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60
p
Fuel for
learning
i’s Christmas Appeal
2017 – with children’s
education charity
Magic Breakfast
P26
THE
Global
backlash
as Trump
strikes a
match in the
Middle East
P6
PAPER – BRITAIN’S FIRST AND ONLY CONCISE QUALITY TITLE
CLEULESS
THURSDAY
7 DECEMBER 2017
Number 2,196
News.co.uk
Turning 60
In the last decade
I’ve lost a job, a
wife, two houses, a
dog and a kidney.
But I never
imagined I’d be so
cheerful about life
>> Hammond says Britain should pay EU £50bn even
if trade talks collapse – and admits Cabinet hasn’t
discussed type of Brexit that UK will seek from Brussels
SIMON KELNER
>> No 10 publicly rebukes Chancellor over divorce bill outburst
I am
60
>> Brexit Secretary claims Government hasn’t yet looked at
Brexit’s impact on the economy ... or on anything else
P4 & 5
P8
P22
P18
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Groundbreaking
democracy
partnership between
local media and BBC
Small foot steps
into the limelight
after 3.7 million
years
How England can
avoid an Ashes
whitewash (and why
they probably won’t)
JONATHAN LIEW P55
PLUSSERENAWILLIAMSRETURNS,FOURMONTHSAFTERGIVINGBIRTH
P49
P36
‘I want to
make the biggest
artwork
in the world’
IEGGSPLOSIONS
P21
The
News
Matrix
AVIATION
I say, I say,
I say, what’s the
ultimate
conversation
killer?
See p.19
The day at
a glance
7
DECEMBER
Quote of the day
Against stupidity, the
gods themselves
contend in vain
FRIEDRICH VON
SCHILLER
WEATHER
UNITED STATES
MEDIA
BELGIUM
Strong winds, snow
and ice forecast
Inquiry into Trump
Jr’s Russian links
‘Silence breakers’
honoured by Time
Catalan leader to
stay in exile ‘for now’
The Met Office has updated weather
warnings for Storm Caroline to
amber “be prepared” as winds of
up to 90mph are expected in north
and northeast Scotland. A yellow
“be aware” warning has been put
in place for central and southern
Scotland. Snow and ice is forecast
for much of the UK. PAGE 9
Donald Trump Jr was being
interviewed in private as part of
the House intelligence committee’s
investigation into Russian
interference in the US election.
The House and Senate intelligence
panels are investigating a meeting
Mr Trump Jr and other campaign
officials held with Russians last year.
Time magazine has named “the
Silence Breakers” – women and men
who spoke out against sexual abuse
and harassment – as its “person
of the year”. The movement is
associated with the #MeToo hashtag
that sprang up as claims emerged
against Hollywood producer Harvey
Weinstein. PAGE 11
Sacked Catalan leader Carles
Puigdemont said he and four of his
ex-cabinet members planned to
remain in Belgium “for the moment”
after Spain dropped an international
arrest warrant. They travelled to
Belgium after his government was
sacked following a unilateral, illegal
declaration of independence.
ENVIRONMENT
INDIA
COURTS
CUBA
Imports of dirty fuel
to be phased out
Man ‘planned to
assassinate May’
US diplomats’ brains Raw sewage is
show abnormalities leaking into Thames
Delhi plans to phase out imports of a
dirty fuel known as petroleum coke,
or “petcoke”. But when it comes
to domestic use, the government
argued in court this week that
restrictions on petcoke around
polluted Delhi should be eased
for certain low-impact industries,
infuriating environmentalists.
A man has appeared in Westminster
magistrates’ court, accused of
planning to use a bomb to blow
up the gates of Downing Street
before entering No 10 and making
an attempt on Theresa May’s life.
Naa’imur Zakariyah Rahman, 20,
will appear in the Old Bailey on 20
December. PAGE 5
Doctors treating the US embassy
victims of mysterious, invisible
attacks in Cuba have discovered
brain abnormalities as they search
for clues to explain the hearing,
vision, balance and memory damage.
The finding is fuelling growing
doubts that some kind of sonic
weapon was involved.
Birthdays
Nicholas Hoult (below),
actor, 28; John Terry,
footballer, 37; Sue
Johnston, actress, 74; Stan
Boardman, comedian,
80; Luke Donald, golfer,
40; Dominic Howard,
drummer, 40
EDUCATION
The List
The best places to
work in the UK
Internet giant Google has been
named the best place to work in
the UK, offering benefits including
free food and medical costs. It was
followed by Anglian Water.
The top 20, according to
Glassdoor, are:
Anniversaries
Sunday 7 Dec 1941
Japan launches a surprise
attack on the US naval
base at Pearl Harbor in
Hawaii and declares war
on Britain and America.
A joint session of the US
Congress voted to enter
the Second World War the
following day.
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Crossword.............28
TV & Radio...........30
The 10 Best...........35
Business.................40
Puzzles.....................44
Weather...................47
The boss of British Airways has
admitted the introduction of
charges for food and drink was
“very difficult”. The chief executive
Alex Cruz came under fire after
ending free catering in economy on
short-haul flights in January. But he
insisted it was the right decision.
1 Google
2 Anglian Water
3 Bromford
4 Facebook
5 Salesforce
6 Lookers
7 Rentokil Initial
8 Hiscox
9 Apple
10 HomeServe UK
11 Capital One
12 Screwfix
13 Yell
14 Expedia
15 Taylor Wimpey
16 Rentalcars.com
17 Sky Betting & Gaming
18 Proctor & Gamble
19 Royal London
20 Explore learning
Newspapers support recycling
The recycled content of UK
newspapers in 2015 was 71%
Language barrier
Halló
Hallo Zdraveĭte
Bonjour Hei Hola Tere
Hej
cześć
Buna
Very few students in the UK are learning more than one foreign language, resulting
in a smaller bilingual culture in Britain. Figures reveal that the majority of school
children in other EU countries study English language at secondary school as well as
another language, whereas here in the UK we are nearing the bottom of the table for
the percentage of pupils opting to learn more than one language.
EU secondary school students learning two or more languages
Hello Olá
Sveki
CIAO
zdravo Živjo
Ahoj
EU member states
Broken plumbing is causing
“horrendous” levels of raw sewage
to be dumped into the Thames, a
survey of London waterways found.
Foul waste from toilets, sinks and
washing machines was ending up
in rivers without passing through
sewage treatment plants and is
threatening aquatic ecosystems.
EFTA countries
Luxembourg
France
Czech Republic
Romania
Finland
Slovakia
Estonia
Slovenia
Croatia
Belgium
Liechtenstein
Latvia
Cyprus
Sweden
Bulgaria
Poland
Austria
Netherlands
Malta
Iceland
Germany
EU average
Denmark
Hungary
Lithuania
Norway
Spain
Italy
Ireland
Portugal
Britain
Greece
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SOURCE: Eurostat
THURSDAY
BA head: end of free
food was difficult
Select journalism in i is copyright
independent.co.uk and copyright
Evening Standard, beyond those
accredited as such.
NEWS
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VOICES
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30-31
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BUSINESS SPORT
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i THURSDAY
7 DECEMBER 2017
3
Letter from
the Deputy Editor
ThePage3Profile
MICHAEL AND LYN FARNES, CHRISTMAS ENTHUSIASTS
Andrew Webster
i@inews.co.uk
Too hungry to learn:
here’s how you can
make a difference
with our Christmas
charity appeal
Christmas is coming, and with it a
special charity appeal.
This year i is running its very
first charity campaign and we are
delighted to announce its launch
today with a very worthwhile
cause: Magic Breakfast.
This outstanding organisation
delivers breakfasts to hungry
children in schools up and down
the country, from Somerset
to South Yorkshire and
into Scotland.
At least half a million children
in the UK arrive at school too
hungry to learn.
Magic Breakfast is a registered
charity that works with more
than 450 primary, secondary
and special needs schools to
ensure that 31,000 children get a
nutritious breakfast.
2017 Christmas Appeal
Tripping the Christmas lights
fantastic?
Michael and Lyn Farnes have spent
upwards of £10,000 adorning their
family home in Hove, East Sussex,
with Christmas lights each December
for 16 years. Their display is so well
known locally that their daughter,
Roni-Jo, 9, is called at school “the girl
who lives in the Christmas house”.
This year there are at least 30,000
lights, 60 Santas and snowmen,
eight Christmas trees, and a North
Pole scene complete with polar
bears, penguins and an icy “waterfall
of light”.
bringing up their three children. The
hard work comes to fruition at the
end of the school day on 1 December.
Mrs Farnes, 53, said. “Our former
next-door neighbour had a little
moan about it.
“So the next year Michael put a few
more lights up than before as a joke
to wind him up and it carried on from
there. I think he didn’t mind them in
the end, and found it funny.”
What do the neighbours think?
Funnily enough, the annual spectacle
started to annoy them. “It all began
with us putting up some icicle lights,”
And you thought untangling your
Christmas lights was a chore
Mr Farnes, 55, starts planning the
display in January, giving him the
whole year to choose a theme and get
to work making many of the pieces
by hand.
Come October, it’s time to enlist his
wife’s help to construct the display,
which takes about 50 hours in all.
The couple fit their hobby around
their full-time jobs at Sainsbury’s and
PROPERTY
LITERATURE
Lyn Farnes with her daughter Roni-Jo
with the display in aid of the PDSA
I might pop round and take a look
Each year the Farnes’ Yuletide
decorations outdo their last,
attracting droves of visitors eager to
see the twinkling display.
The Farnes raise money for the
animal charity PDSA by collecting
donations from people enjoying
the attraction.
Mrs Farnes said they make the
mammoth effort “just to see the look
on the children’s faces outside”.
“You hear them laughing, joking and
dancing around to the music. This is
all for the children,” she said.
GARETH FULLER/PA WIRE
Valerie Browne
AUCTION
VENEZUELA
Yours for £4m – if you Ishiguro mulls a
pass the interview
move into Manga
Churchill’s glasses
sell for £6,000
Take a walking tour
of murder capital
A millionaire couple are holding
interviews to find perfect neighbours.
Ashley Faull is building two homes on
the Sandbanks peninsula in Dorset
– one for him and his wife and the
other he intends to sell for £4m. He
has made it a condition of the sale
to hold an informal interview with
prospective buyers.
Tortoiseshell spectacles worn by
Sir Winston Churchill have sold at
auction for £6,000, three times the
£2,000 estimated price tag. The
round-rimmed glasses went under
the hammer on Wednesday in the
Catherine Southon Auctioneers &
Valuers sale at Farleigh Golf Club
in Surrey.
The murder and kidnap rates rival
a war zone, but groups have sprung
up offering walking tours of the
Venezuelan capital’s architecture
and hillside barrios. Nearly a dozen
organisations run trips in Caracas.
Last year, Venezuela was the
world’s second most murderous
nation after El Salvador.
Kazuo Ishiguro, the 2017 winner
of the Nobel Literature Prize, is
interesting in publishing a comic
book. He said he was fascinated by
this way of telling stories, adding
that he has loved the Japanese
Manga tradition since childhood,
and the storytelling technique it
uses is close to his style of fiction.
To get an idea of how your
money can help – and how badly
it is needed – turn to pages 26
and 27. Families from London
and Salford tell moving stories of
how Magic Breakfast makes such
a tremendous difference to their
lives. There’s also a message from
the charity’s inspirational founder
Carmel McConnell.
We will have more stories to
tell from schools and parents as
the campaign unfolds.
Every £1 donated ensures a
child receives a breakfast for four
days – or give £42 to ensure that
a hungry youngster gets the best
possible start to the day for a year.
Why does it matter so much?
Well, a hungry child is likely to
miss half a day of lessons.
Research has shown that
Magic Breakfast provision can
lead to the equivalent of an
extra two months’ learning in
primary schools.
Please, please make
a contribution.
You can do so using our
fund-raising coupon, which
will be printed in the paper
every day. You can donate by
cheque or postal order, or text. It’s
up to you.
Or go to our website at inews.
co.uk and click the Donate button.
Or for more information, and to
donate, visit the charity’s website,
magicbreakfast.com.
Your money will make a very
real difference to the lasting
education and life chances for
very deserving children.
Thank you for your support.
4
NEWS
COVER STORY
Davis: value of
Brexit impact
assessments
is ‘near zero’
By Nigel Morris
POLITICAL EDITOR
David Davis faced anger and surprise
as he revealed that the Government
has not evaluated the impact of Brexit
on key parts of the British economy.
The Brexit Secretary was accused
of misleading Parliament after
telling MPs that there was “no sort
of systematic impact assessment” on
such sectors as the automotive and
aerospace industries or on financial
services. He also admitted there had
been no assessment of the effect
of leaving the European customs
union before the Cabinet agreed to
withdraw from it.
His answers appeared to fly in the
face of his previous insistence that
Whitehall had drawn up documents
investigating the economic impact of
Brexit in “excruciating detail”.
Appearing before the Commons
Brexit Committee, Mr Davis argued
that the usefulness of an assessment
of this kind would be “near zero”
because of the scale of change likely
to be triggered by leaving the EU.
MPs voted last month for the
paperwork to be produced, forcing
the release of 850 pages of analysis.
Hilary Benn, the committee’s
chairman, asked Mr Davis whether
Hilary Benn pressed the Brexit
Secretary repeatedly in the Commons
the documents constituted impact
assessments, or whether the
assessments had been undertaken.
Mr Davis replied: “There’s nothing...
there’s no such systematic impact
assessments that I’m aware of.”
Mr Benn said: “So the Government
hasn’t undertaken any impact
assessments on the implications of
leaving the EU for different sectors
of the British economy?”
After Mr Davis nodded in
agreement, Mr Benn went on: “So,
there isn’t one on the automotive
sector?” The Brexit Secretary
responded: “Not that I’m aware of.”
Asked if Brexit’s impact on the
aerospace or financial services had
been assessed, he said: “The answer
is going to be ‘no’ for all of them.”
Mr Davis argued: “You don’t need
to do a formal impact assessment
to understand that, if there is a
regulatory hurdle between your
producers and a market, there will be
an impact.
Despite his conflicting statements,
Mr Davis will not be found in
contempt of Parliament after 10 Tory
MPs and one DUP member voted
last night that he had complied with
the request to release the impact
assessments. Eight opposition MPs
voted that he had not.
The Liberal Democrat leader,
Sir Vince Cable, said committing to
leave the customs union without a
formal assessment of its impact was
“gross negligence”.
Broadcaster James O’Brien
said: “There’s one way to
account for the disappearing
impact assessments: They’re so
awful Davis decided it would
be better to look like a lying
nincompoop than to publish.”
Who to believe? How Davis’s account has changed
20 October 2016, Commons
“We currently have in place an
assessment of 51 sectors of the
economy. We are looking at those
one by one, but the aim at the end is
that this will inform the negotiating
approach so that no one gets hurt.”
14 December 2016, Brexit committee
“The policy work is still under way –
there are quite a few decisions still
to be made. We’ve carried out or are
in the midst of carrying out about
57, I think, sectoral analyses, each of
which has implications for individual
parts of 85 per cent of the economy.”
25 June, on ‘The Andrew Marr Show’
“In my job I don’t think out loud and I
don’t make guesses. Those
two things... I try and make
decisions. You make those based
on the data. That data’s being
gathered, we’ve got 50, nearly 60
sector analyses already done.”
26 October, Brexit committee
[Asked whether Theresa May had
seen the “impact assessments”]:
“She’ll know the summary outcomes
of them... She won’t necessarily have
read every single one, they are in
excruciating detail.”
Yesterday, Brexit committee
“There’s nothing...There’s no such
systematic impact assessments that
I’m aware of.”
Combative: David Davis
addresses the Commons
Brexit Committee
BREXIT
Chancellor faces backlash
on divorce bill comments
By Nigel Morris
Cabinet tensions over Brexit
were laid bare as Downing Street
reprimanded Philip Hammond
for suggesting that Britain could
pay a “divorce bill” of up to £50bn
without a trade deal with the EU.
In comments which will infuriate
Eurosceptics, the Chancellor
argued the UK should meet its
financial obligations whatever the
outcome of talks with Brussels.
It put him at odds with the
government line which is that
Britain will not hand over a
penny unless the two sides reach
an amicable agreement which
includes a free trade deal. Mr
Hammond was contradicted by
Theresa May’s spokesman, who
said: “Nothing is agreed until
everything is agreed. That applies
to the financial settlement.”
The clash underlined the
pressures within the Cabinet, with
pro-Brexit ministers such as Boris
JohnsonandMichaelGoveinsisting
payments are contingent on a deal,
while Remain sympathisers believe
the Government should strike a
less aggressive note.
The row erupted as Mrs
May struggles to achieve new
momentum in negotiations with
Brussels following the surprise
POLITICS
Fury at Hammond ‘disabled’ remark
By Ben Kentish
Philip Hammond has been
criticised for suggesting that
more disabled people finding
jobs is partly responsible for
UK’s falling productivity.
Appearing before the
Treasury Select Committee at
the Commons, the Chancellor
said: “It is almost certainly
the case that by increasing
participation in the workforce,
including far higher levels
of participation by marginal
groups and very high levels of
engagement in the workforce,
for example of disabled
people – something we should
be extremely proud of – may
have had an impact on overall
productivity measurements.”
Labour’s John Mann said the
remark was “appalling”, adding:
“My experience of employing
disabled people is that they are
brilliant employees.”
THE INDEPENDENT
failure on Monday to achieve
a breakthrough.
Appearing before the Treasury
Select Committee, Mr Hammond
was asked whether paying the
“divorce bill” depended on securing
a free trade deal. He replied: “I find
it inconceivable that we as a nation
would be walking away from an
obligation that we recognised as
an obligation. That is not the kind
of country we are. Frankly, it would
not make us a credible partner for
future international agreements.”
He also disclosed ministers have
not yet discussed the Government’s
preferred “end-state position” for
Britain after leaving the EU. Mrs
May’s spokesman said the Cabinet
will discuss this by the end of the
year, regardless of what progress
has been made in negotiations.
The Labour MP Alison
McGovern said: “The Government
is flailing around trying to get
agreement to move on to talks on
the future UK-EU relationship. Yet
they don’t even know what they
want that relationship to be. They
are breathtakingly dysfunctional.”
Sir Vince Cable, the
Liberal Democrat leader,
said: “The most acrimonious
divorce of all could be about to
take place within the Cabinet.”
NEWS
2-28
VOICES
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TV
30-31
IQ
32-39
BUSINESS SPORT
40-43
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i THURSDAY
7 DECEMBER 2017
5
COURTS
Suspect ‘plotted to kill May
in attack on Downing Street’
By Scott D’Arcy
A man has appeared in court accused
of plotting to assassinate the Prime
Minister in a bomb and knife attack.
Naa’imur Zakariyah Rahman, 20,
is alleged to have planned to bomb the
security gates outside Downing
Street before attacking No
10, armed with a knife and
suicide vest, in an effort
to kill Theresa May.
Mr Rahman (court
drawing, inset) has been
charged with preparing
acts of terrorism and
appeared at Westminster
magistrates’ court yesterday
alongside Mohammed Aqib
Imran, 21, who is accused of trying to
join Isis.
They were arrested in raids by
the Metropolitan Police’s CounterTerrorism Command in London and
Birmingham on 28 November.
IRELAND
SOCIETY
No signs yet of
progress on Irish
border issue,
warns Varadkar
Majority believe UK
is handling Brexit
negotiations badly
By Andrew Woodcock
By Nigel Morris
Theresa May could have to wait
until the New Year for approval
to start talks on future trade
arrangements with the EU,
according to the Irish Taoiseach
Leo Varadkar.
With the clock ticking to
the summit of the European
Council on 14 December which
must decide whether sufficient
progress has been made on
the UK’s divorce deal to clear
the way for talks on the future
relationship, there was no sign
of a breakthrough on the crucial
issue of the Irish border.
Mr Varadkar spoke to Mrs
May yesterday in call sources
described as “stock-taking”.
The Taoiseach made clear
he was not backing down on
Dublin’s position that trade
talks are dependent on a
border agreement. The Prime
Minister also spoke by phone
with the DUP leader Arlene
Foster, whose rejection of plans
for “regulatory alignment”
between Northern Ireland and
the Republic led to the collapse
of a proposed deal on Monday.
But neither Downing Street
nor Mrs Foster’s office gave
details of the call, and there was
no announcement of further
talks or meetings.
Growing numbers of people believe
political leaders are “screwing up”
the Brexit talks and fear Britain
will leave the EU with a bad deal.
Professor John Curtice, a
polling expert, said there was no
evidence of a dramatic change of
heart among the public over the
merits of Brexit, with latest figures
suggesting that Remain would
have a 53 to 47 per cent advantage
in a second referendum. But he
said voters on either side of the
argument had become more critical
of how the negotiations were being
handled and more pessimistic
about the consequences of Brexit.
A survey of 2,200 people, for
the National Centre for Social
Research, found that 52 per cent
fear Britain will get a bad deal – up
from 37 per cent in February. The
proportion predicting a good deal
fell from 33 per cent to 19 per cent.
The proportion who think
ministers are handling Brexit talks
badly has risen from 41 to 61 per
cent, while the number passing
the same verdict on the EU’s
negotiators has gone up from 47 to
57 per cent. More than half (52 per
cent) expect the economy to suffer
as a result of Brexit, compared with
46 per cent in February.
The priorities of the public have
barely changed over the course of
the year, the survey suggested.
Professor Curtice said: “As a
country we remain divided down
the middle over whether we should
be leaving the European Union in
the first place.”
How opinions have changed
How the public would vote in a
second referendum
53%
Remain
2017
48%
Remain
2016 vote
47%
Leave
2017
52%
Leave
2016 vote
Percentage of people who
think Britain will get a bad deal
52%
37%
Dec
2017
Feb
2017
SOURCE: Prof John Curtice, National Centre for Social Research
Details of the plan were reportedly
given to the Cabinet on Tuesday by
the head of MI5, Andrew Parker, in
a briefing in which he revealed that
a total of nine Islamist terrorist plots
have been thwarted in the UK over
the past year.
Mr Rahman, from north
London, is also charged
with assisting Mr Imran in
terror planning.
Mr Imran, from
Birmingham, is charged
with preparing acts
of terrorism.
M r Ra h m a n , wh o
gave h i s n a t i o n a l i t y
as Bangladeshi-British,
appeared in court with long hair
and wearing a grey tracksuit, and
was represented by Ali Bajwa QC.
The chief magistrate, Emma
Arbuthnot, remanded both
defendants in custody to appear at
the Old Bailey on 20 December.
6
NEWS
MIDDLE EAST
Trump’s Jerusalem declaration
sparks fears of violent reprisals
By Ori Lewis
IN JERUSALEM
Reaction Move prompts deep concerns
Donald Trump defied dire warnings
that he was scuppering hopes for
Middle East peace to declare Jerusalem would in future be recognised by
Washington as Israel’s capital.
Upending decades of US diplomacy and sparking fears of violent
reprisals from Palestinian factions
who also claim ownership of Jerusalem, Mr Trump said that moving
the US embassy to the city instead of
Tel Aviv would further the cause of
peace. But Hamas, the militant group
which controls the Gaza Strip, responded that Mr Trump had opened
the “gates of hell”.
Palestinian leaders in the West
Bank, meanwhile, urged thousands
to take to the streets in protest. Mr
Trump’s proposal had provoked
outrage in capitals across the world,
described as the “kiss of death” for a
two-state peace process to settle rival
claims on Jerusalem.
Washington appeared aware that
violence could erupt in the coming
days. The US State Department sent
a cable to all US diplomatic outposts,
Pope Francis (inset)“I cannot remain
silent about my deep concern for
the situation. Jerusalem is a unique
city, sacred to Jews, Christians and
Muslims. I pray that wisdom and
prudence prevail.”
Boris Johnson, Foreign Secretary
“We think Jerusalem, obviously,
should be part of the final
settlement between the
Israelis and the Palestinians, a negotiated settlement that we want to
see.”
Manuel Hassassian,
Palestinian chief representative to Britain “He is
declaring war in the Middle East,
he is declaring war against 1.5 billion
Muslims [and] hundreds of millions
of Christians that are not going to
accept the holy shrines to be totally
under the hegemony of Israel.”
King Salman of Saudi Arabia
“A way must be found through nego-
tiations to resolve the status of Jerusalem as the future capital of both
states, so that the aspiration of both
parties can be fulfilled.”
EU foreign affairs head Federica
Mogherini“Such a dangerous step
is likely to inflame the passions of
Muslims around the world due to the
great status of Jerusalem and the
Al-Aqsa Mosque.”
Israeli Education Minister
Naftali Bennett “The
United States is adding
another brick to the walls
of Jerusalem, to the foundation of the Jewish nation.”
Palestinian President Mahmoud
Abbas “[Donald Trump is] playing into
the hands of extremism.”
Letter signed by all of Jerusalem’s
major church figures “[Mr Trump’s
actions will yield] increased hatred,
conflict, violence and suffering in
Jerusalem and the Holy Land.”
cautioning against official travel to
Israel, Jerusalem and the West Bank
until 20 December. Mr Trump’s ally,
the “profoundly grateful” Israeli
Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu, celebrated a “historic day” and an
“important step towards peace”. But
the UN secretary-general, Antonio
Guterres, said there was “no alternative” to the two-state solution. “There
is no plan B,” he told reporters.
In London, Theresa May said
she would discus the plans with Mr
Trump. “The status of Jerusalem
should be determined in a negotiated
settlement between the Israelis and
the Palestinians,” she told MPs yesterday. The French President Emmanuel Macron said: “This decision
is a regrettable decision that France
does not approve of.” REUTERS
There will be no
immediate relocation
of the US embassy from Tel Aviv
to Jerusalem. That process could
take up to three years and
may come after Mr Trump
has left office.
Women protest at
the news in a
Palestinian refugee
camp in Beirut BILAL
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Analysis
US has accomplished
nothing by this gesture
Patrick
Cockburn
I
Why the controversy?
Who claims Jerusalem?
Israel claims all of the city as its
capital, while Palestinians claim the
eastern sector, captured by Israel
in 1967, as the capital of a future
independent state. These rival
claims come together in the Old
City, home to a hilltop compound
that is home to the al-Aqsa Mosque,
the third-holiest site in Islam.
While Israel controls the city, its
annexation of East Jerusalem is not
internationally recognised.
Why is Donald Trump acting now?
On the campaign trail, he promised
to relocate the US embassy from Tel
Aviv to Jerusalem, describing peace
in the region as “the ultimate deal”.
Both will prove difficult. Under
US law, the president must sign a
waiver every six months that leaves
the embassy in Tel Aviv. In June, Mr
Trump renewed the waiver. Officials
say that recognition of Jerusalem
as Israel’s capital is a symbolic act
that will not immediately lead to a
relocation of the embassy.
How will the move be received?
Badly, both internationally and
among the Palestinians. If most
observers agree that any two-state
solution is for East Jerusalem to
serve as the Palestinian capital
and for West Jerusalem to serve
as the Israeli capital, Mr Trump is
effectively ending any hope of peace.
The Palestinians have warned that
changing the status of Jerusalem
would bring an end to peace efforts.
They also have warned of mass
protests, which could easily erupt
into violence. In Gaza and the West
Bank, where poverty is crushing and
anger simmers, protests are unlikely
to remain peaceful for long. AP
PALESTINIANS
Bloodshed looms as protesters
warn: ‘This will ignite a fire’
By Ali Sawafta
Although winter rains initially
dampened protests in Palestinian territories last night, few doubt
bloodshed now looms.
“Trump wants to help Israel take
over the entire city,” said Hamad
Abu Sbeih, 28, an unemployed resident of Jerusalem’s walled Old City.
“This will ignite a fire in the region,
pressure leads to explosions.”
Samir al-Asmar, 58, was a child
when Israeli captured Arab East Jerusalem from Jordan in 1967. “This
is insane,” he said yesterday. “Jerusalem is the capital of the state of
Palestine and neither the world nor
our people will accept it.”
Palestinians mounted two uprisings, or “intifadas”, against Israeli
occupation from 1987 to 1993 then
from 2000 to 2005.
In Gaza yesterday, demonstrators
chanted “Death to America”, “Death
to Israel” and “Down with Trump”.
Youssef Mohammad, 70 , said Mr
Trump’s move would be a test for
Arab leadership at a time of regional
chaos and shifting alliances. “Let’s
see what Arab rulers and kings will
do. They will do nothing because
they are cowards,” the father of
eight said. AP
lived in Jerusalem for four
years in a flat with a fine view
of the Mount of Olives, which
will supposedly split apart on
Judgement Day when the dead
in the vast cemetery on its slopes
will rise again. I found parts of
the city exquisitely beautiful but
overall it was filled with hatred.
One day a nurse was knifed to
death at the bottom of the street
where I was living. Several times
there were bombs on buses or in
markets on Jaffa Road, which lay a
couple of hundred yards away.
There was always a contrast
between Jerusalem as a small,
shabby city and its status as a
great symbolic centre for three
religions. It seemed to be dwarfed
by its history. The main friction
was between Jews and Muslims,
but also within communities as
the ultra-orthodox Jews grew in
number and secular Jews moved
to cities on the coast.
Hopes of peace were at their
height after the Oslo Accords in
1993, but were undermined by the
disparity in strength between the
two sides. Israel had no reason
to compromise to a sufficient
degree to satisfy the Palestinians,
unless it was put under sustained
pressure by the US – and this was
never likely.
The issue of US recognition
of Jerusalem has been raised
at election time in America
for decades. It served as a
smokescreen concealing the
establishment and expansion of
Israeli settlements in Palestinian
neighbourhoods in East
Jerusalem and the West Bank.
I arrived in Jerusalem just
as the right-wing mayor Ehud
Olmert was opening a festival
to celebrate 3,000 years since
King David captured it from the
Jebusites. Palestinians worried
about the impetus this would
give to new settlements, and with
good reason as 20 years later
there are 200,000 Israeli settlers
and 370,000 Palestinians in
East Jerusalem.
It is difficult to see what
good it will now do Israel to
have President Donald Trump
recognise Jerusalem as its capital
or move the US embassy there.
The Trump administration says
that recognition of Jerusalem
simply accepts the reality
that its seat of government is
there in the shape of the prime
minister’s office, the Knesset
and the Supreme Court. But in
practice Mr Trump is endorsing
Israeli settlement policy in East
Jerusalem and the West Bank. Its
most likely impact will be to help
revive the moribund Palestinian
cause in the Muslim world. It will
make it more difficult for states
such as Saudi Arabia to cultivate
closer relations with Israel and
President Trump to unite regional
Sunni powers against Iran.
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President
Trump
delivering his
statement on
Jerusalem
in the White
House
yesterday in
Washington
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Comment
Delicate consensus unravelled in a rash stroke
Donald Macintyre
IN JERUSALEM
T
he first heavy rain after
weeks of sunshine was
splashing off the paving
stones outside bookseller
Imad Muna’s stationery shop
in the main shopping street of
Arab East Jerusalem. Inside, the
proprietor, son Ahmad, 27, and
customer Adnan Abdel Razeq,
70, were holding a well-informed
debate on the probable meaning
of the Donald Trump speech they
would be watching later. They
pointed out that the UN Security
Council had in 1980 declared
“null and void” the law passed by
the then Israeli prime minister
Menachem Begin declaring
Jerusalem the “complete and
united” capital of Israel.
Given the rhetoric among
Arab leaders – and even some
European politicians – in
advance of the speech, the trio
in occupied East Jerusalem
sounded restrained. But this
seemed bred from a weary
but steely determination not
to let one more betrayal bully
them into acceptance of a
50-year-old occupation.
It was hard to figure out what
had possessed the “pyromaniac”
– to use Arab Knesset member
Ayman Odeh’s word – Mr
Trump to unravel at a stroke
the delicate Western consensus
on the most inflammatory of all
the issues between Israel and
the Palestinians.
Had he been influenced by
Sheldon Adelson, his most lavish
funder in the 2016 campaign, a
zealous supporter of far-right
Israeli nationalism, and original
bankroller of Israel Hayom,
the free newspaper that has
been Israeli Prime Minister
Benjamin Netanyahu’s most
unflinching cheerleader?
The glaring fallacy in Mr
Trump’s logic was that because
not recognising Jerusalem as
the capital, or moving the US
embassy there, had not produced
peace, doing both things might.
The immediate results of this
lack of understanding remain to
be seen. As Mr Abdel Razeq said
yesterday, much will depend on
how Israeli security forces handle
the promised Palestinian “days of
rage”. THE INDEPENDENT
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MEDIA
BBC and media groups reveal radical
plan to report on local democracy
By Sally Guyoncourt
A groundbreaking initiative
between the BBC and Britain’s local
media will see the corporation pay
for a large pool of local democracy
reporters around the UK.
They will cover council and public
meetings, helping communities to
hold public bodies to account.
The BBC, which covers local news
extensively on its free website, has
been criticised for undermining
independent local media, which
have to compete against the licence
fee-funded corporation.
Many local papers have had to
cut staff, with some closing – raising concerns about the impact on
democracy of reduced coverage.
Under the deal with the News
To be awarded the
contracts, news groups
had to meet stringent criteria
including financial stability and
a strong track record of relevant
journalism in the area they were
applying to cover.
Media Association (NMA), the voice
of national, regional and local media
organisations, local media groups
will employ 150 Local Democracy
Reporters, paid for by the BBC.
The stories they write will
be shared with more than
700 media groups which have
signed up to join the Local News
Partnerships scheme.
The BBC will invest up to £8m
annually in the Local News Partnerships over the next nine years, to the
end of its charter in 2026.
Johnston Press, the owner
of i, Trinity Mirror and Newsquest are major publishers in the
new arrangement.
JP was awarded eight contracts to
employ a total of 32.5 reporters, with
a further four reporters in partnership with other media groups.
So far, 58 news organisations in
England, Scotland and Wales have
been awarded democracy reporter
contracts, following a competitive
bidding process overseen by senior
BBC editorial executives.
These range from radio stations
and online media companies to
major groups. They will now receive
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funding from the BBC to cover the
reporters’ employment costs.
Ashley Highfield, the NMA
chairman and chief executive
of Johnston Press, said: “The
ground-breaking Local News
Partnership between the NMA
and the BBC is now becoming a
reality which will benefit the BBC,
local media and, most importantly,
local communities. The initiative
has moved the whole relationship
between the BBC and the local
media sector from confrontation to
collaboration, and key benefits will
include 150 new journalists on the
ground holding public institutions to
account on behalf of their readers.”
Calling truth to power
The media groups awarded contracts
by the BBC range from large
publishers to the Shetland News.
The three major stakeholders in
the partnership are Trinity Mirror,
with 24 contracts to employ 63
reporters; Newsquest, with 17
contracts to employ 37 reporters; and
Johnston Press, with eight contracts
for 32.5 reporters, and a further four
reporters in partnership with other
media groups.
DC Thomson has been awarded
two contracts for four reporters,
while KM Media Group, Stonebow
Media (The Lincolnshire Reporter)
and Archant Community Media all
have one contract each to employ
two reporters. Citizen News and
Media (Hackney Citizen), the London
Evening Standard and Manx Radio
will employ one local democracy
reporter each. And Shetland News
has been awarded a contract for a
part-time reporter.
Scotland initially benefits from
21 new local democracy reporters,
London will have 12, Wales will have
11 and among the English regions
there will be 19 in the North West of
England, 14 in the West Midlands and
12 in the South of England.
The BBC-NMA partnership also
includes a Shared Data Unit, based
at BBC Birmingham, and a facility
allowing local news providers access
to relevant regional BBC video and
audio content.
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HEALTH
Morning sickness ‘sign of a healthy pregnancy’
By Paul Gallagher
HEALTH CORRESPONDENT
It may be an old wives’ tale, but
morning sickness – endured by
thousands of mothers-to-be – really
is a sign of a healthy pregnancy.
A review of evidence has found a
link between the hormone endokinin
for healthy pregnancies, its role in
making women nauseous, and how
its normal function may be adversely
affected by smoking, leading to poor
outcomes in pregnancy.
A healthy pregnancy relies
o n s u cce s s f u l a n d e f fe c t i ve
implantation of the placenta, but
how this is achieved remains to be
firmly established. In particular,
the role of peptide hormones and
the placenta in causing morning
sickness is unclear.
In the review, published in the
Journal of Molecular Endocrinology,
academics from Reading University
investigated the critical roles that
peptide hormones have in ensuring
successful implantation of the
placenta. They also discuss how
endokinin can indirectly lead to the
development of morning sickness
and how its normal hormone
function can be impaired by smoking.
Endokinin is a peptide hormone
that can affect blood supply to organs locally. Placental endokinin,
even at low levels, appears to be capable of improving local blood flow,
Two in five pregnancy deaths ‘preventable’
Up to two in five deaths among
women who die during or shortly
after pregnancy could be
prevented with better care, a
new report suggests.
An examination of 124
maternal deaths found
that 41 per cent may have
been prevented if they had
received “gold standard”
care. Researchers warned
pregnant women not to stop
taking medication without
seeking expert medical advice.
The Confidential Enquiry into
Maternal Deaths and Morbidity
report states that between 2013 and
2015, for every 100,000 women who
gave birth, 8.8 women died
during pregnancy or six
weeks afterwards.
Two-thirds of
women who died
had pre-existing
physical or mental
health issues.
Of the 124 cases,
experts deemed that
35 per cent received
good care. In 51 cases,
improvements to care may have
made a difference to outcome.
POLICE
WEATHER
Parliament
employee
arrested over
bar brawl
Storm Caroline
blows in with ice,
gales and floods
By Chris Green
SCOTLAND EDITOR
By Lizzie Dearden
A man has been arrested on
suspicion of causing grievous bodily
harm following a fight at a bar in the
Houses of Parliament.
The 57-year-old suspect, a member
of parliamentary staff, remained
in custody yesterday following the
incident on Tuesday evening.
Police said that they were called
to the bar courtyard “to reports of
an altercation between two males”
at 6.30pm.
“One male, aged 57, was arrested
at the scene on suspicion of grievous
bodily harm and affray,” said a
spokesman for the Metropolitan
Police. “He has been taken to a
central London police station, where
he remains at this time.”
The suspect’s alleged victim,
a 64-year-old man, was taken to
hospital for treatment to non-lifethreatening injuries.
Detectives from Westminster
are investigating the incident and
enquiries continue.
The fight took place at the Sports
and Social Club, which has a rowdy
reputation on the parliamentary
estate and has been temporarily
closed because of the violence.
A spokesman for the House of
Lords, which runs the bar, said:
“Following an incident involving two
parliamentary staff, after leaving
the Sports and Social Club bar, an
investigation is under way and the
bar will be temporarily closed until
that investigation is complete.”
The bar previously hit the
headlines after Eric Joyce, the
former independent MP for Falkirk,
was arrested following a late-night
brawl at the venue in 2013. He was
not charged with an offence.
Mr Joyce had previously resigned
from the Labour Party over a
previous assault conviction at
another parliamentary bar.
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a key factor for ensuring successful
implantation. Endokinin also acts on
the brain to induce nausea and vomiting, which is why drugs that block
the actions of endokinin in the brain
are often used to treat nausea associated with chemotherapy. Recent
data suggest that tobacco smoke also
influences lung endokinin levels.
Since hormones such as endokinin
are transported in the blood, they
can also affect functions in other
parts of the body – this is the basis of
the link between morning sickness,
pregnancy and smoking.
Increases in endokinin levels
during pregnancy can overspill and
activate the brain areas that cause
morning sickness symptoms.
Back on
home
ground
Billy Irving – one of the so-called
“Chennai Six” – arrives at Glasgow
Airport yesterday, having been released
from jail in India after serving four
years on weapons charges.
Mr Irving, of Connel, Argyll, is one of
six former British soldiers who won an
appeal last week against their convictions
for carrying unlicensed firearms and
ammunition when they were guarding a
ship against pirates in the Indian Ocean.
ANDREW MILLIGAN/PA
Storm Caroline will pose a “danger to
life” when it batters northern Britain
today with gusts of up to 90mph,
forecasters have warned.
The Met Office said high winds
were likely to damage buildings
and cause flying debris, as well as
power cuts, severe travel disruption
and dangerous waves. The weather
service has upgraded its warning
to amber in northern Scotland,
instructing residents to be prepared
to deal with extreme conditions.
Dozens of oil workers have been
evacuated from a platform in the
North Sea amid fears of huge waves,
with energy firm CNR International
saying it had shut down production.
Almost half of the 159 people
working on the Ninian South
platform, 75 miles east of Shetland,
were airlifted off after safety checks
on its steel support structure. Roads,
railways and ferries face disruption
as gusts of 70mph to 80mph hit the
far north of the country, increasing to
90mph in exposed areas.
Flood alerts are also in place,
with strong tidal surges and heavy
showers predicted by the Scottish
Environment Protection Agency.
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University chief pocketed £800,000 in her final year in job
By Cahal Milmo
The row over excessive pay for
university leaders intensified last
night after it emerged that the former
head of one of Britain’s smallest
universities was paid more than
£800,000 in her final year in office.
Professor Christina Slade, who
spent five years as vice-chancellor
of Bath Spa University, stepped
down this summer after receiving a
package worth £808,000 – probably
making her the best-paid British
vice-chancellor in history.
The packgage, revealed
by the Times Higher
Education magazine, included a £429,000 payment as “compensation
for loss of office” on top
of her £250,000 salary.
The 64-year-old Australian
academic (inset) also received
a housing allowance worth £20,000
and unspecified “benefits
in kind” worth the same
amount, as well as £89,000
in pension contributions.
The news will fuel
growing complaints that
some vice-chancellors,
who are in effect the chief
executives of the UK’s 130
universities, benefit from
grossly inflated salaries at a
time when the higher education
sector is under financial pressure
and students are falling into debt
as they pay annual tuition fees
of £9,000.
A spokeswoman for Bath Spa
University, which had 7,300 students
this year, said it paid Professor
Slade “a sum which reflected
her contractual and statutory
entitlements and was considered to
represent value for money”.
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William, 10, to
pick up his
lost camera in
Germany
By Sally Guyoncourt
By Katie Grant
Alyssa Milano (above), Terry Crews,
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before the print newspaper’s closure
in 2016, is credited with helping to
spearhead the movement in the UK.
Last month, Merrick
revealed that Sir
Michael Fallon,
the former defence
s e c re t a r y, h ad
“lunged” at her
in 2003 when she
was a 29-year-old
reporter.
Bex Bailey, a
political activist
who spoke about
being raped at a
Labour Party event
and revealed that
a senior Labour
official discouraged
her from reporting
the attack, was
also recognised.
The actresses
Ashley Judd,
Rose McGowan
and Alyssa
Milano were
a m o n g t h e m o s t p ro m i n e n t
acknowledged in the editorial but
there were also men, including the
US actor and former American
football player Terry Crews, who
spoke of being groped by a powerful
Hollywood executive.
Comment
#MeToo movement must hold its momentum
Jane
Merrick
T
ime magazine has named
its Person of the Year 2017
as the “Silence Breakers”,
the women and men who
broke cover to speak out about
suffering sexual harassment,
assault and rape.
It is a list that includes
Hollywood actors, a musician, a
professor, a hospital worker and
a strawberry picker, illustrating
how harassment – and the
#MeToo movement that exposes
it – affects all parts of society.
I am proud, as someone who
went public about the behaviour
of Sir Michael Fallon, to be one of
the British women included on
that list, alongside Bex Bailey,
the activist who spoke out about
being raped at a Labour event. But
it is a list that is not – and must not
be – exhaustive.
There are the women who
have shown enormous courage
in coming forward, such as Kate
Maltby, whose claims about
the Prime Minister’s deputy,
Damian Green, are subject to
an ongoing investigation and
which he denies.
There are the women I have
spoken to in recent weeks
who feel they cannot identify
themselves because they do
not want to risk their careers,
relationships or reputations.
There are the women and men
who do not have a platform in
the media or a large following
on Twitter and are nevertheless
routinely subject to harassment
and assault.
The paradox of the #MeToo
movement is that it provides
a voice, solidarity and
empowerment to women and
men who speak out – yet those
who must remain silent are the
ones who need empowerment
too. All of those deserve
recognition as part of what I
hope will be a change in society.
For Time to choose the
“Silence Breakers” as its Person
of the Year is cause for that hope,
but this cannot be a moment
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Time’s person of
the year honour
goes to the abuse
‘silence breakers’
Women and men from around the
world who spoke out this year about
sexual assault and harassment
have been jointly unveiled as Time
magazine’s 2017 Person of the Year.
The accolade, introduced in 1927,
is awarded annually by the US
publication to the individual, group
or idea that has had the biggest
impact on the world “for better or
worse” over the previous 12 months.
Announcing this year’s choice
yesterday, the magazine said:
“Time’s editors have found that there
is no single person who sparked the
cultural change that defined the
year. And that’s part of what made
that change so powerful.
“If the silence surrounding sexual
harassment and assault had been
broken by just one voice, the world
may have been able to ignore it. But
together, the hundreds who dared to
speak up have started a movement
that shaped 2017 – and that shows no
sign of stopping.”
Several Britons were among
the individuals name-checked
by the magazine in an editorial
on the group it has dubbed the
“Silence Breakers”. Jane Merrick,
a journalist who was the political
editor of The Independent on Sunday
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that is frozen in time, as part of
the zeitgeist of 2017 – just as the
magazine chose The Protester
in 2011 or the Whistleblowers in
2002 – before we move on to the
next movement in 2018.
It is right that the spotlight
has been thrown on the #MeToo
movement for shaping the news
in 2017, but real change must
follow from this.
One way that can happen
is structural change: it is not
enough for an employee to have
to report harassment to
a human resources department
if it involves their line manager
or boss. Companies need to
have proactive harassment
policies that protect and
reassure employees.
But we need to make sure
there is a permanent cultural
change – to make it socially
unacceptable for men (or
women) in positions of power to
touch, harass or bully, whether
they are in Cabinet or the
manager of a shop.
Continuing to talk about
#MeToo, to amplify the reasons
why we will no longer remain
silent, will help end that impunity.
Every one of us on Time’s list has
a duty to make sure that happens.
Twitter: @janemerrick23
The owner of a camera washed up
on the beach of a remote German
island has been found following a
social media appeal.
William Etherton lost his camera
while filming himself and his sister
Polly on the beach at Thornwick
Bay, near Flamborough Cliffs in East
Yorkshire in September.
The 10-year-old had placed it on
a rock while he and his 12-year-old
sister played, but they forgot about
the camera and it was washed into
the North Sea.
His father Mark, 47, said: “William
was so upset when he lost it – he’d
bought it using money from his
great-grandfather a couple of
Christmases ago.”
When it was found two months
later, 350-miles away on
the island of Hallig
Suderoog, the
finders decided to
post the pictures
found on its
memory card on
social media to see
if anyone would
claim the camera.
A friend of the
family recognised the
children and contacted them.
Mr Etherton said: “I clicked on
the article and realised it showed
William. I just couldn’t believe the
camera had been found.
“I wouldn’t have thought it would
have survived – we only paid about
£50 for it so it’s quite remarkable.”
Now the family is planning to
travel to Germany to collect the
camera and thank those who found
it in person.
In the meantime, the family and
in particular William have become a
news sensation in Germany.
Mr Etherton told said: “We’ve
had German TV news programmes
wanting to film a re-enactment
of when we lost it and their
version of News Beat wanting to
interview William.”
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Appreciation
The French Elvis, voice of youth culture
and a rock ’n’ roll institution, dies aged 74
By Roisin O’Connor
He was never taken seriously outside
of his home country but, quite simply,
Johnny Hallyday was the ultimate
French rock star.
Inspired by Elvis Presley, the
leather-clad rebel split from the
traditions of the French chanson and
adopted the clothes – and attitude
– of his US idols, earning his first
big break with the 1960 hit “T’aimer
follement” [Makin’ Love] and later
cementing his reputation as a rock
hero with French covers of songs
such as “Hey Joe” by Jimi Hendrix.
The rock critic Serge Kaganski
of the French music magazine Les
Inrockuptibles noted: “He embodies
the emergence of French youth
culture and rock ’n’ roll.”
The journalist Philippe Le Corre
once said: “He introduced rock ’n’
roll to France. He’s one of the few
singers about whom people say that
he’s an animal on stage... He’s quite
incredible. People of all ages like him.”
Known affectionately as “Johnny”
and “notre rocker national”, he caused
hysteria among his young fans and
scandalised a country led by the
uptight General Charles de Gaulle. But
part of his charm was his vulnerability
behind the “bad boy” image of a man
who enjoyed non-stop partying:
he admitted to suffering a difficult
childhood with an alcoholic father,
who abandoned his family when
Johnny was just eight months old.
He took cocaine, attempted suicide
in 1966 and collapsed on stage in 1986.
He married five times: twice to the
same woman – the daughter of one of
his oldest friends and collaborators.
He was ridiculed, often, by critics,
cartoonists and comedians, despite
earning praise when starring in films
by acclaimed directors such as JeanLuc Godard and Patrice Leconte.
Hallyday’s friend, the singer JeanJacques Goldman, said: “There is,
in the very deep public affection for
Johnny, something that goes beyond
the sexes and social classes.”
The French President, Emmanuel
Macron, said: ‘There is a little bit of
Johnny in us all.”
Even after the era of rock ’n’ roll
began to wane, Hallyday – who once
claimed that a 44-year-old Edith Piaf
tried to seduce him when he was 16
– continued to be held in high regard
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Grenfell blaze
families still
without homes
By Jack Hardy
Grenfell Tower survivors have
demanded “urgent action” on rehousing after it emerged four out
of five displaced families are facing
Christmas without a proper home.
Almost six months on from the
deadly blaze, in which 71 people
died and hundreds were made
homeless, 103 households from
the block remain in hotel rooms.
Another 11 are in serviced
apartments, and four are staying
with family – meaning 118 remain
in forms of emergency accommodation, Kensington and Chelsea
Council said.
The local authority was accused
of making “one broken promise
after another”, having previously
expressed confidence that every
survivor would be out of emergency rooms by Christmas.
In the immediate aftermath of
the 14 June inferno, Theresa May
initially appeared to pledge that
everyone left destitute would be
in temporary new homes within
three weeks.
DEFENCE
Hell-raiser inspired riots
Hallyday caused hysteria in his young fans, but displayed a vulnerability behind
the bad boy image; at 53 he married Laeticia Boudou, 21 AFP/GETTY
by the French public. When it was
time to choose a singer to perform
a tribute on the first anniversary
of the Charlie Hebdo terror attack,
the organisers picked him. Of his
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encounter with Piaf, documented
in a book of interviews by Amanda
Sthers, he said: “I was sick with
shyness and she overawed me. That’s
why I ran away.” THE INDEPENDENT
USA Today once dubbed Johnny
Hallyday “the greatest rock star you
never heard of”, but in France he was
known simply as “Johnny”.
Born Jean-Philippe Léo Smet in
Paris in 1943, the young Johnny was
raised by his aunt. He spent his early
years on the road with his cousins
and their acrobatic dance troupe, and
eventually took to the stage himself
at the age of 12, singing country songs
dressed as a child Davy Crockett.
The defining moment in his career
came when he saw Elvis Presley in
the film Loving You, which prompted
him to restyle his image. As Johnny
Hallyday, he set about bringing his
own brand of rock to an avid French
youth emerging from the austerity of
the post-war era.
His music and wild stage antics
sparked rioting, and the leather-clad,
Harley Davidson-loving rocker soon
became famed for his hard living and
self-destructive streak as much as for
his chart-topping albums.
New warship
hosts meal fit
for the Queen
By Georgina Stubbs
Cooking lunch for the Queen is
something that cannot be beaten,
the chef in charge of feeding the
monarch during a visit to her
namesake warship said.
At 65,000 tonnes, HMS Queen
Elizabeth is the biggest and
most powerful vessel ever built
by Britain, and will be formally
commissioned into the Royal
Navy today.
After the ceremony, the Queen
will enjoy a three-course lunch
, something which Petty Officer
Dean Allen said his team of chefs
was very excited about. “She has
got a salmon tian for starter. For
main course, she has a double
rib of (British) lamb with a bean
cassoulet,” he said. Pudding will
be burnt blood orange tart with
poached meringue.
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BREXIT
TALKS
FAKE
NEWS
FINLAND’S
CENTENARY
CHRISTINE
KEELER
NORTH
KOREA
KIRSTIE
ALLSOPP
May can
blame no one
but herself
The challenge
of controlling
online stories
It’s one of the
world’s fairest
societies
The Profumo
case is still
relevant
Trump must
be cautious
with Mr Kim
Is her show
festive tat or
clever craft?
The Times
TheGuardian
New YorkTimes
Daily Mirror
Washington Post
Daily Express
New Statesman
The number of Brexit
irreconcilables in
the Tory party is big
enough to trigger
a confidence vote
in Theresa May’s
leadership. But what
happens next is still
the Prime Minister’s
choice. If the Brexit
talks collapse, it won’t
be the fault of the DUP
or Brussels, but hers.
(Stephen Bush)
Daily Telegraph
It is the Prime
Minister’s job to
govern for the country
as a whole and not
leave a legacy of
division and acrimony.
If she cannot even
bring the DUP with her,
what chance has she
got of convincing the
rest of the country?
(Philip Johnston)
We cannot stop the
production of fake
news any more than
we can interpret
everything our
children read for
them. But we must
take responsibility for
giving them tools that
they can use to tell the
difference between
true and false stories.
(Joanna Shields)
Wired
There’s an instinct
to point fingers; to
blame someone for the
hellscape in which we
find ourselves. Every
day, tech giants are
forced to play defence.
Because we can’t
quit the products, we
become desperate for
the companies to save
us from ourselves.
(Miranda Katz)
Quote of
the day
Finland has one of the
fairest societies in the
world, with high ratings
for gender equality and
eco-friendliness. From
Sibelius to the novelist
Arto Paasilinna, Finns
weave a unique
course through the
tapestry of Europe.
(Editorial)
Financial Times
Finland does not allow
nostalgia to cloud its
economic dealings with
Russia. The Finnish
economy has twice
suffered badly from
its ties with its vast
neighbour: the collapse
of communism,
and after the EU
imposed sanctions on
Russia following the
annexation of Crimea
in 2014.
(Richard Milne)
Evening Standard
Christine Keeler
seemed in control
of her situation but
she wasn’t. She was
vulnerable. She didn’t
have the confidence
to answer back, not
like those girls with
received pronunciation.
She didn’t know how to
organise her thoughts,
how to speak out.
(Peter York)
Daily Mail
We have thankfully
come a long way since
Keeler’s day. But so
much of the hysteria
that now surrounds
the debate around
sexuality in public
life risks detracting
from the modern-day
Christine Keelers who
are still suffering at the
hands of wicked men.
(Sarah Vine)
The detonation of
even a small number
of nuclear weapons
in North Korea would
produce hellish results.
The US would make
itself a pariah for
decades. For strategic,
humanitarian and
constitutional reasons,
a first-strike option
should not even be on
the table.
(Barry R Posen)
Will the Trump
administration try to
block North Korea from
crossing the final goal
line, by military means
if necessary? Or will
it seek a diplomatic
formula that could
leave all sides better
off than the cataclysm
of war?
(David Ignatius)
The one thing that
tells me Christmas
is coming is the sight
of Kirstie Allsopp
smugly holding aloft
something she’s made
with one of her clever
crafters. The thing is,
who has time to “pop
along to one of the
hundreds of ceramic
cafés that have sprung
up across the country”?
(Ian Hyland)
Kirstie’s Handmade
Christmas has become
a pleasant part of the
holiday period. I think
of it as being a bit
like Bake Off but with
Christmas tat instead
of tarts. There’s usually
one bit of Crimbo-craft
you might be able to
pull off at home.
(Matt Baylis)
LifeInBrief
JEAN D’ORMESSON FRENCH WRITER AND PHILOSOPHER
I believe that
these decisions
are sad and
mistaken
and, indeed,
cowardly
Boris Johnson
The Foreign Secretary
attacks Paperchase
and Pizza Hut for
pulling advertising
from tabloid
newspapers following
public pressure
Jean d’Ormesson, a writer, philosopher,
and very public face among the usually
discreet “immortals” of the prestigious
French Academy, has died aged 92.
A dapper man known for his charm
and wit, he appeared regularly on
French television – unlike most other
lifetime members of the academy,
who were shadowy figures with no
public profile. He was among the
rare academicians who might be
recognisable to the French public.
D’Ormesson wrote 50 books and
essays, starting in 1956. His last
work, Ces Moments De Bonheur, Ces
Midis D’Incendie [These Moments Of
Happiness, These Fiery Noons], was
published last year.
D’Ormesson was inducted into the
academy in 1973, sitting in the 12th
of 40 assigned chairs. “Immortals”,
considered as intellectual and literary
giants, don green and gold embroidered
suits and each carries a sword for
formal meetings of the body, which
is responsible for protecting and
maintaining the French language, and
ruling on disputes surrounding new
vocabulary or grammar.
The French President, Emmanuel
Macron, said D’Ormesson was “the
best of the French spirit, a unique
mix of intelligence, elegance and
maliciousness”. He added: “A prince of
letters knowing to never take himself
seriously. We already miss the eye, the
smile, the words of Jean d’Ormesson.”
D’Ormesson worked in journalism
early in his career and was the directorgeneral of the conservative newspaper
Le Figaro from 1974-77, then spent four
decades as a commentator at the paper.
In an interview with Le Figaro to
mark his 90th birthday, d’Ormesson
said he “absolutely had no vocation
as a novelist” and wrote his first
novel, L’Amour Est Un Plaisir [Love Is A
Pleasure] “to please a girl” – but it did
not work. He said he did not mind being
catalogued as a writer of the political
right, and “detested” the existentialist
Jean-Paul Sartre.
D’Ormesson, who was born the son
of an ambassador in Paris in 1925,
turned his back on a career working
for the state or in medicine, despite
his father’s nudging, and ended up as
a commentator and writer. He was
considered highly enough to take part
in an informal televised debate with
the then French president, François
Mitterrand, in 1992.
He ended up as a must-have
guest on numerous TV programmes
throughout his life, even appearing in
2001 alongside the comedian Jamel
Debbouze, who helped him out when
he was asked to make deliberate
grammatical errors. That was a tough
task for the erudite man representing
the esteemed Académie française, which
works laboriously on dictionaries of the
French language.
D’Ormesson called marriage a
“nightmare”, but he did tie the knot with
Françoise Béghin, with whom he had
a daughter. He won numerous literary
prizes, including being one of the few
living authors to have a work published
in the prestigious Bibliothèque de la
Pléiade in 2015.
Born 16 June 1925
Died 5 December 2017
Barbara Speed
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Improved mental health
care requires brain power
I
n politics, soundbites are more
than just slogans. They confer
meaning and intent; value as
well as character. That is why
politicians and campaigners
love the phrase “parity of
esteem” to describe their ambitions
for the relationship between mental
and physical health. It is not only
reverent and evenhanded, but
unarguable in principle. Currently,
three out of four people with mental
illness don’t get diagnosed – and for
those that do, the services they rely
on receive barely 13 per cent of NHS
funding, despite serving 28 per cent
of the UK’s disease burden. Who
wouldn’t want to ensure greater
equality in the treatment of mental
and physical health?
The problem is that, despite the
Government putting the phrase
“parity of esteem” into law in 2012,
its realisation remains firmly out of
reach. This is because true parity
relies not just on funding – of which
there is undeniably much too little
in mental healthcare – but also
understanding. And this is where
the real deficit lies.
It is an anomaly of modern
science that the organ that most
distinguishes us from other
animals, the human brain, remains
the least studied and understood
by medical research. Before
2008, there were no UK charities
dedicated solely to mental health
science. As recently as 2015,
just 5.5 per cent of UK medical
research funding went into
mental health. The advertising
industry arguably invests more in
understanding how we think.
This is where the battle for
parity should be fought – not just in
hospital wards but in laboratories.
If we are to treat mental illness
more effectively, we first must
understand how the 86 billion
neurons within the brain process,
store and relay information. This
is no small task, but thankfully the
successful fight against another set
of diseases – cancer – offers a model
for success.
At the turn of the 20th century,
our understanding of cancer
was unthinkably limited. Many
people assumed it to be spread
contagiously by microbes or fungus,
and early forms of radiotherapy
placed radium inside patients’
bodies to treat tumours. Yet
in 1902, leading figures from
the royal medical colleges met
in London’s Harley Street to
establish the UK’s first research
institution for the study of cancer,
the Cancer Research Fund, with
Work carried out by Cancer Research UK has helped to double cancer survival rates since the 1970s; now similar studies of the human mind are needed GETTY
just £1,000 in a single donation.
From a single laboratory rented
in an old examination hall on the
Embankment, and a 29-year-old
research superintendent named
Ernest Bashford, sprung an
organisation which transformed our
understanding of cancer.
Its discoveries included proving
the distinction between malignant
tumours and host cells and
demonstrating the carcinogenic
qualities of chemicals such as tar.
The treatments that stemmed
from its research have helped to
double cancer survival in the UK
since the 1970s, reduce mortality
rates significantly, and dramatically
improve quality of life for those
suffering the disease.
In 2002, the fund merged with
the Cancer Research Campaign
to become the world’s largest
cancer charity, Cancer Research
UK, which now raises hundreds
of millions of pounds a year from
donations so that we, in their words,
can beat cancer “together”.
More than a century later, this
Mental health
research receives
22 times less than
is given to cancer
– just £8 per
person affected
experience offers a rubric for the
fight against mental illness. The
royal medical colleges, supported
by the Government, should bring
together a coalition of the willing
to spearhead a national research
effort into the human mind.
Britain’s great research bodies
and philanthropists should be
called upon to repair the historic
imbalance that results in mental
health research receiving 22 times
less than is given to cancer – just
£8 per person affected by mental
illness compared with more than
£175 per cancer patient. The world’s
technology companies should
be convinced to bring the most
advanced techniques to bear, from
high-resolution neuro-imaging to
monitor brain activity in real time
to advanced machine learning to
map how memory and learning
is exchanged and stored. And the
Government and the NHS should
design systems to rapidly roll out,
test and prescribe the cutting-edge
treatments and therapies that result.
A better understanding of the
mind is the only way to combat the
mental distress that holds so many
back – and the only way to genuinely
deliver genuine parity of esteem.
Will Tanner was an adviser to
Theresa May from 2014-17 and
deputy head of the Policy Unit during
her first year in 10 Downing Street
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President Donald Trump
announcing that the US
will be the first country
to recognise Jerusalem
as Israel’s capital should
be more than enough
reason to discard any
idea of a state visit by
him to this country.
His move goes against
all UN declarations on the
status quo of Jerusalem,
will be offensive to
America’s supposed
Muslim allies and is
rubber-stamping the fact
that aggression pays.
TOM BAKER
GLYN CEIRIOG, CLWYD
Who likes
Prosecco?
With regard to your
article (i, 6 December)
about Prosecco and
Champagne, am I the
only person who finds
the stuff repulsive and
vastly over-rated?
You can keep the sticky,
fizzy, belch-producing,
snobbish drink as far
as I’m concerned. The
British people most
probably don’t know
what they are drinking
because these terrible
tipples all taste the same,
and they have most likely
only paid an exorbitant
price for it to keep up
appearances at their
wedding or party.
ROB BARRATT
LAUNCESTON,
CORNWALL
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Many of our nation’s
pensioners who have
retired abroad, often to
join family, face undue
hardships and in some
cases dire poverty,
because of arbitrary
discrimination from the
British Government.
Given the new global
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to as we leave the EU, I
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There are no
bad questions
Has David Batty (Your
View, 6 December) ever
stopped to think that
almost every worthwhile
invention or science
discovery has happened
because of a question
that has never been
asked before?
Questioning is good.
Full stop. Complaining
of relevance quashes
investigation.
After all, the ability
of pigeons to recognise
connections to the length
of lines could be the start
of pigeons recognising
in “pigeon English” a sign
that says “Don’t park
here”. A sign of relevance
to most drivers, but
particularly to those who
park underneath pigeons’
favourite spots.
DAVID McKNIGHT
then I imagine Margaret
Thatcher, or – God forbid
– Boris Johnson. Maggie
thought she was Queen
anyway and Boris
thinks he is Churchill.
Please let’s just keep
the position of head of
state out of the hands of
all politicians.
ROGER SIMMONS
CHESTERFIELD,
DERBYSHIRE
Our disunited
kingdom
Rail services
should be run for
the benefit of all
The great
railway disaster
I suspect that commuters
would be happier if they
knew that all the money
they are pouring into
the railways (i, 6
December) was used for
the running and updating
of the entire system,
and not bled off to
private investors.
In the 1990s, The
Independent newspaper
documented, day by day,
the stupidity of the whole
privatisation programme
under the heading of “The
Great Railway Disaster”.
It was obvious then and
even more obvious now
that nationwide services
should be integrated and
run for the benefit of all.
PETER PARKINS
BENTHAM,
LANCASTER
What makes the increase
in rail fares worse is that
it comes on the back of
a Budget that has, yet
again, frozen petrol duty.
So it seems that,
despite ever more
overcrowded roads,
we want to encourage
car travel whatever the
adverse impact on
the environment.
TIM MICKLEBURGH
GRIMSBY
Who would be
head of state?
I can well understand
people questioning the
value and relevance of
the Royal Family in these
times of austerity.
However, every time I
am tempted by thoughts
of republicanism, I
think “who else would
be head of state?” and
In the current Brexit
farce, there is a lot of
talk of the worsening in
Anglo-Irish relations. I
wonder what could be
said of Welsh-Irish and
Scottish-Irish relations?
Probably a tad better.
HOWARD EVANS
CONWY
Democracy
in action
Is it possible that
a little democracy
could be applied to
the issue of Brexit and
Northern Ireland? As
there currently is no
Assembly government,
why not organise a
quick referendum of
the people of Northern
Ireland asking whether
they would be prepared
to accept “regulatory
alignment” as a solution?
It could be the first
example of taking back
democratic control which
will exist after Brexit.
C SLIGHT
CWMBRAN
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Emily’s saucy
video puts
critics in a spin
Meghan reveals
how TV legal
drama opened
doors for her
Meghan Markle will obviously never
have to worry about money again
– but it is somehow reassuring to
know that a future member of the
Royal Family once had a car so
decrepit that she had to climb into it
through the boot.
Writing in Darling magazine
two years ago about her early days
auditioning for Hollywood roles,
the actress (pictured with her fiancé,
Prince Harry) revealed that she used
to drive a “beat-up Ford Explorer
Sport that rattled like a steamboat
engine” and had front doors that were
jammed shut.
She said: “I was in my early 20s,
still figuring so much out, and trying
to find my value in an industry that
judges you on everything that you’re
not versus everything that you are.
“Not thin enough, not pretty
enough, not ethnic enough, while also
being too thin, too ethnic, too pretty
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the very next day.” By 2011, however,
she had been cast as Rachel Zane
in the pilot episode of the US legal
drama Suits.
She added: “Never would I have
imagined that this show would not
just change my career, but also change
my life – that on my journey of trying
to get what I wanted, of trying to see
my dream come to fruition, I would
learn who I am. That I would discover
that I am enough.”
Emily Ratajkowski has been criticised
for appearing in LOVE magazine’s
online video advent calendar in her
underwear, writhing around on a table
full of cooked spaghetti.
It was not the fact that the
26-year-old model and actress (right)
took part in a provocative film shoot
that irked critics – but the fact that
she wrote an essay on feminism to
accompany it. Ratajkowski’s writing
was hailed by LOVE as an “amazing
polemic on female empowerment”
– but it was hardly that. The Gone
Girl star’s opinions included: “Being
sexy is fun and I like it.”
She made some decent points,
though, including her argument
that “feminism isn’t about
adjusting [what you wear], it’s
about freedom and choice”.
Nevertheless, I would have
preferred to read it if it wasn’t
presented simply as a means
to justify a clip of Ratajkowski
smothering herself in passata.
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Simon
Kelner
T
his coming weekend, I pass
a significant milestone
in my life. Hard though it
may be for you to believe,
particularly given the evidence of
my byline picture on the left, I will
be 60 on Saturday. Yes, threescore
years of living and loving, eating
and drinking, succeeding and
failing, learning and forgetting,
acquiring and losing.
The past decade has been marked
by quite a lot of losing. Specifically,
a job, a wife, two houses, a dog and
a kidney. Some losses have been
avoidable, others not, but I emerge
from this past decade lighter,
brighter, and more positive about
my future.
This bout of self-reflection got me
thinking about one’s progression
through life, and, irrespective
of whether this is indicative of a
wider truth or not, I seem to have
spent my thirties and my forties
acquiring all sorts of material and
emotional assets. I then spent my
fifties shedding quite a lot of them,
and have reached my sixties more
liberated, more healthy and ready
to embrace the next decade with
a positivity I would have thought
impossible 10 years ago.
One of the most important lessons
I have learned in this period of my
life is not to surrender to the tyranny
of possessions. I am lucky in that I
do not share the interest of many
men of my vintage in, say, fast cars
and expensive wristwatches, and, as
someone who has only ever thought
he was 29 years old, I haven’t
reached my midlife crisis yet.
Naturally, as the date when I have
to confront my own mortality comes
ever closer, the thing I have learned
to cherish, and the commodity I
prize the most, is time. Specifically,
time spent with those I love, and
doing the things I love, like playing
golf with my friends or going to
the football with my daughter. I
seize the opportunity to indulge my
passions with an enthusiasm that is
undoubtedly framed by a feeling that
60 is the point when you finally start
considering the possibility that you
won’t be around for ever.
I don’t want all this to sound
self-satisfied, and I know that many
men of my age are struggling with
late-onset divorce and professional
insecurity, but there is, or at least
should be, a confidence which comes
from understanding one’s place in
the world, and recognising that the
personal struggle to achieve and
acquire is won and lost.
This much I have learnt. Plus
not to worry about something you
can’t control. And never to make a
decision in the hours of darkness.
And always to go to bed when
someone starts singing either
“Danny Boy” or “American Pie”.
Trust me. Follow these rules and
you’ll have a long and happy life.
I’m not being entirely serious, of
course, but I never imagined I would
be passing the age of 60 in such a
cheerful frame of mind. Who knows
what the next decade will bring, and
in a way, that’s part of the thrill.
I hope I’m spared, by God, by
physical depredations, and the
editor of this august publication,
to be still writing this column
approaching my 70th birthday,
at which point I’ll no doubt be
espousing the virtues of having a
yacht, a Maserati and a villa in the
South of France.
SOCIETY
away an hour or so, although driving
there arguably defeats the purpose.
Exercise has benefits beyond
those for the heart and lungs, too.
For older people in particular,
getting out and about can lift the
spirits and dissipate feelings of
loneliness and isolation. Getting
out for a walk outdoors is a very
different experience to pacing on a
treadmill indoors.
And even congested old Oxford
Street (inset) has its charms at this
time of year, if you’re good at sidestepping festive throngs. It’s no
wonder that so many people travel
to London in December, to marvel
at bejewelled department-store
windows, breathe in the scent of
roasting chestnuts and photograph
the Christmas lights. It’s enough to
melt even the hardest humbug.
Walking through the city
yesterday reminded me of just that.
An elderly couple stopped, arm in
arm, to gaze in a window at a woodcarved Christmas scene. “Look
at that. How marvellous.
So much detail – there’s
even a man in the moon,”
mused the wife, with a
smile on her face.
“Someone must have
had a lot of fun designing
all of that,” her husband
agreed, before they
wandered off together.
So rather than imploring
older people to stay indoors,
let’s transform our high streets.
Pedestrianisation, and imposing
traffic and fuel sanctions, go a long
way towards that. So does opting
to use public transport rather than
driving. If we make our high streets
cleaner places to stroll along, we can
all reap the benefits.
Siobhán
Norton
Reclaim our
streets for
the strollers
I
t’s a case of damned if you do,
damned if you don’t, at least if
you are in your 60s, live in a city
and like to log those 10,000 steps
a day. It’s a double blow if you’ve
been enjoying some fitness-tracker
smugness after a day of schlepping
up and down the high street doing
your Christmas shopping.
A sobering report by the
British Heart Foundation
has revealed that traffic
fumes can cancel out the
cardiovascular benefits
of a walk if you are on
a busy road. You might
as well stay indoors, put
your feet up and reach for
another mince pie.
Well, not quite. The
research, which examined walkers
in Oxford Street, London, showed
that people who instead opted to
stroll through nearby Hyde Park
experienced a decrease in arterial
stiffness. And one thing Britain does
really well is its green spaces – our
parks are truly lovely. Those of us
who live in towns or cities are never
far from one where we can while
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The ground-breaking musical Hamilton has finally arrived in the West
End, two weeks later than expected.
Previews of the “hip-hop masterpiece” at the newly refurbished
Victoria Palace Theatre opened
last night.
Originally due to open on 21 November, the performances had to
be delayed as the expansion and
restoration of the listed theatre fell
behind schedule.
Inspired by the 2004 biography of
Alexander Hamilton, the show made
its off-Broadway debut in 2015, where
it sold out. It moved to Broadway,
Alexander Hamilton was
a key figure in creating the
US Constitution. He also founded
the nation’s financial system, the
Federalist Party, the US Coast
Guard and the New York Post.
winning further rave reviews. It has
already garnered 11 Tony awards, one
Grammy award for the album and a
Pulitzer Prize.
Now it is expected to get similar
rave reviews in London.
Mark Shenton, associate editor
of The Stage, said: “I’ve seen it four
times on Broadway… and it’s a musical that rewrites history, literally, because it’s about a historical subject,
but it also does it in a form that is
completely groundbreaking.”
The show combines hip-hop, jazz,
blues, rap, R&B and musical theatre
to tell the story of one of America’s
founding fathers. Alexander Hamilton was born on the island of Nevis in
the Caribbean in either 1755 or 1757.
Despite being orphaned as a child,
Hamilton rose through the ranks of
the US army and eventually became
the senior aide to General George
Washington. After leaving the army,
he moved into politics, becoming
a congressman before training as
a lawyer.
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Christopher
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Washington in
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The sh ow was created by
Lin-Manuel Miranda, who used rap
to convey the story and “present
America then, in a way we understand now”.
Its success on Broadway has generated huge demand for tickets and
its producers say they are deter-
mined to stop ticket touts and thirdparty sellers from profiteering at the
expense of genuine theatre fans.
In a West End first, they have developed a paperless ticket system
for this production and are also releasing a number of daily £10 tickets
available in a lottery.
The aim is to talk for a minute without hesitation, repetition or deviation
– but in reality doing that too often is
boring, Paul Merton, a regular on
Radio 4’s Just a Minute has said.
The comedian (inset), speaking
to mark the show’s 50th anniversary later this month, also said
that male stand-ups are
too competitive.
“This is a big generalisation, but
male stand-up comedians usually
aren’t as good because sometimes
they don’t realise
that it’s not about
how much they’re talking or how many silly jokes
they’re making,” he told the Radio
Times. “It’s dull if everyone talks for a
minute without interruption.”
Merton, who has appeared on
the show for 30 years, added: “The
aim isn’t to win; it’s to make an entertaining show. I do win quite a lot,
but I think I’m getting points for
being amusing, not for being sharp
on challenges.”
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SCIENCE
Eggs-plosive: microwave can cause shell shock
Using a microwave to reheat hardboiled eggs could result in explosions
so loud they could cause hearing
damage, experts believe.
Acoustics consultants in the US
investigated the sound levels of
exploding eggs as part of expert
witness testimony for litigation involving a complainant who allegedly
suffered severe burns and hearing
damage at a restaurant after a microwaved hard-boiled egg exploded
in his mouth.
Lauren von Blohn and Anthony
Nash, at Charles M Salter Associates
in San Francisco, began their investigation by reviewing online footage of
microwave explosions. They realised
that, because the “experiments” had
been performed by people “casually
detonating eggs in a microwave” for
entertainment, they would have to
change tack.
The pair placed hard-boiled eggs
in a water bath and heated them
for three minutes before removing and piercing them to induce an
explosion. “We needed to quantify
the peak sound pressures from an
exploding egg so we could compare
The sound of exploding eggs could be
louder than a chainsaw SHUTTERSTOCK
it to hearing-damage risk criteria,”
said Mr Nash.
“At one foot away, the peak sound
pressure levels from microwaved
eggs covered a wide range from 86
up to 133 decibels. Chainsaws have a
noise intensity of about 110 decibels.”
They believe egg yolk is more receptive than water to microwave
radiation and suggested that protein
in the yolk traps small pockets of
water within it, causing the pockets
to superheat well above the nominal
boiling temperature of tap water.
When these superheated pockets
are disturbed or if somebody at-
tempts to bite into the egg yolk, the
water pockets boil in a furious chain
reaction leading to an explosion-like
phenomenon, they said.
The findings will be presented to
the Acoustical Society of America in
New Orleans this week.
Researcher Anthony Nash
said: “On a statistical basis,
the likelihood of an egg exploding
and damaging someone’s hearing
is quite remote. It’s a little bit like
playing egg roulette.”
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NATURE
Dolby’s family
makes record
donation to
Cambridge
Swan-necked
dinosaur had
killer claws
By Josh Gabbatiss
By Sam Russell
The sound pioneer Ray Dolby’s
family has donated £85m to
Cambridge University.
Dolby studied physics at Cambridge from 1961 to 1964 before founding his company Dolby Laboratories
four years later. It went on to invent
sound technologies which changed
the way people listened to music and
experienced films and to make him a
multibillion-dollar fortune.
The gift, which is the largest philanthropic donation ever made to UK
science, will help redevelop the Cavendish Laboratory, with a new development to be named the Ray Dolby
Centre. It is expected to open in 2022.
Dolby, who died in 2013 at the age of
80, was a student and later a fellow of
Pembroke College, Cambridge.
His son, David, said many of his
father’s ideas were stimulated by
his time at Cambridge. “My father’s
time at the Cavendish provided him
with an environment where he got a
world-class education in physics, and
many of his successful ideas about
noise reduction were stimulated by
his Cambridge experience,” he said.
“Our family is pleased to be able to
support the future scientists who will
benefit from the Ray Dolby Centre.”
Dolby’s widow, Dagmar, said: “The
University of Cambridge played a
Ray Dolby studied physics at Cambridge, where his ideas were stimulated, before he went on to found his company PA
pivotal role in Ray’s life, both personally and professionally.
“At Cambridge and at the Cavendish, he gained the formative education and insights that contributed
greatly to his lifelong ground-breaking creativity, and enabled him to
start his business.”
The Dolby family previously donated £35m to Pembroke College in 2015.
Cavendish Laboratory researchers
have made many contributions to science over the past 140 years, including the discovery of the electron and
of the neutron, and the unravelling of
the structure of DNA.
Ray Dolby The life of a sound pioneer
Ray Dolby changed the way people
listen to music and enjoy films. He
was the creator of the Dolby Noise
Reduction system, a method for
reducing background hiss on tape
recordings, which was incorporated
into almost every recording device
from the 1970s to the 1990s. His
company also invented the Dolby
Stereo sound system for cinema.
Born in Portland, Oregon in 1933,
his father was an inventor. After
school, aged 16, he joined the Ampex
In this Saturday’s
Corporation, a company specialising
in tape recording systems, where he
worked on the development of video
technology. In 1957 he received a BS
in electrical engineering from Stanford University.
Dolby came to Pembroke College,
Cambridge, in 1961 as a Marshall
scholar to study physics. In 1965
he started his own company, Dolby
Laboratories, in London, with a staff
of four people. He died, aged 80, in
2013 from leukaemia.
Palaeontologists have discovered
a dinosaur with a unusual array of
features, including flippers, “killer
claws” and a swan-like neck.
Halszkaraptor escuilliei, a relative of the infamous velociraptor, is
thought to have been a semi-aquatic
predator that used its flipper-like
forelimbs to manoeuvre in the water
like a penguin. Its discovery is the
first evidence that dinosaurs took to
the water in search of prey.
A team of researchers identified
the new dinosaur based on a specimen from Mongolia which, prior to
being handed to palaeontologists,
had resided in private collections
having been illegally exported from
the country
Despite the area’s reputation as a
rich source of dinosaur discoveries,
the combination of unusual traits
found in this new species made the palaeontologists suspect a
fake. However, detailed
scans of the fossil confirmed it was genuine.
A reconstruction
of the
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After years of painstaking excavation
and preparation, “the most complete
skeleton of a human ancestor” has
been revealed to the world.
“Little Foot” had lain deep within
the Sterkfontein Caves, north-west of
Johannesburg, for 3.67 million years
before blasts by lime miners brought
the bones to the surface. Found in
1994 by Professor Ron Clarke, the
skeleton got the nickname because it
was unearthed by its foot bones first.
Professor Clarke, from the Evolutionary Studies Institute at the
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The hunt for our ancestor
The first fragments of bones
belonging to Little Foot were found in
1994 followed by more in 1997. They
were among other fossils removed
from rock blasted from the caves
years earlier by miners.
Professor Ron Clarke’s assistants Stephen Motsumi and Nkwane
Molefe were then sent to the Sterkfontein Caves to search for any
broken bone surface which might
fit with the bones he had discovered
initially. Within two days of searching
in July 1997, they had found a match.
The specialised process of excavation
then began in earnest right up until
2012, when the last visible elements
were removed from the cave in blocks
of breccia, a concrete-like rock.
Professor Clarke said: “Once the
upward-facing surfaces of the skeleton’s bones were exposed, the breccia
in which their undersides were
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the skeleton took a further five years.
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the history of human origins research
and it is a privilege to unveil a finding
of this importance today.”
The virutally complete Australopithecus skeleton went on display at
the university yesterday. Researchers say it has taken more than 20
years to excavate, clean, reconstruct
and analyse the remains. It is believed to be the most complete skeleton of a human ancestor older than
1.5 million years ever found.
Professor Adam Habib, vicechancellor of the university, said:
“This is a landmark achievement for
the global scientific community and
South Africa’s heritage. It is through
important discoveries like Little Foot
that we obtain a glimpse into our past
which helps us to better understand
our common humanity.”
Funding for the project came from
the Palaeontological Scientific Trust
(PAST), an non-governmental organisation which promotes research
into sciences related to human origin.
PAST’s chief scientist Professor Robert Blumenschine said: “Not only is
Africa the storehouse of the ancient
fossil heritage for people the world
over, it was also the wellspring of everything that makes us human.”
Little Foot is the oldest
fossiI hominid (primates
which include humans) found
in southern Africa. And it is
hoped it will provide a better
understanding of our ancestors’
appearance and movement.
Delivery robots
will need permit
to roam streets
By Andrew Buncombe
Delivery robots in San Francisco
will need permits before they
can roam city pavements,
under legislation approved by
city supervisors.
San Francisco has struggled
to regulate home-town start-ups
that grew too popular, including
the short-term vacation rental
platform Airbnb and ride-hailing
service Uber. Supervisor Norman
Yee proposed an outright ban on
delivery robots but settled on a
permitting system this week.
A maximum of nine
“autonomous delivery devices”
may be allowed at any time in the
city. The robots cannot travel at
more than three miles per hour
and human operators must be
nearby. The robots must yield
to pedestrians.
The chief executives of some
autonomous delivery companies
have said they welcome
the regulations.
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Around the
world in
10 stories
CHINA
UKRAINE
‘Australia is
being paranoid’
Saakashvili
eludes arrest
China accused Australia of
hysteria and paranoia after
the Prime Minister Malcolm
Turnbull vowed to ban foreign
political donations in a move to
curb external influences.
Foreign powers were making
“unprecedented attempts to
influence the political process”
in Australia, Mr Turnbull
said, following “reports about
Chinese influence”. “Australian
media have fabricated news
stories about the so-called
Chinese influence,” the
Chinese embassy in Australia
said. REUTERS
Georgia’s former president, who has
become Ukraine’s top opposition politician, continued to defy demands to
give himself up to authorities after
the prosecutors issued an ultimatum.
Authorities tried to arrest Mikheil
Saakashvili at his home in Kiev on
Tuesday but he escaped. Mr Saakashvili and his backers camped out
outside parliament, demanding the
resignation of the Ukrainian president. Yesterday, Mr Saakashvili told
the crowd would not turn himself in.
Officers and prosecutors went to the
tent camp early in the morning to
look for Mr Saakashvili but met with
resistance from protesters. AP
MALTA
Suspect ‘set off
car bomb by
text message’
By Chris Scicluna
IN VALLETTA
Maltese investigators believe a
man charged with murdering an
anti-corruption journalist set off
the car bomb which killed her via
SMS from a cruiser out at sea.
Three men have been charged
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Cambridge
Harvard University is
upholding a policy that
pressures secretive all-male
social clubs to accept students
of any gender.
In a private meeting
this week, the university’s
governing board voted to
approve a May 2016 rule saying
students who join singlegender clubs are forbidden
from leading campus groups
or serving as captains of
sports teams. The rule also
says the university will not
back those students for
major scholarships.
University administrators
created the rule to spur change
over the death of Daphne
Caruana Galizia, whose car was
blown up on 16 October. The men,
Vince Muscat, and brothers
Alfred and George Degiorgio,
have pleaded not guilty.
Police sources said
investigators suspected George
Degiorgio sent the text message
after receiving a signal from his
brother Alfred, who they believe
acted as a lookout. A boat has
been impounded.
Ms Caruana Galizia wrote
a blog highlighting cases of
alleged corruption and targeted
politicians. REUTERS
among male social groups
known as final clubs, including
some that date to the 18th
century and count former US
presidents among their past
members. In recent years, the
clubs have been accused of
problems with alcohol abuse
and sexual assault.
Harvard’s decision spares
the clubs from a harsher fate
recommended by a faculty
committee, which said in July
that students should be banned
from joining single-gender
clubs or face disciplinary
action. The rule also applies
to all-female clubs and to
fraternities and sororities
open to Harvard students even
though the university does not
officially recognise them. Some
clubs have already expanded
admission rules in response to
the rule. AP
Collin Binkley
A wildfire burns
along the 101
Freeway north-west
of Los Angeles AP
Wildfires destroy homes as
thousands are evacuated
By Mike Blake
IN VENTURA
A fast-moving wildfire whipped by
hot, dry Santa Ana winds destroyed
hundreds of homes in and around
Ventura, California, as thousands of
residents were forced to flee ahead of
the flames.
The blaze, dubbed the “Thomas
Fire”, broke out on Monday evening
in the foothills above Ventura. Winds
quickly drove it west into the city,
some 50 miles north-west of Los Angeles. By yesterday, the fire had burnt
more than 50,000 acres, officials
said. The California Governor, Jerry
Brown, declared a state of emergency, freeing state funds and resources
to assist the more than 1,000 firefighters battling to save homes.
“This fire is very dangerous and
spreading rapidly, but we’ll continue
to attack it with all we’ve got,” Mr
Brown said. “It’s critical residents
stay ready and evacuate immedi-
SYRIA
Talks on ending war resume
without Assad’s delegation
ately if told to do so.” There were no
reports of fatalities but KABC-TV reported that one person was killed in a
car crash while fleeing the area.
“Due to the intensity of the fire,
crews are having trouble making access and there are multiple reports
of structures on fire,” officials said on
Ventura County’s emergency management website. More than 250,000
homes were without power, utilities
said. All schools in the Ventura Unified School District were closed. AP
ALGERIA
Macron fails to
apologise for past
Talks on ending the war in Syria resumed yesterday with no sign of President Bashar al-Assad’s delegation
returning to the negotiations in Geneva after they walked out last week.
A source close to the Syrian government’s negotiating team said the
delegation was still in Damascus. The
talks began last week and after a few
days with little apparent progress,
the UN mediator Staffan de Mistura
said that the government delegation,
led by Bashar al-Ja’afari, was returning to Damascus to “consult”.
Mr de Mistura expected the talks
to resume next week, but Mr Ja’afari
left Geneva, saying that he might
not come back because the opposition had stated that Mr Assad
could not play a role in a future
interim government.
President Emmanuel Macron, visiting Algeria, said yesterday he would
not be held hostage by France’s colonial involvement there and urged
young Algerians to build for the future and not dwell on past “crimes”.
Mr Macron was in Algiers for talks
with President Abdelaziz Bouteflika. Many had wondered whether he
would offer an official apology given
his statement that France’s colonial
rule was a “crime against humanity”.
BRAZIL
CAMBODIA
MYANMAR
By Tom Miles
IN GENEVA
Drugs lord held in Opposition
UN: big drop in
leader faces trial opium cultivation
security swoop
One of Rio de Janeiro’s most
wanted drug lords was captured
by Brazilian security forces
yesterday. Almost 3,000 officers
took part in the operation.
Known by his nickname of
Rogerio 157, Rogerio Avelino
da Silva had been high on the
authorities wanted list for
months. In September, his
gunmen engaged in street fighting
with loyalists of a jailed rival drug
boss called Nem. AP
Cambodia’s exiled opposition leader
Sam Rainsy has committed treason
by inciting soldiers to defy orders,
the Prime Minister Hun Sen said, and
will face legal action.
The threat of more legal action
against Sam Rainsy, who has lived
in France since 2015 to avoid a series
of convictions, comes weeks after a
court dissolved his opposition party,
removing any significant challenge to
Hun Sen extending his rule in a general election next year. REUTERS
A “dramatic” drop in opium
cultivation in Myanmar
underscored a regional boom
in demand for illegal synthetic
drugs, a senior UN official said.
The area under cultivation
dropped by a quarter between
2015 and 2017, the UN Office on
Drugs and Crime said. Jeremy
Douglas, UNODC’s chief in Southeast Asia, said. “It appears to
confirm the shift to synthetic
drugs is well under way.” REUTERS
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Christmas Appeal,
we are trying to
raise £100,000 to
provide healthy
breakfasts for
children who go
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A
t least half a million children in the UK arrive at
school every day too hungry to learn. Some are so
underfed that teachers
describe pupils coming into school
with distended stomachs and fainting in class through hunger.
This is why i is launching its Christmas charity appeal today alongside
the charity Magic Breakfast.
Our Appeal hopes to raise
£100,000, which is enough to provide
half a million healthy breakfasts.
For some children, breakfast is the
first meal they will have eaten since
the school lunch the day before. For
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and domestic violence. A healthy
breakfast goes further than just filling an empty stomach. Research has
shown that Magic Breakfast provision can lead to the equivalent of an
extra two months’ learning in primary schools.
A hungry child is likely to miss half
a day of lessons because they cannot
concentrate as a result of their empty
stomachs, and a breakfast costing
just 22p opens up four hours of potential learning, the charity says.
Over the coming weeks, i will tell
the stories of children and families who are affected by hunger
every day, while giving an insight
into the work that the charity and
its partner schools undertake to
tackle malnourishment.
Jill Craig, 51, head of the Priory
Primary School in Dudley, said: “Our
Magic Breakfast Club wouldn’t be
so full and successful if the children
weren’t hungry. I’ve seen one little
boy take two bagels and quietly hand
one to his mum, because she’s hungry. We know that some mums take
a bagel because there is no food at
home. We’ve no problem with that.”
A support worker who spoke to
i told of a 10-year-old boy whose
mother cannot look after him in the
morning because she works overnight shifts, but gets himself to school
where Magic Breakfast is a “safe
place” to be with friends. It “normalises” the start of his day, she said.
These are just some of the thousands of stories unfolding in schools
every day.
With the help of you, our readers,
any money donated to the charity will
ensure that children receive a filling
breakfast of porridge, cereal, or a
bagel each morning to prepare them
for their school day ahead.
Every £1 donated ensures a child
receives a breakfast for four days,
while £5 can ensure a hungry pupil
is given a breakfast every school day
for an entire month. The registered
charity supports schools that have
35 per cent or more pupils who are
eligible for free school meals, or those
with 50 per cent of students who have
been in receipt of free lunches at any
point in the last six years.
Magic Breakfast already operates
in England and Scotland and is working to establish how many children
and schools need its help in Wales
and Northern Ireland. Long-term,
it intends to meet the need to provide breakfast at school for children
across the UK.
Carmel McConnell, founder and
chief executive of Magic Breakfast,
said: “We would love to reach more
schools, to offer our Magic Breakfast to more hungry school children to open up those important
morning lessons.”
‘The club is good for
their education as
well as their health’
MAHER BAIDOUN AND HIS SONS KHALID,
10, MOHAMMOD, SEVEN, AND YAZAN,
FOUR, of Marlborough Road Academy in
Salford, Greater Manchester
Like most fathers, Maher Baidoun knows
all too well the importance of getting a
good breakfast for his children.
The father of four (pictured centre),
a refugee from Syria, takes his boys to
Marlborough Road Academy in Salford
each morning, where they eat a Magic
Breakfast of bagels and milk with their
new friends. Three of Maher’s sons go
to the school – Khaled (pictured left),
Mohammod, and Yazan (pictured right) –
while youngest son Amer, two, is at home
with his mother, Nour.
Mr Baidoun, a former secondary
school manager in Damascus, told i: “The
children really look forward to going to
school in the morning because they are
used to not having breakfast every day.
“It’s very important for them to come
here because they are encouraged to eat
and have some milk. It’s important for
their health. This is such a good school.
The children are happy. The breakfast club
helps them to learn English. It’s good for
their education as well.”
Mr Baidoun travelled to the UK on all
forms of transport, including a boat, before
arriving in 2015 – later sending for his
family. “Thankfully we survived,” he said.
“We’re trying to live a normal life and teach
our children to be the good guys in society,”
he added. “I know my children won’t go
hungry here. They come to school and have
a good breakfast.”
London
‘It gives us a bit of time with her
in the morning to spend reading’
MICHAEL BAILEY, CAROLYN
LAWRENCE AND LILY BAILEY,
at The Willow Primary School,
north London
The family come to Magic
Breakfast every morning to
spend time together with Lily
who has recently started in
reception. It is, they say, a
crucial service that gives Ms
Lawrence and Mr Bailey vital
time they can devote to Lily.
Mr Bailey said Lily has a
sister, Eloise, who has Down
syndrome and can be “a
handful”. The time they get at
Magic Breakfast is perhaps
even more important to them
than the food. “When we come
here, she gets her time with
mummy and daddy. We get to
spend time reading some books
and she gets to see her friends.
It really helps,” he said.
Ms Lawrence added: “The
breakfast clubs are brilliant.
They’re a very good thing,
especially if you’re working and
you can’t afford the childcare.
If you start work at 9am, you
can drop them off at 8.15am
and you have 45 minutes to
get to work.
“It is definitely a bonus.
We’re here every morning.”
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too hungry to learn
JON SUPER
A healthy
breakfast
is fuel for
learning
Carmel McConnell
W
e don’t feel it is
right that just
because a child
happens to wake
up in a home without food, they’ll have to miss the
most important lessons, which
are taught in the morning. A hungry child cannot concentrate.
We deliver healthy breakfasts
to the hundreds of primary,
secondary, special educational
need and pupil referral schools
that ask us for urgent help. We’ve
more than 300 schools on our
waiting list and in each one of
those, teachers describe how
they bring in food themselves.
That’s pretty shocking, isn’t it?
No progress on maths unless Sir
or Miss brings in sandwiches.
It is hard for us to think
about this happening in this
country. When you think about
child hunger being a barrier
to education, you probably
wouldn’t be thinking of it in
Bristol or Brent or Birmingham
Parents miss meals to
give food to their children...
and their income doesn’t
stretch through the week
but it is here, in the sixth richest
economy in the world.
In practical terms, we have
asked friends in the food
industry (such as Quaker
Oats, Tesco, Tropicana and
Bagel Nash) to give or provide
discounted healthy food – and we
deliver nutritious breakfasts and
support to around 470 schools
across England and Scotland. We
make sure 32,000 children can
have a warm welcome to school
and enjoy a good breakfast
without stigma or price barrier.
We stuck our neck out a
couple of years ago for an
independent research study with
the Department for Education,
the Institute for Fiscal Studies
and the Education Endowment
Foundation. It found Year
2 children in schools with a
breakfast club made “two
additional months’ progress
in reading, writing and maths
compared with a similar group
whose schools were not given
support to offer breakfast”.
So it works. You might
think breakfast should be
offered at home – so why aren’t
parents doing it? I asked that
same question and a group of
headteachers said: “Carmel, the
parents are hungry themselves,
they miss meals to give food to
their children, they are working
long hours in low-paid jobs and
their income doesn’t stretch
through the week.”
Hunger should not be a barrier
to learning, especially when we
can provide that healthy meal
for just 22p per child per day. It
would be amazing if, with your
help, we could improve the life
chances of more young people.
The author is the founder and chief
executive officer of Magic Breakfast
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Fans’ Hitler
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A Hungarian nationalist MEP has
been charged with spying on European Union institutions for Russia.
The charges against Béla Kovács,
which include using forged private
documents, stem from an investigation dating from April 2014, when
Hungarian authorities first reported
the suspected espionage and filed for
his immunity to be lifted.“This was
Mr Kovács has also denied
accusations of defrauding
the European Parliament of
€21,076 (£18,600). But he says he
will repay that sum.
followed by declaring reasonable
suspicion, the essence of which was
that the member of parliament had
been involved in espionage on behalf of a foreign state for its secret
service,” the prosecutors said. The
foreign state in question was Russia,
a spokeswoman for the prosecutor’s
office added.
Mr Kovács said the case against
him was based on “fantasy” and
added he looked forward to the court
proceedings, where he expected
to exonerate himself. The charges
against Mr Kovács, a member of the
nationalist Jobbik party, follow an investigation into the financial reporting practices of the party.
The issue of collusion has damaged the standing of Prime Minister
By Jack Hunter
Béla Kovács, a member of the far-right Jobbik party, lived in Moscow for more
than a decade before returning to Budapest in 2003 AP
Viktor Orbán, who has often been
charged with having uncomfortably
close ties with Moscow. He struck a
giant nuclear power deal with Russia, along with other major business
deals, has criticised the EU embargo on Russia and meets President
Vladimir Putin annually.
For more than a decade in the
1980s and 1990s, Mr Kovács lived in
Moscow. He returned to Budapest in
2003 and two years later joined Jobbik, then a nascent political movement. But Mr Kovács said reports
that painted him as a spy “were
strange to my eyes, too... Fantasy
is boundless”.
The European Parliament lifted
Mr Kovács’ immunity in the spy case
in 2015. REUTERS
The governing body of world football
is investigating the actions of Sudanese supporters, after one club’s fans
carried banners of Adolf Hitler.
Fifa told i yesterday that it was
gathering information on a match
between the Khartoum rivals, al-Hilal and al-Merrikh, two clubs based
in the Omdurman district of the
capital, which took place nearly two
weeks ago. Local reports suggested
the display had included the world
“Holocaust”. Al-Merrikh represents
what was once a Jewish neighbourhood in Khartoum.
The club has been fined 40,000
Sudanese pounds (£4,500) by the
Sudanese Football Association. The
UK-based international anti-racism
network Fare, which has conducted
an investigation into the incident,
branded it “unacceptable”.
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Education
W
hen you walk into
your first supervision, you will
probably be the
only black girl in
the room. Get used to it, because
it won’t get much better. But don’t
let that scare you and, more importantly, don’t let anyone make
you feel small or misplaced. Don’t
be silent in attempts to assuage
your white peers and supervisors.
You’ve earned your place there,
so make your presence known.
Don’t ever feel the need to make
yourself palatable, or bitesize.
Instead, fill the room with examples of Nkrumah and Mobutu
that your supervisor thinks are
“adventurous”, and enjoy unpacking the racism in the works
of Kant that your degree so glorifies. Their discomfort is not your
problem.
You will have supervisors who
will call you defensive and angry,
and who will project their own
prejudiced stereotypes onto you
as you walk into the room. Cry
in private, write a killer essay,
and prove them wrong. You will
also have supervisors who will
understand and appreciate your
need to veil your work in your
own experiences, who will recognise its value and reward you for
it. So, bathe every essay in black
girl magic and write in resistance
to the eurocentrism of academia
that did not see you coming.
It’s not always easy, though. The
Black Jacobins you really want to
read probably won’t be on your
reading lists, you won’t find the
support you need when you want
to write your dissertation on Nigeria, and trying to go the extra
mile to show your supervisors
what a decolonised curriculum
could look like will exhaust you.
But where you can, do it anyway.
Don’t be surprised when your
lecture on industrialisation
makes no mention of slavery, or
when your white friends don’t
understand why that’s a problem.
Don’t be afraid to ask the unnerving questions at the end of the lecture and leave them shook.
You will arrive and feel a pressure to be someone else. You won’t
realise as you subconsciously try
to play up to what you think a
typical Cambridge student does.
You’ll change your accent, go to
events you know you don’t enjoy,
and try to befriend people that
aren’t like you in attempts to conform – but you’ll only be able to
keep this up for so long. When the
real you resurfaces and you find
the courage to admit to your new
friends, and to yourself, that you
actually hate Wednesday Cindies
and VKs, you’ll be okay.
When you come back next term
with braids, don’t let your housemates smell and touch your hair.
It may take you a while to muster
up the courage to tell people to
stop, and to remind people that
you are not some exotic creature
to be caressed – but when you find
the strength, do it anyway.
Oh. Boys? Don’t bother. Tell
every aunty that is telling you
that you are going to Cambridge
to find yourself a husband, that,
much to their disappointment, it’s
A letter to my
fresher self
Surviving Cambridge as a black girl. ByOreOgunbiyi
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not going to happen. You’ll learn
quickly that desirability is racialised and that not everyone loves
your dark skin as much as you do,
that society’s beauty standards
don’t include people that look like
you. So, when someone hits you
with “you’re fit for a black girl”,
tell them that’s not a compliment.
You are beautiful, and to the people who don’t see that, even your
own, let it be their loss. Find the
beauty in your blackness in spite
of the people who can’t.
Don’t forget that, regardless,
you belong here. You’ll have people who think you are here to tick
a ‘diversity’ box.
You will also be asked time and
time again whether you go to the
other university in Cambridge
because people will have a tough
time conceptualising the fact that
you could possibly have earned
your place here.
You won’t find people who look
like you memorialised on the
walls and that won’t make it any
easier – but don’t forget that you
belong.
You will stand out and be made
conscious of your difference for
your whole time here and not
everyone will get it. Not everyone
will get what it is about existing
in Cambridge as a black girl that
makes it difficult, or why.
You will meet a lot of people
who proclaim they are “not racist” but don’t recognise how their
inaction makes them complicit,
why you value safe spaces, or
even why your experience of
Find support
systems that work
for you, and take
solace in them
Cambridge is necessarily different. Remember that it isn’t your
duty to lecture and to explain because the emotional labour will
take its toll.
You are not the appointed
spokesperson for black people,
and don’t feel the pressure to be.
Remember that you are not
alone. Black women may be few
and far between here, but find
them, build a sisterhood and
strengthen each other.
Find shoulders to cry on because you will need them. Find
support systems that work for
you, and take solace in them.
Communities like the African
Caribbean Society will be there
to make you feel at home again.
Take time to look after yourself.
Bake and cook jollof even amid
the stress that tries to break you.
It will get better. I don’t know
if that’s because you will become
immune to the blows, or because
you will get stronger – but it will
get better.
You’ll find ways to make Cambridge work for you and you will
be fine. In fact, you’ll be more
than fine. You’ll make friends for
life, you’ll leave your mark and,
eventually, you’ll enjoy it.
This article first appeared in the
student newspaper Varsity
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team, creating a fine-dining menu at
the Institute of Civil Engineers. Only
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FILM: The Christmas
Spirit (Jack Angelo
2013) Fantasy, starring
Nicollette Sheridan (S).
1.25 5 News At Lunchtime
(S). 1.30 Neighbours (S).
2.00 FILM: The Flight
Before Christmas
(Michael Hegner, Kari
Juusonen 2008) Animated
adventure, with the voice
of Andrew McMahon (S).
3.40 FILM: A Star Crossed
Christmas (John Stimpson
2017) Premiere. Festive
romantic drama, starring
Nick Ballard (S). 5.30 5
News At 5.30 (S).
6.00 BBC News At
Six; Weather (S).
6.30 BBC Regional
News; Weather
(S).
6.00 Celebrity
Eggheads (S).
6.30 Strictly Come
Dancing – It
Takes Two (S).
6.00 ITV Regional
News; Weather
(S).
6.30 ITV News;
Weather (S).
6.00 The Simpsons
Lisa’s guinea
pig destroys a
painting in the
family’s living
room (S).
6.30 Hollyoaks (S).
6.00 Neighbours (R)
(S).
6.30 5 News Tonight
(S).
7.00 The One Show
(S).
7.30 EastEnders Jack
encourages Max
to build bridges
with his family
(S).
7.00 Live
Snooker: UK
Championship
Further
coverage of the
ninth day in
York (S).
7.00 Emmerdale
Pollard takes
desperate
measures (S).
7.30 Christmas
Cons Revealed:
Tonight (S).
7.00 Channel 4 News
(S).
7.55 The Political
Slot (S).
8.00 Holby City A
face from the
past arrives
with a chilling
vendetta (S).
8.00 MasterChef: The
Professionals
The chefs cook
a fine dining
menu (S).
8.00 Emmerdale
Pollard faces
the music (S).
8.30 Paul O’Grady:
For The Love Of
Dogs (S).
9.00 Love, Lies &
Records Kate
discovers
that Judy has
sent Rob the
incriminating
footage (S).
9.00 Blitz: The
Bombs That
Changed Britain
The story of
a bomb that
fell on Jellicoe
Street (S).
10.00BBC News At
Ten (S).
10.30 BBC Regional
News; Weather
(S).
10.45 Question Time
(S).
Catching A Killer: A Bullet
Through The Window
===
Live At The Apollo
10pm, BBC2
As someone who’d rather go to the
dentist than to a comedy club, these
short bursts of stand-up are an ideal
Timoth West and wife
Prunella Scales take a
another canal journey
8pm, Channel 4
Nish Kumar comperes
and performs on
tonight’s edition of
‘Live At The Apollo’
10pm, BBC2
Monica Galetti judges
‘MasterChef’ entries
8pm, BBC2
7.00 UK’s Strongest
Man 2017
Further action
from the final,
staged in
Belfast (S).
7.00 Beyond 100
Days (S).
7.30 Christmas
University
Challenge 2015
The second
semi-final (R).
6.15 FILM: The
Karate Kid
(Harald Zwart
2010) Drama,
with Jaden
Smith and
Jackie Chan (S).
8.00 Great Canal
Journeys Last
in the series (S).
8.00 Traffic Cops
At Christmas
An insight into
the working
life of officers
patrolling
Britain’s roads.
8.00 The Secrets
Of Quantum
Physics The
theory of
quantum
physics (R).
9.00 I’m A Celebrity…
Get Me Out Of
Here! Jungle
highlights and
another eviction
(S).
9.00 Catching A
Killer: A Bullet
Through The
Window The
investigation
into a fatal
shooting (S).
9.00 FILM: Brick
Mansions
(Camille
Delamarre
2014) Action,
starring Paul
Walker (S).
9.00 Inside
Chernobyl’s
Mega Tomb (R)
(S).
10.00Live At The
Apollo Nish
Kumar hosts,
with Luisa
Omielan (S).
10.30 Newsnight (S).
10.00ITV News At
Ten; Weather
(S).
10.35 ITV Regional
News (S).
10.45 The Late Debate
(S).
10.25 999: What’s
Your
Emergency?
The effects of
rising levels
of stress and
anxiety (R) (S).
10.45 FILM:
Takers (John
Luessenhop
2010) Crime
thriller, starring
Paul Walker and
Matt Dillon (S).
10.00Inside Porton
Down: Britain’s
Secret Weapons
Research
Facility (R) (S).
11.45 This Week The
past seven days
in politics (S).
11.15 Snooker: UK
Championship
Action from
the concluding
matches in the
fourth round (S).
11.15 Uefa Europa
League
Highlights A
round-up of the
matchday six
fixtures (S).
11.25 Born To Be
Free: Saving
Russia’s Whales
An investigation
into the global
trade in wild
sea mammals.
12.35 BBC News (S).
12.05 Snooker: UK
Championship Extra (S).
2.05 Sign Zone: Exodus:
Our Journey Continues
(R) (S). 3.05 Sign Zone: This
Farming Life (R) (S). 4.05
This Is BBC Two (S).
12.25 Jackpot247 3.00
Christmas Cons Revealed:
Tonight (R) (S). 3.25 ITV
Nightscreen 5.05 The
Jeremy Kyle Show (R) (S).
1.00 Extraordinary Teens:
My Gay Life (R) (S). 1.55
Finding Me A Family (R) (S).
2.50 How To Build A Robot
(R) (S). 3.45 Grand Designs
Australia (R) (S). 4.40 Phil
Spencer: Secret Agent (R)
(S). 5.35 Countdown (R) (S).
12.45 Sinkholes: Sucked
To Death (R) (S). 1.35
SuperCasino 3.10 Top 20
Funniest (R) (S). 4.00 My
Mum’s Hotter Than Me! (R)
(S). 4.45 House Doctor (R)
(S). 5.10 Great Artists (R).
6.00 Totally Bonkers
Guinness World Records
(R) (S). 6.20 Planet’s
Got Talent (R) (S). 6.45
Dinner Date (R) (S). 7.35
Emmerdale (R) (S). 8.00
Coronation Street (R) (S).
9.00 The Ellen DeGeneres
Show (R) (S). 9.50 Dinner
Date (R) (S). 10.50 I’m A
Celebrity… Get Me Out Of
Here! (R) (S). 11.50 Planet’s
Got Talent (R) (S). 12.20
Emmerdale (R) (S). 12.50
Coronation Street (R) (S).
1.20 Coronation Street
(R) (S). 1.50 The Ellen
DeGeneres Show (S).
2.45 The Jeremy Kyle
Show (R) (S). 3.50 The
Jeremy Kyle Show (R) (S).
4.55 The Jeremy Kyle Show
(R) (S).
6.00 I’m A Celebrity…
Get Me Out Of
Here! Celebrity
survival
challenge (R) (S).
7.00 You’ve Been
Framed! Gold
At Christmas
Comical clips,
narrated by
Harry Hill (R) (S).
8.00 Two And A Half
Men Walden
dates Rose,
despite Alan’s
warnings (R) (S).
8.30 Two And A Half
Men (R) (S).
9.00 FILM: Black
Sea (Kevin
Macdonald
2014) Premiere.
Thriller, starring
Jude Law (S).
9.00 Family Guy
(R) (S).
9.30 Family Guy
Peter discovers
Lois’s father is
having an affair
(R) (S).
10.00I’m A Celebrity:
Extra Camp
Companion
programme to
the reality show
(S).
11.00 When Rock
Arrived In
North Korea:
Liberation Day –
Storyville (S).
11.10 FILM: Oldboy
(Spike Lee 2013)
Thriller remake,
starring Josh
Brolin (S).
11.00 Family Guy
Lois displays
unexpected skill
as a boxer (R)
(S).
11.30 Family Guy
(R) (S).
12.00 Empire Of The Seas:
How The Navy Forged
The Modern World (R) (S).
1.00 Pappano’s Classical
Voices (R) (S). 2.00 Inside
Chernobyl’s Mega Tomb (R)
(S). 3.00 Gaga For Dada: The
Original Art Rebels (R) (S).
1.15 FILM: All This
Panic (Jenny Gage 2016)
Premiere. Documentary
about seven teenage
friends from New York (S).
2.50 FilmFear Interview
Special (R) (S). 3.25 Close
12.00 American Dad! (R)
(S). 12.30 American Dad!
(R) (S). 1.00 Two And A Half
Men (R) (S). 1.30 Release
The Hounds (R) (S). 2.30
Teleshopping
NEWS
2-28
way of sampling the talent currently
doing the rounds, comedians who
otherwise only show up fleetingly on
television panel shows. Introduced
by Nish Kumar, who performs an
apparently well-worn riff on the joys
of being Coldplay’s drummer, we’re
also entertained by Luisa Omielan
and David O’Doherty – the latter
observing of Argos that it’s “sort of
like a shop but more like a bookies”.
FILM
CHOICE
LAURENCE PHELAN
===
Born To Be Free: Saving
Russia’s Whales
11.25pm, Channel 4
A rather distressing adjunct to
Blue Planet II, if you like, this
documentary follows Russian
journalists investigating the
appalling treatment of beluga whales
destined for US sea-life parks.
VOICES
14-18
TV
30-31
IQ
32-39
i THURSDAY
7 DECEMBER 2017
BUSINESS SPORT
40-43
48-56
FILM OF THE DAY
===
2.45am, Sky Movies Select
(Ben Safdie, Joshua Safdie, 2014)
Shot mostly with young, homeless
addicts and other non-professional
actors on the streets of New York’s
Upper West Side by the makers of the
new Robert Pattinson movie Good
Time, and based on the unpublished
memoir of its 21-year-old star, Arielle
Holmes (far left) this tale of heroin and
hustling isn’t romanticised and there
is no manufactured drama. There’s
not much drama at all – just the edgy
energy of lives lived precariously,
in a state of constant insecurity and
need, but at the same time repetitive
and absurd in a Beckettian kind of
way. There doesn’t seem to be a single
inauthentic or wrong note, though the
soundtrack is brilliantly jarring.
9pm, ITV4
(Lewis Gilbert, 1979)
The 11th Bond film was going to be
For Your Eyes Only, until Star Wars
happened and producer Cubby
Broccoli wanted to respond by
sending 007 into space. With laser
guns. Extravagant, ludicrous and the
acme of the Roger Moore era.
Heaven Knows What
Moonraker
===
Black Sea
9pm, Film4
(Kevin Macdonald, 2014)
Jude Law plays a Scottish submarine
captain just desperate enough to lead
an illegal expedition to salvage Nazi
gold from the bottom of the Black Sea.
For such a far-fetched film, this takes
itself surprisingly seriously.
Radio
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 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 Meerkat
Manor (R) (S). 10.30
Meerkat Manor (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 The British (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).
6.55 Murder, She
Wrote Jessica
investigates a
curse (R) (S).
6.00 The Big Bang
Theory The
gang celebrates
Star Wars Day
(R) (S).
6.30 The Big Bang
Theory (R) (S).
6.55 The Supervet
A papillon dog
undergoes a
double knee
replacement (R)
(S).
6.00 Futurama Part
three of four (R)
(S).
6.30 The Simpsons
With the guest
voice of Elton
John (R) (S).
6.00 House
The medic
questions his
own life and
career (R) (S).
7.00 Hollyoaks
Misbah puts her
foot down (S).
7.30 First Dates
Abroad (R) (S).
7.55 Grand Designs
A giant family
house of fun (R)
(S).
7.00 The Simpsons
Marge’s driving
habits come
under scrutiny
(R) (S).
7.30 The Simpsons
(R) (S).
7.00 CSI: Crime
Scene
Investigation
The team
investigates an
electrocution
(R) (S).
8.00 A League Of
Their Own
Out-takes and
pranks from the
latest series (R)
(S).
8.00 Blue Bloods
Danny and Baez
are caught in
the middle of
office politics
(R) (S).
8.00 The Big Bang
Theory Sheldon
does some
work with the
military (R) (S).
8.30 The Big Bang
Theory (S).
9.00 Foyle’s War
The detective
is drawn into
the world of
corrupt Nazi
businessmen (R)
(S).
9.00 2 Broke Girls
Max and
Caroline hire
a popular
bartender (S).
9.30 The Big Bang
Theory (R) (S).
9.00 Coastal
Railways With
Julie Walters
The actress
travels from
Newcastle to
Edinburgh (R).
9.00 Living The
Dream Mal and
Jen need to find
$50,000. Last in
the series (S).
9.00 Olive Kitteridge
Olive visits
Christopher in
New York (R).
10.00The
Inbetweeners
Simon faces a
dilemma (R) (S).
10.30 The
Inbetweeners
(R) (S).
10.0024 Hours In
A&E (R) (S).
10.00The Russell
Howard
Hour Topical
comedy and
entertainment
show (S).
10.15 Room 104 (S).
10.45 Room 104 An
octogenarian
couple return to
Room 104. Last
in the series (S).
11.05 Blue Murder
Part one of
two. Shap’s
behaviour
becomes
increasingly
erratic (R) (S).
11.05 The Big Bang
Theory (R) (S).
11.35 The Big Bang
Theory (R) (S).
11.05 The Handmaid’s
Tale Last in the
series (R) (S).
11.00 The Simpsons
(R) (S).
11.30 The Simpsons
Homer becomes
a bodyguard for
Mayor Quimby
(R) (S).
11.20 Curb Your
Enthusiasm
Larry David
attempts to talk
himself out of a
situation (R) (S).
12.05 Blue Murder (R) (S).
1.05 Judge Judy (R) (S). 1.35
Judge Judy (R) (S). 2.00
ITV3 Nightscreen 2.30
Teleshopping
12.05 Rude Tube (R) (S).
1.10 Gogglebox (R) (S).
2.05 2 Broke Girls (R) (S).
2.30 First Dates Hotel
(R) (S). 3.25 Rude Tube (R)
(S). 3.50 Black-ish (R) (S).
4.15 Black-ish (R) (S). 4.40
Charmed (R) (S).
12.20 Ramsay’s Kitchen
Nightmares USA (R) (S).
1.15 Coastal Railways
With Julie Walters (R) (S).
2.15 24 Hours In A&E (R)
(S). 3.15 8 Out Of 10 Cats
Uncut (R) (S). 3.55 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).
12.15 TJ Miller:
Meticulously Ridiculous
(R) (S). 1.30 The Tunnel (R)
(S). 2.30 The Tunnel (R) (S).
3.25 Californication (R) (S).
4.00 The West Wing (R) (S).
5.00 The West Wing (R) (S).
BBC iPlayer
BBC3’s take on Gogglesprogs,
except that the observations
are about real life instead of TV.
Kirstie’s Handmade
Christmas
All4
Kirstie Allsopp makes DIY
decorations in this festive
Blue Peter for grown-ups.
Godless
Netflix
This cinematic Western series
is a sort of feminist High Noon.
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 Seani B 1am Toddla T
3.00 1Xtra Mixes 4.00 Seani B
BBC Radio 2
BBC Radio 4 LW
6.30am 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 BBC Radio 1’s
Residency 12mdn’t BBC Radio
1’s Residency – Will Atkinson
1.00 Toddla T 3.00 Radio 1’s
Artist Takeover With 4.00
Radio 1’s Early Breakfast Show
With Adele Roberts
BBC Radio 1Xtra
8.00 Doc Martin
Martin
uncovers a
health scare at
James’s first
birthday party
(R) (S).
ONDEMAND
3 Kids On Three
big issues in the news. 8.30
In Business. Why many US
workers are forced into job
contracts that make it hard
to leave. 9.00 BBC Inside
Science. The latest scientific
research. 9.30 In Our Time.
Melvyn Bragg and guests
discuss one of the ideas sent in
by listeners. 10.00 The World
Tonight. With Razia Iqbal.
10.45 Book At Bedtime: Rabbit
Redux. By John Updike. 11.00
Welcome To Wherever You
Are. Stand-up performances
from Johannesburg, Singapore
and Reykjavik. 11.30 Today
In Parliament. Presented by
Susan Hulme. 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 1
6.00 Classic Coronation
Street (R) (S). 6.25 Classic
Coronation Street (R) (S).
6.55 Heartbeat (R) (S). 8.00
Wild At Heart (R) (S). 9.00
Judge Judy (R) (S). 9.25
Judge Judy (R) (S). 9.55
Judge Judy (R) (S). 10.20
A Touch Of Frost (R) (S).
12.30 Wild At Heart (R)
(S). 1.35 Heartbeat (R) (S).
2.40 Classic Coronation
Street (R) (S). 3.15 Classic
Coronation Street (R) (S).
3.50 A Touch Of Frost (R)
(S). 5.50 Heartbeat (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 Bob Harris Country 8.00
Jo Whiley 10.00 The Radio 2
Arts Show With Jonathan Ross
12mdn’t The Craig Charles
House Party 2.00 Radio 2
Tracks Of My Years Playlist
3.00 Radio 2 Playlist: Have A
Great Weekend 4.00 Radio 2
Playlist: Feelgood Friday 5.00
Suzi Perry
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.
Mezzo Jennifer Johnston and
baritone Gavan Ring perform
at the NI Opera Festival of
Voice 2017. 2.00 Afternoon
Concert 5.00 In Tune 7.00
In Tune Mixtape 7.30 Radio
3 In Concert. The BBC NOW
live from St David’s Hall,
Cardiff, performing Elgar,
Rachmaninov and Takemitsu.
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 In Our Time
9.45 Book Of The Week: Over
And Out 10.00 Woman’s Hour
11.00 Crossing Continents
11.30 Howzat For Hollywood
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: Tracks: Strata 3.00
Open Country 3.27 Radio 4
Appeal 3.30 Bookclub 4.00
The Film Programme 4.30
BBC Inside Science 5.00 PM
5.57 Weather 6.00 Six O’Clock
News 6.30 Keep Calman
Carry On. New series. Susan
Calman learns about gardening
from Val McDermid. 7.00
The Archers. Lexi offers a
shoulder to cry on. 7.15 Front
Row. Arts programme. 7.45
Gudrun. By Lucy Catherine.
8.00 The Briefing Room.
David Aaronovitch discusses
31
8.30am Yesterday In
Parliament 9.45 Daily Service
12.01pm Shipping Forecast
5.54 Shipping Forecast
BBC Radio 4 Extra
6am Unofficial Rosie 6.30
Femme Fatale: The Story Of
Nico 7.00 Double Income, No
Kids Yet 7.30 Alexei Sayle’s
Imaginary Sandwich Bar 8.00
Not In Front Of The Children
8.30 The Goon Show 9.00
Counterpoint 9.30 HR 10.00
Phoebe Junior 11.00 Rose
Tremain Short Stories 11.15
Feather 12noon Not In Front
Of The Children 12.30 The
Goon Show 1.00 Unofficial
Rosie 1.30 Femme Fatale: The
Story Of Nico 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 Counterpoint 4.30
HR 5.00 Double Income, No
Kids Yet 5.30 Alexei Sayle’s
Imaginary Sandwich Bar
6.00 The Testament Of Jessie
Lamb 6.15 A Collection Of
Bones 6.30 Great Lives 7.00
Pick
ofthe
day
Keep Calman
Carry On
6.30pm,
BBC Radio 4
Following her
high-pressure stint
on Strictly, Susan
Calman (above)
returns with
her series about
winding down,
beginning with
gardening.
Not In Front Of The Children
7.30 The Goon Show 8.00
Unofficial Rosie 8.30 Femme
Fatale: The Story Of Nico 9.00
Rose Tremain Short Stories
9.15 Feather 10.00 Comedy
Club: Alexei Sayle’s Imaginary
Sandwich Bar 10.30 Comedy
Club: Sean Lock – 15 Storeys
High 11.00 Comedy Club:
Sarah Millican’s Support
Group 11.30 Comedy Club:
The Masterson Inheritance
12mdn’t The Testament Of
Jessie Lamb 12.15 A Collection
Of Bones 12.30 Great Lives
1.00 Unofficial Rosie 1.30
Femme Fatale: The Story Of
Nico 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
Counterpoint 4.30 HR 5.00
Double Income, No Kids Yet
5.30 Alexei Sayle’s Imaginary
Sandwich Bar
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
10.00 Question Time Extra
Time 1am Up All Night 5.00
Morning Reports 5.15 Wake Up
To Money
BBC 6 Music
7am Shaun Keaveny 10.00
Lauren Laverne 1pm Mark
Radcliffe And Stuart Maconie
4.00 Steve Lamacq 6.00 Steve
Lamacq’s Roundtable 7.00
Marc Riley 9.00 Gideon Coe
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he oceans cover 70 per
cent of the surface of our
planet, and yet they are
still the least explored,”
Sir David Attenborough
has told us in Blue Planet II, which
draws to a close on Sunday night.
“Hidden beneath the waves, there are
creatures beyond our imagination.”
Yet while the series has revealed the
wonders of many of these species,
there are still an incredible number
which have never been encountered
by humans at all.
Many new marine species are discovered every year, but working out
how many there may be in total – one
estimate from the past even went as
high as an astounding 100 million – is
a much more difficult process.
Scientists have used a variety
of methods to estimate the global
number of marine species but each
has its limitations. Data are not always reliable and the assumptions of
each method can be flawed. According to a study from 2012, the average
time between the discovery of a new
species and its description is 21 years.
Because each method relies on assumptions and particular datasets,
the estimates have varied widely. The
highest – those of 10 million or above
– are now thought unlikely by many.
But current thinking still varies between around 300,000 and 2 million.
This means that, after 250 years of
describing, naming and cataloguing
the species we share our planet with,
we are still a long way off achieving a
complete census.
In fact, we have only recently
achieved the essential foundation of
knowing how many marine species
have already been found and named,
thanks to a decade-long collaborative
effort by about 300 scientists located
all over the world.
We now know that 242,500 marine
species have been described so far,
because their names are now managed in the World Register of Marine
Species, known as Worms.
Taxonomists are busy collecting,
identifying and describing new species of marine animals all the time.
Every year, almost 2,000 marine species new to science are added to the
Worms files.
New species of fish have made up
almost 1,500 of those described in
the past decade, whereas we’ve found
just over 6,000 new marine crustaceans and almost 8,000 marine molluscs in the past 10 years.
Most undiscovered creatures
probably remain in the least explored
Fortifying
ourflourwith
folicacid
couldhave
prevented
3,000casesof
birthdefects
ByGeoffWebb
Fin end of
the wedge
Keeping track of freshly
discovered fish species is vital
when one in five are at threat,
says TammyHorton
habitats such as the deep oceans, the
most diverse environments such as
tropical shallow seas, and the most
diverse groups, including molluscs
and crustaceans. Most of these species are probably “macro” sized seabed-living crustaceans, molluscs and
worms – measuring anything from
10cm to just 1mm.
The process from collection of a
The Health Secretary,
Jeremy Hunt,
recently announced
plans to halve the
number of infant
deaths, stillbirths
and brain injuries by
2025. Yet successive
governments have
resisted expert advice
to fortify flour with
folic acid.
This simple
measure would
prevent neural tube
defects, which affect
around 13 per 10,000
births in the UK.
These are problems
in the central nervous
system that occur in
the first month of an
sample to the publication of a species
as “new to science” is arduous and
time-consuming. All characteristics
of the animal need to be carefully
examined and compared with every
other closely related species.
This now often requires DNA
analysis which provides additional
data for later researchers to be able
to identify the new species by its ge-
embryo’s life. They
include conditions
such as spina bifida,
where the spinal
column doesn’t
close properly,
and anencephaly,
a condition where
parts of a baby’s brain
and skull are missing.
In 1991, folic
acid supplements
given before
conception and in
early pregnancy
were shown to
reduce the rate of
neural tube defects.
And an analysis of
many other studies,
conducted in 2010,
found that if a woman
takes 400mg of folic
acid daily before
conception, she can
reduce the risk by
around 70 per cent.
Since 1992, women
in Britain and Europe
have been advised
to take folic acid
supplements if they
are trying to conceive.
By 1998, however,
this had made no
difference to neural
tube defect rates in
Europe. And in 2014,
British scientists
reported that UK
rates had still not
changed much.
This was because
over-the-counter
netic “barcode”. Once the data from
a new species has been published in
a scientific journal, the Worms’ taxonomic editor responsible for that
group of species enters the information and makes it openly available to
all users worldwide.
Since Worms was founded in 2007,
the number of species on the list has
more than doubled from 120,000.
The number of names in the database is actually almost double again
– 477,700 – but many of them are not
valid because of duplication or changes to species classification.
Keeping an up-to-date list of the
world’s marine species isn’t just for
interest but is also important for protecting our oceans. Extinctions from
habitat loss and climate change are
progressing at alarming rates.
Around 20 per cent of marine species are at risk of extinction and we
urgently need to document what is
happening in order to better understand why and how to prevent it.
Biodiversity also underpins many
features of the environment that
humans depend on. Each new species discovered could provide opportunities for advances in medicine
or agriculture.
The Worms catalogue has brought
supplements tend
to be taken by those
who are already
getting enough folic
acid in their diet. The
people who do need
them are the least
likely to take them.
What’s more, to be
most effective folic
acid needs to be taken
before or just after
conception. However,
in the UK, 40 per cent
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Swimming into
view: every year,
almost 2,000
marine species
new to science
are added to the
files including
(clockwise from top
left) the geophagus
mirabilis,
papiliolebias
ashleyae,
apistogramma
kullanderi, a new
species of dolphin
inia araguaiaensis,
papiliolebias
ashleyae and
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gesmonei
Each new
species
could offer
chances for
advances in
medicine or
agriculture
of pregnancies are
unplanned, meaning
the window of
opportunity is lost.
The US and Canada
took a different
route. They made it
mandatory for flour
to be fortified with
folic acid. Canada
implemented flour
fortification in 1997.
By 2000, neural tube
defect rates had
halved compared with
the rate in 1996. More
than 70 countries
have followed their
lead, leading to falls
of 25 to 50 per cent.
If the UK had
introduced flour
us closer to a complete assessment of
our marine biodiversity than ever before. Perhaps this model of real-time
online collaboration between experts
around the world – and a centralised
database with a professional data
centre – could be used to provide a
continuously updated, freely available, comprehensive database of all
species on Earth.
Until then, we will continue to marvel at how much we still don’t know.
Tammy Horton is a lecturer in
taxonomy and biodiversity at the
University of Southampton. This
article was co-written by Andreas
Kroh, a researcher in biology and
palaeontology at the Natural
History Museum, Vienna, and Leen
Vandepitte, a senior scientist at the
Flanders Marine Institute
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fortification at the
same time and at
the same level as
the US, then almost
3,000 cases of neural
tube defect would
now have been
prevented. Without
terminations, this
would equate to
around 1,500 dead
or miscarried babies
and 1,500 babies with
severe disabilities.
But if it were
introduced, for every
case prevented,
several thousand
other people would
also be eating
fortified food. This
could be seen as
Hoodwinked
One newly recognised
species is the hoodwinker
sunfish. It was found off
the coast of New Zealand
in 2014 but not catalogued
until this year.
Marianne Nyegaard, a
PhD student from Perth,
Australia, who identified
the fish, said: “The process
we had to go through to
confirm its new species
status included consulting
publications from as far
back as the 1500s, some of
which included descriptions of mermen and
fantastical sea monsters.
“We retraced the
steps of early naturalists
and taxonomists to
understand how such
a large fish could have
evaded discovery all
this time. Overall we
felt science had been
repeatedly tricked by this
cheeky species, which
is why we named it
the hoodwinker.”
“medication” without
choice or consent.
Several other
objections to
fortifying food
with folic acid have
been suggested
by those opposed
to fortification. It
might mask the
symptoms of vitamin
B12 deficiency in
the elderly and so
delay diagnosis and
treatment; it may
promote the growth
and malignancy of
existing benign bowel
tumours; and it could
interfere with other
drugs. But the US has
been fortifying flour
for 20 years with no
indication that these
represent hazards.
I advocate flour
fortification with
50 per cent more
folic acid than the
US level – this could
result in 300 fewer
affected pregnancies
each year. Unfortified
flour could still be
permitted, but with
a warning that it
does not comply
with government
fortification advice.
Geoff Webb is a
senior lecturer at
the University of
East London
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I want
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world
Alex Chinneck has made his name
with striking public sculptures –
and his next is his most ambitious
yet, he tells Jessica Barrett
O
ver the course of his relatively short career, the
sculptor Alex Chinneck has
become known for his audacious projects. They are
often so ambitious that, he says, he has
lost both money and hair along the way.
Having graduated from Chelsea College of Art in 2008, Chinneck’s work
has never been shown in a gallery.
Instead, his pieces live in the public
realm – largely temporary urban illusions which stay until they are either
destroyed or put into storage.
They include the ‘floating building’
(officially called Take My Lightning but
Don’t Steal My Thunder) in the Covent
Garden Piazza which, in 2014, took
eight months and more than 100 people
to install.
The previous year, Chinneck made
a full size house entirely out of wax. It
sat opposite Borough Market in London and was partially melted on a daily
basis until it no longer existed. His
first permanent installation was unveiled this year: a 10-tonne ripped page
made from 4,000 bricks on the side of
Assembly London’s office building in
Hammersmith.
Chinneck says he wants to make
the everyday seem “extraordinary”.
He is adamant that his artwork
must “elevate, not dominate”
the public realm it occupies.
His latest project is perhaps
the best illustration of his
motto yet.
This summer, Chinneck, 33,
was commissioned to create
what he believes will be the largest public artwork in the country, in Tinsley, Sheffield.
‘Onwards and
Upwards’ is a
series of four
structures
which will replace two cooling towers
that once sat adjacent to the M1 viaduct
in the city, known as the Tinsley Towers.
The towers were demolished nine
years ago, to the anger of many local
residents. Chinneck says the aim of the
commission was to, in some way, continue their “structural legacy” by installing a public artwork in their place.
“This viaduct transports 40 million cars a year. The original cooling
towers were huge and they were real
landmarks,” he explains. “For a lot
of people they represented a symbol
of homecoming.”
Chinneck and his team devised a series of 13 structures, now whittled down
to four, to sit alongside the canal that
runs underneath the viaduct that links
Sheffield and Rotherham. “We just fell
in love with it,” he says. “It’s a hybrid
of natural beauty and old industry: it’s
brutal but beautiful.”
Chinneck wanted to provide something more complex for visitors, than
a quick “vehicular experience” for cars
passing along the viaduct. “I feel as if
roadside art is just done.”
Each of the four designs are a stunningly beautiful twist on the old red
brick industrial chimneys which once
characterised the area.
One of them is, literally, a
twist – a chimney that has
been tied in a knot. They
are all at least 30 metres tall
and their combined height
will be around 152 metres;
each one will contain at least
15,000 bricks.
The first is a redundant
pumphouse to which Chinneck
will add a chimney that has a
pattern of cracks across
it. “It’s cut into 250
pieces and the
crack is 80mm
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Clockwise from
main: one of
the proposed
Sheffield towers;
the sliding house
in Margate;
the knotted
chimney; the
peeling road in
Sheffield
STEPHEN
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MARC WILMOTT
wide so it looks like 250 floating pieces
which are illuminated from the inside,”
Chinneck says. “This one becomes a
visual beacon at night. It’s right next to
the viaduct.”
The second is a collaboration with
Sheffield University’s engineering department, which features a chimney
with a giant slit in it (“A huge structural
challenge”, says Chinneck). The third
is made up of two towers higher than a
10-storey building which will lean over
the canal to meet in the middle.
“That one occupies the same area as
the Angel of the North,” explains Chinneck. “It’s going to be installed with two
huge cranes.”
A six-minute walk further along the
canal will lead to the hardest project
Chinneck has ever completed: the
chimney tied in a knot.
“A knot is constantly changing form,
and I love fluidity,” he says. “I try and
stay away from just making beautiful
things – it’s easy to be tasteful. It’s eccentricity, I suppose, but I like to inject
humour into my work.”
Engaging with the community of Tinsley has been a priority for Chinneck
throughout the planning process for
the project, which is funded by private
investors. It “will all be made in Sheffield” by local contractors.
“We are collaborating with lots of creative practitioners too – the pictures for
our plans were taken by a local photographer, the illustrations were done by a
local artist, we’re slowly accumulating a
team of 500 locals overall.”
In September, Chinneck went to the
I try and stay away
from just making
beautiful things – it’s
easy to be tasteful
local primary school to install one of his
pieces, after a previous visit revealed
that not one of them knew what a sculpture was.
“A lot of the children didn’t speak
English. We explained what we were
doing with the canal sculptures, and we
showed them pictures of my work and
they all loved the peeling road with the
upside down car [a collaboration Chinneck did with Vauxhall in 2015].
“So as a surprise we went back and
installed it at the school for them. They
loved it. They wanted to know how I
did it, and it became an introduction to
engineering and a playful utilisation of
physics and maths.”
With several other projects also in
progress, including another knotted
chimney in India, Chinneck says he
sometimes wishes he worked on smaller pieces. “I want to make the most
ambitious artworks in the world,” he
begins. “But at the same time, the moment you finish an artwork, it silences
anxiety and I don’t have that feeling
enough when my projects are so big.
So I moved to a farm in Kent [where he
lives with his wife and two children] so
I could work on smaller projects in my
studio there. These big artworks cost a
fortune so some smaller projects would
be good.”
Chinneck is proud that no one can
really ever own his work: they are all
one-off commissions in unique locations. “When I finish an artwork I sort
of abandon it, in the sense that I don’t go
and stand next to it and revel in it. But
I don’t abandon it in terms of responsibilities of it. I just get excited about
the next project and I get anxious that
I’m not making work. It’s an addiction.
An obsession.”
‘Onwards and Upwards’ will be unveiled
in summer 2019 (alexchinneck.co.uk)
The startling footage of Blue Planet
makes it hard to imagine how
nature appeared to us before the
time of David Attenborough and
digital cameras. But watching Dian
Fossey: Secrets in the Mist was
a reminder that, once, the rest of
the world felt very far away and
our knowledge of the animals we
shared the planet with was scarce,
relayed to us through zoos or
grainy images and scientific papers
in books and magazines such as
National Geographic.
It’s apt that this institution’s
TV channel has brought us this
new documentary about one of
the pioneers of observing and
preserving the natural world.
A cinematic biography of the
American’s work was already
in the pipeline when Fossey was
murdered in 1985. The film, Gorillas
in the Mist, won the star, Sigourney
Weaver, an Oscar nomination in
1988 and she narrates this threepart investigation into the mystery
that still surrounds the naturalist’s
death in the Rwandan jungle, found
bludgeoned by a machete next to
her Christmas tree, surrounded
by presents.
Critics of the film accused it of
whitewashing Fossey’s character
but, to its credit, Secrets in the Mist
offered a very nuanced portrait of
this complicated woman.
A lonely child, she found
animals more honest and
reliable than humans. Nor was
she an ape expert but rather an
A less kind side of
her emerged in her
treatment of poachers
who killed her gorillas
occupational therapist who became
obsessed with the primates and
spent her first years in Africa
studying them while sleeping in a
rain-sodden tent.
These accounts of her character
felt less barbed and more fairminded because they came from so
many of her friends and colleagues
who worked with her in the jungle.
Excerpts from her diary reveal
that when she first encountered
the photographer, Bob Campbell,
who went on to take the images of
her cradling apes that made her
a worldwide star and who also
became her lover, she thought that
he was “the biggest bore”.
Later, he did turn out to be a bit
of a bore when he left her to return
to his wife, leaving her devastated,
Pioneering spirit: The documentary
investigated Dian Fossey’s murder
although still magnanimous
enough to write: “I’m deeply sorry
he can’t be free to be himself.” A
less kind side of her emerged in
her treatment of the poachers who
maimed and killed her beloved
gorillas, many of which she treated
as her children, with their antelope
traps. She would wear a Halloween
mask and leap around to convince
them that she was a witch and if
she caught them, she would beat
and torture them.
So she clearly made enemies but
the mystery of who killed her still
hangs heavy over those who knew
her and still admire her pioneering
work, including a young David
Attenborough, who in 1978 showed
Fossey’s work on the BBC. The
methods may have changed but her
spirit lives on.
Unseen connections also hung
heavy in the air, or rather in the
darkness of the Channel Tunnel,
as the World’s Busiest Waterway
went beneath the 21-mile stretch
of sea to observe the subterranean
track that has transformed trade
and travel between Britain and
the Continent.
If David Davis wanted some help
knocking together those impact
reports, this might give him a brief,
if alarming, place to start.
Once unimaginable, with
terrifying predictions of it bringing
rabid dogs into the UK or that the
sea would cave into Folkestone,
since it opened in 1994, the tunnel
(or rather three tunnels that make
up the complicated loop) has seen
300 million vehicles pass through
it, enough to reach to the moon. As
King Canute might advise, turning
the tide on that will be some job.
Twitter: @little_aloha
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Arts
Marcus
Brigstocke as the
circus ringleader
in ‘Barnum’
NOBBY CLARK
Arts
reviews
THEATRE
Barnum
MENIER CHOCOLATE FACTORY, LONDON
HHHHH
“P T Barnum is the name and
miracles is the game,” declares
our hero in the Menier’s likeable,
energetic revival of this flashy,
warm-hearted, rather frustrating
1980 musical (music by the great
Cy Coleman, lyrics by Michael
Stewart, book by Mark Bramble)
about the 19th-century showman
celebrated for staging “The
Greatest Show on Earth”.
Barnum styled himself the
“Prince of Humbug” as he
suckered the public and the
musical takes a genial approach to
the flim-flam, seeing it as evidence
that he was a “dreamer” whose
personality is contrasted here
to that of his level-headed New
England schoolmarm wife Charity.
She can’t really resist him either
and the Menier provides much to
enjoy on the level of pure spectacle
in Gordon Greenberg’s striking
production which transforms this
small theatre into a big top.
When Barnum first opened, the
eponymous role was performed
by Jim Dale on Broadway and
Michael Crawford in the West
End. At the Menier, it’s taken on by
the comedian, Marcus Brigstocke
who establishes an easy, unforced
rapport with the audience. To
underline the temptation of
starting an affair with Jennie Lind,
the Swedish Nightingale (Celinde
Schoenmaker), he is supposed
to end the first act by walking a
tightrope across the stage.
Word has it that the night
before press night, he performed
the feat in one go. The point,
though, is that Brigstocke joked
his way through his falls on the
first night (“I hope that none of you
have ordered interval drinks...”)
with the good humour that
characterises his portrayal.
The performer, whose voice is
only adequate, works well with
Laura Pitt-Pulford who sings
and acts beautifully as Barnum’s
devoted wife. You believe in their
marriage. Bramble’s book is very
thin, though. It would help if
Brigstocke occasionally appeared
as driven as a figure with such a
CV must have been.
It’s the ensemble and the
gloriously brassy band (under
Alex Parker) that are the
main attractions. The former
astound with their gravitydefying tumbles and twirls. The
choreography by Rebecca Howell
is witty throughout. She and Scott
Maidment (the circus director)
have come up moves that take the
breath away. It’s for these reasons
that you should want to roll up,
roll up to Barnum.
To 3 March 2018 (020 7378 1713)
PAUL TAYLOR
THE INDEPENDENT
VISUAL ARTS
Rebecca Warren
TATE ST IVES
The sculptor’s first major UK solo
exhibition in eight years, drawing
connections between her practice
and the geographical context
and artistic legacy of St Ives with
roughly worked sculptures and
neon vitrines. (tate.org.uk) to 7 Jan
May Morris: Art & Life
WILLIAM MORRIS GALLERY,
LONDON E17
The most comprehensive survey
of May Morris to date, bringing
together more than 80 works,
many of which have never been on
public display, and revealing the
breadth of her pursuits, featuring
wallpaper and embroidery
alongside jewellery, dresses and
book designs, as well as sketches
and watercolours. On show for
the first time is a hand-painted
Valentine card made by Morris for
George Bernard Shaw from 1886.
(020 8496 4390) to 28 Jan
George Shaw:
My Back to Nature
THE COLLECTION, LINCOLN
Artists can be broken by the
weight of being the National
Gallery’s associate artist, but
George Shaw responded to this
trickiest of commissions better
than any participant yet. His new
paintings teem with his passion
for the great art he had the fortune
to immerse himself in at the
National, alongside an inescapable
need to apply it to his personal
history. This touring exhibition of
the work he produced in the role
travels around the country until
late 2018. (01522 782040) to 14 Jan
FILM
The Disaster Artist
POP
The Kooks
The Nutcracker
HHHHH
HHHHH
WEMBLEY ARENA, LONDON
Several years after their peak,
the indie-rock survivors packed
out Wembley on the final night
of an arena tour promoting their
greatest hits. The revival seems
to be down to a second life on
Spotify. Fans who were at school
when their debut album was
released 12 years ago screamed as
if the band were a pop sensation.
Foppish guitarist Hugh Harris’s
grin suggested he couldn’t quite
believe his luck, though frontman
Luke Pritchard performed
each song as if it were firmly
established in the rock canon.
His confidence wasn’t always
misplaced, especially during
singalong “Ooh La”, the Britpop of
“She Moves in Her Own Way” and
the scratchy riffs of “Matchbox”.
The Kooks also showed their
experimental side and brought
out a choir for songs from 2014
album Listen. “Down” was a bona
fide arena tune, although even this
beery crowd failed to appreciate
the unspeakable funk of “Forgive
& Forget”. The band were on
firmer ground with “Seaside” and
the perfection of “Naive”.
ANDRE PAINE
EVENING STANDARD
15, JAMES FRANCO, 103 MINS
DANCE
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
ROYAL OPERA HOUSE, LONDON
The Royal Ballet’s revival is
joyful, an ideal combination
of traditional warmth and
new-minted detail. This was
the 455th performance of Peter
Wright’s production, yet nothing
feels by rote: it’s as fresh and
full of wonder as Francesca
Hayward’s lovely Clara, watching
her magical journey unfold.
Wright’s production, first
created in 1984, aimed to be as
faithful as possible to Tchaikovsky
and choreographer Lev Ivanov’s
original. In 2001, he revised it,
giving more prominence to
the young heroine Clara and
to the magician Drosselmeyer,
who directs the action. At this
performance, the different
elements blended beautifully,
from the gilded period detail of
Julia Trevelyan Oman’s designs
to the glitter of Drosselmeyer’s
magic tricks.
Hayward’s dancing is as
gorgeous as her bright, engaged
acting. One of the company’s
rising stars, she has a radiant
flow of movement and gleaming
footwork. She’s matched by
Alexander Campbell as the
enchanted Nutcracker, with
Happy End
15, MICHAEL HANEKE, 108MINS
Sarah Lamb as The Sugar Plum Fairy and Steven McRae as The Prince
in the Royal Ballet’s fresh and wondrous production KAROLINA KURAS
appealing chemistry between the
two. He has a Boy’s Own directness
in the battle with the mice, socking
Nicol Edmonds’ Mouse King with a
tidy right hook. His dancing is bold
and buoyant, with a strong jump
and tender partnering.
As Drosselmeyer, Gary Avis’s
crisp musical timing gives his
tricks extra sparkle, without
ever losing the narrative thread.
Conductor Barry Wordsworth
brings out both the delight and the
drama of Tchaikovsky’s score.
Sarah Lamb is an elegant Sugar
Plum Fairy, despite some
moments of tension. Steven
McRae is alert and assured as her
prince. It’s a clean performance of
the great Ivanov pas de deux, but
could have more depth.
A rich, affectionate performance
from the whole company.
To 10 January (020 7304 4000)
ZOE ANDERSON
THE INDEPENDENT
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 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
TALKS & POETRY
Alison Weir
BLACKWELL, OXFORD
In Queens of the Conquest, the
first of a new four-book series on
England’s medieval q ueens, the
historian looks at the lives of five
Norman monarchs, from Matilda
NEWS
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Arts
agenda
THE CULTURAL HIGHLIGHTS
YOU HAVE TO SEE
of Flanders, who supported
William the Conqueror in his
invasion in 1066, to Empress
Maud, who, as the mother of
Henry II, founded the Plantagenet
dynasty. (01865 792792) tonight 7pm
Armando Iannucci
ST SWITHIN’S CHURCH,
THE PARAGON, BATH
The writer behind The Death of
Stalin, I’m Alan Partridge and The
Thick of It explores his passion for
classical music in his new book,
Hear Me Out, which he talks about
here. (01225 428111) tonight 8pm
COMEDY
Peter Wright’s production for
Birmingham Royal Ballet is
perhaps the best-loved
Nutcracker in Britain,
with a warm family feeling,
splendid transformations
and handsome designs.
(0844 338 5000) to 13 Dec
FOLK & ROOTS
Lau
Daniel Kitson
SQUARE CHAPEL, HALIFAX
Daniel Kitson – master storyteller,
mellifluous wordsmith, comedy
pioneer – spreads the joy in his
own singular way in A Show About
Christmas. (01422 349422) tonight
JAZZ
The British saxophonist tours
his new album, It’s Always 9:30
in Zog. Albany, Coventry
(024 7667 3032) tonight; The
Verdict, Brighton (01273 674847) Fri
Adrienne Truscott, Ursula
Martinez and Zoe Coombs
Marr’s gloriously cheeky show,
in which the three performers
bare their backsides – and
seemingly speak out of them –
to recall some of the guff spouted
about their work by critics.
(020 7478 0100) to 16 Dec
BIRMINGHAM HIPPODROME
Martin Green (accordion
and electronics), Aidan
O’Rourke (fiddle) and Kris
Drever (vocals, guitars) have
dominated British instrumental
folk music since their inception
in 2005, and continue to enthral
with their invention and finesse.
(0131 668 2019) tonight
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
SOHO THEATRE, LONDON W1
The Nutcracker
In Spoiler Alert, Ed Byrne finds
fertile observational ground
in the cosseted lives of his two
young sons. City Hall, Hull (01482
300306) tonight; Parr Hall,
Warrington (01925 442345) Fri
VARIOUS VENUES
Dave O’Higgins
Wild Bore
VARIOUS VENUES
DANCE
QUEEN’S HALL, EDINBURGH
Ralph McTell’s 73rd
Birthday Benefit Concert
for Crisis at Christmas
HALF MOON, PUTNEY, LONDON SW15
Ralph McTell has recorded a new
album of folk and blues, About
Time Too, with fellow traveller
Wizz Jones, who’ll hopefully
make an appearance at this
Crisis benefit – which comes
at a time when the lyrics for
his most famous tune have
never been more apposite.
(020 8780 9383) tonight
Project Polunin
Fresh from acting in Murder
on the Orient Express, Sergei
Polunin stars in a mixed bill
including his own choreography
and a rare revival of Scriabiniana
by Soviet choreographer
Andrey Kaydanovskiy.
(020 7845 9300) to Sun
Kurdish multi-instrumentalist
and singer Mem Ararat is joined
by two London-based Kurdish
musicians, harpist Tara Jaff and
singer Suna Alan, to present two
nights of exquisitely performed
Kurdish song. (theoldchurch.org.uk)
tonight and Fri
LONDON COLISEUM, LONDON WC2
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THEATRE
The Tin Drum
SHOREDITCH TOWN HALL, LONDON EC1
Writer Carl Grose cuts a selfassured operatic path through
Günter Grass’s sprawling
picaresque tale of a little boy
called Oskar who, horrified by
the adult world, refuses to grow
up. Young Oskar is brought
unsettlingly to life by puppet
director Sarah Wright and
Charles Hazlewood’s sublime
electronica score performed live
on stage is the stand-out feature.
(kneehigh.co.uk) to 23 Dec
Young Frankenstein
GARRICK THEATRE, LONDON WC2
This boisterous musical comedy
is Mel Brooks’ adaptation of his
own cult film, which poked fun at
the monster movies so popular in
the Thirties. It’s an old-fashioned
and unsubtle entertainment,
often puerile and sometimes
hell-bent on causing offence, but
packed with moments of zany
silliness. Hadley Fraser is wildeyed and tirelessly exuberant
as Frankenstein, the inventor’s
grandson. (0330 333 4811) to 10 Feb
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First
Chance
Opening
next month
VISUAL ARTS
Elizabeth Friedlander
DITCHLING MUSEUM OF ART & CRAFT
A survey of the artist, designer
and typographer, best known
for her Penguin book covers.
(01273 844744) opens 6 Jan
COMEDY
Chris Rock
MANCHESTER ARENA
The American comedian kicks
off his first-ever UK tour.
(ticketmaster.co.uk) 11 Jan
THEATRE
Long Day’s Journey into Night
WYNDHAM’S THEATRE, LONDON WC2
Jeremy Irons and Lesley Manville
star in Richard Eyre’s Bristol Old Vic
staging. (020 7492 0810) opens 18 Jan
16 day
from ons
ly
£2,099p
WORLD MUSIC
Mem Ararat: Sevên
Kilamên Kurdî
p
THE OLD CHURCH, LONDON N16
If you only see
one thing today
POP
Liam Gallagher
ALEXANDRA PALACE,
LONDON N22
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.
(seetickets.com) tonight
DAVE HOGAN/GETTY IMAGES
TV
30-31
Ed Byrne
Tim Key
ARTS THEATRE, LONDON WC2
VOICES
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BREXIT
No-deal scenario would be
‘disaster for architecture’
By Holly Williams
Britain’s £4.8bn architecture
industry is under threat if the
Government fails to strike a Brexit
deal and could see its EU exports
slump by nearly a third, a report
has warned.
The Royal Institute of British
Architects (Riba) has cautioned that
a disorderly withdrawal from the EU
could cut off vital access to talent and
put the UK’s position as a global hub
for the industry at risk.
In a report, it said a “no deal”
scenario could seriously damage
the sector’s mammoth contribution
to the UK economy, estimating
that exports to the EU alone would
collapse by 29 per cent.
The impact of lost export earnings
from around the world could be £73m
a year, the report claimed.
The study comes as the latest
warning over the implications of a
no-deal Brexit, with sectors including
the car industry sounding the alarm
over the impact of a hard border
and tariffs.
Britain’s architectural sector has
already been hit by Brexit, with the
largest player, Foster + Partners,
whose projects include London’s
Gherkin tower, axing nearly 100
jobs earlier this year as a result of
uncertainty around major builds.
Riba is calling on the Government
There are around 90,000
people working in the
architectural industries in the
UK, according to data from the
Office for National Statistics. This
has fallen from 96,000 in 2009.
to take steps to protect
Britain’s architecture industry
during negotiations.
Riba president Ben Derbyshire
said: “Without a Brexit deal that
works for UK architecture, we
risk losing more of our global
talent due to increased costs and
economic uncertainty.
“A no-deal Brexit is not an
option; it would be a disaster for
UK architecture and our built
environment, and the Government
must take this option off the table.”
The UK’s architecture sector is
particularly exposed to the impact
of trade and border changes due
to its position as an exporter and
its reliance on international talent,
according to the report.
Riba wants Government to ensure
there is a post-Brexit immigration
system to allow access to talent
Landmark: The Gherkin in London
was designed by Foster + Partners
worldwide, continued mutual
recognition of qualifications across
the EU and market access without
non-tariff barriers. It also wants
the Department for International
Trade to expand its scope to support
medium and small sized businesses
to expand internationally.
But the research, called “Global
Talent, Global Reach”, said there is
potential for growth from new trade
agreements outside the EU.
PENSIONS
Military
spouses may
lose £30,000
in pension
By Victoria Shaw
Quote of
the day
Traditional
amusements are
being reinvented
because people
don’t want to
spend all their
leisure time
on a screen
Luke Johnson
The entrepreneur on why
he bought the Paradise
Island mini-golf chain.
The 30
Second
Briefing
HAMMERSON
A new retail property giant
has been born
The property developer Hammerson
has created a £7bn retail behemoth
by taking over its struggling rival
Intu. The move brings together some
of the UK’s biggest shopping centres,
including Lakeside in Essex and the
Bullring in Birmingham (pictured).
What’s the detail?
The all-share 253.9p offer values
Intu’s shares at £3.4bn and gives
Hammerson’s investors a 55 per
cent stake in the combined business
through the merger, described as
a “rescue” by one analyst. The deal
creates a business with £21bn in
assets and over 40 shopping centres,
as well as “premium outlets” like
Bicester Village.
How did investors react?
Hammerson’s shares dropped
6.2 per cent to 501.5p as
shareholders were nervous about
the costs. Shares in Intu jumped 13.6
per cent to 226.1p. Jefferies analyst
Mike Prew said it was “a coalition of
weak business models” .
What now?
The groups plan to slash costs,
offload at least £2bn worth of
UK property and target highgrowth markets such as Spain
and Ireland. The combined debt
pile rises to £8.2bn. Hammerson’s
chief executive David Atkins
said: “We can create a superior
operating platform, [with] more
focus on income generation.”
The deal comes at a time when
consumer confidence has
taken a pounding following
the Brexit vote, resulting in a
sharp decline in retail sales.
However, shopping centres in
city locations have tended to fare
better than high streets during
economic downturns.
Spouses of people who have served in
the Armed Forces could be missing
out on thousands of pounds’ worth of
pension rights.
Sir Steve Webb, a former pensions
minister who is now director of policy
at Royal London, described the takeup of a scheme designed to help boost
the state pensions of military spouses
as “very poor”.
But the Department for Work and
Pensions (DWP) insisted the figures
do not indicate a low take-up, and is
encouraging people to check if they
are eligible on the Gov.uk website.
In 2016 the Government introduced
a new system of national insurance
(NI) credits to help spouses and civil
partners who joined their partners
on overseas postings.
This means those who come under
the new system can claim credits
for the periods they spent outside
the UK and cover gaps in their NI
contributions, which could help to
build up their state pension. The
credits can be claimed back to 1975.
When the scheme launched, it was
claimed the credits could benefit up
to 20,000 people. But a Freedom
of Information reply obtained by
Royal London found 3,765 have so
far applied – suggesting more than
16,000 are yet to apply for credits
worth up to £480m combined.
Royal London said those missing
out could lose around £30,000 in
state pension through retirement.
A DWP spokesman said: “Our
20,000 estimate covers up to 2066 so
applicants in the first 18 months isn’t
indicative of a low take up at all.”
NEWS
2-28
VOICES
14-18
TV
30-31
FASHION
Not quite in the bag: sales
slowing at Mulberry
By Holly Williams
The luxury handbag maker Mulberry
said sales in the UK are slowing, as
it revealed widening half-year losses.
The Somerset-based firm posted
pre-tax losses of £609,000 for the
six months to the end of September
against £515,000 a year earlier after
like-for-like sales fell 1 per cent.
Chief executive Thierry Andretta
said the UK market remains
“uncertain”, with domestic sales
falling 1 per cent despite a boost
from overseas shoppers taking
advantage of the Brexit-hit pound.
At the same time, overseas sales
dropped 3 per cent.
But Mulberry said it has returned
to sales growth since the halfyear, with a 12 per cent surge in
international sales helping to lift
overall sales 1 per cent in the 10 weeks
to December.
The company is focusing efforts on
expanding overseas, in particular to
Asian markets. It recently announced
a tie-up with Japanese firm Onward
Global Fashion and Mr Andretta said
the firm had seen a “successful” start
to trading in the Japanese market
since the deal was struck in July.
Mulberry, which makes around 50
per cent of its bags in two factories
based in Somerset, said interim
losses widened partly as a result
of another £800,000 pumped into
Mulberry is
planning a
“see now, buy now”
offer, like luxury
peer Burberry,
allowing
customers to
buy directly
from the catwalk
during London
Fashion Week
next February.
British luxury bag
maker Mulberry is
focusing its efforts on
expanding overseas
markets
marketing, while it also traditionally
makes the bulk of its profits in the
second half of its financial year.
Mulberry, which has 66 stores, said
Christmas trading so far has been
good, with best-sellers including
the popular Amberley bag range –
launched in June at prices ranging
from £450 to £1,395.
The company has been staging a
bounce-back over the past two years
as it reverses an ill-fated attempt
to move into premium luxury and
compete with the likes of Gucci
and Dior. It said sales had shown
an “encouraging” response to new
collections under the newly-hired
creative director Johnny Coca.
Shares in Mulberry closed up
1.6 per cent at 1,033p yesterday.
STOCKS
Poundland owner shares plunge as boss quits
By Laura Onita
Shares in the owner of Poundland
slumped yesterday after Steinhoff’s
chief executive quit amid an
accounting scandal.
The South African retailer, which
is listed in Germany, said boss
Outlook
JAMES
MOORE
We’ll have the last
laugh in Amazon
and Google feud
C
ould a petty spat between
A m a z o n a n d G o o gl e
actually work in the
consumer’s favour in the
long term?
As the giants of Silicon Valley
extend their tendrils into new areas,
they are increasingly butting heads
in a way that apparently does their
Markus Jooste had quit as it called in
accountancy giant PwC to scrutinise
its finances.
The stock plunged 63 per cent
after information about accounting
irregularities came to light.
Christo Wiese, the biggest
shareholder in the company, will take
over as executive chairman until
a replacement is found. Last year,
Wiese’s investment firm Brait, which
also owns New Look, borrowed more
than €1bn (£881m) from banks to buy
shares in a fundraising by Steinhoff
to refinance loans that funded several
high-profile deals.
customers no favours. The latest
example of this has ended with users
of Amazon’s Echo Show or Fire TV no
longer being able to access Google’s
YouTube app (although they will be
able to view videos via the streaming
service’s website).
Why? Google says Amazon won’t
carry its Chromecast or Google
Home services and won’t make
Prime Video available for Google
Cast users.
It also says Amazon last month
stopped selling some of the products
offered by Nest, another part of the
Google – sorry, Alphabet – empire
(Alphabet is now the official name
of the holding company at the
top although everyone still calls
it Google).
Both companies are fighting to win
domination of the market for voiceactivated devices, which some expect
will become the next big thing.
Amazon has a handy lead at the
moment, but the battle is a long way
from won. I only need to listen to
my wife’s furious telling off of Alexa
when she’s trying to get something
she wants played on her Echo to
know that. For the record, almost the
only use I make of voice-activated
services is in asking Apple’s Siri silly
questions to make the kids laugh (you
should try it – it’s a hoot).
So how on earth does this work for
the consumer, I hear you ask. They
would seem to be the big losers here,
Given the tech industry’s
power, there is a pressing
need for greater oversight
and regulation of it.
because their devices will no longer
offer a full range of services.
But let’s compare it to a squabbling
children scenario. Eventually the
parent has to intervene, usually
by separating the warring siblings
before negotiating peace between
them. Sometimes, if the squabble is
IQ
32-39
BUSINESS SPORT
40-43
48-56
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EMPLOYMENT
Deliveroo offers
sickness
insurance to
delivery drivers
By Alan Jones
Deliveroo has said it is offering staff
the first sickness and accident insurance available to on-demand food delivery riders in the UK.
The move means Deliveroo riders
can claim 75 per cent of their average
weekly income for up to 26 weeks if
they are unable to work due to illness
or as a result of an injury while working, the company announced. Cyclists
will also have access to public liability
insurance, which Deliveroo said was
a first-of-its-kind policy for food-delivery cyclists. The new scheme will
give Deliveroo riders up to £2m in
public liability insurance.
The illness and accident cover is
the first such product available to ondemand food-delivery
platform riders in
the UK, according
to the company.
D e l i ve ro o’s
managing director Dan
Wa r n e s a i d :
“This is the first
income protection insurance for
on-demand food delivery riders in the UK. This n e w
industry-leading insurance package
is hugely important for all those who
ride with Deliveroo.
“We know the thing our riders
value the most is flexibility to fit their
work around their lives, rather than
their lives to work. But they also deserve security while they’re out on
the road. This new insurance gives
riders security in the event of an injury while maintaining the flexible
work they value.”
The move comes as unions continue to campaign for more employment rights for workers in the “gig
economy”. There are estimated to be
around five million in the UK working in the gig economy as contractor
or freelancer, instead of an employer.
serious enough, this is accomplished
alongside imposing some type
of penalty.
There are no parents to stop our
pair of technological titans from
bickering. But if they prove unwilling
or unable to solve their own disputes
(to be fair, Amazon and Apple kissed
and made up after a similar spat a
while back), what you will be left with
is a market failure.
When that happens someone, ie
a regulator, will have to step in and
sort it out, perhaps together with the
imposition of a financial penalty.
We, as consumers, would be likely
to benefit from that in the long run.
Given the tech industry’s power, the
ever greater role it plays in our lives,
and its propensity for bouts of bad
behaviour, there is a pressing need
for greater oversight and regulation
of it.
So keep on squabbling, kids,
because sooner or later the parents
will be along. THE INDEPENDENT
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From the
business
pages
High-speed train
slashes travel time
Shanghai Daily
A high-speed rail line linking
north-west China’s Xi’an and
south-west China’s Chengdu has
gone into operation, slashing
the travel time between the
two cities from about 11 hours
to just four. The train makes 14
stops, travelling at speeds of
250kph. The 658-km new line is
China’s first rail route running
through the Qinling Mountains,
which are the natural boundary
between north and south China.
Literary house sells
above guide price
The Irish Times
A Georgian house linked to
James Joyce at Ushers Island on
the Dublin city quays has been
sold to a private investor for
more than €650,000 (£574,000)
– €100,000 above the guide
price. Known as the “House of
the Dead”, it was the setting for
Joyce’s short story “The Dead”
in Dubliners, regarded as one of
the greatest short stories of the
20th century.
US trade deficit
rises to $48.7bn
The Houston Chronicle
Record imports lifted the
US trade deficit to $48.7bn
in October, the highest since
January. The trade gap rose
8.6 per cent in October from
$44.9bn in September. Imports
hit $244.6bn and exports were
flat at $195.9bn. A trade deficit
means the US is buying
more goods and services
from other countries than it is
selling them.
Film mogul threat
to leave project
The Dominion Post
A perceived lack of
transparency surrounding
the construction and design of
Wellington’s Movie Museum is
a key concern behind Sir Peter
Jackson’s threats to pull out of
the $150m (£77m) project. The
movie mogul, who was behind
the Lord of the Rings trilogy,
was scathing about Wellington
City Council not putting the
contracts out for tender, and
questioned whether ratepayer
money was being used well.
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BUSINESS
The
Business
Matrix
The day at
a glance
FTSE 100 up 20.5 at 7348.0
669.5
1680.0
950.1
648.0
2335.0
1476.0
3996.0
449.4
657.0
533.5
177.3
6.3
1103.0
436.9
4301.0
2724.0
574.6
242.2
1996.0
1425.0
3870.0
119.7
1602.0
1357.2
181.4
27.0
3073.0
5780.0
1946.0
328.4
906.4
1428.0
1052.0
221.4
3.0
260.5
1270.0
Markets
FTSE 100
7348.0
+20.5
FTSE 250
19828.9
-42.1
FTSE All Share
4037.8
+6.8
FTSE Eurofirst300
1520.2
-0.4
Dow Jones *
24177.3
-3.4
S&P 500 *
2629.0
-0.5
Nasdaq *
6764.0
DAX
12998.9
CAC 40
5374.4
Hang Seng
28224.8
-618.0
Nikkei
22177.0
-445.3
+1.8
-49.7
High
Hammerson
Hargrve Lans
HSBC Hldgs
IAG
Imperial Brands
Informa
IntCont Htls
Intertek
ITV
Johnson Matth
Kingfisher
Land Secs
Legal & Gen
Lloyds Bk Gp
Lon Stock Ex
Marks&Spen
Mediclinic Intl
Merlin Ent
Micro Focus Intl
Mondi
Morrison (Wm)
National Grid
Next
NMC Health
Old Mutual
PaddyPwrBetfair
Pearson
Persimmon
Prudential
Randgold Res
Reckitt Ben
RELX
Rentokil Initial
Rio Tinto
Rolls-Royce
RBS
Shell A
501.5
1620.0
724.9
620.0
3086.0
745.5
4429.0
5165.0
158.9
2995.0
335.3
938.0
261.7
64.8
3769.0
319.0
582.0
357.6
2427.0
1693.0
222.8
877.9
4422.0
2837.0
199.2
8470.0
721.0
2604.0
1810.5
6745.0
6551.0
1728.0
313.6
3498.5
840.5
274.7
2366.0
-33.0
+7.0
-6.7
-1.0
+51.0
+6.5
+13.0
-25.0
+0.2
-5.0
+4.4
+1.5
-2.3
-0.3
-32.0
+3.5
+2.5
-0.7
-46.0
-6.0
+4.0
-2.8
-16.0
+37.0
+1.4
-15.0
+5.5
+2.0
+1.5
-15.0
+132.0
+9.0
-0.3
+30.0
-4.5
+0.5
-3.0
614.5
1636.0
772.0
679.8
3956.5
773.0
4492.0
5470.0
221.8
3511.0
369.8
1217.1
279.9
73.6
4069.0
397.8
890.2
537.5
2887.8
2145.0
254.4
1174.3
5355.0
3211.0
229.8
8945.0
832.5
2901.0
1933.5
8255.0
8110.4
1784.0
338.8
4226.6
994.5
290.5
2516.3
Low
501.0
1166.0
518.2
358.3
3013.0
480.0
3340.0
3161.0
142.8
2681.0
269.6
912.0
231.6
58.3
2611.0
296.3
495.4
350.2
26.8
1530.0
205.0
859.3
3565.0
1349.0
184.2
6572.5
552.0
1646.0
1524.0
5410.0
6299.0
1326.0
204.5
2882.5
635.0
197.3
1982.5
EURO/
POUND
DOLLAR/
POUND
Company
Price
Chg
High
Shell B
RSA Insur
Sage
Sainsbury(J)
Schroders
Scot Mort Inv Tst
Segro
Severn Trent
Shire
Sky
Smith&Neph
Smiths Gp
Smurfit Kappa Grp
SSE
Stan Chart
Standard Life Aber
St James Place
Taylor Wimpey
Tesco
TUI AG
Unilever
United Utilities
Vodafone
Whitbread
Ferguson
Worldpay Group
WPP
2394.0
597.5
760.5
242.3
3403.0
430.0
544.0
2064.0
3564.5
988.0
1324.0
1474.0
2330.0
1317.0
746.8
419.8
1169.0
197.6
203.4
1389.0
4178.5
809.5
224.8
3990.0
5405.0
413.6
1323.0
-1.5
-4.0
-5.0
+3.0
+10.0
-3.5
-1.0
-11.0
-47.0
+12.0
+2.0
-5.0
—
-5.0
-2.4
-1.3
-6.0
+0.2
+2.4
-7.0
+21.5
-1.0
-0.5
+280.0
-15.0
-7.4
+12.0
2580.5
672.5
820.0
283.6
3548.0
469.5
564.0
2575.0
5067.0
1050.0
1442.0
1685.0
2441.0
1578.0
860.0
448.6
1245.0
208.6
219.4
1404.0
4557.5
1078.0
233.9
4333.0
5582.9
436.3
1928.1
Low
2037.0
530.0
595.0
222.4
2744.0
304.5
396.9
2041.5
3435.5
754.0
1103.0
1396.0
1712.7
1309.0
638.7
336.5
933.5
149.1
165.3
934.4
3076.5
764.5
186.5
3388.0
4427.0
255.7
1238.5
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–$1.40
975.0
2184.0
1534.5
1071.0
3387.0
1983.0
5520.0
570.5
1030.0
682.5
244.4
705.5
1518.5
529.0
5643.6
4003.0
675.5
400.7
2472.0
2024.0
5435.0
236.9
2682.0
1765.9
349.1
3342.0
4367.0
7595.0
2661.5
411.3
1449.0
1708.0
1746.0
342.6
379.3
388.2
1724.5
Chg
$61.42
-4.0
-5.0
+1.5
+3.0
+5.0
+14.0
+1.5
-0.5
+1.5
+10.0
-0.7
-2.5
-8.0
+2.5
+178.0
-21.0
-1.0
-0.9
-2.0
+11.0
-22.0
-0.7
-19.0
-2.0
+0.1
-2.0
-50.0
-95.0
+35.5
+1.5
+18.0
+10.0
+3.0
+0.1
-1.2
+3.0
-1.0
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–$0.58
875.0
1893.0
1352.5
887.5
2920.0
1971.0
4723.5
501.0
678.0
561.0
191.0
611.0
1337.0
494.2
5028.0
3868.0
637.0
257.2
2083.0
1739.0
4868.0
147.0
2332.0
1505.0
207.5
2579.0
4266.0
6885.0
2642.0
365.0
1444.0
1551.0
1263.0
250.0
298.3
337.0
1278.0
Company
$1,264.3
3i Group
Admiral
Anglo Amer
Antofagasta
AB Foods
Ashtead Group
AstraZeneca
Aviva
Babcock Intl
BAE Systems
Barclays
Barratt Dev
BHP Billiton
BP
BAT
Berkeley Grp Hldgs
British Land
BT
Bunzl
Burberry
Carnival
Centrica
Coca-Cola HBC
Compass
ConvaTec Group
CRH
Croda Intl
DCC
Diageo
Direct Line Ins
Easyjet
Experian
Fresnillo
G4S
GKN
Glencore
GSK
Low
–0.66¢
High
$1.3381
Chg
–0.24¢
Price
€1.1348
Company
-1.2
GOLD
Per troy ounce,
London pm fix
OIL
Brent crude,
per barrel
RETAIL
LEGAL
Small shops take
over the weekend
Coty wins ruling
on online sales
An estimated £748m was
spent in small shops over the
weekend, according to the first
projections from the Small
Business Saturday campaign.
The figure was up 4 per cent
on last year. Small Business
Saturday, in its fifth year,
encourages people to spend
money in independent shops
across the UK.
Luxury beauty company
Coty can stop retailers from
selling its products online, the
European Court of Justice
has ruled. It declared that a
supplier could prohibit the
selling of its goods on platforms
such as Amazon to protect its
luxury image. Coty owns brands
including Marc Jacobs and
Calvin Klein.
ECONOMY
CURRENCIES
Australia GDP up
but weakening
Volatile bitcoin
nears $13,000
Australia’s economy has grown
for the 26th year in a row, as
figures show the country’s GDP
expanded at an annual rate of
2.8 per cent in the third quarter.
However, household spending is
showing signs of weakening and
consumers are juggling record
levels of debt and low savings.
Australia is moving away from a
heavy focus on mining.
Bitcoin is closing in on $13,000
(£9,725), in what is set to be
another milestone in the
cryptocurrency’s meteoric rise.
The price of bitcoin pushed past
$12,000 yesterday morning,
settling at around $12,500 in
early evening. The currency
is extremely volatile, with
institutional investors say they
are steering clear.
HOSPITALITY
OIL
EasyHotel sales
jump to £8.4m
BP spends big on
China expansion
EasyHotel, the budget hotel
chain founded by easyJet
founder Sir Stelios HajiIoannou, posted a 39.7 per cent
rise in revenues to £8.4m for the
year to the end of September.
Pre-tax profits fell to £860,000
from £1.09m after it spent
money expanding the estate.
The group has 2,348 rooms.
BP is to build its third lubricants
plant in China for around 1.5
billion yuan (£169m) in the
biggest investment of its kind
for the oil giant. The group
said the blending facility will
help it meet “rapidly” growing
demand in China, with a
planned annual production
capacity of 200,000 tonnes.
EDUCATION
INVESTMENTS
Apprenticeships
for fund managers
Advisory group
backs LSE chair
The Government will help
train budding young fund
managers to go into the City
after unveiling plans for Asset
Management Centres of
Excellence at universities. The
push is part of a plan to create
more apprenticeships in the
money management sector.
London Stock Exchange
chairman Donald Brydon,
under pressure from an investor
calling for his removal, has
been backed by an influential
shareholder advisory group.
Institutional Shareholder
Services did not recommend his
immediate removal.
the
markets
It was a relatively quiet day on
the UK markets yesterday. The
FTSE 100 closed up more than 20
points to 7,348, while the FTSE 250
slipped 42 points to 19,828.94.
***
The biggest riser on the FTSE 100
was Whitbread, which jumped 7.6
per cent to 3,990p after Sachem
Head Capital Management, the
New York activist investor, declared
a 3.4 per cent stake in the company.
Sky shares were up 1.2 per
cent to 988p on reports that
Disney wants to own all of the
broadcaster. Hammerson was the
biggest faller on the FTSE 100,
down 6.2 per cent to 501.5p.
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43
INSURANCE
Saga shares plummet
after Monarch collapse
By Stephen Little
Shares in over-50s insurance and
travel specialist Saga plummeted yesterday after the company
warned that underlying profits
would grow at a slower-than-expected rate following the collapse
of Monarch Airlines.
Saga expects underlying growth
in pre-tax profits to be between 1
per cent and 2 per cent for the financial year that ends in January
and that profits will dip by 5 per
cent in 2018.
The company said it had been
affected by the collapse of Monarch Airlines in October and
challenging trading conditions in
insurance broking.
The collapse of Monarch resulted in a one-off cost of about £2m for
Saga as it paid out for customers
forced to change carriers.
Shares in the company closed
down 21.4 per cent to 142.5p.
Saga is reviewing its operating structure, to save about £10m
next year. It expects to incur a oneoff cost of £4m to begin achieving
these savings. Part of this will be
used in a marketing push to acquire more customers.
“The fact that the group feels the
need to throw more cash at customer acquisition is also less than
reassuring,” said Nicholas Hyett,
an equities analyst at Hargreaves
Lansdown. “Saga’s pitch was always that its huge mailing list
means all the clients it could ever
want are just a mail drop away.”
Lance Batchelor, chief executive
of Saga, said the firm continued to
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Kakuro
Zygolex® In i every day
How to play Fill the white squares so that the total in each
across or down run of cells matches the total at the start
of that run. You must use the numbers from 1-9 only and
cannot repeat a number in a run. Solution: minurl.co.uk/i
Find the missing words by following the RHYME, LETTERS and MEANING links
– eg, a word that rhymes with ‘cheek’, has one letter different from ‘pear’ and
has the same meaning as mountain, would be ‘peak’. Full rules at zygolex.com.
Solution, page 49
RHYME LETTERS
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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
in its top-left corner. No number can appear more than
once in a dotted area. Solution: minurl.co.uk/i
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How to play Find all the mines in the grid. Numbers in certain squares indicate how
many mines there are in the neighbouring squares, including diagonally touching
squares. Mines cannot be placed in squares with numbers. Solution: minurl.co.uk/i
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How to play
Place the numbers
from 1-5 exactly
once in each row
and column. The
greater than and
less than signs
(‘>’ and ‘<’) indicate
where one cell is
greater/less than
the adjacent
cell indicated.
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How to play Place the numbers 1-9 once in each row, column
and bold-lined jigsaw region. Solution: minurl.co.uk/i
Preheat the oven to 200°C/400°F/Gas 6.
Put the shallot rings into a small bowl,
add the red wine vinegar and let the
mixture sit for 10 minutes.
In the meantime, place a griddle
pan over a high heat until it is very
hot. Rub some salt into both sides of
the entrecôte. Fry the meat for 1–1½
minutes on each side. Place it on a
cutting board, grind over some pepper
and let it rest for a bit.
Warm through the French bread or
rolls in the hot oven (or slice them open
and toast in the steak pan). Meanwhile,
stir the mustard into the mayo in a little
bowl, to taste. Slice the warmed bread in
half lengthways, then spread both halves
with a generous amount of the mustardy
mayo and add some lettuce leaves.
Slice the entrecôte on the diagonal
and arrange the slices in the sandwich.
Squeeze as much liquid as you can out of
the shallot rings and sprinkle them over
the meat. Top with the other half of the
bread and dinner is served.
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A small splash of red wine vinegar
1 entrecôte steak (around 150g)
1/4 baguette or a crusty bread roll
1–2tsp Dijon mustard
1½–2tbsp mayonnaise
1 head little gem, leaves separated
Salt and freshly ground pepper, to season
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Codeword No 1874
How to play Fill the empty squares with
numbers that will make the across and
down calculations produce the results
shown in the grey squares. Each numeral
from 1 to 9 must only appear once. The
calculations should be performed from
left to right and top to bottom, rather than
in strict mathematical order.
How to play The numbers in the grid correspond to the letters of the alphabet.
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Three letters are provided to give you a start. The solution will be printed in
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ACROSS 1 Ass, 3 Pecked (Aspect), 8 Bloomer, 9 Appal, 10 See, 11 Velodrome,
12 Quarter note, 16 Righteous, 18 Bow, 19 Khaki, 20 Regatta, 21 Vellum, 22 Yon.
DOWN 1 Adore, 2 Samovar, 3 Parallelogram, 4 Chard, 5 Exploit, 6 Abyss, 7 Glue,
13 Upgrade, 14 Nosegay, 15 Sweat, 16 Rake, 17 Trial, 18 Baton.
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4 Male bovine (4)
8 Insensitive (7)
9 Country
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10 Period of intense
excitement (7,6)
11 Great quantities
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16 Form of coffee
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19 Aristocratic (5)
20 From this time
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21 Anti-aircraft fire (4)
22 As a result of (3,2)
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Dettori excels at
Lingfield aboard
Toast of New York
By Jon Freeman
RACING EDITOR
Next stop the world again. Toast Of
New York did everything expected
of him, and a bit more besides, as he
began the latest phase in his extraordinary career at Lingfield yesterday.
Injured and then at stud since
being beaten a nose by Bayern in the
2014 Breeders’ Cup Classic, the sixyear-old saw off the match-fit course
specialist Petite Jack quite cosily
under a typically intelligent and sympathetic ride from Frankie Dettori.
This was Dettori’s first ride on
Toast Of New York and their initial introduction didn’t go well; the big colt,
boisterous and full of himself, bucking off his new companion exactly 15
seconds after he was given the leg-up.
But all went smoothly once the
race was under way. Nobody was expecting fireworks and there weren’t
any; just a workmanlike, professional
display from horse and rider.
“He felt heavy and rusty, he’s still
only 70 per cent at the moment,” said
Dettori. “But it’s been three years
and I can’t emphasise how brilliant
LEICESTER
KNIGHTON NOVICES’ HURDLE (CLASS 3) £10,000 added
1m 7f 113yds
1
3-1122 ARTHINGTON (D) J W Mullins 4 11 8.............Kevin Jones (5)
2
1-53 BRIANSTORM W Greatrex 5 10 12........................... G Sheehan H
3
331-2 DOCTOR HAZE K Bailey 6 10 12....................................M Hamill (5)
4
221-95 FORGOT TO ASK (D) T R George 5 10 12................. A P Heskin
5
P/1-6 GLEN ROCCO N Gifford 6 10 12................................................. L Aspell
6
33-189 JOHNNY YUMA Katy Price 4 10 12.......................................... B Poste
7
6 LORD MARMADUKE P Webber 4 10 12 ...............R McLernon
8
466-7 RADICAL ARCHIE E Williams 6 10 12..............................A Wedge
9
536 SILK RUN Tom Lacey 4 10 5...................................................R T Dunne
- 9 declared BETTING: 7-4 Arthington, 3-1 Doctor Haze, 4-1 Brianstorm, 6-1 Forgot
To Ask, 14-1 Silk Run, Radical Archie, 20-1 Glen Rocco, 33-1 Others.
12.40
FORM VERDICT
ARTHINGTON’s recent second to Twobeelucky at Cheltenham in October
is by far and away the strongest form on offer and it would take a big
performance by one of his rivals to overturn him. Brianstorm ran well when
third at Cheltenham in a bumper behind Herecomestheboom and is one to
consider on hurdling debut, while Doctor Haze will have learnt plenty from
his hurdling debut at Chepstow and can take a step forward here.
BARKBY CONDITIONAL JOCKEYS’ SELLING HURDLE
(CLASS 5) £5,000 added 2m 4f 110yds
CLIFFSIDE PARK Olly Murphy 8 11 8..........Mr J J O’Neill (3)
MINSTREL ROYAL (BF) P Kirby 7 11 4............T Dowson (3) T
SPORTY YANKEE M Keighley 4 11 4..................H Stock (6) C,T
HAZARIBAN (D) S Fahey (IRE) 8 10 12 ............... C Gethings T
PRINCE KUP Miss L Hurley 6 10 12 .......... C Hammond (3) C
SERENITY NOW (D) B Ellison 9 10 12........................K Wood (3)
- 6 declared BETTING: 15-8 Cliffside Park, 9-4 Serenity Now, 7-2 Minstrel Royal, 8-1
Sporty Yankee, 10-1 Hazariban, 20-1 Prince Kup.
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FORM VERDICT
CLIFFSIDE PARK ran respectably when runner-up to a useful type in
Octagon at Southwell last month and this looks an easier assignment
with Jonjo O’Neill’s 3lb claim aiding his cause. Serenity Now has been
in solid form lately with two second places and he looks capable of
putting it up to the selection on those efforts, while Minstrel Royal
looks best of the remainder.
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BRADGATE PARK HANDICAP CHASE (CLASS 4) £10,000
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CANICALLYOUBACK (D) E Williams 9 12 2 .............C Ring (3)
MINELLA FOR ME T R George 7 11 12 .................. A P Heskin T
THANKYOU VERY MUCH (CD)(BF) J Bethell 7 11 12.....B Hughes B,H,T
DIAMOND ROCK Henry Oliver 6 11 10................... L Treadwell
DEISE VU (D) R Brotherton 9 11 9..................................T Whelan C
WALDEN PRINCE (D) Mrs S Leech 10 11 7.....Brodie Hampson (5) T,V
VOCALISER R Dickin 5 11 4..............................................................C Poste
ALPINE SECRET (BF) B Pauling 5 11 1 ................................D Jacob
NO NO CARDINAL (D) M Gillard 8 10 6........T Dowling (5) C
BEST BET
Petticoat Tales
(1.0pm, Wincanton)
Smart bumper mare; now
expected to do even better over
hurdles.
Frankie Dettori guides Toast of New York to victory yesterday GETTY IMAGES
they [trainer Jamie Osborne and his
staff] have been getting him back.”
There was a “hear, hear” to that
from owner Al Shaqab Racing’s manager Herry Herbert, relieved, but
not surprised that everything went
so well. “Jamie’s expectations were
pretty high,” he said. “He liked what
he saw in his work and knew that the
flame still burned brightly. But it has
still been a phenomenal effort.”
- 9 declared BETTING: 3-1 Diamond Rock, 7-2 Thankyou Very Much, 9-2 Alpine Secret,
6-1 Minella For Me, 8-1 Canicallyouback, 10-1 Vocaliser, 12-1 Others.
FORM VERDICT
MINELLA FOR ME is yet to show the promise he threatened when
winning his point-to-point in November 2015 but he now makes his
handicap debut after looking in need of the run behind River Wylde at
Uttoxeter. Diamond Rock won with something in hand at Bangor back
in October and looks a player off a 6lb higher mark, while Thankyou
Very Much ran well last week at Musselburgh and now has a hood in
addition to blinkers and a tongue-tie.
LUBENHAM MARES’ HANDICAP HURDLE (CLASS 4)
£8,000 added 2m 4f 110yds
DARK SUNSET (D) D McCain 6 11 12...................Will Kennedy
ROBIN DEUZ POIS P Webber 5 11 11.......................R McLernon
LAGAVARA N Twiston-Davies 5 11 9....................J Bargary (3)
SWEET SHIRLEEN H Evans 7 11 7...................Mr J J O’Neill (7)
MISS FLEMING T R George 5 11 4 ............................ A P Heskin T
VERSIFIER O Sherwood 5 11 1..............................................L Aspell C
DAYTIME AHEAD (D) R Hodges 6 11 0................................D Jacob
DAHILLS HILL G McPherson 5 10 10 ................. Kielan Woods
THE GOLDEN HOUR Miss Z Davison 7 10 6 ...........T Whelan
- 9 declared BETTING: 11-4 Miss Fleming, 3-1 Daytime Ahead, 4-1 Lagavara, 6-1 Dark
Sunset, 10-1 Robin Deuz Pois, 14-1 Versifier, Dahills Hill, 16-1 Others.
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FORM VERDICT
LAGAVARA has some smart form in the book behind the likes of Poppy
Kay and Casper King in the past, and impressed with her staying-on
third on reappearance at Newton Abbot in October. That was her best
effort to date in handicap company and another bold bid looks to be on
the cards here. Miss Fleming wasn’t beaten far Uttoxeter in the summer
when last seen and represents a yard that goes very well here, while
Daytime Ahead could prove best of the remainder.
ALL NEW RACINGUK.COM NOVICES’ HANDICAP CHASE
(CLASS 4) £10,000 added 2m 7f
MIDNIGHT GEM C Longsdon 7 12 5............... Paul O’Brien (5)
MORE THAN LUCK (D) Olly Murphy 6 12 4(7ex) ....D England T
CUP OF AMBITION M Keighley 5 11 12............H Stock (7) C,T
LIMONCELLO N Williams 5 11 10.................. Lizzie Kelly (3) B
ZIGGER ZAGGER R Rowe 8 11 8............................A Glassonbury
DONTMINDDBOYS (BF) R Dickin 8 11 7.......................J Quinlan
DYLANSEOGHAN Miss Z Davison 8 11 7....................T Whelan
- 7 declared BETTING: 5-4 More Than Luck, 4-1 Dontminddboys, 9-2 Midnight Gem,
7-1 Limoncello, 10-1 Cup Of Ambition, 16-1 Dylanseoghan, 20-1 Others.
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This can go the way of MORE THAN LUCK, who did it well on stable bow for
Olly Murphy at Taunton a week ago and remains ahead of the assessor.
The six-year-old is due to go up 9lb in the near future and is expected
to take advantage of another fair opening. Dontminddboys is 0-16 under
Rules but has been running well in defeat of late, while Midnight Gem has
shown enough to suggest she can land a race of this nature.
Osborne wasn’t instructed to embark on such a patient, painstaking
project just for a pleasant December day out in the Surrey suburbs.
They want Toast Of New York back
on the world stage. Eyes are already
on huge prizes in Florida next month
and at Meydan in March.
“Now we can think about races
like the Pegasus World Cup and
then maybe the Dubai World Cup,
MARSTON TRUSSELL HANDICAP HURDLE (CLASS 5)
£6,000 added 1m 7f 113yds
DON’T ACT UP I Williams 6 12 0.......................................T J O’Brien
VISAGE BLANC G McPherson 4 11 12.......... Kielan Woods T
KALASKADESEMILLEY (D) J Farrelly 6 11 12 ....T Cheesman (5) T
COUGAR KID J G O’Shea 6 11 12(7ex) .Brodie Hampson (5)
METHAG A Hales 4 11 6...................................................................... L Aspell
GEORGIESHORE Miss Z Davison 9 11 0....T Dowling (5) H
NORSE CASTLE M Bosley 4 10 6....................................James Best
KARL MARX (D) M Gillard 7 10 3..................................... D Crosse B
DOES IT IN STYLE D Skelton 4 10 0.............................I Popham C
LOST IN NEWYORK (CD) N Kent 10 10 0T Broughton (10)
- 10 declared BETTING: 7-4 Cougar Kid, 7-2 Lost In Newyork, 9-2 Don’t Act Up, 7-1 Does
It In Style, 14-1 Kalaskadesemilley, 16-1 others.
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NEXT BEST
Huntsman Son
(2.25pm, Market Rasen)
Found just one too good in
decent Uttoxeter novice last
month; should be spot on for this.
EACH WAY
Djakadam (9-4) is just preferred
in the market to Sizing John in his
bid for a third John Durkan Chase
at Punchestown on Sunday,
which is the race he was originally
bought to win,” added Herbert before signing off with an unnecessary
nudge to headline-writers: “Yes, it’s a
fairy tale.”
MANCHESTER DERBY BETTING AT 188BET NOVICES’
CHASE (CLASS 4) £8,000 added 3m
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1125-1 SOLIGHOSTER (D) N Mulholland 5 11 8 .........................N Fehily
U427-3 BARNEY DWAN (C)(BF) F O’Brien 7 11 1......................J J Burke
850-32 CLONDAW CIAN (D) Miss S Smith 7 11 1 .....Sean Bowen C
- 3 declared BETTING: 11-8 Barney Dwan, 15-8 Clondaw Cian, 9-4 Solighoster.
READ NOEL FEHILY AT 188BET HANDICAP HURDLE
(CLASS 4) £7,000 added 2m 5f
STICK TO THE PLAN D Skelton 5 12 3......................H Skelton T
LETTHERIVERRUNDRY (C) B Powell 7 11 12 .. B J Powell C,T
AVIATOR (CD) J Eustace 9 11 12.............................................A Tinkler
HUNTSMAN SON A Hales 7 11 10................................ H Bannister
KIWAYU M Sowersby 8 11 10 ....................................................R Day (3)
CHRISTMAS IN APRIL (C) N Henderson 5 11 9
Nico De Boinville H
7
267124 TOWERING (D) C Dore 8 11 3 ...............................................J J Burke B
RACINGUK.COM JUVENILE HURDLE (CLASS 4) 3YO
8
-332FU FAIR TO MIDDLING P Bowen 7 11 3 ..............Sean Bowen C,T
£5,000 added 2m 1f
- 8 declared 1
123 CRUCIAL MOMENT W G M Turner 11 5Sean Houlihan (7) BETTING: 11-4 Christmas In April, 5-1 Fair To Middling, Stick To The
2
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3
56 FIRST UP Oliver Greenall 10 12........................................I Popham T Kiwayu, 12-1 Aviator.
4
P2523 SOMMERVIEU C Longsdon 10 12....................................J J Burke C
FREE SPINS AT 188BET CASINO HANDICAP HURDLE
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SPECIAL RELATION H Morrison 10 12......................D Crosse C
6
TRISTRAM J Mackie 10 12 ............................................................ H Brooke
(CLASS 5) £5,000 added 2m 7f
7
54 THE LADY RULES M Walford 10 5........................J Hamilton (3)
1
0-2339 VARENE DE VAUZELLE (BF) Olly Murphy 8 11 12
- 7 declared C Shoemark B
BETTING: 13-8 Sommervieu, 2-1 Special Relation, 4-1 Crucial Moment,
2
643-5P FRASER CANYON T Vaughan 5 11 12........................ A Johns T,V
12-1 Etoo Sport, First Up, 20-1 Tristram, 33-1 The Lady Rules.
3
442P2- AMERICAN LIFE (D) Oliver Greenall 10 11 12H Skelton C,T
ASHES BETTING AT 188BET NOVICES’ HURDLE (CLASS
4
P6-748 WEST TO CROSSGALES C Pogson 6 11 12.......... A Pogson H
4) £5,000 added 2m 3f
5
595168 TURTLE CASK (D)(BF) M Sowersby 8 11 10........ R Day (3) C
U-0313 TRIOPAS (BF) Tom Lacey 5 11 10..Mr Thomas O’Brien (5)
1
44-66 ABSOLUTELY DYLAN Mrs S Smith 4 10 12....................D Cook 6
645081 WELLS GOLD F O’Brien 6 11 7.......................................A P Cawley C
2
4-776 BUCKBY BOY D Skelton 4 10 12.............Bridget Andrews (3) 7
3
187- INFINITE SUN (C) F O’Brien 6 10 12 .....................C Shoemark T 8 4U25P9 EXIT TO FREEDOM J Wainwright 11 10 3
Miss Becky Smith (7) H,C
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1-1 SUNSHADE N Henderson 4 10 12.......... Nico De Boinville H
- 8 declared 5
12-23 BLACK SAM BELLA (BF) D Skelton 5 10 5 ...............H Skelton
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6 DYLIEV Mrs C Bailey 4 10 5.........................................Sean Bowen H BETTING: 5-2 Triopas, 3-1 Wells Gold, American Life, 5-1 Varene De
Vauzelle,
10-1
Fraser
Canyon,
14-1
Turtle
Cask,
25-1 West To Crossgales,
- 6 declared BETTING: 8-11 Sunshade, 3-1 Black Sam Bella, 5-1 Infinite Sun, 16-1 50-1 Exit To Freedom.
Absolutely Dylan, 25-1 Dyliev, Buckby Boy.
RACINGUK CONDITIONAL JOCKEYS’ HANDICAP
HURDLE (CLASS 4) £7,000 added 2m 1f
MERSEYSIDE DERBY BETTING AT 188BET HANDICAP
CHASE (CLASS 5) £6,000 added 2m 5f
1
2-3227 FOCACCIA D Skelton 6 12 0 ..............Bridget Andrews (3) C,T
/5534- NAUTICAL TWILIGHT (D) J M Jefferson 7 11 12
1
2/PP-4 MONDO CANE (D) C Pogson 10 11 12.........................A Pogson B 2
A Blakemore (10) C
2
4P5-13 IONA DAYS (C)(D) J S Smith 12 11 9....................W Hutchinson
3
22-352 ELKSTONE Mrs C Bailey 6 11 8...............................Sean Bowen H 3 FP-964 MINELLA FIVEO (BF) Mrs S Smith 9 11 10.....Sam Coltherd (3)
443P DRUID’S DIAMOND (BF) M Walford 4 11 8 J Hamilton (3)
4
351-23 MR JIM A Carroll 8 11 7 ................................................................J Nixon (7) 4
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-32954 JACKTHEJOURNEYMAN T R Gretton 8 10 10......R Day B,T
6 44-30P ISKABEG LANE Mrs S Smith 6 11 7.........................................D Cook 6
/722-7 PIXIEPOT (CD) P Niven 7 10 5 ..................................Ross Chapman
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P-6535 EVER SO MUCH (D) B Haslam 8 11 4.......................... A Tinkler C 7
0-6902 ROXYFET (D) M Hammond 7 10 1 ...................................... C Bewley
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048-64 LICKPENNY LARRY T R Gretton 6 11 2........................A Johns T 8
- 8 declared 9 436U55 THE SOCIETY MAN (C) M Chapman 10 10 0..... Miss Becky Smith (7)
BETTING: 11-4 Focaccia, 7-2 Roxyfet, 6-1 Minella Fiveo, Druid’s Diamond,
- 9 declared BETTING: 11-4 Elkstone, 4-1 Iona Days, Mr Jim, 6-1 Orchestrated, 13-2 15-2 Nautical Twilight, 8-1 Jackthejourneyman, 10-1 Pixiepot, 12-1 Great
Colaci.
Iskabeg Lane, 10-1 Ever So Much, 16-1
MARKET RASEN
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Racing results
HAYDOCK
Going: Heavy-soft in places on hurdle course
12.50 1. POP ROCKSTAR (Mr J J O’Neill) 5-2 fav; 2.
Thomas Patrick 3-1; 3. Letemgo 14-1. 8 ran. shd, 5l.
(Jonjo O’Neill).
1.20 1. EAMON AN CNOIC (T Scudamore) 18-1; 2. Ballydine 9-2; 3. Robin Of Locksley 7-1. 6 ran. 11-4 fav
Rolling Dylan (Pulled Up). nk, 46l. (D Pipe).
1.55 1. JOKE DANCER (D Cook) 10-3; 2. Niblawi 13-8
jt-fav; 3. Samson’s Reach 16-1. 6 ran. 13-8 jt-fav Shivermetimbers (Unseated Rider). 6l, 16l. (Mrs S Smith).
2.25 1. WHISKEY CHASER (Will Kennedy) 17-2; 2.
Back To The Thatch 13-2; 3. Morney Wing 7-2. 8
ran. 2-1 fav Just Georgie (Unseated Rider). 31/2l,
41/2l. (D McCain).
3.00 1. RAVENSDALE (D Jacob) 11-8 fav; 2. Duke
Debarry 11-4; 3. Spider’s Bite 7-2. 5 ran. 3/4l, 31/2l. (N
Twiston-Davies).
3.30 1. ONE FOR HARRY (R Day) 5-1; 2. Tawseef 7-1;
3. Quids In 7-2. 7 ran. 5-2 fav Clan Legend (4th). 11/4l,
nk. (N Richards).
Placepot: £119.40. Quadpot: £16.20.
Place 6: £342.51. Place 5: £218.28.
LINGFIELD
Going: Standard
11.40 1. MORDIN (L Dettori) 1-2 fav; 2. Narjes 11-4; 3.
Deliberator 7-1. 11 ran. 21/4l, 3/4l. (S Crisford).
12.10 1. DOMITILLA (T Marquand) 8-1; 2. Temeraire
5-2 fav; 3. Yeah Baby Yeah 33-1. 8 ran. 21/4l, 3/4l. (M
Botti).
12.40 1. FIRE ORCHID (Rossa Ryan) 4-1 jt-fav; 2.
Corazon Espinado 12-1; 3. Felisa 8-1. 11 ran. 4-1
jt-fav Lady Jayne (5th). 1/2l, 1l. (R Hannon).
1.10 1. TOAST OF NEW YORK (L Dettori) 2-1; 2. Petite
Jack 7-4 fav; 3. Intern 5-2. 4 ran. 1l, 3/4l. (J Osborne).
1.45 1. SKY MARSHAL (L Keniry) 16-1; 2. Rock’n Gold
20-1; 3. Attain 5-1; 4. Karam Albaari 7-1. 16 ran. 9-2
fav Widnes (6th). hd, hd, 1l. (Ed Walker).
2.15 1. VARSOVIAN (J Duern) 6-1; 2. Spirit Of Sarwan
9-2; 3. Eddiebet 8-1. 10 ran. 3-1 fav Rockley Point
(8th). 11/4l, 1/2l. (D Ivory).
2.50 1. DUTIFUL SON (J Crowley) 7-2; 2. Mansfield
13-8 fav; 3. The Special One 16-1. 10 ran. ns, 11/2l.
(S Dow).
3.20 1. STRICTLY ART (Miss J Cooley) 13-2; 2. Kaisan
3-1; 3. Great Return 10-1. 12 ran. 9-4 fav Dibloam
(5th). 31/4l, nk. (A Bailey).
Jackpot: Not won, pool of £20,651.48 carried over to .
Placepot: £109.80. Quadpot: £79.90.
Place 6: £173.44. Place 5: £158.51.
LUDLOW
Going: Hurdle: good to soft; chase: good-good to
soft in places
12.30 1. ROYAL BEEKEEPER (H Skelton) 11-8; 2. Iniesta 6-5 fav; 3. Stuccodor 11-1. 7 ran. 9l, 8l. (D Skelton).
1.00 1. RED SQUARE REVIVAL (D G Noonan) 5-1; 2.
Beallandendall 8-1; 3. Tb Broke Her 11-1. 12 ran. 4-1
fav Legal Ok (Pulled Up). 10l, 6l. (D Pipe).
1.30 1. MARIA’S BENEFIT (C Gethings) evens fav; 2.
Late Night Lily 3-1; 3. Canoodle 11-1. 6 ran. 7l, 41/2l.
(Stuart Edmunds).
2.05 1. AUDACIOUS PLAN (B Hughes) 5-2 fav; 2.
Relentless Dreamer 14-1; 3. Crystal Lad 5-1. 12 ran.
11/4l, 8l. (Dr R Newland).
2.35 1. WESTERN CLIMATE (C Poste) 8-1; 2. Resolution Bay 6-4; 3 ran. 8-11 fav Gayebury (Fell). 13/4l.
(T H Weston).
3.10 1. SCHNABEL (K Edgar) 10-11 fav;2. Parlour Maid
7-1; 3. Ring Eye 25-1. 6 ran. 4l, 16l. (David Dennis).
3.40 1. BRUSHED UP (B Poste) 40-1; 2. Lilliput Lane
7-2; 3. Chequered View 8-1. 13 ran. 5-2 fav Sea Story
(Unseated Rider). 3/4l, 41/2l. (T Symonds).
Placepot: £122.10. Quadpot: £41.40.
Place 6: £98.67. Place 5: £91.21.
NEWCASTLE
Going: Standard
3.25 1. GALLIFREY (R Kingscote) 2-1 fav; 2. Zabeel Star
11-1; 3. X Rated 13-2. 9 ran. 1/2l, 3/4l. (Mrs L Wadham).
4.00 1. BOLD REASON (R Havlin) 4-1; 2. Bajan Gold
12-1; 3. Sharp Reminder 16-1. 14 ran. 11-4 fav Papa
Stour (7th). 21/4l, ns. (J Gosden).
4.30 1. ARMED RESPONSE (J Garritty) 7-2; 2. Lord
Of The Glen 11-2; 3. I’m Yer Man 16-1. 8 ran. 11-8 fav
Move It Move It (4th). hd, 1/2l. (J O’Keeffe).
5.00 1. CARING TOUCH (J Quinn) 10-3; 2. Angelina
D’or 3-1; 3. Ruffina 11-10 fav. 11 ran. 21/2l, 31/2l. (S
bin Suroor).
5.30 1. THELLO (Phil Dennis) 9-2; 2. Enigmatic 10-1;
3. Off Art 10-1. 12 ran. 4-1 jt-fav Newmarket Warrior
(4th), 4-1 jt-fav Rock Warbler (7th). 3l, 2l. (J Goldie).
6.00 1. EQUIANO SPRINGS (A Mullen) 9-1; 2. Deansgate 8-1; 3. My Amigo 9-2 jt-fav. 14 ran. 9-2 jt-fav
Acrux (6th). 1/2l, 21/4l. (T Tate).
6.30 1. STAR CRACKER (P J McDonald) 12-1; 2.
Broughtons Fancy 7-2; 3. Borough Boy 5-1. 9 ran.
7-4 fav Lotara (7th). 1/2l, 13/4l. (J Goldie).
7.00 1. DREAM REVIVAL (P J McDonald) 8-11 fav;
2. Oh So Dandy 8-1; 3. Irish Sky 3-1. 5 ran. 3l, 3l.
(Paul Collins).
Placepot: £122.40. Quadpot: £15.40.
Place 6: £72.75. Place 5: £72.75.
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Results Service
TENNIS
Konta starts afresh with
Sharapova’s former coach
By Jonathan Veal
Johanna Konta parted ways with Wim Fissette after a poor autumn GETTY IMAGES
Our first tournament will
be the Brisbane International
and the plan is for Michael
to travel full time in 2018
helped the Russian to two Grand Slam
titles and the world No 1 ranking.
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LEFT TO RIGHT:
grin; pill; clasp;
cool; grip; chill;
kip; kid; child;
doze; mild; hose;
milk; daze; warm
5-CLUE CROSSWORD
Across: 1 C-Al-IC-o, 3 Ki-D-D-e-d, 4 E-state
Down: 1 Cock-le(g), 2 On edge
WORD WHEEL
NINE-LETTER WORD endurance
OTHER WORDS and, arced, cad, cadre, caned, canned, card,
cared, cedar, cede, craned, creed, crude, cud, cued, curd,
cured, dace, dance, dancer, dare, darn, dean, dear, deer, den,
deuce, due, dun, dunce, dune, eared, earned, end, endear,
endure, neared, need, nerd, nude, raced, read, red, reduce,
reed, rend, rude, uncared, under, unearned, unread
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The American, whose highest rank
as a player was 64 in 1996, has most
recently worked with another former
world No 1 Victoria Azarenka.
Konta has retained Gill Myburgh as
her strength and conditioning coach,
Milly Mirkovic as her physio and Elena
Sosa as her mental coach.
Serena Williams is expected to
return to action to defend her
title at the Australian Open
in January, says tournament
director Craig Tiley.
The 36-year-old American has
not played since winning last
year’s tournament in Melbourne
when she was pregnant, beating
her sister Venus in the final
Serena gave birth to daughter
Alexis in September and has
taken to the practice courts in
preparation for a return in 2018.
And that will come at
Melbourne Park after Tiley
revealed the 23-time grand slam
champion (below) has entered
the tournament determined to
surpass Margaret Court’s record
of 24 grand slam
singles titles.
He told
Autralian daily
Herald Sun:
“She’s got her
visa, she’s
entered, she’s
practising and
she’s probably
just got to find a
bit more space for a
bigger entourage.
“There’s no question that she’ll
be ready in our view and she
wants to break a record that is
Margaret Court’s.
“It would be a pretty
significant accomplishment for
her to be able to do that.”
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Australian Open
in bid to smash
Court’s record
By Sports Staff
Johanna Konta has appointed Michael
Joyce as her new coach. The British
No 1 has been looking for a replacement
for Wim Fissette since they parted
company in October and has turned
to the 44-year-old, who used to coach
Maria Sharapova.
Joyce will be in Konta’s camp for the
first tournament of the new season in
Brisbane, starting on 1 January.
“Michael is a fantastic coach with a
great pedigree and I’m really excited
to work with him,” she announced yesterday. “2017 has been
amazing but I feel like
there is so much
more to come.
“Our first
tournament together will be the
Brisbane International and the
plan is for Michael
to travel with me fulltime through 2018.”
Konta ended her partnership with
Fissette after a disappointing end to
what had been an impressive 2017.
She won her biggest singles title of
her career in Miami and followed that
up with a run to the Wimbledon semifinal, which sent her to No 4 in the
world.
But that proved the high point of her
campaign and a poor run of form in the
autumn led to her parting ways with
Fissette in October.
After a lengthy recruitment process
she has now appointed Joyce (above),
who worked with Sharapova for seven
years between 2004 and 2011 and
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Putin rules out boycott
of 2018 Winter Olympics
By Mark Staniforth AND Matt Slater
Vladimir Putin has vowed not to
stand in the way of any Russian
athletes who wish to compete
under neutral status at February’s
Winter Olympics in Pyeongchang.
Russia has been banned from
the Games by the International
Olympic Committee for statesponsored doping, but individual
athletes who can prove they have
not cheated could compete under
the Olympic flag.
There were concerns that the
Russian president, who has long
refuted allegations of systematic
doping and criticised the investigations, may announce a complete
boycott of the Games as a result.
However in an announcement reported by the Russian news agency
TASS yesterday, Putin said: “We
will definitely not be announcing
any sort of blockades and will not
be impeding the participation of
our athletes if any of them decided
to take part in the Olympics under
the neutral status.”
John Jackson said clean Russians
should compete in the 2018 Games
Any Russian athlete who does
compete in Pyeongchang must do
so as an “Olympic Athlete from
Russia” (Oar), in uniforms which
bear that acronym.
British bobsledder John Jackson
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is in line to be upgraded to a retrospective bronze medal after finishing fifth in Sochi, behind sleds
driven by the Russians Alexander
Kasjanov and Alexander Zubkov.
But Jackson said the IOC’s decision to afford a means of participation to those Russian athletes who
can prove themselves to be clean
was the right one.
Jackson said: “I always said the
IOC should ban Russia as a nation
and their flag should not be seen in
Pyeongchang, but any athlete who
can prove they are clean should be
allowed to compete.
“It is going to be difficult to prove
or disprove their eligibility but as
an athlete, all you can ask is that
you are allowed to compete on a
level playing field to everyone else.”
The British Olympic Association
also backed the move, calling it “the
right decision”.
BOA chairman Sir Hugh Robertson said: “We take no pleasure
in the outcome of the IOC Commissions. However, the IOC has taken
the right decision.”
If Jackson’s bronze medal is
ratified, it will make Sochi 2014 the
most successful Winter Olympics
in British history, eclipsing the four
medals won in Chamonix in 1924.
UEFA CHAMPIONS LEAGUE GROUP E
Liverpool (3)......................7 Spartak Moscow (0).0
Coutinho 4 (pen), 15, 50
Firmino 18, Mané 47, 76
Salah 85
Maribor (1)...........................1 Sevilla (0)...............................1
Tavares 10
Ganso 75
P W D L F A Pts
Liverpool
6 3 3 0 23 6 12
Sevilla
6 2 3 1 12 12 9
Spartak Moscow 6 1 3 2 9 13 6
Maribor
6 0 3 3 3 16 3
GROUP F
Feyenoord (1)...................2
Jorgensen 33
St Juste 90
Shakhtar Donetsk (2)....2
Bernard 26
Ismaily 32
P
Man City
6
Shakhtar Donetsk 6
Napoli
6
Feyenoord
6
GROUP G
FC Porto (3).........................5
Aboubakar 9, 33
Brahimi 45
Alex Telles 65
Tiquinho Soares 88
RB Leipzig (0)...................1
Keita 87
Besiktas
FC Porto
RB Leipzig
Monaco
Napoli (1)................................1
Zielinski 2
Man City (0)........................1
Aguero 90 (pen)
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2 9 9 12
4 11 11 6
5 5 14 3
Monaco (0)...........................2
Glik 61 (pen)
Falcao 78
Besiktas (1)...........................2
Negredo 10 (pen)
Anderson Talisca 90
P W D L F A Pts
6 4 2 0 11 5 14
6 3 1 2 15 13 10
6 2 1 3 10 13 7
6 0 2 4 6 16 2
GROUP H
Real Madrid (2) ...............3 Borussia D (1)....................2
Borja Mayoral 8
Aubameyang 44, 49
Ronaldo 12
Lucas 81
Tottenham (2)...................3 Apoel Nicosia (0)..........0
Llorente 20
Son 37, Nkoudou 80
P W D L F A Pts
Tottenham
6 5 1 0 15 4 16
Real Madrid
6 4 1 1 17 7 13
Borussia D
6 0 2 4 7 13 2
Apoel Nicosia
6 0 2 4 2 17 2
CHECKATRADE TROPHY NORTHERN
SECTION SECOND ROUND
Blackpool 1 Mansfield 1 (Blackpool win 5-4
on penalties).
SOUTHERN SECTION SECOND ROUND
Peterborough 2 Southend 0; Milton Keynes
Dons 0 Chelsea U21 4.
BOSTIK PREMIER DIVISION
Leatherhead 0 Thurrock 2.
Leading Positions: 1 Dulwich P 21 pts 46, 2
Billericay (17-44), 3 Staines Town (20-38), 4
Folkestone Invicta (18-38), 5 Hendon (19-35),
6 Met Police (21-34).
EVO-STIK SOUTHERN LEAGUE PREMIER
Farnborough 1 Gosport Borough 2.
Leading Positions: 1 Kings Lynn Town P 22
pts 51, 2 Kettering (20-44), 3 Weymouth (2244), 4 Tiverton (22-44), 5 Hereford FC (17-39),
6 Slough (16-38).
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NBA: Oklahoma City Thunder 100 Utah
Jazz 94; Portland Trail Blazers 92 Washington Wizards 106; Toronto Raptors 126
Phoenix Suns 113.
CRICKET
THIRD TEST MATCH
India v Sri Lanka, Delhi: India 536-7dec.
(127.5 overs; V Kohli 243, M Vijay 155, R G
R G Sharma 65; P A D L R Sandakan 4-167)
& 246-5dec. (52.2 overs; S Dhawan 67, R G
R G Sharma 50no, V Kohli 50). Sri Lanka
373 (135.3 overs; L D Chandimal 164, A D
Mathews 111) & 299-5 (103.0 overs; D M de
Silva 119, A R S Silva 74no). India drew with
Sri Lanka.
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UEFA EUROPA LEAGUE GROUP A
Slavia Prague v Astana (6) ................................................
Villarreal v Maccabi Tel-Aviv (6).................................
GROUP B
Dynamo Kiev v Partizan Belgrade (6).....................
Young Boys v Skenderbeu (6)........................................
GROUP C
Istanbul Basaksehir v Braga (6)....................................
TSG Hoffenheim v Ludogorets (6) ............................
GROUP D
Austria Vienna v AEK Athens (6) ................................
Rijeka v AC Milan (6)...............................................................
GROUP E
Apollon Limassol v Everton (6)....................................
Atalanta v Lyon (6)...................................................................
GROUP F
FC Copenhagen v Sheriff (6)...........................................
Fastav Zlin v Lokomotiv Moscow (6).....................
GROUP G
FCSB v Lugano (8.05)............................................................
Hapoel Beer Sheva v Plzen (8.05)...............................
GROUP H
Arsenal v BATE Borisov (8.05)......................................
Red Star Belgrade v Cologne (8.05)..........................
GROUP I
Guimaraes v Konyaspor (8.05) .....................................
Marseille v Red Bull Salzburg (8.05).......................
GROUP J
Hertha Berlin v Ostersunds FK (8.05)....................
Zorya v Athletic Bilbao (8.05).........................................
GROUP K
Vitesse v Nice (8.05)................................................................
Zulte-Waregem v Lazio (8.05) ......................................
GROUP L
Real Sociedad v Zenit St Petersburg (8.05) ......
Vardar v Rosenborg (8.05) ................................................
GOLF
EUROPEAN TOUR JOBURG OPEN (Randpark
Golf Club, Johannesburg, South Africa).
RUGBY UNION
EUROPEAN RUGBY CHALLENGE CUP
POOL 2 (7.45): Toulouse v Lyon.
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EUROPA LEAGUE
CHAMPIONS LEAGUE
Spurs audition
for league rigours
with easy win to
end group stage
his first goal for Tottenham and so
did the long-forgotten Georges Kevin
N’Koudou. With Son Heung-min
scoring the other, there were posiAPOEL NICOSIA
tive signs here of players who can be
0
of use when the winter starts to bite.
It did not matter that nothing
By Jack Pitt-Brooke
rested on the result, as plenty rested
AT WEMBLEY STADIUM
on the performance, not least of the
players who want to play a bigger
It is a sign of Tottenham’s progress, part in Spurs’ Premier League games
but also of their current struggles, over the next few months. So despite
that winning more points in the the low stakes, they threw everything
Champions League group phase at Nicosia, who never looked to be in
than anyone else barely registers much of a move to stop them.
as the main benefit of tonight’s win.
The result was an enjoyably open
Spurs beat Nicosia to leave Mauricio first half, with Spurs slicing through
Pochettinos’s side with a remarkable their opponents with almost every
haul of 16, which after last year’s attack. Llorente, on just his fourth
struggle is really saying
Spurs start, was at the heart
something.
of it, obviously desperate
But what matters
to assert himself on the
more as we head into
occasion. After nine
the hardest time of the
minutes he nearly
season is the fact that
put Spurs ahead, his
Fernando Llorente
in the Premier League
header from Harry
scored his first goal
Spurs have only won
Winks’s free -kick
for Tottenham last
one of the last six, and
being saved by Nauzet
night, just 98 days
that an unconvincing
Perez,
with Davinson
since his arrival
1-0 scrape here against
Sanchez and Georges
Crystal Palace.
Kevin N’Koudou somehow
What Pochettino needs is
failing to convert the rebound.
players who can help him outside of
When Llorente’s goal came, it
the usual circle of Harry Kane, Dele was worth the wait and the frustraAlli and Christian Eriksen. Those tion at misses during his first weeks
three have had to shoulder too much here. Winks drilled a pass wide to
this year and it is starting to show.
Serge Aurier on the right. He fired a
Here against Nicosia Kane and low cross in and Llorente controlled
Eriksen were given the night off, it, dragged it back and turned with
along with four other regulars, giv- one brilliant use of his right foot. His
ing fringe players the chance to second touch, with his left, stabbed
show they deserve more. He was re- the ball in.
warded: Fernando Llorente scored
Having scored his goal, Llorente
TOTTENHAM HOTSPUR
Llorente 20, Son 37, N’Koudou 80
Theo Walcott in training for tonight’s game against BATE Borisov GETTY
Wenger says Giroud
and Walcott should
not feel unwanted
you do not necessarily look how
long a contract is. The shorter the
Olivier Giroud and Theo Walcott contract is, the more hungry the
start only in cup ties for Arsenal players are usually.”
right now but Arsène Wenger has
But Wenger made it clear he
denied he is treating them as sec- would not let Walcott or Giroud
ond-class citizens.
leave in January to boost their
Both players could be forgiven chances of reaching Russia. “We
for having the World Cup
are still in the League Cup
on their minds instead of
still, the FA Cup is still to
tonight’s dead rubber of
come, the Europa League
We have
a Europa League tie at the Premier
to come and we have the
home to BATE Borisov.
Premier League where we
League
where
Walcott is out of the
have a big fight to be in the
England picture because we have a big
top four. You do not want
fight
to
be
in
of a lack of game time and
to become weaker.”
Giroud has been warned the top four.
Meanwhile hopes of
a similar fate could await You do
a February return for
him with France.
Santi Cazorla have faded.
not want to
Wenger has continued be weaker
The Spain midfielder has
to pick Alexis Sanchez
had nine operations on
and Mesut Özil despite
an Achilles tendon and
the fact that both could be free Wenger said: “Unfortunately he has
agents at the end of the season, and to start again from zero.
Alexandre Lacazette has supplant“If all goes well he has to wait until
ed Giroud. Yet Wenger argued that he can run and after when he starts
he and Walcott have no cause to feel to run it will be at least six weeks to
they are bit-part players.
come back to training. When he will
“That’s not how I see it,” said be able to run again I don’t know.”
Wenger. “When you pick a team THE INDEPENDENT
By Jon West
EVERTON
Out-of-favour
Schneiderlin
keen for fresh
start with Sam
By Liam Blackburn
IN NICOSIA
Morgan Schneiderlin has a chance
to revive his Everton career as
one of the few senior players here
for a fixture that manager Sam
Allardyce will miss.
Wayne Rooney, Gylfi Sigurdsson
and Jordan Pickford are among
them as Allardyce, who has stayed
at home for a medical assessment,
has one eye on Sunday’s Merseyside
derby clash at Anfield.
Schneiderlin has not started the
previous two fixtures and he and
Kevin Mirallas were understood to
have been left out of the squad to
face Watford after an alleged training-ground incident.
Schneiderlin denied he was sent
home due to concerns over his attitude and while once more dismissing that as “fake news” he did admit
he is keen to make a fresh start.
“First I read about it in the newspaper and I was as surprised as I
could be because there was no incident,” he said. “I made a statement
on my social networks saying it was
fake news and it wasn’t true.
“I want to turn the page. It was
not nice for me to see that and it is
part of football. I have to deal with
it. I want to prove (myself) in every
game and of course there is a new
manager coming in so it’s a fresh
start for everyone.”
3
1
became even more dangerous as
a provider. He crossed to Moussa
Sissoko, who should have scored with
a header, before setting up Spurs’
second. Son drove forward with the
ball, Llorente laid it off to him and
Son curled a first-time left footer into
the bottom corner from the edge of
the box.
CHELSEA
‘I won’t lie, I hope we
dodge PSG and Barça’
By Simon Johnson
Chelsea captain Gary Cahill admits
he is desperate to avoid Barcelona
and Paris Saint-Germain in the last
16 of the Champions League.
Antonio Conte’s side now face a
strong possibility of playing either
the Spanish or French giants in the
next round after failing to beat Atletico Madrid and top Group C last night.
The draw is held on Monday and
because of the number of English
teams topping their groups there is
the chances of Chelsea being drawn
against Barcelona or PSG are high.
Eden Hazard claimed the Blues are
not worried about either but Cahill
(right) disagrees.
He said: “To get to and win the final,
of course we have to beat the best
teams. But let’s not lie as well, let’s
hope we dodge them and progress.
“You expect to see the very, very
big teams later on. At this stage of the
competition, those that qualify are
top teams – you can’t dodge
anyone too much – but I
hope the draw is a good one
for us.”
C h e l s e a fa i l e d t o
progress as group winners, despite winning
their first two matches of
the campaign.
They picked up just five
points from the remaining four fixtures, including the 1-1 draw with
Atletico at Stamford Bridge on Tuesday night.
The home side missed several opportunities to secure all three points,
which meant Roma finished above
them due to having a better head-tohead record.
Cahill won the European Cup in
2012 with Chelsea, who remain the
most recent English team to make
the final. The Blues became the first
holders to exit at the group stage the
following season, responding to win
the 2013 Europa League.
They won three straight group
stages before exiting the competition
to Atletico and PSG (twice)
and were not in Europe in
2016-17.
On their return to continental competition, the
Premier League champions’ one point from
two games against Roma
proved costly.
And Cahill rued missed opportunities to beat Atletico, with
goalkeeper Jan Oblak making a
number of key saves for the visitors,
who fell into the Europa League. “We
should have won that game,” Cahill
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Tottenham Hotspur
Vorm
Aurier
Foyth
Sanchez
Sissoko
Winks
Alli
N’Koudou
Rose
Son
Llorente
Pote
Aloneftis
Zahid
Ebecilio
Morais Vinicius
Lago
Carlao
Rueda
Vouros
Perez
APOEL Nicosia
Substitutions: Tottenham Dembélé (Son, 65 mins),
Walker-Peters (Rose, 70), Sterling (Ali, 88); Apoel
Sallai (Vinicius, h-t), De Camargo (Aloneftis, 75),
Antoniou (Pote, 81).
Booked: Tottenham Aurier, Rose; Apoel Rueda,
Sallai.
Man of the match Alli.
Match rating 7/10.
Possession: Tottenham 65% Apoel 35%.
Attempts on target: Tottenham 11 Apoel 0.
Referee S Vincic (Sloven). Attendance 42,679.
Group H table
Tottenham
Real Madrid
B Dortmund
A Nicosia
P
6
6
6
6
W
5
4
0
0
D
1
1
2
2
L F A Pts
0 15 4 16
1 17 7 13
4 7 13
2
4 2 17
2
Tottenham striker Fernando
Llorente scores his side’s first goal at
Wembley last night AFP/GETTY
It was only in the second half that
Nicosia started to do their noisy
travelling fans proud. They caused
problems for a patchy Spurs defence, with Rose, again trying to
prove his fitness, having to dive to
divert Praxitelis Vouros’ shot away
from goal. Sanchez, whose own
form has dipped recently, was put
into difficulty by muscular Nicosia
frontman Mickael Pote. With Toby
Alderweireld and Victor Wanyama
injured for the foreseeable future,
it showed again the fragility at the
heart of this Spurs side.
What they most need in the next
few months is to have Mousa Dembélé fully fit and back to his best,
MANCHESTER UNITED
Red-card tackle on
Bellerin was an
accident, says Pogba
By Mark Critchley
Paul Pogba has insisted that his redcard tackle on Hector Bellerin in
Manchester United’s win at Arsenal
on Saturday was accidental.
The midfielder will miss Sunday’s
derby with league leaders Manchester City after being sent off for
the challenge at the Emirates last
weekend.
Pogba commented on the incident
publicly for the first time after United
progressed to the Champions League
knock-out phase on Tuesday and
claimed he intended to win the ball
rather than stamp on Bellerin.
“I didn’t really speak after the
game. I didn’t have time, but I
know Hector as well and I would
never give him a tackle like
this,” Pogba (right) said.
“Unfortunately, for
me, I thought he would
put his feet [there] and
he was in a position
that was a disadvantage for me so I’ve
done it.
“It looks very
bad but the intention wasn’t like that.
They had the decision, the referee got
the red card and that’s
football.”
and he came on for Son for the final
half hour, hoping to add some extra
security in midfield. Rose was next
off, needing stitches to a cut on his
head, and was replaced by Kyle
Walker-Peters.
The final phase of the game slowed
down to Europa League dead-rubber
speed but that made for the perfect
United decided not to lodge an
appeal against Pogba’s suspension on Monday, meaning he will sit
out of Sunday’s meeting with Pep
Guardiola’s league leaders, as well as
matches against Bournemouth and
West Bromwich Albion.
It is the derby that Pogba will be
most disappointed to miss, however, as his team-mates seek to cut
City’s eight-point lead at the top of
the Premier League table.
“I’m very disappointed because I really want to help
the team and wanted to
be there for this derby,”
he said. “We need
points and we need to
win. It’s an important
moment, an important game.
“We all play
football to play
those kind of
games and
unfortunate ly for me I
won’t.” T H E
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setting for N’Koudou, who needed
this night more than anyone else,
to get his goal. Darting in from the
left, shuffling past Nuno Morais, hit
shot deflected off Jesus Rueda and
into the net. It was his first goal for
Spurs. He will need plenty more to
show he can be part of Tottenham’s
future. THE INDEPENDENT
Lucas Vasquez rescued a
3-2 win for Real Madrid
over Borussia Dortmund, but the
way they threw away a two-goal
lead a at home will increase the
pressure further on manager
Zinedine Zidane.
CELTIC
Brown: We must prove we
belong in Europa League
By Andy Newport
Scott Brown has challenged
his Celtic team-mates to prove
their manager Brendan Rodgers
wrong by showing they can cut it
in the Europa League.
The Hoops clinched third
spot in their Champions League
group to book themselves a slot
in Uefa’s secondary competition,
despite Tuesday night’s 1-0
defeat to Anderlecht – which
was another sobering lesson for
Rodgers’s side as they finished
their Group B campaign having
lost five of their six matches.
The Parkhead manager
admitted the result showed that
“some of our players have a long
way to go before they can call
themselves players at this level.”
Captain Brown admits those
words stung but believes the
opportunity to make amends
could come when Celtic enter
tomorrow’s draw for the Europa
League’s last 32.
Rodgers’s men will be
unseeded and could face major
powers like Atletico Madrid,
CSKA Moscow, Arsenal or Milan.
“Those are always hard words
to hear but this is when you have
to go and prove everyone wrong,”
said the midfielder.
“Tuesday was a disappointing
game but we know we can play
better than that. It’s the big
games that count but we didn’t
do that against Anderlecht.
“We’re into the Europa League
now and we’ll just need to see
what draw we get. We can take
a lot of lessons into the Europa
League.”
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CHAMPIONS LEAGUE: GROUP E
Fab four in tune
as Coutinho hits
hat-trick to keep
Klopp at the top
outscore them in the pool stage –
Barcelona and Roma. However, with
Bayern Munich and Juventus potential last-16 opponents, the hard
SPARTAK MOSCOW
work has yet to begin. But reaching
0
the knockout phase for the first time
since 2009 is a significant milestone
By Mark Critchley
after two previous failed attempts.
AT ANFIELD
Liverpool’s fastest Champions
League goal at Anfield after just
A scintillating display by Liverpool’s three minutes and 51 seconds meant
‘Fab Four’ saw Jürgen Klopp’s side there were none of the nerves of
blaze their way into the Champions Olympiacos, almost 13 years to the
League knockout phase.
day, when Steven Gerrard set the
A first Reds hat-trick for Philippe Reds on their way to a fifth EuroCoutinho stole the show but the
pean Cup with his screamer in
quality of all the goals – parfront of the Kop.
ticularly Sadio Mané’s
Coutinho’s cross was
volley for the fourth
sailing well over Salah
– proved once again
until Georgi Dzhikiya
when this team click
pulled the Egyptian
into gear they are
down for the softest
Klopp’s side were
one short of the
irrepressible.
of penalties.
record
group
win,
Needing only a
Liverpool’s captain
set by Liverpool
draw to progress,
for the night Coutinho
v Beşiktaş in
Liverpool, who last
scored his first penalty
November 2007
time out blew a threefor the club and the sysgoal half-time lead to draw
tematic dismantling of
with Sevilla, left no room
Spartak began.
for doubt with the damMané, Salah and
We opened
age done by two goals by the game
Firmino combined, with
Coutinho and on from perfectly and the Brazil international
Roberto Firmino inside 20
having the vision to delay
after we took his cut-back for Coutinminutes.
Mané produced a superb the lead we
ho to run in for his 50th
volley and tumbling tap-in didn’t have to Liverpool goal.
either side of Coutinho’s defend. It was
Anfield screamed for
deflected shot for his tre- a nice night at another penalty when
ble – the first by a Liverpool Anfield
Mane’s cross hit the arm of
player in the Champions
Serdar Tasci but Firmino
League since Yossi Benayrammed home the loose
oun in 2007 – before top scorer Mo- ball before referee Szymon Marcinhamed Salah scored his 18th of the iak had a chance to make a decision.
season late on.
It was his sixth goal in the ChampiFinishing as Group E winners ons League this season, the most by
means avoiding the likes of Paris a Liverpool player in a single group
Saint-Germain – the only team to stage, and the fourth time this seaLIVERPOOL
Coutinho pen 3, 15, 50, Firmino 19,
Mané 48, 76, Salah 85
7
8-0
1-0 Coutinho
3-0 Firmino
2-0 Coutinho
6-0 Mané
7-0 Salah
son Liverpool had scored three goals
in the opening 30 minutes of a European game.
At the start of the second half
Mané added the fourth, acrobatically volleying from close range after
James Milner, on for the injured
Alberto Moreno, found the winger in
space at the far post. Minutes later,
Coutinho sealed the first hat-trick of
his Liverpool career. It was not the
finest of his 51 goals for the club, with
the ball taking a pivotal deflection off
the hands of Salvatore Bocchetti and
creeping underneath goalkeeper
Aleksandr Selikhov’s reach at the
near post. No matter. It would still
earn him a standing ovation from
an adoring Kop. Any ounce of fight
in Spartak had long disappeared
and Liverpool scored their sixth and
seventh at their leisure. With a quarter of an hour remaining, Mané produced a finish almost as audacious
as first, turning Daniel Sturridge’s
squared ball around Selikhov with
the back of heel from yards out.
GROUP C
City fall to their first defeat of the season in Ukraine
SHAKHTAR DONETSK
Bernard 26, Ismaily 33
2
MANCHESTER CITY
Aguero pen 90
1
By Andy Hampson
AT OSK METALIST STADIUM
Manchester City slumped to their
first defeat of the season after losing
to Shakhtar Donetsk in their final
Champions League Group F game
last night.
First-half goals from Brazilian
pair Bernard and Ismaily stunned
Pep Guardiola’s side on a freezing
night in Kharkiv, with Sergio Aguero’s injury-time penalty too late
to affect the outcome. The result
mattered little for City, with top
place in the group already assured,
but the tame end to their dazzling
20-game winning streak was disappointing ahead of this weekend’s
Manchester derby.
For Shakhtar, the win prompted
jubilant celebrations, with their
place in the last 16 secured.
It was with Sunday’s clash with
Manchester United in mind that City
manager Pep Guardiola made seven
changes. Among the players to come
in were 17-year-old Phil Foden, for a
full debut, and 20-year-old defender
Tosin Adarabioyo.
Adarabioyo endured a tough
game on only his second Champions
League start.
Group F table
Man City
Shakhtar D
Napoli
Feyenoord
P
6
6
6
6
W
5
4
2
1
D
0
0
0
0
L
1
2
4
5
F A Pts
14 5 15
9 9 12
11 11
6
5 14
3
Napoli failed to progress
through to the knockout
stages after a 2-1 defeat by Feyenoord in Rotterdam last night.
Substitute Jeremiah St Juste
scored the winner in added time.
Under-17s World Cup winner
Phil Foden made his full debut
Shakhtar’s motivation was obvious and in Brazilians Taison and
Bernard they boasted plenty of
attacking drive. Bernard created
the first serious opportunity after
breaking down the right and evading
a poor challenge from Adarabioyo.
Fernandinho spared City by blocking Facundo Ferreyra’s shot.
Ederson then saved from Marlos
but there was no denying Bernard
after 26 minutes as he curled a brilliant shot over the City goalkeeper
from just inside the box.
City’s plight immediately got
worse as they conceded a second
just six minutes later, again after
being cut open all too easily.
Ederson paid the price for coming out of his area as Ismaily nicked
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CRICKET: THE ASHES
Liverpool
Karius
Lovren
Gomez
Can
Klavan
Coutinho
Wijnaldum
Mané
Moreno
Salah
Firmino
Ze Luis
Promes
Zobnin
Adriano
Fernando
Glushakov
Dzhikiya Bocchetti
Tasci
Eschenko
Selikhov
Spartak Moscow
5-0 Coutinho
4-0 Mané
Subs: Liverpool Milner (Moreno, 45), AlexanderArnold (Lovren, 60), Sturridge (Firmino, 71); Spartak
Melgarejo (Ze Luis, 51), Pasalic (Dzhikiya, 60), Samedov
(Promes, 75). Booked: Liverpool Can; Spartak Dzhikiya,
Fernando.
Man of the Match Mané. Rating 8/10.
Possession: Liverpool 55% Spartak 45%.
Attempts on target: Liverpool 9 Spartak 4.
Referee S Marciniak (Pol).
Attendance 48,779.
Group E table
Liverpool
Sevilla
Sp Moscow
NK Maribor
P
6
6
6
6
W
3
2
1
0
D
3
3
3
4
L
0
1
2
3
F A Pts
22 6 12
12 12
9
1 7
6
2 16
1
Marcos Tavares scored
Maribor’s second group
goal to give Sevilla a scare.
But his fellow Brazilian Ganso
equalised in the 75th minute to
leave the Spanish side second.
Of the ‘Fab Four’, only Salah was
left to score and for a while, it looked
as though the Egyptian would be
forced to play Ringo. Yet in the closing stages, after Milner’s cushioned
header from the left, he collected ball,
evaded one defender’s hopeless challenge and lifted a shot into the roof of
the net. Spartak’s best moment of the
night came at its close. The officials
did not bother with stoppage time.
Klopp said: “Nobody could imagine that it would go like this tonight.
It was an all or nothing game for
both teams. Spartak Moscow is a really good side, I know you won’t think
so now but they are difficult to play
against. We opened the game perfect-
the ball past him after latching on to
a long ball from Taison. He calmly
slotted home.
City began to show some positive
signs as Leroy Sane made a good
run down the right and Foden played
Gabriel Jesus in on goal but Andriy
Pyatov denied him a shooting chance.
Ilkay Gundogan did connect with a
powerfulshotbutIvanOrdetsblocked.
But Shakhtar continued to make
most of the running, with Fred going
close and Taison shooting narrowly
over before and after the break.
City never looked like getting back
into the game although Guardiola
sent on Aguero in the hope of livening up his side and Jesus did clip the
outside of the post before winning a
last-gasp penalty.
Aguero stepped up to tuck home
the spot-kick but time was almost up
and there could be no late fightback.
Manchester City’s Bernardo Silva
said: “The game didn’t go as we expected, in the first half they were better than us and it was a deserved win
for them. In the second half we tried
to come back, had our chances, but
we are not happy. Even though we
had already qualified, we wanted the
three points.
“We will try our best to win all the
competitions. It was a big opportunity for most of the players that are not
playing as much as the others. I hope
we can win at the weekend [against
Manchester United], this is a really
important match for us.”
ly and after we took the lead we didn’t
have to defend. It was a nice night at
Anfield.
“I don’t mind too much who we get
– usually I always get Real Madrid so
we will see. We have no preferred opponents, it will be really nice after a
long time. I love this kind of news.”
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Shakhtar Donetsk
Subs: Shakhtar Azvedo (Ismaily, 64), Kovalenko
(Marlos, 82), Khocholava (Ferreyra, 89); Man City Diaz
(Sane, 62), Aguero (Fernandinho, 70).
Booked: Shakhtar Rakitskiy; Man City Gundogan,
Danilo.
Man of the Match Taison. Rating 7/10.
Possession: Shakhtar 33% Man City 67%.
Attempts on target: Shakhtar 6 Man City 2.
Referee B Bastien (Fr).
Attendance 33,154.
Pyatov
Butko
Marlos
Ordets
Rakitskiy Ismaily
Fred
Stepanenko
Taison
Bernard
Ferreyra
Sane
Touré
Foden
Jesus
B Silva
Fernandinho Gundogan
Mangala Adarabioyo Danilo
Ederson
Manchester City
How Lyon gave offspin
a makeover to become
Australia’s go-to bowler
very first ball turned beautifully
to nick the edge of Kumar
Sangakkara’s bat, the first of Lyon’s
five wickets on debut in Sri Lanka.
In the years that followed Lyon
established himself as reliable
ffspin is “cricket’s
and admirable. If he lacked
rubbish skill”, in the
razzmatazz, he was comfortably
cricket writer Gideon
Australia’s most consistent
Haigh’s memorable
spinner since Warne. Still, like a
description. It is unphilanderer, Australia always had
glamorous, rather austere and,
their eyes elsewhere. Within a few
compared to the mystique of legmonths in 2013, Lyon was twice
spin, simply not much fun.
dropped – including for Ashton
Nowhere has this disparaging
Agar, a 19-year-old novice – at the
view of offspin been more
start of the Ashes. While Lyon
prevalent than in Australia, who
became the highest wicket-taking
have produced five legspinners
offspinner of all time in 2015, it
who have taken 100 Test wickets,
seemed more a reflection of the
including Shane Warne, the best of lack of offspin in Australia’s history
the lot. And so offspin has always
than his ability. During Australia’s
been sneered upon as the preserve ignominious tour of Sri Lanka in
of slow bowlers not skilled enough
2016, head coach Darren Lehmann
to turn the ball with their wrists, as said Lyon’s “got to improve, there’s
legspinners do, who must instead
no doubt about that”. Lyon was
resort to turning their ball with
almost dropped. Again.
their fingers. If legspin is fast
Instead he has enjoyed the finest
bowling by another means, offspin
year of his career. From being the
is bowling for wimps.
unwanted spare part
It is far easier to
of Australia’s attack,
Lyon has
attain a basic level
Lyon is now the fulcrum
been the
of competence with
of it. He is Australia’s
epitome of
offspin than legspin.
most important bowler,
But its possibilities
because of his ability to
the best of
are altogether less
deliver long spells with
orthodox
alluring, especially on
unerring consistency.
offspin,
subtly
Australian wickets which
Never has he been more
varying
his
offer spinners scant
appreciated. Lyon’s
pace
and
angle
assistance. Compared
pre-series boasting that
to legspin, offspin is less of attack
Australia would “end the
exciting. Less brave. Less
careers” of some England
macho. Less Australian.
players may have been
Undemonstrative, with a
crass; it was also a senior player
prematurely balding head and
ramping up the noise before an
bowling offspin, Nathan Lyon
Ashes series, in the expectation
(below) was not naturally imbued
that Australia would be better able
with the feel of an Australian
to cope.
cricketer. Perhaps because of
On the first day in Brisbane
this sense that his gifts were
Lyon enacted a brilliant run-out to
un-Australian, Lyon was not
remove James Vince – an example
quickly recognised. He spent
of a cricketer who has extracted
his teens and early 20s working
every ounce from himself. Lyon
as a groundsman in Canberra
has been the epitome of the best
while playing for ACT Comets,
of orthodox offspin, subtly varying
who played against second XI
his pace and angle of attack
sides from Australia’s first-class
and relishing bowling to
competition.
left-handers.
Aged 22, he moved to Adelaide,
This winter’s Ashes in
hoping to get a deal with South
microcosm has been Lyon
Australia. But their coaches
versus Moeen Ali. Lyon
weren’t impressed. They offered to
has dismissed
get him a job as a curator on South
Moeen in every
Australia’s ground staff, where he
innings and
worked while England thrashed
outbowled
Australia at Adelaide in 2010. Lyon
him even more
continued to play for ACT Comets
resoundingly than
in the second-tier competition,
Australia’s quick
and impressed South Australia’s
bowlers have outdone
T20 coach,while playing against
England’s. Moeen
their second XI. A few months
has two at 98.00 apiece;
after his 23rd birthday, Lyon
Lyon has 11 at 22.72, and
was selected to play in the
left Adelaide as the world’s
Big Bash. He excelled,
leading Test wicket-taker in
translated his form to
2017.
the first-class game
But neither that, nor his rapidly
and, benefiting from
expanding haul of 280 Test
the flux of Australia’s
wickets, is Lyon’s real legacy. That
spin bowling after
is transforming how Australians
Warne, was playing a Test
see the humble old orthodox
match within eight months
offspinner: rubbish no more.
of his professional debut. His
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Tim
Wigmore
O
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SPORT
CRICKET
ASHES: SECOND TEST
No looking back as England’s
AUSTRALIA
ENGLAND
Root 67
Starc 5-88
442-8d Scoreboard
& 138 Second Test, Adelaide Oval (Day 5 of 5): Australia beat
England by 120 runs
England won toss
227 AUSTRALIA
— First Innings 442-8 dec. (Marsh 126no,
& 233 Paine 57, Khawaja
53)
Australia win by 120 runs
By Jonathan Liew
AT THE ADELAIDE OVAL
ENGLAND — First Innings 227 (Lyon 4-60)
AUSTRALIA — Second Innings 138 (Anderson 5-43,
Woakes 4-36)
ENGLAND — Second Innings 176-4
Second Innings Contd
Runs 6s 4s Bls Min
67 0 9 123 178
*J E Root c Paine b Hazlewood
C R Woakes c Paine b Hazlewood
5 0 0 10 12
2 0 0 20 40
M M Ali lbw b Lyon
†J M Bairstow b Starc
36 0 5 57 90
7 0 1 34 38
C Overton lbw b Starc
S C J Broad c Paine b Starc
8 0 0 12 13
0 0 0 0
6
J M Anderson not out
Extras (b7 lb5)
12
Total(84.2 overs)
233
Fall: 1-53, 2-54, 3-91, 4-169, 5-176, 6-177, 7-188, 8-206,
9-224.
Bowling: M A Starc 19.2-3-88-5, J R Hazlewood 20-7-492, P J Cummins 20-6-39-1, N M Lyon 25-6-45-2.
Umpires: Aleem Dar and C B Gaffaney.
Jonny Bairstow didn’t want to look
back, but he couldn’t help himself. His other senses were already
telling him everything he needed to
know: the unsatisfying vibration of
a thick inside edge in his hands, the
sound of a stump being ripped from
the ground, the sight of an entire
stadium rising to its feet, Australian
fielders swarming around him. The
taste of defeat. The smell of disaster. been doing the knocking. The ball, 63
But he had to look behind him, overs old, was reverse-swinging. Aljust once, just to know, just to re- ready, Starc had drawn a tasty leadmember. It was worse than he would ing edge. Root adjusted by shifting
have hoped. Middle stump was out back in his crease, playing the ball as
of its socket, lying forlornly some late as possible. The next ball from
feet away. It had been a superb de- Hazlewood kept low. An inferior
livery from Mitchell Starc, and yet batsman would have jabbed at fresh
Bairstow had played a significant air. Root was good enough to get the
part in his own downfall. Kind of a mi- very end of his bat on it. It was his
crocosm for England. It was 4pm, we 47th half-century in Test cricket.
had been playing for less than a ses- Only 13 of them have resulted in cension, and the second Test was over.
turies. Root kicked at the boundary
Chris Woakes defended the first rope as he crossed it, like the off-duty
ball of the day, from Josh Hazlewood, comedian who sees the rake lying in
in bright sunshine. The Barmy Army front of him and, through force of
were belting out “Jerusalem”. There habit, steps on it anyway.
were 20,000 in the ground to
If there was anyone who
watch England’s tilt at hiscould be relied upon to
tory, entry just a dollar
play the situation and
for charity. Woakes took
not the occasion, it
a stroll, tapped his bat
was Moeen Ali. Unon the ground as he
fortunately, it was
Number
of
his
47
awaited the second dethe situation that
Test
half
centuries
livery. It sounded like a
was the problem.
Joe Root has
knock at the door.
Nathan
Lyon got him
converted into
Since the close of
for the fourth time out
centuries
play on Tuesday, social
of four, lbw as he tried
media had been swelling
to swipe across the line.
with optimism over England’s
And that was that. Engchances. Never mind that nobody land could afford one early wickhad ever chased this many at Ad- et, but not three. It had taken 35
elaide, let alone against a four-man minutes, and three fingers from
attack without a weak link. Never Aleem Dar, to expose the folly of
mind that the wicket of Dawid Malan their optimism. In retrospect, Englate on the fourth evening had given land’s players should probably have
Australia a vital hit of confidence. thrown a coin in the collection pot as
Believe, we thought. Be bold.
they walked into the ground. They
Hazlewood ran in to bowl the sec- spent most of the day as little more
ond ball. A snick, a catch, a wicket. than spectators.
Turns out it was a knock at the door,
They had arrived at the ground
except it was Australia who had thinking they were playing a wound-
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Liverpool report
Spartak racism
Liverpool have reported Spartak
Moscow to Uefa after teenage
striker Rhian Brewster was
allegedly subjected to racist abuse.
England’s Under-19 World Cup
winner was visibly angry at the end
of the Reds’ 2-0 Uefa Youth League
win at Prenton Park and had to be
restrained by team-mates at the
final whistle. In the reverse fixture in
September, Brewster’s team-mate
Bobby Adekanye was subjected to
racist abuse from Spartak fans.
Joe Root departs
caught behind off Josh
Hazlewood, having been
unable to add to his
overnight score of 67
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ed Australian team. Steve Smith,
it was widely held, was having a
shocker, whether batting, catching
or making that T-sign with his arms.
The previous evening, their bowling coach David Saker – the mind
behind England’s triumph here in
2010-11 – had essentially chucked
Smith under the bus by admitting
his declaration had been a mistake.
But in the warm Adelaide
sunshine, Smith was not the one on
trial. All he had to do was rotate his
four bowlers and watch from a safe
distance. And I think, deep down,
we all knew this was what would
probably happen. Australia have
wobbled at times in this series, but
one thing has been constant, however: their four-man attack, which
Root kicked at the
boundary rope like the offduty comedian who sees the
rake and steps on it anyway
CRICKET
Wood’s 50 fails to prevent loss
There were even more cricketing
woes Down Under for England
yesterday as their Lions
side lost by six wickets to
a Western Australia XI
in a warm-up match
in Perth. Durham
paceman Mark Wood
(right), who has been
touted for a possible
call into the Ashes Test
side, hit 51 from 52 balls,
while Paul Coughlin scored
64 from 49 deliveries as the Lions
posted 282 from their 50 overs.
Western Australia produced
a determined response
as 21-year-old Clint
Hinchliffe struck 131 and
wicketkeeper Calum How
finished unbeaten on 80
as the home side reached
their victory target with
11 balls to spare. Wood
claimed two of the four
Western Australia wickets,
with Saqib Mahmood and George
Garton taking the others.
has bowled immaculately, with
hostility and skill.
In Brisbane, when the ball was
doing nothing, they peppered
England with bouncers until they
cracked. Here, with the ball doing
plenty, they bowled not one single
bouncer. Everything on a length:
probing, searching, interrogating.
It was magnificent. England’s totals
this series – 302, 195, 227, 233 – represent a puzzle that they are still nowhere near solving. THE INDEPENDENT
RUGBY UNION
New blow for Jones
as Genge needs op
England coach Eddie Jones’s Six
Nations plans took another hit
yesterday when Leicester prop Ellis
Genge was told he needs shoulder
surgery. The England loose-head,
22, will be out for two months and
along with Saracens lock Maro Itoje,
who broke his jaw on Sunday, is a
major doubt for the start of the Six
Nations. Tigers head coach Matt
O’Connor said: “It’s obviously very
disappointing for him and for us
because he has been outstanding.”
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day of hope ends in disaster
Analysis
Easy to say the Aussies
are beatable – but are
Root’s side capable?
us it’s not going to be 5-0 again. “I
don’t think we’re in a situation [like
the one] we were in the last time
we were here. We’re in a better
place than that. I don’t think we’re
ustralia are beatable.
as unevenly matched as we were
That is the buzz-phrase last time around.”
you will be hearing
It is easy to say England can win
quite a lot over the next a Test, but far harder to put your
few days, as the Ashes
finger on how they will actually do
touring theatre winds up in Perth.
it. In short: is it possible to believe
We heard it in the wake
fully in England’s ability
of the Brisbane Test,
to win a Test, and yet
I don’t
and after their deflating
remain convinced
think
we’re
120-run defeat in Adelaide,
that ability is entirely
in a situation theoretical?
England coach Trevor
[like the one]
Bayliss repeated it.
The batting probably
we were in
“They are certainly
deserves its own article.
beatable,” he said. “Our
England’s efforts so
the last time
guys have seen enough
we were here. far have been 302, 195,
frailties that we can
227 and 233. They are
We’re in a
exploit. Where they have
yet to make a century
better
place
been better than us is that
this series and even
Nathan Lyon has been
England’s established
outstanding, Steve Smith scored a
players look curiously out of the
hundred and Shaun Marsh batted
groove.
well for one too. The other guys
Australia captain Steve Smith,
haven’t been scoring hundreds.”
meanwhile, admitted that he had
Australia are beatable. The
been unable to sleep overnight
batting collapse on the third
because of the precariousness of
evening, the scare England
the match situation, with England
gave them on the fourth, the
only four wickets down. “Yeah, I
encouraging start in Brisbane: it
had to have a sleeping pill,” he said.
all adds up to one thing. Australia
“It’s been a pretty tough 24 hours,
are beatable; pass it on.
if I’m perfectly honest.”
The problem, of course, is that
Here, perhaps, is the main
saying Australia are beatable
point of difference between
is not quite the same thing as
the two sides. Australia are
saying Australia will be beaten
the ones talking themselves
– which England will now need
down, still not quite clicking,
to do twice to retain the
and yet are leading 2-0.
Ashes; three times to win
England are the ones
them.
talking themselves up,
And so, we offered
puffing out their chests,
England captain
yet trailing 2-0. Australia
Joe Root (right) the
are beatable. But it’s
chance to make a
England who are being
similar statement to
beaten. THE INDEPENDENT
an expectant nation.
Talk to us, Joe. Tell
Tim Wigmore, p53
Jonathan
Liew
A
Ashes briefing: day five
With Chris Woakes and Joe Root gone
in the blink of an eye to fine bowling
from Hazlewood, a long-shot became
a no-hoper.
Not too little, just too late
England’s performance from tea on
day three to stumps on day four was
exemplary. They had left themselves
far too much to do, though.
Delivery of the day
Hazlewood’s second ball of the day
would have taken some playing by
any frontline batsman. It is hard to see
what else Woakes could have done.
Stat of the day
When Root and Woakes failed
to add to their overnight scores,
England were down and out.
SNOOKER
ATHLETICS
‘Beginning of end’
for defeated Higgins
Three-times champion John
Higgins was knocked out of the
UK Championship yesterday after
losing 6-5 to Mark King. Higgins, the
fourth seed, led 4-2 and 5-4 at York
but could not finish off the world
No 21. Higgins said afterwards that
his defeat felt like “the beginning
of the end.” In the other afternoon
game at the York Barbican, the 2004
champion Stephen Maguire beat
Graeme Dott 6-2 in an all-Scottish
contest.
0
Tweet of the day
DOOMED ....... #Ashes Michael
Vaughan’s withering verdict as the
end approached in Adelaide.
What next?
England must try to bottle some of
what they did here and ditch the rest
to try to somehow keep possession of
the urn in Perth.
Kelly wants a proper medal do
Kelly Sotherton wants the
heptathlon bronze medal she
was cheated out of at the
Beijing Olympics to be
presented to her at
London’s Olympic
Stadium, possibly
at the Anniversary
Games next summer.
Sotherton (right)
finished fifth in Beijing
but fourth-placed
Ukrainian Lyudmila Blonska
and Russian bronze medallist
Tatyana Chernova were given
doping bans. Chernova was
stripped of her medal this year
and the Court of Arbitration
for Sport have rejected her
appeal.
Sotherton, who found
out about the CAS ruling
on social media, said: “I
want my moment in front
of thousands. To do it at the
Olympic stadium in your home
country... would be pretty special.”
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FOOTBALL
Alli joins Kane and
Ronaldo agency
Dele Alli has joined the agency that
represents Cristiano Ronaldo, Jose
Mourinho and Tottenham teammate Harry Kane. The England
midfielder, 21, has signed a deal with
CAA Sports, which also represents
Carlo Ancelotti, James Rodriguez
and Nico Rosberg. The agency
says it will work closely with Alli’s
manager Harry Hickford “to amplify
and enhance Dele’s commercial
portfolio globally”.
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England ‘one bad session’
from losing Ashes series
Aussie captain Smith piles on pressure as Root insists his team can pull it back
By Tom Collomosse
IN ADELAIDE
P49
TENNIS
Konta starts
again with
Sharapova’s
former coach
Steve Smith believes England are
one bad session away from surrendering the Ashes after Australia
powered into a 2-0 lead today.
Two of the last three series Down
Under have ended in 5-0 victories
for the home side and England’s grip
on the urn is slipping as the teams
head to Perth, where England have
lost seven Tests in a row.
Captain Joe Root insists England
are still competitive in the series
after they fought back on days three
and four here, but Australia’s bowlers delivered when it mattered on the final day to
wrap up a 120-run victory.
There is now an eightday break before these
sides lock horns at the
Waca. “It’s always tough
coming back from 2-0
down, particularly away
from home,” said Smith.
“You can only be one or two
bad sessions away from losing the
series, and that can play on people’s
minds when you’re behind. We have
to be confident. We will make sure
we do everything we can to
get this series where we
want it to be.”
The Aussies have now
won seven consecutive Ashes Tests in this
country and it would
take something remarkable for England to hang
on to the urn from here.
Both Smith and Root were
part of the 2013-14 contest here,
when Mitchell Johnson’s 37 wickets
drove Australia to a 5-0 whitewash.
Yet Root (left) saw enough in England’s performance on the third
evening, and throughout day four, to
believe they can surprise everyone.
“I don’t think we are in the same
situation as we were at this stage on
the last Ashes tour,” he said. “We are
in a much better place than that.
“The way we went about the second innings proved to everyone that
we are still massively in this series.”
EVENING STANDARD
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