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A waste of
NHS cash
Star Wars: The Last Jedi
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The Force is strong with this one: critics
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Britain faces
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Prices rise after
perfect storm
for gas supplies
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» Principle that animals can ‘feel pain
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This statue
‘honours’ one of
the greatest
footballers
ever. Who?
See p.54
The day at
a glance
WEDNESDAY
13
DECEMBER
Quote of the day
Women might be able to
fake orgasms. But men can
fake a whole relationship
SHARON STONE
Cold weather causes
Eurotunnel delays
Freezing weather has damaged
Eurotunnel’s power supply, leading
to delays. Eurotunnel told customers
to cancel or change their plans as Le
Shuttle services in both directions
between Folkestone and Calais have
been hampered by “unforeseen
capacity restrictions”. PAGE 5
EMPLOYMENT
TRANSPORT
TRAVEL
SCOTLAND
Overtime rates
have decreased
Uber ‘quoted fare of
£149 for 10-mile trip’
Christmas traffic
jams to start early
Some residents stop
tackling bed bugs
Paid overtime is far less lucrative
than it used to be, with only a
minority of workers receiving
the traditional time-and-ahalf premium. The Resolution
Foundation found one in 10 workers
did paid overtime in the past year,
but only a fifth got at least time-anda-half for the extra hours.
A Birmingham-based doctor has
criticised the taxi app, Uber, after
she says she was quoted a fare of
nearly £150 for a 10-mile trip to get to
work in snowy conditions this week.
She aired her grievance on Twitter,
saying the quote of “between £111
to £149” was “outrageous and
unethical”. PAGE 5
More than 20 million vehicles are
expected on UK roads over the
festive period resulting in delays
of up to four hours, according to
analysis. The busiest days are
predicted to be 20 to 22 December as
a surge of drivers get an early start
on the Christmas getaway, traffic
information supplier Inrix said.
Bed bugs are now so resistant to
poison that entire communities
have given up attempting to
eradicate them in their homes.
Dr Heather Lynch, a lecturer at
Glasgow Caledonian University, said
residents in Govanhill, Glasgow, had
chosen to accept the insects after
running out of ways to kill them.
TRANSPORT
SOCIETY
ENVIRONMENT
TURKEY
Motorbike deaths up Men struggle most
during full moon
with relationships
Arctic frost thawing
faster than ever
Islamic summit to
discuss Jerusalem
More fatal motorbike crashes take
place on nights where there is a
full moon. A study published in the
BMJ discovered that there was an
average of 9.1 motorcycle deaths
during a night when there was a full
moon. There is an average of 8.64
motorcycle deaths on nights without
a full moon.
Permafrost in the Arctic is thawing
faster than ever before. The
National Oceanic and Atmospheric
Administration says the Earth’s
northern region has entered a “new
normal” for levels of warming, and
that sea ice is melting at the fastest
pace in 1,500 years at the top of the
world. PAGE 23
Leaders and top officials of Muslim
countries meet today in Istanbul for
an extraordinary summit to discuss
“repercussions” from President
Donald Trump’s recognition of
Jerusalem as Israel’s capital. The
Organisation of Islamic Cooperation
has called the US move an “illegal
decision” and a “serious escalation”.
Single men feel the most pressured
to be in a relationship. A study by the
dating website eharmony and the
relationship support charity, Relate,
found that nearly three-quarters
of men felt “significant pressure”
to find a partner, compared with
half of women, who benefited from
stronger friendships.
Birthdays
Taylor Swift, pop singer, 28;
Jamie Foxx (below), actor,
50; Dick Van Dyke, actor,
92; Sara Cox, presenter,
43; James Murdoch,
businessman, 45; Jim
Davidson, comedian, 64
The Geminid meteor shower is an annual December display of celestial
fireworks. This year an almost absent Moon will make the meteors stand
out brilliantly as they streak across the night sky, weather permitting.
The best time to see the shower is when it's expected to peak tonight and
in the early hours of tomorrow morning .
ASTRONOMY
The List
What a cracker!
Best festive jokes
How to see
shooting stars
Geminid radiant
Best dates
to watch
where meteorites appear
A panel of judges and the public
have selected the best Christmas
cracker jokes for this year from entries
submitted via Twitter.
13-14
December
Anniversaries
Tuesday 13 Dec 1577
Francis Drake sets out
from Plymouth with
five ships and 164 men
on a mission to raid
Spanish holdings on
the Pacific coast of the
New World and explore
the Pacific Ocean. Three
years later, his return to
Plymouth marked the first
circumnavigation of the
Earth by a British explorer.
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Crossword.............21
TV & Radio...........28
Travel.........................32
Business..................38
Puzzles.....................44
Weather...................47
1. Why was Theresa May sacked
as nativity manager?
She couldn’t run a stable government.
2. Why don’t Southern Rail train guards
share advent calendars?
They want to open the doors.
3. What’s the difference between
Ryanair and Santa?
Santa flies at least once a year.
4. Kim Jong-un will play Santa this
year in the South’s annual pantomime.
He said he fancied a Korea change.
5. Why did Donald Trump
continuously decorate the White
House Christmas tree?
Because people kept saying “moron”
to him.
6. Why was the planned Ryanair TV
documentary scrapped?
They were unable to air a pilot.
7. Which TV special is being
filmed in Brussels?
‘Deal Or No Deal’.
8. Theresa May has asked Santa
for a home makeover.
First thing on the list was a brand
new Cabinet.
Newspapers support recycling
The recycled content of UK
newspapers in 2015 was 71%
Best time
GEMINI
1-2am
Castor
Best place
to look
Pollux
East
Meteorites
About two-thirds
of the way up
the sky
EAST
They are caused by the Earth
crossing the dusty debris trail of an
asteroid called 3200 PHAETHON,
which then enters and incinerates
in the Earth’s atmosphere
producing the spectacular
Geminid meteor shower.
In 2093, the asteroid
will make one of its
closest approaches
and pass within
THREE MILLION
KILOMETRES of
the Earth.
Each year the intensity
of the showers seems
to be increasing and
recent Geminids have
produced 120 to 160
meteors per hour.
The Geminids travel
at slower speeds
than most − around
20 MILES PER
SECOND − so the
streaks last longer.
WORDS: VALERIE BROWNE SOURCE: ASTRONOMY CHECK, PA
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DEFENCE
EARTHA POND, INSPIRATIONAL TEACHER
Nato backs chief
for two more years
Oliver Duff
Nato is giving Secretary-General
Jens Stoltenberg two more years
at the head of the world’s biggest
military alliance. The 29 Nato
nations decided to prolong the
former Norwegian Prime Minister’s
term. It said the allies “have full
confidence in his ability to continue
his dedicated work”.
A fitting tribute for a
world-class professional
Letter from
the Editor
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A poignant evening at Monday’s British
Journalism Awards.
Our colleague Steve Connor, who
died two weeks ago, was named Science
and Health Journalist of the Year for his
world exclusive in i, “One giant step for
designer babies”. The judging took place
two months ago – the panel unaware
that Steve was seriously ill.
The awards, which celebrate great
journalism that is both interesting to
the public and in the public interest,
were a lively affair. Hundreds of leading
correspondents and editors packed
into a ballroom to salute 2017’s finest
investigations, scoops and commentary.
The shortlists were the strongest for
some years.
When Steve won, the din stopped
and the room fell silent, in memory of a
world-class pro and his work.
The judges said: “This was a
genuine world exclusive on a massive
development in the world of science.
It is a subject that many people don’t
understand, but Steve Connor made
it captivating.
“With no access to embargoed
information, this story was secured by
old-fashioned source-based journalism
after Steve heard that US researchers
were genetically modifying embryos.”
Steve had hoped to attend the awards.
Yesterday afternoon, his wife, Ines,
found a copy of the speech that he’d
written in case he won, saved on his
home computer.
So Steve’s friend and one-time rival
Tim Radford, the former science editor
of The Guardian, read the speech – “a
voice that we will no longer hear again” –
and we print it today for you on page 8.
Steve was a quiet, gentle man who
enjoyed letting all hell break loose in
pursuit of the truth. He was also an
optimist, believing in the power of
science, and of science journalism in
particular, to improve people’s lives and
create a brighter future. We carry that
spirit forward.
Twitter: @olyduff
EGYPT
Pop singer jailed for
‘debauched’ video
An Egyptian female pop singer has
been convicted by a Cairo court of
promoting debauchery, sentenced
to two years in prison and fined
£420. Shaimaa Ahmed, known by
her stage name Shima, appears in a
video in her underwear singing while
suggestively eating an apple and
banana before a class of young men.
ISRAEL
Who’s the boss?
Teacher, footballer and community fundraiser,
Eartha Pond is in the running to win an international
teaching award for her inspiring work, her
encouraging of girls to play sport and her efforts to
raise money for the survivors of the Grenfell Tower
fire. “Students call me ‘the boss’ because I’m pushy,”
jokes Eartha. “I want each student to fulfil their
potential and give 100 per cent effort at all times.”
affected by the Grenfell Tower fire that killed at least
71 people. The whole school has been affected by the
disaster that happened only a few miles away. She
said: “My students are experts on Grenfell, the effects
are still evident around the school today. Quite a few
students and staff lost neighbours in the tragedy.”
Eartha continues to work tirelessly with the school
and community to campaign and fundraise, and has
raised more than £100,000 for the survivors.
A football-star teacher?
Yes. Not many students can say their PE teacher is a
top footballer. Eartha, 35, finds the time to train and
play for Tottenham Hotspur in the FA Women’s Super
League, and has also played for Arsenal and Chelsea.
Who’s she up against?
Eartha is one of four UK teachers to be shortlisted
for the Varkey Foundation Global Teacher Prize.
Each year, 50 teachers are selected for their
achievements in the community beyond the
classroom, and for being models of excellence for the
teaching profession.
The other UK teachers on the shortlist are Andria
Zafirakou, an art and textiles teacher from Alperton
Community School in Brent, north London; Rebecca
Cramer, a science teacher at Reach Academy, Feltham,
Middlesex; and principal Tuesday Humby from
Ormiston Chadwick Academy in Widnes, Cheshire.
“It’s a privilege to be selected for the top 50 from
30,000 applicants,” said Eartha. ”It’s always great to
shine a spotlight on the teachers that are doing well.”
Valerie Browne
A positive role model for girls?
Yes, and it doesn’t stop there. Aware there is a national
decline in school-age girls participating in PE, she
invited England boxer Hannah Beharry to The Crest
Academy in north-west London where she teaches
and is the assistant vice-principal.
“Having a British boxer mentor the girls, we saw an
increase in them wanting to achieve,” said Eartha.
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Eartha grew up in the west London community
Leading Orthodox
rabbi dies aged 104
Rabbi Aharon Leib Shteinman,
the spiritual leader of Israel’s
non-Hassidic ultra-Orthodox Jews
of European descent, has died
aged 104. Hundreds of thousands
took part in a funeral procession
in the city of Bnei Brak. The ultraOrthodox community is the fastestgrowing religious sector in Israel.
UNITED STATES
‘Policeman’ wanted
Starbucks discount
A man in New York state allegedly
impersonated a police officer in an
attempt to get discounted coffee,
flashing a fake badge and air gun at a
Starbucks in Buffalo. Police say the
man claimed he was a detective and
asked for a discount. A man aged 48
has been charged over the incident.
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NEWS
POLICE
Fire which killed
three children ‘was
targeted attack’
By Padraic Flanagan
In a concert hall not so far away…
The Royal Albert Hall in west London played host to the European premiere of Star Wars: The Last Jedi last night. Cast
members Daisy Ridley, Mark Hamill and John Boyega were joined by legions of Stormtroopers and robots BB-9E,
C-3PO and R2-D2 at the lavish event. MATT CROSSICK/PA
Review, page 11
Six people have been arrested over
the suspected murder of three children in a house fire that police believe was a “targeted attack”.
Demi Pearson, 14, was pronounced dead at the scene in Worsley, Greater Manchester, while her
eight-year-old brother Brandon
and seven-year-old sister Lacie
later died in hospital. Their mother,
Michelle Pearson, 35, is in a serious
condition in hospital while a fourth
sibling, three-year-old Lia, is fighting for her life.
Greater Manchester Police said
three men, aged 23, 20 and 19, and a
20-year-old woman were arrested
on suspicion of murder. A 24-yearold man was also questioned in
custody on suspicion of assisting
an offender.
Police later arrested a sixth suspect, a 25-year-old man who is being
held on suspicion of murder, before
releasing three of the men on bail.
Officers confirmed that the family
had been living under threat of attack after “earlier incidents” at the
address. Security measures had
been put in place, including fitting
a device to the property’s letterbox.
Emergency services were called
to the house on Monday. Ms Pearson’s son Kyle and a friend, both
aged 16, freed themselves before
fire crews arrived.
Greater Manchester Police said
the force had referred the incident
to the independent Police Complaints Commission. It is believed
police had been in contact with the
family less than 24 hours before the
fatal incident.
Chief Superintendent Wayne
Miller said: “The loss of a child
in any circumstance is unthinkable, to lose three in such deplorable circumstances words cannot
describe. This will devastate this
family for ever.”
Demi Pearson was a pupil
at Harrop Fold School
in Salford, which featured in
the Channel 4 documentary
‘Educating Greater Manchester’.
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Clockwise from above: a racehorse and rider on the gallops at Naunton, Gloucestershire; a dog walker strolls by the river Severn at Worcester; ice on fountains
in Trafalgar Square, London; the sun rises over Mam Tor in Derbyshire; a robin at a nature reserve at Fairburn Ings, West Yorkshire PA; GETTY IMAGES
ECONOMY
WEATHER
Deadly blast and pipeline
failure hit energy supplies
No end in sight to big freeze
after coldest day of the year
By Padraic Flanagan
Frozen Britain is facing a winter
energy squeeze after oil and gas
prices surged following an explosion
at a supply hub in Austria and
disruption to supplies from the
North Sea.
The RAC warned motorists they
could be paying 3p a litre more for
fuel by Christmas after the shutdown
of a major pipeline from the North
Sea hit oil prices on Monday.
That was followed yesterday by an
explosion at Austria’s Baumgarten
gas hub, which killed one person
and led Italy to declare a state of
emergency over energy supply fears.
The blast prompted gas prices to
surge across Europe, including a 40
per cent rise in the UK to 95p per
therm – a level not seen since 2013. A
National Grid spokesman said there
was sufficient gas to meet demand.
Meanwhile, Norway’s Statoil
reduced flows from Troll, Europe’s around £20m per day at current oil
biggest offshore gas field, adding prices to industry.”
upward pressure to gas prices.
The shutdown resulted in the price
They had already climbed after of Brent crude, the main benchmark
the Swiss firm Ineos announced for supplies from the North Sea,
the closure of the Forties
jumping to more than $65 a barrel.
pipeline after a crack was
A spokesman for analysts
discovered. The pipeline,
at the investment banking
which carries 40 per
firm Jefferies said: “The
cent of North Sea oil
timing of the outage
and gas, will close for
could not be much worse
daily cost to the oil
at least a fortnight
as winter weather is just
industry from lost
for repairs.
materialising.”
production
after
the
Deirdre Michie,
It means the price of
Forties
pipeline
was
chief executive of
unleaded petrol could
shut down
Oil and Gas UK, said:
climb to 123.76p a litre
“We hope this can be
and diesel to 126.21p a litre,
resolved safely and as
the highest since November
quickly as possible. The shutting 2014. “An increase of up to 3p a litre
down of the Forties pipeline does is very bad news for motorists,” said
cause significant issues for our a spokesman for the RAC. “This
industry, financially, operationally closure will lead to an unwelcome
and commercially – 40 per cent of increase in the price with the knockoil production is now shut in and the on effect of raising the wholesale cost
resulting lost production is worth of both fuels.”
£20m
By Dean Kirby
Commuters have been told
to expect a third day of travel
disruption today, with severe
ice warnings in place for vast
swathes of Britain.
Forecasters at the Met Office
issued a yellow alert, saying
temperatures could plunge
further across the UK. The
mercury dropped to –13°C (8.6°F)
at Shawbury in Shropshire on
Monday night, making it the
coldest night of the year so far.
At least 16 flights from
Heathrow were cancelled
yesterday as airlines continued
to recover from disruption
caused by snow, although the
UK’s busiest airport said
its runways were fully
operational.
Passengers
on Eurotunnel
services between
Folkestone and
Calais faced
delays of up to six hours after
“horrific” weather conditions
damaged power supplies. Rail
operators reported no major
disruption yesterday, although
South Western Railway trains
were delayed by a trackside fire
at London Waterloo.
The AA recorded its busiest
day of the year on Monday, with
24,000 callouts. It has urged
drivers to take provisions
including water, a torch and a
shovel in case of breakdown.
In Shropshire, more than 140
schools were closed yesterday,
while 106 remained shut in
Staffordshire and
dozens in the Southwest, the West Midlands
and Wales. The Met
Office said that last
night was expected to be
“chilly” but “not quite
as cold” as the
previous night.
Weather, page 47
TRAVEL
Snowbound doctor is quoted £149 for 30-minute trip with Uber driver
By Dean Kirby
NORTHERN CORRESPONDENT
A doctor criticised Uber after she
was quoted a fare of up to £149 for a
10-mile journey to work through snow.
Dr Daman Mullhi, of Harborne,
Birmingham, tried Uber’s booking
app to get to work as an anaesthetist
in Solihull, a 30-minute drive away.
She said the quote of between
£111 and £149 was “outrageous and
unethical” and she chose instead to
go with a local firm, which charged
her just £30. But Uber said its fare
quote was an “automatic” response
to over-demand after Birmingham
was hit by 6in of snow on Sunday.
Dr Mullhi told the Birmingham
Mail: “While I understand that taxi
firms may charge some additional
fees in adverse weather, I feel that
the surcharge Uber was placing was
ridiculous and quite mercenary.”
Uber said: “Bad weather meant
there were many people looking
to book but fewer cars on the road,
which caused prices to automatically
rise. The higher fare encourages
more drivers to come into the area so
there are more cars for people who
want one. Users always see a fare
estimate so they have the choice to
book a car, share the trip with others
or wait until fares decrease.”
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COVER STORY
Tories bid to rebuild green
credentials with raft of
animal welfare measures
By Nigel Morris
POLITICAL EDITOR
Michael Gove at
Battersea Dogs and
Cats Home in south
London on Monday
PHILIP TOSCANO/PA
ANIMAL WELFARE
Brexit will help us
to combat puppy
smuggling, says Gove
By Sally Wardle
Brexit will help Britain to improve
animal welfare standards and combat
problems such as puppy smuggling,
Michael Gove has said.
The Environment Secretary said it
was “good news” that an agreement
had been reached in the first stage of
negotiations over Britain’s departure
from the EU, adding that the focus
could now turn to trade and the
positive outcomes of leaving.
His comments came as a draft Bill,
enshrining animal sentience into
UK law post-Brexit and introducing
jail sentences of up to five years for
animal abusers, was published.
The plans are part of government
efforts to ensure that Brexit works
“not just for citizens but for the
animals we love and cherish too”, Mr
Gove said.
Speaking during a visit to
Battersea Dogs and Cats Home in
London, he added: “I think it’s good
news that we’ve got an agreement to
move to the next stage of the Brexit
negotiations, where we can talk
about trade and talk about some
of the changes that will work in
Britain’s interest.
“Britain outside the European
Union can have higher standards
on the environment and indeed
on animal welfare. And one of the
reasons why people voted to leave
the European Union is to make sure
that when it comes to, for example
things like puppy smuggling, that we
can have the rules here which ensure
that there is appropriate welfare and
appropriate protection for animals
and for humans.”
Mr Gove has sought to allay
concerns after MPs last month
voted against an amendment to the
European Union (Withdrawal) Bill,
which would have transferred an
EU protocol recognising animals as
sentient beings into domestic law.
The vote prompted a social media
backlash, but the Environment
Secretary denied it was a vote
against the idea that animals feel pain
and argued the amendment risked
creating legal confusion.
The draft Bill says the Government
“must have regard to the welfare
needs of animals as sentient beings
in formulating and implementing
government policy”.
It also increases the maximum
prison sentence for animal cruelty
from six months to five years in
England and Wales. Claire Horton,
chief executive of Battersea Cats
and Dogs Home, said the rescue
centre was “delighted” by the
announcement. She said: “It will
make a massive difference and start
to act as a deterrent, and put England
back where it should be at the top of
the league tables for animal welfare.”
The Conservatives have launched a
drive to rebuild their green credentials with a series of animal welfare
and climate change policies.
Michael Gove, the Environment
Secretary, published a Bill yesterday increasing maximum sentences
for animal cruelty to five years. It
also committed ministers to paying
“regard to the welfare needs of animals as sentient beings”.
i has learnt that Tory MPs were
summoned to a recent briefing in
Downing Street where they were
told to highlight environmental issues to help broaden the party’s appeal. It followed a pledge by Mr Gove
to ban pesticides which harm bees
and force slaughterhouse owners to
install CCTV cameras.
His move came as Theresa May
travelled to a climate change summit in Paris where she announced a
£140m fund for developing countries
to help cope with the impact of global warming.
The Prime Minister has ordered
a renewed focus on animal welfare
and the environment four years
after her predecessor, David Cameron, told his ministers to ditch “the
green crap”.
During the general election campaign, the Tories faced a backlash
– particularly among young voters
– over its support for a vote on repealing the fox-hunting ban and for
backing off from a promise to ban
the ivory trade.
The change of direction on animal
welfare was welcomed by Sam Hall,
a senior research fellow at the liberal Conservative think-tank Bright
Blue. “Michael Gove has brought a
renewed energy and passion to this
area,” he told i.
“You have seen a string of positive
announcements which have helped
to improve animal welfare and im-
prove the environment. These are
big important policy issues.
“I do also think the politics of it
is very clever. It’s in line with traditional Conservative principles
around defending the natural inheritance for the next generation,
but also it very much appeals to
younger voters.”
Henry Smith MP, Conservative
chairman of the all-party animal
welfare parliamentary group, said
he had “my head in my hands” over
elements of this year’s Tory maniDan Lyons, of the Centre
for Animals and Social
Justice, said there had been “a
lot of rhetoric” on the issue, but
challenged the Government to
translate it into action such as
outlawing badger culling.
festo. “I have noticed certainly in
recent months a real and genuine
determination in the Conservative
Party to achieve better animal welfare outcomes. It was perhaps a bit
of a niche area historically for the
party,” he said. “These are really
non-controversial areas, these are
easy things to do, they are popular
things to do. Above all these are the
right things to do.”
Nick Palmer, head of policy of
Compassion in World Farming, said:
“Many of us in the animal welfare
field feel [Mr] Gove is potentially
the best Secretary of State in [the
Department for Environment, Food
and Rural Affairs] that we have seen
for quite a long time. I say ‘potentially’ because quite a lot of things
he is saying need to be nailed down
in actual legislation.”
Katy Balls, page 15
ENVIRONMENT
Britain may spend more foreign
aid on cutting plastics pollution
By Gavin Cordon
Ministers are looking at
proposals to use more of Britain’s
overseas aid budget to cut
plastic pollution of the
oceans, Downing
Street has indicated.
Michael Gove is
reportedly pressing
the Department
for International
Development to
divert more of its
budget to tackling
the problem.
The Environment Secretary is
said to have highlighted the issue
after researchers in Germany
found that 90 per cent of the
plastic entering the oceans
comes from just 10 rivers in
Asia and Africa.
A No 10 spokesman
confirmed that Mr
Gove was working
with International
Development
Secretary, Penny
Mordaunt, on
further government
action. “We have
already taken
significant steps,” the
spokesman added.
“Marine pollution is a good
example of where we can apply
joint [department]strengths.”
LABOUR
Corbyn’s Christmas greeting for the ‘many’
By Gavin Cordon
Je r e my C o rb y n h a s d raw n
inspiration from Labour’s general
election manifesto for his Christmas
card this year.
The card is based on the design
of the For the Many not the Few
manifesto cover, with people’s heads
and shoulders outlined in white on a
red background.
It is given a festive touch with
the addition of Santa hats, reindeer
antlers and paper crowns, as well as
the odd snowflake.
The message inside reads:
“Wishing you a Merry Christmas
and a Happy and Peaceful 2018.”
Mr Corbyn said: “Christmas
Labour’s
manifesto
image has
been adapted
for Jeremy
Corbyn’s
Christmas
card
is a time to reflect on the urgent
need to transform our society to
eradicate homelessness, loneliness
and poverty, and bring about peace
around the world.
“This year, we defied the pundits
and in the snap general election
overturned Theresa May’s majority
and her mandate, giving hope to
millions of people that things can
and will change.
“We look forward to 2018 as a
government in waiting, ready to take
over and serve the interests of the
many, not the few.”
T h e r e s a M ay h a s s e n t a
Christmas card to US President
Donald Trump. The Prime Minister
has three card designs, by children
in her constituency, featuring a
reindeer, Santa Claus in his sleigh
and Downing Street festooned with
decorations. A spokesman was
unable to say which of the three was
sent to the White House.
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BRITISH JOURNALISM AWARDS
Posthumous prize for i science writer
Steve Connor, the award-winning journalist who died of cancer last month, had already written a final acceptance speech
By Steve Connor
When Hollywood makes a film involving animals, they like to say that
no animal was hurt or harmed in the
making of this film.
I feel I should be making a similar
statement, saying that no embargo
was broken or breached in the making of this story.
The embargo system has been described as science publishing’s dirty
little secret. Although I wouldn’t go
quite as far as that – sensible embargo systems can and do work well
– I also think that the iron glove approach of the big science publishers
towards imposing embargoes on scientists can work against the public
interest and the right to know.
Take the human embryo
study behind this story. The
first reaction of the scientist
involved when I approached
him was to tell me that it
was all under embargo.
What he meant was that
he was not allowed to talk
to me about it, and
I was not allowed
to write about
it. This was es-
sentially why the American and
indeed world public didn’t even
know of the existence of this study
into the genetic modification of
human IVF embryos by the Crispr
gene-editing technology.
And yet, the science journal involved had not released any embargoed information and had not
imposed any media embargo on
any aspect of this work. Curiously,
when I mentioned this at the end of
my copy, the journal rang me to say
that by doing so I had broken its nonexistent embargo – a concept worthy
of Machiavelli himself.
And the last time I checked I was
still suspended from the journal’s
coveted list of trusted embargokeeping journalists.
By the way, this kind of thing
has a corrosive effect on wider
science journalism.
When rival news desks ask
their science correspondents why they didn’t have the
story, my colleagues already
have the pat answer: because
Steve Connor broke
the embargo.
S o, t o r e i t e ra t e,
no embargo was
Football writer
commended for
FA scandal story
TimBradford,withieditorOliverDuff(right),acceptstheawardforConnor(inset)
broken or breached in the making of this story, and I thank
the judges for their recognition
this evening.
I also want to thank my wife for
nursing me through some pretty hideous health issues over the past year.
And finally, I’d like to thank the
amazing night team at the i newspaper who, precisely because of fears
of an imminent embargo suddenly
being imposed on them, tore out an
existing spread and front page in
order to get my copy into the paper
with minutes to spare. Special mention goes to night news editor Dave
Connett, deputy editor Andy Webster, and Rob Hastings.
Finally, many thanks to i editor
Oly Duff for giving me valuable print
space and continuing to believe in
my journalistic delivery.
By the way, he’s the one here tonight who’s obviously discovered the
secret of Shangri La – he gets younger every time you see him.
i’s new Football Correspondent
Sam Cunningham, who starts
work in January, was highly
commended at the 2017 British
Journalism Awards for his
exclusives on the Mark
Sampson scandal.
Sam (right)
revealed how
the FA tried
to cover up
allegations
of bullying,
harassment
and racism
by the England
women’s manager.
In their citation, the judges
said: “His revelation that
footballer Eni Aluko had been
bullied out of the England squad
was a great sports story, with
resonance in wider society. It
showed the FA was still addicted
to covering up rather than
cleaning house.”
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GAMBLING
‘Blue Peter’ presenters
Radzi Chinyanganya
and Lindsey Russell
with the Duke and
Duchess of Cambridge
at the BBC studios
in Salford. The royal
couple have been
awarded gold Blue
Peter badges for
their campaigning on
mental health issues
affecting children. PA
By Padraic Flanagan
15%
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Royals
receive
badges of
honour
The luck of the draw:
rise of scratch cards is
bad news for charities
to underwrite up to £25m a year to
cover any shortfalls in Lottery inCharities have been warned of a come for UK Sport over the 2017-2020
sharp drop in National Lottery fund- Tokyo Olympic and Paralympic cycle.
ing as players switch from draws to
Returns for good causes are higher
scratch cards, according to the Gov- from sales of draw-based Lottery
ernment’s spending watchdog.
games, which fell by 13 per cent in the
The National Audit Office (NAO) year to April, than for scratch cards
reveals income for good causes fell 15 and instant-win games, which fell by
per cent to £1.63bn in 2016-17.
two per cent, the report said.
The drop came as LotCamelot told the NAO
tery sales fell by nine per
that scratch cards and
cent on the previous
instant-win games reyear to £6.93bn. The
turned less to good
operator Camelot is
causes due to the need
Fall in income for
predicting a further
to offer a higher progood causes from
the National Lottery
fall in sales and income
portion of proceeds
in 2016/17
for good causes in 2017as prizes to encourage
18, the NAO report said.
consumers to play.
Distributors, which
The report notes that
include UK Sport, Spirit of
increases in Camelot’s profits
2012, Heritage Lottery Fund and
– £71m last year – had been proporthe Big Lottery Fund, have fund- tionatelygreaterthanincreasesinLoting commitments up to seven years tery sales and returns for good causes.
ahead “so it is likely that commitFor each £1 spent on the Lottery
ments will exceed their fund balance draw via the website, 34p goes to good
at a given date,” the NAO warned.
causes compared to 28p from a ticket
Last year, the Department for Dig- bought in a shop. With scratch cards,
ital, Culture Media and Sport agreed 10p, on average, goes to good causes.
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BUSINESS
Facebook to stop routing profits through Ireland
By Michael McHugh
Facebook has said it will no longer
record its non-US revenue through
Ireland in a major change to where
it pays tax.
From next year taxes will be paid
in the country where advertising
profits are earned.
Revenue will be filed under
the local company in the country
where it is earned outside the US,
chief financial officer Dave Wehner
said. The tech giant’s move follows
pressure about its tax affairs from
governments and the public.
Mr Wehner said: “We believe
moving to a local selling structure
will provide more transparency to
governments and policy makers
around the world who have called for
greater visibility over the revenue
associated with locally supported
sales in their countries.”
He said Facebook has decided to
move to a local selling structure in
countries where it has an office to
support sales to local advertisers.
“It is our expectation that we will
make this change in countries where
we have a local office supporting
advertisers in that country. That
said, each country is unique.”
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HEALTH
GRENFELL TOWER
Needless surgery
and medication
cost NHS billions
Nightmare of
fatal blaze
‘gets darker’
for bereaved
Health Care Leader published today.
HEALTH CORRESPONDENT
“In the UK approximately a third
of coronary angioplasties – 30,000
Doctors need to do much more to a year – are carried out for stable
reduce the number of unnecessary disease. For many, this may be to
operations and drugs they give alleviate symptoms which have
patients, according to a leading not settled with medical therapy,
cardiologist, who says reducing but studies suggest this benefit
surgery could save the NHS billions disappears after a year... But ‘too
much angioplasty’ is just one
of pounds.
Dr Aseem Malhotra, a London- symptom of a system failure where
based NHS consultant, said financial incentives trump patients
financial inducements, the
at every level.”
S i r B r u c e Ke o g h ,
enjoyment of performing
medical director for
procedures and the
NHS England and
pressure to keep up
a former cardiac
numbers of cases
surgeon, has
for individual
The number
suggested one in
cardiologists
of coronary
seven of all medical
and hospitals all
angioplasties
and
surgical
contribute to overuse.
carried out in a
treatments in the NHS
He cites the number
year for a stable
should
not
have been
of cases of angioplasty
condition
carried out. Unnecessary
– a minimally invasive
treatment costs the health
procedure that improves the
blood supply to the heart muscle service £1.8bn a year, the NHS says.
Dr Malhotra, who co-ordinated
by widening narrowed coronary
arteries – as just one area that the Too Much Medicine campaign
by the BMJ and Academy of
needs to be investigated.
“The Academy of Medical Royal Medical Royal Colleges (AoMRC),
Colleges states that doctors have says that doctors should instead be
an ethical responsibility to reduce financially rewarded for carrying
waste because, in a system with out a simple shared decisionfinite resources, one doctor’s waste making conversation with patients,
is another patient’s delay,” Dr not on the volume of operations
Malhotra writes in an article for or prescriptions.
A woman who lost two family
members in the Grenfell Tower fire
has described the situation half a
year on as a nightmare which “seems
to be getting darker every day”.
Clarrie Mendy, whose cousin Mary
Mendy and her daughter, Khadija
Saye, died in the fire, said there
would be no Christmas this year for
Mary’s sister Betty, her five children
and seven grandchildren, without the
pair around the table.
The mother and daughter, who
lived together on the 20th floor of
the high-rise in North Kensington,
west London, were “inseparable”
and “lived for each other” and their
family, she said ahead of the sixmonth anniversary of their deaths.
“It’s just a nightmare, and it seems
to be getting darker every day [rather
than] brighter every day. I don’t know
any bereaved family that’s been able
to get on with their life – they never
will, never.”
The 58-year-old said her birthday,
a few weeks after the fire, was
not celebrated, adding: “There’s
no Christmas this year either,
how can one celebrate when this
atmosphere prevails? I really hope
people remember bereaved families,
survivors and the local community
who are still suffering this Christmas.”
Yesterday, Theresa May faced calls
to restore confidence in the public
inquiry by appointing a panel to sit
alongside the retired judge who is
heading the investigation into the
blaze, which claimed 71 lives.
Relatives of the dead and survivors
handed a 16,000-name petition into
Downing Street, urging the Prime
Minister to opt for a panel-led inquiry,
rather than relying on its current
sole chairman – the retired judge Sir
Martin Moore-Bick.
Sandra Ruiz, whose niece was
among those killed, said outside No
10: “What we seek is an impartial and
independent decision-making panel,
with a range of experiences to assist
the chair – two, three or four heads
are better than one.”
By Jemma Crew
By Paul Gallagher
30,000
Magical honour for Rowling
The Harry Potter author JK Rowling
told of her pride at being made a
Companion of Honour at Buckingham Palace. She described it as a
particular privilege to be given the
rare honour as a female writer.
Rowling, who is also marking two
decades since the publication of the
first book in her bestselling series,
has been honoured for services to
literature and philanthropy.
In a written statement released
as she was decorated by the Duke of
Cambridge, the 52-year-old said:
“I’m deeply honoured and proud to
be receiving this honour.”
EDUCATION
‘Endemic’ school sexism affects one in three girls
By Padraic Flanagan
More than a third of girls have
experienced sexual harassment at
school, a report has revealed.
Research from the National
Education Union (NEU) and UK
Feminista found that girls suffer
sexism in school “everywhere”.
The organisations have called
on the Government to confront the
“endemic” problem, as teachers
reportedly feel ill-equipped to deal
with cases of harassment.
Researchers spoke to 1,508
students and 1,634 teachers and
discovered nearly a quarter of
female students have been subjected
to unwanted physical touching of a
sexual nature while at school.
Almost one in three teachers in
mixed-sex secondary schools said
they see sexual harassment in school
on at least a weekly basis.
The type of harassment
experienced in schools is often
targeted at girls, the report found.
Just 6 per cent of boys fell victim to
harassment compared with 37 per
cent of girls.
Kevin Courtney, joint general
secretary at the National Education
Union, explained that the report has
come at an important time.
“We’ve lived through a year in
which sexual harassment of women
and girls has been at the forefront
of the public eye,” he said. “This
study shows us how normalised and
pervasive it is for young people also.”
IN
Across
SCIENCE
TOMORROW
The refugee
camp scrapyard
challenge
How British
scientists are
developing
home-made tech
to bring energy
and farming
to the desert
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to take track back (6)
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Tax covering toilet
in America that’s
not occupied (6)
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due to this? (6)
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Fans tweet their
delight at new
director’s work
Overblown, cheesy,
and full of fun – it’s
one of the very best
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A
fter the appalling
Episodes I, II and III,
any return to the Star
Wars universe that
didn’t lead to a torch-wielding
mob storming Skywalker Ranch
would have been regarded as
a triumph. So when The Force
Awakens was pretty much the
perfect reboot, capturing all of
the humour, action and spectacle
of the original trilogy, the hearts
of all longstanding fans – mine
included – were recaptured.
But success breeds its own
expectations and writer-director
Rian Johnson, a new recruit to
the franchise, has a monumental
task with Episode VIII: The
Last Jedi. He has to develop
characters old and new. Cope
with the expectations of fans.
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First Night
Star War: The Last Jedi
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And deliver a family-friendly
blockbuster, of course. Even
trickier than making the Kessel
Run in under 12 parsecs – but he
just about manages it.
Clearly a 24-carat fanboy, he has
great fun with all the hardware
in the George Lucas toybox but
also handles a multi-stranded
narrative with dexterity. The
most anticipated moment for fans
will be seeing how the clifftop
cliffhanger from Episode VII
between plucky new heroine Rey
(Daisy Ridley) and Mark Hamill’s
elusive Luke Skywalker turns
out. Johnson here pulls off the
first of several curveballs, as the
great Jedi tosses the proferred
lightsaber into the sea and tells his
heir apparent to “go away”.
Well, he is a recluse. But Rey
eventually succeeds in winning
over Luke – haunted by his failure
to turn Kylo Ren (Adam Driver)
from the Dark Side. Luke agrees
By Adam Sherwin
ARTS AND MEDIA CORRESPONDENT
Galaxy quest: Finn, played by the British actor John Boyega, battles Captain
Phasma (Gwendoline Christie) in ‘Star Wars: The Last Jedi’ LUCASFILM
to train Rey and her connection
with Ren grows, through a series
of out-of-body encounters which
take up too much of the film’s
middle section.
So far, so somewhat dull. But
when Rey undertakes a personal
quest to wrest Ren from the
baleful influence of Andy Serkis’
Supreme Leader Snoke, a
couple of major plot twists step
everything up a gear, and the
finale is a succession of set pieces
that rival anything in the canon.
Johnson proves himself a
worthy director, though parts of
his script are exposition-heavy.
He also succumbs to the Curse
of the Ewoks, introducing some
“cute” intergalactic puffins from
Luke’s island.
It’s a bit overblown, cheesy and
cod-mystical. But like all the best
Star Wars films, it has the sense
of fun, energy and fantastical
creation which is the heart of
cinema itself. It’s a fitting tribute
to Carrie Fisher, who provides
the film with one of its most
strikingly surreal scenes. And on
this evidence, Episode IX could
be a cracker. Providing they leave
the puffins behind.
Jeff Robson
Star Wars fans have hailed the
latest film in the franchise as the
best ever. One early viewer wrote:
“#TheLastJedi is... amazing.
Gamechanging. [Director Rian]
Johnson delivers the best movie ever
(OT excluded). And Adam Driver?
Oscar-worthy. Also the biggest twist
since I am your father...”
Lou Thomas, the digital
production editor at the British Film
Institute, said: “Adam Driver is now
A-list if there was any doubt before.
Rian Johnson does a great job as
writer-director. Oh and it is easily
the funniest and most spectacular
of the #StarWars films.”
Another early viewer wrote:
“#TheLastJedi is mostly excellent
with a few niggles. Adam Driver
continues to be downright stunning
as Kylo Ren.”
Joshua Yehl, the editor of IGN
Comics, praised the film, saying:
“I am STUNNED by #StarWars
#TheLastJedi. I gasped, I laughed, I
screamed, I cried and I had the time
of my life. Rian Johnson pulled it off,
making what might be the best Star
Wars movie ever.”
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ENVIRONMENT
Woman hit four times
by cars and lorries
in fatal hit-and-run
Museum set to
display part of
giant ‘fatberg’
By Aine Fox and
Alexander Britton
A woman died after she was hit
by two cars and two lorries in a
suspected hit-and-run incident on a
pedstrian crossing.
None of the drivers stopped after
the collision in Tulse Hill, south
London, on the South Circular Road
near its junction with Norwood Road,
at 6.48am on Monday.
Officers appealed yesterday for
witnesses and dashboard camera
footage as they investigate the death
of the 29-year-old, from Wandsworth.
The victim was treated at the scene
but pronounced dead at 7.21am.
The junction was described as “a
racetrack” by one resident, in a letter
to the Labour MP for Streatham,
Chuka Umunna. Tweeting under the
name Ross Runs, the man said: “As
both a pedestrian and a driver, the
junction at Tulse Hill encourages
some of the most aggressive driving
I have seen in London. If there is an
opposite to ‘traffic calming’, this is it.”
In a joint statement with the MP for
Dulwich and West Norwood, Helen
Hayes, Mr Umunna urged anyone
with information to come forward.
The politicians added: “Lambeth
Council is working closely with
Transport for London on urgently
needed changes to the Tulse Hill
gyratory which will make it safer
for pedestrians and cyclists. We
are pushing for these works to be
delivered as soon as possible.”
Police appealed to all four drivers
to come forward. Detective Sergeant
Alastair Middleton said: “We want
to hear from anyone who travelled
from the south circular junctions of
Norwood Road going towards the
junction of Brixton Hill between the
hours of 6.30am and 7am on the day
of the collision. We are particularly
interested in any dashcam footage
that may have captured some of the
incident before or after the collision.”
The local community reacted
with shock. Navin Bagan, 37, who
works at the nearby Tulse Hill Café,
described the hit-and-run drivers as
“heartless”. “They just left her to die
– it is not right,” she added.
By Sean Morrison
Dinosaur tick found in amber
A new species of bloodsucker has
been named “Dracula’s terrible
tick” after it was found feasting
on a feathered dinosaur in a
99-million-year-old piece of
amber from Burma.
Five specimens of the newly
discovered species, Deinocroton
draculi, were found trapped in
amber from the Cretaceous period
(above). It was the first direct
evidence of a tick feeding off a
dinosaur, said the scientists.
Dr Enrique Penalver, of the
Spanish Geological Survey, who
was the lead author of a paper
published in the journal Nature
Communications, said: “Until now
clear evidence of their role in deep
time has been lacking.”
Part of London’s monster “fatberg”
will be put on display at the Museum
of London next year.
At more than 820ft long, it clogged
the sewers below Whitechapel in
east London. It weighed 130 tons and
was made up of fat, oil, wet wipes and
sanitary products.
The display will show how high
levels of rubbish are putting pressure
on the “arteries” of the city’s
Victorian infrastructure.
The Museum of London’s curator,
Vyki Sparkes, said: “It will be one of
the most fascinating and disgusting
objects we have ever had on display.”
Stuart White, of Thames Water,
said part of the fascination of a
fatberg was that it was the product
of our modern environment and
described it as “repulsively human”.
The rest of the fatberg was
chopped up and converted mostly
into bio-diesel fuel. Work to remove
the mass beneath Whitechapel Road
involved an eight-man crew using jet
hoses to break it up before sucking
it out into tankers. which took it
away to a recycling site in Stratford.
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tricky road
ahead
He said the
wrong thing
– again
The British
should feel
embarrassed
Any US
president
is welcome
Ripples to be
felt beyond
Alabama
Giles Coren
would have
loved author
The Guardian
New Statesman
Daily Mail
EveningStandard
New YorkTimes
The Times
Labour MPs have
the opportunity
to vote to ensure
the Government
can’t wrench our
country out of
the single market
without Parliament’s
authorisation. Now
is the time to lead the
debate and commit to
staying in the single
market and customs
union.(Chuka Umunna)
Well, that went well:
David Davis’s attempt
to reassure Brexiteers
that the agreement
between the UK
and the EU was not
legally binding has
led to the European
Parliament, which can
vote down any deal,
to immediately seek
legal protections over
existing agreements.
(Stephen Bush)
Hundreds of flights
cancelled, roads and
railways in chaos,
much of Birmingham
at a standstill, with bin
collections cancelled
and schools closed.
How pathetic they
must think us in
countries where our
weekend snow would
be dismissed as a mere
flurry. (Editorial)
If President Trump can
visit Paris and Brussels
and be received in an
amicable fashion, it
would be very odd if
he couldn’t come to
London. Whatever
we may think of the
President’s stance
on various issues, we
should make any US
president welcome.
(Editorial)
What a tawdry glimpse
into the bored life of a
long-dead Hampshire
spinster making up
love stories about
imaginary facsimiles
of herself because
she never got further
into the world than
the garden gate of
her father’s rural
parsonage.
(Giles Coren)
Daily Express
CNN
It’s pretty crazy to be
a 21-year-old woman
and native Alabamian
right now. Almost
every woman I know
has been sexually
harassed or has a
friend who has been
assaulted. I’m shocked
to see classmates
and family members
continue their support
for Mr Moore because
he checks the political
box. (Katie Kirk)
The Telegraph
Daily Mirror
The Government
has had a few weeks
when it has found a
surer footing. The
first task is to build
on the momentum
created in the Brexit
negotiations. The
increased trust of
other nations needs to
be retained.
(William Hague)
It is frightening that
Brexit Secretary David
Davis claims he does
not have to be clever
or know much to do
his job. These are
our most important
negotiations for
decades, so most of us
would love a Brexit
boss who is smart and
knows a lot. (Editorial)
The British are
obsessed about the
weather but we must
be the worst country
in the world at dealing
with it. The gritting
lorries had been out
but they rely on traffic
to spread the salt, and
drivers had heeded
warnings not to
venture out.
(Peter Hill)
Dear President Donald
Trump, I’m writing
to tell you that you
should definitely
come, particularly
if you want to get a
nice little ego boost.
If you come, there
will be “yuge” crowds
– perhaps the largest
in the history of the
country.
(Brian Klass)
BBC News
Whatever the outcome,
the repercussions
will be felt beyond
Alabama. If the
Republicans lose, their
Senate advantage falls
to just one vote. If they
win, their candidate is
likely to face months of
ethics inquiries.
(Gary O’Donoghue)
New Statesman
Coren and Austen
would have got
along famously. Just
like Coren, Austen
delighted in reducing
her associates to
provocative insults,
writing barbed
descriptions of her
family members, and
cheerfully mocking fat
people.
(Anna Leszkiewicz)
LifeInBrief
BRUCE BROWN FILM-MAKER AND SURFER
Bruce Brown, who moulded the
modern image of surfing and
transformed the sport with his 1966
surfing documentary The Endless
Summer, has died aged 80.
Along with the music of the Beach
Boys, Brown took surfing from a
quirky hobby to a fundamental part of
Western culture.
Surfers had largely been portrayed
as buffoons in the mindless party
movies of the early 1960s. Then came
The Endless Summer, his beautiful,
soulful story of surfers on a quest for
fulfilment.
“Thank you for showing us the world
as you saw it, Bruce Brown,” Kelly
Slater, 11-time world champion surfer,
wrote in an Instagram post after his
death. “There are never enough words
to say goodbye properly.”
Brown, who took up surfing in
the early 1950s, had made five other
documentaries about the sport before
Endless Summer, including 1958’s
Slippery When Wet and 1960’s Barefoot
Adventure.
Like all the others it was shot on a
tiny budget with Brown performing
nearly every duty, from cameraman to
narrator. The film follows two surfers,
Robert August and Mike Hynson, as
they hop hemispheres to surf wherever
it is summer, from Hawaii to Australia
to South Africa to Senegal.
Surfers considered Brown a peer
who just happened to carry a camera
instead of a board. He shot the film in a
casual, loose style that proved popular
with the public.
“I never had formal training in filmmaking, and that probably worked to
my advantage,” Brown said in 2004..
The trio’s charisma and the film’s
natural beauty made it an unlikely hit.
“The beautiful photography he
brought home almost makes you
wonder if Hollywood hasn’t been
trying too hard,” Roger Ebert said in his
1967 review of the film in The Chicago
Sun-Times.
The film inspired many surfers to
leave their home beaches, drop out of
their sedentary lives, and seek isolated
places with bigger waves.
Some surfers blame Brown’s film
for turning their serene spots into
crowded hotspots.
“A lot of people try to make me feel
guilty about that,” Brown said in the
2004 interview, “and while I’m sure
Endless Summer hurried it up, the sport
was growing by leaps and bounds
simply because it’s so much fun. No one
could have stopped it.”
Brown went on to make many other
documentaries, most notably the
1971 film On Any Sunday, which gave
the same treatment to motorcycling
as Endless Summer did to surfing. A
sequel, On Any Sunday II, was released
in 1981.
In 1994 he revisited his classic and
made The Endless Summer II with his
film-maker son Dana Brown.
Brown was born in San Francisco
and grew up in Long Beach. He retired
to a ranch near Santa Barbara, putting
down the camera to ride motorcycles
and surf.
Born 1 December 1937
Died 10 December 2017
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A ray of light for the Conservatives
Green issues are key to winning back young voters
Tory MPs have been
tweeting about the
plight of marine
creatures PA
A
t a Christmas
drinks reception
in Whitehall this
week, a Conservative
minister became the
talk of the party over
her drinking habit. However, rather
than a case of too much sherry, it
was Thérèse Coffey’s opposition to
plastic straws that caused a scene.
The Defra minister took bar staff
to task for handing out single-use
plastic straws that could end up
in the ocean – before going on
to physically remove one from a
newbie MP’s prosecco cocktail.
It’s not just Coffey who has gone
mad for the environment. Over
the weekend, in a rare display of
social media awareness, Tory MPs
flooded Twitter with news of the
Government’s plans to keep plastic
out of our seas as the nation sat
down to watch the finale of Blue
Planet II. The message was clear:
vote Tory, and the turtle won’t get it.
Rather than a sign that Tory MPs
are David Attenborough superfans, this is part of a concentrated
effort by the party to establish a
new green agenda. From a £140m
fund for developing countries
to tackle climate change and
a clean energy programme to
reintroducing beavers into the wild
and saving trees in Sheffield, the
Conservatives are on a mission to
rebrand themselves as the party of
the environment.
The snap election wasn’t just
disastrous for the Tories because
they lost their majority. They also
managed to undo a lot of David
Cameron’s modernisation efforts
thanks to a combination of May’s
personal endorsement of fox
hunting, a weak stance on the ivory
trade and an association with a hard
inward-looking image of Brexit. In
turn, liberal metropolitan voters
turned away in their droves. To
give some perspective, at the 2015
election, more graduates voted for
the Tories than any other party.
But in June, Labour had a 17-point
lead with this group.
To beat Labour at the next
election, the Tories need to
win these voters back. The
dire situation the Tories found
themselves in is highlighted by
research by the centre-right thinktank Bright Blue. While the number
one issue 18-24-year-olds want
to see senior politicians discuss
more is climate change, the most
commonly selected adjective to
describe the Tories’ stance on green
issues is “weak”. The speed with
which an erroneous story spread
about the Tories supposedly voting
against animals having feelings,
shows just how suspicious many
voters are of them on these issues.
The ray of light for the Tories
is that, as things stand, no party
owns the environment. Earlier this
month, Tory MPs were summoned
to No 10 for a briefing in resetting
the narrative. Here they were
presented with route maps that
showed which party led on which
value. The only issue the Tories
While Gove
basks in his role
as eco-warrior,
there is still
work to do to
convince voters
are ahead on is the economy, while
Labour led on both the NHS and
jobs. Importantly, no one is yet seen
as the party of the environment.
It follows that this is now the
mission of Conservatives. Led by
Michael Gove, the Environment
Secretary, the party is going all out
to shore up the green vote. To do
this, they are learning to recycle
in more ways than one. Gove is
returning to an old playbook.
When Cameron became Tory
leader and was desperately trying
to modernise the party, one of the
first things he did was promise a
“green revolution”. In the 2006 local
election campaign, the Tories urged
people to “vote blue, go green”.
This return to Cameronism has
been welcomed by the party. What’s
more, there are already signs that
Green Conservatism 2.0 is working.
With the Tories reportedly ahead of
Labour for the first time since the
snap election, the party has won
praise for its policies from unlikely
places, including The Guardian
columnist George Monbiot and the
Soil Association.
That’s not to say it’s a done deal. If
Theresa May really wants to show
she is serious about tackling climate
change, she will also need to make
sure there is clear water between
her and those in the Conservative
Party who remain sceptical about
global warning.
In October, Lord Lawson, the
former Conservative Chancellor,
appeared on the Today programme
to question whether climate change
was as bad as had been made out –
claiming “official figures” showed
that world temperature had only
“slightly declined”. The view was
later shown to be false by the Met
Office. There are others in the
Conservative Party who still share
this school of thought.
It follows that while May and
Gove preach their green credentials
and Gove basks in his new role
as resident eco-warrior, there is
still work to do if they are going to
convince voters that they are the
party that should be trusted to
protect our planet – actions speak
louder than words.
Katy Balls is The Spectator’s
political correspondent
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We need a vote
post-agreement
Michael Gove’s
suggestion of a general
election after we leave
the EU to be used as
a mandate to make
changes will not change
anything once we
have left and the final
agreement (or none) is
signed and sealed.
There is a better way
to decide before we leave
which will acknowledge
parliamentary
sovereignty and
democratic integrity.
When the Brexit
agreements are done
and we know fully what
we are getting in to,
hold a general election
where all candidates, in
addition to promoting
their party manifestos,
are urged to state their
Leave/Remain position.
The new parliament
can then take a final
vote on whether we leave
the EU or remain.
PETER
SANDLAND-NIELSEN
WORCESTER
along with workhouses
and rickets.
ANGELO MICCICHE
ST ERTH, CORNWALL
No one ‘falls’
pregnant
Snow before
education
I was surprised to see
a modern newspaper
using the phrase “fell
pregnant” as opposed to
a more neutral one such
as “became pregnant”.
The former should
be consigned to history
Grace Dent’s piece
made me cross (i, 12
December). London had
only a light dusting of
snow – not the amount
we had. Schools need to
close because, unless
there are enough
teachers, there may not
be enough staff.
On the occasions in
the past when I have
walked to school, there
have been very few
children, so the normal
timetable is disrupted .
We either pay vast sums
in council tax to keep
enough machinery to be
used use every few years
or we suffer disruption
with good grace.
HAZEL PASHBY
HEDNESFORD,
STAFFORDSHIRE
Unnecessary
pre-positions
I’ve pre-thought the
words I’ve used in this
email. The superfluous
prefix pre- as in
pre-order (it’s simply
order, what else?) applies
to Grace Dent’s use of
pre-cancelled
(i, 12 December). All
cancellations are
pre-, otherwise
they wouldn’t be
cancellations.
ROBERT SMITH
MERSTHAM, SURREY
Money where
your organs are
The question of organ
donation is simple.
Anyone prepared to
accept an organ donation
should without question
be registered as a donor
themselves. Full stop.
KIM GUNSTON
EAST STRATTON,
HAMPSHIRE
A lot happens
in three years
Jane Merrick may have
spent her first year in the
university bar, but that is
far less likely to happen
today (i, 11 December).
My own daughter
and her friends, most of
whom are now in their
third year at university, study hard. They
have deadlines to meet
and heavy workloads,
including in the holidays.
Young people are
more mature and
conscientious than I
recall being when I was at
university. They change
radically in three years.
To squeeze university
into two years will leave
many – especially those
with summer birthdays
– lacking time for that
growth. What then, is
the purpose of them
studying in the first
place?
MARIANNE LEDERMAN
HITCHIN,
HERTFORDSHIRE
As someone who has
been responsible for
running a two-year
degree course, I can
identify an additional
problem for students.
The time available
between three terms a
year is insufficient to
mark, second mark and
moderate the work and
hold an exam board.
This meant that
students were three to
four weeks into the next
term before being told
their results. They could
therefore have invested
time and energy in new
modules before being
told that, for example,
as they had failed a level,
they would have to drop
them and go back to
studying a failed module
– having already missed
four weeks of teaching.
The disappointment
caused is hardly
conducive to learning.
NAME AND ADDRESS
SUPPLIED
No such thing as
a free statue
You state that “Italy
wants to squeeze more
profit from its cultural
assets” (i, 12 December) –
I take umbrage. How else
might the country which
probably houses more
antiques and antiquities
than any other manage to
maintain its patrimony
than to charge for the
privilege of seeing it?
Suggestions no doubt
gratefully received by
a non-squeezing nor
profit-seeking Italian
government.
WINSTON MOLL
CUPAR, FIFE
i was wrong
Transport spending
In a Fact Check on transport (i, 11
December) we quoted IPPR figures
stating that London would receive a
projected £1,040 a year in transport
spending from 2016-17 onwards. This
was the incorrect figure: it should have
read £1,940.
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‘I was a drunk
mess,’ admits
Lily Allen
Chastain
feared career
was ruined
Lily Allen is back three years after
her last album – and she says she’s
far more in control these days than
she was back then.
In fact, she says, while preparing
to release Sheezus in 2013 she was
a “drunk mess”. In i-D, Allen (right)
writes that she had lost her “artistic
voice... along with my post-natal
sobriety and later, dignity”.
She adds that the festivals and
shows she was playing were “a
disaster from what I remember, I
was stubbornly sticking to playing
songs from the new album I’d been
working on. Despite the fact that
none of these songs were being
played on the radio, my ego was
sure everyone would appreciate
my artistic dedication to it. In short,
I was a drunk mess.”
Allen’s single with rapper Giggs,
called “Trigger Bang”, has dropped
this week to a rapturous reception.
It looks as though she’s found her
voice again.
Jessica Chastain was shocked
to get nominated for a Golden
Globe this week – not because
she didn’t think she deserved
it, but because of how
vehemently she has spoken
out against Harvey Weinstein.
“To be honest, I’m mainly
surprised about my
nomination,” Chastain, 40, told
The New York Times.
“As an actor, I have a lot of
fear, thinking that if I speak
my mind, or something that
feels like it deviates
from the norm as a
woman, am I going
to be made to
disappear in my
industry?”
When the
first allegations
against movie
producer
Weinstein were
revealed in October,
Chastain said she could not
keep silent. “I immediately
started tweeting,” she recalled.
“I’ve got a good group of
girlfriends on WhatsApp, and
I said, ‘I’m really terrified I’m
destroying my career
right now. I wonder
if people will still
see me as an
actress, and want
to work with me
knowing I have
these opinions’.”
However,
Chastain said that
she understood that
“the only way to change
something that’s wrong is to
change it, not ignore it” – and
she never stopped talking.
Sugar has egg on his face after cake crisis
The next winner of The
Apprentice is going to be
revealed next week: the lucky
candidate gets a £250,000
investment to launch their
business.
I’m not in the habit of
worrying about multimillionaires but Lord Sugar’s
options seem to get worse
and worse each year when it
comes to prospective business
partners. The phrase “best of a
bad bunch” seems tailor-made
for his decision this year.
James White is the favourite
to win. He’s 26, wants to set up
an IT recruitment service and
goes by the nickname “Del Boy”.
Meanwhile, Sugar’s latest
investment into 2016 winner
Alana Spencer’s cake business
is not going according to plan
either: seven of its products
have just been recalled by the
Food Standards Agency for
not declaring the allergens
they contain.
Someone’s getting fired for
that one...
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Harmless diversion? The real truth behind ‘Peppa Pig’
KELNER’S VIEW
Simon
Kelner
A
small child has recently
come into my life, and
she has brought with her
untrammelled joy, dawn
starts, and a reprise of some of the
childminding skills I didn’t think I’d
be needing again, such as watching
children’s television.
She’s an ardent devotee of the
canon of Peppa Pig. So much so that
she mimes along with the words to
certain episodes. I’ve become rather
familiar myself with its mix of the
comfortable, the commonplace
and the homespun homilies of
nuclear family life: The School
Fete, Treasure Hunt, Digging up
the Road, and one to which I can
particularly relate, Daddy Pig Loses
His Glasses.
I didn’t really pay much attention
to Peppa Pig’s narrative drive until
the infant viewer started repeating,
rather gleefully: “Silly Daddy Pig!”
And its true. The patriarchal figure
in this animated series is presented
as a bumbling figure whose harebrained schemes often end up
in disaster. He can’t even flip a
pancake. By contrast, the women in
this everyday saga of porcine folk are
resourceful, businesslike and,
in the main, successful.
No harm in that,
of course. Rather
clever and modern to
invert the traditional
portrayal of gender
politics in children’s
programmes. And,
after all, it’s only a
cartoon.
Each Peppa Pig episode is
just five minutes long, perfectly
suited for an impressionable age
group who have not yet mastered
concentration skills, and for a
time where complex messages are
supposed to be communicated in
140 characters. Peppa Pig is the
perfect expression of this era of
attention deficit disorder, a narcotic
five-minute hit of unchallenging
entertainment and, as such, the
morality it delivers – subliminally
or not – packs a disproportionately
powerful punch. That’s why I find
the characterisation of male role
models disconcerting, and why its
depiction of family relationships
should be taken seriously.
I’m not the only one troubled
by the messages promulgated by
Peppa and her family. Yesterday, Dr
Brown Bear (inset), the healthcare
professional in the cartoon, came
under attack in no less an organ
than the British Medical Journal for
giving false expectations about what
a family GP can deliver. It cited three
episodes in which Dr Bear makes
“clinically inappropriate”
interventions, making
a home visit when
the symptoms are
not deemed serious
enough, or by
prescribing medicine
when it’s not needed.
“Exposure to Peppa
Pig and its portrayal of
general practice raises
patient expectation and
encourages inappropriate use of
primary care services,” wrote Dr
Catherine Bell, a GP herself, in the
latest edition of the BMJ. General
practice in England is currently
under pressure: there’s a chronic
shortage of GPs with the result that
waiting times are rising.
Dr Bell’s complaint, so to speak,
is not entirely serious. She stops
short of holding Dr Brown Bear
responsible for the ills of primary
medical care, but behind it lies
an interesting thought. That this
supposedly harmless diversion for
pre-schoolers may be an effective
platform for the dissemination of
ideas. Coming Soon: Peppa Pig And
The Second Referendum.
SOCIETY
more than £12m a year, much of it in
revenue from YouTube.
Middleton follows in the
unvarying tradition of children’s
TV presenters: squeakily upbeat,
wholesome and brightly apparelled.
He seems utterly decent. Kind to his
dogs and wife, he does not curse and
he has yet to make any disgusting
racist remarks in public.
On these grounds, he is
unobjectionable, if mildly annoying.
My complaint, issued relentlessly
to the children, is that the whole
concept of them gawping for hours
at a kidult twiddling his thumbs
is just so reductively, nihilistically
pointless. Why would anyone –
particularly my children, who I
rather wish were reading Dickens
or learning to paint with oils – waste
their time watching this crap?
To this, they have two responses:
“He’s just really good at Minecraft,
daddy,” they say, eyes rolling.
“And he’s funny.”
Quietly devastating, this.
The unspoken retort is that
which has been spoken by children
to their fathers for generations out
of mind: “You’re square, and you
wouldn’t understand.”
I realise how my parents felt about
the Wu-Tang Clan, and their parents
about the hippy movement, and
their parents’ parents about Elvis.
I suddenly feel quite misanthropic.
“He’s not funny, he’s a twerp,” I snap,
and turn the flashing screen off.
They look at me with scowls, and I
sense them picking me, quite rightly,
for the miserable old tosser that I
am. EVENING STANDARD
Dan
Jones
Is Dan TDM
the voice of
a generation?
I
t is said that the essence of
a foreign language lies in its
untranslatable words, and the
spirit of a culture in its jokes.
To this, I would add that the
character of a generation is
summed up by the dumb things
they watch on YouTube.
I’ve been arguing this point lately
with my children, who are obsessed
with a YouTuber called Dan TDM.
Mr TDM (aka Dan Middleton) is a
26-year-old from Northamptonshire
who left his job stacking shelves in
Tesco to play computer games. He
is far from the first young man to
follow this life path, yet Middleton
has turned the base metal of
pointless endeavour into gold.
Almost literally, in fact: his
bedroom videos, in which he
comments on his sessions playing
games such as Minecraft, have been
viewed more than 10 billion times. It
was reported this week that he earns
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Police in blazing
row over ‘smell
of cannabis’ rule
Channel 4 denies
U-turn over
black candidate
By Padraic Flanagan
Senior police officers in England
and Wales have come out against
a directive that restricts stop and
search powers when the suspect
smells of cannabis.
The directive was issued to police
last year and was reiterated by an
Inspectorate of Constabulary report yesterday, triggering the row
among police.
The latest advice urges officers to
look at other factors like behaviour as
well before stopping a suspect.
But some officers, including the
chief constable of Merseyside Police,
said they disagreed. Now the College
Police officers can use
stop-and-search powers
if they have “reasonable grounds”
to suspect someone is carrying
items such as drugs, weapons or
stolen property.
of Policing said it plans to review the
drug guidance.
Last year, police were given new
guidance by the College that the
smell of cannabis on its own would
not normally justify stopping and
searching someone or their vehicle.
But the Inspectorate of Constabulary said many officers were unaware
of the guidance and it is now urging
forces to encourage officers to not
rely on a smell alone.
However, Chief Constable Andy
Cooke, of Merseyside Police, said he
would not advise his teams to do so.
He tweeted: “I disagree. The guidance in my view is wrong and the law
does not preclude it.
“Smell of cannabis is sufficient to
stop and search and I will continue to
encourage my officers to use it particularly on those criminals who are
engaged in serious crime.”
Matt Locke, of Northumbria Police, described the guidance as “inconsistent”, adding that it was “a bit
of a dog’s dinner”.
By Adam Sherwin
ARTS AND MEDIA CORRESPONDENT
‘Victoria’ – the reign continues
Jenna Coleman and Tom Hughes
(pictured as Queen Victoria and
Prince Albert) will return for a
third series of Victoria, expected
to air on ITV next year.
The first two seasons followed
Queen Victoria’s accession to the
throne and her marriage to Prince
Albert. Creator Daisy Goodwin
revealed that the new episodes
will focus on a “dramatic time” for
the royal family.
A “high-calibre” black candidate,
who was prevented from joining the
Channel 4 board last year by Culture Secretary Karen Bradley, has
now been appointed in an apparent
U-turn by ministers.
Labour MPs protested after Althea
Efunshile, the former deputy chief of
Arts Council England, was the only
one of five candidates for Channel 4’s
board to be rejected by the Culture
Secretary.
She was proposed by media regulator Ofcom and blocking her appointment meant just three of Channel 4’s
13 board members were women – and
all of them were white.
A year on, Ms Efunshile was named
one of four new Channel 4 non-executive directors. The Department for
Digital, Culture, Media & Sport said
she was the “strongest candidate” for
the role, which had different criteria
from last year.
It denied making a U-turn, but
Tom Watson, shadow Culture Secretary, said ministers “wasted a year”
by blocking Ms Efunshile, a CBE and
first chair of the National College for
the Creative and Cultural Industries.
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Baby born with
external heart
makes history
By Josh Payne
A baby born with an extremely rare
condition in which the heart grows on
the outside of the body has survived,
in what is believed to be a UK first.
Vanellope Hope Wilkins was due
to be delivered on Christmas Eve before a rare condition meant she had
to be born prematurely by Caesarean
section on 22 November at Glenfield
Hospital in Leicester.
The condition, ectopia cordis, was
discovered during a scan after nine
Five to eight babies
per million are born
with ectopia cordis, a serious
congenital malformation in
which the heart is partially or
totally outside the chest.
weeks’ pregnancy, which showed
that the baby’s heart and part of her
stomach were growing on the outside
of her body.
Her parents, Naomi Findlay and
Dean Wilkins, of Bulwell, Nottinghamshire, said the first scans led doctors to tell them that “termination”
was the only option. Experts, including the consultant cardiologist, have
said that they do not know of a case
in the UK where a baby has survived
such a condition.
Naomi, 31, who has two children,
said: “In the end I just said that termination is not an option for me, if it was
to happen naturally then so be it.”
Just after the birth, she said: “I
started to panic, I felt physically sick
because I thought there was a big
possibility I wouldn’t be able to see
her or hear her or anything really.
But when she came out and she came
Children at risk
from ‘hi-tech
gambling’
By Josie Clarke
New technology is giving
children the opportunity to
gamble without protection or
understanding of the risks, a
report has claimed.
Social media and
computer games are among
the “consequence-free”
products that allow children
to experience gambling in
situations where the risks are
not always explained, raising
questions about their longterm impact, the Gambling
Commission said.
Common forms of gambling
among children – bets between
friends, playing fruit machines
in pubs and clubs and buying
National Lottery scratchcards
– are also happening in
locations that are not required
to be regulated, the report said.
About 12 per cent of 11- to
16-year-olds had spent their own
money on gambling in the past
week, down from 16 per cent last
year. This compared with 16 per
cent who had drunk alcohol, 5
per cent who smoked cigarettes
and 3 per cent who had used
drugs, the report found.
About 11 per cent have played
free gambling-style games
online and 11 per cent have
bet when playing computer or
app-based games. Just under
1 per cent of the age group are
classified as problem gamblers,
with 1.3 per cent at risk.
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Wilkins, aged
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entire heart back inside her chest. A
week later she had another operation
to open her chest a bit more to create
more space for the heart to fit back in.
Over a period of around two weeks,
the heart naturally made its way back
into the chest due to gravity. She later
had skin grafts, and a mesh was made
to protect the heart as she had no ribs
or sternum.
out crying that was it, the relief fell
out of me.”
The couple said the baby was
named after a character in the Disney film Wreck It Ralph. Naomi said:
“Vanellope in the film is so stubborn
and she turns into a princess at the
end so it was so fitting.”
Within an hour of being born
Vanellope had an operation to put her
POLITICS
Archbishop of York proposes solution to stalemate over all-Yorkshire mayor
By Rob Parsons
A possible solution to Yorkshire’s
long-running devolution stalemate
that could see a region-wide mayor
elected by May 2020 has emerged
after an intervention by the Archbishop of York.
A letter by Dr John Sentamu to
Northern Powerhouse minister Jake
Berry sets out proposals for a twoyear phased programme that would
finally see powers for transport,
housing and skills handed over from
Whitehall to regional leaders.
Plans outlined by the Church of
England’s second most senior cleric,
who met last month with local MPs,
council leaders, trade union leaders
and bishops, are a bid to overcome
the Government’s objections to the
proposed “One Yorkshire” solution
for a mayor presiding over a region of
more than five million people.
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present at the meeting (Sheffield and
Rotherham were absent) was that an
“all-Yorkshire mayoral region would
be the best in the long run”.
He said a South Yorkshire deal proposed in 2015 was an “excellent first
and interim step”.
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IRAN
NEW ZEALAND
Space rocket
launch aborted
in final seconds
By Ray Lilley
IN WELLINGTON
A space launch was aborted
from a remote launch site in
New Zealand yesterday after
mechanical failure.
The command to abort came
two seconds after the engine
EU countries ‘turning blind
eye to abuse of migrants’
By Louis Ashworth
GREECE
Earthquake hits Climber killed
southern region on Mt Olympus
A 6.2-magnitude earthquake
jolted Iran’s southern province
of Kerman yesterday.
The tremor rocked the
village of Hajdak, about 435
miles south of Tehran from
a depth of six miles. There
were no immediate reports of
casualties or major damage.
Last month a 7.2-magnitude
quake hit western Iran, killing
600 people. Iran is prone to
near-daily earthquakes as it
sits on major fault lines. In
2003, a 6.6-magnitude quake
flattened the city of Bam,
killing 26,000 people.
LIBYA
Greek authorities have recovered
the body of a climber who died while
attempting to scale Mount Olympus,
the country’s highest mountain. It
was the second such deadly accident
there since last week.
Rescue crews located the 55-yearold’s body in a 50-metre ravine at an
altitude of about 2,200 metres in the
early hours yesterday.
They also rescued his injured
climbing companion, a 37-year-old
man, hours earlier and transported
him to a nearby hospital.
Rescue crews said the mountain
trail was packed with icy snow,
causing climbers to slip. AP
of the Rocket Lab Electron
rocket fired on its launch pad
at Mahia Peninsula on North
Island’s east coast. There was no
immediate explanation for the
launch attempt being called off,
although mission control said
the problem was reported as the
engine built toward lift-off.
In a tweet, Rocket Lab said the
launch of the rocket, nicknamed
Still Testing, was “scrubbed
for the day while the team
reviews data”.
The 75ft rocket had three
satellites on board, each about
the size of a shoebox. AP
European Union countries are
complicit in the abuse of migrants
held in Libya, Amnesty International
has said.
The human rights group accused
the EU of turning a blind eye to
allegedly brutal tactics of the Libyan
coast guard and dangerous detention.
In a report, it also alleged that
the Libyan coast guard accepted
kickbacks from smugglers to let
migrant boats leave for Europe.
The group said it had video and
other documentary evidence that a
boat donated by Italy was involved
in an interception operation in which
Baby panda Xiang
Xiang and her mother
Shin Shin in their
outdoor habitat at
Ueno Zoo in Tokyo. The
first panda born in five
years in a Japanese
zoo turned six months
old yesterday. She will
be on limited public
display from
19 December. An
official said she was
“active and growing
well”. AFP/GETTY
JAPAN
Surprise opposition party aims to oust prime minister
The leader of the small Constitutional
Democratic Party of Japan, which
outperformed expectations in an
October election, is touting radical
new policies in an effort to oust Prime
Minister Shinto Abe’s coalition.
The party’s founder, Yukio Edano,
said a key policy would be raising
corporate taxes to encourage firms
to use their cash reserves to raise
wages. “Unless we have reasonable
redistribution to achieve growth,
domestic demand will not expand,”
said Mr Edano, 53.
The party was formed less than
three weeks before the 22 October
election, after the then-main
opposition Democratic Party’s leader
decided not to field candidates.
“Since we are the biggest
opposition party, we must aim at a
change in government in the next
election, or else democracy is not
functioning,” said Mr Edano. REUTERS
ICELAND
AUSTRALIA
AUSTRIA
Violence against
women remains
Town mixes up
founding date
Fatal explosion at
natural gas hub
Iceland’s reputation as a world
leader on gender equality has been
tarnished by alarming figures for
sexual assaults including rape.
The World Economic Forum has
ranked Iceland as having the
world’s smallest gender-equality
gap for nine years in a row.
But it also has one of Europe’s
highest per-capita levels of
reported rapes, according to
statistics agency Eurostat,
although legal definitions differ.
An Australian town will be three years
late for its own 150th anniversary
after a mix-up with the dates.
C h a r l e v i l l e i n s o u t h -w e s t
Queensland had planned to celebrate
next year, believing the town had
been founded in 1868.
However, historians discovered the
historic date was actually 1865.
Mayor Annie Liston admitted the
town was “disappointed”, blaming
the confusion on a “conflict between
two researchers”.
An explosion rocked a natural gas
hub yesterday, killing one person
and injuring at least 18. A fire
followed the blast at Baumgarten,
just east of the capital Vienna.
Police later said a technical fault
was to blame.
Baumgarten is a key hub for
imported gas Russian gas, which
is sent on to other EU countries.
The flow of Russian gas dropped
after the explosion, triggering
price rises in Europe. AP
IN TOKYO
Jakarta
Whenever floods hit her
one-room shack in northern
Jakarta, Irma Susanti hangs
her most precious furniture
– a bed and a table – from the
ceiling with a rope.
“You can never be too
prepared,” says the resident
of Muara Angke, a coastal
area in Jakarta. In July heavy
rains flooded her home up
to knee level, she said. “But
that wasn’t the worst; once,
the water was up to our necks
and destroyed all the food,
clothes, everything.”
Jakarta, a coastal city built
on a swampy plain, faces no
end of flood worries, not least
because roughly 40 per cent of
it sits below sea level.
Increases in sea level and
regular floods from heavy rain
and monsoons, combined with
crumbling infrastructure
to cope with excess water,
mean the city’s slum dwellers
often face the brunt of water
problems, experts say.
But an effort by the city to
rehouse some of the city’s poor
in low-cost but flood-resilient
buildings is winning converts,
not least among flood-battered
slum dwellers.
“Residents in informal
settlements along the
riverbank, like Muara Angke,
are most at risk of flooding,”
said Nyoman Prayoga,
flood resilience programme
manager at the charity
Mercy Corps Indonesia.
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up to 50 people drowned. “European
governments have not just been
fully aware of these abuses,” said
John Dalhuisen, the Europe director
Panda
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By Linda Sieg
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Migrants at a shelter on the outskirts
of the capital, Tripoli AFP/GETTY
for Amnesty. Overwhelmed by the
arrival of more than one million
migrants in 2015, the EU has worked
with Libya and its neighbours to cut
off the main migration route from
Africa to Europe.
Its strategy has included training
and equipping Libya’s coast guard
to stop boats trying to make the
dangerous Mediterranean Sea
crossing. The moves have trapped
an estimated 20,000 migrants in
Libya, where detention facilities
are overcrowded and unsanitary,
Amnesty International said.
EU officials have rejected
criticism of its approach to curbing
immigration. AP
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UNITED STATES
New York subway
attack suspect
taunted Trump
Trans recruits
allowed amid
US legal battle
By Lolita Baldor
IN WASHINGTON
By Joseph Ax
IN NEW YORK
US prosecutors yesterday charged
a Bangladeshi man with terror offences following Monday’s
attempted bombing of a New York
subway station, which injured three
members of the public.
Akayed Ullah, 27, was charged
with helping a foreign terrorist organisation, and bombing a public
place, as investigators in Bangladesh
announced they were questioning
his wife.
The suspect told police interviewers after the blast: “I did it for the
Islamic State.”
Police said that Mr Ullah began the
process of self-radicalisation in 2014
by viewing pro-Isis materials online,
and that he carried out his attack because he was angry over US policies
in the Middle East.
On the morning of the attack, Mr
Ullah also taunted US President
Donald Trump, posting on his own
Facebook page: “Mr Trump you
failed to protect your nation.”
Mr Ullah’s passport, which was
recovered from his home, had handwritten notes, including one that
read: “O America, Die In Your Rage.”
Mr Trump said on Monday that
the attack emphasised the need for
US immigration reforms. “America
must fix its lax immigration system,
which allows far too many dangerous,
inadequately vetted people to access
our country,” he said.
The President also criticised the
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Akayed Ullah taunted Donald Trump
on Facebook on the day of the attack
visa programme that allowed Mr
Ullah to enter the United States in
2011 because he had family members
already in the country, saying such
family visas are “incompatible with
national security”.
The US Supreme Court last week
allowed Mr Trump’s latest travel
ban, targeting people from six Muslim-majority countries, to go into full
effect even as legal challenges continued in lower courts.
The ban covers people from Chad,
Iran, Libya, Somalia, Syria and
Yemen seeking to enter the United
States. Mr Trump has said the travel
ban is needed to protect the United
States from terrorism by Islamist
militants. Bangladesh is not among
the countries affected by the ban.
REUTERS
UNITED STATES
Marathon’s good samaritan
helps winner over the line
By Louis Ashworth
A student helped a marathon
runner win the women’s division
of a Texas marathon by lifting
her up after the athlete began to
collapse just 200 yards (180m)
from the finishing line.
Ariana Luterman, 17, was
finishing the anchor leg of a
girls’ relay in Sunday’s Dallas
Marathon when she saw the legs
of the women’s marathon leader,
Chandler Self, start to buckle
from exhaustion yards from the
finish line.
Ms Luterman helped Ms Self
to her feet and escorted her to
the line, giving the New York
City psychiatrist the women’s
championship. Ms Self’s family
later told her she had been
credited with the win. The video of
the incident has gone viral.
Transgender recruits will be allowed to join the US military from
1 January, the Pentagon has said,
as the ban ordered vt President
Donald Trump (inset) suffers
more legal setbacks.
Three federal courts have ruled
against the ban, including one yesterday in Washington state.
In October, US District Judge
Colleen Kollar-Kotelly
barred the Trump
administration
from proceeding
with its plan to
exclude transgender people
from military
service. This
meant that the
m i l i t a r y wo u l d
be required to allow
transgender people to enlist beginning on 1 January.
The government had asked Ms
Kollar-Kotelly to put the 1 January date on hold while it appealed
against her full ruling. But she declined yesterday, reaffirming the
1 January start date.
The Department of Justice is
now asking a federal appeals court
to intervene.
Potential transgender recruits
will have to overcome a lengthy
and strict set of physical, medical
and mental tests, however, that
could make it difficult for them to
join the armed services.
Major David Eastburn, a Pentagon spokesman, said the enlistment of transgender recruits will
proceed amid legal battles. AP
AUSTRALIA
CHINA
Senator quits after China ‘double agent’ accusation
Air force carries out Taiwan ‘patrols’
By Colin Packham
IN SYDNEY
A prominent Australian opposition
senator has quit a day after cabinet
minister Peter Dutton described him
as a “double agent” of China.
Sam Dastyari (inset) announced
yesterday he was leaving the upper
house as the government said it
would clamp down on foreign
interference in Australian
politics. He had already
resigned from some senior Labour positions after
a tape surfaced of him appearing to endorse China’s
expansion in disputed areas of
the South China Sea, against his
party’s platform.
Prime Minister Malcolm
Turnbull accused the Labour Party of “failing to
put Australia first”, rhetoric that analysts said could
widen divisions between
Canberra and Beijing. REUTERS
By Michael Martina
IN BEIJING
China’s air force has conducted
more “island encirclement patrols”
near Taiwan, after a Chinese diplomat threatened the country would
invade the self-ruled island if any
US warships made port visits there.
China considers Taiwan to be a
wayward province and has never
renounced the use of force to bring
it under its control.
In September, the US Congress
angered Beijing when it passed an
act, for 2018, which authorises mutual visits by navy vessels between
Taiwan and the US. REUTERS
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Children are
still reading
all about it
in print
A raft of new magazines aimed at
youngsters has transformed the
market. By Emma Featherstone
O
ne urges readers to
try out homespun
experiments, another
is chock-full of tales
from literary legends
such as Malorie Blackman and
Michael Morpurgo while a third
might delve into the history of
the mammoth or the origins of
birthday traditions.
This is the world of independent
children’s magazines, some of
which have readerships in the
tens of thousands. Among larger
publishers, the children’s magazine
sector is still a healthy prospect –
latest figures reveal it was worth
£38m between January and June.
Independent children’s
magazines often have a quirky,
unisex appeal. With Whizz Pop
Bang!, one of Jenny Inglis’s aims
is to encourage girls’ interest in
science while still appealing to
both genders. Inglis, a physics
graduate and mother of three,
launched her magazine for six- to
11-year-olds in 2015 with the help
of a Kickstarter campaign that
raised more than £12,000. Whizz
Pop Bang! grew from Inglis’s
frustration with the children’s
magazine market. She felt
they often contained too much
advertising and disliked the waste
of throwaway plastic toys bound to
covers with cellophane.
Inglis says: “I just thought: ‘I
could do this so much better and
wouldn’t it be great if I could get
science into the homes of families
all over the country’.”
Her vision has proved popular –
since the first issue in August 2015,
subscribers have grown monthon-month, reaching 25,000 at the
last count. It also includes longer
science features, news, interviews
and an animal column from Inglis’s
husband, Joe, who is a vet.
“A lot of the magazine is about
doing science for yourself at
home,” Inglis adds. Experiments
for concocting slime or making
water disappear have gathered
fans such as Tessa Meneux and
her eight-year-old son Silas.
“He’s obsessed,” says Meneux.
“As soon as it arrives he’ll sit there
and read the whole thing through...
he also teaches us loads of things
from it. He’ll start reeling off all
these facts.” Meneux is pleased
that it isn’t just geared towards
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are strictly for
grown-ups
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earing from the
Gambling Commission
that 61,000 11- to
16-year-olds have a
gambling addiction,
or are at risk of developing one,
boys and expects her daughter to
enjoy it when she’s a little older.
Silas is also complimentary. “I
actually prefer [reading Whizz Pop
Bang!] to screen time,” he says,
adding that the experiments are
“very, very fun”.
Scoop offers a slightly wordier
read. It’s founder Clementine
Macmillan-Scott comes from a
family of publishers and writers
and works on the magazine with
Sarah Odedina. Aimed at eight- to
12-year-olds it costs £42.99 for an
annual subscription. Macmillan
Scott’s ambition is to inspire a love
of reading and stories.
Published monthly, it includes
stories, comic strips, puzzles and
interviews with authors. Each
issue has a theme, from travel to
crime to performance, which its
contributors can use as inspiration.
Among the most high profile are
Dame Jacqueline Wilson, Neil
Gaiman and Sir Tom Stoppard. But
providing a platform for up-andcoming writers is also important to
Macmillan-Scott.
Around 2,000 families and
schools subscribe to Scoop. It
seems those who try it are quickly
hooked. Damyanti Patel, who has a
two young children, says she first
bought the magazine because her
son had written a book review for
it. “I then took out a subscription
because I was so impressed with
its content.” Her 10-year-old son,
Bryn Patel Stephens, says: “I
like Scoop because it’s filled with
stories and facts.”
Slightly younger children might
chose Anorak instead. It was one
of the first among the independent
children’s magazines popular
today. Launched in 2006 by Cathy
Olmedillas, who previously worked
on 1990s independent magazines
The Face and Sleazenation, Anorak
should shock us – but it shouldn’t
surprise us. Britain is the only
country that lets children gamble
on low-stake machines at seaside
amusement arcades.
But 10 years since New Labour’s
disastrous Gambling Act came
into force, which ushered in an
era of promoting gambling
as a “legitimate
entertainment
activity”, both
the advances in
technology and the
bizarre pre-watershed
exemption for gambling
ads during live sporting
events has given rise to a
wholesale conditioning of children
to associate betting with every
aspect of life.
Enshrined in the Gambling Act,
one of three licensing objectives
is to prevent harm to the young
and the vulnerable, which
the Gambling Commission is
supposed to enforce. It could not
be any clearer that it is failing to
uphold what must be considered
the most basic tenet of the law.
Gambling has a similar effect
on the brain to cocaine addiction,
yet more than one in 10 11to 16-year-old children
take part in “skins”
betting – in which
online games allow
players to buy and sell
virtual items with a
real monetary value –
or have played casino
games on Facebook or
smartphone apps.
Online gambling generates
billions in revenue, but who are the
real winners?
After a decade of bombarding
children with gambling adverts
– 80 per cent have seen them on
TV and 70 per cent through social
NEWS
2-27
Independent children’s
magazines, such as
(clockwise from main)
‘Dot’, ‘Anorak’ and ‘Scoop’,
are enjoying healthy
sales figures, according
to Jenny Inglis (inset) ,
creator of science title
‘Whizz Pop Bang!’
VOICES
14-18
TV
28-29
Gender-neutral
children’s magazines
Okido: an illustrated,
independent arts and science
magazine for children aged
three to eight. A one-year
subscription costs £35 or a
single issue is £4.50
CAMILLE WALALA
The Phoenix: a weekly comic
for children aged 6-12.
With a £1 trial you receive
four issues. A six-month
subscription is £59.99 or 12
months costs £109.99
Aquila: an educational
magazine covering science,
maths and history for eight- to
12-year-olds. It costs £55 for a
12-month subscription, which
includes a a gift pack
The Caterpillar: a quarterly
magazine of poetry, stories
and artwork for children aged
seven to 11. It is published
in Ireland and a ongoing
quarterly subscription costs
€7 (£6.20)
The Week Junior: a current
affairs magazine aimed at
eight- to 14-year-olds. It costs
£1.99 in the shops or £18.99
for a 13-issue subscription.
is published quarterly. It has a
circulation of around 20,000 with a
annual subscription costing £25 or
single issues sold for £6.50.
Olmedillas is another who
was frustrated by the children’s
magazines on the market. “I found
that it was very gender based and
it was quite hyper-commercial
as well.” So what was her
vision for Anorak? “It
celebrates childhood,
really, and all the things
that one might do [as
a child], from jumping
in puddles to reading
a book.” Anorak also
has themed issues,
such as inventions,
dreams or Vikings
and always includes
a selection of games
and activities.
It is printed
with vegetable
ink on recycled paper and while
Olmedillas started off selling
advertising to fund publication,
Anorak’s pages are now devoted
to editorial.
Kookie is a brand-new,
advertising-free independent
magazine for pre-teen girls.
Founded by two friends with
backgrounds in editing and design,
a Kickstarter campaign for the
project has broken its £50,000
target. Vivien Jones, who is
based in the UK, and Nicky
Shortridge, based in Sydney,
decided to work together
on UK and Australian
editions.
While Kookie is
being made with
girls in mind, it is
avoiding gendered
stereotypes. The first
UK issue, due out in
December, includes a story
about BMX biking, an interview
with Anne-Marie Imafidon MBE,
the co-founder of Stemettes (a
social enterprise to inspire and
support young women in science,
technology, engineering and
mathematics careers), and a
reader debate on whether mobile
phones should be allowed in
schools. Jones says: “We want to
show [girls] what they are capable
of, and that their value lies in what
they can do and not how shiny
their hair is.”
One of Kookie’s early adopters
is Catherine Macer who lives in
Stroud, Gloucestershire. She is
subscribing for her daughters,
Hannah Matar, age eight and Layla
Matar, age 12. Macer says: “I hope it
will inspire them by offering them
stories and ideas from women and
girls from all over the world, that
will support their growing sense of
who they are.”
media – 370,000 of 11- to 16-yearolds now gamble, starting at an
average age of just 12.
This is storing up problems
for the future. Young people are
more likely to get addicted, as
our brains are not fully able to
properly regulate risk until we hit
our twenties. Which is why two in
five young people gamble not as
“legitimate entertainment” but to
make money.
Even though preventing
under-18s from gambling appears
to be beyond the scope of the
current regulator, there’s a strong
argument for raising the age at
which it’s legally permitted to 21.
Most 18- to 21-year-olds are either
in full-time education, training
or insecure work. Yet if you walk
around a Fresher’s Fair on any
university campus, there are
gambling companies promoting
themselves to young people.
Children are
led to believe
that betting is
a part of sport
advertising, favouring an industryfunded “responsible gambling” ad
campaign instead, costing around
£5m. Hardly a counterweight to
the £360m a year the industry
spends on marketing.
But it’ll be no surprise if the
status quo is maintained, given
that gambling falls under the remit
of the Department for Culture,
Media and Sport.
It’s likely the TV companies have
been lobbying the department
as much as the betting industry
to prevent any advertising
restrictions, so dependent are they
on the revenue those ads brings in.
One day we’ll look back on
this era of relentless gambling
advertising in the same way we
recount tobacco ads – asking
ourselves, “What the hell were we
thinking?”
Hopefully that day is in the
not-too-distant future.
A study by the Victorian
Responsible Gambling Foundation
found that three-quarters of
children as young as eight could
correctly recall a sports betting
brand, the high frequency of
marketing led them to believe
betting was a part of sport, and
“cash back” offers contributed to a
perception that you could not lose
from gambling.
The Government is reviewing
the maximum stake on the bookies’
£100-a-spin Fixed Odds Betting
Terminals, and a reduction to £2
a spin is long overdue. But they
look set to duck a crackdown on
IQ
30-37
BUSINESS SPORT
38-41
48-55
i WEDNESDAY
13 DECEMBER 2017
27
HEALTH
‘I wouldn’t be a
writer if it weren’t
for my migraines’
Hilary Mantel has said her headaches
inspire her. Here, another author tells
Rebecca Armstrong about their power
H
ilary Mantel, as well as
being a dame and a Man
Booker Prize-winning
author, is also one of
the UK’s 8.5 million
migraine sufferers. Severe migraine
attacks are classified by the World
Health Organisation as among the
most disabling illnesses, comparable
to dementia, quadriplegia and
active psychosis. And yet Mantel, as
reported in The Daily Telegraph this
week, said that her migraines can
leave her “a gift – a breakthrough,
a sudden insight – something I can
use. If I can manage to write, I get an
excellent payoff”.
It seems unlikely many sufferers
of the condition – which as well as
excruciating headaches can include
disturbed vision, sensitivity to light,
sound and smells, and nausea and
vomiting – would consider these
afflictions to be something positive,
let alone a catalyst for writing
award-winning fiction. Indeed, the
Migraine Trust says that there is
Migraines have totally
collapsed and rebuilt my
sense of self and how I
experience reality
no “indicated evidence for more
creativity among migraineurs than
the general population”.
Yet author Lydia Ruffles (below)
says that she, like Mantel, has
channelled the effects of her
migraines into her writing. “It’s
interesting that Mantel uses
the word gift,” she says,
“because I do think of it
as a gift, but I also think
of it as a total curse. I
developed migraine
in 2010, when I was
29, although it wasn’t
properly diagnosed
until 2015. In the past
seven years, migraines
have totally collapsed and
rebuilt my sense of self and
how I experience reality.
“That has definitely found its way
into things I create. I wrote a novel
in between migraines and MRIs
and it undoubtedly influenced the
way I used language and the way I
experienced colour and light. For
me, it comes with synesthesia, which
is where your senses get blended;
it comes with jumbled speech,
derealisation, incredible pain –that
all finds its way in there.”
Ruffles, whose novel The Taste of
Blue Light was published earlier this
year, wasn’t a writer before suffering
from migraine attacks. “I worked at
PWC in a high-pressured job. I loved
it but I was forced to abandon it
because I was so ill.
Mann Booker Prize winner Hilary
Mantel says her migraines can leave
her ‘a gift, a sudden insight’ GETTY
“Also – it sounds so weird to say
it – my brain has changed. I felt
my physical and emotional mind
stretching and widening.”
To combat her “vestibular”
migraines (which also cause
problems with balance), she had
therapy to help her brain process
information, and she also manages
her migraines with medication and
good lifestyle habits.
“The thing that I’m left with now
is part of the migraine aura, and it’s
kind of like a 3D Instagram filter, the
intensity of which varies, but it never
goes away.
“There’s this layer over things at
all times. In terms of full-on attacks,
I probably have them once or twice a
month, which compared to having
one that lasts for a year is,
for me, manageable.
“I think I’ve only just
started appreciating
the benefits of
migraine when I
started feeling this
creative urge, about
three years ago, feeling
like I’d found parts of
myself I wouldn’t have had
access to otherwise.
“During that time, I’ve also
probably spent 500 days in bed
and had relationships ruined and
abandoned jobs. You have to get to a
point where things are manageable
before you can appreciate unusual,
delicious aspects of it.
“It opens a different part of your
brain. Colours become more vivid,
language takes on new meanings
and I think that for someone
creative, it’s a rich vein to tap into.”
‘The Taste of Blue Light’
by Lydia Ruffles is published in
hardback by Hachette, priced £12.99
For advice and information go to
migrainetrust.org
Television Wednesday 13 December
CRITIC’S
CHOICE
GERARD GILBERT
PICK OF THE DAY
===
Detectorists
Mary Berry’s Country
House Secrets
10pm, BBC4
Mackenzie Crook really has
unearthed a pot of gold with his
gentle, pastoral sitcom celebrating
such unfashionable things as
middle-aged male friendship,
hobbyism and rural backwaters. It is
helped no end by the casting of
Toby Jones as Lance and the fact
that it seems to be eternally summer
in this corner of north Essex. All
good things must pass, alas, but
Detectorists bows out sweetly as
Andy (Crook, left with Jones) and
Lance come to an understanding
with foes Art and Paul, and Andy
and Becky (Rachael Stirling) bid on
their dream cottage. But will they
find the Roman hoard that has so far
stubbornly eluded them?
have their business plans and what
is left of their egos shredded by Lord
Sugar’s “trusted advisers”.
8pm, BBC1
Charles Lennox might fairly be
described as a lucky bastard. The
illegitimate son of King Charles II
was made the first Duke of
Richmond and built himself a
hunting lodge in Sussex that has
since grown to become the gorgeous
Goodwood House, Mary Berry’s final
destination in her meet-the-aristos
cookery series. She is escorted
around by Monty, a butler straight
from central casting.
===
Peaky Blinders
9pm, BBC2
The second-to-last visit to 1920s
Birmingham dispenses with such
boring formalities as opening credits
and launches into a full-scale
gunfight between Tommy (Cillian
Murphy) and Adrien Brody’s
matchstick-and-scenery chewing
New York mafioso Luca Changretta.
===
The Apprentice
The Channel: The World’s
Busiest Waterway
9pm, BBC1
It’s the interview round, in which the
five remaining would-be moneybags
9pm, Channel 4
Dave is the manager overseeing the
electricity cable being laid between
===
Britain and Belgium, a project that
has pushed trawlerman Steve out
of his fishing grounds. Already
hampered by EU fishing quotas,
Steve hopes for a different future
on Brexit, and this ongoing series
contrasts the two men’s fortunes.
===
Penelope Keith’s
Coastal Villages
9pm, More4
Still on the English Channel, or its
fringes at least, is The Good Life and
To The Manor Born legend Penelope
Keith in the first of a new series in
which she visits various seaside
communities. Her husband is not an
actor, she declares at one point,
“because there’s only room for one in
a family” which might be news to
Timothy West and Prunella Scales,
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: Nigella: At My Table
(R) (S). 8.30 Sign Zone:
Anglesey: Island Life (R) (S).
9.00 Victoria Derbyshire
(S). 11.00 BBC Newsroom
Live (S). 11.30 Daily
Politics (S). 1.00 Lifeline
(R) (S). 1.10 Coast (R) (S).
2.05 Terry And Mason’s
Great Food Trip (R) (S). 2.35
Home Away From Home
(R) (S). 3.20 32 Brinkburn
Street (R) (S). 4.05 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 Night Before
Christmas (R) (S). 12.00
Channel 4 News Summary
(S). 12.05 Kirstie’s
Handmade Christmas (S).
12.20 Kirstie’s Handmade
Christmas (R) (S). 12.25
FILM: The Dog Who Saved
The Holidays (Michael
Feifer 2012) Comedy,
starring Shelley Long (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 11.45 5
News Lunchtime (S). 11.50
Access (S). 12.00 FILM:
Guess Who’s Coming To
Christmas (Kristoffer
Tabori 2013) Comedy,
with Drew Lachey (S). 1.30
FILM: Season’s Greetings
(Allan Harmon 2016)
Premiere. Festive comedy,
starring Laura Bell Bundy
(S). 3.15 FILM: Murder, She
Baked: A Plum Pudding
Mystery (Kristoffer Tabori
2015) Premiere. Festive
mystery, starring Alison
Sweeney (S). 5.00 5 News
At 5 (S). 5.35 The Yorkshire
Vet: A 5 Legged Lamb &
Other Curious Creatures
(R) (S).
6.00 BBC News At
Six; Weather (S).
6.30 BBC Regional
News; Weather
(S).
6.00 Celebrity
Eggheads Food
and drink
experts (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
Bart uses
voodoo to get
his teacher
pregnant (S).
6.30 Hollyoaks (S).
6.30 5 News Tonight
(S).
7.00 The One Show
Hosted by Matt
Baker and Alex
Jones (S).
7.00 Celebrity
Antiques Road
Trip Felicity
Montagu and
Clare Holman
search for
antiques (S).
7.00 Emmerdale
Moira gets in
touch with one
of Holly’s old
drug dealers (S).
7.30 Coronation
Street (S).
7.00 Channel 4 News
(S).
7.00 Police
Interceptors
Officer deal
with young,
reckless drivers
(R) (S).
7.00 Beyond 100
Days (S).
7.30 Christmas
University
Challenge (R) (S).
8pm
8.00 Mary Berry’s
Country House
Secrets Mary
visits the
March family
at Goodwood
House (S).
8.00 MasterChef: The
Professionals
The first three
remaining
semi-finalists
battle it out (S).
8.00 Gino’s Italian
Coastal Escape
8.30 Coronation
Street Daniel
makes Chesney
feel sick to his
stomach (S).
8.00 The Secret Life
Of The Zoo The
zebras have a
newcomer to
their herd (S).
8.00 GPs: Behind
Closed Doors A
patient with a
history of deep
vein thrombosis
visits the
surgery (S).
8.00 70 Million
Animal
Mummies:
Egypt’s Dark
Secret (R) (S).
9pm
9.00 The Apprentice
The final five
candidates are
put through a
series of tough
interviews (S).
9.00 Peaky Blinders
A treacherous
deal is struck
(S).
9.00 Bancroft
Detective
Superintendent
Bancroft is
faced with a
blast from the
past (S).
9.00 The Channel:
The World’s
Busiest
Waterway (S).
9.00 Harrogate:
A Yorkshire
Christmas Part
one of two. The
North Yorkshire
town’s festive
preparations (S).
9.00 Digging For
Britain Alice
Roberts reveals
the forgotten
story of the
Roman cavalry
(S).
9.00 FILM: Big
Game (Jalmari
Helander
2014) Action
adventure,
starring Samuel
L Jackson (S).
10pm
10.00BBC News At
Ten (S).
10.30 BBC Regional
News; Weather
(S).
10.45 Match Of The
Day (S).
10.00The Apprentice:
You’re Fired
Interview with
the show’s
freshly rejected
candidates (S).
10.30 Newsnight (S).
10.00ITV News (S).
10.30 ITV Regional
News (S).
10.40 Exposure: Who
Cares? Children’s
Homes
Undercover (S).
10.00Vanished By
The Lake New
series. French
crime drama,
starring Barbara
Schulz (S).
10.00Greatest
Christmas TV
Moments Of All
Time Festive
television
highlights (R) (S).
10.00Detectorists
Last in the
series (S).
10.30 The League Of
Gentlemen
Last in the
series (R) (S).
10.45 FILM: Bad
Teacher (Jake
Kasdan 2011)
Comedy,
starring
Cameron Diaz
(S).
11.15 Employable Me
A blind woman
and a double
amputee try to
find work (R) (S).
11.45 Parking Wars
Cameras follow
a case involving
an allegedly
stolen car. Last
in the series (R)
(S).
11.00 999: What’s
Your
Emergency?
(R) (S).
12.15 Sign Zone: Rick
Stein’s Road To Mexico
(R) (S). 1.15 Sign Zone:
Extreme Wives With Kate
Humble (R) (S). 2.15 This Is
BBC Two (S).
12.35 Jackpot247 3.00 May
The Best House Win (R) (S).
3.50 ITV Nightscreen 5.05
The Jeremy Kyle Show
(R) (S).
12.05 Pokerstars
Championship (S). 1.05
Ramsay’s Kitchen
Nightmares USA (R) (S). 1.55
One Born Every Minute
(R) (S). 2.50 Grand Designs
Australia (R) (S). 3.50 Phil
Spencer: Secret Agent (R) (S).
Daytime
6.00 Breakfast (S). 9.15
Island Medics (S). 10.00
Homes Under The
Hammer (R) (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
7pm
11pm
Late
12.25 Junior Doctors:
Blood, Sweat And Tears (S).
1.00 BBC News (S).
Adrien Brody as Luca
in ‘Peaky Blinders’
9pm, BBC2
Mary Berry takes a visit
to Goodwood in West
Sussex to reveal more
country house secrets
8pm, BBC1
A profile of zoologist
Dian Fossey concludes
9pm, Nat Geographic
6.40 FILM: About
Time (Richard
Curtis 2013)
Comedy, with
Domhnall
Gleeson (S).
12.30 Goya Exposed With
Jake Chapman (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 At
Christmas! (R)
(S).
7.30 You’ve Been
Framed At
Christmas! (R).
8.00 Two And A Half
Men Walden
decides to tell
Kate the truth
(R) (S).
8.30 Two And A Half
Men (R) (S).
11.00 Spike Milligan:
Love, Light And
Peace A portrait
of the comedian
(R) (S).
12.55 SuperCasino (S).
3.10 Top 20 Funniest (R)
(S). 4.00 World’s Most
Pampered Pets (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
The Cube (R) (S). 9.00 The
Ellen DeGeneres Show (R)
(S). 9.50 Dinner Date (R) (S).
10.50 Britain’s Got Talent:
Top 10 Child Stars (R) (S).
11.50 Planet’s Got Talent
(R) (S). 12.20 Emmerdale
(R) (S). 12.50 You’ve Been
Framed! At Christmas
(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).
9.00 FILM: The
Hangover Part
II (Todd Phillips
2011) Comedy
sequel, starring
Bradley Cooper
(S).
11.05 Family Guy Part
one of two. Star
Wars-themed
episode (R) (S).
11.35 Family Guy Star
Wars-themed
episode (R) (S).
12.30 FILM: Ouija (Stiles
White 2014) Horror,
starring Olivia Cooke (S).
2.15 FILM: 20 Feet From
Stardom (Morgan Neville
2013) Documentary about
backing singers (S). 4.00
Close
12.05 Family Guy (R) (S).
12.35 Family Guy (R) (S).
1.00 American Dad! (R) (S).
1.30 American Dad! (R) (S).
2.00 Ghosted (R) (S). 2.25
Teleshopping 5.55 ITV2
Nightscreen
NEWS
2-27
whose televised canal jaunts this
series somewhat resembles.
Keith begins in West Sussex and
the Isle of Wight, dropping the killer
fact that Britain’s coastline is twice
as long as India’s.
FILM
CHOICE
LAURENCE PHELAN
===
Dian Fossey: Secrets
In The Mist
9pm, National Geographic
The second half of this profile recalls
the time in 1979 when a young-ish
David Attenborough visited Dian
Fossey’s Rwanda encampment to
film those famous mountain-gorilla
sequences in Life On Earth that
properly established him as
naturalist superstar. The rest of the
film is much darker, chronicling
Fossey’s increasing isolation
before her murder.
VOICES
14-18
TV
28-29
IQ
30-37
FILM OF THE DAY
===
About Time
Warning: This Drug May Kill You
6.40pm, Film4
(Richard Curtis, 2013)
This is another romantic fantasy in
which a stammering upper-middleclass Englishman is able to woo a
beautiful American – but this time
aided by a surprising gift for timetravel. Whenever Tim (Domhnall
Gleeson, left) gets tongue-tied, in the
manner of Hugh Grant’s wonderful
“words of David Cassidy” speech in
Four Weddings…, he is able to rewind
and then replay the scene with more
confidence. It is frequently ersatz and
clichéd but succumb to its charms and
it is also touching and reassuring. The
message is not quite that we should
live each day as if it were our last, but
more that we should live each day as
if life were like one big Curtis film.
9pm, Sky Atlantic
(Perri Peltz, 2017)
Putting human faces on America’s
so-called “opioid crisis”, this intimate,
sad little documentary profiles four
otherwise ordinary (read: middleclass, white) families, in which
prescription medications led to
addiction, overdose and death.
===
Creep
9pm, Horror Channel
(Christopher Smith, 2004)
A decidedly tense British horror that
makes effective use of the creepiness
of the deserted London Underground
after hours. Franka Potente misses
the last Tube home and is terrorised
over the course of a single night.
Radio
BBC Radio 1
6.00 Judge Judy (R) (S).
6.20 Classic Coronation
Street (R) (S). 6.45 Classic
Coronation Street (R)
(S). 7.15 Heartbeat (R) (S).
8.15 The Royal (R) (S). 9.20
Judge Judy (R) (S). 9.45
Judge Judy (R) (S). 10.10
Judge Judy (R) (S). 10.35
A Touch Of Frost (R) (S).
12.40 The Royal (R) (S).
1.40 Heartbeat (R) (S).
2.40 Classic Coronation
Street (R) (S). 3.15 Classic
Coronation Street (R) (S).
3.50 A Touch Of Frost (R)
(S). 5.50 Heartbeat (R) (S).
6.55 Murder, She
Wrote Death
interrupts a
businessman’s
party (R) (S).
8.00 Foyle’s War
Hilda Pierce
is targeted by
an assassin in
the last-ever
episode (R) (S).
6.00 Hollyoaks (R) (S).
7.00 Charmed (R) (S). 8.00
Charmed (R) (S). 9.00 Rules
Of Engagement (R) (S).
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With Me Christmas Special
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The Simpsons (R) (S). 5.30
Futurama (R) (S).
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Richard E Grant’s Hotel
Secrets (R) (S). 9.00 The
West Wing (R) (S). 10.00
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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
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House (R) (S).
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Mac 9.00 The 8th With Charlie
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& 1Xtra’s Stories – Love With
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9.02 The 8th With Charlie Sloth
11.00 1Xtra Residency 1am
Benji B 3.00 1Xtra Mixes 4.00
1Xtra Residency
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6.00 The Big Bang
Theory Leonard
and Penny
argue about
money (R) (S).
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Theory (R) (S).
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Basset hound
has high-risk
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6.00 Futurama
Bender is
declared a god
(R) (S).
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Bart runs away
from home (R).
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former cellmate
visits (R) (S).
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Ben wishes the
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had never
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using an
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timber-cutting
technique (R) (S).
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Bart becomes
a daredevil
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(S).
7.30 The Simpsons
(R) (S).
7.00 CSI: Crime
Scene
Investigation
A woman’s
body is found
underneath a
prison bus (R).
8.00 DC’s Legends
Of Tomorrow
The team
investigates an
anachronism
in a Viking
settlement (S).
8.00 Blue Bloods
Danny and
Baez struggle
to protect an
informant (R)
(S).
9.00 Penelope
Keith’s Coastal
Villages New
series (S).
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Inhumans Black
Bolt attempts to
stop Maximus
once and for
all. Last in the
series (S).
9.00 FILM: Warning:
This Drug May
Kill You (Perri
Peltz 2017)
Documentary
(R) (S).
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Musketeers
(Paul WS
Anderson 2011)
Adventure,
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6.30am Chris Evans 9.30 Ken
Bruce 12noon Jeremy Vine
2.00 Steve Wright In The
Afternoon 5.00 Simon Mayo
7.00 BBC Music: Home Coming
With The Unthanks 8.00 Jo
Whiley 10.00 Mark Kermode’s
Celluloid Jukebox 11.00
Marcus Mumford 12mdn’t
Pick Of The Pops 2.00 Radio
2 Playlists: Country Playlist
3.00 Radio 2 Playlist: Easy 4.00
Radio 2 Playlist: Radio 2 Rocks
5.00 Vanessa Feltz
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6.30am Breakfast 9.00
Essential Classics 12noon
Composer Of The Week:
Tchaikovsky 1.00 News 1.02
Radio 3 Lunchtime Concert
2.00 Afternoon Concert 3.30
Choral Evensong. Eton Choral
Course recorded in the Chapel
of St John’s College, Cambridge.
4.30 New Generation Artists
5.00 In Tune 7.00 In Tune
Mixtape 7.30 Radio 3 In
Concert 10.00 Free Thinking
10.45 The Essay: Nothing Is
Real – Pop’s Struggle With
Authenticity 11.00 Late
Junction 12.30am Through
The Night
BBC Radio 4
10.00The Widower
Last in the
series (R) (S).
10.15 Gogglebox:
The Best Bits
Highlights from
the most recent
series (R) (S).
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In A&E A
nine-yearold boy has a
dangerously
high heart rate
(R) (S).
10.00Football’s
Funniest
Moments
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incidents from
the world of
football (R) (S).
10.15 Hotspots: On
the Frontline
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scenes of war
reporting (R).
11.05 Appropriate
Adult Janet’s
relationship
with Fred West
enters a new
phase (R) (S).
11.20 The Big Bang
Theory (R) (S).
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Theory (R) (S).
11.05 8 Out Of 10
Cats Does
Countdown
With guests
Kathy Burke
and Josh
Widdicombe (R).
11.00 The Simpsons
(R) (S).
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Mr Burns
campaigns to
become state
governor (R) (S).
11.15 The Sopranos
Christopher
tries to
overcome his
addictions (R)
(S).
12.35 Lucan (R) (S). 1.50
Judge Judy (R) (S). 2.10
ITV3 Nightscreen 2.30
Teleshopping
12.20 Rude Tube (R) (S).
1.20 Gogglebox (R) (S). 2.10
The Inbetweeners (R) (S).
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(S). 3.10 First Dates Hotel
(R) (S). 4.05 Black-ish (R) (S).
4.25 Black-ish (R) (S). 4.45
Charmed (R) (S).
12.10 8 Out Of 10 Cats
Does Countdown
Christmas Special (R) (S).
1.15 Penelope Keith’s
Coastal Villages (R) (S).
2.15 24 Hours In A&E (R)
(S). 3.15 8 Out Of 10 Cats
Uncut (R) (S). 3.55 Close
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Own (R) (S). 1.00 The Force:
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6am Today 9.00 Only Artists
9.30 Why I Changed My Mind
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Listening Project 11.00 The
Unconscious Life Of Bombs
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News 12.04 Home Front 12.15
You And Yours 12.57 Weather
1.00 The World At One 1.45
Voices Of The First World War
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The AntiSocial Network 3.00
Money Box Live 3.30 All In The
Mind 4.00 Thinking Allowed
4.30 The Media Show 5.00 PM
5.57 Weather 6.00 Six O’Clock
News 6.30 Jeremy Hardy Feels
It. New series. Jeremy Hardy
not only seconds an emotion,
but explains it too. 7.00 The
Archers. Kirsty attempts to
save the day. 7.15 Front Row.
Arts programme. 7.45 The
Citadel. By AJ Cronin. 8.00 We
Need To Talk About Death. New
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8.45 Encounters. Two people
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together to see if they can
empathise with each other. 9.00
Science Stories. How a series
of dangerous self-experiments
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gas. 9.30 Only Artists. Two
artists discuss creative
questions. 10.00 The World
Tonight. With Ritula Shah.
10.45 Book At Bedtime:
Eleanor Oliphant Is Completely
Fine. By Gail Honeyman. 11.00
Life On Egg. Comedy, by Dan
Maier. 11.15 Joseph Morpurgo’s
Walking Tour. The writer and
comedian explores Florence,
Italy. Last in the series. 11.30
Today In Parliament. Analysis
of the day’s developments.
12mdn’t News And Weather
12.30 Letters From South
Africa 12.48 Shipping Forecast
1.00 As BBC World Service
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The Day 5.45 Farming Today
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Parliament 9.45 Daily Service
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Navy Lark 7.30 A Very Private
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For The Horse 9.15 From
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Orders 1.30 A Shared Vision
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Feels It
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of emotions,
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Boxing Day
clever
Never mind your Christmas feast, it’s the
leftovers we should be getting excited
about, Italy’s finest chef tells SudiPigott
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“T
he food the day after
Christmas Day is
really, really good,”
declares Massimo
Bottura, nodding
vehemently. “I enjoy it more. It
is such a fantastic feeling not to
waste anything.”
With exhuberant relish and much
expansive hand-gesturing, Bottura
– one of the world’s most acclaimed
chefs – describes the salad he will
make with the leftovers from the
traditional bollito misto and roast
meats he always serves on Christmas Day.
It will be “combined with bitter
radicchio and blood oranges, offset
with the sweetness and acidity of an
exceptional aged balsamic dressing,” he tells me. “After all, I am
from Modena.”
The north Italian province is
famed for its vinegar, and it was his
family’s own artisanal balsamic production company that kept them
going in the early years of what
Massimo describes as a beautiful
yet rocky journey from simple trattoria to his three-Michelin-starred
restaurant Osteria Francescana,
probably the greatest restaurant
that Italy has ever had.
Bottura’s favourite food for Boxing Day, or St Stephen’s Day as it is
called in Italy, is pannatone soufflé.
“It tastes better than the original,”
he says. “I just simmer some milk,
add crumbled leftovers, mix in egg
yolks, sugar and vanilla, beat the
egg whites to snow, add them gently
to the mix and cook in a hot oven for
12 minutes.”
The idea of eating a festive meal
with Bottura is exceptionally alluring not only because of his enthusiasm for reinterpreting traditional
homely recipes ideal for the Christmas holidays but also his generous
attitude to food and passionate belief in the difference it can make to
people’s lives – even leftovers.
I first met Bottura at a culinary
conference more than 10 years ago,
long before Osteria Francescana
headed the World’s 50 Best Restaurants list in 2016. It has been in
the top three for the past five years
– combining the warm feeling of a
home with a visit to an exclusive
contemporary art gallery.
Bottura is credited – sometimes
blamed – for bringing Italian
cuisine into the 21st century. He
broke tradition in style, creating
contemporary dishes using traditional ingredients.
Rather than building an empire
of restaurants for wealthy foodies, however, Bottura has used his
success to choose a different path,
becoming a crusader in cutting
food waste and helping the hungry
and needy.
It is his creative and caring ethos
that informs Bottura’s latest book,
Bread is Gold. It explains his groundbreaking Food for Soul not-forprofit foundation, with recipes from
more than 50 of the world’s most
influential chefs who’ve cooked at
his “refettorio” community kitchens using so-called recovered food
– ingredients that supermarkets
and restaurants would otherwise
throw away. (At the launch, Brett
Graham of The Ledbury made polpetto from frozen gravy rolled in
breadcrumbs, while Bottura served
up Earl Grey ice cream.)
The title of his new book comes
from one of Bottura’s favourite
childhood breakfast dishes: milk
soup made with leftover bread,
grated into warm milk with lots
of sugar.
He recalls his grandmother
would keep bread from the entire week to make pastelli, another favourite childhood meal of
Bottura. “No crumbs, leaves, stems,
scraps, bones or cheese rinds are
ever thrown away, think of a ragu
or broth.”
His first refettorio (coming from
the Latin reficere, which translates
as to rebuild and restore) was set
up in Milan two years ago with the
blessing of Pope Francis, no less.
Since then, permanent community
kitchens have opened in Rio de Ja-
Massimo Bottura at Refettorio
Ambrosiano in Milan (above);
Massimo, Davide di Fabio
and Takahiko Kondo (top left)
EMANUELE COLOMBO; PAOLO
TERZI
How to cook like Massimo Bottura this Christmas
Buy seasonal food, stocking up on
the right quantity for three days
at a time, and spend less while
being more creative – that is
Massimo Bottura’s advice on how
best to cook at Christmas.
How would he treat leftover
turkey? Roast everything – all the
scraps, even the bones, with the
stalks and peelings from the vegetables, as well as lots of herbs.
When they’re done, put it all in
a pan, add water and make a broth.
Strain this before mixing in
bread, a couple of eggs, nutmeg
and Parmesan.
Then make a dough and
squeezing it through a mouli to
make noodles. Cut and cook them
in the turkey broth.
Meanwhile you can make
polpetto balls with leftover
stuffing, and sauté any
remaining brussel sprouts
with pancetta and deglaze with
balsamic vinegar.
By Sudi Pigott
i WEDNESDAY
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In Saturday’s
VEGETABLE AND BEAN SOUP
Serves 8
5oz (150g) Parmigiano-Reggiano
cheese rinds
3¾cups (21oz/600g) canned kidney
beans or other
canned beans, drained
3½oz (100g) stale bread, cut into
½in (1cm) cubes
¼lb (120g) radicchio, finely chopped
¼lb (100g) red, yellow, and green
bell peppers, diced
2oz (60g) carrots, cut into ¼in
(5mm) dice
2oz (60g) celery, cut into ¼in (5mm)
dice
1 tablespoon diced onion
(¼in/5mm)
scant ½ cup (10g) basil leaves, finely
chopped
½ cup (130ml) extra-virgin olive oil
½ cup (80ml) white wine vinegar
Salt and freshly ground black
pepper
In a large pot, combine the
Parmigiano rinds with 3 quarts (3l)
cold water and cook over medium
heat for 1 hour. Remove the rinds
and set aside. Add the beans and
cook over medium heat until soft
and creamy, about 30 minutes.
Set aside.
Preheat the oven to 350°F (180°C/
Gas Mark 4). Line a baking sheet with
parchment paper. Arrange the bread
on the baking sheet and toast until
golden brown, about 12 minutes. Set
the croutons aside.
In a large bowl, combine the
radicchio, bell peppers, carrots,
celery, onion, and basil. Add the olive
oil, vinegar, and salt and pepper to
taste, and toss. Let rest for 2 hours.
To serve, ladle the beans and
broth into bowls and top with the
vegetable mixture. Garnish with the
croutons and thin shavings of the
Parmigiano rinds.
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Travel
Tour the City of
Light in the dark
I
’m loitering outside the Hotel du Petit
Moulin in Paris’s fashionable Marais
district, eyes scanning the narrow
street for a bright green car.
A 1975 Citroën 2CV named Verlaine
comes into view and as it pulls up, I swiftly
jump into the back seat. The roof is down
and a cold breeze rolls on to my lap. It’s the
middle of November and the City of Light
is twinkling. My chauffeur for the evening,
Parisian Abimandjou Arumugam, turns
around from the driving seat, handing
me a fleece to keep warm. Dressed in
Saint James Breton stripes and beret, his
uniform is chic enough to be just the right
side of tongue-in-cheek.
He begins our Paris-by-night tour by
introducing himself; born and bred in the
city, the polyglot (he is fluent in French,
English and Japanese) has been working
for tour company 4 Roues Sous 1 Parapluie
(“four wheels under one umbrella”, the
term used to describe the Citroën 2CV in
its original 1935 manual) for six months,
having previously worked for a walking
tour company in Japan. He is now back
showing visitors from across the world
his home city.
The bustle of the day’s traffic is easing
off and we turn heads along the cafélined streets as we head towards the
Champs-Elysées.
Icannothelpbutnoticetheoverpowering
smell of petrol. I ask Abimandjou how this
vintage Citroën model is able to operate in
a city in which Mayor Anne Hidalgo – on
a mission to tackle pollution – has banned
cars registered before 1997 from being
driven between 8am and 8pm.
“The police have allowed us to continue
despite the Mayor’s rule, thanks to the
traditional value of these vehicles,”
Abimandjou explains. However, Ms
Hidalgo has pledged to ban all diesel and
petrol cars from the city’s streets by 2030.
4 Roues Sous 1 Parapluie’s response was
the introduction of Marguerite, a limegreen electric 2CV, and Gisele, the fleet’s
blue, bio-fuel model.
Sandwiched between vehicles that
dwarf the dinky petrol 2CV, I am even
more aware of the scale of the Arc de
Triomphe ahead of us. Abimandjou
weaves in and out of the traffic until we are
directly beneath the 50-metre-tall floodlit
limestone landmark, which looms above us
in the night sky. It is the first stop on our
tour, which usually includes icons from the
twinkling Eiffel Tower and Notre-Dame
to the Louvre and Montmartre. The car’s
ability to negotiate narrow passages sets it
apart from a standard coach tour. On one
slender street, Abimandjou shows me a
sign indicating how high the water reached
during the great flood of 1910, when the
Seine rose eight metres above its ordinary
level. He explains how the flood caused
the equivalent of €1.5bn (£1.3bn) worth of
damage but, remarkably, no deaths.
Back out on to the relatively quiet
boulevards, we head to the grandiose
Stephen Wynn-Davies
takes a sight-seeing trip in
Paris with a difference –
in a vintage 2CV
The iconic 2CV stops
at the Sacré-Coeur,
Montmartre (above)
on the night tour of
tourist hot spots in
Paris, which also takes
in the banks of the
Seine (right)
CYRIL MARCILHACY/
COSMOS
Place Vendôme; the semi-circular Institut
de France with its imposing cupola; the
Musée d’Orsay, formerly a Beaux-Arts
railway station; and the sprawling Place
de la Concorde, punctuated by an ancient
Egyptian obelisk, before pulling up outside
Les Invalides. Abimandjou tells me it was
built in the 17th century under the orders
of Louis XIV. It was intended as a home for
injured and invalid war veterans but now
houses museums, monuments and tombs
of French war heroes, including Napoleon.
With the quieter evening traffic in our
favour, we are able to drive right up to the
front of the vast complex.
Abimandjou’s enlightening commentary
continues until we cross the Seine via the
Pont d’Iena to pause atop the fountainstudded Trocadéro, directly opposite the
Eiffel Tower. Thousands of tourists are
milling about, trying to snap the perfect
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Travel essentials
Getting there
Eurostar (eurostar.com) takes just over
two-and-a-half hours from London
St Pancras to Paris Gare du Nord and
offers a luggage allowance of two
suitcases and one piece of hand luggage
with no weight restrictions. One way
fares start from £29.
Staying there
The Hotel du Petit Moulin
(hotelpetitmoulinparis.com/en) in
the fashionable Marais district has 17
distinctive rooms. Doubles start at €215
room only.
Eating and drinking there
Feast on French cuisine at Les
Chouettes (restaurant-les-chouettes-
picture of the world’s most visited tourist
attraction. I take some of my own before we
cross back across the Seine to the Champ
deMarsuntilwearebeneaththe300-metre
tower. My encyclopaedic guide reverses
the 2CV into a space behind it and tells
me to stand up, poking my head through
the open roof, before taking a picture of
me with the tower’s lights shimmering
behind me as the clock strikes 9pm. It’s
a big tourist tick, but with Abimandjou’s
guidance, I feel as if we’ve sneaked in
undercover for a superior experience. Just
as soon as we’ve arrived, we’re back on
the road again.
After an hour and a half of listening to
Abimandjou’s expertise and soaking up
the highlights of one of the world’s most
famous cities, it is time to return to my
hotel. We loop around the Place de la
Bastille, where the Bastille prison stood
until the revolution of 1789. Now it’s packed
with people enjoying a drink and puffing on
TV
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Q
BY SIMON CALDER
My elderly mother booked a new year
cruise costing over £15,000. She did
not take out cancellation insurance and
is now not able to travel. The cruise line
is offering a 15 per cent refund. What
are her options?
Name withheld
Q
On one slender
side street, we see
the water mark of the
great flood of 1910
I have made a test booking on a GatwickNew York flight on Norwegian to see
how well the hand-baggage option is clearly
explained. Immediately under the name/
gender/date-of-birth boxes are drop-down
menus for baggage outbound and inbound.
Passengers are invited to select between
hand baggage, one bag (£25 each way) or two
bags (£50). Just below this, buyers are told:
“Hand Baggage is included. Each passenger
can bring 1 piece free of charge. Maximum
weight is 10 kg on LowFare tickets and 15 kg
for Flex tickets. Maximum dimensions are 55
x 40 x 23 cm.”
I fear there is no chance of recovering your
extra spending. If you spot the error within
24 hours of buying the trip, you can get a full
refund, including the bag fee, and start again.
A
Refunds for cancelled
cruises and baggage
cigarettes outside brasseries. Abimandjou
drops me back at the Hotel du Petit
Moulin. The facade speaks of its history
as Paris’s first bakery, once frequented by
Victor Hugo, but belies the contemporary
interiors. Conceived by fashion designer
Christian Lacroix, the flamboyant decor
offers a taste of contemporary Paris, via
Toile de Jouy wallpaper and historic prints
of Place de Concorde juxtaposed with
acid colours and black-tiled bathrooms.
Tucked away in the backstreets, the
hotel feels like a real hideaway and
the perfect place to conclude my night
tour of Paris.
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We have inadvertently booked hold
baggage each way on two Norwegian
flights to New York. We don’t need walk on
(10kg) and a checked bag for a week. How can
we get £100 back from the airline?
“KN”
Travel
Unravelled
paris.fr) on rue de Picardie, close to
Place de la République. The restaurant
serves a modern European menu, is
vegetarian-friendly and extremely
popular with locals.
More information
en.parisinfo.com
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While many travel firms have
compassionate policies which may
involve refunds or vouchers, there is no
obligation for them to do either. They can
just stick to the terms and conditions, with
the amount of any possible refund shrinking
swiftly as departure day approaches.
If you booked through an agent, I would
expect them to be lobbying the cruise line to
show some flexibility.
If the firm is not willing to do so, then the
voyage may be transferable to someone else.
You would need to give reasonable notice
(around a month) and pay a fee of £100, so
you might want to explore this option.
Alternatively, there has been some
success by individual travellers in
reclaiming the cost of trips they have
cancelled which have subsequently been
re-sold by the firm. It may be that, given
the sum involved, you decide to pursue
this option.
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BOOKS
Some Kind Of
Wonderful
BY GIOVANNA FLETCHER
Giovanna
Fletcher’s latest
book isn’t about
finding that
next partner,
but more about
considering
who you really
are when someone else
has helped mould you both
into one entity. Fletcher’s
writing is as wonderfully
readable as ever, and the
plot engaging, witty and
heartbreaking.
DVD/BLU-RAY
The Nut Job 2:
CERTIFICATE U 91 MINS
In a fictional
metropolis
Surly the
purple
squirrel
(voiced by
Will Arnett),
Andie the red
squirrel (Katharine Heigl)
and pals decamp to Liberty
Park after their home
(Nibbler’s Nut Shop) is razed
by an explosion.
CRAIG DAVID
“My favourite Christmas party tune
isn’t a traditional one, it has got to be
‘Show Me Love’ by Robin S (Steve
Angello and Laidback Luke Remix).
Once that’s playing, make sure there
are plenty of drinks and plastic cups,
dim the lights and let the speakers
bang! That’s a guaranteed lovely
house party.”
Craig David’s single “I Know You”
featuring Bastille is out now
From the best tipples to the playlist and how to
make guests leave, the stars give Jessica Barrett
their top tips for celebrating Christmas in style
not very kind to make everyone
else feel embarrassed about their
own moves.”
DELICIOUSLY STELLA
VENGABOYS
“The most important part of a party
is staying hydrated up so I suggest
kicking off with some pina coladas.
They’re full of Malibu coconut
water and I love them even though
pineapples make my mouth itch.
“If you want people on the dance
floor you need them to feel energetic
so I always make sure to serve
nourishing energy balls. Deep fried
stuffing balls are a great choice
and Ferrero Rocher make super
healthy options.”
“Your party has to be cheesy. And
you have to do it naked. Heat up the
room and then everybody gets naked.
That’s very important. Everybody
feels very free! And we serve eggnog.
Don’t eat too much during the day
and you’ll get much drunker faster.”
DJ Smashy,
right, and
Vic and Bob,
inset
MARY BERRY
“Some people love people to stay on
and on… but if you feel that you want
to end the evening, you can give them
a hint by gently starting to clear
things away. My husband has been
known to draw the curtains. A few
comments like, “Gosh, you’ve got to
go to work tomorrow morning!” or
“shall we find you a cab number?” If
that doesn’t work there is always, “Do
you think you’re going to stay? If so,
we’ll open another bottle of wine?”
but often, with really close friends, I
just say ‘Ok, time’s up!”’
Mary’s Household Tips & Tricks is out
now (Michael Joseph, £20.00)
VIC AND BOB
Vic: Get a magician, every time.
Everyone likes a magician. Or, if you
wanted mayhem, you could get about
a thousand starlings and let them
loose in the room. You know how they
all fly up out a tree when startled?
Well, it would get talked about.
Bob: If it’s a Christmas party at home,
my one tip would be: do not, under
any circumstances, invite anyone
to it. Do the spread , everything but
don’t invite anyone.
BRUNO TONIOLI
“If you were in Italy you would have
to serve Prosecco and panettone,
that’s the classic combination. But
I don’t mind Champagne – I suppose
that will do just as well. It’s funny,
because of what I do, but I don’t
really dance at parties. I don’t
want to show off, you see – it’s
DJ SMASHY
“Chez Smash at Christmas or at
one of my legendary Christmas gigs
where I sometimes use two decks,
(yes two!!!) I’d tell you all to hold
onto your Christmas hats and plonk
on ‘Now that’s What I Call Xmas’. A
compilation of all the usual stuff. Yup.
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Last night’s
g
televis on
SEAN O’GRADY
Try as you might, it
turns out Austen is
pretty hard to hate
» Passions: I Hate Jane Austen Sky Arts, 9pm
» Invasion! With Sam Willis BBC4, 9pm
I
From the left,
Venga Boys, Mary
Berry, Bruno
Tonioli, Craig
David, Debra,
Sister Sledge, and
Chabuddy G
That’s it! What more do you crazy
cornflakes need?! My fave Christmas
tipple is a fizzmungously fruitastic
combination of sparklin’ water ‘n’
ribena. If I’m feelin’ particularly
festive, I might add a drop of cherry
brandy! Bonkers, I know. Generally
I find what really gets a Christmas
party a-goin’ is me, quite liderally
Mike Smash, Britain’s most poptastic
DJ, telling the guests about all the
tremendous work I do for charidee
whilst simultaneously not wanting to
talk about it.”
‘Smashie’s Xmastastic Playlist’
airs exclusively on Gold,
23 and 24 December
TIM BENTINCK – AKA DAVID
ARCHER
“My wife and I invented a thing for
a big anniversary bash we had
a few years ago. Everyone
gets a sheet of paper with
the names of the other
guests. You get points for
engaging each person
in conversation for five
minutes. Most signed-off
chats wins prize. This
allows you to talk to
strangers, also to get
away from crashing
bores by citing the
need to get more
points. If the party
fails to get going by
Yo
ou are
the party.
Remember that
and it becomes
contagious
itself you’ve asked the wrong people.
My secret tip for drinks is Crémant
de Bourgogne from Lidl. It’s only
£7.99.”
KATE BOTTLEY, GOGGLEBOX
“When it comes to entertaining,
cut yourself some slack and buy
prepared stuff. Or, better still, take all
your guests along to the carol service,
there’ll be music, merriment and
there’s bound to be mince pies and
mulled wine, just don’t forget to put
a little something in the collection.”
CHABUDDY G
“Christmas is a time to make money.
Iceland sells those three bird roasts,
I’m going to do six birds in one: it’s
chicken, wrapped in a duck, wrapped
in a turkey, then we add a bit of pig
on top, then it’s all stuffed inside
a massive swan. Why have one
bird when you can have six? It’s
200 quid. Bargain.
I do a lovely peanut dust
cocktail, Peanutini. It’s
like a martini, so loads of
alcohol, just with peanut
dust around the rim.
DEBRA, SISTER
SLEDGE
“ Yo u are t h e
party! Remember
that and it becomes
contagious!”
have to admit that I really
couldn’t resist a show that
proclaimed its intent quite
as forcefully as Passions: I
Hate Jane Austen, by Giles Coren.
Because I do too. Hate Jane
Austen, with a passion. I admire
Giles Coren, though – much funnier
writer than Austen, you see.
Like Coren, I found myself in
such a condition of loathing having
been force-fed Austen as a teenager
at school (in my case Mansfield
Park), though I was surprised
that the experience made Coren
late for losing his virginity (which
I suppose sounds rather like a
raunchier version of an Austen
“storyline”, to use a modern term).
Like Coren, I found her comedies of
manners prissy and her characters
childish and annoying. The world
she wrote about and lived in meant
nothing to me either.
So I was with Coren all the way,
including when he ducked into one
of the countless shops selling tat in
Bath, which has become a sort of
theme park for Austenalia. There
he was able to get himself some
Austen fudge, an I-heart-Darcy
bumper sticker, and – the best
seller, this – A Guinea Pig Pride
and Prejudice, complete with a
bonneted little rodent featured on
the cover.
Coren trotted reluctantly
through the six famous novels,
listened to fans and supporters,
attended a Regency-style dance,
and found himself falling in love
I too found Austen’s
comedies of manners
prissy and her
characters childish
a little with old Janie. He was,
understandably, moved by her
premature death at the age of 41,
just when she was on the verge of
becoming a literary celebrity.
Gradually, the case for Jane was
made. I liked especially Joanna
Trollope’s summation of Austen’s
novels as being centred on “the
quiet beastliness and subtlety of
the way human beings deal with
each other”. More persuasive still
was Coren’s old mucker David
Baddiel who volunteered the view
that Jane was much like Giles
Coren himself – “witty and acerbic
and slightly misanthropic when she
wants to be, but underneath it she
has a beating heart of love”.
Coren had to acknowledge her
status as the creator of the novel
as we know it today. Without Jane
Giles Coren has his strong opinions
challenged in ‘I Hate Jane Austen’ SKY
Austen we would not have travelled
from Shakespeare to Martin Amis,
as Coren conceded, and for that
we should indeed be grateful.
I’d also acknowledge that Jane
Austen had no control over what
she became, this commercialised,
commoditised, twisted and
debased icon. So, no, the guinea pig
versions of her novels, and much
else about the Austen craze might
well appal her too, if she were
around to witness it.
In Invasion!, Sam Willis showed
the TV historian’s typical relish for
myth-busting (for example that
Elizabeth never made that “heart of
a king” speech at Tilbury) and the
remarkable knack of being able to
re-tell the very familiar stories of,
say, the Norman Conquest and the
Spanish Armada, and imbue them
with urgency and telling detail.
However, he is at his best when he
explores some of the Cinderella
tales of history, such as the tale
of Perkin Warbeck, which I’d half
forgotten. It was Warbeck whose
“invasion” consisted of turning up
and convincing a surprisingly large
slice of the population of Cornwall
that he was the rightful king of
England, Richard of York, long lost
“prince in the tower” supposedly
done away with by Richard III.
Richard/Perkin made a serious
attempt to de-throne Henry VII,
on the basis of a con trick. I would,
though, have appreciated some
explanation of where Warbeck’s
magnificent name came from. To
me he sounds more like someone
out of a 1970s British sex comedy
than the near monarch of England.
My historical appetite is not sated
yet. THE INDEPENDENT
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Arts
Mariah Carey
delivered a setlist
of truly niche
proportions – and it
was spectacularly
festive TOMMASO
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POP
Mariah Carey
MANCHESTER ARENA
HHHHH
Expectant fans packed
Manchester Arena, hoping to
see Mariah Carey add a sprinkle
of snow to her usual oeuvre of
chart-topping bangers... only
to be met with a setlist of truly
niche proportions.
From “O Holy Night”, to “Silent
Night”, to “Hark! The Herald Angels
Sing”, she never deviated from the
seasonal theme. A Christmas tree
towered above her and super-size
gifts flanked the stage; on-screen
projections of Christmas knits,
gingerbread and baubles hanging
CLASSICAL
THEATRE
Daniil Trifonov
The Lion, the
Witch and the
Wardrobe
WIGMORE HALL, LONDON
HHHHH
Daniil Trifonov’s Wigmore
programme sounded intriguing:
variations on – or pastiches
of – Chopin pieces by Mompou,
Schumann, Grieg, Samuel Barber,
Tchaikovsky, and Rachmaninov,
followed in the second half by
Chopin’s second piano sonata.
Mompou’s variations on
Chopin’s seventh Prelude seemed
to wear a wide grin as they
progressively subverted the
poise of the original, Grieg’s little
hommage was deft and brilliant,
Barber’s Nocturne was disguised
as a homage to Chopin’s precursor
John Field, and Tchaikovsky’s Un
poco di Chopin was a charming jeu
d’esprit.
Rachmaninov’s Variations
started promisingly but got lost in
its own virtuosity: I lost count of
the number of times it seemed on
the verge of finishing, only to be
jerked back into garrulous life.
Despite Trifonov’s technical
brilliance the Chopin sonata itself
was a thudding let-down. The
funeral march was a caricature;
the finale, which should feel
ghostly, had no trace of mystery.
MICHAEL CHURCH
THE INDEPENDENT
off the Empire State Building
(?!) formed the backdrop of the
festive extravaganza.
Next up was the vocal
performance. It was unclear if
the 47-year-old was singing live,
miming, or doing a half-and-half.
If the former, then the chanteuse
retains her place in the palace of
vocal royalty — her voice soaring,
simmering and screeching slickly
across that truly unbelievable
register. If she was indeed
miming, as many believed, then
what’s left of a once impeccable
performer is simply a multimillionaire walking slowly around
a stage for an hour and a half
saying the word “festive”.
Yet the stadium was alight
with energy for the wonderfully
lazy diva. An idle wave with her
index finger or a quiet “I love you”
set the stadium abuzz. In one
touching moment Carey gave a
heartfelt tribute to the victims of
the attack which happened in the
very same room earlier this year.
She proffered messages of light,
sharing and caring, reminding
us of the true importance of this
time of year: love, and the fact that
she owns a bunch of live reindeer.
And while it was all pretty
confusing, one thing that is
absolutely certain is that people
still love the 20-year-old “All
I Want for Christmas” around
which the entire tour was built.
The moment the finale started with those sleigh-bells and that
plinky-plonky piano – people
lost it. While this number,
“Emotion”, and “We Belong
Together” were the highlights
of the night by light years, the
most confusing show on earth
was also confusingly charming:
mums and daughters, glam girls
and their reluctant boyfriends,
and groups of concealer-clad
gay men (including me) all came
together to celebrate Mariah
celebrating Mariah celebrating
Christmas. Completely bizarre,
utterly unnecessary, but a
spectacularly festive night had by
all. Especially Mariah.
TOM RASMUSSEN
THE INDEPENDENT
TATE BRITAIN, LONDON SW1
A welcome retrospective of the
first woman to win the Turner
Prize, in 1993, the same year she
made her most famous piece,
House, a life-sized cast of the
interior of a condemned terraced
house in London’s East End.
The show brings together wellknown works such as Untitled
(100 Spaces) 1995 and Untitled
(Staircase) 2001 alongside new
pieces that have never been
previously exhibited, while a
new concrete sculpture, Chicken
Shed 2017, will sit on the lawn
outside during the exhibition.
(020 7887 8888) to 21 Jan
FILM
Menashe
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
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
TALKS & POETRY
Allison Janney
WEST YORKSHIRE PLAYHOUSE,
LEEDS
BAFTA, LONDON W1
The actress best known as press
secretary CJ Gregg in The West
Wing looks back at her life on
screen and talks about her role in
a new ice-skating biopic, I, Tonya.
(bafta.org) tonight 7.30pm
HHHHH
The Quarry theatre looked
magnificent set out in the round
for the first time. But the question
that hung in the air was how to
transform this vast space into a
convincing snowbound Narnia for
the CGI generation.
Director Sally Cookson and
designer Rae Smith succeeded
brilliantly, employing a blizzard
of creativity and talent to bring
eternal winter to Leeds.
Puppets, aerial performers, live
music – even Father Christmas
– were thrown into the mix as
our intrepid evacuees were
transported off to a distant
Scottish pile to escape the war.
CS Lewis’s muscular Christian
symbolism and brooding Norse
imagery jostle with the occasional
moment of pantomime as the
creatures rise up to topple Carla
Mendonça’s chilling White Witch.
The outstanding performance
comes from Ira Mandela
Siobhan as the White Witch’s
body-popping evil accomplice
Maugrim.
VISUAL ARTS
Rachel Whiteread
Felicity Aston
CHEMISTRY THEATRE,
UNIVERSITY OF BRISTOL
In January 2012, Felicity Aston
became the first and only
woman in the world to ski across
Antarctica alone, making the
1,744km journey in 59 days.
She talks about that experience
and her other polar adventures
in this week’s Wilderness
lecture. (wildernesslectures.com)
tonight 7.30pm
Carla Mendonça as the chilling White Witch BRINKHOFF-MOEGENBURG
The adventure roles are
balanced evenly between the girls
and boys, with Susan and Lucy
leading the charge alongside their
older brothers in arms Peter and
the horrid Edmund.
The death of Iain Johnstone’s
stately Aslan sees the theatre
bathed in a sea of blood.
As the ice melts, it is the
power of the imagination that
rules here.
To 27 January ( 0113 213 770)
JONATHAN BROWN
Dennis Skinner
CURZON SOHO, LONDON W1
The Labour politician is
joined by director Daniel
Draper and producer/editor
Christie Allanson for a Q&A
following a screening of a recent
feature profile on him, Nature of
the Beast. (curzoncinemas.com)
tonight 6.30pm
NEWS
2-27
Arts
agenda
THE CULTURAL HIGHLIGHTS
YOU HAVE TO SEE
COMEDY
Greg Davies
COLSTON HALL, BRISTOL
More generous, warm-hearted
tales – about gigantic, terrifying
teddy bears, about his mum and
dad, about excruciating sexual
encounters – as Greg Davies
tours You Magnificent Beast.
(0117 203 4040) tonight
Tricky
ISLINGTON ASSEMBLY HALL,
LONDON N1
Bristol’s nervy punk-hop
adventurer might not deviate
much from his path, but you’ll look
hard to find any reason why he
should on his new album. Deep,
dense and decidedly singular,
Ununiform pays tense, stark
testimony to the sustained grip
of his explorations in mood and
murk. (dice.fm) tonight
Sheeps Festive Bash
MOTH CLUB, LONDON E9
The wonderfully deadpan
sketch trio reunite for a Christmas
ding-dong – and pull in an ace
bunch of pals, including Kieran
Hodgson and Jamie Demetriou
(tonight) and Tim Key, Lolly
Adefope and Emma Sidi (Thur).
(mothclub.co.uk) tonight and Thur
POP
Dinosaur Jr
VARIOUS VENUES
Back to confound those who
believe reunions are only good for
the memory-lane moolah, Dino
have notched up four comeback
albums since burying the hatchet.
No signs of fading faculties tarnish
their hybrid haul of dude-rock
squall and bittersweet songcraft
on 2016’s Give a Glimpse of What
Yer Not. Roundhouse, London NW1
(roundhouse.org.uk) tonight; Gorilla,
Manchester (seetickets.com) Thur
CLASSICAL
London Symphony
Orchestra
BARBICAN HALL, LONDON EC2
Simon Rattle conducts Mahler’s
marvellous song-symphony
Das Lied von der Erde, with
heldentenor Simon O’Neill and
baritone Christian Gerhaher,
prefaced by Richard Strauss’s
post-Second World War
lament over Germany’s cultural
self-destruction, Metamorphosen.
(0845 120 7511) tonight 7.30pm
and Sun 7pm
OPERA
VOICES
14-18
TV
28-29
conducts a starry cast led by
Joyce DiDonato as the incestuous
Babylonian queen and also
featuring Daniela Barcelona,
Lawrence Brownlee and
Michele Pertusi. (020 7304 4000)
tonight and Sat 6.30pm
DANCE
recommended Christmas albums,
Frost Bites and Stocking Fillers.
Oval Tavern, Croydon (020 8686
6023) tonight; Cecil Sharp House,
London NW1 (020 7485 2206) Thur;
Tuppenny Barn, Southbourne
(01243 377 780) Fri
THEATRE
Dear Brutus
FESTIVAL THEATRE, EDINBURGH
SOUTHWARK PLAYHOUSE, LONDON SE1
Created by Scottish Ballet’s
founder, Peter Darrell, the
company’s Nutcracker has
been lovingly restored, its
sparkling designs updated
by Lez Brotherston.
(0131 529 6000) to 30 Dec
A welcome and cleverly mounted
revival of J M Barrie’s 1917
play about a bemused group of
strangers invited to a house party
deep in the English countryside.
It’s all beautifully played and
Jonathan O’Boyle handles well the
tricky shifts of tone between the
whimsical and the heart-wringing.
(020 7407 0234) to 30 Dec
The Nutcracker
LONDON COLISEUM, LONDON WC2
English National Ballet’s
production has some fiddly
storytelling, but the designs are
cosy and atmospheric, including
a skating scene and a magical
balloon ride for the heroine.
(020 7845 9300) to 6 Jan
FOLK & ROOTS
Beautiful: the
Carole King Musical
PALACE THEATRE, MANCHESTER
Marc Bruni’s touring production
of the Carole King tribute musical,
with Bronte Barbe in the lead.
It tells a gripping human story
with real feeling, and has some
hugely enjoyable Sixties showbiz
moments. (atgtickets.com) to 6 Jan
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BUSINESS SPORT
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The Nutcracker
First
Chance
Opening
this week
FILM
Mountains May Depart
12A, JIA ZHANGKE, 123 MINS
Drama charting the fallout from a love
triangle over 24 years. Opens Fri
COMEDY
Nine Lessons and Carols
for Godless People
CONWAY HALL, LONDON WC1
Robin Ince oversees the return of his
science-celebrating Christmas bash.
(eventbrite.co.uk) opens Sat
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
O’Hooley & Tidow’s
Winterfolk
VARIOUS VENUES
A duo with a very fine Christmas
album just waiting to be set at
the top of the tree, O’Hooley &
Tidow bring the superb Winterfolk
set of carols, new songs, and select
old favourites. The Maltings, Ely
(01353 662633) tonight; Cumberland
Arms, Newcastle (0191 265 1725)
Thur; Greystones, Sheffield
(0114 266 5599) Fri
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VARIOUS VENUES
ROYAL OPERA HOUSE, LONDON WC2
Messrs Sartin and Hutchinson
deliver great songs between
stand-up routines and outstanding
instrumental dexterity. Expect
to hear from both their highly
Last two chances to catch David
Alden’s new Royal Opera staging
of Rossini’s Voltaire-based bel
canto epic. Antonio Pappano
IQ
30-37
If you only see
one thing today
DANCE
What the Moon Saw
THE GULBENKIAN,
CANTERBURY
Based on a Hans
Christian Andersen
tale, this new show
from 2Faced Dance is
aimed at children aged
three and above, with
acrobatic choreography
by Tamsin Fitzgerald.
(01227 769 075) to Sun
The Cotswold Venturer
Steam to the cathedral city of Worcester
Ste
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ip
109
£
from
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Saturday, 10th February, 2018
Departing London Paddington 08.05, Slough 08.40, Reading 09.05,
Didcot 09.40 (times approx)
Enjoy a scenic steam tour through The Cotswold Area of Outstanding Natural Beauty,
characterised by attractive small towns and villages built of Cotswold stone, to Worcester
in the company of historic locomotive 70013 Oliver Cromwell. We will take a break at
Worcester, with chance to explore this fine city set on the River Severn and overlooked by its
12th Century cathedral, which was the site of the final battle of the Civil War between Oliver
Cromwell, after whom our steam loco for day was named, and King Charles II. On the return
our steam train will take the Golden Valley route through the picturesque Stroud Valley.
Price Includes...
Standard £109pp/£332 family – a reserved seat usually at a table for four
First £169pp/£506 family – morning coffee & Danish pastry and afternoon
tea with a savoury dish followed by a selection of fancies and cakes
Premier £259pp/£780 family – a full English breakfast & a four course
dinner silver served at your seat
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Buffet car available. Junior fares available. Tables for two can be guaranteed in First/Premier for a £22pp
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Business Editor Elizabeth Anderson
+4420 7361 5718
business@inews.co.uk
ECONOMY
Christmas squeeze is on as
inflation hits five-year high
By Ben Chu
Inflation came in above expectations
in November, hitting its highest
level in nearly six years and forcing
the Bank of England Governor,
Mark Carney, to send a letter to the
Chancellor to explain the reading.
The Consumer Price Index (CPI)
rose by 3.1 per cent in the year, more
than a percentage point above the
Bank’s official 2 per cent target,
which automatically triggers a formal
missive from Threadneedle Street to
the Treasury.
The Office for National Statistics
(ONS) said the month’s increase,
from 3 per cent in October, was
primarily driven by airfares, which
fell less in November than in the same
month a year earlier, thus pushing up
the year-on-year index change.
Most analysts had expected
inflation to peak at 3 per cent. The
spike in consumer prices this year
mainly reflects the record slump in
sterling in the wake of the June 2016
Brexit vote.
The Bank of England raised
interest rates in November, the first
increase in the cost of borrowing in
10 years, in order to rein in domestic
inflationary pressures.
The reading is likely to strengthen
the conviction of policymakers at the
Bank that they did the right thing.
The Bank’s monetary policy
The fall in the value of the
pound since Brexit has
been the main factor behind the
jump in annual inflation from 1.2
per cent in November 2016 to its
highest level since March 2012.
committee (MPC) will meet again
tomorrow, although no change in
rates is thought likely until well into
next year, notwithstanding the latest
inflation overshoot.
The ONS also reported that core
inflation, which strips out volatile
energy and food prices, was flat on
October’s reading of 2.7 per cent.
“All in all, there is little here to
suggest that the MPC needs to raise
interest rates again quickly to stamp
out inflationary pressures.
“Indeed, we think that CPI
inflation has probably now peaked,”
Paul Hollingsworth, of Capital
Economics, said.
“The [Bank] will need to balance
the risk of not tightening too slowly
and overshooting its inflation target
for too long, against spooking Brexitconcerned households and firms with
an excessive tightening of financial
The Bank of England’s Mark Carney
has some explaining to do AFP/GETTY
conditions,” Kallum Pickering, of
Berenberg, said.
Rachel Lund, head of retail insight
and analytics at the British Retail
Consortium, said higher inflation
would make life difficult for families
at Christmas. “However, the pile of
presents under the tree doesn’t have
to be smaller: our shop price data
shows retailers are still offering lower
prices than last year on some of their
non-food ranges.” THE INDEPENDENT
RETAIL
Sales boost
for groceries
in run-up to
Christmas
By Josie Cox
Quote of
the day
We want to know
how the former UK
director justified
what appears to
be last-ditch rich
nest-feathering
Frank Field
The Labour chairman of
the Work and Pensions
Select Committee
questions Roger
Mclaughlan, the former
UK boss of Toys R Us
The 30
Second
Briefing
WESTFIELD
Westfield has gone under the
hammer, I see.
The global empire of shopping
malls has been sold to France
Unibail-Rodamco, turning Europe’s
biggest property company into the
world’s biggest mall owner. The
$24.7bn (£18.5bn) takeover will boost
Unibail-Rodamco’s holdings to 104
properties, worth €61.1bn ($71.7bn).
Why did Westfield’s owner decide
to sell?
Sir Frank Lowy is responsible for
building Westfield into a global
empire. He decided to sell up
after pressure from online retail
intensified, squeezing profits for
bricks and mortar stores.
How big is Westfield?
Westfield owns 35 shopping centres
in the US and UK. It started in
1959 in Blacktown, a suburb of
Sydney, Australia, and expanded
rapidly in the Sixties under Sir
Frank’s leadership.
How bad is the situation for bricks
and mortar stores at the moment?
US shopping malls have been hit
badly. Credit Suisse analysts said
8,640 stores with 147 metres of retail
space were expected to close in 2017.
Why would anyone want to buy a
chain of shopping malls now?
Some investors are looking at
converting existing malls to other
uses. Last week Hammerson,
the UK retail property company,
offered £3.2bn to buy a smaller rival
Intu, which owns the Manchester
Arndale Centre and the Metrocentre
in Newcastle. Real-estate fund
manager Brookfield, which has
attempted to buy GGP for $15bn,
said it planned to convert parts of its
acquired properties to office space.
Grocery price inflation pushed
supermarket sales up by more than
3 per cent in the in the lead-up to the
Christmas shopping season.
Total sales across the UK
increased by 3.1 per cent in the 12
weeks to 3 December compared to
the same period a year ago, according
to figures from Kantar Worldpanel.
The market intelligence company
said that like-for-like grocery
inflation now stands at 3.6 per cent –
the highest it’s been since 2013.
Fraser McKevitt, head of retail and
consumer insight at the company,
said that despite goods becoming
more expensive in supermarkets,
yesterday’s data showed that “the
British public is well into the swing of
festive shopping”.
“Alcohol sales are up by nearly
£172m compared to this time last
year and while volume sales have
increased, this impressive growth
is mainly a result of consumers
choosing more expensive festive
tipples,” he said.
Gin, whisky and sparkling wine
saw growth of 26 per cent, 10 per cent
and 7 per cent respectively, during
the period. Non-alcoholic beer – still
a small segment of the market –
enjoyed sales growth of 27 per cent.
German discount retailer Aldi
emerged as Britain’s fastest growing
grocer during the quarter with sales
up 15.1 per cent from the same 12week period in 2016, after success
with chilled products such as ready
meals and desserts. Rival Lidl
chalked up sales growth of 14.5 per
cent. THE INDEPENDENT
NEWS
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MARKETS
RETAIL
City calls on Government
to issue warning on bitcoin
Carpetright
profits hit the
floor because of
‘volatile market’
39
From the
business
pages
By Simon English
By Ravender Sembhy
A growing number of City voices
are calling on the Government to
issue clear warnings about bitcoin
and to alert people that there will
be no bank-style bailout if the
bubble bursts.
Amid reports in American media
that some people are remortgaging
homes to speculate on the relentless
rise of the crypto currency, some in
the Square Mile say ministers need
to intervene.
John Chatfield Roberts, a veteran
fund manager with Jupiter, said:
“Bitcoin and other crypto currencies
are a bubble on a par with tulips and
the South Sea Bubble. The regulators
must make it abundantly clear to the
public that if they choose to speculate
in these things they will almost
certainly lose money eventually and
they will not be bailed out.”
Alan Miller, at SCM Direct, said:
“Whilst caveat emptor, let the buyer
beware,appliestobitcoin,itshouldnot
stop the UK Government reminding
regulators of their responsibilities to
protect the public by discouraging
speculation. This might take the
form of extra paperwork requiring
individuals to acknowledge the high
speculative risks in such investments
and restrictions on any leveraged
investment in bitcoin.”
The Bank of England and the
Buyer beware:
no government
or central bank
stands behind
Bitcoin GETTY
Financial Conduct Authority say
they do not regulate bitcoin, but point
out they have made firm statements
on the issue. Jon Cunliffe, Deputy
Governor at the Bank, has said:
“People need to be clear this is not
an official currency. No central bank
stands behind it, no government
stands behind it.”
The Financial Conduct Authority
has told bitcoin punters that they are
“extremely unlikely to have access to
UK regulatory protections like the
Financial Services Compensation
SchemeortheFinancialOmbudsman
Service”. Neil Wilson at ETX Capital
said: “The regulator needs to make
clear there will be no bitcoin bailout.”
EVENING STANDARD
Bitcoin futures surged
more than 20 per cent
when it started trading in Chicago
on Monday. Yesterday it was up
again, a more muted $600, to just
over $17,000 (£12,700).
TRANSPORT
German-based Ryanair pilots urged to strike
By Alan Jones
German-based pilots at the budget
airline Ryanair have been urged
to strike in a dispute over pay
and conditions.
The Cockpit union said that
walkouts can be expected “any
Outlook
JIM
ARMITAGE
Canny investors
know bitcoin is
no will-o’ the wisp
I
t’sfashionabletodeclarebitcoina
mere figment of our imagination,
a will-o’ the wisp that tech and
City spivs are peddling to an
unsuspecting public. At least,
they say, the tulip mania in the 1600s
was based on a real thing: the bulb
of a flower; bitcoin, they complain, is
based on nothing.
time starting immediately” but that
there would be no strikes between
the afternoon of 23 December and
26 December.
Cockpit hopes to force Ryanair
into negotiations on what it calls
“market-appropriate working and
pay conditions” for the pilots.
It said Germany’s TUIfly, which
like Ryanair operates a Boeing 737
fleet, offers such conditions.
Cockpit said that Italian and
Portuguese pilot unions also have
threatened strikes in the coming
days, and pilots in Ireland have voted
for industrial action.
They’re wrong. I’m not about to
argue that bitcoin is worth its present
value. It’s highly likely it’s not. But it is
of substantial value.
The blockchain technology on
which bitcoin is based is strong and
robust. That’s why the currency
has survived nearly nine years of
criticism by regulators, governments
and the media.
It’s also why a canny investor such
as Sequoia Capital – the venture
capitalist that spotted Oracle
and Google – was an early backer,
followed by Andreessen Horowitz,
which was behind Twitter and Skype.
Bitcoin, and other blockchain
currencies such as ethereum and
monero, won’t replace the dollar or
sterling, but you can easily see them
becoming common global substitutes
for cash transactions in the coming
years. They have strong technology
behind them which makes them
valuable. The trick for investors, as
ever, is working out how valuable.
Investment funds have been hiring
the biggest brains from Google and
Facebook to analyse just this (those
would be the ex-Google and Facebook
techies not setting up blockchain
apps of their own).
There will be winners and losers.
US fund MetaStable is on a winning
streak, having been early backers
of bitcoin and ethereum (which
has gone from $7 to $553), while
skipping The Dao, which it correctly
Biitcoin and other such
currencies have strong
technology behind them
which makes them valuable
predicted would get hacked, and
Steem, which flopped.
Hedge Fund Alert says that there
are 15 crypto-currency funds already,
with 25 more raising money now.
There are even funds of funds that
can put you in various firms to spread
the risk. A new financial industry
Carpetright has revealed half-year
profits crashed by 92.7 per cent
and warned that full-year earnings
will be towards the bottom end
of expectations in a “volatile and
unpredictable” consumer market.
The carpet and flooring retailer
cautioned over a “fragile” consumer
outlook and intense competition as
it posted bottom line pre-tax profits
of £300,000 for the six months to 28
October, down from £4.1m in 2016.
On an underlying basis, profits
more than halved to £2.1m from
£5.1m a year ago.
Carpetright said a challenging
first half saw profits impacted
by a clearance sale to
shift discontinued
bed lines as it
overhauled the
entire range,
as well as
“unsuccessful”
discounting in
the Netherlands
and Belgium.
UK like-for-like
sales rose by 0.7 per
cent in the first half, but
UK earnings fell by 27 per cent and
profit margins dropped heavily in its
European arm.
The chain said sales had picked up
in the first six weeks of the second half
– rising by 1.4 per cent on a like-forlike basis in the UK – but cautioned
about second-half outcomes as it
said consumers were being hit by an
income squeeze.
Wilf Walsh, chief executive of
Carpetright, (above) said: “When
wage inflation fails to keep pace with
RPI [inflation] there has, at some
stage, to be a tipping point when
customers tighten their belts.
“The consumer market has
remained volatile and unpredictable,
but we believe we can grow our share
in the core flooring market.”
around the blockchain is growing,
with applications varying from
currencies to secure cloud storage.
Bitcoin may be a bubble, but its
technology is here to stay. London’s
investors should embrace, not hide
from it.
Caught by the net
Back in the day, if Sir Frank Lowy,
the shopping centres king, needed
to make an extra dollar, he’d just
ask his tenants for it. Now, it’s not so
easy. The internet has made life so
hard for shops that they can’t afford
the rent rises their landlords might
want. Instead, the centres have to
make savings themselves by merging
and cutting costs. Today’s – UnibailRodamco swooping to buy Westfield
– is the third big deal in a month.
Sir Frank has had a good run, but
the wily old billionaire knows the
easy money in malls is long gone.
EVENING STANDARD
Consumer credit
soars in China
South China Morning Post
Chinese households are less
indebted than those in the
United States and Japan,
but financial risk-taking is
growing as more wage earners
borrow money, according to a
nationwide survey. The results
of the survey of more than
40,000 households from July
to September were released
yesterday and shed light on
the rapid growth of consumer
credit in China.
Wheat crop to be
lowest in a decade
Sydney Morning Herald
Dry conditions in winter and
spring, followed by severe
frosts in cropping districts
in south-eastern Australia,
have combined to slash crops,
farm incomes and agricultural
export earnings in fiscal 2018.
Australia’s wheat crop, forecast
to be just over 20 million tons,
is on track to be the lowest in a
decade. It coincides with rising
fuel and electricity prices.
£3.8bn buyout bid
for smart card firm
Le Monde
Thierry Breton, CEO of Atos
IT group, has said the group
has proposed a buyout to
Gemalto, the French smart
card specialist, which is going
through a bad patch. Mr
Breton has yet to convince
the owners of Gemalto to sell
their shares. Atos presented
a “friendly” takeover bid at a
price of €46 (£40.50) per share,
a transaction valued at €4.3bn.
Hostility to WTO
‘hurts America’
The New York Times
President Trump’s statements
against the World Trade
Organization hurt America
first. The President is no
friend to the global trade body,
which is meeting in Buenos
Aires this week. Reforms are
needed, but America has won
most of the complaints it has
brought to the global trade
body, including against China.
Mr Trump’s trade chief will
emphasisse sovereignty over
multilateralism at meetings.
40
BUSINESS
The
Business
Matrix
The day at
a glance
FTSE 100 up 46.9 at 7500.4
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Admiral
Anglo Amer
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Ashtead Group
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Bunzl
Burberry
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Compass
ConvaTec Group
CRH
Croda Intl
DCC
Diageo
Direct Line Ins
Easyjet
Experian
Fresnillo
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INDUSTRY
COMMODITIES
Hurricanes raise
Ashtead revenues
Glencore recovery
‘extraordinary’
Equipment rental group
Ashtead received a boost
from the weak pound and
high demand in the US for its
equipment after devastating
damage caused by hurricanes
Irma and Harvey. In a first-half
trading update, the group –
which operates across the UK,
US and Canada – said revenue
rose 19 per cent to £1.9bn.
Glencore has updated on its
earnings targets as analysts
backed the mining giant to
capitalise on the growing
demand for electric cars. The
FTSE 100 firm has pencilled
in earnings of about $2.8bn
(£2.1bn) at its commodities
trading arm for 2017, a
turnaround analysts have
heralded as “extraordinary”.
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SERVICES
Easyjet go-ahead
for Air Berlin slots
Recruiter to beat
profit forecasts
The European Commission has
given the all-clear for easyJet
to take over parts of collapsed
Air Berlin. EU authorities
“unconditionally” approved the
deal, saying it would not impact
airline competition across the
EU. EasyJet agreed to buy
part of Air Berlin’s operation
for €40m (£35.2m) in October,
which included landing slots.
Shares in Robert Walters have
surged after the recruitment
firm said it was on track to
outstrip its profit expectations.
The firm was up more than 7
per cent in afternoon trading
on the London Stock Exchange
after the business saw “strong
trading” across all regions
in the first two months of the
fourth quarter.
FINANCE
IRELAND
LSE chief backed
by major investor
Joblessness near
pre-crash level
The London Stock Exchange
Group chairman Donald Brydon
has gained backing from a
major shareholder, dampening
prospects of his ousting at
an investor meeting next
week. The Qatar Investment
Authority has taken a position
to support the chairman, the
Press Association understands.
The unemployment rate in
Ireland is set to approach
pre-economic crash levels
next year, figures suggest. The
jobless figure is expected to
average 6.2 per cent this year
and 5.4 per cent in 2018, the
Economic and Social Research
Institute found, close to the rate
prior to the 2008 crash.
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FINANCE
Deutsche and Pru
to buy 400 trains
Malaysia bucks
deals slowdown
Deutsche Bank and Prudential
have struck a £700m deal to
buy more than 400 trains for
services into London. Corelink
Rail Infrastructure, co-owned
by Deutsche’s fund arm and
Pru’s Infracapital, will buy 413
of the trains and lease them to
West Midlands Trains.
Malaysia appears to have
bucked the global slowdown
in dealmaking this year. The
country sealed mergers and
acquisitions worth almost $18bn
(£13.5bn) in 2017. The Duff &
Phelps Transaction Trail report
showed the total of 408 deals in
the South-east Asian nation.
the
markets
Energy firms boosted the FTSE
100 yesterday after the price of oil
and gas rose. The blue-chip index
closed up 46.93 points at 7,5000.4,
while the FTSE 250 gained 8.4
points to close at 20,073.0.
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Centrica was up 3.50p at 145p,
while shares in BP were up 7.07p
at 505.66p. Shares in Severn
Trent were up 35p to 2,120p. The
biggest fallers in the FTSE 100
included the supermarket chains
Morrisons, down 9.90p to 211.50p,
and Sainsbury’s, down 10.10p
to 234.6p, after Kantar reported
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By Andrew Buncombe
A US drug manufacturer has increased the price of a bottle of vitamins – a generic version of which
can be bought for $5 (£3.75) – by
more than 800 per cent.
In the latest example of eyedropping price-gouging in the US’s
lightly regulated pharmaceutical
industry, records show Avondale
Pharmaceuticals, a company registered in Alabama, raised the price
of Niacor from $32.46 to $295.
A wide range of generic versions
of the vitamin are available; Walmart sells a jar of 100 tablets for
$14.99 while other brands are available online for even less.
The development mirrors the
controversy surrounding the investor Martin Shkreli, who became the “most hated man in the
US” after he bought the rights to a
drug used to treat people with Aids
and increased the price by almost
5,000 per cent. Shkreli, a former
pharmaceutical executive, was
convicted in August of two counts
of fraud and one count of conspiracy for misleading investors
in hedge funds he ran.
He is currently in jail
awaiting sentencing.
The Financial
Times said Avondale
Pharmaceuticals
bought the rights to
Niacor from Upsher
Smith, a division of Japan’s Sawai Pharmaceutical, earlier this year.
The company also bought the
rights to a drug used to treat respiratory ailments, known as SSKI,
and increased the price by 2,469
per cent, raising the cost of a 30ml
bottle from $11.48 to $295.
Avondale Pharmaceuticals
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its address as a business park
in Mountain View, a suburb of
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prescriptions were
written last year,
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CHARITY
Four hours
of learning
fuelled by a
22p breakfast
A Wall Street bank says charity
adds up. By Richard Vaughan
A
2017 Christmas Appeal
Start the day right
Breakfast by numbers
The amount of food delivered to
Magic Breakfast partner schools in
the last academic year (Septermber
2016 to July 2017) came in at...
2,665,248
Total number of bagels delivered
2,080,971
Total number of bowls of cereal
delivered
1,482,000
Total number of glasses of juice
delivered
191,378
Total number of bowls of porridge
delivered
scale. These partnerships, when
you have this scale, they have the
potential to unlock an awful lot of
philanthropy – it’s phenomenal.”
Magic Breakfast does
not currently receive
any government
funding, despite
research trials
showing primary
schools that
provided
breakfasts to
pupils made
two months
more educational
progress than those
that did not.
Mr McIvor believes
that providing pupils with a
healthy breakfast gives the biggest
School breakfast clubs help children’s educational progress, research shows DARREN O’BRIEN/GUZELIAN
return on the investment. “A lot
of us here are mathematically
minded,” he added.
“You look at the opportunity –
for 22p, you can unlock four hours
of learning.
“At the moment, school funding
is directed at lunch, which costs
a multiple of breakfast, and if
you had to unlock the morning
or the afternoon, you would start
with breakfast.
“You see this as a gaping
opportunity that needs to be taken
care of.”
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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 – more than a whole year’s worth.
Christmas
Appeal
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they can concentrate in their important morning lessons and do well at school.
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senior executive at one
of the world’s biggest
banks has called on City
firms to step in more
when the Government
is unable to fund vital social policies.
Bank of America Merrill
Lynch has partnered with Magic
Breakfast to help the small charity
to deliver healthy breakfasts to
thousands more schoolchildren.
John McIvor, head of global
marketing and corporate affairs,
EMEA at the bank, said the
partnership it has developed with
Magic Breakfast is one that should
be duplicated across the City.
“We tried to find a charity
partner where we think the story is
super-compelling – where there is a
real unmet need,” Mr McIvor said.
“And I think we recognise that,
frankly, right now, the Government
can’t do everything.”
The bank selected Magic
Breakfast to be its UK charity
partner for a two-year period,
during which time a variety of
fundraising and charitable events
are being staged at their UK offices.
Through the bank’s global
Matching Gifts programme,
employees have the opportunity
to double their donations, raising
further funds for the charity.
The charity has also been
chosen by i as part of its Christmas
charity campaign to raise £100,000
to provide an extra 500,000
breakfasts for children.
“For our previous charity
partnership, we raised £1.25m over
the two years,” Mr McIvor said.
“Our employees want to do
this, and our managers like it
because it works from an employee
engagement perspective as well.
It’s really positive on so
many different levels.
And that’s why I think
a lot of companies
should think
hard about this
model. You are
seeing it more
and more across
the City, and it
definitely has
potential for further
engagement.”
He added: “This is
a model of the future. You
are seeing a lot more of this across
the City, where you have sufficient
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Peel the celeriac and cut into small
chunks. Put in a saucepan with the
potato, cover with boiling water and cook
for 10 to 12 minutes or until very tender.
Halve the fish to make two portions. Put
the milk in a small frying pan, add the
fish and cook very gently, covered with
a lid or foil for about eight minutes until
cooked through. Grate the lemon zest
and measure 2tsp of the juice.
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Sizing John
absence opens
door for Tizzard
By Jon Freeman
RACING EDITOR
Sizing John will miss the King
George VI Chase at Kempton on
Boxing Day, trainer Jessica Harrington said yesterday. If the Cheltenham Gold Cup winner runs
anywhere over Christmas, it will be
at Leopardstown two days later.
Might Bite and Bristol De Mai now
dominate the King George betting,
but Colin Tizzard has not given up
hope of winning the big race for the
third year running following the successes of Cue Card and Thistlecrack.
Those two are being prepared
again and they may well be joined by
Fox Norton, who would be tackling
three miles for the first time after his
surprise defeat at the hands of Politologue in last Saturday’s two-mile
Tingle Creek Chase.
Song Light is a bit of a rogue over
hurdles these days, refusing, or virtually refusing, to race on his three
most recent intended starts. But
he’s a talented rogue, so punters
still like him. His close third in the
Greatwood Hurdle at Cheltenham
last year was an example of what
he’s capable of. He was also on his
best behaviour when last running on
the Flat at Goodwood in October and
bolted up by eight lengths. A 10lb
rise in today’s two-mile handicap at
Kempton does not seem harsh.
Down, but not out, the remarkable
Milton Bradley, 82, drove the horsebox to Lingfield yesterday, his form as
cold as the weather after five winnerless months, but went back home to
his Gloucestershire stables on the
hot list after notching a 1,121-1 treble,
courtesy of sprinters Indian Affair,
Compton Prince and Temple Road.
top
tips
BEST BET
Song Light
(6.40pm, Kempton)
A more trustworthy proposition
on the Flat than over hurdles at
the moment.
NEXT BEST
Makaarim
(2.0pm, Lingfield)
Won with a bit in hand at
Wolverhampton last month and
can strike again.
ONE TO WATCH
The further Ainchea went on
his hurdling debut at Sandown,
the better he looked. He’s a very
smart recruit.
KEMPTON
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BOXING
Furys free to
resume careers
after doping bans
are backdated
For the record, the UK’s anti-doping authority stands by the test results of 2015 while the Furys maintain
they did nothing wrong other than
eat the meat of an uncastrated boar.
CHIEF SPORTS
CORRESPONDENT
The cousins accepted the disqualiA case that involved the consump- fication of their respective victories in
tion of wild boar with its tackle February 2015 – Tyson’s over Chrisintact always had the potential to get tian Hammer and Hughie’s a week
messy. And so it was that Tyson Fury earlier against Andriy Rudenko –
and cousin Hughie were cleared to and a two-year ban, backdated, while
resume their careers unencumbered rejoicing in the real triumph, which
by a doping stain after the UK Anti- is that the allegation of illegal use of
steroids was not proven.
doping Agency effectively
It would appear Ukad
admitted they could take
The Furys either ran out of resources
the case no further.
or the will to get to the heart
The Furys tested positive maintain
of the matter, which is a
for the steroid nandrolone they did
devastating loss for the orafter bouts a week apart in nothing
ganisation, and ultimately
February 2015. It took Ukad wrong other
for sport if alleged abusers
16 months to bring charges
than
eat
the
can clog a case in enough
and a further 17 months
meat
of
an
red tape to reverse out of a
to conclude that, unless a
tricky spot.
compromise was reached, uncastrated
In a statement, Ukad
the organisation could dis- boar
said: “The anti-doping
appear down a Dickensian
rule violations it has
rabbit hole of infinite depth.
Thus far Ukad has not explained asserted have been committed and
how it took so long first to charge and the consequences set out in the UK
then to become beached in compro- Anti-Doping Rules should apply.
mise – other than making a reference Tyson and Hughie Fury’s position
to “result management” issues – or is that they have never knowingly
why it also dropped the case against or deliberately committed any antiTyson Fury over an alleged missed doping rule violation.”
And now the crucial capitulation.
drugs test in September 2016.
Kevin
Garside
Tyson Fury poses for
photographs in Bolton
in November 2015
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RUGBY UNION
‘World-class’ replacement
sought for sacked Mallinder
By Andrew Baldock
Northampton say they will seek
a “world-class” rugby director to
succeed Jim Mallinder at Franklin’s
Gardens.
Saints sacked Mallinder yesterday
after 10 years in charge. He was
the Premiership’s longest-serving
director of rugby.
Mallinder guided Northampton to
the Premiership title in 2014, while
Saints were beaten European Cup
finalists three years earlier. Northampton also won the European Challenge Cup and Anglo-Welsh Cup
under his direction.
But Saints currently lie 10th in the
Premiership, having won just four
league games all season, and they also
prop up their European Champions
Cup pool following three successive
losses, conceding more points than
any other team in the tournament.
The final straw appears to have
been last Saturday’s 43-32 European home defeat against the
Jim Mallinder lost his
job at Northampton
after 10 years in charge
The final
straw appears
to have been
last Saturday’s
European home
defeat against
the Ospreys
Ospreys – Franklin’s Gardens was
barely half full – and Saints have also
twice shipped more than 50 points
to Saracens this term. They have
lost nine of their last 10 games in all
competitions.
The vacancy created by Mallinder’s
departure is certain to attract considerable interest, and it would be
no surprise to see people like former
England head coach Stuart Lancaster and ex-Bath boss Mike Ford
linked with it.
The club said Northampton attack
coach Alan Dickens will take over in
a short-term position of interim head
coach until a replacement is found for
Mallinder.
“We will now begin an extensive
search to find a world-class director
of rugby to replace Jim,” Saints chief
executive Mark Darbon said.
“While that search is under way,
we will look to bolster our existing
coaching group with some additional
leadership and experience on a shortterm basis for this season.”
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‘Over 200’ Russians to join 2018 Games
By James Ellingworth
IN MOSCOW
Russian Olympic officials still expect more than 200 of their athletes
to compete at the Pyeongchang
Games.
Under International Olympic
Committee sanctions announced
last week, they must compete as
“Olympic Athletes from Russia”.
“Potentially more than 200 ath-
letes are in a position to
tively disqualified the Rusqualify,” said Alexander
sian women’s ice hockey
Zhukov, the president
team because six playof Russia’s Olympic
ers were implicated
committee.
in doping offences.
The decision to ban
That brings the
Number of Russian
Russia came after the
total of Russians
athletes that have
country was found
banned from Sochi
been banned so far
to have run a doping
to 31 and makes Rusfollowing doping at
programme at the 2014
sia the first country
Sochi 2014
Sochi Olympics. The
with more than 100 OlIOC yesterday retrospecympic disqualifications.
31
Q&A How athletes can
be passed as clean
Hugo
Lowell
How will Russian athletes
be deemed eligible?
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the next two months, they
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must first be cleared by their
international sports federations,
“In recognition of the respective
counter-arguments and the risks
inherent in the dispute resolution
process, each side has accepted a
compromise of its position.
“The proceedings have therefore
been resolved on the following basis:
the anti-doping rule violations based
on the reported presence of elevated
levels of nandrolone metabolites
are upheld, the refusal charge is
withdrawn. Hughie and Tyson Fury
each receive a two-year period of
ineligibility, and their results from
their respective fights in February
2015 are disqualified.
“Taking into account the delays...
and the provisional suspensions...
the two-year period of ineligibility is
backdated to 13 December 2015, and
therefore expires at midnight on 12
December 2017.”
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LEFT TO RIGHT:
manor; tire; call;
ripped; hall; tore;
halt; fault; flaw;
stop; flat; chop;
level; stow; mat
5-CLUE CROSSWORD
Across: 1 Vaults, 3 (Ren)A(ult)-Muse-S, 4 T-roops<
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WORD WHEEL
NINE-LETTER WORD ventilate
OTHER WORDS alive, anvil, elven, eve, even, event, evil, leave,
leaven, levitate, live, liven, naive, naivete, native, nave, navel,
vain, vale, valet, van, vane, vat, veal, veil, vein, venal, venial,
vent, vet, via, vial, vie, vile, vine, vital
YESTERDAY’S CODEWORD 1878
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swapping tainted samples with
clean urine, but it was not
How does this differ
entirely universal.
from Rio 2016?
In some sports such
The IOC decided
as figure skating,
against imposing
anabolic steroids tend
a blanket ban on
not to bring major
Russia ahead of
Number of Russian
enhancements to
the 2016 Summer
athletes that
performance, and
Olympics in Rio
competed at the
are not thought to
and left the decision
Sochi Olympics in
have been used. Since
to
bar any of the
2014
country’s athletes
they had no ties to the
to individual sports
doping system, they will
federations.
likely be given the all-clear.
That led to a patchwork of
The Russian men’s ice hockey
sanctions against Russia, with
team may also have an easier route
some sports such as cycling,
to competition, after the former
rowing, and athletics, imposing
Moscow lab director Grigory
total suspensions.
Rodchenkov, whose testimony
For Pyeongchang, eligibility
triggered the Sochi scandal, said he
will be decided by a review panel
did not manipulate their samples.
that should be more independent
How many Russians will be in than before Rio. It will include one
person appointed by the IOC and
Pyeongchang?
one appointed by the World AntiThe final figure should be
Doping Agency.
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cover-up at the Games in 2014.
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then disqualify anyone previously
sanctioned for a doping violation,
before an IOC panel looks at any
other potentially disqualifying
information.
ceremony. A senior Olympic official
admitted after the IOC meeting
in Lausanne last week that there
would be almost a “full team” in
South Korea, but the number is
thought to be less than the 232
athletes that represented Russia at
Sochi.
M A
R O D X H C U Z
E
FA CUP SECOND ROUND REPLAY
Carlisle .............................P Gillingham .................P
Postponed - due to frozen pitch.
Exeter (0)..........................2 Forest Green (1).......1
Sweeney 73 (pen)
Doidge 30 (pen)
Stockley 115
Att 2,923
After extra time
Score after 90 mins 1-1 .
Peterborough (2).....5 Woking (1) ......................2
Doughty 29
Effiong 19
Marriott 45, 69
Young 68
Maddison 78 (pen) Att 3,022
Edwards 90
Wigan (1)...........................3 AFC Fylde (1) ...............2
Toney 31
Grand 40
Grigg 80, 84
Rowe 65
Att 3,124
Yeovil (1)............................3 Port Vale (0).................2
Khan 45 (pen), 95
Harness 83
Zoko 110
Kay 108
After extra time
Att 1,588
Score after 90 mins 1-1 .
PREMIER LEAGUE
Burnley (0).....................1
Barnes 89
Crystal Palace (0).... 2
Sako 89
McArthur 90
Huddersfield (0).......1
Depoitre 90
Man City
Man Utd
Chelsea
Burnley
Liverpool
Arsenal
Tottenham
Leicester
Watford
Everton
Southampton
Huddersfield
Brighton
Bournemth
Stoke
Newcastle
Crystal Pal
West Brom
West Ham
Swansea
P
16
16
17
17
16
16
16
16
17
16
16
17
16
16
17
16
17
16
16
16
Stoke (0)........................... 0
Att 19,909
Watford (1)....................1
Janmaat 3
Chelsea (2).......................3
Bakayoko 23
Willian 43
Pedro 50
W D L F A Pts
15 1 0 48 11 46
11 2 3 36 11 35
11 2 4 31 14 35
9 4 4 16 12 31
8 6 2 34 20 30
9 2 5 30 20 29
8 4 4 28 14 28
6 5 5 23 22 23
6 4 7 26 29 22
5 4 7 20 29 19
4 6 6 16 19 18
5 3 9 12 29 18
4 5 7 14 21 17
4 4 8 15 19 16
4 4 9 19 36 16
4 3 9 16 25 15
3 5 9 12 28 14
2 7 7 12 22 13
3 4 9 14 32 13
3 3 10 9 18 12
LADBROKES SCOTTISH PREMIERSHIP
Hearts (1) ..........................2 Dundee (0)..................... 0
Goncalves 30
Att 15,566
Berra 77
Ross County (2)......... 2 Kilmarnock (0)..........2
Routis 31
Brophy 61
Naismith 41
K Boyd 86
Att 3,021
P W D L F A Pts
Celtic
16 11 5 0 38 10 38
Rangers
17 10 3 4 35 19 33
Aberdeen
17 10 3 4 25 20 33
Hibernian
17 8 6 3 26 19 30
Hearts
18 6 6 6 17 19 24
Motherwell
16 7 2 7 22 22 23
St Johnstone 16 6 3 7 17 23 21
Kilmarnock
18 4 7 7 21 26 19
Hamilton
17 4 5 8 23 27 17
Ross County 18 4 4 10 17 28 16
Dundee
18 4 3 11 17 29 15
Partick
16 2 5 9 13 29 11
LADBROKES SCOTTISH CHAMPIONSHIP
Inverness CT ..............P Falkirk .............................P
Postponed - due to frozen pitch.
P W D L F A Pts
Dundee Utd
16 10 3 3 22 14 33
St Mirren
16 10 2 4 31 20 32
Queen of Sth 16 7 5 4 28 21 26
Livingston
14 7 4 3 24 18 25
Dunfermline 16 6 5 5 32 22 23
Morton
16 6 5 5 24 18 23
Dumbarton
15 4 6 5 14 20 18
Inverness CT 15 4 5 6 17 18 17
Falkirk
14 1 6 7 9 25 9
Brechin
16 0 3 13 11 36 3
VANARAMA NATIONAL LEAGUE
Torquay (0).....................1 Gateshead (1)...............1
McGinty 90
Preston 28
Att 1,405
P W D L F A Pts
Macclesfield 24 13 5 6 30 23 44
Sutton Utd
24 12 6 6 34 29 42
Wrexham
24 12 6 6 23 18 42
Dover
24 11 8 5 33 17 41
Dag & Red
23 11 7 5 38 25 40
Aldershot
24 11 7 6 37 25 40
Boreham W
23 10 8 5 34 22 38
Bromley
24 10 7 7 39 31 37
Tranmere
23 9 7 7 28 18 34
Ebbsfleet Utd 23 8 10 5 33 24 34
Maidstone U 22 9 7 6 25 27 34
Woking
22 10 3 9 29 30 33
Maidenhead U 24 7 10 7 32 34 31
Hartlepool
24 8 7 9 24 28 31
Gateshead
23 7 9 7 28 23 30
FC Halifax
24 7 8 9 25 32 29
AFC Fylde
21 7 7 7 32 28 28
Eastleigh
24 5 11 8 31 36 26
Barrow
24 6 7 11 28 35 25
Leyton O
24 6 6 12 31 41 24
Chester FC
23 4 9 10 22 36 21
Torquay
25 4 7 14 22 41 19
Guiseley
22 3 8 11 19 40 17
Solihull M
24 4 4 16 21 42 16
VANARAMA NATIONAL LEAGUE NORTH
Gainsborough P Chorley P (Postponed due to frozen pitch).
BOSTIK PREMIER DIVISION
Brightlingsea Regent P Billericay P (Postponed - due to frozen pitch); Dorking Wanderers P Leatherhead P (Postponed - due to
frozen pitch); Enfield Town P Burgess Hill
Town P (Postponed - due to frozen pitch);
Folkestone Invicta 1 Worthing 2; Harlow
P Merstham P (Postponed - due to frozen
pitch); Wingate & Finchley P Tooting & Mitcham P (Postponed - due to frozen pitch).
EVO-STIK SOUTHERN LEAGUE PREMIER
Basingstoke P Stratford Town P (Postponed
- due to frozen pitch); Biggleswade Town
P Hereford FC P (Postponed - date to be
confirmed); Gosport Borough P Kings Lynn
Town P (Postponed - due to frozen pitch);
Kettering P Royston Town P (Postponed due to frozen pitch); Redditch P Banbury P
(Postponed - due to frozen pitch).
AMERICAN FOOTBALL
NFL: Miami Dolphins 27 New England
Patriots 20.
BASKETBALL
NBA: Chicago Bulls 108 Boston Celtics
85; Golden State Warriors 111 Portland
Trail Blazers 104; Houston Rockets 130
New Orleans Pelicans 123; LA Clippers
96 Toronto Raptors 91; Memphis Grizzlies 82 Miami Heat 107; Oklahoma City
Thunder 103 Charlotte Hornets 116.
CRICKET
SECOND TEST: Hamilton, New Zealand 373 (102.2 overs; J A Raval 84; C de
Grandhomme 58; S T Gabriel 4-119) and
291-8dec. (77.4 overs; L R P L Taylor 107no;
K S Williamson 54); West Indies 221 (66.5
overs; K C Brathwaite 66; T A Boult 4-73)
and 203-9 (63.5 overs). New Zealand win
by 240 runs.
ICE HOCKEY
NHL: Anaheim 3 Carolina 2; Detroit 1
Florida 2 (OT); NY Islanders 3 Washington 1; NY Rangers 1 Dallas 2 (SO);
Pittsburgh 1 Colorado 2; Winnipeg 5
Vancouver 1.
RACING RESULTS
AYR Abandoned due to Frost.
LINGFIELD GOING: STANDARD
11.30 1. INUK (Nicola Currie) 9-5; 2.
Mother of Dragons 4-6 fav; 3. Jazz Affair
8-1. 5 ran. 1l, 11/2l. (R Hughes). Tote: £2.60;
£1.20, £1.10. Exacta: £3.10. Trifecta: £4.10.
CSF: £3.28. NR: Counterfeit.
12.00 1. INDIAN AFFAIR (Kerrie Raybould) 5-1; 2. Gold Club 4-1; 3. Strictly
Carter 6-1. 10 ran. 3-1 fav Wild Flower
(4th). hd, 1l. (J Bradley). Tote: £6.50; £1.80,
£1.70, £2.40. Exacta: £29.70. Tricast:
£125.23. Trifecta: £256.30. CSF: £25.14.
12.30 1. COMPTON PRINCE (T Marquand)
10-1; 2. Mister Freeze 5-1; 3. Billyoakes
13-2. 9 ran. 11-10 fav Merdon Castle (8th).
1
/2l, 1l. (J Bradley). Tote: £12.70; £2.40, £2.00,
£1.90. Exacta: £75.50. Tricast: £358.10.
Trifecta: £420.30. CSF: £60.49.
1.00 1. SHOW STEALER (Martin Harley) 6-4
fav; 2. Shamsaya 6-1; 3. Very Honest 9-2. 7 ran.
11/2l, hd. (R Guest). Tote: £2.40; £1.90, £2.50.
Exacta: £11.70. Trifecta: £42.40. CSF: £10.98.
1.35 1. EMENEM (A Kirby) 2-1 fav; 2.
Kyllachy Gala 9-2; 3. Bronze Angel 8-1. 9
ran. shd, 11/2l. (S Dow). Tote: £2.80; £1.20,
£1.50, £2.80. Exacta: £12.40. Tricast: £60.20.
Trifecta: £85.90. CSF: £11.27.
2.10 1. GRACIOUS JOHN (Fran Berry) 3-1;
2. Royal Birth 5-1; 3. Alsvinder 11-4 fav.
8 ran. 1l, nk. (P Evans). Tote: £4.10; £1.70,
£2.10, £1.10. Exacta: £23.80. Tricast: £45.93.
Trifecta: £79.40. CSF: £18.98. NR: Come
On Dave.
2.45 1. LITTLE BOY BLUE (L Morris) 5-4
fav; 2. Ghepardo 2-1; 3. Avon Green 13-2. 7
ran. hd, 3/4l. (W G M Turner). Tote: £2.00;
£1.50, £1.40. Exacta: £4.10. Trifecta: £7.80.
CSF: £3.99. NR: Galloway Hills.
3.15 1. TEMPLE ROAD (T Marquand) 16-1;
2. Roundabout Magic 9-2; 3. Shackled N
Drawn 7-1. 10 ran. 3-1 jt-fav Entertaining Ben (4th), 3-1 jt-fav Don’t Blame Me
(8th). 11/2l, 13/4l. (J Bradley). Tote: £17.10;
£4.50, £1.90, £2.50. Exacta: £118.40. Tricast:
£574.23. Trifecta: £752.30. CSF: £87.47.
Jackpot: £10,000.00.
Placepot: £18.00. Quadpot: £10.00.
Place 6: £25.67. Place 5: £23.35.
SNOOKER
DAFABET SCOTTISH OPEN, EMIRATES
ARENA, GLASGOW: 1st rd: C Yupeng
(Chin) bt A Higginson (Eng) 4-0; L Wenbo
(Chin) bt S Lam (Eng) 4-2; J Swail (N Ire)
bt L Kleckers (Ger) 4-0; T Ford (Eng) bt
I Burns (Eng) 4-1; A McManus (Sco) bt
M Selt (Eng) 4-2; A Taylor (Eng) bt S
Vahedi (Irn) 4-3; C Wakelin (Eng) bt T C
Leong (Malay) 4-2; N Zhuang (Chin) bt
W Yuchen (Chin) 4-3; A Carter (Eng) bt
A Hamilton (Eng) 4-0; M Holt (Eng) bt
R Williams (Eng) 4-0; R Milkins (Eng) bt
O Lines (Eng) 4-2; R O’Sullivan (Eng) bt
M Georgiou (Eng) 4-1; A Burden (Eng)
bt R Muir (Sco) 4-2; A Hugill (Eng) bt R
Vallance (Sco) 4-3; Y Bingtao (Chin) bt M
Bolton (Aus) 4-0; H Akbar (Pak) bt LFernandez (Rep Ire) 4-1; C Steadman (Eng)
bt K Doherty (Rep Ire) 4-1; J White (Eng)
bt A Songsermsawad (Thai) 4-1; H Miah
(Eng) bt M Stevens (Wal) 4-1; A McGill
(Sco) bt R Day (Wal) 4-0; N Robertson
(Aus) bt R Lawler (Eng) 4-0.
FIXTURES
(Football 7.45pm unless stated)
FOOTBALL
PREMIER LEAGUE
Liverpool v West Brom (8) ......................................
Man Utd v AFC Bournemouth (8).....................
Newcastle v Everton....................................................
Southampton v Leicester........................................
Swansea v Man City .....................................................
Tottenham v Brighton (8) .........................................
West Ham v Arsenal (8)..............................................
FA CUP SECOND ROUND REPLAY
Crewe v Blackburn.........................................................
LADBROKES SCOTTISH PREMIERSHIP
Celtic v Hamilton............................................................
Hibernian v Rangers ....................................................
Partick v Motherwell ...................................................
St Johnstone v Aberdeen .........................................
CRICKET
SECOND ONE DAY INTERNATIONAL:
India v Sri Lanka (Chandigarh, 06.00am).
SNOOKER
SCOTTISH OPEN (Glasgow).
SQUASH
PSA MEN’S & WOMEN’S WORLD
50
SPORT
Football in brief
LEICESTER CITY
Puel eager to hold
on to star names
Leicester manager
Claude Puel is
determined to
keep hold of his top
stars as the Foxes
look to continue their rise up the
Premier League table.
Riyad Mahrez and Jamie
Vardy have been linked with
moves as Puel (above) renews
acquaintances with Southampton
tonight for the first time since his
dismissal in June as his new side
seek a fourth straight win.
“I am confident with the quality
of my team,” he said. “Of course it
will be important to keep our best
players and continue to work, but
we will see what will happen.”
WATFORD
Zeegelaar’s red
card appeal fails
Watford’s appeal against the red
card shown to Marvin Zeegelaar
against Burnley has been
rejected.
Zeegelaar (above) will sit out
Premier League fixtures against
Crystal Palace, Huddersfield and
Brighton after being sent off for
a two-footed challenge on Steven
Defour in Saturday’s 1-0 defeat at
Turf Moor.
Hornets manager Marco
Silva insisted after the match
that referee Lee Probert had
been wrong to show the Dutch
defender a straight red card in
the 40th minute.
“It was a harsh decision for
me,” Silva said. “It’s not a red.”
WEST BROMWICH
Pardew bemoans
lack of confidence
West Bromwich
manager Alan
Pardew says Albion
must be more
streetwise if they
are to avoid setting an unwanted
club record. If the Baggies fail to
win at Liverpool tonight it would
stretch their winless run to 16
games in all competitions, the
longest in their 139-year history.
“Certainly there’s a resilience
and a fight in the dressing room,”
said Pardew, whose side dropped
into the relegation zone last
night with Crystal Palace’s win.
“It’s about getting confidence
and quality on the pitch. It is not
fitness.”
FOOTBALL
PREMIER LEAGUE
Bakayoko finally
shows glimpse of
class as Chelsea
ease past Terriers
HUDDERSFIELD TOWN
Depoitre 90
1
CHELSEA
Bakayoko 23, Willian 43, Pedro 50
3
Huddersfield Town
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By Mike Whalley
AT THE JOHN SMITH’S STADIUM
Williams
Chelsea fans have been wondering
for months when they might begin
to see something of value from Tiémoué Bakayoko. The £40m summer
signing from Monaco finally provided
some sort of answer last night.
The French midfielder’s calm finish set Antonio Conte’s side on their
way to a comfortable victory over a
below-par Huddersfield and gave
their head coach something to feel
warm about at the end of a testing
few days.
Bakayoko had some making up to
do after his error allowed Marko Arnautovic to score West Ham’s winner
on Saturday. Indeed, many Chelsea
fans would suggest he has more to
apologise for than that after a woeful
start to his Stamford Bridge career.
The 23rd-minute minute goal with
which he gave Chelsea the lead was
some form of atonement. It came
after an opening quarter in which
the visitors had enjoyed more of the
possession without doing much to
threaten the home goal.
Chelsea were helped in the buildup by goalkeeper Jonas Lossl, who
slipped as he attempted a clearance.
The ball was headed straight back by
Victor Moses; Eden Hazard then produced a deft volleyed flick towards
Willian, who fed a pass left for Bakayoko to lift over the advancing Lossl,
just defeating Chris Lowe’s attempt
to clear off the line.
Mooy
Hogg
Kachu
Ince
Mounie
Hazard
Pedro
Willian
Alonso
Moses
diger Christensen Azpili
eta
Courtois
Chelsea
Substitutions: Huddersfield Town Whitehead (Hogg,
h-t), Hadergjonaj (Lowe, 67), Depoitre (Mounie, 74);
Chelsea Batshuayi (Hazard, 69), Drinkwater (Kante, 71),
Ampadu (Christensen, 80).
Booked None.
Man of the match Hazard. Match rating 7/10.
Possession: Huddersfield Town 36% Chelsea 64%.
Attempts on target: Huddersfield Town 2 Chelsea 5.
Referee A Marriner (West Midlands).
Attendance 24,169.
It was just the tonic Conte needed.
When the head coach has not been
complaining about fixture congestion, he has been grumbling about a
perceived lack of financial support
from Chelsea’s board. His attitude
has not endeared him to the Stamford Bridge hierarchy and there is a
growing sense that he will be allowed
to return to his native Italy when his
contract finishes next season.
For his side’s fourth game of nine
in a packed December, Conte was
without his 10-goal top scorer Alvaro
Morata because of a bad back, with
Hazard deployed as a false nine in
front of Willian and Pedro. Huddersfield had no answer.
Having taken the lead, Chelsea
never looked like surrendering it.
On Saturday, their players were pilloried for using hot water bottles to
keep warm on the bench. Last night,
those on the field generated too much
heat for their opponents to cope with.
Pedro blasted over from the edge
of the penalty area following Willian’s free-kick. Then, from another
Willian free-kick on the right, Bakayoko climbed above Danny Williams to
glance a header narrowly wide.
The visitors scored their second
goal just before half-time. Cesar
Azpilicueta’s long diagonal pass
found Alonso in far too much space
on the left, and he had time to cross
for Willian to head in at the far post.
Barnes leaves it late
to help fire Burnley
into rarefied heights
BURNLEY
Barnes 89
STOKE CITY
1
0
By Ian Whittell
AT TURF MOOR
Ashley Barnes’s dramatic winner
lifted Sean Dyche and Burnley into
the top four of English football’s top
division for the first time since 1975.
The pragmatic Burnley manager
is still talking only of Premier League
survival but thanks to Barnes who
controlled Jack Cork’s long ball and
played a one-two with Scott Anfield
before scoring from 16 yards, his supporters can relish the fact they stand
above the likes of Spurs, Arsenal and
Liverpool – for 24 hours at least.
Not since March 1975 – a season in
which they would finish 10th in the
old first division – have those fans
experienced such dizzy heights on a
freezing Turf Moor night, the wait
made victory all the sweeter.
Stoke had made by far the stronger
start, Burnley goalkeeper Nick Pope
called into relatively routine action
Ashley Barnes fires home Burnley’s late winner against Stoke REUTERS
on at least three occasions in the
opening minutes.
Peter Crouch’s successful challenge set up Xherdan Shaqiri for a
long shot straight at Pope before
Ramadan’s ball into the area was
miskicked by James Tarkowski, presenting Crouch with the hint of an
opening at the far post.
Pope was again alert, comfortably
NEWS
2-27
VOICES
14-18
TV
28-29
Pedro finds the
top corner of the
Huddersfield net to
score Chelsea's third
goal REUTERS
IQ
30-37
McArthur and Sako
send Eagles soaring
out of bottom three
CRYSTAL PALACE
Sako 89, McArthur 90
2
WATFORD
Janmaat 3
1
By Declan Warrington
Crystal Palace
Speroni
Dann
Fos Mensah
AT SELHURST PARK
It almost got worse for Huddersfield as Lowe’s wayward crossfield
pass allowed Hazard time to play
Pedro clear, but Lossl advanced well
to block the Spain striker’s chip.
A third Chelsea goal took less than
five minutes of the second half to arrive, however, and again it came from
an Alonso left-wing cross, Willian
holding off Mathias Jorgensen and
teeing up Pedro to hammer into the
top corner from 18 yards.
The impressive Hazard almost
wriggled through the home defence
for a fourth, but Lossl blocked with
his legs at the near post.
Huddersfield, well beaten by now,
at least tried to make a game of it and
Tom Ince was denied by Andreas
Christensen’s headed clearance after
forcing a shot past Thibaut Courtois,
before Mathias Jorgensen whizzed a
25-yard shot just over.
The home side continued to look
blocking the effort although the best
of the early chances was to come,
from a Shaqiri corner which picked
out Kurt Zouma unmarked 15 yards
out, only for the defender to volley
directly at the keeper again.
Still, it was promising and showed
mental fortitude considering the
visitors’ current malaise, three
points above the relegation places.
The only moment of remote excitement for home supporters in the
opening quarter of this game, however, came when Jack Butland uncharacteristically fumbled a routine
centre into his area and needed Erik
Pieters to clear.
The watching England manager
Gareth Southgate might have made a
mental note of that error although as
the half wore on there was little opportunity for Butland to show his international manager what he could do.
Dyche was forced to reshuffle his
team before the interval, with leftback Charlie Taylor replacing the
injured Stephen Ward, and the substitute’s early second-half cross forced
Zouma into an important clearance.
That set the tone for a better half
from the hosts, but still one which
failed to live up to the dizzying
heights of some of their football to
date in the campaign. Then as the
game appeared to be petering out,
with just a minute of normal time remaining, a long ball was headed down
by Barnes to Scott Arfield.
Arfield played it back to Barnes
just inside the area and he sent a fine
finish flying past Butland and into the
bottom corner. THE INDEPENDENT
Substitutions: Burnley Taylor (Ward, 41), Barnes
(Hendrick, 71), Vokes (Wood, 82);
Stoke City Wimmer (Zouma, 66), Choupo-Moting
(Shaqiri, 84).
Booked None.
Man of the match Pope.
Match rating 6/10.
Possession: Burnley 51% Stoke City 49%.
Attempts on target: Burnley 2 Stoke City 7.
Referee M Jones (Cheshire).
Attendance 19,909.
vulnerable, Tommy Smith’s slip
almost leading to a fourth goal as
Bakayoko played a low ball in for Willian to set up Pedro, who drove wide.
By then, however, Chelsea had
done more than enough and Laurent
Depoitre’s glancing header from fellow substitute Florent Hadergjonaj’s
left-wing cross was only a consolation
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Crystal Palace climbed out of the
Premier League’s bottom three
after completing their recovery
from a goal down in stoppage time
to earn a vital 2-1 victory over Watford’s 10 men.
At kick-off they remained 20th
and desperate for all three points,
but in a disastrous start their lack
of concentration was punished by
the visitors when Daryl Janmaat
headed them into the lead in the
third minute.
Their improved intensity went
without reward to the extent that
when Tom Cleverley was sent off
in the 87th minute they would have
settled for a point. Bakary Sako instead scored their equalising goal in
the 89th minute, and fellow substitute James McArthur secured an
unlikely victory with his stoppagetime finish.
The in-form Richarlison was gifted as much time and space to cross
from the left wing as Janmaat was
to convert it, and after the Brazilian’s classy, curling delivery, the
defender headed into the top right
corner from in front of goal.
He had returned to Watford’s
starting XI following an injury to
Kiko Femenia, and threatened
when he forced his way into the area
before stabbing wide of the left post.
If he tested Palace on the right,
Richarlison posed a greater threat
on the left, as he again demonstrated by cutting into the area and
curling beyond defender Timothy
Fosu-Mensah and just wide of the
far right post.
The hosts responded when Scott
Dann headed just wide from Yohan
Cabaye’s corner after Janmaat had
sent Andros Townsend’s cross clear
when under pressure.
Cabaye then gifted Watford a fine
chance when a miskick gave pos-
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(Townsend, 67), Sako (Fosu-Mensah, 70), McArthur
(Cabaye, 77); Watford Pereyra (Carrillo, 71), Gray
(Deeney, 80), Femenia (Richarlison, 84).
Booked: Crystal Palace Milivojevic, Van Aanholt;
Watford Cleverley (twice), Pereyra.
Sent-off: Watford Cleverley (87).
Man of the match Zaha. Match rating 7/10.
Possession: Crystal Palace 54% Watford 46%.
Attempts on target: Crystal Palace 4 Watford 2.
Referee L Mason (Lancashire). Attendance 23,566.
session to Troy Deeney. The striker
found Richarlison in space and was
rewarded with a dangerous cross
that left him with a tap-in at the back
post, but he instead poked wide.
Marco Silva’s team came close to
doubling their lead when from the
right Janmaat found Richarlison at
the back post but Julian Speroni impressively dived to save.
The turning point came when
Cleverley was sent off for his second
yellow card after diving in on Jeffrey Schlupp. From space on the left,
Zaha cut into the area to force a save
from Heurelho Gomes, and after Sako’s first rebound was also saved, he
then poked in into the near open goal.
Zaha was gifted similar space in
stoppage time, and after creating
space to cross, McArthur swept
into the bottom corner to lift Palace up to 17th and out of the bottom
three for the first time this season.
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Jack
Pitt-Brooke
Imagine what would
happen if Jose and
Pep swapped jobs...
J
ose Mourinho has privately Rashford, Anthony Martial and
expressed his frustrations
Henrikh Mkhitaryan would
that in the modern
be a perfect Guardiola attack.
Manchester rivalry, he
They would have the energy to
has to compete with the
put opposition defences under
financial resources bestowed by a
pressure, the speed to run in
state. Manchester City have spent
behind and the brains to combine
so much on players, he says, that
instinctively in the box.
as United manager there is only so
Yes, Mkhitaryan has not exactly
much he can do to match them.
shone since joining United from
And yet if the two managers were Borussia Dortmund for £30m last
in charge of each other’s teams on
summer. But then he is precisely
Sunday afternoon, or even for the
the type of technical player who
whole Premier League season, can
Guardiola improves, not just
anyone dispute who would come
through individual instruction but
out on top? Mourinho could try his
in providing the team structure
best with City’s players, although
for creative individuals to flourish.
would be unlikely to be able to get
Just look at how much Raheem
them to their current level, heading Sterling has improved this year.
for the Premier League’s first ever
Paul Pogba has all of the ability
100-point season.
to be just as effective as Kevin de
But what if Pep
Bruyne in the middle of
Guardiola could manage
the pitch: he can pick
W
ith
Pep
this United team? They
and execute difficult
did want him, after all,
long-range passes, he
in charge,
to replace Louis van
can run with the ball
adventure,
Gaal but knew by late
down the middle of
imagination
2015 that he was going
the pitch, he can score
to leave Bayern Munich and initiative
from distance and he
would be back can deliver from wide
for City. Since then, of
at United,
course, Mourinho has
areas. His close control in
signed the players for
tight spaces is probably
whoever the
his own style of football, opponent
even better than the
rather than Guardiola’s.
Belgian’s. De Bruyne has
But even then an
been playing better than
imaginary managerial change
Pogba this year but under different
would do wonders for United’s
management, Pogba could be back
performances and results with
on top. De Bruyne, remember,
their current team in place.
made no impact under Mourinho
Adventure, imagination and
at Chelsea in 2013 and was quickly
initiative would be back at United,
sold off to Wolfsburg.
whoever the opponent, wherever
If Guardiola wanted someone to
the game was played.
orchestrate possession alongside
The 5-3-2 United have been
the more muscular Pogba he could
playing would go and would be
pick Juan Mata to do what David
replaced by Guardiola’s favoured
Silva does for City. There is not
4-3-3, which he has returned to
much to choose between the two
with City this year with great
as individuals but while Mata has
success. Guardiola always wants
struggled under managers who
a mobile, incisive front line and if
are not on his wavelength, there is
he did not feel like Romelu Lukaku
little doubt he would flourish under
was precise enough to play for
Guardiola.
him it would not matter: Marcus
Then at the base of the midfield,
Guardiola could play Nemanja
Matic or Ander Herrera, depending
on tactical preference, to start off
their passing moves and to protect
his team against the counter-attack.
The back four – Ashley Young,
Marcos Rojo, Chris Smalling and
Antonio Valencia – might be a bit
rudimentary but they would still
have pace and width from the fullbacks, stretching the play, allowing
Mkhitaryan and Rashford to come
inside and attack the opposition
centre-backs.
The overall picture then, of
Guardiola’s United, even without
his own signings, is attractive and
exciting. Yes it would take time to
learn, just as it has done at City,
but we can trust that it would be
Would Paul Pogba benefit from
worth the wait. It certainly has
playing under Pep Guardiola?
been at City. THE INDEPENDENT
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Mourinho: My players did
not misbehave in corridor...
By Mike Whalley
Jose Mourinho has suggested that
Manchester City lack class and
manners as the row over Sunday’s
Old Trafford post-match bust-up intensified last night.
The Manchester United manager
argued that City’s players showed a
lack of “behaviour” and “education” in
the way they celebrated beating their
neighbours in the derby.
Mourinho also dismissed reports
that United striker Romelu Lukaku
had thrown the plastic drinks bottle
that left City coach Mikel Arteta
with a cut eye, and accused a BBC
journalist who asked a question
about the confrontation of working
for another club.
The Football Association is investi-
gating allegations that up to 15 people ebrating a victory that took them 11
were involved in physical exchanges points clear of second-placed United
after Mourinho expressed anger at at the top of the table.
the volume of City’s dressing room
More players and staff then
celebrations.
became involved in the incident,
City manager Pep Guarwhich took place in a cordiola said that his players
ridor leading off the main
The only
did not over-celebrate, but
players’ tunnel.
Mourinho responded: “He thing I can
Arteta was left with a
says, he says. He says, he say is that for cut below his eye after
says. I am not here to com- me it was just being hit by a plastic
ment on his words.
drinks bottle during the
a question
“The only thing I can say of diversity.
row, with several reports
is that for me, it was just a Diversity in
suggesting that it was
question of diversity. Diverthrown by Lukaku.
behaviour
and
sity in behaviour, diversity
Mourinho said there
education
in education.”
was no evidence to supUnited’s manager had
port those claims, adding
milk thrown in his direction outside that he was certain that his players
the City dressing room after object- had not misbehaved.
ing to the way their players were celSome City staff have claimed that
one of their physios was punched
during the confrontation. United,
however, have denied that any of their
players threw punches. Asked about
reports that Lukaku had thrown the
bottle that injured Arteta, Mourinho
said: “Accuse? Prove? Show evidence
and punish him.”
He then said that he was certain
that his players had not misbehaved
in the corridor outside City’s dressing room. “I know,” he said. “I am not
confident. I know.”
When BBC reporter Dan Roan
asked if he feared FA punishment
over the brawl, the United boss responded: “I think you work for another club and not for the press.”
The FA has given both clubs until
6pm today to offer their accounts
as to what happened in the corridor outside the dressing rooms, and
will then decide whether to act. THE
Manchester C ity players celebrate after their victory at Old Trafford AFP/GETTY
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...While Guardiola admits his
men were loud – but respectful
By Andy Hampson
Pep Guardiola insists Manchester
City’s celebrations after Sunday’s
derby victory at Old Trafford were
not excessive.
Staff and players from Manchester
United are understood to have taken
exception to the way City enjoyed
their 2-1 success, sparking a fracas
in the corridor outside the dressing
rooms.
Guardiola was unwilling to comment on the details of the alleged
melee but was adamant his players
were only celebrating inside their
dressing room and were within their
rights to do so.
He said: “We won a derby against
Manchester United, at that the
moment the biggest rival. We have to
win it.
“So people expect we are not going
to celebrate? No. We celebrate. When
United win a derby they celebrate,
when Arsenal win against Untied
they celebrate. When United or Arsenal win the FA Cup they celebrate.
But where? Inside the locker room. their victory took them 11 points clear
That’s what we do and we did.”
at the top of the Premier League.
City’s players are underIt was a significant win
stood to have been celover their closest rivals
ebrating raucously and
and Guardiola was
playing loud music but
happy to encourage the
Guardiola insists that
celebrations.
is nothing out of the
The Spaniard,
Manchester City are
11 points clear at the
ordinary. It is claimed
who takes his team
top of the Premier
the trouble started as
to Swansea tonight,
League table – hence
Mourinho walked past
said: “I encourage the
the celebrations last
the City dressing room
players to celebrate the
weekend
on his way to conduct
victories, but of course
post-match interviews.
inside the locker room. We
Guardiola (right) said: “The
have huge respect for our opsituation at Old Trafford
ponents – not just for Manwhen you go to the home
chester United, all the
locker room you have to
opponents.
pass the away one, but
“When we lose you
have to accept the dewe were inside celebrating. But that is normal,
feat, when we win we try
to celebrate.”
it wasn’t anything exceptional. It was what we did
He added: “What haplast season in the past and
pened, happened. Hopefully
it cannot happen again. On what
what we will do in the future.”
City won with goals from David happened we will make the statement
Silva and Nicolas Otamendi, either to the FA investigation and they are
side of a Marcus Rashford reply, and going to decide.”
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Moyes: Hart’s
England place
not my concern
By Andy Sims
Wrapped-up
Arsenal during a
training session
at London Colney
yesterday GETTY
You want respect?
Try sumo for size,
claims Wenger
By Jon West
Trust Arsène Wenger to venerate a
sport where nothing has changed for
500 years: the Frenchman believes
only in sumo wrestling will you find
competitors where the winner will
never disrespect the loser.
The long-serving Arsenal manager must have enjoyed news of Jose
Mourinho, his long-time tormentor
on and off the pitch, being the target
of a milk missile in the aftermath of a
heated Manchester derby.
Mourinho complained that City’s
noisy celebrations had been disrespectful and the shenanigans also led
to City coach Mikel Arteta suffering
a cut to the face after a plastic bottle
was thrown.
Wenger and his players have been
at the centre of such stories themselves, with the Battle of the Buffet
in 2004, when Sir Alex Ferguson was
hit by a slice of pizza lobbed by Cesc
Fabregas, still arguably the greatest
of them all.
Wenger takes his squad to West
Ham tonight having not lost at the
home of the Hammers since 2006,
when he fell out with then-West Ham
manager Alan Pardew over an overzealous celebration of a late Marlon
Harewood winner.
It’s all a big contrast with sumo
wrestling (right), the sport Wenger
grew to appreciate from his time as
a manager in Japan. In sumo, respect
is not a by-product of success, it is an
integral component.
“Every two months, for 15 days,
every day you have a fight, and the
guy who wins the most fights is the
winner of the tournament,” he said.
“But to become yokozuna – the top
of the top – you have go in front of a
committee. If you did not behave
well, even if you won the
tournament you cannot
become the yokozuna.
“It is one of the few
sports in the world that
has not changed since
the middle ages, since
the 1600s. They and the
referees are dressed the
same. In fact I would like to
see our referees in this dress!”
Wenger could make changes
for the West Ham game, especially as Olivier Giroud has
been promised more Premier
League action. The France
forward is worried his complete lack of league starts will
cost him a place in his nation’s World
Cup squad. Wenger is not prepared
to grant him the loan move the player
mooted in a L’Equipe interview, but
admits Alexis Sanchez has been
below par in the last two games.
The Chile forward has just five
Gunners goals to his name compared
with 13 this time last year.
“He is still efficient, he gave an
assist against Manchester
United and an assist against
Southampton,” Wenger said.
“I think he struggles a bit
at the moment to score
as much as last year, but
last year he played much
more at centre-forward.
“This year, in games
like Southampton, he
came a bit too deep. He
loves to touch the ball, so
when he doesn’t get it as
much as he wants he comes
deep, but when you come
deep you can’t score. So
maybe he has to find a better balance in his positional
play.” THE INDEPENDENT
NEWCASTLE UNITED
Benitez seeks answers over transfer kitty
By Damian Spellman
Newcastle manager Rafael Benitez
is hoping for clarification within days
over his chances of launching a January recruitment drive.
With the club in a state of flux,
amid takeover talks, and the winter
transfer window fast approaching,
the manager is yet to be given an indication of his budget as he attempts
to strengthen his squad.
As he prepared for tonight’s Premier League clash with Everton, Benitez (right) said:
“It is always helpful if you
have information. Hopefully after the Everton
game, and a win, we will
have good news and everybody will be happy.
“It is important to know
because we are working really hard with the scouts. We have
a lot of names, but we do not know exactly how much we have.
“I was asking [managing
director] Lee Charnley the
other day and I am waiting for an answer in a few
days.”
Benitez has always
been confident he can
keep the club in the top
flight, even if he is not able
to bolster the squad. However,
his need is more pressing after six
defeats in their past seven games.
Asked if he needed to add experience after a bruising few weeks, Benitez said: “You just have to see the
age of our squad. Some games, we are
the youngest in the Premier League.
“But how can you get more experience? In time, by winning and playing
games. We have to learn quickly, but
these players are working very hard.
“We started really well and people
were thinking we were going to stay
at the top of the table, but it is a young
team that has to learn.”
David Moyes has assured
Joe Hart he will get games at
West Ham, but warned the
goalkeeper: “It’s not my job to
pick the England team”.
Hart’s World Cup hopes
are in jeopardy after Moyes
dropped the 30-year-old
against Chelsea and he will be
on the bench against Arsenal.
Gareth Southgate wants his
squad to be playing regularly
for their clubs, but Spanish
keeper Adrian looks set for
a run in the
side, with Hart
(right) possibly
restricted to
cup games.
“Joe has been
No 1 wherever
he has been,
and there has
always been
someone else
who worked
alongside him,” said Moyes.
“Adrian did well at
Manchester City and again on
Saturday, so I am sure Joe will
give him all the respect from
that position.
“He’s a good guy, Joe. He’s
good in the dressing room and
he has a level of experience.
And I have to tell you he will
play a lot of games between now
and the end of the season.
“Joe’s here, and I don’t think
his [loan] contract allows him
to go back anyway. I’m lucky to
have two good goalkeepers.
“My job is to pick the West
Ham team, not to pick the
England team.”
TOTTENHAM HOTSPUR
Alderweireld
out injured
until February
By Tom Allnutt
Mauricio Pochettino has
confirmed Tottenham defender
Toby Alderweireld will be
out until February with a
hamstring injury.
Alderweireld sustained the
injury against Real Madrid on
1 November and the Belgian is
now expected to miss another
eight weeks of competitive
action. It means he is likely to
sit out crunch Premier League
games against Manchester
City and Manchester United
but could return for matches
against Liverpool and Arsenal.
Spurs then face Juventus in
the first leg of the Champions
League last 16 on 13 February.
“We cannot change the
reality. The reality is that he is
injured and cannot play until
February,” Pochettino said.
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THE ASHES
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Root urges a
resurrection
at the Waca
graveyard
Exasperated England captain keen to
salvage series and reconnect with fans
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Barnes boots
Burnley into
Champions
League place
ing, will also be the last at the Waca.
A vast new 60,000-seat entertainment bowl is being built just across
the Swan River, and will be ready in
the new year. One last chance, then,
IN PERTH
for England to break one of their
Perth is not what it was. Once an iso- most ignominious records at an away
lated, hard-bitten, mining outpost ground: a single win against a Packerderided in the eastern metropoles for ravaged Australian side in 1978-79 in
its gaudy wealth and lack of sophisti- 13 attempts.
cation, it is now one of the southern
Perth has long been a graveyard
hemisphere’s most exciting cities: a of English dreams. On four of the
hipsters’ honeypot with arts feslast six tours, it was where the
tivals and a lively food scene.
series was decided, and the
bad memories run deep:
S o m e t h i n gs h ave
Graeme Swann being
stayed the same: the
hit into retirement by
incredible weather, the
pristine beaches and
George Bailey in 2013the near-impossibility
14, Mitchell Johnson
Number of Test
of getting a drink after
ripping them open
wins for England
11.30pm, although
i n 2 0 1 0 -1 1 , Ad a m
at the Waca in 13
attempts
England seem to have
Gilchrist destroying
successfully negotiated
Monty Panesar in 2006that one.
07 on his way to a 57-ball
The Waca, too, has had its
hundred. History tells us
fair share of changes since its
Perth is a tough ask at the
first Test in 1970. For most
best of times. And for Engof its life, it was the fastland, these are very far
est wicket in the world.
from the best of times.
When Dennis Lillee
Joe Root had five
and Jeff Thomson
months to prepare
Number of Tests
slung it down on the
for the captaincy, two
Australia have lost
hard-baked clay, Perth
months to prepare for
in their past nine
was a test of courage
this tour. And yet he
matches at the Waca
as well as batsmanship.
admits now that even at
That is no longer the
his most fatalistic, he had
case. Successive relayings
underestimated how much
and drop-in pitches have cost
it would take out of him. “I don’t
the Waca its hard-earned reputation know how I’ve still got all my hair,” he
as a pace paradise. Nor is it the home quipped.
fortress it was in the time of Steve
“I knew it would be challenging.
Waugh: Australia have lost four of And I knew there would be stuff
their last nine here.
around the cricket. But not to this exThe third Ashes Test, which starts tent, if I’m brutally honest. I’m fed up
in the early hours of tomorrow morn- talking about stuff that’s not cricket.”
Jonathan
Liew
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My players were
angels, insist
both Guardiola
and Mourinho
The
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The stories you
need to know
The various off-field fripperies of
recent weeks, and their footprint,
have hit this group of players hard.
Resentment is not too strong a word.
And so England arrive in Perth battling on multiple fronts, trying to
salvage not just this series, but their
careers, their reputations and possibly even their sanity.
“As you all know,” Root said – addressing the media – “it’s not a fair
reflection of this group of players.
You all see how hard we work in practice. You see how we go about our
business and the extra stuff we do.
It’s annoying that a lot of the talk is
about stuff off the field. Ultimately,
FOOTBALL
Maradona tribute misses mark
A new statue of Diego
Maradona has been
unveiled in India and,
carrying on the fine recent
tradition of footballing
sculptures, it bears little
resemblance to its subject.
The 12-foot high statue
(far right) was unveiled in
Kolkata during a charity
event and Maradona, 57,
graciously said it was
“amazing” to have a statue
in his honour.
Cristiano Ronaldo’s bust at
an airport on the Portuguese
island of Madeira (top left)
was met with widespread
ridicule earlier this year,
while former Fulham owner
Mohamed Al-Fayed caused
outrage among fans when he
commissioned a tacky statue
of pop icon Michael Jackson
(bottom left) in 2011.
It was moved to the
National Football Museum in
Manchester in 2014.
It is annoying that a lot of
the talk is about stuff off the
field. The only way we can
change that is by winning
the only way we can change that is by
winning games of cricket.”
So: how do England do it? Winning
a third straight toss and batting first
would be a good start. Shield games
and recent Tests have lent weight to
the theory that the Waca is no longer
a fast bowler’s picnic but a batsman’s
Eden: a true surface, bounce that sits
up without flying through, a quick
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