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THE i CHRISTMAS APPEAL
WITH MAGIC BREAKFAST
YOUR CHANCE TO GIVE CHILDREN
THE BEST START IN LIFE P15
Christmas
books!
My life on
crystal meth
2017?s best
gifts ? let i?s
experts
be your
guide P33
Fergie from The Black Eyed Peas
gives an extraordinary interview to i
?The drugs were a lot
of fun ... until they weren?t.
I was hallucinating
on a daily basis?
P38
60
p
THE
Violence erupts after
Trump?s Israel ruling
P5
PAPER ? BRITAIN?S FIRST AND ONLY CONCISE QUALITY TITLE
University
fat cats
face pay
crackdown
FRIDAY
8 DECEMBER 2017
Number 2,197
News.co.uk
The skint guide
to Christmas
shopping
P30
>> Minister promises to act
after �0,000 package for
vice chancellor is revealed
>> Meanwhile, the poorest
students have higher debts
P4
Johnson to plead for
Zaghari?s release in
Tehran P5
Wrong kind of
windows caused tram
disaster deaths P10
INSIDE STEPHEN BUSH ON TORY BREXIT PLANS
China places ban on
British exports of
waste plastic P8
P17
I PUZZLES
P52
I TV
P42
The
News
Matrix
HEALTH
Why are
Neopolitans
twirling
for joy?
See p.24
The day at
a glance
ENVIRONMENT
FRIDAY
8
DECEMBER
Quote of the day
Never interrupt your
enemy when he is
making a mistake
NAPOLEON
BONAPARTE
A young woman?s death from
anorexia was an ?avoidable tragedy?
that would have been prevented
had the NHS provided appropriate
care and treatment, claims a report.
Averil Hart, 19, died following a
series of failures that involved every
NHS organisation that cared for her.
EMPLOYMENT
COURTS
Government pushed Rare ?bird language?
on carbon emissions under threat
Sports Direct fails to
pay minimum wage
Evidence ?not clear?
Poppi was assaulted
A group of leading doctors have
written an open letter backing legal
action to force the Government to
cut carbon emissions. The medics
argue the Government has not
ful?lled its commitments to cutting
emissions in line with the Climate
Change Act of 2008 and the Paris
Agreement objective.
The ?bird language? of Black Sea
villagers in northern Turkey has
been listed as requiring urgent
protection by the United Nations
cultural agency. Unesco said the
language, which involves a highly
developed exchange of whistles, is
under threat from social change and
the increased use of mobile phones.
Sports Direct and two recruitment
agencies are among 260 employers
?named and shamed? for failing to
pay workers the national minimum
wage. A total of �7m in back pay
was identi?ed for 16,000 workers,
with retail, hairdressing and
hospitality businesses being the
most proli?c offenders.
A pathologist told the inquest into
the death of Poppi Worthington
there is not enough evidence to
conclude she was assaulted before
her death. But Dr Liina Palm also
said she could not rule out that the
13?month?old had been penetrated in
her bottom shortly before she died,
Kendal Coroner?s Court heard.
NIGERIA
TRANSPORT
DENMARK
POLICE
Army sacks general Tram drivers failed
Lego wins copyright
fighting Boko Haram to report near misses case in China
Top officer guilty of
Secrets slip up
Nigeria?s military has sacked
Major?General Attahiru Ibrahim,
the commander leading its efforts to
combat the militant Islamist group
Boko Haram. No of?cial reason
was given for General Ibrahim?s
dismissal, which came following a
string of attacks by the insurgent
group in recent months.
A leading counter terrorism of?cer
has pleaded guilty to the charge of
failing to safeguard information
under the Of?cial Secrets Act.
Assistant Chief Constable Marcus
Beale has admitted leaving
con?dential documents in a car for
four or ?ve days before they were
stolen in May.
Birthdays
Nicki Minaj, rapper,
35; Amir Khan, boxer,
31; Raheem Sterling,
footballer, 23;
Dominic Monaghan, actor,
41; Hope Powell, football
coach (below), 51
TURKEY
NHS ?failed to care
for? anorexia victim
NATURE
Paradise
for wildlife
The Rail Accident Investigation
Branch has revealed nine occasions
drivers had applied the emergency
brake at the corner where the
Croydon tram crash occurred but
none reported doing so. One driver
had come close to derailing at the
Sandilands turn just days before the
deadly disaster last year. PAGE 10
Danish toy?maker Lego says it has
won a major legal victory in China,
where a court ruled in its favour
in a copyright case against
companies making copies of its
coloured bricks. The company
said that it was the ?rst time it has
won an unfair competition case
against imitators in China. AP
Several species of plants and animals previously unknown to science were
discovered in a rainforest in the Malaysian island state of Penang during a two-week
study of the rainforest canopy and forest floor. The team of over 100 international
scientists aim to use the new findings to prove the site as scientifically significant in
a bid for it to become listed and protected as a Unesco biosphere reserve.
Scientists discovered a new scorpion in the family
Chaerilidae (a group known as the ghost scorpions)
that, until now, was unknown to science.
130,000,000
Stalk-eyed fly.
The rainforest on the island of
Penang is thought to be
130 million years old.
1424
species were
recorded.
Anniversaries
Friday 8 December 1995
Philip Lawrence, the
headteacher of St George?s
Roman Catholic School in
Maida Vale, west London,
dies after being stabbed
while protecting a pupil
from an assault. The father
of four was attacked by a
gang outside the school.
25
plants and animals were recorded for
the first time in Penang or peninsular
Malaysia during the survey.
Unidentified
jumping spider
of the family
Salticidae.
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Business..................48
Puzzles.....................52
Weather...................55
Lizard, known
as the armored
pricklenape.
An unusually
fuzzy ant in the
genus Echinopla.
SOURCE: CALIFORNIA ACADEMY OF SCIENCES PARTNERED WITH
THE HABITAT PENANG HILL TO SURVEY WILDLIFE
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The recycled content of UK
newspapers in 2015 was 71%
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Four species found
during the survey
are likely to be
new to science.
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SPENCER SLEYON, SCRABBLE-PLAYING RAPPER
Words don?t come easy?
They do for New York rapper
Spencer Sleyon, 22, who not
only writes hip-hop rhymes but
is a keen online Scrabble player.
He has struck up an unlikely
friendship with one of his
opponents: Rosalind Guttman,
an 81-year-old retiree living
in Florida.
Maria Concetta, daughter of late
Sicilian Ma?a boss Toto Riina, has
opened an online shop selling coffee
pods and olive oil in memory of the
notorious mobster under the brand
name Uncle Toto.
Riina, one of the most feared
godfathers in history, died last
month, aged 87, in prison.
New voices will bring
fresh perspectives
A group of serving and former
Royal Marines and Royal Navy
sailors have completed the ?rst leg
of their re-enactment of a famous
Second World War raid. They hope
to complete the trek undertaken
by the ?Cockleshell Heroes? during
Operation Frankton, which destroyed
German shipping in Bordeaux.
JAPAN
Plastic surgeon buys
Hirohito?s memoir
The buyer of a memoir by Japanese
emperor Hirohito that sold in New
York for $275,000 (�0,000) has
been identi?ed as a Japanese plastic
surgeon who wants to give the
document to the imperial family. Dr
Katsuya Takasu says that ?it feels
like it?s ?nally coming home?, and
has no plans to show it to the public.
They must have a lot in common
?From day one I knew I was
playing an old white woman,?
Spencer said. ?I just wanted
to play.? The pair would talk
about their lives and sometimes
Spencer asked Rosalind for
life advice. ?Shoot for the
stars,? he recalled her typing.
?Whatever you want out of life,
just go grab it.?
Old-fashioned values ...
? meets new media. News of
the friendship reached a New
York pastor, who thought the
pair should meet. With the
pastor?s help, Spencer travelled
1,000 miles to meet his online
buddy in the lobby of a hotel
in Palm Beach last week.
They immediately hugged
and behaved like old friends.
Spencer posted photos of their
meeting on social media, and
their friendship became an
internet sensation.
Rosalind said she doesn?t
know what all the fuss is about:
?This is just how people should
be toward each other.?
?I?m all for just experiencing
stuff,? said Spencer. ?I love
random occurrences, I thought
it was cool I was able to
befriend her.?
Valerie Browne
Letter from
the Editor
Oliver Duff
Marines re-enact
famous wartime raid
Triple word score!
It certainly was. When that
game was over, they started a
new one ? Over the summer of
2016 they played more than 300
times. The phone app Scrabble
pairs online opponents at
random. Players can see who
they are playing because users
have pro?le pictures, and there
is a message function.
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Family business for
Mob boss?s daughter
MILITARY
Rapper?s delight?
Rosalind played the word ?phat?
? street slang for excellent. The
aspiring rapper messaged her
to ask: ?Yo, how do you know
that word?? as he suspected she
may have guessed it. Rosalind
declined to say, but it sparked
a conversation as they played.
i FRIDAY
8 DECEMBER 2017
RETAIL
Primark removes
Christmas candle
A picture of a Primark Christmas
candle burning up into a large ?ame
has gone viral after a mother posted
it on Facebook to raise awareness
of the danger. Jenny Ferneyhough
bought the �candle in Manchester
on Saturday and posted a picture
of it fully alight. Primark said it was
removing the product from sale.
FOOD
AUSTRALIA
JAPAN
Stone-free avocado
toasts competition
Marsupial lion
fossils discovered
?Mario? characters
told to buckle up
A stoneless avocado grown in Spain
and temporarily available to buy in
the UK at Marks & Spencer could
provide a solution to so-called
?avocado hand?. Earlier this year
a plastic surgeon suggested the
fruit should carry warning labels
following a rise in the number of
knife injuries from cutting into it.
The fossilised remains of a new
species of marsupial lion have been
found in Australia. The predatory
creature, named Wakaleo schouteni,
is a relative of modern marsupials
such as kangaroos and koalas that
keep their young in pouches. It
is also closely related to the last
surviving species of marsupial lion.
Tourists dressed as characters
from the video game Mario Kart will
become subject to new traf?c laws in
Japan. A loophole in the law means
that tourists dressed as Mario,
Peach, Bowser and Toad can drive
through Tokyo in go-karts without
wearing seatbelts ? but this will be
changed under new rules.
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NEWS
EDUCATION
SOCIETY
Zero-tolerance advice on Christmas parties
By Aman Jones
The TUC suggested that staff
should be emailed in advance of
their parties with advice on how
to behave, adding that employers
could lay on transport to make
sure everyone got home safely.
Frances O?Grady, the TUC general secretary, said: ?Many of us
look forward to the traditional
work Christmas party as a chance
to wind down and celebrate with
Firms should be extra vigilant
about the threat of sexual harassment at of?ce Christmas parties
this year, the TUC has urged.
The union issued advice following recent high pro?le allegations
in politics and showbusiness and
said it was more important than
ever that festive drinks went
ahead without incidents.
colleagues, but workers and bosses should remember that they are
still in a work setting.
?Nobody wants to offend another member of staff, or worse
do something that might get them
sacked just before Christmas.?
She added that companies must
make clear their ?zero-tolerance
attitude? to sexual harassment
and ?treat complaints seriously?.
Backlash over
?excessive? pay
for fat cats at
universities
By Richard Vaughan
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Universities minister Jo Johnson has
vowed that the excessive salaries of
university bosses will be brought
?under control? within weeks.
It comes as the row over
vice chancellor pay resurfaced after it emerged the
leader of the UK?s smallest university was handed
more than �0,000 in
her ?nal year in of?ce.
Professor Christina
Slade (inset), who spent ?ve
years running Bath Spa University, was handed a remuneration
package worth �8,000.
The eye-watering sum sparked
fury within the higher education sector, as it follows reports revealing excessive salaries being enjoyed by vice
chancellors.
?Has there been a problem? Most
definitely,? said Mr Johnson. The
minister added that universities now
understood that there were mounting concerns among the public about
whether a degree offered value for
money. Under plans already put forward, universities will have to justify
any salary they pay above that of the
Prime Minister to a newly created
body, called the Of?ce for Students.
?When students are paying for
their own tuition fees, there is a
greater expectation of greater accountability to students, but also to
the taxpayer, who is underwriting
the student loan book,? Mr Johnson said. ?Value for money is at the
heart of why we set up the Office
for Students.?
Tuition fees are under intense scrutiny after they were raised to �250
a year. The decision to scrap maintenance grants for the poorest students
in favour of loans has meant
those from the most deprived
backgrounds leave with the
highest debt.
Many have started to
call for a complete overhaul of the tuition fees
system. Lord Adonis, who
introduced tuition fees,
said it was ?straightforwardly outrageous what?s happening?,
and described the Bath Spa payout as
a ?sick joke?. The Labour peer called
for an inquiry into university pay, led
by the Archbishop of Canterbury.
The University and College Union
welcomed Mr Johnson?s intervention. ?Put simply, the status quo cannot continue and an urgent overhaul
is required,? UCU general secretary
Sally Hunt said. ?Over two-thirds of
vice chancellors sit on their own remuneration committees and threequarters of universities refuse to
publish full minutes of the meetings
where leadership pay is decided.
That must change.?
IN TOMORROW?S iWEEKEND
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The highest paid civil servant in the
UK is Mark Carne (above left), chief
executive of Network Rail, who is
paid �0,000 a year, according to the
Government?s register of high-paid
civil servants 2016.
The nearest comparison to vice
chancellors? pay elsewhere in education, is the pay packet enjoyed by Sir
Dan Moynihan, chief executive of the
academy sponsor Harris Federation,
who earns �0,000.
Sir Peter Hendy (above right), chair of
Network Rail, is in second place with
�0,000 a year.
All of these dwarf the salary paid to
Theresa May. The Prime Minister
takes home �0, 402 a year.
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POLITICS
Jerusalem
move by US
spurred EU
into united
opposition
Palestinians
throw stones
towards
security forces
in Nablus
GETTY
By Jon Stone
IN BRUSSELS
MIDDLE EAST
Wave of protests at Trump and Israel
after Hamas calls for a ?Day of Rage?
By Dan Williams
IN JERUSALEM
The Islamist group Hamas yesterday
urged Palestinians to launch a new
uprising against Israel in response
to US President Donald Trump?s
provocative recognition of Jerusalem as its capital.
Palestinian factions
called for a ?Day of Rage?
today, and already last
night a wave of protests
broke out in the West
Bank and Gaza, prompting
clashes between Palestinians and Israeli troops.
At least 31 people were wounded
by Israeli gun?re and rubber bullets,
medics said.
The Israeli military said two rockets had been fired towards Israel
from the Hamas-ruled Gaza Strip
yesterday evening but did not cross
into Israeli territory.
Medics said 11 people had been
hit by live bullets and 20 by rubber
bullets in the unrest. One was in a
critical condition. Some protesters
threw rocks at soldiers and others
chanted: ?Death to America!
Death to the fool Trump!?
Mr Trump reversed
decades of US policy on
Wednesday by recognising Jerusalem as the capital of Israel, angering the
Arab world and upsetting
Western allies.
The status of Jerusalem ?
home to sites holy to the Muslim,
Jewish and Christian religions ? is
one of the main obstacles to peace
between Israel and the Palestinians.
?We should call for and we should
work on launching an intifada [Pal-
Outcry Trump censured
Condemnation of Donald Trump?s
decision has continued around the
Muslim world and beyond.
In Lebanon, Sayyed Hassan
Nasrallah, leader of the Iran-backed
terrorist group Hezbollah called for a
new intifada.
Al-Qaeda in the Arabian Peninsula said Mr Trump?s decision was
the result of ?normalisation steps?
between some Gulf Arab countries
and Israel.
Turkish President Recep Tayyip
Erdogan and Pope Francis agreed
yesterday that attempts to change
Jerusalem?s status should be avoided,
sources in Mr Erdogan?s of?ce said.
Palestinians switched off
Christmas lights outside Bethlehem?s
Church of the Nativity in protest.
estinian uprising] in the face of the
Zionist enemy,? Hamas leader Ismail
Haniyeh (inset) said in in Gaza.
Today?s planned ?Day of Rage?
rallies and protests are expected
near Israeli-controlled checkpoints
in the West Bank and along the border with Gaza.
Israel considers Jerusalem its
eternal and indivisible capital. Palestinians want the capital of an independent state of their own to be in
the city?s eastern sector, which Israel
captured in the 1967 Middle East war
and annexed in a move never recognised internationally.
Israeli Prime Minister Benjamin
Netanyahu hailed Mr Trump?s announcement as a ?historic landmark?
and said many countries would follow
the US move and that contacts were
under way. He failed to name any of
them. REUTERS
DIPLOMACY
Johnson to press Iran on Briton?s release
By Ben Kentish
Boris Johnson is expected to visit
Iran this weekend in an attempt to
convince the Iranian government to
release Nazanin Zaghari-Ratcliffe.
The British-Iranian mother has
been imprisoned in Tehran for almost two years after being arrested
during a family holiday.
Mr Johnson provoked outcry last
month after telling a parliamentary
select committee that Ms ZaghariRatcliffe had been ?training journalists? in Iran ? a claim that could
lead to her jail term being doubled to
10 years.
The visit would mark Mr Johnson?s ?rst to Iran since taking over
as Foreign Secretary last year. He
is likely to meet senior government
officials, including the country?s
foreign minister, Javad Zarif, and
will attempt to secure the British
woman?s release.
However, a swift resolution to the
saga is unlikely, because Iran has
refused to recognise Ms ZaghariRatcliffe?s British citizenship and is
treating her as an Iranian.
Commenting on news of Mr Johnson?s trip, Amnesty International Boris Johnson giving a speech at the
UK?s director Kate Allen said: ?We?re Foreign Of?ce in London yesterday PA
All 28 European Union foreign
ministers warned Donald Trump?s
chief diplomat against moving the
US embassy in Israel to Jerusalem
during a face-to-face meeting the
day before the President made
the announcement, the European
Commission has said.
Speaking at a press conference
yesterday in Brussels, Federica
Mogherini, the EU?s high representative for foreign affairs, said
Mr Trump?s announcement had
?the potential to send us backwards to even darker times than
the ones we are already living in?.
She added: ?The European Union has a
clear and united
position. We believe the only
realistic solution to the
conflict between Israel
and Palestine
is based on two
states and with
Jerusalem as the
capital of both the state
of Israel and Palestine. I discussed
this with Secretary [of State Rex]
Tillerson during his visit to Brussels on Tuesday.
?I?ve made clear our disagreement with this decision as did all
the foreign ministers of the 28
member states of the European
Union that met him with me the
same day.
?President Trump?s announcement on Jerusalem has a very
worrying potential impact. It has
a very fragile context.?
Ms Mogherini (inset) urged ?all
relevant actors? in the Israel-Palestine con?ict to ?avoid to further
escalate tensions on the ground?.
?The worst thing that could
happen now is an escalation of
tensions around the holy places
because what happens in Jerusalem matters to the whole region
and the entire world,? she added.
THE INDEPENDENT
cautiously hopeful that this could be
the light at the end of the tunnel for
Ms Zaghari-Ratcliffe.
?As we?ve been saying over and
over, Ms Zaghari-Ratcliffe is a charity worker who?s been jailed for ?ve
years after enduring solitary con?nement and a deeply unfair trial.
?The Iranian authorities have
a record of toying with the fate of
prisoners being held for ?political?
reasons, so it?s still very hard to feel
con?dent that her release is imminent. We fervently hope the Foreign
Secretary?s visit can secure her
speedy release.? THE INDEPENDENT
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EUROPE
German call
for United
States of
Europe
By Thomas Escritt
IN BERLIN
In a declaration that is likely to
be cited by Brexiters as evidence
that leaving the EU makes more
sense than ever, Martin Schulz,
the leader of Germany?s Social
Democrats (SPD), has called for
the Continent to steam ahead
towards the creation of a United
States of Europe.
He outlined a vision of a ?USE?
within a decade in an effort to win
his reluctant party over to working
with Chancellor Angela Merkel on
forming a new government. Germany has been struggling to build
a new government since Ms Merkel?s conservative bloc and the SPD
shed support in a September election in which the anti-immigrant
AfD party surged into parliament.
?Europe does not always work
for its people, rather too often for
the big companies,? he said, outlining a populist vision that goes well
beyond Ms Merkel?s own openness to limited structural reforms.
Martin Schulz said he wanted
the EU to agree to a new constitutional treaty which creates a
federal Europe, which can act together in policy in areas including
domestic and foreign security, tax
and monetary affairs and asylum
and international development.
?This constitutional treaty
must then be presented in all
member states and those that do
not agree would automatically
leave the EU,? he said, adding that
European values were being undermined in Poland, while Hungary was also moving away from
the bloc. REUTERS
Budding artists play their
cards right for No 10 treat
Theresa May has unveiled her
Christmas cards for this year,
with three festive designs
by schoolchildren from her
Maidenhead constituency.
The colourful designs
(right) ? showing a reindeer,
Santa Claus in his sleigh and
Downing Street festooned
with Christmas decorations
? were selected as winners
of a competition run by the
Maidenhead Advertiser.
The winning trio ? Lily Bo
Morgan, Sophie Vysata and
Emily Wood (above) ? were
invited to Downing Street on
Wednesday to join the Prime
Minister in turning on the
lights on the No 10 Christmas
tree. LEE GODDARD/MOD/
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CONSERVATIVES
Confidential code on Brexit dossier
By Nigel Morris
MPs have condemned the
?secretive? arrangements
for letting them read the
G overnment?s Brexit
analysis papers.
Parliamentarians have
to book in advance to
view 850 pages of documents, and have to hand over
mobile phones and electronic
equipment. A government of?cial is
in the room with them at all times
and they are warned that disclosure of the dossier?s contents is
strictly prohibited.
The Commons leader,
Andrea Leadsom (inset),
disclosed yesterday that
only 16 MPs or peers had
so far viewed the paperwork examining Brexit?s
economic impact on 58 different sectors.
Valerie Vaz, the shadow Commons leader, said: ?If there is nothing
in the papers, why is it so secretive??
Osborne lambasts ?dismal? Tories
By Nigel Morris
The Conservative Party is in
such a dismal state that it
would be 20 points behind
Labour but for Jeremy
Corbyn being opposition
leader, George Osborne
(inset) has claimed.
The former Tory Chancellor warned his party was
in danger of appearing ?antimodern, anti-immigrant, anti-urban,
anti-metropolitan? to voters.
Mr Osborne told a Westminster
lunch: ?The fact that a fringe
far-left Labour leadership is
even in contention for national of?ce is, I?m afraid,
a re?ection of the state of
the Conservative Party.?
Mr Osborne, who now
edits the London Evening
Standard, said he did not
think the Government could
win parliamentary support for a
?hard Brexit?, and Mrs May would be
ousted before the next election.
Martin Schulz outlined a vision for
a ?USE? within a decade AFP/GETTY
LABOUR
Campaign group Momentum questioned over election spending
By Nigel Morris
POLITICAL EDITOR
Momentum, the grassroots movement supporting Jeremy Corbyn, is
being investigated by the Electoral
Commission over whether it broke
spending rules before the general
election in June.
The watchdog is examining if the
organisation spent above permitted
limits and failed to submit ?accurate
donation information?.
Electoral law imposes strict
spending limits on ?non-party campaigners? if they are considered to
be trying to influence how people
vote in the run-up to an election.
It currently stands at �,000,
comprising �,980 in England,
�540 in Scotland, �400 in Wales
and �080 in Northern Ireland. Bob
Posner, of the Commission, said:
?Momentum are a high-pro?le active
campaigning body. Questions over
their compliance with the campaign
?nance rules? risks harm to voters?
con?dence in elections.?
Momentum reported total spending of �,742.54 to the Commission,
which is �7.46 below the limit.
A spokesman for the group said:
?Much of the investigation refers to
a series of administrative errors that
can be easily recti?ed.?
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ENVIRONMENT
China waste ban ?puts UK
recycling industry at risk?
Michael Gove, recently admitted
that he did not know what the
impact of the decision would be.
A Chinese ban on imported ?It?s? something to which ? I will
be completely honest ? I have not
plastic has put Britain at risk of
environmental pollution
given suf?cient thought,? he
told MPs.
because of the UK
recycling industry?s lack
Elena Polisano, of
Greenpeace UK,
of capacity, according
s a i d : ? In s t e ad o f
to an investigation
confronting our
by Greenpeace.
Tons of plastic
waste shipped from
growing problem with
The UK exports
the
UK
to
China
throwaway plastic at
almost two-thirds of
and Hong Kong
home, we have been
its waste to China, and
since 2012
shipping it off to places
British businesses have
like China where it?s
shipped more than 2.7
easier for us to ignore.
million tons of plastic waste
?Now that China has
there and to Hong Kong
decided it has had enough
since 2012.
of our waste, it is obvious
From early next year,
that the UK?s recycling
China will ban imports
system simply
of recyclable waste,
Types of solid waste
can?t cope with the
including mixed
among the waste
mountain of plastic
paper, plastic bottles
products
sent
for
waste we generate.?
and 24 types of solid
recycling,
along
The ban could
waste, saying that
with plastic and
force councils to stop
much of the rubbish
mixed paper
collecting some plastics,
it imports from the UK
while waste companies
and other countries is too
are considering incineration
hazardous to recycle.
The Environment Secretary, and burying recyclable plastic
By Shafi Musaddique
and Josh Gabbatiss
2.7m
24
waste in landfill sites. Adam
Read, a spokesman for the waste
management company Suez, told
Greenpeace that the lack of clear
strategy and capacity in the national
recycling industry, combined with
uncertainty caused by Brexit and
the new China ban, could cause ?an
impending crisis?.
Simon Ellin, of the Recycling
Association, called the ban a
?game-changer for the UK? with
a potentially detrimental effect on
the environment. ?We?ve relied on
China for so long for exporting our
plastic waste,? he said. ?Almost half
of our paper and cardboard ends up
in China because of the lack of money
invested in recycling in the UK.?
A spokesman for the Government
said: ?We are looking at ways to
process more recycling at home.?
THE INDEPENDENT
Chinese ban could open up
a new opportunity for the
UK to ?take recycling to the next
stage? with a shift in attitudes,
said the Recycling Association.
Queen delighted by her new ?Queen?
The Queen attended a ceremony
yesterday for the commissioning
of Britain?s newest aircraft carrier,
named after Queen Elizabeth I. The
91-year-old monarch arrived in
Portsmouth to board the largest
and most expensive vessel ever
built for the Royal Navy, at a cost of
about �n. She said the 284m-long
HMS Queen Elizabeth ?embodies
the best of British technology
and innovation?. GETTY
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Hormonal contraceptives raise risk of cancer
By Paul Gallagher
HEALTH CORRESPONDENT
Women who use hormonal contraceptives have a 20 per cent higher
risk of breast cancer than those who
avoid them, according to research.
The study of 1.8 million Danish
women aged under 50 over a 17-year
period is the largest conducted on
breast cancer and hormonal contraception, such as the combined pill,
and non-oral products such as the
hormone-intrauterine system (IUS).
Researchers found that in current and recent users of any type of
hormonal contraception, the risk of
breast cancer was higher, with 11,517
new breast cancers detected during
the study period. However, experts
said the ?ndings added to what was
already known about the slightly
increased risk of breast cancer in
women using oral contraception.
The study, carried out by Rigshospitalet, University of Copenhagen,
in collaboration with the University
of Aberdeen, also suggested the
Opt out GPs can object
Consultants, GPs and nurses who
specialise in sexual health will be
able to ?conscientiously object?
on religious or moral grounds to
prescribing contraception, under
new guidelines.
The decision comes from the
Faculty of Sexual and Reproductive
Health, which is the training body for
NHS consultants in community and
sexual reproductive health.
numbers affected were likely to be
low. Professor Phil Hannaford, who
led the research team based in Aberdeen, said: ?Breast cancer is rare
in young women. In this study, the
absolute extra risk of breast cancer
associated with use of hormonal contraception among all women aged
15 to 49 was 1.3 per 10,000 personyears, or one extra breast cancer for
every 7,690 women using hormonal
contraception for one year.?
The study, published in New England Journal of Medicine, found little
WEATHER
evidence of consistent differences
in risk between users of combined
oral contraceptives with different
progestogens. Users of progestogenonly contraceptives (mainly pills and
the IUS) had an increased relative
risk of breast cancer.
Dr Michael Jones, epidemiologist
at the Institute of Cancer Research,
London, said: ?The results are in line
with a large analysis of more than 50
studies carried out 20 years ago. In
that time, new contraceptives have
been introduced.?
CRIME
Stolen Hatton
Garden gems
to be returned
By Nina Massey
Millions of pounds of valuables
stolen in the Hatton Garden safety
deposit box raid can finally be
returned to their owners more
than 32 months after the biggest
burglary in English history.
An estimated �m worth of
jewellery, gemstones and cash was
taken in the raid in central London
in 2015, with about two-thirds of it
remaining unrecovered. But the
prosecution and defendants have
now said the items recovered can
be returned to their owners, having
agreed, in principle, to their value.
Prosecutor Philip Stott told
Woolwich Crown Court: ?The
important consequence is that the
property that has been recovered,
if that agreement is indicated, can
then be returned to the victims.
?The victims have been waiting
for an extremely long time.?
PEOPLE
Windsurfers take advantage of the choppy seas at Goring, West Sussex, yesterday and walkers enjoy a brisk stroll in Ardrossan, North Ayrshire (below) GETTY; PA
Storm Caroline?s 90mph gusts a ?danger to life?
By Chris Green
SCOTLAND EDITOR
More than 16,000 homes were
left without power, transport was
disrupted and schools closed as
Storm Caroline brought devastating
winds to northern Britain yesterday.
Forecasters said the storm posed
a ?danger to life? as gusts of up
to 90mph sent debris flying and
damaged buildings. More than 50
schools in the Scottish Highlands
were closed as a precaution, including
those on the islands of Lewis, Harris
and Uist. Schools in Orkney also shut,
while in Shetland pupils were sent
home at lunchtime and told not to
come back until Monday.
The energy company SSE said that
by 4pm about 16,100 customers across
Scotland had suffered power cuts.
Many bridges were closed to highsided vehicles and rail services from
Inverness to Aberdeen, Wick, and
Kyle of Lochalsh were suspended.
More trains were disrupted when
a trampoline blew on to a line in
East Renfrewshire. Ferries between
Tarbert and Lochranza, Oban and
Tiree via Coll and Ullapool and
Stornoway were cancelled, with
many other routes facing disruption.
Although storm-force winds
were expected to ease last night,
conditions will stay blustery today
with temperatures ranging from ?2癈
to 3癈. The Met Of?ce said between
10cm and 20cm of snow could fall
in some areas, mainly in northern
Scotland, Northern Ireland and the
north-west Midlands.
Weather, page 55
Prankster nearly
suffocates in
microwave
By Nina Massey
Five firefighters spent an hour
working to release a YouTube
prankster who cemented his head
inside a microwave.
The 22-year-old and a group of
friends in Wolverhampton mixed
seven bags of Poly?lla before they
poured it around his head, which
was protected by a plastic bag
inside the appliance.
Their intention was to use the
microwave as a mould, and by the
time emergency services were
called , the group had already been
trying to free him for 90 minutes.
The friends had managed to feed
an air tube into the man?s head to
help him breathe.
Firef ighter Sh a u n Dak i n
said: ?As funny as this sounds,
this young man could quite easily
have suffocated or have been
seriously injured.?
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TRAVEL
Crash widow
,
Bournemouth
nightlife buzz
leads to an
Airbnb boom
By Valerie Browne
Tougher windows would have
prevented tram crash deaths
By Neil Lancefield and Jack Hardy
The Croydon tram crash last year
would probably have caused fewer
injuries if tougher windows had been
?tted to the carriages, investigators
said yesterday.
All of the seven people killed and
many of the 19 who were seriously
injured were either fully or partially
thrown out of gaps in the carriages
where windows were smashed or
doors ripped off. An inquiry also
found that the tram driver possibly
drifted into a ?microsleep? before
speeding round a sharp bend.
Alfred Dorris, 43, of Beckenham,
Kent, was driving the vehicle when
it came off the tracks at almost four
times the speed limit in darkness and
heavyrainon9November2016,killing
seven people and injuring 51. He was
arrested at the scene and questioned
on suspicion of manslaughter and is
on bail after last being interviewed by
police in October.
A report by the Rail Accident
Investigation Branch (RAIB),
which is separate to the criminal
investigation, said it was ?probable?
that Mr Dorris ?temporarily lost
awareness? on a straight section of
track and might have fallen into a
microsleep for up to 49 seconds.
Such sleeps can last ?anywhere
from a fraction of a second to a
few minutes?, investigators said.
When Mr Dorris roused from his
TECHNOLOGY
Scottish town
has UK?s fastest
broadband
By Jane Bradley
A street in Motherwell, near
Glasgow, has the fastest broadband
in the UK, analysis has shown.
Residents of the town?s Benford
Avenue enjoyed average speeds of
177.01Mbps over the past 12 months
? 260 times faster than the slowest
street in Britain, which was Thorpe
Lane, in Trimley St Martin, Suffolk,
said the comparison website
uSwitch. It would take more than
disorientation, he initially believed
the tram was travelling in the
opposite direction, not realising the
bend was approaching.
The windows were made of glass
which ?provides little resistance
to the ejection of passengers?, the
RAIB said. Laminated windows,
designed to contain passengers
during crashes, were ?rst ?tted on
trains in Britain in 1993, but there is
no requirement to use such glass on
trams. The windows of the tram that
crashed in Croydon met existing
safety regulations, the RAIB said.
Some passengers described the
crash that followed as ?like being
in a washing machine?. People fell
through openings where windows
The simple idea of allowing
homeowners to rent out their spare
rooms to travellers has led to a boom
in those who use the Airbnb app.
It has also breathed life into some
unlikely places. While cities including
London, New York and Rome
remain the app users? most popular
choices, one of its biggest new global
destinations is the Dorset resort
of Bournemouth.
Airbnb?s Trending Report for 2018
puts Bournemouth second behind
Gangneung in South Korea in a list of
places which registered the biggest
growth in visitors over the past year.
Bookings in Gangneung, one of
the host cities for next year?s Winter
Olympics, grew by 2,175 per cent.
Bournemouth was at No 2 with a
growth of 353 per cent.
?An unusually warm microclimate,
dramatic seascapes, and a buzzing
nightlife of clubs and casinos make
Bournemouth a tempting destination
this year,? the Airbnb report says.
The study also reveals travellers
have become more adventurous when
choosing holiday accommodation
over the past year, regardless of the
destination. Non-traditional homes
such as nature lodges, yurts and
ryokans (Japanese inns) have had the
largest increase in popularity.
had smashed and doors were torn
off. They were ?crushed under the
tram? as it slid for three seconds and
27 metres before coming to a rest,
the RAIB reported.
Since the accident, infrared eye
monitors have been installed in cabs
on the Croydon tram network as part
of a series of safety enhancements.
Investigators made 15
safety recommendations
including to Tram Operations
Ltd, which was advised to better
manage driver fatigue, use
tougher windows and improve
signage at high-risk locations.
Airbnb bookings to Bournemouth
rose by 353 per cent in 12 months PA
CONSUMER
21 hours to download a two-hour
high-definition Netflix film in
Thorpe Lane, but just ?ve minutes
in Benford Avenue.
Father William Bergin of St
Teresa?s Catholic Church in Benford
Avenue, said: ?I have broadband
in my of?ce? and it is quite fast. I
never have problems playing video.
It?s amazing that we are 260 times
faster than the slowest street.?
Ewan Taylor-Gibson, of uSwitch,
said: ?It is astonishing to think that
you could ?y to Australia in the time
it takes to download a film on the
UK?s slowest street.?
One in five broadband users
struggles along with speeds of less
than 10Mbps ? while nearly one in
10 crawls along at less than 5Mbps.
Across
Economy Energy
worst for service
1
German composer?s
supporters
including the
Queen (6)
3
Recalled more
than one schoolboy
error? (4-2)
4
Laugh when wife?s
excluded from
social media site (6)
By Josie Clarke
Economy Energy has been ranked
the worst for customer service
among suppliers for a second quarter
in a row following complaints about
billing errors and its communication.
The company?s score was 1.8 out of
?ve in the Citizens Advice customer
service table.
One Economy Energy customer
was forced to seek help from Citizens
Advice after ?ve months of trying to
contact the company for an accurate
bill. First Utility was top of the table
with a score of 4.4.
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Come, but don?t be sent, to
Coventry, new city of culture
By Katie Grant
Coventry has been named the
UK City of Culture 2021, beating
competition from Paisley, Stoke,
Sunderland and Swansea to claim
the title last night.
David Burbidge, chairman of the
Coventry City of Culture Trust,
described the win as ?so exciting?,
telling i: ?We want people to come to
Coventry ? not to be sent here.?
The Arts minister, John Glen,
announced the winner in Hull,
this year?s City of Culture, after an
independent panel visited each of
the ?ve cities vying for the accolade.
The judges were ?unanimous?
in their decision, though it was a
?close? competition, Mr Glen said,
adding that they were particularly
impressed by Coventry?s bid, which
focused on youth and diversity.
Mr Burbidge suggested that
Coventry could be regarded as a
microcosm of the whole nation:
?We have many different cultures,
people from many different ethnic
backgrounds. We hope we can be an
example to the country of bringing
people together.?
Coventry A city reborn
Coventry Cathedral, along with
much of the city?s medieval core,
was destroyed during the Second
World War so comprehensively
that the Nazis coined a new verb,
koventrieren, to describe the aerial
destruction of a city.
Since the war, the city has
welcomed people from many
backgrounds and has accepted more
Syrian refugees than any other UK
city. Ska band The Specials may
have described Coventry as a ?Ghost
Town?, but say they are a product of
Coventry?s famed multiculturalism.
He said that Coventry aimed to
emulate the success of Hull, which
he deemed a ??ne example? to follow.
While there is no monetary prize
attached to the UK City of Culture
title, which is awarded every four
years, Hull has received more
than �m in funding from the
Government, Heritage Lottery Fund
and other arts bodies, and tourism
has been substantially boosted.
The city?s local economy received
an estimated �m injection in 2017,
according to the Department for
Digital, Culture, Media and Sport.
Mr Glen made it to Hull with only
minutes to spare before he was due
to announce the winner ? his train
from London broke down, causing
hours of delay. Congratulating
Coventry, he said the decision was an
?incredible opportunity? for the city
to ?boost investment, grow tourism
and put culture centre stage?.
Work will begin straight away to
get Coventry?s cultural celebration
under way.
A 2.2-mile ?Ring Road poem? is set
to be one of the centrepieces, along
with major productions by the Royal
Shakespeare Company.
Ed Sheeran?s royal connection
Ed Sheeran, who received his MBE
insignia yesterday for charity work
and services to music, has said he
would be happy to play the ?rst
song at Prince Harry and Meghan
Markle?s wedding reception. The
singer added that his grandfather
?was a massive royalist?. GETTY
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CONSUMER
Hammond ?must
be sacked over
disability slurs?
?Tougher testing
needed? for
fridge safety
By Liane Wimhurst
Disability rights campaigners
have called for Philip Hammond
to be sacked over his ?shameful?
comments blaming disabled people
for the UK?s poor productivity.
The Chancellor made his remarks
at Wednesday?s Treasury Select
Committee, when he was asked about
the sluggish economic growth he had
reported in the autumn Budget.
He 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...
may have had an impact on overall
productivity measurements.?
Shani Dhanda, who was born with
brittle bone disease and campaigns
for disabled rights, told i yesterday: ?I
cannot believe that someone in that
position would say something like
that, blaming the most vulnerable
group in society is absolutely
shameful. He should be sacked.?
When she was 16, Ms Dhanda applied
for at least 100 jobs with covering
letters which explained her disability
? but received no responses.
She then withheld her details of
her disability from a new application
and ?got a job straight away?.
When asked on BBC Radio 5 Live
Breakfast yesterday whether he
was ashamed of his comments, the
Chancellor responded by saying:
?Real household disposable incomes
per capita in 2016 were at a record
high and real wages are forecast to
rise in every year of the current ?veyear forecast period.?
Will Pike, who was left disabled
by the 2008 Mumbai terrorist
attack, said: ?How the hell is [Philip
Hammond] pointing to the most
marginalised group in society and
pinning the country?s fiscal woes
upon them? He should be sacked.?
The Labour MP for Battersea,
Marsha de Cordova, who is registered
blind, said Mr Hammond?s comments
were ?disgusting scapegoating?.
By Josie Clarke
Stabbing student fights sentence
A promising Oxford University
medical student who was spared
jail after stabbing her boyfriend
with a bread knife during a
drunken assault is appealing
against her suspended sentence.
Lavinia Woodward, 24,
received a 10-month prison
term, suspended for 18 months,
for attacking her then partner.
She has asked the Court of
Appeal to review her sentence,
which was imposed at Oxford
Crown Court in September.
Current safety checks for fridges
and freezers are de?cient and allow
for the sale of products that are
potential fire risks, the consumer
group Which? has warned.
Refrigerationwhitegoodsthathave
non-?ame-retardant plastic backing
pass existing safety standards, but
the testing is inadequate and does
not come close to replicating the
cause of a real house ?re, it said.
The current British Standard
requires refrigerators to pass a
glow wire test to assess their fire
resistance, which involves putting
a hot wire through a sample of the
appliance?s backing material and
seeing if it catches alight. All fridges,
freezers and fridge-freezers on the
UK market pass this test.
But under more ?stringent? testing
for Which? magazine, two samples of
the plastic backing set alight after
just 10 seconds, with a pass given to
backing which could withstand an
open ?ame for at least 30 seconds.
The watchdog is calling on
manufacturers to implement
the tougher testing immediately
and voluntarily.
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CHARITY
Thomas Martin
tucks in at breakfast
club at Ormsgill
Primary School in
Barrow-in-Furness
Breakfast club
gives hungry
pupils a vital boost
to their health
DARREN O?BRIEN/
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By Dean Kirby
NORTHERN CORRESPONDENT
2017 Christmas Appeal
tendance. It?s also good for children
who need extra help with reading
or writing as they can do it while it?s
here. Part of my job is pastoral care
as well so pupils can come and see me
about any problems. It?s a nice quiet
time for them to be able to do that.
It means they are here and ready to
learn when they school day starts.
?This is a lovely part of the world
and we?re only down the road from
the Lake District. But this is an industrial town and there are pockets
of deprivation as well. Providing
breakfasts at school means parents
who work can get there on time.?
Laura Rogers, 30, a nurse whose
sons Harrison, seven and Zachary,
four, go to the breakfast club, said:
?It?s really important for children to
have breakfast in the morning. It really helps them to concentrate. They
love coming here. Being here means
they can spend time together and
they?ve made new friends as well. It
can be such a rush getting to work in
the mornings, so this is perfect.?
Her son Harrison added: ?My
brother comes along with me and we
enjoy playing with the toys together.
Some of my friends from my class are
here and they help Zach as well.?
Quids in What your donations can do
The i Christmas Appeal is aiming to
raise �0,000 to help the charity
Magic Breakfast give hungry pupils
a healthy, nutritious breakfast. Each
one costs just 22p per child.
For just � you would give a child
a healthy breakfast for four days. For
� you would give a child a healthy
breakfast for more than two weeks.
For � you would provide 22
breakfasts, equal to a month?s worth.
For �, you would provide 45
breakfasts, more than two months?
worth. For �, you would provide
more than 100 breakfasts, enough
for half a year. For �, you would
provide at least 220 breakfasts, more
than a whole year?s worth.
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PAY FOR VICE
CHANCELLORS
ISRAEL?S
CAPITAL
READING IN
SCHOOLS
PUTIN AND
TRUMP
CHRISTINE
KEELER
?PEAKY
BLINDERS?
High salaries
are angering
poor students
Trump needs
to do U-turn
over Jerusalem
Books are
transforming
young lives
President?s
Russian
revolution
Model?s
impact on
women now
Made to
wait for
Tom Hardy
The Times
New YorkTimes
TES
Bloomberg
Scottish Herald
Daily Telegraph
Some vice-chancellors
are over-promoted
but little good will
come from hounding
the talented majority
from posts for which
there is a limited pool
of talent. Britain?s
higher education
sector will suffer if the
debate continues in its
current short-sighted
vein. (Editorial)
Mr Trump should
listen to the advice of
James Mattis. In 2013,
Mr Mattis said that
he ?paid a military
security price every
day? because the
United States was
?seen as biased in
support of Israel?.
If Mr Trump wishes
to have a chance at
making peace, he must
reverse his decision
on Jerusalem.
(Hanan Ashrawi)
If you?re a child
from a background
without books then
you need someone
who demysti?es the
habit. This doesn?t
happen by chance.
We need to celebrate
schools that maintain
a commitment to
wide-ranging, joyful
reading for pleasure,
rather than texts
deployed merely for
comprehension and
analysis. (Geoff Barton)
Putin has presided
over a corrupt country
where people just fend
for themselves as best
they can. The question
of what kind of future
Russia might have
will arise after Putin?s
re-election, and Putin
won?t necessarily have
much say in it.
(Leonid Bershidsky)
Ms Keeler is the last
of the main Profumo
cast to depart. The
story will never go
away, but as reaction
to her death has shown,
it can be viewed
differently, smaller
voices can be picked
out from the din. ?We
are all proud of who
she was?, said her son.
I hope she came close
to feeling the same.
(Alison Rowat)
This is a series where
the anti-heroes
swagger in slowmotion down stylised
20s streets, set to an
anachronistic indierock soundtrack,
while ?ames belch,
sparks ?y and the sky
turns strange colours.
We don?t go to the
dramatised slums
of Small Heath for
realism, we go for
hard-boiled thrills.
(Michael Hogan)
Daily Mirror
Daily Mail
Britain should not
follow Trump?s lead;
our embassy must
stay in Tel Aviv where
it belongs. Trump
has changed his
mind before. Let?s
hope he does it again
with Jerusalem.
(Editorial)
The wrong-headedness
of the opponents
of phonics should
serve as an object
lesson. Again and
again these ?experts?
have clung to their
theories in de?ance of
common sense.
(Stephen Glover)
The Guardian
Vice chancellors are
not responsible for
all the hardships that
students face, but
the changes most
universities have
championed has
increased the cost of
studying. While some
VCs are getting rich,
there are students who
have to rely on charity.
(Kehinde Andrews)
Quote of
the day
Financial Times
Most Americans are
clearly bored with
the details of alleged
collusion between
the Trump campaign
and Russia. Perhaps
they will take notice
if Robert Mueller
unearths something
dramatic. Until then,
the Democratic
obsession with Russia
looks rash.
(Edward Luce)
Spiked
Fifty years after
the Profumo Affair,
the message is that
women are victims
and men predators.
RIP Christine, and
thanks for your part
in Britain?s sexual
awakening, which
is now being reversed.
(Robert Killick)
Den of Geek
Series four has made
us wait for Tom Hardy?s
character, but our
patience was rewarded.
If one of the secrets to
Peaky Blinders? success
is its unpredictability,
and it is, then he
represents exactly that.
(Louisa Mellor)
LifeInBrief
KING MICHAEL OF ROMANIA
Home is South
London, mate.
But it?s good to
be in Pakistan.
It?s good to
come from
India, home of
my parents
Sadiq Khan
The London mayor
corrects a journalist
about his homeland
King Michael of Romania, who has
died aged 96, was proud to have
broken the mould of one of Europe?s
tawdriest royal dynasties. His English
grandmother, Queen Marie of Romania,
a granddaughter of Queen Victoria, was
a shameless self-publicist. Marie?s son
King Carol II was a rake who inspired
a biography by Barbara Cartland, The
Scandalous Life of King Carol. By contrast
his son, Michael, was a shy, serious man
who loathed his playboy father.
Michael was born in Sinaia,
Romania, in 1921, and his royal career
was turbulent from the outset. His
mother, Princess Helen of Greece, was
disowned by his father shortly after
Michael?s birth. Carol had become
infatuated with Magda Wolff, the
daughter of a German immigrant.
When King Ferdinand died in
July 1927, ?ve-year-old Michael was
proclaimed king. A regency council was
formed and, after December 1928, real
power rested with prime minister Iuliu
Maniu. Maniu soon made contact with
the exiled Carol, and in June 1930 Carol
?ew into Bucharest, informed Michael
he was now the crown prince and
declared himself king.
Throughout this period, Michael
was under Carol?s tutelage. Yet none
of Carol?s vanity and arrogance rubbed
off on his son. Where Carol nourished
delusions of grandeur, the adolescent
Michael was timid and unassuming.
In November 1938, the British public
caught a ?eeting glimpse of Michael,
then 17, with his father on a state visit to
London. At Buckingham Palace he met
his distant cousins Princess Elizabeth
and Princess Margaret, with whom he
swapped notes about stamp collecting.
In September 1940, Carol abdicated,
propelling Michael to the throne
again. In 1947, when Michael travelled
to London for the wedding of his
cousin Princess Elizabeth, to another
relative, Prince Philip of Greece, the
Communists assumed he would not
return to Bucharest. That was also the
advice of King George VI, who feared for
Michael?s life. Yet Michael felt it was his
duty to return to Romania.
Michael?s presence in Romania
was ?an obstacle to the development
of Communism?, and when Michael
refused to sign the abdication
document he was given half an hour to
consider. A few hours later a ?people?s
republic? was declared, and on 30
December 1947 Michael left for Britain.
Having ?abdicated? under duress, he
never accepted the document?s validity.
Michael had a happy marriage and
family life. At the wedding of Princess
Elizabeth, he had met an Italian
princess, Anne of Bourbon-Parma.
They were married in 1948, and had
?ve daughters. She died last year. In
other respects, Michael found exile
frustrating. Short of money, he rented
a farm in Hertfordshire belonging to
a British friend. Four years later the
project collapsed and he joined the Lear
aircraft company in Geneva, selling
executive jets. But Michael was not cut
out to be a salesman and he relied on
his investments and the generosity of
Romanian exiles. THE INDEPENDENT
Born 25 October 1921
Died 5 December 2017
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Where is true blue vision?
Simply wanting Brexit to happen is not enough
Clear message: Sinn
F閕n?s new antiBrexit mural, erected
in west Belfast
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?D
emocracy,?
the American
satirist HL
Mencken once
said, ?is the
belief that the
common people know what they
want and deserve to get it good and
hard.? The Conservatives have a
similar position on Brexit ? even
those Tory MPs who supported
it in the referendum don?t have a
position on it, other than it simply
has to happen.
Labour don?t have a policy
position, but they do have an
objective: to win the next election.
The aim is to convince Labourvoting Remainers that a Labour
government might back a softer
Brexit, or perhaps no Brexit at all,
while reassuring Labour-voting
Leavers that they will do no such
thing. The gamble is that Brexit
won?t turn Labour?s manifesto into a
dead letter.
The Democratic Unionist Party,
which has thrown the process into
chaos, likewise has an objective and
a strategy: to strengthen the union
between Northern Ireland and the
rest of the United Kingdom.
But what?s the Conservatives?
objective for Brexit, and what?s
their plan to hold on to power
afterwards? Philip Hammond, the
Chancellor, made headlines this
week by saying something that
we already know: that the Cabinet
has not discussed or agreed what
its aim for the United Kingdom?s
?end state? is ? that is to say, what
its ?nal relationship with the
European Union should look like
once we leave.
If that vow of silence was solely
to avoid a row, fair enough. The
reason why Labour is a largely
The Tories
seems to have
little awareness
that its Brexit
strategy has to
relate to getting
re-elected
in 2020
silent and ineffective force in the
Brexit talks is that the party cannot
agree on what it wants out of Brexit,
beyond a Labour victory at the
next election. The party can unite
on what words to say ? a ?jobs-?rst
Brexit? that ?secures the same
bene?ts? ? but is divided on what
those words actually mean, ranging
from those for whom a jobs-?rst
Brexit means a radical left-wing
economic programme and those
who think the only jobs-?rst Brexit
is no Brexit at all.
Nonetheless, individual Labour
MPs and shadow ministers are
crystal clear as to what Brexit they
want ? the party looks incoherent
because it is divided, but at least
its component parts all know what
they want. The Liberal Democrats
and the DUP are both united parties
because they know what they want.
The Conservatives are divided
on Brexit, but their bigger problem
is that they are divided on symbols
and have no position on substance.
Take the Irish border, the issue
currently causing the talks to falter.
If you have customs and regulatory
divergence, you have to have border
checks ? that?s why until 1993,
when the customs union and the
European Union?s common external
tariff came into being, there were
customs checks at the Irish border.
If Tory MPs want, as they
frequently assure me they do, the
freedom to strike their own trade
deals, they are therefore in favour
of a hard border between Northern
Ireland and the Republic of Ireland,
not least because international law
compels one, but also because the
United Kingdom won?t be able to
strike its own trade deals if other
nations fear its customs borders
will not be properly enforced. The
divide in the Tory party ought to
be about whether a hard border
is a price worth paying ? instead
it?s about whether or not a hard
border is being created because
the European Union is being mean
or the Irish government is worried
about their next election.
Labour shows that an incoherent
policy position isn?t all bad if you
have a concrete idea about what
you want at the end of it: in Labour?s
case, to win the next election.
Diehard Conservative Brexiteers
not only reject the Brexit they?re
pursuing, but the party as a whole
seems to have little awareness that
at some point its Brexit strategy
has to relate to the tricky business
of getting re-elected in 2022, or
whenever the next election will be.
If Conservatives are going to
pursue a free-trading Brexit, then
that compels a Brexit that doesn?t
offend the cultural sensitivities
of people who live in the cities,
because they will need those votes
to compensate for the farmers
they are about to put out of work.
If they want a protectionist Brexit
then they need to work out how
to make further inroads into the
Labour vote to off-set the loss of
support among people who work
outside. But all of these decisions
require a Conservative Party that
wants to do something with Brexit,
rather than simply wanting it to
happen, good and hard. If it doesn?t,
Conservatives may ?nd that
something happens to them, and it
won?t be good, but it will be hard.
Stephen Bush is special correspondent at the ?New Statesman?, and
the PSA Journalist of the Year
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Having watched David
Davis and his Permanent
Secretary perform at the
Brexit Select Committee
this week I could not help
think that it was even
more of a farce than an
episode of Yes Minister.
As an object lesson
in obfuscation and
verbosity it could hardly
be bettered and would
have been amusing if it
wasn?t on such a serious
issue. The pressure is
beginning to tell on the
Brexit Secretary and it
is hardly surprising to
learn that most people
now think the handling
of the negotiations is
going badly.
RICHARD LOTT
CHEPSTOW
Grown-ups
needed now
Can we have some
grown-ups to run this
broken country, please?
DIANA HUNT
CORSHAM, WILTSHIRE
A suggestion: can we,
the British people,
get Michel Barnier to
represent our views in
any future negotiations?
The present bunch of
clowns seem to be doing
a hopeless job at it.
ANTHONY BAILEY
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universities in various
ranking tables?
STEPHEN DAVIES
PRESTON
Oh, how I agree with
Rob Barratt (Your View,
7 December). I have a
lovely bottle of Spanish
cava ready for Christmas
Day here. That beats
Prosecco any day. How
did that terrible, weak
?zz from Italy become so
popular over here? Leave
it to the Italians, I say!
SUSAN LOWIS
NORTHAMPTON
The difference
between us
The UK seems to
operate as a republic
with a non-executive
hereditary president
known as ?the monarch?,
whereas America seems
to operate as a monarchy
with an elected executive
monarch known as
?Mr President?.
TOM THIRGOOD
ENNISKILLEN
MPs and
alcohol abuse
A seemingly neverending tale of late nights,
hard drinking, brawling
and sexual impropriety.
Not the back streets
of some deprived
Scottish town but the
corridors of privilege
and power at the palace
of Westminster.
Perhaps the
Government need look
no further than their
own doorstep for a
suitable location to trial
the minimum pricing of
alcohol in England.
ADRIAN HORNSEY
LINCOLN
I am personally
indifferent to the debate
about Prosecco and
Champagne, though I
happen to quite like most
types of sparkling wine.
I was amazed, however,
at the comments of Rob
Barratt. After accusing
drinkers of the ??zzy,
belch-producing drink?
of being snobbish, he
then goes on to say that
?British people most
probably don?t know
what they are drinking?
and have it at weddings
to ?keep up appearances?.
Perhaps a nice glass of
bubbly might sweeten
his outlook.
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MIRIAN SIRRELLE
Magic Breakfast
fulfils a need
What a great idea to
provide breakfasts
for needy children
throughout the UK. Your
appeal will certainly get
my support.
RODNEY E JONES
ALTRINCHAM
I was born many years
ago into a very large,
very poor working-class
family. Most of our
growing up was done in
an era which preceded
the welfare state and the
National Health Service.
My mother ensured
that each and every
one of us arrived at
the school gates well
clothed, well shod and
well fed. The idea of
arriving otherwise would
never have entered my
mother?s head.
I wish your Magic
Breakfast campaign
every success, but often
wonder why one of the
richest countries in
the world, with a highly
developed welfare
system, needs to resort
to such appeals to feed a
signi?cant percentage of
its children.
MIKE ANDREWS
LEICESTER
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conventions
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be doing it forr
themselves
The new year will herald the
centenary of women winning
the right to vote. To mark the
occasion, Channel 5 has tastefully
decided to air an all-female
series of its reality swamp-divee
Celebrity Big Brother.
A spokesman said that
the programme, presented
by Emma Willis (right)
would ?explore how the
all-female housemates
interact, from politicians to
performing artists?.
So far, the line-up is thought
to include the transgender
newsreader India Willoughby
and Charlotte Leslie, a former
Tory MP. But i columnist
Janet Street-Porter will most
de?nitely not be joining
them. ?The ?rumour? that I
am in the next CBB is cack
? not even an in?nitesimal
possibility, fake news fans,?
Janet insisted yesterday.
People are often quick to judge a
relationship between a younger
person and someone much older.
Sarah Paulson, a US actress
best known for playing prosecutor
Marcia Clark in The People vs
OJ Simpson, has been in
a relationship with
74-year-old actress
and playwright
Holland Taylor for
almost three years
? and was warned
that it would
damage her career.
?My life choices are,
um, unconventional,?
said Paulson. ?I?m with a
much older person and people ?nd
that totally fascinating and odd?
To me, it?s the least interesting
thing about me. But I do feel a
bit unconventional.?
She said it ?never occurred? to her
that her career could be harmed,
adding: ?I am the captain of my own
ship and I?ve never looked to anyone
else to validate that or tell me it?s OK.?
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BOOKS
Chris
Riddell
P
icture the scene. The band
Elbow are performing a
charming cover version
of a Beatles song, while an
amiable monster peers out of the
darkness under a little boy?s bed. It
is the much anticipated premiere of
the John Lewis Christmas advert
and I?m getting a strange sense of
d閖� vu. The monster snores loudly,
preventing the little boy from
sleeping; the monster shakes the
bed, the little boy acquires a pair
of earmuffs. The monster emerges
from beneath the bed. He is big,
blue-grey, and ?uffy with a pink nose
and a wide, fang fringed smile. John
Lewis is calling their creation Moz
the Monster (top), hoping to melt the
hearts of the nation.
I see unmistakable echoes of my
?rst picture book, Mr Underbed
(below). I smile, turn off the
television and go to bed ? no
monsters lurking beneath it,
with a vague sense of being taken
advantage of.
The next day I go to a friend?s
book launch ? Oliver Jeffers?
new picture book Here Are
We. Oliver had a similar
experience a couple of
years ago. He watched
John Lewis warm the
hearts of the nation with
a Christmas advert about
a little boy and an adorable
penguin ? the premise of his
book Lost And Found.
The next day, I take
action: gentle, sardonic
action. I post a thank you
to John Lewis on social
media, for devoting their
� advert to promoting
my book.
Soon my thread is ?lled
with people congratulating me
and asking how much they paid me ?
irony doesn?t work on Facebook.
Three weeks later and Moz
the Monster appears to be hiding
back under the bed with John
Lewis denying any similarity to Mr
Underbed . But I really don?t mind.
Instead of having their hearts
warmed, many people are rather
cross with John Lewis. They have
shown their annoyance by buying
copies of Mr Underbed ? so much so
that my publisher has had to reprint
the book to meet demand.
POLITICS
Eleanor
Doughty
Image courtesy of Ian Dickin.
Chancellor
told to take a
flying jump
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hat happens when you
don?t pay your bills is
that usually, you get a
few threatening letters
in the post. It happens with the
television licence people, despite the
almost-certainty that they will never
even ring your doorbell.
However, if you are unlucky
enough to be Philip Hammond, the
Chancellor of the Exchequer, this is
not what happens. Instead you end
up in a dispute with the Defence
Secretary, Gavin Williamson, that
leads to your being late to a meeting
of European ?nance ministers, with
only a solitary camera crew left
awaiting your arrival.
This is the charade that has gone
on this week between the Treasury
and the Ministry of Defence. Mr
Hammond has been told by Mr
Williamson that he is banned
Oliver sent me a wonderful email
of support and I have been visiting
bookshops signing copies. John
Lewis has a picture book too, by
the way, based on their advert and
available only in their stores.
We live in the age of the
internet, a visual age where
images can be conjured
up with the click of a
mouse. As an illustrator,
I have found Google,
Pinterest and Instagram
to be invaluable resources,
enabling me to show my
work and to view the work of
fellow artists.
But there are pitfalls to
using these platforms.
How do you protect your
intellectual property and
enforce your copyright?
What is to stop the big
corporations, such as
John Lewis, and indeed the
ad agencies they employ, from
helping themselves to anything they
?nd? Perhaps the answer lies with
the internet itself, using social media
to inform public opinion.
This Christmas, if you think John
Lewis has overstepped the mark,
why not visit your local bookshop
and buy a picture book ? any picture
book ? and give it as a gift to a little
person. Now that really would
be heartwarming.
Chris Riddell is the author of
?Mr Underbed?
from using RAF aircraft attached
to No 32 (The Royal) Squadron
until he pays his outstanding
usage bill. Presumably The Royal
Squadron has adopted Ryanair?s
approach and half the bill is for
unchecked baggage.
This is worrying. How many other
bills is Mr Hammond not paying?
Has the Chancellor paid Network
Rail yet this week? Any user of
Anglian Rail might suppose not,
given the standard of service. How
about E.ON ? has Mr Hammond
rung up lately to check his direct
debit is going through okay, or will
civil servants turn up at work one
day to discover that the lights are
out across Westminster? It?s long
been said the government?s lights
are on but nobody?s home.
I like to imagine that somewhere,
Justine Greening is sitting in a room
wondering what she could threaten
Mr Hammond with if he doesn?t sign
off on her new textbooks. Maybe,
during the next ?ood, the Chancellor
won?t be allowed to stand in the
middle of an anonymous B-road and
point at puddles.
When he was appointed, people
said that Mr Williamson wouldn?t
have a backbone, because he was
a Theresa May stooge. It turns
out that Mr Williamson has more
backbone than the rest of the
Cabinet put together, and will he let
the Chancellor on his planes? No he
won?t! Go, Gavin, go.
One bean counter down, many
more to go.
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FILMS
Stars Wars and the return of Carrie Fisher
By Sam Blewett
Carrie Fisher jumped at the
chance to reprise her role as
Princess Leia because of a dearth
of parts for older women, Mark
Hamill has revealed.
The actress (inset) died last
Christmas, aged 60, after she
completed filming on the latest
Star Wars release The Last Jedi.
Hamill, 66, who is also back as
J K Rowling says
Johnny Depp will
reprise his role
as Grindelwald
AFP/GETTY
Luke Skywalker in the ?lm, told
Radio Times: ?She was
so smart. Even when
they told us we were
coming back, I kept a
poker face.
?But she slapped
the table and said,
?I?m in!?
?I said to her, ?Carrie?
Poker face! Why are you
so anxious to say you?ll do it??
She said, ?Mark, what kind of roles
are there for women over 50
in Hollywood???
He continued: ?The
way they wrote Leia
in the original films
? she was far from a
damsel in distress. She
took over and started bossing us around,
which I thought was effortless feminism.?
Rowling ?happy?
to have Depp
in film sequel
By Lucy Mapstone
J K Rowling has defended her decision to keep Johnny Depp in the
role of Grindelwald for the Fantastic
Beasts and Where to Find Them sequel,
saying it was ?painful? that she was
not allowed to discuss it with fans.
A number of fans had expressed
their disappointment that Depp was
to appear in the ?lm after he was accused of domestic violence by
his ex-wife Amber Heard
last year.
Harry Potter author
Rowling, who writes the
spin-off film series, said
that those stories ?deeply
concerned? her, and that
she and director David Yates
did consider recasting the role
for Fantastic Beasts: The Crimes
of Grindelwald.
However, she said that, while she
understands that not all fans will be
satis?ed, she is ?genuinely happy? to
have Depp play a leading character.
She said in a statement: ?When
Johnny Depp was cast as Grindelwald, I thought he?d be wonderful in
the role. However, around the time of
?lming his cameo in the ?rst movie,
stories had appeared in the press that
deeply concerned me and everyone
closely involved in the franchise.?
She said she understands why
?some have been confused and angry?
that Depp was not recast, and that
not being able to speak openly to fans
about the issues ?has been dif?cult,
frustrating and at times painful?.
She added: ?However, the agreements that have been put in place
to protect the privacy of two people,
both of whom have expressed a desire to get on with their lives, must
be respected. Based on our understanding of the circumstances, the film-makers
and I are not only comfortable sticking with
our original casting, but
genuinely happy to have
Johnny playing a major
character in the movies.?
Warner Bros issued a
statement in support of the
decision to keep Depp in the ?lm.
Depp and Heard split in April last
year after 15 months of marriage
amid claims of domestic abuse by
Depp. They later issued a joint statement saying there was ?never any intent of physical or emotional harm?.
Fantastic Beasts is set to
be a ?ve-?lm franchise,
following the character Newt
Scamander (Eddie Redmayne),
author of a Hogwarts textbook.
SCIENCE
Isaac Newton drawing discovered
By Katie Grant
Conservators have discovered a
drawing thought to have been done
by a young Isaac Newton on the walls
of his childhood home.
A picture of a windmill has been
uncovered at Woolsthorpe Manor,
Lincolnshire, the birthplace of the
British scientist whose theory of
gravity revolutionised science in the
17th century.
Light technology has revealed
the windmill near a ?replace in the
manor, which is owned by the National Trust. Using re?ectance trans-
formation imaging, a technique that
captures the shape and colour of a
surface not visible to the naked eye,
experts surveyed the walls of the
manor and discovered the drawing,
believed to have been done about 350
years ago.
?It?s amazing to be using light,
which Newton understood better
than anyone before him, to discover
more about his time at Woolsthorpe,?
said conservator Chris Pickup. ?I
hope that by using this technique
we?re able to find out more about
Newton? and shine a light on how his
extraordinary mind worked.?
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TRANSPORT
TRANSPORT
Uber suffers fresh
blow as it loses
Sheffield licence
Passengers to
vote on train?s
quiet carriage
By Rhiannon Williams
TECHNOLOGY CORRESPONDENT
The controversial taxi-hailing app
Uber has had its licence to operate
in Shef?eld suspended for failing to
answer council questions about its
management.
It is the latest in a series of setbacks for the popular tech company,
and follows a decision by Transport
for London in September to deny its
request for a new licence.
TfL said the ?rm was ?not ?t and
proper? to operate in the capital. The
Employment Appeal Tribunal ruled
in November that Uber drivers were
employees and not freelance contractors, and were therefore entitled to
minimum wage and other bene?ts.
Last month, it was revealed that
Uber had been the subject of a massive data breach which affected 2.7
million UK users of its app. Hackers
obtained personal details of 57 million
customers and drivers worldwide,
including people?s names, email addresses and mobile phone numbers.
Uber paid a 20-yearold man from Florida
$100,000 to delete the stolen
personal details of 57 million
customers and drivers, 2.7 million
of which were based in the UK, in
a massive data breach in 2016.
Uber, which is ?ghting the licence
ban in London, can appeal against
Shef?eld?s decision after 18 December once the ban comes into place.
Uber blamed the council?s refusal
to let them renew its licence under
a new name, and for sending correspondence to a wrong address.
?Uber?s licence was suspended last
Friday [29 November] after the current licence-holder failed to respond
to requests about the management of
Uber,? a spokesperson for Shef?eld
City Council said. ?We received a new
application, for a licence to operate
taxis in Shef?eld, from Uber Britannia Limited, on 18 October 2017 which
we are currently processing.?
Uber said it informed the council on 5 October about its need to
change the name on its licence as
the individual was due to leave the
company. A series of administrative
errors followed.
?The council told us they couldn?t
change the name on the licence, as
most other councils have done, and
that we would have to apply for a new
one,? an Uber spokesperson said.
?We submitted an application for a
new licence on 16 October which continues to be processed. While we are
in regular contact with the council,
we did not receive the correspondence the council refers to as they sent
the letters to an incorrect address.
We hope this administrative error
can be quickly resolved.?
By Padraic Flanagan
A train operator is considering scrapping its quiet carriages and is asking
its passengers whether they want
them to stay or go.
South Western Railway says quiet
zones can be ?a thorn in the side? of
some passengers, but a ?safe haven?
for others. It has decided to put the
matter to bed by asking people to
give their views in an online vote.
A blog on the operator?s website
says: ?Generally some people like
them, some don?t, and views vary on
whether they add true value to customer experience on our trains.
?The reality is we are not able to
police these areas as well as we would
like, and rely heavily on signage and
you, our customers, to do this.?
Quiet carriages, where people are
asked not to use mobile phones or
headphones, have been criticised in
the past for causing rows between
passengers.
Some operators, including Cross
Country, have already abolished
quiet zones on some of their services.
The vote by South Western Railway, which operates lines around
Surrey, Hampshire and Greater London, closes today.
Holbein hits the road
Hans Holbein the Younger?s
?A Lady with a Squirrel and a
Starling?, a much-loved work
from the National Gallery
collection, will be travelling
the UK in 2018-19 as part of the
Masterpiece Tour. The show will
visit the New Art Gallery Walsall,
Shetland Museum & Archives and
Brighton Museum & Art Gallery.
NATURE
They?re clever
birds but they
don?t crow about it
By Barbara Speed
HEALTH
?There?s no need to spoon-feed your baby?
By Claire Hayhurst
Allowing babies to feed themselves
solid foods rather than spoonfeeding them does not increase the
risk of choking, research has found.
A study by Swansea University
found no difference in how often
babies as young as six months old
choked when they fed themselves.
More than 1,000 mothers with
a baby aged between four and 12
months took part in the research,
Two cracking
interviews
in tomorrow?s
and reported how they gave their
baby solid foods, what foods they
gave them and whether their baby
had ever choked.
Overall, there was no difference in
how often a baby choked among babies that fed themselves, fed themselves and were spoon-fed, or were
mainly spoon-fed.
In 2002, it was recommended that
babies were not given solid foods
Allowing babies to feed themselves
until the age of six months.
The research suggests that letting does not increase the risk of choking
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the return
of rugby?s
European
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young children feed themselves does
not pose a choking risk, as long as
foods known to be a risk are avoided.
The researchers say that parents
should consider what food they are
giving ? as well as shape and size ?
and speak to their health visitor if
in doubt. Children should not have
whole nuts until the age of ?ve and
babies should not be given hard
foods that can snap into small pieces
in their mouth, such as raw apple
slices or carrot chunks.
Babies should also not be given
gelatinous foods such as pieces
of sausage, raw jelly cubes or
sticky sweets.
Researchers have cracked the
secret of crows who make sharp
hooks to help them pull grubs out
of trees.
The Caledonian crow is the
only known animal, other than
humans, which makes hooked
tools in the wild. The birds use
branches from plants to craft a
curved tip, which they then use to
snag their prey.
University of St Andrews
biologists have discovered that
while young crows painstakingly
crafted their hooks using their
beaks to have a greater curve,
older crows were ?sloppier? as
they worked more quickly.
James DeGale
tells i about
his dogs ?
and big
plans
for 2018
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UNITED STATES
California schools close as wildfires cause chaos
By Dan Whitcomb
IN LOS ANGELES
Hundreds of schools in the Los Angeles area shut their doors yesterday as wild?res raged in southern
California, forcing about 200,000
people to leave their homes and
destroying hundreds of houses.
Authorities feared the four major
fires would be whipped up by the
region?s notorious westward Santa
Ana winds that could reach hurricane strength.
The winds, which blow in from
the California desert, were expected to reach 75mph at night,
creating ?extreme fire danger,?
according to an alert sent by the
county-wide emergency system in
Los Angeles.
Ken Pimlott, director of the California Department of Forestry and
Fire Protection, said: ?There will be
no ability to ?ght ?re in these kinds
of winds.?
The fires, which broke out on
Monday and Tuesday, have caused
traf?c chaos in densely populated
areas. No civilian casualties or
fatalities have been reported but
three ?re?ghters were injured.
The Los Angeles Uni?ed School
District, with more than 640,000
students, said it closed at least 265
of its nearly 1,100 schools. REUTERS
Fire?ghters
monitor the
blaze from a road
north of Ventura,
California GETTY
CULTURE
Neapolitan art
of pizza twirling
joins Unesco list
By Louis Ashworth
Chefs in Naples are celebrating after
the city?s traditional art of pizza twirling joined a prestigious list of unique
cultural practices.
Unesco ruled that the art of the
Neapolitan pizza-maker, or pizzaiuolo,
should join a list of activities which
make up the ?intangible cultural
heritage of humanity?.
Proud pizzaiuoli celebrated in the city?s streets by
handing out pizzas ahead of
the announcement yesterday, which came following
a campaign including a petition signed by more than two
million Italians.
The custom of pizza twirling has
been handed down between Neapolitan pizza-makers for generations.
The process ? which involves rapidly
spinning and tossing the dough in the
air ? has turned pizza-making into a
celebrated social ritual.
Support for the petition was boosted by the promises of the Association
of Neapolitan Pizzaiuoli, whose head
Sergio Miccu told AFP they would be
?giving out free pizza in the streets? if
the tradition joined the list. Joyful pizzaiuoli have promised a giant street
party next week, where even more
free pizza will be on offer.
?Victory! Another step toward
the protection of Italy?s food and
wine heritage,? tweeted Maurizio
Martina, Italy?s food and
agriculture minister.
Popular tradition places Naples at the heart
of pizza-making. Local
legends claim that the
pizza margherita was
created in the city in
1889, to celebrate a visit
from Queen Margherita of
Savoy. Its inventor, chef Raffaele Esposito, is said to have picked
its ingredients ? tomato, mozzarella
and basil ? to represent the colours of
the Italian ?ag.
?The art of the Neapolitan pizzamaker contains Italian know-how,?
Mr Martina said, ?especially traditional knowledge that has been
transmitted from generation to
generation.?
This year?s winners were decided
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Vets back cannabis study for pets in pain
By Andrew Selsky
American scientists are calli n g o n t h e gove r n m e n t t o
allow research on cannabis for
veterinary purposes.
The US Food and Drug Administration has previously warned
companies that they are violating
laws by offering ?unapproved new
animal drugs? by selling marijuana
products online and via pet shops
after a meeting of Unesco?s World
Heritage Committee. Thirty-four
candidates had sought to join the list,
which already includes more than
350 traditional customs from around
the world.
Another notable winner this year
is Al-Qatt Al-Asin, a Saudi Arabian
art form based around producing
elaborate interior wall paintings.
Traditionally practised by women, it
has come to promote and symbolise
female solidarity in the country.
Also joining the list were the ritual
Kumbh Mela baths taken in India,
Bosnian woodcarving and the Sega
tambour dance of Mauritius?s Rodrigues Island.
Dough! Secret ingredients
Neapolitan pizza-making tradition
combines highly skilled dough
preparation with a puritan focus on
a limited set of ingredients.
The True Neapolitan Pizza
Association was founded in 1984 to
set precise rules for the production of
pizza verace (real pizza). Its president,
Vincenzo Pace, said the secret ?lies
all in the dough rising?, and that
the perfect recipe does not exist.
Instead, chefs alter the quantities
of ingredients permitted for the
base (water, sea salt, yeast and ?our)
according to the weather.
The ingredients are mixed, formed
into balls and left to rest, before the
process of stretching and spinning
can begin. This stage can vary hugely
from slapping the dough back-andforth between the hands to freestyle
acrobatics with the dough.
ART
�6m Leonardo
painting to hang
in UAE Louvre
By Louis Ashworth
As many experts predicted, the
Leonardo da Vinci painting of
Christ that sold in New York
for a record $450m (�6m)
is heading for the glitzy new
Louvre Abu Dhabi museum in
the United Arab Emirates.
The 500-year-old Salvator
Mundi, Latin for ?saviour of
the world?, is one of fewer
than 20 paintings by the High
Renaissance master known to
exist, and is the only one of his
works in private hands.
Christie?s auction house sold
it to an anonymous buyer last
month. The previous highest
known sale price for any
artwork had been $300m
(�4m), for Willem de Kooning?s
painting Interchange.
Anna Somers Cocks, chairman
of The Art Newspaper, said the
arrival of Salvator Mundi could be
as signi?cant as the ?Mona Lisa?
is for its Parisian counterpart.
?The Louvre in Paris gets 7.2
million visitors annually and they
estimate 80 per cent of them come
to see the Mona Lisa in the ?rst
place,? she said. ?People will say
?let?s go to Abu Dhabi to see this
amazing painting?.?
and animal hospitals. The FDA
threatened legal action.
One Oregan vet, Dr
Byron Maas says, however, he supplies a range
of marijuana products
for dogs.
?The ?Up and Moving?
is for joints and for pain,?
he said. ?The ?Calm and
Quiet? is for anxious dogs, to
take away that anxiety.?
Seeing potential benefits of
cannabis-derived products,
the American Veterinary
Medical Association?s
policy-making body
said it wanted the
authorities so declassify marijuana as a
schedule one drug ?to
facilitate research opportunities for veterinary
and human medical uses?. AP
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China has expressed ?strong dissatisfaction? after an Indian drone
crashed in what the Chinese military said was its territory ? an
incident that could cause further
friction along the two countries?
disputed border.
?This action by India violated
China?s territorial sovereignty. We
express strong dissatisfaction and
opposition,? a senior military of?cial in China?s western battle zone
command said. ?China?s border
defence forces took a professional
and responsible attitude in conducting an inspection of the device.? He added that the military
would resolutely defend national
sovereignty and security.
He said that the drone crashed
in ?recent days? and did not give
a location.
China and India have tried to
develop ties in recent years but
there is still deep distrust over
the border dispute. This summer,
Indian and Chinese troops confronted each other at the Doklam
plateau near the border. REUTERS
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PORTUGAL
?A day for love, equality and respect?
as same-sex marriage is made legal
Judge defends
assault on
?disloyal? wife
By Jessica Jones
IN MADRID
By Tom Westbrook
IN SYDNEY
Australia has become the 26th nation to legalise same-sex marriage,
prompting cheers and singing from a
packed parliament public gallery in a
country where some states ruled homosexual acts to be illegal until just
20 years ago.
MPs, who had cast aside a conservative push to allow religious objectors to refuse service to same-sex
couples, waved rainbow flags and
embraced on the ?oor of the chamber yesterday, after the overwhelming vote in favour of the bill. Fewer
than ?ve of 150 MPs voted against it.
?What a day. What a day for love,
for equality, for respect,? said Prime
Minister Malcolm Turnbull. ?It is
time for more marriages.?
The law, which will also recognise
same-sex marriages solemnised in
foreign countries, takes effect from
tomorrow. Because a month?s notice
is required for the state to recognise
a marriage, the ?rst legal same-sex
unions will be in January.
Five-time Olympic gold-medal
winner, the swimmer Ian Thorpe,
Magda Szubanski, marriage
equality ambassador,
celebrates with Labor leader
Bill Shorten (left) GETTY
who came out in 2014, said the law re?ected contemporary Australia.
?It will give each of us the sense of
what modern Australia is, and will
allow LGBTQI people to know that
fairness is one of our values,? he said.
Australians had overwhelmingly
endorsed legalising same-sex marriage in a postal survey.
?What a moment for the country,?
said Christine Forster, a Sydney
councillor and the sister of former
prime minister Tony Abbott, standing among a throng of campaigners
for a ?Yes? vote, outside parliament
with her female partner. She said she
planned to go to her brother?s house
to celebrate. REUTERS
Disciplinary action is being taken
against a Portuguese judge who said
a woman deserved to be beaten by
her husband because she had been
unfaithful. Judge Joaquim Neto de
Moura, who works in the Porto court
of appeal, quoted from the Bible during sentencing.
?The adultery of women is a serious attack on a man?s honour and dignity,? he wrote in the ruling. ?There are
societies where adulterous women
are stoned to death. In the Bible,
we read that the adulterous woman
must be punished with death.?
He argued that the ?disloyalty? of
the woman had forced her husband
to fall into a depression. The woman
was attacked by both her husband
and former lover in 2015; the lover
kidnapped her and held her down
while her husband beat her with a
nail-spiked club.
The judge rejected calls from
the prosecution to toughen the
suspended sentence and fine
handed to the two men. Portugal?s
Superior Judicial Council has begun
a disciplinary investigation.
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Arctic oil leases sale attracts just $1m in bids
By Yereth Rosen
IN ANCHORAGE
A sale of oil leases in the Arctic that
was decried by environmentalists,
has drawn few bids, government of?cials have admitted.
Seven bids were received, covering about 80,000 acres ? or less than
1 per cent of the 10.3 million acres
offered in the National Petroleum
Reserve in Alaska (NPR-A) by the
Trump administration. It was, by
far, more territory than ever offered
in any of the previous 12 NPR-A lease
sales held since 1999.
ConocoPhillips in partnership
with Anadarko Petroleum submitted
the seven bids, totalling just $1.16m
(�0,000), for NRP-A tracts.
The sale was the latest move by
President Donald Trump supporting his pledge to make the United
States ?energy dominant? by boosting output of oil, natural gas and coal.
Environmentalists have generally accepted some oil development
in the NPR but worry the Trump
administration will lift too many restrictions. Environmentalists want
to block opening the state?s Arctic
National Wildlife Refuge to drilling.
?Lease sale interest is unpredictable,? said Ted Murphy, associate
director of the US Bureau
of Land Management?s
Alaska of?ce.
Many experts have
pointed out that, despite
Mr Trump?s populist
pledge to boost production of US fossil fuels,
more and more investment is going into renewable energy sources.
One environmentalist said the
results on Wednesday suggest that
the Trump administration is over-
estimating industry?s desire to drill
new Arctic territory.
?It seems, from my perspective, that it?s this mentality that if we open
it, industry will come.
And that?s not necessarily true,? said Lisa
Baraff of the Fairbanksbased Northern Alaska
Environmental Centre.
Kara Moriarty, executive director of the Alaska Oil
and Gas Association, said the low
level of NPR-A bidding might show
that companies were being strategic
about new leases. She noted that another lease sale for state land ?next
door? to NPR-A drew brisk bidding,
mostly from Spanish energy company Repsol and Colorado-based independent Armstrong. REUTERS
Greenpeace claims that
Arctic?s extreme weather
and freezing temperatures,
its remote location and the
presence of moving sea ice
severely increase the risks of
oil drilling.
VENEZUELA
WORLD FOCUS
A leader of a
grassroots political
group addresses a
crowd in Sao Paulo
REUTERS
Ancient rock
engravings
discovered
By Jack Hunter
Fed up and furious,
ordinary Brazilians
are taking a stand
By Sarah DiLorenzo
IN SAO PAULO
Something in Brazil has snapped.
After one of the deepest recessions
in its modern history, the largest corruption scandal in Latin America and
more than a year under what may be
the most unpopular presidency in the
world, Brazilians are desperate for
something different ? so desperate
that some are calling for the return of
a military dictatorship.
But a handful of new organisations
are trying to channel that anger into
reinvigorating the country?s democracy by luring fresh faces into a political establishment widely seen as
closed off.
?The idea was simple: how to turn
indignation into political action,?
said Jose Frederico Lyra Netto, a cofounder of Acredito, one of the new
non-partisan movements. Acredito
and another group called Agora!
hope to each field about 30 candidates in next year?s elections who
have never held of?ce before.
They are asking people across
the country to help create their
platforms by focusing on Brazil?s
thorniest issues ? inequality, crime,
failing schools and an ageing population with a faltering social security systems ? for both state and
federal legislatures.
The movements say they are taking aim at a system they say has
ceased to represent the people.
Even though President Michel
Temer?s popularity ratings have
dipped close to the margin of error
above zero, his allies in Congress
have twice been able to block efforts to have him tried on corruption charges sought by federal
prosecutors.
Many MPs are wary of such trials
because many of them have been implicated in corruption scandals.
Part of the disconnect between politicians and their constituents stems from the way
Brazilian parties now choose ? or
exclude ? candidates.
Party leaders keep tight control
over who can run, as well as the
funds they need to campaign, making it nearly impossible for newcomers who challenge the status quo.
The growing fury at traditional
politicians has helped far-right MP
Jair Bolsonaro, who lauds the country?s 1964-1985 military regime and
has been ordered by courts to pay
?nes for racist, homophobic and sexist comments. He has risen to second place in preference polls ahead
of next year?s presidential election.
?This environment is opening a
A tale of economic woe
With its young population and huge
natural resources, Brazil had been
tipped as one of the big emerging
economies. But corruption put
paid to that and its economy shrank
3.6 per cent last year as the country
endured its worst recession ever.
Eight consecutive quarters of
economic contraction left nearly
13 million people unemployed,
caused protests, a record number of
bankruptcy ?lings and led agencies
to strip Brazil of its hard-won
investment grade credit rating.
It also contributed to the
impeachment of President Dilma
Rousseff last year and to the low
approval ratings of her successor,
President Michel Temer, whose
agenda of budget reforms had helped
fuel a rally in Brazilian currency.
Pandora?s box of very dangerous
things,? said Ilona Szabo, who cofounded Agora! and is one of Brazil?s
most recognised activists and intellectuals. ?We want to offer hope.? AP
Giant rock engravings ? including
one the length of a passenger jet ?
have been mapped for the ?rst time
in Venezuela.
The images, known as petroglyphs,
are thought to be up to 2,000 years
old and include depictions of animals,
humans and cultural rituals.
Archaeologists from University
College London used drones to photograph the petroglyphs which are
located in the largely inaccessible
Atures Rapids area in western Venezuela. Jesuit priests say the Rapids
are the historic home of the native
Adoles people. The largest panel
measures 305 sq m.
Another engraving of a horned
snake is more than 30m in length,
longer than an Airbus A320.
The researchers say the rock art
will provide new insights into the way
the ancient group lived.
One of the team, Dr Philip Riris,
said: ?This is one of the ?rst in-depth
studies to show the extent and depth
of cultural connections to other areas
of northern South America in preColumbian and colonial times. The
size of some of the individual engravings is quite extraordinary.?
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Easier to found a nation than
see ?Hamilton? the musical
By David Levesley
As a former New Yorker, I can tell
you Hamilton the musical has traded on a reputation for being impossible to see ever since it started.
But nothing prepared me
for the hellscape of bureaucracy that was its
UK opening.
Moxie and phone
alarms helped me get
one of the first round
of released tickets in
January. This was then
rescheduled because the
?rst month of shows were cancelled to refurbish the theatre. The
rescheduled date was not emailed.
When the date came, the rules
and restrictions began upon arrival:
was my whole party with me? Yes.
Did I have ID on me? Yep. Did I have
the exact debit card I bought my
tickets with a year ago? That card is
long lost on a night out.
And so began the series of failures. Emails evaded me (ever tried
searching for months-old Ticketmaster bulletins?). My card
wasn?t recognised and account numbers were impossible to find. In the
end, they had a solution: go to the box of?ce and give them your
name and postcode.
Aka: the way we?ve been
picking up theatre tickets since time immemorial.
However, when I then tried
to leave the building for some preshow sustenance, I was told there
was no re-entry.
Hamilton is a story of a foreign
country?s founding, but that doesn?t
mean I should feel like I?m crossing
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very year, the
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guides come out and
every year I can?t
wait to see them.
Not because I am likely to be
able to buy any of the items
featured, but because they
give me a glimpse of a totally
different world; a world I am
not familiar with, a world in
which triple ?gures cover the
cost of a small stocking-?ller.
While traditional Christmas
gift guides are fun to look at,
let?s face it, they often lean
towards the luxurious.
Cashmere, gold and
expensive scented candles all
make stunning gifts, but for
those of us on a budget, they?re
simply not realistic.
So, how do you go about
?nding beautiful presents
when you haven?t got much
cash to spare? Thankfully,
there are plenty of options,
if you know where to look.
Supermarkets such as Aldi
and Lidl have really upped
their game when it comes to
deluxe foods and homeware,
while Scandinavian and
Dutch brands such as Flying
Tiger and Hema (as well, of
course, as Ikea) boast excellent
design at affordable prices.
Cosmetics outlets offer huge
discounts on end-of-line stock,
while discount sportswear
specialists have brilliant deals
on previous years? designs.
You?ll ?nd fair trade
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websites such as Etsy
If you don?t want to sacri?ce
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are packed with designers
selling their wares.
Don?t forget eBay, either;
people turn to the auction
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Christmas, and you?ll often ?nd
?brand new, with tags? (BNWT
in eBay-speak) items going for
way lower than their RRP.
And eBay isn?t just about
auctions, either: thousands of
retailers use it to sell factory
seconds or straight-fromthe-manufacturer goods at
surprisingly low prices.
I?m a huge fan of online
shopping, partly because the
shops get too busy to move at
this time of year, and partly
because I love spending (OK,
often wasting) time trawling
the web for bargains.
Many websites offer free
postage on orders over a
certain amount and, although
Black Friday has gone, there
are still plenty of deals to be
had. For me, sofa shopping
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There?s something for
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the skint. Almost all of it is
available online and everything
is, I reckon, an absolute
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Scouting?s
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An oak deeply rooted in the folklore
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crowned the UK?s tree of the year.
The Gilwell Oak, which grows in
the heart of Gilwell Park in Epping,
Essex, beat competition from across
the country to win the Woodland
Trust prize.
Lord Baden-Powell, the founder
of the Boy Scouts Association,
championed the tree in 1929 as a
metaphor for the growth of the
youth organisation and a lesson to
young Scouts that big things are
possible from modest beginnings.
Chief Scout Bear Grylls hailed
the victorious oak as an ?unbending
symbol? of the Scouts? desire to
?change the world for the better?.
With 26 per cent of 7,000 votes
cast by the public, it beat 10 other
contenders in the English tree of the
year category ? including Parliament
Oak in Nottinghamshire, where King
John is thought to have summoned
Parliament in the 13th century.
In a showdown with the ?nest
trees of Scotland, Wales, and
Northern Ireland, the Gilwell
Oak again triumphed, following
deliberations by a panel of experts.
It will now serve as the UK?s
candidate for the next European
Tree of the Year contest, which
will be held in 2018.
Mr Grylls said: ?The Gilwell Oak
has been the backdrop to hundreds
of courses in which thousands of
volunteer leaders have been inspired
and motivated to change young
people?s lives in the UK and across
the world.?
Although the oak?s image is
intertwined with the Scouts?
wholesome reputation, Dick Turpin,
the notorious highwayman who
terrorised 18th-century England,
is said to have sheltered beneath
the tree?s boughs as he prepared to
ambush stagecoaches, according to
the Woodland Trust.
Winners of the title in other parts
of the UK were the Erskine House
Tree in Belfast, Northern Ireland;
the Big Tree in Kirkwall, Scotland;
and the Hollow Tree in Gnoll
Country Park, Wales.
Voting for the European Tree of
the Year will open in February 2018,
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UNITED STATES
Leader protest
to go ahead
Oscars? new
code of conduct
Kenya?s opposition leader is to
reject US advice and go ahead
with his mock inauguration
as president, saying he does
not recognise the legitimacy of
President Uhuru Kenyatta.
Raila Odinga claimed
yesterday that dozens of
Kenyans had been killed by
the security forces and that
?nobody is talking about it?.
A statement from the
US Embassy had called Mr
Odinga?s planned protest
event on 12 December ?extraconstitutional? and urged him
to cancel the event. AP
The Academy of Motion Pictures
Arts and Science has announced its
first code of conduct for its 8,400
members.
Chief executive Dawn Hudson introduced the new rules in an email on
Wednesday. In October, the academy
made Harvey Weinstein only the second person ever to be expelled from
the Oscars? governing body.
The new code stipulates that the
academy is no place for ?people who
abuse their status, power or in?uence
in a manner that violates standards
of decency.? The academy may now
suspend or expel those who violate
the code of conduct. AP
Beauty queen
denies ?insulting?
coup victims
By Louis Ashworth
Prosecutors in Istanbul are
seeking the maximum one-year
prison term for a former beauty
queen who was stripped of her
crown over a tweet deemed to be
?insulting? to the victims of last
year?s failed coup.
Beijing human rights forum
dismissed as a PR stunt
By Christopher Bodeen
KENYA
TURKEY
CHINA
Itir Esen, 18, has been charged
with ?overtly insulting a section
of the public? for a remark
she posted on Twitter as the
country held memorials on the
anniversary of the 15 July 2016
coup attempt. The tweet said:
?I got my period on the morning
of the July 15 martyrs? day. I?m
marking the day by bleeding
as a representation of the
martyrs? blood.?
Ms Esen was stripped of her
Miss Turkey 2017 title when the
tweet came to light. The model
and university student denies
any intent to insult.
Hundreds of participants attended
the opening of an unlikely human
rights forum in Beijing yesterday, as
China trumpets what it considers the
strengths of its authoritarian political system.
The ?South-South Human Rights
Forum?, drawing 300 participants
from over 50 mostly developing
countries, follows a conference of
political parties last weekend in
Beijing also attended by hundreds of
Communist Party delegates
Beijing?s latest international public
relations exercise comes as the US
Agra
Authorities in India are trying
to ?gure out how workers will
scale the Taj Mahal?s delicate
dome as they complete the ?rst
thorough cleaning of the World
Heritage site since it was built
369 years ago.
Work on the mausoleum?s
minarets and walls is almost
?nished, after workers began
the makeover in mid-2015.
They have used a natural
mud paste to remove yellow
discolouration and return the
marble to its original brilliant
white. Called fuller?s earth, it?s
the same clay that some people
smother on their skin as a
beauty treatment.
But the metal scaffolding used
so far is too heavy and rigid
for the dome, said Bhuvan
Vikrama, the superintending
archaeologist from the
Archaeological Survey of
India. He said other options
are being considered,
including constructing special
bamboo scaffolding.
Mr Vikrama said rain was
enough to clean most of the
Taj Mahal in the past but air
pollution over the last 25 years
had taken its toll.
He said work on the dome
would probably take 10
months, starting next year
and ?nishing in 2019. The
makeover is costing a total of
about �0,000
The work has prompted
Fodor?s Travel Guide to include
the Taj Mahal on its list of
places not to visit next year. AP
Nick Perry
turns inward under President Donald
Trump, who has set aside traditional
US advocacy of democracy in favour
of an ?America ?rst? approach.
Catalans
rally in
Brussels
Tens of thousands of
people from Catalonia
rallied in Brussels
yesterday to protest
against what they
say is the European
Union?s failure to
help them following a
failed independence
referendum in the
Spanish region. Police
said around 45,000
people took to the
streets of the Belgian
capital. REUTERS
MEXICO
Senators seek new powers to impeach presidents
A group of Mexican opposition
senators has proposed a
constitutional reform that would
enable a sitting president to face trial
for corruption for up to three years
after leaving of?ce.
Mechanisms exist under the
constitution to prosecute public
officials, from senators to state
governors and supreme court judges,
via impeachment and removal from
public of?ce.
However, the constitution does
not provide for impeachment of the
president and mandates that the
incumbent can only be put on trial
for treason and other serious crimes,
such as murder.
?You can?t even touch the president
with a rose petal,? said Juan Carlos
Romero Hicks, a member of the
centre-right National Action Party
and one of ?ve senators behind the
initiative. REUTERS
JAPAN
INDONESIA
GREECE
Children choose
Games logo
Diphtheria
kills 32 people
Rocky start to
Erdogan visit
Japanese schoolchildren will
help determine the mascot for the
Tokyo summer 2020 Olympics
and Paralympics.
They will have three designs to
choose from: a pair of humanoid
characters clad in the ?ichimatsu?
checkered pattern of the Games?
of?cial logo; a set featuring a goodluck cat and a fox commonly seen
at Shinto shrines; and a set with a
fox and a dog with gold ribbons on
their backs. AP
Indonesian health authorities will
launch an immunisation drive next
week. There has been a sharp rise in
cases of diphtheria, which has killed
at least 32 people. At least 591 cases
have been reported since January, a
42 per cent increase on last year.
?We are implementing an immunisation programme to prevent
a pandemic,? said Dr Mohamad
Subuh, director general of disease
prevention and control at the health
ministry in Jakarta. REUTERS
The leaders of Greece and Turkey
publicly aired their grievances
yesterday in a tense news
conference as a two-day visit to
Athens by Turkish President
Recep Tayyip Erdogan got off to a
rocky start.
The Greek government had
expressed hopes the visit, the ?rst
to Greece by a Turkish president
in 65 years, would help improve
often frosty relations between the
two neighbours. AP
By Noe Torres
IN MEXICO CITY
Postcard
From...
Guards at the Great Hall of the People
in Beijing yesterday AFP/GETTY
Western humans rights activists
note the conference comes with
Chinese authorities overseeing the
most severe crackdown on activists
and dissidents in decade.
?Freedom of speech, freedom of
religion, freedom of the press, these
are things that have come under
severe constraints in China recent
years,? said William Nee, an Amnesty
International researcher on China.
?The Western liberal bastion is
crumbling and China sees this an
ideal moment to strengthen its own
normative power,? said Jonathan
Holslag, a professor of international
politics at the Free University of
Brussels. AP
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i?s experts reveal their books of the year ? and the publications
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BOOKS
FICTION
movers and shakers tend to
fall into a comforting, if dull,
similarity. The life of jungle
pioneer Goldie, born Clifford
Price, was never one of much
routine or comfort; nor was the
skittering percussion-heavy
genre he worked in. So it is apt
that his life story is a fractal
journey, leaping from present to
past and back again as he moves
from life in a care home to graf?ti
artist to pop star. He?s very
funny as well, with just the
right amount of madness.
LINCOLN IN
THE BARDO
George Saunders
(Bloomsbury, �.99)
Few things live up to their
hype, but the ?rst novel by
American short-story writer
George Saunders, which won
the Booker Prize, is a rare work
of modern genius. Innovative,
compelling, moving and amusing,
his story of squabbling spirits in
the cemetery where Abraham
Lincoln has just laid to rest his
young son captures the human
condition in a way only the
greatest novelists can. Yes, it?s
that good.
On my Christmas list
I loved Viv Albertine?s punk life
story, Clothes, Clothes, Clothes.
Music, Music, Music. Boys,
Boys, Boys and I reckon that
Art, Sex, Music by Cosey Fanni
Tutti (Faber, �.99), from one
of the founding members of
Throbbing Gristle and an artist
who continually tried to push
boundaries in the 1970s and
1980s, will be just as entertaining.
On my Christmas list
Robert Webb?s How Not to
Be a Boy (Canongate, �.99),
the comedian?s take on male
social conditioning. Society?s
expectations on men are hugely
damaging to both men and
women, and it?s about time we
all learnt just to be human.
Bernadette McNulty,
Deputy Arts Editor
Andrew Johnson, News Editor
THRILLER
THE DRY
Jane Harper
(Abacus, �99)
Jane Harper gleaned superlatives
for an accomplished debut in
which a detective returns to an
outback town for the funeral of
a friend, thought to have killed
himself after murdering his wife
and son. In beautifully judged
prose, Harper creates a parched
landscape in which malign
human behaviour reigns.
On my Christmas list
James Kaplan?s Sinatra: The
Chairman (Sphere, �.99).
How could the greatest popular
singer of the 20th century
? a man of obvious sensitivity
? simultaneously be a volatile
bully in thrall to mob types?
Barry Forshaw, Critic
COMEDY
HELP
Simon Amstell
(Square Peg, �.99)
Amstell is one of the UK?s best
stand-ups and this beautifully
written memoir, which he
describes as ?an heroic act of
self-annihilation? is a gem. It is
brutally, excruciatingly honest
about his dysfunctional family,
his sexual awakening, his comedy
career and his struggles with
anxiety. It is also laugh-out-loudon-public-transport funny.
On my Christmas list
There?s nothing better than
diving into a family saga in the
drab days between Christmas
and New Year. The debut novel
from Francesca Hornak, Seven
Days of Us (Piatkus, �.99),
centres on the Birch family who
SHORT STORIES
THE DARK BLUE
WINTER OVERCOAT
edited by Sion and
Ted Hodgkinson
(Pushkin, �99)
Married to the mob Frank Sinatra, with Ava Gardner in 1951; Arundhati Roy (below) delivered a second novel
?nd themselves quarantined in
deepest, darkest Norfolk for the
entirety of festive week. Tensions
and secrets abound?
Alice Jones, Arts Editor
AUTOBIOGRAPHY
THE VANITY FAIR
DIARIES: 1983-1992
Tina Brown
(W&N, �)
In 1983, aged only 29, Tina Brown
was ?own from London to New
York by publishing legend Si
Newhouse. Her mission: to revive
the ?oundering Vanity Fair as the
new editor-in-chief. Her addictive
account features encounters with
every in?uential name under
the sun (political, literary and
Hollywood stars) as well as an
insight into Brown?s publishing
power, which changed magazine
journalism forever.
On my Christmas list
The Modern Cook?s Year (Fourth
Estate, �), the third cookery
book by Anna Jones, is full of food
you?ll want to eat straight away
(for me, it?s the chickpea farinata
with slow-cooked courgettes).
I?m trying to become a full-time
vegetarian and this has 250
suggestions of how to live
happily without meat from
spring through to winter.
Jessica Barrett, People Editor
ESSAYS
WE WERE EIGHT
YEARS IN POWER
Ta-Nehisi Coates
(Hamish Hamilton, �.99)
This is the book to read about
the Obama years, and the
United States? struggles with
race throughout its past. It?s
a collection of new essays and
those Coates wrote for The
Atlantic during the Obama
administration, which together
unpick how the country went
from two terms of its ?rst
black president to what Coates
describes as America?s ??rst
white president?.
On my Christmas list
Conversations with Friends by
Sally Rooney (Faber, �.99).
I?ve spotted this debut novel on
enough friends? bookshelves to
know it must be worth a try.
Barbara Speed, Comment Editor
POLITICS
BETTING THE HOUSE
Tim Ross and
Tom McTague
(Biteback, �.99)
How did it all go so wrong for
Theresa May, and how did
Jeremy Corbyn defy the ranks
of pessimists in his own party?
The inside story of the most
unpredictable general election
in a generation reads like a
thriller, and is packed with candid
interviews and revealing details:
May was warned not to pull a
face when asked about Donald
Trump?s latest misogynistic
aside; her closest adviser did not
have the telephone number of her
Labour counterpart; May had to
be persuaded not to resign as the
election results were declared.
On my Christmas list
Published in paperback this year,
The Essex Serpent by Sarah Perry
(Serpent?s Tail. �99). I have
heard nothing but rave reviews
from friends who have read this
tale set in my home county.
Nigel Morris, Political Editor
FOREIGN AFFAIRS
THE STRANGE
DEATH OF EUROPE
Douglas Murray
(Bloomsbury, �.99)
This is one of those books
? a superbly written polemic
on a really big issue (Europe?s
disastrous ?xation with a failed
concept of multiculturalism)
that you don?t have to agree
with in order to enjoy.
On my Christmas list
In my stocking ? though I doubt
it would ?t ? I?d like a copy of
Entryways of Milan by Karl
Kolbitz (Taschen, �.99), a
beautifully illustrated tome on
my former home?s concealed
architectural marvels.
Michael Day, Foreign Editor
MUSIC
ALL THINGS
REMEMBERED
Goldie
(Faber, �.99)
While the joy of music is the
diversity of styles and voices
on offer, autobiographies of its
Forget Nordic noir: this fantastic
survey of contemporary short
stories from Iceland, Norway,
Denmark, Sweden, Finland, the
Faroe and Aland Islands takes in
everything from social realism
to bears who turn into men.
Strange, funny and compelling.
Bernadette McNulty,
Deputy Arts Editor
FOOD
5 INGREDIENTS
? QUICK & EASY FOOD
Jamie Oliver
(Random House, �)
When I gave a copy of this to my
mum, a voracious devourer of
recipe books, she cooked from
it for weeks. The premise is
simple: easy-to-cook suppers
which use only ?ve ingredients.
It?s unpretentious and fuss-free
(Oliver even advocates using
pre-made jars in some recipes),
and is perfect for people who love
to cook but don?t have the time,
money or inclination to wander
fruitlessly up supermarket aisles
looking for the weird ingredients
often required by other
chefs? recipes.
On my Christmas list
I?d most like to receive Philip
Pullman?s The Book of Dust
(Penguin Random House
Children?s/David Fickling Books,
�). I?ve been a fan of Pullman
since I was a child and I?m
desperate to tumble head?rst
into this new adventure. Plus, at
449 pages, it?s a rather weighty
tome which should keep me
going in that awful limbo between
Christmas and New Year.
Chloe Hamilton, iWeekend writer
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SPORT
that I print out and pin to my wall
as a reminder and inspiration.
The drawings I received from
Noma Bar early in the millennium
immediately marked him out,
with an incredible sense of colour
and rare wit and intelligence. For
those who know his work, there
is plenty you won?t have seen
before in this deliciously designed
retrospective; for those who
don?t, look forward to hours of
spellbinding visual conjuring.
THE ILLUSTRATED
HISTORY OF FOOTBALL:
HALL OF FAME
David Squires
(Century, �.99)
There is no ?ner satirist of
modern football?s excesses and
absurdities than cartoonist David
Squires. In this, his second book,
he aims his pencil at the game?s
greatest players, from Garrincha
to Gazza, Best to Bergkamp, and
extracts maximum humour from
their weirdest moments.
On my Christmas list
Making Things Right: A Master
Carpenter at Work by Ole
Thorstensen (Quercus, �.99)
is a ?nely honed masterpiece
examining the many nuances of a
single job (a loft conversion) from
?rst phone call to ?nal sign-off.
With precise prose, Thorstensen
examines every nuance of the
process, from the practical to
the philosophical, from the
craftsman?s point of view.
On my Christmas list
I know for sure I will love Lizzy
Goodman?s oral history of the
2001-2011 New York rock?n?roll
renaissance, Meet Me in the
Bathroom (Faber, �), even
though it will leave me heavyhearted for not having been
there to see it myself.
Ally McKay, Sports Editor
Tim Alden, Art Director
Street appeal ?W46 St, New York City, 1976? in ?Bystander?; Philip Pullman returns to Lyra?s Oxford (below)
TRAVEL
ICEBREAKER: A
VOYAGE FAR NORTH
Horatio Clare
(Chatto & Windus, �.99)
A quirky travelogue by the
award-winning travel writer
Horatio Clare (his Down to the
Sea in Ships about travelling on
a Maersk container vessel won
him the Stanford Dolman Travel
Book of the Year in 2015). Here,
he describes a voyage around
Finland?s craggy coastline aboard
a government icebreaker during
the 100th anniversary year of the
country?s independence.
On my Christmas list
Heroes of the Frontier by Dave
Eggers (Hamish Hamilton,
�99). The Circle has been at the
top of my to-read pile for ages,
but his latest novel ? out now in
paperback ? about a surreal road
trip is edging in front.
Sophie Lam, Travel Editor
LIFESTYLE
THE ART OF
STOPPING TIME
Pedram Shojai
(Penguin, �99)
An old Zen saying goes: ?You
should sit in meditation for 20
minutes a day, unless you?re too
busy. Then you should sit for an
hour.? Yeah, right. In our frazzled
world of excess, it appears we?re
all de?cient in time. But the
author better known as ?the
Urban Monk? wants to give you
some back. The Taoist minister
breaks the journey into 100 days,
advising tiny daily changes in
pursuit of Zen. The guidelines
are doable and not too pious,
such as taking ?ve breaths or a
long bath. There is, however, the
odd doozy, such as day 81?s vow of
silence. Heck, if the previous 80
have done you good, it might just
be worth a shot?
of similar titles. Witt examines
the future of reproduction,
polyamory, porn and internet
dating with a curious, levelheaded approach, led largely by
her theory that our ingrained
perceptions of adulthood are
actually very different to the
realities we are now living.
From porn sets and orgasmic
meditation classes to public
displays of BDSM and group sex
parties, she examines how the
digital age has changed how we
love and court, and how it stands
to change in the future.
I would love to spend my
Christmas break getting lost
in Arundhati Roy?s lavish
storytelling. The Ministry of
Utmost Happiness (Hamish
Hamilton, �.99) has been hailed
as a fairy tale and a masterpiece,
and surely will stand the test
of time as well as The God of
Small Things.
What Happened by Hillary
Rodham Clinton (Simon &
Schuster, �). A searing
account of what went wrong
in November 2016.
On my Christmas list
Siobhan Norton, Assistant Editor
TECHNOLOGY
FUTURE SEX
Emily Witt
(Faber, �.99)
This is a fascinating look at
contemporary dating and love in
a digital, tech-obsessed world,
minus the preachy undertones
On my Christmas list
Rhiannon Williams,
Technology Correspondent
HISTORY
THE TIME
TRAVELLER?S GUIDE TO
RESTORATION BRITAIN
Ian Mortimer
(Bodley Head, �)
If only they?d taught history like
this when I was at school. Banish
all thoughts of time machines
and sci-? from your head, and
welcome in a detail-rich journey
through an extraordinary time
in British history as if it?s taking
place right now. Irreverent, witty
and beautifully democratic, this
is a delight.
Rebecca Armstrong,
Features Editor
PHOTOGRAPHY
BYSTANDER
Joel Meyerowitz and
Colin Westerbeck
(Laurence King, �)
MEMOIR
THE LITTLE
BIG THINGS
Henry Fraser
(Seven Dials, �.99)
This slim volume has much to
say about sadness and suffering
as well as hope and strength.
An accident on holiday leaves
17-year-old Henry paralysed
from the shoulders down, but my
god, he, as well as his family and
friends, refuses to give up. As JK
Rowling, a fan and now friend of
the author, writes in the book?s
foreword, ?accepting the reality
of Henry?s story means thinking
about challenges and privations
that some ?nd too terrifying to
contemplate?. Don?t be scared:
this is a memoir that will make
you grateful as well as thoughtful.
On my Christmas list
I?d like to ?nd the new Folio
Society edition of MR James?s
Ghost Stories (�.95) in my
stocking. If there?s one thing I love
more than Folio?s exquisite books,
it?s James?s quiet, chilling tales.
Rebecca Armstrong,
Features Editor
A 2017 revised edition of this
history of street photography. It
is fascinating reading for anyone
interested in social history, as you
are guided through the history of
this most human of genres.
On my Christmas list
These Islands ? A Portrait of the
British Isles by Rich Stapleton,
Richard Aslan, Charlie
Lee-Potter and Rosa Park
(Cereal, �). This fabulously
calm book of images is the
perfect antithesis to the hustle
and bustle of Bystander.
Sophie Batterbury,
Picture Editor
YOUNG ADULT
THE HATE U GIVE
Angie Thomas
(Walker Books, �99)
An un?inching look at prejudice
in modern America. Inspired
by the Black Lives Matter
movement, this powerful debut
documents 16-year-old Starr?s
struggle for justice after she
becomes the only witness to the
fatal shooting of her unarmed
best friend by a police of?cer.
The ?lm rights have already been
snapped up.
On my Christmas list
The best-selling author John
Green?s Turtles All the Way
Down (Puf?n, �.99). It?s his ?rst
attempt to write directly about
his own experience of mental
illness ? he has lived with OCD
since he was a child.
Katie Grant, News Reporter
CHILDREN?S
THE EXPLORER
Katherine Rundell
(Bloomsbury, 12.99)
Fred, Lila, Max and Con are
?ying over the Amazon jungle
when their plane crashes; now,
they must get home. Along the
way they swim with dolphins,
adopt a baby sloth and feast upon
tarantulas. As extravagantly
beautiful as the rainforest it
so lovingly describes, I cannot
imagine the child who wouldn?t
be delighted by it. For ages 8 to 12.
On my Christmas list
DESIGN
BITTERSWEET
Noma Bar
(Thames & Hudson,
�.95)
As an art director, I get hundreds
of unsolicited emails from
aspiring illustrators, but very few
The Meaning of Rice: and Other
Tales from the Belly of Japan
(Jonathan Cape, 14.99) brings
together my two great loves:
food writing and Japan. Michael
Booth?s culinary quest promises
to be passionate, perceptive and
deliciously funny. If it doesn?t turn
up under the tree, I?ll be heading
out for a copy on Boxing Day.
Marianne Levy, Critic
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FILM
?I wish I was
tired. I?m not?
Japanese director Takashi Miike has
just made his 100th film ? and he has
no plans to stop. By James Mottram
I
n an age when directors
can consider themselves
fortunate to muster 10
movies across a career,
Takashi Miike is a bizarre
statistical anomaly. The cult
Japanese director?s latest ?lm, the
explosive Samurai fantasy Blade
of the Immortal, has reputedly seen
him join the 100 Club ? that rare?ed list of ?lm-makers who have
notched up a century of credits.
Admittedly, the 57-year-old
has better things to do (like make
?lms) than keep track of his body
of work. ?I think somebody else
counted,? he tells me. Some went
straight-to-video in Japan, but
were screened by festivals.
?So? it depends what
you de?ne as ?lm.?
Either way, it?s
a r e m a rk a b l e
feat for a director who began
shooting in
earnest in 1991.
That?s an average, roughly, of
four films a year
? enough to make
even the proli?c Steven Soderbergh look like
a slug. ?I feel I haven?t really done
much at all,? Miike says, curiously.
In 2001 alone, he directed eight
films, including yakuza drama
Ichi the Killer, which became a
cause c閘鑒re for its controversial
scenes of violence and torture.
Today he doesn?t come across
as particularly hyper. ?I just feel
my body clock is different when it
comes to making ?lms than other
directors,? he says. ?Being on set,
and sweating, that feeling eases me
more than when the movie?s over.?
Born to working-class Korean
immigrants just outside of Osaka,
Miike?s father was a welder and
his mother a seamstress. After
graduating from film school,
under the guidance of two-time
Palme D?Or-winning director Shohei Imamura, he began working
as an assistant director, first on
the 1987 movie Zegen. Four years
later, he began directing straightto-video fare before making his
theatrical debut with 1995?s The
Third Gangster.
When it came to crafting Blade,
Miike went straight to the heart
of Hiroaki Samura?s long-running
manga series. It?s a dazzling blend
of fantasy, swordplay and philosophical musings set in feudal
Japan. It focuses on the adventures
of Manji (Takuya Kimura), a samurai with the curse of eternal life.
?He doesn?t want immortality; he
?nds it a burden,? says Miike.
One of the more intriguing elements
comes with the
?bloodworms? that
have been put in
Manji?s bloodstream and cause
his wounds to
heal and severed
limbs to reattach.
Animated almost
Harryhausen-like, it?s
another example of the
director?s squeamish bodyfascination. Even now, the sound of
the female killer in 1999?s Audition
sawing off her victim?s foot with
cheese-wire still gnaws to the bone.
Miike is no stranger to controversy.
Ichiwas banned in Norway, Germany and Malaysia.
So, 100 ?lms. Time to rest? Not
likely. Already since Blade, he?s
shot Laplace?s Witch, a scientific
murder mystery. ?It?s become a
normal thing for me, a normal ?ow,
and I?m going with that ?ow. I don?t
think I?ll ever get tired of making
?lms. I wish I could make so many
that it would make me tired, but
I don?t.? THE INDEPENDENT
?Blade of the Immortal? (18)
is in cinemas now
Looking sharp ?Blade of the Immortal? is the latest from Miike (inset)
Filmof
theweek
Gyllenhaal
shines as
Boston?s
inspiration
STRONGER (15)
HHHHH
David Gordon Green, 119 mins, starring:
Jake Gyllenhaal, Tatiana Maslany,
Miranda Richardson, Richard Lane Jr,
Nate Richman, Lenny Clarke
Reviews by Geoffrey Macnab
?Boston Strong? was the defiant
motto the American city came up
with after the bombing of the Boston marathon in 2013. The slogan is
heard several times in David Gordon Green?s rousing drama based
on the true story of Jeff Bauman,
who lost both his legs in the blast.
The ?lm is less about the bombing itself than the indomitable
will of blue-collar, working-class
ALSOSHOWING
BRIGSBY BEAR (15)
HHHHH
Dave McCary, 97 mins, starring: Kyle
Mooney, Mark Hamill, Jane Adams,
Greg Kinnear, Michaela Watkins
James (Kyle Mooney) is a young
man ?rst encountered living in
an underground bunker. He is
not allowed to go outside because
he has been told by his ?parents?
Ted and April that the air is toxic.
James spends his days watching
videos of a show called Brigsby
Bear and then communicating
with fellow enthusiasts on a fan
forum. It?s a bizarre show which
plays like a clunky children?s sci-?
drama but also contains New
Age elements and instructions in
advanced-level mathematics.
We learn quickly that James is
actually a kidnap victim, taken as
a baby by Ted and April. When
James is sprung from captivity,
he can?t help but yearn to be back
underground, watching Brigsby.
Just as Brigsby never gives up,
James is heroically persistent in
his efforts to bring the bear back
to the screen.
The tone oscillates wildly.
One moment, it?s as if we are
watching a family outdoors
adventure. The next, James is
being arrested as a terrorist for
staging a spectacular explosion.
There is a satirical element, too,
as it depicts Brigsby becoming an
online sensation.
But the ?lm never descends
into cynicism, and the way the
?lm-makers develop their story
in eccentric fashion is refreshing.
What is not clear, though, is at
whom the movie is aimed. Kids
will ?nd it baf?ing, while fans
of comedy may be put off by its
more bizarre elements.
THE DINNER (15)
HHHHH
Oren Moverman, 120 mins, starring:
Richard Gere, Steve Coogan,
Laura Linney, Rebecca Hall
Two brothers and their wives
meet in a restaurant. As the meal
progresses, it becomes apparent
that an act of extreme violence by
their teenage sons threatens to
tear their privileged lives apart.
The charisma of the two leads,
Richard Gere and Steve Coogan,
can?t hide the unpleasantness of
their characters, and the wives
(Rebecca Hall and Laura Linney)
are just as miserable. The ?lm
asks how far the characters will
go to protect their families and
what responsibilities they?ll
take for their children?s actions.
It?s just a pity the dialogue isn?t
sharper and that the protagonists
are so thoroughly unsympathetic.
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left home or really grown up. He?s
a charming but infuriating slacker whose main characteristic in
the eyes of his ex-girlfriend Erin
(Tatiana Maslany) is that he?s late
for everything. Jeff wants to get
back together with Erin, which is
why, in spite of waking up late, he
hauls himself off to the finishing
line of the Boston Marathon to wait
for her when she ?nishes the race.
We know how Stronger is
going to unfold. This is yet another story of American heroism and resilience in the face of
terrible odds. Green, thankfully,
avoids glutinous sentimentality.
Instead, he takes a gritty, naturalistic approach to the subject
matter, alwaysreadytoaddressthe
everyday problems Jeff now
faces. How does he get in and out
of a car? How do his family get his
wheelchair up a ?ight of stairs?
Jeff isn?t always admirable or
courageous. He?s prey to extreme
It is a gritty ?lm,
addressing the
everyday problems
Jeff now faces
After the blast
Gyllenhaal as Jeff
Bauman, who lost
both legs in the
Boston bombing
Bostonians. Bauman is the everyman who becomes a symbol for all
that is best about Boston.
Stronger is a love story, too.
What it isn?t is remotely pretty or
escapist. Director Green wants to
rub our noses in the squalor and
suffering Jeff endures after his
double above-the-knee amputation. We see him writhing on the
floor after falling off the loo, or
stuck in the bath, or trying to pull
himself across a car park after a
row with his girlfriend.
The remarkably versatile Jake
Gyllenhaal gives another outstanding performance as Jeff, a likeable but feckless ordinary Joe who
has a job in the food warehouse
of his local Costco. He still hasn?t
Film
Matrix
self-pity. It?s not as if he was used
to doing things for himself anyway.
Now, he has to rely even more on
others. Erin?s rekindled romance
with him isn?t always straightforward either. There are hints she is
staying with him through guilt.
The emphasis slowly shifts as
Jeff accepts the way the outside
world sees him and as he realises
that he is helping other overcome
suffering in their lives. It?s at this
point that the film risks becoming trite. The entire city suddenly
seems united. The traumatised
man in the photograph taken in
the immediate aftermath of the
bombing valiantly puts his life
back together.
There is something glib about
the way the ?lm delivers its inevitably upbeat ending. Stronger is at
its best in its harshest moments,
when it acknowledges the contradictions in its hero?s story and
portrays his bitterness and selfloathing as well as his courage.
THE INDEPENDENT
A heart-breaking look
at the refugee crisis
HUMAN FLOW (12A)
HHHHH
Ai Weiwei, 140 mins,
featuring: Ai Weiwei
Ai Weiwei?s magnificent documentary is epic in scale and often
heartbreaking to watch, putting
the current refugee crisis in historical and political context.
One astonishing shot sums up
the Chinese artist?s approach. We
see from very high up what appear to be abstract shapes far, far
below. The camera descends and
we think it?s an ant colony. The
camera continues to head downward and eventually, at ground
level, plunges us into the middle of
a seething, bustling refugee camp.
There is no voiceover. Instead,
intertitles appear on screen quoting poetry and philosophical re?ections on the plight of refugees.
There are also several interviews
with politicians and NGO representatives as well as many with
refugees themselves, often with
their backs to camera. The use of
drone-operated cameras enables
Ai to show scenes of thousands of
people at once, walking or on boats
or packed into camps.
At the same time, the ?lm is very
intimate. Ai is pictured again and
again interacting with the refugees, cutting people?s hair, cooking
or mingling in crowds everywhere
from the ?Jungle? near Calais to
Lebanon, Macedonia, Lesbos and
the indoor camp in the hangars at
Berlin?s Tempelhof Airport.
More than 20 crews worked on
Human Flow, which was shot in
23 countries. The documentary
could easily have seemed disjointed, but it is edited gracefully and is
easy, if shocking, to watch.
Ai is never overtly polemical.
He is interested in the human
stories, not in unpicking the root
causes of the feuds and injustices
that have led to so many millions
being displaced.
The film captures the cruelly
absurdist quality of the refugees?
everyday experiences. One mother talks about wandering with her
child for 60 days in no particular
direction, with no one to tell her
where to go.
Wherever he goes, Ai always
pays attention to the kids, showing
them playing or getting up to mischief, seemingly oblivious to the
squalour of their surroundings.
On a logistical level alone, this
is an astonishing piece of work, a
panoramic view of the world of the
refugees. Ai treats these refugees
with dignity and kindness, insisting on seeing every one of them as
an individual with a story to tell
rather than as a part of some abstract mass of suffering humanity
that those in more fortunate circumstances would far prefer to
ignore. THE INDEPENDENT
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= TALK=
JESSICA BARRETT
Movie to honour
courageous actress
Rocky producer Gene Kirkwood
has acquired the rights for a
?lm about Oscar winner Judy
Holliday. She famously stood up
to producer Darryl F Zanuck?s
aggressive sexual harassment
when she was starting out in
Hollywood in the 1940s.
Anna Kendrick joins
Chris Morris flick
Chris Morris?s ?rst ?lm project
since 2010?s Four Lions will
feature Pitch Perfect actress Anna
Kendrick, who joins Kayvan
Novak and Orange is the New
Black?s Danielle Brooks in the
?lm. Kendrick is thought to be
playing an FBI agent.
Franco plans biopic
of American writer
No go Child refugees face a police line at the Idomeni Camp in Greece
WHAT CRITICS ARE SAYING ABOUT THE NEW RELEASES
STRONGER (15)
HUMAN FLOW (12A)
BRIGSY BEAR (15)
THE DINNER (15)
?There are few actors in their
thirties more capable than
Gyllenhaal of taking on disturbing
psychologies in aggressive indies.?
Vulture
?A testament to the power of
seeing, it provides a long and
vivid look at a human crisis that?s
changing the face of our planet.?
The Wall Street Journal
?An oddball charmer, about
nostalgia, artistic passion and a
coming-of-age bizarrely delayed
and uniquely ful?lled.?
Globe and Mail
?Despite the skill of the cast, you
spend much of the ?lm trying
to decide which character most
deserves to choke on an appetizer.?
The New Yorker
?This isn?t the positive movie many
will want, but it?s something better:
a window into post-traumatic
stress and exploded identity.?
Time Out
?Human Flow falls prey to the
information saturation around the
crisis. Footage is layered without
clear logic, poetic or narrative.?
The New Republic
?Never ventures into the caustic
simply for the sake of comedy.
There aren?t many movies that
value sweetness over cynicism.?
The Washington Post
?Two hours of unrelenting
nastiness, steeped in the trappings
of extreme wealth and the toxic
privilege it affords.?
The Atlantic
Following The Disaster Artist,
James Franco?s next ?lm will be
an adaptation of the biography
A Boy Named Shel, which depicts
the life story of Shel Silverstein,
the poet, songwriter and
children?s author. Franco (above)
will direct and take the lead role.
Olaf the snowman
frozen out
Disney has pulled screenings
of Olaf?s Frozen Adventure
from cinemas. The 20-minute
Frozen spin-off had been
showing as a short ahead of new
animation Coco, but parents
have complained that it meant
they were waiting more than 40
minutes before the feature began.
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MUSIC
As she releases
her first solo
album in a
decade, Black
Eyed Peas?
Fergie talks to
Nick Levine
about her crystal
meth-induced
hallucinations,
mommy-shaming,
and play dates
with Kim
and Kanye
B
efore my interview with
Fergie, her PR politely
insists on ?no personal
questions? about her
recent separation from
Hollywood actor Josh Duhamel.
The couple only announced that
their marriage had ended in September, and they have a four-yearold son Axl to think about. But
within ?ve minutes of meeting the
Black Eyed Peas and solo singer,
she has brought it up herself.
?Thank the Lord for FaceTime,?
she says. ?Because both Josh and
I are working full-time right now.
It gets tough and we get tired,
but we?re trying our hardest to
make sure that kid feels nothing
but love.
?I?m super-proud of [Josh]. He
just wrote and directed a movie
called The Buddy Games ? his ?rst
directing job ? so now he?s in the
editing bay,? she adds. ?I?ve just
released my ?rst solo album in 11
years, and I?m out promoting it.
So there?s a lot going on. That?s
why we wanted to ?nd our footing
with our separation before we announced it publicly: to make sure
we really got it together for our
kid. It?s a constant juggling act.?
F r i e n d l y a n d f l aw l e s s l y
groomed, LA native Fergie is an
open book who likes to talk. The
woman born Stacy Ann Ferguson
apologises several times during
our interview for falling into what
she calls a ?vortex? ? a tangential anecdote which lasts longer
than her actual answer to a
question. From some big
stars, I?d dismiss this
as an evasion tactic,
but I get the sense
Fergie, the voice
behind huge hits
such as ?I Gotta
Feeling? and ?Big
Girls Don?t Cry?,
just wants me to
understand where
she?s coming from.
She chats enthusiastically about that new album
Double Dutchess, and painstakingly explains the creative choices that led to its infamous single
?MILF$? ? pronounced ?Milf
Money?, a play on ?milk money?.
The video features Fergie and
famous friends including Kim
?The drugs
were a lot of
fun? until
they weren?t?
Kardashian and Chrissy Teigen
vamping it up in a ?ctional, Stepford-style town called Milfville. It?s
a lot of fun, but not exactly subtle.
Fergie plays a ?dominatrix teacher? and tips a pint of milk over herself suggestively.
Today, she says ?MILF$?
was partly a response
to the ?mommyshaming? she experienced after becoming a parent. ?It?s
making a statement, slapping
down the rules,
in a way that?s
unapologetic and
in your face. And I
got to be cheeky
with it, too.
?I remember Chrissy
Teigen went out for dinner
about two weeks after she had her
kid and it was this huge mommyshaming moment. I just found it
so weird. I mean, the girl?s gotta
eat! So what if she wants to put on
some make-up and feel good about
herself? Why is that so wrong??
Well, quite. But how did she convince Kim Kardashian to shower
in milk for the video? ?Well, I?d
taken Axl over to her house for
a play-date with [Kardashian?s
daughter] North,? Fergie says
casually, because this is normal
if you?re Fergie. ?We were all eating dinner and I was playing Kim
and Kanye my music. I looked at
Kim as ?MILF$? was playing and
the idea came into my head, so I
just asked her. If you say the word
?milf?, Kim?s face and body would
come up in a lot of people?s minds.
It was just pretty obvious to me.?
Music is a notoriously sexist
and ageist business. Last year,
Madonna complained that an
older female artist will ?de?nitely
not be played on the radio?. Is this
something that Fergie, now 42, is
starting to worry about?
?Oh, it goes on all the time in
this business. Heaven forbid that
you wanna wear something that?s
revealing. I work really hard for
my body and I?m proud that I do.
Just because you have a child
or get to a certain age, it doesn?t
mean you don?t wanna show off
your hard work. It?s only natural.?
In the wake of Hollywood?s ongoing sexual harassment scandals, I wonder whether Fergie
thinks the music industry has a
similar problem. ?I think every industry does. It?s just that in showbusiness, people are much more
visible to the world. Every day, it?s
another story, which is crazy. It
just shows that sexual addiction
in very extreme forms is out there.
I don?t know what to call it other
than a compulsion, where there?s
this need to keep doing something
even though it?s not right and
it?s taking something away from
someone. It?s de?nitely rampant.?
With our allotted time over, her
PR comes in to wrap things up,
I had chemically
induced psychosis.
I?d sit there just
seeing a random
bee or bunny
but Fergie says we can carry on
and rather sweetly checks that my
phone is still recording. She offers
me a boiled sweet from her handbag as sustenance. ?These are my
vice,? she says.
In the early Noughties, Fergie?s vice was crystal meth, an
addiction she beat before ?nding
fame with Black Eyed Peas. ?At
my lowest point, I was [suffering
from] chemically induced psychosis and dementia. I was hallucinating on a daily basis. It took
a year after getting off that drug
for the chemicals in my brain to
settle so that I stopped seeing
things. I?d just be sitting there,
seeing a random bee or bunny.?
Her hallucinations became so
severe that she thought the CIA,
FBI and a Swat team were tracking her. She eventually sought solace in a church, probably on some
level, she thinks, because of her
Catholic upbringing.
?They tried to kick me out,
because I was moving down the
aisles in this crazy way, as I thought
there was an infrared camera in
i FRIDAY
8 DECEMBER 2017
ALBUMREVIEWSByAndyGill
BELLE AND
SEBASTIAN
How to Solve Our Human
Problems ? Part 1
Album
ofthe
week
HHHHH
Download: Sweet Dew Lee; We Were
Beautiful; The Girl Doesn?t Get it
The ?rst of three Belle and
Sebastian EPs to be released
in successive months, How to
Solve Our Human Problems ? Part
1 extends in condensed fashion
JIM JAMES
Tribute to 2
HHHHH
Download: I Just Wasn?t
Made For These Times;
Love Is The Sweetest
Thing; The Stars And
You; Baby Don?t Go
Jim James gently tweaks beloved
songs to re?ect more personal
relationships with sometimes
obscure pieces. The stand-out
track is the opening take on The
Beach Boys? ?I Just Wasn?t Made
For These Times?, all about
restraint, which makes full use
of the vulnerable edge to James?s
high register. Taken slower than
the original, it?s set to a pareddown arrangement of ticking
hi-hat, bolstered with brass at
the climaxes.
CLARENCE CARTER
Testifyin? & Patches
HHHHH
?It?s only natural
to want to show off
your hard work?
Fergie, 42, on
ageing and wearing
revealing clothes;
inset, performing in
New York in 2010
the church trying to check for my
body. I bolted past the altar into a
hallway and two people were chasing me. I remember thinking: ?If I
walk outside, and the Swat team?s
out there, I was right all along. But
if they?re not out there, then it?s the
drugs making me see things and
I?m going to end up in an institution. And if it really is the drugs, I
don?t want to live my life like this
any more, anyway.? I walked out of
the church; obviously there was no
Swat team, it was just me in a parking lot. It was a freeing moment.
?The drugs thing, it was a hell
of a lot of fun? until it wasn?t. But
you know what, I thank the day it
happened to me. Because that?s
my strength, my faith, my hope
for something better.?
Not everyone would have
turned themselves around, and
then go on to become a super-successful singer. ?It?s so incredible, I
know. I think I must have guardian angels.?
?Double Dutchess? is out now
Download: Patches;
You Can?t Miss What
You Can?t Measure;
Getting The Bills (But
No Merchandise)
The greatest of Clarence Carter?s
Atlantic recordings on the two
albums compiled here are superb
examples of Southern soul?s
ability to convey deep emotion in
a relaxed, conversational manner
that bestows authenticity. Carter
was a brilliant interpreter of
country-soul crossovers, though
his forte was perhaps the kind
of down-home sermonising
re?ected in catchphrase titles
such as ?You Can?t Miss What
You Can?t Measure? and ?Getting
The Bills (But No Merchandise)?.
CHARLES HAYWARD
& THURSTON MOORE
Improvisations
HHHHH
Download: A1; A3; B2
Though just a duo, This Heat
drummer Charles Hayward and
Sonic Youth guitarist Thurston
Moore make a huge noise.
Hayward?s jazz and avant-rock
chops provide a dazzling platform
of mutating grooves for Moore?s
blizzards of serrated guitar
noise and piquant discordancy.
The results are often enjoyable
but always interesting, with the
11-minute journey of ?A3?, in
particular, navigating an angular,
monochromatic turmoil akin to
an Arctic ice ?eld.
the eclecticism of 2015?s Girls in
Peacetime Want to Dance, darting
at will from the acoustic delicacy
of ?Fickle Season?, its quiet
charm akin to the third Velvets
album, to the bustling electropop
of ?The Girl Doesn?t Get it?, a
whimsical refutation of ?the myth
that they?re selling that there?s
one perfect fella?.
The EP opens with the lovely
?Sweet Dew Lee?, a genial pop
strummer, its buoyant melody
evoking a hill climb to an
urban vista, as the protagonist
daydreams of a parallel world
in which he and his departed
lover are still an item. Perhaps
it?s the same lover addressed in
?We Were Beautiful?, a quirky
indie-rap confection set to an
odd blend of scuttling shuf?ebeat, synth pad and pedal steel
guitar exemplifying its call to
?rise above the popular melee?.
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FR DAY
1
THE GRAND TOUR
FROM TODAY, AMAZON PRIME
The rejigged Top Gear returns
to Amazon Prime. There have
been a few changes since the
?rst series, including the axing
of ?Celebrity Brain Crash?
(the segment in which famous
guests would be introduced then
?killed off? while attempting
to reach the big green tent and
the live audience). While the
?rst series followed Richard
Hammond, Jeremy Clarkson
and James May to far-?ung
places, the studio sections of
this series have all been shot
in the UK. Amazon said the
decision was made due to ?sore
joints, struggling lungs and
the combined age of 158? of
its presenters. There are still
trips, though: the hosts travel to
Mozambique, Switzerland, the
US and Georgia.
2
THE CROWN
FROM TODAY, NETFLIX
Net?ix?s most expensive series
to date moves into its second
season. Now 10 years into her
reign, the Queen, played by
Claire Foy, is starting to feel the
pressure. Cracks are starting
to emerge in her marriage to
Prince Philip (Matt Smith), who
takes a world tour without his
wife. Michael C Hall appears
as President John F Kennedy,
who makes a state visit to
Buckingham Palace with his
wife Jackie (Jodi Balfour).
THIS WEEK?S
Tento
watch
Chosen by
Jessica Barrett
5
CELEBRITY VOICEMAIL FROM
MONDAY, BBC3 iPLAYER
He uncovers the incredible
stories of the Belgian refugees
who became Britain?s ?rst
professional secret agents and
goes behind the lines in Belgium
with La Dame Blanche, the most
successful spy network of the
Great War.
4
ATTENBOROUGH AND
THE GIANT ELEPHANT
SUN 9PM, BBC1
In which the great naturalist
investigates the life and death
of Jumbo, the elephant whose
3
DAVID JASON?S SECRET
SERVICE SAT 6.55PM, MORE4
Jason has a passion for all
things spy-related. This is
his opportunity to explore
Britain?s espionage history:
its origins, famed characters
and most dangerous missions.
story is said to have inspired
the movie Dumbo. By studying
Jumbo?s skeleton at the
American Museum of
Natural History, Sir David
and a team of scientists and
conservationists aim to ?nd
out everything they can about
him, and discuss the effects of
captivity on wild animals.
Clockwise from top Claire Foy
in ?The Crown?; a celebrity take
on Richard Ayoade?s Crystal
Maze; ?The Grand Tour? returns;
did Jumbo inspire ?Dumbo??
Fonejacker star Kayvan Novak
adapts his Radio 4 comedy,
The Celebrity Voicemail Show,
in which he imagines what it
would be like to listen to the
voicemails left on a celebrity?s
answerphone. This week
we listen in on messages to
George Lucas, who is in the
middle of shooting Star Wars
in the Tunisian desert: Alec
Guinness is not happy about his
contract and a special effects
technician is struggling to ?nd
the right sound effect for the
?electric swords?.
6
I HATE JANE AUSTEN
BY GILES COREN
TUES 9PM, SKY ARTS
One of the country?s most
beloved authors, Jane
Austen has sold
more than 20 million
books. And, surprise,
surprise,
Giles
Coren
can?t
stand
her. So
Sky has
given
him a
platform to
vent about it.
He goes to meet
some ardent
Austen fans to try to convince
them that the author was really
an ?average chick-lit writer? of
her day.
7
JUDD APATOW: THE RETURN
FROM TUESDAY,
NETFLIX
It has been 25
years since Judd
Apatow ?rst
attempted
stand-up
comedy.
Since then
he?s directed,
written and
produced hugely
popular TV shows
and ?lms including
Girls, Knocked Up and
Bridesmaids. That doesn?t give
him a free pass to stand-up
success, however, and his return
to the stage features some
celebrity heckling from Amy
Schumer and Mike Birbiglia.
8
WALTER PRESENTS:
VANISHED BY THE LAKE
WEDS 10PM, CHANNEL 4
A homicide detective returns
to her hometown and ?nds
that a teenager has vanished
in a case identical to the
disappearance of her two best
friends 15 years before. Is there
a connection? A promising
French crime drama starring
Barbara Schulz, MarieAnne Chazel and
Lannick Gautry.
9
THE CRYSTAL
MAZE:
CELEBRITY
CHRISTMAS
SPECIAL
THURS 9PM,
CHANNEL 4
Host Richard
Ayoade is joined
by gold medalwinning Olympians Ellie
Simmonds and Nicola Adams,
Made in Chelsea?s Ollie Locke,
The Saturdays and Strictly
star Mollie King, and Murder
in Successville comedian Tom
Davis, who will be trying to win
a huge cash prize for Stand Up
To Cancer.
10
THE TUNNEL:
VENGEANCE
THURS 9PM, SKY ATLANTIC
Three British children
disappear from their home
in Kent in this emotionally
charged third series of the crime
thriller, which started
as an adaptation of
Nordic noir The Bridge.
Detective duo Karl
(Stephen Dillane) and
Elise (Cl閙ence
Po閟y) reunite
to try to ?nd
them, and in
the process
are forced
to make
a personal
sacri?ce.
Television Friday 8 December
CRITIC?S
CHOICE
GERARD GILBERT
PICK OF THE DAY
===
10pm, BBC4
A long, long time ago? well, 1971 to
be precise, Don McLean released an
instant folk-rock classic thanks to
two tracks, the eponymous elegy to
Buddy Holly and his paean to
Vincent van Gogh, ?Vincent?. The
rest of the LP, apart from the
anti-Vietnam song ?The Grave? (later
covered by George Michael), is little
remembered. ?It was a lopsided
album,? agrees producer Ed Freeman,
still estranged from McLean after a
recording session fraught with
creative differences. Sitting behind a
mixing desk (a motif for the Classic
Album series) McLean (left) recalls
these and the 30-40 takes he needed
to ?nd the right pitch on ?Vincent?.
8pm, Channel 4
Jamie Oliver?s boastful claims can
get a bit tiresome ? do his dishes
always have to be the ?ultimate? or
likely to ?blow your mind?? Mind
you, there?s little doubt that the
chicken Caesar salad he knocks up
this week, complete with ?the best
croutons of your life? (who could
possibly argue with that?) deserves
such immodesty. The Essex Rivierabound guest this week is Luke
Skywalker himself, Star Wars actor
Mark Hamill. Being American, the
chicken is brined in his honour, while
Hamill does a lightsaber impression
with a whole horseradish and
reminisces about eating spotted dick
with Harrison Ford.
Classic Album: American
Pie ? Don McLean
Jamie And Jimmy?s
Friday Night Feast
===
The Year In Music 2017
9pm, BBC2
In his recent book Never A Dull
Moment, David Hepworth called
1971, during which American Pie was
released, ?rock?s golden year?. How
will 2017 be recalled by future music
historians? In this round-up show,
Claudia Winkleman and Clara Amfo
take a somewhat shorter view,
chatting to Liam Gallagher, Stormzy,
Nile Rodgers and Rag ?n? Bone Man,
and revealing the winners of the
BBC?s scaled-back Music Awards.
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Eight Days That Made
Rome: Theatre Of Death
9pm, Channel 5
Early on in her series, Bettany
Hughes stressed how alien the
6.00 An Island Parish:
Falklands (R) (S). 6.30
Island Medics (R) (S). 7.15
The Hairy Bikers Home
For Christmas (R) (S).
8.00 Sign Zone: Anglesey:
Island Life (R) (S). 8.30
Sign Zone: Caught Red
Handed (R) (S). 9.00
Victoria Derbyshire (S).
11.00 BBC Newsroom Live
(S). 12.00 Daily Politics
(S). 1.00 Live Snooker: UK
Championship Coverage
of the 10th day at the
Barbican Centre in York
(S). 5.15 Put Your Money
Where Your Mouth Is (S).
6.00 Good Morning
Britain (S). 8.30 Lorraine
(S). 9.25 The Jeremy Kyle
Show (S). 10.30 This
Morning (S). 12.30 Loose
Women (S). 1.30 ITV News;
Weather (S). 1.55 ITV
Regional News; Weather
(S). 2.00 Judge Rinder
(S). 3.00 Dickinson?s Real
Deal (S). 3.59 ITV Regional
Weather (S). 4.00 Tipping
Point (R) (S). 5.00 The
Chase (S).
6.20 3rd Rock From The
Sun (R) (S). 7.35 Everybody
Loves Raymond (R) (S).
8.30 Everybody Loves
Raymond (R) (S). 9.00
Frasier (R) (S). 9.35 Frasier
(R) (S). 10.05 Ramsay?s
Kitchen Nightmares USA
(R) (S). 11.00 Jamie And
Jimmy?s Friday Night
Feast (R) (S). 12.00 Channel
4 News Summary (S).
12.05 Kirstie?s Handmade
Christmas (R) (S). 12.25
FILM: A Christmas
Wedding Tail (Michael
Feifer 2011) (S). 2.10
Countdown (S). 3.00 Lost
And Found (S). 4.00 A
Place In The Sun: Winter
Sun (S). 5.00 Four In A
Bed (R) (S). 5.30 Come Dine
With Me (S).
6.00 Milkshake! 9.15
The Wright Stuff 11.45
FILM: Stealing Christmas
(Gregg Champion 2003)
Crime comedy, starring
Tony Danza (S). 1.25
5 News At Lunchtime
(S). 1.30 Neighbours (S).
2.00 FILM: A Christmas
Promise (Brad Keller
2015) Romantic drama,
starring Patrick Muldoon
and Charisma Carpenter
(S). 3.45 FILM: Christmas
Under Wraps (Peter
Sullivan 2014) Drama,
starring Candace Cameron
Bure (S). 5.30 5 News At
5.30 (S).
6.00 BBC News At
Six; Weather (S).
6.30 BBC Regional
News; Weather
(S).
6.00 Strictly Come
Dancing ? It
Takes Two
Analysis of
the couples?
progress (S).
6.00 ITV Regional
News; Weather
(S).
6.30 ITV News;
Weather (S).
6.00 The Simpsons
Homer is
recruited as
a World Cup
referee in Brazil
(S).
6.30 Hollyoaks (S).
6.00 Neighbours
Sonya springs
a surprise on
Toadie (R) (S).
6.30 5 News Tonight
(S).
7.00 Live
Snooker: UK
Championship
Coverage of the
10th day at the
Barbican Centre
in York (S).
7.00 Emmerdale (S).
7.30 Coronation
Street Robert
snaps at Zeedan
upon his return
to work (S).
7.00 Channel 4 News
(S).
7pm
7.00 The One Show
The ?nal edition
of the week (S).
7.30 Sounds Like
Friday Night
Last in the
series (S).
8pm
8.00 EastEnders
Aidan strikes
up a friendship
with Mick (S).
8.30 Still Open All
Hours (R) (S).
8.00 Mastermind (S).
8.30 Only Connect
The Dandies
and Beaks
return for this
round two game
(S).
8.00 Judge Rinder?s
Crown Court (S).
8.30 Coronation
Street Michelle
is horri?ed
when Robert
collapses (S).
9.00 Have I Got News
For You Hosted
by Mel Giedroyc
(S).
9.30 Mrs Brown?s
Boys Christmas
Special (R) (S).
9.00 The Year In
Music 2017
Claudia
Winkleman
looks back at
the year?s music
highlights (S).
10.00BBC News At
Ten (S).
10.25 BBC Regional
News (S).
10.35 The Graham
Norton Show
(S).
Daytime
6.00 Breakfast (S). 9.15
Island Medics (S). 10.00
Homes Under The
Hammer (R) (S). 11.00
Claimed And Shamed
(R) (S). 11.45 The Sheriffs
Are Coming (S). 12.15
Bargain Hunt (S). 1.00 BBC
News At One; Weather
(S). 1.30 BBC Regional
News; Weather (S). 1.45
Doctors (S). 2.15 Armchair
Detectives (S). 3.00 Escape
To The Country (R) (S). 3.45
The Hairy Bikers Home
For Christmas (S). 4.30
Money For Nothing (R) (S).
5.15 Pointless (R) (S).
6pm
9pm
10pm
11pm
Late
Ancient Roman mindset was to
our own, and the Romans? taste
for ritualised gore is a case in
point. Hughes alights on AD80
and the opening of the Colosseum
in Rome by a struggling Emperor
Titus ? a classic case of bread and
circuses that kick-started 100
days of bloody slaughter for the
masses. It was the concept of
virtus, a sort of sancti?ed
machismo, that allowed such
cruelty for public entertainment.
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QI
10pm, BBC2
I found myself agreeing with
Toby Jones?s character, Lance, in
Detectorists, who declared this
week that he preferred ?Toksvig to
Fry?. Anyway, the topic tonight is
Mark Hamill rustles up
a ?Friday Night Feast?
8pm, Channel 4
6.00 Totally Bonkers
Guinness World Records
(R) (S). 6.20 Planet?s
Got Talent (R) (S). 6.45
Dinner Date (R) (S). 7.35
Emmerdale (R) (S). 8.00
Emmerdale (R) (S). 8.30
Planet?s Got Talent (R) (S).
9.00 The Ellen DeGeneres
Show (R) (S). 9.50 Dinner
Date (R) (S). 10.50 I?m A
Celebrity? Get Me Out Of
Here! (R) (S). 11.50 Planet?s
Got Talent (R) (S). 12.20
Emmerdale (R) (S). 12.55
Emmerdale (R) (S). 1.25
You?ve Been Framed! At
Christmas (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).
Jessica Chastain joins a
somewhat crowded
sofa in tonight?s ?The
Graham Norton Show?
10.35pm, BBC1
Sara Pascoe discusses
opposites on ?QI?
10pm, BBC2
6.00 I?m A Celebrity?
Get Me Out Of
Here! Jungle
highlights and
another eviction
(R) (S).
7.00 The Gadget
Show The best
Christmas tech
presents (S).
7.00 World News
Today (S).
7.30 Christmas
University
Challenge 2015
Last in the
series (R) (S).
6.55 FILM: Tower
Heist (Brett
Ratner 2011)
Crime comedy,
with Ben Stiller
and Eddie
Murphy (S).
7.00 You?ve Been
Framed! At
Christmas
Harry Hill
serves up a
crop of festive
bloopers (R) (S).
8.00 Jamie And
Jimmy?s Friday
Night Feast
With veteran
Star Wars actor
Mark Hamill (S).
8.00 Brunel: The
Man Who Built
Britain (S).
8.00 Top Of The Pops:
1981 Big Hits
Performances
from a varied
year of chart
music (R) (S).
9.00 I?m A Celebrity?
Get Me Out Of
Here! Celebrity
survival
challenge (S).
9.00 Gogglebox The
households?
opinions
on recent
television (S).
9.00 Eight Days That
Made Rome:
Theatre Of
Death Opening
day at Rome?s
Colosseum (S).
9.00 Tales From The
Tour Bus: Rock
?n? Roll On The
Road (R) (S).
10.00QI With Sara
Pascoe, Colin
Lane and Jimmy
Carr (S).
10.30 Newsnight (S).
10.30 ITV News;
Weather (S).
10.00The Last Leg
Comic review of
the signi?cant
moments of the
past seven days
(S).
10.00Eight Days That
Made Rome:
The Rebirth Of
Rome Last in
the series (S).
10.00Classic Album:
American Pie
? Don McLean
A celebration
of the singersongwriter?s
1971 release (S).
11.25 The Apprentice:
The Final Five
Pro?les of
the remaining
candidates (S).
11.05 Snooker: UK
Championship
(S).
11.55 Snowfall (R) (S).
11.05 ITV Regional
News; Weather
(S).
11.20 Tonight At
The London
Palladium (R)
(S).
11.05 First Dates
A recipe
developer?s date
with a rugby
referee gets off
to a good start
(R) (S).
11.05 Secrets Of The
Nazi Occult (R)
(S).
11.00 Buddy Holly:
Rave On The
story of Buddy
Holly?s life and
career (R) (S).
11.35 FILM: Sin City:
A Dame To Kill
For (Robert
Rodriguez, Frank
Miller 2014)
Thriller, with Eva
Green (S).
11.35 American Dad!
Stan creates a
clone of Steve
(R) (S).
12.25 The Apprentice (R)
(S). 1.30 BBC News (S).
12.40 Snowfall (R) (S). 1.35
Sign Zone: Jihadis You Pay
For ? Panorama (R) (S). 2.05
Sign Zone: Elizabeth &
Philip: Love And Duty (R)
(S). 3.05 Sign Zone: Blitz:
The Bombs That Changed
Britain (R) (S).
12.20 Jackpot247 3.00
Storage Hoarders (R) (S).
3.50 ITV Nightscreen
12.10 FILM: Love, Rosie
(Christian Ditter 2014) (S).
2.00 FILM: A Thousand
Words (Brian Robbins
2012) (S). 3.30 Humans (R)
(S). 4.25 Location, Location,
Location (R) (S). 5.20 Draw
It! (R) (S).
12.00 SuperCasino (S).
3.10 GPs: Behind Closed
Doors: Young Mums &
Toddlers (R) (S). 4.00 My
Mum?s Hotter Than Me! (R)
(S). 4.45 House Doctor (R)
(S). 5.10 Great Artists (R)
(S). 5.35 Wildlife SOS (R) (S).
12.00 Rock ?n? Roll
America (R) (S). 1.00 Top
Of The Pops: 1981 Big Hits
(R) (S). 2.00 Classic Album:
American Pie ? Don
McLean (R) (S). 3.00 Buddy
Holly: Rave On (R) (S). 4.00
Close
1.40 FILM: Precinct Seven
Five (Tiller Russell 2014)
Premiere. Documentary
about police corruption in
1980s New York (S). 3.55
Close
12.00 American Dad! (R)
(S). 12.30 Ghosted (R) (S).
1.00 Plebs (R) (S). 1.30
Plebs (R) (S). 2.00 Totally
Bonkers Guinness World
Records (R) (S). 2.30
Teleshopping
8.00 Two And A Half
Men (R) (S).
8.30 Two And A Half
Men (R) (S).
9.00 FILM: Legend
(Brian
Helgeland 2015)
Biopic of the
Kray twins,
starring Tom
Hardy (S).
9.00 Family Guy (R)
(S).
9.30 Family Guy
Peter suffers
kidney failure
after drinking
kerosene (R) (S).
10.00Family Guy
Lois befriends
a local news
presenter (R) (S).
10.30 I?m A Celebrity:
Extra Camp (S).
i FRIDAY
8 DECEMBER 2017
?opposites?, and joining Sandi
Toksvig are Jimmy Carr, Colin Lane
and Sara Pascoe. So how do you
separate a sheep from a goat? And
who is the best anti-Tarzan?
FILM
CHOICE
LAURENCE PHELAN
===
The Graham Norton Show
10.35pm, BBC2
With Christmas shopping nearing its
most intense phase, there is no
shortage of artists with books/
movies/TV programmes to promote,
and Norton?s invariably amusing
chat show is, accordingly, crammed
with guests this week. Once
Noel Gallagher has ?nished his stage
act, will there be room on a sofa
already somehow containing
Jessica Chastain, Dawn French,
Rebel Wilson, Dwayne Johnson,
Kevin Hart and Jack Black?
FILM OF THE DAY
===
9pm, More4
(Denis Villeneuve, 2013)
Jake Gyllenhaal is brilliant as an
intense young detective investigating
the abduction of two young girls
from a quiet suburban street in
Pennsylvania. Hugh Jackman
(left) plays the father of one of the
girls: a Christian survivalist who
grows impatient with the of?cial
investigation and kidnaps and
tortures his own prime suspect
(Paul Dano). Somewhat self-conscious
and simplistic in its moral enquiry,
and with one or two plot holes to step
over, this is nevertheless a seriousminded and utterly gripping raceagainst-time thriller, directed with
a steady hand and uncompromising
severity by Villeneuve.
9am, TCM
(Alfred Hitchcock, 1956)
The innocent man wrongly accused of
a crime ? in this case, Henry Fonda?s
nightclub musician, mistaken for an
armed robber ? was Alfred Hitchcock?s
favourite plot device, but this sober,
almost neorealist drama is one of his
most atypical ?lms.
Prisoners
The Wrong Man
===
Legend
9pm, Film4
(Brian Helgeland, 2015)
This ?lm isn?t much interested in the
realities of Ronnie and Reggie Kray?s
reign of terror, and prefers to imagine
them as Guy Ritchie-ish characters.
Luckily, Tom Hardy is just the actor
to make both twins larger than life.
Radio
BBC Radio 1
6.00 Judge Judy (R) (S).
6.20 Classic Coronation
Street (R) (S). 6.45 Classic
Coronation Street (R) (S).
7.10 Heartbeat (R) (S). 8.15
Wild At Heart (R) (S). 9.15
Judge Judy (R) (S). 9.40
A Touch Of Frost (R) (S).
11.40 Wild At Heart (R)
(S). 1.35 Heartbeat (R) (S).
2.40 Classic Coronation
Street (R) (S). 3.15 Classic
Coronation Street (R) (S).
3.45 A Touch Of Frost (R)
(S). 5.55 Heartbeat (R) (S).
6.55 Doc Martin
An American
tourist seeks
help from
Martin (R) (S).
6.00 Hollyoaks (R) (S).
6.30 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). 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 The Big Bang
Theory Sheldon
is upset about
his career (R) (S).
6.30 The Big Bang
Theory (R) (S).
6.55 The Supervet
A cat needs
surgery on
its knee after
falling from a
balcony (R) (S).
6.00 Futurama (R)
(S).
6.30 The Simpsons
Homer and Bart
deliver a dead
trucker?s cargo
(R) (S).
6.00 House The
doctors perform
open-heart
surgery on a
matador (R) (S).
7.00 Hollyoaks
Darren brings
Jack back from
hospital (S).
7.30 First Dates
Abroad Last in
the series (R) (S).
7.55 Grand Designs
A hi-tech ecofriendly house
in the Kent
countryside (R)
(S).
7.00 The Simpsons
Homer, Marge
and the kids
have biblical
dreams (R) (S).
7.30 The Simpsons
(R) (S).
7.00 CSI: Crime
Scene
Investigation
A police of?cer
hampers an
investigation (R)
(S).
8.00 The Simpsons
Bart gets
involved with
the Ma?a (R) (S).
8.30 Modern Family
(R) (S).
8.00 Blue Bloods
Danny is
charged with
using excessive
force (R) (S).
9.00 Karl Pilkington:
The Moaning Of
Life Exploring
the lengths
people go to in
order to stay
healthy (R) (S).
9.00 Game Of
Thrones Jon
organises the
defence of the
North (R) (S).
10.00A League Of
Their Own
With guests
Cesc Fabregas
and Romesh
Ranganathan (R)
(S).
10.10 Game Of
Thrones
Daenerys
receives an
unexpected
visitor (R) (S).
11.00 The Simpsons
With the guest
voice of Dolly
Parton (R) (S).
11.30 The Simpsons
Homer changes
his name (R) (S).
11.20 FILM: The
Wizard Of Lies
(Barry Levinson
2017) Drama,
starring Robert
De Niro (R) (S).
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).
1.50 The Tunnel (R) (S).
2.50 The Tunnel (R) (S). 3.45
Californication (R) (S). 4.20
The West Wing (R) (S). 5.10
The West Wing (R) (S).
8.00 Doc Martin
Annie Winton
tries to coerce
Martin into
operating
on her ailing
husband Jim (R).
8.00 The Big Bang
Theory (R) (S).
8.30 The Big Bang
Theory (R) (S).
9.00 Foyle?s War The
son of a highpro?le Jewish
businessman is
attacked (R) (S).
9.00 FILM: Ted (Seth
MacFarlane
2012) Comedy,
starring Mark
Wahlberg (S).
11.00 Blue Murder
Janine
investigates
the death of
a charismatic
singer (R) (S).
11.05 The Big Bang
Theory (R) (S).
11.35 The Big Bang
Theory (R) (S).
12.00 Blue Murder (R) (S).
1.05 A Touch Of Frost (R)
(S). 2.55 Joanna Lumley:
The Search For Noah?s Ark
(R) (S). 4.10 Wycliffe (R) (S).
5.10 Judge Judy (R) (S). 5.30
ITV3 Nightscreen
12.05 Rude Tube (R) (S).
1.10 Gogglebox (R) (S).
2.00 Tattoo Fixers (R) (S).
2.55 First Dates Hotel (R)
(S). 3.50 Rude Tube (R)
(S). 4.15 Black-ish (R) (S).
4.40 Black-ish (R) (S). 5.00
Charmed (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).
6.30am The Radio 1 Breakfast
Show With Nick Grimshaw
10.00 Clara Amfo 12.45pm
Newsbeat 1.00 Alice Levine
4.00 The Of?cial Chart With
MistaJam 5.45 Newsbeat 6.00
BBC Radio 1?s Dance Anthems
With MistaJam 7.00 Annie Mac
9.00 Pete Tong 11.00 Danny
Howard 1am B.Traits 4.00
Radio 1?s Essential Mix
BBC Radio 1Xtra
6am A.Dot 10.00 Ace 12.45pm
Newsbeat 1.00 Mo The
Comedian 4.00 Sian Anderson
5.45 Newsbeat 6.00 Sian
Anderson 7.00 Seani B 9.00
Semtex 11.00 Sir Spyro 1am
Kan D Man And DJ Limelight
4.00 Diplo And Friends
BBC Radio 2
9.00 FILM: Prisoners
(Denis
Villeneuve 2013)
Thriller, starring
Hugh Jackman
(S).
12.05 24 Hours In A&E (R)
(S). 1.05 Ramsay?s Kitchen
Nightmares USA (R) (S).
2.00 Ramsay?s Hotel Hell
(R) (S). 3.00 8 Out Of 10
Cats Uncut (R) (S). 3.45
Close
6.30am Chris Evans 9.30 Ken
Bruce 12noon Jeremy Vine
2.00 Steve Wright In The
Afternoon 5.00 Simon Mayo
7.00 Tony Blackburn?s Golden
Hour 8.00 Friday Night Is
Music Night 10.00 Sounds Of
The 80s 12mdn?t Anneka Rice:
The Happening 2.00 Radio 2?s
Funky Soul Playlist 3.00 Radio
2 Playlist: New To 2 4.00 Radio
2 Playlist: 21st Century Songs
5.00 Huey On Saturday
BBC Radio 3
6.30am Breakfast. The
advent broadcasts of JS
Bach?s preludes and fugues
continue. 9.00 Essential
Classics. Antonio Pappano?s
cultural inspirations. 12noon
Composer Of The Week: 21st
Century Opera. Works in
which the element of time is
fundamental. 1.00 News 1.02
Radio 3 Lunchtime Concert.
Northern Ireland Opera?s
Festival of Voice 2017. 2.00
Afternoon Concert. The BBC
Philharmonic performs works
by Stravinsky, Sibelius and
Beethoven. 5.00 In Tune. With
the Temple Church Boys Choir.
7.00 In Tune Mixtape. An
imaginative, eclectic mix of
music. 7.30 Radio 3 In Concert.
Romantic works by Brahms
and Proko?ev. 10.00 The Verb.
Ian McMillan on scrolling.
10.45 Between The Essays.
Tadhg O?Sullivan captures the
re-population by nature of the
area around Chernobyl. 11.00
World On 3. French band Lo?Jo
live in session. 1am Through
The Night.
BBC Radio 4
6am Today 9.00 Desert Island
Discs 9.45 Book Of The Week:
Over And Out 10.00 Woman?s
Hour 11.00 Superfast Politics
11.30 The Wilsons Save The
World 12noon News 12.04
Home Front 12.15 You And
Yours 1.00 The World At One
1.45 This Old Heart Of Mine
2.00 The Archers 2.15 Drama:
Tracks: Strata 3.00 Gardeners?
Question Time 3.45 Radio 4
Christmas Appeal: Making A
Difference 4.00 Last Word 4.30
Feedback 4.55 The Listening
Project 5.00 PM 5.57 Weather
6.00 Six O?Clock News 6.30 The
43
ON DEMAND
Glitch
Net?ix
It?s not exactly The Walking
Dead but this Australian
zombie saga has its moments.
Extraordinary Teens:
My Gay Life
All4
Billy, who realised he was
gay at the age of seven, ?lms
himself from 11 to 17.
Shot In The Dark
Net?ix
Docu-series follows freelance
stringers hunting stories in LA.
Now Show. With Lucy Porter,
Fern Brady, Helen Arney
and Kwame Asante. 7.00 The
Archers. Lilian ?nally faces
the truth. 7.15 Front Row. Arts
programme. 7.45 Gudrun.
By Lucy Catherine. 8.00 Any
Questions? Topical discussion
from Coventry Cathedral. 8.50
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Friday Night Is
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8pm, BBC Radio 2
Mark Kermode?s
birthday tribute
to the movie
composer John
Williams (above) is
repeated to mark
the forthcoming
release of the
lastest Star Wars
?lm, The Last Jedi.
Dot 6.00 The Testament Of
Jessie Lamb 6.15 A Collection
Of Bones 6.30 Soul Music
7.00 I?m Sorry I?ll Read That
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Short Stories 9.15 On The Train
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Life: An Idiot?s Guide 12mdn?t
The Testament Of Jessie
Lamb 12.15 A Collection Of
Bones 12.30 Soul Music 1.00
Unof?cial Rosie 1.30 Folk
Song, Art Song 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 The Motion Show
4.30 After Henry 5.00 Capital
Gains 5.30 Dot
BBC 5 Live
6am 5 Live Breakfast 10.00 5
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1pm The Friday Sports Panel
2.00 Kermode And Mayo?s Film
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Live Sport: The Friday Football
Social 10.00 Stephen Nolan
1am Up All Night 5.00 5 Live
Boxing With Costello & Bunce
5.30 5 Live Sport: The Friday
Football Social
BBC 6 Music
7am Shaun Keaveny 10.00
Lauren Laverne 1pm Mark
Radcliffe And Stuart Maconie
4.00 Steve Lamacq 7.00
The Unthanks 9.00 Tom
Ravenscroft 12mdn?t Nemone?s
Electric Ladyland 2.00 6 Music
Classic Concert 3.00 6 Music
Live Hour 4.00 The First Time
With Charlie Watts 5.00 Chris
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6am More Music Breakfast
9.00 John Suchet 1pm Jane
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7.00 Smooth Classics At Seven
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10.00 Smooth Classics 1am
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Dave Berry 7.00 Absolute 80s
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Sarah Champion 4am Ben
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6am Jamie And Emma
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Annaliese 1am James Merritt
TalkSPORT
6am The Alan Brazil Sports
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Visual Arts
BASQUIAT: BOOM FOR REAL
Barbican Gallery, London EC2
The New York art prodigy from
the 1980s, Jean-Michel Basquiat,
?nally gets his ?rst proper UK
exhibition. Given how proli?c he
was, amazingly none of his work,
from his early graf?ti to his later
paintings with Andy Warhol,
is owned by a public UK or US
collection, as most of his work is
privately owned. A rare chance
to see beyond the myth.
(020 7638 8891) to 28 Jan
DEGAS: A PASSION FOR
PERFECTION
Fitzwilliam, Cambridge
A free show marks the centenary
of the death of Edgar Degas
with pieces from his entire
career, including paintings,
pastels, drawings, watercolours,
prints, counterproofs and
sculptures in bronze and wax,
made up from the Fitzwilliam?s
own holdings as well as 60
loans from private and public
collections. In a section exploring
his artistic legacy are Walter
Sickert, Pablo Picasso, Lucian
Freud, Frank Auerbach, RB Kitaj,
Ryan Gander and Francis Bacon.
(01223 332900) to 14 Jan
ILYA AND EMILIA KABAKOV
Tate Modern, London SE1
Ilya Kabakov of?cially worked in
the Soviet Union as a children?s
illustrator, but he was also
an avant-garde artist among
fellow under-the-radar Moscow
intellectuals. He?s now married
to Emilia, whom he joined in New
York in the late Eighties, having
escaped the USSR. They became
a thrilling artistic partnership,
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making Ilya?s earlier ideas fusing
painting and conceptualism and
his experiments with installation
art, as this show of work from
throughout their career shows.
(020 7887 8888) to 28 Jan
ED RUSCHA
Scottish National Gallery of Modern
Art, Edinburgh
Ed Ruscha has lived and worked
in Los Angeles for most of 60
years and the city has been
his constant inspiration, both
directly in his photographs,
and less directly but also more
pointedly, in his paintings.
This free show of more than 60
artworks from the Artists Rooms
collection includes photographic
series, paintings and drawings
dating from the early 1960s to the
2000s. (0131 624 6200) to 29 Apr
IMPRESSIONISTS IN LONDON,
FRENCH ARTISTS IN EXILE
(1870-1904)
Tate Britain, London SW1
The ?rst exhibition to map the
connections between French
and British artists, patrons and
art dealers during the FrancoPrussian war and afterwards.
The experience of artists such as
Monet, Tissot, Pissarro, Dalou,
Sisley and Legros in London and
the friendships that developed
in?uenced their own work but
also contributed to the British art
scene. (020 7887 8888) to 7 May
TURNER PRIZE
Ferens Gallery, Hull
The Turner Prize moves from
London to Hull for 2017, with
a free exhibition of the four
shortlisted artists for the
�,000 prize. This is the ?rst
year that older artists have been
considered, with a list including
two over the age of 50: British
painter Hurvin Anderson is 52,
while Lubaina Himid, this year?s
winner, was born in Zanzibar
and is 62. German artist
Andrea Buttner and PalestinianEnglish artist Rosalind
Nashashibi are both in their
forties. (01482 300 300) to 7 Jan
WYNDHAM LEWIS: LIFE, ART, WAR
IWM North, Manchester
The largest UK retrospective of
Wyndham Lewis?s work to date
marks the 60th anniversary of
his death and the centenary of
his commission as an of?cial war
artist in 1917, featuring more than
160 artworks, books, journals
and pamphlets. A radical force
in 20th-century British art and
literature, Lewis was a brilliant
draughtsman, innovative
writer and satirist, and leader
of Britain?s only avant-garde
art movement, Vorticism.
(0161 836 4000) to 1 Jan
Talks
TIM KEY
Arts Theatre, London WC2
Wonderfully arch Tim Key
returns to the stand-up stage
with Megadate, a tale about a
budding romance drenched
(literally) in lager and punctuated
by his trademark pithy poems.
(020 7478 0100) to Sun
JON RICHARDSON
Philharmonic Hall, Liverpool
Testy, cardigan-wearing grump
Jon Richardson gets great comic
mileage out of his early-onset
fogeyish tendencies in Old Man.
(0151 709 3789) tonight
WILD BORE
Soho Theatre, London W1
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
Dance
PROJECT POLUNIN
London Coliseum, London WC2
Actor Zach Galligan takes
part in a Q&A session
following a screening of Joe
Dante?s cult Christmas-goeswrong movie, Gremlins.
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.
Comedy
THE NUTCRACKER
Birmingham Hippodrome
GREMLINS + Q&A
BFI Southbank, London SE1
(020 7928 3232) tonight 8.20pm
ED BYRNE
Parr Hall, Warrington
In Spoiler Alert, Ed Byrne ?nds
fertile observational ground
in the cosseted lives of his two
young sons. (01925 442345) tonight
(020 7845 9300) to Sun
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 Wed
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THEATRE
A CHRISTMAS CAROL
Old Vic, London SE1
Matthew Warchus?s magni?cent staging provides everything you might want from a theatrical adaptation
of Dickens? timeless (and never more timely) morality tale urging social responsibility and compassion.
Rhys Ifans gives a remarkably powerful performance, spiky-haired and spitting intemperate scorn, as the
terminal skin?int. (0844 871 7628) to 20 Jan
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Pop
Jazz
ROBERT PLANT AND THE
SENSATIONAL SPACE SHIFTERS
Royal Albert Hall, London SW7
DAVE O?HIGGINS
The Verdict, Brighton
Now that calls to reunite his
old band have died down, Led
Zep?s lion king answers a deeper
summons. Lit up by a warm
romantic spirit and galvanised
by political passions, Robert
Plant draws inspiration from
exploration on Carry Fire,
an album of rootsy wonder
and globe-roaming grooves.
(royalalberthall.com) tonight
HERCULES AND LOVE AFFAIR
Shepherd?s Bush Empire, London W12
Andrew Butler?s rave-limbed
ensemble fan the disco-inferno
?ames once more. Deep-house
reinvention is on the agenda as
the Herculeans tour Omnion,
where Butler stretches the
dance?oor?s remit in explorations
of addiction and recovery, helped
by voice-work from Sharon van
Etten, the Horrors? Faris Badwan
and others. (stargreen.com) tonight
BENJAMIN CLEMENTINE
Colston Hall, Bristol
After 2015?s Mercury-winning
At Least for Now, this former
busker does the noble thing and
takes a sharp left. A theatrical
concept piece about ?ies,
geopolitics and refugees, I Tell a
Fly sets vital, boundary-crossing
themes to dramatically shapeshifting music: it?s some job
keeping up, but worth the effort.
(myticket.co.uk) tonight
Classical
EARLY OPERA COMPANY
Wigmore Hall, London W1
Christian Curnyn directs a
Christmas-themed concert
of music by 17th-century
French master Marc-Antoine
Charpentier, featuring his
carol-based Messe de Minuit pour
No雔, pastoral nativity cantata
In Nativitatem Domini Canticum
and celebratory Te Deum.
(020 7935 2141) tonight 7.30pm
Opera
SEMIRAMIDE
Royal Opera House, London WC2
Joyce DiDonato stars as the
unknowingly incestuous
Babylonian queen in David
Alden?s new Royal Opera
staging of Rossini?s
Voltaire-based bel canto epic.
Antonio Pappano conducts a
starry cast also featuring
Daniela Barcelona, Lawrence
Brownlee and Michele Pertusi.
(020 7304 4000) tonight 6.30pm
Folk & Roots
ELIZA CARTHY &
THE WAYWARD BAND
St Georges Church, Brighton
Touring through to 21 December,
British folk?s newest big band
? peopled by the likes of Lucy
Farrell, Sam Sweeney, Saul Rose
and Beth Porter ? play from
their excellent debut album, Big
Machine. (01273 279448) tonight
The British tenor and soprano
saxophonist tours his new album,
It?s Always 9:30 in Zog, with his
quartet. (01273 674847) tonight
TRYGVE SEIM?S RUMI SONGS
St Martin-in-the-Fields, London WC2
In this Norwegian Concert
at Christmas (also featuring
soprano Lise Davidsen),
saxophonist/composer Trygve
Seim leads a quartet of voice,
accordion, cello and sax through
settings of the 13th-century
works of Persian poet Jalal al-Din
Rumi. (020 7766 1100) tonight
Meet the artist with
blood on her hands
Ione Rucquoi uses the bodily fluids and frozen placentas
of friends and family in her work ? but her aim is to
celebrate, not to shock, she tells Bernadette McNulty
World Music
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SEV蔔 KILAM蔔 KURD�
The Old Church, London N16
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
Theatre
THE BAND
Regent Theatre, Stoke-on-Trent
The popularity of this touring
musical about Take That has
been buoyed by the BBC?s Let It
Shine, which recruited Five to
Five, the young popsters who
stand in for Gary, Howard, Mark,
Jason and Robbie. Writer Tim
Firth?s piece is an infectious
homage to the music of Britain?s
best-loved boy band and the
power of youthful friendship.
The on-stage action never takes
itself too seriously as it journeys
from 1990s suburban teenage
bedroom to the present day.
(thebandmusical.com) to Sat
AN AMERICAN IN PARIS
Dominion Theatre, London W1
Christopher Wheeldon?s
production is a whirl of colour
and imagery, a fantasy Paris
rooted to a speci?c historical
moment. Based on the 1951 ?lm,
the stage musical reframes the
romance as a dream of post-war
optimism, while dancing through
the wonders of the Gershwin
back catalogue. Wheeldon, a
ballet choreographer who made
his Broadway directing debut
with this production, puts dance
at the heart of the production.
(0845 200 7982) to 6 Jan
MOTHER COURAGE AND
HER CHILDREN
Southwark Playhouse, London SE1
Josie Lawrence shines in this
revival of Bertolt Brecht?s
1939 play, in a production
that embraces the vaudeville
character of the play?s songs
and music. Casting Lawrence in
the title role is a brilliant choice,
raising the production from
passable to ?rst-class and hinting
at Courage as a sad clown, an
improviser on her last legs.
(020 7407 0234) to Sat
Blood relatives
Ione Rucquoi will
be showing works
such as ?Family
Tree? (below)
B
lood, it turns out, isn?t
easy to light. I meet
the artist Ione Rucquoi
in a fluster, just as she
arrives at the opening
of a new gallery in south London.
She has travelled up this afternoon from her remote home in the
middle of Dartmoor, and it is the
?rst time she has seen her pieces
hung among work by the likes
of Richard Long and Cornelia
Parker in an exhibition themed
around ?Nature?s Alchemy?.
?They need to be both in a kind
of dull light but also well-lit, as if
you?re looking at them in a chapel.
The gold should really stand out.?
I tell her not to fret. Even in
the crude beam of the gallery
spotlights, her paintings, two
large-scale and five miniatures,
have a beguiling beauty. They
look like a cross between
mandalas and ornate doilies,
gold leaf illuminating intricate
patterns of what appears to be
deep red pigment, matt, and in
places cracked.
Except that it isn?t paint on the
canvas but blood, taken from the
placentas of her two children and
venous blood from family and
friends. ?Sometimes people are
looking at my work in a gallery,
and then they read what it?s
made from, and suddenly they?re
horri?ed. They say it?s disgusting.?
Artists have been using blood
in their work for centuries, but in
the 20th century, it became a way
of shocking the viewer, to make
political, social or philosophical
statements. In the 1960s, the
Viennese Actionists ripped up
animal carcasses in performances
that left their audience splattered
with entrails. In the 1990s, Andres
S errano drenched his
work in bodily fluids,
and Tracey Emin
displayed her soiled
bed. In 2006, Marc
Quinn made Self
Portrait, a cast
of his head filled
with 10 pints of
his own blood.
R u c q u o i ,
who studied
at G oldsmiths in
the 1990s, wants to
celebrate the essence of life,
rather than revolt. ?Particularly
with the placenta blood, I want
to deify the role it plays in life. It
sustains your child during your
pregnancy. I don?t want to provoke
people. I want to make people
think about how blood unites us.?
Rucquoi began using blood
after she kept the placenta of her
daughter eight years ago. ?It was
a way of capturing the emotions
I felt in that moment of early
motherhood.? At first she began
taking whole imprints from the
placenta, which she surrounded
in delicate halos of gold leaf. Later,
she began using venous blood
from a friend who was dying of
cancer. ?She was really keen on
me turning her blood into art.?
Rucquoi used it to make a wheel
of life, with patterns made out of
syringes and pills symbolising her
illness while the gold represented
the vitality of her life.
Now friends give her placentas,
which she keeps in the freezer.
?They produce a lot of blood
when they defrost. It?s
quite thin and watery
and I build it up
in layers.?
The most
moving piece in
the exhibition is
a shimmering
work called
Family Tree. with
four large circles.
Each represents
a female member of
Rucquoi?s family, including
herself, her mother, her daughter,
and most poignantly her sister
Lydia, who died 15 years ago in
a freak accident. Rucquoi used
her own blood to depict Lydia?s
headstone and the wall that fell
on her. ?I remember going to the
place where she died a few days
later and there was still blood on
the floor. I wanted to represent
that image in some way but also
to show this strong line of women.
?We watch terrible violence on
our TVs every day, yet we become
squeamish about seeing some
blood. I want to reconnect people
back with their humanity.?
?Nature?s Alchemy?, bo.lee gallery,
London SE15, to 6 January
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Homes & design
Doing up
the dream
A RENOVATION DIARY
Ben Alden-Falconer
So far I?ve found
a George V
penny ? and a
decomposing cat
?Classic ?lm posters used as
carpet underlay sold for �,000.?
I can?t help recalling this recent
headline about two lucky builders
in Penarth as I strip my own rooms
of their mouldy coverings. No
such hidden treasure here, and if
there had been, it would have been
ruined by the frost-like patterns
of dry rot spreading beneath the
1960s lino.
There have been a few gems
for anyone with an interest in
recent history. ?Kennedy nosing
ahead ? but nine key states are still
to come? (Oct 20, 1960) greeted
me from an ancient broadsheet
Daily Mail as I reached the ?nal
layer before the ?oorboards; and
on another sheet ?Row brews
over plans to scrap LCC? (London
County Council). They aren?t
valuable but I still put them to one
side. Perhaps they?ll ?nd a new
place here as wallpaper for the loo.
?Found any cash yet?? asks
the builder, as he checks out the
problems with the leaking roof. It?s
not uncommon, he says, to ?nd a
?10-bob note? stashed beneath the
lino. The reasoning was that when
the old ?ooring needed replacing,
the funds would help cover the
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cost; they didn?t reckon with
in?ation and decimalisation.
A vintage shop owner, casting
his eye over the debris mounting
up in the front garden, tells the
story of how he discovered a
valuable Victorian doll in an
otherwise empty attic. The only
money I?ve found is a George V
penny that appeared when part
of the kitchen ceiling ?nally
collapsed, and a couple of ?orins.
Downstairs, in the ?breakfast
room? (the rooms all have Cluedostyle names over their doors ? a
legacy from a period as a B&B)
where the ?replace should be
there?s a hardboard box. We
nervously jemmy off the front
and it falls away with a cloud of
soot to reveal a beautiful castiron ?replace complete with
original painted tiles. In one of
the bedrooms we help the peeling
post-war wallpaper on its way,
There have been
a few gems in the
form of ancient
newspaper headlines
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Tread carefully: a hole was found
under the breakfast room carpet
and discover the ?owery screenprinted Victorian original. It is
already ripped on the chimney
breast but, I consider keeping a
small section visible to reveal
something of the house?s past.
Not all the surprises have been
good. Reading a few interiors blogs
for ideas, I?ve been a bit frustrated
when many refer to the places they
buy as ?wrecks?, yet the kitchens
are simply dated and perfectly
functional. Clearly my place has
some wonderful original gems ?
it?s why I bought it ? but the work
is going to be more than simply
modernising a kitchen.
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The expression tread carefully
takes on a literal meaning. As the
carpet came out in the breakfast
room a gaping hole through the
?oor gives a view straight into the
cellar below, and a key set of joists
over the kitchen door is almost
rotted through. One of the back
rooms has ivy growing through
the windows. And a skylight has
been covered with nothing more
than MDF, allowing water to pour
through. Each of these problems
has clearly been left for a decade or
so, getting worse each winter.
In the back garden, a foul smell
turns out to be a decomposing cat.
Luckily none of us ever tried using
the loo, as we might have made a
nasty discovery if we had. After
removing the rotting carpet, we
discover all the ?oorboards and
joists around it are rotten. Had
we sat on it, we might have found
ourselves crashing through to the
kitchen below.
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thing, made for the job.? A Tina
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{6} JAKOTI HAND SHEARS
Val Bourne, garden writer and
author of The Living Jigsaw, will
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precision sharp and I use mine
every time I garden.?
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{7} TRUFFLE TREE
The Eden Project?s horticultural
team leader Julie Kendall
reveals that ?I would really like
a truf?e tree for Christmas this
year. They?re a real delicacy but
very expensive and notoriously
dif?cult to forage for in the
wild, so growing my own would
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new title Rakes Progress is top
of my list.?
�, rakesprogressmagazine.com
{9} WOODEN MUD KITCHEN
Blue Peter gardener and
podcaster Lee Connelly, the
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sturdy play centre with six
stainless steel accessories to
aid in the making of mud pies.
�.99, studio.co.uk
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Monty Don?s new book would
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Delving into his own personal
philosophy of gardening, Monty
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GAMBLING
Ladbrokes revives �9bn
takeover talks with GVC
By Ravender Sembhy
Shares in Ladbrokes Coral surged
yesterday after the bookmaker said
that it had reopened takeover talks
with online rival GVC about a deal
worth a potential �9bn.
Shares in Ladbrokes closed 29 per
cent higher at 175.1p after the pair
revealed ?detailed? discussions over a
tie-up in which GVC would pay �1bn
in cash and shares for Ladbrokes.
The ?nal price could reach �9bn,
depending on the outcome of a
government review into controversial
?xed-odds betting terminals.
The talks follow two previous
attempts to cement a deal. The
most recent discussions broke
down in the summer over the price
and amid uncertainty ahead of the
Government?s gambling review.
The takeover would create
an online-led global gambling
giant, combining Ladbrokes? high
street and online operations with
GVC?s stable of brands, including
Sportingbet and PartyCasino.
Under the terms of the potential
takeover, GVC would own about
53.5 per cent of the enlarged group
and its chief executive, Kenneth
Alexander, would take the reins.
But the firms said plans for the
?nal management line-up would be
worked out over the coming weeks.
GVC has said it would be prepared
Ladbrokes has nearly 3,700
bookies on the high street
and more than 25,000 staff. GVC,
which owns Foxy Bingo, employs
2,800 employees and contractors
throughout 15 of?ces worldwide.
to offer up to �9bn if the review of
?xed-odds betting terminals requires
the maximum stake to be cut from
�0 to �. But many in the industry
believe it could be slashed to �
or even as little as � which would
cause the value of the takeover offer
to fall to the minimum of �1bn.
The sector has been under pressure
pending the review, which is expected
to cut earnings significantly from
lucrative betting machines ? dubbed
the ?crack cocaine of gambling?.
Ladbrokes completed its �3bn
merger with Gala Coral in November
last year, but it is understood that
GVC approached Ladbrokes about
a takeover when the Gala acquisition
was being ?nalised.
GVC ? whose shares rose by 5
per cent to 954.5p yesterday ? said
it expected ?material synergies? to
result from a merger with Ladbrokes,
GVC would pay at least �1bn in cash
and shares for Ladbrokes
which it would lay out in any
forthcoming ?rm offer. Neil Wilson, a
market analyst at ETX Capital, said:
?GVC got lucky at the third attempt
and Ladbrokes Coral shareholders
can count their winnings.?
Lee Wild, of Interactive Investor,
added: ?That GVC has made a move
is not the surprise. Only the timing
is unexpected. Industry players
were thought to be waiting for the
outcome of a review into ?xed-odds
betting terminals.?
PROPERTY
House price
growth slows
for first time
since July
By Stephen Little
Quote of
the day
Every business
has a different
problem. The
Government
doing something
stupid is an
overriding
concern in
everything
Vernon Hill
The Metro Bank
founder on the ?rm?s
biggest challenge
The 30
Second
Briefing
EPSTEIN
THEATRE
Is it curtains for the famous Epstein
Theatre in Liverpool?
The venue has collapsed into
administration, but the company
which owns it has insisted that the
show will go on over Christmas. The
historic playhouse, which opened
its doors in 1913 as Cranes Music
Hall, has appointed FRP Advisory as
administrator after falling behind on
its rent payments.
How many people are affected?
FRP will continue to run the theatre
as normal, retaining all 30 staff,
while a restructuring takes place.
Lila Thomas, a partner at FRP,
said: ?The Epstein Theatre doors
remain open for the entirety of
the Christmas season and beyond.?
Talks are now taking place about a
?nancial restructuring to secure the
theatre?s long-term future.
What went wrong?
Liverpool City Council owns
the freehold of the building,
but the ownership structure is
complicated by the presence of a
long leaseholder, Hanover Estate
Management. The council awarded
David and Rebekah Pichilingi an
18-year contract to run the theatre
in 2012, but it is understood to have
racked up losses for several years.
The Christmas pantomime Peter
Pan, which is due to open today,
will go ahead with an unchanged
performance schedule.
What?s the history?
The 380-seat, Grade II listed theatre
has closed several times before. It
shut for a year in the late 1960s, and
again in 2005 for safety reasons. The
theatre was refurbished in 2011 at a
cost of �2m. It is named in memory
of The Beatles? manager Brian
Epstein, who died in 1967.
Annual growth in property prices
slowed last month for the ?rst time
since July, according to the Halifax.
Prices in the year to November
rose by 3.9 per cent, compared with
4.5 per cent in October, the lender
said. However, on a quarterly basis,
house prices grew in November
at their fastest rate since January.
Between October and November
they went up by 0.5 per cent, the ?fth
consecutive monthly increase.
Halifax said the average price of a
property was now �6,821 ? 3.2 per
cent higher than in January.
?The imbalance between supply
and demand continues to support
house prices, which doesn?t look like
changing in the near future,? said
Russell Galley, the managing director
of Halifax Community Bank.
He warned that affordability issues
resulting from rising in?ation could
further dampen prices. ?Further
ahead, increasing affordability
issues, as price increases continue
to outstrip wage growth, are likely
to curb housing demand and cause
price growth to ease,? he added.
Last week, Nationwide said that
annual house price growth was 2.5
per cent over the past year. The
?gures come after the Government
announced that it is scrapping
stamp duty for ?rst-time buyers on
properties worth up to �0,000.
?We do expect the Government?s
?rst-time buyer stamp-duty changes
to provide some stimulus to demand,
particularly in London and the South
East, where the impact is greatest,?
said Mr Galley. THE INDEPENDENT
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PROPERTY
Business rates appeals
system ?too complicated?
Lloyds sells HQ
to Chinese firm
and leases it
back for 20 years
By Holly Williams
By Kalyeena Makortoff
Concerns are mounting about the
new system for appealing against
business rate rises, after it emerged
that so far only 400 companies have
been able to challenge their bills.
Statistics from the Valuation
Of?ce Agency show that 5,650 ?rms
in England asked for their business
rates to be checked between 1 April
and the end of September.
Of those, 2,260 cases remain
unresolved and only 400 have
progressed to the second stage of
making a formal challenge.
The Government has come under
?re over the complexity of the new
appeals system ? with cross-bench
peer Lord Lytton telling the House
earlier this year that it was designed
to ?prevent appeals?.
Data sent out separately last
month from the Valuation Tribunal
Service showed no rates challenges
had reached the ?nal appeal stage by
the end of September.
A deluge of appeals was expected,
given that 500,000 businesses had
a rates rise. About 20,000 appeals
were lodged in the month after the
last revaluation seven years ago.
John Webber, the head of business
rating at Colliers International, said:
?It beggars belief that businesses are
so happy with their rate bills in 2017
that hardly any one is contesting.
A Chinese investment group has
snapped up Lloyds Banking Group?s
headquarters for an undisclosed sum
in the second major foreign property
deal announced this week.
The bank will lease back its
building at 25 Gresham Street in
the City of London for the next 20
years as part of the deal with Hengli
Investments Holding. Lloyds did not
reveal the sale price.
The 119,742 square foot of?ce block
(inset) is the Hong Kong investor?s
first UK purchase, according to
business law firm Addleshaw
Goddard, which advised Hengli on its
acquisition. The deal took less than
four weeks to negotiate and Hengli?s
chairman, Chen Chang Wei, said the
company was looking for further
investments in the capital.
It is the second
Chinese company
to confirm a major
commercial deal
this week, as
Asian demand for
London property
continues to grow.
Cheung Kei Group
s p e n t � 2 70 m o n a
tower at Canary Wharf in London?s
Docklands, which is currently let
to businesses including JPMorgan
and American Express. Cheung Kei
paid Said Holdings �6 per square
foot for the 12-storey building, which
was Bear Stearns? former London
headquarters.
In June, the Hong Kong-based food
conglomerate Lee Kum Kee spent
�3bn buying the 50 per cent stakes
jointly held by Canary Wharf Group
and Land Securities in a skyscraper
at 20 Fenchurch Street known as the
?Walkie Talkie?. Another London
landmark ? ?The Cheesegrater? at
122 Leadenhall Street ? was sold for
�15bn in March to the investment
vehicle of Chinese property tycoon
Cheung Chung Kiu.
Pubs and retailers
were among the
businesses hardest
hit by the rates
increase in April
?We would argue the figures for
2017 are so low purely because
ratepayers cannot navigate through
the new system.?
The business rates overhaul on
1 April meant that 1.9 million
premises in England were revalued,
and it left many businesses facing
crippling rises, with retailers and
pubs among those hit hardest.
Independent forecasts from the
Office for Budget Responsibility
suggest that �5bn has been set
aside to cover tax rebates across
England over the next five years.
Altus, Britain?s largest ratings
advisory ?rm, said there was likely
to be a rush of appeals being lodged
in the new year as ?rms get to grips
with the new system.
The Government recently
announced it was bringing
forward plans to switch the
in?ation measure used to
calculate annual increases.
ECONOMY
Eurozone keeps growing as UK GDP falters
By Josie Cox
The eurozone?s economy expanded
by 0.6 per cent in the third quarter of
the year, of?cial data showed, putting
the UK economy in the shade.
Forecasters now expect the 19
eurozone countries? gross domestic
Outlook
JIM
ARMITAGE
Ladbrokes and
GVC can expect a
prosperous union
K
enny Alexander had to
ask his wife three times to
marry him before she said
?yes?. As in love, business.
Having had a brace of
proposals to Ladbrokes knocked
back, the GVC founder has finally
won his bride.
Is it a marriage made in heaven?
product (GDP) for 2017 to be the best
for a decade. That is a sharp contrast
to the UK, where GDP expanded
by 0.4 per cent in the third quarter,
putting the country on track for its
worst annual growth for ?ve years.
Romania led the pack across the
European Union in the third quarter,
with economic expansion of 2.6 per
cent. This was followed by Malta at
1.9 per cent, Latvia at 1.5 per cent and
Poland at 1.2 per cent, the Eurostat
agency reported.
Denmark and Lithuania recorded
the worst performance. Denmark?s
economy contracted by 0.6 per cent.
Perhaps. The precedents are good:
since merging with Coral, Ladbrokes
has become hugely more efficient,
creating �0m of cost savings.
Cautious estimates of yesterday?s
deal put the savings at �0m. That
should mean bigger margins and
better odds for customers.
The combined business will leave
Laddies less exposed to the UK,
where the Government has decided
betting, as British as the Grand
National, is no longer such a good
thing. Forthcoming curbs on slot
machine stakes in bookies? shops will
hit Ladbrokes hard.
We had all thought no takeover
deal would happen until we knew
how draconian the Government?s
new rules would be. But a cunning
plan has been hatched that means
both sides are covered whatever the
outcome of the probe.
If we get the most vegan nanny
state option of a �maximum stake,
GVC pays no extra for Ladbrokes.
For the steak tartare outcome, where
wagers up to � can continue, it will
pay an extra 42.8p a share.
More likely is that the limit ends
up at � a pop, in which case GVC
stumps up 30.3p extra. That?s clever
stuff, and a credit to both sides to
have come to an agreement on the
maths. Would that the DUP and the
Tory party could be so grown up.
So, why is GVC so eager for
Ladbrokes?s hand? Because size is
Th
his wedding leaves
an unloved wall?ower
behind in the shape of
lonesome William Hill
everything in online gaming. Once
you?ve paid to set up the IT that runs
the games, the more players you push
through it, the bigger your profit.
With Ladbrokes, GVC gets a huge
new UK customer base.
Like all partnerships, there will
be some minor squabbles. Though
Ladbrokes will fancy GVC?s exotic
global reach, it can?t be enamoured
of its exposure to Germany, where
equally uncertain regulations await.
Then there are those IT systems
I mentioned; crunching Ladbrokes?s
and GVC?s together could be painful
and distract from the day job of
winning customers.
Still, GVC is a deal machine. It
has done integrations successfully
before, so it?s fair to give it the bene?t
of the doubt.
This wedding leaves an unloved
wallflower behind in the shape of
lonesome William Hill. How long
before it too tries to reheat the
embers of an old flame, its former
American suitor Amaya?
It would be a tricky hook-up,
because UK investors don?t want to
own US shares. But, as this slidingscale price arrangement shows, when
they come wooing, betting tycoons
are as inventive as they are persistent.
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From the
business
pages
Weinstein Co sued
for unpaid adverts
The New York Times
The New York Times Company
is suing the Weinstein Company
for failing to pay for print
advertisements that ran in the
national and New York editions
of the newspaper. The Times
said the ?lm studio owed it
$229,567.68, according to the
complaint ?led in New York
state?s Supreme Court. The ads
featured Weinstein Company
?lms including Tulip Fever,
Wind River and Leap!
Danish IT skills
are in demand
The Copenhagen Post
It really pays to speak Danish
in the UK if you work in IT.
The average salary paid to
Danish-speaking IT workers
in the UK is �,628 a year,
according to analysis carried
out by the British job search
engine Adzuna Towers. The
only language more valuable
is Japanese. IT workers who
speak Japanese earn an average
salary of �,211.
Siemens �m
Mexico boost
Mexico News Daily
The German conglomerate
Siemens is to invest more
than 1bn pesos (�m) on the
training and development
of Mexican engineers. The
company believes it will enable
Mexico to be at the forefront
of a new industrial revolution
known as Industry 4.0, which
encompasses trends towards
the increased automation of
manufacturing technologies.
Saskatoon is
open for business
Calgary Herald
Saskatoon has the most
competitive tax rates on
business investments of any
major city in Canada. The
CD Howe Institute, a policy
think-tank, said Saskatoon
was top, followed by Calgary
and Vancouver. The highest
tax burdens were found in
Saint John, Charlottetown and
Montreal. Saskatoon?s overall
marginal effective tax rate on
new business investments fell to
42.4 per cent in 2017.
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SUPERMARKETS
ENERGY
Sainbury?s opens
Zizzi concession
�m funding for
nuclear research
Sainsbury?s is trialling a pizza
counter in one of its stores, as
part of a wider plan to offer a
different shopping experience.
The in-store Zizzi counter
opened in Balham, south
London, yesterday. Sainsbury?s
has introduced Sushi Gourmet
counters and Patisserie
Valerie products at some of its
branches in the past year.
Up to �m of funding is to
be offered for research and
development into mini-nuclear
plants, the Government said.
The money will be available
over the next three years to
assess the potential of designs
of advanced and small modular
reactors. The UK?s civil nuclear
sector contributed �4bn to
the economy last year.
PACKAGING
CURRENCIES
DS Smith profits
drop as costs rise
Bump for pound if
EU talks go well
The packaging supplier DS
Smith reported a fall in pre-tax
pro?ts after a ?substantial?
rise in costs. Pre-tax pro?ts for
the six months to 31 October
were 1 per cent lower at �4m.
However, the company said a
rise in corrugated box volumes
supported half-year revenues,
which grew by 19 per cent to
�8bn. Shares fell to 525p.
A number of analysts polled
by Reuters expect the pound
to make signi?cant gains if
negotiations over Britain?s
departure from the EU take a
positive turn. Forecasts from
the poll of 60 foreign exchange
specialists, taken this week,
suggest that the pound will be
worth $1.33 in a month, $1.32 in
six months and $1.33 in a year.
ENERGY
INSURANCE
GE plans to cut
1,100 UK jobs
Legal & General
set for record year
GE is proposing to cut 1,100 jobs
from its UK power business.
The planned losses will mainly
affect Stafford and Rugby, with
the total representing about
6 per cent of the company?s UK
workforce. GE said demand
for new-build power plants had
?dramatically? dropped in all
OECD countries.
Legal and General said it was
on course for a record year of
pro?ts, but its shares fell by 0.7
per cent to 259.9p. The insurer
pointed to areas such as its
retirement unit, which has
delivered total sales of �2bn
in the year to date, thanks to
strong performances in the UK
and US pension markets.
CURRENCIES
PEOPLE
Bitcoin soars to
another high
Glencore appoints
Marcus to board
Bitcoin hit another record
yesterday, hitting above $16,000
before paring back to around
$15,500. The price rise was
thought to be partly in response
to the Australian Stock
Exchange operator, ASX, saying
it will start using blockchain to
process share transactions.
Glencore has appointed Gill
Marcus, a former governor of
South Africa?s Reserve Bank,
as a non-executive director. Ms
Marcus has been on the board
of Gold Fields, a rival miner.
Glencore said it had increased
production of the metals used to
make electric car batteries.
the
markets
Britain?s betting groups enjoyed
a winning streak after Ladbrokes
Coral revived takeover talks with
the owner of online rival Foxy
Bingo., Shares in Ladbrokes Coral
rose by 29 per cent on the FTSE
250, by 39.4p to 175.1p. GVC was
also up 45.5p to 954.5p. William
Hill?s shares were up 23.6p to 315p
after reaching a deal to take over
the gaming company NYX.
***
The FTSE 100 closed 27.28 points
lower at 7,320.75 as insurance and
mining stocks dragged the market
down. Shares in Rio Tinto fell
by 58p to 3,440.5p, while Anglo
American slipped by 9.5p to 1,343p.
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consumers are getting good deals. very long contracts ? some for up
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This is a one-person version of the
renowned Vietnamese beef soup, which
can be made in a ?ash. Gobble up the
noodles using chopsticks as you hold the
bowl next to your mouth and take the
occasional sip of soup. Slurp as loudly
as you like, because no one will hear
you anyway. Just for fun, try doing this
without slurping and see how much
difference this makes. Eating is a multisensory feast and (just like sex) noodle
soup really does taste better when you
make noise.
Put the rice vermicelli in a bowl, cover
with boiling water and let it stand for
three minutes. Turn it into a colander,
rinse the noodles with cold water, and
mix in a few drops of sesame oil. Put
the noodles back in the bowl and add
the spring onion and green herbs, one
tablespoon of soy sauce and some
freshly ground black pepper.
Meanwhile, bring the stock to the boil
along with the chilli pepper and star
anise. Knead one teaspoon of soy sauce
into the mince, and crumble this mixture
into the pan with the stock. Then add the
mushrooms. Turn the heat to low and let
it simmer for three minutes. Pour the
stock into a bowl along with the meat and
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13 Sweden, 16 Decaffeinated, 19 Noble, 20 As of now, 21 Flak, 22 Due to.
DOWN 1 False, 2 Idolise, 3 Resign, 4 Buyer, 5 Likened, 6 Scaffolding, 7 Playing down,
12 Decibel, 14 Winsome, 15 Regard, 17 Fleck, 18 Tango.
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8 Complacent (4)
9 Type of glass (4,7)
11 Caress (6)
12 Acquire (6)
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18 Remain (4)
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Red River may
sink Samcro?s
hype at Sandown
By Jon Freeman
RACING EDITOR
Samcro, Ireland?s latest big thing, is
already just about home and hosed
in the Ballymore Novices? Hurdle at
Cheltenham next March, if you believe some of the pundits and all of
the bookmakers.
Gordon Elliott?s gelding may be
over-hyped ? even his owner, Ryanair boss Michael O?Leary, says he
is ? but you couldn?t fail to be impressed with his two smooth-as-silk
wins at Punchestown and Navan.
Honours are even in the Ballymore since the millennium ? eight
wins each for the Irish and the English ? but this season the home team
have yet to come up with anything to
worry the Samcro faithful.
That may change this afternoon
when several of our most promising
young hurdlers contest the Grade
Two Ballymore trial at Sandown.
Three of the most eye-catching
have been White Moon, On The
Blind Side and Red River.
Striking grey White Moon looked
particularly good when winning at
EXETER
2.05
CONDITIONAL JOCKEYS? NOVICES? HANDICAP HURDLE
(CLASS 5) �000 added 2m 2f 111yds
1 400000 SEABOARD J J Hanlon (IRE) 6 11 12..........Bryony Frost C,T
2
405-71 TIMELY GIFT T Vaughan 4 11 3...............................................R Patrick
3
52-373 LADY LONGSHOT J Scott 6 11 3 ............................................K Edgar T
4
588-60 VIRGINIA CHICK E Williams 5 11 0...................................C Ring (3)
5
21/PP- JUST SPOT K Bishop 10 10 12 ...........................................T Cheesman
6
922100 STARLIT NIGHT C Down 5 10 7 ......................................... C Gethings
7
955-08 GILLY GRACE J Frost 7 10 6....................................................M Bastyan
8
33-U36 WHISKEY JOHN Mrs L Young 7 10 4......................... J Bargary C
9
/P638P ORBIT LIGHT M Gillard 6 10 0..........................................C Deutsch T
10 5/8FP4 OH DEAR OH DEAR R Hodges 9 10 0.............C Hammond (3)
- 10 declared BETTING: 13-8 Timely Gift, 7-2 Lady Longshot, 7-1 Whiskey John, 10-1
Seaboard, 12-1 Starlit Night, Just Spot, 14-1 others.
EBF ?NATIONAL HUNT? NOVICES? HURDLE (QUALIFIER)
(CLASS 4) �000 added 2m 1f
1
2- ATAGUISEAMIX P Nicholls 4 10 12 ....................Sean Bowen H
2
0 BALLYMAGROARTY BOY N Hawke 4 10 12 .......James Best
3
31-47 BROKEN QUEST David Dennis 5 10 12............................ N Fehily
4
642-70 DUHALLOW LAD A Jones 5 10 12 ....................................T J O?Brien
5
/62U-4 JAISALMER M Bradstock 5 10 12..............................................D Jacob
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26 NUCLEAR J W Mullins 4 10 12.........................................A Thornton
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10- RUN TO MILAN V Dartnall 5 10 12........................N Scholfield H
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1-U SHIVERMETIMBERS (BF) Miss V Williams 5 10 12............L Treadwell
9
8-67 TANACANDO T Vaughan 5 10 12...............................................A Johns
10
88U THE BROTHERS C Tizzard 4 10 12.................................R T Dunne
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23 THE RUSSIAN DOYEN C Tizzard 4 10 12................R M Power
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60P WAITINONASUNNYDAY M Blake 4 10 12P K Donovan (7)
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3126- WARTHOG (BF) D Pipe 5 10 12...............................T Scudamore T
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1-330 TIMEFORBEN D Pipe 5 10 5................................................M Heard (5)
- 14 declared BETTING: 11-4 Shivermetimbers, 10-3 Warthog, 9-2 Ataguiseamix, 5-1
The Russian Doyen, 6-1 Run To Milan, 10-1 Jaisalmer, 20-1 Timeforben,
25-1 The Brothers, Broken Quest, 50-1 others.
PRYDIS HANDICAP HURDLE (CLASS 3) �,000 added
2m 6f
1 P2P-4U HIT THE HIGHWAY G Smyly 8 12 2...................................T Cannon
2
U1-344 SAFFRON WELLS C Tizzard 9 11 12....................... R M Power C
3
923F/6 BILLY DUTTON (C) C Down 11 11 11.............Bryony Frost (5)
4 32PP-P MAX DO BRAZIL D Pipe 5 11 9 ...............................T Scudamore T
5
0/21F3 WATCOMBE HEIGHTS M Hill 7 11 9................C Deutsch (3) H
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525-51 FLEMCARA Miss E Lavelle 5 11 9.........Patrick Cowley (7) T
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52-PP4 DRUID?S FOLLY R Walford 7 11 5........................James Best H,T
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1/5-41 CESAR COLLONGES E Williams 5 11 4 ..........................A Wedge
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14/31- INDY FIVE David Dennis 7 11 1.................................................. N Fehily
10 6497-4 ALBERT D?OLIVATE R Walford 7 10 12.......... Sean Bowen T
11 0PP2-8 AMBION LANE V Dartnall 7 10 6........................N Scholfield T,V
- 11 declared BETTING: 7-2 Flemcara, 9-2 Cesar Collonges, 5-1 Saffron Wells, 6-1 Hit
The Highway, Indy Five, 8-1 Watcombe Heights, 14-1 Druid?s Folly, Albert
D?olivate, 20-1 others.
12.30
1.00
1.35
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BEST BET
Red River
(2.30pm, Sandown)
This is harder than his Wincanton
debut, but he looks smart and gets
the nod over White Moon.
NEXT BEST
Calipto
(2.05pm, Exeter)
Comeback will have him
sharper and he?ll be a different
proposition on this soft ground.
Douvan is an absentee for tomorrow?s Tingle Creek Chase at Sandown GETTY
Exeter last time and he could be too
quick for the penalised On The Blind
Side, who looks more of a stayer.
But nothing in today?s line-up
has impressed me as much as Red
River, who didn?t put a foot wrong
when bolting up on his Wincanton
hurdling debut. Kim Bailey predicts
a bright future for this four-year-old
and it may start here and now.
Douvan was a disappointing ab-
PLAY CASINO AT 188BET HANDICAP CHASE (CLASS 3)
�,000 added 2m 3f
8/6F-5
1139-4
-4119P
433-21
11443/
CALIPTO (D) Miss V Williams 7 11 12..............................D Jacob T
DE DOLLAR MAN E Williams 6 11 11................................A Wedge
EARTHMOVES (D) P Bowen 7 11 9..................Sean Bowen C,T
FLAMING CHARMER (CD) C Tizzard 9 11 5...R M Power T
CHOSEN WELL (C)(BF) A King 8 10 11.............W Hutchinson
- 5 declared BETTING: 6-4 Flaming Charmer, 11-4 Chosen Well, 4-1 Calipto, 7-1 De
Dollar Man, 8-1 Earthmoves.
DOWNLOAD THE APP AT 188BET NOVICES? CHASE
(CLASS 2) �,000 added 2m 3f
1
165-11 MODUS (C)(D) P Nicholls 7 11 8 ....................................B J Geraghty
2
3PP-13 WEST APPROACH C Tizzard 7 11 5..............................R M Power
3
1941U/ LE BOIZELO R Walford 6 11 0............................................James Best
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1225-8 REPORT TO BASE E Williams 5 11 0 ................................A Wedge
- 4 declared BETTING: 4-6 Modus, 13-8 West Approach, 14-1 Report To Base, 20-1
Le Boizelo.
PREMIER LEAGUE BETTING AT 188BET HANDICAP
CHASE (CLASS 3) �,000 added 3m 7f
1
161P-4 BARTON GIFT (CD) J Spearing 10 12 0Bryony Frost (5) B
2
210-52 ANOTHER VENTURE (BF) K Bailey 6 11 12............T Bellamy
3
PP7-51 YOU SAY WHAT (C) D Pipe 7 11 9(7ex).......T Scudamore C,T
4
U74-73 UMBERTO D?OLIVATE (C) R Walford 9 11 7.......James Best
5
4686-3 RIGADIN DE BEAUCHENE Miss V Williams 12 11 7.................
............................................................................................................................... R T Dunne B
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514-40 BINDON MILL (C) V Dartnall 8 11 6............................N Scholfield
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55P8-1 VICE ET VERTU H Daly 8 11 2 ................................................N Fehily B
8
13-246 ONLY GORGEOUS (CD) Mrs S Gardner 8 11 1... Lucy Gardner (3)
9
3944-9 SAY MY NAME (C) R Buckler 6 11 1...............A Glassonbury C
10 2551-2 ZERACHIEL (C) I Williams 7 11 1.................................T J O?Brien C
11 145-13 LUNAR FLOW (C)(BF) J Snowden 6 10 13 .........G Sheehan C
12 3P-3FP A TAIL OF INTRIGUE F O?Brien 9 10 12........... C Shoemark C
13 21-34P JEPECK (BF) R Woollacott 8 10 12...........................................D Jacob
14 6-6133 GAMAIN N Williams 8 10 10......Mr Chester Williams (7) B
15 4223-F YANMARE N Twiston-Davies 7 10 7..................J Bargary (3) T
16 3753-3 CAILLEACH ANNIE (C) Miss J Du Plessis 8 10 6...K Edgar (3) C,T
17 02-313 RARE LEGEND J J Hanlon (IRE) 10 10 2 ................................................
..............................................................................................Rachael Blackmore (3) C
- 17 declared BETTING: 10-3 You Say What, 6-1 Another Venture, 8-1 Zerachiel, Lunar
Flow, 10-1 Yanmare, Vice Et Vertu, 12-1 Gamain, Rare Legend, 16-1
others.
READ NOEL FEHILY AT 188BET STANDARD OPEN NH
FLAT RACE (CLASS 6) �000 added 2m 1f
1
1 CARIBERT H Fry 4 11 5......................................................................N Fehily
2
DENSFIRTH P Nicholls 4 10 12 ......................................Sean Bowen
3
3-6 EUR GONE WEST D Pipe 4 10 12..........................T Scudamore T
4
GRAND RIGEL D Pipe 4 10 12.............................................M Heard (5)
5
4 LAPFORD LAD Mrs S Gardner 5 10 12.....Lucy Gardner (3)
6
0 MARATT J W Mullins 4 10 12..................................Kevin Jones (5)
7
31- POWERSTOWN PARK S Thomas 4 10 12...C Deutsch (3) C
2.40
3.15
3.45
sentee at yesterday?s ?nal declaration stage for tomorrow?s Tingle
Creek Chase.
Lame when beaten for the first
time in ten starts over fences in the
Champion Chase at Cheltenham
last March, Willie Mullins? brilliant
seven-year-old was set to clash with
Fox Norton on his return.
But Mullins ?wasn?t entirely
happy? with Douvan after a bit of
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1- SNUFF BOX Miss V Williams 6 10 12...................... L Treadwell
STONEY MOUNTAIN H Daly 4 10 12.................................A Tinkler
TIME TO MOVE ON F O?Brien 4 10 12....................B J Geraghty
WILLIE MCLOVIN C J Gray 5 10 12.................................M G Nolan
WILLIES DREAM J Westwood 4 10 12...............Alice Mills (3)
0 ANNIE PROBUS C Down 4 10 5...........................C Gethings (3) H
8 AUDORA M Hill 6 10 5.................................................................James Best
U/2- SAVE THE PENNIES J G Cann 6 10 5.......................N Scholfield
71- TIKK TOCK BOOM I Williams 5 10 5.............................T J O?Brien
- 16 declared BETTING: 9-4 Caribert, 10-3 Time To Move On, 6-1 Densfirth, 10-1
Powerstown Park, Snuff Box, 12-1 Lapford Lad, Tikk Tock Boom, 14-1 Eur
Gone West, Stoney Mountain, 20-1 others.
SANDOWN
12.50
AMATEUR RIDERS? HANDICAP CHASE (CLASS 3)
�,000 added 3m
1
-3416F BELMOUNT (D) N Twiston-Davies 8 11 13.....Mr Z Baker C
2
1-1223 PICKAMIX C Mann 6 11 13...........................Mr S Waley-Cohen T
3
-43516 ORBASA P Nicholls 6 11 12.............................Mr L Williams (5) B
4
2-2136 CHEF D?EQUIPE (BF) P Hobbs 5 11 11..........Mr D Maxwell (3) H
5
541-98 MUSTMEETALADY J O?Neill 7 11 10.............Mr James King C
6
3155-4 PETE THE FEAT (CD) C Longsdon 13 11 9 ...Mr D Skehan T
7
17-633 SHANROE SANTOS (CD) Mrs L Wadham 8 11 9..........Mr M Legg B
8
48-6F3 THEATRICAL STAR (D) C Tizzard 11 11 9.....Mr J L Thomas (7)
9 P4U-14 JENNYS SURPRISE (CD) F O?Brien 9 11 5......Miss L M Pinchin (7)
10 1788-0 CADEAU GEORGE (D) B Pauling 8 11 2.......Mr A R Ferguson (3) B
11 111P-P COOLKING (D) G L Moore 10 11 1.................... Mr S Roche (7) B
12 145-13 LUNAR FLOW (D)(BF) J Snowden 6 10 7..Miss Page Fuller B
13 3-1455 HEDGEINATOR (D)(BF) Christian Williams 7 10 3 ....................
......................................................................................................Mr Thomas O?Brien C
- 13 declared BETTING: 7-2 Pickamix, 4-1 Theatrical Star, 6-1 Jennys Surprise, 8-1
Shanroe Santos, 10-1 Chef D?Equipe, Lunar Flow, Belmount, 12-1 Orbasa,
16-1 others.
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Fox Norton is odds-on (around
4-7) and hard to oppose following
Douvan?s defection from the
Tingle Creek.
work yesterday morning and pulled
him out of Sandown?s Grade One feature, as well as alternative engagements on Sunday at Punchestown
and Cork.
2-F133
30-212
F43-15
321134
05/P1-
LITHIC Jonjo O?Neill 6 11 6.................................................A Coleman C
DAREBIN (C)(BF) G L Moore 5 11 6 ........................Jamie Moore
RIGHT OF REPLY (BF) D Skelton 6 11 1.......................H Skelton
RAMORE WILL (D)(BF) C Gordon 6 10 7 .......D G Noonan H
GOOD MAN HUGHIE (D) G L Moore 8 10 3..Joshua Moore
- 8 declared BETTING: 3-1 Lithic, 4-1 Wilberdragon, 9-2 Darebin, 6-1 Right Of Reply,
13-2 Touch Kick, 7-1 Ramore Will, 14-1 Phobiaphiliac, Good Man Hughie.
2.30
BALLYMORE NOVICES? HURDLE (GRADE 2) (CLASS 1)
�,000 added 2m 4f
1
2
52-16 DIAMANT BLEU N Williams 4 11 5 .............................Lizzie Kelly
1-11 ON THE BLIND SIDE (D) N Henderson 5 11 5 ...................................
................................................................................................................. Nico De Boinville
3
36-113 DYNAMITE DOLLARS (BF) P Nicholls 4 11 0.........H Cobden
4
1-1 MARLEY FIRTH D Skelton 5 11 0........................................H Skelton
5
/27-11 MULCAHYS HILL (D) W Greatrex 5 11 0.................. A P Heskin
6
2-1 RED RIVER K Bailey 4 11 0............................................................. D Bass T
7
202-1F SPRINGTOWN LAKE (D) P Hobbs 5 11 0 .................. R Johnson
8
5F-111 WHITE MOON C Tizzard 5 11 0 ....................................A Coleman T
- 8 declared BETTING: 7-4 On The Blind Side, 4-1 White Moon, 7-1 Springtown Lake,
Red River, 15-2 Dynamite Dollars, 8-1 Marley Firth, 12-1 Mulcahys Hill,
16-1 Diamant Bleu.
TOKIO MARINE KILN HANDICAP CHASE (CLASS 3)
�,000 added 1m 7f 119yds
BEGGAR?S WISHES (D) P Bowen 6 11 12.......James Bowen (5) C,T
ACCORD D Bridgwater 7 11 10.................................Jamie Moore C
WORKBENCH D Skelton 9 11 10...............................H Skelton B,T
RED DEVIL STAR Miss S Smith 7 11 7 .......J Sherwood (3) T
BALLY GILBERT B Pauling 6 11 4............ Nico De Boinville T
THE GREEN OGRE (D) G L Moore 7 10 10 .......Joshua Moore B
GREGARIOUS (CD) Mrs L Wadham 4 10 10.....L Aspell H,T
HERE I AM (BF) Mrs D Grissell 10 10 9 ...............M Goldstein
- 8 declared BETTING: 7-4 Workbench, 5-2 Beggar?s Wishes, 4-1 Red Devil Star, 12-1
The Green Ogre, 14-1 Accord, Bally Gilbert, Here I Am, 20-1 Gregarious.
TOKIO MARINE KILN INTRODUCTORY JUVENILE
MS AMLIN INSURANCE NOVICES? HANDICAP HURDLE
HURDLE (CLASS 2) 3YO �,000 added 2m
(CLASS 4) �,000 added 2m
1
1 JUKEBOX JIVE A Honeyball 11 5...............................D G Noonan T
2
1 SUSSEX RANGER G L Moore 11 5............................Jamie Moore 1
445- BAZOOKA D Flood 6 11 12.................................................................J Banks
3
ESPRIT DE SOMOZA N Williams 11 0......................Lizzie Kelly 2
55225- MY BOY JAMES Mrs L Mongan 5 11 10.............T Dowling (5)
4
FIRST QUEST J Boyle 11 0................................................................ L Aspell 3
96-4F4 PRESENT DESTINY J W Mullins 5 11 8..............D Sansom (7)
5
NIGHT OF GLORY A Balding 11 0..................................... P Brennan 4
P2-855 CHEER?S DELBOY R Dickin 4 11 8.............................................C Poste
6
3 QUOTHQUAN M Madgwick 11 0....................................M Goldstein 5
552-4P RAINY DAY DYLAN (BF) N Mulholland 6 11 5 .......R Johnson T
7
TOMMY HALLINAN P Nicholls 11 0.............................H Cobden T 6
P5/3FU ITS A STING (BF) O Sherwood 8 11 5............................. L Aspell H
- 7 declared 7 0U-440 PIVOTAL FLAME P Phelan 4 11 5 ...........................Joshua Moore
BETTING: 15-8 Night Of Glory, 11-4 Jukebox Jive, 4-1 Sussex Ranger, 8
0-83P WINDSHEAR Mrs S Leech 6 11 4.................................... P Brennan
5-1 Tommy Hallinan, 14-1 Quothquan, 16-1 Esprit De Somoza, 25-1 9
/2235- LE CAPRICIEUX G L Moore 6 11 2............................Jamie Moore
First Quest.
10
23621 PHOENIX DAWN (D) B Powell 3 11 1.......................B J Powell B
11
098-3 WINDSPIEL D Arbuthnot 4 10 11.....................................A Coleman
MS AMLIN INSURANCE NOVICES? LIMITED HANDICAP
12 P2-606 CAP DU NORD Christian Williams 4 10 9................D O?Regan
CHASE (CLASS 3) �,000 added 2m 4f
- 12 declared 1
36-313 WILBERDRAGON (D) C Longsdon 7 11 8...........J J Burke C,T BETTING: 11-4 Phoenix Dawn, 9-2 Its A Sting, 11-2 Le Capricieux, 7-1 My
2
2PP-46 PHOBIAPHILIAC (D) Nicky Martin 6 11 6.........M Griffiths H Boy James, 8-1 Rainy Day Dylan, 10-1 Present Destiny, 12-1 Cap Du Nord,
3
2716-7 TOUCH KICK P Nicholls 6 11 6......................................H Cobden H,T Bazooka, 14-1 others.
1.25
3.05
1
2
3
4
5
6
7
8
P117-1
33-149
451534
254-73
852P-8
2331/8
3119-P
121/5-
3.35
1.55
Results service
CHELMSFORD CITY
Going: Standard
5.25 (5f h?cap): GLOBAL ACADEMY
(Martin Harley 6-1) 1; Angel of The
South (3-1) 2; Mother of Dragons
(5-1) 3. Alaskan Bay 15-8F. 6 ran. 4l,
31/4l. (Miss G Kelleway). NR: Bomad.
5.55 (6f nov): MUSHTAQ (T
Marquand 4-1) 1; Choice Encounter
(6-1) 2; Lethal Angel (33-1) 3. Red
Cymbal 4-6F. 8 ran. 3/4l, 21/4l. (R
Hannon).
6.30 (6f h?cap): CAPPANANTY CON
(R Winston 6-1) 1; Born To Finish
(7-2F) 2; Red Tycoon (9-1) 3. 14 ran.
3
/4l, nk. (D Ivory).
7.00 (1m h?cap): BOWERMAN (J
Mitchell 5-6F) 1; Believe It (66-1) 2;
Sibilance (10-3) 3. 12 ran. 23/4l, shd.
(R Varian).
7.30 (1m h?cap): GLENN COCO
(Aaron Jones 7-2) 1; Samphire Coast
(6-1) 2; Wicker (5-1) 3. Broughtons
Knight 10-3F. 8 ran. 23/4l, 2l. (S C
Williams).
8.00 (1m2f h?cap): CEYHAN (D
Costello 6-1) 1; Chaucer?s Tale
(3-1) 2; Venetian Proposal (20-1) 3.
Arcadian Sea 15-8F. 11 ran. 1/2l, 23/4l.
(J Osborne).
8.30 (1m2f h?cap): ZOFFANY
BAY (K O?Neill 5-2) 1; Fintech
(7-1) 2; Captain Peaky (25-1) 3.
Hediddodinthe 15-8F. 10 ran. 11/2l,
33/4l. (G Peckham).
9.00 (6f h?cap): MERCURY (Martin
Harley 5-1) 1; Pulsating (9-4F) 2;
Silver Penny (6-1) 3. 13 ran. 1l,
11/4l. (A B Joyce (IRE) ). NR: Silver
Springs.
Placepot: �3.60. Quadpot: �.80.
LEICESTER
Going: Hurdle soft; chase good,
soft on flat crossings
12.40 (1m7f113yds nov hdle):
ARTHINGTON
(Kevin
Jones
3-1) 1; Brianstorm (5-1) 2; Lord
Marmaduke (50-1) 3. Forgot To Ask
11-4JF, Doctor Haze 11-4JF. 9 ran.
2l, 41/2l. (J W Mullins).
1.10 (2m4f110yds sell hdle):
CLIFFSIDE PARK (Mr J J O?Neill
evs F) 1; Minstrel Royal (6-1) 2;
Sporty Yankee (14-1) 3. 6 ran. 11/4l,
1
/2l. (Olly Murphy).
1.45 (1m7f201yds h?cap ch):
VOCALISER (C Poste 16-1)
1; Diamond Rock (10-3) 2;
Canicallyouback (20-1) 3. Alpine
Secret 5-2F. 8 ran. 13/4l, 7l. (R
Dickin). NR: No No Cardinal.
2.15 (2m4f110yds h?cap hdle):
LAGAVARA (J Bargary 4-1) 1;
Daytime Ahead (11-4F) 2; Miss
Fleming (7-1) 3. 9 ran. ns, 17l. (N
Twiston-Davies).
2.50 (2m6f151yds h?cap nov ch):
DONTMINDDBOYS (J Quinlan
3-1) 1; Dylanseoghan (20-1) 2; More
Than Luck (evs F) 3. 7 ran. 2l, shd.
(R Dickin).
3.25 (1m7f113yds h?cap hdle):
COUGAR KID (Brodie Hampson
15-8F) 1; Does It In Style (5-1) 2;
Kalaskadesemilley (4-1) 3. 8 ran. 1l,
5l. (J G O?Shea). NRs: Don?t Act Up,
Karl Marx.
Jackpot: �,286.60. Placepot:
�5.00. Quadpot: �.30.
MARKET RASEN
Going: Good to soft-soft in places
12.20 (2m148yds hdle): CRUCIAL
MOMENT (Sean Houlihan 6-5F)
1; First Up (16-1) 2; The Lady Rules
(50-1) 3. 6 ran. 6l, 4l. (W G M
Turner). NR: Sommervieu.
12.50 (2m2f140yds nov hdle):
SUNSHADE (Nico De Boinville
8-15F) 1; Black Sam Bella (9-4) 2;
Absolutely Dylan (40-1) 3. 6 ran.
14l, 9l. (N Henderson).
1.20 (2m5f89yds h?cap ch):
ISKABEG LANE (D Cook 7-2) 1;
Iona Days (5-1) 2; The Society Man
(25-1) 3. Elkstone 9-4F. 7 ran. 3l, 4l.
(Mrs S Smith). NRs: Ever So Much,
Orchestrated.
1.55 (2m7f191yds nov ch): BARNEY
DWAN (J J Burke 4-5F) 1; Clondaw
Cian (7-2) 2; Solighoster (5-2) 3. 3
ran. 15l, 11/2l. (F O?Brien).
2.25 (2m4f139yds h?cap hdle):
HUNTSMAN SON (H Bannister
2-1F) 1; Stick To The Plan (9-4) 2;
Christmas In April (9-2) 3. 8 ran. 15l,
7l. (A Hales).
3.00 (2m7f16yds h?cap hdle):
TRIOPAS (Mr Thomas O?Brien
11-8F) 1; American Life (6-1) 2;
Turtle Cask (14-1) 3. 7 ran. 3l, 53l.
(Tom Lacey). NR: Fraser Canyon.
3.30 (2m148yds h?cap hdle):
FOCACCIA (Bridget Andrews
11-4F) 1; Pixiepot (10-3) 2; Roxyfet
(11-2) 3. 8 ran. 41/2l, 1l. (D Skelton).
Placepot: �.40. Quadpot: �.10.
WINCANTON
Going: Soft-heavy in places
12.30 (2m5f82yds h?cap nov hdle):
SHADOW?S BOY (M Bastyan 10-3)
1; Speedalong (12-1) 2; Allez Jacques
(5-2) 3. Drinks Interval 11-10F. 4
ran. 13/4l, 5l. (B J Llewellyn). NR:
Vivant.
1.00 (2m5f82yds mdn hdle):
MIDNIGHT TUNE (A Coleman
11-8F) 1; Just A Thought (7-2) 2;
Petticoat Tails (6-4) 3. 5 ran. 10l, 61l.
(A Honeyball).
1.35 (3m1f30yds h?cap ch):
DAKLONDIKE (T Scudamore 7-2)
1; Pink Gin (6-1) 2; Wizards Bridge
(3-1F) 3. 7 ran. 33/4l, 6l. (D Pipe).
2.05 (1m7f65yds h?cap hdle):
COEUR BLIMEY (Lucy Gardner
5-4F) 1; Capeland (9-4) 2; Global
Thrill (9-2) 3. 5 ran. 8l, 41/2l. (Mrs
S Gardner).
2.40 (3m2f162yds h?cap ch):
GORING ONE (A Thornton 10-1) 1;
How?s My Friend (5-1F) 2; Shanann
Star (20-1) 3. 12 ran. 21/2l, 21l. (Miss A
N-Smith). NR: How?s Vienna.
3.15 (2m4f35yds h?cap ch): RATIFY
(Miss L M Pinchin 4-1) 1; Chateau
Robin (2-1F) 2; Johns Luck (12-1)
3. 6 ran. 65l, 49l. (F O?Brien). NR:
Bredon Hill Lad.
3.50 (1m7f65yds nh flat): ACEY
MILAN (A Coleman 9-4) 1; Grand
Sancy (9-2) 2; Kapdad (20-1) 3.
Kingofthecotswolds 7-4F. 10 ran.
9l, 12l. (A Honeyball).
Placepot: �1.90. Quadpot: �.90.
NEWS
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i FRIDAY
8 DECEMBER 2017
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By Matt Slater
CHIEF SPORTS CORRESPONDENT
In this the awards season, Sergio
Garcia picked up his fourth
victory of 2017 after being named
the Hilton European Tour Golfer
of the Year.
A delighted Sergio Garcia described
Surprisingly, Garcia has never
his award as ?an amazing honour?
won this beauty pageant before but
after striking career gold at the
Ultimately it was Garcia?s
Masters in April to claim his ?rst
maiden major claimed at the 74th
major championship, he followed
attempt that proved decisive.
the late Severiano Ballesteros on
?This is an amazing honour. I think
to the podium as Spain?s second
both on and off the golf course it
recipient of the award.
has been a unique and unbelievable
The link with Ballesteros was
year, and one that I will de?nitely
?tting since the father of modern
remember my whole life,? Garcia,
European golf would have turned
who added marriage to his list of
60 in Augusta week, and
achievements in 2017, said.
some swear his spirit was
?I am so happy to
at work on the 13th hole,
be named Golfer of
where Garcia began
the Year, against
his remarkable
the calibre of
march to victory
players that were
Sergio Garcia?s
over Justin Rose
in contention is
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after taking a
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beneath a bush.
[Hatton] and Jon are
attempts
Garcia, who also
all amazing players,
won at the Dubai Desert
and all had unbelievable
Classic in February and
years themselves.
at the Andalusian Masters in
?With the ?ve of us ?lling
October, faced opposition from
the top ?ve places in the Race to
Race to Dubai winner Tommy
Dubai, it shows the real strength
Fleetwood, fellow Spaniard Jon
of the European Tour, and
Rahm, a three-time winner in this
European players in particular,
his rookie year, leaping 762 places
and hopefully we will keep that
to fourth in the world rankings in
going for next September in Paris
the space of 18 months, and Rose.
[Ryder Cup].?
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Lindsey Vonn will be representing
the ?people of the United States, not
the president? at February?s Winter
Olympics, the American skiing star
has revealed.
Her remarks about US President
Donald Trump came in an interview
with CNN?s Alpine Edge programme
as the 33-year-old prepares to make
what is expected to be her ?nal appearance at an Olympics.
One of the world?s best-known
winter sports athletes, Vonn, said: ?I
hope to represent the people of the
United States, not the president. I
take the Olympics very seriously
and what they mean and what they
represent, what walking under our
?ag means in the opening ceremony.
?I want to represent our country
well. I don?t think that there are a lot
of people currently in our government that do that.?
Vonn, now fit again after being
plagued with injuries in recent
years, also said she would not
accept an invitation to the White
House if she were to win gold
in Pyeongchang.
She was also asked for her views
on how the International Olympic
Committee has responded to the uncovering of Russia?s state-sponsored
doping programme.
?If even a small percentage of that
is true I would think the IOC did the
right thing,? she said.
?Obviously, there are potential
athletes that are clean but they have
Lindsey Vonn, the 2010 champion, said she would not accept an invitation to
the White House if she won Olympic gold in 2018 GETTY
the option now to compete under a
neutral ?ag, which is a good solution.
But doping and what the Russians
did is just not acceptable and we
have to make that clear. And make
sure that it doesn?t happen again.?
Vonn?s comments, however, come
at a time when America?s presence
at the Games, now only nine weeks
away, is still ?an open question?, according to the US ambassador to
the United Nations.
With Pyeongchang only 40 miles
from the North Korean border,
questions have been raised about
the safety of Americans at a time
when their government is in open
dispute with North Korea over its
missile tests.
Asked by Fox News if it was a
?done deal? that Team USA would
compete, Nikki Haley said: ?There is
an open question but in the talks we
have it?s always about, ?how do we
protect the US citizens in the area??
It?s changing by the day.?
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Garcia caps
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being named
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FRiDAY
33-45
WINTER OLYMPICS
GOLF
4
VOICES
16-20
E H V O B T
EUROPA LEAGUE GROUP E
A Limassol (0)..............0 Everton (2).....................3
Lookman 21, 28
Vlasic 87
Atalanta (1) ....................1 Lyon (0)............................. 0
Petagna 10
P W D L F A Pts
Atalanta
6 4 2 0 14 4 14
Lyon
6 3 2 1 11 4 11
Everton
6 1 1 4 7 15 4
A Limassol
6 0 3 3 5 14 3
GROUP H
Arsenal (3).......................6 BATE (0)........................... 0
Debuchy 11, Walcott 37
Wilshere 43
Polyakov 52 (og)
Giroud 64 (pen)
Elneny 74
RS Belgrade (1)...........1 Cologne (0)................... 0
Srnic 22
P W D L F A Pts
Arsenal
6 4 1 1 14 4 13
RS Belgrade
6 2 3 1 3 2 9
Cologne
6 2 0 4 7 8 6
BATE
6 1 2 3 6 16 5
GROUP A
Slavia Prague (0).....0 Astana (1).........................1
Anicic 39
Villarreal (0).................0 M Tel-Aviv (0) ............1
Blackman 60
P W D L F A Pts
Villarreal
6 3 2 1 10 6 11
Astana
6 3 1 2 10 7 10
Slavia Prague 6 2 2 2 6 6 8
Maccabi Tel-Aviv6 1 1 4 1 8 4
GROUP B
Dynamo Kiev (3).......4 P Belgrade (1)..............1
Morozyuk 6
Jevtovic 45 (pen)
Junior Moraes 28,
31, 78 (pen)
Young Boys (0)........... 2 Skenderbeu (0).........1
Hoarau 55
Gavazaj 51
Assale 90
P W D L F A Pts
Dynamo Kiev 6 4 1 1 15 9 13
P Belgrade
6 2 2 2 8 9 8
Young Boys
6 1 3 2 7 8 6
Skenderbeu
6 1 2 3 6 10 5
GROUP C
Istanbul B (1) ................2 Braga (0)...........................1
Visca 11
Raul Silva 55
Emre 77 (pen)
Hoffenheim (1)...........1 Ludogorets (0) ..........1
Ochs 26
Wanderson 62
P W D L F A Pts
Braga
6 3 1 2 9 8 10
Ludogorets
6 2 3 1 7 5 9
Istanbul B
6 2 2 2 7 8 8
Hoffenheim
6 1 2 3 8 10 5
GROUP D
Austria Vienna (0).0 AEK Athens (0)......... 0
Rijeka (1)............................2 AC Milan (0)................. 0
Puljic 6
Gavranovic 46
P W D L F A Pts
AC Milan
6 3 2 1 13 6 11
AEK Athens
6 1 5 0 6 5 8
Rijeka
6 2 1 3 11 12 7
Austria Vienna 6 1 2 3 9 16 5
GROUP F
FC Copenhagn (0)... 2 Sheriff (0)....................... 0
Sotiriou 56
Luftner 59
Fastav Zlin (0) ............0 L Moscow (0) ...............2
Hnanicek 70 (og)
Farfan 74
P W D L F A Pts
L Moscow
6 3 2 1 9 4 11
FC Copenhagen 6 2 3 1 7 3 9
Sheriff
6 2 3 1 4 4 9
Fastav Zlin
6 0 2 4 1 10 2
GROUP G
FCSB (0).............................1 Lugano (2).......................2
Gnohere 61
Daprela 3
Vecsei 32
H Beer Sheva (0).......0 Plzen (1).............................2
Hejda 29
Horava 83
Att 16,000
P W D L F A Pts
Plzen
6 4 0 2 13 8 12
FCSB
6 3 1 2 9 7 10
Lugano
6 3 0 3 9 11 9
H Beer Sheva
6 1 1 4 5 10 4
GROUP I
Guimaraes (0).............1 Konyaspor (1).............1
Turan 79 (og)
Bourabia 15
Marseille (0) .................0 R B Salzburg (0) ...... 0
P W D L F A Pts
R B Salzburg
6 3 3 0 7 1 12
Marseille
6 2 2 2 4 4 8
Konyaspor
6 1 3 2 4 6 6
Guimaraes
6 1 2 3 5 9 5
GROUP J
Hertha Berlin (0).....1 Ostersunds FK (0).1
Pekarik 61
Papagiannopoulos 58
Zorya (0)............................0 Athletic Bilbao (0).2
Aduriz 70
Raul Garcia 87
P W D L F A Pts
Athletic Bilbao 6 3 2 1 8 5 11
Ostersunds FK 6 3 2 1 8 4 11
Zorya
6 2 0 4 3 9 6
Hertha Berlin 6 1 2 3 6 7
5
GROUP K
Vitesse (0)........................1 Nice (0)............................... 0
Castaignos 84
Att 17,564
Zulte-Waregem (1).3 Lazio (0).............................2
De Pauw 6
Caicedo 67
Heylen 60
Lucas 76
Iseka 83
P W D L F A Pts
Lazio
6 4 1 1 12 7 13
Nice
6 3 0 3 12 7 9
Zulte-Waregem 6 2 1 3 8 13 7
Vitesse
6 1 2 3 5 10 5
GROUP L
Real Sociedad (0).....1 Z St Petersburg (1)3
Willian Jose 58
Erokhin 36
Ivanovic 65
Paredes 85
Vardar (1)..........................1 Rosenborg (1).............1
Ytalo 10
Bendtner 45 (pen)
P W D L F A Pts
Z St Petersburg 6 5 1 0 17 5 16
Real Sociedad 6 4 0 2 16 6 12
Rosenborg
6 1 2 3 6 11 5
Vardar
6 0 1 5 3 20 1
GOLF
EUROPEAN JOBURG OPEN, RANDPARK
GOLF CLUB, JOHANNESBURG, SOUTH
AFRICA: First round (GB & Ireland unless
stated) Bushwillow Course (par 71): 63 K
Davidse (SA); 64 O Strydom (SA); S Heisele
(Ger); J Harvey (SA); M Baldwin; E Van
Rooyen (SA); J Morrison; 65 T Pulkkanen
(Fin); S Barr (Aus); A Meronk (Pol); N Kimsey; 66 D Brooks; A Pavan (It); R McGowan;
67 T Tree; J Ahlers (SA); T Ryan (SA); C
Swanepoel (SA); H Sturehed (Swe); B Roelofsz (SA); S Ferreira (Portugal); J Prinsloo
(SA); C Cannon; 68 S Brown; G Porteous; S
Manley; J Hess (SA); S Horsfield; B Easton
(SA); J Walters(SA); H Loubser (SA).
Firethorn Course (par 72): 66 O Lindell
(Fin); J B. Hansen (Den); D Burmester (SA);
O Bekker(SA); R McEvoy; M Korhonen
(Fin); 67 C Pigem (Sp); 68 T Pilkadaris
(Aus); T Lewis; M Viljoen (SA); L Weber
(Fr); R Langasque (Fr); G Coetzee (SA); J
Hugo (SA); 69 A Arnaus (Sp); A Michael
(SA); H Porteous (SA); S Norris (SA); P
Angles (Sp); O Sandys (SA); J-H Choi (Kr); A
Rai; S Sharma (In); P Khongwatmai (Thai);
A Saddier (Fr); K Horne (SA); T Spangenberg (SA); M Kawamura (Japan).
RUGBY UNION
EUROPEAN CHALLENGE CUP POOL 2
Toulouse (20) .......30 Lyon (6).........................23
SNOOKER
BETWAY UK CHAMPIONSHIPS, BARBICAN CENTRE YORK: Fourth round: S
Murphy (Eng) bt R Walden (Eng) 6-1; M
Gould (Eng) bt X Guodong (Chin) 6-4; J
Perry (Eng) bt M Allen (N Ire) 6-4.
TODAY?S FIXTURES
(Football 7.45pm unless stated)
FOOTBALL
THE SKY BET CHAMPIONSHIP
Sheffield Utd v Bristol City....................................
P W D L F A Pts
Wolves
20 15 2 3 41 17 47
Cardiff
20 13 4 3 30 14 43
Bristol City
20 10 7 3 32 21 37
Sheff Utd
20 12 1 7 33 24 37
Aston Villa
20 10 6 4 29 18 36
Derby
20 10 5 5 30 21 35
Ipswich
20 10 2 8 35 30 32
Leeds
20 9 3 8 30 25 30
Middlesbrough 20 8 5 7 25 20 29
Preston
20 7 8 5 23 21 29
Brentford
20 6 9 5 31 27 27
Sheff Wed
20 6 9 5 25 23 27
Nottm Forest 20 9 0 11 28 33 27
Reading
20 7 5 8 26 24 26
Fulham
20 6 8 6 26 27 26
Norwich
20 6 6 8 18 26 24
Millwall
20 5 7 8 22 21 22
QPR
20 5 7 8 22 29 22
Barnsley
20 5 5 10 24 31 20
Hull
20 4 7 9 34 37 19
Bolton
20 3 7 10 19 37 16
Birmingham 20 4 4 12 10 29 16
Sunderland
20 2 8 10 26 38 14
Burton Albion 20 3 5 12 12 38 14
LADBROKES PREMIERSHIP
Dundee v Aberdeen.......................................................
P W D L F A Pts
15 11 4 0 36 8 37
16 9 3 4 33 18 30
16 9 3 4 24 20 30
16 8 5 3 24 17 29
15 7 2 6 22 21 23
16 4 6 6 14 19 18
15 5 3 7 16 23 18
16 4 5 7 23 26 17
16 4 3 9 17 26 15
16 3 6 7 14 23 15
16 4 3 9 14 24 15
15 2 5 8 12 24 11
Celtic
Rangers
Aberdeen
Hibernian
Motherwell
Hearts
St Johnstone
Hamilton
Dundee
Kilmarnock
Ross County
Partick
BASKETBALL
BBL CHAMPIONSHIP: Leeds Force v
Manchester Giants, Leicester Riders v
London Lions.
CRICKET
SECOND TEST MATCH (First day of five):
New Zealand v West Indies (Hamilton,
10.00pm).
GOLF
EUROPEAN TOUR JOBURG OPEN
(Randpark Golf Club, Johannesburg,
South Africa).
USPGA TOUR QBE SHOOTOUT (Tiburon
GC, Naples, Florida).
EUROPEAN SENIORS TOUR MCB TOUR
CHAMPION (Constance Belle Mare
Plage, Mauritius).
ICE HOCKEY
ELITE LEAGUE: Braehead Clan v
Sheffield Steelers, Cardiff Devils v
Guildford Flames.
SNOOKER
BETWAY UK CHAMPIONSHIPS
(Barbican Centre, York).
RUGBY UNION
EUROPEAN CHAMPIONS CUP POOL 3
(7.45): Glasgow v Montpellier.
EUROPEAN CHALLENGE CUP POOL
1 (7.30): Newport Gwent D?gons v EniseiSTM. POOL 3 (7.0): Agen v Pau. POOL 4
(7.0): Stade Francais v Krasny Yar.
BRITISH & IRISH CUP POOL 1 (7.45):
Munster A v Bedford. POOL 2 (7.45):
Bristol v Leinster A.
58
SPORT
CRICKET
TENNIS
?My face was
over the whole
newsstand.
I literally froze?
Craig Overton re?ects after being hit by a Pat Cummins bouncer GETTY
Overton a quick
learner on perils
of an Ashes Test
first-class game,? Overton says.
?But to have three is tough work. I
felt like I played it pretty well.?
The morning after England?s defeat
There used to be a rolling debate
at Adelaide, Craig Overton is sitting within cricket about the morality,
in the team hotel, visibly wincing. or at least the validity, of subjectBy most measures, his Test debut ing lower-order batsmen to 90mph
was a resounding success:
short-pitched bowling. It is
top wicket-taker and top
a debate that has pretty
run-scorer in the first
much evaporated these
innings, the scalp of
days.
Australia?s captain
?It?s part of crickSteve Smith, a fine
et,? Overton says.
Criag Overton?s
catch at ?ne leg, an
?I think you have to
score on his Test
impressed coach.
enjoy it. It?s not all
debut, which earned
?He has a bit of fire
about survival. You
praise from coach
in his belly, which I
have to score as well.
Trevor Bayliss
like,? Trevor Bayliss
So the odd shot was
says of him.
about trying to get down
But success has come
the other end, because you
at a price. Batting in the secdon?t want to be facing six balls
ond innings, Overton misjudged a an over at your head.?
bouncer from Pat Cummins. The
Overton dealt with the challenge
ball dealt him a painful blow in the better than most. Coming in for his
ribcage. On re?ection, he was prob- ?rst Test innings, with Starc steamably lucky not to break a rib. ?I?ll be ing in at him, he thrashed a quick
?ne,? he reassures us. ?It?s a bit sore unbeaten 41, displaying the positive
this morning, it?s just a bit bruised.? defence and attack that earned him
The bruising is a raw reminder a ?rst-class century for Somerset.
of the stakes Overton is playing for
In so doing, he proved an exemthese days. The heat and hazard of plar for England?s lower-order, who
an Ashes series Down Under can can expect another bouncer volley
literally hit you hard. Cummins, in Perth next week, where England
Mitchell Starc and Josh Hazlewood must avoid defeat to keep the series
present a very different sort of chal- alive. ?It?s almost a mindset that
lenge to the bowlers Overton will our Nos 10 and 11 can?t play shorthave been used to facing in the more pitched bowling,? he admits. ?But
temperate world of county cricket.
it?s just about con?dence. We need
?You can get one like that in a to ?nd ways of dealing with it. At the
moment, we?re playing it all right.?
With the ball, Overton certainly
showed enough in Adelaide to earn
a second cap, providing his rib recovers. He offered Joe Root good
control and the ability to stick to
a plan. Taunted by Smith for his
lack of pace, Overton responded in
perfect fashion, nipping one back
through the gate and bowling him.
All-rounder Moeen Ali
What did he learn from his ?rst
will captain an England XI
game? ?The bad balls are going to
against a Cricket Australia side
be put away,? he replies. ?I know I?m
for a warm-up game in Perth
not the quickest ? I?m the first to
starting tomorrow. He is the only
admit that ? it?s all about the control,
player from the second Test XI to
the little variations and skill, that
feature in the two-day game.
are going to help. It is about doing
the basics right.? THE INDEPENDENT
By Jonathan Liew
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Johanna Konta tells Paul Newman
how she has lived 2017 in the spotlight
F
or the most part Johanna
won two of the best matches of the
Konta has coped admirably whole fortnight ? a second-round
with life in the public
epic against Donna Vekic and a
spotlight, but there was
pulsating quarter-?nal victory
a moment in the summer
over Simona Halep, the then world
when the 26-year-old Briton admits
No 2, which drew the BBC?s biggest
that she ?literally froze? when
live TV audience of the whole
confronted with the enormity of the
tournament. The legendary coach
impact she had made.
Nick Bollettieri described it as one
Konta, who has been shortlisted
of the best women?s matches he had
for the BBC Sports
ever seen.
Personality of the
Konta, who was born in
Year award after
Australia to Hungarian
becoming the ?rst
parents and did not
British woman since
move to Britain until
1978 to reach the
she was 14, took time
Johanna Konta
Wimbledon singles
to earn widespread
became ?rst British
semi-?nals, was
recognition in what
woman to reach a
out shopping in a
is now her home
Wimbledon singles
supermarket during
country, but her smiling
?nal in 29 years in
2017
the Championships
demeanour and wholewhen she caught sight of
hearted attitude on the
that day?s newspapers.
court won her legions of
?I walked in and
admirers this summer.
photographs of my
?Since Wimbledon, I
face were over the
have had the experience
whole newsstand,?
of people recognising
Konta said. ?I
me more,? she said.
Johanna Konta is
literally froze. I felt
?I?ve been more aware
currently ranked
so self-conscious
of the general little
ninth in the world
and so like: ?Oh
hushed conversations
(she was fourth in
my goodness! Oh
or the little nudges
July)
my goodness! Oh
people give to each other
my goodness!? I didn?t
to point me out, or the
know where to look. I think
staring. I?ve noticed that.?
I ended up standing
Konta believes that her
behind a pillar until my
experiences in Australia
boyfriend joined me. I
earlier this year
was like: ?Help me!?
helped her to cope
?I didn?t hang
with the pressures at
Her
newlyaround long enough
Wimbledon.
appointed
coach
to buy a copy. I don?t
In January there was
Michael Joyce will
think I?d want to be
huge
local interest in
be her fourth as a
looking at my face
her
both in Sydney, the
professional
every morning, every
city of her birth, when she
day.?
won the title there, and in
Now, nevertheless,
Melbourne, where she reached
Konta recalls the episode as
the quarter-?nals of the Australian
?a great experience?. Like Tim
Open before losing to Serena
Henman and Andy Murray before
Williams. Given the struggles of
her, she learned to turn the energy
Australian women at their home
and excitement of the Wimbledon
Grand Slam event, it was no surprise
crowd to her advantage. Henman
that there were attempts by some
reserved most of his best Grand
locals to claim Konta as one of their
Slam performances for his home
own.
event, Murray has followed suit for
?I think part of the reason
more than a decade and this year it
behind me coping better with the
was Konta?s turn.
attention [at Wimbledon] was the
Until this summer the British
experience and the maturity that
No 1 had won only match in her ?ve
I?ve gone through in the last couple
appearances in the main draw at the of years,? she said. ?I think if I hadn?t
All England Club, having prospered
gone through Australia, if I hadn?t
instead at the Australian and US
experienced Australia again this year,
Opens, but in 2017 she thrived on the or even experienced my previous
support of her home crowd.
Wimbledons, it would have de?nitely
In reaching the semi-?nals Konta
affected me in a different way.
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9
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Johanna Konta
acknowledges
the crowd
after beating
Simona Halep at
Wimbledon last
summer GETTY
I never really felt the
pressure this year. I felt an
immense amount of support
and interest in my matches
?Previously there had not
necessarily been more pressure, but
I had felt more stress. I guess it was
about me ?nding my way on the tour,
being the kind of player I want to be,
and just being myself.
?I never really felt the pressure
this year. I felt an immense amount
of support and interest in my
matches, in me being involved in
the tournament. But I didn?t really
perceive it as pressure.
?I saw it as interest, as something
exciting. I felt people were with me
on this journey at this tournament
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Pardew: Evans could
leave West Brom in
January window
By Ed Malyon
Alan Pardew has admitted hat he
fears West Bromwich Albion will
lose captain Jonny Evans in January, with Manchester City considering another bid for the Northern
Ireland international.
West Brom turned down offers of �m and �m from
City for their skipper in
the summer, with Albion
holding out for �m.
Arsenal and Leicester were also interested
in the veteran defender
(right), and with City now
likely to renew their interest, it appears West Brom are
resigned to losing the 29 year-old.
?I?m never con?dent when you?ve
got great players because other
clubs want great players so your
best players are always vulnerable,?
Pardew said.
?Jonny Evans is certainly one
of them, and he?s our captain. Do I
want to lose him? Of course not. Do I
fear losing him? Of course I do.?
Evans has 18 months remaining
on his contract at the Hawthorns
and is not expected to sign a new
one, meaning the Black Country
club need to sell now if they are to
maximise his value.
But with the prospect of Arsenal
also coming back in for the Manchester United youth product, West
Brom retain hope that Evans could
still raise something close to the
�m that they were holding
out for in August.
A goalless draw
at home to Palace,
Pardew?s former club,
last weekend left West
Brom without a win in 13
Premier League games
and just one place above
the relegation zone. Albion
travel to bottom-of-the-table
Swansea tomorrow knowing a win
in south Wales would open up a seven-point gap over their opponents.
Asked if the match at the Liberty Stadium was a six-pointer,
Pardew said: ?No. A six-pointer is
when there?s two games to go and
you need to win six points to stay
in the division. This is just three
points in a season. We need to win
at least nine games to be safe and
hopefully after Saturday it?ll be
eight games.? THE INDEPENDENT
EURO 2020
Wales furious
as Brussels?
games given
to Wembley
much more closely than at other
events.?
Part of Konta?s coping strategy
during Wimbledon was to avoid
television news programmes.
?During breakfast I think we
would put on something like The
Mentalist,? she said. ?It was also
a conscious thing not to look at
newspapers or to really search for
things on social media. I think in
general, a nice little ?detox? is not a
bad thing.?
At past Wimbledons Konta
had either stayed at the National
Tennis Centre at Roehampton
or rented a ?at locally. By this
summer, however, she had her
own apartment in London, having
previously lived with her parents in
Eastbourne.
Being able to return home each
evening during the Championships
made a big difference.
?I really enjoy being at home,
being in my ?at, getting to spend
time there,? she said. ?Wherever you
are able to create a sense of comfort,
just a sense of routine and safety,
I think that does give you the best
chance of performing well.?
Indeed Konta admitted that
she had ?missed home? after
Wimbledon, having spent nearly two
months in Britain during the grasscourt season.
After such a successful ?rst seven
months of the year, during which she
won the biggest title of her career
at the Miami Open, Konta faltered
later in the campaign, winning
only two matches in her last six
tournaments before bringing her
season to an early close because of a
foot injury.
Having parted company with her
coach, Wim Fissette, in October,
she has now linked up with the
American Michael Joyce, who
worked with Maria Sharapova for
six years. ?Michael is a fantastic
coach with a great pedigree and I?m
really excited to work with him,?
Konta said.
The Briton said that 2017 has
been an ?amazing? year, but there
is no way that she will be resting on
her laurels as she prepares for her
?rst tournament of the new season
in Brisbane in the ?rst week of
January. ?I feel like there is so much
more to come,? she said.
THE INDEPENDENT
that honour has gone to Rome?s
Stadio Olimpico.
Staged across 12 countries,
Euro 2020?s unusual format
was former Uefa president
Michel Platini?s brainchild ? a
one-off gesture to celebrate the
tournament?s 60th birthday.
In a statement, the Football
Association of Wales said it
was ?extremely disappointed?
By Matt Slater
with the news its bid for four
Euro 2020 games had been
London will host seven games
unsuccessful.
during Euro 2020 after Uefa
?Over the past four years,
handed the four ?xtures
Wales has successfully staged
scheduled for Brussels to
three Uefa events ? ?rstly, the
Wembley.
Super Cup ?nal in 2014, followed
Uefa decided to reallocate the
by the men?s and women?s
three group-stage games and one Champions League ?nals in June
last-16 game originally
this year,? it said.
given to the Belgian
?Uefa ranked the
capital because of
Champions League
delays in the project
?nal as one of
to build a new
their best events
60,000-capacity
and praised the
Euro
2020
will
stadium on the site
way in which
be staged over 12
of Heysel.
the Cardiff 2017
countries to mark
Cardiff?s
local organising
the competition?s
Principality
committee
60th anniversary
Stadium and
delivered the
Stockholm?s Friends
showpiece.
Arena ? the venues
?The concept of taking
for last season?s ?nals of the
Euro 2020 to 13 different
Champions League and Europa
countries was devised to allow
League, respectively ? had hoped smaller countries, like Wales,
to pick up Brussels? games.
to have a unique opportunity
However, Uefa opted for
of being involved in staging a
Wembley, which has already
major tournament. Wales has
been chosen as the venue for the
never staged a Euro or World
semi-?nals and ?nal.
Cup ?nal and this was its one
Glasgow?s Hampden Park
and only chance of doing so. The
had been hoping to stage the
FAW complied with all of the bid
tournament?s opening game but
requirements.?
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The Upshot
Tim Wigmore
EUROPA LEAGUE
Fifa starts to feel pain in its most
vulnerable place ? the pocket
N
o matter how tawdry
the 2018 competition
in Russia, next
summer?s World Cup
will be watched by
more people than any previous
tournament. The cumulative live
global audience is expected to rise
13 per cent from 2014, according
to a new report from the sports
business consultancy Futures
Sport & Entertainment.
This appears the ultimate
evidence of Te?on Fifa. The next
World Cup will be in a country
banned for February?s Winter
Olympics after committing
rampant state-sponsored doping
when they hosted the 2014 Games.
In addition, one of the main
alleged orchestrators of the
cheating, Vitaly Mutko, who has
been banned from the Olympics for
life, is the president of the Russian
football association and will run
the World Cup. Hordes of Russian
footballers are also under suspicion
for doping.
The 2022 World Cup in Qatar has
an even more shameful back-story:
the tournament built on the backs
of slave labour. Yet even as Fifa
becomes more and more disgraced,
the sanctimony about its nefarious
ways does not prevent people from
watching the action in ever greater
numbers.
Yet while viewers are not
prepared to switch off from the
World Cup itself, it appears large
corporations are no longer rushing
to sponsor the World Cup with the
alacrity of previous years.
Fifa retains seven ?Partners?,
its top tier of ?nancial supporters.
But out of a possible eight World
Cup ?Sponsors?, who pay in the
region of �m each, it has ?lled
only four slots. And of a possible
20 ?Regional Supporters? for the
2018 World Cup ? four from each of
Vitaly Mutko is banned from the
Olympics but lauded by Fifa
?ve continents ? Fifa currently has
?lled just one paltry slot: Alfa Bank
of Russia.
This is a far worse situation than
four years ago, at the equivalent
point before the 2014 World Cup.
Then, Fifa already had a full set of
eight World Cup sponsors. While
it has never come close to selling
all the possible 20 regional slots for
Brands are increasingly
being held accountable for
the actions of those sports
bodies that they sponsor
a World Cup, it has generally sold
around six per tournament.
For new sponsors, Fifa is
essentially left dependent on
companies from a coalition of
despots. In the last two years, Fifa
has only secured top-tier deals with
companies from Russia, Qatar and
China: two countries soon hosting
the World Cup, another which
expects to do so soon ? in 2030 ?
and all united by their absence of
democracy.
New Western companies are
FIFA World Cup Russia 2018 sponsors
FIFA PARTNERS (7 of possible 8)
FIFA WORLD CUP SPONSORS (4 of a possible 8)
REGIONAL SPONSORS (1 of a possible 20)
Europe
North / Central
America
South
America
Africa /
Middle East
Asia
staying away because ?brands are
increasingly being held accountable
for the actions of those organisations
they sponsor,? believes Jaimie
Fuller, the executive chairman of
SKINS, a sportswear company,
and a campaigner for better sports
governance. For Fifa, Fuller says,
?the real test is getting proper global
brands on board? and ? its legacy
deals apart ? ?Fifa is failing badly?.
Potential sponsors distancing
themselves from Fifa is part of
a wider trend: corporations are
becoming increasingly muscular
in their demands of the sports they
bankroll.
This takes myriad forms. Earlier
this year, Tom Harrison, the chief
executive of the England and
Wales Cricket Board, said he would
rather the team lost more if they
played more attractive cricket: an
extraordinary statement, and yet
one that recognised how sports
are competing with each other
for sponsors. And in 2016, the
chief executive of Adidas berated
the style of football played by
Manchester United as ?not exactly
what we want to see?.
Appeals for sport to clean up
because it is ethical and right
have been noble-sounding and
ineffectual. Perhaps the lesson of
Fifa is that a different approach is
more likely to be effective.
There is no currency that sports
administrators understand like
cold, hard cash. So if sponsors
refuse to support organisations
mired in stench, it offers the
hope that, out of sheer economic
necessity, sports will be forced to
reform.
This is what Simon Chadwick,
from Salford Business School,
terms market-driven morality:
that consumers pressuring
businesses to stop sponsoring
corrupt sports bodies through
direct action ? such as boycotting
products ? will lead to sponsors
demanding that the organisation
cleans up, or else taking their
money elsewhere.
Essentially, the hope is that,
through their cash, fans can be
empowered to help save the sports
they love. So far it seems half-true.
The puzzle is that, while new
companies from the West really
do seem put off by Fifa, its oldest
partners, including Coca-Cola
and McDonald?s, have not actually
left, loyally coughing up from one
scandal to the next. Privately, Fifa
believes that it will still clear its
total income target for 2015-18,
which is set at $5.66bn, by $100m.
For those who want sports to
be run with any semblance of
veracity, pressurising and shaming
the sports themselves is not
enough. Want Fifa to clean up? Tell
McDonald?s and Coca-Cola you are
spending your cash elsewhere.
LIVERPOOL
Coutinho refuses
to commit future
as Bar鏰 hover
By Mark Critchley
Philippe Coutinho has admitted that
he does not know if Barcelona will
make another offer for him when the
transfer window reopens in January
? but refused to commit himself to
J黵gen Klopp?s side.
The Liverpool attacking mid?elder
was taken out of Klopp?s first-team
plans at the start of the season after
Barcelona launched an intense pursuit of him in the summer, but remained at An?eld after the Premier
League club stood ?rm in their desire
not to sell one of their prize assets.
Performances like the one in Liverpool?s 7-0 demolition of Spartak Moscow on Wednesday night ? in which
he scored a hat-trick while captaining
the side ? are likely only to increase
Barcelona?s desire to land the Brazilian at the earliest opportunity.
Reports in Spain suggest the Catalan giants are ready to make an offer
of nearly �0m next month, meaning
Coutinho knows his future remains
an uncertain one.
?I do not know how the future is
going to be,? the midfielder (right)
Spartak Moscow player
Leonid Mironov has been
charged with racially abusing
Liverpool striker Rhian Brewster.
Uefa took action following an
incident in Wednesday?s Youth
League clash between the sides.
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Jack gets
skates on
in romp
Jack Wilshere shrugged
off criticism for going
ice-skating by scoring
his ?rst club goal (left)
since May 2015 as
Arsenal eased past
BATE Borisov 6-0 in
the Europa League last
night. Already quali?ed
as Group H winners,
the hosts triumphed
with added goals from
Mathieu Debuchy,
Theo Walcott, Olivier
Giroud, Mohamed
Elneny and an own
goal.
Despite manager
Sam Allardyce
remaining in England,
Everton?s revivial
under him continued as
they eased to a 3-0 win
at Apollon Limassol.
Ademola Lookman
scored twice against
the Cypriots to help the
Toffees avoid ?nishing
bottom of Group E.
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ARSENAL
You, me, EVERYONE
can see Cech is now past
it. I?ve been crying for
Ospina to start, he has
a howler in him, but with him in
goal, we don?t lose to United. Also,
Xhaka did not work out. At City,
Nolito did not work ? Pep shipped
him out, we still have Xhaka.
GoonerAlexis (Gooners World)
What supporters
are saying
about your club
BOURNEMOUTH
EDITED BY JAMES MARINER
PREMIER LEAGUE
People underestimate
Palace at their peril ? with
a vocal crowd they are
starting to show ?ght.
Zaha is a threat and we know
their set-piece strength. Must
not lose, de?nitely, but a point is
OK. I hope and expect we tee-up a
tough run with a win though.
AFCBade (Up The Cherries)
BURNLEY
Fawkes (North Stand Chat)
With Brady?s injury our
squad is now looking
more equipped to be
playing a 4-3-3 rather
than a 4-5-1. Mid?eld three from ?
Defour, Cork, Hendrick, Marney,
Westwood. Wide attackers from
? JBG, Wells, Walters, Barnes.
Central targetman ? Wood or
Vokes. Ric_C (Up The Clarets)
CHELSEA
CRYSTAL PALACE
EVERTON
HUDDERSFIELD TOWN
Marcus Bailey
Olly Diamond
BRIGHTON & HOVE
Anyone else think
that the ?rst decision
reviewed will go
against us? Seeing as
we have lost out recently over
a couple of incidences which, if
reviewed, would have potentially
gone in our favour (Lukaku?s kick
at Old Trafford for example). Guy
After spending 14 weeks
glued to the base of the
league, we are ?nally off
the bottom! And after
back-to-back clean sheets, Roy
looks settled as manager. Games
like Bournemouth this weekend
are ones we have to win if we
want to give ourselves a ?ghting
chance. Ollie Potts
I?m scared... the derby
at An?eld is upon us
and not for the last
time this season.
Our performances of late have
improved ten-fold but the red men
are looking dangerous. Hopefully,
their faulting defence turns out to
be even worse than ours.
LIVERPOOL
Still can?t believe we
?nished above Atletico
but below Roma ?
hopefully we can
bounce back against West Ham. I
do fear that we are playing them
at a bad time. However, Hazard
(above) is on ?re at the moment
and can win games by himself on
current form. Charlie Gould
Putting our disastrous
away form behind us,
Brighton is massive. It?s
crucial we pick up wins
against teams in the bottom half.
The return of Palmer is a bonus.
We need to be creating more in
front of goal whilst cutting out
these silly defensive mistakes.
MANCHESTER CITY
(Foxes Talk)
Topping the Champions
League group, breaking
into the top four and
scoring 10 goals in two
matches is a delightful warm-up
to a huge weekend. A front three
that is nothing short of bliss to
watch. The Toffees think they?ve
hit a nice bit of form, but reality
will hit them! Elliott Charles
MANCHESTER UNITED
NEWCASTLE UNITED
SOUTHAMPTON
STOKE CITY
SWANSEA CITY
TOTTENHAM HOTSPUR
WATFORD
WEST BROMWICH ALBION
WEST HAM UNITED
Could be a good time
to play Newcastle
United this weekend.
They?ll be desperate
to attack, which would leave
gaps prior to their defence due
to them pressing high ? which
would obviously bene?t Vardy
etc, hopefully. Wymeswold fox
any nation in European competition.
In the absence of regular captain
Jordan Henderson, Klopp entrusted
Coutinho to lead the side and was
rewarded with one of his ? and the
team?s ? best performances of the
season.
?It was a special night due to the result and because I had the armband
in such important playing
for a club like Liverpool,?
Coutinho added.
?For sure this is my
most important hattrick. In the Champions
League it was my ?rst one,
I scored one for Brazil
but this was more
important.?
The issue for
Klopp is how to ?t
all of his attacking
threats into the
same side, as while
Coutinho joined forces with Sadio Man�,
Roberto Firmino and
Mohamed Salah to blow
Spartak off the park, it has
been a combination that has left
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LEICESTER CITY
said after the Anfield rout. ?What
will happen in January, we will know
it in January. I do not know if there
will be an offer. I am at Liverpool and
I always do my best when I have the
opportunity to play, respecting the
jersey and the supporters.
?Last summer there was a job offer
in the same way that happens with
any employee and I was interested in
it. Since I stayed, I have played with
will and desire.
?Of course a lot happened in the
summer but my will is always to
play and do the best wherever I am ? that has
not changed.
?I am here,
we have a lot
of games and
I try to do my
best to help.?
The landslide victory over
Spartak secured
Liverpool?s place
in the Champions League last
16, becoming the
?fth English side
to make it out of
the group stage ?
which is a ?rst for
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City will undoubtedly
prove to be our
toughest test so far.
Nothing but a win
will spark hopes of a
signi?cant title challenge. But,
despite their form, I am con?dent
our ?ring front line can cause
some issues. Johnny Miller
Last week?s win against
Swansea provided
Hughes a much needed
a gasp of air as he
continues to outrun the
sack race. Allen, Shaqiri and Diouf
are in inspired form and have
started to look like an exciting
attacking force again. Still leaky at
the back though! Hugo Parrott
With the least likely
Europa League-place
clash imaginable [against
Burnley], fans of both
sides could be forgiven for
thinking tomorrow is a genuinely
?big game?. This should truly be a
clash of the ages. Alex Keating
No denying our
recent record has
been dire. Suffering
the consequences
of bargain bucket buying, I?m
starting to worry about our
league status, even with Rafa at
the helm. A win against Leicester
would steady the ship. Harry Savill
There are only so
many ways to describe
rubbish and I?ve run
out. If not already clear,
last week showed how
stupid our summer recruitment
was. Home boy Joe Allen wanted
to come back but we wouldn?t
fork out �m only to pay more for
Sam Clucas. Nye Williams
Slightly underwhelming
start for Pardew.
Swansea another game
we need to be winning
to keep a gap between relegation.
Need more striker options. Ings
rumours gathering pace ? can?t
wait for Jan! Mark Burns
Would take a derby
draw right now. We?re
comfortably the better
team but they?re
perfectly suited to play against
us, they get plenty of practice
playing with 10 men behind the
ball and hitting on the break with
pace and looking for set pieces.
ninjamonkey (Blue Moon)
Charlie Austin is ?nally
starting games on a
regular basis and he?s
?ying now. Chaz may be
fairly immobile and he?ll never be
able to run the channels, but his
intelligence in front of goal makes
him a premium fox in the box.
Nick Roberts
I?m optimistic our midweek
result has given us a muchneeded lift in con?dence
after two miserable weeks,
especially for Llorente
who ?nally opened his account.
Stoke will be determined to grind
out a result, but I am backing a
form revival as we enter the busy
festive period. Charlie Taylor-Kroll
A much improved
performance at Man
City, followed by a
sickening late winner.
We need that same desire against
Chelsea and, ?ngers crossed,
we can nick one on the counter.
Adrian has to start! Joe Light
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After 13 years
and 58 games,
United finally
denied TV spot
By Lawrence Ostlere
AND Nick Purewal
08.12.17
P60
THE UPSHOT
Fifa feels
the pain
where it hurts
the most
P58-59
TENNIS
Konta recalls
the day she was
frozen with
embarrassment
Manchester United?s streak of 58
consecutive FA Cup matches broadcast live on television will come to an
end next month.
The club?s third-round home tie
with Championship Derby County
has not been selected among the six
matches to be shown on television,
which will be split between BT Sport
and the BBC, ending a run stretching
back 13 years since 2005.
Broadcasters? consistency in
showing United on television has long
been controversial and viewed as a
missed opportunity to show lowerleague clubs who might not normally
be televised.
The Old Trafford club typically
draw a large audience but in the
wake of last season?s backlash over
the decision to show United?s match
against Reading instead of nonleague Sutton United?s clash with
AFC Wimbledon, broadcasters have
this term decided to show alternatives, including Shrewsbury Town?s
home tie against West Ham.
The third round weekend will
begin on Friday, 5 January, with a
Merseyside derby at Anfield, to be
shown live on BBC, and will wrap up
on Monday 8 January when Brighton
Manchester United have
refused a request from
Manchester City to allow ?lming
in the dressing room at Old Trafford on Sunday. City are being
followed by an Amazon Prime
?lm crew for a documentary
series scheduled for next year.
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Overton on the
the growing
pains of
an Ashes Test
Third-round TV matches
Friday, 5 January
Liverpool v Everton (7.55pm, BBC One)
Saturday, 6 January
Fleetwood Town/Hereford v Leicester
City (12.45pm, BBC One)
Norwich v Chelsea (5.30pm, BT Sport 1)
Sunday, 7 January
Shrewsbury Town v West Ham
United (2pm, BBC One)
Nott. Forest v Arsenal (4pm, BT Sport 1)
Monday, 8 January
Brighton & Hove Albion v Crystal
Palace (7.45pm, BT Sport 1)
play ?erce rivals Crystal Palace at the
Amex, live on BT Sport.
The holders, Arsenal, begin their
defence of the Cup at Nottingham
Forest, a match which will also be
shown on BT Sport, along with Premier League champions Chelsea at
Norwich City the previous day.
Newport County?s home tie against
Leeds United will also be broadcast
live on BBC Wales. Clubs selected for
the televised ties on either BBC or
BT Sport will receive �4,000 from
the Football Association?s broadcast
fund.
Meanwhile, video assistant referees will be trialled from the third
round, the FA has announced. The
technology will be used for the ?rst
time in competitive action in England, forming part of the International Football Association Board?s
(IFAB) global development of the
VAR system.
Brighton?s match against Palace
has been selected for the VAR trial,
with the technology employed in selected ?xtures throughout the rest of
the competition. THE INDEPENDENT
MANCHESTER CITY
Silva says Shakhtar defeat
can spur team to derby win
By Andy Hampson
Bernardo Silva claims Manchester
City will redouble efforts to beat rivals Manchester United this
weekend after losing their
unbeaten record.
City were beaten for
the ?rst time since April
as they went down 2-1
to Shakhtar Donetsk in
Kharkiv in the Champions League on Wednesday.
It was City?s ?rst loss in
29 games and ended their club
record 20-game winning streak in all
competitions. The result was incon-
T-shirts, thrillers and title deciders The best recent derbies
sequential for City, having already
secured top spot in Group F, but it
was hardly ideal preparation for the
Premier League leaders? trip to Old
Trafford on Sunday.
Silva (left) said: ?When
you lose a game, [in] the
next game you have to
give even more than you
usually give to come back
from that situation.
?We know Man United
have a very good team
as well but we will play our
game and try to control the
match, to be better than them and
bring the three points back home.?
?Giggs should have
replaced Fergie ? he
knows mentality
at Old Trafford?
Andrei Kanchelskis talks to Tim Rich
about the Manchester clubs, derby days
in Britain and missing the Soviet Union
I
n Liverpool and Manchester,
Sunday is derby day. At An?eld
and Old Trafford, they will
welcome old foes and prepare to
open up new wounds.
They were matches Andrei
Kanchelskis relished. He was just
old enough to have been a part of the
Soviet Union?s great derby, Spartak
Moscow versus Dynamo Kiev, that
would attract 100,000.
Russia versus Ukraine. The
biggest club from the Soviet Union?s
political capital against the biggest
club from ?Holy Kiev?, the centre of
the Russian Orthodox Church. Relief
from the tedium of the factories
with names like Red Star, where his
mother worked making tractors and
combine harvesters.
Kanchelskis proved remarkably
good at derbies. He remains the
only man to have scored in the ones
staged in Manchester, Merseyside
and Glasgow.
When Kanchelskis was at Kiev,
Valery Lobanovsky, a manager
very like Sir Alex Ferguson save for
the fact he never raised his voice,
showed his players a video of Celtic
versus Rangers. This, he said,
was how you played with passion.
?It was the biggest game I ever
played in,? Kanchelskis said. ?You
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Sept 2009: Utd 4-3 City (bottom left)
City came to Old Trafford off the back
of a �0m-plus summer spend following their Abu Dhabi takeover, with
former United forward Carlos Tevez
the pick of their new arrivals. Wayne
Rooney and Darren Fletcher (two) put
United ahead three times, only for Gareth Barry and Craig Bellamy (two) to
pull City level each time. Step forward
Michael Owen, six minutes into injury
time, to give United the points and
leave manager Sir Alex Ferguson to
laugh off the ?noisy neighbours?.
Feb 2011: Utd 2-1 City (top right)
One season later and United were
victorious at home again. After Nani
and David Silva traded goals, Wayne
Rooney launched himself into the air
to meet Nani?s lofted cross, sending a
volleyed overhead kick past Joe Hart
to settle matters and keep them on
track to reclaim the title. The strike
was voted BBC?s ?Goal of the Season?.
Oct 2011: Utd 1-6 City (top left)
Roberto Mancini?s side gained revenge as Ferguson suffered his ?worst
ever day? at United. Mario Balotelli
responded to reports that he set his
house ablaze with ?reworks, by celebrating his ?rst with a customised
t-shirt, before Jonny Evans? dismissal
prompted City to run riot. Balotelli
(again), Edin Dzeko (two), Sergio Aguero and Silva scored as City rubbed it in.
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Clubs commit to
Bame interview
All 72 English Football League
clubs have agreed to interview
at least one black, Asian and
minority ethnic (Bame) candidate
for vacant managerial or ?rstteam coaching jobs. The decision,
reached at an extraordinary
general meeting yesterday, is an
extension of the trial of a voluntary
code that was piloted by 10 clubs
last season. The new arrangement
comes into force on 1 January and
lasts until the end of next season.
FOOTBALL
FOOTBALL
McInnes shuns
Gers, stays at Dons
Ronaldo wins fifth
Ballon d?Or award
Rangers have failed to prise
Derek McInnes away from
Pittodrie after he chose to remain
the Aberdeen manager. The
Ibrox club made an approach for
McInnes, who also turned down
Sunderland earlier this year, on
Tuesday. ?Derek appreciates all
that he has at this club and feels
he wants to keep driving the club
forward,? Dons chairman Stewart
Milne said. The club visit Dundee
tonight.
Cristiano Ronaldo last night
won the Ballon d?Or award
for a ?fth time to move level
with Barcelona?s Lionel Messi.
The Real Madrid forward, 32,
was named the winner of the
prestigious France Football
award at a ceremony in Paris.
Chelsea?s N?Golo Kante was the
highest placed Premier League
player, ?nishing eighth in the
voting, while Tottenham Hotspur
forward Harry Kane was 10th.
Apr 2012: City 1-0 Utd (bottom right)
Vincent Kompany?s header just before the break decided matters at the
Etihad to leave City in control of their
title destiny. United had frittered
away an eight-point lead before this
Monday night clash, with the loss
leaving City top on goal difference
with two games to go. Two wins - and
a memorable Aguero strike against
QPR - later and City were champions.
James Mariner
wondered if there was anything else
United were on a journey that
happening in Scotland.? Last month, would see them win the European
he went back to Ibrox to
Cup, while City would
watch Rangers lose 2-0
be competing for the
to Hamilton. Kanchelskis
trophy sponsored by Auto
[The Old
was shocked by everything Firm] was the Windscreens. ?It was a
he saw; the poverty of
different
derby because it
biggest game I was a different
Rangers? play and the fact
Manchester
ever
played
in.
that the great stadium
City,? he said.
was still as full and loud as You wondered
Would he prefer to have
if there was
he remembered it when
seen Pep Guardiola at Old
winning the Treble there. anything else
Trafford now, with a more
He can still recall the
happening in expansive, expressive style,
absolute silence on the Kop Scotland
rather than the pragmatism
when he scored the ?rst of
of Jose Mourinho? ?At the
his two goals for Everton in
moment, yes,? he says. ?At
November 1995. Everton have only
the moment, Guardiola is at a higher
won once at An?eld since.
level than Mourinho.?
The previous November,
Guardiola, rather than David
Kanchelskis (below) had scored a
Moyes, Louis
hat-trick against Manchester City
Van Gaal or
at Old Trafford. United had
Mourinho,
won 5-0.
he feels, is
When helping him
Ferguson?s
write his memoirs,
true successor in
Russian Winters, I?d
Manchester football.
asked Andrei how
?It would have been
Manchester United
better to have kept Ryan
had celebrated.
Giggs and made him manager
They didn?t, they just
to succeed Ferguson,? he added.
went home ? and a
?Giggsy had spent his whole life
team with Steve Bruce,
at Manchester United and he
Bryan Robson, Paul Ince
understood everything about the
and Roy Keane was one
mentality of the club.
that partied hard. The
?The fans would have helped
clubs were heading in
him and he would have had
such obviously different
better results than Van Gaal
directions. Manchester
or Moyes.? When asked if
the Double-winning side of 1994, the
team of Schmeichel, Bruce, Cantona,
Keane etc... was superior to the side
Mourinho will send out on Sunday,
Kanchelskis replied: ?Easily?.
Kanchelskis learnt his football
in a Soviet football academy so
sophisticated that men like Marcello
Lippi and Fabio Capello would ?y
over just to watch them train.
He was the last player to score a
goal for the Soviet Union and, more
than anything, he regretted his
country?s passing. He had grown up
in Kirovograd, in the heartland of
the empire. When he went back it
was in a different country, Ukraine,
and it was different in other ways.
The shops were full but the sense of
community that made the shortages
bearable had disappeared entirely.
In October last year, when
Manchester United were playing
Feyenoord in the Europa League,
Andrei had knocked on the door of
Ferguson?s private box, where wine
glass in hand, the great man was
holding court. At the end of each
season, as the players went off on
holiday, Ferguson would shout out
to Andrei: ?bring me back some
caviar?. As he walked in to see his
old manager, Kanchelskis had in his
pocket a tin of Beluga caviar.
?Russian Winters? by Andrei
Kanchelskis is published by
DeCoubertin
RACING
Teenager Kennedy defies gravity to win
Irish teenage sensation Jack Kennedy pulled off one of the most
incredible recoveries ever by a jump jockey in the 2.35 at Clonmel ? and
then went on to win the race. A fourth-fence mistake by his horse, the
race leader Robin Des Mana, sent Kennedy sprawling sideways (above)
and surely to the turf but, defying gravity, he somehow managed to
cling on to various parts of horse and reins before displaying incredible
strength to hoist himself back into the saddle. The whole process took 10
seconds, but it seemed like a lifetime. Robin Des Mana was soon back in
front and, though hard pressed late on, held on to win the race. Kennedy
is already tipped to be a future champion, but whatever he achieves,
nobody who saw it will ever forget his Clonmel rodeo act. � iRacing, p56
FOOTBALL
Adkins takes
charge at Hull
Hull have appointed Nigel Adkins
as their new head coach. Former
Southampton, Reading and
Shef?eld United boss Adkins,
52, becomes the Tigers? ?fth
manager in less than 17 months
and replaces Leonid Slutsky, who
departed by mutual consent on
Sunday. The Tigers are currently
20th in the Championship, three
points above the bottom three.
Sport on tv
Hockey: World League Final
BT Sport 1, 11.30am
Snooker: UK Championship
BBC Two, 1pm
T20 Cricket: Knights v Dolphins
Sky Sports Cricket, 3.55pm
Football: Sheff Utd v Bristol City
Sky Sports Football, 7pm
Football: Dundee v Aberdeen
BT Sport 1, 7.15pm
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CHELMSFORD CITY
Going: Standard
5.25 (5f h?cap): GLOBAL ACADEMY
(Martin Harley 6-1) 1; Angel of The
South (3-1) 2; Mother of Dragons
(5-1) 3. Alaskan Bay 15-8F. 6 ran. 4l,
31/4l. (Miss G Kelleway). NR: Bomad.
5.55 (6f nov): MUSHTAQ (T
Marquand 4-1) 1; Choice Encounter
(6-1) 2; Lethal Angel (33-1) 3. Red
Cymbal 4-6F. 8 ran. 3/4l, 21/4l. (R
Hannon).
6.30 (6f h?cap): CAPPANANTY CON
(R Winston 6-1) 1; Born To Finish
(7-2F) 2; Red Tycoon (9-1) 3. 14 ran.
3
/4l, nk. (D Ivory).
7.00 (1m h?cap): BOWERMAN (J
Mitchell 5-6F) 1; Believe It (66-1) 2;
Sibilance (10-3) 3. 12 ran. 23/4l, shd.
(R Varian).
7.30 (1m h?cap): GLENN COCO
(Aaron Jones 7-2) 1; Samphire Coast
(6-1) 2; Wicker (5-1) 3. Broughtons
Knight 10-3F. 8 ran. 23/4l, 2l. (S C
Williams).
8.00 (1m2f h?cap): CEYHAN (D
Costello 6-1) 1; Chaucer?s Tale
(3-1) 2; Venetian Proposal (20-1) 3.
Arcadian Sea 15-8F. 11 ran. 1/2l, 23/4l.
(J Osborne).
8.30 (1m2f h?cap): ZOFFANY
BAY (K O?Neill 5-2) 1; Fintech
(7-1) 2; Captain Peaky (25-1) 3.
Hediddodinthe 15-8F. 10 ran. 11/2l,
33/4l. (G Peckham).
9.00 (6f h?cap): MERCURY (Martin
Harley 5-1) 1; Pulsating (9-4F) 2;
Silver Penny (6-1) 3. 13 ran. 1l,
11/4l. (A B Joyce (IRE) ). NR: Silver
Springs.
Placepot: �3.60. Quadpot: �.80.
LEICESTER
Going: Hurdle soft; chase good,
soft on flat crossings
12.40 (1m7f113yds nov hdle):
ARTHINGTON
(Kevin
Jones
3-1) 1; Brianstorm (5-1) 2; Lord
Marmaduke (50-1) 3. Forgot To Ask
11-4JF, Doctor Haze 11-4JF. 9 ran.
2l, 41/2l. (J W Mullins).
1.10 (2m4f110yds sell hdle):
CLIFFSIDE PARK (Mr J J O?Neill
evs F) 1; Minstrel Royal (6-1) 2;
Sporty Yankee (14-1) 3. 6 ran. 11/4l,
1
/2l. (Olly Murphy).
1.45 (1m7f201yds h?cap ch):
VOCALISER (C Poste 16-1)
1; Diamond Rock (10-3) 2;
Canicallyouback (20-1) 3. Alpine
Secret 5-2F. 8 ran. 13/4l, 7l. (R
Dickin). NR: No No Cardinal.
2.15 (2m4f110yds h?cap hdle):
LAGAVARA (J Bargary 4-1) 1;
Daytime Ahead (11-4F) 2; Miss
Fleming (7-1) 3. 9 ran. ns, 17l. (N
Twiston-Davies).
2.50 (2m6f151yds h?cap nov ch):
DONTMINDDBOYS (J Quinlan
3-1) 1; Dylanseoghan (20-1) 2; More
Than Luck (evs F) 3. 7 ran. 2l, shd.
(R Dickin).
3.25 (1m7f113yds h?cap hdle):
COUGAR KID (Brodie Hampson
15-8F) 1; Does It In Style (5-1) 2;
Kalaskadesemilley (4-1) 3. 8 ran. 1l,
5l. (J G O?Shea). NRs: Don?t Act Up,
Karl Marx.
Jackpot: �,286.60. Placepot:
�5.00. Quadpot: �.30.
MARKET RASEN
Going: Good to soft-soft in places
12.20 (2m148yds hdle): CRUCIAL
MOMENT (Sean Houlihan 6-5F)
1; First Up (16-1) 2; The Lady Rules
(50-1) 3. 6 ran. 6l, 4l. (W G M
Turner). NR: Sommervieu.
12.50 (2m2f140yds nov hdle):
SUNSHADE (Nico De Boinville
8-15F) 1; Black Sam Bella (9-4) 2;
Absolutely Dylan (40-1) 3. 6 ran.
14l, 9l. (N Henderson).
1.20 (2m5f89yds h?cap ch):
ISKABEG LANE (D Cook 7-2) 1;
Iona Days (5-1) 2; The Society Man
(25-1) 3. Elkstone 9-4F. 7 ran. 3l, 4l.
(Mrs S Smith). NRs: Ever So Much,
Orchestrated.
1.55 (2m7f191yds nov ch): BARNEY
DWAN (J J Burke 4-5F) 1; Clondaw
Cian (7-2) 2; Solighoster (5-2) 3. 3
ran. 15l, 11/2l. (F O?Brien).
2.25 (2m4f139yds h?cap hdle):
HUNTSMAN SON (H Bannister
2-1F) 1; Stick To The Plan (9-4) 2;
Christmas In April (9-2) 3. 8 ran. 15l,
7l. (A Hales).
3.00 (2m7f16yds h?cap hdle):
TRIOPAS (Mr Thomas O?Brien
11-8F) 1; American Life (6-1) 2;
Turtle Cask (14-1) 3. 7 ran. 3l, 53l.
(Tom Lacey). NR: Fraser Canyon.
3.30 (2m148yds h?cap hdle):
FOCACCIA (Bridget Andrews
11-4F) 1; Pixiepot (10-3) 2; Roxyfet
(11-2) 3. 8 ran. 41/2l, 1l. (D Skelton).
Placepot: �.40. Quadpot: �.10.
WINCANTON
Going: Soft-heavy in places
12.30 (2m5f82yds h?cap nov hdle):
SHADOW?S BOY (M Bastyan 10-3)
1; Speedalong (12-1) 2; Allez Jacques
(5-2) 3. Drinks Interval 11-10F. 4
ran. 13/4l, 5l. (B J Llewellyn). NR:
Vivant.
1.00 (2m5f82yds mdn hdle):
MIDNIGHT TUNE (A Coleman
11-8F) 1; Just A Thought (7-2) 2;
Petticoat Tails (6-4) 3. 5 ran. 10l, 61l.
(A Honeyball).
1.35 (3m1f30yds h?cap ch):
DAKLONDIKE (T Scudamore 7-2)
1; Pink Gin (6-1) 2; Wizards Bridge
(3-1F) 3. 7 ran. 33/4l, 6l. (D Pipe).
2.05 (1m7f65yds h?cap hdle):
COEUR BLIMEY (Lucy Gardner
5-4F) 1; Capeland (9-4) 2; Global
Thrill (9-2) 3. 5 ran. 8l, 41/2l. (Mrs
S Gardner).
2.40 (3m2f162yds h?cap ch):
GORING ONE (A Thornton 10-1) 1;
How?s My Friend (5-1F) 2; Shanann
Star (20-1) 3. 12 ran. 21/2l, 21l. (Miss A
N-Smith). NR: How?s Vienna.
3.15 (2m4f35yds h?cap ch): RATIFY
(Miss L M Pinchin 4-1) 1; Chateau
Robin (2-1F) 2; Johns Luck (12-1)
3. 6 ran. 65l, 49l. (F O?Brien). NR:
Bredon Hill Lad.
3.50 (1m7f65yds nh flat): ACEY
MILAN (A Coleman 9-4) 1; Grand
Sancy (9-2) 2; Kapdad (20-1) 3.
Kingofthecotswolds 7-4F. 10 ran.
9l, 12l. (A Honeyball).
Placepot: �1.90. Quadpot: �.90.
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By Matt Slater
CHIEF SPORTS CORRESPONDENT
In this the awards season, Sergio
Garcia picked up his fourth
victory of 2017 after being named
the Hilton European Tour Golfer
of the Year.
A delighted Sergio Garcia described
Surprisingly, Garcia has never
his award as ?an amazing honour?
won this beauty pageant before but
after striking career gold at the
Ultimately it was Garcia?s
Masters in April to claim his ?rst
maiden major claimed at the 74th
major championship, he followed
attempt that proved decisive.
the late Severiano Ballesteros on
?This is an amazing honour. I think
to the podium as Spain?s second
both on and off the golf course it
recipient of the award.
has been a unique and unbelievable
The link with Ballesteros was
year, and one that I will de?nitely
?tting since the father of modern
remember my whole life,? Garcia,
European golf would have turned
who added marriage to his list of
60 in Augusta week, and
achievements in 2017, said.
some swear his spirit was
?I am so happy to
at work on the 13th hole,
be named Golfer of
where Garcia began
the Year, against
his remarkable
the calibre of
march to victory
players that were
Sergio Garcia?s
over Justin Rose
in contention is
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after taking a
incredible. Tommy,
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beneath a bush.
[Hatton] and Jon are
attempts
Garcia, who also
all amazing players,
won at the Dubai Desert
and all had unbelievable
Classic in February and
years themselves.
at the Andalusian Masters in
?With the ?ve of us ?lling
October, faced opposition from
the top ?ve places in the Race to
Race to Dubai winner Tommy
Dubai, it shows the real strength
Fleetwood, fellow Spaniard Jon
of the European Tour, and
Rahm, a three-time winner in this
European players in particular,
his rookie year, leaping 762 places
and hopefully we will keep that
to fourth in the world rankings in
going for next September in Paris
the space of 18 months, and Rose.
[Ryder Cup].?
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Lindsey Vonn will be representing
the ?people of the United States, not
the president? at February?s Winter
Olympics, the American skiing star
has revealed.
Her remarks about US President
Donald Trump came in an interview
with CNN?s Alpine Edge programme
as the 33-year-old prepares to make
what is expected to be her ?nal appearance at an Olympics.
One of the world?s best-known
winter sports athletes, Vonn, said: ?I
hope to represent the people of the
United States, not the president. I
take the Olympics very seriously
and what they mean and what they
represent, what walking under our
?ag means in the opening ceremony.
?I want to represent our country
well. I don?t think that there are a lot
of people currently in our government that do that.?
Vonn, now fit again after being
plagued with injuries in recent
years, also said she would not
accept an invitation to the White
House if she were to win gold
in Pyeongchang.
She was also asked for her views
on how the International Olympic
Committee has responded to the uncovering of Russia?s state-sponsored
doping programme.
?If even a small percentage of that
is true I would think the IOC did the
right thing,? she said.
?Obviously, there are potential
athletes that are clean but they have
Lindsey Vonn, the 2010 champion, said she would not accept an invitation to
the White House if she won Olympic gold in 2018 GETTY
the option now to compete under a
neutral ?ag, which is a good solution.
But doping and what the Russians
did is just not acceptable and we
have to make that clear. And make
sure that it doesn?t happen again.?
Vonn?s comments, however, come
at a time when America?s presence
at the Games, now only nine weeks
away, is still ?an open question?, according to the US ambassador to
the United Nations.
With Pyeongchang only 40 miles
from the North Korean border,
questions have been raised about
the safety of Americans at a time
when their government is in open
dispute with North Korea over its
missile tests.
Asked by Fox News if it was a
?done deal? that Team USA would
compete, Nikki Haley said: ?There is
an open question but in the talks we
have it?s always about, ?how do we
protect the US citizens in the area??
It?s changing by the day.?
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Garcia caps
fine 2017 by
being named
golfer of year
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FRiDAY
33-45
WINTER OLYMPICS
GOLF
4
VOICES
16-20
E H V O B T
EUROPA LEAGUE GROUP E
A Limassol (0)..............0 Everton (2).....................3
Lookman 21, 28
Vlasic 87
Atalanta (1) ....................1 Lyon (0)............................. 0
Petagna 10
P W D L F A Pts
Atalanta
6 4 2 0 14 4 14
Lyon
6 3 2 1 11 4 11
Everton
6 1 1 4 7 15 4
A Limassol
6 0 3 3 5 14 3
GROUP H
Arsenal (3).......................6 BATE (0)........................... 0
Debuchy 11, Walcott 37
Wilshere 43
Polyakov 52 (og)
Giroud 64 (pen)
Elneny 74
RS Belgrade (1)...........1 Cologne (0)................... 0
Srnic 22
P W D L F A Pts
Arsenal
6 4 1 1 14 4 13
RS Belgrade
6 2 3 1 3 2 9
Cologne
6 2 0 4 7 8 6
BATE
6 1 2 3 6 16 5
GROUP A
Slavia Prague (0).....0 Astana (1).........................1
Anicic 39
Villarreal (0).................0 M Tel-Aviv (0) ............1
Blackman 60
P W D L F A Pts
Villarreal
6 3 2 1 10 6 11
Astana
6 3 1 2 10 7 10
Slavia Prague 6 2 2 2 6 6 8
Maccabi Tel-Aviv6 1 1 4 1 8 4
GROUP B
Dynamo Kiev (3).......4 P Belgrade (1)..............1
Morozyuk 6
Jevtovic 45 (pen)
Junior Moraes 28,
31, 78 (pen)
Young Boys (0)........... 2 Skenderbeu (0).........1
Hoarau 55
Gavazaj 51
Assale 90
P W D L F A Pts
Dynamo Kiev 6 4 1 1 15 9 13
P Belgrade
6 2 2 2 8 9 8
Young Boys
6 1 3 2 7 8 6
Skenderbeu
6 1 2 3 6 10 5
GROUP C
Istanbul B (1) ................2 Braga (0)...........................1
Visca 11
Raul Silva 55
Emre 77 (pen)
Hoffenheim (1)...........1 Ludogorets (0) ..........1
Ochs 26
Wanderson 62
P W D L F A Pts
Braga
6 3 1 2 9 8 10
Ludogorets
6 2 3 1 7 5 9
Istanbul B
6 2 2 2 7 8 8
Hoffenheim
6 1 2 3 8 10 5
GROUP D
Austria Vienna (0).0 AEK Athens (0)......... 0
Rijeka (1)............................2 AC Milan (0)................. 0
Puljic 6
Gavranovic 46
P W D L F A Pts
AC Milan
6 3 2 1 13 6 11
AEK Athens
6 1 5 0 6 5 8
Rijeka
6 2 1 3 11 12 7
Austria Vienna 6 1 2 3 9 16 5
GROUP F
FC Copenhagn (0)... 2 Sheriff (0)....................... 0
Sotiriou 56
Luftner 59
Fastav Zlin (0) ............0 L Moscow (0) ...............2
Hnanicek 70 (og)
Farfan 74
P W D L F A Pts
L Moscow
6 3 2 1 9 4 11
FC Copenhagen 6 2 3 1 7 3 9
Sheriff
6 2 3 1 4 4 9
Fastav Zlin
6 0 2 4 1 10 2
GROUP G
FCSB (0).............................1 Lugano (2).......................2
Gnohere 61
Daprela 3
Vecsei 32
H Beer Sheva (0).......0 Plzen (1).............................2
Hejda 29
Horava 83
Att 16,000
P W D L F A Pts
Plzen
6 4 0 2 13 8 12
FCSB
6 3 1 2 9 7 10
Lugano
6 3 0 3 9 11 9
H Beer Sheva
6 1 1 4 5 10 4
GROUP I
Guimaraes (0).............1 Konyaspor (1).............1
Turan 79 (og)
Bourabia 15
Marseille (0) .................0 R B Salzburg (0) ...... 0
P W D L F A Pts
R B Salzburg
6 3 3 0 7 1 12
Marseille
6 2 2 2 4 4 8
Konyaspor
6 1 3 2 4 6 6
Guimaraes
6 1 2 3 5 9 5
GROUP J
Hertha Berlin (0).....1 Ostersunds FK (0).1
Pekarik 61
Papagiannopoulos 58
Zorya (0)............................0 Athletic Bilbao (0).2
Aduriz 70
Raul Garcia 87
P W D L F A Pts
Athletic Bilbao 6 3 2 1 8 5 11
Ostersunds FK 6 3 2 1 8 4 11
Zorya
6 2 0 4 3 9 6
Hertha Berlin 6 1 2 3 6 7
5
GROUP K
Vitesse (0)........................1 Nice (0)............................... 0
Castaignos 84
Att 17,564
Zulte-Waregem (1).3 Lazio (0).............................2
De Pauw 6
Caicedo 67
Heylen 60
Lucas 76
Iseka 83
P W D L F A Pts
Lazio
6 4 1 1 12 7 13
Nice
6 3 0 3 12 7 9
Zulte-Waregem 6 2 1 3 8 13 7
Vitesse
6 1 2 3 5 10 5
GROUP L
Real Sociedad (0).....1 Z St Petersburg (1)3
Willian Jose 58
Erokhin 36
Ivanovic 65
Paredes 85
Vardar (1)..........................1 Rosenborg (1).............1
Ytalo 10
Bendtner 45 (pen)
P W D L F A Pts
Z St Petersburg 6 5 1 0 17 5 16
Real Sociedad 6 4 0 2 16 6 12
Rosenborg
6 1 2 3 6 11 5
Vardar
6 0 1 5 3 20 1
GOLF
EUROPEAN JOBURG OPEN, RANDPARK
GOLF CLUB, JOHANNESBURG, SOUTH
AFRICA: First round (GB & Ireland unless
stated) Bushwillow Course (par 71): 63 K
Davidse (SA); 64 O Strydom (SA); S Heisele
(Ger); J Harvey (SA); M Baldwin; E Van
Rooyen (SA); J Morrison; 65 T Pulkkanen
(Fin); S Barr (Aus); A Meronk (Pol); N Kimsey; 66 D Brooks; A Pavan (It); R McGowan;
67 T Tree; J Ahlers (SA); T Ryan (SA); C
Swanepoel (SA); H Sturehed (Swe); B Roelofsz (SA); S Ferreira (Portugal); J Prinsloo
(SA); C Cannon; 68 S Brown; G Porteous; S
Manley; J Hess (SA); S Horsfield; B Easton
(SA); J Walters(SA); H Loubser (SA).
Firethorn Course (par 72): 66 O Lindell
(Fin); J B. Hansen (Den); D Burmester (SA);
O Bekker(SA); R McEvoy; M Korhonen
(Fin); 67 C Pigem (Sp); 68 T Pilkadaris
(Aus); T Lewis; M Viljoen (SA); L Weber
(Fr); R Langasque (Fr); G Coetzee (SA); J
Hugo (SA); 69 A Arnaus (Sp); A Michael
(SA); H Porteous (SA); S Norris (SA); P
Angles (Sp); O Sandys (SA); J-H Choi (Kr); A
Rai; S Sharma (In); P Khongwatmai (Thai);
A Saddier (Fr); K Horne (SA); T Spangenberg (SA); M Kawamura (Japan).
RUGBY UNION
EUROPEAN CHALLENGE CUP POOL 2
Toulouse (20) .......30 Lyon (6).........................23
SNOOKER
BETWAY UK CHAMPIONSHIPS, BARBICAN CENTRE YORK: Fourth round: S
Murphy (Eng) bt R Walden (Eng) 6-1; M
Gould (Eng) bt X Guodong (Chin) 6-4; J
Perry (Eng) bt M Allen (N Ire) 6-4.
TODAY?S FIXTURES
(Football 7.45pm unless stated)
FOOTBALL
THE SKY BET CHAMPIONSHIP
Sheffield Utd v Bristol City....................................
P W D L F A Pts
Wolves
20 15 2 3 41 17 47
Cardiff
20 13 4 3 30 14 43
Bristol City
20 10 7 3 32 21 37
Sheff Utd
20 12 1 7 33 24 37
Aston Villa
20 10 6 4 29 18 36
Derby
20 10 5 5 30 21 35
Ipswich
20 10 2 8 35 30 32
Leeds
20 9 3 8 30 25 30
Middlesbrough 20 8 5 7 25 20 29
Preston
20 7 8 5 23 21 29
Brentford
20 6 9 5 31 27 27
Sheff Wed
20 6 9 5 25 23 27
Nottm Forest 20 9 0 11 28 33 27
Reading
20 7 5 8 26 24 26
Fulham
20 6 8 6 26 27 26
Norwich
20 6 6 8 18 26 24
Millwall
20 5 7 8 22 21 22
QPR
20 5 7 8 22 29 22
Barnsley
20 5 5 10 24 31 20
Hull
20 4 7 9 34 37 19
Bolton
20 3 7 10 19 37 16
Birmingham 20 4 4 12 10 29 16
Sunderland
20 2 8 10 26 38 14
Burton Albion 20 3 5 12 12 38 14
LADBROKES PREMIERSHIP
Dundee v Aberdeen.......................................................
P W D L F A Pts
15 11 4 0 36 8 37
16 9 3 4 33 18 30
16 9 3 4 24 20 30
16 8 5 3 24 17 29
15 7 2 6 22 21 23
16 4 6 6 14 19 18
15 5 3 7 16 23 18
16 4 5 7 23 26 17
16 4 3 9 17 26 15
16 3 6 7 14 23 15
16 4 3 9 14 24 15
15 2 5 8 12 24 11
Celtic
Rangers
Aberdeen
Hibernian
Motherwell
Hearts
St Johnstone
Hamilton
Dundee
Kilmarnock
Ross County
Partick
BASKETBALL
BBL CHAMPIONSHIP: Leeds Force v
Manchester Giants, Leicester Riders v
London Lions.
CRICKET
SECOND TEST MATCH (First day of five):
New Zealand v West Indies (Hamilton,
10.00pm).
GOLF
EUROPEAN TOUR JOBURG OPEN
(Randpark Golf Club, Johannesburg,
South Africa).
USPGA TOUR QBE SHOOTOUT (Tiburon
GC, Naples, Florida).
EUROPEAN SENIORS TOUR MCB TOUR
CHAMPION (Constance Belle Mare
Plage, Mauritius).
ICE HOCKEY
ELITE LEAGUE: Braehead Clan v
Sheffield Steelers, Cardiff Devils v
Guildford Flames.
SNOOKER
BETWAY UK CHAMPIONSHIPS
(Barbican Centre, York).
RUGBY UNION
EUROPEAN CHAMPIONS CUP POOL 3
(7.45): Glasgow v Montpellier.
EUROPEAN CHALLENGE CUP POOL
1 (7.30): Newport Gwent D?gons v EniseiSTM. POOL 3 (7.0): Agen v Pau. POOL 4
(7.0): Stade Francais v Krasny Yar.
BRITISH & IRISH CUP POOL 1 (7.45):
Munster A v Bedford. POOL 2 (7.45):
Bristol v Leinster A.
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CRICKET
TENNIS
?My face was
over the whole
newsstand.
I literally froze?
Craig Overton re?ects after being hit by a Pat Cummins bouncer GETTY
Overton a quick
learner on perils
of an Ashes Test
first-class game,? Overton says.
?But to have three is tough work. I
felt like I played it pretty well.?
The morning after England?s defeat
There used to be a rolling debate
at Adelaide, Craig Overton is sitting within cricket about the morality,
in the team hotel, visibly wincing. or at least the validity, of subjectBy most measures, his Test debut ing lower-order batsmen to 90mph
was a resounding success:
short-pitched bowling. It is
top wicket-taker and top
a debate that has pretty
run-scorer in the first
much evaporated these
innings, the scalp of
days.
Australia?s captain
?It?s part of crickSteve Smith, a fine
et,? Overton says.
Criag Overton?s
catch at ?ne leg, an
?I think you have to
score on his Test
impressed coach.
enjoy it. It?s not all
debut, which earned
?He has a bit of fire
about survival. You
praise from coach
in his belly, which I
have to score as well.
Trevor Bayliss
like,? Trevor Bayliss
So the odd shot was
says of him.
about trying to get down
But success has come
the other end, because you
at a price. Batting in the secdon?t want to be facing six balls
ond innings, Overton misjudged a an over at your head.?
bouncer from Pat Cummins. The
Overton dealt with the challenge
ball dealt him a painful blow in the better than most. Coming in for his
ribcage. On re?ection, he was prob- ?rst Test innings, with Starc steamably lucky not to break a rib. ?I?ll be ing in at him, he thrashed a quick
?ne,? he reassures us. ?It?s a bit sore unbeaten 41, displaying the positive
this morning, it?s just a bit bruised.? defence and attack that earned him
The bruising is a raw reminder a ?rst-class century for Somerset.
of the stakes Overton is playing for
In so doing, he proved an exemthese days. The heat and hazard of plar for England?s lower-order, who
an Ashes series Down Under can can expect another bouncer volley
literally hit you hard. Cummins, in Perth next week, where England
Mitchell Starc and Josh Hazlewood must avoid defeat to keep the series
present a very different sort of chal- alive. ?It?s almost a mindset that
lenge to the bowlers Overton will our Nos 10 and 11 can?t play shorthave been used to facing in the more pitched bowling,? he admits. ?But
temperate world of county cricket.
it?s just about con?dence. We need
?You can get one like that in a to ?nd ways of dealing with it. At the
moment, we?re playing it all right.?
With the ball, Overton certainly
showed enough in Adelaide to earn
a second cap, providing his rib recovers. He offered Joe Root good
control and the ability to stick to
a plan. Taunted by Smith for his
lack of pace, Overton responded in
perfect fashion, nipping one back
through the gate and bowling him.
All-rounder Moeen Ali
What did he learn from his ?rst
will captain an England XI
game? ?The bad balls are going to
against a Cricket Australia side
be put away,? he replies. ?I know I?m
for a warm-up game in Perth
not the quickest ? I?m the first to
starting tomorrow. He is the only
admit that ? it?s all about the control,
player from the second Test XI to
the little variations and skill, that
feature in the two-day game.
are going to help. It is about doing
the basics right.? THE INDEPENDENT
By Jonathan Liew
IN PERTH
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Johanna Konta tells Paul Newman
how she has lived 2017 in the spotlight
F
or the most part Johanna
won two of the best matches of the
Konta has coped admirably whole fortnight ? a second-round
with life in the public
epic against Donna Vekic and a
spotlight, but there was
pulsating quarter-?nal victory
a moment in the summer
over Simona Halep, the then world
when the 26-year-old Briton admits
No 2, which drew the BBC?s biggest
that she ?literally froze? when
live TV audience of the whole
confronted with the enormity of the
tournament. The legendary coach
impact she had made.
Nick Bollettieri described it as one
Konta, who has been shortlisted
of the best women?s matches he had
for the BBC Sports
ever seen.
Personality of the
Konta, who was born in
Year award after
Australia to Hungarian
becoming the ?rst
parents and did not
British woman since
move to Britain until
1978 to reach the
she was 14, took time
Johanna Konta
Wimbledon singles
to earn widespread
became ?rst British
semi-?nals, was
recognition in what
woman to reach a
out shopping in a
is now her home
Wimbledon singles
supermarket during
country, but her smiling
?nal in 29 years in
2017
the Championships
demeanour and wholewhen she caught sight of
hearted attitude on the
that day?s newspapers.
court won her legions of
?I walked in and
admirers this summer.
photographs of my
?Since Wimbledon, I
face were over the
have had the experience
whole newsstand,?
of people recognising
Konta said. ?I
me more,? she said.
Johanna Konta is
literally froze. I felt
?I?ve been more aware
currently ranked
so self-conscious
of the general little
ninth in the world
and so like: ?Oh
hushed conversations
(she was fourth in
my goodness! Oh
or the little nudges
July)
my goodness! Oh
people give to each other
my goodness!? I didn?t
to point me out, or the
know where to look. I think
staring. I?ve noticed that.?
I ended up standing
Konta believes that her
behind a pillar until my
experiences in Australia
boyfriend joined me. I
earlier this year
was like: ?Help me!?
helped her to cope
?I didn?t hang
with the pressures at
Her
newlyaround long enough
Wimbledon.
appointed
coach
to buy a copy. I don?t
In January there was
Michael Joyce will
think I?d want to be
huge
local interest in
be her fourth as a
looking at my face
her
both in Sydney, the
professional
every morning, every
city of her birth, when she
day.?
won the title there, and in
Now, nevertheless,
Melbourne, where she reached
Konta recalls the episode as
the quarter-?nals of the Australian
?a great experience?. Like Tim
Open before losing to Serena
Henman and Andy Murray before
Williams. Given the struggles of
her, she learned to turn the energy
Australian women at their home
and excitement of the Wimbledon
Grand Slam event, it was no surprise
crowd to her advantage. Henman
that there were attempts by some
reserved most of his best Grand
locals to claim Konta as one of their
Slam performances for his home
own.
event, Murray has followed suit for
?I think part of the reason
more than a decade and this year it
behind me coping better with the
was Konta?s turn.
attention [at Wimbledon] was the
Until this summer the British
experience and the maturity that
No 1 had won only match in her ?ve
I?ve gone through in the last couple
appearances in the main draw at the of years,? she said. ?I think if I hadn?t
All England Club, having prospered
gone through Australia, if I hadn?t
instead at the Australian and US
experienced Australia again this year,
Opens, but in 2017 she thrived on the or even experienced my previous
support of her home crowd.
Wimbledons, it would have de?nitely
In reaching the semi-?nals Konta
affected me in a different way.
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I never really felt the
pressure this year. I felt an
immense amount of support
and interest in my matches
?Previously there had not
necessarily been more pressure, but
I had felt more stress. I guess it was
about me ?nding my way on the tour,
being the kind of player I want to be,
and just being myself.
?I never really felt the pressure
this year. I felt an immense amount
of support and interest in my
matches, in me being involved in
the tournament. But I didn?t really
perceive it as pressure.
?I saw it as interest, as something
exciting. I felt people were with me
on this journey at this tournament
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Pardew: Evans could
leave West Brom in
January window
By Ed Malyon
Alan Pardew has admitted hat he
fears West Bromwich Albion will
lose captain Jonny Evans in January, with Manchester City considering another bid for the Northern
Ireland international.
West Brom turned down offers of �m and �m from
City for their skipper in
the summer, with Albion
holding out for �m.
Arsenal and Leicester were also interested
in the veteran defender
(right), and with City now
likely to renew their interest, it appears West Brom are
resigned to losing the 29 year-old.
?I?m never con?dent when you?ve
got great players because other
clubs want great players so your
best players are always vulnerable,?
Pardew said.
?Jonny Evans is certainly one
of them, and he?s our captain. Do I
want to lose him? Of course not. Do I
fear losing him? Of course I do.?
Evans has 18 months remaining
on his contract at the Hawthorns
and is not expected to sign a new
one, meaning the Black Country
club need to sell now if they are to
maximise his value.
But with the prospect of Arsenal
also coming back in for the Manchester United youth product, West
Brom retain hope that Evans could
still raise something close to the
�m that they were holding
out for in August.
A goalless draw
at home to Palace,
Pardew?s former club,
last weekend left West
Brom without a win in 13
Premier League games
and just one place above
the relegation zone. Albion
travel to bottom-of-the-table
Swansea tomorrow knowing a win
in south Wales would open up a seven-point gap over their opponents.
Asked if the match at the Liberty Stadium was a six-pointer,
Pardew said: ?No. A six-pointer is
when there?s two games to go and
you need to win six points to stay
in the division. This is just three
points in a season. We need to win
at least nine games to be safe and
hopefully after Saturday it?ll be
eight games.? THE INDEPENDENT
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Wales furious
as Brussels?
games given
to Wembley
much more closely than at other
events.?
Part of Konta?s coping strategy
during Wimbledon was to avoid
television news programmes.
?During breakfast I think we
would put on something like The
Mentalist,? she said. ?It was also
a conscious thing not to look at
newspapers or to really search for
things on social media. I think in
general, a nice little ?detox? is not a
bad thing.?
At past Wimbledons Konta
had either stayed at the National
Tennis Centre at Roehampton
or rented a ?at locally. By this
summer, however, she had her
own apartment in London, having
previously lived with her parents in
Eastbourne.
Being able to return home each
evening during the Championships
made a big difference.
?I really enjoy being at home,
being in my ?at, getting to spend
time there,? she said. ?Wherever you
are able to create a sense of comfort,
just a sense of routine and safety,
I think that does give you the best
chance of performing well.?
Indeed Konta admitted that
she had ?missed home? after
Wimbledon, having spent nearly two
months in Britain during the grasscourt season.
After such a successful ?rst seven
months of the year, during which she
won the biggest title of her career
at the Miami Open, Konta faltered
later in the campaign, winning
only two matches in her last six
tournaments before bringing her
season to an early close because of a
foot injury.
Having parted company with her
coach, Wim Fissette, in October,
she has now linked up with the
American Michael Jo
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