposals for “regulatory alignment” with the Republic.
In a scathing assessment of the
turmoil surrounding the talks, shadow Brexit Secretary Sir Keir Starmer said that the “DUP tail is wagging
the Conservative dog”. He urged
Mrs May to “rethink her reckless
red lines” and put the option back on
the table of the UK remaining within
the single market and customs union.
Late last night, the Prime Minister had yet to hold talks with Mrs
Foster but had held discussions over
the phone with the Sinn Féin leader,
Michelle O’Neill, in a bid to reach an
agreement on the Irish border.
In a statement to the Commons,
Mr Davis said the UK was now
“close” to concluding the first phase
of Brexit negotiations, dealing with
the Irish border, citizens’ rights and
the UK’s financial settlement.
He insisted the Government would
not accept any deal which saw Northern Ireland treated differently from
the rest of the UK as the price of keeping an open border with the Republic.
He stressed that “alignment” did
not mean full harmonisation with
EU regulations, telling MPs: “It’s
sometimes having mutually recognised rules, mutually recognised
inspection, all of that sort of thing
Semantics What does ‘alignment’ mean?
As with anything to do with
negotiations, particularly those
involving the EU and the DUP,
everything comes down to
semantics. Couching the text on
a deal for the Irish border using
the phrase “continued regulatory
alignment” was meant to be enough
of a fudge to please everyone.
As David Davis was at pains to
point out, “alignment” does not
mean “full harmonisation” with
EU regulations. It meant having
“mutually recognised” rules.
Alignment suggests running parallel
alongside, without meeting or
“converging” by staying in the single
market and customs union.
Brexiteers are demanding the UK
have “divergence” from EU rules
should they wish in the future. This
would mean British regulations
would “branch” or “separate” away,
allowing them to secure trade
deals with countries with different
standards, such as the US.
as well – and that’s what we are aiming at.” He added: “There are areas
where we want the same outcome
but by different regulatory methods.
“We want to maintain safety, we
want to maintain food standards,
we want to maintain animal welfare,
we want to maintain employment
rights. We don’t have to do that by
exactly the same mechanism as
everybody else. That’s what regulatory alignment means.”
But Conservative former minister Anna Soubry said: “The British people are fed up to the back
teeth with all of this. They want a
solution. But if it’s good enough for
Northern Ireland, it’s good enough
for the rest of the country. And we
are a union and we will not allow
one deal for one part of our great
union and not for the other.”
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NORTHERN IRELAND
DUP did not see
text of EU deal
until last minute
By Padraic Flanagan
OPPOSITION
SOCIETY
Labour vows to keep up the Half of Britons
pressure over negotiations think we will get
By David Connett
Labour’s Brexit spokesman, Sir
Keir Starmer, last night defended
his party’s position on Brexit,
claiming that it had to “challenge” the Government to
see that the negotiations
were successful.
He had savaged Theresa May’s performance in
Brussels when she failed
to secure agreement over
the UK’s Brexit divorce agreement. Afterwards, he said: “The role
of the opposition here is obviously to
challenge the Government, and we
very much need to in light of what’s
happened in the past few days.
“We also have to act in the national
interest, for our constituents and for
our country and for our children. We
need these negotiations to succeed.”
Sir Keir (inset) said No
10’s lack of thought about
the secondary questions
behind the Irish border
issue was “staggering”,
adding: “Somebody must
have whispered in the
Prime Minister’s ear over
the weekend and into Monday, ‘look, you need to be aware
that the moment we unveil something like this, it is inevitable that
people in Scotland and in Wales and
other places are going to go: we want
to go down the same route’.”
REACTION
Brussels’ surprise support for May
By Leo Cendrowicz
IN BRUSSELS
Theresa May might not have
appreciated it, but after the Brexit
talks hit another wall, some of the
most sympathetic reactions came
from the European Commission (EC).
After her Brexit backtrack, Mrs
May received supportive messages
from her counterparts in the Belgian
capital, with the commission saying
it was waiting for a sign from her
government before negotiations
could resume.
“The show is now in London,” said
a spokesman for the EC president,
Jean-Claude Juncker. Officials said
that Mrs May had until Friday to
hammer out a deal that could pave
the way to opening trade talks in the
new year – a four-day extension to
the “absolute deadline” that the EU
Council’s president, Donald Tusk,
had set on Monday.
Coverage in the European press
noted the strains now tearing at
the fabric of the UK itself. German
daily Die Zeit described “a kingdom
in disrepair… It is not the EU that is
disintegrating, but Great Britain”.
France’s Le Figaro said the DUP
could open “a Pandora’s box for the
other regions of the UK”.
a bad Brexit deal
By Henry Vaughan
More than half of British people now
think the country will get a bad Brexit
deal, a survey suggests.
A report by the polling expert
Professor John Curtice suggests that
the UK public, including those who
voted Leave in the EU referendum,
has become more critical of the
way negotiations are being handled
and more pessimistic about the
consequences of Brexit.
A survey of 2,200 people found that
52 per cent now think Britain will get
a bad deal – up from 37 per cent in
February – while the proportion of
Leave voters who think the UK will
get a good Brexit deal has fallen from
51 per cent to 28 per cent. Sixty-one
per cent said the Government was
handling negotiations badly – up
from 41 per cent in February.
The study, for the National Centre
for Social Research, also found just 21
per cent of Leave voters questioned
thought the G overnment had
handled the Brexit negotiations well,
compared to 42 per cent in February.
Professor Curtice said the findings
would not necessarily persuade
voters to change their minds about
the wisdom of leaving the EU.
52
%
Percentage of
people who
think UK will
get a bad deal,
up from 37%
The deal that the UK Government
was poised to agree with the European Union on Monday came as “a
big shock” to the Democratic Unionist Party (DUP), its leader, Arlene Foster, said yesterday.
Talks in Brussels halted because
the DUP, which props up the Tory
minority government, rejected a
proposal about the future of the
Irish border. Mrs Foster (inset),
speaking on Irish television,
said her party had been asking the British Government for sight of draft
texts of the proposed
agreement with the EU
for five weeks, before a
version was finally sent
late on Monday morning.
“We hadn’t seen any text,
despite asking for text for nearly five weeks now, we haven’t been in
receipt of any text and the text only
came through to us late yesterday
morning,” she told RTÉ. “And obviously once we saw the text we knew
it wasn’t going to be acceptable.”
The DUP’s deputy leader, Nigel
Dodds, said that after seeing the
draft text of the proposed agreement on the Irish border he and his
The Irish Foreign
Minister, Simon Coveney,
said Dublin would work with the
UK on “presentational issues”
but not budge in any way on the
deal that it had agreed on.
colleagues immediately informed
the Government that it was “clearly unacceptable”, which forced
Theresa May to break off her lunch
for emergency talks over the phone
with Mrs Foster.
“The Prime Minister has said that
there will be no border in the Irish
Sea, she has made it clear the UK
is leaving the European Union as a
whole and the territorial and economic integrity of the UK will be
protected,” said Mr Dodds. “So we
want to see a sensible Brexit,
and we will continue to
work through the detail of
all these issues with the
Government in the coming days.”
Speaking in Westminster, Mr Dodds accused leaders in Dublin
of “flexing their muscles” by
seeking to use its veto over the
Brexit process in a “reckless and
dangerous way”, which was putting
Anglo-Irish relations at risk.
But in a rebuke to the DUP, the
Taoiseach, Leo Varadkar, said he
would listen to “all political parties
in Northern Ireland and recognise
that the majority did not vote to
leave the European Union”.
Mr Varadkar said he accepted
that Mrs May and her team were
negotiating “in good faith”, telling
the Irish parliament, the Dáil, that
he was “looking forward to hearing from them as to how they think
we can proceed”. But in a sign that
he believes it is for Britain to make
further concessions, he added: “The
ball is now in London’s court.”
DEVOLUTION
Anglo-Irish relations set back
by Dublin’s stance, warns DUP
By Richard Wheeler
Anglo-Irish relations have been
set back by the Irish government’s
“aggressive and anti-unionist”
approach in Brexit talks, the DUP
claimed yesterday.
Ni ge l D o d d s , t h e p a r ty ’s
leader at Westminster, said that
relationships in Northern Ireland
linked to devolution had also been
damaged and would “take a long
time to repair”.
Mr Dodds added that the DUP’s
approach of seeking to “stand
strong for the Union” and Northern
Ireland’s place within it should
come as no surprise.
He made his remarks in the
Commons after the DUP refused to
accept proposals that would have
shifted Northern Ireland’s customs
border to the Irish Sea.
Mr Dodds said: “It should come
as no surprise that the Dublin and
Irish government wishes to advance
its interests. The way it has gone
about it in such an aggressive and
anti-unionist way is disgraceful and
has set back Anglo-Irish relations
and damaged the relationships
built up within Northern Ireland in
terms of the devolution settlement
– and that is going to take a long
time to repair.”
Nigel Dodds (centre) and colleagues
at Westminster AFP/GETTY IMAGES
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POLITICS
May fights for
unity as hopes of
timely deal wither
By Richard Vaughan
Theresa May was last night fighting
to maintain cabinet unity over her
plans to keep the whole of the UK
“aligned” with Brussels regulations.
Her hopes of securing a Brexit deal
by the end of the week were left hanging by a thread, after scheduled talks
with the Democratic Unionist Party
were shelved.
The plans to keep the entirety of
the UK in alignment with certain EU
rules emerged after the DUP pulled
the plug on proposals to keep Northern Ireland in line with regulations
on Monday.
DUP leader Arlene Foster had
Jacob Rees-Mogg
challenged David Davis
to make it an “indelible red
line” that the UK should be able
to diverge from EU rules and
regulations after withdrawal.
stated she would not accept any
form of regulatory divergence that
separates Northern Ireland “economically or politically from the rest
of the UK”. Brexit Secretary David
Davis told MPs the deal discussed
with the DUP had always applied to
the “whole United Kingdom”.
Last night, government sources
sought to allay claims of cabinet divisions, stating the plans for UK-wide
“regulatory alignment” had been set
out by Mrs May during her speech
in Florence – a stance already supported by the entire Cabinet.
Scottish Tory leader Ruth Davidson said: “The question on the Brexit
ballot paper asked voters whether
the UK should stay or leave the European Union – it did not ask if the
country should be divided by different deals for different home nations.”
But the plans will be strongly
resisted by Brexiteers within the
Cabinet, such as Boris Johnson and
Michael Gove, who want to be able
to forge new trade agreements with
Policeman fires
back at Green in
porn case
By Andrew Woodcock
Boris Johnson, a
leading Brexiteer,
leaving a cabinet
meeting in Downing
Street yesterday PA
other countries outside the EU. ProBrexit Tory backbenchers were also
quick to raise concerns over the UK
staying in line with EU rules.
Owen Paterson sought assurances from Mr Davis, stating: “We are
going to leave the single market and
the customs union. Will he confirm
this week the integrity of the United
Kingdom comes first and, if necessary, no deal is better than a bad
deal?” Mr Davis said he had already
confirmed the “integrity” of the UK
comes first.
The row between the police and
Damian Green has intensified after
a former top policeman said he was
considering legal action against the
First Secretary of State .
Bob Quick has called on Mr Green
(inset) to publicly retract “deeply hurtful” allegations
that he lied about
“vast amounts”
of pornography
discovered on
the MP’s personal computer.
In a statement issued by his solicitors,
Mr Quick said he was considering
legal action against Mr Green – effectively Theresa May’s deputy.
The former Metropolitan Police assistant commissioner, who oversaw a
raid on Mr Green’s Westminster office in 2008, said all the comments he
had made on the case were “accurate,
in good faith”.
A spokesman for Mr Green said:
“It would be inappropriate for Mr
Green to comment while the Cabinet
Office inquiry is ongoing.”
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WELFARE
State pension leaves UK elderly ‘in poverty’
By Vicky Shaw
People in the UK who fail to make
their own pension provision face a
steep income drop when they retire
compared with other OECD countries, a report has found.
Those on average wages in the UK
can expect to see their income from
mandatory parts of the pension system such as a state pension equate
to around 29 per cent of what they
had been earning, compared with an
average of 63 per cent in the OECD
(Organisation for Economic Co-operation and Development).
The report said this expected “net down today’s workers if we can’t proreplacement rate” of 29 per
vide them with a decent retirecent was the lowest of any
ment income.”
OECD country.
The OECD said that
The OECD’s Penlike other countries, the
sions At A Glance
UK is “ageing quickly”
2017 report found
and the number of peoThe percentage of
that the equivalent
ple aged 65 and over
former earnings
figure in Turkey was
for every 100 people
replaced by the state
pension in the UK;
102 per cent.
of working age will rise
the OECD average
The TUC general
from about 30 today to
is
63
per
cent
secretary, Frances
48 in 2050.
O’Grady, said: “Working
It said: “Already today,
people in Britain face the
poverty among older people is
biggest retirement cliff edge of
high in the United Kingdom: among
any developed nation. We are letting those aged 75 and over, 18.5 per cent
29
have incomes below the poverty line,
most of them women.
“The main reason is the low level
of the state pension.”
The new, simplified, state pension should improve matters, but
there is a long transition period, the
report added.
While those who are able to save,
buy their own home and put money
in private pensions may have relatively good incomes, retirees without
these types of revenue “are left with
few resources”, it said.
Caroline Abrahams, of Age UK,
said the report should serve as a
PEOPLE
Christine Keeler, the former model at
the centre of the Profumo affair that
sent shockwaves through British politics in the 1960s, has died at the age
of 75, her family have said.
Her son, Seymour Platt, 46, told
The Guardian that she died on Monday at the Princess Royal University Hospital in Farnborough, saying:
“My mother passed away last night at
about 11.30pm.”
Keeler, who had been living under
the name of Sloane for many years,
had been ill for several months, and
suffered from lung disease.
She was briefly married twice,
both ending in divorce. She had two
sons – James from her first marriage,
and Seymour from her second – and
a granddaughter. Mr Platt, who lives
in Ireland, said he, his wife and their
daughter had last seen his mother a
week before her death.
“There was a lot of good around
Chris’s rather tragic life, because
there was a family around her that
The report also said recent
changes enabling older
people to withdraw chunks of
cash from their retirement pots
could lead to further inequality
“as not all will be able to finance
retiring earlier”.
Scandal The model
and the minister
Christine Keeler, model
at centre of Profumo
affair, dies aged 75
By Padraic Flanagan
wake-up call. “Given the current
situation, the state pension undoubtedly remains a vital tool in the fight
against pensioner poverty, giving
millions of older people a small element of financial security,” she said.
The Profumo affair broke at the
height of the Cold War, when
spying was rife and the threat of
war with Russia was ever-present.
In 1960 Christine Keeler, born in
Uxbridge, Middlesex, went to work
at Murray’s Cabaret Club in Soho,
where she met Stephen Ward
(inset), a London osteopath.
The following year Ward
introduced the
19-year-old Keeler
to the war
minister, John
Profumo, at a
party thrown
by Lord and
Lady Astor at
their stately
home, Cliveden.
The couple had an
affair lasting only a
few weeks. At the same time,
she had an affair with Commander
Eugene Ivanov, a Soviet naval
attaché at the Russian embassy
in London.
In 1963, after months of
speculation, Profumo denied an
affair with Keeler in the House of
Commons. Ward then went on
trial at the Old Bailey charged with
living off immoral earnings. A few
days later Profumo resigned after
admitting lying to the Commons.
On the last day of his trial, Ward
was found dead at home having
taken an overdose of sleeping pills.
Keeler was found guilty of
perjury in a related trial and
imprisoned for nine months.
loved her,” he said. “I think what
happened to her back in the day was
quite damaging.”
A major new BBC series revisiting the Profumo affair is due to begin
filming next year. It will reveal how
Keeler was working as a cabaret
dancer in London’s Soho when she
met Stephen Ward, an osteopath and
“man about town”.
Through him, in 1961, she met both
Profumo, 46, then Secretary of State
for War, and the Russian military attache Yevgeny Ivanov, having affairs
with both men.
When the relationships came to
light in 1963, the scandal rocked Harold Macmillan’s Conservative government. Profumo told the House of
Commons there was no “impropriety” in their relationship.
After more lurid stories emerged,
Profumo admitted lying to the House,
and resigned from the Commons.
The scandal was deemed a contributory factor in the fall of the Macmillan
government, with Labour winning
under Harold Wilson in 1964.
Christine Keeler
was working in
Soho when she
met Stephen Ward
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MANCHESTER
Arena bomber on
MI5 radar months
before attack
Attacker
browsed
terror clips
on YouTube
able that the Manchester attack in
particular might have been averted
had the cards fallen differently”.
But he said it was “unknowable” whether such an investigation into Abedi (inset)
would have thwarted his
plans, adding: “MI5 assesses that it would not”.
Abedi was actively investigated in January 2014,
but the investigation was
closed and he was deemed
to have “low residual risk” due
to his “limited engagement with persons of national security concern”.
The investigation was reopened
in October 2015, on the basis of supposed contact with an Islamic State
figure in Libya, but was closed again
on the same day when it transpired
that any contact was not direct.
Mr Anderson’s review has found
that Abedi remained a closed
“subject of interest” until the day of
the attack, but twice in the months
before it happened, intelligence
about him was received by MI5
“whose significance was not fully
appreciated at the time”. His report
Terrorist Khalid Masood conducted “reconnaissance” of Westminster Bridge just days before
carrying out his deadly attack, the
Anderson review reveals.
Masood, 52 – who killed five
people in a knife and car rampage before being shot dead by
police on 22 March – was known to
police and MI5, but was officially
“closed” as a subject of interest in
October 2012.
The report details
how he searched
violent attacks,
knives, Isis, and
vehicles online
as early as April
last year.
He bought two
Sabatier carving
knives from a Tesco
in Birmingham on 9
March this year, before collecting
the Hyundai Tucson used in the
attack on 16 March.
Masood (inset) carried out reconnaissance online and in person on 19 March and browsed
YouTube for terrorist videos, including suicide attacks.
The report, published yesterday, said there was no evidence
Masood had “attack planning aspirations” in 2012.
It said he continued to appear
as a contact of others being investigated between 2012 and 2016, including those linked to the banned
terror group, ALM.
An MI5 review team concluded
actions taken were “sound” based
on the information then available.
By Dean Kirby
NORTHERN CORRESPONDENT
The Manchester terror attack
might have been averted
by security services “had
the cards fallen differently”, an official review
has found.
Salman Abedi (inset)
had twice been a “subject of interest” of MI5 but
was not under active investigation when he carried out the
suicide attack at an Ariana Grande
concert in May, killing 22 people and
injuring more than 100.
David Anderson QC, the author of
a review into the four attacks on Manchester and London between March
and June this year, said: “It is conceivAndy Burnham, Mayor of
Greater Manchester, said
the report on the attack would be
a “difficult read” for everyone in
Greater Manchester and for the
bereaved families.
By Henry Vaughan
A makeshift shrine for victims of the Manchester Arena attack JAMES HARDISTY
said: “In retrospect, the intelligence
can be seen to have been highly relevant to the planned attack.”
The review found that Abedi was
also identified in a “data washing
exercise” as falling within a small
number of closed investigations that
merited “further consideration”, but
the meeting was planned for 31 May –
nine days after the attack.
It found an opportunity was missed
by MI5 to place Abedi on “ports action” after he travelled to Libya in
April 2017, which would have trig-
gered an alert when he returned and
allowed him to be questioned and
searched at the airport.
But the review team concluded
that the investigative actions in 2014,
and the subsequent decision to close
him as a “subject of interest” were
“sound on the basis of the information available at the time”.
Ian Hopkins, Chief Constable of
Greater Manchester, said counterterrorism policing will “never stop
learning or adapting to ensure that the
response meets the changing threat”.
SECURITY
Intelligence foiled nine terror attacks, MI5 chief tells ministers
By Joe Watts
Nine terror plots have been foiled in
the UK over the past year, cabinet
ministers have been told.
MI5’s director-general, Andrew
Parker, briefed Theresa May and her
senior team on the planned attacks
yesterday. Ministers were told that
Isis forces had been beaten in Iraq
and Syria but were now pushing for
attacks to be made on UK soil. Mr
Parker told the Prime Minister that
five attacks had been successful over
the same period, four of which related to Islamist terrorism.
Ms May’s spokesman said: “The
Prime Minister led thanks to the tireless work of staff at MI5 to combat
the unprecedented terrorist threat.
“Cabinet ministers heard that
while Daesh [another name for Isis]
suffered major defeats in Iraq and
Syria, this did not mean the threat
is over. Rather it is spreading to new
areas, including trying to encourage
attacks in the UK and elsewhere via
propaganda on social media.”
TECHNOLOGY
The new app is designed for children aged between six and 12, and
allows parents to control it directly
from their own account. Children
will be able to make video calls, send
messages and pictures and use gifs
and stickers. Information gathered
from the app will be shared with
some third parties, but will not be
used to target adverts at children.
Hunt: ‘Stay away from my kids, Facebook’
By Rhiannon Williams
TECHNOLOGY CORRESPONDENT
Jeremy Hunt has criticised Facebook for creating a version of its
Messenger app specifically for children. The Health Secretary said he
was not sure Messenger Kids, which
is being rolled out in the US before
the UK, “is the right direction at all”.
“Facebook told me they would
come back with ideas to PREVENT
underage use of their product, but
instead they are actively targeting
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younger children,” he tweeted. “Stay
away from my kids please, Facebook,
and act responsibly!”
Facebook currently restricts people below 13 years of age from signing
up to its platform, but many younger
children simply lie about their age.
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UN tackles ‘planetary crisis’
of plastic waste in oceans
By Katie Grant
Plastic in the world’s seas is a “planetary crisis”, according to the UN’s
oceans chief.
Lisa Svensson said countries
across the world needed to act faster
to end plastic pollution.
“This is a planetary crisis,” she
told the BBC. “In a few short decades
since we discovered the convenience
of plastics, we are ruining the ecosystem of the ocean.”
She was speaking ahead of a UN
environment summit in Nairobi,
which is expected to agree a UN
resolution today to help combat the
growing problem.
The resolution has no timetable
and is not legally binding, but will set
HEALTH
Exercising in
polluted areas
‘negates benefits’
By Paul Gallagher
HEALTH CORRESPONDENT
Going for a brisk walk is one of the
best ways for older people to stay
healthy – unless your route takes you
along a traffic-laden road, that is.
Any cardiovascular benefits of
strolling along a busy road are cancelled out by exposure to air pollution for the over-60s, according to
research funded by the British Heart
Foundation (BHF).
The study, published in The Lancet,
compared the benefits of the elderly
Dirty air ‘stunts growth’
Air pollution from road traffic is
putting unborn babies’ health at risk,
according to a study. The findings,
published in the BMJ, suggest
exposure to traffic pollution in
London during pregnancy is linked to
low birth weight.
The Imperial College London study
examined more than 540,000 births
in Greater London between 2006 and
2010. “The findings suggest that air
pollution from road traffic in London
is adversely affecting foetal growth,”
the study’s authors concluded.
exercising in the traffic-congested
street against a traffic-free site.
Researchers at Imperial College
London and Duke University in the
US found much higher pollution
levels – including fine particulate
matter, black carbon and nitrogen
dioxide – in London’s Oxford Street
compared with nearby Hyde Park.
Even short-term (two-hour) exposure to air pollution appears to
thwart the benefits of walking on the
heart and lungs among older adults.
Volunteers who took a walk in Hyde
Park experienced a decrease in the
stiffness of their arteries, a benefit
normally seen after exercise. In contrast, volunteers who walked on Oxford Street had a “worrying increase”
in artery stiffness following exercise.
Simon Gillespie, BHF chief executive, said: “Exercise is crucial in reducing the risk of a heart attack or
stroke, but it seems dangerous levels
of air pollution could be erasing these
benefits in older adults.
“When exercising it’s best to avoid
highly polluted areas, swapping them
for green spaces or even back streets,
where pollution is lower.”
Sadiq Khan, Mayor of London, has
said he is taking “tough measures” to
combat air pollution in London.
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the course for much tougher policies
and send a clear signal to business,
experts say.
Under the proposals, governments
would establish an international
task force to advise on combating plastic waste discarded in the
world’s oceans.
A stronger motion was rejected
after the US refused to agree to any
specific, internationally agreed goals.
A UN spokesman said they would
have liked to have gone further but
said real progress had been made.
“There’s now a sense of urgency
and energy behind the issue that we
haven’t quite seen before,” he said.
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CORBYN
ECONOMICS
WATCHING
PORN
FOOD
WASTE
TRUMP’S
TAX BILL
HOUSE OF
CARDS
The prospect
of a united
Ireland?
The wealthy
are quaking
in their boots
It’s a private
matter and
should stay so
We never
needed ‘best
before’ labels
Republicans
are now in
bed with him
Robin Wright
will star,
finally
Evening Standard
Daily Mail
The Times
The Guardian
When Brexit-backing
Conservatives such as
Jacob Rees-Mogg and
Iain Duncan Smith line
up to proclaim their
unionist credentials
in the next few days,
they might reflect on
the fact that their other
passion, leaving the
EU, may be propelling
Ireland towards a
union of its own.
(Denis Staunton)
The Spectator
It is, I’m afraid, time to
prepare your personal
finances for Jeremy
Corbyn. Think first
about your income and
savings. That income
tax will rise — for “the
rich” at least — is more
or less certain. Next,
think about getting
rid of buy-to-let
investments.
(Merryn Somerset
Webb)
Vice
New Statesman
City AM
Daily Express
Hard Brexit, soft
Brexit or no Brexit Labour has not ruled
any of these out. To
do so now would risk
falling foul of public
opinion later.
In truth, Labour
only has one Brexit
position: to keep all
options open.
(George Eaton)
Whether or not a
Labour government
does pose as great
a threat to Britain’s
economy as Brexit,
there is evidence
that the wealthiest in
society are worried.
And, let’s face it: no one
wants to pay more tax
than they have to.
(Editorial)
Quote of
the day
Green’s browser
history having
legal porn in it is
embarrassing, but
that’s about it. But
Nadine Dorries and
Nick Bowles then
tweeted that you can’t
know for sure that
it was him, because
anyone could have
been using his PC
login... Everyone does
it, right? (Phil McDuff)
There is no difference
between Damian
Green and the case of
Max Mosley, the car
race boss whose sexual
antics were reported in
the News of the World,
The courts insist that
legal activities – and
even some that aren’t
– are private matters.
End of. (Peter Hill)
The Co-op’s plan to sell
non-perishable food
for 10p an item when it
reaches its “best before
date” is excellent news
for both the consumer
and the planet. Far
better that it ends
up on the dinner
table, rather than
rotting away in some
fly-blown landfill site.
(Editorial)
The leadership of
the Republican
Party have finally
wedded themselves
to Trump and to his
political destiny. They
have married their
bullying partner. All
consequences are now
owned not just by the
President but by the
Republican Party.
(Justin Webb)
Even without his
participation, the
whole thing will carry
the stench of Kevin
Spacey in every fibre
of its being. It’ll still
be informed by every
decision he ever made,
and his absence will
always be the biggest
thing on screen.
(Stuart Heritage)
The Sun
Los Angeles Times
Good riddance, Frank
Underwood. This pivot
isn’t just the show’s
way of moving past
the Spacey scandal –
it’s also a logical step
House of Cards should
have taken seasons
ago. The natural course
of the show long ago
turned him into a
nearly unbearable
character.
(Yohana Desta)
These labels are not
a legal requirement.
They are simply there
to inform us of when
foods are supposedly
freshest and tastiest.
They are not “use by”
dates, which we get
on fresh fish, meat
and poultry. These are
required by law and
advise us on health
risks. (Aldo Zilli)
If you want the tax
cuts and the judges,
you’ve also signed
up for the racism,
the misogyny,
the amorality, the
lawlessness, the
deranged tweets,
possibly even
something close
to treason. Trump
supporters own it all.
(Max Boot)
Vanity Fair
LifeInBrief
ALI ABDULLAH SALEH FORMER PRESIDENT OF YEMEN
It appears
Arlene Foster
has become
the new PM
and the ten
£100m DUP
MPs are the
new cabinet
Angela Rayner
The Labour MP
tweets in response
to this week’s Brexit
developments
Ali Abdullah Saleh, who has been
killed aged 75, was the authoritarian
president of Yemen who steered the
impoverished Middle Eastern nation
for more than three decades.
He was born in Bayt al-Ahmar,
in what is now western Yemen. His
family was part of the Hashid tribal
confederacy. With only minimal
schooling, he received a prestigious
commission to the North Yemen army,
where he climbed in rank and became
more involved in political affairs.
After Ahmad al-Ghashmi, then the
president, was killed by a briefcase
bomb in 1978, Saleh manoeuvered to
succeed him. A month later, Saleh was
elected leader of North Yemen, an Arab
nationalist country that he united with
the Marxist-oriented South Yemen in
1990 after the end of the Cold War.
A former military commander,
Saleh proved an unusually resilient
president. His two immediate
predecessors were assassinated within
months of each other. Saleh mercilessly
quashed coup attempts and once
ordered the execution of 30 military
officers for their suspected role in a
plot to overthrow him. Support from
the US, which considered Saleh a key
counter-terrorism partner against
a potent al-Qaeda affiliate in Yemen,
helped cement his grip on power.
In early 2011, Yemenis were inspired
by the revolutionary fervour in
Tunisia and Egypt, and pro-democracy
demonstrators gathered in the streets
of Sanaa, the capital. But instead of
democratic change, they were met with
bullets and tear-gas canisters from
Saleh’s loyalist army and special forces.
Saleh’s legitimacy dissolved after
more than 150 Yemeni citizens
were killed in clashes throughout
the country. Diplomats left their
posts and army generals defected to
the opposition.
On 3 June 2011, Saleh suffered
burns and shrapnel injuries after a
bomb exploded inside his presidential
compound. Several months later,
in November, he bowed to protests
against his rule and agreed to leave
office. Demonstrations focused on his
inability to address unemployment,
corruption and security challenges.
Afterwards, he struck up an
unlikely alliance with the Houthis, an
Iranian-backed Yemeni rebel group.
Together, they drove the government of
President Abed Rabbo Mansour Hadi –
Saleh’s vice-president and handpicked
successor – into exile in Saudi Arabia in
2015. The bloody conflict that followed
drew in Saudi Arabia and Iran, as well
as the United States, and has killed
more than 10,000 people.
Saleh had five children and installed
his son, Ahmad, as chief of Yemen’s
special forces. By late 2014, Saleh had
joined forces with the Houthi rebels as
they entered the capital.
But last week, tensions boiled over,
triggering clashes between the Houthi
fighters and Saleh’s loyalists. And
Saleh, the master tactician who ruled
a fractious Yemen through tumult and
despair, became the war’s most wellknown casualty. THE WASHINGTON POST
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Died 4 December 2017
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MarkWallace
Exhausted and prone to mistakes
Theresa May’s team in No 10 are firefighting on many fronts – but they are not
doomed to fail. This week shows the collective desire to agree a good Brexit
J
ournalists relish a good
crisis. The modern media
is a voracious beast,
constantly hungering
for new developments,
innovative angles,
personal triumph and
human tragedy.
Even relatively humdrum stories
now have everything thrown at
them – helicopters, swish graphics
and live notifications – to squeeze
as much drama as possible out of
any given situation. Kay Burley,
like the SAS, appears to be always
on standby, in a state of constant
readiness should some news occur.
Nobody – not the viewers, and
certainly not the journalists –
wants a repeat of 18 April 1930, the
day on which a BBC announcer
informed the nation that “there is
no news”, then played 15 minutes of
piano music instead of delivering a
run-down of the headlines.
No. Crisis and drama is what
we want, and crisis and drama
is therefore what we will get. As
a result, all senior politicians
know that at some point they will
probably end up as either the
victim or saviour of one crisis or
another, whether they like it or not.
Ministers can try to avoid
this fate, of course. One of
Theresa May’s most remarkable
achievements is that she was the
longest-serving Home Secretary in
over 60 years. The grip that she and
her close circle of advisers exerted
on the department, the good match
of her temperament with the
serious topics at hand, and a lot of
hard work allowed her to captain
what was reputed to be a cursed
ship for an amazingly long time.
But, like one of those doomed
but telegenic teenagers in a Final
Destination film, her run of good
fortune could not last. As Prime
Minister, she has suffered far more
than what might be viewed as her
fair share of crises.
Some came from factors
outside her control, but others –
the disastrous general election
campaign, for example – were
due at least in part to a misguided
attempt to bring the approach
that worked in the Home Office to
the running of Downing Street.
It simply was not possible to
centralise the whole government in
the same way as she had managed
to control one department.
Crises seldom travel alone. If you
survive one, then far from being
inoculated against the experience,
you become more prone to another.
That’s partly about reputation:
Brussels is used to
thrashing out crises
– and almost always
reaches agreement in
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people disregard all sorts of things
about rising stars, but indulge even
weak gossip about those who are in
trouble. But it’s also about capacity:
an exhausted team, already
firefighting on other issues, is more
likely to make mistakes.
That seems to have contributed
to this week’s problems over the
status of Northern Ireland.
Because the British Government
is occupied on a dozen fronts – a
minority government, navigating
harassment and porn allegations,
battling hundreds of Commons
amendments, all while negotiating
Brexit – a gap was allowed to open
up between what the DUP thought
was being discussed, and the
wording on the table in Brussels.
We all saw the result of that
failure in communication. The
unionists, whom May relies on for
a majority, were outraged about
what they view as an unacceptable
proposal. Arlene Foster put her
foot down, stopping short of the
hoped-for agreement in principle.
May is now in talks with Foster as
well as with the EU – and unionists
are accomplished at playing hard-
People in
Dublin, Belfast,
London and
Brussels now
want to find a
satisfactory deal
ball with Westminster. There’s
no hiding that almost everyone
involved would prefer that this
hadn’t happened.
But it would be a mistake to think
the whole process is now doomed
to fail. If anything, the experience
has sharpened the awareness of
how much people want to find a
satisfactory deal – in Dublin, in
Belfast, in London and, yes, in
Brussels.
The EU, of all institutions, is
accustomed to managing crisis
points in negotiations – so much
so that rather than run from them,
they have built them in to become
part of the routine process of
agreeing just about anything.
In even relatively uncontroversial
talks, it’s not unusual to see the
European Council sit until the early
hours of the morning, with officials
briefing out snippets about hungry
prime ministers and presidents
thrashing out taxing details in
sweaty meeting rooms. Agreement
is almost always reached in the
end, but there’s an understanding
that everyone benefits if there’s
gnashing of teeth and it all looks
really difficult.
Successive British governments
have never really understood why
such contrived drama might be
preferable to just getting on with it
and sorting things out. This time,
however, the drama comes from
our end – and it’s all real.
Mark Wallace is executive editor of
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It’s not about
the porn
I agree with Simon
Kelner’s stance that we
should be above making
moral judgments about
the use of porn (i,
5 December). But there is
an aspect of this case that
he overlooks. The retired
policeman claims that
Damian Green must have
been watching the stuff
on his office computer.
The minister, however,
denies this. Since one
of them must be lying,
the issue we should be
concerned with is public
servants, retired or
otherwise, telling lies.
ALISTAIR TREEN
BRISTOL
Call Brexit off
I am a Leave supporter
but I notice how other
factions – the DUP,
the Welsh Assembly,
Nicola Sturgeon, plus
city mayors around the
“United Kingdom” – want
something different. So
why don’t we, as the song
goes, just call the whole
thing off?
GEORGE DAVISON
BY EMAIL
Glad of DUP’s
influence
While people gnash their
teeth over the DUP’s
derailing Theresa May’s
apparent Brexit plan,
consider what she might
have done if she had
either won a comfortable
majority in the general
election – or not called it
in the first place.
It seems she would
have agreed to Northern
Ireland’s having a
different status from
the rest of the UK with
regards to leaving the EU.
So thank heavens for the
DUP for stopping Mrs
May from offering terms
that very few Leave
voters would accept.
TOM TRUST
REDRUTH, CORNWALL
The question on
everyone’s lips
I was delighted to read
that pigeons can find
a correlation between
lengths of lines and their
visible duration on a
computer screen, as I
have lain awake at nights
pondering this same
thing (i, 5 December).
There is just one more
question: what sort of
brain patterns do those
people have who pay
researchers to find the
answers to questions no
one is asking?
DAVID BATTY
FELIXSTOWE
The Queen goes,
tourists stay
Your fact-check on
whether the Royal family
attracts tourists to the
UK fails to ask a simple
question (i, 5 December):
would these tourists still
visit Britain if we became
a republic?
For a possible answer,
look to France. The
Palace of Versailles
remains a major tourist
attraction over 200 years
after they abolished
the monarchy. Visitor
numbers to the royal
palaces in the UK could
soar if they were fully
open to the public
throughout the year.
SIMON GAMBLE
BRIGHTON
Whether the Royal
family contributes to
the economic life of the
country is of far less
importance than its
negative impact on the
structure of society and
social life. Its existence
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Would tourists still
visit Buckingham
Palace if Britain
were a republic? PA
perpetuates a culture
of deference and a class
system at odds with
the values of a modern
democracy. Cherish our
history and our heritage,
but not an expensive
anachronistic family
with no essential role in
the life of our country.
ANN FOSTER
NORTH SHIELDS
Neo-fascism
in print
I agree wholeheartedly
with Yasmin AlibhaiBrown’s piece (i,
5 December). However,
she omits the role played
daily by your colleagues
in the printed media in
spreading the bile and
hatred she condemns.
Journalists are quick to
howl about attacks on
freedom of the press,
but your profession
needs to take a hard look
at itself and condemn
loudly the lazy racism
and fascism now so
readily propagated by
British newspapers.
IAN WARD
BLACKPOOL
workers are obese
because of poor hospital
food (i, 5 December).
Anyone who works
with people who have
some form of eating
disorder is aware how
this so often relates to
emotional distress.
Healthcare workers
face emotional distress
all the time, from the
nurses working with
those who are dying to
care workers managing
the upset related
to Alzheimer’s.
It seems to me that
this, along with many
studies, examines
the situation from
a two-dimensional,
physical perspective,
while failing to explore
the all-important
psychological factors
that impact many
workers, particularly
those in healthcare.
LORNA MARCHANT
BY EMAIL
I found it laughable that
Yasmin was trying to
say there were parallels
today with the rise of the
dictators in the 1920s
and 30s and how a few
oddballs – some with
extremist views – are
allowed to air their views.
The only equivalence
I can see is that one of
Hitler’s prime objectives
was to unite Europe with
a dominant Germany;
today we have the EU.
JOHN FINAN
LOUTH, LINCOLNSHIRE
Look beyond
the food
I was surprised to read a
report claiming that
25 per cent of healthcare
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Managing life’s
ups and downs
Beyoncé and Jay Z have bravely
decided to exorcise the demons that
haunt them when it comes to lifts.
The last time we saw them emerge
from one was after the infamous
physical attack on Jay Z by Beyoncé’s
sister, Solange, in 2013, amid
rumours that he had cheated on his
wife. The couple decided to purge
that memory by posing in the lift at
their local cinema in New York on
Monday evening. They cheerfully
invited the hordes of
waiting paparazzi
to come and take
as many shots
as they liked
while they
helpfully
held the door
open. What
better way
to signal that
your marriage
is back on track?
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Awards show
fashion in
the fast lane
The British Fashion Awards
brought the usual array of
eclectic and exotic looking
ensembles. The ceremony,
which was held in
partnership with
Swarovski at the Royal
Albert Hall in London,
welcomed the likes of
designer Donatella
Versace (pictured
right with Formula One
champion Lewis Hamilton),
Georgia May Jagger (left)
and Stella McCartney. There
was also a celebration of the
career of designer Azzedine
Alaïa who died last month, led
by Naomi Campbell.
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Noel makes a
Noize for charity
Noel Gallagher has joined Princess
Eugenie, Damon Albarn and Ozzy
Osbourne in the End the Silence
campaign, which aims to raise
£1.5m by the end of the year to help
find families for 120,000
children in Ugandan
and Rwandan
orphanages. It
is taking the
form of a huge
online musical
time capsule:
you pay to add
your contribution.
Gallagher (inset)
chose Slade’s “Cum
On Feel the Noize” as
his entry. Speaking about the first
time he heard it, he said: “I would have
been six or seven years old sitting
watching Top of the Pops.”
He added: “It’s perfect… it reminds
me of where Oasis got their sound
from, pretty much.”
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O
ne Sunday last month,
I set out with no little
expectation on a journey
to watch my beloved
football team, Manchester City,
play Arsenal. We were booked on
the Virgin Trains 10.20am service
from Euston that would arrive in
Manchester in plenty of time to
enjoy a walk through the city’s
post-industrial landscape and get
to the ground for a beer and a Jamie
Oliver balti pie, before enjoying
another routine victory.
At £249.80 for two – we paid the
£20 first-class upgrade – plus tickets
for the match, this was not a cheap
day out, but following your football
team up and down the land is not
something to be undertaken lightly.
We never got there, and neither
did the hundreds of other people
on the station concourse, mainly
supporters of both football clubs.
There was a points failure near
Northampton, and all trains to
Manchester that would get us there
in time for the match were cancelled.
Everyone took this news with
surprising equanimity, largely
because there was no one there to
rage at, and also because
although our contract was
with Virgin Trains, in
this divide-and-rule
world of privatised
train travel, the issue
lay with Network
Rail, providers of the
railway infrastructure.
Later, I received an
email from Virgin Trains.
“Tell us what you thought
of your recent journey” was in
the subject field. “Hi Customer,” the
email began. “Thanks for choosing
to travel with us – hopefully you’ve
arrived feeling awesome and
ready to conquer that mountain
(real or metaphorical).” As an
exercise in adding insult to injury,
this email could not have been
better constructed.
I have written before about Virgin
Trains’ breathless public relations
efforts, and their attempts to appear
cuddly and warm to their customers
(anyone who’s been into one of
their lavatories and listened to the
“humorous” recorded message
will know what I mean). And when
the news broke yesterday that
train fares are to be subject to the
biggest rise for five years, I couldn’t
help feeling that the best customer
relations for train companies would
be to announce that they wouldn’t
be subjecting their passengers to
endless communication trying to
make them feel better, or that they
would end the tiresome practice
of issuing a dozen separate
tickets for one journey.
The money saved could
keep prices down.
Fares will go up by
an average of 3.4 per
cent from 2 January. If
I travelled on Chiltern
Railways every day, I
might consider it value
for money for a service
that’s clean and efficient,
but if my daily commute involved
using the benighted Southern
Rail, I’d regard it as a downright
liberty. And that’s the trouble about
this fractured network: people
have totally different experiences
depending on where you travel to
and from.
I’m not harking back to a
golden era that didn’t exist, but
at least we knew where we were
with British Rail. We may have had
buffet cars rather than on-board
brasseries, and we didn’t have
talking lavatories, but on some level
we felt in charge, rather than at
the mercy of a rapacious corporate
entity which is constantly telling us
how marvellous it is.
TECHNOLOGY
adverts. Parents can control the app
from their own Facebook account,
meaning they can keep an eye on
exactly who their kids are chatting
to at all times.
Considering that plenty of
children lie about their age to use
Facebook, these new restrictions
may well bring peace of mind
to some concerned parents or
guardians. Yet it plays into an
extreme form of helicopter
parenting – and there’s something
darker at play here, too.
Messenger Kids represents
a foolproof way to get an entire
generation hooked on the joys of
the social network before they’re
old enough to make fully informed
decisions. While I rarely agree with
much Jeremy Hunt has to say, he
was right to berate the company.
“Facebook told me they would
come back with ideas to PREVENT
underage use of their product, but
instead they are actively targeting
younger children,” he tweeted.
“Stay away from my kids, please,
Facebook, and act responsibly!”
I accept that Facebook will
have conducted a vast amount
of research into how to create an
age-appropriate Messenger. But the
cynic in me can’t help but feel it’s a
nakedly obvious strategy to shore up
the next wave of over-sharers.
Facebook has a phenomenal
2.07 billion active users each month,
a figure that has risen steadily for
the past 10 years. With the roll-out
of Messenger Kids, starting in the
US before spreading to the UK, that
looks set to continue.
Rhiannon
Williams
I hate to say
it, but I agree
with Hunt
S
ocial media has altered the
way we live our lives forever
– for better, in terms of a
greater sense of belonging to
a global community, and for worse,
with the crushing social pressure to
be perceived as having a good time,
all the time.
Raising children in the digital
age presents challenges that didn’t
exist even five years ago, including
keeping them safe online – whether
from stranger danger or the effects
of cyber bullying. And children are
desperate to use the same platforms
as their friends, be they Snapchat,
Instagram or Facebook.
In an effort to allay parents’
fears, Facebook has created a
child-friendly version of its
Messenger app. Designed for
children between the ages of six and
12 (the official age limit for Facebook
proper is 13), Messenger Kids is free
to download and will not feature
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Perry wins $10m in
legal battle with
disapproving nuns
SAN FRANCISCO
A California jury has awarded $10m
(£7.5m) in damages to singer Katy
Perry and the Roman Catholic
Archbishop of Los Angeles over the
sale of a former convent that the
singer wanted to turn into a home.
The pop star agreed in 2015 to buy
the property for a reported $14.5m,
but the transaction became the
subject of a legal battle after nuns
from the Sisters of the Most Holy and
Immaculate Heart instead decided to
sell the property to a businesswoman,
Dana Hollister, before Ms Perry’s
deal could go through.
In interviews, the two nuns who
were behind the effort registered
their disapproval of Ms Perry, who is
known for her flamboyant outfits and
stage presence. “I found Katy Perry
and I found her videos and… if it’s all
right to say, I wasn’t happy with any
of it,” Sister Rita Callanan told the
Los Angeles Times.
Their attempt to influence the sale
FILM
Director axed
from troubled
Queen biopic
By Adam Sherwin
ARTS AND MEDIA CORRESPONDENT
The director of a film about the rock
group Queen has been sacked after
heated exchanges with Rami Malek,
who plays singer Freddie Mercury.
20th Century Fox confirmed that
Bryan Singer, known for his work on
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led to a lawsuit, with the archdiocese
arguing that the nuns were acting
outside their authority and did not
have the right to sell the property,
which they vacated in 2011.
A jury sided with Ms Perry and the
archdiocese in November, finding
that Ms Hollister intentionally
interfered with the planned sale
of the convent and had acted with
“malice, oppression and fraud”. It
also awarded $5m in legal fees to the
Archbishop of Los Angeles and to
Ms Perry. The decision came after a
judge decided in March that the sale
to Ms Hollister was not valid, in part
because the nuns had not secured
approval from the Vatican.
In a statement following the
jury’s award, Ms Perry’s lawyer,
Eric Rowen, said: “Justice has been
well served.”
“Katy is extremely pleased with
the jury’s insight and understanding,
and is hopeful that the jury’s decision
will pave the way for her to complete
the purchase of the property without
further interference.”
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the X-Men movie franchise, was no
longer directing the biopic Bohemian
Rhapsody, which is due out next year.
According to reports, Malek,
the star of the television drama
Mr Robot, complained that
Singer was “unprofessional,
u n re l i a b l e a n d o f t e n
absent” from the set. One
confrontation between
the pair led to Singer, 52,
throwing an object, the
Hollywood Reporter claimed.
The two men had since “settled
their differences” but Fox studios
axed Singer after production was
halted because of his repeated
absence from the set in London.
Singer accused Fox of refusing him
leave to deal with a family illness.
The British actor Tom Hollander,
who stars in Rev, is said to
have briefly quit because of
Singer’s behaviour, but was
then persuaded to return.
The chaotic production
has already seen Sacha
Baron Cohen give up the
lead role, claiming that the
surviving members of Queen
wanted a more sanitised take on the
flamboyant life of Mercury.
TELEVISION
Palin honoured
with BBC special
By Julia Hunt
The veteran broadcaster and
comedy star Michael Palin’s life
and career are to be celebrated in
a BBC television special.
The hour-long Michael Palin: A
Life On Screen will be broadcast
on BBC2 in the new year. The
programme will reflect on Palin’s
career as a Bafta-winning actor,
A boy’s quest to bag free chicken
nuggets was the most retweeted
post of 2017 in the UK on Twitter,
the social media site has revealed.
In April, Carter Wilkerson
(inset) asked the US fast-food chain
Wendy’s how many retweets he
would need in order to receive
free chicken nuggets for
a year. The 16-yearold’s post of the
firm’s reply – asking
for 18 million – has
b e e n re twe e t e d
more than 3.6 million
times since then.
The post is now the
most retweeted in Twitter’s
11-year history, and the food chain
has agreed to award the teenager
his nuggets.
The second most-tweeted was
Ariana Grande’s response to the
terror attack following her concert
at Manchester Arena in May, in
which she said she was “broken”.
Footballer Jermain Defoe’s
“sleep tight little one” tribute
to Bradley Lowery, a six-yearold Sunderland fan who died of
cancer in July, was the third mostretweeted post.
writer and presenter. It will
include contributions from some
of the 74-year-old Monty Python
actor’s closest colleagues and
friends, including John Cleese,
David Jason and Connie Booth,
who share memories and candid
stories of working with Palin.
Clare Brown, the director
of production at the British
Academy of Film and Television
Arts, said: “Michael is hugely
talented and his work has
inspired so many people to
discover their own love of
comedy and travel.”
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Instagram not wild about animal selfies
Judge scraps
arrest order
for leader of
Catalonia
By Rhiannon Williams
TECHNOLOGY CORRESPONDENT
Instagram is cracking down
on people sharing pictures of
themselves with wild animals,
to raise awareness of the abuse
suffered by many creatures used for
such images.
Photos taken with a “wild” animal
are common holiday snaps posted on
the image-sharing app.
But now anyone searching for
such images will be presented with
a warning message reading: “Animal
abuse and the sale of endangered
animals or their parts is not allowed
on Instagram.
“You are searching for a hashtag
that may be associated with posts
that encourage harmful behaviour
to animals or the environment.”
Hashtags are used to categorise
i m a ge s o n t h e p l a t f o r m –
“#tigerselfie” for example will
produce images of people posing
with tigers. Tapping the “learn
more” button will provide the
user with further information on
wildlife exploitation, advising them
to consider whether an animal
has been “smuggled, poached or
abused for the sake of tourism”.
While users browsing images
already posted under the hashtags
will be presented with the warning,
they will not be warned if they
try to upload a picture using
A foreign tourist
poses for photos at
an elephant camp in
Thailand AFP
IN BRUSSELS
such hashtags. In addition, users
can bypass the warning and look at
photos under the hashtags anyway.
Animals are often victims of the
tourism industry, and paying for
pictures with them may put them
and endangered animals at risk, the
guidelines explain.
Many exotic animals are illegally
taken from the wild to serve as
picture bait for tourists, and are
often kept in appalling conditions.
In the frame How photos harm living creatures
Social media posts of wildlife selfies
have grown by 292 per cent since
2014, the charity World Animal
Protection found – often to the
animals’ detriment.
A stranded baby dolphin on a
Spanish beach died of dehydration
in August after crowds descended to
touch it and take pictures. Picture-
taking tourists disrupted sea turtles
laying eggs in Costa Rica in 2015, and
two peacocks died of fright at a zoo
in China last year after being roughly
handled by visitors. Celebrities
including Paris Hilton and Khloe
Kardashian have been criticised
for posing for pictures with zoo
chimpanzees and orangutans.
UNITED STATES
Bank ‘told to hand over Trump loan papers for Russian inquiry’
By Arno Schuetze
IN FRANKFURT
A US federal investigator examining
alleged Russian interference in the
2016 presidential election asked
Deutsche Bank for data on accounts
held by Donald Trump and his family,
according to a source.
Germany’s largest bank received
By Jon Stone
a subpoena from Special Counsel
Robert Mueller several weeks ago
to provide information on certain
transactions, the source said,
adding that key documents were
handed over.
Deutsche Bank has lent the Trump
Organisation hundreds of millions of
dollars for property ventures, and is
one of the few major lenders that has
given Mr Trump large sums of credit
in the past decade. Bankruptcies at
his businesses during the 1990s
made most of Wall Street wary.
Mr Mueller is investigating alleged
Russian attempts to influence the
election, and potential collusion by
Mr Trump’s aides.
A US official with knowledge of
Mr Mueller’s probe said one reason
for the subpoenas was to find out
whether Deutsche Bank had sold
some of Mr Trump’s mortgage
or other loans to Russian state
development bank VEB or other
Russian banks that now are under
US and EU sanctions.
Deutsche Bank rejected demands
in June to provide details of Mr
Trump’s finances. REUTERS
S p a i n’s S u p re m e C o u r t h a s
withdrawn an international arrest
warrant for Catalonia’s former leader,
Carles Puigdemont, and four other
members of his deposed cabinet.
The disputed and ousted president
is facing charges of sedition,
rebellion and misuse of public funds
in Spain relating to the calling of
an independence referendum on 1
October. Mr Puigdemont (inset) had
fled to Belgium, leading Spanish
authorities to issue a European
Arrest Warrant (EAW) to seek his
deportation to face trial in Spain.
Yesterday, a Spanish judge said
that individual EAWs were
not valid for crimes
allegedly committed
by a wider group of
people – in this case,
the whole Catalan
go v e r n m e n t . H e
added that they had
in any case shown
their “intention to return
to Spain” to run in elections in
Catalonia. The charges against the
Catalans are punishable by years in
prison.
At the weekend, a lawyer for Mr
Puigdemont said that he planned to
stay in Belgium until after the next
snap Catalan elections, which the
Spanish government has called for
21 December after suspending home
rule in the region.
Yesterday, the Spanish courts
refused bail for Mr Puigdemont’s
deputy, former Catalan vice president Oriol Junqueras, the
deposed interior minister Joaquim
Forn and the leaders of two civic
groups, ANC and Omnium Cultural.
Six other former ministers from
the regional government were freed
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‘I’m a foreigner trying to save Ukraine
– there’s no modern precedent for this’
Former Georgian
leader trying
to bring down
the Ukrainian
President talks to
Kim Sengupta
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Murdered
leader’s son
to carry
on fight
By Sami Aboudi
IN DUBAI
M
ikheil Saakashvili
had a mortar round
and launcher leaning
against the wall at
his office when I met
him last week. The weapons were
souvenirs from Ukrainian forces
fighting Russian-backed separatists –
a gesture of solidarity, said the former
president of Georgia, that showed the
belief of the troops in his loyalty to his
adopted country, Ukraine.
Ukraine’s President Pietro
Poroshenko does not share this sense
of warmth and solidarity. The two
men, once friends and colleagues, are
now bitter adversaries. Agents of the
country’s secret service, the SBU,
were sent in to arrest Mr Saakashvili
yesterday. In dramatic scenes, he
threatened to throw himself off the
rooftop of his eight-storey apartment
block, and later escaped into a crowd
of supporters who had blocked a
police van in which he had been held.
An SBU spokeswoman, Olena
Hitlyanska, refused to give the
reason for the search and arrest.
But what happened was not
surprising. Mr Saakashvili has been
on a self-appointed mission against
corruption and lawlessness in
Ukraine, with a focus on President
Poroshenko, whom he has accused
of “stealing billions” while “leading
a government of kleptocrats”, and
of being nothing more than a “cheap
mafioso” who must be impeached.
He had led yet another rally against
Mr Poroshenko at the weekend.
Sitting at the offices of the political
group he has founded, Movement
of New Forces, Mr Saakashvili
described how the reaction had been,
as he put it, “total intimidation”.
Members of his Georgian entourage
had been arrested and deported. He
had been threatened, he claimed,
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but had also been promised his
“troubles would be over” if he
stopped criticising Mr Poroshenko.
Mr Saakashvili’s critics hold that as
a foreigner and someone without
a power base, he has marginal
influence. Mr Saakashvili insisted
he has growing support and, as the
attempted arrest illustrated, they
are able to mobilise effectively.
“From a Western point of view this
looks strange; a former head of state
of a country going to another country
and trying to change it, a foreigner
trying to save the country. Simon
Bolivar was a couple of centuries ago,
but there is no modern precedent
for it,” he said. But, waving his arms
over a desk with a bust of Ronald
Reagan, he adds that “the West also
understands the need for strong
leadership and Ukraine needs strong
leadership now”.
General Bolivar, “El Libertador”,
freed Latin America from Spanish
rule and established many of its
states in the early 19th century.
Mr Saakashvili, a furious Mr
Poroshenko and his allies charge, is
simply trying a blatant power grab,
Grabbed then freed
Even by Mikheil Saakhashvili’s
standards, it was a dramatic scene.
According to his close associate,
David Sakravedlidze, armed
officers from the prosecutor’s office
forced open the former Georgian
president’s home in central Kiev and
searched his apartment.
Shortly after 7am, he appeared
on the rooftop of the eight-storey
building. For a while at least, he
threatened to jump, and made
claims of political persecution
by the Ukrainian President, Petro
Poroshenko. “Poroshenko is a thief
and a traitor,” Mr Saakhashvili
shouted at the crowds below. “They
want to kidnap me!”
After a short stand-off, he was
dragged away by law enforcement
officers. But his supporters
prevented the police van from
moving off, eventually freeing him
by smashing its windows and the
back door.
Once freed, Mr Saakashvili raised
a hand in a V-for-victory sign.
and they rail at what they view as the
Georgian’s ingratitude.
Mr Saakashvili is wanted in
Georgia for alleged embezzlement
and abuse, charges he claims are
politically motivated. President
Poroshenko gave him Ukrainian
citizenship and made him governor
of Odessa, with a remit to clean up a
city that had become notorious for
vote manipulation, corruption and
organised crime.
But there was soon an
acrimonious fallout. Mr Saakashvili
claimed publicly that instead of
backing his reforms, Mr Poroshenko
was deliberately hindering them.
Mr Poroshenko revoked Mr
Saakashvili’s Ukrainian citizenship
while he was on a visit to the US. Mr
Saakashvili has a temporary right to
stay in Ukraine, but no passport.
He still feels deeply aggrieved: “I
was sabotaged in Odessa. At first
the local mafia feared me, but then
they began talking to their corrupt
friends in Kiev and realised they had
nothing to fear because all my efforts
would be undermined.”
THE INDEPENDENT
The exiled son of Yemen’s
murdered former president, Ali
Abdullah Saleh, vowed yesterday
to lead a campaign against the
Houthi movement which killed his
father after he switched sides in
the civil war.
The intervention by Ahmed
Ali Saleh, a former leader of the
elite Republican Guard, gives the
anti-Houthi movement in Sanaa
a potential figurehead, after
fighting that saw the Houthis
defeat Saleh’s supporters in the
capital, Sanaa.
Yemen’s war, pitting the Iranallied Houthis who control the
city against a Saudi-led military
alliance backing a government
based in the south, has brought
what the UN terms the world’s
worst humanitarian crisis.
Mr Saleh had helped the
Houthis to win control of much
of the country’s north, including
Sanaa, and his decision to switch
sides and abandon the Houthis
in the past week was the most
dramatic change on the battlefield
in years. But the Houthis swiftly
crushed a pro-Saleh uprising in
the capital and shot him dead in
an attack on his convoy.
In a statement, Ahmed Ali
Saleh said his father was killed
at “the hands of the enemies of
God and the country”. He said he
would “confront the enemies of
the homeland and humanity, who
are trying to obliterate its identity
and its gains and to humiliate
Yemen and Yemenis”. REUTERS
The scene after a reported air strike
on Sanaa yesterday AFP/GETTY
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AUSTRALIA
UNITED STATES
Deportation
arrest rate
rises by 25%
By Elliot Spagat
IN SAN DIEGO
Figures show that deportation
officers are taking heed of
President Trump’s call for an
immigration crackdown.
Arrests by US Border Patrol
agents have fallen to a 45-year low
Trump tells Abbas embassy
will be moved to Jerusalem
By Steve Holland
IN WASHINGTON
NORTH KOREA
MPs try to prove UN official visits
family history
Pyongyang
Several politicians filed
family history documents
in parliament to meet a
government deadline yesterday
to prove their citizenship and
try to stem a crisis that has so
far claimed nine MPs and cost
the government its majority.
Australia’s 116-year-old
constitution bans dual citizens
from holding national office
and the High Court adopted
a strict interpretation of it,
despite half the country’s
population being born
overseas or with a parent
who was. REUTERS
UNITED STATES
A senior United Nations official has
arrived in Pyongyang for a rare, fourday visit at the invitation of the North
Korean government.
The UN under-secretary-general
for political affairs, Jeffrey Feltman,
is scheduled to meet foreign
minister Ri Yong Ho, vice-minister
Pak Myong Guk, diplomats and UN
staff during his stay.
Mr Feltman, the highest-ranking
American in the UN secretariat, is
the first person in that post to visit
North Korea since February 2010.
Though he previously worked for
the State Department, he is not
representing the US government. AP
of 310,531, a decline of 25 per cent
from 415,816 a year earlier and
the lowest level since 1971.
But Immigration and
Customs Enforcement (ICE),
whose officers pick up people
for deportation away from the
border, made 143,470 arrests, an
increase of 25 per cent from the
2016 figure of 114,434.
After Mr Trump took office,
ICE arrests surged 40 per cent
from the same period a year
earlier, even without the funding
increase that the President has
sought from Congress for hiring
more officers. AP
Donald Trump told Arab leaders
yesterday that he intends to move the
US embassy in Israel to Jerusalem
amid a growing outcry across the
Middle East against any unilateral
US decision on the ancient city.
Senior US officials have said
President Trump is likely to today
recognise Jerusalem as Israel’s
capital, while delaying a decision on
relocating the embassy from Tel Aviv
for another six months, but ordering
his aides to begin planning such a
move. The officials said, however,
that no final decisions had been made.
Sayulita
Watched by tourists, activists
and a guard dog named Lulu, a
new generation of olive ridley
sea turtles plod across the sand
and into the warm Pacific – one
day these creatures will return
to the same beach to lay their
own eggs.
Guided by natural instinct,
the tiny turtles make for the
sea. But in recent years they
have been helped on their
journey by humans, who have
delivered some 35,000 this
year alone.
An American couple living
in the Mexican beach town
of Sayulita, Erik and Odette
Jorgensen, started the project
a decade ago. “I started it after
seeing 15 turtles come up to
the front yard here, and within
two days every nest had been
opened up and robbed of the
eggs,” Mr Jorgensen said.
Now when turtles begin
laying their eggs in the second
half of each year, volunteers
quickly scoop up the precious
objects and relocate them to a
protected area in front of Mr
Jorgensen’s bar, where Lulu,
a mid-sized white and brown
cocker mix, watches over them.
There they incubate for about
45 days until they hatch, are
counted and freed.
It’s a race to protect the
endangered turtles: Illegal
nest raiders can carry off 100
eggs per nest, and earn as
much $50 per doing so; plus sea
birds and predators can easily
pick off the hatchlings. AP
Gerardo Carrillo
The move would break with
decades of US policy that the city’s
status must be decided in negotiations
with the Palestinians, who want East
Wildfires
blaze in
California
Smoke rises behind
a razed apartment
complex as a wildfire
burns in California
yesterday. It destroyed
more than 100
structures, including
a psychiatric hospital.
Raked by ferocious
winds, explosive
wildfires on the edge
of Los Angeles and in
foothills outside the
city forced out tens of
thousands of people. AP
AUSTRIA
Supreme Court says yes to same-sex marriage
Same-sex couples will be allowed to
marry in Austria from 2019, after the
Supreme Court yesterday ruled the
existing law was discriminatory.
The move brings Austria into line
with Britain and other European
nations including Germany, France
and Spain.
Austria’s constitutional court
examined a 2009 law that allows
registered partnerships for samesex couples but prevents them from
getting married. It acted at the
request of two women who were
rejected by two lower authorities.
The distinction between marriage
and registered partnership can
no longer be upheld without
discriminating against same-sex
couples, the court said in a statement.
Helmut Graupner, a lawyer who
represented the two female plaintiffs
in court, said: “Today is a truly
historic day.” REUTERS
AFGHANISTAN
UNITED STATES
LEBANON
By Kirsti Knolle
IN VIENNA
Postcard
From...
The US is set to recognise Jerusalem
as Israel’s capital AFP/GETTY IMAGES
Jerusalem as the capital of their future
state. The international community
does not recognise Israeli sovereignty
over the entire city, home to sites holy
to Muslims, Jews and Christians.
Palestinian President Mahmoud
Abbas, Jordan’s King Abdullah and
Egyptian President Abdel Fattah
al-Sisi, who all received phone calls
from Mr Trump yesterday, warned
the plan would unleash turmoil.
Mr Trump notified Mr Abbas “of
his intention to move the American
Embassy from Tel Aviv to Jerusalem,”
his spokesman Nabil Abu Rdainah
said. Turkey has threatened to cut
diplomatictieswithIsraelifMrTrump
recognises Jerusalem. REUTERS
Al-Qaeda fighters Peace Diamond PM rolls back on
killed by army
sold for $6.5m
resignation vow
An al-Qaeda leader was among
80 people killed in a joint
military operation by the army
and Nato-led forces, the Afghan
intelligence service said yesterday.
Omar Khetab, also known as
Omar Mansoor, was the most
senior member of the group
killed, the National Directorate
of Security said. Forces also
arrested 27 people in the eastern
Afghan provinces of Ghazni,
Paktia and Zabul. REUTERS
Sierra Leone has sold one of the
world’s largest uncut diamonds for
$6.5m (£4.8m) at a New York auction
to raise funds for development
projects in the West African country.
The egg-sized gem, known
as the Peace Diamond, was bought
by the British luxury jeweller
Laurence Graff.
The gem was unearthed in March
in Sierra Leone’s eastern Kono region
by a Christian pastor who gave it to
the government. REUTERS
Lebanese Prime Minister Saad
al-Hariri rescinded his resignation
yesterday, drawing a line under a
month-long crisis triggered when
he announced from the Saudi
Arabian capital Riyadh that he
was stepping down and remained
outside Lebanon for weeks.
His coalition government,
which includes the Iran-backed
Hezbollah group, reaffirmed
a state policy of staying out of
conflicts in Arab states. REUTERS
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A crumbling French chateau at
risk of ruin or being razed to the
ground by developers has been
saved by more than 7,500 internet
users who joined forces to become
its new co-owners.
A crowdfunding appeal
raised more than ¤615,000
(£540,000) in just 40 days to buy
the 13th-century Chateau de la
Mothe-Chandeniers in the PoitouCharentes region in the west of
the country.
Now the thousands of joint
owners who each paid at least
¤50 hope to restore the castle and
open it to the public.
La Mothe-Chandeniers, at Les
Trois-Moutiers, around 200 miles
south-west of Paris, has turrets
and a medieval moat.
It was bought in 1981 by Marc
Demeyer, a former teacher, but his
attempts to halt its gradual decay
failed. Five years ago, he said he
was tempted to declare it a ruin so
that it could be destroyed. Instead,
locals called in a private company
that specialises in raising money
to save historic buildings.
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Watches that
tell much
more than
the time
Timepieces worn by the rich and
famous reveal stories about their
remarkable lives. By Rob Hastings
I
t was the time of their lives:
11.30am on 29 May 1953. But
while we know the precise
moment that Sir Edmund
Hillary and Sherpa Tenzing
Norgay became the first people to
reach the peak of Mount Everest, all
29,029ft of it, nobody seems to know
for sure which hardy timepiece was
used in freezing temperatures to
record the time for posterity: was
it a Rolex or a Smiths?
A Rolex Oyster Perpetual,
made in 1950, had been given to
Hillary for testing – we know that
for sure – and Hillary posted it
back to the manufacturer after the
successful trip. Norgay also had a
gold Rolex Datejust, presented to
him after another climb on Everest
a year earlier.
But many believe Hillary was
instead wearing his personal
Smiths De Luxe model when he
looked down at his wrist from the
top of the world, having left his
Rolex at base camp. Indeed, the
now defunct Smiths went on to use
a Hillary quote in their adverts: “I
carried your watch to the summit.
It worked perfectly.” Others point
out that “carried” isn’t the same as
“wore” and that Hillary may indeed
have still used the Rolex.
The fact that people still argue
about which model made it to
the top goes to show the love and
fascination that people hold for
watches, even in an age when many
of us rely on our mobiles to keep
track of time. Whether they are
worn purely for practicality or for
aesthetics alone, be they cheap
bits of plastic or expensive status
symbols, they often tell much
about their wearers.
Matt Hranek certainly thinks
so. He is the author of A Man & His
Watch, which tells the personal
stories behind the timepieces worn
by artists, businesspeople and
celebrities – profiling how styles
and tastes have changed over time,
and these days are more diverse
than ever.
As a former men’s style editor
at a glossy magazine, Hranek –
who stays faithful to the Rolex in
the Everest debate – has focused
exclusively on timepieces worn
by gents. But even those watches
designed with typically wide and
chunky faces for the male market
can serve as unisex accessories.
Indeed, Hranek reveals that
Hollywood legend Paul Newman’s
youngest daughter, Clea, still wears
Famous faces Who would wear a watch like this?
his Rolex “Big Red” Daytona every
day, even when she’s gardening.
That’s despite the fact it’s probably
worth millions; earlier this year,
another Daytona once owned by
Newman was sold by his older
daughter at Phillips auctioneers
in New York for $17.8m (£13.5m),
a
b
making it the most expensive
Take our test: Can you match the
watch ever auctioned.
famous face to the face?
“Watches are objects that start
Answers below right
conversations,” writes Hranek in
his book. “For many men, watches
seem to have a deeper meaning
than just keeping time. Watches
mark special occasions, they tell
the world a bit about who you
are, and they can, if you’re lucky,
connect you to the people in your
life who matter most.”
c
d
Some of these stories are told by
a) Paul Newman
engravings on the back. Newman’s
b) Elvis Presley
two Daytonas both had “Drive
slowly” and the name of his wife,
c) Franklin D
Roosevelt; d)
Joanne, etched on to their reverse,
encouraging him to be careful
John F Kennedy;
e) Sir Edmund
when he took up motor racing.
Hillary AP; AFP/
Another watch with an
e
intriguing inscription featured
GETTY; REUTERS
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One woman’s mission to save
Britain’s endangered puffins
Race is on to halt falling numbers. By Sarah Freeman
L
ike much of the UK, Ellie
Owen has been glued to
David Attenborough’s
Blue Planet II. She’s
interested in the shots of
coral reef and elephant seals, but
it’s the footage of seabirds that has
really grabbed her attention.
Owen is a conservation scientist
for the RSPB, and leads Project
Puffin, set up in the hope of
discovering why some colonies of
this most recognisable of seabirds
have seen numbers decline rapidly.
“Did you see the puffins on the
latest episode?” she asks. “They
were described as ‘a fisherman, a
farmer and a mate for life’. That’s
so true, but in some parts of the
country they appear to be really
struggling – we don’t know why.”
Puffin numbers across the UK
and Europe have plummeted in
recent years, leading to the species
being declared vulnerable to global
extinction. If nothing changes,
further declines, of up to 79 per
cent, are estimated by 2065.
While the exact reason is not
known, one theory is that the bird’s
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Finding my voice again as
a transgender opera singer
For former mezzo Holden Madagame, testosterone
treatment would change the new tenor’s vocal style
I
in the book is JFK’s ultra-thin gold
Omega. The back bears the engraving
“President of the United States, John
F Kennedy, From His Friend Grant.”
What makes this remarkable is that
the watch was given to Kennedy
by his supporter Grant Stockdale
months before the 1960 election.
Another president, Franklin D
Roosevelt, was also treated “with
loyalty, respect and affection” to an
inscribed Tiffany & Co watch a few
months before he died – marking
the Yalta conference with Winston
Churchill and Joseph Stalin.
And there’s Elvis Presley’s Corum
Buckingham, which he wore himself
until having it inscribed for his
bodyguard Richard Davis, handing it
over one day while pretending there
was something wrong
with it. Now there’s an
idea for how to give a
gift watch to your loved
one this Christmas.
‘A Man & His Watch’
by Matt Hranek (£28,
Artisan) is out now
Answers 1 c; 2 b; 3 e; 4 d; 5 a
traditional food source – sand eels –
have felt the brunt of warming seas
caused by climate change.
“We have theories,” adds Owen.
“But what we really need is more
dedicated research into the
puffin colonies so we can
build up an accurate
picture of how they are
currently surviving
and the impact dietary
changes are having
on their ability to feed
their young.”
To discover what is
going on, the RSPB issued
a plea to the public during
the summer for help in capturing
the birds feeding on camera.
“We were inundated, and the
quality of the pictures was just
incredible,” says Owen. “I think
people liked the fact that it was a
bit of a challenge. In the end, 600
people took part, sending us in
1,400 photos of puffins from almost
40 colonies. That kind of data
is not only invaluable, but
we would never have
been able to amass it
on our own.
“What I do know
is that puffins are
now the same
extinction risk level
as giant pandas.
“They require
urgent action because
if their food supply fails
entirely, they could be lost to
us for ever.”
Visit rspb.org.uk to find out more
about Project Puffin
t was a very enthusiastic high
school choir teacher who
helped me realise that I loved
singing, and that I was good at
it. But it wasn’t until my singing
teacher gave me an aria from an
opera that I knew what I wanted to
do in life. It was Cherubino’s aria,
“Voi che sapete” from Le nozze di
Figaro (The Marriage of Figaro) – and
I was immediately entranced.
I went on to study voice and
performance at university in the
US, where I was brought up, and I
would have been ready to take my
first steps in my career as a mezzo
when I graduated – were it not for
the changes taking place in another
aspect of my life.
I came out as trans about four
years ago. I was assigned female
at birth, but no longer identify as
female. I use male pronouns, my
voice sounds suitably masculine,
and I have some scruff on my chin
most days. But when I decided to
come out, not only was I depressed
and dysphoric – meaning I was
uncomfortable in my body as a trans
person – but I couldn’t sing a note
without sobbing.
I had been resisting coming out
because I knew I wanted to take
testosterone treatment, and I had
researched the effects it would have
on the singing voice.
Testosterone acts like a steroid.
It increases muscle, and changes
the distribution of fat and muscle,
including in the vocal chords.
There wasn’t much information
at the time, but the conclusion
was basically this: don’t take
testosterone; vocally you will
never recover enough to have a
professional career.
The choice became “Trans vs
La Voce”. Up to this point it had
been no contest: the voice is the
most important thing to a singer.
We are nothing without our voices;
are voices are us. This was the first
lesson I learnt: I am not my voice.
Since I was too depressed and
dysphoric to sing anyway, I decided
to come out and start testosterone
therapy, notwithstanding the
unresearched effects it would have
on my voice. Many tried to dissuade
me – or at the very least gave me
their unsolicited opinions about
my decision. For me though, there
wasn’t much of a choice.
I knew I wouldn’t have had a
chance of a career if I hadn’t started
receiving testosterone. My career
now won’t look like what these
people imagined for me, but no one’s
career is how they imagine it to be.
I made the decision after sending
an email to my pedagogy teacher
at university. I asked her what she
thought might happen, and if she
After leaving Glyndebourne,
Holden Madagame felt a renewed
sense of ambition and hope
thought it was possible that I could
still have a career after starting
testosterone. I didn’t realise I was
looking for permission, but she
gave it to me. “Well, it will be an
adventure – and who knows, maybe
you’ll be a tenor?”
A year after starting testosterone,
my voice was weak. I was starting to
be able to sing some basic, early arias
again, but I was nowhere near the
ability I had had as a mezzo.
I headed to Bangkok for my
double mastectomy and was in
recovery for what felt like a lifetime.
Through surgery, I found that I
had more friends than I knew. I
also learnt how to ask for help.
The second lesson I learnt: asking
for help doesn’t make you weak, it
makes you smart.
After battling post-op depression
and slowly building up my repertoire
again, I started to become something
more or less like a tenor. I had
previously been a lyric coloratura
mezzo (which means I was a lower
female voice type that could move
quickly between high and low notes),
but my tenor voice was turning out
to be a different story.
I still had passable coloratura
(that’s the skill of ornamenting
a melody if you’re not a singing
expert) but couldn’t perform this
nearly as fast. My voice wasn’t light
and flexible anymore, and high
From the very first
audition, I felt supported
and loved. The concern for
our wellbeing was genuine
notes were excruciating at first
because of how absolutely wretched
it sounded. I was constantly
breaking and cracking, and I had to
start rebuilding my technique.
This disparity between my skills
continues to be a point of pain and
embarrassment for me. Although
my voice has settled more with
every month and year – and I know
it’s simply that the voice needs time
to stretch and acclimate itself to my
new body and new vocal folds – it’s
not always possible to explain that.
Although I still have an
anatomically female larynx and
bone structure, my vocal cords have
thickened and lengthened, which
makes them resonate at lower
frequency, producing a deeper pitch.
It was amid this frustration that
I applied to the Glyndebourne
Academy, at the world famous opera
house in East Sussex. It offers a
range of options to bring on and
encourage talented young opera
singers who had non-traditional
career paths, with an emphasis on
diversity – from participation in
youth operas to membership of the
Glyndebourne chorus.
Glyndebourne was creating a safe
space for singers to accept their
flaws or inadequacies, and to work
on them without judgement, and to
give them a real chance to make up
for lost time due to finances, illness,
disability – or in my case, the two
years lost while taking testosterone.
From the very first audition, I felt
supported and loved. The concern
for our wellbeing was genuine.
But my main priority in going
there was to sort out my vocal
technique. The voice coach Mary
King, who seems to be the closest
thing to a fairy godmother that I
know, was our teacher. Without
judgement or preconceptions
about my voice, she helped me to
overcome some of hurdles that
previously seemed impossible.
Most of the time we worked on
mixing head and chest voice, which
after having seen several other
voice teachers I had thought was
impossible with my new voice. In a
matter of minutes, it was sorted.
After leaving the academy, I felt
a renewed sense of ambition, and
a sense of hope in my career that
I hadn’t felt in a very long time.
Although I’m still working to
master my art at the age 27, I now
have the confidence to know that
I’m on the right path.
I already have done several
auditions, one of which has
been successful, and I hope to
keep building my artistry to be
an utterly engaging and necessary
character tenor. THE INDEPENDENT
Glyndebourne Education has a
number of courses available for
developing talent; glyndebourne.
com/education
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CRITIC’S
CHOICE
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GERARD GILBERT
6pm
7pm
8pm
9pm
10pm
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PICK OF THE DAY
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9pm, BBC2
When it comes to mumbling, it’s a
dead heat between Cillian Murphy’s
murmuring Tommy Shelby and
Adrien Brody’s drawling mafioso
Luca Changretta. But, fortunately,
the two men let their guns do most
of the talking in this week’s episode.
Tommy (left) also welcomes back old
flame May, played by Charlotte Riley,
whose off-screen husband Tom
Hardy also returns to the show as
Camden kingpin Alfie Solomons.
Of course, it has been announced
that Hardy and Peaky Blinders
creator Steven Knight will be
teaming up to make Charles
Dickens’s A Christmas Carol for
two years hence. Only a Scrooge
wouldn’t look forward to that.
8pm, Sky Arts
A double-episode finale for this
enjoyable and unhyped talent show
in which the winner is not only
revealed but followed to Jamaica
where he or she will paint the view
from Noël Coward’s old house,
Firefly. Frank Skinner and Joan
Bakewell pack their bags as well.
Peaky Blinders
Landscape Artist Of The Year
===
The Apprentice
9pm, BBC1
Anyone know what “post-apocalyptic
regal rock ’n’ roll” might be? Never
mind, because we’re in the realms of
high fashion where such notions are
as common as air-kisses, although
not to our remaining would-be Lord
Sugars. They must choose a designer
to work with and then organise a
catwalk show and a magazine cover
shoot. Once again, what could
possibly go wrong?
===
The Channel: The World’s
Busiest Waterway
9pm, Channel 4
“It has become essential without us
realising,” says a French train driver
on the Channel Tunnel, the undersea
link between England and France
that opened in 1994. A large part of
the tunnel’s growing importance is
the boom in freight traffic (planners
thought more in terms of
holidaymakers) and 7,000 lorries a
day now make the crossing, most of
them carrying strict “just-in-time”
deliveries. One veteran driver tells
of being bawled out after being 30
6.00 Breakfast (S). 9.15
Island Medics (S). 10.00
Homes Under The
Hammer (R) (S). 11.00
Claimed And Shamed (R)
(S). 11.45 The Sheriffs Are
Coming (S). 12.15 Bargain
Hunt (R) (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 (S). 3.45
The Hairy Bikers Home
For Christmas (S). 4.30
Money For Nothing (R) (S).
5.15 Pointless (R) (S).
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Falklands (R) (S). 6.30
Island Medics (R). 7.15 The
Hairy Bikers Home For
Christmas (R) (S). 8.00
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At My Table (R) (S). 9.00
Victoria Derbyshire (S).
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Championship Coverage
of the eighth day at the
Barbican Centre in York
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Where Your Mouth Is
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Show (S). 10.30 This
Morning (S). 12.30 Loose
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Deal (S). 3.59 ITV Regional
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Point (R) (S). 5.00 The
Chase (S).
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Sun (R) (S). 7.35 Everybody
Loves Raymond (R)
(S). 8.00 Everybody
Loves Raymond (R) (S).
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Raymond (R) (S). 9.00
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(R) (S). 10.05 Ramsay’s
Kitchen Nightmares USA
(R) (S). 11.00 Jamie And
Jimmy’s Friday Night
Feast (R) (S). 12.00 Channel
4 News Summary (S).
12.05 Kirstie’s Handmade
Christmas (S). 12.25 FILM:
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2015) (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 (R) (S). 5.30
Come Dine With Me (S).
6.00 Milkshake! 9.15 The
Wright Stuff 11.45 FILM:
The Christmas Miracle
Of Jonathan Toomey
(Bill Clark 2007) Family
drama, starring Tom
Berenger (S). 1.25 5 News
At Lunchtime (S). 1.30
Neighbours (S). 2.00 FILM:
Spirit Of Christmas (David
Jackson 2015) Romance,
starring Jen Lilley (S).
3.45 FILM: Marry Me At
Christmas (Terry Ingram
2017) Premiere. Festive
romantic drama, starring
Rachel Skarsten (S). 5.30 5
News At 5.30 (S).
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6.30 Strictly Come
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News; Weather
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6.30 ITV News;
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and Diane
disagree over
Prince’s plans
(S).
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Paul is tempted
to call Terese’s
bluff (R) (S).
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(S).
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Hosted by Matt
Baker and Alex
Jones (S).
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Antiques Road
Trip Bill Simons
and Derek
Fowlds hunt
for antiques in
Yorkshire (S).
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Street Phelan
sends Luke on
a wild goose
chase (S).
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(S).
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Mary visits
Powderham
Castle in Devon
(S).
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Professionals
The chefs are
tasked to work
together to
create a threecourse menu (S).
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Coastal Escape
(S).
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Street (S).
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The contestants
must sell
a range of
garments from
up and coming
designers (S).
9.00 Peaky Blinders
The Peaky
Blinders are
lured by the
Italians into a
cat-and-mouse
chase (S).
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candidate (S).
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minutes late with the load of grapes
he had just delivered from Greece to
Tesco in Chepstow. All this traffic is
stressing the tunnel’s infrastructure,
and we also meet some of the
250-strong maintenance team, while
the question of what happens after
Brexit again lingers.
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Dian Fossey: Secrets
In The Mist
9pm, National Geographic
The American naturalist murdered
in her bed in Rwanda in 1985 turns
out to have been a rum sort –
apparently stripping any poachers
she discovered and beating them
with stinging nettles. Needs must, I
suppose, and her conservation work
with the African country’s mountain
gorillas was inspirational, and it
Lord Sugar presides
over ‘The Apprentice’
9pm, BBC1
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Guinness World Records
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Got Talent (R) (S). 6.45
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Ellen DeGeneres Show (S).
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Jeremy Kyle Show (R) (S).
6.00 I’m A Celebrity…
Get Me Out Of
Here! Celebrity
survival
challenge (R) (S).
Joan Bakewell presents
the finale of ‘Landscape
Artist of the Year 2017’,
with Frank Skinner
8pm, Sky Arts
A look at Dian Fossey’s
work with gorillas
9pm, National Geographic
7.00 All New Traffic
Cops Officers
chase a car
from the city
centre to the
countryside (R)
(S).
7.00 Beyond 100
Days (S).
7.30 Christmas
University
Challenge 2015
The first of the
semi-finals (R).
6.55 FILM: Playing
For Keeps
(Gabriele
Muccino
2012) Comedy,
starring Gerard
Butler (S).
8.00 The Secret Life
Of The Zoo (S).
8.00 GPs: Behind
Closed Doors:
Young Mums &
Toddlers (S).
8.00 How The Wild
West Was Won
With Ray Mears
Last in the
series (R) (S).
9.00 I’m A Celebrity…
Get Me Out Of
Here! Celebrity
survival
challenge (S).
9.00 The Channel:
The World’s
Busiest
Waterway (S).
9.00 My Son: The
Serial Killer A
documentary
examining one
of the UK’s
most notorious
criminals (S).
9.00 Digging For
Britain Alice
Roberts
uncovers
Roman writing
tablets (S).
10.00ITV News At Ten
(S).
10.30 ITV Regional
News (S).
10.45 Uefa Champions
League
Highlights (S).
10.00Gogglebox The
households’
opinions
on recent
television (R) (S).
10.00Levi Bellfield
Left Me For
Dead People
attacked by
Levi Bellfield
share their
experiences (S).
10.00Detectorists
Andy and Lance
become ecowarriors (S).
10.30 The League Of
Gentlemen (R)
(S).
11.05 The Mega
Brothel A look
inside a fivestorey brothel
in Stuttgart,
Germany (R) (S).
11.05 The Butcher
Surgeon:
Why Wasn’t
He Stopped?
Documentary
(R) (S).
11.00 The
Undiscovered
Peter Cook
Documentary
about the life
and work of
Peter Cook (R).
11.20 FILM: Boy (Taika
Waititi 2010)
Comedy drama,
starring Taika
Waititi (S).
11.00 Family Guy The
residents of
Quahog try to
solve a murder
mystery (R) (S).
11.30 Family Guy (R)
(S).
12.05 Random Acts
(S). 12.35 Pokerstars
Championship (S). 1.30
FILM: Force Majeure
(Ruben Ostlund 2014) (S).
3.35 Phil Spencer: Secret
Agent (R) (S). 4.30 Grand
Designs Australia (R) (S).
12.05 Soap Star Killer:
Countdown To Murder
(R) (S). 1.00 SuperCasino
(S). 3.10 Yorkshire: A Year
In The Wild (R). 4.00 My
Mum’s Hotter Than Me! (R)
(S). 4.45 House Doctor (R).
5.10 Great Artists (R) (S).
12.00 Spike Milligan:
Assorted Q (R) (S). 12.30
Spike Milligan: Assorted
Q (R) (S). 1.00 Pappano’s
Classical Voices (R) (S). 2.00
How The Wild West Was
Won With Ray Mears (R) (S).
3.00 Digging For Britain (R).
1.05 FILM: Uncle Howard
(Aaron Brookner 2016)
Premiere. Documentary
about film-maker Howard
Brookner (S). 3.10 Close
12.00 American Dad! (R)
(S). 12.30 American Dad!
(R) (S). 1.00 American Dad!
(R) (S). 1.30 Ghosted (R)
(S). 2.00 Totally Bonkers
Guinness World Records
(R) (S). 2.30 Teleshopping
12.15 Stuck On You: The
Football Sticker Story (S).
1.05 Jackpot247 3.00 May
The Best House Win (R) (S).
3.50 ITV Nightscreen 5.05
The Jeremy Kyle Show
(R) (S).
7.30 You’ve Been
Framed At
Christmas!
Festive
selection of
camcorder
calamities (R).
8.00 Two And A Half
Men Zoey and
Walden break
up (R) (S).
8.30 Two And A Half
Men (R) (S).
9.00 FILM: The Heat
(Paul Feig 2013)
Action comedy,
starring
Sandra Bullock
and Melissa
McCarthy (S).
9.00 Family Guy Meg
offers to look
after Joe (R) (S).
9.30 Family Guy Lois
books a couple’s
vacation (R) (S).
10.00I’m A Celebrity:
Extra Camp
Companion
programme to
the reality show
(S).
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inspired, of course, the Sigourney
Weaver film Gorillas In The Mist.
===
Detectorists
10pm, BBC4
“See QI this week?” Lance (Toby
Jones) asks Andy (Mackenzie Crook).
“I never thought I’d say it but I think
I prefer Toksvig to Fry.” It’s the sort
of naturalistic dialogue that is
the making of Crook’s wonderful
sitcom, now sadly on its penultimate
lap. It’s all pointing to a fairytale
ending next week, as Andy saves a
hedgehog and discovers an idyllic
ruined cottage up for auction – if
only he had some more money.
Meanwhile, the hoard of gold
continues to glitter in the magpie’s
nest in the old oak tree, which in
turn is due to be felled.
FILM
CHOICE
LAURENCE PHELAN
VOICES
14-18
TV
28-29
IQ
30-37
FILM OF THE DAY
===
9.35pm, Sky Cinema Comedy
(Greg Mottola, 2007)
The comedies of producer Judd
Apatow and his cohorts have often,
and not unfairly, been criticised for
their arrested adolescence. It’s no
coincidence that their best works
are about adolescence: namely the
1999-2000 TV series Freaks And
Geeks, and 2007’s Superbad. The finest
entry in the admittedly lowbrow
genre of high-school sex comedies, it
describes the misadventures of three
nerds (Michael Cera and Jonah Hill,
left, and Christopher Mintz-Plasse)
en route to a party at which they hope
to lose their virginity. It is hilariously
obscene and, like it or not, very
truthful about the condition of
being a teenage boy.
9pm, Film4
(Paul Feig, 2013)
Sandra Bullock plays an uptight,
by-the-book FBI agent who is
partnered with Melissa McCarthy’s
loud-mouthed, slobbish detective.
They can’t stand each other; then
become best buddies. These are stock
characters in stock situations, but the
stars’ charisma makes up the shortfall.
Superbad
The Heat
===
Boy
11.20pm, Film4
(Taika Waititi, 2010)
A delightfully oddball, funny-sweet
coming-of-age story about an
11-year-old Maori Michael Jackson
fan in 1980s New Zealand, getting to
know his criminal father.
Radio
BBC Radio 1
6.00 Judge Judy (R) (S).
6.20 Classic Coronation
Street (R) (S). 6.45 Classic
Coronation Street (R) (S).
7.10 Heartbeat (R) (S). 8.15
Wild At Heart (R) (S). 9.10
Judge Judy (R) (S). 9.40
Judge Judy (R) (S). 10.05
Judge Judy (R) (S). 10.35
A Touch Of Frost (R) (S).
12.35 Wild At Heart (R)
(S). 1.40 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).
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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 Kevin
Can Wait (R) (S). 5.30 Kevin
Can Wait (R) (S).
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 (R) (S).
6.00 Heartbeat A
debt collector
suggests a way
to toughen up
Geoff (R) (S).
6.00 The Big Bang
Theory Raj
discovers a
secret about
Howard (R) (S).
6.30 The Big Bang
Theory (R) (S).
6.55 The Supervet
Noel Fitzpatrick
helps a boxer
dog that has
injuries to its
pelvis and hind
legs (R) (S).
6.00 Futurama Part
one of four (R)
(S).
6.30 The Simpsons
Homer takes
Ned Flanders to
Las Vegas (R) (S).
6.00 House Masters
mediates
between two
warring sisters
(R) (S).
7.00 Murder, She
Wrote Jessica
becomes
involved in
astronomy and
murder (R) (S).
7.00 Hollyoaks (S).
7.30 First Dates
Abroad A
Canadian
woman hopes
to find love (R)
(S).
7.55 Grand Designs
Transforming
an abandoned
cave for 21st
century living
(R) (S).
7.00 The Simpsons
(R) (S).
7.30 The Simpsons
With the guest
voice of Dolly
Parton (R) (S).
7.00 CSI: Crime
Scene
Investigation A
nurse is found
murdered (R) (S).
8.00 Doc Martin
Louisa and
Martin’s picnic
is interrupted
(R) (S).
8.00 The Big Bang
Theory (R) (S).
8.30 The Big
Bang Theory
Leonard’s
parents come to
town (R) (S).
8.00 DC’s Legends Of
Tomorrow Final
instalment of
the four-part
crossover (S).
8.00 Blue Bloods
Danny and
Erin clash
when a case is
reopened (R) (S).
9.00 Foyle’s War A
former Nazi
working for MI5
is murdered.
Last in the
series (R) (S).
9.00 FILM:
Prometheus
(Ridley Scott
2012) Sci-fi
thriller, starring
Noomi Rapace
(S).
9.00 The Supervet:
Christmas
In The Clinic
Revisiting some
of the pets and
owners (R) (S).
9.00 Marvel’s
Inhumans The
members of the
royal family
make it home to
Attilan (S).
9.00 Band Of
Brothers Easy
Company
makes a grim
discovery (R) (S).
10.0024 Hours In
A&E A 30-yearold sustains
a potentially
life-threatening
wound during a
game (R) (S).
10.00Golf’s Funniest
Moments
The sport’s
most amusing
moments (R) (S).
10.15 Band Of
Brothers Easy
Company
overruns
Hitler’s
Bavarian retreat
(R) (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 It’s Me Or The Dog (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).
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).
6.33am The Radio 1 Breakfast
Show With Nick Grimshaw
10.00 Clara Amfo 12.45pm
Newsbeat 1.00 Scott Mills 4.00
Greg James 5.45 Newsbeat
6.00 Greg James 7.00 Annie
Mac 9.00 The 8th With Charlie
Sloth 11.00 Huw Stephens
1am Benji B 3.00 BBC Radio 1
And 1Xtra’s Stories – Music By
Numbers: Calvin Harris 4.00
Radio 1’s Early Breakfast Show
With Adele Roberts
BBC Radio 1Xtra
6am A.Dot 10.00 Ace 12.45pm
Newsbeat 1.00 Yasmin Evans
4.00 MistaJam 5.45 Newsbeat
6.00 MistaJam 7.00 DJ Target
9.02 The 8th With Charlie Sloth
11.00 1Xtra Residency 1am
Benji B 3.00 1Xtra Mixes 4.00
1Xtra Residency
BBC Radio 2
11.05 Blue Murder An
army battalion
is rocked by a
murder (R) (S).
11.25 The Big Bang
Theory (R) (S).
11.55 The Big Bang
Theory (R) (S).
11.05 999: What’s
Your
Emergency? (R)
(S).
11.00 The Simpsons
Homer becomes
a hippie (R) (S).
11.30 The Simpsons
Lisa cheats in
an exam (R) (S).
11.35 The Sopranos
Johnny Sack’s
trial begins (R)
(S).
12.35 A Touch Of Frost (R)
(S). 2.30 Teleshopping
12.25 Rude Tube (R) (S).
1.30 Gogglebox (R) (S). 2.25
The Inbetweeners (R) (S).
2.55 The Inbetweeners
(R) (S). 3.25 First Dates
At Christmas (R) (S). 4.15
Black-ish (R) (S). 5.05
Charmed (R) (S).
12.05 Ramsay’s Kitchen
Nightmares USA (R) (S).
1.05 Ramsay’s Hotel Hell
(R) (S). 2.00 24 Hours In
A&E (R) (S). 3.05 8 Out Of
10 Cats Uncut (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 Brit
Cops: Rapid Response
(R) (S). 4.00 Stop, Search,
Seize (R) (S). 5.00 The Dog
Whisperer (R).
12.45 The Sopranos (R)
(S). 2.00 The Tunnel (R) (S).
3.00 The Tunnel (R) (S).
4.00 The West Wing (R) (S).
5.00 The West Wing (R) (S).
6.30am Chris Evans 9.30 Ken
Bruce 12noon Jeremy Vine
2.00 Steve Wright In The
Afternoon 5.00 Simon Mayo
7.00 The Folk Show With Mark
Radcliffe 8.00 Jo Whiley 10.00
Mark Kermode’s Celluloid
Jukebox 11.00 Marcus
Mumford 12mdn’t Pick Of The
Pops 2.00 Radio 2 Playlists:
Country Playlist 3.00 Radio
2 Playlist: Easy 4.00 Radio 2
Playlist: Radio 2 Rocks 5.00
Vanessa Feltz
BBC Radio 3
6.30am Breakfast. 9.00
Essential Classics. 12noon
Composer Of The Week: 21st
Century Opera. 1.00 News 1.02
Radio 3 Lunchtime Concert.
2.00 Afternoon Concert. 3.30
Choral Evensong. 4.30 New
Generation Artists. 5.00 In
Tune. 7.00 In Tune Mixtape.
7.30 Radio 3 In Concert. 10.00
Free Thinking. 10.45 Between
The Essays. 11.00 Late
Junction. 12.30am Through
The Night.
BBC Radio 4
6am Today 9.00 Only Artists
9.30 Life Drawing 9.45 Book
Of The Week: Over And Out
10.00 Woman’s Hour 10.55
The Listening Project 11.00
The First Heart Transplant:
Beat By Beat 11.30 It’s A Fair
Cop 12noon News 12.04 Home
Front 12.15 You And Yours
12.57 Weather 1.00 The World
At One 1.45 This Old Heart Of
Mine 2.00 The Archers 2.15
Drama: Billie Homeless Dies
At The End 3.00 Money Box
Live 3.30 Inside Health: The
Future Heart 4.00 Thinking
Allowed 4.30 The Media
Show 5.00 PM 5.57 Weather
6.00 Six O’Clock News 6.30
All Those Women. Comedy,
by Katherine Jakeways. 7.00
The Archers. Lilian feels
guilty. 7.15 Front Row. Arts
programme. 7.45 Gudrun. By
Lucy Catherine. 8.00 The Moral
Maze. Combative, provocative
and engaging debate chaired
by Michael Buerk. Last in
the series. 8.45 Encounters.
New series. Two people with
differing views come together
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Extraordinary Teens:
My Gay Life
All4
Billy realised he was gay when
he was seven – and has been
filming himself ever since.
Imagine: Rachel Whiteread
BBC iPlayer
Absorbing profile of the Turner
prize-winning sculptor.
Curb Your Enthusiasm
Now TV/Sky Box Sets
Larry David’s return left some
disappointed, but he hasn’t lost
his talent for argument.
to see if they can empathise
with each other. 9.00 Science
Stories. Philip Ball tells the
dramatic tale of Lise Meitner.
9.30 Only Artists. Two artists
discuss creative questions.
10.00 The World Tonight.
With Ritula Shah. 10.45 Book
At Bedtime: Rabbit Redux.
By John Updike. 11.00 Lenny
Henry: Rogue’s Gallery. An
actor takes a job presenting
documentaries on gangs. Last
in the series. 11.15 Joseph
Morpurgo’s Walking Tour.
11.30 Today In Parliament.
12mdn’t News And Weather
12.30 Book Of The Week:
Over And Out 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 Farming
Today 5.58 Tweet Of The Day
BBC Radio 4 LW
8.31am Yesterday In
Parliament 8.59 The Ashes 9.45
Daily Service 10.00 The Ashes
12.01pm Shipping Forecast
5.54 Shipping Forecast
BBC Radio 4 Extra
6am Unofficial Rosie 6.30
A Dewey Decimal 7.00 Like
They’ve Never Been Gone
7.30 All Those Women 8.00
The Navy Lark 8.30 A Very
Private Man 9.00 Act Your
Age 9.30 Life, Death And Sex
With Mike And Sue 10.00
Phoebe Junior 11.00 Rose
Tremain Short Stories 11.15
Love’s Worst Day 12noon
The Navy Lark 12.30 A Very
Private Man 1.00 Unofficial
Rosie 1.30 A Dewey Decimal
2.00 Dangerous Visions:
Never Let Me Go 2.15 Cosmic
Quest 2.30 Dombey And Son
2.45 Shakespeare’s Local: Six
Centuries Of History Seen
Through One Extraordinary
Pub 3.00 Phoebe Junior 4.00
Act Your Age 4.30 Life, Death
And Sex With Mike And Sue
5.00 Like They’ve Never Been
Gone 5.30 All Those Women
6.00 The Testament Of Jessie
Lamb 6.15 A Collection Of
Bones 6.30 Musical Legends
7.00 The Navy Lark 7.30 A Very
Private Man 8.00 Unofficial
Pick
ofthe
day
The First Heart
Transplant:
Beat By Beat
11am, BBC Radio 4
The South
African heart
transplant pioneer
Dr Christiaan
Barnard (above)
and his medical
breakthrough are
the focus of this
documentary.
Rosie 8.30 A Dewey Decimal
9.00 Rose Tremain Short
Stories 9.15 Love’s Worst Day
10.00 Comedy Club: All Those
Women 10.30 Comedy Club:
Before They Were Famous
10.45 Comedy Club: No
Tomatoes 10.55 Comedy Club:
The Comedy Club Interview
11.00 Comedy Club: Hard
To Tell 11.30 Comedy Club:
Clayton Grange 12mdn’t The
Testament Of Jessie Lamb
12.15 A Collection Of Bones
12.30 Musical Legends 1.00
Unofficial Rosie 1.30 A Dewey
Decimal 2.00 Dangerous
Visions: Never Let Me Go 2.15
Cosmic Quest 2.30 Dombey
And Son 2.45 Shakespeare’s
Local: Six Centuries Of
History Seen Through One
Extraordinary Pub 3.00 Phoebe
Junior 4.00 Act Your Age 4.30
Life, Death And Sex With Mike
And Sue 5.00 Like They’ve
Never Been Gone 5.30 All
Those Women
BBC 5 Live
6am 5 Live Breakfast 10.00 5
Live Daily With Emma Barnett
1pm Afternoon Edition 4.00
5 Live Drive 7.00 5 Live Sport
7.45 5 Live Sport: Champions
League Football 2017-18 10.00
5 Live Sport: 5 Live Football
Social 10.30 Phil Williams 1am
Up All Night 5.00 Morning
Reports 5.15 Wake Up To
Money
BBC 6 Music
7am Shaun Keaveny 10.00
Tom Ravenscroft 1pm Mark
Radcliffe And Stuart Maconie
4.00 Steve Lamacq 7.00 Marc
Riley 9.00 Gideon Coe 12mdn’t
6 Music Recommends With
Mary Anne Hobbs 1.00 The
First Time With Alice Cooper
2.00 Joe Strummer’s London
Calling 2.30 6 Music Live Hour
3.30 6 Music’s Jukebox 5.00
Chris Hawkins
Classic FM
6am More Music Breakfast
9.00 John Suchet 1pm AnneMarie Minhall 5.00 Classic FM
Drive 7.00 Smooth Classics
At Seven 8.00 The Full Works
Concert. More seasonal tunes.
10.00 Smooth Classics 1am
Sam Pittis
Absolute Radio
6am Christian O’Connell’s
Breakfast Show 10.00 Leona
Graham 1pm Andy Bush 4.00
Dave Berry 7.00 Danielle Perry
10.00 Pete Donaldson 1am
Chris Martin
Heart
6am Jamie And Emma
9.00 Toby Anstis 1pm Matt
Wilkinson 4.00 JK And Lucy
7.00 Sian Welby 10.00 Kat
Shoob 1am Simon Beale 4.00
Jenni Falconer
TalkSPORT
6am The Alan Brazil Sports
Breakfast With David Ginola
10.00 Jim White, Tony
Cascarino And Bob Mills 1pm
Hawksbee And Jacobs 4.00
Adrian Durham and Simon
Jordan 7.00 Kick-off 10.00
Sports Bar 1am Extra Time
with Adam Catterall
Travel
Sacred journey
A special pilgrimage from
Osaka to Japan’s rural
and cutural heartland
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The Face remembered
A new book celebrates the
magazine that was the last
word in cool for 24 years
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Men’s grooming sets
Whether you’re stuck for a
present or fancy a winter
spruce up, here’s our pick
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Pros
Can you tell your
Prosecco from
your Faux-secco?
If not, read on as
EllenManning
explains how to
make sure that
every glass is the
real Italian deal
cons
W
e’re in the middle
of a beautiful
love affair. It’s
with a wine that’s
posh enough for
special occasions yet also perfect
for a post-work drink. Sales of
Prosecco have soared while whole
festivals and bars have been
dedicated to it. This year we’ve
also seen panic over warnings of a
shortage, concerns that our newfound romance could be hurting
us through its effect on our teeth,
and giddy excitement over a
three-litre bottle that’s filling
shelves for Christmas.
According to the Consortium
for the Protection of Prosecco,
of the 410 million bottles made in
2016, 75 per cent were exported.
And of that export market, the
UK came top with more than a
third of sales – a whopping 100
million bottles – beating both the
US and Germany.
We’re hooked, it seems. But
like any flush of new romance, do
must of us really know what we’re
drinking and why we love it so
much? And when this honeymoon
period comes to an end, is there
enough between us and Prosecco
for our relationship to stay
the course?
“Everybody thinks they know
what Prosecco is, but for many
people ‘Prosecco’ is the same
as a sparkling wine,” says Luca
Giavi, director of the official
consortium which protects its
identity and traditions under DOC
classification, meaning Controlled
Designation of Origin.
Wine can only be called
Prosecco if it ticks a range of
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boxes. On top of the way it’s
made, which involves a second
fermentation in the winery
that results in its fizz, there
are more criteria it has to meet
– including having a certain
special label, being made in a
certain way and coming from
a certain region. We’re also
supposed to drink it from
wider wine glasses rather than
traditional Champagne flutes.
Prosecco is produced
exclusively in nine provinces
spanning the Italian regions of
Veneto and Friuli Venezia Giulia.
It’s made predominantly from
glera grapes mixed with a small
percentage of other varieties.
Put simply, you can’t just give
any old fizz from Italy that special
name. But lack of knowledge
among British drinkers means
we’re often inadvertently sipping
inferior stand-ins without even
realising it. That’s why one of the
consortium’s main jobs is tracking
down any imposters – the likes of
Krossecco and Meer-Secco and
even the fizz you see poured from
a pump on the bar, as the genuine
stuff can only come in a bottle.
For the people who enforce this,
it’s important because Prosecco’s
distinct characteristics go beyond
the bubbles. That floral, fruity
smell and taste, as well as the
slightly lower alcohol content, are
what make people like it so much.
For Giavi, the appeal is simple to
understand: “It’s accessible.” Neil
Phillips, aka The Wine Tipster,
agrees this is one of several
elements behind its popularity
in the UK. “The flexibility
of occasions when we have
bubbles has changed a lot in
the UK. We used to wait for a
celebratory occasion. We’re more
flexible now, people are going into
a bar and saying: ‘I just want to
drink bubbles’.”
Phillips, who is Prosecco
DOC’s UK ambassador, admits
that price plays some part, with
customers able to pick up a bottle
far cheaper than its posher cousin
Champagne. But it’s more than
that. “On top of that you have
something attractive in Prosecco
– it’s easy to drink, it’s friendly
in terms of alcohol. It’s a very
sociable style of drinking.”
But part of creating an enduring
relationship is going beyond the
initial impressions and seeing
the complexity within. And that’s
what the consortium wants to
show consumers. In the same way
that wine aficionados recognise
a Chardonnay from a Chablis,
an Alsace from an Australian, or
beer fans know a pale ale from a
blonde or a British from a Belgian,
Prosecco goes beyond one word.
There are important differences
between “semi-sparkling”, known
as “frizzante”, and “spumante”,
the bubbles you’re probably
more used to. On top of that,
within spumante Prosecco are
an array of different names
relating to the residual sugar
level in it - with a “brut” having
between zero and 12g per litre,
compared to a sweeter “extra
dry” with anything from 12g to
17g. This is an important factor in
the differences between different
types of the wine, especially in a
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Grape expectations:
Prosecco is produced
exclusively in nine
provinces that span
the Italian regions
of Veneto and Friuli
Venezia Giulia. It’s
made predominantly
from glera grapes
mixed with a small
percentage of other
varieties DANIELA NERI
world obsessed with sugar. It’s the
range of choice that Giavi is keen
for people across the world to
understand better. “It’s important
to explain what kind of Prosecco
you can use for this occasion or
another occasion. I think that’s
similar to beer: ‘I want a beer’.
‘What kind of beer’?”
Understanding its versatility
and complexity is the next step in
educating consumers about the
different tastes available, says
These are wines
that can go really well
with food and have a
lot of versatility
Phillips. People who think they
don’t like Prosecco because it’s
too sweet may still be able to find
an option they like – and those who
think it’s merely a cheaper version
of Champagne should realise it
offers a distinct alternative in
more than just price.
“This is the next stage of the
inquisitive journey,” says Phillips.
And with retailers offering
more choice at various prices,
people can take that journey.
“They can start to say, ‘I know
that label, I know that Prosecco’
and associate with producers
and names in the same way we do
with Champagne.”
Phillips would also like to see
a wider choice of Proseccos in
restaurants, pubs and bars,
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With so much going for it, from
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Island in the
Gulf Stream
Hiking along the
dramatic coastline;
Mount Teide (below)
Tenerife is blessed with mild winters,
dramatic landscapes and mighty
wildlife, writes ChrisLeadbeater
from one-day hikes which clamber
all the way to the summit (from
€71.50/£63 per person) to rather less
energetic rides upward on the cable
car in time for sunset, from €40.
I
The sea calls as loudly as the
land. Tenerife is a prime place for
sighting marine mammals at play
– thank to its resident populations
of bottlenose dolphins and shortfinned pilot whales. Conveniently
for holidaymakers, both species
are particularly apparent around
the south-west corner of the island.
Based at Puerto Colón in Costa
Adeje, Atlantic Eco Experience
(atlanticecoexperience.com) is one
of several operators to offer daily
boat forays in search of flippers and
flukes, including a two-hour whalewatching trip for €45.
Tenerife also appeals to those
who like to sample local culture. If
the island’s inherent Spanishness
is sometimes forgotten amid the
applause for its weather, it is hard
to ignore in the villages and towns
that fringe its quiet north coast,
such as San Juan de la Rambla and
Garachico – all churches, cobbles
and houses pitched above the
waves. The capital Santa Cruz,
meanwhile, is a small city of elaborate charm, where the cool eateries
and bars dotted along streets such
as Calle Porlier could easily be in
Barcelona or Madrid.
t is a travel question which becomes enormously pertinent at
this time of year, as rain starts
to splatter the window and darkness encroaches more and more
into the afternoon. Where to go for a
very much-needed dose of sunshine
and escape from the winter gloom?
One (excellent) answer is the
Canary Islands. Nearer at hand than
Dubai, less pricey than the Caribbean, these fair-weather outcrops in
the Atlantic are the most accessible
options for British holidaymakers
who want to swap one week of illtempered January in the UK for
something rather warmer at the
southern edge of Europe. Just over
four hours’ flying time from London,
the Canaries enjoy temperatures of
around 18°C in the first flourishes of
the new year, and can already be up
into the Twenties Celsius once March
has dawned.
Such affable conditions are due
to the archipelago being European
in name only. While the isles are,
of course, officially Spanish, their
position on the map has more in
common with Africa than Alicante.
They sit some 60 miles west of
the coast of Morocco, sharing a
latitude – 28°N – with the Sahara
Desert (as well as, for point of reference, Florida’s hot-climate oasis
MAKE A SPLASH
Orlando). Bright mornings and
friendly temperatures are all part of
the deal.
STRAIGHT TO THE SUN
So where to go? There are seven
Canary Islands and much to be
said for a holiday on Tenerife. Not
only is this the largest member of
the group, and arguably the most
visually striking, with the volcanic
behemoth Mount Teide rising up
majestically at its heart – it is also
hugely straight-forward to reach.
British Airways offers a daily flight
to the island’s key airport, Tenerife
South, from London Gatwick (as
well as an additional service to
the same hub, every Saturday,
from Heathrow).
The joy of catching a flight to
Tenerife South is that it deposits
travellers into the midst of
Tenerife’s tourism heartland.
There are hotels for all budgets a
short transfer away in the popular
seafront zones of Playa de las
Americas and Los Cristianos –
while, directly to the north, the
Costa Adeje area of the island
is increasingly home to luxury
retreats which dispel the notion
that Tenerife only deals in low-cost
and mid-range accommodation.
There are grand, five-star hotels
with spas and villas within walking
distance of the golden sand of
Playa del Duque. A little further up
the west coast, the Ritz-Carlton,
Abama, provides a similarly
sophisticated take on the Canaries,
peering at the ocean above a large
pool complex. Home to two of the
island’s Michelin-starred restaurants, it was chosen to host the
launch of the 2018 Michelin Guide
to Spain and Portugal, reinforcing
the island’s growing reputation as a
gastronomic hotspot.
A NATURAL PLAYGROUND
Alternatively, the thwack of balls
on fairway is the general theme
in the south-coast enclave of Golf
del Sur, where hideaways cater to
visitors who want to work on their
handicaps while they are away and
the boulevards are lined with palm
trees and lush plants.
* Availability may be extremely limited, particularly during peak periods. The £369 per person price is based on two adults sharing one
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Of course, while February warmth
and rounds in the sunshine are both
good reasons to dash to Tenerife
while Britain is battling winter
winds, there is more to the island
than its year-round sunny disposition. Far more. Here is an island
which rewards exploration. Mount
Teide, for example, is almost literally
unmissable. It dominates the skyline,
hitting a top altitude of 3,718m
(12,198ft) – mighty numbers which
make it the highest peak not just in
Spain but in the whole Atlantic. Here
is the island’s moment of origin – the
end result of the rupture in the earth
from which Tenerife was born 12
million years ago.
And yet, the volcano is as much
about adventures in the present
as the seismic activity of the
very distant past. Much of its
torso – 190 sq km – is protected as
Teide National Park, making for
a playground where walking and
biking are endlessly possible. Local
specialist Volcano Teide Experience (volcanoteide.com) offers a
range of guided jaunts in the park,
British Airways (0344 493 0787,
ba.com/tenerife) has a range of
holidays in Tenerife, including
special offers on flights and hotels.
A week at a three-star hotel, with
flights from London Gatwick costs
from £369pp*. For more information
on the island see webtenerife.co.uk.
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Travel
The gateway
to serenity
Japan’s second-biggest city
Osaka is a springboard for
spiritual enlightenment, as
SiobhánNortondiscovered
O
ne does not simply
walk into Ise Jingu.
Two towering torii,
flanked by a wooden
bridge, are the gates
that separate the everyday world
from these sacred shrines. To
enter you must first bow, then
step past the threshold using your
right foot. Ritualistic ablutions
follow at the crystalline river.
As I walk with pilgrims and
tourists beneath the trees, it’s as if
the air itself is hushed in reverence.
I stop to take a picture of a wooden
sign inscribed with Japanese
lettering. “Do you know what it
says?” murmurs my guide. “No,”
I whisper back, awestruck. “Walk
on the right,” she replies, her giggle
bubbling above the silence.
OK, perhaps I am a little
overawed, but who could blame
me? There was a time, during the
Edo period of 1603 to 1868, when
foreigners couldn’t travel to Japan,
and even natives had to travel
under the auspices of pilgrimage.
Granted, my pilgrimage thus far
has been cushier than most. I
have travelled east from Osaka
to Ise Shima in Mie prefecture
on the Shimakaze express train,
with massage chairs and lunch
to further facilitate my two-anda-bit-hour journey. Just as the
bridge connects the everyday to
the sacred, the train links manga
madness to rural reflection.
Ise Jingu is one of the most
sacred shrines in Japan, one
which the Japanese believe
everyone should visit in their
lifetime. Reputedly covering an
area comparable to that of Paris,
it houses 125 shrines, the pinnacle
of which is dedicated to the sun
goddess Amaterasu, from whom
all of Japan’s emperors are said
to be descended. The G7 leaders
visited last year, as Prime Minister
Shinzo Abe believed it was the
perfect place for them to “get in
touch with the Japanese spirit”.
Indeed it is. Approaching the
sanctuary, I am instructed to bow
twice, clap twice, make my wish,
and bow again. I do as instructed,
as obedient yellow- capped
schoolchildren line up behind me.
Another orderly queue is forming
by a giant cypress – in Ise Jingu,
tree hugging is taken literally;
and this behemoth’s trunk is worn
smooth from years of affection.
Back out in the real world,
indulgence awaits. The streets of
nearby Okage Yokocho are lined
with traditional-looking shops,
where the recently cleansed can
rewardthemselveswitheverything
from hand-crafted ceramics to
Snoopy memorabilia, and feast on
lobster, chunky Ise Udon noodles
and mochi sweets. There is more
reward along the Ise-Shima
skyline, a “highway in the sky”, as I
join footsore pilgrims for a natural
hot spring footbath with tranquil
views of the bay below.
I feel my busy mind quieten
the deeper into the countryside
that I delve. It is nightfall when
I check into the Kumano Club,
south-east of Ise Shima, and am
shown to my tatami-mat room. I
kneel to drink tea, before donning
my yukata, a kimono-style cotton
robe, for the on-site onsen, or hot
spring. There are rules and rituals
attached to the onsen – you must
wash thoroughly before entering,
tattoos must be covered and
nudity is a given. Once submerged
to my neck in the steaming water,
with rain falling gently on my face,
I feel my anxieties dissipate.
I awake to the sun rising over
I awake to the
sun rising over the
misty hills, and feel
profoundly peaceful
Travel essentials
Getting there
Finnair flies from
Heathrow, Edinburgh and
Manchester to Osaka via
Helsinki with return fares
from £680 in economy and
£2,500 in business class
(finnair.com).
Staying there
The Kumano Club
(resortkumanoclub.com)
has doubles from £108,
including breakfast. The
Shiraraso Grand Hotel
(shiraraso.co.jp) has doubles
from £141, with breakfast.
What to see
The Sightseeing Limited
Express Shimakaze
(kintetsu.co.jp) runs
regularly from OsakaNamba to Ujiyamada, with
prices starting from £26.50
each way. Ise Jingu shrine
is open all year round and
entrance is free (isejingu.
or.jp). Walk the Kumano
Kodo for free, or enlist the
help of a guide from £105
(kumano-travel.com)
More information
Go to Jnto.go.jp
mist-wreathed hills, and feel
profoundly peaceful. But I haven’t
yet earned my pilgrim points – I
must take to the trail myself. The
Kumano Kodo has been trodden
for more than 1,000 years by people
fromallwalksoflife,fromemperors
to peasants, in search of salvation.
Twinned with the Camino de
Santiago, the trail connects the
Unesco world heritage site of the
Kumano Sanzan shrines with Ise
Jingu and beyond.
I am walking a 7km sliver
of this network of holy
trails. The road winds
its way through
mountain villages,
before giving way
to a path through
the forest. It is
here that the tree
huggers become
forest bathers – with
space to lie back in the
moss and gaze up into
the canopy. Forest bathing,
or shinrin-yoku, is a central tenet
to Japanese wellbeing. Here, with
the chlorophyll-dense air and scant
evidence of human intervention, I
understand why.
It isn’t too arduous a hike. We
stop to place coins in the roadside
shrines. One, our guide tells us, is
to help with toothache. We also
stop at stalls where farmers leave
bags of fruit or pickled plums
The Kumano Kodo pilgrim trail
(above) in the Kii Mountains is a
world heritage site; relaxing in an
onsen spa (below) JNTO
for passers-by to purchase. One
poignant shrine is dedicated to
a monk, who legend says died on
the route. The Kumano Hongu
Taisha Grand Shrine is a short
walk away; what a shame he
didn’t reach it – it’s magnificent.
The shrine has been moved from
an island in the nearby river,
but the original spot is
marked by a giant
torii; at 34m high it’s
the tallest in Japan.
Man-made
spectacles in
this region have
plenty of natural
competitors. At
Shirahama beach
in neighbouring
Wakayama prefecture,
I arrive in time to catch a
dramatic sunset over Engetsutou
Island, pink clouds scudding over
the pale sand. Another onsen
follows at the Shiraraso Hotel, this
time accompanied by the sound of
the surf.
Whether or not it is a gift from
the Shinto gods, I have never felt
more relaxed – and I offer up one
more prayer that this serenity will
stay with me once I’ve left.
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n 1980, using the bulk of
his personal savings, Nick
Logan launched The Face – a
publishing leap of faith that
would reinvigorate popular
culture and ultimately shape
the way we see ourselves.
Not that he knew this at the
time. As the former editor of NME
and the man who launched Smash
Hits, Logan was used to making
editorial splashes, but The Face
was risky and unprecedented. A
glossy monthly, featuring fashion,
music and a great ladleful of
zeitgeist, it soon become what
GQ dubbed “the cognoscenti’s
almanac of cool”. For the
next 24 years this brilliantly
curated magazine would reign
untouchable and supreme.
“People need to understand
that at some point in their lives
– culturally and socially – they’ve
been impacted,” says author Paul
Gorman, whose heavyweight
history The Story of The Face
sheds fresh light on the forgotten
style bible. “Look at Channel
4 – that’s because of The Face.
Advertising, British film, the way
we dress. The Face has a place in
all of those stories.”
The Face was slick, fresh and
unabashedly aspirational. If
the Eighties were the designer
decade, this was both its mirror
and instruction manual. Early
issues covered emerging tribes
like The Cult With No Name
(“You’re not going out dressed like
that?”), dovetailed underground
culture with radical polemic, and
extolled the virtues of hair grease,
ripped jeans and every fad worth
its price tag.
As the decade grew up, editor
Sheryl Garrett eased into the
Nineties with a more global
perspective, and the magazine
broadened its appeal.
“When you can click and
get instant access to anything
now,” she says, “it’s hard to
understand what was radical
about a magazine that would
have long features on students
in Tiananmen Square, or young
soldiers in Angola, next to
snippets on new trainers or a cool
shop in Japan. We weren’t at all
restricted in what we covered.”
Garrett is indebted to her
old boss and talks, as do many,
about his vision and dedication.
“Nick’s strength was in attracting
talented people, then leaving
them to do what they did best. So
you had a succession of brilliant
art directors including Neville
Brody and Phil Bicker; great
Face
values
A new book explores the history of
the magazine that defined an era,
then disappeared. By Paul Tierney
Ethnic
minority
models?
Before
Ray Petri
it was
just white
people in
magazines
writers such as Julie Burchill
and Nick Kent; and so many
creatives who got their break in
pages of his magazines. It was
only afterwards, when I worked
elsewhere, that I realised quite
how rare and precious that was.”
Julie Burchill was the original
“hip young gunslinger” Logan had
hired at the NME.
“The idea of working for a
glossy was intoxicating,” she says
today. “Tony Parsons and I were
so down on our luck that Tony had
sent a job application to Stamp
Collecting Monthly. And then Nick
Logan sent us a letter, saying
something like: ‘All is forgiven, I’m
starting a magazine, come and
write for me!’”
Burchill, who went on to
become Britain’s highest-paid
female journalist, wrote infamous
columns about Thatcher and the
Falklands conflict, both of which
raised eyebrows and ruffled
Leftie feathers. But her overriding
memory is of a great sense of
laissez-faire freedom.
“It was Liberty Hall! In the early
days when it was on the verge
of going bust, I said to Logan –
something I’ve never said to an
editor, but I owed him so much –
‘Shall I tone it down a bit?’ He said:
‘No – never!’ And then our fortunes
turned around and we were the
hippest magazine on earth!”
Hipness was a virtue The Face
had in spades. Its detractors
complained of the magazine’s
southern bias, how anything
outside Soho was often sidelined
as provincial, but no one could
deny its ability to harness a trend,
or indeed invent one.
Perhaps its greatest gift was
the introduction of Ray Petri,
a Scottish stylist who put men
in skirts, feathers in caps,
and herded a like-minded bunch
of photographers and models
into what he called “Buffalo”
– both a mind set and streettough attitude.
“What Ray was doing had
never been done before and
now it’s so normal,” says Felix
Howard, the pre-teen model
on March 1985’s “Killer” issue.
“Sportswear with evening wear?
That’s now an industry on its own.
Ethnic minority models? Before
him there weren’t black guys
everywhere, it was just white
people in magazines.”
Petri’s work, like much of
The Face’s content, was brave,
compelling and ahead of its time,
but by the end of the century a
Nick Logan (above) in the
1960s, styled as a mod
‘face’ NICK LOGAN/THE
FACE
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Last night’s
g
television
SEAN O’GRADY
A reminder that we
have always wanted
to take back control
» Invasion! With Sam Willis BBC4 9pm
» Motherland BBC2, 10pm
A
t first glance, Invasion!
With Sam Willis was
just another skirmish
in what its enemies
regard as the BBC’s unremitting
guerrilla war against Brexit.
Thus, Invasion! came up with the
usual stuff about the British being
a “mongrel people” (I think it
was Churchill who first came up
with the expression). But I also
learnt plenty new in Dr Willis’
perambulations around neolithic
forts, ancient burial mounds and
Viking museums.
I found it fascinating, for example, that, to a degree contrary to the
“mongrel” idea, some 70 per cent
of the British national genome is
derived from an ethnic group that
doesn’t actually have a name and is
from somewhat disparate sources.
Yes, chances are that you are ethnically a “Beaker person”, so-called
because they were associated with
the arrival of a bell-shaped pottery
beaker to swig ale from.
Moreover, the idea that the
British were originally a nation
of Celts was also exposed as
balderdash. True, there’s a lot of
beautiful Celtic art and artefacts to
be found around the British Isles,
but apparently this was more of a
cultural or fashion “invasion” than
a people one, I suppose a bit like
rock’n’roll, or sushi or baguettes.
The truth about Britain is that,
once the climate had settled down
in about 9600BC, to the (relatively)
temperate patterns of today this
Below, classic editions of ‘The
Face’ featured pages by celebrated
graphic designers such as Neville
Brody as well as styling by Katie
Grand, who introduced Kate Moss
via the pages of the magazine NICK
LOGAN/THE FACE
raft of new, upstart titles began
gnawing at its stranglehold. To
add insult to injury, an expensive
libel case brought about by Jason
Donovan (they had inferred he
was concealing his sexuality)
almost sank the magazine.
“People are still very angry
about it,” says Gorman. “Donovan
was totally manipulated by his
lawyers. In his biography he says it
was the biggest mistake of his life.”
There’s talk of bringing the
old rag back to life, first online,
then possibly in print. But would
it be wise to revive something so
of its time?
“What would it offer that’s
not already out there?” reasons
G orman. “Popular culture,
particularly music, lost its
potency towards the end of the
Nineties. Along with globalisation
and digitisation, the ability for pop
culture to be anything more than
the accompaniment to the selling
of stuff had ended by 1999. By then
where did The Face fit in?”
Contributor James Anderson,
now an editor at arch-rival i-D, is
equally sceptical. “It died because
it had passed its peak and was no
longer as relevant or exciting. It
failed to reach new audiences and
went too mainstream.
“At the end, The Face felt like
some slightly embarrassing
middle-aged person trying to be
‘hip’ – the magazine equivalent
of dad-dancing. I think it’s better
to leave it where it is – a memory
from a bygone era.”
“That may be so, but I’ve
shown it to young people and
they’re totally amazed by it,”
says Gorman.
“I’d be reading old copies on the
train and all these teenagers, sat
looking at tablets, would stare at
them in awe. Nick recognised that
this so-called ephemeral subject
should be given the gravitas it
deserved. It’s the magazine that
changed culture for ever.”
‘The Story of The Face’ by
Paul Gorman is published by
Thames and Hudson, £34.95
Once the climate
had settled down
this land has always
been ‘up for grabs’
land has always been “up for
grabs”, and highly attractive to
groups, successively, of huntergatherers, farm folk (with their
origins in the Middle East), Viking
occupiers, Germanic raiders,
Roman conquerors and all the rest
that followed.
Each brought their own expertise,
their own innovations and ideas,
and opened up Britain to trade with
its closest neighbours in Europe.
The earliest version of the speedy
Italian sports car imported into
this land, for example, was the light
ash-framed chariot, the design of
which came from the Etruscans.
Yet Sam Willis’s essay also,
rather uneasily, emphasised
the abiding power of tribal and
territorial loyalties even between
groups that were ethnically
Sam Willis on the invasions that
shaped Britain RACHEL RAMSAY/BBC
identical. Boudicca wasn’t quite the
Nigel Farage of her time, but there
was an unmistakable whiff of Ukip
about how she wanted to, ahem,
“take back control”.
In that sense we were given
the distinct impression that, as in
Roman times, Britain might well
have been a more prosperous and
civilised place as a province in a
European empire, but many still
found it somewhat unsatisfactory:
these early Britons were not, in
other words, averse to asking:
“What have the Romans ever done
for us?” long before Monty Python
came up with the idea.
Motherland proves two
important things about comedy.
First, that the best comedies are
the ones we find painfully difficult
to watch, just like the best curries
are the ones you can hardly eat.
Second, that we all love an antihero, which here, in this middleclass comedy of manners, means
the magnificent monster that is
the super-beautiful alpha-mother
Amanda, who has a flatter bottom
and is richer and more organised
than any of her peers.
She sees herself as a sort of
suburban version of “Nigella or
Sade”, always impeccably presented
and so very “eye-catching” it’s a
problem for her.
And we just love to hate her,
played as she is with such panache
by Lucy Punch. She was part of the
dangerous buffer state between
genuine friendships and selfish
ones Motherland excelled at, with
the constant threat of emotional
terrorism. It is, as I say, a painful
place to visit, but an irresistible one.
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Just kidding: Liwaa
Yazji’s thoughtprovoking play tackles
fake news in Syria
Arts
JOHAN PERSSON
Arts
reviews
THEATRE
Goats
ROYAL COURT THEATRE, LONDON
HHHHH
Liwaa Yazji’s thought-provoking
play examines the effect of
propaganda and fake news on a
small community in Syria. It’s
set in an unnamed village (by
inference one that is loyal to the
Assad regime) and it opens in the
throes of a mass funeral for the
latest young men to have been
“martyred” by the “terrorists”
(men who could well be their
peers in the next village along).
The eulogies are conducted
by the piously controlling Abu
al-Tayyib (Amer Hlehel), the chair
of the local branch of the Party, in
a determinedly media-managed
event. But the grieving Abu Firas,
the local school teacher (Carlos
Chahine), begins to question the
official version of what happened
to his son.
The rituals of mourning are
thrown into disarray by his
demand that the suspiciously
sealed coffins be opened so that
he can determine who is inside.
As the bodies pile up, Tayyib
hits on a radical scheme of
“compensation”. The regime will
give out a goat to every bereaved
family. Does this “gift” insult the
memory of the fallen or does it
benefit the survivors?
In Hamish Pirie’s production,
the stage is filled with six real
goats – who steal the scenes
as they clop blithely round the
proceedings, occasionally trying
to munch the props and spreading
an air of genial unconcern. Their
docilely disruptive presence is
a commentary on the regime’s
deliberately ambiguous policy.
The ideological conflict
between the school teacher and
the party chief is powerfully
performed by Chahine and Hlehel.
The latter’s approach to the “truth”
is riddled with the fake-news
philosophy that it’s whatever a
regime needs to believe in order
to bring about what it wants.
But like much else in this piece,
it is long-winded. The writing is
shrewd and impassioned but it
lacks bite.
Amir El-Masry (of Night
Manager fame) makes an
impressive stage debut as
a reluctant soldier who has
avenged his “martyr” brother and
then heads home to his mother
and pregnant wife. A terrible
adrenalin courses through this
sequence. Elsewhere, Pirie has
his work cut out sustaining the
energy levels, despite the urgency
of the subject matter.
Inside this talented but flabby
and over-deliberate play, there’s
a leaner and more deadly piece
waiting to get out.
To 30 December (020 7565 5000)
PAUL TAYLOR
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VISUAL ARTS
A Walk in the Woods:
a Celebration of Trees
in British Art
THE HIGGINS, BEDFORD
The role of trees and woodland
in British landscape painting,
with pieces drawn from the Cecil
Higgins Art Gallery Collection.
Among the 40 watercolours,
drawings and prints from the past
two centuries are works by John
Constable, John Sell Cotman,
Edward Lear, Samuel Palmer, Paul
Nash and Lucian Freud. (01234
718618) to 25 Feb
Tove Jansson (1914-2001)
DULWICH PICTURE GALLERY,
LONDON SE21
See the Moomin creator Tove
Jansson in a different light, with
a survey of her work as a painter.
Her legacy as an illustrator and
author is formidable, but her
true passion was fine art and
she created some astonishing
paintings. Her self-portraits
are regal and poised, and her
landscape paintings are an
evocative portrayal of Finland.
(020 8693 5254) to 28 Jan
FILM
The Disaster Artist
15, JAMES FRANCO, 103 MINS
It’s a nice irony that the making of
one of the worst movies in recent
history has enabled James Franco
to make one of the best films in
his own chequered career. Franco
directs and also stars as Tommy
Wiseau, the auteur behind the
sublimely awful The Room (2003).
Tommy’s performance is ludicrous
– and yet, in his own warped way,
as an artist who doesn’t give up, he
has integrity. Nationwide release
Happy End
OPERA
Cavalleria
Rusticana/
Pagliacci
ROYAL OPERA HOUSE, LONDON
15, MICHAEL HANEKE, 108MINS
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
– among them a 12-year-old
(Fantine Harduin) who has just
poisoned her mother, a ruthless
matriarch (Isabelle Huppert),
and a grandfather (Jean-Louis
Trintignant) who yearns to die.
Haneke leaves it up to us to work
out the roots of their discontent.
Nationwide release
Outstanding:
Albarn and co
deliver live
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Damiano Michieletto’s production
looks like becoming an enduring
Covent Garden classic. He takes
advantage of the long orchestral
introduction in Mascagni’s Cav to
establish the reality of his Sicilian
village, its inhabitants, and its
curse of violence.
A crowd stands round a
murdered man while his mother
grieves over him, then Paolo
Fantin’s handsome set, with a fully
functioning bakery at its heart,
starts to slowly revolve, and the
first of these two tales of love,
sex, jealousy and revenge is set in
motion. The school-cum-churchhall setting of the second opera,
by Leoncavallo, is delineated with
comparable finesse.
Michieletto directs his huge
cast with a deft touch and, through
ingenious lighting and backstage/front-stage inter-cutting,
luridly illustrates the growing
disturbance in the cuckold’s mind.
To 13 January 2018 in rep
(020 7304 4000)
MICHAEL CHURCH
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POP
Gorillaz
HYDRO, GLASGOW
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Damon Albarn outgrew his
Britpop roots years ago to
emerge as one of the UK’s greatest
musical auteurs, but his cartoon
collaboration Gorillaz are
eclectic even by his standards.
They combine dirty, distorted
rock’n’roll, quaking dub reggae,
gospel soul and wistful, spacey
pop, plus intoxicating visuals,
and all within one track – “Every
Planet We Reach Is Dead”, which
delivered an entire concert in
one song.
The Jamie Hewlett-created
cartoon band members – Murdoc,
2D, Russel and Noodle – featured
as characters on the big screen
at the Hydro but there was more
than enough live action to engage
with between bandleader Albarn,
his charismatic guitarists and six
soulful backing vocalists having
a party among themselves – and
this before hip-hop legends De
La Soul showed up to holler over
“Superfast Jelllyfish”.
From there, the guest rappers
and vocalists came thick and
fast, making sense of the dense
material from current album
Humanz as well as deputising
on the old favourites. House
vocalist Peven Everett, stepping
into the late Bobby Womack’s
big soul boots, captured the
cathartic melodrama of “Stylo”,
Jamie Principle and Zebra Katz
delivered “Sex Murder Party” as a
scintillating slice of transgressive
club performance art, while
Bootie Brown’s energetic rap
cameo complemented the
irresistible hookline of “Dirty
Harry”, even if he was upstaged by
the expressions and antics of the
cartoon kids’ choir on the screens.
Even among all this immersive
sound and vision, “On Melancholy
Hill” and “Hong Kong” were
outstanding moments of
simplicity and plaintiveness from
ringmaster Albarn.
FIONA SHEPHERD
AN Wilson
WATERSTONES, CANTERBURY
The biographer discusses his new
book, Charles Darwin: Victorian
Mythmaker, a controversial
reappraisal of the father of
evolution by natural selection.
(01227 456343) tonight 6.30pm
COMEDY
Tim Key
ARTS THEATRE, LONDON WC2
Wonderfully arch Tim Key
returns to the stand-up stage with
Megadate, a tale about a budding
romance drenched (literally)
in lager and punctuated by
his trademark pithy poems.
(020 7478 0100) to Sun
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THE CULTURAL HIGHLIGHTS
YOU HAVE TO SEE
Jon Richardson
The testy, cardigan-wearing
grump gets great comic mileage
out of his early-onset fogeyish
tendencies in Old Man. White Rock
Theatre, Hastings (01424 462288)
tonight; Liverpool Philharmonic
Hall (0151 709 3789) Fri
by political passions, Robert
Plant draws inspiration from
exploration on Carry Fire, an
album lavished with rootsy
wonder and globe-roaming
grooves. City Hall, Sheffield
(gigsandtours.com) tonight;
Royal Albert Hall, London SW7
(royalalberthall.com) Fri
Ed Byrne
Liam Gallagher
In Spoiler Alert, Ed Byrne finds
fertile observational ground in
the cosseted lives of his two young
sons. Lyceum Theatre, Crewe (01270
368242) tonight; City Hall, Hull
(01482 300306) Thur; Parr Hall,
Warrington (01925 442345) Fri
Unlike his meat’n’spuds brother
Noel, Gallagher the younger
makes a lively fist of his limitations
on his solo debut. Its hit-maker
songwriting team sticks to the
Beatles-do-Britpop imprint, but
As You Were is a sight sparkier
than the calamitous carbo-rock
of Oasis’ dying days. Plymouth
Pavilions (seetickets.com) tonight;
Alexandra Palace, London N22
(seetickets.com) Thur
VARIOUS VENUES
VARIOUS VENUES
Daniel Kitson
VARIOUS VENUES
The master storyteller, mellifluous
wordsmith and comedy pioneer
spreads the joy in his own singular
way in A Show About Christmas.
Gala Theatre, Durham (03000
266600) tonight; Square Chapel,
Halifax (01422 349422) Thur
POP
Robert Plant and the
Sensational Space Shifters
VARIOUS VENUES
Now that calls to reunite his
old band have died down, Led
Zep’s lion king answers a deeper
summons. Lit up by a warm
romantic spirit and galvanised
VARIOUS VENUES
CLASSICAL
BBC Symphony Orchestra
BARBICAN HALL, LONDON EC2
The BBC SO’s Finnish chief
conductor, Sakari Oramo,
celebrates the centenary of his
country’s independence with an
all-Sibelius programme featuring
the First Symphony, two cello-led
rarities, Cantique and Devotion
(with soloist Guy Johnston),
and the UK premiere of the
complete Press Celebrations Music
(0845 120 7511) tonight 7.30pm
VOICES
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London Sinfonietta
ROYAL FESTIVAL HALL, LONDON SE1
Pascal Rophé and the London
Sinfonietta mark the 10th
anniversary of Karlheinz
Stockhausen’s death with a
pairing of his zodiacal Tierkreis
for orchestra and a rare
performance of his trance-like
Trans for semi-invisible orchestra
and conductor plus electronics.
(020 3879 9555) tonight 7.30pm
JAZZ
Dave O’Higgins
VARIOUS VENUES
The British saxophonist tours his
new album, It’s Always 9:30 in Zog.
Lovedays, St Austell (01726 67618)
tonight; Albany, Coventry
(024 7667 3032) Thur; The Verdict,
Brighton (01273 674847) Fri
FOLK & ROOTS
Eliza Carthy &
the Wayward Band
VARIOUS VENUES
Touring through to 21 December,
British folk’s newest big, big
band – peopled by the likes of
Lucy Farrell, Sam Sweeney, Saul
Rose and Beth Porter – play from
their excellent debut album, Big
Machine. Tramshed, Cardiff (029
2023 5555) tonight; St Georges
Church, Brighton (01273 279448) Fri
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beloved son taking up a diplomatic
career with the cad who, 20 years
back, fathered and abandoned
him. (0330 333 4814) to 30 Dec
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First
Chance
Quiz
Opening
this week
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’ pitch-perfect
portrayal of all the great game
show hosts – not least Millionaire’s
Chris Tarrant – sets the tone.
(01243 781312) to Sat
FILM
Menashe
U, JOSHUA Z WEINSTEIN, 82MINS
Yiddish-language drama about a
widower battling for the custody
of his son. Opens Fri
THEATRE
The Jungle
YOUNG VIC, LONDON SE1
WORLD MUSIC
Stephen Daldry and Justin Martin
direct Joe Murphy and Joe Robertson’s
refugee drama. (020 7922 2922) previews
from Thur; opens 16 Dec
Lo’Jo
RICH MIX, LONDON E1
The French world music pioneers,
featuring singer-poet Denis Péan,
multi-instrumentalist Richard
Bourreau and the El Mourid
sisters, make a welcome return
to the UK with their rich
catalogue of East-West chanson.
(020 7613 7498) tonight
VISUAL ARTS
From Life
ROYAL ACADEMY OF ARTS, LONDON W1
Drawing from life, from the 18th
century to the present day.
(020 7300 8090) opens Sat
weekend EXCLUSIVE
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 the first instalment in his
year-long season of Oscar Wilde
plays in the West End. Eve Best
is wonderfully moving as Mrs
Arbuthnot, the “woman” of the
title who struggles to prevent her
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ECONOMY
Jump in oil prices fuels
services sector inflation
By Russell Lynch
Britain’s dominant services sector
is reeling from its biggest inflation
shock for almost a decade, with
thousands of firms forced to pass on
a tide of rising prices to customers,
experts warned yesterday.
The worrying snapshot from the
biggest chunk of the economy showed
businesses raising their prices at the
fastest pace since February 2008,
according to the Chartered Institute
of Procurement and Supply (CIPS).
A sharp rise in oil prices – adding to
firms’ fuel bills – was the main reason
for the surging costs, but businesses
have come under sustained pressure
more widely from higher import
costs because of the pound’s flagging
value since the Brexit vote.
The last time that cost pressures
on companies rose so rapidly, in the
summer of 2008, oil prices were
closing in on their all-time high of
$147 a barrel.
Duncan Brock, the director of the
CIPS, said: “Businesses could no
longer fight against the tide of higher
prices for food, fuel and salaries as
input cost inflation remained close
to its strongest for six years, and
businesses passed these increases on
to consumers at the fastest rate since
February 2008.”
The latest signs of pressure
on shoppers’ wallets came as the
Online sales of non-food
products grew by 6.5
per cent in November, but that
was below both the three- and
12-month averages of 7.3 per cent
and 8 per cent, respectively.
British Retail Consortium said that
last month’s Black Friday sales
extravaganza had flopped.
Inflation is currently at 3 per cent,
well ahead of wages growth, and is
tightening the screw on household
budgets. Moreover, according to
Chris Williamson, the chief business
economist at IHS Markit, “the data
suggest that inflationary pressures
have yet to peak”.
The signs of lingering pressure on
prices will also raise alarm bells at
the Bank of England, which doubled
interest rates to 0.5 per cent a
month ago. The Bank believes that
the “speed limit” for the economy
to sustain growth without fuelling
inflation has dropped since the vote
to leave the EU.
Howard Archer, an economic
adviser at the EY Item Club, said the
Bank would “not be happy to see”
Shoppers did not spend as much on
Black Friday as retailers had hoped for
the sudden surge in prices, although
he expects the Bank of England’s
Monetary Policy Committee to hold
fire on interest rates at its meeting
next week.
Services companies have also
slipped down a gear, the CIPS added.
Its overall activity index, where
a score of more than 50 indicates
growth, slipped from 55.6 to 53.8
last month as the number of new
orders fell.
EVENING STANDARD
CREDIT
Inquiry into
sub-prime
lender of
car loans
By Ravender Sembhy
Quote of
the day
The 30
Second
Briefing
PESTANA
CR7 HOTELS
Maddening
Tim Cook
The Apple chief executive
reacts to news that the
Republic of Ireland must
comply with a European
Commission order to
collect a disputed €13bn
in tax from the company
The Portugal and Real Madrid
footballer Cristiano Ronaldo has
teamed up with his country’s leading
hotel chain, Pestana. Why?
From Pestana’s point of view: world
domination. The joint venture has
been formed in the hope that it
will help to open new markets in
Asia and reinforce the Portuguese
company’s expansion into Spain
and the US.
open in Madrid and another in
New York’s Times Square.
What’s in it for Ronaldo?
The footballer (above) follows in
the footsteps of a host of sports
stars who have invested in hotels,
including tennis players Andy
Murray and Andre Agassi and
former footballers Gary Neville and
Ryan Giggs. But Ronaldo’s venture
stands out for its global ambition.
He and Pestana plan to open two
hotels under the Pestana CR7 brand
(CR7 is a trademark combination of
Ronaldo’s initials and shirt number)
by the end of next year, having
already tested the market at home in
Portugal with an initial two hotels.
According to the chain, one hotel will
What do I need to know about
Pestana and its business?
Like the footballer, Pestana hails
from the Portuguese island of
Madeira, where it opened its first
branch. It has since spread to
mainland Portugal, Europe, Africa
and the Americas. Two-thirds of
its revenues come from Portugal,
where it is the largest operator and
has a 5 per cent market share.
How will I know I am in a CR7 hotel?
They have carpets with the player’s
shoe prints, trophies and football
tables, and the sound of crowds
cheering fills the corridors.
The City watchdog has launched
an investigation into Moneybarn,
a car loans company controlled by
the troubled sub-prime lender
Provident Financial.
The Financial Conduct Authority
(FCA) inquiry will focus on processes
applied to customer affordability
assessments for car finance and
the treatment of consumers in
financial difficulties.
The FCA granted Moneybarn
authorisation to conduct consumer
credit activities in 2016. Since then
the watchdog has encouraged it to
make a number of improvements,
including to the way it deals with
future loan terminations.
“Provident Financial Group
aims to act responsibly in all its
relationships, and to play a positive
role in the communities it serves,”
the group said.
“The company will work
collaboratively with the FCA to
investigate the remaining concerns
and resolve any outstanding related
issues as soon as practicable.”
The news follows a brutal few
months for Provident Financial,
which has issued a string of profits
warnings, seen its shares tank and
was affected by the death of executive
chairman Manjit Wolstenholme.
In October, the firm said it would
book heavy annual losses at its
consumer credit business, but
claimed it was making progress
with a turnaround plan. It launched
a new home credit model in July,
moving from door-to-door agents to
“customer experience managers”.
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CONSUMER
British ‘tax havens’ left off
EU blacklist after inquiry
More people
are putting
Christmas on
credit this year
By Jon Stone
By Vicky Shaw
IN BRUSSELS
The European Union has released a
blacklist of 17 countries which it says
are tax havens, following 10 months
of investigations by officials.
After a meeting in Brussels
yesterday, EU finance ministers
said that American Samoa, Bahrain,
Barbados, Grenada, Guam, South
Korea, Macau, the Marshall Islands,
Mongolia, Namibia, Palau, Panama,
Saint Lucia, Samoa, Trinidad and
Tobago, Tunisia and the United Arab
Emirates were not doing enough
to crack down on offshore taxavoidance schemes.
Crucially for the UK, the main
list excludes a number of British
Overseas Territories, such as the
Cayman Islands and Bermuda, which
were on a previous EU blacklist from
June 2015. Complaints about the
methodology of that last list saw
it scrapped and replaced with the
new register.
The list was drafted by the
European Council’s Code of Conduct,
a group made up of finance ministers
from EU member states, including
the UK. A country’s inclusion is based
on whether it gives preferential
treatment to companies, enabling
them to move profits to avoid charges.
Another 47 nations have been
included in a “grey” list of those not
The EU blacklist
of 17 countries
includes Barbados
JEWEL SAMAD/GETTY
compliant with EU tax standards but
which have committed to changing
their rules. These countries will have
to adopt EU tax regulations by the
end of 2018, or 2019 for developing
countries, to avoid being included in
the main list.
Alex Cobham, the chief executive
of the Tax Justice Network, said
yesterday: “Not one of the most
important tax havens has been put on
the list. The list is politically biased as
relevant financial centres like the US
are missing.
“ W h i l e E U m e m b e r s l i ke
the Netherlands, Ireland and
Luxembourg are the greatest
procurers of global profit-shifting but
are excluded, and while the UK has
sought to frustrate the blacklisting
of its Crown Dependencies and
Overseas Territories at every turn,
the list is hard to take seriously.”
THE INDEPENDENT
The lack of well-established
tax havens from the list
led some MEPs and anti-tax
avoidance campaigns to describe
it as a “whitewash”.
ENTERTAINMENT
Cineworld poised to buy US chain for £2.7bn
By Ravender Sembhy
Cineworld has confirmed that it is
in advanced discussions with the
US cinema chain Regal over a $3.6bn
(£2.7bn) takeover.
The all-cash deal, for $23 per
share, would see the combination
Outlook
JIM
ARMITAGE
This sermon on
board diversity
makes no sense
T
he accountancy regulator
has won plaudits all round
for demanding reform
of British boardrooms.
They should promote
“diversity of gender, social and
ethnic backgrounds, cognitive
and personal strengths”, the
Financial Reporting Council (FRC)
of Europe’s second-largest cinema
group with the second-largest chain
in America.
Cineworld said that it would fund
the potential acquisition of Regal
through a mixture of debt and equity,
raised through a rights issue.
The takeover will allow the
enlarged group to “continue its
current strategy of investment” and
“maintain its policy of progressive
dividends”, it added.
Cineworld has 2,049 screens at 221
sites and also owns the Picturehouse
Cinemas chain. It has opened a string
of new outlets this year.
declares. All of this is laudable stuff
– until you realise that, of its 12
board members, the FRC itself has
precisely zero non-white members
and only three women.
And, in terms of “cognitive”
strengths, while the council’s
members are clearly a brainy bunch,
they are hardly from the most
“diverse” of fields. Five are from the
big accountants they now regulate,
one was the president of the Institute
of Chartered Accountants and, with
the exception of two civil servants
and a lawyer, the rest are from big
financial institutions.
Other directors reading their
pronouncements may be forgiven for
thinking: auditor, audit thyself.
in US government bonds last month
were 27 per cent lower than what
they were a year ago, at $156bn.
Foreign exchange was off 23 per
cent. These are only monthly figures,
which make for erratic readings, but
anecdotal evidence points to firms
devoting their efforts to preparing
for the new Mifid II regulations
rather than actually trading.
Mifid II starts rolling from 3
January, yet many remain woefully
MUDDLE OVER MIFID
Not being afflicted by insomnia, I
don’t often read the monthly figures
on Michael Spencer’s NEX trading
platforms. But November’s numbers
catch the eye. Average daily volumes
Fu
unds are encouraged to
sllash risks, with the result
that more of the workforce
will go short in retirement
unready and are now entering the
panic phase of the process.
Not what trading desks need just
as many banks start planning their
annual bonus payments.
PENSIONS PERVERSITY
As a testament to the insanity of how
i WEDNESDAY
6 DECEMBER 2017
More than a third of British adults
plan to put Christmas on credit this
year as their finances take a hit from
rising inflation and low wage growth.
A survey for the National Debtline, run by the Money Advice Trust,
found that 37 per cent of respondents
were planning to use credit cards,
overdrafts and loans to fund their
festive spending this year, compared
with a figure of 33 per cent in 2016.
The MAT’s report, based on interviews with more than 2,000 people,
said that 24 per cent of respondents
expected to use credit to buy Christmas food, and 14 per cent worried
about money every day in the run-up
to the festive season.
The National Debtline has
launched a social media campaign
called Peace of Mind, supported by
the consumer advice website Money
Saving Expert, to encourage people
to seek help with money worries.
Its research found that 3 per cent
of people lost sleep in the run-up to
Christmas because of money worries
– and 9 per cent said their concerns
about finances had a negative impact
on their enjoyment of Christmas.
Martin Lewis, of Money Saving
Expert, said: “Too many people feel
pressured into making a ‘lust list’ of
what makes the perfect Christmas.
Instead start by working out how
much you have available to spend and
cut your cloth accordingly.”
A separate report by debt charity
StepChange said 2.1 million people
were stuck in a cycle of persistent
debt, and had used their overdraft
every month in 2016, according to evidence from StepChange clients and
Financial Conduct Authority data.
37%
Proportion of Britons planning to
use credit to fund Chrismas this
year – up from 33% last year
our nation funds its old age, look no
further than the “Purple Book”.
The annual Pension Protection
Fund analysis of retirement schemes
shows that the custodians of our
savings are investing in assets they
know will perform badly.
Everyone understands shares
perform better than bonds over
the decades. Yet in the year to
March, fund managers slashed
the percentage of our pensions in
equities from 61 per cent to 29 per
cent, moving into bonds (up from
28 per cent to 56 per cent). Not that
it matters over the lifespan of a
pension, but the FTSE 100 gained 21
per cent in that period while bonds
went pretty much nowhere.
Is this just fund managers calling
a top to the FTSE 100? No, it’s a
continuation of the trend where
funds are encouraged to slash risks
at every turn. The only result is that
more of the workforce will go short in
retirement. EVENING STANDARD
39
From the
business
pages
Denmark struggles
to find EU workers
The Copenhagen Post
Danish companies are finding it
increasingly difficult to attract
workers from other EU states,
according to the Confederation
of Danish Employers. Its report
said the number of EU citizens
coming to Denmark to work
had fallen by 65 per cent in
15 months. Better living and
working conditions in eastern
Europe meant that fewer
needed to migrate to Denmark
to find well-paid employment.
Australia to build
largest solar plant
Sydney Morning Herald
Australia’s largest solar and
battery power plant is set to
be built in New South Wales
early next year. Maoneng
Australia and Decmil have
signed a memorandum of
understanding to construct a
250mW direct-current solar
photovoltaic power plant and
planned to start building as
soon as April or May, Maoneng’s
vice-president said.
Japan plans boost
in productivity
The Japan Times
Japan will aim to double
labour productivity growth
to 2 per cent by 2020 from
0.9 per cent, the average for
2010 to 2015, it was reported
yesterday. The government is
poised to include the target in
a package of measures planned
to help achieve a “productivity
revolution”, designed to ensure
sustainable wage growth and
combat deflation, sources said.
Facial recognition
for rail commuters
South China Morning Post
Shanghai’s underground
system will introduce voice- and
facial-recognition technology
developed by Alibaba Group
Holding to try to make life easier
for the millions of commuters on
one of the busiest mass-transit
rail networks on the planet.
Alibaba and Shanghai Shentong
Metro Group said the metro
would install “far-field” voicerecognition technology in ticket
machines and facial-recognition
systems at stations.
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Japan invests in
supersonic travel
Bournemouth
Airport sold
Japan Airlines has invested
$10m (£7.44m) in Boom, a
US firm aiming to bring back
Concorde-like supersonic
travel. The Denver-based
start-up is developing the
world’s first commercially
viable supersonic aircraft.
Boom said Japan Airlines would
have the option to buy up to 20
Boom aircraft (pictured left).
Rigby Group has snapped up
Bournemouth Airport from
Manchester Airports Group
for an undisclosed sum, helping
to raise its profile in southern
England. The hub, which offers
flights to 22 European locations,
serves as a base for Ryanair and
TUI. Rigby’s portfolio already
includes Norwich, Exeter and
Coventry airports.
SERVICES
BEVERAGES
Mitie drops sale
of property unit
Fever-Tree raises
glass to US market
The troubled outsourcing firm
Mitie has scrapped the sale
of its property-management
business, saying that the offers
received were too low. There
was “greater shareholder and
strategic value” in keeping the
business, it said. Mitie is under
pressure after a string of profits
warnings, and its 2016 accounts
are under investigation.
The London-based mixer drinks
brand Fever-Tree signalled
its intent to conquer the US
market by appointing a North
American CEO and setting up
a headquarters in the region.
Charlie Gibb previously worked
at Moët Hennessy, Diageo and
Bacardi, and served for nine
years as president and chief
executive of Belvedere Vodka.
SERVICES
RETAIL
Plumbing parts
firm still buoyant
Supermarket
ratings upgraded
The plumbing supplier Ferguson
said a challenging UK market
dragged on its performance
in the first quarter, but its
European and North American
operations helped to raise
profits. The group, formerly
Wolseley, said revenue rose by
10 per cent to $5.2bn (£3.8bn) in
the three months to 31October.
A “buy” rating from Goldman
Sachs for shares in Tesco has
ended the UK’s biggest grocery
chain’s run of more than four
years on the bank’s “sell”
list. Goldman also upgraded
Morrisons to “hold” and lifted
its price target on Sainsbury’s –
although its shares still have
a “sell” rating.
ONLINE
AUTOMOTIVE
Amazon launches
in Australia
BMW ups electric
car sales target
Amazon is now up and running
in Australia, seeking to seize a
share of the country’s growing
online retail market. The US
e-commerce giant plans to offer
one-day delivery in some areas
and free delivery on certain
orders, the Seattle-based
company said yesterday.
BMW is targeting another
ambitious increase in sales
of plug-in hybrid and battery
cars next year to defend its
position in the electric-car
market as competitors such as
Volkswagen prepare their own
battery line-ups. It plans to sell
150,000 high-tech cars.
the
markets
The pound enjoyed a stronger
session against the euro yesterday
than it did earlier this week – rising
by 0.2 per cent to 1.13.
However, the benchmark FTSE
100 shares index fell 11.47 points
to 7,327.5.
***
Supermarkets were among
the biggest risers following an
upgrade from Goldman Sachs.
Tesco was up 5.9p to 201p, while
Sainsbury’s rose 6.4p to 239.3p and
Morrisons 4.8p to 218.8p. Biggest
fallers were Anglo American,
down 34p to 1,351p, Glencore,
down 7.8p to 334p, and St James’s
Place, 25p lower at 1,175p.
NEWS
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AUTOMOTIVE
The market for new cars declined
for an eighth consecutive month in
November, with experts blaming the
continued confusion surrounding the
Government’s diesel vehicles policy.
Sales figures published
yesterday by the Society of Motor
Manufacturers and Traders (SMMT)
showed that 163,541 vehicles were
registered last month – a fall of 11.2 per
cent compared with the same month
in 2016. Business car registrations fell
by more than 33 per cent.
Continuing a trend that has
gathered pace this year, sales of
alternatively fuelled vehicles – the
category which includes electric
cars and hybrids – grew by 33.1 per
cent and sales of petrol cars rose
by 5 per cent. But neither of those
increases was big enough to offset
a dramatic 30.6 per cent drop in
diesel registrations.
The SMMT said the decline
followed months of confusion and
speculation about the Government’s
air-quality plans and its policies
towards diesel cars. “An eighth month
of decline in the new car market
Vehicle registrations last month
totalled 163,541 – 11 per cent fewer
than in November 2016 GETTY
is a major concern, with falling
business and consumer confidence
exacerbated by ongoing anti-diesel
messages from the Government,”
said Mike Hawes, the chief executive
of the SMMT.
“Diesel remains the right choice
for many drivers, not least because
of its fuel economy and lower carbon
dioxide emissions. The decision to
tax the latest low-emission diesels
is a step backwards and will only
discourage drivers from trading in
their older, more polluting cars.
“Given fleet renewal is the
fastest way to improve air quality,
penalising the latest, cleanest diesels
is counter-productive and will have
detrimental environmental and
economic consequences.”
Overall, the Ford Fiesta remained
the best-selling car in November,
with 6,434 registrations during the
month taking the total for the year so
far to 89,504. The Volkswagen Golf
was the second best-selling model,
followed by the Mini, the Ford Focus
and the Nissan Qashqai.
Chris Bosworth, at Close Brothers
Motor Finance, said: “Today’s figures
highlight both the cyclical and
structural market challenges that the
motor industry faced in November.”
i WEDNESDAY
6 DECEMBER 2017
In Saturday’s
Slump in sales of diesel cars
blamed on policy confusion
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I bought Barclays and RBS shares
through Barclays Stockbrokers.
Now the name of the service has
been changed to Smart Investor
and I have to pay a monthly fee of
£4. The shares have also dropped.
What should I do?
Name and address supplied
Harry says: If we are to believe
stories in the media, Barclays
seems to have alienated quite a
few DIY investors by moving them
over to its new Smart Investor
service. The new service charges
0.1 per cent to hold shares, but
there’s a minimum annual charge
of £48. Previously, Barclays
Stockbrokers charged £35 a year
to hold shares in a stocks and
shares Isa.
The bank has also introduced
a £6 online stockbroking
commission, which is competitive,
so my opinion is that it wants
to attract investors with larger
portfolios who trade frequently.
If your portfolio is on the smaller
side, containing only two share
holdings that you plan to hold
for the long term, there will
be cheaper accounts for you
elsewhere. So if you don’t think
the service you’re getting is worth
the additional cost, you should
switch to a new broker. The
question is, which one?
There are a huge range of
stockbroking and so-called
“investment supermarket”
services on offer, but the market
is dominated by one big player,
Hargreaves Lansdown (HL).
HL, which offers a slick website
and a knowledgeable telephone
helpdesk service, tends to have
satisfied customers, but it is
debatable whether it will be the
best new home for your shares
because it can also be on the
expensive side.
Investors with shares in a
stocks and shares Isa pay 0.45
per cent up to a maximum of
£45 a year – and unless they deal
frequently, they also pay £11.95
for trades. Now, if your shares are
only worth a grand or two, you
may well decide that the service is
worth paying for – a £2,000 stocks
and shares Isa would set you back
just £9 a year – but the more your
shares are worth, the closer you’ll
get to the Barclays charge you are
trying to get away from.
There are other brokers
with percentage-based charges
that undercut HL. For me, the
standouts are AJ Bell Youinvest
and Charles Stanley Direct. Both
Barclays Stockbrokers
has moved investors
over to its new Smart
Investor service
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charge 0.25 per cent, but while
the former opts for an annual
maximum of £30, the latter offers
an annual minimum of £24 and
maximum of £240 – again, how
much this difference matters to
you will depend on the value of
your shares.
Another larger broker that
you’re likely to encounter is
Interactive Investor, which has
recently merged with one of its
rivals, TD Direct. But as with
Barclays, its service incentivises
frequent trading – you pay a flat
£90 a year and receive £22.50 in
trading credits every quarter,
The main question
to ask is: why did
you buy the shares
in the first place?
with trades normally costing £10.
If fixed fees appeal, Halifax Share
Dealing is substantially cheaper
with an annual charge of just
£12.50 for its stocks and shares
Isa, with each trade setting you
back an additional £12.50. There
are also a host of smaller brokers,
some potentially even cheaper – if
you’re tempted by any obscure
firms, just make sure they are
regulated by the Financial
Conduct Authority. To transfer,
you will need to contact your
chosen new broker and complete
its transfer form.
As for your shares dropping
in value, that’s just the risk of
investing – and banks have been
particularly volatile over the past
decade for obvious reasons. The
fundamental question to ask
yourself is: why did you buy the
shares in the first place? If you
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a second EU referendum on
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deal reached at the Brexit talks,
according a poll. The Citibase
Business Confidence Index, now
in its fourth quarter, is a survey
of more than 1,100 SMEs by the
flexible office provider Citibase.
It revealed that as a result of the
ongoing Brexit uncertainty, costconscious SMEs are increasingly
seeking short-term, flexible office
contracts, with almost threequarters (74 per cent) stating that
they want terms of fewer than
three years.
This has risen dramatically since
the first quarterly survey, when
57 per cent of firms preferred
this option, and is particularly
prominent in the North East of
England, where 90 per cent of
businesses preferred this lease
length, and Scotland (81 per cent).
The index also shows that 23 per
cent of SMEs cite Brexit as having
a negative impact on revenues, a
figure which has grown by 2 per
cent each quarter this year. This
impact was more pronounced
in the capital, with 30 per cent of
London businesses reporting a
drop in revenues.
Meanwhile, 33 per cent of SMEs
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restaurant followed by drinks in a
bar for their office Christmas party,
a study reveals.
A survey of 2,000 adults by the
hotel chain Travelodge also found
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for drinks with colleagues, one in
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cent will do nothing.
One in five of those questioned
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Workers in London expect to pay
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research showed.
A third Premier League football
club has agreed to make sure that
staff including cleaners and matchday workers are paid the voluntary
Living Wage, which is higher than
the statutory rate.
About 200 workers will benefit
from the announcement by
West Ham United to pay direct
employees and contracted staff
the London hourly rate of £10.20,
compared with the national living
wage of £7.50 for over-25s.
The Hammers join Chelsea and
Everton in being accredited by the
Living Wage Foundation, which sets
the voluntary rate for London, and
£8.75 an hour for outside the capital.
The club’s vice - chairman,
Karren Brady (inset), said: “We are
absolutely delighted to have secured
the Living Wage Foundation’s seal of
approval as an accredited London
Living Wage employer, and hope to
act as a good example for all other
Premier League clubs and big
businesses in London.
“The Living Wage Foundation
accreditation is something we
h ave b e e n wo rk i n g
towards for a long
t i m e, i n c l u d i n g
lobbying the
Mayor of London,
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our landlords to
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“The football club isn’t just made
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rewarding and retaining our staff is
a major part of that.
“We take pride in the way
we conduct ourselves as an
organisation on and off the pitch
and by doing the right thing and
paying the London Living Wage, we
hope this will urge other clubs to
soon follow suit.”
Katherine Chapman, of the
Living Wage Foundation, said:
“We are delighted that West Ham
United have become the third
Premier League football club to
sign up as an accredited Living
Wage employer, ensuring that all
their staff receive a real living wage
that covers the cost of living. That’s
a pay rise for almost 200 people,
including cleaners and staff at their
training facilities.
“The Living Wage badge is the
mark of a responsible employer and
West Ham United join a movement
of over 3,700 employers across the
UK who are making sure that all
employees can live with dignity.
“It’s fantastic to see West Ham
United’s leadership and I hope
more football clubs will take their
lead and follow suit.”
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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
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Find the missing words by following the RHYME, LETTERS and MEANING links
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Solution, page 49
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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
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For this pasta dish, you can also use
regular broccoli, cauliflower or green
asparagus instead of tenderstem
broccoli. Cook the pasta in a pan of
boiling water until just tender, according
to the packet instructions. Drain, saving
two tablespoons of the cooking water.
Heat a splash of olive oil in a sauté pan
and gently fry the garlic, anchovies, chilli
flakes and fennel seeds. Add the broccoli
pieces and fry for one minute more.
Next add the reserved two tablespoons
of cooking water, cover the pan, turn the
heat down to low and cook for one to two
minutes until the broccoli is tender.
Season to taste with salt and pepper
and a few drops of vinegar. Add the
drained orecchiette pasta and heat
through for another 30 seconds while
you gently shake the pan to combine.
Put the pasta into a bowl and sprinkle
with cheese, if desired.
SINK
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125g orecchiette, or another short pasta
Olive oil, for frying
1 garlic clove, crushed
3–4 anchovy fillets (from a tin or jar),
drained and finely chopped
A small pinch of chilli flakes
A pinch of fennel seeds
100g tenderstem broccoli,
roughly chopped
A few drops of red wine vinegar
Salt and freshly ground pepper, to season
Grated pecorino or Parmesan cheese,
to serve (optional)
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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.
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Solve the puzzle and fill in the letters in the key as you discover them.
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Solution to yesterday’s Concise Crossword
ACROSS 1 Ruff, 3 Seize (Rough seas), 8 Trunk, 9 Ecuador, 10 Retinue, 11 Wager,
12 Penguin, 17 Tramp, 18 Enhance, 19 Article, 21 Navel, 22 Annoy, 23 Glow.
DOWN 1 Retort, 2 Faulty, 3 Sou, 4 Indigo, 5 Errors, 6 Skin-deep, 7 Beleaguered,
11 Whip hand, 13 Strata, 14 Carton, 15 Snivel, 16 Fellow, 20 Coy.
Today’s other puzzles Cryptic Crossword, page 25;
Five-Clue Cryptic, page 13; One-Minute Wijuko, page 16
Puzzle solutions See page 49 and minurl.co.uk/i
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Word Ladder, Word
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ABC Logic, Killer
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Codeword,
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Wijuko created by
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How to play Place the letters
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column. Each row and column has two
blank cells. The letters at the edge of a row/
column indicate which of the letters is the
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ACROSS
1 Beast of burden (3)
3 Struck with the
beak (6)
8 Type of loaf (7)
9 Dismay (5)
10 Behold (3)
11 Cycle-racing
arena (9)
12 Crotchet (US) (7,4)
16 Morally
justifiable (9)
18 Front of a ship (3)
19 Military fabric
colour (5)
20 Boat race
meeting (7)
21 Fine parchment (6)
22 That (Dialect) (3)
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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.
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Toast of New York
set for improbable
return to action
By Jon Freeman
RACING EDITOR
From racing’s bottom rungs up to almost the very top of the world, Toast
Of New York’s meteoric rise in 2014
was right up there with Ian Botham’s
Ashes heroics in 1981, if not quite in
Leicester City’s league.
Three years after the colt split
American greats Bayern and
California Chrome in a three-way
photo-finish for the $5million Breeders’ Cup Classic at Santa Anita, it’s
a warm welcome back. Not to the
big stage but to Lingfield today for
a Conditions Stakes worth less than
£20,000.
Nobody, not even Toast Of New
York’s owner at the time, Michael
Buckley, or trainer Jamie Osborne,
could have had the faintest idea what
was to come when the green 66-1
outsider finished down the field on
his Leicester debut in August 2013.
By the end of the year he had won
twice on Wolverhampton’s sand by
wide margins but they were lowgrade affairs and Osborne’s talk of
winning the UAE Derby at Meydan
the following March sounded like
pie in the sky.
But win it he did and comfortably,
too, before embarking on a top-table
US campaign which culminated in
that agonising California near-miss.
Osborne looked forward to a fabulous future with a young horse who
1.20
Toast of New York (centre) finishes second in a photo-finish with Bayern (right)
and California Chrome in the 2014 $5m Breeders’ Cup Classic GETTY
still had fewer than nine racing miles
on the clock. “He’s never going to run
for less than a million and I can’t see
him running in England,” he said at
the time. “He has the potential to be
one of the highest-earning horses in
the world.”
But then Toast Of New York injured a tendon and was retired.
That was the end of that. Or so we
thought. Sold to Al Shaqab Racing
as a stallion, Toast Of New York had
few mares to cover in Qatar and the
germ of an idea grew into a conviction that he could compete again.
FORM VERDICT
HAYDOCK
1
2
3
4
5
BEST BET
Royal Reserve
(3.25pm, Newcastle)
Knocking on the door recently
and has some good form on this
surface.
NOVICES’ CHASE (CLASS 2) £20,000 added 2m 5f
2P2-51
21129/
2/12-3
/119-F
1F5-2P
RAVENSDALE was only beaten by a well-regarded Ben Pauling bumper
horse at Southwell when last seen in October and could build on those
exertions now tackling further over hurdles. An Irish point-to-point winner
and out of a half-sister to the classy Time For Rupert, he looks sure to
appreciate this test. Duke Debarry has some form behind some potentially
smart novices’ and has to be respected for the Nicky Henderson team,
while Spider’s Bite remains open to improvement and is another to note.
ROLLING DYLAN P Hobbs 6 11 7 ....................................... R Johnson
BALLYDINE C Longsdon 7 11 2.................................................J J Burke
BUSTER THOMAS Miss E Lavelle 6 11 2......................... L Aspell
EAMON AN CNOIC (C) D Pipe 6 11 2......................T Scudamore
WATCH RACING UK ON BT TV HANDICAP HURDLE
ROBIN OF LOCKSLEY (D)(BF) Mrs C Bailey 7 11 2.....................
(CLASS 3) £12,500 added 2m 3f
..........................................................................................................................Sean Bowen H
6 2FU4-1 SAINTE LADYLIME (D) K Bailey 6 11 0.............................N Fehily 1
1224-5 ONE FOR HARRY N Richards 9 11 12................................R Day (3)
BETTING: 13-8 Rolling Dylan, 4-1 Sainte Ladylime, 9-2 Ballydine, 6-1
2
921231 TAWSEEF D McCain 9 11 11.............................. Miss A McCain (7)
Robin Of Locksley, 7-1 Eamon An Cnoic, 10-1 Buster Thomas.
3
5314-1 CLAN LEGEND N Alexander 7 11 4.....Mr K Alexander (5) T
4
P7-P05 ITS’AFREEBEE (CD) D Skelton 7 11 3..Bridget Andrews (3)
FORM VERDICT
335-42 QUIDS IN Oliver Greenall 4 10 12..................Ross Turner (7) T
Ballydine brings the best form to the table, based on his second-placed 5
6
1332F6
IOLANI Mrs D Sayer 5 10 9....................................C McCormack (3)
finish to Barters Hill in a Grade 2 novice hurdle, but the 607-day break
862/PP ANIKNAM P Kirby 7 10 1.................................................................A Nicol H
is an obvious concern. Rolling Dylan won a handicap off a mark of 7
132 last time out but the 5lb penalty he has to carry today leaves him BETTING: 15-8 Tawseef, 3-1 Clan Legend, 6-1 One For Harry, 7-1 Quids In,
vulnerable. With that in mind, the preference is for SAINTE LADYLIME, 8-1 Its’afreebee, 10-1 Iolani, 12-1 Aniknam.
who also has to carry a penalty but being a mare, she still gets weight
FORM VERDICT
from her rivals this afternoon. The six-year-old beat a talented rival
ONE FOR HARRY looked in need of the run at Carlisle on his
last time out and she has an obvious chance today.
reappearance four weeks ago and is fancied to bounce back to
NORTHERN RACING CLUB HANDICAP CHASE (CLASS 4) form despite the burden of carrying top weight. The nine-year-old’s
Kelso second to the classy Cyrus Darius back in February rates as
£10,000 added 2m 7f
particularly strong form, and perhaps Ryan Day’s 3lb claim will prove
1
2658-F GRANVILLE ISLAND (C) Jennie Candlish 10 12 0...S Quinlan crucial here. Clan Legend is respected bidding to make it three wins
2
-026P6 WEST WIZARD Mrs S Leech 8 12 0..................T Scudamore T from his last four outings, while Tawseef was an easy winner over
3
1249-F BACK TO THE THATCH (D) H Daly 5 11 12.............. R Johnson further last time but has gone up 10lb for that emphatic display.
4
453-U7 MORNEY WING (C) C Mann 8 11 9.................. H Bannister B,T
5
B33-62 JUST GEORGIE Mrs S Smith 7 11 2...........................................D Cook
6
P2P22- WHISKEY CHASER (D) D McCain 9 11 1.....Will Kennedy C
32RED.COM FILLIES’ HANDICAP (CLASS 3) £11,500
7
273-45 SHARNEY SIKE (D) W Coltherd 11 10 11.....Sam Coltherd (5)
8
13/P1- PURPLE HARRY (D) Miss T Jackson 9 10 3.....................A Nicol
added 7f
BETTING: 3-1 Just Georgie, 9-2 Whiskey Chaser, 5-1 Purple Harry, 6-1
1 602040 CLEAR WATER (D) M Wigham 4 9 7..........................D Probert 3
Morney Wing, Back To The Thatch, 7-1 Granville Island, 12-1 others.
2
045433 SUMMER ICON (CD)(BF) M Channon 4 9 5.....P Bradley (5) 9
FORM VERDICT
3 654846 YEAH BABY YEAH (D) Miss G Kelleway 4 9 2...M Dwyer 8
710891 FAVOURITE ROYAL (C)(D) Eve J-Houghton 3 9 2 .......................
JUST GEORGIE came in for solid support on his return to chasing when 4
................................................................................................................................C Bishop V 2
second at Bangor last time out and was unlucky behind a well-treated
143684 TURANGA LEELA (C) I Williams 3 8 13.............J Crowley V 4
animal. He looks well worth a go over this extra distance and could 5
take advantage of a winnable opening. Purple Harry did it well at Kelso 6 411495 VEENA D M Simcock 4 8 11.....................................................L Morris 1
-30421 TEMERAIRE (C) H Palmer 3 8 10...........Josephine Gordon 6
when last seen in May but looks likely to be using this to prepare for the 7
422 DOMITILLA (BF) M Botti 3 8 8.............................T Marquand H 5
Eider Chase at Newcastle early next year, while the consistent Whiskey 8
9
171414 OCEAN TEMPTRESS (C)(D) J Ryan 3 8 6.... J Osborn (7) V 7
Chaser isn’t easy to win with but should be thereabouts.
BETTING: 9-4 Temeraire, 4-1 Domitilla, 5-1 Summer Icon, 6-1 Favourite
WATCH RACING UK IN STUNNING HD NOVICES’
Royal, 8-1 Turanga Leela, 12-1 Clear Water, Veena, 16-1 others.
3.30
2.25
LINGFIELD
12.10
3.00
HURDLE (CLASS 3) £9,000 added 2m 3f
1
455-4 DUKE DEBARRY N Henderson 6 10 12.. Nico De Boinville
2
22155- FREDDIES PORTRAIT (BF) D McCain 8 10 12..... W Kennedy T
3 4PP-32 GRAYSTOWN W Coltherd 5 10 12.................Sam Coltherd (5)
4
57F1-2 RAVENSDALE N Twiston-Davies 5 10 12........................D Jacob
5
R71-3 SPIDER’S BITE H Daly 5 10 12.............................................. R Johnson
BETTING: 7-4 Duke Debarry, 3-1 Spider’s Bite, 7-2 Ravensdale, 5-1
Graystown, 8-1 Freddies Portrait.
FORM VERDICT
TEMERAIRE romped home by just over four lengths in a 6f maiden
here when last sighted and is expected to give a good account of herself
now stepped back up in trip and returning to handicap company on a
mark of 76. Favourite Royal drops back in trip after scoring over 1m
here 11 days ago and has place claims following a 3lb rise in the ratings.
Another capable of playing a minor role may be Marco Botti’s handicap
debutant Domitilla, who is fitted with a first-time hood.
1.10
Leafy Lingfield is a quaint place
to resume for such a big-time operator, a bit like Tiger Woods choosing
your monthly medal for a comeback. But, as with Woods, we can’t
be certain what to expect from
Toast Of New York.
Something resembling his old
self, bossing inferior rivals? Or feeling old wounds and older bones, fit
only for an amble around at the back
of the field?
It is more likely to be something in
between. Osborne is optimistic that
enough of the old spark remains for
BETWAY CONDITIONS STAKES (CLASS 2) £19,000
added 1m 2f
1
847986 MR SCARAMANGA (C) S Dow 3 9 5...................................A Kirby 1
2 314083 EVERY CHANCE J Osborne 4 9 4................................Emma Taff 3
3
027164 PETITE JACK (CD) Archie Watson 4 9 4 ..............L Morris B 2
4
11622/ TOAST OF NEW YORK (D) J Osborne 6 9 4......L Dettori H 5
5
13-20 INTERN D M Simcock 3 9 2..............................................Fran Berry 4
BETTING: 13-8 Toast Of New York, 3-1 Intern, 7-2 Petite Jack, 4-1 Mr
Scaramanga, 20-1 Every Chance.
FORM VERDICT
All eyes will be on TOAST OF NEW YORK, who has been brought out of
retirement and put back in training with Jamie Osborne. The 2014 UAE
Derby winner has been absent since finishing second to Bayern in the
2014 Breeders’ Cup Classic at Santa Anita, he was bought by current
connections after that near-miss and was originally sent to stud after
he suffered a tendon injury. A market check is strongly advised to
ascertain the level of confidence behind his chances. Petite Jack is
fitted with first-time blinkers here but is unlikely to get the strong pace
to chase that he craves. Intern has been absent since finishing down the
field at Ascot in the summer, so perhaps the main danger may be 102rated three-year-old Mr Scaramanga, who has the assistance of course
specialist Adam Kirby in the saddle.
LUDLOW
1.30
ALFA AGGREGATES PRODUCTS MARES’ HANDICAP
HURDLE (CLASS 2) £20,000 added 2m
1
21220- MIDNIGHT JAZZ (D) B Case 7 11 12...................... Kielan Woods
2
1F2-2P GIVEAWAY GLANCE (D) A King 4 11 0.............W Hutchinson
3
535-F3 LATE NIGHT LILY (D) D Skelton 6 10 13......................H Skelton
4
10-211 MARIA’S BENEFIT (D) S Edmunds 5 10 13.......C Gethings (3)
5
5F21-6 CANOODLE (D) H Morrison 5 10 1 ........................... D Crosse B,H
6
23-383 MIDTECH VALENTINE (CD) I Williams 6 10 0T J O’Brien C
BETTING: 15-8 Maria’s Benefit, 3-1 Midnight Jazz, 4-1 Late Night Lily,
11-2 Giveaway Glance, 10-1 Midtech Valentine, Canoodle.
FORM VERDICT
NEXT BEST
Ballydine
(1.20pm, Haydock)
Smart, staying hurdler returning
after long break; may prove too
classy for those on chase debut.
EACH-WAY
According To Harry
(2.05pm, Ludlow)
Could be a surprise packet. Likes
the track and goes well fresh.
him to compete again at a high level,
although we surely can’t expect him
to be quite the horse he was.
Wearing a hood and with Frankie
Dettori in the saddle, a workmanlike
winning return is the best we can
hope for.
He is back, but he is back to basics.
Anything more is another long shot.
8
9
10
P9-211 AUDACIOUS PLAN Dr R Newland 8 11 9...............B Hughes C
121-85 ACCORDING TO HARRY (C) Nicky Martin 8 11 7 ... M Griffiths
25-5PF CAULFIELDS VENTURE Miss E Lavelle 11 11 6.............................
...........................................................................................................................N Scholfield V
11 140-55 CRYSTAL LAD G L Moore 5 11 5.................................Jamie Moore
12 12-241 BETTER DAYS N Twiston-Davies 6 11 0.......Mr Z Baker (5)
BETTING: 3-1 Audacious Plan, 6-1 Better Days, 7-1 Dueling Banjos, 8-1
Crystal Lad, 10-1 Moss On The Mill, Relentless Dreamer, 12-1 Mont
Royale, According To Harry, Still Believing, Wicked Willy, 14-1 others.
FORM VERDICT
DUELING BANJOS was far from disgraced when running well in
a fiercely competitive Cheltenham handicap last month and he
remains a progressive young chaser. Another who appears to be
on the upgrade is Audacious Plan, winner of his last two starts
and only up 5lb for his recent Sedgefield success in the Durham
National. Kempton scorer Better Days and Moss On The Mill are
others worth considering.
2.35
ROWLES FINE ART NOVICES’ CHASE (CLASS 3) £15,000
added 3m
1
0-131P MR MIX P Nicholls 6 11 8.........................................Bryony Frost (5)
2
101-P0 GAYEBURY (D) E Williams 7 10 12.......................................A Wedge
3
-52322 RESOLUTION BAY (BF) P Hobbs 5 10 12.................T J O’Brien
4
5P3/3P WESTERN CLIMATE T H Weston 8 10 12.......................C Poste
BETTING: 6-4 Gayebury, 2-1 Mr Mix, 9-4 Resolution Bay, 20-1 Western
Climate.
FORM VERDICT
MR MIX pulled-up in the Badger Ales Trophy when last sighted but
is competing in calmer waters here. He makes strong appeal on his
previous victory at Wincanton and is expected to give a good account
on these terms under highly promising conditional Bryony Frost.
Resolution Bay has performed with credit in defeat at Plumpton and
Taunton since switching to fences though Gayebury, a Listed winner
over hurdles, is feared most.
NEWCASTLE
MIDNIGHT JAZZ was very highly tried last year and ran Vroum Vroum
Mag very close in Grade Two company at Doncaster back in January.
She drops in class for today’s reappearance and should be able to
BETWAY CASINO HANDICAP (CLASS 4) £7,500 added
concede weight to these inferior rivals, with Maria’s Benefit the only
1m 4f
one to fear. The latter comes into this chasing the hat-trick following
5424-7 MUSTAAQEEM R Fahey 5 9 8 ........................................... J Garritty 6
wins at Newton Abbot and Sandown and she is certainly on the 1
2
221823 ROYAL RESERVE (D)(BF) D O’Meara 4 9 7..................S Gray 4
upgrade. Late Night Lily rates best of the rest.
3
228440 GALLIFREY Mrs L Wadham 3 9 0......................R Kingscote B 5
CORRIE CUP HANDICAP CHASE (CLASS 3) £18,000
4
30-430 ALWAYS RESOLUTE (D) B Ellison 6 8 13............B A Curtis 9
added 3m 2f
5
31-861 WISHING WELL M Hammond 5 8 10 .............P J McDonald 7
1
212-28 DUELING BANJOS (BF) K Bailey 7 11 12.....................D Bass C,T 6 071764 ZABEEL STAR (D) K McLintock 5 8 10............................T Eaves 1
/75070 BELLE DE LAWERS J Bethell 6 8 7...................Hollie Doyle C 2
2
58716- MOSS ON THE MILL (CD) T R George 9 11 12....C Gethings (3) C 7
8
542200
HENPECKED A Whillans 7 8 7.......................................Joe Doyle C 3
3
-2P117 STILL BELIEVING (CD) E Williams 9 11 11....M Bastyan (5)
4
7P8-6P RELENTLESS DREAMER Miss R Curtis 8 11 11...A Wedge C,T 9 256047 X RATED M Johnston 3 8 6 .....................................................A Mullen 8
5
1P-370 ABRACADABRA SIVOLA D Pipe 7 11 11.......... D G Noonan B BETTING: 7-2 Wishing Well, 4-1 Mustaaqeem, 5-1 Zabeel Star, 6-1 Royal
6
333-1P WICKED WILLY N Twiston-Davies 6 11 11......J Bargary (3) Reserve, Gallifrey, 7-1 X Rated, 8-1 Always Resolute, 25-1 Henpecked,
7
56624P MONT ROYALE Jonjo O’Neill 9 11 10......................A Coleman C Belle De Lawers.
3.25
2.05
Results service
LINGFIELD
Going: Soft-good to soft in places; aw: standard
1.00 (2m nh flat): ORIENTAL CROSS (T Scudamore
11-4) 1; Another Crick (12-1) 2; Ar Mest (5-4F) 3. 7 ran.
1l, 1/2l. (P Chamings). NR: Personal Coach.
1.30 (2m nov hdle): KALAHARI QUEEN (G Sheehan
10-1) 1; Sunday In The Park (40-1) 2; Multigifted (5-1)
3. Glorvina 5-2F. 9 ran. 41/2l, 3/4l. (J Snowden).
2.00 (2m7f110yds h’cap nov ch): CAP HORNER (A
Thornton 25-1) 1; Ben Arthur (7-1) 2; For Carmel (103F) 3. 9 ran. 9l, 16l. (J W Mullins).
2.30 (2m h’cap hdle): CLAYTON (Joshua Moore 7-2)
1; Sea Wall (11-8F) 2; Sleepy Haven (8-1) 3. 5 ran. shd,
4l. (G L Moore).
3.00 (2m4f h’cap ch): GRAND VISION (H Cobden
9-4F) 1; Cloudy Beach (7-2) 2; Wings Of Smoke (12-1)
3. 7 ran. 11/4l, 1/2l. (C Tizzard).
3.30 (2m3f110yds h’cap hdle): THE GAME IS A FOOT
(James Bowen 11-4F) 1; Guards Chapel (28-1) 2;
Hadfield (3-1) 3. 9 ran. 11/4l, 3l. (Miss Z Davison). NR:
Hit The Headlines.
Placepot: £173.10. Quadpot: £10.00.
SOUTHWELL Going: Good
12.20 (2m7f209yds h’cap ch): CORNER CREEK (R
T Dunne 9-2) 1; Ronnie Lawson (2-1F) 2; French
Seventyfive (10-3) 3. 6 ran. 3/4l, 6l. (M Scudamore). NR:
Boyfromnowhere.
12.50 (1m7f153yds h’cap nov ch): NIGHTFLY (J J
Burke 20-1) 1; Bad Boy Du Pouldu (7-1) 2; Get Rhythm
(11-4JF) 3. Eyesopenwideawake 11-4JF. 7 ran. 31/2l, 7l.
(C Longsdon).
1.20 (2m7f209yds nov hdle): STATION MASTER
(D Bass 7-2) 1; Aloomomo (9-4) 2; Plus One (14-1) 3.
Follow The Bear 11-10F. 5 ran. 4l, 8l. (K Bailey).
1.50 (2m7f209yds h’cap hdle): RED RISING (H Skelton
9-4F) 1; Raz De Maree (15-2) 2; Tara View (14-1) 3. 13
ran. 9l, 23/4l. (D Skelton).
2.20 (1m7f153yds mdn hdle): MAHLERVOUS (R
Johnson 12-1) 1; Ashkoul (6-1) 2; First Du Charmil (141) 3. Copper West 7-4F. 14 ran. 11/4l, 31/2l. (W Greatrex).
2.50 (2m4f62yds h’cap hdle): RIF RAFTOU (R T Dunne
9-2) 1; Yasir (15-2) 2; Scartare (8-1) 3. Sauvignon 4-1F.
11 ran. 2l, 11l. (S Drinkwater). NR: Dougalstar.
3.20 (1m7f153yds nh flat): TWO FOR GOLD (R Condon
10-1) 1; Rebel Commander (8-1) 2; Larkbarrow Lad
(20-1) 3. Doctor Dex 4-5F. 9 ran. 41/2l, 1/2l. (K Bailey).
Placepot: £485.50. Quadpot: £15.90.
WOLVERHAMPTON Going: Standard
12.40 1. PINK RIBBON (Finley Marsh) 13-2; 2. Berlusca
10-1; 3. Jack Of Diamonds 9-4 fav. 8 ran. 1/2l, shd. (S Kirk).
Tote: £3.40; £1.02, £4.30, £2.20. Exacta: £74.80. Tricast:
£192.60. Trifecta: £262.50. CSF: £70.45.
1.10 1. UNION ROSE (D Probert) 9-1; 2. Tilly Trotter
13-2; 2. Fast Track 10-3; 9 ran. 2-1 fav Landing Night
(5th). nk, dht. (R Harris).
Tote: £12.70; £3.00, Tilly Trotter £2.20, Fast Track £1.30.
Exacta: Union Rose, Tilly Trotter £38.00, Union Rose,
Fast Track £24.50. Tricast: Union Rose, Tilly Trotter,
Fast Track £119.04, Union Rose, Fast Track, Tilly Trotter £106.56. Trifecta: Union Rose, Tilly Trotter, Fast
Track £161.80, Union Rose, Fast Track, Tilly Trotter
£166.60. CSF: Union Rose, Tilly Trotter £33.27, Union
Rose, Fast Track £19.70. NR: Always Amazing.
1.40 1. AMERICAN ENDEAVOUR (D Muscutt) 7-2; 2.
Lady Noorah 40-1; 3. Bath And Tennis 7-4 fav. 11 ran.
nk, 2l. (M Botti). Tote: £5.50; £1.50, £3.80, £1.10. Exacta:
£89.30. Trifecta: £378.50. CSF: £137.97.
2.10 1. POINT HOPE (T Marquand) 9-4 jt-fav; 2. Allante
12-1; 3. Lady Of Authority 200-1. 11 ran. 9-4 jt-fav Catoca (8th). nk, 13/4l. (R Hannon). Tote: £2.90; £1.40, £4.00,
£13.50. Exacta: £34.00. Trifecta: £2235.20. CSF: £30.79.
2.40 1. CAPTAIN NAVARRE (S W Kelly) 13-8 fav; 2.
Lost The Moon 50-1; 3. Start Seven 12-1. 9 ran. 11/2l,
nk. (C Fellowes).
Tote: £2.70; £1.10, £8.60, £3.40. Exacta: £124.20. Tricast: £756.25. Trifecta: £2020.80. CSF: £106.72. NR:
Royal Reserve.
3.10 1. TATLISU (Sebastien Woods) 7-1; 2. Unforgiving
Minute 9-4; 3. Miracle Garden 13-8 fav. 10 ran. nk, 21/4l.
(R Fahey). Tote: £7.60; £1.50, £1.40, £1.70. Exacta: £28.20.
Trifecta: £71.30. CSF: £22.61.
3.40 1. BIG BAD LOL (R Kingscote) 7-4 fav; 2. Shamlan 33-1; 3. Ixelles Diamond 22-1. 12 ran. 1/2l, 21/2l. (Ed
Walker). Tote: £2.40; £4.40, £1.30, £9.00. Exacta: £68.30.
Tricast: £986.11. Trifecta: £1842.10. CSF: £79.88. NR:
Critical Thinking.
4.10 1. DIAMOND AVALANCHE (J Garritty) 12-1; 2.
Joys Delight 15-8; 3. Compton Brave 10-1. 8 ran. evens
fav My Brunette (7th). 11/2l, 6l. (Kristin Stubbs). Tote:
£14.80; £3.70, £1.10, £3.00. Exacta: £42.20. Trifecta:
£224.20. CSF: £34.33.
Jackpot: Not won, pool of £18,000.16 carried over to
Lingfield. Placepot: £110.10. Quadpot: £13.00.
Place 6: £35.73. Place 5: £17.02.
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RUGBY UNION
Bellew targets
Fury after Haye’s
May rematch
Fears Itoje
could be out
for months
By Jack de Menezes
“The Tyson Fury fight is a fight
that Tony Bellew would be absolutely
Tony Bellew is “definitely up” for up for,” Coldwell said.
fighting Tyson Fury in a heavyweight
Fury would carry a significant
showdown after he has taken care weight and height advantage into a
of David Haye for a second time, his fight with Bellew. And Coldwell contrainer David Coldwell said.
ceded that Bellew would need a full
Promoter Eddie Hearn confirmed training camp were he to take on the
yesterday that the postchallenge.
poned rematch between
“If you’re fighting Fury,
You need
Bellew and Haye will now
you need the right amount
to prepare
take place on 5 May.
of preparation,” he said.
“I now have a very clear fully for a guy “You need to prepare fully
plan for 2018 and that is that size, with for a guy that size, with that
to knock out David Haye that sort of
sort of style, who is comfortand then knock out Tyson style, who is
able boxing southpaw and
‘Stavros Flatley’ Fury and
orthodox. You need all of the
at
ease
boxing
end both their careers,”
preparation you can get for
Bellew said. “But first southpaw and that sort of challenge.”
things first, I need to rid orthodox
But for the time being
the sport of David Haye on
Haye is at the forefront
5 May and I look forward to
of Bellew’s mind, with
doing this in what I believe will be an Coldwell revealing that his fighter is
explosive fight.”
eager to banish any lingering doubt
Coldwell said that a contest with that he got lucky in the first fight
Fury is one of the few potential fights earlier this year.
to truly excite Bellew, who was the
“Obviously he’s thinking about
WBC cruiserweight world champion the rematch with Haye because he
before he stepped up a weight class to desperately wants to put all of that to
take on Haye.
bed,” Coldwell said. THE INDEPENDENT
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Tony Bellew (right) will fight David Haye in a rematch on 5 May GETTY
Bellew stopped
Haye in the 11th
round of a thrilling fight
at London’s O2 Arena in
March. Haye suffered an
Achilles injury in the sixth
round but carried on for
the rest of the fight with a
heavily strapped ankle.
Maro Itoje is a doubt for the
start of the Six Nations after it
was confirmed that he suffered
a broken jaw in Sunday’s 20-19
defeat by Harlequins.
The Saracens and England
lock was taken off after a
collision with England teammate Mike Brown. It is not
yet known if he will require
surgery but Saracens say Itoje
will see a specialist this week
to determine when he can
return to action.
Anthony Watson suffered a
similar injury last year, which
kept him out for more than two
months, and a similar lay-off
would make Itoje a major
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CRICKET
Anderson and
Root central to
England’s attempt
at a Test miracle
AUSTRALIA
Anderson 5-43,
Woakes 4-36
ENGLAND
Root 67no
442-8d Adelaide scoreboard
& 138 Second Test, Adelaide (Day 4 of 5): England, with six
second-innings wickets in hand, require 178 runs to
Australia
227 & beat
England won toss
— First innings 442-8 dec (Marsh 126no,
176-4 AUSTRALIA
Paine 57, Khawaja 53)
By Jonathan Liew
AT THE ADELAIDE OVAL
Through short, sharp intakes of
breath, we watched. With cold,
sweaty palms and thudding hearts,
we watched. Whether English or
Australian or none of the above,
we watched. As England slowly
accumulated, as the miracle hovered
tantalisingly into view, you could
scarcely do anything else.
Sometimes, Test cricket really is
the best thing out there.
The bare facts are that by the end
of day four, England needed 178 more
runs to win this match. They had six
wickets in hand and plenty of time.
The considered opinion was that
they remained second favourites by
a distance, even if you disregarded
the weight of history.
Three years ago on this very same
ground, India were 242 for two chasing 364. They lost comfortably, the
rug swept from under them by Nathan Lyon on a turning pitch. This pitch
is turning. England have to face Lyon,
who is arguably better now than he
was then. There was virtually no
margin for error. This is why the odds
were still stacked against England.
The counterpoint is that nobody
outside their dressing room gave
them the remotest hope of making
it even this far. England were 142
for seven on the third afternoon, 300
runs behind. They had been pummelled for seven sessions.
And so this was a Test that had,
after the first four days, subverted
the recent history of Ashes encounters, in which the first punch has
generally been decisive. First Chris
Woakes and Craig Overton with the
ENGLAND — First innings 227 (Lyon 4-60)
AUSTRALIA — Second innings 53-4
Second innings cont’d
Runs 6s 4s Bls Min
P S P Handscomb c Malan b Anderson 12 0 0 42 78
N M Lyon c Broad b Anderson
14 0 2 30 46
S E Marsh b Woakes
19 0 2 60 86
†T D Paine c Overton b Woakes
11 0 1 27 42
M A Starc c Ali b Anderson
20 1 1 25 42
P J Cummins not out
11 0 0 28 29
J R Hazlewood c Malan b Overton
3 0 0
7 16
Extras (lb2 w2)
4
Total (58 overs)
138
Fall: 1-5, 2-39, 3-41, 4-50, 5-71, 6-75, 7-90, 8-122, 9-128.
Bowling: J M Anderson 22-7-43-5, S C J Broad 13-6-260, C Overton 2-0-11-1, C R Woakes 16-3-36-4, M M Ali
5-0-20-0.
ENGLAND — Second innings
Runs 6s 4s Bls Min
16 0 2 66 84
A N Cook lbw b Lyon
M D Stoneman c Khawaja b Starc 36 0 6 65 102
15 0 1 39 55
J M Vince c Handscomb b Starc
67 0 9 114 163
*J E Root not out
29 0 4 80 113
D J Malan b Cummins
5 0 0
8
9
C R Woakes not out
Extras (b3 lb5)
8
Total (for 4, 62 overs)
176
Fall: 1-53, 2-54, 3-91, 4-169.
To Bat: M M Ali, †J M Bairstow, S C J Broad, C Overton,
J M Anderson.
Bowling: M A Starc 14-2-65-2, J R Hazlewood 14-5-37-0,
P J Cummins 14-5-29-1, N M Lyon 20-5-37-1.
Umpires: Aleem Dar and C B Gaffaney.
bat, and then Woakes and James
Anderson with the ball, and then Joe
Root with the bat, hauled England
out of a seemingly irredeemable up. Australia’s gameplan of batting
predicament. For the first time in until dinner and setting England
over 400 under lights was
the series, Australia were
in tatters. England were set
the ones wasting reviews,
This was
354, and got to begin their
dropping catches, looking
chase in the benign middle
like a team on the run.
a Test that
session.
Anderson, bowling un- had, after
Slowly the mood of the
changed for the first hour the first four
of the day, claiming his
match was beginning to
shift. Mark Stoneman
first ever five-wicket haul days’ play,
on Australian soil, was subverted the offered some early impetus,
the catalyst. First Lyon recent history taking Mitchell Starc for
15 in an over. Alastair Cook
offered a simple catch to of Ashes
Stuart Broad at mid-off. encounters
earned an early reprieve
when trapped on the crease
Peter Handscomb went
by Josh Hazlewood, first
next, offering a sharp
catch to Dawid Malan at third slip.
from umpire Chris Gaffaney, and
Woakes chipped in with the wick- then by Steve Smith, who turned
ets of Tim Paine and Shaun Marsh, down a review that would have seen
before Anderson returned to mop Cook given out.
James Anderson drops a chance to catch Mitchell Starc off his own bowling, takes the
And so after just nine overs, with
England 36 without loss, up strutted
Lyon to bowl a mesmerising spell,
the ball spitting off the pitch like hot
fat in a frying pan. Cook was soon
cast adrift: lbw on review.
Stoneman went soon after,
fencing at a shorter one from Starc
and getting caught in the gully. And
as the lights came on, the dismissal
of James Vince, slashing at a wide
half-volley, offered the first hint of
the swing available, as well as a very
strong hint that Vince has catfood
for brains. There is a time for the
cover drive, but if you are going to
take it on against a pink ball under
lights, then you had better middle it.
Root, meanwhile, was riding his
luck. He was given out lbw to Lyon,
only for him to successfully review. A
shout for caught behind off Pat Cummins went unheeded. And when
Smith unsuccessfully challenged
an lbw decision against Malan, Australia had lost both their reviews in
three balls.
But there was to be a final twist.
Twelve minutes remained in the day
when Cummins weaved the ball past
Malan’s inside edge. Clean bowled.
Woakes, in as nightwatchman,
survived the late surge. And so England were still in it, still there, after
one of the most fascinating days of
Test cricket. The tension has been
almost unbearable at times, and yet
on a fateful fifth day, it promises only
to intensify. You’ll watch. We’ll all
watch. THE INDEPENDENT
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DOPING
Cameron Bancroft
tries to stop a shot
from England
captain Joe Root at
the Adelaide Oval
yesterday GETTY
Mutko’s Olympic life ban increases
pressure on Fifa to act on World Cup
of state involvement in the doping
scheme, said there was “evidence,
penalty, and instead allowed Rus- witness statements and correspondsians to participate as neutral ence” to back his findings.
athletes.
“The results are not based only on
For Russians to be allowed to [whistleblower] Grigory Rodchenkcompete at Pyeongchang, they must ov’s testimony,” Schmid said. “The
show a spotless record on drug test- facts are that in Russia there was
ing. They will also have to undergo all systemic manipulation of doping
tests recommended by a preand the anti-doping system,”
Games task force.
he added.
Organisers of the
The ruling by the
Pyeongchang Winter
organisation came
Games said in a stateafter the World Antiment that they “acDoping Agency last
Number
of
medals
cept and respect the
month refused to rethat
have
been
decisions of the IOC
certify the country’s
stripped from
Executive Board that
anti-doping
agency
Russian athletes
Russia may compete
based
in Moscow
competing at Sochi
under a neutral flag,”
because it continued
2014
and would work to acto deny the existence
commodate the team.
of a state-backed drugs
Mutko’s ban increases the presprogramme.
sure on Fifa to take action after the
The suspended Russian Olympic
president of football’s governing Commitee held a news conference
body, Gianni Infantino, said at last at its hotel in Lausanne shortly
week’s draw for the World Cup that after the announcement, but access
any IOC actions would have “no ef- was limited to Russian media outfect” on the World Cup.
lets. A Russian Ministry of Sport
Samuel Schmid, a former presi- spokesperson was not available for
dent of Switzerland and the author comment.
of the report looking into the extent
Speaking before the IOC board’s
From back page
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Ashes briefing: day four
The architects of England’s improvements have been Chris Woakes and
Craig Overton with the bat and then
James Anderson and Woakes again
with the ball.
Anderson recorded his first fivewicket haul in Australia, while Woakes
finished with four for 36, as the hosts
mustered only a top individual score
of 20 after Steve Smith chose not to
enforce the follow-on the previous
evening.
Has Steve Smith done a ‘Dudley’?
Only one Test captain has ever lost
a match after deciding against the
follow-on. South Africa’s Dudley
Nourse was the culprit, back in 1950
at Durban... against Australia.
Shot of the day
Dawid Malan’s swivelled pull off
Mitchell Starc, perfectly placed for
four between deep backward square
and long leg, took England past 150
and earned a glove punch from Root.
9
Stat of the day
for 79. Anderson and Woakes’
combined figures in Australia’s
second innings. A brilliant effort.
Tweet of the day
Root controlling the headlines after
this Test. He bats & wins, Smith gets
it. If he doesn’t, he gets it! Who wants
it more? #BattleOfTheSkippers
#Ashes - Kevin Pietersen’s pithy
synopsis.
Vitaly Mutko has been banned from
the Olympics for life
announcement, though, Russian officials appeared to quietly accept that
any decision where some of its athletes could compete at Pyeongchang
would be a positive outcome.
The intrigue between Russia and
the IOC reached new heights before
the decision, with Olympic chiefs
under immense pressure to punish
Russia, who complained the continued bans were part of a plot to damage the country.
The IOC executive board were
keen to avoid a repeat of events
before the 2016 Rio Gameswhen
the decisions on eligibility were left
to the athletes’ respective sports
federations.
That meant a patchwork of sanctions against Russia, with some
sports such as cycling, rowing and
athletics imposing total suspensions, while others such as swimming, allowed athletes to compete
if they could prove they were clean.
Over the course of a full day of proceedings, senior officials heard the
findings of its two internal probes,
the Oswald Commission, investigating individual doping violations, and
the Schmidt Commission, looking at
state involvement.
It is understood the report given
by the Oswald Commission, which
called the former director of the
Moscow laboratory Grigory Rodchenkov a “credible witness”, hardened attitudes among members that
strong action was needed.
The commission ultimately
found samples taken in Sochi were
swapped for pre-prepared clean
urine in Moscow, exactly as described by Rodchenkov.
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Webster
spends life
savings on
failed appeal
Yorkshire a
crowd-pleaser
for Cavendish
By Matt Butler
British weightlifter Sonny Webster
has admitted defeat in his attempt
to appeal against a four-year doping
ban – having spent his life savings on
trying to clear his name.
Webster, who competed for Great
Britain at the 2016 Rio Olympics in
the under-94kg division, tested posi- Sonny Webster represented Britain at the 2016 Olympics GETTY IMAGES
tive for ostarine in an out-of-competition test four months ago. Ostarine
“I have spent my life savings in my ban reduction. I was never going to
is a substance used to treat osteopro- attempt to prove my innocence and admit to something that I had not
rosis and muscle wastage but it also to find out how ostarine came to be in done intentionally regardless of the
produces effects similar to anabolic my sample.
consequences.”
steroids.
“The money was spent on
Webster added that the drug testWebster, 23, twice relawyers, analysis of samples ers arrived at his house outside the
I was
jected offers to halve his
and supplements and on allotted hour he had told Ukad in
suspension by pleading twice offered
the legal team who did all order to fulfil his whereabouts reguilty. He insists he doesn’t to admit to
they could to establish the sponsibilities, so he was under no
know how the drug got into knowingly
source.
obligation to answer the door.
his system.
“While this has been a
He added: “Had I not answered the
taking
He added that a UK
strain financially, I knew door then there would not have been
ostarine
in
Anti-doping analyst told
that I had to do all that I any consequences. As I had nothing
him that the amount found exchange for
could in order to attempt to to hide, I was happy to welcome the
– four nanograms per mil- a reduction in prove my innocence.
testers into my home and perform
lilitre – made it close to my ban
“If I had known the my drugs test as I always have been.”
impossible to discover the
source of the ostarine, I
British Weightlifting offered little
source of the substance.
would never have spent so sympathy. Chief executive Ashley
In a lengthy post on Facebook, much money in trying to pinpoint Metcalfe said in a statement: “This
suspension demonstrates that there
Webster said: “I was in complete where it came from.
shock when I found out and I still do
“I was offered on two occasions is no place to hide for lifters who have
not know how this substance came to to admit to knowingly taking os- been found to have taken a prohibited
be in my system.
tarine in exchange for a 50-per-cent substance.”
By Ian Parker
Mark Cavendish revealed the
combination of bumper crowds
and stunning scenery made him
want to ride next year’s Tour de
Yorkshire after he appeared at the
route announcement in Halifax.
The 32-year-old from the Isle of
Man was on hand to hear details
of the expanded race, which will
grow by one day to four
for the men and two
stages for the
women when it
takes place in
May.
Cavendish (right) will
have an eye
on the opening
stage from Beverley to Doncaster, and
stage three from Richmond
to Scarborough, both of which
promise to end in sprint finishes.
“Look at this,” Cavendish said
as he was mobbed by fans at Halifax’s Piece Hall.
“This is the race presentation,
it’s not even the race and there’s a
bigger crowd than we get for some
races in Europe.
“I’ve ridden here a lot. Yorkshire is a beautiful place. It’s not
that big in terms of what we do
in cycling so I know most of the
roads and I really like them.”
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WALES
We will not sign
English coach,
says FAW chief
By Phil Blanche
The Welsh FA have ruled out an
Englishman becoming the next
Wales manager.
They hope to appoint Chris
Coleman’s successor before
the draw for the Uefa Nations
League on 24 January and
FAW chief executive Jonathan
Ford told BBC Wales: “We have
always favoured Welsh people
because arguably the passion
is there. Welsh most definitely,
foreign possibly, but definitely
not English.”
Former Wales
striker Craig
Bellamy (left)
is the bookies’
favourite but
Coleman’s
assistant
Osian Roberts
and John
Hartson have
expressed an
interest.
Ryan Giggs and Newportborn Tony Pulis have also been
linked with the post.
The last Englishman to
manage Wales was Bobby
Gould from 1995 to 1999,
with four Welsh managers,
excluding caretakers, since.
Ford added: “We have the
draw for the European Nations
League at the end of January so
it would be lovely to take a new
manager across to that draw, so
that gives you the first sort of
deadline we are working to.
“Understandably a lot of
people have expressed interest.
These kinds of jobs advertise
themselves.”
SPAIN
Zidane urges
Real fans to
keep believing
By Sports Staff
Zinedine Zidane has urged Real
Madrid fans to keep the faith, with
his European champions coming
under increasing pressure to find
their sparkle.
Real complete their Champions
League group stage at home to
Borussia Dortmund tonight with
qualification for the last 16 of the
competition secure. But they have
had to settle for the runners-up
spot behind Group H winners Tottenham and are eight points behind leaders Barcelona in La Liga.
But manager Zidane said: “I
see things that other people don’t.
I’d urge Madridismo not to forget
what this team has achieved. Others, people who are nothing to do
with Real Madrid, they can have
their opinions.
“Hard work is the only way to
get out of this situation in La Liga.”
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GROUP F
CHAMPIONS LEAGUE: GROUP E
Klopp admits ‘it’s all
or nothing’ as Reds
seek to finish job
By Mark Critchley
Jürgen Klopp said his Liverpool side
face an “all or nothing” night as they
seek to reach the Champions League
knock-out stages for the first time in
nine years.
Liverpool sit top of Group E ahead
of their final game against Spartak
Moscow at Anfield tonight, yet still
need to avoid defeat to progress.
Klopp’s side could have qualified at
Sevilla two weeks ago, but contrived
to surrender a 3-0 lead and draw 3-3.
Guido Pizarro’s stoppage-time equaliser that night means that Spartak
can match Liverpool with a win.
That would be enough for
Spartak to leapfrog Liverpool thanks to a superior
head-to-head record,
with the two sides drawing 1-1 in Moscow. Provided Sevilla beat NK
Maribor, Liverpool would
be eliminated with defeat.
Klopp (right) knows there is
little room for error in a tight group
and wants to see his players finally
finish the job.
“A proper ‘final’. All or nothing,”
he said. “We know about the situation. They know about the situation.
It is Champions League. It is always
important but the last game of the
group stage is most important if you
have to play for something, which we
obviously have.
“You only play the group stage as
Group E details
Liverpool
Sevilla
Spar Moscow
NK Maribor
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5
5
5
5
W
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1
0
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2
3
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0 16 6 9
1 11 11 8
1 1 1 6
3 1 15 1
Liverpool to come through to the last
16. We all know if we do then we have
a chance to reach the next round, but
first we have to make it.
“It is a tight group. We had some
influence on that. We played good
games and had good results but not
enough points to go through already. Now we have to finish
the job.”
Klopp has seen his
players go eight matches
unbeaten in all competitions and enjoyed
Saturday’s emphatic 5-1
victory at Brighton and
Hove Albion.
A repeat show against Spartak would not go amiss, but Klopp is
focusing on challenges ahead.
“Form is always the last game. We
have to show up again and do all that
stuff again,” he said.
“There is pressure. We cannot
ignore it. We had it against Middlesbrough [to secure a top-four place on
the final day of last season] and Hoffenheim [in the play-off round]. We
did it quite well so far and have to do
it again.” THE INDEPENDENT
GROUP H
Off-form Alli
leads reserves
as Pochettino
rests his stars
By Tom Allnut
Harry Kane is among five
players rested against APOEL
tonight but Dele Alli will start,
says Tottenham manager
Mauricio Pochettino.
Along with Kane, Christian
Eriksen, Eric Dier, Kieran
Trippier and Hugo Lloris were
absent from training yesterday,
with Pochettino confirming only
those involved at Hotspur Way are
in contention.
Spurs have already secured first
place in Group H so players such
as Fernando Llorente, GeorgesKevin Nkoudou and Juan Foyth
are expected play against the
Cypriot side at Wembley. Academy
graduates striker Kazaiah
Sterling, 19, and midfielder Luke
Amos, 20, are also in the squad.
Alli (left), who was suspended
for the first three group games,
will play as the midfielder bids
to regain form and confidence. “I
Arsenal demand
£50m for Sanchez
with Pep anxious
not to miss again
By Miguel Delaney
AND Andy Hampson
A wrapped up Dele Alli training with
Tottenham ahead of the APOEL game
think I am my own biggest critic,”
he said.
“Every time I know when I’m
not playing well and if it’s not
going well for me, it’s important
that I keep working hard and
trying every day to learn and
improve.
“Obviously, I would like to be at
my highest level in every single
game and every training session
but I don’t think that’s possible.
“So I think it’s been a good
opportunity for me to learn more
about myself as a player and as a
person, so I’m looking forward to
it and I’ve got to keep enjoying it.”
Manchester City will return with a
big offer for Arsenal’s Alexis Sanchez
next month in an attempt to clinch
the deal that Pep Guardiola was
desperate for in the summer.
While City have been in supreme
attacking form, despite the failure to
land the Chilean on deadline day in
September, the City manager wants
to strengthen his squad as he looks
to win the Champions League and
Premier League.
Arsenal manager Arsène Wenger’s
position is still that Arsenal do not
want to sell, despite 28-year-old
Sanchez’s contract running out at the
end of the season.
However, the London club ultimately agreed to sell the striker last
summer provided that they would be
able to bring in a replacement.
The two clubs finally agreed a deal
on summer transfer deadline day,
only for Arsenal to pull out when
Group F table
Man City
Sh Donetsk
Napoli
Feyenoord
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5
5
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0
0
0
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2
3
5
F A Pts
13 3 15
7 8
9
10 9
6
3 13
0
negotiations for a possible replacement in Monaco’s Thomas Lemar
broke down.
The same view is understood to
prevail now, although Arsenal would
still not let Sanchez go cheaply and
would want at least £50m to do a deal.
City are aware they will have to
come in with a big offer, if only to
avoid the situation going to the wire
in the way it did in September, and
are prepared to do so even though
the player will be available on a free
in the summer.
Guardiola, meanwhile, has denied Manchester City offered
Lionel Messi a €100m (£88m) signing bonus as part of a huge Bosman
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CHAMPIONS LEAGUE GROUP B
Celtic stumble into Europa
League after own-goal
CELTIC
ANDERLECHT
Simunovic og 62
0
Gordon
1
By Stephen Halliday
Lustig
AT CELTIC PARK
Ederson makes a
save in training
as City prepare
for tonight’s clash
with Shakhtar PA
deal. Reports in Spanish sports winner. It was assumed this was
daily Marca claimed that City owner a precautionary measure but the
Sheikh Mansour bypassed in31-year-old midfielder, who
termediaries to make the
signed a contract extenoffer with a €50m salary.
sion last week, is also in
Messi extended his
danger of missing the
Barcelona contract, as
trip to Old Trafford.
he had always intendGuardiola was
Raheem
Sterling
is
ed to do, and Guardiasked for further
Manchester City’s
ola claimed yesterday
clarification
on the
top scorer in the
that reports of City’s
nature of Silva’s injury
Champions League
massive offer were
but was unwilling to
this season, with 4 of
“not true.”
elaborate.
their 13 goals.
“That was never going
Meanwhile City midto happen,” he added.
fielder Yaya Touré believes
Any such approach
City are currently playing
Wenger
would have been a breach of
the best football in Europe.
Fifa transfer rules because pulled out of
City are eight points
the Argentinian striker was a deal to sell
clear at the top of the
not in the final six months Sanchez on
Premier League and have
of his contract with the Nou
won all five of their Group F
deadline day
Camp club.
matches and are through to
Speaking before their when
the last 16 of the Champions
Champions League tie negotiations
League.
against Shakhtar Donetsk for Lemar
Touré, 34, said: “To be
in Ukraine tonight, Guar- broke down
honest, at the moment we
diola also revealed that
are very good. I think we
David Silva is doubtful for
practise the best football in
Manchester City’s derby
Europe at the moment.
clash with Manchester
“When you see the
United on Sunday after
team playing you are
suffering a knock last
sure we are going to
weekend.
score goals because
City owner Sheikh
The Spain playwe see how we are
Mansour is
maker, who has not
dominating, how we
reported to have
travelled to Kharkiv
control the game. It’s
offered Lionel Messi
for City’s final Group F
fantastic. As we go for£88m just to sign
next summer
game, felt discomfort in
ward we are going to find
the closing stages of last
some difficult opponents
Sunday’s victory over West
and we want to try to play
Ham, a game in which Silva scored against some big opponents to see
the Premier League leaders’ late where we are.” THE INDEPENDENT
4
Celtic stumbled unconvincingly into
the knockout phase of the Europa
League with an error-strewn and
leaden display which did nothing to
back up claims the Scottish champions are capable of enjoying an extended run in the tournament in the
second half of the season.
Anderlecht, requiring a threegoal victory to snatch third place in
Group B of the Champions League
from Celtic, will struggle to come to
terms with how Jozo Simunovic’s
own goal was all they had to show
for their superiority in this contest.
The Belgian champions were unrecognisable from the team beaten
3-0 by Celtic in Brussels back in September, especially in a remarkably
one-sided first half.
Brendan Rodgers’ wait for his
first home win in the Champions
League group stage continues.
The consolation of a place in next
Monday’s draw for the last 32 of the
Europa League remains a valuable
one for Celtic but even in European
football’s secondary competition they
will be punished for any repeat of last
night’s performance.
Anderlecht’s task may have been
a daunting one; they had to score
three goals but they approached it
with relish, vigour and a clear belief
that it was not beyond them. They
dominated possession and were by
far the more threatening side in a
first half.
Much of the action was orchestrated by Anderlecht’s Algerian captain Sofiane Hanni. He shrugged off
a challenge from his Celtic counterpart Scott Brown to create that first
opening, picking out Henry Onyekuru on the left. The Nigerian striker
Group B details
Celtic
Boyata Simunovic Tierney
Brown
Forrest
PSG
Bayern Mun
Celtic
Anderlecht
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5
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25 4 15
13 6 15
5 18
3
2 17
3
Armstrong
McGregor
Sinclair
Dembélé
Onyekuru
Hanni
Gerkens
Trebel
Kums Dendoncker
Obradovic Spajic
Mbodji
Appiah
Boeckx
Anderlecht
Substitutions: Celtic Ntcham (Armstrong, 45), Rogic
(Sinclair, 45), Edouard (Dembélé, 74); Anderlecht
Goncalves (Mbodji, 75), Teodorczyk (Gerkens, 78),
Bruno (Appiah, 89).
Booked: Celtic Ntcham.
Man of the match Hanni.
Match rating 5/10.
Possession: Celtic 40% Anderlecht 60%.
Attempts on target: Celtic 5 Anderlecht 4.
Referee M Jug (Sloven).
Attendance 57,931.
drilled in a low cross to pick out Sven
Kums, whose firm shot from around
12 yards out was brilliantly kept out
by Craig Gordon’s instinctive save.
Rodgers’ side were struggling
to make any attacking headway of
their own with Anderlecht closing
them down effectively and regaining possession all too easily.
The visitors finished the first half
as they had started it, firmly on the
front foot, and it needed a superbly
timed penalty area interception
from Celtic defender Simunovic to
deny Leander Dendoncker a clear
sight of goal as he was poised to get
on the end of a Kums corner.
Rodgers made a double substitution at the start of the second half.
Bayern Munich secured
second and denied PSG
an unbeaten record through
Robert Lewandowski’s opener
and two goals from Corentin
Tolisso (above). Kylian Mbappé
scored a consolation for PSG.
Stuart Armstrong and Scott Sinclair were replaced by Olivier Ntcham and Tom Rogic. Ntcham brought
energy and direction to Celtic’s play
and posed a goal threat of his own.
Just as it seemed they were finally taking a degree of control, Celtic
found themselves behind. A poor
clearance from Kieran Tierney gave
Anderlecht time and space down
the right and Dennis Appiah’s cross
found Pieter Gerkens whose header
was diverted into his own goal by
Simunovic.
There was an opportunity for him
to make amends but he volleyed just
over from close range, then Moussa
Dembélé shot wide from Tierney’s
cutback.
The anxiety inside the stadium
was almost palpable and Hanni
came close to putting Anderlecht
two up when his shot forced a fine
save from Gordon. Mercifully for
Celtic, it was as close as they came
to conceding a second goal which
would have made the finale of the
evening unbearably tense.
88m
Anderlecht celebrate an own-goal by Celtic defender Jozo Simunovic (left) at Celtic Park last night AFP/GETTY IMAGES
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CHAMPIONS LEAGUE GROUP A
Lukaku and
Rashford put
United back
in business
MANCHESTER UNITED
Lukaku 64, Rashford 66
2
CSKA MOSCOW
Dzagoev 45
1
By Mark Critchley
Manchester United
Romero
Lindelof Smalling
AT OLD TRAFFORD
Valencia
Pogba
Blind
Herrera
Shaw
It was never a question of if or when
Manchester United would finally
secure progression to the knockout
Lukaku
Rashford
Mata
stages of this season’s Champions
League, only how.
Dzagoev
Vitinho
Chalov
Jose Mourinho’s players began
the night knowing that, even after
the surprise defeat in Switzerland a
fortnight ago, only a cataclysmic one Nababkin Kuchaev Golovin Fernandes
by seven goals or more to this CSKA
Moscow side would eliminate them.
Ignashevich Vasin Berezutski
Still, it momentarily looked as
though they may only limp over the
line. Alan Dzagoev’s opener against
Akinfeev
the run of play, only the third goal
scored by the opposition at Old CSKA Moscow
Trafford this season, threatened to Substitutions: Man Utd McTominay (Herrara, 67),
spoil the evening but two second-half Tuanzebe (Valencia, 72), Martial (Lukaku, 74); CSKA
(Chalov, 65), Zhamaletdinov (Vitinho,
strikes in as many minutes, one each Gordyushenko
82), Khosonov (Nababkin, 90).
from Romelu Lukaku and Marcus Booked: Man Utd McTominay; CSKA Berezutski.
Man
of
the
match
Rashford, made sure of a winning Match rating 6/10.Mata.
return to the last 16.
Possession: Man Utd 56% CSKA 44%.
on target: Man Utd 7 CSKA 3.
It is only the second time since Attempts
Referee G Rocchi (Italy).
Sir Alex Ferguson’s retirement that Attendance 74,689
United have reached this stage of
Europe’s premier club competition,
and the first since David Moyes’s a post three minutes in and after 15
fateful year in charge. Yet even after minutes goalkeeper Igor Akinfeev
making hard work of what should saved his placed shot.
have been a routine win, there will
Luke Shaw, the full-back making
be hope that now, under Mourinho, his first start for the club in 219 days,
United are ready to compete with appeared eager to seize this rare
the elite again.
chance to impress and hit a shot that
With their place in the knockout Akinfeev could only parry. The loose
phase all but guaranteed before ball fell to Lukaku’s feet mere yards
kick-off, United struggled for ur- from the goalline, but the Belgian
gency in the opening stages, though scuffed his effort and the goalkeeper
the ever-enthusiastic Rashford twice gathered it ti safety.
went close early on. The teenager hit
Paul Pogba was busy remind-
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Mercedes call bailiffs
to evict travellers
Lewis Hamilton’s Formula One
team were forced to call in private
bailiffs after travellers set up
camp at their Northamptonshire
headquarters. Mercedes contacted
police on Sunday evening after
the group arrived at the site of the
constructor’s base in Brackley.
The travellers descended on a car
park shortly after they were served
an eviction notice from another
location in the area. Hamilton won
his fourth world title in October.
ing Old Trafford what they will be
missing in Sunday’s derby, too. The
midfielder slipped in Shaw, who sent
a first-time shot across the face of
CSKA’s goal but Rashford was a
fraction too late to connect at the far
post.
Yet it seemed typical of Shaw’s
United career so far that at the end
of 45 promising minutes, it was his
error that allowed the visitors to go
ahead. He failed to track a run by his
overlapping opposite number Mario
Fernandes, who darted in behind
and crossed from the byline. The
ball broke to Vitinho, whose goalbound shot deflected in off the back
of Dzagoev.
Group A details
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Man Utd
6
Basel
6
CSKA Moscow6
Benfica
6
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0
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11 5 12
8 10
9
1 14
0
United appealed for what at first
sight seemed a clear offside, but
Daley Blind, off the pitch after a
failed sliding challenge, had played
Dzagoev on.
The half-time scoreline did not
reflect United’s dominance but it did
hint at their complacency. CSKA had
barely enjoyed a clear sight of Ser-
CRICKET
India close in on smoggy Test win
India are closing in on a 2-0 series
victory over Sri Lanka – in a Test
match that has been overshadowed
by heavy pollution in Delhi.
Several players have been left
vomiting due to hazardous pollution
levels, while some Sri Lanka players
have worn face masks (right) during
play. The fast bowler Suranga
Lakmal was seen doubled over
and retching yesterday, while the
Indian cricket board said on Monday
that in future it would consider
amending its schedules based on
pollution forecasts. The home side
set Sri Lanka a target of 410 before
reducing them to 31 for three in the
third and final Test.
Shikhar Dhawan (67), Virat Kohli
(50) and Rohit Sharma (50 not out)
all made half-centuries as India
declared their second innings on 264
for five.
Indian bowlers Mohammed
Shami and Ravindra Jadeja then
ripped through Sri Lanka’s top order
and the tourists must now survive to
save the series.
Basel had a comfortable
2-0 win over Benfica in
Lisbon, knowing that any victory
would see them safely through to
the last 16 in second spot behind
Manchester United.
gio Romero’s goal prior to the opener and their porous defence should
have been punished but United set
about putting that right once the two
sides came out for the second half.
Pogba’s ambitious passing had
been one of the highlights of the first
half and shortly after the hour mark,
it finally bore fruit. The Frenchman
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Romelu Lukaku
gets in front of his
man to level for
United against
CSKA Moscow
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Chelsea rally to finish second best
but Hazard helps send Atletico out
CHELSEA
Savic og 75
1
ATLETICO MADRID
Saul 56
1
Chelsea
Courtois
Azpilicueta Christensen
By Miguel Delaney
AT STAMFORD BRIDGE
glided a ball over the top of CSKA’s
defence and, with pinpoint accuracy,
delivered it onto the boot of Lukaku.
The striker jostled with Viktor
Vasin, then volleyed past Akinfeev
to score only his second goal in 13
appearances.
Play had barely restarted by the
time Rashford scored a deserved goal
and put United two up. Two minutes
after Lukaku’s leveller, his strike
partner was on the receiving end of
a delightful Juan Mata lob that wiped
out two CSKA defenders. Rashford
waited for the Spaniard’s pass to
drop kindly before drilling the ball
into the far corner, out of Akinfeev’s
reach. THE INDEPENDENT
Chelsea drew the game, but not too
much comfort, as this good performance could only give them second
place at the end of this Champions
League group.
This result also marked the end
of something else: Atletico’s spell
of supreme performance in this
competition.
They have failed to reach the
knock-out stages for the first time
since 2013, and have been knocked
out in the first round for the first
time under a visibly frustrated Diego
Simeone. They just never really got
going, as was emphasised by how
Saul Niguez’s opening goal came
against the run of play.
Antonio Conte, the Chelsea manager, can be happy with his side’s
performance – and especially that
of the excellent Eden Hazard, who
forced Stefan Savic’s own goal – but
not with a result that will leave them
facing one of Barcelona, Paris SaintGermain, RB Leipzig or Besiktas
from Monday’s draw.
The oddity was that Atletico – and
particularly a Simeone-fired Atletico – did not start like a side who were
in danger of their entire Champions
League campaign coming to an end.
While they dabbed a bit at Thibaut
Courtois’s goal, it was Chelsea that
did most of the attacking.
Conte came good on his promise
to play a strong side, as he no doubt
saw the opportunity to knock out
one of the sides who have dominated
the latter stages of this competition
in recent years.
Most of those involved Alvaro
Morata, who was regularly booed
by the away support for his Real
Madrid history, so seemed determined to give a bit back.
He kept Chelsea’s attack moving
with some typically clever touches,
and also had Jan Oblak moving with
one fine effort. The Slovenian goalkeeper also pulled off a fine save
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Bath set for fine
over Faletau release
Premiership Rugby have confirmed
that Bath have been charged with
allowing No 8 Taulupe Faletau play
for Wales against South Africa last
Saturday. The 27-year-old started
the match that fell outside the
designated Test window, and while
Welsh clubs have agreed to release
players for such encounters, the
Premiership recalls international
players as soon as the windows
close. Bath are likely to receive a fine
rather than any points deduction.
Fabregas
Zappacosta
Bakayoko
Hazard
Moses
Morata
Griezmann Torres
Koke
Luis
Partey
Niguez
Gabi
Lucas
Savic
Giminez
Oblak
Atletico Madrid
Substitutions: Chelsea Pedro (Bakayoko, 64), Willian
(Zappacosta, 73), Batshuayi (Morata, 81); Atletico
Madrid Carrasco (Torres, 57), Cirrea (Gabi, 79), Vietto
(Giminez, 79).
Booked: Chelsea Zappacosta; Atletico Madrid
Hernandez.
Man of the match Hazard.
Match rating 6/10.
Possession: Chelsea 50% Atletico Madrid 50%.
Attempts on target: Chelsea 7 Atletico Madrid 3.
Referee D Makkelie (Neth). Attendance 40,875.
Eden Hazard celebrates setting up Chelsea’s equalising goal GETTY IMAGES
Group C details
Roma
Chelsea
At Madrid
Qarabag
P
6
6
6
6
W
3
3
1
0
D
2
2
4
2
L
1
1
1
4
F A Pts
9 6 11
12 5 11
5 4
7
2 14
2
from a Davide Zappacosta attempt.
The closest Atletico had come in
the first half was a blazed effort, and
some clumsy Fernando Torres forays forward.
Chelsea of course had their own
reasons for such pressure, given that
they needed a win to guarantee top
spot, something that was put into
sharp focus in the 56th minute where
O’Sullivan looks to his wild side
Ronnie O’Sullivan celebrated his
42nd birthday with a 6-1 win
over Michael White at the
UK Championship in
York before declaring
himself ready to tackle
the jungle in I’m a
Celebrity... Get Me Out of
Here! next year.
The five-time world
champion is the highestranked player left in the
tournament, in which holder Mark
Selby, Judd Trump and Ding Junhui
Kanté
Cahill
have all failed to progress. Speaking
after yesterday’s rout, O’Sullivan
(left) said: “I would, a million
per cent [do the show], I’d do
anything now, I would love
it. Everything I do away
from snooker is great. I
want to do that as much
as I can, but also obviously
want to play a bit of snooker
to do myself justice.
“As long as I am in the top
64, being No 1, No 64, doesn’t
matter anymore.”
Diego Perotti scored
the only goal for Roma
against Qarabag for a 1-0 win to
ensure the Italian side finished
top of Group C. The winger
headed home on 53 minutes.
everything changed. Roma scored
at home against Qarabag, Atletico finally responded with a strike of their
own, and Conte’s side were suddenly
both one down and dropping down
the table into second.
Chelsea started the second half
as well as they had finished the first.
But within minutes, Atletico were
ahead and this time Torres was cen-
RUGBY UNION
Premiership heads
to terrestrial TV
Live Premiership rugby will be
broadcast live on terrestrial
television for the first time this
month after Channel 5 agreed to
show five matches a season. Its
first game will be Harlequins v
Northampton at Twickenham on 30
December. Mark Durden-Smith and
former England prop David Flatman
will present. British Hockey
Olympic gold medallist Sam Quek
and former England fly-half Paul
Grayson complete Channel 5’s team.
tral to it. He headed on Koke’s corner,
for an unmarked Saul to head in. The
Spanish star’s wild celebration was
not that of someone who had looked
up at the scoreboard in the last few
minutes, however, given that it had
just announced that Roma had gone
ahead. Atletico were going out without a Qarabag equaliser, regardless
of the result here.
Hazard forced an equaliser 15
minutes later. A spell of pressure
ended with the ball coming out to
the Belgian at the edge of the box,
before he once more skipped past a
dangerous challenge to drive the ball
at goal. Stefan Savic tried to divert it,
only to send it into his own net.
Morata was once more denied
by Oblak before substitute Willian
skied the ball after Hazard – again
– had done supremely to set him up.
It meant Conte’s side squandered
a big chance to win the group, but at
least one big side is knocked out.
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Wales rule out
appointing an
Englishman in
Coleman’s place
Team GB cautiously welcomes Russia’s Olympic ban
By Kevin Garside
AND Hugo Lowell IN LAUSANNE
P48
iRACING
Can Toast of
New York make
a fairy-tale
comeback?
The British Olympic Committee is
understood to have given a cautious
welcome to the IOC decision to ban
Russia from the 2018 Winter Olympics and expel deputy Prime Minister Vilaty Mutko from the IOC for life
over state-sponsored doping.
Though the ruling allows for clean
Russian athletes to compete at the
games in South Korea, which begin
in nine weeks’ time, the BOC is keen
to learn more about that process.
The BOC is due to comment formally today after first taking soundings from the British Athletes’
Commission, an independent panel
representing the interests of competitors from more than 40 disciplines.
While recognising the force of the
action against the ROC and in particular the treatment of Mutko, who
was head of the Russian Games in
2014 and heads the Russian World
Cup next year, concern remains
about the nature of the scrutiny
Russian athletes will face in order to
compete under the Olympic Athlete
from Russia (OAR) banner.
IOC president Thomas Bach said:
“This [Russia’s doping] was an unprecedented attack on the integrity
of the Olympic Games and sport. The
IOC, after following due process, has
issued proportional sanctions for
this systematic manipulation.”
Hundreds of Russian athletes still
look set to compete at the Games in
Pyeongchang.
Insiders had hoped the body
would hand down the sternest of
sanctions when its internal disciplinary commission confirmed the
existence of an elaborate scheme to
cover up Russian positive tests during the 2014 Games in Sochi.
But the IOC decided that a blanket ban would be too severe a
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