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TUESDAY
19 DECEMBER 2017
May vows to
‘aim high’
on Brexit
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Wanted:
nurses and
doctors for
the NHS
» Health service facing record
number of staff vacancies
» Trust managers forced to
spend billions on agency staff
» Ageing population and huge
drop in recruitment from Europe
blamed for staffing crisis
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Don’t put a
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MY VIEW
Cheers
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Grace Dent
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Festive families
unwrapped
Astronomer’s
planetary advice
Rhodri Marsden on our
weird Christmas rituals P30
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The day at
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19
DECEMBER
Quote of the day
I shall not waste my days in
trying to prolong them
IAN FLEMING
Birthdays
Jake Gyllenhaal, actor, 37;
Lady Sovereign (below),
rapper, 32; Richard
Hammond, presenter, 48;
Gary Cahill, footballer, 32;
Limahl, pop singer, 59
Anniversaries
Friday 19 Dec 2003
Libya makes a surprise
announcement – that
it was to destroy its
arsenal of weapons of
mass destruction. The
government of Libyan
leader Muammar Gaddafi
also agreed to allow
weapons inspectors into
the country to oversee
the weapons’ elimination.
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Wealthier people take more pleasure
in career achievements than those
who are poorer, but the latter tend
to value their family and friends
more, research suggests. Wealth can
create “different kinds of happiness,”
said Paul Piff, of the University of
California at Irvine. PAGE 8
HEALTH
EDUCATION
MEDIA
ENVIRONMENT
Cancer screening
‘should be targeted’
Admissions system
‘favours rich pupils’
‘Guardian’ and BBC
sued over tax leaks
Lords back ban
on microbeads
Future screening for cervical
cancer should be more intensively
focused on women who are too old
to be vaccinated against the human
papillomavirus (HPV), researchers
have suggested. Jo’s Cervical
Cancer Trust said incidence is set to
increase among English women too
old to receive the jab.
Poorer teenagers are disadvantaged
by the current university application
system as it relies heavily on
predicted grades and personal
statements, a study suggests. They
are less likely to get help preparing
statements – and more likely to be
predicted A-level grades lower than
they achieve, the Sutton Trust says.
The Guardian and the BBC are being
sued by law firm Appleby for breach
of confidence over their reporting of
leaked documents detailing offshore
tax-avoidance schemes known as the
Paradise Papers. The Guardian and
the BBC said they would launch a
vigorous defence of what was “in the
highest public interest”.
Peers have backed a ban in England
on the tiny plastic pieces known as
microbeads being used in toiletries,
in an effort to halt plastic waste
entering the seas. Introducing
regulations on the ban, environment
minister Lord Gardiner of Kimble
said up to 12m tonnes of plastic were
entering the oceans every year.
PEOPLE
MUSIC
TELEVISION
ITALY
Mother jailed in Iran
‘may be home soon’
Sheeran vs Sheeran
in the race for No 1
‘Strictly’ ratings just
fabulous, darling
Populist candidate
wants to drop euro
There is “still a chance” that
Nazanin Zaghari-Ratcliffe will be
home in time for Christmas, the
husband of the jailed British
mother being held in Iran believes.
Richard Ratcliffe, from Hampstead,
north London, said he plans for the
three of them to go and buy a tree on
Christmas Eve. PAGE 9
Ed Sheeran is in line to score the
Christmas No 1 this year, but is
facing competition from Eminem.
The singer-songwriter’s “Perfect”,
featuring Beyoncé, is set for pole
position after topping the chart last
week. The Official Charts Company
said Eminem’s “River” – on which
Sheeran sings – was hot on its heels.
The final of Strictly Come Dancing
achieved 2017’s highest overnight
ratings. A total of 11.6 million viewers
tuned in to watch as Joe McFadden
was crowned the winner. The
consolidated average audience for
the BBC series so far is 11.1 million,
meaning it is on track to become
Strictly’s most popular year to date.
Italy’s populist candidate for
president said he would back an
Italian exit from the eurozone if it
were proposed in a “last resort”
referendum. Luigi Di Maio, a 5-Star
Movement MP, hopes negotiations
with Brussels, if his party comes to
power, would lead to changes in the
eurozone rules.
Biggest importers of Champagne (75cl bottles)
The List
Great walks if you
don’t mind mud
It appears Britain is a nation of
mud-dodgers when it comes to
the great outdoors. According
to research for Kärcher,
which manufactures cleaning
equipment, the threat of getting
dirty deterred 70 per cent of
people from the likes of cycling,
running and rambling. For those
with a more robust attitude to
dirt, here are some of the UK’s top
muddiest walks and bike rides:
1 Blakeney Point Coastal Walk,
Blakeney, Norfolk
2 The Chase Walk, Cannock Chase,
Staffordshire
3 Holme Styes Reservoir,
West Yorkshire
4 Wester Ross, Scottish Highlands
5 Tryfan, Snowdonia
6 South Downs Way, Sussex
7 Pembrokeshire Coast Path, Wales
8 Dalby Forest, North Yorkshire
9 Lluest-wen Reservoir,
South Wales
10 Honister Pass, Cumbria
11 Bessie’s Hill, Eskdalemuir,
Scotland
12 Cullingworth Circular,
Calderdale
Newspapers support recycling
The recycled content of UK
newspapers in 2015 was 71%
31.2m
CONSUMER
TUESDAY
Wealth ‘affects’ how
family is valued
Corking
Christmas
The UK has the biggest
thirst for fizz with
31.2 million bottles of
French Champagne
imported in 2016.
Today is set to be the
UK’s busiest
wine-sales day of the
year. According to
online wine retailer
Laithwaite’s, they
expect Britons to buy
more than 60,000
bottles of Champagne
from them this week.
WORDS: JANE CLINTON
21.8m
12.5m
UK
United States
11.0m
Germany
8.3m
Japan
Belgium
Top of the Pops
Top 5 for sound and
distance (average rating)
Champagne Lefebvre
Réserve Brut
Sound of pop
(decibels)
Distance travelled
(metres)
107.3
14
Windsor Great Park
Vineyard (English sparkling) 108
Wyfold Vineyard Brut
(English sparkling)
103.7
Roche Lacour
(French sparkling)
107.1
Champagne Laithwaite
1er Cru (English sparkling)
100
11.1
Price
£16.99
£34.99
13.3
9.8
11.4
£33.00
£12.99
£23.99
SOURCE: COMITE CHAMPAGNE, LAITHWAITES
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CULTURE
RIGHT REVEREND SARAH MULLALLY,
BISHOP OF LONDON
Oliver Duff
Black Mirror creator Charlie Brooker
has said he finds it ”weird” how
many real events his dystopian sci-fi
series has predicted. The writer does
not look at the news for ideas but
inadvertently forecasts real life. “The
ideas come out of unpleasant but
darkly amusing ‘what if’ scenarios
and there’s no shortage of those.”
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BANGLADESH
A crush as hundreds of people
rushed to a Bangladeshi community
centre prayer meeting to get free
food packets killed at least 10 and
injured more than 50 yesterday.
The family of a former mayor in the
southern port city of Chittagong had
organised the service and offered the
food packets in his memory.
GREECE
What are her credentials?
As well as being a priest since
2002, she spent 35 years
working for the NHS and
was chief nursing officer for
England from 1999 to 2004. She
was made a dame for services
to nursing in 2005.
What has she to say?
“I prefer to think that I have
always had one vocation: to
follow Jesus Christ, to know
Him and to make Him known,
always seeking to live with
compassion in the service of
others, whether as a nurse, a
priest, or a bishop.”
She said it was a “great
honour” to be nominated to
the See of London. “Having
lived and worked in London for
more than 32 years, the thought
of returning here is about
returning home,” she said.
Was it a surprise?
It has been seen as a
progressive and controversial
move by a church still grappling
with the issue of women’s
ordination, which was approved
three year ago. The Archbishop
of Canterbury Justin Welby
welcomed the announcement.
He said: “As one of the first
women consecrated as a bishop
in the Church of England, she
has not only blazed a trail
for others but lived out the
principles of mutual flourishing
and acceptance which I know
will continue to bear fruit.”
Pete Broadbent, acting
Bishop of London, said the new
bishop has “a commitment to
collaborative working”.
Not everyone was pleased.
Although the diocese of London
is one of the few areas in
Britain where churchgoing is
on the rise, it has an influential
conservative membership, who
strongly oppose female priests.
The Rt Rev Mullally was
conciliatory towards those
likely to oppose it.
“I am aware that, for some,
the appointment of a woman
as a bishop will be difficult. I am
very respectful of those who,
for theological reasons, cannot
accept my role as a priest or as
a bishop.”
Pascale Hughes
People smuggler
jailed for 1,489 years
A court in Greece has jailed 23
people to terms up to 1,489 years for
smuggling refugees into the country
from the Turkish border in 2015 and
2016. The court imposed the longest
sentence on a 54-year-old man
convicted of running a smuggling
ring. The maximum term that can be
served in Greece is 25 years.
SAUDI ARABIA
Women permitted
to ride motorcycles
Saudi Arabian women will not only
be allowed to drive cars for the first
time next summer, they will also
be able to ride motorcycles and
drive trucks. In September, King
Salman ordered the end to the
kingdom’s ban on women drivers,
a conservative tradition seen as an
emblem of women’s suppression.
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A hungry child cannot
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Of course, it shouldn’t
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Letter from
the Editor
Life imitates sci-fi
writer’s scenarios
At least 10 killed in
free food stampede
A new Bishop of London?
Although the diocese of London
has been overseen by 132
bishops, the Right Reverend
Sarah Mullally is the first
woman. The appointment
makes her the third woman
bishop appointed by the Church
of England. It is the third most
important bishopric in the UK,
after Canterbury and York,
which have archbishops.
Once she has been installed
at St Paul’s Cathedral in the new
year, she will take up a seat in
the House of Lords reserved
for the Bishop of London. She
succeeds Richard Chartres, who
retired earlier this year.
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19 DECEMBER 2017
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NEWS
SECURITY
US military opens fire after
man drives on to RAF base
By Sam Russell
A man is being questioned by police
last night after a disturbance at an
RAF base during which shots were
fired by US service personnel.
The 44-year-old British man was
apprehended at RAF Mildenhall
and is being held by Suffolk Police
on suspicion of criminal trespass.
The incident is not being treated as
terrorism.
Superintendent Kim Warner, of
Suffolk Police, said a vehicle failed
to follow security directions at the
entrance and drove on to the base.
There was a “short pursuit” and
the vehicle was stopped by US security services, he said. The man, who
suffered cuts and bruises, has been
A 44-year-old man was arrested after a pursuit at RAF Mildenhall REUTERS
taken into custody and police are not
looking for anyone else on the site in
relation to the incident. There were
initial reports of a car being rammed
into a checkpoint, but Mr Warner
said he was “unaware of any damage
to the base itself”.
He said the vehicle was brought to
a halt close to a US plane, an Osprey,
and it was not thought there was “any
significant damage” to the vehicle or
the aircraft. There was “no obvious
motive at this stage”, he added.
The base, used by the US Air Force,
was put on lockdown at 1.40pm yesterday. Mr Warner said there would
be an internal investigation.
POLITICS
Women ‘earn less
in all Whitehall
departments’
By Andrew Woodcock
Women earn less than men in
every government department in
Whitehall, according to new figures.
And the Department for Transport
is the worst offender with the widest
gender pay gap in Whitehall, figures
show. Men are paid 16.9 per cent
more on average than women in the
department, while their bonuses are
also 25.2 per cent higher.
It is the first time government
departmentswererequiredtopublish
the details under rules imposed by
Theresa May this year which made it
statutory for organisations with 250
or more employees to report their
pay gap annually.
The figures indicate men tend to
be in higher-ranking posts, rather
than women being paid less for doing
the same job, which would be illegal
under the Equalities Act 2010.
The DfT’s top civil servant,
Permanent Secretary Bernadette
Kelly, said she was “confident” there
was “equal treatment for work
of equal or similar value” in her
department. She blamed the wide
gap in pay on the fact that transport
has traditionally been “a very maledominated environment”.
Other ministries with large pay
gaps included the Department for
Exiting the EU (men earning 15.26
per cent more), Department of
Health (14.2), Ministry of Defence
(12.5 for civil servants), Department
for Business, Energy and Industrial
Strategy (12), Department for
Environment, Food and Rural Affairs
(11.5), Foreign Office (10.6) and Home
Office (10.1).
The smallest gap was in Karen
Bradley’s Department for Digital,
Culture, Media and Sport, at 3.3
per cent.
The Cabinet Secretary, Sir Jeremy
Heywood, said: “Building a diverse
and inclusive workforce that reflects
the people we serve is one of my
top priorities as head of the civil
service. I am pleased to say that the
overall civil service gender pay gap
is narrowing, although it is still a
matter of concern... I am committed
to improving the gender balance.”
The Civil Service gender
pay gap fell from 13.6 per
cent in 2016 to 12.7 per cent in
2017, below the overall UK figure
of 18.4 per cent.
CONSUMER
Ikea faces €1bn bill for unpaid tax
By Leo Cendrowicz
IN BRUSSELS
Ikea could be forced to pay back ¤1bn
(£880m) in unpaid taxes to the Netherlands in the wake of a new investigation opened by EU regulators. The
furniture retailer is the latest target
in an crackdown on the sweetheart
tax avoidance deals that national governments offer to lure multinational
corporations to their countries.
EU Competition Commissioner
Margrethe Vestager said the Dutch
government may have given Ikea
unfair tax advantages. All firms
“should pay their fair share of tax”,
she said. “Member states cannot
let selected companies pay less tax
by allowing them to artificially shift
their profits elsewhere.”
Founded in Sweden but now
headquartered in the Netherlands,
Ikea may have avoided paying around
€1bn in tax from income from stores
from 2009 to 2014. Under EU law,
governments cannot give businesses
selective tax benefits that are not
available to other firms.
Ikea is network of companies split
between Ikea Group, the retailer, and
Inter Ikea Group, which owns the
brand and intellectual property, and
operates the franchise businesses.
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i TUESDAY
19 DECEMBER 2017
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HEALTH
‘Far too long’: 40
days for cancer
diagnosis
By Ella Pickover
Ancient
lament for
modern ills
An installation depicting live-streamed stock exchange
data accompanied by an ancient Greek lament has
opened to the public at Tate Modern.
The Way Earthly Things Are Going, by the Nigerian artist
Emeka Ogboh, fills the entire 25m circumference of the
London gallery’s underground Tank space. Ogboh said
his work was a response to the Greek economic collapse
that “engages with issues such as migration and the
international financial crisis”. It is on display for the first
time in the UK after its debut in Athens. PHILIP TOSCANO/PA
The median time for a patient in
England to be diagnosed with cancer
is 40 days, according to a study.
Health officials have set a target for
all cancer patients to be diagnosed
within 28 days by 2020.
In 2014 the median number of days
from first relevant presentation to
the date of diagnosis was 40 days,
according to research published in
the British Journal of General Practice.
R e s e a rc h e r s , l e d by Ru t h
Swann, senior analyst for Public
Health England’s National Cancer
Registration and Analysis Service,
examined data on more than 17,000
patients diagnosed with cancer in
2014. Patients with breast cancer
had the shortest time to diagnosis,
waiting a median of 14 days. Those
with prostate cancer had a median
time to diagnosis of 55.5 days.
Dr Jodie Moffat, from Cancer
Research UK, said: “Too many
patients have waited far too long for
diagnostic tests or getting the results
back. This must change.”
An NHS England spokesman said:
“Last year, over 1.7 million people
were urgently referred by their GP,
half a million more than three years
ago when the data in this report
were collected.”
HEALTH
NHS ‘spends £3bn a year hiring stop-gap
staff to plug 100,000 unfilled vacancies’
By Cahal Milmo
CHIEF REPORTER
The health service is facing a workforce crisis with more than 100,000
vacancies, forcing trusts to plough
billions into paying agency staff and
creating a “threat to patient safety”,
research suggests.
Hospitals and other NHS facilities
in England have unfilled vacancies
for more than 42,000 nurses and
11,000 doctors as the health service
seeks to cope with ever-growing demand, figures obtained under Freedom of Information rules show.
Labour claimed last night the figures were evidence of a crisis in the
NHS as it struggles to keep pace
with population changes which have
seen the number of over-65s in England rise by a fifth in a decade.
Managers have been spending up
to £3bn a year to hire stop-gap agency staff to fill roles, with specialist
and non-medical posts also affected.
Shadow Health Secretary Jonathan Ashworth, who compiled the data,
said: “Trusts are having to spend
£3bn a year on temporary staff to
plug the gaps, meaning money that
should be going to frontline services
is going on agency fees instead.
“There is now an urgent need for a
Adult acute nursing
vacancies by area
South London
15.7%
North, Central and East London
15.1%
Kent, Surrey and Sussex
14.4%
East of England
13.4%
West Midlands
11.5%
Thames Valley
11.5%
England (national average) 11.1%
North West London
10.8%
East Midlands
10.1%
Yorkshire and the Humber 9.3%
North West
8.9%
South West
8.7%
Wessex
8.1%
North East
8%
Source - Health Education England March 2016
sustainable, fully-funded plan to get
the right numbers of staff in place to
keep patients safe.”
With the number of nurses and
midwives coming to work in Britain
from Europe dropping by nearly 90
per cent since the EU referendum,
Labour said it had calculated the
number of full-time equivalent vacancies in the NHS in England stood
at 100,517 across 229 trusts. The
figure was extrapolated from FOI
data showing 35,993 vacancies at 82
trusts. It is believed to be the first
time that the suggested vacancy figure, including non-clinical staff, has
exceeded 100,000.
The estimated number of unfilled
hospital and community doctor
posts has also gone past 10,000.
The Department of Health last
night acknowledged the existence of
80,000 clinical vacancies.
Health Education England, which
oversees the overall recruitment
strategy of the health service, acknowledged last week that “each
vacancy represents pressure on the
system”, with more than half of NHS
staff working unpaid overtime.
In a report, it revealed the NHS
will need 190,000 new staff by 2027
to meet the demands of an increasing – and ageing – population.
HEE warned that at the current
pace, only 72,000 extra posts would
be filled in that time. It put forward a
recruitment plan to boost numbers.
The body said in-patient satisfaction with the NHS in England was at
its highest for two decades, with 69
per cent saying they received good
care, compared with 57 per cent in
France and 59 per cent in Germany.
But it admitted staff were under
strain. “Over half of NHS staff work
unpaid overtime every week and a
significant minority say they did not
feel able to deliver the care they aspired to,” its report read.
“While the workforce has grown,
it has not kept up with demand.”
However, the Department of Health
said: “The truth is that latest NHS
Digital figures show there are over
32,300 more professionally qualified
clinical staff working in the NHS
since 2010, and we are increasing
training places for doctors and nurses by 25 per cent.”
Q&A Shortfall needs more than temporary fix
What do the vacancy figures mean?
The figures do not equate with
the NHS in England having
100,000 missing staff but the
health service is spending up to
£3bn a year to fill most vacant roles
with temporary staff.
The Government insists there
is no effect on patient safety.
However, it is expensive and existing
staff are under strain, and critics
say the money would be better
spent elsewhere.
Why are there so many vacancies?
The main issue is that, like many
other Western countries, the UK
has an ageing population, with
massive implications for the NHS.
It is expected that one million extra
people will have dementia by 2021
compared to a decade ago. The NHS
has been recruiting – but nowhere
near fast enough.
Is Brexit a factor?
Uncertainty around Brexit has not
helped. Last month, the Nursing
and Midwifery Council revealed
there was an 89 per cent drop in
the number of new recruits coming
from Europe and a 67 per cent rise in
European staff leaving the NHS. But
the same figures showed an 11 per
cent rise in UK staff departing.
What is being done?
Health Education England, a
Government agency, has put forward
a recruitment strategy which
includes a plan to improve the supply
of staff from within the UK.
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NEWS
GRENFELL TOWER
High-rise building regulations ‘not fit for purpose’
By Jack Hardy
The Government has pledged to
overhaul building regulations after
a review prompted by the Grenfell
Tower fire flagged up “systemic
failure”. Current rules concerning
the construction and maintenance
of high-rise blocks were said to be
“not fit for purpose” and left room
for people to cut corners.
Dame Judith Hackitt, leading the
probe, said a change in culture was
needed to ensure safety is prioritised over costs in the construction
industry. Her interim report, along
with recommendations, were accepted by the Communities Secretary Sajid Javid.
The report said: “Many of the
findings to date clearly identify
the need for a major cultural shift
across all of those who are part of
the system within the construction,
operation and maintenance of complex and high-risk buildings.
“The focus must shift from
achieving lowest cost to providing
buildings which are safe and fit for
people to live in for years to come.”
She claimed the building trade
suffered from competency issues
and proper accreditation was needed for those overseeing fire safety in
the construction and maintenance
of all high-rise buildings.
Divisions in the Brexit Cabinet
Hard-line
Brexiteers
Boris Johnson
David Davis
Foreign Secretary
Insists that Britain can
play a positive role
freed from being an
EU ‘vassal state’.
Brexit Secretary
A long-standing
Eurosceptic who has
argued the UK will be
better off outside the
bloc.
Philip Hammond
Amber Rudd
Pro-soft Brexit
Chancellor
Believes it is in the
UK’s economic interest
to maintain as close a
relationship with the
EU as possible.
Home Secretary
Views moves to leave
the EU with gloom.
Was prominent in the
Remain campaign.
POLITICS
May remains
defiant over
post-Brexit trade
deal with EU
By Nigel Morris
POLITICAL EDITOR
Theresa May told senior ministers
that she was determined to “aim
high” in negotiations over the postBrexit trade deal that Britain will attempt to hammer out with Brussels.
She hit back at the European Union
after its chief negotiator, Michel
Barnier, insisted that the UK would
not be allowed to “cherry pick” the
advantages of the different trading
models already in existence.
Mrs May struck her defiant note
as the 10-strong Brexit “war cabinet”
discussed the eventual trade deal
that it hopes will emerge in the
second phase of talks to be launched
next month with Brussels.
There was broad agreement that
Britain should argue for a bespoke
trade deal combining the access of
a Norwegian-style trade agreement
and the flexibility of a Canada-style
free-trade deal.
However, her top team is divided
between “divergers” such as Boris
Johnson and Michael Gove, who
favour breaking from EU regulations,
and “aligners” including Philip
Hammond and Amber Rudd, who
want to prioritise access to the single
market to help British industry.
No clear conclusion is expected
until the new year, but a possible
“gradual divergence” compromise
position is emerging under which
the UK attempts to strike a balance
between leaving EU rules and
Masked anti-Brexit demonstrators
protest outside the Houses of
Parliament yesterday AFP/GETTY
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AGRICULTURE
Michael Gove
Environment
Secretary
Regarded as the
intellectual guru of
the anti-EU ministers.
Liam Fox
International Trade
Secretary
Most hardline of the
Brexiteers, he says he
does not fear a ‘no
deal’ outcome.
Gavin Williamson
Defence Secretary
By instinct a Leaver, he
supported Remain out
of loyalty to David
Cameron.
In the middle
Damian Green
First Secretary of State
So committed to EU
membership that he
was on the board of
the Stronger In
campaign.
Greg Clark
Business Secretary
Arguing to maintain
close ties with the
world’s biggest
free-trade zone.
maintaining access to the bloc.
Sources said that pro-Brexiteers
believed that the argument moved
in their direction during the meeting,
although no consensus was reached.
The session will be followed by
a meeting of the full Cabinet today
at which Mrs May will canvass
ministers’ opinions over the shape of
future EU-UK trading arrangements.
Mrs May’s official spokesman
dismissed Mr Barnier’s intervention,
repeating her commitment to
pursue a bespoke trade deal distinct
from either the Norwegian or
Canadian models.
He said: “We believe we can secure
an ambitious deal with the EU
that works for the UK and for the
European Union and that we come at
this from a unique perspective in the
sense that we already have a strong
relationship with the European
Union from which to build upon.”
But Jeremy Corbyn, the Labour
leader, called for a change of tack by
the Government in the second round
of talks with the EU. Accusing Mrs
May of mishandling the first phase of
negotiations, Mr Corbyn blamed the
“vagueness” of last week’s agreement
with Brussels on the “sharp divisions
in the Cabinet”.
The Labour MP Peter Kyle said:
“As ministers squabble among
themselves, people are right to keep
an open mind about whether this is
the right future for our country.”
The UK leaves the EU in
March 2019, but before the
final “end state” is reached, the
Government wants a temporary
“implementation period” of two
years with, Mrs May said, “access
to markets” to continue “as now”.
Theresa May
Prime Minister
A ‘reluctant Remainer’
in the referendum, she
is trying to bridge the
Cabinet’s divides.
EMPLOYMENT
No guarantees
on working time
limit after 2019
By Rob Merrick
Theresa May has repeatedly
refused to guarantee that EU
rules to limit the working week to
48 hours will survive Brexit.
Labour MPs lined up to
demand answers on whether
the restrictions would be kept,
amid suggestions that pro-Brexit
ministers want to abandon them.
In reply, the Prime Minister
said the working time directive,
which has operated in the UK
since 2003, would be pasted on to
the UK statute book before Brexit
day in 2019. But, on the plans after
2019, she would only say she was
committed to “maintaining and
enhancing workers’ rights” in
general. Jeremy Corbyn urged
her to “face down” ministers
who he accused of planning to
“deregulate our economy” in a
“race to the bottom”.
In her statement, which
followed the EU agreeing the
negotiations can move on to
phase two, Mrs May argued
the country was now “well on
our way to delivering a smooth
and orderly Brexit”. The Prime
Minister’s official spokesman
reiterated her commitment to
“maintaining and where possible
enhancing workers’ rights” as
senior ministers began thrashing
out plans for a post-Brexit UK-EU
trade deal. THE INDEPENDENT.
UK ‘could break
EU’s farming
rules after 2019’
By Nigel Morris
POLITICAL EDITOR
Britain could attempt to break with
European Union rules on fishing
and farming during the post-Brexit
transition period, Theresa May has
told MPs.
The move could create fresh
conflict with Brussels, which
has stressed that the UK should
stick to the status quo in its
relationship with the EU during
that two-year period.
To the surprise of MPs, the Prime
Minister said: “We will be leaving
the European Union on March 29
2019. We will therefore be leaving
the Common Fisheries Policy and
the Common Agricultural Policy at
that date.
“The relationship we have on both
those issues continuing through
the implementation period with the
European Union will be part of the
negotiation of that period which will
start very soon.”
Mrs May added: “Leaving the
CFP and leaving the CAP give
us the opportunity to actually
introduce arrangements that work
for the United Kingdom.”
She said that Michael Gove,
the Environment Secretary, was
already discussing with agriculture
and farming leaders arrangements
for their industries after Brexit.
One immediate question after
Brexit will be whether Britain
participates in the system under
which annual fishing quotas are set
every December.
However, the significance of Mrs
May’s remarks was played down
by Whitehall sources, who said
Britain would formally leave all EU
institutions in 2019 but wanted to
avoid disruption to business during
the transitional period.
Tim Farron, former Liberal
Democrat leader, said: “The
Government is going to sacrifice
the family farm and cripple
British farming if they switch off
the Common Agricultural Policy
without a plan to replace it.”
He added: “This is putting
ideology first and our farmers
last. How can we leave the CAP
while following EU rules through
any transition?
“Britain has a strong and
proud farming heritage, and the
Government will be putting that
at risk.”
The Scottish Fishermen’s
Federation welcomed the
comments, saying: “We must
never again let other countries
decide how much of our fish in our
waters we’re allowed to catch.”
MEDIA
POLITICS
Tackle editors
on MP abuse,
urges Harman
PM: We will not
betray people
with second vote
By Jon Vale
By Dan O’Donohue
A leading Labour MP has urged
Home Secretary Amber Rudd to
“call in” the editors of two national
newspapers amid concerns over
abuse of MPs.
Harriet Harman (inset) said the
Daily Mail and The Daily Telegraph
were part of a “toxic triangle” of
abuse over Brexit. A number of
Tory MPs who rebelled over
Brexit spoke out about the
attacks they suffered following the newspapers’
coverage of the event.
Ms Rudd said the
real issue was online
abuse. But Ms Harman
said: “When in other
countries MPs are threatened with violence because
of how they’re voting, we call that
tyranny, we call that fascism – but
that is what is happening here.
“As well as commending the bravery of her honourable friends, is Ms
Rudd going to be brave herself?
“Is she going to call in the editors
of the Mail and the Telegraph?”
A second referendum on
Britain’s membership of the EU
would be a “betrayal”, Theresa
May has told MPs.
Mrs May poured scorn on
“conflicting statements” from
Labour on a second vote, saying
the approach was “the best way
to get the worst deal”.
Labour appeared at
odds after deputy
leader Tom Watson
said “you shouldn’t
rule anything out”
while shadow Home
Secretary Diane
Abbott said “the
Labour Party doesn’t
support a second
referendum”.
Mrs May said: “The best way
to get the worst deal would be to
suggest that we agree to a second
referendum. It would actually
be betraying the British people.
This Parliament gave them the
vote and it is up to us to deliver
on the result of that vote.”
The EU chief Brexit negotiator Michel
Barnier has ruled out a bespoke deal
BREXIT
Barnier’s
trade claim
‘manifestly
absurd’
By Benjamin Butterworth
Claims by the EU’s chief Brexit
negotiator Michel Barnier that the
UK will not get a bespoke trade
deal with Brussels are “manifestly
absurd”, a former minister has said.
Lord Maude of Horsham branded
as “unhelpful” comments made by
Mr Barnier in which he warned that
the bloc “won’t mix up the various
scenarios to create a specific one and
accommodate their wishes”.
The Conservative peer argued
that every trade agreement the EU
had reached with a third country
was bespoke. He also underlined the
importance of “serious goodwill” in
ensuring effective collaboration on
security and intelligence.
Last night Mr Barnier said Britain
cannot have a special deal for the
City of London. Mr Barnier said it
was unavoidable that British banks
and financial firms would lose the
passports that allow them to trade
freely in the EU, as a result of any
decision to quit the single market.
“There is no place [for financial
services]. There is not a single trade
agreement that is open to financial
services. It doesn’t exist.” He said
the outcome was a consequence of
“the red lines that the British have
chosen themselves. In leaving the
single market, they lose the financial
services passport,” he said.
Mr Barnier said he believed a trade
deal could be agreed within a twoyear transition period, but would
have to be ratified by more than 35
national and regional parliaments.
The UK could not stop Brexit
unilaterally, he claimed, arguing that
overturning the decision to leave
would require the consent of 27 EU
member states.
He said the next key moment
would be an EU summit in midMarch, when EU leaders are due to
sign off guidelines that will lay out red
lines and hopes for the future. “I hope
very much that we will have a clear
position from the British government
by this time.”
British Government sources
claimed ministers had been holding
a series of meetings with each EU
member state, and felt confident that
many countries dependent on trade
with Britain would be making the
case internally for a close agreement.
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SOCIETY
Videos posted by
Britain First deputy
Jayda Fransen
(pictured with leader
Paul Golding) were
retweeted by Donald
Trump GETTY
There’s a wealth gap
when it comes to
judging happiness
By Tom Bawden
SCIENCE CORRESPONDENT
We all know that money can’t buy
you love – but surely it goes a long
way to making us happy? Yes and no,
according to a study.
As a general rule, wealthier people
appear to take greater pleasure
in their career achievements, but
those who are poorer tend to value
their family and friends more, US
researchers have found.
“Our findings indicate that wealth
is not unequivocally associated with
happiness. Instead it seems that your
wealth predisposes you to different
kinds of happiness,” said Paul Piff, an
assistant professor of psychology and
social behaviour of the University of
California at Irvine. “While wealthier
People at the higher end
of the socioeconomic
spectrum reported feeling more
emotions focusing on themselves
– such as contentment and pride.
individuals may find greater
positivity in their accomplishments,
status and individual achievements,
less wealthy individuals seem to find
more positivity and happiness in
their relationships and their ability
to care for and connect with others.”
Dr Piff said it may be that higherincome people have a greater desire
for independence and self-sufficiency.
But people with lower incomes rely
more heavily on bonding with other
people to help cope with having less
money, he suggested.
The study, published in the journal
Emotion, involved 1,519 people.
Participants were asked about
their tendency to experience seven
emotions considered to comprise
the core of happiness: amusement,
awe, compassion, contentment,
enthusiasm, love and pride.
Individuals at the lower end of
the income scale were more likely
to experience emotions that focus
on others, such as compassion and
love. Poorer individuals also reported
experiencing more awe and beauty in
the world around them.
SOCIAL MEDIA
Twitter suspends accounts of Britain First leaders
By Jane Clinton
Twitter has suspended the accounts
of two members of a British farright group.
Paul Golding, leader of Britain First, and his deputy, Jayda
Fransen, can no longer tweet and
their past posts no longer appear.
The organisation’s official Twitter
page has also been suspended.
Three of Ms Fransen’s posts that
had featured anti-Muslim videos
were retweeted by President Donald Trump in November in a move
that was widely criticised. Theresa
May said Mr Trump’s actions had
been “wrong”. Those retweeted
posts have now gone from Mr
Trump’s feed following the suspension of Ms Fransen’s account.
The ban of the two far-right members comes as Twitter has revised
its rules on hate speech.
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Is there space for
three planets
on top of your
Christmas tree?
In homes up and down the country, it
will be a star that takes pride of place
atop the Christmas tree.
But an astronomer has said that we
should replace this adornment with
a decoration of planets including
Jupiter and Saturn instead.
Dr Aleks Scholz, the director
of the observatory at St Andrews
University in Fife, has examined
many stories about the mystery of
the Star of Bethlehem and suggests
that the “star” which guided the
Three Wise Men to the infant
Jesus in his lowly cattle shed was
more likely to be multiple planets
standing close together, known as a
planetary conjunction.
In many depictions over the ages,
the Star of Bethlehem looks like a
comet. But there are many reasons
to doubt that comets led the wise
men to Bethlehem.
Firstly, comets do not look like
stars and Halley’s Comet – the most
obvious candidate – appeared in the
sky in 12BC, several years before the
plausible birth date of Jesus.
In addition, comets were seen as
harbingers of doom and the birth of
Jesus was a joyful event.
Another theory suggests that the
Star of Bethlehem was actually a new
star in the sky, a nova or a supernova.
But there are no independent records
of a bright supernova at this period.
Jailed British
mother ‘may
return home
this week’
By Catherine Wylie
While today we observe these objects
routinely, at that time people would
not have known how to read them.
Instead, it seems more likely that a
planetary conjunction was the “star”.
According to Dr Scholz, in about
7BC Jupiter and Saturn met three
times. One year later, Jupiter and
Saturn were joined by Mars. Then
between 3BC and 2BC, there was a
sequence of conjunctions: Saturn
with Mercury, Saturn with Venus,
Venus with Jupiter, and Venus with
Mercury. Then followed another
conjunction of Jupiter with Venus,
when they got so close that they
appeared as one to the human eye.
At about the same time, Jupiter,
known as the “planet of the kings”,
was dancing around the bright star
Regular, the “star of the kings”.
Dr Scholz suggests that this
spectacle of planets happened at
about the right time and may be the
real source of the “star” story after
all. As a reminder, he recommends
replacing the bright stars on top of
Christmas trees with triple planets.
Among Jehovah’s
Witnesses, the Star of
Bethlehem is seen as a product
of Satan since the star led the
astrologers to Jerusalem where
they met King Herod, who wanted
to kill Jesus.
Pictures of Richard Ratcliffe and his wife Nazanin Zaghari-Ratcliffe, who has
been jailed in Iran for five years, on display at their home in Hampstead PA
The husband of Nazanin ZaghariRatcliffe, the British-Iranian
mother jailed in Iran, believes
there is “still a chance” she may
be released in time for a dream
Christmas together.
Richard Ratcliffe said that
his wife, who was arrested in
2016 during a holiday visit to
show their daughter, Gabriella,
to her parents, imagines her
homecoming clearly.
Mr Ratcliffe, from Hampstead,
north London, has not lost hope
of having his wife and daughter
home by 25 December. He said he
plans for them to buy a tree on
Christmas Eve.
“It feels like there’s still a
chance. It certainly feels [like] it’s
important for me to say that to
Nazanin, to keep that hope alive,”
he added. “There’s not much hint
of Christmas around the house
just yet. It’s all on hold. I’ve seen
where we’re going to buy the
Christmas tree.”
Ms Zaghari-Ratcliffe is
serving a five-year sentence over
allegations, which she denies,
of plotting to overthrow the
Tehran government.
The Foreign Secretary,
Boris Johnson, has said he
had “worthwhile” discussions
concerning Ms Zaghari-Ratcliffe
and other British-Iranian dual
nationals being held in Iran when
he visited Iran this month. He
believed his messages had been
received and understood.
PSYCHOLOGY
EDUCATION
Practising mindfulness ‘can
lower students’ exam stress’
Parents given say on school sex lessons
By Jane Clinton
Parents are being asked what their
children should be taught in school
sex and relationship lessons.
The Government said it wanted
mothers and fathers, as well as
teachers and young people, to give
their views on what should be in a
new curriculum on the subject.
Education Secretary Justine
Greening announced earlier this
year that sex and relationships edu-
Mindfulness training could help reduce students’ stress during exams,
according to a study.
The trial at the University of Cambridge looked at 616 students in two
groups. Both were offered access to
the university’s counselling services.
Half were also offered a Mindfulness Skills for Students course,
comprising eight weekly face-to-face
sessions based on the course book
Mindfulness: A Practical Guide to Finding Peace in a Frantic World, adapted
for university students.
This group started with eightminute daily meditation, rising to
about 15 to 25 minutes a day, and engaged in other mindfulness practices
such as mindful walking and eating.
The research, published in The
Lancet Public Health, found that the
mindfulness course led to lower distress scores during the exam term
compared with students who received only the usual support.
Students using the technique became
less anxious during their exams PA
Mindfulness participants were a
third less likely than others to have
scores that would commonly merit
mental health support. Distress
scores for the mindfulness group
during exam time also fell below their
baselines levels, whereas the students who received the standard support became increasingly stressed as
the academic year progressed.
“This is, to the best of our knowledge, the most robust study to date
to assess mindfulness training for
students,” said the study leader, Dr
Julieta Galante.
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SCIENCE
By Jane Clinton
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cation is to be made compulsory in
all of England’s schools.
Statutory guidance on the subject
is being updated, amid concerns
that the current advice is out of date
and fails to address modern issues
such as cyber bullying, sexting and
online safety.
The Department for Education is
today launching an eight-week call
for evidence, asking for views on
age-appropriate content on topics to
be included in sex and relationships
education, including mental wellbeing and LGBT issues.
Ms Greening said: “It is unacceptable that relationships and sex
education guidance has not been updated for almost 20 years, especially
given the online risks our children
and young people face.”
Relationships education is
now compulsory in all primary
schools, while sex and relationships
education is compulsory in councilrun secondaries.
HEALTH
Higher rates of type 2 diabetes linked to social isolation
By Jennifer Cockerell
Social participation in clubs and
groups has been linked to a lower
risk of diabetes.
A study found that socially isolated individuals were diagnosed with
type 2 diabetes more often than indi-
viduals with larger social networks.
A lack of participation in clubs or
other social groups was associated
with 60 per cent higher odds of prediabetes and 112 per cent higher
odds of type 2 diabetes in women
compared with those with normal
glucose metabolism. In men, lack of
social participation was associated
with 42 per cent higher odds of type
2 diabetes, the research in the Netherlands found. Men living alone was
associated with 94 per cent higher
odds of type 2 diabetes.
The study is published in the journal BMC Public Health.
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UNITED STATES
‘Dozens killed’ as
new train derails
on inaugural run
By Jonathan Allen
A high-speed passenger train on
its inaugural run derailed in the
US state of Washington yesterday,
sending carriages crashing down on
to a motorway and leaving dozens of
passengers feared dead.
The derailment caused “multiple
fatalities”, said Ed Troyer, a
spokesman for the local sheriff ’s
office. The train struck several cars,
causing injuries but no extra deaths.
Of the 77 people taken to hospital,
four were considered “level-red”
patients, with severe injuries. At
least six were confirmed dead but
officials warned that the number
would rise.
About 78 passengers and five crew
members had been on the train, the
US rail operator Amtrak said.
People escaped by kicking out the
windows, one passenger said. “All
of a sudden we felt this rocking and
creaking noise, and it felt like we were
heading down a hill,” added Chris
Karnes. “The next thing we know, we
are being slammed into the front of
our seats, windows are breaking, we
stop and there’s water gushing out of
the train. People were screaming.”
The derailment happened on the
day that Amtrak began using a new
inland route between the cities of
Tacoma and Olympia as part of a
project to reduce journey times.
The rerouting takes trains along
the Interstate 5 highway, eliminating
a major choke point for services in
Tacoma and allowing them to reach
speeds of 79mph.
The train derailed an hourand-a-half into its journey at
DuPont. A photograph posted by a
spokeswoman for the Washington
State Patrol showed an upside-down
train car partially crushed, with a
second car dangling off the overpass.
The mayor of one of the towns
through which the rerouted trains
travel warned earlier this month
that the high-speed services were
dangerously close to cars and
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pedestrians. “Come back when
there is that accident, and try to
justify not putting in those safety
enhancements, or you can go back
now and advocate for the money to
do it, because this project was never
needed and endangers our citizens,”
the Mayor of Lakewood, Don
Anderson, told officials, according
to KOMO News in Seattle. Donald
Trump tweeted: “The train accident
shows more than ever why our soonto-be-submitted infrastructure
plan must be approved quickly.
Seven trillion dollars spent in
the Middle East while our roads,
bridges, tunnels, railways (and
more) crumble! Not for long.”
Yesterday’s train, which
had been scheduled to
leave Seattle at 6am bound for
Portland, Oregon, was the first to
run along the new route, which
uses tracks owned by a local
commuter line.
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BELGIUM
British diplomat
murdered by Uber
driver, say police
By Laila Bassam
IN BEIRUT
A Lebanese Uber driver with a previous arrest for drug use has reportedly confessed to killing the British
diplomat Rebecca Dykes in Beirut.
Security officials said preliminary
investigations into the murder of Ms
Dykes showed that the motive was
purely criminal, not political, and that
the suspect immediately confessed to
the crime, which took place early on
Saturday morning.
The suspect had been arrested on
drug-related charges between 2015
and 2017, officials added. Lebanon’s
state-run NNA news agency said the
suspect, identified only as Tariq H,
picked up Ms Dykes, 30, in his taxi
in Beirut’s Gemmayzeh district on
Friday evening and killed her.
“We are horrified by this senseless
act of violence,” said a spokesman for
Uber, adding that it would co-operate
with the police investigation.
Detectives traced the suspect’s
car through surveillance cameras.
The body of Ms Dykes, who had
been raped and strangled, was found
by a main road outside Beirut. She
worked at the British embassy as a
programme and policy manager with
the Department for International
Development (DfID).
“The whole embassy is deeply
shocked, saddened by this news,”
said Hugo Shorter, the British
ambassador to Lebanon.
In a statement released yesterday,
Ms Dykes’s family said she was
“simply irreplaceable and we will
never fully recover from this loss”.
They added: “For Becky to have
her life cruelly taken away in these
circumstances is devastating.”
The family said they were “grateful
that the investigation is moving at
pace” and thanked the authorities for
acting “quickly and thoroughly”.
Ms Dykes was described as
“genuine, generous and loving” and
“intelligent, ambitious and dedicated
to her work”. Her family said: “Becky
had a love of travelling, and was
passionate about helping people. She
always wanted to make the world a
better place – her humanitarian work
in Beirut was testament to that.”
A former pupil of Malvern Girls’
College and Rugby School, Ms Dykes
had previously worked as an Iraq
research analyst with the Foreign
Office. Speaking in the House of
Woman
ambassador
is a first
for Saudis
By Jon Stone
IN BRUSSELS
Rebecca Dykes
was described
by her family
as ‘genuine,
generous and
loving’ and
‘intelligent,
ambitious and
dedicated to
her work’ PA
Lords, the Tory peer Baroness
McIntosh of Pickering said: “The
loss of Rebecca Dykes in these
circumstances is felt very deeply
and we pay tribute to the work that
she and all the DfID team do, often
in very dangerous circumstances,
particularly at this time of year, for
humanitarian purposes.”
The international development
minister Lord Bates told the House:
“It reminds us of the sacrifice which
is made by more than 1,200 DfID
personnel, who work around the
world often in the most difficult and
dangerous environments.
“The family have asked that we
respect their privacy and allow the
facts to be established and we will of
course recognise that wish.”
REACTION
‘If it happened to her, then it can happen to any of us here’
By Anchal Vohra
IN BEIRUT
In the bustling Gemmayzeh
district of Beirut, a landlord on
Mar Maroon street is talking
with a tenant about the killing of
Rebecca Dykes.
“Do you know what happened
on our street?” the landlord,
called Joseph, asks.
It is a question many are
pondering in the Lebanese
capital as details of Ms Dykes’s
death continue to emerge. The
30-year-old British woman was
last seen with her friends on
Friday night at Demo, a pub
around the corner from
Mar Maroon street.
She is reported to
have left the pub at
about midnight.
“They were a
group of five or six
people and were
throwing a farewell
party, I think,” one
staff member at the
pub said.
“It could have been me,”
says Isadora Gotts, a bartender at
Kayan, which is on the same street
as Demo. “She has the same
life as the rest of us do.
She goes to Demo like
we do. She takes a
taxi at the end like
we do, to be safe and
not walk home,”
said Ms Gotts, a
French citizen and
student.
“[If] it happened to
her, then it can happen
to any of us.”
Gemmayzeh has many
cafés, pubs and restaurants
but is a remarkably quiet area
in multicultural Beirut. It is an
area where foreign aid workers,
diplomats and journalists mix
with Lebanese nationals, and
few considered it particularly
dangerous. Women often walk
home on their own and, in general,
safety is not considered a prime
issue among locals.
In Beirut, taxi drivers are often
educated men from the middle
classes, who double up as drivers
to earn extra money because
of a severe lack of employment
opportunities in the city.
Belgium has become the first
country to appoint a woman as its
ambassador to Saudi Arabia, in an
apparent show of defiance to the
oil-rich autocracy notorious for its
abuses of women’s rights.
Dominique Mineur (inset),
who is currently posted to the
United Arab Emirates, will move
to the Belgian embassy in Riyadh
next summer, the Belgian public
broadcaster VRT reported.
Government sources said Ms
Mineur’s appointment sent a
“clear signal” to Saudi Arabia,
which has been slow to reform in
comparison to its neighbours.
In the restricted circumstances
where Saudi women are allowed
to work, they are not allowed to
freely mix with members of the
opposite sex, and they require a
signed permission from
a male guardian
to travel alone.
Women were also
banned from
driving until a
change of policy
announced
in October.
They are still
forbidden from
appearing in public without
a long black full-length head
covering, and require male
permission to marry or conduct
certain business. Restaurants
are also often segregated and a
woman’s testimony in court is held
in lower esteem than a man’s.
The move by Belgium is an
international first. Yekaterina
Majering Mikadze, a Georgian
diplomat appointed in 2010,
previously had responsibility for
Saudi Arabia but was based in
Kuwait and covered a number of
neighbouring countries.
Belgium will also be appointing
a woman, Véronique Petit, as
its ambassador to Iran – where
women also have fewer rights
than men. THE INDEPENDENT
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MEDIA
Salmond’s TV show faces
‘fake tweets’ investigation
By Adam Sherwin
Ofcom has announced
its first broadcasting
standards investigation into the
BBC after Lord Lawson contested
evidence about climate change
on Radio 4’s Today programme.
ARTS AND MEDIA CORRESPONDENT
The broadcasting regulator Ofcom
is investigating Alex Salmond’s
show on the Kremlin-backed RT
channel after a series of mysterious
“fake tweets”.
The watchdog is examining the
first episode of the former Scottish
first minister’s show on the statefunded Russian channel, formerly
known as Russia Today, to discover
whether it broke accuracy rules.
During The Alex Salmond Show on
16 November, the politician claimed
to have received an “avalanche” of
tweets from the audience. However,
one of those quoted on air was from
an account that apparently did
not exist, one was from an account
that had never tweeted, one was a
tweet that had not been posted, and
another was from a director at RT.
A tweet from @lastjohn asked:
“When are you getting President
Trump on your show?”
This turned out to be from the
private account of Luisa St John,
a director at RT who is named on
the credits of the show as “series
Alex Salmond’s appearance on the
RT network has been criticised by
opposition politicians
director”. Mr Salmond also
read a question apparently from
@ellalorenR which asked: “So why
RT?” But no such account existed.
A tweet from @admrobrts
asked: “What does slàinte mean?”,
a reference to Mr Salmond’s new
TV production company Slainte
Media. However, it appeared that
@admrobrts did not post the
message until three-and-a-half
hours after Mr Salmond read it out.
Mr Salmond read out a tweet
from @thegodfather12, asking: “If
you were Prime Minister would you
stop Brexit?” The account had not
tweeted since it was set up in 2009.
Mr Salmond’s appearance on
the network has been criticised by
opposition politicians as well as
by his successor as First Minister,
Nicola Sturgeon. RT has been
branded a ‘’Russian propaganda
channel’’, but the former MP insisted
his production company would have
editorial control over the show.
RT blamed transcription errors
for the inconsistencies and requests
for anonymity by tweeters. It noted
that Ms St John was “a real person
with a real Twitter account” but her
tweet had been used in error.
A spokesman for Slainte Media
said: “We will be happy to co-operate
with the Ofcom investigation and are
confident of a satisfactory outcome.”
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Patient ‘damaged £24m painting
after absconding from hospital’
By Tess De La Mere
ENVIRONMENT
‘Star Wars’ bat among new species
By Emily Beament
A snail-eating turtle found in a
food market and a bat that would
not look out of place in a Star Wars
film are among 115 new species
discovered in the Greater Mekong
region of South-east Asia.
The conservation charity WWF
said that three new mammals,
11 amphibians, two fish, 11 reptiles
and 88 plants were found by
scientists in Cambodia, Laos,
Burma, Thailand and Vietnam
last year.
They include an extremely rare
crocodile lizard, two species of
mole and a vibrantly coloured
frog. The snail-eating turtle was
caught in a Thai canal.
The mountain horseshoe bat,
found in forests in Laos and
Thailand, has a horseshoe-shaped
facial structure reminiscent of
characters from the cantina scene
in Star Wars, the WWF said.
Many of the new finds are
already threatened by habitat
destruction, the creation of new
infrastructure, poaching and
the illegal wildlife trade, the
researchers warned.
A homeless man damaged a £24m
painting by one of Britain’s most
celebrated artists after absconding
from a psychiatric hospital, a court
heard yesterday.
Keith Gregory, 63, left two deep
slash marks in an X shape on The
Morning Walk by Thomas Gainsborough (inset) when he attacked it with
a drill bit in March, jurors were told.
He caused more than £10,000
of damage to the picture before
he was dragged away by security
guards, shouting that he had just
been released from prison and was
going to trigger a bomb. He later
boasted: “I bet you don’t have
something like this every day.
I bet you’ve never arrested
someone for this before.”
Mr Gregory, of Kettering, Northamptonshire, claimed that a
voice told him to “put a
mark” on the 232-yearold work, which was
hanging in the east wing of
the National Gallery in London. He denies a single charge of
criminal damage, and claims that he
is not guilty by reason of insanity. Jurors at Southwark Crown Court will
have to decide if he knew he was
doing wrong when he damaged the painting.
The court heard Mr
Gregory was admitted to
a psychiatric hospital on
22 October last year but
absconded on 11 November and had been sleeping rough for months.
He was described by the
prosecution as “most probably” suffering from paranoid schizophrenia. The trial continues.
SCIENCE
Accentuate the positive, recalibrate the negative
By Jane Clinton
People tend to overstate their
negative feelings and symptoms
in surveys, according to a study
by psychologists. They raise the
possibility that measurements
of health and wellbeing, vital in
making medical assessments and
guiding health-related research,
may be misinterpreted.
The study, published by the US
National Academy of Sciences,
found people reported more anxiety
and symptoms the first time they
completed the survey compared
with their own later reports.
“Understanding the magnitude of
this bias is essential in accurately
interpreting survey results that
include subjective reports of
feelings and symptoms,” said
Patrick Shrout, a professor at New
York University.
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Fancy a brew and calf’s foot jelly?
By Sam Russell
Relics from a coffee shop described
as an “18th-century Starbucks” have
been discovered in a disused cellar at
Cambridge University.
Clapham’s operated in the mid-tolate 1700s on a site now owned by St
John’s College, and the discovery of
more than 500 artefacts has shed
light on what it was like.
The artefacts include drinking
vessels for tea, coffee and chocolate,
serving dishes, clay pipes, animal and
fish bones, and 38 teapots.
Researchers from Cambridge Archaeological Unit said customers undoubtedly drank coffee, but ale, wine
and food ranging from pastry-based
snacks to substantial meals with
meat and seafood were also available.
The discovery of 18 jelly glasses,
alongside a quantity of feet bones
from immature cattle, led researchers to conclude that calf’s foot jelly,
a popular dish of that era, might well
have been a house speciality.
Craig Cessford, from the unit, said
by modern standards Clapham’s was
more like an inn than a coffee shop.
“Coffee houses were important social centres in the 18th century, but
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SCIENCE
Prehistoric
Arctic bear ‘had
a sweet tooth’
By Jane Clinton
Artefacts
from an 18th
century
coffee shop
discovered in
Cambridge PA
have been able to study one in such
depth,” he said. “In many respects,
the activities at Clapham’s barely differed from contemporary inns.”
The study, To Clapham’s I Go, is
published in the journal Post-Medieval Archaeology.
The shop was owned by a couple,
William and Jane Clapham, who ran
it from the 1740s until the 1770s. Researchers believe that the cellar was
filled with items at the end of the
1770s, when Jane, by then a widow,
retired. It lay forgotten until St John’s
College commissioned archaeological surveys on and around its Old Divinity School, which were completed
in 2012
Coffee drinking first came
to Britain in the 16th
century and by the mid-18th
century there were thousands
of coffee shops. In the 19th
century tea eclipsed coffee as the
national drink.
A 3.5 million-year-old bear discovered by scientists had a sweet tooth
and has the dental cavities to prove it.
Researchers from the Canadian
Museum of Nature and Los Angeles
Natural History Museum identified
the fossilised remains of the bear
from a place on Ellesmere Island
known as the Beaver Pond site in
Canada’s High Arctic.
The team studied the recovered
bones of the animal, which is a close
relative of the ancestor of modern
bears, from the skull, jaws and teeth,
as well as parts of the skeleton from
two of the animals.
Teeth of both fossils showed signs of
well-developed dental cavities, which
were identified following CT scans.
The decay suggests that these ancient bears consumed large amounts
of sugary foods such as berries.
The findings, published in the journal Scientific Reports, make it the first
and earliest documented occurrence
of a high-calorie diet in bears.
Scientists believe it is related to fat
storage by the bears in preparation
for winter hibernation in the harsh
Arctic winters as a survival strategy.
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BREXIT AND
THE CABINET
RYANAIR AND
THE UNIONS
LIAM ALLAN
RAPE TRIAL
SPORTS
PERSONALITY
TOFF AND
THE TORIES
‘THE JUNGLE’
REVIEWED
The cracks
are beginning
to heal
A truly
surprising
U-turn
Police
bungled the
evidence
A fitting
honour for
Lowery
She shows up
party’s youth
problem
Migrant play
is moving but
nothing new
Daily Mail
The Guardian
The Times
The Mirror
Spectator
WhatsOnStage
The Sun
The show should be
about the winner’s
achievements, while
also recognising the
accomplishments of
individuals and teams.
That brings me
to Lincoln City’s
lack of involvement.
Surely the biggest
giant-killing story of
2017 deserved more?
(Mark Whiley)
Apart from the
handful of treacherous
malcontents who
sought to undermine
her last week, May’s
party is united behind
her and holding its
own in the polls. She
has no credible rival
in sight, and there is
certainly no clamour
to replace her.
(Editorial)
Daily Telegraph
Theresa May said
at the weekend that
she would not be
defelected from
Brexit, but we still
do not know what
it will entail or how
the two conflicting
visions – convergence
and divergence – can
be recognised.
(Editorial)
The 21st-century
solution that the
company has
chosen? Trade
unionism, employee
representation
and collective
bargaining. Just
like the old days.
Michael O’Leary has
adopted the crash
position – and workers
around the world will
have noticed.
(Stefan Stern)
It is clear that, in the
past, victims have
been deterred from
pursuing their cases by
the unsympathetic and
incredulous responses
of the authorities. It is
therefore important
that police approach
alleged victims with
sensitivity. That is not
the same, however, as
securing conviction at
all costs. (Editorial)
Irish Independent
Police take their
cue from Crown
Prosecutor Alison
Saunders, who insists
all rape victims must
be believed – and
given anonymity. She
has turned a heinous
crime into a tick-box
presumption of guilt.
This won’t do.
(Trevor Kavanagh)
As unions become
more obsolete in
the private sector,
is Ryanair suddenly
going back to the
1970s? O’Leary must
have an angle. Does
Ryanair feel it has
nothing to fear from
unions any more?
(Brendan O’Connor)
Quote of
the day
Bradley Lowery’s
posthumous prize
at Sunday’s Sports
Personality of the Year
awards was a fitting
recognition of an
inspirational boy.
Generations of sick
children will have good
reason to thank the
youngster, his parents
and their supporters.
(Editorial)
LincolnshireLive
While it’s unlikely that
Toff is the answer to
the Conservatives’
youth problem (that
probably comes with
building more homes),
it’s striking that CCHQ
are yet to consider the
opportunity she could
present them.
The Conservatives
will need all the help
they can get – even if it
is made in Chelsea.
(Katy Balls)
This remarkable show
mimics the journey of
compassion needed
to see beyond the
statistics and the
shouted headlines
– to look beyond the
apathetic gaze of
governments and
see the complicated,
flawed, fascinating
individuals involved. It
is exactly the trajectory
we all need to go on.
(Sarah Crompton)
New Statesman
The Arts Desk
She says she fancies
Jacob Rees-Mogg, who
is completely opposed
to abortion, is against
gay marriage, and has
consistently voted in
favour of welfare cuts
and against higher
taxes on bankers.
What a hunk.
(Anna Leszkiewicz)
All in all, this is a
sobering evening that
lacks a really coherent
or conventionally
dramatic story. It
tells us little that we
didn’t already know,
but it is done with
awesome integrity and
total commitment.
(Aleks Sierz)
LifeInBrief
PATRICIA LLEWELLYN TELEVISION PRODUCER
At school I
was never
really a film
fan and I
didn’t think I
wanted to do
acting as a job.
I still don’t,
really
Hugh Grant
The actor reflects on
his profession
Patricia Llewellyn was an awardwinning TV producer, who excelled at
spotting fresh talent and inventing new
TV shows that became global hits.
Launching BBC cooking programme
Two Fat Ladies in the Nineties,
Llewellyn made household names
of the late – and late-blooming – TV
stars that were Jennifer Paterson and
Clarissa Dickson Wright. She also
launched Jamie Oliver and Gordon
Ramsay, breaking the staid ways of old
formats. Her Midas touch also made a
star of Mary Portas.
With her husband Ben Adler, who
survives her, she steered their company
Optomen Productions, which was
worth around £60m in 2014.
She once described her approach
to picking presenters as “a weird
mixture of gut feeling, liking people and
common sense”. Television, she noted,
“likes big personalities, people with
charisma… people who know stuff, not
auto-cuties”.
Llewellyn was born in South Wales
in 1962 to Anne and Eric, who ran the
Emlyn Arms, a hotel in the town of
Newcastle Emlyn. This inspired her
lifelong interest in, and love of, food.
She read for a degree in French and
film at Middlesex Polytechnic (now
Middlesex University), after which she
completed an MA in film studies at the
Polytechnic of Central London (now the
University of Westminster).
She started her television career at
Channel 4, before moving to production
company Wall to Wall, and later to
Optomen. It was during the filming
of Eat Your Greens, a Wall to Wall
production, that Llewellyn first met
Clarissa Dickson Wright, a recovering
alcoholic, working in a cookery
bookshop in Edinburgh. Shortly
afterwards, she lunched with Jennifer
Paterson, a cook and columnist at The
Spectator, and had a “eureka” moment
when she saw Paterson speed off on
a motorbike.
Ignoring the advice of others, who
believed there was no appetite for
“large, posh middle-aged ladies” on
television, Llewellyn introduced the
pair, added a sidecar and, in 1996, Two
Fat Ladies was born. With its emphasis
on “suet and tipsy cake rather than
rocket salad and sun-dried tomatoes”,
it became the most-watched cookery
programme in the mid-Nineties.
Llewellyn also believed younger
chefs were also needed on TV. When
she spotted a young, fresh-faced
Jamie Oliver chopping spinach in the
background of a documentary about
The River Café, she told colleagues:
“This is the guy.”
The BBC was not easily convinced.
The Naked Chef sat on the shelf for
five months before being broadcast. In
2004, she brought Gordon Ramsay to
prominence on Channel 4 in Ramsay’s
Kitchen Nightmares, transforming
him from a terrifying, swearing chef
off-screen into an engaging, swearing
one on camera, where he “fixed”
struggling restaurants.
According to Adler, Llewellyn “was
a foodie in that she loved talking and
reading about food, but most of all she
loved eating it”. THE INDEPENDENT
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Died 22 October 2017
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Just say no to synthetic alcohol
A Britain without hangovers would be a terrifying, anarchic dystopia
A
nyone who has
shuffled into work
in the run-up to
Christmas carrying
a Pret almond
croissant, a cold
can of restorative Coca-Cola and
a dozen Nurofen Extra might
be happy to hear that Professor
David Nutt has predicted the end
of hangovers.
Within one generation, Professor
Nutt, a former government
drugs adviser who teaches at
Imperial College, envisages the
age of “alcosynth”. This delicioussounding synthetic concoction
will mimic all the popular, boozy,
slurry, flirty “Aren’t I hilarious?”
effects of alcohol – but without the
sickness and throbbing headaches
the following day. Or the eventual
liver, heart or brain damage,
one supposes.
Don’t sneer at the futuristic
flim-flam. We laughed at driverless
cars, Amazon drones and a fembot
in every home turning our boiler
on and off. Now look where we
are. And here’s Professor Nutt
predicting that as cigarette
smokers have taken to vaping,
then wine and whisky lovers,
seduced previously by clever
marketing, pretty labels and
notions of a vineyard or distillery’s
prestige, will immediately start
buying “Alcosynth 234: All Night
Party flavour”. Or whatever the
marketers come up with.
Personally, I hope we can match
the alcosynth to the specific event.
“Alcosynth 76: Shouty/Belligerent”
for example, for Friday night
post-work drinks where things
really aren’t better left unsaid. Or
an under-the-counter bottle of
“Alcosynth 89: Smutty Strumpet”
for evenings out with girlfriends
where no poor trainee policeman
will go off duty feeling anything less
than harassed.
If this doesn’t sound
disconcerting enough, it’s Professor
Nutt’s cheery optimism over an
Alcosynth Planet that gives me
the fear. “Alcohol kills more than
malaria, meningitis, tuberculosis
and dengue fever put together,”
he says. “Wouldn’t it be fantastic
if we could replace alcohol with
something that led to almost
no deaths?”
No, Nutt, just no. A Britain
without hangovers feels like a
terrifying fear-free, anarchic
dystopia. We are a culture built
on drinking to excess, yes, but
this is rapidly chased up the
following day with regret, pain,
Hangovers
afford festive
revellers the
chance to take
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self-admonishment and a period of
noisy abstinence.
“I am never drinking again,
ever,” you will groan, following a
long period of trying to locate your
car, which, it transpires, has been
parked for three days outside The
Nag’s Head. The hangover period
following any night out is vital. We
need the fear.
We need the cold light of day
where bilious, lonely, hungry, horny,
paranoid and regretful thoughts
skewer our consciences as 24 units
of vodka ebb from our systems.
It is these hangovers that give us
time to take stock, arduously, of our
shortcomings. It is these hangovers
that mean we may never drink cider
again for 25 years after chucking up
Merrydown into a neighbour’s bush
in 1987.
It is the threat of “the fear” that
will lead to you covering your glass
during mulled wine top-ups at the
next family mince pie jingle and
mingle. Because no one enjoyed
you telling Aunty Rita her big face
reminded you of Frank Sidebottom,
did they? You had 24 hours to
ruminate on that as you leaned into
your toilet all of Boxing Day 2015.
And while I understand Professor
Nutt’s argument that alcosynth may
lead to fewer deaths from booze-
We are a
culture built
on drinking to
excess, yes, but
this is chased up
with regret
related diseases, I do wonder if
we’re opening ourselves up to more
“deaths by misadventure”. Perhaps
it is only the fact that hangovers,
after the age of 25, appear to worsen
until drinking isn’t worth it at all
that preserves a sort of cosy British
social equilibrium.
After the age of 30 the threat of
a “two glasses of pinot noir all-day
hangover” makes most middle-aged
gits cautious.
But in an alcosynth-infused
world, the nightclubs, bars and
parties could be full of synthetically
boozed-up members of Generation
X and baby boomers.
Oh, gosh, haven’t the millennials
suffered enough? Not only did
the older generations take all the
houses, accrue all the savings and
screw the economy, but now we’re
in their leisure spaces spending
the money that we didn’t spend on
our educations on “Alcosynth 345:
Rowdy Over-40, Strength: House
Music All Night Long”.
Professor Nutt thinks alcosynths
will lead to fewer deaths, but I
worry it would be the opposite. I
couldn’t blame Generation Z, the
post-millennials, for wanting to
strangle many of my generation
if we end up out later and longer,
getting wasted without any
repercussions. And whatever
happens the morning after, human
beings who are drunk are simply an
enormous pain in the bottom to our
A&E departments.
However we end up tipsy,
whatever laboratory our poison
came from, it will be these longsuffering public-facing workers who
inevitably deal with the unavoidable
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clash
Can I suggest that, in
the light of Nigel Farage
being described as “skint”,
the word is redefined
to mean someone who
has an MEP’s salary of
£90,000 per annum
and a future pension of
£70,000 annually?” Then,
we can stop mistakenly
referring to those who
are penniless as skint!
STEPHEN TAMPLIN
BLANDFORD FORUM,
DORSET
Seeing as Crystal Palace
are almost definitely
going to make the FA Cup
final on 19 May, I am a bit
peeved that Prince Harry
and Meghan Markle have
decided to get married
on that day.
I am strongly thinking
about not going to the
wedding now,
and will probably give
the reception a wide
berth as well.
MARTIN LAWRENCE
SOUTH CROYDON
Brexit and
testament
Yet another picture of
Theresa May leaving
church. Going to church
and Brexit negotiations
– it’s not much of a life
for her.
GEORGE SKIPPER
ALNWICK,
NORTHUMBERLAND
Coastguard
fleet needed
Instead of Michael Gove
having his own fishery
protection ships, the
country needs a properly
structured coastguard
fleet. This should be
modelled on the US or
Canadian coastguard.
It could include the
present Navy-manned
fishery patrol ships, the
border control vessels
and the customs ships.
No more money need be
spent on building new
ships; there are plenty
of laid-up oil tug/supply
vessels that are for sale,
which would be suitable
for the role.
ROY MARTIN
SOUTHAMPTON
Can Nigel
Farage MEP
really be
described as
‘skint’? GETTY
Homeless of
all ages
On a Christmas visit to
my old home town of
Newport from my new
one of Suzhou, China,
I am struck by many
differences between
the two, but the most
shocking and shaming
must be the number of
homeless people on the
streets here in Wales.
So I am happy to learn
(i, 18 December) that
First Minister Carwyn
Jones has pledged to end
youth homelessness.
But why, I wonder,
is it only those under
25 who are to benefit?
The homeless people I
see around me are of all
ages, some looking very
elderly and frail. Are
they not deserving of
help too?
DONALD MACKINNON
GWENT
Jam tart
tips
I never thought I’d be able
to tell Paul Hollywood
(or his mum) how to
make jam tarts, but the
tip is to add a little more
jam to each one as you
take them hot from the
oven. Then they’re full to
the brim with no mess.
MAUREEN BEEKEN
WORTHING,
WEST SUSSEX
IN
Should ‘dead’
pass away?
It used to be that I was
as exercised as any
other of your recent
correspondents over
the use of euphemism,
particularly when
referring to death.
However, I have found
that when someone
beloved dies, there are a
lot of people to tell, and
it is simply too emotive
and too brutal to keep
referring to them as
“dead”. Thinking on it
now, I feel there is no
Where does
funding go?
I’ve lost count of the
number of stories
recently highlighting the
paucity of funds reaching
our schools, from heads
having to paint their
own premises, through
parents having to shell
Who will help
those in need?
I was intrigued by
Peter Bailey’s “royal”
suggestion for rehousing
the Grenfell survivors
(i, 18 December) but a
more realistic proposal
would be to place them
in quickly assembled
houses in a royal park.
However, I can just
imagine the horror such a
proposal would generate
in certain quarters. It
might have happened
in wartime but today,
people in desperate need
do not come first.
PAULINE LAMBERT
LUTON
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Little Women
Why the new
BBC costume
drama shows
the literary
classic is more
relevant now
than ever
FOOD
TOMORROW
harm in protecting the
sensibilities of the
sensitive or children by
using kinder phrases.
ELAINE GRAY
COPFORD GREEN,
ESSEX
out for necessities, to
dwindling teachers’ pay
(i, 18 December). Since
Britain is near the top
of the OECD league for
expenditure per pupil,
and countries such
as Germany achieve
comparable results
with less, may I, as a
taxpayer, be advised as to
what is happening to all
these resources?
IAN SALISBURY
EDGBASTON,
BIRMINGHAM
That makes the biscuit
Are you a lebkuchen muncher
or more a springerle gobbler?
Take inspiration from Europe
with your festive baking
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Twitter: @jess_barrett
Charlotte
ready for
nursery
Don’t dress
up scandal,
says star
It’s not the most festive of
scenes, but this image is
what the Duke and Duchess
of Cambridge’s nearest and
dearest will be getting on
the front of their Christmas
cards this year.
The shot of the couple
with their children, Prince
George and Princess
Charlotte, was taken
by photographer Chris
Jackson earlier this year.
The two-year-old princess
was trending yesterday
– not just because of her
expression in the shot
but because Kensington
Palace announced that the
Princess would be starting
at Willcocks Nursery
School in London from
January 2018.
It costs just £15,000 per
year and offers pottery
and poetry classes.
A number of female
attendees at the Golden
Globe awards next month
have revealed that they will
wear black as a silent protest
against the culture of sexual
assault in Hollywood.
This is not a particularly
noble act, according to Rose
McGowan, one of the actors
who has led the #MeToo
movement, which revealed
some of the industry’s worst
perpetrators.
McGowan (inset) claims
that silently wearing a dress
rather than speaking out to
protest is hypocritical, and
singled out stars such as
Meryl Streep for remaining
silent in the first place
while continuing to work
with Harvey Weinstein, the
producer at the centre of the
harassment claims.
“Actresses, like Meryl
Streep, who happily worked
for The Pig Monster,
are wearing black
@GoldenGlobes
in a silent
protest. YOUR
SILENCE is
THE problem
[sic],” McGowan
tweeted. She added:
“You’ll accept a fake
Round
Up
Holidayfrom
hell
“You have to put yourself
on the line a bit. The
best travel experiences
I have had are when
there has been a bit of
risk involved.” I think
most of us would prefer
to holiday without the
risk of death, actually,
Michael Palin.
award breathlessly &
affect [sic] no real
change. I despise
your hypocrisy.”
The awards
season be far
more compelling
this year with
McGowan’s
cutting narration.
Mindfulnessrules
“It’s like a broken leg – you
need time to recover. I’ve
got really good at looking
after my nervous system.”
Will Young is tackling his
anxiety by returning to the
stage in ‘Strictly Ballroom:
The Musical’ next year.
Rollinginit
£500k
The amount Slade rake
in every year for “Merry
Xmas Everybody”.
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POLITICS
Mark
Wallace
O
nce upon a time, people
in this country found
it possible to disagree
without hating one
another. Just imagine: not deriding
political opponents as “murderers”,
as now happens routinely; not telling
a Conservative MP’s pregnant wife
“I hope your baby dies”, as occurred
after Jeremy Corbyn was heckled in
the Commons recently; not issuing
death threats against Dominic
Grieve for daring to propose an
amendment to the EU Withdrawal
Bill, as happened last week.
We shouldn’t idealise the past, of
course. People have always rowed,
often furiously. Citizens have always
felt strongly about high ideals and
low tactics. That’s an essential
component of a democracy: if no one
is disagreeing, you aren’t doing it
right. Abuse reared its head – most
famously when Nye Bevan called
Conservatives “lower than vermin”
in 1948 – but it was rare. Bitter
disputes like the miners’ strike
happened, but were not the norm.
That seems to have changed in
recent years. It is becoming common
to hate, and to dehumanise one’s
opponents. When Sophie
Warrener, a young Tory,
recently tweeted about
her friendship with
a Labour voter, she
was bombarded
with messages from
those who not only
did not understand
their relationship ,but
apparently could not
even tolerate its existence.
Some even sent her death and
rape threats. For what? The crime of
caring across party lines.
From people wearing “never
kissed a Tory” T-shirts (you
probably have) or booing LGBT
Conservatives at Pride parades,
to Labour MPs like Laura Pidcock
(inset) and Mike Amesbury who
announce they could never be
friends with a Tory, this approach
combines the petty viciousness of
the playground with the dangers of
treating a nation state like the set of
Mean Girls. It’s short-termist – any
gain from painting opponents as
untouchables is outweighed by the
fact it fragments our society.
There’s physical danger here.
When someone calls opponents
murderers, or openly hopes for
their death, that invites others to
act. After the murder of Jo Cox,
everyone intoned “never again” and
agreed to remember that we have
“more in common”. But language
that strips others of legitimacy,
that casts opponents as criminals
or abusers, appears to have
become more common.
Perhaps you’re
reading this and
thinking: “Yes, but the
people I disagree with
deserve it”. Perhaps
the concept of charity
towards opponents,
or self-restraint to
preserve a democratic
society, is insufficient
persuasion. If so, that’s sad – but
there is another reason to change
your ways: self-interest. If you
despise those who hold different and
opposing opinions, you are harming
yourself. You’re robbing your life of
the company of others, and denying
yourself the test of considering
things that you do not like to hear.
My best friend is a Marxist. We
disagree about almost everything,
debate whenever we meet, and, yes,
sometimes we row. But I love him as
my best friend nonetheless. We even
teach each other things, and failing
that we improve one another’s
arguments through practice. Give it
a try, this Christmas: your life will be
the richer for it.
EQUALITY
says: “I just remember thinking,
‘Well... we can work with that,’ you
know what I mean?”
Yeah, Matt, we know what we
mean. You mean that you still think
men get to be the moral arbiters,
the ones who determine that the
exploitative onanist is redeemable,
but maybe not the rapist.
So much nonsense has been
spouted by men on this that Damon
wouldn’t even make the top 10. The
doozy has been the desperation
from some male commentators to
turn their sex into victims. Women
will destroy flirting! Pity these
poor men losing their jobs! It’s a
sexual inquisition!
If you think that’s what flirting
is, you’re doing it wrong. And as
for the careers in tatters, that is a
self-inflicted wound. Where was the
concern for women prevented from
advancing by sexual harassment?
We are learning now how Weinstein
damaged actresses’ careers: Mira
Sorvino, Ashley Judd, Salma Hayek.
There’s a group even worse than
the apologists, though: the sleazes
feigning remorse. You don’t deserve
a pat on the head for acknowledging
you’re part of the problem; you have
to change first. Retweeting praise on
the same day you confess to being
“part of the problem” doesn’t seem
like contrition.
And why, if this is truly a brave
new post-Weinstein world, does the
labour of rehabilitating men keep
falling on women? A suggestion
for all these men. Open your ears,
rather than your mouths, and hear
women speak. EVENING STANDARD
Rosamund
Urwin
Lessons from
Weinstein
not sinking in
M
en often say they don’t
understand women. But
here’s a group I don’t
understand: men who
scour the post-Weinstein landscape
and think: “I know what the world
needs right now – my opinions on
sexual assault”. And yet they keep
coming – armchair experts; sex-pest
apologists; even some of the sex
pests themselves.
The latest guide to “how to get
scrubbed off the Christmas card
list of feminist friends” comes from
Matt Damon. The actor told ABC
News sexual misconduct was “a
spectrum of behaviour”, and that
we shouldn’t “conflate” groping with
rape. Already knee-deep in mud,
he kept digging. Recalling reading
Louis CK’s statement in which the
comedian admitted masturbating
in front of women but couldn’t quite
stomach the word “sorry”, Damon
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SCIENCE
Row over oldest life on Earth ‘settled’
By Josh Gabbatiss
Scientists have identified the oldest life forms in history in a rock
from Western Australia which is
nearly 3.5 billion years old.
The cylindrical and thread-like
shapes are thought to be fossilised
microbes from the early days of
life on Earth. Critics have suggested the fossils, which are invisible
to the naked eye, are just unusual
Chester Bennington on stage in Las Vegas with the group in May GETTY
PEOPLE
Linkin Park rule out hologram singer
By Roisin O’Connor
Linkin Park have rejected the idea
of going on tour using a hologram
image of their former singer
Chester Bennington, who died
earlier this year.
Keyboard player and co-founder
Mike Shinoda was asked about
using a hologram by a fan who
wanted to know about the band’s
future touring plans.
“I’ve actually heard other
people outside the band suggest
that and there’s absolutely no
way,” Shinoda responded. “I can’t
do a hologram Chester, that would
be the worst.
“For any of you guys who have
lost a loved one, best friend, family
member, can you imagine having
a hologram of them? Awful. I can’t
do it. I don’t know what we’re
going to do, but we’ll figure it out.”
The band last performed at
a tribute concert in October to
celebrate the life of the late singer,
who died in July.
TECHNOLOGY
Self-healing glass
could end cracked
phone screens
By Rhiannon Williams
TECHNOLOGY CORRESPONDENT
Researchers have developed a form
of glass capable of repairing itself
after shattering, in what could be
a significant breakthrough for the
smartphone industry.
A team from the University of
Tokyo found the semi-transparent
polymer, known as polyether-thioureas, was able to knit itself back together when compressed for several
hours at room temperature.
Yu Yanagisawa, a graduate school
student, discovered cut edges of the
polymer would stick together, despite their “rigid and non-tacky nature”, he and his team wrote in the
journal Science.
Holding the fractured pieces together for just 30 seconds at 21°C was
enough to form a merged sheet capable of withstanding 300g in weight.
It returned to its original strength
within a couple of hours.
The new glass is “highly robust
mechanically yet can readily be repaired by compression at fractured
surfaces”, the authors noted.
Self-healing glass could be of great
value to a sustainable society, they
added, and could also eventually spell
the end of expensive bills for broken
smartphone screens.
While various rubber-like substances are able to bond together
again after being broken, the process
tends to make the materials brittle,
according to the report.
Researchers from the University of
Bristol created a healing agent back
in 2015, originally designed for use
on aeroplane wings, which forms a
near-invisible filler when applied to
broken glass.
The synthetic material was inspired by the way the human body
scabs to heal a wound. When a crack
forms in the material, a liquid is automatically released, which hardens as
a result of a chemical reaction.
Motorola has taken a valiant stab
at becoming the go-to name in shatterproof phones, capable of being
dropped from several storeys up
and being thrown against a wall
with force.
While the vast majority of
mobile-phone handsets
are made with reinforced glass
displays, they are still likely to
crack under pressure.
shapes in the rock and not evithe University of California, andence of life at all.
alysed the carbon composiNow, work led by Protion of the ancient rock
fessor William Schopf,
to find out the ratios of
the palaeobiologist
different carbon isowho first described
topes. They found the
The age of the oldest
the specimens in 1993,
ratios corresponded
fossilised
life
forms
may have put the matwith the microbe-like
found on Earth
ter to rest.
structures in the rock.
“I think it’s settled,” he
The study is published
said. With a team of collabin the journal Proceedings of
orators, Professor Schopf, from the National Academy of Sciences.
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New far-right
coalition wants
sanctions for
immigrants
By Jon Stone
Austria’s new far-right coalition government has unveiled plans for financial “sanctions” on immigrants who
keep their own culture and do not
“integrate” with society.
The government, a coalition between the conservative Austrian People’s
Party (OVP) and the
far-right Freedom Party
(FPO), agreed a coalition
deal at the weekend with
provisions set to make life
more difficult for foreigners in the
country. The two parties’ agreed policy programme says that immigrants
who are judged to be “refusing to integrate” should expect “sanctions”.
One specific policy outlined in
the agreement includes a cut to the
basic level of support payments for
asylum-seekers. The reduction can
be recouped by families by earning
an “integration bonus” if they are
deemed to be adopting Austrian culture, as defined by the government.
The programme also calls for faster
deportations of asylum-seekers and
says undocumented immigration will
be halted, as well as vowing to stop
the creation of “parallel societies”.
Government ministries are split
between the two parties, with the far
right taking control of defence, the
interior ministry – which includes
security and citizenship – and the
foreign ministry. The conservatives will be running the finance, justice, business and
education ministries.
The FPO was founded
by former Nazi officers.
Under Sebastian Kurz,
Europe’s youngest leader
at 31, the OVP has aped FPO
rhetoric and policies on immigration and culture. Mr Kurz will
be Chancellor (head of government),
while OVP leader Heinz-Christian
Strache will be Vice Chancellor.
Theresa May called Mr Kurz to
congratulate him.
There were protests near the presidential palace during the inauguration yesterday (inset).
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ZIMBABWE
Business tycoon Ramaphosa vows
to end corruption-tainted Zuma era
Coup leader lined
up as potential
vice president
for Mnangagwa
By Alexander Winning
By Emelia Sithole-Matarise
IN JOHANNESBURG
South Africa’s Deputy President,
Cyril Ramaphosa, was elected leader of the African National Congress
yesterday, clearing a path to the
presidency and the downfall of the
country’s scandal-plagued leader,
Jacob Zuma.
In a close-run vote among leaders of the party that has ruled South
Africa since apartheid ended, Mr
Ramaphosa, a 65-year-old
union leader who is one of
South Africa’s richest people, defeated Nkosazana
Dlamini-Zuma, 68, a
former cabinet minister
and ex-wife of Mr Zuma,
by 2,440 votes to 2,261.
His victory marked
a pivotal moment for the
ANC, which launched blackmajority rule under Nelson Mandela’s leadership 23 years ago.
Mr Zuma’s presidency, tainted by
corruption accusations that he denies, has tarnished the image of the
105-year-old liberation movement.
Ahead of voting, a victory for Ms
Dlamini-Zuma – who demanded
a recount yesterday – was widely
viewed as positive for Mr Zuma.
It had been predicted that Ms
Dlamini-Zuma would protect her
former husband from prosecution
in a corruption case.
As ANC leader, Mr Ramaphosa is
likely to become the country’s next
president after elections in 2019.
Mr Ramaphosa has vowed to fight
corruption and revitalise the economy, a message hailed by foreign
investors. Earlier this month, South
Africa’s High Court rejected Mr
Zuma’s efforts to block an inquiry
into accusations of influence-pedAfter delays due to
disputes over delegate
accreditation, voting stretched
through the night into yesterday
morning, with delegates
sleeping in the conference hall.
IN HARARE
ANC members
celebrate after Cyril
Ramaphosa (inset)
was elected party
leader REUTERS
dling, known as “state capture”. Ms
Dlamini-Zuma had campaigned on
pledges to tackle the racial inequality that has persisted since the end
of white-minority rule.
More than 4,700 ANC delegates
gathered on the outskirts of Johannesburg to vote yesterday. Some senior ANC leaders broke with tradition
and shared how they voted on social
media. The ANC national spokesman, Zizi Kodwa, and the Chief
Whip, Jackson Mthembu, declared
they had voted for Mr Ramaphosa.
Mr Mthembu said he cast his ballot
for the Deputy President “and five
other incorruptible leaders”.
The ANC’s reputation has taken a
beating during Mr Zuma’s scandalridden tenure, causing rifts that
threaten to split Africa’s oldest liberation party. Keeping the ANC together has been a key talking point
at the gathering. REUTERS
Candidates of contrast Renewal vs repetition
Cyril Ramaphosa
A former trade unionist who became
one of South Africa’s wealthiest businessmen, he is said to be a lover of
fast cars, vintage wine and fishing.
The Deputy President, who was
once viewed by Nelson Mandela as
his potential successor, has vowed to
revitalise the ailing economy.
Despite being President Zuma’s
deputy for eight years, during
which accusations of corruption
and cronyism have rocked the
government, Mr Ramaphosa has
largely avoided scandal. His fortune
is estimated by Forbes at £335m.
A symbol of post-apartheid
black capitalism, Mr Ramaphosa
held financial stakes across many
sectors, from telecoms to fast food,
owning the South African franchise
of McDonald’s. He has vowed to
introduce a minimum wage.
In April, he called for the ANC to
“renew” itself and remove the “greedy,
corrupt people in our ranks”. He has
been described as a powerful insider
as opposed to a radical reformer.
Nkosazana Dlamini-Zuma
The former wife of President Jacob
Zuma, she is a former head of the
African Union. Her sharp tongue won
her the nickname “Godzuma”.
She has championed womens’
rights, and as health minister won
plaudits for legalising abortion,
despite disagreeing with it. Ms
Dlamini-Zuma had been expected
to continue Mr Zuma’s policies,
including forced land reform.
Alice Hearing
The head of Zimbabwe’s military,
who led the de facto coup that
ended Robert Mugabe’s 37-year
rule last month, is set to retire, the
government said, paving the way for
his widely anticipated appointment
as vice president.
Constantino Chiwenga is the
leading contender to become a deputy
to the new President, Emmerson
Mnangagwa, one of two posts Mr
Mnangagwa has promised to fill in
the next few days. Army commander
Phillip Sibanda will succeed Mr
Chiwenga (right) as
defence forces chief, a
statement said.
The government
also announced
the retirement
of police chief
Augustine Chihuri,
a deeply unpopular
Mugabe loyalist. Mr
Chihuri was accused by
rights groups of presiding
over vicious crackdowns on dissent
and protest in the 18 months before
Mr Mugabe’s removal from power.
Mr Mnangagwa, who was sworn
in on 24 November, also appointed
Major General Edzai Chimonyo,
Zimbabwe’s ambassador to
Tanzania, as army commander and
promoted a number of other senior
army officers to major general.
In a sign of the military further
consolidating its political power, Mr
Mnangagwa last week made three
generals members of the ZANU-PF
party’s executive Politburo.
Yesterday, Zimbabwe’s army
declared an end to the military
intervention that ousted Mr Mugabe,
promising to shut down its last
roadblocks in the capital. The armed
soldiers who took to the streets
during last month’s de facto coup had
largely disappeared from the city
centre by yesterday afternoon.
Civic groups have been urging the
soldiers to leave the streets since Mr
Mnangagwa was sworn in. REUTERS
UNITED STATES
UNITED STATES
Trump puts America First
in national security reform
Palin’s son held over assault charges
By Jonathan Lemire
IN WASHINGTON
Donald Trump has outlined a new
national security strategy that
refocuses the United States’ relationship with the rest of the world,
essentially implementing his “America First” mantra on a global scale.
It envisions nations in constant
competition, reverses warnings on
climate change, and affirms that
the US will unilaterally defend its
sovereignty, even if that means risking existing agreements with other
countries. Mr Trump’s doctrine
holds that nation states are in perpetual competition.
Mr Trump divided threats into
“rogue regimes” like North Korea
and “revisionist powers” who aim
to change the status quo, like Russia and China. Despite international
challenges, the document cites
emerging opportunities to advance
US interests in the Middle East.
The criticism of Russia will come
as a break from recent warm words
between Mr Trump and Vladimir
Putin. The leaders have spoken
By Yereth Rosen
IN ANCHORAGE
Donald Trump’s doctrine envisions
countries in perpetual competition
twice in four days, with Mr Trump
calling Mr Putin to thank him for
kind words about the US stock market and Mr Putin thanking the CIA
for help in stopping a terrorist plot
in St Petersburg. AP
The eldest son of the former Republican vice-presidential
nominee Sarah Palin has
been arrested on domestic
violence charges for the
second time in two years.
Track Palin, 28, appeared in state court in
Palmer, Alaska, on Sunday
on charges relating to burglary, assault and criminal damage, court records showed. All the
charges involved domestic violence.
In 2016, Mr Palin (inset) faced sev-
eral charges related to domestic violence, including using a weapon while
intoxicated, records show. The case
was resolved in a special veterans’ court, with a conviction
on a misconduct charge.
His mother, a former
Governor of Alaska,
rose to prominence after
being selected as US
Senator John McCain’s
running mate in his failed
2008 presidential bid against
Barack Obama. She has suggested Track’s problems stem from posttraumatic stress disorder developed
after fighting in Iraq. REUTERS
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SAUDI ARABIA
An illuminated
replica of the facade of
Moscow’s Maly Theatre
installed in front of
the Kremlin yesterday.
The city’s authorities
are planning hundreds
of open-air shows
and concerts for the
holiday period. YURI
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usher in movies assassinated
John Travolta has visited Saudi
Arabia, where authorities
said commercial cinemas will
reopen next year after being
banned for 35 years.
The US actor met fans in
Riyadh on Friday, fielding
questions from the audience
about his career. On Saturday,
he attended a gala dinner and
press conference.
Travolta was a guest
of the kingdom’s General
Entertainment Authority,
established by Crown Prince
Mohammed bin Salman as he
pushes social reforms. AP
SPAIN
Catalonian firms
postpone their
investment plans
By Barry Hatton
Jittery businessmen in
Catalonia, spooked by signs
that the recent tumult over the
region’s latest bid to secede from
Spain is hurting the economy,
have put their investment plans
on ice as they brace for the
The mayor of the Libyan coastal city
of Misrata has been abducted and
killed by gunmen, shortly after he returned from a visit to Turkey.
Mohammed Eshtewi was snatched
as he was leaving the city’s airport
late on Sunday. His body was found
several hours later, near a hospital.
There was no immediate claim
of responsibility for the killing from
any of the active armed groups in the
area. Libya sank into chaos following
the 2011 uprising that toppled dictator Muammar Gaddafi, who was then
killed by rebels. The country is split
between rival governments in the
east and west. AP
Catalan parliamentary election
this week.
Catalan retail sales and
tourist arrivals are falling and
unemployment is edging higher.
Investors and consumers react
badly to uncertainty and conflict,
and Catalonia’s push to break
away has brought Spain’s worst
institutional crisis in decades.
A recent survey of more than
100 company directors in the
north-eastern Spanish region
found that 46 per cent of them
have put their 2018 spending
plans on hold while they await
the election outcome. AP
GERMANY
Survivors of terror attack
want answers from Merkel
By Frank Jordans
IN BERLIN
Survivors and families of people
killed in last year’s terrorist attack
at a Christmas market in Berlin met
Chancellor Angela Merkel for the
first time yesterday, amid continued
anger at German authorities’ failure
to prevent the incident, and their
handling of its aftermath.
The meeting was announced
earlier this month, shortly after the
injured and bereaved sent Ms Merkel
a letter criticising the leader for not
reaching out to them sooner.
In their letter, the families cited
numerous official inquiries and
Frankfurt
Can performing Beethoven
symphonies together help
employees team up on projects
at work? Some companies
seem to think so.
A conspicuous number of
big German corporate names,
along with a handful in Japan
and Korea, have their own
company-linked symphony
orchestra. That means 60 or
so accountants, engineers and
sales reps gather in their spare
time to rehearse and perform
complex classical music.
The orchestras serve as
public relations tools, playing
charity concerts and livening
up corporate events. But
there’s more to it. It’s hard to
quantify, but the musicians
– and some business experts
– argue that a symphony
orchestra is an excellent model
for the creative teamwork
companies need to compete.
“There’s no activity in the
world where you have to react
so quickly to each other and
work together so well,” says
Johanna Weitkamp, conductor
of the symphony orchestra at
software company SAP.
“Down to the hundredth of
a second, you have to listen
to the other person, respond
to the other person, pass the
ball to each other – it’s a prime
example of good co-operation.”
Other companies with
employee orchestras include
engineering firm Siemens and
carmakers such as Daimler,
BMW and Ford. AP
David McHugh
media reports that revealed how
government agencies bungled the
surveillance of Anis Amri, who died
in a shootout with Italian police days
SOMALIA
Former presidential candidate arrested for treason
Somali security forces arrested a
former minister and presidential
candidate in an overnight raid on
his home in which they killed five
of his bodyguards. A spokesman
for the internal security ministry
said Abdirahman Abdishakur was
accused of treason.
Mr Abdishakur, who stood in
the February presidential election,
is an opposition politician and an
outspoken critic of the weak, United
Nations-backed government led
by President Mohamed Abdullahi
Mohamed. Police confirmed that
five bodyguards were killed in the
raid, while a local elder said Mr
Abdishakur was hit on the arm by a
stray bullet.
The raid drew angry responses
from MPs and protesters. Hundreds
of people marched in Mogadishu
yesterday as government forces
blocked main roads. REUTERS
SOUTH KOREA
TURKEY
MALAWI
Lead singer of
boy band dies
Preacher calls
Worm infestation
for more beards threatens crops
The lead singer of South Korea’s
top boy band Shinee has died after
being found unconscious and
taken to hospital.
Kim Jong-hyun, 27, also known
as Jonghyun, was reportedly
found by police in a flat in Seoul.
Television news reported that
the singer and dancer had checked
into a serviced residence for
two nights.
Shinee had had a string of charttopping hits. REUTERS
An Islamic preacher has suggested
that clean-shaven men sometimes
“cannot be distinguished from
women” and a lack of facial hair can
cause “indecent thoughts”.
Speaking on a private religious
television station, Murat Bayaral,
said: “Men should grow beards. One
of the two body parts that separate
men from women is the beard.
“If you see a man with long hair
from afar you may think he is a
woman if he does not have a beard.”
By Feisal Omar
IN MOGADISHU
Postcard
From...
Aftermath: Last year’s attack on a
Christmas market in Berlin AP
after the attack, had been the subject
of joint meetings by German security
agencies for months leading up to the
attack, but repeated opportunities to
deport him were missed.
Berlin police only kept watch on
him during office hours on weekdays.
“It was pretty ridiculous what
happened,” said Steffen Tzschoppe,
a lawyer representing a young
Ukrainian woman who lost both her
parents in the attack. “I think the
authorities didn’t have a plan.”
Truck driver Lukasz Urban, 37,
was the first of 12 people killed in
the attack when Amri hijacked his
vehicle before driving it into the
crowded Christmas market. AP
Malawi, already struggling
with flooding from heavy rains,
has declared disasters in 20
districts after infestations of a
crop-munching worm threatened
food security.
The pest, whose infestation
has erupted across Africa –
including in Zambia, Zimbabwe
and South Africa – has broken
out in 20 of Malawi’s 28 districts,
affecting thousands of hectares of
farmland. REUTERS
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Murder unit investigates billionaires’ deaths
By Anna Paperny
IN TORONTO
The mysterious deaths of a Canadian
pharmaceuticals billionaire and his
wife are now being investigated by
murder detectives after their relatives complained about the handling
of the case.
Barry Sherman, 75, and his wife,
Honey, 70, were found on Friday by a
property agent involved with the sale
of their Toronto home.
Police said there was no sign of
forced entry to the property, which
was listed for sale at C$6.9m (£4m).
Autopsies performed at the weekend showed the couple, who were
celebrated for their philanthropy
Barry Sherman and his wife Honey
were famous for their philanthropy
and financial success, died from ligature neck compression, officers said.
Canadian news outlets have reported that police were operating on
the theory that Mr Sherman killed
his wife and then hanged himself.
However, a statement issued on
behalf of the couple’s four children
criticised that idea.
“We are shocked and think it’s irresponsible that police sources have
reportedly advised the media of a
theory which neither their family,
their friends nor their colleagues believe to be true,” the statement read.
“We urge the Toronto Police
Service to conduct a thorough,
intensive and objective criminal
investigation.”
Mr Sherman founded Torontobased Apotex Inc in 1974 with two
employees and turned the generic
drugmaker into a company that now
UNITED STATES
Thousands stranded
after power failure
hits Atlanta’s airport
By Johnny Clark
IN ATLANTA
Thousands of people remained
stranded at the world’s busiest
airport yesterday, after a freak
power failure grounded more than
1,000 flights.
A sudden power outage at Hartsfield-Jackson Atlanta International
Airport, which was caused by
a fire in an underground
electrical facility, brought
the airport to a standstill
on Sunday.
All outgoing flights
were halted, and arriving
planes were held on the
ground at their point of departure. International flights
were diverted, officials said.
Delta Air Lines, with its biggest
hub in Atlanta, was hardest hit, cancelling 900 flights on Sunday and another 300 yesterday. Robert Mann,
an aviation consultant and former
American Airlines executive, said
it would take almost a week before
flights returned to normal in the last
few travelling days before Christmas.
Delta passenger Emilia Duca, 32,
was on her way to Wisconsin from
Bogota, Colombia, when she got
stuck in Atlanta. She said police
made passengers who were in the
baggage-claim area move to a higher
floor. She said restaurants and shops
were closed. Vending machines were
not working.
“A lot of people are arriving, and no
one is going out. No one is saying anything official. We are
stuck here,” she said. “It’s
a nightmare.”
Some passengers said
there was a lack of information from airport
officials and little help
from first responders to get
the disabled and the elderly
through the airport without the use
of escalators and elevators.
Hartsfield-Jackson, which serves
104 million passengers a year, is the
world’s busiest airport, a distinction
it has held since 1998. The airport
serves an average of 275,000 passengers daily, according to its website.
Nearly 2,500 planes arrive and depart each day. AP
has 11,000 employees worldwide.
The company released a statement
paying tribute to its founder, praising both his philanthropic efforts
and what it described as his vision
for healthcare.
The Shermans were among Canada’s most generous philanthropists,
making numerous multimilliondollar donations to hospitals, schools
and charities.
They hosted Prime Minister Justin Trudeau at a Liberal Party fundraiser in 2015 and had buildings
named in their honour.
Canadian Business magazine recently estimated Mr Sherman’s
worth at C$4.77bn (£2.8bn), making
him the 15th richest person in the
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Mr Sherman was not
without controversy.
He faced legal action from his
uncle’s children, who alleged
they had been cut out of Apotex.
A judge dismissed their claim
earlier this year.
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It is now the world’s busiest airport – but not for long
By Simon Calder
At the start of the most highpressure week of the year, the
world’s busiest airport suffered a
power failure that stranded tens
of thousands of travellers.
Despite Atlanta’s success
in US aviation, it is an outlier.
Hartsfield airport serves a city of
fewer than half-a-million people,
making it smaller than Kansas
City and Oklahoma City. Yet it
handles 100 million passengers
a year. Most of them are transfer
travellers; even in this very large
airport, the minimum connecting
time is as low as 35 minutes for
domestic passengers.
But Atlanta seems about to
cede its world-beating status.
According to analysis of current
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and most beloved members of the
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community is steeped in grief. I am
heartbroken,” she added. AP
growth profiles, by 2022 the
Georgia airport will have been
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Jeremy Lee (pictured), head chef of the
London restaurant Quo Vadis, has
backed i’s Christmas Appeal with Magic
Breakfast, and reveals a love of
granola for breakfast.
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What is your most
memorable breakfast?
I think it was an Aberdeen rowie
[breakfast roll] with my mum’s
marmalade and a coffee from our
first espresso machine. I must’ve been
about eight or nine and developed a
taste for black coffee from a young age. I
remember it being so delicious to have
a roll and a coffee when good things
were not easy to find.
Do you usually
eat breakfast?
We make [American
artist] Georgia
O’Keefe’s recipe for
granola that she
used to make on her
ranch and a friend
of hers wrote down.
It’s great because
it’s not fruit heavy
but full of toasted
nuts and grains. I
have it at Quo Vadis
with Neal’s Yard
Dairy yoghurt and
our house-made
preserves.
What did you have for
breakfast as a child?
Toast, butter and
marmalade. Bacon
rolls occasionally and
sometimes porridge.
What would you
recommend for a quick,
healthy breakfast?
A soft-boiled egg or two on a
very good rye sourdough.
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A cocktail of poor mental
health provision and a mixture
of substance and alcohol abuse
among among some parents
is leaving a disturbingly high
number of children in “very
vulnerable situations”.
A school safeguarding specialist, speaking on condition of
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role hunger plays in neglect.
“We’ve had four children who
were removed from their parents
over the summer for neglect,” the
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“They still come to us, because
they are with their foster parents,
but they will be put up for adoption.
They are such beautiful children.
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More than half of the pupils
at the school receive free school
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children through the charity
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is how they are being brought up.
“This is real, tough life here. If
these children have a warm meal
at the start of the day it makes
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It means they can concentrate
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The annual state of the nation
Can vloggers rival comics and football in the festive book market? By Lena Corner
I
t’s like surveying a time
capsule as I stand in WHSmith
looking at the shelves groaning
under the collective weight
of the festive annuals – a neat
snapshot of the world in which
we live, all bound in robust shiny
hardback covers.
Pride of place these days goes
to the official Minecraft Annual,
alongside numerous others devoted
to YouTubers and other stars of the
internet. In contrast there’s just a
single offering from the world of pop
this year: the Little Mix Special.
The enduringly popular My
Weekly, featuring cover star Darcey
Bussell, sits next to the three big
football offerings – Match, Shoot and
Match of the Day. Reassuringly, the
Beano, Dandy and eternally creepy
Rupert annuals are all there too.
“Annuals always do well for us,”
says Pete, the store’s manager. “You
can’t go wrong with an old classic.
Last year we had a mountain of
Rupert annuals and I thought we’d
never get rid of them. We sold out
early. So too with the My Weekly and
The People’s Friend annual. In 10
years we’ve never had a single one
left. But the ones that do the best
of all are the ones that reflect the
times. Last year it was all about the
Star Wars annual because Rogue One
was out. This year it’s all about the
YouTubers.”
An annual is the antithesis of
everything our digital age has to
offer – a year’s worth of content
bound up and destined to gather
dust. That a group of millennials
with millions of subscribers to
their instant updates have been
shoehorned into something as old
fashioned and papery as an annual
feels hugely ironic.
Many of us can measure our
passage through time in terms of the
annuals we received. For me it was
Mandy as a child, then Jackie, Blue
Jeans and on into my teens living
through the pages of the Top of the
Pops Annual.
According to Kiera O’Brien, The
Bookseller’s charts and data editor,
we hit peak sales in the annuals
category back in 2009 when we
spent £18.7m on 4.6 million of them.
“The annual category has been in
steady decline ever since,” she says.
“In 2016 there were 2.28 million
books sold for £7.8m. Although they
are now roughly at the same level
they were in the mid-noughties.”
Flicking through the pages of
The Ultimate Guide to Vloggers, 2018
Edition, you can perhaps see why
sales have gone down. It’s poorly
designed with cheap photography
and feels thrown together. A sample
Breathing new life into the category
is a crop of slightly off-the-wall,
jokier annuals. There’s the Jeremy
Corbyn Annual 2018, for example.
Features include ‘Corbyn’s Kindfulness Corner: Be like Jeremy
every day,’ a Diane Abbott fact
file and as many Jezza pin-ups
as you could ever wish for.
Liza Tarbuck has produced
I an [sic] Distracted
by Everything: An
Annual For Grown-
Could ‘naked’ homes be the
answer to the housing crisis?
Developers are turning to the DIY route to answer
demand from Generation Rent. By Megan Townsend
F
The Naked House project is
aiming to supply homes that
provide the bare minimum to pass
mortgage regulations. There would
be no costly kitchen fittings, lights
or internal walls – but dwellings
would be around a third cheaper
than the market rate, with owners
Naked House has received the
backing of the Mayor of London and
already has a site lined up in Enfield,
north London, where it aims to start
building in 2019 and expects
to finish the following
year. The company
is also looking at
locations in the
capital’s Lewisham
and Croydon areas.
London isn’t the
only place where
customisable builds
are being launched.
ShedKm and Urban Splash
architects launched The House
project in Manchester last year,
building empty homes and leaving it
to buyers to design the interiors.
Martyn Evans, former creative
director of the developer Cathedral
Group, is among the sceptics,
telling Dezeen magazine: “Buying
a shell just simply means you get it
cheaper because you’re not paying
for stuff.”
But it’s not supposed to
solve the housing crisis,
says Mr Double. “We’re
not forcing anyone to
do it – there’s a lot of
people who wouldn’t
be right for the project
and they wouldn’t
want to finish their own
homes,” he says.
“Self-builds are unlikely
to home the most needy in
society – but we want to provide an
alternative to people sick of being
spoon-fed a home, and instead
provide something affordable and
customisable.” THE INDEPENDENT
Left-field reads Inside Tarbuck’s brain and be like Jezza
SOCIETY
our walls and a roof, the
most basic of bathrooms
and a sink. A couple of
electricity sockets – but no
flooring or wall coverings.
This is what a not-for-profit housing
developer is proposing as a solution
for Generation Rent.
Ups. It’s basically a compendium
of stuff in Tarbuck’s brain, which
doesn’t sound as bad as you may
think. Alongside a Charles
Bukowski poem, there’s a
Paul Newman pin-up (inset)
and a paper doll cut-out of
Miriam Margolyes with four
outfit changes.
“When it came to writing
my first book, this was a format
that would exactly suit the
way I think,” says Tarbuck.
feature: a page full of empty white
speech bubbles and the question
“What do you imagine the vlogger is
saying here?”
According to Bea Appleby, Editor
of The Female Lead, this misses the
point entirely. “I was obsessed with
magazines from a very early age, so
the Christmas annuals were very
important to me,” she says. “They
were particularly special because
of their hardback form, which gave
them ‘reference book status’ in my
bedroom. The Smash Hits Yearbook
was always top of my Christmas
list. There are some spreads that
I remember vividly to this day, not
just because I pored over them, but
because the quality of the shoots
and writing was excellent.”
This attention to detail still
exists in the making of some
annuals. Planning for The Beano, for
example, begins a year and a half
before publication, with a team of
up to 30 working on it.
“The Beano is an institution that
people love and with that come
certain expectations,” says Craig
Graham, the comic’s managing
editor. “People want the annual to
be different from the previous year
but with the same characters and
familiar storylines that will give
them that same feeling inside. We
guard that very carefully.”
“When I was editor, if a script
came through and it was really,
really good, I would always put it
aside for the annual rather than the
weekly comic. In the annual there
is more freedom to run things over
extra pages, which means the artist
can really go to town on the detail
and make it extra special.”
This sort of effort doesn’t go
unnoticed and The Beano has sat
at the top of the annual charts for
the past 20 years, aside from one
year when the One Direction Annual
knocked it off. By early December
this year The Beano had sold 83,965
copies, beating The Minecraft
Annual (63,670) into second and
Match (55,918) into third.
able to decide what they want to
add to the 50sqm space (inset).
“A lot of people want to be
creative,” says founder Neil Double,
who co-founded the company with
three friends after failing to find
a property in London that was
affordable and customisable.
Television Tuesday 19 December
CRITIC’S
CHOICE
GERARD GILBERT
PICK OF THE DAY
The Royal Variety
Performance 2017
7.30pm, ITV
Miranda Hart becomes the first
woman to host the annual
fundraiser when she introduces the
Duke and Duchess of Cambridge at
the London Palladium as their “Royal
Highnii” and persuades Prince
William to shout her catchphrase
“such fun”. Using a combination of
stand-up and sketches, Hart (left)
does a good job imbuing this often
clunky entertainment with warmth
and intimacy that was probably
much needed after the performance
was delayed for an hour following
last month’s terror scare at Oxford
Circus. Fellow performers include
The Killers, The Script and, of course,
the winners of Britain’s Got Talent.
===
The Repair Shop At Christmas
7pm, BBC2
A seasonal visit to the craftsmen and
women, who here restore some
beloved Christmas treasures. On the
workbench are a Victorian jukebox
called a Polyphon which has rusted
into silence (moving sisters Ann and
Kathryn to tears when they hear it
play the family’s favourite carol for
the first time in decades) and a Betty
Doll, the only Christmas present
received by evacuee Patricia in 1939,
which is now brought back to life.
===
Jamie’s Italian Christmas
8pm, Channel 4
Recorded before the first significant
snowfall hit the Italian Alps, although
it certainly looks cold enough as
6.00 Flog It! Trade Secrets
(R) (S). 6.30 Let’s Get A
Good Thing Going (R) (S).
7.15 Street Auction (R) (S).
8.00 Sign Zone: Celebrity
Antiques Road Trip (R) (S).
9.00 Victoria Derbyshire
(S). 11.00 BBC Newsroom
Live (S). 12.00 Daily
Politics (S). 1.00 The Link
(R) (S). 1.45 Equestrian:
Olympia Grand Prix
Highlights (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).
8.35 Everybody Loves
Raymond (R) (S). 9.00
Frasier (R) (S). 9.35 Frasier
(R) (S). 10.05 The Big
Bang Theory (R) (S). 10.35
The Big Bang Theory
(R) (S). 11.00 Ramsay’s
Kitchen Nightmares USA
(R) (S). 12.00 Channel
4 News Summary (S).
12.05 Jamie’s Cracking
Christmas (S). 12.20 FILM:
Carry On Cabby (Gerald
Thomas 1963) Comedy,
starring Sid James (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 Sacred Rivers
With Simon
Reeve (R) (S).
6.00 ITV Regional
News; Weather
(S).
6.30 ITV News;
Weather (S).
6.00 The Simpsons
(R) (S).
6.30 Hollyoaks Ryan
collapses in
front of Ste and
Tegan (S).
7.00 The One Show
Live chat and
topical reports
(S).
7.30 EastEnders (S).
7.00 The Repair Shop
At Christmas
How family
treasures are
restored in time
for Christmas
(S).
7.00 Emmerdale (S).
7.30 The Royal
Variety
Performance
2017 Miranda
Hart hosts the
annual event (S).
7.00 Channel 4 News
(S).
8pm
8.00 Holby City
Morven is torn
between her
past and her
future. Last in
the series (S).
8.00 MasterChef: The
Professionals –
The Finals (S).
9pm
9.00 U2 At The
BBC The band
performs some
of their biggest
hits (S).
9.00 Rick Stein’s
Road To
Mexico The
chef reaches
Oaxaca, home
to Mexico’s
national cheese.
10pm
10.00BBC News At
Ten (S).
10.30 BBC Regional
News; Weather
(S).
10.45 Drugsland (S).
10.00The League Of
Gentlemen (S).
10.30 Newsnight (S).
11.45 KKK: The Fight
For White
Supremacy
Documentary
(R) (S).
12.50 BBC News (S).
Daytime
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
(R) (S). 1.00 BBC News At
One; Weather (S). 1.30 BBC
Regional News; Weather
(S). 1.45 Father Brown (R)
(S). 2.40 Escape To The
Country (R) (S). 3.25 The
Instant Gardener (R) (S).
4.15 Money For Nothing
(R) (S). 5.15 Pointless (R) (S).
6pm
7pm
11pm
Late
Jamie Oliver enlists the help of his
“mentor” Gennaro Contaldo (does
accomplished restaurateurbroadcaster Contaldo mind being
thought of this way?) to add Italian
twists to traditional Christmas
cooking, including stuffed porchetta
and sticky balsamic roast potatoes,
all washed down with vin santo.
===
U2 At The BBC
9pm, BBC1
Following Harry Styles and Sam
Smith, U2 make their way to Abbey
Road Studios for probably their
most intimate gig in ages. Bono and
the band perform some of their
biggest hits and (and, presumably,
more pertinently for them) tracks
from their latest album, Songs of
Experience. Cat Deeley hosts.
6.00 Milkshake! 9.15
Access (S). 9.25 FILM:
The Nutcracker Sweet
(Eduardo Schuldt 2015)
Fantasy (S). 10.45 FILM:
Free Birds (Jimmy
Hayward 2013) Comedy (S).
12.30 FILM: Five Children
And It (John Stephenson
2004) Fantasy (S). 2.10
FILM: A Royal Family
Holiday (Lance Kawas
2015) Drama, with Vivica
A Fox (S). 3.50 FILM:
Hearts Of Christmas
(Monika Mitchell 2016)
Drama, with Emilie
Ullerup (S). 5.25 FILM:
A Prince For Christmas
(Fred Olen Ray 2015)
Festive romance,
starring Viva Bianca (S).
===
Shamed
9pm, Channel 4
When she was 17, Sarah Ivy (Faye
Marsay) was a carefree teenager
with a world of opportunity before
her. Fast-forward 10 years and she is
plotting to have two men kidnapped
and held against their will. Writer/
director Anthony Phillipson’s timely
revenge drama feels a bit Black
Mirror as the connection between
the trio eventually reveals itself.
===
Invasion! With Sam Willis
9pm, BBC4
The historian completes his
engagingly informative series by
looking at French plans to invade
Britain by balloon, and the
subterranean fortress built in the
Ryan McKen stars as
Mani in ‘Shamed’
9pm, Channel 4
Oliver’s twist: Jamie
offers advice on how
to have the perfect
‘Italian Christmas’
8pm, Channel 4
U2 perform in concert
at Abbey Road Studios
9pm, BBC1
7.00 World’s
Strongest Man
2017 Highlights
of the British
Open from
the Doncaster
Dome (S).
7.00 Beyond 100
Days (S).
7.30 Christmas
University
Challenge
Bristol takes on
Nottingham (R).
6.45 FILM: Night At
The Museum
(Shawn Levy
2006) Fantasy
comedy,
starring Ben
Stiller (S).
8.00 Jamie’s Italian
Christmas
Jamie Oliver
cooks a festive
meal with an
Italian twist (S).
8.00 Jo Brand’s
Cats & Kittens
Christmas
Special
Cameras follow
a cat colony in
Liverpool (S).
8.00 Armada – 12
Days To Save
England How
the Spanish
Armada was
defeated. Last in
the series (R) (S).
9.00 Shamed
Revenge drama,
starring Faye
Marsay (S).
9.00 Britain’s
Favourite
Biscuit The
nation’s best
loved biscuits
are revealed (S).
9.00 Invasion! With
Sam Willis
The historian
discovers
French plans to
invade Britain
by balloon (S).
10.10 ITV News;
Weather (S).
10.40 ITV Regional
News; Weather
(S).
10.50 Lethal Weapon
(R) (S).
10.00Extraordinary
Teens: Young,
Gifted And
Broke (S).
10.30 Greatest Ever
Christmas
Movies
Countdown of
festive films (R)
(S).
10.00The Science Of
D-Day (R) (S).
10.30 Flying
Scotsman –
Sounds From
The Footplate
(R) (S).
11.15 NFL This Week
Action from the
15th round of
fixtures (S).
11.50 Lethal Weapon
Riggs makes
a shocking
discovery about
Miranda’s death.
Last in the
series (R) (S).
11.05 Micky
Flanagan’s Out
Out Tour A
performance by
the comedian
(R) (S).
12.05 Dara And Ed’s Road
To Mandalay (R) (S). 1.05
Sign Zone: The Apprentice
(R) (S). 2.05 Sign Zone:
Expedition Volcano (R) (S).
3.05 This Is BBC Two (S).
12.35 Jackpot247 3.00
Loose Women (R). 3.50
ITV Nightscreen 5.05 The
Jeremy Kyle Show (R) (S).
12.10 Naked Attraction
(R) (S). 1.05 The Supervet
At Christmas (R) (S). 2.00
The Secret Life Of The Zoo
At Christmas (R) (S). 2.55
Grand Designs Australia
(R) (S). 3.50 Phil Spencer:
Secret Agent (R) (S).
1.15 SuperCasino (S). 3.10
GPs: Behind Closed Doors
(R) (S). 4.00 Now That’s
Funny! (S). 4.45 House
Doctor (R) (S). 5.10 Great
Artists (R) (S). 5.35 Wildlife
SOS (R) (S).
6.00 The Cube: Celebrity
Special (R) (S). 6.45
Britain’s Got Talent:
Our Top Ten Ant & Dec
Moments (R) (S). 7.35
Emmerdale (R) (S). 8.00
Coronation Street (R) (S).
9.00 The Ellen DeGeneres
Show (R) (S). 9.50 Mr
Bean (R). 10.30 Totally
Bonkers Guinness World
Records (R) (S). 10.45
You’ve Been Framed!
Gold At Christmas (R) (S).
11.15 I’m A Celebrity…
Get Me Out Of Here!
Coming Out (R) (S). 12.20
Emmerdale (R) (S).
12.50 Coronation Street
(R) (S). 1.50 The Ellen
DeGeneres Show (S).
2.40 Jeremy Kyle: DNA
Bombshells (R) (S).
6.00 Take Me Out
Celebrity
Special With
James “Arg’
Argent, Melvin
Odoom and Nile
Wilson (R) (S).
7.00 You’ve Been
Framed! At
Christmas (R)
(S).
7.30 You’ve Been
Framed! (R) (S).
8.00 Two And A Half
Men (R) (S).
8.30 Two And A
Half Men Alan
updates his look
(R) (S).
9.00 FILM: Carol
(Todd Haynes
2015) Romantic
drama, starring
Cate Blanchett
and Rooney
Mara (S).
9.00 FILM: The
Hangover Part
II (Todd Phillips
2011) Comedy
sequel, starring
Bradley Cooper
(S).
11.30 The Trains That
Time Forgot:
Britain’s
Lost Railway
Journeys (R) (S).
11.20 FILM: Safe
House (Daniel
Espinosa
2012) Thriller,
with Denzel
Washington (S).
11.10 Family Guy (R).
11.35 Family Guy
Stewie decides
to take revenge
on Father
Christmas (R)
(S).
12.30 Mexico: Earth’s
Festival Of Life 1.30
Bought With Love: The
Secret History Of British
Art Collections (R) (S). 2.35
The Man Who Collected
The World: William
Burrell (R) (S). 3.30 Close
1.35 FILM: Girlhood (Celine
Sciamma 2014) Drama,
starring Karidja Toure (S).
3.55 Close
12.05 Family Guy (R) (S). 1.05
American Dad! (R) (S). 2.00
The Keith And Paddy Picture
Show (R) (S). 2.25 FILM:
Carrie (Kimberly Peirce
2013) (S). 4.05 Britain’s Got
Talent: Our Top Ten Ant &
Dec Moments (R) (S).
NEWS
2-27
19th century when Napoleonic
invasion paranoia was at fever pitch.
===
The League Of Gentlemen
10pm, BBC2
Royston Vasey faces being erased
from the map in the second slice of
the revived cult comedy classic.
FILM
CHOICE
LAURENCE PHELAN
===
Extraordinary Teens: Young,
Gifted And Broke
10pm, Channel 4
Pianist and composer Shane Thomas
hit the headlines in 2009 – aged just
10 – when he was hailed as Britain’s
answer to Mozart. But seven years
later his promising career has
disappeared into obscurity. As
Thomas turns 17, cameras reveal
why he failed to fulfil his potential.
VOICES
16-20
TV
28-29
IQ
30-39
BUSINESS SPORT
40-43
47-55
FILM OF THE DAY
===
9pm, Film4
(Todd Haynes, 2015)
Haynes’ period adaptation of the
Patricia Highsmith novel The Price
Of Salt – a lesbian love story about
an encounter between a young shop
assistant in a 1950s Manhattan
department store (Rooney Mara, left)
and an older, more experienced, more
glamorous but unhappily married
socialite (Cate Blanchett) – is perfectly
manicured and styled and exquisitely
mounted. But it is swoony too, the
passions no less keenly felt just
because they are subject to restraint.
And the film doesn’t always stick
to the path that stories about
forbidden love in less enlightened
times usually follow, which gives it
an added subversive thrill.
11am, Film4
(Douglas Sirk, 1954)
Sirk’s florid and extraordinary
Technicolor melodrama stars Rock
Hudson as an idle rich playboy who
discovers renewed purpose after
falling in love with a woman he
inadvertently widows in an accident.
Carol
Magnificent Obsession
Girlhood
1.35am, Film4
(Céline Sciamma, 2014)
This watchful but non-judgmental
rites-of-passage drama immerses
you in the lives of a gang of black
teenage girls from the concrete
towers outside Paris. It is sometimes
uncomfortable, at other times sad but
always thrilling, fascinating and real.
BBC Radio 1
6.00 Judge Judy (R) (S).
6.20 Classic Coronation
Street (R) (S). 6.45 Classic
Coronation Street (R)
(S). 7.10 Heartbeat (R) (S).
8.15 The Royal (R) (S). 9.15
Judge Judy (R) (S). 9.40
Judge Judy (R) (S). 10.05
Judge Judy (R) (S). 10.35
A Touch Of Frost (R) (S).
12.40 The Royal (R) (S).
1.40 Heartbeat (R) (S).
2.40 Classic Coronation
Street (R) (S). 3.15 Classic
Coronation Street (R) (S).
3.45 A Touch Of Frost (R)
(S). 5.55 Heartbeat (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
Vacation (Michael Feifer
2012) (S). 10.00 Rules Of
Engagement (R) (S). 11.00
How I Met Your Mother (R)
(S). 12.00 New Girl (R) (S).
12.30 New Girl (R) (S).
1.00 The Big Bang Theory
(R) (S). 1.30 The Big Bang
Theory (R) (S). 2.00 Kevin
Can Wait (R) (S). 2.30 Kevin
Can Wait (R) (S). 3.00 How
I Met Your Mother (R)
(S). 3.30 How I Met Your
Mother (R) (S). 4.00 New
Girl (R) (S). 4.30 New Girl
(R) (S). 5.00 Kevin Can Wait
(R) (S). 5.30 Kevin Can Wait
(R) (S).
8.55 Food Unwrapped (R)
(S). 9.35 Four In A Bed (R)
(S). 10.05 Four In A Bed (R)
(S). 10.35 Four In A Bed (R)
(S). 11.05 Four In A Bed (R)
(S). 11.40 Four In A Bed (R)
(S). 12.10 A Place In The
Sun: Winter Sun (R) (S).
1.15 A Place In The Sun:
Winter Sun (R) (S). 2.20
Time Team (R) (S). 3.25
Time Team (R) (S). 4.30 The
Great British Bake Off (R)
(S). 5.50 Jamie’s Best Ever
Christmas (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) (S). 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
Blue Bloods (R) (S). 3.00
Blue Bloods (R) (S). 4.00
Blue Bloods (R) (S). 5.00
Blue Bloods (R) (S).
6.55 Murder, She
Wrote Jessica
investigates
the death of a
theatre critic (R)
(S).
6.00 The Big Bang
Theory (R) (S).
6.30 The Big Bang
Theory Howard
receives
shocking news
(R) (S).
6.55 The Supervet
A senior
neurologist
treats a
Chihuahua born
with fluid on
the brain (R) (S).
6.00 Futurama Fry
unearths the
remains of his
beloved dog (R)
(S).
6.30 The Simpsons
(R) (S).
6.00 Blue Bloods
Erin has to
protect a Mob
informant (R)
(S).
7.00 Hollyoaks Harry
and Ste get
closer (S).
7.30 Brooklyn NineNine (R) (S).
7.55 Grand Designs
An earthsheltered home
in Brittany (R)
(S).
7.00 The Simpsons
(R) (S).
7.30 The Simpsons
Lisa stays with
a Broadway
legend for a
month (R) (S).
7.00 Blue Bloods An
emotionally
distraught man
holds Baez at
gunpoint (R) (S).
8.00 Sky Sports’
Funniest
Moments: Best
Bits A look
back at comical
moments (S).
8.00 Arctic Peril
Lewis Pugh
swims along the
edge of the sea
ice in the Arctic
(S).
8.00 Midsomer
Murders:
Ghosts Of
Christmas
Past A family
reunion leads to
murder (R) (S).
6.30am The Radio 1 Breakfast
Show With Nick Grimshaw
10.00 Clara Amfo 12.45pm
Newsbeat 1.00 Scott Mills 4.00
Greg James 5.45 Newsbeat
6.00 Greg James 7.00 Annie
Mac 9.00 The 8th With Charlie
Sloth 11.00 Huw Stephens
1am Annie Nightingale 3.00
BBC Radio 1 & 1Xtra’s Stories –
Heroes With Annie Nightingale
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 Jamz Supernova 1am
Annie Nightingale Presents
3.00 1Xtra Mixes 4.00 Jamz
Supernova
BBC Radio 2
8.00 The Big Bang
Theory The
friends compete
in a scavenger
hunt (R) (S).
8.30 The Big Bang
Theory (R) (S).
9.00 Tattoo Fixers
At Christmas
Sketch creates
a gingerbreadbased treat for
Luke (R) (S).
9.00 David Jason’s
Secret Service
Last in the
series (S).
9.00 Game Of
Thrones Ned
searches for the
truth about Jon
Arryn’s death (R)
(S).
10.00Cilla Brian
Epstein
suggests Cilla
considers
a change of
direction (R) (S).
10.00Rude Tube
Christmas
Cracker 2016 (R)
(S).
10.00It Was Alright
In The 1970s
Programmes
that flirted with
danger (R) (S).
10.00Trollied –
Christmas
Special (R) (S).
10.30 A League Of
Their Own
Christmas Party
(R) (S).
10.15 Game Of
Thrones A
suspicious
death threatens
to overshadow
the tournament
(R) (S).
11.00 The Guilty
Maggie
uncovers a
secret when she
brings Daniel in
for questioning
(R) (S).
11.05 The Big Bang
Theory Sheldon
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12.00 The Knock (R) (S).
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(R) (S). 3.45 A Touch Of
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How I Met Your Mother (R)
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Kerry Washington (R) (S).
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Bruce 12noon Jeremy Vine
2.00 Steve Wright In The
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Nigel Ogden: The Organist
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Playlist 3.00 Radio 2 Playlist:
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Vanessa Feltz
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6.30am Breakfast. With Petroc
Trelawny. 9.00 Essential
Classics. With Brian Blessed.
12noon Composer Of The
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explores JS Bach’s time in
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Radio 3 Lunchtime Concert.
Mahan Esfahani plays solo
harpsichord music by Bach.
2.00 Afternoon Concert. Three
cantatas by JS Bach performed
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series. Horatio Clare retraces
JS Bach’s famous 250-mile
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7.30 Radio 3 In Concert. 10.00
Free Thinking. 10.45 The Essay:
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are blind or partially sighted.
9.00 All In The Mind. The limits
and potential of the human
minds. Last in the series. 9.30
Black Music In Europe: A
Hidden History. Clarke Peters
uncovers the stories of black
musicians in Europe. 10.00
The World Tonight. With Ritula
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Eleanor Oliphant Is Completely
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Where’s The F In News. Game
show involving current events
and trends. 11.30 Today In
Parliament. Political round-up,
with Susan Hulme. 12mdn’t
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As BBC World Service 5.20
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The Men From The Ministry
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Are Like Fish 5.30 Mark Steel’s
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Tales Of The Supernatural 6.30
Pick
ofthe
day
BBC Radio 4
6am Today 9.00 Black Music
In Europe: A Hidden History
9.30 One To One 9.45 Book Of
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Mysteries Of Sleep 11.30 Viz:
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Black Music In
Europe: A
Hidden History
9am, BBC Radio 4
The Wire actor
Clarke Peters
(above) uncovers
the stories of
black musicians in
Europe, from the
birth of recorded
sound to the height
of the Jazz Age.
Dad Made Me Laugh 7.00 The
Ken Dodd Show 7.30 The Men
From The Ministry 8.00 Killing
Orders 8.30 The Number One
Ladies’ Opera House 9.00
Truman Capote Short Stories
9.15 Lost And Found 10.00
Comedy Club: Mark Steel’s
In Town 10.30 Comedy Club:
Richard Herring’s Objective
10.55 Comedy Club: The
Comedy Club Interview 11.00
Comedy Club: ElvenQuest
11.30 Comedy Club: Lucy
Montgomery’s Variety Pack
12mdn’t A Little Twist Of Dahl
12.15 Charles Dickens – Tales
Of The Supernatural 12.30 Dad
Made Me Laugh 1.00 Killing
Orders 1.30 The Number One
Ladies’ Opera House 2.00
The Remains Of The Day 2.15
A Cause For Caroling 2.30
Dombey And Son 2.45 Alive,
Alive Oh! And Other Things
That Matter 3.00 Ring For
Jeeves 4.00 The Food Quiz
4.30 Semi Circles 5.00 Guests
Are Like Fish 5.30 Mark Steel’s
In Town
BBC 5 Live
6am 5 Live Breakfast 10.00 5
Live Daily With Adrian Chiles
1pm Afternoon Edition 4.00
5 Live Drive 7.00 5 Live Sport
7.45 5 Live Sport: Carabao Cup
Football 2017-18 10.30 Phil
Williams 1am Up All Night 5.00
Morning Reports 5.15 Wake Up
To Money
BBC 6 Music
7am Shaun Keaveny 10.00
Lauren Laverne 1pm Mark
Radcliffe And Stuart Maconie
4.00 Huey Morgan 7.00
Marc Riley 9.00 Gideon
Coe 12mdn’t 6 Music
Recommends With Tom
Ravenscroft 1.00 The First
Time With Neil Hannon 2.00
Joe Strummer’s London Calling
2.30 6 Music Live Hour 3.30
6 Music’s Jukebox 5.00 Chris
Hawkins
Classic FM
6am More Music Breakfast
9.00 John Suchet 1pm AnneMarie Minhall 5.00 Classic FM
Drive 7.00 Smooth Classics
At Seven 8.00 The Full Works
Concert. Jane Jones presents.
10.00 Smooth Classics 1am
Sam Pittis
Absolute Radio
6am Christian O’Connell’s
Breakfast Show 10.00 Leona
Graham 1pm Andy Bush 4.00
Dave Berry 7.00 Danielle Perry
10.00 Pete Donaldson 1am
Chris Martin
Heart
6am Jamie And Emma
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Wilkinson 4.00 JK And Lucy
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Shoob 1am Simon Beale 4.00
Jenni Falconer
TalkSPORT
6am The Alan Brazil Sports
Breakfast With Ray Parlour
10.00 Jim White 1pm
Hawksbee And Jacobs 4.00
Adrian Durham And Darren
Gough 7.00 Kick-off 10.00
Sports Bar 1am Extra Time
With Adam Catterall
Hot dogs and popcorn for
dinner, an Action Man hanging
on the tree and everyone
dressed in Star Wars outfits?
RhodriMarsdenwishes his
Christmas involved some
of these wacky traditions
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Fun for all the
f you think your family is a
bit weird, you should check
out everyone else’s. Family
relationships, frequently
amiable but often volatile,
can have a particular intensity
at Christmas, when we’re forced
to spend many hours in close
proximity to those who have a
similar genetic makeup.
Genes aside, we might not have
that much in common, other
than maybe a surname and some
shared traditions. But those traditions, shaped over decades, to
some extent define our families –
and can be completely mystifying
to outsiders.
I know of one family whose
Christmas begins when their
eldest son drop-kicks a miniature
Christmas tree the length of the
hallway. That’s not normal, and
you won’t find it described by
Dickens in A Christmas Carol. But
that’s the kind of thing that goes
on behind closed doors.
Most of the time we don’t get to
hear about other people’s weird
Christmases, mainly because
we’re too immersed in our own.
The only time this stuff tends
to become apparent to us is
when romantic liaisons blossom,
and you suddenly find yourself
spending Christmas with a family
who “does” Christmas completely
differently (or, as a friend said to
me, “completely wrong”).
You suddenly realise that your
annual habit of eating spaghetti
with hazelnuts on Christmas
Eve is considered shocking,
and you find your partner’s lack
of interest in joining in with a
chorus of We Three Kings of Orient
The people who we
think have no truck
with Christmas often
secretly do
Are at daybreak baffling. Two
Christmases colliding can have
the explosive force of nuclear
fusion, if you’re as prone to
exaggeration as I am.
This year, I spent all spring
and summer talking to hundreds
of people about the way they
celebrate Christmas. No one (as
far as I can tell) has ever bothered
to do this kind of survey before, so
it tended to take the interviewees
a while to formulate their answers.
Often, they’d say: “Oh, we
just have a normal Christmas,”
but it turned out to be anything
but. Some families dress up as
characters from The Chronicles Of
Narnia for Christmas Day.
Others might hang an Action
Man on the Christmas tree
or have a family sausage-rolleating competition or perform a
festive zombie apocalypse play
in the living room or celebrate
the birthday of footballer Gary
McAllister on 25 December
because they don’t believe
in God.
S u d d e n l y, m i d story, people would
realise that their
Christmases were
bizarre affairs that
stand in stark contrast
to the picture-postcard
versions. They would
suddenly remember the
time they swore at their devout
grandmother when playing
Trivial Pursuit or when their
brother revealed his negative Aids
test result over the figgy pudding,
and they’d get a new insight into
what (if anything) Christmas
might mean to them.
Having accumulated these
insights, I put them all a book
called A Very British Christmas.
(It was going to be called Have
Yourself A Very British Christmas
but there wasn’t enough room on
the cover.)
Its centrepiece is a collection of
stories and illustrations of people’s
cramped and uncomfortable
Christmas Eve sleeping
arrangements, which I’ve been
collecting on social media for six
years and which provided me with
the first hint that there
might be an intriguing
underbelly of
human behaviour
worth exploring.
And so it turned
out.
Over the
course of
many phone
calls, pub chats,
emails and instant
messages, I learned
what it costs to maintain
an eye-popping exterior light
display outside your house in St
Albans, that pork pie sandwiches
are a traditional Christmas Day
breakfast for citizens in parts
of the East Midlands, and that
people working in hospitals over
Christmas bear an extraordinary
emotional and physical burden
with enormous grace and
compassion.
The contrast of all this
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Rhodri Marsden
and his mother,
Pamela, fail to
laugh at a cracker
joke; above and
far left, receiving
presents as a
child was much
more fun; inset,
Rhodri attempts
to get into the
festive spirit
with a paper hat
family
unusualness with the John Lewis
Christmas advert could not be
greater. Indeed, for many people,
Christmas can have unwelcome
and unpleasant memories, and
they don’t enjoy celebrating it
at all.
The reminder that this time
of year doesn’t automatically
provide us with fun is a thread that
ran through my research.
However hard we might wish
Christmas to be “perfect” (in the
manner of an EastEnders soap
character), our lives might simply
be a bit rubbish that particular
year, and the need to miraculously
transform them from rubbish to
spectacular over Christmas week
can result in intolerable pressure
and some bizarre incidents.
I spoke to one woman who,
faced with spending Christmas
as a single parent with just her 10year-old son, asked him what he
might like for Christmas dinner.
He said: “Hot dogs and popcorn.”
She reluctantly agreed – but
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now they do the same thing every
year; it’s become their thing, just
before the Queen’s speech. Not
only is it unique to them, but
there’s hardly any washing up to
do. Double bubble.
I also discovered that the people
who we think have no truck with
Christmas secretly do. Every
ye a r we’re t o l d t h a t o u r
Christmas is under threat from
politically correct councils
pandering to people of other
faiths, particularly Muslims,
and yet Christmas emerges
completely unscathed year after
year, and many Muslim families
buy into the festivities wholesale.
One Muslim woman told me
how she feels that they’re seen as
the Christmas pantomime villains,
so she does the whole shebang,
properly, with a tree, presents and
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a spicy Christmas dinner for the
whole family. I mean, why not?
We’ve all got a day off, after all.
After spending months trying
to work out what the “meaning” of
Christmas might be, I came to the
conclusion that it’s pretty much
up to us, and we shouldn’t feel
remotely ashamed about the way
we celebrate – even if it involves
getting drunk and spending loads
of money.
Yes, we’re clearly meant to
be commemorating the birth of
Jesus, but given that only 5 per
cent of us attend church on a
regular basis, it’s safe to say that
few of us are thinking about the
son of God as we pop out to Asda
to pick up some chipolatas.
If, as historians believe,
Christmas piggybacked onto
pagan celebrations of the winter
solstice, we could say that
Christmas has a lot to do with
indulging ourselves wantonly.
In the northern hemisphere,
Christmas has always represented
a chink of light in the middle of a
cold, dark period where we can
recharge our batteries by stuffing
our faces with fruit cake.
But these days, when we can
stuff our faces with fruit cake all
year round, spending hundreds
of pounds in shops or online is an
understandable way of satisfying
that psychological need.
Church leaders might tell us
that we’re ruining Christmas, but
plunging ourselves into debt and
then trying to haul ourselves out
of it in January is just another of
those unusual British traditions.
My six-month immersion
into other people’s Christmases
obviously made me think more
about my own.
I was relieved to talk to other
men who never know what they
want for Christmas or what to get
anyone else, and I found solace in
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the fact that we’re part of a long
tradition. (“Men can be most
amusing over their purchases,”
said a report for the Luton News in
1902, “telling us that they haven’t
an idea of what sort of thing
women like.”)
I remembered writing a terrible
Christmas carol as a precocious
10-year-old. My parents found a
cassette tape of it and sent it to
me, and I forced myself to listen
to it while curled up on the floor,
shrieking in embarrassment. I
reflected on my family’s rather
reserved, gentle celebrations,
and our tendency to lapse into
mundane conversation (“I don’t
like ten-pence pieces. I don’t
like fives much, either. I do like
twenties. Fifties are alright, I
suppose.”)
I couldn’t help but be slightly
envious of the families I spoke to
who, say, dressed up in Star Wars
costumes on Christmas Day, but
ultimately I decided that both
approaches were just fine.
My family’s polite, gentle
present-giving ceremony bears
no resemblance to the thrillingly
dramatic scene described to me
by my friend Dee, when one year
her grandmother gave her a
packet of biscuits and her brother
a cheque for £2,000 – but who’s to
say which was best?
I have always had a fascination
for the seemingly inconsequential
stuff which, when examined,
reveals everything about who we
are: subtleties of communication,
impulsive choices, and ingrained
behaviours.
If you imagined what a study
of the British Christmas might
find, you’d probably think of
turkey, Baileys, municipal festive
lights, Love Actually, tinsel, uncles
dressing up as Santa, Mariah
Carey – but these things are just
hooks on which Christmas is
hung. The real British Christmas
is about our emotional response
to those things, an intense
co m b i n at i o n o f n o s t a l g i a ,
boredom, anticipation, excess,
conflict and love. As a result,
Christmas is almost impossible
to define. Because it’s different for
us all.
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Discomfort and
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Nature
The
great
flower
hunt
Botanists travel to the furthest
reaches of the Earth in search of
new plants, which can lead to some
tricky situations along the way, as
MaartenChristenhuszfound
W
e had been on the
road for weeks. It
was a search for
plants that had
brought us here to
the Australian outback – native tobacco plants, to be precise. That’s
our job as botanists: hunting for
unusual plants, including some
of the 2,000 or so species that are
newly identified worldwide each
year. But it is amazing what else
you can find in landscapes like
this, among the abandoned towns
of an arid land, where people and
nature alike survive but seemingly
only on the edge. It is surprising
that there are any plants of interest to find at all.
Our team – Mark Chase,
Michael Fay and myself – had
ended up here as part of careerlong research that has resulted
in our encyclopedia Plants of the
World. We have long been seeking to catalogue all the vascular
plants in the world – those with
extensive tissues inside that conduct fluids, including ferns and
conifers as well as flowers – and it
was a task that proved even more
demanding than we had expected.
In the many journeys we’ve embarked upon through decades of
plant hunting, we have suffered
from altitude sickness and tropical parasites. We have survived
robberies and a military coup,
as well as being abandoned on a
mountain by a grumpy helicopter
pilot. A volcano in Ecuador and
an earthquake in Costa Rica have
also conspired against us – not to
mention the weather.
When we fail to locate plants, or
the season isn’t suitable, we might
wonder whether all the effort is
worth it. However, when we do
encounter them it is all the more
worthwhile, even the strange and
sometimes intimidating visits we
have to make to the back of beyond. And our Australian expeditions particularly spring to mind.
A STRANGE WELCOME
It was after a successful day of
collecting during one of our out-
back trips that we arrived at our
accommodation in a small town
in the Western Australian Goldfields. The hotel, a Victorian building from the time of the Gold Rush
in 1880, was shut, the shutters
closed, the front fence padlocked.
On the door a sign claimed it was
the “best hotel in town”; the only
one in fact.
Across the road a few people
were lighting a “barbie” and they
advised us to go round the back
where a gate might be open. It
was, and we went in to be greeted by two fierce-looking Great
Danes. Then a small woman in
camouflage gear with a gun over
her shoulder appeared. “Good you
didn’t show up earlier, as I was out
hunting and prospecting,” she said
in a broad Australian accent.
“What were you hunting for?”
we asked. “Better not ask,” she answered, and the subject changed
to food. “Did they tell you we don’t
serve food on a Sunday?”
“No, is there another place to
eat?” “Nope,” was the stern reply,
but after a lengthy pause she
added: “But you can come to the
staff barbecue and we’ll figure out
what to charge you.”
Having been shown our rooms
– in converted shipping containers behind the hotel – we met the
other staff, all appearing to relish living below the radar in this
out-of-the-way place. One showed
us some sticks to identify to be
sure we were botanists. Sandalwood, a highly prized outback species, is often poached. And after a
very windy night (the fence blew
over and the big dogs escaped),
come dawn we were happy just to
have survived.
We drove south. It had been a
wet winter so the desert was covered in rare wild flowers, a multicoloured carpet on ochre sand. We
collected some for our studies on
how plants evolve to cope in these
harsh environments, taking advantage of the rare rains. In our
extensive travels in the outback
of Australia we are rarely so surprised, but often enthralled.
CARIBBEAN CRISIS
Masked
gunmen
stormed the
reception,
took the
safe keys
and stole
everything
Luck can play a big part in the success of our trips – and sometimes
bad can lead to good, as I found in
my trip to Jamaica.
The island does not have a great
reputation for safety, particularly
if you venture outside the resorts –
exactly what you have to do if you
are a biologist looking for plants.
You can stumble upon cannabis
plantations and other things that
people don’t want you to see.
However, it was while I was in
my hotel in Kingston when trouble came my way. On my last night
two masked gunmen stormed the
reception, shot the attendant in
the leg, took the keys of the safe
and stole everything, including my
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Talking point
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tough act to follow, but in the
10 years, their TV successors
have not emerged.’
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passport. My flight was the next
day, but without a passport, there
was no way I was going anywhere.
I’m from the Netherlands and
the Dutch embassy had been
closed due to frequent burglaries, so my new passport had to
be issued by the embassy in Havana instead. This took a month,
so in that time I continued plant
hunting, including making a
collection of all the plants on a
small offshore island.
It gave me a good insight into
the Caribbean flora, which I
wouldn’t have had if my passport
hadn’t been stolen: a silver lining
in the dark cloud.
DUDE, WHERE’S OUR CHOPPER?
A grass tree,
‘Xanthorrhoea
preissii’ in Australia
(above); a species of
lily, ‘Zantedeschia
aethiopica’, native
to southern Africa
(bottom); from
the left, Mark
Chase, Michael
Fay and Maarten
Christenhusz with
two grass tree species
in Australia (top
right); a tree species
discovered by the
authors, ‘Petenaea
cordata (inset)
TOM MIRENDA;
MARIA VORONTSOVA
In the modern era, is it still possible to really be lost in the world?
When a helicopter drops you on a
side peak of a tepui (table mountain) in deepest South America
and decides not to collect you for
several days, the answer is yes.
One of our team, Mark, was
dropped at an unexplored site on
the Cerro de la Neblina, a large
table-top mountain on the
Venezuelan-Colombian-Brazilian border,
as part of a multinational, multidisciplinary
expedition to this
largest and most
remote of the
tepuis in South
America.
On top of this
minor peak was a place
covered by large bromeliad plants about a metre tall. The
rest of the area was tree-covered,
making a drop-off impossible, so
the team cleared a space to allow
the helicopter to land and deliver
food, tents and the equipment
needed for four days collecting.
The next day, the impulsive
head of the expedition decided he
wanted to take the helicopter to
a site nearby to practice landing
on a river and needed everyone to
leave immediately. Having spent
two days clearing the site and
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The genius
of Hamilton
Lin-Manuel Miranda turned
a forgotten founding father
into the tragic hero of a
modern musical classic.
By Sarah Churchwell
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The Princess
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BY CARRIE FISHER
Before she died in
December 2016,
Carrie Fisher
discovered
some of the
diaries she had
written during
the filming of
‘Star Wars’. They offer the
insecurities and dreams
of a 19-year-old in poetry
and an unfiltered stream
of consciousness, angsting
about love and the impact of
fame on her life .
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CERTIFICATE 12, 118 MINS
A criminally
entertaining
caper about
a builder
(Channing
Tatum) who
plans a heist
with his
one-armed
brother (Adam Driver).
Steven Soderbergh directs.
t begins “How does a
bastard, orphan, son of a
whore/And a Scotsman/
dropped in the middle
of a forgotten spot in the
Caribbean by providence
impoverished,/In squalor, grow up
to be a hero and a scholar?”
It’s a good question, and the
rest of the musical Hamilton – all
three glorious hours of it – offers
many answers. A similar question
might be asked of the show itself,
which began with startlingly
unpromising materials. How
does the story of an 18th-century
American statesman, an elitist
quasi-monarchist and a federalist,
all but forgotten, left out of most
popular American histories, set to
rap and hip-hop and performed by
a nearly all non-white cast, become
a global phenomenon? Now that it
has come to the UK at last, after
three smash-hit years moving
from off-Broadway to Broadway
to Chicago to San Francisco –
heading west, in good American
fashion – British audiences can
now find out for themselves.
Although the story of Alexander
Hamilton is complex, the answer
to the question of why it has
become a smash hit is simple:
Lin-Manuel Miranda, the man
who wrote the music, the lyrics,
the book (ie the play), and starred
in the show for two years in New
York before handing over to a
new cast at the end of 2016, is, as
the evidence of his staggeringly
brilliant show makes clear, a
genius, of the stone-cold variety.
Miranda’s accomplishment has
brought comparisons to the titans
of American musical theatre that
may sound extravagant – Rodgers
and Hammerstein, Leonard
Bernstein, Stephen Sondheim.
But none of those composers also
starred in their shows: not only
does he deserve to be in their
company, he has done them all
one better.
Miranda was not the strongest
singer in the show’s original cast,
as he is the first to admit – and he
is a markedly generous composer,
giving many of the best songs to
voices bigger than his own – but
his stage presence is immense. I
had the pleasure of seeing most
of the original cast on Broadway
in New York in June 2016: it was
the night of the EU referendum,
and my British husband and
I emerged from a musical
about debates over federalism,
independence and sovereignty
into the news of Brexit.
But the topicality of the show
was always unmistakable:
Miranda saw in Hamilton’s
story parallels with the political
situation today. Hamilton was an
immigrant, an illegitimate orphan
from the West Indies whose
intellectual potential was so clear
to his neighbours that they pooled
together to send him to university
in America.
He arrived in 1772, at the age
of just fifteen, as revolutionary
spirit was starting to sweep the
colonies. That revolutionary
‘Hamilton’ is a
dramatic story of rise
and fall in the vein of
classical tragedy
spirit is also what drives the show,
reminding Americans in a time of
xenophobia and growing nativism
that the United States has always
been a nation of immigrants
and strivers, offering a call to
democratic meritocracy.
Hamilton became a general
in the Revolutionary War (as
Americans always call it, never the
“War of Independence”) before
becoming George Washington’s
right-hand man and the nation’s
first Secretary of the Treasury.
But it is also a dramatic story of
rise and fall in the vein of classical
tragedy: Hamilton self-destructed
politically and was killed in a duel
by the then Vice President, Aaron
Burr, aged 47.
Part of the reason why the show
has been such a phenomenon in
the US is that Hamilton was the
forgotten Founding Father. Most
of the nation’s other framers –
those who wrote the founding
documents, including not only
the Declaration of Independence
Left: Alexander
Hamilton (17571804), the first
United States
Secretary of the
Treasury.
Inset: Actor Leslie
Odom, Jr performs
on stage during
‘Hamilton’ (right)
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television
SARAH HUGHES
Uncanny comedy
masters return in a
league of their own
» The League of Gentlemen BBC2, 9pm
» Birds of a Feather ITV, 9pm
Times have
changed for
‘The League of
Gentlemen’, with
Mickey (Mark
Gatiss), Pauline
(Steve Pemberton)
and Ross (Reece
Shearsmith)
returning
JAMES STACK
F
Composer, actor
Lin-Manuel Miranda
celebrates receiving
the Grammy award
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and the Constitution, but also
the Federalist Papers, which
were written by Hamilton,
James Madison and John Jay to
promote the ratification of the
Constitution (Hamilton wrote
51 of the 85 articles) – went on
to become president, and have
had institutions, buildings, and
streets named after them, literally
absorbed into the fabric
of the nation. There
is not an American
alive who doesn’t
know that George
Washington was
the first president,
or that Thomas
Jefferson wrote
the Declaration of
Independence. But
Hamilton never became
president, and although his
arguments for federalism, the
banking system, and the national
debt hugely influenced the course
of American history, that history
has tended to marginalise or even
edit him out altogether.
“Enter – me!” as Miranda’s
Hamilton sings near the
beginning of the show: Hamilton
the musical is a conscious act of
national myth-making, returning
Hamilton to the pantheon of
American “founding fathers”. In
so doing, Miranda whitewashes
some of Hamilton’s story, not only
simplifying in the interests of
storytelling (dispensing with six
of his seven children, for example,
and rearranging the chronological
order of certain events), but
also eliminating some
o f H a m i l t o n’s l e s s
sympathetic qualities.
T h e m u s i c a l ’s
Hamilton is opposed
to slavery; the
historical Hamilton
engaged in slave trading and was
inconsistent at best
in his written attitude
to manumission. He was also
a monarchist in all but name,
arguing for a president for life,
while the musical’s Hamilton is
an ardent democrat. Although
he grew up in poverty, Hamilton
was no populist. His suppression
of the Whiskey Rebellion of
1791 – an uprising against an
unpopular tax – does not make it
into Miranda’s tale. But although
its image of Hamilton is sanitised
and modernised, even somewhat
idealised, the musical is not
hagiographic. Its Hamilton is a
complex, impulsive, brilliant man
who makes mistakes but also
leads by example, and inspires.
Questions have been asked
about how this very American
musical will go over in Britain.
Those questions are presumably
only asked by people who haven’t
seen it, or have never met a British
person. Hamilton is a work of such
heart-shaking brilliance that it
transcends petty concerns. People
who hate musicals love Hamilton.
People who have no interest in
American history are fascinated
by Hamilton. It is exhilarating,
dazzling, superlative: and in the
end, questions of history and
politics, nationality and mythmaking, are beside the point. The
point is simple: Hamilton will blow
your mind.
Sarah Churchwell is professor
of American literature at the
School of Advanced Study,
University of London
ew people do creeping
unease as well as the
League of Gentlemen team
and right from the start
this long-awaited return did its
best to raise the hairs on the back
of the neck and turn saliva sour in
the mouth.
It’s been 12 years since we were
last in Royston Vasey and time has
not improved this local town for
local people. Instead, the shops are
boarded up, the council is trying to
rezone it to oblivion – “in a couple
of months’ time it won’t even exist”
– and a mysterious photo booth
which seemingly devours people
has appeared on the high street.
Not everyone has been left
behind by the changing times: as
taxi driver Barbara noted fiercely
about trans people: “We are no
longer a source of cheap humour
and laughs and this cab is a safe,
You’d almost swear
beneath the horror and
wild humour beat a
warm, caring heart
friendly, mutually respectful and
above all, tolerant space.”
However, the more things change
the more they stay the same.
Mr Chinnery was still causing
animals to explode (this time a
fantastically graphic hedgehog),
scruffy teenagers Henry and Ally
were now grown-up though still
bickering about films and poor,
naïve Benjamin found himself
invited back for his uncle Harvey’s
funeral and caught once again in
the claws of his aunt Val and her
terrifying twin daughters.
The show’s more surreal
touches were also present and
correct – I was particularly fond of
the quick shot of a man wearing a
flea collar walking a dog wearing a
flea collar.
There were odd moments of
pathos, too, most notably at the job
centre, where it turned out that the
monstrous Pauline is now suffering
from dementia and caught up in
a re-enactment hell proposed by
her doctor, as a way of helping her.
As a bewildered Pauline stuttered,
“Have I said this bit before?” you’d
almost swear that beneath the
horror and wild humour beat a
warm, dare I say caring, heart.
But then the moment we’d all
been waiting patiently for came
as Tubbs and Edward, the gang’s
greatest and most gruesome
creations, having holed up in a
soon-to-be condemned building,
were confronted by the council
and an eager newspaper reporter.
“I’ve always wanted to be in the
local paper… You heard the woman
Tubbs, get undressed,” sneered
Edward. The door swung shut – in
a lovely in-joke they were Inside
Number 9.
Horror of an altogether different
kind was available on ITV, where
the redoubtable Birds of a
Feather reunited for a Christmas
special. Sharon had discovered
an Alexa-style personal helper
she was convinced would make
Christmas much easier, Dorien
was being sought by a mysterious
man from her past and Tracey
was considering the unthinkable:
putting the house on the market.
It all ended happily, of course,
after a farce-laden hour stuffed full
of creaky “I can’t believe they just
went there” jokes, all of which were
delivered with panache by troupers
Pauline Quirke, Linda Robson and
Lesley Joseph.
For those who love Laurence
Marks and Maurice Gran’s longrunning and defiantly old-fashioned
comedy, then this was a smart, wellpaced special which trundled along
nicely. The rest of us were probably
still shuddering down Royston
Vasey way.
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VISUAL ARTS
Winnie the Pooh: Exploring a Classic
VICTORIA & ALBERT MUSEUM, LONDON
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On 21 August 1920, Christopher
Robin Milne was born, the son
of Alan Alexander Milne. For his
first birthday, he was given an
Alpha Farnell teddy bear whom he
named Edward. This bear would
go on to inspire one of the most
successful children’s books of
all time. Alan Alexander Milne is
better known to us as AA Milne,
the creator of Winnie-the-Pooh.
Father and son were frequent
visitors to London Zoo, where,
in the 1920s, lived a Canadian
bear called Winnipeg.
Milne, a would-be detective
story writer, designed a
world where stuffed bears
came to life, inspired by
his son’s bear, and their
favourite friend at the zoo.
Now, his famous tales of
Winnie the Pooh, Piglet, Eeyore,
Tigger and the rest of the gang,
are being retold at the V&A. It is a
jolly romp through the many
lives of Winnie-the-Pooh
and Tigger too; a multi-
sensory experience designed to
enchant children, whose parents
were in turn enchanted by Milne’s
books in their youth.
There’s a “Poohsticks” bridge,
an upturned umbrella
(Pooh’s “boat”,
from chapter
nine) and
activities
where
children
can “make
up a
monster”.
This derives
from Pooh’s question in chapter
three: “Would you mind coming
with me, Piglet, in case they turn
out to be Hostile Animals?”
But this is also a show for
grown-ups. Devotees of the Bear
With Very Little Brain will be
amused at every turn – by the
“Hallo”, Pooh’s catchphrase, that
welcomes you in big, bold letters,
Winnie the Pooh
and Christopher
Robin from 1970
EGMONT/THE
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DANCE
THEATRE
The Nutcracker
Cell Mates
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COLISEUM, LONDON
This revival underlines both the
weaknesses in Wayne Eagling’s
production, and the company’s
confidence in dancing it. The
storytelling may ramble, but the
performance is bright and assured.
English National Ballet’s
artists do make the most of the
production’s strengths. Gavin
Sutherland conducts a rousing
account of the score, while James
Streeter is a tireless Mouse King,
all scamper and sharp claws.
Shiori Kase holds the story
together. As Clara goes on her
magical journey, Kase goes from
wide-eyed wonder to growing
authority. In this production’s
dream-narrative, Clara and the
Nephew turn into the Sugar
Plum Fairy and her prince. Kase
dances the classical steps with
warm individuality.
The waltzes for snowflakes and
flowers are danced with assurance
and scale. This production skimps
on some of the transformation
scenes, but the balloon ride looks
good, and the mouse battle has
plenty of invention.
To 6 January (020 7845 9300)
ZOE ANDERSON
THE INDEPENDENT
and by a 1929 recording of Milne
reading Winnie-the-Pooh.
Most enchanting are the
drawings of Pooh and friends.
For the first time, the pencil
sketch and pen-and-ink
drawing of Winnie-the-Pooh,
Piglet and Christopher Robin
playing Poohsticks by Milne’s
collaborator, the artist EH
Shepard, are on display side by
side. Shepard’s original sketches
of the 100 Aker Wood appear too,
alongside Milne’s manuscripts.
The attention to detail is to be
commended. A staircase is built
into the set, on which stands a
marker denoting “halfway down”,
after Milne’s poem Halfway Down.
A replica “House at Pooh Corner”
stands, rightly, in a corner,
plenty tall for most children
under eight to imagine
crawling inside. Above
everyone’s heads float blue
balloons, on which
Pooh hangs.
This is
the ultimate
feel-good
show for the
devoted Pooh
Bear fan.
To 8 April (020 7942
2000)
ELEANOR DOUGHTY
HAMPSTEAD THEATRE, LONDON
The original 1995 production
of Simon Gray’s play never
recovered from the disappearance
of one of its stars, Stephen Fry,
who was in the grip of bipolar
disorder and on the brink of
suicide. The press decided that the
play had to be deemed a flop and
that nothing but closure would
bring about, er, closure.
Edward Hall’s production,
the first major revival since
then, proves to be a salutary
vindication of Gray’s wit and
artistry, bent here on the subject
of spies and betrayal and on the
various types of loneliness to
which one can be convicted.
As George Blake, the notorious
double agent, says: “Spies betray
people. That’s what we do. It
becomes a – a habit. Difficult to
break – even when its not – not
strictly necessary”.
The play begins in Wormwood
Scrubs in the 1960s, where Blake
is serving a 42-year sentence. He
strikes up an unlikely friendship
with the Irish petty criminal Sean
Bourke, who, in 1966, helps him
to escape from the prison, with a
hacksaw and a rope ladder.
The technicalities of that escape
Work produced by JMW Turner
during his various travels, stops
and periods of residence on the
Thames, the Wey Navigation
and in the old county of Surrey,
combining pencil and oil sketches,
finished oils and watercolours.
Also on display are personal
possessions of the artist, including
his fishing rod and watercolour
palette. (01483 737800) to 4 Mar
Tove Jansson (1914-2001)
DULWICH PICTURE GALLERY,
LONDON SE21
See the Moomin creator Tove
Jansson in a different light, with
a survey of her work as a painter.
Her legacy as an illustrator and
author is formidable, but her
true passion was fine art and
she created some astonishing
paintings. Her self-portraits
are regal and poised, and her
landscape paintings are an
evocative portrayal of her
home country of Finland.
(020 8693 5254) to 28 Jan
A Green and Pleasant Land:
British Landscape and the
Imagination: 1970s to Now
TOWNER GALLERY, EASTBOURNE
A free survey of artists who have
shaped our understanding of
the British landscape and its
relationship to identity, place
and time, featuring work by
more than 50 artists, primarily
photographers, exploring how
an artist’s own cultural, political
or spiritual ideologies shapes
their depiction of urban and rural
landscape. (01323 434670) to 21 Jan
From Mile End to Mayfair
CITY ART GALLERY, SOUTHAMPTON
This free exhibition brings
together work by the East
London Group, the loose interwar
collective composed mainly
of working men and women,
including pieces that have not
been seen in public for more than
80 years and a few that have only
come to light in recent years.
On show are Elwin Hawthorne,
Walter and Harold Steggles,
Cecil Osborne, John Cooper,
Phyllis Bray and Grace Oscroft.
(023 8083 3007) to 6 Jan
FILM
Star Wars: the Last Jedi
12A, RIAN JOHNSON, 152 MINS
Geoffrey Streatfeild (George Blake) and Emmet Byrne (Sean Bourke)
give sharp performances in Edward Hall’s revival MARC BRENNER
and Blake’s flight to Moscow are
of little interest to Gray. What
preoccupies him is the period
afterwards. Blake had caught sight
of Bourke recording a chunk of
what was meant to be a blow-byblow account of the escape.
Intent on eventually publishing
his own self-justifying memoirs
and resolved to suppress any
version of events unflattering to
his ideological comrades, Blake
invites Bourke to visit him in
Moscow, ostensibly for a short
stay. Geoffrey Streatfeild elicits
sympathy for the loneliness of
Blake in his ideological prison
and excites repellence at
his ruthlessness.
There’s a sharpness to the
writing and to the performances
across the board. An astute revival,
strongly recommended.
To 20 January (020 7722 9301)
PAUL TAYLOR
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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
Mountains May Depart
12A, JIA ZHANGKE, 123 MINS
Jia Zhangke’s film might best be
described as an intimate epic,
combining family melodrama with
a probing analysis of changing
times in contemporary China and
unfolding over three decades. It
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THE CULTURAL HIGHLIGHTS
YOU HAVE TO SEE
opens in 1999 and centres on a
dance instructor (played by the
director’s partner and regular
collaborator, Zhao Tao),
a seemingly carefree young
woman living in a fast-changing
provincial town. Limited release
The Disaster Artist
15, JAMES FRANCO, 103 MINS
It’s a nice irony that the making
of one of the worst movies in
recent history has enabled James
Franco to make one of the best
films in his own chequered career.
Franco directs and also stars as
Tommy Wiseau, the auteur behind
the sublimely awful The Room
(2003). Tommy’s performance is
ludicrous. He can’t remember the
lines he himself wrote – and yet, in
his own warped way, as an artist
who doesn’t give up, he does have
integrity. Nationwide release
COMEDY
Nine Lessons and Carols
for Godless People
CONWAY HALL, LONDON WC1
Robin Ince’s legendary Christmas
variety night returns. Here,
though, it’s “less nativity, more
cosmology”, as Ince and pals
(Josie Long, Jim Al-Khalili,
Grace Petrie and others) worship
at the altar of science. Sounds
cold, but it’ll warm you like a glass
of mulled wine. (eventbrite.co.uk)
tonight, Wed and Fri
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
Sofie Hagen
VARIOUS VENUES
Dead Baby Frog is another
cracking slice of unflinching
storytelling from Sofie Hagen.
It’s the tale of being brought up
in Denmark under the shadow
of a controlling, former Nazi
grandfather. Soho Theatre,
London W1 (020 7478 0100)
to Thur; Colchester Arts Centre
(01206 500900) Fri
POP
The Wave Pictures
LEXINGTON, LONDON N1
Islington’s mini indie mecca
welcomes David Tattersall’s
DIY-spirited indie trio for
another of their festive dingdongs. Two different sets over two
nights are promised as the Wavers
parcel up the casually winning
observational charms and lo-fi
moves of 2016’s Bamboo Diner in
the Rain and more. (wegottickets.
com) tonight and Wed
VOICES
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TV
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DANCE
Cinderella
SADLER’S WELLS, LONDON EC1
Matthew Bourne reimagines
the fairy tale as a wartime
romance. The prince becomes
a dashing pilot searching for
Cinderella through the rubble of
the Blitz, with swirling fantasy
from Prokofiev’s score and Lez
Brotherston’s brilliant designs.
(020 7863 8000) to 27 Jan
FOLK & ROOTS
Kate Rusby
VARIOUS VENUES
Singing a mix of carols and
traditional songs from her native
Yorkshire, Kate Rusby promises
a warm and inviting evening
alongside her band, joined in
time-honoured Rusby Christmas
tradition by a brass quintet.
Theatre Royal, Nottingham
(0115 989 5555) tonight; Sage,
Gateshead (0191 443 4666) Wed
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Young Frankenstein
GARRICK THEATRE, LONDON WC2
First
Chance
This boisterous musical comedy
is Mel Brooks’ adaptation of his
own cult film, which poked fun at
the monster movies so popular in
the Thirties. It’s an old-fashioned
and unsubtle entertainment,
often puerile and sometimes
hell-bent on causing offence, but
packed with moments of zany
silliness. Hadley Fraser is wildeyed and tirelessly exuberant
as Frankenstein, the inventor’s
grandson. (0330 333 4811) to 10 Feb
Opening
this week
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
OPERA
Cavalleria Rusticana
and Pagliacci
ROYAL OPERA HOUSE, LONDON WC2
Daniel Oren conducts a revival
of Damiano Michieletto’s
cleverly intertextual stagings of
Mascagni’s and Leoncavallo’s
classic verismo shorts, with Bryan
Hymel and Elina Garanca as
disaffected Sicilian sweethearts
Turiddu and Santuzza, Fabio
Sartori and Carmen Giannattasio
as dysfunctional thespian couple
Canio and Nedda. (020 7304 4000)
tonight and Fri 7.30pm
DANCE
What the Moon Saw
THE PLACE, LONDON WC2
This new show from 2Faced Dance is
aimed at children aged three and over.
(020 7121 1100) opens Wed
FILM
Jumanji: Welcome to the Jungle
12A, JAKE KASDAN, 119 MINS
Fantasy adventure sequel starring
Dwayne Johnson and Karen Gillan.
Opens Wed
GIELGUD THEATRE, LONDON W1
Jez Butterworth’s new play is
a triumphant show that fully
justifies the hype. Directed by
Sam Mendes and set in Northern
Ireland in the early Eighties,
it’s a complex family portrait,
played out against the backdrop
of the Troubles, starring the
fiercely uncompromising Paddy
Considine. There are some
similarities here to Butterworth’s
last smash hit, Jerusalem, not
least a sense of the mystique of
rural life. Yet The Ferryman has
its own distinct tang of humour
and menace. A feast of intricate
storytelling, it’s absorbing,
soulful and ultimately shattering.
(theferrymanplay.com) to 19 May
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business@inews.co.uk
ECONOMY
Cars drive manufacturing
levels to near-30-year high
By Ben Chu
The UK manufacturing industry has
kept order book levels near a 30-year
high thanks to strong demand for
vehicles and transport equipment.
According to a CBI survey of the
sector, 28 per cent of firms reported
orders above normal and 11 per
cent below, giving a positive overall
balance of 17 per cent.
Export order books were at their
strongest since the mid-1990s,
with a positive reported balance of
16 per cent.
Motor vehicles and mechanical
engineering reported especially
strong orders, although there was an
above-normal reading in 14 out of 17
sub-sectors.
However, respondents expected
output growth to moderate early
next year and selling prices to rise.
The survey also pointed to weak
investment intentions among
manufacturers, in an atmosphere of
uncertainty over future post-Brexit
trade arrangements.
The trade-weighted value of
sterling remains down around 10 per
cent since the 23 June referendum,
making UK manufacturers
automatically more competitive in
overseas markets.
“While the lower level of sterling
continues to support exporters,
cost pressures remain intense.
Manufacturing directly
employs 2.7m people, and
the sector accounts for 45 per
cent of UK exports. The UK is the
ninth-largest manufacturing
nation in the world.
Businesses will expect to see the
Government’s industrial strategy
make rapid progress next year to
support manufacturing and the
wider economy in every corner of the
UK,” said Anna Leach, the CBI’s head
of economic intelligence.
“While domestic demand for
manufactured goods has recently
been healthy, weakened consumer
purchasing power and business
caution over investment amid
economic, political and Brexit
uncertainties are a challenging
combination for manufacturers,” said
Howard Archer of the EY Item Club.
According to the Office for National
Statistics, manufacturing, which
accounts for around 10 per cent of UK
GDP, expanded by 1.1 per cent in the
third quarter of 2017. In that period,
the overall economy is estimated to
have grown by 0.4 per cent.
Vehicle-makers are enjoying strong
orders despite Brexit uncertainty
Despite the resilience of
manufacturing, the UK economy is
projected to put in its worst growth
performance over 2017 since 2012,
with expansion of just 1.5 per cent, at
the same time as economies in Europe
and the US are picking up speed.
The CBI’s Industrial Trends
Survey was conducted between 22
November and 12 December, and
covered 371 firms. THE INDEPENDENT
TRADE
Post-Brexit
contingency
plans ‘need
ramping up’
By Ben Woods
Quote of
the day
It sounds nice to
say – ‘oh, we are
doing recyclable
plastics’ – but a
lot of them are
ending up in
the ocean
Lord Hayward
The Tory politician on
why supermarkets
should get rid of
‘unnecessary’ plastic
wrapping on vegetables
The 30
Second
Briefing
SUPERGROUP
What’s the deal?
Fashion retailer SuperGroup will
rub shoulders with royalty next year
after it was handpicked to make the
sports kit for the British team at the
Invictus Games in Sydney. Chief
executive Euan Sutherland said the
tie-up was a “further endorsement”
of its Superdry Sport range, which
was launched this summer to tap
into the fast-growing athleisure
market and compete with the likes of
Nike and Adidas.
London in 2014, and next October’s
event in Australia is expected to
attract more than 500 competitors
from 17 countries.
Who’s involved?
A handful of in-house designers
will create bespoke training
and competition gear for the
Paralympic-style event.
What next for SuperGroup?
Mr Sutherland aims to open more
standalone stores next year to sell
Superdry’s sportswear after the first
one opened in France this autumn.
The company, which operates in
46 countries and employs around
5,000 people globally, is also on
track to complete the buyout of its
Dutch wholesale agent, Portare, for
£2m next month.
SuperGroup floated on the
London Stock Exchange in 2010.
The group’s shares have risen about
20 per cent this year.
What are the Invictus Games?
The international, multi-sport
competion was founded by Prince
Harry. Wounded, injured and sick
service personnel and veterans take
part in competitive sports, including
wheelchair basketball, sitting
volleyball and indoor rowing.
The games were launched in
British businesses with close trade
ties to the EU must ramp up their
Brexit contingency plans in 2018, a
report has warned.
EU-focused firms should
spend more time on their trading
arrangements next year as the UK
edges ever closer to its divorce from
the bloc, according to consultancy
group Control Risks.
Business leaders must also grapple
with the “profound uncertainty”
fuelled by unpredictable nationalist
leaders and heightened political
tensions between the likes of the
US and North Korea, and Iran and
Saudi Arabia.
Analysts from Control Risks said:
“UK businesses exposed to Europe
will have to step up their scenariobased contingency planning and
continental Europeans trading with
the UK will need to add urgency to
their trading options review.
“More broadly, the European
Union may have returned to growth
but how will its vision and economy be
impacted by ongoing nationalism?”
Theresa May has been given
the green light by Brussels to shift
Brexit negotiations on to trade after
reaching an agreement on areas
such as the divorce bill and the Irish
border. But Brexit uncertainty will
remain a risk to British business
until question marks over the trade
agreement are put to bed.
Thereportaddedthat protectionist
policies from the US, a large-scale
cyber attack and Middle Eastern
rivalries are among the potential
flashpoints to be wary of in 2018.
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MARKETS
Bitcoin trades on Chicago
exchange despite warnings
By Simon English
Bitcoin took another step towards
financial respectability yesterday
when it began trading on the biggest
futures market in the world.
The step by Chicago’s CME
Group is the latest move into the
mainstream for the cryptocurrency,
still mostly dismissed by the financial
establishment as a fad and a bubble
that will collapse at some point.
Bitcoin has soared from less than
$1,000 (£7,500) in January to towards
$20,000 now, prompting talk of bitcoin
millionaires and even billionaires for
those who got in early. A flood of retail
punters have lately been attracted,
with cryptocurrency mutual funds
and ETFs now being marketed.
Last Sunday bitcoin began trading
on the Cboe options exchange, also
in Chicago.
Yesterday it opened on the far more
important CME, a move that should
improve liquidity (make it easier for
investors to buy and to sell). Bitcoin
opened at $19,500 on the CME but fell
to around $18,500 by late yesterday
afternoon. Even at that price it has a
market value that exceeds Goldman
Sachs. Each contract sold on the
CME is for five bitcoin.
Critics have likened bitcoin to the
mania for tulips in Holland in the
1600s. Defenders say it could become
established as a proper currency,
Bitcoin’s value has increased 20-fold this year AFP/GETTY IMAGES
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free of the control of large central
banks. Regulators have issued stern
warnings to investors, telling them to
expect to lose everything.
On Sunday, the chairman of UBS
bank and former Bundesbank head
Axel Weber joined the chorus.
“Bitcoin is not money,” he said
in an interview. “We as a bank have
consciously warned against this
product because we do not assess it
to be valuable or sustainable.”
At the moment, institutional
investors are prohibited from buying
bitcoin directly because the market
is unregulated. They are able to buy
the futures contracts now available in
Chicago, however. EVENING STANDARD
EasyJet buys Air Berlin’s capital hub for €40m
E a s y Je t h a s c o n f i r m e d t h e
acquisition of part of bankrupt
German carrier Air Berlin in a deal
worth €40m (£35.2m).
The transaction means the budget
airline will take control of Air Berlin’s
Outlook
HAMISH
McRAE
People will be
hurt by bitcoin’s
inevitable crash
W
ill the crash of bitcoin
m a t t e r? I f y o u
believe, as I do, that
next year we will see
the bitcoin bubble
burst, then you have to try to think
through the next issue, which will be
the consequences.
Bitcoin is a classic financial bubble
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MARKETS
New entries to
blue-chip index
include strong
grower Just Eat
By Josie Cox
AVIATION
By Ravender Sembhy
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operations at the capital’s Tegel
Airport, with easyJet leasing 25 of its
aircraft. The agreement also includes
easyJet taking over landing slots and
offering employment to the defunct
carrier’s flying crew.
It comes after the European
Commission last week gave the all-
clear for easyJet to carry out the
deal. EU authorities said it would not
impact on airline competition across
the bloc.
Air Berlin declared bankruptcy in
August after its biggest shareholder,
Etihad, withdrew financial support
for the loss-making firm.
of investors buying into a particular
asset not because of any financial
return, but because it has gone up a
lot and they hope it will go up further.
If you believe there is intrinsic value,
well, good luck.
The bubble will pop. We just don’t
know when.
We can calculate the notional value
of all the bitcoin in existence, which
is now around $300bn (£223bn).
That sounds huge but actually is
relatively small when set against the
value of all the equities in the world
of around $100trn. Even if you add
in other cryptocurrencies, such as
litecoin, ethereum, zcash, and so on,
and even allowing this boom to run a
while yet, you would be struggling to
get above $1trn.
So as an asset class
cryptocurrencies are quite small. I
personally cannot see them as money.
Maybe they are useful for people who
want to stay below the radar, but
for mainstream business they don’t
figure. Crucially, when considering
the risk of contagion, bitcoin does
not seem to be much used (if at all) as
security against which conventional
financial institutions have lent
real money.
This matters a lot. If a building goes
down in value and a loan is secured
against it, not only is the borrower
in trouble – the lender is, too. That is
how banking crashes happen, as well
we know.
A crash of bitcoin might
be unimportant in itself,
but would make a jolly
good headline
But if there are no loans secured
against bitcoin holdings – and the
normal lending controls will apply to
bitcoin futures trades, as they would
to trades on other markets – I can’t
see how a crash in it could become
systemic. Nor can I see how the fall
in value of this particular asset class
The FTSE 100 gained three new
entrants yesterday, as the latest
quarterly review came around.
Packaging business DS Smith,
online food delivery service Just Eat
and technology group Halma were all
promoted to the blue-chip index.
The joiners squeeze out medical
products company ConvaTec, theme
parkoperatorMerlinEntertainments
and support services group Babcock.
They will enter the FTSE 250 index.
The FTSE is rebalanced every
three months to account for changing
market valuations of its constituents.
All three FTSE 100 newcomers
have enjoyed strong year of share
price growth this year. DS Smith’s
shares have surged
more than 24 per
cent since the
start of 2017,
while Just Eat’s
a n d Hal ma’s
have both
added around
35 per cent.
Ju s t E at , a
relative newbie
to the stock market,
only floated publicly in 2014.
Thanks to strong growth and a slew
of strategic acquisitions, it recently
leapfrogged Sainsbury’s in terms of
market value.
Founded in 2001 in Denmark, it
now serves 12 markets around the
world and 19 million customers.
In the UK it works with more than
28,000 restaurants to deliver food.
Other companies joining the
FTSE 250 index as a result of the
most recent reshuffle include BCA
Marketplace, F&C Global Smaller
C o m p a n i e s , P u re c i rc l e, R H I
Magnesita and TI Fluid Systems.
Those leaving the index are Electra
Private Equity, Nostrum Oil & Gas,
PayPoint, P2P Global Investments
and Restaurant Group.
can be big enough to unsettle the
world economy.
I can only see two troublesome
pressure points. One would be if a
collapse of cryptocurrencies were
part of a wider collapse of asset
prices – perhaps an irrational trigger
for that. Assets are, to put it politely,
fully valued at the moment, the result
of ultra-loose monetary policy. At
some stage there will be a correction.
When that happens, a crash of bitcoin
might be unimportant in itself, but
would make a jolly good headline and
might have knock-on effects.
The other is that some people, good
people, will get hurt. Brains give little
protection against bad investment
decisions: Sir Isaac Newton was an
investor in the South Sea Company
and when it crashed in 1720 he lost
£20,000, pretty much his life savings.
He allegedly observed: “I can
calculate the movement of stars
but not the madness of men.”
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From the
business
pages
Oil not helping rail
wheels run smooth
The Calgary Herald
The trains are running late
for Canada’s oil producers just
when they need them the most.
A two-week shutdown of one
of the largest export pipelines
to the US has caused an oil
backlog. Canadian oil prices
sank this week to their lowest
level in four years, leaving a glut
in Alberta. But rail firms are
catching up on delayed grain
shipments and can’t fit more
crude trains at their terminals.
Growth industry
boosted by loan
China Daily
The World Bank has approved
a $150m (£112m) loan to the
south-eastern Chinese province
of Jiangxi to improve its farm
produce distribution system.
The loan will benefit more
than 200,000 farmers through
more efficient farm-to-market
supply chains. In Jiangxi, the
agricultural sector represents
13.8 per cent of GDP yet involves
54.3 per cent of the population.
Negative-equity
mortgages fall
The Irish Times
The number of homes in
negative equity is just a quarter
of what it was at the end of the
crash – but that still amounts to
nearly one in 10 of all mortgages,
which is high by international
standards. According to the
Central Bank, negative-equity
loans accounted for 75,000
mortgages. This is down from a
post-crash peak of 39.1 per cent
or 320,000 mortgages.
Referendum costs
Catalonia dearly
El Pais
Catalonia has paid an
economic price for the flurry
of political activity by the proindependence movement. After
a month bookended by an illegal
independence referendum
on 1 October and a unilateral
declaration of independence
in the regional parliament on
27 October, business creation
dropped by 14.3 per cent year
on year to 1,224 new firms,
according to Spain’s National
Statistics Institute, the INE.
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PROPERTY
RETAIL
Dubai family buys
£266.5m office
Mattress start-up
raises £40m
Middle Eastern investors
are buying up a 20-storey
commercial building on
London’s Southbank for
£266.5m. Wolfe Asset
Management Limited – owned
by Dubai’s Al Gurg family – has
exchanged contracts to buy the
building in Blackfriars Road,
home to tenants including
Lonely Planet Publications.
Online mattress retailer Simba
has raised £40m of investment
in a funding round led by
Atami Capital. Launched by
James Cox, Steve Reid and the
McClements family in 2016,
Simba is forecasting revenues
of £41m for 2017, rising to £167m
next year. Simba has raised a
total of £58.5m to date and has
expanded across Europe.
TECHNOLOGY
ENGINEERING
Sumo valued at
£145m for listing
Vox keen on move
back to the UK
Games developer Sumo has laid
out plans for a £145m listing
on AIM. The Sheffield-based
firm, behind the Sonic & Sega
All-Stars Racing game, employs
400 people. The company,
founded in 2003, has raised
£38m from investors. Its initial
public offering is priced at
100p a share for listing on AIM
on Thursday.
Vox, the musical equipment
maker beloved by the Beatles
and U2, is returning to its
British roots by exploring plans
to shift more production back
from Asia. The 60-year-old
engineering group, founded in
Dartford, is looking to onshore
a small number of jobs from
Vietnam after a successful test
run building amps in the UK.
PHARMA
EMPLOYMENT
GSK eyes Saudi
expansion
Skills shortage
firms’ biggest fear
Pharmaceuticals giant
GlaxoSmithKline has increased
its ownership in its Saudi
Arabia business to 75 per
cent. The firm, behind brands
including Beechams, has
bought an additional 26 per
cent in Glaxo Saudi Arabia. It
intends to expand production at
the Jeddah site by 30 per cent.
Half of firms expect to recruit
staff next year, with smaller
firms most confident, a survey
indicates. The CBI’s poll of
300 companies, employing one
million workers, also found that
a shortage of skilled workers
was the biggest worry for
companies, with many wanting
to attract overseas employees.
SERVICES
AEROSPACE
Babcock wins
Sellafield contract
Gemalto accepts
Thales’ €4.8bn bid
Babcock has been awarded
a 10-year contract to supply
the Sellafield nuclear site
with specialist handling and
containment systems. The
engineering services group,
which employs 35,000 people,
said the contract will be worth
up to £95m over three years.
French aerospace and defence
group Thales has reached an
agreement to buy Dutch digital
company Gemalto in a deal
worth €4.8bn (£4.2bn). The
announcement comes after
Amsterdam-based chip maker
Gemalto rejected a €4.3bn offer
from French firm Atos.
the
markets
The Santa Rally has begun on
the stock markets. Last week
closed with a bang, with record
highs across the Dow, S&P 500,
and Nasdaq. In UK markets, the
FTSE 100 closed up 46 points to
7,537 yesterday, while the FTSE
250 surged 207 points to close at
20,255.
***
The biggest riser on the FTSE 100
was Anglo American, up 5 per cent
at 1,480p, followed by Old Mutual
up 4.8 per cent to 213.1p.
Babcock, which announced
it had been awarded a 10-year
nuclear engineering contract, rose
3 per cent to 706.5p.
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43
ACCOUNTANCY
Write-offs lead to pay cut
for 600 KPMG partners
By Ravender Sembhy
Partners at KPMG are having to
stomach a pay cut after profits at
the accountancy giant were hammered by a series of investments
gone sour.
KPMG UK said that profits tumbled 19.5 per cent to £301m in the
year to 30 September, dragged
down by what it called “investment
write-offs and one-off items”.
Chairman Bill Michael said the
firm took some “tough decisions”,
writing down stakes in historic investments where performance had
“not met expectations”.
It resulted in a reduction in average pay for the firm’s 600 partners
from £582,000 to £519,000.
However, revenues at KPMG
rose 5 per cent to £2.2bn as the
group was boosted by increased
client demand amid geopolitical
ruptures and regulatory reform.
KPMG’s audit practice posted
growth of 10 per cent after it secured mandates from the likes of
BT, Legal & General and Micro
Focus to become the number
one auditor of the FTSE 250 and
FTSE 350.
Management consulting grew
by 11 per cent as companies sought
cost-saving operating models.
Mr Michael said he remains confident about the strength of the UK
economy, and KPMG will recruit
an additional 2,500 staff in the
forthcoming months.
He added: “This year our core
business grew strongly to reach
record revenues following some
fantastic client wins.
“However, we also took some
tough decisions, writing down our
stake in a selection of historic investments where performance has
not met expectations.”
KPMG UK also revealed its gender pay gap, which was 22.1 per
cent on a median basis and 22.3 per
cent at mean.
Mr Michael added: “In order to
achieve our ambitions for the year
ahead, we must continue to attract
the brightest and best to our firm
from all walks of life. This is both
a social imperative and a bottomline issue – teams with diverse perspectives deliver better outcomes
to clients.”
The pay drop is in
contrast to rival EY, where
each partner received a pay boost
of £677,000 this year, up 2 per
cent on 2016.
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House sellers forced to reduce their asking prices
are offering typical discounts of more than £25,000,
according to property website Zoopla.
Around 35 per cent of homes for sale on the site last
month had their asking prices reduced. This was a 1.25
percentage-point increase on July.
Zoopla, which analysed the listings on its website,
found that Camberley had the largest share of
discounts, with 54 per cent of the properties for sale
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Rising numbers of pensioners are using “income
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Drawdown allows savers to receive a regular
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Lamb stew with
artichoke and peas
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 48
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SERVES 6
1.5kg lamb shoulder chops
2 tbsp plain flour
2 tbsp olive oil
12 fresh sage leaves
1 large brown onion,
peeled and coarsely chopped
2 stalks celery,
trimmed and coarsely chopped
1 large carrot,
peeled and coarsely chopped
4 cloves garlic,
peeled and finely chopped
125ml dry white wine
375ml chicken stock
1 tbsp coarsely chopped sage
60g frozen peas
360g small fresh artichokes,
trimmed, halved and chokes removed
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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
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Trim the excess fat from the lamb. Toss
in the flour to coat, shake off excess and
reserve the flour. Heat half the oil in a
large frying pan, cook the sage leaves
until lightly browned and crisp then
drain on kitchen roll and reserve.
Cook the lamb in the same frying pan,
in batches, until browned. Transfer to
a large slow cooker and sprinkle the
reserved flour over the lamb.
Heat the remaining oil in the same
frying pan and cook the onion, celery
and carrot, stirring, until softened. Add
the garlic and cook, stirring for about 2
minutes. Add the wine and bring to the
boil. Boil, uncovered, until the liquid
has almost evaporated. Stir the onion
mixture, stock and chopped sage into the
slow cooker. Cover and cook on low for
6 hours.
Add the peas and artichokes to the
slow cooker, cover and cook for 30
minutes. Season to taste.
Serve sprinkled with the crisp sage
leaves.
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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
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Maths Puzzle
Codeword No 1884
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
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Solo Saxophone
sounds a good
bet for Skeltons
By Jon Freeman
RACING EDITOR
It is one of National Hunt racing’s
great mysteries why jockey Harry
Skelton isn’t in much greater
demand. He is enjoying his best
season with 103 winners. Only the
champion Richard Johnson has ridden more. Nobody in the list of top 50
jump jockeys has a better strike rate.
And every one of the first 100 winners was for his brother Dan. Last
Saturday was a red-letter day for
Harry when he rode his first winner
of the campaign for another stable
(Gino’s Trail for Kerry Lee at Cheltenham). It is an extraordinary fact
that Johnson has ridden winners for
more trainers this season (35) than
Skelton has had outside rides (32).
Still, it has been a magnificent
season for both the Skeltons, with
trainer Dan closing in on his best
score of 118, and they have a couple
of fine opportunities to keep the ball
rolling at Catterick this afternoon.
Solo Saxophone, placed several
times on the Flat in Ireland before
being bought to go jumping for
CATTERICK
RACINGUK.COM AMATEUR RIDERS’ HANDICAP
HURDLE (CLASS 5) £4,000 added 2m 3f
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42495 ROCKET RONNIE B Barr 7 11 12.................. Mr C J Todd (7) C,T
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9-897 PERMISSION GRANTED Mrs R Dobbin 5 11 11Mr D Delahunt (7)
3
7407-4 DRAGONFLI Lucinda Egerton 5 11 10.............A Anderson (7)
4
561623 RUNNING IN HEELS Rebecca Menzies 8 11 6Mr S Lee (7) T,V
5
-76140 IRISH HAWKE D McCain 5 11 5......... Miss Ella McCain (5) T
6 349-PP LOG ON Mrs R Dobbin 6 11 5.................... Mr Liam Ruddy (7) C
7
559-97 RUSSIAN ROYALE M Hammond 7 11 5.Mr Joe Wright (5)
8
6P3P5- FRANKIE BALLOU Miss J Foster 8 11 1...Miss A Stirling (3) C
9
/U76-9 PERTUIS M Hammond 11 11 0 ........................... Miss C Walton C
10 4/86R- NOTEBOOK (C) S Waugh 6 11 0.......................Miss A Waugh (3)
11
/P238- ARMOROUS Miss J Foster 6 10 12.....................Miss E Todd (3)
12 3266-P DOWN TIME P Midgley 7 10 11 ...........Mr Tom Midgley (7) V
13
73-245 TOARMANDOWITHLOVE S Corbett 9 10 7....Mr D Hurst (7) T
14 86-57P OSKAR DENARIUS Mrs J Mason 6 10 5Mr James King H,T
15 4-3577 CADORE Mrs L Normile 9 10 5.................Miss A McCain (5) C
16 /7665- SHALAMZAR M Hammond 8 10 2.... Miss Becky Smith (3)
- 16 declared BETTING: 7-2 Running In Heels, 7-1 Cadore, 8-1 Irish Hawke, Down Time,
Toarmandowithlove, 10-1 others.
SUPPORT THE INJURED JOCKEYS FUND JUVENILE
HURDLE (CLASS 4) 3YO £5,000 added 2m
1
2 BEACH BREAK D McCain 10 12.................................Will Kennedy
2
HAULANI B Ellison 10 12......................................................................D Cook
3
3 INDIAN VISION M Hammond 10 12.........................F O’Toole (5)
4
4 LAZARUS Miss Amy Murphy 10 12 ...............Lucy Barry (5) T
5
MUIRSHEEN DURKIN N Bycroft 10 12.......................... H Brooke
6
56 OUTCROP Jennie Candlish 10 12........................ Sean Quinlan H
7
SOLO SAXOPHONE D Skelton 10 12 ..........................H Skelton T
8
STARSHELL F Murtagh 10 12...............................................C O’Farrell
9
WIND TURBINE T Easterby 10 12 ..........................................C R King
10
ENGLAND EXPECTS K Burke 10 5................................B Hughes H
- 10 declared BETTING: 5-2 Solo Saxophone, 4-1 Haulani, 5-1 Indian Vision, 6-1 others.
COME RACING NEW YEAR’S DAY BEGINNERS’ CHASE
(CLASS 3) £12,000 added 3m 1f
1
250-22 ALZAMMAAR (D) Sam England 6 11 2......................... J England
2
14110- IMPULSIVE STAR (CD)(BF) N Mulholland 7 11 2..........................
....................................................................................................Mr S Waley-Cohen (3)
3
543P-5 SHADES OF MIDNIGHT D Whillans 7 11 2........... H Brooke T
4
111P/2 TOMNGERRY (C) B Ellison 7 11 2 ........................................B Hughes
- 4 declared BETTING: 13-8 Impulsive Star, 5-2 Shades Of Midnight, 10-3 Tomngerry,
4-1 Alzammaar.
12.20
12.50
1.20
FORM VERDICT
IMPULSIVE STAR proved to be a very likeable individual over hurdles
and shaped throughout the season as though he would improve once
going chasing. He was disappointing when last seen in the Pertemps
Final when sent off favourite but can be forgiven one bad effort and his
future, given connections, looks set to be in staying chases. Tomngerry
ran a lovely race on his return when runner-up to the evergreen Desert
Cry over hurdles at Carlisle and warrants respect making his chase
debut, while Alzammaar has shown enough promise over fences so far
to merit consideration in this field.
1.50
BEST BET
Thisonetime
(2.50pm, Catterick)
Has taken well to chasing and
this drop back to two miles
should suit.
NEXT BEST
Impulsive Star
(1.20pm, Catterick)
Smart hurdler on his day and
likely to prove better still over
fences.
Harry Skelton, on Gino Trail, winning at Cheltenham on Saturday PA
€62,000 (£54,600), will not need
to be out of the ordinary to win the
Juvenile Hurdle. Fellow debutant
Haulani looks his biggest threat.
Thisonetime also appeals in the
two-mile handicap chase. He looked
a winner-in-waiting when third on
his first try over fences at Chepstow
last month.
Impulsive Star was such a
progressive handicap hurdler last
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HANDICAP HURDLE (CLASS 4) £5,000 added 3m 1f
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2
3
45-553 TANARPINO (C) Jennie Candlish 6 11 13 ...Sean Quinlan C
5-2365 BUCKLE STREET M Keighley 4 11 12.................H Stock (7) C,T
1271-3 WEST OF THE EDGE (D) Dr R Newland 9 11 11..............................
.......................................................................................................................C Hammond (7)
4
513-44 ASKAMORE DARSI D McCain 8 11 9.........Mr T Gillard (7) B
5
43F0-1 LOUGH SALT R C Guest 6 11 9 ...............................................B Hughes
6 PP5/PP U NAME IT R M Smith 9 11 7................................................D Irving (3)
7
841-P8 CLASSICAL MILANO G Bewley 6 11 4.....................J Bewley (3)
8
4/48-8 POKORA DU LYS D Skelton 6 11 1......................................H Skelton
9
P-3432 KATY ROYAL C Fairhurst 5 10 13................................. Joe Colliver
10 1U64PU SWANTYKAY F Murtagh 8 10 12......................................C O’Farrell
11 /5P-63 PROFESSOR PLUM Mrs R Dobbin 7 10 7..... Craig Nichol V
12
3-4 ARAMIST Sally Haynes 7 10 6................................................ H Brooke
- 12 declared BETTING: 7-2 Lough Salt, 4-1 West Of The Edge, 5-1 Tanarpino, 13-2 Katy
Royal, 8-1 Buckle Street, 10-1 others.
GO RACING IN YORKSHIRE WINTER FESTIVAL
NOVICES’ HURDLE (CLASS 4) £5,000 added 2m 3f
ESPOIR DE TEILLEE (CD) N Mulholland 5 11 5...... N Fehily
BOOYAKASHA N Richards 5 10 12.............................Craig Nichol
DRUMS OF WAR C Grant 5 10 12................................C Bewley (3)
DUFFY ALLEN N Kent 4 10 12....................................................A Wedge
HOOVES THE DADDY Mrs S Smith 4 10 12....................D Cook
IT’LL DO RIGHTLY Caroline Mccaldin (IRE) 9 10 12................
...................................................................................................................................A P Cawley
7
0 OUTBACK BLUE G Bewley 4 10 12.........................J Bewley (3) T
8
2-5 SPIN THE COIN D McCain 4 10 12..........................Will Kennedy
9
967 THE RESDEV WAY P Kirby 4 10 12...........................................A Nicol
10
CAMINO LADY D Thompson 7 10 5....................T Dowson (3) T
11
CHOCOLAT NOIR M Todhunter 4 10 5.......................... H Brooke
12 6-5488 KICK ON DOTTIE J M Jefferson 4 10 5...........................B Hughes
13
10/P9 KILCULLEN LADY H Hogarth 7 10 5................J Hamilton (3) C
- 13 declared BETTING: 2-5 Espoir De Teillee, 7-1 Booyakasha, 12-1 It’ll Do Rightly, 14-1
Spin The Coin, Chocolat Noir, 20-1 others.
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1
82-5U4 DISCOVERIE (CD) Kenneth Slack 9 12 0C McCormack (3) B,H
2
1311-2 HALCYON DAYS (CD) Rebecca Menzies 8 11 12 ...T Kelly C
3
4-2434 THISONETIME (D) D Skelton 6 11 11....................H Skelton B,T
4
3P-P31 TRUST THOMAS (D) Mrs A Hamilton 9 11 10.. J Hamilton (3)
5
1123-3 CASUAL CAVALIER (D) G Bewley 9 11 10.............B Hughes C
6
3-1365 MAXED OUT KING (D) Mrs S Smith 9 11 9......................D Cook
7
2612/6 TOMORROW’S LEGEND (D) P Holmes 7 11 5J Kington (3)
8
2-P114 JOHN WILLIAMS (D) A M Thomson 8 10 13.......................................
................................................................................................... Rachel McDonald (7) C
9
413P2- LAS TUNAS (D) R M Smith 5 10 12.................................C O’Farrell
10 51114U BOLLIN LINE (CD) Lucinda Egerton 10 10 5........L Edwards
11 5P84-4 PADDLING M Hammond 6 10 1 ............................................ H Brooke
- 11 declared BETTING: 4-1 John Williams, 5-1 Halcyon Days, 6-1 Trust Thomas, 13-2
Thisonetime, 15-2 Bollin Line, 8-1 Casual Cavalier, Las Tunas, 12-1 Maxed
Out King, Tomorrow’s Legend, 20-1 others.
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season, he was made favourite for
the Pertemps Final at the Cheltenham Festival, only to fluff his lines on
the big day. He is, though, expected to
really come into his own over fences
and his trainer Neil Mulholland has
found him an ideal opening against
just three opponents – all decent, but
not quite as good as him over hurdles
– in the Beginners’ Chase.
Martin Keighley’s Buckle Street
RACING AGAIN 28TH DECEMBER INTERMEDIATE
OPEN NH FLAT RACE (CLASS 6) £3,000 added 2m
1
0
8643
7263
RAVING BONKERS (D) M Keighley 4 11 5...............H Stock (7)
DUTCH COED Miss T Jackson 5 10 12....................F O’Toole (5)
GRIMTHORPE Miss T Jackson 6 10 12.................................A Nicol
HAASAB Laura Morgan 4 10 12.....................Mr J J O’Neill (7) C
INDIAN HARBOUR Sally Haynes 4 10 12......N Moscrop (5)
RETURN TICKET J M Jefferson 4 10 12 ........................B Hughes
SIMPLY MANI P Niven 5 10 12................................................ H Brooke
THE ROOF HUB M Hammond 4 10 12 ...Miss Becky Smith (7)
P FAIR OAKS J K Hunter 5 10 5..............................Sam Coltherd (5)
- 9 declared BETTING: 13-8 Return Ticket, 10-3 Raving Bonkers, 5-1 Simply Mani,
11-2 Haasab, 7-1 Indian Harbour, 10-1 The Roof Hub, 66-1 others.
ANTE-POST
L’Ami Serge continues to be well
backed for Saturday’s Long Walk
Hurdle at Ascot and is now as
short as 7-2.
takes a drop in class in the Stayers’
Handicap Hurdle following two respectable efforts at Cheltenham and
I fancy he will prove too strong for the
promising novice Katy Royal.
BETTING: 15-8 Royal Plaza, 10-3 Cody Wyoming, 9-2 Creep Desbois,
6-1 Enjoy Responsibly, 15-2 Princeton Royale, 12-1 Popelys Gull, 20-1
Mercers Court.
FORM VERDICT
CREEP DESBOIS shaped with considerable promise on his chase debut
at Ascot when not appearing to see out 3m on that occasion and the
drop in trip, combined with a 3lb drop in the weights, makes him
appeal as being a well-handicapped individual here. The veteran Cody
Wyoming returned to winning ways over C&D last time and is a player
on that evidence, while Royal Plaza completes the shortlist.
2.10
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HANDICAP HURDLE (CLASS 4) £8,000 added 2m
671245 TOWERING (D) C Dore 8 12 2..........................................P Brennan B
1256-7 WALSINGHAM GRANGE (D) Mrs P Sly 4 12 2 ................................
....................................................................................................Mr Jack Andrews (7) C
3
5/P-67 GENERAL BUX Olly Murphy 6 11 12..............................D England
THOROUGHBRED BREEDERS’ ASSOCIATION MARES’
4 4F6-99 THE BLUE BOMBER C Fryer 5 11 11.Bridget Andrews (3)
NOVICES’ HURDLE (CLASS 4) £8,000 added 2m
5
5969 ATAMAN Olly Murphy 5 11 7............................................ R Johnson T
612-2P HURRICANE RITA (BF) Olly Murphy 7 11 7........................................
1
332-15 BANJO GIRL (D) Mrs L Wadham 5 11 2Maxime Tissier (7) 6
...................................................................................................................Mr L Stones (7) T
2
17 DORY (D) W Greatrex 4 10 10............................................... R Johnson
133-01 AZA RUN (D) S A Harris 7 11 6................................................J Quinlan
3
5 GHINIA Mrs P Sly 6 10 10............................................... Kielan Woods 7
13 CUBSWIN (CD)(BF) N King 3 10 13 ....................................T Whelan
4
U44-5 NICHEINTHEMARKET C Fryer 5 10 10..............Jamie Moore 8
437P83 GIN AND TONIC (CD) M Wigham 7 10 2 ....... Jamie Moore B
5
4453/4 POTTERS MIDNIGHT (D) Mrs L Wadham 7 10 10 L Aspell 9
- 9 declared 6
P-6 ROSA DAMASCENA A King 4 10 10....................W Hutchinson
7
5-0 VBADGE TREAT H Whittington 4 10 10Nico De Boinville BETTING: 11-4 Ataman, 10-3 Hurricane Rita, 9-2 Aza Run, 7-1 Gin And
Tonic, Towering, 8-1 Cubswin, 14-1 General Bux, 20-1 Walsingham
- 7 declared BETTING: 5-4 Dory, 5-2 Banjo Girl, 10-3 Potters Midnight, 14-1 Vbadge Grange, 33-1 The Blue Bomber.
Treat, Rosa Damascena, 20-1 Ghinia, 66-1 Nicheinthemarket.
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31P-53
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SCOOBY (BF) G McPherson 6 11 12 ..................... Kielan Woods
SHINOOKI (CD) A Hales 10 11 12.............................W Hutchinson
SAM NOIR P Bowen 5 11 9 .......................... James Bowen (5) C,T
MAMOO (C) N King 4 11 8........................................................T Whelan C
PENNYWELL (D) W Greatrex 7 11 7............................... R Johnson
THE LAST BAR D Skelton 7 11 5.............Bridget Andrews (3)
MINELLA GATHERING (BF) P Henderson 8 10 8 ..P Brennan
BLACKWELL SYNERGY (D) Tracey Leeson 11 10 0...................
.......................................................................................................................... M Hamill (5) V
- 8 declared BETTING: 11-4 Pennywell, 7-2 Scooby, 4-1 Shinooki, 9-2 Mamoo, 13-2
Minella Gathering, 12-1 Sam Noir, 14-1 others.
AT THE RACES HANDICAP CHASE (CLASS 3) £15,000
added 2m 5f
MERCERS COURT (CD) N King 9 11 12......................H Teal (7) V
PRINCETON ROYALE (D) N King 8 11 10................T Whelan V
POPELYS GULL Mrs P Sly 5 11 8............................. Kielan Woods
ENJOY RESPONSIBLY (CD)(BF) O Sherwood 8 11 7.................
.................................................................................................................................C Shoemark
413-05 CREEP DESBOIS (D) B Pauling 5 11 7 ...................................D Jacob
32423F ROYAL PLAZA Olly Murphy 6 11 3...................... R Johnson H,T
PP-2P1 CODY WYOMING (CD) C Mann 11 11 2..............G Sheehan C,T
- 7 declared -
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2.40
HANDICAP CHASE (CLASS 4) £10,000 added 2m 5f
WHO YOU FOR Mrs S Humphrey 7 11 12...................J Quinlan
MORTENS LEAM Mrs P Sly 5 11 12..................... Kielan Woods
MULLAGHBOY (C)(BF) Olly Murphy 6 11 12R Johnson H,T
OAKIDOAKI B Powell 5 11 4..........................................B J Powell C,T
TOMMY THE RASCAL Jennie Candlish 7 10 0.................................
............................................................................................................................D G Noonan C
- 5 declared BETTING: 11-8 Mortens Leam, 7-4 Mullaghboy, 5-1 Who You For, 8-1
Oakidoaki, 20-1 Tommy The Rascal.
INDEPENDENT RACECOURSES LTD MAIDEN HURDLE
(CLASS 4) £8,000 added 2m 4f
1
6-90 ARTHUR’S REUBEN Jennie Candlish 4 11 0....D G Noonan
2
56 CAPTAIN PEACOCK O Sherwood 4 11 0........T Garner (3) B
3
41-843 CRAIGMOR Olly Murphy 5 11 0 ..................................................C Poste
4
5-53 DAKKAR COLLONGES B Case 4 11 0..........Max Kendrick (7)
5
PP- NO ALARM Olly Murphy 5 11 0........................................I Popham T
6
3-24 NO HIDING PLACE N Henderson 4 11 0Nico De Boinville
7
652-44 POTTERS HEDGER Mrs L Wadham 5 11 0................... L Aspell
8
3-20 RIO QUINTO Olly Murphy 4 11 0....................................... R Johnson
9
67/24 WILLIAM HUNTER A King 5 11 0 ...........................W Hutchinson
- 9 declared BETTING: 13-8 William Hunter, 4-1 Dakkar Collonges, 5-1 No Hiding
Place, 6-1 Rio Quinto, 10-1 Craigmor, 14-1 Potters Hedger, Captain
Peacock, 16-1 No Alarm, 66-1 Arthur’s Reuben.
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79-313
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3.10
Results service
FFOS LAS
Going: Heavy
12.30 (2m4f h’cap hdle): STEEL NATIVE (Mr
J J O’Neill 4-1) 1; Asking Questions (12-1)
2; Princess Roania (9-1) 3. Hurricane Rita
3-1F. 10 ran. 11/4l, 13/4l. (D Rees).
1.00 (2m4f mdn hdle): OXWICH BAY (A
Wedge 8-11F) 1; Just Your Type (12-1) 2;
Carole’s Vigilante (12-1) 3. 10 ran. 31/2l, 5l.
(E Williams).
1.30 (2m4f199yds h’cap nov ch):
LOOKSNOWTLIKEBRIAN (R Johnson 3-1)
1; Minella Scamp (3-1) 2; Alf ‘n’ Dor (11-4F)
3. 8 ran. 12l, 7l. (T Vaughan).
2.05 (1m7f182yds nov hdle): FAIRMOUNT
(A Tinkler 7-2) 1; Holdbacktheriver (6-4F)
2; I’m Always Trying (5-1) 3. 6 ran. 13l, 4l.
(M Keighley).
2.40 (1m7f182yds h’cap hdle): POTTERS
STORY (James Bowen 9-4) 1; Rayvin Black
(2-1F) 2; Tornado In Milan (12-1) 3. 6 ran. 21l,
5l. (P Bowen).
3.15 (3m1f60yds h’cap ch): MISTY MAI
(Sean Bowen 2-1F) 1; Astigos (10-1) 2; Lac
Sacre (8-1) 3. 6 ran. 31/2l, 31/4l. (D Rees).
3.45 (1m7f182yds mdn nh flat): ECHO
WATT (C Hammond 16-1) 1; Potters Tale
(5-2) 2; A Book Of Intrigue (2-1F) 3. 7 ran. 9l,
23/4l. (Richard Hobson).
Placepot: £40.10. Quadpot: £5.90.
MUSSELBURGH
Going: Good
12.10 (1m7f124yds nov hdle): SILVER
CONCORDE (B Hughes 1-10F) 1; Pastoral
Music (7-1) 2; Auxiliary (33-1) 3. 6 ran. 12l, 5l. (K
Dalgleish). NRs: Felix Mendelssohn, Kelpies
Myth, Millie The Minx, My Jamaican Guy.
12.40 (2m7f180yds h’cap hdle): FRASER
CANYON (A Johns 9-2) 1; Lady London
(4-1) 2; Justatenner (11-1) 3. Apachee Prince
7-2F. 10 ran. shd, 23/4l. (T Vaughan). NRs:
Honeychile Ryder, Trongate.
1.10 (2m3f193yds h’cap nov ch):
MULLAGHMURPHY BLUE (A E Lynch
11-10F) 1; Cousin Oscar (5-2) 2; Running In
Heels (7-1) 3. 4 ran. 16l, 12l. (J Dreaper (IRE)
). NRs: Pot Committed, Strong Economy,
Where’s Tiger.
1.40 (2m3f81yds hdle): BALLYCRYSTAL
COURT (D Cook 14-1) 1; Drums Of War
(33-1) 2; The Delray Munky (50-1) 3. Some
Reign 4-11F. 7 ran. 11l, 13l. (A M Thomson).
NRs: French Ticket, Moores Novelty, The
Road Home.
2.15 (2m3f81yds h’cap hdle): BUCKLED
(Rachel McDonald 4-1) 1; Nathans Pride (6-1)
2; Man Look (7-2) 3. Romulus Du Donjon
3-1F. 8 ran. 12l, 41/2l. (A M Thomson). NRs:
Benny’s Secret, Strait Of Magellan, Thorpe.
2.50 (2m7f170yds h’cap ch): RANCHER
LASS (A E Lynch 9-1) 1; Havana Jack (7-2)
2; Doktor Glaz (13-8F) 3. 6 ran. 1/2l, 21/2l. (K
Thornton (IRE) ). NR: Shanroe Street.
3.20 (1m7f124yds h’cap hdle): WOT A SHOT
(R Day 9-2) 1; Raised On Grazeon (7-2F)
2; Nendrum (7-1) 3. 14 ran. 31/2l, 23/4l. (N
Richards). NR: Our Lucas.
Placepot: £2,447.60. Quadpot: £676.80.
PLUMPTON
Going: Soft-heavy in places
12.20 (1m7f195yds nov hdle): LISP (W
Hutchinson 13-8) 1; Knocknanuss (5-4F) 2;
Paddy’s Poem (20-1) 3. 13 ran. 21/2l, 26l. (A
King). NR: Mere Ironmonger.
12.50 (2m3f164yds nov ch): NOT ANOTHER
MUDDLE (Jamie Moore 9-1) 1; Fixe Le Kap
(1-5F) 2; Good Man Hughie (33-1) 3. 4 ran.
21/4l, 99l. (G L Moore).
1.20 (2m4f114yds nov hdle): SAM BROWN
(A Coleman 7-4F) 1; New To This Town (5-2)
2; Delire D’estruval (9-4) 3. 11 ran. 7l, 21l.
(A Honeyball).
1.50 (3m1f152yds h’cap ch): FRANK N FAIR
(T Dowling 15-2) 1; Bears Rails (10-3) 2; Talk
Of The South (11-4F) 3. 7 ran. 41/2l, 21l. (Miss
Z Davison).
2.25 (1m7f195yds h’cap hdle): LE
CAPRICIEUX (William Clarke 8-1) 1;
Landscape (14-1) 2; Cafe Au Lait (8-13F) 3. 8
ran. nk, nk. (G L Moore). NR: Zarliman.
3.00 (2m3f164yds h’cap ch): FINNEGAN’S
GARDEN (T Dowling 5-4F) 1; Easter In
Paris (10-1) 2; Black Franks Angel (15-2) 3. 5
ran. 35l, 5l. (Miss Z Davison). NRs: Le Coeur
Net, Sir Hubert.
3.30 (2m1f164yds nh flat): HIDEAWAY VIC
(A Coleman 4-11F) 1; Black Lightning (7-1)
2; Glentrool (33-1) 3. 7 ran. 11/4l, 11l. (A
Honeyball).
Placepot: £95.10. Quadpot: £9.70.
WOLVERHAMPTON
Going: Standard
2.00 (1m1f104yds h’cap): ARCHIPELIGO
(Mr B Lynn 14-1) 1; Quoteline Direct (10-1)
2; Luv U Whatever (8-1) 3. Purple Rock 7-2F.
13 ran. nk, 1l. (I Jardine).
2.35 (6f20yds sell): BALLYMORE CASTLE
(A Mullen 5-6F) 1; Bernie’s Boy (9-4) 2;
Haraz (4-1) 3. 3 ran. 3/4l, hd. (R Fahey). NRs:
De Little Engine, Dream Start.
3.10 (6f20yds h’cap): POPPY IN THE WIND
(Hollie Doyle 8-1) 1; Hamish Mcgonagain (7-1)
2; A Sure Welcome (7-4F) 3. 10 ran. hd, 21/4l.
(A Brown). NRs: Big Lachie, Major Crispies.
3.40 (5f21yds h’cap): TIGER LYON (A
Mullen 5-2) 1; Bomad (5-1) 2; Magic Mark
(2-1F) 3. 6 ran. hd, 1/2l. (J Butler). NRs: Global
Rose, Magic Pulse.
4.10 (1m1f104yds nov): JACKFINBAR (H
Crouch 16-1) 1; Voyager Blue (13-8F) 2;
Craving (4-1) 3. 12 ran. nk, shd. (H Dunlop).
NR: Zalshah.
4.40 (1m142yds): CARP KID (D Costello
5-2F) 1; Zapateado (11-4) 2; Blue Harmony
(8-1) 3. 8 ran. 11/2l, hd. (J Osborne). NR: That’s
My Girl.
5.10 (1m142yds mdn): PURE SHORES (P
J McDonald 9-4) 1; Wonderfillo (10-11F)
2; Crumblecreek (10-1) 3. 6 ran. 13/4l, 31/4l.
(I Williams).
Jackpot: Not won, pool of £6,106.20 carried
over. Placepot: £118.60. Quadpot: £8.70.
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SPORT
BOXING
Saunders, the
master of Montreal,
tells Golovkin: I’ve
a plan for you too
Steve
Bunce
B
illy Joe Saunders stood
still, raised a glove to
shade his eyes from
the neon ring lights
and peered off into the
darkness at the back of the arena
in search of the swinging right that
had just missed his chin by
about six feet.
It was round nine on
Saturday night when
Saunders searched for
the lost punch during
his masterclass against
a man the bookies had
made a slight favourite.
David Lemieux was fighting
in front of 8,000 Canadians,
just a few miles from his home in
Montreal and hoping for his 34th
knockout win, most of which have
been in the opening two rounds.
Lemieux was a fighter stuck in his
own helpless swinging rhythm,
unable to avoid the jab and looking
more desperate with every second.
Saunders retained his WBO
middleweight title with the shut-out
points win. The fight had everything
to do with accepting a risky fight
and boxing live on HBO in America.
“Billy came here to send a message
and he did send one – loud and clear,”
said Frank Warren, the promoter.
This was a calculated move, a brave
move to get American television
exposure and crucially look good
at the same time. Saunders had to
win well and impress because in this
boom there are simply too many
quality fighters scrambling for too
few major television dates on both
sides of the Atlantic.
In the frosty aftermath
Lemieux, who seemed
transfixed by the
Englishman’s movement
from the opening bell,
was unable to get the
right words out and,
in frustration, blamed
an injury to his left hand
in the second round for
his loss. The denial was deep
and predictable, but Saunders
deserved better. Saunders had been
brutal with his tongue before the
fight and seemed to sledge Lemieux
throughout the mismatch; if
Saunders was an American fighter,
an unbeaten world champion, the
boxing world would be placing false
crowns on his head.
There were also a few glorious
moments during the post-fight
interview when the man from HBO
See you, Golovkin, if
you agree to fight me
you will be punching fresh
air just like Lemieux
Billy Joe
Saunders
celebrates
after his
victory
over David
Lemieux in
Quebec on
Saturday AP
seemed as bemused by what he had
witnessed as poor Lemieux: “How
did you do it?” he kept asking and
Saunders looked at him with pity. It
will rightly be considered one of the
finest boxing displays of the year,
ATHLETICS
Results service
British stars are ready to
claim top spot says Gemili
PREMIER LEAGUE
Everton (1) ............................3
Calvert-Lewin 45
Sigurdsson 64
Rooney 73 (pen)
By Nick Mashiter
British sprinter Adam Gemili believes the country’s next generation
of athletics stars are on the brink of
a major breakthrough.
The 24-year-old is eyeing individual success for himself and the team
at the Commonwealth Games in
Australia ahead of August’s
European Championships
in Berlin.
Great Britain had five
fourth-placed finishes
at the World Championships in London
this summer while Gemili finished fourth in the
200m at the Rio Olympics.
But he helped the 4x100m
relay team to gold in London and
feels it is time for more individual
honours.
Gemili (above) said: “We had so
many fourth places in London and
myself in Rio, we are on the cusp.
It’s a new generation of athletes. We
shouldn’t be relying on the relay to
get them, we should be challenging
individually.
“This year coming up is a great
year for development. The aim for
2019 and 2020 has to be to get ourselves up on the podium, hopefully
on the top, at that world stage individually and we have the calibre of
athletes to do it.
“ K a t a r i n a Jo h n s o n Thompson should be winning a medal, Andrew
Pozzi, Holly Bradshaw
– there are so many on
the cusp. As soon as
we start turning those
fourth and fifth places
into medals British Athletics is going to be thriving.
“We have a lot challenging.
We are consistently making world
finals now. Hopefully it’s only a matter of time.”
Gemili will compete at the Muller
Indoor Grand Prix Glasgow in February as he continues his preparation for the Commonwealth Games
in the Gold Coast in April.
dangerous fighter look like a novice
and he broke his heart – I thought
they were going to pull Lemieux out.”
I thought the same after eight
rounds when Lemieux started to
feel a bit sorry for himself, dropping
his head and looking broken. There
are several ways to separate a man
from his desire in the ring and not
all involve taking heavy punishment;
Saunders moved by fractions,
connected by centimetres and
laughed at Lemieux’s crude replies.
In 2015 Lemieux was dropped
and stopped by Gennady Golovkin
(inset), the unbeaten Kazakh and
arguably the best boxer in the
world right now, in another world
title fight, another fight where the
fearsome punching but flat-footed
Canadian was given a boxing lesson.
One of the main reasons, cash
aside, Saunders went to Lemieux’s
local arena was to rattle Golovkin.
“See you, Golovkin, if you agree to
fight me you will be punching fresh
air just like Lemieux,” Saunders
said, which in boxing is close to
blasphemy because of Golovkin’s
position as a punching deity.
Saunders is not a fool and he
knows better than anybody that the
genius of the Lemieux win might get
him a Golovkin fight but it will not
necessarily help him win a Golovkin
fight. “Don’t worry, I know how to
beat Golovkin,” insisted Saunders.
“I’ve got something really special
planned for him.” The win put
Saunders in a position of fantasy
compared to last December when a
few hundred bored punters watched
him retain his title at a leisure centre
in Paisley. THE INDEPENDENT
Swansea (1).........................1
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Att 37,580
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Man City
18 17
Man Utd
18 13
Chelsea
18 12
Liverpool
18 9
Arsenal
18 10
Burnley
18 9
Tottenham Hotspur 18 9
Leicester
18 7
Everton
18 7
Watford
18 6
Huddersfield
18 6
Southampton
18 4
Brighton
18 4
Crystal Palace
18 4
West Ham
18 4
AFC Bournemouth
18 4
Stoke
18 4
Newcastle
18 4
West Brom
18 2
Swansea
18 3
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AMERICAN FOOTBALL
NFL: Buffalo Bills 24 Miami Dolphins 16;
Carolina Panthers 31 Green Bay Packers 24;
Cleveland Browns 10 Baltimore Ravens 27;
Jacksonville Jaguars 45 Houston Texans 7;
Minnesota Vikings 34 Cincinnati Bengals 7; New
Orleans Saints 31 New York Jets 19; New York
Giants 29 Philadelphia Eagles 34; Oakland Raiders 17 Dallas Cowboys 20; Washington Redskins
20 Arizona Cardinals 15.
BASKETBALL
NBA: Brooklyn Nets 97 Indiana Pacers 109;
Detroit Pistons 114 Orlando Magic 110; Toronto
Raptors 108 Sacramento Kings 93; Washington
Wizards 99 Cleveland Cavaliers 106.
DARTS
PDC WORLD CHAMPIONSHIPS, ALEXANDRA
PALACE, LONDON: Preliminary 1st rd: P Lim
(Sing) bt K Fan Leung (HK) 2-0. 1st rd: M Suljovic
(Aut) bt K Painter (Eng) 3-0.
ICE HOCKEY
NHL: Chicago Blackhawks 4 Minnesota Wild 1;
Vancouver Canucks 1 Calgary Flames 6; Vegas
Golden Knights 5 Florida Panthers 2; Winnipeg
Jets 4 St Louis Blues 0.
a flawless dance with relentless
piercing punches from Saunders.
“I have known Billy for a long,
long time and that was his best
performance,” said Tyson Fury,
a ringside guest. “He made a real
TODAY’S FIXTURES
(Football 7.45pm unless stated)
FOOTBALL
CARABAO CUP QUARTER-FINALS
Arsenal v West Ham.........................................................................
Leicester v Man City ........................................................................
EMIRATES FA CUP SECOND ROUND REPLAY
Carlisle v Gillingham .......................................................................
LADBROKES SCOTTISH CHAMPIONSHIP
Livingston v Falkirk...........................................................................
LADBROKES SCOTTISH LEAGUE ONE
Stranraer v Albion..............................................................................
LADBROKES SCOTTISH LEAGUE TWO
Cowdenbeath v Stenhousemuir ...........................................
VANARAMA NATIONAL LEAGUE NORTH: North
Ferriby Utd v Curzon Ashton.
FA TROPHY FIRST ROUND: Blyth Spartans
v AFC Telford, FC Halifax v Macclesfield,
Spennymoor Tn v Gainsborough, Gateshead v
Guiseley, Chesham v Weston-S-Mare. FIRST
ROUND REPLAYS: Brackley v Braintree Tn,
Heybridge v Hampton & Richmond, Boreham
Wood v Dartford, Altrincham v Warrington Tn.
EVO-STIK SOUTHERN LEAGUE PREMIER:
Bishop’s Stortford v Hitchin, Kettering v
Hereford FC, Merthyr Tn v Basingstoke.
FIRST DIVISION EAST: Hanwell Tn v Ashford
Tn (Middx), Kempston Rovers v Thame Utd
, Moneyfields v Aylesbury Utd, Uxbridge v
Hartley Wintney. FIRST DIVISION WEST:
Barnstaple Tn v Swindon Supermarine,
Taunton v Wimborne Tn.
BOSTIK PREMIER DIVISION: Billericay v
Met Police, Dorking Wanderers v Hendon,
Folkestone Invicta v Thurrock, Leiston v
Merstham, Margate v Brightlingsea Regent,
Needham Market v Leatherhead, Staines Tn v
Harlow. FIRST DIVISION NORTH: AFC Sudbury
v Hertford Tn, Cheshunt v Romford, Heybridge
v Waltham Abbey, Maldon & Tiptree v Grays
Athletic.
JD WELSH PREMIER: The New Saints FC v
Connah’s Quay Nomads, Prestatyn Tn v Cefn
Druids.
SCOTTISH LOWLAND LEAGUE: Stirling
University v Edinburgh Univ.
CRICKET
FIRST ONE DAY INTERNATIONAL: New Zealand
v West Indies (Whangarei, 10pm).
DARTS
PDC WORLD DARTS CHAMPIONSHIPS
(Alexandra Palace, London).
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RUGBY UNION
FRANCE
Out-of-favour Savea
eyes League switch
to lift sagging career
Michalak to
retire at end
of the season
made an explosive start to his All
Blacks career and has scored 46
All Blacks wing Julian Savea could tries in 54 Test matches, with all but
turn his back on rugby union and the six of those ending in victory for the
chance to break Doug Howlett’s try- world’s No 1 team. But a drop in form,
scoring record in order to secure a combined with the emergence of
move to rugby league after enduring World Rugby Breakthrough Player
one of the toughest years on
of the Year in Rieko Ioane, led
the pitch in his career.
to Hansen leaving Savea
Savea, 27, is contractout of his squad for the
ed to the New Zealand
Rugby Championship
Rugby union until
and European tour
after the 2019 Rugby
after a mistake-laden
Tries
Julian
Savea
World Cup, but after
third Test appearance
has scored for
dropping out of Steve
against the British
the All Blacks –
Hansen’s plans, he is
and
Irish Lions in the
three shy of Doug
now questioning his fusummer.
Howlett’s record
ture in the 15-man game.
He remains the most
“It’s always been in the
lethal finisher in All
back of my mind,” Savea told
Blacks history, with his tries
New Zealand media outlet Newshub per game ratio at an unrivalled 0.852,
when asked about the possibility of a and sits alongside rugby legends in
move to rugby league.
Christian Cullen and Joe Rokocoko
“I haven’t had any reason to leave in joint-second on the country’s allrugby [union], [but] I’d definitely time try scorers list, just three off
think about it. You can’t not think Howlett’s record.
about it, weigh up the pros and cons
An appearance for the Barbarand what’s best for my family.”
ians against Hansen’s second-string
Nicknamed “The Bus”, Savea side at the start of last month failed
By Sports Staff
By Jack de Menezes
46
Julian Savea’s try-scoring ability is built around his powerful running GETTY
to persuade Hansen to change his
mind and recall him, and having also
been dropped from the Hurricanes’
first XV at times this season, a move
to the Premiership and Harlequins
soon stole the headlines – only to be
shot down by Savea himself.
However, the experience of being
dropped in 2017 has taken its toll
and the Wellington native could look
to flourish in rugby league, where a
move to the NRL would likely materialise. “I guess [being dropped] can
play a lot on your mind, especially
with the confidence,” Savea said.
THE INDEPENDENT
Former France half-back
Frédéric Michalak will retire
at the end of the season. The
35-year-old will end his career
as France’s all-time leading
scorer with 436 points from 77
caps, having won Six Nations
Grand Slams in
2002, 2004
and 2010 and
competed at
three World
Cups. His
club career
has taken
in Toulouse,
Toulon and
his current club
Lyon, as well as two
spells in South Africa with the
Sharks.
“After a long period of
reflection and despite an offer
from a club, I am calling an end
to my career at the end of this
season,” said Michalak (above).
“I still want to play but it will
be the same situation if I push
on for a year. It is not mental, it
is the body which says to stop.”
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SPORT
CYCLING
Comment
Time to put crass and
outdated SPOTY out
of its (and our) misery
newspaper coverage supported by
delayed highlights on the box.
In that distant epoch it made
sense to package up the sporting
year into an annual pre-Christmas
CHIEF SPORTS
CORRESPONDENT
gala and hand out a trophy to a
ll good things come to
winner voted in by millions and who
an end. In the same
might actually turn up to receive
way we would take a
the gong. The voting figures for
much loved old dog to
Sunday’s show reveal the scale of the
the vet to terminate the demise, down to half a million from
suffering, as an act of kindness it is
1.5million five years ago. The vote
time to administer a lethal dose to
also conspired to make the women
the BBC’s anachronistic sporting
in the list appear token props.
showpiece, affectionately
England cricketer Anya
known as SPOTY.
Shrubsole, taekwondo
Out of respect for the
world champion Bianca
place in our hearts the
Walkden, British tennis
Sports Personality of
No 1 Johanna Konta
the Year once held,
and Olympic short
and for its historic
track speed skater
relevance to our
Elise Christie, filled the
sporting life, I will
bottom four spots after
control the impulse to
polling between them half
go in with hobnail boots.
of Farah’s 83k vote.
Suffice is to say this
An alternative
year’s show which
sports personality
T
h
e
failure
included a cringeworthy
poll commissioned by
fireside chat with Chris of many
communications agency
nominees to
Froome, the fruity
Exposure returned
asides from some in the attend
Leicester and England
audience that reflected revealed a
striker Jamie Vardy and
how a number athletics format
Wales rugby skipper
insiders feel about Sir
Sam Warburton as the
grinding
Mo Farah (above) and
most influential people in
on
beyond
his association to former
British sport. A trawl of
its
use-by
date
coach, Alberto Salazar,
250 UK sport movers and
investigated for alleged
shakers, tracking their
doping, and the failure of
presence on social media,
many nominees to attend, revealed
in newspapers, books and on TV
a format grinding on beyond its
revealed a different kind of line-up
use-by date.
and dare I say more representative
The cock-up with the live link
than the SPOTY shortlist.
to the winner could happen to
Olympic gold medalist swimmer
anybody. The soft soaping of
Adam Peaty was third, England
Froome’s salbutamol crisis showed fly-half Owen Farrell fourth and
how out of step with the sporting
Manchester United striker Marcus
reality it purports to reflect
Rashford sixth. Though neither of
SPOTY has become.
the two women in the top-10, Dame
The show is, of course, a legacy
Jessica Ennis-Hill and Katherine
of a sepia age when the BBC had
Grainger, are still competing, they
the run of the place because sports are perhaps more relevant than the
rights did not exist and we were
four women propping up the Spoty
connected to the world of sport via
contenders.
Kevin
Garside
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WORLD SUPERBIKES
Rea defies expectations to
snatch runner-up award
By Sports Staff
Northern Ireland’s Jonathan Rea,
the major surprise at the BBC’s
Sports Personality of the
Year show, is aiming to
make more history
next year.
The three -time
Wo rl d S u p e rb i ke
c h a m p i o n ( right)
almost unheard of outside his native country
and his sport, came within 3,000 votes of shocking the
man who shocked the favourite.
Four-time Olympic champion Sir
Mo Farah took the top prize, with
heavyweight champion Anthony
Joshua only fourth on the night, but
it was the 30-year-old Rea’s
second place that confounded the bookies.
Few outside his sport
expected Rea to do so
well. But he was awarded
an MBE this summer and
has won three consecutive championships. He
said just being shortlisted for
the award was “the icing on the
cake of an incredible year”.
Froome should
not ‘race until
salbutamol
case decided’
squad’s ultimate goal was to race, and
hopefully win, clean.
That was well before Team Sky
appeared, too, signing Sir Bradley
Wiggins from Vaughters’ team for
their debut season of 2010 but only
beginning to dominate in Grand
Tours two years later. All the time
they highlighted that they, also, were
on a mission to clean up cycling’s
tarnished image.
Fast forward five years and Vaughters’ team, one of the WorldTour’s
smallest, struggled to find sponsorship towards the end of 2017 despite
taking their best result in the Tour de
France, second place for the Colombian, Rigoberto Uran. That was behind Froome, who won his fourth title
for the more financially stable Sky.
However, the Froome’s adverse analytical finding for salbutamol after
“That would be a good thing for stage 18 of the Vuelta a Espana on 7
other people involved in cycling, that September has compounded Sky’s
you didn’t have this kind of sideshow already considerable PR woes as the
going on the entire time.
controversy surrounding
It would be a very gentleWiggins drags on, although
Every time Vaughters does not feel that
manly gesture on his part
not to compete until all the something like all the consequences have
results from all the testing” this erupts, it’s to be completely negative.
– which will either prove my hope that
“Every time something
or disprove Froome’s inno- the scandal
like this erupts, it’s my hope
cence – are done.”
that the scandal leads to an
Vaughters has long been leads to an
improvement of the behavon the frontline of cycling’s improvement iour of the teams and the
battles against banned in how
riders involved, or serves as
drugs, from the days when teams behave a catalyst for improvement
the American founded
in the testing,” he says.
his team as a junior develHe cites the case of the
opment squad based in Colorado biological passport, introduced after
way back in 2003. Then as now, the the 1998 Tour’s Festina scandals and
Rival team head says adverse test acts
as a unwanted sideshow for the sport
By Alasdair Fotheringham
As Chris Froome’s salbutamol case
wrenches professional cycling back
towards wearily familiar and stifling
levels of controversy, one of its leading anti-doping campaigners has
suggested how the embattled sport
might gain a little, much-needed,
breathing space: Froome, he says,
should temporarily suspend himself
from racing.
“I’m more interested in the final
outcome but wouldn’t it be less distracting if he just didn’t race until this
is resolved?” asks Jonathan Vaughters, head of the Cannondale-Drapac
team, which races in cycling’s top
league, the WorldTour.
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Misfit Mkhitaryan in line
for a return to Dortmund
By Miguel Delaney
Business as usual for
Chris Froome (front left)
as he trains with Team
Sky in Mallorca last week
Inset, Vaughters as team
manager, and with Lance
Armstrong during his
racing career AP ;GETTY
regarded as one of anti-doping’s foremost weapons. “For now, though, it’s
a little difficult to see what that might
be but it’s definitely a cautionary tale
for guys using salbutamol, to be very
conservative in your usage of it.”
And for Team Sky? “It’s
probably an opportunity
for them to look into how
they’re doing things and
if something procedural
or more importantly
something philosophical
needs to change.”
What that philosophical
element could be was clear
to Vaughters as far
back as 2012 – way before Jiffybag-gate, the
injections for Wiggins
and his therapeutic use
exemptions, the mistaken deliveries of testosterone patches, and
the rest of the scandals
that have done so much
recent harm to Team
Sky’s public image.
In 2012, Vaughters
first argued that Sky’s
much-vaunted zero-tolerance policy towards
employing anybody in
the sport with a former
history of doping could in fact be seriously counter-productive. At the
time, he told The Daily Telegraph:
“You cannot change history but you
can change the direction forward and
you can use the people who have encountered that history and probably
didn’t like that history. By just throwing some of them to the side, you are
eliminating the knowledge base of
how to prevent doping, eliminating
all of that experience.”
Vaughters himself is something of
a poacher-turned-gamekeeper:
he has admitted to doping in
the 1990s, and raced for
Lance Armstrong’s US
Postal squad until late
1999.
But his team is also a
longstanding member
of the Mouvement pour
un Cyclisme Crédible, pro
teams’ main anti-doping association, which
Sky refused to join “because” – Vaughters argues – “there are a lot of
ex-dopers in it who have
an anti-doping attitude
now, but Sky felt it
[therefore] didn’t meet
their standards.”
Vaughters says that
he believes in the principal of innocence until
proven guilty. However,
with media comments
multiplying in the UK
and US media along
the lines of “here we go
again”, Vaughters feels there is already one negative consequence.
“I feel very sorry, for the clean
riders for whom this will put a sort
of shadow over their achievements. It
will put totally clean athletes under
question and I feel for them.”
Borussia Dortmund are planning
to end Henrikh Mkhitaryan’s Manchester United struggles, as they
have expressed interest in bringing
the playmaker back to his old club.
The Armenian has fallen out of
favour under Jose Mourinho, having
struggled to apply his game under
the manager’s approach, amid
reports of a disagreement.
It is understood United would be
willing to let him go for the right
deal, and Dortmund have shown
the strongest interest. That stance
would be in line with the Bundesliga
club’s previous policy of bringing
back former players who have struggle elsewhere, such as Mario Götze,
Nuri Sahin and former United player Shinji Kagawa.
Such a deal might also suit Manchester United’s plans for incoming
players, as Mourinho does want a
defensive midfielder, and Dortmund’s Julian Weigl has long been a
target. While any kind of direct swap
is unlikely, a move could facilitate
negotiations.
Mourinho said he must wait
to discover the severity of Antonio Valencia’s injury. The captain
game Valencia had started and
Mourinho felt his injury was down
to his workload.
Mourinho said: “The Valencia
injury is what I call a December
injury. It is an injury of the accumulation of fatigue. It is a muscular one
– hamstring, big small, medium? I
don’t know.
“He is an experienced guy to not let
it go to difficult limits. But it is an injury of fatigue – everyone in the Premier League, especially the ones with
more accumulation of cups and European cups – are at risk.” Valencia
is almost certain to miss tomorrow’s
Carabao Cup quarter-final game at
Mkhitaryan has struggled to adapt to Bristol City having captained United
Mourinho’s tactics at United
in Michael Carrick’s absence.
He has made 24 appearances in
limped off with a hamstring
all competitions this season,
problem during Sunday’s
scoring twice – in the 4-0
2-1 win at West Bromhome win over Everwich to add to United’s
ton and 3-1 victory
defensive woes.
at Arsenal. United
Valencia joins cenface Leicester at the
Premier League
tre-back Eric Bailly
King Power Stadium
games played by
on the sidelines, with
on Saturday before
Mkhitaryan over
Bailly ready to have
hosting Burnley
two seasons with
Manchester United
surgery on his injured
on Boxing Day and
ankle which could sideSouthampton in their
line him for three months.
final fixture of 2017.
It was the seventh successive
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LEICSTER CITY
Moyes ‘bit
surprised’
by Lanzini
dive charge
Puel looks to
beat the ‘top
team in Europe’
By Tom Allnutt
West Ham manager David Moyes
was surprised by the Football Association’s decision to charge Manuel
Lanzini for diving but said the club
were yet to decide if they would Lanzini falls to the ground after
appeal against the Argentinian’s Pieters challenges for the ball
two-match ban before today’s 6pm
deadline.
vision. It is clear to see the defender
Lanzini won a penalty against makes an attempt to go for the ball
Stoke on Saturday after he was and doesn’t get it. From my point of
challenged by Erik Pieters, with view, they are going against the refHammers captain Mark Noble eree, whoever the panel were.”
converting from the spot
Lanzini is set to be susto give his side a 1-0 lead.
pended for West Ham’s
The referee Carabao Cup quarter-final
The decision infuriated
the Stoke manager, Mark was 10 yards
against Arsenal tonight, as
Hughes, who is under even from the ball
well as their basement batmore pressure following with nothing
tle with Newcastle in the
his team’s 3-0 home defeat.
Premier League on SatLanzini is the second blocking his
urday. On whether West
vision.
It’s
Premier League player to
Ham will appeal, Moyes
be charged for the “suc- clear the
said: “We are going to have
cessful deception of a defender does a talk about it and decide
match official” – in this not get the ball what we are going to do.
case referee Graham Scott
We will look at it.”
– after Everton striker
Andy Carroll trained
Oumar Niasse was the first to be yesterday after overcoming a back
penalised last month.
injury and could play at the Emir“I am a bit surprised because of ates tonight while Moyes confirmed
the incident in the game,” Moyes Joe Hart will start in goal. Hart has
said. “The referee was 10 yards from lost his place to Adrian for West
the ball with nothing blocking his Ham’s last four league matches.
By Nick Mashiter
Leicester manager Claude Puel
admits he has unfinished business in the Carabao Cup ahead of
tonight’s quarter-final clash with
Manchester City.
The Foxes host in-form City on
Tuesday aiming to hit back following a surprise 3-0 Premier League
defeat to Crystal Palace.
Puel’s Southampton lost the EFL
Cup final 3-2 to Manchester United
at Wembley last season
when Saints’ striker
Manolo Gabbiadini
had a goal controversially ruled
out with the
game at 0-0.
Defeat was
hard on Puel
(right) and Southampton and, now
Foxes manager, he is
eager to right some wrongs.
He said: “Yeah, but time will tell.
The next game will tell us if this is
possible or not because we have to
play a fantastic team. They are the
top team in Europe.
“It’s a good opportunity, a strong
challenge for us to try to beat them.
It’s a unique game, a quarter-final, a
cup game and not a Premier League
game and with the support of our
fans we can make a fortress at the
King Power Stadium.”
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MANCHESTER CITY
De Bruyne close to a
double-your-money
new long-term deal
assists in 24 games this season.
Meanwhile, Pep Guardiola says he
cannot be afraid to upset ManchesKevin De Bruyne is close to agree- ter City’s players with his selecing a new Manchester City con- tion choices as they chase multiple
tract, with the club confident of trophies.
finalising a deal before Christmas.
City’s all-time leading scorer SerWhile a few issues have to be
gio Aguero looked annoyed on
sorted, such as details relatSaturday when Guardiola
ing to image rights and
took him off before the
the length of the deal –
hour-mark in the 4-1 vicexpected to be between
tory over Tottenham.
four and six years – the
The Premier League
player and the club are
leaders had a narrow
eager to get it done.
1-0 lead at the time but
City also want it
scored three times in
sorted before the World
the final 20 minutes at the
Cup, especially as the
Etihad Stadium en route to
26-year-old’s burgeoning
their 16th successive trireputation grows. It would
umph in the division.
strengthen their stance
“That’s normal,” GuarThey want
that he is not for sale at any to win and I
diola (right) speaking
price, regardless of any of- understand
ahead of tonight’s Carabao
fers from Barcelona and
Cup tie at Leicester, said
his reaction. of Aguero’s reaction. “The
Real Madrid.
De Bruyne is expected But at that
players want to play and
to virtually double his moment, I
I can understand him. He
wages and earn around needed more is a top player. But at that
£200,000 a week but with energy in
moment, I needed a little
a series of bonuses.
energy with Gabriel
that position more
City have also taken the
[Jesus] in that position.
first steps to agreeing new
“Always I don’t want to
contracts with Gabriel Jesus and hurt the players, believe me. When
Leroy Sané, while there is an expec- the manager takes a decision and we
tation that Fernandinho will sign an win, always we are right. When you
extension in the summer, when his don’t win, you make a mistake. So, it
deal ends.
is simple like that.” THE INDEPENDENT
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By Miguel Delaney
and Liam Blackburn
Gylfi Sigurdsson puts Everton ahead against his former club with a wonderful finish past Lukasz Fabianski REUTERS
Sigurdsson stunner leaves
Swans down in the dumps
EVERTON
Calvert-Lewin 45, Sigurdsson 64,
Rooney pen 73
3
SWANSEA
Fer 35
1
Everton
Kenny
By Ian Whittell
Holgate
Williams Martina
Schneiderlin
Gueye
AT GOODISON PARK
Gylfi Sigurdsson had the last word
against his former supporters who
had treated him to a first-half verbal
onslaught, with a magnificent solo
goal that left Swansea rooted to the
foot of the table. The Iceland international, sold to Everton for £45million last summer, collected a Wayne
Rooney pass on the left and cut into
the centre of the field before lining up
his attempt.
And he despatched an unstoppable
20-yard, right-foot effort past the diving Lukasz Fabianski to put Everton
into the lead after Dominic CalvertLewin had been required to score
a late first-half equaliser, following
Rooney’s missed penalty, to cancel
out a Leroy Fer opener.
Rooney, for whom that represented the 10th failed penalty out of 32 attempts in his Premier League career,
would be presented with the chance
to improve that record after 72 minutes. Martin Olsson was harshly
judged to have tripped Jonjoe Kenny
and the former England captain
made no mistake this time, comfortably beating Fabianski from the spot.
Swansea took the lead, which
was deserved on balance of play. It
was due also to an appalling piece of
Everton defending – the very thing
that new manager Sam Allardyce
appeared to have eradicated – from
Tom Carroll’s 35th minute corner.
Pickford
Lennon
Rooney
Sigurdsson
Calvert-Lewin
Narsingh
Bony
Carroll
Mesa
Olsson Mawson
Dyer
Fer
FernandezNaughton
Fabianski
Swansea City
Substitutions: Everton Davies (Schneiderlin, 61)
Lookman (Lennon, 79) Ramirez (Rooney, 89); Swansea
Abraham (Bony, 5); J Ayew (Dyer, 74) Clucas (Carroll,
81).
Booked: Everton Holgate, Kenny Swansea Dyer, Fer,
Fernandez.
Man of the Match Gueye. Rating 7/10.
Possession: Everton 51% Swansea 49%.
Attempts on target: Everton 7 Swansea 3.
Referee J Moss (Sunderland).
Attendance 37,580.
Fer, arriving at the far post, was left
completely unguarded as he converted one of the most routine of finishes
from inside the six-yard area, his first
league goal in 13 months. But Swansea are in their current predicament
for a reason and showed it, failing to
reach the interval with that lead intact. In first-half injury-time, Aaron
Lennon twisted in the Swansea area,
midfielder Roque Mesa attempted
to tackle him and succeeded only in
making enough contact to bring the
winger crashing to the ground.
Rooney, whose nine goals matched
the entire Swansea team coming into
the game, took the penalty only to see
Fabianski make a superb diving save,
touching it onto his left-hand post.
Unfortunately for the keeper, the
rebound fell kindly to Calvert-Lewin
who drove the ball clinically into the
Swansea goal.
Less than three minutes had gone
when Wilfried Bony, the only Swansea player to have scored in their
last seven games, limped off with a
muscle pull to be replaced by Tammy
Abraham. Yet within a couple of minutes, Luciano Narsingh was cutting
in from the right wing and producing a shot to suggest there might be
some hope for the visitors. Everton
were taking time to find their rhythm.
It took until the 19th minute to carve
out a chance, a speculative and high
Rooney lob. Calvert-Lewin followed
that up by threading a shot through a
crowded area from 20 yards.
Lennon brought the crowd to life
when he received a short Mason Holgate pass and shoved the ball through
the legs of Alfie Mawson before running on to it and planting a shot just
wide. Holgate then went into the book
after upending Nathan Dyer and presenting Swansea with a free-kick
which saw Carroll beat the wall but
not Pickford. The second half started
as passively as the first before Sigurdsson tried his luck with a 25-yard
shot that the keeper smothered – but
a taster for what was to come.
Premier League table, p48
Alleged attack on Sterling
to be treated as hate crime
By Mark Critchley
Police are treating the alleged
racial abuse and assault
of Raheem Sterling,
the Manchester City
player, as a hate
crime.
It has been reported
that Sterling (right)
was attacked by a
man as he arrived at
City’s training ground
ahead of their Premier
League meeting with Tottenham
Hotspur. The 23-year-old winger
was allegedly abused while
driving through the entrance of
the City Football Academy and
then kicked when he stepped
out of his vehicle to
question the man.
City are yet to
comment on the
incident but Greater
Manchester Police
confirmed yesterday
that an investigation
had been opened.
Sterling was not
injured in the incident and
went on to score twice as City
recorded a 4-1 win, their 16th
consecutive league victory.
CRYSTAL PALACE
Puncheon charged with assault
By Flora Thompson
Crystal Palace midfielder Jason
Puncheon has been charged with
assault and having a weapon after
a fight erupted in the street near a
nightclub.
Puncheon was arrested in the
early hours of Sunday and taken
into custody after officers were
called to the disturbance in Church
Street, Reigate, Surrey Police said.
The 31-year-old had reportedly been
partying with friends at the nearby
Mishiko nightclub beforehand.
Puncheon was released on bail
and is due to appear at Guildford
Magistrates’ Court on 5 January.
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The best
since
Bradman
From flimsy to phenomenal.
Tim Wigmore assesses the
meteoric rise of Steve Smith
Steve Smith
celebrates after
reaching his double
century against
England at the Waca
on Saturday GETTY
P
erhaps the defining
image of Steve Smith this
series is not of him at the
crease, scoring runs or
even celebrating any of
Australia’s three Test victories.
Rather, it was of Smith trudging
off at the Waca, with his head down
and shielded by his helmet as if to
protect him from the glare of the
outside world. It is the sort of look
you need only attend an Under-11
game and see a child dismissed first
ball to witness. Only, Smith had not
made a duck; he had made 239 runs.
The sight encapsulated the insatiable desire that has elevated Smith
to the second highest Test average –
62.32 – of all time, second only to Don
Bradman. Smith scores a hundred
every 2.7 Test innings, bettered only
by Bradman among those with 20
centuries, and has scored more Test
runs than anyone else at this stage of
his career.
This Ashes series, Smith, who is 28,
has followed the slowest century of his
career, a 261-ball grind at Brisbane,
with the fastest, the 138-ball dash at
the Waca en route to his Test highest
score. And his imperiousness extends
beyond Australia: in India this year,
Smith made three centuries in four
Tests, including an otherworldly century on a treacherous pitch in Australia’s victory at Pune, when no one
else passed 68 in the match.
It was apt that the Waca, in its final
Ashes Test, was the sight of Smith’s
finest achievement. No ground better embodies his metamorphosis.
Seven years ago, Smith was recalled
at Perth during the Ashes series and
explained that his role was about
“having fun and making sure every-
one else around is having fun, wheth- moved to well across his offstump, batsman, including Ricky Ponting,
er it be telling a joke or something and unfurled a swivel pull through Allan Border, Greg Chappell and
like that.” The joke was on Smith and square leg, like a cross-caught top- Bradman, who had their initiation
Australia: he floundered while
spin forehand hit on the run. to the international game when their
England won the final two
Playing multiple sports first-class careers were embryonic.
Tests by an innings in
also imbued Smith with
But Smith was initially derided,
their crushing Ashes
adaptability under with the consensus that his techtriumph.
pressure. His autobi- nique was too flimsy to thrive in
In 2013, the Waca
ography begins with Tests. When James Anderson
The average number
bought another
a story of Smith losing bowled Smith, via an inside edge, in
of Test innings
landmark moment
4-0 in the first set of a the second innings at Melbourne in
Steve Smith has
in Smith’s career:
junior tennis match, at 2010 as England neared retaining the
required to make a
an Ashes hundred to
which
point his father Ashes, Anderson did not celebrate
century
underpin Australia’s
implored him to “adapt”; properly, as if intimating that Smith
recovery from 143-5. “EveSmith introduced was unworthy of sharing a field with
rything just sort of clicked
crafty slices and him. After England won the 2010-11
from then on,”
won the match.
Ashes, Australia’s selectors did not
he told WisTraining
dare select Smith for over
den Cricket
in extreme diftwo full years.
S
m
ith
was
Monthly. Beficulty has also underSmith still believed. Rathfo r e Pe r t h
pinned Smith’s ascent. derided... after er than deconstruct the idi2013, Smith
Bradman trained by hit- England won
osyncrasies in his game, he
averaged 33 in 14
ting a golf ball with a stump the 2010-11
doubled down on them, now
Tests. Since then,
against a water tank. Ashes, the
standing outside leg stump
he has averaged
Much of Smith’s early
to prepare for deliveries
73.10 in 45 Tests,
years in cricket were selectors did
before shuffling across his
which include 21 of his
spent playing in his not dare select stumps. He recognised the
22 Test hundreds.
back garden, with a him for over
great strengths of his techSmith embodies the
softball on uneven two full years nique: the ability to play late;
benefits of playing multipaving which devithe ability to hit an identical
ple sports until late in the
ated unpredictaball fruitfully on either the
teens. As a young boy,
bly, thereby forcing Smith to legside or offside; and that his profiSmith played tennis deplay the ball late. In this way, ciency playing the ball through the
votedly. There is a growing
too, Smith’s batting devel- legside forces bowlers to bowl away
body of research showing
oped naturally, rather from the stumps, thereby effectively
that the best sportsmen
than be shaped by rigid removing bowled and lbw as possible
specialise in sport at a later
coaching.
forms of dismissal.
age than near-elite athletes
Smith (left) made his
Squint a little when watchwho do not quite make it,
international debut aged ing Smith bat, and it is possible to
because playing other games
20, and his Test glimpse another batsman with an
allows them to develop individdebut at 21. Being autodidactic method, a bottom-handual quirks and strengths; Novak
thrown in at such ed backlift that lifts the bat unusually
Djokovic credits his flexibility to
a young age cast towards gully while awaiting the ball
his years skiing. Late in the secSmith in a lineage and an Australian spirit of self-reliond evening at Perth, Smith
of great Australian ance: Donald Bradman.
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The next generation?
As English cricket assesses the
damage after a humbling Down
Under, i takes a look at six young
players that could help shape the
future of the national team.
BEN FOAKES (wk)
County Surrey
Age 24
Son of former
Premier League
referee Peter, his
alertness at the stumps as well as
his precision with the bat has led
Alec Stewart to describe him as the
“best wicketkeeper in the world”.
And with a first-class batting average of 41.84, Jonny Bairstow’s Test
spot could be under pressure.
TOM CURRAN
County Surrey
Age 22
The Cricket
Writers’ Club
2015 young player
of the year was selected for the
current Ashes squad after Steven
Finn’s injury. After an assured
introduction to international cricket in 2017 when he took a wicket in
the first over of his T20 debut, now
may be a good time to blood him.
DANIEL BELLDRUMMOND
County Kent
Age 24
A first-class average of 34.80 does
not tell the whole story. After
impressing at both under-19 level
and England Lions he could be
ready to step up and a first-class
highest score of 206 not out is
impressive, but in 2017 he failed to
make one three-figure score.
MASON CRANE
County Hampshire
Age 20
Currently a nonplaying member of
the Ashes squad,
Caught the eye in eastern Australia
earlier this year but then endured
a relatively humbling 2017 season
with Hampshire, After controlled
bowling against the Cricket Australia XI, perhaps the time is right
to give Crane a chance.
LIAM
LIVINGSTONE
County Lancashire
Age 24
After a
magnificent
224 for Lancashire against
Warwickshire earlier this year, it
seems that Livingstone’s scoring
prowess could be highly useful in
an England side bereft of in-form
run-scorers.
HASEEB HAMEED
County Lancashire
Age 20
As the youngest
debutant to open
for England in
a Test match at the age of 19, it
seemed he would be ubiquitous
in England’s top order for years to
come. Out of the side after a terrible slump in form in the summer
but time is definitely on his side.
By Charles Richardson
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THE ASHES
Sport
I’m still right
man to coach
England,
says Bayliss
Those results were balanced out by
home series wins against South Africa and West Indies, but the prevailing
England coach Trevor Bayliss insists feeling is that this Ashes result shows
he is still the right man for the job the team have gone backwards over
despite his team surrendering the the past couple of years.
Ashes in just 15 days after a crushing
“We won every series during the
Third Test defeat here in Perth.
summer,” said Bayliss. “Over the past
This is the third time in four tours two years we’ve been on the lookout
of Australia that England have for a few positions in the team. Noallowed the hosts to regain the urn by body until this tour has stood out.
taking a 3-0 series lead. On the other Dawid Malan has done extremely
two occasions, England went on to be well at five. James Vince keeps showwhitewashed 5-0. Joe Root’s side lost ing he can play at this level.”
their final six wickets in 34.3 overs of a
However, England have been let
rain-hit final day as they crumdown by their senior players,
bled to defeat by an innings
notably opener Alastair Cook,
and 41 runs.
all-rounder Moeen Ali and
This result increases
fast bowler Stuart Broad.
the pressure on BaylAshes defeats usually lead
iss (right), especially as
to much soul-searching
it is the third time in a
and calls for wholesale
year England have lost
changes, but Bayliss does
by an innings in an away
not believe there will be an
Test after posting 400 batoverhaul this time.
ting first, the other two
“We have no plans at this
occasions coming in India
moment,” he said. “I’ve not
last winter. But asked if he
I think I am given it any thought whatthought he was the right the right man soever. We are just going
man to take the team for- to take us for- to have to wait to see how
ward, the Australian, who
these last couple of games
took over in the summer ward. You may go. A few guys will be disof 2015, said: “I think I am. not. We have
appointed with way they
You may not. We have done done pretty
have gone on this tour. Some
pretty well over the past well over the
younger players have been
couple of years. That is for past couple
our better players. That is
people above my pay grade of years
the pleasing side of it. But on
to make that decision. We
the other side, you’re thinkwill leave that up to them.”
ing of people like Cooky? He
Bayliss won his first series in charge has played the game long enough to
– a 3-2 home Ashes success – two years know when it is the right time to go.”
ago and followed up that result with a
Meanwhile, Bayliss has not yet ruled
notableserieswininSouthAfrica,who Craig Overton out of the Boxing Day
were then ranked No 1 in the world. Test in Melbourne, despite the young
But results overseas have been patchy, fast bowler sustaining a cracked
with England losing a series to Paki- rib in Perth. “It was a gutsy effort,”
stan in the UAE in late 2015, drawing said Bayliss. “We have not ruled him
1-1 in Bangladesh last winter and then out yet. I am sure he will be up for
being hammered 4-0 in India.
playing.”EVENING STANDARD
By Chris Stocks
AT THE WACA
19.12.17
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STEVE BUNCE
Brilliant
Billy Joe
claims the
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FOOTBALL
Lukaku pays out
over party antics
Manchester United striker Romelu
Lukaku has reimbursed police for
repeated callouts over loud partying
in Beverly Hills. Lukaku, 24, was
arrested by officers responding to
five noise complaints in as many
days at the home where he was
staying on the eve of his £75m
transfer to Old Trafford. Robert
Humphreys, defending Lukaku, paid
$450 (£336) to reimburse police for
their time.
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Aussies reclaim
the urn after Waca
demolition job
ENGLAND
Malan 54
Hazlewood 5-48
AUSTRALIA
402&
218
662-9 dec
By Jonathan Liew
AT THE WACA
A strong wind swirled around the
WACA on Monday afternoon, blowing the Ashes back towards Australia. The victorious home players
AMERICAN FOOTBALL
Rapper wants to buy Panthers
Colin Kaepernick and Stephen
Curry have both said they
“want in” after hip-hop
mogul Diddy (right)
declared his desire
to buy the Carolina
Panthers.
Current owner
Jerry Richardson
announced on Sunday
that he will sell the NFL
franchise at the end of
the season amid allegations
of workplace misconduct. Diddy
posted tweets confirming his
interest in becoming the first
majority African-American
NFL owner. The 48-year-old,
whose real name is Sean
Combs, suggested his first
move would be to bring in
quarterback Kaepernick.
Kaepernick began
sitting or kneeling for the
national anthem in protest
at perceived racial injustice,
while NBA star Curry is from
North Carolina and a Panthers fan.
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Daily briefing: Day four from Perth
Comedy turn
The Waca groundstaff’s last day of
Ashes cricket was an unequal battle
against the elements. They are not
especially used to rain round these
parts, hence the makeshift appearance of their covers and some of the
equipment used to try to dry out
the pitch.
Showers marching frequently
across the square left no hiding place,
and the sight of head groundsman
Matt Page being blown off his feet by
his own covers during one particularly wild gust was lapped up and
replayed on a loop by broadcasters.
Delivery of the day
Hazlewood got his first bang in
the danger area which was playing on England’s minds and Jonny
Bairstow’s instant departure –
bowled off-stump – must have been
a major psychological blow to any remaining self-belief the tourists had.
Five out of six
Moeen Ali has been hapless against
his fellow off-spinner Nathan Lyon.
His latest lbw departure here means
he has fallen to him in all but one of
his six innings in this series so far.
Where did it all go wrong?
For England, many will argue that
Ben Stokes’ arrest on suspicion of
causing actual bodily harm outside
a Bristol nightclub in September
was the hammer blow from which
their campaign Down Under could
never recover. Without their premier
all-rounder, no one was able to pick
up the slack – and Australia have
been merciless.
Top series averages so far
BATTING
Australia
Runs
Average
Steve Smith
426
142
Shaun Marsh
224
74.66
David Warner
196
49
England
Dawid Malan
302
50.33
Jonny Bairstow
241
40.16
Mark Stoneman
193
32.16
BOWLING
Australia
Wickets
Mitchell Starc
19
Josh Hazlewood 15
Nathan Lyon
14
England
James Anderson 12
Chris Woakes
7
Craig Overton
6
Average
21.05
23.20
26.07
25.83
51.57
37.66
Main image: Australia celebrate after taking the final wicket yesterday.
Bottom row (left to right) England’s James Anderson trudges off after the
match; the scoreboard says it all; Nathan Lyon with the urn GETTY; REUTERS
embraced on the field; the ground,
half-empty after the day’s rain, rose
to acclaim them. The urn was Australia’s again.
It was hard to begrudge them
their unconfined joy, and on some
level perhaps it was possible even
to feel a little envious of the unbridled fervour that Ashes cricket still
ignites in this country. For Australia, winning the Ashes on home soil
has been less a sporting challenge
and more a rite of passage.
They have played magnificently,
with spirit and purpose, intelligence and aggression. Pat Cummins may have taken the final
wicket here, and Josh Hazlewood
may have delivered the decisive
spell. Nathan Lyon may have made
Perth scoreboard
PERTH (Day 5 of 5): Australia beat England by an
innings and 41 runs
England won toss
ENGLAND — First Innings 403 (Malan 140, Bairstow
119, Stoneman 56, Starc 4-91)
AUSTRALIA — First Innings 662-9 dec (Smith 239, M
Marsh 181, Khawaja 50, Anderson 4-116)
ENGLAND — Second Innings
Overnight 132-4 (Vince 55)
Runs 6s 4s Bls Min
54 0 8 135 209
D J Malan c Paine b Hazlewood
†J M Bairstow b Hazlewood
14 0 3 26 44
M M Ali lbw b Lyon
11 0 2 56 66
22 0 3 48 91
C R Woakes c Paine b Cummins
C Overton c Khawaja b Hazlewood 12 0 2 21 20
S C J Broad c Paine b Cummins
0 0 0 2
2
1 0 0 7 25
J M Anderson not out
Extras (b6 lb11 nb1)
18
Total(72.5 overs)
218
Fall: 1-4, 2-29, 3-60, 4-100, 5-133, 6-172, 7-196, 8-210,
9-211.
Bowling: M A Starc 17-5-44-1, J R Hazlewood 18-6-485, M R Marsh 3-1-14-0, P J Cummins 19.5-4-53-2, N M
Lyon 15-4-42-2.
Umpires: M Erasmus and C B Gaffaney.
FOOTBALL
BOXING
Tarkowski charged
after elbow incident
Joshua sets spring
date for Parker fight
Burnley defender James Tarkowski
has been charged with violent
conduct by the Football Association
over an incident involving Glenn
Murray in Saturday’s 0-0 draw at
Brighton. Tarkowski’s apparent
elbow on Murray in the 35th minute
of the Premier League contest left
the Seagulls striker on the floor. The
incident was not seen by the match
officials at the time but caught on
video. Tarkowski has until 6pm
today to respond.
WBA and IBF world heavyweight
champion Anthony Joshua expects
to fight WBO title holder Joseph
Parker in “March or April”. The
New Zealand fighter wants 35 per
cent and his promoter says a deal
is “close”. Cardiff’s Principality
Stadium is a front-runner to stage
the event as it has a roof and a
potential 90,000 crowd. “Joseph
Parker is being realistic in terms
of when he is going to fight and in
negotiations,” Joshua said.
the key breakthroughs, Steve Smith
and the Marsh brothers the centuries. But this has been a collective
success.
It seems safe to say that England
have been startled by the intensity of
their cricket. England wanted it, of
course they did. But you have to say
Australia wanted it more.
And so to England. There have
been signs of encouragement, of
course. Dawid Malan supplemented
his first-innings century with a battling 54, and perhaps this was the
Test where he finally announced himself as a Test cricketer of substance.
Craig Overton made a sparkling
debut at Adelaide and even if a
cracked rib is likely to keep him out
in the short-term, in the long-term,
England have unearthed a gem. No,
by and large England’s collapse here
has been authored by their senior
players. Alastair Cook has failed to
pass 50. Joe Root has failed to pass
100. Moeen Ali has failed to provide
either penetration or economy with
the ball or runs with the bat. Ben
Stokes failed even to get on the plane.
Most tellingly of all, England’s
pace attack has simply looked bereft when conditions are not helping
them. The blame for that cannot be
laid squarely at the likes of James
Anderson, Stuart Broad or Chris
Woakes. They are, for better or
worse, the bowlers they are. The
roots of this defeat go deeper than
personnel, and when the autopsy finally takes place, it must look beyond
headbutts and curfews and right into
the very skeleton of English cricket.
England’s third defeat in three
games may have arrived in slightly
farcical circumstances, on a cracked
pitch with eccentric bounce.
Torrential rain had seeped
through the covers overnight, creating a number of wet patches on a
length that England coach Trevor
Bayliss described as “unacceptable”.
RUGBY UNION
Hibbard happy to return home
Wales international hooker Richard
Hibbard will leave Premiership
club Gloucester at the end
of this season.
Hibbard (right),
34, has agreed a
three-year deal with
the Newport-based
Dragons. And he will
follow his current
Gloucester teammate and fellow Wales
international Ross Moriarty to
Rodney Parade next term. Hibbard,
who has won 38 caps for Wales
and played in all three British
and Irish Lions Tests on the
2013 Australia tour, joined
Gloucester three years ago.
Hibbard said: “Finishing
my career in Wales is
important to me... and this
opportunity has probably
come a little sooner than
I expected. But to have the
chance to finish on a high, back
home in Wales in front of family
and friends, is an exciting one.”
Four groundstaff spent most of the
morning on their knees tending to
the wet patches with leaf-blowers.
The 10am start was delayed to noon,
and then to 12.40pm and finally – to
Root’s evident chagrin – 1pm.
Still, a captain who has won all
three tosses this series can scarcely
complain about fortune deserting
them. And there was to be no Christmas miracle for England. The pitch
fiasco was a source of mild embarrassment to the Waca, which will not
host another Ashes Test after this.
But ultimately, the real embarrassment would be England’s.
Jonny Bairstow’s first ball of the
day landed squarely in one of the
wet patches and cleaned up middle
stump around halfway up.
Moeen dug in for a good hour until
Lyon trapped him on the front foot,
as he has been doing all series, and
when Malan gloved behind for a
heroic 54, compiled over three-anda-half hours painstaking hours, England’s game was up.
The fallout will be prolonged and
painful. THE INDEPENDENT
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