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ECONOMY
Which phrase
does Jeremy
Vine say stops
men from
dancing?
See p.5
The day at
a glance
TUESDAY
12
DECEMBER
Quote of the day
Talent does what it can;
genius does what it must
EDWARD
BULWER-LYTTON
SOCIETY
North-South divide
‘to keep expanding’
The economic gap between the
North and South will keep growing
until 2020 as efforts to rebalance
the economy fall short, according
to research. London and the South
East will surge ahead over the next
three years, financial-services
company EY said.
SOCIETY
HEALTH
Library spending
slashed by £66m
£200 voucher to help House destroyed
breastfeeding rates
by gas explosion
Gove: Animal welfare
better after Brexit
SOCIETY
Councils cut spending on public
libraries by £66m last year and shut
scores of facilities. Expenditure fell
from £919m in 2015/16 to £853m in
2016/17, according to figures from
the Chartered Institute of Public
Finance and Accountancy. The
number of branches went from 3,850
to 3,745 and visits also fell.
New mothers could be encouraged
to breastfeed their children with
£200 in shopping vouchers. A major
trial part-funded by Public Health
England found offering women cash
incentives could drastically increase
poor breastfeeding rates. Breastfed
babies have been found to have
fewer health problems. PAGE 5
Brexit will help Britain to improve
animal-welfare standards and
combat problems such as puppy
smuggling, Michael Gove has said.
A draft Bill enshrining animal
sentience into UK law post-Brexit
and introducing jail sentences of up
to five years for animal abusers has
been published.
Three people were injured when
a gas explosion destroyed a house
and damaged several others. The
blast led to the evacuation of dozens
of properties in Birstall, north of
Leicester, yesterday morning. A
neighbouring property also partially
collapsed and six other properties
have been affected.
UNITED STATES
IRAN
POLITICS
MUSIC
Manhattan terror
suspect arrested
Johnson’s meetings
were ‘worthwhile’
Google what I said,
May tells SNP
Apple to snap up
Shazam for $400m
A man is being held after an
attempted terror attack at the
Port Authority bus terminal in
Manhattan. The suspect, named
as Akayed Ullah, 27, was wounded
when a “low-tech explosive device”
strapped to his body blew up in an
underpass during the morning rush
hour yesterday. PAGE 4
Boris Johnson told the Commons
he had “worthwhile”meetings
in Iran to secure the release of
Nazanin Zaghari-Ratcliffe and
that the Government “will leave no
stone unturned in our efforts”. The
Foreign Secretary said he did not
want to raise false hopes, but said his
message had been understood.
Theresa May has told the SNP to
“Google” her stance on whether
there will be a hard border between
Northern Ireland and the Republic
of Ireland. The Prime Minister
added she has repeatedly told
the Commons about the UK’s
assurances about there being no
hard border on the island of Ireland.
Apple is buying music-identifying
service Shazam. The app, which
creates “acoustic fingerprints” of
music when prompted by the user
and then returns song information,
has been downloaded more than a
billion times. According to reports
in the US, the deal is worth around
$400m (£300m).
SOCIETY
Birthdays
Lionel Blair, entertainer,
89; Bill Nighy, actor, 68,
Dionne Warwick (below),
soul singer, 77; Daniel
O’Donnell, country
singer, 56; Kate Humble,
presenter, 49; Will Carling,
ex-rugby player, 52
Fifty years
of progress?
The past five decades have seen dramatic change: many countries have experienced economic
growth, and many areas that were embroiled in conflict during the late 1960s are now in a
state of peace. A study by the Pew Research Center surveyed nearly 43,000 people across 38
countries to find out whether they think life is better today than it was 50 years ago.
“Is life in our country better or worse today than it was 50 years ago?” (%)
WORSE
BETTER
4
India
69
17
South Korea
68
20
Tuesday 12 Dec 1967
Rolling Stones guitarist
Brian Jones has a ninemonth jail term – imposed
for possessing cannabis
and permitting his home to
be used by others smoking
cannabis – overturned at
the Court of Appeal. He
was fined £1,000 instead.
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In 1967, the Americans were close to their
peak involvement in the Vietnam War.
Fighting and bombing was a fact of daily
life for civilians in many parts of the
country. Vietnam now has a liberalised
economy and holds open elections.
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28
33
50 years ago homosexuality
and abortion had both been
36
legalised in the UK, and the
country was basking in the
31
international success of
acts like The Beatles and
41
The Rolling Stones.
However, Harold
49
Wilson’s Labour
government
was
46
experiencing
trade
50
problems.
Newspapers support recycling
The recycled content of UK
newspapers in 2015 was 71%
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Anniversaries
Vietnam
Japan
65
Germany
65
Spain
60
Canada
55
Russia
50
Australia
50
South Africa
47
UK
45
United States
37
Brazil
35
France
Italy
In Spain, by 1967 General Franco
had been in power for more than 30
years. Economic conditions were
improving and there was a
reduction in police powers and
press censorship. The government’s
policy of suppressing regional
subcultures had also begun to loosen.
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In 1967, Germany was still divided along its
post-WWII boundaries. Economic
conditions were generally worse in the east.
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NEWS
UNITED STATES
Pipe bomber attacks New York bus station
By Colleen Long
A crude pipe bomb strapped to a
man reportedly inspired by Isis
went off in a New York subway
yesterday, injuring the attacker
and slightly wounding three others.
Surveillance cameras captured
the man walking through Port
Authority bus terminal when the
bomb went off at 7.20am, causing
commuters to flee in terror.
“This was an attempted terrorist
attack,” said the city’s mayor,
Bill de Blasio, adding that
the suspect had probably
acted alone.
The attacker, named
as Akayed Ullah
(inset), a 27-year-old
Bangladeshi, was being
treated in hospital for
burns to his hands and
abdomen. The FBI said he
had been inspired by Isis. The
explosion, which took place
in an underpass beneath
42nd Street, triggered
a massive emergency
response.
The state’s Governor,
Andrew Cuomo, called
on New Yorkers to be
alert but to carry on with
their lives. “Let’s go back to
work,” he said. AP
Three people
and the
attacker were
injured after
the explosion
at New
York’s Port
Authority
bus station
yesterday
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SCIENCE
Is man flu real?
Yes, it is, suggests
(male) researcher
By Jennifer Cockerell
The much-debated phenomenon of
“man flu” may be real, scientists have
discovered.
A Canadian study was carried out
to determine whether men really do
experience worse symptoms than
women or whether it is just a myth.
Dr Kyle Sue, a clinical assistant
professor at Memorial University of
Newfoundland, suggested that men
may not be exaggerating symptoms
but have weaker immune responses
to respiratory viruses.
In what is thought to be the first
study of its kind, Dr Sue analysed
relevant research and found evidence
that adult men have a higher risk
of hospital admission and higher
rates of influenza-associated deaths
compared to women, regardless of
underlying disease.
Men are also more likely to get
complications and have higher
m o r t a l i t y f r o m m a ny a c u t e
respiratory diseases; there was some
evidence of men suffering more from
viral respiratory illness than women
because they have a less robust
immune system.
Writing in the latest edition of
the British Medical Journal, Dr
Sue argues that the concept of
man flu, as commonly defined,
is potentially unjust and further
research is needed. “Men may not
be exaggerating symptoms but
have weaker immune responses to
viral respiratory viruses, leading to
greater morbidity and mortality than
seen in women,” he writes.
He said there may actually be an
evolutionary benefit to a less robust
immune system, as it has allowed
men to invest their energy in other
biological processes, “such as growth,
and secondary sex characteristics”.
No scientific study has ever been
carried out before to determine
whether the term man flu is
appropriate.
Dr Sue added: “Lying on the
couch, not getting out of bed, or
receiving assistance with activities
of daily living could also be
evolutionary behaviours that protect
against predators.”
You can catch flu more
than once because the
viruses constantly evolve. The
virus is contained in the millions
of droplets that come out of the
nose and mouth when an infected
person coughs or sneezes.
SCIENCE
Pride may
actually protect
you from a fall
By Padraig Flanagan
Traditional wisdom insists that
“pride comes before a fall” but
the opposite appears to be true,
according to scientists who put the
Old Testament warning to the test.
They analysed data from more
than 6,400 over-60s in England to
investigate the link between feeling
proud and suffering a fall. Those with
a fear of falling or the over-confident
are known to be more likely to fall.
Researchers, from the universities
of Stirling and Aberdeen and the
Royal Alexandra Hospital in Paisley,
studied survey responses to find out
how many people had felt proud in
the previous month.
Analysis of the results, published
in the British Medical Journal, showed
the odds of reported falls were much
lower for people with high pride
compared with those with low pride.
The study’s co-author, Dr Michael
Daly, said: “Contrary to the saying
‘pride comes before a fall’, these
findings suggest pride may actually
be a protective factor against falling
in older adults. Future studies may
seek to investigate the mechanisms
underpinning this relation.”
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WEATHER
i TUESDAY
12 DECEMBER 2017
5
SOCIETY
Vouchers
encourage
mothers to
breastfeed
By Jennifer Cockerell
A snowbound
Stoke-on-Trent
yesterday REUTERS
More travel disruption looms after
snow and ice warnings extended
By Padraic Flanagan
Deep-freeze conditions that turned
settled snow to treacherous ice
paralysed parts of the UK last night,
threatening further travel chaos
across road, rail and air networks.
Britain was warned to brace
for its coldest night in years with
temperatures expected to fall as low
as minus 15°C (9°F) overnight with
more snow forecast, especially in
the Midlands. The first serious
snowfall of winter forced more than
2,000 schools to close yesterday.
The Met Office extended its
yellow weather warnings for snow
and ice to cover much of the country,
predicting that another two inches
(5cm) could fall overnight. The
warnings covered London and the
South-east, the Midlands, Northern
Forecast Staying cold until the New Year
Wintry conditions and overnight
freezes are likely to continue
into the New Year,
forecasters are warning.
They expect the
weather to remain cold
despite a good deal of
sunshine in the next two
weeks. Early-morning ice
may be a problem in places.
Strong northerly winds,
including gales, will bring rain
and hill snow in the run-up to
Christmas, with a more settled
picture due in January.
The Met Office expects
this to bring a mixture
of colder and drier
conditions with brief
interludes of milder,
wetter and windier
weather. They warn more
snow is likely, especially in
northern and central parts.
Ireland and Wales, as well as the
eastern coast of England and
northern and western Scotland.
It prompted the Trades Union
Congress to urge employers not
to force staff to make hazardous
journeys into work, saying firms
should give staff advice on what to
Weather, page 46
LOCAL GOVERNMENT
Councillors who shut city ‘lacked true grit’
By Dean Kirby
NORTHERN CORRESPONDENT
Birmingham’s council leaders
were criticised yesterday after
the winter weather prompted the
closure of all council-run schools
and the cancellation of bin
collections and bus services.
Up to 6in of snow fell across
the West Midlands on Sunday,
disrupting buses and leading
to flight suspensions at
Birmingham Airport. More
than 200,000 children spent
Schools across the Midlands were
closed because of the snowfall
yesterday at home after the
city council decided to close all
schools. But the authority faced
criticism from the Good Morning
Britain host Piers Morgan,
who said: “Education has been
stopped today because of a few
snowflakes.”
The presenter added: “I’m not
criticising any of the people. I’m
criticising the authorities. Where
are the gritters? They should be
making the roads safe so we could
get to school.”
Birmingham’s ice rink and big
wheel were also shut down, while
comedian Sir Ken Dodd cancelled
a gig in Wolverhampton.
do when snow, ice and a lack of public
transport stops them getting in.
Heavy snow caused widespread
disruption on Chiltern Railways,
Arriva Trains Wales, Cross Country,
East Midlands Trains, Great
Western Railway, Thameslink,
Virgin Trains and the West Midlands
rail network.
Eurotunnel said last night its
services were back to normal after
passengers suffered long delays on
Sunday night. Cross-Channel ferry
services also faced delays yesterday
after the Port of Calais was forced to
close for a few hours.
Driving was treacherous in many
areas, with emergency services
warning motorists to exercise
caution. Icy conditions on the M40
between junctions 2 and 3 caused a
van to flip over after a collision with
two cars.
Western Power Distribution said
that engineers had worked through
the night to restore power to 99,500
homes in the Midlands, south
Wales and the South-west. About
7,000 remained without electricity
yesterday, 6,500 of them in the West
Midlands. Public Health England
urged people to check in on elderly
loved ones and those with heart and
lung conditions. It recommended
heating homes to at least 18°C.
The snowfall was estimated to
have cost the country £1bn in lost
economic output by last night.
A single day of travel disruption
affecting one in three workers costs
the economy £473m, mainly from
lost working hours, according to the
insurer RSA.
Offering new mothers financial
incentives could significantly
increase low breastfeeding rates, a
pilot study suggests.
More than 10,000 new mothers
across South Yorkshire, Derbyshire
and north Nottinghamshire were
involved in the trial, which offered
shopping vouchers worth up to £120
if babies received breast milk – either
by breastfeeding or with expressed
milk – at two days, 10 days and six
weeks old.
A further £80 of vouchers was
available if babies continued to
receive breast milk up to six months.
The trial, funded by the National
Prevention Research Initiative
and Public Health England, saw an
increase of six percentage points in
areas where the scheme was offered,
compared with areas where the
scheme was not available.
Breastfeeding levels in the UK are
among the lowest in the world. In
some areas just 12 per cent of six- to
eight-week-old babies are breastfed.
Community midwife Anahi
Wheeldon, from Sheffield, said
the scheme had helped to change
attitudes towards breastfeeding.
“The vouchers really lifted mums
and gave them recognition and
acceptance,” she said.
ENTERTAINMENT
‘Dad dancing’
term not fair on
men, says Vine
By Francesca Gosling
The former Strictly Come Dancing
contestant Jeremy Vine has called
for a ban on the expression “dad
dancing”, saying it discourages men
from hitting the dance floor.
The TV and radio presenter
(inset), who took part
i n t h e s h ow w i t h
professional partner
Karen Clifton in
2015, will put his
dancing shoes on
again for this year’s
festive special of the
hit BBC1 contest.
Recalling his
experience as a dancing
amateur, Vine, 52, told Radio Times
magazine: “The people who’ve never
danced a step get the shock of their
lives when they realise that some of
the other celebs are trained dancers.
“I’d like to make the expression
‘dad dancing’ illegal. It puts men off
getting on the dance floor. They think
it’s not a manly activity.”
Judy Murray, 58, also returning
after becoming a fan-favourite
contestant in the 2014 series, agreed:
“It must make you self-conscious.”
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NEWS
BREXIT
May insists EU offer is ‘off
the table’ without trade deal
By Nigel Morris
POLITICAL EDITOR
Britain’s offer to pay a Brexit
“divorce bill” of up to £39bn will be
taken off the table if talks ultimately
fail to produce a trade deal between
the UK and the European Union,
Theresa May told MPs.
The Prime Minister won plaudits
from Remainers and Leavers in
the Tory ranks for her success last
week in securing agreement with
Brussels to move on to trade talks.
She said the breakthrough – set to
be rubberstamped by the EU this
week – was “good news” for voters
on either side of the debate.
Mrs May said the agreement
should reassure people who feared
that Britain would become “bogged
down” in protracted negotiations
or “crash out” of the bloc without a
deal. She repeated that she was not
aiming for a free-trade deal with the
EU based on any other country but
an arrangement which was “right
for the UK”.
The two sides have agreed an exit
bill of between £35bn and £39bn,
but the Prime Minister insisted
that payment was contingent on
achieving a trade deal.
“The offer is on the table in
the context of us agreeing the
partnership for the future, agreeing
the next stage and agreeing the
partnership for the future,” she said.
“If we don’t agree that partnership,
then this offer is off the table.
“This is good news for the people
who voted Leave, who were worried
we were so bogged down in the
negotiations it was never going to
happen. It’s good news for people
who voted Remain, who were
worried we were going to crash out
without a deal.
“We are going to leave, but we’re
going to do so in a smooth and
orderly way, securing a new, deep
and special partnership with our
friends, while taking back control
of our borders, money and laws
once again.”
The former Tory chancellor Ken
Clarke, a pro-EU MP, was cheered
after he congratulated the Prime
Minister for her “triumph”.
Iain Duncan Smith, a prominent
Brexiteer and former Conservative
Party leader, joined him in praising
her for “driving through an
improved agreement”.
A dissenting Tory voice came
from backbencher Philip Davies
who criticised her for agreeing to
the divorce bill while “continuing
with a policy of austerity”.
In a significant climbdown on
the EU (Withdrawal) Bill, the
Government has accepted changes
which will give MPs greater
oversight over ministers’ powers.
A compromise amendment
will stop ministers simply signing
changes into law through so-called
Henry VIII powers.
Instead, a new “sifting committee”
of MPs will be established to decide
whether statutory instruments
proposed by ministers require a
vote in the Commons.
The former minister Anna
Soubry, an outspoken rebel
and Tory MP for Broxtowe, said
there was “complete unanimity”
within her party over the initial
agreement which she hailed as a
“major step forward”.
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LABOUR
Corbyn proposes
Brexit delay if it
means more jobs
By Nigel Morris
POLITICAL EDITOR
Theresa May welcomes
the Bulgarian Prime
Minister, Boyko Borissov,
to 10 Downing Street for a
meeting yesterday PA
POLITICS
We’re unanimous on
Brexit deal, insist
Tories on all sides
By Richard Wheeler
and Harriet Line
A senior Tory Brexit rebel has insisted there is “complete unanimity” in
her party over the initial agreement
with the EU secured by Theresa May.
Former minister Anna Soubry
added that Jeremy Corbyn, the
Labour leader, should welcome
the “major step forward”. She had
labelled his response in the Commons
as “pitiful”, adding that she was
confused over his view.
Tory former cabinet minister
Ken Clarke, another pro-EU MP,
was cheered by colleagues when he
congratulated the Prime Minister for
her “triumph” last week.
Iain Duncan Smith, a prominent
Brexiteer and former Tory leader,
joined Mr Clarke in congratulating
Mrs May on “driving through an
improved agreement”.
The Tory unity emerged as Mrs
May updated MPs on last week’s
talks, although questions remained
for the PM over the future approach.
Ms Soubry said there was
“complete unanimity on
congratulating the Prime Minister”.
“And, if I may say, a pitiful
performance from the Leader of the
Opposition. I still don’t know if he
actually welcomes this agreement
because he should do because it’s
a major step forward. Looking to
Chief Secretary to the Treasury Liz
Truss arrives at Downing Street
REUTERS
the future, around about this time
next year, we should have begun
to conclude the trade negotiations
towards a trade deal.
“Could the Prime Minister tell
us: would she anticipate that we
would have details of our new trade
relationship with the European
Union?”
Mrs May said the UK had always
said it would work to negotiate “our
full agreement in terms of the future
relationship” with the EU although
legally it will not be possible to sign up
to the agreement until after Brexit.
Earlier, Mr Clarke said that the
phrase “nothing is agreed until
everything is agreed” did not mean
“you’re going to tear everything
up and start all over again” on EU
citizens, the divorce bill and other
matters if something goes wrong.
Jeremy Corbyn has argued that
Brexit – scheduled for March 2019
– should be put back if a delay were
to help Britain leave the European
Union on better terms.
The Labour leader’s comments
will be seen as fresh evidence that
the party is slowly moving towards
a “soft Brexit” position.
It has recently said that
Britain might have to make
payments to Brussels
and accept the “easy
movement” of EU
nationals to achieve
maximum access to
the single market and
the customs union.
Under the two-year
Article 50 process, the
exit date is formally 29
March 2019 and Theresa May has
also tabled an amendment to the
EU (Withdrawal) Bill enshrining
that date in law.
Mr Corbyn (inset) was responding
to Mrs May’s Commons statement
in which she outlined her deal with
EU leaders to widen Brexit talks to
discuss trade.
Describing the agreement as
“rather fudged”, he asked: “Has
this experience given the Prime
Minister reason to consider
dropping the unnecessary exit date
deadline of the 29 March 2019 from
the EU (Withdrawal) Bill?”
He said he was sure all MPs and
“probably the whole country would
rather get the best possible deal a
little bit later if that meant a better
deal for people’s jobs”.
In a scathing reply, Mrs May said:
“He started off by saying he wanted
to uphold the referendum, and then
later in his comments he said he
didn’t want to accept the leave date
of 29 March 2019. We’re leaving the
European Union on that date, that
is what the British people voted
for and that is what this
Government is going to
put in place.”
H o w e v e r, t h e
shadow Chancellor
said he believed
staying in the single
m a rke t u n d e r i t s
current rules, which
include accepting free
m ove m e n t , wo u l d n o t
respect the Brexit referendum
result. John McDonnell said
Labour in government would seek a
“negotiated relationship” to ensure
“tariff-free access” to “a single
market” and “a customs union”.
Sir Keir Starmer has
called for Britain to “stay
aligned” to the EU after Brexit
and said Labour supports a
partnership with the bloc that
“retains the benefits of the single
market and customs union”.
PEOPLE
EMPLOYMENT
Davis: ‘I don’t
have to be
clever, just calm’
10,000 finance
jobs ‘will go
elsewhere’
By Arj Singh
By Leo Cendrowicz
David Davis has said he does not
have to be very clever to do his
job as Brexit Secretary.
Mr Davis insisted “I do just
have to be calm”, revealing that
last Monday’s botched attempt
at getting an agreement with the
EU to move to trade negotiations
had tested that ability. Theresa
May was forced into a week of
talks with the DUP, Ireland and
the EU over the Irish border
before getting a deal on Friday.
Mr Davis told LBC: “What’s
the requirement of my job? I
don’t have to be very clever, I
don’t have to know that much, I
do just have to be calm. And that
did test the calmness a bit.
“But we had to pick another
day and we looked at Wednesday
but Wednesday wasn’t long
enough for the DUP to sort
themselves out so we made it
Thursday, Friday morning.”
Financial institutions in the City of
London are planning to shift 10,500
jobs out of Britain by the first day of
Brexit as the economic reality of the
vote begins to bite.
Ernst & Young’s Brexit Tracker,
which monitors 222 financial
firms, also shows that banks, asset
managers and brokers are now
expecting client-facing and “front
office” roles to leave the UK because
of Brexit. The net result will be the
loss of 10,500 highly skilled jobs.
Meanwhile, a study by the RAND
Corporation indicates that exiting
the EU without a trade deal would
leave Britain’s economy 5 per
cent smaller after 10 years, at an
estimated cost of $140bn (£105bn).
Even if the UK withdraws
from the bloc with a free-trade
agreement, Britain’s net economy
will be 1.9 per cent lower a decade
after Brexit, the report suggests.
IN BRUSSELS
Commons sittings could be held
around the country PA
LABOUR
McDonnell:
Parliament
could meet
outside capital
By Arj Singh
Sittings of Parliament could take
place away from Westminster
as part of Labour plans to
devolve decision-making around
the country, John McDonnell
suggested yesterday.
The shadow Chancellor said
there was “an argument” for
holding parliamentary sessions
and cabinet meetings away from
London so the needs of the regions
are better taken into account.
Mr McDonnell spoke at the
launch of a report suggesting that
Labour should consider moving
large parts of the Bank of England
to Birmingham.
Answering questions at the
event in the City of London,
he added: “I think there’s an
argument for ensuring that
certainly Cabinet and maybe
sessions of Parliament can be
held elsewhere. I know Jeremy
[Corbyn] has been talking about
holding shadow Cabinet meetings
around the country on a regular
basis now and I think you’ll see
that evolve into other forms of
direct devolution of sittings.
“The issue here… is that there
is a view that decision-making
located in Whitehall, Westminster
and the City results often in a
distortion of the economic policy
direction, not taking into account
the real needs of the regions of our
country, the regions and nations
of our country.
“And in some ways that may
have contributed towards
the Brexit vote as well, so
this gives us an opportunity
now of looking afresh at the
institutional framework but
also the institutional locations
as to whether or not we can
address some of the imbalances in
decision-making that have taken
place in the past.”
The report setting out
considerations for the party’s
next general election manifesto
also recommended locating a new
National Investment Bank and
Strategic Investment Board in
Britain’s second-biggest city.
Together with the Bank of
England, these would form a new
“economic policy hub”.
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SOCIETY
Toddlers share parents’ feelings of loneliness
of their mother’s anxiety, to a young
man in his twenties afraid to leave his
A year-long study of the “social room in a homeless hostel, we know
epidemic” of loneliness has found from our services across the UK the
that the sense of isolation can begin devastating impact loneliness can
in toddlers, when mothers become have on the lives of children, young
cut off from friends and families.
people and families,” said its chief
T h e s t u d y, by th e Jo C ox executive, Sir Tony Hawkhead.
Toddlers are understood to feel
Commission on Loneliness, found
that nine million people in the UK, the lonely, even though they often don’t
equivalent of London’s population, have the words to express it.
S ay i n g “ I ’m s a d ” o r
are lonely, and the health
“I’m bored” can be an
consequences cost the
expression of loneliness,
economy £32bn a year.
with one in 10 preIt is so damaging,
school children feeling
health experts say,
isolated or dissatisfied
that it is equivalent to
The number of
with their friendships,
smoking 15 cigarettes
cigarettes smoked
according to the
a day or being obese.
each day that has
an equivalent
report. One in five
The commission,
effect
on
health
to
children aged seven to 12
named after the
loneliness
reported feeling lonely, as
murdered
We s t
did four in five adolescents,
Yorkshire MP and led by
with a third describing their
Labour MP Rachel Reeves and
Seema Kennedy, a Conservative, loneliness as “persistent and painful”.
“In the past few decades, loneliness
reported: “Mothers’ and fathers’
loneliness has negative effects on has escalated from personal
children, impacting on their social misfortune into a social epidemic,”
competence, motivation to learn, and Ms Reeves said.“We spend a greater
part of our day alone than we did 10
academic skills.”
A child raised in a socially isolated years ago. It sometimes feels like our
family has a greater risk of becoming best friend is the smartphone.”
But many of the young people
chronically lonely, a study by Action
for Children found. “From a toddler surveyed said they felt that
who seldom meets people because technology saved them from despair.
By Liane Wimhurst
The young mother
‘I felt resentment
towards my baby
but still loved him’
LAUREN THOMAS, 19, from Swansea,
was 17 when she fell pregnant
with her son Leon
15
“I was just leaving college and
all my friends wanted to go out
drinking,” she says. “My friends
knew I wouldn’t go out like they
wanted me to. They were moving
on with their lives and I was going
in a different direction.
“I felt resentment towards my
baby, but I still loved him. I felt
overwhelmed by motherhood and
all of the things that went with it. I
lived with my mother and brother,
but they were in full-time work, so
all the responsibilities of cleaning
the house were with me.
“I didn’t get any help with Leon.
The loneliness was overwhelming
because I wasn’t used to it. He was
so clingy, he didn’t want to be put
down. I couldn’t get five minutes
away from him. It was stressful.
I didn’t know what I had to do.”
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HEALTH CORRESPONDENT
A landmark trial for Huntington’s
disease has been hailed as a “game
changer” after the defect that causes
the disease was corrected in patients
for the first time.
Researchers at University College
London injected an experimental
drug into spinal fluid which safely
lowered levels of toxic proteins
in the brain. Experts say it could
be the biggest breakthrough in
neurodegenerative diseases for
50 years offering hope the deadly
disease can be stopped.
Professor Sarah Tabrizi, director
of UCL’s Huntington’s Disease Centre
who led the phase one trial, said:
“I’ve been seeing patients in clinic
for nearly 20 years, I’ve seen many
of my patients over that time die. For
the first time we have the hope of a
therapy that one day may slow or
prevent Huntington’s disease. This
is of groundbreaking importance for
patients and families.”
About 12 people in 100,000
are affected by Huntington’s, a
devastating disease described by
sufferers as Parkinson’s, Alzheimer’s
and motor neurone disease rolled
into one. The UCL trial at the
National Hospital for Neurology and
Neurosurgery in London involved
46 men and women with earlystage Huntington’s disease. They
were given four spinal injections
one month apart, with a quarter of
patients given a placebo injection.
The first in-human trial showed the
drug – called Ionis-HTTRx – reduced
the levels of the harmful protein,
huntingtin, in the brain.
Professor John Hardy, who was
awarded the Breakthrough Prize
for his work on Alzheimer’s, told
the BBC: “I really think this is,
potentially, the biggest breakthrough
in neurodegenerative disease in
the past 50 years. That sounds like
hyperbole – in a year I might be
embarrassed by saying that – but
that’s how I feel at the moment.”
The UCL scientist, who was not
involved in the research, said the
same approach might be possible in
other neurodegenerative diseases,
such as Alzheimer’s, that feature the
build-up of toxic proteins in the brain.
John Eden, of the Scottish
Huntington’s Association, said:
“Today is a historic one for people
affected by Huntington’s disease. We
look forward to hearing news of its
further development.”
Doctors are not calling this
a cure as the UCL trial was too
small, and not long enough, to show
whether patients’ clinical symptoms
improved. They still need long-term
evidence to show whether lowering
levels of huntingtin will change the
course of the disease.
Cath Stanley, of the Huntington’s
Disease Association, said the results
were a “massive step forward” but
added there was still “a long way to
go” in combating the disease.
‘I never
thought that
this day
would come’
CLARE BRIMSON’S father, Jeffrey,
had Huntington’s disease for 15
years and died in October last year
“I watched the symptoms
take away his ability to walk,
communicate and eat,” said Ms
Brimson, from Rochdale. “He
spent the last four-and-a-half
years in a care home and was
too unwell to walk me down
the aisle on my wedding day in
March 2016.
“I have a 50:50 chance of
inheriting the disease. The
average age of onset is 30 to 50.
I have just turned 40 and I have
a brother, who has a family. I
have an amazing husband who
has been by my side throughout
the most difficult years of my
life. We have decided against
having the genetic test because
we prefer to live in hope that
there will be a cure for HD.
“I am still trying to digest the
news about the breakthrough.
I never thought this day would
come. I am obviously happy
that so many families affected
by HD will have so much more
to hope for in the future.
“I also feel sad for all the
people that we have lost
already to HD, like my dad.”
Clare Brimson (centre) with her late father Jeffrey Williamson
Explainer What causes the brain disorder and what are the symptoms?
Huntington’s disease is an inherited
condition that damages certain
nerve cells in the brain. This brain
damage gets progressively worse
over time and can affect movement,
cognition (perception, awareness,
thinking, judgement) and behaviour.
Early features can include
personality changes, mood swings,
fidgety movements, irritability and
altered behaviour, although these are
often overlooked and attributed to
something else.
It was originally called
Huntington’s chorea (chorea is the
Greek word for dancing), because the
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HEALTH
A build-up of urea in the brain has
been found to be a major cause of
dementia, with scientists hailing the
discovery as a potential pathway for
treating the disorder.
Professor Garth Cooper of
Manchester University, who led
a team of researchers from the
US, Australia and New Zealand,
discovered that a rise in urea to toxic
levels can cause brain damage – and
eventually dementia.
The research, published in the
journal Proceedings of the National
Academy of Sciences, shows that
Huntington’s disease – one of seven
major types of age-related dementia
– is linked to brain urea levels and
metabolic processes.
It follows a 2016 study
which found that urea
is similarly linked
t o A l z h e i m e r ’s .
According to Prof
Cooper, this shows that
the discovery could be
relevant to all types of
age-related dementias.
T h e H u n t i n g t o n ’s
study also shows that the
high urea levels occurred before
dementia sets in. It could one day
help doctors diagnose and even
treat dementia, well in advance of
its onset. Prof Cooper said: “This
study on Huntington’s disease
is the final piece of the
jigsaw which leads us to
conclude that high brain
urea plays a pivotal
role in dementia.
“Alzheimer’s and
Huntington’s are at
opposite ends of the
dementia spectrum – so
if this holds true for these
types, then I believe it is highly
likely it will hold true for all the
major age-related dementias.”
involuntary movements associated
with the condition can look like jerky
dancing. However, “disease” is now
the preferred term, because the
condition involves a lot more than
just abnormal movements.
Huntington’s disease is caused by
an inherited faulty gene. However,
in about 3 per cent of cases, there’s
no family history of the condition,
normally because the parents died
at a young age.
Adult-onset Huntington’s
disease, the most common form of
this disorder, usually appears in a
person’s thirties or forties.
Across
Research offers clue to cause of dementia
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BREXIT
DEAL
LABOUR ON
BREXIT
JOHNSON
IN IRAN
THE
SNOWBOMB
BITCOIN
FUTURES
‘BLUE PLANET
II’ FINALE
What next for
Theresa May
to decide?
Remaining
by any
other name
Progress in
ZaghariRatcliffe case?
Snow days
doled out
too easily
Investors
aren’t going
wild
Good news
among the
bad
Daily Mail
Spectator
Evening Standard
Stoke Sentinel
Bloomberg
The Arts Desk
After her triumph
in Brussels and full
steam ahead for
Brexit, Theresa May
has been enjoying
her best headlines
since that botched
election campaign
and her conference
appearance. Who
could blame her if she
wanted to sit back and
take a breather — but
she must resist the
temptation.
(Andrew Pierce)
Labour’s ongoing
problem is of course
that there is no easy
Brexit, politically as
well as technically. It’s
not just worried about
the Brexit voters who
also supported the
party. It’s also worried
about the Remain
voters who backed the
party too.
(Isabel Hardman)
It is the Revolutionary
Guard (whom Boris
Johnson could not
meet) who will
determine whether
Nazanin ZaghariRatcliffe is freed. Her
husband, Richard,
hasn’t allowed himself
to make Christmas
plans, but he promised
Nazanin that they
would buy a tree
together. I can only
pray that he gets to
fulfil that promise.
(Rosamund Urwin)
I can only remember
one snow day during
my school years, and
that was because the
boiler had packed in
and the classrooms
were freezing.
Children, of course,
love the thought of a
bonus day off school.
But it’s snow joke
for working mums
and dads who have
to make it in to work
regardless.
(Jenny Amphlett)
It’s likely that the
bitcoin futures market
will turn out to be
a bit like the limited
retail market in which
the cryptocurrency
is used for purchases.
It’ll serve to raise
bitcoin’s profile but
it won’t be large, and
it won’t attract much
traffic from big players.
(Leonid Bershidsky)
The skill of the series is
in drawing distinctions
between tussles of
appetite by inflecting
each vignette with
humour and triumph.
Every image, every
word, is geared to
impress the urgency
of the health of our
oceans upon us.
We are each players in
this story.
(Katherine Waters)
The Telegraph
In the history of a
nation, £40bn is small
fry. What matters is
Britain’s freedom to
trade on favourable
terms while deciding
its own laws and
regulations, rather
than following EU
rules. (Juliet Samuel)
Daily Express
Under a Labour
government
there would be
“easy movement”
of European
migrants, continued
membership of the
single market and
acceptance of EU
regulations. In other
words, exactly what we
have now.
(Editorial)
Ed Sheeran
The singer declares
his political
allegiance
TheGuardian
Authorities have no
excuse if roads aren’t
cleared over the next
few days, yet Tory
cuts to councils and
the Department for
Transport hit our
ability to tackle winter
weather.
(Editorial)
It was encouraging
that President Rouhani
granted Johnson an
audience, something
that could have been
withheld if the first
day of talks had been
regarded as a failure.
(Patrick Wintour)
The Times
China’s crackdown
demonstrated that
no one country can
stop bitcoin. If one
nation bows out
of a decentralised
network, others pick
up the slack. Chinese
regulations may even
have contributed to the
surging price.
(Emily Parker)
It was good to hear
Attenborough’s
recognition, rare
on the BBC, that we
are living through
an unexpectedly
bountiful renaissance
in some of our marine
ecosystems. Too often
we are told only the bad
news.
(Matt Ridley)
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the day
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Corbyn. I love
everything
Corbyn is
about
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Review
CHRISTINE KEELER SOCIALITE
Christine Keeler was the woman at
the heart of the Profumo affair in
1963 which rocked the Establishment,
convulsed Westminster and
contributed to the downfall of the Tory
government the following year.
John Profumo was forced to quit as
War Secretary, after it emerged that
he and a Russian intelligence officer,
Eugene Ivanov, had been sleeping with
the same British showgirl – Keeler.
Christine Margaret Keeler was born
in 1942. She left school at the age of
15 and worked as an office junior, a
showroom assistant and a barmaid.
Before she was 16 she was working
as a showgirl in a club in Greek Street,
Soho. After 1960, there was no obvious
employment in her records, almost
certainly because she had become what
in those days was euphemistically
termed a model.
It was during this period that she
found herself launched into the
unsavoury world of high-society
osteopath Stephen Ward, who was a
suspected double-agent.
Keeler had a West Indian lover,
John Edgecombe, a petty criminal
and film extra, who was involved in a
shooting incident outside Ward’s flat in
Marylebone. It was alleged that he fired
shots at Keeler, but he was acquitted on
charges of shooting at her with intent
to murder her or cause grievous bodily
harm
However, Keeler, due to give
evidence at his trial, had gone missing.
By March 1963, Westminster
was teeming with rumours about
Profumo’s presence at parties at the
Cliveden estate and an association
with Keeler. Questions were asked in
the House about the suspicious and
intriguing circumstances surrounding
the “missing witness”, who had fled
to Madrid. Profumo was forced to
make a statement to the Commons, in
which he denied any impropriety in his
relationship with Keeler.
He said he and his wife, the late
actress Valerie Hobson, had met her
at Cliveden, and he had subsequently
seen her “on about six occasions at Mr
Ward’s flat” in London.
But MPs and newspapers remained
sceptical. There were suggestions that
Keeler had been packed off to Madrid
to avoid an embarrassing crossexamination at the Edgecombe trial, so
as to protect those in high places.
Finally Profumo resigned after
confessing that he had lied to the
House.
In 2001, Keeler wrote a book in which
she claimed that Ward ordered her to
sleep with Ivanov and Profumo in the
hope she would pass on secrets. She
claimed that Ward threatened to kill
her when he thought she was about to
expose his part in the spy network.
She also insisted that Sir Roger
Hollis, a former head of MI5, was the
mysterious “fifth man” in the 1960s spy
ring that included Burgess, Maclean,
Philby and Blunt..
Keeler disappeared from the scene
and for years lived either at Westcliffon-Sea, Essex, or at a flat in Chelsea.
She was married twice and had two
sons.
Born 22 February 1942
Died 4 December 2017
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The Snowmaggeddon phenomenon
The poor weather helped legitimise a bit of skiving off
Y
ou are probably
astounded that, after
the pretty dusting
of snow which hit
South-east England
on Sunday morning, I
managed to write this column at all.
This weekend’s “Snowmaggedon”
has caused many absences from the
start of the working week. Sunday
began with a plethora of Instagrams
featuring snowmen and ecstatic
dogs, but by the evening my phone
was pinging with pre-cancelled
Monday morning meetings due
to closed schools, scuppered
childcare, frozen car engines and
suddenly-ill relatives.
It struck me that Britain
had group-thunk itself into a
Snowmaggedon Monday off. Still,
a few of us battled on, albeit at half
pace, with an eye towards clocking
off Asap to make hot buttered
toast and crack through The Crown
season two.
The Snowmaggeddon
phenomenon is modern social
media’s fault. Or perhaps its
greatest gift. Definitely the latter
if you’re currently not at work
but lying in bed with your electric
blanket on. It feels curious now
that merely a decade ago, in a
world pre-WhatsApp, Snapchat,
Instagram, iPads, Siri, Alexa
or Facebook Messenger, what
united us was a shared love of the
reclaimed Second World War motto
“Keep Calm and Carry On”.
In a less connected Britain, in a
time before mass social media, we
believed ourselves to be an island
of gritty stoics. We plastered the
phrase over posters, tea towels
and birthday cards. Snow would
not stop us, nor rain, nor bombs,
nor whatever else you chucked at
Blighty. We’d still open our shops,
teach classes or take a 9am meeting,
even if it killed us.
A decade later, I sense a shift, a
quite delicious, decadent one.
The snow
makes us
childlike,
it inspires
wonderment
“Please do not visit us this
morning,” urged one local business
on my Twitter timeline early on
Sunday. “The roads are far too
dangerous. Stay home, shop online.”
Which was kind, except at this point
London was merely a bit drizzly.
Granted, my umbrella blew inside
out when I popped to Sainsbury’s
for almond milk.
If businesses seemed cautious,
perhaps it was because a quick
shufty around social media warned
that Sunday’s snowfall was merely
a gentle pre-amble to La Niña
hitting Britain, which is a predicted
collision between two Atlantic
weather systems – North Atlantic
oscillation and quasi-biennial
oscillation, since you ask. Think
The Day After Tomorrow starring
Jake Gyllenhaal, where the Statue
of Liberty is up to her nostrils in an
Earth-annihilating geo-storm. And
then ask yourself, do you really need
to go down Arndale Centre to start
your Christmas shopping, Brenda?
No you don’t. Have a nice day off.
Elsewhere in the Snowmaggedon,
there was no snow at all. The
temperature in Cumbria dropped
to –11°C over the weekend, although
this is fairly routine and would not
prevent the womenfolk, of which
I count myself, from attending
wine bars wearing only perfumed
body butter and sparkly pelmets.
Coventry experienced a foot of
snow and was reported to be
“in absoloute chaos” although
accompanying photos showed
revellers riding down hills on trays.
As news reports spoke, in grave
tones, of treacherous ice and salt
supplies, one thing that struck me,
across social media, was how happy
this chaos was making people.
The snow makes us childlike, it
inspires wonderment, and it shows
us humdrum things through fresh
eyes. And better still, in a difficult,
demanding world, snow legitimises
a touch of lethargy. Not if you’re
homeless or starving or the only
person left manning a hospital
ward, of course, but for many people
the snow makes us as high as a kite
on cancelled plans.
That terrible Sunday afternoon
you had pencilled in visiting
an awful cousin’s new baby, or
measuring up shelves and trekking
to Ikea, or taking the kids to a
sports event they were dreading
more than you were. All now
cancelled due to snow! While the
sentiment of Wizzard’s “I Wish It
Could Be Christmas Every Day”
sounds exhausting and terrifying,
I reckon I could cope with endless
unplanned Snowmaggeddon. It
is a holiday with no gift-giving, no
divisive religious message and no
traditions. It is merely a day for one
to go mysteriously missing from
one’s job, muttering something
about a shonky commuter track,
knowing full well that no one in
human resources will challenge you
as they’re “working from home” too.
In many ways, Monday 11
December was the national holiday
we have been denied for Harry and
Meghan’s wedding. And that day
off would have come with a semicondition that you put up bunting,
watch eight hours of Piers Morgan
wedding preamble and bring in a
Marks & Spencer royal weddingthemed buffet. Snowmaggeddon
Day only needed a tin of Campbell’s
tomato soup, crumpets, Netflix and
a duvet. Let it snow, let it snow, let it
snow. THE INDEPENDENT
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Warning
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Lord Kerslake is no mug,
and his resignation as
chair of King’s College
Hospital Trust should
raise alarm bells about
the decline of the NHS.
To learn that he was
about to be pushed,
before resigning, raises
further concern about
the governance of one
of our most important
public services. There
is a desperate need to
have a public inquiry into
the state of social and
health care before there
is a compete collapse of
these services.
FRANK WILLIAMS
Cut back airport
plastic
May I suggest that
drinking water fountains
be compulsory at the “air
side” of security checks in
all airports. Passengers
could then refill, rather
than discard, their
drinking bottles. The
shops won’t like it, but
I’m sure they’ll cope.
CHRIS BOVINGDON
LINCOLN
One step
forward
I am dismayed that after
Theresa May achieved
an agreement for the
first phase of Brexit,
members of her Cabinet
are fighting in public
again. Surely the Prime
Minister can keep
in-fighting to the Cabinet
room and require her
ministers to show unity?
ROGER STRETTON
BUNGAY, SUFFOLK
Hospital
parking
The story of Abigail
Laidlaw and her family in
i was truly inspiring, and
well done to Morrison’s
for supporting the
children’s cancer charity
CLIC Sargent
(11 December). By
contrast, the £15 per
day parking charges
at Sheffield Children’s
Hospital are sickening.
Surely it verges on
immoral to make
money from such
circumstances.
PAM COPPER
STOCKTON-ON-TEES
Little cash for
cycling
Using the figures from
the House of Commons
in your Fact Check (11
December), I calculate
that average spending
per head for transport
in 2015-2016 was £471.
The spending on cycling
is said to be less than
£2. So much for the
Government promoting
cycling.
KEVIN BANNISTER
Best worst
gifts
I’d be disappointed to
receive anything in your
list of worst gifts (11
December) – apart from
slippers. I am 53 but I
never wore them before I
was given a pair last year.
Now they’re on my feet
every day.
ANDREW MACKIE
WEST LOTHIAN
‘Free’ trade
agreements
This talk of free trade
agreements postBrexit is all very well
but we need to ensure
they do not give more
power to international
corporations and further
undermine our NHS.
NORMAN WOOD
IN
Two-year degrees: a ridiculous
cutback or a sensible reform?
I see that universities
in England are offering
two-year degree
courses, in an effort to
leave students with a
smaller overall bill (i, 11
December). What a good
idea. Are there also plans
to solve the housing
crisis by building houses
without fitting doors or
windows?
NEVILLE DENSON
ST BEES, CUMBRIA
Does Jane Merrick’s
admission that she spent
most of the first year of
her three-year degree
course in the bar seem to
suggest that all degrees
could be taken in two
years? Shorter holidays
and longer terms seem
reasonable enough
to me. More intense
work schedules would
mirror the reality of the
workplace that awaits
graduates.
TRUDI DARGAN
GUNNISLAKE,
CORNWALL
Why not take the
proposal of a two-year
degree course at a
discount of 20 per cent
to its logical conclusion,
and offer degrees after
zero study at a discount
of 60 per cent? The
income would help
out our hard-pressed
universities, students
would be relieved of
a load of stress and
graduates would be
instantly ready for the
job market.
DEREK BRUNDISH
HORSHAM,
WEST SUSSEX
I would have loved to
have done my degree in
two years. I funded mine
by working part-time
and with loans. I could
not see the point of the
extended summer break,
as we were never set
work to do.
KATHARINE FUSSELL
The only reason children
go to school under the
current regime is to pass
tests and exams. At least
there’s consistency in
accepting that students
can pass degree-level
exams in two years.
Education is having the
life and soul squeezed
out of it at every level.
And at every level we
will suffer as a result.
MICHAEL GRAY
I went to university as
a mature student and
would have welcomed
a two-year degree. We
only had 10 hours of
lectures and tutorials
a week, and many of
the younger students
failed to attend at all. I
remember one tutorial
just before an exam
where I was the only
student that bothered
to turn up. I made the
most of the “one on one”
opportunity to discuss
the syllabus with my
tutor.
SUSAN HELLIER
Students should choose
a good apprenticeship
instead – you’ll always
work and make decent
money and won’t have
a big tuition fees bill
hanging over you.
PAUL DE MOUILPIED
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and desirable” came from Professor
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esterday morning, listeners
to BBC Radio 4 will have
heard a haunting voice
on Today. It was the
testimony of Mohamed Rasool,
who lived in Grenfell Tower before
the inferno which left 71 dead and
hundreds more hurt, homeless and
heartbroken. Instead of the usual
busy and confrontational tone of the
programme, there was a respectful
hush as Rasool described the hotel
accommodation in which he is still
living, with his wife, two young
children and his father – who is
suffering from dementia.
The young father seemed to
veer between contained anger,
resignation, and fortitude. He feels
like a prisoner. They survive on
takeaways, have to keep grandad
safe and keep the frustrated kids
occupied. It is six months, six long
months, since the tragedy. The
inquiry is about to start, but victims
do not feel they are at the heart of
it. And they are right. As ever, the
establishment wishes to take over
and have the last word.
Remember the deeply
uncomfortable Theresa May as
she went to the scene? The
initial indifference of
Kensington and Chelsea
council? Evidence of
tenants warning the
local authority of the
hazardous conditions
in the block? And the
promises, all those
promises which were
like snowflakes, pretty but
soon gone?
The PM vowed everyone would
be rehoused in the area within three
weeks. Didn’t happen. More than
150 households are still in temporary
accommodation. The Government
will still not fund sprinklers in
council blocks. So this could happen
again. Elizabeth Campbell, who
replaced the previous, seriously
unsuitable council leader, Nicholas
Paget-Brown, is showing empathy
and understanding, but her council
is still mistrusted – and will be until
the people who lost everything get
their lives and hopes back.
The neighbourhood which is
racially mixed, had to help itself as
the state failed in its duty. These are
not “scroungers and immigrants”
as one reader described them to
me in a letter. Most were or are
the unseen workforce, the twilight
people: cleaners, mini-cab drivers,
carers and building site workers.
They were also husbands and wives,
mums, dads, siblings, uncles, aunts,
cousins, friends, lovers.
Grenfell Tower should never be
covered up. But it will be,
of course. The charred,
skeletal building is a
blot on the luxuriant
landscape of London,
the metropolis which
the world admires
and wants a piece
of. It is a visual nag,
a memento mori. It
embodies all that is
wrong with 21st-century
Britain – hideously unfair,
dreadfully divided, with class, race
and religious discrimination now
normalised. Maybe some have tired
of the Grenfell story, which is exactly
why it must be told over and over.
Feel not pity, but awe. Witness the
resilience of the survivors. See their
capacity for love and cooperation.
Like the Hillsborough families, they
hold fiercely to moral principles,
to the idea of the collective, to
terrible memories, to dignity and
determination. Grenfell folk show us
what it is to be human. In contrast,
the powerful, who have found all this
so very trying, show us what it is to
be inhuman. May the deserving side
win this unequal battle.
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altercations with fellow musicians,
with autograph hunters and with
event personnel.
His behaviour undermines the
sheer joy of live music – especially in
an age where bands are increasingly
reliant on income from touring
over record sales – and reinforces
negative preconceptions that some
people may have about attending
gigs at the heavier end of the
musical scale.
As a musician and public figure,
Homme is being paid to ensure the
people who, in turn, pay to see him
perform have a good time. Lauren,
who was simply doing her job, was
assaulted by the very person she
was there to document.
Homme, on the brink of tears,
later uploaded an apology video,
lamenting: “I don’t have any excuse
or a reason to justify what I did … I’m
truly sorry, and I hope you’re okay.”
“I wanna be a good man,” he
added. “I definitely failed at that.”
It’s true, good men don’t kick
women in the face.
Live music is a sanctuary, away
from the horrific news cycle and
monotony of our daily lives. Some
of the kindest, most respectful
bands and crowds I’ve experienced
have been at far heavier gigs than
Queens of the Stone Age, with
special mentions to Slayer, Slipknot,
Sepultura and other acts not
beginning with “S”.
The wanton destruction that used
to be rock‘n’roll’s calling card (along
with casual misogyny, homophobia
and racism, while we’re at it) is no
longer acceptable. Neither is assault.
Rhiannon
Williams
A violent
singer caught
in the act
I
t’s a long way to the top if you
wanna rock‘n’roll, AC/DC
informed us back in 1975. It
appears no one told Queens
of the Stone Age frontman Josh
Homme that it can be a pretty short
trip back down.
In video footage from a
performance in Los Angeles over the
weekend, a guitar-playing Homme
saunters past female photographer
Chelsea Lauren, who is taking
pictures of him from the narrow
press pit at the foot of the stage, then
doubles back and kicks her straight
in the face. Based on the video, it
appears to be entirely deliberate.
Lauren spent the night in hospital
with a bruised face and sore neck.
She shared the photos she had
taken on Instagram as Homme
drew his leg back, adding: “I was in
the pit in tears – and he just stared at
me smiling.”
Homme has a long history of
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Plummer wins Globe
nomination after
replacing Spacey
‘Peppa Pig’s GP
raises false hopes
about services’
By Adam Sherwin
ARTS AND MEDIA CORRESPONDENT
The veteran actor Christopher
Plummer has won a Golden Globe
nomination for a role in which he replaced an entire performance
first shot by Kevin Spacey.
The 87-year-old took
over the role of oil
baron J Paul Getty from
Spacey in All The Money
in the World after sexual
harassment allegations
against the former House of
Cards star. Spacey appeared
in a September trailer for the film.
But his scenes were excised from
Ridley Scott’s film and reshot within
a matter of weeks, following the allegations against the former Old Vic
theatre director.
The re-edited film, about the
1973 kidnapping of Getty’s teenage
grandson, is now set to get a preChristmas release. Plummer (inset)
said: “It’s really not replacing him –
it’s starting all over again. Although
the situation is very sad.”
Judi Dench and Helen Mirren will
battle for best actress at the awards.
Dame Judi is nominated in the musical or comedy film category for
reprising the role of Queen Victoria in Victoria & Abdul, the story
of the monarch’s friendship
with her Indian attendant.
She competes against
Dame Helen, who is recognised for The Leisure
Seeker, a road comedy
about an ageing couple.
Sir Daniel Day-Lewis
gets a best actor in a film
nod for his performance
as a society dressmaker in Phantom Thread. He is up against Gary
Oldman for his take on Winston
Churchill in Darkest Hour, which depicts a nation poised on the brink of
capitulation to Nazi Germany.
The war theme continues with
the summer blockbuster Dunkirk
receiving a best director nomination for Christopher Nolan and best
picture recognition.
British actor Daniel Kaluuya gets
a best actor in a comedy film nomi-
By Jennifer Cockerell
Kristin Scott Thomas and Gary Oldman in a scene from ‘Darkest Hour’ AP
nation for Get Out, a horror-satire on
race relations in the US.
Claire Foy could repeat last year’s
best actress success in the television
categories, with the Hollywood
Foreign Press Association voters
nominating her again for her performance as the Queen in The Crown.
The Netflix drama is also nominated for best TV series. But The
Handmaid’s Tale is favourite to win,
with Elisabeth Moss also up against
Foy in the actress category for her
role as Offred. Nicole Kidman and
Reese Witherspoon are both nominated for best actress for roles in Big
Little Lies.
Robert De Niro is nominated for
best actor in a limited series for The
Wizard of Lies, alongside Jude Law
for The Young Pope, Ewan McGregor,
who is nominated for Fargo, and Kyle
MacLachlan for Twin Peaks.
Alfred Molina and David Thewlis
are nominees for supporting actor.
The awards are on 7 January.
The children’s TV show Peppa Pig
has been blamed for contributing
to unrealistic expectations of
what to expect from a GP.
Dr Catherine Bell, a GP and
mother of a toddler, wrote in the
BMJ that the show (inset) aimed
at preschool children could also
be encouraging inappropriate use
of services. Among the
characters on the show
is Dr Brown Bear, a
GP who works alone
and also appears
to provide his
patients with an
excellent service,
continuity of care,
extended hours, and
who has a low threshold
for home visits.
While Peppa Pig conveys many
positive public health messages,
such as encouraging healthy
eating, exercise and road safety,
Dr Bell suspects that “exposure
to Peppa Pig and its portrayal of
general practice raises patient
expectation and encourages
inappropriate use of services”.
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All Cameron wants for
Christmas is a bionic hand
By Laura Paterson
A boy’s Christmas wish to be able to
use both his hands will be granted
following a charity appeal.
Cameron Millar, 10, was born
without a right hand but has always
been determined to overcome the
challenges this presented.
Last week he and his mother, Margaret Millar, launched an appeal to raise £10,000 for a
high-tech bionic limb before Christmas.
The target was reached
within days thanks to donations from across the
UK.
Ms Millar, from Edinburgh, said: “We
were overwhelmed
with the support we
received after our
story hit the headlines last week.
“Donations just
Cameron Millar,
pictured with his
mother, Margaret,
wants to learn to
play the drums
kept coming to us, and we reached
the target within a few days.
“This means the world to Cameron, and he’s absolutely thrilled to
know that he’ll achieve his dream
of having a bionic hand, and he’s already making plans to learn to play
the drums.”
The schoolboy, a Star Wars fan,
has chosen a bionic hand featuring
an illustration of his superhero role
model, Luke Skywalker.
The appeal was run with
Radio Forth’s Cash for Kids
campaign. Emma Kemp, of
the station, said: “As soon as
we heard Cameron’s story,
we had to do our bit to help.
Despite facing such a major
challenge in his life, he
never stops smiling and
is incredibly positive.
“To witness the
generosity Cameron
received over the last
week is amazing.”
SCIENCE
TRANSPORT
Close encounters... or just
cigar-shaped asteroid?
Uber permitted to operate in
London until appeal in April
By Padraic Flanagan
It will either be the greatest discovery mankind has yet made – or just
another lump of galactic driftwood
hurtling through space.
Astronomers are to scan a cigarshaped asteroid for signs of extraterrestrial technology after concerns
were raised that it could be an
alien starship.
The bizarre claim was made as
researchers involved in Seti (the
Search for Extra-Terrestrial Intelligence) prepared to turn a powerful
dish telescope towards the mysterious interstellar traveller, dubbed
Oumuamua. University of Hawaii
The alien “starship” is
about two astronomical
units from Earth, or twice the
distance between the Earth
and Sun.
Researchers suspect an interstellar
spacecraft would have a cigar shape
researchers spotted Oumuamua in
October passing the Earth at about
85 times the distance to the Moon. It
was the first object found in the solar
system that appears to originate
from another part of the galaxy.
Now a team of alien-hunting scientists, led by the Russian billionaire Yuri Milner, will scan the comet
before it sails beyond the reach of
Earth’s telescopes. It is looking for
radio signals from the visitor, travelling at up to 196,000mph, which
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could signify an alien spaceship.
A statement from the £75m Seti
project Breakthrough Listen said:
“Researchers working on longdistance space transportation have
previously suggested that a cigar or
needle shape is the most likely architecture for an interstellar spacecraft,
since this would minimise friction
and damage from interstellar gas
and dust.
“While a natural origin is more
likely, there is currently no consensus
on what that origin might have been,
and Breakthrough Listen is well positioned to explore the possibility that
Oumuamua could be an artefact.”
From 8pm tomorrow, a giant
radio telescope will “listen” to the
object across four radio frequency
bands spanning one to 12 gigahertz.
Dr Andrew Siemion, director of the
Berkeley Seti Research Centre in
California, said: “Whether this object
turns out to be artificial or natural,
it’s a great target for Listen.”
By Rhiannon Williams
TECHNOLOGY CORRESPONDENT
Uber’s appeal against Transport for
London’s refusal to renew its licence
will be heard by late April 2018 at
the earliest, leaving the company free to operate until
the spring.
Emma Arbuthnot,
chief magistrate at
Westminster magistrates’ court, said she
planned to hear the appeal over five days from 30
April, though the case could be
pushed back until late June.
Further hearings are scheduled
for next week to work out whether
the GMB trade union and the London Taxi Drivers’ Association will
be able to intervene in the case.
TfL stripped the ride-hailing app
of its licence to operate in the capital
in September, concluding the company was “not fit and proper to hold
a private hire licence”. Uber has
been allowed to keep operating in
London for the duration of the legal
Ditching the drivers
Uber makes just 63p profit on a £10
ride, illustrating how much it stands
to gain from a fleet of driverless cars
(inset), a report claims.
Out of a £10 UberX
ride in London, a driver
takes away £4.90. Other
admin costs would
leave a profit of around
63 pence, according to
analysis from fintech firm
InvestorConnected. A fully
automated fleet could save the
company around £900m a year.
process, after it lodged an appeal
against the decision in October. The
decision sparked a backlash in the
city, where it has 3.5 million users,
with a change.org petition gathering more than 850,000 signatures
at the time of writing.
An Uber spokesman said: “We
continue having constructive discussions with TfL.”
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The EU has rebuffed a plea by
Israel’s Prime Minister Benjamin
Netanyahu that it recognise Jerusalem as Israel’s capital.
Mr Netanyahu, making the first
official visit by an Israeli premier
to the EU’s Brussels headquarters
in 22 years, told reporters that
recognising Jerusalem merely
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He said he expected many
European countries to follow
President Donald Trump’s
unilateral decision last week to
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But EU foreign policy chief
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talks between Mr Netanyahu
and EU foreign ministers, said
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Kingdom lifts 35-year
cinema ban in boost
to Arabian nights
IN RIYADH
Saudi Arabia has lifted its ban on cinemas, prompting celebrations from
film fans, directors and movie chains
eyeing the last untapped mass market in the Middle East.
For the first time in 35 years,
theatres could start showing films as
early as March as part of a liberalising
reform drive that has opened the
door to concerts, comedy shows, and
women drivers over the past year.
Lawmakers were pressured into
banning cinemas in the early 1980s
as Saudi society turned towards
a particularly conservative form
of Islam which discouraged public
entertainment and public mixing
between men and women.
But reforms led by 32-year-old
Crown Prince Mohammed bin
Salman have eased many of those
restrictions, with the government
now trying to broaden the economy
and lessen its dependence on oil.
“Opening cinemas will act as a
catalyst for economic growth and
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Saudi authorities have made plain
that although cinemas are reopening,
the choice of films available in the
kingdom will be strictly curtailed. So
films such as Nymphomaniac, Lars
von Trier’s explicit depiction of sex
addiction, Brokeback Mountain, Ang
Lee’s touching gay love story, and
Yentl, Barbra Streisand’s homage to
Jewish cross-dressing and women’s
rights, will probably not be showing at
a Riyadh cinema any time soon.
diversification,” said minister of
culture and information Awwad bin
Saleh Alawwad. “By developing the
broader cultural sector we will create
new employment opportunities.”
In a nod to conservatives, the
government said the films would be
censored to make sure they remained
“in line with values and principles
in place and do not contradict with
Sharia laws and moral values in the
kingdom”. REUTERS
Plastic rubbish ‘kills a thousand turtles a year’
By Rod Minchin
More than a thousand marine
turtles die every year after
becoming entangled in rubbish in
the sea and on beaches, according
to research.
Plastic refuse is killing
turtles of all species, with a
disproportionate impact on
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The study, published in the
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other debris included fishing
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packaging straps, balloons, kite
string, boat anchor and mooring
line, cabling, chairs and crates.
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IN CARACAS
FRANCE
Diphtheria
cases soar
Global recall
of baby milk
Health authorities in
Jakarta kicked off a special
immunisation programme
yesterday to rein in an
“extraordinary” outbreak of
diphtheria that has sparked
concerns about the Indonesian
capital’s readiness to host the
Asian Games next June.
Diphtheria cases have risen
by 42 per cent since last year,
with at least 32 deaths and
more than 590 cases recorded
across the archipelago, most
of them in densely populated
Jakarta and neighbouring
provinces. REUTERS
French baby milk maker Lactalis has
ordered a global recall of millions of
products over fears of salmonella
bacteria contamination.
The company, one of the largest
dairy groups in the world, said it
was warned by health authorities in
France that 26 infants had become
sick since 1 December. A spokesman
said the “precautionary” recall
affected “several million” products
produced since mid-February.
The company, based in Laval,
western France, said a possible
source of the outbreak was identified
in a tower used to dry the milk at a
production site in May. AP
Nobel laureate
warns of dark age
in US science
By David Keyton
American researcher Michael
Rosbash, who shared this year’s
Nobel Prize for medicine for
his work on circadian rhythms,
has voiced concern that US
government support such as that
received by him and colleagues
Maduro threatens to ban
rival parties from election
By Andrew Cawthorne
INDONESIA
SWEDEN
VENEZUELA
Jeffrey Hall and Michael Young
was endangered.
“We benefited from an
enlightened period in the postwar
US... [but] the current climate
in the US is a warning that
continued support cannot be
taken for granted,” he said as he
received the award in Stockholm.
The 2018 federal budget
proposed by President Donald
Trump calls for cutting science
funding by billions of dollars. Mr
Rosbash said: “Also in danger
is the pluralistic America into
which all three of us were born
and raised.” AP
Venezuela’s far-left President Nicolas
Maduro has provoked more national
and international criticism by announcing he will ban the country’s
main opposition parties from taking
part in the presidential election.
Mr Maduro has set his sights on
Venezuela’s 2018 presidential election
after the ruling Socialist Party
predictably dominated mayoral polls
with the help of a major boycott by a
demoralised opposition.
The 55-year-old successor to
Hugo Chavez said the government
had won at least 90 per cent of the
Mumbai
Flash mobs of young women
have taken to the streets in
southern India to protest
against the online trolling of
three college students who
danced in public to promote an
HIV awareness campaign.
A video of the three women
dancing on a street in the
southern state of Kerala
wearing hijabs and jeans
was widely shared on social
media last week, attracting
abusive comments from
critics accusing them of being
anti-Islam.
As the comments piled up,
flash mob dance protests
erupted across the state with
girls in colourful headscarves
dancing to a popular
Malayalam song.
“We decided to defy the
religious groups that were
trolling the girls by organising
more performances,” said
Jaick Thomas, head of Kerala
division of the Students’
Federation of India (SFI).
“The majority of the
students who came forward to
participate in the flash mobs
were Muslims, and most of
them girls. They took part
wearing their hijabs.”
Police have charged
six people for criminal
intimidation, fanning
tension and for indecent
representation of women
over the online comments,
according to Jaleel Thottathil,
deputy police superintendent.
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Roli Srivastava
335 mayorships. But the opposition
coalition described Sunday’s vote
as a pyrrhic victory. “Irregularities
and low turnout characterised the
Fenced in:
families
reunited
Family members
reunite at the border
between Mexico
and the US, during
an annual event for
separated relatives.
They have three
minutes together,
meeting at a fence that
separates Mexico and
New Mexico, US, at the
event organised by the
Border Network for
Human Rights. HERIKA
MARTINEZ/GETTY
FRANCE
Corsican nationalists gain momentum in election
Nationalists won elections for a new
regional assembly on the French
Mediterranean island of Corsica,
crushing President Emmanuel
Macron’s young centrist movement
and traditional parties.
The nationalists on the once-
restive island of 320,000 people
want more autonomy from Paris, but
unlike those in the Spanish region of
Catalonia, they are not yet seeking
full independence.
In what French media called an
unprecedented result, a coalition
of moderate and harder-line
nationalists won 56.5 per cent of
the vote in Sunday’s second-round
election. Nationalists sang Corsican
songs and celebrated in the streets
after the results were announced.
The nationalist coalition, which
also won the most votes in the first
round a week ago, will have 41 of the
63 seats in the new assembly, which
takes office on 1 January. AP
CAMBODIA
AUSTRALIA
PHILIPPINES
US helps to save
torture legacy
Melbourne
terror alarm
Martial law goes
on in Isis battle
The US government has given
$55,000 to Cambodia for the
preservation of about 4,000 items
of clothing belonging to prisoners
at the Tuol Sleng prison and
torture centre, run by the Khmer
Rouge in the capital, Phnom Penh.
Under the 1975-79 Khmer Rouge
regime, an estimated 17,000
Cambodians were tortured at
the centre, known as S-21 prison,
and an estimated 1.7 million were
killed nationwide. AP
Melbourne will test a terror alert
system this month after police
thwarted two alleged plots targeting
Christmas and New Year crowds and
a lone driver killed six pedestrians
last year in Australia’s second-largest
city. Police said loudspeakers were
being installed at more than 90 sites
in the city centre as part of a system
to be tested on 28 December.
A man was charged last month
with preparing to commit a terrorist
attack in Melbourne. AP
The President of the Philippines,
Rodrigo Duterte, has asked
Congress to extend by a year the
martial law he declared in the
country’s south, to ensure the
“total eradication” of pro-Isis
extremists. He warned they were
planning more uprisings after a
disastrous siege of Marawi city.
Left-wing and pro-democracy
groups have protested against
the martial law but the Supreme
Court has upheld its legality. AP
By Thomas Adamson
Postcard
From...
President Nicolas Maduro, whose
party won 90 per cent of mayorships
vote,” said the coalition, which is
demanding reforms to the electoral
system for the 2018 vote.
Three of the coalition’s main parties – Popular Will, Justice First and
Democratic Action – boycotted the
poll, saying the election board was
at the service of Mr Maduro’s “dictatorship” and turning a blind eye to
abuses by the state. The turnout was
just 47 per cent.
Other opposition parties did
put up candidates, which added
to confusion and acrimony within
opposition ranks. Mr Maduro said
the three abstaining parties should
be banned from participating in
future elections. AP
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California
wildfire ‘still
growing’
By Christopher Weber
IN LOS ANGELES
One of the wildfires raging in southern California has continued to grow
in the dry, windy conditions and was
yesterday torching an area larger
than New York City.
Firefighters battled to stop
the wall of flames descend- CALIFORNIA
ing from the mountains
into coastal neighbour- Santa
Los
hoods after the wildfire Barbarta
Angeles
exploded in size, becoming the fifth largest in
Pacific Ocean
state history.
The flames reached the
San Diego
wealthy neighbourhoods that
are home to celebrities. The actor
Rob Lowe, model Chrissy Teigen, socialite Paris Hilton and comedian
Chelsea Handler were all evacuated
as fire spread towards their properties. The TV host Ellen DeGeneres
said her home was also under threat.
The fire raced west through Carpinteria and Montecito, seaside Santa
Barbara County towns about 75 miles
north-west of Los Angeles. AP
Firefighters try to
tackle the massive
wildfire north of
Los Angeles, near
Ojai, California
REUTERS
BERMUDA
GERMANY
Same-sex marriage is abolished
just months after being permitted
China spies ‘fake
online profiles’
tion of marriage”. Gay marriage has
been legal in Bermuda since May,
Same-sex marriage has been abol- following a ruling by its supreme
ished on the island of Bermuda,
court after a case brought by
just six months after it was
Bermudan Winston Godintroduced.
win and his fiancé Greg
A bill approved last
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week means the island,
Canada.
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ritory, will permit doPartnership Act,
How many months
same-sex marriage
mestic partnerships
passed last Friday,
has been allowed
instead of same-sex
will provide samein Bermuda before
marriages.
sex couples with
being abolished
Lawrence Scott, a
new legal rights, but
backbench member of
prevent any further
the ruling Progressive Lasame-sex marriages, the
bour Party (PLP), said the new
Bermudan home affairs minisbill will give “the LGBTQ communi- ter, Walton Brown, said. The new bill
ty the benefits it has been asking for” will not roll back gay marriages that
but maintain “the traditional defini- have already occurred since the law
German spy chiefs have published
the details of social network
profiles which it says are fronts
faked by Chinese intelligence
to gather personal information
about German officials
and politicians.
The BfV domestic intelligence
service took the unusual step
to warn officials about the risk
of leaking valuable personal
information via social media.
“Chinese intelligence services
are active on networks such as
LinkedIn, and have been trying for
a while to extract information and
find intelligence sources in this
way,” they said.
Beijing has denied the claims.
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cians, who have been attempting to
balance the demand of its LGBT+
community with pressure from Preserve Marriage, an anti-same-sexunion group.
Walter Roban, Bermuda’s deputy
premier, said he supported the bill
from a “desire to bring some sort
of stability on how the country will
manage itself around this issue”.
In a setting of turquoise
waters, pink beaches and
lush foliage on low hills, the
subtropical coral island in the
North Atlantic sits atop a longextinct volcanic chain 570 miles
south-east of North Carolina.
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REUTERS
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changed. In August, a cruise liner
company began offering same-sex
weddings at sea following the ruling.
The bill passed Bermuda’s lower
house by 24 votes to 10. In the buildup to the debate and vote over the
bill, which took five hours, it was
denounced by the Human Rights
Commission (HRC) and Rainbow
Alliance of Bermuda, who called it a
“removal of rights” for gay couples.
Rod Attride-Stirling, a lawyer
who represented the HRC in the
supreme court case, expressed concerns about the bill.
“The fact that no country in the
world has ever done this should give
us pause. We will look foolish and oppressive,” he said.
The bill split Bermudan politi-
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Club benefits ‘I want to come to school earlier’
spend together. That’s really good.
Ms Dooley would like to see Magic
Breakfast clubs in more schools
around the UK.
“I’m not saying people don’t
have money for breakfast
but for the more deprived
children, who don’t
really have the money,
it’s a good idea. Times
are getting tougher,
definitely. Food is very
expensive now.”
Chante Stirling, 10,
says of the breakfast club:
“I like coming here where I
can meet my friends. I can eat and I
can read.
“It makes me want to come
to school earlier. We can go to
the library or go outside or help
our teachers.”
Sean and Bobby Cooper have been
using the Magic Breakfast club
since they joined the The Willow
primary school.
It gives the boys (pictured)
a great opportunity to
meet other children, said
their mother Martina
Dooley, and she, a
stay-at-home mum,
has a chance to meet
other parents.
“For us, sometimes
the boys don’t feel like
eating first thing when
they get up in the morning –
they like to wait a little bit. It’s a very
handy thing that they do have something to eat, if they want it when
they get to school,” she said.
“Plus, there’s books here for
them to read, and it’s time for us to
Breakfast helps pupils really shine at school
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What donations can do
Staff in a primary school serving
one of the most notorious council
estates in the UK have spoken of
the importance of giving a breakfast to every child regardless of
their background in order to improve standards.
The Willow Primary School sits
in the heart of the Broadwater
Farm estate in north London and
has become a beacon of excellence
thanks, in part, to its inclusive
breakfast policy.
“There is absolutely no stigma
about coming to the breakfast
club at our school – none,” Umarani Nathan, parental engagement
lead at The Willow, said. “You can
be quite affluent, you can not have
had food since the lunchtime before. It doesn’t matter.”
The school is one of nearly 500
that are provided with breakfasts
by the charity Magic Breakfast,
which i is supporting as part of its
Christmas Charity Appeal.
Schools are given the option to
charge parents up to 50p a day for
their Magic Breakfast clubs, but
The Willow chose not to.
“We wanted to offer everybody a
club, because we wanted our most
vulnerable children there, and by
vulnerable I mean those who are
in child protection, those with specific needs, and those not having
eaten since lunch the day before,”
Ms Nathan said.
Broadwater Farm estate became infamous in 1985 following
the murder of police officer Keith
Blakelock during riots.
Impressive results at The Willow come despite the school
serving one of the poorest wards
in the country. According to Ms
Nathan, some children often come
to school tired and with stomach
pains. Others are already falling
in with gangs and are known to
the police.
“The breakfast club is a safe
place for them to feel normal and
to relax. Many have trouble focusing because the night before
The i Christmas Appeal aims to
raise £100,000 to help the charity
Magic Breakfast give hungry pupils
a healthy, nutritious breakfast. Each
meal costs just 22p.
For just £1, you would give a child
a healthy breakfast for four days.
For £3, you would provide a healthy
breakfast for more than two weeks.
For £5, you would pay for 22
breakfasts, equal to a month’s worth.
For £10, 45 breakfasts would be paid
for – more than two months’ worth.
For £25, you would provide more
than 100, enough for six months. For
£50, you would provide at least 220 –
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they may have been in trouble, in
care or looking after their siblings,”
she said.
Edith Aurthur, 11, and in Year 6, is
among the children who attend the
breakfast club – and she loves the
food. “I can have five whole bagels if
I want!” she said. “We can have jam
or just plain butter with it, it gives us
more energy.”
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INTERVIEW
Sgt Kev Kelly
tells Chris Burn
how he became
Britain’s leading
rural animal
defence officer
Sergeant Kev Kelly
is Wildlife Law
Enforcer of the Year
JAMES HARDISTY
“I
will treat an animal as a
victim of crime like I would
a person,” says Sergeant
Kev Kelly. He admits some
people may think he is
“barking mad” when he tells them
this, but it’s this attitude that has led
the officer to be named Wildlife Law
Enforcer of the Year.
Sgt Kelly was awarded the title
at the Wildlife Crime Conference
last month, recognising his tireless
and innovative work in tackling
rural crime. His job varies from
protecting bats and great crested
newts to prosecuting people
involved in illegal fox hunting and
the killing of birds of prey.
He was drawn into the sector
after initially working in his spare
time on offences affecting animals.
He now oversees a dedicated
wildlife team in North Yorkshire
Police, while also influencing
national policy on tackling criminals
involved in illegal activities such as
hare coursing, in which dogs chase
and kill the animals.
Sgt Kelly’s award follows a year
in which his team made a record 101
arrests for wildlife crime offences.
“I challenge anyone to break that
record,” he says with a laugh.
The officer admits he is
extremely fortunate to have a job
that combines two of his passions.
“I’m a bit of a softie when it comes
to anything animal-related. When
I was a kid I would turn up with
a goldfish or a dog and drive my
parents mad! I always wanted to
be a police officer, which happened
when I was 22, and the two things
kind of went hand-in-glove.”
He started as a PC and soon
Law of the jungle
realised how wildlife crime was
affecting his local community in
Selby, as well as the relative lack of
resourcing there was to deal with it.
“It has quite a significant impact
if you see a dog chasing a hare
and getting the kill and ripping it
to pieces. People who live in rural
communities see wildlife crime
taking place but it is often quite low
down the priority order for some
police forces.”
Sgt Kelly goes on: “I would
work in my own time and on my
days off to tackle hare coursing
and poaching issues. When I first
started looking at it, there was a
bit of a gap in the market. People
wouldn’t speak to us.
“But people gradually learnt to
have faith in you that you wanted to
sort the issues out.
“Everything I did was in addition
to the normal duties of being a
police officer. I did my 40 hours a
week and found I was working extra
at the end of my shifts. There was
no money for overtime but I was
coming in on my days off as I really
had a passion for the subject.”
Sgt Kelly says that by targeting
offences such as hare coursing, it
was possible to identify criminals
who were also involved in other
offences, such as burglary.
After taking a wildlife crime
officers’ course, he persuaded
bosses to launch Operation Jumbo,
a dedicated wildlife and rural
crime operation, which resulted
in more than 40 arrests in its first
three weeks.
Sgt Kelly has since gone on
to secure convictions for bat
disturbance, great crested newt
habitat destruction and raptor
persecution. He is now responsible
for the 21 wildlife crime officers
across his force, working with the
RSPB, RSPCA and WWF.
A wide variety of people commit
wildlife crime offences, he says,
from those involved in illegal
gambling linked to hare coursing,
to others who shoot dead birds of
prey that they don’t think should
be in the area – and some of those
guilty believe they are not doing
anything wrong.
“Some people come from
a background of this idea of
‘Granddad’s rights’, where they
want to carry on doing what their
forefathers did.”
As such, he says, part of the
challenge of the job is about
educating the public – both about
the law and about the need to report
illegal activity when they see it.
Earlier this year, a man banned
from keeping animals was jailed
after being caught by Sgt Kelly’s
team with a sheep, hens, pigeons
and dead turkeys in his vehicle.
It can be a tough job for a big
animal lover, but Sgt Kelly says:
“I’m very good at detaching myself
emotionally.” And that, perhaps,
may be the secret of being so
effective at it.
says Anisa Kissoon (inset, left), who
plays the mother. “It is our culture
too. We are confidently Muslim and
comfortably British. You don’t get
more British than a panto
at this time of year. So
here we are having fun,
raising money for
charity – all with a
Muslim flavour.”
Abdullah Afzal,
from the BBC’s
Citizen Khan, will join
the main cast on stage,
along with Michael
Truong and Islah AbdurRahman, both from the YouTube
comedy drama Corner Shop Show.
Penny Appeal’s main goal is to
use the panto to raise money for
orphans across the world, but
Aamer Naeem, the charity’s chief
executive, hopes the show will
also do some good closer to home
by changing perceptions about
Muslims in Britain.
There is a “constant negative
barrage against Muslim
communities”, he says.
“This is a good news
story. It’s always a
positive thing to help
challenge the negative
narrative.”
Another goal is to
attract more Muslims to
theatre. “As a community,
theatre isn’t something we
do very often,” says Mr Naeem.
“This is a way of enticing people
to experience a culture they’ve
perhaps not experienced before.”
ENTERTAINMENT
No such thing as a Muslim
panto? Oh yes there is!
The world’s first ‘halal’ pantomime
debuts tonight. By Serina Sandhu
Y
ou don’t have to be
Christian or even
celebrate Christmas
to join in the British
tradition of shouting “It’s
behind you!” That’s the message
behind what is believed to be the
world’s first Muslim pantomime.
The usual panto characteristics
of slapstick comedy, songs, banter
and flamboyant costumes will still
be integral to The Great Muslim
Panto – If the Shoe Fits. But it will
also feature references to Islamic
teachings and historical figures
such as philosopher Ibn Sina,
known for his medicinal discoveries
a millennium ago.
The show debuts in Bradford
tonight before touring five other
cities, performed by a Muslimmajority cast and run by the
international aid charity Penny
Appeal. Little has been given away
about the plot, except that it follows
a family who are asked to put on
a panto and decide to invent their
own “halal” storyline.
“Everyone in the panto is British,”
pennyappeal.org
Television Tuesday 12 December
CRITIC’S
CHOICE
GERARD GILBERT
PICK OF THE DAY
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The A Word
MasterChef: The Professionals
9pm, BBC1
Peter Bowker’s drama has expanded
deftly into a multi-generational saga
without losing its central theme
– the difficulties of raising an
autistic child. It helps that the acting
has been all-round superb, from
seven-year-old Max Vento as Joe
and Morven Christie and Lee Ingleby
as his parents, to Greg McHugh,
Christopher Eccleston and beyond.
In a bittersweet series finale, as
Maurice (Eccleston, left) rebounds
badly from his rejected proposal
and Max is primed to star in the
school end-of-year show, while
Alison and Paul have a heart-toheart. “It’s like you’re disappearing
in front of my eyes,” she says in
a particularly affecting scene.
8pm, BBC2
The eight semi-finalists (soon to
become just six) begin by cooking a
dish dedicated to someone who
inspired them, the weakest chefs in
this round facing a knockout
vegetarian invention test.
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Rick Stein’s Road To Mexico
9pm, BBC2
The itinerant chef reaches Mexico
City, visiting the café where Che
Guevara and Fidel Castro plotted
revolution in Cuba, eating snails
in chocolate and drinking pulque,
“the alcopops of the ancients”.
Later, in the deserts of Oaxaca,
he discovers how one of the
country’s most famous drinks,
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mezcal (not be confused with
mescaline; a tripping Stein might
have been too much) is made.
Invasion! With Sam Willis
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The World’s Most
Expensive Presents
9pm, Channel 4
What do you get the person who has
everything? Well, there’s a 24-carat
gold-plated bicycle, a colouring book
worth £23,900 (presumably not a
rounded £24,000 so that the buyer
feels like they’re getting value for
their money) or, for dog lovers, a
crystal-encrusted ball-gown
designed for pampered pooches. It’s
not easy to discern the effect the
programme-makers are after here:
envy, gawping or just the consoling
sense that stupidity rises in direct
proportion to one’s bank balance.
9pm, BBC4
Once he’s dealt with 1066 and all
that, Sam Willis moves on to some
lesser-known invasions of these
isles, starting with the Barbary (ie
Turkish) pirates who set up base on
Lundy Island and the French king
who got as far as being crowned at
St Paul’s in 1216 before being
requested to leave. Rather
wonderfully, he did just that. And the
word “invasion” is probably putting
too strong a spin on a Dutch force
that sailed up the Thames in 1667.
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Passions: I Hate Jane Austen
9pm, Sky Arts
Not only does he not like theatre, but
the new face of BBC arts reviewing,
6.00 Flog It! Trade
Secrets (R) (S). 6.30 Island
Medics (R) (S). 7.15 The
Hairy Bikers Home For
Christmas (R) (S). 8.00 Sign
Zone: Celebrity Antiques
Road Trip (R) (S). 9.00
Victoria Derbyshire (S).
11.00 BBC Newsroom Live
(S). 12.00 Daily Politics
(S). 1.00 Coast (R) (S). 2.00
Terry And Mason’s Great
Food Trip (R) (S). 2.30
Home Away From Home
(R) (S). 3.15 32 Brinkburn
Street (R) (S). 4.00 The
Fifteen Billion Pound
Railway (R) (S). 5.05 The
Blue Planet (R) (S).
6.00 Good Morning
Britain (S). 8.30 Lorraine
(S). 9.25 The Jeremy Kyle
Show (S). 10.30 This
Morning (S). 12.30 Loose
Women (S). 1.30 ITV News;
Weather (S). 1.55 ITV
Regional News; Weather
(S). 2.00 Judge Rinder
(S). 3.00 Dickinson’s Real
Deal (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).
9.00 Frasier (R) (S). 9.35
Frasier (R) (S). 10.05
Ramsay’s Kitchen
Nightmares USA (R) (S).
11.00 Jamie’s Cracking
Christmas (R) (S). 12.00
Channel 4 News Summary
(S). 12.05 Kirstie’s
Handmade Christmas (R)
(S). 12.25 FILM: The Dog
Who Saved Christmas
Vacation (Michael Feifer
2012) Comedy sequel,
starring Gary Valentine (S).
2.10 Countdown (S). 3.00
Lost And Found (S). 4.00 A
Place In The Sun: Winter
Sun (S). 5.00 Kirstie’s
Handmade Christmas (S).
6.00 Milkshake! 9.15 The
Wright Stuff (S). 11.45
5 News Lunchtime (S).
11.50 FILM: Window
Wonderland (Michael
Scott 2013) Romantic
drama, with Chyler
Leigh (S). 1.30 FILM:
Merry Ex-mas (Brian
Skiba 2014) Premiere.
Drama, starring Kristy
Swanson (S). 3.15 FILM:
The Mistletoe Promise
(David Winning 2016)
Premiere. Romantic
drama, starring
Jaime King and Luke
Macfarlane (S). 5.00 5
News At 5 (S). 5.35 The
Yorkshire Vet At The Great
Yorkshire Show (R) (S).
6.00 BBC News At
Six; Weather (S).
6.30 BBC Regional
News; Weather
(S).
6.00 Celebrity
Eggheads (S).
6.30 Strictly Come
Dancing – It
Takes Two (S).
6.00 ITV Regional
News; Weather
(S).
6.30 ITV News;
Weather (S).
6.00 The Simpsons
(S).
6.30 Hollyoaks Grace
struggles to
resist Glenn’s
charms (S).
6.30 5 News Tonight
(S).
7.00 Celebrity
Antiques Road
Trip Tim Vine
and Ricky
Grover search
for profitable
antiques (S).
7.00 Emmerdale
Moira is pushed
to the brink (S).
7.30 Save Money:
Good Food (S).
7.00 Channel 4 News
(S).
7pm
7.00 The One Show
(S).
7.30 EastEnders
Ian comes face
to face with
WillmottBrown (S).
7.00 Steve
Backshall’s
Hedgehog
Rescue A
hedgehog
rescue centre
(R) (S).
7.00 Beyond 100
Days (S).
7.30 Christmas
University
Challenge (R) (S).
8pm
8.00 Holby City
Dominic is
determined
to push new
colleague
Meena to the
limit (S).
8.00 MasterChef: The
Professionals
(S).
8.00 How To Spend
It Well At
Christmas With
Phillip Schofield
Last in the
series (S).
8.00 Food
Unwrapped
Does Christmas
The surprises
behind festive
food (S).
8.00 Jo Brand’s
Cats & Kittens
Inspector Keira
follows up on
a call about a
pregnant cat (S).
8.00 Armada – 12
Days To Save
England (R) (S).
9.00 The A Word
Rebecca wants
Joe to be
included in the
school show.
Last in the
series (S).
9.00 Rick Stein’s
Road To Mexico
The chef’s
travels take him
through Mexico
City, Puebla and
Oaxaca (S).
9.00 Bancroft
Katherine
and Joe’s
relationship
progresses (S).
9.00 The World’s
Most Expensive
Presents (S).
9.00 Ben Fogle:
Return To The
Wild (S).
9.00 Invasion! With
Sam Willis
Sam Willis
tells the story
of the Barbary
Corsaire pirates
(S).
9.00 FILM: Bullet
To The Head
(Walter Hill
2012) Action
thriller, starring
Sylvester
Stallone (S).
9.00 Through The
Keyhole: I’m A
Celebrity… Get
Me Out Of Here!
(R) (S).
10pm
10.00BBC News (S).
10.30 BBC Regional
News (S).
10.45 Sports
Personality Of
The Year 2017 –
The Contenders
10.00Motherland
Julia’s
friendship with
Liz is strained.
Last in the
series (S).
10.30 Newsnight (S).
10.00ITV News (S).
10.35 ITV Regional
News (S).
10.45 Lethal Weapon
(R) (S).
10.00Finding Me
A Family
Cameras follow
another group
of children at
an adoption
activity day (S).
10.00Britain’s
Favourite
Christmas Hits
Festive music
countdown (R)
(S).
10.00The Mary Rose:
A Timewatch
Guide Dan
Snow explores
the excavation
and raising of
the ship (R) (S).
10.50 FILM: Unknown
(Jaume ColletSerra 2011)
Thriller, starring
Liam Neeson (S).
10.00Family Guy (R)
(S).
10.30 Family Guy (R)
(S).
11pm
11.45 Life And Death
Row The 2014
murder of an
18-year-old in
Ohio. Last in the
series (R) (S).
11.15 NFL This Week
Action from the
14th round of
fixtures (S).
11.45 Lethal Weapon
Riggs and
Murtaugh are
drawn into the
corrupt world
of college
recruiting (R) (S).
11.05 Gogglebox
Strictly Come
Dancing and
The X Factor
Final are
appraised (R) (S).
12.50 BBC News (S).
12.05 Frat Boys: Inside
America’s Fraternities
(R) (S). 1.05 Sign Zone:
The Apprentice (R) (S).
2.05 Sign Zone: Antiques
Roadshow (R) (S). 3.05 This
Is BBC Two (S).
12.30 Jackpot247 3.00
Loose Women (R). 3.50
ITV Nightscreen 5.05 The
Jeremy Kyle Show (R) (S).
12.10 Music on 4 (S). 1.05
The Supervet At Christmas
(R) (S). 2.00 Posh Pawn
At Christmas (R) (S). 2.55
Grand Designs Australia
(R) (S). 3.55 Phil Spencer:
Secret Agent (R) (S).
Daytime
6.00 Breakfast (S).
9.15 Island Medics (S).
10.00 Homes Under
The Hammer (S). 11.00
Street Auction (S). 11.45
Fake Britain (R) (S). 12.15
Bargain Hunt (R) (S).
1.00 BBC News At One;
Weather (S). 1.30 BBC
Regional News; Weather
(S). 1.45 Doctors (S). 2.15
Armchair Detectives
(S). 3.00 Escape To The
Country (S). 3.45 The
Hairy Bikers Home For
Christmas (S). 4.30 Money
For Nothing (R) (S). 5.15
Pointless (R) (S).
6pm
9pm
Late
Julia hires the perfect
nanny in ‘Motherland’
10pm, BBC2
The globetrotting chef
Rick Stein travels
through Mexico City
and Puebla
9pm, BBC2
What Christmas gifts
do the super-rich buy?‘
9pm, Channel 4
6.05 FILM: Robin
Hood (Ridley
Scott 2010)
Medieval
adventure,
starring Russell
Crowe (S).
12.00 Everyday Miracles:
The Genius Of Sofas,
Stockings And Scanners
(R) (S). 1.00 Peaky Blinders
(R) (S). 2.00 Peaky Blinders
(R) (S). 3.00 Peaky Blinders
(R) (S). 4.00 Close
7.00 You’ve Been
Framed! Gold At
Christmas
(R) (S).
7.30 You’ve Been
Framed! At
Christmas (R)
8.00 Two And A Half
Men (R) (S).
8.30 Two And A Half
Men (R) (S).
11.00 The Greatest
Knight: William
The Marshal The
life and times of
the soldier and
statesman (R)
(S).
1.00 SuperCasino (S). 3.10
Top 20 Funniest (R) (S).
4.00 My Mum’s Hotter
Than Me! (R) (S). 4.45
House Doctor (R) (S). 5.10
Great Artists (R) (S). 5.35
Wildlife SOS (R) (S).
6.00 Totally Bonkers
Guinness World Records
(R) (S). 6.20 Planet’s
Got Talent (R) (S). 6.45
Dinner Date (R) (S). 7.35
Emmerdale (R) (S). 8.00
Coronation Street (R) (S).
9.00 The Ellen DeGeneres
Show (R) (S). 9.50 Dinner
Date (R) (S). 10.50 Britain’s
Got Talent: Our Top Ten
Ant & Dec Moments (R) (S).
11.50 Planet’s Got Talent
(R) (S). 12.20 Emmerdale
(R) (S). 12.50 Coronation
Street (R) (S). 1.50 The
Ellen DeGeneres Show
(S). 2.40 The Jeremy Kyle
Show (R) (S). 3.50 The
Jeremy Kyle Show (R)
(S). 4.55 The Jeremy Kyle
Show (R) (S). 5.55 Take Me
Out (R) (S).
11.00 Family Guy (R)
(S).
11.30 Family Guy (R)
(S).
1.05 FILM: Apocalypto
(Mel Gibson 2006)
historical adventure,
starring Rudy Youngblood
(S). 3.50 Close
12.00 American Dad! (R)
(S). 12.30 American Dad!
(R) (S). 1.00 Plebs (R) (S).
1.30 Plebs (R) (S). 2.00
Totally Bonkers Guinness
World Records (R) (S). 2.30
Teleshopping
NEWS
2-27
Giles Coren, thinks that Jane Austen
is overrated – “a trivial waste of
space” no less – a stance guaranteed
to annoy. This deliberate, possibly
contrived provocation has the effect
of turning his programme into a
spirited defence of Austen from
those such as John Mullan, David
Baddiel and Joanna Trollope.
FILM
CHOICE
LAURENCE PHELAN
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Motherland
10pm, BBC2
The final episode of Sharon Horgan,
Graham Linehan and Holly Walsh’s
sitcom was unfortunately not made
available for preview, but apparently
Julia’s childcare problems are solved
when she finds the perfect nanny
(unlikely given what’s gone before),
but her friendship with Liz remains
somewhat strained.
VOICES
14-18
TV
28-29
IQ
30-39
FILM OF THE DAY
===
Psycho
Mysterious Island
10.30pm, Sky Cinema Select
(Alfred Hitchcock, 1960)
Familiarity may have lessened some
of its shock value, but Psycho didn’t get
to be a cultural touchstone without it
also being an impeccably crafted and
deviously inventive chiller which gets
deep into Freudian pathologies, keeps
on hitting raw nerves, and rewards
repeated viewings. Anthony Perkins’
performance as the mother-fixated
motelier Norman Bates is flawless
and, crucially, also full of pathos: he
makes him sympathetic, comical,
pathetic and chilling all at the same
time. Indeed, it was almost too great
a performance, and Perkins never got
any good roles again. Janet Leigh (left),
who was by far the bigger star, plays
Bates’s unlucky motel guest.
11am, Film4
(Cy Endfield, 1961)
US soldiers are carried by hot air
balloon to a mysterious Pacific island
in this survival drama with pirates, an
active volcano, giant birds, bees, crabs
and octopuses, and Herbert Lom as
Captain Nemo.
Fairytale: A True Story
2pm, 5Star
(Charles Sturridge, 1997)
A film about the Cottingley Fairies,
which two young Yorkshire girls
claimed to have frolicked with and
photographed in 1917 – images that
then caught the attention of both Sir
Arthur Conan Doyle (Peter O’Toole)
and Harry Houdini (Harvey Keitel).
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 The Royal (R) (S). 9.15
Judge Judy (R) (S). 9.40
Judge Judy (R) (S). 10.05
Judge Judy (R) (S). 10.35
A Touch Of Frost (R) (S).
12.35 The Royal (R) (S).
1.40 Heartbeat (R) (S).
2.40 Classic Coronation
Street (R) (S). 3.15 Classic
Coronation Street (R) (S).
3.45 A Touch Of Frost (R)
(S). 5.50 Heartbeat (R) (S).
6.00 Hollyoaks (R) (S).
7.00 Charmed (R) (S). 8.00
Charmed (R) (S). 9.00 Rules
Of Engagement (R) (S).
9.30 Rules Of Engagement
(R) (S). 10.00 Black-ish
(R) (S). 10.30 Black-ish (R)
(S). 11.00 How I Met Your
Mother (R) (S). 11.30 How
I Met Your Mother (R)
(S). 12.00 New Girl (R) (S).
12.30 New Girl (R) (S). 1.00
The Big Bang Theory (R) (S).
1.30 The Big Bang Theory
(R) (S). 2.00 Kevin Can Wait
(R) (S). 2.30 Kevin Can Wait
(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 Food Unwrapped (R)
(S). 9.35 Four In A Bed (R)
(S). 10.05 Four In A Bed (R)
(S). 10.35 Four In A Bed (R)
(S). 11.05 Four In A Bed (R)
(S). 11.40 Four In A Bed (R)
(S). 12.10 A Place In The
Sun: Winter Sun (R) (S).
1.15 A Place In The Sun:
Winter Sun (R) (S). 2.20
Time Team (R) (S). 3.25
Time Team (R) (S). 4.30 The
Great British Bake Off (R)
(S). 5.50 Come Dine With
Me: Celebrity Christmas
Special (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
Richard E Grant’s Hotel
Secrets (R) (S). 9.00 The
West Wing (R) (S). 10.00
The West Wing (R) (S).
11.00 House (R) (S). 12.00
House (R) (S). 1.00 Without
A Trace (R) (S). 2.00 Blue
Bloods (R) (S). 3.00 The
West Wing (R) (S). 4.00
The West Wing (R) (S). 5.00
House (R) (S).
6.55 Murder,
She Wrote
Jessica hears
a dying man’s
confession (R)
(S).
6.00 The Big Bang
Theory (R) (S).
6.30 The Big Bang
Theory (R) (S).
6.55 The Supervet
A Staffordshire
bull terrier with
a badly broken
pelvis (R) (S).
6.00 Futurama (R)
(S).
6.30 The Simpsons
Mr Burns
campaigns to
become state
governor (R) (S).
6.00 House Cuddy’s
mother Arlene
threatens to sue
the hospital (R)
(S).
7.00 The Simpsons
(R) (S).
7.30 The Simpsons
Bart enters a
golf tournament
(R) (S).
7.00 CSI: Crime
Scene
Investigation A
clown is found
murdered (R) (S).
8.00 The Flash
Amunet kidnaps
Caitlin and
forces her to
perform a tricky
medical task (S).
8.00 Blue Bloods
Erin considers
moving into the
private sector
(R) (S).
8.00 Agatha
Christie’s
Marple
The sleuth
encounters dark
magic in the
Caribbean (R) (S).
7.55 Grand Designs
A 21st-century
farmhouse in
Wiltshire (R) (S).
6.30am The Radio 1 Breakfast
Show With Nick Grimshaw
10.00 Clara Amfo 12.45pm
Newsbeat 1.00 Scott Mills 4.00
Greg James 5.45 Newsbeat
6.00 Greg James 7.00 Annie
Mac 9.00 The 8th With Charlie
Sloth 11.00 Huw Stephens
1am Annie Nightingale
3.00 BBC Radio 1 & 1Xtra’s
Stories – Rebellion With Annie
Nightingale 4.00 Radio 1’s
Early Breakfast Show With
Adele Roberts
BBC Radio 1Xtra
6am A.Dot 10.00 Ace 12.45pm
Newsbeat 1.00 Yasmin Evans
4.00 MistaJam 5.45 Newsbeat
6.00 MistaJam 7.00 DJ Target
9.02 The 8th With Charlie Sloth
11.00 Jamz Supernova 1am
Annie Nightingale Presents
3.00 1Xtra Mixes 4.00 Jamz
Supernova
BBC Radio 2
6.30am Chris Evans 9.30 Ken
Bruce 12noon Jeremy Vine
2.00 Steve Wright In The
Afternoon 5.00 Simon Mayo
7.00 Jamie Cullum 8.00 Jo
Whiley 10.00 Levi Roots 11.00
Nigel Ogden: The Organist
Entertains 11.30 Listen To
The Band 12mdn’t Sounds Of
The 80s 2.00 Radio 2’s Folk
Playlist 3.00 Radio 2 Playlist:
90s Hits 4.00 Radio 2 Playlist:
Wednesday Workout 5.00
Vanessa Feltz
BBC Radio 3
8.00 The Big Bang
Theory (R) (S).
8.30 The Big Bang
Theory (R) (S).
9.00 Tattoo Fixers
The team helps
a divorced
woman with a
cheeky tattoo
(S).
9.00 David Jason’s
Secret Service
The true stories
of heroism in
the Second
World War (S).
9.00 A League Of
Their Own Last
in the series (S).
9.00 Blue Bloods
Danny clashes
with his new
boss (R) (S).
10.00The Widower
Malcolm’s
financial
problems
mount (R) (S).
10.00Sketch’s Prison
Ink (S).
10.30 Rude Tube Alex
Zane presents
(R) (S).
10.00The World’s
Most Expensive
Christmas (R)
(S).
10.00Sick Note
Daniel is feeling
overwhelmed.
Last in the
series (S).
10.30 The Simpsons
(R) (S).
10.00FILM: Totem
(Marcel
Sarmiento
2017) Premiere.
Horror, starring
Kerris Dorsey.
11.00 Appropriate
Adult Part one
of two. Drama
about Fred and
Rosemary West,
starring Emily
Watson (R) (S).
11.35 The Big Bang
Theory Sheldon
takes charge
of Penny’s hair
accessories
business (R) (S).
11.05 24 Hours In
A&E A 74-yearold man is
brought into
A&E (R) (S).
11.00 The Simpsons
Bart risks being
held back a year
(R) (S).
11.30 A League Of
Their Own (R)
(S).
11.45 Hotspots: On
The Frontline
Behind the
scenes of war
reporting (R).
12.30 Lucan (R) (S). 1.50
Judge Judy (R) (S). 2.10
ITV3 Nightscreen 2.30
Teleshopping
12.05 The Big Bang Theory
(R) (S). 12.35 Celebrity
First Dates (R) (S). 1.40
Gogglebox (R) (S). 2.25
Tattoo Fixers (R) (S). 3.20
Rude Tube (R) (S). 4.15
Black-ish (R) (S). 5.00
Charmed (R) (S).
12.05 Ramsay’s Kitchen
Nightmares USA (R) (S).
1.05 8 Out Of 10 Cats
Does Countdown (R) (S).
2.05 David Jason’s Secret
Service (R) (S). 3.10 8 Out
Of 10 Cats Uncut (R) (S).
3.50 Close
12.30 Micro Monsters
With David Attenborough
1.00 The Force: Essex
2.00 Brit Cops: Frontline
Crime UK 3.00 Brit Cops:
Rapid Response 4.00 Stop,
Search, Seize 5.00 The Dog
Whisperer
12.45 The Tunnel:
Sabotage (R) (S). 1.45 The
Tunnel: Sabotage (R) (S).
2.50 Californication (R).
3.25 Californication (R).
4.00 Urban Secrets (R) (S).
5.00 Urban Secrets (R) (S).
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ONDEMAND
Celebrity Voicemail Show
BBC iPlayer
Kayvan Novak’s Radio 4 show
imagining the voicemails left
for the famous moves to BBC3.
Voyeur
===
Radio
7.00 Hollyoaks (S).
7.30 Baby Daddy
Ben and Danny
try to find
a particular
Christmas gift
for Emma (R) (S).
i TUESDAY
12 DECEMBER 2017
BUSINESS SPORT
40-43
47-55
6.30am Breakfast. With Petroc
Trelawny. 9.00 Essential
Classics. Suzy Klein with the
best in classical music. 9.30
Potential companion pieces for
a well-known piece of music.
10.10 Time Traveller. A quirky
slice of cultural history. 10.50
Actor Terence Stamp talks
about his cultural inspirations.
12noon Composer Of The
Week: Tchaikovsky. Featuring
symphonic fantasies inspired
by Shakespeare and Dante. 1.00
News 1.02 Radio 3 Lunchtime
Concert. The Carducci
Quartet from LSO St Luke’s
in London. 2.00 Afternoon
Concert. The BBC CO live
from Watford Colosseum,
London. 5.00 In Tune. Sean
Rafferty talks to Cuarteto
Casals. 7.00 In Tune Mixtape.
An imaginative, eclectic
mix of music. 7.30 Radio 3
In Concert. Nicholas Collon
conducts Aurora Orchestra for
this all-Mozart programme.
10.00 Free Thinking. Ideas
shaping modern life. 10.45 The
Essay: Nothing Is Real – Pop’s
Struggle With Authenticity.
David Hepworth reflects on
pop music’s struggles with
authenticity. 11.00 Late
Junction. 12.30am Through
The Night.
BBC Radio 4
6am Today 9.00 The Long View
9.30 One To One 9.45 Letters
From South Africa 10.00
Woman’s Hour 10.45 Not A
Love Story 11.00 Mysteries
Of Sleep 11.30 The Art Of
Netflix
Intriguing film about a motel
owner who spied on his guests.
When Rock Arrived
In North Korea
BBC iPlayer
Brilliant documentary follows
a Slovenian art rock band after
they’re invited to Pyongyang.
Living: Listening Without Ears
12noon News 12.04 Home
Front 12.15 Call You And Yours
12.57 Weather 1.00 The World
At One 1.45 Voices Of The First
World War 2.00 The Archers
2.15 Drama: Single Beds 3.00
Short Cuts 3.30 Mastertapes
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Wild about India
The Bishnoi people treat
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beautiful landscape
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The small town
of Rowland in
North Carolina
became a
microcosm of
America’s racial
problems when
local cheerleaders
decided to
kneel in protest.
ClaireGalofaro
meets people
on both sides
of the divide
T
he six teenage girls
with blue bows in their
hair put down their
pompoms and lined
up along the American
football field behind their tiny high
school. Their classmates marched
the American flag on to the field,
and as “The Star-Spangled
Banner” began, the girls each
dropped to one knee.
The cheerleaders had been
quietly planning this protest for
days – against discrimination
and police brutality, but also
against their nation’s increasing
racial tensions, against the white
supremacists with torches who
they had seen on television in a
city not so far away.
The girls had agreed in the
moments before that they were
ready to accept the consequences,
and braced for the response.
In the event, no one booed. No
one applauded them, either. No
television cameras zoomed in for
a close-up. As the anthem ended,
some of them wondered if anyone
had noticed at all. They got to their
feet and launched their first cheer.
“Go Mustangs!”
By morning, however, the
culture wars splintering the US
would be taking hold, here in
the tiny North Carolina town of
Rowland – in the most racially
diverse rural county in America.
‘The world is changing’
Aajah Washington is a shy girl.
The 14-year-old likes to cheer and
sing, and dreams of becoming
a nurse. She grew up here in
Robeson County – where the
population is split among whites,
blacks and Native Americans,
and many often remark at how
well they’ve overcome the scars
of slavery and segregation to get
along, side by side.
She awoke the Saturday after
the game, opened Facebook, and
found that people had deemed her
and her friends a disgrace.
A parent from the away team
had snapped a photo. Out it had
gone on to social media. In poured
calls for the girls to be punished,
their school principal fired.
“Pure sick to my stomach,” one
wrote. One woman offered that
she would break her child’s knees
if she had done the same thing.
The only president Aajah had
ever really known was AfricanAmerican, like her. Then her
county, which voted twice for
Barack Obama, joined with the
nation to elect Donald Trump,
whose comments about Muslims
and minorities seemed to only
further divide Americans between
“us” and “them”.
Aajah saw her new president
say there were “very fine people
on both sides” of the deadly white
nationalist rally in Charlottesville,
Virginia. He called on American
football team owners to fire
any “son of a bitch” player who
continued following the example
of Colin Kaepernick by kneeling
to protest against police brutality.
He suggested in a speech to law
enforcement officers that maybe
they weren’t being rough enough.
“I watch TV every day and that’s
all we see, police brutality or the
KKK is coming out,” says Aajah.
She had never before felt the sting
of racism, at least nothing obvious,
but the ferocity of America’s
divisions frightens her. She and
her friends tallied up their worries
as they debated whether their
protest would be worth it. “It just
seems like the world is changing,
where everything from back then
is coming back now,” she says. “It
feels like it’s slowly approaching.”
Feeling lost
Aajah hadn’t told her mother,
Tiona Washington, what she
and her fellow cheerleaders had
planned to do.
One of Tiona’s earliest memories
is riding in a car just across the
state line in South Carolina in
the early 1980s. She saw men
in white with torches lining the
streets. The Washingtons are a
Christian family who go to church
every Sunday, so young Tiona
equated white and flames with
godliness, and assumed she was
seeing something holy. But Tiona’s
mother was trembling, because
she knew exactly what sort of
people hid under those hoods. So
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Cheerleaders in Rowland join
hands during the national anthem
before a football game AP
that she, too, almost voted
for Trump until the racial
undercurrent of the campaign
became too strong. “We are seeing
things that happened in eras we
thought we were past.”
In Rowland, reminders of that
darker time remain. Railroad
tracks separate two sides of town,
and people still refer to them as
“the white folks’ section” and “the
black folks’ section”. And despite
the halting road to progress,
black people in this impoverished
county are still twice as likely to be
poor as whites.
I watch
TV every
day and
that’s all we
see, police
brutality or
the KKK is
coming out
Former football
player and
Democrat Vonta
Leach (below, left)
and Trump voter
Jamie Locklear at
a barber shop in
North Carolina AP
The ‘other’
The morning after the game,
Christopher Clark, the principal
of South Robeson High, received a
message from a friend: “You don’t
have the guts to lead.” As similar
messages kept coming, Clark tried
to explain that the US constitution
protects the right to protest – that
public outrage is not the rule of
law. But it seemed many would
rather it were.
“We’ve got a cultural battle
going on for the heart and soul of
America,” he says. “We’ve heard,
‘We’re taking this country back.’
Well, where do you want to take it?”
Clark, a Native American,
remembers when the racial divide
meant that if he visited the local
pharmacy, he had to enter through
the back door as he wasn’t allowed
in through the front.
Clark would never have knelt or
allowed his own children to, either.
But he doesn’t believe he gets to
make those choices for everybody
else. “When we start down the
road of ‘the other’ – the other is
wrong, the other is un-American,
the other, the other, the other –
where will we stop?” he wonders.
“There will be a day when we look
back on this and think, ‘What in
the world happened to us?’”
What next?
On a Wednesday afternoon before
the next home American football
game, Clark couldn’t help but
worry that the cheerleaders
practising down the hall would
choose to kneel and start this
heartache all over again.
The girls had been supported by
local hero Vonta Leach, a former
NFL player, but they had their
own worries: that their message
was lost amid the anger and
condemnation.
At the first game after the
protest, they decided to stay in
the locker room as the national
anthem played. Then they
discussed again what to do at the
next match. Kneel, and relaunch
their mini-culture war? Stay
inside, and let it pass?
So they marched out on to the
field that next Friday night. They
stood along the sidelines and just
held hands, a sign of unity, they
hoped, each one of them up on
both feet. No one booed. No one
applauded them, either.
The girls turned around,
picked up their pompoms and
launched their first cheer. “Go
Mustangs!” AP
Dinner guests pray
before their weekly
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North Carolina, where
many former Democrats
voted for Donald Trump
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people, you have to fear them.”
Tiona Washington reflects on
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Americans hated her because of
the colour of her skin. Her own
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“Did you hear?” Cary Lewis asks
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He first caught wind of the
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that students at a school in his
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piled up. Lewis deleted the nastiest
– the ones with foul language – and
he saw some of the cheerleaders
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In a small engine repair
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phone started ringing. A Native
American former Marine and
an organiser in the school’s
fundraising club, Hunt answered
call after call from those who
were no longer willing to support
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who served their country and
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service. It seemed to him that
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imagining life on the other one.
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N
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intertwined in India.
This is why so much
wildlife has survived to this day
in a country with a higher density
of human population than Great
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The respect for all forms of life
is deeply rooted in faith, practised
in Hinduism, Buddhism and
Jainism. These religions have a
profound influence on people’s
everyday life and on how they
treat their fellow creatures.
Many people are vegetarian,
and most would not kill an
animal for either fun or for sport.
Tolerance towards wildlife is
generally high, and many farmers
accept that they will lose a little
share of their crops to gazelles or
deer. The concept of reincarnation
and improving karma by doing
good deeds and avoiding evil is
still widespread, and especially so
in the countryside.
One famous example is the
feeding of thousands of demoiselle
cranes in Rajasthan, which is done
for religious reasons.
The Bishnoi, however, are an
extreme case, even for India.
Their religion is founded solely on
the principle of conserving nature,
where humans and animals exist
in perfect harmony, and where
every living organism has an equal
right to the land.
Animal
attraction
Tap tips
Monkeys are smart creatures
that are often found in the
vicinity of man. They are highly
adaptable and can learn to
exploit resources otherwise
inaccessible to other wildlife.
Here, a young Bengal Hanuman
langur is taught to drink water
from a tap by his mother.
This is an excerpt from ‘Wild India’
by Alex Gomille (£30, Papadakis)
Spotted in
the headlights
Leopards, like the one seen here
crossing a village road in Rajasthan,
seek shelter in rocky outcrops
during the day. At night they can
venture into cultivated land and
villages, finding easy prey such as
goats, poultry and even dogs.
Dear creatures
The Bishnoi are a religious
community in north-west India
whose religious beliefs have a direct
impact on conservation. They refuse
to kill animals or cut trees, treating
wildlife not as a resource but as
fellow creatures. The Indian gazelle,
or chinkara, is an animal with which
the Bishnoi have particularly close
relations. The women
will traditionally take in an
orphaned or injured gazelle fawn,
breast-feeding them alongside their
own children, before releasing the
animals back into the wild.
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A room with a view
Crossovers between nature and culture are a typical sight in India. The
Ranthambore National Park in Rajasthan has some impressive ruins that are
slowly being overrun by the surrounding vegetation. Here, a tigress has chosen
the shady hall of an ancient ruin for her midday rest.
Birds of
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A stunning debut.
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A turbocharged French
action-thriller
in the Fast
and Furious
mould.
Andrew (Scott
Eastwood)
finds himself in trouble
with a Marseilles crime lord
and must steal a vintage
Bugatti to pay his way.
A
photograph circulated
online recently of all the
things that Mark E Smith
doesn’t like. Taken from an
old magazine article, the
list is as all-embracing as
The Fall frontman’s splenetic reputation
would imply, a glorious mix of peer-baiting
(“all Welsh groups”, “Scotch pop groups
featuring pseudo-intellectuals”) and
bizarrely specific grievances (“British
electricity”, “brown bread with bits in”).
Anyone keeping a record can update it to
include Jeremy Corbyn.
“Going to Glastonbury is so clichéd isn’t
it?” Smith says leaning forward across
the table, eyes narrowing as they do when
he’s sensed his latest target. “I’ve seen it
with groups once they get a scent of fame.
He’s been waiting 25 years for it. He’s got
aftershave on. It’s like Ed Sheeran. I think
Sheeran and Corbyn are evil twins. See
Corbyn in Europe the other day? He’s
started wearing what they’ve asked him to.
He’s like, ‘Oh it’s my first hit record’. He’s
turned into Rod Stewart.”
I’m sitting opposite Smith in the corner
of a pub just off the Deansgate area of
Manchester. When we meet, The Fall are
about to release the 32nd studio album
of their extraordinary lifespan, New Facts
Emerge. It has turned out to be a very
difficult year.
Does the legend of The Fall need
retelling? Famously John Peel’s favourite
band, The Fall are music’s great
divergent institution, one man’s bloodyminded malignance cryptically set to
an unforgiving, repetitive soundtrack of
clattering noise that Smith has taken to
calling “anti-music”. Through 40 years of
brilliance, disappointment, frustration,
conflict, violence, bankruptcy, reverence
and hate, Smith has controlled The Fall
with autocratic might. His fearsome
unpredictability goes before him.
Yet when he apologetically walks
through the door 30 minutes late, battered
carrier bag in hand, my initial reaction
is not fear, but shock. He looks ill. He
tells me he’s been “very poorly” since
last Christmas, and his face is severely
disfigured – though he seems more
perplexed than concerned. “The doctors
never know what’s up with me,” he laughs.
“As long as I’m OK I’m not bothered. I’m
not a vain man.” Since we met, his health
has deteriorated: a planned US tour was
cancelled after Smith was hospitalised
with problems with his throat, mouth and
respiratory system; at a handful of wellreceived UK gigs, he was on stage strapped
to a wheelchair, while two recent shows
were cancelled due to ill health. Smith has
always been made of sterner stuff: we can
only hope his health improves.
If Smith was feeling unwell when we
met, he didn’t show it. Over the course
of four increasingly drunken hours I’m
treated to the full breadth of his complex
mind. He’s intense yet personable and
funny, sometimes hilariously so, and
laughs frequently. He’s often rambling,
long answers changing course without
ever reaching a destination: it’s impossible
to pin him down on what he thinks of
Brexit, say, other than that he is revelling
in its chaos. There is the Fall-like repetition
of his pet themes: the uselessness/
vindictiveness/dishonesty (delete as
appropriate) of The Fall’s 40-odd former
members, and his teenage years in 1970s
Salford. I’m treated to a series of raucous
but highly libellous stories of questionable
veracity about various music legends.
There are withering comments about
Mumford & Sons (“It’s government money,
I think we
could be a
bit jollier
Mark E Smith, The Fall’s charismatic
if cantankerous frontman, talks to
Shaun Curran about Corbyn, fighting
illness and how he has mellowed with age
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Last night’s
g
televis on
SARAH HUGHES
Cop drama left no
cliche unsaid – and
then came the twist
» Bancroft ITV, 9pm
» Nigella’s Christmas Table BBC2, 8pm
isn’t it? Bankers invest in them”), Tim
Burgess (“a halfwit”), LCD Soundsystem’s
James Murphy (“I don’t like him, he didn’t
leave his house for 30 years”), people
who frequent Manchester city centre
bars (“Accountants from Cheshire who
only drink two pints even though they’re
not driving”), Madchester-era nostalgia
(“They all think they’re Shakespeare,
selling the urinals of the Hacienda”) and
ITV’s Robert Peston. “What does he
know? He’s never been in a council house,
bet he never got any O-levels.”
After 15 minutes of chat I suggest new
song “Victoria Train Station Massacre”
– about the destruction of its age-old
architecture to make way for a tramline,
recorded in 2016 – was unfortunately
titled in the light of the Manchester terror
attack. “Who put that in your head?” he
scorns, “that dickhead from [record label]
Cherry Red?”
I then ask him about the reaction in the
city to the tragedy. “I was obviously dead
shocked about it. But then it all starts.
I don’t get it. It’s like we’re apologising.
These people handing out ‘Manc Loves
Muslims’ stickers? I find it very weird.
It’s a new non-religion. But I do like the
Manchester thing – if it’s not nailed down
they destroy it.
“I walked past [the arena] before and
there’s no flowers there. They’re great like
that.” He leans forward and smiles.
“What Manchester destroys today,
London does tomorrow.”
Smith turned 60 in March; an occasion
that was marked by BBC Music’s Twitter
feed inadvertently announcing him dead.
“I was just getting back on my feet after
my illness, and for a minute I thought it
might be true.” He says being ill forced
him to watch Jools Holland for the first
time in years. “The standard of music was
appalling. Every lyric is ‘I’m so sorry I hurt
my girlfriend’.”
He wanted latest record New Facts
Emerge to be “in your face” as an antidote,
and in keeping with latter-day Fall material
it’s an abrasive, swaggering, unpleasant,
strange beast of a record, Smith snarling
and growling over their finest set of tracks
since 2010’s Your Future Our Clutter.
It is also The Fall’s first record since 2001
without Elena Poulou, keyboardist and
Smith’s ex-wife. The pair split last year,
though Smith says they remain on good
terms.
“Things happen. To be honest I’m
happier now. It was just like, ‘Why am I
doing this?’ And then you think you’re
going to go back feeling sorry for yourself
but actually it’s all right. People go, ‘Oh
here you go again’, but I’ve been through
divorce. I don’t see it as a bad thing.”
Those who remain – Pete Greenway
(guitar), Dave Spurr (bass), Keiron Melling
(drums) – have been with Smith for more
than a decade, a hitherto unseen period
of stability. Smith has always thrived on
tension, but he’s now done the one thing
nobody ever expected: bond with a group
of musicians.
“I think they’ve been waiting for me to
say something,” he half-jokes. “But it’s
shocked me. There’s days where I’m trying
to get through ideas and they pick them up
really fast. I can just shout ‘group play!’ I’ve
always thought of this as The Fall. I don’t
acknowledge anything before.”
So what has changed? Is he easier to
work with? “I think so, yeah.” Is that an age
thing? “I don’t think it’s age, it’s just staying
in the world.”
I put to him the theory from fellow
musician and his old mate Nick Cave, who
says maintaining creative standards gets
harder as you get older. “That’s insulting
to age. It gets easier for me, I think. I find
it easier not to get distracted by c***s. I
don’t react to them. Whereas I’d go and
beat people up, now I just wait. I’m a bit
steelier than I was.”
At the moment he needs to be. He’s
promising new music soon: let’s hope
there’s plenty more. As ever, Smith is
fighting on. “I’ve got certain goals with
The Fall and I want to perfect it. I think
we could be that bit jollier,” he says. “You
know, jolly anti-music.”
‘New Facts Emerge’ and ‘The Fall –
Singles 1978-2016’ are out now on
Cherry Red Records
The Fall (left) with
Mark E Smith in the
chair; and (above,
left to right) Craig
Scanlon, Smith,
Karl Burns and
Steve Hanley on
the ‘Perverted by
Language’ tour,
in Hamburg, 1984
DOROTHY HOWE
Th
hey all
think they’re
Shakespeare,
selling the
urinals
of the
Hacienda
S
top me if you’ve heard this
one before: our heroine is an
ambitious high-flying police
officer with a troubled,
long-hidden past. She’s a bit of
a maverick, sure, but still close
to achieving a much-longed-for
promotion thanks to her sterling
work in trying to take down the
local crime lord and his gang.
Unfortunately, her most competent
underling, also female, also
ambitious, has decided to make a
go of the unpromising cold case
she’s been handed – a cold case that
just happens to be linked to her
boss’s darkest secret.
At times, ITV’s newest crime
drama, Bancroft, which airs over
four nights this week, appeared
to be so on the nose that it almost
played as a parody of the genre.
Certainly, no cliché was left
unturned, from the jobsworth
boss (Adrian Edmondson) to the
lazy but full-of-himself junior
officer (Charles Babalola) and the
increasingly clunky exposition: at
one point it appeared as though
every single officer was going
to simply say “Bancroft” before
frowning meaningfully into the
distance.
Not even solid performances
from Sarah Parish as Bancroft
and Faye Marsay as her possible
nemesis, Katherine, and some well
written material about succeeding
as a woman in a man’s world
seemed likely to rescue this from
being a The Loch-style misfire.
But then about halfway through,
something rather more interesting
happened. It transpired that
Bancroft was less wild card with a
past and more cold-blooded killer
with ice in her veins.
She wasn’t merely tangentially
connected with Katherine’s
investigation into the 1990s death
of a young woman named Laura
Fraser, but was in fact the murderer.
With that revelation, Kate Brooke’s
script kicked up a gear.
“You’ll have to be twice as good as
them,” Bancroft told her protégée
– whom she appeared to slightly
creepily be trying to set up with
her son – and the stage was set for
what promises to be an intense
cat-and-mouse game between the
two women.
Will Katherine get her woman
or will Bancroft slide successfully
away from her junior’s accusations?
Despite unpromising beginnings,
by the episode’s end I was genuinely
keen to find out.
Nigella’s Christmas Table
opened with a festive introduction
Th
he stage was set
for what promises
to be an intense
cat-and-mouse game
so dripping in lights, log fires and
limpid eyes that it should have
come with its own warning.
The nation’s favourite domestic
goddess has entirely embraced
her camp aesthetic in her most
recent series, and this over-the-top
Christmas special slathered it on in
spades.
She opened with a Martini,
teased us with forgotten cookies
dusted with “disco glitter” and was
soon talking about “anointing” food
with star anise and why no one but
no one can resist a devilled egg.
It was all ludicrously overblown,
and you didn’t for one minute
buy Nigella as the Queen of the
Countryside walking wistfully
through crooked lanes with dogs
bounding at her heels or gazing
awestruck at village light displays.
Yet for all that, it was also
glorious, gaudy fun, like your
average cookery show ramped up
to 10, then sprinkled with stardust
and tinsel. It worked because
ultimately Christmas itself is a
festival of camp excess, so who
better than Nigella to host it? And
anyway, beneath the fripperies the
recipes were still wonderful: her
five-minute Brussels sprouts with
cinnamon, garlic and leeks good
enough to steal.
Sarah Parish as Elizabeth Bancroft
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Liam Gallagher brandished his
maracas with menace
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Liam Gallagher
ALEXANDRA PALACE, LONDON
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Grieving Oasis fans have
rarely had it better, with gigs to
attend by both Noel and Liam
Gallagher which add up to a fairly
comprehensive greatest hits set
by their favourite defunct band.
It’s the belated emergence of
Liam as a solo act, however, that
looks and sounds more like the
good old days.
At 45, he hasn’t changed, still
attacking his microphone as
though he hasn’t eaten in weeks.
His idea of showmanship was
putting up the hood of his big coat,
beneath which he stared down the
adoring crowd relentlessly. Where
once he held a tambourine, this
evening he brandished maracas
with menace.
After his underwhelming
attempt to drag out his band
career with Beady Eye, having
his own name on the side of the
van suits a singer who has the
pride and self-belief to take the
spotlight alone.
While his solo album, As You
Were, is far from a classic — from
album three onwards, Oasis fans
have been willing each new record
to be better than it actually is —
it’s good enough to get the public
believing in him again too.
He’s outselling big brother
for the first time thanks to
powerful new songs such as
“Wall of Glass”, a pounding wall
of sound here, and the galloping
aggression of “You Better Run”.
“Universal Gleam”, with its
horn section, cellist and almost
gospel finale, was enough sonic
adventurousness for one night.
For he wasn’t too proud to
give the crowd what they really
wanted — even if that meant
royalty payments to his estranged
brother — and that was plenty of
Oasis songs. Obvious selections
such as “Rock ’n’ Roll Star”
(essentially his theme tune) and
“Wonderwall” were cut with wellchosen reminders that “Rockin’
Chair” was a great B-side and
“Be Here Now” (the song) was a
monster.
He sang flat on “Paper Crown”
and left the girls to the high notes
of “Live Forever”, but the takehome message was that this was
a rock giant returning to close to
full power. By the time he hits his
marquee show at Finsbury Park
next summer, he’ll be unstoppable.
Touring to 16 December
(liamgallagher.com)
DAVID SMYTH
EVENING STANDARD
VISUAL ARTS
The Working Artist:
the East London Group
BOW ARTS: NUNNERY GALLERY,
LONDON E3
A fascinating free exhibition of
work by the interwar group of
working men and women who
attended art classes and showed
their paintings while also holding
down day jobs. More than 50
works are on display, with a focus
on Albert Turpin, a window
cleaner and fireman who also
served as Mayor of Bethnal Green.
(020 8980 7774) to Sun
Gluck: Art and Identity
BRIGHTON MUSEUM
The life and work of the
20th-century trailblazer of gender
fluidity, who adopted the name
Gluck, creating a masculine
identity incorporating men’s
tailoring, barber-cut short hair
and a mannish demeanour. As
well as portraits, landscapes
and flower paintings, the show
includes clothing, accessories,
photographs, press cuttings
and personal ephemera.
(brightonmuseums.org.uk) to 11 Mar
Drawn in Colour:
Degas from the Burrell
NATIONAL GALLERY, LONDON WC2
Pastels, plus the occasional oil,
lent by the Burrell Collection in
Glasgow, make up the bulk of this
show. Initially the galleries seem
gloomy because of the low light
needed to protect these fragile
pictures, but slowly Degas’ riot
of colour sings from the walls,
making for a quietly breathtaking
show. (020 7747 2885) to 7 May
Paula Rego: The Boy
Who Loved the Sea
and Other Stories
JERWOOD GALLERY, HASTINGS
CLASSICAL
THEATRE
Christian
Tetzlaff
Dear Brutus
WIGMORE HALL, LONDON
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It’s always heartening to see the
Wigmore Hall filled to capacity.
And it’s no surprise that the
German violinist Christian
Tetzlaff – accompanied on the
piano by his compatriot Lars Vogt
– should fill the house.
Tetzlaff suffers from
neurodermatitis in his left hand:
this can cause extreme pain when
the fingers are applied to the
strings of a violin. He has learnt to
manage this pain, including by the
use of cotton thimbles, but for him
to make his living as a violinist
amounts to a crazy heroism.
Nothing could have been
more straightforward than the
programme: Brahms’s three violin
sonatas, followed by a Brahms
encore. And it allowed us to
savour Tetzlaff’s unusual artistry.
No other violinist so steadfastly
abjures the seductive capacities
of their instrument. Tetzlaff goes
for clarity of detail and purity
of intonation, and as a result
Brahms’s dramatic and melodic
richness shone brightly.
MICHAEL CHURCH
THE INDEPENDENT
At the heart of this show, the
first major exhibition of new
work by Paula Rego in a UK
public art gallery for a decade,
is a set of paintings, drawings
and sculptures inspired by
a 2005 story by Hélia Correia,
“The Boy Who Loved the Sea”.
(01424 728377) to 7 Jan
SOUTHWARK PLAYHOUSE, LONDON
A bemused group of strangers has
been invited to a house party deep
in the English countryside. The
host is Puck – now a mysterious
old man known as Lob. The guests
include a rash philanderer, his
neglected wife and his current
lover; a snooty aristo; and an
alcoholic artist mourning his
childless marriage.
Premiered to great acclaim
in 1917, J M Barrie’s play has
deliberate echoes of A Midsummer
Night’s Dream. There are rumours
of an enchanted wood and,
encouraged by the scheming Lob,
the guests feel compelled to enter
this moonstruck terrain where
they are given a second chance
to negotiate better the twists of
fate on which they have blamed
the failure of their lives. When
they emerge, it is to acknowledge,
that it’s their idiosyncrasies of
character that cause them to take
the same wrong turnings. The title
of the piece comes from a speech
by Cassius in Julius Caesar: “The
fault, dear Brutus, is not in our
stars/ But in ourselves.”
Jonathan O’Boyle’s production
reminds us that there is far more
to Barrie than Peter Pan. You can
FILM
Human Flow
12A, AI WEIWEI, 140 MINS
Edward Sayer and Bathsheba Piepe in JM Barrie’s 1917 play, set in an
English house party MITZI DE MARGARY
Ai Weiwei’s magnificent
documentary, which puts the
refugee crisis in a historical
and political context, is epic in
scale and often heartbreaking
to watch. Ai Weiwei is offering
a panoramic view of the world,
treating refugees with dignity and
kindness, insisting on seeing every
one of them as an individual with a
story to tell. Limited release
Menashe
feel his influence on JB Priestley’s
time plays and on Alan Ayckbourn.
O’Boyle’s staging blurs the
divide between the forest and
the house (the Turkish rugs
themselves become thickly
carpeted with a downfall of petals)
and this overlap compound the
comic confusions of the last act.
It’s all beautifully played and
the director handles well the
tricky shifts of tone between the
whimsical and the heart-wringing.
Miles Richardson and Venice
van Someren are superlative in
the long scene in Act 2 between
Dearth, the now re-energised
artist, and Margaret, the daughter
he never had. It’s arch and
idealised and excruciating and
terribly painful and moving.
A welcome and cleverly
mounted revival.
To 30 December (020 7407 0234)
PAUL TAYLOR
THE INDEPENDENT
U, JOSHUA Z WEINSTEIN, 82 MINS
Menashe is a rough gem of a
film, a small-scale but delicately
observed and quietly funny
Yiddish-language drama about
the tribulations of a Hasidic
Jewish widower in Brooklyn.
The film is reportedly inspired
by the real life of its Hasidic star,
Menashe Lustig, who gives a
wonderful performance as the
well-intentioned but bumbling and
chaotic father. Limited release
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THE CULTURAL HIGHLIGHTS
YOU HAVE TO SEE
The Disaster Artist
15, JAMES FRANCO, 103 MINS
It’s a nice irony that the making
of one of the worst movies in
recent history has enabled James
Franco to make one of the best
films in his own chequered career.
Franco directs and also stars as
Tommy Wiseau, the auteur behind
the sublimely awful The Room
(2003). Tommy’s performance is
ludicrous. He can’t remember the
lines he himself wrote – and yet, in
his own warped way, as an artist
who doesn’t give up, he does have
integrity. Nationwide release
Happy End
15, MICHAEL HANEKE, 108MINS
Michael Haneke is, as ever,
utterly relentless in probing away
at hypocrisies, bad faith and
unhappiness in this film about a
family of wealthy industrialists
– among them a 12-year-old
(Fantine Harduin) who has just
poisoned her mother, a ruthless
matriarch (Isabelle Huppert),
and a grandfather (Jean-Louis
Trintignant) who yearns to die.
Haneke leaves it up to us to work
out the roots of their discontent.
Nationwide release
Battle of the Sexes
12A, VALERIE FARIS AND
JONATHAN DAYTON, 91 MINS
An entertaining and surprising
film dramatising the notorious
“battle of the sexes” tennis match
in 1973 between ageing star Bobby
Riggs (Steve Carell) and Billie
Jean King (Emma Stone). The
Little Miss Sunshine directors,
working from a screenplay by
Simon Beaufoy, deal with serious
subjects (inequality, homophobia
and addiction) in a light and
playful way. Nationwide release
COMEDY
Sofie Hagen
SOHO THEATRE, LONDON W1
Dead Baby Frog is another
cracking slice of unflinching
storytelling from Sofie Hagen.
It’s the tale of being brought up
in Denmark under the shadow
of a controlling, former Nazi
grandfather. (020 7478 0100) to Fri
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Mark Lanegan
KOKO, LONDON NW1
Whatever devil’s deal Mark
Lanegan struck to keep his
outlaw front from calcifying in
cliché, it’s working. Post-punk
reverberations and pummelling
electro-rock add throbbing
currents of intensity to the
big guy’s rueful fatalism on
Gargoyle, spiked by a wit as
dry as his six-feet-under growl.
(ticketmaster.co.uk) tonight
Gogol Bordello
VARIOUS VENUES
“Roll over, Darwin/ Tell Descartes
the news!” Back with wit and
wiry energy sparking on Seekers
and Finders, Eugene Hutz leads
his Gypsy-punk massive in
a tumult of reggae, rap, folk,
mariachi, salsa and country
influences, dispatched with the
express intent to unite all-comers
as one vocal whole. Academy,
Manchester (seetickets.com) tonight;
Brixton Academy, London SW9
(seetickets.com) Thur; Wulfrun Hall,
Wolverhampton (seetickets.com) Fri
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between Israeli Prime Minister
Yitzhak Rabin and PLO leader
Yasser Arafat in 1993. There is a
Byzantine complexity that gives
the show the grip of an intellectual
thriller. (0844 871 7627) to 30 Dec
Romantics Anonymous
SAM WANAMAKER PLAYHOUSE,
LONDON SE1
Emma Rice bows out as artistic
director at the Globe with this
toothsome treat – a musical
adaptation of the 2010 FrenchBelgian romcom Les Emotifs
Anonymes about two cripplingly
shy chocolate-makers who
meet and fall in love.
(020 7401 9919) to 6 Jan
FOLK & ROOTS
Belshazzar’s Feast
VARIOUS VENUES
Messrs Sartin and Hutchinson
deliver great songs between
stand-up routines and outstanding
instrumental dexterity. Oval
Tavern, Croydon (020 8686 6023)
tonight and Wed; Cecil Sharp House,
London NW1 (020 7485 2206) Thur;
Tuppenny Barn, Southbourne
(01243 377 780) Fri
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First
Chance
Opening
this week
FILM
Star Wars: the Last Jedi
12A, RIAN JOHNSON, 152MINS
Mark Hamill, Adam Driver, Daisy
Ridley and John Boyega return in the
sci-fi adventure. Opens Thur
DANCE
The Nutcracker
LONDON COLISEUM, LONDON WC2
English National Ballet’s production
has cosy designs and a magical balloon
ride. (020 7845 9300) opens Wed
OPERA
Rigoletto
ROYAL OPERA HOUSE, LONDON WC2
Dimitri Platanias sings the
hunchbacked jester in David McVicar’s
salacious staging of Verdi’s tragedy.
(020 7304 4000) opens Thur
Mamma Mia!
THEATRE ROYAL, GLASGOW
POP
Ho99o9
VARIOUS VENUES
Agit-rap duo theOGM and
Eaddy give their appetite for
disorienting sound and political
disruption free rein on the latest
issue. Roaring between tag-team
tirades, warped trap, harrowed
hardcore and more, United States
of Horror revels in extreme noise
terror: rarely has a New Jersey
band sounded less like the Boss.
Brudenell Social Club, Leeds
(crashrecords.co.uk) tonight;
Electric Ballroom, London NW1
(ticketweb.co.uk) Wed
The latest touring version of
Phyllida Lloyd’s production of
the great Abba tribute musical
looks as fast-moving and brilliant
as ever. As scripted by Catherine
Johnson, it’s the absolute queen of
jukebox shows, and the one that
demonstrates just how it should
be done. (atgtickets.com) to 30 Dec
5 day
from ons
ly
£629pp
Oslo
HAROLD PINTER THEATRE,
LONDON SW1
Bartlett Sher’s fast-paced and
quick-witted staging of JT
Rogers’s new play, which pulls
us into the nine stressful months
of secret negotiations that led
to signing of the Oslo Accords
If you only see
one thing today
Rome – Ancient & Baroque
CHRISTOPHER FURLONG/GETTY IMAGES
Rome has uninterrupted recorded history of more than 2,500 years, nowhere
else seems to have managed to combine a heritage of classical antiquities and
medieval buildings - from Renaissance palaces to intricate Baroque piazzas.
VISUAL ARTS
Turner Prize
FERENS GALLERY, HULL
A free exhibition of the four shortlisted artists for the £25,000 prize. This is the first 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, who was born in Zanzibar, is 63. German artist Andrea Buttner
and Palestinian-English artist Rosalind Nashashibi are both in their forties. The exhibition includes
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MARKETS
City lobbyists sound alarm
as bitcoin surges to $18,000
By Laura Onita & Simon English
Bitcoin’s rollercoaster ride showed
no sign of stopping after it landed on
Wall Street yesterday, but the City
urged caution that the speculative
bubble could now affect “real” stocks.
The crypto-currency’s price
surged by up 25 per cent to $18,000
after it broke into the mainstream via
the world’s futures market. It forced
the Chicago Board Options Exchange
(CBOE) to temporarily halt trading
twice – first for two minutes then
five – to cool volatility. Rival Chicago
Mercantile Exchange (CME) is set to
offer similar futures next week.
For the first time, institutional
investors can bet on whether
bitcoin will continue to rise and fall,
potentially influencing its price.
Until now, bitcoin was mainly bought
by individual investors on mostly
unregulated markets. The move
is seen as a watershed moment
for virtual currencies. However,
concerns over banks’ and investors’
exposure to a bubble that could soon
burst are intensifying.
“As more traditional banks and
brokers begin to offer markets in
these assets, investors and savers
will start to be exposed,” said
Simon French, of Panmure Gordon.
“Regulators need to be vigilant;
crypto-currencies could quickly
begin to impact the share prices of
Bitcoin is up more than
400 per cent in the past
two months, and up 2,000 per
cent in the past year, according to
CoinDesk. It had traded for less
than $1 briefly in 2011.
regulated banks and brokers in a way
that few yet understand.”
One bank analyst said: “I think it
is a bit much to suggest that bitcoin
could pose a greater systemic risk;
just potential trading losses for those
investment banks that choose to
trade. I think the real risk sits with
market-makers (spot and forward)
for what is surely one of the most
volatile financial instruments in
existence. For these reasons, I believe
one or two of the usual suspects have
decided not to play.”
Bitcoin is not regulated by any
country’s central bank and has no
widely recognised exchange rate.
Last week, the world’s largest banks
were sceptical of the launch of
bitcoin futures by CBOE and CME.
The lobby group that speaks for
companies such as Goldman Sachs,
Morgan Stanley and JPMorgan said
Bitcoin was up 25 per cent as it hit the
futures market yesterday REUTERS
the financial system is not ready for
it, arguing that insufficient attention
has been paid to the risks involved.
Chris Ralph, chief investment
officer at St James’s Place, said of
bitcoin: “I refuse to use the word
legitimate, but it’s probably moved
out of the shadows and into the open.
“It has been described as the asset
class of 2017 but when we went into
the year no one would have called it
an asset class.” EVENING STANDARD
FINANCE
Insurance
claims soar
in wintry
conditions
By Josie Cox
Quote of
the day
Few things are
more important
to power than
where it is
located. Get the
Bank of England
to Birmingham on
the same day HS2
opens in 2026
Lord Adonis
Chairman of the National
Infrastructure
Commission and former
Labour minister backs
moving the Bank of
England out of London
The 30
Second
Briefing
BAE SYSTEMS
QATAR DEAL
What’s the deal?
BAE Systems and Qatar have
entered into a contract valued at
around £5bn for the country to buy
24 Typhoon combat aircraft, with the
delivery expected in 2022.
Why is Qatar buying the jets?
Analysts at Berenberg asset
management suggest said that
Qatar buying Typhoons is not out
of military necessity, but about
strengthening the country’s political
ties with the West as it faces
troubles closer to home. Qatar has
been isolated by Egypt, Bahrain,
the United Arab Emirates and the
Saudis, who have accused it of
sponsoring terrorism – which the
Qataris deny – and being too pally
with Iran. Qatar has responded
to this by ramping up military
spending, with the Americans and
the French also contributing their
hardware to the Arabian Peninsula.
What does it mean for BAE
employees?
The company has confirmed the
order will not save the 2,000 jobs
already lined up for the axe by BAE,
but it may provide a glimmer of hope
to the wider endangered workforce
there. There are 5,000 employees
in total at BAE’s production site in
Warton, Lancashire (above). Before
yesterday, almost all faced an
uncertain future, with production
due to end in 2019 in the absence of
any new orders.
Is BAE now resurgent?
The company does seem to be doing
increasing business in the Middle
East. BAE is also thought to be on the
edge of clinching a deal with Qatar’s
neighbour and rival, Saudi Arabia.
The two are expected to sign a deal
for 48 Typhoons at some point.
Motor insurance claims rose 50
per cent over the weekend as snow
blanketed large parts of the UK,
forcing drivers to contest with poor
visibility and icy roads.
Figures from the Co-op also
show that accidents and collisions
increased by 42 per cent on Sunday
when compared with the Sunday of
the previous week.
“As this cold and icy weather is set
to continue we’re urging drivers to
take extra care by allowing additional
time for journeys and checking car
lights and tyres before setting off,”
said Nick Ansley, head of motor
insurance at the Co-op.
The Co-op’s insurance business
also urged drivers to increase the gap
between their vehicle and the vehicle
in front of them, drive with care even
when roads have been treated, watch
weather reports before planning a
journey, and ensure that tyres have
ample tread depth.
It also urged drivers to use their
vehicle’s brakes with caution to avoid
skidding.
National Rail said that poor
conditions due to ice and snow had
affected travel across England and
Wales over the weekend and into
Monday. Dozens of flights were
cancelled, affecting thousands of
passengers.
Western Power Distribution said
that more than 7,800 homes across
the Midlands, Wales and South-west
England were still without power
yesterday, after tens of thousands of
customers had suffered outages over
the weekend. THE INDEPENDENT
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IMMIGRATION
BANKING
EU citizens ‘less willing’ to
find work in Brexit Britain
US dismisses
charges against
HSBC for money
laundering
i TUESDAY
12 DECEMBER 2017
41
From the
business
pages
By Stephen Little
By Simon English
Britain’s popularity as a destination
for European jobseekers has
plummeted since its decision to
leave the EU, with many workers
now favouring destinations such as
Germany, Luxembourg and Ireland,
new research reveals.
Job site Indeed analysed the
online search patterns of millions
of jobseekers from 15 European
countries and found that the share of
all cross-border job searches is down
14.7 per cent since 2015.
Germany has seen its searches rise
by 19.3 per cent, taking it to second
place, while Ireland’s have risen by
33.6 per cent and Luxembourg’s by
56 per cent.
The data mirrors government
figures published last month which
show that EU net migration to the
UK fell by 106,000 to 230,000 in the
year following the Brexit vote.
“For much of the past decade,
Britain’s dynamic labour market has
made it a poster boy for ambitious
Europeans keen to progress their
careers,” said Mariano Mamertino,
economist for Europe, the Middle
East and Africa at Indeed.
“Last year’s Brexit vote hasn’t
stopped that attractiveness in its
tracks, but it is clearly giving many
European jobseekers pause for
thought,” he said.
Searches for
cross-border
jobs have risen by
19.3 per cent in
Germany GETTY
“So while the UK is still the
most popular destination among
Europeans looking to work abroad,
its lead is shrinking fast.
“Britain’s loss could be its rivals’
gain – and Germany, Luxembourg
and Ireland are all attracting a
greater share of the interest from
upwardly mobile EU citizens.”
There has also been a shift in the
pattern of British people hunting for
jobs abroad.
Traditionally, they have tended
to look towards English-speaking
countries such as the US, Australia
or Canada, but since 2015 there
has been a 15.4 per cent increase
in those searching for work in
the EU, the Indeed figures show.
THE INDEPENDENT
The UK is still the most
popular choice for
Europeans searching for a job,
attracting 31.8 per cent all interest
in the first nine months of 2017.
AVIATION
Branson: BA boss owes me £1m or knee in groin
By Ben Woods
Sir Richard Branson has fanned
the flames of a feud with the boss
of British Airways, calling on Willie
Walsh to settle a “very public and
painful” £1m bet.
The founder of Virgin Group is
Outlook
JIM
ARMITAGE
AIM must take
responsibility for
its scandals
W
ho’d be a small-cap
investor? On Friday
evening, we had
today’s candidate for
our Market Minnows
small companies column all written
up and looking good on the page.
It was a hot stock in fintech, bound
for greatness, or so its incoming
claiming victory after wagering Mr
Walsh in 2012 that Virgin Atlantic
would still exist in five years’ time.
Mr Walsh refuses to cede defeat,
claiming Sir Richard is the loser
because he “no longer owns or
controls the business” after giving
up majority ownership this year.
The initial terms of the bet were
for the loser to pay a £1m bonus to
the rival airline’s staff, but Mr Walsh
wanted the loser to accept a “knee
in the groin” instead. Writing on his
Virgin blog, Sir Richard said it was
time for the pair “to settle this matter
once and for all”.
boss and key investor assured us in
gushing detail.
Compelling though his story was,
some inner alarm bell made us check
out in a bit more detail some of his
claims about himself.
According to his CV, his education
and work experience were
impeccable: Oxbridge, Harvard, a
leading light in his field – you know
the kind of thing. Governments,
corporations and global agencies
were falling over each other to call on
his wisdom.
Trouble was, check him on Google
and he was almost invisible. Crossrefer his most recent employers with
Companies House and you found
they were actually owned by him.
One hadn’t even existed when he
said he worked there. His education
claims looked dodgy, too.
His main business, based overseas,
seems to consist largely of an
amateurish website riddled with bad
grammar. Its only named customer
looked equally flaky, with a phone
number nobody ever answered.
When we politely asked him for
explanation, suddenly – having
bombarded us with messages in the
previous days – he disappeared, not
to be heard of since.
Could be he is what he says he is.
More likely he isn’t.
The company concerned is on the
Stock Exchange’s junior market,
AIM. Companies there have to
Neegligent nomads and
bllind brokers ill-serve the
SMEs which will power our
economy in future decades
have a corporate financier known
as a nominated adviser (nomad),
whose role is to do due diligence on
companies and their directors and
ensure they’re fit and proper.
So how come the nomad to this
company hadn’t Googled our guy?
How come nobody on AIM ever
HSBC got a boost on Monday when
the US Department of Justice said
it will dismiss criminal charges
deferred since it was fined for money
laundering five years ago.
The bank signed a five-year
Deferred Prosecution Agreement
in December 2012 which meant the
department could have reopened the
case had HSBC been caught again.
The department will now file a
motion with the US District Court
for the Eastern District of New
York seeking the dismissal of the
charges, effectively lifting a “sword
of Damocles” from over the bank.
The bank had previously been
alleged to have helped launder $881m
( £ 6 5 8 m ) fo r d r u g
cartels in Mexico
and Colombia.
T h e
U S
investigation,
which has
now expired,
said the bank
had been a
conduit for “drug
kingpins and
rogue nations”.
HSBC said it “is pleased that the
Department of Justice has recognised
HSBC’s progress in strengthening its
anti-money laundering and sanctions
compliance capabilities over the past
five years”.
Stuart Gulliver, HSBC’s chief
executive, said: “HSBC is able to
combat financial crime much more
effectively today as the result of the
significant reforms.
“Further improvements to our
own capability and contributions
toward the partnerships we have
established with governments in this
area will remain a top priority for the
Bank into 2018 and beyond.”
HSBC shares rose 14p, or 2 per
cent, to 748p. They fell to 418p in April
last year. EVENING STANDARD
seems to take responsibility for the
scandals there? How come every time
we get a scandal on AIM, nothing gets
done until the next one comes along?
Luckily, there are plenty of decent
little companies out there deserving
of investors’ attention. A suitable
swap for our Market Minnows
column was easily found. But
negligent nomads and blind brokers
ill-serve the SMEs which will power
our economy in future decades. Sadly,
for legal reasons, we can’t name this
firm. We’re passing our findings to
Aim and the nomad. They should.
RETAILERS ON THIN ICE
Taking the kids ice-skating in
yesterday’s snow was magical.
But retailers had a shocker on
what should be one of their busiest
weekends. Analysts Springboard
recorded 22 per cent fewer shoppers
than last year. Consumers’ confidence
is on the skids as it is, without ice and
snow keeping them at home.
Bitcoin could be
banned by Seoul
The Korea Times
South Korea is considering
banning all kinds of
cryptocurrency transactions,
the top financial regulator said
yesterday. Financial Services
Commission chairman Choi
Jong-ku said proposals to
restrict buying and selling such
currencies, including an all-out
ban, were aimed at minimising
side-effects of bitcoin
transactions and reducing
speculative investment.
Dozens of jobs go
as Cork plant shuts
The Irish Times
A French skincare company
is preparing to close its plant
in Cork with the loss of 60
jobs, having been a large-scale
employer in the area since
the early 1980s. Last year the
Yves Rocher plant shed nearly
half of its workforce at Dublin
Hill in Cork with 50 job losses.
The company cited the cost
of shipping as a reason for its
decision.
Market hails new
Bank Governor
The New Zealand Herald
The appointment of Adrian Orr
as New Zealand’s next Reserve
Bank Governor was met with
a surge in the country’s dollar,
indicating that markets see the
current chief executive of the
NZ Superannuation Fund as a
sensible choice. The currency
rose almost a quarter of a cent
against the US dollar after the
announcement by Finance
Minister Grant Robertson.
University chiefs
win 9% pay rises
The Boston Globe
Presidents at America’s private
universities saw their pay
increase by 9 per cent in 2015,
with several topping $2 m in
total earnings. The average
total pay was nearly $570,000
(£426,500), including salary,
bonuses and benefits, according
to a survey of 500 schools
released by The Chronicle of
Higher Education. Among the
highest earners were 10 who
made more than $2 m, up from
eight the year before.
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BUSINESS
The
Business
Matrix
The day at
a glance
FTSE 100 up 59.5 at 7453.5
www.indextrade.net
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165.6
3060.0
333.7
954.0
264.7
66.6
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314.2
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552.0
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7453.5
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-30.1
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28965.3
+325.4
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22938.7
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6830.0
6733.0
1715.0
311.9
3538.0
830.0
280.7
2385.5
2412.5
598.5
772.5
244.7
3440.0
443.9
555.5
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1000.0
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Work returners
unaware of help
Centrica begins
joint venture
Most employers are not aware
of “returnship” schemes
aimed at giving a route back
to work for people who have
taken a break in their career,
a report shows. The totaljobs
website said its study of 2,600
jobseekers and 100 employers
revealed a lack of awareness of
schemes to help mothers or the
long-term unemployed.
British Gas owner Centrica has
launched its European oil and
gas exploration and production
joint venture, dubbed Spirit
Energy, with Bayerngas Norge.
Centrica will hold 69 per cent
of the new entity, which will
contain Centrica’s assets in the
UK, Netherlands and Norway
and Bayerngas Norge’s in
Norway, the UK and Denmark.
PROPERTY
EQUALITY
Berkeley to build
on Arsenal site
London to report
on ethnic pay gap
Housing association giant
Peabody has named two
builders it will partner to
deliver nearly 1,800 homes in
south London, kicking off at
one of Arsenal football club’s
former homes. It said listed
Berkeley Homes will create
1,500 properties in west
Thamesmead on a site that was
Arsenal’s home until 1913.
The Mayor of London is to
publish data on the pay gap
affecting black, Asian, and
minority ethnic workers under
moves to tackle inequality.
Sadiq Khan said the move
will cover staff in City Hall
and across the Greater
London Authority, including
Transport for London and the
Metropolitan Police.
FINANCE
TRANSPORT
Offshore work
returning to UK
Tram extension
lifts home prices
Financial services firms are
increasingly bringing back to
the UK operations they had
taken offshore, a report shows.
Rising costs and “lacklustre”
service in offshore regions were
blamed for the shift in policy,
said recruitment firm Robert
Half, after surveying 100 senior
company finance officers.
The values of houses near the
Luas light railway line in Dublin
have soared by 15 per cent.
Homes along the route have
had a dramatic rise in values,
compared with 6 per cent for
similar homes near other lines,
said property website Daft.ie.
The tram system began in 2004
and has been extended.
FINANCE
PAY
Investec warns of
Steinhoff fall-out
Real wages ‘to fall
0.5%’ next year
Investec has warned that its
exposure to Poundland’s South
African owner, Steinhoff, could
dent profits. It comes after
shares in Steinhoff tanked
last week with the firm’s chief
executive quitting amid an
investigation into accounting
irregularities.
Real wages are set to fall by 0.5
per cent next year because pay
rises will not keep pace with
inflation, a report predicts.
Research by Hay Group
suggested that pay rises will
average 2 per cent in 2018
compared with an inflation
forecast of 2.5 per cent.
the
markets
The FTSE 100 has emerged
as a top performer among its
European peers, boosted by
sterling sell-off linked to investor
jitters around Brexit. London’s
blue-chip index rose 0.8 per cent,
or 59.52 points, to 7,453.48, while
continental indices suffered. The
French CAC 40 and German DAX
fell 0.23 per cent each.
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The biggest risers were WPP, up
35p to 1,376p, and BHP Billiton,
up 30.5p to 1,372p. The biggest
fallers were Whitbread, down 106p
to 3,888p, Smurfit Kappa Group
down, 41p to 2,334p, and Marks
and Spencer, down 4.8p to 314.2p.
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Three in four report age
discrimination at work
By Shafi Musaddique
Almost three-quarters of
employees feel age discrimination is common in the workplace,
with both the youngest and oldest
feeling most aggrieved, a study
has revealed.
According to the job-listings site
CV-Library, a third of workers say
that they have been rejected for a
job because of their age, and more
than half of workers aged over 55
say they have been discriminated
against because of their age.
The survey of 1,400 workers also
found that more than half of under18s feel they are not taken seriously at work, and three-quarters
of workers in the 25-34 age range
consider themselves having been
discriminated against for being
“too young”. Of those, under half
said they were told by businesses
that they didn’t have enough
experience.
Of those who say they were discriminated against for being too
old, one in five said that they were
told they would be too stuck in
their ways.
“Discrimination around age is
not only rife in workplaces, but also
during the hiring process,” said Lee
Biggins, founder and managing director of CV-Library. “But, while
employers may think their pickiness will secure them the very best
workers, they’re actually limiting
themselves even further.”
A separate study published by
Capita Resourcing in July found
that the majority of people over
the age of 50 felt some form of bias
against them in the workplace.
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differently depending on age. The
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due to his or her age. Implicit bias,
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age-diverse workforce holds benefits. Up to the age of 70, older
workers are just as productive as
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4 large chicken thighs
1 tbsp flour, seasoned
1 tsp olive oil
15g butter
2 x 200g packs button
mushrooms, halved
2 tbsp chopped tarragon
50ml dry white wine
100ml chicken stock
50g Gorgonzola, cubed
50ml crème fraîche
Chopped flat leaf parsley, to serve
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Preheat the oven to 180°C/gas mark 4.
Toss the chicken thighs in the seasoned
flour to coat. Heat half of the oil and half
of the butter together in a flameproof
casserole, and cook the chicken thighs for
five minutes until well browned, turning
once. Transfer to a plate and cover
loosely with foil.
Put the rest of the oil and butter in the
pan, then add the mushrooms. Cook over
a high heat for three to four minutes until
lightly browned, then return the chicken
thighs to the pan. Add the tarragon, wine,
stock and seasoning, and bring to the boil.
Cover the pan and place in the oven for
25 minutes.
Scatter over the Gorgonzola and add
the crème fraîche. Return the pan to the
oven for 5 minutes until the chicken is
cooked through with no pink meat and
the sauce is just thickened. Scatter with
the parsley and serve. Delicious with egg
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Cheltenham on
course to survive
winter freeze
By Jon Freeman
RACING EDITOR
This early winter blast is beginning
to wreak havoc with the jumping
programme, but Cheltenham officials are confident that their important two-day International meeting
at the end of the week will survive.
Today’s Uttoxeter fixture has
been snowed off, while Ayr hinges
on an inspection this morning, as do
tomorrow’s meetings at Leicester
and Hexham.
Cheltenham, due to stage the two
main events, the Caspian Caviar
Gold Cup Handicap Chase and the
International Hurdle on Saturday,
as well as Festival novice hurdles
and chase trials, is under an inch of
snow, but a thaw is forecast in time
for the course to be raceable by the
weekend.
The first five in last month’s
BetVictor Gold Cup – Splash Of
Ginge, Starchitect, Le Prezien,
Ballyalton and Romain De Senam –
are due to line up in the big chase,
while The New One is going for a
fourth win in the Grade Two hurdle.
All-weather racing was created
for times like this and there is
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The all-weather surfaces have
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he’ll be hard to catch again.
NEXT BEST
Van Huysen
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Won this last year and recent
seasonal return will have
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plenty of decent Flat action this
week, including at Lingfield today
when three 100 plus-rated sprinters
head the field in the Betway Dash
Handicap.
Alsvinder is not one of them, but
he is heading up that way after winning two of his three starts since
trainer David O’Meara switched
him back to synthetic surfaces.
Some horses take to the all-weather
a lot better than others and it seems
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SHOW STEALER (D) R Guest 4 9 7.............Martin Harley C 3
ROSABELLE (CD) A Bailey 3 9 6.......................................A Kirby B 4
SHAMSAYA (D) S Crisford 3 9 5.........................................R Havlin 6
DIAMOND LADY (CD) W Stone 6 9 5..................Hollie Doyle 1
DUSKY MAID (D) J Given 3 9 1............................................. F Norton 7
VERY HONEST (CD) B Johnson 4 8 9....................... L Morris V 2
PRETTY BUBBLES (CD) J R Jenkins 8 8 7........Josephine Gordon V 5
- 7 declared BETTING: 3-1 Dusky Maid, 4-1 Very Honest, 5-1 Diamond Lady, Show
Stealer, 7-1 Shamsaya, Rosabelle, 8-1 Pretty Bubbles.
AONEDAMPROOFING Mrs L Williamson 9 0.....R Tart H 2
JAZZ AFFAIR J Osborne 9 0..................................... Emma Taff (7) 1
INUK (D) R Hughes 8 13.....................................Nicola Currie (7) C 6
COUNTERFEIT R Hughes 8 9.........................................S W Kelly B 4
MOTHER OF DRAGONS P McEntee 8 9..................................................
.....................................................................................................Josephine Gordon C 3
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- 6 declared FORM VERDICT
BETTING: 8-13 Mother of Dragons, 4-1 Counterfeit, Inuk, 12-1 Jazz
Affair, 50-1 Swiss Psalm, 66-1 Aonedamproofing.
SHOW STEALER did not appear to relish 7f last time out but her
previous form, against the boys, gives her a big shout in a race of this
BETWAY SPRINT HANDICAP (DIV 1) (CLASS 6) £5,000
nature. Rosabelle managed to win over C&D back in September and
added 6f
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............................................................................................Kerrie Raybould (7) B,T 3
BETWAY CASINO HANDICAP (CLASS 3) £12,000 added
2
133199 EVERKYLLACHY (D) J S Moore 3 9 7............ T Marquand B 4
3
466837 GOLD CLUB (D) L Carter 6 9 5...................................................A Kirby 7
1m 2f
4
322425 KYLLUKEY (CD) J Bradley 4 9 3 .....................................L Morris V 1
1
003684
KYLLACHY GALA M Botti 4 9 10..............................K Shoemark 5
5
234102 ARCANISTA (D) C Dwyer 4 9 1 ............................. P Hainey (7) C 9
47/2-5 FANOULPIFER (D) M Attwater 6 9 7 ...................... L Morris H 4
6
316631 WILD FLOWER (CD) J Fox 5 9 0......................................... K O’Neill 2 2
3
981104
STORM KING (D) D C Griffiths 8 9 6.......................... S Drowne 2
7
219070 STRICTLY CARTER (D) A Bailey 4 8 13...........Fran Berry T 5
-83730 BRONZE ANGEL (C) M Tregoning 8 9 6.....T Saunders (7) B 1
8
361649 JUSTICE ROCK (D) P McEntee 4 8 7.......Nicola Currie (7) T 10 4
526451 NOBLE PEACE (C) Mrs L Pearce 4 9 4........Martin Harley 3
9
5-5568 DELAHAY M Blanshard 3 8 7.......................................Hollie Doyle 8 5
1-4170 INTREPIDLY (D) J Noseda 3 9 3 ............................................. S Levey 9
10 607007 TAUREAN GOLD J Bridger 3 8 7....................Keelan Baker (7) 6 6
7
2-7003 COSMEAPOLITAN A King 4 9 2..........................................M Dwyer 8
- 10 declared 938332 EMENEM (CD) S Dow 3 9 2..........................................................A Kirby 6
BETTING: 5-2 Wild Flower, 11-4 Arcanista, 5-1 Kyllukey, 11-2 Indian 8
Affair, 10-1 Gold Club, 12-1 Everkyllachy, 14-1 Strictly Carter, 16-1 9 337000 VAN HUYSEN (CD) D F Davis 5 8 11.............. C Shepherd (3) 7
- 9 declared Justice Rock, 33-1 others.
BETTING: 10-3 Storm King, 4-1 Noble Peace, 9-2 Emenem, 5-1
BETWAY SPRINT HANDICAP (DIV 2) (CLASS 6) £5,000
Intrepidly, 13-2 Kyllachy Gala, 8-1 Cosmeapolitan, 12-1 others.
12.00
1.35
12.30
added 6f
1
2
FORM VERDICT
-41600 MISTER FREEZE (D) P Chamings 3 9 7.................J Haynes T 1
957305 MERDON CASTLE (D) J Chapple-Hyam 5 9 7...................................
.....................................................................................................................Martin Harley 3
3
667086 MALAYSIAN BOLEH (CD) P McEntee 7 9 4 ........................................
......................................................................................................... Nicola Currie (7) V 9
4 292056 MET BY MOONLIGHT R Hodges 3 9 3......................S Drowne 6
5
106787 COMPTON PRINCE (CD) J Bradley 8 9 0...T Marquand B 2
6
376365 BILLYOAKES (D) C Wallis 5 9 0.....................................L Morris C 8
7 680419 CHIP OR PELLET Mark Pattinson 4 8 12......Danny Brock 4
8
590917 DEER SONG J Bridger 4 8 7 .......................... Josephine Gordon 5
9 365005 BLACKADDER M Gillard 5 8 7.........................Keelan Baker (7) 7
- 9 declared BETTING: 3-1 Billyoakes, 9-2 Merdon Castle, 5-1 Compton Prince, 11-2
Met By Moonlight, 7-1 Chip Or Pellet, Malaysian Boleh, 12-1 Deer Song,
14-1 Mister Freeze, 20-1 Blackadder.
EMENEM has finished in the first three in seven of his nine starts to
date and he appears to be the percentage call in a wide-open contest.
Storm King was progressive on turf this year and he arrives here on
the back of a career-best when placing in the November Handicap at
Doncaster. Kyllachy Gala’s last couple of efforts suggest that he is
slowly dropping to a mark off which he can win a race.
2.10
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BETWAY DASH HANDICAP (CLASS 2) £20,000 added 5f
1
9-8203 SIR MAXIMILIAN (D) I Williams 8 9 7.............................A Kirby 6
2
063515 GRACIOUS JOHN (CD) P Evans 4 9 5.....................Fran Berry 5
3 020568 ROYAL BIRTH (CD) S C Williams 6 9 4........Aaron Jones (3) T 9
4 412660 ZAC BROWN (C)(D) C Wallis 6 9 0........................ D Muscutt T 2
5
948121 ALSVINDER (D) D O’Meara 4 8 12....................Martin Harley 3
6 020590 KASBAH (C)(D) Mrs A Perrett 5 8 10..........................J Mitchell 7
FORM VERDICT
7
094831 MIDNIGHT MALIBU (D) T Easterby 4 8 6................ L Morris 4
This appears to be the weaker of the two divisions but the nod goes to 8 604963 SHAMSHON (D) S C Williams 6 8 3Josephine Gordon T 1
127331 COME ON DAVE (CD) J Butler 8 8 2................Hollie Doyle V 8
BILLYOAKES. The five-year-old is not a prolific winner but recent 9
- 9 declared efforts suggest that he can take advantage of a low mark sometime
soon enough. Chip Or Pellet and Deer Song both won two starts ago BETTING: 3-1 Alsvinder, 9-2 Shamshon, 5-1 Gracious John, Sir
Maximilian, 15-2 Midnight Malibu, 10-1 others.
but they need to bounce back from defeats when last seen.
to have brought out the best in
Alsvinder. He is rated 20lb higher
than on the Flat following victories
at Chelmsford and Wolverhampton
and there’s probably more to come.
The trio rated in triple figures,
Royal Birth, Gracious John and Sir
Maximilian, have all won at a higher
level than this – the last-named has
a Meydan Group victory on his CV
– but perhaps the biggest threat
to my selection will come from the
ANTE-POST
“Nearly horse” Starchitect is 6-1
favourite to finally have his big
day in the Caspian Caviar Gold
Cup at Cheltenham on Saturday.
well-handicapped Shamshon. Some
good weather news: the Grade Two
Peterborough Chase, seemingly lost
to the cold snap when Huntingdon
was abandoned on Sunday, will now
be run at Taunton on Thursday.
FORM VERDICT
FORM VERDICT
David O’Meara makes the trip south with his all-weather specialist
ALSVINDER, whose three victories have all come on a synthetic surface.
He is 5lb higher than when scoring at Wolverhampton last month but
he is a sprinter in form and another bold bid is on the cards here. Sir
Maximilian and Gracious John, who beat a handy field when winning at
Leicester two starts back, are familiar names in these contests and have
to be considered. Recent winners Come On Dave and Midnight Malibu
are others who must take a place on the shortlist.
Lucinda Russell saddles two interesting runners here, Argentix and
Mumgos Debut, who both look feasibly well treated and can run with
credit, while Un Noble is of serious interest on his seasonal bow racing
from 6lb lower than when he last scored earlier in the year. However,
preference is for course and distance winner CRAIGANBOY, who
ran well for a long way on his first start of the season and could be
underestimated here.
2.45
1
2
3
4
5
6
7
8
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2YO £7,600 added 5f
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07
GALLOWAY HILLS D Elsworth 9 2......................................S Levey 7
HORNBY M Attwater 9 2..............................................................R Havlin 6
LITTLE BOY BLUE W G M Turner 9 2 ......................... L Morris 4
GHEPARDO (D) R Hannon 9 0....................................T Marquand 5
AVON GREEN J Tuite 8 11............................... Josephine Gordon 3
LLAMREI J Hughes 8 11...............................................................M Dwyer 8
NO MORE COMMISERY M Quinn 8 11................. Fran Berry 2
SHIMMY SHOES J Osborne 8 11................................Rob Hornby 1
- 8 declared BETTING: 13-8 Little Boy Blue, 5-2 Ghepardo, 4-1 Galloway Hills, 10-1
Avon Green, 12-1 No More Commisery, 20-1 Shimmy Shoes, Llamrei,
Hornby.
2.55
1
2
3
4
5
CHRISTMAS GIFTS FROM AYR RACECOURSE CHASE (NOVICES’
LIMITED HANDICAP) (CLASS 4) £7,500 added 2m 5f 110yds
5223-P
44/4-3
21U9-3
3/4641
26/4-6
CREST (BF) M Hammond 6 11 12 ...............................F O’Toole (5)
TEDDY TEE (C) N Richards 8 11 12........................................R Day (3)
STRONG ECONOMY (CD)(BF) R M Smith 5 11 8........C O’Farrell
CELTIC FLAMES Miss L Russell 7 10 13....................Derek Fox
PRESENTING ROSE N Alexander 7 10 11..............................................
..................................................................................................................S Mulqueen (3) H
- 5 declared BETTING: 15-8 Celtic Flames, 3-1 Teddy Tee, Crest, 6-1 Strong Economy,
8-1 Presenting Rose.
FORM VERDICT
CELTIC FLAMES showed a fair amount of improvement when making
a good start to his chasing career at Hexham when winning well by
four lengths and the 5lb rise for that success looks more than fair
BETWAY HANDICAP (CLASS 5) £5,000 added 5f
for Lucinda Russell’s gelding. Teddy Tee is a guaranteed stayer at the
trip and looks one to consider, along with Crest who makes his stable
debut
for Micky Hammond.
1
455911 ENTERTAINING BEN (CD) Miss Amy Murphy 4 9 7........K Shoemark C 1
2 290063 DON’T BLAME ME C Cox 4 9 6................................................A Kirby 9
3
274836 POWERFUL DREAM (CD) R Harris 4 9 5............L Morris V 5
4 234448 SANDFRANKSKIPSGO (CD) P Crate 8 9 5........S W Kelly 10
SUNBETS.CO.UK HANDICAP (CLASS 4)
5
42-157 DREAMS OF GLORY (CD) R Hodges 9 9 4............S Drowne 3
£8,500 added 7f
6
134779 MOSSGO (CD) J Best 7 9 2...........................Josephine Gordon T 7
7 017890 RED INVADER (CD) J Butler 7 9 1......................................L Keniry 6 1 124450 INAAM (CD) R Fahey 4 9 7..................................................... J Garritty 5
8
367550 SHACKLED N DRAWN (CD) P Hedger 5 8 13..C Bishop B 2 2 548054 ATHASSEL (CD) P Evans 8 9 6................................M Cosham (3) 4
9 494458 ROUNDABOUT MAGIC (CD) S Dow 3 8 11...........N Mackay 4 3 865020 ADAM’S ALE Mrs M Fife 8 9 6........................................ C Hardie C 9
10 434789 TEMPLE ROAD (CD) J Bradley 9 8 11 ......T Marquand B,T 8 4
691420 CRICKLEWOOD GREEN (D) S Kirk 6 9 6......M Godwin (3) 8
- 10 declared 5 062403 LAGENDA (D) Kristin Stubbs 4 9 5................................... S Gray C 7
BETTING: 13-8 Entertaining Ben, 4-1 Don’t Blame Me, 15-2 Powerful 6 080824 BALLYMORE CASTLE R Fahey 5 9 3 ......................A Mullen C 1
Dream, 8-1 Sandfrankskipsgo, 10-1 Dreams Of Glory, 12-1 Roundabout 7
-80072 MR CHRISTOPHER (CD) T Dascombe 5 9 3.........R Kingscote C 11
Magic, 14-1 Shackled N Drawn, Mossgo, 16-1 others.
8
516637 ROCK WARBLER (D)(BF) Oliver Greenall 4 9 3 ............................
...................................................................................................................P Mulrennan T 3
9
221030 CASE KEY M Appleby 4 9 3......................................... B A Curtis C 12
*9am inspection
10 412790 ROUGE NUAGE (CD) C Allen 7 9 2................................... J Quinn 10
11 907702 ALKASHAAF D Loughnane 3 9 2....................... Toby Eley (7) T 6
TREVOR AND ANNIE SCOTT MEMORIAL HANDICAP
12 061992 BALTIC PRINCE (CD) A Carroll 7 9 0 ......................G Downing 2
CHASE (CLASS 4) £7,500 added 2m 2f
- 12 declared 1
5468-7 HOWWOULDUNO L Lennon (IRE) 9 11 12.....A W Short (7) BETTING: 9-2 Mr Christopher, 6-1 Lagenda, 7-1 Ballymore Castle,
2 UPP4-8 UN NOBLE (C) N Richards 7 11 9...................................Craig Nichol Alkashaaf, 8-1 Cricklewood Green, Inaam, Rock Warbler, Athassel, 12-1
3
/19-28 ARGENTIX Miss L Russell 7 11 5............................B Campbell (5) others.
4
1123-3 CASUAL CAVALIER (C) G Bewley 9 11 4 ................B Hughes C
FORM VERDICT
5
1P-178 MUMGOS DEBUT Miss L Russell 9 11 4...............Derek Fox T
6
4514-4 CRAIGANBOY (CD) N Alexander 8 11 0.........G Cockburn (3) H,T INAAM struggled when last seen in the summer but has dropped back
7
413P2- LAS TUNAS (C)(D) R M Smith 5 10 6...........................C O’Farrell down to his last winning mark of 79 and the 136-day break may just have
done him the world of good. Lagenda improved back on the all-weather
- 7 declared BETTING: 11-4 Las Tunas, 7-2 Casual Cavalier, 4-1 Un Noble, 7-1 at Chelmsford last time and is capable of going close once again, while
others to consider include Mr Christopher and Ballymore Castle.
Howwoulduno, 8-1 Mumgos Debut, Craiganboy, Argentix.
3.15
BEST OF WOLVERHAMPTON
6.50
BEST OF AYR*
2.20
Racing results
FONTWELL
Going: Heavy
12.45 1. AIGUILLE ROUGE (Jamie Moore) 9-2; 2.
Acaro 15-2; 3. Cold Shoulder 14-1. 9 ran. 10-11 fav
Comrade Conrad (4th). 8l, 23l. (G L Moore). Tote:
£5.40; £1.50, £3.10, £4.10. Exacta: £35.80. Trifecta:
£506.90. CSF: £38.92. NRs: He’s A Toff, Hold Me
Tight, Spirit Of Rome.
1.15 1. GREYED A (R Johnson) 15-8; 2. Bobonyx 7-2;
3. Colmers Hill 14-1. 4 ran. 5-4 fav Staunton (4th).
8l, 21/4l. (Dr R Newland). Tote: £2.60; Exacta: £8.70.
Trifecta: £23.90. CSF: £8.27. NRs: Goodnightirene,
Goosen Maverick.
1.45 1. ROKSANA (H Skelton) 6-4 fav; 2. The Vocalist
2-1; 3. Mythical Legend 25-1. 9 ran. 14l, 6l. (D Skelton). Tote: £2.30; £1.10, £1.10, £5.20. Exacta: £5.20.
Trifecta: £49.40. CSF: £5.06. NRs: Geni Johnson,
Oscar Star, Remember Me Well, Rosa Damascena.
2.15 1. GET ON THE YAGER (H Skelton) 10-3; 2.
Ramses De Teillee 15-8 fav; 3. Leo Luna 12-1. 6 ran.
7l, 10l. (D Skelton). Tote: £4.30; £2.00, £1.60. Exacta:
£11.00. Trifecta: £47.90. CSF: £10.62.
2.45 1. OUR MERLIN (H Cobden) evens fav; 2. Jebs
Gamble 13-2; 3. Marmont 6-1. 6 ran. 11l, 19l. (R
Walford). Tote: £1.80; £1.50, £2.40. Exacta: £8.50.
Tricast: £25.69. Trifecta: £32.20. CSF: £8.28. NRs:
Celma Des Bois, Maroc, Sensible Friend.
3.15 1. NORPHIN (L Treadwell) 20-1; 2. Spiritofchartwell 2-1; 3. Bound Hill 5-2. 4 ran. 5-4 fav Le
Coeur Net (Unseated Rider). 13l, 1l. (J W Mullins).
Tote: £13.00; Exacta: £18.30. Trifecta: £98.10. CSF:
£58.48. NRs: Auenwirbel, Mr Bachster, Silent Man,
Spock, Stoical Patient.
3.40 1. WILLSHEBETRYING (James Bowen) 10-1;
2. Project Mars 5-1; 3. Clondaw Westie 6-1. 10 ran.
7-2 fav Knightly Pleasure (Pulled Up). 21/2l, shd. (M
Hoad). Tote: £8.50; £2.60, £2.10, £2.60. Exacta: £77.80.
Tricast: £336.22. Trifecta: £958.80. CSF: £62.60. NRs:
Sergio, Sweet’n’chic.
Placepot: £10,480.40. Quadpot: £111.20.
Place 6: £905.43. Place 5: £224.58.
SOUTHWELL
Going: Standard
12.30 1. MR CARBONATOR (J Gormley) 4-1; 2.
Medici Oro 4-1; 3. Blue Havana 7-1. 13 ran. 7-2 fav
Rock On Bertie (7th). 1/2l, 5l. (P Kirby). Tote: £4.70;
£1.70, £1.70, £2.80. Exacta: £25.60. Tricast: £110.43.
Trifecta: £147.40. CSF: £18.18. NR: Navarra Princess
1.00 1. NEWSTEAD ABBEY (T Eaves) 8-1; 2. Bernie’s
Boy 7-2 fav; 3. Hugie Boy 40-1. 10 ran. 13/4l, 3l. (M
Herrington). Tote: £8.90; £2.30, £1.60, £8.20. Exacta: £54.20. Trifecta: £2047.80. CSF: £35.02. NR:
Morache Music.
1.30 1. ON THE WARPATH (L Morris) 4-6 fav; 2.
Line House 5-1; 3. Magnetic Boundary 11-4. 13 ran.
31/2l, 13/4l. (Sir M Prescott). Tote: £1.50; £1.10, £1.80,
£1.10. Exacta: £5.90. Trifecta: £9.60. CSF: £4.83. NR:
Pastamakesufaster.
2.00 1. GOOD TIME AHEAD (J Gormley) 6-4 fav; 2.
Cousin Khee 6-1; 3. Samtu 6-1. 9 ran. 33/4l, 11l. (P
Kirby). Tote: £2.40; £1.30, £2.20, £2.20. Exacta: £10.10.
Tricast: £43.07. Trifecta: £50.90. CSF: £10.66. NRs:
Alternate Route, Bostonian.
2.30 1. HAMMER GUN (P Mathers) 5-1; 2. Custard
The Dragon 15-2; 3. Monteverdi 5-1. 11 ran. 2-1 fav
Abraj Dubai (10th). 1l, 3/4l. (D Shaw). Tote: £6.00;
£2.00, £2.50, £1.80. Exacta: £43.00. Tricast: £202.79.
Trifecta: £412.70. CSF: £40.30.
3.00 1. MACH ONE (E Greatrex) 5-2 fav; 2. Muqarred
14-1; 3. Best Tamayuz 28-1. 12 ran. 11/2l, 3/4l. (Archie
Watson). Tote: £3.30; £1.40, £3.50, £6.70. Exacta:
£39.70. Tricast: £789.30. Trifecta: £718.80. CSF:
£35.21. NRs: Dellaguista, Sterling Silva.
3.30 1. PEARL ACCLAIM (S Drowne) 11-2; 2. Archie
Stevens 4-1 fav; 3. Very First Blade 33-1. 10 ran. 21/2l,
13/4l. (D C Griffiths). Tote: £7.00; £2.30, £2.00, £5.40.
Exacta: £35.70. Tricast: £676.81. Trifecta: £936.80.
CSF: £27.35. NRs: Frank The Barber, Jorvik Prince,
Novabridge, Racing Angel.
Jackpot: £11,615.50.
Placepot: £57.10. Quadpot: £7.40.
Place 6: £40.78. Place 5: £16.18.
48
SPORT
RUGBY UNION
Sorry Sarries
lose their sixth in
a row as rampant
Clermont run riot
English champions have no answer to
French flair and go down to record loss
although they are far from doomed
in this one as a runner-up will qualify from three of the five pools, the
scale of their 37 missed tackles and
CLERMONT AUVERGNE
13 turnovers and mostly shattered
Tries: Raka (3), Van der Merwe, Fofana,
46
Toeava; Cons: Parra (5); Pens: Parra (2)
scrum took the breath away. Clermont were quicker and cleverer
By Hugh Godwin
from the off, livening a chilly evening
AT ALLIANZ PARK
up for about a hundred supporters
waving yellow-and-blue banners and
What a wintry double-whammy this presumably allowed to pick their
was for Saracens, played out amid a spots in the main stand.
surreal scene of snow piled high on
Clermont’s Alivereti Raka was
the sidelines and thousands of empty the prime beneficiary, as the Fijianseats due to the postponement by a born wing crossed three times in the
day after Sunday morning’s cold opening 25 minutes to bag the secsnap. But the threat to Sarries’
ond fastest hat-trick in Europroud record as European
pean Cup history. (Anyone
Cup holders, and chamwho knew the record
pions of the past two
was held by Romuald
seasons, is horribly
Paillat of Toulouse,
tangible, after they
from 1997, award
Missed tackles
conceded six tries to
yourself a cuddly toy).
by
Saracens
in
a rampant Clermont,
Among the chief
yesterday’s game
and suffered a record
architects was the evdefeat in the competier-watchable France
tion, home or away.
centre Wesley Fofana,
The buil d- up had
only recently returned
featured fury and fingerfrom nine months of Achilpointing all round, though
les-tendon trouble, but
the most identifiable
prominent in the first
culprit was Jack Frost
two tries with a hitchdumping a few inches
kick here and a quickof snow on north Lonstep there.
Number of tries
don, and he wasn’t
The wily scrumAlivereti Raka
around to apologise.
half Morgan Parra
scored
in
the
first
25
Clermont spent the
embarrassed Saraminutes
extra time holed up in
cens’ normally iron
a posh hotel in Luton
defence with a lovely
Hoo, apparently in the
angle off a line-out to credark as to when the match
ate the third try; and Jamie
might be played, while Saracens’
George, among others, will not
chairman Nigel Wray said the delay reflect fondly on being a mere road
was no good to his club either, as they bump in the 25-year-old Raka’s path.
lost around £300,000 on a gate that, The academy Clermont established
at 2,811, was a quarter of the capacity in Fiji a while ago has borne amazing
crowd expected for the meeting of fruit with him and the mighty flanker
last season’s two finalists. The reason Peceli Yato; a combined 200kgs of
why ticket-holders were told on Sun- muscle on the move.
day night they were not welcome,
Saracens had been unbeaten in
only for the decision to be reversed their last 20 European matches
yesterday morning, was unclear.
since the semi-final against these
Saracens have now lost six match- opponents in St Etienne in April
es in a row in all competitions, and 2015. Already without Billy VunipoSARACENS
Try: Penalty Kruis; Con: Farrell
14
37
3
la, Maro Itoje, Schalk Brits, Michael
Rhodes and Liam Williams – a Big
Five of ball handlers, you might say
– they then lost Brad Barriitt and
Richard Wigglesworth to first-half
injuries.
It was 24-7 to Clermont at the interval – a penalty try for a collapsed
maul gave Saracens their points
– which spread to 41-14 going into
the last 10 minutes, after Raka’s 50metre gallop made a try for Flip van
der Merwe, followed by Fofana glid-
We didn’t see that coming. We do have injuries, and
by the end of January we
hope we can respond to this
ing to a gilt-edged score. Parra’s left
boot kept the scoreboard ticking too.
A trade of tries near the end between
George Kruis for Saracens and flyhalf Isaia Toeava for Clermont left
the club placed only ninth in the
French Top 14 on top of Pool Two.
The weekend, extended by a day, has
been an unprecedented horror show
for England.
“We didn’t see that coming,” said
Mark McCall, the Saracens director
of rugby. “We do have injuries, and by
the end of January we hope we can
respond to this very difficult situation.” Nick Abendanon, Clermont’s
English full-back, said: “There might
be disbelief outside our group but we
knew we had this in us.”
LEICESTER
Veainu set for
long lay-off
after breaking
jaw against
Munster
By Andrew Baldock
Leicester full-back Telusa Veainu
suffered a double fracture to his
jaw during Saturday’s European
Champions Cup defeat against
Munster.
The Tigers said that Veainu
(right) was due to undergo
surgery yesterday.
The Tonga international was
hurt following a collision with
Munster wing Andrew Conway
early in the second half at
Thomond Park. Conway also
went off.
“It is very
disappointing,”
Leicester head coach
Matt O’Connor said,
and also confirmed
an expected absence
of several months
for Veainu. “I said
immediately after the
game there is a duty of care
for the ball-carrier, and Telusa
has been seriously injured
after a collision with an
opposition’s shoulder
and head which will
make him miss a key
part of the season.
“We look forward to
his full recovery and
getting him back on the
field in due course.”
Veainu has been in
blistering form this season,
and Leicester will miss his
considerable attacking threat
ahead of next Sunday’s Munster
return meeting at Welford Road,
which is followed by Premiership
appointments with Saracens,
Exeter and London Irish.
Leicester currently stand third
in Champions Cup Pool Four, five
points behind leaders Munster.
Five pool winners and the best
three runners-up will secure
quarter-final places.
NEWS
2-27
VOICES
14-18
TV
28-29
New rule means
players will be
free of tyranny
of the sofa police
By Kevin Garside
GETTY IMAGES
No longer will the viewing public have
a role in the outcomes of televised
tournament golf. The game’s legislators, the R&A and the USGA, have
outlawed the practice and from New
Year’s day the players will be free of
the tyranny of sofa vigilantes.
The job of scrutinising the same
images seen by fans falls now to dedicated officials confined to trucks in
the outside broadcast compound. If
anything untoward flickers across
the screen, they will initiate the process of examination.
Furthermore the antiquated
penalty of adding two strokes to an
incorrectly signed scorecard, insofar as the signature is applied in
ignorance of any wrongdoing later
brought to light, also disappears on
New Year’s Day under the device of
local rules. The rule will be written
into the statute 12 months hence A viewer-activated penalty cost Lexi
when the updated regs are officially Thompson four shots in a major
enshrined in the Rules of Golf.
It has been a bizarre consequence senses, though our gratitude doubtof a growing televised viewership and less confers nil consolation. The
the increased connectivity result- viewer-activated penalty hammer
ing from social media and technol- cost her a major championship at the
ogy that an individual outside of the ANA Inspiration last April.
sport’s jurisdiction with nil connecA pair of eagle eyes spotted that
tion to the event as a player or official Thompson had returned her marked
might have a role in the ofball to the wrong spot.
ficiation process and thus
Though the infraction ocI
f
someone
determine results.
curred on Saturday, the
Thomas Pagel, the USGA at home sees
email from the sofa police
senior director of the Rules it, we see it
did not drop until Sunday.
of Golf, was clearly pleased as well. We
The tournament’s crimito be rid of the anomaly. don’t need
nal justice system duly
“What this is doing is mak- that outside
clunked into gear imposing sure that when it comes
ing a two-shot penalty for
to the administration of the assistance
the offence and a further
rules and administration from the
two shots for the scorecard
of the event, those things viewers
signed 24 hours earlier and
lie with the players and the
now rendered incorrect.
committee,” he said.
Thompson was informed
“If someone at home sees it, we’ve of her fate by a rules official at the
seen it as well. We don’t need that 12th hole, just what she needed after
outside assistance from the viewers. posting a bogey. A two-shot advanWe want you to be fans, enjoy watch- tage with six to play became a twoing the competition and have confi- shot deficit. Not only was the penalty
dence in those who are in charge of process corrupted, the integrity of
the event.”
the game was fatally wounded since
Hear, hear. We have America’s it changed the conditions of play mid
LPGA Tour poster girl Lexi Thomp- round, and Thompson eventually lost
son to thank for bringing golf to its to Ryu So-yeon in a play-off.
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THE SKY BET CHAMPIONSHIP
Reading (2)................2 Cardiff (0).................2
Paterson 16 (og)
Bennett 83
Barrow 41
Tomlin 90
Att 16,670
P W D L F A Pts
Wolves
21 15 3 3 41 17 48
Cardiff
21 13 5 3 32 16 44
Bristol City 21 11 7 3 34 22 40
Derby
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Aston Villa 21 10 7 4 29 18 37
Sheff Utd
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Leeds
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Middlesbro 21 9 5 7 27 20 32
Ipswich
21 10 2 9 35 32 32
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Fulham
21 7 8 6 27 27 29
Brentford 21 6 9 6 33 30 27
Reading
21 7 6 8 28 26 27
Sheff Wed 21 6 9 6 26 26 27
Norwich
21 7 6 8 21 27 27
Millwall
21 5 8 8 22 21 23
Hull
21 5 7 9 37 39 22
QPR
21 5 7 9 23 32 22
Barnsley
21 5 5 11 24 34 20
Bolton
21 3 7 11 21 40 16
Birmingham 21 4 4 13 10 30 16
Sunderland 21 2 9 10 26 38 15
Burton A
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Arizona 12 Tennessee 7; Buffalo
13 Indianapolis 7 (OT); Carolina 31
Minnesota 24; Cincinnati 7 Chicago
33; Cleveland Brwns 21 Green Bay 27;
Denver 23 New York Jets 0; Houston
16 San Francisco 26; Jacksonville
30 Seattle 24; Kansas City 26
Oakland 15; Los Angeles Chargers 30
Washington 13; Los Angeles Rams 35
Philadelphia 43; New York Giants 10
Dallas 30; Tampa Bay 21 Detroit 24.
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126 Denver 116 (OT); Minnesota
97 Dallas 92; New Orleans 131
Philadelphia 124; New York 111
Atlanta Hawks 107; Sacramento 87
Toronto 102.
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SECOND TEST MATCH
New Zealand v West Indies, Hamilton
(Day 3 close): New Zealand 373 (J A
Raval 84, C de Grandhomme 58; S
T Gabriel 4-119) & 291-8dec. (L R P
L Taylor 107no, K S Williamson 54).
West Indies 221 (T A Boult 4-73)
& 30-2.
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E Van Rooyen (SA) 64 67 70 66; 270 T
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Saracens (7)...... 14 Clermont A (24)46
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Ospreys
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Northampton 3 0 0 3 52 124 1 1
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Cornish P
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Scarlets P S 3 2 0 1 60 55 1 9
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Hartpury RFC 3 0 0 3 64 88 3 3
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M White (Wal) bt J Wattana (Thai)
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(Eng) 4-2.
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THE ASHES
Misbehave
and you must
be sent home,
says Vaughan
a venue, and you know what, we’re
going back to the Avenue bar’. It is
stupid. The majority of this England
Former England captain Michael side are very, very professional. They
Vaughan has said senior players train as well as I’ve ever seen an
should carry the can for the disas- England team.
trous Ashes tour and those found
“Ben Duckett will get criticised,
guilty of another alcohol-related and rightly so. I look at his mentality
transgression should be sent home.
– he was playing for England on SatJoe Root’s team are 2-0 down in urday, this was a chance.
the series ahead of this week’s third
“Pour a drink over anyone’s head if
Ashes Test at the Waca.
you want, but you’re playing for EngHowever, their on-field prepara- land on Saturday. You’re not in the
tions have been overshadowed by yet England team – you go out and get 150,
more off-field controversy.
England are 2-0 down in an Ashes seEngland’s tour has been eclipsed ries, we’re all talking about their batfrom the start by the incident
ting, where is his mentality at
in Bristol that saw Ben
to want to be out that late?”
Stokes arrested and reVaughan also let rip at
leased under police inthe favourite excuse revestigation following
garding the prevalence
a late-night brawl outof social media and adside a Bristol nightmitted coach Trevor
club in September.
Bayliss has every right
He is currently awaitto kick out those playing the verdict from
ers who are deemed
the Crown Prosecution
problem drinkers.
Service on whether he will
“I agree with Bayliss. If
be charged or not
he feels he’s got to get rid of a
England’s players have
few people, that’s what he’s
been subject to a midnight
got to do,” said Vaughan. “It
I agree
curfew since it emerged
winds me up when I hear
that Jonny Bairstow head- with [head
social media is the problem.
butted Australia’s Cameron coach Trevor] Social media didn’t pour a
Bancroft in a Perth bar on Bayliss. If he
drink over someone’s head.
the first night of the tour in feels he’s got
Social media didn’t punch
late October.
someone on the street in
to get rid of
That was lifted last a few people,
Bristol.
Thursday, when Ben Duck“Social media didn’t
that’s
what
he’s
ett and the rest of the Lions
introduce himself with
a head-butt. It’s an easy
party were joined in Perth’s got to do
excuse.
Avenue bar by several Eng“The perception of this England
land players, including Bairstow and
Anderson following a quiz night in side is they drink and party too
much. Well, there’s only one way to
the team hotel.
Duckett poured a drink over An- deal with it – don’t do it for a period.
derson and has been suspended for They’re going to have to spend a long
time now as a team trying to earn the
the rest of the Lions tour.
For Vaughan (above), though, there trust of the supporters. I think there’s
a majority of people back home will
needs to be a better example set.
“I do think the actual punishment say you’re 2-0 down in an Ashes sehas to be a little bit stronger,” he said. ries, let’s be reasonable.
“I remember the 2006-07 tour
“I think every single England cricketer needs to be sat in a room and told here, it was a joke. We drank too
do what you want but if you bring any much but the team weren’t under
bad PR on the team – and by the way surveillance as much. The spotlight
the surveillance will be on you so any is on them after Bristol. That consmall incident will be a big incident – cerns me – they haven’t been scared
enough. They should be absolutely
you just get sent home.
“That’s the stage it’s got to. It’s a petrified of going out. They should be
stage I wouldn’t want the team to so scared they just don’t do it. That’s
get into but I actually hope the team something the team have to deal with
are quite embarrassed about what’s in house.” THE INDEPENDENT
being written about them.
“Ben Duckett’s a young kid but I
Former England captain
would question the senior boys who
Michael Vaughan said the
were in that bar that night. They are
way that cricketers consume
the role models of the team all those
alcohol these days is different. “I
young players should be looking up to.
think they’ve gone into the world
“You can’t fathom the mentality
of what students do... big trays of
of a group of people, in a team room
shots.”
having a quiz night who suddenly say
‘Right, we’re going out, we’ve found
By Chris Stocks
IN PERTH
Touring bubble blows sound
judgement out the window
Jonathan
Liew
IN PERTH
T
ouring is one of those
strange lifestyles. Time
ceases to feel as real.
You don’t have to worry
about battling rushhour traffic or doing the laundry.
The touring life is designed
almost to eliminate the slightest
need for decision-making, surrounded by people you know very
well and not really at all, striving
towards a short-term goal while
mentally settling in for the long
haul. In the dead spaces, perspective evaporates. Small incidents
can seem momentous. A guy
pouring beer on somebody else’s
head can seem like the most monstrous thing in the world.
For as the travelling vaudeville
circus that is ambitiously
disguising itself as England’s
2017-18 Ashes defence rolls into
Perth ahead of the third Test
on Thursday, it is impossible to
escape the sense that this is a
group of men that has lost sight
of their horizon. Cut loose from
the solid certainties of their
lives at home, the cricket they
want to play, the culture and
structures that helped them play
it, England have regressed into a
sort of larval formlessness. It is
tempting to separate England’s
off-field antics – the Ben Stokes
punch, the Jonny Bairstow
“head-butt”, the latest incident
involving Ben Duckett and the
decanting of beer – from their
on-field performance, in which
England have been outplayed but
not yet disgraced. In fact, both
probably stem from the same
root cause: a combination of the
peculiar and disorienting gravity
of long cricket tours, plus a
team culture that has long since
mislaid its capacity to generate
sound judgement.
We’re not really talking about
a drinking culture here. Today’s
players drink far less than those
of old. Alcohol is, in many ways,
the red herring here. Harold
Larwood used to demand a pint
during drinks breaks. David
Gower and Ian Botham would
think nothing of knocking back a
few bottles of plonk on the eve of
a big game. By contrast, pouring
a drink over James Anderson’s
head seems like pretty small
chips, even if it is understood
some players may unwisely have
Bairstow looks for wins to
By Jonathan Liew
IN PERTH
Jonny Bairstow has admitted that
England need to rebuild trust
with the cricketing public
following a number of
high-profile off-the-field
incidents. But with the
third Test in Perth on
Thursday, he insisted
the only way to silence
critics was to start winning games on the field.
England have been rocked
by a number of allegations over
their night-time behaviour, the latest incident being Ben Duckett, a
batsman on the Lions tour, pouring a glass of beer over James Anderson’s head in a bar in Perth, for
which he has been banned for all
remaining matches on tour and
fined around £1,500.
Bairstow (left), who
committed an infraction of his own when he
playfully headbutted
Australian batsman
Cameron Bancroft in
the same Perth bar at
the start of the tour, said
a false impression had been
given of the England team.
“There are things that have been
blown up,” he said. “That is part and
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up to speed, says Gough
Former paceman tells Peter Rutzler he fears Australia
are far better equipped to exploit the fast Waca pitch
“blown out of all proportion”,
been out until 4am that night.
according to Root, Andrew
No, the unsound judgement here
Strauss and Bairstow, was
belongs to England’s management,
nonetheless serious enough to
who in banning Duckett from
warrant Bairstow being hauled
the rest of the tour, but refusing
in front of the media to read out a
to send him home, encapsulate
hastily-prepared statement, and a
the addled double-vision that
midnight curfew being imposed on
has characterised their
the entire squad. It was a
approach to disciplinary
sanction that raised the
Cut loose
issues on this tour. It is an
question of whether, if
absurd punishment for
from the solid the incident was so blown
what was described by
certainties of out of proportion, it was
coach Trevor Bayliss as a their lives at
England who had been
“trivial” offence, and it is
much of the blowing.
home, England doing
impossible to escape the
And these are exactly
sense that Duckett is being have regressed the same symptoms that
punished, at least in part, into a sort
have been exhibited on
for what Stokes did on the of larval
the field: questionable
other side of the world
formlessness judgement, inadequate
more than two months ago.
solutions, poor decisions.
This has been the
James Vince’s airy drive
problem all tour: trivial incidents
on the fourth evening at Adelaide.
handled with the maximum fuss.
Pouring a pint over a team-mate’s
Bairstow’s head-butt, an event
head. Playing three left-handers
in a row in the middle order when
Nathan Lyon is ripping it miles.
Going back to the same Perth
bar where the Bairstow incident
happened.
parcel of it and we need to rebuild the
What needs to be said is there
trust we have built over the last few is a reason this is known as the
years as a team. That starts on Thurs- toughest tour for an English
day morning. You rebuild it by winning cricketer. The five-match series is
games of cricket.”
a rare phenomenon, and in the past
The hope is that with the series slip- 15 years only England (in Australia
ping away – they are two down with 2010-11 and South Africa 2004-05)
three to play – the adversity surround- have won one away from home. It is
ing the England team can bind them why England will still be favourites
closer together.
in 2019. Australia’s players here
“Absolutely,” Bairstow, the wicket- have been able to avoid the cabin
keeper, said. “That is what we’ve got fever of touring life simply by going
to do, and what has got to happen. home in between Tests. That will be
We can win games of cricket. I’ve England’s luxury next time when
won games of cricket over a period of it will be the Australians trapped
time and there is no reason why we in their bubble, unanchored
can’t do that for the rest of the series.” and alone, stewing in their own
THE INDEPENDENT
neurotic soup. THE INDEPENDENT
regain faith
England cannot seem to escape
customs,” Gough says. “What the
500 Test matches between them.
negative headlines at present. If
Aussies do and what they do well
I was just sat there as a young kid,
it is not their struggles against a
is they target individuals and they
listening to this and thinking, this is
potent Aussie attack, it is their
go as a team.
what Test cricket is about.”
off-field antics that have left them
“When Australia do it, it’s 11 of
After recent interactions
curtailed by curfews or reeling
them, so if they pick someone it
between England’s current
from quips from their opponents.
can be quite intimidating. When
tourists and their hosts, it is
Things are not about to get any
England do it, it tends to be one
difficult to see how a similar set of
easier for Joe Root’s men. After
person and the keeper might step
circumstances could take place at
the Waca after Thursday’s play .
a Test in Adelaide that
in with something.”
And for Gough, this change in
promised miracles but
For
Gough,
relations
I would
cricketing culture, something that
left them one step further have had Liam between the two groups
had a big influence on his career, is
away from retaining the
of players have changed
something, he says, has gradually
urn, next up is the Waca, Plunkett there since his day.
disappeared at all levels.
a ground where England and I would
In 1994, after the first
“It’s gradually gone out of the
have not won for almost have had Mark day’s play of the Third
game now. It used to be the same
40 years. Another defeat Wood there
Test in Sydney, a young
in county cricket,” he said. “The
will bring this series to a but they are
Gough was asked by
culture of going to the pub with the
premature conclusion.
not there even Mike Gatting (below)
opposition and chatting cricket
For Darren Gough,
and Graham Gooch
to
select
has gone. I think it’s the best place
a veteran of two
to hang around after
sometimes, when you can learn so
unsuccessful Ashes
play. The reason? They
much.
tours, England’s trip west
were going to have a drink
“Obviously with some of the
is going to be a wake-up
with a few Australian
bad publicity over the past two or
call. “It can be really,
cricketers in their
three weeks its not been ideal but
really hot, stifling,”
dressing room. “I
it’s the best place where you can
Gough tells i. “You get
was like, what? I said
the flies in Perth which
learn.
to them, seriously?
is irritating. For the
“Social media is a massive
After the first day in
guys it’s a wake-up call.
distraction now because wherever
Sydney?”
And that’s why England
you go there is a camera in your
Gough followed his
always go and have a
face and it never used to be in the
captain Mike Atherton,
practice game there. Because
Gooch and Gatting. “We went old days.
it’s so much quicker than you
“If you are there and you’ve got
in. We were in their dressing room,
would expect.”
your England blazer on in the pub
and I was just looking around at
A quicker pitch is not an ideal
and you’ve got a pint in your hand,
Steve Waugh, David Boon, Craig
prospect against an Australian
someone is going to take a picture.
McDermott. I was just like wow.
attack that boasts pace far beyond Ian Healy, Mark Taylor, there were And it can be instead of just one, it
anything England can muster,
could be six or seven.
about seven of them.
with Pat Cummins, Mitchell Starc
“Social media has got so many
“It was the most I have ever
and Josh Hazlewood causing
learnt about cricket in an hour than positives, but that’s one of the
difficulty for an underperforming
negatives around professional
I had learnt in my whole career.
England batting order.
sportsmen these days. They’re
Just chatting about cricket and
Worryingly for Root,
scared to death wherever they go.”
their experience of Test matches.
Hazlewood, Australia’s slowest
You’ve got England team legends
Darren Gough, with Greene King
seamer, was faster than England’s
there who have played so many
IPA, is sharing the experience
quickest, Chris Woakes, in the
games for England – Gat, Goochy
of the Ashes with some true
second Test in Adelaide.
and Mike Atherton who was just
Supporters of England Cricket.
Gough, whose fast bowling
coming through as captain – and
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brought him 20 wickets on the
then you’ve got the Aussie side
information
tour of Australia in 1994-95 and
who have got probably more than
21 four years later including a
hat-trick at Sydney, questioned
the selectors for not addressing
the pace problem by taking more
bowlers on tour.
“What I would have done, I
would have had [Liam] Plunkett
there and I would have had [Mark]
Wood there and one of them
would have come in for this game
because of their pace,” Gough
says. “But they are not there even
to select so we can’t play them.”
The visitors have struggled not
only in the middle, but also off the
field, as the Aussies have sought to
put England on the back foot from
the moment they arrived, whether
through sledging, or off-field
manipulation, turning innocuous
head-butts into an advantage
before a Kookaburra ball had been
thrown.
“When you go to Australia you
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Players reject
Chelsea over
Conte confusion
By Simon Johnson
Antonio Conte missed out on two
of his transfer targets last summer
because they did not think he would
be at Chelsea next season. Conte is
under scrutiny again after the 1-0
defeat at West Ham on Saturday,
with Chelsea now 14 points behind
leaders Manchester City. The Italian has not only conceded their
defence of the title is over after 16
games but insisted the club were
never in contention to begin with.
Conte’s position has been subject to much speculation since July
when he agreed to a pay rise but
did not extend his contract, which
expires in 2019. And it is understood
two players chose not to move to
Stamford Bridge due to concerns
over Conte’s long-term future.
It should be stressed this was the
players’ opinion and not because
Conte or anyone at the club had intimated this would be his last season
there. But their doubts over the Italian’s future were a major factor in
them deciding not to join the Blues.
Antonio Conte has been linked to
several clubs for next season
Conte has consistently complained about the club’s transfer
business during the last window,
even though they spent around
£190million on seven new arrivals.
Chelsea will try to strengthen next
month, with Bayer Leverkusen
winger Leon Bailey Butler one player on their wish-list.
Conte appeared to say after the
loss at London Stadium that he had
told the club to bring in new players. He said: “I can give my opinion
to my club and also I speak with my
club. I can give my opinion but the
final decision is for the club. It is
right to be in this way.”
Over the past few months, Conte
has been linked with managerial
jobs for next season at Real Madrid,
Paris Saint-Germain and Milan.
The departure of technical director
Michael Emenalo last month was
seen in some quarters as another
sign of growing tension behind the
scenes. But Emenalo has insisted
Conte’s job was not under threat.
He said: “He enjoys a lot of respect
at the senior level, the board level
and the ownership level, so there
should be no worries at all.”
Midfielder N’Golo Kanté is adamant there is a lot more to come
from France team-mate Tiemoué
Bakayoko, who has disappointed
since joining Chelsea from Monaco
for £40m in July. Bakayoko, 23, was
substituted at half-time on Saturday and he last completed 90 minutes on 18 November, against West
Bromwich Albion.
Kanté said: “He is training hard
and giving his best. We have to
make him play in the best way.
We have to work together for the
good of the side, for trying to win
games. That is what we train to
do. Tiemoué played a good game
[at West Ham] but at half-time the
manager changed the tactics. I
think he is having a good time now
at Chelsea.” EVENING STANDARD
Europe’s dangermen Everything you need to know about English sides’ Champions
BASEL v Manchester City
Coach Raphael Wicky
Dangerman Dimitri Oberlin (above)
European Cup best Q-f 1974
Basel impressed as they finished
runners-up to Manchester United
in Group A, beating Jose Mourinho’s
side at home and putting five past
Benfica. In Oberlin, the 20-year-old
Swiss striker on loan from Red Bull
Salzburg, they have one of the hottest
young properties in European football.
Draw rich in promise
for the English clubs
carries hint of a new era
CHELSEA
By Miguel Delaney
‘Asia tours has left our squad
too tired to compete in Europe’
There has been a sense this season
that we might be witnessing a change
of eras in the Champions League, and
that feeling was only strengthened by
yesterday’s last-16 draw.
It is most notable by the absence
of an issue that has dogged the competition over the past few years, the
repetition of the same old fixtures.
There is none of that this season, with
three of the ties involving sides that
have never before met competitively,
and the Premier League clubs have
mostly done rather well out of it.
Chelsea, the only English side to
finish second in their group, got the
only tie that has any proper latterstage history but even their draw
against Barcelona feels refreshing
because it is now more than five years
since the sides last met and so much
has changed since those momentous
By Ian Baker
Antonio Conte believes Chelsea’s
pre-season tour in Asia has hindered his side’s chances in
the Champions League.
It is his small squad’s
failure to handle two
games in a week that
has upset him with
Alvaro Morata (right)
the latest to succumb
to the schedule. He
will miss tonight’s trip to
Huddersfield due to fatigue.
Conte was keen to stress he
is Chelsea’s head coach and not
manager in comments that appear
a thinly-veiled attack on Michael
Emenalo, who left as the club’s technical director last month.
“I think we have to face the reality
and will try to do our best,”
Conte said when assessing
the draw.
“For sure, it is difficult because to face a
game every three days
is not simple, especially
if your squad is not big,
but at the same time we
have to face this situation.
Some players can be tired,
that’s normal because some players
are playing from this summer and
our tours in China and Singapore.”
BARCELONA v Chelsea
Coach: Ernesto Valverde
Dangerman Lionel Messi (above)
European Cup best Winners 1992,
2006, 2009, 2011, 2015
The La Liga leaders have shrugged
off the loss of Neymar to Paris
St-Germain this season and came
through Group D unbeaten to top the
group above Juventus. They will have
been top of Chelsea’s list of teams to
avoid in the last 16.
matches between 2005 and 2012.
It is one of two heavyweight matchups, along with the eye-catching clash
of the Champions League establishment that is Real Madrid against the
nouveau riche Paris Saint-Germain.
That tie will remove one of the primary contenders for the trophy and
it is one reason why Manchester City
are now being seen as outright favourites, along with their favourable draw
against Basel, who they play for the
first time.
Liverpool and Manchester United
benefited from similar ties – against
Porto and Sevilla, respectively – and
that itself reflects another reality of
the competition: if you can make it
as far as the last eight, it really is up
for grabs. From there, you don’t even
need that many good performances to
go and win it. This is precisely why, as
regards an English club winning the
trophy for the first time in six years, it
JUVENTUS v Tottenham Hotspur
Coach Massimiliano Allegri
Dangerman Gianluigi Buffon (above)
Euro Cup best Winners 1985, 1996
With Gianluigi Buffon seeking a
fairy tale ending to his career after
three times suffering defeat in the
Champions League final, Juve are
once again leaning heavily on their
defence. They kept clean sheets in
three of their six group stage matches,
including a goalless draw with Barça.
Last-16 draw
Champions League last 16 draw
Juventus v Tottenham, Basel v Man
City (13 Feb and 7 Mar)
Porto v Liverpool, Real Madrid v PSG
(14 Feb and 6 Mar)
Chelsea v Barcelona, Bayern Munich v
Besiktas (20 Feb and 14 Mar)
Sevilla v Man Utd, Shakhtar Donetsk v
Roma (21 Feb and 13 Mar)
doesn’t actually matter all that much
that City are so much better than
everyone in the Premier League. Two
legs is short enough for things to go
wrong.
United and Liverpool could be very
dangerous in that regard, especially
since Jose Mourinho and Jürgen
Klopp have good recent records in
navigating knock-out competitions,
even allowing for their very different styles. The same could be said of
Chelsea and Spurs. Antonio Conte
will have to figure out how to deal with
Leo Messi, and Mauricio Pochettino
will have to work out last season’s
runners-up, Juventus.
Spurs did beat the Italian champions in a pre-season friendly but that
is now being seen as a key match.
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Benteke set to
keep place after
penalty apology
League opponents
By Ed Malyon
PORTO v Liverpool
Coach Sergio Conceicao
Dangerman Vincent Aboubakar (above)
Euro Cup best Winners 1987, 2004
Porto might be the kindest draw
any of the group winners could
hope for in the last 16. Runners-up
in a weak Group G, they conceded
almost two goals a game, and though
striker Aboubakar has been in good
form, they do not appear to have the
weapons to go much further.
SEVILLA v Manchester United
Coach Eduardo Berizzo
Dangerman Wissam Ben Yedder (above)
European Cup best Q-f 1958
Sevilla won only two of their Group
E fixtures but got through on the back
of being hard to beat – all except for
the complete aberration which was
their 5-1 loss to Spartak Moscow. That
exposed their key weakness – though
they can score plenty, they struggle to
keep the back door closed.
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Lifelong fan plans to grill
Wenger after ‘dream’ draw
Christian Benteke has apologised to
his Crystal Palace team-mates for
the penalty farce that saw the Eagles
drop two valuable points in the dying
moments of Saturday’s Premier
League clash with Bournemouth.
The Belgian striker grabbed the
ball for Palace’s stoppage-time penalty, ignoring the pleas to hand it to
usual penalty taker Luka Milivojevic.
Milivojevic, who had scored a
penalty in the first half, stood hands
on hips as Benteke’s tame effort
was saved by Asmir Begovic and
Bournemouth escaped Selhurst Park
with a point.
But Roy Hodgson has revealed that
Benteke was swift to apologise to his
teammates before training yesterday
morning.
“The first opportunity, this morning, he gets the players around, says
his piece – he’s already said it to me
– that’s a strong and correct thing to
do, and he makes it perfectly clear, ‘I
took this responsibility; I shouldn’t
have done because I’m breaking
ranks, I’m not obeying team instructions, so I apologise for that, but I’m
now going to get on with it’, and once
more, I’m pretty sure he’ll make it up
to us,” said Hodgson.
“I am very happy with the way he
has reacted to it and taken responsibility and the way he has explained
that to the rest of the team.”
Benteke is still goalless for the season but had enjoyed one of his better games up until the late penalty
debacle.
And Hodgson didn’t sound like
a man who would be dropping his
only senior striker for tonight’s visit
of ninth-placed Watford after this
transgression.
“Christian was very confident,
he had played well and he believed
he was going to score that penalty,”
Hodgson added.
“He persuaded Luka to let him take
it. He wanted it and felt good, but unfortunately it didn’t work out.
“And there’s no guarantee Luka
would’ve scored it either, of course.”
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Ostersund defender Ronald Mukiibi hopes to get the opportunity to
quiz Arsène Wenger about his team
selections when the clubs meet in the
round of 32.
Yesterday’s draw paired Arsenal
with the Swedish side, who former
York defender Graham Potter has
taken from the fourth division to the
top division, the Allsvenska, in six
years.
Mukiibi is a lifelong Arsenal fan and
said before it would be his “dream”
draw. The February trip to London
might also offer the 26-year-old a
chance to take the French manager
to task over tactical choices Mukiibi
has disagreed with. He said: “I want
to exchange a few words with Wenger
and ask him why he sets his team up
as he does. That would be fun. I want
to talk with him about why he makes
certain decisions. Maybe we can
talk about my own future during the
conversation? If I have a good match
then...”
Mukiibi is not on the side of those
who prefer Wenger called time on his
long career at Arsenal. “No, he can
stay,” he said. “But I still need to talk
to him about those starting line-ups.”
Asked about the draw, the Swede
said: “I started laughing to myself. I
sent messages to the guys while just
yelling out. We will play the team I’ve
followed for my whole life. Who could
have predicted it? It’s a dream.
“It’s about hitting your targets as
a football player. I had hoped to play
for Arsenal at the Emirates, but now
I can play against them in the same
stadium.”
Europa League last 32 draw (ties to be
played 15 and 22 Feb) Nice v
Lokomotiv Moscow, FC Copenhagen v
Atletico Madrid, Spartak Moscow v Athletic
Bilbao, AEK Athens v Dynamo Kiev, Celtic v
Zenit St Petersburg, Napoli v RB Leipzig, Red
Star Belgrade v CSKA Moscow, Lyon v Villarreal,
Real Sociedad v Red Bull Salzburg, Partizan
Belgrade v Viktoria Plzen, Steaua Bucharest v
Lazio, Ludogorets v Milan, Astana v Sporting
Lisbon, FK Ostersunds v Arsenal, Marseille v
Braga
Christian Benteke is goalless for the
season after his penalty miss
Lee Tomlin, who came on with 11 minutes remaining, hooks his shot past
Vito Mannone to earn Cardiff a point after they were 2-0 down GETTY
Tomlin completes
comeback after
Warnock dismissal
READING
Paterson 16og, Barrow 41
2
CARDIFF CITY
Bennett 83, Tomlin 90
2
By Sports Staff
Lee Tomlin scored in stoppage time
as Cardiff came from two goals
down to snatch a draw at Reading.
A Callum Paterson own goal and
a Mo Barrow effort gave the hosts
a 2-0 lead but, after manager Neil
Warnock was sent to the stands,
the Bluebirds scored twice in the
last seven minutes to earn a point.
Joe Bennett pulled one back
before Tomlin’s shot was deemed
to have crossed the goalline after
bouncing down off the crossbar.
The comeback saw Cardiff close
the gap to Championship leaders
Wolves to four points.
Cardiff had won their previous
four matches, conceding just one
goal, as they kept up the chase behind Wolves. Reading were unbeaten in four games, winning their past
two, as they recovered from a poor
start to the campaign.
Cardiff made the livelier start but
were not able to trouble the solid
home defence. Reading gradually
pressed forward, with Barrow, the
former Swansea winger, causing
problems on the left flank. Twice
Barrow escaped the marking of a
rattled Bruno Manga but, on each
occasion, the Cardiff rearguard just
about managed to clear the danger.
Cardiff replied through a run
from Nathaniel Mendez-Laing but
his eventual shot was well saved by
home goalkeeper Vito Mannone.
Reading’s confidence grew and
they went ahead in the 16th minute.
From Liam Kelly’s corner from the
left, Paterson – rising alone at the
near post – inadvertently glanced
a header past his own keeper Neil
Etheridge.
Reading could have stretched
their lead soon after but, from a
curling Sone Aluko cross, Yann
Kermorgant nodded tamely wide.
Cardiff did get more adventurous
approaching half-time and Mannone kept out a long-range attempt
from Manga.
But Reading doubled their advantage four minutes before the break
after another Kelly corner caused
panic in the Cardiff area. When the
ball was only half-cleared, Barrow
drove home a first-time 20-yard effort with the help of a deflection off
Bennett.
The second half began at a hectic
pace, with Mannone diving at the
feet of the onrushing Joe Ralls to
deny the midfielder. Warnock was
growing increasingly agitated and
eventually received his marching
orders in the 77th minute for one
too many protests aimed at referee
Stephen Martin and fourth official
Andy Woolmer.
But Cardiff responded. Bennett
fired in a superb volley with seven
minutes left and then Tomlin forced
the ball home after Sol Bamba had
hit the crossbar.
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FA ready to act
over Manchester
derby dressing
room scuffle
Clubs to comment on how Mourinho
was doused and Arteta injured his eye
not refer to it, instead concentrating
on the refereeing decisions which he
The Football Association has asked felt contributed to his side’s defeat.
Manchester United and ManchesGoals from David Silva and Nicolas
ter City for their observations on the Otamendi, either side of a Marcus
post-match altercation that marred Rashford equaliser, proved enough
Sunday’s derby.
for City to record a 14th successive
Mikel Arteta, one of City manager Premier League win.
Pep Guardiola’s assistant coaches,
The victory meant Guardiola’s
was left nursing a cut eyebrow after side opened up an 11-point lead over
clashes broke out following City’s 2-1 United, their neighbours and nearest
win at Old Trafford.
challengers at the top of the table.
The confrontation began when
“It’s hard to lose the way we did
Jose Mourinho, the United manager, because we have lost with two untook exception to City’s jubilant
lucky goals,” United midfielder
dressing-room celebrations
Ander Herrera said. “Apart
and asked the visiting
from that I don’t think
players to show more
they created too much
respect.
just I think in the first
E d e rs o n , C i ty ’s
half one good action
Ander Herrera’s
Brazilian goalkeeper,
by Gabriel Jesus, and
booking on Sunday
responded by arguhe shot on David [de
is
his
fourth
of
the
ing with Mourinho in
Gea]’s hands. After
season
Portuguese and there
that I think we controlfollowed a scuffle inled the game. It is true
cluding players and staff
we played most of the time
members from both clubs.
in our half, but we didn’t have
Mourinho was splashed with
too many problems.
water and milk during the incident,
“It’s a real pity to lose the way we
while Arteta is believed to have been did. It was very unlucky. the first goal
injured after being hit by a plastic the rebound went to Silva and the
bottle.
second Romelu [Lukaku]’s clearance
Referee Michael Oliver did not kicked the back of Chris [Smalling].
witness the clashes and therefore did
“The only thing we can think now
not file a report on the matter. The FA is we are still second, we want to
yesterday confirmed it had requested keep chasing them and now beating
information on the incident from the Bournemouth [on Wednesday]
two clubs involved.
is all we can do. It is a big punch
United’s and City’s observations because of the way we lost. When
will be reviewed before English you play against City you can expect
football’s governing body decides to have problems when they have
whether to take any further action.
the ball, but we didn’t have too
Mourinho held television inter- many problems when they had the
views and a post-match press confer- ball, that’s why we feel even more
ence following the incident but did disappointed.”
By Mark Critchley
12.12.17
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Saracens suffer
record defeat
to Clermont
Auvergne
What sticks in the craw even more
for Herrera is the second-half booking he collected for diving in the box.
The Spaniard was fuming at the
decision not to award him a penalty,
let alone referee Michael Oliver handing him a yellow card for simulation.
“I think the penalty is amazing,”
Herrera said, having shown reporters video of Otamendi making contact with him. “He didn’t expect to
arrive for the ball. I touched the ball
first and he stamped on my foot. I
think everyone saw it. Everyone can
make mistakes too, also the referee,
Comment
Kevin
Garside
P48-49
Ederson responded
by arguing with Mourinho
in Portuguese and
there followed a scuffle
W
e played better,
three words
from which Jose
Mourinho can not
escape. They fell
softly from the lips of Pep Guardiola
after the Manchester derby and
cut Mourinho like razor blades.
Mourinho can divert all he likes, and
he scores 10 out of 10 for the entry
into the Manchester City changing
room, which sparked the panto
melee and comedy tales of milk,
shampoo and head wounds. The
changing room at away grounds
is the sovereign territory of the
opponent and Mourinho had no business processing his infantile hurt in
that space without first knocking.
Instead of addressing the
real issue, his first half failure
to counter City with belief and
positivity, coughing up the bovine
opposite of Guardiola’s electrifying
geometry, Mourinho chose to make
deportment the story of the day.
And this by a bloke who once poked
an opposing coach in the eye during
a Real Madrid defeat to Barcelona.
sliding towards the Scoreboard
Social media being the
End at Old Trafford to
eviscerator of hypocrisy
celebrate the late Porto
Mourinho goal that knocked United
that it is, flooded the ether
with examples of Mourinho had no
out of the European Cup
dancing all over the broken business
13 years ago. This and his
dreams of opponents, a
subsequent conquest of
processing
favourite showing the
Monaco in the final was
his infantile
great arbiter of sporting
the forging of the Special
hurt
in
City’s
decorum in frenzied
One, a tag which we were
dressing
room
ecstasy while celebrating a
happy to embrace in the
Madrid victory over Barça, without first
embryonic period of his
under the gaze of a pained knocking
celebrity since we believed
Guardiola.
he had in some way given
Mourinho made his
the game something new.
introduction to English football
If Mourinho did reinvent the wheel
on his knees for goodness sake,
with his forensic counter-attacking
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Full-time City extend their gap at the
top to 11 points. They become the first
team in English top-flight history to
win 14 successive games in a season.
On the touchline, Jose Mourinho
and Pep Guardiola shake hands. The
former quickly disappears down the
tunnel; the latter keeps his post-match
celebrations to a respectful minimum.
Manchester City begin the party As
the players make their way down
the tunnel and into their respective
dressing rooms, City start to party.
Their players file into the away
dressing room, stopping briefly to
pose for photographers. Ederson (right)
pumps his fist for the cameras. Kyle
Walker makes a 2-1 gesture.
From the dressing
room, Leroy Sane
tweets a picture
of City’s players
grouped together
in celebration.
Somebody throws
a handful of ticker
tape into the air and
the music begins.
Mourinho goes to complain
The United manager is heading to his
post-match media obligations when
he hears the noise from City. He walks
into City’s dressing room and says that
City should “show some more respect”.
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Rabchenko offers
Brook redemption
Kell Brook will begin his move to
light-middleweight by fighting
Belarusian Sergey Rabchenko
at Sheffield Arena on 3 March.
The 31-year-old lost his IBF
welterweight title to America’s
Errol Spence in May but now has
the chance to be a two-weight
world champion. “The Spence
defeat cut deep and it took me
some time to come to terms with
it but now I’m back with a new
challenge at 154lbs,” said Brook.
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Taylor century
equals Kiwi record
Sharma weathers
storm delay to win
Ross Taylor scored a recordequalling 17th Test century for
New Zealand to help leave them
on the brink of a series victory
over West Indies. His unbeaten
107 in Hamilton moved him level
with Martin Crowe and Kane
Williamson as his country’s
leading century-maker. The
tourists lost two wickets at the
end of the second Test’s third
day as they chase an improbable
target of 444 for victory.
Shubhankar Sharma held his
nerve with a closing 69 to win
a first European Tour title at
the Joburg Open. Heavy storms
forced the event into a fifth day,
with Sharma holding a fourshot lead with his ball on the
eighth green when the hooter
sounded. The Indian returned
early yesterday to make his par
and finished three shots clear of
South Africa’s Erik van Rooyen.
» Sofa police ruled out, page 49
A row between Mourinho and
Ederson ensues After making his
feelings known, Mourinho becomes
involved in a row with the City goalkeeper, Ederson. The two become
involved in a heated exchange and
begin trading insults in Portuguese.
I didn’t deserve the yellow card. In
the first half the same situations with
Gabriel Jesus and [Leroy] Sane and
they didn’t get yellow cards. Now that
is my fourth yellow card and that is a
big problem for me because I want to
play every game.”
Asked about the current appeal
process – or rather lack of – for a
yellow card, Herrera said: “In Spain
if you get something undeserved
born of detailed understanding
of opponent’s weaknesses, his
containing vision of what football
should be has been surpassed by the
expansive beauty of the Guardiola
pageant.
It is precisely this that fosters
the black look in his eyes, the mood
swings and the melancholy. The
loss of status to a man with whom
he once shared coaching secrets
in their Barcelona apprenticeship
hurts as much as the defeats.
Guardiola has not only taken
Manchester, he is setting the
global agenda with an attacking
philosophy, and doing so in a country
culturally resistant to the idea that
beauty can be a winning attribute.
Guardiola truly is a special one, and
poor, old Jose just cannot cope.
you can appeal and they take it out.
That is one of the things that could
improve the Premier League because
it is an amazing thing, an amazing
competition.
“In my opinion the organisation is
the best in the world, but it is a real
shame that if you don’t deserve a
yellow card you cannot appeal afterwards. Hopefully one day that rule
can change.” THE INDEPENDENT
Guardiola and Mourinho’s rivalry has
moved from Madrid to Manchester
The dispute turns ugly Players from
both sides become involved as the
situation escalates. Milk and plastic
water bottles are thrown at Mourinho,
as United’s players rush to support
him. Witnesses say some players
attempt to swing punches as Old
Trafford security staff rush to break
things up. It has been claimed Romelu
Lukaku was involved in the chaos.
In the melee, City coach Mikel
Arteta (right) receives a cut to the head
which leaves him bleeding. After
things cool down, police
remain stationed
outside both
dressing rooms.
Press interviews
begin After the
dispute, both
managers conduct
their post-match
interviews as usual.
Mourinho says City’s
advantage in the title race is now at
a “significant distance”. Asked if it
could be clawed back, he says: “I don’t
know. We are going to work and fight
for it. That is the only thing I say.” He
also complains about the late penalty
decision, which saw United’s Ander
Herrera booked for diving after a challenge by Otamendi.
“It is a huge penalty in a crucial
moment of the game,” Mourinho says.
He also bemoans his side’s luck.
City boss Guardiola has no time
for Mourinho’s complaints. “We
won because we were better, in all
departments,” Guardiola says. THE
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Salah is BBC African Footballer of Year
Liverpool forward Mohamed Salah has won the BBC African Footballer
of the Year award. He finished top from a five-man shortlist after a fans’
vote, beating Pierre-Emerick Aubameyang, Naby Keita, Sadio Mané and
Victor Moses. The Egypt international, who has racked up 13 goals in 14
games since moving to the Premier League from Roma, was presented
with his award by Liverpool manager Jürgen Klopp at the club’s Melwood
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Taylor back to aid
Surrey in the field
Former England fielding coach
Chris Taylor has rejoined
Surrey as a fielding consultant.
The 41-year-old, who played
for Gloucestershire, spent time
coaching at the Kia Oval during
the 2014 and 2015 seasons. Taylor,
who is currently working with
England’s Under-19 squad in
South Africa, said: “I’m really
excited to be coming back.”
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