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Christmas party
crash kills six
£120,000 pay, global
travel and golden perks
Paramedics astonished after
couple walk away when their
car is destroyed
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Liam Fox hires a new team of Brexit
trade ambassadors ... and
Michael Gove gets his own navy
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UK diplomat
murdered in
Beirut
MONDAY
18 DECEMBER 2017
Number 2,205
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Jeremy Hunt
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He is a real contender.
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The day at
a glance
ACCIDENT
SOCIETY
Maserati crashes
Wales vows to end
youth homelessness into police officers
MONDAY
18
DECEMBER
Quote of the day
God is a comedian
playing to an audience
too afraid to laugh
VOLTAIRE
Birthdays
Keith Richards (below),
musician, 74; Sia, pop
singer, 42; Michael
Moorcock, author, 78;
Steven Spielberg,
film-maker, 71;
‘Stone Cold’ Steve Austin,
former wrestler, 53
The Welsh Government has pledged
to wipe out youth homelessness
within a decade and has announced
£10m of funding to tackle the
problem. First Minister Carwyn
Jones said his government would
work with councils to help the
7,000 under-25s who experience
homelessness every year.
A police officer is in a critical
condition in hospital after he and a
female colleague were struck by a
Maserati as they helped to deal with
an unrelated early morning incident
in north-west London. The female
officer sustained several fractures.
The driver of the Maserati, a man in
his fifties, was arrested at the scene.
Anniversaries
Miniature mobile phones the size
of a lipstick holder and designed to
be smuggled into prisons should be
banned, the Justice Secretary has
said. “Beat the Boss” mobile phones
retail at £25, but are reportedly
changing hands for up to £500 inside
jails. PAGE 11
SCOTLAND
PEOPLE
Pair rescued from
Cairngorms crag
McQueen’s Grenfell
memorial on film
Two climbers have been rescued
in the Cairngorms after becoming
stuck 600ft from the ground on
Jacob’s Ladder. Mountain rescue
crews say the men, who were
“soloing” or climbing without
ropes, called for help around 4pm
on Saturday. A team of 24 rescue
workers pulled them up to a plateau.
Steve McQueen is filming an
artwork as a “lasting memorial” to
the Grenfell Tower fire tragedy. The
Turner Prize winner and director of
12 Years a Slave said the film would
be “a straight recording of the tower
as it is now” before it is obscured by
scaffolding, and will eventually go on
display at a museum. PAGE 19
GERMANY
PEOPLE
HERITAGE
CONSUMER
Social Democrats
want finance role
Driver hits out at
Damon over abuse
New protected sites
are an eclectic mix
Amazon delivery
dates ‘not being met’
Germany’s Social Democrats
(SPD) leader Martin Schulz
wants Chancellor Angela Merkel’s
conservatives to leave the powerful
finance ministry to his centre-left
party in coalition talks. SPD leaders
agreed on Friday to open talks on
forming a government with Ms
Merkel’s centre-right bloc.
The actress Minnie Driver has said
men “simply cannot understand
what abuse is like on a daily level”
and should not attempt to explain
sexual misconduct against women.
Driver was responding to comments
made by Matt Damon, whom she
once dated and co-starred with in
the film Good Will Hunting.
A gravestone for a war horse and the
gardens where Billy Butlin opened
his first holiday camp are among
the more unusual historic sites
given protected status this year. A
list drawn up by Historic England
also includes “acoustic mirrors”
for detecting aircraft, and 1970s
concrete student halls. PAGE 19
Complaints about packages not
being delivered on time by Amazon
in the lead-up to Christmas are
being considered by the advertising
watchdog. Customers signed up to
the online goods giant’s premium
service, Prime, have raised concerns
that their expected delivery dates
are not being met.
The List
World’s most trusted
governments
On the crest
of a wave
DAYS
HOURS
Gabart’s journey was completed
in just 42 days and 16 hours.
Britain was well down the list with
41 per cent trust rating.
Wednesday 18 Dec 1912
After years of digging in
a gravel pit at Piltdown,
Sussex, an amateur
archaeologist, Charles
Dawson, claimed to have
found primitive remains
that were a “missing link”
between apes and man.
In 1953, however, the
so-called “Piltdown Man”
was confirmed to be no
more than 600 years old.
Lipstick-size phones
‘should be banned’
1= Switzerland 82%
1= Indonesia 82%
3 India 73%
4 Luxembourg 68%
5 Norway 66%
6 Canada 64%
7 Turkey 57%
8= New Zealand 56%
8= Ireland 56%
8= Netherlands 56%
SOURCE: OECD
Percentages based on people’s
confidence in their national
government in 2016
French sailor François Gabart has just
become the fastest person to sail
round the world on their own,
beating the previous record by
fellow Frenchman Thomas Coville
by more than six days. Gabart
Gabart’s boat was a trimaran,
a sailing yacht with a main
hull with two smaller floats
attached called Macif.
completed the journey
without a single stop,
taking 42 days, 16 hours,
40 minutes and 35
seconds and finishing
early yesterday.
Draught:
Vertical distance
between waterline
and the bottom
of the hull
4.5m
Previously Thomas Coville
completed the same journey
in 49 days and 3 hours.
The boat has giant rotating
wingmasts that can be
tilted to present the
maximum sail area
to the wind.
Air Draught:
Distance from
surface of water
to highest point
of vessel
35m
Gabart broke several other
records including the fastest
navigation of the Pacific in
seven days, 15 hours.
Fastest speed
achieved
35 knots
(40mph)
Weight:
14.5 tonnes
He also broke the record for
the longest distance covered
in 24 hours (851 miles).
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FILM
LYNN NOLAN, BAKER
‘Star Wars’ brings
in $220m on debut
Star Wars: The Last Jedi rocketed
to a debut of $220m (£165m) at the
North American box office, landing
the second-best opening ever and
slotting in behind its predecessor,
The Force Awakens, which took in
$248.8m. The Disney blockbuster
became just the fourth film to open
above $200m.
UNITED STATES
Valuable coins given
to Salvation Army
For the fourth year in a row, gold
coins have been found among the
donations in a Salvation Army kettle
in Florida. Someone again dropped
gold 1947 Mexican 50-peso coins
into the kettle outside a store in
Pompano Beach. Two of the coins,
each worth $1,300, were found last
week and one on 27 November.
ITALY
King’s body to be
returned from exile
That’s a showstopper.
Even Paul
Hollywood would
be impressed
with this feat of
cake-making.
Amateur baker
Lynn Nolan’s
nativity
scene is made
out of fruit
cake and took
her six months
to complete. The
61-year-old former florist,
originally from Manchester, started
crafting her vision of Bethlehem in
the summer, with the icing taking two
months to complete.
That sounds incredibly difficult.
Yes, no piece of cake. Measuring 6ft
long, 3ft wide and with a 6ft backdrop,
the cake depicts a street of LED
candle-lit houses, market stalls and
the traditional stable. Baby Jesus is
apparently so tiny that “getting
his head on was a nightmare”.
But, says Ms Nolan, the
hardest part was the
camels, which ended up
“looking like the Loch Ness
Monster”.
What guided her?
Divine or otherwise, Ms
Nolan was guided by
inspiration. “It was all in
my head, I had a vision
of where I was going but I
didn’t write it down.”
Are there awards
for getting into the
Christmas spirit?
If so, Ms Nolan certainly
deserves one. And
talking of “spirits”, the
cake contains four litres
of whisky, along with 240
eggs, 50kg of marzipan and 90kg
of icing. Supermarkets and local
shops donated £225 towards the
ingredients, which came to £850.
I know where I’d like to be spending
Christmas dinner.
Nice try, but the cake is to be
auctioned on Wednesday, with
proceeds donated to Youlgrave All
Saints’ Primary School, which needs a
new playground.
Ms Nolan has form in
the mammoth cake
department: last
December she
baked a replica of
her entire village
to fund church
roof repairs. So
with any luck
they’ll be able to
raise a large slice
of the total.
Russell Parton
The remains of Italy’s King Victor
Emmanuel III have been repatriated
from Egypt and interred in a family
mausoleum, 71 years after the
country’s royals went into exile.
Victor Emmanuel died in 1947 in
Alexandria, after he abdicated in
favour of his son in a vain attempt to
preserve the monarchy. PAGE 21
ARTS
Dancers to usher in
Davos world forum
An Ohio choreographer has
composed a piece that dancers
will perform at the opening of next
month’s World Economic Forum
in Davos, Switzerland. Edwaard
Liang’s piece, tentatively titled Four
Seasons, will be performed by the
principal dancers of La Scala opera
house in Milan, Italy.
i MONDAY
18 DECEMBER 2017
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Oliver Duff
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Reader challenge:
sum up 2017 in
100 words or less
i readers show a fondness for
brevity in their correspondence,
as well as in their choice of
newspaper.
Working in the news media,
each year seems more incredible
than the last. A little contest for
you, then, as we approach the end
of MMXVII.
In keeping with i’s digest ethos,
readers are invited to review 2017
in no more than 100 words. We
will publish the best write-ups
and add a few from our own
correspondents.
You could focus on any aspect:
news, sport, discovery, who we
lost, cultural gems, heroes or
villains... You might choose
to draw together a theme, or
to charge through current
affairs. Happy or downbeat,
stark or florid – all entries
are welcome.
Prose is preferred, although,
not wishing to discourage
budding E.J. Thribbs, do submit
poetry if you must.
We’ll probably award some
sort of prize, to be specified once
our office manager Denise has
had a look down the back of
the stationery cupboard.
Editor’s discretion, usual rules
and all that.
You can send your thoughts
directly to me and to our
comment editor, Barbara
Speed, on i@inews.co.uk. The
address of our London office is
2 Derry Street, W8 5TT, and we
can as ever be reached on social
media @olyduff or @theipaper.
I doff my hat here to
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With little room for hesitation,
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NEWS
ACCIDENT
Six people die
in three-car
collision in
Birmingham
By Dean Kirby
Six people have died and a seventh
person suffered critical injuries in a
multi-vehicle crash in Birmingham.
Three vehicles were involved in
the accident near Edgbaston, in
the early hours of yesterday morning. Police said three men in one
car died at the scene and a fourth is
critically injured in hospital.
The driver of a taxi and his two
passengers were also killed.
The taxi driver, Imtiaz Mohammed, 33, and a man named Tauqeer Hussain were named as being
among the victims last night.
Mr Mohammed had six children
and his youngest daughter will turn
four today.
Mr Mohammed’s younger brother, Noorshad Mohammed, revealed
how just moments before the fatal
crash, his sibling rang his wife to tell
her he would be coming home.
The 32-year-old said: “It was his
last job of the night. That was the
last time she spoke to him.”
Older sister Nassrin Bibi paid
tribute to her brother and said the
family had been “shattered” by
what had happened.
The road where the
accident occurred is a dual
carriageway with a 40mph speed
limit but residents described
it as “really dangerous”, saying
young drivers “like to challenge
themselves and go really fast”.
Mr Mohammed worked for local
company Castle Cars, which said:
“Imtiaz was a wonderful, young,
hard-working family man, who was
loved and respected by all.”
He had been due to quit driving
within weeks and was on one of his
final shifts.
Ambulance crews said it was “astonishing” that a man and a woman
in a third car suffered relatively
minor injuries despite extensive
damage to their vehicle.
Three other cars collided as they
tried to avoid the crash. Four people
were taken to Heartlands Hospital
with non-life-threatening injuries.
The ambulance service said
13 people in total were involved in
the crash.
West Midlands Ambulance Service sent five ambulances, three paramedic officers, a trauma doctor,
an air ambulance and a hazardous
area response team to the scene.
West Midlands Ambulance
Service spokeswoman Michelle
Brotherton said: “It quickly
became apparent there were
multiple patients.
“Despite the best efforts of our
staff, five patients were confirmed
deceased at the scene and a sixth
patient was taken to Queen Elizabeth Hospital but has since sadly
passed away.
“A seventh patient remains in a
critical condition at the hospital.
Police were notifying families of the
deaths yesterday.”
Police said it “too early” to speculate about the cause of the crash.
Taxi driver Imtiaz Mohammed
was killed in the accident near
Edgbaston in Birmingham PA
Birmingham
Site of crash
Lee Bank
Middleway
Edgbaston
University of
Biirmingham
2,000 ft
EYEWITNESS
Emergency workers given counselling
By Dean Kirby
A senior police officer described the
situation that confronted emergency
crews as “harrowing” and ambulance
chiefs said it was an “extremely complex and distressing scene”.
Some eyewitnesses described the
tragedy, a week before Christmas, as
the worst thing they had ever seen.
The carnage was such that emergency crews who dealt with the aftermath of the crash are being offered
counselling and specialist support.
Superintendent Sean Phillips,
from West Midlands Police, said:
“The officer in charge of the overall
investigation described this as a very
harrowing incident and scene.
“He asked me to personally pass
on my thoughts to the families
and everyone involved at
this time. It is a very, very
tragic incident just before
Christmas.”
One woman described
how she saw “two people
lying lifeless about 20ft
apart from each other and
then a people carrier taxi
squashed up the wall against another car, which was almost unrecognisable as a car”.
“I saw at least two people trapped
under the taxi. Other cars behind had
bumped into each other, probably
from slamming their brakes on.”
Police declined to speculate
on the cause of the crash
but said the road had been
gritted at approximately
5pm on Saturday, several hours before the
crash happened.
They appealed for people to send images of the
incident to police rather than
posting them on the internet:
“It’s a harrowing scene. There are
families involved – these are real
people involved.”
HEALTH
New ovarian cancer pill a ‘critical milestone’
By Alex Matthews-King
A pill which has the potential to
ensure an extra 18 months of life
for women with ovarian cancer
has been dubbed a “milestone”
treatment, after it was licensed for
use in the UK.
The once-daily pill Niraparib is
part of a new class of cancer drugs,
and it can quadruple the time
between chemotherapy and the
cancer’s return.
Clinical trials found that in women
with an inherited defect in the BRCA
gene, which plays a key role in suppressing the formation of tumours,
the time until a relapse increased
from 5.5 months to 21 months.
In women without this mutation,
the time to relapse improved to a
lesser extent, but was double compared to when they received chemotherapy alone.
While the drug can now be bought
and prescribed in the UK, it is not
yet available on the NHS. That decision, for patients in England and
Wales, will be taken by the National
Institute for Health and Care Excellence (Nice), which will weigh up
the clinical effectiveness against the
cost of any treatment. The Scottish
Medicines Consortium provides
similar guidelines in Scotland.
Professor Jonathan Ledermann,
from the University College London Cancer Institute and director at Cancer Research UK, said:
“Niraparib is the first treatment of
A ‘life-changing’ drug
Katherine Taylor, chief executive of
the charity Ovarian Cancer Action,
said: “The outlook for women
diagnosed with ovarian cancer can
be bleak. Current treatment lags
behind other and better-known
cancers, and survival rates are low.
“This news is an encouraging
step in the right direction, but we
now need to ensure all UK
women diagnosed with recurrent
platinum-sensitive ovarian cancer
can benefit.”
Ms Taylor called on regulators
to approve Niraparib for use in the
NHS. “For many women this could
be life-changing,” she said.
its class licensed to delay the progression of ovarian cancer following platinum-based chemotherapy,
regardless of BRCA status.
“This represents a critical milestone in the management of ovarian
cancer. Access to effective and tolerable medicines is sorely needed,
and the hope is that Niraparib will
be available on the NHS as quickly
as possible.”
Ovarian cancer has been called
a “silent killer” because it is often
spotted late and at a deadly stage.
Each year around 7,400 women in
the UK are diagnosed with ovarian
cancer, and 4,128 die from the disease. Roughly 85 per cent of patients
will experience recurrence after
treatment. THE INDEPENDENT
Professor Jonathan Ledermann said
the development was ‘sorely needed’
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DIPLOMACY
Fox hires his own team of
Brexit trade ambassadors
By Rob Merrick
MOTORING
Drivers warned of ‘Frantic Friday’
By Neil Lancefield
Drivers are being urged to avoid travelling on “Frantic Friday” this week
when the last of the year’s commuter
rush hours will clash with the Christmas getaway.
Leisure journeys will peak at
1.87 million on Christmas Eve, but
22 December is expected to bring the
worst delays as people driving home
from work battle for road space with
1.25 million motorists visiting friends
and family, according to the RAC.
The worst hold-ups are expected
between 4pm and 8pm.
An estimated 11.5 million leisure
trips will be made by car between
December 17 and Christmas Eve, but
this will be eclipsed by the 17.5 million
between Christmas Day and New
Year’s Day as people take advantage
of post-Christmas sales at shops.
RAC traffic spokesman Rod Dennis said: “Things tend to get worse on
the last working day before Christmas, with ‘Frantic Friday’ this year
falling on 22 December.
“We strongly urge drivers planning
long journeys to avoid this day if they
possibly can.”
The “roadworks embargo” will be
in place on major roads from 6am on
Friday until 12.01am on 2 January.
Liam Fox plans to appoint nine new
“trade commissioners” around
the world, on gold-plated packages normally handed to the UK’s
ambassadors.
The roles offer £120,000 salaries
– akin to the pay for the most glittering ambassador jobs in France, Russia, Japan and at the United Nations
– as well as lucrative travel costs and
private education for any children.
With the official title of “Her Britannic Majesty’s Trade Commissioners”, they will be charged with
ensuring that post-Brexit Britain
becomes a “global champion of free
trade, in charge of its own independent trade policy”.
Dr Fox, the International Trade
Secretary, was accused by political opponents of replicating the
long-established roles of existing
ambassadors.
Labour called the move “a very expensive power grab”, while the Liberal Democrats claimed it “smacks
of Liam Fox desperately seeking to
be seen to be doing something, while
his department treads water”.
Under EU rules, the UK is unable to negotiate and sign trade
deals with non-EU countries while
Liam Fox will appoint trade
commissioners who will be paid
annual salaries of up to £120,000
The Department for
International Trade
insists the ambassadors provide
“leadership and co-ordination
for cross-government activity”,
rather than simply focusing
on trade.
remaining in the bloc’s customs
union. Brussels insists that the UK
must stay in the EU during the twoyear transition period Theresa May
hopes to secure from 2019, raising
questions about the role that the
commissioners will be able to perform in the short term.
The Department for International
Trade (DIT) is advertising for nine
such roles with interviews planned
in the new year. The adverts offer
“a salary of up to £120,000” and are
subject to generous “diplomatic
service compensation allowances”.
Barry Gardiner, the shadow International Trade Secretary, said
expanding global trade was “essential”, but added: “Many will wonder
how these new trade commissioners
are supposed to relate to the work of
the Foreign Office, whose embassies
have been doing this work for many
years with on-the-ground expertise.
“At a cost of well over £1m a year,
this group of commissioners might
be thought to be no more than a very
expensive power grab by Liam Fox.”
Tom Brake, Lib Dem Brexit
spokesman, said: “Liam Fox would
have done better to rely on our
network of well-renowned ambassadors who are already tasked with
promoting trade.” THE INDEPENDENT
ENVIRONMENT
Gove gets his own navy to take on fishermen
By Russell Parton
The Environment S ecretary
Michael Gove is set to get his own
small navy to take back control of
UK waters and keep European fishermen away after Brexit.
Mr Gove’s department will receive
four armed patrol boats, designed to
deter foreign trawlers after Brexit.
HMS Forth will have a 30mm gun,
machine-guns and a helicopter
when it enters service next year.
Mr Gove’s fleet will cost £350m,
paid for by the Marine Management
Organisation, part of the Department for Environment, Food and
Rural Affairs (Defra).
Danish, French and Spanish fishing vessel operators have said they
will challenge any attempt to keep
them out of UK waters, which provide about a third of the EU’s catch.
A Defra spokesman said: “Leaving the EU means we will take back
control of our waters. Access will be
subject to negotiation, and will support a thriving future for our fishing
sector.” Satellites, patrol vessels and
aerial surveillance will be deployed.
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NEWS
EDUCATION
Teachers feel the pinch as schools fail to find pay rises
By Russell Parton
Teachers’ pay is being cut as schools
fail to give them annual salary increases and deny pay progression,
according to the National Education
Union’s national pay survey.
The annual survey, of over 12,000
teachers, has led to accusations that
the Government is creating “chaos”
on the issue of teachers’ pay and sow-
ing the seeds of a crisis in recruiting
and retaining teachers.
It found that one in five teachers
has not received a cost-of-living pay
rise this year and a further 30 per
cent are still waiting to hear whether
they would get one.
And five years after the Government introduced performance-related pay (PRP) for all teachers, 14 per
cent of those eligible for pay progres-
sion had been denied it, and a further
25 per cent had no idea whether they
would receive any pay progression
this year.
The survey found that over
90 per cent of those denied
progression were not told they
were not meeting required standards during the school year, despite
government guidance that this
should happen.
And 17 per cent of those denied
pay progression were told it was
for budgetary reasons, despite government guidelines saying funding
should not be a factor.
Kevin Courtney, joint general
secretary of the National Education Union, said: “The Government
has created chaos on teachers’ pay,
which is contributing to the crisis in
recruiting and retaining teachers.
“Many teachers are facing pay
cuts because their schools are not
raising their pay this year.”
The survey also revealed
severe disgruntlement
over pay in teaching, with nearly
80 per cent believing they are
paid less than they are worth.
SOCIETY
Teenagers told
to start saving for
their pensions
By Victoria Shaw
changing, so it is only right that pension saving does too. This ambitious
A landmark workplace savings drive package will see more people than
is to be extended to 18-year-olds ever before helped on to the path tounder recommendations set to be wards building a secure retirement.”
published by the Department for
The rollout of auto-enrolment
Work and Pensions (DWP).
started in 2012, with more than 9 milSome 900,000 young people could lion people now having been placed
save into a workplace pension for the into a workplace pension.
first time under the plans contained
Take-up of the scheme so far sugin the review, which looks at how
gests a strong appetite for saving
to build on the success of
– particularly among youngautomatic enrolment into
er people.
workplace pensions.
The review, due to be
At present, automatpublished today, estiic enrolment applies
mates there are still
The age at
to workers who are
about 12 million people
which pension
aged between 22 and
under-saving for their
contributions
will
state pension age, and
retirement, representstart being paid,
earning above a cering 38 per cent of the
lowered from 22
tain trigger – but under
working age population.
the recommendations the
Of this 12 million, six
eligible age would be lowered
million are deemed “mild
by four years to 18, and contributions under-savers”.
would be made from the first pound
It is estimated that the changes
earned.
outlined in the review will deliver
David Gauke, Secretary of State an additional £3.8bn of pension
for the DWP, said: “We are commit- contributions, taking the total to
ted to enabling more people to save £24bn a year.
while they are working, so that they
The Government plans to work
can enjoy greater financial security towards introducing the reforms in
when they retire.
the mid-2020s in partnership with
“We know the world of work is employers and the pensions industry.
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18 and up Millions to get more in retirement
Who is affected by the new scheme?
Auto-enrolment will apply to workers
aged 18 and above, with workplace
pension contributions calculated
from the first pound earned. At
present, automatic enrolment applies
to workers who are aged between
22 and state pension age and earning
above £10,000.
When would the changes come
into effect?
Slowly. The Government aims to
work towards introducing the reforms
in the mid-2020s. This has led to
criticism, with Steve Webb, former
pensions minister, and now director
of policy at Royal London, calling
them “shockingly lethargic”, and
warning that “whole generations of
workers” could be left behind.
How many could be affected?
About 900,000 young people would
be automatically enrolled into a
workplace pension for the first time.
What does the Government hope the
scheme will achieve?
About 12 million people are thought to
be “under-saving” for their retirement
– 38 per cent of the working age
population. The changes will not
only mean people retiring with more
income, but also having greater
control over when they stop working.
What would the measures mean for
pensioners of the future?
According to pensions analyst
Nathan Long, “someone with average
earnings could increase their pension
pot at retirement by over £60,000”.
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COVER STORY
British diplomat murdered in
Beirut after night out with friends
By Russell Parton
and Kim Sengupta
A diplomat who worked at the British embassy in Beirut has been
founded murdered by the side of a
motorway.
Rebecca Dykes, believed to be 30,
was strangled to death on Saturday,
Lebanese police have confirmed.
She is believed to have been at a
party in Gemmayze, a nightlife district of the city known for its cafés
and pubs, on Friday, and left by herself around midnight.
Her body was found on the Metn
highway, which leads out of Beirut to
the north-east suburbs, without any
identity papers. A forensic examination suggested she had died sometime around 4am on Saturday.
A forensic official in the country told the Associated Press news
agency that Ms Dykes was strangled
with a rope.
The unnamed official added that
authorities are investigating the
exact cause of her death and whether she was sexually assaulted.
Ms Dykes was planning to fly
home to the UK for Christmas on
Saturday.
A family spokesman said: “We are
devastated by the loss of our beloved
Rebecca. We are doing all we can to
understand what happened. We request that the media respect our privacy as we come together as a family
at this very difficult time.”
Ms Dykes had been working in
Beirut as a programme and policy
manager with the Department for
International Development (DfID),
and had previously worked as a policy manager with the Libya team at
the Foreign Office (FCO), according
to her LinkedIn page.
She had also worked as an Iraq
research analyst with the FCO and
spoke fluent Mandarin.
She was a graduate of the University of Manchester, and had a master’s in international security and
global governance from Birkbeck,
Embassy worker
Rebecca Dykes left
a party in Beirut
on her own at
midnight PA
University of London. The information branch of Lebanon’s internal
security forces, essentially the intelligence department of the police, is
conducting the investigation.
A DfID spokesman said: “There
is now a police investigation and the
FCO is providing consular support
to Becky’s family and working with
the local authorities.”
The British ambassador to Lebanon, Hugo Shorter, tweeted: “The
whole embassy is deeply shocked,
saddened by this news. My thoughts
are with Becky’s family, friends and
colleagues for their tragic loss.
“We’re providing consular support to her family and working
very closely with Lebanese authorities who are conducting the police
investigation.”
The Foreign Office said it was
in contact with the Lebanese
authorities.
“Following the death of a British
woman in Beirut, we are provid-
Despite its image of parties on the
Med, this country is simply not safe
L
ebanon is often portrayed
in the Western media
as a vibrant tourist
destination. Its capital,
Beirut, is praised as one of the
“most exciting party cities in
the world”, but underneath the
veneer of beach parties and chic
cocktail bars lies an ugly truth:
Lebanon is simply not a safe
country to travel to.
The Foreign Office strongly
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SPORT
Farah comes
from behind
to win sports
personality
By Russell Parton
ing support to the family,” a Foreign Office spokesman said. “Our
thoughts are with the family at this
difficult time.” THE INDEPENDENT
Rebecca Dykes was
educated at a Chinese
international school and had
worked across the world,
including in Hong Kong, Laos
and Iraq.
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advises against travel to many
parts of Lebanon, including
large parts of South Beirut and
popular tourist locations such as
Baalbek. While this advice is often
given because of the presence of
terrorist groups, criminal gangs
also operate in places that have a
security vacuum.
While Lebanon has avoided a
significant outbreak of violence
spilling over from the civil war in
neighbouring Syria, it is suffering
from a major political crisis
that has seen it operate without
a functioning government for
several years, and a violent crime
rate that is rarely discussed in
fawning media portrayals of the
coastal Mediterranean nation.
The US Department of
State continues to advise
its citizens against all
non-essential travel
to Lebanon, citing the
crime rate as a factor.
In recent years
there has been a spate
of violent robberies and
kidnappings that resulted
in murder, with most of
these incidents occurring while
individuals were using public
transport. An alarming number
of incidents of gender-based
violence have been documented,
including multiple incidents of
women sold into sexual slavery,
especially from Lebanon’s
burgeoning Syrian refugee
population.
Despite the beach bars and
night clubs, Lebanon remains a
deeply conservative society.
Many crimes against
women go unreported
because of societal
pressure, so it is
difficult to gauge the
extent of the problem.
However, it is clear that
the portrayal of Lebanon
as a party destination does
not reflect the dangers people
face in a country with a barely
functioning government and a
corrupt judicial system.
Sir Mo Farah was crowned BBCSports Personality of the Year last
night, beating Jonathan Rea and
Jonny Peacock.
In a glittering retirement year, Sir
Mo picked up his third consecutive
10,000m gold at last August’s World
Championships, along with silver
in the 5,000m. He also received a
knighthood.
Yet at odds of 33-1, his victory in the
BBC poll was unexpected. Speaking
from the US after the announcement,
he said: “I didn’t see this coming.
“Having come so close after London 2012, I thought that was my best
chance of winning. I just thought,
‘Mate, this thing is hard to win!’”
Formula One champion Lewis
Hamilton and Britain’s world heavyweight champion boxer Anthony
Joshua, both considered strong contenders, failed to make the top three.
And there was no place for reigning
Tour de France and Vuelta a España
champion Chris Froome, following
his failed drugs test.
Team of the year went to the women’s England cricket team, who made
history by winning the World Cup in
July at a packed-out Lords.
B e n ke B l o m kv i s t , S t e p h e n
Maguire and Christian Malcolm,
who coached the GB 100m relay team
to a stunning victory at the worlds
in London in August, were named
coaches of the year.
Overseas sports personality was
awarded to Roger Federer, who at the
age of 36 won his eighth Wimbledon
title and 19th grand slam.
There was also a lifetime achievement award for Jessica Ennis-Hill, the
retired heptathlete and London 2012
gold medallist, who described herself
as “completely overwhelmed”.
Denise Larrad, 55, won the Unsung Hero award. The fundraiser
from Hinckley works night shifts in
a warehouse yet finds time to lead
walking, orienteering, running and
fitness classes in the community.
There was also joy for Phil Foden,
a member of the World Cup-winning
England U17 team, who was named
young sportsperson of the year.
Sport, page 51
Sir Mo’s win was so unexpected, he
was not in the BBC studio last night
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IMMIGRATION
Economy ‘will grind to halt without EU migrants’
By Dan O’Donoghue
Businesses, the NHS and schools
would be in a “terrible position”
if Eastern European migrants
stopped coming after Brexit, the
shadow Home Secretary, Diane
Abbott, has argued.
Ms Abbott said that the Government should be listening to the concerns of the public sector. Speaking
on The Andrew Marr Show, Ms
Abbott said that Labour’s position
was to have “less bureaucracy” to
allow easy movement for EU migrants. “The health service... they’re
very worried about a collapse in the
number of EU migrants coming
here,” she said.
“Social care would be in a terrible
position, the health service, finance,
education, so we will be listening as
the Government should be listening
to what business and the public sec-
tor says about its needs for labour.
“At this point both business and public services like health and education
are saying we do indeed need these
Eastern European migrants.”
Asked to elaborate on the shadow
Brexit Secretary Sir Keir Starmer’s
call for easy movement, Ms Abbott
said Labour would put in place a
“fair and reasonable” system to
manage migration, adding: “It may
involve a visa system.”
POLITICS
May wants united
Cabinet ahead of
Brexit trade talks
By Nigel Morris
POLIICAL EDITOR
Theresa May will today attempt to
rally her divided Cabinet and MPs behind her ahead of Brexit negotiations
with the European Union moving on
to their second phase.
Determined to build on last
week’s breakthrough in
Brussels, she will detail
proposals for the twoyear transitional period
that will follow Britain’s
departure from the EU.
She will raise the
prospect of signing trade
deals with non-EU countries
during that period, as well as
drawing up new immigration rules as
freedom of movement ends.
Her proposal on trade will be
resisted by Brussels, which insists
that it will not allow Britain to
hammer out agreements with nonEU countries during the planned
transitional period.
Among the Prime Minister’s
immediate challenges is to ensure
the Cabinet remains united despite
its splits over how closely linked
Britain should remain to the EU
after Brexit.
Her top team is divided
between “divergers”,
such as Boris Johnson,
(left) David Davis,
M i c h ae l G ove a n d
Gavin Williamson, and
“aligners” including
Philip Hammond, Amber
Rudd and Greg Clark.
She will chair a meeting of a
Brexit “war cabinet” today to discuss
the “end state” Britain should be
aiming for, and that will be followed
by a Cabinet meeting tomorrow.
Whitehall sources insisted that
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SOCIETY
Fearful MPs ask
for security as
police investigate
death threats
By Nigel Morris
POLITICAL EDITOR
Theresa May
and her husband,
Philip, leaving
church near
Maidenhead PA
no firm decisions would be taken at
those meetings, which are designed
to canvass opinion round the table.
In a Commons statement, Mrs May
will also seek to soothe the tensions
among Conservative MPs following
last Wednesday’s government defeat.
T h e p ro s p e c t o f a s e co n d
reverse this week over moves to
enshrine the date of Brexit in law
has vanished, however, following
a compromise agreed with
Remain-supporting Tories.
MrsMaywilltellMPsofthe“shared
desire of the EU and the UK to make
rapid progress” in negotiations over
the form of “this strictly time-limited
implementation period” beginning in
March 2019.
The Government will argue that
Britain and the EU should have
continued access to each other’s
markets while Britain prepares for
life fully outside the bloc.
“During this period we intend
to register new arrivals from the
EU as preparation for our future
immigration system,” she will say.
Boris Johnson has argued
that Britain should make
as clean a break as possible with
the EU, saying the UK should
“maximise the benefits of Brexit”
and not become a “vassal state” by
converging with EU rules.
LABOUR
Mixed signals
on second
referendum
By Joe Watts
Senior Labour figures have given
mixed messages over whether there
should be a second referendum on
Britain’s EU membership.
The party’s official policy is that
it will honour the result of the June
2016 vote, but interviews yesterday
suggested that views vary between
members of the Shadow Cabinet.
Deputy leader Tom Watson
told BBC Radio 5 Live’s Pienaar’s
Politics that no possibility should
be dismissed outright. “We’ve not
said we want a second referendum,
what we actually want is a negotiated
settlement,” he said.
Diane Abbott, the shadow Home
Secretary, told BBC1’s Andrew Marr
Show that “the Labour Party doesn’t
support a second referendum”.
International trade spokesman
Barry Gardiner said: “The Labour
Party has not said that we will have
a second referendum. We will honour
the referendum result, but we last
week got a final vote for Parliament
on the deal.”
Threats of violence against MPs
have “no place in our politics”,
Theresa May has warned following
a spate of abusive and intimidating
messages directed at politicians.
Police are investigating death
threats sent to pro-European Union
Conservative MPs who defied the
party whip to help defeat the Government in last week’s Brexit
vote. One MP blamed the
invective on a “blue
Momentum” of “hard
Brexit” supporters.
Meanwhile, another
Tory MP has also contacted police after he
and his pregnant wife
received thousands of
vitriolic messages after
he clashed with Jeremy Corbyn in the Commons.
Mrs May said: “Threats of violence are unacceptable and have
no place in our politics. Everybody
should be treated with tolerance,
decency and respect.”
The Committee on Standards
in Public Life raised concern last
week over the levels of abuse faced
by candidates from all parties at
the last election, including death
threats and rape taunts. Many MPs
have decided to take extra security
precautions following the murder of
Jo Cox 18 months ago.
Last week’s 11 Tory rebels re-
ceived abuse online, including a
round robin message saying they
should be hanged for treachery.
Others denounced them as “collaborators” and “traitors” who should
be shot.
One of them, the former minister
Anna Soubry (inset), said messages
repeated a demand from a Tory colleague for them to be deselected. “A
tightly knit and co-ordinated group
of Conservatives, including some
MPs, are working with nonparty members to get their
hard version of Brexit
at any cost. They are
using the very same
pernicious tactics
as Corbyn’s Momentum,” she wrote in The
Mail on Sunday.
The same paper also
reported that left-wing
activists targeted the heavily pregnant wife of an unnamed
Tory MP following his Commons
confrontation with Mr Corbyn.
One told her “hope your baby dies”
while a Facebook user said he would
“spear” the MP.
The bitter atmosphere
around politics has
prompted the Archbishop of
Canterbury, Justin Welby,
to call for a Christmas truce
– similar to that during in the
First World War in 1914.
In an interview Nigel Farage said he
was ‘53, separated and skint’
PEOPLE
MPs mock
Farage’s claim
he is ‘skint’
By Nigel Morris
POLITICAL EDITOR
The former Ukip leader Nigel
Farage has been ridiculed after
claiming that he is “skint” despite
earning a salary of around
£90,000 as an MEP.
Opponents pointed out that he
will also receive a £73,000 annual
pension after Brexit and lives
in a townhouse in Chelsea, west
London, said to be worth £4m.
Mr Farage protested poverty
in an interview in which he
described himself as “53,
separated and skint”.
Tom Watson, the deputy Labour
leader, responded: “There are no
words.” The Liberal Democrat
Brexit spokesman, Tom Brake,
joked that he felt “so sorry” for Mr
Farage. “Oh, and wasn’t the EU a
gravy train? Surprised he doesn’t
refuse his pension on principle,”
Mr Brake added.
The Labour MP Heidi
Alexander tweeted: “If the
British people don’t see this
utter hypocrisy for what it is, I
will despair.”
HEALTH
DIPLOMACY
Scientists issue warning
over American poultry
No bespoke
trade deal for
UK – Barnier
By Russell Parton
Eating chemically washed turkey
for Christmas could be a unforeseen consequence of Brexit if the
UK signs a comprehensive trade
deal with the US, scientists claim.
A British research team
has compared British
and EU standards with
those in the US and
found that American
poultry, washed in
up to four chemical
disinfectants, does not
measure up.
They said the use of
chemical disinfectants
in the US food industry
“posed risks” to both shoppers
and workers in the industry. The
study, published by Food Research
Collaboration, found that the same
chemicals are used in the US to
wash fruit, vegetables and fish.
Prof Erik Millstone, of the
University of Sussex, said: “The
UK should continue to insist on
improving hygiene standards in
poultry farms, slaughterhouses and
meat-cutting plants, and not allow
standards to decline, nor
try relying on chemical
disinfectants to reduce
the harm that filthy
meat can cause.”
I n J u l y, t h e
Environment
Secretary Michael
G ove ( inset) s a i d :
“We are not going to
dilute our high animal
welfare standards, or our
high environmental standards, in
pursuit of any trade deal.”
However, his cabinet colleague
Liam Fox later said there was “no
health issue” with washing chicken
By Nigel Morris
Britain will not be given a special
trade deal with the European Union
after Brexit, Brussels’ chief negotiator, Michel Barnier, has insisted.
Theresa May has called for a bespoke deal combining elements of the
EU’s existing trading relationships
with Norway and Canada.
As Brexit talks move on to their
second phase, covering trade, Mr
Barnier signalled his hostility to the
plan. “They have to realise there
won’t be any cherry-picking,” he told
Prospect magazine.
“We won’t mix up the various scenarios, mixing, for instance, the advantages of the Norwegian model,
member of the single market, with
the simple requirements of the Canadian one,” he said. “It cannot be business as usual.”
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UNITED STATES
When
Harry
met Barry
Secret Pentagon
unit has been
investigating UFOs
By Samuel Osborne
The Pentagon has admitted it ran a
secret programme tasked with investigating sightings of unidentified
flying objects, or UFOs.
The Advanced Aviation Threat
Identification Programme ran
from 2007 to 2012 with £15m in annual funding, The New York Times
reported.
Initial funding came largely at the
request of former Senate Democratic
leader Harry Reid from Nevada. Mr
Reid is known for his enthusiasm for
space phenomena, the newspaper
said. According to its backers, the
The Advanced Aviation
Threat Identification
Programme was launched
after Nevada Democrat Harry
Reid spoke to his friend, Robert
Bigelow, the billionaire founder
of Bigelow Aerospace.
programme remains in existence and
officials continue to investigate UFO
episodes brought to their attention.
The Pentagon acknowledged the
existence of the programme. “The
Advanced Aviation Threat Identification Program ended in the 2012
timeframe,” Laura Ochoa, a spokeswoman said. “It was determined that
there were other, higher priority issues that merited funding.”
But the Pentagon was less clear
about whether the programme has
continued since then.
“The DoD takes seriously all
threats and potential threats to our
people, our assets, and our mission
and takes action whenever credible
information is developed,” Ms Ochoa
said. In a tweet linking to the story,
Mr Reid wrote: “The truth is out
there. Seriously.”
He added: “We don’t know the answers but we have plenty of evidence
to support asking the questions. This
is about science and national security.” THE INDEPENDENT
Prince Harry has
interviewed Barack
Obama for BBC Radio
4’s Today programme,
to be broadcast on 27
December. Mr Obama,
who has known the
Prince for several
years, reminisced
about leaving the
White House and
discussed his work
with the Obama
Foundation. THE
OBAMA FOUNDATION/PA
CRIME
contacts with President Donald
Trump’s campaign has gained access to thousands of emails sent and
received by Trump officials before
the start of his administration.
But the investigators did not directly request the records from Mr
Trump’s still-existing transition
group, Trump for America, and
instead obtained them from the
General Services Administration
(GSA), a separate federal agency
that stored the material.
On Saturday, Kory Langhofer,
Handover of
emails angers
Team Trump
By Stephen Braun and Chad Day
IN WASHINGTON
The special counsel Robert Mueller’s investigation into Russian
general counsel for the transition
group, sent a letter to two congressional committees arguing that the
GSA had improperly provided the
transition records to Mr Mueller’s
investigators.
In the letter to the Republican
chairmen of the House Oversight
and the Senate Homeland Security committees, Mr Langhofer contends that the disclosure by GSA
was “unauthorised,” and says the
documents were private and privileged, not government property. AP
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RELIGION
The former Archbishop of Canterbury has lashed out at his successor
Justin Welby over the “shocking”
and “unjust” way he has been treated over sexual abuse allegations.
In an extraordinary broadside,
Lord Carey, 82, says the current
Archbishop’s decision to ask him
to resign an honorary post over
his handling of allegations made
against Bishop Peter Ball “will eventually be judged”.
Lord Carey hit out at the archbishop’s resignation demand in a
Christmas letter to friends headed
“Greetings from the Careys 2017”.
Recounting key events of the
year, Lord Carey tells friends of the
“shocking insistence by the archbishop that I should stand down
from ministry ‘for a season’ for
mistakes he believes were made 24
years ago when bishop Peter Ball
abused young potential priests. His
decision is quite unjust and eventually will be judged as such.”
He adds: “Just as well, then, that
we are surrounded by a large and
Lord Carey made the criticisms in a
Christmas letter to friends
A man stargazes as he
stands on Brimham
Rocks, a collection
of balancing rock
formations on
Brimham Moor in the
Nidderdale Area of
Outstanding Natural
Beauty in North
Yorkshire. The rocks
began forming 320
million years ago,
when water, grit, and
sand washed down
from Scotland and
Norway. However,
standing nearly 30ft
(9m) tall, the bizarre
formations that
can be seen today
were created as the
millstone grit was
eroded during the last
glacial period. PA
Last year, Lord Carey
intervened in another
sexual abuse case, criticising the
Church of England’s handling
of an allegation against the late
George Bell, who was bishop of
Chichester until 1958.
wonderful family who give us great
support and pleasure.”
Lord Carey, who retired as archbishop in 2002, resigned as honorary assistant bishop in the diocese
of Oxford in June after an independent inquiry criticised the Church of
England’s handling of the Ball case.
The inquiry found the church had
“colluded” with Ball, the former
bishop of Lewes and Gloucester,
“rather than seeking to help those
he had harmed”.
Lord Carey quit the honorary
post after Mr Welby made an unprecedented request for him to
“carefully consider his position”.
Ball was jailed in 2015 for grooming and sexually abusing young men
who had sought spiritual guidance
from him between 1977 and 1992.
He was released from prison in
February this year after serving 16
months.
The inquiry found that Ball’s case
was dealt with at the highest level
of the Church of England. “The
church appears to have been most
interested in protecting itself,” the
report said.
A spokesman for Lord Carey said
he “does not comment any on private correspondence intended for
friends”.
A spokesman for Mr Welby
said: “We would not comment on
private correspondence, but the
independent inquiry into Peter
Ball’s case was quite strong in its
recommendations.”
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grit amid
the stars
Archbishops clash
as Carey uses his
family newsletter
to criticise Welby
By Russell Parton
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MONARCHY
William’s Wembley dash will avoid diary clash
By Richard Jinman
Prince William is preparing for a
busy day next 19 May after Kensington Palace suggested he would attend
both the FA Cup Final and his brother’s wedding to Meghan Markle.
It had been speculated that the heir
to the throne – who is president of
the Football Association and would
normally hand the trophy to the winning team at Wembley – would have
to miss the Saturday final because of
the nuptials.
But Kensington Palace has said the
two events “do not clash”, meaning
that Prince William looks set to make
a 20-mile dash to Wembley from
the wedding at St George’s Chapel,
Windsor Castle which unusually is
being held on a Saturday
The FA Cup final is scheduled to
kick off at 5.30pm.
A Kensington Palace spokeswoman said: “We have not gone into the
timing of the wedding but have made
it clear that the wedding and the FA
Cup final will not clash.”
It is expected that Prince William
will be Prince Harry’s best man.
CONSUMER
JUSTICE
Poundland urges shops’
suppliers to stand firm
Sale of tiny mobiles
‘should be banned’
Across
1
Fabulous flyer
kept by German
shopkeeper (6)
By Hayden Smith
3
Drive of Liberal
party to recruit
one (6)
4
Streaker’s beginning
to run off and run
fast (6)
By David Connett
The scandal-hit company that owns
the high-street discounter Poundland will this week face a key meeting
that could determine the future of its
British retail operations.
The retailer faces a meeting with
creditors and insurers later this week
after one insurer reduced its cover
relating to stock sold to Poundland,
according to the trade journal The
Grocer. This followed an accounting
scandal that hit the British chain’s
South African parent, Steinhoff.
Poundland said it did not expect
any problems with stocks in the runup to Christmas and that it was “profitable, cash-generating and trading
very strongly”.
“We are having a great Christmas
and the behaviour of this credit insurer is irrational,” a spokesman
said. “We are working to make sure
suppliers have the full facts about the
strong trading of the business.”
Most of Poundland’s Christmas
stock has already been delivered, but
experts said it could face difficulties
when restocking in the New Year.
The Justice Secretary is to call
for a ban on the sale of tiny mobile
phones designed to flout prison
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to end youth
homelessness
The Welsh Government has pledged
to wipe out youth homelessness within a decade and has announced £10m
of funding to tackle the problem.
First Minister Carwyn Jones said
his government would work with
councils, housing associations and
charities to help the 7,000 under25s who experience homelessness
every year by finding them stable
accommodation.
On a visit to the Cardiff-based
homelessness charity Llamau, Mr
Jones told BBC’s Sunday Politics
Wales that ending youth homelessness was a “personal passion”. “No
civilised society can tolerate a situaThe Labour leader Jeremy
Corbyn criticised the
Government this week over its
record on homelessness and
rough sleeping.
tion where we have young people who
are homeless and nothing is being
done to help them,” Mr Jones said.
Official figures have suggested that
about 27,000 young people in the UK
have to rely on councils and charities
for a roof over their heads, although
a study by Cambridge University
suggested the true figure was about
83,000. Including all age groups,
more than 300,000 people in Britain
are officially recorded as homeless or
living in inadequate homes, according to Shelter. Rates have risen every
year since 2010.
Meanwhile, Britain’s statistics
watchdog is considering an investigation into comments made by Theresa
May last week, following complaints
that they misrepresented the extent
of homelessness. The UK Statistics
Authority confirmed that concerns
had been raised after the Prime
Minister claimed in Parliament that
“statutory homelessness peaked
under the Labour government and is
down by over 50 per cent since then.”
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HOUSING
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Council spurns
Good Samaritan
By Dean Kirby
A businesswoman who wants to
offer homeless people a Christmas
hog roast has had the offer declined
by Cardiff Council. Louise Birch was
stunned after being told by a council official that there were already
enough people feeding the homeless.
“They didn’t even want to take my
call,” she told the Daily Post.
Cardiff Council said it has provisions to help homeless people over
Christmas, including providing
additional bed spaces.
SYRIA
Christmas vigil after tragedy
Michael, 47, stands amongst
Christmas decorations he has
put up outside London’s Green
Park underground station.
Michael, who declined to give his
full name,says he has been homeless for two months after he was
living in Grenfell Tower with his
grandmother, who is now missing
and presumed dead. He says he was
put into a hotel by the local council
after the tragedy but was removed
after they were unable to verify his
living status in the tower.
The homeless charity Shelter
estimates that 307,000 people
sleep rough or live in inadequate
housing in the UK. GETTY
Scotland meets
refugee target
By Conor Riordan
Scotland has met a target to provide
homes for 2,000 Syrian refugees
three years ahead of schedule.
The UK Government has committed to resettling 20,000 people fleeing the war-torn country. Councils
north of the border, who were to take
in 10 per cent of that number, have
reached that goal in just two years.
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It is a myth that we
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pensions through our
taxes. That is why it is
essential the system
is properly financed,
just as it is crucial to
have adequate social
care in place. So this
newspaper welcomes
reforms to autoenrolment. (Editorial)
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In the seven years the
Conservatives have
been in power it has
been one of the most
unglamorous laws
that has proved among
the most radical.
Auto-enrolment has
led to an additional
nine million people
saving for retirement.
Extending it to
18-year-olds is
sensible. (Editorial).
None of the 11
Conservatives who
voted against the
Government took
any pleasure in that
defeat. But it prompted
sinister threats of
“deselection” from
some fellow Tory MPs.
In truth, it was hard to
take them seriously
– not least because
many of the threats
were from Eurosceptic
MPs who have been
serial offenders in
voting against their
own party over many
years. (Anna Soubry)
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How clearly these MPs
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voters of this nation.
Never before have so
many been derided as
witless bigots by so
few. (Tony Parsons)
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not accept election
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arrogant. (Yonela Diko)
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Disney under Bob Iger,
its chief executive, to
try and remake itself
into a technology giant
to challenge Netflix,
a streaming upstart
that has challenged
Hollywood’s mighty
studios. (Editorial)
Bloomberg
I hate to be the skunk
at the garden party,
but Iger better hope
this deal isn’t his
legacy. If it is, I fear
he’ll be remembered
as this decade’s Gerald
Levin, the former chief
executive of Time
Warner who merged
his company in 2000
with the wrong partner
(AOL) at the wrong
time and orchestrated
one of the worst deals
in history. (Joe Nocera)
A scientist in
Newfoundland who
reviewed years of
data says men have
a weaker immune
system – which is an
evolutionary side
effect of cavemen
fighting for mates. This
irritating news follows
moves to ban jokes and
media portrayals of
“useless blokes”.
(Rachael Bletchly)
Sunday Express
Scientists say man
flu is real and it’s all
women’s fault, but
Helen Stokes-Lampard,
of the Royal College
of GPs, dismissed the
findings. So there we
have it. I look forward
to a thesis on men’s
ability to multitask in
The Lancet next month.
(Camilla Tominey)
Director Thom
Southerland fails to
inject this production
with anything
resembling magic. Alan
McHugh’s virtually
plot-free script panders
to stale set routines
from Al Murray, as
Barman Al. Murray is
new to pantomime and,
frankly, it shows.
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Fans of Al Murray will
recognise large chunks
of his pub landlord act,
shoehorned as they are
into the weak script,
including some rather
unpanto-like goading
of members of the
audience. Giving him
so much stage time
means that much of
traditional panto has
been lost. (Veronica Lee)
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HEINZ WOLFF SCIENTIST
Classy,
elegant –
everything
Blackpool
is not
Craig Revel
Horwood
The Strictly Come
Dancing judge
praises finalist
Gemma Atkinson
while dissing the
seaside town
Heinz Wolff, the scientist who
popularised science for a generation
with The Great Egg Race, has died of
heart failure at the age of 89.
He became a familiar face on
television in the 1970s and early
1980s, much aided by his distinctive
look: flyaway hair, bow tie, spectacles
perched on the end of his nose and
mittel-European accent. He was
best-known for The Great Egg Race
(1977-1986) on BBC2, in which he,
an avuncular and quietly humorous
host, would set teams of young people
various engineering tasks to test their
problem-solving skills with makeshift
tools and improvised gadgets.
Wolff would throw himself into the
tasks with gusto.
He was also the presenter of
Great Experiments, and presenter/judge
of the annual Young Scientists of the
Year series.
The scientist was born into a middleclass Jewish family in Berlin, the son
of Oswald and Margot (née Saalfied)
Wolff. His mother died in 1938, and
the following August the rest of the
Wolff family fled to the Netherlands.
They arrived in Britain on 3 September
1939, the day the Second World War
was declared. Wolff later said drily:
“We really cut it rather fine,” when he
appeared on Desert Island Discs in 1998.
He was educated at the City of
Oxford high school for boys and then
worked in haematology at the Radcliffe
Infirmary, where he invented a machine
for counting patients’ blood cells,
before joining the pneumoconiosis
research unit at Llandough Hospital
near Cardiff. He went on to University
College London where he gained a firstclass degree in physiology and physics.
Wolff spent much of his early career
in bioengineering, a term he himself
coined in 1954, to take account of then
recent advances in physiology. He
became an honorary member of the
European Space Agency in 1975, and in
1983 he founded the Brunel Institute
for Bioengineering, which was involved
in biological research about space
flight, and is now housed in the Heinz
Wolff building at the university,.
Wolff was also the scientific director
and co-founder of Project Juno, the
private British-Soviet joint venture
in which British chemist Dr Helen
Sharman spent some time in the Mir
space station in 1991.
After he retired, Wolff became
emeritus professor of bioengineering
at Brunel University, working on a
project aimed at addressing the care
needs of older people.
Wolff happily exploited his “mad
boffin” appearance for his television
career but there is no doubt that his
popularising of science attracted
many people into engineering. And he
was throughout his life a committed
scientist, believing that science’s
primary purpose should be to solve
human problems.
In 1953 Wolff married Joan
Stephenson, a nurse, whom he met
while working in Cardiff. She died
in 2014, and he is survived by their
two sons.
Born 29 April 1928
Died 15 December 2017
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Jeremy Hunt may be the next Tory leader
The Health Secretary appears to be quietly manoeuvring
A
s we end another
tumultuous year in
our island history,
Theresa May
remains in Downing
Street. She says she
is “proving the doubters wrong”
on Brexit, which is sadly not true.
But her limpet-like adherence in
sticking to her job is remarkable,
especially given the incredible
ineptitude displayed in throwing
away her party’s majority after that
dismal election campaign. Now
she clings to the keys of No 10 like
an unwanted lodger, her pointless
premiership largely defined by
her survival skills as she staggers
through the post-referendum mess.
On the left, Labour hopes it can
continue dissembling over Brexit
long enough for her fractious forces
to collapse as the complexities of
European Union departure emerge.
The surge in support for Jeremy
Corbyn is another of the year’s
defining political stories. He was
feted by younger voters as he
surfed waves of anger over
austerity, inequality and low wages.
Yet if May’s tragic tenure ends
abruptly might she be replaced
by a rather different Jeremy: a
shiny-faced, slick and successful
entrepreneur rather than the
bearded socialist bogeyman?
I am referring to Jeremy Hunt.
This idea might once have caused
mirth. Indeed, it did so in some
quarters when I suggested three
years ago that the Health Secretary
might succeed my former boss
David Cameron. He was, after all,
a poor Culture Secretary who was
then “rewarded” with the toughest
cabinet job for a Tory politician,
since when he has performed the
usual endless firefighting that
goes with responsibility for
Britain’s most sacrosanct
institution. Yet times change. And
increasingly, Hunt looks a real
contender for the top job.
For a start, look at his rivals.
Boris Johnson bumbles round the
planet, a flailing Foreign Secretary
who shrinks daily in office and is
detested by many for ceaseless
Note his
makeover from
Cameron-style
moderniser
into born-again
Brexiteer
manoeuvring. A character who
believes he is Churchillian but looks
increasingly Lilliputian. He fears
eclipse on the reactionary right by
Jacob Rees-Mogg, who is popular
with a certain type of Tory activist
but would be a disastrous choice
for a party already retreating
from the centre and alienating
younger voters. Other key
Brexiteers such as David Davis,
Michael Gove and especially Priti
Patel look like damaged goods for
differing reasons.
On the party’s sensible wing
Amber Rudd remains a contender,
while the charismatic Ruth
Davidson, the most obvious choice
to salvage her shattered party,
remains in Scotland. There is
a rational desire among many
younger MPs to skip a generation
and clear out the entire old guard at
the top. But suddenly Hunt seems
to be stepping into the fray, despite
denials he seeks the top job and
effusive public support for May,
with reports that he is sounding out
friends and testing the idea with
Tory donors.
Note his sudden makeover from
Cameron-style moderniser into
born-again Brexiteer, claiming the
European Union’s post-referendum
arrogance turned him into a Leave
supporter. Now there are reports
he sides with Johnson and Gove
in Cabinet. This shift is slightly
implausible given his liberal
stance on other issues, especially
immigration, and rather depressing
to witness. But it is possibly
smart politics in preparing for a
leadership pitch, especially as the
limitations of nationalist rivals are
cruelly exposed and in a party that
has seen many Ukip supporters
return to the fold.
Then came Hunt’s emergence as
a social media activist, suddenly
jousting with left-wing actors and
columnists on Twitter over his
stewardship of the health service,
hosting Facebook live chats in
the face of hostility and even
starting a fight with the eminent
scientist Stephen Hawking over
statistics. It is good to see such
public engagement from a senior
politician, especially from a
Tory daring to defend the
party’s record on health.
It also raises his profile
dramatically while
demonstrating that, like
Davidson, he is comfortable
with the modern language of
politics exploited so ably by
Corbyn’s team.
Is it coincidence that this man
who made a fortune building his
own firm before surviving almost as
long as Aneurin Bevan overseeing
the health service has also
started talking about the crucial
importance of good leadership? Last
month, he wrote about Colchester
NHS Foundation Trust’s
emergence from
special measures
– “one of the
most remarkable
turnarounds the
NHS has ever
seen” – and he
put it all down
to “the quality
of leadership”.
He may have been talking about
an Essex hospital, but who could
ignore comparisons with the limplettuce captaincy seen in the public
sector’s top job?
Like many health secretaries,
Hunt is far from popular. But
his combination of confident
management, emollient manner
and impressive command of detail
has more chance of uniting his side
than Boris’s tired bluster, while he
sits on a massive majority in his
seat, unlike Rudd. After taking over
a department damaged by bungled
reform, he has worked diligently to
try to win over medical staff despite
the first strike by junior doctors in
four decades, while rightly focusing
on patient safety following a series
of health scandals that exposed
poor care for vulnerable groups.
For all the endless furore over
spending and opposition fury,
satisfaction with NHS services
remains higher than under
New Labour.
There are few more thankless
jobs in Westminster than Tory
health secretary, especially
amid austerity. Like him or not,
Hunt has not only survived
but thrived. Norman Lamb,
his former Liberal Democrat
colleague at health, recently
called him “the bomb disposal
expert”. The big question now
is whether he can pick a path
through the explosive terrain
of post-Brexit Conservative
politics – and end up the
unexpected Jeremy
in Downing Street.
Stranger things have
happened.
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Put Grenfell
folk in Palace
As a republican, even
I would have been
impressed if the royals
at the St Paul’s service
for the Grenfell victims
(“Prince comforts widow
as families pay last
respects”, i, 15 December)
had offered the families
a place in Kensington
Palace until they could
be found a new home.
I have no doubt that it
would focus the efforts
of those charged with
finding them a home
much more quickly.
PETER BAILEY
GRIMSBY
Johnson
and vassals
Somebody should tell
Boris Johnson that
the best way to avoid
becoming a “vassal
state” is to remain in
the EU, where we have
a powerful voice to
formulate policy and
the right to veto. The
alternative is to
become a vassal state
to Donald Trump’s
USA. This is
disingenuous, emotive
language, which serves
his personal agenda.
ROGER TURNER
Every time Boris Johnson
speaks I hear Mark
Anthony in Julius Caesar: I
come to praise the Prime
Minister, not to bury her.
ROLAND WHITE
BOGNOR REGIS,
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Poorest are
often nicest
I was interested to read
of James McGeown, the
homeless man from
Glasgow, and his selfless
act in guarding money
inadvertently left in an
open car (Page 3 Profile,
16 December). His
actions do not surprise
me as I am a regular
purchaser of the Big Issue,
and I find these
people who are down
on their luck to
be among the most kind
and considerate you
could meet.
TONY TREVOR
WHITSTABLE
Reception
teachers matter
As a former headmaster
I am not in the least
surprised at Durham
University’s findings
that good reception
teachers can be linked
to successful outcomes
later in children’s lives.
Another benefit is that
if they are naturally good
nurturers, “early years”
teachers can influence
the social cohesion of
their classes.
ROBERT HACKFORD
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regarding the equal pay
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Attenborough is
an inspiration
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Sir David Attenborough
for both rekindling our
love and enthusiasm for
the natural world and
expressing his fears for
the planet and wildlife
in Blue Planet II. It is so
long since I have heard
the word sustainability
mentioned in public life.
I try to have good
habits: walking or using
public transport, always
going to the reducedprice shelf first, buying
clothes in charity shops
and car boot sales, and
growing my own food as
much as possible.
ROSIE JARRETT
NOTTINGHAM
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regarding Doris Day (i,
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Doris Day before she
was a virgin”, to a studio
head. It was, in fact, the
great Oscar Levant. He
was a brilliant pianist
and appeared in many
Hollywood films of that
era, and was known for
his witty remarks.
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‘House arrest’
Rooney-style
sounds all right
Rees-Mogg a
sex god? That’s
irritating, Toff
Wayne Rooney says he’s “moving on”
after being arrested for drink driving,
alongside a woman who claims they
had kissed during their night out in
Cheshire in September.
The Everton footballer said:
“Sometimes you make mistakes.
I held my hands up. I made a
stupid mistake and I have to
move on. It is not nice.”
It certainly was
not nice for his wife,
Coleen, who said last
month: “Time was spent
apart and I thought my
marriage might have been
at an end.” However the pair
are working things out; Wayne
is completing community service for
his crime, and they have just bought a
£20m mansion which has a TV room,
snooker room, bar, wine store, library,
cinema, gym, spa bath, swimming
pool, plunge pool, and steam room.
Perhaps he’ll never have to leave
the house again.
I’ve heard of weird crushes before,
but Georgia “Toff” Toffolo admitting
to fancying Jacob Rees-Mogg isn’t
weird, it’s just irritating.
For one thing, Rees-Mogg insists
that abortion is unacceptable even
in cases of rape, so making him into a
figure of fun goes beyond the pale.
The I’m a Celebrity… Get Me Out of
Here! winner happily announced in
an interview with The Sunday Times
that she believes Rees-Mogg to be
a “sex god”. She added, “The human
mind can be sexy. He’s so clever, I
just love him,” and said she’d love
to see him take over as Prime
Minister (let’s hope she never needs
to get an abortion).
As for her own political aspirations, Toffolo, an avid Conservative
Party supporter, said: “Oh my God, no.
I’m nowhere near intelligent enough.”
That, however, really hasn’t
stopped several other Members of
Parliament from being elected over
the years.
Sheeran ready
for Bond call
Ed Sheeran has revealed that he has
written a theme tune for James Bond.
However, he’s not actually been asked
to write one by the powers that be.
“With Bond, I’ve had a theme tune
written for about three years, just in
case,” he said during an appearance
on Irish television over the weekend.
“If ever I’m called I will be like, ‘All
right, there you go’.”
Sheeran refused to reveal the
name of the song because he is
worried someone might steal his idea
– but he can exclusively confirm that
it is “good”.
F R O M T H E B E S T C H R I S T M A S P L AY L I S T
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CHRISTMAS
Stefano
Hatfield
P
igs in blankets, salami,
prosciutto, “posh” smoked
salmon, mince pies, homemade roast peppers,
gorgonzola, provolone and
marinated artichokes. What do they
all have in common? They are among
the annual staples in a Hatfield
family Anglo-Italian Christmas
– top of the list of “polite requests”
from the Hatfield daughters,
both tired of university budget food.
In an Italian Christmas, as
with every other day, food is
disproportionately vital. To the
above list, add panettone and
pandoro cakes, chewy torrone,
Gavi and Barolo. Pigs in blankets
and smoked salmon aside, it wasn’t
middle class when we were growing
up – it was just Italian.
What we always had then is what
we always have now; what we always
did before is what we always do now.
If ever there was a time when micro
tradition and ritual rule, then it is
Christmas. The dafter the tradition,
the better. Our collective annual
insanity keeps us sane.
We all know it doesn’t
really matter if any
of the above food or
drink is not present
on the table
(wait, what?).
We realise
that if Nonna’s
“proper” Christmas
tablecloth wasn’t
aired, lunch would still
happen. The same goes
for the slightly less sparkly
angel atop the tree for 50 years,
the barely-there tinsel wrapping the
bannisters, or the festive doormat.
Why must we wipe our feet on Santa
every year? No one knows.
We cherish all the above despite
there being fewer Italians to
celebrate with because of geography
and death; because doing so helps
us commune with their spirits. We
feel their absence, but to behave
otherwise would make that absence
more acute.
We value the sameness of micro
traditions, because it makes
us feel safe, just as being
surrounded by family
at Christmas allows
children to bask in
the security of the
familiar.
We are under
such pressure the
rest of the year to
embrace new
things which
many of us scarcely
understand. It will be
a sad day indeed when
we start leaving a carrot
and mince pie for the Amazon
delivery driver.
So, make sure you enjoy your
family’s traditions, however lame
they may appear or nonsensical.
Because the nonsense of Christmas
actually makes perfect sense. I’m off
to find some pigs in blankets.
IN SICKNESS & IN HEALTH
ashes of our two late cats, Mitten
and Onion. The cork from the bottle
of champagne we opened
to celebrate our engagement. A
photo of me at our wedding. An
invitation to our big day and the
guests’ book. The one in which my
friend Gemma drew something
unmentionable on the last page
for us to find at a later date. The
untouched bottle of rum we bought
on our honeymoon, etched with our
names. A scrap of coral we found on
that trip.
There are crystal wine glasses
that were an engagement present,
too heavily precious to use every day,
as well as my collection of Babycham
glasses that are much too small for
the modern drinker. Far better to
look at them. A cardboard model of a
cat I put together to entertain Nick’s
daughter on a rainy afternoon and a
clay pig with googly eyes she made
at school. We named him Moonpig
and he’s one of my most treasured
possessions.
When I cleaned the shelves, I put
a couple of things on one side to take
down to Nick, and rearranged the
rest. I paused when I went to put
back the dried wedding bouquet.
It ain’t pretty, being made up of
once-white, now brown, roses
that are crunchy and dry. The
sparkly pins that the florist used
to keep the petals in place don’t
shine so brightly. Duster in hand,
I contemplated throwing it away
– the bouquet combined with the
feline remains was ridiculously Miss
Havisham – but in the end thought
I’d keep it, having already had the
damn thing for so long.
I thought that sorting through
the curiosities of the past would
upset me, but it was a relief to order
them, to make them look their best
and in nicer circumstances. I liked
holding the flowers, the rum, the
coral, and remembering the woman
and man who first gave them their
sense of wonder.
Rebecca
Armstrong
Our very
own cabinet
of curiosities
In 2014, Rebecca’s husband Nick
was hit by a car and seriously injured.
Here, in one of a series of columns,
she writes about the aftermath of
his accident
T
here’s a word that I’ve
loved ever since I first came
across it. Wunderkammer.
It translates as a
cabinet of curiosities (although
it literally means a room of
wonder in German). Traditionally,
wunderkammers were repositories
of strange and brilliant artefacts in
Renaissance Europe.
My own wunderkammer is an Ikea
glass case of curiosities. I’ve just had
the light fixed, tidied it up and given
the cabinet a polish.
I’m in the middle of transforming
the inside of the flat, sanding and
painting the lounge floor, getting
a new (to me) sofa and taking a bit
more pride in my surroundings.
Nick’s happy, because he says I’m
making the flat nice for his return.
He’s blithely optimistic about
coming back to our basement home.
I eye the spiral staircase and tight
doorways and try to manage his
expectations for the future.
What lies inside the cabinet,
though, is our past. The urn-stored
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History on our doorstep: student
halls and Hockney studios are listed
By Emily Beament
A prehistoric timber trackway, a
gravestone to a war horse and the
gardens where Billy Butlin opened
his first holiday camp are among the
more unusual historic sites protected this year.
A Roman parade ground, “acoustic mirrors” for detecting aircraft
before radar and 1970s concrete student halls have also made it on to a
list of the 20 most intriguing places
given listed status in 2017, drawn up
by the Historic England agency.
In total, 1,041 historic buildings,
landscapes, monuments and sites
have been given protected status in
the past year.
Duncan Wilson, Historic England’s chief executive, said: “Ninetynine per cent of people in England
live within a mile of a listed building
or place. While many are well known,
we also want people to understand
and enjoy the extraordinary range of
history on their own doorsteps.
“These irreplaceable sites showcase the wonderfully distinct and
diverse character of England and its
people across thousands of years.”
Newly protected sites
Pembroke Studios, built in 1890-91 in Kensington,
London, where David Hockney works PA
Bridge House, Shropshire, built in 1958 and designed by The Dorset Martyrs memorial, Dorchester, by Elisabeth
modernist architect Mervyn Seal PA
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Tower memorial
By Sherna Noah
The director and artist Steve McQueen is filming an artwork as a
“lasting memorial” to the Grenfell
Tower fire tragedy.
The 12 Years a Slave director will
start work on the project today.
A website on the planned memorial
said that the film would be “a straight
recording of the tower as it is now”
before it is obscured by scaffolding
and covering.
The film will go on display at a museum, but not for at least two years.
The 14 June fire in Kensington,
west London, claimed 71 lives and left
hundreds homeless.
The memorial website said: “This
is to record this moment in the community’s history and make a lasting
memorial to the tragedy.
“This would be done with respect
to those who lost their lives and the
wider community. The aim is that it
lives on in the mind of the nation and
the world long after the covering has
gone up.”
The self-funded project will not
be sold or broadcast on television. All filming will be from the air
by helicopter.
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Rooftop
selfie death
prompts
warnings
By Ryan Woo
IN BEIJING
A young climbing enthusiast’s fatal
fall from a skyscraper while making a selfie video on a “rooftopping” dare has spurred
warnings by state media
against the perils of live
streaming.
W u Yo n g n i n g
plunged to his death
from a 62-storey building in central China
on 8 November, the day
he stopped posting videos
of his skyscraper exploits on
Weibo, China’s equivalent of Twitter.
A month later, his girlfriend confirmed the death of the 26-year-old in
a Weibo post.
Mr Wu (pictured), who had more
than 60,000 followers of his Weibo
account, was looking to win a prize of
£11,500 for a filmed stunt on Huayuan
Hua Centre in Changsha, capital of
Hunan province.
His death was a reminder of the
need for stronger supervision of live
streaming apps, China Daily said.
“Some of them try to hype things
up with obscene and dangerous
things, and their purpose is to attract
more eyeballs and make a profit,” it
said in a commentary.
Tens of thousands of Chinese
post videos of themselves in a bid
for stardom on the live-streaming
scene, whose popularity has grown
rapidly, particularly in the e-commerce, social networking and
gaming sectors.
Mr Wu, who used to
post videos of himself
scaling tall buildings
with no safety equipment, hoped to use the
prize to pay his mother’s medical bills, the
Changsha Evening News
said. It was unclear which
live-streaming platform Wu
intended to post on.
“There should be a bottom line for
live-streaming platforms, and supervision should leave no loopholes,” ran
a comment in the online edition of the
People’s Daily. REUTERS
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CHILE
Mudslide buries
villagers – with
15 more missing
By Carlos Valdez
SANTIAGO
A mudslide fuelled by heavy rains has
swept over a village in southern Chile,
leaving at least five people dead and
15 missing, officials said.
Rain caused a river to overflow and
the side of a hill to collapse, burying
20 of the 200 houses in Villa Santa
Lucia in the Los Lagos region, 790
miles south of Santiago.
President Michelle Bachelet declared the region a catastrophe zone
and confirmed the number of dead
and missing. She met ministers to
co-ordinate rescue and assistance efforts. Some of the injured were taken
by helicopter to medical centres.
Two families were evacuated because of a fire caused by the slide.
Water and electricity services to the
area were knocked out. AP
The mudslide also
caused a fire in
Villa Santa Lucia
in southern Chile
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PAKISTAN
Guards save worshippers
in Christmas church attack
By Samuel Osborne
Two suicide bombers stormed a
Christian church in south-western
Pakistan yesterday, killing at least
eight people and wounding up to
42 others before being stopped by
police guards.
The gunmen, who were wearing vests filled with explosives,
attacked the church in Quetta
city when Sunday services had
just opened.
Sarfaraz Bugti, home minister
for Baluchistan province, said hundreds of worshippers were attending the church ahead of Christmas.
He said one attacker was killed
at the entrance to the church, while
the other set off his payload inside.
Police guards at the church
exchanged fire with the attackers
before they could enter the main
sanctuary, said provincial police
chief Moazzam Jah.
“There were nearly 400 people
inside the church, but the attackers
couldn’t get inside the services,”
Mr Jah said.
“We killed one of them, and the
other one exploded himself after
police wounded him.”
Baluchistan police chief MoazzamAnsariconfirmedthedeathtoll.
Mr Ansari praised the response
of security forces guarding the
church, saying the attacker who
made it inside was wounded and
unable to reach the main building.
“Otherwise the loss of lives could
have been much higher,” he told
reporters.
Quetta police chief Abdur
Razzaq Cheema said a search is
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underway for two suspected accomplices who escaped.
Mr Jah said the church had
guards because Christian places
of worship are often targeted by
Islamist extremist groups
Is i s c l a i m e d re s p o n s i b i l ity for the attack via their Aamaq
news agency, saying two members had stormed the church.
Hospitals officials said that two
women were among the dead.
THE INDEPENDENT
Baluchistan has long
been the scene of an
insurgency by separatists
demanding more share in
the region’s rich gas and
mineral resources.
UNITED STATES
Exiled king and queen of Italy to be Calmer winds
reinterred in family mausoleum
aid firefighters
By Stephen Jewkes
IN MILAN
The remains of Victor Emmanuel III, who reigned in
Italy through two world
wars and died in exile
in 1947, were flown back
from Egypt yesterday for
reburial at a family mausoleum near Turin, along
with those of his wife.
The 46-year reign of Victor Emmanuel III (inset) encompassed the
period of fascist rule under Benito
Mussolini. He drew criticism for
failing to prevent Mussolini’s seizure of power in 1922 and for
fleeing Rome in 1944 when
the Germans invaded. He
abdicated in 1946 and
went into exile in Alexandria, Egypt, where he
died the following year.
Italy became a republic.
A ban on male descendants of the royal House of
Savoy entering Italy because of the
family’s support for Mussolini was
lifted in 2002. REUTERS
By Robert Jablon
Firefighters trying to prevent one
of the biggest fires in California’s
history from consuming homes
in Santa Barbara and the nearby
wealthy enclave of Montecito were
hoping less powerful wind gusts
would help them yesterday after
they managed to stop thousands of
residences from burning.
Crews took advantage of calmer
winds overnight, clearing brush
and digging containment lines
above hillside neighbourhoods. AP
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Turkey plans to
open embassy in
East Jerusalem
By Chris Baynes
Turkey will open an embassy in East
Jerusalem, President Recep Tayyip
Erdogan has said, days after leading
calls at a summit of Muslim leaders
for the world to recognise it as the
capital of Palestine.
“God willing, the day is close when
officially, with God’s permission,
we will open our embassy there,”
he said in a speech, while maintaining his fierce criticism of the US
decision to recognise Jerusalem as
Israel’s capital.
The Turkish leader has been one
of the loudest voices in a global chorus of condemnation over Donald
Trump’s announcement – that the
US would break with decades of established foreign policy by relocating
its embassy from Tel Aviv.
Mr Erdogan spoke about plans for
Mr Trump shocked even
some of his county’s closest
allies on 6 December by following
though with a campaign promise
to formally recognise Jerusalem as
Israel’s undivided capital.
a Turkish embassy in Jerusalem during a speech to his AK Party in the
southern province of Karaman.
It comes after Muslim world leaders this week called for the area to be
recognised as the capital of an independent Palestinian state.
The draft declaration by the Organisation of Islamic Co-operation
(OIC) was issued following an extraordinary meeting of the 57-state
group to hammer out a unified
response to Mr Trump’s decision.
Turkey’s foreign minister, Mevlut
Cavusoglu, said last week that Turkey would open an embassy in East
Jerusalem once the world recognised
an independent Palestine.
It is not clear how Turkey would
carry out the embassy move, as Israel
controls all of Jerusalem and calls the
city its indivisible capital.
Israel annexed East Jerusalem in
1967 in a move that has never been
recognised internationally.
Israel and Palestine both claim
Jerusalem as their capital. The city’s
status remains a major stumbling
block in peace talks. Foreign embassies in Israel, including that of Turkey,
are located in Tel Aviv, reflecting its
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Cyril Ramaphosa
attends a meeting
at yesterday’s ANC
conference AFP/GETTY
SOUTH AFRICA
Strife-torn ANC elects successor to Zuma
By Mfuneko Toyana
and Nqobile Dludla
IN JOHANNESBURG
South Africa’s governing ANC is
set to elect a successor to President
Jacob Zuma in a leadership vote
by a party that has ruled since the
end of apartheid, but has lost its
lustre amid a welter of scandal and
corruption allegations.
Whoever emerges as party leader
is likely to become the next president after elections in 2019.
Following long delays on the first
day of the ANC conference on Saturday, the contest remained too close
to call last night. Most grassroots
delegates backed Deputy President
Cyril Ramaphosa, 65, or Mr Zuma’s
preferred candidate, his ex-wife
Nkosazana Dlamini-Zuma, 68.
Mr Ramaphosa drew the majority
of nominations from party branches.
But the complexity of the leadership
race means it is far from certain he
will eventually win.
“We hope to start voting at some
point later this afternoon and have
those results, as it now stands, possibly by tomorrow morning,” ANC
deputy secretary-general Jessie
Duarte said yesterday.
“We don’t rush results. We would
like them to do a thorough and proper job,” she added. REUTERS
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RUSSIA
Leaders could face genocide
charges, warns UN chief
Putin thanks US for terror tip-off
By Oz Katerji
The UN High Commissioner for
Human Rights suggested that senior figures in Myanmar may face
charges of genocide, following the
country’s campaign against the
Rohingya.
While only a court can judge
whether a genocide has taken
place, Zeid Ra’ad al-Hussein said:
“The elements suggest you cannot
rule out the possibility that acts of
genocide have been committed.
“It’s very hard to establish because the thresholds are high but it
wouldn’t surprise me in the future if
the court were to make such a finding on the basis of what we see.
“Given the scale of the military
operation, clearly these would have
to be decisions taken at a high level.
If it came to your knowledge that this
was being committed and you did
nothing to stop them, then you could
be culpable as well for that.”
In the interview, shown on BBC’s
Panorama, he did not rule out the
possibility that civilian leader Aung
San Suu Kyi and the head of the
armed forces, General Min Aung
Hlaing, could find themselves facing
genocide charges.
He told the BBC that “the news
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Aung San Suu Kyi could be held
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Rohingya Muslims PAUL FAITH/PA
media was awash with images of
burning villages and claims that
atrocities were being committed”.
Russian President Vladimir Putin
called US President Donald Trump
yesterday to thank him for
a CIA tip that helped to
t hwa r t b o m b i n gs i n
St Petersburg.
It allowed security
agents to arrest a group
of suspects that was
planning to bomb Kazan
cathedral and other crowded sites, the Kremlin said.
It added that Mr Putin (inset)
asked Mr Trump to convey gratitude
to the CIA and assured him that Russian agencies would continue to hand
over any information they get about
potential terror threats against the
United States.
The conversation was the second
phone call between the two leaders since Thursday, when Mr
Trump thanked Mr Putin
for his remarks “acknowledging America’s strong
economic performance”,
the White House said.
On Friday, seven suspected Isis terrorists
were arrested for allegedly
planning attacks in St Petersburg this weekend. Agents said
explosives, firearms and extremist literature were found during a
search of a flat in the city. AP
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Knife attack on
journalists
Strike hits air
and sea links
A man stabbed two Danish
journalists in Gabon’s
capital, leaving one reporter
in a serious condition. The
attack occurred on Saturday
while the journalists – both
reporters for National
Geographic channel – were
shopping at a popular market.
The stabbing was carried out
by a 53-year-old Niger national
who said following his arrest
he acted “in retaliation for the
attacks of the US against the
Muslims and the American
recognition of Jerusalem as the
capital of Israel”. AP
Israel’s national trade union held
a nationwide strike yesterday
to protest against the generic
drugmaker Teva’s decision to lay off
a quarter of its workforce.
Israel-based Teva announced it
was cutting 14,000 jobs worldwide
last week, including 1,700 jobs in
Israel. The company is considered
a national treasure and is one of the
largest private-sector employers.
The strike halted operations at
Israel’s main international airport
and seaports on Sunday morning.
Banks and government services were
closed, and hospitals scaled back
operations. AP
Duterte changes
stance on
same‑sex unions
By Enrico dela Cruz
MANILA
The Philippines’ President
Rodrigo Duterte expressed his
support for same-sex unions
yesterday, after previously
declaring his opposition to gay
marriage, in an about-face that
Security Council could
veto Jerusalem decision
By Michelle Nichols
GABON
PHILIPPINES
UNITED NATIONS
may displease bishops in the
mainly Roman Catholic country.
Speaking at a gathering
of lesbian, gay, bisexual, and
transgender (LGBT) people
in his home town Davao City,
Mr Duterte vowed to protect
the rights of homosexuals
and invited them to nominate
a representative to work in
his government.
“I said I am for [same] sex
marriage if that is the trend of
the modern times,” he said.
Mr Duterte was previously
quoted by local media as saying
he was opposed to gay unions.
The UN Security Council is considering a draft resolution that would
insist any decisions on the status of
Jerusalem have no legal effect and
must be rescinded.
The proposal, which could be voted
on this week, comes after US President Donald Trump recognised the
city as Israel’s capital.
The Egyptian-drafted text does
not specifically mention the United
States. Diplomats say it has broad
support but will probably be vetoed
by Washington. Mr Trump reversed
decades of US policy this month when
Algiers
A small Christmas market has
opened in Algeria’s capital,
catering to a rising number of
Christian African migrants as
well as diplomats and locals.
Around 99 per cent of
Algeria’s population is Sunni
Muslim but the number of
Christians has been rising
because of an influx of migrants
from countries such as Mali,
Niger and Burkina Faso.
The market, organised by
the Caritas charity, is also a
sign of security in a country
that has rebounded from a
decade of Islamist militant
violence during which 200,000
people died. No militant attack
has been reported in Algiers
for more than 10 years.
Caritas staged a similar
Christmas market last year but
kept it low-profile. This year
it advertised the market in
advance, calling for Christians
and Muslims to live together.
“It is not about making
money, but rather about
using the money to help the
most vulnerable,” Maurice
Pilloud, the director of Caritas
Algeria, said. Veiled Muslim
women mix with foreigners
at the market where honey,
chocolate, cakes, jewellery and
trinkets are sold.
The market offers the chance
for young people to make a
contribution to society in a
political system where the
ruling party has dominated
since independence in
1962. REUTERS
Lamine Chikhi
he recognised Jerusalem as Israel’s
capital, generating outrage from
Palestinians. Mr Trump also plans to
relocate the US embassy there.
Pizza for
the Pope’s
birthday
The Pope blew out
one candle out on
an extra-long,
four-metre pizza
during an audience
with children at the
Vatican yesterday,
his 81st birthday. The
children use a Vatican
health service. Pope
Francis’s birthday
coincided with his
weekly appearance
to the faithful.
AFP/GETTY
AUSTRALIA
Two gay couples marry a week after legalisation
Two female couples have tied the
knot in Australia’s first same-sex
weddings under new legislation
allowing gay marriages.
The first possible date for samesex weddings had been expected
to be 9 January, due to a four-week
waiting period since the landmark
law was passed. But the two couples
were married in Sydney and
Melbourne on Saturday after being
granted permission to waive the
notice period.
West Australians Anne Sedgwick
and Lyn Hawkins were married
yesterday after being together for 40
years. They were given dispensation
as Ms Hawkins, 85, is in the final
stages of ovarian cancer.
“Anne has been very supportive
through all this, and marrying her, it’s
Anne’s way of saying, ‘Let’s finally do
this’,” Ms Hawkins told the website
Perth Now. AP
YEMEN
INDONESIA
IRAN
Saudi attack kills
bride and guests
Escaped US
inmate found
Researcher in TV
spy confession
Witnesses and health officials
say an air strike by a Saudi-led
coalition has struck a wedding
procession east of Sanaa, killing
10 women. They say yesterday’s
air strike targeted the women as
they marched in Maarib province.
According to witnesses the
bride was among the women,
but it was not immediately clear
whether she was wounded.
Witnesses and officials spoke on
condition of anonymity. AP
Police have recaptured an American
citizen who escaped from an
overcrowded and understaffed
prison on Indonesia’s resort
island of Bali.
Christian Beasley escaped last
Monday from the Kerobokan penitentiary in Denpasar by sawing
through a ceiling and then climbing
over a six-metre-high wall behind the
prison. Beasley was arrested in August at a post office while picking up a
package containing cannabis. AP
Iran’s state TV aired a report
yesterday in which an IranianSwedish researcher confesses to
relaying information to a foreign
intelligence service about Iranian
nuclear scientists who were
assassinated in 2010.
Ahmad Reza Jalali, in jail since
April 2016, said in that during
his studies in the EU a man
approached him with a job offer
and recruited him to a foreign
intelligence service. AP
By Trevor Marshallsea
SYDNEY
Postcard
From...
Protesters in Jakarta condemn the US
announcement REUTERS
After the decision, Arab foreign
ministers agreed to seek a UN Security Council resolution. While the
draft is unlikely to be adopted, it
would further isolate Mr Trump over
the Jerusalem issue.
The US mission to the UN declined
to comment on the draft. The US ambassador to the UN, Nikki Haley, has
praised Mr Trump’s decision as “the
just and right thing to do”.
The draft resolution “affirms that
any decisions and actions which purport to have altered the character,
status or demographic composition
of the Holy City of Jerusalem have
no legal effect, are null and void and
must be rescinded”. REUTERS
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The far-right come to
power in Austria: ‘No
one need be afraid’
By Kirsti Knolle, Shadia Nasralla
and Alexandra Schwarz-Goerlich
IN VIENNA
People visit statues
of Kim Il-sung and
Kim Jong-il on North
Korea’s biggest
memorial day REUTERS
Sydney man arrested over
North Korea missile deal
By Hannah Lawrence
A man accused of brokering missile
deals with North Korea has been
arrested by Australian police.
Chan Han Choi, 59, has been
charged with brokering sales and
discussing the supply of weapons of
mass destruction.
The Australia Federal Police alleged Mr Choi was acting as an
economic agent for the Democratic
People’s Republic of North Korea
and was therefore in breach of United
Nations and Australian sanctions.
“This man was a loyal agent of
North Korea, who believed he was
acting to serve some higher patriotic
purpose,” the assistant commissioner, Neil Gaughan, said.
“This case is like nothing we have
ever seen on Australian soil.”
He added that Mr Choi, a naturalised Australian citizen of Korean
descent, had been in touch with highranking North Korean officials but no
missile components had ever actually
reached Australia.
He faces a total of six charges, two
under an act preventing the proliferation of weapons of mass destruction the first time anyone in Australia has
been charged with offences under the
country’s Weapons of Mass Destruction Act.
He is also facing two charges of
contravening a UN sanction law, and
two for contravening Australia’s own
sanctions laws.
Mr Choi, who has been living in
Australia for more than 30 years,
faces up to 18 years in jail if he
is convicted.
Police said he had been identified
as a person of interest this year and
the force launched Operation Byahaut in response.
“This is black market 101,” Mr
Gaughan said. “We are alleging that
all the activity occurred offshore, and
was purely another attempt for this
man to trade goods and services as a
way to raise revenue for the government of North Korea.”
North Korea has been subject to a
new round of strict United Nations
sanctions this year after defying
international pressure and continu-
ing with its missile and nuclear programmes. In November, Pyongyang
said it had successfully tested a
new intercontinental ballistic missile that could reach any part of the
US mainland.
At least two charges relate to an
alleged attempt to transfer North
Korean coal, misrepresented as Russian anthracite, to companies in Indonesia and Vietnam in breach of UN
sanctions.
The man is also believed to have
attempted to sell precious gemstones
and other products.
Mr Gaughan said that if the alleged
trades had been successful it would
have raised “tens of millions” of dollars. THE INDEPENDENT
The investigation into Mr
Choi began earlier this
year, triggered by information
provided by a foreign law
enforcement agency about a
different matter, the Australian
police said.
Austria is becoming the only
western European country with a
far-right party in government after
the anti-immigration Freedom
Party and Sebastian Kurz’s conservatives struck a coalition deal to
share power almost equally.
Future chancellor Mr Kurz, who
at 31 becomes the world’s youngest
national leader, says that the new
government will not hold a referendum on EU membership.
Mr Kurz and Freedom Party
(FPO) leader Heinz-Christian Strache announced their deal on Friday
night, handing the far right a share
of power for the third time in the
Alpine republic, after more than a
decade in opposition.
The FPO, which was founded by
former Nazis, will take control of
much of Austria’s security apparatus, in charge of the foreign, interior
and defence ministries. The People’s
Party (OVP) led by Mr Kurz will
control the powerful finance ministry as well as the justice and agriculture portfolios.
“No one need be afraid,” the incoming interior minister and chairman of the FPO, Herbert Kickl, said.
Mr Kickl began his career as
a speechwriter for the late Jörg
Haider, who praised Adolf Hitler’s
employment policies and led the
party to its first mainstream electoral success.
Mr Kurz will head the government
as chancellor and the OVP will have
eight ministries, including his office.
The FPO will have six, including Mr
Strache’s office as vice-chancellor.
Mr Kurz has said that his government will be pro-European despite
including the FPO, which campaigned against Austria joining the
bloc in a referendum in 1994.
The coalition plans to make referendums more widely available. Unlike France’s National Front, the FPO
has backed away from calling for a
referendum on leaving the EU and
Mr Kurz obtained a guarantee that
a Brexit-style vote will not be held.
Austria’s parliamentary election
two months ago was dominated by
Europe’s migration crisis, after the
affluent country took in 90,000 asylum seekers in 2015, representing
one percent of its population.
Mr Kurz’s party won with a hard
line on immigration that often overlapped with the FPO’s, pledging to
cut benefits for refugees and never
to allow a repeat of 2015’s wave of
arrivals. The FPO came third in the
election, with 26 per cent of the vote.
While other far-right parties have
gained ground this year, entering
parliament in Germany and making
France’s presidential run-off, the
FPO is going further. When the FPO
last entered government in 2000,
other EU countries imposed sanctions on Vienna. There is unlikely to
be a similar outcry this time, given
the rise of anti-establishment parties across the Continent. REUTERS
On the cusp of power: Conservative Sebastian Kurz (left), 31, and HeinzChristian Strache, 48, of the far-right Freedom Party ALEX HALADA/AFP/GETTY
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REVIEW
Sandy Sullivan, the
founder of Resomation,
with one of his
company’s hydrolysis
machines ALAMY
Top 10 political
moments of 2017
Chosen by Lord Buckethead.
Some of your worldly leaders
should hide their faces
The satirical political candidate
and self-described “Intergalactic
Time Lord” has stood in three
general elections against serving
prime ministers, losing to Margaret
Thatcher in Finchley in 1987,
John Major in Huntingdon in 1992,
and Theresa May this June.
10 Ken Clarke’s interventions in the
House of Commons
Water way to go: come
back as a cup of tea
Plan to flush dead down the drain
finds support, but water firm says
public isn’t ready. By Tom Bawden
and Alex Matthews-King
A
council’s controversial
plan to liquify corpses
and flush the remains
down the drain has
been blocked by a
water company.
The startling prospect of “liquid
cremations” has been floated by
Sandwell Metropolitan Borough
Council near Birmingham.
The technique involves placing
the corpse in a torpedo-like metal
chamber where it is dissolved
in a process known as alkaline
hydrolysis, which was originally
developed to turn animal carcasses
into plant food.
The technique uses chemicals,
heat and pressure to reduce a
corpse to bare bones in less than
three hours.
Alkaline hyrolysis uses
significantly less energy than
cremation and advocates say it is
simply an accelerated version of
natural decomposition.
But water company Severn
Trent is refusing to give a “trade
effluent” permit to the council,
arguing that it only covers waste
disposal and not dissolved bodies.
A Severn Trent spokesman
said: “In the absence of guidance
from Government on this matter,
and without an industry standard
or a thorough appraisal of public
opinion, Severn Trent has refused
to accept a discharge from this
process to our sewers.”
Sandwell Council is working
on its plans with Resomation,
a company which produces the
pressurised chambers.
The first part of the process is
to weigh the body to calculate the
correct chemical mix required. The
corpse is then dissolved in a highly
alkaline solution heated to 152°C.
Teeth, bones and any foreign
objects – such as artificial hips
or fillings – are rinsed and sorted
before the bones are ground and
placed in an urn.
The founder of Resomation,
Sandy Sullivan, insists: “There is
no technical reason why the liquid
can’t go down the drain. It is a very
treatable organic liquid. It is sterile
and there is no DNA in it.”
Even so, there are serious doubts
about whether or not the public
will accept such a radical form of
disposal. A source at Water UK, the
trade body representing regional
water suppliers, explains: “This is
an absolute first in the UK. We have
serious concerns about the public
acceptability of this.
“It is the liquefied remains of the
dead going into the water system.
We don’t think the public will like
the idea.” One thing is certain: there
The funeral industry is
evolving and modernising,
and we want to offer
people more choice
is great interest in finding more
environmentally friendly means of
disposing of bodies.
A report by the UK Burial
and Cremation Education Trust
found that a traditional cremation
produces four times as much
carbon dioxide as a burial, and also
contributes to mercury pollution
from vaporised fillings.
Sandwell Council wants to
reap the environmental benefits
of the liquefaction process and
is confident it can carry out the
nation’s first water crematorium
when (and if) approval is given.
A council spokesman says: “The
funeral industry is evolving and
modernising and we want to offer
people more choice.
“Water cremation is the next
phase in this evolution and would
give people an option that is more
environmentally friendly than
traditional cremation.”
Evidence of shifting attitudes
to the disposal of bodies can be
seen in the growing popularity
of natural burials, which eschew
toxic embalming fluids and favour
biodegradable shrouds and caskets
over wooden and metal coffins.
The law is reasonably relaxed
about the matter. The only legal
stipulation is that a death is
officially registered, and a record
is kept of where the body has
been interred.
The idea of turning a loved one
into liquid and pouring them down
the drain may seem far-fetched, but
alkaline hydrolysis is already legal
in 14 US states.
The process was legal in New
Hampshire for several years but
amid opposition by religious lobby
groups, it was banned in 2008. THE
INDEPENDENT
Since your EU referendum in 2016,
Mr Clarke increasingly wears the
look of a man who is watching
incredulously as hundreds of Neros
fiddle while Rome burns. The Father
of the House has the power of a
mouse, and I find it touching.
9 The Labour Party
It was illuminating to see the UK’s
official opposition party celebrate
so wildly the results of a general
election which they lost by 60
seats. I have since conducted field
research on this aspect of human
behaviour and I believe a useful
analogy is the reaction of football
fans when their team miraculously
staves off relegation on the last day
of the season, when a period of relief
is followed by the realisation that
you’re going to need better players.
8 Vladimir Putin
announcing he will stand
for Russian president
in 2018
The way in which
your planet’s ruthless
dictators like to
maintain the illusion
that they are operating
in a fair system when
really they are crushing
freedom with paranoid
despotism is something I find
rather quaint and almost endearing.
But this Putin fellow is a timewaster. When space lords decide
to conquer territories and wield
untrammelled power, at least we’re
honest about it.
7 Angela Merkel struggles to form a
coalition government
Chancellor Merkel has grandly
bestridden the halls of Europe for
more than a decade and seen the
likes of Blair, Obama, Brown, Chirac
and Berlusconi leave office while she
remains at the top table. And yet
now, even Merkel the Magnificent
seems unable to form a government
and the cracks in her formidable
edifice are showing. Germany will be
in for a turbulent 2018, mark
my words. But they will win the
World Cup.
6 Julian Assange complains
about voluntarily living in the
Ecuadorean Embassy
Diddums.
5 Tony Blair’s face
Is there any public figure on your
planet whose racked and tortured soul
is so visible? Whenever Blair (inset)
continues to protest that he would
make the same decisions again I can
hear a sound, which I have theorised
is the ghost of his conscience deep
inside him, squealing in pain. It’s not a
good look; he should consider wearing
a bucket. In December he announced
that he is actively working to stop
Brexit, which surely redoubles the
determination of Brexiteers.
4 Melania Trump’s face
The answer to the question I posed
at the start of No 5 is ‘yes’. Her name
is Melania. She is the only Earthling
I have encountered who appears to
be actively pleading to be abducted
by aliens. I should add that I don’t do
that kind of thing. Melania, you’re on
your own.
3 Diane Abbott’s Maths Academy
One of the most enjoyable aspects
of a British general election is the
cast of eccentric joke candidates
who appear, and who, despite not
being taken seriously for a second,
nevertheless warm the public’s
hearts. Mrs Abbott might be the
greatest such creation to
date, and whoever is
behind her deserves
every award going.
Paying £30 a year for
a policeman? I loved
every minute.
2 Sean Spicer
Your “Wikipedia” lists
Mr Spicer as
being White House
Communications Director,
2017-2017. As soon as this
delightful fellow popped up on
tele-screens I could tell we were
in for a treat. Although I predicted
the victory of Mr Trump, I confess
it had not occurred to me that
accompanying the dimmest
president in US history would be a
spokesman fit for the occasion
– America’s very own Comical Ali.
Was he the least appropriate choice
for White House spokesman, or the
most appropriate? Either way, the
man’s a marvel. Come back soon.
1 Lord Buckethead vs Theresa May,
Maidenhead 2017
In the early hours of 9 June, in
the Magnet Leisure Centre,
Maidenhead, a space lord visited
and came seventh out of 13
candidates. I want to pay tribute to
those 249 brave Maidonians who
made the most powerful protest
vote in the galaxy, and let Mrs May
know that, while she may still just
about have her job as prime minister,
true opposition has arrived.
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10pm, BBC2
Mark Gatiss, Jeremy Dyson, Steve
Pemberton and Reece Shearsmith’s
ensemble comedy was the true heir
to Monty Python, albeit localised in
the fictional Derbyshire town of
Royston Vasey. Fifteen years since
their last outing, they return with
three specials that should satisfy
long-term fans as well as entertain
the less well-acquainted. For the
latter, it should be explained that
Gatiss, Pemberton and Shearsmith
(left; Dyson sticks to writing) play a
variety of gleefully grotesque
characters – such as serial-killing,
incestuous shopkeepers Edward and
Tubbs, Jobcentre officer Pauline and
the rest – and there’s a sense that
they thoroughly enjoyed the revisit.
7.30pm, BBC2
Gregg Wallace and Cherry Healey
don their festive jumpers, the former
exclaiming like a Beano character as
he visits a Christmas cake factory
and also finds out where 1.4 billion
sprouts consumed on the big day are
grown and processed, Meanwhile,
Healey heads down to Somerset to
investigate the making of apple
brandy and try her hand at blowing
glass baubles.
The League Of Gentlemen
Inside The Christmas Factory
===
Mary Berry’s Christmas Party
8.30pm, BBC1
After her not entirely successful
series combining cookery with
stately-home gawping, it’s good to
have Mary Berry confined to a
studio kitchen once again. However,
I personally could have done without
the celebrities contributing their
dishes – from Alex Jones’s family
recipe for rissoles to Darcey
Bussell’s ballet-inspired Christmas
dessert. Just give us Mary, please,
pure and simple.
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Birds Of A Feather
Christmas Special
9pm, ITV
Laurence Marks and Maurice Gran’s
long-running (we’re talking 1989
here) comedy returns for a festive
special, starring Pauline Quirke,
Linda Robson and Lesley Joseph as
the three friends and sparring
partners from Chigwell in Essex.
Dorien (Joseph) is avoiding a man
from her past.
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Old People’s Home For
4 Year Olds At Christmas
9pm, Channel 4
In August, Channel 4 broadcast a
two-part documentary in which 11
pensioners spent six weeks sharing a
classroom with young children to
see whether it had a positive impact
on the oldies’ moods and memories.
It did, and this festive update reunites
young and old for a fortnight to
prepare for a carol service.
===
The Art That Made Mexico:
Paradise, Power And Prayers
9pm, BBC4
Alinka Echeverria concludes her
enlightening series by examining the
link between art and religion in
Mexico and how the arrival of the
6.00 Breakfast (S). 9.15
Let’s Get A Good Thing
Going (S). 10.00 Homes
Under The Hammer (R)
(S). 11.00 Street Auction
(S). 11.45 Fake Britain (R)
(S). 12.15 Bargain Hunt (S).
1.00 BBC News At One;
Weather (S). 1.30 BBC
Regional News; Weather
(S). 1.45 Father Brown
(S). 2.30 Escape To The
Country (R) (S). 3.30 The
Instant Gardener (R) (S).
4.15 Money For Nothing
(R) (S). 5.15 Pointless (R) (S).
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: Mary Berry’s
Country House Secrets
(R) (S). 9.00 Victoria
Derbyshire (S). 11.00 BBC
Newsroom Live (S). 12.00
Daily Politics (S). 1.00 The
Link (R) (S). 1.45 Terry
And Mason’s Great Food
Trip (R) (S). 2.15 Home
Away From Home (R) (S).
3.00 Inside Claridge’s (R)
(S). 4.00 Alaska – Earth’s
Frozen Kingdom (R) (S).
5.00 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
(R) (S). 3.59 ITV Regional
Weather (S). 4.00 Tipping
Point (R) (S). 5.00 The
Chase (S).
6.20 3rd Rock From The
Sun (R) (S). 7.35 Everybody
Loves Raymond (R)
(S). 8.00 Everybody
Loves Raymond (R) (S).
8.30 Everybody Loves
Raymond (R) (S). 9.00
Frasier (R) (S). 9.35
Frasier (R) (S). 10.05 The
Big Bang Theory (R) (S).
11.05 Ramsay’s Kitchen
Nightmares USA (R) (S).
12.00 Channel 4 News
Summary (S). 12.05
Jamie’s Comfort Food
(R) (S). 12.20 FILM: Carry
On Cleo (Gerald Thomas
1964) (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 BBC News At
Six; Weather (S).
6.30 BBC Regional
News; Weather
(S).
6.00 Celebrity
Eggheads With
Piers Taylor (S).
6.30 Celebrity
Antiques Road
Trip Last in the
series (S).
6.00 ITV Regional
News; Weather
(S).
6.30 ITV News;
Weather (S).
6.00 The Simpsons
Bart betrays
Milhouse
during their
school sports
day (S).
6.30 Hollyoaks (S).
7.00 The One Show
(S).
7.30 Myanmar: The
Hidden Truth –
Panorama (S).
7.30 Inside The
Christmas
Factory The
history behind
the nation’s
favourite festive
treats (S).
7.00 Emmerdale
A villager is
arrested for
Emma’s murder
(S).
7.30 Coronation
Street (S).
7.00 Channel 4 News
(S).
7.00 World’s
Strongest
Man 2017
New series.
Action from the
Scandinavian
Open (S).
7.00 Beyond 100
Days (S).
7.30 Christmas
University
Challenge (R) (S).
8.00 EastEnders Tina
thinks she may
be pregnant (S).
8.30 Mary Berry’s
Christmas Party
Festive recipes
(S).
8.30 University
Challenge The
second round
continues (S).
8.00 Save Money:
Good Food Last
in the series (S).
8.30 Coronation
Street (S).
8.00 Paul Hollywood:
A Baker’s Life
Last in the
series (S).
8.30 Supershoppers
Last in the
series (S).
8.00 The Lego Story:
Brick By Brick
The history of
the toy (S).
8.00 Mexico: Earth’s
Festival Of Life
The deserts
of Mexico’s
northern region.
Last in the
series (R) (S).
9.30 Would I Lie
To You? At
Christmas With
Henry Blofeld,
Kerry Howard
and the Rev
Richard Coles (S).
9.00 Employable
Me A man with
autism and a
woman with
Asperger’s try
to find work (S).
9.00 Birds Of
A Feather
Christmas
Special Festive
edition, starring
Pauline Quirke
(S).
9.00 Old People’s
Home For 4
Year Olds At
Christmas (S).
9.00 Abba: When
All Is Said
And Done
Docudrama (S).
9.00 The Art That
Made Mexico:
Paradise, Power
And Prayers
Last in the
series (S).
9.00 FILM:
Anchorman:
The Legend Of
Ron Burgundy
(Adam McKay
2004) Comedy
(S).
9.00 Family Guy (S).
9.30 Ghosted A
young girl goes
missing at a
haunted hayride
(S).
10.00BBC News At
Ten (S).
10.30 BBC Regional
News (S).
10.45 Have I Got A Bit
More News For
You (S).
10.00The League Of
Gentlemen
New series. The
return of the
comedy (S).
10.30 Newsnight (S).
10.00ITV News At Ten
(S).
10.30 ITV Regional
News (S).
10.45 Killer Women
With Piers
Morgan (R) (S).
10.00First Dates A
73-year-old has
her first date for
44 years (S).
10.00Handmade In
Mexico Last in
the series (S).
10.30 Britain’s Lost
Masterpieces
Last in the
series (R) (S).
10.55 FILM: The
Watch (Akiva
Schaffer 2012)
Sci-fi comedy,
starring Ben
Stiller (S).
10.00American Dad!
10.30 American Dad!
Francine poses
as a widow
while Stan
is away on a
mission (S).
11.30 Michael
McIntyre’s Big
Show With Niall
Horan, Jason
Manford and
Miranda Hart
(R) (S).
11.15 Blitz: The
Bombs That
Changed Britain
Last in the
series (R) (S).
11.45 Fraud – How
They Steal Your
ID (R) (S).
11.05 Sarah Millican
– Home Bird
Live Stand-up
show recorded
at Newcastle’s
Tyne Theatre &
Opera House (R).
11.05 Abba: Live In
Concert A 1979
performance
by the Swedish
band (R) (S).
11.30 Kiri Te Kanawa
At The BBC
Highlights of
the soprano’s
career (R) (S).
12.30 The Graham Norton
Show (R) (S). 1.20 BBC
News (S).
12.15 Sign Zone:
Countryfile (R) (S). 1.10
Sign Zone: Blue Planet
II (R) (S). 2.10 Sign Zone:
Nigella: At My Table (R) (S).
2.40 This Is BBC Two (S).
12.35 Jackpot247 3.00 The
Jeremy Kyle Show (R) (S).
3.55 ITV Nightscreen 5.05
The Jeremy Kyle Show
(R) (S).
12.10 FILM: The Woman
In Black (James Watkins
2012) 1.50 One Born Every
Minute 2.45 Extraordinary
Teens: School Of Life And
Deaf (R). 3.40 Gillette World
Sport 4.10 KOTV Boxing
Weekly (S).
12.10 The Greatest Ever
Pop Families (R) (S). 1.05
SuperCasino (S). 3.10 Top
20 Funniest (R) (S). 4.00
Now That’s Funny! (R) (S).
4.45 House Doctor (R) (S).
5.10 Great Artists (R) (S).
5.35 Wildlife SOS (R) (S).
12.30 Mexico: Earth’s
Festival Of Life (R)
(S). 1.30 The Art That
Made Mexico: Paradise,
Power And Prayers (R)
(S). 2.30 Britain’s Lost
Masterpieces (R) (S). 3.30
Close
6.00 Milkshake! 9.15
Puppies Make You Laugh
Out Loud (R) (S). 10.05 The
Gadget Show (R) (S). 11.05
The Gadget Show (R) (S).
12.10 FILM: Jim Henson’s
Turkey Hollow (Kirk R
Thatcher 2015) Premiere.
Family drama, starring
Mary Steenburgen
(S). 1.55 FILM: Back To
Christmas (Tim O’Donnell
2014) Romantic fantasy,
starring Kelly Overton (S).
3.35 FILM: A Cinderella
Christmas (Tosca Musk
2016) Romantic comedy,
starring Emma Rigby
and Peter Porte (S). 5.20
FILM: Christmas Bucket
List (Paul A Kaufman
2016) Romantic comedy,
starring Alicia Witt (S).
Linda Robson is back in
a ‘Birds Of A Feather’
special 9pm, ITV
The queen of cakes goes
back to basics, cooking
Yuletide fodder in‘Mary
Berry’s Christmas Party’
8.30pm, BBC1
Rob Brydon presents a
festive feast of fibbing
9.30pm, BBC1
7.10 FILM: Cheaper
By The Dozen
2 (Adam
Shankman
2005) Comedy
sequel, starring
Steve Martin (S).
6.00 The Cube: Celebrity
Special (R) (S). 6.45
Dinner Date (R) (S). 7.35
Emmerdale (R) (S). 8.00
Coronation Street (R) (S).
8.30 Coronation Street
(R) (S). 9.00 The Ellen
DeGeneres Show (R) (S).
9.50 Mr Bean (R). 10.20
Totally Bonkers Guinness
World Records (R) (S).
10.35 You’ve Been Framed
At Christmas! (R) (S). 11.05
Take Me Out Celebrity
Christmas Special (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).
6.00 Take Me Out
This week’s
contestants
include Mr
Wales 2013
and a semi-pro
wrestler (R) (S).
7.30 You’ve Been
Framed! At
Christmas
Comical festive
clips, narrated
by Harry Hill (R)
(S).
8.00 Two And A Half
Men Herb goes
on a wild party
binge (R) (S).
8.30 Two And A Half
Men (R) (S).
11.00 Family Guy
The Griffins
celebrate
Christmas (R)
(S).
11.30 Family Guy (R)
(S).
1.00 FILM: The Tree Of
Life (Terrence Malick 2011)
Drama, starring Brad Pitt
and Sean Penn (S). 3.50
Close
12.00 Family Guy (R) (S).
12.55 The Cleveland Show
(R) (S). 1.55 The Keith And
Paddy Picture Show (R) (S).
2.20 FILM: Bachelorette
(Leslye Headland 2012) (S).
3.45 Scorpion (R) (S). 4.25
Educating Joey Essex (R).
NEWS
2-27
Spanish led to a heady hybrid of
Mesoamerican and Catholic
iconography. There’s also a look at
the ex-votos paintings of rural
Mexicans – charmingly illustrated
stories telling of miraculous
recoveries from illness, fires and
other disasters, and family feuds,
lost jobs and emigration.
FILM
CHOICE
LAURENCE PHELAN
===
Would I Lie To You?
At Christmas
9.30pm, BBC1
Test Match Special legend Henry
Blofeld explains how he uses his
“common voice” when he doesn’t
want to be recognised (on this
evidence, the “dear old thing”
shouldn’t take up impressionism),
while the Reverend Richard Coles
questions the very nature of truth.
VOICES
14-18
TV
28-29
FILM OF THE DAY
Anchorman: The Legend
Of Ron Burgundy
9pm, Film4
(Adam McKay, 2004)
The pompous, chauvinistic buffoon
Ron Burgundy, 1970s San Diego’s
favourite local newsreader, is the
character most perfectly fitted to
the talents of Will Ferrell (left), while
Christina Applegate, as the female
news anchor who turns Burgundy’s
world upside down, is a perfect foil
for his absurdist bluster. Which makes
this throwback to old battle-of-thesexes comedies the most consistently
hilarious and perfectly balanced of
Ferrell’s semi-improvised movies.
It exaggerates the idiocy and illogic
of male chauvinism until the world
it creates is cartoonish and bizarre,
but with vivid and specific detail.
IQ
30-39
===
The Woman In Black
12.10am, Channel 4
(James Watkins, 2012)
Susan Hill’s 1983 ghost story gets
the Hammer horror treatment –
secretive villagers, period clobber,
stiff acting and all. Daniel Radcliffe
stars as a careworn widower
investigating spooky goings on in a
cobwebbed stately pile.
===
The Tree Of Life
1am, Film4
(Terrence Malick, 2011)
Malick’s transcendentalist hymn to all
creation, from the infinitesimal to the
infinite, is full of cinematic natural
beauty. Amid which is squeezed a
human story, set in 1950s suburbia,
with Brad Pitt and Jessica Chastain.
Radio
BBC Radio 1
6.00 Classic Coronation
Street (R) (S). 6.25 Classic
Coronation Street (R) (S).
6.55 Heartbeat (R) (S). 8.00
The Royal (R) (S). 9.00
Judge Judy (R) (S). 9.25
Judge Judy (R) (S). 9.55
Judge Judy (R) (S). 10.20
A Touch Of Frost (R) (S).
12.35 The Royal (R) (S).
1.35 Heartbeat (R) (S).
2.40 Classic Coronation
Street (R) (S). 3.15 Classic
Coronation Street (R) (S).
3.45 A Touch Of Frost (R)
(S). 5.55 Heartbeat (R) (S).
6.55 Murder, She
Wrote A
mysterious
death disrupts a
rodeo (R) (S).
6.00 Hollyoaks (R) (S).
7.00 Charmed (R) (S). 7.55
Rude(ish) Tube Shorts (R)
(S). 8.10 FILM: The Dog
Who Saved Christmas
(Michael Feifer 2009)
(S). 10.00 Rules Of
Engagement (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).
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 Jamie’s Best Ever
Christmas (R) (S).
6.00 The Big Bang
Theory (R) (S).
6.30 The Big Bang
Theory (R) (S).
6.55 The Supervet
Noel treats a
shih-tzu with
severe arthritis
in its hip (R) (S).
6.00 Futurama
Rising
temperatures
threaten life on
Earth (R) (S).
6.30 The Simpsons
(R) (S).
6.00 Without A Trace
A murder trial
consultant goes
missing (R) (S).
7.55 Grand Designs
A couple
building a house
from recycled
materials (R) (S).
7.00 The Simpsons
(R) (S).
7.30 The Simpsons
Patti moves in
with Homer and
Marge (R) (S).
7.00 Without A
Trace The
team searches
for a missing
psychologist (R)
(S).
8.00 A League Of
Their Own
Christmas
Special Festive
edition of the
comedy quiz
show (R) (S).
8.00 Attenborough
At 90: Behind
The Lens (R) (S).
9.00 FILM: 2012
(Roland
Emmerich
2009) Disaster
movie, starring
John Cusack.
9.00 Game Of
Thrones First
episode of the
fantasy drama,
starring Sean
Bean (R) (S).
7.00 Hollyoaks Ryan
collapses in
front of Ste and
Tegan (S).
7.30 Brooklyn NineNine (R) (S).
8.00 Midsomer
Murders A man
is stabbed to
death during a
ghost-hunting
party (R) (S).
8.00 The Big Bang
Theory Sheldon
and Penny bond
as they miss
Leonard (R) (S).
8.30 The Big Bang
Theory (R) (S).
6.00 Futurama (R) (S).
6.30 Futurama (R) (S).
7.00 Futurama (R) (S).
7.30 The Simpsons (R) (S).
8.00 The Simpsons (R) (S).
8.30 The Simpsons (R) (S).
9.00 The Simpsons (R) (S).
9.30 Modern Family (R)
(S). 10.00 Modern Family
(R) (S). 10.30 Modern
Family (R) (S). 11.00 David
Attenborough’s Wild City
(R) (S). 12.00 Hawaii Five-0
(R). 1.00 Hawaii Five-0
(R) (S). 2.00 NCIS: Los
Angeles (R) (S). 3.00 NCIS:
Los Angeles (R) (S). 4.00
Modern Family (R) (S). 4.30
Modern Family (R) (S). 5.00
The Simpsons (R) (S). 5.30
The Simpsons (R) (S).
6.00 Urban Secrets (R)
(S). 7.00 CSI: Crime Scene
Investigation (R) (S).
8.00 CSI: Crime Scene
Investigation (R) (S).
9.00 CSI: Crime Scene
Investigation (R) (S).
10.00 CSI: Crime Scene
Investigation (R) (S).
11.00 CSI: Crime Scene
Investigation (R) (S).
12.00 CSI: Crime Scene
Investigation (R) (S).
1.00 CSI: Crime Scene
Investigation (R) (S).
2.00 CSI: Crime Scene
Investigation (R) (S). 3.00
Without A Trace (R) (S).
4.00 Without A Trace (R)
(S). 5.00 Without A Trace
(R) (S).
9.00 Made In Chelsea
Christmas
Make-ups and
break-ups
abound during
the festive
period (S).
9.00 A Big Lego
Christmas The
run-up to the
opening of the
world’s biggest
Lego store (R)
(S).
10.00Cilla Biopic,
starring
Sheridan Smith,
charting Cilla
Black’s rise to
fame (R) (S).
10.00Born In Chelsea:
Baby Steps
Part two of
two. Binky and
JP bring their
daughter home
(R) (S).
10.008 Out Of 10
Cats Does
Countdown
Christmas
Special (R) (S).
11.00 The Guilty
Crime drama,
starring Tamsin
Greig (R) (S).
11.05 The Big Bang
Theory Raj
faces being sent
back to India (R)
(S).
11.35 The Big Bang
Theory (R) (S).
11.05 24 Hours In
A&E (R) (S).
11.55 The Russell
Howard
Hour Topical
comedy and
entertainment
show (R) (S).
11.35 Game Of
Thrones A
weary Ned
struggles to
deal with the
politics of the
king’s court (R).
12.00 Appropriate Adult
(R) (S). 1.25 Appropriate
Adult (R) (S). 2.45 Agatha
Christie’s Marple (R) (S).
4.20 Judge Judy (R) (S).
4.45 Judge Judy (R) (S).
5.05 On The Buses (R) (S).
5.30 ITV3 Nightscreen
12.05 Gogglebox (R) (S).
1.10 Tattoo Fixers (R) (S).
2.15 Rude Tube (R) (S). 3.10
Made In Chelsea Christmas
(R) (S). 4.05 How I Met Your
Mother (R) (S). 4.25 How
I Met Your Mother (R) (S).
4.50 Charmed (R) (S).
12.05 Ramsay’s Kitchen
Nightmares USA (R) (S).
1.05 A Big Lego Christmas
(R) (S). 2.05 24 Hours In
A&E (R) (S). 3.10 8 Out Of
10 Cats Uncut (R) (S). 3.50
Close
12.55 Sick Note (R) (S). 1.25
A League Of Their Own
(R) (S). 2.20 The Force (R)
(S). 3.15 Micro Monsters
With David Attenborough
(R) (S). 4.05 Monkeys: An
Amazing Animal Family
(R) (S).
12.50 Band Of Brothers (R)
(S). 2.25 FILM: The Enemy
Within (Jonathan Darby
1994) Drama, with Forest
Whitaker (R). 4.05 Blue
Bloods (R) (S). 5.00 Blue
Bloods (R) (S).
10.20 Game Of
Thrones Bran
suffers another
attempt on his
life (R) (S).
i MONDAY
18 DECEMBER 2017
BUSINESS SPORT
40-43
47-55
6.30am The Radio 1 Breakfast
Show With Nick Grimshaw
10.00 Clara Amfo 12.45pm
Newsbeat 1.00 Scott Mills 4.00
Alice & Dev 5.45 Newsbeat
6.00 Alice & Dev 7.00 Annie
Mac 9.00 The 8th With Charlie
Sloth 11.00 Huw Stephens 3am
Radio 1’s Specialist Chart With
Phil Taggart 4.00 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 Twin B 1am Radio 1’s
Drum & Bass Show With Rene
LaVice 3.00 1Xtra Mixes 4.00
Twin B
BBC Radio 2
6.30am Chris Evans 9.30 Ken
Bruce 12noon Jeremy Vine
2.00 Steve Wright In The
Afternoon 5.00 Simon Mayo
7.00 The Blues Show With
Paul Jones 8.00 Jo Whiley
10.00 Marc Almond’s Torch
Song Trilogy 11.00 Jools
Holland 12mdn’t Johnnie
Walker’s Sounds Of The 70s
2.00 Radio 2’s Jazz Playlist
3.00 Radio 2 Playlists: Great
British Songbook 4.00 Radio
2 Playlists: Hidden Treasures
5.00 Vanessa Feltz
BBC Radio 3
6.30am Breakfast 9.00
Essential Classics 12noon
Composer Of The Week:
Bach 1.00 News 1.02 Radio
3 Lunchtime Concert. Alina
Ibragimova and Cédric
Tiberghien perform music
by Ysaye and Vierne. 2.00
Afternoon Concert. Penny
Gore presents works by
Telemann and Bach. 5.00
In Tune. Live music by
Michael Fabiano, Cara Dillon,
Alexander Armstrong and
the BBC Singers. 7.00 Spirit
Of Bach Mixtape 7.30 Radio 3
In Concert. John Butt and the
Dunedin Consort perform JS
Bach’s St John Passion. 10.00
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Reframing my
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After being
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multiple sclerosis
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was struggling to
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more positive
way to live with
her condition
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I
t was in Paris, at the
Salpêtrière Hospital in 1868,
that Jean-Martin Charcot,
widely regarded as the “father of neurology”, recorded
for the first time la sclèrose en
plaques disséminées – multiple sclerosis – as a distinct disease.
Charcot and colleagues discovered a remarkable amount about
the pathological make-up and
symptoms of this disease of the
central nervous system, in which
the protective fatty sheath around
axons of the nerve fibres in the
brain and spinal cord responsible
for movement and gait, sensation
and vision, urinary and bowel
function and the sharpness of the
cognitive palette, becomes frayed
or damaged in incidents of inflammation, known as relapses.
In a case of mistaken identity,
the myelin comes under attack
from its own immune cells, with
repair often only partial, and
much of the insidious progression
invisible. What eluded Charcot
in his lifetime was any effective
treatment, let alone a cure – something that people with MS, including me, long for.
And yet there is much momentum in research and treatment,
and there is the real sense of being
on the cusp of life-changing advances in this area of therapeutic
medicine. Nowhere is this vigour
and purpose of international collaboration more palpable than at
the major date in the MS research
calendar: the Ectrims conference,
which this year is in Paris.
For more than 25 years, the
European Committee for Research and Treatment into Multiple Sclerosis has provided this
remarkable forum. It is here that
cutting-edge research is presented, and new and upcoming treatments discussed.
This was my second Ectrims,
after Barcelona in 2015. Diagnosed in 2011, but with tentacles
reaching back earlier, I was flailing in 2015. Relapse seemed to follow relapse, vision, legs, balance
taking hits alternately. Each incident left traces I could track in my
body, although I had not fully understood the damage that would
be ongoing in my brain. There had
to be another way.
It felt as if life was on hold. I felt
ancient at times, looking back on
the life that once had been. I used
to walk in the Rambles of Central
Park each week, birdwatching
and exploring in great company.
When London was home, I cycled
along the Thames and through
the parks to work. I could run
and dance, light as a feather. In a
river valley in the foothills of the
Andes, on horseback, I watched a
fox up close.
There was a resignation and a
deep sadness in those in-between
years that was alien and frightening. But 2015 was to become that
cliché, a game-changer, for three
reasons. A book gave me a plan
for living within this new reality
(Overcoming Multiple Sclerosis by
Professor George Jelinek). I began
a DMT (disease-modifying treatment – Copaxone). And I attended
Ectrims Barcelona.
I went hungry to learn more.
Far from being a bleak, depressing experience, it added to my
personal desire to stabilise my
own disease as best I could, with
a view to helping others in
time to also feel a more
positive narrative.
Although it was a
specialised conference for experts
working in the
field, I felt remarkably at ease: it was
a privilege to be
there as an outsider,
and yet that most intimate of insiders. I sought
to glean all that I could from the
presentations and the press briefings – medicine was a brave new
world for this arts journalist.
Now in Paris, the quest again
was for knowledge, a second burst
of the latest news, a chance to talk
directly to the scientists. Again it
felt good, both as a writer and as
a person with MS. One evening as
I was writing up notes, buzzing
with the day’s science and pleased
to be alone at a table on the Place
des Vosges, suddenly I remembered a younger version of myself,
crossing the same cobbles.
That self was holding the hand
of the man she still loved, but it
was our last weekend away, salt
in the wound perhaps to be deciding that our marriage was over
in Paris, the city of love, poetry,
art and (but I didn’t know that
then) neurologists.
Thirteen years later,
at a table in Paris,
divorced, single, with
chronic disease a
reality, I was, I noticed, happy. It felt
wonderful to be
back both in Paris
and at Ectrims,
well enough to make
travel plans and keep
them, legs kept supple
by the stretching routine
and short walk-run ahead of the
conference each morning. I was
relearning so much, including the
art of happiness – this is an ongoing project and I have defiantly
titled 2017 my “joie de vivre” year.
Although there have been plentiful tears, too, the moments of
contentment and euphoria have
the edge.
Of course, at Ectrims I was
conscious of not being there to
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medication,
nutrition,
sleep and an
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mind capable
of rest
Arts journalist
Rebecca Morrison,
centre (and inset),
who has multiple
sclerosis, enjoying
a hike with friends
in Switzerland
ask for free consultations. I liked
the chance conversations with
those doctors next to me in the
lecture halls, and must have sufficiently looked the part, for my
own opinion was also asked. Reactions were positive, conversations
continued, and my confidence was
boosted when a New York doctor
mentioned with a warm smile: “I
hope you feel as great as you look.”
Wavering self-confidence is
something all those with MS will
be familiar with, and thus such a
sincerely formulated comment
from a woman my age did the
world of good.
Just occasionally, a presentation would touch me painfully
deeply, as I was reminded that
beyond my objective role as writer, there was a hugely subjective
aspect of me there, too. In one
session, for example, the story of
a Glasgow patient was described
as a case study, and it was such
a sad one, and so empathetically
portrayed, that I couldn’t nod
sagely. Instead, I bit on the pad of
my thumb, to stop the tears from
flowing unprofessionally. They
were tears, I think, for the patient
concerned, but as those others
with MS will recognise (and there
are 2.3 million of us worldwide,
and more than 100,000 in the UK),
the process of digesting the fact of
the disease’s lifelong presence is a
gradual one. I still feel I could do
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Committee
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(Ectrims)
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with a couple of weeks, tucked
away somewhere out of reach,
possibly on the Lofoten Islands,
or back on Torcello, where I feel
so safe and secure and where my
face was the happiest I’ve known it
this summer, simply to weep, and
to grieve, and then again to brush
off the dust and get on with the
glorious business of living a life as
full and beautiful as it can be.
Where am I now, six years after
diagnosis, probably 13 years after
the disease first showed itself?
My fundamental pillars are
exercise, medication, nutrition,
sleep, and an invigorated mind
capable of rest, and I would describe where I am as a gradual
return to my senses.
Being in the Cairngorm mountains is a sensual experience, and
I take my time. I stop to feel the
bark of a Scots pine, to admire the
shape of a mountain ash sculpted by the wind. I breathe in the
sharpness of the air, I listen to the
water and, when possible, I get in.
In the water I feel the skin growing
more alive to its touch.
I allow the emotion to come, the
tears of joy at being so high up,
aware of our small human place in
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the ancientness of it all. My senses, each made to feel fragile and
endangered at different times,
and thus appreciated all the more
while I have them, feel returned
to me. And as for sensuality, well,
I know that through music and
nature walks, Berlin’s classical
music scene delivers sensuality in
the most vivid form for me – and
safest form. As for the sensuality
of human love, who knows, perhaps that is a place I will reach,
too, brave enough one day to open
up to it again.
Paris provides a mantra, grâce
à Ectrims organiser, Catherine
Lubetzki, neurology professor at
Pitié-Salpêtrière.
Jean-Martin Charcot’s son,
Jean-Baptiste, neurologistturned-Polar-explorer, named one
of his ships Pourquoi Pas? after a
soap-box he had named thus and
launched into the river as a child.
Ever-improving life prospects for
those with MS in the coming generations – how real and wonderful
– but achievable now, too, and one
day a cure? Pourquoi pas?
Rebecca K Morrison is a literary
critic and writer based in Berlin
Travel
Come back, darlings,
you’re needed
This year’s hurricane
season caused
serious damage to
the Caribbean – and
its tourist industry.
Carolyn Boyd
visited Antigua,
which is waiting for
travellers to return –
with some help
from UB40
I
t’s a scorching hot day in
December and Ali Campbell,
Astro and Mickey Virtue
from UB40 are at Mary’s
Shack – a ramshackle hut
that looks out over a sweeping
white beach and turquoise sea,
and one of Antigua’s most famous
drinking spots.
You would assume they were
settling in for an afternoon of rum
punch and holiday banter.
Instead, they’re prepping to
record a special video for their
1998 song, “Come Back, Darling”.
While the words of the song
were originally written to represent lost love, this new incarnation is aimed at tourists who, since
September’s three hurricanes
(including the devastating Irma)
ripped through the region, have
largely believed the Caribbean islands to be off-limits. Linessuch as
“Don’t you know, I need you badly”
and “Please return and bring me
happiness” suddenly take on a
new meaning.
“[The news stories] have stigmatised the Caribbean,” says
Campbell, the frontman. “[They
say] it’s been mashed up by the
hurricanes, but it’s not true.
“They have hurricanes every
four years more or less here, and
they bounce back, and they’re
always open for business. That’s
the message of this little project:
‘Come back, darlings’.”
The sister islands of Antigua
and Barbuda – just 60km apart –
however, tell two sides of the Hurricane Irma story. Barbuda was
left with 95 per cent of its buildings destroyed or significantly
damaged, its entire population
evacuated, and will take some
time to recover.
Antigua, meanwhile, suffered
minimal damage and was open
four days after Irma. What’s more,
contrary to widespread belief,
a number of islands – such as St
Kitts and Nevis, Haiti and the Dominican Republic, and Barbados –
were completely unscathed.
Yet with Antigua’s overall visitor numbers falling by 26 per cent
in the month afterwards and
down by 15 per cent in October,
the local economies are suffering
at a time when tourist dollars are
most needed. “[The locals] love
the tourists, they want to converse with you,” says the band’s
percussionist and vocalist, Astro.
“They need to make a living, but
they’re also so warm and generous
to visitors.”
Alex Rocks owns two of the
island’s most popular restaurants, Catherine’s Café and Sheer
Rocks. British-born – he moved
to Antigua 10 years ago – he was
impressed by how the community
pulled together to recover from
Irma, José and Maria, the season’s
Pineapple beach
resort, where the
locals are ready to
welcome visitors
but numbers are
still down ELITE
ISLAND RESORTS
There’s
so much
camaraderie
here –
so much
resilience
three main hurricanes. But he’s
also angry at the news reports.
“The news seems to have just
wiped the islands – and therefore
the people – off the map, and you
can’t do that,” he says.
As a relative newcomer to the
island, he wasn’t used to hurricanes (he drank his best bottle of
wine while sheltering from Irma,
he says, just in case he didn’t make
it out alive). But for Antiguans, it’s
different. “It’s not uncommon for
hurricanes to be this bad, and if
they haven’t seen it in their lifetime, it’s told through parents
or grandparents,” he explains.
“There’s so much camaraderie
here, so much resilience.”
Touring the island now, it’s hard
to believe any hurricane has been
near the place. With the exception
of a few topless palm trees, the
long white beaches are as enticing
as ever. The only difference is that
there are fewer tourists to share
them with. Sunloungers lie empty,
and at Devil’s Bridge, a renowned
cliff where the Atlantic has carved
out a vertiginous bridge in the
rock, there are four souvenir stalls
– and the same number of tourists.
The same is true of one of the
island’s most popular snorkelling
spots near English Harbour. When
we moor at the Pillars of Hercules,
where fierce winds have sculpted
impressive rock formations in the
cliffs, we’re the only boat in the
area. We have the colourful reefs
to ourselves.
As the sun’s rays dance on the
surface, we swim towards a reef
with a rainbow of fish hovering
around us. Yellow-tailed snapper
dart about, and, deeper down,
day-glo blue tang snoop around
the rocks.
By the time we emerge, the
crew is in party spirit and as Captain Joseph sails us around the
coast to a beach, Anthony, a crew
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Virgin Holidays has seven
nights in Antigua including
direct flights from Gatwick,
all-inclusive accommodation
at St James’s Club & Villas,
and transfers from £1,315pp.
Without the package, Virgin
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(virginholidays.co.uk).
British Airways (0344 493
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member, hurls open his icebox
ready to serve piña coladas and
rum punches.
A perfect curl of white sand
around a dazzling turquoise sea
comes into view. “See that driftwood?” asks Joseph,
pointing to a bleached
log on the shore. “A
lot of the branches
and logs we’re seeing have washed
up after the hurricane damage
in Dominica.” As
we swim to the
beach in the choppy
waves, I spot a solitary
beach umbrella shading two lonely sunbathers. I
mentally apologise for disturbing
their peace.
There’s more of a crowd at
Shirley Heights, a former military
route. Thomas Cook Airlines
(thomascookairlines.com) flies
from Manchester.
Staying there
Pineapple Beach Club has
doubles from £218, all inclusive
(eliteislandresorts.com).
More information
antiguabarbudatourism.org
caribbeantravelupdate.com
base overlooking English Harbour
and the bay around it. Now a bar
and restaurant, it’s the island’s
most celebrated party venue
and its Sunday barbecues are as
legendary as its views. After sunset, lights on the milliondollar yachts moored
below twinkle in the
darkness, while up
here on the terrace, a steel band
plays lively reggae
covers.
Rum punch in
hand, I remember
what Ali Campbell
had said to me earlier:
“Rum is what the Caribbean is all about – it’s a warm
and friendly buzz.”
Now all it needs is for past visitors to come back.
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Unravelled
BY SIMON CALDER
Refunds after having
a change of heart
Q
In June this year, I booked a package
holiday to Ibiza for two weeks in June
2018. After booking this holiday, I read
TripAdvisor reviews. We are an older couple
in our seventies. The reviews said that this
hotel was noisy and was more suitable to
much younger people. Two days after this
booking I asked TUI to change us to a more
suitable hotel in a different destination.
They refused, so I cancelled this holiday and
lost my £400 deposit.
They had a year to resell this holiday
and would not have lost any money as we
booked another TUI trip for June 2018. I
am very annoyed that I lost my deposit. We
are loyal customers of TUI and have booked
two-week annual holidays with them for
many years.
Maureen P
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I am sorry to hear the sequence of
events. If you are going to take note
of review sites such as TripAdvisor, it is
always wise to do so before committing to a
particular holiday.
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Regardless of your impressive customer
loyalty, TUI is of course free to enforce its
normal cancellation terms. I will merely
observe that there are other tour operators
which also offer excellent service, including
Jet2 Holidays and Thomas Cook, which offer
alternatives if you are annoyed at the penalty
you have had to pay.
June is a low-demand month, and will
particularly be so next summer because
of the traditional World Cup slump (the
tournament starts in Russia on 14 June). So in
general I would advise anyone contemplating
a Mediterranean holiday at that time to book
a few days or weeks ahead rather than many
months in advance. Not only is there a strong
chance that you will grab a bargain, you will
avoid the risk that you may have to cancel for a
reason which is not covered by travel insurance.
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Ten Best
Best
Buy
{1} CHLOÉ ABSOLU DE PARFUM
Ten years ago, the first Chloé
scent was launched, and over the
past decade it has had various
incarnations, always using the
rose as a starting point. This
year’s anniversary launch is
Absolu de Parfum, an intense
interpretation of the signature
Chloé scent. You get a boost
of vanilla around the rose,
with a heady kick of patchouli.
It’s a rich scent without being
overpowering. Simply beautiful.
£63.75 for 50ml, johnlewis.com
{2} ROMILLY WILDE IDLE EAU
DE PARFUM
Choose this if you like your
fragrances bold, unusual and yet
also strangely discreet. Fresh
notes of bergamot and green
mandarin give it a spirited lively
start. Linden blossom and jasmine
inject floral prettiness, while
angelica seed and cardamom give
it a musky warmth. It manages to
be woody, musky and floral all at
the same time.
£90 for 30ml, romillywilde.com
{3} JO MALONE ENGLISH OAK &
HAZELNUT COLOGNE
Unusual scent combinations
aren’t anything new at Jo Malone,
but I have to admit this one
slightly took me by surprise. Oak
and hazelnut seemed a strange
partnership in a women’s perfume,
The10Best...
to ultra-feminine floral notes of
orange blossom, rose and jasmine.
The warmth and richness come
from the base notes of cashmere
woods and vanilla bean. The red
glass bottle is cut like a gemstone
for an undeniably glamorous feel.
£66 for 50ml, boots.com
New perfumes
Festive fragrances, unusual combinations
and, of course, beautiful bottles make up our
pick of the latest scents. By Rachel Fiddes
but I was impressed. This has a
hint of smoky wood that carries
a sweetness, mixed with earthy
nutty notes, and while it has a
masculine tone, it retains a real
femininity too.
£45 for 30ml, johnlewis.com
{4} DOLCE & GABBANA THE ONE
EAU DE TOILETTE
This is a new, lighter interpretation
of the ever popular The One scent,
with the same sensual warmth but
an added fresh twist. Not as heady
as its previous incarnation, this is a
blend of Italian bergamot blossom,
mandarin, white peach, lychee,
jasmine, orange blossom and ylang
ylang. All that fruity floral zing is
tempered with a rich sweetness
in the base notes thanks to vetiver,
amber, vanilla and musk.
£43 for 30ml, debenhams.com
{5} TIFFANY & CO EAU
DE PARFUM
This delicate, feminine scent isn’t
going to knock anyone out as you
walk past them, so if that’s how
you like your scent, this one isn’t
for you. The initial hit is sparkling
and zesty green mandarin, which
moves into a feminine floral heart
of iris and a dry-down of sensual
patchouli. A really beautiful scent
and another safe bet for a gift.
The bottle is inspired by a cut
diamond and it’s all wrapped up in
a signature Tiffany blue box.
£72 for 50ml, houseoffraser.co.uk
{6} FLORAL STREET
WONDERLAND PEONY
Peony doesn’t often feature in
fragrances. Think of it as a roselike scent, with a citrus hint. But
first the packaging deserves some
attention. Strikingly modern, the
image of the peony is imprinted
on the glass at the back of the
bottle. The box is compostable
(a first in the high-end fragrance
industry) that can be used for
growing seedlings or herbs, or
simply storing things. The peony
element is complemented by a
zesty blast of Sicilian lemon, pink
berries, pink guava and raspberry
flower, with a base of cedarwood
and vetiver.
£55 for 50ml, harveynichols.com
{7} ELIE SAAB GIRL OF NOW EAU
DE PARFUM
This is a delicious festive scent,
with an almond heart and base
notes that bring Christmas cakes
and marzipan to mind. The
sparkling top notes of orange,
mandarin and pear give a zingy
freshness to the sweetness of the
almond, while the orange blossom
and magnolia in the heart notes
give it a floral femininity. The
pretty bottle has duck-egg blue
porcelain petals set into the art
deco-inspired ridged glass.
£49.30 for 50ml, escentual.com
{8} MICHAEL KORS SEXY RUBY
EAU DE PARFUM
Now here’s a sexy fragrance. The
initial sparkling hit of raspberry,
apricot and pepper dries down
{9} ANNICK GOUTAL NUIT ET
CONFIDENCES EAU DE PARFUM
This is the sort of the perfume
that lingers in a room long after
the wearer has left. The initial
hit of bergamot and pepper
moves into a seductive heart of
frankincense and tonka bean.
Vanilla and white musk give it a
rich, sweet warmth in the base of
the scent that remains on the skin.
These powerful ingredients blend
together to give a distinct perfume.
£85 for 50ml, johnlewis.com
{10} GUCCI BLOOM EAU
DE PARFUM
One spritz of this conjures up
an abundance of white flowers
on a hot summer’s night,
somewhere exotic. This isn’t a
subtle fragrance, it’s heady with
Indian tuberose and jasmine
absolute delivering a double floral
hit. The unusual lacquered bottle
in a dusky pink looks more like
porcelain than glass and has a real
vintage feel to it.
£68 for 50ml, johnlewis.com
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A film in a cathedral, carols by
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columnists
Arts
This year’s
Turner Prize
winner Lubaina
Himid talks to
Hettie Judah
about being
a black artist in
Britain and
why she isn’t
celebrating
her victory
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BY EMILIE SCHEPP
Public prosecutor
Jana Berzelius
returns to take
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to helps uncover a drug
trafficking ring involving
high-ranking members
of society.
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Released to
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anniversary of
the shootings
at the Algiers
Motel,
Kathryn
Bigelow
directs a tense, slowburning crime drama which
picks at the fresh wounds of
a divided America.
week after being
awarded the Turner
Prize, the artist Lubaina
Himid comes to meet
me at Preston train
station. It has been
snowing, and my train is late. As we
walk to her handsome home studio
in a leafy Georgian street, she admits
that so many people had approached
to congratulate her while waiting
at the station that she had become
quite embarrassed.
“This kind of big love on the streets
of Preston is extraordinary. So strange,”
she says. The dresser in Himid’s front
parlour is covered in cards from
well-wishers: during our interview a
neighbour drops in with a gift. It seems
many people around Himid, in Preston
and beyond, feel emotionally invested in
her work and have taken pleasure in the
recognition of it.
It has been quite the year for Himid.
When we last spoke, back in January,
she was installing two retrospective
shows – at Spike Island, Bristol, and
Modern Art Oxford – as well as ThePlace
is Here, a touring survey of the work of
black artists in 1980s Britain that drew
heavily on her role as a curator and
archivist. Since then she has completed
commissions for Folkestone and Hull,
and opened further shows in Liverpool
and Karlsruhe, Germany.
Nextyearthepacepicksup:inthefirst
six months there’s an exhibition of new
works at her London gallery Hollybush
Gardens followed by commissions for
Glasgow International, Baltic Centre
for Contemporary Art, Knole House,
the Berlin Biennial and a homecoming
at the Harris Museum in Preston.
So, an art star in the ascendant,
for sure, but Himid is not quite the
overnight sensation portrayed by the
media following her Turner Prize
success. As well as teaching at the
University of Central Lancashire (that’s
Professor Lubaina Himid, MBE, to
you) she has been making and showing
work for more than four decades and
is represented in public collections
around the UK. But there has, she says,
until recently been externally imposed
limits to her status within the art world.
“We black artists,” she says, “were
kind of held in a strange wilderness
land – we were showing, but we were
just held at a level. It’s that usual
British thing of giving the peasants
beer at 8p a pint so that the revolution
doesn’t happen.”
A generational exchange of power
My win
was a box
that needed
ticking
fomented change. The “last vestiges
of that post-war, tight-arsed, grey suit
crap” that had dominated the British art
landscape made way for a new wave of
younger curators, critics and museum
directors – many of them female – who
noticed “something missing” in the art
historical narrative.
Recent exhibitions such as Tate’s
Soul of a Nation and The Place is Here
are starting to fill in the gaps, as are
spirited galleries such as Hollybush
Gardens, who contacted Himid out
of the blue five years ago after seeing
her fierce work from the 1980s in an
exhibition catalogue.
In Himid’s bright first-floor studio, a
large new painting is in progress: two
black couples are caught in ambiguous
embrace on the deck of a ship in front
of a series of pinkish pulleys and a
silvery grey sea. As in many of Himid’s
paintings the colours are exciting –
fervent ultramarine, pea green, hot
orange and burgundy – creating a
seductive foil for odder forces at play.
“It’s designed to be the kind of work
you see from a distance, half of it in
another room, and you just go to it
because you have to,” she says. Himid
We black artists were
in a wilderness – we
were showing work but
being just held at a level
has a wilful affection for “vulgar” art.
This new painting, as with the muchloved earlier work Between the Two
My Heart is Balanced (1991, currently
on show at Tate St Ives) draws some
of its composition from a work by
James Tissot, whose lavish depictions
of flamboyant Victorian costume
and female relationships Himid finds
irresistible while noting that “he wasn’t
even fashionable in his own time”.
Lined with historical and art
historical tomes, Himid’s studio is
testament to a roving and at times
eccentric pursuit of knowledge.
Practical Poultry Keeping and Gardening
sits alongside The Image of the Black
in Western Art, artist monographs
and books of Georgian caricatures.
There’s a section, too, on the history
and geography of Zanzibar, Himid’s
place of birth, which she left with her
British mother as an infant following
the sudden death of her father.
All these diverse elements make
their way into her work. The Georgian
caricatures, or versions of them,
decorate Swallow Hard: The Lancaster
Dinner Service (2007), currently on
show as part of the Turner Prize
exhibition in Hull. In it, Himid draws
a line of connection between British
wealth and the enslaved Africans
working out of sight on plantations in
the colonies.
Despite my strong protestations
about the strength of her portion of the
‘Le Rodeur: The Exchange’
(above); ‘Swallow Hard’
(below) DAVID LEVENE
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JEFF ROBSON
Modern Hollywood
royalty revel in a feud
from the Golden Age
» Feud: Bette and Joan BBC2, Saturday 9pm
» Jean-Claude Van Johnson Amazon Prime, available now
A
exhibition at Hull, Himid is forthright in
her political reading of the Turner Prize
decision: “It was a box that needed
ticking.” As a black woman in her
sixties, in the year that the prize lifted
its age limit, she says: “I just happened
to tick every box there is to tick.”
She is, however, embracing this
new platform as an opportunity to
engage with museums and galleries
about developing their relationship
with artists and audiences that might
hitherto have felt less welcome.
“Museums imagine that they don’t
knowaudiences,asif‘audiences’arethis
funny, grey, humming thing – audiences
are just made up of people,” she says.
“The way to get more audiences,
different audiences in is to get different
artists in. It’s really simple.”
Rather than gimmicks and
“accessible” work, Himid sees a hunger
for complex and challenging art.
“Audiences don’t go to football matches
to see the thing just played by the rules
– they go because they want it to be
more exciting, more complicated, more
of a challenge than it was last time,”
she says.
“You want exhibitions to be rigorous
and difficult.”
An early interest in the political
street theatre of the French and Italian
avant-garde led Himid to study first
as a set designer. She will revisit this
theatrical sensibility in her upcoming
projects, installing pulley-operated
banners at Baltic and “giving audiences
more agency, turning these showing
spaces into performance spaces”.
Before walking back to the station
I protest, vigorously, once more for
her to regard her Turner Prize as
acknowledgment of the power of her
work. She says no artist would: the
process of creation is always the act of
struggling “with something that isn’t
working”. Protesting about the context
of the award, she says was “not so much
doing myself down as understanding
the political position we were in”.
She laughs, I think, at her own
protestations: “What the hell does it
matter? I won it.”
Himid: ‘Audiences want
exhibitions to be rigorous
and difficult’
nyone surveying the
parade of allegations
against the leading
lights of contemporary
Hollywood who might be tempted
to think it was somehow more
civilised in the Golden Age should
watch a few minutes of Feud, the
BBC’s latest prestige US import.
I’d recommend the expletivestrewn tirade by Stanley Tucci’s
splenetic Jack Warner as he
explains exactly why Bette Davis is
no longer a box-office draw, and the
revenge he intends to take on her
for daring to question the studio
system decades before – as fine
a dissection of the film industry’s
ingrained sexism and misogyny as
I’ve ever heard.
It’s prompted by director Robert
Aldrich (Alfred Molina) pitching
his new film, Whatever Happened
To Baby Jane? – a combination
of horror film and old-school
“women’s picture” dreamt up by
Joan Crawford (Jessica Lange)
to get herself and Davis (Susan
Sarandon) back in the limelight.
It became a cult classic, while
turbocharging a mutual animosity
that had begun when they were
both 1930s ingénues competing for
plum roles and trophy boyfriends.
Director and co-writer Ryan
Murphy is clearly fascinated
by their story and relishing the
opportunity to let two examples of
modern Hollywood royalty relive it.
Lange and Sarandon sink their
teeth into a brace of plum roles
The relationship
was a mixture of
jealousy, respect and
acknowledged kinship
Turner Prize 2017,
Ferens Art Gallery,
Hull, to 7 January
(01482 613902)
but never descend into caricature,
exploring a relationship that was
a mixture of jealousy, grudging
respect and acknowledged
kinship – two genuine stars worn
down by failed marriages and
drink problems, left behind by an
industry obsessed with youth and
beauty. As Crawford’s masseuse
observes midway through one
of her extensive anti-ageing
treatments: “Men get character
when they get older. Women just
get lost.”
They’re backed by an impressive
supporting cast, and Murphy
lovingly recreates the Hollywood
of the early 1960s – a time when it
was still the last word in glamour,
before television and the counterculture exerted their grip. Anyone
pining for Mad Men will find all the
Bette Davis (Susan Sarandon) in
‘Feud: Bette And Joan’ FOX/BBC
sharp suits, gorgeous dresses and
chrome-finned cars they desire,
while a luscious swing tune is never
far from the soundtrack.
It could benefit from a bit more
of Mad Men’s acerbic edge at times.
Occasionally it succumbs to the
urge to merely wallow in nostalgia.
But if the two leads can keep their
“Steptoe and Son as vodka-swilling
divas” double act as entertaining
as it’s been so far, it should make for
an enjoyably catty eight episodes.
A legend of action cinema
displays a talent for self-parody in
Jean-Claude Van Johnson, as the
Muscles From Brussels leaves his
luxury apartment (with running
coconut water) and relaunches his
movie career.
Except he’s also a genuine
secret agent, using vehicles such
as a martial arts reimagining of
Huckleberry Finn as cover for taking
down the bad guys – but finding the
old joints are a bit stiff these days.
He’s naturally supported in all
this by a hard-nosed, wisecracking
boss (Phylicia Rashad), a nerdy
tech expert who doubles as a
make-up artist (Moisés Arias) and a beautiful fellow agent (Kat
Foster) who’s an old flame from the
days when he could do the splits in
slow motion like nobody’s business
and sported a mullet to rival Mel
Gibson’s in Lethal Weapon.
It’s a bit convoluted and not as
funny as it thinks it is. But Van
Damme has a natural talent for
deadpan. And anyone who relishes
the genre’s clichés (“attack him one
at a time, it’ll be less confusing!”;
“this time nobody dies – apart from
the people I’m going to kill”) will
find much to savour.
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Arts
Arts
reviews
Fired-up: Joe
Idris-Roberts
comes to life
on a lavish set
MANUEL HARLAN
THEATRE
Pinocchio
NATIONAL THEATRE, LONDON
HHHHH
I love the idea that Jiminy Cricket
is female and that she’s a worrier
about hygiene in this beguiling
adaptation of Pinocchio.
A diminutive green puppet
adorably worked and voiced by
Audrey Brisson, the gangly insect
CLASSICAL
LSO/ Rattle
BARBICAN. LONDON
HHHHH
Richard Strauss’s Metamorphosen
is scored for 10 violins, five cellos,
five violas, and three double
basses, with each musician
being in effect a soloist, and as
Simon Rattle and the elite stringplayers of the London Symphony
Orchestra showed, the effect is
profoundly mysterious. And if
despairing resignation was the
leitmotiv, serene acceptance
of fate was the leitmotiv in this
concert’s other work. Mahler
composed Das Lied von der Erde
after two shattering blows – the
death of his daughter Maria, and
the discovery that he had terminal
heart disease – but this work is
pervaded by ecstatic joy.
The vocal soloists – tenor
Simon O’Neill and baritone
Christian Gerhaher – vividly
incarnated the two sides of
the emotional coin, while the
instrumental soloists of the LSO
under Rattle’s direction put up a
dazzling firework display. If their
principal flautist richly earned
his ovation at the end, so did
the rest of the woodwind in this
masterpiece of text-painting.
MICHAEL CHURCH
THE INDEPENDENT
bounds around in protective
pursuit of our hero, fretting about
the bacterial challenges posed by
the places he winds up in.
There are some nice in-jokes
in the version of Collodi’s tale
written by Dennis Kelly (Matilda)
and it is a droll twist that Jiminy’s
antennae start to extend when she
fibs that her release of Pinocchio
from Stromboli’s cage was down
to her new commitment to upperbody work rather than to the aid of
the Blue Fairy.
The production by John Tiffany
(Harry Potter and the Cursed Child)
is fairly lavish but it is beautifully
proportioned so that we’re always
reminded that, at the heart of the
piece, there’s a simple, fervent
story about a wooden puppet’s
quest to be a real boy and find the
answer to the riddle of what it
is that unites people and makes
them human.
David Langham is deliciously
despicable as the Victorian-style
Fox and jealous enough of the
living spirit in Pinocchio that he
lures him onto false trails – Fame
(as a star attraction in Stromboli’s
travelling theatre) and Pleasure
(in the hedonistic hell of Pleasure
Island where people are turned
into donkeys).
Co-designed by Toby Olie
and set-and-costume designer
Bob Crowley, the puppets of
the main adults in Pinocchio’s
world have a lurid quality. Joe
Idris-Roberts is very engaging
as the real-life puppet – at first
wayward and selfish, then fired
up with a rather desperate and
naive determination. This is the
first time the Disney organisation
has given its blessing to a stage
version of the 1940 film and
Martin Lowe as music supervisor
does some lovely, ingenious work
in stringing out the handful of
ridiculously catchy songs (“Give A
Little Whistle”, “When You Wish
Upon A Star”, “Hi Diddle-Dee-Dee
- An Actor’s Life For Me” et al) that
comprise the score.
If I was not fighting sobs by
the end, this was no fault of
Annette McLaughlin, who is
deeply affecting in her climactic
rendition of “When You Wish
Upon A Star”, nor of Mark
Hadfield who achingly captures
the puppet-maker’s lonely selfless
devotion to his substitute son.
To 10 April (020 7452 3000)
PAUL TAYLOR
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Marilyn
Manson
ST BARBE MUSEUM AND ART GALLERY,
LYMINGTON
Art dealer John Noott, who was
seven when the Second World
War broke out, has amassed
a collection of more than 100
paintings, prints and posters
related to the conflict, including
rarely seen portrayals of Dunkirk,
the Battle of Britain, the Blitz, life
on the Home Front, the war at sea
and in the air, and the battlefronts
in Africa, Europe and the Far
East. (01590 676969) to 17 Feb
Modigliani
TATE MODERN, LONDON SE1
A fabulous exhibition of portraits
by the Italian-Jewish Amedeo
Modigliani, who arrived in Paris
in 1906 with a burning ambition
to be an artist. His works are
distributed through 10 galleries
with tact, sobriety, care and
delicacy – from the wonderful nine
sculptures that he made between
1911 and 1912 to the inexhaustibly
lovely paintings, with their
elongated noses, columnar necks
and unusual intensity of attack.
(020 7887 8888) to 2 Apr
FILM
Star Wars: the Last Jedi
12A, RIAN JOHNSON, 152 MINS
Writer-director Rian Johnson, a
new recruit to the franchise, has
a monumental task with Episode
VIII, and he has risen to the
challenge, having great fun with
the hardware in the George Lucas
toybox and also handling a multistranded narrative with dexterity.
It’s a bit overblown, cheesy and
cod-mystical, but like all the best
Star Wars films, it has a sense
of fun, energy and fantastical
creation. Nationwide release
TALKS & POETRY
Pierre Moscovici
ACADEMY, GLASGOW
LSE, LONDON WC2
The EU Commissioner for
Economic and Financial Affairs,
Taxation and Customs sets out his
political priorities for the coming
year, arguing that the battle
against nationalists and antiEuropean populists is not over.
(020 7955 6043) tonight 6.30pm
HHHHH
Marilyn Manson has long passed
his shock-rock peak of the late
1990s, when he was blamed for
everything from the Columbine
High School shootings to the
collapse of civilisation.
Now he can simply concentrate
on providing weaponised rock
theatre for an audience of eyelinered teens and older acolytes.
These days, the danger comes
from his own stage set – on a
previous tour date, a hefty prop
depicting two guns fell off the
backdrop and broke his right leg in
two places.
Manson has elected to run
with this Gothic pantomime
incident and appeared with his
leg strapped up on a motorised
wheelchair throne – borrowing
ideas from Foo Fighters’ frontman
Dave Grohl. And so he rages
from his confinement like a
cyberpunk Davros.
Manson was not to be curbed,
and was helped stage front
to conduct most of the set on
crutches, from where a couple of
deadpan assistants in surgical
scrubs could keep an eye on him.
VISUAL ARTS
Art of World War II:
John Noott Collection
Josephine Barstow
and Tracie Bennett
NATIONAL THEATRE: OLIVIER,
LONDON SE1
Ringmaster:
Marilyn Manson
isn’t curbed by his
broken leg DANIEL
BOCZARSKI/GETTY
The two actors reflect on the
challenges and rewards of
performing in Dominic Cooke’s
National Theatre production
of Stephen Sondheim’s Follies,
currently in rep at the theatre.
(020 7452 3000) today 3pm
Winter’s Tales
Later, he took a darkly comic turn
on a gurney, echoing the hospital
fetish imagery of original shock
rocker Alice Cooper.
It was a novel way to keep the
Marilyn Manson circus on the
road, even if the cavalcade was
inevitably interrupted while the
ringmaster hobbled into position.
With Manson restricted, the
energy came from the band’s
execution of his powerfully
hooky blend of punk, metal,
industrial, electro and glam
rock, best captured on the Gothic
bubblegum of “Mobscene”, sleazy
swagger of “The Dope Show” and
post-punk maelstrom of “The
Beautiful People”.
FIONA SHEPHERD
PRINT ROOM AT THE CORONET,
LONDON W11
Comedian Shappi Khorsandi
(2pm) reads from Kipling’s
Just So Stories, while actor and
director Jamie Glover (6pm)
selects from Hans Christian
Andersen classics including
“The Emperor’s New Clothes” and
“Thumbelina”. (the-print-room.org)
today 2pm and 6pm
NEWS
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Arts
agenda
THE CULTURAL HIGHLIGHTS
YOU HAVE TO SEE
COMEDY
Jeff Garlin
SOHO THEATRE, LONDON W1
Jeff Garlin takes a break from
being hectored as Larry David’s
manager in Curb Your Enthusiasm
by hopping across the pond
for some crowd-pleasing
stand-up. He’s making a trip of
it: he’ll be back in Soho between
Christmas and New Year.
(020 7478 0100) to Sat
Daniel Kitson
THEATR CLWYD, MOLD
Daniel Kitson – master storyteller,
mellifluous wordsmith, comedy
pioneer – spreads the joy in his
own singular way in A Show About
Christmas. (01352 701521) tonight
FOLK & ROOTS
The Albion Christmas Band
VARIOUS VENUES
Simon Nicol, Kellie While, Simon
Care and Ashley Hutchings tour
their latest album, Magic Touch,
featuring fresh recordings of old
classics alongside new original
songs. Hanger Farm Arts, Totton
(023 8066 7274) tonight; The
Gulbenkian, Canterbury (01227
769075) Tue; Stables, Milton Keynes
(01908 280800) Wed; Norden Farm
Arts Centre, Maidenhead (01628
788997) Thur; Kings Place, London
N1 (020 7520 1490) Fri
St Agnes Fountain
VARIOUS VENUES
St Agnes Fountain embark on
their 15th Christmas tour since
their first eponymous album in
2001, with founder David Hughes,
Fairport’s Chris Leslie and the
duo of Chris While and Julie
Matthews. David Hall Arts, South
Petherton (01460 240340) tonight
and Tue; St Andrews Church, Barnt
Green, Birmingham (0121 4452342)
Wed; Rainworth Village Hall
(01623 794700) Thur
CLASSICAL
Joyce DiDonato
WIGMORE HALL, LONDON W1
The vibrant American mezzo is
joined by the Brentano Quartet
in a selection of Richard Strauss
song arrangements, plus Jake
Heggie’s 2012 song-cycle, Camille
Claudel: Into the Fire, about the
tragic life of Rodin’s erstwhile
muse. (020 7935 2141) tonight
and Thur 7.30pm
THEATRE
The Tin Drum
SHOREDITCH TOWN HALL, LONDON EC1
Writer Carl Grose cuts a selfassured operatic path through
Günter Grass’s sprawling
picaresque tale of a little boy
called Oskar who, horrified by
the adult world, refuses to grow
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up. Young Oskar is brought
unsettlingly to life by puppet
director Sarah Wright and
Charles Hazlewood’s sublime
electronica score performed live
on stage is the standout feature.
(kneehigh.co.uk) to Sat
Centre, Norwich (norwichartscentre.
co.uk) tonight; Band on the Wall,
Manchester (bandonthewall.org)
Tue; Islington Assembly Hall,
London N1 (wegottickets.com) Wed
The Exorcist
Manchester’s indie veterans
returned revitalised on 2016’s Girl
at the End of the World, adding
“Nothing but Love” to their hearty
haul of sure-fire festival bankers.
Here, James exercise their
facility for big tunes and tender
feelings in support of the We Love
Manchester Emergency Fund.
(alberthallmanchester.com) Mon
PHOENIX THEATRE, LONDON WC2
John Pielmeier’s intelligent stage
adaptation of William Peter
Blatty’s novel about the demonic
possession of a 12-year-old girl
and her actress mother’s fight to
reclaim her through an exorcism
admirably resists the temptation
to camp it up. Sean Mathias’s
impressive production offers
the pleasure of experiencing
a story that you love to dread
told in another medium that
traps the audience in the same
space as the characters.
(0844 871 7629) to 10 Mar
POP
The Cribs
BRUDENELL SOCIAL CLUB, LEEDS
Following on from the anniversary
celebrations of Men’s Needs,
Women’s Needs, Whatever,
Wakefield’s brothers Jarman
return refreshed for nearhometown residency duties 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. And a great title.
(gigsandtours.com) to Fri
James
ALBERT HALL, MANCHESTER
Honeyblood
VARIOUS VENUES
Despite drummer Shona
McVicar’s departure, Glasgow’s
fuzz-rock duo undergo an
all-fronts upgrade on album No
2. Singer Stina Tweeddale and
drummer Cat Myers issue antiromantic barbs under the cover of
blissful melodies on Babes Never
Die. Thekla, Bristol (seetickets.com)
tonight; Rescue Rooms, Nottingham
(seetickets.com) Tue; Gorilla,
Manchester (seetickets.com) Wed;
ABC, Glasgow (seetickets.com) Fri
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Chance
Opening
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DANCE
The Little Match Girl
LILIAN BAYLIS STUDIO, LONDON EC1
Arthur Pita’s inventive retelling of
Hans Christian Andersen’s tale.
(020 7863 8000) opens Wed
COMEDY
Sofie Hagen
SOHO THEATRE, LONDON W1
Dead Baby Frog is another cracking
slice of unflinching storytelling from
Sofie Hagen. (020 7478 0100) opens Tue
POP
The Prodigy
BRIXTON ACADEMY, LONDON SW9
Braintree’s foremost electropunks return for their seasonal
outing in London over three nights.
(gigsandtours.com) opens Thur
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Pizza boss hits
out at Tory
‘incompetence’
By Ravender Sembhy
The boss of Franco Manca and the
Real Greek restaurant chains has
attacked Theresa May’s “incompetent” Government, blaming the Conservatives for destroying consumer
confidence as ministers press ahead
with Brexit.
David Page, the chairman of Fulham Shore, said the Government was
no longer in control of its own destiny.
“People aren’t sure what’s next,”
he said. “They are under pressure
and don’t feel comfortable about the
future or happy – I certainly don’t.
“This is down to the incompetence
of the Government. It affects the
UK consumer.”
The Government has been criticised by businesses for its handling
of Brexit, with complaints of uncertainty, a slowing economy and plummeting consumer confidence. The
pound’s fall following the Brexit vote
has increased costs and eroded consumer spending power, resulting in
people eating out less often.
“In the summer, the UK consumer
got a ‘bill shock’ with everything
they were spending their money on,”
Mr Page added. Nabil Mankarious,
Fulham Shore’s managing director,
Franco Manca shares have
fallen 35 per cent since
September when it warned that
full-year profits would be below
market expectations – from
17.25p to 11.12p.
The chain has
opened seven
pizzerias so
far this year
claimed that Christmas parties were
being affected, with companies opting for cheaper lunchtime celebrations rather than evening dining.
Fulham Shore issued a profit warning in September after a slowdown in
trade, particularly at its suburban
London restaurants.
However, it published promising
results on Friday, with sales up £8m
in the six months to 24 September.
The firm has so far resisted the
urge to increase prices, even as inflation hit 3.1 per cent this month.
On the flip side, Fulham Shore is
getting a boost from the weak pound
in central London as tourists now
have more money to spend.
The other benefit is that property
has become cheaper as the economy
slows, which will aid the group in its
expansion plans.
Three new Real Greek restaurants
and seven Franco Manca pizzerias
have been opened so far this year in
the UK, including in Bournemouth
and Reading.
A spokesman for No 10 declined to
comment, as did the Department for
Exiting the European Union. PA
RETAIL
Queuing app
plans to help
save the UK’s
high streets
By Kalyeena Makortoff
Quote of
the day
There is history
in the sector
that suggests
performance
hasn’t improved
as much as
it ought to
have done
David Black
The Ofwat regulation
boss speaks out about
water utilities since
privatisation
The 30
Second
Briefing
UK/CHINA
TRADE
The new Silk Road...
Britain is cosying up to China as
it embarks on its exit from the
European Union, with former prime
minister David Cameron appointed
to head a new multibillion-dollar
fund designed to improve trade
links between China and its
trading partners.
What kind of fund?
The Belt and Road Initiative will
plough money into trading ports,
roads and rail networks across
Asia and China. It has global
governmental support and is set
to be the largest infrastructure
project in history, involving at
some point about 65 per cent of the
world’s population.
What is it worth?
Britain has pledged £750m to the
pot – but this is dwarfed by China’s
contribution. President Xi Jinping
(pictured above with Mr Cameron) has
promised £96bn for the scheme this
year, and about $150bn (£115bn) a
year in the future. The total fund is
thought to be worth about $900bn.
What’s in it for Britain?
China is on an upward trajectory
towards global economic
dominance. According to a
report from Oxford Economics, by
2022 the GDP of China’s top 150
cites will exceed that of Europe’s
and North America’s largest cities
combined. By 2035, Shanghai will
replace Paris as the world’s fifth
largest city.
Are we on good terms with China?
We’re working on it. Concerns
over human rights have historically
put a strain on relations, as has
Britain’s colonial past – during
which we flooded China with illegal
opium and unseated its monarchy.
The only way is up.
British queuing software firm Qudini
is betting on the success of the high
street after doubling revenues amid
growing demand from retailers and
restaurateurs alike.
The company – which helps firms
such as John Lewis, TopGolf and
Honest Burgers manage queues
and take bookings for appointments
and events – claims its services
are helping retailers adapt to
consumer behaviours that are set
to revolutionise, but not obliterate,
bricks-and-mortar stores.
Imogen Wethered, Qudini’s cofounder and chief executive, said:
“One of the main things that people
will do with their time is go shopping.”
The question is how to make
the high street “more exciting and
more engaging”, she added, with
brands “becoming responsible for
building relationships and building
experiences” as well as selling goods.
Recent research compiled by the
Local Data Company for PwC showed
that the number of high-street shops
facing closure has dropped to its
lowest level since 2010.
It pointed to an evolution in
the store mix, with tobacconists,
beauticians, coffee and ice cream
shops opening at the fastest rate.
Shoe stores, charity shops and
women’s clothing took the biggest hit.
Ms Wethered does not believe
the UK’s high streets will die. “The
store is still the best and most
powerful form of marketing present,”
she added. PA
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on
Monday
IAN BURRELL
The march of the House of Mouse –
now a major UK news player
S
oon after announcing news
of his stunning tie-up with
Disney, Rupert Murdoch –
owner of Donald Trump’s
favourite news network,
Fox News – was on the phone with
the President, who pronounced
the deal “great” for America.
We can expect the $52bn (£39bn)
sale of 21st Century Fox assets, including its shares in Sky, to win approval from an antitrust review by
the Justice department (run by a
Trump appointee).
The White House might be
pleased, but this deal means that
Bob Iger – the Disney chief executive
and a widely mooted future presidential candidate for the Democrats
– will now become a major figure
in UK media, while Mr Murdoch is
marginalised in a landscape he has
dominated for decades.
But the £18bn Fox bid for complete ownership of Sky is not a
formality just because the satellite
broadcaster’s future seems to lie
within the House of Mouse, and not
in the hands of the world’s most
famous news baron. The Competitions and Markets Authority must
continue its investigation into the
takeover as if Disney had not come
into the picture.
Despite 21st Century Fox’s confidence that the acquisition will be
wrapped up by June, this process
has been exasperating for Murdoch,
who founded Sky in 1989.
Now, as he backs out early from a
bid that he pursued for a year (having failed in a 2011 takeover attempt
due to the phone-hacking scandal),
he claims not to be “retreating” but
exercising a strategic “pivot”.
Yes, last week’s colossal sale
allows Murdoch to regroup around
Danny
Rogers
on PR and
advertising
The demise
of a few titans
doesn’t spell
the end of PR
Bob Iger, head of Walt Disney, the world’s biggest media company, will now become a major player in UK media GETTY
his core strengths of news and sport,
while giving Disney added muscle to
take on Netflix and Amazon in film
and TV streaming services.
But Murdoch’s decision to relinquish Sky represents a victory for
the civic activist group Avaaz, which
has relentlessly campaigned against
a takeover that seemed inevitable
when Fox made its £10.75-a-share
offer a year ago.
Avaaz lobbied Culture Secretary
Karen Bradley to refer the bid to
competition authorities and flew
a succession of Fox News whistleblowers to the UK to give evidence,
including Kelly Wright, a Fox News
anchor who is suing the network for
racial discrimination, and radio presenter Wendy Walsh, who alleges
sexual harassment against star Fox
News anchor Bill O’Reilly. In August,
Fox News was taken off air in the UK
after 15 years.
When 21st Century Fox struck
the deal with Disney, its 39 per cent
chunk of Sky was among the assets
Mr Murdoch was prepared to let
go, in spite of a pending acquisition
of a broadcaster that makes £13bn
a year. Whether Disney ends up
with a minority slice of the satellite broadcaster or the whole business, it becomes a giant in UK
media. Disney’s Magic Kingdom
features in every British childhood,
but has seemed distant and exotic,
associated with California, Florida
and Paris.
Yet London is Disney’s main hub
outside America and is its headquarters for Europe, the Middle East and
Africa. Disney has recently stepped
up its output of UK-made shows,
including fantasy drama Evermoor
(filmed in Cheshire) and mystery
series The Lodge (made in Northern
Ireland). This year, the Disney Channel’s app commissioned So Sammy, a
series created by the comedian Miranda Hart. Disney division Lucas-
Perhaps it’s because we’re
heading for (literally) the
darkest days of the year – or
perhaps it was last week’s
sudden demise of Max Clifford –
but once again I see a swathe of
articles about the “death” of PR.
Last week, Clifford – infamous
for both his professional and
personal life – unexpectedly died
from a heart attack while serving
a sentence for sex offences.
However, no such sudden
death is heading for PR. Once,
death knells were sounded as
a reaction against the “spin
doctors” of yesteryear; after
Alastair Campbell stood down
for New Labour, apparently
“spin” was dead.
There is certainly a case
for arguing that in this age of
heightened scrutiny, it may be
more difficult to manipulate the
news agenda. That said, Donald
Trump, and probably Russia,
seem to have done a good job via
new innovations.
This year, PR was denigrated
in the aftermath of the collapse
of notorious British consultancy
Bell Pottinger, which went into
administration in September.
But then BP has been proven
to be an outlier, and there are a
dozen similar-sized corporate
and political consultancies, with
a different culture, that continue
to thrive.
And recently there has been
a consensus that “influencers”
– for example bloggers and
YouTubers with influence
outside traditional media
institutions – have become more
powerful than many journalists.
Therefore, the old model of PR,
where a flack convinces a hack to
run a story, becomes irrelevant.
Even this conclusion is
problematic. First, because
while there has been a drop in
the number of journalists in
traditional media, there has been
a concurrent growth in editorial
at digital outlets such as The
Daily Beast and Politico. And
second, because this equates PR
with media relations, which is an
outdated perception.
The truth is that – sorry,
funeral directors – the PR
industry thrives. Spend through
film has offices at Pinewood Studios
near London, where it made all the
recent Star Wars episodes, including the newly released Star Wars:
The Last Jedi.
Inheriting even Fox’s current
stake in Sky will fundamentally
change Disney’s relationship with
British audiences, bringing it into
the news sector.
It is the world’s biggest media
company, valued at $163bn. But
the maker of Pirates of the Caribbean runs a famously tight ship. Sky
News is a loss-making operation
and 21st Century Fox made undertakings to maintain the network’s
funding levels for five years, if the
takeover is approved. I hope Disney,
which recently made cuts to its ABC
television business and ESPN sports
network, will honour that.
Rupert Murdoch’s lifelong faith in
the news business is unquestionable.
Even last week he was explaining his
“pivot” away from the entertainment industry by self-identifying
as a “newsman with a competitive
spirit”. He now has a vast war chest
with which to focus on his news interests, which include The Sun, The
Times, The Wall Street Journal and a
business that includes Fox News.
What role is there for his son
James, the chief executive of 21st
Century Fox and chairman of Sky?
When James was based in London
as head of News International, he
had a giant statue of Darth Vader
outside his office as a joke on those
who depicted the Murdoch business
as a sinister “empire”. Now, it seems,
he must persuade Disney to allow
him to work alongside the Dark
Lord for real.
Twitter: @iburrell
consultancies rose by 10 per
cent last year and the numbers
employed in the industry
continue to grow. No, these
multitudes are not necessarily
employed spinning stories to
what’s left of Fleet Street, but
more likely engaged in other
forms of influencing opinion,
such as producing compelling
web content or live events.
Moreover, it could be that
traditional media relations also
gains importance at a time when
there appears to be a growing
demand for quality journalism.
But “PR is dead” does remain a
nice snappy headline.
Danny Rogers is group editor-inchief of Brand Republic Group
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BUSINESS
The
Business
Matrix
The day at
a glance
GAMBLING
DEFENCE
Help for problem
gamblers ‘flawed’
Doubts on MoD
efficiency drive
The Gambling Commission
is to investigate the findings
of a BBC report which found
that self-exclusion – where
gamblers can voluntarily place
themselves on a list to be barred
from gambling shops – is flawed.
Of the 21 gambling shops the
BBC reporter excluded himself
from, 16 still allowed him to
place bets.
The Ministry of Defence may
struggle to find the £7.3bn in
efficiency savings it needs to
pay for new equipment. The
Commons Defence Committee
has expressed “extreme”
doubts that the MoD will be able
to cut enough costs to deliver
the £178bn for new military
equipment over the next 10
years that it pledged in 2016.
TRANSPORT
COMMODITIES
CSX executive
dies suddenly
Venezuela awards
Russian gas fields
The chief executive of CSX,
the third-largest US railway
company, died unexpectedly on
Friday after just nine months
in the job. Hunter Harrison, 73,
boasted a distinguished career
as a railway boss in the US and
Canada, and is understood
to have had ambitious plans
to change CSX. Its shares fell
sharply on the announcement.
Venezuela has awarded licences
to the Russian oil major Rosneft
to develop two offshore gas
fields. Under the 30-year
agreement, Grupo Rosneft will
have the right to sell all of the
fields’ production. Venezuela’s
unravelling government is
increasingly turning to ally
Russia for the funds it needs
to survive.
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By Rebecca Jones
JP Morgan is being sued by the
Nigerian government over claims
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a deal involving the government
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daily recipe
Vegetable pie
Kakuro
Zygolex® In i every day
How to play Fill the white squares so that the total in each
across or down run of cells matches the total at the start
of that run. You must use the numbers from 1-9 only and
cannot repeat a number in a run. Solution: minurl.co.uk/i
Find the missing words by following the RHYME, LETTERS and MEANING links
– eg, a word that rhymes with ‘cheek’, has one letter different from ‘pear’ and
has the same meaning as mountain, would be ‘peak’. Full rules at zygolex.com.
Solution, page 49
RHYME LETTERS
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CHILE
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SERVES 4-6
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2 large red peppers, halved, stalks &
seeds removed
2 large carrots, peeled & trimmed
2 large courgettes, trimmed
1 large bulb fennel, trimmed
1 large bag spinach, washed (around
250g)
2 x 270g packs filo pastry, thawed if
frozen (12 sheets)
Olive oil, for cooking
150g unsalted butter, plus a little extra
for cooking
Salt & pepper
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Jigsawdoku
Making the filling
Vegetables are all cooked separately and
seasoned to taste. Place peppers skin side
up under a hot grill until they blacken.
Place in a sealed plastic bag and leave to
cool before peeling or scraping away skin.
Cut the carrots and courgettes into
julienne strips, and slice the fennel.
Steam or simmer carrots until just
tender. Drain and set aside to cool.
Heat a little olive oil and butter in a
frying pan and sauté courgettes until a
little coloured. Drain and cool on kitchen
paper. Repeat with fennel, cooking until
soft. Heat a little more oil or butter and
cook the spinach for around a minute,
stirring often.
PILED
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How to play Place the numbers 1-9 once in each row, column
and bold-lined jigsaw region. Solution: minurl.co.uk/i
TERM
ROLL
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RHYME
SCHEME
LETTERS
MEANING
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Futoshiki
How to play
Place the numbers
from 1-5 exactly
once in each row
and column. The
greater than and
less than signs
(‘>’ and ‘<’) indicate
where one cell is
greater/less than
the adjacent
cell indicated.
Solution:
minurl.co.uk/i
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Lining the tin
Line the base of the pie tin with baking
parchment, then place the sides of the tin
on top, so that the full base is lined.
Melt 150g butter over a gentle heat
and brush on to parchment and tin sides.
Brush filo pastry sheets with melted
butter and place them, overlapping, in the
tin. Make sure sides are well sealed and
there is enough pastry overhanging all
four sides to form a lid. Use all 12 sheets.
Killer Sudoku No 1162
How to play Each row, column and 3 by 3 box must contain
each number (1 to 9) only once. The sum of all numbers
contained in a dotted area must match the number printed
in its top-left corner. No number can appear more than
once in a dotted area. Solution: minurl.co.uk/i
Assembling & baking the pie
Divide cooked fennel into three. Place
a layer into the lined tin, then the courgettes, roasted peppers, a second layer of
fennel, spinach, carrots and a final layer
of fennel, pressing down firmly between
each layer.
Fold overhanging pastry edges over
the vegetables so they form a sealed lid.
Brush top with melted butter and chill pie
for 30 minutes. Preheat oven to 200°C/
Fan 180°C/Gas 6 and warm a baking sheet.
Place the pie on to the baking sheet and
cook for 15 minutes.
Take the pie out of the oven, remove the
sides of the tin and gently slide the pie on
to the baking tray. Brush the pastry sides
with melted butter and return to the
oven for 5-10 minutes, until the sides are
golden brown and crisp.
Serve while hot or allow to cool on a
wire rack.
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Tomorrow
Lamb stew with artichoke and peas
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How to play Find all the mines in the grid. Numbers in certain squares indicate how
many mines there are in the neighbouring squares, including diagonally touching
squares. Mines cannot be placed in squares with numbers. Solution: minurl.co.uk/i
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Maths Puzzle
Codeword No 1883
How to play Fill the empty squares with
numbers that will make the across and
down calculations produce the results
shown in the grey squares. Each numeral
from 1 to 9 must only appear once. The
calculations should be performed from
left to right and top to bottom, rather than
in strict mathematical order.
How to play The numbers in the grid correspond to the letters of the alphabet.
Solve the puzzle and fill in the letters in the key as you discover them.
Three letters are provided to give you a start. The solution will be printed in
tomorrow’s paper, the solution to Saturday’s codeword is on page 49.
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ACROSS 1 Win, 3 Dose, 5 Ill (Windowsill), 8 End user, 9 Copra, 10 Crème de menthe,
11 Writing desk, 16 Cut the mustard, 19 Ounce, 20 Jupiter, 21 Dye, 22 Grin, 23 Cad.
DOWN 1 Wrench, 2 Nudge, 3 Dissent, 4 Sergeant major, 5 Impetus, 6 Leaden, 7 Acme,
12 Retinue, 13 Dustpan, 14 Accord, 15 Adored, 17 Heed, 18 Attic.
Today’s other puzzles Cryptic Crossword, page 20;
Five-Clue Cryptic, page 11; One-Minute Wijuko, page 25
Puzzle solutions See page 49 and minurl.co.uk/i
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Tomorrow: Easier
Concise Crossword No 2205
ACROSS
1 Unit of power (4)
3 Yell (5)
7 Hit with a club (8)
8 Desperate (4)
9 Walker (6,5)
11 Gilding alloy (6)
13 Type of
cigarette (4-2)
15 Domestic
appliance (6,5)
17 New Zealand
bird (4)
18 Alienate (8)
20 Lock of hair (5)
21 Hard sand (4)
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How to play
Convert the word
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Next Destination
to step up in class
after Navan win
By Jon Freeman
RACING EDITOR
The Navan Novice Hurdle has been a
well-trodden stepping stone to Cheltenham for many of Willie Mullins’
best youngsters in recent times, so
it was no surprise to see Next Destination take the Grade Two jump
in his stride at the Co. Meath course
yesterday.
One clumsy leap at the third
last apart, last season’s Champion
Bumper fourth hurdled neatly to win
comfortably and emerge, according
to the bookies anyway, as the main
threat to Gordon Elliott’s exciting
Samcro in the Ballymore Hurdle at
the Festival in March.
Nicky Henderson’s On The Blind
Side has arguably been more impressive, but comparisons may be
academic with Cheltenham plans
yet to be set in stone; either or both
might swerve Samcro in the Ballymore and run instead in the Albert
Bartlett Hurdle over three furlongs
further.
Jockey David Mullins feels that
Next Destination has the speed
BEST OF FFOS LAS
1.30
2.05
2.40
FORM VERDICT
Tornado In Milan warrants plenty of respect returning to hurdles
at a venue where his record reads one from one, while Solstice Star
disappointed last time but posted a couple of solid placed efforts
before that. The one they all have to beat, however, is RAYVIN BLACK.
He is quickly turned out following a fine second at Hereford and
Saturday and the often-used cheekpieces are replaced by a first-time
visor.
3.15
SPIROS FINE DINING & EVENTS HANDICAP CHASE
(CLASS 4) £8,000 added 3m 1f
1
2
BEST BET
Romulus Du Donjon
(2.15, Musselburgh)
Came good for Rose Dobbin at
Catterick last time and form has
worked out well.
131P/5 CRACKED REAR VIEW K Bailey 7 12 0........................D Bass T,V
53F-P4 WOOD YER (D) N Twiston-Davies 11 11 12..........................................
.................................................................................................................... J Bargary (3) C,T
3
1P-P66 LAC SACRE (C) J Flint 8 11 7 ........................................R T Dunne B,T
4
656-52 MISTY MAI (C) D Rees 7 11 6 .............................................Sean Bowen
5
145-41 MAGICAL MAN (C) Mrs D Hamer 10 10 12...............T Whelan
6 6PP-69 ASTIGOS Lady S Brooke 10 10 4 ....................Miss L Brooke (7)
- 6 declared BETTING: 6-4 Misty Mai, 5-2 Magical Man, 4-1 Wood Yer, 11-2 Cracked
Rear View, 16-1 Lac Sacre, 33-1 Astigos.
NEXT BEST
Solstice Star
(2.40 Ffos Las)
Stamina ran out in chase last
time. Better at this shorter
distance and over hurdles.
Next Destination is first past the post at the Navan Novice Hurdles PA
and the stamina for either contest.
“He has the right mentality for a
good trip, but I was amazed how he
picked up the gears when I asked
him,” he said.
There was a huge shock in the
main event at Thurles, the listed
Mares’ Novice Hurdle, when 200-1
shot Killahara Castle slammed Mullins’ odds-on True Self by five lengths
to leave punters scratching their
BEST OF MUSSELBURGH
CELTIC ENERGY CHASE (NOVICES’ LIMITED HANDICAP)
(CLASS 4) £8,000 added 2m 5f
1
05272- MINELLA SCAMP F O’Brien 8 11 8 ........................... P Brennan T
2
1168-2 LOOKSNOWTLIKEBRIAN T Vaughan 6 11 6........ R Johnson
3
1/5-6P KIT CASEY Miss R Curtis 7 11 4 ........................................ A Wedge B
4 4-43U3 ALF ‘N’ DOR (C) P Bowen 6 11 3............. James Bowen (5) C,T
5
623-2P CHAMPAGNE TO GO K Bailey 7 11 0...................................D Bass C
6
-21278 SUTTER’S MILL E Williams 6 10 12......................M Bastyan (5)
7
0-4415 COUGAR’S GOLD (BF) P Bowen 6 10 12......... Sean Bowen T
8 4P6-06 CORBETT COURT Mrs D Hamer 5 10 3........................T Whelan
- 8 declared BETTING: 5-2 Looksnowtlikebrian, 7-2 Minella Scamp, 5-1 Alf ‘n’ Dor, 6-1
Cougar’s Gold, 13-2 Kit Casey, 10-1 others
DAVIES CHEMISTS NOVICES’ HURDLE (CLASS 4) £6,000
added 2m
1
42-537 ATOMIC RUMBLE P Bowen 4 10 12........James Bowen (5) T
2
343-P6 BUCK BRAVO D Rees 5 10 12...............................................T Whelan T
3
536 FAIRMOUNT M Keighley 6 10 12...........................................A Tinkler
4
4-U3 HOLDBACKTHERIVER E Williams 5 10 12 ................A Wedge
5
5 I’M ALWAYS TRYING D Pipe 4 10 12....................T Scudamore
6
/673-F ILOVEMINTS D Pipe 5 10 5.......................................D G Noonan H,T
- 6 declared BETTING: 6-4 Holdbacktheriver, 9-4 I’m Always Trying, 5-1 Fairmount,
Ilovemints, 14-1 Atomic Rumble, 50-1 Buck Bravo.
SPIROS FINE DINING & EVENTS HANDICAP HURDLE
(CLASS 3) £15,000 added 2m
1
415-94 TORNADO IN MILAN (CD) E Williams 11 11 13...............................
................................................................................................Miss Isabel Williams (7)
2
26-324 SOLSTICE STAR (D)(BF) M Keighley 7 11 12....R Johnson C,T
3
257-52 RAYVIN BLACK (D)(BF) O Sherwood 8 11 12 ....T Garner (3) V
4
412-00 POTTERS STORY (CD) P Bowen 5 10 13....James Bowen (5) T
5
/12P-0 MR FITZROY (D) Miss J Davis 7 10 11.............T Scudamore T
6
1F-6F6 CAPITOUL (D) Dr R Newland 5 10 11 ................Sean Bowen H
- 6 declared BETTING: 7-4 Rayvin Black, 3-1 Solstice Star, 4-1 Tornado In Milan, 6-1
Capitoul, 10-1 Potters Story, 12-1 Mr Fitzroy.
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heads in disbelief and historians
poring through the record books.
Winning her first race on her 21st
start, John Burke’s six-year-old is
the biggest-priced winner in Irish
history. Only Equinoctial, the 250-1
shocker at Kelso in 1990, has been
returned at a higher price in Britain.
Killahara Castle was ridden by
Burke’s brother Martin, who said:
“She’s always had rakes of ability,
BEST OF PLUMPTON
EACH WAY
Vibrato Valtat was back to
something like his best when
going close at Doncaster and
should be winning again soon.
but her head is funny and it was just
a matter of trying to get it out of her.
The small field helped. They went a
good gallop and just came back to her.
Everything went right.”
BEST OF WOLVERHAMPTON
BETWAY AMATEUR RIDERS’ HANDICAP (CLASS 5)
£5,000 added 1m 1f 104yds
MR RED CLUBS (CD) H Tett 8 11 3 .................Mr F Tett H,C 10
PURPLE ROCK M W Easterby 5 11 0.....Miss S Brotherton T 1
X RATED (CD) M Johnston 3 10 12........Miss E Bedford (5) 5
LUV U WHATEVER (CD) M Fife 7 10 10... Mr B Garritty (5) C,T 7
VENUTIUS (CD) C Hills 10 10 7..............Mr Kai Lenihan (7) 11
ARCHIPELIGO (CD) I Jardine 6 10 7 ............Mr B Lynn (3) C 3
JERSEY JEWEL P Bowen 5 10 7....Miss C A Greenway (5) C,T 9
BARNABY BROOK (CD) T Dascombe 7 10 6.....Miss A Deniel B 2
ISSTOORA Archie Watson 3 10 5........................Mr S Walker 12
BEEPEECEE (C) R Hughes 3 10 4............... Mr C J Todd (7) B 6
SADHBH J Flint 3 10 3.....................................................Mr C Price (5) 4
BERLUSCA (CD) David Loughnane 8 10 2 ..Miss J Cooley (3) 13
EBF ‘NATIONAL HUNT’ NOVICES’ HURDLE (CLASS 4)
QUOTELINE DIRECT M Hammond 4 10 2 ...Becky Smith H 8
£5,000 added 2m 3f
- 13 declared BETTING: 4-1 Isstoora, 6-1 Barnaby Brook, 7-1 Beepeecee, 8-1 X Rated,
1
120-21 SOME REIGN Mrs R Dobbin 6 11 4............................Craig Nichol
Purple Rock, Berlusca, 10-1 Jersey Jewel, 12-1 Archipeligo, Quoteline
2
363-4 BALLYCRYSTAL COURT A M Thomson 5 10 12 ........D Cook
Direct,
14-1
others.
3
34-376 DRUMS OF WAR C Grant 5 10 12........................................B Hughes
4
2-48 FRENCH TICKET J Walton 6 10 12 ..............Miss C Walton (3)
BETWAY HANDICAP (CLASS 5)
HAPPY BIRTHDAY CHRIS KINANE NOVICES’ CHASE
5
4P-28 MOORES NOVELTY N Alexander 5 10 12......Lucy Alexander
£5,500 added 6f
(CLASS 3) £10,000 added 2m 4f
6
8/5-P PAINTERS LAD Mrs A C Hamilton 6 10 12..........C O’Farrell
962145 MAJOR CRISPIES (D) D O’Meara 6 9 9.....P Vaughan (7) B 12
7
4-232 SONIC D McCain 4 10 12....................................................Will Kennedy 1
28/2-1 FIXE LE KAP N Henderson 5 10 13..........................................D Jacob 1
779420 BIG LACHIE (CD) D Loughnane 3 9 9........................B A Curtis 4
8 P-F158 THE ROAD HOME Miss L Russell 5 10 12...........Derek Fox T 2
05/P1- GOOD MAN HUGHIE (D) G L Moore 8 10 13....Joshua Moore 2
578939 PLUCKY DIP (C)(D) J Ryan 6 9 7..................................J Osborn (7) 2
9
P-169 VINO’S CHOICE Miss L Russell 5 10 12 .....B Campbell (5) T 3
/2125- NOT ANOTHER MUDDLE G L Moore 6 10 13..... Jamie Moore 3
10
42-09 THE DELRAY MUNKY I Jardine 5 10 5....Ross Chapman (5) 4
71216- SILVERHOW C Tizzard 6 10 13..............................................H Cobden 4 882000 KINGSLEY KLARION (C)(D) J Butler 4 9 7......R Winston 11
5
123504 FIELD OF VISION (D) J Flint 4 9 7......................D Muscutt C,T 5
- 10 declared - 4 declared BETTING: Evens Some Reign, 9-4 Sonic, 10-1 others.
BETTING: 2-7 Fixe Le Kap, 5-1 Silverhow, 8-1 Not Another Muddle, 25-1 6 736012 A SURE WELCOME (CD) J Spearing 3 9 6...........L Keniry C 7
7
150431 HAMISH MCGONAGAIN (CD) D O’Meara 4 9 5.....K Shoemark C 10
Good Man Hughie.
BIGGEST JUMPS SEASON ON RACING UK HANDICAP
8
494147 AIR OF YORK (CD) J Flint 5 9 5....................................... L Morris C 3
DEREK
HUNNISETT
MEMORIAL
NOVICES’
HURDLE
HURDLE (CLASS 3) £10,000 added 2m 3f
9 075548 PERFECT SYMPHONY Mrs S Leech 3 9 5 ...... S W Kelly C 9
(CLASS 4) £5,000 added 2m 4f 114yds
10 240666 POPPY IN THE WIND A Brown 5 9 3............Hollie Doyle V 6
1
9-2266 RAINY CITY I Jardine 7 11 12.........................Ross Chapman (5) C
2
-331F2 WORK DU BRETEAU T Reed 7 11 12....................H Reed (7) H,T 1
232-41 DELIRE D’ESTRUVAL B Pauling 4 11 5...............................D Jacob 11 906-91 RUN WITH PRIDE (D) D Shaw 7 9 2............................P Mathers 1
3
222310 MAN LOOK D McCain 5 11 7 ....................................Will Kennedy H 2
867-12 LANDIN J W Mullins 4 11 5 ..............................................D Sansom (7) 12 332847 PICKS PINTA (D) J Riches 6 8 10...........................J Gormley (5) 8
- 12 declared 4
0-4701 NATHANS PRIDE (C) T Vaughan 9 11 7.........................A Johns T 3
4340-1 NEW TO THIS TOWN C Tizzard 6 11 5...................B J Cooper T
5
441127 THORPE Miss L Russell 7 11 0.......................B Campbell (5) C,T 4
P2-362 CINTEX N Mulholland 5 10 12...............................................B J Powell BETTING: 7-2 Hamish Mcgonagain, 4-1 A Sure Welcome, 6-1 Run With
6
58-312 BUCKLED (C)(BF) A M Thomson 7 10 13................................................
5
1/7-6 MICKIEBLUEEYES (C) Mrs D Grissell 5 10 12 .......M Goldstein Pride, 7-1 Big Lachie, 8-1 Major Crispies, 12-1 others.
.........................................................................................................Rachel McDonald (7) 6
NEYJA BLUE C Gordon 5 10 12 ..............................................T Cannon
FORM VERDICT
7
3P-P11 BENNY’S SECRET N Alexander 7 10 11.....Lucy Alexander H 7
F0 RING MINELLA P Henderson 6 10 12......................N Scholfield
8
7-4451 ROMULUS DU DONJON (D) Mrs R Dobbin 6 10 7........................
8
11-4 SAM BROWN (BF) A Honeyball 5 10 12 ...................A Coleman Hamish McGonagain returned to winning ways over 5f here last month
....................................................................................................................................C O’Farrell 9
3-46 WAIKIKI WAVES G L Moore 4 10 12...................Joshua Moore and has obvious claims in the follow-up bid, but marginal preference is
9
142 ENEKO (BF) K Dalgleish 3 10 7................................................B Hughes 10
8- ANGEL OF HARLEM M Bradstock 4 10 5 .....Nico De Boinville for A SURE WELCOME. John Spearing’s charge followed up a course and
10 8379-4 JONNY DELTA (CD) J Goldie 10 10 6........................C Bewley (3) 11
JOLLY JET Mrs L Jewell 5 10 5.................................................... L Aspell distance success with a good second from a wide draw here recently
and looks worth sticking with in his current form. Course and distance
11 240-57 STRAIT OF MAGELLAN N Richards 5 10 3..Craig Nichol T
- 11 declared - 11 declared BETTING: 13-8 Delire D’estruval, 4-1 New To This Town, 9-2 Sam Brown, winner Big Lachie failed to make an impact at Newcastle latest but
appeals most of the remainder.
BETTING: 3-1 Benny’s Secret, 4-1 Eneko, 6-1 Buckled, 7-1 others.
5-1 Cintex, 11-2 Landin, 25-1 Angel of Harlem, 33-1 others.
BIGGEST JUMPS SEASON ON RACING UK HANDICAP
G. E. WHITE & SONS AGRICULTURAL BUILDINGS
32RED CASINO NURSERY (CLASS 5) 2YO
CHASE (CLASS 4) £7,000 added 3m
HANDICAP CHASE (CLASS 4) £6,500 added 3m 2f
£5,500 added 5f
1
5-5222 AN LAOCH (D) C Grant 5 12 3 ..............................................B Hughes T 1
42148- CITY SUPREME (C) A Honeyball 7 11 12..............A Coleman T 1
126234 DEVIATE (CD) T Dascombe 9 7 ....................................R Kingscote 7
2
134-42 DOKTOR GLAZ Mrs R Dobbin 7 11 12 ............... Craig Nichol V 2
1-1134 RIDDLESTOWN C Fryer 10 11 10 .........Mr Jack Andrews (7) 2
234 GLOBAL ROSE Miss G Kelleway 9 4............................ Doubtful 6
3
05525- SHANROE STREET (D) Miss L Russell 7 11 11....Derek Fox 3
17P-P2 BEARS RAILS C Tizzard 7 11 10......................................H Cobden B 3
3366 MAGIC MARK (BF) K Burke 9 3..............................................C Lee (3) 5
4
42-P11 JOHN WILLIAMS (C)(D) A M Thomson 8 11 6..................................
4
5F3-63 LEITH HILL LAD C Longsdon 7 11 9................ Paul O’Brien (5) 4
517095 BROCKEY RISE P Evans 8 11.................................... P J McDonald 4
................................................................................................... Rachel McDonald (7) C 5 P-3P3U TALK OF THE SOUTH (C) P Henderson 8 10 11 ..............................
5
0803 TIGER LYON (BF) J Butler 8 9.........................................A Mullen H 2
5
1-4P16 HAVANA JACK (D) L Kerr 7 10 12 ................................................D Cook
.................................................................................................................................N Scholfield 6 489035 BOMAD D Shaw 8 9 .................................................................P Mathers V 1
6
57-F70 RANCHER LASS (D) K Thornton (IRE) 6 10 11....A E Lynch T 6
-34244 VELVET COGNAC Mrs L Hill 9 10 5 .......................T Cannon T,V 7
894215 MAGIC PULSE (D) D C Griffiths 8 9............................D Costello 8
3-P2F1 FRANK N FAIR (CD) Miss Z Davison 9 10 0......T Dowling (5) 8
7
P17646 NICKI’S NIPPER S Waugh 9 10 6........................... C Bewley (3) C 7
0U50 PEAS ON EARTH D Shaw 8 0.....................................N Garbutt (3) 3
- 7 declared - 7 declared - 8 declared BETTING: 7-4 John Williams, 7-2 An Laoch, 4-1 Doktor Glaz, 6-1 BETTING: 11-4 Bears Rails, 4-1 Talk Of The South, 9-2 Leith Hill Lad, BETTING: 2-1 Tiger Lyon, 3-1 Magic Mark, 9-2 Deviate, 6-1 Magic Pulse,
Shanroe Street, 12-1 Rancher Lass, Havana Jack, 16-1 Nicki’s Nipper. City Supreme, 6-1 Riddlestown, 10-1 Velvet Cognac, 12-1 Frank N Fair. 8-1 Bomad, 10-1 Brockey Rise, 25-1 Peas On Earth.
1.10
1
2
3
4
5
6
RACING UK JUMP TO IT CHASE (NOVICES’ LIMITED
HANDICAP) (CLASS 4) £7,000 added 2m 4f
1P-463
911-PP
21U9-3
34-13P
09/74S43312
COUSIN OSCAR D McCain 5 11 12 ..........................Will Kennedy
POT COMMITTED (C) I Jardine 6 11 11........................... H Brooke
STRONG ECONOMY (BF) R M Smith 5 11 8 ........C O’Farrell
CHAMPAGNE CHASER (D) T Vaughan 7 11 3..............A Johns
WHERE’S TIGER Miss L Russell 6 10 9.................Derek Fox T
MULLAGHMURPHY BLUE (CD)(BF) J Dreaper (IRE) 6 10 7
..................................................................................................................................A E Lynch T
7
-56162 RUNNING IN HEELS Rebecca Menzies 8 10 3....B Hughes T,V
- 7 declared BETTING: 7-4 Mullaghmurphy Blue, 9-2 Strong Economy, 6-1 Cousin
Oscar, 7-1 Running In Heels, Champagne Chaser, 8-1 others.
1.40
12.20
1
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3
4
5
6
7
8
9
10
11
12
13
14
J H BUILDERS NOVICES’ HURDLE (CLASS 4)
£5,000 added 2m
121/12
3P/4344
287
5
16/
KNOCKNANUSS (CD) G L Moore 7 11 12...........Jamie Moore
CANYOUHEARMENOW Mrs D Grissell 6 11 6 .....M Goldstein
DREAM BAIE M Roberts 4 11 6.....................................T J O’Brien T
EAST WING A Honeyball 5 11 6....................................A Coleman T
HAVISHAM J Snowden 5 11 6.......................................... G Sheehan T
MERE IRONMONGER (D)(BF) B Powell 5 11 6........B J Powell
MONTYCRISTO P Henderson 4 11 6....Mr B Paris-Crofts (7)
823-46 MUST HAVEA FLUTTER D Skelton 5 11 6...........H Skelton H
426-4 NOT A ROLE MODEL Sam Thomas 5 11 6.............. A P Heskin
3 NOW LISTEN HERE G L Moore 5 11 6 ..............Joshua Moore
93-8 PADDY’S POEM N Gifford 6 11 6............................................. L Aspell
4022/7 REBEL COLLINS N Mulholland 6 11 6....Mr James King (5)
9 THAMES KNIGHT J Boyle 5 11 6...........................................T Cannon
2 LISP A King 3 10 7.....................................................................W Hutchinson
- 14 declared BETTING: 11-8 Lisp, 5-2 Knocknanuss, 8-1 Must Havea Flutter, 12-1
Dream Baie, 14-1 Mere Ironmonger, 16-1 others.
12.50
2.15
2.50
2.00
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1.20
1.50
3.40
Results service
CARLISLE
Abandoned due to frozen track.
CHELMSFORD CITY
Going: Standard
12.45 1. WICKER (S Donohoe) 2-1 jt-fav; 2. Line
Of Beauty 2-1 jt-fav; 3. Narjes 5-2. 5 ran. hd, 1/2l. (J
Chapple-Hyam). Tote: £2.40; £1.30, £1.10. Exacta: £6.40.
Trifecta: £10.50. CSF: £6.30.
1.15 1. EJTYAH (J P Spencer) 7-2; 2. Calypso Blue 15-8;
3. Barbara Villiers 13-8 fav. 5 ran. 1/2l, 4l. (D M Simcock). Tote: £5.10; £2.60, £1.10. Exacta: £12.70. Trifecta:
£21.00. CSF: £10.59. NR: Heather Lark.
1.50 1. HUDDERSFILLY TOWN (L Morris) 5-4 fav; 2.
Our Kim 20-1; 3. Master Of Heaven 3-1. 7 ran. nk, 2l.
(I Furtado). Tote: £2.20; £1.50, £7.90. Exacta: £30.60.
Tricast: £63.91. Trifecta: £129.50. CSF: £29.43. NRs:
London Grammar, Norwegian Reward, Outlaw Torn.
2.25 1. BROUGHTONS KNIGHT (J Mitchell) 9-4 fav; 2.
Ebtkaar 6-1; 3. Tellovoi 9-2. 7 ran. 21/2l, 1l. (J Boyle).
Tote: £3.30; £1.60, £3.20. Exacta: £18.00. Trifecta:
£62.70. CSF: £16.09.
2.55 1. EXCELLENT GEORGE (Aaron Jones) 5-1; 2.
Bahamian Heights 9-4 fav; 3. Arnarson 5-1. 8 ran.
11/4l, 1l. (S C Williams). Tote: £6.70; £2.20, £1.30, £1.80.
Exacta: £25.20. Tricast: £59.78. Trifecta: £129.40. CSF:
£17.18. NR: Firesnake.
3.25 1. THE EAGLE’S NEST (Martin Harley) 11-4; 2.
Lagenda 7-2; 3. Glenn Coco 10-11 fav. 5 ran. 3/4l, ns.
(R Guest). Tote: £3.10; £1.50, £1.70. Exacta: £12.00.
Trifecta: £21.10. CSF: £12.62. NR: Titan Goddess.
4.00 1. COOKIE RING (Faye McManoman) 10-3; 2.
Touch The Clouds 7-1; 3. How’s Lucy 4-1. 10 ran. 5-2
fav Dukes Meadow (6th). hd, 2l. (Kristin Stubbs). Tote:
£5.20; £1.70, £3.10, £1.90. Exacta: £32.80. Tricast:
£99.50. Trifecta: £173.20. CSF: £27.69.
Placepot: £22.70. Quadpot: £7.90.
Place 6: £37.42. Place 5: £26.46.
SOUTHWELL
Going: Soft
12.25 1. SILENT MAN (Sean Bowen) 12-1; 2. Redmond
6-1; 3. Global Domination 9-2. 10 ran. 9-4 fav Goosen
Maverick (Pulled Up). 23l, 8l. (T H Weston). Tote: £11.50;
£2.30, £2.10, £1.50. Exacta: £88.90. Tricast: £350.36.
Trifecta: £401.70. CSF: £76.46. NR: Jump And Jump.
12.55 1. WEYBURN (A Tinkler) 5-1; 2. Hepijeu 5-1; 3.
Mondo Cane 5-1. 8 ran. 9-2 fav Barton Rose (4th). 21/2l,
3
/4l. (M Keighley). Tote: £5.40; £1.80, £1.90, £1.80. Exacta:
£33.70. Tricast: £120.11. Trifecta: £142.30. CSF: £28.04.
NRs: Farm The Rock, Rocknrollrambo, Shanty Town.
1.30 1. SUPER SID (A P Heskin) 5-1; 2. Tossapenny 9-2;
3. Article Fifty 11-8 fav. 12 ran. shd, 21/4l. (T R George).
Tote: £6.70; £1.10, £2.20, £1.50. Exacta: £29.10. Trifecta:
£80.10. CSF: £26.44. NRs: Itsamanslife, Santo De Lune.
2.05 1. GUNFLEET (A Coleman) 15-8 fav; 2. Shannon
Bridge 14-1; 3. Silver Kayf 5-2. 13 ran. 1/2l, 3l. (Miss E
Lavelle). Tote: £2.50; £1.40, £2.70, £1.40. Exacta: £23.70.
Trifecta: £70.50. CSF: £28.43.
2.35 1. MIDNIGHT SILVER (G Sheehan) 6-4 fav; 2.
Kalaniti 7-2; 3. Iconic Sky 9-1. 6 ran. 2l, 6l. (J Snowden). Tote: £2.50; £1.50, £1.70. Exacta: £8.50. Tricast:
£29.66. Trifecta: £35.30. CSF: £7.08. NRs: Oscar
Rose, Stepover.
3.05 1. OSCAR STAR (G Sheehan) 7-2; 2. Little Millie 7-1;
3. Cabaret Queen 11-8 fav. 5 ran. 7l, 12l. (J Snowden).
Tote: £4.20; £1.50, £2.40. Exacta: £26.10. Trifecta:
£70.70. CSF: £23.81.
3.35 1. DANDY DUKE (Mr N George) 6-4 fav; 2.
Groundunderrepair 15-8; 3. Bohemian Rhapsody
16-1. 10 ran. 11/2l, 7l. (T R George). Tote: £2.20; £1.10,
£1.30, £4.20. Exacta: £5.40. Tricast: £28.50. Trifecta:
£32.00. CSF: £4.62.
Jackpot: Not won, pool of £2,580.89 carried over to
Wolverhampton.
Placepot: £35.60. Quadpot: £7.30.
Place 6: £44.72. Place 5: £17.76.
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BASKETBALL
BBL CHAMPIONSHIP: Plymouth 71 Bristol 88.
CRICKET
THIRD ODI
Sri Lanka v India, Visakhapatnam: Sri Lanka 215
(44.5 overs; W U Tharanga 95). India 219-2 (32.1
overs; S Dhawan 100no, S S Iyer 65). India beat Sri
Lanka by 8 wickets.
DARTS
PDC WORLD DARTS CHAMPIONSHIPS, Alexandra
Palace, London Preliminary: J Lewis (GB) bt K
Neyens (Bel) 2-1, C Harris (NZ) bt W Bruguier (US)
2-1 1st rd: A Norris (GB) bt K Viljanen (Fin) 3-0,
K Anderson (Aus) bt P Jacques (GB) 3-1, J Lewis
(GB) bt J Clayton (GB) 3-0, K Brown (GB) bt J Wade
(GB) 3-2
GOLF
INDONESIAN MASTERS, ROYALE JAKARTA GC
COURSE, JAKARTA, INDONESIA, Final Round (Par
72): 259 J Rose (GB) 62 69 66 62; 267 P Khongwatmai (Thai) 65 69 68 65; 269 S Vincent (Zim) 67 65
68 69; 270 Y Miyazato (Japan) 67 67 67 69; 271 K
Aphibarnrat (Thai) 68 64 70 69; 272 Y Song (S Kor)
67 69 70 66; S Kim (Usa) 68 67 67 70; 274 A Sandhu
(India) 72 68 67 67; S Lewton (GB) 67 70 71 66; 275 J
Higginbottom (Aus) 71 68 66 70; 276 C Shih-Chang
(Taipei) 68 71 68 69; S Sharma (India) 71 67 67 71.
ICE HOCKEY
NHL: Arizona 2 Pittsburgh 4; Boston 2 NY Rangers
3 (After Overtime); Calgary 0 Nashville 2; Carolina
2 Columbus 1; Colorado 5 Tampa Bay 6; Minnesota
2 Edmonton 3; NY Islanders 4 LA Kings 3 (After
Overtime); Ottawa 3 Montreal 0; Philadelphia 2
Dallas 1 (After Overtime); St Louis 2 Winnipeg 0;
Washington 3 Anaheim 2 (After Overtime).
RUGBY UNION
EUROPEAN CHAMPIONS CUP POOL ONE
Wasps (7).....................21
La Rochelle (0)............................3
Wasps: Tries: Daly (2), Cruse. Conversions: Daly
(2), Cipriani.
La Rochelle: Penalties: James.
P W D L
F
A
B Pts
La Rochelle 4 3 0 1
127
94 3 15
Ulster
4 3 0 1 105
79 1 13
Wasps
4 2 0 2 100
81 2 10
Harlequins 4 0 0 4
66 144 2
2
POOL TWO
C Auvergne (12).....24
Saracens (13).............................21
Clermont Auvergne: Penalties: Parra (7), Spedding.
Saracens: Tries: Spencer, Lozowski. Conversions:
Farrell. Penalties: Farrell (3).
Ospreys (11) .............32
Northampton (0)...................15
Ospreys: Tries: Arhip, Webb (2), Tipuric. Conversions: S. Davies (3). Penalties: S. Davies (2).
Northampton: Tries: Mallinder, Gibson. Conversions: Mallinder. Penalties: Francis.
A
P W D L
F
B Pts
C Auvergne 4 4 0 0 120
63 2 18
Ospreys
4 2 0 2 130 109 5 13
Saracens
4 2 0 2 128 117 3 11
Northampton 4 0 0 4
67 156 1
1
POOL THREE
Saturday
Leinster (9) ...............22
Montpellier (14)...36
P W
Leinster
4 4
Montpellier 4 2
Exeter
4 2
Glasgow
4 0
Exeter (17)...................................17
Glasgow (19)..............................26
D L
F
A
B Pts
0 0
98
60 2 18
0 2 106
99 5 13
0 2
76
79 1
9
0 4
81 123 2
2
POOL FOUR
Leicester (10) ..........16
Munster (12) .............................25
Leicester: Tries: Tait. Conversions: G. Ford. Penalties: G. Ford (3). Munster: Tries: Stander. Conversions: Keatley. Penalties: Keatley (6).
Saturday
Racing 92 (17)..........29
Castres (7).......................................7
P W D L
F
A
B Pts
Munster
4 3 1 0
89
50 1 15
Racing 92
4 2 0 2
71
55 3 11
Castres
4 1 1 2
69 113 1
7
Leicester
4 1 0 3
98 109 2
6
POOL FIVE
Saturday
Bath (23) ......................26
B Treviso (0).............12
P W
Bath
4 3
Toulon
4 3
Scarlets
4 2
B Treviso
4 0
Toulon (13) .................................21
Scarlets (24) ..............................31
D L
F
A
B Pts
0 1
87
58 1 13
0 1
96
95 1 13
0 2
97
79 4 12
0 4
69 117 3
3
EUROPEAN CHALLENGE CUP POOL 2
Cardiff Blues (3) .. 14
Sale (3)...............................................6
Saturday
Lyon (15)......................21
Toulouse (8) ..............................11
POOL 3
Saturday
Gloucester (45)..... 69
Zebre (0) .......................................12
POOL 4
Saturday
London Irish (10) 20
Stade Francais (5).................26
POOL 5
Saturday
Connacht (17)..........55
Brive (10) .................................... 10
BRITISH AND IRISH CUP POOL 1
Saturday
Bedford (0)................12
Munster A (10)........................16
Ospreys Prem Sel (10)15 Nottingham (8) .......................17
POOL 2
Saturday
Cardiff B Prem S (10)27
Doncaster (21) .........................42
BRITISH AND IRISH CUP POOL 3
SATURDAY
London S (13) ..........18
Jersey (14).................................. 45
Newport GW PS (14).........17
Yorkshire C (0)............................... 20
BRITISH AND IRISH CUP POOL 4
Connacht A (14).....56
Richmond (0)...............................7
Saturday
Connacht A (P)......... P
Richmond (P).............................. P
Ealing T (28)..............35
Rotherham Titans (7) ........19
POOL 5
Cornish P (7) ............38
Saturday
Ulster A (17)..............27
Scarlets Pre Sel (10).......... 10
Hartpury RFC (12) ...............19
Fixtures
FOOTBALL
PREMIER LEAGUE
Everton v Swansea (8).............................................................................
THE ASHES
Vince’s dismissal
all but kills off
England’s chances
ENGLAND
Vince 55
AUSTRALIA
Smith 239, M Marsh 181;
Anderson 4-116
403 &
132-4
662-9d
By Jonathan Liew
THE WACA, PERTH
Finally, Australia have discovered a
worthy opponent. The Perth weather brought a premature end to the
fourth day’s play, a day on which England slipped ever closer to the Ashes
trap door. In so doing, it managed to
achieve what England have thus far
been incapable of: thwarting Australia’s victory march.
One by one, the disappointed
crowd filed out of the exits. They
had wanted to see an Ashes victory.
Instead, they will have to wait, and
even if there is more rain forecast for
day five, it is unlikely to linger into the
afternoon.
At some point today, England’s twoyear grip on the urn will be loosened.
Dawid Malan and Jonny Bairstow,
their stalwarts from the first innings,
remain at the crease. Moeen Ali is
still to come, Chris Woakes and Craig
Overton, a pitch that is still fairly
good for batting.
But the overwhelming suspicion
remains that England checked out
of this series some time ago. That
much was clear in the morning session, as Australia resumed their
stately progress towards the sort of
unassailable total that England might
have been eyeing for themselves
when they were 381-4 on the second
morning.
But throughout this series, they
have never quite emanated the conviction that they can win the crucial
periods. And now they are broken:
Stuart Broad zapped, Overton injured, James Anderson a floaty
shadow, Woakes the fast-bowling
equivalent of petrol station flowers.
Moeen is bowling like a guy who
has found his ceiling, and is still
stooping. All went for over a hundred
runs. At least England could claim a
few tiny victories after their barren
day with the ball on Saturday.
Mitchell Marsh failed to add to his
overnight score of 181, falling lbw to
Anderson. The imperial Steve Smith
finally shuffled across the line once
too often and went the same way for
239. Mitchell Starc was run out after
a calamitous mix-up with Tim Paine.
But they regrouped. Paine enjoyed
his cuts and carves behind square,
and got to 30 before anyone realised
a third man might be a good idea.
Anderson jogged in to claim two
more wickets and the least exhilarating four-fer of his life. Australia’s
score of 662 was the highest ever
Ashes total in Australia.
England’s 180-over ordeal had
scared and scarred them and against
a well-rested Australian pace attack.
Mark Stoneman offered his edge
James Vince was
dismissed by a
peach of a delivery
from pace bowler
Mitchell Starc
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for Josh Hazlewood. Six overs later,
Hazlewood snaffled Alastair Cook’s
leading edge. Surely Joe Root could
dig in. But as Nathan Lyon stepped
up to bowl his first ball of the innings,
Root couldn’t help himself. Slash,
snick, caught at slip.
A shower arrived at 3pm to bring a
temporary halt to the slaughter. Eng-
land’s hopes rested on James Vince
and he produced an innings of character and class with a fine 55.
He looked good for more, too, until
Starc cleaned him up with one of
those deliveries that should really be
pixelated for explicit content: spearing into Vince’s pads from around
the wicket, only to hit a crack and
Keep Cantona’s phallic doodles off your gift list
W
e know the drill.
There are only
a few days until
Christmas. You’ve
not bought a present
for your brother-in-law. He is bound
to be a Manchester United fan –
after all, he lives within an hour’s
train ride south-west of London. And
hey presto, there in the bookshop
lies a stylishly packaged book by
none other than Eric Cantona.
It is black, glossy and hardback.
My Notebook is written in cursive
script. There is a dust-jacket with
the legendary midfielder’s bearded
face and a cryptic piece of writing.
It’s only £12.99. It would be perfect
for him.
Stop right there. Unless you
hate your brother-in-law and wish
his Christmas to be a crushing
disappointment, then under no
circumstances buy this book. Buy
13 quid’s worth of fireworks. One of
those dancing flowers. Hell, get him
a copy of Vogue and Glamour, if only
for the free bar of chocolate and
make-up bag.
Here’s one reason why: there is a
Armchair
Fan
Matt Butler
awards nul
points to the
United legend’s
Notebook
page in the book (who knows which
one – they are not numbered) where
Cantona appears to simultaneously
channel René Magritte and a
six-year-old, with a rudimentary
drawing of a phallus and the caption
“This is not a cock”. On the next
page there is a cannon, equally badly
drawn. The caption? “This is a cock.”
It is either brilliant, sad or
Cantona at once channels
René Magritte and a sixyear-old with a rudimentary
drawing of a phallus
massively condescending – or
maybe a combination of all three.
Perhaps it is a joke from the United
great and we are all the butts
of it for spending money on an
ex-footballer’s doodlings.
Because that is what they are.
On every page, there is a scrawled
drawing and a pseudo-deep caption
(“reflections, I call them,” he reveals
via a conversation between two
protagonists, Flip and Flop, in
the opening pages); some
nonsensical, some clumsily
satirical, some weaponsgrade nonsense. None are
associated with football.
Some are disconnected
from pretty much
everything. Such as the
human figure holding a heart
above some windows. Caption:
“Hearts love long arms.”
Sometimes, the caption is in
French as well as English, which
could serve as a learning tool (who
knew the French for trompe l’oeil
was trompe l’oeil?) if you really
wanted to justify buying this book.
One thing we hope Cantona is not
trying to do is emulate the work of
Ben Vautier, an artist so famous in
France he is known by his first name
only. Ben’s works are known for their
white script on black backgrounds,
with pithy, witty, surreal statements
such as “l’art est poussière” (“art is
dust”) that are revered in France
but provoke quizzical looks in
Anglophone countries.
But Cantona (left) isn’t anywhere
near Ben’s level. A badly
drawn headless body
with the slogan “farts
higher than his arse”
(there’s that six-year-old
again) does not a deep
statement make. Even
the ones that are mildly
thought-provoking – “out
of fear that it may fall” next
to a drawing of a body wearing a
slipping crown – are rendered next
to pointless by the barrel-scraping
level of artistry.
You have been warned. As
Cantona may scrawl – next to a
picture of a three-legged dog on a
kerb, no doubt – no book is better
than this one.
NEWS
2-27
Perth scoreboard
England are trailing Australia by 127 runs with 6
second-innings wickets in hand
England won toss
ENGLAND — First Innings 403 (Malan 140, Bairstow 119,
Stoneman 56, Starc 4-91)
AUSTRALIA — First Innings 549-4 (Khawaja 50)
First Innings Contd
Runs 6s 4s Bls Min
239
1 30 399 577
*S P D Smith lbw b Anderson
181 0 29 236 321
M R Marsh lbw b Anderson
49 0 6 85 127
†T D Paine not out
1 0 0 3 5
M A Starc run out
41
1 4 63 92
P J Cummins lbw b Anderson
4 0
1 3
7
N M Lyon c Ali b Anderson
Extras (b4 lb16 w1 nb1)
22
Total(for 9 dec, 179.3 overs)
662
Fall: 1-44, 2-55, 3-179, 4-248, 5-549, 6-560, 7-561, 8-654,
9-662.
Did Not Bat: J R Hazlewood.
Bowling: J M Anderson 37.3-9-116-4, S C J Broad 35-3142-0, C R Woakes 41-8-128-1, C Overton 24-1-110-2, M
M Ali 33-4-120-1, J E Root 3-0-13-0, D J Malan 6-1-13-0.
ENGLAND — Second Innings
Runs 6s 4s Bls Min
A N Cook c & b Hazlewood
14 0 2 20 33
M D Stoneman c Paine b Hazlewood 3 0 0 8
7
J M Vince b Starc
55 0 12 95 121
*J E Root c Smith b Lyon
14 0 3 20 33
D J Malan not out
28 0 5 62 95
†J M Bairstow not out
14 0 3 25 33
Extras (lb4)
4
Total(for 4, 38.2 overs)
132
Fall: 1-4, 2-29, 3-60, 4-100.
To Bat: M M Ali, C R Woakes, S C J Broad, C Overton, J M
Anderson.
Bowling: M A Starc 11-3-38-1, J R Hazlewood 8-3-17-2,
M R Marsh 3-1-14-0, P J Cummins 8.2-2-31-0, N M Lyon
8-3-28-1.
Umpires: M Erasmus and C B Gaffaney.
James Anderson is hoping
for some luck with the
cracks that made Mitchell Starc’s
ball to dismiss James Vince
“unplayable”. He said: “You have
to hope the balls that hit the crack
miss the stumps and the edge.”
demolish the off and leg stumps.
With an hour to stumps, another
heavier shower emptied the ground.
Malan had played with the same
poise he showed in the first innings,
and Bairstow looked comfortable
enough. And if those two can whittle
away the remaining 127 deficit, England may yet believe in the miracle
of Perth. More realistically, England
will need to bat for at least another 70
overs. The Ashes are still alive. But
it would take a team with more resilience than this England side to save
them. The rain has sequestered them
for now. But you suspect it has simply
given them one more night to dream
of defeat. THE INDEPENDENT
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GOLF
Rose’s remarkable run continues as
he claims Indonesian Masters title
By Kevin Garside
CHIEF SPORTS CORRESPONDENT
The world rankings say Justin Rose
is the fourth best player in the world.
The last three months say there is
none better on the planet.
Since missing the cut at the final
major of the season, the PGA Championship, Rose has not finished outside the top 10 in as many outings.
Three of his last six events have
ended in victory, including yesterday’s Indonesian Masters, which he
claimed by a thumping eight shots
on 29 under par after bookending
the week with a pair of 62s.
Weather interruptions meant he
played 30 holes on the last day, yet
in his final round he needed only
29 strokes to reach the turn, a run
which included a six-hole sequence
of five birdies and an eagle.
“It looks easy on top but underneath you are really paddling,” he
said. “It’s been a great week obviously. That is as low as I have ever
shot. I started with a 62 and ended
with a 62, never done that before so
a lot of firsts this week.”
It’s a pity the year has to end. Rose
heads home for Christmas with the
family in the Bahamas before jetting
back across the time zones to launch
2018 at Abu Dhabi in January.
“Since August I have played the
golf of my life. Though majors really
move the needle for me and to win a
few more of those would elevate my
career, I was also aware I wanted
to start winning more regularly.
Three wins in the last 10 starts has
scratched that itch.
“This is my last event of the
Justin Rose receives his trophy from the Indonesian vice-president Jusuf
Kalla after winning the Indonesian Masters in Jakarta AFP/GETTY
season, to finish the year on a good places higher than he started it, and
note and still have a couple of weeks with his game fully restored after
to enjoy this win over Christhis setback at the Masters in
mas and New Year is reApril, where he led Sergio
ally nice, too.
Garcia by two strokes
“To come here with
with six to play before
my game in good
losing in a play-off.
shape, have to deal
The fanfare over
Rose
carded
a
pair
with bad weather
Tiger Woods’ reof 62s on his way to
and jetlag and stay
turn will doubtless
a comprehensive
focused on all four
colour the picture in
eight-shot victory in
rounds, is some the early part of 2018
Jakarta
thing that I am really
but if you are looking
pleased about. I have had
for serious indicators of
a dream week and I played
major promise next year,
incredible golf.”
Rose represents a far safer bet on
So Rose ends 2017 ranked nine this form.
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Son Stevie, 8, inspires
Saunders triumph
him as much as anyone. With him
there by the side of me I was never
going to lose.
The booing inside the Place Bell
“I’m not saying I’m unbeatable but
rarely stopped between the moment it takes something very special to
Billy Joe Saunders emerged and beat me in front of one of my children.
the moment his wide victory
When we walked out of the
over Canadian favourite
hotel room together before
David Lemieux was conthe fight, he said to me,
firmed by the judges’
‘Dad, are we ready to go
scorecards.
and smash this man up
But Saunders heard
today?’ I said, ‘Yeah,
Wins in 26 fights
a voice above the din
we’re ready.’ I knew
for Hertfordshire
and it drove him on
what I was going to do.
middleweight
to the most exquisite
“I’ve never heard a
Saunders since
victory since he turned
crowd so against me
turning pro in 2008
professional after the
in my life but I came in
2008 Olympic Games.
the ring singing and I left
It was the presence of his
singing.”
eight-year-old son Stevie that inVictory moved Saunders a step
spired the victory, according to the nearer a four-belt unification against
WBO middleweight champion.
either Gennady Golovkin or Saul
“There was all the jeering but I “Canelo” Alvarez.
could hear my boy there over them
The two controversially drew
all,” Saunders said. “I was never their first clash in September and
going to let him see me lose, ever. I a rematch is expected to take place
made myself pull it out of the bag for for the IBF, WBA and WBC titles on
By Declan Taylor
IN MONTREAL
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smooch; child;
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Billy Joe Saunders lands
a punch on the way to
beating David Lemieux
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5 May, the Mexican holiday which is
a key pay-per-view date. Saunders is
likely to make a voluntary defence of
his own title in April before facing the
winner of that rematch in September.
Saunders, now undefeated in 26
pro fights, had said it would not matter how hard Lemieux punched because he would not be able to catch
him. And, as he pocketed a careerhigh payday of £1.5m, he was bang on
the money with his prediction.
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SPORT
RUGBY UNION
Munster eye quarter-finals
after triumph against Tigers
now firmly in control of Pool 4 referee Mathieu Raynal as Dan Cole,
after back-to-back wins against the after conceding his fifth penalty, was
Tigers.
shown a yellow card.
George Ford opened the scorMunster made their numerical
MUNSTER
Tries Stander Conversions: Keatley
25 ing in just the second minute with advantage tell with a perfect start
Penalties Keatley 6
a penalty but the Tigers were
to the second half, as Peter
soon penalised at the other
O’Mahony stole a Tigers
By Sports Staff
end and Keatley levelled
line-out and released
from the tee.
C o n o r M u r ray t o
Munster recorded their first win at
A w e l l -w o r ke d
storm towards the
Welford Road in 11 years with a 25-16 t ra i n i n g g r o u n d
line.
success over Leicester Tigers in the move from a Tigers’
The Munster
The first time in 11
years Munster have
European Champions Cup.
line-out then saw
scrum-half was
recorded a victory
Mathew Tait had scored an early Graham Kitchener
eventually brought
at Leicester’s
try for Tigers but their ill-discipline send Tait through a
down inches short of
Welford Road
was punished by Ian Keatley, who big hole in the Munster
the line but Stander
kicked six penalties to keep the defence for his first try in
was on hand to pick and
scoreboard ticking.
36 matches for Leicester.
go and get the visitors’ first
And the result hands the Irish
Ford added the extras but
try of the evening.
side a huge boost in their ambi- the home side’s poor discipline alLeicester needed a spark and it
tions to qualify from the pool – while lowed Munster back into the game came from winger Jonny May as
putting a severe dent in the Tigers’ with three easy penalties for Keatley he collected a loose ball in his own
hopes of progressing.
making the score 12-10 at half-time.
22 and charged up field before kickCJ Stander also went over from
Leicester’s constant infringe- ing ahead to put the Tigers deep in
close range for Munster, who are ments were eventually punished by Munster territory.
A penalty for the Tigers was soon
sent over by Ford to bring the them
back within six points.
Munster replacement John Ryan
was then shown a yellow card for an
infringement at the ruck 10 metres
from the Irish side’s line and Ford
made it 19-16 from the kicking tee.
Keatley missed his first kick of
the evening with 64 minutes on the
clock but made no mistake eight
minutes later with Ryan back on the
field, and the fly-half knocked over a
sixth penalty in the dying moments
to deny Tigers a crucial losing bonus
point.
Leicester coach Matt O’Connor
said the return of his centre pairing
of Manu Tuilagi and Matt Toomua
were huge positives.
O’Connor said: “It was an enormous shift from Manu and Matt to
play 80 minutes of that intensity.
Massive congratulations need to
go to the two boys and the medical
Manu Tuilagi’s return to the fray was a positive for Leicester Tigers GETTY
staff.”
LEICESTER
Tries Tait Conversions Ford
Penalties Ford 3
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Talking Points
1
This is the way the World Cup ends,
not with a bang but a whimper
Does a Club World Cup happen if it
finishes without making a sound?
Real Madrid won the thing that
Fifa, at least, considers prestigious.
They beat Brazilian side Gremio
1-0 on Saturday thanks to
a free-kick from Cristiano
Ronaldo (right) but only the
most dedicated really
cared. Who knows
where you’d fit this in,
but a two-legged tie
between the winners
of the Champions
League and the Copa
Libertadores would
be cool. This… isn’t.
Injury blow for Daly as
Wasps ‘go to the wire’
after La Rochelle win
WASPS
Tries: Daly 2, Cruse;
Conversions: Daly 2, Cipriani
LA ROCHELLE
Penalty: James
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By Hugh Godwin
AT THE RICOH ARENA
Five takeaways from the weekend’s action
2
Victorious Saunders deserves a
unification crack at Golovkin
A Billy Joe Saunders-Gennady
Golovkin fight might not end the
way Golovkin fights almost always
do, with the Kazakh’s opponent
face-down on the canvas or
glassy-eyed on his stool.
Saunders did the toughest
thing in boxing in travelling
away to defend his title.
He was so slippery and
evasive and sharp against
David Lemieux in Quebec
that a unification contest
with Golovkin appears
intriguing. Saunders,
a compelling fighter,
deserves his big night.
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To score one double century in
one-day internationals could be
put down to one isolated outbreak
of genius. Two is certainly
remarkable. Three, as Rohit
Sharma achieved this week against
Sri Lanka, suggests a rare kind of
desire for the monolithic. As usual,
Sharma (below) began slowly. As
usual, he slammed both feet on
the gas in the final 10 overs of the
innings. Two of Sharma’s one-day
double hundreds have
come against Sri
Lanka; they must,
surely, quake every
time he passes 50.
For all Kylian Mbappé’s skill
and finishing ability, there is one
quality that has already made him
extraordinary while still a teenager.
At 18, Mbappé seems to have
worked out that the collective is
only effective when the individual
subordinates himself. Against
Rennes on Saturday, The Paris
St-Germain striker set up a tap-in
for Neymar after four minutes. A
little later, Neymar returned the
favour and one wonders if Mbappé’s
altruism had something to do with
it. As individuals, PSG are scary.
Together, they may be unbeatable by
everyone except Manchester City.
Inspired Sharma joins the giants
with a third ODI double hundred
Mbappé shows the selflessness that
makes his remarkable ability special
Wasps silenced the most talked-about
team in European rugby with two superb tries for Elliot Daly and another
for replacement hooker Tom Cruse.
However, Daly and the equally
influential first-choice goal-kicker
Jimmy Gopperth went off injured
and the perfect performance, that
demanded a scoring bonus point to
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Dos Anjos makes his
case for a title shot
Sometimes, in the wild and
unpredictable world of mixed
martial arts, the methodical
beats the wildly exciting. Over five
one-sided rounds on Saturday
night, Rafael dos Anjos (above) took
apart Robbie Lawler on his way to
a unanimous decision victory in
Winnipeg. The Brazilian’s reward
should be a welterweight title
fight against Tyron Woodley, the
divisive champion who will undergo
shoulder surgery before that fight
can take place. Woodley would
really like to take on Georges StPierre; Dos Anjos should be first
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hoist Wasps into a more persuasive
position in Pool One of the European
Champions Cup, stayed tantalisingly
out of reach.
Both Daly and Gopperth were unfortunate. Brock James had replaced
Ryan Lamb at fly-half, and kicked a
penalty for La Rochelle’s only points
on 59 minutes, to peg Wasps’ lead at
the time to 14-3.
But in between, James contested
a high ball with Daly and the home
team’s full-back Willie le Roux. Le
Roux made a super defensive catch
but he landed on Daly, giving the England and British & Irish Lions wing a
jarring jolt to his left ankle. Daly will
certainly miss next week’s Premiership match with Gloucester. “The
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Daly who smashed through Gabriel
Lacroix and Alexis Bales for his sevElliot Daly enth try in 22 career European Cup
scores Wasps’ appearances.
first try against
La Rochelle are currently leaders
La Rochelle of their league and Young called them
yesterday GETTY the best side he had coached against
in Europe, when Wasps lost 49-29 on
the Atlantic coast last weekend. But
this was a different La Rochelle, with
eight changes to the starting team
and no sign of the captain Jason
Eaton, Levani Botia – on holiday in
Fiji for a week as part of the rules on
international players in France – or
the injured Aguillon.
They came here with a cushion of
the maximum 15 points from their
first three pool matches in their first
season in the top European competition, but did not play to that standard.
Wasps did not allow them to do
so. Another string to the Daly bow is
long-range kicking, as the watching
England coaches Eddie Jones and
Steve Borthwick are often thankful
for, but a 45-metre effort on 18 minutes drifted wide right.
Otherwise the likes of Joe Launchbury and James Haskell fought hard
for Wasps’ pride. Daly had his second
try on 46 minutes. From a scrum on
halfway, Christian Wade motored
down the right towards the 22, then
the ball flashed to the left with Danny
Cipriani’s pull-back pass to Gopperth’s replacement Kyle Eastmond
who fed Le Roux who foxed the halftime substitute Pierre Boudehent
with a quick dart and a one-handed
pass around the bamboozled wing’s
body to Daly.
Launchbury used all his nous to
first 48 hours will determine how bad wrench a turnover in his 22 in the
it is,” said Wasps’ director of rugby 67th minute, and five minutes later
Dai Young.” Gopperth’s injury was Cruse threw to James Gaskell in the
worse – a “tweak” to his right
middle of the line-out, peeled
knee that will need a scan.
round and finished the
This was also weirdly indrive, with Cipriani addflicted by a team-mate
ing the conversion.
as Nathan Hughes,
Which left just
making his first apthe fourth try begElliot
Daly
smashed
pearance since being
ging; but when Joe
through to claim
injured for England
Simpson raced clear
his seventh try in
against Australia in
he
could not link
22 European Cup
mid-November, landed
with Nizaam Carr in
appearances
on Gopperth’s leg.
support. Young said: “If
Daly took the converwe can win the next two
sion of his own try that gave
games [against Harlequins
Wasps the lead with 10 minutes gone. and Ulster] we’ve got a chance of
Hughes took a tap-and-go, and Dan sneaking through. It’s going to go
Robson expertly gave a long pass to right to the wire.”
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By Sports Staff
Saracens prop Mako Vunipola
believes the European
champions are back on track
despite being beaten 24-21 at the
death by Clermont Auvergne.
Mark McCall’s men led 13-0
and looked on course for a
revenge victory after
last Monday’s heavy
defeat to the side they
overcame to win the
Champions Cup in
Lyon last season.
But instead
Clermont inflicted
Sarries’ seventh
straight defeat with
a late Scott Spedding
penalty.
Vunipola (right) said: “We’re
a team who pride ourselves
on performances and even
though we didn’t win today, the
performance was one we can
be proud of. It was an amazing
atmosphere and we had our
backs against the walls.
“The boys relished it. We were
our sport. That is a responsibility I
take very seriously and we are working as hard as we can to try and get
to the bottom of it.
“I am an asthmatic, I have been
since I was a child, and I use a puffer
to help manage it but I have never
taken more than I am allowed, so it
is quite a horrible situation.”
Froome, who won the Vuelta in
Spain as well as the Tour de France,
would have been a strong contender
for the Sports Personality award,
had the adverse finding from September not been made public last
week.
But it was Farah who upset the
odds by taking the public vote, after
winning gold in the 10,000 metres
and silver in the 5,000mat the athletics World Championships in London.
Mo Farah was a surprise winner of
Sports Personality of the Year
disappointed at the end, our
discipline let us down.
“But Clermont are a quality
side and we can take heart from
that game. We know there’s a
lot to work on but to come here
and not let them in for a try is
pleasing, but there’s a lot of work
to go.”
Replacement scrum-half
Rhys Webb scored twice
as Ospreys completed a
European Champions
Cup double
over struggling
Northampton with
a 32-15 bonus-point
victory at a wet Liberty
Stadium.
Ospreys have given
themselves a fighting chance in
Pool Two of the Champions Cup
but will need to secure wins over
Saracens and Clermont in the
new year.
Head coach Steve Tandy said:
“It’s huge for us to still be in the
fight and fingers crossed we can
put on a show against Saracens,
although they are tough.”
Blackadder concerned at
Underhill’s concussions
By Sam Peters
Bath director of rugby Todd Blackadder has expressed concern over
Sam Underhill’s latest concussion.
The young England flanker
missed Saturday night’s 26-21
triumph over Toulon which catapulted them to the top of Pool Five
in the European Champions Cup.
The 21-year-old suffered his first
concussion in September after
making 23 tackles against Northampton before another head injury
against Australia in November
stopped his season in its tracks.
Froome admits he is ‘in a horrible situation’
Chris Froome said he is in “a horrible
situation” over his adverse drug test
– but he reiterated his innocence.
Froome, speaking at the BBC
Sports Personality of the Year award
ceremony, where Mo Farah was a
surprise winner, said he “completely
gets it” when people become more
suspicious of his achievements following the revelation that he tested
positive for double the legal level of
Salbutamol, an asthma drug, during
this year’s Tour of Spain.
“I understand people’s concerns,”
he said. “But I have never taken more
[of the drug] than I am allowed.”
“I do completely get it - I have been
a bike rider for 10 years now and I
know how some people might look at
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Superbikes World Champion
Jonathan Rea came second and
Paralympic sprinter Jonny Peacock
completed the podium. Frome came
in seventh spot, while the odds-on
pre-show favourite, heavyweight
boxing champion Anthony Joshua,
came in fourth.
Meanwhile, former UCI president
Pat McQuaid has called Froome’s
adverse drugs test “a disaster” for
cycling and claimed Team Sky could
lose all credibility as a result.
“I don’t see how Chris Froome
can turn around like he did and say
‘I played by the rules, I broke no
rules’,” McQuaid said. “The fact is,
he has broken a rule.”
Froome lost a long-time ally in
David Walsh, the Sunday Times journalist who broke the story of Lance
“Sam is still really symptomatic,”
said Blackadder. “On Tuesday he
still had symptoms of what happened to him playing for England.
It is one of those really frustrating
ones. We want him out there as soon
as we can but when a player has got
the symptoms that he’s had, it puts
it back another week.”
Bath’s victory leaves them in a
strong position to qualify for the
final stages. Elsewhere on Saturday,
Exeter narrowly lost 22-17 at Leinster, Glasgow were defeated 36-26
at Montpellier and Scarlets beat
Bennetton 31-12. THE INDEPENDENT
List of prizewinners
Sports Personality of the Year
Mo Farah
Coache of the Year
Benke Blomkvist, Stephen Maguire
and Christian Malcolm (GB sprint
coaches)
Helen Rollason award
Bradley Lowery
Lifetime achievement
Jessica Ennis-Hill
Overseas Personality
Roger Federer
Team of the Year
England women’s cricket team
Young Personality
Phil Foden
Unsung hero
Denise Larrad
Armstrong’s cheating. Walsh, who
wrote Froome’s autobiography, said:
“The hardest thing was telling him
[on the phone] that I no longer trusted him in the way that I once did.”
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Premier League Saturday action
LEICESTER 0-3 C PALACE
WATFORD 1-4 H’FIELD
Hodgson’s
got hoodoo
figured out
Huddersfield
hit high note
for Wagner
Christian Benteke’s first goal since
May, Crystal Palace’s first, second
and third away league goals since
April, a seventh game unbeaten for
a side who began that run bottom
of the table – it all added up to a
red letter day for manager Roy
Hodgson (below), who said: “It’s
three clean sheets in a row away
from home, which is good, and even
more importantly we’ve cured the
hoodoo of not scoring away from
home.”
Wilfried Zaha and Bakary
Sako were the other scorers.
For Leicester, who had
Onyinye Ndidi sent off
in the second half,
it was a crashing
return to earth after
the euphoria of four
straight victories.
Manager Claude Puel
admitted: “It was a poor
performance. We didn’t
start with a good intensity
or tempo, or good quality.”
David Wagner praised the
“extraordinary” achievement of
his Huddersfield players after they
ended in style a run of eight away
games without scoring.
“We haven’t scored so many
goals in the past, so to be so strong
mentally even after we have
such a difficult away run, this is
something extraordinary,” he said.
“You need 12 wins, I believe, to stay
up and we have six.”
Wagner’s side were 2-0 up
through Elias Kachunga and
Aaron Mooy before Watford
captain Troy Deeney was
dismissed for a rash
challenge. Laurent Depoitre
and a late Mooy penalty
added further goals for
Huddersfield, who also
had Jonathan Hogg sent
off.
Abdoulaye Doucouré
scored for Watford as
they slumped to a third
straight defeat.
STOKE 0-3 WEST HAM
CHELSEA 1-0 SO’TON
Hughes admits
he’s in a battle
with the boos
Courtois: The
chase for top
spot is still on
West Ham’s revival under David
Moyes continued as they climbed
out of the relegation zone and
above Stoke – whose jeering fans
were left calling for manager Mark
Hughes to be sacked.
Hughes admitted: “We’re in a
difficult situation. I don’t intend to
be involved in a relegation battle,
but actually we are in one. We’ve
got to recognise that.”
Captain Mark Noble, who scored
West Ham’s opener from the
penalty spot, said: “It was a good
performance. We’ve kept three
clean sheets in a week [against
Chelsea, Arsenal and Stoke]. We’ve
given the fans belief now.”
A free-kick by
Marcos Alonso
gave Chelsea their
eighth win in 10
Premier League
games. And
Thibaut Courtois
(above) believes they can still catch
runaway leaders Manchester City.
The goalkeeper said: “They are
far ahead. But you never know
in football – you can have a bad
month, lose three or four games.
“We have to be winning our
games to have maybe a little
chance. Our main goal, if we cannot
be champions, is to be second. We
are a big team as well.”
ARSENAL 1-0 NEWCASTLE
MAN CITY 4 TOTTENHAM 1
City begin to
hope Guardiola
will extend stay
By Miguel Delaney
Manchester City will discuss
a new contract with Pep
Guardiola at the end of the
season, and there is now a quiet
confidence at the top levels of
the club that he will sign one.
The 46-year-old stayed just
three seasons in his previous
job at Bayern Munich and
four at Barcelona, so City are
cautious as to whether he will
remain at the Etihad when his
deal ends in 2019.
City’s win streak reached
16 on Saturday when they
defeated Tottenham Hotspur
4-1 at home. Club officials are
naturally keen for Guardiola
to stay and continue the
project he started in 2016,
and they now think he is being
persuaded by their progress.
While there is an
acknowledgement that he is
yet to win them a trophy, City’s
hierarchy have been impressed
with the manager’s thorough
and imaginative work beyond
just results and the style in
which the record-breaking
winning streak has been
achieved.
Particularly striking has
been how the Catalan has
improved young players John
Stones, Raheem Sterling
and Leroy Sane but – even
more notably – older players
in the 28-32 age bracket,
such as Nicolas Otamendi,
Fernandinho and Fabian
Delph.
On Saturday, two goals from
Sterling added to efforts from
Ilkay Gundogan and Kevin
De Bruyne as the hosts swept
aside Spurs, who scored a late
consolation through Christian
Eriksen.
One slight sour note for City
was Sergio Aguero’s angry
reaction to being substituted,
but Guardiola insisted the
Argentine’s response was
“normal”.
Aguero threw his gloves on
the ground when he was taken
off in the 58th minute, with
Guardiola’s side only 1-0 up at
the time.
BRIGHTON 0-0 BURNLEY
Elliot: we can
turn the tables
Careful Dyche
has no delusions
Mesut Özil’s superb volley
condemned Newcastle to their
eighth defeat in nine games and
dumped them in the drop zone.
But defiant goalkeeper Rob
Elliot (below) said: “Two or three
wins can turn the table around
really quickly. We
need to show the
commitment and
passion that we
showed [against
Arsenal] and be a
bit more ruthless.”
A penalty miss by Glenn Murray
was just the most glaring chance
missed by Brighton as their
winless run grew to seven games,
with just one goal in their last six.
Burnley’s 15th away point
made it already their best haul
for a Premier League season, but
manager Sean Dyche warned:
“There are no guarantees, no
delusions of grandeur. Brighton
had that really nice solid start and
now they’re searching for results.
It can happen to anyone.”
English game has
seen nothing like
this since Clough
Kevin
Garside
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Sergio Aguero was visibly
annoyed at being substituted
n the peak Barcelona period,
in that first flowering of Messi,
Xavi, Iniesta, Busquets, I
wondered how Pep Guardiola’s
beautiful creation might go in
the Premier League.
Having watched them cut
through Manchester United twice
in three years in Champions League
finals, the idea that the English
champions were disadvantaged by
the nine-month slog of the Premier
League was considered a plausible
explanation for at least a part of the
difference in quality and output at
the end of May.
After witnessing Manchester
City’s record-breaking ride into
the heart of the English winter,
most recently the subjugation
of ancient rivals United at Old
Trafford followed by Saturday’s
evisceration of Tottenham Hotspur,
second and fourth respectively, that
understanding no longer has legs.
Let us not forget that City
disemboweled Spurs without the
tender promptings of arguably
their best player, David Silva, which
further validates the Guardiola
method. Self-evidently the quality
of resource is important to any
coach, yet in the hands of Guardiola
the emphatic belief in an attacking
philosophy, and the team structure
necessary to execute it, allows him
to accommodate the absence of even
the most talented of individuals.
It was thought that the twinning
of Kyle Walker and Benjamin Mendy
in wing-back roles was fundamental
to Guardiola’s grand design, yet
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Celtic’s run
consigned
to history
by Hearts
HEART OF MIDLOTHIAN
Cochrane 26, Lafferty 35,
Milinkovic 48, pen 76
CELTIC
4
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By Ronnie Esplin
AT TYNECASTLE
here he is retooling Fabian Delph,
a defensive midfielder by trade
and inclination, into a plausible
substitute for Mendy on the left.
Guardiola would not be the first to
convert a player from one position
to another. I recall that other great
maverick Brian Clough making a
centre-back at Nottingham Forest
of former Birmingham City centreforward Kenny Burns. And yes,
Guardiola would have loved the
Forest team promoted to the old
First Division under Clough in 1977
that went on to win the title and
back-to-back European Cups.
Like Guardiola, Clough believed
football is a game best played on the
deck. He once rebuked Asa Hartford
for a predilection for chipped balls
over the top. “We don’t chip balls
here, son,” he said in that matterof-fact, slightly barmy, authoritarian
manner of his. Hartford, a big
signing from City, would play only
three games under Clough, whose
mind, once made up, was not for
turning – another characteristic
shared by Guardiola.
In that first season back in
the top flight, Forest went to Old
Trafford and put four past United
without reply in a display that had
a similar impact to City this season,
evincing an awed appreciation of
the aesthetic quality of the football,
Kevin de Bruyne
(above) scores
Manchester City’s
second goal. Below:
Pep Guardiola calls
the shots from the
touchline REUTERS
Brendan Rodgers called an
impromptu Celtic huddle on
the Tynecastle pitch to remind
his players of their historic
achievement after their 69-game
unbeaten domestic record was
emphatically ended by Hearts.
Celtic, who broke their own
100-year-old British record
when they made it 63 against
St Johnstone in November,
were stunned as
Hearts raced
ahead through
goals from
16-year-old
midfielder
Harry
Cochrane
(right) and
striker Kyle
Lafferty. A
second-half double
from forward David Milinkovic,
one from the penalty spot, put the
finishing touches on their win.
Rodgers was keen to put
into context his first defeat by
a Scottish club since becoming
Celtic manager 19 months ago. He
said: “Firstly, congratulations to
Hearts; they deserved to win the
game. I wanted to pull the players
together and let them be aware
a sense that we were witnessing
that they were better than us
something new, something that was
today and we have to accept that.
similarly unanswerable.
“I have said over many months,
It is the devastating synchronicity if the players weren’t human I
of City’s movement, the pace, the
would say they would never lose.
angles, the power and the precision
It was always going to happen. It’s
that dismantles a deeply embedded
not nice when it does.
dependency in English football on
“What they have done is
the idea that beautiful football is not absolutely amazing but I wanted
winning football, that you have to
to use this feeling that they
have some dog in you to prevail, to
haven’t felt for 18 months, use it
win ugly on your bad days.
as a lever moving forward; let’s
Guardiola cannot even spell ugly.
learn from it and be better for it.
It forms no part of his vocabulary.
“We are a bigger target
He would rather drink kerosene
because of what we
than compromise his attacking
have done; we
vision. We have seen good teams
accept that,
before, excellent teams, and one in
and now go
Arsenal that proved invincible over
and look to
Number
of
years
the course of a season, but not one
win our next
since Hearts
that bulldozes the opposition like
game.
recorded a bigger
this, not one that can hurt you in so
“It [the
win over Celtic –
many different ways.
unbeaten run]
5-0 in 1895
For many in the United diaspora,
is in the past
the absence of Paul Pogba is rolled
now. We have to
out as an excuse to account for any
hit the reset button.”
diminution in performance. The
Hearts manager Craig Levein
greatest compliment we can pay
revealed he had taken tactical
City is to recognise that, as fantastic inspiration from Belgian side
a talent as he is, Pogba would not be
Anderlecht’s 1-0 Champions
missed if he wore blue.
League win at Celtic Park earlier
When Guardiola’s team are at
this month.
full tilt, any one of them could be
He said: “We based our game
Pogba, even the keeper, Ederson. In on the Anderlecht game – high
concert, they are that good. Barça
pressing, being brave at the back,
good, in fact.
and going man-for-man at times.”
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Weekend football results and tables
FIFA WORLD CLUB CHAMPIONSHIP
FINAL
Real Madrid (0) ........1 Gremio (0)..................0
Ronaldo 53
PREMIER LEAGUE
Arsenal (1)....................1 Newcastle (0)...........0
Ozil 23
Att 59,379
Brighton (0) ................0 Burnley (0)................0
Att 29,921
Chelsea (1).....................1 Southampton (0)..0
Alonso 45
Att 41,562
Leicester (0)................0 Crystal Palace (2) .3
Benteke 19
Att 31,081
Zaha 40, Sako 90
Man City (1).................4 Tottenham (0).........1
Gundogan 14
Eriksen 90
De Bruyne 70
Att 54,214
Sterling 80, 90
Stoke (0).........................0 West Ham (1)............3
Att 29,265
Noble 19 (pen)
Arnautovic 75
Sakho 86
Watford (0)..................1 Huddersfield (2)....4
Doucoure 68
Kachunga 6
Att 20,026
Mooy 23, 89 (pen)
Depoitre 50
Yesterday
Bournemouth (0) ..0 Liverpool (3).............4
Coutinho 20
Lovren 26, Salah 44
Firmino 66
West Brom (0) ..........1 Man Utd (2).................2
Barry 77
Lukaku 27
Att 24,782
Lingard 35
P W D L F A Pts
Man City
18 17 1 0 56 12 52
Man Utd
18 13 2 3 39 12 41
Chelsea
18 12 2 4 32 14 38
Liverpool
18 9 7 2 38 20 34
Arsenal
18 10 3 5 31 20 33
Burnley
18 9 5 4 16 12 32
Tottenham
18 9 4 5 31 18 31
Leicester
18 7 5 6 27 26 26
Watford
18 6 4 8 27 33 22
Everton
17 6 4 7 21 29 22
Huddersfield 18 6 3 9 16 30 21
Southampton 18 4 6 8 17 24 18
Brighton
18 4 6 8 14 23 18
Crystal Palace 18 4 5 9 15 28 17
West Ham
18 4 5 9 17 32 17
Bournemouth 18 4 4 10 15 24 16
Stoke
18 4 4 10 19 39 16
Newcastle
18 4 3 11 16 27 15
West Brom
18 2 8 8 13 24 14
Swansea
17 3 3 11 9 22 12
SKY BET CHAMPIONSHIP
Birmingham (0).......1 QPR (1)...........................2
Gallagher 57
Robinson 17, 83
Att 20,107
Bolton (0)......................0 Burton Albion (1).1
Att 13,632
Dyer 23
Brentford (0) .............0 Barnsley (0)..............0
Att 9,868
Bristol City (2) .......... 2 Nottm Forest (0)...1
Pack 36
Dowell 47
Bryan 45
Att 20,128
Cardiff (0)......................1 Hull (0)...........................0
Bamba 58
Att 18,049
Derby (1)......................... 2 Aston Villa (0) .........0
Weimann 24
Att 28,118
Russell 90
Ipswich (2)..................... 2 Reading (0).................0
Connolly 3
Att 13,832
Garner 27
Leeds (1)..........................1 Norwich (0)................0
Jansson 41
Att 30,590
Millwall (2)................... 2 Middlesbro (0)........1
Wallace 31
Downing 67
Saville 37
Att 12,026
Preston (0)...................1 Sheff Utd (0)..............0
Hugill 58
Att 15,202
Sunderland (0).........1 Fulham (0)..................0
Maja 77
Att 25,904
P W D L F A Pts
Wolves
22 16 3 3 42 17 51
Cardiff
22 14 5 3 33 16 47
Bristol City
22 12 7 3 36 23 43
Derby
22 12 5 5 35 21 41
Aston Villa
22 10 7 5 29 20 37
Sheff Utd
22 12 1 9 34 27 37
Leeds
22 11 3 8 34 26 36
Ipswich
22 11 2 9 37 32 35
Preston
22 9 8 5 26 22 35
Middlesbrough 22 9 5 8 28 22 32
Nottm Forest 22 10 0 12 32 37 30
Fulham
22 7 8 7 27 28 29
Brentford
22 6 10 6 33 30 28
Reading
22 7 6 9 28 28 27
Sheff Wed
22 6 9 7 26 27 27
Norwich
22 7 6 9 21 28 27
Millwall
22 6 8 8 24 22 26
QPR
22 6 7 9 25 33 25
Hull
22 5 7 10 37 40 22
Barnsley
22 5 6 11 24 34 21
Sunderland
22 3 9 10 27 38 18
Burton Albion 22 4 5 13 14 40 17
Bolton
22 3 7 12 21 41 16
Birmingham 22 4 4 14 11 32 16
SKY BET LEAGUE ONE
AFC Wimbledon (0)0 Wigan (0).....................4
Att 4,289
Jacobs 57
Powell 73
Power 80, Toney 90
Blackburn (1) ............. 2 Charlton (0)...............0
Best 30 (og)
Att 10,907
Graham 90
Doncaster (0).............1 Oldham (0)..................1
Butler 59
Doyle 88
Att 7,831
Gillingham (2)............4 Bristol Rovers (0) 1
Byrne 28, 53
Sercombe 90
Lacey 37, Parker 47 Att 4,227
Northampton (2).... 2 Walsall (1)...................1
Long 4, 41
Oztumer 2
Att 5,055
Portsmouth (0)........1 Bury (0).........................0
Clarke 62
Att 17,549
Rochdale (0)................0 Oxford Utd (0) .........0
Att 2,588
Rotherham (0) ..........1 Plymouth (0)............1
Ajayi 90
Taylor 82
Att 7,562
Scunthorpe (2).......... 2 MK Dons (1)................2
Adelakun 27
Agard 42
van Veen 43
Aneke 66, Att 3,569
Shrewsbury (0)........1 Blackpool (0)............0
Nolan 54
Att 5,620
Southend (0) ..............1 Bradford (1)...............2
McLaughlin 76
Poleon 9
Att 6,097
Wyke 90 (pen)
Yesterday
Fleetwood Tn (1)..... 2 Peterborough (0) .3
Bell 29
Doughty 55
Bolger 82
Marriott 88
Att 2,273
Lloyd 90
P W D L F A Pts
Wigan
21 15 3 3 42 12 48
Shrewsbury
21 13 5 3 28 14 44
Blackburn
21 13 4 4 39 19 43
Bradford
22 13 3 6 35 26 42
Scunthorpe
22 11 6 5 28 17 39
Charlton
21 10 5 6 29 26 35
Portsmouth
22 11 2 9 27 24 35
Peterborough 22 9 5 8 36 34 32
Oxford Utd
22 8 7 7 35 27 31
Rotherham
22 9 3 10 36 32 30
Walsall
21 7 7 7 29 30 28
Southend
22 7 7 8 25 34 28
Blackpool
22 7 6 9 27 30 27
Oldham
22 7 6 9 36 40 27
Fleetwood Tn 22 7 6 9 31 35 27
Bristol Rovers 22 9 0 13 33 40 27
MK Dons
22 6 8 8 25 32 26
Doncaster
22 6 6 10 22 27 24
Gillingham
22 5 8 9 20 25 23
Northampton 22 6 4 12 18 38 22
Rochdale
21 4 9 8 23 28 21
Plymouth
22 5 6 11 18 31 21
Wimbledon
21 5 5 11 15 26 20
Bury
21 4 5 12 19 29 17
SKY BET LEAGUE TWO
Barnet (2) ...................... 2 Morecambe (0).......1
Campbell-Ryce 30 Campbell 72
Taylor 34
Att 1,123
Cambridge Utd (0).1 Newport Co (1)........2
Brown 76
McCoulsky 42
Labadie 90
Att 3,632
Carlisle (0)....................1 Port Vale (0)..............2
Bennett 80
Barnett 51
Pope 69
Att 4,090
Coventry (1)................ 2 Cheltenham (1).......1
Bayliss 2
Eisa 34
McNulty 75
Att 6,457
Crewe (2)........................3 Crawley Tn (0)........0
Ainley 40
Att 3,155
Dagnall 45, 90
Exeter (0) ...................... 2 Stevenage (0)...........1
James 53
Godden 80
Sweeney 71
Att 3,448
Forest Green (0)......0 Luton (1).......................2
Sheehan 45
Att 2,546
Hylton 68
Lincoln City (1)......... 2 Accrington S (0) ....0
Green 45 (pen)
Att 7,696
Rhead 56
Mansfield (0)..............0 Yeovil (0)......................0
Att 3,032
Notts County (0).....0 Grimsby (0) ...............0
Att 8,016
Wycombe (0)..............1 Chesterfield (0)......0
O’Nien 54
Att 4,522
P W D L F A Pts
Luton
22 13 6 3 51 19 45
Notts County 22 12 7 3 36 21 43
Exeter
22 12 3 7 31 26 39
Wycombe
22 10 7 5 39 29 37
Accrington S 21 11 4 6 32 24 37
Lincoln City
22 10 6 6 28 19 36
Coventry
22 10 5 7 23 15 35
Colchester
22 10 5 7 32 26 35
Newport Co
22 9 7 6 32 26 34
Mansfield
22 8 9 5 30 25 33
Grimsby
22 9 6 7 25 26 33
Swindon
21 10 2 9 32 28 32
Cambridge Utd 22 8 5 9 18 27 29
Carlisle
22 7 7 8 32 32 28
Cheltenham
22 7 6 9 29 31 27
Stevenage
22 7 6 9 27 33 27
Crawley Town 22 6 6 10 19 26 24
Port Vale
22 7 3 12 23 32 24
Crewe
22 7 2 13 24 35 23
Morecambe
22 5 7 10 18 27 22
Yeovil
22 5 6 11 27 40 21
Barnet
22 5 5 12 24 32 20
Chesterfield
22 5 5 12 25 39 20
Forest Green 22 5 5 12 23 42 20
LADBROKES SCOTTISH PREMIERSHIP
Aberdeen (3)...............4 Hibernian (0) ...........1
Shinnie 11
Stokes 89
Mackay-S 36, 45, 62 Att 14,923
Dundee (2) ....................3 Partick (0)...................0
Moussa 19 (pen), 65 (pen)
Att 5,101
O’Hara 36
Hamilton (1)................3 Ross County (0).....2
Imrie 30 (pen)
Curran 73 (pen)
Sarris 75
van der Weg 84
Lindsay 89 (og)
Att 1,272
Kilmarnock (1)..........1 Motherwell (0).......0
S Boyd 42
Att 4,179
Rangers (1)...................1 St Johnstone (1).....3
Morelos 5
Alston 10
Att 47,923
Johnstone 61
Cummins 71
Yesterday
Hearts (2).......................4 Celtic (0).......................0
Cochrane 26
Att 18,555
Lafferty 35
Milinkovic 48, 76 (pen)
P W D L F A Pts
Celtic
18 12 5 1 41 15 41
Aberdeen
19 12 3 4 32 21 39
Rangers
19 11 3 5 38 23 36
Hibernian
19 8 6 5 28 25 30
Hearts
19 7 6 6 21 19 27
St Johnstone 18 7 3 8 20 27 24
Motherwell
18 7 2 9 24 26 23
Kilmarnock
19 5 7 7 22 26 22
Hamilton
19 5 5 9 27 32 20
Dundee
19 5 3 11 20 29 18
Ross County 19 4 4 11 19 31 16
Partick
18 3 5 10 16 34 14
LADBROKES SCOTTISH CHAMPIONSHIP
Falkirk P Brechin P (Postponed - due to
frozen pitch); Inverness CT 1 Dumbarton
0; Livingston P Morton P (Postponed due to frozen pitch); Queen of South A
Dundee Utd A (frozen pitch); St Mirren 1
Dunfermline 0.
LADBROKES SCOTTISH LEAGUE ONE
Alloa P Arbroath P (Postponed - due to frozen pitch); East Fife 1 Ayr 4; Queen’s Park 1
Airdrieonians 1; Raith P Albion P (Postponed
- due to frozen pitch); Stranraer 3 Forfar 0.
LADBROKES SCOTTISH LEAGUE TWO
Annan Athletic 1 Stirling 1; Berwick P
Peterhead P (Postponed - due to frozen
pitch); Cowdenbeath P Clyde P (Postponed - due to frozen pitch); Edinburgh
City 1 Stenhousemuir 2; Montrose 3
Elgin 0.
54
FOOTBALL
PREMIER LEAGUE
Sport
United will
fight to the
finish, says
Mourinho
Trafford, in mid-May, and until then
in every match we go – every match
we will try to win.
“We don’t want to go on holidays.
MANCHESTER UNITED
We want to play until the last match.”
Lukaku 27, Lingard 35
2
Mourinho refused to comment on
the leaked City video but urged punBy Steve Madeley
dits to make their own judgements. “I
AT THE HAWTHORNS
didn’t see, I didn’t watch,” he said. “I
am not interested in doing that. You
Jose Mourinho warned Manchester are the ones to make your evaluaCity that his United side would
tions, your comments. For me,
not let up in the Premier
nothing.”
League title race after
Lukaku refused to celthey held on for a 2-1
ebrate his opening goal
win at West Bromwich
against the club where
Albion.
he launched his PreUnited won thanks
mier League with a
League games in a
row
without
a
win
to goals from Romelu
successful season on
for West Bromwich
Lukaku and Jesse Linloan and Mourinho
– the longest run in
gard but were forced
claimed the Belgian
their league history
to defend late on after
might have taken his
Gareth Barry pulled a goal
lead from his manager.
back for Albion.
“I think two reasons,”
Mourinho refused to be
said Mourinho of Lukaku’s
drawn on a video leaked
non-celebration. “One is
on social media of City’s
his love for West Bromplayers taunting his
wich Albion. He was a
club over their style of
happy kid here, they
play by singing “park
helped him to feel
Goals in his last
the bus”. But he did
loved, they made him
11 games at the
Hawthorns for
say that United would
feel at home
former Albion
not ease off until the
“It was here he exloanee Romelu
end of the season deploded in the Premier
Lukaku
spite City’s 11-point lead
League. So for sure there
in the title race.
was that. And probably the
“I know that the questions
second thing is he looked at me
are always coming in the same direc- and I didn’t celebrate too, so he says
tion and I keep saying the same,” said ‘if he doesn’t celebrate why should I?’
Mourinho. “Our last match in the
Despite a dominant start from
Premier League is Watford at Old United that was aided by some sloppy
WEST BROMWICH ALBION
Barry 77
18.12.17
1
16
P52
FOOTBALL
Manchester City
quietly confident
Guardiola will
extend contract
P50
RUGBY UNION
Daly scores two
tries in Wasps
win but then
goes off injured
10
Klopp challenges 20-goal Salah to
maintain early season scoring spree
BOURNEMOUTH
LIVERPOOL
Coutinho 20, Lovren 26, Salah 44,
Firmino 66
0
4
By Alex Crook
P48
CRICKET
Vince undone
by superball as
England hopes
fade to black
West Brom passing, it was the hosts
who threatened first in the ninth
minute. A backheel from Salomon
Rondon freed James McClean on
the left and he crossed towards the
far post, where Oliver Burke was arriving. But the former Nottingham
Forest man, who was making his full
Premier League debut, could not
bring the ball under control.
United took the lead on 28 minutes
when Burke was punished fully for
squandering possession cheaply on
AT THE VITALITY STADIUM
If Manchester City have the Premier
League title sewn up before Christmas, at least Liverpool’s Mohamed
Salah is keeping Pep Guardiola’s men
honest when it comes to the battle to
be crowned Player of the Year.
Fleet-footed Salah took his goal
tally for an incredible debut season
to 20 with a brilliant individual effort
to help Jürgen Klopp’s team cruise to season. I am looking forward that he
victory on the south coast and move stays in that shape. Mo knows how
back into the Champions League much I respect and like him. He is
places.
finding it easy at the moment to finPhilippe Coutinho, Dejan
ish situations.”
L ovren and Roberto
Klopp again tinkered
Firmino were also on
with his line-up by leavthe scoresheet as Living Sadio Mané on the
erpool rediscovered
bench as one of four
the swagger missing
alterations. Liverpool
Mo Salah is
during their backmade their dominance
Liverpool’s first
to-back home draws
tell with two goals
player since Ian
with Merseyside
in the space of seven
Rush in 1986 to
rivals Everton and
minutes.
reach 20 goals by
struggling West Brom.
First Coutinho collectChristmas
Klopp said: “I do not
ed the ball 30 yards from
go to bed at night, thinking
goal and gracefully glided
‘wow how good is Salah?’ He is a very away from three Bournemouth deimportant player for us, like all of the fenders before dispatching a powerothers. It is only halfway through the ful low drive beyond Asmir Begovic.
20
the West Brom right. Marcus Rashford picked up the ball and crossed
to Lukaku, who crept between Gibbs
and Jonny Evans to glance home a
header before declining to celebrate.
West Brom threatened an equaliser on 34 minutes when Allan Nyom
drove from the flight flank towards
goal and crossed to the near post,
where United defender Chris Smalling arrived just ahead of Rondon. But
just a minute later they found themselves 2-0 down when a deflection
Bournemouth barely had time to
catch their breath when purring Liverpool doubled their lead. Georginio
Wijnaldum flicked on a corner and
Firmino stretched at the far post to
keep the ball in play before hooking
it back for the stopping Lovren to
bravely nod beyond Begovic.
Jermain Defoe crashed an effort
against the post which prompted an
animated reaction from Klopp and
Liverpool responded with a flurry.
Salah toyed with home full-back
Charlie Daniels before cutting the
ball back on to his left foot, skipping
away from Ake and picking out the
far corner from six yards.
Liverpool were soon at it again in
the second half, Oxlade-Chamberlain
had already blasted a shot against
the post when Firmino extended
Liverpool’s lead in the 66th minute.
Coutinho worked his way into space
before sending in a teasing centre,
which Firmino glanced past Begovic.
Bournemouth now face a daunting
triple header with Chelsea, Manches-
NEWS
2-27
VOICES
14-18
TV
28-29
West Bromwich Albion
Foster
Hegazi
Nyom
Evans
Gibbs
Livermore Jacob Krychowiak
Burke
McClean
Rondon
BUSINESS SPORT
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47-55
i MONDAY
18 DECEMBER 2017
The
Sport
Matrix
ATHLETICS
IQ
30-39
The stories you
need to know
Lukaku
Rashford
Young
Herrera
Smalling
Coe sets no date for
Russia’s return
IAAF chief Sebastian Coe says
Russia has shown “significant
change” in its attitude to tackling
its doping scandal but refused
to set a deadline for the nation’s
return to world athletics after
a two-year absence. “They’re
moving in the right direction
and we’ve got some significant
change,” Coe told the BBC. “[Our]
task force will recommend to
the [IAAF] council when that
moment [of reintegration] is.”
Mata
Lingard
Matic
55
Valencia
Jones
De Gea
Manchester United
Substitutions: West Bromwich Albion Yacob (Barry,
45) Krychowiak (Brunt, 72) Burke (Rodriguez, 64);
Manchester United Valencia (Rojo, 66) Lingard
(McTominay, 86) Rashford (Martial, 79).
Booked: West Bromwich Albion Rondon; Manchester
United Rashford, Matic, Rojo.
Man of the match Lukaku. Match rating 5/10.
Possession: West Brom 43% Manchester Utd 57%.
Attempts on target: West Brom 5 Manchester Utd 3.
Referee Anthony Taylor (Manchester).
Attendance 24,782.
SAILING
EQUESTRIANISM
Gabart smashes
solo global record
Brash: GB squad
must get stronger
François Gabart has broken the
record for sailing around the
world alone, circumnavigating
the planet in 42 days and 16 hours
– more than six days inside the
record set last year by his fellow
Frenchman Thomas Coville. “It’s
a crazy pleasure ... all this human
energy,” Gabart said after dozens
of boats had gathered at the finish
line near Ouessant off France’s
western coast . “I’m a solitary
sailor but this is a pleasure.”
Former world No 1 Scott Brash
says “things have to happen” if
Britain are to reclaim a place at
showjumping’s top table. Brash,
who helped Britain take London
2012 team gold, was second
in the World Cup at London’s
Olympia yesterday, beaten by
43 hundredths of a second in
a jump-off by France’s Julien
Épaillard. “We need a stronger
squad, more horses and rider
combinations,” Brash said.
Romelu Lukaku heads home
Manchester United’s first goal at
the Hawthorns yesterday PA
helped Lingard to find the target. The
midfielder was teed up on the edge of
the area by a combination of Lukaku
and Juan Mata before hitting a shot
that struck Ahmed Hegazi and beat
goalkeeper Ben Foster.
There was an ill-tempered start to
the second half after Rashford went
down holding his face following minimal contact from the arm of Hegazi.
The United forward leapt up into
a head-to-head confrontation with
the Egyptian and was booked by ref-
eree Anthony Taylor. Yet that fiery
moment was hardly a sign of things
to come in a second half that died a
death as a spectacle.
United seemed content to settle for
a 2-0 victory while Albion lacked the
energy and craft to retain possession
or make anything from what little
of the ball they had. Yet with 13 minutes left came the first goal of Alan
Pardew’s reign to give the hosts hope.
Substitute Chris Brunt delivered a
corner that bounced in ugly fashion
around the goalmouth before Barry
poked home his first West Brom goal.
And a rousing finale to a tepid
game should have brought a second
Albion goal with five minutes remaining when Jay Rodriguez headed
wide of the near post before United
defender Marcos Rojo was spared
an embarrassing own goal when his
scuffed clearance went just wide.
“We were disappointed in the first
half and I think I picked the wrong
team,” said Pardew. THE INDEPENDENT
Bournemouth
Begovic
Smith
Francis
Ibe
Cook
Aké
Daniels
Surman
Pugh
King
Roberto Firmino and Mohamed Salah celebrate the former’s goal REUTERS
ter City and Tottenham between now
and Boxing Day.
Cherries manager Eddie Howe
said: “I do not want to play Liverpool
again any time soon. It was a tough
game. We were disappointing from
start to finish.” THE INDEPENDENT
Substitutions: Bournemouth King (Stanislas, 31) Pugh
(Fraser, 45) Cook (Daniels, 56); Liverpool Salah (Lallana,
71) Firmino (Solanke, 76) Coutinho (Ings, 87)
Booked: Bournemouth Ake; Liverpool None.
Man of the match Philippe Coutinho.
Match rating 8/10.
Possession: Home club 44% Away club 56%.
Attempts on target: Home club 2 Away club 7.
Referee A Marriner (West Midlands).
Attendance 10,780.
Wijnaldum
Salah
Firmino
Henderson
Robertson Klavan
OxladeChamberlain
Lovren
Mignolet
Liverpool
Brazilian World Cup winner Kaka has announced his retirement from
football. The 35-year-old won 92 caps for his country, scoring 29 goals,
and was a key part of the Brazil team that lifted the World Cup in 2002.
He made his debut for Sao Paulo in 2001 before moving to AC Milan
where he won the Serie A title. He joined Real Madrid in 2009 for €67m,
but injury limited his appearances in Spain. He spent the final three
seasons of his career with Orlando City in the US. He tweeted: “Father. It
was much more than I could ever [have] imagined. Thank you! I’m now
ready for the next journey. In Jesus’ name. Amen.”
RACING
Defoe
Coutinho
FOOTBALL
World Cup winner Kaka hangs up boots
GOmez
Douvan is done
for the season
Douvan, Ireland’s star two-mile
chaser, has suffered another
injury setback and is out for the
rest of the season.
Willie Mullins’ brilliant two-miler
has not run since he suffered a
stress fracture of the pelvis at the
Queen Mother Champion Chase
at last season’s Cheltenham
Festival.
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