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TUESDAY
26 DECEMBER 2017
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TUESDAY
26
DECEMBER
Quote of the day
Some cause happiness
wherever they go; others,
whenever they go
OSCAR WILDE
TELEVISION
PEOPLE
No ‘Doctor Who’
return for Coleman
‘Sound of Music’
actress dies aged 68
Civil servants have not been
decking Whitehall with boughs of
holly. Government departments
responding to Freedom of
Information requests reported a
total of less than £1,000 in spending
on decorations. More than half was
taken up by the Wales Office, which
confirmed that it spent £572.74.
Jenna Coleman’s cameo in the Doctor
Who Christmas Day special was the
final shot of Steven Moffat’s reign,
he has revealed. The writer, who has
stepped down after seven years at
the helm of the sci-fi series, claimed
the actress’s busy schedule made it
“complicated” to arrange her return
as Clara Oswald. PAGE 39
Actress Heather Menzies-Urich,
who played Louisa Von Trapp in The
Sound of Music, has died aged 68.
The Canadian mother-of-three had
been diagnosed with brain cancer
four weeks ago and died on Sunday
in Ontario. She was 15 when the
musical, starring Julie Andrews,
was released in 1965.
DENMARK
A drug dealer in Copenhagen is
facing jail after being caught by
police when he stepped into a patrol
car after mistaking it for a taxi.
Investigators say the suspect had
about 1,000 joints on him at the time
of his arrest. Police said the man was
rushing home when he made the
grave error.
Hannah Sharman, a senior staff
nurse caring for children with
heart conditions at Great Ormond
Street Hospital, has described
the moment they wake up to
presents on Christmas Day as
“the best feeling in the world”.
This year, 250 children spent
Christmas Day in the hospital.
Londoners are less likely to pass their
driving test than anywhere else in the UK,
analysis by car insurer Veygo reveals. With
an average pass rate of 41.8%, the capital
falls behind the UK average of 47%. Here’s
how pass rates in major UK cities compare.
SOCIETY
London
learners in
the slow lane
2016-17 pass rate
51%
Men
Birthdays
Kit Harington, actor, 31;
Lars Ulrich, drummer, 54;
Emma Forrest, writer, 41;
Yohan Blake, athlete, 28;
Roxanne Pallett (below),
actress, 35
INDONESIA
50
Man badly injured in
chase after monkey
A Florida man now living in Bali is
fighting for his life after he fell from
a roof while chasing a monkey that
had stolen his Pittsburgh Steelers
cap. Jeff “Swede” Swedenhjelm
fell from 33ft on Christmas Eve.
Villagers took him to a local hospital,
where he was diagnosed with severe
damage to his spinal cord.
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TV & Radio...........30
Arts..............................38
Business..................42
Puzzles.....................44
Weather...................46
44%
Women
.1%
Penguins may have been living in
Antarctica 6,000 years earlier than
was previously thought, Chinese
scientists believe. They discovered
deglacial sediment dating back
15,600 years, as well as penguin
excrement and dirt that is thought
to be more than 14,600 years old, in
Vestfold Hills, eastern Antarctica.
VATICAN
Edinburgh
.9 %
A topless activist from the feminist
group Femen tried to snatch the
statue of the baby Jesus from a
Nativity scene in St Peter’s Square
in Rome yesterday but was stopped
by police just as she grabbed it. The
woman shouted “God is woman” as
she was led away, and had the same
slogan painted on her back.
Glasgow
44
40
Manchester
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SCIENCE
March of penguins
began even earlier
Topless activist
snatches baby Jesus
%
2.1
Anniversaries
Friday 26 December 1941
Three weeks after the US
enters the Second World
War, Winston Churchill is
the first UK prime minister
to address Congress,
urging politicians to back
President Roosevelt’s
proposal the US become
the “great arsenal of
democracy”.
Motorists spent up to an hour of
their Christmas morning stranded
on the M1 after a three-car crash
caused tailbacks. The collision
happened at 9.20am near junction
eight in Hertfordshire. No one was
injured and the motorway was
opened again at 12.20pm.
Only £1,000 spent on Hospital children
holiday decorations overjoyed at gifts
Drug dealer gets
into the wrong car
HEALTH
Motorists stranded
as crash blocks M1
.1%
Leeds
%
3.1
Liverpool
38
4 7.
.8%
PEOPLE
Last Christmas has
poignant memories
Fans have visited George Michael’s
house to pay tribute to the singer on
the first anniversary of his death.
The Wham! star died from heart
disease aged 53 on Christmas Day
2016 at his home in Goring-onThames in Oxfordshire. Gifts left
by the late singer’s fans included
flowers and hand-written notes.
Newspapers support recycling
The recycled content of UK
newspapers in 2015 was 71%
Birmingham
5%
MUSIC
Sheffield
Lorde makes stand
on Palestinian issue
5%
4 7.
Cardiff
48
.9 %
Bristol
GRAPHIC: PETER BRYAN
41.
8%
London
SOURCE: VEYGO
Lorde has cancelled a concert in
Israel next summer after appeals
by pro-Palestinian activists. The
New Zealand singer said “the right
decision” was to cancel the Tel Aviv
concert. Lorde (above) joins artists
including Roger Waters, Lauryn Hill
and Elvis Costello in boycotting Israel
over its treatment of Palestinians.
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26 DECEMBER 2017
ThePage3Profile
LIBERIA
EMMA FREEMAN AND DON ROTHAUSEN,
NEW FRIENDS
Ex-footballer takes
on vice president
Siobhán Norton
Liberians head to the polls today
in a run-off election between a
former international footballer
and the current vice president to
replace Africa’s first female head
of state. Voters have the choice
between Senator George Weah, the
51-year-old former AC Milan player,
and Joseph Boakai, 73.
’Tis the season to
be... grumpy?
UNITED STATES
Free lobsters for
those ‘truly in need’
A lobsterman in Maine has carried
on his tradition of giving away
lobsters to those in need. Noah
Ames set up his pickup truck in in
Thomaston with the sign: “Free
lobsters today for families truly in
need.” He started four years ago to
show to his children that Christmas
is about more than presents.
TUNISIA
Women barred from
Emirates flights
A chance encounter at the till?
Sort of. It would be hard to find a
more heartwarming tale than the
chance meeting and friendship that
has developed between 34-year-old
shop worker Emma Freeman and
80-year-old Don Rothausen.
Where did they meet?
Emma was greeting customers
at Marks & Spencer in Rushden,
Northamptonshire, on 15 December
when she began chatting to Don. He
told her he had “lost all enjoyment
in life” and was planning to spend
Christmas alone following the death
of his partner five weeks earlier.
That’s heartbreaking
It was. Emma, who has a partner and
three children, admits that she cried
when she heard Don’s story. She was
also grieving, having recently lost
her mother-in-law, “who was like
my mum”. Don and Emma chatted
for about 20 minutes in the store
and he bought her a bunch of flowers
to cheer her up and thank her for
her kindness.
What happened next?
Emma thought that she would never
see Don again. “I gave him a really
big hug, but I felt sad, worried and
I couldn’t stop thinking about him,”
she told the BBC. Then she wrote a
message about their meeting on
the “We are Northamptonshire”
Facebook page, which was shared
more than 2,500 times. Several
people knew Don and put him in
touch with Emma again.
A happy ending?
It was. They spoke by phone the
next day, enjoyed a lunch together
and Emma asked Don to spend time
with her family over Christmas. “I’m
so happy to have found him again
and will never be letting him go
again,” said Emma. “He’s part of our
family now.”
What does Don think?
He’s just as happy. “Apart from
anything else, I have been adopted
into a loving family,” he said.
“What more could you ask for at
Christmas time?”
Richard Jinman
All flights by Emirates to and from
Tunis have been suspended after the
airline barred Tunisian women. The
Tunisian presidency said that United
Arab Emirates’ authorities made the
decision following “serious security
information” about alleged plans
for attacks by Tunisian women, or
women with Tunisian passports.
HERITAGE
Iron Bridge wrapped
up at Christmas
The Iron Bridge in Shropshire has
been wrapped up for Christmas,
but it has nothing to do with
festive celebrations. The £3.6m
conservation project has had
the covers put up to protect the
structure as engineers work to
counteract problems caused by
previous repair attempts.
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Letter from the
Assistant Editor
i@inews.co.uk
To say I was in a grump on the
Christmas Day shift in thei
newsroom was something of an
understatement.
I had spent the previous day
alone, away from my family,
wandering the streets of London
and snarling at the happy families taking selfies beneath the
Christmas lights.
I was the second person to
arrive in the office. My colleague
Andrew Johnson was already
there, working away Bob Cratchitstyle, wearing his hat and gloves.
Turns out there was no heating.
I extricated myself from
newslists and wire feeds at some
point to grab my Christmas lunch
- the canteen was serving chilli only to be told that it was finished.
Packet of crisps and a handful of
Quality Street it was then. And a
glass of warm Champagne.
Bah bloody humbug.
Then I read the feature on page
24 written by Chloe Hamilton,
another of our Christmas Day
troupers. She visited a shelter in
Cambridge and spoke to some of
the residents who were having
Christmas lunch. Her account
is at once heartwarming and
heartbreaking. And humbling
enough to shake me out of my
“poor me” funk.
Of course, I’m not the only one
who works at Christmas. On page
6, Tom Bawden talks to a care
worker, midwife and chef, among
others, who are more than used to
forgoing the festivities. Probably
without the luxury of the warm
glass of Champagne.
This time next week, I’ll be back
with my family, where my mum is
already gearing up for Christmas
dinner take two. When I sit down
to dinner, I’ll remind myself how
lucky I am. Merry Christmas.
Twitter: @siobhanbnorton
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HEALTH
EMPLOYMENT
NHS is losing
millions of
hours to staff
illness
‘More than 13,000 children would
have spent Christmas Day in A&E’
By Paul Gallagher
HEALTH CORRESPONDENT
By Catriona Webster
More than 13,000 children under the
age of 16 would have spent Christmas Day in A&E, according to a
new analysis.
The number of children visiting
emergency departments in December has risen by 33 per cent over the
past seven years – from 292,441 in
December 2010 to 390,277 in December 2016 – with an average annual increase of nearly 6 per cent, according
to official NHS figures.
This is slightly higher than the
overall increase in A&E attendances
as a whole, which increased by 31
per cent.
If this trend continues then under16s will visit A&E 412,038 times this
month – or 13,292 a day.
There is no public data recording
the age of patients and the reason
for A&E attendance. However, the
increase in under-16s’ A&E attendances is likely to be for a range of reasons, including difficulties in getting
an appointment with a GP or other
community healthcare practitioners
– particularly over the festive period
as urgent GP appointments are unavailable on Christmas Day.
Younger people are also particularly vulnerable to seasonal viruses
such as flu. The number of children
and young people admitted to A&E
with viral infections and other respiratory diseases doubled between
2005-06 and 2015-16 and this is also
likely to be driving increased attendance over Christmas.
Professor Keith Willett, NHS England’s medical director for acute care,
has said the flu season “traditionally
reaches its peak” at Christmas.
Public health experts have warned
NHS Scotland blamed
the rise on a target
that patients are admitted,
transferred or discharged within
four hours. The target has led to
children being admitted to A&E
as staff have to decide quickly.
More than 45 million hours
have been lost by NHS boards
in Scotland as a result of staff
ill-health over the past four years,
research has shown. Figures
reveal the number of hours lost to
illness rose year-on-year from 11.4
million in 2014-15 to 13.1 million in
2016-17. The data was obtained by
the Scottish Liberal Democrats
through Freedom of
Information requests to
health boards.
The party’s health
spokesman Alex
Cole-Hamilton MSP
The number of
said the “immense”
hours lost by staff
pressures facing
illness in the NHS
staff
could be
in Scotland in the
contributing to the
2016-17 period
rise. He said: “The
SNP Government has
failed to provide the right
levels of support for our NHS
staff. The result is a spiralling
bill of health problems. The
tremendous pressure on health
workers on shift is spilling over
and affecting their quality of life.
“A recent survey by the Royal
College of Nursing found that
40 per cent of nurses say money
worries are making them lose
NHS Technology innovation
sleep. More than 60 per cent
said they are too busy to deliver
Last year, Health Secretary
More than 100 entrepreneurs have
the quality of care that they
Jeremy Hunt (inset) announced the
been given the chance to deliver the
would like.”
NHS will receive £4bn in investment
best new technology and innovaMr Cole-Hamilton added: “SNP
as part of a “digital transformation”
tions to fully modernise the NHS.
ministers have relied on the
plan, including plans to better
The 138 people will work for
goodwill of NHS staff for far too
protect patient records, seen long and the impact can be seen in
the Clinical Entrepreneurs
as a priority in light of this
Programme, run by
their health.
year’s cyber attack that
NHS England.
“The Scottish Government
attacked several trusts
It supports staff
must ensure that NHS staff
around the country.
to work with, and
get the support and resources
The latest innovalearn from, leading
they need to deliver the best
tions to be supported
health and technology
possible care.”
under the entrepreneurs’
industry experts to
The Health Secretary Shona
programme include the
develop their own innovaRobison said: “The latest
development of a voicetive ideas. NHS England has
statistics show NHS Scotland
controlled data collection app for
confirmed that more staff will be
sickness absence rates have fallen
sickle cell patients, to monitor
provided with mentoring and other
in last decade from 5.55 per cent in
their health.
support to improve patient care.
2007 to 5.2 per cent in 2017.”
13m
that it is “almost inevitable” that this
year’s flu season will see a particularly virulent strain. Australia and New
Zealand have experienced their worst
flu season in recent years and NHS
England has reported that just 18 per
cent of school-age children have had
the nasal spray immunisation.
The findings raise fears of a repeat
of last winter, when photographs of a
young child sleeping on chairs in an
A&E corridor because there was no
bed available shocked the country.
Recent NHS figures have shown
that bed-occupancy levels are nearing 95 per cent, 4 per cent higher than
this time last year. With hospitals
already struggling to cope with demand, a particularly bad flu season
could cause a repeat of the chaotic
scenes last year.
HEALTH
DEFENCE
Disgraced breast surgeon’s victims may
have been missed, say campaigners
Russian warship sails close to UK
By Richard Vernalls
Health campaigners fear patients
wrongly treated by a disgraced
breast surgeon, who was jailed for
performing needless operations,
may have been missed despite several reviews.
Cancer survivors operated on by
Ian Paterson have called on his old
employers to ensure all former patients have been contacted.
The campaigners fear the NHS
and private breast treatment reviews carried out to date risk
missing out Paterson’s general
surgery patients, who had
operations such as gall
bladder removal.
Paterson (inset)
was employed by
Heart of England
NHS Foundation
Trust (HEFT) and
also worked at hospitals which were
run by Spire Healthcare before he was suspended in 2011.
Reviews were carried out
by Spire in 2014 and HEFT in 2013,
with the NHS hospital trust
saying it had checked nearly
24,500 patient records.
Both organisations have
paid millions in damages to hundreds of
a f f e c t e d
cancer patients.
D e b o r a h D o u glas, who helps run the
Breast Friends support
group, said: “The big thing
now is how many other people were affected.”
By Scott D’Arcy
A Royal Navy crew has escorted a
Russian warship through the North
Sea near UK waters.
HMS St Albans set sail on 23 December to monitor the Russian Admiral Gorshkov frigate and tracked
its progress through what the Royal
Navy called areas of national interest yesterday (pictured).
The Navy said there had been a recent “upsurge” in Russian units travelling through UK waters, including
on Christmas Eve when HMS Tyne
was called to escort a Russian intelligence-gathering ship through the
English Channel. A Wildcat helicopter was also scrambled to track two
other Russian vessels.
Commander Chris Ansell, the
commanding officer of the Type 23
frigate, said: “Missing parts of Christmas and New Year with our families
is never easy, but it is absolutely required as part of our duty.”
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26 DECEMBER 2017
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COVER STORY
WEST BANK
Pope calls for two-state solution to
end Israeli-Palestinian conflict
Christmas
passes quietly
in Bethlehem
By Padraic Flanagan
Pope Francis appeared to hit out
at Donald Trump in his Christmas
message yesterday over the US President’s decision to recognise Jerusalem as Israel’s capital.
Speaking before the faithful in St
Peter’s Square in Rome, Francis also
issued a challenge to the world’s 1.3 billion Catholics not to ignore migrants
fleeing the world’s trouble spots.
In a speech likely to inflame the
Church’s conservative wing for its
political content, the Pope reinforced
calls for a two-state solution to the
decades-long conflict between Israel
and the Palestinians.
His “Urbi et Orbi” – to the city and
the world – address came just two
weeks after Mr Trump reignited
tensions in the region with his plans
The Pope said he was
praying for tensions
on the Korean peninsula to be
overcome, called for “serene
dialogue” in Venezuela and an
end to conflict in Ukraine.
for Jerusalem, enraging Palestinians
who want the city to be the capital of
their future state.
Four days ago, more than 120 countries backed a UN resolution urging
the US to reverse its decision. Only
Guatemala has followed the US in announcing plans to move its embassy
to Jerusalem.
Pointedly calling for peace in Jerusalem and across the Holy Land,
the Pope said: “Let us pray that the
will to resume dialogue may prevail
between the parties and that a negotiated solution can finally be reached,
one that would allow the peaceful
coexistence of two states within mutually agreed and internationally recognised borders.”
He asked for God’s support for “all
those in the international community inspired by goodwill to help that
afflicted land to find, despite grave
obstacles the harmony, justice and
security that it has long awaited”.
Pope Francis began his address
by appealing to Christians around
the world to “recognise Christ in the
faces of little children” in places of
conflict and tension “as the winds of
war are blowing in our world and an
By Jalal Hassan and Imad Isseid
Pope Francis
delivers his
Christmas
message from
The Vatican
outdated model of development continues to produce human, societal
and environmental decline”.
His Christmas Day message listed
many of the globe’s most troubled
flashpoints. “Referring to the biblical account of Mary and Joseph’s arrival in Bethlehem, he said: “May our
hearts not be closed as they were in
the homes of Bethlehem.”
Christmas was subdued
in Bethlehem, with spirits
dampened by cold, rainy
weather and recent violence
sparked by US President
Donald Trump’s recognition
of nearby Jerusalem as
Israel’s capital.
The crowds gathered in
the birthplace of Jesus were
thinner than previous years
as visitors, especially Arab
Christians living in Israel and
the West Bank, appeared to be
deterred by clashes that have
broken out in recent weeks
between Palestinian protesters
and Israeli forces. Palestinian
officials scaled back Christmas
celebrations in protest at Mr
Trump’s move.
Claire Degout, a tourist
from France, said she would
not allow Mr Trump’s
pronouncement to affect her
decision to celebrate Christmas
in the Holy Land.
Trump’s ‘fake poll’, page 23
an edited collection at
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NEWS
PEOPLE
All in a day’s
work... Christmas
Day included
While nation was over-indulging,
one million people were clocking
in as normal. By Tom Bawden
F
or many people the run-up
to Christmas can be
extremely hard work as
they race to tie up loose
ends. But at least they
get to put their feet up and have a
relaxing Christmas Day in front
of the television, or around the
dinner table.
One million people in Britain
work on Christmas Day, more than
a quarter of whom are carers and
nurses. As David Prentis, general
secretary of the Unison union that
represents many Christmas Day
workers, puts it: “When most of us
are spending time with our friends
and families over the festive break,
relaxing and enjoying ourselves,
overindulging in turkey, many other
employees will be at work.”
i talked to some of the people who
kept Britain’s machinery ticking
over yesterday.
KAY MCQUILLIAM
Home care worker
in Halifax
Just like any other
day, people still need
care in the homes and
somebody to be there for them.
For some people we’re the only
contact they will have. A lot of the
residents don’t have families - it’s
quite sad, so you want to give
everybody as much time as you
can. We make them a hot drink and
some dinner and have a chat - and I
think this is particularly valuable on
Christmas Day.
It’s definitely disappointing to be
missing family. We’re not going to be
eating till about 6pm. I have to pick up
the kids when I finish work, then it’s
straight over to my mum’s to have a
meal and open some presents.
Then I’ll take the kids back to where
they live and then go straight to bed
because we have to get up very early
the next day.
PAULINE MARGEY community
midwife working in West Lothian
Of course I’d much rather be sitting
in the house and enjoying Christmas
than working. But working at
Christmas is one of these things, you
know you have to take your turn at it.
It’s the nature of being a midwife –
the babies don’t know what day it is.
I’m actually visiting new mothers
at home today, tapping on their doors
and asking to come into the house.
We only do essential visits but even
then a lot of them don’t expect that
on Christmas Day.
MAC ANDRASSY
Chef at a care home
in Dewsbury, West
Yorkshire
We’re open 365 days
a year but Christmas
Day is different. It’s the big one. We’re
doing 40 Christmas dinners for
residents and their families and it’s a
really nice day, although there is a lot
of work leading up to it.
The whole dining room is
decorated and everyone is in a good
mood because it’s Christmas. It’s a
nice atmosphere.
I feel fulfilled that I’m helping
someone else to enjoy a special
day, while perhaps feeling a bit
disappointed about missing it myself.
My kids are grown up, in their 20s,
but it’s still a special day for us so we had our Christmas Day on
Christmas Eve this year instead.
It’s hard work but I feel that if it was
my dad in here, I’d like it if somebody
took the effort to make it nice for him.
ANGELA YATES
Registered general
nurse in post
anaesthetic care in
Norfolk
We’re a non-religious
family so I’m happy to work. We
split Christmas Day into two fivehour shifts to make it a bit more
manageable. I’m doing the 2pm to
7pm slot over Christmas.
This time of the year is a bit
different. I work as a recovery
nurse and we only have trauma and
emergency surgery happening, so
none of the routine surgery. This
means there are fewer patients
coming through - but there’s only
one recovery nurse at a time and you
are inevitably dealing with the more
urgent cases.
Before my shift we opened our
presents together as a family – my
husband and two children, who are
10 and 14 - and set to work playing
with them.
ANGELA COX Battersea Dogs Home volunteer
I’m a long-term animal lover, now retired, and have
spent the past four years volunteering at the Battersea
Dogs & Cats Home on Christmas Day.
I live in Richmond and volunteer at the home every
week and am spending the day going on festive walks
and providing Christmas meals for the dogs and cats.
LORRAINE SMITH social worker
from Cambridgeshire
I work for an out-of-hours
emergency team so I only work
evenings, nights, weekends and
bank holidays.
I wouldn’t go so far as to say I’m
pleased to be working Christmas
Day, but we’re a small team and other
team members have got young kids.
I’ve got kids, but they’re 26 and 28
and they’ve got other people they can
be around.
Working on Christmas Day is part
of life for us. I feel like social workers
are part of a much bigger team.
There are lots of aspects of my job
that the police can’t do without me
and my health colleagues can’t do
without me, and vice versa. We all
work together.
It breaks my heart to think of the animals waking
up on Christmas Day without a family. But we do our
best to fill Battersea up with Christmas joy and we try
to make the day as special as we can for the homeless
dogs and cats.
We play Christmas carols throughout the day and
will give out presents donated by the public.
GRAHAM SLACK and his wife LESLIE
work together in their jobs as 999
police call takers in Gloucestershire
My husband and I started at 11pm on
Christmas Eve and worked through
till 7am in the morning. We work
together in the force control rooms.
I’ve been working in the force
control room for 12 years.
Before that I was a police officer.
On past Christmas Days I’ve been
a “scene guard” for a murder, I’ve
been sat in a morgue waiting for
somebody to identify a body.
But I’ve had some Christmases
where it’s been really quite nice
and social.
There is an element of me that
thinks, everybody else is at home
enjoying themselves, opening
presents, eating lovely food – and
we’re having to deal with people not
enjoying themselves or enjoying
themselves too much.
CLARE HEYESBOWDEN custody
detention officer in
Boston Lincolnshire
I work in the custody
suite (cell block) of the
police station so when people are
detained I look after their rights and
welfare. Over Christmas, we never
have a clue about whether it’s going
to be a quiet day or it’s all going to go
horribly wrong.
In many cases, people have had
the whole weekend with their family,
which is quite a long period of time.
Some people find this intolerable and
end up having domestics.
It’s also disappointing to be
separated from my own family - in
particular my husband, mum and
two-year-old. But it’s just a few
hours and the next day I’ll be home
with my family again. Some people
might not be that lucky.
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RELIGION
Queen’s tribute
to survivors of
terrorist attacks
Archbishop hits
out at ‘populist
leaders’
By Padraic Flanagan
The Queen has praised the “powerful identities” of British cities hit by
terror attacks this year in a Christmas message which put the theme
of “home” at its heart. She described
meeting the Manchester Arena attack survivors in May as a “privilege”
and she paid tribute to the emergency services who risked their lives to
save others in Manchester and in the
attacks in London.
“I describe that hospital visit as a
‘privilege’ because the patients I met
were an example to us all, showing
extraordinary bravery and resilience,” she said.
The Queen referred to
how she had changed
compared with her first televised
Christmas address, which was
broadcast live in 1957 from the
Long Library at Sandringham.
A framed photograph of Prince
Harry and his fiancée, Meghan Markle, was displayed with other family
pictures as the Queen spoke, and the
couple also featured in video footage
aired at the end of the message.
Referring to the couple’s wedding
next May, and the Duke and Duchess of Cambridge’s baby, expected in
April, the Queen said this Christmas
her family “look forward to welcoming new members into it next year”.
The Queen also reflected with humour on milestones in her own life,
from celebrating her 70th wedding
anniversary in November, to the
Duke of Edinburgh’s decision to step
down from solo public duties.
She said: “I don’t know that anyone
had invented the term ‘platinum’ for
a 70th wedding anniversary when I
was born. You weren’t expected to be
around that long. Even Prince Philip
has decided it’s time to slow down a
little, having, as he economically put
it, ‘done his bit’.”
In this year’s message, recorded
The Queen
making her
Christmas
Day speech
yesterday PA
at Buckingham Palace, the Queen
highlighted how the “powerful identities” of London and Manchester had
“shone through” adversity.
Footage was shown of the Queen
meeting teenage survivors of the suicide bombing which killed 22 people
as fans left a Manchester Arena concert by the American singer Ariana
Grande. London suffered the Westminster Bridge attack in March, in
which five people were killed, and
the London Bridge attack in June, in
which eight died.
The Archbishop of Canterbury
delivered his Christmas message
on Twitter, celebrating how a
baby “born in the lowest place”
outshone the world’s most
powerful leaders.
The Most Rev Justin
Welby put a modern
twist on his festive
reflections by this
year publishing
a thread on the
social media site,
complete with a
hashtag #GodWithUs.
The Archbishop (inset)
focused his message on the
humble beginnings of Jesus
amid poverty and conflict.
In his sermon at Canterbury
Cathedral, he reflected on
terrorism and the deceitfulness of
“populist leaders”.
The Archbishop said: “In 2017
we have seen around the world
tyrannical leaders that enslave
their peoples, populist leaders
that deceive them, corrupt
leaders that rob them, even simply
democratic, well-intentioned
leaders of many parties and
countries who are normal, fallible
human beings.”
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Inflation spurs more shoppers to hit sales
By Josie Clarke
Bargain-hunters are expected to hit
the high street for the Boxing Day
sales amid predictions more will be
shopping for bargains this year to
beat rising prices on the high street.
Around one in three people will
go to the sales, up from 23 per cent
last year, according to Barclaycard.
Consumer appetite for the post-
Christmas sales period fell away
last year after an extended period of
discounting that began well before
November’s Black Friday.
VoucherCodes and the Centre
for Retail Research also predict the
Boxing Day sales will attract more
than a third of the UK’s population,
who are expected to spend a record
£4.3bn – a 12 per cent rise on 2016.
Barclaycard’s poll found months of
“feeling the squeeze” is resulting in
many consumers looking forward to
the sales to ease their budgets.
Paul Lockstone, managing director of corporate affairs at Barclaycard, said: “Last year, Black Friday
overshadowed Boxing Day sales as
retailers struggled to maintain consumer interest in what has become
a month-long discounting event.
This year, however, value-seeking
consumers appear to be more eager
to buy cut-price items across both
sales periods as they try to combat
rising prices.”
However, a separate poll of more
than 1,000 shoppers for BBC Radio
4 suggests the Black Friday sales
are now more popular than the postChristmas spending spree.
The majority of shoppers (56 per
cent) who took part in the survey,
carried out for You and Yours by
Savvy Marketing, think Boxing Day
sales have lost their appeal.
Tens of thousands of
Scots are likely to hit the
sales and experts predict a 6 per
cent rise in footfall as consumers
scramble to find the best deals.
ECONOMY
Brexit ‘has harmed
UK’s global brand’
By Ben Chu
Brexit has already damaged the
UK’s “global brand”, according
to the head of the world’s largest
advertising conglomerate.
Sir Martin Sorrell, the chief executive of WPP, suggests the xenophobic
tone of the 2016 referendum campaign did serious harm that needs to
be repaired and that Theresa May’s
Brussels deal on 8 December over
European Union citizens’ rights was
merely the necessary first step.
“It doesn’t address how we will continue to attract the best and brightest
from across Europe and beyond after
Brexit, or repair the damage already
done to the UK’s brand by the divisive
rhetoric during and after the referendum campaign,” he said.
During the run-up to the referendum, the Vote Leave campaign
pushed hard on the benefits of curbing immigration and claimed that
Turkey was about to join the EU.
Police figures also showed a spike
in hate crimes in the wake of the vote.
And the latest migration statistics showed a sharp increase in the
number of EU citizens leaving the
UK in the year to June 2017.
Sir Martin said that WPP has a
Sir Martin Sorrell, the advertising
chief, says the xenophobia the vote
unleashed must be repaired PA
particular interest in the wellbeing of
EU citizens in the UK since the company employs almost 17,000 of them,
around 15 per cent of the workforce.
In some divisions the proportion is
nearly 30 per cent.
Sir Martin, who supported Remain, also says that, despite this
month’s Brussels deal, there is a “long
way to go” to end the uncertainty for
UK firms about future trade relations
with Europe. THE INDEPENDENT
CONSUMER
Call for end to ‘Grinch who stole
Christmas’ unspent gift cards
mas”, she said. Ms Gibson is calling for new legislation to either ban
Millions of pounds’ worth of
expiry dates or at least impose a
presents are likely to be lost
minimum five-year period.
in the form of gift cards
And she said that any cash
which are never spent,
left unspent should go
an MP has warned.
to charity.
The Scottish
The UK Gift Card
N a t i o n a l Pa r t y ’s
a n d Vo u c h e r A s The amount on
co n s u m e r a f fa i rs
sociation estimates
vouchers and cards
spokeswoman, Patriaround £300m a year
that is going unspent
cia Gibson, has called
is unspent.
every year
for changes to the law
Ms Gibson said:
“Consumers are being
to protect those who give
and receive gift cards and
short-changed. The minimum period and policies for
vouchers. Stores which put
short “use-by” dates on their cards, gift cards can vary dramatically from
or hide details about expiry periods, shop to shop. Some have very short
are like “the Grinch who stole Christ- or hidden expiry periods.”
By Andrew Woodcock
£300m
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EGYPT
British woman’s drugs case adjourned
By Tom Wilkinson
A British woman who appeared
in court accused of smuggling
drugs into Egypt became so upset
that the judge adjourned the case
against her, her sister said.
Laura Plummer (inset), 33, a
shop worker from Hull, was arrested after she was found to be
carrying 290 tramadol tablets in
her suitcase, a painkiller which
The Boxing Day hunt is a long-standing rural tradition GETTY
May warned not
to backtrack on
hunting pledge
By Paul Gallagher
Britain’s rural communities have
warned Theresa May they could turn
against her if she goes ahead with her
plan to abandon the Tory manifesto
pledge to hold a vote on bringing back
fox hunting.
Downing Street did not deny reports that the Prime Minister was
preparing to drop the pledge in a
speech early in the new year, leading Labour to demand that Michael
Gove, the Environment Secretary,
clarify whether the Government still
intends to give parliamentary time to
overturn the ban.
In July, the Government delayed
plans to hold a free vote in parliament
on repealing the hunting ban, confirming a vote would not be brought
forward in this parliamentary session, which runs until 2019.
Downing Street is now expected to
shelve the commitment after coming
under pressure from Tory MPs who
believe the policy cost them many
votes in the general election – especially among younger voters.
Today thousands of people will attend traditional Boxing Day hunts.
The free vote pledge was unpopular with voters, however, with one poll
showing only one in 10 in support it.
The Prime Minister said in May
that she had “always been in favour
of fox hunting” and that there “should
be a free vote for Parliament so Members of Parliament should be able to
exercise their view on this matter”.
Tim Bonner, the chief executive
of the Countryside Alliance, warned
Mrs May that she risks alienating
rural communities – and powerful
lobbying groups – if she backtracks
on her support for hunting.
The Hunting Act came into force in
2005 and outlawed the hunting of animals including foxes and deer with
dogs. Meanwhile, a new poll by the
League Against Cruel Sports Scotland suggests as many as eight in 10
people in Scotland support a ban on
fox hunting.
Fox hunting with dogs
was banned in Scotland in
2002, with an exemption for using
dogs to flush out foxes for pest
control or protecting livestock.
EDUCATION
Free speech ‘a key part of universities’
By Alison Kershaw
Universities must be places that
“open minds, not close them”, Jo
Johnson is warning.
Students must be able to
challenge controversial opinions,
according to the Universities
minister, who said there are
dangers to shielding students
from differing views under the
banner of “no-platforming” or
“safe spaces”.
In a speech at the Limmud
Festival in Birmingham, a
celebration of Jewish learning
and culture, he will warn that free
speech is a key part of university
life. “Universities should be
places that open minds, not close
them, where ideas can be freely
challenged,” Mr Johnson will say.
“We have seen examples of
groups seeking to stifle those who
do not agree with them. We must
not allow this to happen. Young
people should have the resilience
and confidence to challenge
controversial opinions and take
part in open, frank... discussions.”
is legal in the UK but banned in
Egypt. Ms Plummer’s family,
who have described her as
“naive”, said she was taking the tablets for her
Egyptian partner, Omar
Caboo, who suffers from
severe back pain.
Her mother, Rob erta Sinclair, travelled to
Egypt for the Christmas Day
hearing. Her sister, Rachel Plum-
mer, said the judge adjourned
the case for a day because of
Laura’s condition.
She said: “She’s sleep
deprived, she’s visibly
nervous and upset.
“ S h e ’s a n s w e r e d
some questions wrong
because she’s not understanding them, she obviously can’t think straight. You
can imagine the pressure.”
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HEALTH
Singing can improve children’s
hearing and increase confidence
Gold dust
could be
the answer
to acne
By Tom Bawden
SCIENCE CORRESPONDENT
Good news for carollers – singing is
about far more than bringing joy to
the world. It is such a powerful medicine that just an hour of song a week
can help children with hearing difficulties to hear much better.
That’s the conclusion of researchers at University College London
who are running a pilot study to improve hearing in our schools. And, if
i’s visit to Laycock primary school in
London this month is anything to go
by, it is also extremely good fun.
The pupils were working through
classics such as “My Bonnie Lies
Over the Ocean” and “Twinkle,
Twinkle Little Star” during their
weekly singing session – and loving
every minute of it. Led by the visiting music teacher Phoebe Osborne,
the pupils of the primary school pass
a microphone around, taking it in
turns to talk and sing into it.
The notes they produce are projected via a computer programme
on to a screen on the wall so they
can “see” their voices. The “voice
visual” takes the form of a wavy line
which helps the pupils to distinguish
between different pitches, a key element of hearing and, in turn, talking.
Other exercises include driving
to the supermarket to go shopping,
a visit to space, call and response
songs, elephant and mouse impersonations and a good-old fashioned
bongo-led sing-along.
Talking to the Year Two group
of five- and six-year-olds after one
session with Ms Osborne and their
regular teacher Ms Nikki Clark, the
pupils agreed the singing session is
the highlight of the week.
“I love to sing with Phoebe,” said
Zaib. “I love doing the car. Going
stop, then singing, then starting. Red
and green,” added Yousif.
Meanwhile, Annabel liked seeing
the “wiggly worms” created as her
voice was projected on to a screen
and Amarissa “likes the music”.
It is clearly important that the
children enjoy the sessions – but do
these vocal exercises help? The early
Choristers, like these at St
Paul’s Cathedral, London,
get ‘powerful medicine’,
research suggests AFP/GETTY
indications suggest they do, helping
children with hearing impairments
pick out a melody by distinguishing
between different pitches.
Not only does this help them to
sing better, it also improves their
hearing and speech, the teachers
say. “It’s definitely effective. Some
of the year groups I’ve worked with
have seen a massive difference even
after one term,” said Ms Osborne, of
Creative Futures, a charity which
works to help children’s development through music and arts.
“It’s not just to do with the singing.
They have a chance to access bits of
their voices they might not otherwise explore,” she adds.
The result is that children not
only hear and speak better but become more confident generally, Ms
Osborne says.
“Some children have become
much more expressive and confident with their voices. As they become more comfortable projecting
their voices they are more confident
to ask questions in class and more
willing to give things a go,” she says.
UCL academic Deborah Vickers
Ms Clark adds: “I’ve been doing
explains the pioneering project: “Our this for three years. All the kids resinging programme was conducted
ally love it. For those kids who are
during 20 hour-long sessions. It is
quite quiet, it helps them come out
aimed at getting children to explore of their shells,” she adds.
their voices by mimicry and games
Dr Debi Vickers, one of the UCL
to try to help them to make sense
researchers behind the project, says
of sound.
that singing is important because it
“We focus on melody because we
is repetitive and enjoyable and the
know that pitch perception can be
pitch contours are exaggerated.
poor in hearing-impaired listeners.
“This is why it’s really important
We use engaging games and also
to use singing with babies and invisual feedback from a computer
fants to enhance speech and langame that helps children to see the
guage development,” she says.
melody contours they produce and
The researchers are not yet sure
visualise changes that they make.
of the scientific basis for the hearing
“Our results suggest that singing
improvements, although UCL protraining in this way may help with
fessor Graham Welch, who is also
pitch perception and production.
involved, has a hypothesis.
It could help with the separation
“My theory is that when children
of speech in the presence of noise
sing they produce a wider range of
and help identify the separate units
sounds and this helps them to disof speech.”
criminate sound better,” he said.
Key Explore the voice
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By Paul Gallagher
HEALTH CORRESPONDENT
Acne patients are being asked to test
a “pioneering” treatment that aims to
cure their spots with gold dust.
Scientists are looking for 50 participants of all ages for the evaluation
trial which will test the new therapy,
called Sebacia. The treatment, which
is already approved in the US, involves massaging a cream containing tiny particles of solid gold into
skin pores.
A low-power laser is then used to
heat up the dust particles and reduce
inflammation, hopefully causing
spots to disappear over a few days.
Trial leader consultant dermatologist Dr Howard Stevens (inset),
founder of the private London clinic
The Skin Care Network, said: “Acne
can undermine a person’s
confidence and even
lead to psychological
problems. Stubborn
cases may need
medicinal creams
rubbed into the
face daily, and some
people don’t want to
use strong medicines
on their face or take
tablets with a poor safety
record. This new system could be the
answer for these patients.”
Acne is caused by excessive oil,
called sebum, being generated by
the sebaceous glands. Pores become
blocked, leading to a build up of bacteria that trigger inflammation and
unsightly spots.
Around 60 per cent of British people either have acne or have suffered
from it at some point in their life.
In a 2014 Harvard study, 23 volunteers were given the gold dust treatment. After 12 weeks, inflammation
in the gold-dust group had dropped
by 34 per cent, compared with 16 per
cent in the face-wash control group.
Although the gold therapy appeared
to work, experts expressed concerns
about the long-term effects of destroying the sebaceous glands.
SPACE
Across
‘Advanced’ aliens pose real
threat, warns UFO hunter
By Tom Embury-Dennis
The existence of UFOs using technology more advanced than human
capabilities has been proved “beyond reasonable doubt”, the former
head of a secret US government programme has said.
Luis Elizondo, who quit as head of
the Advanced Threat Identification
Programme (AATIP) two months
ago, warned nations now “had to be
conscious” of the potential threat
posed by unidentified flying objects.
The unit, which the Department
of Defence insisted was terminated
in 2012, produced documents that
described sightings of aircraft travelling at extremely high speeds with
no visible signs of propulsion.
“In my opinion, if this was a court
of law, we have reached the point
of ‘beyond reasonable doubt’. I
hate to use the term UFO but
that’s what we’re looking at,” Mr
Elizondo said.
“I think it’s pretty clear this is
not us, and it’s not anyone else, so
one has to ask the question where
they’re from.”
1
Packing up pugilism
(6)
3
A time to put on
weight somewhere
in Ohio (6)
4
Adequate? No huge,
as it turns out (6)
Down
Luiz Elizondo claims it is ‘beyond
reasonable doubt that UFOs exist’
The Pentagon said AATIP closed
five years ago, but according to its
backers it remains in existence in
some form.
1
Be led a merry
dance, as Mr Bumble
was (6)
2
Terrible chagrin
when one left
creature that stole
Christmas (6)
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CHARITY
‘Breakfast at the weekend is a special occasion.
It’s normally a fry-up with potatoes and beans’
By Rebecca Armstrong
Recipe Green Shakshuka
As households across the UK tuck
into slabs of cold turkey and another
helping of Christmas pudding today,
spare a thought for the thousands
of British children who miss out
on a filling, healthy breakfast each
morning. One man doing his best to
help the nation feed itself for less is
Miguel Barclay, aka the £1 chef. The
37-year-old Londoner set himself a
challenge of cooking good meals on
a minuscule budget by shopping at
discount supermarkets and using
bargain-priced ingredients. The
result: a set of recipes that will feed a
family of four for a week for just £28.
He is backing i’s Christmas
Appeal to help Magic Breakfast give
thousands of pupils a healthy start
to the day.
To make 1 portion
A few spring onions, chopped
Handful of frozen peas
Handful of spinach
1 egg
20g feta cheese, crumbled
Olive oil
Salt and pepper
To cook
Pan-fry the spring
onions in a splash
of olive oil over a
medium heat for a
couple of minutes.
Meanwhile, defrost
the peas in a colander
under the hot tap.
Add the peas to the pan along with
the spinach and a big pinch of salt
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and filled with bacon, cheese and
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to the pool. To this day, if my wife
wants a little treat, she asks me to
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eat breakfast once a week, at the
weekend, so it’s more of a special
occasion. It’s normally a fry-up, and
it has to have some sort of potatoes.
And it has to have baked beans – my
wife doesn’t like it, but I love beans.
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toast. But if my mum was making
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credibility
A step in right
direction on
human rights
Dreaming of a
conservative
Christmas
The one thing
to watch
on TV today
The Daily Telegraph
The Spectator
Washington Post
The Guardian
Refinery29
Daily Mail
How can the police
be too powerful and
too feeble at the same
time? This is perhaps
the greatest avoidable
scandal of our age,
and yet nobody ever
does anything about
it. I shuddered when
I first heard of the
Damian Green case,
sensing in it a threat to
freedom in general, as
I often do these days.
The initial arrest was
dubious and looked
political. This doesn’t
just affect politicians.
Thanks to powers
very foolishly given to
them, the police now
act as judge and jury
in thousands of cases.
They can publicly ruin
a person by noisily
arresting him in a wellpublicised dawn raid.
(Peter Hitchens)
I have vague memories
of visiting the only
church in my home
town in Bangladesh
with Christian friends,
but that tradition
stopped once they
left the country. So I
don’t have a historical
connection with
Christmas, nor do
I have a religious
connection to it. But
happily, neither of
those factors dampen
my Christmas spirit in
the slightest. There’s
a saying in my native
Bengali – religion is
personal, festival is
universal. In a world
where much more
appears to divide us
than unite us, the
importance of the
sentiment captured by
this saying is immense.
(Dia Chakravarty)
Quote of
the day
Accusations that
Oscar Maradiaga, an
influential cardinal in
Honduras, received
hundreds of thousands
of dollars from a
Catholic university in
his ceremonial role
as its chancellor, are
a disaster for Pope
Francis. The cardinal
is not a member of
the sleazy Vatican
old guard whom the
Pope was elected to
remove. He is one
of Francis’s closest
allies. Though he
may not realise it,
Francis’s personal
credibility is now so
fragile that the office
of the papacy is losing
some of its spiritual
authority. He has very
little time in which to
put matters right.
(Damian Thompson)
There was
understandable
scepticism that the
Trump team would
enthusiastically
enforce the Global
Magnitsky Human
Rights Accountability
Act, which authorises
the US President to
sanction those who
abuse human rights.
But the first list of
targets was a clear
sign that the Trump
administration is
supporting the law.
No matter how or
why it happened, this
is a step in the right
direction for the
administration.
Still, without an
organised and wellarticulated human
rights policy, it won’t
be nearly enough.
(Josh Rogin)
Christmas films
– those set during
Christmas, and those
we habitually watch
between Christmas
and the new year
– preach social
conservatism and
the compassionate
possibilities of
capitalism. Meanwhile,
if you aren’t chosen
for wealth and
good fortune, they
preach acceptance
and gratitude. Suck
your fate down, for
there are no real
gifts at Christmas.
For women, the
Christmas genre is
gruesome. Home Alone
is a warning to bad
mothers. She literally
forgot Kevin. No
wonder he felt the urge
to be unforgettable.
(Tanya Gold)
Louisa May Alcott’s
tale of the four March
sisters of Concord,
Massachusetts,
makes for perfect
holiday, everyonegather-round-thetelly viewing. The
screenwriter Heidi
Thomas (who, as
creator of Call the
Midwife, could probably
pen a heartwarming
Christmas special with
a broken Biro and 30
minutes on the clock)
strikes the right balance
between lighthearted
and winsome. Anyone
who has read the
novels or seen other
adaptations will know
exactly where the
tragedy lies, but it’s the
subtlety of other heartin-throat moments
that really linger.
(Erin Donnelly)
LifeInBrief
HEATHER HEYER MURDERED CIVIL RIGHTS ACTIVIST
I’m not sure they
had invented the
term platinum
for 70 years of
marriage when
I was born. We
weren’t expected
to last that long
The Queen
Her Christmas
speech in the year
of her 70th wedding
anniversary
In Heather Heyer’s last Facebook post,
she warned her friends: “If you’re not
outraged, you’re not paying attention.”
Heyer, who was killed at the age of 32
in August, always paid attention.
Her family remembers her as a
child who was quick to spot injustice
and call it out. She was attending a
counter-protest at a “Unite The Right”
demonstration in Charlottesville,
Virginia, earlier this year when she was
run over by James Fields Jr.
Born Heather Danielle Heyer,
Ms Heyer was the second child of
Susan Bro and Mark Heyer. She and
her brother, Nickolas, grew up in
Ruckersville, Virginia, a rural town with
an overwhelmingly white population.
She attended William Monroe
High School where, by her mother’s
admission, she wasn’t the most diligent
student. She talked of wanting to be like
a “fat cat on a pillow and not have to do
anything”, but the tributes that poured
in after her death proved that wasn’t
the whole story. She would always
stand up to a bully, once rushing to the
defence of a teacher being abused for
adopting an Asian child.
Upon leaving school, she became a
waitress. A boast about her tips – she
could make $200 in a weekend – led to
her being offered a job in Miller Law’s
bankruptcy division. Ms Heyer had no
background in law. But Alfred A Wilson,
who would become her boss, saw at
once that she was a “people person”.
Her job was to liaise with clients,
many of whom were facing eviction.
A gay, black client told Wilson that Ms
Heyer “treated me as if I was the richest
man… I was about to lose my home, but
she just saw Mr Smith”.
Ms Heyer was horrified by the
election of Donald Trump. When she
heard that far-right activists were
planning a protest in Charlottesville
about the decision to remove a statue
of the Confederate general Robert E
Lee, she knew she could not stand by.
All the same, according to her close
friend Justin Marks, she was not sure
she would attend the counter-protest.
The public was being warned to stay
away. Her mind was changed when, the
night before the rally, she saw footage of
white nationalists carrying torches as
they stormed the University of Virginia.
She was on her way home when she
was hit by Fields in his car. Thirty-five
people were injured. Ms Heyer was
killed. Her friend, Felicia Correa, said:
“She died doing what was right.”
Purple was Ms Heyer’s favourite
colour. Mourners at her funeral
dressed accordingly. Her mother gave
a stirring speech, saying: ”They tried to
kill my child to shut her up. Well, guess
what? You just magnified her.”
Since then, her mother has set up
the Heather Heyer Foundation in her
memory, funding scholarships for
trainee paralegals and social workers.
But while Ms Heyer’s family waits
for the outcome of Fields’s trial
on charges including first-degree
murder, her ashes are being kept in an
undisclosed location following threats
by Neo-Nazis. “It’s a symptom of hate in
society that you should have to protect
your child’s grave,” said her mother.
Christine Manby THE INDEPENDENT
Born 29 May 1985
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2018: what a difference a year makes
Coal got cool, Trump teed off, and Zeus fell from his pedestal
A
s we look back
now, 12 months on
from the start of
2018, it is amazing
to remember the
atmosphere of
pessimism which hung over us at
the start of the year. By contrast,
2018 has brought joyous global
unity, as fears for the present and
future melted away, leaving the
polar bear of progress splashing
around happily in its constantly
expanding sea.
President
Pence ended the
year defending
his record on the
fair distribution
of handmaids
collection of incriminating myths
containing what they described
as “quite appalling behaviour, in
the classic pattern of a powerful,
entitled male abusing his position
of influence”.
The erstwhile King of Olympus
denied any wrongdoing, claiming
that the accusations were hearsay,
although during the course of the
trial, he did turn himself into a pint
of lager and pour himself down a
stenographer’s blouse.
CAREER CHANGE OF THE YEAR
In the early months of the year,
Donald Trump continued to
divide opinion like a chainsawwielding psychopath divides a
basket full of kittens, culminating
in him attempting to shore up
his core support by pledging
to replace Obamacare with
Choleracare, under which a
life-changing dose of a serious
illness will be given to all low-rate
taxpayers and feminists.
The former President mellowed
somewhat after quitting the White
House in the wake of the Senate
vote to decommission his Twitter
account and joined the American
PGA seniors golf circuit. (“It’s what
I’ve always truly wanted to do,” said
Mr Trump as he teed off with the
late Bobby Jones at the Codgercorp
Nursing Home Invitational
in Phoenix.)
The new Secretary Of State,
Gennadiy Arcadiyevich Solpovolov,
made a strong impression in his
first few months in the job, despite
some murmurings of discontent
about his suspiciously sudden rise
up the political ranks from total
obscurity, while President Mike
Pence ended the year defending
his government’s record on the fair
distribution of handmaids.
SURVIVOR OF THE YEAR
If Theresa May triumphs in the
election on 10 January, it will
make it an unprecedented five
general election wins for the
beleaguered Prime Minister, even if
the much-desired overall majority
remains a pipe dream.
She clings to power with
impressive tenacity. A final, binding
intermediate decision on the
preliminary terms for the opening
pre-secessionary phase of Brexit
should materialise early in the
new year.
ENTREPRENEUR OF THE YEAR
Elon Musk, the obviously fictitious
entrepreneur, inventor and
APPS OF THE YEAR
Downfall of the
year: Zeus denied a
string of historical
sex crimes
futuristic visionarian, launched
the first prototype of his muchanticipated new Hyperpult, a
transcontinental catapult that
can fire passengers from Berlin to
San Francisco using only energy
from recycled avocado stones. It
promises to revolutionise global
travel as soon as the landing mat
proves more reliable.
But the entrepreneur who
made the biggest impact in 2018
was Musk’s rival, Arnelius Snork,
whose downloadable potato offers
hope of an end to global hunger,
just as soon as the retail price
of the accompanying Snorktech
VegePrinter 8000 falls below the
£99,000 mark.
DOPING SCANDAL OF THE YEAR
Will politics ever be the same
again? After Philip Hammond was
forced to resign as Chancellor
of the Exchequer after testing
positive for fiscambutamol, an
illegal economics-enhancing
steroid, can we truly trust our
politicians anymore?
FASHION TREND OF THE YEAR
Invisible tattoos were the hot
celebrity trend of the year, as
A-listers lined up to tell the gossip
mags the moving personal stories
behind what was not visible on
their skin.
SPORTS STORY OF THE YEAR
The 2018 football World Cup
dominated the sports year, as the
self-proclaimed “most defensive
sport in the world” built on its
global popularity with a flurry of
all-inaction, nil-nil stalemates,
praised by learned critics for
the thrillingly organised tactical
discipline of the teams and the
managers’ quite intoxicating
minimisation of risk.
Underdogs England, after a
reassuringly unadventurous
0-0 draw with Panama, made it
through to the knockout phases,
and came home to a heroes’
welcome after a backs-to-thewall 1-0 defeat in the quarter
final against Brazil, having sat
tenaciously on their one-goal deficit
for 89 minutes after Gary Cahill’s
early own-goal, a hoofed clearance
which ricocheted into the net off
nine different team-mates’ legs in a
crowded six-yard box.
CULTURAL EVENT OF THE YEAR
Michael Gove’s debut volume of
autobiographical beat poetry,
Minister Sinister, became the
most-read collection of verse since
There Once Was A Lonely Old Duck
– The Limericks Of Neville
Chamberlain hit the shelves in 1937.
The Queen’s album of thumping
hard-palace dance anthems
topped the charts for 15 weeks
either side of the royal wedding,
and provided further proof of
Her Majesty’s willingness to
move with the times to keep the
monarchy relevant.
DOWNFALL OF THE YEAR
The retired former No 1-ranked
ancient Greek deity, Zeus, became
the latest high-profile figure to
be prosecuted for historical sex
crimes, after police were handed a
Hot on the heels of the likes of
Uber and AirBnb, sharing-economy
apps continued to dominate the
mobile world.
FinishMyDate enabled romanceseekers to tag into someone else’s
awkward dinner with a neartotal-stranger, while DoMyTime
paired up prison convicts wanting
to get back into the free world
and rebuild their lives, with
unemployed agoraphobes.
ENVIRONMENTAL
HERO OF THE YEAR
Before his departure from
the White House, Mr Trump
announced a $250bn (£187bn) fossilbreeding scheme. “Fossil fuels are
a fundamental human right for
all Americans,” said the tearaway
tycoon in an emotional speech
at the annual American Luddite
Convention, attended by 83 million
delegates in North Dakota.
“But we must think of future
generations, and replace what we
are using, so that our children, and
their children, and their children’s
children, can still drive a truck
to church, and enjoy the simple
pleasures of coal.”
Andy Zaltzman is performing in
‘2017: The Certifiable History’ at
the Soho Theatre until 6 January
and is on tour with ‘Satirist For Hire’
from 13 January. For tickets, see
andyzaltzman.co.uk/shows
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TEXTS, TWEETS
AND EMAILS
The famed
Johnson tact
Blessed are the
moneymakers
Not known in my own
circles for tact, even
I cringed at the latest
news stories about Boris
Johnson. Surely, “I’m a
clever man pretending
to be a buffoon” has long
lost its place in modern
diplomacy, if indeed it
ever had one.
MARGARET BENNETT
SALTBURN-BY-THE-SEA,
NORTH YORKSHIRE
Was anyone else
confused by Edwina
Currie’s Yuletide
message (My View,
21 December)? In what
appeared to be a wistful
lament to Thatcherite
“trickle-down”
economics, she asked
us to tug our forelocks
to the nation’s wealth
mantra. The “risk takers”,
from pension-conscious
buy-to-let investors
to rhapsodising
entrepreneurs, are
the people to back in
an apparent call for
deregulation and softer
taxation. But recent
history has taught us
that when the risktakers mess up, it is the
underlings who suffer
the consequences
and the taxpayer who
ultimately foots the bill.
Letting loose the
entrepreneurs seems
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an unlikely solution
to our productivity
problems and would
do little to balance the
gross inequalities in
society, which are all
too apparent at this
time of year.
BOB STEVENSON
HUDDERSFIELD
police force was simply
enforcing laws made by
the Government.
ADRIAN MANN
YORK
Take heart from
Christmas spirit
Waving the flag
for our cheeses
Praise for i’s
Christmas elves
As someone who
regularly worked
on Christmas Day, I
appreciate the fact that
the staff of i were in the
office yesterday, getting
the Boxing Day edition of
the newspaper ready.
My worst Christmas
Day stint was when,
because of the quirks of
shift patterns, I spent 15
hours in a British Rail
control office on my own.
Thanks for producing a
great paper.
DAVE GORE
AINTREE, LIVERPOOL
Police are only
following orders
That the Tory goverment
is incensed by the
actions of the police
over the Damian Green
affair is heavily ironic.
As a former employee of
the National Coal Board,
I remember miners
feeling similarly miffed
when, in striking to try to
protect their livelihoods
in 1984, they were given
a bruising by the boys in
blue. In both cases, the
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be happy to take his
argument more seriously.
JOHN SHANKS
FIFE
Both Michael Gove and
your correspondent
Julian Self (Your View,
22 December) are to be
commended for agreeing
to promote English
cheese – but there is no
need to mix and match
across different counties
to show the flag.
Cheshire cheese,
reputedly the oldest type
of English cheese, has
always been the most
patriotic in the nation;
our county produces red,
white and blue Cheshire.
GRAHAM S PROCTOR
PIPERS ASH, CHESHIRE
Legal execution
is a tough call
It is a bit ironic that we
don’t allow people who
want to die to die, but
your correspondent Dr
R Clipperton (Your View,
23 December) proposes
that we coldly and legally
execute people.
The argument that
“sometimes the innocent
are executed”is met with
the response “it’s still for
the greater good”. If Dr
Clipperton can tell me
he would be happy for an
innocent member of his
family to be executed for
the greater good, I would
I wish I could say I
disagree with her, but I
haven’t been able to put
out of my mind Yasmin
Alibhai-Brown’s column
(My View, 20 December).
Bijan Ebrahimi, Grenfell
Tower, prisons – I feel as
dispirited as she does.
Yet, as a Christian, I
also rejoice in the hope
of Christmas.
MICHAEL BRUECK
HIGH PEAK,
DERBYSHIRE
Cheats never
prosper
Tom Utley is so wrong
about Monopoly
(Opinion Matrix, 23
December); like all
games, you get out of it
what you put in. As for
character building, that’s
only part of the story –
games are also character
revealing. In my early
life, I played Monopoly
against a friend who
invariably tried to cheat,
and I almost invariably
won. That’s what I call
revealing. Do Mr Utley’s
co-workers recognise
this? Does he induce
tedium, boredom and
internecine strife?
PAUL CROSS
GLASTONBURY,
SOMERSET
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more than
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you’ll be
figured out’
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Alan Bennett on ‘Love Island’:
‘It’s like Bloomsbury-on-Sea’
Of the many unexpected twists and
turns of 2017, perhaps the most
shocking was the revelation that
Alan Bennett watched – and mused
upon – ITV’s reality show Love Island.
The playwright, socialist and selfproclaimed “old git” delved into the
sexually charged programme, which
was the surprise hit of the summer.
Bennett, 83, writes in his diary of
2017, to be published in the London
Review of Books next month: “A
programme currently said to be
unexpectedly popular is Love
Island, which is similar in format
to Big Brother in that a dozen
or so good-looking young
people are isolated in a
luxurious villa on (I think)
Mallorca. The premise of
the programme is that the
participants will – and
indeed must – pair off,
failure to do so meaning
that the unlucky ones have
to pack their bags.”
He suggests that the
programme’s frequent tiffs
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One Cornetto?
Not for ‘Spaced’
man Frost
and focus on “personal relations”
can be traced back to Virginia Woolf
and the sexually liberated lives of the
Bloomsbury Group in the early 20th
century. He ponders: “It occurs to me
that, tedious though the programme
is, it has immensely respectable
origins – indeed the best.
“It is, after all, Bloomsbury (though
whether in the person of GE Moore,
EM Forster or the sainted Virginia
[Woolf] herself I’m not sure),
whose motto was ‘personal
relations for ever and ever’,
which, lolling about on the
sun-baked lawns, these
gorgeous creatures are
indeed subscribing to.
“Walberswick was
always thought to be
Bloomsbury-on-Sea,
but its ultimate location
could now claim to be
Love Island.”
If only I could have come
up with such an erudite
excuse for wasting my
whole summer watching it.
Alan Bennett
(inset left)
suggests
that the cast
of ‘Love
Island’ are
subscribing
to the
Bloomsbury
set’s focus
on ‘personal
relations for
ever and ever’
It is 13 years since Nick Frost
appeared in Shaun of the Dead, and
almost 20 since he co-starred in the
Channel 4 sitcom Spaced.
But both are still so popular that
Frost, 45, cannot escape either. So
what do fans shout at him the
most in the street?
The comedy
actor (right) tells
i the answer is
“Cornetto” – a
reference to his
most famous line
in Shaun of the
Dead. “I get that a
lot,” he says. “There’s
another way that it
happens, too, usually
when you’re in a black cab. The driver
says: ‘You were in Spaced, weren’t
you?’ and you say: ‘Yeah, yeah I was’.
And he replies: ‘I liked that – didn’t
like anything else but I liked that’.
Why would you say that? Just leave it
at liking Spaced.”
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We need a bit more merrymaking to lighten winter
T
here’s something a bit
masochistic about how
Britain has come to spend
its cold, rainy months. Other
cultures, religions and nations seem
to understand that the darkest
days of the year are the time for as
many celebrations as physically
possible, a constant glut of hearty
food and candles to ward off the
increasing gloom.
CULTURE
David
Levesley
Penny Sale
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We just have Halloween, Bonfire
Night and Christmas. Only three
celebrations to keep us buoyant
and hungover through the autumn
and winter.
What’s most perplexing is that
England has a long tradition of
excellent and archaic traditions
we could be using to expand
Christmas well beyond the
day itself (though I have
no plans to advocate
for the Nativity Fast,
which is as depressing
as it sounds).
In my teens, living
in Dorset with my
parents, the annual
Bournemouth Symphony
Orchestra concert began
to metamorphose. Gone was
“White Christmas” performed by
visiting West End stars, and instead
came “Here We Come A-Wassailing”
performed by a local folk troupe The
New Scorpion Band. “Walking in the
Air” disappeared, and instead we
had a choir dressed like extras from
a Thomas Hardy adaptation, and a
Mummers play where we cheered on
Saint George and Saint Nick in their
war against the Saracens.
All right, so maybe there’s a
reason we’ve taken a break on
some of Britain’s oldest winter
celebrations: Darkie Day is now rife
with racism, and the dramatisation
of the Turkish as evil vagabonds is
maybe best left to Boris Johnson.
But these are far from fundamental
to the proceedings: Mumming
does not need to be xenophobic,
wassailing (inset) does not have to
be bigoted. In fact, their relative
obscurity gives us a chance to bring
them back in better forms without
acolytes being too precious.
Wassailing, fundamentally, is
just carolling: the word
comes from an Old
English greeting,
and involves going
singing door-to-door
and drinking from
the “wassail bowl”
(a cider punch,
basically). Mummers
plays are sort of the
mid ground between
medieval miracle plays
and pantomimes, short plays by
amateur actors usually centring
on mythical British stories and
sword fights in which the loser is
brought back to life. They were
staged especially at Christmas and
remind us of some of the roots of
the British sensibility: agriculture,
community, and a difficult
relationship with aristocrats.
We need a little bit more light and
a bit more frequent merrymakingin our autumn and winter. There is
something bodily, uproarious and
elemental about our wassailing
pasts. Learn the words to “Gaudete”,
mull some scrumpy, and if it’s not
quite enough we’ll just have to bring
back Candlemas, too.
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for the fact every other Christian
country seems to have got the
message. Our harvest festival is
only for primary school children,
Martinmas the preserve of Eastern
Europe, and Michaelmas little more
than an oddity of the Oxbridge
university calendar. We haven’t
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hristmas is a lovely time
of year if you are lucky
enough to be well, to have
friends and family around
you and to feel in control of your life.
However, for many people it is a time
that they dread. As the nights draw
in during the winter, many older
people talk about how much more
difficult it is to be on your own.
In a recent interview, Jacqueline
Wilson expressed her concerns
about children also feeling worried
and isolated. But I was heartened by
her suggestion in another interview
that she hopes her books will
reassure children going through a
difficult time and “make them feel as
if they’re not alone”.
If reading can, as Jacqueline
suggests, provide reassurance and
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A Hard Day’s Knight... Ringo Starr
‘chuffed to bits’ over news of honour
By Padraic Flanagan
Ringo Starr, the Beatles drummer, is to be knighted in the New
Year’s Honours.
The 77-year-old musician will join
his bandmate Sir Paul McCartney as
a knight, 52 years after being made
a MBE.
Sir Paul was knighted in 1997 but,
according to newspaper reports,
Starr had given up hope of a further
honour until a letter arrived from the
Palace several weeks ago.
The knighthood will be awarded
for services to music and charity and
announced next week along with a
full list of official recipients.
A close family friend told The Sun
on Sunday: “It came as a bolt from the
blue. Ringo was totally knocked sideways but is chuffed to bits.”
“He’ll feel 10ft tall when he goes
back. Sadly, two of the Beatles, John
Lennon and George Harrison, are no
longerhere to behonouredinasimilar
way. But giving Ringo a knighthood
will go some way towards recognising the enormous contribution the
Beatles made to popular music. He is
a beacon of Beatlemania.”
In 1965, all four members of the
Beatles were made MBEs at Buckingham Palace. John Lennon famously returned his honour to the Queen
in protest at the Vietnam War.
The musician
had reportedly
given up hope of
such an honour
Sir Paul has previously suggested
his friend, whose real name is Richard Starkey, had been robbed of a
deserved knighthood, telling NME in
2011 it was “about time”.
Starr’s charity work includes donations to causes supporting AIDS
awareness, abused children, human
rights, poverty around the world and
the creative arts.
Nigel Farage, the former Ukip leader,
has claimed he has been overlooked
for a knighthood because of his role
in helping take Britain out of the
European Union.
The Brexit campaigner (inset)
complained in The Daily Telegraph
that he was being snubbed because
of his political allegiances.
“Of course I have not got an
honour of any kind – I am not a
Remainer,” he said. “Every one of
them got CBEs.
“I have got a
Brexmas present far
more important
than the honour,.
A campaign to
get back British
blue passports has
been successful. I
held that passport up
every day [during the
referendum campaign] so I couldn’t
be happier.”
Ringo suggested this year
that he voted Leave in the
Brexit referendum, saying afterwards: “The people voted and they
have to get on with it.”
Yippee ki yay! ‘Die Hard’ confirmed as a Christmas film
Die Hard’s screenwriter has finally
put to bed a debate that has raged
throughout the festive period –
whether the classic action film should
be considered a Christmas movie.
While a YouGov poll showed that a
majority of people would not view the
1988 film, starring Bruce Willis, as a
Christmas movie, writer Steven E de
Souza disagrees.
The film follows Willis as the New
York cop John McClane, who attempts to free his wife and other hostages from an office block taken over
by terrorists in Los Angeles. Considered a classic of the action genre, the
film’s plot is set on Christmas Eve –
hence the fierce debate.
Responding on Twitter to a fan
who had listed its festive components and asked “how could it not be
a Christmas movie?”, de Souza said:
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“Plus a woman about to give birth
features prominently.”
He was then asked formally on the
social media platform by CNN host
Jake Tapper whether the film is a
Christmas movie. Mr de Souza responded “Yes” along with the hashtag: #DieHardisaChristmasMovie.
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Connery
makes name
for himself
By Martyn McLaughlin
It is a shrewd act, and one
that puts one of Britain’s most
famous actors in the same
company as global superstars
rapper 50 Cent, former
England footballer David
Beckham and singer Beyoncé.
Sir Sean Connery, one of the
world’s most recognisable men,
has discreetly trademarked his
own name in order to protect
his brand and prevent others
from cashing in on his fame.
Documents filed in both the
EU and the US show that the
veteran Scots star has enlisted
the help of lawyers to ensure
that he alone can turn a profit
by licensing his name for use.
The decision to trademark a
name has become increasingly
popular among younger, highearning celebrities in recent
years. But even though more
than a decade has passed
since Sir Sean, 87, brought the
curtain down on his awardwinning film career, the
former James Bond remains a
formidable commercial draw,
and he has advertised products
including Louis Vuitton and
Dewar’s whisky.
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What do you mean, the Tories had a bad year?
Conservative
comedian and
keen Brexiteer
Geoff Norcott
on the highlights
for the Tories in
an eventful
12 months
Cough it up:
things could
only get better
for Theresa
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Non-disastrous Budget
It might seem like aiming low to
celebrate this, but Conservative
budgets have become a landmine
the Chancellor has a statutory
obligation to stand on. The main
way to judge if it’s gone badly is:
were Labour able to use an emotive
word followed by the word ‘tax’?
(‘Granny Tax’, ‘Dementia Tax’ and
– most incendiary of all – ‘Pasty
Tax’). Phillip Hammond found a
clever way around budget pitfalls by
promising nothing whatsoever.
Coughing fit omnishambles
At the time, I was the only person
in Britain to rightly conclude this
wasn’t the end for Theresa May.
It was like watching an alcoholic
hitting rock bottom: I knew if she
could get through that, she’d be OK.
Since then, her performance has
vastly improved. It was like a cat
finally coughing up an enormous
political furball.
Emergence of Ruth Davidson
Corbyn’s hubris
After Labour’s triumphant defeat at
the general election, Corbyn (below)
made noises about reaching out to
all wings of his party. Since then he’s
pursued a radical policy of changing
nothing whatsoever.
The top four
are still Corbyn,
John McDonnell,
Diane Abbott and
Emily Thornberry.
It may be feted by
the hard left, but it’s
the kind of front bench
to send middle England
scouring the Paradise
Papers for safe havens.
Granted, the right made
a mistake this summer by
going too hard at Corbyn when
the British public had mostly
concluded he wasn’t an Isis
splinter cell. But Corbyn’s great
weakness is still his loyalty to
electoral liabilities like Abbott
and McDonnell.
a small polling deficit is a highlight,
but after the election it seemed
like Labour would open up a big
lead. Yet many polls are showing
virtual parity between the two. You
sometimes get the impression Boris
could rugby tackle every child on
the planet and the Conservative
vote would still be holding up
around the 40 per cent mark.
Standing up to Trump
May has now stood up to Trump
three times during his Presidency:
over the travel ban, Paris
agreement and more recently his
retweeting of Britain First. It might
not seem much, but she’s done more
in one year than Blair managed to
do in seven years with George
Dubbyah. It’s too easy to say
she’s only doing so out of
self-preservation. If Tony
had been in power now, he’d
be caddying for Trump
at Mar-a-Lago,
chanting: “Build the
wall! Build the wall!”
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May has struggled
to make headway
on social justice,
given the mammoth
task that is Brexit,
but the racial audit was a genuinely
radical act. The left can tend
towards complacency in their
expectation of the Bame vote.
The Tories are wise to make an
aspirational pitch in this area while
the likes of Emma Dent Coad and
Clive Lewis continue to think black
people are contractually obliged to
vote Labour.
Labour’s Brexit fudge
Corbyn’s approach to Brexit
has been surreal at times. While
negotiations were hitting the rocks
he stood up at PMQs and asked
questions about Lewis Hamilton’s
yacht. The Tories have been guilty
of staggering incompetence at
times, but the electorate are getting
wise to the opposition’s lack of
a coherent alternative. Labour
claiming they’d end freedom of
movement while staying in the
single market is like vegans making
an exception for popcorn chicken.
Florence speech
May is a strange bundle of
contradictions. When
confronted with a soft
interview on The One
Show she looked like
a hamster having a
panic attack – yet stick
her in front of a whole
continent under huge
pressure and the head
girl showed how she got the
gig. Maybe she’s a “shit hitting the
fan” kind of politician, in which
case, this is the perfect time for
her to be Prime Minister. The fan
is massive and the country has
permanent diarrhoea.
Parity in the polls
You know it’s been a lean year when
Unlike Labour, the Tories have
credible leadership options going
forward. This is useful flexibility in
a time when Momentum demand
kangaroo courts for anyone without
a tattoo of Jeremy Corbyn’s face.
The best of these options is Ruth
Davidson (inset). The left are fond
of their clichéd criticisms of
Conservative politicians, so
as a working class lesbian,
Ruth would at least force
them to up their insult
game. Davidson would
destroy Corbyn at
the dispatch box. And
Jacob Rees-Mogg would
also do well to avoid
being stuck in a lift with
her in light of his antiquated
views on gay marriage... and
everything, really.
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RUSSIA
Navalny barred from
presidential election
By Padraic Flanagan
The Russian opposition leader Alexei
Navalny has been formally barred
from challenging Vladimir Putin in
next year’s presidential election.
The country’s Central Election
Commission voted yesterday that
the 41-year-old anti-corruption
crusader was not eligible to
stand as a candidate.
Mr Navalny (inset)
was told he is barred
from running for office
because of a previous
conviction in a fraud
case, which his supporters claim was politically
motivated. The campaigner could have run if he had a
special dispensation or if his conviction was cancelled.
President Vladimir Putin, widely
expected to win the 18 March election, is running for a fourth term in
office that would see him become the
longest-serving Russian leader since
Joseph Stalin.
The election commission’s head,
Ella Pamfilova, said her institution
was simply applying the law which
disqualifies Mr Navalny. Twelve of
the 13 members rejected his application as candidate, with one member
abstaining saying they had a conflict
of interest.
Mr Navalny, the most serious challenger Mr Putin has faced in his 18
years in power, urged his supporters to boycott the March vote.
He said: “We’re declaring a strike by voters. The
procedure that we’re
invited to take part in
is not an election. Only
Putin and the candidates that he personally chose, ones who don’t
pose the slightest threat to
him, are taking part.”
He also said he would appeal
against the decision in Russia’s Constitutional Court.
Polling agencies show Mr Putin,
who is expected to file his nomination
papers today, all but certain to win
the election. He has an 80 per cent
approval rating among Russian citizens. But Mr Navalny has managed to
galvanise some voters with his grassroots campaign.
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Thousands evacuated ahead of typhoon
By Jim Gomez
Hundreds of thousands of people
in Vietnam’s Mekong Delta were
evacuated yesterday as the region
braced itself for the arrival of Typhoon Tembin after the storm
left more than 160 people dead in
the Philippines.
Weather forecasters were expecting the delta’s southern tip
to be in Tembin’s path, and said
Melania and Donald Trump, at Mar-a-Lago in Florida, talk with children on the
telephone about Santa’s movements across the world on Christmas Eve AP
UNITED STATES
Trump decries
‘fake polls’ in face
of dismal rating
By Andrew Buncombe
IN MINNEAPOLIS
Donald Trump has attacked “fake
polls” and “fake news” as surveys
show he entered the holiday season
with the lowest approval rating
in modern presidential history. “The Fake News refuses
to talk about how Big and
how Strong our BASE
is,” he wrote on Twitter,
displaying his trademark
affection for capital letters.
“They show Fake Polls just
like they report Fake News. Despite only negative reporting, we are
doing well – nobody is going to beat us.
MAKE AMERICA GREAT AGAIN.”
Mr Trump approaches the end of
2017 amid a flurry of polls that show
him with a dismal approval rating.
A poll released last week by CNN
found that it had tumbled to just
35 per cent, from the 45 per cent
he enjoyed in March shortly after
taking office.
A nonpartisan poll released by
NBC/Wall Street Journal found the
president’s approval rating stood at
40 per cent. Peter Hart, a Democrat
who helped conduct the poll, said his
final survey of 2017 found Mr Trump
had “lost the support and respect of a
majority of Americans in his first
year as President”.
Meanwhile, a tracker from the political data site FiveThirtyEight put
his rating at 37.1 per cent. It said that
dating back to President Harry
Truman (inset) in 1945, at
Day 337 of his first term
every president had an
approval rating at least 10
percentage points better
than Mr Trump .
Yet, while Mr Trump is
may be off target in his criticism of the polls and the media
organisations, he is at least partly
right about his claim that he retains
intense loyalty among his base of supporters. In October, a Fox News poll
found that 83 per cent of Republican
voters still approved of Mr Trump,
compared to just 7 per cent of Democrats. THE INDEPENDENT
Just hours after signing a
tax bill that cut taxes for
the rich and corporations, Donald
Trump reportedly told friends at
his private Florida club: “You all
just got a lot richer.”
NORTH KOREA
Giving up nuclear arms ‘a pipedream’
By Alice Hearing
North Korea has said it is a
“pipe dream” for the United
States to think it will give up its
nuclear weapons.
It also called the latest UN
sanctions to target the country
“an act of war” that violates its
sovereignty. The UN Security
Council unanimously approved
tough new sanctions against
North Korea on Friday in
response to its latest launch of a
ballistic missile that Pyongyang
says can reach anywhere on the
US mainland.
The resolution was drafted by
the US and negotiated with the
North’s closest ally, China. AP
heavy rain and strong winds last
night could cause serious damage
in the vulnerable region, where
facilities are not built to cope with
such severe weather.
The national television station
VTV reported that several hundred thousand people were being
evacuated from their houses,
which are mostly made from tin
sheets and wooden panels.
Over the weekend, Tembin un-
leashed landslides and flash floods
that killed at least 164 people and
left 171 others missing in the Philippines. More than 97,000 people
remained in 261 evacuation centres across the south yesterday
while nearly 85,000 others were
displaced and staying elsewhere.
The hardest-hit areas were
Lanao del Norte and Lanao del
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‘It’s like one big
family... we’re all
humans, we’re
all the same’
Shelter aims to create a home from
home. By Chloë Hamilton
A
Christmas tree
dressed in winking
fairy lights and
surrounded by a pile
of presents stands in
the corner of the room. Stockings
stuffed with gifts are on the floor,.
The smell of sizzling sausages
wafts through the room and
Wizzard’s “I Wish it Could be
Christmas Every Day” blares out
of the speakers.
This is Christmas morning at
the Jimmy’s Cambridge shelter.
Jimmy’s, which opened originally
as a night shelter in 1995, offers
24/7 emergency accommodation
and supported housing for people
who would otherwise be
homeless or in vulnerable
housing. People in need
stay at Jimmy’s while
support workers
help get them into
suitable second-stage
accommodation.
Inevitably, though, this
means some will spend the
festive period at the shelter.
One such person is 61-year-old
Francis, who struggles with
alcohol addiction and arrived at
Jimmy’s on Christmas Eve having
been released from prison in the
West Midlands two days earlier.
In and out of prison, Francis
hasn’t seen his son for nearly 12
years and has never met his two
grandchildren. But that doesn’t
stop him thinking of them. “I think
about them every day, what I’ve
lost. It’s all the alcohol. You just
take the alcohol to switch off your
mind,” he says, explaining that
he’s spent most of his Christmases
behind bars. “I’m not really a
Christmas person to be honest,”
he says. “I mean, I was when I
was married.” But Christmas at
Jimmy’s, he says, is nice. “People
are all happy.”
It’s true. The shelter – which
can accommodate 26 residential
guests and 14 additional guests
over Christmas – is buzzing with
music and chatter. There are dogs
tumbling among the presents,
and volunteers and staff are clad
in Christmas jumpers and elf
hats. But on the periphery
are people who, it
seems, are keen to
keep themselves to
themselves, quietly
eating a cooked
breakfast or slowly
rifling through a
stocking, headphones
plugged in.
Christmas can be a
difficult time of year for
many Jimmy’s residents. Helen,
54, a support worker, says: “We
have to be sensitive to people’s
needs. Some people are quite
happy that it’s Christmas and (for)
other people it’s a very sad time, it
can be quite distressing.”
Another guest, 36-year-old
Shelley, approaches me and tells
me, quietly, that she’s feeling
tearful. Her eyes brim. Shelley
has been at Jimmy’s for four
weeks. She arrived at the shelter
Jack Marriott and his pet
Kaiser (left) and Jak Newstead
with Buster; (inset below)
resident Ryan Young with
volunteer Ellen Waters
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with her partner after sleeping
rough for four and a half months.
“It was cold, really cold,” she
says. “In here it’s like an oven.”
She explains that her partner
is in hospital having had his leg
amputated two days ago following
a blood clot caused by “too much
injecting”. She’s desperate to see
him but doesn’t have the funds for
a taxi. Her voice breaks. Jimmy’s
is helping her find somewhere
to move to with her partner, she
tells me. Where would she like to
go? “Anywhere. Anywhere with
him.” I run into her later on and
learn that staff at the shelter have
given her money to get to the
hospital. She’s emotional
but happy.
On Christmas morning, Jimmy’s
residents are handed their own
stocking by the shelter’s CEO
Henry Brown, each one packed
The main thing is seeing
their faces when they’re
given presents. A lot
haven’t had that before
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SOCIETY
Cash worries fuel
calls to Samaritans
Volunteers for the Samaritans
have spoken of their experiences
helping those in need over the
festive season, as they prepared
to handle around 10,000 calls on
Christmas Day.
Arup Sen, 49, a volunteer, said:
“Last year there were some issues
around money. With the adverts
they’re being encouraged to spend
both on Christmas presents, and
on food, and they can’t. They want
to but they can’t.”
He said: “There was sort of a
pressure on people to feel happy
or feel good or behave in a certain
way because it was Christmas.”
Last year the service answered
230,000 calls between 18
December and 1 January. It
responds to more than 5.7 million
calls over the course of a year.
CHARITY
with goodies donated by the public
and wrapped by staff. According
to Jan, 66, a support worker,
watching the guests open their
presents is incredibly moving.
“The main thing, for me is seeing
their faces when they’re given the
presents because a lot of them
haven’t had that before, or it’s just
something that they’re not used
to,” she says. “It’s really good to
see that people care enough to
give something to somebody else
that they don’t know.”
The atmosphere at the shelter
is cheery and welcoming – I’m
immediately made to feel at home.
Volunteers pop in at various
points throughout the day to help
dish up food and drink. Christmas
lunch is served buffet-style over
the afternoon. Crackers and
decorations litter the tables.
One resident, Kirsty, describes
Jimmy’s as “like one big family”.
The 36-year-old has been at the
shelter for five months. “Jimmy’s
is absolutely amazing and for
anybody to put it down – it upsets
me because, you know, we’re
all humans, we’re all the same,
some of us got problems, some
of us haven’t,” she says. Kirsty
is one of the more confident
residents. She can be heard from
across the room, laughing and
joking with other guests.
But when we talk one-to-one,
the Cambridge local – who
has been clean of drugs for a
year – suddenly appears more
vulnerable. She admits she still
finds Christmas day without her
family difficult. “It’s really, really
hard. I mean, the first thing I
did this morning was cried,” she
reveals. “When you get clean you
get all your emotions back. But
I’ve become a lot stronger because
I’ve had to be strong.”
As I leave, the residents of
Jimmy’s bid me a merry farewell.
Today, the shelter will keep up
the Christmas traditions with
festive telly and leftovers.
But the hard work to find safe
accommodation for vulnerable
people across the city will
continue long after the final turkey
sandwich has been eaten.
Euston serves up
lunch for homeless
Two hundred homeless people
tucked in to a free Christmas
dinner served by volunteers
as Euston station in London
(above) opened its doors for
the festive treat, thanks to a
partnership between charities
and Network Rail.
On the menu was a four-course
lunch including a roast dinner,
enjoyed to the accompaniment of
a piano being played.
Dozens of tables with white
tablecloths filled the usually
bustling concourse, which was
empty of travellers for the day.
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IN CARACAS
EGYPT
Envoy sorry for
‘fake news’
Call for airline
‘weight codes’
The new US ambassador to the
Netherlands has apologised for
a fake claim about fake news.
Pete Hoekstra was filmed in
2015 saying there are “no-go”
zones in the Netherlands
became of Islamist extremists.
After arriving in the
country for his new post, he
was interviewed this week by
a Dutch TV journalist who
asked him about the “no-go”
comment. Mr Hoekstra
denied saying it, calling the
journalist’s claim “fake news”.
Mr Hoekstra tweeted his
regrets about the exchange. AP
The union of Eg yptian flight
attendants has responded angrily to
a politician’s criticism of the weight
and age of female crew members
employed by the national carrier,
saying it amounted to discrimination.
Galila Othman said that the
civil aviation minister should face
questions in parliament regarding
the appearance and “proper weight”
of EgyptAir flight attendants, adding:
“We need dress and weight codes.
They shouldn’t work until they are 50.
We should move them to other jobs.”
The union called on her to first
implement her suggestions in
parliament. AP
Man injured
driving into party
headquarters
By Georg Merziger
IN BERLIN
A man drove a car at the
entrance of the Berlin
headquarters of Germany’s
Social Democratic Party
(SPD) late on Sunday evening,
lightly injuring himself in what
Opposition activists freed
from jail for Christmas
By Andrew Cawthorne
NETHERLANDS
GERMANY
VENEZUELA
police said was an apparent
suicide attempt.
Police said the car, which
crashed through the first set
of glass doors of the SPD’s
headquarters, was laden
with petrol canisters and gas
cartridges. The building’s
sprinkler system extinguished
the resulting blaze.
Authorities did not identify
the man, saying only that he
was 58 years old. It was unclear
why he had chosen the SPD.
The man was taken to hospital
for treatment. Nobody else was
hurt. REUTERS
Three dozen opponents of
Venezuela’s socialist government
were released from prison and
reunited with loved ones, as part of a
wider Christmas release.
Lambasted by critics at home and
abroad for holding about 270 activists
in jail, President Nicolas Maduro’s
administration said it was releasing
80 of them with alternative sentences
such as community service.
Thirteen were paraded in front of
television cameras at a meeting with
a senior official, Delcy Rodriguez.
She harangued them for violence and
Panama
Cultural authorities at Unesco
have recognised the artisans
of Panama for their distinctive
woven hats.
The headgear in question
– which have nothing to do
with Panama hats – is the
pintao, meaning “painted hat”.
They are handmade from five
different plants and a dose of
swamp mud.
Production of the circularbrimmed hats is still a family
affair, carried out on a
household scale.
The industry’s centre is La
Pintada, a district about 105
miles west of Panama City.
“They don’t have anything
artificial, no machinery; no
factory as such exists here in
La Pintada,” said Reinaldo
Quiros, a well-known artisan
and designer who sells hats out
of his home.
“Each artisan in his
own home makes the hats
maintaining the techniques
taught by his ancestors.”
The widely known “Panama
hat” is a brimmed hat
traditionally made in Ecuador
from the straw of the South
American toquilla palm plant.
The hats are thought to have
earned their misleading name
because many were sold in
nearby Panama to prospectors
travelling through that
country to California during
the Gold Rush.
The fibres are woven into
fine geometric designs and
integrated into the hat. AP
Juan Zamorano
subversion, but also wished them a
happy Christmas.
Alfredo Romero, whose Penal
Come in,
the water
is lovely
A participant jumps
into the water during
the 108th Copa
Nadal (Christmas
Cup) swimming
competition in
Barcelona yesterday.
More than 300 people
took part in the
200-metre race in
the Catalan city’s old
harbour. GETTY
DIPLOMACY
Israeli chess players denied visas for Saudi event
Israeli players have been denied
visas to participate in a chess
tournament hosted by Saudi Arabia,
a vice president of the World Chess
Federation (Fide) said.
Seven Israeli players had requested
visas for the tournament on 26 to 30
December. It would have marked the
first time Saudi Arabia had publicly
hosted Israelis as the Gulf state does
not recognise Israel and there are no
formal ties between them.
Israel Gelfer, vice president of
Fide, whose secretariat is based in
Athens, said that visas for the Israeli
players “will not be issued”. The
Israel Chess Federation’s spokesman,
Lior Aizenberg, said efforts were still
being made to ensure that the Israeli
players took part.
“The event is not a world
championship if they prevent players
from several countries from taking
part,” Mr Aizenberg added. REUTERS
UKRAINE
BRAZIL
REPUBLIC OF THE CONGO
By Karolina Tagaris
IN ATHENS
Postcard
From...
Eduardo Salazar (centre) is greeted
after his release from jail REUTERS
Forum group tracks the detention of
political activists, said that 36 people
were freed by yesterday morning.
But he criticised the government for
not giving them a blanket amnesty.
“They should release not just some
but all of them, and not imprison any
more,” he added.
The best-known locally were a
former provincial mayor, Alfredo
Ramos, and an opposition electoral
adviser, Roberto Picon.
“I’m happy to be free. I’m with
my family,” Mr Ramos was quoted
as saying in local media. “It was a
tough ordeal, very difficult. It was an
arbitrary detention, unjust. I didn’t
commit any crime.” REUTERS
Rebels agree
4 in 10 women
prisoner exchange are harassed
Truce agreed
with rebels
Ukrainian authorities and
separatist rebels have agreed on a
major prisoner exchange.
Separatist leaders and
a Ukrainian government
representative said yesterday
that they would exchange
prisoners tomorrow.
The Kiev representative, Viktor
Medvedchuk, said that Ukraine
was ready to release 306 people
and hoped that the separatists
would release 74 captives. AP
The government of the Republic of
the Congo has agreed a ceasefire
with rebels in the south-east
region of Pool, halting a 15-year
conflict that rights groups say
has cost dozens of lives and forced
tens of thousands of people to flee.
Political violence spiked after
a contested presidential election
in April 2016 was won by
President Denis Sassou Nguesso,
who has ruled for 33 of the past
38 years. REUTERS
At least four in 10 Brazilian women
have been sexually harassed, a survey
conducted by the polling institute
Datafolha has found.
The poll indicates 42 per cent of
those questioned have experienced
sexual harassment, with 29 per cent
of incidents happening on the street
and 22 per cent on public transport.
Experts said they believe the rate is
much higher, but women do not often
share their experiences because they
are afraid of being blamed. AP
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‘There was no one to rescue me.
My family was in Syria. I was alone’
In the first of three articles on the challenges facing women as a result of Syria’s civil
war, Laura Pitel finds many girls survive flight from war only to meet more horror
D
alal Abdullah is just
13, but her mother has
already had to fend off
a string of requests for
her hand in marriage.
A rich Syrian who knew the family
back in Aleppo whence they fled
four years ago, came and offered
20,000 Turkish lira (£4,000) for the
pretty young teenager. A wealthy
Turk offered 30,000 lira – enough
to pay the rent on their modest,
two-room apartment for the next
seven years. Dalal’s mother is
standing her ground. “She is too
young,” she says. “I will not allow it.”
But in Gaziantep, a sprawling
city just 30 miles from the Syrian
border that is now home to 320,000
refugees, many families have not
been able to refuse such huge sums
of money. Experts warn that large
numbers of teenage girls are being
married off underage, sometimes as
young as 12.
Accurate data on the extent of the
problem is hard to come by. “The
cases that are reported are just
the tip of the iceberg,” said Sanem
Ozturk, of the women’s group
Kadav. It seems that child marriage
has become one of the hidden tolls
of the Syrian refugee crisis.
The practice of marrying off
underage girls did exist in Syria
before the war, especially in rural
areas. But it has been exacerbated
by conflict. “It has got much worse,”
said Nour Burhan, who works with
the Syrian Centre for Civil Society
and Democracy in Gaziantep. “The
percentage now is scary.” She added
that in some refugee camps inside
Syria, as many as six out of 10 girls
were marrying before the age of 16.
The problem has been carried
over into Turkey, which now hosts
three million Syrians. Although
they are safe from gunfights,
barrel bombs and shelling, many
refugees battle with poverty and
hardship. Some families relinquish
their daughters in exchange for
money, or simply want one less
mouth to feed. Others believe that
marrying off their daughters will
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protect them. The harsh reality is
that they are often making them
more vulnerable.
Abeer Muhammed, a refugee
from Aleppo, married aged 15 at
the insistence of her father. Her
husband, who was five years older
than her, quickly became violent
and abusive. He would hit and beat
her, even when she was pregnant
with their child. But, having moved
with him to Istanbul, she had
nowhere to turn. “There was no
one to rescue me,” said Abeer. “My
family was in Syria. I was alone.”
Early marriage had cut short her
schooling, leaving her with no
qualifications. She did not speak
Turkish. And getting pregnant so
young caused health problems,
leading to her daughter being
born prematurely.
The legal age of marriage
in Turkey is 17, so underage
weddings take place in clandestine
ceremonies. Conducted by a local
elder and held at the family’s home,
these unofficial unions come with
none of the documents or legal
rights conferred by an official
marriage registered with civic
authorities. When Abeer eventually
broke free of her abusive husband,
she had no divorce rights or child
support because the wedding was
an unofficial religious ceremony.
Her “marriage contract” was
handwritten on a scrap of paper.
Turkish authorities are
sometimes able to intervene and
launch prosecutions. In September,
a 27-year-old Syrian man called
A family can
give a girl who
is 13, 14 or 15
years old to a
relative and no
one knows. It
stays between
them
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Yusuf Omar was arrested after his
wife visited a health clinic to seek
treatment for their one-year-old
son. Doctors were alarmed to
discover that the boy’s mother was
just 14 years old. She had married at
the age of 12.
But many girls never come
into contact with police or public
sector workers who could report
their exploitation. “A family can
give a girl who is 13, 14 or 15 years
old to a relative and no one knows.
It stays between them,” said
Mehmet Yalcinkaya, a lawyer and
a member of the Gaziantep Human
Rights Association.
“The police don’t know, the state
doesn’t know. The courts and the
police are ready to do something
but it’s hard to prove.”
Some campaigners, though,
are sceptical about Turkey’s
commitment to tackling the
practice. Women’s groups were
alarmed by a new law introduced
last month by the ruling party
that allows civil marriages to be
conducted by Muslim clerics. The
government argues that it will lead
to more marriages being officially
registered. Critics fear that clerics
will turn a blind eye to the marriage
of underage girls.
The surge in child marriage
not only harms the wellbeing
of the girls themselves, but also
hinders integration and social
cohesion. Turkish women from
low-income families in Gaziantep
feel threatened by stories of men
divorcing their wives to marry
young Syrians, or taking them as
second wives.
Most importantly, the practice
is depriving a generation of Syrian
girls of their most fundamental
rights – to safety, to a life free
of exploitation, and access to
education. Before the war, Abeer
had been a top student who one day
hoped to train as a pharmacist. But
those dreams were cut short. Today,
she is a 19-year-old single mother
living in Gaziantep, struggling to
get by.
Laura Pitel and Mary Turner
reported from Gaziantep on a
fellowship from the International
Reporting Project
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Running the
highways
and byways
of America
Inspired by Forrest Gump, a jogger
tells Louis Ashworth why he’s
crossing the US a fourth time
T
here’s a popular saying
aimed at struggling
runners. It goes: “No
matter how slow you go,
you’re lapping everyone
on the sofa”. Rob Pope, who has
been running across the United
States since September 2016,
has now lapped his settee about
3.3 million times.
Having already become the first
person to run across the US three
times in a year, the 39-year-old
Liverpudlian is currently
undertaking his fourth crossing of
North America – clocking up more
than 13,000 miles.
The total distance Pope has
covered is equivalent to running
between the North and South
Poles, then carrying on for 570
more miles – about three-quarters
of the length of the UK – on top
of that. That’s more than 500
marathons, from the Atlantic to
the Pacific and back again three
more times. He has worn through
25 pairs of trainers in the process
and is currently rotating through
pairs 26 to 28.
Pope’s epic multi-multimarathon undertaking is raising
money – about £20,000 so far – for
a range of causes. “If I wasn’t
on a mission for charity, I would
have given up after one crossing,
certainly after two,” he says. “The
only reason really why I am still
running now, apart from the fact I
like it, is to do a job”.
The runner spoke to i from the
US just after he passed the 13,000mile mark. He is keeping followers
up to date on social media. In
an Instagram post from North
Carolina earlier that day, he can
be seen thickly bearded, standing
on snow-dappled ground beside
the hard shoulder of a highway,
wearing a Forrest Gump-esque
red baseball cap. He wears a grey
track top with the words: “RUN
ROBLA RUN” emblazoned on
the front.
Pope was indeed partly
inspired by the Tom Hanks movie
character, who decides to go for a
run “for no particular reason” and
then barely stops.
“I thought ‘I should do that’.
Because of the iconic nature of
the film – and we live in such a pop
culture world now – I thought it
would just grab people’s attention.”
His charity choices were
also influenced by the movie, in
which reporters ask Gump about
the motivation for his running.
“Are you doing this for world
peace? Are you doing this for
the homeless? Are you running
for women’s rights? Or for the
environment? Or for animals?”
they ask.
“I decided that it would be
pretty cool to run for all of those
things,” says Pope. He eventually
narrowed it down to Peace Direct
and the World Wildlife Fund.
Pope wakes up before sunset
each day, and sets out on the
road as soon as he can. “I try
to get out before sunrise, but it
very rarely happens because I’m
pretty disorganised,” he says.
“I’m probably averaging, in the
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or a woman with many
vices (I always like to
say), gambling is notably
one that falls outside
my repertoire. Aside
from misguided loyalty forcing
my hand into making the odd bet
on the Welsh rugby team, or the
inevitably disappointing office
Grand National and World Cup
sweepstakes, going out of my
way to risk handing over my
hard-earned cash in the event
of failure is not something that
has ever appealed.
Every January, I travel to Las
Vegas for the world’s largest
technology conference and
completely fail to immerse
myself in Sin City’s gambling
opportunities: partly because,
despite being a gracious loser,
I still hate losing; but mostly
because I don’t actually know how
to play most of the games. In a
state containing 334 casinos, my
options are somewhat limited.
Hence why I get my kicks
from scratchcards. I have zero
recollection of any of my family
ever forking out for one, but my
best friend and I have been buying
them sporadically ever since we
were teenagers. We made a pact to
celebrate our 18th (we were born
three days apart) at our home
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other worlds
Rob Pope has
raised about
£20,000 so far
for a range of
charitable causes
last month or so, about 40 miles a
day.” He pushes a pram to carry his
essentials and admits he mainly
eats junk food: it’s cheap, easy, and
he definitely doesn’t have to worry
about the calories. At night he
stays at motels or couchsurfs.
The low intensity of Pope’s
running lessens the risk of injury,
but the undertaking has taken a
toll nevertheless. “I try to identify
injuries as they’re happening,” he
says. “I don’t have time to do an
intensive stretching regime.”
Though the blisters he suffered
early on have diminished,
he’s encountered tendonitis,
damaged his Achilles tendon,
torn a quad muscle and had
piriformis syndrome in both glutes
(colloquially, a ‘pain in the butt’).
He reels off these injuries with a
fitting precision: Pope is a trained
vet, though his Gumpian journey
has put his career on pause.
Now, the end is in sight. Nadine,
Rob’s girlfriend, lives back in
Liverpool. The couple recently
announced they are expecting
a child in spring, which means
April is now a firm deadline for
his running – though his movie
obsession means he was intending
to finish then anyway. “I wanted
to finish by 30 March, because it
appears in the film that Forrest
finished before 30 March 1981,
because it cuts to a scene where
it’s the attempted assassination of
Ronald Reagan after the run.”
Pope has headed home for
Christmas but he will be on the
road again in January for the
final leg, expecting to clear 15,000
miles by the end. After going back
to Beaufort, South Carolina, in
January, he’ll make his way west
– finishing, like Gump, in Utah’s
Monument Valley. “With a big
crowd behind me, with a bit of
luck,” he adds. “Everyone’s invited,
everyone and anyone.”
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town’s Mecca Bingo, but more than
a decade on we’ve never actually
made it. Thin pieces of card sporting
symbols covered in latex have filled
the void.
Every few months, when the mood
takes me, I always ask for whichever
card is marked as number nine
behind the newsagent’s curved
plastic case (my lucky number), and
use a coin to quickly scratch the
rubbery coating away – immensely
satisfying. What a rush! What
a thrill!
There’s something pleasingly
retro about scratchcards. They
represent an age before complicated
accumulators and extensive bet
monitoring. You either win, or you
lose. More often than not, I’ll collect
around £2, but I have never won
more than £10 in one go. Still, it’s not
really about the cash.
I love the concept of luck, and
the flip nature of scratchcards
is a perfect illustration of this.
There’s no skill involved or insider
knowledge required: your triumph
or failure is purely down to luck,
whether good or bad.
You know exactly where you are
with them, and there’s a comfort to
be found in that. Sometimes you’re
ahead, sometimes you’re behind,
but for me, there’s no better way to
spend £1.
Set design can conjure up even the
psychology of a play. By Patricia Nicol
B
unny Christie is not
someone to seek out the
spotlight. “My favourite
place to be is in the wings
watching a show that
is really working well,” enthuses
the theatre set designer. “Shows
start to dance when all the cues,
actors, crew and stage management
move together.”
Yet such is the spectacular
nature of her designs that Christie
has become a star in her own
right. These are not just sets but
concepts that pull audiences into the
psychology of a play – leading to her
winning the prize for Best Design
at the London Evening Standard
Theatre Awards this month, for her
work on The Red Barn at the National
Theatre, Heisenberg: The Uncertainty
Principle at Wyndham’s, and Ink at
the Almeida, all in London.
Raised in Scotland near
St Andrews, Christie came south in
the early 1980s to study art at what
is now Central St Martins. There,
seeing how much fun the theatre
design students were having, she
chose her specialism.
“With something like painting or
sculpture you’re usually working
solely, whereas in theatre design
they were all working together to
make things happen.”
Christie – who mainly works
in London but also takes on
productions across the UK and
in the US – starts by reading the
script, then holds discussions
with the director. She draws on
books, cinema and art, scouring
the internet and her memory for
inspiration, then develops her ideas
working in 3D with a doll’s house-like
box set. “Incredibly, the model is
still a really crucial part of our kit,”
she says. “It’s wonderful how drawn
everyone still is to it – builders,
painters, engineers.”
She designs alone but has
two assistants. “I have overall
responsibility for every element
of the visual on stage,” she adds.
‘From light switches to the knives
and forks, a vase, the typewriters…
There won’t be anything on the set,
no matter how small, I won’t have
signed off on.” Does that make her a
control freak? “A little bit, yeah.”
For The Red Barn, a David
Hare adaptation of a Georges
Simenon story, Christie and the
director Robert Icke propelled the
action from an ophthalmologist’s
consulting room to a swirling
blizzard, then a fabulous 1960s party
at the speed of a camera shutter.
There is another show
going on backstage as
exciting as that the audience
is seeing
All set: Bunny Christie won Best
Design at the ‘London Evening
Standard’ Theatre Awards GETTY
Icke wanted to evoke an unsettling
Hitchcockian feel. “The first scene
is an eye examination in which you
see right into someone’s eye. Then
the very next scene is a massive
blizzard. I thought: “‘That’s great’.”
On stage, scenes were presented
within a cineframe aperture.
Christie’s scrupulously dressed
early-1960s sets – depicting a wild
party, a weekend cabin, a futuristic
all-white Manhattan apartment
– were moved into position at highspeed by a crew at the top of their
game. “A brilliant example of a whole
other show going on backstage as
exciting as what the audience is
seeing,” she says.
In contrast, Simon Stephen’s
Heisenberg: The Uncertainty Principle
at Wyndham’s Theatre, for which
she worked closely with the lighting
designer Paule Constable, seems
deceptively simple: a lightbox
reminiscent of the celestial
installations of James Turrell.
Marianne Elliott directs AnneMarie Duff and Kenneth Cranham
as a kooky American and much
older Londoner forging an unlikely
relationship. “Simon’s script felt like
a kind of allegory,” says Christie.
“These people are in limbo, held
in air. We were thinking of looking
through a microscope at these two
moving around a Petri dish.”
And for James Graham’s Ink,
which recounts how Rupert
Murdoch took control of The Sun,
she conjured the chaos of a late
1960s newsroom with a ziggurat
of desks and typewriters, and
behind it a backcloth projection of
news footage. “One of the things I
love about theatre is that you get
these chances to discover other
worlds,” she says. “For Ink, I did a
lot of research into 1960s printing
processes. For a time, you’re an
expert.” EVENING STANDARD
Television Boxing Day
CRITIC’S
CHOICE
Daytime
GERARD GILBERT
6.00 Breakfast (S). 9.00
FILM: Tinker Bell And The
Legend Of The NeverBeast
(Steve Loter 2014) (S).
10.10 FILM: Planes:
Fire & Rescue (Roberts
Gannaway 2014) (S). 11.25
Mary, Mel And Sue’s Big
Christmas Thank You
(R) (S). 12.25 BBC News;
Weather (S). 12.35 BBC
Regional News; Weather
(S). 12.45 Judi Dench: My
Passion For Trees (R) (S).
1.45 Stick Man (R) (S). 2.10
FILM: Shaun The Sheep
Movie (Richard Starzak,
Mark Burton 2015) (S). 3.30
Doodlebugs (S). 3.45 FILM:
Mary Poppins (Robert
Stevenson 1964) Disney
musical fantasy, with Julie
Andrews (S).
PICK OF THE DAY
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8pm, BBC1
Call The Midwife’s Heidi Thomas
proves an ideal writer to adapt
Louisa May Alcott’s beloved novel.
Here, after all, is a household of
women not unlike Nonnatus House,
dispensing charity (in this case to
poor German immigrants in 1860s
Massachusetts) and with a benign
Mother Superior – well, a mother
anyway – overlooking their high
spirits and rivalry. Thankfully,
Americans are mostly cast as the
March siblings, including Uma
Thurman’s daughter, Maya Hawke,
while the adults are transatlantic,
with Emily Watson as Mrs March,
Michael Gambon as a neighbour,
and Dame Angela Lansbury as Aunt
March. A family treat.
8pm, BBC2
Gordon Buchanan’s series Tribes,
Predators & Me was one of my TV
highlights of 2017, the likeable
wildlife cameraman learning from
remote tribesman how to co-exist
with sharks, eagles and hyenas. In
this seasonal special, he’s off to
northern Finland to hang out with
the Sami, otherwise known as the
“reindeer people” for their traditional
dependence on Santa’s favoured
means of transport.
Little Women
6.15 Sign Zone: Celebrity
Antiques Road Trip (R) (S).
7.15 Island Parish Shetland
(R). 7.45 FILM: Chimpanzee
(Alastair Fothergill, Mark
Linfield 2012) (S). 8.55
The Big Family Cooking
Showdown (R) (S). 9.55
Nadiya’s British Food
Adventure (R) (S). 10.25
Nadiya’s British Food
Adventure (R) (S). 10.55
The Sweet Makers: A
Tudor Treat (R) (S). 11.55
FILM: A Hard Day’s Night
(Richard Lester 1964) (S).
1.20 FILM: The Eagle Has
Landed (John Sturges
1976) (S). 3.30 The Repair
Shop At Christmas (R)
(S). 4.30 Final Score (S).
5.35 Matthew Bourne’s
Cinderella (S).
8pm, BBC4
The Language Of Life is the title of
this year’s three lectures by Sophie
Scott, an engaging professor of
neuroscience at University College,
London. First up, how laughter
connects us to our animal past.
historical novel imagining a
back-story to an ornate dollhouse
that now sits in the Rijksmuseum in
Amsterdam. It follows 1680s Dutch
country girl Nella Oortman (Anya
Taylor-Joy) to the mansion owned by
wealthy Dutch trader Johannes
Brandt (RSC star Alex Hassell), her
husband in an arranged marriage
that he seems to be in no hurry to
consummate. Instead, he buys her a
huge doll’s house, while his frosty
sister is the household’s keeper of
secrets. The Girl With The Pearl
Earring meets Rebecca, then.
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8pm, Channel 4
Mad Men’s Jon Hamm proves to be
every bit the equal to Richard
9pm, BBC1
The other lavish new BBC period
drama this evening is this two-part
adaptation of Jessie Burton’s 2014
9pm, BBC2
Peter Jones in the festive spirits?
Not a chance and even his socks are
disappointingly uncolourful. All the
Reindeer Family & Me
Travel Man: 48 Hours
In Hong Kong
6.00 CITV 7.30 Scrambled!
(S). 8.30 FILM: Scrambled!:
Scooby-Doo! Haunted
Holidays (Victor Cook
2012) (S). 9.05 Scrambled!:
Horrid Henry (R) (S). 9.25
FILM: Ferris Bueller’s
Day Off (John Hughes
1986) Comedy, starring
Matthew Broderick (S).
11.25 FILM: Cats & Dogs:
The Revenge Of Kitty
Galore (Brad Peyton 2010)
Comedy sequel, starring
Chris O’Donnell (S). 1.00
ITV Racing: Live From
Kempton (S). 3.30 FILM:
E.T.: The Extra-Terrestrial
(Steven Spielberg 1982)
Sci-fi fantasy, with Henry
Thomas (S). 5.50 ITV News;
Weather (S).
6.40 FILM: Song Of The
Sea (Tomm Moore 2014)
Animated fantasy (S).
8.25 FILM: Short Circuit
(John Badham 1986) (S).
10.25 The Simpsons (R) (S).
10.50 The Simpsons (R)
(S). 11.15 The Simpsons (R)
(S). 11.40 The Simpsons
(R) (S). 12.10 FILM: Alvin
And The Chipmunks: The
Squeakquel (Betty Thomas
2009) Comedy (S). 1.55
Channel 4 News (S). 2.00
Child Genius Vs Celebrities
Christmas Special (R) (S).
3.05 The Great Christmas
Bake Off (R) (S). 4.20 FILM:
The Little Mermaid (Ron
Clements, John Musker
1989) Animated adventure,
with the voice of Jodi
Benson (S).
6.10 Emmerdale (S).
6.40 FILM: Jurassic
World (Colin
Trevorrow 2015)
Adventure
sequel, starring
Chris Pratt (S).
6.00 FILM: Back To
The Future
(Robert
Zemeckis 1985)
Adventure,
starring Michael
J Fox (S).
6pm
6.00 BBC News At
Six; Weather (S).
6.20 BBC Regional
News; Weather
(S).
6.30 Snow Bears (S).
7pm
7.30 EastEnders
Max’s actions
have farreaching
repercussions
(S).
7.30 Christmas
University
Challenge 2017
Selwyn College,
Cambridge take
on St Andrews
University (S).
8.00 Little Women
New series (S).
8.00 Reindeer Family
& Me Gordon
Buchanan
travels across
Lapland with a
reindeer (S).
9.00 The Miniaturist
Two-part
adaptation of
Jessie Burton’s
best-selling
novel (S).
9.00 Dragons’
Den A serial
entrepreneur
pitches his
online greeting
card business
(S).
9.00 Coronation
Street Eileen
keeps vigil over
Billy, and Daniel
finds Adam
semi-conscious
(S).
10.30 BBC News;
Weather (S).
10.45 Match Of
The Day
Gary Lineker
presents
highlights (S).
10.00QI With Jason
Manford (S).
10.30 Two Doors
Down –
Christmas
Special (S).
10.00ITV News;
Weather (S).
10.15 Birds Of
A Feather
Christmas
Special Festive
edition (R) (S).
11.00 Joanna &
Jennifer:
Absolutely
Champers (R)
(S).
11.15 The Keith And
Paddy Picture
Show (R) (S).
11.45 Al Murray’s
Make Christmas
Great Again (R)
(S).
11.10 FILM: Four
Weddings And
A Funeral (Mike
Newell 1994)
Comedy, with
Hugh Grant (S).
12.00 Saturday Night
Fever – The Ultimate Disco
Movie (R) (S). 1.10 Tom
Jones & Beverley Knight’s
Gospel Christmas (R) (S).
2.10 Sign Zone (R) (S). 5.05
This Is BBC Two (S).
12.45 Jackpot247 3.00
Tenable (R) (S). 3.50 ITV
Nightscreen 5.05 The
Jeremy Kyle Show (R) (S).
1.20 The Inbetweeners (R)
(S). 3.10 Ramsay’s Kitchen
Nightmares USA (R) (S). 4.00
Location, Location, Location
(R) (S). 4.55 Kirstie’s
Handmade Christmas (R) (S).
5.10 FILM: Moshi Monsters:
The Movie (2013) (S).
8pm
9pm
10pm
11pm
Late
12.15 Stacey Dooley In
The USA (R) (S). 1.20 BBC
News (S).
8.00 Travel Man:
48 Hours In
Hong Kong
Richard Ayoade
and actor Jon
Hamm visit
Hong Kong (S).
Ayoade’s amusing schtick of refusing
to be enthused by anything as they
sample pig’s fallopian tube skewers.
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Royal Institution
Christmas Lectures 2017:
The Language Of Life
The Miniaturist
6.00 Milkshake! 9.05
Aviva Premiership
Rugby Highlights (R)
(S). 10.00 FILM: Titanic
(Jean Negulesco 1953)
Disaster drama, starring
Clifton Webb (S). 11.50
FILM: Chariots Of Fire
(Hugh Hudson 1981)
Oscar-winning fact-based
drama, starring Ben
Cross and Ian Charleson
(S). 2.10 Balmoral: A
Hidden History (R) (S).
4.10 Sandringham: The
Queen At Christmas (S).
5.15 FILM: A Royal Night
Out (Julian Jarrold 2015)
Premiere. Comedy drama,
starring Bel Powley and
Sarah Gadon (S).
Gordon Buchanan is off
to Finland with reindeer
8pm, BBC2
Anya Taylor-Joy in
‘The Miniaturist’
9pm, BBC1
6.50 FILM: School Of
Rock (Richard
Linklater
2003) Comedy,
starring Jack
Black (S).
7.00 FILM: Uncle
Buck (John
Hughes 1989)
Family comedy,
starring John
Candy (S).
9.00 FILM: Ex
Machina (Alex
Garland 2015)
Sci-fi drama,
starring
Domhnall
Gleeson (S).
9.00 FILM: Sherlock
Holmes (Guy
Ritchie 2009)
Premiere.
Action thriller,
starring Robert
Downey Jr (S).
11.30 British Sitcom:
60 Years Of
Laughing At
Ourselves
Documentary
(R) (S).
11.10 FILM: X-Men:
First Class
(Matthew
Vaughn 2011)
Adventure, with
James McAvoy
(S).
11.35 Family Guy
Peter tells
the story of
Christmas –
with a twist (R)
(S).
12.30 Some Santas With
Jokes (R) (S). 1.00 Sound Of
Musicals With Neil Brand
(R) (S). 2.00 Royal Institution
Christmas Lectures 2017:
The Language Of Life (R) (S).
3.00 Norman Wisdom: His
Story (R) (S).
1.45 FILM: The Breakfast
Club (John Hughes 1985)
drama, starring Emilio
Estevez (S). 3.45 Close
12.10 Family Guy (R). 1.30
American Dad! (R). 2.30 The
Great Xmas Rant (R). 3.40
The Keith Lemon Sketch
Show (R) (S). 4.05 Educating
Joey Essex (R). 4.55 Totally
Bonkers Guinness World
Records (R) (S).
7.00 The Strictly
Story: Fake Tan,
Tangos & A 10
From Len (R) (S).
7.00 Sound Of
Musicals With
Neil Brand How
the modern
shape of the
musical was
established (R).
8.30 Dirty Dancing:
Making
Movie Magic
Celebration
of the movie
phenomenon (R)
(S).
8.00 Royal
Institution
Christmas
Lectures 2017:
The Language Of
Life New series
(S).
9.00 Tim Rice – A
Life In Song
A concert
celebrating the
work of the
Oscar-winning
lyricist (R) (S).
10.00FILM: Dirty
Dancing (Emile
Ardolino 1987)
Romantic
drama, with
Patrick Swayze
(S).
12.00 Football On 5: The
Championship (S). 12.55
Football on 5: Goal Rush
(S). 1.25 SuperCasino (S).
3.05 Love/Hate (R) (S). 4.00
Now That’s Funny! (R) (S).
4.45 House Doctor (R) (S).
6.00 Totally Bonkers
Guinness World Records
(R) (S). 6.15 Totally Bonkers
Guinness World Records
(R) (S). 6.40 Emmerdale
(R) (S). 7.30 Coronation
Street (R) (S). 8.20 Mr Bean
(R). 8.55 Mr Bean (R). 9.25
You’ve Been Framed! Gold
– Best Of The Best (R) (S).
10.25 Emmerdale (R) (S).
11.30 Coronation Street
(R) (S). 12.30 FILM: Nanny
McPhee (Kirk Jones 2005)
Period fantasy, starring
Emma Thompson (S). 2.35
FILM: A Bug’s Life (John
Lasseter, Andrew Stanton
1998) (S). 4.40 FILM:
Despicable Me (Pierre
Coffin, Chris Renaud 2010)
Animated comedy (S).
6.30 Ant & Dec’s
Saturday Night
Takeaway
Presents – The
Missing Crown
Jewels (R) (S).
An apathetic Richard
Ayoade shows Jon
Hamm around Hong
Kong in ‘Travel Man’
8pm, Channel 4
9.00 Big Fat Quiz Of
The Year 2017
Jimmy Carr
hosts a comedy
quiz looking
back at the past
12 months (S).
Dragons’ Den
10.30 Norman
Wisdom: His
Story The life
and career of
the comedy
actor (R) (S).
NEWS
2-29
products have a seasonal angle, from
greeting cards and word games to
male grooming products.
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Big Fat Quiz Of The Year 2017
FILM
CHOICE
LAURENCE PHELAN
9pm, Channel 4
Richard Ayoade again, Noel Fielding
and David Mitchell are among a
witty but predictable line-up being
quizzed on 2017 by Jimmy Carr.
===
Two Doors Down
– Christmas Special
10.30pm, BBC2
The annual festive-season visit to
Glasgow’s sitcom suburbia finds
Beth and Eric (Arabella Weir and
Alex Norton) yet again being
prevented from enjoying a quiet
Christmas by their neighbours.
VOICES
14-18
TV
30-31
IQ
32-41
FILM OF THE DAY
===
2.55pm, Film4
(Paul King, 2014)
The makers of this heart-warming
British comedy put Michael Bond’s
endearingly polite ursine hero
Paddington on a skateboard and send
him kite-surfing, give him a villainous
taxidermist from whose clutches he
must escape, fill every scene with
witty gags, find parts for some of
Britain’s most recognisable acting
and comedy talent, and do all the
other things that make for successful
family movies. But through it all runs
a touching story about the immigrant
experience: the story of an outsider
from darkest Peru making a new
home for himself and discovering that
in the end, whatever our differences,
“anyone in London can fit in”.
11.10pm, Channel 4
(Mike Newell, 1994)
Neatly structured, well-written
and charmingly performed, Four
Weddings is still the gold standard of
British romcoms. Hugh Grant was
never more endearing or funny, while
an appealing gang of supporting
characters make it well-rounded.
Paddington
Four Weddings And A Funeral
===
The Breakfast Club
1.45am, Film4
(John Hughes, 1985)
Hughes did more than anyone to
establish the archetypes of the high
school movie – nowhere more so than
in this talkie teen classic in which a
rebel, a geek, a jock, a prom queen and
a misfit bond during detention.
Radio
BBC Radio 1
6.00 On The Buses (R) (S).
6.25 The Darling Buds Of
May (R) (S). 7.25 Agatha
Christie’s Marple (R) (S).
9.30 FILM: Carry On At
Your Convenience (Gerald
Thomas 1971) Comedy,
starring Sid James (S).
11.25 FILM: Carry On
Matron (Gerald Thomas
1972) Comedy, starring Sid
James (S). 1.15 FILM: Carry
On Abroad (Gerald Thomas
1972) Comedy, starring Sid
James. 3.05 FILM: Carry
On Girls (Gerald Thomas
1973) Comedy, starring Sid
James (S). 4.55 Carry On
Forever (R) (S). 5.55 Carry
On Forever (R) (S).
6.00 Olive, The Other
Reindeer (R). 6.55 The
Goldbergs (R). 7.30 New
Girl (R). 7.55 Rude(ish)
Tube Shorts (R). 8.10 FILM:
Holiday In Handcuffs (Ron
Underwood 2007) (S).
10.00 FILM: Dr Dolittle
3 (Rich Thorne 2006) (S).
11.50 Toy Story Toons:
Hawaiian Vacation (R) (S).
12.00 Brooklyn Nine-Nine
(R) (S). 1.00 The Big Bang
Theory (R) (S). 1.55 The
Snowman (R) (S). 2.30
The Snowman And The
Snowdog (R) (S). 3.00 The
Big Bang Theory: Big Bang
A-Z (R) (S). 5.00 Toy Story
Toons: Small Fry (R) (S).
5.10 FILM: Miracle On 34th
Street (Les Mayfield 1994)
Family drama (S).
7.00 Carry On
Forever June
Whitfield and
Sally Geeson
recall working
on Carry On
Abroad (R) (S).
7.30 The Snowman
And The
Snowdog
Animated
sequel to classic
festive tale The
Snowman (R).
8.00 Endeavour
A scientist
developing an
early computer
is murdered (R)
(S).
8.00 The Big Bang
Theory Howard
questions his
engineering
abilities (R) (S).
8.30 The Big Bang
Theory (R) (S).
9.00 Tattoo Fixers
Sketch goes to
work on Fran’s
derriere to
cover a naughty
nickname (S).
10.00Lewis A man
is found dead
in the Bodleian
Library
basement (R) (S).
8.55 A Place In The Sun:
Winter Sun (R) (S). 10.00
FILM: Carry On Teacher
(Gerald Thomas 1959)
Comedy, starring Ted Ray
(S). 11.50 Paul O’Grady’s
100 Years Of Movie
Musicals (R) (S). 1.25 Four
In A Bed (R) (S). 2.00 Four
In A Bed (R) (S). 2.35 Four
In A Bed (R) (S). 3.05 Four
In A Bed (R) (S). 3.35 Four
In A Bed (R) (S). 4.10 Come
Dine With Me (R) (S). 4.45
Come Dine With Me (R)
(S). 5.20 Come Dine With
Me (R) (S). 5.50 Come Dine
With Me (R) (S).
6.00 The Simpsons
(R) (S).
6.30 The Simpsons
(R) (S).
7.55 The World’s
Most Expensive
Toys (R) (S).
7.00 The Simpsons
Homer takes
the family to
Boston (R) (S).
7.30 Ratburger (R).
9.00 FILM: Minority
Report (Steven
Spielberg 2002)
Sci-fi thriller,
starring Tom
Cruise.
6.30 David
Attenborough’s
Natural History
Museum Alive
(R) (S).
12.40 24 Hours In A&E (R)
(S). 1.40 Alan Carr: Yap,
Yap, Yap! (R) (S). 2.50 8
Out Of 10 Cats (R) (S). 3.50
Close
6.30am The Radio 1 Breakfast
Show With Scott And Chris
10.00 Adele Roberts 1pm
Dev 4.00 Jordan North 7.00
Annie Mac 9.00 BBC Radio 1
& 1Xtra’s Stories – Rebellion
With Annie Nightingale 10.00
BBC Radio 1 & 1Xtra’s Stories
– Music By Numbers: X-Factor
11.00 Huw Stephens 1am
Annie Nightingale 3.00 BBC
Radio 1 & 1Xtra’s Stories –
Extreme Festivals: Dominator
4.00 Early Breakfast
BBC Radio 1Xtra
6am The 1Xtra Breakfast Show
With A.Dot 10.00 Seani B 1pm
The A-Z Of UKG 4.00 MistaJam
7.00 DJ Target 9.00 Nick Bright
11.00 Jamz Supernova 1am
Annie Nightingale Presents
3.00 1Xtra Mixes 4.00 Jamz
Supernova
BBC Radio 2
6.30am Sara Cox 9.30 Trevor
Nelson 12noon Mika 2.00
Radio 2 In Concert 3.00 Craig
Charles 5.00 Strictly Shirley
7.00 The Great American
Songbook – Don Black On
Van Morrison 8.00 Sir Roger
Moore: Nobody Did It Better
10.00 Lost And Found 12mdn’t
Sounds Of The 80s 2.00 Radio
2’s Folk Playlist 3.00 Radio 2
Playlist: 90s Hits 4.00 Radio 2
Playlist: Wednesday Workout
5.00 Nicki Chapman
BBC Radio 3
9.00 Game Of
Thrones (R) (S).
10.10 Game Of
Thrones Robb is
betrayed (R) (S).
10.00Naked
Attraction A
man wants to
find a partner
who shares
his love of
adventure (R).
12.10 The Big Bang Theory
(R) (S). 1.05 Tattoo Fixers
(R) (S). 2.15 Rude Tube:
Welcome To 2013 (R) (S).
4.05 2 Broke Girls (R) (S).
4.25 Don’t Tell The Bride:
Christmas Revenge (R) (S).
5.20 New Girl (R) (S).
6.00 The British (R) (S).
9.00 David Attenborough’s
Wild City (R) (S). 12.00
Micro Monsters With
David Attenborough (R) (S).
1.00 Micro Monsters With
David Attenborough (R) (S).
1.30 Micro Monsters With
David Attenborough (R) (S).
2.00 Micro Monsters With
David Attenborough (R) (S).
2.30 Micro Monsters With
David Attenborough (R) (S).
3.00 Micro Monsters With
David Attenborough (R) (S).
3.30 Micro Monsters With
David Attenborough (R)
(S). 4.00 The Bachelor King
(R) (S). 5.30 The Making
Of David Attenborough’s
Natural History Museum
Alive (R) (S).
8.00 David
Attenborough’s
Galapagos (R)
(S).
11.05 Rude Tube
Christmas
Cracker Alex
Zane presents
a compilation
of 50 festive
internet clips (R).
12.00 The Booze Cruise 2:
The Treasure Hunt (R) (S).
2.00 Housewife, 49 (R) (S).
3.40 Sherlock Holmes: The
Last Vampyre (R) (S). 5.30
ITV3 Nightscreen
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 The
Simpsons (R) (S). 10.00
David Attenborough’s
Natural History Museum
Alive (R) (S). 11.30 The
Last Dragonslayer (R) (S).
1.30 The Bachelor King (R)
(S). 3.00 Gillette Soccer
Special 5.15 Gillette
Soccer Special 5.30 The
Simpsons (R) (S).
6.25 Come Dine With
Me (R) (S).
6.55 Inside Lego
At Christmas
Documentary
(R) (S).
9.00 FILM: The Green
Mile (Frank
Darabont 1999)
Supernatural
drama, starring
Tom Hanks (S).
i TUESDAY
26 DECEMBER 2017
BUSINESS SPORT
42-43
47-56
11.45 A League Of
Their Own: US
Road Trip 2.0
The gang goes
on another
American
adventure (R).
11.25 Game Of
Thrones Roose
Bolton decides
what to do with
Jaime (R) (S).
12.45 The Russell Howard
Hour (R). 1.45 A League Of
Their Own (R) (S). 2.45 NCIS:
Los Angeles (R) (S). 3.45
Futurama: Welcome To
The World Of Tomorrow (R)
(S). 4.00 Dogs: An Amazing
Animal Family (R) (S).
12.35 Big Little Lies (R).
1.40 Big Little Lies (R). 2.45
FILM: Hello Ladies: The
Movie (Stephen Merchant
2014) (R) (S). 4.15 Richard
E Grant’s Hotel Secrets (R)
(S). 5.10 Richard E Grant’s
Hotel Secrets (R) (S).
6.30am Breakfast. With Petroc
Trelawny. 9.00 Essential
Classics. 12noon Composer
Of The Week: Cole Porter. 1.00
News 1.02 Radio 3 Lunchtime
Concert. 2.00 Afternoon
Concert. 5.00 Words And
Music. 6.15 New Generation
Artists. 7.40 BBC Proms
2017. 9.40 BBC Proms 2017.
11.00 Late Junction. 12.30am
Through The Night.
BBC Radio 4
6am Today 9.00 Black Music In
Europe: A Hidden History 9.30
One To One 9.45 Book Of The
Week: Adventures Of A Young
Naturalist 10.00 Woman’s
Hour 11.00 James Burke On
The End Of Scarcity 11.30 Tales
From The Stave 12noon News
12.04 Home Front 12.15 You
And Yours 12.57 Weather 1.00
The World At One 1.45 Radio
4’s Pen Pals 2.00 The Archers
2.15 Drama: Mr Betjeman
Regrets 3.00 The Kitchen
Cabinet 3.30 Making History
4.00 The Half: A Countdown To
Performance 4.30 Great Lives
5.00 PM 5.57 Weather 6.00 Six
O’Clock News 6.15 15 Minute
Musical. A musical tale of two
babies, separated at birth and
tragically reunited by politics.
6.30 Mark Steel’s In Town. The
comedian visits Portishead,
Somerset. 7.00 The Archers.
Will has some bad luck. 7.15
Front Row. Arts programme.
7.45 Incredible Women. Spoof
documentary celebrating
Cicely Leyland’s 100th birthday.
8.00 A Culture Of Encounter.
How people can overcome the
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ONDEMAND
Travelers
Netflix
Underrated sci-fi in which the
last surviving humans reach
out to the 21st century.
Call The Midwife
BBC iPlayer
It’s the Big Freeze of 1963 in
Poplar and the familiar winning
mix of sentiment and nostalgia.
The World’s Best
Christmas Lights
All4
A Liverpool decorating firm
lights up Bethlehem.
forces that divide them. 8.30
In Touch. News for people who
are blind or partially sighted.
9.00 The Power Of Sloth. Lucy
Cooke discovers the benefits
of being really slow. 9.30 Black
Music In Europe: A Hidden
History. The music of black
Europe at the time of the First
World War. 10.00 The World
Tonight. News round-up.
10.45 Book At Bedtime: How
To Stop Time. By Matt Haig.
11.00 The Missing Hancocks.
Comedy, by Ray Galton and
Alan Simpson. 11.30 Anansi
Boys. Fat Charlie wakes up to
an unexpected visitor. 12mdn’t
News And Weather 12.15 Bone
Stories 12.30 Book Of The
Week: Adventures Of A Young
Naturalist 12.48 Shipping
Forecast 1.00 As BBC World
Service 5.20 Shipping Forecast
5.30 News Briefing 5.43 Prayer
For The Day 5.45 Farming
Today 5.58 Tweet Of The Day
BBC Radio 4 LW
7.30am Today 9.45 Daily
Service 12.01pm Shipping
Forecast 5.54 Shipping
Forecast 11.00 Test Match
Special 1am Test Match Special
5.30 Test Match Special
BBC Radio 4 Extra
6am A Case For Paul Temple
6.30 We Three Kings 7.00
Guests Are Like Fish 7.30
Mark Steel’s In Town 8.00
The Ken Dodd Show 8.30 The
Men From The Ministry 9.00
Dead Ringers 9.30 Son Of
Santa 10.00 The Great Gatsby
11.00 Ballet Stories 11.15
The Further Adventures Of
Sherlock Holmes 12noon The
Ken Dodd Show 12.30 The
Men From The Ministry 1.00
A Case For Paul Temple 1.30
We Three Kings 2.00 The Diary
Of A Provincial Lady 2.15 Five
Hundred Years Of Friendship
2.30 Dombey And Son 2.45
The Pantomime Life Of Joseph
Grimaldi 3.00 The Great
Gatsby 4.00 The Food Quiz
4.30 Semi Circles 5.00 Guests
Are Like Fish 5.30 Mark Steel’s
In Town 6.00 Good Omens
6.30 Dad Made Me Laugh 7.00
The Ken Dodd Show 7.30 The
Pick
ofthe
day
Sir Roger
Moore: Nobody
Did It Better
8pm, BBC Radio 2
Olly Smith pays
tribute to the life
of Roger Moore
(above), with help
from people
who knew him,
including Barbara
Broccoli and
Michael Caine.
Men From The Ministry 8.00 A
Case For Paul Temple 8.30 We
Three Kings 9.00 Ballet Stories
9.15 The Further Adventures
Of Sherlock Holmes 10.00
Comedy Club: Mark Steel’s
In Town 10.30 Comedy
Club: Richard Herring’s
Objective 11.00 Comedy Club:
ElvenQuest 11.30 Comedy
Club: Lucy Montgomery’s
Variety Pack 12mdn’t Good
Omens 12.30 Dad Made Me
Laugh 1.00 A Case For Paul
Temple 1.30 We Three Kings
2.00 The Diary Of A Provincial
Lady 2.15 Five Hundred Years
Of Friendship 2.30 Dombey
And Son 2.45 The Pantomime
Life Of Joseph Grimaldi 3.00
The Great Gatsby 4.00 The
Food Quiz 4.30 Semi Circles
5.00 Guests Are Like Fish 5.30
Mark Steel’s In Town
BBC 5 Live
7am Ashes Breakfast 10.00
Test Match Special: Our TMS
12noon 5 Live Sport 12.30 5
Live Sport: Premier League
Football 2017-18 2.30 5 Live
Sport 5.00 Sports Report 5.30
5 Live Sport: Premier League
Football 2017-18 7.30 6-0-6
9.00 Adrian Goldberg 11.30
The Ashes
BBC 6 Music
7am Shaun Keaveny 10.00
Mary Anne Hobbs 1pm Mark
Radcliffe And Stuart Maconie
4.00 Steve Lamacq 6.00 Wise
Women 7.00 The First Time
With Loudon Wainwright III
8.00 Wise Women 9.00 David
Bowie Star Special 10.00
Jeremy Deller 1am 6 Music
Live Hour 2.00 6 Music’s
Jukebox 5.00 Chris Hawkins
Classic FM
6am More Music Breakfast
10.00 John Brunning 2pm
Jane Jones 6.00 Classic FM At
The Movies. Andrew Collins
celebrates music from festive
film favourites. 7.00 Smooth
Classics At Seven 8.00 The
Full Works Concert. Lucy
Coward features Nigel Hess’s A
Christmas Carol. 10.00 Smooth
Classics 1am Bob Jones
Absolute Radio
6am Martyn Lee 10.00 Claire
Sturgess 2pm Rock ’n’ Roll
Football With Matt Dyson 6.00
Frank Skinner In Conversation
With Noel Gallagher 7.00 The
Best Of Live Music Thursday
With Pete Donaldson 11.00
12 Drummers Drumming
With Claire Sturgess 12mdn’t
The Women Who Rock 1.00
Martyn Lee
Heart
6am Jamie And Emma
9.00 Toby Anstis 1pm Matt
Wilkinson 4.00 JK And Lucy
7.00 Sian Welby 10.00 Kat
Shoob 1am Simon Beale 4.00
Jenni Falconer
TalkSPORT
6am My Sporting Life: Best Of
8.00 The Alan Brazil Sports
Breakfast 12noon Matchday
Live 5.00 The Full Time Phonein 7.00 Kick-off 10.00 Sports
Bar 1am Extra Time With Will
Gavin
Quiz
of the
year
PART TWO
Nature
Making winter
Craft ideas to make
the most of the season,
whatever the weather
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Puzzles
Festive special
Limber up with Mosaic and
Knight’s Tour, then tackle
the Jumbo Crossword
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Hayley Squires
The star of ‘I, Daniel Blake’
on her role in the BBC
drama ‘The Miniaturist’
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FILM
1. In February, an epic blunder saw
La La Land wrongly named as
the winner of the Academy
Award for Best Picture 2017.
Which film actually won?
2. Which protagonist – an illegal
immigrant and stowaway –
found himself behind bars in
his return to the big screen
in November?
3. In Despicable Me 3, what is Gru’s
twin called?
4. The British actor Ed Skrein
left the film Hellboy after claims
of what?
5. Which of the following 2017 films
did not star Charlie Hunnam?
a) King Arthur: Legend
of the Sword;
b) Thor: Ragnarok;
c) The Lost City of Z.
6. Which actor plays Mildred in
the film Loving about interracial
marriage in 1950s America,
released in February?
7. Dev Patel won the Bafta for Best
Supporting Actor for which
film released in January?
8. Which popular 1990s TV
programme about a bunch of
teenagers was rebooted as a
movie in 2017?
9. “Hope is a weapon, survival is
victory” is a tagline to which
film, directed by Christopher
Nolen and released in July?
10. Princess Diana of Themyscira
returned to the big screen on
1 June. Who is she better
known as?
MUSIC
1. Which former One Direction
member released his self-titled
album in May?
2. The charity single to help those
affected by the Grenfell Tower
fire was a cover of which Simon
and Garfunkel song?
3. The song “Despacito”, by the
Puerto Rican singer Luis Fonsi,
spent how many weeks at the
top of the UK charts in 2017?
4. Michael Bublé pulled out of
hosting which award ceremony
in February because of family
health issues?
5. In January, Ed Sheeran released
two singles which debuted at
No 1 and 2 in the UK charts,
respectively. “Shape of You” was
one – what was the other?
6. Why was a BBC Prom in August
devoted to classical music from
India and Pakistan?
7. Which artist won the 2017
Mercury Price with the
album Process?
8. Which popular 1990s frontman,
released their debut solo album,
As You Were, in October?
9. At the Brit Awards, who was the
2017 Critics’ Choice winner?
10. Singer Catriona Morison
became the first British
winner of which prize in June?
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Crime writer Colin Dexter, who
died this year CATHAL McNAUGHTON
8. The former cricketer
Baroness Rachael Heyhoe
Flint, who captained the
England women’s team from
1966-78 and was the first
woman to be elected to the
full MCC committee, died in
which month?
9. Which Strictly Come Dancing
star became a father of twins
in March?
10. Crime writer Colin Dexter
died in March. What was the
name of the actor who played
his most famous creation in
the TV adaptations of his
series of detective novels?
FILM
1. Moonlight.
2. Paddington.
3. Dru.
4. Whitewashing.
5. b) Thor: Ragnarok.
6. Ruth Negga.
7. Lion.
8. Mighty Morphin Power
Rangers.
9. Dunkirk.
10. Wonder Woman.
HATCHED, MATCHED
AND DISPATCHED
1. Prince Harry and Meghan
Markle announced their
engagement on 27 November.
What was the name of the
character she played in the
US TV drama Suits?
a) Donna Paulsen;
b) Rachel Zane;
c) Jessica Pearson.
2. Actor George Clooney became
a father for the first time in
June at the age 56. What are
the names of his twins?
a) Alex and Alexandra;
b) Alexander and Ella;
c) Ella and Ethan.
3. The children’s author Michael
Bond died in June, aged 91.
In which year was his first
Paddington title, A Bear
Called Paddington, published?
a) 1958;
b) 1960;
c) 1962.
4. The Duke and Duchess of
Cambridge are expecting
their third child in April
next year. Which royal will
the newborn precede in the
current line of succession?
5. Released in 1973, what was
the title of the first of seven
Bond films starring Sir Roger
Moore, who died in May?
6. Which Grand Slam tennis
champion had a
baby called Alexis
in September and
married an Alexis
in November?
7. Which singersongwriter “signed,
sealed, delivered”
on his third
marriage in July?
BUSINESS SPORT
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MUSIC
1. Harry Styles.
2. “Bridge over Troubled
Water”.
3. 11.
4. The Brit Awards.
5. “Castle on the Hill”.
6. To mark the 70th
anniversary of partition and
independence on the Indian
subcontinent.
7. Sampha.
8. Liam Gallagher.
9. Rag ’n’ Bone Man.
10. BBC Cardiff Singer of the
World.
TV
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BOOKS
1. Abraham Lincoln.
2. La Belle Sauvage.
3. Life 3.0.
4. A junior doctor.
5. Lauren Child.
6. Arundhati Roy.
7. Dan Brown.
8. Stephen and
Owen King.
9. Donald Trump.
10. Kate Tempest.
ANSWERS
Clockwise from left: singer Ed Sheeran; Prince Harry and Meghan Markle; the
producer of ‘La La Land’, Jordan Horowitz, with actor Warren Beatty at the Oscars
in February; the England cricketer Rachael Heyhoe Flint; singer Catriona Morison
VOICES
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HATCHED, MATCHED AND
DISPATCHED
1. b) Rachel Zane.
2. b) Alexander
and Ella.
3. a) 1958.
4. HRH Prince
Henry of Wales (Prince Harry).
5. Live and Let Die.
6. Serena Williams.
7. Stevie Wonder.
8. January.
9. Anton du Beke.
10. John Thaw.
NEWS
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PART ONE
BOOKS
1. Which US President was the
subject of this year’s Man
Booker winner?
2. What was the title of the
much anticipated prequel
to Philip Pullman’s His Dark
Materials trilogy?
3. What is the title of Max
Tegmark’s much-talked-about
book which discusses
society’s future with
artificial intelligence?
4. Adam Kay’s memoir This is
Going to Hurt became an instant
bestseller in September. It
details Kay’s time as what?
5. Who replaced Chris Riddell
in August as the
Children’s Laureate?
6. Which Booker Prize winner
published their second novel in
June, 20 years after their first?
7. Who wrote Origins, a thriller
about religion in the age of
science, published in October?
8. Which father-and-son team
wrote Sleeping Beauties, about
a virus which attacks women
while they sleep?
9. You Can’t Spell America without
Me is a spoof memoir of which
public figure?
10. Which spoken-word artist and
poet won the Bamb Readers’
Choice Breakthrough Author
category for The Bricks that
Built the Houses?
Philip Pullman published a prequel
to his trilogy ‘His Dark Materials’
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Nature
Setting out to
keep a nature
diary (left)
can lift your
mood during
wintry days;
DIY firelighters
(below) smell
lovely and
make lighting
your fire into a
ritual; making
bird snacks
(right) will
encourage
our feathered
friends to visit
your garden
EMMA MITCHELL
I
Bright ideas for
NATURE DIARIES
As winter progresses, bright
sunlight becomes more scarce, and
taking regular walks, even short
ones of just 10 or 15 minutes, really
can lift your mood. Endorphins
will be released as a result of the
gentle exercise and serotonin levels
will rise due to the exposure to
sunlight, even if that light is lurking
stubbornly behind a cloud.
One way to stop regular walks
from feeling like part of a worthy
health regime is to record what you
see while you’re outdoors. Taking
photographs is an excellent way
to observe the subtle changes that
occur as winter progresses. Writing
down and even drawing what you
find helps to transform a walk from
an obligation, easily avoided, into
something to savour.
Alternatively, you could make a
nature collection by arranging and
labelling your finds. This practice
harks back to the collections of
19th-century naturalists and
their “cabinets of curiosity”. For
me it echoes the displays in my
favourite museums, where the faded
copperplate labels are as beautiful
as the exhibits themselves.
I often have to drive across the
Fens to a neighbouring village. The
road is lined with young oak trees
and in October the acorns begin to
In her book ‘Making Winter’, EmmaMitchell
suggests ways to get out into nature and create
beautiful things. Here, she shares some of her tips
started an online creative
d i a r y o n I n s t a g ra m i n
2008 and noticed that I felt
somewhat less like an irascible
hibernating bear on days when
I had made something by hand,
or baked, and that this effect was
especially noticeable during winter.
Making things during winter is a
cunning strategy to help replace the
feel-good brain chemicals that may
falter during these dingier months.
dark days
ripen and fall. Last year, my
eldest daughter and I set about
collecting acorns. The range of
colours of the acorns we found was
astonishing. I brought them home
and recorded them on Instagram,
which has become a sort of nature
journal for me.
It’s not too late to learn a little
more about the wild birds, plants
and specimens we may discover on
a walk. Early winter is a good time to
begin – there will still be the bright
leaves of cherry, jewel-like rosehips
and berries, umbellifer seed heads,
acorns, moulted feathers and the
cones of alder, larch and pine to find.
A field guide or two will help you to
identify species of land snails and to
tell whether you have found a cow
parsley or hogweed seed head (giant
hogweed causes skin burns and
looks remarkably like its innocuous
cousins: avoid seed heads that are on
stalks more than 2m/6ft tall and as
big as a cat).
HOME-MADE FIRELIGHTERS
Lighting candles or a fire at dusk is
a reassuring ritual that harks back
to our ancestors. I believe that the
feeling of homeliness and relief
triggered by bringing light into
a dark afternoon has its roots in
human history. A few minutes spent
lighting candles or tea lights and
placing them around your living
room can lift a wintry mood. These
home-made firelighters can bring
you closer to the tinderboxes of
previous centuries, when making
and maintaining a flame required
a certain amount of craft and
resourcefulness. They burn for
several minutes, and add scent to a
room if you use essential oil or dried
orange peel to make them.
Materials
(for about 15 to 20 fire lighters)
Wax from a few old candle stubs or a
bag of wax pellets from a craft shop
(approx 45g)
A few drops of essential oil
(optional)
Saucepan of boiling water
Heatproof bowl with a diameter
larger than that of your saucepan
Cotton wool balls
Baking parchment
Tongs or tweezers
Garden twine cut into 30cm (12in)
lengths (1 length of twine for
each firelighter)
Dry twigs, pieces of dried orange
peel, dried sycamore keys etc.
(optional)
Matches
1 Melt the wax in the heatproof bowl
by placing the bowl over a pan of
boiling water. At this point you can
add a drop or two of your favourite
essential oil, if you fancy.
2 Fluff up the cotton wool balls a
little to ensure there are lots of
protruding fibres – these will be the
‘tinder’ that catch the flame from
the match and carry it to the wax in
the firelighter to cause a prolonged
flame.
3 Lay a sheet of baking parchment
on a level surface and then grip a
cotton wool ball with your tongs or
tweezers. Carefully dip it into the
wax two or three times and place it
on the parchment.
4 When the wax has hardened, wrap
your firelighter with one of the
pieces of garden twine two or three
times round the wax-coated cotton
wool ball and tie the twine with a
double knot. .
5 Use two or three of your
firelighters when lighting a fire,
brazier, bonfire or barbecue, along
with dried kindling or tinder and
small logs or pieces of coal. Hold the
match to the ends of the twine to
light your firelighters.
HEDGEROW BIRD SNACKS
Sitting in a warm room watching
birds through a window is
immensely relaxing, and knowing
that you have put food out to
help them survive the coldest
weeks of the year makes this even
more satisfying.
Many garden centres have a
section dedicated to bird food, but
making special snacks for your
feathery visitors is not only easy,
it also ensures that you can pack
their snacks with nutritious
ingredients. This recipe includes
hawthorn berries and rosehips that
I collected from the hedgerows in
November, but if you make these
later in the winter, when fewer wild
berries are available, they can be
replaced with currants, sultanas or
dried cranberries.
You may need to wait several days
or even weeks for your local birds to
discover the berry snacks you have
made, but as the cold weather begins
to bite, food sources like this are
essential for survival, so they will
find your treats eventually.
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Materials
Lard
Wild berries such as hawthorn and
rosehips, or dried fruit
Wild bird seed
Porridge oats
Cheese (optional)
Saucepan of boiling water
Heatproof bowl with a diameter
larger than that of your saucepan
Coconut halves (available online),
small coconut-fibre plant pots or
yoghurt pots
Garden twine
1 Weigh your lard – an average block
weighs around 250g (9oz).
2 Measure out the same total weight
of berries, birdseed, oats and cheese.
3 Melt your lard in a large heatproof
bowl over a pan of simmering water.
4 Remove the bowl from the
heat and add your berries, dry
ingredients and cheese to the lard
and blend well with a spoon.
5 Leave to cool until the lard
becomes opaque but is still soft
enough to spoon into the coconut
halves, plant or yoghurt pots.
6 Meanwhile, poke a small hole in
the bottom of your yoghurt pots
or coconut-fibre plant pots with
a pencil or small screwdriver (the
coconut halves often come with a
string already attached).
7 Cut a piece of garden twine around
25cm (10in.) long, fold it in half and
tie a double knot to form a loop.
8 Push your loop of string through
the hole in the pot so that the knot
remains inside.
In Saturday’s
Sue Johnston
9 Fill as many of your containers
as you can with your mixture and
allow it to cool and solidify.
10 If you have used yoghurt pots, the
plastic can be cut away and recycled
before you hang up your bird snacks.
11 Choose a spot in your garden at
least 1.5m (5ft) off the ground that is
tricky for cats and other predators
to reach, and with some foliage
nearby to shelter shy species of bird
between visits to the feeding area.
12 Sit near a window with a warm
drink and watch the birds feeding;
record them in your diary.
‘Making Winter: A Creative Guide
for Surviving the Winter Months’
by Emma Mitchell (£14.99, Lomart)
is out now. Follow Emma on
Instagram @silverpebble2
‘Even if you smooth
the wrinkles away
on the outside,
your insides
are decaying
just as much
as your face’
Making
things in
winter can
help replace
feel-good
brain
chemicals
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Games & Puzzles
CHRISTMAS PUZZLES
An extra set of fiendish mind-benders to brighten up your Boxing Day
Mosaic
Knight’s Tour
Rectangles
How to play Shade in squares in the grid to reveal a black-andwhite image. Numbers in squares tell you how many of the
surrounding squares to shade, including diagonally surrounding
squares and the square itself: therefore numbers range from 0
(shade nothing) to 9 (shade all neighbours and the square itself).
How to play A chess knight visits each square
of the grid exactly once, starting at 1 and
ending at 100 (these squares are shaded).
Deduce the whole path of the knight some of which is already given - and thus
complete the grid. The knight moves either
two squares horizontally followed by one
square vertically, or two squares vertically
followed by one square horizontally.
How to play Divide the grid
into a series of rectangles or
squares, such that every cell
in the grid is in exactly one
region. Numbers indicate
the size of each region: for
instance a “7” in a cell means
that cell is part of a region that
contains seven cells in total.
There is only one number in
each region.
0
0
0
4
4
3
3
1
7 5 5
7
0
0
3
5
4
3
5
1
1
5
2
3
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1
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ACROSS
8 The capital of Nicaragua (7)
10 Italian painter who was a sonin-law of Jacopo Bellini (6,8)
15 Annual race run from Settler’s
Bay to Nome in Alaska
(8,5,4,3,4)
16 The largest of the Solomon
Islands, occupied by
the Japanese from 1942
to 1943 (11)
17 Sport governed by the
Marquess of Queensberry
rules (6)
19 Island in the Channel Islands
ruled by a hereditary seigneur
or dame (4)
22 Location of the final
altercation between
Sherlock Holmes and
Professor Moriarty in The
Final Problem by Sir Arthur
Conan Doyle (11,5)
24 See 48
28 George ___, English narrative
poet who wrote The Village
and The Borough (6)
29 Hit single from Supertramp’s
1974 album Crime of the
Century (7)
30 In Christian theology, the
Holy Ghost as advocate or
counsellor (9)
31 Anouk ___ , French actress
married to Albert Finney
during the 1970s (5)
33 A flock of wild geese
in flight (5)
34 English novelist whose works
include Scoop and Brideshead
Revisited (6,5)
35 Athlete who broke the men’s
pole vault world record 35
times (6,5)
38 Amy Winehouse’s only top 10
hit in the US (5)
41 1980s TV series that
starred Wendy Craig in
the title role (5)
42 Pen name of Anne Brontë (5,4)
43 In the Old Testament, the third
son of David (7)
44 English clothing company
who created a loosely woven
cotton fabric used chiefly for
sportswear (6)
45 Port in Brittany that is
France’s chief naval station (5)
46 Them’s first top ten hit, whose
B-side was Gloria (4,6,4,2)
48/24 A set of three cards of the
same denomination in some
card games (4,5)
51 Ancient unit of money
mentioned in a parable in the
Bible (Matthew 25:14–30) (6)
52 One name for a song first
sung by Doris Day in the
Alfred Hitchcock film The Man
Who Knew Too Much (3,4,4)
54/56/57 Opening lines of the T
S Eliot poem Journey Of The
Magi (1,4,6,2,3,2,2,4,3,5,4,2,3,4)
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1 1979 play by Peter Shaffer,
loosely based on the lives of
Mozart and Salieri (7)
2 Abu Dhabi, Dubai, Sharjah,
Ajman, Umm al Qaiwain,
Ras el Khaimah and Fujairah
collectively (6,4,8)
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English fashion designer made
a Dame in the 2014 Queen’s
Birthday Honours (6,6)
4 1976 musical based on a comic
strip by Harold Gray (5)
5 Greek god of love whose
Roman counterpart is
Cupid (4)
6 Nickname of Buford
Tannen, the main antagonist
of the film Back to the Future
Part III (3,3)
7 See 23
9/27 English actress whose TV
series included The Prime of
Miss Jean Brodie, Mapp and
Lucia, Oranges Are Not the Only
Fruit and Marple (9,6)
11 1971 single and album by Don
McLean (8,3)
12 The longest river of the
Iberian Peninsula (5)
13 Egg white, especially when
used as a size, glaze or
adhesive (5)
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14 The granddaughter of one’s
brother or sister (5-5)
18 Biblical port, famous for its
wealth, mentioned in John
Masefield’s poem Cargoes (5)
20 The smallest state of
Australia (8)
21 Actor who played Samuel
Pickwick in the 1952 film
The Pickwick Papers and
was the original narrator of
the TV adverts for Mr Kipling
cakes (5,6)
23/7 German footballer who
joined Manchester City from
Schalke in 2016 (5,4)
25 Norwegian footballer whose
injury-time goal against
Bayern Munich in the 1999
Champions League Final won
the Treble for Manchester
United (3,6,9)
26 Coastal town on the Isle
of Thanet in Kent where
Charles Dickens wrote David
Copperfield (11)
27 See 9
32 Stage direction from the Latin
for “they go out” (6)
34 High-speed railway service
connecting London with Paris
and Brussels (8)
36 Dutch city that was home to
King Charles II of England
during his exile (5)
37 2000 film that starred Jamie
Bell in the title role (5,6)
39 Song by Leonard Cohen that
has been covered by Jeff
Buckley, k d lang, Alexandra
Burke and others (10)
40 Ingredients used in Asian
cuisine from the plants
Bambusa vulgaris and
Phyllostachys edulis (6,6)
43 Tim ___, actor who starred in
the film The Santa Clause and
its sequels (5)
44 2008 play by Michael Frayn
based on the life of Max
Reinhardt (9)
47 English synthpop duo
comprising Vince Clarke and
Andy Bell (7)
49 A sun-dried brick used for
building (5)
50 Aaron Copland ballet
featuring Hoe-Down, which
was recorded by Emerson,
Lake & Palmer (5)
51 Chinese system of religion
and philosophy based on the
teachings of Lao Zi (6)
53/55 1998 Spike Lee film
starring Denzel Washington
as the father of a basketball
player (2,3,4)
54 City in Piedmont famed for its
sparkling wine (4)
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Hayley Squires shot
to fame in ‘I, Daniel
Blake’ and now she’s
starring in a BBC
period drama. She
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food banks and not
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ayley Squires is about to
tuck into brunch. Rolling
up her sleeves a little,
she reveals a mission
statement tattooed below
her elbow: “Though she be
but little, she is fierce.” After an hour in her
invigorating company, I don’t feel inclined
to argue with the quote, from A Midsummer
Night’s Dream: sweary and funny, Squires
calls things as she sees them.
The 29-year-old has stopped off in a
central London cafe en route to recording
a trail for National Theatre Live’s Cat on
a Hot Tin Roof, in which she played the
Deep South schemer Mae. It has been
a life-changing 12 months for Squires,
from Ken Loach’s I, Daniel Blake, to her
upcoming role in BBC1’s adaptation of
Jessie Wallace’s bestseller, The Miniaturist.
Squires plays Cornelia, an enigmatic
housemaid in a 17th-century Amsterdam
house, alongside African manservant Otto
(Paapa Essiedu), sugar trader Johannes
(Alex Hassell) and his ascetic sister, Marin
(Romola Garai). This delicate balance is
upended by Johannes’s new wife, rural
ingénue Nessa (Anya Taylor-Joy); while
Dutch society is at its most puritanical and
calcified, societal barriers within the house
begin to blur.
“I wasn’t sure I wanted the part of
the maid,” says Squires, toying with
her necklace, which spells something
I can’t make out. “I didn’t just want to
be scrubbing floors and being cockney,
but I loved her sass and the scripts were
incredible. We have this idea that there’s
a standard formula to period dramas and,
for the first 15 minutes of this, you could
be watching Downton Abbey. Then that’s
turned on its head as the story goes on; the
men are absent for various reasons and
these three women with different positions
in society come to rely on each other to run
the house.”
Squires makes this supporting role
count as Cornelia’s wry subservience gives
way to something profound and touching,
yet the appeal is in themes as much as
character. “The Miniaturist is about what’s
considered the norm and what it means to
be an outcast. As long as there’s an ultimate
ruler, ultimate law, ultimate religion, there
will always be people who don’t make the
grade. Just as it always has been and will
be, those in power claim they’re doing
things for the good of the people when it’s
about money, power and business deals.”
Its depiction of misfits vs a monolithic
state dovetails with I, Daniel Blake, in which
Squires played a single mother. Forced to
relocate from London to social housing
in Newcastle, Katie is denied access to
benefits by obsessive bureaucracy. Not
unusually for a Palme d’Or winner, it
proved deeply divisive.
“It was black and white,” she says
quietly. “But it needed to be. Food bank
usage is becoming a crisis, and as for the
Government’s tactics to ignore it…”
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SARAH HUGHES
A bittersweet goodbye
as the 13th Time Lord
heralds a new era
» Doctor Who BBC1, 5.30pm
» 300 Years of French and Saunders BBC1, 10.30pm
Hayley Squires (main) appears as Cornelia
in ‘The Miniaturist’ (above) and was also
acclaimed for role in ‘I, Daniel Blake’ (inset
below) GETTY; THE FORGE; ONE PANTHER
She shakes her head, simmering now.
“It was disgusting that people said [the
film] wasn’t true. Every single thing that
happened is based on more than one
person that [screenwriter] Paul Laverty
spoke to. I’ll be for ever proud of it, but
the Government and a lot of media in this
country need you to believe your neighbour
won’t open the door to you, like it’s this
lefty, Commie, old-fashioned view that we
all muck in and help each other. People
look after each other because that’s what
decent people do.”
Squires is in no hurry to shake off a film
with huge significance both personally
and professionally. The nominations and
awards she earnt “meant more to me than I
realised, although it was less about proving
anything to anyone than my own desire to
work. The minute you try and prove things
to people, you’re knackered.”
It was the culmination of
a 15-year journey for the
“painfully shy” child of a
video-shop manager and a
student-support manager
in Forest Hill. Moving to
Sittingbourne (Squires
still lives in Kent) with her
family when she was 14,
Squires came out of her shell
in drama classes, inspired
by a father who sat her and her
brother down in front of Goodfellas
and The Usual Suspects at just 11.
“Debatable parenting!” she says. “We’d
go to the cinema then talk about it in
McDonald’s. My mum always had trouble
getting me outside during the summer
holidays, because I’d have days just
watching films, one after the other.
“I don’t know whether I would have
turned to acting without that, but once
I knew it was what I wanted, there was
never anything else. It hasn’t been easy and
there have been a few years where I wasn’t
sure it was going to work, but it always felt
like a natural way to spend my adult life.”
After graduating from Sidcup’s
Rose Bruford College of Theatre and
Performance (alma mater of her idol,
Gary Oldman), reality hit when, thanks to
“dodgy agents”, work was slow to come in.
Undaunted, Squires turned to writing; her
first play, Vera Vera Vera, about the family
of a British soldier killed in Afghanistan,
was performed at the Royal Court in 2012.
Last week she completed the first draft
of her debut screenplay with Michael
The minute you try and
prove things to people,
you’re knackered
Fassbender’s production company,
DMC. “It explores three generations of
women who have incredible power and
capabilities,” she says. “Were they born into
an upper middle-class life, they’d probably
be high-class lawyers and doctors, but
their lives are steeped in criminality. It’s
about them owning that and finding power
through violence in a criminal world.”
While her drama addresses it, Squires
concedes, it’s not obsessed by class – a
preoccupation she’s fought against ever
since her screen debut as a slum dweller
in the opening episode of Call the Midwife.
“After a while you get a bit bored of it
and just want to have a conversation
about being an actor rather than the way
you speak.”
Squires holds no grudges – without
her working-class London upbringing,
she’s sure Loach wouldn’t have cast her –
but is relieved that casting directors are
now approaching her with a little more
imagination. Coming soon: a typically
berserk-sounding film from Berberian
Sound Studio’s Peter Strickland
about a haunted dress (“there’s
no way of making it not sound
ludicrous!”); the role of a
pizza-parlour owner in
David Hare’s ensemble
BBC2 thriller Collateral
(“you think she’s a council
estate mouthpiece, but
she’s embroiled in some
pretty serious stuff”); and
timely indie Giantland (“a
sort of Whistle Down the Wind”),
riffing on childhood, prejudice and
the refugee crisis.
The glaring absence on her CV is
comedy. “Unless you write them yourself,
women’s roles in comedy in this country
are not always great. I feel like I missed an
era: Victoria Wood, Kathy Burke, French
and Saunders… Not everything needed to
be about sex. Five years ago, lots of BBC3
comedies had dim, good-hearted twentysomething women who were no good at
sex, or had an STD, or woke up in bed and
didn’t know the man next to them. That’s
not a character, it’s a caricature – it doesn’t
feel like a lived experience, and comedy’s
best when you recognise it in your own
life. That’s why Chewing Gum is so skilled –
Michaela Coel knows that world inside out
and there’s nothing cheap about it. It is a lot
about sex, but would it be the same kind of
funny had a man written it?”
She leaves the question in the air
and departs for the National. Too
late, I remember the necklace and we
exchange emails about the message it
bears: “F**k the Tories,” bought from
www.f**kthetories.co.uk with 25 per cent
of profits going to Calais Action. Hayley
Squires: calling things as she sees them,
without even saying a word.
‘The Miniaturist’ airs on BBC1 at 9pm
tonight and tomorrow
H
istory was made on
BBC1 as the 13th Doctor
ushered in a new era
for Whovians and
Steven Moffat passed the sonic
screwdriver to Chris Chibnall and
Jodie Whittaker.
Before that, there was time
for one final adventure, a lovely
melancholy story about coming
to terms with death and loss, and
finding your place in the world.
“I don’t want to go,” announced
David Tennant’s 10th Doctor back
in 2010 as his regeneration began.
And this year’s Christmas special,
Twice Upon a Time, nodded both to
that and more overtly to the First
Doctor’s original regeneration all
those years before.
Cleverly beginning with archive
footage featuring William Hartnell,
the story kicked off with Peter
Capaldi’s 12th Doctor meeting
the First Doctor (now played by
David Bradley, who perfectly
captured Hartnell’s curmudgeonly
but essentially kind Time Lord) in
the South Pole where both were
avoiding regeneration.
After some initial joking – for
despite its mournful air this
was one of Moffat’s most nimble
scripts – the two Doctors joined
forces for a story revolving around
Mark Gatiss’s lost First World War
captain and the return of Pearl
Mackie’s glorious Bill Potts.
“I am Bill Potts and I’m back,”
she told the doubtful Doctor and
so good has Mackie been in this
A new era
apparently, and sadly,
that means new
companions
role – warm, wry and wonder-filled
– that it was tempting to yell at
the screen: “Oh Bill, I really wish
you were.”
Instead, Bill had returned to
say goodbye once more. A new era
apparently, and sadly, that means
new companions.
Mackie’s brief appearance might
have been a tonic for the soul and
Bradley a spry delight but this
was very much Capaldi’s episode
and he rose to the challenge
magnificently. Whether cracking
knowingly cheesy jokes (“Always
remember where you parked –
it’s going to come up a lot”) or
becoming bemused at the main
antagonist’s motivation (“It’s
not an evil plan – I don’t really
know what to do when it isn’t an
evil plan”), Capaldi was at his
Peter Capaldi (centre) passed the
baton – or sonic screwdriver – to the
new Time Lord Jodie Whittaker
charismatic, contrarian best. It
was only fitting then that Moffat
wrote him one final magnificent
monologue in which he outlined his
message to the world: “Never be
cruel, never be cowardly and never,
ever eat pears.” As final words go,
they’re not bad.
From bittersweet goodbyes to
long overdue returns as Jennifer
Saunders and Dawn French
reunited on television for the first
time since 2005 and the apparent
end of their sketch show.
The amusingly titled 300
Years of French and Saunders was
essentially a clip show of their
best bits with some new sketches
thrown in, and worked both as
a celebration and a pleasant
reminder of how good they can
be together.
Working on the “if it ain’t broke
don’t fix it” theory of comedy the
new sketches largely played to the
duo’s biggest strength: their astute
TV and film parodies.
There was a nice Handmaid’s
Tale gag and a very funny Wonder
Woman sketch (“And how does
Thor feel about being played by
an Australian?”).
But the best moment came at
the end when Poldark’s very game
Eleanor Tomlinson and Jack
Farthing were accosted by the
infamous screen-hogging extras,
who proved far more interested
in attempting to chase down
Aidan Turner and his scythe
despite a pertinent lecture about
objectifying people.
As with all the best French and
Saunders’ sketches, it was both
very silly and extremely smart.
Welcome back.
Twitter: @sarahjphughes
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Arts
reviews
Diversity offer an
up-tempo diversion in
‘Dick Whittington’ at
the London Palladium
PAUL COLTAS
THEATRE
Dick Whittington
PALLADIUM, LONDON
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The Palladium has traditionally
been London’s home of variety
shows. This all-star pantomime
is certainly in the tradition of
light entertainment, although
it gets hard going as its running
time drags ever onwards and
CLASSICAL
Leonidas
Kavakos/
Yuja Wang
WIGMORE HALL, LONDON
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Wherever Yuja Wang plays she
packs out halls – even, as on this
occasion, when in a theoretically
accompanying role. At first
blush she and the Greek violinist
Leonidas Kavakos looked an
odd couple: she was got up as a
glittering mermaid, he was in
blue-collar mode.
But each work in their
programme had been chosen in
part because they demanded an
equality between the players, and
in part because they created an
illuminating sequence: Schubert’s
Fantasy in C D934, and sonatas by
Janacek, Debussy, and Bartok all
composed within the same sevenyear period.
Kavakos began as a virtuoso
violinist but is also a supremely
accomplished chamber musician;
Wang has unrivalled keyboard
brilliance, but as a chamber player
she is untried. How would the
partnership work? As a gamey
symbiosis, was the answer. This
odd couple should stick together.
MICHAEL CHURCH
THE INDEPENDENT
ventriloquist Paul Zerdin is
into his second bout of onstage
audience participation. These
tickets are pricey and punters
want their money’s worth, but
they also want to be home in time
for Christmas.
Who is the Palladium panto
for, exactly? I asked the question
last year, more grumpily, on its
first outing, and although this
year’s offering is sharper and
more amusing all round, I remain
puzzled. Children will surely be
perplexed by the incessant adult
humour and cultural references.
Are kids au fait with the back
catalogue of Queen Rat, Elaine
Paige? Is the current career status
of one-time swoon Nigel Havers
really of interest to them?
They’ll relish the up-tempo
energy of Britain’s Got Talentwinning dance group Diversity,
for sure, but the rest? Musical
theatre-loving grown-ups with
a fondness - a real fondness
- for Dick jokes are surely the
target audience.
Nobody goes to a panto for a
rich and complex narrative, but
the plot really could be given
more than the dozen or so lines
it’s afforded here.
Instead, cheerful Charlie Stemp
of Half A Sixpence fame makes
Dick the glue that holds together
a succession of star turns, capped
by Julian Clary, who is never more
amusing than when he is making
the other cast members corpse.
Half the considerable
production budget must surely
have gone on Clary’s dazzling
array of glittery costumes;
director Michael Harrison also
offers a flying double-decker bus,
a large storm-tossed boat and
some of the sparkliest trousers
Pantoland has ever seen.
Fans of musicals will cherish
the way Stemp and Paige rework
some of their greatest hits.
“Flash Bang Wallop” becomes
a paean to sweet shops and the
refrain from “Don’t Cry for Me
Argentina” is now “I’d rather be
up a drainpipe”.
The biggest cheer of the
night is reserved for Gary
Wilmot, who sings the names
of every Underground station
to the can-can tune. You surely
remember that pivotal moment in
the Dick Whittington story?
To 14 January (020 7087 7747)
FIONA MOUNTFORD
EVENING STANDARD
DANCE
TRAFALGAR SQUARE, LONDON WC2
David Shrigley is quietly one of
Britain’s greatest artists, with
a knack of finding a genuinely
original take on any commission.
Really Good, the Fourth Plinth
commission, satirises the
idea of putting art on our
pavements and plazas and the
tendency among those who
commission it to argue for its
positive effects on viewers. It is a
strange object and in its absurdity
it makes us laugh. Ongoing
FILM
Star Wars: the Last Jedi
12A, RIAN JOHNSON, 152 MINS
Writer-director Rian Johnson, a
new recruit to the franchise, has
a monumental task with Episode
VIII, and he has risen to the
challenge, having great fun with
the hardware in the George
Lucas toybox and also handling
a multi-stranded narrative with
dexterity. It’s a bit overblown,
cheesy and cod-mystical,
but like all the best Star Wars
films, it has a sense of fun,
energy and fantastical creation.
Nationwide release
Mountains May Depart
12A, JIA ZHANGKE, 123 MINS
Jia Zhangke’s film might best be
described as an intimate epic,
combining family melodrama with
a probing analysis of changing
times in contemporary China and
unfolding over three decades. It
opens in 1999 and centres on a
dance instructor (played by the
director’s partner and regular
collaborator Zhao Tao) – a
seemingly carefree young woman
living in a fast-changing provincial
town. Limited release
Human Flow
12A, AI WEIWEI, 140 MINS
What the
Moon Saw
Ai Weiwei’s magnificent
documentary, which puts the
current refugee crisis in a
historical and political context,
is epic in scale and often
heartbreaking to watch. Ai Weiwei
is offering a panoramic view of
the world, treating refugees with
dignity and kindness, insisting
on seeing every one of them as
an individual with a story to tell.
Limited release
THE PLACE, LONDON
HHHHH
The young audiences for 2Faced
Dance Company’s What the Moon
Saw are encouraged to come
along in their pyjamas. They’re
welcomed by Kai Tomioka, who
plays the young hero Jack, and
helps everyone get tucked in with
the blankets set up around the
auditorium. It’s a friendly show, at
its best when speaking directly to
the child spectators.
Loosely inspired by Hans
Christian Andersen, What the
Moon Saw is the story of young
Jack, who can’t get to sleep in his
new house. Getting out of bed,
he draws pictures that come
to life, and is comforted by the
constant presence of the moon – a
man dangling in a hoop trapeze,
twisting round the circle and
waving down at the boy below.
Choreographer Tamsin
Fitzgerald and her team create
likeable characters, but the
storytelling of the show is
its weakest point. It’s never
really clear that the crayons
are conjuring the scenes: Jack
shouting “It’s working!” while
he draws just isn’t enough
VISUAL ARTS
David Shrigley: Really Good
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U, JOSHUA Z WEINSTEIN, 82 MINS
The performance results
in likeable characters,
but the storytelling of the
show is its weakest point
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set-up. Similarly, there’s no real
development for Tomioka and
Jason Boyle’s Moon.
Instead, the appeal is in the
visual invention, and the warmth
of the performances. Tomioka
is a loveable Jack, curious and
inquisitive and sometimes
naughty. He carefully pretends to
be asleep when his father comes
in to check on him, but can’t resist
sneaking out of bed.
Louis Parker-Evans is just as
good in multiple roles. Boyle
and Parker-Evans combine
to become a splendid roaring
dinosaur-dragon, rearing up on
hind legs and swishing a long tail.
It’s a nicely judged finale, before
the young audience are invited
down on stage to help Jack finish
his drawings.
Touring to 14 April
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Menashe is a rough gem of a
film, a small-scale but delicately
observed and quietly funny
Yiddish-language drama about
the tribulations of a Hasidic
Jewish widower in Brooklyn.
The film is reportedly inspired
by the real life of its Hasidic star,
Menashe Lustig, who gives a
wonderful performance as the
well-intentioned but bumbling and
chaotic father. Limited release
Happy End
15, MICHAEL HANEKE, 108MINS
Michael Haneke is, as ever,
utterly relentless in probing away
at hypocrisies, bad faith and
unhappiness in this film about a
family of wealthy industrialists
– among them a 12-year-old
(Fantine Harduin) who has just
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poisoned her mother, a ruthless
matriarch (Isabelle Huppert),
and a grandfather (Jean-Louis
Trintignant) who yearns to die.
Haneke leaves it up to us to work
out the roots of their discontent.
Nationwide release
The Disaster Artist
15, JAMES FRANCO, 103 MINS
It’s a nice irony that the making
of one of the worst movies in
recent history has enabled James
Franco to make one of the best
films in his own chequered career.
Franco directs and also stars as
Tommy Wiseau, the auteur behind
the sublimely awful The Room
(2003). Tommy’s performance is
ludicrous. He can’t remember the
lines he himself wrote – and yet, in
his own warped way, as an artist
who doesn’t give up, he does have
integrity. Nationwide release
Call Me By Your Name
15, LUCA GUADAGNINO, 132 MINS
Coming-of-age films set over
long, lazy summers constitute
a mini-genre in their own right.
Few, though, have the freshness
or poignance of this adaptation of
André Aciman’s 2007 novel about
a gay affair between a teenage
boy and a twentysomething male
graduate student in Eighties Italy.
What makes the film so magical is
the extraordinary delicacy, formal
daring and insight with which
Guadagnino tackles familiar
material. Nationwide release
JAZZ
Liane Carroll’s Cold Turkey
RONNIE SCOTT’S, LONDON W1
For your post-Christmas recovery
plan, consider Ronnie Scott’s,
where Liane Carroll offers a warm
and hearty antidote to Boxing
Day’s cold cuts with songs from
her most recent album, Seaside,
with bassist Roger Carey
and drummer Ian Thomas.
(020 7439 0747) tonight and Wed
WORLD MUSIC
The London African
Gospel Choir
JAZZ CAFE, LONDON NW1
The London African Gospel Choir
and band have been busy touring
Paul Simon’s Graceland, but for
their final performance of the
year at the Jazz Cafe, they bring
their celebrated Gospel-infused
Christmas show to the stage.
(020 7485 6834) tonight
THEATRE
Imperium
SWAN THEATRE,
STRATFORD-UPON-AVON
Robert Harris’s West Wing-intogas novels centred on Cicero
provides the source for these
six plays, performed as a pair of
trilogies, with a running time that
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Gregory Doran for the most part
maintains a zippy fluency in a
turbulent story of legal wranglings
and bitter rivalries that is full
of incident and often violent.
(01789 403493) to 10 Feb
Yitzhak Rabin and PLO leader
Yasser Arafat in 1993. There is a
Byzantine complexity that gives
the show the grip of an intellectual
thriller. (0844 871 7627) to 30 Dec
The Lion, the Witch
and the Wardrobe
Christian Slater is in cracking
form as Ricky Roma, the slickest
of salesmen in a hyper-macho
estate agent’s office in Chicago,
in Sam Yates’ revival of David
Mamet’s drama. Roma is an
amoral monster, out only to make
money, but Slater floats light as
a cloud, his devious confidence
tricks never seeming manipulative
but instead sweetly conspiratorial.
(0844 871 7631) to 3 Feb
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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. (0113 213 770) to 27 Jan
Beautiful: the
Carole King Musical
PALACE THEATRE, MANCHESTER
Marc Bruni’s touring production
of the Carole King tribute musical,
with Bronte Barbe in the lead.
This journey through the world
of pop, begining in 1958, tells a
gripping human story with real
feeling, and has some hugely
enjoyable 60s showbiz moments.
(atgtickets.com) to 6 Jan
The Woman in White
CHARING CROSS THEATRE,
LONDON WC2
The first revival of Andrew
Lloyd Webber’s sweeping 2004
adaptation of Wilkie Collins’s
Victorian classic. Newly revised
by Lloyd Webber and lyricist
David Zippel, it’s both looking and,
crucially, sounding very good.
(08444 930650) to 10 Feb
Glengarry Glen Ross
PLAYHOUSE THEATRE, LONDON WC2
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Sleeping Beauty
MAYFLOWER, SOUTHAMPTON
Birmingham Royal Ballet’s
staging starts a UK tour.
(023 8071 1811) opens 31 Jan
CLASSICAL
Baroque at the Edge
LSO ST LUKE’S, LONDON EC1
Joanna MacGregor opens this new
series of creative fusions between
Baroque and other musical styles.
(barbican.org.uk) opens 5 Jan
THE VAULTS, LONDON SE1
When Hair premiered 50 years
ago, it shocked conservative
commentators with its nudity and
relentless glorification of getting
high. Today this musical portrait
of bohemian New York seems a
period piece, yet it’s still a joyous
experience, infused with the
chaotic spirit of the 60s.
It’s exultantly performed here.
(hair50.com) to 13 Jan
THEATRE
Rita, Sue and Bob, Too
ROYAL COURT THEATRE, LONDON SW1
Kate Wasserberg directs Andrea
Dunbar’s semi-autobiographical play.
(020 7565 5000) opens 9 Jan
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us into the nine stressful months
of secret negotiations that led
to signing of the Oslo Accords
between Israeli prime minister
If you only see
one thing today
THEATRE
Cell Mates
HAMPSTEAD THEATRE,
LONDON NW3
An astute revival of Simon
Gray’s 1995 play about
double agent George Blake
and his relationship with
an Irish petty criminal,
Sean Bourke, one of the
men who helped him
break out of Wormwood
Scrubs in 1966. Geoffrey
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BANKING
Tech innovations
will help TSB to
spot fraudulent
transactions
By Elizabeth Anderson
BUSINESS EDITOR
The boss of TSB has said the bank
will be able to spot fraudulent
transactions more efficiently when
it moves to a new banking platform
next year.
TSB separated from Lloyds Bank
four years ago, but has remained on
Lloyds’ IT systems since then. It is
now in the process of moving to its
own platform, which can support
security features such as iris
recognition and Face ID on
the mobile-banking app.
“There are 70 different
systems on the Lloyds
platform. This makes
it more difficult to spot
out-of-the-ordinary or
fraudulent transactions,”
said TSB’s chief executive,
Paul Pester.
“The only way you can really
stop a fraudulent transaction is by
trying to spot it immediately and
voiding it, making the customer
aware of anything unusual as soon
as possible.”
Mr Pester, who was speaking at
a recent demonstration of the new
platform in central London, said the
bank wants to spot when a customer’s
behaviour is out of the ordinary.
“The system will flag up odd
transactions and send you a text
message, asking if you had authorised
the payment. If the answer’s ‘no’,
the transaction is blocked. It’ll be
so much easier for us to pick up on
fraudulent transactions.”
TSB, which has around five million
customers and 550 branches in
the UK, is owned by the Spanish
group Sabadell. TSB’s new banking
platform, called Proteo, was
supposed to launch in November but
the bank was forced to push back
the date when it became clear an
interest-rate rise was on the way.
“As we got closer to the early
November date, we realised it
was likely to coincide with
the base-rate change,” Mr
Pester said. “Whenever
interest rates change,
we are always flooded
by enquiries from
customers who have
questions about their
mortgages and savings
accounts... So it’s likely we’ll
launch in March or April.”
TSB was founded in 1810 when
a vicar set up a bank for his parish.
Around 1,000 people opened a TSB
account in the third quarter, helping
the bank record a profit of £147.3m.
About 900,000 cases of
fraud were recorded in the
first half of 2017, the equivalent of
5,000 a day, according to Action
Fraud. Plans are in place to set up
a 555 hotline for fraud victims.
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Minding the gender pay gap:
just 4% of firms publish figures
Drive for transparency met with lukewarm response, as 9,000
businesses required to report by April 2018. By Hazel Sheffield
O
f the 9,000 businesses
the Government is
expecting to report on
the gender pay gap by
6 April next year, fewer
than 400 have so far published their
figures, equal to just 4 per cent.
The requirement, which was
introduced in April 2017, is intended
to provide transparency on
gendered pay. It will measure the
effectiveness of attempts to close
the gap from its current 9.1 per cent,
down from 9.4 per cent in 2016.
While this is the lowest gap since
the survey began in 1997, when
the gender pay gap was 17.4 per
cent, there have only been minor
improvements in recent years.
The former prime minister, David
Cameron, said he was committed
to eliminating the gap “within
a generation”.
The reporting requirement may
be considered the first meaningful
attempt to do this. Yet it is not
without its flaws.
Companies are worried that
current and potential employees
will see the gender pay gap as
evidence that women are being
paid unequally, according to the
consulting firm Mercer, which has
been working with firms to help
them comply.
The metric used by the
Government does not measure
unequal pay, or what men and
women at the same level are
paid, but it is more likely to point
to lower progression of women
throughout a company or companies
with fewer women in higher-paid
specialist roles.
“The clients I work with have
accepted the frustration of the
metrics, in terms of them bringing
together a whole number of
elements that has the potential
to confuse,” Chris Charman,
principal at Mercer, says. “Many
organisations are using it in a
positive way, recognising that it
is stirring up a discussion about
what they are doing in talent and
promotion and checking their
pay programmes.”
LOWER-THAN-EXPECTED GAP
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ENTERTAINMENT
2017’s top karaoke songs
1 Uptown Funk Mark Ronson
Feat. Bruno Mars
2 Let It Go (Frozen) Disney
3 Don’t Stop Believin’ Journey
4 Shape Of You Ed Sheeran
5 Wannabe Spice Girls
6 Shake It Off Taylor Swift
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Bonnie Tyler
8 Bohemian Rhapsody Queen
9 I Wanna Dance With Somebody
Whitney Houston
10 Wonderwall Oasis
SOURCE: LUCKY VOICE
Lucky Voice on song with plan
to open new UK karaoke bars
By Elizabeth Anderson
Lucky Voice, the karaoke brand set
up by the founder of the website
Lastminute.com, is to open a new
venue for the first time in eight years.
Lucky Voice owns three karaoke
bars in the UK.
Charlie Elek, the company’s
managing director, said there are plans
to open at least two new venues in the
UK next year as sales and turnover
have risen by 31 per cent since 2014.
The company also wants to launch
into other countries in the Middle East
after a trial in Dubai proved successful.
Lucky Voice recently added songs in
Russian and Arabic to appeal to the
international market.
“People are bored of simply going to
a bar for a drink. They want something
more from a night out, whether it’s a
hen do, work drinks or even a night out
with friends.
“We’re breaking all records and the
time is right to expand,” Mr Elek said.
Lucky Voice was founded in 2003 by
Baroness Lane-Fox, co-founder of the
travel website lastminute.com, and
musician Nick Thistleton.
Mr Elek, who has been working at
the company since 2009, took over as
managing director earlier this year.
Lucky Voice has two karaoke bars in
central London and one in Brighton.
There are also outlets operating as
franchises under the Lucky Voice
name in major cities including Cardiff,
Manchester and Leeds.
Karaoke originated in Japan in the
1970s and took off in the UK in the
1990s. At the peak of its popularity,
nearly 11,000 British pubs and bars ran
karaoke nights.
Robbie Williams holds the record for
the largest number of people singing
karaoke versions of his music at one
time. More than 120,000 people sang
along to his track “Strong” at a gig in
Hertfordshire in 2003.
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few companies that have reported
so far is 5.8 per cent, much lower
than the national average – which
is perhaps why they are the first
ones to report. More than 60 per
cent chose to publish a narrative
alongside the figures – an option
in the reporting requirement that
allows a company room to explain
their figures and set out plans
for improvement.
They include Fujitsu, an IT
company, which has declared its
mean hourly rate for women is,
on average 16.7 per cent lower
than for men. That’s better than
the average pay gap for the tech
sector, which stands at 25 per cent.
But not good enough for Duncan
Tait, head of Europe and the
Americas for Fujitsu, who sets out
in the statement accompanying
the results plans to improve
the gender pay gap as part of a
broader strategy on diversity.
Part of the problem for Fujitsu
is attracting women when less
than 16 per cent of IT graduates
in 2016 were women. “The underrepresentation of women in
senior management roles and in
more highly paid areas, especially
technical and sales roles, is the
main factor causing our gender
pay gap,” Fujitsu says.
“To remedy this, we need to
attract more girls into Stem
subjects, build a robust talent
pipeline, celebrate our female
role models, and provide stronger
management support to enable
women to succeed.”
Shared parental leave has also
been slow to catch on. Since 2015,
mothers can “give” some of their
leave to the father of their child,
but many employers have yet to
update their maternity policies to
include fathers.
A year after the policy was
introduced, research on 200
employers by the firm My Family
Care showed that four out of
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The responsibility cannot
employee exercise his right.
fall to the employer
That is having a
alone, according to
knock-on effect down
Charman. “There
the line, as many
are many things the
women who take
Government isn’t
time off to parent
The percentage
doing,” he says. “The
never catch up
of IT graduates
main one is creating
with the pay of their
who were female
in 2016
long-term role models
male counterparts.
for boys and girls and
A government inquiry
positive examples of the
held last year into the
work women and men do.”
gender pay gap found that women
One of the highest gaps reported over 40 are most likely to be
so far comes from easyJet, with
affected, with working women
a mean pay gap of 52 per cent.
between the ages of 50 and 59
That has something to do with
facing a gap of 27 per cent.
the peculiarities of the aviation
Let’s hope 2018 brings with
industry, where men are more
it more willingness to close
likely to be pilots and women are
the still-prevalent pay gap.
more likely to be cabin crew.
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daily recipe
Mushroom, leek, Camembert
and gnocchi tray bake
Kakuro
Zygolex® In i every day
How to play Fill the white squares so that the total in each
across or down run of cells matches the total at the start
of that run. You must use the numbers from 1-9 only and
cannot repeat a number in a run. Solution: minurl.co.uk/i
Find the missing words by following the RHYME, LETTERS and MEANING links
– eg, a word that rhymes with ‘cheek’, has one letter different from ‘pear’ and
has the same meaning as mountain, would be ‘peak’. Full rules at zygolex.com.
Solution, page 47
RHYME LETTERS
12
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How to play Place the numbers 1-9 once in each row, column
and bold-lined jigsaw region. Solution: minurl.co.uk/i
Preheat the oven to 200°C/gas mark 6.
Warm a large frying pan or wok over a
high heat, then fry the mushroom for two
to three minutes. Add the olive oil and
cook for two minutes. Set aside in a wide,
shallow ovenproof dish.
Meanwhile, bring a pan of water to the
boil. Add the gnocchi and leeks. Cook for
three minutes or until the gnocchi rise
to the surface. Drain, then add to the dish
with the mushrooms and season.
Pour the mushroom soup over the
dish contents and scatter with the
Camembert. Bake for 15 to 20 minutes
or until golden and bubbling. Serve
scattered with the toasted walnuts,
parsley and lemon zest (if using).
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SERVES 6
300g pack mushrooms, finely sliced
2 tbsp olive oil
500g gnocchi
500g leeks, sliced
400g cream of mushroom soup
250g Camembert, torn into
medium chunks
75g walnuts, toasted and
roughly chopped (optional)
25g flat leaf parsley, roughly
chopped (optional)
Finely grated zest of 2 lemons (optional)
STRANGLE
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3
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MEANING
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Cook’s tip
This recipe works perfectly with other
pasta too – just replace the gnocchi,
cooking the pasta until just tender.
How to play
Place the numbers
from 1-5 exactly
once in each row
and column. The
greater than and
less than signs
(‘>’ and ‘<’) indicate
where one cell is
greater/less than
the adjacent
cell indicated.
Solution:
minurl.co.uk/i
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Killer Sudoku No 1168
Recipe from waitrose.com
How to play Each row, column and 3 by 3 box must contain
each number (1 to 9) only once. The sum of all numbers
contained in a dotted area must match the number printed
in its top-left corner. No number can appear more than
once in a dotted area. Solution: minurl.co.uk/i
Tomorrow
Beetroot fritters with horseradish
cream and spinach and
walnut salad
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How to play Find all the mines in the grid. Numbers in certain squares indicate how
many mines there are in the neighbouring squares, including diagonally touching
squares. Mines cannot be placed in squares with numbers. Solution: minurl.co.uk/i
0 1
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together as a group,” Chris Woakes
insisted on Sunday. “There’s no bickering or separation. A lot of the time
when you start losing, batters’ and
bowlers’ camps within a dressing
room are quite normal. But that’s
definitely not the case.”
The selection policy seems more
settled, too, at least in the short
term. Were it not for Craig Overton’s rib injury, England would probably have been unchanged for the
third Test running. James Vince’s
and Mark Stoneman’s half-centuries
have earned them one more chance
at least. Plenty of dangling question
marks remain – Cook, James Anderson, Stuart Broad, Moeen Ali – but
they can mostly be deferred for now.
Perhaps most crucially, their opposition are still not quite worthy
of being bracketed with their great
forebears. Some hope for England,
Joe Root has fostered an inclusive
then. But now the bad news: there are
environment in the England squad
certain respects in which this tour is
beginning to look eerily familiar.
a frazzled coach at the end of his
Alcohol mischief: check. A captain
natural creative cycle.
struggling for form and looking isoSo, there’s your Ashes Whitelated in the field: check. Batsmen
wash Bingo Card. The quesgetting starts but failing to
tion is: how many numbers
make centuries: check.
can we tick off this time?
World-class performers
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playing well below their
is that this England
peak: check. A coach
side are still some
whose virtues are now
Number of changes
way short of a full
beginning to look a lot
England had made
house. The spirit and
like flaws: check.
to their teams come
cohesion, to take one
Most of all it is the
the Boxing Day Test
in 2013
example, is not some
collective absence of
well-spun yarn, but a
perspective, the insistgenuine product of the
ence that their problems are
inclusive environment enjust a tweak or two from being
gendered by Joe Root, Trevor Bay- fixed entirely, that is most redolent of
liss and Paul Farbrace. “We’re still England tours past. THE INDEPENDENT
IN MELBOURNE
Australia, like everywhere else, loves
its festive customs and the best Australian yuletides are completed by
that most cherished of local traditions:
England going into the Boxing Day
Test 3-0 down, and in the jaws of crisis.
It has now happened three times in
their last four visits here. Ashes catastrophes often look inevitable in hindsight. But often, it is only when the urn
is gone that England truly implode.
For Andrew Flintoff, surrendering
the urn at Perth in 2006 was the point
of no return. He walked into the dressing room, looked at his bat, and kicked
it so hard it broke into two pieces. His
drinkingbegan to accelerate into problematic territory. “I wasn’t the only
one,” Flintoff would later plead in his
defence. “And it wasn’t just the players. It was like being on a booze cruise.”
Flintoff’s England had lost their
moorings. And seven years later,
there were echoes of that same bewilderment, as England washed up
at the MCG reeling from Graeme
Swann’s sudden retirement, Jonathan Trott’s withdrawal, Matt Prior’s
and Chris Tremlett’s dramatic loss
of form. By the time they tossed up
on Boxing Day, Cook’s XI had already
seen five changes.
Once again, the squad was beginning to fracture even if it was
not always apparent. On the field,
England were being outclassed by
an Australian side playing both the
physical and mental side of the game
impeccably. Just one England batsman had reached three figures, with
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to the court in Abu Dhabi for the
first time since the birth of my
daughter in September,” Williams
said . “The Mubadala World Tennis
Championship has long marked
the beginning of the men’s global
tennis season and I am excited and
honoured to be the first women
to participate in the event. I look
forward to seeing the fans in Abu
Dhabi at the 10th Edition of the
Championship very soon.”
Williams will play an exhibition
match on Saturday against French
Open champion Jelena Ostapenko.
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Serena Williams has confirmed
that her long-awaited return
to tennis will take place in Abu
Dhabi this Saturday as the 23-time
Grand Slam champion prepares to
defend her Australian Open title in
Melbourne next month.
The 36-year-old American
(above) has not played
competitively since winning the
tournament in January this year
while pregnant with her first child,
daughter Alexis Olympia, who was
born in September (inset).
“I am delighted to be returning
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History suggests England
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Mantegna, 15 Iditarod Trail Sled Dog
Race, 16 Guadalcanal, 17 Boxing,
19 Sark, 22 Reichenbach Falls,
28 Crabbe, 29 Dreamer, 30 Paraclete,
31 Aimee, 33 Skein, 34 Evelyn
Waugh, 35 Sergey Bubka, 38 Rehab,
41 Nanny, 42 Acton Bell,
43 Absalom, 44 Aertex, 45 Brest,
46 Baby Please Don’t Go, 48/24 Pair
royal, 51 Talent, 52 Que Sera Sera,
54/56/57 A cold coming we had of it,
just the worst time of the year.
Down 1 Amadeus, 2 United Arab
Emirates, 3 Zandra Rhodes, 4 Annie,
5 Eros, 6 Mad Dog, 9/27 Geraldine
McEwan, 11 American Pie, 12 Tagus,
13 Glair, 14 Great-niece, 18 Ophir,
20 Tasmania, 21 James Hayter,
23/7 Leroy Sané, 25 Ole Gunnar
Solskjaer, 26 Broadstairs, 32 Exeunt,
34 Eurostar, 36 Breda, 37 Billy
Elliot, 39 Hallelujah, 40 Bamboo
shoots, 43 Allen, 44 Afterlife,
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51 Taoism, 53/55 He Got Game,
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Might Bite established
himself as the best
staying novice in the
country last spring
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to bare his teeth
in King George
By Jon Freeman
RACING EDITOR
Just for today, all thoughts of the
Cheltenham Festival can be put to
one side as the focus switches instead to the National Hunt season’s
winter highlight – and perhaps its
truest test of a champion.
The King George VI Chase is a
race won by jumping’s greats and it’s
a standalone decoration, not a
postscript to glories gained
in the Cotswolds. The
cream invariably rises to
the top in the Kempton
three-miler, arguably
more often than in the
Gold Cup.
All the big names are on
the roll of honour, including
Arkle, of course, Mill House,
Desert Orchid (four times) and
Kauto Star (five).
But so, too, are many other brilliant
chasers who didn’t quite possess the
extra stamina required for the Gold
Cup’s war of attrition; like Wayward
Lad and One Man, two more of the
dozen who have won this famous race
more than once since 1970.
Might Bite might be another of
that ilk. That is not to say that he
couldn’t win a Gold Cup, but he’s exuberant and likes to get on with it; this
looks more his cup of tea.
Nicky Henderson (below), whose
stable could hardly be in better form
at the moment, has had his eyes firmly fixed on this prize since last spring
when Might Bite emerged as the best
staying novice in the country with
victories in the RSA Chase at
Cheltenham and then at
Aintree, both times beating stablemate Whisper.
His stress-free comeback win at Sandown
last month was just
what the doctor ordered to blow away the
cobwebs. Henderson was
thrilled to bits and still regards
Might Bite as very much his No 1,
despite Whisper’s improvement this
season.
Bristol De Mai is, and by some
way, his superior on official ratings
following his 57-length demolition
of Cue Card and Tea For Two in the
Betfair Chase, but that was a slog in
the Haydock mud and it would be
daft to take the margin of victory at
face value.
The grey is judged more accurately on his earlier beating of Blaklion
in Wetherby’s Charlie Hall Chase, a
fine achievement in itself. Whatever,
his trainer Nigel Twiston-Davies, as
is his nature, goes into today’s challenge very much on the front foot.
But this will surely be different. I
can actually see outsider Tea For Two
making much more of a race of it this
time – the Lizzie Kelly-ridden gelding
was a close fourth to Thistlecrack in
this 12 months ago and has won on all
three of his other visits to Kempton.
Thistlecrack, a novice then, has
had his issues since and finished
tamely on his comeback in a Newbury hurdle. I wouldn’t be as quick as
some to write him off but this year’s
race is deeper than last year’s.
Colin Tizzard also runs Fox Norton, definitely in this elite league
over shorter distances, but untried
over three miles. They won’t be
hanging about here and he’ll need to
stay every yard of it.
Boxing Day showpiece that has made late drama a speciality
By Jon Freeman
Chickens and winnings should
not be counted until the final
fence has been safely negotiated
in the King George VI Chase.
Late dramas have been a fairly
frequent feature in Kempton’s
showpiece since 1994 when
Barton Bank approached the last
15 lengths clear, only to blunder
and unship Adrian Maguire.
Kauto Star has won the race
a record five times, but serious
late blunders became something
of a trademark at times during
his sensational career and, with
breaths held, he had to survive
making a mess of his final jump on
more than one occasion.
But the most impressive
escape was surely Kicking
King’s in 2004. Barry Geraghty
performed miracles to stay in
the saddle after the Irish chaser
took the fences by the roots
when 10 lengths ahead. Even
then, the drama wasn’t over,
as horse and rider then had to
avoid a tanked-up reveller in a
Santa suit, wandering across
the track. Today’s favourite,
Might Bite, has also picked a
fight with Kempton’s final fence
and lost, crash-landing when
almost 20 lengths to the good in
the big Novices’ Chase on Boxing
Day last year. Lesson learned,
hopefully, but it’s never over until
they’re over the last.
Sizing John and Faugheen are
due to run later in the week, but
Willie Mullins’ Footpad v Gordon
Elliott’s Death Duty is the big
treat on day one of the four-day
Leopardstown Christmas festival.
The two are considered potential
Irish bankers at Cheltenham
in March, Footpad in the Arkle
Trophy and Death Duty in the
JLT Chase following hugely
impressive wins in recent weeks.
They clash in the Grade One
Racing Post Novice Chase over
an extended two miles, which
should, in theory, be more in
Footpad’s ballpark, although
Elliott is convinced Death Duty
has the speed to be fully effective
dropped back in distance.
top
tips
BEST BET
Mia’s Storm
(1.55, Kempton)
Looks an exceptional young
chasing mare and could prove too
good for these boys.
NEXT BEST
Get On The Yager
(2.10, Wetherby)
Coming good over fences and
nicely weighted to win this good
prize.
EACH WAY
Bad Boy Du Pouldo
(1.20, Kempton)
Modest novice chaser, but jumps
well and at the right end of the
handicap.
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11-12 IRISH PROPHECY (CD) Miss E Lavelle 4 11 5 ...A Coleman
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32-221 SOLOMON GREY (D) D Skelton 5 11 5 ...........................H Skelton
5
26 AIRTIGHT G L Moore 4 11 0 ..................................................T J O’Brien
6
53 AR MEST (BF) G L Moore 4 11 0..............................Joshua Moore
7
13 SIMPLY THE BETTS H Whittington 4 11 0............B J Cooper
8
F/25 STORM HOME C Tizzard 5 11 0..................................T Scudamore
- 8 declared BETTING: 2-1 If The Cap Fits, 7-2 Simply The Betts, 4-1 Diese Des Bieffes,
6-1 Solomon Grey, 13-2 Irish Prophecy, 10-1 Storm Home, 33-1 Ar Mest,
50-1 Airtight.
12.45
FORM VERDICT
Nicky Henderson has a very good record in this race and so Diese Des
Bieffes must be respected and having been impressive when winning
both of his starts over hurdles to date. That said, the preference is for
IF THE CAP FITS, who made a big impression when accounting for
subsequent 11-length winner Solomon Grey at Bangor last month. The
son of Milan was a useful bumper performer last season and it can be
argued that he has taken a step forward since switched to hurdles. The
shortlist is completed by Irish Prophecy.
32RED.COM CHASE (NOVICES’ LIMITED
ITV1
HANDICAP) (CLASS 3) £22,000 added 2m 4f 110yds
2/3-2U HELL’S KITCHEN (D)(BF) H Fry 6 11 8.......B J Geraghty H,T
2/141- REIGNING SUPREME (D) N Henderson 6 11 5
................................................................................................................. Nico De Boinville
730-33 THEO’S CHARM N Gifford 7 11 3..................Jonathan Burke B
716-71 TOUCH KICK (D) P Nicholls 6 10 13..............................................................
.....................................................................................................S Twiston-Davies H,T
/321-4 WENYERREADYFREDDIE (BF) N Henderson 6 10 13...........
..............................................................................................................................................D Jacob
117-15 BEGGAR’S WISHES P Bowen 6 10 10.........Sean Bowen C,T
7P3-52 PRIVATE MALONE (D) Miss E Lavelle 8 10 10 A Coleman
1.20
1
2
3
4
VOICES
14-18
32RED KING GEORGE VI CHASE (GRADE 1)
ITV1
(CLASS 1) £225,000 added 3m
BRISTOL DE MAI (D) N Twiston-Davies 6 11 10......D Jacob
DOUBLE SHUFFLE (CD) T R George 7 11 10 . A P Heskin H
FOX NORTON (BF) C Tizzard 7 11 10 .....................B J Cooper H
MIGHT BITE (C)(D) N Henderson 8 11 10Nico De Boinville
TEA FOR TWO (CD) N Williams 8 11 10 .................Lizzie Kelly
THISTLECRACK (CD)(BF) C Tizzard 9 11 10 T Scudamore
TRAFFIC FLUIDE G L Moore 7 11 10............. Joshua Moore V
WHISPER (C)(D) N Henderson 9 11 10......................A Coleman
- 8 declared BETTING: 5-4 Might Bite, 7-2 Bristol De Mai, 11-2 Thistlecrack, 6-1 Fox
Norton, 8-1 Whisper, 20-1 Tea For Two, 50-1 Traffic Fluide, Double
Shuffle.
3.05
1
2
3
4
5
6
7
8
375-11
12P-22
211-12
F111-1
1U1-94
1112-5
632-45
122-12
FORM VERDICT
Bristol De Mai is sure to prove popular in the market following his
57-length demolition of Cue Card in the Betfair Chase last month but
the six-year-old cannot be trusted to run anywhere near that form
at this track. His form away from Haydock is average at best for a
top-class staying chaser, with his defeat of Blaklion in the Charlie Hall
being his best piece of form in open company under those conditions.
MIGHT BITE was in the process of running a huge race when falling
at the last in the Kauto Star here 12 months ago and the subsequent
RSA winner should have everything in his favour today. A recent run
at Sandown should have blown the cobwebs away and he is the one
to beat. Fox Norton lacked the pace to win the Tingle Creek a couple
of weeks ago but he does have to prove his stamina on his first start
over 3m. Whisper’s performance in the Ladbrokes Trophy might be
underestimated, given that he did not win, but a neck defeat in such a
competitive handicap off a mark of 161 is high-quality form. Last year’s
winner Thistlecrack has to be respected but a leap of faith is required
to back him after such a poor return to action earlier in the month.
3.40
32RED DOWNLOAD THE APP HANDICAP HURDLE
(CLASS 3) £20,000 added 2m 5f
1 U1PP-P OUR KAEMPFER (CD) C Longsdon 8 11 13 ....... Jonathan Burke T
5
2
329-11 DASHING OSCAR H Fry 7 11 12 ...........................................N Fehily T
3
6-8052 CONNETABLE P Nicholls 5 11 7 ...............S Twiston-Davies B
6
4
/F3F-F MINELLA CHARMER (D) A King 6 11 6.......W Hutchinson T
7
5
1F3F-7 JALEO B Pauling 5 11 4......................................Mr A R Ferguson (7)
C
6
8-2117 TAKE TO HEART N Henderson 5 11 4 ..... Nico De Boinville
8
343-31 MISTER WHITAKER (D) M Channon 5 10 10..... A P Heskin 7
2/2-21 KILDISART B Pauling 5 11 0 ............................................................D Jacob
9
71-522 BAD BOY DU POULDU G L Moore 6 10 3............................................... 8 000-00 DOESYOURDOGBITE (CD) Jonjo O’Neill 5 10 13.......A Coleman C
..............................................................................................................Bryony Frost (5) B 9
12-0F4 WHATDUHAVTOGET (D) D Skelton 5 10 13.....H Skelton H
- 9 declared 10 21P-60 MIDNIGHT MAESTRO (BF) A King 5 10 12.......B J Geraghty
BETTING: 5-2 Hell’s Kitchen, 9-2 Mister Whitaker, 5-1 Reigning 11 3301F1 GOLAN FORTUNE P W Middleton 5 10 9........Mr Thomas O’Brien (5) C
Supreme, 6-1 Touch Kick, 8-1 Private Malone, 10-1 Bad Boy Du Pouldu, 12 3-3625 SHANROE SAINT B Case 5 10 9 ........................................ A P Heskin
Wenyerreadyfreddie, 14-1 Theo’s Charm, 20-1 Beggar’s Wishes.
13 0P-653 WOLFCATCHER I Williams 5 10 8 ...................... T J O’Brien C,T
14 P12-98 MR FICKLE (C)(D) G L Moore 8 10 3......................M Heard (5) C
FORM VERDICT
HELL’S KITCHEN chased home an above-average rival on his seasonal 15 3-3S22 ROTHMAN (D) C Gordon 7 10 0 .............Bryony Frost (5) C,T
- 15 declared return last month and he was well supported to win a similar race
to this at Newbury last time out. The six-year-old unseated his rider BETTING: 4-1 Dashing Oscar, 9-2 Connetable, 5-1 Kildisart, 8-1 Take
at the fourth on that occasion but he can be given another chance To Heart, 10-1 Midnight Maestro, 12-1 Whatduhavtoget, 14-1 Minella
Charmer,
Our
Kaempfer,
16-1
others.
today. Mister Whitaker won well at Carlisle last month and a 7lb rise
in the ratings may not be enough to stop him from going well once
FORM VERDICT
again today. Reigning Supreme and Wenyerreadyfreddie give Nicky
KILDISART only found the subsequent Grade 2 runner-up Count
Henderson a strong hand in a race he has won four times in the last
Meribel too good on his hurdles debut and he confirmed that promise
nine years.
when winning at Ascot a few weeks ago. An opening mark of 128 does
not appear to be overly harsh based on those performances and he is
32RED KAUTO STAR NOVICES’ CHASE (GRADE 1)
ITV1 entitled to still be improving. Connetable was only narrowly denied a
(CLASS 1) £75,000 added 3m
Sandown a couple of weeks ago and another good performance can be
expected. The hat-trick seeking Dashing Oscar is another who merits a
1
P5-512 BALLYOPTIC (D)(BF) N Twiston-Davies 7 11 7
........................................................................................................... S Twiston-Davies T place on the shortlist, while Jaleo has an each-way shout.
2
111112 BLACK CORTON (C)(D) P Nicholls 6 11 7....Bryony Frost T
3
77-221 ELEGANT ESCAPE C Tizzard 5 11 7..............................T J O’Brien
4
11-51F FOUNTAINS WINDFALL (BF) A Honeyball 7 11 7........................
188BET ROWLAND MEYRICK HANDICAP CHASE ITV1
....................................................................................................................................A Coleman
(GRADE 3) (CLASS 1) £40,000 added 3m
5
1816-1 SOME INVITATION (D) D Skelton 6 11 7 ................H Skelton T
6
PP-131 WEST APPROACH C Tizzard 7 11 7........................T Scudamore 1
42P-5P SHANTOU FLYER (D) Richard Hobson 7 11 12.J Reveley T
7
91-111 MIA’S STORM (D) A King 7 11 0................................W Hutchinson 2
2P3-25 WAKANDA (C)(D) Mrs S Smith 8 11 4...................................D Cook
- 7 declared 3
414-3F BAYWING (CD) N Richards 8 11 4.........................................R Day (3)
BETTING: 11-4 Mia’s Storm, 7-2 Ballyoptic, 9-2 Black Corton, 5-1 4
18-331 DELUSIONOFGRANDEUR (CD) Mrs S Smith 7 11 2... Sean Quinlan
Elegant Escape, 13-2 Fountains Windfall, 7-1 West Approach, 20-1 Some 5
3F-128 ACTINPIECES (CD) Mrs P Sly 6 10 13.....Miss G Andrews (3)
Invitation.
6 554P-P DEDIGOUT (D) M Hammond 11 10 9.................... Joe Colliver T
7
/3F-32 ALOOMOMO W Greatrex 7 10 7......................................... R Johnson
FORM VERDICT
8
18-661 GET ON THE YAGER (D) D Skelton 7 10 7................... H Brooke
This does not appear to be a vintage renewal of this race but the marginal
- 8 declared preference is for BLACK CORTON. The six-year-old was narrowly BETTING: 7-2 Aloomomo, 4-1 Get On The Yager, 9-2 Delusionofgrandeur,
beaten by Elegant Escape in a Grade 2 at Newbury earlier in the month 5-1 Baywing, 11-2 Wakanda, 7-1 Actinpieces, 10-1 Shantou Flyer, 33-1
but a 3lb swing in the weights today can see that form reversed. Prior to Dedigout.
that, Paul Nicholls’ gelding had won six of his seven starts over fences
FORM VERDICT
and that included a four-length defeat of Ballyoptic at Cheltenham.
Mia’s Storm’s form is also rock solid based on her defeat of Elegant Warren Greatrex landed this prize in 2014 with Dolatulo and looks to
Escape at Chepstow in October and she has clearly improved for the hold outstanding claims once more with ALOOMOMO fancied to run a
switch to fences this season. Others to consider are Ami Desbois, big race for the Lambourn-based maestro. The seven-year-old has run
with great credit in two starts this season after breaking a shoulder 12
Barney Dwan and West Approach.
months ago and will enjoy the testing conditions on offer. Get On The
UNIBET CHRISTMAS HURDLE (GRADE 1) (CLASS ITV1 Yager did it well at Fontwell last time and looks fairly handicapped,
while Wakanda looks best of the remainder.
1) £120,000 added 2m
1.55
BEST OF WETHERBY
2.10
2.30
1
1111-1 BUVEUR D’AIR (D) N Henderson 6 11 7 ..............B J Geraghty
2
0211-0 CHESTERFIELD (D) J W Mullins 7 11 7............................ N Fehily
3
73-102 MOHAAYED (D) D Skelton 5 11 7....................................H Skelton T
4
-71315 OLD GUARD (CD) P Nicholls 6 11 7.........................Bryony Frost
5
34-142 THE NEW ONE (CD) N Twiston-Davies 9 11 7 ..............................S
Twiston-Davies
- 5 declared BETTING: 1-4 Buveur D’air, 4-1 The New One, 12-1 Old Guard, 50-1
Chesterfield, Mohaayed.
FORM VERDICT
It is impossible to oppose BUVEUR D’AIR, who is clearly the most
talented hurdler on this side of the Irish Sea. Nicky Henderson’s
six-year-old returned to hurdles from a spell over fences late last
season and went on to win the Champion Hurdle and Aintree Hurdle.
The New One has to be respected given his ability but he will almost
certainly need the selection to fail to complete to be successful this
afternoon. Old Guard should pick up some valuable prize money for
his connections, while Chesterfield and Mohaayed are probably here
just for a day out.
BEST OF HUNTINGDON
2.25
1
2
3
4
5
6
7
8
9
10
11
1
55P1-1
1
5-11D2
5-31
15
7
32
3
11
HENRIETTA KNIGHT MARES’ STANDARD OPEN NH
FLAT RACE (LISTED) (CLASS 1) £20,000 added 2m
DIAMOND GAIT (D) K Bailey 4 11 0...................................... D Bass T
DUHALLOW GESTURE A Honeyball 5 11 0......R McLernon
EVERLANES (D) A Honeyball 4 11 0..........................T Bellamy T
GRAGEELAGH GIRL (D) F O’Brien 6 11 0................ P Brennan
KALOCI (D) Stuart Edmunds 5 11 0 .............................. C Gethings
L’CHAMISE Jack Barber 4 11 0.........................................N Scholfield
LADY MARWAH M Scudamore 4 11 0 ................Mr Ed Bailey
LILLIPUT LANE J Farrelly 5 11 0.........................................J McGrath
OBORNE LADY J W Mullins 4 11 0.................................. D Sansom
OUTOFTHISWORLD H Fry 4 11 0 ................................N P Madden
STRIKE THE POSE (D) J Ewart 5 11 0............Lucy Alexander
- 11 declared BETTING: 11-4 Grageelagh Girl, 9-2 Outofthisworld, 5-1 Strike The Pose,
6-1 Duhallow Gesture, 7-1 Everlanes, 8-1 Diamond Gait, 14-1 Kaloci, 16-1
L’chamise, Lilliput Lane, 33-1 others.
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30-31
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42-43
47-56
FORM VERDICT
Grageelagh Girl has shown a fair level of form the last twice behind the
classy Posh Trish and shouldn’t be far away once more for the Fergal
O’Brien team, while there was much to like about the debut victories of
Diamond Gait and Everlanes at Warwick and Southwell respectively.
Duhallow Gesture has some fair form in the book, but this could go
the way of OUTOFTHISWORLD, who reportedly surprised connections
with her routine Market Rasen bumper victory in March. She shaped
like one to follow there and connections have clearly had this race in
mind for quite some time.
BEST OF WINCANTON
PERTEMPS NETWORK HANDICAP HURDLE (CLASS 2)
£18,500 added 2m 5f
1
55P-6U DIFFERENT GRAVEY (D) P Gundry 7 11 12........Mr W Biddick (3)
2
1-21F4 WAIT FOR ME P Hobbs 7 11 5....................................M G Nolan H,T
3
15803- BOITE W Greatrex 7 11 0............................................................ G Sheehan
4
113-31 BASTIEN (D) A King 6 10 12................................Kevin Dowling (7)
5
4411-7 ZERO GRAND J Farrelly 6 10 11..........................................B J Powell
6
/440-P PROTEK DES FLOS N Henderson 5 10 9 ..............N Curtis (5)
7
1FU30/ PADGE E Williams 8 10 9...............................................................A Wedge
8
2120-5 POKER PLAY D Pipe 4 10 7.............................................D G Noonan T
9
/231-3 PERSIAN DELIGHT (CD) P Nicholls 7 10 5 ...........H Cobden T
10 1-3443 SAFFRON WELLS (D) C Tizzard 9 10 0 ...... M Bastyan (5) C
11 18-275 KANSAS CITY CHIEF N Mulholland 8 10 0 .........James Best
- 11 declared BETTING: 10-3 Wait For Me, 9-2 Bastien, 7-1 Persian Delight, 15-2
Saffron Wells, Boite, 10-1 Poker Play, Protek Des Flos, 12-1 Padge,
Different Gravey, 14-1 others.
1.30
49
FORM VERDICT
Battle Of Marathon had Emenem back in second over C&D when
last sighted and the runner-up has subsequently franked the form by
beating Kyllachy Gala by a short-head at Lingfield. All three runners
have plenty to recommend them here, though it might be worth siding
with MOUNT TAHAN, who ran a screamer from off the pace, having
been slow away, when finishing a neck second here last time. He can
make light work of a 2lb rise given his unexposed profile over the trip.
2.50
1
2
3
4
5
BETWAY CONDITIONS STAKES (CLASS 2) £20,000
added 6f
301848
343522
84-521
351511
621117
KIMBERELLA (D) R Fahey 7 9 6 .............................................T Eaves 8
SALATEEN (C) D O’Meara 5 9 6 ................................... Fran Berry 2
DOUBLE UP (D) R Varian 6 9 3......................................J Mitchell T 6
GRACIOUS JOHN (C)(D) P Evans 4 9 3....................... Doubtful 9
GULLIVER (CD)(BF) H Palmer 3 9 3............................................................................
..............................................................................................................Josephine Gordon C,T 3
6 346442 INTISAAB (D)(BF) D O’Meara 6 9 3..................K Shoemark C 4
7
788072 LINE OF REASON (CD) P Midgley 7 9 3 ......................L Morris 5
8
251272 MYTHMAKER (D) B Smart 5 9 3..................................................G Lee 7
9
403428 POLYBIUS (D) D M Simcock 6 9 3...............................S Donohoe 1
- 9 declared BETTING: 3-1 Kimberella, 7-2 Salateen, 5-1 Intisaab, 6-1 Double Up, 8-1
Mythmaker, 10-1 Gulliver, Polybius, Line Of Reason.
FORM VERDICT
Kimberella is the class horse in here according to official ratings and
Richard Fahey’s gelding is a must for the shortlist. Gulliver’s winning
run came to an end at Lingfield latest but he remains lightly raced on
all-weather and cannot be overlooked. Double Up got back to winning
ways latest and represents leading connections, but David O’Meara
FORM VERDICT
boasts a strong hand with Intisaab and SALATEEN and the latter
WAIT FOR ME does not appear to relish chasing and it is no surprise to gets the nod arriving fresh after a break and on the back of two very
see him return to hurdles this afternoon. The seven-year-old contested creditable runs on turf in August.
some of the best 2m handicap hurdles last season and appeared to
improved when step up in trip at Sandown in April. A mark of 142
should still be workable for a horse of his ability and Philip Hobbs has
trained the winner of this race twice in the last four years. Bastien
and Persian Delight are unexposed types who cannot be discounted,
while any market support for Kansas City Chief would have to be noted.
KNIGHT FRANK JUVENILE HURDLE (GRADE 2) (CLASS
BEST OF LEOPARDSTOWN
2.05
1
2
3
4
5
6
7
8
9
10
11
BATHWICK TYRES LORD STALBRIDGE MEMORIAL CUP
HANDICAP CHASE (CLASS 3) £20,000 added 3m 1f
331-21
742F22
41-203
U12-39
-37085
241P/F
/3421P6-143
74-739
21-835
P3F-13
KRACKATOA KING (D) Kerry Lee 9 11 12 ...... R Patrick (5) V
BEAU DU BRIZAIS P Hobbs 5 11 11 ................................M G Nolan
CAPTAIN BUCK’S P Nicholls 5 11 10.....................H Cobden C,T
REGAL FLOW (D) R Buckler 10 11 10 ...... Sean Houlihan (7)
ABRACADABRA SIVOLA D Pipe 7 11 9 ........D G Noonan C,T
SHOCKINGTIMES (CD) J Snowden 10 11 6..B J Powell B,T
COBAJAYISLAND M Scudamore 9 11 5 .........................A Wedge
WIZARDS BRIDGE (D)(BF) C Tizzard 8 11 4........M Bastyan (5) B
UMBERTO D’OLIVATE R Walford 9 11 3................James Best
DANCE FLOOR KING (C) N Mitchell 10 11 0......... G Sheehan
WATER WAGTAIL (CD) Miss E Lavelle 10 10 6
......................................................................................................... Patrick Cowley (7) C
12 P114-5 GENERAL GIRLING (CD) R Hodges 10 10 0......Mr J Bament (7) V
- 12 declared BETTING: 5-2 Krackatoa King, 7-2 Beau Du Brizais, 9-2 Captain Buck’s,
7-1 Cobajayisland, 12-1 Shockingtimes, Wizards Bridge, 14-1 Water
Wagtail, 16-1 Regal Flow, Dance Floor King, 25-1 others.
FORM VERDICT
1.15
111 ESPOIR D’ALLEN (D) G Cromwell 11 1 .......................M P Walsh
DESERT GREY Denis Hogan 10 12...............................M Enright T
FARCLAS G Elliott 10 12....................................................Jack Kennedy
61 MASTERMIND (D) Charles O’Brien 10 12...........D O’Regan H
2112 MITCHOUKA (D) G Elliott 10 12.......................................D N Russell
2 TENTH AMENDMENT K H Clarke 10 12............. R C Colgan H
2115 GREY WATERS (D) Joseph P O’Brien 10 5................S Shortall
4153F MINNIE DAHILL (D) T M Walsh 10 5 .........................Ms K Walsh
- 8 declared BETTING: 2-5 Espoir D’allen, 7-2 Mitchouka, 10-1 Farclas, 14-1
Mastermind, 25-1 Tenth Amendment, 33-1 Grey Waters, 50-1 others.
FORM VERDICT
ESPOIR D’ALLEN has made a big impression in all of his starts for this
yard and he looked to be a leading Triumph Hurdle contender when
winning a Grade 3 contest at Fairyhouse recently. If he is to go well
at Cheltenham then he must be winning this contest with some ease.
Mitchouka was a well held second to the selection last time out and
can chase him home once again today. Farclas won on the level in his
native France and is an interesting hurdles debutant.
Regal Flow ran well to finish third in a competitive chase at Cheltenham
two starts ago and his run last time out was too bad to be true. That
said, the preference is for KRACKATOA KING, who relishes soft/heavy
ground and a 5lb rise in the ratings for his latest victory may not be
enough to stop him today. Cobajayisland has valid form claims but the 1
lack of a recent run is an obvious concern. Wizards Bridge and Beau Du 2
Brizais are others capable of going well.
3
4
BATHWICK TYRES MID SEASON HANDICAP CHASE
5
(CLASS 3) £15,000 added 2m
2.40
1
115-73 BISHOPS COURT (C) N Mulholland 7 11 12.........................................
...............................................................................................Mr James King (5) H,C,T
11P322 COEUR TANTRE (BF) A Honeyball 6 11 8.D G Noonan B,T
114-5F MONSIEUR CO (C) P Nicholls 4 11 5.................................H Cobden
-21792 NO NO CARDINAL (D) M Gillard 8 10 0...... M Bastyan (5) C
- 4 declared BETTING: 11-10 Coeur Tantre, 2-1 Bishops Court, 10-3 Monsieur Co,
16-1 No No Cardinal.
2
3
4
3.15
1
2
3
4
5
6
BATHWICK TYRES EBF/TBA MARES’ NOVICES’ CHASE
(CLASS 3) £12,000 added 2m 4f
241-52
542P-3
-31573
522211-3395
467-22
1.45
1
2
3
4
5
6
7
8
21223
036842
009065
405031
204P02
933441
837303
383321
104yds
BORN TO BE ALIVE (BF) K Burke 3 9 8........................C Lee (3) 2
KYLLACHY GALA M Botti 4 9 4 .................................K Shoemark 5
MYTHICAL MADNESS (CD) D O’Meara 6 9 2 ........Fran Berry V 8
BATTLE OF MARATHON (CD) J Ryan 5 9 1 ...J Osborn (7) 3
MOUNT TAHAN K Ryan 5 8 13....................................................S Gray 7
GRAND INQUISITOR I Williams 5 8 12......... Josephine Gordon C 6
BRONZE ANGEL (D) M Tregoning 8 8 12.......... M Dwyer B 1
EMENEM (CD) S Dow 3 8 11 ................................................... L Morris 4
- 8 declared BETTING: 4-1 Emenem, 9-2 Kyllachy Gala, 5-1 Born To Be Alive, Battle Of
Marathon, 13-2 Mount Tahan, 7-1 Grand Inquisitor, 8-1 others.
2.20
RACING POST NOVICE CHASE (GRADE 1) (CLASS 1)
€76,923 added 2m 1f
13U-22 ANY SECOND NOW (BF) T M Walsh 5 11 12........M P Walsh
6P-6F1 AVENIR D’UNE VIE H de Bromhead 7 11 12
............................................................................................................................Jack Kennedy
U3-111 DEATH DUTY G Elliott 6 11 12...........................................D N Russell
4243-1 FOOTPAD (C)(D) W P Mullins 5 11 12........................P Townend
24-412 JETT (C)(BF) Mrs J Harrington 6 11 12.......................R M Power
- 5 declared BETTING: 10-11 Footpad, 7-4 Death Duty, 8-1 Any Second Now, 10-1 Jett,
20-1 Avenir D’une Vie.
FORM VERDICT
FOOTPAD was fourth in the Champion Hurdle before finishing third to
Unowhatimeanharry in the Champion Stayers Hurdle when upped to
3m at Punchestown. However, he has the potential to make up into an
even better chaser if he can build on a most impressive fencing bow at
Navan last time. Death Duty is 3-3 over fences and looks very classy,
though this trip may just be on the sharp side for him. Any Second Now
is seemingly going the right way and is another to consider.
ACT NOW A Honeyball 8 11 0.......................................D G Noonan T
JESSBER’S DREAM (D) P Nicholls 7 11 0...............H Cobden T
ON DEMAND (C) C Tizzard 6 11 0 ......................M Bastyan (5) T
PEARL ROYALE (D) N Hawke 5 11 0.............................. G Sheehan
SECRET DOOR H Fry 6 11 0...................................................K Edgar (3)
THEATRE TERRITORY W Greatrex 7 11 0.......Mr S Waley-Cohen (3)
- 6 declared BETTING: Evens Jessber’s Dream, 5-1 Theatre Territory, 6-1 Pearl
1
Royale, 7-1 On Demand, 8-1 Secret Door, 12-1 Act Now.
2
3
4
5
BETWAY HANDICAP (CLASS 2) £20,000 added 1m 1f
6
BEST OF WOLVERHAMPTON
1) 3YO €38,462 added 2m
1
2
3
4
5
6
7
8
BEST OF LIMERICK
2.10
NOVICE CHASE (GRADE 2) (CLASS 1) €38,034 added 2m
3f 120yds
8-2121
3115-1
761744
1249-1
-33963
5-1273
TOMBSTONE (D) G Elliott 7 11 7............................ K M Donoghue
AL BOUM PHOTO (D) W P Mullins 5 11 4.............D J Mullins
ARBRE DE VIE (D) W P Mullins 7 11 4............................A Poirier
DOUNIKOS (D) G Elliott 6 11 4........................................................A Ring
INIS MEAIN Denis Hogan 10 11 4..................................... D G Hogan
TOUT EST PERMIS (C) M F Morris 4 10 11
............................................................................................................Rachael Blackmore
- 6 declared BETTING: 11-10 Al Boum Photo, 2-1 Tombstone, 6-1 Arbre De Vie, 10-1
Dounikos, 12-1 Tout Est Permis, 25-1 Inis Meain.
FORM VERDICT
AL BOUM PHOTO made a good start over fences when comfortably
disposing of Tycoon Prince at Navan last month and this Grade 2
winner over timber can gain his first Graded success in a race that
doesn’t look the strongest of contests. Tombstone got his career back
on track with a Grade 3 success last time and looks the most solid
danger, while Tout Est Permis looks best of the remainder.
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2017 IN REVIEW
The year sport
and politics
collided – at
least partially
NFL protest and Mata’s charity drive
showed the power of sporting arenas
Y
ou can keep your Roger
Federers and Serena
Williamses, your
Cristiano Ronaldos and
Mo Farahs, your Real
Madrids, your All Blacks and your
about l’affaire Carew, the more
Golden State Warriors. The real
the rest of the sporting firmament
sporting heroes of 2017, for my
seems to make sense.
money, were Carew Cricket Club,
Happily, this was a year in which
who despite being the reigning
our men and women of sport
Pembrokeshire League Division
seemed content to win by more
One champions, will start next
conventional means. As Britain’s
season in Division Two, for reasons
golden sporting decade nears its
that require some explanation.
end, the accolades and silverware
In August, Carew went into their
continued to roll in. Lewis Hamilton
deciding fixture against rivals
tightened his iron grip on Formula
Cresselly knowing that they
One. Chris Froome added
would win the title even if
the Tour of Spain to his
they lost, as long as they
now customary Tour de
prevented Cresselly
France crown, even
from gaining any
if a dubious blood
bonus points. And so
sample threatens
Sergio
Garcia
finally
they declared their
to detonate his
won his first Major,
innings closed after
career sky-high.
in Augusta, after
just 2.3 overs, with
England’s
female
two decades
just 18 runs on the
cricketers
won the
of trying
board: ensuring defeat,
World Cup; England’s
but clinching the title in
youth footballers swept
the process.
the board at under-17,
The uproar was instant.
under-19 and under-20
Carew’s heinous act
level. Anthony Joshua
of skulduggery made
unified the world
headlines as far
heavyweight boxing
away as Australia.
titles against
Andy Murray’s
It was variously
Wladimir Klitschko
world
ranking
at
seen as unsporting,
in one of the greatest
the end of an
disgraceful or that
brawls ever seen at
injury-ravaged
perennial favourite:
Wembley
Stadium.
year
“not cricket”. Faced
England sealed their
with a global media
place at next summer’s
tornado, the disciplinary
World Cup in Russia after
committee of Pembroke
one of the least exciting
County Cricket Club –
qualification campaigns
which one imagines
ever seen at Wembley
consists of little more
Stadium.
than three middleAgainst this, there
England rugby
aged blokes and a
were naturally a few
union wins in 2017;
plate of Welsh cakes
disappointments.
their only loss came
– decided to relegate
Eddie Jones’s
against Ireland
Carew to Division
irrepressible
in Dublin
Two, ban their captain
England rugby union
and fine them £300.
side won 10 of their 11
So what was so heroic
internationals in the year
about it all? Simply put, it
but will still mull over the one
affirmed what for many people
they did not, a tempestuous, rainis the pure essence of sport: that
soaked Grand Slam decider in
whatever the level, however small
Dublin. Farah’s gold and silver in the
the stakes, it is something worth
World Championships in London
fighting for. Carew may have
masked a worrying broader picture
gone the wrong way about it, but
in British athletics, in which nobody
there was something really rather
else won an individual medal. Andy
charming in the moral depths
Murray began the year as world
to which a group of blokes were
No 1 and ended it at No 16, after an
prepared to stoop to secure a tiny,
injury-ravaged season in which he
little-known Welsh cricket trophy.
never genuinely looked like adding
Somehow, the longer you think
to his three Grand Slam titles.
Jonathan
Liew
1
16
10
The regression of Murray and
Novak Djokovic, as well as the
ongoing power vacuum in the
women’s game, offered a chance for
new names to establish themselves
in tennis. Instead, it was the
old names who returned with a
vengeance: Federer and Rafael
Nadal spectacularly shared the four
Grand Slams between them, while
Serena Williams won the Australian
Open to pass Steffi Graf’s record of
22 Grand Slams.
In football, too, it was a year
where the game’s pre-eminent
powers began to re-establish
themselves. Chelsea returned to
the top table under Antonio Conte,
Real Madrid claimed their third
Champions League crown in four
seasons, and as the year draws to a
close, Pep Guardiola’s Manchester
City already look to have the
Premier League title sewn up.
By the time January is out,
of course, all this might have
changed. Such is football’s furious
pace and churn that the world
transfer record is more than
a canvas, less a game of victory and
double what it was a year ago, Paul
defeat and more a vessel for fleeting
Pogba surpassed by Ousmane
internet renown.
Dembélé, Kylian Mbappé and, most
There was wonder to be found,
audaciously of all, Neymar (right).
too, of course, and occasionally in
This time last year, Claudio Ranieri
the least likely places. Barcelona’s
was still in charge of the champions
6-1 defeat of Paris Saint-Germain
Leicester. Now, not only
was one of the great
Ranieri but his successor
sporting comebacks of the
It was only year. Almost two decades
have been and gone.
Even to recount events a matter of
after his first tilt, the
from earlier this year
much-loved Sergio Garcia
time before
feels like delving into a
finally clinched a major
American
dog-eared history book.
sport became golf title, slipping on the
One of the all-time great
green jacket after
co-opted into aMasters
FA Cup competitions
sun-drenched play-off
the
country’s
culminated in Arsenal
at Augusta. The verve of
Trump-era
denying Chelsea the
Tonga, the skill of Fiji and
Double, non-league
culture wars the passion of Papua New
Lincoln City biffing their
Guinea elevated the rugby
way into the quarter-finals
league World Cup into
and Sutton United’s corpulent
a classic tournament. And in the
goalkeeper Wayne Shaw eating
other code, a superb Lions series
a pie on live television. If Carew’s
in New Zealand ended in that most
early declaration was the ultimate
perfect of outcomes: a draw, and
act of gamesmanship, then in a way
the bewilderment of two teams who
Shaw was its absolute antithesis:
had no idea whether there would be
the point at which football became
extra time or not.
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Boxing Day fixtures
Detroit Lions players take a knee during the United States’ national
anthem; Juan Mata’s Common Goal initiative (above) sees him give
1 per cent of his salary to charity; Mayweather v McGregor (below),
however, was a cynical exercise masquerading as sport GETTY
The great thing about sport is that
it can be both literal and allegorical,
concrete or abstract, depending on
your preference. For some, it’s about
the struggle. For some, it’s about
the numbers, the lines on graphs,
the fine print. For others, it’s
about the colour and the fervour,
the tribal passions and the naked
emotions. Whatever you fancy.
Occasionally, though, it can stand
for something more than all of
these. It was only a matter of
time before American sport
became co-opted into the
country’s Trump-era culture
wars, but even so, few could
have predicted how vividly and
suddenly it would happen. A
simple throwaway comment
by President Trump,
declaring that NFL players
protesting during the
national anthem should be
thrown out of their team,
catalysed an extraordinary
resistance movement that
encompassed players, coaches
and owners, of all races, across a
wide range of sports.
There is a reason the sporting
arena is such a powerful place to
make your statement. In a way,
they are our secular cathedrals,
places where we all come together.
Qatar knows this, which is why it
is fighting so hard to launder its
reputation ahead of the 2022 World
Cup. The Royal and Ancient knew
this, which is why it prevented
Muirfield from rejoining the
Open Championship rota until
it had moved into the 19th
century by allowing women
to join as members.
And Juan Mata knows
it too, which is why his
Common Goal initiative, in
which footballers pay a portion
of their earnings to fund
development projects around
the world, is such a quietly
impressive act. Mata,
unlike so many of his peers,
realises there is little point
in having a podium unless
you have something to say from it.
But perhaps the biggest sporting
event of the year really had very little
to do with sport at all. To witness the
extraordinary circus surrounding
Floyd Mayweather’s fight against
cage fighter and professional talker
Conor McGregor was to witness
a seminal moment in the way
sport is packaged and presented.
Mayweather won but really, that was
hardly the point.
It was a sporting event with all the
focus on the latter rather than the
former: a spectacle so confected, so
ersatz, so clearly made-to-order, that
it was hard to believe in it at all, even
if in many ways it represents sport’s
cold new reality of high stakes,
endless hype and piles of cash.
Sport has never purely been about
the winning. But sport without the
winning is just a TV game show
on grass. Carew understood that.
Which is why I’d take a cynical
bunch of Welsh cricketers over the
world’s richest boxing fight any day
of the week. THE INDEPENDENT
3pm unless stated
PREMIER LEAGUE
AFC Bournemouth v West Ham ......................
Chelsea v Brighton .......................................................
Huddersfield v Stoke ..................................................
Liverpool v Swansea (5.30).....................................
Man Utd v Burnley .......................................................
Tottenham v Southampton (12.30) .................
Watford v Leicester .....................................................
West Brom v Everton ................................................
P W D L F A Pts
Man City
19 18 1 0 60 12 55
Man Utd
19 13 3 3 41 14 42
Chelsea
19 12 3 4 32 14 39
Liverpool
19 9 8 2 41 23 35
Tottenham
19 10 4 5 34 18 34
Arsenal
19 10 4 5 34 23 34
Burnley
19 9 5 5 16 15 32
Leicester
19 7 6 6 29 28 27
Everton
19 7 5 7 24 30 26
Watford
19 6 4 9 27 34 22
Huddersfield 19 6 4 9 17 31 22
Brighton
19 5 6 8 15 23 21
Southampton 19 4 7 8 18 25 19
Stoke
19 5 4 10 22 40 19
Newcastle
19 5 3 11 19 29 18
Crystal Palace 19 4 6 9 16 29 18
West Ham
19 4 5 10 19 35 17
Bournemouth 19 4 4 11 15 28 16
West Brom
19 2 8 9 14 27 14
Swansea
19 3 4 12 11 26 13
SKY BET CHAMPIONSHIP
Barnsley v Preston North End ..........................
Birmingham v Norwich ...........................................
Brentford v Aston Villa (7.30)...............................
Bristol City v Reading ...............................................
Burton Albion v Leeds ...............................................
Cardiff v Fulham ............................................................
Hull v Derby ........................................................................
Ipswich v QPR ...................................................................
Middlesbrough v Bolton .........................................
Millwall v Wolves (1)....................................................
Notts Forest v Sheffield Wednesday ..........
Sheffield Utd v Sunderland .................................
P W D L F A Pts
Wolverhampton 23 17 3 3 43 17 54
Cardiff
23 14 5 4 33 18 47
Derby
23 13 5 5 38 21 44
Bristol City
23 12 8 3 37 24 44
Leeds
23 12 3 8 35 26 39
Aston Villa
23 10 8 5 31 22 38
Sheff Utd
23 12 2 9 36 29 38
Preston
23 9 9 5 27 23 36
Middlesbrough 23 10 5 8 30 23 35
Ipswich
23 11 2 10 37 33 35
Fulham
23 8 8 7 29 29 32
Brentford
23 7 10 6 35 31 31
Nottm Forest 23 10 1 12 33 38 31
Reading
23 7 6 10 29 30 27
Sheff Wed
23 6 9 8 27 29 27
Norwich
23 7 6 10 22 30 27
Millwall
23 6 8 9 24 25 26
QPR
23 6 8 9 26 34 26
Hull
23 5 7 11 37 41 22
Barnsley
23 5 6 12 25 36 21
Burton Albion 23 5 5 13 16 41 20
Sunderland
23 3 10 10 28 39 19
Bolton
23 4 7 12 23 41 19
Birmingham 23 4 5 14 12 33 17
SKY BET LEAGUE ONE
Blackburn v Rochdale ................................................
Blackpool v Scunthorpe ..........................................
Bradford v Peterborough .......................................
Bury v Rotherham ........................................................
Doncaster v Northampton ....................................
Gillingham v Oxford Utd (1)...................................
MK Dons v Plymouth .................................................
Oldham v Fleetwood ..................................................
Portsmouth v AFC Wimb’don ...........................
Southend v Charlton (1).............................................
Walsall v Bristol Rovers .........................................
Wigan v Shrewsbury ..................................................
P W D L F A Pts
Wigan
22 16 3 3 49 12 51
Shrewsbury
22 14 5 3 30 14 47
Blackburn
22 13 5 4 40 20 44
Scunthorpe
23 12 6 5 31 18 42
Bradford
23 13 3 7 36 28 42
Charlton
22 10 6 6 30 27 36
Peterborough 23 10 5 8 39 34 35
Portsmouth
23 11 2 10 27 26 35
Rotherham
23 10 3 10 38 33 33
Oxford Utd
23 8 7 8 35 34 31
Walsall
22 7 8 7 30 31 29
Blackpool
23 7 7 9 28 31 28
Southend
23 7 7 9 26 37 28
Doncaster
23 7 6 10 23 27 27
Fleetwood Tn 23 7 6 10 31 37 27
Oldham
23 7 6 10 37 44 27
Bristol Rovers 23 9 0 14 33 41 27
Gillingham
23 6 8 9 22 25 26
MK Dons
23 6 8 9 26 34 26
Plymouth
23 6 6 11 22 32 24
AFC Wimbledon22 6 5 11 17 27 23
Northampton 23 6 5 12 19 39 23
Rochdale
22 4 10 8 24 29 22
Bury
22 4 5 13 19 32 17
SKY BET LEAGUE TWO
Cambridge Utd v Barnet .........................................
Carlisle v Accrington ..................................................
Cheltenham v Yeovil ...................................................
Chesterfield v Crewe ..................................................
Crawley Tn v Colchester .........................................
Exeter v Forest Green ...............................................
Grimsby v Mansfield (1) ............................................
Lincoln City v Stevenage ........................................
Morecambe v Notts County ................................
Port Vale v Coventry ..................................................
Swindon v Luton ............................................................
Wycombe v Newport County ............................
P W D L F A Pts
Luton
23 14 6 3 53 19 48
Notts County 23 12 8 3 39 24 44
Exeter
23 12 3 8 32 29 39
Coventry
23 11 5 7 26 17 38
Wycombe
23 10 7 6 41 32 37
Lincoln City
23 10 7 6 28 19 37
Accrington
22 11 4 7 34 27 37
Colchester
23 10 6 7 33 27 36
Mansfield
23 9 9 5 32 26 36
Swindon
22 11 2 9 35 28 35
Newport Cty 23 9 8 6 32 26 35
Grimsby
23 9 6 8 25 28 33
Carlisle
23 8 7 8 33 32 31
Cheltenham
23 8 6 9 31 31 30
Stevenage
23 8 6 9 32 34 30
Cambridge Utd 23 8 6 9 21 30 30
Crawley Town 23 7 6 10 22 28 27
Port Vale
23 7 4 12 24 33 25
Yeovil
23 6 6 11 30 41 24
Crewe
23 7 2 14 24 38 23
Morecambe
23 5 7 11 19 29 22
Barnet
23 5 5 13 24 34 20
Chesterfield
23 5 5 13 26 44 20
Forest Green 23 5 5 13 23 43 20
LADBROKES SCOTTISH PREMIERSHIP
Dundee v Celtic (12.30)...............................................
P W D L F A Pts
Celtic
20 14 5 1 46 15 47
Aberdeen
20 12 3 5 32 24 39
Rangers
20 11 3 6 39 25 36
Hibernian
20 9 6 5 30 26 33
Hearts
20 7 7 6 21 19 28
Kilmarnock
20 6 7 7 24 27 25
St Johnstone 19 7 4 8 20 27 25
Motherwell
19 7 3 9 25 27 24
Hamilton
20 5 5 10 27 33 20
Dundee
20 5 4 11 21 30 19
Partick
20 4 5 11 17 36 17
Ross County 20 4 4 12 20 33 16
LADBROKES SCOTTISH CHAMPIONSHIP
Dumbarton v Livingston (2)...................................
P W D L F A Pts
St Mirren
18 12 2 4 35 22 38
Dundee Utd
17 11 3 3 25 14 36
Dunfermline 18 7 5 6 34 24 26
Morton
17 7 5 5 25 18 26
Queen of South 17 7 5 5 30 24 26
Livingston
16 7 5 4 24 21 26
Inverness CT 17 5 5 7 18 19 20
Dumbarton
17 4 7 6 14 21 19
Falkirk
16 1 8 7 9 25 11
Brechin
17 0 3 14 12 38 3
VANARAMA NATIONAL LEAGUE
Aldershot v Woking .....................................................
Barrow v Wrexham .....................................................
Boreham Wood v Sutton Utd .............................
Chester FC v Guiseley ...............................................
Dover v Maidstone Utd ............................................
Eastleigh v Torquay ....................................................
Ebbsfleet United v Bromley ................................
Gateshead v Hartlepool ...........................................
Leyton Orient v Dagenham & Red (1) ...........
Macclesfield v FC Halifax ......................................
Maidenhead Utd v Solihull Moors .................
Tranmere v AFC Fylde .............................................
P W D L F A Pts
Macclesfield 25 13 6 6 31 24 45
Wrexham
25 12 7 6 23 18 43
Dover
25 11 9 5 33 17 42
Sutton Utd
25 12 6 7 35 32 42
Aldershot
25 11 8 6 38 26 41
Dag & Red
24 11 7 6 39 27 40
Boreham Wood 24 10 9 5 34 22 39
Bromley
25 10 8 7 40 32 38
Tranmere
24 10 7 7 31 19 37
Ebbsfleet Utd 24 8 11 5 34 25 35
Maidenhead U 25 8 10 7 34 35 34
Maidstone Utd 23 9 7 7 25 29 34
Woking
23 10 3 10 30 32 33
FC Halifax
25 8 8 9 29 32 32
Hartlepool
25 8 7 10 25 30 31
Gateshead
23 7 9 7 28 23 30
AFC Fylde
22 7 8 7 33 29 29
Eastleigh
25 6 11 8 33 37 29
Barrow
25 7 7 11 30 36 28
Leyton Orient 25 7 6 12 33 41 27
Chester FC
24 4 9 11 22 40 21
Torquay
25 4 7 14 22 41 19
Guiseley
23 3 9 11 20 41 18
Solihull Moors 25 4 5 16 21 42 17
VANARAMA NATIONAL LEAGUE SOUTH
Bath City v WestonSMare .....................................
Braintree Tn v Chelmsford ...................................
Concord Rangers v East Thurrock .................
Gloucester v Oxford City .......................................
Hampton & Richmond v Wealdstone ........
Havant and W v Bognor Regis Tn ...................
Hungerford Tn v Chippenham ..........................
Poole Tn v Truro City ................................................
St Albans v Hemel Hempstead (1)....................
Welling v Dartford (1)..................................................
Whitehawk v Eastbourne Borough ...............
VANARAMA NATIONAL LEAGUE NORTH
AFC Telford v Kidderminster .............................
Blyth Spartans v Spennymoor Tn .................
Boston Utd v Gainsborough ................................
Bradford P A v Curzon Ashton (1.30).............
Chorley v Southport ...................................................
Darlington v Harrogate Tn ...................................
FC United of Manchester v Salford City ..
Leamington v Brackley ............................................
North Ferriby Utd v York (12.30)........................
Nuneaton v Tamworth .............................................
Stockport County v Alfreton Tn ......................
BOSTIK PREMIER DIVISION
Billericay v Thurrock (12.0), Brightlingsea
Regent v Needham Market (1.0), Dorking v Margate (3.0), Folkestone Invicta v
Tonbridge Angels (3.0), Harlow v Enfield
Tn (3.0), Harrow Borough v Hendon (3.0),
Kingstonian v Merstham (3.0), Leiston v
Lowestoft Tn (3.0), Tooting & M v Dulwich (3.0), Wingate & Finchley v Staines
(3.0), Worthing v Burgess Hill Tn (3.0).
EVOSTIK SOUTH PREMIER DIVISION
Banbury v Dunstable (3.0), Basingstoke
v Gosport Borough (3.0), Biggleswade Tn
v Bishop’s Stortford (3.0), Kings Langley
v Chesham (3.0), Kings Lynn Tn v St Ives
Tn (3.0), Merthyr Tn v Hereford FC (3.0),
Redditch v Stratford Tn (3.0), Royston Tn v
Hitchin (3.0), Slough v Farnborough (3.0), St
Neots Tn v Kettering (3.0), Tiverton v Frome
Tn (3.0), Weymouth v Dorchester (3.0).
EVOSTIK NORTH PREMIER DIVISION
Ashton Utd v Stalybridge (3.0), Coalville
Tn v Barwell (3.0), Halesowen v Mickleover Sports (3.0), Lancaster City v
Workington (3.0), Marine v Altrincham
(3.0), Matlock Tn v Buxton (3.0), Nantwich
Tn v Sutton Coldfield Tn (3.0), Rushall
Olympic v Hednesford (3.0), Shaw Lane
v Grantham (3.0), Stafford Rangers v
Stourbridge (3.0), Whitby v Farsley Celtic
(3.0), Witton Albion v Warrington Tn (3.0).
CRICKET
FIRST TEST MATCH—FIRST DAY OF
FOUR: South Africa v Zimbabwe (Port
Elizabeth, 11.30am).
FOURTH TEST MATCH—SECOND
DAY OF FIVE: Australia v England
(Melbourne, 11.30pm).
DARTS
PDC WORLD DARTS CHAMPIONSHIPS
(Alexandra Palace, London).
ICE HOCKEY
ELITE LEAGUE: Braehead Clan v Belfast
Giants, Cardiff Devils v Coventry
Blaze, Fife Flyers v Edinburgh Capitals,
Manchester Storm v Dundee Stars, Milton
Keynes Lightning v Guildford Flames,
Sheffield Steelers v Nottingham Panthers.
RUGBY UNION
GUINNESS PRO14 (5.35): Munster v
Leinster (3.15), Newport Gwent D’gons v
Cardiff Blues (2.0), Scarlets v Ospreys.
PRINCIPALITY BUILDING SOCIETY
PREMIERSHIP WEST (2.30): Neath v
Aberavon.
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FOOTBALL
SWANSEA CITY
Britton: I don’t want the job
even if we win at Anfield
By Jim Daly
Leon Britton insists he will not put
himself forward for the Swansea
City job full-time, even if he manages
to negotiate a win at Anfield today.
The Swans club captain, who has
played over 500 games for the club
since their days in League Two, took
charge of his first game as caretaker
against Crystal Palace last weekend
after Paul Clement was given the
boot earlier in the week.
He oversaw a 1-1 draw at the Liberty Stadium, in which Jordan Ayew
equalised Luka Milivojevic’s second
half penalty; a result that still leaves
Swansea bottom of the Premier
League table at the halfway mark,
four points from safety. It was only
the third game in their last 15 where
they managed to avoid defeat.
A more daunting prospect than
Roy Hodgson’s Eagles awaits Britton this evening with a trip to face
Liverpool, but he is not getting carried away in the hot seat.
“Hopefully we’ll get some good results, that’s the main thing,” he said
after the draw at the Liberty. “But in
terms of my position and wanting
the job full-time it remains the same;
even if we were to win the next two
or three games – if I was in charge –
I’d still be telling the club that I am
not ready to do it full-time yet.
“I’m here for the club to help them
in the short-term. How short or long
Leon Britton has told Swansea he is
not yet ready to manage full-time
that is I don’t know at the moment,
it is just day by day. I think the main
thing is the club gets the right person, whether that’s in the next few
days, weeks or however long it is. I’ll
be here to help as much as I can.”
The 35-year-old, who admitted
he hasn’t spoken to the club’s owners since taking the role, says it was
a “strange” experience being the
other side of the fence from a bunch
of players he is used to talking to as
team-mates, and while injury rules
him out of contention he isn’t sure he
would pick himself anyway.
He added: “They’re not calling
me gaffer yet, I’m not that strict. I’m
here as caretaker, if I was full-time
manager it might be a bit different.
It is a bit strange but the players are
so understanding.
“It’s strange because the boot is on
the other foot. I’ve sat through teamtalks so many times but there you
are in front of the group speaking,
whether it’s the pre-match meeting
or in the changing room before the
players go out. I’m a little bit used to
it in terms of being the club captain
and speaking to the players in the
huddle so it is similar but it’s a different perspective, pre-game, going
through tactics and the gameplan.
“Player-managers are not something that happen every day. A while
ago it seemed to happen more frequently but I don’t think we’ve seen
one for a long time. It would be difficult to be the caretaker-manager
and be on the pitch as well because
I’d be concentrating on the game, I
couldn’t think about telling them to
make substitutions, it would be very
hard. But I am injured at the moment anyway so that rules me out of
team selection.”
Whoever does get the job permanently – with recently sacked duo
Frank de Boer and Slaven Bilic both
linked – Britton believes they will
inherit a squad who have the ability
and desire to drag themselves out of
the mire. THE INDEPENDENT
EVERTON
Allardyce reveals secret to
turnaround is simplicity itself
By Mark Critchley
Sam Allardyce has revealed he
spent his short-lived “retirement”
doing what many would do in the
same position: watching repeats
of television game shows.
Allardyce left Crystal Palace
in May then joined Everton six
months later – and has made an
instant impact with the Toffees,
who are unbeaten since his
appointment. Today they travel
to face relegation-threatened
West Brom. So what is Allardyce’s
secret? How has he rejuvenated
players like Ashley Williams and
Michael Keane, who looked bereft
of confidence before his arrival?
“It’s a ‘Phil Schofield’ isn’t
it? You have watched ‘The
Cube’ haven’t you? ‘Simplify’,”
the Everton manager said on
Saturday, referring to one of
the lifelines the discontinued
ITV game show used to offer its
contestants.
“It is as simple as that. I show
up and say why risk doing that if
it might fail? Play safe and play
the right ball at the right time, do
the right thing at the right time
and think what you are doing. It
makes all the difference in the
game.” THE INDEPENDENT
CHAMPIONSHIP
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Boro target Pulis after
shock Monk sacking
By Ed Malyon
Middlesbrough sacked Garry Monk
because they believe they can attract
Tony Pulis to the Riverside Stadium.
Monk was fired on Saturday night
after a phone call from chairman
Steve Gibson. Monk had expected
the call to be a congratulatory one
after his side’s 2-1 win over Sheffield
Wednesday but it ended with him
being told that he would be released
from the long-term contract he signed
when he took over in the summer.
The news blindsided the former
Swansea boss, not just because of the
victory that day but also because he
had held recent meetings about the
club’s forthcoming transfer plans.
Boro were just three points off the
play-offs after a few months of transitioning to Monk’s style of play.
Sources have revealed that Gibson
feels the Boro squad, which is largely
comprised of players that succeeded
under Aitor Karanka’s management, is more suited to a pragmatic
style of football than the more open
game Monk had been trying to move
towards. Which is why Pulis, newly
unemployed after leaving West Bromwich Albion last month, has become the number one option.
Should Gibson be able to secure
the Welshman then it would be a
major coup for a Championship club
given Pulis’s impeccable Premier
League pedigree. The 59-year-old
former Stoke and Crystal Palace boss
has never been relegated from the
top flight, but hasn’t managed in the
second tier for a decade, since leading
the Potters to promotion in 2007-08.
Sheffield Wednesday also parted
company with their manager after
Saturday’s game. Carlos Carvalhal
paid the price for three defeats in a
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Odds: Home 1-4 Draw 9-2 Away 12-1
Kick-offToday,3pm(HighlightsBBC1,10.45pm)
Team news Michael Carrick and Marouane
Fellaini remain out for Manchester United,
along with Antonio Valencia (hamstring)
and Eric Bailly (ankle). Chris Smalling
is a doubt following the weekend draw
at Leicester. Chris Wood is a concern
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weekend defeat to Tottenham, while James
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Lascelles Lejeune Manquillo
Hayden
Martial
Pope
Odds: Home 7-5 Draw 9-4 Away 2-1
Kick-offToday,3pm(HighlightsBBC1,10.45pm)
Team news Jonas Lossl (nose) is expected
to be available for Huddersfield although
Terriers manager David Wagner may opt to
rotate his side. Laurent Depoitre hopes for
another start after his recent form. Stoke
could name an unchanged squad from the
weekend victory over West Bromwich, but
Erik Pieters remains a doubt. Glen Johnson
(knee) has a chance of a return.
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Wimmer Shawcross
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Brighton & Hove
Ayew
Lowe
Butland
Odds: Home 1-6 Draw 11-2 Away 16-1
Kick-offToday,3pm (HighlightsBBC1,10.45pm)
Team news Alvaro Morata returns from
suspension for champions Chelsea and
Cesc Fabregas and Davide Zappacosta are
among those hoping for Blues recalls, but
David Luiz (knee) and Charly Musonda
(groin) remain out. Brighton have Shane
Duffy back from a ban and he could replace
Connor Goldson at the back, while Izzy
Brown is ineligible against his parent side.
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Crouch
Diouf
Abraham
Pickford
Schmeichel
Alonso
Quaner Williams
Mignolet
Yacob
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Hazard
Propper Stephens
Foster
Zeegelaar
Schindler
Liverpool
West Bromwich
Prodl
Smith
Ryan
Odds: Home 7-4 Draw 11-5 Away 7-4
Kick-offToday,3pm(HighlightsBBC1,10.45pm)
Team news Junior Stanislas (hamstring)
misses out for Bournemouth, while
Jermain Defoe (ankle) could be missing for
up to 10 weeks. West Ham welcome back
Manuel Lanzini from suspension, but Mark
Noble (hamstring) is again struggling and
defender Jose Fonte (ankle) remains out.
The last six meetings of these sides have
produced 24 goals.
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Cahill
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Odds: Home 4-11 Draw 15-4 Away 7-1
Kick-off Today, 12.30pm (Sky Sports Main
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Team news Tottenham could make changes
from the weekend win at Burnley, although
Toby Alderweireld (hamstring) and Victor
Wanyama (knee) miss out against their
former club. Virgil van Dijk hopes for a
Southampton recall, but Charlie Austin
(hamstring) is out. He was also charged
with violent conduct by the FA on Sunday.
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Ake
Wilson
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Odds: Home 7-5 Draw 12-5 Away 9-5
Kick-offToday,3pm(HighlightsBBC1,10.45pm)
Team news Watford welcome back Marvin
Zeegelaar and Abdoulaye Doucoure from
suspension although Troy Deeney remains
banned. Leicester have Daniel Amartey
suspended following his red card against
Manchester United last week, while Danny
Simpson (hamstring) is a worry. Watford’s
home win in this fixture last season was
their only success in six against the Foxes.
Odds: Home 7-5 Draw 2-1 Away 11-5
Kick-offToday,3pm(HighlightsBBC 1,10.45pm)
Team news Nacer Chadli (thigh) has picked
up another injury for West Bromwich,
although Matty Phillips (hamstring) has a
chance of returning for the Baggies. James
Morrison (Achilles) remains out. Idrissa
Gueye (hamstring) is a doubt for Everton,
but Wayne Rooney (illness) may return.
Ashley Williams and Mason Holgate both
suffered from flu at the weekend.
Odds: Home 1-7 Draw 13-2 Away 16-1
Kick-off Today, 5.30pm (Sky Sports Main
Event; highlights BBC 1, 10.45pm)
Team news Jordan Henderson (hamstring)
is absent for Liverpool but manager Jürgen
Klopp has reported no new concerns
following last Friday’s draw at Arsenal.
Swansea travel without defender Kyle
Naughton (groin) and will make a late decision on Leroy Fer (back). Both meetings of
these sides last seasons were away wins.
Odds: Home 11-1 Draw 5-1 Away 2-9
Kick-off Tomorrow, 7.45pm (Sky Sports
Main Event; highlights Sky Sports Premier
League, 11.30pm)
Team news Jonjo Shelvey returns
to contention for Newcastle having
completed a ban but manager Rafa Benitez
may keep faith with the side that won at
West Ham last week. Gabriel Jesus, Ilkay
Gundogan and Danilo hope for recalls for
league leaders Manchester City
Odds: Home 10-3 Draw 3-1 Away 8-11
Kick-off Thursday, 8pm (Sky Sports Main
Event; highlights Sky Sports Premier
League, midnight)
Team news Christian Benteke returns from
suspension for Crystal Palace while Jason
Puncheon is again likely to be included in
the squad. Arsenal will make a late decision
on Nacho Monreal (ankle), while Olivier
Giroud and Aaron Ramsey (both hamstring)
remain out for the travelling Gunners.
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MANCHESTER UNITED
Grumbling
grows louder
at United over
City’s riches
available to them. There can be no
debate about Dyche. He is currently
doing a sensational job.
Burnley, of course, aren’t the only
club to threaten causing a sensation
halfway through a campaign. LeavAround Manchester United, some ing aside the fantastic outlier that
of the murmurs in the wake of Man- was Leicester City in 2015-16, there
chester City’s commanding lead in were cases like Steve Clarke’s West
the Premier League – and control- Bromwich Albion. A lot of the talk
led win at Old Trafford – are that it is around the Christmas of 2012-13 was
becoming “increasingly impossible whether they could really keep it up
to compete against a state”.
and qualify for the ChampiT h e r e fe r e n c e, o f
ons League.
course, is to the extra
They couldn’t, and fell
depth of Abu Dhabi
away. Even if Burnley
resources available
follow that example
to Pep Guardiola.
rather than someManchester
The wonder is what
thing closer to the exUnited’s wage bill
a number of Sir Alex
ception of Leicester,
is the biggest in the
Ferguson’s Premier
though, it shouldn’t
Premier League
League competitors
obscure exactly what
over the years would
alchemy Dyche is prothink of that – given how
ducing here.
United were first to really
They have the third smallindustrialise the commerest wage bill in the Precialisation of their club.
mier League going by
And what about tothe last accounts, so
day’s visitors to Old
should barely be stayTrafford? Sean Dying in the division, let
Today’s
opponents
che’s Burnley arrive
alone looking someBurnley have
in Manchester today
where between very
the 18th biggest
for a fixture that fully
comfortable
and outwage bill in the
exposes the predomiright commanding.
top flight
nant issue in European
Dyche has honed and
football.
maximised what’s availGiven the broadcasting
able to him, mixing some
money washing into the
proper old-school footgame, as well as the disball traits in creating a
tinctive nature of some
coherent unit, with a
ownerships, it is simmodern approach to
ply impossible to get
analytics.
Points Burnley are
away from the imposThey’ve also made
off
the
Champions
ing power of cash.
it difficult for a lot of
League places at
It also creates more
the really big sides
the halfway stage of
of a discussion around
this season, even those
the season
the role of managers,
on very good form.
since the difference in
We await to see how
resources becomes so huge
United’s season pans out,
that it reveals one of the funbut there can be little debate that
damentals of the job: who is best a Jose Mourinho has done well in this
managing the assets and money campaign. He has brought the side
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Austin handed
three-match ban
Southampton forward Charlie Austin
will miss three games after accepting
a Football Association charge for
violent conduct. The FA announced
that Austin had argued that the
suspension – earned for kicking
Huddersfield goalkeeper Jonas Lossl
– was excessive, but that his case had
been rejected. Danish goalkeeper
Lossl was left with a bloodied
face and a suspected broken nose
following the incident in Saturday’s
1-1 draw at St Mary’s Stadium.
on, and it could have been enough
to finally bring the Premier League
trophy back – had it not been for City
stepping it up so much and standing
on everybody’s throats.
It is still, well, a bit rich for United
to complain of resources. They have
the biggest wage bill in the division
and should be one of just two clubs –
along with Chelsea – able to rival City.
What is often overlooked is just
how much everything is being maximised at City, not just the football
team. Whether or not you believe
Guardiola is playing the football of
the future against more outdated
approaches elsewhere, the Etihad
club are so far ahead in terms of the
club’s structure.
That allows City to put proper
plans in place in terms of recruitment – and plan for the short-term,
medium-term and long-term. By
contrast, United’s approach feels
much more ad hoc.
The Old Trafford approach to the
January transfer window has already shifted a fair bit over the past
month, with some of that in response
to how City have been doing.
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Curran to make his Test debut
England’s Tom Curran makes his
Test debut in today’s fourth
Ashes Test, replacing the
injured Craig Overton,
captain Joe Root has
announced.
Curran (right), 22,
was called up to replace
the injured Steven
Finn in November, and
is the brother of fellow
Surrey star Sam and
son of the late ex-Zimbabwe,
Northamptonshire and
Gloucestershire all-rounder Kevin.
Explaining why seam-bowling
all-rounder Curran has got
the nod, Root said: “I think
Tom offers a lot. He’s a
real competitor. He’s got
that very similar work
ethic, and way he goes
about things, to Craig. He’s
always wanting to get in the
contest, and you know you’re
always going to get absolutely
everything out of him.”
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Mourinho now wants to bolster
the depth of his squad but, for today’s
game they should still have more
than enough to beat Burnley.
It’s one of the many things that
City have made a virtue of this season, but one thing that football as a
sport so often upends. Even if money
has now pervaded all levels of the
game to such a perverse degree, it
doesn’t always win.
Therein lies the great frustration
for United this season, and precisely why Burnley have been such
a success. THE INDEPENDENT
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Lehmann will leave
after 2019 Ashes
Australia coach Darren Lehmann
has confirmed he will leave the
post following the Ashes series in
England in 2019. The former Test
batsman’s current deal is due to
run out in October 2019 and he will
not seek to renew that contract.
Lehmann has already guided
Australia to regain the Ashes on
home soil after taking a 3-0 lead in
the current best-of-five series.
Lehmann is Australia coach in all
three formats.
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Saracens director of rugby Mark
McCall was relieved to see his side
break a run of seven losses with a
deserved 29-17 win over Leicester
at Welford Road. The European
champions were more accurate
than their opponents who also
had Jonny May sent off for two
deliberate knock-ons. McCall said:
“It was a confident display from us
as we were good with or without
the ball and our penalty count was
very low. We were in control.”
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Foxes no longer looking
down, says Albrighton
‘We forget about the table and
focus on what we have to do’
By Sam Lovett
Marc Albrighton insists Leicester
City are looking up, rather than
down, in the second half of the
season after grabbing a last-gasp
equaliser against Manchester
United that keeps them in touch
with the European places.
It was the former Aston Villa
winger’s swirling parabola of a
cross that allowed Harry Maguire
to score at the death and notch
up another impressive result for
the unassuming and underrated
Claude Puel.
And Albrighton insists that the
Foxes are on an upward trajectory, pulling away from the likes of
Everton and Watford – the latter
of whom they face today.
“I think we’ve got to be looking
certainly top half of the table,”
Marc Albrighton said after Saturday’s draw with United.
“We’ve put ourselves in a good
position where we are now, but I
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think we can kick on even further.
We’ll aim to get more points the
second half of the season than we
did in the first.”
Against a Manchester United
side that looks increasingly unsure of itself, Leicester played with
guile, spirit and dogged tenacity.
They were lucky that their opponents failed to take their multiple chances in front of goal, but
the hosts made sure to capitalise
on such profligacy – and did so in
dramatic fashion, with the barrelchested Maguire clinching a late
stoppage-time equaliser. After
last week’s setback against Palace,
this gave Puel and his men something to smile about.
Perhaps most reassuringly
for those involved at Leicester,
this was further confirmation of
progress under the softly spoken
Frenchman. Since his appointment in late October, Leicester
have lost just twice and sit in eighth
on 27 points. THE INDEPENDENT
Conte at Abramovich’s mercy
over January reinforcements
McCall happy as
Sarries win at last
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Sean Dyche was relaxed
about Burnley’s tough
festivefixturelist after his side lost
3-0 at home to Spurs on Saturday.
“We know the run of games we’ve
got – no problem with it, that’s life
in the Premier League,”he said.
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Antonio Conte has insisted that
the Chelsea hierarchy will have
the final say on any potential
new signings when the transfer
window reopens in January.
Conte is hoping to
fight on both domestic
and European fronts
in the new year, with
his side chasing a
top-four Premier
League finish and
facing a Champions
League knockout tie
against Barcelona.
The Italian has just 19
senior players at disposal,
however, and his squad’s
limitations were exposed
on Saturday when, without
suspended first-choice striker
Alvaro Morata to call upon, they
were held to a goalless draw by
Sam Allardyce’s Everton.
Despite a clear need for
reinforcements, Conte (above)
kept his cards close to his chest
while discussing potential
January business at Goodison
Park on Saturday, perhaps with
the club’s frustrating summer
window in mind.
Chelsea lost out on several
priority targets to rival
clubs during those
months – with Romelu
Lukaku, Alex OxladeChamberlain and
Fernando Llorente
all moving elsewhere
after momentarily
looking likely to end
up at Stamford Bridge.
Conte was understood
to be frustrated at missing
out on so many players but
suggested on Saturday that the
club’s transfer process remains
the same as in the summer.
“I think this consideration
must be done with the club,” he
said. “I must say this to the club
in the right moment in the right
place. I will give my opinion
when I speak with the club, I
will tell them.” THE INDEPENDENT
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Zidane safe despite Clasico loss
Real Madrid will stick with coach
Zinedine Zidane, despite
Saturday’s 3-0 home
defeat to Barcelona
leaving the European
champions fourth
in La Liga, 14 points
behind the Catalan
club at the top.
Sources at the club
insist there is “nothing
to worry about” with
regards to the Frenchman’s
future. Second-half goals from Luis
Suarez, Lionel Messi and Aleix Vidal
crushed Real and the scoreline will
add to the pressure on Zidane
(left) who made the bold call
of leaving Isco, Gareth Bale
and Marco Asensio on the
bench.
“I know I’m going to
get beaten up [in the
media], but I’m never
going to change,” he said.
“I’m here to make decisions.
We are not playing badly, that’s
why it is even more painful.”
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have been doing all year, namely
powering on relentlessly.
“Fatigue? I don’t think so,” Guardiola said, when asked if City would get
heavy-legged in the coming weeks.
“It may happen but we’ve a
good enough squad. Gabriel
[Jesus] didn’t play against
Bournemouth – he played
120 minutes against
Leicester and he’s the
[best] fighter in the high
pressing I’ve ever seen
in my life. He helps us a lot
with our intensity.
“Of course we will rotate in
this period. We have a game every four
days. Everyone that has played in the
past is going to play in the future.”
As for eclipsing his own Bayern brilliance, Guardiola (above) was just as
dispassionate. “Since August we have
won a lot of games and that’s why we are
happy,” he said. “Our lives are better
when we win, it’s simple like that. But
I’m not going to sleep thinking about if
I am going to break a record from my
time at Bayern Munich. It’s nothing
special. It’s about Newcastle. I could
not see them over the last few days of
this Christmas time. So now I’ll
sit down with my staff with
our laptops, try to discover
what they do and keep our
pace and intensity with
and without the ball.
“Newcastle won against
West Ham when West
Ham were in a good moment in terms of results.
They have to focus on Newcastle, focus on what they have to do on
the pitch – offensively, defensively, individually, like a group. That is the only
way to be focused in what we have to
do. Forget about the table, the schedule, and focus on what we have to do,
that is the best way.” THE INDEPENDENT
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The heroes and villains in an
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politically charged year for sport
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Taste of victory?
Might Bite savours
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King George VI Chase
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Moan United:
Old Trafford
grumbles over
City’s success
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Now the Ashes
have been lost,
England can
truly implode
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Guardiola resists festivities
in relentless push for glory
By Chris Brereton
Pep Guardiola spent the Christmas
weekend hunched over his laptop
watching videos of tomorrow’s
opponents Newcastle United, rather than celebrating inching closer
to yet another era-defining record
– and almost certainly the Premier
League trophy.
City’s 4-0 victory over Bournemouth on Saturday was their 17th
straight Premier League victory
meaning something truly out of the
ordinary would have to occur now to
rob City of the title.
To say that before 2017 is out
sounds preposterous but then so is
City’s form. The Etihad juggernaut
continued unabated as Bournemouth, who did not deserve to go
down by a 4-0 scoreline, left as battered and broken as everybody else.
While manager of Bayern Munich,
Guardiola won 19 league matches on
the bounce between October 2013
and March 2014. He is now just 180
minutes away from equalling that
feat with City.
Yet Guardiola cares little for that,
nor does he care if his squad does
not like the rotation system that has
seen them fly so far clear of their
Premier League rivals.
Reports suggesting Sergio Aguero
is becoming frustrated about shar-
ing striking top-billing with Gabriel
Jesus have emerged in recent days
but Guardiola is in no mood to either
worry about utilising all his squad
nor the number of matches City have
in the coming month.
The Newcastle fixture is the first
of eight City will face inside a month
but the Etihad boss is eager to see
his team continue to do what they
» Continued on p55
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