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WEDNESDAY
20 DECEMBER 2017
Number 2,207
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health service vacancies
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» Patients made to wait
longer, claims Labour
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Borneo
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YASMIN
ALIBHAI-BROWN
Institutional
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shames
our nation
I THE COUNCIL THAT TRIED TO BAN SWEARING (IT DIDN’T
Tech giants
under fire
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Social media
chiefs rapped for
hate speech
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CHRISTMAS
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The day at
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WEDNESDAY
20
DECEMBER
Quote of the day
I have not failed. I’ve
just found 10,000
ways that won’t work
THOMAS ALVA EDISON
Grenfell children’s
alternative message
Channel 4’s Alternative Christmas
Message will be delivered by five
children who escaped from the
Grenfell Tower fire. One of the
children, who will spend Christmas
in temporary accommodation, calls
for everyone to be given a “nice,
warm, cosy home”. PAGE 9
POLITICS
ACCIDENT
CONSUMER
NORTH KOREA
Ministers censured
over homelessness
Crash victims ‘were
great together’
Fire-risk plug sets
recalled by B&Q
Pyongyang ‘behind
WannaCry attack’
More than 9,000 people in
England are sleeping rough and
more than 78,000 of the country’s
households are homeless and living
in temporary accommodation,
according to the Commons Public
Accounts Committee. MPs accused
ministers of being “unacceptably
complacent”. PAGE 7
A couple killed in a multi-car crash
were “great together” and looking
forward to their future, relatives
have said. Lucy Davis, 43, and Lee
Jenkins, 42, were passengers in a
taxi caught up in a deadly crash in
Birmingham on Sunday. The pair
were among six people killed in the
three-vehicle collision.
B&Q has recalled two remote
control plug sets because of a
potential fire risk. A small number of
the sets, on sale between September
2014 and November this year, had
shown excessive heat build-up in the
plug. The products are the Remote
Control On/Off Set Twin Set and the
Remote Control On/Off Triple Set.
Britain believes that North Korea
was behind the “WannaCry” cyber
attack that infected computers
around the globe this year. “We
condemn these actions,” the Foreign
Office minister Tariq Ahmad said.
Facebook and Microsoft acted last
week to disable other potential
North Korean cyber threats. PAGE 23
PROPERTY
SCIENCE
FOOD
HISTORY
Rate rise for second Knot is the nine
homes to help young o’clock news
First turkey dinner
was served in 1500s
Computers recreate
St Andrews’ past
Second-home owners in the
Yorkshire Dales could see the council
tax on their properties increase fivefold. The Yorkshire Dales National
Park Authority backed the measure
to try to “halt then reverse” the
decline in the number of young
people in the region. The park is
believed to have 1,500 second homes.
Archaeologists have discovered the
remains of one of the first turkey
dinners in England under a street
in Exeter. The 16th-century bones
have been revealed as coming from
some of the first turkeys to arrive
in England from the Americas.
The bones are believed to date
from 1520 to 1550.
Computer scientists and historians
from St Andrews University have
digitally reconstructed city centre
buildings to show how they looked
before 1559, when elders renounced
Catholicism and citizens sacked
churches. The quad and cloister
of St Salvator’s church are among
the reconstructions.
Scientists have fashioned the
world’s tightest knot. Chemistry
researchers at the University of
Manchester pioneered a way of
braiding strands of molecules to
make the tightest and most complex
knot ever produced. It has the
potential to create a new generation
of advanced materials. PAGE 11
Birthdays
Anniversaries
Wednesday 20 Dec 1989
US forces invade Panama
in an effort to oust dictator
Manuel Noriega. Up to
9,500 US troops joined
12,000 soldiers already in
Panama for Operation Just
Cause. They destroyed
General Noriega’s
headquarters but failed to
capture the dictator.
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Britons are spending less of their leisure time on activities
such as sports and cultural pursuits than at the start of the
millennium. “Device use” could contribute to the lack of
time spent on other leisure pursuits, according to the Office
for National Statistics.
LEISURE
The List
Christmas
under wraps
The average UK household of
2.6 people will have £500 worth
of presents under the tree on
Christmas Eve, according to an
insurer. People will typically
spend £23 per gift, with 20
presents on average being
swapped per household. Here are
the UK cities that splash out the
most and the average total value
of presents they will give.
1 Cardiff £798
2 Plymouth £620
3 Southampton £613
4 Newcastle £576
5 Glasgow £536
6= London £532
6= Birmingham £532
8 Liverpool £517
9 Bristol £479
10 Nottingham £454
Left to our own devices
Time spent using devices
How are the devices being used
Percentage of leisure time by age and gender
Percentage of leisure time by activity
Male
Female
5
Hobbies, computing, games
Searching the web and chatting
Mass media
Socialising
Travel
Eating out
Sports, outdoor pursuits
Cultural activities
Participation
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Billy Bragg (below),
musician, 60; Jenny
Agutter, actress, 65;
Ashley Cole, footballer, 37;
Baroness Featherstone,
politician, 66; Uri Geller,
magician, 71
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i WEDNESDAY
20 DECEMBER 2017
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Letter from
the Editor
ThePage3Profile
PAUL MULDOON, POET
Oliver Duff
i@inews.co.uk
Teachers speak
out on i’s 2017
Christmas appeal
lyrics. His collections include One
Thousand Things Worth Knowing
(2015), Maggot (2010) and Horse
Latitudes (2006). Notably, he delivered
a tribute to Seamus Heaney at
the Nobel Prize winner’s funeral
in Dublin in 2013.
issued during the year of the award.
The Gold Medal for Poetry was
instituted by King George V in 1933
at the suggestion of the then Poet
Laureate, John Masefield. Muldoon
will be presented with his medal by
the Queen next year.
What does this award recognise?
The Medal is awarded for excellence
in poetry, on the basis either of a
body of work over several years, or
for an outstanding poetry collection
What do others say?
Poet Laureate Dame Carol Ann Duffy
said Muldoon’s work demonstrates
“a restless playful brilliance” and the
poet is “forever searching for new
Any more compliments?
She added: “He is ambitious, erudite,
witty and musical. He can experiment
with form and stand tradition on its
head, craft a tender elegy or intimate
love poem with equal skill.”
Muldoon was born in Portadown,
Co Armagh, in 1951 and published his
first poetry collection in 1973.
Katie Grant
HORTICULTURE
ITALY
CHINA
UNITED STATES
Hardy sunflower is
one for all seasons
No Pantheon burial
for disgraced king
Herbal remedy may
aid stroke patients
‘Eat cricket and
get free ticket’
A horticulture firm says it has
bred a sunflower which keeps
flowering long after the sun stops
shining. Thompson & Morgan,
based in Ipswich, says sunflowers
normally stop blooming by the end
of September. But bosses say their
“Sunbelievable” variety flowers from
June until the first winter frosts.
The Speaker of Italy’s Senate, Pietro
Grasso, has ruled out the possibility
that the former Italian king Victor
Emmanuel III will be buried in
Rome’s Pantheon. Italy’s Jewish
community had already complained
that a state flight was used to bring
back the body of the exiled king,
linked to fascism, from Egypt.
A study in China suggests that the
popular herbal remedy ginkgo biloba
may help the brain to recover after
a stroke. More than 300 stroke
patients were given the herbal
remedy combined with aspirin
and the results suggested that the
supplement may help to lessen or
halt the decline of mental skills.
A Georgia theme park is offering
guests a free ticket if they eat a
cricket. Wild Adventures Theme
Park in Valdosta gave away T-shirts
and free admission to the first
100 guests to gobble up a roasted
cricket. The challenge was meant to
promote an upcoming attraction at
the park.
A man of his word?
The “erudite, witty and musical”
writer Paul Muldoon has been named
the winner of the Queen’s Gold Medal
for Poetry 2017.
Has he written anything I would
have read?
Muldoon, who was born in
Northern Ireland and is based in
the United States, has produced
12 major collections of poetry as
well as children’s books and song
ways to channel his ideas and new
language to dress them in”.
ITALY
FRANCE
UNITED ARAB EMIRATES
Mangy tree sullies
Roman holiday
Marquis de Sade
novel auction halted
Leonardo painting
to be unveiled ‘soon’
Rome’s official Christmas tree is
losing needles so fast it has become
a joke for city residents. The 70ft
tree, which was lit up on 8 December,
started shedding needles as soon
as it was hoisted into place in
the bustling main square, Piazza
Venezia. Romans have dubbed the
tree the Mangy One.
An original manuscript for the
Marquis de Sade’s The 120 Days of
Sodom has been withdrawn from
a Paris auction after the French
government declared it a national
treasure and banned its export.
Auction house Aguttes said the
culture ministry had proposed
buying it and other valuable lots.
The new Louvre Abu Dhabi museum
is “very proud” to have acquired a
painting by Leonardo da Vinci that
sold for $450m (£335m) last month.
Abu Dhabi’s tourism director, Saif
Ghobash, said that the public will be
able to view the Salvator Mundi work
when it is unveiled at the museum
“very soon”.
Thanks again to so many of
you who are contributing to i’s
Christmas Appeal, which this year
supports Magic Breakfast.
As you may now know… With
half a million children in the UK
arriving at school too hungry
to learn, this charity provides
nutritious breakfasts for kids.
One reason we chose this cause
is that your donations will go a
long way: we don’t need to raise
crazy sums to have a profound
impact on people’s lives.
Reader Jon Scott-Francis
writes: “As a former primary
school teacher, I know how
important it is for a child to
start each day with a nourishing
breakfast. Magic Breakfast is a
great initiative and will hopefully
help thousands of children.”
We’re receiving a lot of
correspondence from teachers – a
large group among i’s readership.
“I have often coped with wriggly
children who are just hungry,”
writes Sally Peake. “This is a
wonderful project and will have
a very positive effect wherever
it reaches.” Marie Wolfe, who
has 37 years of experience in the
classroom, says she’s seen “plenty
of hungry children”.
One teacher who asked to
remain anonymous said that their
donation was “for the children I’ve
taught who never had the chance
to have a breakfast on any day”.
i reader and former
headteacher MA Climie, whose
last school had a breakfast club,
explained: “I am pleased to send
the enclosed small donation.
At the same time, I am sad and
ashamed that, in this day and age,
it is necessary to resort to charity
to fund something that should be
every child’s right.” Alison Knox
writes, simply: “I remember how it
felt to have an empty belly.”
Thank you. Twenty-two
pence allows Magic Breakfast
to provide a hungry child with
breakfast, powering four hours of
learning. £1.10 provides a week
of breakfasts, £5 a month, £42 an
entire year.
We are grateful to Bake Off
judge Prue Leith, who today
writes for i, giving her support to
this year’s appeal (p13).
Yesterday, the total you have
raised in just a week-and-a-half
headed towards £45,000. “Nourish
the body to fuel the mind,” wrote
i reader Steve Hill, as he made a
donation. Elisabeth Curlet added:
“Britain in the 21st century, we
can do better than this.”
We’re trying to reach £100,000,
which would pay for half a million
breakfasts – half a million days of
learning, created by i readers.
If you would like to contribute,
you can …
n Use the coupon on page 13.
n Visit magicbreakfast.com/
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NEWS
HEALTH
Hunt admits shortage of
GPs is ‘a very big problem’
By Elizabeth Arnold
Health Secretary Jeremy Hunt has
acknowledged there is a “very big
problem” with GP numbers.
Mr Hunt made the admission in the
Commons within hours of i reporting
that NHS vacancies have reached
record levels.
Shadow community health minister Julie Cooper claimed there was a
“growing workforce crisis in general
practice” as she raised the issue during Commons health questions.
Mr Hunt’s efforts to address this,
she argued, “so far have failed” as
patients were waiting “longer than
ever” for a surgery appointment.
Responding, Mr Hunt insisted
“good progress” was being made in
encouraging half of all medical school
graduates to choose general practice.
He also said he hoped programmes
making it easier for GPs to work flexibly or potentially from home “will
make a difference”. But while taking issue with the numbers cited by
the shadow minister, he conceded:
“There is nonetheless a very big
problem, she is right to draw that to
the attention of the House.” He said
Crunch point for NHS
The demand for doctors outstrips
supply to such an extent that in some
areas more than 40 per cent of NHS
doctors were trained overseas.
A report by the General Medical
Council (GMC) has revealed that
since 2012, the number of doctors
on the register has increased by just
2 per cent, while the number of A&E
attendances has risen 27 per cent.
In its State of Medical Education
and Practice report, the GMC found
the number of doctors being trained
in the UK was not sufficient to keep
pace with the demands of an ageing
population. It said the medical
profession was at “crunch point”,
with the NHS growing increasingly
dependent on overseas doctors.
the Government is trying to increase
GP numbers by encouraging medical
students to specialise in general practice, and to retain doctors by making
flexible working easier.
Mr Hunt attempted to play down
Labour estimates which suggest
that the NHS has more than 100,000
vacant posts.
He maintained that a desire for
more nurses and reforms to mental
health services had created vacancies, adding that a plan to develop the
NHS and social care workforce has
also been published.
Mr Hunt’s defence in the Commons
came after Labour published data
which suggested the full-time equivalent vacancy rate across England’s
acute, community and mental health
trusts is 9 per cent.
Shadow Health Secretary Jonathan Ashworth said the vacancies represented “a national crisis”.
A Department of Health spokeswoman said 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”.
Janet Davies, chief executive
and general secretary of the Royal
College of Nursing, said: “Despite
ministers’ rhetoric on the importance of safety, it will enter a perilous
January without enough staff to give
safe care.”
NHS In numbers
65
%
Of the NHS budget is
spent on its staff
8%
Nurse vacancy rates in the
North East, compared to 15%
in London
The number of people
working in adult social
care in England
1.45m
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HEALTH
POLICE
NHS ‘fails
families with
autism’
Four arrested on suspicion of
Christmas terror plot after raids
By Richard Wheeler
By David Connett
Jeremy Hunt has suggested the
NHS does not “do well enough”
for families with autism.
The Health Secretary’s admission came after the SNP
mental health spokeswoman,
Lisa Cameron, pressed him to
end the “postcode lottery” by
ensuring each community has a
trained specialist.
Speaking in the Commons yesterday, Dr Cameron said: “There
are still not enough staff trained in
autism diagnosis across the NHS.
“Would the Secretary of
State consider training a specialist in each community child
and adolescent mental health
service right across the country to ensure there’s no longer a
postcode lottery?”
Mr Hunt replied: “I’d always
listen to her on those matters because I know she has huge professional experience.
“I don’t think we do well enough
The ratio of
qualified nurses for families with autism, and we
to occupied NHS are looking at what we can do betbeds – up from ter. But I have a lot of sympathy for
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the case she’s making.”
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Armed police have swooped on a
number of properties in an operation to foil a suspected Christmas
terror plot.
An Army bomb squad was deployed following a raid in Chesterfield, Derbyshire, and officers also
conducted early morning operations in parts of Sheffield.
Counter-terrorism police said
that three men, aged 22, 36 and 41,
were detained at different addresses in Sheffield, and a 31-year-old
was also held in Chesterfield.
An area of the north Derbyshire
town was sealed off yesterday as
the bomb disposal team worked
with large numbers of police behind
a cordon.
Residents in Sheffield’s Meersbrook district said they were woken
by police blowing open the door of
a run-down terraced house as their
street was swamped by heavily
armed officers in protective gear.
A mosque and community centre
was also sealed off by police in the
Burngreave area. Two other raids
are understood to have happened
at a flat a short distance from the
centre of Burngreave and a property in the town of Stocksbridge, in
north Sheffield.
The operation was mounted as
police and MI5 tackle a terrorism
threat seen as unprecedented.
In Chesterfield, Simon Fox, 22,,
said: “We have seen Army, police
from all over, we have seen a couple of packages being removed by
the bomb disposal unit. You just
don’t expect this to happen in such
a small town.”
LITERATURE
‘Bad Dad’ comes good for Williams in race against Oliver
By Adam Sherwin
ARTS AND MEDIA CORRESPONDENT
David Walliams finished narrowly
ahead of Jamie Oliver to claim the
Christmas number one book for the
second year running.
Walliams’ Bad Dad sold 60,694
copies, generating £376,111, during the book trade’s busiest week,
Nielsen BookScan’s Total Consumer Market reported.
The comedy actor’s
father-and-son tale beat
Jamie Oliver’s 5 Ingredients by 1,608 copies to
claim its sixth week in the
number one spot.
Walliams (inset), who
topped the festive rankings
last year with The Midnight
Gang, has sold 567,818
copies of Bad Dad.
Other titles heading
to Christmas stockings include Guinness
World Records 2018, E
L James’ Darker, and
Dawn French’s Me. You.
A Diary.
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EDUCATION
Scrapping grants has worked, claims minister
By Richard Vaughan
EDUCATION CORRESPONDENT
The universities minister distanced himself from calls to
bring back university maintenance grants, claiming the
move to scrap the grants had
boosted student numbers from
disadvantaged backgrounds.
Jo Johnson told MPs that axing
maintenance grants meant the
Government was able to completely remove the cap on student
numbers going to university.
His comments come despite i
revealing in October that the Department for Education was looking into bringing back the grants
as part of “broader thinking” to
implement policies that will have
greater appeal to younger voters.
The Government replaced
maintenance grants with a loan
£2.50
in 2015. The move has come under
severe criticism as it often means
the poorest students leave university with the biggest debt.
Mr Johnson told the
Treasury Select Committee
yesterday: “We are not seeing
the system of student finance
deterring people from disadvantaged backgrounds going to
higher education; it is, broadly
speaking, working.”
Left to right: Google’s
Dr Nicklas Lundblad,
Twitter’s Sinead
McSweeney and
Facebook’s Simon
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TECHNOLOGY CORRESPONDENT
Social media giants have been reprimanded by MPs for their failure to remove abusive hate speech, including
anti-Semitic tweets aimed at MPs,
as MP Yvette Cooper urged them to
do more.
Senior figures from Facebook,
Google and Twitter faced the Commons’ Home Affairs Select
Committee, and were shown
examples of propaganda
and hate speech which remained on the platforms
despite eight months
of complaints.
Ms Cooper (inset), said
while the companies had
made progress in cracking
down on online abuse, the rate of
progress must accelerate.
“The reason we are pressing you
so hard about this is because it is so
important,” she said, adding the rise
in online hate speech was fuelling extremism, both Islamic and far-right.
“It is about the kinds of hate crime
that destroys lives. It is about the
kind of harassment and abuse that
can undermine political debate and
undermine democracy and you are
some of the richest companies in
the world,” she said. “That is why we
need you to accelerate and we need
you to do more.”
Ms Cooper told Twitter’s Sinead
McSweeney it was “very hard for us
to believe that enough is being
done” to tackle hate speech
on the platform. She singled out anti-Semitic
tweets sent to Labour
MP Luciana Berger,
which are still online
despite complaints
logged against them.
“We sat in this committee in a public hearing and
raised a clearly vile anti-Semitic tweet with your organisation. It
was discussed and it is still there, and
everybody accepted, you’ve accepted, your predecessor accepted, that it
was unacceptable. But it is still there
on the platform,” she said. “What is
it that we have got to do to get you to
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SOCIAL CARE
Council tax to rise
up to 6% to plug
funding deficit
By Andrew Woodcock
Evidence ‘Snapshot
of hate in 2016’
MPs presented Google, Twitter and
Facebook with evidence of hateful
tweets, videos and posts which
remained online after complaints
had been made. These included a
YouTube video featuring the neo-Nazi
organisation National Action which
took over eight months to remove. Dr
Nicklas Lundblad, of Google, apologised, saying 135 National Action clips
had recently been removed.
Labour MP Luciana Berger shared
a selection of anti-Semitic tweets
she received last year along with a
number of rape and death threats,
saying: “This is just a snapshot of what
anti-Semitism in 2016 looks like.”
Other abusive tweets aimed at
a number of MPs included death
threats made against MP Anna
Soubry and Theresa May and racist
abuse aimed at MP Diane Abbott.
POLITICS
May silent about far-right
tweets during call to Trump
By Nigel Morris
Theresa May faced criticism from
Labour last night for failing to confront Donald Trump in a telephone
call over his decision to retweet videos posted by a far-right group.
The two leaders had a public
disagreement last month after the
President gave the publicity boost
to Britain First by circulating the
tweets to his 47 million followers.
But Mrs May did not return to
the subject in a call between the
two leaders, according to Downing
Street. It said they discussed their
positions on his decision to recognise Jerusalem as Israel’s capital.
Mrs May told MPs 13 days ago
that she would speak to him after he
provoked diplomatic uproar by announcing plans to move the US embassy from Tel Aviv to Jerusalem.
Britain joined 13 other members
of the United Nations Security
Council in backing a resolution opposing the recognition of Jerusalem. It was vetoed by the US.
A spokesman for Labour leader
Jeremy Corbyn said: “She seems
to have failed to use the opportunity to call him out for retweeting
abhorrent Islamophobic material.
She has a responsibility to stand up
against hate and for all communities
in our country.”
take it down?” Ms McSweeney said LEGISLATION
she didn’t know why the tweets had
been allowed to remain, adding she
would seek an answer.
Ms Cooper also accused the
internet giants of aiding terror
groups by letting their own algorithms radicalise people and draw
them into a “bubble of hate”. She
said police were “extremely worried” about the role of technology
in extremism and online grooming.
“Your algorithms are doing that
grooming and that radicalisation
because once people go on one
slightly dodgy thing, you are linking
them to an awful lot of other similar
things,” Ms Cooper said.
PM to compromise on Brexit date
By Nigel Morris
POLITICAL EDITOR
Legislation ending Britain’s
membership of the European
Union will today clear a crucial
parliamentary hurdle following
a government concession to
Conservative rebels.
Theresa May had been facing
a second defeat over the EU
(Withdrawal) Bill following last
week’s vote by MPs to demand
a “meaningful vote” over her
eventual exit deal with Brussels.
The Prime Minister had
announced an amendment
to put the date of Brexit – 29
March 2019 – into law, but critics
argued the move would limit her
flexibility in negotiations.
Government sources disclosed
that she would not withdraw
her proposal, but would accept
an amendment for the date to be
altered if MPs agreed.
Local authorities are to be allowed
to raise council tax by up to 5.99 per
cent next year, after a further relaxation of the Government-imposed cap
to address shortfalls in funding for
social care.
But social care service leaders
branded the move “woefully inadequate”, while the Local Government
Association (LGA) said it would raise
just £250m a year towards a town hall
funding gap expected to reach £5.8bn
by 2020.
Communities Secretary Sajid
Javid announced the relaxation
from 2 per cent to 3 per cent of core
council tax. Coupled with the 3 per
cent additional “precept” permitted to authorities with social care
responsibilities, this gives councils
freedom to increase bills by up to 5.99
per cent next April, without seeking
voters’ approval.
Mr Javid told MPs the move would
give local authorities “the independence they need to help relieve
pressure on local services” while
“recognising the need to keep spending under control”.
He announced the rollout of a
pilot scheme under which 10 councils – Berkshire, Derbyshire, Devon,
Gloucestershire, Kent & Medway,
Leeds, Lincolnshire, Solent, Suffolk
and Surrey – will be allowed to retain
100 per cent of business rates raised
locally, along with new powers for
Police and Crime Commissioners to
raise council tax.
Labour’s Andrew Gwynne denounced the package as “piecemeal”,
warning ministers had failed to set
out a “sustainable plan” for the future
of social care.
Margaret Willcox, president of the
Association of Directors of Adult Social Services (ADASS), described it
as “a further blow” for social care.
Councils with the highest levels of
disability were likely to benefit least
from the additional 1 per cent rise, as
they tended to be in disadvantaged
areas where the tax base is low.
“Allowing councils to increase
council tax by 1 per cent next year
is woefully inadequate to address
the funding gap facing adult social
care, raises least funding in the
areas of greatest need and is not
the best solution to address the impending crisis facing the sector,” said
Ms Willcox.
“With no fresh funding injection,
an increasing number of older and
disabled people will not get the care
and support they desperately need.
“By the end of this financial year,
£6bn will have been cut from councils’ adult social care budgets since
2010 – with need for services growing
all that time.”
LGA chairman Lord Porter
warned that councils were approaching “a financial breaking point”.
The TaxPayers’ Alliance
(TPA) pressure group
criticised the move, saying it
“beggars belief” that Mr Javid
was allowing council tax to rise
more quickly at a time of belowinflation pay rises.
POLITICS
MPs accuse
ministers of
‘abject failure’ on
homelessness
By Alan Jones
Homelessness in England is a “national crisis” and the Government’s
approach to tackling the problem
has been an “abject failure”, according to a report.
More than 9,000 are
sleeping rough and over
78,000 households, including 120,000 children,
are homeless and living in
temporary accommodation,
often of a poor standard, said
the Commons Public Accounts
Committee.
Its report said the Department
for Communities and Local Government’s attitude to reducing homelessness has been “unacceptably
complacent”, with limited action that
has lacked urgency.
The Government’s commitment to
eliminate rough sleeping by 2027 will
only address the “tip of the iceberg”,
said the MPs, adding that there was
an “unacceptable shortage” of realistic housing options for the homeless
or those at risk of homelessness.
The homelessness crisis has been
growing for years, with the number
of people sleeping rough increasing by 134 per cent since 2011, while
there has been a 60 per cent rise in
the number of households in temporary accommodation since 2010, said
the report.
Meg Hillier (inset), who
chairs the committee,
said: “The latest official
figures hammer home
the shameful state of
homelessness in England and the abject failure of the Government’s
approach to addressing
the misery suffered by many
thousands of families and individuals.
“As we approach Christmas there
are thousands of children in temporary accommodation – a salutary
reminder of the human cost of policy
failure.” The Government is due to
consider its response.
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NEWS
POLICE
‘Mr Big’ inquiry collapses
after bribery allegations
By Dean Kirby
NORTHERN CORRESPONDENT
Signal to terrorists
A six-year investigation into gangland fraud and money laundering in
Greater Manchester has collapsed
amid allegations of corruption.
Security boss Paul Massey, known
as Salford’s “Mr Big”, was shot five
times by a unknown attacker with a
sub-machine gun outside his home in
July 2015. He had been under investigation by Titan North West Regional
Organised Crime Unit when he died.
The £3.5m investigation, which
also involved Massey’s alleged business associates, was dropped after
claims of bribery and corruption
emerged, a report in The Times
claims. It said the allegations would
have undermined the chances of convictions if disclosed in court.
Greater Manchester Police says
the “complex investigation” was
stopped after Crown Prosecution
Service lawyers advised there was
no realistic prospect of a prosecution.
The CPS said lawyers gave police
“investigative advice” which also
covered “disclosure issues which hindered our ability to authorise charg-
British Transport Police (BTP) is
scaling up its counter-terrorism
operations. It is creating new units
consisting of firearms officers,
specialist support dogs and
“behaviour detection” personnel in
Birmingham and Manchester.
BTP assistant chief constable Alun
Thomas said: “Although our firearms
units are currently based in London,
they have been regularly patrolling
trains and stations in places such as
Manchester and Birmingham since
early this year. But we know how
important it is to make sure we have
specialist and highly trained officers
in the right place at the right time to
keep people safe, which is why we are
looking to recruit even more people.”
es”. It said the CPS has no power to
direct police forces to carry out investigations. A decision was taken that
no one would be charged in June this
year, the CPS said.
According to The Times, among issues of concern was an alleged phone
call to a business linked to Massey
before search warrants were issued.
Massey’s associates also alleged
“brown envelopes” were passed to
officers and details of bribes would be
laid bare in court if charges resulted,
the newspaper claimed.
Police believe Massey’s murder
was part of a feud between organised
crime gangs in Salford. No one has
been charged with his murder and an
investigation is ongoing.
Massey had been arrested with
five others in December 2011 as part
of a police probe into a Salford-based
security company. He claimed police were conducting a “witch hunt”
against him and strenuously denied
any wrongdoing.
Greater Manchester Police said
the force’s Professional Standards
Branch was carrying out inquiries
“to ascertain if there are any conduct
issues with officers”. A spokesman
for the police force said: “Following a
complex investigation into the activities of an organised crime group from
Salford, a comprehensive file was
submitted to the CPS, who advised
that there was no realistic prospect
of a successful prosecution.”
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TRAVEL
Frantic Friday as airports expect busiest day
By Simon Calder
Friday is set to be the busiest winter
day in history for travellers.
All the big UK airports expect
their busiest-ever Christmas and
new year. On the railways, the festive
season is complicated by 10 strikes
planned to the end of the year.
Europe’s busiest airport, Heathrow, is expecting almost 250,000
people to pass through on Friday,
with 130,000 departing – a rate of
almost two per second – during
opening hours.
Passport control at Heathrow
will be busiest on 2 January, with
127,000 arrivals.
At Gatwick, the busiest day for
outbound departures is this Friday, with almost 67,000 passengers
expected to jet off from the airport
– equivalent to 46 per minute –
around the clock.
Manchester Airport
will be busiest on the
next two Fridays, 22
and 29 December.
Top destinations include Dublin, Dubai
and Amsterdam.
But the airport, Britain’s third-busiest, has
received criticism for its security queues.
One passenger, Paul Williams,
tweeted yesterday: “Unfortunately
I’m flying through the total chaos of
T1 again, when will you open more
lanes to get people through it’s the
week of Christmas!”
Manchester is conducting a Twitter campaign
aimed at speeding up
security queues over
Christmas. “Unzip,
unfasten and unbutton your big winter
coats whilst queuing
up,” passengers are
told. The airport also
advises removing jewellery before the check with
security: “Take off the bling to
avoid the ping.”
Stansted is unusual in that its
busiest day for departures is next
Saturday – immediately followed
by the two quietest days, Christmas
Eve and Christmas Day.
More than one million passengers are expected to pass through
Edinburgh Airport in December,
making it the busiest winter month
on record.
On Eurostar trains from London
St Pancras through the Channel
Tunnel to Paris and Brussels this
Friday will be extremely busy, with
over 34,000 passengers booked.
Unlike most domestic trains, Eurostar will be running on Boxing Day,
when it will carry almost 30,000 people. The busiest day over the festive
season is Friday 29 December, with
more than 35,000 passengers.
Virgin Trains is expecting to cancel around one-third of its services
on 22 December because of a strike.
Strikes will also hit travellers on
CrossCountry trains on 23, 24, 27
and 31 December. Strikes are also
planned on Greater Anglia on 27 December and on South Western Railways to and from London Waterloo
on New Year’s Eve. THE INDEPENDENT
Luton airport is expecting
to be very busy today and
tomorrow but Friday will see the
peak for outbound travellers. The
busiest hour for departures is
between 8am and 9am.
DEFENCE
NATURE
War against pigeon
poo branches out
with tree spikes
By Jane Clinton
Anti-bird spikes have been glued to
trees in Bristol to prevent pigeons
landing in the branches.
The spikes were put in the trees
by Hillcrest Estate Management
in Clifton, Bristol, after complaints
from residents of nearby flats that
birds were defecating on the cars
while perched in the trees above.
Matt Merritt, editor of Bird Watching magazine, was among those to be
incensed by the move.
“It’s outrageous that this is being
done,” he said. “One of the main
reasons that a whole host of oncecommon garden and suburban species are now struggling is exactly
this sort of ‘tidying up’ of the environment – nest and roost sites are
removed or made inaccessible, and
natural food sources are destroyed.
“While feral pigeons might be unpopular with a lot of people,
they’re still effectively
wild birds, and of
course this
will also affect a whole host of other
species too.”
His views were echoed by the
RSPB. The organisation’s Jeff Knot
said: “Nature is in trouble and needs
our help more than ever.
“Instead of looking at ways we can
force nature into an ever smaller
space, we should look at how we
can live alongside wildlife and help
give it a home in our villages, towns
and cities.”
Hillcrest Estate Management
said that the trees attract roosting
pigeons and that it had tried other
methods to deter the pigeons including the use of fake birds and noise,
but to no avail.
A statement from the company
said: “Bird detritus can cause permanent damage to the paintwork on
cars if not removed
promptly and the
worst affected
leaseholders wanted action taken to
try and improve
the situation.”
In September, Stevenage Borough Council in
Hertfordshire put spikes
on a tree in the centre of
town to prevent “mess
and disease”.
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Leak on aircraft
carrier ‘will be
paid for by
contractors’
By Georgina Stubbs
Repairs to a leaking HMS Queen
Elizabeth, the UK’s new £3.1bn aircraft carrier, will not cost the British
taxpayer a penny, the Defence Secretary has insisted.
The warship, the biggest and most
powerful built by the UK, was accepted into the Royal Navy fleet by
the Queen this month.
The vessel, which has an estimated working life of half a century,
is believed to have been leaking for
some time. Pressed on suggestions
that repairs could cost millions,
Gavin Williamson said the money
would come “from the contractors
who built her”.
A spokeswoman for the Aircraft
Carrier Alliance said the leaky seal
was known about before HMS Queen
Elizabeth was accepted by the Royal
Navy. She said the vessel could be
taken to sea, the leak is expected to
take a couple of days to repair, and
it should be rectified early next year
without any need to take the ship
into a dry dock.
Defence minister Tobias Ellwood
tweeted: “Let’s keep things in perspective: It’s a 65,000-ton ship taking on a bath tub of water every hour.
Not uncommon with big ships – will
be fixed.”
A number of yards were involved
in building the vessel, including
Govan and Scotstoun in Glasgow,
Appledore in Devon, Cammell Laird
in Liverpool, A&P in Newcastle and
BAE at Portsmouth. The sections
were assembled at Rosyth, Fife.
SOCIETY
Grenfell survivors to give Channel 4 Christmas message
By Adam Sherwin
ARTS AND MEDIA CORRESPONDENT
Five children who escaped the
Grenfell Tower fire will speak about
their lives following the blaze when
they deliver Channel 4’s Alternative
Christmas Message.
One, who will spend Christmas in
temporary accommodation as her
family has yet to be rehoused, calls
for everyone to be given a “nice,
warm, cosy home”.
The prestigious Christmas Day
broadcast has previously been given
by people including Edward Snow-
den and Brendan Cox, the husband
of murdered MP Jo Cox.
Channel 4 invited the young Grenfell survivors to speak to the nation
since at least 18 children were among
the 71 dead in the fire.
Hayam Atmani, 10, who lived on
the 15th floor of Grenfell Tower, still
has vivid memories of the night of
the tragic event: “We went down the
stairs and all we could see is this big
flame on the side of the building.”
The family now lives far from her
school in a small hotel, where it will
spend Christmas and Hayam’s birthday on 27 December.
Hayam says: “My message for
everyone at Christmas is to stay as
a family, and don’t suffer about anything. I know this has been a really
hard time for everyone. But everyone went through. And everyone
helped as a family. ”
Megan, 10, who lived on the 21st
floor, says: “I think all families, children and parents should have a nice,
warm, cosy home. I just want everyone to have a house at least.”
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SCIENCE
NATURE
Exploding supernovas from distant
galaxies ‘affect climate change’
Monkeys not
just cheeky
– some are
lonely, too
By Jane Clinton
By Tom Bawden
Clouds are formed by stars, researchers have found. The breakthrough study by scientists at
Denmark’s Technical University,
provides an insight into how cosmic
rays interact with the Earth’s atmosphere to create clouds.
How clouds are formed has become crucial to scientists studying
climate change. “Finally we have
the last piece of the puzzle explaining how particles from space affect
climate on Earth,” said study leader
Henrik Svensmark. “It gives an understanding of how changes caused
by solar activity or by supernova activity can change climate.”
They discovered that cosmic
rays – high-energy particles from
exploded stars – knock electrons
out of air molecules, creating positive and negative molecules in the
atmosphere. Called ions, these help
the growth and formation of cloud
condensation nuclei – the seeds necessary for forming clouds.
The cloud condensation nuclei
are the seeds on which liquid water
droplets form to make clouds. The
more ions there are, the more cloud
condensation nuclei are created.
They also discovered the ions help
aerosols – clusters of mainly sulphuric acid and water molecules in the
atmosphere – form and become stable against evaporation. The small
aerosols need to grow nearly a million times in mass in order to have an
effect on clouds.
With variations in the Sun’s
magnetic activity, the influx of cosmic rays to the Earth is altered. So
when the Sun is “lazy”, in magnetic
terms, there are more cosmic rays
and more low clouds and the world
is cooler because low clouds made
with liquid droplets cool the Earth’s
surface, the researchers argue.
The implications of the study’s
findings suggest this mechanism
can have affected the climate changes observed in the 20th century. It
could also have affected the coolings
and warmings of around 2°C that
SCIENCE CORRESPONDENT
The Danish scientists found cosmic rays from exploded stars help the growth of clouds in the Earth’s atmosphere PA
have occurred repeatedly over the
past 10,000 years.
“Since clouds are essential for the
amount of solar energy reaching the
surface of Earth, the implications
can be significant for our understanding of why climate has varied in
the past and also for future climate
changes,” the study concluded.
Cosmic rays are highenergy radiation, mainly
from outside the Solar System.
Data from the Fermi Space
Telescope suggests some
originate from the supernova
explosions of stars.
Far-flung forecasts Predicting the British summer
A patch of ocean more than 2,000
miles away could hold the key
to predicting what our summer
weather will be like.
Researchers from the University
of Reading believe that an area in
the North Atlantic, east of
Newfoundland, Canada, can offer
an accurate forecast two months
in advance of how wet or dry the
British summer will be. They found
that if this particular area of sea is
warm from April to May then we will
have a drier July and August.
However, when that same expanse
of sea is cold, a wetter summer can
be expected. The test is nearly 60 per
cent accurate and it thought
this could make summer weather
predictions more accurate.
The warm seas near Canada
affect our weather because of the jet
stream. which is a fast-moving wind
which blows summer rainstorms
to the UK. When the temperature is
warmer, the jet stream blows further
north, missing the British Isles.
The effect is known as the
Summer East Atlantic (SEA) pattern.
A spokesman for the Met
Office called the research “an
exciting development”.
While the popular image of a monkey
may be as cheeky and sociable, some
monkeys are actually quite lonely.
A new study into rhesus macaques
finds some of them remain socially
isolated for much of their lives – a
trait researchers put down to a mixture of genes, age, sex and family size.
Social isolation is linked to reduced
life expectancy in many species, including humans.
“Understanding social isolation
is really important, and studying
macaques might give us clues about
human behaviour,” said Lauren
Brent, from the University of Exeter. “Isolation is the latest epidemic
among humans, and research has
suggested it is as bad for us as smoking 15 cigarettes a day.”
Dr Brent added:
“Given the benefits
of social integration, we need to
understand why
some individual
animals tend to be
socially isolated.”
The researchers
measured integration
by observing how much
time macaques spent grooming
others and being groomed – a key social behaviour for the species.
The factors that played a role in
isolation were age, sex, social status,
group size and how long a macaque
had belonged to a social group.
However, the identity of an animal’s
mother did not play a role, suggesting behaviour that leads to isolation
is not learnt from the mother.
Dr Brent said the findings suggest
isolation could be partly maintained
by natural selection – meaning there
might be some evolutionary benefits.
The data came from 429 adult rhesus
macaques at the Cayo Santiago field
station in Puerto Rico, which was
devastated earlier this year by Hurricane Maria. The study is published
in the journal Scientific Reports.
SCIENCE
Across
Braided molecule becomes
tightest knot ever known
By Dean Kirby
NORTHERN CORRESPONDENT
Scientists are celebrating entering
the Guinness Book of Records for
fastening the world’s tightest knot.
Researchers at the University of
Manchester’s School of Chemistry
pioneered a way of braiding multiple strands of molecules to make the
tightest and most complex knot ever
produced. It is hoped the technique
could be used to make tougher and
lighter materials.
Professor David Leigh, who led
the research team, said: “I grew
up watching Roy Castle and the
McWhirter twins on the TV programme Record Breakers, so I
know that my nine-year-old self
would be particularly proud of
this achievement.
“Dedication is what you need if
you want to be a record breaker.”
The breakthrough knot has eight
crossings in a 192-atom closed loop
– which is about 20 millionths of
a millimetre.
It means scientists should be
able to probe how knotting affects
The molecular braid developed by
Professor David Leigh’s team
strength and elasticity of materials,
which in turn will enable them to
weave polymer strands to generate
new types of materials.
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CHARITY
SOCIETY
Why I’m backing i’s Christmas Appeal
Free childcare for
foster parents
Children in foster care will no
longer be excluded from the
Government’s 30 hours of free
childcare policy for all three- and
four-year-olds, the children’s
minister has announced.
Robert Goodwill said he hoped
the changes would be in place
by September, enabling foster
carers to access an additional 15
hours of free childcare per week.
Helping hungry
children make
the most of
school is so
important, writes
Prue Leith
POLITICS
£19m to help lone
young migrants
An extra £19m will be made
available next year for councils
helping large numbers of lone
children who are seeking asylum,
Communities Secretary Sajid
Javid has said.
Mr Javid said he recognised
the work of councils
providing support to more
than 4,500 unaccompanied
asylum-seeking children.
2017 Christmas Appeal
‘Chuffed’: Broadcaster Prue Leith has
campaigned for better school food PA
What donations can do
The i Christmas Appeal aims to
raise £100,000 to help the charity
Magic Breakfast give hungry pupils
a healthy, nutritious breakfast. Each
meal costs just 22p.
For just £1, you would give a child a
healthy breakfast for four days.
For £3, you would provide a healthy
breakfast for more than two weeks.
For £5, you would pay for 22
breakfasts, equal to a month’s worth.
For £10, 45 breakfasts would be
paid for – more than two months’
worth. For £25, you would provide
more than 100, enough for six
months. For £50, you would provide
at least 220 – more than a whole
year’s worth.
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volunteers and willing school
staff, they deliver bagels, porridge,
cereals, toast, juice and fruit to
schools in the greatest need.
School lunches have improved
greatly in the majority of schools,
thanks largely to legislation banning
junk in school vending machines
and dining rooms, to the work of the
Children’s Food Trust and to the
School Food Plan.
But it’s not enough. Most of
the lessons requiring maximum
concentration take place before
lunch. If the Government is
serious about closing the national
attainment gap in schooling (and
wants to improve the nation’s poor
productivity and do something
about obesity), school food
(breakfast and lunch) should be free
for all pupils and healthy.
Sadly this ain’t going to happen
any time soon. But while we pray
for common sense in high places
to prevail, let’s give thanks for
Magic Breakfast.
And more importantly, let’s
get behind the Magic Breakfast i
Christmas Appeal. £42 pays for a
year’s good breakfasts for a child,
but anything at all will help. What
could be more important than
children being able to make the
most of school?
Merry Christmas and have a
great New Year.
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ability to concentrate, boosting
their learning and results, schools
were mostly lukewarm about the
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Of course it’s sad that such a
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truth is that thousands of children
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stomachs, while thousands more
will have breakfasted on chocolate
or chips on the way to school. Magic
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Proud of ourselves?
Grenfell, racism and rotting prisons show how little we care
Mourners at
the memorial
service for
Grenfell
victims at
St Paul’s
Cathedral
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F
orgive me for spoiling
your festive mood,
but the season feels
desolate, not jolly. It’s
only midweek and we
have had three national
scandals exposed, each one distinct,
but all indicating a societal and
governmental drift to nastiness
and iniquity.
These come just as the avoidable
disaster at Grenfell Tower was
remembered at St Paul’s Cathedral.
We now know from testimonies
from residents and those who lived
nearby that there were numerous
warnings about safety sent to the
council. The council took no notice.
This is what extreme institutional
neglect looks like. And it’s common.
On Monday came the long
awaited independent review into
the murder of Bijan Ebrahimi, 44,
a disabled refugee from Iran, who
lived alone in a council house in
Bristol. He was a quiet man who
loved growing flowers. But several
of his neighbours, who were white,
couldn’t let him be. Month after
month, they abused, assaulted,
harassed him and even wrecked his
flower baskets. Local councillors
ignored the problem. He reported
44 incidents to the police, who
did nothing.
Then his neighbours branded him
a paedophile. Two men beat him
to death and burned his body. The
report concluded that this was an
example of institutional racism
– a term that was used in the
1999 Macpherson report into the
murder of Stephen Lawrence in
south London.
We anti-racists thought things
would get better after that damning
investigation. We were wrong. In
the Bristol case, white citizens, the
This is what
extreme
institutional
neglect looks
like. And it’s
common
police and council formed a circle
and systematically victimised
Ebrahimi. I know a black family in a
Welsh village who were ostracised
and terrorised by the villagers
who wanted to keep their village
ethnically pure. The incomers
were terrified of stepping out.
Their kids were regularly beaten
up and the new car they bought
was vandalised.
One police officer visited them,
and told them to try to integrate
better. The couple went to boarding
school and university in England.
They were web designers. After
a year of this, the family of four
moved to Birmingham. The father
is still furious. “We were left to rot.
One of us could have been seriously
injured. They just did not care.
Because we were black.” This kind
of communal and organisational
racial oppression is found across
the land.
On the day the Bristol review
was published, the BBC uncovered
another terrible, hidden outrage.
In a leaked report, inspectors
warned that inmates in Liverpool
Prison were “being kept in the
worst living conditions” they’d ever
seen. Cockroaches and rats are
everywhere, toilets leak, the stench
is horrible, the electrics are faulty
and prisoners are kept in cells all
day long. Liverpool is a racially
mixed area, so the prison population
is unlikely to be all Caucasian. One
ex-prisoner said it was impossible
to breathe without retching. Ill
prisoners don’t get adequate care.
If dogs, cats, lambs, or even pigs
were found living like this there
would be an uproar. These men
have done wrong, but they are still
human. This is an example of gross
institutional cruelty. You
find it in other prisons, in care
homes for the elderly and other
state run establishments.
Committed, conscientious
professionals do their best but too
often governance is poor and the
culture turns malevolent.
On Tuesday, following a
disturbing report by Labour MP
David Lammy, the Government
accepted that people from minority
backgrounds still faced bias and
discrimination in parts of the justice
system. The Justice Secretary
David Lidington pledged to do
the right things, but declined to
implement tough measures, such
setting targets to make the judiciary
more diverse and representative.
This, he said was the “very
first step” in a change of attitude
towards race disparity “that will
touch on every part of the criminal
justice system for years to come”.
We have known about racism
in policing, the courts, sentencing
and probation since inner city riots
broke out in the early 80s. Theresa
May has acknowledged the problem
several times. Yet her minister
pushes reforms to some distant
time in the future. So just more
institutional prevarication.
When our institutions are
guilty of neglect, racism, cruelty
and fudge, how it is possible to
feel national pride? Patriotic
grandstanding and posturing
should not and cannot divert us
from those realities.
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In defence of
ice skating
The gardens
of Grenfell
Kevin Garside is skating
on thin ice when he
dismisses Elise Christie
as a token prop in the
Sports Personality of
the Year awards (i, 19
December).
This sportswoman
has responded to
triumph and adversity
with class and dignity
and, as a double world
champion, deserves all
the recognition that
she gets.
It’s interesting that
Garside highlights two
overpaid males in an
alternative poll as being
worthy of recognition.
Ice skating is a tough,
no-nonsense sport, but
it seems that because it’s
a woman who is leading
the way, it doesn’t
deserve column inches.
DAVID CRUICKSHANKS
KIRKCALDY, FIFE
Scaffolding is being
erected around Grenfell
Tower, presumably
before it is torn down.
Why not turn it into
a vertical garden which
would not only look
beautiful but supply the
neighbourhood with
fresh produce, jobs for
local people and a fitting
memorial for all those
who have lost their lives?
It would also be
a very appropriate
compensation for
neighbouring residents
who have had to look at
this scene of devastation
for so many months.
CELIA BIRCUMSHAW
GRANTHAM,
LINCOLNSHIRE
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with Mark Wallace
that we must agree to
disagree (i, 19 December).
I have friends who
read The Guardian and
would never consider
terminating friendships
on the basis of their
political views.
Consider the
friendships arising
among participants in I’m
A Celebrity … regardless of
political allegiance. See
how the public voted 71
per cent for a charming,
hard-working, generous
of spirit, Conservativevoting winner in Toff.
This suggests to me
that the public abhor
extreme behaviour
and all political parties
should take note.
SANDY PHILIPS
BEACONSFIELD
It’s all very well putting
political differences
aside and listening rather
than hating, but you
have to draw the line
somewhere.
For example, would
Mark Wallace (i, 19
December) be happy to
have a fascist as a best
friend?
I rather hope not.
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The Bishop of
London, Sarah
Mullally, at St
Paul’s Cathedral PA
I would like to
congratulate the Right
Reverend Sarah Mullally
(19 December) on her
appointment as the first
female Bishop of London.
Being a Catholic, I can
only wonder and envy
at such emancipation
of women in the Church
of England.
Pope Francis does
understand our dilemma
and token “baby steps”
are being taken in this
direction. But it still
amazes and upsets me
that in the 21st century,
this is still seen as
controversial. We have
women leaders all over
the world now and Christ
would welcome the
wonderful input that
women can provide.
All power to Sarah
Mullally and I hope she
goes from strength to
strength in her new role.
JUDITH A DANIELS
GREAT YARMOUTH,
NORFOLK
Try being a
governor
As a teacher and a former
governor of a school, I
have a few points to add
on the subject of school
funding (Your View, 19
December).
Schools receive a
similar funding model as
has operated for years,
namely a set amount
per pupil. But prior to
the academisation push,
funding was made to
the local authority who
distributed it across
their area, meaning it
could buy consumables
in bulk, and would fund
cover for extended
teacher absences.
Now that schools
operate individually, they
no longer have access to
cheaper consumables.
As far as supply cover
is concerned, the
school has to fund the
absent teacher and the
supply cover.
Solutions? It’s believed
that the academies will
form themselves into
“chains” of schools, but I
don’t see this having the
required knock-on effect
in saving schools money.
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consider how to attract
the people needed.
The most obvious
way is to improve
working conditions,
both environmental and
terms of employment,
so that the organisation
becomes a welcoming
place, valuing its staff.
With all the so-called
management expertise
in the NHS, why has
nobody implemented
this option to lure
frontline medical staff?
S LAWTON
KIRTLINGTON,
OXFORDSHIRE
When reporting the
possible reasons for
shortages of nurses
in the NHS, please
don’t forget to factor
in the highly qualified,
experienced and
conscientious nurses
who are leaving, or
seeking to leave, the NHS
due to feeling unable to
nurse patients safely and
professionally without
the support of sufficient
competent staff.
Their experience
cannot be replaced by a
recruitment drive until
any such recruits might
reach the same levels of
experience, in a number
of years’ time.
SARAH JENKINS
NORTHAMPTON
Twitter: ban
Trump
Twitter has banned
Britain First, but they
continue to let Trump
spout his bile.
He is a liar who rants
day in, day out, he’s
threatened to attack
countries via the
network, and they still
haven’t banned him.
Ban Trump or don’t
ban anyone.
STEVEN MCNAMARA
MIDDLESBROUGH
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People
A reluctant
fashion icon
Jeremy Corbyn has inspired a
resurgence of the “normcore”
fashion trend this year, while
label Vetements has launched
a line that could have
been based on the Labour
leader’s crumpled beige
slacks and Harrington
jackets. But don’t call
him a fashion icon.
When asked about his
influencer status by
Grazia magazine, he
said: “I’d rate myself
very low… I’ve got
prizes three years
running for being the worst
dressed in Parliament. I
dress the way I want to
dress. These days people
want to dress me differently
but I just say no.”
Might this be a
reference to his cover
shoot for GQ? Editor Dylan
Jones criticised Corbyn’s
decision to “turn up in an
anorak” for the shoot.
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‘Bake Off’ goes East for Christmas Day
The Great British
Bake Off judges
Prue Leith and
Paul Hollywood,
along with hosts
Sandi Toksvig and
Noel Fielding, have
dressed up as East
17 from their 1994
video for “Stay” to
promote the Great
Christmas Bake Off.
The episode
airs on Christmas
Day, and the East
17 tributes don’t
end there: band
member Tony
Mortimer will
be making an
appearance on
the New Year’s
Day episode.
Perhaps he
can settle the
decades-old
debate over
whether “Stay”
is in fact a true
Christmas song
(it is).
Damon defends
the indefensible
Matt Damon’s decision to speak
out in defence of men while sexual
harassment allegations in Hollywood
are exposing decades of degenerate
behaviour against women, is receiving
the backlash it deserves.
Damon’s latest claim (following a
weekend of similar gaffes)
is that we aren’t talking
enough about all the
men in Hollywood
who aren’t
sexual predators.
“We’re in this
watershed moment,
and it’s great, but
I think one thing
that’s not being talked
about is that there is a
whole shitload of guys – the
preponderance of men I’ve worked with
– who don’t do this kind of thing,” he said.
Does Damon really want a pat on the
back for choosing not to rape women?
It’s apt that he’s using these interviews
to promote his new film Downsizing –
because that’s exactly what’s happening
to his fanbase.
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KELNER’S VIEW
Simon
Kelner
J
ohn Bercow is not everyone’s
cup of char. The Speaker of
the House of Commons has
not gone out of his way to win
friends and influence people in his
eight-and-a-half years as the man
who keeps order in the Palace of
Westminster. He’s been called “a
stupid, sanctimonious dwarf” by a
fellow MP – Mr Bercow measures
5ft 6in – and has been criticised as
an inveterate publicity-seeker for his
willingness to make his views known
(The Speaker must at all times
maintain political neutrality).
I have never met Mr Bercow
(inset), so have no particular brief
for him, but I generally welcome his
contributions to public debate. He
came under fire earlier this year for
saying he was “strongly opposed”
to Donald Trump addressing
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visit, and he’s been at it again,
launching an attack on two national
newspapers for their coverage of the
Tory MPs’ rebellion over Brexit.
After a debate on the problem of
harassment in public life, Mr Bercow
told MPs: “You are never mutineers,
you are never traitors, you are never
malcontents, you are never
enemies of the people.” He
was taking the language
used in recent weeks
by both The Daily
Telegraph and the
Daily Mail – pro-Brexit
newspapers both – to
describe the MPs
who had defied the
Government position.
“You are dedicated, hardworking, committed public
servants, doing what you believe to
be right for this country.”
The virulent, abusive nature of
the Brexit debate has migrated from
social media into the mainstream,
to the extent that some of the rebel
MPs have had death threats.
Dominic Grieve, the former
attorney general who voted against
the Government last week, said
that he was shocked to discover
that this sort of highly poisonous,
threatening behaviour was now “the
new normal”.
I can’t help wondering what would
be happening now if the country had
voted 51 per cent for Remain, and 49
per cent for Brexit. Obviously, our
future as a member of the European
Union would be secure, and there
would be less political upheaval.
But Brexit-supporting MPs would
still want their views – and those
of almost half the electorate –
represented, and debate would be
of a similarly binary nature. People
like Michael Gove and David Davis,
who would be against the
Government position,
would be treated as men
and women of high
principle. The Mail
would have pictures of
them on the front page
under the headline:
“Heroes of The People”
and the Telegraph would
call them “The Patriots”.
I believe that, in this
alternative world, the views of
those who were on the wrong side of
the public vote would be heard and
respected. Or perhaps I’m living in
a Juncker Wonderland. The power
of social media, its ready access for
extremist views of any stamp, and
its unfiltered exchanges, probably
means that the days of reasoned
debate are over for ever.
We need brave souls to ward off
this dystopian future, and John
Bercow should be applauded for
taking up the fight. “If there are
people who cannot understand that
basic concept of principled conduct,”
he said, “perhaps they need help to
ensure that in future they do.”
Hear hear, Mr Speaker.
INVESTING
I had the same feeling I get when
I play the Lottery – was I ready for
my life to change? Obviously I’d give
some of my fortune to charity but
I could also buy a house or two –
would I go for London or somewhere
sunnier? Once I’d worked out how
to recover my password (it’s not
straightforward), a page loaded.
My 0.012 bitcoin is worth $251.31
(£187.82).
So I won’t be buying that house,
but it could justify my pre-Christmas
profligacy and maybe a cashmere
jumper. Or should I leave it and
see if it grows? What would the
Winklevoss twins, who this month
became the first bitcoin billionaires,
do? There’s always litecoin, an
alternative cryptocurrency. But I
barely understand bitcoin in the first
place. I was more into the idea of just
using it to buy Lottery tickets – at
least that way you know you have no
control over your money and can’t
blame yourself for not cashing in at
the right point.
I spent a tense week monitoring
my investment. My pot went down
to $160 (£120) and now it’s up again.
I’ve decided to cash in and quit
while I’m ahead, but even that’s not
straightforward. Last week there
was a “withdraw” option; today it
says I can’t exchange my bitcoin
until I have $400 (£299). I’m locked
in to being an unlikely investor.
So it’s back to the waiting
game. At least when a currency
is unpredictable there is some
hope that this time next year I’ll be
joining the Winklevoss twins in the
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with my bit
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I
t was the best croissant I have
ever bought. And all because I
paid in bitcoin. In a bid to find
out the point of cryptocurrency
I invested £5 in it back in 2014 at
The Old Shoreditch Station cafe in
London. Its value rocketed and I
celebrated with a pastry, mainly for
the novelty of paying with the money
of the future.
I had such a negligible amount of
bitcoin, 0.012 after my purchase, that
it wasn’t worth the hassle of finding
out how to cash it in and I put it to
the back of my mind. But now bitcoin
is booming, up more than 1,700 per
cent since the start of the year. As I
heard tales of unlikely millionaires
who have made life-changing
amounts from bitcoin simply by
taking a punt on a geeky internet
movement (or investing so that they
could buy drugs on the dark web), I
decided it might be worth checking
up on my own investment.
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Alcohol debate
disrupted by
drunken aide
By Jon Stone
A Finnish MP was forced to abandon
a parliamentary debate on alcoholism to check on a political aide with
suspected alcohol poisoning – in an
incident that has sparked a new debate about the country’s relationship
with booze.
Päivi Räsänen, a Christian Democrat MP who is also a trained doctor,
was taking part in a debate on the
liberalisation of the country’s Alcohol Act in a Thursday evening sitting
of the parliament – while Christmas
parties were going on in the building.
Finnish media reports that the
Finland has the
16th highest alcohol
consumption in the world
according to a WHO report – and
by far the highest in Scandinavia.
Sweden and Norway are in 50th
and 65th places respectively.
MP was summoned out of the
chamber for her medical expertise
after eyewitnesses saw a member
of staff vomiting in one of the parliament’s corridors and unable to
stand properly.
The newspaper Aamulehti reports
that the MP stayed with the aide until
they were taken away in an ambulance from Speaker’s Square, outside
the parliament, at 10pm.
“I was there as a doctor. It is true
that I was called from the room during the plenary session,” said Ms
Räsänen. “I just had the floor… at the
same time, there were the traditional
Christmas parties in the building.”
She added: “It is very controversial
that a parliamentary debate is underway in which the disadvantages of alcohol are discussed, and at the same
time this is happening.”
Ms Räsänen said she had not contacted the press about the incident
because of doctor-patient confidentiality, and that she could not give any
further details. THE INDEPENDENT
Mary Derr, 93,
with ‘Buddy’, one
of Hasbro’s Joy for
All robotic cats AP
Robo-cat could make a purrfect pet for the elderly
By Michelle Smith
US scientists are developing a cat
that can keep a person company,
does not need a litter box and
can remind an ageing owner to
take their medicine or help find
their glasses.
Toymaker Hasbro and
scientists at Brown University
in Rhode Island want to add
artificial intelligence to Hasbro’s
Joy For All robotic cat.
The robo-cat, which has been
on the market for two years, is
aimed at the elderly and is meant
to act as a companion. It purrs
and meows, and even appears to
lick its paw and roll over to ask
for a belly rub.
The Brown-Hasbro project is
aimed at developing additional
capabilities for the cat to help
older adults with simple tasks. AP
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‘A battle against
the clock to
catch the sun’
Mark Brown suffers from
seasonal affective disorder
T
omorrow is the shortest
day of the year. From
then on, the days will
begin to lengthen. The
world in winter shrinks in
a way that modern life has still yet to
overcome. In the dark and the cold,
for some of us the older patterns of
life come to the surface.
According to nhs.uk, “seasonal
affective disorder (SAD) is a type
of depression that comes and
goes in a seasonal pattern.” The
Mental Health Foundation tells us
SAD affects approximately one
in 15 people in the UK between
September and April.
Every year from the clocks going
back, the weight of the year piles
up on the back of my neck like a
landslide. Every step is laborious,
every thought muffled. Somehow
I am yoked to the seasons in a way
electric light and modern routine
cannot alter. Each day becomes
a battle against a clock in a battle
for sunlight. If left I will sleep until
3.00pm, waking just as the sun
begins to go down.
Just as winter once led to long
evenings in the parlour, sharing
one room for warmth, so SAD
is a withdrawal into the body as
if shuttering in to survive the
darkness. Festive socialising is
like being flayed; a new sensitive
skin makes everything too harsh.
Words are as heavy to carry as
paving slabs, every conversation a
collapsing tower. The lack of energy
is a nightmare.
I have always had this. As a child
it corresponded to the beginning
of the school year. The first month
or so I was energy and excitement,
days long and bright and seemingly
endless with time enough for
everything. As term inched toward
Christmas the heaviness began.
The bus would be missed. The
homework piled up.
SAD is more haunted, more
melancholy for me than other
depression. Time in winter
wows and flutters, becoming
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Seasonal affective disorder What to do
A number of treatments are
available for seasonal affective
disorder (SAD), including cognitive
behavioural therapy, antidepressant
medication and light therapy.
Your GP will recommend the most
suitable treatment option for you,
based on the nature of your symptoms. This may involve a combination of treatments.
There are also a number of simple
things you can try that may help
improve your symptoms, including:
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The smell of leaf mulch and
wet grass; the damp tingle of the
first hints of snow on my tongue’
each is a precursor to a kind of
staged shutdown of energy and
of motive force. Everything is
sentimental, blanketed with a dust
of over-emotion. I cry at television
adverts, at lonely puppies, at my
own inadequacies.
I have never had a job I have not
nearly lost in the winter months.
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ideas reached for on demand are
not there. Food will burn because
the effort to move the pan from
the stove is too much. Preparation
for journeys feels as unachievable
as time travel. I am slow when
undertaking tasks that in lighter
months would be simple. Mental
arithmetic takes hours. Names
and dates and tasks are redacted
from my mind. In their place, long
forgotten humiliations and harms
are revisited like ancient sagas.
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and sugar grows as the nights
lengthen, like a wish to bathe in
apple crumbles and wallow in
custard. It is a strange, empty,
bottomless feeling, a desire that
consumption alone can never fill.
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as if the warmth and energy of
the sun can be replaced inside me
by a battery of food. And my bed
becomes a universe.
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try to clear my diary as much
as possible, resign myself to the
darkness. I stay in the light as much
as possible. I have a lightbox which
is like a snowy afternoon trapped
in a bottle. It helps a bit. But mainly
I wait, try to not be drawn too far
from the light. Eventually the mist
clears and it is finally spring. I
inhale new life and marvel at having
passed the haunted night without
harm. Until next year.
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Scientists studying undisturbed
tropical rainforests in Borneo have
discovered they have grown denser
over the past half century. They
believe their findings have vital implications in understanding how
tropical forests are reacting to climate change.
The Leeds University study, published in the journal Nature Communications, examined hectare plots
of rainforest in Borneo. They discovered more biomass – plants and
trees – is now growing on the same
land than was 50 years ago.
They estimate the increased
The Leeds researchers
found Borneo’s rainforest
are vulnerable to deforestation
caused by agriculture as well as
dramatic climate change such as
severe droughts caused.
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growth is the equivalent of adding
700 trees to each plot of land.
The results are a surprise as scientists expected the rainforest left
to its own resources would have
reached an equilibrium – meaning
that growth and death of trees and
other plants would have balanced
each other out.
Their findings confirm that rainforests are vital carbon sinks stripping
out climate warming carbon dioxide
out of the atmosphere and storing it
in their trunks and branches.
“Previous studies have found the
Amazon rainforest in South America has been a carbon sink as well as
rainforests in tropical Africa, meaning these tropical forests have both
been increasing in their carbon stock
over the past few decades,” said Dr
Lan Qie. “We are calling this study
the last missing piece of the puzzle
because now we can confirm this is
also the case for South-East Asia.
Tropical forest in all three regions
are behaving consistently which is
Borneo’s intact rainforest is in decline but the
remaining forest has increased in biomass.
The average increase per 10,000 square metres is
the equivalent of 700 household Christmas trees,
meaning more carbon is being captured and stored.
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good news. The question of whether
all the tropical forests were acting as
a carbon sink was a very important
one. The tropical forests have been
helping to fight climate change.”
She added that scientists believe
there must be a global mechanism
behind the growth.
LAW
Weinstein gagging
orders ‘immoral’
A British former assistant to
Harvey Weinstein, who alleged the
disgraced movie mogul attempted
to rape a colleague, has called for a
change in the law on gagging orders.
Zelda Perkins, who worked
for Miramax in London, broke a
non-disclosure agreement earlier
this year to accuse Mr Weinstein
of sexual harassment. She said she
signed the agreement in 1998 and
had shared a £250,000 payment
with a woman who claimed he
sexually assaulted her. Ms Perkins
described the process as “immoral” .
Prince Harry urges
focus on landmines
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“Carbon dioxide is an important
factor in plant photosynthesis so
there have been some suggestions
the increase of carbon dioxide in the
atmosphere, although driving global
warming, is also possibly stimulating
the tree growth. Researchers do not
agree on this issue,” she said.
Prince Harry has called on nations
to redouble their efforts to eradicate
landmines as a tribute to the
maimed children his mother said
would not be forgotten.
Diana, Princess of Wales,
famously walked through a cleared
landmine field in Angola to highlight
the problem. The prince told a
conference on the issue in Vienna
that she died just before a treaty to
ban them was signed.
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NORTH KOREA
US vows to counter ‘sophisticated
subversion’ of West by Kremlin
Britain ‘must
confront Kim’s
nuclear threat’
By Polina Nikolskaya
Donald Trump’s National Security
Adviser yesterday accused Russia
of “a sophisticated campaign of subversion” against Western societies.
General HR McMaster told the
BBC that the Kremlin used propaganda and disinformation against
democracies, and said its alleged
meddling in US elections was “certainly” a national security threat.
He was speaking after President
Trump’s new national security
policy labelled Russia and China
“rival powers”.
General McMaster said: “We have
to look at what Russia is actually
doing. Of course we have to counter
Russia’s destabilising behaviour,
and the sophisticated campaigns
of propaganda and disinformation.”
E a rl i e r t h e K r e m l i n h a d
dismissed Mr Trump’s new national
security policy.
“A quick read of the parts of
the strategy that mention our
country one way or another...
[shows] an imperialist character,”
Kremlin spokesman Dmitry
Peskov said. He added that the US
stance showed “an aversion to a
multi-polar world”.
General McMaster, who is regarded as one of the more serious
and well-qualified members of the
Trump administration, added that
the US was ready to “de-nuclearise
North Korea” forcefully.
As tensions between the US and
the Communist state increase, the
general said the US was not ruling
out war as it prepared to bring the
regime to task.
“North Korea is a grave threat to
all civilised people across the globe,”
he said. REUTERS
Donald Trump has
often spoken of wanting
to improve relations with
President Putin, even though
Russia has frustrated US policy
in Syria and Ukraine and done
little to help over North Korea.
President Trump
reveals his
national security
strategy JOSHUA
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By Georgina Stubbs
North Korea is developing ballistic
missiles which could strike London,
Defence Secretary Gavin Williamson said as he branded the country
a “massive threat”.
During a period of heightened
nuclear tensions arising from
North Korea’s military
tests, Mr Williamson (inset) also said
the country was
a “real danger”
to Britain.
With Donald
Trump making
clear that America
is ready to deal with
North Korea if necessary, Mr Williamson said
Britain had to “step up”.
“North Korea is a massive threat,
they’re a real danger to this country,” he told the London Evening
Standard. “They are currently on
the pathway to have ballistic missiles that could strike London.”
On Monday, Mr Trump unveiled
a new US National Security Strategy which includes strengthening
the country’s cyber defence capabilities, and highlights the threats of
“rogue regimes” like North Korea.
Analysis
New American strategy earns a rebuke from Russia
By Leo Cendrowicz
A
fter securing the White
House last year on
an “America First”
platform, President
Donald Trump has pulled away
from global allies and lashed out
at his perceived enemies. His
first National Security Strategy
(NSS), released on Monday,
tones down the rhetoric slightly,
to the relief of the Washington
establishment. Yet it still leaves
observers both concerned and
confused about where the US
is heading.
The 70-page paper’s main
message is that the world is more
dangerous than ever before, and
that the US faces unprecedented
geopolitical competition. Indeed,
the word “competition” appears
in some form nearly 75 times in
the document, which adds that
the US faces exploitation from
both adversaries and partners.
The key challenges to US
security come from many
sources. It is no surprise that the
NSS highlights nuclear wannabes
Iran and North Korea, and
terrorist groups such as al-Qaeda
and Isis.
But it also mentions the rival
powers Russia and China, saying
they “challenge American
power, influence, and interests,
attempting to erode American
security and prosperity”. The
NSS applies tougher language
towards Russia than Mr Trump
usually uses – accusing it of using
“subversive measures” against
the US and Europe.
This earned a rebuke from
the Kremlin, which described
the strategy as “imperial”.
China also condemned what it
calls the “Cold War mentality”,
urging Washington to “abandon
outdated notions”. But it is
unclear whether the document
reflects an actual shift in
the President’s thinking on
either country.
For US allies “the NSS is both a
reassuring and a deeply troubling
document”, says Hal Brands,
at Johns Hopkins University’s
School of Advanced International
Studies. “It reminds us that the
devoted patriots around Trump
are working diligently to contain
his most dangerous tendencies.”
UNITED STATES
POLAND
Derailed Amtrak train was
50mph over speed limit
Warsaw risks losing EU voting rights
By David Shepardson
IN WASHINGTON
The fatal derailment of an Amtrak
train near Seattle on Monday will intensify scrutiny of the national passenger railroad company’s dubious
safety record, experts say.
The cause of the accident, which
killed at least three people, has yet to
be determined. But federal officials
confirmed the train was travelling
at 50mph over the speed limit when
it careered off an overpass south of
the city centre, spilling carriages
onto the highway below. Another
100 people were injured, ten seriously, and were taken to hospital.
Seven vehicles were involved, and
fragments of the bridge were left
scattered on the road. Motorists
were among the injured.
Just last month, the chairman of
the National Transportation Safety
Board (NTSB) issued scathing criticism of Amtrak’s culture, saying a
future breakdown was likely, and
made nine safety recommendations.
“Amtrak’s safety culture is failing and is primed to fail again, until
By Leo Cendrowicz
IN BRUSSELS
Carriages from the derailed Amtrak
train litter the highway below AP
and unless Amtrak changes the way
it practises safety management,”
board chairman Robert Sumwalt
said on 14 November. REUTERS
The European Commission will
today take the first steps to
sanction Poland for its controversial plans to weaken
its judiciary, in an unprecedented move that could
lead to Warsaw losing its
voting rights in the bloc.
The Commission will activate an emergency article in
the EU’s treaties aimed at disciplining states who breach the bloc’s fundamental values. Article 7 is seen as
the nuclear option, and it comes after
Poland’s right-wing Law and Justice
(PiS) government, which came to
power in late 2015, began to attack
the Supreme Court. The Commission – backed by most of
the EU – says the reforms
threaten the independence of the judiciary and
threaten the democratic
principles countries sign
up to when they join the EU.
Prime minister Mateusz Morawiecki (inset) last
week called for Brussels to back
off, saying his government needed
to purge the Polish judiciary of
Communist stooges.
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Oil firm executive
to face court in
corruption purge
By Mi Nguyen
IN HANOI
Police have ordered the
prosecution of a top official at
state energy firm PetroVietnam
over financial losses.
The company is at the heart
of a corruption crackdown in
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Los Angeles
Thousands of weary
firefighters, battling a deadly
two-week-old wildfire that
ranks as one of the largest
in California’s history, are
welcoming a change in the
weather that is finally allowing
them to contain the flames.
The so-called Thomas fire
has scorched 271,000 acres
(110,000 hectares) of droughtparched scrubland in the
coastal mountains, foothills
and canyons of Ventura and
Santa Barbara counties,
northwest of Los Angeles.
More than 1,000 homes and
other buildings have gone up
in flames and some 18,000
Planned return of Rohingya
Muslims may be delayed
By Louis Ashworth
RUSSIA
Citizenship plan Norwegian held
upsets Italians in spying claim
The new Austrian government
plans to offer citizenship to the
German-speaking population
in the northern Italian
province of Alto Adige, but
only in close consultation with
Rome, Chancellor Sebastian
Kurz said.
The plan for Alto Adige,
known in Austria as South
Tyrol, is part of a coalition
agreement finalised over the
weekend between Mr Kurz’s
conservative People’s Party
and the far-right Freedom
Party. Italian politicians
denounced the plan. REUTERS
MYANMAR
Russia has detained a Norwegian
citizen whom it suspects of spying,
the RIA news agency reported
yesterday. Media reports said
Russia’s FSB security service had
caught the Norwegian taking secret
documents about the Russian Navy
from a Russian citizen.
“The Norwegian consular service
has visited the citizen, who has been
arrested in Moscow and is now in
detention,” said Frode Andersen, a
press spokesman for the Norwegian
ministry of foreign affairs. He said
the detainee had legal representation
and that the arrest had taken place
on 5 December. REUTERS
the Communist country. The
Ministry of Public Security
said that Phan Dinh Duc, a
member of PetroVietnam’s
board of directors, would face
prosecution on suspicion of
“violation of state regulations on
economic management, causing
serious consequences”.
The former chairman of
PetroVietnam, Dinh La Thang,
56, was arrested on 8 December.
Mr Thang, who was also a
former member of Vietnam’s
politburo, was the most senior
executive arrested in the
scandal. REUTERS
other structures remained
threatened from the lateseason firestorm that kept
firefighters on the defensive.
One firefighter lost his
life, succumbing to smoke
inhalation and burns last
Thursday.
A mix of lighter winds,
rising humidity and cooler
air temperatures prevailed
for a second day on Monday,
affording crews the greatest
weather break they had seen
yet, said Lynne Tolmachoff,
from the California
Department of Forestry and
Fire Protection.
“Everybody is breathing a
sigh of relief that this will give
those firefighters a chance
to get in there and do some
good work, and not just be
constantly chasing things,” she
said. REUTERS
Steve Gorman
Myanmar and Bangladesh have set
up a joint working group to oversee
the repatriation of Rohingya Muslims who fled violence in Myanmar,
but the start of their return is likely
to be delayed.
Under a deal signed in Dhaka,
the 30-member working group is
to develop procedures to begin the
voluntary return, resettlement and
reintegration of Rohingya refugees.
More than 630,000 Rohingya have
fled to Bangladesh since Myanmar’s
military launched a crackdown in
August following attacks on police
posts by a militant group.
Rohingya refugee Kulsuma Begum,
40, lost family members REUTERS
The two countries agreed last
month that the repatriation would
start around 21 January but a
Bangladesh official who attended
yesterday’s meeting said it would be
delayed by a few weeks or so.
Human rights groups warn that
the Rohingya may face continued
violence if they are sent back.
In the November agreement,
Myanmar pledged to take measures
to halt the exodus of Rohingya, and
encourage those who left to return
voluntarily and safely to their original
places of residence or to a safe place
of their choice.
The government of Buddhistmajority Myanmar has refused
to accept Rohingya Muslims as a
minority group, even though they
have been living in the country
for generations.
Marines
in snow
of force
South Korean and
US Marines based
in Okinawa, Japan,
join forces for a
snowball fight during
their joint military
winter exercises in
Pyeongchang, South
Korea yesterday. More
than 400 marines
have participated in
the exercises lasting
over two weeks. AHN
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MEDIA
Sixty-five journalists killed doing their jobs in 2017
At least 65 media workers around the
world have been killed doing their
jobs this year, the media freedom
organisation Reporters Without
Borders said yesterday.
A m o n g t h e d e ad we re 5 0
professional journalists, seven
citizen journalists and eight other
media workers.
The five most dangerous countries
were Syria, Mexico, Afghanistan,
Iraq and the Philippines. Of those
killed, 35 died in regions where
armed conflict is ongoing while 30
were killed outside of such areas.
Thirty-nine of those killed were
targeted for reporting on political
corruption or organised crime, while
the other 26 were killed because of
shelling and bomb attacks.
“It’s alarming that so many
journalists were murdered outside
of war zones,” Katja Gloger, a board
member of Reporters Without
Borders, said. REUTERS
JORDAN
POLAND
GERMANY
Freed billionaire
back in Amman
Cardinal in line
for sainthood
Pilot cleared
for tower pass
The Palestinian billionaire
Sabih al-Masri, Jordan’s most
influential businessman, returned
to Amman yesterday after his
release from detention in Saudi
Arabia, family sources said.
Sources familiar with the
case said he was questioned
about his links to Saudi partners
who were among ministers,
officials and royals rounded up
in last month’s anti-corruption
crackdown. REUTERS
Pope Francis has put the late Polish
Cardinal Stefan Wyszynski – who
fought for religious freedom during
communist rule in Poland – on track
for sainthood.
Francis has approved a degree recognising the “heroic virtues” of Cardinal Wyszynski, who died in 1981. It
is one of the first steps in the process
of becoming a saint. He was placed
under house arrest from 1953 to 1956
for refusing to punish priests who opposed the government. REUTERS
German air safety authorities
have cleared a pilot at bankrupt
carrier Air Berlin who aborted his
final landing at the last moment
to make a low pass around the
control tower.
The federal agency concluded
the manoeuvre in October didn’t
break the rules. Videos showed
the Airbus A330, carrying
over 200 people from Miami to
Dusseldorf, swooping around the
tower before landing safely. AP
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Catalonia is felt
across Continent
By Kim Sengupta
Executions ‘a bloody stain
on Tokyo’s rights record’
The execution of two men in Japan
yesterday has prompted condemnation by human rights groups.
Teruhiko Seki, 44, who was 19
when he committed the crime, and
Kiyoshi Matsui, 69, were hanged at
the Tokyo Detention Centre after
being sentenced to death for murder.
Both were seeking retrial at the time.
Roseann Rife, Amnesty International’s East Asia research director, said: “The executions are an
abhorrent and bloody stain on Japan’s human rights record.
“This is the ultimate cruel, inhuman and degrading punishment
– a fact the vast majority of the
world’s countries have recognised.”
The executions bring the total
number to four in Japan this year and
21 under Prime Minister Shinzo Abe.
There are 120 convicts on death
row in Japan, including Shoko Asahara, the leader of Aum Shinrikyo,
a quasi-Buddhist cult that hoped to
bring about the apocalypse. He has
been sentenced to death for organising a gas attack on the Tokyo subway
in March 1995 that killed 13 people
and left more than 6,000 injured.
The Japanese Bar Association is
seeking to abolish the death penalty and wants to replace it with
life imprisonment.
Fifty-six countries still impose the
death penalty including China, Bela-
rus, India and the US, where almost
3,000 prisoners are on death row and
23 were executed in 2017.
The UK abolished the death penalty in 1965. The most recent countries
to have abolished capital punishment
include Guinea (2016), Nauru (2016),
Congo (2015), Suriname (2015) and
Fiji (2015). This week marks 10 years
since the UN General Assembly moratorium on capital punishment.
In Japan the number of
victims killed is the most
important criterion for imposing
the death penalty. A death
sentence for a single murder is
considered “extraordinary”.
BOTSWANA
Transgender woman wins landmark court battle
By Darin Graham
The Botswana High Court has ordered the country’s government to legally recognise the gender of a trans
woman for the first time, in a hearing
earlier this week that is a landmark
victory for the rights of LGBT people
in the country.
Tshepo Ricki Kgositau, 30, will be
issued with a new identity card marking her as female before the end of
2017, after a four-year legal battle.
Ms Kgositau, the director of Gender Dynamix – a regional organisation advocating for the rights of
transgender people – said the victory
was only the first step in demanding
money
business
“more access to all other rights”.
Known as Ricki by her friends and
family, she said the court victory was
not for her “but for every single trans
diverse person in Botswana”.
“I feel truly blessed to be living in
such times of the change I have wanted to see since I was a little girl,” she
said. THE INDEPENDENT
Elections held this week in Catalonia will shape the future political
landscape of Spain and have reverberations far beyond its borders.
And the international dimension to the momentous vote has
brought with it allegations of meddling against Russia, the European
Union and France by jihadists and
Julian Assange.
The path to the election has been
enmeshed in bitter recriminations,
outbreaks of violence, the fleeing
abroad of the Catalan President,
Carles Puigdemont, and the jailing of other separatist leaders. The
result, after an acrimonious campaign, is expected to be close and
there is uncertainty and trepidation about what lies ahead.
As the campaign ends,
an aggregate of opinion
polls shows that the proindependence Republican Left of Catalonia
(ERC) will come out on
top with 33 seats, one or
two more than the unionist Ciudadanos (Cs), and
JxCat party will come third with
27 votes. This means no majority for
secession and while JxCat leader,
Mr Puigdemont (inset), is in exile in
Brussels, the ERC head, Oriol Junqueras, languishes in a Spanish jail.
The febrile situation in Catalonia is being exploited, it is claimed,
by vested interests abroad using
propaganda and orchestrated disinformation to entrench divisions
and possibly attempt to swing the
tight race.
No election in the West at the
moment is complete without allegations of Kremlin interference
and the Madrid government has
declared that it has evidence of this
taking place. The foreign affairs
minister, Alfonso Dastis, said: “We
have confirmed it. The aim is to debilitate the European Union.”
EU propaganda monitors say that
there was a sizeable increase in flow
of fake and alarmist information in
Spanish and Russian as the crisis
In this Saturday’s
Why I’m not buying my
child Christmas presents
unfolded. The matter was deemed
important enough by Madrid to
raise with the government of Ecuador, whose embassy in London has
been hosting Mr Assange for the
last five years.
This led to Lenin Moreno, Ecuador’s President, declaring: “We do
not want to interfere under any circumstances with respect to Catalonia. We have reminded Mr Assange
that he has no reason to interfere
in the politics of nations that are
friends. He does not have the right
to do so and he has committed himself to this.”
There has also been an unexpected intervention from Manuel Valls,
the former French Prime Minister,
who claimed that Islamist terrorists
were being helped by the turbulence caused by the independence movement.
The attacks on the
Ramblas in Barcelona
and the seaside resort
of Cambrils last August, he said, have been
“forgotten about, as if it
were just a bad moment,
something isolated”.
Mr Valls, whose father is
Catalan, has been a vocal opponent
of the independence movement. On
terrorism, he said: “The authors of
the attacks were integrated people,
they were Moroccan Catalans.
“Catalan politicians should reflect
and understand that there are terrorist groups who have decided to
bet on Catalonia [breaking away].
Salafism seeks societies that it
can divide.
“It’s not just a problem for Spain,
it’s a problem for Europe. We are
a federation of nation states and if
Spain destroys itself it’s a terrible
signal for the rest of Europe in a moment of tensions with Brexit, with
populism, with Russia.”
Catalan secession, he cautioned,
could boost nationalism in the
Basque region and in northern Italy.
Madrid and Barcelona had repeatedly accused each other of
security failings over the August
atrocities. THE INDEPENDENT
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Japan currently
has 120 convicts
on death row
By Alice Hearing
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FOOD
How to make
Christmas
dinner
for a quid
It can be done – and it’ll be festive
and tasty. Rebecca Armstrong
finds out how from Miguel Barclay
I
t’s the question that Miguel
Barclay, “the £1 chef”, gets
asked more than any other.
“Can you do a Christmas
dinner for a quid?”
“Normally people say it as a
joke, thinking it can’t be done.”
They obviously haven’t been
following Barclay’s Instagram feed
(@onepoundmeals) or flicking
through his cookbooks – this is the
man who can make chicken chow
mein for 81p and chicken katsu
curry for 55p, after all.
So how does he do it? “My first
tip for making a £1 Christmas
dinner is to compare prices,” he
says. “Some shops do certain
things cheaper than others.”
When Barclay started on
his cut-price crusade, he had
spreadsheets and databases
full of prices so he could find the
cheapest ingredients. He turned it
into a free app – Comparasaurus –
for anyone to use.
And if you want to keep costs
down, forget pre-prepared.
“If you want to save money,
get ingredients that haven’t
been touched by a machine or
a human, and do the chopping,
wrapping, preparation yourself,”
says Barclay. “If you’re going to
make roast potatoes then buy the
potatoes, cut them, boil them and
roast them.”
It’s the preparation that can
turn something from a basic raw
material into a festive feast, he
explains. “You can’t get a joint
of meat to cook if you’re doing
a £1 Christmas dinner so I used
chicken legs. I deboned them, and
rolled them in foil to make them
more special.
“It’s a boring cut of meat and
no one wants to look down at
their plate and see a chicken leg
that looks like a chicken leg, with
that 90-degree angle bone. So
if you can create something
beautiful out of it, then
this is the one day of the
year that it’s fun to do it. I
wouldn’t go to all this effort
for a weekday dinner but for
Christmas dinner, it’s fun.”
He is also confident that
his method for roasties is
foolproof. “I can get
really crispy roast
potatoes without
using duck or
goose fat. I don’t
even rinse them
any more. You boil them, drain
them, and while they’re steaming
in the pan, then you hit them
with the olive oil. Because they’re
steaming, they need to replace the
lost moisture from the steam with
something and because the oil is
there, they suck it in. Whack them
into the oven when they’re still hot
and they go really, really crispy.
“One thing that I did to keep
the costs down was to take the
chipolatas out,” he says. “OK,” I
say nervously. Surely the pigs in
blankets are the best thing about
Christmas dinner? “I substituted
the chipolatas with stuffing. So
instead of pigs in blankets, you’ve
got stuffing in blankets. It still
keeps the Christmassy aspect –
visually, it looks warm and inviting
– but you save money by not
having the sausages in there.”
Gravy is another part of the
meal that needs to be rethought
if you’re doing things the £1 chef
way. “Because I’m not roasting the
meat, I don’t get gravy. So I use
packet gravy – gravy granules. But
it’s quite nice! I quite like gravy
granules to be honest!”
Of course, doing the prep youself
rather than relying on the elves
at Marks & Spencer means time.
“It’s quite a mission, because of
the chicken,” admits Barclay when
I ask how long his meal takes to
make. “But you can do the chicken
the day before, so if you poach it
and stick it in the fridge overnight,
all you have to do is unwrap it
and pan fry and baste it in its own
juices. The other stuff is really
easy – I think you could have the
whole thing done within an hour
if you do the chicken prep the
night before.”
Barclay is full of tips to make the
meal go further: “Don’t overdo it
with the veg! Everyone thinks
they need six vegetables but
you don’t. Buy a cheaper
cut of meat – you can
jazz it up by wrapping
it in bacon or stuffing
it. Oh, and save on the
starter. No one will
notice. They’ll only
remember the main meal.
I’d go for a warm, spiced
parsnip soup. No one
will complain
about that.”
Then there’s
what comes
after. “Cheese
Cheap cuts:
£1 chef Miguel
Barclay (inset)
says don’t overdo
the vegetables
boards really annoy me,” he says.
“You always get five or six cheeses,
and you never eat them all. Pick
one cheese that you like and just
buy that.”
As for the usual Christmas
pudding, Barclay has other ideas.
SOCIETY
Proposal to ban swearing in
town centre gets two fingers
Liberty brands Rochdale Council’s plan a ‘staggering
misuse of power’ against residents. By Dean Kirby
A
proposal to ban
swearing in a town
centre has been
abandoned after
police said it would be
difficult to enforce.
Rochdale Council unveiled draft
proposals earlier this year for a
Public Spaces Protection Order,
(PSPO) which included a ban on
using foul and abusive language.
It said: “Any person in the
prohibited area is prohibited from
swearing, or shouting, in a
manner that causes or is likely
to cause harassment, alarm or
distress to any person at the time.”
But the proposed “swearing ban”
has been removed from the order
after a consultation. Liberty had
said the ban was a “staggering
misuse of power which would
unjustifiably curb the rights and
freedoms of Rochdale residents”.
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MY £1 CHRISTMAS DINNER
This proves just how much you
can achieve with a £1 budget. With
clever cheats and handy tips, you
can transform a chicken leg and
a few everyday ingredients into
this stunning dinner for one. Or
multiply up the quantities for as
many guests as you have.
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CRITIC’S
CHOICE
GERARD GILBERT
Greater Manchester Police said
it supported the order but that the
council should drop the swearing
ban. A council report published
ahead of a meeting where a
decision was due to be made last
night says: “GMP supported the
PSPO but advised to drop the
swearing ban given the issues
with enforcement and [the fact]
that there is already legislation in
place to deal with people using foul
and abusive language in a manner
that causes or is likely to cause
harassment, alarm or distress.”
The council wants to introduce
the order because of an increase
in begging, with town centre
businesses also raising concerns
about anti-social behaviour.
Restrictions in the order include
consuming alcohol on the street,
soliciting for money in the street,
‘One Pound Meals: Delicious Food
for Less’ and ‘Miguel Barclay’s
FAST & FRESH One Pound Meals’
are out now.
Lay the chicken skin-side down
on foil and stuff with a mixture
of the onion, cranberry sauce and
breadcrumbs. Wrap into a tight
cylinder and twist the foil, then
secure with string.
Poach in boiling water for 25
minutes, then cool under cold
running water and refrigerate for
30 minutes minimum.
Preheat your oven to 190°C/
gas mark 5.
Rinse the chopped potato under
cold running water, place in cold
salted water, bring to the boil
and cook until soft. Drain, then
return to the empty saucepan and
immediately drench in generous
glugs of olive oil. Tip into a baking
tray and roast for about 40 minutes,
turning occasionally, until golden.
Mix the stuffing mix with the
water, roll it into 3 sausage shapes
and wrap in bacon (secure with
toothpicks, if necessary). Bake in a
separate tray for about 20 minutes.
Peel the foil off the chicken (don’t
remove the string) and pan-fry in a
splash of oil for about 25 minutes,
turning to brown the skin (make
sure it is hot throughout).
Just before serving, pan-fry the
sprout leaves, seasoned generously,
in a splash of oil.
Mix the gravy granules with
boiling water (according to the
packet instructions) and serve.
Police say a
swearing ban
in Rochdale,
left, would
be hard to
enforce
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using skateboards and begging.
If the order is approved, those
caught in breach could face a fine
of £1,000, or £500 for drinking
alcohol. The report says the “vast
majority” of issues raised related
to the prohibition on begging,
with objectors saying a ban would
punish vulnerable members
of society.
whisked off to Menton on the French
Riviera to work at Mirazur, run by
Argentine chef Mauro Colagreco and
currently sitting fourth in the
World’s 50 Best Restaurants list.
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1 chicken leg, de-boned
½ red onion, finely diced
1 tsp cranberry sauce
Small handful of breadcrumbs
(grated stale bread)
1 large potato, peeled and roughly
chopped
3 tbsp dry stuffing mix
About 20ml water
1 rasher of smoked streaky bacon,
cut into three
3 brussels sprouts, separated into
leaves
1 tsp gravy granules
Olive oil
Salt and pepper
bit of ice-cream with it. That would
still come in well under a quid.”
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“Get a bit of puff pastry, cut some
apples, stick them in the pastry.
Little bit of cinnamon, bit of honey,
whack it in the oven. The cinnamon
and the apple go really well with
the honey, it has a toffee-apple
flavour to it. Then I’d have a little
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But the report adds: “The
council does acknowledge this
is a sensitive issue which needs
careful handling.”
However, evidence held by GMP
and the council suggests that
the majority of people currently
involved in begging in the town
centre are not homeless and all are
being offered support.
The Secret Life Of The
Zoo At Christmas
PICK OF THE DAY
Judi Dench: My
Passion For Trees
8pm, BBC1
“This is Jeff, one of my brothers, and
we’ve got Ian Richardson and
Natasha Richardson … no relation.”
Dame Judi Dench (left) is introducing
viewers to the trees in the woodland
she has nurtured for the past 30
years, each new sapling named after
a dead friend or relation. “My life is
now trees… trees and Champagne,”
she says, running her hand over the
gnarled bark of an ancient oak and
setting off to learn more about the
object of her affections: listening to
sap rising, learning about the parts
they have played in history, looking
at 3D imaging and discovering how
trees fend off deer and insects – and
even communicate with each other.
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MasterChef: The Professionals
8pm, BBC2
Pity the poor chef who falls at this
last hurdle after the final four are
asked to cook a single dish in 90
minutes. As the loser hangs up their
apron, the surviving three are
8pm, Channel 4
It’s Christmas at Chester Zoo and
families, as is traditional at this time
of year, are in thrall to vicious spats
– in particular Beni and Asha the
rhinos and chimpanzee Mandy, the
latter in danger of missing out
following a chaotic free-for-all
when the festive parcels are handed
over. Elsewhere, the leaf-cutter
ants (as you’d expect) are proving
more co-operative.
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The Real Marigold On Tour
9pm, BBC1
“Why in the world would anyone
want to retire to Iceland?” asks
Sheila Ferguson, before Paul
Nicholas suggests that being thrown
over a Viking’s shoulder might
change the cold-hating singer’s
outlook. Indeed, that’s sort of what
happens as she goes on a date with a
local, while fellow travellers Rustie
Lee and Dennis Taylor try whalewatching and hot-tub lounging.
===
Peaky Blinders
9pm, BBC2
It’s the night of the big fight between
Tommy Shelby’s protégé Bonnie
Gold and Alfie Solomons’ boxer, the
“Giant Goliath”. It’s the first of
several showdowns in the series
four finale – with Solomons (Tom
Hardy), with Luca Changretta (Adrien
Brody) and finally with the workers
engaged in the General Strike. And
there’s a pay-off in which creator
Steven Knight sets up his highly
original drama for a fresh direction.
FILM
CHOICE
LAURENCE PHELAN
FILM OF THE DAY
Raiders Of The Lost Ark
1.45pm, BBC1
(Steven Spielberg, 1981)
Spielberg has made more grown-up
films, and perhaps more important
ones, but never anything more
entertaining than this joyous, witty
homage to the 1930s and 40s matinée
adventure serials of his childhood. The
film’s other key contributors – its star,
Harrison Ford (right), and producer
George Lucas – have arguably never
done anything better. The non-stop
action and suspense sequences are
all artfully, exquisitely composed.
It is tougher and less sentimental
than family movies today, and
the globetrotting archaeologistadventurer Indiana Jones is hardly
without character flaws. But he is the
perfect movie hero.
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Chicken Run
3.35pm, BBC1
(Nick Park, Peter Lord, 2000)
Aardman Animation pays homage
to Second World War PoW movies,
The Great Escape and Stalag 17 in
particular, with the story of a brood
of hens attempting to escape from a
farm in 1950s Yorkshire.
===
James And The Giant Peach
12.25pm, Channel 5
(Henry Selick, 1996)
Poor James lives with his grotesque
wicked aunts (Joanna Lumley, Miriam
Margolyes), until the day he escapes
across the ocean in the company of
the insects inside a giant peach – all
charmingly animated by the director
of The Nightmare Before Christmas.
Television, p28-29
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Television Wednesday 20 December
6pm
7pm
8pm
9pm
10pm
11pm
Late
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 FILM:
Raiders Of The Lost Ark
(Steven Spielberg 1981)
Action adventure, starring
Harrison Ford (S). 3.35
FILM: Chicken Run (Nick
Park, Peter Lord 2000)
Animated comedy, with
the voices of Mel Gibson
and Julia Sawalha (S). 4.55
Book Of Dragons (S). 5.15
Pointless (R) (S).
6.30 Flog It! Trade Secrets
(R) (S). 7.00 Sign Zone:
Nigella’s Christmas Table
(R) (S). 8.00 David Suchet:
In The Footsteps Of St
Peter (R) (S). 9.00 Victoria
Derbyshire (S). 11.00 BBC
Newsroom Live (S). 11.30
Daily Politics (S). 1.00 The
Link (R) (S). 1.45 Terry
And Mason’s Great Food
Trip (R) (S). 2.15 Home
Away From Home (R) (S).
3.00 Inside Claridge’s (R)
(S). 4.05 Alaska – Earth’s
Frozen Kingdom (R) (S).
5.05 The Blue Planet (R) (S).
6.00 Good Morning
Britain (S). 8.30 Lorraine
(S). 9.25 The Jeremy Kyle
Show (S). 10.30 This
Morning (S). 12.30 Loose
Women (S). 1.30 ITV News;
Weather (S). 1.55 ITV
Regional News; Weather
(S). 2.00 Judge Rinder (S).
3.00 Dickinson’s Real Deal
(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). 7.40 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). 11.00 Ramsay’s
Kitchen Nightmares USA
(R) (S). 12.00 Channel
4 News Summary (S).
12.05 Jamie’s Cracking
Christmas (R) (S). 12.25
FILM: Carry On Nurse
(Gerald Thomas 1959)
Comedy, starring
Hattie Jacques (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 The
adventurer
travels along
the Ganges (R)
(S).
6.00 ITV Regional
News; Weather
(S).
6.30 ITV News;
Weather (S).
6.00 The Simpsons
Homer gets
trapped in a
cave (R) (S).
6.30 Hollyoaks Harry
and Ste get
closer (S).
7.00 The One Show
Hosted by Matt
Baker and Alex
Jones (S).
7.00 The Sweet
Makers At
Christmas
(R) (S).
7.00 Emmerdale (S).
7.30 Coronation
Street Leanne
dips her toe
back into the
dating game (S).
7.00 Channel 4 News
(S).
7.00 World’s
Strongest Man
2017 Highlights
of the Europe’s
Strongest Man
event in Leeds
(S).
7.00 Beyond 100
Days (S).
7.30 Christmas
University
Challenge (R) (S).
8.00 Judi Dench: My
Passion For
Trees (S).
8.00 MasterChef: The
Professionals
The four
remaining chefs
fight to secure
their place (S).
8.00 Gino’s Italian
Coastal Escape
Last in the
series (S).
8.30 Coronation
Street (S).
8.00 The Secret Life
Of The Zoo
At Christmas
Chester Zoo’s
keepers are
busy making
gifts (S).
8.00 GPs: Behind
Closed Doors
A patient
complains of
dizzy spells
whenever he
goes for a jog.
8.00 The Two
Ronnies: Old
Fashioned
Christmas
Mystery (R) (S).
9.00 The Real
Marigold On
Tour Sheila
Ferguson, Paul
Nicholas and
Dennis Taylor
head to Iceland.
9.00 Peaky Blinders
The night of the
big fight arrives.
Last in the
series (S).
9.00 A Night For The
Emergency
Services (S).
9.00 The Channel:
The World’s
Busiest
Waterway Last
in the series (S).
9.00 FILM: Legally
Blonde (Robert
Luketic 2001)
Comedy,
starring Reese
Witherspoon (S).
9.00 The Two
Ronnies:
Christmas Show
1982 Festive
sketches, with
guest David
Essex (R) (S).
9.00 FILM: Night At
The Museum:
Secret Of The
Tomb (Shawn
Levy 2014)
Fantasy, with
Ben Stiller (S).
10.00BBC News At
Ten (S).
10.30 BBC Regional
News (S).
10.45 Male Rape:
Breaking The
Silence (S).
10.00The League Of
Gentlemen Last
in the series (S).
10.30 Mock The Week
Christmas
Special Last in
the series (S).
10.00ITV News At Ten
(S).
10.30 ITV Regional
News (S).
10.45 Car Crash
Britain: Caught
On Camera (R).
10.00Gogglebox The
households’
opinions
on recent
television (R) (S).
10.55 Football On 5:
The Carabao
Cup Highlights
of the quarterfinals (S).
10.00The Story
Of Fairytale
Of New York
The making
of the classic
Christmas song
(R) (S).
10.55 FILM: X-Men:
First Class
(Matthew
Vaughn 2011)
Adventure, with
James McAvoy
(S).
11.25 Junior Doctors:
Blood, Sweat
And Tears The
junior doctors
come to the
end of their
placements (S).
11.00 Alternativity:
The
Performance
(S).
11.30 Cunk On
Christmas (R)
(S).
11.45 Play To The
Whistle Sportsbased comedy
panel show,
hosted by Holly
Willoughby (R)
(S).
11.05 Micky Flanagan:
Back In The
Game The
comedian
performs to his
home crowd (R)
(S).
12.00 BBC News (S).
12.00 Dara And Ed’s Road
To Mandalay (R) (S). 1.00
Employable Me (R) (S). 2.00
Sign Zone: Attenborough
And The Giant Elephant
(R) (S). 3.00 Sign Zone: Rick
Stein’s Road To Mexico (R).
4.00 This Is BBC Two (S).
12.35 Jackpot247 3.00 May
The Best House Win (R) (S).
3.50 ITV Nightscreen 5.05
The Jeremy Kyle Show
(R) (S).
12.40 Alan Carr Live:
Spexy Beast (R). 1.35 One
Born Every Minute (R).
2.30 The Supervet (R). 3.25
Grand Designs Australia
(R). 4.25 Phil Spencer:
Secret Agent (R). 5.20
Jamie’s Comfort Food (R).
6.00 Milkshake! 9.15
FILM: The Snow Queen
(Vladlen Barbe 2012)
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Christmas
crunch
Spiced biscuits inspired by traditional recipes from Germany
and Holland are the best of festive bakes, says SophieMorris
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ou don’t have to be a
biscuit connoisseur to
know when you’re biting into a lebkuchen
these days. The soft
and chewy gingerbread, usually
either iced in sugar or coated in
chocolate, has been available in
Britain for many years, and the
ascendance of German supermarkets such as Aldi and Lidl has
helped their popularity.
But how about springerle? This
tasty bake – lightly flavoured with
ground anise, which is sometimes
sprinkled on to the tray so that it
sticks to the bottom of the biscuits
– is also German and far rarer on
our shores.
In fact, we have much to learn
from our north European neighbours when it comes to festive
baking. Home-made sweet and
spiced biscuits are a delicious
stalwart of the Christmas period
in Germany and Holland.
Spiced breads and cakes can
be traced back as far as ancient
Rome and the first recorded appearance of a bread containing
ginger came in 992 from an Armenian monk. He took this flavour to
France and its popularity spread
all over Europe.
Springerle were being made as
long ago as the 14th century, and
most likely originated in Bavaria.
Hot on their heels came Dutch
speculaas biscuits, made with a
Christmassy spice blend of cinnamon, nutmeg, cloves, ginger, cardamom and white pepper.
Springerle are thick, pale biscuits, while speculaas are a crispy
golden brown. Both are made
using special pear wood moulds
and rolling pins, which are now
Pear
wood’s
fine grain
allows
for the
carving of
intricate
moulds
available in the UK from specialist food supplier Sous Chef, which
sells a biscuit roller (£27.50) and a
variety of moulds (from £4.50).
The pear wood is important for
biscuit-making because its fine
grain allows for the carving of intricate designs without splitting
the wood, plus it’s durable and
non-toxic.
So special are the prized
moulds that German women
consider them family heirlooms,
passing them down to daughters
as part of a dowry. Germans emigrating to the US used to make
plenty of space in their luggage for
the moulds to take the tradition to
their new home.
Food writer Mima Sinclair has
looked into the origins of both
springerle and speculaas in her
book Gingerbread Wonderland.
“The Dutch East Indies spice
trade in 1600-1700 brought many
new spices to Europe, making
them gradually available to the
masses and ingraining them in
many traditional recipes and celebrations,” she explains.
“Historically speculaas were
baked in Holland in the likeness of
St Nicholas, a man who spent his
life giving money and gifts to the
poor. They are baked to celebrate
his spirit of generosity and kindness on 5 December – St Nicholas
Day. Springerle were originally
baked for religious holidays but
now are most commonly associated with Christmas.”
Because of this, the earliest
springerle moulds depict religious figures. Come the 17th and
18th century, brave knights and
fashionable women became popular designs for the biscuits, and
ALL-SPICE BISCUITS
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Makes 24 biscuits
200g plain flour
½ tspn baking powder
½ ground ginger
½ cinnamon
½ mixed spice
50g dark brown sugar
100g salted butter, diced
50g black treacle or
molasses
Preheat the oven to
170°C/350°F/gas mark 4.
Sift the flour, baking
powder and all the spices
into a mixing bowl. Add
the sugar and mix well.
moulds for bigger scenes illustrating events such as weddings
were also made. In time, the focus
shifted to yuletide symbols such
as stars, Father Christmas, holly
and reindeer, and this is now the
time of year they are mostly made.
Obviously the UK is no stranger
to spiced biscuits. We love a
crunchy gingerbread man, and
apparently – this is a big boast
– the gingerbread recipe finally
evolved into a biscuit here in the
UK, in Shropshire’s Market Drayton, in the late 1700s.
British firms still get involved
in the festive celebrations here
too. Biscuiteers makes beautiful
iced biscuits in the firm’s central
London factory and for Christmas
it launched an all-spice recipe,
a warming blend of cinnamon,
ginger, mixed spice, dark brown
sugar and treacle. It also sells tins
of beautiful iced biscuits including
nutcracker, nativity and 12 days of
Christmas collections. The company describes the Christmas
production period as a marathon:
300,000 biscuits have to be handbaked and iced, using 7.5 tonnes of
icing and 700kg of butter.
If you’d rather make your own
(a great rainy-day holiday activity), Biscuiteers also offers guides
on how to ice their Christmas
holiday collection, which includes
candy canes, Christmas jumper
and snowmen
biscuits. So if
you want to put
mince pie and
Christmas pudding haters out
of their misery,
now’s the time to
get baking.
Add the butter. Using
just the tips of your
fingers, rub together the
ingredients until the
mixture resembles
fine breadcrumbs.
When all
the butter is
evenly mixed
in, make a
well in the
centre and
add the treacle
and bring it all
together. You will
know when it is all
mixed in as it will have an
even colour all over.
Place the dough on
to your clean worktop.
Divide into two and
squash the dough into
two even-sized flat discs.
Cover and chill until
ready to use,
or roll out
immediately.
Cut your
biscuits
using biscuit
cutters into
your desired
shape and
evenly place on to
lined baking trays.
Bake for 14-18 minutes,
depending on your oven.
When the biscuits
Springerle
biscuits, part
of the German
festive tradition
TARA FISHER
are evenly cooked and
just beginning to turn a
golden colour, remove the
trays from the oven and
transfer the whole sheet
of biscuits to a cooling
rack.
Leave to totally cool
before storing or icing as
the icing will melt.
Christmas jumper icing
instructions
Outline the shape of your
jumper with cream line
icing. Leave to dry for
five minutes.
Use cream flood icing to
flood the jumper biscuits.
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SPRINGERLE GINGERBREAD
BISCUITS
¼ tsp baking powder
2 tbsp milk
3 medium free-range eggs
375g icing sugar
75g unsalted butter, softened
zest of 1 unwaxed lemon
1 tsp ground ginger
½ tsp ground cinnamon
¼ tsp ground nutmeg
¼ tsp ground cloves
½ tsp salt
450g plain flour, plus extra for
dusting
You will need a springerle mould,
about 12cm diameter and 1.5cm deep.
Line two large baking trays with
silicone baking sheets or greaseproof
paper. Stir the baking powder into 1
tablespoon of the milk and set aside
for 30 minutes until dissolved.
Place the eggs in the bowl of a
stand mixer and whisk on a high
speed for 10 minutes until thick
and pale. Slowly add the icing sugar,
beating until creamy. Add the butter,
zest, spices and salt and beat again
until smooth and combined. Add
the remaining milk and mix until
just combined. On a slow speed,
Place your jumper
biscuits on to a baking tray
and into an oven set to the
lowest temperature (50°C/
gas mark ¼) for 40
minutes, or until
the icing has
set hard.
Once set,
use your
cream line
icing to pipe
the detail on
the jumper. Pipe
vertical lines on the
neck, waist and cuffs.
Then pipe vertical
lines down the jumper.
Between the vertical
lines pipe wavy lines and
dots. Finish by piping a
green line around the
neck and then with your
red line icing, pipe
a zigzag directly
underneath.
Finally,
pipe small
blue dots in
each space of
the zigzag.
Adapted from
the ‘Biscuiteers
Book of Iced Biscuits’
by Harriet Hastings and
Sarah Moore (£12.99,
Kyle Books)
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gradually add the flour in batches
until the beater can’t blend any
more. Turn out on to a clean surface
and knead in more flour to make a
stiff dough. Wrap in plastic wrap and
chill in the fridge for 20 minutes.
Dust the surface with flour and
roll out the gingerbread to 1cm.
Sprinkle a generous amount of flour
into the springerle mould. Brush
excess out with a pastry brush.
Imprint the dough with your mould,
and cut around the mould with a
sharp knife or use a biscuit cutter of
a similar size.
Press, cut and transfer to the lined
baking sheets one at a time, so when
you press the next one it does not
distort the first. Leave to air-dry,
uncovered, for 24 hours – this helps
to preserve the pattern.
Heat the oven to 160°C/
fan-assisted 140°C/gas mark 3.
Lightly brush with the remaining
milk and bake in the oven for 10–15
minutes depending on size, until
lightly golden. Leave to cool for 5
minutes on the trays then transfer to
wire racks to cool completely.
From ‘Gingerbread Wonderland: 30
Magical Houses, Biscuits and Bakes’
by Mima Sinclair (£8.99, Kyle Books)
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Travel
A fresh
take on
vineyard
territory
South Australia’s Barossa Valley
made a name for itself as one of
the world’s top shiraz producers,
but now the focus is shifting to
food, writes Sarah Treleaven
T
he restaurants of South
Australia’s pastoral
Barossa Valley don’t
simply post menus
online. Instead, they
publish food philosophies, love
letters to seasonal vegetables and
friendly lectures on the virtues of
sustainable eating.
An hour’s drive north-east of
Adelaide, the region is well established wine country, specialising
in full-bodied reds from shiraz
grapes first planted by German
settlers in the 19th century. But
spurred by a state campaign that
was launched three years ago to
emphasise the region’s reputation
for heritage-breed livestock and
“minimal intervention” produce,
the Barossa has been building an
enviable culinary reputation, too.
Inspiration here is abundant.
The Barossa’s rolling green hills
are the ideal place for grazing
sheep, for dining alf resco amid
lovingly tended herb gardens and
for photogenic chefs whose hobbies probably include pickling
foraged garlic scapes (the flower
bud) and plucking just-ripe plums
off roadside trees.
As Thomas Keller revolutionised the dining landscape of
California’s Napa Valley when
he opened French Laundry in
1994, the Barossa is now home to
Australian chefs and restaurants
who are helping shape a broader
national culinary project. The region’s charming, hyper-committed
food culture is part of a new “modern Australian” cuisine that’s
rooted less in specific technique or
tradition and more in superb local
and indigenous produce.
But it wasn’t always so. When
chef Lachlan Colwill opened a restaurant at Hentley Farm winery in
2012, he was told that fine dining
would never work in the sleepy
Barossa. His restaurant, which
focuses on ingredients harvested
from the surrounding hillsides,
has been so successful that he’s
drafting plans to add a small boutique hotel to the site.
Nearby fermentAsian, widely
considered to have one of Australia’s best wine lists, combines Vietnamese and Thai food traditions
with ingredients sourced from the
owners’ home garden – for example, South Australian squid with
sorrel and coriander pesto.
Appellation at The Louise, a
luxury vineyard retreat and destination restaurant known for
farm-to-table dining, was recently
added to the prestigious Relais &
Chateaux network thanks to its
ingredient-focused dishes such as
a terrine of red beets with goat’s
curd, dill and walnut vinaigrette.
Wealthy Australians have
been known to fly in from Melbourne and Sydney – 500 and
800 miles respectively – just to
eat dinner at one of the Barossa
Valley’s increasingly renowned
“locavore” restaurants.
“The Barossa is breaking out
of the reputation as shiraz country,” says Pete Little, manager of
Harvest Kitchen. “People know a
lot more about the food now and
they’re asking more questions.”
Little says consumer interest has
become highly focused: “They
St Hugo, above,
is in the heart
of Australia’s
premier wine
region, home to
more than 150
wineries and
now a thriving
local food scene;
left, dining out
at Hentley Farm
and right, the
kitchen garden at
The Louise MEDIA.
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want to hear the stories, down
to the winemaker’s dog’s name.
If you’re not using local, seasonal
produce, you’re on the fringes.”
Even Beans and Cream, a coffee
shop in the tiny town of Tanunda,
serves cold brew with high-fat,
non-homogenised milk from the
Adelaide Hills.
The Barossa’s restaurants
source from closed flock ducks
(where no adults are introduced
to the flock, in a bid to keep them
healthier) and minimal-spray
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In Saturday’s
Travel essentials
Getting there
Qantas, Emirates and
Qatar all fly to Adelaide
via the Middle East.
From there, Barossa is
around an hour’s drive.
Visiting there
Hentley Farm
(hentleyfarm.com.au).
fermentAsian
(fermentasian.com.au)
Harvest Kitchen
(harvest-kitchen.com.
au)
Beans and Cream
(beansandcream.com.
au)
Barossa
Farmer’s Market
(barossafarmersmarket.
com)
Maggie Beer’s Farm
shop (maggiebeer.com.
au).
Staying there
The Louise (thelouise.
com.au) has doubles
from A$585 (£326),
B&B.
Sally
Rooney
‘I wrote my
novel in a very
intense three
months. But I’m
pretty sure
there were days
when I did
nothing at all’
More information
barossa.com
If you’re
not using
local,
seasonal
produce,
you’re on
the fringes
fruits and vegetables. Seasonal
produce comes and goes in just
days here, and the food scene
is driven by the relationship
between speciality producers
and the growing ranks of chefs.
The Barossa Valley Cheese
Company – cow and goat milk
cheeses handmade by a former
winemaker – recently more than
doubled the size of its storefront
to accommodate demand.
Meanwhile, the much loved
Barossa Farmer’s Market, which
operates on Saturday mornings,
has become one of South Australia’s premier culinary destinations,
where exacting chefs queue for the
best cherries, honey, oyster mushrooms and microgreens. Local
sourcing, an embarrassment of
riches, has become an obsession
for many. “I used to play golf to
clear my head,” says Little. “But
now I forage for wild mushrooms.”
Saskia Beer – daughter to TV
chef and Barossa trailblazer Maggie Beer – recently returned to
the area to breed heritage pigs
and fowl.
At their Farm shop, the mother-daughter duo sell everything
from local jams and olive oils to
free-range chickens and smoked
meats, and provide a fair-trade
marketplace for small, independent producers.
But Hentley Farm might be the
Barossa’s most charming example of seasonal dining. Colwill offers about 20 menu items at any
given time, and about 60 per cent
of the menu changes from week to
week, depending on what’s good.
Marron, a local shellfish similar
to crayfish, might reach peak
sweetness for four weeks at the
most, while the much prized local
asparagus might only last a single
day. (One year, sheep got into the
asparagus patch and that was that
– much to the disheartenment of
the culinary community.)
“They’ve been growing and
cooking with these ingredients
for generations and good, honest
produce is just part of the legacy
here,” Colwill says.
“I grew up on a farm with orchards, chickens and quails, but
Barossa growers are the most
judgemental farmers I’ve ever
met.” THE INDEPENDENT
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BY CHARLES DICKENS
This gift edition
reissue has been
updated with a
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a hen weekend
in Miami that
spirals wildly
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when one of
the party accidentally kills
a male stripper. Zoe Kravitz
and Kate McKinnon co-star.
F
rom the moment that
the BBC announced
they were adapting
Little Women t h is
Christmas fans of the
novel have been in
overdrive. It’s not just that Heidi
Thomas’s new take, starring
Emily Watson as Marmee, Angela
Lansbury as Aunt March and
Michael Gambon as Mr Laurence,
contains exactly the right ratio
of wit to warm-heartedness that
any version of Louisa M Alcott’s
much-loved book requires, it’s
also that the story of the four
March sisters and their journey
towards womanhood continues to
resonate through the years – and
never more than in 2017 when
we’re particularly in need of a bit
of Christmas cheer.
“The thing about Little Women is
thatit’soneofthoseamazingbooks
where women aren’t simply at the
forefront of what’s happening
– they are what’s happening,”
says writer Kat Brown, a selfconfessed Little Women super-fan.
“It’s a story that’s all about women
and even if you don’t have sisters,
which I don’t, the interactions
between the girls ring true, and
you understand where they are
coming from and why they behave
as they do.”
Jonah Hauer-King, who plays
charming boy next door Laurie in
the new adaptation, adds that it’s a
mistake to see it simply as a book
for girls: “I have an American
mum and Little Women was very
much part of her upbringing, but
it had never crossed my radar
until now, which is a shame,” he
says. “I ended up reading it a few
times after getting the part and
was really moved. Too often we
don’t encourage boys to read and
identify with books with female
leads, yet there is so much we
could learn from these books.”
Thomas herself stresses that it
wasn’t simply the bond between
sisters but rather that of family as
a whole that interested her. “The
idea of family is central to Little
Women,” she says. “What is family
about? What do they give us?
And I think what you see in Little
Women is this idea of a chosen
family – the girls pretty much
adopt Laurie as a brother and Mr
Laurence as a grandfather. They
form their own family and that’s
universal in its appeal.”
What of the inevitable comparisons to previous adaptations?
After two silent films George
C uko r d i re c t e d K at h a r i n e
Hepburn as Jo in a 1933 film. It
was then remade in 1949 with
June Allyson as Jo, Janet Leigh
as oldest sister Meg and a young
Elizabeth Taylor as youngest
sister Amy, and again in 1994 with
Winona Ryder at the peak of her
fame as Jo, Claire Danes as Beth
and Kirsten Dunst as Amy. There
have also been a number of TV
adaptations, including a nineepisode take for the BBC in 1970.
“I did do a lot of research into
the history of the adaptations,”
says Thomas. “Each one brings
something of their own to it –
Susan Sarandon in the 1994
version brings a wonderful
feminism to Marmee, for example
– but I felt pretty liberated because
it seemed to me that there was a
way to tell the story that was both
fresh and faithful.”
The four actresses playing
the March sisters are all largely
unknown – in contrast to previous
all-star adaptations – although
M ay a H awke, wh o m a ke s
her screen debut as Jo, looks
uncannily like her mother, Uma
Thurman, in certain lights.
“Our drama spans a number of
years and we need the audience to
believe in the actors at each stage
in their story – a much easier task
if the audience are discovering
the actresses for the first time,”
says Sophie Gardiner, the show’s
executive producer, noting that
the intention was to cast actors
who looked believably like a family.
Director Vanessa Caswill (best
known for Thirteen and My Mad
Fat Diary) has also talked of her
desire to steer the story away
from “more saccharine chocolatebox versions… It’s about loss and
grief and hardship and we haven’t
skirted over that.”
Yet while Thomas’s vivid script
certainly tackles those big themes
– and makes clear the impact of the
American Civil War both on the
men fighting and on those at home
– diehard fans can rest easy: the
book’s most iconic scenes, such as
the moment Jo accidentally burns
Meg’s hair before a big party, are
still present, and it’s enough of a
comfort blanket for those hoping
to snuggle down with an old
favourite on Boxing Day.
“What people really want this
time of year is television that’s
warm and recognisable,” says
Melissa Cox, editorial director at
Hodder & Stoughton and another
huge Little Women fan.
“Jane Austen feels a bit wrungout and over-familiar right now
but Little Women offers similar
pleasures without feeling as
though it’s been done to death. It’s
the perfect slice of cosy Christmas
TV.”
‘Little Women’ starts on Boxing
Day on BBC1 at 8pm
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television
It’s about loss and
grief and hardship,
and we haven’t
skirted over that
SEAN O’GRADY
Dunkadelic show
about biscuits had
sweetness and crunch
» Britain’s Favourite Biscuit Channel 5, 9pm
» The League of Gentlemen BBC2, 9pm
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From left: Willa
Fitzgerald (Meg
March), Kathryn
Newton (Amy),
Maya Hawke (Jo) and
Annes Elwy (Beth)
PATRICK REDMOND
Which March sister are you?
HOW WOULD YOU DESCRIBE
YOURSELF?
A: I’m the responsible one in the
family – someone has to be but occasionally I wish it wasn’t me.
B: I’m passionate, opinionated and
creative but also one of the boys. I’m
at my happiest mucking around with
my sisters and friends.
C: I’m very shy and a bit of homebody.
I don’t like to stand out.
D: I’m the pretty one. I’m also extremely talented. I’m not sure exactly what at but I’m sure my day to
shine is just around the corner.
B: Not that bothered but I suppose it
might be fun – just don’t ask me to do
your hair before the big event.
C: I hate parties. All that noise and all
those people.
D: Very excited. I love parties. Can
you lend me your nicest dress?
HOW DO YOU SPEND YOUR SPARE
TIME?
A: Dreaming about living in a big
house with lots of money. Tidying
up. Someone has to.
B: Writing plays and stories, plotting
how to become a successful writer.
C: Playing with my dolls, doing
household chores, playing the piano.
D: Wishing my big sisters would include me in their games. Dreaming
about becoming a famous artist.
YOU FEEL A BIT UNWELL, WHAT
DO YOU DO ABOUT IT?
A: Struggle through it - if you don’t
keep the house clean then no one
else will. Moaning never got anyone
anywhere.
B: Hide away in your room with a
good book. You don’t really feel that
bad but it’s a good excuse.
C: Try not to draw attention to your
illness even though you’re coughing up blood. There are always others who are worse off and you don’t
want to put anyone out.
D: Announce to your entire family
that you have come down with a terrible disease and might die. Take to
your bed in a swoon after first making sure that everyone will check in
on you throughout the day.
YOU HAVE BEEN INVITED TO A
PARTY – HOW DO YOU FEEL?
A: Excited – it’s a long time since I’ve
been able to go to parties…if only I
had something glamorous to wear.
WHAT DO YOU LOOK FOR IN A
PARTNER?
A: A kind heart, a strong work ethic,
and love – it turns out that money
isn’t everything after all.
B: I don’t care what he looks like or
how he sounds – I just want someone who understands my mind,
shares my curiosity about ideas and
is happy to debate with me about
anything and everything.
C: I’ve never thought about having
a partner. I’d be happier staying at
home by myself.
D: Someone rich and funny and
suave and witty who’s also the boy
next door. . No, it doesn’t matter that
he saw my sister first.
WHO YOU ARE
Mostly As – You are Meg, the oldest
March sister. You’re pretty, feminine,
conscientious and hard-working but
slightly avaricious.
Mostly Bs – You are Jo, the second
March sister. You’re clever, outspoken, creative and passionate. You
dream of being a writer but there are
many things you need to learn about
the world and your place in it.
Mostly Cs – You are Beth, the third
March sister. You’re a kind-hearted,
soft-spoken, shy homebody. You’re
also prone to illness and thus destined to become a tragic plot point.
MostlyDs – You are Amy, the youngest March sister. You’re pretty, ambitious, artistic and vain. Many people
criticise you for being a spoilt brat.
ike scoffing a whole box
of Cadbury’s Fingers in
one sitting, a Channel
5 “documentary” has
much the same quality – a secret,
almost sinful pleasure with little
nutritional value and the terrible
after-feeling of guilt that you
should have been doing something
healthier and more cerebral; eating
Ryvita, say, or watching Emily
Maitlis interview Yanis Varoufakis
about reform of the eurozone
on Newsnight.
Instead of that kind of rich
intellectual nutrition, I found
myself watching Britain’s
Favourite Biscuit and listening,
with admittedly rapt attention,
to Justin Moorhouse riff about
pink wafers. As one of the other
biscuit enthusiasts, Vanessa Feltz,
remarked, a biscuit is a “break
from life”. And so is Channel 5.
It was a good show, too. We
treated to some sweet archive
clips, celebrity talking heads,
biscuit experts running vast Willy
Wonka-style factories, crunchy
facts and some hard-baked history.
I was disappointed, for example,
to discover that Wagon Wheels
have not, in fact, got smaller since
I was a kid, which is a common
misconception caused by the fact
that our little kiddy hands made the
mallow and chocolate confection
seem much bigger in retrospect.
Who knew?
Popular as they no doubt are, I
was also startled to discover that
The fig roll is
superior to the ginger
nut for dunking,
research revealed
the chocolate digestive, which is
in fact Britain’s favourite biccie
according to Channel 5’s polling,
is consumed at a rate of 52 per
second, helping to bring the total
to 7 billon biscuits of all types
eaten every year, helping to build a
£2bn industry.
It was also good to be reminded
of Alexei Sayle’s great line about
the three biscuit varieties that have
been named after revolutionary
episodes in history – “There’s your
Bourbon, your Garibaldi… and your
Peek Frean Trotsky Assortment”.
Major biscuit controversies were
also fully aired – the appearance
of new-style “thins”, and bitesized “nibbles” for example; the
Jaffa Cake – cake or biscuit? –
challenge of categorisation, and
the intractable issues surrounding
Presenter Sandi Bogle enjoys a Jaffa
Cake on ‘Britain’s Favourite Biscuit’
dunking. The ginger nut in the
opinion of the British public is
best, but the fig roll is superior by
empirical research revealed in the
programme. I guess that watching
Ms Feltz dip a fig roll into a cup
of hot water 41 times to test its
structural integrity must count as
one of the more futile experiences
of my life (maybe hers too), but
I still enjoyed it, and of course it
made me wonder when the last
time was that I’d eaten a fig roll.
I only had a few gripes about this
dunkadelic show. The underrated
Burton’s mint Viscount (yes, an
aristocrat among biscuits), the
McVities Boaster (which I thought
they’d stop baking) and the Lincoln
(which, to my horror they have
stopped making) were all unfairly
left in the barrel.
I’ve missed Tubbs. It’s 15 years
since this most exquisite of the
many grotesques that delighted
us in The League of Gentlemen
last appeared on the small screen
and, I have to say, she’s as mutant
as ever. She is really the star in
this celebratory revival of the
show, marking 20 years since this
powerhouse of creativity formed.
Tubbs and Edward are still
together, still kidnapping “no tails”
and still as darkly weird as hell,
though their “local shop” has sadly
been destroyed.
Bits have dated a little, in a sort
of PC way, I suppose. Yet I can
forgive the League anything for
the creation of Tubbs, the Legs
Akimbo theatre company, and for
Mark Gatiss’s poignant portrayal
of loneliness, told through the
medium of an elderly bingo caller
and his bingo-speak (“Number
8; Heaven’s Gate”). That was
perfectly done, approaching Alan
Bennett in its feel for words and
pathos. THE INDEPENDENT
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Arts
Young love:
Imogen Poots and
James Norton
in Amy Herzog’s
drama MARC
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Arts
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THEATRE
Belleville
DONMAR WAREHOUSE, LONDON
HHHHH
James Norton and Imogen Poots
excel as fraught Americans in
Paris in Amy Herzog’s sharp-eared
study of a young marriage that is
starting to unravel.
On the face of it, Zack and
Abby are living the expat dream.
OPERA
Rigoletto
ROYAL OPERA HOUSE, LONDON
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This revival of David McVicar’s
Rigoletto for the umpteenth time
makes me wonder if it isn’t time to
replace it. The opening orgy feels
as tired as the token whacks the
flagellomaniac members of the
party give each other, while the
nudity now just seems prurient.
The direction of the huge, richly
costumed chorus, radiating a
feral combination of lust and
violence, remains very effective
– but despite the bel canto glory
of Michael Fabiano’s Duke and the
sinister cavernousness of Andrea
Mastroni’s Sparafucile, it is at
the expense of the central drama,
which functions only fitfully.
Dimitri Platanias brings heft
and a fine melodic line to the title
role, Sofia Fomina’s Gilda is for the
most part ravishingly sung, and in
duet, their voices soar gracefully.
But the pathos of Rigoletto’s life
and the vulnerability of the fatherdaughter relationship seem only
skin-deep, because this Rigoletto
goes on singing routinely when he
unveils his daughter’s body, rather
than reflecting total desolation.
To 16 January (020 7304 4000)
MICHAEL CHURCH
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They have moved to Paris so
that he can take up important
work in paediatric Aids care
with Médecins Sans Frontières;
she’s an actress who also teaches
yoga. But there is unease from
the first moments, when we see
Abby returning early to their flat
(no one showed up to her class)
and catching Zack having some
intimate moments with his laptop.
What’s he doing home from work in
the afternoon?
The pair are young (28) and cute
and live in a bubble of relative
entitlement, as the play shows
by contrasting them with their
landlords, Alioune (Malachi
Kirby) and Amina (Faith Alabi), the
Senegalese-French couple who
are largely encountered in their
dutiful professional capacities.
We learn, thriller-fashion, that
Zack, unbeknownst to his wife,
is badly behind with the rent. It’s
one of the secrets that gets swept
under the coverlet of the slightly
cloying closeness with which they
disguise the extent to which they
are skidding into crisis.
Norton signals subtly the
controlling side of Zack’s
husbandly solicitude and the
underlying quiet desperation (he’s
restless and rattled to discover
that he’s run out of weed). Many
of Abby’s problems seem to stem
from the death from cancer of her
mother a few years before. Zack
tries to confiscate her mobile
phone, with which she has a
pathological obsession, and wants
her to start back on her meds.
Poots’s character has to hobble
round with a badly stubbed and
infected toe and to throw up after
a drunk scene. She carries off
this septic slapstick with aplomb
but is even better at projecting
Amy’s stung intelligence and
her affronted awareness that
youthful choices are sometimes
disastrous and require a wobbling
edifice of deceit to support.
For my taste, the final scenes
are overly melodramatic –
simplifying what had been
complex – and I am not sure that
the entire set-up bears much
scrutiny when you ponder it
afterwards. But Herzog has
an excruciatingly good ear for
marital strains; the acting is
terrific; and Michael Longhurst
paces the show absorbingly.
To 3 February (020 3282 3808)
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Michael Ball
and Alfie Boe
O2 ARENA, LONDON
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As the audience rushed to take
their seats and the lights slowly
dimmed at the O2, two unstarry
figures took to the centre of the
cavernous stage to perform
“As If We Never Said Goodbye”,
from Andrew Lloyd Webber’s
Sunset Boulevard.
Michael Ball and Alfie Boe are
well-versed in musical theatre.
Ball began his career in the
West End over 30 years ago,
while Boe started his in the
early 2000s. Since they teemed
up as a duo last year, their double
act has enraptured crowds with
warm, low-key charisma
and deft stagecraft.
The show progressed through
different moods, while the pair
regularly convened for fun
exchanges with their fans. Despite
having two No 1 albums under
their belt, neither singer displays
any veneer of ego or arrogance.
Their casual elegance, however,
provided plenty of entertainment.
After the first hour of the
set, the duo prepared for the
final round: the audience, you
could feel, were expecting an
VISUAL ARTS
George Shaw:
My Back to Nature
THE COLLECTION, LINCOLN
Artists can be broken by the
weight of being the National
Gallery’s associate artist, but
George Shaw responded to this
trickiest of commissions better
than any participant yet. This
touring exhibition of the work
he produced in the role travels
around the country until late 2018.
(01522 782040) to 14 Jan
Surrealism in Egypt:
Art et Liberté 1938-1948
TATE LIVERPOOL
Paintings, photographs and
archival documents comprise a
fascinating exploration of how
surrealism thrived away from
its European proving ground.
The exhibition centres on the
politically engaged Art and
Liberty Group, a collective of
writers and artists who lived and
worked in Cairo in the 1930s and
1940s. (0151 702 7400) to 18 Mar
Cézanne Portraits
NATIONAL PORTRAIT GALLERY,
LONDON WC2
Over a working life of 45 years,
the French painter made almost
1,000 paintings, of which around
160 are portraits. More than 50
of them are brought together in
the UK for the first time from
collections across the world,
including works that have never
been on public display here.
(020 7321 6600) to 11 Feb
FILM
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
opens in 1999 and centres on a
dance instructor (played by the
director’s partner, Zhao Tao), a
seemingly carefree young woman
living in a fast-changing provincial
town. Limited release
Star Wars: the Last Jedi
12A, RIAN JOHNSON, 152 MINS
Low-key charisma
and deft stagecraft:
Michael Ball and
Alfie Boe KIERON
MCCARRON
even better performance than
before. Fortunately, they got it.
Ball and Boe performed their
recently released charity single,
a version of the Morecambe
and Wise standard, “Bring Me
Sunshine”, and the whole arena
was galvanised. As the song
reached its peak, the children
of the Rays of Sunshine charity
joined them to provide the perfect
Christmas chorus.
Progressing towards the end
of the show, Ball stopped to
thank fans for their support and
described what an “incredible
year” it has been.
Before the night came to a close,
however, Ball, Boe and their crew
gathered for one more number,
the upbeat “Wham! Medley”.
Ball and Boe’s energy was still
apparent. It feels as if they never
intend to say goodbye for long.
DANIEL KHALILI-TARI
THE INDEPENDENT
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
COMEDY
Jeff Garlin
SOHO THEATRE, LONDON W1
Jeff Garlin takes a break
from being hectored as Larry
David’s manager in Curb Your
Enthusiasm by hopping across the
pond for some crowd-pleasing
stand-up. He’s making a trip of
it: he’ll be back in Soho between
Christmas and New Year.
(020 7478 0100) to Sat
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agenda
THE CULTURAL HIGHLIGHTS
YOU HAVE TO SEE
Nine Lessons and Carols
for Godless People
CONWAY HALL, LONDON WC1
After a three-year hiatus, Robin
Ince’s legendary Christmas
variety night returns. Here,
though, it’s “less nativity, more
cosmology”, as Ince and pals
worship at the altar of science.
(eventbrite.co.uk) tonight and Fri
Sofie Hagen
VARIOUS VENUES
Dead Baby Frog is a 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
DANCE
The Little Match Girl
LILIAN BAYLIS STUDIO, LONDON EC1
Arthur Pita’s inventive retelling
of Hans Christian Andersen’s tale
has quirky live music, hissable
villains and a bright sense of
fantasy. It doesn’t shy away from
the story’s darker side but adds
its own warm make-believe.
(020 7863 8000) to Sat
What the Moon Saw
THE PLACE, LONDON WC2
Based on a Hans Christian
Andersen tale, this new
show from 2Faced Dance is
aimed at children aged three
and over, with acrobatic
choreography by Tamsin
Fitzgerald. (020 7121 1100) to Fri
The Nutcracker
FESTIVAL THEATRE, EDINBURGH
Created by Scottish Ballet’s
founder Peter Darrell, the
company’s Nutcracker has
been lovingly restored, its
sparkling designs updated
by Lez Brotherston.
(0131 529 6000) to 30 Dec
POP
Richard Dawson
ISLINGTON ASSEMBLY HALL,
LONDON N1
Between its speltfields and
peatsmoke, this Newcastle
avant-folkie’s new album, Peasant,
is a gloriously unlikely triumph:
an earthy medieval song-cycle
that could have been written on
a raging mead bender, as rugged
melodies and maverick instincts
merge with wondrous ambition.
(wegottickets.com) tonight
If you only see
one thing today
VOICES
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Honeyblood
VARIOUS VENUES
Despite drummer Shona
McVicar’s departure, Glasgow’s
fuzz-rock duo undergo an
all-fronts upgrade on album two.
Singer Stina Tweeddale and
drummer Cat Myers issue
anti-romantic barbs under the
cover of blissful melodies on Babes
Never Die, its hooks and stings
tooled to snag on you in equal
measure. Gorilla, Manchester
(seetickets.com) tonight; ABC,
Glasgow (seetickets.com) Fri
FOLK & ROOTS
Kate Rusby
SAGE, GATESHEAD
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.
(0191 443 4666) tonight
The Albion Christmas Band
VARIOUS VENUES
Simon Nicol, Kellie While, Simon
Care and Ashley Hutchings tour
their latest album, Magic Touch,
featuring fresh recordings of old
classics alongside new original
songs. Stables, Milton Keynes
(01908 280800) tonight; Norden
Farm Arts Centre, Maidenhead
(01628 788997) Thur; Kings Place,
London N1 (020 7520 1490) Fri
PRIVATE COLLECTION/COURTESY CHRISTIE’S
VISUAL ARTS
SCOTTISH NATIONAL GALLERY OF MODERN ART, EDINBURGH
More than 100 paintings, sculptures and works on paper charting
Scottish modernism, from the early years of the century when JD
Fergusson and SJ Peploe experienced at first-hand the radical
new work produced in Paris by artists such as Pablo Picasso and
Henri Matisse, to the turn of the 1950s, when emerging Scottish
artists such as Alan Davie, Doris Zinkeisen, William Gear, Margaret
Mellis, and Eduardo Paolozzi were at the forefront of European
contemporary art. The exhibition includes Peploe’s Tulips and Fruit,
c1912 (above). (0131 624 6200) to 10 Jun
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this whizzy, visually arresting
adaptation of Sidney Lumet’s 1976
film, directed by Ivo van Hove and
featuring Michelle Dockery as an
ambitious television executive.
(020 7452 3000) to 24 Mar
Beautiful: the
Carole King Musical
Opening
next month
PALACE THEATRE, MANCHESTER
Marc Bruni’s touring production
of the Carole King tribute
musical, with Bronte Barbe in the
lead. This journey through the
world of pop, begining in 1958,
tells a gripping human story
with real feeling, and has some
hugely enjoyable Sixties showbiz
moments. (atgtickets.com) to 6 Jan
Big Fish: the Musical
THE OTHER PLACE, LONDON SW1
Andrew Lloyd Webber’s central
London venue for showcasing new
musicals hosts another gem in this
adaptation of the novel that led to
Tim Burton’s film, with Frasier’s
Kelsey Grammer in the lead as a
father who was rarely there for
his son. It’s a musical with a fine
score and a story that is not just
funny and thoughtful, but ends up
pulling at the heartstrings.
(020 7087 7900) to 31 Dec
THEATRE
Of Mice and Men
MARLOWE THEATRE, CANTERBURY
John Steinbeck’s Great Depression
drama starts a UK tour here.
(01227 787787) opens 29 Jan
VISUAL ARTS
Elizabeth Friedlander
DITCHLING MUSEUM OF ART & CRAFT
A survey of the artist, designer
and typographer, best known
for her Penguin book covers.
(01273 844744) opens 6 Jan
COMEDY
Sara Pascoe
WYNDHAMS THEATRE,LONDON WC2
The comedian explores her
attempts to be happy as a singleton.
(delfontmackintosh.co.uk) opens 15 Jan
8 days
from on
ly
£ 9 9 9 pp
VARIOUS VENUES
St Agnes Fountain embark on
their 15th Christmas tour since
their first eponymous album in
2001, with founder David Hughes,
Fairport’s Chris Leslie and the
duo of Chris While and Julie
Matthews. St Andrews Church,
Barnt Green, Birmingham (0121
4452342) tonight; Rainworth Village
Hall (01623 794700) Thur
Nest Collective Takeover
Folk singer and bassist Thom
Ashworth plays his stripped-back
versions of British traditional
songs and original material
inspired by the folk tradition,
before Alice Zawadzki and
her trio present chamber music
drawing on folk, jazz and classical.
(020 3879 9555) tonight 5.30pm
THEATRE
A Christmas Carol
OLD VIC, LONDON SE1
Matthew Warchus’s magnificent
staging provides everything you
might want from a theatrical
adaptation of Dickens’s timeless
(and never more timely) morality
tale urging social responsibility
and compassion. Rhys Ifans
gives a remarkably powerful
performance, spiky-haired
and spitting intemperate scorn
as the terminal skinflint.
(0844 871 7628) to 20 Jan
Network
NT: LYTTELTON, LONDON SE1
Bryan Cranston stars as
anchorman Howard Beale, who
goes from grand old man of the
news to yesterday’s news to
latter-day prophet and media
sensation, in the course of
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SOUTHBANK CENTRE, LONDON SE1
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CITY
May’s register of dissent
‘will not curb excessive pay’
By Michael Bow and Laura Onita
The first register of investor
rebellions against FTSE companies
was yesterday attacked as a “blunt
instrument” which would fail to curb
City pay.
The Investment Association (IA),
which represents the UK’s £7trn
funds industry, published a register
of FTSE-listed companies including
Burberry, Sky, Sports Direct and
WPP who have suffered shareholder
votes of 20 per cent or more against
pay and other policies.
Theregisterispartofagovernment
push under the Prime Minister,
Theresa May, to increase corporate
governance and transparency, but
consultants fear the mechanism
could backfire.
“The concern that we have is
that the Investment Association is
employing a fairly blunt instrument
– the 20 per cent threshold – and it
will actually prevent companies
to come up with more innovative
Pearson saw six in 10
votes against a pay rise
for boss John Fallon. A third of
Burberry shareholders voted
against a £5.4m share award for
former boss Christopher Bailey.
approaches,” said New Bridge
Street’s Andrew Page.
“The danger here is that it might
have unintended consequences. It
could lead to a herd mentality, which
would not be good for companies or
their shareholders. What we need is
to encourage a richer dialogue with
shareholders on executive pay.”
One in five of the 640 FTSE Allshare companies who held annual
meetings last year feature on the
list because of having one resolution
which received a rebellion of 20 per
cent or more.
Pay disputes prompted the highest
number of votes against, with four
in 10 businesses on the register
appearing because of concerns
over remuneration.
Investment Association chief
Chris Cummings defended the
register and said the volumes of
names on the list was a “wake-up
call” for the City. “There has been a
view that companies can ignore the
views of shareholders. Shareholder
rights are going to be given even
more prominence.”
The Government asked the IA to
compile the register in September
after a consultation aimed at beefing
up corporate governance.
The IA subsequently wrote to all
companies which had at least one
resolution rejected, asking them to
respond publicly.
But two-thirds of the companies on
the register snubbed the request.
IA director of stewardship and
corporate governance Andrew
Ninian said it was “early days” and
he hoped more would respond over
time. EVENING STANDARD
MEDIA
Sky News
staff call for
takeover to
be approved
By Ben Woods
Quote of
the day
It seems far too
volatile. There is
a high chance the
home seller could
be left out of
pocket by the
time the sale
goes through
Russell Quirk
The founder of online
agent Emoov warns
against buying and
selling property
using bitcoin
The 30
Second
Briefing
VIMTO
Profits at Vimto have fallen flat,
but not for the reasons you might
expect.
The company behind Vimto has
warned profits will be held back
following a blockade of the fizzy
drink in war-torn Yemen and a
slowing economy in Saudi Arabia.
Nichols said the recent escalation of
hostilities has resulted in the
supply route to its Yemeni
distributor being blocked, meaning
it is unable to send Vimto shipments
as planned this month.
Does it matter?
The Middle East is a key market
for Vimto. The drink has become
popular with Muslims, who have
taken to drinking the sugary fruit
drink before fasting through the
month of Ramadan.
And Vimto is still popular in the UK.
Nichols’ Middle East woes are in
stark contrast to sales in the UK,
where Vimto sales are up over 9
per cent year on year, well ahead of
the market. Meanwhile revenues in
Africa are expected to rocket by
20 per cent.
What now?
The firm said it is well prepared
for the introduction of the sugar
tax, with the Vimto and Feel Good
brands portfolio already below the
levy’s threshold. Nichols, which
sells in more than 85 countries,
owns brands such as Levi Roots soft
drinks, Feel Good and Sunkist.
In June, the Vimto maker posted a
6.8 per cent rise in pre-tax profits to
£12.7m for the six months to the end
of June.
Sugar-filled soft drinks will be
subject to a tax rise in April next
year in an attempt to combat rising
levels of obesity.
Staff at Sky News yesterday piled
into the debate over the broadcaster’s
potential takeover, warning the
competition watchdog that blocking
the deal would trigger 500 job losses
and deliver a “deeply damaging” blow
to British journalism.
The group has told the Competition
and Markets Authority (CMA) that
the closure of the channel would
“damage media plurality” in the
UK by leaving the BBC as the only
provider of 24-hour news.
The move comes after Sky said
it would shut down Sky News if it
proved the main barrier
standing in the way
of 21st Century
Fox’s £11.7bn bid to
buy the remaining
61 per cent of the
b ro ad c a s t e r i t
does not own.
The deal is being
scrutinised by the
competition watchdog
on
the grounds of media plurality and
broadcasting standards.
The letter addressed to the CMA
was signed by 175 staff, including All
Out Politics presenter Adam Boulton
(inset), business presenter Ian King
and special news correspondent
Alex Crawford.
The group wrote: “We have serious
concerns about what the potential
closure of Sky News would mean
not only for us, but for wider society.
In the first instance, scrapping the
channel would result in redundancy
for more than 500 people.”
It comes after the attempted
takeover of Sky took a fresh twist on
Thursday when Fox announced the
sale of its entertainment assets to
Walt Disney in a $52.4bn (£39bn) deal
that includes its stake in Sky.
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RETAIL
Toys R Us near collapse
over £9m pension deficit
By Karl McDonald
Toys R Us is on the brink of collapse
because of a shortfall in its pension
fund, with all 3,200 staff in the UK at
risk of redundancy.
The company has until tomorrow
to find £9m to put into its pension
pot or the state-backed Pension
Protection Fund (PPF) will refuse to
approve the toy seller’s restructuring
plan. However, Toys R Us’s parent
company in the US is in formal
bankruptcy proceedings – meaning
the British arm will have to find the
money itself.
“The pension scheme is already
underfunded and, if we were to vote
in favour of the [restructure], we
would need actions taken that ensure
the position of the pension scheme
was not going to further weaken,”
said a spokesman from the PPF.
Earlier this month, Toys R Us
announced it would close 26 stores
with up to 800 job losses as part of
a restructuring plan to improve the
firm’s bottom line. But for that to
take effect, it needs the approval of
the PPF, which is now one of Toys R
Us’s biggest creditors. The Company
Voluntary Arrangement (CVA)
requires creditor agreement for
Toys R Us to reposition its property
portfolio – currently subject to high
rents in many prime locations.
There are 84 permanent stores and
The Toys R Us
flagship store in
Times Square, New
York, on Christmas
Eve 2015 AFP/GETTY
more than 20 pop-ups – all of which
could be at risk if the rescue plan fails.
The PPF’s tough stance comes after
it faced criticism for failing to act to
better protect pensioners during the
collapse of department store chain
BHS last year.
“If the restructuring goes through
then some of its stores could thrive,”
said toy industry expert Peter
Jenkinson. “There are stores I’ve
been into over the last month that
have really started to up their game.
“The UK toy industry is behind
them and wants to see them survive
in some format. Buying toys is as
much of an experience as playing
with them.”
Toys R Us said that
trading had suffered as its
warehouse-style stores opened in
the 1980s and 1990s have proved
“too big and expensive to run”.
Superdry rapped for ‘extreme’ free runner ad
An “irresponsible” advert for the
clothing brand Superdry has been
banned for featuring a free runner
walking across a high steel support
beam at night.
A viewer complained that the
Outlook
JAMES
MOORE
The shareholder
rebellion register
is flawed
B
illed as a world first, the
Investment Association
yesterday named and
shamed 143 UK-listed
companies that endured
shareholder rebellions of at least 20
per cent in the last year.
That amounts to more than a fifth
of the constituents of the FTSE All
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FINANCE
LSE’s Brydon
survives bitter
leadership
contest
By Kalyeena Makortoff
MEDIA
By Josie Clarke
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advert, shown in a Facebook post in
October, was socially irresponsible
and encouraged an unsafe practice.
SuperGroup said the free runner
Nightscape (Harry Gallagher) was a
20-year-old professional athlete, and
his age and the brand’s solely adult
clothing lines meant the ad would
not appeal to children. Upholding
the complaint, the Advertising
Standards Authority said the ad
showed a particularly extreme
example of free running but did not
highlight it as an activity that should
only be undertaken by skilled and
trained athletes.
Share Index finding themselves
on the corporate naughty step,
including some very big names.
Corporate aristocracy such as WPP,
BT, Morrisons AstraZeneca, Thomas
Cook, HSBC, Reckitt Benckiser,
Ladbrokes, Man Group, Pearson,
William Hill, Foxtons, Balfour Beatty,
Sports Direct and Sky are all there.
The creation of the register is a key
plank in the Government’s package
of corporate governance reforms,
driven largely by outrage over bosses
pay. I was sceptical of the policy at
first, but a perusal of the list shows it
has value, illustrating, for example, a
surprisingly large number of revolts
over the re-election of directors.
In addition to high-profile and
widely reported cases, such as the
unhappiness over the positions of
James Murdoch as chairman of Sky
and Keith Hellawell in the same role
at Sports Direct, investment trusts,
used by many small savers, are also
well represented. This indicates there
may be a problem with the sector
that isn’t being widely reported.
There are also some welcome
instances where investors have
taken issue with the reappointment
of auditors. Mitie, the outsourcing
company, gets one of its entries for
that reason. The problems it has
been having with its accounts are
well known. However, that’s not the
case with the similarly featured
HarbourVest Global Private Equity.
I was sceptical of the
pollicy at first, but a perusal
of the list shows that
it has value
But for as much good as the
list does – and credit is due to the
Investment Association for taking on
the job – there is one notable omission
that exposes the policy’s key flaw.
You may remember that last week
Persimmon Homes lost its chairman
and senior independent director
Shareholders have voted against the
removal of London Stock Exchange
Group (LSE) chairman Donald
Brydon, ending a bitter battle with an
activist investor over his leadership.
An extraordinary general meeting
held in London yesterday resulted
in 79.07 per cent of votes being cast
against a resolution calling for his
immediate removal, despite claims
he pushed out former chief executive
Xavier Rolet, who stepped down
prematurely last month.
The motion, which was sparked by
a lengthy row with activist investor
the Children’s Investment Fund
Management, received 20.9 per cent
votes in favour.
The result was widely
expected after a
string of major
investors and
shareholder
groups threw
their support
b e h i n d
the chairman.
The Qatar
Investment
Authority (QIA) –
the group’s second-largest
shareholder with a stake of 10 per
cent – is understood to have backed
Mr Brydon (inset) as it believed
the LSE would not benefit from his
immediate departure just as the CEO
succession process gets under way.
Similar concerns were raised by
Institutional Shareholder Services
last week. Asset manager BlackRock
– the group’s largest shareholder –
also opposed Mr Brydon’s removal,
alongside Aviva and Standard
Life Aberdeen.
The resulting vote means Mr
Brydon will stay in his position until
2019, with the LSE having confirmed
last month that the chairman would
not stand for re-election in two
years’ time.
amid uproar over a grotesque
remuneration scheme that will see
150 top bosses sharing in a staggering
£600m, with over £100m going to the
chief executive, Jeffrey Fairburn.
He is one of the fattest of fat cats
that this country has witnessed. Yet
Persimmon is absent from the list.
When it held its AGM on 27 April
just 9.7 per cent of shareholders
voted against the company’s
remuneration report in an advisory
poll. Persimmon also held a vote on
its remuneration policy in which just
3.24 of shareholders rejected it.
Neither no vote breached the 20
per cent threshold and so this most
shameful instance of corporate bad
behaviour over pay is going unnamed,
at least as far as the list is concerned.
If institutions continue to let
companies like it off the hook the
list will fail, and nothing will change.
Perhaps we should consider how to
construct an investor naughty list,
too? THE INDEPENDENT
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From the
business
pages
Jobs bonanza in
hotel expansion
The West Australian
A swag of swanky new hotels
to be built across Perth over
the next few years will help to
deliver a jobs bonanza for both
skilled and unskilled workers
in the hospitality and tourism
sectors. Seven hotels have
opened their doors in WA in
the past 12 months and at least
another 20 are set to open by
2020, including the 205-room,
A$500m (£287m) Ritz-Carlton
at Elizabeth Quay.
Airport expansion
receives funding
The Copenhagen Post
The company that operates
Copenhagen Airport has
acquired a 900m kroner
(£107m) loan from Nordic
Investment Bank to finance
further expansion that could
mean it realises its dream of
increasing annual passenger
numbers to 40 million. The
number of gates will rise by
seven and 29 million passengers
used the airport in 2016.
Saudi’s budget
deficit down
The National
Saudi Arabia’s budget deficit
has narrowed to below 10 per
cent of GDP for the first time
since the collapse in oil prices
battered public finances. The
shortfall dropped to 8.9 per cent
of gross domestic product from
almost 13 per cent in 2016, the
official Saudi Press Agency said.
The kingdom is grappling with
lower oil revenues after prices
plummeted in 2014.
China homes fund
open to Hong Kong
Shanghai Daily
Hong Kong, Macau and Taiwan
residents employed on the
Chinese mainland can now join
the public housing provident
fund programme, the Ministry
of Housing has announced.
China’s fund offers more
favourable lending rates than
commercial banks. In Shanghai,
for example, employees covered
by the fund pay 7 per cent of
their monthly salary to the
fund and their employers are
required to match the amount.
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BUSINESS
The
Business
Matrix
The day at
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7544.1
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20341.5
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4143.4
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Marks&Spen
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Micro Focus Intl
Mondi
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National Grid
Next
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Pearson
Persimmon
Prudential
Randgold Res
Reckitt Ben
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Rentokil Initial
Rio Tinto
Rolls-Royce
RBS
Shell A
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Tesco
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WPP
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+ $0.23
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Price
$1,260.6
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Admiral
Anglo Amer
Antofagasta
AB Foods
Ashtead Group
AstraZeneca
Aviva
BAE Systems
Barclays
Barratt Dev
BHP Billiton
BP
BAT
Berkeley Grp Hldgs
British Land
BT
Bunzl
Burberry
Carnival
Centrica
Coca-Cola HBC
Compass
CRH
Croda Intl
DCC
Diageo
Direct Line Ins
Easyjet
Experian
Fresnillo
G4S
GKN
Glencore
GSK
Halma
Hammerson
Company
– $1.88
Low
– 0.43c
High
$1.3354
Chg
– 0.57c
Price
€1.1294
Company
OIL
Brent crude,
per barrel
GERMANY
TOURISM
Merkel crisis hits
business morale
Phoenix cashes in
on staycations
German business morale
deteriorated unexpectedly this
month after hitting an all-time
high in November, according to
a survey of 7,000 firms by the
Munich-based Ifo economic
institute. Political uncertainty
could be to blame. Chancellor
Angela Merkel is struggling to
form a stable government after
September’s election.
Private equity firm Phoenix
has paid more than £50m for
a controlling stake in Forest
Holidays as it looks to cash in on
the rising trend in staycations.
Forest Holidays operates 571
“eco-cabins” and treehouses
on nine sites in Britain’s
forests, with a further two in
development in Snowdonia and
the Brecon Beacons.
MUSIC
FASHION
Universal buys
into rock history
Koovs hit by
sales warning
Universal bought a slice of
rock’n’roll history yesterday.
The music giant made a trio
of acquisitions, including Stiff
Records, the label behind the
early hits of Elvis Costello (left).
Along with Stiff, it has bought
British label ZTT’s entire
catalogue and music publisher
Perfect Songs from SPZ Songs
for an undisclosed sum.
Shares in Koovs dropped 43 per
cent to 15.5p after the fashion
retailer warned sales would fail
to hit targets. The London-listed
firm, which targets the Indian
market, said full-year sales for
2018 had come under pressure
after a drop in marketing
expenditure. The warning
comes despite Koovs improving
half-year losses to £7.8m.
BEVERAGES
COMMERCE
UK leads growth
in coffee chains
Payments advice
for small firms
The UK has led growth in
branded coffee shops in Europe
for the third year in a row amid
an expansion of chains. The
number of outlets in the UK
grew by 643 to 7,421 in 2017,
according to market researcher
Allegra Strategies. Costa is
the largest chain in Europe,
followed by Starbucks.
Small firms are being urged
to use a new service aimed
at tackling unfair payment
practices by larger businesses
they supply. The Government
has launched the complaint
handling service of the Small
Business Commissioner,
including a new website so that
small firms know their rights.
MINING
INVESTMENT
BHP to leave coal
trade association
City firm seeks
banking licence
Global miner BHP Billiton has
taken a preliminary decision to
quit the World Coal Association,
citing disagreement over
climate change. BHP, which has
largely stopped mining coal for
power plants, will make its final
decision on whether to leave in
March next year.
The City of London Group
investment company is gearing
up to apply for a banking licence
after narrowing its losses. The
firm booked losses before tax
of £200,000 for the six months
ending in September, compared
with £735,000 over the period
last year.
the
markets
The FTSE 100 hit a six-week high at
one point yesterday, before sliding
in the afternoon but still closing
up 7 points to 7,544. The FTSE 250
closed up 86 points to 20,341. In
the US, markets were mostly in
the red ahead of a vote on the tax
reforms proposed by President
Donald Trump.
***
On the FTSE 100, medical group
Shire was the top riser, up 3.8
per cent at 3,920p. EasyJet and
Carnival both gained 2.83 per
cent to close at 1,416p and 4,982p
respectively. On the FTSE 250, the
top riser was Sophos Group, which
jumped 5.2 per cent to 569p.
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GoCompare, known for its adverts featuring fictional Italian
tenor Gio Compario, is paying
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through a combination of existing cash resources and an extension to GoCompare’s existing
credit facilities. Shares in GoCompare rose 4 per cent to 103.3p when
markets closed in London.
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profit of £4m this year. GoCompare said the tie-up would bolster
its mission to “help people everywhere save time and money”.
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Old Mutual has struck a deal to sell
its single strategy asset management arm to private equity outfit
TA Associates for £600m. The unit
has £35.7bn funds under management and booked pre-tax profit of
£60m last year.
Under the terms of the deal, Old
Mutual will receive £570m in cash
up front and a further £30m from
2019 to 2021, with the business
transferred to TA Associates in
January. It comes after the FTSE
100 firm announced last year that
it would split its US-based asset
management operation, its UKbased wealth unit, an emerging
markets division and Nedbank in
South Africa.
Paul Feeney, CEO of Old Mutual
Wealth, said: “The single strategy
business is less closely aligned to
our goal of becoming the UK’s leading wealth manager. I believe this
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How ‘dynamic I
pricing’ can
work with you
or against you
RETAIL
That holiday you’ve viewed several
times online has just jumped in price.
What happened? By Felicity Hannah
Funeralcare
n days gone by a market trader
who knew their customers
well might offer an occasional
discount to a friendly regular.
But they could also charge more
to someone desperate to buy.
These days we do a lot more
shopping via impersonal chain
retailers, but the old-fashioned
ways are still around, fuelled by
algorithmic support. Instead of a
chirpy shopkeeper who varies the
price based on local knowledge,
a smart computer system now
recognises and responds to our
personal shopping history.
That can mean different
customers being offered different
prices at different times as the
program seeks to ensure a sale
goes through.
Piers Moore-Ede, head of digital
for fintech start-up Business
Expert, explains: “Dynamic
pricing or price discrimination is
where retailers will adjust their
pricing based on how much they
calculate they can get from a
particular demographic.
“In some cases, this is done
via the postcode where you live,
the time of day, the current level
of demand, or if you’ve researched
a product before which
indicates interest.”
Many retail experts believe
this type of flexible pricing is the
future, so you need to make sure it
works for you.
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The chances are that you’ve
already seen dynamic pricing in
action, even if you haven’t realised
it. Perhaps you’ve viewed a flight
or a holiday several times but
when you finally return to book it
the price has jumped. Or maybe
you’ve added an item to your
basket on Amazon but a week
later when you go to actually click
“buy” the price has changed.
Retailers can increase the price
when demand rises or supply falls,
or they can fill those last seats and
sell out a service by dropping the
price as the deadline comes closer.
Some retailers can even work
out how likely you are to make
a purchase and either drop
the price to give you an extra
incentive to buy, or hike it because
they know you’re ready to pay.
Bill Grusso, co-founder of
games pricing site Scientific
Revenue, says: “The idea of
altering prices and availability is
generally a best practice in every
line of business. Airlines and more
generally the hospitality industry
pioneered modern dynamic
daily
money
More than 900,000 “no frills” basic
bank accounts were opened in the
year to June, bringing the total
number of the fee-free accounts
open to nearly five million, the
latest government figures show.
Since September 2016, the UK’s
nine largest banks have been legally
required to offer fee-free basic
Old-fashioned
pricing tactics from
traditional markets
persist in the digital
age GETTY IMAGES
pricing, but dynamic pricing has
been a best practice in consumer
retail and entertainment for
almost as long.”
Such personalisation is legal
as long as it breaks no other
discrimination laws, such as
changing price based on race.
Price agility
One example of a fairly blunt
dynamic pricing tool is with ridehailing app Uber, which has an
automatic surge pricing model.
A retailer might
want to reward
repeat customers
with money off
bank accounts. These accounts give
people somewhere to have their
income paid in, such as wages and
any benefits, as well as a place from
which to pay their bills.
But they do not come with added
features such as an overdraft.
The accounts are designed to
improve financial inclusion for
those who do not have a current
account or who might struggle
to open a standard account,
perhaps because they have a poor
credit history.
Lloyds Banking Group accounts
for almost half of the basic bank
account market.
In total, there were just under
Heavy snow or a popular night
out can mean that customers are
legitimately charged more.
Katie Streeter Hurle, campaign
director at the agency Threefold,
says the increase can be positive.
“In theory, dynamic pricing
should offer a fair way of selling
goods in response to live market
conditions. For example, whilst
Uber’s surge pricing increases the
cost of the service for passengers,
it also helps to ensure that pick-up
is available quickly and reliably in
very busy periods.”
Beat the tech
Dynamic pricing is just a tool.
It can benefit shoppers with
discounts as often as it can
increase the prices. There are
eight million basic bank accounts
open in June.
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More than half of Britons aged
between 21 and 35 are not
confident they will ever own a
home, according to a report from
credit firm Experian.
It’s estimated around 1.4 million
people in this age group still live
with their parents because they
cannot afford to move out.
On average, millennials manage
to save £198 a month or £2,376
a year, which falls short of the
amount needed to build a quick
deposit, says Experian. The
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i WEDNESDAY
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43
Paul
Breen
Fraudsters
are after their
Christmas
bonus as well
Best
Buy
C
onsumers should be on
their guard as anyone
is vulnerable to fraud.
Scams generated £1bn of
revenue for fraudsters in 2016,
and undoubtedly they are seeking
a healthy Christmas bonus again.
1. Guard your details
Online fraud often stems from
criminals gaining some basic
personal information about the
victim, which is then used to
phish for more. Take care with
settings on social media sites.
Shred confidential documents
rather than putting these in the
regular rubbish.
2. Never take strangers at face value
If somebody calls you up, out
of the blue, take five minutes to
gather your thoughts. Think of the
story of the Trojan horse, and ask
yourself whether something in the
situation seems wrong. If it does,
end contact.
3. Know the power of technology
ways to avoid it, but it is hard to
know if that is likely to result in
prices rising… or falling.
Streeter Hurle says: “If
customers don’t want to be
targeted with dynamic pricing
when shopping online, they can
delete the cookies stored on
their computer to remove any
information the company has on
them. However, the new price
could go up or down dependent on
the segment they fall into.
“For example, the retailer might
want to reward repeat customers
with money off for their frequent
shopping, or alternatively they
might increase prices as they’re
demonstrating loyalty and
therefore might be prepared to
pay more.” THE INDEPENDENT
company polled 2,000 people aged
21 to 35 for the survey.
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The cost of raising a child takes up
nearly a fifth of a parent’s salary, a
report has found.
Mothers and fathers of children
aged up to 11 spend an average
of £448.41 a month per child, the
report for the Halifax found.
This equates to £5,380.92 a year,
or 19 per cent of the average salary,
at £29,009.
The findings suggest that by the
time a child reaches secondary
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Scammers can manipulate the
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from your bank are genuine.
4. Find out how your bank deals
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Since most of us feel immune to
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victim of online crime, you will
get compensated. If you help
criminals by giving them access to
your passwords for example, you
may not get compensation when
your account is emptied.
5. Accept that it CAN happen to you
None of us are immune from
moments of weakness that
fraudsters prey on. Imagine
if, from Facebook, they have
discovered you are just about
to board a flight for a Christmas
skiing holiday. They call you when
you are in the airport, talking
about suspicious transactions
in your account and the need to
address this immediately.
Paul Breen is a senior lecturer at the
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{1} NEOM ORGANICS CHRISTMAS
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{2} YANKEE CANDLE, THE
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{3} BYREDO SENSE INCENSE
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A crimson candle from the
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£54 for 240g, harrods.com
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£58 for 290g, penhaligons.com
{5} JO MALONE CHRISTMAS
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The individual scents are as rich as
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are the ideal travel candle.
£66 for 5 x 35g, johnlewis.com
{6} FRÉDÉRIC MALLE JOYEUX
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It is not the most festive of scents
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but there are notes of pine and
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hours of burn time but you are left
with classy glass jar.
£80 for 220g, lessenteurs.com
{7} ACQUA DI PARMA CHRISTMAS
CANDLE
Studded with mini silver-painted
berries, this large red candle’s
scent is a gentle mixture of mulled
wine spices and cherry wood. A
decoration in its own right.
£91 for 900g, johnlewis.com
{8} M&S COLLECTION STAR OF
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Notes of blackberry and cassis add
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Star of Night that bit more exotic.
Design-wise, it also eschews the
standard red and green theme,
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blue-and-gold box.
£15 for 180g, marksandspencer.com
{9} CRABTREE & EVELYN MINI
NOEL CANDLE
This is small but scent-wise, it
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With a burn time of 18 hours, 30
minutes is more than enough time
to imbue some festive vibes. Small
enough for a luxury stocking filler.
£16 for 67g, crabtree-evelyn.co.uk
{10} MOLTON BROWN FESTIVE
FRANKINCENSE & ALLSPICE
SINGLE WICK CANDLE
This limited edition is pricey, but
the sophisticated fragrance of
frankincense, allspice and ginger
is worth the extra spend. The
heavy-bottomed glass exterior
is reassuringly weighty, with a
delicate pattern of vaguely festive
red interlocking diamonds around
the edge. It is 180g and comes in an
understated red box.
£42 for £180g, moltonbrown.co.uk
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How to play Each row, column and 3 by 3 box must contain
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Preheat oven to 190°C.
Heat the butter in a thick-bottomed
pan. Gently fry the onion and leek until
softened but with not too much colour.
Stir in the flour and cook gently for a few
minutes.
Stir in the veal stock gradually, making
sure to avoid lumps in the sauce, then
add the cream. Bring to the boil and
simmer gently for five minutes.
Place the diced veal and ham into
a deep pie dish, pour over the sauce
and season to your taste with freshly
ground pepper and sea salt. Mix together
thoroughly and allow to cool.
For the pastry, sift the flour and salt
into a bowl. Add the butter and lard, then
rub together with your fingertips until
the mixture forms fine crumbs.
Make a well in the centre of the
mixture and add the water. Carefully
work together to form a ball.
Wrap the ball tightly in cling film and
chill in the fridge for 30 minutes.
Remove pastry from the fridge,
remove the cling film, place on a floured
work surface and knead with your hands
for one minute or so, until the pastry is
smooth. Roll out the pastry to 5mm thick.
Wet the edges of the pie dish and then
cover with pastry. Scallop the edges with
a sharp knife and decorate the top with
leaves, using the pastry trimmings.
Glaze the pastry with beaten egg
and bake at 220°C for 20 minutes, then
reduce the heat to 180°C for a further
30 minutes.
Your veal, ham and leek pie is now
ready to serve, ideally with your choice
of seasonal vegetables and hot buttered
new potatoes.
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FOR THE PASTRY
250g plain flour
1tsp salt
75g unsalted butter
75g lard
4tbsp cold water
1 beaten egg (for glazing the pie)
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30g unsalted butter
100g finely chopped onion
150g shredded and washed white of leek
2 tbsp plain flour
600ml veal stock
50ml double cream
1tbsp chopped parsley
200g diced cooked veal meat
200g diced cooked ham or gammon
Good twist of freshly ground pepper
Sea salt season to your taste
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How to play Fill the empty squares with
numbers that will make the across and
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shown in the grey squares. Each numeral
from 1 to 9 must only appear once. The
calculations should be performed from
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How to play The numbers in the grid correspond to the letters of the alphabet.
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3 Solid fuel (4)
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9 Largesse (10)
12 Breach of the
peace (6)
13 Relative (6)
14 Footless socks (10)
17 Item of footwear (4)
18 Pre-meal drink (8)
20 Throw carelessly
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Happy Diva set to
return to winning
ways at Newbury
By Jon Freeman
RACING EDITOR
Happy Diva has been hitting the
crossbar since her last win in January, but is poised to find the back of
the net at the Listed Mares’ Novices’
Chase at Newbury today.
Runner-up four times on six subsequent outings, including when second in a Sandown Grade Two hurdle,
Happy Diva has looked a natural
since Kerry Lee put her over fences
this season, jumping like an old hand
to be placed on both starts.
At an age when many in his perilous profession are retiring, or have
already retired, jockey Noel Fehily’s career is instead going from
strength to strength.
He won both the Champion Hurdle (Buveir D’Air) and Champion
Chase (Special Tiara) at Cheltenham last March and wasn’t far away
from completing a Festival treble
with Minella Rocco finding just Sizing John too good in the Gold Cup.
Fehily will be 42 on Christmas Eve,
but each birthday seems to spur him
on to greater deeds rather than pine
BEST OF LUDLOW
BEST BET
Melrose Boy
(3.15pm, Newbury)
Has the edge in experience and a
weight advantage over promising
Mr Whipped.
12.50
NEXT BEST
Happy Diva
(2.05pm, Newbury)
Mare has taken well to fences
and can score at the third time
of asking.
Melrose Boy, ridden by Kieron Edgar, winning at Cheltenham last month GETTY
for the pipe and slippers; he rode Silviniaco Conti to win the King George
VI Chase at Kempton on both 2013
and 2014 Boxing Days.
In ever greater demand, Fehily
has six good rides this afternoon, the
best of which could be Melrose Boy
in the Novices’ Hurdle.
Harry Fry’s five-year-old incurs no
penalty for stylishly landing a gamble in a conditional jockeys’ handi-
cap at Cheltenham last month and
that’s another reason I fancy him to
beat Nicky Henderson’s £160,000
purchase Mr Whipped, as green as
grass when beating two others on his
Kempton hurdling debut.
Solo Saxophone made hard work
of justifying favouritism at Catterick
yesterday, but got there in the end
to become the great Frankel’s first
jumps winner with his first runner.
BEST OF NEWBURY
31 TELL IT TO ME N Henderson 5 10 10.....Mr S Waley-Cohen (3)
5-4 VALDAS PRINCESS O Sherwood 5 10 10 ...........C Shoemark
3/P WELCOME POLLY C Mann 5 10 10 ................................ G Sheehan
ST. JAMES’S PLACE JUVENILE HURDLE (CLASS 4)
- 12 declared 3YO £7,000 added 2m
BETTING: 9-4 Tell It To Me, 7-2 Chilli Filli, 4-1 Diva Reconce, 11-2 Maire
Banrigh, 12-1 Valdas Princess, 14-1 Cangodemayo, 16-1 others.
1
3-1 STYLE DE GARDE N Henderson 11 4 . Nico De Boinville H
2
088 CLOUD HOPPER J Snowden 10 12.................Max Kendrick (7)
TANNERS CHAMPAGNE HANDICAP CHASE (CLASS 3)
3
2
DOCTOR BARTOLO A King 10 12..........................................I Popham
£25,000 added 3m
4
4 ERICK LE ROUGE N Williams 10 12...................Lizzie Kelly (3)
1
11F0-3 BATTLE OF SHILOH (C)(D) T R George 8 11 12....A P Heskin C 5
P HE’S A TOFF Miss J Davis 10 12 .............................J Sherwood (3)
6
LEORO
C Mann 10 12 ............................................................................ N Fehily
2 F4-P30 BALLYKAN (D) N Twiston-Davies 7 11 10 ............ D Jacob C,T
F-55 LORD COUNTY Oliver Greenall 10 12......................T Garner (3)
3
870-6U THOMAS BROWN (D) H Fry 8 11 10....................N P Madden B 7
542U MARETTIMO W G M Turner 10 12............ Sean Houlihan (7)
4
21P-41 MONBEG CHARMER (CD) C Longsdon 6 11 8....J J Burke H,T 8
02-2 ROYALE ZANZIBAR T Symonds 10 12................Jamie Moore
5
51-P25 MARCILHAC (CD) Miss V Williams 8 11 8.........Sean Bowen 9
7 THE BLUES MASTER A King 10 12.......................W Hutchinson
6
P8-6P2 RELENTLESS DREAMER Miss R Curtis 8 11 6...James Bowen (5) C,T 10
P TITAN Oliver Greenall 10 12...............................................D England T
7
-52053 IT’S A GIMME Jonjo O’Neill 10 11 3 ..........................A Coleman T 11
6 SO HOITY TOITY R Mathew 10 5........................... R Condon (7) H
8
2P1177 STILL BELIEVING (CD) E Williams 9 11 1.....................A Wedge 12
- 12 declared FORM VERDICT
9 0F-449 WILL O’THE WEST H Daly 6 10 11................................... R Johnson
BETTING: 13-8 Doctor Bartolo, 2-1 Style De Garde, 11-2 The Blues
- 9 declared BURBANK was a high-class novice hurdler and is a fascinating runner
Master, 10-1 Royale Zanzibar, 12-1 Marettimo, 14-1 Leoro, 20-1 others.
now debuting over fences. Nicky Henderson’s charge has always looked BETTING: 4-1 Relentless Dreamer, 9-2 Monbeg Charmer, 5-1 Battle Of
WORSHIPFUL
COMPANY
OF DISTILLERS MAIDEN
a chaser in the making and he should be able to make a winning start Shiloh, 11-2 It’s A Gimme, 13-2 Thomas Brown, 8-1 others.
to his career in this sphere before going on to better things. Bach De
HURDLE (CLASS 4) £7,000 added 2m
TANNERS PROSECCO HANDICAP HURDLE (LADY
Clermont rates a solid threat following his recent Fakenham second
1
P0 BAILEYS GALAXY S-J Davies 4 11 0 ......................................J Banks
AMATEUR
RIDERS)
(CLASS
4)
£10,000
added
2m
and he will be there to pounce should the selection fail to deliver, while
2
00 BIGDEAL G L Moore 4 11 0..........................................A Glassonbury
1
747-72 CLOONACOOL (CD)(BF) Stuart Edmunds 8 12 0...Miss G Andrews C 3
Hogan’s Height ran well at Towcester and must be respected.
10/4-0 BOLVING (D) V Dartnall 6 11 0....................................N Scholfield T
2
5F-111 ASCENDANT (CD) J Farrelly 11 11 12...Miss Jodie Hughes (3) 4
2-0 BOUGHTBEFORELUNCH P Webber 4 11 0.........James Best
TANNERS WINES HANDICAP CHASE (CLASS 2)
3
35-568 DOVILS DATE (D) T Vaughan 8 11 11...........Brodie Hampson 5
1-532 BRIANSTORM W Greatrex 5 11 0..........S Twiston-Davies H
4
1-133P INN THE BULL (CD) A King 4 11 8..........Miss L M Pinchin (7) 6
£27,500 added 2m
14- DOUX PRETENDER (BF) N Henderson 4 11 0......... N Fehily
5
242-4 LITTERALE CI (BF) H Fry 4 11 7 ........ Miss A B O’Connor (3) 7
48 FILEMON J Snowden 5 11 0...............................................M G Nolan T
1
141799 FESTIVE AFFAIR (CD) Jonjo O’Neill 9 11 12 .K Moore (3) T 6
174P-4 TINDARO (D) P Webber 10 11 3..Miss Sophie Smith (7) C,T 8
8 HEAD LAD Jonjo O’Neill 4 11 0.......................................R McLernon
2
542413 NICOLAS CHAUVIN (D) J Moffatt 9 11 5.................... R Johnson 7
-41435 PRUSSIAN EAGLE (D) E Williams 6 11 3.....Miss Isabel Williams (7) 9
52/4 IT’S OBVIOUS D Pipe 5 11 0.............................................T Scudamore
3
118-U3 IFANDBUTWHYNOT (CD) T Easterby 11 11 5....A Tinkler T 8
222-85 NEFYN BAY (D) D McCain 8 10 11..........Miss A McCain (5) T 10
5 LEAPAWAY P Hobbs 5 11 0....................................................T J O’Brien
4
11P3-U COLIN’S BROTHER (CD) N Twiston-Davies 7 11 2......J Bargary (3) 9
0-0P53 STUCCODOR Mrs S Leech 8 10 8 ....Miss Hannah Gregory (7) B,T 11
3 LOST HISTORY J Spearing 4 11 0...............................Jamie Moore
5
PU344/ VIVACCIO (CD) Miss V Williams 8 10 11.................A Coleman 10 143/P- LINCOLN COUNTY Oliver Greenall 6 10 8.....Miss L Brooke (3) 12
128/6 MANHATTAN SPRING (D) J W Mullins 6 11 0A Thornton
6
-P14F3 TRUCKERS HIGHWAY (CD) J Groucott 8 10 10.....L Edwards T
13
250 MELLOW BEN C Gordon 4 11 0......................................D G Noonan
- 10 declared - 6 declared 2- PACIFIC DE BAUNE N Henderson 4 11 0Nico De Boinville
BETTING: 3-1 Ascendant, 7-2 Litterale Ci, 5-1 Cloonacool, 15-2 Inn The 14
BETTING: 5-2 Colin’s Brother, 7-2 Ifandbutwhynot, 4-1 Nicolas Chauvin, Bull, 8-1 Nefyn Bay, 10-1 Prussian Eagle, 14-1 Stuccodor, 16-1 others.
15
94 PODILI ROAD E Williams 5 11 0...............................M Bastyan (5)
11-2 Vivaccio, 6-1 Festive Affair, 7-1 Truckers Highway.
16
13 POTTERMAN (D) A King 4 11 0.................................W Hutchinson
TANNERS CLARET STANDARD OPEN NH FLAT RACE
17
7U5- RED HOT CHILLY F O’Brien 4 11 0................................. P Brennan
FORM VERDICT
(CLASS 4) £6,000 added 1m 6f
18
7-595 SHILLINGSWORTH C Tizzard 4 11 0...............................H Cobden
Festive Affair could go well if showing anything like his best form form,
19
0 TOGETHERNESS P Chamings 4 11 0...............................T Whelan
COTSWOLD WAY P Hobbs 4 11 0..................................... R Johnson
while Tim Easterby’s Ifandbutwhynot makes the long trip south and 1
331/6 ALICE PINK (D) P Henderson 7 10 7...................J Sherwood (3)
1-9 CRACKING DESTINY (BF) N Henderson 4 11 0...James Bowen (5) H 20
must be respected. However, NICOLAS CHAUVIN looks the more solid 2
21
SHUFOOG M Usher 4 10 7..........................................................B J Powell
4-1 FLASH THE STEEL D Skelton 5 11 0................................H Skelton
option coming into this in fine form having scored at Wetherby before 3
- 21 declared GUYBOY S-J Davies 4 11 0..........................................C Hammond (7) BETTING: 9-2 Potterman, 5-1 Pacific De Baune, 6-1 Doux Pretender, 13-2
running well again at Doncaster last time. Richard Johnson returns 4
5
HARAMBE A King 4 11 0..............................................................T Bellamy Brianstorm, 8-1 Lost History, 12-1 others.
to the saddle this afternoon and seems sure to run another big race.
6
4 HIGGS S-J Davies 4 11 0..............................................................R T Dunne
ST.
JAMES’S
PLACE
CHASE (NOVICES’ LIMITED
7
LAKE WASHINGTON Miss V Williams 4 11 0...A Coleman
G C RICKARDS LTD EBF MARES’ ‘NATIONAL HUNT’
HANDICAP) (CLASS 3) £10,000 added 2m 7f
8
LET’S GET AT IT H Whittington 4 11 0 .................. H Bannister
NOVICES’ HURDLE (CLASS 4) £8,000 added 2m 5f
9
0 MONK’S VIEW B Pauling 4 11 0 ..................................................D Jacob 1
1193-F DADSINTROUBLE (D) T Vaughan 7 12 1............................A Johns
1
615 FAIRY POL Henry Oliver 4 11 2...................................T Dowling (5) 10
3-2 PRESENT FROM DUBAI R Phillips 4 11 0..................I Popham 2
171-4F DINGO DOLLAR (D) A King 5 11 8...........................W Hutchinson
2
P5 ASK CATKIN T Symonds 5 10 10 .............................................. B Poste 11
B-1 ROCCO N Twiston-Davies 4 11 0................................J Bargary (3) 3
/5313- COSMOS DES OBEAUX N Henderson 5 11 6.............N Fehily
3
0/058 BONNIE BLACK ROSE A Whiting 7 10 10...............D Crosse H 12
4 RUSSIAN SPY E Williams 4 11 0............................................A Wedge 4
4242-1 HOLBROOK PARK N King 7 11 5 ...........................................T Whelan
4
8-P8 BROCKTON GANDT Mike Hammond 5 10 10 .. C Hammond (7) H 13
THIBAULT K Bailey 4 11 0.................................................................... D Bass 5
00-436 ABBREVIATE K Bailey 6 11 4 ......................................M Hamill (5) C
5
1-0 CANGODEMAYO B Pauling 5 10 10 ........................................D Jacob 14
TIGER SKY H Fry 4 10 7...........................................................N P Madden 6
20-424 JOE FARRELL Miss R Curtis 8 11 4....................................... L Aspell
6
7-143 CHILLI FILLI H Daly 4 10 10.................................................... R Johnson
- 14 declared 7
1P05-4 BADEN N Henderson 6 11 3................................ Nico De Boinville
7
1- DIVA RECONCE K Bailey 4 10 10................................................. D Bass BETTING: 5-1 Flash The Steel, 13-2 Rocco, 7-1 Cotswold Way, 15-2
- 7 declared 8
1- MAIRE BANRIGH D Skelton 5 10 10 ...............................H Skelton Harambe, 8-1 Tiger Sky, Cracking Destiny, 10-1 Thibault, Lake BETTING: 3-1 Cosmos Des Obeaux, 4-1 Dadsintrouble, 9-2 Baden, 5-1
9
0 TARAS DAY H Whittington 4 10 10.......................... H Bannister Washington, 14-1 others.
Holbrook Park, 6-1 Dingo Dollar, 7-1 Joe Farrell, 12-1 Abbreviate.
ALFA AGGREGATE PRODUCTS ‘CONFINED’ NOVICES’
CHASE (CLASS 3) £17,500 added 2m 4f
1
-13242 BACH DE CLERMONT (BF) E Williams 6 11 0........A Wedge
2
1242-0 BURBANK N Henderson 5 11 0..........................................A Coleman
3
26-272 HOGAN’S HEIGHT J Snowden 6 11 0....................... G Sheehan T
4 9P42-P MAX FORTE C Down 7 11 0...............................................J Bargary (3)
5
3-5604 MINELLA STYLE D L Williams 7 11 0 ....Mr Shane Quinlan (7)
6
372-3U SHANROE IN MILAN C Longsdon 5 11 0.......................J J Burke
7
1-54 WANDRIN STAR K Bailey 6 11 0 .................................................. D Bass
8
362-2F MIDNIGHT TARGET (C) J Groucott 7 10 7....L Edwards H,T
- 8 declared BETTING: 11-8 Burbank, 4-1 Bach De Clermont, 9-2 Hogan’s Height, 10-1
Wandrin Star, 12-1 Minella Style, Max Forte, 14-1 others.
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2.30
1.00
3.05
1.20
3.35
1.30
1.55
ONE TO WATCH
Impulsive Star travelled well on
his chasing debut until falling at
Catterick yesterday. There will be
other days.
There’s likely more to come for
trainer Dan and jockey Harry Skelton today at Ludlow, where Gortroe
Joe is the clear form pick in the Novices’ Hurdle.
FORM VERDICT
A chance can be taken with DADSINTROUBLE, who did fall on his
chasing debut and has to give plenty of weight away today. That said,
if he can sort out his jumping then there is little doubt that he is well
handicapped based on his third-placed finish in a Grade 3 handicap
hurdle at Aintree in April. Cosmos Des Obeaux, a winner at Auteuil
in 2016, has to be noted having switched from Dan Skelton to Nicky
Henderson, while Holbrook Park cannont be discounted following his
Fakenham victory last month.
MARES’ NOVICES’ CHASE (LISTED) (CLASS 1)
£25,000 added 2m 7f
HAPPY DIVA (BF) Kerry Lee 6 10 12..................Jamie Moore T
MORELLO ROYALE C Tizzard 7 10 12...................R M Power T
MS PARFOIS A Honeyball 6 10 12 ....................................N Fehily T
SURTEE DU BERLAIS O Sherwood 7 10 12.............L Aspell B
TACENDA A Honeyball 5 10 12...............................................H Cobden
TARA MIST H Daly 8 10 12 ......................................................T J O’Brien
TWO SWALLOWS (BF) B Pauling 7 10 12Nico De Boinville
- 7 declared BETTING: 9-4 Tacenda, 4-1 Surtee Du Berlais, 5-1 Happy Diva, 6-1 Two
Swallows, 7-1 Morello Royale, 8-1 Ms Parfois, 10-1 Tara Mist.
2.05
1
2
3
4
5
6
7
222-32
0-8424
131-31
1933-4
/33-12
148-31
2121-2
FORM VERDICT
TACENDA was outpaced when second in a Listed chase over 2m4f at
Carlisle last time and is expected to go well now granted this stiffer
test. Surtee Du Berlais has work to do with the selection on their
Fontwell clash in November but is entitled to come on for that outing
- her first since February - especially in view of the fact first-time
blinkers are now fitted. Happy Diva is going the right way and could
similarly take a hand.
2.40
CONDITIONAL JOCKEYS’ HANDICAP CHASE
(CLASS 4) £7,000 added 2m
1
51-253 RAMONEX (D) Richard Hobson 6 11 12..................J Savage (5)
2
211325 RED RIVERMAN (D) N Twiston-Davies 9 11 11...T Humphries (8) C
3
5435-P OLD SALT (D) E Williams 5 11 9................................M Bastyan (3)
4
52P-83 BALLY GILBERT B Pauling 6 11 9..............Max Kendrick (3) T
5
/1FP2- BAGGING TURF G L Moore 7 11 7.....William Clarke (10) C
6
P/7P-9 EXMOOR MIST (CD) V Dartnall 9 11 7..............C Gethings B,T
7
5-2771 BORN TO SIZE R Woollacott 5 11 5 ......................Bryony Frost
8 P6P-7U WHISPERING HARRY (CD) Henry Oliver 8 11 4.....Jason Dixon (7)
9
21/5-7 HERE I AM Mrs D Grissell 10 10 11.............................J Sherwood
10 5/00-2 LAKE FIELD (D) K Bailey 8 10 10 ..................................M Hamill (3)
- 10 declared BETTING: 4-1 Born To Size, 9-2 Bally Gilbert, 11-2 Bagging Turf, 6-1
Lake Field, 7-1 Ramonex, 15-2 Red Riverman, 10-1 Old Salt, Whispering
Harry, 16-1 others.
FORM VERDICT
BORN TO SIZE left a favourable impression when winning on
his fencing bow over 2m2f at Thurles and is expected to remain
competitive over this shorter trip. Ramonex drops back in trip having
failed to get home over 2m3f at Catterick and is the one expected to put
up most resistance. The pick of the remainder may be Lake Field, who
shaped with an abundance of promise on his first start for Kim Bailey
when second on his chase debut at Lingfield last month.
Results service
CATTERICK
Going: Good to soft-soft in
places
12.20 1. OSKAR DENARIUS (Mr
James King) 9-2; 2. Irish Hawke 7-2
fav; 3. Dragonfli 12-1. 13 ran. 12l,
11/4l. (Mrs J Mason). Tote: £6.80;
£2.70, £2.10, £3.40. Exacta: £26.50.
Tricast: £182.08. Trifecta: £428.70.
CSF: £20.32. NRs: Cadore, Running
In Heels, Russian Royale.
12.50 1. SOLO SAXOPHONE (H
Skelton) 6-4 fav; 2. Outcrop 40-1; 3.
Haulani 11-4. 9 ran. 4l, 41/2l. (D Skelton). Tote: £2.40; £1.40, £4.50, £1.20.
Exacta: £51.60. Trifecta: £217.00.
CSF: £53.82. NR: Lazarus.
1.20 1. ALZAMMAAR (J England)
11-2; 3 ran. 10-11 fav Impulsive Star
(Fell). . (Sam England). Tote: £4.60;
Exacta: £4.10. Trifecta: £4.10. NR:
Shades Of Midnight.
1.50 1. BUCKLE STREET (H Stock)
4-1 jt-fav; 2. Tanarpino 4-1 jt-fav;
3. Pokora Du Lys 10-1. 11 ran. 13/4l,
14l. (M Keighley). Tote: £6.30; £2.40,
£1.80, £3.10. Exacta: £22.90. Tricast: £146.57. Trifecta: £262.80. CSF:
£20.02. NR: Classical Milano.
2.20 1. IT’LL DO RIGHTLY (A P Cawley) 7-1; 2. Duffy Allen 10-1; 3. Booyakasha 5-2 jt-fav. 10 ran. 5-2 jt-fav
Spin The Coin (4th). 8l, 33/4l. (Caroline Mccaldin (IRE) ). Tote: £7.90;
£2.50, £2.40, £1.30. Exacta: £66.80.
Trifecta: £317.40. CSF: £69.92. NRs:
Drums Of War, Espoir De Teillee,
Outback Blue.
2.50 1. BOLLIN LINE (L Edwards)
15-2; 2. Tomorrow’s Legend 11-1;
3. Paddling 10-1. 9 ran. 3-1 fav
Thisonetime (Pulled Up). 11/2l, 6l.
(Lucinda Egerton). Tote: £7.80; £2.10,
£3.50, £2.90. Exacta: £98.70. Tricast:
£816.97. Trifecta: £1203.80. CSF:
£79.52. NRs: Casual Cavalier, John
Williams.
3.20 1. RETURN TICKET (B Hughes)
5-4 fav; 2. Haasab 9-2; 3. Simply Mani
9-2. 9 ran. 6l, 11l. (J M Jefferson). Tote:
£2.30; £1.20, £1.40, £1.70. Exacta:
£6.60. Trifecta: £23.40. CSF: £6.96.
Placepot: £958.00. Quadpot: £362.20.
Place 6: £356.65. Place 5: £182.07.
FAKENHAM
Going: Soft
12.40 1. BANJO GIRL (Maxime Tissier) 2-1; 2. Dory 7-4 fav; 3. Potters
Midnight 7-2. 7 ran. 5l, 13l. (Mrs L
Wadham). Tote: £3.10; £1.30, £2.00.
Exacta: £6.80. Trifecta: £12.50. CSF:
£5.63.
1.10 1. MINELLA GATHERING
(P Brennan) 3-1 fav; 2. Pennywell
6-1; 3. Scooby 7-2. 8 ran. 2l, 3/4l. (P
Henderson). Tote: £4.20; £1.50, £1.40,
£1.80. Exacta: £22.40. Tricast: £64.00.
Trifecta: £122.10. CSF: £20.94.
1.40 1. CREEP DESBOIS (D Jacob)
6-5 fav; 2. Popelys Gull 7-1; 3. Princeton Royale 12-1. 7 ran. 1l, 11/4l. (B
Pauling). Tote: £2.10; £2.00, £2.30.
Exacta: £8.10. Trifecta: £47.80. CSF:
£9.01.
2.10 1. GIN AND TONIC (J Quinlan)
9-2; 2. Cubswin 4-1; 3. Walsingham
Grange 7-2 fav. 7 ran. nk, 21/4l. (M
Wigham). Tote: £5.40; £2.40, £2.80.
Exacta: £21.70. Tricast: £62.84. Trifecta: £64.80. CSF: £21.01. NRs: Aza
Run, Hurricane Rita.
2.40 1. MORTENS LEAM (Kielan
Woods) 4-5 fav; 2. Oakidoaki 9-1; 3.
Tommy The Rascal 11-1. 5 ran. 11l,
7l. (Mrs P Sly). Tote: £1.60; £1.30,
£2.70. Exacta: £8.50. Trifecta: £44.30.
CSF: £8.05.
3.10 1. RIO QUINTO (R Johnson) 7-1;
2. Potters Hedger 11-1; 3. Craigmor
33-1. 9 ran. 15-8 fav William Hunter
(Pulled Up). 34l, 10l. (Olly Murphy).
Tote: £5.10; £1.70, £2.30, £4.30. Exacta: £61.50. Trifecta: £742.00. CSF:
£72.47.
Placepot: £154.00. Quadpot: £60.90.
Place 6: £59.79. Place 5: £49.27.
SOUTHWELL
Going: Standard
12.30 1. SHADES OF MIST (P J
McDonald) 16-1; 2. Good Impression 7-1; 3. Lady Lintera 7-1. 14 ran.
5-1 fav Navarra Princess (6th). 1/2l,
1l. (T Coyle). Tote: £13.40; £2.90,
£2.70, £2.40. Exacta: £149.90. Tricast: £892.91. Trifecta: £3137.20. CSF:
£118.33.
1.00 1. MAMA AFRICA (Jane Elliott)
11-1; 2. Muqarred 13-2; 3. Mach One
11-8 fav. 8 ran. 21/4l, nk. (T D Barron). Tote: £7.90; £2.30, £1.80, £1.10.
Exacta: £38.60. Tricast: £156.14. Trifecta: £192.40. CSF: £75.18.
1.30 1. JACK THE TRUTH (Fran
Berry) 13-8 fav; 2. Ladies First 11-4;
3. Canadian Royal 5-2. 8 ran. 3l, 1/2l.
(G Scott). Tote: £2.50; £1.10, £1.10,
£1.30. Exacta: £7.70. Trifecta: £16.50.
CSF: £6.13. NRs: Khaleefa Bay, Motley Crew.
2.00 1. CAPTAIN LARS (G Malune)
9-1; 2. Tricky Dicky 11-4 fav; 3.
Handsome Dude 9-1. 9 ran. 11/4l,
1l. (D Shaw). Tote: £11.00; £2.70,
£1.40, £3.10. Exacta: £44.60. Tricast: £231.36. Trifecta: £533.80. CSF:
£34.67.
2.30 1. THROCKLEY (G Lee) 15-8; 2.
Every Chance 5-4 fav; 3. Brigadoon
7-2. 4 ran. 2l, 7l. (C Dore). Tote: £3.50;
Exacta: £7.50. Trifecta: £7.70. CSF:
£4.46. NRs: Chestnut Storm, Tatting.
3.00 1. QUEENS ROYALE (R Winston) 11-1; 2. Best Tamayuz 11-4 fav;
3. Big Amigo 8-1. 10 ran. 2l, 21/2l.
(M Appleby). Tote: £11.30; £3.00,
£1.30, £2.50. Exacta: £49.90. Tricast:
£259.90. Trifecta: £488.60. CSF:
£40.44.
3.30 1. PEARL ACCLAIM (T Marquand) 5-1; 2. Red Stripes 10-1; 3.
Gnaad 9-4 fav. 10 ran. shd, 13/4l.
(D C Griffiths). Tote: £5.00; £1.50,
£2.80, £1.60. Exacta: £49.30. Tricast: £146.51. Trifecta: £245.90. CSF:
£54.12.
Jackpot: Not won, pool of £8,033.12
carried over to Newbury.
Placepot: £76.40. Quadpot: £19.50.
Place 6: £57.16. Place 5: £14.82.
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ATHLETICS
Froome’s team-mate
wants TUEs to be
prohibited outright
By Lawrence Ostlere
Geraint Thomas has called for a
blanket ban on Therapeutic Use
Exemptions and life-bans for serious doping violations.
The Welsh rider also defended
his team leader Chris Froome, giving his backing in the wake of an
adverse analytical finding for the
asthma drug Salbutamol at the
Vuelta a Espana.
Thomas has played a significant
role in Froome’s success at Team
Sky, as a core member of the supporting team around the four-time
Tour de France champion, and insisted that he retains full faith in
Froome despite the recent furore.
And he believes the “grey area”
created by TUEs creates unnecessary suspicion in a sport which
already courts deep scepticism
Geraint Thomas (right) gave his
backing to team-mate Chris Froome
around doping. Speaking to Cycling
News, Thomas said: “Let’s say I
was at the Tour and I was leading
and then I got sick. I could technically have a TUE but I’m not sure
I would because it’s going to come
out, it’s going to be leaked, and then
I’m going to be seen as a cheat even
though I’ve had a genuine reason.
“I have a strong stance on
anti-doping. So I’d get rid of TUEs
and I’d ban people for life for blood
doping, and EPO. Why give them
a second chance? This life is a
luxury, and I feel I’m in a privileged
position, so if someone goes out of
their way to break the rules then
they’re just not needed.”
On Monday, the MPCC, a
voluntary group promoting cycling
ethics, called for Team Sky to suspend Froome “on a voluntary basis”
until his case is over.
Thomas, however, believes the
team are right to stick by the rider
and does not think Froome should
have his contract terminated
should he face a ban.
“If the team back him and trust
him now then they should stick with
him,” he said. “That’s what they’ve
decided now, so I don’t see the point
in backing him and then if he does
have a ban, just fobbing him off. But
I’m a bike rider and I have to abide
by the decisions that the bosses in
Team Sky make.”
Thomas confirmed that he will
have a “free role” in the upcoming
season with the opportunity to lead
the team should Froome be banned,
or struggle during the tour.
Radcliffe calls for life bans
over Gatlin doping scandal
By Matt Majendie
Paula Radcliffe has called for lifetime
bans in athletics and has pushed the
sporting authorities to “hit athlete
entourages hard”.
The Athletics Integrity Unit have
launched an investigation into 100-
metre world champion Justin Gatlin,
his coach Dennis Mitchell and athlete
agent Robert Wagner.
It comes after allegations by the
Daily Telegraph that Wagner and
Mitchell had offered to supply and
administer testosterone and human
growth hormone for an actor in a film.
Both men deny any wrongdoing,
while Gatlin denied he has ever taken
performance-enhancing drugs.
The allegations put the besieged
sport under further scrutiny and
Radcliffe said: “Again, this sport is
being degraded and how many people said that would happen without
RUGBY UNION
Six Nations injury blows for
England but Itoje to return
By Chris Jones and Duncan Bech
Maro Itoje has given England and
struggling Saracens a boost by confirming that he will be back in action
at the start of the new year, despite
having two metal plates inserted
into his broken jaw less than a fortnight ago.
But while that is clearly good
news for Eddie Jones, the
England coach will be less
than pleased to hear
that Elliot Daly, Nathan
Hughes and Ben Te’o
could all miss England’s
first game against Italy
on 4 February.
Itoje (right) is aiming to
be back in time for Sarries’
remaining European Champions
Cup pool games against Ospreys
and Northampton next month.
He told the BBC that his injury
was “probably my most painful
injury so far. Itoje said: “My jaw
ballooned and I turned into a black
Buzz Lightyear! My chin was huge. I
couldn’t leave my house for a couple
of days and was on blended food for
a week or so, which was terrible.
“When I first broke it they told
me potentially up to three months
out – now I am well within my timeframe of four to six weeks. I am not
quite there yet and still have a couple of weeks to go.”
Daly (ankle) and Hughes (knee)
sustained their injuries during Wasps’ 21-3 over La
Rochelle on Sunday and
will miss, at least, the
next month.
They will now
see specialists to
determine whether they
require operations.
Wasps director of rugby
Dai Young said: “Four weeks
would be the best scenario, but it
could be as much as 12, if they have
an operation.”
Worcester centre Te’o has been
out of action since October with an
ankle problem and is set to be sidelined for a further six weeks.
Now questions about
London victory over
Bolt will never go away
Matt
Majendie
I
t was one of the sporting images
of the summer: Justin Gatlin
on bended knee at London’s
Olympic Stadium after defeating Usain Bolt.
Since his first, and until then last,
world 100m title in 2005, Gatlin had
perpetually played second fiddle to
the world’s fastest man but in Bolt’s
last individual race the Jamaican
was finally toppled. It did not sit easily with many people in the stadium
that night, with boos ringing out as
Gatlin’s name was announced and
again when he received his gold
medal.
There had been two doping
suspensions to his name already
and the question was, could people
believe what they were seeing as the
American sprinter crossed the line,
victorious, in a time of 9.92secs?
IAAF president Lord Coe, who in
the past has made it clear he would
have preferred a lifetime ban for
Gatlin for his past indiscretions, said
at the time that “people are welcome
to boo”.
He had said: “I don’t want people not to care and, in a funny way,
perhaps I would have been slightly
concerned if it had been a case of
business as usual with all this.”
For Coe, the greater concern is the
shadow this latest controversy casts
on those championships when the
International Association of Athletics Federations (IAAF) were desperate for positive stories to counter
the doping and corruption headlines
that dogged the sport since the 2015
world championships.
Gatlin, in his defence, has pointed
to the fact that he has not failed a
test since his third coming in the
sport.
After the London gold, he made
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lifetime bans? There must be a way
of putting that in place. It’s not going
against someone’s human rights,
when they’re cheating a sport.
“For me, a serious doping offence has to have the toughest sanction possible. To my mind, that’s an
immediate lifetime ban.”
Gatlin was crowned world champion in London this year, finally
toppling Usain Bolt to become the
sport’s sprint king.
But having served two previous
doping bans – the second for testosterone, initially a lifetime ban cut
down to eight years – the spotlight
is understandably on Gatlin despite
denying any wrongdoing, because
of the allegations against his wider
entourage.
Wagner allegedly told the Telegraph that, regarding doping, “Justin
is going to do it, just like every other
[US] sprinter is going to do it”.
But Gatlin hit back, saying on
Instagram: “I am not using and have
not used PEDs. I was shocked to
learn that my coach would have anything to do with even the appearance
of these current accusations. I fired
him as soon as I found out about this.”
EVENING STANDARD
Big names caught up
Robert Wagner
A colourful figure in the sport,
Wagner has worked as an agent to
hundreds of athletes globally dating
back to the 1980s, including two of
Britain’s biggest names in athletics
history, Colin Jackson and Dame Kelly
Holmes. The Austrian is currently an
IAAF-accredited manager and has
recently worked with British duo Jack
Green and Jazmin Sawyers.
Dennis Mitchell
The 51-year-old American won
Olympic bronze behind Linford
Christie at the 1992 Olympic Games
and was an Olympic 4x100m relay
gold medallist at those same Games.
He was twice a world champion in
the relay but was banned from the
sport in 1998 after testing positive
for testosterone. His defence, that he
had drunk “five bottles of beer and had
sex with his wife at least four times…
it was her birthday, the lady deserved
a treat”, has gone down in athletics
folklore. He was USA Track and Field’s
head sprint relay coach for two years
until January and was coaching Gatlin
until he was sacked yesterday.
Justin Gatlin
The American was crowned 100m
world champion at London 2017
for the first time since 2005, finally
ending Usain Bolt’s dominance in
sprinting. It added to his Olympic
gold from 2004 and a collection of
silver and bronze medals at major
championships, mostly playing
second fiddle to Bolt. But he has had
two doping bans: the first in 2001 for
amphetamines, the second in 2006
for testosterone. He has denied any
wrongdoing. The first ban was cut
because he was taking medication
for attention deficit disorder and
he blamed the second failed test on
sabotage. EVENING STANDARD
GB chief urges Bach to honour
his medal ceremony promise
British Winter Olympic chief Mike
Hay has called on International Olympic Committee president Thomas Bach to realise his proposal
to present retrospective medals in
Pyeongchang in February.
Pending an appeal, John Jackson’s four-man bobsleigh crew are
set to be upgraded to bronze after
two Russian crews were banned
last month.
Hay, who will act as GB chef de
mission for the Games, is hopeful the appeals process will be ex-
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Justin Gatlin (far left
after winning 100m
gold at the World
Championships in
London) sacked his
coach Dennis Mitchell
(left) after he was filmed
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enhancing drugs GETTY
this point: “I’ve served my time and
no smoking gun, with the Daily Teldone community service.
egraph investigation unable to find
“I’ve talked to kids and I inspire
any wrongdoing by the athlete, who
them to walk the right path.
was undoubtedly the initial, high“That’s all I can do. Society does
profile target of their sting.
that with people who make
But the American has not
mistakes and I hope that
helped himself with his
track and field does that
associations.
too.”
Predominant is this
It may well be that
is his coach, Dennis
Gatlin is clean and
Mitchell, who tested
100m time Gatlin set
there are certainly
positive for testosterin 2006 when he tested
many within the
one during his own
positive
for
testosterone.
IAAF and the wider
sprint career, blaming
An eight-year ban was
sport who believe he
it on too much beer and
reduced to four
has learned his lessons
sex the night before for
and is doing things the
the reading.
right way.
It could be argued Gatlin
But the questions that dogged
was being a dope in all this – and
athletics before this year’s champinot in a drug-taking sense – and
onships won’t go away and we will
he has been quick to disassocialways wonder if Gatlin’s win at Lon- ate himself with Mitchell, sacking
don 2017 was legitimate.
him on the spot. But what was he
He makes the point that there is
doing working with a coach who
pedited in order to give Jackson,
along with team-mates Joel Fearon,
Bruce Tasker and Stuart Benson, a
taste of an Olympic podium.
Hay said: “Bach has said he would
like to award the medals there. If you
don’t get that moment a number
of years ago, then being given
your medal at the medals plaza in
Pyeongchang is the next best thing.
“They were pleased with their
fifth [in Sochi], only to find out two
teams in front of them had been
cheating. It robbed them of their
moment. This will go some way towards sorting it out.”
By Mark Staniforth
had admitted in the trial of another
disgraced coach, Trevor Graham, to
taking human growth hormone?
The good versus bad playbook
of Bolt v Gatlin has not always sat
easily, the latter lumbered with the
wider ills of the sport by the public.
But regardless of how the Athletics Integrity Unit investigation goes,
the question marks will remain over
what we witnessed in London: can
the doping tests be believed?
Robert Wagner in the Telegraph
suggests not —that it’s possible to
beat the testers.
One of the other star turns of
London, South African Wayde van
Niekerk, who won 400m gold at
London tweeted yesterday: “Breaks
my heart reading ‘it’s easy to cheat
a doping test’, knowing I stand for
clean and fair sports.”
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THE ASHES
EXCLUSIVE INTERVIEW
Pain and no gain but Overton a
rare English success Down Under
By Jonathan Liew,
IN MELBOURNE
“Battling through the pain was in
my nature,” says Craig Overton, and
you suspect he is talking about more
than a broken rib.
The Ashes are gone and the fact
that the rookie Overton has been
one of England’s stand-out performers makes no odds. “It’s not about
how proud I am as a cricketer,” he
says. “It’s about winning games for
England. That’s what hurts most at
the minute.”
Two kinds of pain, then. Overton
is still feeling the hairline fracture to
his left rib that threatens to put him
out of next week’s Boxing Day Test
at Melbourne. It first surfaced in Adelaide, after being hit by a Pat Cummins bouncer, and then resurfaced
in Perth when he landed on it diving
to his left trying to take a catch off
his own bowling.
Shortly after that, he tried to bowl
a bouncer. That was when things got
really bad. Doctors told him that he
risked a punctured lung if he took
another blow. And yet, the way he
struggled on – bowling 24 overs,
fronting up with the bat against Australia’s quick bowlers, putting himself around in the field – probably
said quite a lot about Overton as a
character. He is the sort of guy who
will never back down, even when it person to pronounce on his own
would probably be quite a good idea fitness to play at Melbourne. “We
to do so.
haven’t ruled him out yet, because
“I’ve always been taught to fight he hasn’t ruled himself out,” coach
through things,” he said. “It was Trevor Bayliss said. “I’m sure he’ll
painful, but not too bad that
be up to play. For a young
I had to stop. Even though
bloke, he’s definitely got
I didn’t bowl that many
some fire in the belly.”
overs, I could still
Overton admits the
bowl some that the
decision may ultiother boys didn’t
mately be out of his
Wickets taken by
have to. That’s why
hands. “Sometimes,
Overton this series
I was making sure I
you have to be reined
at an average of
didn’t dive too much,
in a little bit,” he says.
37.66. He also hit an
because then it could
“At the minute, there’s
unbeaten 41 in the
break properly.”
quite a lot of swelling in
second Test
Overton puts his
it. We’ll wait and see, but
recklessly bravery down
I hope three or four days will
to a South-west upbringing and a help. The draw of playing in that
healthy rivalry with twin brother game will be absolutely massive, but
Jamie. “It was the background at you’ve got to be realistic.”
Somerset,” he says. “We’re fightOccasionally, English Ashes caers down there, so that’s the way tastrophes Down Under have had a
we play our cricket. Growing up as silver lining to them, in the shape of
a kid with Jamie hitting me. It was a young talent birthed, unearthed,
‘get on with it’, and you don’t show come of age.
too much pain.”
Nobody is rushing to put OverIt is why, all things considered, ton in the category of Ben Stokes
Overton is probably not the best or Darren Gough just yet, but if he
does miss out in Melbourne, it would
be a bitter blow for a player who has
clearly relished his first stab at Test
I’v
ve always been taught
cricket. And amid the detritus of
to fight through things.
England’s 2017-18 Ashes campaign,
It was painful, but not
perhaps, ultimately, some good may
too bad that I had to stop
come of it. THE INDEPENDENT
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‘My twin brother Jamie is quick – he
could do a job for England soon’
By Tom Collomosse
Craig (left) and Jamie Overton have
been involved in England squads, but
the latter is yet to play for his country
Craig Overton is backing his twin
brother Jamie to become the
90mph bowler England lack at
Test level.
Craig has impressed in his first
two Tests for England, standing
up well at Adelaide and Perth
even as Australia were clinching
the wins that secured the Ashes –
yet Jamie has long been regarded
the better prospect by many, and
Craig expects his twin to join him
in the Test side soon.
“He is coming along nicely,”
said Craig. “He has changed
Vaughan: I really can’t see
anything but another 5-0
ing Tests at Melbourne and Sydney
seeking to avoid a third series
Michael Vaughan has
whitewash Down Under in
said that he cannot see
their past four trips.
any other outcome
But 2005 Ashes winthan a 5-0 series dening captain Vaughan
feat for England.
told
BBC Test Match
Wickets taken
Australia re Special: “I don’t see
by Stuart Broad
gained the urn after
anything other than a
this series – at an
an innings and 41
5-0, I really don’t.
average of 61.80
run victory over Eng“The problem when
land in the third Test at
I look at the England
Perth, moving into an unteam is they are going to
assailable 3-0 lead in series.
go through that tricky position
England will now go into the remain- very soon where they have three
By Sports Staff
5
his bowling action a little bit so
hopefully that sorts him out [in
terms of staying fit] and from
the videos I’ve seen, it seems
it’s coming out quickly which is
really nice.
“He doesn’t seem to have lost
any of his pace from last year.
Hopefully in a couple of years’
time he might be ready.”
The problem has been to keep
Jamie, 23, fit enough for long
enough. He managed only five
appearances for Somerset in
the County Championship last
summer due to a back problem.
EVENING STANDARD
really senior legends in the team –
Alastair Cook, Stuart Broad and
Jimmy Anderson. You look at the
Australian team and there are none
of those players retiring for a good
few years. They will stay together
and get better and better.
“Decisions have to be made about
what is going to be in the best interests of the England Test match
team. I still think all three will play
a part in 2019 [the next Ashes series, in England]. It’s just... what is
to come after them?”
When asked about the meagre
contributions of old hands such as
Cook and Broad in this series, captain Joe Root said: “It is very important, for me and Trevor [Bayliss, the
coach], that we don’t panic or make
hasty decisions.”
‘We’re not
a group of
whingers.
We just
knuckle
down...’
It has been a tough tour for the
whole England party and especially
for Jonny Bairstow. But, he tells
Chris Stocks in Melbourne, despite
the series defeat, both he and the
team have plenty still to play for
F
or Jonny Bairstow, the
build-up to next week’s
Boxing Day Test at the
MCG will be both eerily
familiar and completely
different. Four years ago, just like
now, the Yorkshireman made the
same journey to Melbourne having
seen England well beaten in Perth
and with the Ashes gone after just
three Tests.
Things have moved on
significantly for Bairstow, if not for
England, in the intervening period.
Unlike then, he now knows he will
be playing the fourth Test rather
than being dropped into the middle
of the series at the last moment, as
he was in 2013-14 when incumbent
wicketkeeper Matt Prior was
dropped amid a chaotic period of the
tour that also saw Graeme Swann
retire and a fractious England
dressing-room move to the brink of
civil war.
It was tough for a then 24-year-old
Bairstow, who admits: “I was thrown
into the deep end. I hadn’t really
played much on that tour so all of a
sudden you’re keeping wicket and
you’re batting. But I had to find a
way of dealing with it and learning
from it.
“It was an experience and
something I’ll look back on with
pride. There’s been a lot of cricket
since then – a lot of ups and a lot
of downs, there’s been things in
between as well.
“I’ll be calling on those
experiences in this match and they’ll
be something that resonate.”
Things have changed markedly for
Bairstow over the past two years. He
has made the wicketkeeping position
in the Test team his own since taking
over the gloves from Jos Buttler
during the series against Pakistan in
the UAE in late 2015.
He is also now England’s
second-best batsman behind only
Joe Root, a point underlined by his
century in a losing cause during
the third Ashes Test in Perth and
an average of 48.83 since the start
of 2016.
Defeat at the Waca, though, has
left England with only pride to play
for in the remainder of this series.
“We’ve played some good cricket but
we haven’t done it for long enough,”
admits Bairstow. “We realise that
Bairstow’s Ashes (so far)
First Test, Brisbane 9 & 42 (2 catches)
Second Test, Adelaide 21 & 36 (2
catches)
Third Test, Perth 119 & 14 ( 1 catch)
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Dawid
Malan
We wilted in the face
of quality. Now we
must play for pride
T
and that’s effectively where they’ve
got the better of us in this series –
those crucial moments.”
England have been beset by
various off-field problems, too. The
arrest of Ben Stokes on suspicion of
causing actual bodily harm in Bristol
back in September – an incident for
which he is still awaiting a charging
decision – has not only robbed
England of their star all-rounder but
seen an added focus on their off-field
behaviour on this Ashes tour.
Bairstow became unwittingly
drawn into the public spotlight when
his “headbutt” greeting of Australia
opener Cameron Bancroft on the
first night of the tour in Perth’s
Avenue bar was made public during
the latter stages of the first Ashes
Test in Brisbane.
It was an uncomfortable
experience for the 28-year-old, even
though all parties agreed there was
nothing malicious in the greeting. In
the fall-out, England ended up
imposing a curfew.
Bairstow has since
admitted he thought he
was “stitched up” by the
Australians when they
referenced the incident
within earshot of the
stump mics at the Gabba.
Yet he is in no mood to
We’ve played some good
cricket but we haven’t done it
for long enough. They’ve won
those crucial moments
use any of the off-field distractions –
which also included England Lions
player Ben Duckett pouring a drink
over James Anderson at the same
Perth bar earlier this month – as an
excuse for England’s poor on-field
displays.
“You can delve into loads of
different bits, you could name little
things here, little things there and
knit pick and say ‘This isn’t right’ or
‘That isn’t right’,” said Bairstow.
“Naturally, there’s always going to
be something. But we’re not a group
of whingers. We just knuckle down,
crack on and work hard.”
Bairstow was moved up
the order to No 6 in Perth,
a decision fully justified
when he scored his first
Ashes hundred.
But when he talks
about that move it
is clear he is eager to
show that the whole squad
are united behind Root, who
has endured a difficult first
tour as Test captain.
“You could potentially bat
anywhere,” he said. “Kumar
Sangakkara batted anywhere, didn’t
he? It’s also dependent on how the
captain wants the team structured
because he’s leading these eleven
men out on the field and everyone’s
got his back on the decisions that
are made, whether that be the toss,
selection, field placements, bowling
changes, whatever it may be.
“Everyone’s got his back. Nobody
has ever been perfect, have they? No
matter what it is.”
The final Test of this series in
Sydney in the New Year will be a
special moment for Bairstow given
it will be his 50th.
“It means a huge amount for me,”
he said. “When you go through the
tough times and people question
you as a person, your technique,
everything you’re about, it gets
quite tough.
“So yes, it’s going to be a really
proud day for me, my friends back
home, the people who were there
in the really good times and those
there in the tough times. It’ll be a
special, special day.”
Jonny Bairstow was speaking to raise
awareness of Yorkshire Tea National
Cricket Week with Chance to Shine
- inspiring the next generation of
cricketers
he history books will to counter-attack, to jump on
be merciless. Beaten in anything remotely hittable. It
Brisbane, Adelaide and seems so easy to be constrained
Perth – the urn lost.
by the sheer scale of the occasion
We all take
when you are new to Test cricket,
responsibility for the defeat; it has
and your mind is full of just
been disappointing and frustrating, surviving and your score barely
for us and for the many thousands
moves. At the Waca, at last, I
of amazing, chanting England
decided to play my natural game,
supporters who have spent so
to play the way I’ve always played
much and travelled so far.
for Middlesex... and things went
Midway through the second
my way.
afternoon, we were
Reaching my maiden
dominating the third Test,
Test century was an
The
fighting back in the series.
incredibly moving
Jonny Bairstow and I were morning after experience. Tears
settled, well on our way to my century,
started to well in my
a dominant total.
eyes and all my emotions
legends of
Then I stepped down
the game like overflowed at once: I
the wicket and tried to
of my mother
Shane Warne thought
hit Nathan Lyon over the
and my father sitting
were
saying
top but was caught in the
in the stands, and of all
deep. In that moment, the ‘well done’
the sacrifices they have
to me
tide turned. Within the
made for me; I thought of
space of eight overs, 368
my sister and girlfriend,
for 4 became 403 all out.
and all their support
We should have scored another
during the tough times.
100 or 120 runs, taking time
All of a sudden, all of the hard
out of the game, making defeat
work all these years seemed
impossible and putting pressure on worthwhile.
Australia. Instead they seized the
The following morning, legends
initiative and never looked back,
of the game were walking up to me
eventually declaring at 662 for 9,
during our warm-up and offering
bowling us out for 218 and winning
their congratulations. When people
by an innings and 41 runs.
like Shane Warne (left) shake
Not for the first time
your hand and say well
the home team proved
done, you just say thank
more powerful in the
you very much. Even so,
pivotal moments. So
it wasn’t enough.
often in this series we
We travel to
have worked so hard
Melbourne now
to get into competitive
and, after a couple of
positions, but then
days off, will start our
wilted in the face of a
preparations for the
relentless, high quality
Fourth Test.
attack and the outstanding
There will be a big festive
batting of Steve Smith and others.
lunch for the entire touring group
On a personal level, the Third
and their families on Christmas
Test will always be special. I have
Day and then, before a capacity
never experienced such hostile
crowd of 90,000, on Boxing Day at
fast bowing as in the first hour or
the MCG, we will resume the fight
so of my first innings. Somehow
for pride and self-respect.
surviving, the best option was
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AUSTRALIA
Smith is at ‘another level’
By David Clough
IN MELBOURNE
Steve Smith’s prolific Ashes exploits are earning him rare statistical comparisons with Don Bradman
and rave reviews from Australia
coach Darren Lehmann.
Smith’s series tally of 426 runs
at an average of 142 has elevated
him to joint-second in the all-time
list of the world’s greatest batsmen, according to the International
Cricket Council, alongside former
England captain Len Hutton
and behind only his own peerless
compatriot Bradman.
“He’s running pretty hot, isn’t
he?” Lehmann said. “I’ve been
lucky enough to see all of his
Test hundreds.
“For me, seeing him evolve from
that first Test hundred at The Oval
[in 2013] to now – he just changes
his own plans to what the bowlers
are doing and what the wicket’s
doing, and what the game needs.
He’s gone to another level.”
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Form leaves Clement in uncharted
waters as Allardyce plots squad cull
By Carl Markham
Defiant Swansea manager Paul
Clement admits his current side’s
plight is something of an alien concept to him but he is determined to
battle it out.
The 3-1 defeat at Everton left the
Swans rooted to the foot of the Premier League after just one win in
the last 10 matches. Having spent so
long as assistant to Carlo Ancelotti
at Chelsea, Real Madrid and Bayern
Munich, Clement is used to those
statistics being reversed.
“It is a difficult job being a manager, any team, any level,” he said.
“You want to play well and win every
game. As an assistant I was used to
losing one in 10 and winning nine,
now it is completely the opposite.
“It is not a nice experience but I’m
learning a lot from it and learning a
lot about myself.
“I’ll keep fighting. I’ve worked hard
to get to this position and I’m not
going to give up on it. I’ll keep going.”
At the other end of the scale, new
Everton manager Sam Allardyce has
yet to be beaten since taking over at
the end of last month, with 10 points
from the four matches he has been
in charge with a further three coming in the match he watched from
the stands the day before he was officially appointed.
Paul Clement said Swansea’s current form is the polar opposite to what he was used to in previous coaching roles GETTY
He has had an immediate impact
on the form of Wayne Rooney and ald Koeman. And he has challenged
“I have picked these players all the themselves down when they get the
Gylfi Sigurdsson and admits a set- those on the fringes to prove they time now and one thing which has opportunity they will not be let back
tled team is doing well so playare worthy of retention in pleased me is they have stayed fit in. There are so many professionals
ers not in the team now
what Allardyce admits and it makes it very difficult for me here who want to play they will get
have a real test to force
is a bloated first-team to leave them out.
a chance somewhere down the line.
their way in.
squad of 30.
“A good squad will say to itself
“We’ve made 39 changes in the
As a result Al“I have that many ‘When I get picked I will be ready’ 30 games we’ve played but I am so
lardyce sent out all
players I have to see and if they let their fitness go or get pleased these players are staying
Swansea have won
those players who did
them when I can,” dragged down by not playing and let fit and getting results. It makes life
just one of their last
not feature against
he said. “I am going
easier for me to pick a team.
10 games
Swansea for a full-sidto put on an 11 v 11 for
“Instead of searching for the right
ed game at the club’s
90 minutes so all the
combination like I have done at other
Th
here are so many
Finch Farm training
players not in the squad
clubs these players have turned
ground yesterday, just so
can get on the pitch and professionals here who
around and gone ‘Here I am, this is
he could make an assessment
play against each other and want to play that they will
what I can do’ and we will move on
on the squad he inherited from Ron- show me what they have got.
from now.”
get a chance somewhere
1
EQUALITY
Openly gay footballer Liam Davis
has urged stars in the sport not to
fear revealing their sexuality.
The Cleethorpes Town
midfielder has admitted
receiving abuse from opponents,
but insists football’s attitudes to
homosexuality are increasingly
progressive.
The 27-year-old has spoken
out encouraging gay footballers
not to worry about coming out,
sharing his own experiences
as part of Uefa’s Equal Game
campaign, to foster greater
inclusion and diversity in the
sport.
“My advice to a young
Celtic insist they
won’t panic-buy
now run is over
By Andy Newport
Brendan Rodgers will resist a
knee-jerk over-reaction to Celtic’s
first domestic defeat in 18 months,
according to his right-hand man
Chris Davies.
The Hoops’ 69-game unbeaten run
came to a shuddering halt on Sunday
as Hearts produced a shock 4-0 win.
While the defeat has sparked tributes to the Parkhead side’s incredible display of dominance, it has also
led to speculation Rodgers may decide the time is right to start reshaping his squad.
RB Leipzig defender Marvin
Compper (below) has
already arrived in
Scotland as he
looks to complete a £1m
move.
But Celtic
assistant boss
Davies denied
there would be
sweeping changes, either tonight at
home to Partick Thistle or when
the transfer window opens in a fortnight’s time.
“I wouldn’t say we will be overly
busy next month to be honest,” he
said. “We’ll recruit where needed
and some players may move on as
the squad evolves.
“But it’s simple from my point of
view – we’ve lost one game in 70.
“If you said that in isolation – one
defeat in 70 – then you certainly
wouldn’t think there was major repair work needing done.
“The fact is we’ve had a really
strong season, we’ve reached all our
objectives in terms of staying at the
top. We’re looking to extend our lead
tomorrow night.
“We’ve qualified for the Champions League and now taken our
European campaign beyond Christmas. And we’ve also won a trophy.
So there’s no feeling that something
needs to change.”
BARNSLEY
Players should never fear
coming out, says Davis
By Sports Staff
SCOTTISH PREMIERSHIP
about it and everything went on
like normal.”
Davis does admit opponents
have made derogatory comments
about his sexual orientation, but
gay footballer at any level
insisted his team-mates have
or any standard is just to be
always defended him.
themselves,” said Davis.
And he still believes footballers
“Don’t over-worry and
can thrive in being openly gay,
overthink things. I don’t
despite isolated incidents of
think it will be as big an
abuse.
issue as you think. I
“Footballers say
never once thought
things to try to get a
about football when
reaction and that’s
I came out. It was
maybe why I’ve
Southampton fan
just a case of: this
had a couple of
Jonathan Coombs was
is who I am and I
comments,” said
banned from all football
for three years last month Davis. “It doesn’t
think this is the
for
homophobic
time to tell people
make it right, it
abuse
who I am.
doesn’t make it any
“But I would never,
better, but when you’re
ever overthink it. And
on the pitch I think that’s
then football just fell into place.
partly the reason why. My
It was out of season at the time.
team-mates have always backed
I joined a new team, didn’t think
me up.”
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‘Moneyball’ Beane part of
new takeover consortium
By Sports Staff
Barnsley have been taken over by a
consortium led by Chinese investor
Chien Lee and American businesspeople Paul Conway
and Grace Hung.
The takeover has been
ratified by the English
Football League and
the consortium have
assumed control from
long-time owner Patrick
Cryne, who in September
revealed he is suffering from
terminal cancer.
Baseball pioneer Billy Beane will
also invest into the South Yorkshire
club alongside Neerav Parekh.
Beane (below) used statistical
analysis to identify undervalued talent during while at Oakland Athletics and turned their fortunes around,
which became the inspiration
for 2011 film Moneyball starring Brad Pitt.
Lee bought 80 per cent
of Ligue 1 club Nice in
2016, where he sits on the
board alongside Conway,
who is also a director at
the Riviera club.
Lee and Conway will become co-chairman at Oakwell
and hope to have a similar effect as
they did at Nice, who qualified for the
Champions League for the first time
in their history this season.
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Conte to rest players for Bournemouth
By Jack Pitt-Brooke
Antonio Conte will make changes
to his Chelsea team for tonight’s
League Cup quarter-final against
Bournemouth, giving fringe players the chance to make their case
to feature more in the second half
of the season.
Chelsea can be confident of progressing to the next stage of the
EFL Cup against a Bournemouth
Paul Pogba is in line to make his United comeback against Bristol City tonight GETTY
World-class United
stars won’t faze
us, says Johnson
knock in recent weeks. Eric Bailly, Marouane Fellaini and Michael Carrick are
The fear for Bristol City, when they were all out too and that leaves Mourinho
drawn at home to Manchester United with a difficult decision in the centre
in tonight’s League Cup quarter-final, of midfield, where he could start Paul
was that the ambitious Championship Pogba, returning from a three-game
upstarts would be overawed by their suspension, or he could call up out-ofsuperstar visitors.
favour Armenia international Henrikh
A run of four league wins has eased Mkhitaryan, with whom he had a trainthose fears. They are in blistering ing-ground row recently.
form, with Wolverhampton Wander“I am going to make a few changes
ers and Cardiff City – whom they beat and it is possible Micki [Mkhitaryan] is
last month – setting a frightening pace involved,” admitted Mourinho.
at the top of the table and the Robins
But Bristol City boss Lee Johnson
clinging to their coat-tails in third place. knows that whatever starting 11 United
Despite having his eyes on a big- send out at Ashton Gate, it is likely to be
ger prize this season, namely the
filled with stars.
Champions League last 16,
“We respect the fact they
in which United will face
are going to have a worldSevilla, manager Jose
class XI, whichever one
Mourinho is well aware
they choose to put out,”
of the threat clubs in the
Johnson said.
Both Manchester
second tier can pose to
“However, we are in
United and Bristol
teams like his if they take
good form, and I think
City
have
only
lost
their foot off the pedal.
the players’ confidence
three league games
“For me now, the Chamis as good as it could be.
this season
pionship is not the Cham“I think we have a group
pionship of five or 10 years
that’s very hungry to prove
ago,” said Mourinho.
how good they are and it’s a
“The Championship is now highchance for the players, and the club,
quality teams with lots of players that to enhance their reputations.
could be playing in the Premier League
“For us there is minimal pressure ineasily. So we need to take the game re- volved apart from that which we put on
ally seriously.”
ourselves to perform.
While United see the need to field a
“I think this is a difficult place to play
full-strength side if they are to reach [for visiting teams] and it will be on
the League Cup semi-finals, the fact re- Wednesday given the atmosphere.
mains that injuries will continue to have
“I know our fans and it will be an unan impact on his line-up.
believable atmosphere, and if we can get
Serbia midfielder Nemanja Matic on the front foot, cause a few problems,
is likely to be rested after carrying a then who knows?” THE INDEPENDENT
By Ed Malyon
3
side struggling for results and
confidence. But Conte also wants
to strengthen his squad options
for a busy Christmas period and
beyond.
Chelsea are performing well
in the Premier League, with four
wins from their last five, but have
been using a narrow pool of players. This means that Conte will
probably rest his regulars, such as
N’Golo Kante or even Eden Haz-
ard. Marcos Alonso is suspended
after picking up five yellow cards
and Conte is considering bringing
some of Chelsea’s most talented
young players into the team.
“It is right in this competition to
give the opportunity to the players who are not playing regularly,”
Conte said. “It is right to continue
in this way with my players because it is very hard to ask your
players to play every game.”
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SPORT
FOOTBALL
CARABAO CUP
Justice as
Vardy’s miss
helps City
into semis
LEICESTER CITY
Vardy pen 90
1
MANCHESTER CITY
B Silva 25
(aet, Man City win 4-3 on pens)
1
By Steve Madeley
Leicester City
Hamer
Amartey Dragovic Maguire
Fuchs
AT KING POWER STADIUM
You could say justice was done.
Jamie Vardy missed a penalty in a
tense Carabao Cup shootout, having
converted a spot kick that Leicester
City barely deserved.
Vardy’s miss, followed by that of
Riyad Mahrez, sent Manchester
City into the semi-finals, but if the
result had gone the other way, then
the visitors would have had cause for
complaint.
After Demarai Gray had been
brought down by Kyle Walker with
the faintest of touches, Vardy scored
from the spot six minutes into added
time to force Pep Guardiola’s men
into an extra half-hour.
The visitors had looked set to
claim another victory in their remarkable season when Bernardo
Silva gave them a half-time lead.
But referee Bobby Madley allowed an unexpected eight minutes
of added time at the end of the game
and, six minutes into it, Demarai
Gray was tripped by Kyle Walker –
it was soft; on another day it would
have been waved away – and Vardy
did the rest.
Leicester had the better of the
opening minutes with Manchester
City old-boy Kelechi Iheanacho refusing to give his former team-mates
a moment to settle on the ball.
But it was the visitors who were
first to threaten as Leicester almost
played themselves into trouble on 13
minutes.
First a crossfield pass by Christian
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Albrighton King
Iborra
Chilwell
Okazaki
Iheanacho
Diaz
Jesus
B Silva
Foden
Toure
Gundogan
Zinchenko Mangala Adarabioyo Danilo
Bravo
Manchester City
Substitutions: Leicester City Mahrez (Albrighton, 57),
Vardy (Iheanacho, 57), Gray (Chilwell, 71), Benalouane
(Dragovic, 111); Manchester City Walker (Mangala, 81),
Nmecha (Diaz, 88), Dele-Bashiru (Foden, 90).
Booked: Leicester City Iheanacho, Maguire;
Manchester City Gundogan, Danilo, Walker.
Man of the match B Silva. Match rating 6/10.
Possession: Leicester City 40% Man City 60%.
Attempts on target: Leicester City 5 Man City 7.
Referee R Madley (West Yorkshire).
Attendance 31,562.
Fuchs for the Foxes was intercepted
by Bernardo Silva, who advanced
towards goal and forced goalkeeper
Ben Hamer into the first save of the
night.
Ilkay Gundogan made an attempt
to catch out Hamer on 20 minutes
when he spotted the Leicester keeper a fraction off his line and tried to
find the net with a delicate chip.
But the keeper adjusted his feet
neatly and pushed the effort over the
crossbar.
FOOTBALL
Atletico report Barça
over Griezmann
Fifa has received a complaint from
Atletico Madrid over an alleged
illegal approach from Barcelona
for Antoine Griezmann. Last
summer the striker extended his
contract with Atletico until June
2022. Griezmann has also been
strongly linked with a move to
Manchester United but Catalan
media reported at the weekend
that Barcelona president Josep
Maria Bartomeu had met with the
Frenchman’s family.
Iheanacho’s difficult first half included a booking when he attempted to beat Claudio Bravo to a loose
ball but caught the Manchester City
goalkeeper with a late foot.
Leicester were finally finding their
feet when they found themselves behind with another moment Iheanacho will want to forget.
He was dispossessed too easily on halfway by Yaya Touré with
Gundogan stealing the loose ball
and striding through the heart of
midfield. The German teed up Silva,
who produced a firm, low finish to
beat Hamer.
Leicester had been under the cosh
but almost stunned their visitors
Leicester made a spirited start to
with an equaliser from nowhere nine the second half and Ben Chilwell was
minutes before the break.
left bleeding as he attempted to
Iheanacho exchanged
draw them level.
passes cleverly with
At the other end Jesus
Shinji Okazaki and
clattered into Hamer as
tried his luck with a
the pair competed for
low, fizzing shot but
a loose ball with the
Domestic games
Bravo was equal to
goalkeeper left needMan City have failed
it and turned it away.
ing treatment.
to win after 90 mins
Leicester pushed
The visitors threatthis term - two were
just before half-time
ened to add to their
refereed
by
Robert
and forced two corlead when Silva burst
Madley
ners that City defended
down the right and
strongly before Iheanacho
crossed a fraction behind
looped an ambitious effort from
Jesus. Gundogan was then
distance well over the bar.
booked for diving and the clumsy
3
RUGBY UNION
Gatland on Northampton’s radar
Wales head coach Warren Gatland
could be a contender for the
Northampton rugby
director vacancy,
according to
Saints president
Keith Barwell.
Northampton
overlooked Gatland
(right) – who is under
contract with the Welsh
until 2019 – when opting to
appoint Jim Mallinder in 2007.
However, Saints sacked Mallinder
last Tuesday after 10 years in charge,
with the side lying 10th in the
Premiership after winning just
four league games all season
and propping up their
European Champions
Cup pool.
Barwell said: “I won’t
be choosing the coach,
we’ve got a committee
doing that. But I want people
to understand we’re starting
from the top not the bottom, so yes,
we’re interested in Warren.”
FOOTBALL
Deeney ban stands
after appeal fails
Troy Deeney will serve a four-match
suspension after Watford failed
in their appeal to overturn his red
card against Huddersfield. Deeney,
who was given a three-match ban
earlier this season after an incident
with Swansea’s Joe Allen, was
dismissed following a wild lunge on
Collin Quaner in Watford’s 4-1 home
defeat on Saturday. Deeney will miss
Premier League matches against
Brighton, Leicester, Swansea and
Manchester City.
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Hammers have no answer as fired-up
Welbeck puts Arsenal in semi-finals
ARSENAL
Welbeck 42
WEST HAM UNITED
Arsenal
1
Ospina
0
Debuchy Chambers Holding Kolasinac
By Jack Pitt-Brooke
AT EMIRATES STADIUM
Eliaquim Mangala was fortunate
to escape with only a warning after
catching Okazaki with a forearm as
they contested a high ball.
But Guardiola’s men looked as
likely to score as the hosts and they
went close when Jesus headed a Silva
cross just wide.
City’s stewards wrestled a pitch
invader to the ground and Bravo
proved just as tough to thwart as
he saved a low shot from substitute
Riyad Mahrez.
But six minutes into added time
Vardy converted from the spot, forcing extra time. He failed to make it
two in the shootout. THE INDEPENDENT
Qualifying for the semi-finals of the
Carabao Cup is nice but having a fit
and firing Danny Welbeck back will
be of far more value to Arsenal over
the second half of this season.
Welbeck scored the only goal in
an utterly forgettable win over West
Ham United. His contribution was
by far the most significant aspect of
the evening for Arsenal, who always
look stronger and more dangerous
with him in the team.
This was Welbeck’s first goal
since he scored two here against
Bournemouth back on 9 September.
Even more importantly, it was his
first full 90 minutes for Arsenal since
27 August.
He looked fit and sharp, nearly
winning a penalty off Joe Hart in the
second half too. If he can keep this
up, he will surely play more over
Christmas and there could be much
more to come from him.
The first half hour was not a great
advertisement for the Carabao Cup.
Just as when these two teams met in
the Premier League last Wednesday,
Arsenal dominated possession but
passed ponderously and could not
create proper chances.
Last week they had Alexis
Sanchez and Mesut Ozil playing
but here, with their Europa League
B-side playing, it took a lot of work.
With Arsenal methodically moving
the ball around their belt and braces
midfield, this felt like a night that was
heading to extra time.
West Ham, sitting deep in their
5-3-2 formation, were happy to
wait and play on the break. Even
though they were missing midfielder
Manuel Lanzini, banned by the FA
for diving in Saturday’s win at Stoke,
with Javier Hernandez and Andre
Ayew up front they had the potential
to threaten Arsenal.
But just when they were five
minutes away from making it to
half-time, West Ham switched off
TENNIS
RUGBY UNION
Bernardo
Silva scores
Manchester
City’s opening
goal GETTY
Bartoli announces
return to WTA tour
Former Wimbledon champion
Marion Bartoli has announced her
return, four years after quitting
the sport. The Frenchwoman, 33,
retired in August 2013, a month after
winning her only Grand Slam title.
“I am so looking forward to seeing
you again and [hope to] share some
amazing emotions with you,” said
Bartoli, who had a life-threatening
virus last year. “It’s going to be a
huge challenge.” She hopes to return
at the Miami Open in March.
Willock
Elneny
Walcott
Giroud
Welbeck
Ayew
Quina
Hernandez
Obiang
Masuaku
Ogbonna
Rice
Cresswell
Collins
Reid
Hart
West Ham United
Substitutions: Arsenal Nelson (Giroud, 78), Sheaf
(Willock, 84), Dasilva (Coquelin, 90); West Ham United
Carroll (Cresswell, 65), Sakho (Hernandez, 65),
Arnautovic (Quina, 83).
Booked: West Ham United Hart.
Man of the match Welbeck.
Match rating 4/10.
Possession: Arsenal 67% West Ham United 33%.
Attempts on target: Arsenal 1 West Ham United 0.
Referee K Friend (Leicestershire).
Attendance 44,741.
Goalkeeper Joe Hart was booked after bringing down Danny Welbeck, who had
the last laugh after putting Arsenal into the Carabao Cup semi-finals GETTY
and Arsenal were in. When Sead did not come naturally to them
Kolasinac charged down the left and with such little quality on the pitch.
whipped in a first-time cross, Theo Hernandez went scurrying off down
Walcott had more than enough time the channels but his team-mates
and space to score but rushed into a struggled to get the ball to him
diving header which flew wide.
quickly enough.
Just one minute later,
When
Arthur
another cross from a fullMasuaku charged
back helped Arsenal
down the middle
into the lead. Francis
and was tripped
Coquelin picked out
by Debuchy, West
West Ham have
the run of Mathieu
Ham had a freelost eight of their
Debuchy, who headed
kick in a dangerous
last ten matches at
the ball back into the
p
o s i t i o n . A a ro n
the Emirates, by an
box. Welbeck got ahead
Cresswell curled it
aggregate 20-4
of Winston Reid, outyards wide but it was
muscled him to win the
still their best effort of
header and bundled the ball in
the first hour.
past Hart.
West Ham needed something difAt least in the second half, West ferent so manager David Moyes sent
Ham had to come out and play. It on Andy Carroll and Diafra Sakho
8
Gloucester backing Ackermanns
Gloucester are giving head coach
Johan Ackermann (below)
and his son Ruan their
full backing after it was
revealed the pair are
the subject of a police
investigation into a
nightclub altercation.
The incident is said
to have taken place
in Cheltenham in the
early hours of Sunday
after Zebre had been defeated
69-12 in a Challenge Cup match at
Coquelin
Kingsholm. The sister of a man
involved has used social media to
make claims about an alleged
assault.
Gloucester chief
executive Stephen
Vaughan said: “I’m
completely satisfied that
while an incident did take
place, it was instigated
by others and not by
Johan and Ruan, as has been
incorrectly reported.”
» Itoje boost for England, p48
CRICKET
Duckett left out of
Lions’ Windies tour
Ben Duckett has been omitted
from the England Lions squad for
the upcoming tour of the West
Indies because of his behaviour in
Australia. The Northamptonshire
batsman received a final written
warning over his conduct and was
fined after pouring a drink over
James Anderson in a Perth bar.
Lancashire’s Keaton Jennings
captains the one-day and four-day
squads against West Indies A in
February and March.
for Cresswell and Hernandez. With
Carroll’s first action, he sent Coquelin sprawling on the floor.
But that was the full extent of Carroll’s influence on the game. Even
when West Ham launched the ball
towards him, he could not win it,
control it or hold it.
His last meaningful action, with
eight minutes left, was to fall on
David Ospina in the box, causing a
delay as the Colombian goalkeeper
was treated.
Sakho was more dangerous, relatively, at one point skipping away
down the right. But that was as good
as it got for a team desperately lacking in quality. Marko Arnautovic,
their best attacking player right now,
came on for the final seven minutes
but too late to affect the game.
Arsenal might have had a penalty
when Welbeck was brought down by
Hart, but Kevin Friend gave a freekickoutsidethebox. THE INDEPENDENT
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BT Sport 1, 1am [tomorrow]
CARABAO CUP QUARTER-FINALS
Bravo City! Guardiola’s side
beat Leicester on penalties
» Match report, p54
Sport
Well done
Danny
Welbeck fires Arsenal into League Cup
semi-finals with first goal for three months
» Match report, p55
20.12.17
P48
ATHLETICS
Radcliffe calls for
lifetime bans
after latest Gatlin
doping scandal
P50
Danny Welbeck
celebrates his
winning goal for
Arsenal against
West Ham GETTY
CRICKET
England are
not a group of
whingers, insists
defiant Bairstow
Rugby’s gone soft, says O’Driscoll as Tuilagi fears ban
By Evan Bartlett
and Charles Richardson
P53
FOOTBALL
Johnson targets
cup shock against
Mourinho’s
superstar squad
Manu Tuilagi faces disciplinary action and another spell on the sidelines after only just returning to
first-team action.
The Leicester Tigers centre
(right) could miss England’s Six
Nations opener against Italy on 4
February after being cited for an
alleged high tackle on flanker Chris
Cloete during his side’s 25-16 de-
feat by Munster, at Welford Road
on Sunday.
Tuilagi, who was making
his first appearance after
three months out with a
knee injury, made contact with Cloete’s head
after the openside had
stooped to pick up Jonny
May’s kick.
However, the decision
to cite Tuilagi, 26, was met
with disbelief in rugby circles, with
former British & Irish Lions captain
Brian O’Driscoll saying the
game had “gone soft”.
“I think the game
has gone soft if we’re
picking up on marginal collisions like the
Manu Tuilagi tackle
he’s been cited for,”
O’Driscoll tweeted.
Tuilagi’s England teammate Danny Care called the
decision “ridiculous.
The entry-point sanction for dangerous tackling is two weeks, the
mid-range six weeks and the top end
10 weeks to a year.
Tuilagi will appear before an
independent disciplinary panel
in London today, as will Leinster
prop Cian Healey and Exeter lock
Mitch Lees, who were also cited
following the weekend’s Champions
Cup matches.
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