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The day at
a glance
Fishermen pleased
with new EU deal
Fishermen have expressed broad
satisfaction with the latest EU
fisheries deal during Brexit talks.
The chief executive of the Scottish
Fishermen’s Federation said that
when Britain leaves the EU, control
of UK waters will revert to the UK.
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THURSDAY
14
DECEMBER
Quote of the day
If you are going through
hell, keep going
SIR WINSTON
CHURCHILL
UTILITIES
COURTS
MARKETING
Water bills to be cut
by up to £25 per year
Boy admits death by
dangerous driving
Crumpet contest
Christmas with the
lacked bit of thought Queen for Markle
PEOPLE
The water regulator Ofwat will
shave at least £15 to £25 a year from
the average water bill in the first
half of the next decade by tightening
the screws on companies, whose
revenues rely on the regulator’s
approval. Ofwat said the blueprint
would push firms to deliver more
for customers.
A 15-year-old boy has admitted
causing the deaths of five people,
including three children, by
dangerous driving after a car
ploughed into a tree. The teenager,
who cannot be named, pleaded
guilty at Leeds Crown Court to
the five charges after the crash in
November. PAGE 13
A family-friendly competition by
Warburton’s to win tickets to a
children’s play invited customers
to upload pictures of crumpets
festively decorated for Christmas
to social media with the hashtag
#crumpetcreations. Unfortunately,
the hashtag was already used for
adult costumes for fetishists. PAGE 17
MEDIA
Meghan Markle will spend
Christmas at Sandringham with
the Royal Family, Kensington
Palace has confirmed. Ms Markle
and Prince Harry, who announced
their engagement last month, are
expected to attend the traditional
Christmas Day church service on
the Queen’s estate in Norfolk.
NATURE
CRIME
Otter half lives with
very different smell
EU security measures Press regulation
plan will ‘take time’
‘can survive Brexit’
Dublin takes freedom
of city from Suu Kyi
IRELAND
Otters from across the UK
have differing regional odours,
researchers from the Cardiff
University Otter Project have
discovered. Chemical secretions
from the Eurasian otter suggest
genetically distinct populations have
different odours, perhaps driven by
geographical separation.
The outgoing head of Britain’s
Serious Fraud Office (SFO) says
cross-border security cooperation
should survive Brexit, despite
obstacles to be overcome. David
Green said mechanisms such as
European Arrest Warrants and
membership of Europol can be
maintained after leaving the EU.
Councillors in Dublin have voted to
strip Myanmar leader Aung San Suu
Kyi of the freedom of the city. Last
month the singer Sir Bob Geldof
returned his Freedom of Dublin
honour in protest at Ms Suu Kyi
retaining hers. It follows her refusal
to condemn the violence against the
Rohingya people in her own country.
The Government has indicated a
decision on press regulation is set
to be delayed. Peers at Westminster
heard that Sir Brian Leveson has
said he would like the opportunity
to review the responses to a
government consultation on the
contentious issue and that this
would “take a little time”.
Birthdays
Miranda Hart (below),
comedian, 45; Michael
Owen, ex-footballer, 38;
Natascha McElhone,
actress, 48; India Knight,
journalist, 52
Governments have spent £639m on public inquiries over the past
30 years and rely on them to examine major incidents and tragedies.
But now a report finds that of the 68 public inquiries that have taken
place since 1990, only six have been fully followed up by select
committees to see what government did as a result of the inquiry.
PUBLIC INQUIRIES
The List
The most affordable
UK cities for renting
The search
for answers
Hillsborough (1989)
Mirror Group Newspapers plc (1992)
The National Rent Review has
ranked UK towns and cities by
their affordable average rent
per household, per month. It
also has looked at whether each
area has good job opportunities,
satisfaction and average salary.
Anniversaries
Friday 14 Dec 1900
The German physicist
Max Planck publishes his
groundbreaking study of
the effect of radiation on
a “blackbody” substance,
and the quantum theory of
modern physics is born.
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1. Hull (below), Yorkshire and
Humberside £436
2. Stoke-on-Trent,
Staffordshire £466
3. Blackpool, North West £473
4. Dundee, Scotland £527
5. Derby, East Midlands £543
6. Bolton, North West £576
7. Aberdeen, Scotland £615
8. Peterborough,
East England £633
9. Belfast, Northern Ireland £648
10. Nottingham,
East Midlands £653
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LANDBAY, GLASSDOOR
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TV & Radio...........36
Arts..............................44
Business..................48
Puzzles.....................52
Weather...................55
Dunblane (1996)
North Wales Child Abuse (1996)
Bloody Sunday (1998)
Labroke Grove Rail crash (1999)
Foot and Mouth (2001)
Soham Murders (2003)
Robert Hamill, killed by
loyalists (2004)
Leveson (2011)
15%
Edinburgh Tram (2014)
Death of Alexander Litvinenko (2014)
of public inquiries
take five years or
more to release their
final report
Scottish Child Abuse (2014)
Child sex abuse,
England and Wales (2015)
Undercover Policing (2015)
5%
Out of 68 public
inquiries since 1990,
only six have been
fully followed up by
select committees
Shooting of
Anthony Grainger (2016)
RHI (2017)
Complete
Complete
but report embargoed
Grenfell (2017)
Ongoing
Contaminated Blood (2017)
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6
Years
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10
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UNITED STATES
SKELETON 22,
17th-CENTURY SCOTTISH SOLDIER
This ‘Tosca’ could be
night at silent opera
Nigel Morris
The Metropolitan Opera in New
York could rename its production
of Puccini’s Tosca “And Then There
Were None.” Bass-baritone Bryn
Terfel has withdrawn due to vocal
fatigue. The staging, which opens on
New Year’s Eve, previously lost its
soprano, tenor and conductor, plus
its first replacement conductor.
Unconventional Corbyn
lands more hits on May
Who is this young man?
Digital reconstruction technology
has revealed this face of a
17th-century Scottish prisoner of
war, who died around the age of
21 after being captured by Oliver
Cromwell’s troops. In the wake of
Cromwell’s victory over Scottish
forces at the Battle of Dunbar,
around 6,000 men were captured.
Half of those prisoners were
marched south in 1650 and held
captive at Durham Cathedral.
GERMANY
Girl finds grandad’s
‘grave’ at theme park
A 13-year-old girl has discovered
that her grandfather’s gravestone
was a prop at a theme park in
Bavaria. She recognised the stone
outside a ride called Dr Lehmann’s
Horror Hospital in Unterfranken.
A stonemason had been paid to
dispose of the stone after the lease
on the man’s grave expired in 2016.
How did they determine what he
looked like?
The skeleton was discovered
in a grave of around 20 men in
2013. About 1,700 prisoners died
EQUALITY
Women hit by ‘sins’
of men-only clubs
Three Harvard University sororities
are objecting to a policy that bans
students in single-gender clubs from
holding campus leadership positions.
The women, in a joint letter to
Harvard President Drew Faust, say
their organisations are unfairly being
punished for the wrongdoings of
men-only clubs.
in Durham and their remains
could also be buried around what
is now a World Heritage site.
Experts at Durham University’s
Department of Archaeology carried
out extensive research, carefully
rebuilding the young soldier’s skull.
He was recorded as Skeleton 22,
and his skull was scanned to get
an idea of his facial characteristics.
They collaborated with Liverpool
John Moores University’s Face Lab
specialists, who used software to
create a digital image of him.
Was artistic licence needed?
No. Professor Chris Gerrard of
Durham University said they have
a lot of information on which
to base the reconstruction. The
tricky part was deciding which
part of his life they wanted to
reconstruct. Someone on their
deathbed would look different from
when they were in good health,
Dr Gerrard believes. “We decided
to reconstruct him as someone
who’d just arrived in Durham and
had been through a great deal,” said
Dr Gerrard. “Physically tired and
slightly malnourished.”
A haunting expression?
Yes. Bone testing revealed Skeleton
22 had suffered dysentery and
malnutrition in his captive years,
and died hundreds of miles from
home. “It’s a sad face – it has a
certain amount of experience in
the eyes that tell you a lot about
what that individual must of been
through,” said Dr Gerrard.
Valerie Browne
JAPAN
Helicopter window
fell on school pupil
A boy was injured in Ginowan,
Okinawa, when a metal window
frame fell from a US military
helicopter, the second such incident
in the past week on the island. The
window fell from a CH-53 transport
helicopter and landed on a school
playground, leaving the child with
minor arm injuries. PAGE 32
Letter from the
Political Editor
i@inews.co.uk
With Theresa May facing a Conservative
rebellion over Brexit, you might have
thought Jeremy Corbyn’s line of attack
at Prime Minister’s Questions yesterday
would be obvious.
Instead he focussed his six questions
on the housing crisis and levels of
homelessness and rough sleeping.
To the frustration of commentators
and many of his own MPs, the Labour
leader does not follow Westminster’s
usual rules in his weekly jousts with
Mrs May.
His refusal to follow convention can
result in misses – when his avoidance
of the issue of the day seems perverse
– but increasingly it lands a hit as
Corbyn’s effectiveness and confidence
grows at the despatch box.
Housing was a smart choice of subject
after dismay over the unaffordability
of homes to buy or rent proved to be a
powerful below-the-radar issue at the
general election.
Meanwhile, the problem of
homelessness is evident all around us.
I recently counted four rough sleepers
in the high street of my west London
suburb, where until recently there
would have been none.
While Westminster agonises over the
process of Brexit, Corbyn’s passionate
denunciation of the Government’s
record on housing will surely have
resonated with many viewers.
It also appeared to wrongfoot
Mrs May who spent much of her
time berating the record of a Labour
government which left office more than
seven years ago.
Mr Corbyn gathered the threads of
his attack together in a final question,
attacking the Tories for being in the
pockets of “property speculators and
rogue landlords”.
It’s unlikely his soundbite will feature
in many television bulletins and
newspaper columns. But it was pumped
out on social media – and that it is the
Corbyn team’s priority following his
confrontations with the Prime Minister.
Twitter: @NigelpMorris
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NEWS
ENERGY
Russian gas shipped in to
keep British homes warm
By Jane Clinton
Homes in the UK are to be heated
over the new year with gas from a
Russian project hit by US sanctions.
It comes in the wake of the closure
of a key North Sea pipeline which
caused domestic output to plummet
and left utility companies and traders
scrambling around for supplies while
UK gas prices soared.
Liquefied natural gas (LNG) from
the Yamal project in Russia’s Arctic, which was opened by President
Vladimir Putin last week, is on its
way by tanker, according to the Financial Times, to the Isle of Grain import terminal in Kent.
At present the tanker, which was
loaded under Mr Putin’s gaze, is just
off the coast of Norway and will take
two weeks to reach the UK. While the
UK has imported small quantities of
Russian gas in the past which comes
through European pipelines, this is
the first to be delivered by ship.
The shutdown of a 30-year-old
North Sea pipeline this week was
the catalyst for the switch to Russian
supplies. The shutdown has meant
that 40 per cent of oil and gas from
Mrs May told the Lord
Mayor’s Banquet in
November that Russia was
behind a succession of cyber
attacks against Western nations.
A Russian tanker is due to arrive in
the UK in two weeks AFP/GETTY
the UK region of the North Sea has
been cut off, and has sparked fears
of shortages. Some commentators
have also said it calls into question
the UK’s energy strategy.
It comes amid difficult relations between Russia and the UK. Last month
Theresa May accused Russia of meddling in elections and attempting to
“weaponise information” to undermine the West. The UK Government
has also taken a hard line on Russian
sanctions since Moscow’s annexation
of Crimea four years ago.
The natural gas delivery will further bolster Moscow’s insistence that
is can withstand Western sanctions.
Moscow has also maintained that
Europe will remain dependent on
Russia for gas for years to come.
Novatek, which operates Yamal,
was a target of US sanctions. The
US Treasury cut it off from Western
financing in 2014 and this led to it converting the project’s $27bn (£20bn)
funding into euros. It turned to Chinese lenders for a $12bn loan.
The UK’s Department of Business, Energy and Industrial Strategy
has argued that gas supplies will be
ample for this winter citing the UK’s
import capacity.
The BEIS said it was up to the market to decide what gas to import.
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WEATHER
SPORT
‘Temperature
rollercoaster’
expected
Britain’s top cyclist to
contest failed drug test
By Jane Clinton
By Jane Clinton
Strong winds and snow have increased the risk of avalanches on
Scotland’s mountains as the rest
of the country prepares itself for
a “rollercoaster” of temperatures
over the weekend.
The Scottish Avalanche Information Service (Sais), which
provides daily information on
the stability of mountain snow
cover from December to midApril, warned walkers and climbers their activities could trigger
an avalanche.
Areas covered by Sais are Lochaber, Glen Coe, Creag Meagaidh,
the Southern Cairngorms, Northern Cairngorms and Torridon.
Meanwhile, the Met Office
warned that the cold weather is
expected to return over the weekend, although the lows from Monday were not likely to be repeated.
Craig Snell, a forecaster at the
Met Office said: “It’s a bit of a rollercoaster on the temperatures
over the next four or five days.
“We’re not likely to see the –13°C
of the other night but we could see
temperatures potentially at –7°C.”
British cyclist Chris Froome has welcomed further questioning after returning an “adverse” drugs test at the
Vuelta a España.
Froome, who won his fourth Tour
de France title this year and followed it with a victory at the Vuelta,
had a concentration of asthma drug
Salbutamol two-times higher
than the World Anti-Doping
Agency’s (Wada) permitted levels.
The Team Sky cyclist
(inset), who has not
been suspended, said
he increased his dosage but it was within the
legal limits.
He added that it was “absolutely right” for the governing
body, the Union Cycliste Internationale (UCI), to ask questions.
Froome was told of the “adverse
analytical finding” on 20 September
this year. The urine test, taken on
7 September, showed levels of the
drug Salbutamol were at 2,000 nanograms per millilitre (ng/ml). That
compares to Wada’s threshold of
1,000 ng/ml.
The 32-year-old, who became the
first Briton to win the Vuelta, said
he had taken his team doctor’s advice to increase his inhaler use after
his symptoms got worse during the
three-week race around Spain.
The use of Salbutamol is permitted, without the need of a therapeutic use exemption, but only within
certain doses.
The organising body of Vuelta
said it will await the “UCI’s
official conclusions”.
It added its position is
one of “extreme caution,
as it hopes for this issue
to be resolved as quickly
as possible.”
T h e re s u l t s c a m e
to light following media
reports and a Team Sky
s t at e m e n t ye s t e rd ay. T h e
UCI also published details of its
investigation yesterday.
Team Sky insist the rider inhaled
no more than the permissible dose.
Meanwhile Froome took to Twitter
to thank fans for their support and
said he was “confident that we will
get to the bottom of this”.
Cycling, page 58
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NEWS
COVER STORY
Rebel Tory MPs defeat
Prime Minister to
guarantee Brexit vote
withdrawal deal, including enshrining a Brexit deal in a separate Act
of Parliament.
The minister’s promise, just minTheresa May suffered a wounding
utes before the Commons vote, to
defeat in the Commons last night
rewrite the Bill to address critics’
when Tory rebels defied her authorconcerns was dismissed as too
ity to vote with the Opposition on the
late by rebel Tories.
terms of Brexit.
Among the Tories to
Eleven pro-EU Tories lined up
rebel was the party’s
with other parties to demand, by
v i ce - c h a i r m a n fo r
309 to 305 votes, that Parliament
London, Stephen
get a “meaningful vote” on the final
Hammond, who was
terms of Britain’s departure from
promptly sacked.
the European Union.
The vote followed a
The four-vote defeat was the first
frenzied 24 hours in the
Commons loss for Mrs May (inset)
Commons as Tory whips
since she became Prime Minister
realised they were failing to
and an embarrassing setback on
head off the rebel move.
the eve of today’s Brussels summit
Mr Grieve told the Commons that
at which EU leaders are set to enattempts to strike a compromise
dorse moving on to the next phase
had “run out of road” and that it
of Brexit talks.
was time to put the interests of the
She had argued that the rebel decountry before the interests of the
mands could mean the UK is unable
Conservative Party.
to have the “orderly and smooth exit
Early yesterday, the Brexit Secfrom the European Union that we
retary, David Davis, wrote to every
wish to have”.
Conservative MP saying the GovAs defeat loomed, the justice minernment was committed to holding
“a vote on the final deal in Parliament as soon as possible after the
What was in the amendment
negotiations have concluded”.
A government spokeswoman
General Dominic Grieve, insisted
The crucial amendment was
said: “We will now determine
that any deal should have to be
designed to ensure Theresa May
enshrined in a new Act of Parliament. whether further changes are needcannot press ahead with an
ed to the Bill to ensure it fulfils its
Its supporters argued that the
eventual deal with Brussels over
vital purpose.”
move would ensure that Parliament
Brexit without winning explicit
By Nigel Morris
POLITICAL EDITOR
approval from Parliament in a
“meaningful vote”.
It demanded changes to the
section of the EU (Withdrawal) Bill
which allows ministers to implement the agreement using secondary
legislation, which has less scrutiny
by MPs and peers.
The amendment, tabled by the
former Conservative Attorney
ister, Dominic Raab, announced a
final concession in an attempt to woo
wavering rebels, but the move failed
and opposition benches cheered
when the result was announced.
The Labour leader, Jeremy Corbyn, said: “This defeat is a humiliating loss of authority
for the Government on
the eve of the European Council meeting.
“Theresa May
has
resisted
democratic accountability. Her refusal to listen means
she will now have to
accept Parliament taking
back control.”
The result underlined Mrs May’s
parliamentary weakness as even the
support of DUP MPs failed to head
off the defeat. Dissident Tories rallied around an amendment to the
EU (Withdrawal) Bill tabled by the
former Tory Attorney General, Dominic Grieve, calling for MPs to be
given a “meaningful vote” on the
could not be bypassed by ministers
to enact Brexit.
But the Government insisted
that the move would hamper other
preparations for Brexit.
The Government said it had
“committed to hold a vote on the
final deal in Parliament as soon
as possible after the negotiations
have concluded”.
THE REBELS
Tory MPs complained
there was a toxic
atmosphere within party ranks
and there were claims one had
been reduced to tears by the
pressure applied to her by whips
to fall into line.
HOUSING
Cut the number
Former ministers who
‘put principle before party’ of homeless,
demands Corbyn
By Nigel Morris
Eleven Conservative MPs defied the
Tory whip to help inflict the defeat
on the Government.
They included eight former ministers: Dominic Grieve, Kenneth
Clarke, Nicky Morgan, Anna
Soubry, Bob Neill, Stephen Hammond, Oliver Heald and Jonathan Djanogly.
They were joined by Heidi Allen,
Sarah Wollaston and Antoinette
Sandbach.
A 12th Tory MP, John Stevenson, formally abstained by voting
in both lobbies.
Mr Hammond was sacked as the
Conservative vice-chairman for
London moments after the vote.
The Wimbledon MP said he had
never voted against his party before, but explained: “For me, this
was a point of principle and just occasionally in one’s life one has to put
principle before party.”
Ms Soubry said: “It was a stupid fight the Government fought,
and they fought it very badly, and
I’m afraid they did themselves
no favours.”
Ms Wollaston, the chairman of
the Commons Health Select Committee, said she was proud of the
vote, describing it as a “parliamentary victory” rather than a government defeat.
Ms Morgan said: “Tonight Parliament took control of the EU withdrawal process.”
By Richard Wheeler
Jeremy Corbyn has urged
Theresa May at Prime Minister’s
Questions to pledge to reduce
homelessness and the number of
children without a home to call
their own next year.
The Labour leader also labelled
the Government’s housing record
an “absolute disgrace” and asked
when it will “get out of the pockets
of property speculators and rogue
landlords”. Mrs May countered
by claiming house-building and
social housing went down under
the last Labour administration,
adding: “Labour would produce
failure once again.”
‘Demeaning politics’: Labour MSP
Kezia Dugdale returns to the Scottish
Parliament yesterday, main and above,
and Ms Dugdale in ‘I’m A Celebrity... Get
Me Out of Here!’, below GETTY
POLITICS
Back to the day job for Dugdale
By Chris Green
SCOTLAND EDITOR
Kezia Dugdale has been given a formal warning by the Labour Party
over her decision to fly to Australia to
take part in the jungle survival show
I’m A Celebrity... Get Me Out of Here!
The former Scottish Labour leader flew home yesterday after taking
what party bosses said was an “unauthorised leave of absence”.
She travelled to Australia three
weeks ago to take part in the ITV
show, where her first task was to
crawl through five boxes containing
rotting fish guts, spiders and snakes.
Her decision led to accusations
that she was “demeaning politics”
and overshadowed the Labour leadership election result.
After arriving home, Ms Dugdale
was summoned to a face-to-face
meeting with Labour’s group executive in Scotland, including new leader
Richard Leonard.
The group decided that she should
not be suspended, but she was handed a “written warning” and told not to
talk to the media.
In a statement issued through the
party, she said: “I deeply regret that
this caused issues in the first weeks of
Richard Leonard’s leadership.”
CONSERVATIVES
Davidson ‘not ruling out’ move
from Holyrood to Westminster
By Chris Green
Ruth Davidson has given her clearest
indication yet that she could run as an
MP in the future, opening the door for
her to become the next Conservative
Party leader.
The Scottish Conservative leader
said she was open to having “conversations” about making the switch
from Holyrood to Westminster – but
only after the 2021 Scottish Parliament elections.
Ms Davidson has previously declared that her overriding priority is
becoming Scotland’s next First Min-
ister. But, she told The Spectator, if the
Tories fail to beat the SNP in 2021,
she would feel that her time as leader
of the Scottish party was at an end.
“I’ve been leader of the party now
for six years. My two predecessors
lasted six-and-a-half years each,” she
said, adding that, by 2021, she would
have done the job for “significantly
longer”. She added: “Then we can
start other conversations.”
Asked if she might move to Westminster, she replied: “I haven’t ruled
it out. If devolution is going to work,
then there has to be the ability to
move between parliaments.”
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Britain’s fishing
industry wins
increased quotas
By Emily Beament and Lewis Smith
The Government has claimed a
boost for British fishermen with an
increase in quotas for key stocks including cod and haddock in annual
negotiations in Brussels.
Ministers secured higher quotas for North Sea cod, haddock and
monkfish, Irish Sea cod and haddock, eastern Channel sole,
skates and rays and Bristol Channel plaice and
sole, following boosts to
fish populations.
However, they were
accused by conservationists of agreeing a
series of catch levels in
defiance of scientific advice on the sustainability
of fish populations.
Too soon? Cod question
POLITICS
May to urge EU leaders to discuss trade links
By Nigel Morris
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Theresa May will urge the other
European Union leaders today
to move as rapidly as possible
to discussing future trade links
with Britain.
She will travel to an EU summit in
Brussels with the message that “sufficient progress” has been made on
the first stage of Brexit negotiations
to begin the second phase.
Mrs May is expected to tell the
other 27 leaders that last week’s
agreement required “give and take
on both sides”, but that a “fair outcome has been achieved”.
She will speak to them over a
working dinner before returning to
the UK.
The EU27, meeting without her
tomorrow, are set to rubber-stamp
thejudgementoftheEuropeanCommission President, Jean-Claude
Juncker, that “sufficient progress”
had been made to proceed to the
second phase.
A senior UK government official
said: “She will say she’s particularly
pleased that a fair and reciprocal
deal has been agreed that will guarantee the rights of more than three
million EU citizens living in the UK
and a million UK nationals living in
the EU so they can carry on living
their lives as before.”
Cod caught in the North Sea is
among the fish stocks that have seen
an increase in quota levels for the
coming season. Yet until recently,
it was considered to be a deeply
depleted stock.
The increase in quota is seen by
the fishing industry as a dividend for
years of submitting to lower catches,
and a sign that fish stocks around the
UK and Europe are improving.
However, its recovery is
incomplete. Of almost 200 quota
fisheries in European waters, just
57 are being fished at sustainable
levels - at least when measured at
Maximum Sustainable Yield, the gold
standard of fishing sustainability.
The Common Fisheries Policy has a
legal requirement that all its fisheries
be sustainably fished by 2020.
Haddock in the southern Celtic
Sea and English Channel, herring in
the Irish Sea, and whiting in the west
of Scotland and Irish Sea are among
the fisheries where catch levels have
been set above the levels advised by
marine scientists.
Fishermen welcomed the increases secured in the annual talks to allocate the share of fish that can be
caught by boats in EU waters.
Following the negotiations in Brussels, the fisheries minister George
Eustice said the UK’s
championing of sustainable fishing “is
starting to yield results in some areas”
but accepted challenges
remain, particularly in
the Celtic Sea and with the
bass population.
He promised: “As we prepare to
leave the EU, we will place sciencebased fisheries management at the
heart of future policy.”
The annual deal on catch levels is
likely to be one of the last involving
the UK.
Bertie Armstrong, chief executive
of the Scottish Fishermen’s Federation, fears European fishing interests are already adopting a “hardline
stance” in an attempt to dilute the
UK’s rights to control fishing.
Debbie Crockard, of the Marine
Conservation Society, cautioned that
the UK needs to do more to ensure
fishing is sustainable once the UK
leaves the EU.
“We need to step up to the plate,
the UK will have sole responsibility
for making sure the seas around our
coasts are healthy and sustainable.
“We need to take that responsibility seriously. Now,” she said.
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We’re a nation of obese pill
poppers, says NHS survey
By Sally Guyoncourt
We have become a nation of pill poppers struggling with obesity and
sedentary lifestyles, according to the
latest statistics from the NHS.
The NHS Digital Health Survey for
England paints a bleak picture with
almost half of adults (48 per cent)
having taken at least one prescribed
medicine in the last week. Almost
a quarter (24 per cent) have taken
three or more, the report revealed.
However, Professor Helen StokesLampard, chair of the Royal College
of GPs, said: “Although these figures might seem shocking to fit and
well people, high prescription rates
shouldn’t always be seen as a bad
thing. A lot can change in 10 years, including advances in medical research
and evolution of clinical guidelines –
and this means more medications
The proportion of male
smokers has dropped
from 28 per cent in 1993 to 20 per
cent in 2016 and for women it
has dropped to 16 per cent.
are now available and recommended
for patients, and can increasingly
be used to prevent illness and to improve their health.
“We also have a growing, ageing
population in the UK so inevitably,
more and more patients are living
with multiple, long-term conditions,
many of which need to be treated
with medication.”
Among those aged 85 and over,
82 per cent had taken three or more
medicines in the last week.
But she admitted there was a lack
of alternative treatments in the community such as talking therapies.
The research, commissioned
by NHS Digital and carried out by
NatCen Social Research and University College London, looked at health
trends for adults and children over
a variety of topics from smoking to
mental health. It found mental health
problems were on the increase in
England among both young men
and women.
Medical notes The vital signs
n The total cost, at list price, of
prescriptions dispensed by GP
practices in 2016 was £9.2bn.
n More than 1.1 billion items were
dispensed on prescription last year,
an increase of 1.9 per cent on 2015.
n The number of prescribed items
dispensed has almost doubled (47 per
cent) from 2006 to 2016.
n The most commonly prescribed
medicines are antihypertensives to
reduce blood pressure, such as beta
blockers, which are taken by 15 per
cent of adults.
n Lipid lowering medicines to reduce
cholesterol, such as statins, came a
close second taken by 14 per cent
of adults.
n Drugs to reduce acid in the
stomach, pain killers and antiinflammatory medicines are the
third most prescribed medicines –
these are taken by 11 per cent of the
adult population.
n 10 per cent of adults are on antidepressants. This category has seen
the greatest rise in users since 2015,
up by 6 per cent.
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ENVIRONMENT
Disadvantaged
pupils ‘no excuse
for poor schools’
Jumpers that
are just for
Christmas
By Louis Ashworth
The headteacher
By Sally Wardle
Disadvantaged pupils should not be
used as an excuse for chronically
underachieving schools, the head
of Ofsted warned, as it was revealed
that more than 120 have consistently underperformed for a decade.
Amanda Spielman, the education
watchdog’s chief inspector, said the The head of a school that has
schools had unstable leadership, failed to record a “good” Ofsted
problems recruiting, and high pro- inspection since 2005 has said
proper funding is vital for
portions of deprived students.
But she hit out at the culture of improving performance.
Mark Ingham, principal of
“disadvantage one-upmanship”
in her first annual report, adding: Exeter – A Learning Community
“Schools with all ranges of children primary school in Corby,
Northamptonshire, said: “The
can and do succeed.”
Labour said government policies bidding process is quite onerous.
had created problems with teach- If you’re unsuccessful, you’ve
ers’ pay and recruitment, while wasted your time and energy and
education unions said Ofsted could it hasn’t moved you forward.”
He suggested that it would
be part of the problem.
Of those inspected this year, 124 be simpler and more effective
to give his school a
schools have failed to record
portion of the extra
a good or outstanding
funding without the
O fs t e d i n s p e c t i o n
application process.
since 2005, despite
He also said
receiving “considerable attention and
retaining good
The number
investment”.
teachers is a
of schools that
T h e wat c h d o g
struggle.
have not been
apologised after it
“I’m the fifth
judged ‘good’ or
mistakenly named an
headteacher [here]
‘outstanding’ since
2005
additional 11 schools in
in a year, but I’m
an initial list of those conplanning on staying,”
sistently underachieving,
he added.
which was released with the report.
Speaking at the report’s launch,
Ms Spielman said: “There is no challenges like weak social mobildoubt that the leadership challenge ity”. The school standards minisfacing some schools is great. But ter Nick Gibb said it was investing
progress is possible and we should £280m over the next two years to
all be wary of using the make-up of a target resources.
school community as an excuse for
Paul Whiteman, general secreunderperformance. I do find myself tary of the National Association
frustrated with the culture of ‘dis- of Head Teachers, said: “Many
advantage one-upmanship’ that has leaders of schools working in chalemerged in some places.”
lenging circumstances tell us that
The Education Secretary Jus- they struggle to recruit teachtine Greening said the Government ers and the high-stakes, low-trust
would work with schools and busi- accountability regime has been part
nesses to tackle “complex long-term of the problem.”
‘Give us proper
funding – without
bidding process’
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A quarter of the Christmas
jumpers bought in the UK last
year were either thrown away
with the Christmas tree or are
unlikely to be worn again, a survey
has revealed, prompting warnings
about the environmental impact.
One in three people under 35
will buy a new Christmas jumper
every year because they can’t
bear being seen in the same design
twice, a poll of 3,000 adults by
Censuswise found.
Hubbub, an environmental
charity, says that Britons spend
£220m on festive jumpers in the
run-up to Christmas, and it is
encouraging people to either
re-use them next year, swap
them with friends or donate
them to charity.
A spokeswoman for the
charity said “our addiction
to fast fashion” was “having
a devastating impact on the
environment”.
“I’d urge people to think twice
about whether they really need
to buy a new jumper this year.
Instead let’s dig out all those
Christmas jumpers hiding away in
wardrobes and swap with a friend
or donate them to charity shops
or even refashion something you
already own,” she said.
Decomposing clothing in
landfill gives off methane and
contaminates soil.
GRENFELL
Disaster memorial ‘an opportunity for healing’
By Jemma Crew
A memorial service to honour those
who died in the Grenfell Tower fire
will be an opportunity for “words of
healing and truth”, a bereaved relative said.
Clarrie Mendy, whose cousin Mary
Mendy and her daughter Khadija
died in the fire, has been helping
shape the multi-faith service, which
will focus on remembering the 71 victims of the 14 June tower block blaze.
She said she had asked for the
event to be held at St Paul’s Cathedral, exactly six months after the
fire, and that she hoped the names
of the 53 adults and 18 children who
died would be read out as a mark of
respect and recognition.
Ms Mendy said: “I know there’s a
lot of expectations. I just hope this
service reflects, I hope it resonates
with people, with the hunger people
have spiritually.”
The Prime Minister Theresa May
and the Communities Secretary
Sajid Javid are some of the politicians
who will be attending the service at
11am today.
SCHOOLS
COURTS
Greening: cash alone will
not boost social mobility
Surgeon ‘initialled’ patients’ livers
By Richard Vaughan
EDUCATION CORRESPONDENT
The Education Secretary has
warned that money will not solve
the problems schools face trying to
boost social mobility and called on
businesses and communities to do
more to improve the life chances of
young people.
Justine Greening said the issues
facing the country cannot be rectified by spending money alone.
Ms Greening will publish her
social mobility action plan today,
which she says will place social
mobility at the heart of education
policy. Speaking to i ahead of the
launch, she said: “If money was
how you fixed this, we would have
already fixed it. What I am saying is
you need a strategy that runs right
the way through from early years
into young people’s careers and government and schools can’t do this on
their own.”
Under the proposals, the Department for Education will make
£800m of investment available to
parts of the country that have been
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By Matthew Cooper
Justine Greening is to outline a new
plan to promote mobility PA
“left behind” when it comes to life
chances. Earlier this month, Theresa May’s efforts to improve social
mobility came under severe criticism from her own social mobility
tsar Alan Milburn, who resigned.
A surgeon has admitted assaulting two patients by marking his
initials on their livers during
transplant operations.
Simon Bramhall, 53, admitted two
counts of assault by beating at Birmingham Crown Court but pleaded
not guilty to alternative charges of assault occasioning actual bodily harm.
For the prosecution, Tony Badenoch QC said the Crown accepted
the medic’s not guilty pleas in a case
which was “without legal precedent
in criminal law”.
Bramhall was employed as a con-
sultant surgeon at Birmingham’s
Queen Elizabeth Hospital at the time
of the transplant operations and both
patients were under anaesthetic.
“The pleas of guilty now entered represent an acceptance that that which
he did was not just ethically wrong
but criminally wrong,” Mr Badenoch
told the court.
The CPS said that he used a medical instrument called an argon beam
coagulator – which seals bleeding
blood vessels by directing a beam of
electricity on to the area – to “burn”
his initials on to the livers.
Bramhall will be sentenced on
12 January.
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News in brief
EDUCATION
New pay
code for
universities
University leaders
have agreed to a new
code on pay in the wake
of criticism of vice
chancellors’ salaries.
A regulator will
also be established
to ensure “full
transparency and
accountability”
on remuneration.
The measures are
designed to end an
“upwards ratchet in
pay”. It follows the
revelation that the
vice chancellor of
Bath Spa University,
professor Christina
Slade, was paid more
than £800,000 in her
final year before leaving
this August.
Universities minister
Jo Johnson met with
representatives from
Universities UK, the
Russell Group and
the Committee of
University Chairs
yesterday telling them
they must restore
public confidence and
deliver value for money.
He said: “We need to
see restraint and the
use of benchmarks that
are appropriate for a
system in receipt of
public funding.
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Hollywood star
to accuse the film
producer Harvey
Weinstein of sexual
harassment.
In a candid article
for The New York Times
the Mexican actress
called him a “monster”.
Hayek described
years of harassment
and intimidation by
Weinstein that began
shen she approached
him about producing
a film on the life
of Mexican artist
Frida Kahlo.
In return for his
agreeing to do the film,
she said he would turn
up at her hotel rooms
and ask to watch her
take a shower or give
her a massage or get
naked with another
woman. Weinstein,
65, has “unequivocally
denied” all allegations
of non-consensual sex.
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Eight people have been
jailed after drones
were used to smuggle
cannabis and mobile
phones into prisons in
England and Scotland.
Craig Hickinbottom,
who directed the
“large-scale and
persistent” operation
from behind bars,
was jailed for seven
years and two months
after admitting four
charges of conspiring
to smuggle contraband
into prison.
Birmingham
Crown Court was
told the offences were
committed between
July 2015 and May
this year at jails in
Worcestershire,
Staffordshire,
Birmingham,
Yorkshire, Cheshire,
Liverpool and Perth.
Drones, equipped
with a fishing line
and hooks, were
flown to cell windows
where inmates – in
contact with the pilot
– used tools such as
an extendable broom
handle to retrieve
smuggled items.
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Exhaust fumes ‘cause teenage delinquency’
By John von Radowitz
Traffic pollution may be fuelling teenage delinquency, research suggests.
US scientists have found a link
between exposure to higher levels
of sooty particles from vehicle exhausts and bad behaviour, including theft, vandalism, arson and
drug abuse.
The study tracked 682 children
from the ages of nine to 18 and their
parents completed a checklist of
when their offspring broke rules.
Air-quality monitors were used to
estimate concentrations of tiny toxic
particles called PM2.5s outside each
family’s home in the Greater Los Angeles area.
Three-quarters of the children
were found to be breathing in levels
of particles that exceeded the US
government safety limit of 12 micrograms per cubic metre of air.
The particles, 30 times smaller
than the width of a human hair, are
small enough to enter the bloodstream through the lungs.
Lead researcher Dr Diana Younan,
from the University of Southern California’s Keck School of Medicine,
said: “These tiny, toxic particles
creep into your body, affecting your lying and cheating, truancy, steallungs and your heart.
ing, vandalism, arson, and sub“Studies are beginning
stance abuse.
to show exposure to varThe study, published in
ious air pollutants also
the Journal of Abnormal
causes inflammation
Psychology, identified
in the brain.
higher pollution levels
The
number
of
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times narrower
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in neighbourhoods
than a human
developing brains bewith limited greenery.
hair
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exhaust
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Levels of bad beparticles are
brain structure and
haviour were magnified when children
neural networks and, as
did not have good relaour study suggests, influtionships with their parents,
ence adolescent behaviours.”
The list of bad behaviour included lived with depressed mothers or
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came from stress-ridden homes.
The researchers noted that poorer members of the community were
the most affected.
“Poor people, unfortunately, are
more likely to live in urban areas in
less-than-ideal neighbourhoods,”
said Dr Younan.
The same research team
has previously found
that teenagers in urban areas
that lack green spaces tend to be
more aggressive.
ENTERTAINMENT
ROYALTY
Kay cancels comeback
arena tour due to
‘family circumstances’
Handbag
brand feels the
Markle effect
By Francesca Gosling
Peter Kay’s first live stand-up tour in
eight years has been cancelled due to
“unforeseen family circumstances”,
the comedian said.
The tour of Britain and Ireland was
to begin in Birmingham in April, with
dates through to 2019.
In a statement posted on his
Twitter account yesterday,
Kay (inset) said: “Due to
unforeseen family circumstances, I deeply regret that I am having to
cancel all of my upcoming work projects. This
unfortunately includes
my upcoming stand-up
tour, Dance For Life shows
and any outstanding live work.
“My sincerest apologies. This decision has not been taken lightly and
I’m sure you’ll understand my family
must always come first.
“I’ve always endeavoured to protect my family’s privacy from the
media. I hope that the media and the
public will continue to respect our
privacy. Once again, I’m very sorry.”
The statement added that ticketholders for both Peter Kay’s Live
Arena Tour and Dance For Life
shows will be refunded from their
original point of purchase.
The news comes weeks after Kay
added extra performance dates to all
listed cities, following public demand.
Shortly after tickets for the initial
26 gigs went on sale in November, he tripled the number
of events to more than 80,
including a total of 16
shows in his home town
of Manchester.
Announcing his return
to the stage, he said: “I
really miss it. I know how
lucky I am to be making television series and have really
loved working on Car Share, but
I miss doing stand-up.
“As terrifying as it is, when it works
there’s nothing more fun and exciting. Plus, a lot has happened in the
last eight years, with Trump, Twitter
and my Nan getting her front bush
trimmed at the age of 96.
“I can’t wait to get back up
on stage.”
By Lucinda Cameron
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POLICE
Lia Pearson
died in hospital
yesterday
after the fire
in Salford on
Monday. Her
sisters, Demi,
15, Lacie, seven,
and her brother,
Brandon, eight,
were also killed
Three-year-old girl becomes
fourth child to die in house fire
By Kim Pilling
A three-year-old girl has become the
fourth child to die after a house fire
which killed three of her siblings.
Lia Pearson had been critically ill
following the blaze in Salford in the
early hours of Monday. Her elder sister Demi, 15, was pronounced dead
at the scene, while her brother Brandon, eight, and sister Lacie, seven,
died in hospital. The children’s mother, Michelle Pearson, 35, is in a coma.
Ms Pearson’s mother, Sandra
Lever, posted on Facebook: “Just letting everyone know they just turned
life machine off on Lia. She has
passed away peacefully. My beautiful granddaughter, go find your other
two sisters, love you all so much.”
Two 16-year-old boys were also in
the house when the fire broke out but
managed to escape before the emergency services arrived.
Before Lia’s death was announced,
Zac Bolland, 23, and Courtney Bri-
erley, 20, appeared at Manchester
magistrates’ court accused of the
murders of Demi, Brandon and
Lacie. The pair are also accused of
arson with intent to endanger life
and the attempted murders of Ms
Pearson and three other children.
No details of the case were presented in court as District Judge
Khalid Qureshi said the matter was
too serious to be dealt with in his
jurisdiction and will be heard again
today at Manchester Crown Court.
The small Scottish company
which made the bag Meghan
Markle carried on her first royal
engagement has seen its website traffic soar 5,000 per cent as
a result.
The Strathberry Midi Tote Tri
Colour sold out within
11 minutes after
images emerged
showing Prince
Harry’s future
wife carrying
the bag on the
couple’s visit to
Nottingham on
1 December. The
same colourway
of Strathberry bag
was reselling on eBay in the
US for $2,350 (£1,760), marked up
from a retail price there of $675.
Edinburgh-based Strathberry
relaunched production the following week due to the level of interest and the first pre-order batch of
400 bags sold out on its website in
under 24 hours.
Ms Markle will join the Queen
for Christmas at Sandringham,
Kensington Palace has confirmed.
PA
Mr Bolland and Mr Brierley spoke
to confirm their names and give their
addresses and dates of birth.
When asked what their nationality
was, both replied: “White British.”
Two men, aged 19 and 20, also arrested on suspicion of murder, were
bailed pending further inquiries, as
was a 24-year-old man detained on
suspicion of assisting an offender.
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CONSUMER
Being a loyal customer
can mean you lose £725 a
year to utility companies
a discount on their mobile phone down insurance policies made a total
contract, broadband or car break- average saving of £125 in a year. NearCustomers who stay loyal to the down cover.
ly a third (31 per cent) of people
same providers of services like enBut nine in 10 (86 per cent)
have stuck with the same
ergy, telecoms and insurance risk of broadband and pay TV
energy supplier for
losing out on hundreds of pounds customers who asked for
more than 10 years,
of savings per year, according to re- a better deal were ofWhich? found.
search from Which?.
fered a discount or inBut its research,
The consumer group concluded centive, highlighting
which comes
customers lose £725 a year after how worthwhile hagat
a time when
of people have not
making calculations based on the gling can be.
households are
haggled with any
average savings of people who had
Those on a stanfacing pressure
service provider in
haggled in the past 12 months over a dalone broadband
from rising living
the past 12 months
range of services and by comparing package saved an avercosts, suggests that
energy prices.
by switching gas and
age of £120 a year, while
Its survey of more than 2,000 those with combined broadelectricity provider, conpeople also found that, while there band and pay TV services saved
sumers on a standard variaare huge savings to be made, some £216 annually.
ble tariff could save up to £312 a year.
people are reluctant to push for a
Alex Neill, managing director
Three-quarters (77 per cent) of
better deal.
mobile phone users who haggled of home products and services at
Two-fifths (42 per cent) of peo- secured a better deal – and an aver- Which?, said: “People who stay with
ple had not haggled with any serv- age saving of £72 a year.
the same energy, telecoms or insurice provider in the past 12 months,
People who pushed for a better ance company year after year rarely
with people least likely to request deal on home, car and car break- get the best deal.
“Customers paying the price for
loyalty should ask their providers
Cheaper water bills from 2020
to reward them, or be prepared to
lose them.”
By Vicky Shaw
42%
Households look likely to save up
to £25 a year off their water bills
from 2020 to 2025 under plans put
forward by regulator Ofwat.
The watchdog said its price review
would ensure customers can look
forward to “lower bills, improved
services, reduced leakage and more
help for the most vulnerable”. The
plans set limits on the prices that
customers in England and Wales
will pay between 2020 and 2025.
Ofwat said it will also for the first
time include help for vulnerable
customers as an “explicit part” of the
price review.
The Consumer Council for Water
welcomed Ofwat’s announcement
but its chief executive Tony Smith
said: “We are concerned that the
regulator has decided to remove the
cap on the financial rewards companies can receive for meeting their
performance targets.”
Here are how the annual
savings from haggling
could add up, according to
Which?: car breakdown cover, £35;
home insurance, £40; car insurance, £50; mobile phone service,
£72; standalone broadband, £120;
broadband and pay TV, £216;
energy, £312.
SOCIETY
COURTS
Obscene Krankies
panto should be
banned, says mum
Teenager admits
five car deaths
By Jane Clinton
They are a Christmas tradition
which take pride in testing the limits
of innuendo and good taste.
But for one woman, the “lewd”
content of a Dick Whittington pantomime, starring
The Krankies (inset)
and John Barrowman,
went beyond the pale
and she is calling for it
to be axed.
Natalie Wood, a
regular pantomimegoer, who says she is
well aware of the often risqué content of shows, went to
the production at the Manchester
Opera House with her 11- year-old
son, her 12- year-old stepdaughter,
and other relatives.
“The whole show was very sexu-
alised,” she said. “John Barrowman
sat Jimmy Krankie on his knee and
started fondling her breasts. He
then takes his hands off and she puts
them back on again as it to say: ‘I was
enjoying that’.
“We thought that was wrong
being a female but the fact
it was supposed to be a
schoolboy was just a
step too far.”
A spokesman for pantomime producer Qdos
Entertainment and
the Manchester Opera
House insisted the “tradition” of pantomime makes
use of “double entendre”.
“None of the humour within the
show is intended to cause offence of
any kind and the enjoyment of our
audiences is always paramount,”
said the spokesman.
By Tom White
A 15-year-old boy has admitted
causing the deaths of five people,
including three children, by
dangerous driving after a car
ploughed into a tree.
The teenager, who cannot be
named, pleaded guilty to five
charges at Leeds Crown Court
after the crash in November.
Ellis Thornton-Kimmitt, 12,
his brother, Elliott ThorntonKimmitt, 14, Darnell Harte, 15,
Robbie Meerun, 24, and Anthony
Armour, also 24, all died after
the crash involving a Renault
Clio in Stonegate Road in Leeds.
At a previous hearing, the
boy had wept in the dock as the
details of the accident in the
Meanwood area of the city were
read out. Police described the
crash, which happened just
before 10pm on 25 November,
as “catastrophic”.
Appearing by video link, the
boy was told that he would be
sentenced on 26 January.
Hats off to Camilla for a top party
Seven-year-old Perfect Akerejola,
who suffers from sickle cell
disease, got a royal welcome
as he tried on a guard’s
bearskin for size during
an annual ceremony at
Clarence House yesterday.
The Duchess of Cornwall
invited the youngsters from
Helen & Douglas House and
Roald Dahl’s Marvellous Children’s
Charity to Clarence House for tea
and to help her decorate the
Christmas tree.
The Duchess (inset)
is the royal patron of
the charity Helen &
Douglas House which
helps families cope with
the challenges of looking
after a terminally ill child.
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Private probation firms ‘are
putting the public at risk’
By Lizzie Dearden
The public is being put at risk by
the Government’s privatisation of
probation services as criminals
commit murder and sexual offences while supposedly under supervision, inspectors have concluded.
HM Inspectorate of Probation
said private companies commissioned in a 2014 overhaul of the
service were failing to properly
assess the risk of harm in half of
cases, supervising thousands of
convicts only with phone calls
every six weeks.
Some junior officers working for
Community Rehabilitation Companies (CRCs) are handling more
than 200 cases each, despite officials warning that a maximum of
60 can be taken on safely.
HM Chief Inspector of Probation, Dame Glenys Stacey, ques-
tioned whether the system “could
ever deliver” the public protection
and rehabilitation needed.
“If these services are delivered
well, there will be fewer children in
care, fewer adults and children living in fear of assault, fewer people
sleeping on the streets and fewer
people in prison,” she told a briefing in London. “Neglected prisoners are more likely to reoffend.”
Dame Glenys said the Government’s Transforming Rehabilitation programme had
overestimated revenue in England
and Wales for private companies
taking on parts of the probation
service, forcing them to make cuts
to staff and services.
Probation trusts were replaced
by the new National Probation
Service and 21 CRCs. They were
intended to handle only low-risk
offenders, alongside a programme
preparing prisoners for release, but
are now handling a large number of
medium-risk convicts.
“Individuals assessed originally
as presenting a medium or low risk
to the public can go on to commit
very serious further offences,” the
report warned.
Frances Crook, chief executive
of the Howard League for Penal
Reform, said campaigners had
foreseen the emerging “public
safety disaster” of privatisation.
THE INDEPENDENT
Since reforms to the
probation services in
2014, the number of convicts
committing a serious further
offence while under probation
supervision has risen by 20 per
cent, from 429 to 517.
HISTORY
Whisky to be made again at oldest distillery
By Paul Ward
Whisky is set to flow again at the
first recorded distillery in Scotland after production returned to
the site more than 500 years from
when the first dram was bottled.
Lindores Abbey Distillery in Fife
has been described as the “spiritual
home” of whisky and records from
1494 show that Friar John Cor of
the abbey paid duty on eight “bolls”
of malt to make “aqua vitae”, or alcohol, for King James IV.
A new £7m visitor centre and
distillery opened in October at
the end of a 20-year regeneration
project by the abbey’s custodians Drew and Helen
McKenzie Smith.
Lindores is aiming
to produce 150,000
litres of spirit a year,
using 100 per cent Fife
barley and overseen by
the distillery manager
Gary Haggart.
Mr Haggart said: “Distilling the first spirit at Lindores
Abbey in more than 500 years is
such an honour, and it’s now the
task of the team here to produce a
Scotch whisky worthy of its
spiritual home.
“We’re looking forward to that challenge.”
The abbey’s ruins
– where William Wallace rested after the
Battle of Black Earnside in 1298 and the burial site of the first Duke of
Rothesay – are also open to
the public as part of the new Lindores visitor centre experience.
The capacity of wine glasses has increased sevenfold in the past 300
years and most steeply in the past
two decades, a study has found.
Researchers believe that the
growth in glass size may have encouraged the nation’s increasing wine consumption, which rose almost fourfold
between 1960 and 1980, and almost
doubled again from 1980 to 2004.
Cheaper prices, wider availability
and greater marketing of wine were
also likely to play a role, the study
published in the BMJ acknowledges.
The data was obtained by researchers who conducted online
searches and spoke to experts in antique glassware, including museum
curators, to obtain measurements of
411 glasses from 1700 to modern day.
They found wine glass capacity
increased from 66ml in the 1700s to
417ml in the 2000s, with the aver-
age wine glass size in 2016-17 being
449ml. In a separate experiment
carried out in Cambridge last year,
researchers found that selling wine
in larger glasses – even when the
amount in the glass remained the
same – may encourage people to
drink more. They found using larger
glasses led to an almost a 10 per cent
increase in sales.
Professor Theresa Marteau, of the
Behaviour and Health Research Unit
at Cambridge University, said: “Wine
will no doubt be a feature of some
merry Christmas nights, but when
it comes to how much we drink, wine
glass size probably does matter.”
Dr Zorana Zupan, one of the researchers, said: “Our findings suggest that the capacity of wine glasses
in England increased significantly
over the past 300 years.
“For the most part, this was gradual, but since the 1990s, the size has
increased rapidly.”
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SOCIETY
American dream
is LA nightmare
for British comic
Warburtons
feels heat over
crumpet contest
By Karl McDonald
When the comedian Romesh Ranganathan decided to book himself
a show at the Greek Theatre in Los
Angeles, he considered it a useful
challenge.
It was “something to aim for because I’m an inherently lazy person,
so I wanted to put, not a deadline as
such, but a stopwatch on it, to really
make me go all out”.
Filling up the 5,900-seat venue in a
country where he has almost no profile seemed like a daunting task. A lot
could go wrong.
Now, the British funny man has
revealed that a lot has indeed gone
wrong, as only around 200 tickets
have sold with just nine days to go.
“The stopwatch involved me booking the Greek Theatre for December
21,” the comedian said on his podcast.
“Then I thought I’m going to go all
out to try to sell the tickets. That has
proved to be… a huge error. One of
the biggest mistakes I’ve ever made.”
Also lined up at the Greek in
coming months are Jeff Dunham,
the ventriloquist who is the highest
grossing stand-up comedian in North
America, One Direction’s Niall Horan
and Sir Tom Jones.
The venue has also hosted a
range of live albums by artists from
Neil Diamond and Carole King to
Pearl Jam.
Ranganathan has committed to
trying to raise his profile in the US,
going as far as moving his family to
Los Angeles, the comedy website
Chortle reported.
He enlisted the help of fellow Briton James Corden last week, performing stand-up on the Late Late Show,
while he has also been touring LA’s
plethora of comedy podcasts.
He told the director Kevin Smith
that the Greek had been easy to book
because 21 December is not a popular
date for the outdoor concert venue.
The US TV channel Showtime has
been following his progress for a reality series called Breaking Romesh.
By Sally Guyoncourt
Romesh Ranganathan has only sold around 200 tickets for a 5,900-seat venue
Lonely on stage When crowds failed to turn up
Jimmy Cliff In 1968, the Jamaican
ska and reggae star and his band
appeared in Luton, but only four
people turned up.
Sam Campbell At the 2016 Edinburgh
Festival, the Australian comedian
Sam Campbell performed to about
six people in a venue that held about
60. “It starts to feel less like comedy,
more like a parlour game at an
awkward party,” wrote The Guardian.
Kerry Katona The Atomic Kitten
singer was forced to pull out of a gig
in Dubai earlier this year. Lucky she
did, as only 21 people turned up.
East 17 The Nineties boy band played
to 30 fans in Dublin in 2015.
Warburtons has had its fingers burnt
by a social-media slip promoting its
hot toasted crumpets.
The Bolton-based bakery, which
prides itself on its five-generation
family history, launched a competition last Friday in conjunction with
the McFly frontman, Tom Fletcher,
and his new play based on his children’s book The Christmasaurus.
The bakery was asking customers to send in pictures of their most
festive crumpet creation via social
media using the hashtag #CrumpetCreations with the chance to win tickets to the children’s play.
But when one woman decided to
browse the hashtag to see the competition she was up against, she was
met with an unusual set of images.
Warburtons had been accidentally
using the hashtag of a company that
makes adult costumes for fetishists
who enjoy dressing up as furry animals. Warburtons has since issued an
apology and changed its competition
hashtag. A company spokeswoman
said: “We’ve changed the hashtag and the competition is still on
#warburtonschristmascrumpets.”
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PRESS
FREEDOM
TRUMP VISIT
TO BRITAIN
PUTIN IN
SYRIA
ROY
MOORE
‘LAST JEDI’
REVIEWED
NHS must be
defended at
all costs
Section 40
will poison
journalism
Issue blown
out of
proportion
Russian boss
making mark
on region
Good news for
nation from
Alabama
Star Wars film
hits the spot
for critics
The Times
Daily Telegraph
Evening Standard
The Guardian
TheNewYorkTimes
CNN
The government
communications
machine should be
embracing the NHS
at every opportunity.
Yet there is no crossgovernment health
drive led by No 10,
because No 10 has no
capacity for it: Brexit is
all. (James Kirkup)
There is no need to
implement Section
40, other than to
placate campaigners
whose remedy would
stop the media from
delving into areas
the powerful would
rather they did not. An
unfettered press is an
essential component
of a free country.
Parliamentarians
should understand
that. (Editorial)
The President seems
better disposed to
the British Prime
Minister than to any
other world leader. If
she can influence him
against going to war
over North Korea then
a visit to London is a
small price to pay.
(Sir Malcolm Rifkind)
By propping up
a dictator who
massacres his own
population, Mr Putin
surely owns the
desolation in Syria.
Russia has returned to
the Middle East, but its
responsibilities in the
bloodbath are equally
on display. (Editorial)
The Last Jedi leaves
plenty of intriguing
possibilities for the
climactic instalment.
But there’s also the
kind of room for
improvement that
remind us when it
comes to Star Wars,
such hopes – new or
otherwise – spring
eternal. (Brian Lowry)
Daily Mail
Irish Times
When Trump comes
to London and meets
Theresa May, it is the
office of President
and the security
partnership that will be
honoured, not simply
the billionaire. Picking
a fight with the leader
of the free world is
potentially ruinous for
Britain’s future when
we need to strengthen
our global ties.
(Alex Brummer)
The symbolism of
Putin’s successful
tour will not be lost
on the United States.
Trump’s lack of new
ideas on the Syrian
crisis have highlighted
the White House’s loss
of interest in dealing
with the region’s
problems. Putin has
shown himself willing
to fill the space the
Americans are leaving
behind. (Editorial)
That Alabama’s
voters chose Doug
Jones for the United
States Senate is cause
for celebration – a
triumph for decency
and common sense
in a state that seemed
for a time at risk of
abandoning both.
It is hard to get too
intoxicated by a
slim victory over an
atrocious candidate,
but the nation will be
a lot better off with Mr
Jones. (Editorial)
Daily Mirror
Defenders of the
NHS must speak out
or the poisonous
critics undermining
our service will
ultimately weaken
free healthcare... We
wish good health to
those in hospital, while
everyone else should
remember that one
day it might be them
who need the best
care our taxes can buy.
(Editorial)
The Sun
No serious papers,
most rigorously
regulated, will submit
to regulator Impress’s
control. These
amendments would
wreck the press’s
role in holding the
powerful to account.
They must be defeated.
(Editorial)
Matt Hancock
The digital minister
gives evidence to a
Lords committee on
fake news
One thing is already
established. Either nine
women are shameless
liars or Moore is. It is
time to find out who.
It is time for Moore
to fulfil his promise
and file his lawsuit.
(Jonathan Turley)
If there’s any artistic
unconscious to The
Last Jedi, it’s in a
recurring plot point
involving mind control.
If there’s a sense of ego
built into the movie,
it’s with the built-in
certainty that its maker
and its viewers are on
the right side of things.
The film is a cinematic
masterwork of the first
order. (Richard Brody)
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in thinking
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JAMES HOOD POLITICIAN
Jimmy Hood, a Scottish Labour
politician who opposed independence
for Scotland in favour of workingclass unity, has died aged 69. “If the
Scottish people are to be better off
economically,” he said, “I’d still be
against Scottish independence.”
Hood represented Clydesdale in
Parliament from 1987 to 2015. He was
also an official of the National Union of
Mineworkers (NUM) during the miners’
strike of 1984-85.
Hood was born in Lesmahagow,
Lanarkshire; his mother was a millworker and his father, a miner.
While attending Motherwell technical college he got a job at the Auchlochan colliery. The mining industry
in that part of Scotland was being
destroyed so Hood uprooted his wife
and young son to seek employment in
the mines of the Nottinghamshire coalfield. In his maiden speech in Westmin-
ster he said: “I was one of the original
industrial gypsies, and I now stand
elected as Member of Parliament for
Clydesdale, where I was born and bred.
I liken this experience to the salmon
coming back home from the sea to the
fresh water.”
Joining the Labour Party in 1970,
Hood was elected to Sherwood District
Council in 1979. From this position
he was one of the leaders of the NUM
strike in Nottinghamshire which
supported Arthur Scargill.
In 1987 he won his seat; with only
45 per cent of the vote, Hood became
quickly aware that extreme politics
would not produce the Labour government he craved.
As part of his maiden speech in 1987
he said: “Honesty with oneself is a
prerequisite to honour, and no honourable member representing workingclass people can, after eight years of
Mrs Thatcher’s government, come to
this place from a Scottish constituency
such as Clydesdale, knowing the further
misery that this Government intends to
inflict on the working-class people and
not be controversial.”
Hood was indeed to be controversial
but because he was never ill-mannered
and respected his opponents, he
became very well-liked. He was a cause
politician and presented, usually under
the 10-minute rule bill, a series of
worthwhile measures.
My abiding memory of Jimmy Hood
and his wife Marion, whom he married
in 1967 and who survives him, was as
fellow members of a delegation led by
Bernie Grant MP to Libya in 1991. Hood
was able to put the most penetrating
questions in a way that did not cause
offence, impressing the Libyan, British
and American engineers.
His personality was a credit to
Britain abroad. I often wished that
he had had charge of foreign policy,
since I believe that Britain’s position
would have been the stronger if run
by someone of Jimmy Hood’s caring
international outlook. He was of the
build, and not only physically, of Ernest
Bevin. THE INDEPENDENT
Born 16 May 1948
Died 4 December 2017
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Yes, a European army is still fantasy
But a closer military alliance can only be good
S
o here it is. Merry
Christmas! When we’re
not thinking about Brexit,
everybody is having fun.
Except, it seems, for
Nigel Farage, who was
in typically splenetic form when
he took to the airwaves to get my
attention last month. “Are you
listening, Mr Clegg?” he barked into
his microphone during one of his
radio phone-in shows.
The reason for his spleen? Mr
Farage wants me to accept that it
was wrong to claim, as I did in my
televised debate with him in 2014,
that the prospect of an EU army, air
force and navy was “total fantasy”.
He is supported by an army of
angry folk on Twitter and the
Brexit-obsessed tabloids who jump
at every alleged plot being hatched
in Brussels.
There is a whiff of desperation –
and a crude attempt at distraction –
in Nigel Farage’s claim: he used his
radio rant to insist that the possible
creation of an EU army was a far
bigger deal than “some numbers on
the side of a bus that may have been
slightly over-inflated”. Tell that
to the millions of voters who were
lied to by the Brexit campaign.
They expect that an extra £350m
will be given to the NHS, when we
now know that Brexit will in fact
blow a massive additional hole in
the public finances. Farage’s claims
about the impending arrival of an
EU army is about as fictional as
that vanishing £350m.
That hasn’t stopped the concept
of a pan-European military force
being a particular obsession of
hard-line Eurosceptics for decades.
The latest bout of outrage was
triggered after Federica Mogherini,
the EU’s foreign policy high
representative, recently welcomed
a document in which 23 of the EU
member states – two more have
signed up since – set out a series of
commitments on further defence
and security cooperation.
The 13-page paper expands on
an initiative known as Permanent
Structured Military Cooperation
(Pesco). While this would see
participating countries agree to
increase their totals of defence
spending and cooperate more
deeply on projects such as an
EU medical command, maritime
surveillance, and cyber security,
decisions on deployment would,
crucially, remain in the hands
of national governments. It is
inconceivable that member states
would sign away that power to the
EU – every nation fiercely guards
A soldier from the EU
peacekeeping force in the
Central African Republic
on patrol in Bangui in
2014 AFP/GETTY
their right to send their own
soldiers into battle.
However, when Mogherini
declared that a “European Union of
Security and Defence” was “not a
dream anymore, it is reality coming
true”, her words clearly provoked
in Farage’s excitable imagination
visions of crack EU troops, clad in
blue and yellow-starred fatigues
and marching to the strains of “Ode
to Joy” across the parade grounds
of Europe’s capitals. The rather less
dramatic reality, however, is that
the proposals merely build on the
present arrangements, with the
EU already playing an important
peacekeeping role in the Balkans,
previously sending troops to the
Central African Republic and
running an anti-piracy operation off
the coast of Somalia.
Of course, it is hardly surprising
that Ms Mogherini was enthused
by an increased willingness to
integrate EU-wide defence policy:
she realises, as do the majority of
European leaders such as French
President Emmanuel Macron, that
such moves are essential if Europe
is to respond to the geopolitical
challenges of the 21st century.
Not so Nigel Farage, who was
so giddily love-struck by Donald
Trump’s election victory that he
failed to notice that the romance
was already fading from the
so-called “special relationship”.
With his protectionist America
First mantra and a commitment to
Nato that is shaky at best, it is clear
that President Trump feels no duty
to guarantee Europe’s security in
the way his predecessors did. Yet
with a belligerent Vladimir Putin
With a little
imagination,
Mrs May could
use post-Brexit
focus on defence
to our advantage
just across its eastern border,
the continued threat of Isis and
tensions rising across the Middle
East, Donald Trump’s erratic
foreign policy could hardly come at
more dangerous time for the EU.
Our continent is facing threats
which don’t respect borders, so
clearly any sensible government
should be looking at ways to
enhance European defence
arrangements. In fact, with a
little imagination and generosity,
Theresa May could use this postBrexit focus on defence – currently
led by France and Germany – to
Britain’s advantage. After all, we
possess military and diplomatic
clout that is unrivalled by any EU
state other than France.
Just in case Mr Farage’s blood
pressure rises too fast, I am
absolutely not calling for Mrs
May to conscript British soldiers
into an EU army. I am simply
arguing that a greater sharing of
military research, increased policy
coordination between Berlin,
London and Paris, and British
support for the emerging foreignpolicy machinery of the EU is a
clear example of how pooling our
sovereignty can help increase our
power and security.
Without the UK, the rest of the
EU will continue to work together.
This is the other blindingly obvious
flaw in Mr Farage’s argument. Brexit
will diminish this country’s influence
in shaping the future of Europe’s
defence arrangements; it will also
take away the veto which Britain
could have – and would have – wielded
should the pace of integration and
cooperation alarm us.
So he, and all those who cry panic
at the non-existent prospect of a
European army should really be
asked a simple question. If the price
of taking back control is to make the
United Kingdom a more vulnerable
and less secure nation, then is it
a price worth paying? Are you
listening, Mr Farage?
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AND EMAILS
The cynicism of the
Tories beggars belief.
Do they really think
that a picture of Mr
Gove cuddling a puppy,
plus a few meaningless
gestures to the
environment are going
to convince young voters
that they have had a
Damascene conversion?
Any time this government proposes some
new action we should ask
ourselves where they are
coming from.
PETER PARKINS
BENTHAM, LANCASTER
If the Conservative
Party really is going
green to win back voters,
then surely investing
in renewable energy
sources and giving up
on the environmental
disaster that is fracking
must be their first move.
The reason for doing this
should be to save our
futures, rather than to
win over voters.
RICHARD MARSDEN
While I agree with Mr
Gove that both climate
change and animal
welfare are important
issues, I would challenge
him in the decision
to lump these two
issues together.
By doing this the
focus on these issues is
halved – therefore so too
is the positive outcome
in terms of voters for the
Conservatives and the
impact of these issues.
The Government should
be using its global influence and connections to
build a stronger international approach to
these problems.
ELEANOR LUMSDEN
NEWCASTLE
UNIVERSITY
That the Conservatives
are going green to
attract young voters is
a terrible indictment
of the Tory party and
of the state of politics
today – that this should
be the reason to go green
or to be concerned with
animal welfare.
What an insult to
young voters to suppose
that they won’t see
through such dishonesty.
Are there no principled
people in politics?
GEOFF DARRALL
KESWICK, CUMBRIA
Angelo Micciche
demands that we
abandon the phrase “fell
pregnant” and consign it
to history (Your View, 13
December).
I’d like to request we
review the phrase “he’s
had a fall”. As someone
about to turn 60 I’m
wondering at what age
do I stop “falling over”
and start “having a fall”?
If anything defines the
point when I enter old
age it will be when I hear
someone explaining
loudly to another over
my head that I’ve “had
a fall”. I’m not looking
forward to it!
STEVE MACKINDER
DENVER, NORFOLK
Accuracy is
called for
I would like to add
another phrase to Angelo
Micciche’s request for
more accurate use
A cross country
skier in the Peak
District makes
light work of the
weather PA
of language. Can we
consign “committed”
suicide to history? It is
no longer a crime.
JAN BARKER
TISBURY, SALISBURY
Porcine
monstrosity
Peppa Pig has been
accused of causing
people to expect house
calls from their doctors,
but what bothers me
more is that a whole
generation of children is
growing up thinking that
a pig’s snout grows out of
the side of its head!
JESSICA CLEWS
CRAWLEY
Too cool for
school
Tim Radford
Owing to a production
error, a caption on page
8 of yesterday’s paper
were at school in Texas
and it snowed they had a
“snow day”. However, this
was not an extra holiday.
The day had to be
made up either by
attending school on the
Saturday or it was added
on at the end of term. No
education time was lost.
DAVID VOLLER
WARGRAVE,
BERKSHIRE
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that would be unexpected news.
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for educators when
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Back in January 1953 I
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Wolverhampton for
a week following
an appendectomy.
My fellow seven-yearold classmates were
encouraged to write to
me. These letters are full
of lively descriptions of
time spent in the snowy
playground, “slidding”.
J M MCCANN
WELWYN GARDEN CITY
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immediately said: ‘No!’” Hamill
said he asked the princes to settle
the score between him and the
late Fisher, who died last year, but
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Amidala, my father was Lord
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Prince Harry on the set of Star
Wars: The Last Jedi at Pinewood
Studios last year, Mark Hamill
finally had an opportunity to ask a
question that had been bothering
him for decades. “When the
princes came for a tour, I wanted
to solve something that had been
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guaranteeing an acknowledgement
during awards season. But the film’s
star, Jada Pinkett Smith, laments
that her co-star, Tiffany
Haddish (below), had
been overlooked in
the Golden Globes
nominations for
supporting actress
in a comedy.
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hands down the
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on screen in
2017 and we
couldn’t even
get eyes on
the film,”
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said of the
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Simon
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“S
omeone tell death to kiss
my ass! I ain’t ready yet.”
So posted 67-year-old
Charles Green a month
ago on Twitter. Unfortunately, death
listens to no one, not even those with
280,000 followers on Twitter and
3.5 million YouTube subscribers.
After a long battle with alcoholism,
depression, cancer and, ultimately,
cirrhosis, Green died last weekend.
His death was announced,
fittingly, on social media channels,
but its ripples were felt in unusual
places. The comedian Roseanne
Barr acknowledged Green’s death
on Twitter, while The Daily Telegraph
accorded a full obituary to a man
of whom surely very few of their
readers would have heard. So who
was Charles Marvin Green Jr, and
why is his passing of any interest?
Green was an example of that
modern phenomenon: a YouTube
sensation who created a character
called “Angry Grandpa”, which, to
my eyes, was nothing more than a
series of video clips of the principal,
often wearing no shirt but inevitably
with a cigarette in his hand and
usually with a plate of junk food in
front of him, raging at the
camera about nothing in
particular. His morbidly
obese son also has a
starring role, often
playing pranks on his
father and waiting
for the inevitable
explosion of verbals.
On one level, the
story of how Green,
bespectacled, bald and
bearded, became a hero of the
digital world, transforming himself,
in his own words, from an “800lb
alcoholic and a distant father” to
a well-loved figure with a renewed
purpose in life, is a heart-warming
one. That YouTube celebrity status
is not exclusively conferred on the
young, the beautiful, or the pets
who can perform tricks, gives us all
cause for hope.
Green was able to sell advertising
around his videos, and was thought
to be much more solvent than his
shabby appearance would suggest.
He also promoted a range of
merchandise to his largely young fan
base. He definitely touched a nerve,
and found a market.
A cursory view of Angry
Grandpa’s feed is a rather
depressing experience, given that
we are implicitly invited to look
down on, or laugh at, or feel pity for
Green and his rather bleak existence
in an anonymous, featureless part of
the American south. Have we really
become a more evolved species than
when we used to visit Bedlam
to laugh at the deranged
and the psychologically
traumatised?
Green was
celebrated for his
irrational rage – he
once smashed up
his kitchen when he
couldn’t find his sweets
– and for his intemperate
rants about people in
public life: he called the Pope a
“dickhead”. I know the recesses
of the internet are full of much
darker elements, and much weirder,
nastier characters, than an old man
getting angry about the modern
world, but I find this type of reality
“entertainment” really corrosive to
the human spirit.
Green and his family made money
out of parading their prejudices and
their dysfunction. Yes, it may have
made his fans feel lofty and superior,
but there is no humour, no lightness
of touch, no exposition of any finer
sentiments here. It was purely
reductive fare. Or maybe I’m just too
old. I may not be a grandpa, but I’m
certainly angry.
MARKETING
cwtch and attes, neither of which
exactly took off. Besides, we’ve had
enough of marketing campaigns
masquerading as cutesie customs.
We don’t need hygge to be told to
wear woolly socks in winter or
còsagach to warm up with a tipple.
We don’t need to embrace the
Japanese custom of shinrin-yoku
(forest bathing) when we fancy going
for a walk or Swedish lagom when
we’re trying not to overeat.
Is còsagach even a real word?
Apparently the word “cosy” does
derive from Scots Gaelic, but
còsagach is a new one for me. Still,
kudos for slapping a charmingsounding word on a practice. I
reckon we could do that with a few
more of our winter traditions. How
about grdloch: that contented, cosy
feeling you have when sitting for
hours on a crawling M25; or naggun:
the joyful sensation of cajoling the
kids out of bed on a chilly morning?
We could certainly have borexit:
the time-honoured dinner party
practice of lulling everyone else to
sleep with your views on whether
we should leave or remain in the EU.
Or the old Irish tradition of fekkit:
where you stay for one last festive
drink even though you’ll almost
certainly miss your last train home.
One Scandi tradition that would
benefit from a British twist is fika:
the practice of having coffee and
cake. I think it might take off here in
the UK, and I’m willing to share my
concept with all the major marketing
companies, for a fee, of course. I
think I’ll call it elevenses. Watch this
space: it’s going to be massive.
Siobhán
Norton
Sorry, but
you can kiss
my còsagach
Y
ou have to hand it to the
Scottish tourist board,
really. The Danes were
on to a winner when
they transformed their long, dark
winters into a “lifestyle”, with
the now-nauseating hygge, and
businesses flogging everything
from cardigans to candles to booze
quickly jumped on the bandwagon.
The Scots know a thing or
two about long, dark winters, so
the tourist board has come up
with its own version – còsagach –
encouraging visitors to discover
roaring fires, log cabins, porridge
and hot toddies. It could be seen as a
stroke of genius – turning miserable
weather to your advantage.
VisitScotland has even managed
to rebrand its patchy broadband as
“escapism from technology”.
Except you’re a bit late to the
party, lads – the Welsh and the
Cornish got in there first, with
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Take a chance on me... Abba show
reveals Bjorn’s B-minus for singing
AI ‘will create
more jobs than
it destroys’
By Rhiannon Williams
TECHNOLOGY CORRESPONDENT
By Adam Sherwin
ARTS AND MEDIA CORRESPONDENT
The school report for a seven-yearold Björn Ulvaeus shows a B-minus
grade for singing. But the future
Abba star’s early vocal limitations
did not prevent him from going on to
sell 380m records.
The 1953 report card, signed by
his mother, is one of 120 archive objects that go on display today in Abba:
Super Troupers, an “immersive” exhibition at the Southbank Centre in
London (ironically, close to Waterloo
station), charting the story of the
Swedish hitmakers.
Featuring original costumes,
handwritten notes and sketches,
the show, narrated by Jarvis Cocker,
presents Abba as a colourful escape
from a “dingy and desperate” 1970s
Britain, riven by strikes, a furious debate over Europe and governed by a
Tory prime minister unable to command a Commons majority.
Visitors are transported on a journey through nine rooms recreating
significant moments from Abba’s
heyday. The Brighton hotel suite
where the band celebrated their 1974
Jude Kelly, the Southbank
Centre’s artistic director,
criticised snobs who dismissed
Abba as “throwaway”. She said:
“Dancing Queen is the song that
still makes people go wild.”
Circus. The police refused permission because the band wanted to use
circus animals.
A room full of half-unpacked boxes
illustrates the band’s 1982 dissolution following the breakdown of the
marriages of Ulvaeus and Fältskog,
and Benny Andersson and Anni-Frid
Lyngstad. Sixteen visitors at a time
can see the compact exhibition.
At its launch, Ulvaeus said: “PeoThe group
ple ask what it’s like to be a museum
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He said the “warm, intimate” lowtech show perfectly evoked the era. “I
A room recreating a 1970s disco had no idea it was so gloomy,” he said.
Eurovision triumph includes the
handwritten manuscript of Waterloo, contains a letter from the Met Police
a contest scoresheet and Agnetha responding to Abba’s request to film ‘Abba: Super Troupers’ runs until
a Super Trouper video at Piccadilly 29 April
Fältskog’s famous knitted hat.
Artificial intelligence is on track to
create more jobs than it destroys in
just three years, a report has found.
While the technology is likely to
cause some humans to lose their jobs,
depending on their employment sector, it will begin to create more roles
than it replaces by 2020, according to
the analyst Gartner.
Around two million entirely new
job roles are expected to exist by
2025 in relation to the widespread
adoption of AI in the workplace,
Gartner found.
“Many significant innovations in
the past have been associated with
a transition period of temporary
job loss, followed by recovery, then
business transformation and AI will
likely follow this route,” Svetlana
Sicular, research vice-president at
Gartner, said.
“AI will improve the productivity
of many jobs, eliminating millions of
middle- and low-level positions, but
also creating millions more new positions of highly skilled, management
and even the entry-level and lowskilled variety.”
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given their own ID cards to show
they served in the armed forces.
For the first time, 2.5 million exmilitary personnel will be issued
with a new type of driving licence
stamped with “V”.
A separate card will be handed
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Speaking of Britain’s former
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Whey to go: yogurt leftovers can fuel planes
of the milk sugar lactose, the sugar
fructose and lactic acid. For the
study, bacteria were used to turn
the cocktail into an extract containing compounds caproic acid
and caprylic acid.
Further processing could yield a
“drop-in” biofuel that can be mixed
into jet fuel, said the scientists.
They believe that both compounds qualify as “green antimicrobials” that could be added
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Greek yogurt could be an unlikely
source of sustainable jet plane
fuel, researchers say.
Scientists in the US have found
a way to turn waste products from
yogurt production into a raw material for biofuel and livestock
feed additives.
Whey left over from the manufacturing process mostly consists
Look what was spotted in a well
A leopard has been rescued from
a well in the Gokulnagar area of
Guwahati in the north-eastern
Indian state of Assam and taken
to the state zoo. The incident has
highlighted the continuing conflict
between humans and indigenous
animals as rapid development
encroaches into shrinking habitats.
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thrown undocumented into landfills
or left in people’s homes.
Australia, New Zealand and other
Oceanic territories are the highest
per capita generators of e-waste,
with around 17.3kg per inhabitant.
Europe (including Russia) closely followed with 16.6kg created per person.
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more affordable.
Around 44.7 million tons of e-waste,
classified as discarded products with
a plug or battery, were generated in
2016 – an 8 per cent rise on 2014’s
41.4 million tons, a UN report found.
This is expected to rise an additional 17 per cent by 2021, generating 52.2
tons of e-waste, making it the fastestgrowing waste sector in the world.
Falling prices are one of the key
components in the vast increase in
binned electronics, making it more
affordable to simply replace a device,
coupled with higher levels of disposable income, the report suggested.
The waste, which included computers, solar panels, smartphones, fridges and TVs, weighed the equivalent of
4,500 Eiffel Towers, or close to nine
Great Pyramids of Giza.
Just 20 per cent is documented
as having been recycled, despite
the amount of gold, silver, platinum,
copper, palladium and other highvalue metals and materials being
worth around $55bn (£41bn). The
report, The Global E-waste Monitor
2017, compiled by the United Nations
University (UNU), the International
Telecommunication Union (ITU) and
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to livestock feed to replace
antibiotics.
US lead researcher Professor
Lars Angenent, from Cornell University, New York, said that while
the agricultural market was smaller than the fuel market, it had a
“very large carbon footprint”.
“Turning acid whey into a feedstock is an important example of
the closed cycles that we need in a
sustainable society,” he added.
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MIDDLE EAST
Trump’s hopes for far-right advance
crushed by shock defeat in Alabama
US cannot
broker a
peace deal,
says Abbas
By Rich McKay
IN BIRMINGHAM, ALABAMA
By Zeynep Bilginsoy
Democrats say their US Senate
victory in Alabama could lead to a
sweeping comeback for the party in
2018 elections, while Republicans
sought to ascribe blame for a defeat
in one of the nation’s most conservative states.
Doug Jones, a Democrat and
former prosecutor who jailed Ku
Klux Klan killers, won the special
election on Tuesday night after a bitter campaign.
His Republican opponent Roy
Moore a hard-right, evangelist candidate, faces a slew of sexual assault
allegations and became the centre of
national political storm.
President Donald Trump had endorsed Mr Moore and the loss was
a stunning upset for him and fellow
Republicans, narrowing their majority in the Senate to 51-49. It also
boosted Democrats who hope to retake control of Congress at elections
next November.
Mr Jones was the first Democrat
elected to the Senate from Alabama
in a quarter-century.
The results also
highlighted Mr
Jones’s success in mobilising
African-Americans voters,
who overwhelmingly voted
Democrat, according to polls.
Doug Jones after
his victory. He is a
former prosecutor
who jailed Klan
killers GETTY
“Democrats can win everywhere
and now we are seeing that,” the
Democratic National Committee
chairman Tom Perez told reporters,
citing recent wins in governors races
in Virginia and New Jersey, as well as
various local races.
The Senate Democratic leader
Chuck Schumer said the defeat of
Mr Moore reflected a distaste among
voters for Mr Trump’s policies, which
he said help the wealthy and powerful
to the detriment of the middle class.
“Things are looking good for us,”
Mr Schumer told reporters. “If they
[Republicans] continue to run the
government for the benefit of the few
powerful wealthy interests, there will
be many more Alabamas in 2018.”
The Alabama campaign split the
Republican Party with Steve Bannon,
Mr Trump’s former chief strategist,
working hard for Mr Moore as part of
his broader campaign against more
centrist Republican leaders.
Republican rivals of Mr Bannon,
who has returned to his executive
position at the Breitbart News site,
were quick to blame him for the defeat. “After Alabama disaster GOP
must do right thing and DUMP Steve
Bannon,” tweeted the Republican US
Representative Peter King. “His act
is tired, inane and morally vacuous.”
Some Republicans came to Mr
Trump’s defence and said the Alabama race was a one-off. “It had
zero to do with Donald Trump,” the
Republican Representative Bradley
Byrne of Alabama told MSNBC, calling the race “a purely weird, unique”
election. REUTERS
Analysis
Unexpected result finally offers some hope to progressives
Andrew Buncombe
A
labama is a place with
an awful lot of history. It
was in this southern state
that, in December 1955,
Rosa Parks refused to give up her
seat for a white passenger. And it
was to Montgomery that Martin
Luther King led the marchers
from Selma, the lethal endeavour
that helped bring about the 1965
Voting Rights Act.
It would be wrong to equate
the struggles of the civil rights
era with Doug Jones’s victory in
the Alabama Senate race. But
his win over Roy Moore (inset)
carried with it no small burden of
unlikeliness and effort.
In terms of its immediate
consequences, Jones’s victory
over the right-wing evangelist
narrows the Republicans’
majority in the Senate to just two
seats. It also boosts Democrats
who hope to retake control of
Congress at elections for Congress
and next November.
It was a humiliation for Donald
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Trump, who had endorsed Moore
and mocked Jones. It also raises
questions about the viability of
Steve Bannon’s push for
“insurgent” candidates
in the 2018 elections. He
had hoped a win here
would give momentum
to that plan, in which he
intended to target the
Republican leadership
of Mitch McConnell and
Paul Ryan.
Democrats ought not to read
too much into the victory. Not
every candidate they encounter
in 2018 will be facing allegations
of child sexual assault and abuse
(accusations Moore strongly
denies). And they would be
wise not to start making
too many assumptions
about 2020.
Yet, for progressives
and Democrats, still
licking their wounds
from Trump’s victory
over Hillary Clinton, the
drama in this southern state
has given them something finally
to cheer, and a little hope.
THE INDEPENDENT
The Palestinian president Mahmoud Abbas has told Arab and
Islamic leaders that the United
States is no longer fit to broker an
Israeli-Palestinian peace deal and
should be replaced as mediator by
the United Nations.
His remarks outlined a significant policy shift in response
to President Donald Trump’s
recognition of Jerusalem as
Israel’s capital.
Mr Abbas said his people will no
longer accept the United States
as a peace broker but added that
they remain committed to international resolutions which have
formed the basis of the process.
He was speaking at the gathering of heads of state from Islamic
nations at a summit in Turkey
that is expected to forge
a unified Muslim
stance against Mr
Trump’s move.
Mr Abbas
(inset) said the
US President’s
decision was a
“crime” which
came at a time
when the Palestinians were engaged
with Washington in a
new push to reach what he said
was anticipated to be the “deal of
our times”.
“Instead, we got the slap of our
times,” he added. “The United
States has chosen to lose its qualification as a mediator. We will no
longer accept that it has a role in
the political process from now.”
He was later joined by other
Muslim nations, which together
“rejected and condemned” Mr
Trump’s recognition of Jerusalem
as the capital of Israel, and instead
called on the world to recognise
east Jerusalem as the capital of a
Palestinian state.
The Istanbul Declaration on
Freedom for al-Quds, the Arabic
name for Jerusalem, declares
the US announcement “null and
void”, calls on countries which
have not yet recognised Palestine
to do so and invites “the whole
world to recognise east al-Quds as
the capital”. AP
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Russia’s generals are
really calling the shots
Military success is more influential
than diplomacy. By Andrew Osborn
F
rom Damascus to Doha, it
is Russia’s generals rather
than its diplomats who
are influencing Moscow’s
increasing interest in
foreign policy. The Russian defence
minister, Sergei Shoigu, has been
showing up in any number of
unexpected places – a sign of the
military’s growing influence. And
pundits agree he has the full backing
of Russian President Vladimir Putin.
In the past few months, at times
wearing his desert military uniform,
Mr Shoigu has held talks with Syria’s
president in Damascus, met Israel’s
prime minister in Tel Aviv and been
received by the emir of Qatar in
Doha. The defence ministry’s forays
into areas long regarded as the
preserve of the foreign ministry are
raising eyebrows in Russia, where
strict protocol means ministers
usually hold talks only with their
direct foreign counterparts.
The military is reaping political
dividends from what the Kremlin
saw as its big successes in Crimea,
annexed from Ukraine after Russian
soldiers in unmarked uniforms
seized control of the peninsula in
2014, and Syria, where Russian
forces helped to keep the Assad
regime in power.
“That has translated into more
top-table influence,” said one
long-serving Russian official.
The growth of the military’s
influence has caused unease among
Western officials about the harder
edge it is giving Russia’s foreign
policy. In particular, Russia’s
military is increasingly vocal on US
foreign policy.
Some Western officials said that
Moscow’s foreign policy-making has
become more bellicose and more
opaque, and this makes new Russian
military adventures more likely.
REUTERS
Ray of hope: a lovely day at the volcano all thanks to Kim Jong-un AFP/GETTY
Apparently, North Korea’s
leader, Kim Jong-un, is able to
control the weather.
The country’s KCNA news
agency revealed the dictator’s
new superpower after he was
photographed in fine, clear
weather at the top of a 9,000ft
active volcano near North
Korea’s border with China.
KCNA said he had completed
the two-mile trek to the top,
apparently in this outfit, and
said that the good weather
was due to Mr Kim’s presence.
KCNA described him as the
man “who controls the nature”.
UNITED STATES
Washington ‘ready to negotiate with North Korea’
By Jeremy White
The Secretary of State Rex Tillerson has said the US is prepared
to negotiate with North Korea
without preconditions.
“We are ready to have the first
meeting without precondition,” Mr
Tillerson said in a speech in Wash-
ington. “Let’s just meet. We can talk
about the weather if you want.”
His comments underscore the
urgency of efforts to blunt the
threat of an increasingly belligerent North Korea. Mr Tillerson said
any talks would have to occur amid
a “period of quiet”, noting that it
would be “tough to talk if in the
middle of our talks you decide to
test another device”.
While Donald Trump and his
leading officials have consistently
held out the possibility of a military
confrontation, Mr Tillerson said
last month in response to North
Korea’s latest test that “diplomatic
options remain viable and open”.
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ENVIRONMENT
SWITZERLAND
Shrinking Arctic
ice sheets ‘now
the new normal’
Legal ban on
church bells
is overturned
By Louis Ashworth
Global warming means dramatically
shrinking Arctic sheets are now the
“new normal”, say scientists who
warn that this year’s ice coverage is
the smallest ever recorded.
The changes have dramatic effects on both the polar region and the
planet as a whole, according to the
experts at the US National Oceanic
and Atmospheric Administration
(NOAA). Its annual report showed
warmer air temperatures, declining
levels of sea ice and above-average
sea temperatures.
The figures from this year showed
slightly less warming in many areas
The melting of ice sheets
can exacerbate global
warming, When the reflective
sea ice melts, it is replaced by a
much darker ocean surface that
absorbs and stores more heat.
than 2016, which was a record hot
year. But ice coverage was even lower.
“What happens in the Arctic
doesn’t stay in the Arctic,” said Timothy Gallaudet, the NOAA’s acting
administrator, “it affects the rest of
the planet.”
Looking at longer-term trends,
researchers found the region is
warming at double the speed of the
rest of the planet and is growing
warmer at a rate unprecedented in
modern times.
The impact of environmental
change in the world’s northernmost
region was brought into stark relief
last week after a video showing an
emaciated polar bear struggling to
walk went viral.
Professor Chris Stokes from Durham University, who studies Arctic
glaciers, said the report’s findings
were expected, but deeply worrying.
“This latest report will come as no
surprise to scientists who have been
observing changes in the Arctic over
the last few decades,” he said.
By John Revill
IN ZURICH
On thin ice: A
polar bear in the
Canadian Arctic
Archipelago
DAVID GOLDMAN/AP
Back in 1985, 45 per cent of Arctic
sea ice was over a year old. Today,
this proportion is just 21 per cent –
it has more than halved in just over
30 years.
According to NOAA, “sea ice
more than four years old has nearly
disappeared”. Professor Stokes
added: “If anyone ever asks me
about the impact of climate change
I always point them to the Arctic –
the changes there are so rapid and
so obvious that we ignore them at
our peril.”
A Swiss church can let its bells ring
out in celebration after the country’s
highest court overturned a restriction on its peeling chimes demanded
by a local couple.
More than 2,000 residents campaigned against the limits on the
250-year-old church in Wädenswil,
near Zurich, after a legal row broke
out three years ago.
The couple, who lived close to the
church, sought a halt to the hourly
and quarter-hourly clangs between
10pm and 7am. They also wanted the
early morning ringing to be delayed
from 6am to 7am, which the church
agreed to.
In 2015, a local court granted their
demand to halt the quarter-hourly
chimes but kept the hourly ones. But
a court struck out the restriction yesterday, saying reducing the number
of night-time chimes would not have
a significant effect on quality of life.
“We are delighted with this decision, not just for us, but for the town
and the whole community,” said Peter
Meier, a member of the church’s
council. REUTERS
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BUSINESS
Zuma faces
order to set
up judicial
inquiry
By Tanisha Heiberg
IN PRETORIA
21st Century
Fox is behind
successful film
franchises such
as ‘Avatar’ PA
End of the Murdoch empire? Disney
closes in on 21st Century Fox deal
By Holly Williams
Walt Disney is reportedly close to
confirming a takeover of the Sky
owner 21st Century Fox’s entertainment assets in a deal thought to be
worth as much as £45bn.
It is believed a deal could be announced as soon as today in a move
that would see Disney snap up a significant slice of Rupert Murdoch’s
media empire, including Fox’s 39 per
cent stake in Sky and the film studio
20th Century Fox.
The takeover would leave a
question mark over what will
happen to Fox’s controversial £11.7bn bid to buy out the
remaining 61 per cent stake
in Sky, which is currently
being scrutinised by UK
competition watchdogs.
Disney and Fox are
hammering out the
final details of an allshare deal, such as the
final price and a poten-
tial future role for Fox chief executive
and Sky chairman James Murdoch
(inset). Speculation is mounting over
whether he will take on a senior role
at the group, which would bring to an
end 20 years of working for his father,
Rupert, or pursue his own venture.
Disney was left as the front-runner
after rival suitor Comcast pulled out
of the race on Monday. Disney has the
backing of the Murdoch family, as it
sees regulators being more likely to
clear the deal and would rather be
paid in Disney stock.
Sale of the Century Behind the deal
21st Century Fox is a $6bn (£4.7bn)
business formed when Rupert
Murdoch’s News Corporation split in
two in 2013, encompassing film, TV
and international channels.
The company owns The Simpsons
and film franchises including Avatar,
Planet of the Apes and The X-Men,
as well as National Geographic
and Star India. Disney would
take control of the Sky satellite
broadcaster under the deal. Fox
would retain a core business of
Fox News, Fox Business and
Fox Sports 1 television channels and local US TV stations.
The Walt Disney Company, established in the 1920s and now valued at
$16bn, expanded from animated films
into theme parks, consumer goods,
film and television.
It owns Lucas Films (Star Wars),
Marvel and Pixar, and regulators may
have concerns over the addition of
Fox’s movie brands. Disney also owns
the ESPN sports cable network, which
would have extra muscle with the
addition of Sky Sports.
Mr Murdoch is considering selling
out as Fox doesn’t have deep enough
pockets to take on Amazon and
Netflix. Disney does.
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Tractor driver goes on rampage
How to play Place 1 – 9 once
in the grid, obeying the sums
between pairs of squares
By Jane Clinton
A tractor driver went on a latenight 30-mile rampage, knocking
down six speed cameras and causing hundreds of thousands of euros
worth of damage.
Police said the 63-year-old driver
had aimed his tractor at the cameras to destroy them after he left a
trail of destruction in the small town
of Gernsheim in the Hesse region
of Germany.
The 30-mile drive took place
over Monday night and Tuesday
morning, in the town which is 30
miles from Frankfurt. Travelling
at a top peed of just 4 miles per
hour, he spent several hours on
his mission.
And the tractor made very light
work of wrecking the expensive traffic equipment.
According to a police spokesman
the man had no alcohol in his system
and it was not entirely clear what
his motive was for the carnage in
the town.
Although it is unlikely he would be
issued with a ticket for his driving, the
man would be charged with criminal
damage, police said.
Sky shares edged nearly 0.5 per
cent higher yesterday, having surged
in recent days on reports that Fox and
Disney are edging towards a deal.
The tie-up would change the Hollywood landscape, bringing together
two of the biggest studios. But it is
likely to come under intense scrutiny.
The potential deal comes as Rupert
Murdoch struggles to finalise the Sky
takeover after the Culture Secretary,
Karen Bradley, referred the acquisition to Britain’s competition watchdog for an in-depth investigation.
Ms Bradley shifted Fox’s proposed
takeover of Sky to the Competition
and Markets Authority (CMA) for
a full inquiry this year after a threemonth investigation by Ofcom.
Assets being offloaded
by Fox also include FX,
National Geographic cable
channels and 22 regional US
sports networks.
JAPAN
Volcano fears shut nuclear reactor
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South Africa’s High Court ruled
yesterday that President Jacob
Zuma must set up a judicial inquiry into state influence-peddling within 30 days, the latest
in a series of judicial blows to his
scandal-tinged administration.
Upholding a recommendation
by South Africa’s corruptionfighting Public Protector, High
Court Judge President Dunstan
Mlambo said an application by Mr
Zuma challenging the inquiry was
“ill-advised and reckless” and an
abuse of the judicial process.
The ruling comes days
after the same court
dealt a stinging
rebuke to Zuma
by ruling that
his appointment of a state
prosecutor to
decide whether
to reinstate corruption charges
against him was not
valid and should be set
aside immediately.
Mr Zuma had challenged the
right of the Public Protector to
call for a judicial inquiry and the
appointment by the chief justice of
a judge to head it, saying it was the
President’s prerogative whether
to set up such an inquiry.
It was not immediately clear if
Mr Zuma would appeal against
the ruling and his spokesman was
not available to comment.
The 75-year-old President has
faced and denied numerous corruption allegations since taking
office in 2009 and has survived
several votes of no-confidence
in parliament.
In October, the Supreme Court
of Appeal upheld a High Court
decision reinstating nearly 800
corruption charges relating to an
arms deal that were filed against
Mr Zuma but shelved before he
ran for president in 2009. REUTERS
A court has ruled that a nuclear
reactor in south-western
Japan should not operate
because it is too close to
an active volcano and
could be affected by a
major eruption.
The Hiroshima
high court’s decision
is likely to force the
reactor at the Ikata
nuclear plant in Ehime
prefecture to stay offline.
The court said the nuclear
regulators’ risk estimate for
Mount Aso (inset), 78 miles from
the plant, was inadequate, citing
an eruption tens of thousands
of years ago that caused
volcanic flows that
exceeded that distance.
The judge ruled that
the plant’s operator
had underestimated
the potential impact of
a volcano explosion.
Premier Shinzo Abe
wants nuclear power to
remain a key energy source
for resource-poor Japan. AP
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US helicopter
part hits pupil
PM braced for
by-election
Japanese officials said a
boy was injured in Okinawa
yesterday when a metal
window frame fell from a US
military helicopter.
Authorities said the window
fell from a CH-53 transport
helicopter and landed in a
school playground, leaving a
boy with minor arm injuries.
Last week, a part of another
US military helicopter fell on a
nearby nursery school roof, but
no one was hurt.
The base, in a residential
area of Okinawa, is a source of
anti-US military sentiment. AP
Australian Prime Minister Malcolm
Turnbull said yesterday that his
government’s future was at risk if it
lost a vital Sydney by-election this
weekend and failed to regain its oneseat majority.
Mr Turnbull’s conservative voter
base in the once-safe harbour-side
seat of Bennelong, has collapsed,
according to an opinion poll in The
Australian newspaper.
It said Mr Turnbull’s LiberalNational coalition and the opposition
Labor each have a 50 per cent
chance of winning, with Liberal
voters deserting to a newly formed
conservative party. REUTERS
DNA collection
‘is violation of
human rights’
By Michael Martina
IN BEIJING
Chinese authorities have
collected DNA and other
biometric data from the whole
population of the volatile
western region of Xinjiang,
Human Right Watch said
Army coup leader could be
named as deputy president
By Emelia Sithole-Matarise
JAPAN
CHINA
ZIMBABWE
yesterday, denouncing the
campaign as a gross violation of
international norms.
Hundreds of people have been
killed in Xinjiang in the past
few years in violence between
Uighurs, a mostly Muslim
people, and ethnic majority Han
Chinese. Beijing blames the
violence on Islamist militants.
The unrest has fuelled a
sweeping security crackdown
and widespread surveillance.
Police will collect fingerprints,
iris scans and other information,
while health authorities will
collect DNA samples. REUTERS
Zimbabwe’s President Emmerson
Mnangagwa will be confirmed as
Zanu-PF party leader at a special
one-day congress tomorrow, as
observers wait anxiously to see who
he appoints as his two deputies.
Many hope that the appointments
will mark a break with the country’s
old guard.
Party and government officials
have refused to comment on
speculation in the press and on
social media that Mr Mnangagwa
is likely to appoint his military chief
General Constantine Chiwenga
one of his deputies as a reward for
An undercover Israeli
policeman detains a
Palestinian during
clashes following
a demonstration
in the West Bank
city of Ramallah.
Protests continue
amid anger over US
President Donald
Trump’s recognition
of Jerusalem as Israel’s
capital. AFP/GETTY
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PHILIPPINES
Martial law to be extended for a year in the south
The Philippines Congress has
voted overwhelmingly to approve
President Rodrigo Duterte’s request
to extend martial law in the south by
a year after the military warned that
terrorist threats continue to lurk in
the region despite the defeat of a proIsis group’s siege.
A majority of the Senate and the
House of Representatives – 240 for
with 27 against – backed the extension
of martial law across the Mindanao
region until the end of 2018.
The vote followed warnings by the
Defence Secretary, Delfin Lorenzana,
and other officials that Isis-linked
militants were trying to recover from
their defeat in Marawi city and were
plotting new attacks. “The rebellion
has not stopped – it has just moved
to another place,” Mr Lorenzana said.
Several politicians from the south
backed martial law, saying it would
prevent a repeat of the siege. AP
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IN MANILA
Boston
In a blast from the past,
Americans will soon be
venting their frustrations
with the current political
climate by chucking tea into
Boston Harbour.
The Boston Tea Party
Museum has been encouraging
people to send them loose tea
leaves to toss into Boston’s
waters this Saturday as part of
its annual re-enactment of the
act of defiance that preceded
the Revolutionary War.
It has received more than
200 tea submissions. Roughly
30 per cent came from people
who said they were dissatisfied
with today’s political climate,
said museum spokeswoman
Stephanie Loeber.
“I would love to have
this tea dumped on the US
Congress,” wrote Olivia
from Waltham in the Boston
suburbs. “I participate in
this act of protest to register
my resistance to the antiimmigrant, anti-environment
and anti-health care policies of
Donald J Trump,” wrote Janet
of Reading, Massachusetts.
Ms Loeber stressed the
re-enactment isn’t meant to be
political: the majority of letters
the museum received were
non-political, from history
buffs to those “just wanting to
send in tea to participate”.
The London-based East
India Company had even
donated more than 200lb
of out-of-date tea for the
occasion, Ms Loeber said. AP
Philip Marcelo
spearheading the de facto coup that
ended Robert Mugabe’s rule.
The new President has been
criticised by some Zimbabweans and
Snatch
and grab
operation
By Jim Gomez
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From...
Emmerson Mnangagwa will be made
leader of Zanu-PF AFP/GETTY
opposition parties for appointing
the former air force commander
Perence Shiri as agriculture minister
and General Sibusiso Moyo as foreign
and international trade minister
rather than bringing in younger
candidates less associated with the
Mugabe era.
M r M n a n ga g w a m a d e n o
comments to the media ahead of a
party meeting held behind closed
doors yesterday.
He has vowed to focus on reviving
the struggling economy and creating
jobs. Once seen among Africa’s most
promising economies, Zimbabwe
now has an unemployment rate
exceeding 80 per cent. REUTERS
Smart TV makers Judge released
to be investigated from prison
Reporters held
over ‘secret files’
Germany’s antitrust
authority says it is launching
an examination of how
manufacturers of smart TVs
handle users’ data.
The Federal Cartel Office said
yesterday it would conduct an
examination to detect possible
violations of consumer protection
laws. It wants to know whether
and to what extent they collect
and pass on personal data, and
whether users are informed. AP
The Myanmar Press Council
says police have arrested two
Reuters journalists on suspicion
of possessing “secret police
documents” related to the crisis in
Rakhine state.
The journalists were arrested
late on Tuesday and charged
with violating the country’s
colonial-era Official Secrets Act
after police said the two were
found in possession of copies of
official documents. AP
An 82-year-old former judge and
prominent rights advocate has
been freed by Saudi authorites
after serving five years of a 15-year
prison sentence.
Sulaiman al-Rashudi was
president of the now-dissolved Saudi
Civil and Political Rights Association.
His age may have been a factor in
his early release. Dozens of liberal
reformers, such as Raif Badawi, a
blogger who was publicly flogged in
early 2015, remain imprisoned. AP
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provide at least 500,000 breakfasts
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ensuring children get a good
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Before Magic Breakfast was
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ill or complaining of headaches
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children are on free school meals.
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know wouldn’t normally eat.
“We still have some kids who will
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early so if I wanted to eat at home I
would have to wake at 5am.
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bagel in the morning.
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“Y
ou cannot possibly
learn on an empty
stomach,” insists
Loz Wilson, head of a
secondary school in
one of the most deprived parts of the
UK. “If you’ve ever been hungry, the
last thing you want to do is sit there
thinking about how your maths,
science or English is doing.
“All you’re thinking about is:
‘When am I going to get my slice of
toast’?”
Tackling hunger has done
wonders for the North Huddersfield
Trust School’s performance and its
pupils’ achievements.
Bringing in the charity Magic
Breakfast, which i is backing in its
Christmas Appeal, to offer pupils a
healthy breakfast before lessons is
one of the key measures Mr Wilson
took to transform standards.
He was brought in as head six
years ago after the West Yorkshire
secondary school, then known as
Fartown High, was closed down by
the local council because of concerns
over safety and behaviour
Since reopening, the school has
seen dramatic improvements,
and at its most recent Ofsted
inspection was rated as “good with
outstanding features”.
Its GCSE results last year made
it the third-best performing school
in the region for progress made.
Its GCSEs are now at the national
average, an achievement staff are
particularly proud of given that
its pupils join the school with Sats
results that are in the bottom 1 per
cent in the country.
Mr Wilson is in no doubt that
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or 100 years it has been
synonymous with fine
dining, quality, celebrity
and glamour. But over
last few years The Ivy has
been moving beyond the famed
original restaurant in London’s
West End, opening brasseries
and cafes across the rest of
the country.
The latest additions to the chain
opened in Cheltenham and York
yesterday. But it is a risky strategy.
With further branches planned for
Birmingham, Glasgow, Guildford,
Cambridge, Leeds, Winchester
and Dublin – with prices closer to
gastropub fare than fine dining
– expanding a famous brand in
such haste could undermine the
biggest selling point of the original:
its uniqueness.
This isn’t lost on The Ivy’s group
chef director, Mark Askew, but
he believes the opportunity for
growth is worth taking. “In our
mind, we open one restaurant
at a time,” he says. “The location
is important, and if a building
becomes available then sometimes
you just have to go for it.”
No one can accuse Askew of not
knowing his trade from the bottom
up. “My first real experience
was working in our local pub,” he
recalls. “I was 12 and I washed
dishes. Quite a lot of my friends
worked there too. Most of them
progressed into becoming waiters
but I wanted to be in the kitchen
working with the chef.”
Askew went on to do a catering
course and left his native
Yorkshire aged just 17 to pursue
his dream in London. “I had to
make a choice,” says the dad of
eight-year-old twin boys. “I could
stay where I was or I could try to
do something different and I got a
job working at the Savoy.
“It was difficult to move away
from home at such a young age
and it was a challenge for the first
few years. But in a way it was good,
and I often have to remind myself
of those times when we take on
new staff who have to move away
from home or even come from a
different country at a young age.”
From a big hotel kitchen, Askew
changed direction by moving to
a small restaurant, though not
just any one: the three Michelinstarred La Tante Claire. Marco
Pierre White, Marcus Wareing
and Tom Kitchin all worked there,
under Pierre Koffman. “I probably
didn’t realise how much I actually
learnt until after I left,” he says.
After stints at the Connaught
hotel and in France, a friend told
him of a chef who was doing great
things and was opening his first
restaurant. It was another La
Tante Claire graduate, Gordon
Ramsay, whose brand grew
exponentially around the world,
with Askew by his side.
“I was with Gordon for 18 years
and it was quite a journey,” says
this softly spoken chef, who one
can imagine being the perfect
foil for the well-documented foulmouthed outbursts of Ramsay.
Askew is still loyal to Ramsay
and says they are still in touch.
“He was very demanding,” he
admits. “It was very challenging
at times, but we were both
on the same wavelength – we
wanted to succeed and threw
everything at it.”
As Ramsay’s fame spread, so
did the number of restaurants
he opened and Gordon Ramsay
Holdings was created with Askew
an integral part. “We travelled
the world opening restaurants.
I went to some amazing places
and did some incredible things
with Gordon.”
It was in 2014 that Askew was
hired by the owners of The Ivy,
with the brief of helping to expand
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of Star Wars and royalty,
Princess Leia is the first noble
to spring to mind, followed,
perhaps, by Padme Amidala,
Queen of Naboo. Now, though,
the House of Windsor is getting
in on the act, with the Duke of
Cambridge and Prince Harry’s
brief cameo appearances as
stormtroopers in The Last Jedi.
Earlier in the year, John Boyega,
who plays Finn in Star Wars: The
Force Awakens, confirmed to BBC
Radio 4’s Today programme that
the pair were involved during
filming. “They came on set; they
were there, man. Tom Hardy was
there, too – I said it. I’m sick of
hiding this… Every time I get asked
I don’t know how to dodge it. Yeah,
they were on set.”
Gary Barlow is also rumoured
to have joined Tom, William and
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How to navigate Christmas if you have
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the brand beyond central London.
“It was a huge challenge and a huge
responsibility,” he says. The Ivy is a
huge brand recognised around the
world and we couldn’t do anything
that might affect that.
“We wanted the restaurants
to reflect the spirit of the Ivy, we
wanted people to recognise it
as being like the Ivy, but a more
affordable version – while not
losing any of the quality associated
with the original. We wanted to
create something that was more
relaxed and everyday, but without
losing any of The Ivy’s magic.”
Another issue is that a lot of
people think they know what The
Ivy is without ever having gone
through its doors, which Askew
admits is a challenge. “People
have a perception about the Ivy
and the menu, but the menu takes
inspiration from across the world.
“It is about giving people
what they want. They can get a
sandwich or a curry, or something
more akin to fine dining, but all of it
will be served in the Ivy way, with
white tablecloths and impeccable
service.” And as well as being open
for lunch and evening service, the
Ivy brasseries cater for breakfast
and afternoon tea.
Askew still lives in London, but
spends a lot of time back in his
native Yorkshire, overseeing the
renovations and developing the
Harry as one of the First Order’s
armoured foot soldiers.
You don’t have to be in line to
the throne to secure a fleeting
appearance in the SW canon –
Daniel Craig also donned
a white helmet to
play an unnamed
stormtrooper in
the franchise’s
previous title, The
Force Awakens,
during filming at
Pinewood Studios
where the Bond
films are shot, and
Star Trek alumnus
Simon Pegg also
appeared as a heavily
costumed character
– but being Star Wars royalty
certainly helps.
Those who have previous form
include Warwick Davis, who played
Wicket the Ewok in Return of the
Jedi and had four brief uncredited
appearances in Phantom Menace
(according to the scribes who
contribute to Wookieepedia)
also played a pinksnouted creature
named Wollivan in
the Force Awakens.
Anthony Daniels
– aka C-3PO –
finally got to show
his face in Attack of
the Clones, having
spent the original
three movies covered
in copper (or whatever
the galactic alternative
for copper is). He played an
improbably named con artist,
Dannl Faytonni.
Ahmed Best drew the casting
menus for the three recent and
forthcoming openings in the region
– in Leeds, Harrogate and York – all
of which contain elements unique
to each particular restaurant.
“We try to use local ingredients
when we can and every menu is
slightly different.”
Askew is aware that opening
what is seen as another chain in
a town where many independent
restaurants feel under siege could
be controversial. “I have worked at
independent restaurants and it can
be very hard, but for me it is about
choice and that is what we are
giving people.”
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short straw as the boggle-eyed
Jar Jar Binks in Episodes 1,2 and
3, a character who proved deeply
unpopular with traditional Star
Wars fans. He was also given a
human role in Attack of the Clones
alongside Daniels.
And nepotism is alive and well in
space, it seems. George Lucas’s son
Jett played a young jedi in Attack
of the Clones and Revenge of the Sith,
while JJ Abrams, the director of
The Force Awakens, even got his dad
a cameo role.
More touchingly, Carrie Fisher’s
daughter, actress Billie Lourd,
appeared as Lieutenant Connix, a
resistance fighter, in Force Awakens.
Her character’s woven up-do
mimicked her late mother’s famous
hairstyle in the original trilogy.
Move over, Wills and Harry –
that’s Hollywood royalty.
n December 2015 Kate Threlfall
sat down and wrote a letter to
her future self. Kate, a musician
living in London, had struggled
over Christmas. When she was
13, Kate developed bulimia. Over the
next decade she made progress in
her recovery, but in the build-up to
Christmas her anxiety re-emerged.
It is feted as the season to be jolly,
but for someone with an eating
disorder, the abundance of food,
disruption to normality and whirl of
social functions that characterise
the holiday can be quite the opposite.
Two years ago, Christmas became
pretty much the only time in the past
few years for Kate, then aged 26, that
her old fears resurfaced and affected
her to such a degree.
With a view to helping her 2016
self navigate the season of “go
on, have another one!” dreaded
by many who have experienced
eating disorders, Kate noted down
the situations she had found most
difficult over the festive period
and all the things that had helped
her. She would open the letter the
following December.
Christmas can be a particularly
stressful time of year for people at
any stage in their illness or recovery,
Anxiety about being
watched, deviating from a
food plan or being tempted
to binge eat is also common
says Caroline Price, director of
services at the eating disorder
charity Beat. Price says many
people who have contacted Beat also
express fears about “being judged”
for what they do or don’t consume.
“Christmas tends to be a time
when you eat in front of a lot of
people… [who] offer you food, often
in a very well-intentioned way.”
Anxiety about being watched,
deviating from a food plan or being
tempted to binge eat is also common,
Price says.
Habiba Khanom, 24, has been in
recovery from anorexia nervosa
for several years, but still struggles
and says Christmas is a particularly
“triggering” time of year.
A BBC journalist living in London,
Habiba doesn’t celebrate Christmas,
but her family gets together on the
day for a big lunch.
“This has always been
overwhelming for me because it is
something out of the ordinary. The
food is out of my ‘safe zone’ so I do
often get anxious leading up to it.
“When I feel overwhelmed by
being around food and lots of
people I often take myself out of the
environment and have a breather.
I go back in again when I’m feeling
a bit better,” she says. She has
Return to sender: Kate Threlfall
wrote a letter to her future self
also found opening up to a trusted
confidant can ease her nerves.
Price encourages people with
loved ones suffering from eating
disorders to turn the conversation
away from food.
“Christmas isn’t actually about
food,” she points out. “Even if
you don’t have religious beliefs,
Christmas is about coming together
and spending time with family.”
She recommends planning
activities for the family such as
going for a walk or watching a
film together.
Discussing meal options, portion
sizes, the cooking process and
other aspects of the holiday that
are causing anxiety can help to put
sufferers at ease.
“Even if [the person] is unwell, at
least it’s causing them less anxiety
because they know their family is
[aware of their worries].”
Beat’s support line is open on
Christmas Day and Boxing Day,
as are its social media accounts,
which correspond with hundreds of
sufferers every month.
“We’ve had calls from people
who say: ‘My family are really
understanding but I don’t want to
tell them I feel this way because I
don’t want to ruin their Christmas’.
They can call us and get it off their
chest,” Price says.
Beat also recommends keeping a
journal to help people monitor and
address stress levels.
Kate describes Christmas as a
kind of “barometer” for her health.
Reading the letter she wrote herself
the previous year in 2016 helped her,
she says. “This year I don’t know
where the letter is – and I don’t feel
anxious at all.”
Beat runs two helplines:
0808 8010677 (for adults) and
0808 8010711 (for young people).
On Christmas Day and Boxing
Day they are open 6pm-10pm.
beateatingdisorders.org.uk
Television Thursday 14 December
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The Tunnel: Vengeance
The Apprentice:
Why I Fired Them
9pm, Sky Atlantic
A fishing boat with Syrian refugees
on board is ablaze in the English
Channel, while down below a plague
of rats is stampeding through the
Channel Tunnel. And what has this
got to do with three youngsters
seized from their beds in Kent? It’s
the final case for laid-back English
detective Karl Roebuck (Stephen
Dillane) and his empathy-free
French colleague Elise Wassermann
(Clémence Poésy, left with Dillane) in
this Anglo-French take on Scandinoir favourite The Bridge. The
characters of Roebuck and
Wassermann of course correspond
to The Bridge’s Martin Rohde and
Saga Noren, but Dillane and Poésy
do enough to make them their own.
cosily by the looks of things) to an
extraordinarily ornate ice hotel
rebuilt each January by the locals.
8pm, BBC1
Is it time to fire Lord Sugar – or am
I alone in feeling that we’re well
past peak Apprentice? Anyhow,
ahead of Sunday’s final here are
highlights from the current series,
with bonus boardroom footage.
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Amazing Spaces
Snow And Ice Special
8pm, Channel 4
George Clarke and occasional
sidekick Will Hardie head off to
Norway to investigate how
housebuilders cope above the Arctic
Circle. Answers range from a
converted oil storage silo and a tree
house that apparently sleeps 13 (very
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Blitz: The Bombs That
Changed Britain
9pm, BBC2
Late 1940 and it’s Bristol’s turn to be
hit by the Luftwaffe, the city’s centre
being devastated by incendiaries.
The final episode of this intriguing
series focuses on the bombs that
wrecked the 800-year-old landmark
of St Peter’s Church, whose ruins
now stand as a memorial. While
mass observation snoopers recorded
“quite open defeatism”, other
Bristolians were looking at ways of
dousing the incendiaries – or in the
parlance of the propaganda of the
day, to “beat Firebomb Fritz”.
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The Crystal Maze: Celebrity
Christmas Special
9pm, Channel 4
Mollie King found time amongst her
stint on Strictly to participate in this
charity edition of the resuscitated
fantasy game show, along with
Paralympian Ellie Simmonds,
boxer Nicola Adams, Murder In
Successville’s Tom Davis and Made In
Chelsea’s Ollie Locke – the butt of
most of host Richard Ayoade’s jokes.
===
Extraordinary Teens:
School Of Life And Deaf
10pm, Channel 4
Mary Hare boarding school is a
specialist institution for deaf pupils
and Camilla Arnold’s documentary
follows sixth formers Lewis, Fae and
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: MasterChef:
The Professionals (R) (S).
9.00 Victoria Derbyshire
(S). 10.30 Street Auction
(S). 11.15 Fake Britain
(S). 12.00 Daily Politics
(S). 1.00 Coast (R) (S).
2.00 Terry And Mason’s
Great Food Trip (R) (S).
2.30 Home Away From
Home (R) (S). 3.15 32
Brinkburn Street (R) (S).
4.05 The Fifteen Billion
Pound Railway: The Final
Countdown (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 Christmas
With Bells On (R) (S). 12.00
Channel 4 News Summary
(S). 12.05 Kirstie’s
Handmade Christmas (S).
12.15 Kirstie’s Handmade
Christmas (S). 12.25
FILM: The Holiday Tree
(David Winning 2014)
Festive drama, starring
Lacey Chabert (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 FILM:
The Perfect Holiday (Lance
Rivera 2007) Romantic
comedy, starring Morris
Chestnut and Gabrielle
Union (S). 1.35 FILM: My
Christmas Dream (James
Head 2016) Premiere.
Romantic drama, starring
Danica McKellar and
David Haydn-Jones (S).
3.20 FILM: An Unexpected
Christmas (Brian K
Roberts 2016) Premiere.
Festive comedy, starring
Susie Abromeit (S). 5.00
5 News At 5 (S). 5.35 The
Yorkshire Vet (R) (S).
6.00 BBC News At
Six; Weather (S).
6.30 BBC Regional
News; Weather
(S).
6.00 Celebrity
Eggheads (S).
6.30 Strictly Come
Dancing – It
Takes Two (S).
6.00 ITV Regional
News; Weather
(S).
6.30 ITV News;
Weather (S).
6.00 The Simpsons
(S).
6.30 Hollyoaks
Cindy tries her
luck with Tony
(S).
6.30 5 News Tonight
(S).
7.00 Celebrity
Antiques Road
Trip (S).
7.00 Emmerdale (S).
7.30 The Butcher
Surgeon:
Uncovered –
Tonight (S).
7.00 Channel 4 News
(S).
7pm
7.00 The One Show
(S).
7.30 EastEnders Josh
asks Lauren to
help expose his
father (S).
7.00 UK’s Strongest
Man 2017
Action from the
Team World
Championships,
staged in Stokeon-Trent (S).
7.00 Beyond 100
Days (S).
7.30 Christmas
University
Challenge (R) (S).
8pm
8.00 The Apprentice:
Why I Fired
Them Review
of the tasks
undertaken
by this year’s
candidates (S).
8.00 MasterChef: The
Professionals
The last semifinalists work
a shift at Le
Manoir aux
Quat’Saisons (S).
8.00 Emmerdale
A special
flashback
episode (S).
8.30 Paul O’Grady:
For The Love Of
Dogs (S).
8.00 Amazing Spaces
Snow And Ice
Special How
Norway has
become a leader
in architectural
design (S).
8.00 Gypsy Kids At
Christmas The
festive season
traveller-style
(S).
8.00 The Secrets
Of Quantum
Physics (R) (S).
9pm
9.00 Love, Lies &
Records Kate
struggles to
choose between
her heart and
her head (S).
9.00 Blitz: The
Bombs That
Changed Britain
Last in the
series (S).
9.00 Bancroft The
superintendent
executes a
massive sting
operation
against Athif
Kamara (S).
9.00 The Crystal
Maze: Celebrity
Christmas
Special With
Mollie King,
Ollie Locke and
Tom Davis (S).
9.00 Harrogate:
A Yorkshire
Christmas Part
two of two. The
North Yorkshire
town’s festive
preparations (S).
9.00 The Science Of
Doctor Who
Brian Cox
examines the
science behind
the sci-fi series
(R) (S).
9.00 FILM:
Commando
(Mark L Lester
1985) Action,
with Arnold
Schwarzenegger (S).
9.00 Through The
Christmas
Keyhole
Christmas
special (R) (S).
10pm
10.00BBC News At
Ten (S).
10.30 BBC Regional
News; Weather
(S).
10.45 Question Time
(S).
10.00Live At The
Apollo Rob
Beckett hosts,
with Jen Brister
and Darren
Harriott (S).
10.30 Newsnight (S).
10.00ITV News At
Ten; Weather
(S).
10.30 ITV Regional
News (S).
10.40 Birds Of A
Feather (R) (S).
10.00Extraordinary
Teens: School
Of Life And Deaf
Documentary
following life
in a school for
deaf pupils (S).
10.00My Crazy
Christmas
Obsession Part
one of two (R)
(S).
10.00Horizon: Which
Universe Are
We In? The
scientific
validity of the
“multiverse”
concept (R) (S).
10.45 FILM: Prevenge
(Alice Lowe
2016) Black
comedy,
starring Alice
Lowe (S).
10.00Celebrity Juice
Christmas
Special With
Denise Welch
and Alex James
(S).
11.45 This Week The
past seven days
in politics (S).
11.15 The Year In
Music 2017
Claudia
Winkleman
and Clara Amfo
look back at the
year’s music (R).
11.40 Tonight At
The London
Palladium With
stars including
Jack Savoretti,
the Vamps, and
Stomp (R) (S).
11.00 Naked
Attraction
Singletons
Cathy and
Adam each
choose a date
(R) (S).
11.05 Crazy
Christmas
Compulsives
Part two of two
(R) (S).
11.00 Every Breath
We Take:
Understanding
Our
Atmosphere
(R) (S).
12.35 BBC News (S).
12.15 Sign Zone:
Employable Me (R) (S).
1.15 Sign Zone: Expedition
Volcano (R) (S). 2.15 This Is
BBC Two (S).
12.35 Jackpot247 3.00
The Butcher Surgeon:
Uncovered – Tonight (R) (S).
3.25 ITV Nightscreen 5.05
The Jeremy Kyle Show
(R) (S).
12.00 Random Acts (S).
12.35 Catching A Killer:
A Bullet Through The
Window (R) (S). 1.50 The
Supervet (R) (S). 2.45
Finding Me A Family (R)
(S). 3.40 Grand Designs
Australia (R) (S).
12.00 SuperCasino 3.10
GPs: Behind Closed Doors
(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).
12.00 Empire Of The Seas:
How The Navy Forged The
Modern World (R) (S). 1.00
Peaky Blinders (R) (S). 1.55
Peaky Blinders (R) (S). 2.55
Peaky Blinders (R) (S). 3.55
Close
Daytime
6.00 Breakfast (S).
9.15 Island Medics (S).
10.00 Homes Under
The Hammer (S). 10.30
Grenfell Tower Memorial
Service (S). 12.00 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 (R) (S). 3.45
The Hairy Bikers Home
For Christmas (S). 4.30
Money For Nothing (R) (S).
5.15 Pointless (R) (S).
6pm
11pm
Late
Ruth Jones plays Hattie
Jacques in ‘Hattie’
10pm, ITV3
The Saturdays singer
Mollie King is among
the stars taking part in
‘The Crystal Maze’
9pm, Channel 4
6.00 Totally Bonkers
Guinness World Records
(R) (S). 6.20 Planet’s
Got Talent (R) (S). 6.45
Dinner Date (R) (S). 7.35
Emmerdale (R) (S). 8.00
Coronation Street (R) (S).
9.00 The Ellen DeGeneres
Show (R) (S). 9.50 Dinner
Date (R) (S). 10.50 Britain’s
Got Talent: Stephen’s Top
10 Unbelievable Talents
(R) (S). 11.50 Planet’s
Got Talent (R) (S). 12.20
Emmerdale (R) (S). 12.50
Coronation Street (R) (S).
1.50 The Ellen DeGeneres
Show (S). 2.40 The Jeremy
Kyle Show (R) (S). 3.50
The Jeremy Kyle Show (R)
(S). 4.55 The Jeremy Kyle
Show (R) (S). 5.55 Take Me
Out (R) (S).
Lewis is one of three
‘Extraordinary Teens’
10pm, Channel 4
6.55 FILM: Volcano
(Mick Jackson
1997) Disaster
thriller, starring
Tommy Lee
Jones (S).
7.00 You’ve Been
Framed! Gold
At Christmas (R)
(S).
7.30 You’ve Been
Framed! At
Christmas
8.00 Two And A Half
Men (R) (S).
8.30 Two And A Half
Men (R) (S).
11.00 Family Guy (R)
(S).
11.30 Family Guy
Peter is
overcome with
jealousy (R) (S).
12.35 FILM: The Ghoul
(Gareth Tunley 2016)
Psychological thriller,
starring Tom Meeten (S).
2.20 FILM: Aaaaaaaah!
(Steve Oram 2015)
Comedy horror, starring
Steve Oram (S). 4.00 Close
12.00 Family Guy (R) (S).
12.30 Family Guy (R) (S).
1.00 American Dad! (R)
(S). 1.30 American Dad! (R)
(S). 2.00 Plebs (R) (S). 2.25
Teleshopping 5.55 ITV2
Nightscreen
NEWS
2-35
Andrew. Lewis is undergoing a
cochlear implant and hoping to hear
for the first time – the first word he
wants to hear being his own name.
“It’s as though I haven’t got a name
because I’ve never heard it,” he says.
FILM
CHOICE
LAURENCE PHELAN
===
Hattie
10pm, ITV3
Rob Beckett hosts a relatively leaden
Live At The Apollo (10pm, BBC2), so
recommended instead for comedy
(and Poldark) fans is Stephen
Russell’s 2011 biopic of Carry On star
Hattie Jacques (played by Ruth
Jones) and her unorthodox marriage
to Dad’s Army’s John Le Mesurier
(Robert Bathurst), who was
seemingly content to live under the
same roof with his wife and her
lover, John Schofield (Aidan Turner).
VOICES
18-22
TV
36-37
IQ
38-47
FILM OF THE DAY
===
Scanners
Billion Dollar Brain
10.45pm, Horror Channel
(David Cronenberg, 1981)
“Scanners” is the name given to a band
of people with a genetic mutation
resulting in the “derangement of the
synapses which we call telepathy”.
They can control other people’s
minds. Oh, and sometimes make their
heads burst. Naturally, the militaryindustrial complex is interested, and
our hero comes to the attention of
researcher Patrick McGoohan and
private security firm ConSec. This is
the Cronenberg film with the most
in common with other mainstream
action-horror movies of the 1980s.
And yet it is unmistakably the work
of a film-maker taking a philosophical
interest in the body and the mind.
Michael Ironside (left) also appears.
12.45pm, Film4
(Ken Russell, 1967)
By the third Harry Palmer movie, the
dour working-class spy played by
Michael Caine was firmly in James
Bond’s territory. Ken Russell directs
with outlandish flair.
6.00 Hollyoaks (R) (S).
7.00 Charmed (R) (S). 8.00
Charmed (R) (S). 9.00 Rules
Of Engagement (R) (S).
9.30 Rules Of Engagement
(R) (S). 10.00 Black-ish
(R) (S). 10.30 Black-ish (R)
(S). 11.00 How I Met Your
Mother (R) (S). 11.30 How
I Met Your Mother (R)
(S). 12.00 New Girl (R) (S).
12.30 New Girl (R) (S). 1.00
The Big Bang Theory (R) (S).
1.30 The Big Bang Theory
(R) (S). 2.00 Kevin Can Wait
(R) (S). 2.30 Kevin Can Wait
(R) (S). 3.00 How I Met Your
Mother (R) (S). 3.30 How
I Met Your Mother (R) (S).
4.00 New Girl (R) (S). 4.30
New Girl (R) (S). 5.00 Kevin
Can Wait (R) (S). 5.30 Kevin
Can Wait (R) (S).
8.55 Food Unwrapped (R)
(S). 9.35 Four In A Bed (R)
(S). 10.05 Four In A Bed (R)
(S). 10.35 Four In A Bed (R)
(S). 11.05 Four In A Bed (R)
(S). 11.40 Four In A Bed (R)
(S). 12.10 A Place In The
Sun: Winter Sun (R) (S).
1.15 A Place In The Sun:
Winter Sun (R) (S). 2.20
Time Team (R) (S). 3.25
Time Team (R) (S). 4.30 The
Great British Bake Off (R)
(S). 5.50 Celebrity Come
Dine With Me Christmas
Special (R) (S).
6.00 Monkey Life (R) (S).
6.30 Monkey Life (R) (S).
7.00 Monkey Life (R) (S).
7.30 Monkey Life (R) (S).
8.00 It’s Me Or The Dog (R).
9.00 The Dog Whisperer
(R). 10.00 Meerkat Manor
(R) (S). 10.30 Meerkat
Manor (R) (S). 11.00
Modern Family (R) (S).
11.30 Modern Family
(R) (S). 12.00 NCIS: Los
Angeles (R) (S). 1.00 Hawaii
Five-0 (R) (S). 2.00 Hawaii
Five-0 (R) (S). 3.00 NCIS:
Los Angeles (R) (S). 4.00
Stargate SG-1 (R) (S). 5.00
The Simpsons (R) (S). 5.30
Futurama (R) (S).
6.00 The British (R) (S).
7.00 Richard E Grant’s
Hotel Secrets (R) (S). 8.00
Richard E Grant’s Hotel
Secrets (R) (S). 9.00 The
West Wing (R) (S). 10.00
The West Wing (R) (S).
11.00 House (R) (S). 12.00
House (R) (S). 1.00 Without
A Trace (R) (S). 2.00 Blue
Bloods (R) (S). 3.00 The
West Wing (R) (S). 4.00
The West Wing (R) (S). 5.00
House (R) (S).
6.55 Murder, She
Wrote Jessica
executes
the will of
an eccentric
recluse (R) (S).
6.00 The Big Bang
Theory The
gang re-creates
a prom night (R)
(S).
6.30 The Big Bang
Theory (R) (S).
6.55 The Supervet
Noel Fitzpatrick
treats a border
collie for a
suspicious lump
on its ankle (R)
(S).
6.00 Futurama (R)
(S).
6.30 The Simpsons
Bart is knocked
down by Mr
Burns’ car (R)
(S).
6.00 House The
doctor finds
himself in
prison (R) (S).
7.00 Hollyoaks (S).
7.30 Melissa &
Joey Mel
looks forward
to spending
Christmas with
her sister (R) (S).
7.55 Grand Designs
A scientist
tries to build a
carbon-neutral
home (R) (S).
7.00 The Simpsons
Homer fears
he has only 24
hours to live (R)
(S).
7.30 The Simpsons
(R) (S).
7.00 CSI: Crime
Scene
Investigation
A killer dies in
custody (R) (S).
8.00 Arrow Quentin
Lance is
kidnapped by
Black Siren and
Cayden James
(S).
8.00 Blue Bloods
Danny and Baez
investigate the
murders of
three prominent
community
leaders (R) (S).
Amazon Prime
Anna Friel joins the cast of the
chilly and extremely graphic
saga of high-class escorts.
10.45pm, Film4
(Alice Lowe, 2016)
An odd but effective mixture of
grotesquery, black comedy and keen
character observations, about a
depressed pregnant woman who has
recently lost her partner and goes
on a killing spree, imagining that her
unborn baby is instructing her to
avenge its father’s death.
9.00 2 Broke Girls (S).
9.30 The Big Bang
Theory Guest
starring Billy
Bob Thornton
(R) (S).
9.00 Coastal
Railways With
Julie Walters
The famous
Great Western
Railway (R) (S).
9.00 Sky Cinema
2018 Preview
Show Highlights
of the best
movies coming
to Sky Cinema
in 2018
9.00 The Tunnel:
Vengeance New
series (S).
10.00Hattie Drama,
starring Ruth
Jones as
comedy actress
Hattie Jacques
(R) (S).
10.00The
Inbetweeners
(R) (S).
10.35 The
Inbetweeners
(R) (S).
10.0024 Hours In
A&E A 19-yearold woman
is brought in
with suspected
spinal injuries
(R) (S).
10.00The Russell
Howard
Hour Topical
comedy and
entertainment
show (S).
10.00The Trip To
Spain Featurelength edition,
starring Steve
Coogan and Rob
Brydon (R) (S).
11.50 Lewis A
religious fanatic
is found beaten
and drowned in
his bath (R) (S).
1.45 Judge Judy (R) (S). 2.05
ITV3 Nightscreen 2.30
Teleshopping
11.10 The Big Bang
Theory (R) (S).
11.35 The Big Bang
Theory (R) (S).
12.05 Rude Tube (R) (S).
1.10 Gogglebox (R) (S).
2.10 2 Broke Girls (R) (S).
2.35 First Dates Hotel (R)
(S). 3.30 Rude Tube (R)
(S). 3.55 Black-ish (R) (S).
4.15 Black-ish (R) (S). 4.40
Charmed (R) (S).
6.30am The Radio 1 Breakfast
Show With Nick Grimshaw
10.00 Clara Amfo 12.45pm
Newsbeat 1.00 Scott Mills 4.00
Greg James 5.45 Newsbeat
6.00 Greg James 7.00 Annie
Mac 9.00 The 8th With Charlie
Sloth 11.00 BBC Radio 1’s
Residency – George FitzGerald
12mdn’t BBC Radio 1’s
Residency – Jessy Lanza 1.00
Toddla T 3.00 Radio 1’s Artist
Takeover With 4.00 Early
Breakfast With Adele Roberts
BBC Radio 1Xtra
6am A.Dot 10.00 Ace 12.45pm
Newsbeat 1.00 Yasmin Evans
4.00 MistaJam 5.45 Newsbeat
6.00 MistaJam 7.00 DJ Target
9.02 The 8th With Charlie Sloth
11.00 Seani B 1am Toddla T
3.00 1Xtra Mixes 4.00 Seani B
9.00 Tommy Cooper
Forever First
in a two-part
tribute to
the comedy
magician (S).
11.05 24 Hours In
A&E A mother
and daughter
involved in
a serious car
crash (R) (S).
12.05 Ramsay’s Kitchen
Nightmares USA (R) (S).
1.05 Coastal Railways
With Julie Walters (R) (S).
2.05 24 Hours In A&E (R)
(S). 3.10 8 Out Of 10 Cats:
Best Bits (R) (S). 3.50 Close
11.00 The Simpsons
Bart enters a
golf tournament
(R) (S).
11.30 The Simpsons
Bart runs away
from home (R).
12.00 A League Of Their
Own (R) (S). 1.00 The Force:
Essex (R) (S). 2.00 Brit
Cops: Frontline Crime
UK (R) (S). 3.00 NCIS: Los
Angeles (R) (S). 4.00 NCIS:
Los Angeles (R) (S). 5.00
The Dog Whisperer (R).
12.00 The Tunnel:
Vengeance (R) (S). 1.00
Marathon: The Patriots
Day Bombing (R). 3.10
Californication (R). 3.45
Californication (R). 4.20
Urban Secrets (R) (S). 5.10
Urban Secrets (R) (S).
Netflix
The director of Knocked Up
makes his much-anticipated
return to stand-up comedy.
The Girlfriend Experience
BBC Radio 2
8.00 The Big Bang
Theory (R) (S).
8.30 The Big Bang
Theory (S).
ONDEMAND
Judd Apatow: The Return
Prevenge
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).
8.20 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).
12.35 The Royal (R) (S).
1.40 Heartbeat (R) (S).
2.40 Classic Coronation
Street (R) (S). 3.15 Classic
Coronation Street (R) (S).
3.50 A Touch Of Frost (R)
(S). 5.50 Heartbeat (R) (S).
37
===
Radio
8.00 Paul O’Grady:
For The Love
Of Dogs At
Christmas
(R) (S).
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14 DECEMBER 2017
BUSINESS SPORT
48-51
56-64
6.30am Chris Evans 9.30 Ken
Bruce 12noon Jeremy Vine
2.00 Steve Wright In The
Afternoon 5.00 Simon Mayo
7.00 Bob Harris Country 8.00
Jo Whiley 10.00 The Radio 2
Arts Show With Jonathan Ross
12mdn’t The Craig Charles
House Party 2.00 Radio 2’s
Tracks Of My Years Playlist
3.00 Radio 2 Playlist: Have A
Great Weekend 4.00 Radio 2
Playlist: Feelgood Friday 5.00
Vanessa Feltz
BBC Radio 3
6.30am Breakfast. The
advent broadcasts of JS
Bach’s preludes and fugues
continue. 9.00 Essential
Classics. Hosted by Suzy
Klein. 12noon Composer Of
The Week: Tchaikovsky. The
composer’s writing of The
Snow Maiden and his 1st Piano
Concerto. 1.00 News 1.02
Radio 3 Lunchtime Concert.
2.00 Afternoon Concert. Live
performances by the BBC
Scottish Symphony Orchestra
and the BBC Philharmonic.
5.00 In Tune. Sean Rafferty.
7.00 In Tune Mixtape. 7.30
Radio 3 In Concert. Juanjo
Mena conducts. 10.00 Free
Thinking. 10.45 The Essay:
Nothing Is Real – Pop’s Struggle
With Authenticity. David
Hepworth considers whether
DJs are doomed. 11.00 Late
Junction. 12.30am Through
The Night.
Vanished By The Lake
All4
Gallic-noir thriller in which a
cop returns to her home town
and investigates a cold case.
On. Susan Calman attends a
music festival with Robin Ince.
7.00 The Archers. Jennifer
plays matchmaker. 7.15 Front
Row. Arts programme. 7.45
The Citadel. By AJ Cronin.
8.00 The Briefing Room.
David Aaronovitch discusses
big issues in the news. 8.30
In Business. The latest
developments involving
Ryanair. 9.00 BBC Inside
Science. The latest scientific
research. 9.30 In Our Time.
The history of ideas. 10.00 The
World Tonight. With James
Coomarasamy. 10.45 Book At
Bedtime: Eleanor Oliphant
Is Completely Fine. By Gail
Honeyman. 11.00 Welcome To
Wherever You Are. Stand-up
performances from Auckland,
Bahrain and New York. 11.30
Today In Parliament. Political
news, presented by Sean
Curran. 12mdn’t News And
Weather 12.30 Letters From
South Africa 12.48 Shipping
Forecast 1.00 As BBC World
Service 5.20 Shipping Forecast
5.30 News Briefing 5.43 Prayer
For The Day 5.45 Farming
Today 5.58 Tweet Of The Day
BBC Radio 4 LW
8.30am Yesterday In
Parliament 9.00 The Ashes
9.45 Daily Service 10.00 The
Ashes 10.30 Woman’s Hour
12.01pm Shipping Forecast
5.54 Shipping Forecast 2.15am
The Ashes 5.30 The Ashes
BBC Radio 4 Extra
6am Killing Orders 6.30
Earworms 7.00 Double Income,
No Kids Yet 7.30 Keep Calman
Carry On 8.00 Not In Front Of
The Children 8.30 The Goon
Show 9.00 Counterpoint 9.30
King Street Junior 10.00 The
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Virtual reality makes it easier to study hard-to-reach and fragile
archaeological sites. By BrendanCassidyandDavidRobinson
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lying a jet fighter, exploring the oceans or going
on a spacewalk – those
are the kinds of thrill
rides we’d normally associate with virtual reality contraptions, recreating experiences
the vast majority of us will never
have in real life.
The work of archaeologists
might not be so adrenaline-filled,
but researchers are increasingly
using this same technology to
study historical sites that are difficult to reach. Perhaps they are
in a remote location or on private
property. The remains may be
fragile. Or it might just be difficult
or dangerous to get there. But another advantage, of course, is that
it can open up access for the rest
of us to some of the world’s most
fascinating places.
Just over an hour’s drive north
from Los Angeles is the Wind
Wolves Preserve. Nearly 100,000
acres in size, the preserve protects a wide range of endangered
and threatened species in the
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heart of the most populous state
in the US.
It also hosts two remote archaeological sites situated in the
San Emigdio hills: Pleito, one of
the most elaborately painted rockart sites in the world, and Cache
Cave, with one of the most significant in-situ collections of perishable objects, such as baskets, ever
discovered in the American West.
The oldest of the rock paintings
and baskets appear to be over
2,000-years-old.
However, exploring the site is
problematic. The paintings at
Pleito, found on exfoliating sandstone, are extremely fragile. As for
the Cache Cave, this is a complex
and narrow system of passages.
However, these sites are also of
great cultural importance to local
Native Americans, especially the
Tejon Indian tribe. The hands of
some of their ancestors painted
the rock art, while other highly
skilled basket-makers worked
for hours on making some of the
world’s finest basketry. Until re-
The Zaatari refugee
camp in Jordan
holds 80,000 people,
making it bigger
than some British
cities but without
their urban infrastructure or even the
simplest technology.
Life is hard for
the Syrian people
displaced here in the
desert. My eyes were
first opened to the
complexity of refugee
life in July 2016,
when I was invited to
visit Zaatari by the
UNHCR. Now I’m part
of an international
team of experts
– varying from
engineers to fashion
designers – trying
to come up with
practical solutions
to help the people
of Zaatari fend for
themselves despite
the restrictions
placed on them.
Limitations
improve creativity
and we think up
solutions we would
never have thought
of in a lab: we’ve
made windmills,
wheelchairs and
recycling trucks out
of old bikes, even
grown tomatoes
without soil.
As well as homeless
VR allows people
to view details
difficult to see with
the naked eye
engineers, teachers
and doctors, Zaatari
is full of farmers; the
majority of refugees
here come from the
Dara’a region of their
homeland, known
for its fertile soil.
Yet under Jordanian
law they can’t plant
anything in the
ground here in the
camp. Their legal
status as refugees
means they can’t do
anything that looks
like it might lead
to permanence. And
water is very limited
here and the soil is
very salty.
Here in the UK
cently, the majority of the Tejon
tribes people were unable to visit
the Pleito cave site due to its inaccessibility and fragility.
Now our team of researchers
from the University of Central
Lancashire has created a virtual reality model of the sites. We
did this by taking images with a
digital camera and performing
laser scanning of the site. Using
“reality capture” techniques like
photogrammetry – which helps
I had a couple of
horticulture projects
on the go using
hydroponics – a way
of growing plants
without soil, using
just a nutrient
solution, keeping the
roots supported in an
inert medium.
We had been
using specialised
polyurethane foam
as synthetic soil
for plants, with the
added benefit that
it has lower water
requirements, so I
adopted the science
of this technique to
use foam mattresses
from the camp.
Back in the camp
we then worked
with enthusiastic
residents to
repurpose yogurt
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make measurements from photographs – we could develop a
VR prototype.
We tested this in the summer
with members of the Tejon tribe
and the response was profound.
The younger tribal members
enjoyed the similarities of the
technology to gaming, but the
simulation proved equally effective for elders with mobility issues
that prevented them visiting the
rugged terrain.
Testing the software at the
Pleito site itself made it even more
special for Tejon members who
wanted to learn about their ancestors’ culture and ways of life.
Two of the Native Americans who
could not make the climb to the
cave instead used the VR headset
on flat ground nearby, allowing
them to explore the paintings at
the same time as experiencing the
surrounding landscape.
Sometimes looking at the objects and artworks through the
cutting-edge image processing
techniques of VR also allows peo-
tubs into pots and the
polyurethane foam as
the substitute soil.
We introduced
the principles of
ple to view details, pigments and
textures that are difficult to see
with the naked eye – what we term
an “enhanced reality” experience.
It also enables us to show the site
as it would have looked through
different points in time.
We are now investigating how
to use VR to help field research,
using immersive reconstructions
of previous excavations to aid in
new ones as we dig deeper. That
way, we can see previous layers
that we have removed and better
contextualise the new layers we
are exposing.
The technology can also be of
great use in teaching. We are sharing the models of the Californian
sites with our archaeology and
anthropology students, not only
allowing them to inspect the rock
art and the baskets but even use
native technologies such as the
bow and arrow.
VR technologies are starting to
open up remote access to other
sites around the world too. There’s
the British Museum’s documenta-
hydroponics at
a workshop with
Zaatari residents
(who, in many cases,
knew more than us)
and attendees quickly
set up a production
line – cutting raw
materials, making up
nutrient solutions,
planting seedlings
and cuttings in
the pots.
A team of seven
scientists and
engineers also went
to Zaatari for a
week of “scrapyard
challenges” to come
up with solutions for
water heating and
electricity generation.
tion of African rock art sites, the
Scan Pyramids Project opening
access to the monuments of Giza,
and an immersive interaction with
Nikola Tesla and his laboratory.
Meanwhile the Croatian company Revisium is using VR to form
a digital reconstruction of the
ancient Syrian ruins of Palmyra,
while the non-profit Rekrei
teamed up with The Economist
to recreate the Mosul Museum –
both sites of terrorist destruction
by Isis. The most creative of these
projects include scientific information to make them not merely
simple replications, but enhanced
learning environments where scientific knowledge can inform the
public about the past – without the
risk of us damaging it.
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engineering, led a
project aiming to
produce energy
from windmills;
he is familiar with
running pumps and
generators from
windmills thanks
to his childhood in
South Africa.
There are plenty
of materials to hand:
sheet steel and angle
bar, wood, canvas and
poles from tents, even
a stock of recovered
bicycles donated
by the Amsterdam
Police. After building
prototypes, we
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A ‘policy speed dating’ event,
designed to help young people
exchange ideas and put some fun
into politics. Below: Agora founder
Pascal Roelcke MATT PICKLES
Education
“T
hat’s a minute
up, move on,” the
speed dating organiser calls out.
Two lines of wellgroomed young people shuffle to
the adjacent seat and start talking
to the person opposite. But rather
than nervously answering questions about their job or their ex,
they are talking animatedly about
climate change and Brexit.
The event, dubbed “policy
speed dating”, has been organised by a think-tank called Agora,
which has been set up by students
and young professionals in London. It aims to give young people
a direct impact on politics by producing policy recommendations
on issues that matter to them.
T h e s e re co m m e n d at i o n s
should catch the attention of politicians, who are starting to notice
the soaring value of the youth
vote. In June’s general election,
Jeremy Corbyn’s pledge to scrap
university tuition fees helped
him overwhelmingly win over the
under-30s. In response, the Government made a pitch to youth
at their autumn conference by
pledging to freeze tuition fees and
extend a scheme to help first-time
property buyers.
Agora is a response to what
it claims is a widening gap
between the agendas at Westminster and the priorities of the
wider population.
“In recent votes, like the Brexit
referendum, we have seen that
the concerns of the young generation, for example, really differ
from politicians,” says co-founder
Pascal Roelcke. “There is a sense
that older people have been deciding the future of young people. We
want to promote the young voice
and give it a way to enter the political realm.”
Recent elections suggest that
politics is becoming polarised by
Now there’s
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A think-tank for students wants to help
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work on practical policies. By MattPickles
age. In this year’s general election,
18- to 24-year-olds voted Labour
by 51 per cent more than the average voter, while over-65s voted
Conservative by 32 per cent more
than the average. In 2010, these
figures were only 1 per cent and
13 per cent respectively. The last
Westminster election had the
highest youth turnout in 25 years.
Mr Roelcke says Agora will give
these voters a way to stay engaged
during the lull between elections.
“Young people may come together
for an election or a particular campaign,” he says. “But they disperse
afterwards because they have had
nowhere to go. Until now.”
He speaks from personal experience. He first got interested in
politics when his native Switzerland voted to ban the construction
of mosque minarets in 2009. He
wanted to do something, but found
political parties too hierarchical. “I realised that at my age and
being a new member, I couldn’t
do anything in the party,” he says.
“But in Agora, we are interested
in what someone is saying and not
who is saying it.”
Mr Roelcke’s project is the latest in a global network of what
it calls “grassroots” think-tanks
consisting mostly of young people.
The most advanced is Foraus,
which started in Switzerland eight
years ago. It aims to promote an
open and outward-looking foreign
policy, and its research papers
have been credited with influencing government policies. Today,
At my
age and
being a
new party
member, I
couldn’t do
anything
half of Switzerland’s diplomats
used to be members of the
think-tank.
Mr Roelcke hopes Agora’s
members will also go on to become
stars of British politics. “Everyone
who joins the think-tank will be
ingrained with a culture of grassroots participation, collaboration
and evidence-based policymaking,” he says. “We hope that one
day they will continue this culture
in government.”
Some think-tanks are criticised for lacking transparency
over how they are funded, being
secretly backed by shadowy business people pursuing their own
agendas. But Agora has been designed to avoid these problems. It
welcomes all political affiliations
– the only requirement is that
people support their ideas with
evidence. Members vote on what
topics they should promote, and
any member can suggest an idea.
A background in politics or an
educational qualification is not
necessary to join.
Agora’s core work is to produce
policy papers, written for a general audience but targeted at policymakers, on themes such as foreign
policy, Brexit, climate change, migration, defence and security.
It hopes to give young people
different skills to those they learn
at university: PhD students and
more senior researchers at Agora
will guide new members through
the process of researching and
writing a policy paper.
“Students often leave universities unable to put their knowledge into practice,” says Mr
Roelcke.“AtAgora,theywillgetthe
experience of being part of a research group.”
Within the next year, Agora
wants to open up regional branches around the UK so that a wider
spectrum of voices are represented in their policy proposals.
More “youth” think-tanks are
planned for the US, Austria, and
Ireland. By the time its founders
are middle-aged, they hope to
have set up similar think-tanks on
every continent.
“If more governments have access to research-based advice,
young people’s ideas, and a spirit
of openness, we can achieve more
balanced and inclusive global politics,” says Mr Roelcke.
Alongside these serious aims,
Agora wants to put some fun
back into politics by avoiding the
traditional structures of political
organisations. Rather than sitting
through long committee meetings
to decide on a course of action,
members vote on policies using
social media or online surveys.
Suits and ties are rarely seen at its
events. When they host visits from
politicians, the traditional “panel
discussion” is generally avoided.
Instead, they have introduced
initiatives like “policy speed-dating” to get members to meet and
exchange ideas with others. And
as long as people are open to new
ideas then, unlike real speed-dating, they don’t have to worry about
being rejected.
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“And we just looked each other
and said: ‘How weird is this?’” says
Shearsmith. “Once we were past that,
it was great.”
The Local Shop is, of course, the dark
heart of Royston Vasey, home to Tubbs
and Edward and their fellow oddities
and psychopaths in The League of
Gentlemen, which returns to television
next week for the first time since 2002.
“The League” never officially split
up but other projects – Psychoville
and Inside No 9 for Shearsmith and
Pemberton, Sherlock for Mark Gatiss
and West End hit Ghost Stories for
Jeremy Dyson – took over. “We’d
come to the bottom of the well,” says
Shearsmith, 48. “It was just a rest and
it lasted 15 years.”
This year marks the sketch show’s
20th anniversary with the BBC – it first
aired on Radio 4 – which was a good
excuse to do what they’d threatened
for years, and get back together.
Fans will be delighted to see all of
the old favourites return, including
shopkeepers/serial killers Tubbs and
Edward, eccentric Auntie Val, Mr
Chinnery the incompetent vet and
Restart officer Pauline and her pens.
Watching the first of three half-hour
episodes, filmed in the same bleak
street in Hadfield, Derbyshire, set to
the same funky score by Joby Talbot,
it’s like they have never been away.
“That’s exactly the feeling we thought
would be right – if it felt like it was just
on again,” says Shearsmith, who, for
all his Grand Guignol exuberance onscreen, is a rather modest presence off
it. When they all got back together, he
says, it felt like nothing had changed.
The only difference is that they are all
more squeamish now. “We can’t watch
these horrible Saw films. I avert my
eyes now – a little old man in a chair.”
The quartet toyed with the idea of
a knowing, “meta-textual”, return –
where the inhabitants of Royston Vasey
were being filmed by a documentary
crew – but opted to play it straight, or
as straight as they get.
To that end the sets and costumes had
to be recreated, though Shearsmith had
kept one crucial prop safe. “I came in
with a little box and said: ‘This is Geoff’s
original ’tache – I’d like to use it, please.’
But a lot of it was a case of, ‘Right, we’ve
got to find these wigs again’. The great
thing is that we haven’t let ourselves
go so much that we don’t look like the
characters any more.”
It wasn’t all japes: reprising Edward,
with his distinctive pig-nose, meant that
Shearsmith’s own nose got infected.
“The end got torn off when I pulled the
wig tape off. There was a big scab for
weeks. Suffering, literally, for the art.”
In the new episodes, Royston Vasey
itself is under threat from boundary
changes. Gatiss has drawn parallels
between Brexit Britain and the town
that likes to keep outsiders out.
“A local shop for local people. There’s
something there,” says Shearsmith.
“The ethos of this country has caught up
with Tubbs and Edward, unbelievably.
“One of our first thoughts was that
Royston Vasey would be even worse
now – more derelict and in decline.
And that tells you something about
the climate. We’ve never been
about wielding an axe with our
grotesquerie, it was never
really about politics. But by
happenstance it’s there.”
Time has caught up with
Royston Vasey in other ways,
too. Trans taxi driver Babs,
with her gruff voice and
hairy chest, is from another
comedy era. “There’s a
question mark over all of it, if
you get into the grey areas of
everyone’s particular taste,”
says Shearsmith mildly.
In the case of Babs, they
tackle changing attitudes headon but they never considered, for
example, casting women in any of
the female parts. “We were a threeman troupe (with Jeremy writing),
and we just played all the parts. We
didn’t try to do it like drag. I play Stella
like a real northern woman. The funny
thing isn’t that there is a man dressed
as a woman – that’s not the joke. We
always tried to imbue them with as
much truth as possible.”
It seems unlikely that a
comedy so bizarre, dark
and grotesque would
b e c o m m i s s i o n e d n o w.
Shearsmith agrees. “It’s
hard now to have a singular
voice… to write a drama
without having it go through
a process which tries to cater
to everyone and ultimately
caters for no one.”
Growing up in Hull, he
wanted to be an artist, but
a turn as St Boniface in a
school play ignited a “burning
desire” to act, and he studied
drama at Yorkshire’s Bretton
Hall. “I always say it’s like having a
degree in washing up. A nebulous
thing.” Pemberton and Gatiss
were in the year above; Dyson
was at nearby Leeds University.
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Left: Steve Pemberton as Tubbs and
Reece Shearsmith as Edward; inset, the
real Shearsmith; below, series four of
‘Inside No 9’ BEN BLACKALL/JAMES STACK/
MATT BURLEM/ BBC/SOPHIE MUTEVELIAN
After graduating, Shearsmith
got a job as apprentice to the makeup artist Christopher Tucker, who
created The Elephant Man. His job
was to mould bespoke masks for The
Phantom of the Opera. It explains a
lot about Shearsmith’s penchant for
transforming himself, part to part.
“Even now,” he admits. “I’m not very
comfortable being me.”
When Pemberton asked him to
design a poster for his theatre company,
606, the pair started writing dark
sketches with the other two and in 1994,
above a pub, The League of Gentlemen
was born.
They took a show up to the Edinburgh
Fringe, won the Perrier Award in 1997,
got picked up by the BBC and never
looked back.
“It seems quite revered now but at
the time, it was always a niche thing. It
didn’t get big like Little Britain. It was
always BBC2, quite cultish.”
When they took a break in 2005,
Pemberton and Shearsmith wrote two
series of Psychoville. When that was
not re-commissioned for a third, they
Wee set
ourselves a
challenge.
Shall we
just write a
funny one?
came up with the idea of Inside No 9, an
anthology in the style of Play for Today
or Tales of the Unexpected. Each episode
is set in a “No 9” – a house, a railway
cabin, a karaoke booth or the like.
The fourth series opens with a
typically challenging scenario – a
Shakespearean “uber-farce” set in a
hotel corridor with nine doors. It is,
naturally, all in iambic pentameter.
There is also one about an old comedy
double act reuniting – their first twohander. “That was very poignant to do…
There were some resonances.”
“We set ourselves a challenge in
series four of ‘shall we just write a
funny one?’ And it never comes out
that way,” says Shearsmith. “It always
feels slightly lacking when it’s simply
one thing. It never feels like you get that
emotional grab if you’ve not mined it for
something deeper.”
Three acclaimed BBC series in,
Shearsmith still doesn’t see himself as
a writer. “It’s always just a means to an
end, really. To write things so I can be in
them. No one else would ever cast me in
all these great parts I write for myself.”
That’s not true – what about The
Widower, in which he played murderer
Malcolm Webster? Or his recent turns
on the London stage in The Dresser
and Hangmen? “It’s nice when you’re
thought of for dramas because they’ve
got their set of people they go to,” he
says. “We’re our own worst enemy in a
way – by being too versatile, you don’t
get noticed.”
He is about to go to New York to
reprise his role in Hangmen. It will be
his Broadway debut, but he is most
worried about leaving his wife, Jane,
and two teenage children. “I never
go anywhere. I’m very homely and I
orchestrate my life so I don’t spend a
night away.”
He now has his eye on a more
mainstream hit. “The holy grail would
be to do a version of a BBC1 comedy,
written by me and Steve, that suddenly
everyone knows about. No 9 is great
but it has its limited, blinkered appeal.
In people’s minds we’re quite dark
and we’ll always be that. So it would
be lovely to think of a way of doing
our world that’s a bit more broad. But
maybe there simply isn’t a way, because
then it wouldn’t be our world.”
‘The League of Gentlemen’ starts on 18
December on BBC2 at 10pm; ‘Inside No
9’ returns to BBC2 on 2 January at 10pm
A Gallic ‘Broadchurch’
that is not short on
suspense or knitwear
» Vanished by the Lake Channel 4, 10pm
» Detectorists BBC Four, 10pm
A
beautiful waterside
location. A weary-looking
detective who arrives
mysteriously from the
metropolis with ghosts in their
closet. A small village where
everyone knows everyone and yet
is still a vipers’ nest of secrets. A
missing teenager, increasingly
presumed dead. A family ripped
apart by growing suspicions.
The plot line for French 2015
thriller, Vanished by the Lake,
newly arrived from Walter
Presents, might sound on paper
like a Gallic Broadchurch. And in
many ways it is, but with much
better-looking people and lots of
lovely cashmere. This is France
and not Dorset, after all. While
detectives Alex Hardy and Ellie
Miller shuffled around wearing
badly-fitting suits and looking
aggressively bedraggled, Parisian
detective Lise Stocker wafts
around in a state of immaculate
déshabillé, all tailored coats and
non-holey jumpers.
Even her mother, showing early
signs of dementia, and who is the
reason Stocker has returned to her
childhood home, is still well-turned
out and frantic mother, Karine
Deval, wears quietly sexy T-shirts.
However, the real beauty in the
show is the Lac de Sainte-Croix
location, over which Stocker
sweeps somewhat incongruously in
a paraglider with her ex, Thomas,
whose new girlfriend, is the sphinxlike pharmacist who earlier on
Itt sometimes looked
more like a holiday
advert for the Var
region of France
refused to supply Stocker with
some drugs without a prescription.
It could all amount to something
too improbably perfect for the dirty
business of secrets and lies, and the
drama sometimes looked more like
a holiday advert for the Var region
of South East France.
Thankfully, Armelle Deutsch
as mother Karine brought some
emotional veracity to her messy
distress and raw anxiety.
What Vanished by the Lake lacked
in reality or humour, it made up for
in precision-tooled suspense. The
potential suspects piled-up along
with the back-story of the two
girls who went missing from the
same town 15-years ago and whom,
spookily, Stocker was also friends
with. It all started to feel less about
murder and more about memory,
Stylish thriller: Lannick Gautry
plays Clovis Bouvier and Barbara
Schulz plays Lise Stocker CHANNEL 4
what we choose to remember or
more critically to forget, and what
might come back to haunt us.
Memories are a rather more
gentle, romantic notion in
Detectorists. The French painter
Matisse once said his ideal was to
create work that had “a soothing,
calming influence on the mind,
rather like a good armchair”,
a description that could easily
also apply to Mackenzie Crook’s
note-perfect study of men and
their hobbies.
In the final of what Crook
has said is the last series of the
critically-acclaimed comedy,
there was some pleasing tying
up of knots, and some unabashed
romanticism. All of which could
have tipped over into cloying selfawareness if it weren’t for the
depth of talent in the cast.
Club president Terry, played by
Gerard Horan, proudly published
his book, “Common Buttons of
North West Essex” while boasting
of a new gazebo that was 3m by
9m. Wife Sheila (the hilarious
Sophie Thomson) cracked open her
lemonade. Even rivals Terra Firma
(played with a brilliantly sinister
edge by Simon Farnaby and Paul
Casar) were welcomed into the
field for one final sweep.
But it was Andy and Lance who
got to share a poetic moment.
“Metal detecting is the closest
thing you get to time travel,”
declared Lance. “We unearth
the scattered memories.” Andy,
for once, decided not to take the
mickey, before they strode off into
another gentle North Essex sunset,
leaving behind a fine TV legacy.
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Oliver Alvin-Wilson
in Anne Washburn’s
adaptation of the cult
CBS television series
Arts
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Arts
reviews
THEATRE
The Twilight Zone
ALMEIDA THEATRE, LONDON
set dangling above the action)
and the proceedings are played
out in a box wallpapered with
intergalactic vistas.
The show kicks off with an
episode in a diner where a bus full
of strangers, stranded in the snow,
has sought refuge. There has been
a report of a UFO and there are
tracks leading to the diner. Which
of them is the alien? Cold War
paranoia; space-travel anxiety;
fear of sexuality; worries about
surgery and psychiatry – the gang
is all here.
Jones’s excellent cast –
including John Marquez, Matthew
Needham, Amy Griffiths and
Cosmo Jarvis – know just when to
play things straight and when to
camp up the portentousness. You
might call these period-pieces, if
it weren’t for the way they tap into
our own neuroses or flicker with
current political concerns. In one
episode, alarming bigotry erupts
between neighbours over which of
them has the right to use the one
available nuclear bunker when the
country is put on alert for Armageddon. “You’re a foreign person
and I don’t mean anything racial
by that. It’s just a fact.”
A little girl strays into the
Fourth Dimension and has to
be rescued by the family dog. A
jittery man who forces himself to
stay awake for days at a time so
as to fend off erotic dreams about
Maja, the Cat Woman. An astronaut and a space scientist fall in
love in the weeks before he goes
off on a 52-year mission.
There are some droll illusions
and running gags. Ghost stories
are traditional at this time of year
and as a Yuletide offering, this is
a witty and piquant alternative to
forced jollity.
To 27 January (020 7359 4404)
PAUL TAYLOR
VISUAL ARTS
Bomberg
PALLANT HOUSE GALLERY,
CHICHESTER
The gallery marks the 60th
anniversary of David Bomberg’s
death, illustrating the
development in the artist’s own
work as well as his achievement
within British Modernism through
more than 60 works representing
all significant periods of his career,
including his times at the Slade as
part of the “Crisis of Brilliance”
generation and his role as a war
artist in both World Wars.
(01243 774557) to 4 Feb
Red Star over Russia:
a Revolution in Visual
Culture 1905-55
TATE MODERN, LONDON SE1
A mountain of visual memorabilia
from the February Revolution
to the death of Stalin, telling
the story of how the Soviet
Union tried to create a new
visual identity in the service
of the revolution. Artists and
designers such as El Lissitzky
and Rodchenko put their talents
to the service of what they hoped
would become a transformative
collective endeavour.
(020 7887 8888) to 18 Feb
FILM
Happy End
15, MICHAEL HANEKE, 108MINS
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Michael Haneke is, as ever,
utterly relentless in probing away
at hypocrisies, bad faith and
unhappiness in this film about a
family of wealthy industrialists
– among them a 12-year-old who
has just poisoned her mother,
a ruthless matriarch (Isabelle
Huppert), and a grandfather
(Jean-Louis Trintignant) who
yearns to die. Haneke leaves it up
to us to work out the roots of their
discontent. Nationwide release
Les Arts
Florissants
Carla Bruni
Suburbicon
UNION CHAPEL, LONDON
15, GEORGE CLOONEY, 104 MINS
BARBICAN, LONDON
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Anne Washburn made a big
impact at this address a few years
ago with her play, Mr Burns, a piece
in which the “Cape Feare” episode
of The Simpsons becomes the basis
of post-apocalyptic culture. Now
the American dramatist is back
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William Christie and his
Paris-based ensemble Les
Arts Florissants drew from
Monteverdi’s final work, Selva
morale e spirituale (“Moral and
spiritual forest”), a very suitable
title for this capacious anthology
of hymns, psalms, motets, sacred
madrigals, and solo songs.
Composed while Monteverdi
was choirmaster at St Mark’s
in Venice, these works are
astonishingly varied and
reflect his supreme artistry.
His two-minute madrigal E
questa vita un lampo (“This life is
a flash of lightning”) expressed
huge philosophical ideas in a
nutshell: its first two lines go
like the wind, then it broadens
out in an expansive largo, before
expiring in an explosion of busy
counterpoint.
With eight singers and seven
instrumentalists, Christie
presented this refined amalgam
of music and poetry in all
its sophisticated emotional
ambivalence.
MICHAEL CHURCH
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with her take on another TV show.
The Almeida had the smart idea
of commissioning her to adapt
The Twilight Zone, the cult CBS
television series which, between
1959 and 1964 spooked audiences
with its crackly black-and-white
mix of sci-fi, supernatural fantasy
A fortnight shy of her 50th
birthday, Carla Bruni finally
played her first British concert in
a North London church adorned
with candles and a Christmas tree.
Up until tonight, her most
memorable appearance in the
capital was a 2008 state visit as
First Lady of France, a role which
raised her profile but hampered
her career.
On her latest album, French
Touch, she’s targeted an international audience by singing covers
in English. At the Union Chapel,
her rendition of Depeche Mode’s
“Enjoy the Silence” was alluring,
while a sensitive interpretation
of Willie Nelson’s “Crazy” steered
clear of sentimentality.
At times, the Italian-French
singer’s choices seemed brave or
maybe just foolhardy. A jaunty,
Gallic take on “Perfect Day”
featuring an accordion was all
wrong – and things threatened to
get worse. “I don’t know if I should
be singing The Clash in London,”
said Bruni, as she launched into
their loping tune “Jimmy Jazz”.
Yet her finger-clicking version
sounded like she was a genuine
fan of the punk rockers.
and horror. Washburn has created
a mash-up of eight of the original
shows, the strands interwoven in
ways that increase the tension and
sense of foreboding.
We view Richard Jones’s
monochrome production through
a TV-shaped aperture (there’s a
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George Clooney’s finest film as
a director since Good Night, and
Good Luck. Co-scripted by the
Coen brothers, this 1950s-set
drama is both wildly entertaining
in its own macabre, violent fashion
and also very perceptive about
racism and hypocrisy in middleclass white America. Julianne
Moore and Matt Damon star.
Nationwide release
TALKS & POETRY
Anthony Quinn
WATERSTONES, BELFAST
First lady: Bruni’s UK debut was an intimate night of English covers and
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Switching to French-langauge
songs, Bruni and her talented
band created a captivating intimacy, even if it was impossible to
avoid a mental image of her serenading husband Nicolas Sarkozy
with her breathy, yearning vocals
on “J’arrive a Toi”. “All I have is love
songs,” she simpered. It was lapped
up by the French fans, along
with her warm tribute to Johnny
Hallyday, whose funeral she had
attended in Paris that morning.
While she looked out of her
depth during a bizarre attempt at
AC/DC’s “Highway to Hell”, Bruni’s
easy charm meant you overlooked
the musical mishaps. For the
encore, she ascended to the pulpit
(“I just can’t resist”) for Leonard
Cohen’s hymnal “Hallelujah”. It was
a send-off that earned an adoring
standing ovation for the First Lady
of sultry French pop.
RICK PEARSON
EVENING STANDARD
The writer discusses the latest
instalment in his Inspector Celcius
Daly series, Undertow, which
finds the detective investigating
a policeman’s suicide.
(028 9024 0159) tonight 6.30pm
Feeling Sound:
Evelyn Glennie
BRITISH LIBRARY, LONDON NW1
Percussionist Evelyn Glennie,
who lost almost all of her hearing
by the age of 12, is in conversation
with neuroscientist Colin
Blakemore in this discussion and
demonstration, running as part
of the British Library’s Season of
Sound. (0843 208 1144) tonight 7pm
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but 2015’s galvanic The Day
Is My Enemy suggests the
Ed-Sheeran’s-Christmas-jumper
years are still some way off yet.
Apollo, Manchester (gigsandtours.
com) tonight; Dome, Doncaster
(gigsandtours.com) Fri
OPERA
Rigoletto
ROYAL OPERA HOUSE, LONDON WC2
COMEDY
Daniel Kitson
VARIOUS VENUES
Daniel Kitson – master storyteller,
mellifluous wordsmith, comedy
pioneer – spreads the joy in his
own singular way in A Show about
Christmas. The Y, Leicester (0116
255 7066) tonight; Dancehouse,
Manchester (0161 237 9753) Fri
POP
King Krule
VARIOUS VENUES
Peckham punk poet Archy
Marshall returns with more
blurry dispatches from the murky
side of south-east London’s nightlife on his second album as King
Krule. Marshall grabs a barstool
between Tom Waits and Jamie
T to pour out the indie-rock, jazz
and dubstep cocktails of The Ooz.
Academy, Manchester (seetickets.
com) tonight; SWG3, Glasgow
(seetickets.com) Fri
to unite all-comers as one vocal
whole. Brixton Academy, London
SW9 (seetickets.com) tonight;
Wulfrun Hall, Wolverhampton
(seetickets.com) Fri
Dinosaur Jr
GORILLA, MANCHESTER
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. (seetickets.com) tonight
The Cribs
ULU, LONDON WC1
Following the 10th-anniversary
celebrations of Men’s Needs,
Women’s Needs, Whatever,
Wakefield’s brothers Jarman
return refreshed with a new
album, 24/7 Rock Star Shit, which
compensates for what it lacks in
self-reinvention with stalwart
reserves of galvanic punk-pop
snark. (gigsandtours.com) to Sat
Gogol Bordello
VARIOUS VENUES
The Prodigy
“Roll over, Darwin/ Tell Descartes
the news!” Back with wit and wiry
energy sparking on Seekers and
Finders, Eugene Hutz leads his
Gypsy-punk massive in a tumult
of reggae, rap, folk, mariachi,
salsa and country influences,
dispatched with the express intent
VARIOUS VENUES
Bulldozing a path between
splenetic breakbeats, scything
synths and metal-head riffs,
Braintree’s foremost electropunks return. Their seasonal
showings are becoming
dangerously close to a tradition,
Following the death last month of
Dmitri Hvorostovsky, the Greek
baritone Dimitri Platanias sings
the hunchbacked jester in all
performances of the latest
Royal Opera revival of David
McVicar’s salacious staging
of Verdi’s vendetta-driven
tragedy. Alexander Joel
conducts, Sofia Fomina sings
Gilda, Michael Fabiano the Duke.
(020 7304 4000) tonight 7.30pm
FOLK & ROOTS
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.
Cumberland Arms, Newcastle
(0191 265 1725) tonight; Greystones,
Sheffield (0114 266 5599) Fri
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First
Chance
Imperium
SWAN THEATRE,
STRATFORD-UPON-AVON
Robert Harris’s West Wing-intogas trilogy centred on Cicero
provides the source for these
six plays, performed as a pair of
trilogies, with a running time that
exceeds seven hours. Director
Gregory Doran for the most part
maintains a zippy fluency in a
turbulent story of legal wranglings
and bitter rivalries that is full of
incident and often violent.
(01789 403493) to 10 Feb
Opening
next month
THEATRE
The Birthday Party
HAROLD PINTER THEATRE, LONDON SW1
Ian Rickson’s staging of Pinter’s
black comedy stars Toby Jones
and Zoë Wanamaker. (atgtickets.com)
9 Jan to 14 Apr
Young Marx
BRIDGE THEATRE, LONDON SE1
The Bridge Theatre gets off to a
whizzing, witty start with a show
that reunites the team behind One
Man, Two Guvnors. Richard Bean
and Clive Coleman have come up
with a wily comedy that presents
us with the author of Das Kapital
not as the venerable economist of
later repute but as a 32-year-old
refugee: chaotic, penniless and
newly arrived in Soho. Rory
Kinnear is on glorious form as
Marx. (0843 208 1846) to 31 Dec
DANCE
Sleeping Beauty
MAYFLOWER, SOUTHAMPTON
Birmingham Royal Ballet’s staging.
(023 8071 1811) 31 Jan to 3 Feb
COMEDY
Jim Jeffries
VARIOUS VENUES
The vitriolic Aussie will be in Europe
for an eight-night tour of the UK
and Ireland. (jimjefferies.com/events)
18 to 25 Jan
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Belshazzar’s Feast
VARIOUS VENUES
Messrs Sartin and Hutchinson
deliver great songs between
stand-up routines and outstanding
instrumental dexterity. Expect
to hear from both their highly
recommended Christmas albums,
Frost Bites and Stocking Fillers.
Cecil Sharp House, London
NW1 (020 7485 2206) tonight;
Tuppenny Barn, Southbourne
(01243 377 780) Fri
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one thing today
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ECONOMY
Wages decline with growth
lagging behind inflation
By Josie Cox
Weekly earnings across the UK grew
at an annual rate of 2.5 per cent in the
three months to October, up on last
month’s figure but still undershooting inflation and spelling an eighth
consecutive month of declining real
wages for UK workers.
Data from the Office for National
Statistics showed that wage growth
was well below the 3.1 per cent
inflation rate for October – a near
six-year high – reported earlier this
week. Real earnings decreased by 0.2
per cent including bonuses, and by
0.4 per cent excluding bonuses.
“This is not very welcoming news
especially ahead of a major festival
season when consumers usually
try to take advantage of Christmas
sales,” said Naeem Aslam, chief
market analyst at financial services
company Think Markets. “The
only silver lining is that inflation
has probably peaked and the fall in
sterling, which is the primary reason
for higher inflation, is already passed
on to the consumers,” he said.
The data separately showed
that the UK’s unemployment rate
In the worst case of
inflation Hungary was hit
by a 41,900,000,000,000,00 per
cent price rise in 1946. Prices rose
by 350 per cent per day during
the Great Depression.
employment was not due to a rise
in the number of people classed as
economically inactive.
“Regular pay growth, which is a
better indicator of underlying trends,
only edged up slightly to 2.3 per cent
and remains well below the latest
consumer price inflation rate of 3.1
fell marginally – by 0.1 percentage per cent. Real pay levels continue to
points – to 4.3 per cent in the
be squeezed, and we expect this
three months to October,
to persist for at least the first
compared with the
half of 2018,” he said.
p r e v i o u s q u a r t e r,
In early November,
representing a jointthe Bank of England
lowest unemployment
raised interest rates
annual rate of
rate since 1975.
for the first time in
growth of weekly
But the number of
a decade, but two
earnings in the UK,
people in work also
members of the nineagainst
October’s
declined by 56,000,
person Monetary
inflation rate of
representing the
Policy Committee voted
3.1 per cent
biggest quarterly drop in
in favour of holding rates
more than two years.
steady, arguing that there
John Hawksworth, chief
was not enough evidence of
economist at PwC, said that the wages picking up yet.
figures indicated that the “great
The MPC is due to meet again on
British jobs boom of recent years Thursday, although no change in
may be running out of steam”.
rates is thought to be likely until well
He pointed out that the declining into next year. THE INDEPENDENT
2.5%
RETAIL
High cost of
new mobiles
blamed for
fall in profits
By Stephen Little
Quote of
the day
It’s not about the
qualifications, it’s
about education.
I’ve been able
to work with
great people
and learned
from them
Mark Dixon
The IWG boss believes
that business creation is
key to social mobility
The 30
Second
Briefing
by Admiral Insurance, the price of
alcohol has risen an almighty 535
per cent, with chocolates and sweets
soaring another 425 per cent during
the period.
We all know that Christmas can
be pricey.
So pricey, in fact, that the cost of
Christmas has risen by 97 per cent in
the last 40 years.
Why does it cost so much?
Across the board, inflation rates
have soared among fast-moving
consumable goods since the
Brexit vote. Yet the doleful price of
Christmas cannot be laid at the EU
exit’s door. Since the 2008 economic
crash, Christmas inflation has risen
by 32 per cent, which has added on
the pounds.
Forty years is a long time ago. What
does that mean in real terms
According to the survey, conducted
Surely there are a few ways to save
some money. Is cutting out the meat
or the booze the answer?
CHRISTMAS
PRICES
Unfortunately not. It appears that
alcohol-free drinks have risen 25 per
cent this decade, in comparison to a
19 per cent rise in alcoholic drinks.
Meat and meat-free options are
neck and neck in the statistics, with
both costing 25 per cent more than
in 2007.
What’s the best way to save money?
According to the survey, it is cutting
out pantomimes. Ticket prices have
risen 91 per cent in the past year.
Is it time to cancel Christmas?
Don’t be such a Scrooge. The
insurers advise shopping in the sales
to get those festive goods to make it
less costly. It is time to make Boxing
Day the new Christmas.
Dixons Carphone is set to scale back
its mobile phone operations after
seeing its pre-tax profits plummet
by more than 60 per cent in the six
months to the end of October.
The group, which owns Currys,
Carphone Warehouse and PC World,
said it was repositioning its mobile
business to deliver a “simpler, less
capital-intensive” operation. It
posted pre-tax profits of £61m for the
26 weeks to 28 October, down from
£154m for the same period a year ago.
Following the announcement
yesterday morning, shares in Dixons
Carphone went up by more than 7
per cent. Dixons Carphone said that
it had been hit by a tougher mobile
phone market, with
sales down 3 per cent
in the first half of its
financial year.
It said higher
handset costs
meant customers
were holding on
to their phones for
longer and choosing to
switch to SIM-only contracts rather
than get a new handset. The late
launch of the iPhone X (inset) also
pushed some sales into the second
half of the financial year.
“ We r e c o g n i s e t h a t t h e
performance of the mobile division
needs addressing, and are taking
action to adapt our model to cement
our place in a changing world,” said
group chief executive Seb James.
“We will update the market on
these developments in due course.
We believe that we can reduce the
complexity and capital intensity of
our mobile business model.”
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VOICES
18-22
TV
36-37
IQ
38-47
BUSINESS SPORT
48-51
56-64
SPORTSWEAR
PENSIONS
Shareholders oppose £11m
payout to Ashley’s brother
Workers in 50s
and 60s yet to
save for their
retirement
i THURSDAY
14 DECEMBER 2017
By Ben Woods
By Vicky Shaw
Shareholders in Sports Direct have
dealt the chief executive Mike Ashley
a bloody nose after overwhelmingly
opposing plans to hand his brother an
£11m back payment.
Independent investors voted
70.7 per cent against the proposal
designed to bring the pay of John
Ashley – a former IT director at
Sports Direct – in line with other
senior executives who helped to build
the company.
The scandal-hit retailer had called
a general meeting at its Shirebrook
headquarters in Derbyshire in
response to a joint investigation
by its legal advisers RPC and the
accountants Smith & Williamson,
which found that the brother was
due the bonus after being underpaid
when the business was floated on the
stock market in 2007.
The findings of the inquiry claim
John Ashley had not been given
the extra money he was owed while
working for Sports Direct because of
concerns over public relations.
While Sports Direct’s founder
Mike Ashley and the rest of the board
abstained from voting, they were
“supportive” of John Ashley being
given the money.
In a statement, Sports Direct said:
“The board trusts that shareholders
will welcome the steps taken to
Sports Direct
boss Mike Ashley
has had to
explain working
conditions at
the company to
MPs PA
reassure them that John Ashley
did not benefit inappropriately
from being the brother of majority
shareholder Mike Ashley.
“The board has provided
t h e c o m p a ny ’s i n d e p e n d e n t
shareholders the opportunity
to determine whether or not to
make a retrospective payment to
John Ashley.
“John was actually disadvantaged
by approximately £11m after he
forewent bonuses that he would have
received if he were treated equally to
other executives who helped to build
the company. The board respects the
views of the company’s independent
shareholders, and considers all these
matters to be closed. We now intend
to move on.”
The Department for
Business named and
shamed Sports Direct in a report
revealing that the company owed
£167,036 to 383 workers.
INFRASTRUCTURE
Carillion to sell healthcare business to Serco
By Ravender Sembhy
The troubled infrastructure giant
Carillion has struck a deal to offload
the bulk of its healthcare division to
Serco for £47m.
Carillion, which is embroiled in
a crisis that has involved profits
Outlook
JIM
ARMITAGE
Serco’s profits are
bound to pick up
in the long run
O
n the desk of Serco’s
chief executive, Rupert
Soames, is a loo brush
marked “shitometer” .
As the jovial grandson of
Winston Churchill puts it: “I rattle it
when we’re in the shit.”
Luckily, after a host of scandals
before his arrival, from billing
warnings and the departure of its
chief executive, said the deal is part
of its plan to offload £300m of noncore assets.
C a r i l l i o n’s U K h e a l t h c a r e
facilities management contracts
and assets include 15 sites that will
be transferred to Serco on a phased
basis. The firm said that annual
profits are set to be “materially lower
than current market expectations”
as it grapples with a string of
delays and smaller than expected
improvements to contract margins.
It revealed in September that losses
had swollen to £1.2bn.
taxpayers for ankle-tagging nonexistent prisoners to incompetence
on NHS work, the bog cleaner has
been silently gathering dust for
a while.
When he came on board in 2015,
the word in some circles was that
Serco was going bust. But his arrival,
followed soon after by a £500m
fundraiser from the City and £1.4bn
of writedowns, threw a lifeline to the
outsourcing behemoth.
Since then, he has been busily
hacking out unprofitable contracts
and getting his overheads down
to a level at which the company
can survive.
Today’s numbers showed debt
slightly lower than most analysts
feared, the outlook for profits slightly
better and cashflow turning positive
next year.
Soames is also capitalising on the
near-death experience of Carillion
by snapping up its management
contracts on more than 50 NHS
facilities. The trouble is, as with all
companies relying on governments
for their cash, Serco will always find
itself at the whim of politicians.
Austerity hits contracts here,
uncertainty on Obamacare in
the US threatens its work there.
Today, Soames says Brexit is
keeping Whitehall too busy to issue
new contracts.
All this has meant Serco’s recovery
has been slower than investors
As with all companies
rellying on governments...
Serco will always find itself
at the whim of politicians
hoped. Markets for outsourcing are
way below the usual growth rates of
5 per cent to 6 per cent.
But populations are growing and
living longer. So, for a business that
processes and runs facilities for
people – be they in prisons, asylum
centres or hospitals – you have to
Nearly one in five workers aged
in their 50s and 60s is going
through a “mid-life savings crisis”,
research suggests.
A survey for Aviva found that 18
per cent of workers in this age group
said they were unable to save anything for their retirement, as everyday living put too great a strain on
their finances.
Aviva’s Real Retirement report
found 64 per cent of workers in their
50s are yet to ramp up their pension
saving in the run-up to retirement.
Just over half (54 per cent) of those
in their 60s – who may have passed
the eligible state pension age – are yet
to increase the amounts they are saving into their retirement fund.
More than 3,300 over-50s were included in the report.
Lindsey Rix, managing director
for savings and retirement at Aviva,
said: “As the cost of living creeps up
and wage growth continues to slow,
saving for retirement in the current
climate is particularly challenging.
“Saving for retirement can all too
easily take a back seat in terms of financial priorities.”
Inflation has climbed to its highest level since March 2012, spelling
more misery for households facing a
squeeze on their finances.
A Department for Work and Pensions spokesman said: “Our pensions
reforms are setting millions of people
on the path to a financially secure retirement. But we know that many still
aren’t building up enough savings, so
we are increasing contributions in
April 2018, and again in April 2019.”
54%
of the over-60s surveyed had yet
to increase the amounts they are
putting into a retirement fund
predict things will pick up in the
long run.
As for Brexit, it may be a nightmare
for mandarins now, but when it’s
done, Britain will have to duplicate
the work of more than 34 EU
regulatory bodies. Utterly inefficient
and wasteful for the British taxpayer,
but full of outsourcing promise
for Serco.
More quiet times beckon for
Soames’s loo brush.
It’s hard to be so optimistic about
Dixons Carphone’s long-term
outlook. Shoppers are keeping
their phones for longer, so it’s tilting
towards white goods hooked up to the
Internet of Things.
Yet you only buy a new fridge every
10 years, and competition is vicious.
Dixons can cut costs through store
closures and other tricks, keeping
its dividend going for now. Getting
sales up and keeping the dividend
in future years will be harder.
EVENING STANDARD
49
From the
business
pages
Uber faces new
rival in Canada
The Toronto Star
San Francisco-based
ridesharing company Lyft
have launched their service
in Canada, making them the
first direct rival for Uber in the
country. Although Lyft has been
in operation in the US since
2014, the company is hoping to
win customers over in Toronto
by focusing on providing a
“people-centred experience”
in the city, which is the Ontario
provincial capital.
Saudi cinema deal
ends movies ban
South China Morning Post
Saudi Arabia has announced a
partnership with entertainment
giant AMC that will mean a
lifting of the country’s 35-year
ban on cinemas. Shares in
the American Movie Theater
Group, which has 11,000
screens across the globe, have
risen 3 per cent. The Saudi
government said the first films
could be released as early
as March.
Legal battle over
German road toll
Deutsche Welle
The Netherlands will join
Austria in taking Germany to
court over its road toll bill. The
countries will battle Germany
in the European Court of
Justice over its “infastructure
fee”, which will charge foreign
drivers on German roads. The
Netherlands is arguing that the
measure disrupts free traffic
flow and discriminates against
the neighbouring country.
Australian bank
faces court action
ABC News
The Commonwealth Bank
will be facing legal action
for breaching more than
53,000 statutory regulations.
Australia’s money-laundering
regulator Austrac is launching
legal action against the
country’s biggest bank, which
will have to defend more than
100 serious allegations against
its alleged failure to disclose
suspicious transactions
between November 2012 and
September 2015.
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BUSINESS
NEWS
2-35
AVIATION
TRAVEL
Brussels blocks
Lufthansa deal
TUI hotels and
ships are buoyant
Lufthansa will no longer be
able to buy Berlin airline
subsidiary Niki after the
European Commission said
it will not allow the deal. The
airline, founded by former
Formula 1 champion Niki
Lauda, could face closure after
the commission blocked the
deal, claiming Lufthansa would
overly dominate the market.
TUI is celebrating the success
of its own-brand hotels and
cruise ship arm after they
generated a third year of strong
growth for the brand. The
FTSE 100 travel group has
enjoyed an 11.7 per cent increase
in turnover to €18.5bn (£16.3bn)
in 2017. Underlying earnings,
before tax, increased 12 per cent
to €1.1bn.
LEISURE
LENDING
£20m Bear Grylls’
adventure started
SMEs struggling
to get funding
Merlin has begun work on a
£20m Bear Grylls attraction
in Birmingham. The
entertainment group is building
an 8,000sq m immersive
adventure land for children,
which will see kids zip-line
from a helicopter during the
experience. The group hopes
to expand the project in both
Europe and China.
Small and medium enterprises
(SMEs) are struggling to
get funding from lenders.
According to a report from
merchant bank Close Brothers,
only four out of ten businesses
are receiving funding from their
preferred lender, with a further
24 per cent saying that the type
of funding they had used was
too costly.
IQ
38-47
51
i THURSDAY
14 DECEMBER 2017
BUSINESS SPORT
48-51
56-64
The
Business
Matrix
The day at
a glance
TUI’s Sensatori
resort in Negril,
western Jamaica
A new Dawn for
Purplebricks
Britain’s biggest commercial
landlord, Aviva Investors, has
dropped its £200m property
trust listing following a glut of
stock-market debuts leaving
investors fatigued. The
company blamed “insufficient
demand” from retail investors
for calling time on the float.
Fast-growing online estate
agent Purplebricks has
enlisted Dawn French for its
new push on the UK market.
The comedian will voice the
firm’s new campaign to draw in
potential customers ahead of
the spring selling season, boss
Michael Bruce said.
continue to be very challenging
in 2018. The Bradford-based
group has blamed a combination
of factors denting consumer
confidence, including Brexit and
rising inflation.
***
Investment service Hargreaves
Lansdown rose to the top of
the market with a 4.4 per cent
increase yesterday, while the
mining company Glencore saw its
shares rise 1.89 per cent.
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4925.0
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570.5
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236.9
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7595.0
2677.5
411.3
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1708.0
1746.0
342.6
379.3
388.2
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1680.0
950.1
648.0
2335.0
1476.0
4136.5
467.3
651.0
533.5
177.3
6.3
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436.9
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2724.0
574.6
242.2
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3870.0
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1407.1
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5780.0
2037.5
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3067.5
740.0
4489.0
5110.0
164.1
3036.0
332.3
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266.1
67.4
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311.3
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366.6
2480.0
1724.0
214.5
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201.6
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750.0
2647.0
1836.5
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52338.0
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679.8
3956.5
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4497.0
5470.0
221.8
3511.0
369.8
1217.1
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73.6
4069.0
397.8
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537.5
2887.8
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254.4
1174.3
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3211.0
229.8
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2901.0
1933.5
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1784.0
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4226.6
994.5
290.5
2516.3
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20061.4
-3.9
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493.5
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518.2
431.8
3013.0
480.0
3534.2
3286.0
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269.6
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Solution, page 57
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Killer Sudoku No 1159
How to play Each row, column and 3 by 3 box must contain
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contained in a dotted area must match the number printed
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Melt the ghee or vegetable oil in a large
pan, add the curry leaves, pumpkin seeds
and garlic, and fry for 30 seconds, or
until the leaves start to crisp. Lift out
with a slotted spoon and reserve. Add
the onions and chicken to the pan, and
fry for 6-8 minutes until the onions
are browned and the chicken is cooked
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2 tbsp dried curry leaves
3 tbsp pumpkin seeds
3 cloves garlic, finely chopped
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350g pack chicken mini breast fillets
325g yellow split peas, rinsed
1 litre hot chicken stock
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11 Informer (Slang) (4)
15 Type of race (5-7)
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Why Top Notch
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short at Taunton
By Jon Freeman
RACING EDITOR
Of all the great horses that Nicky
Henderson has trained over four
decades, few will have given him as
much satisfaction as Top Notch.
Not because he is the best, Top
Notch won Henderson’s heart
because “he tries his socks off ”
and that sheer determination
has enabled him to overcome any
physical shortcomings.
A chaser normally needs to have a
bit of size and scope if he’s going to get
anywhere. Top Notch, says Henderson, has neither and so one cannot fail
to be impressed by what this gelding,
still only six, has accomplished.
There are of course, other examples of sporting su perstars small
of stature but huge of talent: Lionel
Messi, Gary Player, Sachin Tendulkar and Diego Maradona.
Good big ’uns don’t always beat
good little ’uns and early novicechase confidence-boosters quickly
led to a Grade One triumph for Top
Notch at Sandown last February before he beat all but Yorkhill in the JLT
Chase at the Cheltenham Festival.
But his best performance was a
faultless round of jumping and a
thumping of opponents at Ascot. If
Top Notch ever had a small horse
complex, he is well over it now.
He’ll be back at Cheltenham in
March for a crack at the Ryanair
Chase, but his route is via Taunton
today for the Peterborough Chaseand it will be a shock if he’s beaten.
Taunton, basking in a balmy nine
degrees, is guaranteed to get the
National Hunt show back on the
road after two blank days but Warwick and Newcastle need to pass
8am inspections.
top
tips
TAUNTON
1.05
1
2
3
4
5
6
7
DAVE CRIDDLE & BRISTOL AIRPORT CHASE (NOVICES’
LIMITED HANDICAP) (CLASS 4) £10,000 added 2m 7f
82466P
3-1562
5622-2
743-F2
63-P62
U2-211
37-336
KELVINGROVE (D) Jonjo O’Neill 7 11 8....................K Moore (3) C
BENDOMINGO N Twiston-Davies 6 11 5.................J Bargary (3)
SILENT STEPS (BF) P Nicholls 6 10 13................................H Cobden
NEVER LEARN C Tizzard 6 10 10 ............................. T Scudamore T
BRADFORD BRIDGE P Hobbs 5 10 10................................R Johnson
CUCKLINGTON C Tizzard 6 10 9................................. A Coleman B,T
ARTHUR BURRELL Miss J Du Plessis 8 10 3 .... James Best T
- 7 declared BETTING: 11-4 Silent Steps, 3-1 Cucklington, 9-2 Bradford Bridge, 5-1
Never Learn, 7-1 Bendomingo, 8-1 Kelvingrove, 20-1 Arthur Burrell.
1.35
DAVE CRIDDLE TRAVEL & WENDY WU TOURS
HANDICAP HURDLE (CLASS 4) £8,000 added 2m 104yds
1
64-933 NEW MILLENNIUM P Hobbs 4 11 12....................................R Johnson
2
12-90U LORD FENDALE (D) T Vaughan 8 11 12Miss Jodie Hughes (7) H
3
/146-4 MASTER VINTAGE R Phillips 9 11 11.............................. I Popham H
4 604-40 WHIN PARK B Pauling 5 11 10............................................................D Jacob
5
F66-95 PRIMO BLUE Noel Williams 7 11 10 ..................W Hutchinson H
6
2U47-1 TOBACCO ROAD (CD) D Pipe 7 11 9 ...................T Scudamore C,T
7
1359P7 I’LL BE YOUR CLOWN (D) S D Dixon 6 11 7...Mr G Treacy (7)
8
3555 HIDDEN OASIS Jonjo O’Neill 6 11 5.................Mr J J O’Neill (7) T
9
463-05 STATUS QUO H Fry 4 11 4 ..................................................K Edgar (3) H,T
10 2P1-PP JAUNTY INFLIGHT (C)(D) C Down 8 11 3 ....Nico De Boinville
11 9P-65U FRANZ KLAMMER C Longsdon 5 11 3...............Paul O’Brien (5)
12 0-6F11 OUR MERLIN (D) R Walford 5 11 3(14ex) ..........................H Cobden
13 -U63P3 MAID OF TUSCANY (D) N Mulholland 6 10 13 .........N Fehily C
14 328F26 OSCAR’S SONG (BF) D Skelton 6 10 12.........................H Skelton T
15 0595/0 EMPTY MARMALADES G L Moore 6 10 11.......Joshua Moore
16
5729 IL SICARIO W G M Turner 3 10 10...................Sean Houlihan (7)
17 344-50 MR LANDO (D) J Farrelly 8 10 9...................................... G Lavery (7) T
- 17 declared BETTING: 15-8 Our Merlin, 6-1 Tobacco Road, 8-1 New Millennium, 12-1
Status Quo, Maid Of Tuscany, Oscar’s Song, 14-1 Master Vintage, 16-1
Franz Klammer, Whin Park, Hidden Oasis, 20-1 others.
2.10
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DAVE CRIDDLE TRAVEL & THOMAS COOK HOLIDAYS
HANDICAP HURDLE (CLASS 3) £12,000 added 2m 3f
21P-23
173-21
232100
72U853-4423
645-54
68-129
12-126
4315-5
5243-P
29-212
2P60/7
2-8464
341
GARO DE JUILLEY (CD) P Nicholls 5 11 12............H Cobden T
THE WELSH PADDIES Christian Williams 5 11 12R Johnson
QUARENTA Jonjo O’Neill 5 11 10......................Mr J J O’Neill (7)
HERE’S HERBIE (CD) Mrs S Gardner 9 11 10Lucy Gardner (3) T
MOLINEAUX C Tizzard 6 11 9 .............................................A Coleman
FLORESCO (D) R Woollacott 7 11 8....................................D Jacob C
VIVAS (D) C Longsdon 6 11 7............................. Paul O’Brien (5) T
CESAR ET ROSALIE N Mulholland 5 11 7.................N Fehily T
JUSTIFICATION G L Moore 9 11 5 .........................Joshua Moore
HIDDEN CARGO A King 5 11 4...................................W Hutchinson
POLLY’S PURSUIT (BF) N Henderson 5 11 2J Bowen (5) H
NORSE LEGEND C Gordon 6 11 1........................................T Cannon
CAVIAR D’ALLEN Christian Williams 5 10 8 ..... A P Heskin
PADLEYOUROWNCANOE C Tizzard 3 10 1..T Scudamore
- 14 declared BETTING: 5-1 Padleyourowncanoe, 11-2 Molineaux, Polly’s Pursuit, 6-1
The Welsh Paddies, 8-1 Garo De Juilley, 10-1 Cesar Et Rosalie, 12-1 Hidden
Cargo, Vivas, 16-1 others.
2.45
1
2
3
4
5
PETERBOROUGH CHASE (GRADE 2) (CLASS 1) £50,000
added 2m 6f
5573-6
123-31
14-757
F214-6
862-84
JOSSES HILL N Henderson 9 11 6...........Nico De Boinville C
TOP NOTCH N Henderson 6 11 6...............................................D Jacob
VANITEUX D Pipe 8 11 4................................................T Scudamore B
MAX WARD (C) T R George 8 11 0 ................................. A P Heskin
PTIT ZIG (D) P Nicholls 8 11 0............................................H Cobden B
- 5 declared BETTING: 2-5 Top Notch, 11-2 Josses Hill, 6-1 Ptit Zig, 20-1 Vaniteux,
Max Ward.
3.15
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2
3
4
5
6
7
8
9
STABLES BUSINESS PARK HANDICAP CHASE (CLASS 3)
£14,000 added 2m 2f
-35421
115-73
515341
5-11P4
30P-55
211-16
-11P32
4525-2
4253-2
NOTARFBAD (C) J Scott 11 11 12 ...............................James Best H
BISHOPS COURT N Mulholland 7 11 9...........Doubtful H,C,T
WORKBENCH (C)(D) D Skelton 9 11 9(7ex) ...H Skelton B,T
DREAM BOLT D Rees 9 11 7..................................James Bowen (5)
COILLTE LASS (C) P Nicholls 6 11 7...................................H Cobden
PERFECT TIMING N Mulholland 9 11 4.....................N Fehily C
COEUR TANTRE (D) A Honeyball 6 11 4 .............A Coleman T
BLANDFORDS GUNNER R J Price 8 10 9................A Wedge C
MR MUDDLE (D) G L Moore 10 10 7...............Joshua Moore C
- 9 declared BETTING: 3-1 Workbench, 7-2 Notarfbad, 9-2 Coeur Tantre, 6-1 Dream
Bolt, 7-1 Coillte Lass, 10-1 Perfect Timing, 12-1 Mr Muddle, Blandfords
Gunner.
Racing results
KEMPTON Going: Standard
3.40 1. MONADEE (J Mitchell) 5-2; 2. Breathless Times 9-2; 3.
Kachumba 33-1. 9 ran. 4-6 fav Azpeitia (7th). 11/2l, 21/4l. (R Varian).
4.10 1. CRISTAL PALLAS CAT (Rhiain Ingram) 40-1; 2. Mr Gent 6-1; 3. Jeopardy John 12-1. 11 ran. evens fav Dance Emperor (5th). nk, 31/4l. (R Ingram).
4.40 1. RUSPER (D Costello) 7-2; 2. Sod’s Law 50-1; 3. Stylehunter
9-1. 14 ran. 6-4 fav Tum Tum (4th). shd, 1l. (J Osborne).
5.10 1. HIGHBROW (J P Spencer) 8-11 fav; 2. Returning Glory 7-2;
BEST BET
Molineaux
(2.10, Taunton)
Knocking on the door on recent
starts and back over his best trip.
3. Shakour 6-1. 12 ran. 41/2l, hd. (D M Simcock).
5.40 1. HUMBERT (Josephine Gordon) 7-4 fav; 2. Maximinus Thrax
3-1; 3. Pure Shores 4-1. 13 ran. 41/2l, 13/4l. (H Palmer).
6.10 1. MR MAC (T Marquand) 20-1; 2. Viola Park 7-2 jt-fav; 3. Happy
Escape 14-1. 11 ran. 7-2 jt-fav Desert Fox (11th). 13/4l, 3/4l. (P Hedger).
6.40 1. SUNBLAZER (R Kingscote) 3-1 fav; 2. Rydan 7-1; 3. Vettori
Rules 33-1. 10 ran. 1l, 3/4l. (K Bailey).
7.10 1. GENERAL HAZARD (E Greatrex) 8-1; 2. Enfolding 10-3 fav;
3. Berrahri 11-1. 12 ran. ns, 1l. (Archie Watson). .
Placepot: £90.60. Quadpot: £8.70. Place 6: £137.45. Place 5: £51.65.
NEXT BEST
Dan McGrue
(12.30, Taunton)
Beaten favourite on hurdles
debut, but surely capable of
better and step up in distance
will suit.
LINGFIELD Going: Standard
12.00 1. GORING (C Bishop) 11-2; 2. Easy Tiger 3-1; 3. Maratha 5-2
ONE TO WATCH
Makaarim had no chance after a
slow start at Lingfield yesterday
and can bounce back next time.
fav. 11 ran. 2l, hd. (Eve J-Houghton).
DARTS
The Power, the glory –
The greatest
darts player of all
time is retiring.
Jonathan Liew
asks him why
P
hil Taylor is the greatest
darts player of all time but
unless you watch a lot of
darts it’s not always easy to
grasp what that entails.
These days, any half-decent
player can reel off 140s and 180s. But
there’s a reason Taylor has 16 world
titles; why, as he approaches his last
darts tournament at the age of 57,
he is still competing at the highest
level. For it’s not just about throwing
the best darts. It’s about when you
throw them.
In fact, there’s even more to it than
throwing the right darts at the right
time. If you can say just the right
words to get under your opponent’s
skin, use your own throw to speed
him up or slow him down, then you
can actually make your opponent
miss. And, of course, it helps if you
have 16 world titles under your belt.
“It can be in their mind,” Taylor
explains. “‘If I do this, I beat Phil
Taylor.’ It’s like having to serve
to beat Roger Federer in the
Wimbledon final. It puts that little
bit of tension in the arm.”
Darts is a game of bravado and
bluster, as psychological as poker, as
confrontational as an argument, as
brutally personal as boxing.
There is perhaps no other sport on
earth so reliant on pure confidence.
Michael van Gerwen, the man
who has taken Taylor’s crown as
the game’s dominant force, was
rarely better than mediocre until
he started believing in himself in
around 2011 and 2012. .
Peter Wright invented a colourful
persona for himself – Snakebite – in
order to conquer his chronic shyness
and bring the best out of himself
on stage. It is why all darts players
have nicknames. They’re a sort of
alter-ego.
Even Taylor’s nickname – “The
Power” – carries its own weight,
an imperial aura that he carries
with him to the oche. As with many
players, you suspect ‘The Power’ is
simply a character act, a successful
sporting persona that has managed
to grip darts for a generation.
Phil Taylor laps up
the adulation on the
way to the oche but he
has divided opinion
among the darts
community GETTY
The real question, of course,
is what lies underneath. Taylor
has offered the world occasional
glimpses of what he might be like
beneath the mask and the world has
not always liked what it has seen.
And why is he retiring now? He is
ranked No 6 in the world and could
very easily carry on for a few years,
still win the odd pot, still make a
handy living, possibly even another
world title.
“I can’t keep the schedule now at
my age,” he explains. “You’re tired
all the time. I’ll go to hotels and can’t
sleep properly. The next morning,
you’re bloody knackered. All these
youngsters are skipping around like
fresh young daisies.”
Taylor will go for his 17th world
crown at Alexandra Palace, which
has now hosted the PDC World
Championships for a decade. A total
SWIMMING
Peaty forced to settle for European bronze
12.30 1. DUTIFUL SON (A Kirby) 4-7 fav; 2. Haraz 7-2; 3. Bridge Builder
12-1. 6 ran. 13/4l, 1/2l. (S Dow).
1.00 1. TAKE TWO (Martin Harley) 9-2; 2. Miss Liguria 16-1; 3. Volpone
Jelois 7-1. 15 ran. 5-2 fav Kohinoor Diamond (8th). 3/4l, shd. (A Hales).
1.30 1. DASH OF SPICE (S Levey) 11-10 fav; 2. Past Master 6-1; 3.
Swiss Vinnare 20-1. 9 ran. 33/4l, nk. (D Elsworth).
2.00 1. SHYRON (Jane Elliott) 5-1; 2. Right Touch 16-1; 3. Pearl Spectre
11-1. 13 ran. 3-1 fav Makaarim (5th). 1/2l, 1/2l. (G Margarson).
2.30 1. BAYSTON HILL (Nicola Currie) 5-2 fav; 2. Music Major 5-1; 3.
Unit of Assessment 7-1. 12 ran. 21/2l, 1/2l. (M Usher).
3.00 1. MISS MINUTY (Jason Watson) 16-1; 2. Squire 9-2; 3. Attain
11-4 fav. 11 ran. nk, 3/4l. (J Scott).
3.30 1. STRINGYBARK CREEK (D Keenan) 8-1; 2. Topmeup 6-1; 3. Bloodsweatandtears 8-1. 11 ran. 11-4 fav Ravenhoe (6th). nk, shd. (D Steele).
Jackpot: £10,000.00. Placepot: £33.50.
Quadpot: £52.50. Place 6: £40.39. Place 5: £31.07.
By Sports Staff
Great Britain’s Adam Peaty had to
settle for third place in the 50 metres
breaststroke final at the European
Short-Course Swimming Championships in Copenhagen, Denmark.
The 22-year-old (right), who won
Olympic gold over 100 metres breaststroke at the Rio 2016 Games, clocked
a British record of 25.70 seconds as Italy’s Fabio Scozzoli won gold in a European record of 25.62secs. Russia’s
Kirill Prigoda was second in 25.68s.
Peaty is competing in the 25m pool
event without fully resting, with his
major targets in 2018 being April’s
Commonwealth Games and August’s
European Championships in the 50m
pool.
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and the sheer bravado
Biggar ‘itching’ to play for
Saints despite turmoil
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By Hugh Godwin
RUGBY UNION CORRESPONDENT
Number of world
titles won by Phil
‘The Power’ Taylor
11
Number of
televised nine-dart
finishes Taylor has
achieved
27
Number of years
since his first world
championship
win – he beat Eric
Bristow
218
Number of titles
Taylor has won
in his career,
including 85 major
competitions
prize fund of £1.8 million is a long
way from the first PDC when the
winner took home just £16,000.
As Taylor surveys the darts
landscape, it is impossible to
overstate the sense of ownership
he feels towards it. For the first
time, Taylor sees a game that is no
longer dependent on him, and has
mixed feelings about it.
“The characters are going,” he
says. “They’re like robots now.
Half of them can’t smile.”
Perhaps Taylor is telling it as
he sees it. But it is possible to spy
in his words a certain distaste
towards the idea that the sport
might go serenely on without him.
For all the trophies and
the legacy, the moments and
the memories, the massive,
unrepayable debt darts owes
Taylor, there is still a significant
portion of the darts community
witnesses”, and fined Taylor
that has always struggled to warm £1,000 for each offence.
to him.
How badly did the court case
For years, you could put this
affect him? “It affects you at the
down to the inevitable
time,” he says. “I can’t
tedium of having the
talk about it, because it
I
c
an’t
keep
same guy winning
would get me in trouble.”
the
schedule
tournament after
And with that,
now at my age. after an hour of fluent
tournament.
But there is also
You’re tired all conversation, Taylor gets
a sinister element
up and abruptly ends
the time. I go
in Taylor’s past that
to hotels and the interview, grabbing
continues to colour
his steak sandwich as he
I can’t sleep
people’s opinions
leaves the room.
properly,
I’m
of him. In 2001 he
As he departs, you’re
knackered
narrowly escaped jail
really none the wiser.
after being found guilty
But one answer stood
of indecently assaulting two
out. Taylor has won everything
23-year-old women in his caravan
in darts. What possible accolade
after an exhibition tournament
could you give the man who
in Fife. Taylor denied the
already has everything?
accusations, but a Scottish sheriff
Taylor smiled. “A cheque,” he
described the women as “credible
replied. THE INDEPENDENT
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Northampton’s marquee signing Dan
Biggar has reaffirmed his commitment to the club for next season after
Tuesday’s sacking of long-serving director of rugby Jim Mallinder.
Lions fly-half Biggar (below)
rejected a pay rise on his National Dual Contract with
OspreysandWalestoagree
a move to Northampton.
I r o n i c a l l y, i t w a s
Ospreys’ six-try, 43-32
European Cup win at
Northampton last Saturday, at Franklin’s Gardens,
which was only just over halffull, that was the last straw for the
Saints’ board.
Saints’ chief executive Mark Darbon met Biggar on Saturday, when
the 28-year-old Welshman was at the
match working for television, and
phoned him on Tuesday after informing Northampton’s players and staff
of Mallinder’s departure.
“I spoke to Dan and he is incredibly
excited,” said Darbon. “On Saturday,
he saw a disappointing performance
from us in a venue that wasn’t full.
[But] he is incredibly committed and
itching to get here and get on
with it.”
With backs coach Alan
Dickens in temporary
charge, Northampton will
hire some help until the
end of the season, with exBath head coach and England defence coach Mike
Ford touted as a candidate.
Names being mentioned for
the post include former Test coaches
Stuart Lancaster and Jake White
and a trio with Saints connections:
former All Blacks assistant Wayne
Smith, Bristol coach Pat Lam and
Exeter No 2 Ali Hepher.
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Results service
PREMIER LEAGUE
Liverpool (0)...............................0 West Brom (0)......................0
Att 53,243
Man Utd (1)...................................1 AFC Bournemouth (0)..0
Lukaku 25
Att 74,798
Newcastle (0).............................0 Everton (1)............................... 1
Att 51,042
Rooney 27
Southampton (0) ...................1 Leicester (3)............................ 4
Yoshida 61
Mahrez 11
Okazaki 32, 69
Att 27,714
King 38
Swansea (0).................................0 Man City (2) ............................ 4
Silva 27, 52
De Bruyne 34
Att 20,870
Aguero 85
Tottenham Hotspur (1).....2 Brighton (0)............................0
Aurier 40
Att 46,438
Son 87
West Ham (0).............................0 Arsenal (0)...............................0
P W D L F A Pts
Man City
17 16 1 0 52 11 49
Man Utd
17 12 2 3 37 11 38
Chelsea
17 11 2 4 31 14 35
Tottenham Hotspur
17 9 4 4 30 14 31
Liverpool
17 8 7 2 34 20 31
Burnley
17 9 4 4 16 12 31
Arsenal
17 9 3 5 30 20 30
Leicester
17 7 5 5 27 23 26
Watford
17 6 4 7 26 29 22
Everton
17 6 4 7 21 29 22
Southampton
17 4 6 7 17 23 18
Huddersfield
17 5 3 9 12 29 18
Brighton
17 4 5 8 14 23 17
AFC Bournemouth
17 4 4 9 15 20 16
Stoke
17 4 4 9 19 36 16
Newcastle
17 4 3 10 16 26 15
West Brom
17 2 8 7 12 22 14
Crystal Palace
17 3 5 9 12 28 14
West Ham
17 3 5 9 14 32 14
Swansea
17 3 3 11 9 22 12
LADBROKES SCOTTISH PREMIERSHIP
Celtic (3) .........................................3 Hamilton (1)........................... 1
Ntcham 12
Redmond 29
Forrest 40
Sinclair 41
Hibernian (1)..............................1 Rangers (2)...............................2
Stevenson 9
Windass 42
Morelos 45
Att 20,057
Partick (3)......................................3 Motherwell (0) .....................2
Spittal 16
Bowman 56
Edwards 22
Tanner 79
Sammon 28
Att 2,452
St Johnstone (0) ......................0 Aberdeen (2)............................3
Rooney 20
Arnason 33
Att 2,911
Christie 60
P W D L F A Pts
Celtic
17 12 5 0 41 11 41
Rangers
18 11 3 4 37 20 36
Aberdeen
18 11 3 4 28 20 36
Hibernian
18 8 6 4 27 21 30
Hearts
18 6 6 6 17 19 24
Motherwell
17 7 2 8 24 25 23
St Johnstone
17 6 3 8 17 26 21
Kilmarnock
18 4 7 7 21 26 19
Hamilton
18 4 5 9 24 30 17
Ross County
18 4 4 10 17 28 16
Dundee
18 4 3 11 17 29 15
Partick
17 3 5 9 16 31 14
FA CUP SECOND ROUND REPLAY
Crewe (0).......................................0 Blackburn (1)......................... 1
Graham 25
Att 2,241
FIFA CLUB WORLD CHAMPIONSHIP SEMI-FINAL
Al Jazira (1)...................................1 Real Madrid (0).....................2
Romarinho 41
Ronaldo 53
Bale 82
COPPA ITALIA ROUND OF 16
AC Milan 3 Verona 0; Fiorentina 3 Sampdoria 2.
GERMAN LEAGUE
Bayer Leverkusen 1 Werder Bremen 0; Bayern
Munich 1 Cologne 0; Hertha Berlin 3 Hannover 96
1; Schalke 04 3 Augsburg 2; TSG Hoffenheim 1 VfB
Stuttgart 0.
CRICKET
SECOND ONE DAY INTERNATIONAL
India v Sri Lanka, Chandigarh: India 392-4 (50.0
overs; R G Sharma 208no, S S Iyer 88, S Dhawan
68). Sri Lanka 251-8 (50.0 overs; A D Mathews
111no). India beat Sri Lanka by 141 runs.
BASKETBALL
NBA: Brooklyn 103 Washington 98; Cleveland 123
Atlanta 114; Dallas 95 San Antonio 89; Detroit 84
Denver 103; Minnesota 112 Philadelphia 118 (OT);
NY Knicks 113 LA Lakers 109 (OT); Sacramento 99
Phoenix 92.
ICE HOCKEY
NHL: Buffalo 3 Ottawa 2; Chicago 3 Florida 2 (OT);
Columbus 2 Edmonton 7; Minnesota 2 Calgary 1
(SO); New Jersey 5 LA Kings 1; Philadelphia 4 Toronto 2; St Louis 0 Tampa Bay 3; Vegas 2 Carolina
3 (SO); Washington 5 Colorado 2.
SNOOKER
DAFABET SCOTTISH OPEN, EMIRATES ARENA
GLASGOW, 2nd rd: A Hugill (Eng) bt A Carter (Eng)
4-3; G Greene (N Ire) bt M Dunn (Eng) 4-3; Z Yuelong
(Chin) bt Y De Lu (Chin) 4-2; D Grace (Eng) bt A
McManus (Sco), X Guodong (Chin) bt G Wilson (Eng)
4-3; N Saengkham (Thai) bt Z Yong (Chin) 4-0; M
Fu (HK) bt F Xiongman (Chin) 4-2; C Totten (Sco) bt
M Mann (Eng) 4-3, R O’Sullivan (Eng) bt R Milkins
(Eng) 4-1; R McLeod (Eng) bt N Zhuang (Chin) 4-0; T
Ford (Eng) bt H Miah (Eng) 4-0; M White (Wal) bt S
Donaldson (Sco) 4-2; N Robertson (Aus) bt L Highfield
(Eng) 4-2; L Hang (Chin) bt J Curtis-Barrett (GB) 4-1; J
Higgins (Sco) bt C Keogan (Eng) 4-1; P Lines (Eng) bt K
Dunham (Aus) 4-2, C Yupeng (Chin) bt A Taylor (Eng)
4-3; D Wells (Wal) bt J White (Eng) 4-1; X Si (Chin) bt
J Robertson (Eng) 4-2; R Walden (Eng) bt J Swail (N
Ire) 4-2; C Steadman (Eng) bt A Burden (Eng) 4-2; S
Maguire (Sco) bt H Akbar (Pak) 4-2; K Wilson (Eng) bt
D Dale (Wal) 4-1; M Joyce (Eng) bt L Wenbo (Chin) 4-3;
Y Bingtao (Chin) bt J Jones (Wal) 4-0; J Trump (Eng) bt
S Craigie (Eng) 4-2; E Slessor (Eng) bt M Xiwen (Chin)
4-1; Z Anda (Chin) bt B Woollaston (Eng) 4-2.
TODAY’S FIXTURES
FOOTBALL
FA CUP SECOND ROUND REPLAY
Hereford FC v Fleetwood (7.45) .....................................................
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Australia v England (Perth, 2.30am).
RUGBY UNION
EUROPEAN RUGBY CHALLENGE CUP POOL 3
(7.45): Pau v Agen.
CYCLING
Froome faces ban
and losing Vuelta
title after failing
routine drug test
Team GB at the Winter Olympics in
Pyeongchang, flouted the rules.
Chris Froome could be banned and
Sky have pointed out that none of
stripped of his Tour of Spain title the other samples taken at either the
after a drugs test produced an “ad- Tour or the Vuelta was questionable.
verse analytical finding” during the
In a statement, Froome said: “It
race in September.
is well known I have asthma and I
Froome, who became only the third know exactly what the rules are. I use
winner of the Tour de France-Vuelta an inhaler to manage my symptoms
double in the same season, had
(always within the permissible limits) and I know for
twice the allowed amount of
use I will be tested every
asthma drug Salbutamol
day I wear the race
in his body than permitleader’s jersey.
ted by the World Anti“My asthma got
Doping Agency.
Amount, in nanograms
worse at the Vuelta
If the 32-year-old
per millilitre, of
so I followed the team
and Team Sky are
Salbutamol Froome
doctor’s advice to inunable to explain the
tested positive for –
crease
my Salbutamol
results then he faces
twice the permissible
amount
dosage. I took the greata possible ban and losest care to ensure that I
ing the title. The rider
did not use more than the
and team have known about
permissible dose.
the finding – from a urine
“I take my leadership
sample on 7 September –
I followed position in my sport very
since the 20th of the month,
seriously. The UCI are abthe day he won bronze in the team
solutely right to examine
the World Championships doctor’s
test results.”
individual time trial in advice. I took
He later tweeted: “Thank
Bergen, Norway.
the
greatest
you for all the messages of
As an asthmatic, Froome
care
to
not
use
support this morning. I
is permitted to take Salbutamol but World Anti- more than the am confident we will get to
the bottom of this. Unfordoping Agency rules say permissible
tunately, I can’t share any
there can only be 1,000 na- dose
more information than I
nograms per millilitre (ng/
already have until the enml) in the system compared
to the 2,000 ng/ml that were found in quiry is complete.”
Team principal Sir Dave Brailsford
the sample taken after stage 18 which
ended in Santo Toribio de Liebana in said: “There are complex medical
and physiological issues which afnorthern Spain.
It is believed Sky are trying to fect the metabolism and excretion of
prove in a laboratory that neither Salbutamol. I have the utmost confiFroome nor team doctor Derick dence that Chris followed the medical
MacLeod, who will also work with guidance.” EVENING STANDARD
By Matt Majendie
2,000
Chris Froome said his asthma condition ‘got worse at the Vuelta’ GETTY
Q&A What it all means...
What is salbutamol?
A drug – usually inhaled – which
opens airways in the lungs when
they contract and restrict breathing.
Asthmatic athletes don’t need a medical exemption for the permitted dose
of 1,600 micrograms in 24 hours. A
typical puff is 100 micrograms.
Is it performance -enhancing?
Salbutamol is banned in pill form
but when inhaled, anti-doping scientist Tom Bassindale says: “There’s
little evidence there is a benefit for
asthma sufferers once it’s done its
job of opening up the airways. There
are some secondary effects... like increased heartbeat such as you’d get
from caffeine or other stimulants.”
What does it mean for Team Sky?
More unwanted headlines after they
were castigated by anti-doping bosses
following a probe into a possible
violation by Team Sky and Sir Bradley
Wiggins, which exonerated them.
Comment
Cycling must act after latest asthma controversy
Kevin
Garside
CHIEF SPORTS
CORRESPONDENT
S
o here we are again,
engaged in a deep dive into
the chemistry of medication
and doses, trying to
understand how yet
another cyclist has crossed a line.
This time it is Chris Froome,
four-times Tour de France winner
and champion of clean racing, who
had double the permitted amount of
asthma medication salbutamol in a
urine sample.
When taken through an inhaler,
up to 1,600 micrograms per 24 hours
is permitted but Froome failed a test
after stage 18 of this year’s Tour of
which require explanation. A
Spain in September. He has asthma
wide range of factors can affect
but he and Team Sky insist he did
the concentrations, including the
not exceed acceptable doses and
interaction of salbutamol with food
met every requirement
or other medications,
set by UCI, cycling’s
dehydration and the timing
Perhaps
governing body.
of salbutamol usage before
In a statement, Team Sky his body was
the test.”
were keen to point out how telling him to
Given that
the reading could result
get off the bike unpredictability, perhaps
from unreliable chemistry. and look after it is time cycling viewed
“There is considerable
asthma as a condition
his health, as
evidence to show that
that stops the athlete
he
did
in
the
there are significant and
competing, as an injury
Tour
de
France
unpredictable variations
could. If a cyclist falls
three years ago and breaks a collarbone
in the way salbutamol
is metabolised and
or a wrist his/her race is
excreted. As a result,
over. There is no chemical
the use of permissible dosages of
treatment to mend a broken bone.
salbutamol can sometimes result
The rationale behind permitted
in elevated urinary concentrations,
medicine is to bring the cyclist
back to optimum health but if it has
performance-enhancing attributes,
as in the case of salbutamol,
the risks of abuse are obvious.
However, there is no suggestion that
Froome cheated.
On his doctor’s advice, Froome
took extra puffs from his inhaler
when his asthma was worsening.
Perhaps his body was telling him it
was time to get off the bike and look
after his health, as he did during
the Tour de France three years
ago when he quit after fracturing
a wrist.
Instead, he finds himself having
to account for an illegal dose of a
legal substance during a race that
he won, showing once again that
cyclists and cycling may need saving
from themselves.
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Root defends coaches after Anderson’s jibe
By Jonathan Liew
IN PERTH
Ahead of the third Ashes Test, Joe
Root has been forced to defend the
England coaching staff against criticism from James Anderson.
In a newspaper column on Tuesday, Anderson expressed his frustration that England’s coaches did not
offer more input during Australia’s
first innings at Adelaide, when England won the toss and squandered
the new ball by bowling too short, allowing Australia to run up a matchwinning score of 442-8 declared.
But the England captain described
Anderson’s comments as “harsh”,
arguing that international bowlers
should be able to adapt to conditions
and work out a correct length for
themselves, out on the field. “We’re
the ones responsible for what we
are doing out there,” he said. “We
have to be smarter, react quicker. I
take responsibility for that as well,
as captain.”
England spent a good deal of time
in advance of the series working on
their bowling plans to various Australian batsmen, with Root and parttime bowling consultant Shane Bond
devising the bulk of the strategy. But
the containing length that England
chose to bowl at Brisbane in order to
slow the Australian run-rate proved
less effective at Adelaide, with a new
pink ball that was moving around.
“In the first innings, I probably
bowled too short,” Anderson wrote
for The Daily Telegraph. “They were
not going anywhere at two an over,
James Anderson said he bowled too
short in the first innings in Adelaide
but we were not taking wickets. We
should have bowled a touch fuller. It
was an oversight from the players on
the field but also from the coaches
who could have had an input too, ‘try to bowl that little bit fuller’. It’s
which is frustrating.”
slightly harsh to put the blame onto
In recent years, England’s new- the coaches. You’ve got to pick up on
ball pair of Anderson and Stuart these things quite quickly, and as a
Broad leant heavily on
group we’ve got to adapt.”
bowling coach Ottis GibEngland must avoid
We got it
son. But Gibson left at the wrong on the defeat in Perth to prevent
Australia from reclaiming
end of the summer to coach
South Africa, and his in- field. It is easy the urn. “We know what’s
valuable ability to provide to look back
at stake,” Root said. “It’s
useful nuggets of advice and say ‘try to an opportunity to create
before and during matches bowl that little history. It’s a chance to flip
is yet to be satisfactorily bit fuller’. It is the dynamic of this series
replaced. Bond left the harsh to blame on its head.”
tour after Adelaide, leaving
England named an unbowling coach duties in the the coaches
changed side, with just one
hands of Paul Collingwood.
tweak to the batting order.
But Root called on his fast bowl- Jonny Bairstow, demoted to No 7
ers to take greater responsibility. ahead of the series, will move back
“We got it wrong on the field,” he up to No 6, swapping places with
said. “It’s easy to look back and say Moeen Ali. THE INDEPENDENT
Why England will
be glad to see
end of the Waca
Tim Rich gives a history lesson on
Test cricket’s remotest ground, where
the Ashes tourists have won only once
T
he Western Australian
Cricket Association
Ground, or the Waca,
stands alone, 1,683 miles
from its nearest Test
venue at Adelaide.
It is the most remote Test ground
in the world. To generations of
English cricketers, it has been a
long journey to nowhere. It has been
traditionally the fastest, bounciest, most un-English wicket on the
circuit with swing bowlers helped
by the strong breeze known as the
Fremantle Doctor that comes off
the Indian Ocean.
In 47 years, England have registered a single victory and that when
Australia were shorn of their best
players because of the Packer uprising. The only consolation is that a
new, 60,000-seater stadium, built
on the other side of the Swan River,
means this will be the last time England will ever play here. Here are
their worst moments at the Test in
the west.
1974 Lost by nine wickets Nothing
quite summed up the gulf in attitudes than this exchange: “Hello,
Mr Thomson, I’m Colin Cowdrey.”
“Piss off fatso.” Jeff Thomson made
his mark on David Lloyd in other
ways; by delivering a blow to his
groin that split the Lancashire
opener’s protective box in two. The
only treatment available was to
have the injured appendage dipped
in iced water.
three for his century. When discussing tactics, Bob Willis said he did
not want to face Dennis Lillee because “he will get me out”. Boycott
takes two to allow Willis to face the
medium pace of Geoff Dymock who
dismisses him. Boycott, left on 99,
lies down in the dressing room, a
wet towel over his head.
1991 Lost by nine wickets As Phil
Tufnell celebrated after bowling
Craig McDermott, the Australian
fast bowler told him: “You’ve got to
bat on that in a minute, mate. Hope
you like hospital food.” McDermott
took 11 wickets in the match. Curiously, Tufnell did find himself in a
Perth psychiatric hospital on his
next tour after suffering a mental
breakdown in his hotel room.
1995 Lost by 329 runs England dropped a total of 10
catches and, after spilling one of them, Graham
Thorpe, kicked the ball
into the covers, allowing the batsmen to run
two. In England’s second innings, Angus
Fraser forgot his
protector and every
time he faced a delivery Mike Atherton
had to put his hand
down his trousers
to fish out his box for
Fraser to use.
1998 Lost by seven wickets:
1979 Lost by 138 runs Stranded with
the last man, Geoff Boycott wanted
On the 20th anniversary
of England’s only win at
Clockwise from
above: Australia
v England at the
Waca in 2013;
Chris Silverwood
in 2002; Phil
Tufnell in 1991;
Mitchell Johnson
celebrating a
wicket in 2010
GETTY IMAGES
the Waca, the Perth newspaper,
The West Australian, carried a
full-page advert: “Do Something
Nobody’s Done in Years – Bet on the
Poms.” England lost in two days and
two sessions.
2002 Lost by an innings and 48
runs With Simon Jones and Andy
Caddick injured, England turned
to Chris Silverwood who had just
been flown out from Yorkshire as a
replacement and had yet to play a
game. Silverwood’s first four overs
went for 29. He never played Test
cricket again. Steve Harmison was
so unsettled by a puddle left by a
broken sprinkler in the middle of
his run-up that his rhythm disintegrated. England lost in three days.
2006 Lost by 206 runs Adam Gilchrist, who lived in Perth, was
sitting in a corner of the dressing
room on the edge of tears. His best
friend in cricket, Damien Martyn,
had retired, his batting form was in
pieces, he had two toddlers and his
wife was eight months’ pregnant.
He would quit. When he got home,
Mel Gilchrist told him to pull him-
self together and get back to the
Waca. Her husband smashed a century off 59 balls, the second fastest
in history.
2010 Lost by 267 runs: One down in
the series, Mitchell Johnson, Australia’s big, tattooed fast bowler, decided a change of tactics were called
for. Johnson thought it was time he
started swearing at the Poms once
more. At a team meeting before
the Test, England decided Johnson
could no longer swing the ball into
the right handers. Match figures of
9-82 suggested otherwise.
2013 Lost by 150 runs: England de-
cided wives and girlfriends would
be allowed to come out for the third
Test. They arrived just in time to
see their men surrender the Ashes.
George Bailey ended the Australian innings by thrashing Jimmy
Anderson for 28 in an over – a Test
record. After another irresponsible
dismissal, England’s batting coach,
Graham Gooch, did what so many
cricketers have yearned to do – he
told Kevin Pietersen exactly what
he thought of him.
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PREMIER LEAGUE
Murty adds Lennon
to list of scalps as he
keeps Rangers going
Klopp again left
wondering what
might have been
HIBERNIAN
Stevenson 9
1
RANGERS
Windass 42, Morelos 45
2
By Andy Newport
AT EASTER ROAD
Graeme Murty further boosted his
chances of landing the Rangers job
permanently by masterminding a
gritty 2-1 win over Hibernian.
The Ibrox caretaker has now
added the scalp of Neil Lennon’s
team having previously taken those
of Aberdeen boss Derek McInnes
and Hearts manager Craig Levein.
Yet his team had to come from
behind after Lewis Stevenson put
Hibs ahead early with a deflected
opener. Josh Windass levelled with
his fifth goal in eight games before
Alfredo Morelos scored the goal
which keeps Gers in second, six
points ahead of fourth-placed Hibs.
Murty – whose second stint as interim manager will continue until at
least the end of the month – now has
six wins from eight games in charge
and he is looking increasingly like
the man to steady the Ibrox ship.
The hosts looked determined to
make the most of Martin Boyle’s
pace down the right early on but the
ninth-minute opener came from the
opposite flank.
Left-back Stevenson released
Simon Murray into the box from
Graeme Murty has won six of his
eight games in charge of Rangers
deep before carrying on his run
as Bruno Alves failed to get tight
enough to the Hibs striker. When
Murray cut the ball back for Stevenson on the edge of the box, Gers’
Portuguese centre-back was forced
to lunge in but only managed to divert the ball past goalkeeper Wes
Foderingham.
Having been outplayed for most
of the opening 42 minutes, though,
Gers suddenly found themselves
ahead at the break.
Their equaliser came as Daniel
Candeias got lucky with the break
of the ball. Jason Holt did not hang
about and quickly sent Windass
scampering through and he finished brilliantly into the far corner.
Elsewhere, Aberdeen won 3-0 at
St Johnstone and Partick Thistle
beat Motherwell 3-2.
Celtic recover to win easily
after Accies briefly threaten
CELTIC
Ntcham 12, Forrest 40, Sinclair 41
3
HAMILTON
Redmond 29
1
By Stephen Halliday
AT CELTIC PARK
It wasn’t a performance to set pulses
racing but Celtic continue to tap out
a steady beat in their pursuit of a seventh consecutive league title.
First-half goals from Olivier
Ntcham, James Forrest and Scott
Sinclair saw Brendan Rodgers’ men maintain their
comfortable five-point
lead at the top of the Premiership with victory
over Hamilton Accies.
Danny Redmond
provided the champions
with a briefly unsettling
period when he cancelled out
Ntcham’s opener, while the visitors
also scorned a couple of decent opportunities to make it awkward for
Celtic after the break. But after
Sunday’s late wobble against Hibs
at Easter Road, this was a routine
and certainly deserved win for Celt-
ic as they extended their record unbeaten domestic run to 69 matches.
It only took until the 12th minute
for Celtic’s early dominance to earn
a tangible reward. Sinclair sprinted on to a cute pass from Callum
McGregor down the left and the
winger’s cross found Ntcham who
thumped in a shot from eight yards.
Celtic continued to control proceedings, but Accies threw a spanner in the works when they grabbed
a 29th-minute equaliser. The Celtic
defence were caught flat-footed as
Darian MacKinnon found Redmond
on the edge of the penalty area and
his left-foot shot soared into
the roof of the net.
Celtic’s sense of assurance was momentarily disturbed but they
forced themselves back
into the ascendancy
with two rapid-fire goals
just before half-time.
Stuart Armstrong found
Forrest’s untracked run, allowing
him to go around the keeper and
slide home his 11th of the season.
Barely 60 seconds later, Forrest cut
in from the right and squared for
Sinclair (above) who steadied himself to curl home a right-foot shot.
Romelu Lukaku
heads home
Manchester
United’s winning
goal REUTERS
By Sports Staff
For the second time in the space
of four days, Jürgen Klopp saw
his players drop two points at
home after a 0-0 draw with West
Bromwich and again he may
complain about what might have
been.
After more than 80 barren
minutes and few decent
opportunities for either side,
Dominic Solanke thought he had
finally found a breakthrough and
his first Liverpool goal. Albion’s
resistance had been broken.
Referee Paul Tierney disagreed,
however, judging the youngster to
have handled while bundling the
ball across the line. After the late
penalty call that denied Klopp’s
side victory over Everton on
Sunday, it was another debatable
decision that the Liverpool
manager would point to in his
post-match analysis.
The fact is though that,
even after restoring Philippe
Coutinho and Roberto Firmino
to the starting line-up alongside
Mohamed Salah and Sadio
Mané, his players simply did
not do enough to break down
a team whose last victory in
any competition came against
Accrington Stanley in August.
West Ham manager David
Moyes, meanwhile, got yet
another result against the
notional top six, a 0-0 draw with
|Arsenal that meant Arsène
Wenger’s side dropped to seventh.
West Ham ensured Wenger
has now gone three successive
matches without a Premier
League win, and the truth is that
– a few flashpoints aside – they
never really deserved one at
London Stadium.
Moyes deserves a lot of credit
for restoring respectability
to West Ham after so much
difficulty for both in the past
and could have sneaked a win if
Javier Hernandez had not hit the
crossbar in a concerted period of
late pressure.
One irony was that Moyes
wasn’t the only one who improved
his stock, as Jack Wilshere – in his
first start since April 2016 – had
one of the better performances.
Insipid United
are thankful for
Lukaku winner
slush rather than the thick flakes in
the Christmas scenes from Love Actually. Old Trafford lacked any sense of
romance.
BOURNEMOUTH
The sting from the defeat in the
0
derby, and the knowledge that the
title had probably been surrendered
By Tim Rich
in the second week of December, had
AT OLD TRAFFORD
spawned plenty of empty red seats.
Jose Mourinho, whose last proYou could take it either way. This was gramme notes before the festivities
further evidence that Romelu Lukaku wished nobody a happy Christmas
is a flat-track bully or it was proof and dwelled on the “clear penalty”
that some of the negativity that had not given to Ander Herrera on Sunswirled around him after an insipid day, stood on the touchline sheltering
performance in the Manchesunder a grey hooded coat that
ter derby was, like so many
looked like it might have
things in today’s game,
come from Millet.
wildly exaggerated.
As he walked off
You could not, howat the interval, the
ever, deny that his
Bournemouth managheader that sent Juan
er, Eddie Howe, would
Points United are
Mata’s cross nestling
have been nursing two
behind leaders
Manchester City in
into the corner of
grievances.
the
Premier
League
Asmir Begovic’s net
David de Gea had
was not precious.
made four saves, one
It kept Manchester
a fine low stop as Calum
United limping along, 11
Wilson’s shot skidded on the
points behind their noisy neighsodden surface, and Lukaku was
bours. It turned a game in which fortunate to still be on the pitch.
Manchester United were threatenJust before the break, the striker
ing to deliver the kind of sullen dis- had been booked for a painful chalplay they had produced against City lenge on Harry Arter and in the openon Sunday.
ing exchanges he had tangled with
It was snowing but it was falling as Nathan Ake and rolled his studs over
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Rooney multiplies Benitez woes
as Magpies’ slump continues
NEWCASTLE UNITED
0
EVERTON
Rooney 27
1
By Martin Hardy
AT ST JAMES’ PARK
Manchester United
De Gea
Valen ia Smalling
Jones
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McTominay
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Martial
Lukaku
Wilson
King
Fraser
Stanislas
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Ake
Francis
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Begovic
Bournemouth
Substitutions: Man United Rashford (Herrera, 71),
Herrara (Lingard, 71), Young (Shaw, 83); Bournemouth
Defoe (Stanislas, 71), Afobe (Wilson, 71), Cook
(Gosling, 77). Booked: Man United Lukaku;
Bournemouth Gosling, L Cook.
Man of the match Lukaku.
Match rating 4/10.
Possession: Man United 56% Bournemouth 44%.
Attempts on target: Man United 2 Bournemouth 7.
Referee G Scott (Berks and Bucks).
Attendance 74,798.
the defender’s ankle. In between and
against the flow of play, he had risen
above Ake to put Manchester United
ahead with Begovic giving the ball
a forlorn wave as it went past him.
Lukaku barely celebrated, perhaps
because he is pretty used to scoring
against Bournemouth.
In February, during an extraordinary 6-3 win at Goodison Park, he had
scored four against them for Everton.
Before this game he had found the net
once since a 4-0 rout of Crystal Palace here in September and that the
irrelevant fourth against Newcastle.
He tends to score against ordinary sides which should worry Gareth Southgate when Belgium take
on England in Kaliningrad in the
World Cup.
Mourinho would point out that
it was a failure to beat the middling
teams at Old Trafford that ensured
Manchester United finished sixth
last season but Lukaku carries a
£75m fee which suggests he is capable of much more.
After the interval, the match
became more ordinary, more
Mourinho -like. Bournemouth
threatened less, Manchester United
controlled more.
Howe threw on the ageless Jermain
Defoe who squeezed through a gap,
found some space and did his best to
beat De Gea at his near post.
Generally, however, Phil Jones
snuffed out the increasingly sporadic
attacks while Lukaku should have
set up United’s second only to see
Anthony Martial drive his shot into
the Stretford End from almost pointblank range.
Martial had been fortunate to keep
his place at the expense of Marcus
Rashford, the only one of Mourinho’s
four strikers to really threaten Manchester City.
Rashford then proved a point by
sending a fabulous shot crashing on
to the intersection of post and crossbar. It was brave and it was brilliant
and it was what Manchester United
expect from their forwards.
As the game petered out, the
Stretford End began chanting: “Attack, attack, attack.” At Old Trafford,
that is all they want for Christmas.
THE INDEPENDENT
It was supposed to be the dawn
of something new for Newcastle
United, a day in which the end of the
Mike Ashley era moved closer.
Instead, it was a tired old story of
mistakes and a foe in Wayne Rooney
that Tyneside’s football club has
never been able to tame.
Rooney scored the winning goal in
the 27th minute of a match Rafa Benitez’s troubled side largely dominated. It was the 15th time Rooney has
scored against Newcastle, more than
any other in his glittering career.
He capitalised on a calamitous
mistake by Newcastle goalkeeper
Karl Darlow. It was a goal created by
uncertainty and errors in Newcastle’s defence, which has so characterised their recent poor run.
Javier Manquillo was drawn out
of position and that allowed Dominic Calvert-Lewin to drive into
the space and cross from the right.
Aaron Lennon had split two defenders, Jamaal Lascelles and DeAndre
Yedlin, but his header was weak and
simple enough. Darlow, however
could only spill the ball. Rooney reacted, Newcastle’s defence didn’t
and he prodded in what would prove
to be the games only goal.
It deflated the home side, who
had been on top until then. Indeed,
the game had turned in the space of
71 seconds.
The recalled Jonjo Shelvey hit a
40 yard pass to Dwight Gayle that
was nodded down into the path of
Matt Ritchie. The former Bournemouth midfielder drove into the
penalty are and cracked a left foot
shot that Jordan Pickford beaten
before it cannoned back off the post.
Everton broke and just past a
minute later were ahead. In the 36th
minute, Newcastle again struck the
frame of Pickford’s goal. Mikel Merino was allowed to advance with
Wayne Rooney scores Everton’s winner at St James’ Park last night REUTERS
Newcastle United
Darlow
Yedl n
Lascelles Lejeune Ma quillo
Merino Shelvey
Ritchie
Atsu
Gayle
lvert-Le in
Sigurdsson
G
Lennon
Rooney
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S
eiderlin
Marti a Williams Holgate
enny
Pickford
Everton
Substitutions: Newcastle Joselu (Diame, 67), Aarons
(Ritchie, 74), Perez (Merino, 86) ; Everton Vlasic
(Lennon, 77), Davies (Rooney, 77), Jagielka (Sigurdsson,
85). Booked: Newcastle Shelvey, Merino; Everton
Holgate. Sent off: Newcastle Shelvey.
Man of the match Sigurdsson.
Match rating 6/10.
Possession: Newcastle 55% Everton 45%.
Attempts on target: Newcastle 4 Everton 4.
Referee M Atkinson (West Riding).
Attendance 51,042.
Staveley tempts Ashley with
£300m offer for Newcastle
By Martin Hardy
Amanda Staveley is believed to
have made an increased offer to
buy Newcastle United.
Staveley and her PCP Capital
Partners group are thought
to have tabled an offer of more
than £300m.
Mike Ashley has already
turned down £250m from
Staveley (right) and it was
unclear whether she would
return with an increased bid.
Now, it appears she has
returned to the negotiating
table and has improved her offer
to around the levels Ashley is
believed to want to end his
ten-year ownership at St
James’ Park.
There are increasing
concerns on both
sides about the side’s
current run of six
defeats in the last
seven games and there
is an acceptance that
spending will have to take
place in January.
Ashley spent £134m buying the
club from the Shepherd and Hall
the ball and he crashed a superb,
left-footed drive from 35 yards that
again fizzed past Pickford, this time
crashing off the inside of the post.
It felt then that it would not be
Newcastle’s night. The contrast to
a day in which hopes were hugely
raised that Ashley’s ten-year reign
is nearing its conclusion.
It is one point from eight games
now for Benitez and his men, one win
in 12, and they are just a point above
the relegation zone with trips to Arsenal and West Ham coming up.
Former Magpies manager Sam
Allardyce’s new club now move level
on points with ninth-placed Watford
Newcastle were arguably the better side in the second half, as they
had been in the first, but a Florian
Lejeune header that Mo Diame only
just failed to get a touch on at the
far post in the 54th minute was as
close as they came. And they always had to be wary of the Merseysiders’ Gylfi Sigurdsson-inspired
counter-attacks.
In the 94th minute, Shelvey picked
up a needless second booking for an
ugly lunge on Idrissa Gueye. It provided another headache for home
manager Rafa Benitez on a day that
was supposed to bring relief. THE
INDEPENDENT
families in 2007 and has a debt
of around £127m. Ashley said he
had to invest £80m when he took
over to clear debts after not doing
due diligence in his haste to buy
the club.
It has been a tumultuous
period in the club’s history, with
two relegations and a lost
court case with former
manager Kevin Keegan.
Ashley, who put the
club up for sale in
October, is keen to do a
deal before Christmas.
Staveley, who was
instrumental in the
change of ownership at
Manchester City in 2008, is
believed to have been the only
party to table a serious bid.
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City are in league
of their own after
Silva sets up their
15th straight win
SWANSEA
0
MANCHESTER CITY
D Silva 27, 52, De Bruyne 34,
Aguero 85
4
Swansea City
Fabianski
Naug ton Van der Mawson
By Steve Madeley
O sson
AT THE LIBERTY STADIUM
Carroll
Mesa
Ki
Manchester City passed another test of their Premier League
title-winning credentials as they
brushed aside Swansea City in
a record-breaking victory at the
Liberty Stadium.
After seeing off Manchester
United on Sunday, they scored four
unanswered goals to set a top-flight
record of 15 consecutive wins.
While a comfortable success in
Swansea was never going to spark
the same level of jubilation that upset
Jose Mourinho, it did display a ruthlessness that will make Pep Guardiola’s men very difficult to catch.
They rarely hit top gear at the
Liberty Stadium yet still scored four
times with David Silva leading the
way with two sublime goals. Kevin
De Bruyne and Sergio Aguero also
found the net as Guardiola’s men
combined efficiency with dashes of
pure quality.
After a couple of careless early
passes gave Swansea some encouragement, City found their feet after
six minutes when Aguero tricked his
way past two challenges and forced
himself into a shooting position but
fired into the side-netting.
A minute later, Swansea defender
Mike van der Hoorn had to make an
important tackle to cut out a jinking
run by Raheem Sterling and City
blew another chance almost imme-
Dyer
B ny
Sterling
D Silva
Delp
B Silva
ue
F
inho De Bruyne
Mangala Otamendi D nilo
Ederson
Manchester City
Subs: Swansea Abraham (Carroll 46), Narsingh (Dyer
65), Fer (Bony 74); Man City Touré (Fernandinho 58),
Zinchenko (Delph 73), Gundogan (De Bruyne, 77).
Booked: Swansea none; Man City none.
Man of the Match David Silva. Rating 6/10.
Possession: Swansea 22% Man City 78%.
Attempts on target: Swansea 3 Man City 10.
Referee A Taylor (Cheshire).
Attendance 20,870.
diately when a corner was cleared as
far as Fernandinho, whose shot from
the edge of the penalty area was
saved well by Swansea goalkeeper
Lukasz Fabianksi.
From the break Jordan Ayew cut
in from the left and connected with
a shot that drew a smart save from
Ederson in the City goal.
De Bruyne was the next man with
a sight of goal but he fired over the
crossbar from a difficult angle and,
moments later, Aguero headed over
from a David Silva cross.
Aguero headed onto the roof of the
net from a De Bruyne cross before
Nicolas Otamendi blasted high and
wide following a Fabianski fumble.
But the visitors’ increasing dominance was rewarded with the opening goal on 27 minutes, courtesy of
some poor defending and a fine finish. Van der Hoorn and Kyle Naugh-
ton failed to spot the run of David
Silva, who darted between the pair
to meet a Bernardo Silva cross with
a nonchalant, close-range, first-time
finish with the outside of his left foot.
Eleven minutes before half-time, it
was 2-0 when Naughton conceded a
free-kick to the right of the Swansea
18-yard box and De Bruyne’s freekick eluded a host of players and
the ball crept under the body of an
unsighted Fabianski.
Less than a minute into the second
half David Silva almost made it 3-0
with a lofted shot that drifted just
wide following a neat exchange of
passes with Aguero.
But the Spaniard made no mistake on 53 minutes and his sublime
goal took the game out of Swansea’s
reach. His subtle pass to Sterling
started the move and he collected
the return pass to beat the advancing
Fabianski with a sublime chip.
City then pieced together an effortless string of unbroken passes
Spurs do bare minimum to prepare for Etihad meeting
TOTTENHAM HOTSPUR
Aurier 40, Son 87
2
BRIGHTON & HOVE ALBION
0
By Jack Pitt-Brooke
AT WEMBLEY STADIUM
It may not be enough to worry Manchester City, but this laboured win
over Brighton and Hove Albion was
exactly what Tottenham Hotspur
needed.
Their performance was low on
quality and on chances, thanks in
part to Brighton’s spoiling tactics.
If Saturday’s 5-1 demolition of Stoke
City here felt like a new departure,
much of this evening looked like a
return to the stolid home games of
earlier this season.
But Spurs still came away with the
three points, for just the fifth time
here in the league this season. After
falling off the pace in the league,
every three points is vital. They have
left themselves no more margin for
error. Yes, they cannot play like this
at the Etihad Stadium on Saturday, but that will be a very different
game. City will be just as aggressive
as Brighton were defensive, and that
will provide opportunities as well as
danger to Spurs.
Here, Spurs’ goals at the end of
each half both owed something to
good fortune. Serge Aurier’s opener
was a fluke, a cross that accidentally
flew in. Son Heung-min’s second, a
header from a free-kick, took a big
deflection. In open play Spurs created almost nothing.
The first 40 minutes of the first
half were a frustratingly typical
Serge Aurier celebrates his goal for
Tottenham with Harry Kane
pattern. Teams know that when they
come here they can defend deep and
narrow to try to force Tottenham
down the sides. It works, too: West
Bromwich Albion, Swansea City
and Burnley have all escaped with a
point by doing exactly that.
So Chris Hughton did the same,
even resting Glenn Murray and Pascal Gross to keep eager defensive
legs on the pitch. They were happy
to leave Tomer Hemed stranded
up front with everyone else in and
around their own penalty area.
The result was plenty of Spurs
possession but precious few chances.
Sometimes with Spurs a goal feels
inevitable but here it did not. Rather
than getting round Brighton’s defence, they went over them instead.
Aurier had the ball wide on the right,
shuffled into space, and just as Jose
Izquierdo clattered him, he got off
a cross. The ball looped over everyone’s heads, including Mat Ryan’s,
into the only unprotected part of the
goal, the far top corner. It was just
what Spurs needed: an unplanned,
unpreventable fluke.
Three minutes from the end, the
second goal came. Christian Eriksen had a free-kick from wide on the
right, which he drilled into the near
post, where Son got down to head
the ball. It took a deflection off Davy
Propper and flew in. Not brilliant,
and not pretty, but exactly what
Spurs needed. THE INDEPENDENT
Subs: Tottenham Dembele (Winks, 67), Alli (Lamela,
74) Davies (Son, 90); Brighton March (Izquierdo, 62),
Murray (Hemed, 72) Gross, (Kayal, 78). Booked:
Tottenham Rose; Brighton Knockaert.
Man of the Match Lamela. Rating 5/10.
Possession: Tottenham 75% Brighton 25%.
Attempts on target: Tottenham 7 Brighton 4.
Referee R Madley (W Riding).
Attendance 46,438.
NEWS
2-35
VOICES
18-22
TV
36-37
1
LEICESTER CITY
Mahrez 11, Okazaki 32, 69, King 38
4
By Nick Purewal
David Silva evades
Swansea’s Roque
Mesa to score City’s
third goal REUTERS
which ended with Aguero firing fractionally wide.
Swansea midfielder Roque Mesa’s
shot from the edge of the box took a
big deflection towards goal, but Ederson responded well to claw it away.
With five minutes remaining,
Aguero wrapped up the scoring as he
drifted past two defenders and found
the bottom corner. When Swansea
threatened in the dying moments,
Otamendi was on hand to block
Leroy Fer’s shot. THE INDEPENDENT
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The stories you
need to know
Southampton
Forster
Soa s
AT ST MARY’S STADIUM
Claude Puel exacted revenge on his
first return to Southampton as he
watched Leicester romp to a win.
Shinji Okazaki’s brace and further
goals from Riyad Mahrez and Andy
King eased Leicester past the struggling Saints, who could only muster
a scrappy effort from Maya Yoshida.
Frenchman Puel was sacked in the
summer despite last term leading
Southampton to an eighth-place finish and the League Cup final.
The former Nice manager was
out to disprove accusations he
had favoured boring football in his
Saints tenure, and revelled in his
Leicester charges laying on plenty of
entertainment.
The same shortcomings that littered Puel’s Saints tenure were on
display for Mauricio Pellegrino’s men
however, with the hosts finding no fluency in attack and defending pitifully.
Pellegrino’s Southampton stint
now appears under real strain: Saints
boast just one win and six points in
their last eight Premier League
games.
After 17 games under Puel last
term, Southampton had amassed 24
points – under Pellegrino at the same
stage, they have just 18.
Leicester’s joyful travelling fans
seized on the chance to mock their
hosts, chirping up with “Aren’t you
glad you sacked Puel?”.
Toothless in attack and disorganised at the back: Saints’ performance mirrored that of many under
Puel last term. Mahrez could hardly
believe the time and space afforded
to him by Southampton’s defence as
he cantered through the middle and
rifled Leicester’s facile opener.
Charlie Austin at least forced
Kasper Schmeichel into a save but
after an ineffective corner Saints
were on the back foot in seconds.
Schmeichel’s fizzing ball sent
Jamie Vardy through the middle and
the England man found Mahrez down
the left flank. Only Forster’s sharp
Van Dijk
Romeu
Lemina
Davis
Tadic
Boufal
Austin
Vardy
Chilwell
Fuch
Mahrez
Okazaki
King
idi
Morgan
Maguire Si pson
Schmeichel
Leicester City
Subs: Southampton Gabbiadini (Romeu, 45), Redmond
(Boufal, 62), Ward-Prowse (Tadic, 83); Leicester Gray
(Vardy, 72), Albrighton (Mahrez, 72), Ulloa (Chilwell, 83).
Booked: Southampton Austin; Leicester None.
Man of the Match Mahrez. Rating 8/10.
Possession: Southampton 54% Leicester 46%.
Attempts on target: Southampton 4 Leicester 11.
Referee C Kavanagh (Lancashire).
Attendance 27,714.
save denied Vardy a fine goal after he
redirected Mahrez’s low centre.
Leicester hardly had to work to
double their lead, a deep corner
catching Saints napping and Okazaki
poking in at the second attempt.
And when the visitors swept home
their third, the home faithful headed
indoors in their droves some seven
minutes from half-time, desperate
for anything other than Saints’ miserable performance.
Harry Maguire’s expert chest-down
and spin bamboozled Saints’ defence
such that no one cleared his low cross
– leaving the unmarked King with the
tap-in honours at the far post. Yoshida’s header found its way in to cut the
deficit, but the unconvinced home fans
could only chorus their amazement at
having found the net.
Leicester killed any delusions of a
Saints recovery with another clinical
strike. Mahrez pounced on a loose
pass, feeding Jamie Vardy, whose
low cross was easily swept home by
Okazaki.
Son
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Duffy
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Ryan
Brighton & Hove Albion
BOXING
Fury set to return
after two-year ban
Tyson Fury could get his licence
back when the British Boxing
Board of Control meet next
month. UK Anti-Doping cleared
the heavyweight, 29, to return
after more than two years out
following his acceptance of a
backdated two-year suspension
for testing positive for a banned
steroid. Before he can return
to the ring, Fury must appear
before the board so that he can be
assessed physically and mentally.
CRICKET
FOOTBALL
Wimbledon back
at Plough Lane
Rohit Sharma’s smashed a
double hundred to propel India
to a series-levelling 141-run
victory over Sri Lanka in Mohali.
India’s stand-in captain finished
unbeaten on 208 off 153 balls,
including 13 fours and 12 sixes,
as his side reached a daunting
392 for four. Sri Lanka managed
251 for eight in reply, with Angelo
Mathews unbeaten on 111. The
deciding match takes place in
Visakhapatnam on Sunday.
AFC Wimbledon have been
given approval to build a £25m
stadium at their old spiritual
home of Plough Lane. The site for
the 11,000-seat ground is just 250
yards down the road from where
Wimbledon FC played until 1991.
Work is due to start next summer
and the club – who currently
play at Kingsmeadow Stadium in
Kingston, five miles west of Plough
Lane – hope to be in their new
home for the 2019-20 season.
FOOTBALL
Joy for Hope
as Brighton get
the nod to join
women’s elite
Former England coach Hope
Powell said she is “overjoyed” that
her Brighton Ladies side will join
the Women’s Super League top
flight next year.
The Football Association
announced yesterday that the
nine WSL sides which applied for
licences to stay at the elite level
when it becomes a full-time league
will retain their status from the
2018-19 season, with Brighton
joining them.
Brighton, who are currently
in the second division, will play
at Crawley Town’s Broadfield
Stadium from next season.
Powell (above) said: “I am
overjoyed with the announcement,
as this will allow the club to realise
its aim of playing at the very
highest level.
“I have previously said that
achieving tier one status is the
FOOTBALL
Hemed
Stephe
63
Sharma cracks
double century
Bale spares Real’s
blushes in UAE
Kayal
i THURSDAY
14 DECEMBER 2017
Yoshida Be trand
Kane
Izquierdo
BUSINESS SPORT
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The
Sport
Matrix
Puel enjoys sweet
revenge by leading
Foxes to rout Saints
SOUTHAMPTON
Yoshida 61
IQ
38-47
Southampton players watch Riyad Mahrez’s goal roll into the net REUTERS
Real Madrid needed Gareth Bale’s
late winner to beat Al Jazira and
clinch a place in Saturday’s Fifa
Club World Cup final, where they
will play Brazilian side Gremio.
The team from the United Arab
Emirates took a 41st-minute lead
through Romarinho. Cristiano
Ronaldo levelled after 53 minutes,
with substitute Bale grabbing the
winner nine minutes from time.
next logical step for us in our longterm plan and I would like to thank
everyone inside and outside of the
club for their support.”
Tier One: Arsenal,
Birmingham, Brighton, Bristol
City, Chelsea, Everton, Liverpool,
Manchester City, Reading, Yeovil.
Tier Two: Aston Villa,
Doncaster, Durham, London Bees,
Millwall, Sheffield, Tottenham.
Sunderland and Oxford United
are expected to join clubs applying
for top-tier places in March.
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