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22 DECEMBER 2017
Number 2,209
News.co.uk
Quiz
of the
year
» Health Secretary is ‘on manoeuvres’,
claim Cabinet colleagues
PART ONE
WITH WHITAKER’S
ALMANACK
» No guarantee that May will appoint
new second in command
» Tory anger at police after Damian
Green sacked for lying over porn
» Amber Rudd and Michael Gove
are other potential candidates
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Commons showdown
on secret trade
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The day at
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FRIDAY
22
DECEMBER
Quote of the day
ALDOUS HUXLEY
Birthdays
Jordin Sparks, pop
singer, 28; Ralph Fiennes
(below), actor, 55; Noel
Edmonds, presenter, 69;
Gregor Fisher, comedian,
64; Vanessa Paradis,
singer, 45
HEALTH
HEALTH
CONSUMER
POLICE
NHS told: cancel
non-emergency ops
More shoppers for
Boxing Day sales
Woman stabbed to
death in Aldi store
Eating fish improves children’s
sleep, research shows. Those
who consumed fish at least once a
week slept better than those who
ate it less frequently or not at all,
researchers from the University of
Pennsylvania found. Increased fish
consumption was associated with
fewer sleep disturbances. PAGE 8
Hospitals across England have
been told to cancel non-emergency
operations in the new year to
prepare for a post-Christmas
surge in patients. The first weeks
of January are often the busiest
of the year with winter illnesses
peaking, combined with the growing
day-to-day demand in A&E.
More people plan to shop in the
Boxing Day sales this year than last
as they try to combat rising prices,
a survey suggests. About a third
(34 per cent) will go to the festive
sales, up from 23 per cent last year,
according to Barclaycard, which
processes nearly half of all debit and
credit card transactions in the UK.
A man has been arrested on
suspicion of murder after a woman
aged 30 was stabbed to death in a
supermarket, North Yorkshire Police
say. The 44-year-old suspect was
apprehended following the attack in
Aldi in Skipton yesterday afternoon.
Shoppers and staff detained the
suspect before police arrived.
COURTS
Gun dealer Paul Edmunds has been
jailed for 30 years for supplying
pistols and ammunition to criminals.
The seizure of 50,000 live rounds
of ammunition and guns supplied
by Edmunds, 66, had undoubtedly
“protected many members of the
public” according to judge Richard
Bond at Birmingham Crown Court.
The British film and TV industry is on the rise,
adding £7.65bn to the economy in 2016.
Several major films and TV series have
scenes set at landmarks throughout the UK.
Here is a map of some of the most notable
locations for the best-known productions.
FILM
LOCATIONS
IN THE UK
Doune Castle
‘Monty Python
and the
Holy Grail’
Anniversaries
The List
World’s most
generous nations
Castle Ward
‘Game of Thrones’
1 Myanmar 91 per cent
2 Indonesia 79 per cent
3 Malta 73 per cent
4= Iceland 68 per cent
4= Thailand 68 per cent
6 New Zealand 65 per cent
8= Netherlands 64 per cent
8= UK 64 per cent
9 Australia 63 per cent
10 Canada 61 per cent
SOURCE: CHARITIES AID FOUNDATION
Glenfinnan Viaduct
The Harry Potter
films
1
2
Sleddale Hall
‘Withnail and I’
Police are on the scent of drug dealers
after a lorry load of cannabis was
found on fire. Officers were called
after a “large amount of fumes”
came from the blaze in the trailer of
an articulated lorry in the Pennines
above Rochdale. When the fire was
put out, a “significant amount”
of cannabis was found inside.
5
Blenheim Palace
The James Bond
film ‘Spectre’
10
7
Henrhyd Falls
‘The Dark
Knight Rises’
6
9
NATURE
Turtle tied to drugs
package rescued
8
Highclere Castle
‘Downton Abbey’
SOURCE: STATISTA RESEARCH
Newspapers support recycling
The recycled content of UK
newspapers in 2015 was 71%
Stormzy has turned up to perform
at the funeral of a fan’s father in
Reading yesterday after spotting a
message on Twitter. Nasir Bockarie’s
father died on 8 December, the day
Nasir graduated. He sent Stormzy
a message inviting him to sing at
the funeral. A publicist confirmed
Stormzy had attended the service.
Lyme Park
‘Pride and
Prejudice’
Toxteth
‘Peaky
Blinders’
West Bay
‘Broadchurch’
index
Stormzy performs at
fan’s father’s funeral
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POLICE
Cannabis load found
inside blazing lorry
PEOPLE
The World Giving Index has
revealed the 10 most generous
and caring countries last year,
ranked by the percentage of the
population who gave money to
charity within the last month of
the study.
Saturday 22 Dec 1956
A baby gorilla named Colo
is born at Columbus Zoo
in Ohio, becoming the first
gorilla born in captivity.
Colo was the daughter
of Millie and Mac, two
western lowland gorillas
captured in French
Cameroon and brought to
the US in 1951.
Toys R Us has staved off the threat
of administration after creditors
agreed to a restructuring plan that
will secure about 2,500 jobs. While
the company voluntary arrangement
will allow Toys R Us to stay afloat, at
least 26 loss-making UK stores will
shut, losing up to 800 jobs. PAGE 48
Eating kippers can
help nippers nod off
Criminals’ gun dealer
jailed for 30 years
Maybe this world is
another planet’s Hell
Loss of 800 jobs may
keep Toys R Us afloat
A loggerhead sea turtle has been
rescued by the US coastguard
in the Pacific Ocean after it was
found attached to a 800kg (1,764lb)
package of cocaine. A patrol spotted
the turtle 300 miles south of the
Mexico-Guatemala border where a
75ft line connected the bales of the
drug worth an estimated $53m.
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WILLIAM GLEN,
DEBUT NOVELIST
It’s never too late to try new things
Yes. That’s exactly the can-do attitude that
retired plumber William Glen adopted to
achieve his lifelong dream of writing his
first novel, at the age of 96. His book, After
the Panic, is available under his pen name
of Glen Williams. “It’s exciting to have my
work available in public space. I’ve had
great feedback so far,” he said.
What inspired him to take up writing?
The pensioner, from Carntyne, Glasgow,
discovered and developed his talent for
writing while attending writing classes.
Over time, the lessons honed skills that
he never knew he had during his working
career. “I worked as a plumber, so exploring
my creative side isn’t something I ever had
much of a chance to do,” he added.
Is he developing a narrative?
Mr Glen, who lives in a retirement
home, was inspired to write his story
after reading a newspaper article about
a bomb that was left on a bus. He spent
months planning and writing his story,
which is about a disagreement between
South American drugs barons that leads
to a bomb being left on a cruise ship.
Passengers are evacuated from the vessel
after the device is discovered on board.
The novel follows the stories of three
passengers who are accidentally left
behind. “In my classes, I would usually
write short, creative pieces,” said Mr Glen.
“Never before have I written anything
as big as this, so it’s certainly a big
achievement for me.”
Are his friends and family proud?
Of course they are. A fair few of the 100
copies of the book that Mr Glen has had
printed will go to his loved ones – but it
doesn’t stop there. Since finishing After
the Panic, he has completed a second,
autobiographical memoir which recalls the
time he spent in Normandy where he was
wounded during the war. Carol Harvey, the
deputy manager at Bield retirement home
where Mr Glen lives, said: “The staff here
all really enjoyed reading After the Panic.
It’s a fantastic story that illustrates Mr
Glen’s bright mind. His adoration for his
work really shines through the pages.”
Valerie Browne
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TV
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22 DECEMBER 2017
BUSINESS SPORT
48-51
55-63
Letter from
the Editor
Oliver Duff
i@inews.co.uk
’Tis the season to salute
those jolly hard at work
Three cheers for the
warehouse elves, the
posties and van drivers
who carry a billion parcels
to our doors; the turkey
farmers and checkout
staff whose toil is
almost done.
For others, work
continues much as
it must in any other
week. Britain’s army of
Christmas Day workers
now numbers one million.
More than a quarter of
a million are carers and
nurses. Patricia Aldridge,
the care home worker
from Wexham who
won £1m on the lottery
two weeks ago, will be
among them. She has an
8am-8pm shift in Slough,
and explained: “You hear
people say, ‘If I won a lot
of money I’d give up work’,
but I love what I do.”
Three in five clergy
will work on Monday.
After Midnight Mass and
too little sleep, many of
them will dash between
parishes to address their
flocks. They also offer
solace to people who find
this Christmas a difficult
time, with loved ones
distant or lost.
Then there are the
farmers (5am milking),
vets (on standby for
peckish dogs and cats
who’ve gobbled chocolate),
chefs and waiters
(more families eating
out), hotel staff (more
tourists visiting Britain
in December), cleaners,
breakdown mechanics
and taxi drivers.
Sing Hallelujah
for the electricians
rescuing raw turkeys
from busted ovens, the
midwives delivering a
most precious Christmas
parcel, and emergency
workers pocketing a
mince pie as they await
the next call-out.
Bravo the Samaritans,
lifeboat volunteers, cabin
crew – and the retail
staff who process online
shopping orders on what’s
become a frenzied day.
Damn those blasted
train cancellations,
but salute the railway
engineers who’ll work
around the clock.
The Prime Minister
does her bit, working
in her Maidenhead
community on Christmas
Day. And many
journalists, too, will be
grafting away – including
at i’s offices around the
UK. Merry Christmas,
one and all.
***
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paper will be packed
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quizzes to challenge
the in-laws, as well as
news and sport. Next
Wednesday, Thursday
and Friday we publish our
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of the Year, inside your
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DIPLOMACY
WELFARE
UN vote opposes US stance on Jerusalem
By Edith Lederer
IN NEW YORK
The United Nations General
Assembly voted overwhelmingly
last night to denounce President
Donald Trump’s recognition of
Jerusalem as Israel’s capital,
ignoring his threats to cut off aid to
any country that went against him.
The non-binding resolution,
sponsored by Yemen and Turkey
and declaring US action on
Jerusalem (inset) “null and
void”, was approved by
128-9 – a victory for the
Palestinians but not as
big as predicted.
Amid Washington’s
threats, 35 of the 193
nations abstained and 21
were absent.
The resolution reaffirmed
the UN position on the divided
holycitysince1967:thatJerusalem’s
final status must be decided
in direct negotiations
between Israel and the
Palestinians. Despite
the threats, US aid
recipients including
Afghanistan, Egypt,
Jo r d a n , Pa k i s t a n ,
Nigeria, Ethiopia,
Tanzania and South Africa
backed the resolution.
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By Nigel Morris
POLITICAL EDITOR
It was 45 years ago that pensioners
first received a Christmas bonus of
£10 from the Government – a windfall
worth about £130 in today’s money.
Back in 1972, it would have been
enough to pay for Christmas dinner
for a family of four. Edward Heath’s
government intended the payment
to be a one-off boost to help retired
people and benefit recipients cope
with soaring prices. It has been paid
every year since 1977, but the bonus
has remained a tenner as inflation
nibbled away at its real value.
However, Jeremy Corbyn has
signalled that a Labour government
would aim to increase the bonus
which is paid to more than 15 million
people. “I think it should be uprated
because I don’t think the current
bonus is very generous,” he told i .
The Labour leader also vowed to
tackle the bureaucratic problems
which have left benefits claimants
waiting to receive their money.
It emerged last year that a
“technical error” meant 327,379
people on employment and support
allowances did not receive their gifts
until after Christmas.
Mr Corbyn called on ministers for
confirmation that the same mistake
Corbyn vows to
increase £10
Christmas bonus
The £10 Christmas bonus
is paid to pensioners and
people receiving certain benefits.
Claimants are paid automatically,
based on whether they were
receiving the benefit during the
qualifiying week.
had not been repeated this year and
that everyone eligible for a Christmas
bonus payment had received it in
time for the festivities.
He added: “It should be paid early.
It should be paid out by the middle of
December to have any meaningful
effect on pensioners and to give them
that little bit extra for Christmas.
“Winter fuel allowance is always
paid in a timely manner, but the
Christmas date is well known. It’s not
a secret.”
Labour sources refused to be
drawn on how much Mr Corbyn
wanted the bonus to rise by, or
whether he was attracted to the idea
of more people qualifying for the
payment. To qualify for the bonus,
a personal has to receive a state
pension or one of 18 other benefits.
They include carer’s allowance,
disability living allowance and
incapacity benefit at the long-term
rate and widow’s pension.
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By Katie Grant
Police are investigating a potential
new lead in the unsolved killing in
France of a British man, his wife and
mother-in-law, it is understood.
Saad al-Hilli, his wife Iqbal and her
mother Suhaila al-Allaf were shot
dead on holiday in the Alps in 2012.
Their bodies were discovered at
Chevaline, near Lake Annecy, on
5 September that year. A passing
cyclist was also killed but the
couple’s two daughters survived.
One of the children, then aged four,
was discovered hiding beneath her
mother’s body inside the family car
eight hours after the shooting.
Detectives are understood to be
questioning a former soldier who
is the main suspect in two other
incidents which occurred in the area.
Nordahl Lelandais, 34, has been in
custody since September, when he
was arrested over the disappearance
of a nine-year-old girl in the city of
Chambéry. “We are going to look at
all the disturbing disappearances
in this region,” said the Chambéry
prosecutor, Thierry Dran.
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NEWS
BREXIT
CONSERVATIVES
PM urged to reveal Article 50 withdrawal advice
Hunt emerges as
frontrunner to
replace Green
as May’s deputy
By Rob Merrick
Secret legal advice which is believed to say that Brexit can be
stopped unilaterally by Britain
could be revealed, if a Commons
vote is won next month.
Theresa May has been accused
of suppressing a formal opinion
that the Article 50 notification can
be withdrawn, even without Brussels’ agreement.
Now two pro-EU MPs have
tabled an amendment to the EU
Withdrawal Bill which, if passed,
would force the Prime Minister
to publish a summary of that
advice, they say.
The controversy could be crucial if MPs reject any Brexit agreement she secures in a “meaningful
vote” to take place next year, before the withdrawal process can
start. Chris Leslie, a Labour MP
and supporter of the pro-EU
Open Britain group, said: “MPs
and their constituents have every
right to know the legal facts about
what is and is not possible in the
Brexit process.”
He added: “Ministers have
provided no clarity on this so
far and it’s about time they did.”
THE INDEPENDENT
By Nigel Morris
POLITICAL EDITOR
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Jeremy Hunt has emerged as frontrunner to become Theresa May’s
deputy after Damian Green was
sacked for lying over claims that pornography was discovered by police
on his office computer.
The loss of a close personal friend
and trusted political ally is a serious
blow to the Prime Minister as she
struggles to impose her authority
over her minority government.
Whitehall sources indicated that
she would not rush into a decision
over appointing a new First Secretary of State, and could even leave
the post unfilled.
She is also expected to take the opportunity to conduct a wider reshuffle early next month to inject new
blood into her top team.
Ministers and MPs believe Mr
Hunt, the Health Secretary, is pitching for promotion from the post he
has occupied since 2012.
They point to his announcement
that he had shifted from opposing
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Mr Hunt said Mrs May had
acted with a “very heavy
heart” when she sacked Mr Green.
He added it was clear Mr Green
had “lied” and it was right that
Cabinet ministers were held to
the “very highest standards”.
Brexit to supporting it, and to his increased social media profile.
One Cabinet member said: “It’s
clear to everyone that Jeremy is on
manoeuvres. He is deeply ambitious
and seems convinced he has a good
chance of greater things.”
Mr Hunt yesterday insisted he was
“passionate” about his current role,
but declined to rule himself out of
the running to become Mrs May’s de
facto deputy.
“Obviously these things are a matter for the Prime Minister, but as far
as I am concerned I am a health man,”
he told BBC Radio 4.
Other potential candidates for the
job include Amber Rudd and Michael
Gove although they are closely identified with the Cabinet’s “aligner” and
“diverger” factions respectively.
Mr Green stood down while continuing to deny “unfounded and
deeply hurtful” claims that he had
downloaded or viewed the material.
But an investigation by the Cabinet
Office found statements Mr Green
made on 4 and 11 November, which
suggested he was not aware indecent
material had been discovered, were
“inaccurate and misleading” and
breached the ministerial code.
Mr Green said yesterday: “I am
overwhelmed by the number of
friends, colleagues (on all sides) and
constituents who have sent supportive messages. My thanks to you all.”
WESTMINSTER
Police officers may be prosecuted
By Gavin Cordon and Arj Singh
Two former police officers accused
of leaking details about the discovery of pornographic material
on the Commons computer
of Damian Green during
a police raid have been
warned they could face
prosecution.
Metropolitan Police
Commissioner Cressida
Dick said Scotland Yard
had referred the two retired
officers to the Information Commissioner’s Office over possible breaches
of data protection legislation.
The move came amid a furious
backlash from Tory MPs after Mr
Green was dramatically sacked after
admitting he made “misleading”
statements claiming he knew nothing about the police discovery of the
porn in 2008.
Allies of the Prime Minister said
she had no choice but to act
after a Cabinet Office inquiry
found he had breached the
ministerial code.
But Conservative backbenchers said his misconduct was “dwarfed” by
the actions of former Met
assistant commissioner Bob
Quick and ex-detective constable Neil Lewis (inset) in passing confidential information from a police
inquiry to the media.
Speaking during a visit to Poland, Theresa May said she now expected the matter to be “properly”
investigated.
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FRiDAY
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TV
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BUSINESS SPORT
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22 DECEMBER 2017
DIPLOMACY
7
POLITICS
I’m veering right
all the time, says
Tory rising star
By Katie Grant
Prime Minister
Theresa May and
Poland’s prime
minister Mateusz
Morawiecki
(centre) pose with
a Polish veteran in
Warsaw AP
May aims to build ties with Poland
and flies into diplomatic storm
By Andrew Woodcock
Theresa May has called for a “satisfactory resolution” to a bitter dispute
between the EU and Poland in which
the government in Warsaw is facing
the threat of sanctions.
The Prime Minister flew into the
middle of the diplomatic storm as she
arrived in the Polish capital for talks
aimed at strengthening ties with the
eastern European state.
Her visit came the day after the
European Commission started proceedings which could lead to Poland’s
voting rights being suspended over
controversial reforms to its justice
system. The move came in response
to laws enacted by the right-wing
Law and Justice party, giving it greater control over the justice system.
European Council president Donald Tusk, a former Polish prime
minister, has said the legislation
“practically liquidated judicial independence in Poland”, placing government authorities “above the law”.
At a joint press conference with
new prime minister, Mateusz Morawiecki, Mrs May said she hoped the
dispute could be resolved through
talks with Brussels. “Of course these
constitutional issues are normally
and should be primarily a matter for
the individual country concerned,”
she said. “Across Europe we have
POLITICS
Davis changes
mind over
resignation
By Serina Sandhu
David Davis has backtracked on his threat to
resign as Brexit Secretary if Damian Green was
sacked following claims
that pornography had been
found on his House of Commons computer.
Mr Davis was Mr Green’s boss at
the time of the 2008 police raid on his
Commons office, which uncovered
pornography on his office computer.
He was one of many to criticise the
two former Scotland Yard officers
who spoke out about the raid, with
collective belief in the rule of law and
I welcome the fact that Prime Minister Morawiecki has indicated that he
will be speaking with the European
Commission and I hope that that will
lead to a satisfactory resolution.”
Mr Morawiecki insisted that “deep
reform” of the Polish justice system
was needed in the light of the country’s communist past as a member of
the former Soviet bloc. “I can only remind our German partners for example that after the fall of communism
in the German Democratic Republic, only 35 per cent of judges were
positively vetted,” he said. “In Poland we did not have such a verification process. All judges who worked
during the Stalinist period remained
without any problems in the system
of the judiciary in the free Poland.”
Mrs May welcomed the signing of
a “landmark” defence and security
co-operation treaty between the UK
and Poland, and said they would be
bolstering co-operation against Russian “disinformation” in the region.
Theresa May was
accidentally dubbed
“Madame Brexit” by a Polish
translator in a live television
broadcast. Mrs May smiled as
she heard the translation.
PARLIAMENT
one alleging that “thousands” of
legal images had been found on Mr
Green’s computer.
Sources close to Mr Davis (inset)
said he had warned Downing Street
against sacking Mr Green, but
that he would not be resigning in protest.
A Cabinet Office investigation found two
statements by Mr Green,
which suggested he was
not aware indecent material had been found on his
computer, were “inaccurate
and misleading”. The probe
came after Conservative activist
Kate Maltby claimed he had touched
her knee and sent her a suggestive
text message.
Mr Green denies that he downloaded the pornographic images on
his computer.
MPs dismiss
Brexit reports as
a ‘shoddy mess’
By Jon Stone
Parliament’s Brexit committee has published 39 of
the Government’s sectoral
analyses on the impact of
leaving the EU on the British economy.
The reports, which Brexit
Secretary David Davis had previous said held “excruciating detail”
of the departure’s effects, were dismissed by MPs and campaigners as a
“shoddy mess” with little detail.
The committee obtained the documents using a long-standing power
to demand government papers. Mr
Davis later drew a distinction between impact assessments, which he
said did not exist, and “sectoral analyses”, which are limited in scope.
Labour MP Seema Malhotra (inset),
who is on the committee, said the
reports “fall far short of the
impact analysis the Government implied it was doing
a year ago”. “It remains
unclear if these are the
original reports or written
in the last two months.”
The Department for Exiting the EU said: “Our analysis
is not, nor has it ever been, a series
of impact assessments examining the
quantitativeimpactoftheUK’sEUexit
on the 58 sectors. As our analysis does
not exist in the form Parliament requested,wetooktimetobringtogether
information in a way that met Parliament’s specific ask.” THE INDEPENDENT
Kemi Badenoch, the Conservative
MP elected earlier this year, has
batted away suggestions she could
be left-leaning, revealing that the
older she gets, the less socially liberal she becomes.
Asked to define her political position by the website ConservativeHome, the MP for Saffron Walden
in Essex, said: “I’m not really leftleaning on anything.”
She added: “I always lean right
instinctively,”
and agreed
that “centreright” would
be the best
way to describe
her stance.
Ms Badenoch, a
rising star after her 2017 conference speech, said: “As I get older
I’m finding that I am becoming
less socially liberal... It feels like all
the big battles have been won, and
I don’t know what it means now,
given that this is the status quo.”
The MP also revealed that she
supported David Davis in the 2005
leadership contest when David
Cameron won. “I didn’t know who
David Cameron was. I think it’s
good that he won... [Mr Cameron]
had only been there four years,
and I thought, ‘He can’t be ready’.”
INVESTIGATION
Minister in
sex toy row
is cleared
By Benjamin Butterworth
International trade minister
Mark Garnier has been cleared of
wrongdoing following a Cabinet
Office investigation.
Mr Garnier (inset) admitted
asking an aide to buy sex toys and
referring to her as “sugar tits”.
He strongly denied, however,
that the behaviour constituted
sexual harassment.
The allegations
also referred to incidents in 2010,
six years before
he became
a minister.
There was
“no evidence”
to suggest his
actions “breached
the expected standards of behaviour,” a
statement from No 10 said.
A “member of staff in Mr Garnier’s office was distressed by what
had occurred. It was not his intention to cause distress, and Mr Garnier has apologised unreservedly
to the individual. On that basis the
Prime Minister considers that a
line should be drawn under the
issue,” the statement added.
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Children get a better night’s sleep after a fish supper
By Katie Grant
Children who eat fish at least once
a week sleep better than those who
consume it less frequently or not at
all, a study has found.
Researchers asked more than 500
children aged nine to 11 how often
they consumed fish, with options
ranging from never to at least once
per week.
The participants also answered
questions about their sleep quality,
detailing how long they tended to
sleep, how frequently they woke in
the night and whether they experienced tiredness during the day.
Increased fish consumption was
associated with fewer disturbances
of sleep, which the researchers, from
the University of Pennsylvania, say
indicates better overall sleep quality.
“Lack of sleep is associated with
antisocial behaviour... We have found
Omega-3, found in fish, was linked to a
reduction in anti-social behaviour
that omega-3 supplements reduce
antisocial behaviour, so it’s not too
surprising that fish is behind this,”
said Professor Adrian Raine, who
contributed the research, published
in the journal Scientific Reports.
The report also says that children
who eat fish at least once a week have
IQ scores that are four points higher
on average than those who consume
it less frequently or not at all.
These findings add to a grow-
ing body of evidence indicating that fish consumption has
positive health benefits, according to
the researchers.
Consuming fish just once a week
moves a family into the “high” fisheating group as defined in the study.
“Doing that could be a lot easier
than nudging children about going
to bed,” said Professor Raine.
Walnuts, soy and flaxseed are also
good sources of omega-3.
ENVIRONMENT
Call for deposits
on plastic bottles
to fight pollution
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A UK-wide scheme to charge a deposit for drinks bottles, which is paid
back when they are returned for recycling, is needed to turn the tide on
plastic waste, MPs urged.
All public premises that serve food
or drink including leisure and sports
centres should be required to provide
free drinking water on request to cut
the use of throwaway water bottles,
and water fountains should be encouraged. Companies should be made
financially responsible for the plastic
packaging they produce, the Environmental Audit Committee said.
The Government should also bring
in rules for 50 per cent recycled plastic content in plastic bottles to be
achieved by 2023 at the latest.
In a new report, the committee
warned that only 7.5 billion of the 13
billion plastic bottles used in the UK
each year are recycled, while the
rest end up in landfill, are littered
or incinerated.
With the issue of ocean plastic pollution high on the agenda in the wake
of the BBC’s Blue Planet II nature series, potential measures to cut plastic
waste are under the spotlight. i has
Burning or throwing
bottles in landfill produces
about 233,000 tons of greenhouse
gas a year. Littered bottles make
up a third of plastic pollution.
Plastic waste is having devastating
effects on marine wildlife GETTY
also been campaigning throughout
the year for oceans clean of plastic.
Mary Creagh, chair of the Environmental Audit Committee, said: “Urgent action is needed to protect our
environment from the devastating
effects of marine plastic pollution
which, if it continues to rise at current
rates, will outweigh fish by 2050.”
The UK’s recycling rate for plastic
bottles has stalled for the past five
years, the MPs said. The Government should introduce a deposit return scheme for such bottles to boost
recycling rates to 90 per cent.
A spokesman for the Environment
Department (Defra) said: “We have
made progress by taking nine billion
plastic bags out of circulation with
our 5p carrier bag charge, and we
will be introducing one of the world’s
toughest bans on plastic microbeads.”
HEALTH
Ambulance patients ‘face hour wait’
By Paul Gallagher
HEALTH CORRESPONDENT
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More than 3,400 people taken to A&E
by ambulance were forced to wait
longer than an hour to be seen last
week, NHS England figures show.
The number of delays longer than
30 minutes rose by a fifth compared
with the previous week, with 14,300
people waiting more than half an
hour, compared with 11,900 a week
earlier. Of these, 3,420 were delays of
more than 60 minutes, up from 2,340.
The Department of Health said
ambulance workers should be able to
hand patients over to A&E staff within 15 minutes of arrival at hospital.
An NHS England spokesman said:
“The recent cold snap has seen hospitals put under pressure, but they are
generally coping. Staff are working
hard to ensure ambulance handovers
are as smooth as possible.”
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TRADE
Fox under fire
as critics vow to
tackle him over
‘secret plans’
“are empty words, devoid of any
meaning”. He added: “What is the
Secretary of State trying to hide from
Liam Fox faces a Commons show- the public?
“The threat of deregulation in the
down over the Government’s demand
for total secrecy over talks with the context of a trade deal with the US
is a very real one, as we saw with the
US over a post-Brexit trade deal.
A working group from the chlorine-washed chicken scandal.”
Tom Brake, the Liberal DemoDepartment for International Trade
crats’ Brexit spokesman,
has agreed with its American
said: “Liam Fox shouldn’t
counterpart that the neget used to putting
gotiations will remain
his feet up over the
classified for four years
Christmas break.
after a deal is struck, i
“With the Trade
revealed yesterday.
The number of years,
Bill in the Commons
The disclosure prounder the agreement,
when Parliament revoked anger among
that negotiations will
turns, he is going to
the opposition parties,
remain classifed after
a deal is struck
be grilled over his sewho accused the miniscret plans to bounce the
ter of breaking promises
UK into bad trade deals
to be transparent about the
and force delicacies such as
trade talks.
They vowed to confront him when chlorinated chicken on unsuspecting
MPs debate the Government’s Trade British consumers.”
Caroline Lucas, the co-leader of the
Bill early next month.
“You can bet your bottom dollar Green Party in England and Wales,
I will raise it,” the shadow Interna- said: “It would be a travesty if trade
tional Trade Secretary, Barry Gar- talks were pushed into the shadows
and done in secret.
diner, told i.
“While ministers proudly claim to
Labour plans an amendment to the
legislation demanding extra trans- be letting Britain ‘take back control’,
parency and enhanced parliamenta- they plan to hide behind a veil of sery scrutiny of any future trade deals. crecy when it comes to trade.”
The former Lib Dem leader, Tim
Mr Gardiner said the documents
showed that Dr Fox’s promises to Farron, now a member of the “Best
provide maximum transparency for Britain” campaign group of MPs,
said: “A secret negotiation between
Donald Trump and Liam Fox should
Theresa May’s official
send a shiver down the spine.”
spokesman said last night:
The Department for International
“In terms of negotiating a trade
Trade has explained that the workdeal, you would expect some
ing group needs to exchange inforaspects of it to be confidential.”
mation in confidence to “support
productive discussions”.
American and British
regulations differ
on things such as the
use of pesticides in
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POLITICAL EDITOR
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Explainer UK’s trade talks request
The UK Government has demanded
total secrecy in its free trade talks
with the US for a post-Brexit deal, i
revealed yesterday.
The Department for International
Trade (DIT), led by Liam Fox, has
opened preliminarry
discussions around
d
a trade deal with
America – but both
h
sides have agreed
that their talks willl
be classified as
either “sensitive”
or “confidential”.
This means
information will
be shared only
among approved
individuals.
Additionally,
nothing about
the talks will
be released for four years after they
are completed, unless both sides
agree otherwise. The UK asked for
assurances about secrecy because
the US has looser Freedom of
Information (FoI) laws. The DIT insists
that some materiial produced
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requests under
FoI rules.
BREXIT
Scientists call for transparency in
US trade talks to maintain safety
By Tom Bawden
SCIENCE CORRESPONDENT
Fears that harmful drugs and chemicals could be allowed into the UK
have escalated after it emerged that
trade talks with the US will be held
in secret.
Scientists and campaigners are
concerned that a lack of transparency in the talks will make it harder for
critics to object to any US demands
to water down existing regulations,
which they say are typically weaker
than those in the UK.
This paves the way for a host of
pesticides, industrial chemicals and
pharmaceuticals to be let into the
country that would be banned in the
UK had remained part of Europe
they say.
There are also concerns that
powerful pharmaceutical, health
and insurance companies will lobby
behind the scenes to change laws
to their commercial advantage – as
they have in the US, where businesses have a greater say in legislation,
opponents claim.
“It’s extremely concerning because it’s going to be that much
harder to restrict and control hazardous chemicals. If the talks are
conducted in secret it’s very difficult
for us to monitor what is happening
and, for example, mobilise UK MPs
to do something about this,” said
Dr Michael Warhurst, head of the
chemicals charity Chem Trust.
“We’re already very worried by
leaving the EU but it’s even worse if
the UK ends up being pressured by
the US to adopt a system more like
the US one, which is much, much
weaker, with much less protection
for the public,” he added.
Dr Mike Galsworthy, director of
the Scientists for the EU campaign
group, said: “This is deeply disturbing. The EU is a lot more stringent
than the UK in terms of testing.”
The EU regulations, under which
the UK currently operates, work
on the “precautionary principle”,
which means that a drug or chemical will not be banned while doubts
remain about its safety.
By contrast, the US operates a
“risk-based approach” which, to use
a legal analogy, is based more on the
idea of being innocent until proven
guilty, critics say.
They point out that asbestos, for
example, was banned in Europe in
the 1990s but is still allowed in the
US. However, the greater concerns
centre on those chemicals and drugs
the EU may ban in the future, which
may be permitted by a UK-US trade
deal. “We were promised that we’d
be able to take back control after
Brexit but instead we’re losing any
control or scrutiny over these trade
deals,” said Friends of the Earth
chief executive Craig Bennett.
Greenpeace UK’s director of
policy Dr Doug Parr added: “It’s obvious that UK ministers will come
under enormous pressure to lower
chemical, food safety and animal
welfare standards.”
Health fears Will US firms profit from NHS?
One of the biggest fears many people
have of a closer trading alliance with
the US is whether more parts of the
NHS will become privatised.
In January this year, ahead
of a meeting in the US
with President Trump,
Theresa May refused
to guarantee she would
not open up the health
service to US firms in a
future trade deal.
Labour leader Jeremy
Corbyn had urged her to rule
out any deal that give US healthcare
giants a toehold in the NHS.
Although it is conceivable that US
firms might be allowed to tender
for things like a regional ambulance
contract or community health
services, just as European (and
British) firms can, the Government
is unlikely to allow it. In February,
Mrs May and Liam Fox,
the International Trade
Secretary (inset), ruled out
access to the NHS in a
future US trade deal.
At any rate, the
financial state of the
NHS does not make it
an attractive prospect for
US firms. However, the fact
that the negotiations will be
shrouded in secrecy - as revealed
in i yesterday - increases fears that
more chunks of the NHS could move
from public into private hands.
Paul Gallagher
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RETAIL
Ticket machines
are not showing
best railway deals
By Neil Lancefield
More than two-thirds of ticket machines on Britain’s railways do not
inform passengers how to get the
cheapest fares, the Department for
Transport (DfT) has said.
A plan launched in December last
year by the Government, rail industry and consumer groups pledged to
ensure machines tell passengers if
they could save money by waiting a
few minutes to buy an off-peak ticket
or going to a ticket office. But a year
later, the DfT has revealed just 30 per
cent of machines are compliant.
Research by the Office of Rail and
Rail fares will increase by
an average of 3.4 per cent
on 2 January, the largest hike
in five years. Passengers in the
north will be paying even more,
as Northern, run by Arriva, is
raising fares by 4.6 per cent.
Road published in July showed that
about a third of operators failed to
agree to reimburse passengers for
additional costs if they found they
could have bought a cheaper ticket
for their journey. The regulator
found one in five people do not select
the most appropriate fare from ticket
machines, including 13 per cent who
pay more than they need to.
Paul Plummer of the Rail Delivery
Group, which represents the industry,
said it is committed to providing simpler ticketing information and “we
will continue to work with the Government and others to get this right”.
The DfT reported progress in a
number of areas on fares and ticketing, including the sale of cheaper advance tickets up to 15 minutes before
travel and greater flexibility when
passengers forget railcards.
Alex Hayman at consumer group
Which? said that “good progress has
been made”, but warned the Government and the rail industry must “continue to deliver improvements”.
£160 toy robot heads best-seller list before Christmas
By Elizabeth Anderson
Parents with last-minute
Christmas shopping to do might
want to take inspiration from the
best-selling toys this month.
The most popular toy bought in
the week to 9 December, the last
weekly data published before
Christmas, was a toy robot
costing £160.
The palm-sized Anki Cozmo
We’re £10 cheaper
than 2016†
robot can be coded to integrate
with family life and promises to
become a “child’s best friend”.
In second place, Fingerlings
Monkeys have become a surprise
hit this year. The miniature
monkeys, which attach to a finger
and cost £15, blink and make a
sound when you touch them.
The third most popular toy
was the Laser X set for two, a
game where two people “shoot”
each other with infrared signals.
Market research firm NPD
Group, which compiled the
list, said some toys were left off
because they were so in demand
that parents couldn’t get hold
of them. These include the LOL
Big Surprise Doll, which flew
off the shelves before shoppers
had even entered the Christmas
countdown. The Luvabella doll
was also hard to find.
MAGAZINE
SUPERMARKET AWARDS
WINNER
As reported by
Good Housekeeping Institute
*Based on Good Housekeeping survey of the top 10 supermarkets. **Based on total awards won at the BBC Good Food Christmas Taste Awards 2017, Good Housekeeping Institute Taste Approved 2017 and Olive Magazine
Supermarket Awards 2017. †Based on an independent survey by Good Housekeeping of comparable products for a Christmas dinner for 8 people with Frozen Stock Basted Whole Turkey (2017) in place of Fresh Whole British
Turkey (2016) and a Classic Christmas Cake (2017) in place of a Collection Christmas Cake (2016). Subject to availability. Selected stores only. © Marks and Spencer plc: Waterside House, 35 North Wharf Road, London W2 1NW.
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This is why you saw mummy kissing Santa...
By Katie Grant
Interest in sex peaks significantly
during major cultural or religious
celebrations such as Christmas
time, analysis of data from nearly 130
countries has found.
Scientists have previously attempted to attribute the spike in
the number of births in September, nine months after the Christmas period, to seasonal changes in
human biology.
Now, a team from Indiana University in the US and the Instituto
Gulbenkian de Ciencia in Portugal
believe the annual September “baby
boom” is actually the result of societal factors.
The researchers analysed sex-related Google search terms and public Twitter posts for the study, billed
as the first “planetary-level” investigation into human reproduction as it
relates to people’s moods and interest in sex online.
Greater usage of the word “sex” or
other sexual terms in web searches
during major cultural or religious
celebrations indicates that the pub-
lic’s interest in the activity peaks
significantly during these periods,
according to the study, published in
the journal Scientific Reports.
These peaks broadly corresponded to an increase in births nine
months later in countries with available birth-rate data.
The researchers observed that
the greatest spikes occur during
two major holiday celebrations –
Christmas in Christian-majority
countries and Eid-al-Fitr, which
marks the end of Ramadan, in Muslim-majority countries.
Culture, measured through online
mood, was found to be “the primary
driver behind cyclic sexual and reproductive behaviour in human
populations”, said Professor Luis M.
Rocha of Indiana University.
The data also indicated that,
collectively, people appear to feel
happier, safer and calmer during
the holidays.
“We observe that Christmas and
Eid-Al-Fitr are characterised by distinct collective moods that correlate
with increased fertility,” Professor
Rocha noted.
He added: “Perhaps people feel
a greater motivation to grow their
families during holidays when the
emphasis is on love and gift-giving
to children.”
Based on analysis of births
from 1914 to 1995, the
most popular birthday falls on
the 26 September, the Office For
National Statistics reports. The
lowest frequency birthdays fall
around Christmas and New Year.
TRAVEL
Sunrise on the
shortest day
Drivers go home
early to avoid
‘Frantic Friday’
People watch the sunrise on the
shortest day of the year, known as
the winter solstice, on the beach at
West Island in Fairhaven, Massachusetts, yesterday. AP
By Neil Lancefield
An estimated 1.3 million motorists
were expected to have driven
home for Christmas last night in a
bid to avoid “Frantic Friday”.
However, many faced long
delays due to the extra cars on
the roads as well as collisions
on motorways. Drivers waited
several hours on the M6 and M1
following several accidents.
Journeys are set to be even
slower today as the last of the
year’s commuter traffic clashes
with the Christmas getaway.
The RAC expects traffic to peak
between 4pm and 8pm today.
Data from researchers, Inrix,
shows the worst non-accident
traffic blackspot on the Friday
before last Christmas was the
A303 at Stonehenge.
RAC traffic spokesman
Rod Dennis said: “We strongly
urge drivers planning long
journeys to avoid Friday if they
possibly can.”
The RAC estimates 11.5 million
leisure trips will be made by
car between December 17 and
Christmas Eve but this will be
eclipsed by the 17.5 million between
Christmas Day and New Year’s Day
when people go to the sales.
HEALTH
SOCIETY
Christmas ‘a
difficult time
for child carers’
By Katie Grant
Children looking after sick or disabled family members find the festive
period a particularly difficult time of
year as they deal with the pressures
of caring for their loved ones, according to a charity.
Young people all over the country
are undertaking in excess of 30 hours
of caring a week – the equivalent of
a full-time job, warned Barnardo’s,
which has launched a fundraising
appeal to help those struggling to
cope. A Barnardo’s survey found that
half of young carers believe school
holidays are more difficult for them
than for other children because of
their caring roles. Nearly half (40
per cent) said that Christmas was
particularly difficult.
“Christmas should be a time of
magic and delight for children, not
stress and anxiety,” said Javed Khan,
chief executive of the charity.
“While most children are making
choices about which present to play
with first or which film to watch,
young carers are taking on household chores into the early hours and
worrying about whether their mum’s
medication has been taken on time.”
TECHNOLOGY
Fewer elderly opt App to end accidental ghosting
to get shingles jab By Rhiannon Williams
to message first, and prompts them
By Jennifer Cockerell
TECHNOLOGY CORRESPONDENT
There has been a “substantial” fall
in the number of people developing
shingles but fewer people are getting
vaccinated, health experts warn.
Public Health England said there
had been a 13 per cent drop in people
aged 70 being immunised since the
start of its shingles vaccination programme in 2013.
There had also been an 8.4 per
cent decline in people aged 78 taking up the invitation to be vaccinated
against the painful condition.
A dating app hopes to spell an end
to ghosting with the introduction
of a new feature reminding users to
reply to their potential partners.
Ghosting refers to the practice
of failing to respond to someone,
whether deliberately or accidentally, usually in a romantic context.
Hinge, an app centred around
trying to connect you to people you
share Facebook friends with, has
rolled out a feature that clarifies
which of the two people is expected
when it’s their turn to respond.
“When we asked users why most
often they didn’t start a conversation or didn’t keep a conversation
going, a lot of times they literally
just got busy or forgot,” Hinge chief
executive Justin McLeod said.
“It wasn’t an indication that they
weren’t interested.”
Once it’s a user’s turn, the app
will display an “unread” notification
until they do so – which “significantly reduces ghosting”, Mr McLeod
claims. They can also mark messages to respond to later.
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Apple admits
slowing down
ageing iPhones
By Rhiannon Williams
TECHNOLOGY CORRESPONDENT
Apple has admitted it intentionally
slows down iPhones as they age,
something iPhone owners have long
suspected.
For years, iPhone owners
have reported their handsets running more slowly
after updating their
iOS software, but have
never found a definitive
reason for it. Apple has
now confirmed it deliberately slows down older
models in order to prolong
the life of devices with lower capacity lithium-ion batteries.
John Poole, a developer for processor testing company Geekbench,
mapped the performance of iPhone
6s and iPhone 7 models in response
to a discussion on online forum
Reddit suggesting that replacing
the battery of older iPhones significantly boosted their speeds.
He concluded that devices running certain versions of iOS (10.2.1
and 11.2.0) did appear to have been
intentionally slowed down.
“This fix will cause users to think,
‘my phone is slow so I should replace it’ not, ‘my phone is slow so I
should replace its battery’,” Poole
said. Lithium-ion batteries are used
in smartphones, laptops and many
other electronic devices. The life
of a lithium-ion battery reduces
over time, and there is no way to
extend its capacity. Current batteries typically last fewer than 1,000
full charge-discharge cycles, which
is when a battery goes from completely flat to fully charged.
Apple said limiting the speeds of
older iPhones resulted in better overall performance. A
spokesperson said: “Our
goal is to deliver the
best experience for customers, which includes
overall performance and
prolonging the life of their
devices. Lithium-ion batteries become less capable of
supplying peak current demands
when in cold conditions, have a low
battery charge or as they age over
time, which can result in the device
unexpectedly shutting down to protect its electronic components.”
The spokesperson said a feature
had now been added to iPhone 6,
iPhone 6s, iPhone SE and iPhone 7
with iOS 11.2 to prevent the device
from unexpectedly shutting down
during these conditions.
If your iPhone is running
slowly but otherwise still
working, replacing its battery
may help. This costs £79 through
Apple if your phone is out of
warranty - considerably cheaper
than buying a new handset.
Smartphones Long battery life
Longer battery life has become a
key selling point for smartphone
makers, with each major release
promising better performance and
longer life than the last.
This is countered by the
introduction of brighter, larger and
higher-definition screens in the
high-end models, which tend to
drain power more rapidly than their
duller counterparts. Other features,
such as auto-adjusting your screen
brightness depending on your
environment, also add to general
battery drain.
When Nokia relaunched its iconic
3310 handset earlier this year, it
claimed the phone was able to
operate on a single charge for a
full month. i testing found it lasted
closer to a week with regular use
and just under two on standby,
using it very little. Between 18 and
20 hours’ use on a single charge
is considered good by high-end
smartphone standards.
First Night
Giles Terera
steals the show as
Hamilton’s nemesis,
Aaron Burr
MATTHEW MURPHY
Dazzingly inventive, this founding
father will win over the nation
Hamilton
VICTORIA PALACE THEATRE, LONDON
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Such is the communal ecstasy
surrounding the arrival of hit
Broadway musical Hamilton that
the atmosphere before the curtain
rose felt more like an evangelical
church service than the first night
of a new theatrical work.
The reason for this is that while
Hamilton is certainly the first
musical done predominantly in
a hip-hop style, it is also one of
the first to gain global notoriety
through streaming platforms.
This is a massive advantage for
an incredibly dense work about
the US War of Independence, the
writing of the constitution and
the role played by founding father
Alexander Hamilton. Because
Hamilton is entirely sung, without
that jarring leap from spoken
word to song, not only do fans
know all the music, they know
the story, too. The audience
applauded fervently at the arrival
as much as the end of each song.
Even though Hamilton is
preaching to the converted, it is
still a dazzlingly inventive piece
of musical theatre. Anyone who
enjoys the whiz-bang, hi-tech
staging and lighting of most West
End musicals will find Hamilton
visually simplistic, with a set that
is essentially a brick-backed stage,
with stairs and walkways.
Not that there is anything static
about Hamilton . For nearly three
hours there is almost constant
movement on stage, a physical
mirror of the dense flow of words.
Writer Lin-Manuel Miranda
clearly knows his hip-hop, drawing
on the classic rap acts of the past
In tomorrow’s
‘It’s been a decade since
they were on TV together
– so where are French
and Saunders’ successors?
As the duo return for a Christmas special
Veronica Lee looks at their lasting appeal
30 years, from Grandmaster Flash
to Eminem, Jay Z and Drake.
Miranda uses the cadence of
rap in the way Shakespeare used
iambic pentameter – to condense
and amplify rhythm and meaning.
But there are also nods to Destiny’s
Child and more classic musical
styles. Often, the songs combine all
these styles in standout numbers
such as “Wait for It” and “The
Room Where it Happens”.
The mostly British cast
embrace the demanding roles
with aplomb. Hamilton, played
by Jamael Westman, is coolly
arrogant but Giles Terera steals
the show as his nemesis, Aaron
Burr. Rachel John dazzles as
sister-in-law Angelica Schuyler
while Michael Jibson is hilarious
as the slighted King George.
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Judge lambasts
victorious Candy
brothers for lies
Disclosing
evidence ‘is
more complex’
By Cathy Gordon and Sian Harrison
Luxury property developers Nick
and Christian Candy have defeated
a £132m damages action brought
against them by a businessman at
the High Court.
A judge dismissed entrepreneur
Mark Holyoake’s claims against the
brothers yesterday following a bitter courtroom battle. However the
judge criticised all the businessmen
involved for being “willing to lie when
they consider their commercial interests justify them doing so”.
Mr Holyoake brought the case
over losses he says he suffered after
borrowing £12m from the property
How i covered the story in October
tycoons, accusing them of using
threats against him and his family to
recover the money.
The Candys, who created the luxury One Hyde Park apartments in
central London, denied the “disgusting allegations”.
Mr Justice Nugee announced
that none of Mr Holyoake’s claims
had been “made out”, including allegations of duress, undue influence, intimidation and “unlawful
interference with economic interests”. He continued: “Mr Holyoake
repeatedly lied and he and his associates resorted to forgery, deceit
and impersonation.”
But the judge added that “none
of the protagonists emerge from
the trial with great credit”. He continued: “Mr Christian Candy, with
the encouragement of his brother,
told a series of deliberate lies to
Mr Holyoake.
“The judgment finds, however,
that none of Mr Holyoake’s claims
has been made out.”
By Jemma Crew and Nina Massey
Nick Candy (left), his brother Christian (right), and their solicitor, Andrew
Smith outside the High Court in London after yesterday’s judgment PA
How a £6,000 loan became a £600m fortune
Billionaire property tycoons Nick
and Christian Candy have achieved
fame building ultra-expensive
London homes for the rich.
They reputedly took their first steps
on to the property ladder in 1995
with a £6,000 loan from their grandmother to buy a one-bedroomed flat
in Earl’s Court, London. They renovated it while living in it, selling it
for a £50,000 profit 18 months later.
They continued renovating flats
while working in advertising and
investment banking. By moving up
the property ladder, they eventually
gave up the day jobs to concentrate
on property development, setting up
Candy and Candy in 1999. According
to High Court disclosures, their net
wealth is near £600m.
Metropolitan Police Commissioner
Cressida Dick says disclosure of
evidence is becoming “increasingly
incredibly complex and demanding”
in the digital age, as Scotland Yard
undertakes a major review of its live
sex crime investigations.
She said it was “unconscionable”
that someone could be convicted inappropriately due to a failing of disclosure, but remained tight-lipped
on the progress of investigations
sparked by two collapsed rape cases.
Scotland Yard is urgently reviewing around 30 sex cases due to go to
court following the collapse of two
prosecutions last week.
Police said the detective in charge
of the cases has been removed from
active duty during the review, which
will “ensure that all digital evidence
has been properly examined, documented and shared with the CPS to
meet obligations under disclosure”.
Responding to questions from
London Assembly member Andrew
Dismore, Ms Dick said she thought
any investigating body would say
“disclosure is... getting increasingly
incredibly complex and demanding”.
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‘Teachers often buy their pupils
food – but they shouldn’t have to’
POLITICAL EDITOR
2017 Christmas Appeal
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.
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Magic Breakfast for its work in tackling hunger in the classroom.
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He said: “The number of children going to school hungry
is huge.
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for their children. Well
done, them – but they
shouldn’t have to do it.”
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of pupils arriving hungry for lessons at last
year’s National Union
of Teachers conference, he said: “They all
looked at each other as
if to say, ‘I do, do you?’
We all know they do.”
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am very happy to endorse it and am
very happy to make a donation to it.
“Breakfasts and lunches in school
are clearly very important. But there
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and no free lunch.”
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COMMENT FROM HOME & ABROAD
DAMIAN
GREEN
DISCLOSURES
IN COURT
REGULATION
OF UBER
TRUMP’S
TAX BILL
UFO
SIGHTINGS
JUDI DENCH
ON TREES
Writing must
be on the
wall for May
Our justice
system is
in the dock
Ride-hailing
firm must
face the facts
Impact
greater on
public purse
Hello, is there
anybody
out there?
Actress turns
over a new
leaf on TV
Daily Mirror
Daily Telegraph
TheTimes
New YorkTimes
CNN
Buzzfeed
The timing of shamed
Green’s departure
is suspicious, with
May presumably
hoping the matter
will be forgotten after
the festive season.
Downing Street can
spin this as much as
it likes but the main
victim of Green’s
demise is his boss,
Theresa May.
(Editorial)
The police must
have unambiguous
instructions to focus
on evidence, and
given the resources to
assemble that evidence
properly. In rightly
seeking to improve the
system for victims, we
risk jeopardising the
strides that we have
already made.
(Editorial)
No one can deny
that Uber is a highly
innovative company,
whose technological
ambition has
transformed the
taxi market. It must
admit that it is part
of that market.
(Editorial)
Trump will count on
our short memories
to forget who created
larger deficits in the
first place. The tax bill
isn’t just a regressive
giveaway to the
rich. It’s a Trojan horse
with deep government
reductions
stuffed inside.
(Bryce Covert)
It is very important
that we remain
sceptical of any
claims of intelligent
extraterrestrial life,
but perhaps another
tagline from The
X-Files is appropriate:
I want to believe.
(Don Lincoln)
Judi Dench: My Passion
for Trees is full of
amazing facts which
constantly delight
Dench. At one point,
she suggests giving
up acting to talk about
trees. Dench was asked
what was next on her
tree journey. She said: “I
know it all now.”
(Scott Bryan)
Daily Mail
Reaction
When it was
announced that
Damian Green
had been resigned,
there was no gusto.
The weariness
and tiredness
was apparent. The
Green scandal is a
miserable coda to
a difficult year.
(Iain Martin)
Quote of
the day
Some people want
to be on their own
and they are are
winning Christmas
because they’re
just wandering
around in their
pants with cheese
in their hand
Sarah Millican
The comedian talks
to BBC Radio 4’s
‘Today’ programme
Is evidence routinely
withheld from
defence lawyers?
If true, monstrous
injustices may have
been committed,
doing no service
whatever to genuine
victims of sex crimes.
Justice demands
these claims are
fully investigated.
(Editorial)
TheGuardian
The Uberisation of
our economy seems
set on finding ways
to pay workers as
little as possible. Such
companies look to
millennials to defend
them. But the hope
that millennials are
enthusiastic users
of the apps falls
down because young
people are more
likely to be in
precarious work.
(Dawn Foster)
NewYorkDailyNews
Big losses will be felt
by people who dare
to levy income and
property taxes in order
to provide decent
services and safety
nets for their residents.
Brace for painful
times ahead as state
and city adjust to
a new fiscal reality
inflicted with malice
aforethought.
(Editorial)
National Post
Young people may
know on some level
that ubiquitous goodquality cameras have
all but eliminated
civilian UFO sightings.
But they lack the
personal memory of a
live, thriving UFO fad,
one that bred quasischolarly international
UFO-study groups
along with a whole
publishing industry
devoted to UFO tales.
(Colby Cosh)
New Statesman
She treats the trees
like old friends, calling
them “these chaps”. She
reads Shakespeare’s
sonnets as though she’s
addressing them to the
trees. When she finds
out her oak is 200 years
old, she says: “Ohhh,
good for him” – like
she’s talking about a
nephew who earned
himself a promotion.
(Anna Leszkiewicz)
LifeInBrief
MARINA POPOVICH SOVIET PILOT
The first time that 14-year-old Marina
Popovich tried to join a flying club,
she was rejected for being too short.
“Someone get me a block,” she shouted
as she struggled to reach a plane’s
pedals. The response: “Should we get
you a doll?”
Popovich, who has died at the age of
86, had no time for dolls. She was born
Marina Lavrentievna Vasiliyeva in the
village of Leonenki in Smolensk, her
childhood marked by Nazi violence.
She later explained that her decision
to become a pilot rose out of a need for
vengeance. Popovich went to extreme
measures to achieve her ambitions.
After her rejection by the flying club,
she asked friends to hang her upside
down by the feet in an attempt to
stretch herself to the right height.
She succeeded, growing 11cm in
one year, and by 1964, Popovich was a
military test pilot. During her career,
she tested more than 50 aeroplanes
and broke more than a 100 aviation
world-endurance records, including
the longest flight by a female pilot.
She was the first woman to break the
sound barrier in a MiG-21, earning
herself her nickname “Madam Mig”.
Ten of her record-breaking flights
were undertaken alone in the Russian
Antonov An-22, the world’s heaviest
turboprop plane.
She was decorated dozens of times.
During the Soviet era, she was made a
Hero of Socialist Labour. She bore the
Order of the Red Banner, the Order of
the Red Star, the Order of the Badge
of Honour and the Order of the Gold
Star. In 2007, she was given the Order of
Courage by Vladimir Putin. She was an
honorary citizen of Samarkand.
Having retired from flying, Popovich
turned to writing. She wrote 18 books,
including one of poetry, a biography
of her first husband, the cosmonaut
Pavel Popovich, and two screenplays.
Most famous are her books on
extraterrestrial life. In 2003, she
published UFO Glasnost, stating that
USSR military and civilian pilots had
reported 3,000 UFO sightings.
In 1990, the then Colonel Popovich
held a press conference at the Russian
consulate in San Francisco, at which
she showed photographs of a cigarshaped alien craft 15 miles long. She
also claimed to have seen photographs
of alien/human hybrid children.
As recently as 2014, Popovich was
planning to lobby the US government
to lift its embargo on the reporting of
UFO sightings by its own astronauts.
In a book co-authored with docors
Victoria Popova and Lidia Andrianova,
Popovich wrote: “Extraterrestrial
civilisations (ETC) warn: the weakening
of Earth’s magnetic field has reached
a critical value, and threatens the life
of mankind. ETC’s instructions in crop
circles indicate how to escape from
global cataclysms which will begin
very soon.”
She married Pavel Popovich and they
two daughters. She later married Boris
Alexandrovich Zhikhorev, a retired
major-general in the Russian air force.
She had three grandchildren. A star in
the constellation of Cancer bears her
name. THE INDEPENDENT
Born 20 July 1931
Died 30 November 2017
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Surprisingly strong and stable
The year ends with May in a better position than many expected
T
he French zoologist
Antoine Magnan
once declared that
the simple bumblebee
was a mathematical
impossibility: it ought
to be incapable of flying, and yet,
somehow, it did so.
Theresa May’s political career
feels somewhat similar. In the space
of half a year, the Prime Minister
has lost: a 20-point opinion poll
lead; her parliamentary majority;
her joint chiefs of staff; her Defence
Secretary; her International
Development Secretary, her de
facto Deputy Prime Minister; and
the letters F, E, L, V, W and O, all of
which fell off during her calamitystricken speech to Conservative
Party conference. All the laws of
politics suggest that she ought to
have come crashing down to earth
herself, and yet, like the bumblebee,
she continues, somehow, to fly.
But just as with the flight of the
bumblebee, the Prime Minister’s
survival isn’t impossible: you just
have to look closer. May is protected
by two constitutions: the first, that
of the Tory party. That makes it
difficult to remove any Conservative
leader unless they have thoroughly
alienated the majority of Tory
MPs. That the average Tory MP is
more moderate than the average
activist also means that most MPs’
objections to May are small enough
that they are not worth the prospect
of waking up the morning after her
departure to a prime minister even
further to her right.
The second constitution is our
own, which shields May in two
different ways.
The first is unwritten: the right
to negotiate treaties has always
been a power of the Crown, not of
Parliament, which means that while
MPs can fulminate about the Brexit
process, their opportunities to
dislodge May are limited.
The second is written in black and
white and is called the Fixed Term
Parliaments Act. Its provisions
mean that if the Government wants
an early election, it can get one
very easily, as the Prime
Minister demonstrated
in June. However, if the
Government doesn’t
want one, it is very
difficult, perhaps
impossible, to
bring one about.
All those factors
guarantee May
in office for the
foreseeable
future.
Added to
that, the Prime
Minister’s
appeal to
Conservative
MPs remains
undimmed
even though she
is not the force
she once was in
the country at large.
That’s not because
the average Tory
MP has a higher
opinion of their
leader than the
average person, but because they
never liked her all that much. May
became Prime Minister, in part,
not because she established herself
as the particular darling of one
faction of MPs but because she
looked better than any of the other
available options: more competent
than Boris Johnson, less fratricidal
than Michael Gove, and saner than
Andrea Leadsom. She is still, just
about, seen as more competent
than Boris Johnson and saner
than Andrea Leadsom, though
Gove’s position among Tory MPs is
improving all the time.
In any case, the difficulties of
negotiating Brexit mean that most
Conservative MPs believe that the
best time to make a change is after,
not before, the UK’s terms of exit
from Europe are finally agreed.
All of this helps to explain why
Theresa May ends the year in a
much stronger position than
we might have expected.
The good news for the
Conservative Party is
this means that, come
the next election, it will
be able to go to the
country with a Prime
Minister who has
been in the job for a
year, perhaps less.
The most powerful
word in politics, as
in marketing, is the
word “new”, but
the biggest fear that
most voters have is of
change. So the same
old Tories with a fresh
new leader has a lot
to recommend it as far
as the Government’s
chances of re-election
go, particularly as
Labour will almost
certainly have the same
leadership that it
has now: Jeremy
The Prime
Minister’s
appeal to
Conservative
MPs remains
undimmed
Corbyn as leader, John McDonnell
as Shadow Chancellor, Diane
Abbott as Shadow Home Secretary
and Emily Thornberry as Shadow
Foreign Secretary.
The bad news is that as long as
Theresa May remains in place, the
necessary changes for the party to
remain in office past 2022 will be
put off and the party’s reinvention
will continue to be delayed. Some
of the party’s problems can be
fixed simply with a new face at
the top, but the more profound
challenges will take more than a
box-fresh leader with just a year in
charge to solve.
Just as the Prime Minister looks
weak but is actually strong, the
Conservative Party looks to be in
a state of calm even as it ends the
year in a state of crisis.
Stephen Bush is a special
correspondent for the
‘New Statesman’ magazine
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AND EMAILS
Constables and
troops excused
Simon Kelner’s article
about Rochdale’s
Public Protection Order
(i, 21 December) brought
back a memory from
50-odd years ago.
A sergeant at a police
training centre informed
us that Southampton
had a by-law stating that
anyone swearing in a
public place was “liable
to a fine of one shilling,
unless it be a soldier or a
constable, when the fine
would be sixpence” (the
lesser fine for soldiers
and constables was
presumably because they
were likely to have more
cause to swear than the
general public).
DON MURRAY
NORFOLK
In his piece on Rochdale’s
failed attempt to fine
people for swearing,
Simon Kelner asks “what
actually constitutes a
swear word?” There is a
cultural consensus on
this matter. All known
cultures have swear
words and, as the social
anthropologist Edmund
Leach pointed out, such
“dirty words” are almost
invariably associated
with blasphemy, animals,
sexual or excretory
functions, identities,
objects or products,
which are viewed or
classified as taboo.
Rather than supply
a list of words with
asterisks, I am confident
that i readers will be able
to compile their own.
SEAN CAREY
ST ALBANS
Too much
tartan tat
As a long-term resident
of Edinburgh’s Royal
Mile, I agree with
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Alexander McCall Smith
that the city is becoming
far too tacky with the
proliferation of tartan
shops and hotels.
There is barely a shop
in the area that hasn’t
been taken over with
overpriced tartan tat,
with no consideration for
the people who actually
live here. Surely there is
a limit to the monopoly
over the area for these
kind of shops? Nothing
at all against tourists,
though, who are not well
served by this situation.
IAIN McKINNA
EDINBURGH
Green goes but
Davis doesn’t
David Davis clearly
said that if Damian
Green had to resign, he
would resign. If he is an
honourable man of his
word, then he should
resign forthwith. If not,
this, too, could escalate
into another protracted
distraction for the
Government.
ROBERT BOSTON
KINGSHILL, KENT
“Giving misleading and
inaccurate statements”
is a breach of the
ministerial code – but
since when was it a
sackable offence?
Can we assume,
therefore, that not
applying the rules to all
of one’s ministers, in a
consistent manner, is not
in the code?
PAUL AKHURST
BOURNEMOUTH
Perhaps we should
introduce a new verb,
“to Green” – meaning
to hang on to office
by dissembling while
friends brief for you...
IAN PAPWORTH
A choice of red,
white or blue
I see that Michael Gove
has asked the British
to be more patriotic in
our cheese choices. Am
I to presume that, in
accordance with Theresa
May’s Brexit “strategy”,
we ought henceforth
to be opting for a Red
Leicester, White Stilton
and Beenleigh Blue
cheeseboard?
JULIAN SELF
MILTON KEYNES,
BUCKINGHAMSHIRE
We are not all
guilty of racism
As an i reader, I
always look forward
to reading Yasmin
Alibhai-Brown. This
week, she wrote about
institutional racism
and I wholeheartedly
agreed with her. But
why pick on us Welsh as
an example? There are
probably racists in Wales
as there are elsewhere,
but I challenge her to
name the village she
writes about and the
black family which
was ostracised.
Name the culprits
by all means, but do not
tar our nation as if we
were all guilty.
G MORRIS
Disorganised
villains
Are there such things
as disorganised crime
gangs and, if there
are, why have I never
read about them in
your newspaper?
DERRICK TUCKER
FARNHAM, SURREY
Writer hasn’t a
leg to stand on
Please can Miguel
Barclay (“How to make
Christmas dinner for a
quid”, i, 20 December) tell
me where I can buy just
one chicken leg or one
rasher of bacon, or three
Brussels sprouts?
Your local butcher
or greengrocer might
oblige, but the cost of the
meal would come in at
way more than a quid,
I wager. I would believe
“four Christmas dinners
for four quid”, but that’s
not the same.
CECILIA STORR-BEST
HAZEL GROVE,
STOCKPORT
Don’t let spare
food go to waste
I would like to revive an
old Christmas tradition
of making full use of
leftover food from
Christmas Day. I am
astonished at how often
I hear people talk about
having far too much to
use and consequently
throwing most of it away.
Given that so many
people, including pupils
who are being helped by
your “Magic Breakfast”
appeal, are going hungry,
it seems incumbent on
those who can afford
plenty of food to make
sure it is used well.
ALISON BROMLEY
DENBIGH, WALES
That’s no way to
Currie favour
How horrible for dear
Edwina Currie (My View,
21 December) to have
to live among retired
people who only have
one or two properties
to supplement their
pensions. Please pass on
my condolences.
RICHARD HEATH
KINGSTON
At last, the BBC
has some faith
Hooray for the BBC
announcement that it
will continue with and
improve its religious
content. Today’s world
needs an understanding
of different beliefs
because what we believe
impacts on decisions
and therefore actions
personally, nationally
and internationally. It is
good to be challenged by
the beliefs of others.
It would also be good
if the media remembers
that there are more UK
Christians outside of
the Anglican church and
some of these branches of
the church are growing.
REV BRENDA
GUTBERLET
CANVEY ISLAND,
ESSEX
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Inspiring success stories
from Cardi B to Chalamet
People’s standout stars in 2017 were (clockwise
from above) Cardi B, Georgia Toffolo, Greta Gerwig,
Timothée Chalamet, Jameela Jamil and Tiffany
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While this year sounded a death knell
for the careers of many privileged
older Hollywood males, 2017 had
heaps of inspiring success stories.
My favourites included Cardi B, a
domestic abuse survivor and former
stripper, who in November became
the first female rapper in two decades
to top the US charts.
The there was the British
television presenter Jameela
Jamil, who quit her life in London
to move to Los Angeles with no
work lined up, but ended up cast
opposite Ted Danson in NBC’s
big-budget sitcom The Good
Place, one of America’s most
popular new shows.
Meanwhile, Georgia Toffolo
from Made in Chelsea went into
the jungle on ITV’s I’m A
Celebrity… Get Me Out
of Here! as the lowestpaid contestant and
came out the winner,
with a rumoured £5m
of endorsements.
The comic genius Tiffany Haddish,
the stand-out star of the summer
movie blockbuster Girls Trip, was
born in the notorious South Central
district of Los Angeles and was raised
in a foster home after her mother was
diagnosed with schizophrenia.
Actress and screenwriter
Greta Gerwig saw her directorial
debut – the teen drama Lady
Bird – earn four Golden
Globe nominations.
Timothée Chalamet gave one
of the year’s most compelling
film performances in the
coming-of-age drama
Call Me By Your Name,
the beautiful story of
a 17-year-old JewishAmerican boy living
in Italy with his parents,
who falls in love
with a visiting male
college student.
Honestly, who really
needs Kevin Spacey
and Matt Damon?
Make room for a
welcome return
Tommy Wiseau waited for decades
to be a star, saying that it was all he
ever wanted. Instead, the eccentric
actor and director became infamous
in 2003 for making the “Citizen Kane
of bad movies”, The Room.
Now James Franco has charted
Wiseau’s story in The Disaster Artist,
a biopic about the making of The
Room, which Franco directed and in
which he does a potentially Oscarwinning turn as Wiseau (above left,
with Franco). Wiseau, now 47, was
emotional at the recent news that The
Room would be getting a nationwide
release in the US (it was shown at just
one cinema first time around).
And his sage advice to his
followers? “Never give up.”
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A
nd so we end 2017 with a
story which encapsulates
many of the themes that
dominated the year. How
accusation quickly turns into fact.
How the personal becomes the
political. How the court of public
opinion is a merciless, pitiless place.
And how the strong and stable has
become the weak and unstable. In
many ways, it has been a depressing
year in the public realm, and if we
were to ponder whether we go into
2018 as a more evolved, mature and
understanding society, the answer
has to be a qualified no.
The defenestration of Damian
Green is a tale of our times. The
bitter wind of retribution that has
exposed the conduct of men in
positions of power following the
downfall of the movie producer
Harvey Weinstein was always likely
to claim more victims. It should be
remembered that, for many people,
the most substantive reason for
Green’s departure was not whether
he watched a bit of porn, but the fact
that he appears to have behaved
inappropriately with the writer and
Tory activist, Kate Maltby (inset).
Her account of Green’s
unwanted advances
towards her was found
to be “plausible” by the
independent inquiry,
and that, in the end,
was that. No matter
that, in his resignation
letter, Green does
not “recognise the
events she described”.
The appropriateness
of the actions of the rich and
powerful is no longer just in the
eye of the beholder. The weak and
the unempowered have become
newly emboldened, and unafraid
to go public. And that is why any
judgement of whether what’s
happened this past year leaves us
poorer or richer as a society has to
be qualified.
Inequality is one of the most
corrosive aspects of life in Britain,
and anything that redresses
the balance of power has to be
welcomed. Nevertheless, there
are dangers attached to the
climate of moral panic that has
been a dominant backdrop to
events in 2017.
Damian Green, and before him
Sir Michael Fallon, were forced
from Cabinet office for what may
be considered to be trivial, historic
infractions. They certainly do
not register high on the
Weinstein scale of heinous
behaviour. What they
did was wrong, and the
fact that they are paid
out of the public purse
means they have to
adhere to the highest
standards of conduct.
But still. A measure
of perspective has to
be applied, and in era
when complex judgements are
reduced to sound bites, and the
temperature of public opinion is set
by the Twitter lynch mob, a new age
of reason seems further away than
ever. Easier in a simplistic world to
rush to condemnation than to pause
for consideration.
We really haven’t got much cause
for optimism. Brexit is a mess. The
country is divided. And Mrs May’s
government is one more scandal
away from collapse. Who knows
what happens next?
Happy Christmas to all!
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soon reinstated, but then cancelled
again, after it turned out that the US
Secretary of State, Rex Tillerson,
would be in Moscow the same week.
The long postponement has
created new problems. The
dynamics have changed over the
intervening months, and not to
the UK’s advantage. This is partly
because Russia is no longer in the
international dock over Syria. The
tentative peace process Moscow
initiated in parallel with its military
involvement has borne fruit, and
the US has quietly abandoned its
more dubious allies in the region.
Putin’s flying visit to Syria earlier
this month was his “mission
accomplished” moment, and Russia
is now assured of a role in any peace.
Johnson must also navigate
the still unresolved US-Russia
relationship; if the UK wants to be in
the US camp, it will have to keep its
options open. Trump’s hopes of an
opening towards Russia may have
been frustrated by his enemies in
Washington, but recent statements
on both sides suggest that both
Trump and Putin still harbour hopes
of forging a better world together.
And there is another change in
the dynamics that no one could have
foreseen. A crack that appeared in a
North Sea gas pipeline had the UK
suddenly soliciting extra supplies
of gas from the Yamal project in the
Russian Arctic, which is threatened
by US sanctions. The irony of this
was not lost on Russia.
When Johnson and Sergei
Lavrov, his vastly more experienced
opposite number, finally meet it will
be the first UK foreign ministerial
visit to Russia for five years. That, in
itself, shows how bad relations have
been. THE INDEPENDENT
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Dejevsky
Johnson’s
hush-hush
Russia visit
T
alk about a pre-emptive
burial of bad news. Boris
Johnson’s much-delayed
visit to Moscow is being
hidden away at the back end of the
year in a way that almost guarantees
feeble to nil coverage in the UK
media. Who, after all, will be much
exercised by the Foreign Secretary’s
doings in Russia, what with the lastminute panic over shopping and
turkey and the news schedules all
over the place?
A host of reasons might lie behind
the official reticence. One could be
sheer embarrassment that the visit
has not happened sooner.
When Theresa May became
Prime Minister, one of the early
phone calls she made was to the
Russian President, Vladimir Putin,
in the hope, it appeared, of trying
to end the long run of generally
appalling UK-Russia relations. But
plans for the visit were handled
shambolically. First scheduled for
early April, it was postponed after a
suspected chemical attack in Syria
that was blamed on the forces of
President Assad. The visit was very
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firms are in control (4,3,4,4)
9 Coming in last, not first, it is not
last but first (7)
10 Roast meat by way of light meal,
you say? (7)
11 They stick to the edges of the
room, avoiding gatherings of
bosses (8,6)
12 King not to back (4)
14 Communist saboteur runs off
after explosion happens (5,5)
17 Today’s young endlessly in
trouble? No kidding! (3,4,3)
19 South American murderer cut
up and reassembled (4)
21 More than one chap in stable
union sporting old-fashioned
underwear (14)
25 Digital controls that’ll open door
of accommodation (7)
26 A flimsy paper being
disputed (2,5)
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1 Barnet manager praises
performance after double
left-right substitution (9)
2 Turn up increasingly irritable
after missing special Japanese
massage (5)
3 One found among tsarist
oligarchy? (6)
4 Rationing leave in unruly old
unit (6,3)
5 A foreign tabloid promoted with
no forethought (2,3)
6 Yemeni leader and deputy –
caught by a nationalist rising,
they’re beaten (7)
7 Thus fluctuating pound
wandered, finally losing
50% (2,3,4)
8 Brute follows these words,
hearing U2 in translation? (2,2)
13 Little woman taking pot, one
seeing things? She’s tripping (9)
15 Argentine leading lady
initially to hold forth and
let off steam (9)
16 Ref’s rants about footballers’
exchanges (9)
18 Old ass picked up aromatic
plant (7)
20 Heavy guns deployed –
underground head entering
more than half suspended
District and Circle line? (6)
22 Try heading for centre of
country (5)
23 Yarn from L-Lewis? (5)
24 Leave out rubbish here (4)
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Law reforms are needed to help
ensure that children who are
home-schooled are kept safe, an
Ofsted official has suggested.
E l e a n o r S c h o o l i n g, t h e
education watchdog’s national
director for social care, expressed
concerns that a growing number
of vulnerable youngsters taught
outside of the classroom were not
getting a satisfactory education.
Children who do not go to
school can become “hidden” and
may be at risk of abuse, neglect,
radicalisation or exploitation,
she warned. She said a balance
was needed between protecting
children and parents’ rights to
home-educate, but there must
be clear legislation to support
councils to identify youngsters.
“Schools act as a protective
factor in children’s lives,” Ms
Schooling said. “Children who
do not attend school may be at
further risk of not achieving their
educational potential.
“They will also not benefit from
the role schools play in developing
children’s skills to participate fully
and constructively in society.”
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LANGUAGE
What we really want for Christmas
Speaks Hawaiian,
Yoda does,
claims professor
By Katie Grant
Doctor Who, EastEnders and The
Snowman all make for essential
Christmas viewing, according to a
viewers’ poll by Radio Times.
The “ultimate” Christmas Day
TV schedule was unveiled by the
magazine after 10,000 people
participated in a public vote, with
respondents rating their favourite
shows and films across a range of
genres including comedy, drama,
animation and soap operas.
A mainstay of the
Christmas schedule,
the soap category, was
topped by EastEnders.
The revelation of Max
Branning and Stacey
Slater’s affair in 2007
was named the best soap
special, ahead of the show’s
1986 Christmas episode in
which Den Watts handed his wife,
Angie, divorce papers.
Gavin & Stacey’s Christmas Special
from 2008, in which the Barry
contingent decamps to Essex and
Gavin announces that he is moving
to Wales, was named best comedy.
And Raymond Briggs’s classic
tearjerker, The Snowman, won the
animation category. The 27-minute
film was first broadcast in 1982 and
has become a Christmas Day staple
in millions of households.
The Strictly Come Dancing
Christmas Special triumphed in the
family entertainment vote, just ahead
of the classic Morecambe and Wise
Christmas Special from 1977, while
The Queen’s Speech – a permanent
fixture of the festive schedules, was
also rated a must-watch.
Doctor Who: The Christmas
Invasion from 2005, which was
David Tennant’s first full
episode as the Doctor
and the first Christmas
special of the rebooted
series, was voted the
best of the Time Lord’s
Christmas specials
The Muppet Christmas
Carol, released in 1992
came out on top in the best
film category.
“Christmas is a time for tradition
and nostalgia – and what we watch
is certainly no exception,” said Tim
Glanfield, of Radio Times.
“However, although we all have
fond memories of festive TV from
years gone by, it’s heartening to also
see how many relatively modern
programmes made it into our
ultimate TV schedule.”
Festive favourites:
‘The Queen’s Speech’
and ‘Strictly Come
Dancing’ (inset)
Christmas crackers The ultimate festive TV schedule
More than 100,000 viewers were
asked to name their favourite festive
programmes to create the nation’s
ideal Christmas Day schedule.
3pm The Queen’s Speech
3.10pm The Snowman (1982)
3.35pm The Muppet Christmas
Carol (1992)
5pm Doctor Who: The Christmas
Invasion (2005)
6pm Alternative Christmas Message:
Brendan Cox (2016)
6.05pm Strictly Come Dancing
Christmas Special (from 2004)
7.15pm EastEnders: Max and Stacey’s
affair revealed (2007)
8.15pm Gavin and Stacey Christmas
Special (2008)
9.15pm Agatha Christie’s And Then
There Were None (2015)
10.15pm News and Weather
By Sherna Noah
A professor of linguistics believes
he has worked out Yoda’s native
language – Hawaiian.
David Adger, of Queen Mary
University of London, has
investigated what language
the Jedi master (inset) would
have been speaking after he was
born, around 900 years before
events in Star Wars. He
used “linguistic
detective work”
and a process
called “transfer”
to reach his
conclusions.
Professor
Adger said: “He’s
speaking English
but changed the
structure of it to be
like his native language. We can
find out something about Yoda’s
native language by looking at how
he speaks English.”
The professor, who is also
the president of the Linguistics
Association of Great Britain, has
concluded that Yoda’s original
language, which he “grew up
speaking”, was Hawaiian.
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Car driven into shoppers at Nationalists bitterly
divided as Catalonia
60mph leaves 19 injured
goes to the polls
By Melanie Burton
IN MELBOURNE
By Kim Sengupta
Nineteen people were injured
yesterday when an Australian man
of Afghan descent, who reportedly
had a history of mental health issues,
drove a car into Christmas
shoppers in Melbourne.
Police said they did not
believe the attack was
terrorism-related.
I n Ja n u a r y, fo u r
people were killed and
more than 20 injured
when a man drove into
pedestrians just a few
hundred metres away from
yesterday’s attack, near Flinders
Street railway station.
Jim Stoupas, the owner of a
doughnut shop at the scene, said
the vehicle was travelling at more
than 60mph when it drove into the
intersection packed with people,
hitting one person after another.
“All you could hear was just ‘bang
Melbourne has installed
about 140 concrete
bollards in the city centre to
prevent vehicle attacks similar to
recent atrocities carried out by
militants in Europe and the US.
IN BARCELONA
The crashed car
in Melbourne and
(inset) the arrested
driver REUTERS
bang bang bang bang’ and screams,”
Mr Stoupas said, adding that the car
came to rest by a tram stop.
Police detained the 32-year-old
driver and said he was a Australian
who had a history of assault, drug use
and mental health problems.
“At this time, we don’t have any
evidence or intelligence to indicate
a connection with terrorism,” said
Shane Patton, the acting chief
commissioner of Victoria state.
Four of the injured were in a critical
PHILIPPINES
Four die as ferry sinks in heavy seas
By Jim Gomez
IN INFANTA
A ferry carrying more than 250
passengers and crew has sunk in
the Philippines, leaving at least
four people dead and at least
seven others missing.
About 240 were pulled from the
rough sea by navy and coast guard
personnel and a flotilla of fishing
boats after the vessel capsized
in the Polillo Strait. Some of the
rescued had injuries.
A survivor, Donel Jade
Mendiola, said that bad weather
briefly delayed the ferry’s
departure, but the weather
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condition yesterday, including a
young boy with a head injury.
Police also detained a second man,
aged 24, who filmed the incident and
was carrying a bag of knives. Mr
Patton said it was “quite probable”
that he was not involved. The
suspects’ names were not released.
“We have seen an horrific act,
an evil act, an act of cowardice
perpetrated against innocent
bystanders,” said the state premier,
Daniel Andrews. REUTERS
improved and the vessel then left
from Real in Quezon province.
Strong winds and large waves
started to lash it about two hours
into the trip, he said.
Frequent storms, badly
maintained vessels and weak
enforcement of safety regulations
have been blamed for past
accidents at sea in the Philippines,
including when the ferry Dona
Paz sank killing more than 4,300
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The election in Catalonia has taken
place with little hope of it bringing
an early end to a bitter political
crisis, but with recriminations
over the past and unease for the
future instead.
Catalans headed to polling
stations yesterday to elect the
regional government with support
for separatists and unionists
running neck-and-neck, leaving
prospects of a quick end to Spain’s
worst political crisis in decades
looking slim.
The turnout after a volatile
campaign was high. Almost half of
the 5.5 million of those eligible
had voted by late afternoon.
An unofficial exit
poll suggested that
a coalition of proindependence
parties had secured
a s m a l l m a j o r i ty.
Commentators warned
that the survey should be
treated with caution, but if
it proves accurate, the result
could open up a new and uncertain
chapter in Catalan politics.
None of the half-dozen contesting
parties was expected to reach the
68 seats needed for an outright
majority. The final surveys indicated
that the pro-independence
Esquerra Republicana (ERC) and
Junts Per Catalunya (JxCat) and
the hard-left CUP were likely to get
between 62 and 66 seats.
The unionist parties, Ciudadnos,
the Socialist Party of Catalonia and
the Catalonian branch of Spain’s
ruling Popular Party, were expected
to get between 56 and 61 seats.
The polling in this extraordinary
election, which could lead to the
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took place after vicious clashes on
1 October. Hundreds were injured
when the Spanish government sent
in the Guardia Civil to try to stop
a referendum called by Catalan
President Carles Puigdemont.
P re l i m i n a r y re s u l t s we re
expected late yesterday, although
they will not be officially declared
until 5 January after postal and
votes abroad are fully counted.
Mr Puigdemont is in exile in
Belgium, with an arrest warrant
issued against him by Mariano
Rajoy’s government in Madrid. The
ERC head, Oriol Junqueras, is in a
Spanish jail. Acrimony has spread
among the parties, which may make
forming coalitions difficult.
At the last rally of JxCat, Mr
Puigdemont gave a speech
via v i deo li n k fro m
Brussels. Nine seats
on the front row were
left empty with the
names of jailed Catalan
leaders, including Mr
Junqueras, attached.
But the two parties have
failed to agree to a joint
ticket and their leaders have
been exchanging barbs. “I went to
prison because I do not hide and I
am consistent with my acts,” said
Mr Junqueras in a radio interview.
Mr Puigdemont’s response was: “I
am in Belgium because I also do not
hide and I am consistent.”
At a polling station in L’Hospitalet
de Llobregat, Barcelona, Bernat
Oliveras, who voted for JxCat,
appealed for the leaders to bury their
differences and form a coalition.
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moment in history for the struggle
for independence to be united,” he
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Ramaphosa to seize land from white farmers
By Alexander Winning
IN JOHANNESBURG
Cyril Ramaphosa, the new leader
of South Africa’s governing African
National Congress (ANC) party,
declared yesterday that he would
stamp out corruption and confiscate
land from white farmers.
Mr Ramaphosa (inset), a 65-yearold union leader who became a
businessman and is now one of
South Africa’s richest people,
is likely to become the
country’s next president
after elections in 2019,
because of his party’s
electoral dominance.
His promise to fight
rampant corruption and
revitalise the economy has
been hailed by foreign investors.
“We must also act fearlessly
against alleged corruption and
abuse of office within our
ranks,” he said.
Mr Ramaphosa, who
is South Africa’s Deputy
President, was elected
as the ANC’s new leader
on Monday, succeeding
President Jacob Zuma in the
post. Mr Zuma’s presidency has
become mired in corruption, with
critics accusing the government of
allowing “state capture” to occur as
business interests bribed their way
into positions of power and influence.
Mr Ramaphosa also said he would
aim to expedite job creation, improve
the lacklustre economy and speed up
the transfer of land to Africans.
Two decades after the end
of apartheid, the ANC is under
pressure to redress racial disparities
in land ownership, where white
people own most of the land. REUTERS
Mr Ramaphosa may be the
new leader, but President
Zuma’s faction retains influence
in the ANC’s incoming National
Executive Committee.
WORLD FOCUS
Malaysians fear rise
of Saudi extremism
By Tavleen Tarrant
IN KUALA LUMPUR
Saudi Arabia’s extremist Wahhabi
Islam ideology is spreading east
and now corrupting Malaysia, it is
feared, with virulent homophobia,
barbaric punishments and religious
intolerance on the rise.
Malaysia’s growing political ties
to the Gulf state have been blamed
on the spread of Islamic extremism,
which has been marked by an erosion
of traditional religious practices and
culture in the traditionally multiethnic nation.
A string of events has fuelled the
concern. Hostility toward atheists,
non-believers and the gay community
has risen. Two annual beer festivals
were cancelled after Islamic leaders
objected. A hardline preacher,
accused of spreading hatred in India,
has also received official patronage.
The government has backed a
bill that would allow harsh sharia
punishments, such as amputations
for theft and stoning for adultery. And
after religious officials supported a
Muslim-only laundromat, Malaysia’s
mostly ceremonial royalty made a
rare public intervention, calling for
religious harmony.
Marina Mahathir, the daughter
of Malaysia’s longest-serving prime
minister, Mahathir Mohamad, has
publicly criticised the government
for the “Arabisation” of Malaysia.
Ms Mahathir, head of the civil rights
group Sisters in Islam, said Saudi
influence on Islam in Malaysia had
“come at the expense of traditional
Malay culture”. Her 93-year-old
father, heads the opposition alliance.
Marina Mahathir attacked what she
called the ‘Arabisation of Malaysia’ AFP
Saudi Arabia’s fundamentalist
Wahhabi beliefs have influenced
Malaysia and neighbouring Indonesia
for decades, but have strengthened
since Najib Razak became prime
minister in 2009 and began cosying
up to the Gulf state.
The fear is that Saudi Arabia is
once again using its deep pockets
to buy influence and spread its
extremist ideology. The relationship
came under a harsh spotlight when
nearly $700m (£524m) wound up in
Mr Najib’s bank account in 2013. He
said it was a donation from the Saudi
royal family.
AftertheSaudikingvisitedthisyear,
Malaysia revealed plans to build the
King Salman Centre for International
Peace, drawing on the resources of
the Saudi-financed Islamic Science
University of Malaysia, and the
Muslim World League, a Saudi
religious body. REUTERS
INDONESIA
Islamists object to Santa hats
By Djohan Widjaya
IN JAKARTA
Police appealed yesterday for
tolerance and respect for other
people’s religious celebrations after
an Islamist group threatened to raid
businesses to check for Muslims
being forced to wear Santa Claus
hats or other Christmas garb.
The hardline Islamic Defenders
Front said it would conduct
“sweeping operations” in the world’s
biggest Muslim-majority country,
and that forcing Muslims to wear
Christmas attire violated their rights.
Indonesia is home to several
religious minorities, including
Christians, Hindus and Buddhists.
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UNITED STATES
Big Apple takes
a bite out of
violent crime
The murder rate in New York City
is on course to fall to record low,
reports Colleen Long
E
ven after two terror
attacks and a driver’s
deadly rampage through
Times Square, New
York City is on track to
hit a record low for murders in a
year. Up to 17 December, the city
of 8.5 million people, once known
as America’s murder capital, had
recorded 278 killings. That puts it
on pace to end this year with
killings down 14 per cent
since last year, and well
below the 333 recorded
in 2014 – the year with
the fewest homicides
since the city began
keeping accurate crime
statistics in 1963.
Those numbers mean
that a person’s odds of getting
killed by homicide in tightly packed,
diverse New York City this year
were about the same as they were
last year in Wyoming, Montana
and South Dakota. Crime has been
dropping for many years in New
York, but 2017 had substantial drops
even in places such as the 75th police
precinct in Brooklyn, once among
the nation’s most violent places.
“You can feel the change. More
people are out walking the streets
at night, they’re out talking to their
neighbours, they’re not rushing
their kids home with their heads
down,” said Rashaud Carmichael,
36, a construction worker and
father of three who lives in the
area. “I’ve lived here all my
life. And it’s a different
world now.”
There were 126
killings in the precinct
in 1993. Last year, there
were 23. This year, up to
17 December, there have
been 11. The statistics
stand in sharp contrast
to the picture of New York
City painted by President Donald
Trump on the campaign trail a year
ago, when he claimed the murder
rate was rising because the city’s
liberal mayor was coddling illegal
immigrants and abandoning a
police tactic that involved stopping
and frisking huge numbers of
‘Different world’:
Police patrol the
75th precinct
in the New York
borough of
Brooklyn AP
predominantly innocent black and
Hispanic men. “Look what has been
done in this city,” said the New York
Police Commissioner, James O’Neill
(inset). “These are real numbers. I
don’t think that’s something that
can be ignored.”
The city’s homicide toll would
have been lower this year but for
a Halloween attack by a man from
Uzbekistan who drove a rented
truck down a waterfront bicycle
path, killing eight people.
Months earlier, a driver, said by
police to have smoked marijuana
laced with PCP, mowed down
pedestrians in Times Square,
striking 21 people and killing one.
Earlier this month, a would-be
suicide bomber detonated an
explosive device in the subway
NYPD’s community links
For years, the New York Police
Department tackled crime
hotspots by flooding them with extra
officers and arresting large numbers
of people for mostly
petty crimes. Violent crime fell but it
kept falling as police shifted towards
an approach of building community
relationships and focusing more on
serious crimes.
Chief of Patrol Terence Monahan,
head of the NYPD’s uniformed
branch, said other tactical changes
had helped. Officers were assigned
to smaller areas and neighbourhood
coordination officers were recruited
to spend time addressing concerns
such as cars blocking driveways.
system, but no one was killed.
Out in the 75th precinct,
residents are still more concerned
about gangs and drug dealing than
terrorism. “Crime is still here for
us. I still see it and I still feel it,”
said Jessica Franco, 31, who started
the Civic Association of Cypress
Hills. “But I think neighbours have
to also understand their power
to help change this – and their
responsibility to engage with police
to help make it better.”
Some criminologists say a move
away from heavy-handed policing
may have helped to reduce crime.
Researchers give the NYPD some
credit but also attribute its success
to other factors, such as a flood of
wealthier people into the city and a
high employment rate. AP
UNITED STATES
CANADA
Gushing Pence praises ‘miracle’ man Trump
Trudeau says ‘sorry’ for free
stay on Aga Khan’s island
In a toe-curling display of
sycophancy, the US VicePresident, Mike Pence, paid
tribute to Donald Trump,
thanking him for “fulfilling
miracles” and spurring
historic “optimism”.
Mr Pence (inset) told the US
President that he had “restored
American credibility on the world
stage” as the former property mogul
looked on approvingly at a cabinet
meeting on Wednesday.
In a gushing, two-minute
m o n o l o g u e, M r Pe n ce
added: “I know I speak
on behalf of the entire
cabinet and of millions
of Americans when I
say, congratulations and
thank you.”
Mr
Trump
sat
expressionless and with his arms
folded during the exchange, but
later thanked Mr Pence, telling him:
“That’s very nice. I appreciate that.”
Mr Pence also thanked the
President for bringing “economic
renewal” – for himself, at least. It
was reported yesterday that the
President’s new tax cuts for the rich
will bag him $15m (£11.2m) a year.
Social media users expresed
horror at the speech, calling it
“excruciatingly, stomach-churningly
uncomfortable to watch”.
THE INDEPENDENT
By Rob Gillies
IN TORONTO
The Canadian Prime Minister Justin
Trudeau’s whiter-than-white image
has been sullied by the revelation
that he enjoyed a free holiday last
Christmas at a private island in the
Bahamas owned by the Aga Khan.
Mr Trudeau became the country’s
first Prime Minister found to have
In tomorrow’s
The best in comment,
advice and analysis
violated Canada’s conflict of interest
rules, the country’s federal ethics
commissioner, Mary Dawson, found.
Ms Dawson said Mr Trudeau
b ro ke l aw s t h at p ro h i b i t a
government minister from accepting
gifts or advantages that could
reasonably be seen as influencing
government decisions. Mr Trudeau
has apologised. REUTERS
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Sprout and
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You can pickle or deep-fry them, flambé or cream
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russels sprouts: the
Marmite of the vegetable
world. While many delight
in the tiny green baubles,
believing Christmas
dinner to be incomplete without
a mound of the sludge-coloured
snozcumbers on their plates, others
regard them as an unnecessary and
unappetising smear on a perfectly
delightful roast dinner. I am firmly
in the sprout-hating camp. I will
submit to a token half-sprout on
Christmas Day to show willing, but
have never seen the appeal of the
world’s worst vegetable.
The sprout is hugely unpopular
in America, too, where a New
York Times appetiser recipe for
“Thanksgiving Sprouts Sliders”
in which the wee brassicas were
stuffed with tempeh surfaced to
much ridicule last month. “I believe
the Times is actively conspiring with
America’s enemies now,” said one
anti-sprout commentator.
“At last, something peas won’t
ruin,” said another.
Of course, ingredients such as
maple syrup, almonds and shallots
can all be added to mask the
essential sproutiness of the sprout
– but why go to all that trouble to
disguise them, when you could just
cook a vegetable that tastes nice
to begin with? You don’t need to
meddle with carrots or parsnips to
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IT’S NOT COOL
BUT I LOVE...
Jigsaws
make them palatable.
But it seems that chefs around
the UK have a different approach.
As the cold weather creeps in,
winter menus are stuffed full
of sprouts. Not just the boiled
variety – they are caramelised,
sprinkled with pancetta, mixed
with chestnuts, whirled into
gratins and tossed into salads.
They are not being compromised
and ameliorated by other flavours;
instead, they are being allowed to
stand out in all their pungent glory.
Rotorino, Stevie Parle’s Italian
restaurant in Dalston, London,
offers a Finocchiona and Brussels
sprout salad on its Christmas
set menu, and there’s even a
fish-and-chip shop in Yorkshire
– Marlborough Fisheries, in
Featherstone– that’s offering them
battered and deep-fried.
If you prefer something lighter,
health food and juice chain Crussh
serves a Christmas Cleanse at its
juice bars, with cucumber, celery,
lemon and 15 of the micro-cabbages
making up one serving.
James Kidman, product
developer at Crussh, says that
sprouts are “rich in a wide range
of vitamins, potassium and
antioxidants, so we’re celebrating
the unsung hero by juicing it”.
In a nod to tradition – and
America’s love of adding fat to
everything – steakhouse chain
Smith & Wollensky, which has
recently opened an outlet in
a pan before removing from pan and
preparing it as usual.
Cut sprouts off the stem and slice
them in half.
In the same pan you used for the
meat, fry sprouts in butter, then add
the sugar so they caramelise slightly.
Add orange zest, orange juice,
ginger, garlic, fish sauce and let the
sauce reduce by half.
Cook for 20 minutes or until soft
and serve as a side. You can garnish
with chilli and coriander to taste.
London’s Covent Garden, has on its
Christmas menu creamed sprouts
topped with a type of finely sliced
French bacon called poitrine fumée.
At the Verulam Arms in St
Albans, Hertfordshire, chef and
wild forager George Fredenham is a
sprout evangelist.
“They are cool. I love them,” he
says. “They have always been on
Christmas dinner at the Verulam
Arms and at home. I get why people
don’t like them but hopefully you
can turn things around.”
Fredenham has adapted a
home-cooked favourite for the
restaurant menu this year: “My
mum did sprouts with fish sauce,
orange, chilli and chestnut, which is
a lovely combination.”
His recipe involves sprouts
adored jigsaw puzzles when
I was younger but surprised
myself when I rediscovered
the joy of completing them. It
happened two years ago when
I went to stay at a friend’s house
and saw she had a Disney puzzle
on the table. A few hours after I
arrived, my friend had to politely
remind me that I was there to
see her, and not spend the entire
evening with my head bent over
a 1,000-piece recreation of Snow
White and the Seven Dwarfs.
Since then I’ve done many
more jigsaws. They are a fun way
to spend a rainy day and anyone
who says they don’t enjoy them
Piece of the action: a jigsaw fan on the
is lying. You might think they’re
beach in 1934 GETTY
boring before you start one, but
the boyfriend of one of my old
housemates once stayed up until
1am midweek trying to complete
the puzzle I had left on the living
room coffee table. And last
Christmas, my brother told me
doesn’t like doing puzzles, only to
spend most of the day hunched
over one of my jigsaw presents. I
eventually had to forbid him from
doing any more pieces as he looked
in danger of completing it, and then
what would I do?
At Christmas it’s always nice
to have a puzzle on the go. You
can happily spend five minutes
on a puzzle in between meals and
presents, although inevitably you
get sidetracked into a “just one
more piece” mentality.
Try it sprout George Fredenham’s mum’s recipe
Ingredients
1 bag of Brussels sprouts
(about 500g)
Zest of one orange
Juice of three oranges
1/2 tsp grated ginger
1 clove garlic
1/4 cup fish sauce
2 tablespoons muscavado
sugar or honey
Method
Sear your meat (preferably duck) in
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Another
week, another
imaginative
resignation
T
Charring
sprouts gives
them a smoky,
nutty flavour
served with roast duck.
“There’s a certain berry that
grows around the estuary of the
Thames called sea buckthorn. It
has a tangy, orange, tropical flavour
and intense levels of citric acid. We
did a twist on duck a l’orange with it
called ‘Duck a la Buck’.”
He boils and halves the sprouts
before toasting them in a pan
with the duck juices and the sea
buckthorn. “You get sharpness
from the buckthorn and bitterness
from the sprout,” he says.
If you don’t have sea buckthorns
to hand, you can use a few
tablespoons of orange juice and the
zest of one orange.
As though he were trying to
make sprouts sound even less
appealing, Fredenham also makes
It’s not just me who’s taken
up jigsaws again. Retailer John
Lewis says puzzles are making a
comeback, as many of us would
now “much rather be curled up at
home with a jigsaw than going out”.
Confirming they have become a
staple item in many British homes,
jigsaw puzzles were added to the
Office for National Statistics’
inflation basket this year to
represent an “adult-type” hobby.
Puzzles can also make thoughtful
presents. For my friend’s 30th
birthday, a group of us bought her
a personalised 500-piece puzzle
created from a photo of us at
The Oval cricket ground. For my
partner’s recent birthday, I bought
him a 250-piece Wentworth jigsaw
I’v
ve done a sprout
sauerkraut. It ferments
well because it is similar
to a white cabbage
a dish called “Badgers’ Balls” –
because, he tells me, it looks like
badgers’ testicles. You mix cooked
lentils, sugar and chopped bacon
with the sprouts into clumps.
“I have done other things,” he
continues, before I can stop him.
“I’ve done a sprout sauerkraut. It
ferments well because it’s similar
to a white cabbage.”
“No one wants soggy sprouts,”
says Rob Creaser, from Hammer
and Tongs restaurant in London.
He insists a crispy sprout can be a
Puzzles Piece by piece
n Luiza Figueiredo loves jigsaw
puzzles even more than our
Business Editor. The Brazilian
woman started collecting jigsaws
in 1967 and in July the obsessive fan
was awarded the Guinness World
Record for the biggest collection
of the puzzles in the world, with
1,047 sets.
n The biggest jigsaw puzzle in the
world was bigger than 5 square
kilometres in size. It was put
together in Hong Kong in 2002, with
each of the 21,600 pieces measuring
a maximum of 0.5m x 0.5m.
n The world record for the puzzle
with the most bits is 551,232 pieces.
delightfully nutty affair. He toasts
the sprouts on a South African
barbecue called a braai. “We put
them over the fire and roast them
up to give them a smoky flavour,”
he says, “and then we mix mustard
seeds with sunflower oil for the
dressing. If you deep-fry the leaves,
they become nutty as well.”
The robust nuttiness helps the
sprouts stand up to pairings with
the braai-cooked meats. A
home-cooked version could be
made by skewering the vegetables
and cooking them over a flame, to
get a crispy texture, he suggests.
So, it seems you can pickle it,
cream it, flambé it or deep-fry
it, but you can’t get rid of it. The
sprout is having its moment in the
sun – and on our plates.
of Keble College at Oxford, where
he spent four happy years.
For anyone who hasn’t done
a Wentworth puzzle, I would
recommend trying one. The
company’s wooden puzzles,
individually drawn by hand, are
made up of odd-shaped pieces
that don’t always have a straight
edge. The Keble college puzzle,
for example, included pieces
in the shape of a K, a bow tie
and a Stegosaurus (apparently
something to do with bad graffiti
on one of the college’s walls).
I hope many of you will have
the pleasure of doing a puzzle this
Christmas, and I hope I’ve dropped
enough hints to my family that I
would like to receive one.
he charm of this
Government is the
imaginative and diverse
ways they find for having
to resign. There have
been three in a few weeks, for a
variety of reasons that make politics
fun. Now we should guess the next
one – and I reckon it will be Boris
Johnson, for torturing a panda by
giving it bamboo covered in chilli
powder and filming it on his phone
as it hops about and puts its paws in
yoghurt to cool down.
Then it will be Amber Rudd, for
selling a rocking horse on eBay that
turns out to be full of nuclear waste.
Next, Jeremy Hunt, for hypnotising
the Archbishop of Canterbury and
telling him he’s a chicken, so that
halfway through “Hark the Herald
Angels Sing” at a Christmas Eve
carol service, he sings “Glory to the
new corn King” and starts clucking
at Princess Anne.
And then it will be Michael Gove,
for arranging a deal between his
friend Rupert Murdoch and Isis to
show the World Adulteress Stoning
Championships on Sky Sports 6.
There’s an art to resigning from
this Government, and Damian
Green (inset) is highly skilled in it.
The trick is to make the reasons
so obscure, no one can understand
why you’ve resigned at all. So his
statement went something like:
“I repeat that I have done nothing
illegal, or deceitful, or improper,
or said anything untrue, but in
regard to the statement I made to
the public I have, in a literal and
historical sense, said words that
were deliberately made-up bollocks,
and as this falls outside the high
standards set by code of conduct
clause 3b, must regretfully resign
despite being perfect.”
The one fault he admits to
is saying things that were
“misleading”. But he’s being too
harsh on himself. He said there
was no porn on his computer
and the police entirely made up
the story that there was porn
on his computer – when,
in fact, he knew
there was porn on
his computer, and
he knew the police
hadn’t made up
the story that
there was porn
on his computer.
So he only got
“is” mixed up
with “isn’t” and
“did” mixed up
with “didn’t”.
This can
happen in a
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court of law, where someone says, “I
didn’t burgle the house” but it turns
out they “did” burgle the house.
It’s shocking how many people are
convicted on this technicality.
One simple explanation is that
maybe Green didn’t consider the
items on his computer to be porn
and he thought “Forest Trunk has a
Treesome”, in which a lumberjack
has oral sex with two pine trees,
was an allegorical piece about the
dangers of agreeing to remain in a
single market.
Some people have wondered
why these films were on his work
computer, but any of us, while
listening to a Cabinet discussion
about beetroot tariff proposals in
Brexit talks, would find ourselves
getting aroused and wanting to
have a quick peek at strangers going
at it with each other in close-up,
maybe walloping each other with
garden tools, before suggesting a
compromise involving spring onions.
The other side to the perfect
behaviour he’s had to resign for was
the approaches he made towards
Kate Maltby – for example, a text
reading: “Having admired you in a
Anyone would get
aroused listening
to Brexit beetroot
tariff proposals
corset in my favourite tabloid, I feel
impelled to ask you for a drink.”
He says he doesn’t recognise the
incidents she describes – and this
seems fair enough, because none
of us can remember every time we
tell someone we feel impelled to
ask them for a drink on account of
having seen them in a corset in our
favourite paper.
Most people round my way send
texts such as, “Hello, Mrs Mulligan,
as I saw you in a bra and suspenders
in the Croydon Advertiser this week.
I feel impelled to ask you for a drink,”
to the lollipop lady every morning,
then instantly forget they’ve done it.
It’s just a shame that Ministers of the
Crown are held to higher standards
than the rest of us.
One interpretation of these
events, from several commentators,
is that sacking Green “proves the
Prime Minister is strong”. If this is
true, she should sack all of them and
prove she’s almighty.
Some might suggest the
resignations aren’t about porn or
illicit meetings on holiday or putting
your hand on someone’s knee, but
a consequence of having believed
your ideology was triumphant
and you’d rule unchallenged for
decades, before at the election
discovering this wasn’t true.
So you don’t know what you
stand for, and you fight
among yourselves
– especially
over Europe.
And if Green had
said, “Given all that,
is it any wonder I
sometimes download
a bit of hardcore
action and knock
one out in the
Cabinet Office?”
he’d have gained
so much more
respect.
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EVENTS OF THE YEAR
1. In January, Nasa selected
two new space missions to
proceed to mission formulation with the aim of launching in 2021 and 2023. “Lucy”
was one, what was the other?
2. In February, art collector
Tom Hill refused the National Gallery’s bid for the
painting A Portrait of a Young
Man in a Red Cap. What was
his reason?
3. Which Labour seat did the
Conservatives win in a byelection in February?
a) Copeland
b) Bootle
c) Ogmore
4. In May, who represented the
Conservatives in a live TV
election debate after Theresa
May refused to take part?
5. In June, who organised
the One Love Manchester
concert to commemorate
victims of the Manchester
Arena bomb attack?
6. Which country announced
its withdrawal from the 2015
Paris Agreement on Climate
Change in June?
7. In July, which European
‘Portrait of a
Young Man
in a Red
Cap’ (1530)
by Jacopo
Pontormo
DCMS
monarch addressed Parliament
regarding Brexit concerns?
8. In August, which explorer set
off to be the first person to sail to
the North Pole?
9. In September, the new £10
note featuring Jane Austen
came into circulation with a
quote about the joys of
reading, why did it prove
controversial?
10. Gavin Williamson was
given which high-ranking
government role in
November, despite a
lack of any previous
ministerial experience?
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WHO SAID WHAT?
Don’t miss
Quiz
of the
year
PART TWO
in i on
BoxingDay
a “I thought ‘oh my God, it is
past 10.30’ so I just quickly
tweeted what I did”
b “That’s why I took such a
long look at Faye and at
you. I wasn’t trying to be
funny”
Kazuo Ishiguro
Theresa May
Prue Leith
George Saunders
Warren Beatty
Donald Trump
George Osborne
Meghan Markle
Zlatan Ibrahimovic
Amanda Holden
c “It’s great wealth, it’s phenomenal wealth; not so long
ago, we had no idea we had
such wealth”
d “I want a Britain that is
free, open, diverse and
works with other nations
to defend our democratic
values in the world”
e “When you went to the
moon, did you take a piece
of the moon and bring it
back home with you?”
f “…me and my friend, sort
of, used to run through the
fields of wheat – the farmers weren’t too pleased
about that.”
g “I thought that in this age of
false news, it was perhaps
a mistake”
h “We’re two people who are
really happy and in love”
i “I carried that idea around
for 20 years”
The historic 150th
edition, ‘Whitaker’s
2018’, is published by
Bloomsbury (ISBN
9781472935021,
RRP £90)
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ANSWERS
6. In the seventh series of
Game of Thrones, it was
revealed that Daenerys
Targaryen was related to
Jon Snow, but how?
7. In July, who was revealed
to be playing the role of
the 13th incarnation of
The Doctor in
Doctor Who?
8. Kezia Dugdale resigned
as Scottish leader of
which political party to
appear on I’m A Celebrity... Get Me Out of Here in
November?
9. The TV adaption of which
novel saw actor Matthew
Macfadyen play the role
of Henry Wilcox in
November?
10. The summer sensation
Love Island was filmed in
which Balearic island?
a) Ibiza
b) Formentera
c) Majorca
EVENTS OF THE YEAR
1. Psyche
2. The post-Brexit value of
pound sterling.
3. a) Copeland
4. Amber Rudd
5. Ariana Grande
6. USA
7. Felipe VI, King of Spain
8. Pen Hadow
9. The character in question
hated reading.
10. Secretary of State for
Defence
TV
1. In October, Olly Murs was
revealed to be joining The
Voice UK replacing who?
a) will.i.am
b) Jennifer Hudson
c) Gavin Rossdale
2. Who replaced BBC
presenters Mel and Sue
on The Great British Bake
Off after it relaunched on
Channel 4 this year?
3. The second series of
Stranger Things was
released by Netflix in
October. What is the
name of the “other world”
in the series?
4. Which 2009 memoir,
which deals with mental
illness in a close-knit Sikh
family in Wolverhampton,
aired as a one-off BBC
drama in November?
5. Who portrayed the
protagonist Offred in
The Handsmaid’s Tale?
WINNERS AND LOSERS
1. Sebastian Kurtz
2. Israel
3. Chris Froome
4. New Zealand
5. Peggy Whitson
6. Paul Nuttall (Ukip)
7. England
8. Gemma Collins
9. Emma Stone
10. Wayne Rooney
‘Stranger Things 2’
featuring Winona
Ryder NETFLIX
WHO SAID WHAT?
1. Kazuo Ishiguro g) “I
thought that in this age of
false news, it was perhaps a
mistake.”
2. Theresa May f) “…me and
my friend, sort of, used to
run through the fields of
wheat – the farmers weren’t
too pleased about that.”
3. Prue Leith a) “I thought ‘oh
my God, it is past 10.30’ so
I just quickly tweeted what
I did.”
4. George Saunders i) “I
carried that idea around for
20 years.”
5. Warren Beatty b) “That’s
why I took such a long look
at Faye and at you. I wasn’t
trying to be funny.”
6. Donald Trump c) “it’s great
wealth, it’s phenomenal
wealth; not so long ago, we
had no idea we had such
wealth.”
7. George Osborne d) “I want
a Britain that is free, open,
diverse and works with
other nations to defend our
democratic values in the
world.”
8. Meghan Markle h) “We’re
two people who are really
happy and in love”
9. Zlatan Ibrahimovic j) “I
told you, lions don’t recover
like humans.”
10. Amanda Holden e)
“When you went to the
moon, did you take a piece
of the moon and bring it
back home with you?”
WINNER AND LOSERS
1. Who, aged 31, led their party to
victory in October only months
after being elected leader and is
set to become Europe’s youngest
head of state?
2. Priti Patel was forced to resign as Secretary of State for
International Development
in November after undertaking unauthorised meetings in
which country?
3. Who won the Vuelta a España
this year after coming second
three times previously?
4. In August, England lost to
which team in the Women’s
Rugby World Cup final
in Belfast?
5. On their return to Earth
on 2 September, who has
clocked up a total of 665 days
in space, more than any other
Nasa astronaut?
6. Which party leader lost to
Gareth Snell in the Stokeon-Trent Central by-election
in February?
7. Who won the Women’s Cricket
World Cup in July?
8. In October, who fell down an
open trapdoor on stage
while presenting an
award at the Radio 1 Teen
Awards?
9. Who became the highest
earning movie actress of 2017,
knocking Jennifer Lawrence off
the top spot?
10. Which footballer was banned
from driving for two years after
pleading guilty to drink driving
in September?
TV
1. Gavin Rossdale
2. Noel Fielding and Sandy
Toksvig
3. The Upside Down
4. The Boy with the Topknot
5. Elizabeth Moss
6. She is his aunt
7. Jodie Wittaker
8. Scottish Labour party
9. Howard’s End
10. Majorca
j “I told you, lions don’t recover like humans”
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world in
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MALTA
Three men sent to trial
over killing of journalist
By Chris Scicluna
IN VALLETTA
SOUTH AFRICA
FRANCE
ANC to demote
Israel embassy
Recall of baby
milk extended
South Africa’s ruling party
says that the country’s embassy
in Israel should be downgraded
to a liaison office to show
support for the Palestinians.
The African National
Congress said delegates to
a national party meeting
endorsed the proposal to the
government for “an immediate
and unconditional downgrade”
of the embassy in Tel Aviv.
The proposal came ahead
of a UN vote urging President
Donald Trump to rescind
his decision recognising
Jerusalem as Israel’s capital. AP
A tainted baby milk scandal affecting
30 countries is continuing to grow
after French dairy corporation Lactalis recalled millions more products
globally because of fears of salmonella contamination.
The company had already recalled
several million baby milk products
earlier this month.
Yesterday, it expanded the alert
to all products made in its factory, in
Craon, western France, since February “as a precautionary measure”.
This month’s recalls affect countries including the UK, Greece,
China, Pakistan, Bangladesh, Morocco, Sudan, Peru and Colombia. AP
Three men accused of killing Maltese
anti-corruption journalist Daphne
Caruana Galizia were committed
to trial yesterday by a magistrate
hearing preliminary evidence.
Brothers George and Alfred
Degiorgio and Vincent Muscat were
arrested in early December on the
strength of phone intercepts and
accused of having killed Ms Caruana
Galizia in a car bomb attack as she
drove out of her home on 16 October.
Police told the court that George
Degiorgio was sitting on a boat
outside Valletta harbour when he
Daphne Caruana Galizia was killed in
a car bomb attack in October REUTERS
sent a text to trigger the bomb, which
had been planted overnight in Ms
Caruana Galizia’s hire car.
Mobile phone data showed that
Alfred Degiorgio and Mr Muscat
had repeatedly visited Ms Caruana
Galizia’s home village of Bidnija in the
days before the blast. Police believe
they watched from a nearby vantage
point as Ms Caruana Galizia set out
in her car and told George Degiorgio
via telephone to detonate the device.
The three have denied wrongdoing.
The journalist’s death shocked
Malta, which has been engulfed by a
graft scandals, including accusations
of money laundering and influence
peddling in government. Ms Caruana
Galizia exposed many of these cases,
but had never written about the three
suspects, who had fallen foul of police
in the past. REUTERS
PERU
Vice presidents
will quit if I am
forced out,
says President
By Mitra Taj
IN LIMA
UNITED STATES
Venus Williams
cleared over
crash death
By Terry Spencer
Florida police say no charges will
be filed against tennis star Venus
Williams or another driver over
a crash in which a man died.
A Palm Beach Gardens police
report said Ms Williams and
Linda Barson have been cleared
Postcard
From...
Bethesda
Even by the standards of boozy
fraternity gatherings, it was
quite a debauch. A bunch of
American university students
drank so much alcohol at a
party that air inside the house
registered on a breathalyser,
police have said.
About 70 people attended
the “tequila Tuesday” party
in an upscale neighbourhood
of Bethesda, Maryland,
before irritated residents
phoned authorities.
Six alleged occupants
of the rented home have
been charged with allowing
underage possession of alcohol
and furnishing alcohol to a
over the incident on 9 June that
fatally injured Mrs Barson’s
78-year-old husband, Jerome.
Investigators say video shows
Ms Williams had a green light
when she entered a busy junction
but a car turned left in front of
her, forcing her to stop.
She then tried to get fully
across but the Barsons’ light
turned green and their car
slammed into Ms Williams’ SUV.
Jerome Barson died 13 days
later. His estate is suing Ms
Williams. The family’s attorney
said police were wrong and the
case will be pursued. AP
minor, and face fines of up to
$315,000 (£235,463), according
to court documents.
The group, members of
the Sigma Alpha Epsilon
fraternity, are all enrolled
at the private American
University. Local media
reported that the ambient air
inside the suburban house
registered at 0.01 on at least
one police breathalyser.
The party took place in
mid-November and was
brought to a swift end when
three Montgomery County
police officers arrived.
They reportedly discovered
bin bags and insulation over
the windows and empty cans
and bottles throughout the
house. One partygoer was
said to have jumped from a
second-storey window to try
to escape. THE INDEPENDENT
Jon Sharman
Man leaps to
safety from fire
A man jumps from a burning eightfloor building in Jecheon, South
Korea, onto an air mattress held by
rescuers yesterday. REUTERS
Peru’s President, Pedro Pablo Kuczynski, yesterday signalled that both
his vice presidents would resign if
Congress impeached him.
The right-wing populist party that
controls Congress, Popular Force,
aims to force Mr Kuczynski out on
the grounds he is “morally unfit” to
govern, after finding he once had
business connections with a company
at the centre of Latin America’s
biggest corruption scandal.
Mr Kuczynski, a 79-year-old
former Wall Street banker, who
denies anything improper or illegal,
said Popular Force was misusing its
majority to attempt a power grab.
“The constitution and democracy
are under attack. We’re facing a coup
dressed in supposedly legitimate
legal interpretations,” he said.
“This is a conviction that my two
vice presidents share,” Mr Kuczynski
added, flanked by vice presidents
Martin Vizcarra and Mercedes
Araoz. REUTERS
CHILE
VATICAN CITY
TURKEY
Mudslide search
efforts resume
Pope denounces Suspects in 1997
church cliques
coup face life
Chilean authorities say improved
weather has allowed them to
resume searching for eight people
missing since a weekend mudslide
smashed into the Patagonian town
of Santa Lucia, killing at least 14
people, including a baby.
Mud up to 26ft deep covers some
parts of the town, which is about
800 miles south of Santiago. The
side of a hill collapsed early on
Saturday and buried 20 of the
town’s 200 houses. AP
Pope Francis has again used a
Christmas greeting to dress down
some in the Vatican, denouncing
the “cancer” of cliques and how
bureaucrats can become “corrupted”
by ambition and vanity.
Francis also acknowledged that
there were plenty of competent, loyal
and even saintly people who work in
the Holy See. But he said there were
others who had been chosen to help
him reform the Vatican and were not
up to the task. AP
Officials are seeking life jail
terms for 60 people, including
an ex-military chief, over the
“post-modern” coup in 1997 that
toppled Turkey’s first Islamist-led
government and led to the
resignation of prime minister
Necmettin Erbakan.
Unlike last year’s failed coup,
which saw widespread use of army
force, the 1997 revolt only involved
a brief appearance of tanks in a
town near Ankara. REUTERS
22.12.2017
FR DAY
Film
Music
Comedy
Theatre
GoingOut
Staying In
Television
Books
See out
2017 with
a bang
Sarah Hughes goes on set with BBC1’s
‘McMafia’, the BBC’s must-see drama of
the season. Plus, overleaf, your guide to
the best of Christmas television
T
he key to any must-see
drama is whether it
can immerse you in its
world from the start,
whether that be advertising in 1950s New York, Mob life
in New Jersey or even a tight-knit
but crime-ridden community in
Yorkshire’s Hebden Bridge.
By those criteria, McMafia,
BBC1’s slick new thriller starring
James Norton and set in a murky
world of high finance, exiled Russian oligarchs and organised
crime, certainly stakes a claim to
being the first must-watch drama
of 2018 (although admittedly
that’s not difficult when the first
episode airs on New Year’s Day).
It’s clear from early on that the
glossy but hard-hitting series,
which is adapted from Misha
Glenny’s acclaimed non-fiction
book about the franchising and
spread of global crime, more than
lives up to the hype.
At the story’s heart is Alex Godman (Norton, pictured) the public
school-educated son of an
oligarch, who has built himself
an establishment English life in
which he manages a hedge fund
and is engaged to a high-flying
ethical banker (Juliet Rylance),
only to see his comfortable existence threatened as his family’s
secrets edge to the surface.
So far, so straightforward. Yet
while McMafia might initially
seem like a companion piece to
2016’s equally slick thriller The
Night Manager, this is a show with
wider ambitions, aiming not only
to tell Godman’s story but also
“how the criminal became corporate and the corporate became
criminal”, as series co-creator
James Watkins puts it.
“What struck me as unique
about the series is that it’s not
simply a crime drama, it really
looks at how much the Mafia has
changed, particularly since the
fall of the Soviet Union,” says
Norton. “This isn’t just a
story of the sexy side of the
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‘The extent to
which we are
all complicit is
getting clearer’
Mafia, but also the cost of that
lavish lifestyle, how it’s paid and
who pays for it.
“At the beginning of the show,
Alex is a good man and sees the
best of people, but as the story
goes on, certain demons emerge.
You desperately want him to turn
around but he makes bad choices
along the way.”
Glenny agrees, adding that he
was confident that Hossein Amini
(Drive) and Watkins (Black Mirror) the men tasked with turning
his reportage into fiction, would
stay true to the feel of the book.
“It’s not often that you get
non-fiction books turned into big
drama series, but I really trusted
their judgement,” he says. “They
took one or two stories directly
and then worked other storylines
around it, but I was always confident that the final story wouldn’t
be different from the reality.”
The charismatic antihero’s descent to the dark side is hardly
an original theme – as Norton
acknowledges by citing Michael
Corleone’s fall from grace in The
Godfather as an influence – but
what makes McMafia interesting
is what it does with that tale. “We
were very keen on the idea that
every villain is the hero of their
own story,” says Amini. “It was
very important to us to avoid the
idea of the heightened tropes of
gangster but instead study them
as human beings and look at why
they would act in this way.”
Thus the effortlessly charming Alex is the show’s focal point
– the golden sun around which the
story swirls – but as it progresses,
so McMafia’s tale becomes more
intricate as the plot spins out to
follow other gangsters in other
cities, from David Strathairn’s
sinister Semiyon Kleiman, a Russian-born, Jewish Israeli politician with ties to organised crime,
to Bollywood star Nawazuddin
Siddiqui’s corrupt importer with
dreams of expansion.
Matter of life and
death The Russians
are involved with
traffickers in the
desert; inset above,
Alex with his
parents at a funeral
“The charm of McMafia is that
it deals with these mythic proportions when it comes to what the
Mob means in our subconscious,”
says Strathairn. “If you mention
the Mob, people think of The Sopranos, The Godfather, and there’s
a sort of romantic bubble around
it. But McMafia is a very piercing,
objective depiction of what goes
on in that world. The show and
Misha’s book say this is the world
we live in and it’s made up of these
types of individuals. It could be
considered a crime thriller, but it’s
also a human story about complicated people.”
Among the show’s main
considerations, says
Amini, was the importance of getting
the scenes set in
the expat Russian
community correct. He admits
that he drew in
part on his own
ex p e r i e n ce s o f
arriving as a child
from Iran in the 1970s.
“I did give some of my
story to Alex,” he admits.
“That feeling of being proud of
where you are from but also sometimes ashamed or embarrassed of
it, plus the notion of exile and what
it means to be from somewhere
you might never return. We were
also very mindful of trying not to
do the Russian cliché, which is
why it was very important to us
to have Russian actors in those
roles, not well-known English
stars doing an accent.”
Among that coterie are Mariya
Shukshina, described by Watkins
as “the Russian Meryl Streep”,
who plays Alex’s mother, and Leviathan star Aleksey Serebryakov,
who brings just the right amount
of melancholy and madness to the
role of Alex’s father.
“If there was anything where
they felt we were pushing the
Russian characters into tropes
or clichés, then they reacted very
quickly against that,” says Watkins. “We were desperately trying
to avoid that idea that everyone in
England is eating fish and chips.
It’s too easy to say, ‘Oh, babushka,
let’s all have a drink’; for the Russian actors in particular, that
would just be like ‘Oh, come on’.”
That quest for authenticity also
ensures that the series pulls no
punches where Alex’s work life
is concerned. This is not a simple
case of Russian criminality versus
English morality, but rather something altogether greyer, in which
the corporate world is as dangerous and arguably more venal than
that of organised crime.
“We are living in a world where
the gangsters can be bankers, lawyers, government ministers,” says
Norton. “The extent to which we
are all complicit is becoming
more obvious.”
Glenny agrees. “When I was
first researching the book back in
2005, my research started in the
Balkans and then Russia
and then all over the
world, but I kept
coming back to
London because
L o n d o n we l comed a lot of
money from all
over the world
without entirely
scrutinising
where it was coming from,” he says.
“What is truly astonishing is that now, a decade
later, this series couldn’t be more
timely, because now everybody
knows what’s going on under our
very noses and indeed at the very
heart of Washington DC.”
Ultimately, that timeliness is
part of what makes McMafia so
intriguing to watch. That, and the
sense that the reason Alex Godman can navigate these treacherous waters so adeptly is because
he has taken his past and built on
it: his ruthlessness acquired not in
the back streets of Russia but on
England’s playing fields.
“Alex Godman arguably acquires a set of skills from public
school and the establishment that
allows him to be better at his father’s business than his father
could hope to be,” agrees Watkins.
“Part of the enjoyment of the series is watching how and whether
he will put that to use, and for
what reasons. He’s very good at
lying to himself, but at some point
he has to come to terms with who
he is and what he is capable of.”
On the basis of the taut and
tense opening episodes, watching
him find out should be fun.
‘McMafia’ begins on BBC1 at 9pm,
New Year’s Day
Your guide to the
1
3
For one night only, a host of
singers will take to the stage at
the Royal Albert Hall to bang
out some festive favourites.
Host Jason Manford is joined
by performers including
Alexander Armstrong, Melanie
C, Ricky Wilson and Tom
Chaplin, while musical director
Ed Harcourt leads a handpicked choir and orchestra
in a medley of Christmas
classics, as well as covers
and collaborations.
It has been 35 years since the
animation of Raymond Briggs’
classic Christmas story was
first aired,and in that time it
has become one of our most
beloved traditions. Set to music
by Howard Blake and performed
IT’S CHRISTMAS LIVE FROM
THE ROYAL ALBERT HALL
SAT 8PM, SKY1
2
OUR FRIEND VICTORIA
AT CHRISTMAS
SAT 9.30PM, BBC1
A lovely tribute to the
late comedian Victoria
Wood, hosted by her
long-time collaborator,
Anne Reid. The episode
starts with some classic
stand-up from Wood,
which sums up the downsides
of Christmas: overspending,
overindulgence and exhaustion.
Her close friends, including Celia
Imrie, Julie Walters
and Richard E
Grant, share their
favourite stories
about Wood
and reveal why
she adored the
festive season.
THE SNOWMAN
CHRISTMAS EVE
5.20PM, CHANNEL 4
i FRIDAY
22 DECEMBER 2017
best Christmas television
Compiled by
Jessica Barrett
presses her, she won’t divulge
any more information. The next
day, she is found strangled at
her apartment.
8
THE HIGHWAY RAT
CHRISTMAS DAY 4.45PM, BBC1
“Give me your pastries and
puddings! Give me your chocolate
and cake! For I am the Rat of the
Highway, and whatever I want
I take!” says the eponymous
masked villain as he tears along
the road, on the hunt for sweet
treats to steal. David Tennant
voices the lead in this new halfhour animated adaptation of the
book by Julia Donaldson and Axel
Scheffler (the minds behind The
Gruffalo), Rob Brydon narrates;
Tom Hollander is the Squirrel.
9
DOCTOR WHO CHRISTMAS
SPECIAL CHRISTMAS DAY
5.30PM, BBC1
Clockwise from main ‘Call
the Midwife’; Victoria Wood;
Peter Capaldi bids goodbye to
the Tardis; Rowan Atkinson
as Inspector Maigret; Julia
Donaldson’s Highway Rat
It’s the final chapter of the 12th
Doctor’s story, and the swansong
for Peter Capaldi. He teams up
with the first ever Doctor (David
Bradley standing in for the
late William Hartnell) for this
adventure. They’re joined by Bill
Potts (Pearl Mackie), as they find
themselves stranded in an Arctic
snowscape. The Doctor must
face his past in order to decide
his future, finally agreeing to
regeneration, giving viewers their
first glimpse of Jodie Whittaker
as the 13th Doctor.
10
THE GREAT BRITISH BAKE
OFF CHRISTMAS DAY
7.40PM, CHANNEL 4
by St Paul’s Cathedral choirboy
Peter Auty, the story is about a
special Christmas Eve. A young
boy decides to make a snowman;
during the night, it comes to
life and whisks him off to the
North Pole…
4
RATBURGER
CHRISTMAS EVE 6PM, SKY 1
David Walliams stars alongside
his friend Sheridan Smith in
this adaptation of one of his own
children’s books. Zoe doesn’t
lead a happy life because her
stepmum (Smith) hates her and
her father is never around. To
top it off, she’s being bullied at
school. When a rat appears in
her bedroom, she befriends him
and calls him Armitage. It turns
out he’s no ordinary rat: he can
dance. Will they make it to the
school talent contest before the
evil rat mincers can get their
hands on him?
5
ALL STAR MUSICALS
CHRISTMAS EVE 6.40PM, ITV
There doesn’t seem to be much
rhyme or reason as to how the
cast for this musical revue was
put together, but it’s Christmas,
so anything goes. Sir Tony
Robinson takes on the role of
gangster Nicely-Nicely Johnson
from Guys and Dolls, athlete
Denise Lewis dons her tap shoes
for a rendition of “Anything
Goes” and Sally Phillips is Eliza
Doolittle. Freddie Flintoff hosts
(again, anything goes).
6
CHILD GENIUS VS CELEBRITIES
CHRISTMAS SPECIAL
CHRISTMAS EVE 8PM, CHANNEL 4
Richard Osman oversees
proceedings as four of the
show’s most formidable past
competitors take on four
celebrities to see who has the
brightest brain this Christmas.
The celebrity team is captained
by comedian and actor Rob
Delaney, who is joined by Channel
4 News presenter Cathy Newman,
comedian Dom Joly and
journalist Janet Street-Porter.
7
MAIGRET IN MONTMARTRE
CHRISTMAS EVE 8.30PM, ITV
Rowan Atkinson stars as Chief
Inspector Maigret in this 1950s
Paris-set drama based on the
novels of Georges Simenon.
A drunken showgirl claims to
have overheard information
about plans for the murder of
a countess, but when Maigret
Eight bakers of Bake Off past
join Sandi Toksvig and Noel
Fielding for some festive
challenges. It’s down to judges
Paul Hollywood and Prue Leith to
decide who wins the Star Baker
title. Those returning to the tent
include last year’s contestants
Val and Selasi, 2015’s Paul Jagger
(he of the lion bread) and
2013’s Beca Lyne-Pirkis.
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CALL THE MIDWIFE
CHRISTMAS DAY
7.40PM, BBC1
The nurses were in the South
African heat for the 2016
Christmas special; it couldn’t be
more different this year, as Poplar
is hit by a big freeze. There is
major disruption as the roads
become blocked and pipes freeze.
Valerie helps Linda and Selwyn,
an unmarried couple living in
a caravan, prepare for their
baby. As the labour progresses,
unforeseen complications knock
Valerie’s confidence in her ability
as a midwife.
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EASTENDERS
CHRISTMAS DAY
9PM, BBC1
Albert Square never seems to
get the memo about Christmas
cheer, and this year’s special is
as dark and rotten as they come.
Max Branning (Jake Wood) is on
a murderous rampage, desperate
for revenge on Phil Mitchell and
Ian Beale. This follows the exit of
his daughters Abi and Lauren;
exactly how they bow out has
been kept top secret, but given
it’s at Christmas, it’s not likely to
be plain sailing.
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VICTORIA
CHRISTMAS DAY 9PM, ITV
It’s Christmas at Buckingham
Palace, but the Queen (Jenna
Coleman) hasn’t much festive
cheer. This time of year only
reminds her of her lonely
childhood. However, Albert (Tom
Hughes) is obsessed with staging
the perfect family Christmas
and angers his wife when he
invites her uncle Leopold and
her mother, the Duchess of Kent,
neither of whom she wants to
spend the day with. It’s all put
into perspective by an accident
on the frozen lake.
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300 YEARS OF
FRENCH & SAUNDERS
CHRISTMAS DAY 10.35PM, BBC1
In fact, it’s 30 years since Dawn
French and Jennifer Saunders
made their first comedy show for
the BBC. But they’ve packed so
much into that time, as seen in
the classic clips in this anthology,
that it could have been 10 times
longer. Adding to old favourites,
the duo have recorded new
material and released sketches
which never made it to air.
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SNOW BEARS
BOXING DAY 6.30PM, BBC1
This moving documentary
follows polar bear cubs on a
journey to seal-rich waters
surrounding the North Pole. With
the arrival of spring, they must
travel 400 miles in search of food
– and they meet a lot of different
Arctic characters along the way.
Narrated by Kate Winslet.
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LITTLE WOMEN
BOXING DAY 8PM, BBC1
A three-part
dramatisation
of Louisa
May Alcott’s
beloved novel about the lives of
the four March sisters during
the American Civil War. Adapted
by Call the Midwife creator Heidi
Thomas, it stars Uma Thurman
and Ethan Hawke’s daughter
Maya in her first major acting
role. She plays headstrong Jo
March, as part of a formidable
cast which includes Michael
Gambon, Angela Lansbury and
Emily Watson.
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THE MINIATURIST
BOXING DAY 9PM, BBC1
The BBC’s most sumptuous
period drama this Christmas
is an adaptation of the 2014
best-seller by Jessie Burton.
Set in 1686, the story follows
18-year-old Nella Oortman
(played by Anya Taylor-Joy), who
arrives at the home of wealthy
merchant Johannes Brandt to
begin her new life as his wife.
Johannes presents her
with a wedding gift: a
dolls’ house replica
of their home.
It’s furnished by
a miniaturist
whose creations
mirror what is
happening in
the house – but
also predicts
the future
with frightening
accuracy. Also
starring Romola
Garai, Hayley Squires and
Geoffrey Streatfeild.
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BIG FAT QUIZ OF
THE YEAR 2017
BOXING DAY 9PM, CHANNEL 4
This comedy quiz, which has
aired annually since 2004, is
now a firm part of Christmas TV
tradition. It’s been a bumper year
for news, so there is plenty for
Richard Ayoade, Noel Fielding,
David Mitchell, Big Narstie,
Katherine Ryan and Roisin
Conaty to rake over. Jimmy Carr
hosts, while Jon Snow makes his
annual appearance.
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MIRANDA DOES
CHRISTMAS
WEDS 9PM, CHANNEL 4
Christmas just isn’t as fun
once you’re an adult
– unless you’re
Miranda Hart,
who thinks
she can get back to the festive
awe and wonder of her youth by
really throwing herself into it.
She goes carol-singing with
a special guest singer,
hits the streets
to spread joy
among shoppers,
rewards the
good deeds of
unsuspecting
members of the
audience, and
brings romance
to two single
audience members.
Special guests include
David Tennant, Sam
Smith and Prue Leith.
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ALAN PARTRIDGE: WHY,
WHEN, WHERE, HOW
AND WHOM? WEDS 9PM, BBC2
To celebrate the return of
Alan Partridge to the BBC
from Sky, Steve Coogan and a
cohort of writers and actors
appear in this comprehensive
retrospective. We see Partridge’s
25-year professional journey,
punctuated by two radio series,
five TV series, four specials,
two books and one movie, and
witness how Coogan’s alter-ego
became the comic voice of a
generation. Armando Iannucci,
Patrick Marber, Peter Baynham,
Rebecca Front, David Schneider
and Doon Mackichan feature,
as well as interviews with Alan’s
“colleagues”, including Felicity
Montagu (Lyn), Simon Greenall
(Michael) and Tim Key (Sidekick
Simon). Back of the net.
Clockwise from main
Agnes and Frans
Meermans conspire
in ‘The Miniaturist’;
the March girls with
their mother (Emily
Watson) in ‘Little
Women’; ‘Snow Bears’
go in search of food
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FILM
Centre stage
Hugh Jackman
dominates
proceedings
as PT Barnum
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Barnum has “a million dreams”
(in the words of one song) but
isn’t, at first, able to offer Charity
“the life I promised you” (in the
words of another.) He becomes a
humble office worker whose prospects diminish yet further when
the firm he works for goes bust.
They’re still happy, though.
They have two beautiful young
daughters and Barnum is able to
keep the family entertained by
improvising light shows on the
rooftops. At least, before his life as
a showman begins in earnest, he
is a reliable, devoted family man.
There are contradictions
about Barnum which the director Michael Gracey doesn’t want
to investigate too closely in case
they get in the way of the song and
dance. He’s a hustler who makes
his fortune by hoodwinking the
public. Barnum is only able to get
the money for his first museum
Tension is in short
supply. What matters
here are the routines
and performances
Filmof
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All the fun
of the fair –
but none of
the thrills
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Michael Gracey, 105 mins, starring:
Hugh Jackman, Michelle Williams,
Rebecca Ferguson, Zac Efron, Zendaya
Reviews by Geoffrey Macnab
Roll up, roll up for Hollywood’s
latest big-top extravaganza, a
musical biopic of 19th-century entrepreneur and circus master PT
Barnum. It’s a strange affair, combining moments of bleakness and
grotesquerie with lots of singing
and dancing staged in a deliberately anachronistic fashion.
Hugh Jackman carries the
show, playing Barnum with an energy and optimism that rekindles
memories of Gene Kelly, but the
songs aren’t especially memorable and the cringeworthy sentimentality dampens the mood.
As the title proclaims, Jackman’s Barnum is the “greatest
showman”. All the other cast
members are therefore in his
shadow. Michelle Williams has an
especially thankless task as his
long-suffering wife, Charity, who
sticks by him, even if she never
gets any decent routines of her
own. Williams is a formidable actress and it is dispiriting to see her
here in such a token role.
Even Zac Efron, veteran star of
all those High School Musical movies, is never really more than Barnum’s trusty lieutenant.
show by tricking a bank into giving him an unsecured loan. His
attitude toward the “unique
persons” he puts on display (the
bearded ladies, tattooed men and
dwarves) is ambivalent. He is giving them employment but he is
also exploiting them.
As the film progresses, Barnum
and co have to endure the hostility of the masses, some of whom
can’t stand seeing “freaks” centre
stage. We are treated to brawls
and a spectacular fire.
But as in so many biopics, musical or otherwise, dramatic tension
is in relatively short supply. We
are taken through the subject’s life
in broadly chronological fashion.
What really matters here are the
routines and the performances.
The film doesn’t skimp on spectacle, and offers an intriguing
account of the early days of the
American travelling circus. But
this is a patchy affair, and the liveliness of the musical routines can’t
conceal the threadbare nature of
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JUMANJI: WELCOME
TO THE JUNGLE (12A)
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Jake Kasdan, 119 mins, starring:
Dwayne Johnson, Karen Gillan,
Kevin Hart, Jack Black
Multiple layers of irony and
plenty of self-mocking humour
characterise this good-natured
sequel to the 1995 film starring
Robin Williams. This is again
a case of the main characters
getting stuck inside a board game
and then enduring experiences
in the wilds akin to those faced by
contestants in I’m A Celebrity….
The main joke here, funny
initially but overplayed, is that
the four teenage leads from the
opening “real world” part of the
film are given new bodies as well
as new identities when they are
whisked away from afternoon
detention and into the game.
The earnest, Adrian Mole-like
hero, Spencer, is turned into
dashing, muscular explorer Dr
Smolder Bravestone, played
(very engagingly) by Dwayne
Johnson. He’s still cowardly, even
if he now has bulging pecs.
Bethany Walker, the most
narcissistic girl in school, is
turned into the fat, middle-aged
Professor Sheldon Oberon,
played by Jack Black.
Martha Kaply, an introspective
rebel who doesn’t want to waste
her time on gym lessons when
she could be studying to get into
Princeton, is turned into Ruby
Roundhouse (Karen Gillan), a
lithe jungle girl in tight shorts.
And finally dim-witted football
star The Fridge is turned into
diminutive zoologist Franklin
Finbar (played in comically
yapping fashion by Kevin Hart).
Plot-wise, it is sheer hokum.
To return to the real world, the
four “avatars” have to work out
a series of strange riddles and
complete the game. They have
three lives each. This allows the
film-makers to indulge in a few
morbid gags in which characters
fall off cliffs or are gouged by wild
animals. Whenever this happens,
they rematerialise and carry on
just as before. The downside, of
course, is that there is very little
element of risk.
A little like the characters
in The Wizard Of Oz, the four
youngsters discover their better
natures and their own innate
qualities. That, though, is not
why audiences will want to see
the film. The pleasure here lies in
the often goofy comedy and the
tussling between the four leads,
to steal scenes from each other.
PITCH PERFECT 3 (12A)
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Trish Sie, 93 mins, starring: Anna
Kendrick, Rebel Wilson, Brittany Snow,
Hailee Steinfeld, Elizabeth Banks
“We have so much footage. How
are we going to edit it all,” the
hapless documentary-maker
Gail (Elizabeth Banks) is heard
muttering at the end of Pitch
Perfect 3. It’s a question that hints
at the throw-it-at-the-screenand-see-if-it-sticks nature of this
misfiring second sequel. From
the moment that Rebel Wilson
crashes through the roof of a
luxury yacht to the scene where
her fellow singers set fire to DJ
Khaled’s suite in a five-star hotel,
the storytelling has a random
quality. This may be in keeping
with the singing routines that the
Bellas are able to improvise at a
moment’s notice, but it doesn’t
make for satisfying viewing. Pitch
Perfect 3 feels as if it has been
made for the sake of making it
and then shot in the most exotic
locations available.
The songs are put across with a
sharpness that the rest of the film
lacks. When they’re performing
on stage, the Bellas work wonders
with their intricate harmonies.
Off stage, the narrative quickly
unravels. The film-makers just
don’t know what to do with their
characters, who are caught in
some limbo between college
and adult life. They graft on
a preposterous crime story,
complete with illogical mass
kidnap scene, and include
explosions and fires to distract us
from the leaks in the plot.
The interplay between the
Bellas is still fun, but it’s a pity
that the storytelling is so off-key.
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to right now
THE FRATELLIS
STAND UP TRAGEDY
A welcome return for the indie
band (above), who we haven’t
heard from since 2015’s Eyes
Wide, Tongue Tied. This cheeky
track is from their aptly named
forthcoming album In Your Own
Sweet Time, out next March.
BOSTON MANOR
DROWNED IN GOLD
The Blackpool rockers tread
angsty new territory on this
track. Angry, heavy and dark, the
one-off release comes with
a video, streaming now.
NERVUS
SICK SAD WORLD
Currently on tour supporting
effervescent goth-rockers
Creeper, the Watford indie-rock
band’s new track is a catchy
stream of consciousness. Their
next album, Everything Dies,
is out in March.
ED SHEERAN
PERFECT DUET (FT. BEYONCÉ)
If you didn’t think this track, from
Sheeran’s latest album Divide,
couldn’t get any more epic,
you’ve just been proved wrong.
Reported to have been recorded
in one take, Beyoncé’s addition
to the remix is pure bliss.
CHARLY BLISS
ALL I WANT FOR
CHRISTMAS IS YOU
This take on Mariah Carey’s
classic by the New Yorkers, who
released their debut album Guppy
earlier this year, is lo-fi, 1960s,
and heavy on sugar.
SIN FANG, SOLEY &
ÖRVAR SMARASON
THE SUN WILL GO OUT
This is an extraordinary
collaboration of artists, each
incredible in their own right. On
their latest release, the Icelandic
experimental musicians provide
a beautiful wind-down track.
Catch them live at Bush Hall
in London on 8 March.
SIGRID
STRANGERS
Named one of the BBC’s Sound of
2018, the pop sensation shows off
her strong-bodied, melodic and
sensual voice on this new track.
Giles Bidder
hree years ago, Glen
Hansard decided to go
on an adventure. The
Irish singer-songwriter joined a group of
friends who were following the
ancient route Irish sailors took
from the Liffey across the Northeast Atlantic to Santiago in
Spain. Hansard spent five weeks
rowing across the Bay of Biscay
in a traditional Irish boat, sleeping at night on beaches in a tent.
“It was a profound journey. We
would take our instruments to
each town in the evening to literally sing for our supper. And we
found an abundance of generosity – food and drink and offers for
us to sleep in back gardens.
“The spirit of it was a bit naive
but it was an incredible lesson
that if you walk out the door, all
you have are your wits and your
courage and your spirit. But people will embrace you. It was the
troubadour Gypsy life.”
The 47-year-old seems to have
lived this kind of troubadour life
since he started busking on the
streets of Dublin aged 13. It’s a
character that has also seen him
catapulted to fame, first when
he was cast in Alan Parker’s 1991
blockbuster musical film The
Commitments, in which he played
hippy guitar player Outspan Foster, and then in 2007, when he
starred as a busker in the film
Once, for which he won an Oscar
for best original song. In between,
he has been playing with his band
The Frames for 27 years, releasing six albums.
But that North Atlantic odyssey seems to have encouraged
Hansard to follow his own path,
recording his second solo album,
Between Two Shores, out next
month, and becoming a highprofile advocate for the homeless
in Ireland.
Why did it take so long for
him to discover his own voice, I
ask him, as he travels to a preChristmas solo gig in Cork? “I
got signed to Island Records
by Chris Blackwell in 1990 as a
solo artist, but for some reason
it didn’t sit well with me. So I
started The Frames. Being in a
band of brothers has been really
important to me.”
After the success of Once, he
performed with his co-star and
then-girlfriend Marketa Irglova
as The Swell Season, but when
their relationship came to an
end in 2010, he says, “I was faced
with going back to the Frames
or going forward again. So I took
the courageous decision to move
forward again. It has taken me
all that time to realise that is the
route I had to take.”
Success beyond the streets
is something that has taken
Hansard time to acclimatise to.
“Fame is a very complex thing. I
was very uncomfortable with the
violence of success. Because it is
violent. It is a change of weather.
You are going along in one direction, making a few quid with your
band, at one with the world, and
the next moment, you are famous, being offered free food and
being brought to fancy parties.
It is brilliant, but it is also violent. That is the point I was trying to make but maybe I wasn’t
Street fighting
As he releases his second solo album, Glen Hansard talks
to Bernadette McNulty about embracing the troubadour
life, how Bruce Springsteen helped him cope with fame,
and why his fight against homelessness is close to his heart
eloquent when I was trying to
express myself when I was 21 and
The Commitments was the biggest
thing on the planet for 10 seconds. People translated it as: ‘Oh,
he hates fame.’ That wasn’t true.”
He says he feels more grounded now, helped by some advice
from Bruce Springsteen. “He
was playing in Dublin a year after
I won the Oscar. I met him backstage. He shook my hand and
said, ‘You, me and Bob Dylan’, referring to the fact that all three of
us have Oscars, which I thought
was very lovely.
“We went back to his hotel and
stayed up all night and he gave
me some of the best advice of my
life. It was all about acceptance of
good news and marking your success, because the day your ship
comes in might just be another
day at the office.
“He also talked about struggle. I told him I had just had the
biggest thing happen in my life,
I am 35 years old, but I can’t help
feeling really sad. He said: ‘For
the past 35 years you have been
struggling to make ends meet,
keep your band together, all that
stuff. And now, you have success,
but all you know is how to struggle. So you are struggling with
success. Struggle is a mindset
– you have to learn to let go of it.
The reason you are feeling sad is
because you are mourning the
death of your old self.’”
The middle-aged Hansard does
sound much more at ease with
himself on the beautifully warm
songs on Between Two Shores,
which carry the musical DNA of
his heroes, such as Dylan and Van
Morrison, but are imbued with
his own themes of reckoning and
reconciliation and sung with direct, soulful connection.
He hasn’t lost all the youthful
naivety and passion that he always brought to his music. Last
Christmas, he became involved
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man
Two become one
Hansard decided
to go solo after
breaking up with
Marketa Irglova,
with whom he won
an Oscar (below)
DARA MUNNIS
in the occupation of a Dublin
office block to create a shelter
for the homeless. The project
only lasted a month before they
were very evicted, but
Hansard feels it was
still an important
attempt to bring
the issue into
the spotlight.
“ T h e p u rpose was to get
the homeless
out of the cold
and start a national dialogue.
The media in our
country is becoming
exhausted about the
word homelessness, especially
around Christmas, when all the
charities are coming at you. And
everyone is jaded. Then it begins
to get normalised. That is dangerous. I heard a guy shouting
something funny on the street
the other day: ‘What do we want:
Alcoholism is a
huge issue for the
Irish. It comes from
loneliness, sadness
and dislocation
homes for the homeless. Where
do we want them? Nowhere near
me.’ The only thing that freaks
the government out these days
is direct action.
“When you walk through Dublin or London in 2017 compared
with 2010, you are probably having to make the decision to not
give someone money 10 times
more. We are living in a society
where homelessness is in our
faces all the time, and we really
need to start talking about it.
“I am not suggesting it is easy.
It is very nuanced and complex.
From a one-month occupation of
an office block, I recognise how
complicated the issue is and how
vulnerable some people are. But
it is a conversation worth having.
I refuse to get cynical and shut
down about it.”
Hansard has been volunteering with homeless projects since
he was a teenager, but the problem really struck home when his
own aunt, who struggled with
alcoholism, died on a park bench
in Birmingham.
“Alcoholism is a huge issue
for the Irish,” he says. “It comes
from loneliness and sadness
and dislocation. People get to a
point in their life where there is
no other option, they have lost
all connection with their family,
so they can’t go home; they have
burnt bridges all around them.
To find yourself living on the
street… you don’t get any lower.”
This Christmas Eve, Hansard
will be busking again on the
streets of Dublin for charity, an
event he has been staging for the
past few years, joined by other
locals such as Bono and Hozier.
Ever the storyteller, Hansard
returns to the theme of the sea
with a parable. “There is a big
storm and a million fish are
washed up on to the beach. An
old man comes walking along
the shore and he is throwing the
fish back in the water. Another
man comes up and says: ‘What
are you doing? There’s a million
fish, you can’t make any difference.’ And the old man says:
‘Well, I made a difference to
that fish.’
“I met a family
who were in the
occupation last
Christmas and
t h ro u gh t h e
project, this
year they have
found a house.
It’s like the story
of the fish: you
can make a difference if you get your
shoulder to the wheel.
You are either helping or you
are a hindrance. It is naive and
simple but if any of us can act
in that naive way, we can make
a difference.”
‘Between Two Shores’ is out on
Anti Records on 19 January
ALBUMREVIEWSByAndyGill
The main thing that sets Eminem
apart from other rappers is the
conflicted nature of his character.
He remains wracked by doubts
– about his status, his behaviour,
his relationships, his emotions,
his mental health.
It’s this constant self-laceration
that accounts for the manic mood
swings of his albums, the sudden
shifts between fury, tragedy and
comedy, and which enables him to
navigate those changes so nimbly.
Rarely has that doubt been
more clearly analogised than in
the opening “Walk on Water”,
where any messianic notions
are tempered by the sound of ice
cracking beneath him. “Kids look
to me as a god, this is retarded,”
he muses, tormented by visions of
his decline.
But not for long. This album is
called Revival, after all, and the
next track, “Believe”, finds his
faith in his talent creeping back,
the ticking beat and sinister, John
Carpenter-esque piano figure
harbingers of resurgent menace.
There are plenty of Eminem
tropes scattered throughout:
he picks at the scabs of marital
failure, though in pieces such
as “Bad Husband” and “Tragic
Ending” he’s worked towards a
position of forgiveness.
Likewise, while he can’t resist a
good old murder fantasy, there’s
none of the relish with which
they used to be recounted: in
“Framed”, it’s more like a bad
dream, as Eminem tries to evade
capture for a crime he can’t even
remember committing.
The political anger that
bubbled over into the recent
freestyle attack on Donald
Trump finds more considered
outlets. In “Like Home”, Alicia
Keys’ anthemic abilities are
harnessed for a rousing call to
reclaim the real America from a
roundly castigated usurper; while
a hard-rock riff soundtracks
“Untouchable”, a Black Lives
Matter blast condemning the
contrasting treatment of black
boys and white boys.
But ultimately, it’s all about
Eminem himself, nowhere more
dynamically than in the berserk
self-assessment “Offended”,
where a bravura extended burst
of rapid-rap babble leaves one
wondering how he manages to
pronounce such a torrent so
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Twelve Tales Of Christmas
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The Ivy and the Holly;
Paradise; We’ll Sing
Hallelujah
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Don’t Go into that Barn;
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Kate Rusby’s fourth, and best,
Christmas album is again partly
drawn from the South Yorkshire
carolling tradition, a collection of
obscure songs more likely to be
heard in saloon bar than church.
Such, presumably, is the source
of a song such as “Paradise”,
whose elliptical narrative,
incorporating evocative trad-folk
staples – dying knight, blood,
thorns and flood – is heightened
by the haunting twang of tenor
guitar over synth textures. It’s
just one of a range of evocative
arrangements which bring depth
to the material.
Tom Waits revises his rasping,
clanky collection of “cubist funk”,
though it was already pretty
perfect to begin with. Still, at
least he’s taken the trouble to do
the overhaul himself, in alliance
with his partner and co-writer
Kathleen Brennan; and between
them, they’ve managed to render
more clearly some of the album’s
less obvious themes and aspects.
It’s an album full of troubled
ghosts and rustic superstitions,
Waits painting a series of grim
backwoods tableaux that expose
the rotten underbelly of the
American pioneer mythos.
Keane frontman Tom Chaplin
seems to have a somewhat
ambivalent attitude to
Christmas. He claims it’s still his
favourite time of year, but admits
that “the passing years have
conspired to erode that magic”.
Hence the bittersweet tone of this
second solo outing, on which the
cheery, welcoming evocations of
“Midnight Mass” and “London
Lights” are outweighed by the
woebegone melancholy of tracks
such as “For the Lost”, “Another
Lonely Christmas” and the glum
memoriam “We Remember You
this Christmas”.
SIMON CALLOW WITH THE
BRIGHOUSE & RASTRICK BAND
A Christmas Carol
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ELVIS PRESLEY AND THE ROYAL
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Christmas With Elvis and the
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Based on his acclaimed
adaptation of A Christmas Carol,
Callow’s brilliant narration is
underscored here by snatches
of carols performed by The
Brighouse & Rastrick Band,
while subtle background sounds
and effects help animate the
story’s scenes. The result is
gripping enough to keep the kids’
attentions through that long
Christmas car journey – and once
it’s finished, the second CD of
The Brighouse & Rastrick Band’s
carols provides the perfect basis
for a family singalong. Indulgently
traditional, and educational too.
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Winter Wonderland;
Jingle Bell Rock
Reba’s kind of Christmas is a
pretty spartan affair, heavy
on the piety but parsimonious
with the joy. Apart from “Silent
Night”, over which Greg Kurstin
sprinkles a little fairy dust, and
Vince Gill’s guitar fills on “Mary,
Did You Know?”, McEntire’s sole
accompanist is pianist Catherine
Marx, which makes for a dry
experience. Worst of all is “Back
to God”, which contains a touch
more fire and brimstone than is
seasonally polite: “You gotta cry
rain, tears of pain/Pound the floor
and scream His name”. Merry
Christmas to you too, Reba.
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Christmas Baby
It’s a wonder the Royal
Philharmonic has any time
these days for actual classical
music, given their heavy schedule
spent ladling orchestrations
over long-dead rockers’ works.
This is their third outing with
Elvis, and as a general rule,
the better tracks are those
which best resist the orchestral
imposition, such as “Santa
Bring My Baby Back To Me”,
the closest thing here to an
out-and-out rocker, and “Santa
Claus is Back in Town”, which
opens the album with a flourish
of rousing, brassy blues.
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Television Friday 22 December
CRITIC’S
CHOICE
Daytime
GERARD GILBERT
6pm
6.00 Breakfast (S). 9.15
Let’s Get A Good Thing
Going (S). 10.00 Homes
Under The Hammer (R)
(S). 11.00 Street Auction
(S). 11.45 Fake Britain (R)
(S). 12.15 Bargain Hunt (S).
1.00 BBC News At One;
Weather (S). 1.30 BBC
Regional News; Weather
(S). 1.45 FILM: Indiana
Jones And The
Last Crusade (Steven
Spielberg 1989) Adventure,
with Harrison Ford
(S). 3.40 FILM: Puss
In Boots (Chris Miller
2011) Animated comedy
spin-off (S). 5.00 FILM:
Puss In Boots: The Three
Diablos (Raman Hui 2012)
Animated short (S). 5.15
Pointless (R) (S).
PICK OF THE DAY
Saturday Night Fever –
The Ultimate Disco Movie
9pm, BBC2
The only disco movie, you might say,
and 40 years since the low-budget
tale of working-class Brooklyn
dance-floor king Tony Manero
reinvented the musical, turned John
Travolta and disco itself into global
phenomena and cleaned up at the
box office, Saturday Night Fever’s
fascinating back-story is explored by
Strictly judge Bruno Tonioli. There
was trouble with onlooking crowds,
the censors and the Mafia, while
Travolta’s partner died during the
shoot. The man himself contributes,
describing the movie as “Taxi Driver
with dancing”, while Barry Gibb
explains how the Bee Gees
soundtrack was knocked out in days.
6.05 Sign Zone:
MasterChef: The
Professionals (R) (S). 7.05
An Island Parish: Shetland
(R) (S). 7.35 FILM: Holiday
Affair (Don Hartman 1949)
(S). 9.00 The Big Family
Cooking Showdown (R)
(S). 10.00 FILM: Those
Magnificent Men In Their
Flying Machines (Ken
Annakin 1965) (S). 12.05
Tom Kerridge Cooks
Christmas (R) (S). 12.35
Best Christmas Bakes Ever
(R) (S). 1.20 FILM: An Ideal
Husband (Oliver Parker
1999) (S). 2.50 The Toys That
Made Christmas (R) (S). 4.15
Back In Time For Christmas
(R) (S). 5.15 FILM: Nativity
2: Danger In The Manger!
(Debbie Isitt 2012) (S).
6.00 BBC News At
Six; Weather (S).
6.30 BBC Regional
News; Weather
(S).
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Jamie And Jimmy’s Friday
Night Feast Christmas Special
8pm, Channel 4
Hollywood star Liv Tyler, recently
seen in the BBC1 drama Gunpowder,
is a Londoner nowadays, so her visit
to Southend Pier isn’t quite the trek
it might appear at first sight. The
actress receives a lesson in making
her family’s favourite takeaway
– pork dim sum dumplings – while
Jamie Oliver cooks a kedgeree.
===
Miranda
8.30pm, BBC1
All series of Miranda are currently
available on iPlayer, part of the
BBC’s attempt to take on Netflix this
Christmas with its trove of backcatalogue treasures, but for the vast
majority still preferring steamdriven telly, here’s the 2014
Christmas Day special, in which
Miranda Hart’s shop owner had to
decide between marriage proposals.
===
Al Murray’s Make
Christmas Great Again
9pm, ITV
Al Murray’s bombastically patriotic
pub landlord persona will feel less
amusing to one half of the country
post-Brexit, however satirically
intended, as he hosts a strange
medley of games and singalongs
backed by his house band, the
Remoans. With Richard E Grant as
Father Christmas (it’s called casting
against type), guests include Liam
from Bake Off and Joey Essex.
You have been warned.
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Putin’s Revenge
9pm, PBS America
Looking for an escape from the
wall-to-wall festive cheer? Here’s
something to sober anyone up
quicker than a dip in the Barents
Sea, as the estimable Frontline news
6.00 Milkshake! 9.05 FILM:
A Monster Christmas
(Chad Van De Keere 2012)
(S). 9.55 FILM: Saving
Santa (Leon Joosen
2013) (S). 11.30 FILM:
Cats & Dogs (Lawrence
Guterman 2001) (S).
1.10 FILM: A Puppy For
Christmas (Myles Milne,
Justin G Dyck 2016)
Festive romantic comedy,
starring Cindy Busby
and Greyston Holt (S).
2.55 FILM: A Christmas
Melody (Mariah Carey
2015) Musical fantasy,
directed by and starring
singer Mariah Carey (S).
4.45 FILM: Mrs Miracle
(Michael Scott 2009)
Family drama, starring
Doris Roberts (S).
6.00 ITV Regional
News; Weather
(S).
6.30 ITV News;
Weather (S).
6.00 Hollyoaks After
confessing his
love, Jesse waits
for a response
from Courtney
(S).
6.30 The Gadget
Show Jon
Bentley and
Craig Charles
assess three
rival electric
cars (S).
Hollywood star Will
Smith joins Jamie Oliver
and Jenna Coleman
Graham Norton’s sofa
10.40pm, BBC1
Al Murray tries to ‘Make
Christmas Great Again’
9pm, ITV
7.00 World News
Today (R) (S).
7.30 TOTP2
Xmas 2017
Celebratory
compilation of
festive hits (S).
7.05 FILM: Men In
Black (Barry
Sonnenfeld
1997) Scifi comedy,
starring Will
Smith (S).
7.00 Channel 4 News
(S).
7pm
7.00 Emmerdale
Danger is
around the
corner (S).
7.30 Coronation
Street (S).
7.30 Christmas
With The Dog
Rescuers Alan
Davies finds
out about dogs
that are proving
hard to rehome.
8pm
8.00 EastEnders
Donna feels
guilty for
misjudging
Robbie (S).
8.30 Miranda Part
one of two (R).
8.00 Mastermind (S).
8.30 Only
Connect The
Meeples and
Parishioners
return for
another game.
8.00 You’ve Been
Framed! At
Christmas (R)
(S).
8.30 Coronation
Street (S).
8.00 Jamie And
Jimmy’s Friday
Night Feast
Christmas
Special (S).
8.30 Celebrity 5 Go
In Search Of
Santa Claus (S).
9pm
9.00 Have I Got 2017
News For You
Last in the
series (S).
9.30 Mrs Brown’s
Boys (R) (S).
9.00 Saturday
Night Fever –
The Ultimate
Disco Movie
Documentary
(S).
9.00 Al Murray’s
Make Christmas
Great Again The
Pub Landlord
fronts a lively
mix of music
and chat (S).
9.00 The Last Leg
Christmas
Special Last in
the series (S).
10.00BBC News At
Ten (S).
10.30 BBC Regional
News (S).
10.40 The Graham
Norton Show
(S).
10.10 The Joy Of The
Bee Gees A
profile of the
pop group (S).
10.00ITV News (S).
10.30 ITV Regional
News (S).
10.40 FILM: Bridget
Jones’s Diary
(Sharon
Maguire 2001)
10.00FILM: The
Inbetweeners 2
(Damon Beesley,
Iain Morris
2014) Comedy
sequel, starring
Simon Bird (S).
11.30 Would I Lie
To You? At
Christmas With
Henry Blofeld,
Kerry Howard
and Clive Myrie
(R) (S).
11.10 Boogie Fever:
A TOTP2
Disco Special
Featuring
George McCrae,
Chic and Gloria
Gaynor (R) (S).
12.00 The Apprentice (R)
(S). 1.05 BBC News (S).
12.40 Sign Zone: Myanmar:
The Hidden Truth –
Panorama (R) (S). 1.10 Sign
Zone: Employable Me (R)
(S). 2.10 Sign Zone: Blitz:
The Bombs That Changed
Britain (R) (S). 3.10 This Is
BBC Two (S).
Late
9pm, BBC4
Frank Skinner is not just your
average lifelong George Formby fan,
he has also taught himself to play the
ukulele, which he performs in front
of an annual Formby convention in
this intriguing 2011 documentary
about the toothy entertainer who
was Britain’s biggest box-office draw
between 1938 and 1943.
6.20 3rd Rock From The
Sun (R) (S). 8.35 Frasier (R)
(S). 9.05 Frasier (R) (S). 9.35
Frasier (R) (S). 10.05 The
Big Bang Theory (R) (S).
10.35 The Big Bang Theory
(R) (S). 11.00 Ramsay’s
Kitchen Nightmares USA
(R) (S). 12.00 Channel
4 News Summary (S).
12.05 Jamie’s Cracking
Christmas (S). 12.15
Jamie’s Comfort Food (R)
(S). 12.25 FILM: Carry On
Spying (Gerald Thomas
1964) Comedy, starring
Kenneth Williams (S).
2.10 Countdown (S). 3.00
Lost And Found (S). 4.00
A Place In The Sun (S).
4.30 Kirstie’s Handmade
Christmas (S). 5.30 The
Simpsons (S).
7.00 Inside The
Christmas
Factory The
history behind
the nation’s
favourite festive
treats (R) (S).
11pm
Frank Skinner On George
Formby
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).
7.00 The One Show
(S).
7.30 A Question Of
Sport: Festive
Fun With
Jonnie Peacock
(S).
10pm
===
10.00Les Dawson: In
His Own Words
Remembering
the comedian,
who died in
1993 (S).
Liv Tyler cooks up a
‘Friday Night Feast’
8pm, Channel 4
12.00 FILM: Kick-Ass
2 (Jeff Wadlow 2013)
(S). 1.45 Rude Tube
Christmas Cracker 2016
(R) (S). 2.45 The Windsors
Christmas Special (R) (S).
3.40 Location, Location,
Location (R) (S).
12.00 SuperCasino (S).
3.10 FILM: Gone (Heitor
Dhalia 2012) Thriller,
starring Amanda Seyfried
(S). 4.45 House Doctor (R)
(S). 5.10 Great Artists (R)
(S). 5.35 Wildlife SOS (R) (S).
6.00 Catchphrase
Christmas
Special Carol
Vorderman and
Michelle Collins
see it and say it
(R) (S).
7.00 You’ve Been
Framed At
Christmas! (R).
7.30 You’ve Been
Framed! Harry’s
Naughty List (R)
(S).
8.00 FILM: The
Amazing
Spider-Man
2 (Marc Webb
2014) Adventure,
with Andrew
Garfield (S).
9.00 Frank Skinner
On George
Formby A
profile of the
entertainer (R)
(S).
9.00 FILM: Men In
Black II (Barry
Sonnenfeld
2002) Sci-fi
comedy sequel,
starring Will
Smith (S).
10.00Tom Jones’
1950s: The
Decade That
Made Me The
singer recalls
his formative
years (R) (S).
10.45 FILM: No One
Lives (Ryuhei
Kitamura 2012)
Horror, starring
Luke Evans (S).
11.00 West Side
Stories – The
Making Of A
Classic The
creation of
the Broadway
musical (R) (S).
12.30 Gordon, Gino And
Fred’s Great Christmas
Roast (R) (S). 1.30
Jackpot247 3.00 Storage
Hoarders (R) (S). 3.50 ITV
Nightscreen
6.00 The Cube: Celebrity
Special (R) (S). 6.45
Britain’s Got Talent: Top
10 Daredevils (R) (S). 7.35
Emmerdale (R) (S). 8.30
Coronation Street (R) (S).
9.00 The Ellen DeGeneres
Show (R) (S). 9.50 Mr Bean
(R). 10.25 Totally Bonkers
Guinness World Records
(R) (S). 10.35 FILM: Space
Chimps (Kirk De Micco
2008) Comedy, with the
voice of Andy Samberg
(S). 12.20 Emmerdale (R)
(S). 1.20 Coronation Street
(R) (S). 1.50 All Star Family
Fortunes Christmas
Special (R) (S). 2.40 The
Jeremy Kyle Show (R) (S).
3.50 The Jeremy Kyle Show
(R) (S). 4.55 The Jeremy
Kyle Show (R) (S).
12.00 Michael Grade’s
Stars Of The Musical
Theatre (R) (S). 1.00 Rock
’n’ Roll America (R) (S).
2.00 Frank Skinner On
George Formby (R) (S). 3.00
West Side Stories – The
Making Of A Classic (R) (S).
10.40 Family Guy
Mayor West
raises the
drinking age to
50 (R) (S).
11.10 Family Guy (R)
(S).
11.35 Family Guy Part
one of two (R)
(S).
12.25 FILM: Source Code
(Duncan Jones 2011) Sci-fi
thriller, starring Jake
Gyllenhaal (S). 2.10 FILM:
Baskin (Can Evrenol 2015)
Fantasy horror, starring
Mehmet Cerrahoglu (S).
4.00 Close
12.05 Family Guy (R) (S).
12.35 American Dad! (R) (S).
1.35 Ghosted (R) (S). 2.05 The
Keith And Paddy Picture
Show (R) (S). 2.55 Through
The Christmas Keyhole (R)
(S). 3.45 Britain’s Got Talent:
Top 10 Daredevils (R) (S).
i FRIDAY
22 DECEMBER 2017
team investigates Russia’s attempts
to influence the 2016 US elections.
Reeling back to the 1980s and
Vladimir Putin’s days as a KGB
counter-intelligence officer, Michael
Kirk’s film explores the roots of
what one former US security chief
describes as “the most aggressive,
most direct campaign the Russians
have ever mounted”.
FILM
CHOICE
LAURENCE PHELAN
===
The Graham Norton Show
10.40pm, BBC1
Norton works weekly miracles with
his chat show, not least in recently
drawing blood out of the stone that
was Mel Gibson. A movie-plugging
Will Smith joins Jamie Oliver and
Victoria star Jenna Coleman on the
last sofa before Christmas, while
Tom Chaplin provides the music.
FILM OF THE DAY
===
11pm, Sky Cinema Sci-fi/Horror
(David Cronenberg, 1982)
Cronenberg’s pervy and unnerving
meta-philosophical horror film was
very prescient about the relationships
we were going to have with
technology and the media, even if its
motif of James Woods (left) physically
inserting a Betamax videocassette
into his body now seems as quaintly
old-fashioned as the latex special
effects. Woods plays a sleazy cable TV
station manager whose search for the
origin of a pirate signal broadcasting
gonzo Asian pornography leads him
into a hallucinatory conspiracy plot
involving a disembodied Marshall
McLuhan-style media theorist, and
a sadomasochistic radio psychiatrist
played by Debbie Harry.
1.35pm, Sky Cinema Classics
(Michael Curtiz, 1954)
Bing Crosby, Danny Kaye and
Rosemary Clooney sing Irving
Berlin’s songs in a partial remake of
Holiday Inn. Brisk and cheerful, with
choreography by an uncredited Bob
Fosse. It was the biggest hit for pretty
much everyone involved.
Videodrome
White Christmas
===
Puss In Boots
3.40pm, BBC1
(Chris Miller, 2011)
Antonio Banderas voices the
ginger feline Latin lover and expert
swordscat who made his first
appearance in Shrek 2. It’s fair to say
that throwaway gags and pop culture
references take precedence over plot.
Radio
BBC Radio 1
6.00 Judge Judy (R) (S).
6.20 Classic Coronation
Street (R) (S). 6.45 Classic
Coronation Street (R)
(S). 7.10 Heartbeat (R) (S).
8.15 The Royal (R) (S). 9.15
Judge Judy (R) (S). 9.40
Judge Judy (R) (S). 10.05
Judge Judy (R) (S). 10.35
A Touch Of Frost (R) (S).
12.35 The Royal (R) (S).
1.40 Heartbeat (R) (S).
2.40 Classic Coronation
Street (R) (S). 3.15 Classic
Coronation Street (R) (S).
3.50 Agatha Christie’s
Sparkling Cyanide (R) (S).
5.55 Heartbeat (R) (S).
6.00 Hollyoaks (R) (S).
7.00 Charmed (R) (S). 7.55
Rude(ish) Tube Shorts (R)
(S). 8.10 FILM: 12 Wishes Of
Christmas (Peter Sullivan
2011) (S). 10.00 Rules Of
Engagement (R) (S). 11.00
How I Met Your Mother (R)
(S). 11.30 How I Met Your
Mother (R) (S). 12.00 New
Girl (R) (S). 12.30 New Girl
(R) (S). 1.00 The Big Bang
Theory (R) (S). 1.30 The Big
Bang Theory (R) (S). 2.00
Kevin Can Wait (R) (S). 2.30
Kevin Can Wait (R) (S). 3.00
How I Met Your Mother (R)
(S). 3.30 How I Met Your
Mother (R) (S). 4.00 New
Girl (R) (S). 4.30 New Girl
(R) (S). 5.00 Brooklyn NineNine (R) (S). 5.30 Brooklyn
Nine-Nine (R) (S).
8.55 Food Unwrapped (R)
(S). 9.35 Four In A Bed (R)
(S). 10.05 Four In A Bed (R)
(S). 10.35 Four In A Bed (R)
(S). 11.05 Four In A Bed (R)
(S). 11.40 Four In A Bed (R)
(S). 12.10 A Place In The
Sun: Winter Sun (R) (S).
1.15 A Place In The Sun:
Winter Sun (R) (S). 2.20
Time Team (R) (S). 3.25
Time Team (R) (S). 4.30 The
Great British Bake Off: The
Final (R) (S). 5.50 George
Clarke’s Amazing Spaces
At Christmas (R) (S).
6.00 The Big Bang
Theory Howard
finds out that
he has a halfbrother (R) (S).
6.30 The Big Bang
Theory (R) (S).
6.55 The Supervet
At Christmas
Professor Noel
treats a poorly
penguin from
Longleat Safari
Park (R) (S).
6.00 The Simpsons
(R) (S).
6.30 The Simpsons
Lisa decides she
wants to be a
vet (R) (S).
6.00 Blue Bloods
Multiple
women take
credit for the
murder of their
boss (R) (S).
8.00 Tonight At
The London
Palladium With
stars including
Tony Hadley
and the Corrs
(R) (S).
7.00 Hollyoaks
Brody finds out
that Maggie has
cancer (S).
7.30 The Goldbergs
(R) (S).
7.55 Grand Designs
A revisit to an
arch-shaped
home made of
clay tiles (R) (S).
7.00 The Simpsons
Lisa signs up
for a one-way
ticket to Mars
(R) (S).
7.30 The Simpsons
(R) (S).
7.00 Blue Bloods
Danny and Baez
investigate the
case of a cop
who has gone
AWOL (R) (S).
9.00 Undeniable
Part one of two.
Drama, starring
Claire Goose
and Peter Firth
(R) (S).
8.00 FILM: The
Hunger Games
(Gary Ross 2012)
Adventure,
starring
Jennifer
Lawrence (S).
8.00 Michael Buble’s
Christmas
In New York
Festive special.
8.00 Micro Monsters
With David
Attenborough
8.30 Micro Monsters
With David
Attenborough
(R) (S).
9.00 Hugh Jackman:
Movie Musical
Greats The
actor discusses
his career
on stage and
screen (S).
9.00 Game Of
Thrones Theon
is reunited with
his father on the
Iron Islands (R)
(S).
10.00FILM: 2012
(Roland
Emmerich
2009) Disaster
movie, starring
John Cusack (S).
10.10 Game Of
Thrones Tyrion
plots to identify
Cersei’s spy
on the small
council (R) (S).
6.55 Murder,
She Wrote
A priceless
necklace is
stolen (R) (S).
10.00Undeniable
Jane’s life
unravels as she
obsessively
tries to prove
Andrew’s guilt
(R) (S).
11.00 The Suspicions
Of Mr Whicher:
The Murder
In Angel
Lane Drama,
starring Paddy
Considine (R) (S).
1.00 Agatha Christie’s
Marple (R) (S). 2.45 The
Casebook Of Sherlock
Holmes (R) (S). 4.35
Wycliffe (R) (S). 5.30 Judge
Judy (R) (S). 5.50 ITV3
Nightscreen
9.00 FILM: Last
Vegas (Jon
Turteltaub
2013) Comedy,
starring Michael
Douglas (S).
10.50 The Big Bang
Theory Leonard
and Sheldon’s
flat is burgled
(R) (S).
11.20 The Big Bang
Theory Sheldon
gets a job at a
diner (R) (S).
11.45 Gogglebox (R)
(S).
11.00 24 Hours In
A&E A biker is
brought to A&E
after a head-on
collision (R) (S).
12.50 Gogglebox (R) (S).
1.55 Tattoo Fixers At
Christmas (R) (S). 2.55 Rude
Tube Christmas Cracker (R)
(S). 3.50 The Inbetweeners
(R) (S). 4.15 How I Met
Your Mother (R) (S). 5.00
Charmed (R) (S).
12.05 24 Hours In A&E (R)
(S). 1.05 Ramsay’s Kitchen
Nightmares USA (R) (S).
2.05 Ramsay’s Kitchen
Nightmares USA (R) (S).
3.05 8 Out Of 10 Cats
Uncut (R) (S). 3.45 Close
6.00 Futurama (R) (S).
6.30 Futurama (R) (S).
7.00 Futurama (R) (S).
7.30 The Simpsons (R) (S).
8.00 The Simpsons (R) (S).
8.30 The Simpsons (R) (S).
9.00 The Simpsons (R) (S).
9.30 Modern Family (R)
(S). 10.00 Modern Family
(R) (S). 10.30 Modern
Family (R) (S). 11.00 Big
Cats: An Amazing Animal
Family (R) (S). 12.00 Terry
Pratchett’s The Colour Of
Magic (R) (S). 2.00 Terry
Pratchett’s The Colour Of
Magic (R) (S). 4.00 Modern
Family (R) (S). 4.30 Modern
Family (R) (S). 5.00 The
Simpsons (R) (S). 5.30
Futurama (R) (S).
6.00 CSI: Crime Scene
Investigation (R) (S).
7.00 CSI: Crime Scene
Investigation (R) (S).
8.00 CSI: Crime Scene
Investigation (R) (S).
9.00 CSI: Crime Scene
Investigation (R) (S).
10.00 CSI: Crime Scene
Investigation (R) (S).
11.00 CSI: Crime Scene
Investigation (R) (S).
12.00 CSI: Crime Scene
Investigation (R) (S). 1.00
Blue Bloods (R) (S). 2.00
Blue Bloods (R) (S). 3.00
Blue Bloods (R) (S). 4.00
Blue Bloods (R) (S). 5.00
Blue Bloods (R) (S).
BBC Radio 1Xtra
6am A.Dot 10.00 Ace 12.45pm
Newsbeat 1.00 Yasmin Evans
4.00 Sian Anderson 5.45
Newsbeat 6.00 Sian Anderson
7.00 Seani B 9.00 Semtex
11.00 Sir Spyro 1am Kan D
Man And DJ Limelight 4.00
Diplo And Friends
BBC Radio 2
11.20 Game Of
Thrones Tyrion
struggles to
find a way to
curb Joffrey’s
excesses (R) (S).
12.55 The Russell Howard
Hour (R). 1.50 A League Of
Their Own 2.45 The Force:
Manchester (R). 3.40 Making
David Attenborough’s
Flying Monsters 4.35
Flying Monsters With David
Attenborough (R).
6.30am The Radio 1 Breakfast
Show With Nick Grimshaw
10.00 Clara Amfo 12.45pm
Newsbeat 1.00 Scott Mills 4.00
The Official Chart With Greg
James 5.45 Newsbeat 6.00
Radio 1’s Dance Anthems With
Greg James 7.00 Annie Mac
9.00 Pete Tong 11.00 Danny
Howard 1am B.Traits 4.00
Radio 1’s Essential Mix
12.25 Band Of Brothers (R)
(S). 1.40 Band Of Brothers
(R) (S). 3.05 Good Job:
Stories Of The FDNY (R)
(S). 4.05 Blue Bloods (R) (S).
5.05 Blue Bloods (R) (S).
6.30am Chris Evans 9.30 Ken
Bruce 12noon Jeremy Vine
2.00 Steve Wright In The
Afternoon 5.00 Simon Mayo
7.00 Tony Blackburn’s Golden
Hour 8.00 Friday Night Is
Music Night 10.00 Sounds Of
The 80s 12mdn’t Anneka Rice:
The Happening 2.00 Radio 2’s
Funky Soul Playlist 3.00 Radio
2 Playlist: New To 2 4.00 Radio
2 Playlist: 21st Century Songs
5.00 Huey On Saturday
BBC Radio 3
6.30am Breakfast. The BBC
Singers perform the winning
entry in the Breakfast Carol
Competition. 9.00 Essential
Classics. With guest Brian
Blessed. 12noon Composer
Of The Week: Bach. Donald
Macleod traces Bach’s final
years in Leipzig. 1.00 News
1.02 Radio 3 Lunchtime
Concert. 2.00 Afternoon
Concert. 4.30 Words And
Music. 5.45 New Generation
Artists. 7.00 Bach Walks.
Journeys on foot with Johann
Sebastian Bach. 7.30 Radio
3 In Concert. From the BBC
Proms, András Schiff performs
Book 1 of Bach’s The WellTempered Clavier. 10.00 The
Verb. 10.45 The Essay: Luther’s
Reformation Gang. 11.00
World On 3. 1am Through The
Night.
BBC Radio 4
6am Today 9.00 Desert
Island Discs 9.45 Book Of
The Week: Village Christmas
10.00 Woman’s Hour 11.00
George Orwell Back At The
BBC 11.30 Are You Alright In
There? 12noon News 12.04
Home Front 12.15 You And
Yours 1.00 The World At
One 1.45 His Master’s Voices
2.00 The Archers 2.15 Drama:
Curious Under The Stars 3.00
Gardeners’ Question Time
3.45 Short Works 4.00 Last
Word 4.30 Feedback 4.55 The
Listening Project 5.00 PM 5.57
Weather 6.00 Six O’Clock News
6.30 Dead Ringers. Comedy
impressions. 7.00 The Archers.
It’s a day to remember for
Lilian. 7.15 Front Row. Arts
programme. 7.45 Holmes And
Watford. By Jon Canter. Last in
the series. 8.00 Any Questions?
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Joanna & Jennifer:
Absolutely Champers
BBC iPlayer
Ab Fab stars visit Champagne
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Life In Pieces
Amazon Prime
Modern Family fans might
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From Cheriton Fitzpaine
Parish Hall, Devon. 8.50 A
Point Of View. Reflections on
a topical issue. 9.00 Home
Front Omnibus. Parts 26-30.
By Shaun McKenna. 10.00
The World Tonight. With
James Menendez. 10.45
Book At Bedtime: Eleanor
Oliphant Is Completely
Fine. By Gail Honeyman.
11.00 Great Lives. Louise
Richardson nominates Daniel
O’Connell, hero of Catholic
emancipation. 11.30 Today
In Parliament. Mark D’Arcy
reports from Westminster.
11.55 The Listening Project.
Stained glass artists share
the love and inspiration of
the craft. 12mdn’t News And
Weather 12.30 Book Of The
Week: Village Christmas 12.48
Shipping Forecast 1.00 As BBC
World Service 5.20 Shipping
Forecast 5.30 News Briefing
5.43 Prayer For The Day 5.45
IPM
BBC Radio 4 LW
8.31am Yesterday In
Parliament 9.45 Daily Service
12.01pm Shipping Forecast
5.54 Shipping Forecast
BBC Radio 4 Extra
6am A Case For Paul Temple
6.30 Friends Through Thick
And Thin 7.00 Capital Gains
7.30 Jeeves Live 8.00 I’m
Sorry I’ll Read That Again
8.30 Albert And Me 9.00 The
Motion Show 9.30 After Henry
10.00 The Age Of Innocence
11.00 Short Stories By Oscar
Wilde 11.15 The Christmas Of
Inspector Steine 12noon I’m
Sorry I’ll Read That Again 12.30
Albert And Me 1.00 A Case
For Paul Temple 1.30 Friends
Through Thick And Thin 2.00
The Remains Of The Day 2.15
A Cause For Caroling 2.30
Dombey And Son 2.45 Alive,
Alive Oh! And Other Things
That Matter 3.00 The Age Of
Innocence 4.00 The Motion
Show 4.30 After Henry 5.00
Capital Gains 5.30 Jeeves Live
6.00 A Little Twist Of Dahl
6.15 Charles Dickens – Tales
Of The Supernatural 6.30
Pick
ofthe
day
Are You Alright
In There?
11.30am,
BBC Radio 4
QI creator John
Lloyd (above) and
Viz comic’s Simon
Donald are among
the talking heads
discommoded
to contribute to
this history of the
“toilet book”.
Soul Music 7.00 I’m Sorry I’ll
Read That Again 7.30 Albert
And Me 8.00 A Case For Paul
Temple 8.30 Friends Through
Thick And Thin 9.00 Short
Stories By Oscar Wilde 9.15
The Christmas Of Inspector
Steine 10.00 Comedy Club:
The Harpoon 10.30 Comedy
Club: Radio Shuttleworth 11.00
Comedy Club: Ed Reardon At
Christmas 11.30 Comedy Club:
Life: An Idiot’s Guide 12mdn’t
A Little Twist Of Dahl 12.15
Charles Dickens – Tales Of The
Supernatural 12.30 Soul Music
1.00 A Case For Paul Temple
1.30 Friends Through Thick
And Thin 2.00 The Remains
Of The Day 2.15 A Cause For
Caroling 2.30 Dombey And
Son 2.45 Alive, Alive Oh! And
Other Things That Matter 3.00
The Age Of Innocence 4.00
The Motion Show 4.30 After
Henry 5.00 Capital Gains 5.30
Jeeves Live
BBC 5 Live
6am 5 Live Breakfast 10.00
5 Live Daily With Chris
Warburton 1pm The Friday
Sports Panel 2.00 Kermode
And Mayo’s Film Review 4.00
5 Live Drive 7.00 5 Live Sport
7.45 5 Live Sport: Premier
League Football 2017-18 10.00
Stephen Nolan 1am Up All
Night 5.00 5 Live Boxing With
Costello & Bunce 5.30 5 Live
Sport: The Friday Football
Social
BBC 6 Music
7am Shaun Keaveny 10.00
Lauren Laverne 1pm Mark
Radcliffe And Stuart Maconie
4.00 Huey Morgan 7.00 Iggy
Pop 9.00 Tom Ravenscroft
12mdn’t Nemone’s Electric
Ladyland 2.00 6 Music Classic
Concert 3.00 6 Music Live
Hour 4.00 The First Time With
John Cale 5.00 Chris Hawkins
Classic FM
6am More Music Breakfast
9.00 John Suchet 1pm AnneMarie Minhall 5.00 Classic FM
Drive 7.00 Smooth Classics
At Seven 8.00 The Full Works
Concert. Catherine Bott
presents a Viennese Christmas
special. 10.00 Smooth Classics
1am Katie Breathwick 4.00
Emma Nelson
Absolute Radio
6am Christian O’Connell’s
Breakfast Show 10.00 Leona
Graham 1pm Andy Bush 4.00
Dave Berry 7.00 Absolute 80s
With Claire Sturgess 10.00
Sarah Champion 4am Ben
Burrell
Heart
6am Jamie And Emma
9.00 Toby Anstis 1pm Matt
Wilkinson 4.00 JK And Lucy
7.00 Club Classics 9.00
Annaliese 1am James Merritt
TalkSPORT
6am The Alan Brazil Sports
Breakfast With Ally McCoist
10.00 Jim White 1pm
Hawksbee And Jacobs 4.00
Adrian Durham And Darren
Gough 7.00 Kick-off 10.00 The
Two Mikes 1am Extra Time
With Tom Latchem
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AGENDA
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Visual Arts
A WALK IN THE WOODS:
A CELEBRATION OF
TREES IN BRITISH ART
The Higgins, Bedford
The role of trees and woodland
in British landscape painting,
with pieces drawn from the Cecil
Higgins Art Gallery Collection.
Among the 40 watercolours,
drawings and prints from the
past two centuries are works
by John Constable, John Sell
Cotman, Edward Lear, Samuel
Palmer, Paul Nash, Graham
Sutherland and Lucian Freud.
(01234 718618) to 25 Feb
BASQUIAT: BOOM FOR REAL
Barbican Gallery, London EC2
The New York art prodigy from
the 1980s, Jean-Michel Basquiat,
finally gets his first proper UK
exhibition. Given how prolific he
was, amazingly none of his work,
from his early graffiti to his later
paintings with Andy Warhol,
is owned by a public UK or US
collection, as most of his work is
privately owned. A rare chance to
see beyond the myth.
(020 7638 8891) to 28 Jan
DEGAS: A PASSION FOR
PERFECTION
Fitzwilliam, Cambridge
A free show marks the centenary
of the death of Edgar Degas with
pieces from his entire career,
including paintings, pastels,
drawings, watercolours, prints
and sculptures in bronze and
wax. In a section exploring his
artistic legacy are Walter Sickert,
Pablo Picasso, Lucian Freud,
Frank Auerbach, RB Kitaj, Ryan
Gander and Francis Bacon.
(01223 332900) to 14 Jan
REFLECTIONS: VAN EYCK AND
THE PRE-RAPHAELITES
National Gallery, London WC2
This fascinating exhibition
focuses on one of the National
Gallery’s greatest treasures, Jan
van Eyck’s “Arnolfini Portrait”,
and the impact this modest
and mesmerising work had on
students Dante Gabriel Rossetti,
William Holman Hunt and
John Everett Millais, who a few
years later were to found the
Pre-Raphaelite Brotherhood.
(0800 912 6958) to 2 Apr
BACON TO DOIG: MODERN
MASTERPIECES FROM
A PRIVATE COLLECTION
National Museum, Cardiff
A free show of one of the
UK’s most important private
collections of modern British art,
created over a number of decades
with work often being purchased
before the artists were famous.
Featuring pieces by Francis
Bacon, Lucian Freud, Barbara
Hepworth, David Hockney,
Frank Auerbach, Leon Kossoff,
Peter Doig and Grayson Perry.
(0300 111 2 333) to 31 Jan
WHEN WE WERE YOUNG
Scottish National Portrait Gallery,
Edinburgh
This display documenting the
experience and representation of
childhood uses photographs from
the gallery’s collection to explore
how the portrayal of children has
shifted over the past 170 years,
featuring daguerreotypes from
the 1840s to digital prints from
this year. (0131 624 6200) to 13 May
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Robin Ince’s legendary Christmas
variety night returns. Here,
though, it’s “less nativity, more
cosmology”, as Ince and pals
(Josie Long, Jim Al-Khalili,
Grace Petrie and others) worship
at the altar of science. Sounds
cold, but it’ll warm you like
a glass of mulled wine.
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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.
(01206 500900) tonight
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its blessing to a
stage version of the
1940 movie. John
Tiffany’s production
is fairly lavish, but
it is beautifully
proportioned,
always reminding
the audience that,
at the heart of the
piece, there’s a simple
story about a wooden
puppet’s quest to be
a real boy. (020 7452
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The Showstoppers are an
insanely talented improv
gang who knock together
new musicals based purely on
audience suggestions. Here, in
a whopping great spiegeltent
in the heart of the West
End, the kids are in charge.
Dance
SOFIE HAGEN
Colchester Arts Centre
GE
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THE SHOWSTOPPERS’
CHRISTMAS KIDS SHOW
Leicester Square, London WC2
NINE LESSONS AND CAROLS FOR
GODLESS PEOPLE
Conway Hall, London WC1
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
Pick
ofthe
day
(020 7478 0100) tonight
(christmasinleicestersquare.com)
to Sat
JEFF GARLIN
Soho Theatre, London W1
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your home?
Ace sketch gang Casual Violence
offset the tinsel with The Grot in
the Grotto, a nightmarish festive
show about department-store
Father Christmases who
harbour a secret history.
Comedy
(eventbrite.co.uk) tonight
READER OFFER
CASUAL VIOLENCE
Soho Theatre, London W1
CINDERELLA
Sadler’s Wells, London EC1
Matthew Bourne reimagines
the fairy tale as a wartime
romance. The prince becomes
a dashing pilot searching for
Cinderella through the rubble of
the Blitz, with swirling fantasy
from Prokofiev’s score and Lez
Brotherston’s brilliant designs.
(020 7863 8000) to 27 Jan
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) today 11am
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 Sun
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TELEVISION
Created by Scottish Ballet’s
founder Peter Darrell, this
Nutcracker has been lovingly
restored, its sparkling designs
updated by Lez Brotherston.
Jarman return refreshed for
near-hometown residency duties
with a new album, 24/7 Rock Star
Shit, which compensates for what
it lacks in self-reinvention with
stalwart reserves of galvanic
punk-pop snark. And a great title.
Folk & Roots
Opera
THE ALBION CHRISTMAS BAND
Kings Place, London N1
CAVALLERIA RUSTICANA
AND PAGLIACCI
Royal Opera House, London WC2
THE NUTCRACKER
Festival Theatre, Edinburgh
(0131 529 6000) to 30 Dec
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. (020 7520 1490) tonight
Pop
HONEYBLOOD
ABC, Glasgow
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 antiromantic barbs under the cover
of blissful melodies on Babes
Never Die, its hooks and stings
tooled to snag on you in equal
measure. (seetickets.com) tonight
THE PRODIGY
Brixton Academy, London SW9
Bulldozing a path between
splenetic breakbeats, scything
synths and metal-head
riffs, Braintree’s foremost
electro-punks return. Their
seasonal outings are becoming
dangerously close to a tradition,
but 2015’s galvanic The Day
Is My Enemy suggests the
Ed-Sheeran’s-Christmas-jumper
years are some way off yet.
(gigsandtours.com) to Sat
THE CRIBS
Brudenell Social Club, Leeds
Following on from the
anniversary celebrations of
Men’s Needs, Women’s Needs,
Whatever, Wakefield’s brothers
(gigsandtours.com) tonight
Daniel Oren conducts a revival of
Damiano Michieletto’s cleverly
intertextual stagings of Mascagni
and Leoncavallo’s classic verismo
shorts, with Bryan Hymel and
Elina Garanca as disaffected
Sicilian sweethearts Turiddu
and Santuzza, and Fabio Sartori
and Carmen Giannattasio as
dysfunctional thespian
couple Canio and Nedda.
Roisin O’Connor talks to the composers and producers
behind the soundtracks of some of this year’s most
memorable scenes, from ‘Taboo’ to ‘Blue Planet II’
Avenging angel
Tom Hardy as
James Delaney
in ‘Taboo’
(020 7304 4000) tonight 7.30pm
Jazz
JAZZ JAMAICA
Hideaway, London SW16
Gary Crosby and Jazz Jamaica
present a Christmas special of
jazz and ska (“skazz”) classics,
with the current superb lineup, including singer Zara
MacFarlane, Camilla George
and Denys Baptiste on saxes,
and trumpeter Byron Wallen.
(020 8835 7070) tonight
Theatre
THE TWILIGHT ZONE
Almeida Theatre, London N1
The American dramatist
Anne Washburn has created a
mash-up of eight of the original
shows from the cult Sixties
TV series The Twilight Zone,
weaving the strands in ways that
increase the tension and sense of
foreboding in these mixes of sci-fi,
supernatural fantasy and horror.
(020 7359 4404) to 27 Jan
THE JUNGLE
Young Vic, London SE1
Joe Murphy and Joe Robertson
were the young Oxford
graduates who built a theatre
in the Jungle, the unofficial
refugee and migrant camp in
Calais. Now the pair have made
their playwriting debut with a
remarkable work that charts
the story of the camp from
inception to final eviction. The
superlative staging is by Stephen
Daldry and Justin Martin,
and the 18-strong company,
brilliantly cast, let you hear a rich
diversity of voices. Wonderfully
humane and illuminating.
(020 7922 2922) to 9 Jan
THE LION, THE WITCH AND
THE WARDROBE
West Yorkshire Playhouse, Leeds
CS Lewis’s muscular Christian
symbolism and brooding
Norse imagery jostle with
the occasional moment of
pantomime in Sally Cookson’s
in-the-round staging, which
uses puppets, aerial performers
and live music to create a
convincing snowbound Narnia.
MANUEL HARLAN
Score draw: the music
that lit up TV in 2017
(0113 213 770) to 27 Jan
I
t has been a spectacular year
for TV, from Netflix originals such as Stranger Things
to dramas and documentaries including Taboo, Peaky
Blinders and Blue Planet II. And in
all of these shows, the soundtrack
has played a prominent role, affecting how the audience interprets scenes.
In Stranger Things, Michael
Stein and Kyle Dixon of the American electronic band Survive used
synthesisers to pay homage to
1980s artists and film composers
such as John Carpenter, Tangerine
Dream and Jean-Michel Jarre.
Dixon believes TV scores have
always been important, but suggests that now the line between
TV and film is “a bit blurrier”,
more attention is paid to them.
One of the main draws of Peaky
Blinders is finding out which songs
will feature in the latest episode.
Otto Bathurst, who directed the
first episodes in season one, knew
he wanted to feature modern, popular music. Artists featured on the
four series so far have included
Nick Cave, Laura Marling, Arctic
Monkeys, The Raconteurs, Radiohead, Royal Blood and PJ Harvey.
Jamie Glazebrook, executive producer of the show, notes
that most period dramas opt for
“sweeping strings”. “I remember
sitting down to watch the first cut
of the first episode, and suddenly
Nick Cave started playing. It felt
totally original and right.”
“The aim is to use music to get
inside the heads of our characters
and to mine the deep emotions in
the scripts,” Glazebrook says.
“I have particularly liked the
tracks at the end of each series,”
he adds. “Arctic Monkeys’ “Do I
Wanna Know?” at the end of series two wrapped so many complicated emotions into a single
fist-pump. Radiohead’s “Life In A
Glass House” at the end of series
three landed the final twist. And
series four ends with Laura Marling covering Bob Dylan, specially
recorded for the show. It might be
our best ending yet.”
Taboo, the acclaimed BBC
drama set in pre-Victorian London, saw Tom Hardy play James
Keziah Delaney, an adventurer
long believed dead who returns to
London after 12 years in Africa to
inherit what is left of his father’s
shipping empire.
One of the most notable things
about composer Max Richter’s
soundtrack was that the opening
theme changed each week: in the
first episode it was performed on
the celeste – a piano which makes
a sound similar to the glockenspiel
– while later episodes used a string
arrangement. The haunting, childlike celeste version returned for
the finale.
I sat down to the
first episode and
suddenly Nick Cave
started playing. It
felt totally original
Richter explains that the score
came “directly out of the trajectory
of the central character: an avenging dark angel, as unstoppable as
fate. The show plays as a dark fairy
tale, driven by Delaney. These two
aspects – the hallucinatory environment, and the irresistible force
of Delaney – are embodied by the
two main themes.”
On Blue Planet II, the score
was a collaboration between renowned film composer Hans Zimmer and Radiohead artists Thom
Yorke and Johnny Greenwood,
who reworked the Radiohead
track “Bloom” for the series.
Elsewhere, Zimmer’s emotive, sweeping instrumentation
and siren-like choruses added to
the splendour of scenes of a pod
of whales or dramatic, crashing
waves, while more comical acts
featured woodwind and brass. In a
scene featuring a Portuguese man
o’ war, one of the pirates of the sea,
there was a clear nod to Zimmer’s
Pirates of the Caribbean score.
Russell Emanuel, chief creative
at Bleeding Fingers Music, served
as creative producer on the score.
“Over the past few years,” he says,
“television scores have become
increasingly important and now
enjoy the same recognition as
major movie scores. The same
composers scoring motion pictures are now scoring TV: Harry
Gregson-Williams, Trent Reznor,
Nick Cave, Olafur Arnalds.
There’s no longer a line between
TV and film in terms of audience
expectations.” THE INDEPENDENT
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BOOKS
At last, a female take on Homer’s epic
THE ODYSSEY
Homer, translated by Emily Wilson
(WW Norton, £30)
Review by Natalie Haynes
H
omer’s Odyssey is a
dazzling story, full of
adventures, gods and
monsters. It’s also
a strangely shifting
text, which extols the virtues of
deceit and fiction over honesty
and straightforwardness. Above
all, it asks what it means to be a
man when the world around you is
changing: a warrior whose war is
over, a king absent from his kingdom, a husband and father separated from his wife and child. How
does such a man return home?
It is a story which has offered inspiration to multiple art forms this
year alone, from non-fiction (Daniel Mendelsohn’s memoir of his
relationship with his father, An Odyssey) to video games (Super Mario
Odyssey) and television. Those
who tuned in to the recent series
of Prison Break were surprised to
find Michael Schofield going by
the name “Outis”, having spent
seven years in a prison called Ogygia. Outis is the Homeric word for
“No-one”, the name Odysseus first
gives to Polyphemus the Cyclops.
And Ogygia is the island where
Odysseus stays with the nymph
Calypso for seven years.
Odysseus is profoundly flawed.
He is, as Emily Wilson’s terrific
new translation describes him,
“complicated”. The Greek, “polutropos”, literally means “muchturned” or “much-turning”.
Odysseus is hard to pin down: his
courage and quick wits make him
appealing to the gods. But his arrogance and carelessness have
caused him to be in those scrapes.
When the enchantress Circe
recommends he sail to the Underworld to seek advice from the
blind seer Tiresias, it is hard not
to think that the prophet’s advice
could be distilled into the briefest
suggestion: if you’re going to poke
out the only eye of a Cyclops,
maybe check he isn’t the beloved
son of Poseidon before you tell him
your real name. Otherwise, your
sea voyage home may take quite a
lot longer than you hope.
Wilson, the first woman to
translate the text into English,
does a magnificent job of bringing
this archaic poem to a new audience. Fresh, crisp and thoughtful,
the translation reflects smart
choices across the board. She
has translated into iambic
pentameter, rather than try
to match the hexameter of the
Greek. The resulting poetry is
both moving and readable, as
It’s complicated Odysseus is a contentious figure, who must be saved by the gods from his own carelessness AFP
when Odysseus’s mother, Anticleia, speaks to him in the Underworld: “Nor did sickness/suck all
the strength out from my limbs,
with long /and cruel wasting. No,
it was missing you, /Odysseus, my
sunshine; your sharp mind, /and
your kind heart. That took sweet
life from me.”
Wilson has taken on the thorny
problem of Homeric epithets with
aplomb: these repeated phrases
are some of the most well-known
in Greek poetry (rosy-fingered
Dawn, the wine-dark sea etc). And
while their repetition served a
purpose for the ancient bard who
was performing The Odyssey from
memory, they seem clunky to us
as we read. Wilson has translated
them differently as the context
requires. So Athena is usually
described as “glaukopis”. Wilson occasionally translates this
literally, as “owl-eyed”, but also
“looked at him steadily,’ “clear
bright eyes”, “with twinkling
eyes” and even “winked”.
Wilson has also corrected some
of the assumptions made in previ-
ous translations: the Greek, as she
points out in the excellent introduction, does not use derogatory
language to describe the slave
girls who are killed at the end of
the poem. But this hasn’t stopped
translators inserting words such
as “whore”, or “slut”. Quite aside
from the inaccuracy, it misleads
us into thinking the poem offers
a justification, which it does not,
and makes Odysseus less complicated than he is. Homer has long
deserved better, as have his readers. Now we have it.
ALSORELEASED
TWIN PEAKS:
THE FINAL DOSSIER
Mark Frost
(Pan Macmillan, £16.99)
My cultural highlight of the year
has been David Lynch and Mark
Frost’s Twin Peaks: The Return.
Prior to the 18-hour televisual
epic starting, Frost released
The Secret History Of Twin Peaks,
a neat recap with a few Easter
eggs. Now we have a further
tie-in volume, reflecting on the
events of the series. In part, it
allows him to tell stories that
were not in the show.
Conspicuously absent from
the series, for example, was Lara
Flynn Boyle’s character from the
original, Donna Hayward. In this
“novel” – I use the word advisedly,
as it, like the former tome, is
a series of classified reports
written by in-show character
Tammy Preston – we learn what
happened to her.
The section on another
actress, Heather Graham,
who did not reprise the role of
Annie Blackburn, is one of the
melancholy highlights of this
series of snapshots.
Top5
Books
Part of the joy of the series
was its ambiguity. Part of the
weakness of the “final dossier”
is its attempt to make clear what
should have been left eldritch.
While the fate of Audrey
Horne is left smudgy – although
there is a reference to a
husband, there are also hints
at confinement – other parts
of the story become explicit.
Although Agent Preston begins
by referring to the murder of
Laura Palmer in the original
series, by the end no one can
quite remember it. It was a
“disappearance” and her father
didn’t crack his own skull in a
Best kept secret Audrey Horne’s
fate remains uncertain ABC
prison cell while possessed by a
demonic entity, but committed
suicide through grief.
Like the TV version, there is
an unsettling balance between
gothic horror and slapstick
comedy. One very minor
character in the original, the
vampish Lana – rather winkingly
referred to as having “the eternal
appeal of the ‘dark feminine’
archetype” – gets a quick cameo
on the arm of “a notorious
resident of a certain eponymous
tower on Fifth Avenue, who was
either between wives, stepping
out or window shopping”.
Yes, that’s where Trump
Tower is, and yes, he is wearing
the strange jade-green ring
which symbolises darkness and
corruption. This is a book with a
lot of anger about where America
is going, set around an idyll that
never existed.
Frost mops up effectively, but
are there clues for the future?
The “final” of the title might not
be a complete closure. There are
hints about the mysterious Judy,
but the last words suggest there
could be more in the offing. “We
mustn’t give up. Ever.”
Stuart Kelly
1. Blue Planet II James Honeyborne & Mark Brownlow (BBC/Random House)
2. Bad Dad David Walliams (HarperCollins)
3. 5 Ingredients – Quick & Easy Jamie Oliver (Michael Joseph)
4. Private Eye Annual 2017 Ian Hislop (Private Eye Productions)
5. Bletchley Park Brainteasers Sinclaur McKay (Headline)
THE GOOD PILOT
PETER WOODHOUSE
Alexander McCall Smith
(Polygon, £14.99)
I think it was Ian Rankin who
claimed that as global politics
becomes more turbulent, the
world will increasingly find itself
in need of Alexander McCall
Smith’s heart-warming novels,
and he is right. This latest opus is
a gentle romp through the world
of land girls, war-time romance
and an exceptional pet – the
amusingly named sheepdog that
gives the book its title.
Land girl Val Eliot agrees to
look after Peter when a fellow
worker rescues him from a cruel
neighbouring farm, and discovers
that the safest place for the dog to
live is with her American airman
boyfriend on the nearby US base.
Proving himself to be an out-ofthe-ordinary pooch, Peter soon
becomes an active member of
the US Air Force, where he has a
closer encounter with the enemy
than anyone could have expected.
Written in McCall Smith’s
inimitably chatty and readable
style, the story chugs along
nicely, despite a somewhat
two-dimensional aspect to some
of his characters. Of course, the
story is not all happiness for
Peter and his friends, but fans of
McCall Smith’s other work will
not be disappointed.
Jane Bradley
BLOODY JANUARY
Alan Parks
(Canongate, £12.99)
Alan Parks’ debut is the first in
a series of Scottish noir novels.
Detective Harry McCoy and
his new apprentice Wattie are
working the grimy streets of
1970s Glasgow. Highly cynical
and unethical, antihero McCoy
has an on-off relationship with a
prostitute and is complicit with
crime boss Stevie Cooper, an old
school friend. Investigating a
series of murders leads McCoy
deep into a high-society sex and
drugs ring. A dark, gripping read.
Rebecca Wilcock
AN ALMOST PERFECT
CHRISTMAS
Nina Stibbe
(Viking, £9.99)
If you’re fraught with concern
that the big day won’t go off
without a hitch, Nina Stibbe is
here to tell you… it doesn’t matter.
This collection of anecdotal short
stories brings into focus the joy
and chaos of the festive season,
with witty tales about gift-giving,
department-store Santas and
Christmas pudding. A sarcastic,
frank and hilarious depiction
of the modern Christmas with
a warm message at its heart.
Holly Cowell
i FRIDAY
22 DECEMBER 2017
Life
goals
WHAT WE THINK ABOUT WHEN
WE THINK ABOUT FOOTBALL
Simon Critchley
(Profile, £8.99)
Review by Alan Pattullo
S
imon Critchley is a wellregarded philosopher,
whose output includes
such high-minded titles
as The Ethics of Deconstruction: Derrida and Levinas. But
he’s also a moron.
That is to say, he is, like so many
of us, helplessly devoted to a game
to the point where relationships
with those we are closest to are
bound to suffer. He accepts all
this. Indeed, he claims such a willing submission to something that
is essentially pretty stupid is “part
of the appeal”. But he also believes
there is an “inherent rationality”
in his chosen game, football, that
can help to interpret the world.
It can certainly help in dayto-day life, where the game, or
knowledge of it, can be a handy
ice-breaker. “Football lays out
easy tramlines for talk,” suggests
Critchley. He’s right. I can’t count
the number of times it’s come to
the rescue, a surge of relief sweeping through me upon realising, for
example, that the person sitting
opposite at a function knows there
are two football teams in Dundee
Kop on Critchley dwells on Jürgen Klopp (left) for quite some time GETTY
and so further discourse on the
game is a possibility. But, with
chapter headings such as “What
is it like to be a ball?”, Critchley’s
book will not appeal to everyone,
even those steeped in the game.
As well-written as you’d expect
from someone with the author’s
impeccable credentials, it can
be quite dense in places. Critchley comes across as surprisingly
rigid in his pro-football stance. He
has little time for non-believers.
Some people, “including many
Americans”, he notes, find football
boring. “This is wrong,” the New
York-based writer states. “And
they are boring for believing it.”
He makes several acute observations. One of his, and my, bugbears are fans who leave before
full-time to avoid traffic. “If traffic
is your major concern, then why
bother going to a game at all?”
He is speaking as a supporter,
but perhaps isn’t always writing
like one. The text is peppered with
references to such weighty works
as Waiting for Godot, Erasmus’s
Moriae Encomium and Thomas
More’s Utopia.
There’s nothing wrong with
this, of course. As Nick Hornby
highlighted a long time ago, it is
possible to be conversant in both
football and literature. But still,
this might be a little too didactic
for some people’s tastes – and
the book might also be a little too
Liverpool-centric (Critchley is a
Liverpool fan).
A discussion on Jürgen Klopp
sees the Liverpool manager
linked to German thinker Martin
Heidegger’s “most important”
philosophical work, Being and
Time. This is because of a phrase
Klopp apparently uses a lot in
interviews – “the moment”. Football, according to Critchley, is
about the creation of the moment,
or a “moment of moments”.
Critchley dwells on the smiley,
infectious Klopp for quite some
time in what is a short book, noting how the “key thing for Klopp
is belief ”. Klopp is a Christian
and seems to draw strength from
his faith. Critchley, by contrast,
is not a Christian. Liverpool FC
is the closest he comes to a religious experience. Critchley
concedes that he is “guilty of
Anfield exceptionalism”.
But he is a likeable guide to follow through some complex issues
as he sets out to argue that “football gives us privileged access
to abiding insights into what it
means to be a human being”. The
idea that football is more than a
game is not new, of course. Still,
this is a thoughtful little book that
rewards perseverance, even if it
can be heavy going in places.
ONEMINUTE
WITH…
Michael Morpurgo,
children’s author
Where are you now and
what can you see?
I am sitting propped up on
pillows on my bed, revising the
script of my new novel for the
last time. I am in a small cottage
bedroom, with a little window
that looks out over fields towards
Dartmoor. It is windy today, and
the autumn leaves are being
constantly whirled around. And
I can hear the chimney singing
a soughing song to celebrate the
coming of winter.
What are you currently reading?
I’m not currently reading
anything. I’m far too focused on
the text I’m trying to get finished.
Who is your favourite author
and why do you admire her/him?
Robert Louis Stevenson is the
writer I most want to emulate. A
poet, a storyteller extraordinary.
A fine man, too.
Describe the room where
you usually write…
I write anywhere that is quiet,
but usually in a bedroom where
I can be comfortable. Being
comfortable while writing is very
important to me. I write mostly
by hand – what was good for
Dickens and Shakespeare should
be good enough for me. Hunched
over a desk and writing makes
my wrist ache, my arm ache, my
neck ache. I once saw a photo
of Stevenson lying on his bed in
Samoa, propped up on pillows,
writing away quite happily. I tried
it. It works.
Which fictional character
most resembles you?
Gabriel Oak, the farmer and
shepherd in Far from the Madding
Crowd. I’m not like him, but
I should like to be like him.
Endlessly kind and patient,
devoted to those he loves and to
his work, a good and gentle man.
COFFEE
TABLE
CHOICE
Benjamin Graham was named 2017’s Landscape
Photographer of the Year for his appealingly tranquil,
pastel-hued shot of low tide at West Wittering in Sussex.
His winning work is published in ‘Landscape Photographer
of the Year’ (AA Publishing, £25) along with all the other
shortlisted and commended images, from saltmarshes to
poppy fields, farmland to the view from the 08.52 from
Barmouth, Gwynedd. Pictured, the winner of the Your View
category, ‘Stilts’, Osea Leisure Park, Blackwater, Essex,
England, by Neil Burnell. An exhibition is now running at
London’s Waterloo station until 4 February.
Who is your hero/heroine
from outside literature?
A hero of our times. Caroline
Lucas, co-leader of the Green
Party, a woman of great principle
and integrity, intelligence
and determination.
‘Lucky Button’ by Michael
Morpurgo (Walker Books, £9.99)
is out now
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THE INDEPENDENT
There are plenty of jobs I’m happy
to tackle myself, but there are
some where it’s just not worth
the risk of doing it wrong. Fixing
a ruined skylight on a roof 40ft
up falls into the second category.
With water pouring through every
time it rains and the kitchen ceiling
close to collapse, it’s obvious I need
some professional help.
I’ve never had to use a builder
before, but I always imagined
the client would take more of a
backseat. But that wasn’t exactly
how things turned out.
Mick came recommended by
a friend, whose perfect home
he had done up earlier in the
year, and he seems to have been
involved in virtually every
“cool” Margate renovation. A
quick Google reveals interiorsmagazine results: shabby-chic
walls with trendy fittings. The
online accolades actually make
me slightly nervous, as my budget
is pretty tight. Also, I’ve always
rather liked the charms of a
house’s imperfections, which is
probably a good thing.
As Mick pokes around the place,
I am quietly relieved. Far from
wanting to modernise everything,
he has a sharp eye for some of its
vintage gems and actually seems
even keener to hang on to them
than I am myself. “You’ll be wanting
to reuse this” he says, pointing
to a Victorian sink in one of the
bedrooms. And “I’ve got clients who
would search the country for little
things like that” about an ancient
brass “vacant/engaged” gadget on
the bathroom door.
The bad news is that his diary is
unsurprisingly busy. The upside is
I find myself high
up the tree, taking
off branches with a
domestic saw
that he’s happy to dispense reams
of common-sense, practical
advice. Since I’m probably going to
want to tile the bathroom anyway,
why don’t I reuse the floorboards
to replace the rotten ones in other
rooms – they’re incredibly hard to
match otherwise. And echoing my
surveyor, he suggests splicing the
partially rotten joists, rather than
ripping the whole lot out.
It’s clear he’s already juggling
several jobs and is happy to
encourage me to get on with
things myself. Taking stuff out
is easy, it’s putting it back that
takes skill, is the way he sees
it. By the time he leaves, we’ve
agreed he’ll get someone up on
the roof to temporarily patch
the skylight, and start building
a replacement. My own to-do
list is rather longer: clear the
house so all its issues are clearly
identifiable; get a long ladder and
start diverting rainwater away
from the corroded Victorian
guttering to stop further damp on
the inside; work out what boiler
and radiators I want.
The next pressing problem is a
tree the height of the house that
is leaning precariously and will
prevent his roofers getting to the
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In tomorrow’s
isport
Alan Smith
I don’t think
any footballer
enjoys Christmas
Before and after: the tree is
removed by Ben and his dad
skylight. I explain that a couple of
tree surgeons have yet to return
my calls. Mick has a simpler
solution: “You’re a couple of
young lads aren’t you? Why don’t
you take it down yourselves” (the
latter directed at Dad, who’s down
to help out for the weekend and is
chuffed with the compliment).
Duly spurred, I find myself
later that afternoon high up the
tree, taking off branches with
nothing more than a domestic
saw. The families next door are
fortunately out as Dad uses rope
to direct the falling branches
away from the windows. Finally,
the main trunk comes down with
a crash that leaves me shaking.
I should probably have rented a
chainsaw, but it was satisfying to
just get it dealt with and see our
neighbour’s face when he finally
emerges, astonished. “Where
did the tree go?” he asks. ‘There’s
so much light! I’ve been waiting
years for that.”
Follow Ben’s renovation progress
on Instagram
@Margate_renovation_ipaper
Business
Business Editor Elizabeth Anderson
+4420 7361 5718
business@inews.co.uk
RETAIL
Toys R Us restructuring
plan secures 2,500 jobs
By Ben Woods
Toys R Us has staved off the threat of
administration after creditors to the
company “overwhelmingly” agreed
to a restructuring plan that will
secure around 2,500 jobs.
The beleaguered retailer’s
proposal for a company voluntary
arrangement (CVA) won the
approval of 98 per cent of creditors
yesterday, including the backing of
the Pension Protection Fund (PPF).
However, while the CVA will allow
Toys R Us to stay afloat, at least 26
loss-making UK stores will shut as
part of the restructure, meaning up
to 800 jobs are likely to be lost.
Consultations with employees are
due to start in the new year.
Commenting on the creditor vote,
Toys R Us UK managing director
Steve Knights said: “We are pleased
to have secured the support of our
creditors and will be working closely
with them in the months ahead.
“The vote in favour of the CVA
represents strong support for our
business plan and provides us with
the platform we need to transform
our business so that we can better
serve our customers today and long
into the future.
The Pension Protection
Fund, started in 2004,
provides compensation to
members of defined benefit
pension schemes if the employer
goes into administration.
“All of our stores across the UK will
remain open for business as normal
until spring 2018.”
The fate of all 3,200 Toys R Us jobs
was hanging in the balance ahead
of the ballot, with administrators
waiting in the wings had the CVA
been rejected.
The PPF had earlier refused to
back the retailer’s rescue plans,
but concessions from the company,
including an offer to reduce its deficit
recovery plan to 10 years from 15
years, meant the deal received the
PPF’s blessing.
In total, Toys R Us has agreed to
pay £9.8m into the pension plan, made
up of £3.8m in 2018, with a further
£6m promised over 2019 and 2020.
Other creditors include the firm’s
landlords, who will stomach rent
All Toys R Us stores in the UK will stay
open until the spring REUTERS
cuts as part of the restructuring. The
retailer, which is owned by US-based
Toys R Us Inc, trades from 84 stores
in the UK and has 21 concessions.
Toys R Us has said that trading
has suffered as its warehouse-style
stores, opened in the 1980s and 1990s,
have proved “too big and expensive
to run”, while it has also struggled to
keep up with online competitors.
The announcement comes just
months after the US-based retailer
filed for bankruptcy protection in the
US and Canada.
Toys R Us said shoppers can
continue to shop online.
UNITED STATES
Holiday Inn
‘to gain from
Trump’s tax
changes’
By Ravender Sembhy
Quote of
the day
2017 was a tough
year for living
standards as
the pay squeeze
returned. The
good news is that
things will get
better next year
Torsten Bell
Better times are on the
way, says Resolution
Foundation’s director
The 30
Second
Briefing
CAR
PRODUCTION
New figures show the UK
car industry continues to
face difficulties.
Car production for the UK market
plunged by more than a quarter in
November amid Brexit uncertainty
and falling real pay. Just 24,276 cars
left production lines destined for
the home market in November, a 28
per cent drop on the figure in the
same month last year.
What about sales abroad?
Overall, production numbers
including cars destined for
export were down 4.6 per cent at
161,490, said the Society of Motor
Manufacturers and Traders (SMMT).
Exports rose by 1.3 per cent but this
was not enough to offset the slump
in domestic sales. Overall output has
fallen 9 per cent for the UK market
and 2 per cent overall in 2017.
What now?
The SMMT urged clarity on the
UK’s future relationship with the
EU, including any transitional
arrangements which it said were
“vital” for the industry’s future.
“Brexit uncertainty, coupled with
confusion over diesel taxation and
air quality plans, continues to impact
domestic demand for new cars and,
with it, production output,” said Mike
Hawes, the SMMT’s chief executive.
How bad could Brexit be?
The UK’s car industry is a sector
that could be among the most badly
damaged by Brexit. Car industry
bosses have repeatedly warned
that they need access to the EU to
remain as free as possible in order
to keep manufacturing in the UK.
Steven Armstrong, Ford’s president
for Europe, Middle East and Africa
operations, said last month that he
was “very concerned and worried”.
Holiday Inn owner InterContinental
Hotels Group (IHG) has said that
Donald Trump’s tax reforms will give
the firm a significant boost next year.
The FTSE 100-listed company,
which is also behind the Crowne Plaza
brand, said the President’s recently
passed bill will reduce its effective
tax rate “by mid to high single-digit
percentage points” from January.
It is also expected that the
measures will result in a “significant,
exceptional tax credit” in the financial
year the bill is signed into law.
This, IHG added, would be realised
in cash terms over a long period
from 2018. The US is the largest
market for the company in terms of
room numbers and contributed to
58 per cent of the group’s revenue
in 2016.
Mr Trump’s controversial tax
change came after Republicans
in Congress voted in favour of the
reforms for a second time.
The House of Representatives
passed the massive $1.5trn (£1.2trn)
package that affects everyone’s
taxes but is dominated by breaks for
business and higher earners. Critics
say the revamp will bring generous
tax cuts for corporations and the
wealthiest Americans while only
providing smaller cuts for middleand low-income families.
Democrats call the legislation a
boon to the rich that leaves middleclass and working Americans behind.
It is the first major overhaul of the
nation’s tax laws since 1986.
Mr Trump hailed the outcome,
tweeting: “Our team will go on to
many more VICTORIES!”
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COURTS
Former CEO wins bumper
legal payout from Dyson
By Angela Jameson
A bitter legal battle that threatened
to throw Sir James Dyson’s ambitions
to build an electric car off course has
been settled with a multimillionpound payout to the chief executive
who ran the business for over
six years.
Sir James and Max Conze had
brought legal claims in the High
Court after Mr Conze, a former
German paratrooper, left the
business, best known for its vacuum
cleaners, in October.
While Mr Conze’s departure was
announced amicably, within weeks
Sir James, one of Britain’s bestknown entrepreneurs, alleged the
former boss had leaked commercial
secrets to a third party during his
time in charge.
Mr Conze denied the claims,
calling them a “ridiculous allegation”
and said they were a ploy to distract
from the fact that he was about to sue
over his departure.
During Mr Conze’s time as chief
executive the business went from
selling five million units a year to
17 million a year and expanded into
24 countries. He oversaw the launch
of new products like a supersonic
hairdryer that helped profits.
The workforce of the privately
owned company quadrupled to
about 10,000 and Dyson posted
As chief executive,
Max Conze
oversaw the
launch of new
Dyson products
KRISZTIAN BOCSI/
BLOOMBERG
record profits, up 41 per cent to
£631m. Mr Conze has received a
settlement that took into account
loss of earnings and compensation
for long-term incentive payments
he missed out on, according to
people familiar with the agreement.
Mr Conze was the latest senior
executive to leave the company,
where Sir James remains the public
face, in recent months.
This year the chief financial officer,
John Shipsey, left to join the medical
devices maker Smiths Group. The
head of human resources, Laura
Hagan, also left. Mr Conze was
replaced by Jim Rowan, the chief
operating officer.
Sir James declined to comment.
EVENING STANDARD
Sir James Dyson, who
founded Dyson in 1987,
is a staunch supporter of Brexit
and was a figurehead of the
Leave campaign.
Ban on leasehold homes hits builder’s shares
Shares in retirement home builder
M c Ca r t hy & S t o n e t u m b l e d
yesterday after the company said
it would be hit by the Government’s
new clampdown on leasehold houses.
Communities Secretary Sajid
Outlook
JAMES
MOORE
US delivers cold
Christmas to
Bombardier
T
alking about the “special
relationship” between the
UK and the US in front of
workers at Bombardier’s
fac t o r y i n No r t h e r n
Ireland is, I would imagine, a recipe
for rapid hospitalisation right now.
The US Commerce Department,
having investigated the financing of
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ECONOMY
Christmas
boost as public
borrowing
continues to fall
By Ben Chu
PROPERTY
By Ravender Sembhy
TV
40-43
Javid said it was unacceptable for
homebuyers to be exploited by unfair
practices, as he announced a ban
on the sale of new-build leasehold
homes. Ground rents will also be set
at zero for new long leases on houses
and flats.
McCarthy & Stone makes money
from charging homeowners ground
rent, then selling on the freehold to
third-party investors. It will therefore
be hammered by the changes.
The firm said the practice was
expected to glean £33m in profits
next year. Its shares dropped 9.5 per
cent to 153.6p.
the Canadian company’s C Series jet,
has confirmed its view that the plane
was in receipt of subsidies from the
Canadian and UK Governments.
As such, it has imposed a tariff of
292 per cent on sales to US carriers.
That is a few percentage points less
than its original proposal, but really,
we’re splitting hairs here.
With the cost having trebled, the C
Series is set to remain in the hangar,
and US carriers who had ordered it
will look elsewhere, probably in the
direction of the US-based Boeing,
which made the initial complaint.
There’s still the US International
Trade Commission to get through,
the final verdict from which is
expected next year. But given these
agencies have taken their lead from
the tone at the top, that’s a formality.
More than 1,000 workers in the
province will now be wondering
whether they’ll be able to afford
Christmas this time next year,
with Theresa May’s frantic phone
calls to the Oval Office having
achieved nothing.
It is just about possible to see this
as doing the UK as a whole a favour, at
least if you’re of the view that Brexit
is about the stupidest thing this
country has done since... Actually it’s
hard to come up with something to
compare it with.
Yes this is just one specific instance,
involving Canada as well as the UK,
and no we’re not yet out of the EU.
With a dynamic and
sk
kilful negotiator like Liam
Fox on our side things will
soon look very different
But it still helps to nail a number
of myths peddled by the Leave side.
It shows that America cannot be
relied upon to stick by Britain in its
hour of need, and certainly not if so
doing conflicts with the interests of
American corporations.
It clearly demonstrates that
The UK’s public borrowing continued
to fall last month.
The Government’s estimated
deficit fell to £8.7bn in November,
down £200m on the same month a
year earlier, data from the Office for
National Statistics (ONS) showed
yesterday. This was well below
the £8.9bn expected by City of
London analysts.
Tax revenues were up 5 per cent
year-on-year in the month, while
spending rose 3.6 per cent.
Public sector borrowing over
the financial year to date (April to
November) is estimated at £48.1bn,
down from £51.3bn in the same
month last year and the lowest total
since before the 2008-09 recession.
However, economists warned not
to read too much into the data just yet.
“We wouldn’t get too carried away
by these figures,” said Ruth Gregory,
of Capital Economics.
“While a continuation of the
£200m
Estimated fall in deficit in November
compared to same time last year
current trend would see borrowing
undershoot the OBR’s forecast by
£7bn, some deterioration in the
public finances should occur towards
the end of the fiscal year. In particular,
strong self-assessment tax receipts
collected in January and February
2017 – due to changes in the dividend
tax rate – won’t be repeated.”
Samuel Tombs, of Pantheon
said: “The Chancellor can go on his
Christmas vacation content that the
public finances have weathered the
economy’s slowdown well this year.
But... it’s unlikely that [he] will be able
to soften his fiscal plans materially
further again.” THE INDEPENDENT
international trade is not simple. It is
complicated and messy and governed
by naked self-interest. And it makes
it quite clear that the British view
of free trade will not suddenly be
universally adopted if negotiators
would just spend a few minutes
listening to Boris Johnson and his
friends waffling on about it.
Is this in time for the Government
to respond to shifting public opinion
as regards Brexit?
No, probably not. This is just
one deal, after all. And it’s about
Canada too. And it’s happened with
us still in the EU. And we have Liam
Stumbledore Fox in the Department
for International Trade.
With a dynamic and skilful
negotiator like him on our side things
will soon look very different. Oh, by
the way, Philip Hammond, would
you mind chucking some of the £3bn
held back to cover us against Brexit
to help compensate if those jobs go?
Thanks awfully. THE INDEPENDENT
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From the
business
pages
Unilever to double
tech collaboration
The Irish Times
Unilever, which this year
unveiled a new initiative to
collaborate with Irish tech
entrepreneurs working across
the fast-moving consumer
goods (FMCG) space, has been
so impressed with the talent
it has uncovered here that
it is to double the number of
programmes it runs locally.
Launched in London in 2014,
the Unilever Foundry also has a
presence other countries.
Illinois declines in
population again
The Chicago Tribune
Illinois declined in population
again in 2017, losing its spot
as the fifth-largest state in
the nation to Pennsylvania,
according to census data.
Illinois lost 33,700 residents,
dropping the total population
to 12.802,023, the greatest
numeric population loss of any
state. Pennsylvania saw a slight
increase, and now has a total
population of 12,805,537.
Banking watchdog
given new powers
Sydney Morning Herald
The Australian Securities
and Investments Commission
watchdog will get sweeping
new powers to ban “potentially
harmful” financial products,
under new laws forcing banks to
put more emphasis on serving
their customers’ interests. In
the latest change, amid a wave
of new banking regulations, the
federal government unveiled
draft laws to beef up the ASIC.
Motorola to boost
presence in stores
The Hindu
Motorola is to strengthen its
presence in retail stores, and
move the focus away from
online sales. The phone maker
is setting up hubs, which are
dedicated spaces housing
Motorola’s portfolio in multibrand phone showrooms. It
is also opening 50 standalone
stores in select malls in major
cities. The plan is to ally with
more chains and establish
Moto Hubs at 1,000 stores in
the country.
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TELECOMS
Green light for
Balfour Beatty
Shake-up for
Dixons Carphone
Balfour Beatty has been given
the green light by Highways
England to sell a 12.5 per cent
stake in Connect Plus, the
company which operates and
maintains the M25 motorway.
The construction firm has sold
the stake to Dalmore Capital
Limited for £103m, which
Balfour Beatty said exceeded a
directors’ valuation in June.
Dixons Carphone has embarked
on a management reshuffle in
an attempt to arrest declining
mobile phone sales. The group’s
deputy chief executive, Andrew
Harrison, will take up the
role of chairman of Carphone
Warehouse, whose sales have
been affected by people holding
on to older models because of
the high cost of new phones.
INSURANCE
BANKING
Businesses count
cost of hurricanes
Group launches
mis-selling claim
Global disasters in 2017 have
cost homes and businesses
$306bn (£229bn), according
to a study by insurance firm
Swiss Re. The US experienced
its most damaging hurricane
season since 2005, with
Hurricane Harvey (inset),
Irma and Maria causing
destruction across the south
coast and the Caribbean.
Hundreds of small businesses
have launched a mis-selling
claim against Clydesdale and
Yorkshire Bank. The group has
served a letter before action
on Clydesdale and its former
parent National Australia
Bank. The letter alleges fraud
and dishonesty over loans
sold to customers between
2001 and 2012.
ENERGY
BANKING
Record highs for
low carbon power
New additions
to RBS board
Low carbon power from
renewables and nuclear
accounted for record highs of
54 per cent of British electricity
between July and September,
official figures show. Power from
fossil fuels gas and coal dropped
to a record low of 42 per cent of
generation, with coal accounting
for less than 3 per cent.
Royal Bank of Scotland has
announced changes to its board
of directors. Lena Wilson – a
former World Bank investment
adviser – has been appointed a
non-executive director, while
Robert Gillespie, who is already
a member of the remuneration
committee, will take over as the
committee’s chairman.
RETAIL
ENERGY
Dunelm appoints
chief executive
First Utility to be
direct provider
Nick Wilkinson, the boss of
Evans Cycles for five years, has
been appointed the new chief
executive of homeware retailer
Dunelm. He will take the helm
in February. Dunelm has been
without a chief since August
when former boss John Browett
left for “personal reasons”.
Royal Dutch Shell has acquired
First Utility in a move that
means the oil and gas giant will
be a direct energy provider
to 825,000 British homes.
Shell said it plans to “grow
and develop” First Utility as it
prepares to compete with the
so-called Big Six providers.
the
markets
The FTSE 100 closed at a record
high of 7,604, with the Santa Rally
on the stock market well and truly
under way. The FTSE 250 closed
up 72 points, to 20,422.7.
***
Consumer goods companies were
among the biggest risers on the
FTSE 100. Next was up 2.8 per
cent at 4,415p, Diageo gained 1 per
cent to 2,685p and Tesco was up
0.7 per cent at 207.5p. The biggest
riser was Mediclinic, up 7.3 per
cent to 630p. David Madden, of
CMC Markets UK, said: “The FTSE
100 is the standout performer in
Europe. The market has cleared the
7,600 mark for the first time.”
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ECONOMY
UK economy ‘to remain
stuck in low gear in 2018’
By Russell Lynch
The UK economy will remain stuck
in low gear in 2018 as the spending
power of households is hit by
lingering inflation, City economists
have warned.
A survey of 20 forecasters
predicted growth of just 1.5 per
cent next year, on a par with
2017 and the weakest level since
2012, when the economy was still
struggling from the effects of the
financial crisis and austerity.
Although many experts suggest
inflation has peaked at 3.1 per cent
the survey suggests the cost of
living to rise by 2.4 per cent, above
the Bank of England’s 2 per cent
target, by the end of next year.
Barring an unlikely surge in
average salaries in 2018, that leaves
millionsofhouseholdsstaringdown
the barrel of virtually stagnant
growth in real-terms incomes,
crimping consumer spending. The
leading bear in the survey, Bank
of America Merrill Lynch’s Rob
The leading bull, Capital
Wood, forecasts growth of just 1 Economics, the only economics
per cent in 2018, which would be house in the survey to have a
the weakest since the UK
growth forecast of more
was stuck in recession
than 2 per cent next
in the aftermath of the
year, said consumer
financial crisis.
spending power
Mr Wood said
would be “fairly
his forecast was
resilient” as inflation
Percentage growth
based on the
eases near the end
predicted for the UK
much lower trend
of next year. “We’re
economy next year,
growth predicted
also expecting a bit
the weakest since
for the economy
of a boost from net
2012
in the wake of the
trade,” Ruth Gregory, a
Brexit vote, predicted
UK economist, said.
by a range of forecasters,
B e r e n b e r g ’s K a l l u m
including the Office for Budget Pickering said a Brexit transition
Responsibility watchdog.
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“Consumers have ignored negotiations would also be good for
weaker real incomes this year and growth. EVENING STANDARD
they can’t ignore them forever,” he
said. “They’ve done the equivalent
The Bank of England has
of sticking their fingers in their
pencilled growth of 1.6
ears and they might have to start
per cent for the UK economy, and
to save more. For what it’s worth,
inflation of 2.4 per cent in the
productivity may recover, but it
final quarter of 2018.
hasn’t done for the past 10 years.”
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No easy ride for
Finian’s Oscar in
three-way tussle
By Jon Freeman
RACING EDITOR
Small novice chase fields have been
the bane of race-planners this season, but now and again there have
been some fascinating little tussles
and we’re in for another one this
afternoon in Ascot’s three-runner
Grade Two.
Finian’s Oscar needs to bounce
back from a dreadful display at
Sandown a fortnight ago if he is to be
taken seriously as a Cheltenham Festival candidate. There was evidently
nothing physically wrong with Colin
Tizzard’s five-year-old; it was more
that he was simply unable to cope
with classy rivals at proper two-mile
speed and it is no surprise to see him
back over this longer distance.
Even so, this is unlikely to be a
comfortable confidence-booster.
Indeed, Gary Moore’s Benatar,
beaten eight lengths by Finian’s
Oscar in a Grade One novice hurdle
at Aintree last spring, has taken his
switch to chasing far more in his
stride and, in receipt of 5lb, I fancy
he can turn the tables.
ASCOT
12.45
2.30
EVENTMASTERS.CO.UK MAIDEN HURDLE (CLASS 3)
£12,000 added 2m 6f
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1-432 CLONDAW NATIVE Stuart Edmunds 5 11 0C Gethings (3)
F5-5 DARIUS DES BOIS N Henderson 4 11 0.......................... N Fehily
80-68 DUKE OF KILCORRAL N Mulholland 4 11 0.......................................
................................................................................................................Mr James King (5)
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P-1322 GOOD MAN PAT A King 4 11 0...................................W Hutchinson
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21-8 MOVING IN STYLE N Mulholland 6 11 0................James Best
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221-3 OAKLEY HALL Jonjo O’Neill 5 11 0.............................R McLernon
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2223-2 PUPPET WARRIOR N Gifford 5 11 0................................... L Aspell
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13 ROBIN WATERS D Skelton 4 11 0......................................H Skelton
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1-8 SETTIE HILL N Henderson 4 11 0................. Nico De Boinville
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P-512 STAGE SUMMIT B Pauling 4 11 0..............................................D Jacob
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21-2 WHISKEY IN THE JAR (BF) Olly Murphy 5 11 0R Johnson
- 11 declared BETTING: 4-1 Good Man Pat, 5-1 Oakley Hall, 11-2 Clondaw Native,
6-1 Robin Waters, Puppet Warrior, 7-1 Whiskey In The Jar, 8-1 Stage
Summit, 12-1 Settie Hill, 14-1 others.
1.20
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STELLA ARTOIS NOVICES’ LIMITED HANDICAP CHASE
(CLASS 3) £15,000 added 2m 1f
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3225-1
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EXITAS (CD) P W Middleton 9 11 8.......................M Bastyan (5)
DIVINE SPEAR N Henderson 6 11 8.......... Nico De Boinville
DAREBIN G L Moore 5 10 12...........................................Jamie Moore
PRAIRIE TOWN A Carroll 6 10 11.....................................L Edwards
I SEE YOU WELL J W Mullins 4 10 6 ...........................T J O’Brien
- 5 declared BETTING: 6-4 Divine Spear, 3-1 Darebin, 7-2 Exitas, 7-1 I See You Well,
8-1 Prairie Town.
1.55
SKY BET SUPREME TRIAL NOVICES’ HURDLE (GRADE 2)
(CLASS 1) £35,000 added 2m
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5/1-11 SLATE HOUSE (D) C Tizzard 5 11 5....................................H Cobden
6235-1 CLAIMANTAKINFORGAN (D) N Henderson 5 11 0....................
................................................................................................................. Nico De Boinville
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522-51 COEUR BLIMEY (CD) Mrs S Gardner 6 11 0Lucy Gardner
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3-4212 DR DES (D) Henry Oliver 6 11 0.........................................T J O’Brien
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1-11 MR ONE MORE (CD) H Fry 5 11 0...............................B J Geraghty
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32-211 THECLOCKISTICKING (D) Stuart Edmunds 5 11 0.....................
.................................................................................................................................... C Gethings
- 6 declared BETTING: 6-4 Claimantakinforgan, 10-3 Mr One More, 7-2 Slate House,
6-1 Theclockisticking, 14-1 Dr Des, 16-1 Coeur Blimey.
FORM VERDICT
CLAIMANTAKINFORGAN showed no ill effects of an absence when
scoring on his seasonal return at Newbury last month and is expected
to continue his progression over hurdles given his smart bumper
form last season - which included a solid third behind Fayonagh at
Cheltenham. Mr One More arrives unbeaten after three starts, two of
which came over timber, but needs to improve his hurdling to maintain
that record in tougher company today. Slate House is penalised for
his Grade 2 victory at Cheltenham latest but should also give a good
account.
BEST BET
Claimantakinforgan
(1.55pm, Ascot)
Steps up in class following
impressive Newbury debut win,
but could be bound for big things.
There’s an old racing adage, that
you should always bet on the outsider in a three-horse race. I’ve never
seen the sense of it, but it would be
wrong to dismiss Dolos, inferior over
hurdles, but impressive on his chasing debut here last month and getting a handy weight allowance.
Owner partners Mike Grech
and Stuart Parkin have been laying out big bucks at the sales and
MITIE NOEL NOVICES’ CHASE (GRADE 2) (CLASS 1)
£35,000 added 2m 5f
12-113 FINIAN’S OSCAR (BF) C Tizzard 5 11 5......................B J Cooper
424-11 BENATAR (C) G L Moore 5 11 0...................................Jamie Moore
12-201 DOLOS (C) P Nicholls 4 10 8 ......................... S Twiston-Davies T
- 3 declared BETTING: 11-10 Finian’s Oscar, 9-4 Benatar, 5-2 Dolos.
FORM VERDICT
Benatar’s recent nine-length success over Keeper Hill at Plumpton
was handed a boost when the latter won a Grade 2 at Doncaster last
weekend and he clearly looks to be going the right way for Gary Moore.
Paul Nicholls has won this race for the last three years so Dolos isn’t
one to rule out, although he does have stamina doubts tackling this
extra couple of furlongs. The vote goes to FINIAN’S OSCAR to bounce
back for Colin Tizzard after a lacklustre effort at Sandown two weeks
ago. He should enjoy this step up in distance and can resume his
progress before moving onto better things in the new year.
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(CLASS 3) £10,000 added 2m 6f
219-78
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THE MIGHTY DON N Gifford 5 11 12.............................M Bastyan
EATON HILL (D) Kerry Lee 5 11 10..............................R Patrick (3)
OUR KYLIE B Ellison 5 11 10 .................................................K Wood (3)
SKY PIRATE (BF) Jonjo O’Neill 4 11 8.......................K Moore (3)
GOLAN FORTUNE P W Middleton 5 11 8... D Sansom (3) C
INVICTA LAKE (D) Miss S Smith 10 10 10......J Sherwood C
GOOD MAN VINNIE P Henderson 6 10 9........Bryony Frost
MINELLA TWEET P Henderson 9 10 8................. C Gethings T
- 8 declared BETTING: 9-4 Sky Pirate, 5-1 Golan Fortune, 6-1 The Mighty Don, Good
Man Vinnie, 7-1 Eaton Hill, 8-1 Invicta Lake, 10-1 Our Kylie, 12-1 Minella
Tweet.
3.40
NEXT BEST
Settie Hill
(12.45pm, Ascot)
Shaped with a fair degree of
promise on his jumping bow at
the track last month..
Finian’s Oscar needs a good result to keep him in Cheltenham contention GETTY
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NH FLAT RACE (LISTED) (CLASS 1) £30,000 added 2m
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1- BULLIONAIRE (D) H Fry 4 11 4 .................................................N Fehily
1 DIDTHEYLEAVEUOUTTO (D) N Gifford 4 11 4B J Geraghty
1-1 GALLAHERS CROSS (D) N Henderson 5 11 4...................................
................................................................................................................. Nico De Boinville
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21 HERECOMESTHEBOOM (D) F O’Brien 5 11 4... P Brennan
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1 HIDDEN GLEN (D) B Pauling 4 11 4.........................................D Jacob
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12 KATESON (D)(BF) Tom Lacey 4 11 4............................. R Johnson
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1-2 PORTRUSH TED (D)(BF) W Greatrex 5 11 4........ A P Heskin
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1 STRONG GLANCE (D) F O’Brien 4 11 4.....................A P Cawley
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THE FLYING SOFA G L Moore 4 11 4....................Jamie Moore
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4 THE RAVEN’S RETURN J W Mullins 4 11 4 .......... D Sansom
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1 TWO FOR GOLD (D) K Bailey 4 11 4 .................................R Condon
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D WEST TO THE BRIDGE D Skelton 4 11 4..............H Skelton H
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23 WOULDUADAMANDEVEIT Mrs S Gardner 4 11 4.....................
............................................................................................................................Lucy Gardner
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1-11 POSH TRISH (D) P Nicholls 4 11 1............... S Twiston-Davies
- 14 declared BETTING: 9-2 Gallahers Cross, 6-1 Posh Trish, Didtheyleaveuoutto, 7-1
Herecomestheboom, Bullionaire, 10-1 Kateson, Woulduadamandeveit,
Portrush Ted, 14-1 others.
it is surely a matter of time before
they strike lucky. Most of their expensive purchases are trained by
Nicky Henderson, including Mr
Whipped (£160,000), Claimantakinforgan (£110,000) and Gallahers
Cross (£260,000). Mr Whipped won
stylishly at Newbury on Wednesday,
while the other two go in today’s
Grade Two Novices’ Hurdle and
Listed Bumper respectively.
FORM VERDICT
A top-class bumper to bring proceedings to a close with 10 of the
14 declared runners having already won at least once under Rules.
Bullionaire impressively won a Sales event at Newbury in March
and he warrants plenty of respect despite the 272-day absence, while
Didtheyleaveuoutto was mightily impressive when come from last to
first on the all-weather at Lingfield. Gallahers Cross was bought for
260,000 pounds out of Peter Fahey’s stable shortly after his Galway
success and new connections will be expecting a big run from him,
while Herecomestheboom, Strong Glance and Hidden Glen are other
exciting prospects going forward. The vote, however, goes to the sole
filly in the line-up, POSH TRISH. The versatile daughter of Stowaway
has confirmed promise shown between the flags (won sole start by
14 lengths) by winning bumpers at both Aintree and Cheltenham, the
latter coming in Listed company, and she won’t give up her unbeaten
record without a fight.
EACH WAY
Shamshon
(7.15, Wolverhampton)
Nicely weighted on best form;
coming off strong pace will suit.
Tizzard’s Slate House is one of a
number of highly-regarded opponents in the Supreme Hurdle trial,
but Claimantakinforgan may prove
too good for the lot of them.
JUMP TO IT AND JOIN RACING UK CHASE (NOVICES’
LIMITED H’CAP) (CLASS 3) £10,000 added 2m 4f 110yds
PROGRESS DRIVE (CD) N Richards 6 11 8S Mulqueen (3)
LOUGH DERG JEWEL (CD) D McCain 6 11 3...........B Hughes
BAKO DE LA SAULAIE Mrs R Dobbin 6 11 0...Craig Nichol
STRONG ECONOMY (CD)(BF) R M Smith 5 10 12 .C O’Farrell
SPANISH FLEET G Bewley 9 10 6................................J Bewley (3)
- 5 declared BETTING: 6-4 Lough Derg Jewel, 2-1 Progress Drive, 5-1 Bako De La
Saulaie, 6-1 Strong Economy, 16-1 Spanish Fleet.
2.15
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CHASE (CLASS 4) £5,800 added 2m 4f
SUNNY LEDGEND (D) Andrew Martin 12 12 1... Mr J Martin (7) C
FREDDIES PORTRAIT D McCain 8 11 12....Will Kennedy T
GLENFORDE K Bailey 6 11 11........................................................... D Bass
BETWAY DASH HANDICAP (CLASS 4)
KEY TO THE WEST (C)(D) J Spearing 10 11 10N Scholfield
TIMON’S TARA (C) R Dickin 8 11 7.................................J Quinlan C
£7,250 added 5f
NEWBERRY NEW Harriet Bethell 5 11 4 ..........A Coleman C
1 000078 KICKBOXER (D) M Appleby 6 9 11........................ G Malune (7) 2
PEMBROKE HOUSE S-J Davies 10 10 8....................... J Banks C
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864172 TILLY TROTTER (D) D Carroll 3 9 7....................................T Eaves 7
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211510 PIAZON (CD) J Butler 6 9 5 .................................T Clark (3) B,E,H 1 BETTING: 11-4 Newberry New, 4-1 Freddies Portrait, 5-1 Glenforde,
4 027749 RAZIN’ HELL (CD) J Balding 6 9 4..............................A Mullen V 3 Pembroke House, 13-2 Sunny Ledgend, 7-1 others.
5 987000 BOSHAM (D) M W Easterby 7 9 1Harrison Shaw (7) B,T 8
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574211 CASTERBRIDGE (D) E Alston 5 9 1...................... R Winston C 5
HANDICAP CHASE (CLASS 4) £5,800 added 3m
7 063308 CROSSE FIRE (CD) S Dixon 5 8 10..............................K O’Neill V 4
8 344044 PENNY DREADFUL (D) S Dixon 5 8 7 .....................L Morris B 6 1
135-97 GROVE SILVER (C) Jennie Candlish 8 12 0Sean Quinlan C
- 8 declared 2
53-U73 MORNEY WING (D) C Mann 8 11 12............... H Bannister B,T
BETTING: 2-1 Casterbridge, 7-2 Tilly Trotter, 4-1 Piazon, 8-1 Razin’ Hell, 3
233-35 ALLTHEGEAR NO IDEA N Twiston-Davies 10 11 10................
10-1 Penny Dreadful, 12-1 Kickboxer, Crosse Fire, 16-1 Bosham.
...............................................................................................................................J Bargary (3)
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Results service
EXETER
Going: Soft
12.35 1. DROPS OF JUPITOR (N Fehily) 5-1;
2. Samarayia 8-1; 3. Kiwi Myth 100-1. 10 ran.
9-4 fav Waiheke (4th). 8l, 9l. (A Honeyball).
Tote: £5.60; £1.70, £2.60, £14.60. Exacta:
£41.20. Trifecta: £3787.70. CSF: £45.23.
1.05 1. THE NIPPER (R Johnson) 4-1; 2.
Shaama Grise 7-4; 3. On Demand 9-1. 5 ran.
5-4 fav Casablanca Mix (Fell). 1l, 18l. (W
Greatrex). Tote: £4.30; £1.30, £1.50. Exacta:
£10.60. Trifecta: £40.70. CSF: £12.02.
1.35 1. SIRUH DU LAC (Lizzie Kelly) 11-4 fav;
2. Triple Chief 5-1; 3. The Cider Maker 4-1. 9
ran. 11/4l, 13l. (N Williams). Tote: £3.50; £1.70,
£1.90, £1.50. Exacta: £19.10. Tricast: £55.64.
Trifecta: £74.50. CSF: £18.16. NRs: Gores
Island, Looks Like Power.
2.05 1. LE ROCHER (T Scudamore) 11-8; 2
ran. 8-15 fav Overtown Express (Fell). . (N
Williams). Tote: £1.70;
2.40 1. TRANS EXPRESS (Lucy Gardner)
7-2; 2. Night Of Sin 9-2; 3. Rockpoint 3-1 fav.
10 ran. 13/4l, 1/2l. (Mrs S Gardner). Tote: £4.20;
£1.60, £1.90, £1.60. Exacta: £19.20. Tricast:
£52.64. Trifecta: £76.90. CSF: £19.08. NR:
Le Precieux.
3.15 1. POLYDORA (A Coleman) 3-1; 2. Ocean
Cove 5-1; 3. Who’s My Jockey 8-11 fav. 9
ran. 11/4l, 9l. (Tom Lacey). Tote: £3.80; £1.20,
£1.50, £1.10. Exacta: £22.50. Trifecta: £46.70.
CSF: £21.48.
3.45 1. MARKET ROAD (Miss Isabel Williams) 4-1; 2. Gonnabegood 4-1; 3. Balkinstown 10-1; 4. Heluvagood 16-1. 17 ran. 5-2
fav Bact To Black (7th). 6l, 2l, 9l. (E Williams).
Tote: £4.20; £5.50, £1.50, £1.30, £2.30. Exacta:
£18.80. Tricast: £178.63. CSF: £25.50.
Placepot: £70.40. Quadpot: £5.50.
Place 6: £50.65. Place 5: £12.12.
SOUTHWELL
Going: Standard
11.45 1. SNOWY WINTER (A Mullen) 9-1; 2.
Good Time Ahead 5-2 fav; 3. Epitaph 11-1. 9
ran. 4l, 13/4l. (Archie Watson). Tote: £10.00;
£2.60, £1.20, £2.40. Exacta: £36.70. Tricast:
£255.23. Trifecta: £276.10. CSF: £31.81.
12.15 1. CANDESTA (D Muscutt) 5-1; 2. Satchville Flyer 7-2 fav; 3. St Patrick’s Day 4-1. 11
ran. 5l, 2l. (Miss J Feilden). Tote: £4.60; £2.10,
£1.70, £1.30. Exacta: £20.90. Tricast: £75.20.
Trifecta: £75.10. CSF: £21.61.
12.45 1. SUNSHINEANDBUBBLES (Rossa
Ryan) 12-1; 2. Limerick Lord 12-1; 3. Gunner
Moyne 12-1. 11 ran. 5-6 fav Why Me (4th). 1/2l,
1l. (Jennie Candlish). Tote: £12.50; £2.40, £2.90,
£2.30. Exacta: £144.60. Tricast: £1794.57.
Trifecta: £494.20. CSF: £142.95.
1.15 1. GUSTAVO FRING (Fran Berry) 4-9 fav;
2. Decision Maker 5-2; 3. Gettin’ Lucky 7-1. 8
ran. 1/2l, 21/2l. (Richard Spencer). Tote: £1.30;
£1.02, £1.10, £1.60. Exacta: £2.20. Trifecta:
£5.80. CSF: £2.33. NRs: Angel Palanas, Jakeboy.
1.45 1. HARD GRAFT (P J McDonald) 3-1;
2. Montague 11-4 fav; 3. Lady Sophiebella
25-1. 9 ran. 3/4l, 31/2l. (D Brown). Tote: £4.40;
£1.40, £1.20, £6.30. Exacta: £14.50. Tricast:
£164.00. Trifecta: £242.10. CSF: £11.04. NR:
Optimickstickhill.
2.15 1. LEAN ON PETE (A Mullen) 7-2; 2.
Mister Showman 2-1 fav; 3. Up Ten Down
Two 25-1. 12 ran. 1l, nk. (O Pears). Tote: £4.50;
£1.70, £1.10, £5.90. Exacta: £13.50. Tricast:
£143.89. Trifecta: £243.60. CSF: £9.62.
2.50 1. KOMMANDER KIRKUP (A Mullen)
4-1; 2. The Amber Fort 5-2 fav; 3. Meandmyshadow 15-2. 9 ran. nk, 2l. (M Herrington).
Tote: £5.80; £2.00, £1.30, £2.30. Exacta: £24.10.
Tricast: £74.28. Trifecta: £125.80. CSF: £15.12.
NRs: Ghaseedah, Kaaber.
3.25 1. COISTE BODHAR (J Gormley) 7-1; 2.
Pearl Acclaim 2-1 fav; 3. Archie Stevens 4-1.
10 ran. 3/4l, 3/4l. (S Dixon). Tote: £8.30; £2.20,
£1.30, £1.80. Exacta: £33.00. Tricast: £66.80.
Trifecta: £144.70. CSF: £21.02. NR: Blackadder.
Jackpot: Not won, pool of £2,461.63 carried over to .
Placepot: £116.20. Quadpot: £46.90.
Place 6: £24.30. Place 5: £10.63.
TOWCESTER
Going: Good to soft-soft in places
12.25 1. AL SHAHIR (H Skelton) 6-4 fav; 2. The
Bottom Bar 5-2; 3. Awake At Midnight 15-2.
15 ran. 7l, 1/2l. (D Skelton). Tote: £2.30; £1.10,
£1.70, £2.50. Exacta: £5.80. Trifecta: £21.70.
CSF: £4.87. NR: Lygon Rock.
12.55 1. BALLYEGAN (Sean Houlihan) 7-1;
2. Very Live 12-1; 3. Edward Elgar 20-1. 9
ran. 9-4 fav Normandy King (6th). 6l, 6l.
(R Buckler). Tote: £8.20; £2.10, £2.80, £2.90.
Exacta: £81.70. Tricast: £1586.90. Trifecta:
£698.70. CSF: £81.45.
1.25 1. TRIOPAS (Mr Thomas O’Brien) 7-4
fav; 2. Max Dynamo 11-1; 3. Annie’sboydave
100-1; 4. Dirty Dexter 33-1. 16 ran. 8l, 6l, 1l.
(Tom Lacey). Tote: £2.70; £1.50, £2.90, £15.00,
£10.70. Exacta: £27.00. Tricast: £1555.77.
Trifecta: £3791.60. CSF: £19.72.
1.55 1. RATHER BE (Nico De Boinville) 8-11
fav; 2. War Sound 2-1; 3. Kayf Blanco 13-2.
4 ran. 19l, 10l. (N Henderson). Tote: £1.60;
Exacta: £2.80. Trifecta: £3.50. CSF: £2.72.
2.25 1. PAULS HILL (P Brennan) 7-1; 2. Tommy
Rapper 4-11 fav; 3. Coeur Pensif 5-1. 9 ran. hd,
8l. (F O’Brien). Tote: £10.40; £1.80, £1.10, £1.90.
Exacta: £22.70. Trifecta: £61.20. CSF: £11.99.
3.00 1. MISS TONGABEZI (R McLernon)
40-1; 2. Kayfleur 11-2 jt-fav; 3. Indian Native 10-1. 14 ran. 11-2 jt-fav Somewhere
To Be (6th). 5l, 6l. (P Webber). Tote: £35.70;
£7.40, £2.40, £3.40. Exacta: £320.70. Tricast:
£2454.28. Trifecta: £4051.40. CSF: £270.23.
3.35 1. QUEENOHEARTS (C Gethings) 5-1; 2.
Pineapple Rush 7-4 fav; 3. Midnightreferendum 9-2. 14 ran. 5l, 13/4l. (Stuart Edmunds).
Tote: £6.00; £1.90, £1.40, £2.00. Exacta:
£17.80. Trifecta: £79.30. CSF: £13.88. NRs:
Oscars Little Rose, Queens Cave.
Placepot: £97.80. Quadpot: £15.10.
Place 6: £76.83. Place 5: £66.38.
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SPORT
CRICKET
TENNIS
Illness prompted
U-turn on retirement,
reveals Bartoli
not change her mind but a health
crisis in the summer of 2016 made
Marion Bartoli attributes her de- the Frenchwoman think again.
sire to return to professional tennis
Bartoli lost a huge amount of
to the virus she suffered last year weight after picking up a mystery
that left her fearing for
illness and, after returnher life.
ing to full health, has a new
The 2013 Wimbledon
desire to get back on the
The
champion announced stopping of
court.
this week she plans to my first career
The 33-year-old said:
come out of retirement
“The stopping of my first
more than four years in 2013 was
career in 2013 was heartafter playing her last heartbreaking. breaking as I finally felt I
I had mastered had mastered everything to
tournament.
Bartoli shocked the everything
win these big tournaments,
tennis world by calling it to realise
realise my dreams.
a day little over a month my dreams
“I unfortunately had to
after winning her first
stop for a fairly severe ingrand slam title at the
jury to my right shoulder,
All England Club, saying her body which prevented me from continucould not take any more.
ing to play at the highest level. It
She resolutely insisted she would was very difficult to accept as everything stopped suddenly when I
still had many goals to achieve.
“If what happened to me in 2016
did not happen, I do not think I
would have had this feeling as powerful to want to come back.
“The genesis comes from the
most difficult day of my life, when
Wimbledon decided not to allow
me to play the legends tournament
because they thought I could have a
cardiac arrest on the court and die.
“From that moment, I swore that
if I was healthy again, I wanted to
try to relive what I had been lucky
enough to live three years before.”
Bartoli has set a target of the
Marion Bartoli plans to return in
Miami Open in March for her
time for the Miami Open in March
return.
By Sports Staff
Results service
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Sacramento 104; Charlotte 111
Toronto 129; Chicago 112 Orlando
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104 Minnesota 112; Golden State
97 Memphis 84; Houston 116 LA
Lakers 122; LA Clippers 108 Phoenix
95; Oklahoma City 107 Utah Jazz 79;
Portland 91 San Antonio 93.
DARTS
PDC WORLD CHAMPIONSHIPS,
ALEXANDRA PALACE, LONDON:
First round: A Alcinas (Sp) bt C
Reyes (Sp) 3-1; J Richardson (GB) bt
K Huybrechts (Bel) 3-0.
ICE HOCKEY
NHL: Calgary 2 St Louis 1; Columbus 4 Toronto 2; Philadelphia 4
Detroit 3.
TODAY’S FIXTURES
(Football 7.45pm unless stated)
FOOTBALL
PREMIER LEAGUE
Arsenal v Liverpool............................................
SKY BET CHAMPIONSHIP
Norwich v Brentford.........................................
SKY BET LEAGUE ONE
Fleetwood v Gillingham (7.0).....................
SKY BET LEAGUE TWO
Coventry v Wycombe ......................................
JD WELSH PREMIER: Bala Tn
v Cefn Druids, Connah’s Quay
Nomads v Newtown, The New
Saints FC v Aberystwyth.
FERRARI PACKAGING LOWLAND
LEAGUE: Edusport Academy v
Edinburgh Univ.
CRICKET
SECOND ONE DAY
INTERNATIONAL: New Zealand v
West Indies (Christchurch, 10pm).
SECOND TWENTY20
INTERNATIONAL: India v Sri Lanka
(Indore, 1.30pm).
RUGBY UNION
AVIVA PREMIERSHIP RUGBY (7.45):
Worcester v London Irish.
GREENE KING IPA CHAMPIONSHIP
(7.45): Bristol v Cornish Pirates,
Jersey v Hartpury RFC.
Clockwise from
main image: Sam
Curran, Mason
Crane and Haseeb
Hameed GETTY
A team to
win back
the Ashes
Jonathan Liew looks into his crystal
ball and puts together his England XI
to take on the Aussies in 2020-21
W
e go again. With
the Ashes already
lost, let’s pitch
forward four years
and speculate on
who might comprise England’s next
team to try and win the Ashes Down
Under. Plenty of senior players will
probably have moved on: Moeen Ali
will be 34, Stuart Broad 35, Alastair
Cook 36 and James Anderson 39.
HASEEB HAMEED
Age at start of next Ashes: 24
Regressed in 2017 after an
impressive Test debut in Rajkot, but
his raw talent dictates that he will
get another chance soon. In terms
of pure opening technique, he has
few peers in the county game. Nick
Gubbins of Middlesex could also
stake a claim.
MAX HOLDEN
Age: 23
It is a measure of how highly rated
the left-handed Middlesex opener
(right) is that Angus Fraser
has described him as “one
of the most exciting
young cricketers in the
country”. Scored his
maiden Championship
century on loan at
Northants last summer,
and helped break
the England under-19
partnership record in
February, putting on 321 with
George Bartlett in Nagpur.
DAWID MALAN
Age: 33
Has already shown in this series
that he has the desire and the
temperament to make runs at Test
level, and in the absence of genuine
batting alternatives, could cement
a place in the middle order for the
next few years.
JOE ROOT
Age: 29
Still captain? We think so. Root has
had a tough tour as captain and
batsman, but his career trajectory
to date indicates he should have
the capacity to bounce back. The
eventual retirements of Cook, Broad
and Anderson may well help him in
the long run, allowing him to build
his own side and stamp his authority
on the dressing room.
LIAM LIVINGSTONE
Age: 28
Already capped by England at
Twenty20 level, but his big-hitting
style belies the fact that Livingstone
(right) has an exceptional red-ball
record: an average of close to 50,
with six centuries in the last couple
of years. Big-game temperament is
the only question mark: he has
immense power and all the
shots in the book, and also
bowls handy leg-spin to
provide a potential sixth
bowling option.
BEN STOKES
Age: 30
You can’t bank on him
calming down – did Botham?
did Flintoff? – but we can at least
bank on him keeping his nose clean
enough to make a belated second
Ashes tour. Assuming Stokes slots
neatly back into international
cricket after his Bristol shenanigans
and is not serving time at Her
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The Upshot
Tim Wigmore
ANSWERING SPORT’S OVERLOOKED QUESTIONS
How the Aussies put us to shame in
getting women to take part in sport
I
Majesty’s Pleasure, he will become
an even more pivotal part of this
side as they adapt to the loss of their
two long-serving new-ball bowlers.
England need Stokes’s bowling as
much as they do his brutal batting.
the right-hander. Must get enough
red-ball cricket to hone his skills,
but ultimately could have a higher
ceiling than his older brother Tom.
JONNY BAIRSTOW
Age: 31
Struggled in the Championship
in 2017, and still currently lacking
the robustness required for
international cricket. But once he
develops them, England will fasttrack him into the Test side at the
earliest opportunity. For Overton
is that most precious of assets: a
90mph fast bowler who can deliver
the ball with pace and bounce from
his 6ft 5in height. Must get enough
red-ball cricket to hone his skills,
but ultimately could have a higher
ceiling than his older twin Craig.
An area in which England
should hopefully have plenty of
competition. Ben Foakes is very
highly rated, as is Alex Davies of
Lancashire, or even Jos Buttler if he
ever decides to take red-ball cricket
seriously again. But we’re backing
Bairstow to keep his place on the
basis of his rapid development in
Test cricket over the last two years.
CHRIS WOAKES
Age: 32
Will be back stronger for his
Ashes disappointment this
time round, and
given the advances
he has made in his
game over the last
few years, it is not
impossible to see him
taking the new ball for
England in the very
near future.
SAM CURRAN
Age: 23
Struggled in the Championship
in 2017, and still currently
lacking the robustness required
for international cricket. But
once he develops them, England
will fast-track him into the Test
side at the earliest opportunity.
For Curran is that most precious
of assets: a left-arm fast bowler
with an ability to swing the ball into
JAMIE OVERTON
Age: 27
MASON CRANE
Age: 24
It seems unlikely at best that
England will entrust their
spin duties to Moeen Ali for
a second consecutive Ashes
tour, and in any case, history
has shown that finger spinners
rarely perform to their
potential in Australia.
In which case, the
spotlight will fall on the
Hampshire leg-spinner
Crane, who bowls the
occasional expensive
spell but attacks rather
than defends, and whose
attitude is highly rated by
the England management.
If you think he’s promising
now, imagine what he
could do with another
four years’ development.
THE INDEPENDENT
n the week when England
relinquished the Ashes, British
sports fans will scarcely want
to hear about yet another area
in which the Poms are being
outdone by Australia.
Yet the contrast was
unmistakable. On Sunday night,
the four women on the BBC
Sports Personality of the Year
Award shortlist received the four
fewest votes. A few days earlier,
the Australian Broadcasting
Corporation held its own Sports
Personality of the Year award, voted
on by the public. The award was won
by Sam Kerr, the star striker in the
Australian women’s football side.
In the UK, of course, 2017 has
been acclaimed as a landmark year
for sport. England’s wonderful
victory in the Women’s Cricket
World Cup final at Lord’s was
watched by 1.1 million on Sky Sports,
the record for any women’s sports
event on the broadcaster, and was
honoured by the side earning the
BBC Sports Personality Team of
the Year Award. Meanwhile, record
numbers watched the Women’s
European Championship, including
a peak of four million in the UK for
England’s semi-final.
Yet, for all these advances, the
challenge is converting these fans
into ones who will follow women’s
sports all year round, in domestic
competition. In the last full season
of the FA Women’s Super League,
total attendance for matches
was 72,192; in the last season of
the Premier League, the total
attendance was 13.6 million.
Progress is being made in
women’s team sports at domestic
level in the UK; it is just that this
looks rather pitiful set against that
in Australia. Consider the Australia
Football League Women’s (AFLW)
– the female Australian Rules
competition – which launched this
year. In its first season the AFLW
attracted 198,000 spectators, an
average of 6,828 per match, and
some 5,500 more than the average
in the 2016 Women’s Super League
in England.
The upshot is that “women and
girls now have the same pathway to
reach an elite national competition
as has existed for men and boys,”
says Andrew Dillon, the Australian
Football League’s general manager
of game development. The new
AFLW competition underpinned
a 22 per cent rise in female
participation in Aussie rules this
year, to 463,364, and a 76 per cent
rise in female club teams.
But the real standard-bearer in
Australia is the Women’s Big Bash
League. Its third season has begun
with records shattered on the pitch
– on the opening weekend Sydney
Sixers scored 242-4, the highest ever
total in either the men’s or women’s
tournament – and off them. Not
The Women’s Big Bash League is setting records on and off the pitch GETTY
coincidentally, that same game was
watched by an average national
audience of 422,500 viewers, peaking
at 629,000 – a 59 per cent increase
and the biggest average audience
for a regular WBBL match. Just like
AFLW, surging interest in the top
tier of the domestic game has been
married to exploding participation:
the number of Australian girls
playing junior cricket is now 393,000
– a 24 per cent rise.
The WBBL and AFLW have both
benefited from shrewd marketing,
with games taken to boutique,
and often new, venues and tickets
sensibly priced or, in the case of the
AFLW’s first season, completely
Girls now have the
same pathway to reach an
elite national competition
as has existed for boys
free. Some matches have also been
staged as doubleheaders, with
women’s games preceding men’s.
So far, so simple. None of these
strategies are alien to women’s
sport in the UK; they have simply
been implemented more vigorously.
Two lessons from Australian
women’s sport appear most
pertinent to the UK. The first is
the need for proper investment.
Cricket Australia have been world
leaders in paying female players;
the professionalism of the sport
transformed standards first, and
then the level of public interest.
In both the AFLW and the WBBL,
men’s teams have recognised
the potential of female sides – an
uncomfortable contrast with the
Women’s Super League in England,
where a genuinely professional
career is only possible at Arsenal,
Chelsea and Manchester City and
Manchester United still do not
bother having a women’s team.
There is also no cost-cutting in
the WBBL itself. “We make sure
that the gameday experience
you’re getting is the same level
of entertainment as what you’d
get at a BBL game,” explains Kim
McConnie, the head of the WBBL.
“The secret has been to just keep
investing in it.”
The second lesson is the power
of broadcast – both traditional and
new. Cricket Australia bundled
coverage of both the men’s and
women’s Big Bash tournaments
and found, in Channel Ten, a
broadcaster with an enlightened
approach to women’s sport. After
outstanding ratings in 2015-16,
Network Ten moved the WBBL to
its main channel, maximising the
potential audience. Besides the 12
matches on Ten – crucially, a freeto-air broadcaster – this year, all
others are live streamed for free
online by Cricket Australia.
While the AFLW and WBBL are
freely accessible and confidently
promoted by broadcasters and the
leagues alike, in the UK watching
the best women’s domestic sport
in the UK can still feel like trying to
infiltrate a secret club.
Perhaps this is the real lesson
from Down Under. Broadcasters
and the leagues recognise that,
paradoxically, the best way to make
cash from the women’s game in
the long run is to lose more in the
short-term.
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FOOTBALL
Worcester hope
European form
carries over
Silva addresses
Deeney’s issues
with discipline
By Sports Staff
By Philip Duncan
Worcester coach Gary Gold hopes
to translate European performances into Premiership success
against basement side London
Irish tonight.
The Warriors return to league
action following a win and a loss
to Oyonnax in the European Challenge Cup which left them second
in the Pool Five standings and in
the hunt for the knockout stages.
The Exiles are bottom of the Premiership standings and six points
adrift of Worcester.
“We were already thin in certain areas so the matches against
Northampton, Leicester and Sale
did take their toll,” Gold said.
“The timing of the European cup
window was good but it was always
our plan to give the other guys we
had a lot of confidence in a run-out
in the competition.
“I don’t think I have made it a
secret that we really want to give
Europe a proper go and I’m really
happy these guys saw this as the
opportunity to put their hands up,
which they did.”
Gold also backed fly-half Sam
Olver after some impressive performances, including three in the
league.
“He did start his Warriors career
very well against Hartpury and
Munster and in hindsight he maybe
should have been involved against
Newcastle in the first game,” Gold
said. “I think I owed him that as he
was the in-form 10 at the time and
we should have just backed him.”
Meanwhile, London Irish second
row Sebastian De Chaves is hoping
to get their Premiership campaign
back on track by “making the most
of opportunities”. Irish will arrive
at Sixways desperate to end an
eight-game losing run and claim a
second league win of the season.
Watford manager Marco Silva
revealed he has spoken to Troy
Deeney about the striker’s
latest disciplinary problems
following his four-game ban.
Deeney will be unavailable
for all of Watford’s festive
fixtures after he was sent off
against Huddersfield in last
weekend’s 4-1 home defeat.
Watford were unsuccessful
in their appeal to overturn
Deeney’s red card,
meaning their
captain will
miss the
matches
against
Brighton,
Leicester,
Swansea
and
Manchester
City.
Deeney (right), 29,
who has scored just twice this
season, was also given a threematch retrospective suspension
in November after he admitted
a charge of violent conduct
against Stoke following a clash
with Joe Allen.
“I don’t want to talk about
whether I am surprised or not
about the decision,” Silva said.
“It is done, and everything I
could say to you will change
nothing. I have already spoken
with Troy. What I tell him,
he knows as well, is to stay
between me, our squad, and
inside the club.
“Troy is an honest player, and
a player who gives everything
to help the team. He knows
what I told him.”
Deeney’s first-half dismissal
against Huddersfield marked
Watford’s fourth red card of the
season – the highest of any club
in the Premier League – while
they have also ended their last
three fixtures with 10 men on
the field.
But Silva, whose side
travel to Brighton tomorrow,
defended the club’s record and
pointed to their number of
bookings, which places them
eighth of the 20 teams, as an
indicator that they are not a
dirty outfit.
“Of course for me it is better
if you have everybody available
and your squad is ready to
play,” Silva added. “You are
stronger if you have all of them.
“In the last three matches we
have played almost two hours
with 10 players. But if you make
the analysis about red cards,
you can look at yellow cards,
too. Our team is in the middle of
the table.
“Our team is a fair one which
tries to compete and play in
the normal way. Some things
happen in the moment. If you
have a disciplinary problem
you are the first in yellow
cards, but that is not our way.”
Daly scores one of his two tries in Wasps’ victory over La Rochelle in the Champions Cup on Sunday GETTY
Hughes and Daly ruled out
for big chunk of Six Nations
By Duncan Bech
Nathan Hughes and Elliot Daly will
miss at least the first half of England’s
Six Nations title defence through
injury. The Wasps pair limped off
in Sunday’s Champions Cup rout of
La Rochelle at the Ricoh Arena and
although neither player requires surgery, they face extended spells in the
treatment room.
A specialist has confirmed that
No 8 Hughes will take eight to 10
weeks to recover from his knee problem while the prognosis for Daly’s
sprained ankle is 10-12 weeks of rehabilitation, potentially ruling the wing
out of the entire Six Nations.
Adding to Wasps’ woes is the news
that playmaker Jimmy Gopperth will Eddie Jones, the England head coach,
also miss 10 to 12 weeks of the season must plan for their return at some
due to a knee injury.
stage later in the Six Nations.
Hughes and Gopperth
The match with Scothave medial collatland on 24 February is
eral ligament (MCL)
the earliest possible
injuries and Daly has
match for Hughes’
been struck down by
comeback, while the
The
joint
total
of
a high ankle sprain.
penultimate round
England caps won
They will sit out Preagainst
France on 10
by Hughes (12) and
miership fixtures
March
is the soonest
Daly (16) since both
against Gloucester,
Daly can be considmaking their debuts
Bath, Saracens, London
ered even if there are no
in 2016
Irish and Leicester and the
delays in his recovery.
final rounds of the Champions
The absence of Hughes is
Cup group phase against Ulster and mitigated by Billy Vunipola’s immiHarlequins.
nent return from knee surgery and
Hughes and Daly have become while England are well stocked for
influential figures for England and wings, Jones will rue Daly’s loss.
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CYCLING
Froome is ‘tarnished
forever’ by drug test,
says Armstrong
By Lawrence Ostlere
Lance Armstrong has given his reaction to Chris Froome’s adverse drugs test, saying the
Briton’s reputation will be
“tarnished forever” by the
controversy.
Speaking on his podcast, the disgraced Armstrong (right) criticised
the media furore around
Froome and Team Sky and
said he was frustrated that the
test result from this year’s Tour of
Spain – where the Briton was found
to have had levels of an anti-asthma
drug beyond the legal threshold –
was leaked to the media earlier this
month.
“I’m the last person that
should be opining on this
situation,” he began at the
start of a 45-minute episode opining on the situation. ”But something’s
not right about the way
this unfolded, the way
it was leaked, something
about it just doesn’t feel legitimate – and I’m not trying to
pass judgment, good or bad.”
Of Froome, the 46-year-old said:
“He should be allowed due process
Chris Froome had excessive levels of
an asthma drug during the Vuelta
to explain what happened. He could
be completely exonerated, but he is
tarnished forever. Damage is done.”
Armstrong was stripped of all
seven of his Tour de France titles
after he was exposed as the lead
protagonist in a series of dedicated
doping programmes throughout
his career. “Cycling is the sporting
world’s doormat and by the way, I’m
gonna say this: I have to take a lot of
blame for that. But the article the
day after [the test result was made
public] in the New York Times was the
biggest bunch of bulls**t I have ever
read. If you are fan of baseball that
gets the New York Times every day
and you read that story, it is so harsh
on Froome and our sport.
“And yes I am responsible for a lot
of that, I am trying to accept some
responsibility here because I have
tainted the whole equation. But you
don’t get an accurate depiction of
this situation by reading that article.
You’d have thought Froome had a gallon of EPO for breakfast and that is
not accurate, and not fair to him.”
Armstrong added that a drawn out
tribunal process would be a disaster
for both Froome and the sport. “This
investigation could go on for months,”
he said. “Next July, riding around
France, it’s going to be a nightmare.
And I know what that’s like.” THE
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NEWCASTLE
I’m not saying Rafa
Benitez is perfect, it’s
more people making
out he is the main
problem that is the issue, when
everyone full knows what Mike
Ashley is like. He is to blame, for
yet again failing to provide the
tools for the job.
What supporters
are saying
about your club
Helsen (Toon Forum)
EDITED BY JAMES MARINER
SOUTHAMPTON
If we lose tomorrow,
Mauricio Pellegrino will
be on the brink. Would
Les Reed stop smirking
at how brilliant he thinks he is and
admit that he’ll have made two
ill-judged appointments in a row?
Something to ponder over your
turkey Les… Nick Roberts
STOKE CITY
Don’t get the feeling that
West Brom are looking
at the same threat of
relegation we are. They
have a solid back-line and that is
the foundation they can build on.
It’s a case of tweaking a few things
rather than a wholesale rethink.
wuzza (Oat Cake Fanzine)
TALKING POINT... PUEL FIXING THE FOXES
Claude Puel is divisive on
internet forums, but I like that
he made the team more enjoyable to watch. Even versus
Palace where we were frankly
crap, I still feel like we tried to
play football. Last year we had
some poor results too, but in
those games all we did was kick
it long over and over. We could
improve in so many areas
but personally after seeing
the decline since winning the
SWANSEA CITY
If you’re going to sack
the manager at least
have the common sense
to have a shortlist of
managers willing and able. We
need every point and Leon is
not the answer. Jenkin’s utter
incompetence is on full show yet
again. Dracan66 (Planet Swans)
title it feels like a step in the
right direction. Even when we
won the title and played low
possession football we were at
least exciting, given the energy
levels and getting-stuck-in
approach of Vardy, Shinji and
Kante. Tomorrow night I feel
we will do alright, then bang!
Set-piece or mistake and
United will score, rather than
them carving us open.
StriderHiryu (Foxes Talk)
TOTTENHAM HOTSPUR
Mauricio Pochettino has
done more wondrous
things at this club than
any manager we’ve had
since I was born. We have a rough
patch, and lose to potentially
the best side on Earth and
suddenly, he’s unfit to manage us?
What a joke.
PREMIER LEAGUE
ARSENAL
Wilshere still has the
same issue. Tries to do
too much, holds onto the
ball, runs into trouble
and gives it away. When you pair
this tendency with someone like
Xhaka, you expose our already
s**t defence, asking for trouble.
Liverpool will kill us on counter.
Mike Dean (Gooners World)
BOURNEMOUTH
I think it’s better Ibe
playing the role behind
just one striker. You
want to remove as much
defensive reponsibility from him
to be effective. With this you still
only really have two in midfield
and we’ve seen how much trouble
that gets us into.
BURNLEY
I can see Tarkowski
leaving in the summer if
he keeps up his form over
the season. The question
is whether Long is good enough
to stay on the conveyor belt, like
Tarks was last season. If not,
January would be a good time to
bring in another defender.
FactualFrank (Up The Clarets!)
CHELSEA
Imagine what a Tuchel
could do with a crop
of talented youngsters
like we have. It’s a no
brainer for me: if that calibre
candidate is available in the
summer, Allardyce has to be paid
off, assuming he has a contract
that runs beyond the season.
deFacto (Red And White Kop)
MANCHESTER CITY
WEST BROMWICH ALBION
MANCHESTER UNITED
davek (Grand Old Team)
BlueAardvarkrule (The Shed End)
CRYSTAL PALACE
LEICESTER
Shooting Star (North Stand Chat)
Ginger Wig (Holmesdale.net)
HighPeakFox (Foxes Talk)
The bookies have De
Boer favourite for the
next run in the Swansea
hot seat. Decent chance
he’ll make a much better fist of it
there than he did at Palace, where
he must have learned a lot of hard
truths. But obviously very helpful
if he falls flat on his face again.
One defeat v CP
and one non-defeat
knock-out and some
people seem to have
lost the plot. We had four very
good wins just before this! I think
some people would turn on their
own relatives because breakfast
wasn’t prepared perfectly.
I have a feeling Wenger
will be a bit conservative
against us for once in his
tactics and formation, but
I don’t think that they’re capable
of fully parking the bus. I imagine
that they will have chances, but
we will press and play on the
counter as that suits us perfectly.
WATFORD
HUDDERSFIELD
BRIGHTON & HOVE
I fancy a 4-1 victory
against Watford
tomorrow. Hopefully
the players will be
champing at the bit to score.
Could be a game that’s like a
flood of emotion and joy after
pent-up frustration of the past few
games... here’s hoping anyway!
LIVERPOOL
Our last trip to the Amex
sparked a promotion
party but I’m not very
hopeful of tomorrow’s
tie bringing much joy. We’re on
a bad run and suspensions and
injuries are biting. Doucoure will
be a massive loss but maybe, in
Deeney’s absence, Andre Gray
will get firing at last. Paul Cohen
Considering Deeney
(whose red was harsh)
will miss four games due
to his rejected appeal,
probably a good thing we can’t
appeal Hogg. I get why they do
this, to prevent spurious appeals,
but the automatic extended ban
for rejected appeals seems draconian. 61653 (Down At The Mac)
Tinpot club (Up The Cherries)
Ampadu had a fine
match. What was
particularly good was
the way he managed
himself following his early yellow,
his positional play was such that
he rarely looked like committing
any further fouls. He showed
great maturity for one so young.
EVERTON
Sam Boroudjou (The Fighting Cock)
I expect Bernardo
and Jesus to start
away to Newcastle on
Wednesday, whereas
Bournemouth tomorrow seems
the better start for Tosin, since it’s
at home. I imagine Mangala will
face Newcastle and Palace unless
John or Vinny are back.
KCblue (Blue Moon)
If players show a lack
of passion, Bristol City
is what you get. They
didn’t want to compete;
didn’t want to battle, didn’t want
to take the physical challenges
Bristol were offering. The players
wanted the 90 minutes to end so
that they could move on to facing
better sides. mazhar13 (Red Cafe)
Becoming difficult to see
who will finish below us,
everyone bar Swansea is
showing form. We might
do a Sunderland, where everyone
expected them to come good but
they never did. I am becoming
a bit resigned to us going down,
it appears our luck has run out.
seteefeet (westbrom.com)
WEST HAM UNITED
Lots of options for this
afternoon’s visit of
Newcastle United.
Hard to argue against
naming the same line-up as at
Stoke, but Newcastle don’t have
the same big lumps up front, so
Reid has to get back in for Collins
– more mobile.
richneal (Knees Up Mother Brown)
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CARABAO CUP
Johnson refuses
to let euphoria
overshadow his
league duties
ing over the last four days. His technique is superb.
“I sold Korey from Oldham to
Bristol City manager Lee Johnson Bristol City when I was manager
will quickly turn his attention to there. It was £350,000. He got rethe “relentless” business of Cham- leased from Norwich, I took him
pionship football following their fa- in at Oldham, and he was the best
mous cup victory over Manchester player in that year.
United.
“When I knew he was going to be
While the Robins celebrated and going, the first thing I did was ring
savoured a 2-1 Carabao Cup
Bristol City and recommend
quarter-final win against
him. It was impossible
Jose Mourinho’s team,
to keep hold of him beleague matters now
cause he was too good.
top their agenda.
“He has the warriRunaway Pre or spirit, and you saw
Bristol City sit
mier League leadthat in his goal. When
four points off
ers Manchester
everyone’s legs had
an automatic
City await in next
gone, that warrior
promotion place in
month’s semi-finals,
spirit
to get in behind
the Championship
but the Championship
their line and finish was
promotion challengers
phenomenal.”
have five games in a fortAnd looking ahead to the
night before then.
two-legged City semi-final, Johnson
Queens Park Rangers, Reading, added: “It keeps everybody talking,
Wolves and Aston Villa all await it keeps the city buzzing, and all of
during the festive period, plus an the press that the players get, they
FA Cup third-round tie against deserve.
Watford.
“Manchester City, personally,
City are currently four points off have been fantastic with me ever
an automatic promotion place, and since I have been a manager. People
Johnson said: “We have to focus like Brian Marwood have accepted
very quickly. The league is very me in behind the scenes there, and
important to us, and Saturday is a allowed me to visit various clubs in
massive game.
their group.
“We have beaten four
“From when I was
Premier League teams
manager at Oldham,
now [in the Carabao
which
was just around
I ran to
Cup], but look, there is Lee Johnson
the corner, I’ve been let
a lot of work to do. The and he swung in on a number of occaChampionship is a relentsions. Manchester City is
less league, and it is very me around. It a beast of an organisation,
was amazing. but it is so fascinating.”
difficult.
“It is a stable environ- When he
Meanwhile a Bristol
ment here. It was a risky swung me
City ballboy has described
ploy to sign a lot of un- round it made being swung around in
knowns in the Champi- me feel dizzy
celebration by Johnson as
onship, but we believed
“amazing”.
in our young players,
Johnson ran to the
and now it is great to see them touchline and picked up Jaden
flourishing.”
Neale, 10, after his team’s winning
Johnson, meanwhile, paid tribute goal against Manchester United on
to his scorers Joe Bryan and Korey Wednesday night.
Smith, whose second-half goals –
Neale said: “When Korey scored
Bryan’s a brilliant left-footed strike the goal, Lee Johnson ran down the
and Smith’s, a stoppage time win- sideline. I ran to Lee Johnson and
ner – sent holders United packing.
he swung me around. It was really
“Joe is a top player,” Johnson said. amazing. When he swung me round
“He did that shot 20 times in train- it made me feel dizzy.”
By Andrew Baldock
AND Claire Hayhurst
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Lee Johnson
hugs 10-year-old
ball boy Jaden
Neale after Korey
Smith’s winner on
Wednesday GETTY
Work-shy United may force Mourinho to make changes in personnel
By Matt Butler
Jose Mourinho implied that
his players were not bothered
with a League Cup tie against
Championship opposition,
admitting after the defeat to
Bristol City that they “did not
want to come into the office”.
Their opponents on Wednesday
looked more up for it and it paid
off in spades as Korey Smith
scored a late winner.
Mourinho (right) said: “In the
first half we lacked the intensity
that they had, and when I say
intensity I say not just physical,
I say also mentally. For some of
us, it was just one more day in the
office, probably a day that some
of them they don’t even want to
come to the office. For the Bristol
boys it was a big, big day for
them, and in the first half
you could see that.”
It is worrying for the
United manager, if the
prospect of defending
the first trophy he
won at Old Trafford
is not enough to
get his players
motivated. Zlatan
Ibrahimovic, who captained
a side with 10 changes from
their last league outing – and
was given his first start this
season – showed flashes of
his brilliance, scoring a goal
and coming close to a
second when he hit the
bar. Paul Pogba, on his
return from suspension,
was lucky not to have had
his comeback cut short after his
rash tackle on Marlon Pack.
Marcus Rashford was typically
all-action (he was the only player
to be retained from the win over
West Bromwich), but the same
cannot be said for many of his
team-mates. And their lack of
gumption left the tie for Bristol
City’s taking. Which they did.
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Bristol fashion
Bristol City take on title
favourites Man City in the
Carabao Cup semis but
having already beaten four
Premier League teams they
will not be overawed
First round: Watford
The run begins with a 3-2
victory at Vicarage Road
Second round: Stoke City
2-0 win at Ashton Gate
Third round: Crystal Palace
After conceding an early
goal, City rally to a 4-1 home
win
Fourth round: Man Utd
Injury-time winner knocks
out the holders
MANCHESTER CITY
WEST BROM
Guardiola wants Van Dijk but will
postpone Sanchez until summer
‘We must be
realistic over
selling Evans’
By Miguel Delaney
Manchester City’s main transfer target this January will be a centre-half,
with Southampton’s Virgil van Dijk
currently the top option, although
the club also want to sign a numbersix and a forward – still likely Alexis
Sanchez – over the next six months.
Both Pep Guardiola and director
of football Txiki Begiristain met with
chairman Khaldoon Al Mubarak
when the latter flew in at the weekend, sitting ahead of the 4-1 win over
Tottenham Hotspur to talk about the
next 18 months of planning.
While their ongoing interest in
Sanchez was discussed, it is understood that Guardiola is now no longer
so intent on signing the Chilean this
season.
While he is mindful of the opportunity to win four trophies and the pos-
sibility to push for that by signing the
Chilean, he is also wary of potentially
disrupting his squad’s harmony with
such a signing.
City are now happy to wait until
next summer for their longterm target after making
such a superb start to the
season.
The club realise
Sanchez, who is in the
final year of his Gunners
contract, could sign a
pre-contract agreement
elsewhere from January
but that is unlikely to influence
their thinking.
Paris Saint-Germain have an interest in the striker, too, and that could
yet force their hand. City also want
another No 6 to complement Fernandinho, especially as Yaya Touré’s
own contract runs out in the summer,
CHELSEA
Conte ready to buy but
can count on Ampadu
By Miguel Delaney
Antonio Conte says he anticipates
Chelsea doing business in January but is more content with his
squad than he was in September,
again highlighting the progress of
17-year-old Ethan Ampadu.
“If there is the possibility to improve the squad on the numerical
aspect, I think it would be a good
choice,” Conte said. “But, at the
same time, I’m enjoying working with these players. At this
moment, I’m ready. Ready to continue to play with all these players.
They are showing me great commitment, great behaviours.
“A difficult period is starting,
especially for every club, for every
coach. In this period there are a
lot of rumours. Some rumours are
true. Some rumours are wrong.
We must be ready to face this
situation. I think the best way for
me is not to read [anything] and
only talk with the club, and then
to try to improve our squad if this
is possible.”
Ampadu put in a fine performance in the 2-1 League Cup win
over Bournemouth on Wednesday, and the Wales player’s
progress means Chelsea’s need for
defensive reinforcements is not as
strong. Conte added: “Ampadu is
part of our squad. I have to try
to make the best decision but,
for sure, I can count on him.”
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TOTTENHAM
Wanyama takes big step
on long road to recovery
Spurs are now hoping Wanyama can train at full capacVictor Wanyama has returned to ity. They are conscious of Danny
full training. The TottenRose, who injured his knee
ham midfielder has only
in January, did not have
made two appearancsurgery and returned
es this season, and
to training in April.
has been out for
When he realised
four months, with
he could not play
Tottenham
games
a knee injury.
with his normal exin all competitions
Spurs have been
plosive
power, he
that Wanyama has
carefully treating
had knee surgery
missed this season
him, trying to avoid
after all and missed
with injury
the need for surgery,
another four months.
while Wanyama has
“Now we need to see
been increasing the intenhow he reacts, and his
sity of his work and resumed full knee,” Pochettino said of Wanyacontact training with the team on ma. “But it is a very good feeling
Wednesday, Spurs manager Mau- from him. We’ll see when he can be
ricio Pochettino said yesterday.
involved again.” THE INDEPENDENT
By Jack Pitt-Brooke
The Football Association
has said that no action
will be taken against Manchester
United or Manchester City for the
altercation that took place after
City’s 2-1 Premier League win at
Old Trafford earlier this month.
many remain in the United
starting XI for tomorrow’s trip to
Leicester City. Or, in Mourinho’s
words, another day at the office.
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and he is set to leave. The club also
expect Sergio Aguero to stay.
The profile of the squad does mean
that there won’t be the same high expenditure as in the summer of 2017
over the next two windows, but
Guardiola does want to bring
in another central defender next month, due to the
problems that have arisen when one is injured.
Van Dijk (left) is the top
target, and it is understood Southampton might
be willing to do business,
with the City hierarchy mindful of the problems that arose with
Liverpool’s very public interest with
the Dutch centre-half in the summer.
If they cannot get Van Dijk, Real
Sociedad’s Inigo Martinez and West
Brom’s Johnny Evans are options.
THE INDEPENDENT
By Nick Mashiter
West Brom manager Alan Pardew
believes Albion must remain realistic in their hopes of keeping
Jonny Evans. The club rejected
bids from Arsenal,
Leicester and Manchester City for
Evans (right)
in the summer
and are braced
for more interest during next
month’s transfer window.
Pa rd ew s a i d :
“Jonny is a top player,
other clubs were interested in
him in the summer. We know that
and he knows that, we have to be
intelligent and straightforward
dealing with it.”
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FOOTBALL
PREMIER LEAGUE
Sport
Wenger seeks
redemption –
and hope of
fourth place
Arsenal’s seasonal drift started with 4-0
defeat to tonight’s opponents Liverpool
22.12.17
P58
RUGBY UNION
England pair
Daly and Hughes
set to miss Six
Nations matches
P60
FOOTBALL
Johnson refuses
to let United
scalp cloud his
promotion dream
P56
CRICKET
Jonathan Liew’s
team to triumph
Down Under
(next time)
comrades in the field, Paul Clement
the most recent example at Swansea.
“When you have such a long career
as I have, you have some defeats unfortunately that hurt you for the rest
CHIEF SPORTS
CORRESPONDENT
of your life,” opined Wenger. “I believe
Here we are in Christmas week with what is interesting in football is you
Arsène Wenger still processing a de- always have a time to make up for it.
feat in August that foretold of another When you can put things right, do it.”
lost year. The 4-0 beating at Anfield
In this Teletubby-like state of inwas only the third game of the season finite happiness that he occupies,
and followed defeat at Stoke. Arsenal Wenger is not required to explain
couldn’t even keep the dream
how things deteriorated to such
alive until September.
a degree that a correction beTonight’s return at
came necessary.
the Emirates presents
How much better
We n g e r w i t h a
the ledger might have
chance to exorcise
looked since the InvinciLiverpool victory
some ghosts, but to
bles walked the earth in
in their last five
what end? Victory
2004 had he recognised
league
visits
to
the
over Liverpool would
the signs of decline beEmirates
nick fourth place
forehand, as he used to
from their great northwhen he was the coach
ern rivals yet leave Arsesetting the agenda?
nal 16 points off the galactic
With his employer’s perstandard presently being set by
mission, Wenger has become a
Manchester City.
reactive operator always playing
The should-I-stay-or-should-I-go catch-up. Tonight is his latest shot
anguish that corrupted last sea- at making good a prior bad, and as according to Wenger, precipitated
son’s effort has yet to attach itself to always, the optimism is
the latest nosedive in outWenger with like intensity, which tells relentless. “Let’s focus on
put? Likewise the mentalI
n
football,
its own story. Failure has become so what is in front of us and
ity, the desire to be at the
familiar it seems the dissenters can’t turn up on Friday night you always
top of their game, the right
be bothered dissenting any more. with a completely different have a time to attitude? So how to explain
The splenetics are all spent.
performance. The motiva- make up for
the laboured displays at
In Wengerland, time occupies an tion is there. This squad
home to Newcastle and
alternative dimension and has none has a good mentality and it defeats. When West Ham? Yes they ended
of the urgency that impels football is about us, to make sure we you have a
in victory but at considermanagers in the real world.
are on top of our game. We chance to put able cost to the Christmas
Protected by 20 years of affec- must play with pace and a things right,
spirit at the Emirates.
tionate support from a loving board determined attitude.”
If the unwanted distance
you do it
Wenger is able to indulge his football
Presumably, the motivato the summit is familiar
fancies free of the accountability that tion was there before the
for both tonight’s teams, in
claims with grim predictability his Manchester United reverse which, Wenger’s case this latest anti-climax
Kevin
Garside
1
The
Sport
Matrix
The stories you
need to know
DOPING
Fifa asks for priority
in Wada analysis
Fifa has asked the World Anti-Doping
Agency for priority status when it
starts the forensic analysis of stored
samples from Russian athletes not
involved in the Winter Olympics in
January. And with Russia hosting
the football World Cup next summer,
Fifa has a good case for arguing it
should be next in line. Wada seized
about 3,000 samples from the
Moscow anti-doping laboratory in
December 2014, with 154 of them
provided by footballers.
coalesces around the uncertainty surrounding the futures of Mesut Özil
and Alexis Sanchez. In retrospect,
their arrival at the Emirates within
a year of each other for a combined
£75m in 2013 and 2014 respectively
might be viewed as Wenger’s last shot
at building a title-winning team.
That both could be gone in the summer, if not January, with contracts
expired and the team no nearer a
meaningful conquest is its own bleak
commentary on Wenger’s prolonged
decline. And that one of his great
proteges, Alex Oxlade-Chamberlain,
returns in the red of Liverpool, and in
TENNIS
Murray hints at fitness speculation
Andy Murray has hinted that he
will be fit for the start of
the season next month,
despite delaying his
travel to Australia.
Murray (right)
is scheduled
to appear at
the Brisbane
International
tournament, which
starts on 1 January, and
had originally planned to
travel to Australia before Christmas.
The fact he remains in Britain has
led to speculation that the hip injury
that kept him out of action at the
end of last season is not healing
as fast as he had hoped. But
yesterday he retweeted a
fan’s tweet, which read: “I’ve
been a fan since early on.
I’ve endured the doubters.
And watched him literally
prove them all wrong. So keep
doubting him, everyone, keep
doubting him...”
» Bartoli on retirement U-turn, p56
NEWS
2-32
BUSINESS SPORT
48-51
55-63
63
i FRIDAY
22 DECEMBER 2017
Reds ready to
rival Dortmund
for Swiss Akanji
Swans at crossroads as
Britton rules himself out
Liverpool are competing with
Borussia Dortmund for Basel
centre back Manuel Akanji, The
22-year-old has emerged as one
of the most promising players
in Switzerland having become a
mainstay in Basel’s defence, which
defeated Manchester United
last month – a result that helped
progression to the knock-out
stages of the Champions League.
Basel are determined to
keep Akanji for the rest of the
campaign. Like Liverpool,
Dortmund have faced criticism
for their defending and identified
Akanji as someone whose pace
covers large sections of the pitch
when the rest of the team attacks.
With Dortmund pushing for a
January deal and Liverpool open
to a summer switch, a transfer to
Merseyside might suit each party.
Liverpool have been exploring
options since Virgil van Dijk’s
summer move to Anfield
collapsed, with Liverpool
apologising to Southampton after
it became public that Jürgen
Klopp had met with van Dijk.
Though Klopp has repeated
his faith in Dejan Lovren, Joël
Matip and Ragnar Klavan, it is
recognised that Liverpool need
another centre back, with regular
problems around the issue of
availability. THE INDEPENDENT
Tonight’s probable teams:
Arsenal (4-3-3): Cech; Bellerin, Koscielny, Mustafi,
Monreal; Wilshere, Xhaka, Ozil; Iwobi, Lacazette,
Sanchez.
Liverpool (4-3-3): Mignolet; Gomez, Lovren, Klavan,
Robertson; Can, Henderson, Coutinho; Salah, Firmino,
Mane.
Referee M Atkinson (Bradford) TV Sky Sports
Liverpool arrive at the Emirates
with some momentum but still defending fourth spot, which was not
the full metal vision Jürgen Klopp
sold the Kop.
It being Christmas, perhaps we
should suspend big picture concerns
for one night only and revel in a contest that pitches Sanchez, Özil and
Alexandre Lacazette against Coutinho, Salah, Mané and Firmino.
After all, with City, Barcelona,
Real Madrid and United all sniffing,
at least half could be stripped from
the fixture next time they meet in the
Premier League.
BOXING
CRICKET
Carl Frampton will take on former
four-weight world champion Nonito
Donaire in Belfast on 7 April.
Frampton is building towards
another shot at a featherweight
world title and his bout with Donaire
will be his second after splitting
with Barry McGuigan’s Cyclone
Promotions and his trainer son,
Shane. Donaire, a 35-year-old
Filipino, has won belts in flyweight,
bantamweight, super-bantamweight
and featherweight divisions.
TV
40-41
SWANSEA CITY
some form, further undermines if not
discredits Wenger.
“I rate Alex highly and he knows
that,” Wenger said. The feeling was
once mutual. Though diminished
in the wake of City’s crushing transcendence, this old fixture retains
historic allure and if Arsenal rouse
themselves, we might yet get a cracker to start the Christmas party.
With Philippe Coutinho bruised
by the summer-long kiss catch with
Barcelona, Liverpool had only threequarters of the Fab Four back in August. Mo Salah, Roberto Firmino and
Sadio Mané duly scored.
Frampton books
bout with Donaire
FRiDAY
33-45
LIVERPOOL
By Simon Hughes
Alex OxladeChamberlain
chose Liverpool’s
prospects over
Arsenal’s at the
beginning of the
season GETTY
VOICES
16-20
for tomorrow’s home game against ers of the ball and they do not have
Crystal Palace, has said he does not an aerial threat in the box. Their
For the second time in little over want the job full-time. “It is not to only strikers are Wilfried Bony, who
a year, Swansea are left without a say I wouldn’t take it in the future, is injured, and Tammy Abraham.
manager, after finding that the man but I just think at this moment in
And then there is the issue of
who kept them up last season cannot time it is not the right
style. Swansea fear that
be relied to do the same job again. move for me,” he said.
Pulis would be too at odds
I
t
is
not
to
Last year it was Francesco Guidolin
“I’ve been asked to
with their own distinctive
who was sacked, in October, after a help the club out, which say I wouldn’t style of play, ‘the Swansea
bad start to the season. This time is something I will always take it in the
Way’. Which would explain
it is Paul Clement, dismissed on do. But in terms of the im- future, but
why a manager like Ronald
Wednesday with Swansea bottom, mediate future, I am not I just think
Koeman or Slaven Bilic
with 12 points from 18 games.
looking to be the full-time that at this
would be more attractive
Clearly Clement was taking the manager.”
to them. There is very litteam down and so Huw Jenkins,
Ryan Giggs, the former moment, it is tle confidence at the LibJason Levien and Steve Kaplan had Wales and Manchester not the right
erty Stadium that Louis
to act, and did so with some regret. United winger, has also move for me
van Gaal, out of work since
But the cycle the club is now in, ap- ruled himself out. When
being dismissed by Manpointing a new firefighter half-way asked if he was interested,
chester United 18 months
through every season, only ends he said: “No. I’ve spoken to them ago, would like to come out of retireone way, eventually. Sunderbefore, last time before they ment to manage in the grim slog of
land did it for years and
appointed Bob Bradley.”
a Premier League relegation battle.
now they are 21st in the
The obvious solution
But there is a bigger question for
Championship.
would be Tony Pulis, Swansea, which is whether they
The question for
the man who has should be guided now by concerns
Swansea is who they
never been relegat- over how they used to play?
Number of points
can find to get a limed from the Premier
‘The Swansea Way’ was successSwansea City are
ited squad back out
League and who ful in getting the club from League
from safety in the
of the relegation zone.
overachieved given One to the Premier League and then
Premier League
Their priorities are for
resources with Stoke succeeding between 2007 and 2013.
a manager who is immeCity, Crystal Palace But it has been in retreat ever since
diately available and who
and West Bromwich Al- Michael Laudrup was sacked and
has recent Premier League
bion. But Swansea have no replaced by Garry Monk. They need
experience. There are plenty of plans to appoint him, because they to appoint well now and buy well
those about, given how many man- do not think that they have the play- next month to have any chance of
agers have been sacked over the last ers to match his style of play. They staying up. And after recent events,
few months.
do not have aggressive physical mid- who would trust in them to do that?
Leon Britton, who is in charge fielders, they do not have good cross- THE INDEPENDENT
By Jack Pitt-Brooke
4
Premier League sack race
11 Sep
17 Oct
23 Oct
6 Nov
20 Nov
20 Dec
C Palace
Leicester
Everton
West Ham
West Brom
Swansea
Pre-Christmas PL sackings by year
Player-coach Leon Britton will be in the dugout for tomorrow’s match GETTY
Perry wins Player of Year award
Australian all-rounder Ellyse
Perry has been named
the women’s cricketer
of the year by the
International
Cricket Council.
Perry (right), who
scored an unbeaten
213 in the Ashes
Test last month, is
the first recipient of
the Rachael Heyhoe
Flint Award, named after
the late former England captain.
F de Boer
C Shakespeare
R Koeman
S Bilic
T Pulis
P Clement
Four England women – Tammy
Beaumont, Heather Knight, Sarah
Taylor and Alex Hartley – were
named in the ODI team of the
year, but Anya Shrubsole
missed out, despite taking
six wickets in the World
Cup final against India. New
Zealand’s Amy Satterthwaite
was named the ODI player
of the year and Australia
wicketkeeper Beth Mooney was
named T20 player of the year.
» Team to win back the Ashes,p56
RUGBY LEAGUE
Burnham to be
named RFL chief
Andy Burnham, the mayor of
Greater Manchester and former
sports minister, is to become the
next president of the Rugby Football
League. The governing body has
announced Burnham, also a former
health secretary and the MP for
Leigh until earlier this year, will
succeed Dean Andrew in July
2018. Burnham already has a close
involvement in the sport through
Leigh Centurions, of whom he is
honorary vice-president.
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