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REVIEW
OF THE
YEAR
PART 1
A look back at the
trials and triumphs,
heroes and villains of
the past 12 months
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WEDNESDAY
27 DECEMBER 2017
Number 2,213
Kane
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Boxing Day
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record £4.5bn
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The new wave of
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access to single market
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ACCIDENT
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beaten former
wrestler The
Rock. At what
was he best?
See p.21
The day at
a glance
WEDNESDAY
27
DECEMBER
Quote of the day
God is a comedian
playing to an audience
too afraid to laugh
VOLTAIRE
Police officer among
fatalities in crash
A police officer, 46, died in a crash
which also resulted in the death of a
female passenger, 61, from the other
car involved. It happened at 8.15pm
on Christmas Day as the officer was
travelling on the A57 in Sheffield. His
BMW 3 Series collided with a silver
Citroen C3 heading the opposite way.
SCIENCE
CRIME
SCOTLAND
POLITICS
New hub to combat
killer diseases
Short jail sentences
‘hit women hardest’
Park camping laws
being enforced
Osborne was ‘not
keen’ to hold EU vote
Scientists in the UK have set up a
research hub to help halt outbreaks
of killer diseases such as Ebola.
The project led by Imperial College
London aims to improve responses
to outbreaks through the rapid
deployment of life-saving vaccines,
with almost £10m of funding from
the Department of Health.
More than 1,500 women sent to
prison last year were jailed for
less than one month, putting them
at risk of losing their children for
minor offences, critics warn. The
“ridiculous overuse of prison” hurts
female inmates worst as they are
more likely to be carers, campaign
group Women In Prison said. PAGE 4
Hundreds of people have been
handed warnings for breaching
new laws on camping in a national
park. A report prepared for
Scottish ministers revealed 828
people were issued with warnings
by police or park rangers for
alleged contraventions of the new
restrictions this year.
George Osborne “was not keen”
on David Cameron’s decision to
hold a referendum on Britain’s
membership of the EU. He told BBC
Radio 4 he had always been “gloomy”
about the probable result of last
year’s vote but backed the decision
as he did not want to be a “difficult
neighbour” for Mr Cameron. PAGE 6
VENEZUELA
POLITICS
ENTERTAINMENT
SOCIETY
Brexit worse than
Labour – Heseltine
Churchill film role
challenged Oldman
Refugee interpreters 44 anti-Maduro
suffering from stress activists set free
A Labour government led by Jeremy
Corbyn could be less damaging
than Brexit, Tory grandee Michael
Heseltine has suggested. The former
deputy prime minister made the
unexpected remark when asked
whether Brexit meant a catastrophe
was looming for the UK, according
to a newspaper. PAGE 7
Gary Oldman has joked that his
casting as Winston Churchill was a
“ridiculous” choice. The actor told
Radio 4’s Front Row the “physicality”
of the heavy politician was the most
challenging part of the role and
required four hours in make-up
every day. Oldman plays the wartime
leader in Joe Wright’s Darkest Hour.
Interpreters for Syrian refugees
in Scotland should be given
psychological support due to the
stress the work causes, according
to a study. Research into the Syrian
Vulnerable Person Resettlement
Programme found that interpreters
had burst into tears during meetings
and suffered bouts of depression.
Venezuelan authorities released
44 opponents of the socialist
government from prison over
Christmas, but scores more remain
incarcerated. President Nicolas
Maduro’s administration said it will
free about 80 activists, but give them
alternative punishments such as
community service. PAGE 30
Birthdays
Janet Street-Porter,
i columnist, 71; Javine
Hylton, singer, 36; Polly
Toynbee, journalist,
71; Sir Peter Soulsby,
politician, 69; Toni Arthur,
former TV presenter, 77
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Crossword.............21
TV & Radio...........34
Arts..............................38
Puzzles.....................44
Weather...................46
Motorists who insure their car in December stand to pay an extra
£100 per year compared to those who do so in February. Analysis
also reveals that, in the past two years, fully comprehensive car
insurance premiums have risen over 9 per cent,
CONSUMER
The List
Winter sunshine and
sterling strength
On the road
AVERAGE RENEWAL COST BY MONTH
BY REGION
£ (from Oct 2016)
Average cost of fully comprehensive policy in Oct 2017
*Figures in brackets are Oct 2015 quotes
700
People longing to jet off to sunnier
climes in the new year could find
themselves bagging a bargain
thanks to a strengthening pound
against many long-haul holiday
currencies, according to the Post
Office. Here are the winter sun
destinations where sterling is
expected to perform best at
the start of January compared
with last year.
1. Dominican Republic (below)
2. Costa Rica
3. East Caribbean
4. Kenya
5. Barbados
6. United States
7. United Arab Emirates
8. Vietnam
Scotland
600
£412
500
(£372)*
North East
400
£499
300
(£494)
N Ireland
200
100
£540
Yorkshire
(£461)
£699
0
O
N D
2016
J
F
M
A
M J
2017
J
A
S
£669
East
Midlands
(£613)
£552
West Midlands
(£476)
£674
(£611)
Wales
ANCE
INSUR
WAL
RENE
7
er 201
Octob
£489
(£446)
South West
£400
(£390)
South East
£485
SOURCE: MONEYSUPERMARKET
Newspapers support recycling
The recycled content of UK
newspapers in 2015 was 71%
(£539)
North West
O
(£464)
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i WEDNESDAY
27 DECEMBER 2017
ThePage3Profile
ACCIDENT
KAREN ANVIL,
AMATEUR PHOTOGRAPHER
Hero officer rescues
drowning boy
Siobhán Norton
A sheriff’s deputy in southern Utah
punched through a frozen pond on
Christmas Day to rescue a drowning
eight-year-old boy. The boy was
chasing his dog when another child
saw him fall through the ice in New
Harmony. Sgt Aaron Thompson
broke a path through the ice until he
could dive in and grab the boy.
In this business,
no two days are
ever the same
Everyone say ‘Duchy organic extra
mature Cheddar cheese’!
It was smiles all round when Karen
Anvil snapped Prince Harry and his
fiancée Meghan Markle strolling
beside the Duke and Duchess of
Cambridge, with the resulting image
gracing the front pages of several
national newspapers.
UNITED STATES
How did she get up close and
personal with the ‘Fab Four’?
Ms Anvil, 39, lives in Watlington, in
Norfolk, not far from Sandringham,
where the Royal Family
Legal marijuana
inspires chefs
The world’s largest legal recreational
marijuana market opens on New
Year’s Day in California, and the
state is set to ignite the cannabis
culinary scene. Chefs have an
array of cannabis-infused food and
beverages, weed-pairing supper
clubs and pot-to-plate events in
preparation for legalisation.
PETS
Dog ate leaflet and
glued teeth together
Karen Anvil and her daughter
Rachel waited to see the Royal
Family, right, coming from church
in Sandringham on Christmas Day
A Jack Russell had to be rushed to a
Blackpool vet after glueing its teeth
together by chewing on a glossy
leaflet. Oscar was found by his owner
unable to open his mouth, with the
leaflet nearby. Owner Pat Finnerty
realised what must have happened
and took the dog for emergency
treatment at Blackpool Pet Hospital.
traditionally attend a Christmas Day
service at St Mary Magdalene Church.
She had promised her daughter
Rachel, 17, they would go along in a
bid to spot the royals.
Christmas Day baby
born on roadside
And what did she have to do to get the
shot everyone wanted?
“I’m just very bubbly by nature and I
was with my daughter and I got a bit
excitable, I suppose,” Ms Anvil told the
BBC. “I was just sort of shouting and I
went ‘Merry Christmas!’ like an idiot.
I was fan-girling. That’s all I said and
got them to look.”
UNITED STATES
The papers were queueing up to
publish her picture.
Ms Anvil’s impromptu snap graced
the covers of The Sun, Daily Mail and
The Daily Telegraph among others
after the amateur photographer
posted it online.
I hope they paid her her dues.
Initially Ms Anvil permitted news
organisations to use the image for
free until she was informed she
was within her rights to charge
for it. She said she intends to use
proceeds from the picture to fund her
daughter’s studies.
“I’m a single parent, I work two
jobs, which I’m proud of,” she said.
“Now I want to save money for
my daughter for uni and if I can do
that, and can get that opportunity,
that’s amazing.”
A Minnesota couple delivered their
baby on a roadside while rushing
to the hospital on Christmas Day.
Taylor and Hannah Lindeman were
forced to pull over near Chisago City.
Hannah gave birth to a daughter,
Poppy, in the front passenger seat. A
police officer tied the umbilical cord
with a lace from Hannah’s boot.
3
Letter from the
Assistant Editor
i@inews.co.uk
About this time last year, many
of us were beseeching 2016
to hurry up and finish, so that
we could move on from that
annus horribilis.
It was an odd one, all right.
Celebrities, heroes and legends
died in droves, it seemed. The
country was divided over the
Brexit referendum. The world
divided over the US presidential
election. We’d had enough, we
wailed. Let 2016 be over and done
with so we can have a quiet year.
Except 2017 hasn’t exactly
been uneventful. The first part
of our three-day Review of the
Year (page 24) reminds us that it
was a year fraught with terror
attacks, sex scandals and political
upheaval. We struggled against
the waves of cyber attacks and
plastic in our oceans, wept at
tragedies, and cheered some
heroes that emerged from the
worst disasters.
For those of us who work for a
newspaper, it has meant that no
two days were ever the same, with
few dull moments as we reacted
to each breaking story. There have
been challenges for us in the i
newsroom, not just in keeping up
with the fast-changing news cycle,
but in reporting in a balanced
manner, not falling prey to the
hysteria that can sometimes
accompany today’s “instant
news” culture. Not to mention
weathering the sometimes
upsetting or infuriating stories
we have a duty to report.
They say no news is good news,
but it’s the opposite story for us
at i. A busy agenda means more
people want a concise briefing
they can trust. So I won’t dare
pray for a quiet 2018. And chances
are I wouldn’t get one even if I did.
Twitter: @siobhanbnorton
4
NEWS
CRIME
Hundreds of women ‘jailed for under a month’
By Rob Merrick
One in four women sent to prison
last year was jailed for less than one
month, putting them at risk of losing
their children over the most minor
offences, critics say.
More than 1,500 women were sentenced to 30 days or fewer, with almost 300 jailed for under two weeks.
Sentencing rules mean non-
violent prisoners are typically released after half of that time, which
means hundreds of women are in
prison for one week or even less.
Campaigners said the figures
exposed the “shameful and ridiculous overuse of prison”, which hurt
women the hardest because they
were more likely to be caregivers.
Labour said the practice was a colossal waste of money, which could
be spent on community centres and
schemes that were cheaper and
“better at reducing reoffending”.
Until now, the Ministry of Justice
has only released figures for prisoners jailed for under three months,
obscuring the number serving ultrashort sentences. But Labour has uncovered these statistics, which also
reveal that one in six men is imprisoned for less than one month.
Kate Parradine, chief executive of
Women In Prison, said: “Women are
still being sent to prison for not paying TV licence or council tax.
“A few weeks in prison are enough
to lose your home, children and job.”
Richard Burgon, Labour’s justice
spokesman, said: “The overwhelming majority of women jailed have
committed a non-violent offence.
“If prison is about rehabilitation as
well as punishment, what is the point
of so many women serving just a few
weeks in jail?”
Women in Prison is
leading a campaign
to reduce the female prison
population to no more than 2,020
by 2020 – half the current total.
First
class,
Jones!
Stamps marking the
50th anniversary of
TV show ‘Dad’s Army’
and the centenary
of the RAF are
among special issues
planned for 2018. The
Royal Mail said its
issues will showcase
anniversaries and
the work of scientists
and conservationists.
SOCIETY
Councils spend £1m a week
on pay for suspended staff
By Padraic Flanagan
Cash-strapped councils are spending
£1m a week on staff suspended on full
pay over allegations that include sexual harassment, child abuse, fraud
and incompetence.
Nearly 10,000 local government
employees have been sent home
while continuing to receive a salary
over the last five years, costing councils up to £50m a year, according to
The Times.
The suspended staff include senior
officials, prompting critics to accuse
councils – which employ the equivalent of about one million full-time
staff – of “paying for rotten practice”.
Freedom of information requests
to 418 city, borough and district
councils revealed a rise in staff suspensions. There were 1,709 in 2012-13,
1,803 in 2013-14, 1,932 in 2014-15, 1,959
in 2015-16 and 2,062 last year.
One Derbyshire council employee
has been on paid leave for more than
three years after being suspended for
safeguarding reasons in 2014.
And a £42,000-a-year social services worker for Monmouthshire
council was suspended for nearly
two years for “management irregularities” before being dismissed.
The highest number of disciplinary
suspensions was in Birmingham,
with 330 over the last five years.
NEWS
2-33
VOICES
16-20
TV
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IQ
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BUSINESS SPORT
42-43
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i WEDNESDAY
27 DECEMBER 2017
5
Splashing
out in
the cold
Hardy swimmers
in Santa hats and
colourful outfits blew
away the Christmas
cobwebs with a bracing
plunge into the chilly
North Sea.
Dozens gathered
under blue skies for
the traditional Boxing
Day swim, organised
by the North Sea
Volunteer Lifeguards,
at Tynemouth’s
Longsands beach.
Organisers laid on
refreshments after
the event before
certificates were
presented to the
participants.
The lifeguards have
held a Boxing Day
swim every year since
1998, helping to raise
funds for the club.
Here, from left,
Caryn Pitkethly, 20, her
sister Laura, 21, and
Hannah King, 9, enjoy
their dip yesterday.
OWEN HUMPHREYS/PA
SOCIETY
DEVELOPMENT
Boxing Day sales set to take record
£4.5bn as one in three hit high street
Indian economy
to overtake
France and UK
By Andy Bruce
By Jane Clinton
and Rhiannon Williams
Bargain-hunters hit the high street
in their millions yesterday for the
traditional Boxing Day sales, with
experts predicting takings reaching
a record £4.5bn.
One in three Britons, more than 20
million people, were thought to have
joined the sales crowds, up from last
year’s one in four who ventured out,
according to Barclaycard.
Queues began to form through the
night outside stores such as Next
– which opened at 6am around the
country – and there were chaotic
scenes as people scrambled for bargains with some items reduced by
90 per cent.
Shoppers in Oxford Street, London,
after visiting the Selfridges sale PA
The Centre for Retail Research’s
projected £4.5bn spend dwarfed the
£2.6bn spent on Black Friday and
the £1.67bn spent on the last Saturday before Christmas.
Shopping mall owner Intu, which
owns the Trafford Centre in Greater
Manchester, the Metrocentre in
Gateshead, and Braehead in Glasgow, said footfall was up 8.5 per cent
on last year. Gordon McKinnon, operations director, said: “Christmas
Day might be over, but the festive
cheer is still alive and kicking, and
we are buzzing with activity.”
However, a poll for BBC Radio 4’s
You and Yours suggested that the
dampening effect of month-long
sales were having a significant impact on the lure of Boxing Day sales.
Of 1,000 people surveyed by Savvy
Marketing, 56 per cent said the sales
had lost their appeal, while 37 per
Millions of shoppers
have taken to their
phones, tablets and laptops over
Christmas, with online sales up
12 per cent compared with the
2016 festive period, according
to Mastercard.
cent said they expected to spend less
on Boxing Day than on Black Friday.
Meanwhile, online sales throughout Christmas Day rose 5 per cent
compared with 2016. The majority (69 per cent) of sales took place
at 3pm during the Queen’s speech,
with PCs the platform of choice between 6am and 7am before shoppers switched to mobile from 8am
to 11am.
EMPLOYMENT
Woe for workers as another year without a pay rise looms
By Gavin Cordon
Britain’s workers are facing the
prospect of another year without a
pay rise, a leading economic thinktank has warned.
In its latest analysis, the Resolution Foundation (RF) said it was
expecting zero growth in real wages
over the course of 2018.
While the squeeze that saw real
wages fall in 2017 is set to come to an
end, a “noticeable” year-on-year rise
in real pay was not now forecast until
December next year, it said.
Real pay remains £15 a week below
its peak before the 2008 financial
crash and is not expected to recover
to pre-crisis levels until 2025.
The RF said its gloomy outlook
was shared by the public, with more
than half expecting their pay to remain the same or fall over the next 12
months if they stay in the same job,
according to Bank of England data.
Just one in seven said they were
expecting a pay increase, while
around a quarter of households expect their financial situation will
worsen over the course of the year.
But the report did highlight some
grounds for optimism, with the
lowest-paid workers set for a 4.3 per
cent pay rise in April as the national
living wage reaches £7.83.
Director Torsten Bell said: “2017
was a tough year. The good news is
that things will get better next year.
“The bad news is we may only go
from backwards to standing still.”
India looks set to leapfrog Britain
and France next year to become the
world’s fifth-largest economy in dollar terms, according to a report.
The Centre for Economics and
Business Research (Cebr) consultancy’s 2018 world economic league table
painted an upbeat view of the global
economy, boosted by cheap energy
and technology prices.
India’s ascent is part of a trend that
will see Asian countries increasingly
dominate the top 10 largest economies over the next 15 years.
Britain looks set to lag behind
France over the next couple of years
but Cebr predicted that Brexit’s effects on Britain’s economy will be less
than feared, allowing it to overtake
France again in 2020.
“Despite temporary setbacks …
India’s economy has still caught up
with that of France and the UK, and
in 2018 will have overtaken them
both to become the world’s fifth
largest economy in dollar terms,”
said Douglas McWilliams, Cebr
deputy chairman.
China is likely to overtake the US
as the world’s largest economy in
2032, Cebr said.
“Because the impact of President
Trump on trade has been less severe
than expected, the US will retain its
global crown a year longer than we
anticipated in the last report,” the report said. REUTERS
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NEWS
COVER STORY
Tory mayor warns of
Brexit threat to UK’s
industrial heartland
By Nigel Morris
POLITICAL EDITOR
The Conservatives’ most senior directly elected politician has warned
Theresa May that a hard or no-deal
Brexit would present a danger for
business and industry.
Andy Street, the West Midlands
mayor, said the importance to the region of continuing access to the European single market and customs
union could not be overstated.
In an interview with i, he said
the region, which voted heavily for
Brexit, was anxious to “move on” to
secure a trade deal that maintained
as close links as possible with the
European Union.
Mr Street, the former managing
director of John Lewis, said the “message is absolutely consistent from the
West Midlands that we need to have
a trade deal with the EU” and to “if
possible maintain access to the single
market and customs union”.
Negotiation of Britain’s trade relationship with the EU after Brexit
is due to begin in the new year, but
Theresa May has repeatedly warned
that “no deal” is an option.
Mr Street warned that departure
without a deal, leaving British exporters to operate on World Trade
Organisation rules, would be a “challenge for the region”.
He is one of a number of regional
mayors who are concerned about
Brexit. Town hall leaders across the
North have also grown frustrated
at the Government’s perceived unwillingness to listen to them in the
Brexit process.
In November, Andy Burnham and
PEOPLE
Man who walked away from £1m job
By Nigel Morris
In his former life at John Lewis,
Andy Street (inset) would have been
immersed at this time in his stores’
festive sales drive. But he has no
nostalgia for a 30-year career
that saw him rise from management trainee to managing director.
“It’s been very interesting to see how quickly the
waves close behind you.
“I have probably been very
lucky to go on to something else
which is all-consuming and absolutely fascinating and where there is so
much to be done,” he said.
His decision to walk away from a
£1m job to stand as a Tory in an area
traditionally dominated by Labour
was viewed at the time as a gamble
– even taking into account Jeremy
Corbyn’s unpopularity early in 2017.
He said he had not been
sure until the votes were
counted – showing he had
beaten Labour’s Siôn
Simon by 50.4 per cent
to 49.6 per cent – that it
had paid off.
“We knew it was incredibly close. I actually thought that we had
squeaked it, but we did not know,”
he said. “All I knew was that we had
fought a good fight and seemed to
have got our message out there.”
Steve Rotheram, the Labour mayors
of Greater Manchester and Merseyside, and Ben Houchen, the Conservative mayor of the Tees Valley, wrote
to Brexit Secretary David Davis calling for post-EU funding and powers
to be devolved to English regions.
EU structural and investment
funds are worth £25m to Teesside
alone, an area which strongly backed
Leave in the EU referendum.
Mr Street said: “My hope is that,
now we are through the first round,
then the second round will lead us to a
trade deal with the EU, so we can continue to have the advantage particularly for our manufacturing sector.”
Mr Street’s victory in May in an
area traditionally dominated by Labour was hailed by Conservatives as
evidence of the party’s ability to reach
out to urban areas.
However, the Tories captured only
one Labour-held seat in the West
Midlands five weeks later in the general election.
As a Conservative representing
a region in which five of the seven
councils are Labour-led, he insisted
there had been “phenomenal” levels
of co-operation across the area to
lobby successfully for Coventry to be
named UK City of Culture in 2021, for
the Commonwealth Games to come
to Birmingham and for governmentbacked research projects to be based
in the West Midlands.
Mr Street refused to be
drawn on the reasons for
the Conservatives’ flop in the polls
in June, but suggested that the
party needed to promote a more
optimistic and relevant message
to young voters.
Gove quizzed
on hunting
The Environment Secretary, Michael
Gove, is facing demands from Labour
to explain whether the Government
has ditched a Conservative election
TRADE
CONSERVATIVES
Brexit deal with EU may act as
blueprint for other countries
I was always gloomy about
referendum, admits Osborne
By Richard Vaughan
By Richard Vaughan
Britain’s future trade deal with the
European Union could act as a template for other countries seeking
closer ties with the bloc, according to
a senior German minister.
Sigmar Gabriel, Germany’s foreign
minister, said the future arrangement between the UK and the EU
may serve as a blueprint for the likes
of Ukraine and Turkey.
The member of Germany’s Social
Democratic Party, which is engaged
in its own power-sharing negotiations with Angela Merkel’s Christian
Democratic Union, suggested the EU
could create a new customs union to
accommodate Turkey. “If we can
get a smart deal with Britain that
governs relations with Europe after
Brexit, it could be a model for other
countries,” Mr Gabriel said.
The politician stressed he could
not see either the Ukraine or Turkey
entering the EU as a member for the
next few years, adding: “Therefore
we have to think about alternative
forms of closer cooperation.”
Theresa May’s efforts to move the
Brexit talks on to the next phase to
discuss future trading arrangements
were rewarded earlier this month
at the European Council summit
in Brussels.
But exactly what shape the fu-
ture relationship the UK will have
with the EU is creating a major rift
in Mrs May’s Cabinet and the Tory
backbenches. Pro-Remain MPs are
calling for Britain to maintain close
alignment with EU regulations.
But arch-Brexiteers are demanding Britain diverges from EU rules
to be able to secure trade deals with
other countries.
EU chief negotiator Michel Barnier suggested the only option for a
future trade arrangement was a Canada-style deal, rather than one based
on Norway’s. Norway retains free
movement and unrestricted access
to the single market but pays into the
EU budget.
George Osborne has revealed he
had doubts over David Cameron’s
decision to hold a referendum on
Britain’s membership of the
EU, stating he was “not
keen” on the move.
And the former chancellor (inset) refused to
rule out a return to frontline politics, despite quitting the Commons earlier
this year and becoming editor of the Evening Standard.
An ardent supporter of the Remain campaign, Mr Osborne said
he had always been “gloomy” about
the result of last year’s vote.
But he said he backed the decision to stage a Brexit vote as he did
not want to be a “difficult neighbour” for Mr Cameron.
“I was not keen on having a referendum in the first place,
but I chose to be part of
the collective decisionmaking of the government,” he told BBC
Radio 4.
“I certainly did not
walk out of the government at the time. That is
not the way I tried to behave as chancellor.
“I was not trying to be the difficult next-door neighbour. I was
trying to be the person who, with
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Corbyn as PM
‘less damaging
than Brexit’
By Padraic Flanagan
manifesto pledge to give MPs a free
vote on whether to overturn the foxhunting ban.
It follows reports that Theresa
May will soon announce plans to
permanently drop the commitment
to a Commons vote, in a move that
would risk infuriating rural Tories.
David Cameron – my friend – made
things work for the country.”
As the vote approached, Mr Osborne said he became increasingly
pessimistic about the chances of a
Remain victory, adding: “I was always quite gloomy about the referendum and its outcome.”
He acknowledged that his strong
support for Remain meant he was
a divisive figure within the Conservative Party, but said he had
not ruled out a return to politics at
some point in the future.
“I don’t rule out going back into
politics – but it is certainly not plan
A,” he said.
And he insisted that while he
could not see the decision to leave
the EU being stopped, there was
still scope to debate the terms on
which Britain withdraws.
“I don’t accept that just because
we are leaving the EU we have to,
for example, leave the customs
union or radically clamp down on
immigration,” he said.
POLITICS
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Tory grandee Lord Michael Heseltine has risked the wrath of his party
by suggesting a Labour government
led by Jeremy Corbyn could be less
damaging than Brexit.
The former deputy prime minister made the claim in an interview
for The Limehouse Podcast when
pressed on whether Brexit meant
a catastrophe was looming for the
UK, according to The Guardian.
The pro-EU veteran said he still
expected a Labour government to
have a negative effect on the country, but added that leaving the EU
could be worse in the long term.
He also suggested that Labour
would eventually turn against Brexit and the Conservatives would be
“left holding the baby”, as leaving
the EU grows more unpopular.
Asked for his forecast of five years
with a Corbyn government, Lord
Heseltine said: “Well, we have survived Labour governments before.
“Their damage tends to be shortterm and capable of rectification.
Brexit is not short-term and is not
easily capable of rectification.
“There will be those who question whether the short-term pain
justifies the avoidance of the
long-term disaster.”
He also claimed that public opinion was beginning to move against
Brexit and that Labour would end
up changing its current position to
one in favour of the EU, which could
put the Conservatives in trouble
with their Remain voters.
“If you look at the polls, there is
probably a bigger majority against
Brexit than the referendum secured
– but that, I think, will continue to
happen and it will become more and
more unpopular,” he said.
“When that happens, the Labour
The Democratic Unionist Party was
secretly offered a Cabinet seat as
part of frantic efforts to strike a deal
to prop up Theresa May after the
June election, according to reports.
Gavin Williamson, then chief whip,
is said to have gone “well beyond his
mandate” in seeking a formal coalition deal with the DUP, a former senior official told The Times.
Negotiations with the Unionists
eventually led to a controversial
deal under which the DUP’s 10 MPs
guaranteed they would vote with the
Government on finance and Brexit
legislation but would maintain their
independence on other issues.
It meant Mrs May had to sign off
Party will move, and the present
government will be left holding the
baby. But then you have got to realise the present government is supported by large numbers of people
as opposed to Brexit as I am.
“How long will they remain within
the tribe and loyal to the party?”
The Tory peer, one of a small band
of pro-EU Conservatives who have
argued that Brexit should not go
ahead, insisted that his views on the
Labour leader had not changed.
But he argued that the “most interesting thing about Jeremy Corbyn is that he is now considered to
be a potential prime minister”, adding: “People of my generation could
never have anticipated that.”
The Limehouse Podcast,
a programme covering
liberal and EU politics, is named
after the 1981 declaration
that gave rise to the Social
Democratic Party and is hosted
by the activist William Porteous.
PEOPLE
DUP ‘offered Cabinet seat’ in Former Deputy
PM Clegg in line
frantic bid to prop up May
By Padraig Flanagan
Lord Heseltine said his party could
be left ‘holding the baby’ PA
an extra £1bn in public spending for
Northern Ireland to secure the DUP’s
support – although Mr Williamson
was prepared to go even further, according to the source.
“Instead of agreeing a confidence
and supply deal he [Williamson] was
offering a full coalition with the DUP,
including a full cabinet post,” the
former official said.
It is understood Nigel Dodds had
been lined up to replace Liam Fox as
international trade secretary until
Mrs May told her chief whip to withdraw the offer. “We were pretty horrified. He was told to take it back off
the table pretty sharpish,” the source
said. However, a spokesman for Mr
Williamson, now Defence Secretary,
said: “The story is not true.”
for knighthood
By Richard Vaughan
Nick Clegg will be handed a knighthood for his political and public service in the New Year’s
Honours list, according
to reports.
The i columnist and
former Liberal Democrat
leader (inset) is to be awarded the gong in recognition
for the five years he served
as deputy prime minister in
a coalition government with the
Conservatives.
Mr Clegg was leader of the Lib
Dems for eight years, until he resigned in 2015 having seen sup-
port for his party collapse in the
general election.
Voters turned against the party
en masse as a result of his decision
to enter a formal power sharing
arrangement with the Tories. The
decision to U-turn on increased
tuition fees proved near-fatal as
the Lib Dems lost 49 seats in the
2015 election.
He lost his Sheffield Hallam seat
to Labour, which he had
held since 2005, in the
June general election.
After losing his
seat, Mr Clegg has
become one of the
country’s most vocal
opponents of Brexit,
and has repeatedly
called for a second referendum. He has even written a book called How to Stop Brexit.
This month he was among the loudest voices calling for Parliament to
have a vote on the Brexit deal.
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ENVIRONMENT
Briton jailed
for ‘smuggling’
painkillers
Illegal air pollution
‘affecting millions
of children’
By Dean Kirby
NORTHERN CORRESPONDENT
A woman from Hull accused of smuggling drugs into Egypt has been jailed
for three years, her family has said.
Shop worker Laura Plummer was
arrested after she was found to be
carrying 290 tramadol tablets in her
suitcase, a painkiller which is legal in
the UK but banned in Egypt.
The 33-year-old’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.
According to a Facebook page set
up by the family, she appeared in
court in Egypt yesterday and was
jailed for three years. Her lawyers
have launched an immediate appeal.
On Christmas Day, Ms Plummer
reportedly entered an incorrect plea
and admitted importing the drugs by
mistake after questions and responses were “lost in translation” in court.
She became so upset that the judge
By Emily Beament
adjourned the case, her sister Rachel
said. Ms Plummer’s lawyer, Mohamed Othman, said the allegations were
“illogical” as her plane ticket was
“double the price” of the pills.
He told Sky News: “For someone to
be found guilty of drugs smuggling,
they have to be aware that they are
possessing narcotics. Laura did not
know that what she was carrying was
a narcotic.”
Laura’s mother, Roberta Synclair,
travelled to Egypt for the hearings.
The Plummer family has previously said Ms Plummer had no idea
that what she doing was illegal and
was just “daft”.
They said she did not try to hide
the medicine, which she had been
given by a friend, and she thought it
was a joke when she was pulled over
by officials after arriving for a holiday
with her partner.
Ms Plummer is being held in the
Red Sea resort of Hurghada, where
she was arrested at the airport on
9 October.
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Some 8.3 million under-18s live in
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analysis of figures from the House of
Commons Library showed.
Three-fifths (61 per cent) of youngsters were living in areas across
the UK where pollution limits were
breached in 2015, the Labour Party,
which carried out the analysis, said.
And all children in London face illegal pollution levels, as the air quality
limits were exceeded in all boroughs.
Outside London, Yorkshire and the
Humber was the worst affected region, with 83 per cent of youngsters
living in areas with illegal pollution.
A spokesman for the Environment
Department said: “Air pollution has
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SOCIETY
Mrs Brown and her boys join the
Queen to top most-watched list
Tesco ‘rotten
turkeys’ ruin
Christmas
dinners
By Padraic Flanagan
The Queen and foul-mouthed matriarch Mrs Brown have been crowned
victors in the Christmas Day television ratings battle.
According to overnight figures,
the Queen’s Christmas Day message drew a combined audience
of 7.6 million, across BBC One,
ITV and Sky, making it the most
popular programme.
But Mrs Brown’s Boys, Brendan
O’Carroll’s family comedy creation that is beloved by millions but
loathed by critics, was the mostwatched single-channel show, with
6.8 million viewers on BBC1.
It triumphed over the Strictly
Come Dancing special, last year’s
winner, which bookies had expected
to win again. This year, 6.5 million
tuned in for Strictly’s festive episode.
BBC One enjoyed six of the top 10
shows on Christmas Day. Hit soap
EastEnders and period drama Call
The Midwife were third and fourth,
both with 6.3 million.
The Queen’s Christmas broadcast
on BBC One attracted 5.9 million, as
well as 1.6 million on ITV and around
175,000 on Sky (excluding plus-one
channels) to give it a combined audience of around 7.6 million.
Doctor Who – featuring Jodie
Whittaker’s debut as the Time Lord
and Peter Capaldi’s finale – was sixth
with 5.7 million for BBC1.
In the top 10, ITV got a look-in
at seventh place with Coronation
Street, at 4.8 million. BBC News
was eighth with 4.2 million viewers, and The Highway Rat was ninth
with four million on BBC One. ITV’s
Emmerdale was 10th with 3.5
million viewers.
Brendan O’Carroll is said
to have turned down a
lucrative international deal that
would have seen Mrs Brown’s Boys
broadcast in Russia and other
countries after some of them
didn’t want to include the show’s
openly gay character, Rory.
By Padraic Flanagan
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Comment
Elitist snobbery at odds with mass audience appeal
I
’ve only caught scraps of Mrs
Brown’s Boys, and, while I’ve
tried, I’ve been unable to get
through a full episode. That
said, I can see why people like
it. Some of the gags are funny.
It is a crude humour that the
sophisticated comedy of, say,
Armando Iannucci and Ricky
Gervais seemed to have done
away with years ago.
While I’m not a fan, millions
are. Once again, it’s one of
the most watched shows over
Christmas. And this is why
the scorn and snobbery that
surrounds it irritates me beyond
reason. The deluge of sarcasm
that follows a mention of the
show from the chattering classes
is symptomatic of the gulf
between the media bubble elite
and everyone else.
Brendan O’Carroll toured
the show for years and was
consistently turned down by the
BBC, until an executive caught
it in Liverpool and was stunned
by the audience reaction.
Comedy, like music, is a matter
of taste, and while shows such
as The Office or Peep Show push
boundaries and develop cult
followings, they do not bring in
mass audiences.
Clever people ruling on what
others may or may not enjoy not
only does a disservice – catering
to a small section of viewers – it
says a lot about how industries,
such as television, recruit from a
small self-perpetuating pool and
are closed to ordinary people.
Andrew Johnson
Supermarket giant Tesco has apologised after being deluged with complaints about the condition of its
Christmas turkeys.
The UK’s largest retailer has
pledged to investigate after customers claimed on social media that they
had bought “rancid, rotten” turkeys
and had had to order takeaways after
finding that the meat had gone off.
People complained on Facebook
and Twitter on Christmas Day about
the poultry, which costs up to £59 in
the store’s Finest range.
Carl Barber, from Clacton-on-Sea,
Essex, wrote: “This was bought only
a few days ago and it’s out of date. 23
quid wasted now have no Xmas turkey for Xmas day. Any customer services available today??”
Alison Kendall, also
from Essex, wrote:
“Thank you Tesco for
the Finest Turkey
Crown with a sellby date of 26/12
that had gone off
by the 25th… ruining our Christmas
Dinner.”
Kirsten Shore, from
Stafford, Staffordshire,
wrote: “Snap! We had the same
problem! Our first time hosting and
a rotten turkey from @Tesco ruined
our day! I’m devastated!”
Tesco apologised on social media
to the people affected and offered
them a refund.
A spokesman said: “We’ve
sold hundreds of thousands of
great- quality British turkeys
this Christmas.
“We have exceptionally high standards so we will look to address the
small number of complaints in recent
days. We will get in touch with each
customer so we can investigate how
these instances may have happened.”
Last week, the retailer pledged
that it would become the first to no
longer waste food that was fit for
human consumption.
PEOPLE
Princess dress video lands
Hamilton in gender row
By Sabrina Barr
Formula One world champion Lewis
Hamilton has been criticised after
sharing a video on Instagram of him
chastising his nephew for wearing a
princess dress.
The video has since been taken
down, but in the post Hamilton told
his 5.7 million followers: “I’m so sad
right now. Look at my nephew.”
The camera then moves to a
young boy wearing a blue-and-pink
princess dress and waving around a
pink heart-shaped furry wand.
Hamilton asks the small child:
“Why are you wearing a princess dress? Is this what you
got for Christmas?” When
his nephew says yes,
Hamilton (right) replies:
“Why did you ask for a
princess dress for Christmas?” He then shouts:
“Boys don’t wear princess
dresses!”
Twitter user @JustNabz, who
shared the video, commented: “The
kid looks genuinely happy! Just
let him enjoy his little life with-
out having social norms imposed
on him.”
Later, Hamilton apologised
on Twitter, saying: “My deepest
apologies for my behaviour as I
realise it is really not acceptable
for anyone, no matter where you
are from, to marginalise or
stereotype anyone.I was
playing around with my
nephew and realised my
words were inappropriate. I meant no harm
and did not mean to offend anyone. I love that
my nephew feels free to
express himself. I have always been in support of anyone
living their life exactly how they
wish and I hope I can be forgiven for
this lapse in judgement.”
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TRAVEL
Wish you were here? 2018 to
be record year for tourism
By Thomas Hornall
More people will flock to the UK than
ever before in 2018, according to the
national tourism agency.
There will be nearly 42 million visits over the next 12 months, with tourists expected to spend an estimated
£27bn, VisitBritain predicts.
Total visits for 2017 are on track to
hit 39.9 million by the end of the year,
with forecasts for 2018 predicting
41.7 million – a jump of 4.5 per cent.
Director Patricia Yates said:
“These results not only demonstrate
Britain’s continued ability to compete
internationally for visitors – they are
testament to tourism’s importance as
a driver of economic growth.
“Britain continues to offer great
value for overseas visitors, particularly from our high-spending
long-haul markets, including China
and the US.”
There were 30.2 million visits between January and September, up
7 per cent on 2016, with EU tourists
accounting for around two-thirds of
this number, official figures showed.
Meanwhile, visitor numbers from
the US rose by around 14 per cent,
Tourist
numbers are
predicted
to swell to
41.7 million
next year,
according to
VisitBritain
figures JOHN
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thanks in part to the draw of the
weakened pound following Brexit.
And while UK terrorist attacks
affected domestic family tourism, international visitors were undeterred.
Central London attractions saw a
fall in numbers of around 17 per cent
between May and the second week
of September compared with 2016,
according to Bernard Donoghue, director of the Association of Leading
Visitor Attractions.
During that time, there were four
terrorist attacks in the UK, three of
them in the capital. Mr Donoghue
said young families were the main
group avoiding Zone One. “Because
they weren’t brought up in the shadow of the UK and the IRA, this is their
first experience of domestic terror,
while some of us who are older may
take it in our stride,” he said.
But 2017 was a record year to date
for visitors to the UK in general, and
London in particular, with growth set
to continue for 2018, he added.
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‘Blue Planet’
inspires
ethical travel
Beekeeping craze sparks rise in thefts
By Neil Lancefield
The TV show Blue Planet II is
expected to prompt a spike in
demand for sustainable and alternative holidays in 2018, the head of
travel trade organisation Abta said.
Chief executive Mark Tanzer
predicted that the popular BBC
nature series will encourage more
tourists to visit new destinations
as they become aware of the negative impact of overcrowding in
popular locations such as Barcelona, Venice and Santorini.
Research by Abta shows that
more than one in four holidaymakers are planning to visit a country
they have not been to before in
2018, and almost a third expect to
go to a new resort or city.
Some 70 per cent of people believe travel companies should ensure their holidays help the local
people and economy.
Abta believes responsible tourism will be a key trend next year,
with more initiatives such as social
enterprises contributing to communities, carbon-neutral group
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By Nina Massey
Thieves are cashing in on an increasingly lucrative beekeeping market
by snatching entire hives.
Figures show 135 hives have
been reported stolen over the
past six years, meaning that
hundreds of thousands of
bees have been taken from
apiaries across England
and Wales since 2011.
Queen bees of certain
strains can fetch up to £180,
fuelling speculation that the
price tag has motivated the surge
in thefts.
Martin Smith, public affairs
manager at the British Beekeepers’
Association, said: “As beekeeping
has grown in popularity in recent
years, it has become more visible to
the general public.
“In addition, more people have decided to come
into the craft as complete novices.”
Many people choose
not to go on formal
courses for beekeeping
and are more likely to
take up the offer of a hive
from a stranger, he said.
A Freedom of Information Act re-
11
quest showed the police forces that
received the most reports of beehive
or bee thefts were West Mercia and
Lincolnshire, with 14 recorded since
2011. Lincolnshire also had the highest value theft, with the loss marked
at £8,000.
Of the 42 police forces in England
and Wales, only nine did not respond
to a request for details about the
number of beehive or bee thefts reported by the Press Association.
Mr Smith said: “It is a sad fact
that most hive thefts are probably undertaken by beekeepers or
at least those with a rudimentary
knowledge of the craft.”
NATURE
Rangers to manage island bird haven
By Graeme Murray
A pair of wildlife rangers have been
recruited to help look after wildlife
on a remote island off the west coast
of Scotland.
Craig Nisbet and Francesca Clair
have been made seasonal rangers at
the Handa Island Wildlife Reserve
off the west coast of Sutherland.
The remote island in the Inner
Hebrides is internationally important for seabirds, including guillemots, with an estimated 100,000
birds visiting every year.
The pair will live and work on the
island from March to September
2018 and be joined by up to six longterm and 50 weekly volunteers over
the season.
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CHARITY
‘A power breakfast with spicy
chicken keeps me going all day’
What is your most memorable
breakfast?
It was when I met my wife’s family at
their home for the very first time. My
mother-in-law cooked khagina – a
very traditional dish from where my
wife grew up. An incredible mix of
eggs cooked in butter, garlic, cumin
and chilli, served with hot chapatti.
It is the layering of flavours which
makes this such a delicious dish.
Do you usually eat breakfast?
What do you have?
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Scrambled eggs packed full of spice
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2017 Christmas Appeal
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recommends eggs for breakfast
topped with crunchy chips and two
fried eggs… it’s too good and definitely
keeps me going all day.
What did you have for breakfast as
a child?
Bhurji – the breakfast of champions.
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‘Don’t invite Obamas to your wedding,
Harry – we don’t want to upset Trump’
Important
papers ‘go
missing’
from archive
By Richard Vaughan
Government officials are urging
Prince Harry not to invite Barack and
Michelle Obama to his wedding next
year due to concerns about upsetting
Donald Trump, according to reports.
Harry is due to marry Meghan
Markle in May and the couple have
told aides they want to invite the
former US president and first lady to
the wedding. But senior members of
the Foreign Office and No 10 are anxious the invite could further complicate Theresa May’s relationship with
President Trump.
The Prince has forged a friendship
with the former first couple through
their support for the Invictus Games,
which he set up to help wounded soldiers. He interviewed Mr Obama for
a special Radio 4 Today programme,
due to be aired this morning.
Mr Trump has made no secret
of his dislike of Mr Obama and it is
thought he would be infuriated if he
was snubbed by the royals but his
predecessor was not.
Relations between Downing Street
and the White House are their lowest
point in living memory following Mr
Trump’s election last year.
A senior government source told
The Sun: “Harry has made it clear
he wants the Obamas at the wedding, so it’s causing a lot of nervousness. Trump could react very badly
if the Obamas get to a royal wedding
before he has had a chance to meet
the Queen.
“Conversations are ongoing and
ministers will eventually have to
decide. If the PM lays down the law,
Harry will just have to suck it up.”
By Gavin Cordon
Prince Harry and
Barack Obama
at the Invictus
Games REUTERS
Despite being the first head of
government to visit Mr Trump following his inauguration in January,
Mrs May’s relationship with the President has deteriorated after a series
of controversies.
The Prime Minister condemned
him after he retweeted racist propaganda from the far-right group Brit-
ain First. Then, following Mr Trump’s
decision to officially recognise Jerusalem as Israel’s capital, Mrs May
called the move “unhelpful in terms
of prospects for peace in the region”.
It took the President 13 days to call
the Prime Minister back after she
contacted him to raise her concerns
about the plans.
The marriage between
Meghan Markle and
Prince Harry will not be a state
event, so the Government will
have no control over the guest
list. It will be drawn up by the
Royal Family.
DIPLOMACY
US embassy racks up £300,000 in unpaid congestion charges
By Jon Sharman
American diplomats racked up more
than £300,000 in unpaid congestion
charge fines in 2017. The value of unpaid levies averaged almost £1,000
per day since January, analysis of
Transport for London figures shows.
It brings the total owed by the US
Embassy to £11.9m, equating to tens
of thousands of tickets. TfL said outstanding debt from all embassies
stood at £108.6m as of 30 September.
The congestion charge was first introduced in February 2003 to reduce
traffic in central London and encourage the use of alternative transport.
A discount is available for some lowemission vehicles.
TfL insists it is a charge for a serv-
In Saturday’s
More in-depth news features
PLUS 7 Days, the essential
review of the week
ice, not a tax from which diplomats
are exempt. The authority said a
“stubborn minority” of embassies
“refuse” to pay it.
The top five non-payers over
the last 15 years were Japan, with
£7,911,210 debt, Nigeria, with
£6,661,680, Russia, with £5,639,200
and India, with £5,290,970.
A Foreign Office spokesman said:
“The Foreign and Commonwealth Office has held meetings with a number
of missions about unpaid congestion
charge debt.”
A US Embassy spokesman said:
“The embassy takes the view that
Tfl’s congestion charge is a tax that,
under international law, should not
be imposed on the United States government.” THE INDEPENDENT
Ministers are facing calls for an investigation following a report that
thousands of government papers
covering some of the most controversial episodes in 20th-century
British history have vanished
from the National Archives.
Most of the papers went missing after civil servants removed
the files from public display at the
archives at Kew, west London, and
took them back to Whitehall, according to The Guardian.
Records covering the Falklands
War, Northern Ireland’s Troubles
and the infamous Zinoviev letter
– when MI6 officers apparently
conspired to bring down the first
Labour government – are among
those said to have been misplaced.
In all, almost 1,000 files – each
said to contain dozens of papers
– are believed to be missing. On
another occasion, Foreign Office
officials were said to have removed
a “small number” of papers from a file on
the 1978 killing of
Bulgarian journalist Georgi
Markov, who
wa s s h o t i n
the leg with a
tiny ricin pellet
while crossing
Waterloo Bridge.
While most of the papers were said to have been found
and returned to the archives, “a
couple” were still said to be lost.
Others listed by the archive as
“misplaced while on loan to government department” were said
to include files on the activities
of the Communist Party of Great
Britain during the Cold War and
the seizure of Russian government funds held in British banks
after the 1917 revolution.
For Labour, shadow cabinet
office minister Jon Trickett said:
“The ‘loss’ of documents about
controversial periods in history is
unacceptable. The British people
deserve to know what the Government has done in their name and
their loss will only fuel accusations
of a cover-up.”
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COMMENT FROM HOME & ABROAD
Quote of
the day
ROYALS AT
CHRISTMAS
BLUE
PASSPORTS
HUNTING
BAN
UNIVERSITIES’
FREE SPEECH
BREXIT AND
IRELAND
‘DOCTOR
WHO’ SPECIAL
Long live the
Queen’s
Speech
For many, the
change is
important
Tides are
turning
against it
Fight bad
ideas with
scholarship
England
doesn’t
understand
A fitting
send-off
for Capaldi
The Telegraph
Daily Mail
Daily Mirror
The Times
The Guardian
The AV Club
Republicanism has
never taken even a
tentative toehold in
Britain, largely through
the Queen’s ability to
adapt to the evolution
of her country. There
is one duty her people
always look forward
to and that is the
Christmas broadcast,
as much a part of the
celebrations as turkey.
(Editorial)
News that the
traditional blue
UK passports will
be revived after
Brexit has left
many Remainers
fulminating with
rage. How typical of
such people to deride
something that will
be a potent, everyday
symbol of Britain’s
independence come
2019. (Peter Oborne)
Bloodsport dinosaurs
on horseback are an
endangered species
who won’t be missed
once they are extinct.
These self-important,
arrogant hunters have
become the hunted.
Opposition to their
vile pastime is at an
all-time high.
(Editorial)
The instinct to
suppress ideas sooner
than argue with them
is inimical to the ethos
of the university. The
principal objection to
Holocaust denial is
not that it is racist and
offensive (though it is
certainly both) but that
it is false. Scholarship
is the right way to
confront bad ideas;
suppression of speech
is not. (Editorial)
Even now, Ireland
has no clear idea what
sort of relationship,
compatible with the
EU rules the UK helped
make, the UK wants
with the EU, and hence
with Ireland. As the
country most affected
by Brexit, there is thus
deep disappointment
in Ireland.
(John Bruton)
“Twice Upon A Time”
is an unquestionable
success. This is a
thoughtful, funny,
incredibly moving
episode about kindness,
bravery, and the
way small choices
can make a huge
impact. It gives Peter
Capaldi a beautiful
final showcase that
demonstrates just how
much he’s grown into
the role. (Caroline Siede)
The Spectator
TheScotsman
The children of
progress are so
horrified by Brexit
and Trump that they
want elite figures to
put their societies
back on a respectable
path. Meghan Markle
is already being
positioned as the
heroine we need.
(Lara Prendergast)
The challenge for
Labour next year
will be to reconcile
the sorts of voters
who are happy
enough to see their
passport turn blue
with the views of the
young, cosmopolitan
movement that put
Corbyn in power.
(Paris Gourtsoyannis)
TheIndependent
The world is shifting
when it comes to
animal cruelty. On
Boxing Day, the hunts
will parade, as they
have always done.
But if they continue
to chase and kill
animals, as they have
always done, then the
parades will take place
under an increasingly
dark cloud.
(Eduardo Goncalves)
The Sun
Jo Johnson is bang
on to stick up for free
speech on campuses.
Those who ban
speakers are only
showing how weak
their own ideas are.
There’s more debate
around the Christmas
table than in our
universities. (Editorial)
The National
Brexit is all about
borders and barriers.
Peace in Ireland is not.
I have relatives and
friends on both sides of
the border. As I watch
the river Shannon
flowing to the ocean, I
cannot help wondering
at the English inability
to understand Ireland,
north or south.
(Gavin Esler)
IndieWire
All we get of the
new Doctor (Jodie
Whittaker) is two
words and a dramatic
cliff-hanger — almost
literally, since she’s
falling through the sky
as the credits roll — but
it’s enough to whet
our appetites.
(Katie Welsh)
LifeInBrief
SUZANNA LEIGH ACTRESS
The antihunting
movement
is not really
about the
welfare of
animals, it is
about a hatred
of people
Baroness
Mallelieu
The president of
the Countryside
Alliance on the
possible return of
fox hunting
If there were ever proof of the value of
knocking on doors, it is the life story of
actress Suzanna Leigh.
Born Sandra Smith in Berkshire, the
convent-educated schoolgirl was just
11 when she acted on a family legend
that her godmother was Vivien Leigh.
When she turned up on the actress’s
doorstep, the original Leigh said she had
attended so many christenings, she had
no idea if Sandra was her goddaughter
or not – but she encouraged the
aspiring actress to use her name.
Under her glamorous new
pseudonym, Leigh made her film debut
in Tom Thumb at the age of 13.
Soon after that, she knocked on the
door of Hollywood producer Hal B
Wallis. Captivated by her beauty, he
cast her opposite Tony Curtis in Boeing
Boeing and sent her to Hawaii to play
Elvis’s love interest in Paradise, Hawaii
Style. The rock-and-roll star, whom
Leigh pronounced a “fabulous actor”,
became a firm friend.
Leigh’s ascent to mega-stardom
seemed assured. However, while she
went on to play the lead in several
horror films, including The Deadly Bees,
and had her own series in France, Trois
Etoiles En Touraine, politics were to
bring her Hollywood career to a halt.
A dispute between the American
Screen Actors Guild and Equity saw
Leigh lose several roles and though
she continued to act in films in the UK,
including Son of Dracula, in which she
played opposite Ringo Starr, she never
matched the stellar trajectory of her
early career.
Bad luck also played its part. In
1972, she became involved with Tim
Hue Williams, father of her only child,
Natalia. Hue Williams abandoned Leigh
during her pregnancy and refused to
pay child support. Leigh sold all her
assets to pay for treatment of Natalia’s
childhood illness.
Her resourcefulness came to the
fore again as she fought to ensure her
daughter’s health and happiness. She
gave classes in diction and etiquette
and even sold encyclopaedias before
falling back on her friendship with Elvis
to become a guide at Graceland.
In 2000, Leigh published her
biography, Paradise, Suzanna Style.
Her friendship with Elvis continued
to define her career. Later, she became
“plagued with doubts” about the
manner of his death. In The Flip Side
of Paradise, she suggested Elvis was
murdered by the Mob.
Throughout her life, Leigh was
sustained by her spirituality. Writing in
Chicken Soup For The Soul: Touched by an
Angel, she recounted several instances
in which divine guidance saved her life.
In 1966, she refused to board a
doomed flight from London to Rome.
Leigh’s career was just beginning
to warm up again when she was
diagnosed with aggressive liver cancer
in 2016. She had recently published two
more books, and appeared in the 2015
film, Grace of the Father.
Her daughter, Natalia, wrote of her
mother’s death: “The world will forever
be a little less light and magical.”
THE INDEPENDENT
Born 26 July 1945
Died 11 December 2017
Christine Manby
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No happy hunting ground
May cannot be privately for fox hunting and publicly against it
T
hree weeks into the
general election
campaign, as the
Tories enjoyed a
16-point poll lead and
the Carlton Club – the
spiritual home of the Tories – made
plans for a celebratory election
night Champagne dinner, 16 voters
gathered in Nottingham for a focus
group. Commissioned by the Liberal
Democrats, this was run-of-themill campaign procedure, but its
findings picked up something that
took politicians months to work out.
The group – balanced to
represent a slice of the electorate
– appeared to be going cold on the
Conservatives. Things were so bad
that two staunch Tory supporters
said they no longer thought they
could vote for their party.
The reason? The Prime Minister’s
personal endorsement of fox
hunting. Doubting that a throwaway
comment by Theresa May at a
stump speech in Leeds would have
such a strong effect, a Lib Dem
staffer grew concerned that he had
been short-changed, complaining to
the organiser: “Have you got me a
duff poll?”
It turns out that the only thing
duff was the Prime Minister’s
comments. May’s proposal to
reintroduce fox hunting with a free
vote was the single most viral topic
of the election, with fox hunting
now recognised as one of the main
factors behind the Tories’ bad
result – along with the more widelycovered issues of dementia tax and
a robotic leader.
So, it was only a matter of time
until the Tories did something
about it. After having to bin their
manifesto pledge to bring forward
a free vote on the Hunting Act in
this parliamentary session, Theresa
May is reported to be preparing to
go one step further in the new year.
As part of her party’s bid to detoxify
and win back metropolitan voters,
she will announce plans to drop the
commitment permanently.
Such a move would no doubt
bring them closer in step with the
public – a Survation poll taken days
before the election found that more
than two-thirds of voters believe
fox hunting should remain illegal.
However, yesterday’s Boxing Day
events, which see around 250,000
people gather at hunts nationwide,
is a reminder of why it’s easier said
than done.
As well as upsetting Tory
activists in rural areas, a permanent
ban risks damaging the Tories’
skeleton ground-game further. With
The reintroduction
of hunting was one
of the most viral
issues of the last
election REUTERS
door-knocking activists thin on the
ground nowadays, hunt lobbying
groups are valued within the party
for getting their supporters to help
out canvassing.
For many Tories this is a trade-off
that must be made. Although David
Cameron declared after the 2015
election that “Britain and Twitter
are not the same thing”, the party
feels stung by social media after
seeing the negative effect viral
stories – which often centre around
animal rights – can have on the
party. It’s bad enough when those
stories are based on fake news (such
as when news outlets reported that
Tory MPs had voted against animal
sentience) without the Tories doing
their opponents’ work for them.
It follows that a new consensus
is developing that social networks
ought to be prioritised over
canvassers. Even so, May’s
announcement may not be
enough on its own to move the
Conservatives from being seen as
the party of fox hunting to the party
of the environment.
The Tories’ stance in the snap
election wasn’t a blip – historically
their leading politicians have a
Will the
Conservative
Party be believed
if it takes an
anti-fox
hunting stance?
penchant for hunting. When May
declared fox hunting as something
she has “always been in favour of”,
she joined a long list of prominent
Tories to endorse the pursuit.
For all the talk of David
Cameron’s Tory modernisation, he
was pictured at a hunt before the
practice was banned and a “friend”
of his is quoted in Tim Shipman’s
new 2017 election book Fall Out as
saying that when it comes to the
current political fracas, Cameron
is “more interested in what animal
he’s going to shoot, or what claret
he’s going to have for lunch!” Even
the newly green Defra Secretary
Michael Gove was seen as being
“for” lifting the ban as recently as
the summer.
As for the next generation, the
newer intakes of Tory MPs are on
the whole much more hostile to the
sport. Many are heaping pressure
on No 10 to do something quickly.
That said, Jacob Rees-Mogg – who
frequently tops Conservative
membership polls for next leader
– has described fox hunting as “the
most humane way of controlling the
fox population”.
This begs the question: will
the current Conservative Party
be believed if it takes an anti-foxhunting stance?
Already animal rights groups are
calling on the Tories to prove this is
more than a tactical move. They say
a leopard can’t change its spots, it’s
time to find out whether the Tories
can befriend a fox.
Katy Balls is political correspondent
at ‘The Spectator’
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No huffin’ and
puffin with
Luke’s Porgs
It’s good to talk.
Keep doing it
please, Meghan
The inspiration for the wide-eyed
Porgs on Luke Skywalker’s (Mark
Hamill, inset) solitary island in the
latest Stars Wars film have been revealed as puffins.
The team doing the Last Jedi special effects said it was easier to turn
the seabirds native to Skellig
Michael, off the south-west
coast of Ireland, into a
new “indigenous species” rather than digitally remove them.
Designer Jake Lunt
Davies said: “[We]
had gone to shoot this
sequence on Skellig
Michael, which is the real
island location that stands
in for Ahch-To, and that island is
covered in puffins.
“Digitally removing them is an
issue and a lot of work, so let’s just
roll with it, play with it.”
They’re cashing in, too. Plush Porg
toys are selling fast for £15.99 each.
Long before she began dating
Prince Harry, Meghan Markle had
become well-known as an activist
and rights campaigner.
The Los Angeles-born actress
(pictured) worked as an ambassador
for UN Women and the charity World
Vision, and has campaigned for better education to dispel the cultural
taboo of menstruation.
Since her engagement to Harry,
however, Meghan is said to have
been told that commenting on UK
or international politics will be out
of bounds.
Yet 75 per cent of those asked in a
poll by Sky have said she should continue to campaign – and she should.
Her influence on the issues she already supports will be incomparable.
And anyone who publicly brands
Donald Trump as “misogynistic”
and “divisive”, as Meghan did on US
television last year, should be
allowed to keep on talking – regardless of protocol.
Waltz is out of
step over Bond
Christoph Waltz has scoffed at the
idea of casting an actress in the role
of James Bond. “Why? Because [Italian feminist journalist] Oriana Fallaci said so? Come on. Have your own
movie if you want,’ the actor, 61, said.
“Why does it have to be James
Bond? What would be her first
name? Jemima? My answer is decidedly not.” Waltz (above), who appeared in the last Bond film Spectre,
echoes the thoughts of Roger Moore
who was similarly aghast at the idea
of a female Bond. Some people did
say the same thing about Doctor Who
until Jodie Whittaker was cast as the
thirteenth Doctor to widespread rapturous approval.
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Panto is no joke. It’s the first step to a love of theatre
ARTS
Veronica
Lee
C
hances are, if you are a
parent or grandparent, you
will be accompanying a child
to a pantomime this month
or next. As a critic, I experience the
fun of several shows each year for
work – but seeing children’s glee
really adds to my pleasure.
I love panto. It is the only art form
we can claim as a British invention,
and it says a lot about our collective
psyche that we love its crossdressing
Dames – those naughty, knowing
queens of misrule – in outrageous
frocks and OTT make-up, and its
relentless double entendres, with
much talk of Prince Charming’s balls
and Aladdin’s magic ring.
It may reflect this nation’s love of
broad humour, but panto has some
noble antecedents, which include
Greek drama and 16th-century
commedia dell’arte. It also developed
from Georgian harlequinades
and Victorian musical hall; it was
the Victorians who added panto’s
shazzam magic and put its fairytale
elements front and centre.
Pantomime’s dramatic power
is evidenced by the fact that, like
Shakespeare, its speaks anew to
each generation – it may
be traditional, but can
also shape-shift for
modern audiences.
A few years ago,
commercial producers
introduced 3D
elements into pantos,
while “transformation”
scenes (such as in
Cinderella when a
pumpkin and mice are
turned into a coach and horses)
have been made even more magical
by digital technology.
It has survived what I call “that
bloke off the telly years”, when
former soap stars or Z-list celebs
showed off their poor acting skills.
And while some purists may sneer
at their introduction, US stars
including David Hasselhoff, Jimmy
Osmond and Priscilla Presley have
appeared in panto roles to audience
and critical acclaim.
But the chief reason I champion
panto is because, for most children,
it’s the first piece of theatre they see
live – and I want them to love it as
much as I did when I was their age,
and hope that the experience will
turn them into regular theatregoers
as adults, as it did me.
Where else are children
encouraged to be as vocal and
noisy as they are in the free-for-all
experience of panto? The decibel
levels when a theatre full of children
are booing the baddie, or shouting
“It’s behind you!” have to be heard
to be believed. And panto’s
magic elements – Fairy
Godmothers and flying
carpets, glass slippers
and enchanted forests
– really do open up
their imagination,
while the moral
message, of kindness
triumphing, comes
across strongly.
It’s not just for wide-eyed
kids, of course; adults can enjoy
the music and the jokes, many of
which are designed to go above
young heads. The groaning puns,
meanwhile – and references to
flatulence-inducing sprouts – can
be appreciated by all ages. It’s
a rare entertainment that
several generations of a family
can enjoy together.
Bring a child if you don’t have one
(with their parents’ permission,
of course), or round up a gang of
your mates, go to your local panto
and join in the responses and
singalongs. You will find it cathartic;
and after all, who doesn’t need false
bosoms and fart gags in their life at
Christmas-time?
WELLBEING
know when or if you’ve succeeded.
And if you don’t have a plan you
won’t either. If you can see a long
line of days when you’ve stuck to
your resolution, it’s much harder to
break it.
Inka
Schultz
Talking
about a
resolution
J
anuary is fast approaching,
and with it come empty
promises that we sometimes
make: to lose weight, stop
smoking or start a new hobby.
As a life coach, my clients are
often looking to make a change. Here
are some of my tips on how to choose
a New Year’s resolution and, more
importantly, how to stick to it.
Don’t choose something too difficult
If you think you should exercise
more, but know in your heart you’re
not motivated to do it, then you’re
unlikely to succeed. Instead, be
honest with yourself about what you
would be able to achieve, even when
you don’t feel like it, and you’ll be
much happier for it. Aiming too high
and then failing could put you off
setting goals in the future.
The Great Escape?
Or the great outdoors?
Been captive in front of the telly for too long?
Make a dash for the open country. Join us for a winter walk.
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Create a clear goal and a plan
If your goals are vague you won’t
Expect setbacks
Progress is rarely linear. At some
time during the year, you will make
mistakes – and that’s OK.
Instead of expecting to get
through the entire year without any
setbacks, plan for what you do when
they happen. If you’ve promised to
go running twice a week, then run
a little further next time if you miss
a session. This will motivate you to
keep your goals in the first place.
Do it with a friend
This means you have someone to
support and motivate you, and you
also have friendly competition.
Many activities are far more
interesting and varied when done in
a pair or a group. If you’ve decided to
learn a language, for example, you’ll
definitely have more fun if you can
speak to someone you know.
Reward yourself
If you complete your goal or reach
an important milestone, reward
yourself. A New Year’s resolution
shouldn’t make you stressed. Setting
targets and hitting them is a great
way to boost self-esteem and create
a culture of self-improvement.
Inka Schulz is a life coach, specialising
in counselling for teenagers and
young adults
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The paper
trail with a
difference
The i guide to
getting rid of
your old gadgets
The town crier leads
the Marshfield Paper
Boys as they perform
their traditional
mummers play
on Boxing Day in
Marshfield, Wiltshire.
The performers wear
costumes made from
strips of papers for
what is a typical hero/
combat play involving
a sword fight and the
revival of the defeated
protagonist by The
Doctor. The play,
which was revived in
the 1930s after it had
died out in the 1880s,
is performed by seven
figures in all.
Don’t just throw your old laptop or phone
in the bin, writes Rhiannon Williams
A
Larger items may require collection:
Before you do anything, wipe your
data: many devices carry vast
My appliance still works. Who
can I give it away to? Freecycle
amounts of personal data. Wipe
your device before you sell it, give
it away or recycle it to avoid your
personal information falling into
the wrong hands. Differing makes
and models will have different
processes for wiping them but
websites such as diskwipe.org and
dban.org have free software for
deleting data from computers.
(freecycle.org) is a non-profit
movement encouraging people to
advertise the goods they’re looking
to give away in their local area.
Visit the Furniture Re-use
Network’s website (frn.org.uk),
which covers more than 200
charities across the UK.
ComputerAid (computeraid.
org) accepts phones, tablets and
computer donations.
round 44.7m metric
tonnes of e-waste
(the world’s fastestgrowing waste
category), classified
as discarded products with a plug
or battery, were generated in 2016
– an 8 per cent rise on 2014’s 3.3
metric tonnes, a United Nations
report found this month. Here is i’s
guide on how best to dispose of old
appliances and gadgets:
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a cross through it, it is recyclable
and should not be put in the bin.
Councils and some electronic
retailers offer a collection service
for bulky items. Currys and PC
World will accept any electronic
item in store for recycling, but
will charge £15 upwards to collect.
See gov.uk/collection-large-wasteitems for details.
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Check your recycling centre to see if
your device can be recycled: many
electronics contain hazardous
chemicals, including arsenic, lead,
mercury and cadmium, which
can contaminate soil and water if
dumped into landfill. All products
with a plug, which use batteries or
need charging can all be recycled.
If it has a logo of a wheelie bin with
Make a bit of cash: List your item
on reputable sites such as eBay,
Gumtree or app Depop. Highstreet chains CeX and Cash
Converters will also buy goods
from you while Argos allows
shoppers to exchange their
unwanted phones and tablets in
exchange for gift vouchers.
FILM
Vin Diesel sinks The Rock as top movie star
By Scott D’Arcy
Vin Diesel has beaten his Fast and
Furious co-star Dwayne Johnson to be named this year’s top
grossing actor.
The action star (inset)
saw his latest addition to the
xXx franchise, xXx: Return
of Xander Cage, top up the
$1.2bn (£900m) The Fate of
the Furious raked in worldwide
to see his films make $1.6bn combined in 2017, according to Forbes.
Box-office flop Baywatch was
unable to buoy The Rock, whose
releases this year have so far
pulled in $1.5bn, with Jumanji: Welcome To The
Jungle still in cinemas.
Wonder Woman star
Gal Gadot came in third
after her films, also including Justice League,
made $1.4bn globally.
Britons are well represented in the annual list,
with Harry Potter favourite Emma
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LIBERIA
VIETNAM
Footballer and
vice-president
face off in polls
Storm that
devastated
Philippines
downgraded
By Jonathan Paye-Layleh
IN MONROVIA
Young Liberians went straight
from all-night Christmas celebrations to the polls yesterday for a
run-off election between a former
international football star and the
vice-president, to replace Africa’s
first female head of state.
For the first time in more than
70 years, the West African nation
will see one democratically elected government hand power to
another. Nearly 2.2 million voters
have the choice between former
football star George Weah and
Joseph Boakai, who has been Vice
President for 12 years.
Ellen Johnson Sirleaf, a Nobel
Peace Prize winner, is stepping
down after two terms in office
that brought the impoverished
country out of back-to-back civil
wars and grappled with a deadly
Ebola outbreak. AP
By Jim Gomez
IN HANOI
George Weah, former football player and presidential candidate, prepares his ballot in the capital, Monrovia REUTERS
PERU
Protesters suspect political games as
ex-president is pardoned for killings
By Franklin Briceno
IN LIMA
Thousands of Peruvians took to the
streets on Christmas Day to protest against the pardon granted to
former president Alberto Fujimori,
with many calling it part of a backroom deal struck to protect the current president from impeachment
on corruption charges.
The Sunday pardon came three
days after abstentions by lawmakers from a party led by Fujimori’s
children caused the failure of a vote
to impeach President Pedro Pablo
Kuczynski. Fujimori, 79, was serving
a 25-year sentence for the killings
of 25 people in a campaign
Riot police in Lima try to keep
demonstrators at bay REUTERS
UNITED STATES
One-minute Wijuko
Police remove memorial
left by hate group
Minneapolis police have removed
a memorial that a white nationalist
group created to honour an Australian woman killed by a Somali officer
last summer.
Police spokesman John Elder
told Minnesota Public Radio News
that an officer cleared the memorial
when the department learnt it was
displayed outside its headquarters.
“We cannot allow any memorial and
anything like that to be put up at that
location,” he told the radio station.
The northern California hate
group called Identify Evropa said
against the leftist Shining Path
terrorist group.
Roughly 5,000 people protested
across the country carrying posters
with Fujimori’s face and the words
“murderer” and “thief”. On Monday, Kuczynski called for an “effort
at reconciliation”, urging protesters
to “turn the page” and not be carried
away by hate and “the negative emotions inherited from our past”.
Kuczynski was accused of lying
about his financial ties to the Brazilian construction giant Odebrecht,
which bribed public officials across
Latin America to win lucrative
public works contracts. Fujimori’s
powerful lawmaker daughter, Keiko
Fujimori, led the impeachment
on its Twitter account it put up the
memorial. The group helped organise participants in the deadly white
nationalist rally in Charlottesville,
Virginia, in August. The memorial
to Justine Ruszczyk Damond consisted of a framed portrait, candles,
roses and signs reading: “United We
Stand.” The Star Tribune reported
that only the extinguished candles
remained on Saturday night.
Officer Mohamed Noor shot Damond after she called to report a
possible sexual assault in July. No
charges have been filed. AP
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drive in Congress but legislators
loyal to the ex-president’s son Kenji,
also a lawmaker, killed the effort
by abstaining.
Kenji Fujimori has long pushed for
his father’s release from prison and
Kuczynski’s opponents said the pardon was payback for the abstentions
that ended the impeachment drive.
With Kuczynski under investigation
for his Odebrecht ties and weighed
down by an 18 per cent approval rating, observers said his long-term political survival still appears to be in
jeopardy. Fujimori, president from
1990 to 2000, is remembered for
stabilising the economy and defeating the Shining Path; and for human
rights violations and corruption. AP
A powerful storm that left a trail of
death and destruction in the Philippines was downgraded to a tropical
depression yesterday and failed to
make landfall in Vietnam.
Hundreds of thousands of people
in Vietnam’s Mekong Delta had been
evacuated as the region braced for
the arrival of Typhoon Tembin after
the storm left more than 160 people
dead in the Philippines.
Weather forecasters had expected
the delta’s southern tip to be in Tembin’s path, and said heavy rain and
strong winds could cause serious
damage in the vulnerable
region, where facilities
are not built to cope
with such severe
weather.
By yesterday
m o r n i n g, t h e
storm was downgraded to a tropical depression and
forecasters said it
would not make landfall
in Vietnam.
The storm was expected to dissipate over the Gulf of Thailand later
yesterday.
Over the weekend, Tembin unleashed landslides and flash floods
that killed at least 164 people and left
171 others missing in the Philippines,
according to Romina Marasigan
of the government’s main disasterresponse agency.
Initial reports from officials in different provinces placed the overall
death toll at more than 230, but Ms
Marasigan warned of double counting amid the confusion in the storm’s
aftermath and said the numbers
needed to be verified.
More than 97,000 people remained
in 261 evacuation centres across the
southern Philippines on Christmas
Day, while nearly 85,000 others were
displaced and staying elsewhere, the
National Disaster Risk Reduction
and Management Council said. AP
RUSSIA
Four killed in Moscow bus crash
By Denis Pinchuk
MOSCOW
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A passenger bus swerved off course
and drove into a busy pedestrian
underpass in Moscow on Christmas
Day, killing at least four people and
injured 15.
Video from the scene posted on social media showed a bus veering off
the road and plunging down the steps
of a pedestrian underpass, crushing
several people beneath its wheels.
The driver of the bus was detained
by police after he appeared to lose
control of the vehicle. Police immediately ruled out the possibility of
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it being an attack, saying they suspected a mechanical fault or that the
driver lost control. REUTERS
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YEAR
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From oceans blighted by plastic to terror attacks
and sex scandals it was a shocking year, although
the smiles of young royals and ‘I’m a Celebrity’
winner Toff struck brighter notes. In the first of a
three-day review of the year we look at politics,
the environment, and the arts... and remember
who had the best and who had the worst of it
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ENVIRONMENT
rom heartbreaking scenes
in David Attenborough’s
wonderful second series
of Blue Planet, to a
breakthrough resolution
passed at the United Nations this
month, it is plastic pollution in our
oceans that has dominated the
concerns of conservationists these
past 12 months.
The Government took steps
towards reducing Britain’s
contribution to the global plastic
crisis, saying last month that it was
looking at taxing takeaway boxes,
straws and coffee cups.
This came just a month after
the Environment Secretary,
Michael Gove, said he was looking
into charging deposits for plastic
bottles. Similar schemes are being
explored in Scotland and Wales.
Globally the news hasn’t been
so encouraging, with the United
States ready to pull out of the Paris
Agreement to limit global warming.
It is too soon to say how big a blow
this will deal to the campaign to
curb climate change, with some
even hoping it will galvanise others
to work even harder, but the
consensus is that Donald Trump’s
move will make an already difficult
task even harder.
That difficulty was underlined by
news that carbon dioxide emissions
are set to hit record levels by the
end of this year – at a time when
they need to be reducing sharply.
Experts had hoped that, after
remaining steady for three years,
greenhouse gas emissions had
peaked and would soon begin to fall.
Instead a rise is expected because
of the US and China burning
much more coal. Coal burning
An endangered green turtle in Borneo on the BBC’s ‘Blue Planet II’ JASON ISLEY
is a significant contributor to
air pollution.
In the UK, the Chancellor, Philip
Hammond, announced a £220m
clean air fund in the Budget,
generated by tax increases on diesel
engines. But while the move was
welcomed by some, campaigners
said more money was needed to
deal with diesel and other traffic
fumes, which contribute to the
40,000 early deaths in the UK each
year caused by air pollution.
There was also depressing
news about wildlife. A quarter of
a century after more than 1,700
leading researchers argued that
humans were leaving the planet
“irretrievably mutilated”, in
the World Scientists’ Warning to
Humanity, a detailed progress
report concluded that the total
number of mammals, reptiles,
amphibians, birds and fish had
since fallen by an astonishing
29 per cent.
On a more positive note, after
years of questioning the dangers
posed by nerve-agent pesticides,
the UK Government finally called
for tougher curbs on them.
The pesticides – neonicotinoids
– have been linked to widespread
declines in bee populations, and
are partially banned across the
European Union.
The Government had previously
opposed the ban, claiming there
was insufficient evidence that
they posed a risk to bees and other
pollinators – although British
farmers observed the prohibition.
But the Mr Gove now says there
was growing evidence to justify
the ban, and backed an EU move to
extend it.
Tom Bawden
The most chaotic election ever?
Has a government’s election
campaign ever been so
dysfunctional? The Prime Minister,
untested by the pressure of an
election, was uncomfortable in the
spotlight she had turned on herself.
There was no one in charge.
Unusually, Theresa May’s party
did not campaign on the economy,
ignoring the Cameron-Osborne
playbook. She wanted a “Brexit
election” but without having to say
much about Brexit, so other issues
were bound to come to the fore.
There were two Tory campaigns
– a “strong and stable” one devised
by Lynton Crosby, the Australian
strategist, and another built on
the manifesto written by Nick
Timothy (pictured right with
fellow chief-of-staff Fiona Hill). Mr
Crosby’s version won out. But it
emphasised continuity, while Mr
Timothy’s offered change. Mrs May
had forgotten the lesson of the EU
referendum: voters were hungry
for something different.
That opened the door to Jeremy
Corbyn, whose hastily drafted leftwing manifesto offered real change,
notably an end to austerity.
Although the British
Election Study found that
people viewed Brexit as
the most important issue,
Mr Corbyn’s personal
appeal won over many
undecided
voters.
So did
Labour’s
values,
summed
up by its
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slogan “for the many, not the few”.
The most dramatic moment was
the exit poll broadcast on election
night. Against all the odds, it
predicted that the Tories would
lose their majority.
It was right. The party won 42
per cent of the vote but lost 13
seats, while Labour won 40 per
cent and 30 seats.
Mrs May was saved from the
humiliation of a Corbyn-led
minority government by the
revival of the Scottish
Tories, who gained
12 seats.
She decided to carry
on, probably out of
what she saw as
her duty, rather
than to cling
to power.
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The long
journey
to Brexit
‘N
othing has changed,
nothing has changed,”
Theresa May
declared, even though
she had just executed
a spectacular U-turn on her flagship
policy for the better off to pay more
towards their social care.
This climbdown – when her
“dementia tax” was dumped just
four days after it was launched in
the Conservative Party manifesto
– was probably Mrs May’s nadir
in 2017. Yet she had suc h an
annus horribilis that there were
other contenders.
With the benefit of hindsight,
her decision to call an election on 8
June was the biggest of her several
mistakes. But a 20-point lead in the
opinion polls, and a chance to crush
Labour, win a personal mandate
and strengthen her hand in difficult
Brexit negotiations left even the
straight-dealing vicar’s daughter
unable to resist temptation.
Although the Tories were again
the biggest party, the election felt
like a defeat. And Labour’s third
successive defeat tasted like victory.
Jeremy Corbyn’s close allies were
surprised, and his internal critics
even more so. They scrapped plans
for another leadership challenge. A
few critics argued that Labour had
missed a unique opportunity to win
against such a feeble Tory leader
– but most acknowledged that Mr
Corbyn’s personal triumph gave
him the right to lead the party into
another election.
Mrs May’s weakened position
after the election forced her to
cobble together a “confidence and
supply” agreement with the 10
Democratic Unionist Party MPs
from Northern Ireland, giving her a
working majority of 13.
The “magic money tree” so
derided by the Tories bore fruit –
and £1bn for Northern Ireland.
Mrs May renewed her pledges
to tackle “burning injustices” and
help those “just about managing”.
But she was slow to turn her
rhetoric into action. Meanwhile
Tory manifesto proposals were
dropped – more grammar schools,
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29 MARCH
DEPARTURE DATE
At 12.20pm, Theresa May
notifies the EU that the UK
was officially leaving the bloc
by invoking Article 50. The UK
would exit the EU on exactly
the same date two years later.
18 APRIL
GENERAL ELECTION CALLED
Mrs May announces a snap
election for 9 June, in a bid to
strengthen her hand with EU.
Theresa May gambled by calling an election – and lost her majority PA
social care reform, means-testing
pensioners’ winter fuel allowances
and ending the pensions “triple
lock”. As one minister put it: “We’ve
got no money, no majority and no
alternative leader.”
The Prime Minister was forced
to scrap a wide-ranging cabinet
reshuffle. Her ministers demanded
the sacking of Nick Timothy and
Fiona Hill, the other “chief”. Mrs
May looked lost without her two
long-standing advisers.
Mr Timothy’s influence lived on
after his departure. Crucially,
he had persuaded Mrs
May to implement the
2016 referendum with
a hard Brexit outside
the single currency
and customs union
and the remit of the
European Court of
Justice. Ministers admit
the implications were not
thought through – and became
apparent only once the talks were
underway.
Incredibly, the Cabinet did
not start to debate its long-term
Brexit goals until December, 18
months after the referendum.
Mrs May had repeatedly put off
any attempt to bridge the gulf
between the Chancellor, Philip
Hammond, who wanted to stick
close to the EU economy, and Boris
Johnson, who argued for a clean
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Labour leader Jeremy Corbyn on the campaign trail in May PA
break. When Mr Hammond won
a two-year transitional deal and
the tide appeared to shift his way,
Mr Johnson erupted and issued a
series of counter-demands, publicly
undermining Mrs May.
Plans to move Mr Johnson in a
reshuffle had been shelved after
yet another contender for Mrs
May’s worst moment of the year.
Her closing speech to the Tory
conference in Manchester in
October was ringed in the Downing
Street diary as an important
fightback moment, but it
proved to be a disaster and
a metaphor for a year
of “Mayhem”: she was
knocked off her stride
by a prankster who
handed her a mock P45,
and suffered a prolonged
coughing fit. Then some
letters making up the slogan
on the set behind her fell off.
When she might have thought
things could only get better, they got
even worse. For once, the crisis was
not of her own making as the sexual
harassment allegations engulfing
the Hollywood producer Harvey
Weinstein spread to Westminster.
She insisted on the resignation of
Michael Fallon, her loyalist Defence
Secretary (inset), and the scandal
would also claim the career of
Damian Green, her closest political
ally and de facto deputy PM.
Priti Patel, the International
Development Secretary, also quit
after it emerged she had pursued a
freelance policy on Israel.
Labour hopes another election
will come soon but will be
disappointed: if there is one thing
that unites the Tories, it is a desire
to delay an election until 2022.
By then Mrs May will be gone
from No 10, as her party will not
allow her to lead it into another
election. But for now she is still
in office, if not power, after a year
in which repeated reports of her
political death proved exaggerated.
And the final verdict on 2017 will be
delivered only when the Brexit saga
draws to a close. THE INDEPENDENT
Andrew Grice
19 JUNE
FIRST ROUND OF TALKS
Brexit Secretary David Davis
and EU chief negotiator Michel
Barnier begin negotiations.
26 JUNE
ENTER THE DUP
The PM is forced
to enter a
confidenceand-supply
arrangement
with the DUP.
12 JULY
REPEALING EU LAWS
The Government tabled the EU
(Withdrawal) Bill, with the aim
of repealing all EU laws.
22 SEPTEMBER
FLORENCE SPEECH
Mrs May attempts to unite her
warring Cabinet.
16 OCTOBER
DIVORCE BILL IMPASSE
PM is forced to travel to
Brussels to save the talks
from collapsing following an
impasse over the divorce bill.
4 DECEMBER
IRISH BORDER
Mrs May was once again tested
as the talks began to unravel
over the future of the Northern
Irish border with the Republic.
14 DECEMBER
DIVORCE BILL AGREED
The PM is handed an early
Christmas present at the
European Council summit in
Brussels by showing the UK
had made “sufficient progress”
in the Brexit talks. A divorce
bill of between £35-£39bn
is agreed.
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And the winner for Best Picture
is… Well, it wasn’t La La Land,
despite what the cards these
two gave to Faye Dunaway and
Warren Beatty at the Oscars said.
Accountancy firm PwC said sorry
and announced the pair would
never work at the awards again.
ROBERT MUGABE
After 37 years as President of
Zimbabwe, Mugabe resigned.
His sacking of Vice President
Emmerson Mnangagwa to
pave the way for his wife, Grace,
to succeed him marked the
beginning of the end, and the army
intervened and forced him out.
KELVIN MACKENZIE
The brash newspaper man and
former Sun editor went a step
too far in April when he wrote a
column for the paper in which he
compared footballer Ross Barkley
to a gorilla and made disparaging
remarks about Liverpool. He was
suspended and then left in May.
TIM FARRON
The former Liberal Democrat
leader announced his resignation
from the post in June, less than
a week after the election. In a
statement, he said he was “torn
between living as a faithful
Christian and serving as a
political leader”.
KEZIA DUGDALE
After standing down as leader
of Scottish Labour, she caused
consternation when she jetted off
to take part in I’m A Celebrity... Get
Me Out of Here! Her justification
– that she was bringing Labour’s
message to a wider audience –
was not met with approval.
SEAN SPICER
After six months of being
mocked for his performance as
White House Press Secretary,
Spicer resigned – hours after his
rival, Anthony Scaramucci, was
announced as Communications
Director. Scaramucci lasted just
days in the role.
TERROR
T
he 12-year period in
which Britain had been
spared the horrors of a
mass-casualty terrorist
attack came to an end
in 82 seconds on 22 March when
a 52-year-old convert to Islam
accelerated his hired SUV along
Westminster Bridge in London.
By the time Khalid Masood was
shot dead within the precincts
of Parliament, five of his victims
lay dead, including Keith Palmer
(inset), the unarmed police officer
whom the killer had stabbed as he
attempted to storm the Palace of
Westminster after driving his car at
up to 76mph into pedestrians.
In the following 11 weeks, Britain
suffered a further three attacks
which left 31 people dead, more
than 300 injured and an intensity
of terrorist activity not seen since
the bombing campaigns of
the IRA.
On 22 May, as
politicians were
campaigning in
the snap general
election, 22-year-old
Salman Abedi took
the rucksack bomb he
had built in his native
Manchester and detonated it
as children, parents and hundreds
of others were leaving a concert in
the city by American singer Ariana
Grande. Abedi, whose parents
were Libyan, killed 22 and left 122
requiring hospital treatment; 64
suffered “very serious” injuries.
Just 12 days later, three men once
more drove a van into pedestrians
on a bridge in the capital before
dismounting and running amok
with knives in Borough Market,
stabbing diners before armed police
shot the trio – who were wearing
dummy explosive belts – dead.
On 19 June, a group of Muslim
worshippers marking the breaking
of the Ramadan fast were targeted
when a van – which had been hired
in Wales – was driven at them in
London’s Finsbury Park. Darren
Osborne, 47, was subsequently
charged with murder and
attempted murder, which he denies.
The four attacks, from which
rose myriad tales of tragedy
alongside heroism and compassion,
were grim proof of what counterterrorism officials acknowledged
was a paradigm shift in the terrorist
threat faced by Britain.
Were it not for an apparent
technical failure, the toll of death
and injury might have been higher.
On 15 September, 30 passengers
on a District Line train at Parsons
Green in west London suffered
injuries from flames from a device
left by a set of doors. The powerful
main charge in the home-made
bucket bomb had failed to detonate.
An 18-year-old Iraqi refugee was
arrested the next day.
In October, MI5 head Andrew
Parker used a rare public speech to
highlight the scale of the dangers
posed by extremist, from Islamists
to the far-right. He said:
“That threat is multidimensional, evolving
rapidly and operating
at a scale and pace not
seen before. It’s at the
highest tempo I’ve seen
in my 34-year career.”
Earlier this month,
MI5 revealed that nine
terrorist attacks have been
prevented in the UK in the past
year – a number that could rise to
ten following arrests targeting a
suspected plot that may have been
timed for Christmas. Of the seven
people behind the five successful
attacks, three had previously been
investigated or assessed by police or
intelligence agencies.
Recently, an independent
assessment of internal reviews
by police and MI5 of the attacks
in London and Manchester found
there had been opportunities to
stop Abedi that were missed.
Improvements may be possible in
the handling and sharing of data but
the task is forbidding. The security
services are juggling a huge number
of cases – the number of people
arrested on suspicion of terrorismrelated offences in Britain rose by
more than half to 400.
Cahal Milmo
KATIE HOPKINS
The divisive columnist left Mail
Online by mutual consent. Days
later, the website admitted it
was paying damages to a teacher
Hopkins had libelled.
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A tragedy that
left the capital
devastated
In the early hours of 14 June, a
fire broke out at a tower block in
West London that would leave a
community and a city devastated.
Seventy-one people died in
the Grenfell Tower blaze, which
started when a faulty fridgefreezer on the fourth floor caught
alight. Firefighters thought they
had contained the flames, but
they continued to spread up the
24-storey block, which was largely
council housing.
The cladding was judged to be
the cause of the fire’s rapid spread.
The tragedy lead to safety checks,
with the cladding of some 208
high-rises checked. Dozens failed.
It was found that Grenfell
Tower was encased in panels
made up of aluminium sheets
with a polyethylene core. Experts
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said the polyethylene would have
“burnt as quickly as petrol”.
Witnesses described victims’
terrifying last moments, including
harrowing accounts of people
leaping from windows in a bid
for survival. Firefighters and
emergency services battled
for hours to bring the blaze
under control.
It took many agonising months
before all the victims were finally
identified. In November ,the death
toll was confirmed: 71 people,
including a stillborn baby.
The council’s handling of the
incident was widely criticised,
and at the end of June, the leader
of Kensington Council,
Nick Paget-Brown (inset)
resigned. That same day,
the council’s cabinet
member for housing also
stepped down. According
to the Grenfell United – a
survivors’ support group
– four out of five
families are
still waiting
to be rehoused. The fire and its
aftermath shone a light on what
some called the gulf between the
political classes and ordinary
people. Theresa May was criticised
for visiting firefighters, but not
meeting survivors.
A police investigation and
public inquiry into the blaze are
now under way. However, the
appointment of Sir Martin MooreBick to head the inquiry was met
with disappointment by survivors,
who said he would be out of touch
with the community.
The inquiry, which opened
in September, has two phases,
running simultaneously.
More than 60 organisations
involved in the construction,
refurbishment and
management of the building
are being investigated.
The Government has
insisted it is determined there
will be “justice” for Grenfell
victims and that lessons
will be learnt.
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he tragedy of Grenfell
Tower and the terror
attacks that blighted 2017
showed once again that
ordinary people rise to
heroism in trying times.
Paula Robinson, 48, was hailed
the “Angel of Manchester” after
she shepherded dozens of terrified
children to safety after suicide
bomber Salman Abedi killed 22
people at an Ariana Grande concert
at Manchester Arena on 22 May.
Mother-of-three Kim Dick
cradled a 14-year-old victim while
her husband Phil helped to move
the injured using a merchandise
table as a makeshift stretcher.
Taxi drivers in the city turned
off their meters and offered free
rides to help victims get home. Then
there were the many hundreds of
people who began offering spare
rooms to stranded people under the
hashtag #RoomforManchester.
When terrorists struck at
Westminster and London Bridge,
police officers rushed into danger to
protect the public, regardless of the
risk to their own safety.
Unarmed PC Keith Palmer, 45,
confronted Khalid Masood and
prevented him from entering
Parliament, before he suffered a
fatal knife wound in the struggle.
Another officer, PC Kris Aves,
suffered a spinal chord injury and
was left paralysed when he was
mown down by Masood. MP Tobias
Ellwood (inset) bravely tried to save
PC Palmer’s life.
British Transport
Police officer Wayne
Marques was just
beginning his patrol
on London Bridge
on 3 June when
terrorists began
attacking people at
Borough Market, killing
eight. He suffered major
injuries to his head, leg and hand.
Off-duty emergency response
officer Charlie Guenigault, 25,
suffered stab wounds to his head,
leg, back and stomach. Kirsty
Boden, a 28-year-old nurse, died
while running towards danger
in a bid to help victims. Ignacio
Echeverria was killed as he came
to the aid of a victim and used
his skateboard to attack one of
the terrorists.
Journalist Geoff Ho was stabbed
in the throat as he fought the
terrorists with his martial arts
skills. Football fan Roy Larner was
hailed the “Lion of London Bridge”
after he stood up to the terrorists
and suffered eight knife wounds.
Off-duty Army lieutenant Jared
Bambridge used his training to save
some of the victims, Florin Morariu,
a baker, hit one of the terrorists over
the head with a crate, while Gerard
Vowls fought back after seeing a
woman being stabbed.
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GOOD
YEAR FOR
DEBBIE MCGEE
She may not have won Strictly
Come Dancing but that did not
really matter. Her prowess on the
dance floor, with eye-watering
splits, saw even Craig RevelHorwood genuflect in awe.
PRINCE HARRY
AND MEGHAN MARKLE
After months of speculation
of “will they, won’t they”, last
month Clarence House finally
announced that Prince Harry and
the American actress will in fact
say “I do”. The wedding will take
place on 19 May 2018.
GEORGIA TOFFOLO
“Toff” was named Queen of the
Jungle in the reality show I’m A
Celebrity… Get Me Out of Here! and
a raft of offers followed, including
a stint presenting on This Morning.
ARLENE FOSTER
The head of the DUP, Mrs Foster
was suddenly thrust into the
spotlight when her party was
courted to prop up Theresa
May’s government. She managed
to negotiate extra funds for
Northern Ireland and secured a
bigger say over Brexit.
NEYMAR
The Brazil forward was signed by
Paris Saint-Germain for a world
record-breaking football transfer
fee of €222m (£200m).
STORMZY
The grime and hip hop star was
named as the BBC’s Artist of the
Year this month. He won three
awards at the Mobos last month,
including best album for Gang
Signs & Prayer, the first grime
album to be number one in the UK
album chart.
SARAH CLARKE
She became the first female
Black Rod after 669 years. The
former director of the Wimbledon
tennis championships will be
formally known as the Lady Usher
of the Black Rod in the largely
ceremonial role.
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T
he sleaze scandal that
engulfed Westminster
claimed two Cabinet
scalps, including that
of the Prime Minister’s
closest political ally.
Theresa May was forced
to sack Damian Green (inset,
below), her de facto deputy, after
he made “misleading” statements
about subsequent and separate
allegations that police found
pornography on computers in his
parliamentary office in 2008.
The scandal began across the
Atlantic, however, when the film
mogul Harvey Weinstein was
accused of decades of sexual assault
in a New York Times article. The
actresses Rose McGowan and
Ashley Judd were among those
who came forward, followed by
many others. Weinstein denied
the allegations.
The scandal then spread
to other Hollywood
figures, including actor
Kevin Spacey, a key
figure in British theatre
as well as Hollywood for
more than a decade.
The list of allegations
against Spacey saw him
dropped from House of Cards and
turned the spotlight on to London’s
Old Vic theatre, which he ran
for more than 11 years. It led to
questions about how much the
board knew, how much the theatre
world knew – and why there had
been no action.
Green became the subject of an
inquiry after a Tory activist and
journalist claimed he “fleetingly”
touched her knee during a meeting
in a pub in 2015, and a year later
sent her a “suggestive” text
message after she was pictured
wearing a corset in a newspaper.
His sacking followed the
resignation of former Defence
Secretary Sir Michael Fallon. He
stepped down after an accusation
that he put his hand on the knee
of journalist Julia Hartley-Brewer
15 years ago was followed by i
columnist Jane Merrick’s revelation
that he lunged at her when she was
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a young journalist after a lunch 14
years ago.
The two incidents were just
the tip of the iceberg, however,
as it emerged that a “culture of
sexual harassment” was rife within
Westminster. In the wake of the
Weinstein allegations in October,
it was revealed that a WhatsApp
group of Tory researchers were
sharing names and details of “sex
pest” MPs.
International trade minister
Mark Garnier was the first
minister to be named
after he admitted to
asking his secretary to
buy a sex toy and calling
her “sugar tits”.
The scandal then
snowballed when a “dirty
dossier” of MPs’ names and
allegations started to be widely
shared, throughout Westminster
and beyond.
Labour activist Bex Bailey said
she was raped at a party event
in 2011, alleging that she was
discouraged from reporting the
incident as it could have damaged
her career.
Her claim was quickly followed
by that of an anonymous woman
who said she was sexually assaulted
by a Conservative MP during a
foreign trip.
Mrs May was forced to take
action on the issue and invited the
leaders of Westminster’s political
parties to a crisis meeting to discuss
plans for tackling sexual abuse
and harassment.
But the tremors of the scandal
are still being felt, with a number
of MPs still the subject of
internal investigations.
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number of active phone
connections in the world.
More than the total population!
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ED SHEERAN was also the
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globally
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COLDPLAY were the most
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According to Netflix …
The most popular day globally
for binge-watching was
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Members watched an average of
60 MOVIES on Netflix this year
(about one a week)
Subscribers watched
140 MILLION HOURS
of programming a day
Globally, the “most devoured”
show was AMERICAN VANDAL,
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T
he BBC found itself at the
centre of a gender bias
storm when a gender pay
gap between its star
names was revealed.
News presenters Emily
Maitlis and Mishal Husain
were among more than 40
high-profile women at the
BBC to publicly demand in
July that the corporation “act
now” to eliminate the
gender pay gap.
An open letter
signed by veteran
broadcasters
Clare Balding,
Fiona Bruce
and Sue Barker
urged the
BBC’s directorgeneral, Tony
Hall, to “do the
right thing” so that
“future generations
of women do not
face this kind of
Emily Maitlis
demanded an end to
the gender pay gap
discrimination”.
The corporation
had been forced to
reveal the salaries
of staff who had
earned £150,000
or more in the
previous year, and it
emerged that almost
two-thirds (62 per cent)
of that group was male.
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iPhone 8
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Fidget spinner
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bombing
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Matthews
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Radio 2 breakfast show host Chris
Evans (inset) was the broadcaster’s
highest-paid star overall, earning
between £2.2m and £2.25m in the 12
months to April 2017. The highestpaid woman, Claudia Winkleman,
earned between £450,000 and
£500,000 over the same period.
Gary Lineker was named as the
corporation’s second-highest paid
star, earning between £1.75m and
£1.8m. His female counterpart, The
One Show host Alex Jones, earned
between £400,000 and £449,999.
All organisations with 250 or
more employees must give certain
figures about their gender pay gap
under legislation that came into
force in 2017.
The BBC’s gender pay gap report,
published in October, revealed a pay
disparity between women and men
of 9.3 per cent on average, against a
national average of 18.1 per cent.
The gap was blamed on “an
under-representation of women in
the more senior jobs” in an audit by
Court of Appeal judge Sir Patrick
Elias, consultancy firm PwC and
legal firm Eversheds.
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Highest-grossing movies:
THE LAST JEDI (5)
$261.82m and counting (not
highest yet)
BEAUTY AND THE BEAST
$1.26bn
THE FATE OF THE FURIOUS
$1.23bn
DESPICABLE ME 3
$1.03bn
SPIDER-MAN: HOMECOMING
(6) $880.1m
Top 3 girls’ names in UK
Olivia, Sophia, Amelia
Top 3 boys’ names in UK
Muhammad, Oliver, Harry
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The hottest temperature in the UK,
at Heathrow airport; the coldest
temperature was minus 13°C
in Shropshire
Social media
A tweet from a 16-year-old who
wanted a year’s free supply of
chicken nuggets was the UK’s
most retweeted of 2017
75%
32%
of male internet
users and
83% of female
internet users are on Facebook
of teenagers
consider
Instagram to
be the most important social
network
81%
22%
94.65m
of millennials
check Twitter at
least once a day
of the world’s
population
uses Facebook
followers worldwide for
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THE NHS
n May, the WannaCry
ransomware outbreak became
the worst cyber attack to hit
the NHS. More than a third
of trusts in England were
disrupted by the attack, which
began on 12 May. At least 6,900
appointments were cancelled as
a result, according to a National
Audit Office report.
Staff had to use pens and
paper and their mobiles
as the attack affected
telephones, among
other key systems.
Ultimately, 19,000
appointments in total
were thought to have
been affected, including at
least 139 people with cancer,
who had urgent referrals cancelled.
While no patient data were
thought to have been compromised,
the NAO was critical of NHS
England, saying it would now have
to get its “act together”.
Alerts from NHS Digital to patch
or migrate away from vulnerable
older software, along with a
warning from the Department of
Health and the Cabinet Office in
2014, were not acted on.
Crucially, there was no formal
mechanism to confirm whether
these had been complied with.
It was also found that 88
out of the 236 trusts had not
passed the required cyber
security standards.
In the attack, the
malware encrypted data
on infected computers
and demanded a ransom
of roughly £230 to
restore access.
North Korea was said
to be behind the attack,
which hit other organisations
and infected 300,000 computers
across 150 countries. WannaCry
was halted inadvertently by cyber
security researcher Marcus
Hutchins. His “kill switch”
deactivated the programme’s ability
to spread automatically.
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CULTURE
T
he year will thankfully
not be remembered, as
2016 was, for the number
of towering figures who
passed away. But we did
lose some who were giants in their
art forms. Chuck Berry (inset) can
justifiably be said to have invented
rock’n’roll. On this side of the
Atlantic, Sir Peter Hall founded the
Royal Shakespeare Company while
in his twenties, and went on to head
the National Theatre too.
An era certainly ended at the
Tate, when its long-serving director
Sir Nicholas Serota finally called
time. His achievements there were
immense, including the opening of
the massively popular Tate Modern,
and also Tate St Ives. He turned the
Tate into a formidable global brand.
Sir Nicholas has gone on to chair
the Arts Council.
The theatre world still
fails to do enough to
address the genuine
audience concerns of
rising ticket prices
and the perennial
irritation of booking
fees. On stage, though,
there were some notable
successes. The Ferryman
by Jerusalem author Jez
Butterworth deservedly triumphed
at the awards ceremonies, giving
insights both comic and chilling into
the Troubles in Northern Ireland.
Conor McPherson’s Girl from the
North Country, to the surprise of all
but Bob Dylan fans, showed that
his music could be turned into a
stage musical. Ink put on stage with
comic aplomb a pivotal moment in
British social history: the birth of
Rupert Murdoch’s Sun newspaper.
On screen Christopher Nolan’s
Dunkirk showed how great direction
and cinematography could add
new dimensions to the traditional
war film.
America’s introspection on its
own history of race relations – and
indeed current race relations –
inspired notable movies. Moonlight
triumphed at the Oscars.
TV drama continued to challenge
the big screen with another year
of sustained excellence, from Line
of Duty to Doctor Foster, with the
multi-Emmy award-winning Big
Little Lies one of a number of drama
series showing how movie stars as
renowned as Reese Witherspoon
and Nicole Kidman are as attracted
to TV as cinema. And a shout out,
as they say, for Motherland, a rare
comic exploration of the difficulties
of career- and family-juggling, with
the bonus of making one of Britain’s
many great actresses, Anna
Maxwell Martin, into more of the
household name she deserves to be.
In another fine year for art
exhibitions, there was a survey of
black American art at Tate Modern,
a look at Raphael’s drawings at the
Ashmolean in Oxford, Michelangelo
Bob Dylan’s music had a musical makeover in ‘Girl from the North Country’
at the National Gallery, Cezanne’s
portraits at the National Portrait
Gallery, and a fascinating
interchange between
Duchamp and Dali at
the Royal Academy.
But it was a notable
gallery outside
London, the
Hepworth in
Wakefield, which
walked off with
the Museum of the
Year award.
In rock and pop,
Taylor Swift (inset),
appropriately enough,
enhanced her
reputation with
the universally
well-received
album Reputation,
a voyage round Taylor
Swift and perceptions of
Taylor Swift by Taylor
Swift. But she certainly
did not have the field to
herself in a good year for
albums, with Rag’n’Bone
Man in the top 10 for most
of the year and Stormzy
broadening the parameters
of UK grime.
Sampha’s Mercury Prizewinning debut album, Process,
also showcased rising
British talent.
Kazuo Ishiguro won the
Nobel Prize for Literature
to much rejoicing, and
John le Carré showed
that there’s still
considerable life in spy
novels and his enduring
talent to write them.
Arundhati Roy showed
that writing takes time,
in her case two decades
between her new
novel and her latest, The
Ministry of Utmost Happiness.
Hull proved to be yet
another successful city
of culture and hosted the
Turner Prize, still managing
to keep contemporary art
controversial. This year, at
long last, the prize dropped
its arbitrary age limit for
contestants, paving the way for
62-year-old
Lubaina
Himid to
win. THE
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IN BEIRUT
VENEZUELA
Military fights
‘wrong views’
Maduro frees
more activists
Vietnam has unveiled a new,
10,000-strong military cyber
warfare unit to counter “wrong
views” on the internet as part
of a widening crackdown on
critics of the one-party state.
The cyber unit, named Force
47, is already in operation in
several sectors, the Tuoi Tre
newspaper quoted Lieutenant
General Nguyen Trong Nghia,
deputy head of the military’s
political department, as saying
at a conference of the Central
Propaganda Department in
the commercial hub of Ho Chi
Minh City. REUTERS
Venezuelan authorities have so far
released 44 opponents of the socialist
government from prison over Christmas, but scores more remain in prison, the rights group Penal Forum said.
President Nicolas Maduro’s
administration said it was freeing
about 80 activists, but giving
them alternative punishments
such as community service for
crimes that range from violence
to subversion during protests in
2014 and 2017. Opponents say those
being released – and the nearly 200
others still detained – are pawns of a
“dictatorship” that unjustly punishes
protest and dissent. REUTERS
Preserved
foetuses found
in warehouse
By John Shiffman and Brian Grow
Federal agents discovered four
preserved foetuses in the Detroit
warehouse of a man who sold
human body parts, confidential
photographs show.
The foetuses were found
during a December 2013
Assad must go, rebels insist
after Russian peace moves
By Sarah El-Deeb
VIETNAM
UNITED STATES
SYRIA
raid of businessman Arthur
Rathburn’s warehouse. The
foetuses, which appear to have
been in their second trimester,
were submerged in a liquid that
included human brain tissue.
Mr Rathburn, a former “body
broker”, is accused of defrauding
customers by sending them
diseased body parts. He has
pleaded not guilty and his
trial is set for January. How
he acquired the foetuses and
what he intended to do with
them is unclear. His lawyers
did not respond to requests for
comment. REUTERS
Syrian rebels and opposition groups
rejected Russia’s proposed peace
talks yesterday, accusing Moscow of
failing to pressure its ally, President
Bashar al-Assad, to end the conflict.
In a series of statements, 40 rebel
groups were joined by political
opposition groups in saying the talks,
expected to take place next month,
were an attempt to “circumvent”
the UN-led process, which has made
virtually no progress since it began
in 2014.
The rebel groups said Moscow
had asked them to give up their
Protesters called
for the release of
Palestinian teenager
Ahed Tamimi outside
the International
Committee of the Red
Cross office in Beirut,
Lebanon, yesterday.
Ahed was arrested
after slapping Israeli
soldiers in the West
Bank last week, in a
video widely viewed
online. AFP/GETTY
SERBIA
Kurdish activist extradited from Belgrade to Turkey
Serbia has extradited to Turkey a
Kurdish political activist who had
been seeking asylum, defying a recommendation by the United Nations’
Committee against Torture.
Cevdet Ayaz requested asylum in
Serbia earlier this year after fleeing
Turkey, where he had been sentenced
to 15 years in prison over alleged activities against the constitution, according to his lawyer, Ana Trkulja.
She said Mr Ayaz had been extradited to Turkey on Christmas Day
and that his brother had been asked
to contact a police station in Istanbul
where he was being held. Last week
the UN Committee against Torture
called on Belgrade to refrain from
extraditing him.
A Serbian police official said all
preconditions for the extradition
were judged to have been met and
that the justice minister, Nela Kuburovic, had acted accordingly. REUTERS
RUSSIA
UNITED STATES
INDIA
Kremlin warns
over boycott call
Plane skids off Toddler rescued
airport taxiway from borewell
The Kremlin said yesterday
that a call by opposition leader
Alexei Navalny to boycott the
presidential election next
March must be checked to see if
it complies with the law, paving
the way for possible police action
against him and his supporters.
Russia’s election commission
has ruled Mr Navalny is not
eligible to run for president due to
a suspended prison sentence for a
fraud conviction. REUTERS
A plane slid off of the taxiway at
L ogan Airport in Boston on
Christmas Day. JetBlue Flight
50 from Savannah, Georgia,
briefly skidded when it landed at
around 7.15pm.
Firefighters helped passengers off
the plane and they were bussed to the
terminal. Authorities say no one was
injured. The Massachusetts Port Authority told local television that snow
forced the airport to close its runways for a short period. AP
IN BELGRADE
Berlin
Take 20 litres of honey and
boil it together with 2 litres of
water. Add in cinnamon and
nutmeg, a healthy amount
of ginger and pepper, plus
some aniseed and coriander.
Mix it all together with rye
flour and water. The result? A
perfect batch of 17th-century
lebkuchen – Germany’s
Christmas gingerbread – for a
Bavarian monastery housing
up to 60 nuns and 25 brothers
belonging to the women-led
Bridgettine Order.
The recipe is among a
collection of more than
1,000 books taken from the
Altomünster Abbey after it
was closed at the request of the
Vatican this year, a precious
collection that scholars had
worried might be locked away
or, worse, broken up and
possibly sold. But instead it has
been preserved intact at the
diocesan archive in Munich.
Researchers have been given
complete access, while work
is underway to digitise much
of the collection to make it
available to anyone.
The rarest and most valuable
tomes include manuscripts
with colourful illustrations
from the late 15th and early
16th centuries, but experts say
items like the recipe books are
also invaluable to the study of
the Bridgettines, helping to tell
the tale of what daily life was
like behind the closed doors
of the monastery hundreds of
years ago. AP
David Rising
demand for President Assad to step
down. “We reject this, and we affirm
that Russia is an aggressor that
has committed war crimes against
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Syrians,” their statement read.
“Russia has not contributed with a
single move to alleviate the suffering
of the Syrian people and it has not
pressured the regime it claims it
guarantees to move an inch toward
any real path toward a resolution.”
The rebel groups, including
Ahrar al-Sham, Army of Islam and a
number of Free Syrian Army groups,
said they were committed to the UNled Geneva process, and called on the
international community to end the
bloodshed, now in its seventh year.
Political opposition groups and
governing bodies in rebel-held areas
have also rejected Russia’s proposed
talks. AP
A three-year-old girl was
rescued from a borewell pit
in Bhubaneswar in eastern
India after a seven-hour rescue
operation on Christmas Day.
Radha Sahu was unharmed
after the local fire brigade
successfully rescued her from
the well in Gulasar village,
near Rajastan.
Family members say she had
slipped into the hole while playing
near her house.
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WORLD FOCUS
Women and
war: facing
into the
danger zones
A young refugee escaped Syria
only to be killed by her own family,
writes Laura Pitel
O
n the third Wednesday
of March last year,
eight people were laid
to rest at the Yesilkent
cemetery in the Turkish
city of Gaziantep. Each burial was
carefully recorded, with the name
of the deceased, their age, their
parents’ names and the date of
their death. Seven people were
listed that way. But one entry at the
time of burial said simply: woman,
identity unknown.
She had been found by a shepherd
two weeks earlier in a field near the
Syrian border, hidden under a pile
of stones. Her body was charred
beyond recognition.
It took two months
for investigators to
identify her. They
traced the serial
number on a metal
plate that Turkish
doctors had put
into her back. It
told them she was
Siham Muhammad,
a 24-year-old Syrian
woman who had fled to
Turkey as a refugee.
Police would conclude that
Siham had been killed by her two
brothers, who had accused her of
bringing shame on their family. The
story of what happened still has
many missing pieces. But her death
shows that women who escape the
violence and chaos of war-torn Syria
can still face grave dangers – at the
hands of their own families.
The trial of Siham’s brothers
began almost a year after her
death, in Gaziantep’s fourth-highest
criminal court.
The younger of the two, a factory
worker called Ali, blamed his older
brother, Mustafa, for the killing.
Mustafa said that the two of them
had done it together. The plan had
been to send her back to Syria, he
said. But the border was closed and
so they had taken her to a deserted
area, strangled her and then set her
body alight.
According to the indictment,
Mustafa told police that, before
her death, Siham had recently
got divorced. The separation had
prompted a flurry of neighbourhood
gossip. Siham’s immediate relatives
declined multiple requests
to meet with i. But
conversations with the
rotating cast of family
friends who attended
the hearings
revealed that she
had been through
more than her
brother had let on.
Siham had
been married and
divorced three times
in her short life. Sukru
Huseyin, a friend of her
father, sought to cast her as
flirtatious and promiscuous. He
claimed she would give out her
number to strange men.
“In the end, the third husband
took her back to the family and
asked them to take her back because
she was cheating on him,” he said.
Such behaviour, he argued, was
ample justification for her killing.
“No one could stand hearing
someone say: your sister is a whore,”
he said. “I would have done the
same.” But his explanation jarred
The body of Siham Muhammad rests in Yesilkent cemetery in Gaziantep, southern Turkey MARY TURNER
with the few details that are known
about her life.
Siham grew up in al-Huluk, one of
the poorest districts of Aleppo. She
could not read or write. A female
relative, who asked not to be named,
revealed in a snatched conversation
by telephone that Siham did not
even have any friends.
The Syrian conflict has unleashed
a torrent of social changes, not all of
them negative. Some women have
enjoyed new freedoms after leaving
the country and its often patriarchal
social norms. They have stopped
wearing the headscarf, ended their
unhappy marriages, got their first
job, or, in the case of those who
live separately from their families,
felt free to date men. But could
Siham really have had the social
and economic freedom to enjoy an
independent love life?
For many Syrian women and girls,
war has made their position worse,
not better. As well as unleashing
bereavement, injury, poverty and
displacement, the conflict has
been accompanied by a surge in
rape, sexual exploitation, domestic
violence and forced marriage.
A recent report by the UN’s
refugee agency warned that “the
length of the crisis, in conjunction
with the deep-rooted patriarchal
structures underpinning Syrian
society” are “normalising” this
gendered violence.
Perhaps Siham was one of the
One state prosecutor
hinted that it was the
pressures of displacement
that led to Siham’s death
legion of women who have been
sexually assaulted by a soldier
or a rebel fighter and then found
themselves blamed for what
happened. Or maybe she had been
forced into selling her own body,
like the young divorcee who now
works in a strip club after her family
refused to take her back after the
end of her marriage.
Two state prosecutors declined to
be interviewed about Siham’s case.
But one of them hinted that it was
the pressures of displacement that
had led to her death: “If you want
to know why this happened to her,
it’s the war,” she said. “That’s what
you should write. Her family were in
very difficult circumstances.”
Even if she realised the danger
she was in from her brothers, Siham
would have had few places to turn.
Burcu Yıldıran, head of the
Gaziantep branch of the Kamer
Foundation, a women’s rights
association, said that there was
an extreme shortage of women’s
shelters in the city. “There are not
enough places even for Turkish
women, let alone Syrian women,”
she said.
Many refugees do not even know
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that such shelters exist. Women’s
rights activists are often critical
of the Turkish state’s response to
violence again women. They point
to high female murder rates and
lenient punishments for killers. But
it is hard to fault the response of
the Turkish authorities to Siham’s
death. Police worked hard to identify
her body and track down her
killers. The prosecutor asked for
aggravated life sentences for the two
brothers. And, in October, a panel of
three judges agreed.
The brothers, wearing smart
shirts for their final hearing, showed
no sign of emotion as they were led
away in handcuffs. Their sentences
are likely to consign them to 30
years in jail. But the penalty does
little to diminish the tragedy of a
young woman who was shunned by
her own family, not only in life but
also in death.
It was left to the staff at Yesilkent
to lay Siham to rest. The cemetery
imam led a small ceremony. Six
workers, wearing muddy jackets
and yellow boots, took her coffin up
onto a hillside. Slowly and carefully,
they lowered it into the ground and
then, standing around the edge of
her freshly-dug grave, they held out
their hands in prayer.
Laura Pitel and Mary Turner
reported from Gaziantep on a
fellowship from the International
Reporting Project
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FOOD & DRINK
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The
moderation
game
‘Moderate’ or ‘mindful’ drinking is
gaining ground, with fans wanting
to control the alcohol they
consume, rather than let it control
them. Barbara Speed tries it out
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n the shade of London’s
Spitalfields market, a drinks
festival is in full swing.
Prosecco corks pop, and
guests swirl little plastic
taster cups of beer and wine.
The catch? None of the drinks
is alcoholic.
Dryness is sweeping the nation.
In 2016, 21 per cent of us reported
not drinking at all, and we are
now drinking 18 per cent less as a
nation since 2004. An estimated
5 million Britons took part in “Dry
January” last year, according to
YouGov – the equivalent of one in
10 adults aged over 16.
But events such as the
Mindful Drinking Festival at
Spitalfields aren’t just about going
cold turkey – they’re part of a
growing trend for “moderate”, or
“mindful”, drinking.
“Alcohol is about the flavour and
enjoyment for me now,” says Jen
Tree, a social media consultant in
her thirties who gave up drinking
altogether for several years, but
started practising moderate
drinking earlier this year. “I don’t
drink as a reactive thing to life
any more, whether to celebrate
or commiserate.”
With the help of groups such as
Club Soda, which runs the Mindful
Drinking Festival, Tree, who was
a problem drinker in the past, has
figured out a plan that would allow
her to drink in a controlled way.
“I started to drink shandies
to start with, because they were
more of a childhood reminiscence
rather than anything you’d
associate with making you drunk,”
she explains.
Through trial and error –
including two rum cocktails that
left her memory blurrier than she
would have liked – she got into
habits that let her enjoy alcohol
without taking it too far. She now
never consumes more than a
certain amount and avoids some
drinks, including white wine and
rosé, altogether.
Georgia Foster was working as a
hypnotherapist when she started
noticing that many of her patients
with depression or anxiety also
had an issue with their drinking.
They weren’t alcoholics, but they
weren’t totally in control, either.
“I call them ‘middle-ground
drinkers’,” she tells me. “They
drink too much, but it’s just
become a habit they find it hard
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Slippers
to come out of. I don’t believe they
need to stop drinking altogether –
just be helped to cut down.”
After Foster began holding
drinking seminars and working
on a book, Drink Less in Seven Days
(out next month), she identified
two key types of middle-ground
drinkers: the “pleaser”, who drinks
to keep up with the people around
them, and the “perfectionist” ,
who finds it easy to refrain from
drinking at all for much of the
time, but finds it hard to stop once
they start drinking.
Rosamund Dean, author of
Mindful Drinking, which is released
tomorrow, positions the trend
I
can’t rest easy if I don’t know
where my nearest pair of
slippers are, so I keep them
at home and abroad. I have a
pair at my flat in London and
a pair at my mum’s house. I have
some at my dad’s house and at the
bungalow I rent nearby. I have a
pair for the care home where my
husband lives, and slippers that
live at friends’ houses. And there’s
a pair waiting for me in Italy, at the
hotel where my family has stayed
for skiing holidays over the past
20 years.
I also have a fair few slipper
socks knocking about, but they
don’t really count. I could quit
those any time.
I didn’t used to love slippers the
way that I do now. That’s because
I didn’t used to get cold feet – just
towards reassessing our drinking
habits as a natural next step.
“Because of the rise of
‘wellness’, we are more aware of
what we put into our bodies in
general,” she says.
“We aren’t surprised by friends
or family reassessing their eating
habits through diets and eating
plans, even if they aren’t ill, or
addicted to food. Yet we lack the
same vocabulary when it comes to
drinking. We still tend to think of
the world as divided into ‘problem
drinkers’ and ‘everyone else’.
Dean, a journalist, began
investigating ways to cut down
after she realised she was drinking
like I didn’t notice draughts, or see
the need for dental floss, or have
to crunch my way through packets
of indigestion tablets. My dreams
of being a bare-footed free spirit
have retreated in the face (feet?)
of getting older and just wanting
to be warm and comfortable. My
younger brother happily goes
about the house sockless, making
me shudder at the thought – and
sight – of his cold, dead men’s feet.
I must confess that I once took
a pair on my summer holiday. To
be fair, it was to north Wales, and
the cottage where I stayed had a
chilly, tiled floor – but I realise that
I adore slippers more than the
average holiday-maker.
To take off my outdoor shoes
and to slip into slippers marks the
switch between outside and in,
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Christmas Festival (below)
and pub crawls (right) LAURA
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Set your own targets for
moderate drinking
Set a target number of no-drinking
days a week
Set a maximum number of drinks you will
have on any given day
Identify specific drinks that you don’t like,
or have caused a problem for you in the
past, and avoid them
Figure out where your weak spots
are. The Drinkaware app lets you
designate problem locations, and sends
you a motivational notification when
you’re nearby
industry and leisure, action and
inaction. I get a small thrill if I do
venture outside in my slippers,
from breaking the rules by putting
out the recycling in indoor shoes.
I don’t play favourites.
The posh ones with the
detachable sole for going
outside are beautifully
made (and I once, in a
weak moment, wore
them to a pub in search
of a hair of the dog), but
they are not as soft as
the Aldi faux sheepskin
pair. The knitted hedgehogs
have gone a bit floppy, but their
little faces cheer me up. I mourn
the ones that looked like white
mice (pro tip – white is a terrible
colour for slippers). They were dear
friends that got me though hard
times after my husband’s accident.
I don’t like bulky slippers as I like
to be fleet of foot, and I don’t want
to trip over because I’m ankle deep
in a pair of stuffed unicorns. And
nothing too fussy – when I was
tiny, my mother dropped
me down the stairs when
she slipped in a pair of
marabou mules. A good
lesson to learn early
on: slippers shouldn’t
be sexy, or imperil the
wearer or anyone they
might be holding.
They can, though, make a
statement. My deputy at work has
Spurs slippers to match his Spurs
pyjamas. My wheelchair-bound
husband has a whopping pair of
dragon’s feet that get him a lot of
attention (and provide excellent
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more alcohol than she wanted to,
but that she didn’t want to cut it
out completely. In her book, she
is open about her enthusiasm for
and enjoyment of alcohol, writing:
“Drinking is fun and celebratory…
In today’s all-or-nothing culture,
where everyone is either a
Prosecco-gulping, devil-maycare hedonist or a joyless, cleaneating teetotaller, people seem
to have forgotten that there is a
middle ground.”
She worked with Club Soda
to develop her own strategy,
which involved cutting out all
alcohol for a month (making
Dry January a good place
to start if you want to try
something similar), before
reintroducing it with a set of
new rules.
She logs all her drinking on
the Drinkaware app, which
lets you track your drinks
and set targets for yourself.
She follows what she calls the
“rule of three”: a maximum of
three drinking days a week, and a
maximum of three drinks on each
of those days. Dean advises not
getting too caught up in counting
units – “they’re confusing” – and
count drinks instead, with an
awareness that some are stronger
than others.
Over a week of Christmas
parties, I decided to try applying
Dean’s rules to my own life. They
did help: when you really don’t
need a fourth glass, knowing it will
take you over the line is usually
enough to stop you. And the appeal
of marking an “alcohol-free” day
on my app was enough to stave off
my desire for a single glass of wine
with dinner.
Tracking what I was drinking
also gave me a feeling of control
and calmness that surprised
me. In reality, most UK adults
probably aren’t ignoring their
average non-alcoholic beer, most
of which tend to taste weakly
of bread.
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Spritzers were the alcohol
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rowanberries and Venetian
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booze – but without the hangover.
drinking because they’re so sure
they don’t have “a problem” – it’s
more likely they’re scared that
they do, and don’t want to face
up to it.
Cutting down is good for your
health, and also gives a helpful
reminder that socialising doesn’t
have to mean drinking. Laura
Willoughby, founder of Club Soda,
tells me that her organisation –
which runs festivals, meet-ups and
an online forum – is about making
people feel that booze isn’t the
be-all and end-all of socialising,
whether they’re moderating or
going sober.
“We help people towards
whatever their goal is,” she
says. “We want to show that
not drinking doesn’t have to
mean sitting at home in a onesie,
watching box sets all the time.”
One big advantage of moderate
drinking is that it isn’t all or
nothing. Again, there is a parallel
with dieting: a long-term healthy
eating plan might be harder to pull
off, but it’s better for you than a
quick-fix juice cleanse, which you
ditch after you inhale two Mars
Bars on day three.
All my interviewees agreed
that it’s much harder to stick to a
set of rules than the single rule of
abstinence, and the no-drinking
days are oddly easier than days
on which you drink moderately
– but the combination allows you
to develop a strategy that suits
your life.
“If you mess up once, it doesn’t
mean you’re failing,” Tree tells
me. “For a start, if you’re there
thinking differently about your
relationship with alcohol, that’s
great. Don’t beat yourself up about
it – just learn from what’s gone
wrong and move on.”
padding if I misjudge distances
when I’m pushing him around),
as well as some felt foxes that are
rather magnificent. Post-mules,
my mum likes “pretty” slippers
with sparkly details. A dear friend
has a pair of Icelandic woven,
leather-soled numbers that cost the
earth and haunt my dreams.
I’m quite excited about the fact
that one of my pairs – open-backed,
fleecy and with a bit of sparkle
running through the yarn – are
wearing out at the toes. Soon,
I shall have good reason to buy a
new pair. Will they be covered in
ruby sequins? Might moccasins be
the way to go? Could it be time for
cats? Velvet? Pompoms?
All I know is they won’t be cool,
and I won’t care. My feet will be
warm and I will be happy.
Television Wednesday 27 December
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PICK OF THE DAY
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Alan Partridge: Why, When,
Where, How And Whom?
Agatha Christie
vs Hercule Poirot
9pm, BBC2
Pick of the day on the strength of
that title alone, but also because
Steve Coogan has himself directed
this documentary celebrating 25
years of his blazered, Norwich-based
broadcasting legend (in his own head
at least). Extraordinarily it’s now 25
years since a young sports presenter
burst on to the scene on The Day
Today and was given his own chat
show by the BBC, from which heady
heights it’s been downhill all the way.
Helping Coogan look back in
astonishment are the character’s
creators and writers, Peter Baynham
and Armando “Veep” Iannucci, and
we’re promised snippets of improv
sessions, rehearsals and outtakes.
7.30pm, Sky Arts
A French documentary explores the
11-day disappearance in 1926 of
Agatha Christie through the prism of
her contemporaneous novel The
Murder Of Roger Ackroyd.
each with specific requirements. In
tonight’s episode a Plymouth family
are loaned a “Fit-bot,” which
oversees exercise routines;
something called Beam, which is a
sort of Skype screen on wheels; and
most intriguingly, Tutor-bot, which
is helping five-year-old Isaac, who
has learning difficulties. That’s when
it’s not malfunctioning.
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Little Women/The Miniaturist
Six Robots & Us
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8pm and 9pm, BBC1
BBC1’s two period dramas continue
in tandem, Beth falling desperately
ill in Heidi Thomas’s expert
adaptation of Louisa May Alcott’s
Little Women, while the puritan
burghers of 1680s Amsterdam are
circling the unconventional Brandt
household in the concluding half of
The Miniaturist.
8pm, BBC2
If you’ve been paying attention to
Channel 4 recently you may now be
suffering robot overkill after their
season of AI documentaries. This
new BBC2 two-parter is somewhat
different as it takes six very different
robots currently being fine-tuned by
British universities and posts them
in the homes of “ordinary families”,
Royal Institution
Christmas Lectures 2017:
The Language Of Life
Miranda Does Christmas
8pm, BBC4
The engaging Professor Sophie Scott
tonight explores the world of silent
communication in both the animal
kingdom and the human world,
investigating why body language
and smells can say so much.
9pm, Channel 4
The idea behind this Miranda Hart
special is that the comedian sets
about infusing some seasonal jollity
into what for many adults is actually
a frazzled time of year. Among those
helping out as Hart goes carol-
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6.00 Breakfast (S). 7.45
Match Of The Day (R) (S).
9.15 FILM: Turbo (David
Soren 2013) Animated
adventure (S). 10.45 FILM:
The Princess And The
Frog (Ron Clements, John
Musker 2009) Disney
animated musical fantasy
(S). 12.15 Snow Bears (R)
(S). 1.15 BBC News (S).
1.25 BBC Regional News;
Weather (S). 1.35 Father
Brown (R) (S). 2.20 FILM:
Shrek 2 (Andrew Adamson
2004) Animated adventure
sequel (S). 3.45 The
Gruffalo (R) (S). 4.10 FILM:
Big Hero 6 (Don Hall, Chris
Williams 2014) Premiere.
Animated adventure, with
the voice of Ryan Potter
(S). 5.45 Pointless (R) (S).
6.25 Sign Zone: Mary
Berry’s Country House
Secrets (R) (S). 7.25 Island
Parish Shetland (R) (S).
7.55 FILM: Bears (Alastair
Fothergill 2014) Premiere.
(S). 9.10 The Big Family
Cooking Showdown (R)
(S). 10.10 Nadiya’s British
Food Adventure (R) (S).
10.40 Nadiya’s British
Food Adventure (R) (S).
11.10 The Sweet Makers:
A Georgian Treat (R) (S).
12.10 FILM: The Red Shoes
(Michael Powell, Emeric
Pressburger 1948) (S).
2.20 The World’s Most
Extraordinary Homes (R)
(S). 3.20 Inside The Factory
(R) (S). 4.20 FILM: The Man
Who Never Was (Ronald
Neame 1956) (S).
6.00 CITV 7.25 FILM: K-9
(Rod Daniel 1989) Police
comedy, starring James
Belushi (S). 9.25 FILM:
Twins (Ivan Reitman 1988)
Comedy, with Arnold
Schwarzenegger and
Danny DeVito (S). 11.25
Cannonball Christmas
Special (R) (S). 12.25 You’ve
Been Framed! (S). 12.55 ITV
News; Weather (S). 1.00
Midsomer Murders (R) (S).
3.00 Tenable (R) (S). 4.00
Tipping Point (R) (S). 5.00
The Chase (R) (S).
6.40 FILM: Short Circuit
2 (Kenneth Johnson 1988)
Sci-fi comedy sequel, with
Fisher Stevens (S). 8.40
Lego Masters (R) (S). 9.40
The Simpsons (R) (S). 10.10
The Simpsons (R) (S). 10.35
The Simpsons (R) (S). 11.05
FILM: Small Soldiers (Joe
Dante 1998) Children’s
adventure, with Kirsten
Dunst (S). 1.15 FILM:
Sunshine On Leith (Dexter
Fletcher 2013) Musical,
starring George MacKay
and Kevin Guthrie (S). 3.10
Four Rooms With Sarah
Beeny (S). 4.15 Channel
4 News (S). 4.30 FILM:
Back To The Future Part
II (Robert Zemeckis 1989)
Sci-fi comedy sequel,
starring Michael J Fox (S).
6.00 Milkshake! 9.15
Cruising With Jane
McDonald (R) (S). 9.30
World’s Strongest Man
2017 (S). 10.30 FILM: North
Sea Hijack (Andrew V
McLaglen 1979) Thriller
(S). 12.25 FILM: Operation
Crossbow (Michael
Anderson 1965) Second
World War adventure
(S). 2.40 FILM: Operation:
Daybreak (Lewis Gilbert
1975) Fact-based Second
World War drama,
starring Timothy Bottoms
(S). 4.55 FILM: The Guns
Of Navarone (J Lee
Thompson 1961) Second
World War adventure,
starring Gregory Peck
(S) (followed by 5 News
Update) (S).
6.30 BBC News (S).
6.50 BBC Regional
News; Weather
(S).
6.00 Thailand:
Earth’s Tropical
Paradise The
wildlife and
culture of the
nation (R) (S).
6.00 Paul O’Grady:
For The Love Of
Dogs (R) (S).
6.30 Regional News;
Weather (S).
6.45 ITV News;
Weather (S).
6.30 Hollyoaks
Brody finds out
that Maggie has
cancer (S).
7.00 Celebrity
Mastermind
New series (S).
7.30 A Question Of
Sport: Premier
League Special
(S).
7.00 Dad’s Army
(R) (S).
7.30 Christmas
University
Challenge 2017
(S).
7.00 Emmerdale
Faith helps Zak
save the Dingle
home (S).
7.30 Coronation
Street (S).
7.00 The Supervet
At Christmas
Professor Noel
treats a poorly
penguin from
Longleat Safari
Park (R) (S).
8.00 Little Women
The March
girls are forced
to fend for
themselves (S).
8.00 Six Robots &
Us A unique
experiment
exploring
the latest
innovations in
robotics (S).
8.00 FILM: Harry
Potter And The
Goblet Of Fire
(Mike Newell
2005) Fantasy,
starring Daniel
Radcliffe (S).
8.00 Supershoppers
Sales
Special Anna
Richardson and
Sabrina Grant
offer moneysaving tips (S).
8.00 World’s
Strongest Man
2017 Action
from the
opening heat in
Botswana (S).
8.00 Royal
Institution
Christmas
Lectures 2017:
The Language Of
Life (S).
9.00 The Miniaturist
Part two of
two. Nella
tries to turn
the Brandt’s
fortunes
around (S).
9.00 Alan Partridge:
Why, When,
Where, How
And Whom?
Celebrating 25
years of the
character (S).
9.00 Miranda Does
Christmas
A Christmas
special hosted
by comedian
Miranda Hart
(S).
9.00 Most Shocking
Celebrity
Moments 2017
Memorable
moments from
the past year (S).
9.00 Turtle, Eagle,
Cheetah: A
Slow Odyssey
Cameras
capture the
natural world
(S).
10.00BBC News At
Ten (S).
10.20 Regional News;
Weather (S).
10.30 Mrs Brown’s
Boys Christmas
Special (R) (S).
10.00FILM: Oasis:
Supersonic
(Mat Whitecross
2016) Premiere.
Documentary
about the band
(S).
10.50 ITV News;
Weather (S).
10.00First Dates
At Christmas
The restaurant
hosts a festive
party (R) (S).
10.30 Concorde: A
Supersonic
Story The life
of the most
glamorous
plane ever built
(R) (S).
11.00 Not Going Out
Christmas
Special (R) (S).
11.40 Comic Relief
2017: ’Twas The
Thanks After
Red Nose Day
11.55 NFL This Week
Action from the
16th round of
fixtures (S).
11.04 ITV Regional
Weather (S).
11.05 Tina & Bobby
Drama about
footballer
Bobby Moore
(R) (S).
11.05 FILM: East Is
East (Damien
O’Donnell 1999)
Comedy drama,
starring Om
Puri (S).
12.45 BBC News (S).
12.45 Britpop At The
BBC (S). 1.45 Blur At
Glastonbury (R) (S).
2.45 Joanna & Jennifer:
Absolutely Champers (R)
(S). 3.45 FILM: Bill (Richard
Bracewell 2015) (S). 5.25
This Is BBC Two (S).
12.05 Get Shirty (R) (S).
12.55 Jackpot247 3.00 May
The Best House Win (R) (S).
3.50 ITV Nightscreen 5.05
The Jeremy Kyle Show
(R) (S).
12.50 British Problems
1.45 That’s So Last Century
2.35 Britain’s Favourite
Superhero 4.00 Location,
Location, Location 4.55
Four In A Bed 5.20
Handmade Christmas 5.40
FILM: Holiday Inn (Mark
Sandrich 1942) Musical.
Isaac and Tutor-bot in
‘Six Robots & Us’
8pm, BBC2
Miranda Hart brings
festive cheer to all and
sundry in ‘Miranda
Does Christmas’
9pm, Channel 4
7.00 Sound Of
Musicals With
Neil Brand How
musical theatre
embraced gritty,
challenging
subjects (R) (S).
12.00 Blind Date
Christmas Special (R). 1.00
SuperCasino (S). 3.05 Love/
Hate (R). 4.00 Cruising
With Jane McDonald (R) (S).
4.45 House Doctor (R) (S).
5.10 House Busters (R) (S).
5.35 Wildlife SOS (R) (S).
===
Footage from cheetahs
in ‘A Slow Odyssey’
9pm, BBC4
6.00 Totally Bonkers
Guinness World Records
(R) (S). 6.50 Mr Bean (R).
7.45 Britain’s Got Talent:
Our Top Ten Ant & Dec
Moments (R) (S). 8.35
Planet’s Got Talent (R) (S).
9.05 Emmerdale (R) (S).
9.35 Coronation Street (R)
(S). 10.45 FILM: Planet 51
(Jorge Blanco, Javier Abad,
Marcos Martinez 2009)
Animated sci-fi comedy
(S). 12.30 Catchphrase:
Celebrity Special (R) (S).
1.35 Emmerdale (R) (S).
2.00 Coronation Street (R)
(S). 3.05 FILM: Beethoven
(Brian Levant 1992) Canine
comedy (S). 4.50 FILM:
Mr Magorium’s Wonder
Emporium (Zach Helm
2007) Fantasy comedy (S).
6.45 FILM: Charlie
And The
Chocolate
Factory (Tim
Burton 2005)
Fantasy, with
Johnny Depp (S).
6.45 FILM: Super 8
(JJ Abrams 2011)
Sci-fi thriller,
starring Joel
Courtney (S).
7.50 FYI Daily
7.55 FILM: Charlie
And The
Chocolate
Factory (Tim
Burton 2005)
(S).
9.00 FILM:
Iron Man 2 (Jon
Favreau 2010)
Adventure
sequel, with
Robert Downey
Jr (S).
9.00 FILM: White
House Down
(Roland
Emmerich 2013)
Action thriller,
with Channing
Tatum (S).
11.30 Timeshift:
Bridging The
Gap – How The
Severn Bridge
Was Built (R) (S).
11.25 FILM:
Colombiana
(Olivier
Megaton 2011)
Action thriller,
starring Zoe
Saldana (S).
11.40 Family Guy
Peter loses his
Christmas spirit
(R) (S).
12.30 Engineering Giants:
Ferry Strip-Down (R) (S).
1.30 Turtle, Eagle, Cheetah:
A Slow Odyssey (R) (S).
3.00 Royal Institution
Christmas Lectures 2017:
The Language Of Life (R)
(S). 4.00 Close
1.35 FILM: Chevalier
(Athina Rachel Tsangari
2016) Premiere. Greek
comedy, starring Yiorgos
Kendros (S). 3.45 Close
12.10 Family Guy 1.30
American Dad! 2.30 Keith
Lemon 2.55 Through The
Keyhole 3.45 Viral Tap
4.20 Educating Joey Essex
5.10 Totally Bonkers
Guinness World Records
5.50 Hot Desk
NEWS
2-33
singing, hits the streets to cheer up
jaded shoppers and throws an
impromptu office party are David
Tennant, Sam Smith and Prue Leith.
FILM
CHOICE
LAURENCE PHELAN
===
Turtle, Eagle, Cheetah:
A Slow Odyssey
9pm, BBC4
A coral-reef diving turtle, a cheetah
roaming the Namibian bushveld and
a sea eagle soaring above Scotland
each have the latest “on-board
wearable technology” (aka cameras)
attached to their backs by the boffins
at the BBC Natural History Unit and
are left to go about their business.
We’re talking Slow TV here, some
bits slower than others, while for
anyone not content to just go with
the flow, fact-boxes act as a sort of
silent David Attenborough.
VOICES
16-20
TV
34-35
IQ
37-41
FILM OF THE DAY
===
Jaws
The Red Shoes
10.05pm, ITV4
(Steven Spielberg, 1975)
Spielberg’s third feature spawned
the phenomenon of the summer
blockbuster and changed Hollywood
for good. Partly in the way event
movies would be marketed but also
in the way they are made. The scene
of the second shark attack, with the
reverse tracking shot of police chief
Brody (Roy Scheider), is one of the
most eloquent, best choreographed
and finest bits of visual storytelling
in all of action and suspense cinema.
More than that, though, Jaws is a
strong character piece, solidly built
on the relationship between ex city
cop Brody, marine biologist Richard
Dreyfuss (right, with Scheider) and
grizzled fisherman Robert Shaw.
12.10pm, BBC2
(Michael Powell and Emeric
Pressburger, 1948)
The plot melds Hans Christian
Andersen’s fairy tale, Diaghilev
and Nijinsky’s impresario/dancer
relationship, and a routine backstage
melodrama. But it’s really about the
delirious ballet sequence at its centre.
===
Scrooged
4.35pm, Film4
(Richard Donner, 1988)
Few comic actors can do
misanthropic and grouchy like Bill
Murray, and still make you enjoy
watching, so it made sense to have
him do his thing in a modern-day
retelling of A Christmas Carol.
Radio
BBC Radio 1
6.00 Jane Eyre (R) (S). 7.55
Agatha Christie’s Marple
(R) (S). 10.00 Goodnight
Mister Tom (R) (S). 12.05
Agatha Christie’s Marple
(R) (S). 2.15 FILM: Carry
On Up The Jungle (Gerald
Thomas 1970) Comedy,
starring Sid James (S).
4.10 FILM: Carry On Dick
(Gerald Thomas 1974)
Comedy, starring Sid
James (S).
6.00 Agatha
Christie’s
Marple Murder
mystery, with
Julia McKenzie
and an all-star
cast (R) (S).
6.00 Hollyoaks (R) (S).
7.00 New Girl (R) (S). 8.00
Rude(ish) Tube Shorts (R)
(S). 8.10 FILM: A Monster
In Paris (Bibo Bergeron
2011) (S). 10.00 FILM:
Space Chimps 2: Zartog
Strikes Back (John H
Williams 2010) (S). 11.35
Ice Age: A Mammoth
Christmas (R) (S). 12.00
FILM: Toy Story OF
TERROR! (Angus MacLane
2013) (S). 12.30 FILM: Toy
Story That Time Forgot
(Steve Purcell 2014) (S).
1.00 The Big Bang Theory
(R) (S). . 2.00 How I Met
Your Mother (R) (S). 3.00
The Big Bang Theory: Big
Bang A-Z (R) (S). 5.00 The
Goldbergs (R) (S). 5.30 The
Goldbergs (R) (S).
8.55 A Place In The Sun:
Winter Sun (R) (S). 10.00
FILM: Carry On Jack
(Gerald Thomas 1963)
Comedy, with Bernard
Cribbins (S). 11.50 A Place
In The Sun (R) (S). 12.20 A
Place In The Sun: Winter
Sun (R) (S). 1.25 Four In A
Bed (R) (S). 2.00 Four In A
Bed (R) (S). 2.30 Four In A
Bed (R) (S). 3.00 Four In A
Bed (R) (S). 3.35 Four In A
Bed (R) (S). 4.05 Come Dine
With Me (R) (S). 4.40 Come
Dine With Me (R) (S). 5.10
Come Dine With Me (R)
(S). 5.45 Come Dine With
Me (R) (S).
6.00 Futurama (R) (S).
6.30 Futurama (R) (S).
7.00 Futurama (R) (S).
7.30 The Simpsons (R) (S).
8.00 The Simpsons (R) (S).
8.30 The Simpsons (R) (S).
9.00 The Simpsons (R) (S).
9.30 Modern Family (R)
(S). 10.00 Modern Family
(R) (S). 10.30 Modern
Family (R) (S). 11.00 David
Attenborough’s Galapagos
(R) (S). 12.00 Hawaii Five-0
(R) (S). 1.00 Moonfleet (R)
(S). 2.00 Moonfleet (R) (S).
3.00 Modern Family (R) (S).
3.30 Modern Family (R) (S).
4.00 Modern Family (R) (S).
4.30 Futurama (R) (S). 5.00
Futurama (R) (S). 5.30 The
Simpsons (R) (S).
6.00 The British (R) (S).
7.00 The British (R) (S).
8.00 The British (R) (S).
9.00 The British (R) (S).
10.00 The Words That
Built America (R). 11.00
Blue Bloods (R) (S). 12.00
Blue Bloods (R) (S). 1.00
Blue Bloods (R) (S). 2.00
Blue Bloods (R) (S). 3.00
Blue Bloods (R) (S). 4.00
Blue Bloods (R) (S). 5.00
Blue Bloods (R) (S).
6.00 The Big Bang
Theory (R) (S).
6.30 The Big Bang
Theory Penny
struggles with
Leonard’s
confession (R).
6.20 Come Dine With
Me (R) (S).
6.55 The World’s
Most Expensive
Christmas (R)
(S).
6.00 The Simpsons
(R) (S).
6.30 The Simpsons
Marge helps
Homer dress
for a promotion
(R) (S).
6.00 David
Attenborough’s
Conquest Of The
Skies Insects
capable of flight
(R) (S).
7.00 Hollyoaks Joel
confides in
Sienna (S).
7.30 FILM: I, Robot
(Alex Proyas
2004) Sci-fi
thriller (S).
8.00 Guy Martin’s
WWI Tank
The presenter
builds a
working replica
of a First World
War tank (R) (S).
7.00 The Simpsons
(R) (S).
7.30 The Simpsons
The family takes
a trip to Cuba
(R) (S).
7.00 David
Attenborough’s
Conquest Of The
Skies Creatures
that glide (R) (S).
8.00 A League Of
Their Own
With Dele
Alli, Stephen
Mangan and
Rob Beckett (R)
(S).
8.00 David
Attenborough’s
Conquest Of The
Skies Creatures
that dominate
today’s skies (R)
(S).
9.00 The Late Late
Show With
James Corden
All the year’s
best moments
(R).
9.00 Game Of
Thrones
Melisandre
reveals a secret
to Gendry (R)
(S).
10.00Football’s
Funniest
Moments
Comical
incidents from
the Premier
League (R).
10.15 Game Of
Thrones Davos
demands to
see proof of
Melisandre’s
power (R) (S).
8.00 Endeavour A
series of killings
seem linked to
a censorship
campaign (R) (S).
9.40 8 Out Of 10
Cats: More Best
Bits A new
compilation of
more of the best
bits from the
latest series (S).
10.00Lewis The death
of an Oxford
don leads
to the shady
underworld
of unlicensed
boxing (R) (S).
12.00 The Booze Cruise
III (R) (S). 2.00 Goodnight
Mister Tom (R) (S). 3.40
Jane Eyre (R) (S). 5.35
George And Mildred (R) (S).
10.00Guy Martin:
Last Flight Of
The Vulcan
Bomber The
mechanic
explores the
aircraft (R) (S).
10.30 Naked
Attraction
Dating show,
hosted by Anna
Richardson (R)
(S).
11.35 The Big Bang
Theory Raj’s
sister creates
tension
between the
guys (R) (S).
11.35 24 Hours In
A&E Patients
include a
stabbing victim
and an elderly
woman who fell
at home (R) (S).
12.10 The Big Bang Theory
(R) (S). 12.35 Gogglebox
(R) (S). 1.45 Rude Tube:
Welcome To 2016 (R) (S).
3.40 The Inbetweeners (R)
(S). 4.05 Rude(ish) Tube (R)
(S). 4.30 New Girl (R) (S).
5.10 New Girl (R) (S).
12.45 8 Out Of 10 Cats
Does Countdown (R) (S).
1.40 Ramsay’s Kitchen
Nightmares USA (R) (S).
2.40 Best Laid Plans (R) (S).
3.40 Close
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BBC Radio 1Xtra
6am The 1Xtra Breakfast
Show With A.Dot 10.00 Seani
B 1pm Reece Parkinson 4.00
Sian Anderson 7.00 DJ Target
9.00 UKG Takeover 11.00
1Xtra Residency 1am Benji B
3.00 1Xtra Mixes 4.00 1Xtra
Residency
11.25 Game Of
Thrones Lord
Walder Frey
plays host to a
long-awaited
wedding (R) (S).
12.00 A League Of Their
Own: US Road Trip 2.0
(R) (S). 1.00 The Russell
Howard Hour (R) (S). 2.00
A League Of Their Own (R)
(S). 3.00 NCIS: Los Angeles
(R) (S). 4.00 Zoo Tales (R)
(S). 5.30 Zoo Tales (R) (S).
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 – Love With
Annie Nightingale 10.00 BBC
Radio 1 & 1Xtra’s Stories –
Music By Numbers: Miley
Cyrus 11.00 Huw Stephens
1am Benji B 3.00 BBC Radio
1 & 1Xtra’s Stories – Extreme
Festivals: The Festival That
Never Sleeps 4.00 Early
Breakfast
12.30 Big Little Lies (R)
(S). 1.30 Big Little Lies
(R) (S). 2.25 The Sopranos
(R) (S). 3.30 The Tunnel:
Vengeance (R) (S). 4.25
Richard E Grant’s Hotel
Secrets (R) (S).
BBC Radio 2
6.30am Sara Cox 9.30 Trevor
Nelson 12noon Jeremy Vine
2.00 Radio 2 In Concert 3.00
Craig Charles 5.00 Paint It
Black With Ronnie Wood And
Anneka Rice 7.00 The Folk
Show With Mark Radcliffe
8.00 Ana Matronic 10.00 Mark
Kermode’s Celluloid Jukebox
11.00 Stanley Baxter’s Musical
World 12mdn’t Pick Of The
Pops 2.00 Radio 2 Playlists:
Country Playlist 3.00 Radio
2 Playlist: Easy 4.00 Radio 2
Playlist: Radio 2 Rocks 5.00
Nicki Chapman
BBC Radio 3
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. 3.30 Choral Evensong.
4.30 New Generation Artists.
5.00 Words And Music. 6.15
New Generation Artists. Music
by Haydn, Vaughan Williams
and Martinu. 7.30 BBC Proms
2017. The BBC Symphony
Orchestra conducted by Sir
Andrew Davis. 9.30 BBC
Proms 2017. The Freiburg
Baroque Orchestra perform
music by Mendelssohn. 11.00
Late Junction. With Gabriel
Prokofiev. 12.30am Through
The Night. A concert of wind
chamber music from the 2015
Torroella de Montgrí Music
Festival.
BBC Radio 4
6am Today 9.00 Soul Music
9.30 Why I Changed My
Mind 9.45 Book Of The Week:
Adventures Of A Young
Naturalist 10.02 Woman’s
Hour 11.00 A Place Called
Home 11.30 John Finnemore’s
Souvenir Programme 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: Game
Over 3.02 Ramblings 3.26 The
Listening Project 3.30 The
Power Of Sloth 4.00 Thinking
Allowed 4.30 The Media Show
35
ONDEMAND
Not Going Out
BBC iPlayer
Lee Mack and Sally Bretton
exchange some of the best
barbs in sitcomland.
Master Of None
Netflix
Aziz Ansari’s funny comedy
about an actor at large in New
York and (latterly) Italy.
Child Genius
vs Celebrities
All4
Celebs including Dom Joly and
Rob Delaney meet their match.
5.00 PM 5.57 Weather 6.00
Six O’Clock News 6.15 Dr John
Cooper Clarke At The BBC. 6.30
Jeremy Hardy Feels It. 7.00
The Archers. Pat gets a belated
gift. 7.15 Front Row. Kazuo
Ishiguro talks to John Wilson.
7.45 Incredible Women. Spoof
documentary exploring the
lives of fictional women.
8.00 We Need To Talk About
Death. Joan Bakewell and her
panel discuss how to opt to
be buried at sea. Last in the
series. 8.45 Encounters. Two
people share their opposing
views on dangerous dogs.
9.00 Against Our Ruin. The
popularity of ruins and relics.
9.30 Soul Music. How Bob
Marley’s Redemption Song has
inspired generations around
the world. 10.00 The World
Tonight. News round-up.
10.45 Book At Bedtime: How
To Stop Time. By Matt Haig.
11.00 Life On Egg. New series.
Comedy, starring Harry Hill.
11.15 Lazy Susan: East Coast
Listening Post. 11.30 Anansi
Boys. By Neil Gaiman. 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 Candlelight: The Living
Flame 7.00 Like They’ve Never
Been Gone 7.30 Jeremy Hardy
Feels It 8.00 The Navy Lark
8.30 A Very Private Man 9.00
Act Your Age 9.30 Life, Death
And Sex With Mike And Sue
10.00 The Great Gatsby 11.00
Ballet Stories 11.15 Sherlock
Holmes 12noon The Navy Lark
12.30 A Very Private Man 1.00
A Case For Paul Temple 1.30
Pick
ofthe
day
Paint It Black
With Ronnie
Wood And
Anneka Rice
5pm, BBC Radio 2
The Rolling Stones
guitarist (above)
talks candidly in
his home and art
studio about his
working world,
and his passions
beyond music.
Candlelight: The Living Flame
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 Act Your
Age 4.30 Life, Death And Sex
With Mike And Sue 5.00 Like
They’ve Never Been Gone 5.30
Jeremy Hardy Feels It 6.00
Good Omens 6.30 Musical
Legends 7.00 The Navy Lark
7.30 A Very Private Man
8.00 A Case For Paul Temple
8.30 Candlelight: The Living
Flame 9.00 Ballet Stories
9.15 Sherlock Holmes 10.00
Comedy Club: Jeremy Hardy
Feels It 10.30 The Secret World
11.00 Mr And Mrs Smith
11.30 Clayton Grange 12mdn’t
Good Omens 12.30 Musical
Legends 1.00 A Case For Paul
Temple 1.30 Candlelight: The
Living Flame 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 Act Your Age 4.30
Life, Death And Sex With Mike
And Sue 5.00 Like They’ve
Never Been Gone 5.30 Jeremy
Hardy Feels It
BBC 5 Live
7am Ashes Breakfast 10.00 5
Live Daily With Sam Walker
1pm Afternoon Edition 4.00
5 Live Drive 7.00 5 Live Sport
7.45 5 Live Sport: Premier
League Football 2017-18 10.00
The Ashes 10.30 5 Live News
11.30 The Ashes
BBC 6 Music
7am Nemone 10.00 Mary Anne
Hobbs 1pm Stuart Maconie
4.00 Huey Morgan 7.00
Best Of The 6 Music Festival
9.00 Gideon Coe 12mdn’t 6
Music Recommends 1.00
Vic Galloway’s Barrowlands
2.00 The Evolution Of John
Peel – 2000s Evolution 2.30 6
Music Live Hour 3.30 6 Music’s
Jukebox 5.00 Chris Hawkins
Classic FM
6am More Music Breakfast
10.00 John Brunning 2pm Jane
Jones 5.00 Sam Pittis 8.00 Full
Works Concert. 10.00 Smooth
Classics 1am Bob Jones
Absolute Radio
6am Ben Burrell 10.00 Claire
Sturgess 2pm Andy Bush
6.00 Danielle Perry 10.00 The
Sound Of Protest 11.00 12
Drummers Drumming 12mdn’t
Elvis Covered With Christian
O’Connell 1.00 Chris Martin
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 The Alan Brazil Sports
Breakfast 10.00 Tony
Cascarino and Bob Mills 1pm
Danny Kelly And Max Rushden
4.00 Adrian Durham 7.00 Kickoff 10.00 Sports Bar 1am Extra
Time With Tom Latchem
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NEWS
2-33
VOICES
16-20
TV
34-35
IQ
37-41
BUSINESS SPORT
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47-56
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Travel
Various robots
greet you at
reception, main,
and, below, a
deluxe room
HUIS TEN BOSCH
Room for
improvement
Hotels staffed almost exclusively
by robots are no longer futuristic,
as MikeMacEacherandiscovered
by checking in to one automated
offering in Japan
T
he doors slide open
and the first thing that
grabs my attention is a
velociraptor, all flashing teeth, upturned
snout and sickle-shaped claws.
It’s wearing a bellhop’s hat and
white bow tie, chatting away in
Japanese. And yet despite the
peculiarity of talking to a maneating predator, this isn’t the most
arresting part. Poised to pounce,
it asks me – repeatedly – to hand
over my Mastercard, while cracking jokes.
The sun is beginning to
set over Omura Bay,
south of the city of
Sasebo in Nagasaki
prefecture on Kyushu island. I’m
about to check in at
the Henn-na Hotel
– or “Weird Hotel” –
to get a handle on this
future-fixated corner
of Japan. Staffed almost
entirely by robots, this is, says the
official blurb, the world’s most efficient hotel.
Next to the dinosaur, Yumeko, a
glossy-white, talking mannequin
is checking in a family, while a
well-polished pedal bin tinkles pop
ballads at a baby grand.
There are vacuum cleaners
and automated gardeners, a toysized orchestral ensemble and a
one-armed claw that’s in charge of
luggage. There are experimental
robots that riff on Wall-E, Johnny
5, Marvin the Paranoid Android,
and the Energizer Bunny. There
is a frisky “Famibot”, a “Winbot”,
a “Deebot”, an “Atmobot” and an
attention-demanding babble of
nuts, bolts, beeps and bleeps. All
told, there is an army of 250 of
them working a shift.
Other than us guests, there isn’t
a human to be seen. The lobby is
given over to a bank of vending
machines selling digital clocks,
SIM cards and virtualreality headsets. I check
in via a talking ATM;
it spews out a paper
slip with my room
number, and I set off.
For travellers with
heavy bags, there’s
a luggage service –
a motorised trolley,
rather than a porter.
However, the eye recognition technology means five
minutes of squinting and gurning
at a camera before I’m finally allowed in.
The visual thrills are less
impressive in my room. There’s
a bedside table-sized butler,
Chur-ri-Chan, who has a tulip for
a head and can tell me tomorrow’s
weather, arrange a wake-up call or
sing me to sleep in Japanese if that
Travel essentials
GETTING THERE
Finnair flies from
Heathrow, Edinburgh
and Manchester,
connecting in
Helsinki, to Fukuoka
from 26 April to
25 October 2018
(finnair.com). Japan
Airlines (jal.com),
China Eastern (uk.
ceair.com/en) and
Asiana Airlines (flyasiana.com) also offer
connecting flights to
Fukuoka from London
via their hub cities.
From Fukuoka, it’s 90
minutes to Sasebo by
bus or train.
STAYING THERE
Henn-na Hotel has
doubles from £70
(h-n-h.jp).
MORE INFORMATION
seejapan.co.uk
There are
bots that riff
on Johnny 5,
Wall-E and
Marvin the
Paranoid
Android
takes my fancy. But the off-white
decor and double bed are as rudimentary as you’d find at a motorway service station.
The simplicity is intentional.
Japan isn’t short of five-star hotels or heritage ryokans. What it is
short of is entry-level, £70-a-night
accommodation. Here, the investment has gone into the robots.
The catch, however, is that they
don’t understand accents – especially Glaswegian. “Can you recommend a restaurant for dinner?”
I ask Chur-ri-Chan, who sings me
goodnight. “Is room service possible?” The answer is 28 degrees,
humid with showers.
“This is the future,” hotel
spokesman Allen Jongkeun Lee
tells me later. “No staff costs, no
breaks. It drives costs down.”
Owner HIS Hotels plans to build
100 within the next five years.
As we chat, the mini orchestra
strikes up a tin-can rendition of
Beethoven’s “Ode to Joy”, while
the Transformer-sized doorman
welcomes a coach-load of guests.
As I head back to my room I can’t
help but wonder how the world
will change over the next 25 years.
Robo-masseurs. Cyborg sommeliers. Android pool attendants.
Now that would be really weird.
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Grave Matter
BY JUNO DAWSON
Samuel is
heartbroken
after a car
crash kills
his girlfriend
Eliza. Unable
to move past
the tragedy, he
seeks help from the sinister
Mr Milk, who promises to
bring him exactly what he
asks for, but at a price. A
gripping read for teens.
DVD/BLU-RAY
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Made
CERTIFICATE 15, 110 MINS
Tom Cruise
plays an airline
pilot whose
moneyspinning
side project
smuggling
Cuban cigars
sees him caught up first
with the CIA and then with
Colombian drug lord Pablo
Escobar. Based on a true
story of outlandish lies.
Aaron Sorkin, one
of Hollywood’s
finest screenwriters,
has turned director
with a new film
about a poker
princess. By
Alistair Harkness
‘There
were a
lot of
butterflies’
A
s one of the few
screenwriters in the
world with above-thetitle name recognition,
Aaron Sorkin decided
to give the first-time
director of his new film Molly’s Game
some advice before arriving on set.
“Don’t pretend you know more than you
do; you’ll be figured out,” he cautioned.
“These people are smart.”
Hehadsomewordsofencouragement
too. “You know what you want. You’re
not at sea here. Project that confidence.
Lead and people will follow.”
The recipient wasn’t some confused
industry neophyte, though. It was
Sorkin himself. After 25 years in the
industry, the creator of The West Wing,
populariser of the “walk-and-talk” and
writer of the most verbally dexterous
scripts this side of Quentin Tarantino
– among them A Few Good Men, Steve
Jobs and the Oscar-winning The Social
Network – had finally decided to make
his directorial debut.
“There were a lot of butterflies that
first day,” remembers Sorkin now. “But
once I got into it, it was easy to get lost
in the work.”
Getting lost in the work is something
it’s easy to imagine Sorkin doing.
Though he manages to make his
own writing process sound like a
heartening-to-mere-mortals catalogue
of wall-climbing frustration and
crippling self-doubt – “Most of the
time writing is spent not writing,” he
says – his characters do tend to be
ruthlessly efficient, intimidatingly
voluble workaholics.
The heroine of Molly’s Game is
no different. Inspired by the true
story of Molly Bloom, a former US
Olympic skiing prospect who built a
multimillion-dollar business running
high-stakes poker games for some of
the richest and most famous people in
the world (and some of the shadiest),
she’s a Sorkin character turned up to 11.
“She didn’t see herself as a movie
heroine the way I did,” says Sorkin of
the real Molly, whose titular memoir
was sent to him by a lawyer friend.
Th
he book
is a wild ride,
but when
I met Molly
that’s when I
was hooked
“The book is a wild ride, but when
I met with Molly that’s when I was
hooked, because what I discovered was
two things: one, that the book was the
very tip of the iceberg – it was a much
deeper, more emotional story. And the
second thing was Molly herself.”
Specifically, he loved Molly’s strength
and integrity. Caught up in an FBI sting
operation involving the Russian mob,
she was determined to clear her name
without fuelling sales of the gossip rags
by dishing dirt on the male stars who
frequented her tables.
Even though she was broke, even
though some of these men sexually
harassed her on a regular basis, she
refused the legal and financial carrots
dangled in front of her by both the
justice department and the literary
and Hollywood agents that desperately
wanted her to cash in on her story.
“It appealed to my sense of
romanticism and idealism,” says Sorkin
of the noble way she transcended her
tabloid cover-star status.
The film tries to do the same. Anyone
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Clockwise from main:
Aaron Sorkin with
Jessica Chastain on
set; the cast of Sorkin’s
hit TV show ‘The West
Wing’; Chastain with
Idris Elba;’ and Jesse
Eisenberg in ‘The
Social Network’
with a public profile is referred to
obliquely by their occupation, while the
Hollywood A-lister who was key to her
early rise is known only as Player X. Of
course the identity of Player X (played
in the film by Michael Cera) is a Google
search away, but Sorkin – who wanted
to minimise the detective hunt (“That’s
not what the film is about,” he says) –
felt bound by his heroine’s attitude as
well as his own beliefs.
“As far as naming anybody, that’s not
something I would want to do under
any circumstances,” he says.
“But certainly in a movie where
your heroine is heroic because she’s
unwilling to name people, the movie
she’s in can’t then go ahead and
name them.”
That suddenly places Molly’s
Game in a curious position. It’s
a film in which gender politics
is at the forefront of the
narrative and yet it’s at
odds with the current
post-Weinstein era.
Naming and shaming
the perpetrators of sexual harassment
and abuse is the very thing that has
woken the world up to how deep and
far-reaching a societal problem this
really is.
But if the moment has slightly overtaken the film’s exploration of it, that
doesn’t invalidate it as a political movie
with worthwhile things to say. Sorkin is
full of admiration for #MeToo, praises
Time magazine’s decision to name
#MeToo’s silence breakers as
its “Person of the Year” and
says he’d happily trade any
relevance Molly’s Game has
“for a world in which it wasn’t
as relevant as it is”.
In the end he circles back
to Molly’s integrity, which
reminded him of his late father.
“He was a man who valued
integrity, character, doing
the right thing when no
one was looking and
doing the right thing
when doing the wrong
thing was easier and
more profitable.
“Nowadays when you
see that in someone it’s
like a cold glass of water
in the desert.”
‘Molly’s Game’ is on
general release from New
Year’s Day
ow I’m not what you’d
call the “core audience”
for a television adaption
of Louisa May Alcott’s
celebrated novel Little Women.
Still, I did wonder how anyone
could sit through the first half
of this frankly lazy exercise in
costume drama.
The first 30 minutes were
spent on the young March sisters
setting themselves up as dutiful,
generous and fiercely patriotic
goody-goodies, their mum Marmee
(Emily Watson) naturally out
goody-goodying them with her
husband away fighting for the
right side in the American Civil
War (that’s for Abe Lincoln, for the
Union and against slavery, in case
any Trumpites are in any doubt).
Emily Watson has the sort of face
that doesn’t have to do very much
to evince feelings of empathy in
an audience, but even her natural
appeal was left a bit cloying in
this role.
I was less distracted by the
scenes with the legend that is
Michael Gambon (Mr Laurence),
who at first seemed like a
promising sort of old sod, but his
cantankery was witnessed all
too fleetingly I’m afraid, and was
softening badly by the end. Of
course I was also delighted to see
Angela Lansbury (as the fearsome
Aunt March), still fit for dramatic
purpose at 92.
One of the few benefits of having
put Little Women (the book) down
I was pleasantly
surprised when
fratricidal war broke
out among the sisters
almost as soon as I picked it up at
school a very long time ago is that
I can’t recall much about what
happens in it, so I was pleasantly
surprised when fratricidal war
suddenly broke out among the
sisters, and the evidently evil
Amy (nicely rendered by Kathryn
Newton) burned the novel that Jo
(Maya Hawke) was writing with
such application and hope. Then
came the moment where Jo saved
her sister’s life, and they seemed
reconciled, but then Meg (Willa
Fitzgerald) and Beth (Annes
Elwy, the most freckled person on
television, ever) started getting
interested in boys and this boy
started getting bored again by the
little women.
If this version of Little Women
proves anything it is that chucking
Fiercely patriotic: Maya Hawke as
Jo March PATRICK REDMOND
decent actors, some famous names,
a classic novel and a substantial
sum of licence payers cash at a
project is not enough to make it
succeed, on any level except the
cinematography. The only real
redeeming feature was that – and
here I return to my notion of its
core audience – it worked as a sort
of sumptuous televisual wallpaper,
ideally suited to a Boxing Day
evening when no great mental or
physical effort should be asked
of any viewer. Best consumed, in
other words, through intermittent
drinking, grazing and dozing.
Do you ever wonder what goes
through a polar bear’s mind? Well,
the BBC was kind enough to tell us
in Snow Bears. This followed a fairly
standard formula for wildlife shows
– take a year in the life of some
creature, probably a “family”, and
watch how they conquer, or not, the
challenges of life. Invariably there
are “children” involved, and this
was no exception. Mum plus her
two cubs awoke from hibernation
in the spring and set about getting
as far north as possible before the
ice broke up and they were left on
the island of Svalbard.
All this was great, but I
wondered if it was entirely
necessary for the voice-over to
overlay what is, basically, survival
instinct and simple bear-level
mental reasoning, with a sort of
Disneyesque anthromphological
overload about their motivations.
I doubt that “mum” ever thought
to herself “the family can’t afford
any more hold-ups” but what do I
know? It’s Christmas 2017, after all,
and very likely there’ll soon be no
more of these magnificent beasts
left in the world, so we may as well
anthropomorphise to our heart’s
content in the meantime because
we all know global warming will
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Ashley Shaw (right)
brings a radiant sweep
of movement to the title
role in ‘Cinderella’
JOHAN PERSSON
DANCE
Cinderella
SADLER’S WELLS, LONDON
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There’s a lush, big-screen glow
to Matthew Bourne’s Cinderella,
which moves deftly from 1940s
musical to film noir gothic and
back. By moving the action to the
time of the London Blitz, Bourne
finds new resonances in the
story, and in Prokofiev’s music.
The hero still seeks his beloved,
clutching her lost shoe – but in the
aftermath of an air raid, he fears a
different kind of loss.
Created in 1997 and revised
since, Bourne’s Cinderella shows
off his gift for period detail and his
COMEDY
THEATRE
Jeff Garlin
Guys and Dolls
SOHO THEATRE, LONDON
ROYAL EXCHANGE, MANCHESTER
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Jeff Garlin is best known for
playing the manager of Larry
David in Curb Your Enthusiasm.
He has also been a stand-up
comedian for more than three
decades. But as the Chicago-born
performer revealed at the start
of his London run, he doesn’t
actually tell jokes. “I’m funny. I’ll
rely on it,” he explained. In a brief
opening Q&A about Curb, Garlin
said that he ad libs during filming
whenever he wants.
Which was pretty much what
he did on stage: one moment
admiring a fan’s scarf, which he
thought resembled an Elizabethan
ruff or maybe a xylophone, the
next recalling how Whoopi
Goldberg got him into cannabis.
It helps him sleep, apparently.
Elsewhere, there were tales
of overindulging on doughnuts,
renouncing sugar and more
Hollywood gossip. The enjoyably
meandering evening ended with
a Curb-worthy anecdote, which
culminated in Garlin spending the
night behind bars – where the other
inmates turned out to be big fans.
To 30 December (020 7478 0100)
BRUCE DESSAU
EVENING STANDARD
Britain’s first all-black production
of this 1950 Broadway classic
brilliantly captures the spirit of
Damon Runyon’s original New
York wise guy street fables.
Director Michael Buffong
has moved his action uptown to
Harlem and his talented cast of
actors, singers and dancers of the
Talawa Theatre Company serve
up a glamorous and colourful
treat that will go down well
with Manchester audiences
this Christmas.
What both fun-loving criminals
and their “dolls” have in common
– apart from a killer taste in
clothes – is their shared delight in
Runyon’s scintillating dialogue.
The extraordinarily observed
characters are locked together
in love’s eternal struggle as well
as the battle to eke out a dime
against the stacked odds of life .
Ashley Zhangazha and
Ray Fearon dominate as the
lovable zoot-suited rogues Sky
Masterson and Nathan Detroit
– roles made famous by Marlon
Brando and Frank Sinatra in the
film version.
Lucy Vandi brings a fading
grandeur to the role of Miss
genius as a producer, while
Lez Brotherston’s magnificent
designs blend glamour with
wartime austerity.
Cinderella, a bespectacled and
becardiganed Ashley Shaw, has to
cope with a quintet of stepsisters
and brothers, as well as Michela
Meazza’s monstrous, Joan
Crawford-like Stepmother. The
Prince is an injured, idolised
fighter pilot who is comforted
by Cinderella. The ball is a night
out at the Café de Paris, a real
nightclub destroyed in an air raid.
This approach responds
both to the sweeping glamour
of Prokofiev’s score, and its
darkness. Written during the
Second World War, the music
has sharp edges. The waltz that
sweeps the heroine to the ball has
sinister undercurrents – there is
something insistent and driven
beneath the sparkle. In Bourne’s
version, the air raid has already
started, and it’s a strangely
perfect fit. Excitement, panic and
determination to survive become
the motors of Cinderella’s fantasy.
Some details work better than
others. The second act’s layers
of dream and reality aren’t
always clear; a subplot about
the Stepmother’s wickedness
seems to be there because
Bourne couldn’t resist the movie
imagery (she’s not just Crawford
– she’s Bette Davis, too). I like the
uncosiness of Bourne’s air raid
aftermath, with its threatening
gas-masked figures and sardonic
sex workers, but the hero’s
encounter with a prostitute
reads weirdly.
In this revival, the production
feels much dancier than it
did before. Shaw brings a
radiant sweep of movement to
Cinderella’s dances, matched
by Andrew Monaghan as the
Pilot. As the Angel, Bourne’s
male fairy godmother figure,
Liam Mower dances with
otherworldly elegance.
To 27 January
(020 7863 8000), then touring
(new-adventures.net)
ZOE ANDERSON
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VISUAL ARTS
Drawn in Colour: Degas
from the Burrell
NATIONAL GALLERY, LONDON WC2
Edgar Degas was set apart from
his Impressionist colleagues by
both his distaste for painting
outdoors and his late-career
preference for pastel over oil.
Examples of his pastels, plus the
occasional oil, lent by the Burrell
Collection in Glasgow, make
up the bulk of this show. Initially
the galleries seem gloomy because
of the low light needed to protect
these fragile pictures, but
slowly Degas’ riot of colour sings
from the walls, making for a
quietly breathtaking show.
(020 7747 2885) to 7 May
Bomberg
PALLANT HOUSE GALLERY,
CHICHESTER
The gallery marks the 60th
anniversary of David Bomberg’s
death, illustrating the
development in the artist’s own
work as well as his achievement
within British Modernism through
more than 60 works representing
all significant periods of his career,
including his times at the Slade as
part of the “Crisis of Brilliance”
generation and his role as a
war artist in both world wars.
(01243 774557) to 4 Feb
Rembrandt: Lightening
the Darkness
CASTLE MUSEUM & ART GALLERY,
NORWICH
Rembrandt was a supreme
communicator through light
and shadow, whether portraying
divine transcendence or purely
human concerns. This exhibition
focuses on the Dutch master’s
uses of light and shade, with
selections from the extraordinary
collection of 93 etchings held
at Norwich Castle, combined
with a group of related oil
paintings and drawings on loan.
(01603 493625) to 7 Jan
Ilya and Emilia Kabakov
TATE MODERN, LONDON SE1
Ilya Kabakov officially worked in
the Soviet Union as a children’s
illustrator, but he was also
an avant-garde artist among
fellow under-the-radar Moscow
intellectuals. He’s now married
to Emilia, whom he joined in New
York in the late Eighties, having
escaped the USSR. They became
a thrilling artistic partnership,
making Ilya’s earlier ideas fusing
painting and conceptualism and
his experiments with installation
art, as this show of work from
throughout their career shows.
(020 7887 8888) to 28 Jan
FILM
Mountains May Depart
12A, JIA ZHANGKE, 123 MINS
Fun-loving criminals: Fela Lufadeju (left) as Benny Southstreet and Ako
Mitchell as Nicely-Nicely Johnson in ‘Guys and Dolls’ MANUEL HARLAN
Adelaide despite battling a real life
cold – not the fictional one that
forms the subject of her stand-out
number “Adelaide’s Lament”.
Abiona Omonua never quite fully
thaws out – even in the sultry heat
of Havana – as the pious drum
thumper Sarah Brown.
Alongside its two showstoppers
– “Sit Down, You’re Rockin’ the
Boat” and “Luck Be a Lady” – Frank
Loesser’s music and lyrics serve
up enough jazzy treats to ensure a
toe-tapping night out.
To 27 January (0161 833 9833)
JONATHAN BROWN
Jia Zhangke’s film might best be
described as an intimate epic,
combining family melodrama with
a probing analysis of changing
times in contemporary China and
unfolding over three decades. It
opens in 1999 and centres on a
dance instructor (played by the
director’s partner,Zhao Tao) – a
seemingly carefree young woman
living in a fast-changing provincial
town. Limited release
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YOU HAVE TO SEE
Menashe
U, JOSHUA Z WEINSTEIN, 82 MINS
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
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
purely on audience suggestions.
Here, in a whopping great
spiegeltent in the heart of the
West End, the kids are in charge.
(christmasinleicestersquare.com)
to Sat
Spencer Jones
SOHO THEATRE, LONDON W1
The Audition is ostensibly about
Spencer Jones trying out for a
Steven Spielberg robot movie,
but expect something a little
more off-beam than that – namely,
supremely dorky clowning and
brilliantly daft prop comedy.
(020 7478 0100) to Sat
Natalie Palamides
SOHO THEATRE, LONDON W1
This year’s Edinburgh
Best Newcomer brings her
extraordinary Laid – in which
countless eggs are messily
sacrificed on stage in a clownish,
surrealist show about parenthood
– to Soho. (020 7478 0100) to Sat
JAZZ
Liane Carroll’s Cold Turkey
COMEDY
The Showstoppers’
Christmas Kids Show
LEICESTER SQUARE, LONDON WC2
The Showstoppers are an insanely
talented improv gang who knock
together new musicals based
RONNIE SCOTT’S, LONDON W1
For your post-Christmas recovery
plan, consider Ronnie Scott’s,
where Liane Carroll offers a warm
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
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The Nutcracker
FESTIVAL THEATRE, EDINBURGH
Created by Scottish Ballet’s
founder Peter Darrell, the
company’s Nutcracker has been
lovingly restored, its sparkling
designs updated by Lez
Brotherston. (0131 529 6000)
to Sat
CLASSICAL
Arcadia Quartet
WIGMORE HALL, LONDON W1
The Romanian quartet couples
Bartók’s emotionally turbulent
String Quartet No 1 with classic
examples by the two founding
fathers of the genre: Haydn’s
light-hearted Op.33/5 and
Mozart’s first Prussian Quartet in
D. (020 7935 2141) tonight 7.30pm
THEATRE
Young Marx
BRIDGE THEATRE, LONDON SE1
The Bridge Theatre gets off to a
whizzing, witty start with a show
that reunites the team behind
One Man, Two Guvnors. Richard
Bean and Clive Coleman have
come up with a wily, fast-paced
comedy that presents us with
the author of Das Kapital not
as the venerable economist of
later repute but as a 32-year-old
refugee: chaotic, penniless and
newly arrived in Soho. Rory
Kinnear is on glorious form as
Marx. (0843 208 1846) to Sun
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is wonderfully moving as Mrs
Arbuthnot, and the crack cast
also includes Anne Reid, Eleanor
Bron and Emma Fielding.
(0330 333 4814) to Sat
SAM WANAMAKER PLAYHOUSE,
LONDON SE1
Emma Rice bows out as artistic
director at the Globe with a
toothsome treat. It’s a gracious,
big-hearted swansong – a musical
adaptation of the 2010 romcom
Les Emotifs Anonymes about two
cripplingly shy chocolate-makers
who meet and fall in love.
(020 7401 9919) to 6 Jan
Twelfth Night
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BEVERAGES
Innovations bear
fruit for Ribena
as drinks market
faces sugar levy
By Elizabeth Anderson
BUSINESS EDITOR
They were once the staple of every
child’s lunch box, but the head of Ribena has said parents now find cartons
too messy for children.
Cartons made up 70 per cent
of the Ribena business in the late
1990s, but today they account
for only 10 per cent. Boss
Peter Harding said the
company recently
launched a mini 200ml
bottle with a nonspillable cap that he
hopes will appeal to
more parents.
“The feedback we
were getting is that
parents don’t like cartons
because children squeeze them
and the juice goes everywhere. The
bottle format is easier for parents to
manage,” he said.
Most of Ribena’s sales now come
from the 500ml bottles, as well as the
large bottles of concentrate found
in supermarkets.
Best known for its blackcurrantbased juice, Ribena was founded in
1938 and its juice was endorsed by
the government as a way for children
to get vitamin C during the Second
World War.
But the company, which was
recently bought by Japanese
firm Suntory, suffered a blow to
its reputation in the early 2000s
following a backlash over Ribena’s
sugar content and the amount of
actual fruit in the recipe.
Suntory, which also owns Lucozade,
has had to take steps to avoid the
sugar tax that will hit soft drinks
companies in April. The level of sugar
in both Ribena and Lucozade has
been halved to avoid the levy.
“The whole industry at
the moment is under huge
reputational pressure to
do something about the
nutritional content,”
said Mr Harding. “It
won’t affect us at all as
we’ve gone completely
low-sugar.”
Both Ribena and Lucozade
are produced in the Forest
of Dean, Gloucestershire, and the
business employs around 600 in the
UK and a further 50 in Ireland. The
name Ribena comes from the Latin
work for blackcurrants: ribes nigrum.
Ribena is the eighth-largest soft
drinks brand in the UK, according
to Mr Harding, and Lucozade is the
second-biggest behind Coca-Cola.
Around 14 million in the UK drink
Lucozade, typically once a week.
Suntory UK is doubling
its advertising investment to
£11m next year to promote its
lower-sugar drinks.
Peter Harding
says parents do
not like buying
drinks in cartons
INVESTMENTS
Quote of
the day
Ah, better-performing bonds,
we’ve been expecting you...
Vicky Shaw examines the options available for savvy savers
If you really
look closely,
most overnight
successes took a
long time
Steve Jobs
The late Apple
founder on why the
key to running a
successful business
is perseverance
S
avers have seen some
improvements to the
market in recent months,
with much of the boost
being driven by the
challenger banks.
During the second half of this
year, the situation started looking up
for savers, with the Bank of England
base rate climbing from 0.25 per
cent to 0.5 per cent in November.
Treasury-backed NS&I also
announced in November that it was
increasing interest rates across its
variable rate product range and
improving the odds for its 21 million
Premium Bond customers, with
the number of prizes paid out each
month increasing from 2.3 million to
an estimated 2.9 million.
In December, there was another
boost for savers as NS&I said it was
putting some fixed-term bonds back
on general sale for the first time
since 2009.
It reintroduced one-year and
three-year Guaranteed Growth
Bonds and Guaranteed Income
Bonds to general sale.
The bonds can only be opened
online but once they have been
bought, they can be managed online,
by phone or post.
Sarah Coles, a personal finance
analyst at Hargreaves Lansdown,
said these bonds are likely to
prove popular.
“With a minimum investment
of £500 and maximum of £1m –
guaranteed by the government –
it will be particularly attractive
to investors with significant savings.
“Their savings would otherwise
need to sit in numerous accounts –
with gradually less rewarding
interest rates – in order
to be protected under
the £85,000 limit of the
Financial Services
Compensation
Scheme.
“These bonds
offer 100 per cent
protection for up to
£1m,” she said.
What now?
While banks and building societies
have been tweaking some savings
rates upwards,
experts have pointed out that not
all rates have rebounded to levels
seen before the base rate was
lowered to 0.25 per cent in 2016.
Just 69 per cent of all
savings accounts pay
above base rate, which
is the first time the
percentage of
the market has fallen
below
70 per cent since
January 2013.
Charlotte Nelson, a
finance expert at
Moneyfacts.co.uk, said:
“While savers will be happy
at the news that rate rises are finally
being seen, they are unlikely to be
jumping for joy, as the main banks
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EXPORTS
Businesses look
to boost sales in
western Europe
By Elizabeth Anderson
BUSINESS EDITOR
The final Brexit deal must focus
on making trade as easy as
possible between the UK and
the EU, according to a business
lobby group.
The British Chambers of
Commerce, which polled more
than 1,300 businesses across
the months of September and
October, found that many plan to
ramp up sales to Europe over the
next few years.
The most important area for
exporters is western Europe.
Around 44 per cent of directors
said they planned to sell goods or
services to buyers on the west of
the Continent.
However, business owners
said they are concerned about
tariffs, customs procedures and
local regulations.
“Europe is the UK’s largest
trading partner, so it will come
as no surprise that businesses
regard access to European
markets and products as
fundamental to their mediumterm trading strategies,” said
Dr Adam Marshall, head of the
British Chambers of Commerce.
“Now that negotiations on the
future UK-EU relationship are set
to begin, businesses need clarity
on the practicalities of the future
trading relationship between the
UK and EU without delay.”
Phase two of the Brexit
negotiations, on the future
UK-EU relationship, are to begin
in the new year. Phase one was
completed early this month.
to get involved in this new-found
competition. 2017 has seen
some positivity finally return to
the savings market with rates
starting to rise.
“For example, the average
two-year fixed rate bond has
increased from 1.04 per cent in
January this year to 1.46 per cent
this December.”
Ms Nelson predicted the
savings market in 2018 is likely to
be similar to this year.
“Savers will now have to
take matters into their own
hands and re-evaluate their
accounts to ensure they receive a
decent return.”
What to do about it
Those with money stuck in
accounts paying less than the
base rate should “vote with
their feet” and regularly switch
their accounts.
Pensions contributions to rise
Meanwhile, the landmark scheme
to automatically place people
into workplace pensions will
also take a step further next year
as minimum contribution rates
start to rise.
So far, take-up of the scheme
has been seen as a huge success,
with around nine in 10 people
staying in their workplace
pension rather than opting out.
From 6 April, 2018, the
total minimum contribution
will increase from 2 per cent,
including a minimum employer
contribution of 1 per cent and a 1
per cent staff contribution, which
benefits from tax relief.
The new minimum contribution
rate from April will be 5 per cent.
Employers must increase
contributions into their staff’s
automatic enrolment pension to
at least 2 per cent – and
People paying the
minimum into workplace
pensions need to prepare
for a threefold increase
staff contributions must also
increase to make up the shortfall
needed to bring the total
minimum contribution up to
5 per cent.
So if the employer pays 2 per
cent, the staff contribution is
3 per cent.
Tom Selby, senior analyst at
AJ Bell, said people who are
currently paying the minimum
into their workplace pension
from their salary need to prepare
for the prospect of the level
increasing threefold.
He said: “While some might
be tempted to opt out due to
the extra hit on their disposable
income, doing this would mean
missing out on the bonus of
employer and government
contributions, the latter in the
form of tax relief.”
From 6 April 2019, minimum
contributions will rise again,
to 8 per cent, made up of a 3
per cent employer minimum
contribution and a 5 per cent staff
contribution.
Top one-year bonds
BLME: 2.00%
Al Rayan: 1.91%
Investec: 1.90%
Source: Moneyfacts.co.uk
Top three-year bonds
BLME: 2.25%
Charter Savings: 2.21%
NS&I: 2.20%
Source: Moneyfacts.co.uk
Top one-year cash Isas
Virgin Money: 1.41%
AA, Charter Savings,
Oaknorth: 1.36%
Source: Moneyfacts.co.uk
In Saturday’s
money
business
Consumer
champion
Martin Lewis
on the best
savings
accounts
for children
Plus
Key dates for
your 2018 diary
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daily recipe
Beetroot fritters with horseradish
cream and spinach and
walnut salad
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
10
12
3
3
PAMPER
10
27
24
6
5
3
20
5
TA
RI
A
10
17
STRAWS
BLIND
14
6
N
SPOOL
15
17
GE
PAWN
9
9
4
WORRY
4
4
16
VE
3
4
WING
17
4
BET
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SERVES 2
2 raw beetroots (about 100g each)
160g frozen broad beans
4 tbsp Greek-style yogurt
1 tbsp hot horseradish
½ tbsp extra virgin olive oil
½ tbsp red wine vinegar
2 salad onions, finely sliced
½ tsp ground cumin
2 tbsp chopped fresh dill,
plus extra to serve
4 tbsp plain flour
2 large eggs, beaten
2 tbsp olive oil
½ x 115g pack baby spinach
10g walnuts, toasted and roughly
chopped
MEANING
14
8
6
10
9
8
30
17
3
4
4
4
8
4
HERB
Jigsawdoku
RHYME
7
Futoshiki
3
1
5 8
8
3
2
8
2
∧
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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Tomorrow
Crisp tikka fish with crushed
minty peas
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3 >
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17
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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
1
10
9
14
12
>
>
2
5
15
>
MEANING
∨
2
12
13
LETTERS
Minesweeper
1
14
12
6
12
11
HELL
∧
Killer Sudoku No 1169
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
CRUNCH
CURE
PLUNGE
1
6
1
14
4
HIVE
2
4 5
7
1 9
BRANCH
6
4
How to play Place the numbers 1-9 once in each row, column
and bold-lined jigsaw region. Solution: minurl.co.uk/i
Recipe from waitrose.com
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5
THEME
Grate the beetroots (wear rubber gloves
if possible). Squeeze out as much liquid
as you can, then put on a plate lined with
two layers of kitchen paper. Set aside.
Cook the beans in simmering water
for 2-3 minutes, until tender. Drain and
refresh in cold water. Pinch out of their
skins, if liked; set aside. Mix together the
yogurt and horseradish; season. Whisk
together the extra virgin olive oil and
vinegar into an emulsion; season. Set
both aside.
Put the salad onions, cumin, dill and
beetroot in a bowl. Sprinkle over the
flour, season, mix well, then stir in the
eggs. Heat the olive oil in a large frying
pan and dollop 6 spoonfuls of the
mixture into the pan (cook in batches,
if needed). Fry for 2-3 minutes on each
side; drain on kitchen paper. Put the
spinach, beans and nuts in a bowl and
toss through the dressing. Divide the
fritters and salad between two plates,
scatter with dill and serve with the
horseradish cream.
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1 0
3 2 2
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4
3
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TV
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Maths Puzzle
Codeword No 1890
How to play Fill the empty squares with
numbers that will make the across and
down calculations produce the results
shown in the grey squares. Each numeral
from 1 to 9 must only appear once. The
calculations should be performed from
left to right and top to bottom, rather than
in strict mathematical order.
How to play The numbers in the grid correspond to the letters of the alphabet.
Solve the puzzle and fill in the letters in the key as you discover them.
Three letters are provided to give you a start. The solution will be printed in
tomorrow’s paper, the solution to yesterday’s codeword is on page 47.
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1 Mischievous imp (7)
2 Simple (4)
3 Compassionate (13)
4 Italian city (8)
5 Slightest (5)
6 Male deer (4)
7 Wellbeing (6)
12 Well-off (8)
13 Short-sightedness
(6)
14 Spacecraft (7)
16 Come next (5)
18 Red gemstone (4)
19 Petty quarrel (4)
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Solution to yesterday’s Concise Crossword
ACROSS 1 Missal, 5 Tow (Mistletoe), 8 Koala, 9 Ellipse, 10 Stealth, 11 Waltz, 12 On the
mend, 16 Opera, 18 Stomach, 20 Chortle, 21 Idiot, 22 Yes, 23 Nuncio.
DOWN 2 Irate, 3 Scarlet, 4 Liechtenstein, 5 Toppled, 6 Wheeze, 7 Flaw, 8 Kiss, 12 Onerous,
13 Erosion, 14 Touchy, 15 Chat, 17 Alto, 19 Alibi.
Today’s other puzzles Cryptic Crossword, page 21;
Five-Clue Cryptic, page 9; One-Minute Wijuko, page 23
Puzzle solutions See page 47 and minurl.co.uk/i
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Tomorrow: Easier
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Codeword,
Jigsawduko and
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Concise Crossword No 2212
ACROSS
1 Big (5)
4 Replete (4)
8 Crime against the
state (7)
9 Speak pompously
(5)
10 Fish’s breathing
organ (4)
11 Plinth (8)
13 Male cleric (3,2,3,5)
15 On the next
page (8)
17 Type of ski lift (1-3)
20 Supply (5)
21 Type of washing
machine (4,3)
22 SMS message (4)
23 Postpone (5)
How to play Each numeral from 1 to 9 must
appear (once only) in the squares forming the
red letter i. Solution: minurl.co.uk/i
LIFT
A B C D E F G H I J K L M N O P Q R S T U V W X Y Z
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Sudoku Harder
15
20
45
i WEDNESDAY
27 DECEMBER 2017
LACE
20
3
P
How to play
Convert the word
at the top of the
ladder into the
word at the bottom
of it, using only
the four rungs
in between. On
each rung, you
must put a valid
four-letter word
that is identical
to the word above
it, apart from a
one-letter change.
There may be more
than one way of
achieving this.
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Ladder
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21
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ABC Logic
How to play Place the letters
A, B and C exactly once in each row and
column. Each row and column has two
blank cells. The letters at the edge of a row/
column indicate which of the letters is the
first/last to appear in that row/column.
Solution: minurl.co.uk/i
C
C
B
C
C
B
C
A
C
B
A
B
Word Wheel
This is an open-ended puzzle. How many
words of three or more letters, each
including the letter at centre of the wheel,
can you make from this diagram? We’ve
found 14, including one nine-letter word.
Can you do better?
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CRICKET
England take
down Warner
but only after the
damage is done
244-3
AUSTRALIA
Warner 103, Smith 65 no
AT THE MELBOURNE CRICKET GROUND
A classic Test match opening day,
one that for all its micro-dramas and
flashes of excellence eventually settled into a sort of holding pattern,
one that left the fundamentals of the
series essentially unchanged. Australia on top, if not entirely dominant; England clinging on doggedly
enough, if not really threatening to
do much more than that.
David Warner’s 21st Test century,
scored almost entirely in the morning session, gave Australia an early
momentum that England spent
most of the day trying to arrest.
At lunch he was on 83, and
Australia were 102 without loss.
England’s new-ball bowlers had
been despatched, so too their change
attack, and on the wide open spaces
of the G, on a pitch flatter than the
mood at Christmas lunch in the
Damian Green household, they were
already beginning to see visions.
At which point, something strange
happened. Warner’s opening partner,
Cameron Bancroft had been lucky to
reach 26, but his luck finally ran out,
shuffling across and trapped on the
back pad by Chris Woakes. England
sensed the briefest of openings.
Having put the brakes on Bancroft, they now did the same to new
batsman Usman Khawaja and finally
even Warner, who as he neared his
century ran headlong into England’s
exquisite bespoke spoiling tactic.
On 99, Warner was tempted by
Tom Curran into playing the awkward leg-side jab that has led him
astray in the past. The ball looped
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wind; fret; coil;
feet; coin; loin;
meat; dime; meal;
thyme; brunch;
dive; heal
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Across: 1 Do-c-t-or, 3 Is-old-E, 4 N-I-am-ey
Down: 1 De-sign, 2 R-are-L-y
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NINE-LETTER WORD decrement
OTHER WORDS cede, cement, cemented, cent, centre,
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Promise from Curran
There did not exactly seem to be a
fanfare of universal approval for Tom
Curran’s debut. Another right-arm
fast-medium bowler did not really
do it for the majority of pundits, after
others’ struggles on this tour. Curran
paid for his overstep against Warner,
and his maiden Test wicket had to
wait, but even so he was the pick of
England’s attack on day one.
E R L A K T U H
Shot of the day
Warner’s first four, barely pushed past
mid-off with an apparently defensive
bat off Stuart Broad, sped away and
set the tone for a fine innings.
Sledging back for Christmas
The verbals took a week off in Perth, it
seemed. But after Warner celebrated
his ton, England appeared to let him
know what they thought of his good
fortune – and the combative opener,
predictably, did not cut an especially
shy or retiring figure in response.
off the leading edge to a disbelieving
Stuart Broad at mid-on. England’s
delirious players swamped Curran,
who could scarcely have imagined
a more dramatic, decisive maiden
Test wicket. As a disgusted Warner
strode from the field, a replay on the
big screen caught his eye. Curran’s
effort ball had dragged his front heel
over the popping crease. No-ball!
The crowd roared. Warner turned
smartly 180 degrees and marched
back to the wicket, greeting Curran
and Jonny Bairstow with a few choice
words on his return. England’s huddle dispersed, distraught. The next
ball, Warner flicked the ball off his
hip to bring up his century. England’s
window of opportunity seemed to
have slammed shut for good.
And yet, they refused to let their
hard work go unrewarded. Half an
Results service
Puzzle solutions
5
England’s tenacity brought scant
reward as centurion David Warner
and his Australia captain Steve Smith
carried the opening day of the fourth
Test. Joe Root’s tourists, in this case
debutant Tom Curran, arguably contributed to their own problems with
an overstep which granted Warner
(103) a moment of outrageous fortune on 99 when he was reprieved
after being caught at mid-on.
MELBOURNE (Day 1 of 5): Australia have scored 244 for
3 wickets against England
Australia won toss
AUSTRALIA — First Innings
Runs 6s 4s Bls Min
C T Bancroft lbw b Woakes
26 0 2 95 152
D A Warner c Bairstow b Anderson 103 1 13 151 215
U T Khawaja c Bairstow b Broad
17 0 2 65 103
*S P D Smith not out
65 0 6 131 175
S E Marsh not out
31 0 4 93 131
Extras (lb1 nb1)
2
Total(for 3, 89 overs)
244
Fall: 1-122, 2-135, 3-160.
To Bat: M R Marsh, †T D Paine, P J Cummins, N M Lyon, J
R Hazlewood, J M Bird.
Bowling: J M Anderson 21-8-43-1, S C J Broad 19-6-41-1,
C R Woakes 19-4-60-1, M M Ali 6-0-35-0, T K Curran 175-44-0, D J Malan 7-1-20-0.
England: M D Stoneman, A N Cook, J M Vince, *J E Root, D
J Malan, †J M Bairstow, M M Ali, C R Woakes, T K Curran,
S C J Broad, J M Anderson.
Umpires: H D P K Dharmasena and S Ravi.
By Jonathan Liew
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AMERICAN FOOTBALL
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CRICKET
FIRST TEST MATCH
South Africa v Zimbabwe, Port
Elizabeth: South Africa 309-9dec. (78.3
overs; A K Markram 120, A B de Villiers
53). Zimbabwe 30-4 (16.0 overs).
HORSE RACING
HUNTINGDON
Going: Good to soft-soft in places
11.40 1. LAVAL NOIR (M Hamill) 9-2; 2.
Lerichi Belle 4-1; 3. Samdibien 10-1. 9
ran. 7-2 fav Sackett (Pulled Up). 31/2l, nk.
(K Bailey). Tote: £4.20; £1.50, £1.70, £4.20.
Exacta: £27.80. Tricast: £170.73. Trifecta:
£399.00. CSF: £23.37. NR: Amberjam.
12.10 1. CLASSIC BEN (C Gethings) 7-1;
2. Lygon Rock 50-1; 3. Black Mischief
5-1. 11 ran. 13-8 fav Boreham Bill (4th).
1l, 7l. (Stuart Edmunds). Tote: £5.70;
£1.20, £9.40, £1.80. Exacta: £383.30.
Trifecta: Not won. CSF: £265.29.
12.40 1. NORSE LIGHT (D Bass) 4-1; 2.
Bennachie 9-1; 3. Trojan Star 3-1 fav. 9
ran. 13/4l, 18l. (David Dennis). Tote: £4.10;
£1.70, £3.20, £1.60. Exacta: £46.90. Tricast:
£123.16. Trifecta: £153.00. CSF: £39.62.
1.15 1. CLOTH CAP (R McLernon) 10-1;
2. Galactic Power 8-1; 3. Smart Boy 9-4
fav. 15 ran. 4l, 6l. (Jonjo O’Neill). Tote:
£10.80; £2.90, £2.70, £1.40. Exacta: £82.70.
Tricast: £251.92. Trifecta: £331.00. CSF:
£86.63. NR: Occasionally Yours.
1.50 1. BESTWORK (Paul O’Brien) 11-2;
2. Kincora Fort 4-1; 3. Appletree Lane
16-1. 9 ran. 7-2 fav As You Like (7th).
2l, 15l. (C Longsdon). Tote: £5.40; £1.80,
£1.70, £4.20. Exacta: £21.10. Tricast:
£333.58. Trifecta: £232.90. CSF: £28.84.
2.25 1. DUHALLOW GESTURE (R
McLernon) 9-2; 2. Diamond Gait 8-1; 3.
Kaloci 12-1. 11 ran. 9-4 fav Grageelagh
Girl (7th). 21/4l, 41/2l. (A Honeyball). Tote:
£5.80; £2.00, £2.20, £3.90. Exacta: £44.40.
Trifecta: £244.90. CSF: £39.91.
3.00 1. BASFORD BEN (R McLernon)
5-1; 2. Over My Head 9-1; 3. Midnight
Mustang 5-1. 7 ran. 9-4 fav Clenagh
Castle (Pulled Up). 6l, 31/4l. (Jennie
Candlish). Tote: £5.40; £2.00, £4.20. Ex-
47
Ashes briefing: Day One
Australian batsman David
Warner and England bowler
Tom Curran exchange words
at the MCG yesterday GETTY
Melbourne scoreboard
ENGLAND
i WEDNESDAY
27 DECEMBER 2017
hour later and still going nowhere,
Warner fell to a sublime cutter from
James Anderson, poking at it and
feeling the faintest click in his gloves
as it whooshed through to Bairstow.
England finally had their man,
achieving what few teams manage to
do here – strangle Warner to death.
But with captain Steve Smith still at
the crease, it may be a meaningless
little victory. THE INDEPENDENT
RUGBY UNION
acta: £48.10. Tricast: £236.37. Trifecta:
£419.30. CSF: £45.95. NRs: Armedandbeautiful, Show’s Over.
3.35 1. THE BIG BITE (C Gethings) 13-2; 2.
Shaughnessy 16-1; 3. Highway Girl 33-1.
14 ran. 3-1 fav Malachite (5th). 21/2l, 13/4l. (T
R George). Tote: £6.50; £2.30, £4.70, £6.00.
Exacta: £154.00. Trifecta: Not won. CSF:
£101.51. NR: Top Decision.
Placepot: £659.80. Quadpot: £27.90.
KEMPTON
Going: Soft-good to soft in places
12.45 1. IF THE CAP FITS (N Fehily) 6-4
fav; 2. Diese Des Bieffes 4-1; 3. Solomon
Grey 7-1. 8 ran. 5l, 41/2l. (H Fry). Tote:
£2.20; £1.10, £1.70, £1.60. Exacta: £6.40.
Trifecta: £25.60. CSF: £8.15.
1.20 1. HELL’S KITCHEN (B J Geraghty)
9-2; 2. Mister Whitaker 5-1; 3. Touch Kick
15-2. 8 ran. 11-4 fav Reigning Supreme
(Unseated Rider). 11/2l, 19l. (H Fry). Tote:
£4.60; £1.80, £1.50, £2.10. Exacta: £26.20.
Tricast: £164.27. Trifecta: £88.20. CSF:
£27.67. NR: Theo’s Charm.
1.55 1. BLACK CORTON (Bryony Frost)
4-1; 2. Elegant Escape 11-2; 3. West Approach 11-1. 7 ran. 5-2 fav Mia’s Storm
(Fell). 11/2l, 21l. (P Nicholls). Tote: £4.50;
£2.30, £2.70. Exacta: £25.50. Trifecta:
£114.20. CSF: £26.08.
2.30 1. BUVEUR D’AIR (B J Geraghty)
2-11 fav; 2. The New One 5-1; 3. Mohaayed 20-1. 4 ran. 21/4l, 33/4l. (N Henderson). Tote: £1.10; Exacta: £1.30. Trifecta:
£2.30. CSF: £1.69. NR: Old Guard.
3.05 1. MIGHT BITE (Nico De Boinville) 6-4 fav; 2. Double Shuffle 50-1;
3. Tea For Two 20-1. 8 ran. 1l, 2l. (N
Henderson). Tote: £2.10; £3.30, £1.10,
£6.70. Exacta: £73.50. Tricast: £1103.62.
Trifecta: £501.10. CSF: £71.54.
3.40 1. GOLAN FORTUNE (Mr Thomas
O’Brien) 7-2; 2. Kildisart 3-1 fav; 3. Jaleo
14-1. 14 ran. 33/4l, 6l. (P W Middleton).
Tote: £4.50; £1.90, £1.70, £4.30. Exacta:
£19.50. Tricast: £141.06. Trifecta: £291.00.
CSF: £15.14. NR: Take To Heart.
Jackpot: £1,895.30.
Placepot: £38.20. Quadpot: £11.10.
WETHERBY
Going: Soft-good to soft in places
12.00 1. PETTICOAT TAILS (R John-
son) 13-8 fav; 2. Schiaparannie 7-2; 3.
Cockley Beck 7-2. 9 ran. 11/2l, 9l. (W
Greatrex). Tote: £2.30; £1.10, £1.40,
£1.40. Exacta: £6.20. Trifecta: £15.90.
CSF: £7.60.
12.30 1. DICK DARSIE (D Cook) 11-4 fav;
2. Inchcolm 8-1; 3. Cant Pay Wont Pay
9-2. 9 ran. 31/4l, 10l. (Mrs S Smith). Tote:
£3.00; £1.40, £2.40, £1.80. Exacta: £24.60.
Tricast: £95.74. Trifecta: £107.40. CSF:
£25.07. NR: Pinch Of Ginger.
1.05 1. DALAMAN (R Johnson) 3-1 fav;
2. Along Came Theo 9-2; 3. The Dawn
Man 6-1. 11 ran. shd, 31/4l. (N Mulholland). Tote: £3.40; £1.60, £1.70, £2.10.
Exacta: £16.50. Tricast: £76.47. Trifecta:
£71.20. CSF: £16.42. NRs: Minella Suite,
Rainy Day Dylan.
1.40 1. CARALINE (Joe Colliver) 6-1; 2.
Special Catch 11-4; 3. Astracad 2-1 fav. 5
ran. 9l, 13l. (M Hammond). Tote: £6.10;
£2.90, £2.00. Exacta: £20.00. Trifecta:
£41.30. CSF: £22.17.
2.10 1. GET ON THE YAGER (H Brooke)
10-3 fav; 2. Wakanda 7-2; 3. Delusionofgrandeur 7-1. 8 ran. hd, nk. (D Skelton).
Tote: £4.20; £1.60, £1.50, £1.70. Exacta:
£16.50. Tricast: £74.03. Trifecta: £70.70.
CSF: £15.41.
2.45 1. ONLY ORSENFOOLSIES (H
Thompson Brown) 13-2; 2. Bright Tomorrow 4-1; 3. Little Bruce 7-2 fav. 10 ran.
11/4l, 17l. (M Hammond). Tote: £6.30; £2.20,
£2.00, £1.70. Exacta: £48.00. Tricast:
£104.39. Trifecta: £191.70. CSF: £32.24.
3.20 1. ASUM (A Nicol) 8-1; 2. Bahrikate
5-1; 3. Royal Beekeeper 11-2. 11 ran.
4-1 fav Something Brewing (Pulled
Up). nk, 17l. (P Kirby). Tote: £8.50; £2.70,
£1.80, £2.20. Exacta: £59.40. Tricast:
£247.81. Trifecta: £372.10. CSF: £51.24.
NR: Gran Maestro.
Placepot: £15.00. Quadpot: £9.10.
RUGBY UNION
GUINNESS PRO14
Munster (5)....... 24 Leinster (27)...........34
Munster: Tries: Murray, Keatley,
Conway (2). Conversions: Keatley (2).
Leinster: Tries: Leavy, Penalty,
Henshaw, Larmour. Conversions: R.
Byrne (4). Penalties: R. Byrne (2).
Newport G D (3) .17 Cardiff B (8)................ 22
Newport Gwent D’gons: Tries:
Fairbrother, Penalty. Conversions:
Henson, Fairbrother. Penalties:
Henson.
Cardiff Blues: Tries: Summerhill,
Lee-Lo, James. Conversions: Anscombe (2). Penalties: Anscombe.
Scarlets (5) .........12 Ospreys (3).................9
Scarlets: Tries: S. Evans, Macleod.
Conversions: Halfpenny.
Ospreys: Penalties: S. Davies (3).
P W D L F A B Pts
Glasgow
11 10 0 1 350 172 9 49
Munster
11 7 0 4 333 202 9 37
Cheetahs 10 6 0 4 299 285 5 29
Cardiff Blues 11 5 0 6 242 285 3 23
Connacht 11 4 0 7 229 225 7 23
Zebre
11 3 0 8 235 307 4 16
Ospreys
11 2 0 9 160 290 4 12
P W D L F A B Pts
Scarlets
11 9 0 2 318 192 8 44
Leinster
11 9 0 2 340 188 6 42
Ulster
11 7 1 3 305 272 5 35
Edinburgh 11 7 0 4 249 206 4 32
B Treviso 11 4 0 7 185 235 4 20
Newport G D 11 2 1 8 217 375 4 14
Southern K 10 0 010 163 391 4 4
TODAY’S FIXTURES
(7.45pm unless stated)
FOOTBALL
PREMIER LEAGUE
Newcastle v Man City..........................................
LADBROKES SCOTTISH PREMIERSHIP
Aberdeen v Partick..................................................
Hamilton v Kilmarnock ......................................
Hearts v Hibernian .................................................
Rangers v Motherwell.........................................
Ross County v St Johnstone ..........................
CRICKET
FIRST TEST MATCH—SECOND DAY
OF FOUR: South Africa v Zimbabwe
(Port Elizabeth, 11.30am).
FOURTH TEST MATCH—THIRD
DAY OF FIVE: Australia v England
(Melbourne, 11.30pm).
ICE HOCKEY
ELITE LEAGUE: Coventry Blaze v
Cardiff Devils, Edinburgh Capitals v
Braehead Clan, Guildford Flames v
Milton Keynes Lightning, Nottingham
Panthers v Sheffield Steelers.
Scarlets claim
stunning win
over Ospreys
By Sports Staff
Scarlets claimed a dramatic 12-9
victory over Ospreys with Josh
Macleod’s injury-time try after his
side had been reduced to 14 men.
Steff Evans was sent off for
Scarlets for an aerial challenge on
Ben John when they were 5-0 up.
But Macleod made Ospreys pay
for their failure to capitalise on
their advantage by crossing with
the game past the 80-minute mark.
Cardiff Blues claimed their sixth
consecutive league victory over
the Dragons with a 22-17 win in
a PRO14 derby which grew to a
thrilling finale.
The Blues led 22-3 at one stage
but the Dragons, whose only
points up to the 64th minute had
come from a penalty via stand-off
Gavin Henson, staged a fightback
– which nearly came off.
At Thomond Park, Jordan
Lamour’s superb late solo try gave
Leinster a 34-24 win over Munster.
48
SPORT
i racing
Might Bite comes
of age with calm
King George win
By Jon Freeman
was meant to be doing in the nick of
time.
Might Bite has grown up.
“He’s so exuberant and likes to
From king-size crackpot to King
George VI Chase crackerjack, a year show off,” said his proud trainer
Nicky Henderson, who nevertheless
is a very long time in racing.
Might Bite and jockey Nico de must have had his heart in his mouth
Boinville joined racing’s elite by win- when Might Bite lined up his final
ning Kempton’s Boxing Day show- leap. “We talked about this [with de
Boinville] and said we have
piece, jumping impeccably
to make him think the last
in the main and digging
fence is just the same as
deep to hold off outsiders
He is so
Double Shuffle and Tea For exuberant and any other.”
Bite’s jumps at
Two in a stirring finale.
likes to show theMight
final two fences, while
But the most impressive
off.
We
had
five lengths or so clear of
aspect of the whole perthe chasing pack, were
formance was the lack of to make him
think the last actually among his most
drama.
extravagant.
No repeat of his final- fence is just
His lead was reduced to
fence fall when seemingly the same as
a length on the short run-in
dashing to a wide-margin any other
by the admirable Double
win in the big Novices’
Shuffle but de Boinville put
Chase on the same card 12
that down to his mount idling.
months ago.
Henderson was concerned that
And none of the theatrics that
were on display in the RSA Chase at the ground was softer than ideal and
the Cheltenham Festival last March would play into the hands of Bristol
when he slowed to a walk on the De Mai, their chief rival on paper, but
run-in to wave to his mates in the it just didn’t turn out that way.
The front-running grey looked out
stands before remembering what he
RACING EDITOR
of his comfort zone as Might Bite
pressed him for the lead and was
already on the retreat when belting
the third last, not his first mistake.
Last year’s winner Thistlecrack
faded to finish fourth but looked
threatening up to that point and
it was another step in the right
direction.
Bryony Frost was the other star
of the Kempton show when partnering the constantly improving
Black Corton to a sixth victory to-
gether in an incident-packed Kauto
Star Novices’ Chase, a first ever
Grade One victory at the end of a
sensational 2017 for the 22-year-old
conditional rider.
“This horse is my hero,” said the
hugely engaging Frost, who didn’t
seem to know whether to laugh or
cry as the enormity of what she had
just achieved sunk in.
“He started off just an average little chap at the back of the classroom,
but now he’s an A-star student.”
Mysteree rested and ready for long slog through Welsh mud
By Jon Freeman
Some very fine horses have won
the Welsh Grand National down
the years, notably Burrough Hill
Lad, Cool Ground, Master Oats and
Synchronised, all of whom went on
to lift the Cheltenham Gold Cup.
But more often than not this is a
race for the stamina-laden tough
guy who keeps on grinding on
through three miles, six furlongs of
Chepstow mud.
Like, for examples, Earth
Summit and Silver Birch, later to
win Aintree Grand Nationals, or
Bindaree, who already had, but not
necessarily chasers in that league.
This afternoon’s renewal is
chock full of these slowcoaches
and, as usual, the ground is deep
and wet again, heavy enough in
fact for a precautionary inspection
to be called for 7.30 this morning
(they say they should be OK to race
as long as no more rain falls than is
forecast).
It is, especially in these gruelling
conditions, that weight can make
such a difference. Every pound
counts.
And so, while horses like Rock
The Kasbah, Chase The Spud and
Ask The Weatherman may relish
the task, extra weight incurred for
recent successes may find them out.
Mysteree, on the other hand, has
been held back for this by trainer
Michael Scudamore, who won the
race in 2012 with another slogger,
Monbeg Dude.
Scudamore has had a fixed plan
in his head ever since Mysteree
finished second to Chase The Spud
in the Midlands Grand National at
Uttoxeter last spring; to keep him
fresh and well-handicapped for
today without giving him a prep.
He was tempted by rich pickings
at Cheltenham recently, but held
fast and kept his powder dry.
The race is as competitive as
one would expect and seasoned
Irish pair, Raz de Maree (last year’s
runner-up) and Folsom Blue, who
has an impressively consistent
record whenever the word heavy is
in the going description, are among
several strong each-way candidates.
But I’ll have a saver on the
recent course winner (but still
nicely weighted) Wild West Wind,
also laid out for this by his in-form
trainer Tom George.
Nico de Boinville clears the last on
Might Bite to win the King George VI
Chase at Kempton yesterday GETTY
top
tips
BEST BET
The Unit
(1.20pm, Kempton)
Likely fast and furious
pace could set it up nicely
for this progressive
novice.
NEXT BEST
Brandon Hill
(3.05pm, Kempton)
Shaped most encouragingly
at Ascot on first run for new
stable.
EACH WAY
Mysteree
(2.50pm, Chepstow)
Held back for this and has
everything in his favour.
NEWS
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KINGS INN P Nicholls 10 12................................ S Twiston-Davies 7
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GWAFA (D)(BF) P Webber 6 11 12...............................R McLernon
UNISON (D) J Scott 7 11 9..........................................................M Griffiths
KAYF GRACE (D)(BF) N Henderson 7 11 4 ......Nico De Boinville
MAQUISARD G L Moore 5 11 2..................................Joshua Moore
AZZERTI (D) A King 5 10 13 .................................................... A P Heskin
MISTER MALARKY (CD) C Tizzard 4 10 12 ..........T J O’Brien
DARLING MALTAIX P Nicholls 4 10 11..... Mr L Williams (7) H
DEMON D’AUNOU Jonjo O’Neill 4 10 11......................... N Fehily
EDDIEMAURICE (D) J Flint 6 10 7............................T Scudamore
CHATEZ (D)(BF) A King 6 10 6...................................W Hutchinson
APACHE SONG J Eustace 4 10 5...........................................J Quinlan
MONTY’S AWARD (D)(BF) C Longsdon 5 10 3.....Jonathan Burke
DEXCITE (D) T R George 6 10 1.........................................James Best
TEMPLIER (D) G L Moore 4 10 0.............................M Goldstein C
- 14 declared BETTING: 3-1 Kayf Grace, 6-1 Mister Malarky, 7-1 Demon D’aunou,
8-1 Chatez, Gwafa, 10-1 Darling Maltaix, 12-1 Monty’s Award, 14-1
Eddiemaurice, Apache Song, Azzerti, 16-1 others.
1
56-712 CYRNAME (D) P Nicholls 5 11 2.....................................N Fehily H,T
2
59667- KOSTAQUARTA M Gillard 10 11 2 .................................J Banks C,T
3
11F-12 SHANTOU ROCK (D)(BF) D Skelton 5 11 2........Bridget Andrews T
4
213-23 THE UNIT (D) A King 6 11 2............................................W Hutchinson
5
16-212 TOMMY SILVER (D)(BF) P Nicholls 5 11 2.........................................S
CORAL BET AND GET CLUB HANDICAP CHASE
Twiston-Davies T
ITV4
(CLASS 2) £30,000 added 2m 3f
- 5 declared BETTING: 13-8 Shantou Rock, 5-2 Tommy Silver, 3-1 The Unit, 9-2 1
346-P2 TOP GAMBLE Kerry Lee 9 11 12 .................................... R Johnson T
Cyrname, 100-1 Kostaquarta.
2
F0P-23 QUITE BY CHANCE C Tizzard 8 11 4................................H Cobden
3
431111 PLAY THE ACE (D) P Bowen 8 10 11. James Bowen (5) C,T
FORM VERDICT
1F1PP- TEMPLEHILLS N Twiston-Davies 6 10 9...............D Crosse H
A substandard renewal of a contest that has gone to some of National 4
2214-P DUSKY LARK R Walford 7 10 9 ................................ Sean Bowen T
Hunt’s leading two mile chasers in recent years, including Sprinter 5
1P45-P O MAONLAI (D) T R George 9 10 7.......................P Brennan C,T
Sacre (2011) and Altior 12 months ago. Shantou Rock was beaten on 6
51/4P- PRESSURIZE (CD) Miss V Williams 11 10 1..C Deutsch (3)
his second outing over fences by Ozzie The Oscar at Warwick and 7
- 7 declared looks flattered by being top rated in the field due to his Newton Abbot
success in October as his rivals were likely to have needed the outing BETTING: 11-4 Quite By Chance, 3-1 Play The Ace, 9-2 Top Gamble, 6-1
on that occasion. One of those rivals was The Unit, who improved Templehills, 8-1 O Maonlai, Pressurize, 10-1 Dusky Lark.
when third behind Willoughby Court at Huntingdon and that form
FORM VERDICT
has stood up rather well. Tommy Silver’s form took a boost when
There was a lot to like about TOP GAMBLE’s second to Un De Sceaux in
Testify won at Haydock at the weekend and better ground will help his
the Hilly Way Chase when getting his conditions and being the only
cause, but his stablemate CYRNAME makes plenty of appeal. He didn’t
horse capable of going the pace set on that occasion. The return to
look particularly happy when runner-up at Newbury last time and a
handicap company on testing ground can see him return to winning
return to a right-handed track gives him every chance of regaining the
ways. Quite By Chance has returned this season in solid form and is
winning thread.
of interest stepping back up in trip, while Play The Ace is considered
going for a five-timer.
32RED CASINO MARES’ HANDICAP HURDLE
BEST OF CHEPSTOW
1.05
1.55
1
2
3
4
5
6
(CLASS 2) £20,000 added 3m 1f
ITV4
261-33
05-459
12-126
-13213
422-21
P71-62
MIDNIGHT TOUR A King 7 11 12....................Kevin Dowling (7)
RONS DREAM (D) P Bowen 7 11 2...................................T J O’Brien
TREACKLE TART C Longsdon 5 11 0.............Jonathan Burke
JESTER JET (D) Tom Lacey 7 10 12....................................... N Fehily
MIDNIGHT TUNE A Honeyball 6 10 4 S Twiston-Davies T
LOVES DESTINATION C Gordon 6 10 0.................M Heard (5)
- 6 declared BETTING: 9-4 Midnight Tour, 11-4 Midnight Tune, 10-3 Jester Jet, 7-1
Rons Dream, 8-1 Treackle Tart, 10-1 Loves Destination.
FORM VERDICT
MIDNIGHT TOUR shaped well on her first try at 3m when third to
La Bague Au Roi in a Listed contest here last month and a return to
handicap company with Kevin Dowling’s 7lb allowance could make her
difficult to beat. Midnight Tune got off the mark over hurdles last time
but it was a modest contest and she will need to take a step forward on
what she has achieved to date, so perhaps the main danger will be Jester
Jet, who was third to Arthur’s Gift in a Cheltenham handicap earlier in
the month. Any rain would suit Rons Dream with her best form coming
on testing ground.
2.30
1
2
3
4
UNIBET DESERT ORCHID CHASE (GRADE 2)
(CLASS 1) £90,000 added 2m
ITV4
14F-11
1512-3
4-7574
152-1P
POLITOLOGUE (C)(D) P Nicholls 6 11 6........S Twiston-Davies
SPECIAL TIARA (CD) H de Bromhead (IRE) 10 11 6 .......N Fehily
VANITEUX (CD) D Pipe 8 11 4..................................T Scudamore C
FOREST BIHAN (D) B Ellison 6 11 3 .......................................D Jacob
- 4 declared BETTING: 4-9 Politologue, 11-4 Special Tiara, 10-1 Forest Bihan, 25-1
Vaniteux.
FORM VERDICT
Special Tiara landed this prize in 2014 and 2016 and is the class act of the
race having landed the Champion Chase at Cheltenham back in March.
He is likely to have come on significantly for his reappearance third at
that venue last month, though the progressive POLITOLOGUE could have
too much for him this time. The six-year-old beat a decent yardstick in
the shape of Fox Norton in the Tingle Creek earlier this month and can
continue his progress. Forest Bihan and Vaniteux desperately need the
two market leaders to misfire in order to be competitive.
3.05
1
2
3
4
5
6
7
8
32RED.COM HANDICAP CHASE (CLASS 2)
£40,000 added 3m
ITV4
3F-113
7/P8P310-65
1-2F4U
511641
6114-2
-P7247
-22513
SIR IVAN (D) H Fry 7 11 12 .........................................................N Fehily T
LOCAL SHOW (CD) Mrs S Humphrey 9 11 8.................D Jacob
PILGRIMS BAY (CD) N Mulholland 7 11 5..James Best H,C
TINTERN THEATRE N Twiston-Davies 6 11 4.......S Twiston-Davies
HOLLY BUSH HENRY P W Middleton 6 11 4D Sansom (7)
BRANDON HILL (D) T R George 9 11 3 ...................... A P Heskin
NO BUTS D Bridgwater 9 10 8.................................T Scudamore C
REMIND ME LATER (D) G L Moore 8 10 7Joshua Moore V
- 8 declared BETTING: 10-3 Brandon Hill, 4-1 Tintern Theatre, 9-2 Sir Ivan, 5-1
Pilgrims Bay, Holly Bush Henry, 7-1 Remind Me Later, 16-1 No Buts,
25-1 Local Show.
FORM VERDICT
A typically competitive handicap at this venue can go the way of
BRANDON HILL, who looks open to improvement for last year’s
winning handler Tom George. A promising second on his stable bow
last month, the nine-year-old impressed with his jumping there and
looks likely to launch a bold bid from the front once more. Pilgrims Bay
was a creditable fifth at lofty odds in the Ladbrokes Trophy at Newbury
earlier this month and deserves respect, while Sir Ivan drops in class
after finding Grade 2 company too hot to handle last time out.
1.35
1
2
3
4
5
6
7
8
9
10
11
12
13
110-49
67-059
5F-512
23-45P
25-511
5-1104
42-731
621/11
1U3-0P
2111-2
11P5-6
2-0845
1P77-4
CORAL BET 5 GET 20 HANDICAP HURDLE (CLASS
ITV4
2) £20,000 added 3m
TOBEFAIR (CD) Mrs D Hamer 7 11 12 .......................T Whelan C
THREE MUSKETEERS D Skelton 7 11 12...............H Skelton C
KRIS SPIN (D) Kerry Lee 9 11 9.......................................R Patrick (5)
TEMPLEROSS (D) N Twiston-Davies 6 11 4.......J Bargary (3)
FLEMCARA Miss E Lavelle 5 11 4.........Patrick Cowley (7) T
SOURIYAN P Bowen 6 11 3 ......................................Sean Bowen B,T
BATTLE OF IDEAS C Tizzard 4 11 1 ..................................H Cobden
DANDY DUKE (CD) T R George 6 10 12(7ex).........C Gethings (3)
CHEF D’OEUVRE (D)(BF) W Greatrex 6 10 11....... R Johnson B
ON THE ROAD E Williams 7 10 11 .....................M Bastyan (5) T
COURT FRONTIER (CD) Christian Williams 9 10 11.......James Bowen (5) C
DRIFTWOOD HAZE (D) P C Dando 9 10 10......Mr B R Jones (7)
LAUGHARNE (D) T Vaughan 6 10 0........................................A Johns
- 13 declared BETTING: 11-2 Flemcara, 6-1 Dandy Duke, Battle Of Ideas, 7-1 On The
Road, Kris Spin, 10-1 Chef D’oeuvre, Templeross, 12-1 Court Frontier,
14-1 others.
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BUSINESS SPORT
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/1-521
17 /PPP618 208-14
19 200-11
20 PPP-63
RAZ DE MAREE G Cromwell (IRE) 12 11 1.........James Bowen (5)
VINTAGE CLOUDS (BF) Mrs S Smith 7 11 1....................D Cook
SPLASH OF GINGE N Twiston-Davies 9 11 0J Bargary (3)
ASK THE WEATHERMAN Jack Barber 8 10 13...........N Scholfield C
MYSTEREE M Scudamore 9 10 13..................................R T Dunne
SIR MANGAN D Skelton 9 10 13...........................................H Skelton
O’FAOLAINS BOY (C) Miss R Curtis 10 10 12....A Coleman
FOLSOM BLUE G Elliott (IRE) 10 10 12 .......Mr J J Codd C,T
BUCKHORN TIMOTHY C Tizzard 8 10 12.................B J Powell
MILANSBAR N King 10 10 9.................................................T Whelan C
- 20 declared BETTING: 6-1 Beware The Bear, 15-2 Rock The Kasbah, 8-1 Chase The
Spud, 10-1 Wild West Wind, Folsom Blue, 12-1 Mysteree, Final Nudge,
Vicente, Ask The Weatherman, 14-1 others.
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BEST OF WOLVERHAMPTON
3.25
32RED CASINO NOVICE STAKES (CLASS 5) 2YO £5,000
added 1m 1f
1
4 ANTONIAN J Gosden 9 2..........................................................R Havlin 10
2
ATTICUS BOY D Lanigan 9 2..........................................K Shoemark 9
3
DANZAY M Johnston 9 2............................................................F Norton 4
4
6 ELAPIDAE D Lanigan 9 2 ..................................................Fran Berry 13
5
74 FATHER AILBE J Butler 9 2................................................. T Clark (3) 2
6
FRONSAC D Kubler 9 2 .......................................................... G Downing 6
7
2 KASER (BF) S bin Suroor 9 2....................................T Marquand 11
8
0 MAYER L Cumani 9 2...................................................................... L Morris 8
9
0 NIGHT SPARK R Beckett 9 2........................ Josephine Gordon 5
10
0 OI THE CLUBB OI’S I Williams 9 2 ....................................T Eaves 12
FORM VERDICT
11
6 ROUNDABOUT KITTEN D Lanigan 9 2...................S Donohoe 7
It seems rather surprising that Nicky Henderson has never won a Grand 12
6 SUPREMATISM M Botti 9 2...........................................................R Tate 3
National of any description and he bids to break that hoodoo with Beware 13
5 LA MERNANCIA J Osborne 8 11......................................D Costello 1
The Bear. The progressive chaser made a remarkable return to action
- 13 declared when landing the Rehearsal Chase at Newcastle, despite his saddle BETTING: 6-4 Kaser, 4-1 Antonian, 11-2 Danzay, 8-1 La Mernancia, 14-1
slipping, and he can prove very competitive even with a 4lb penalty. Mayer, Atticus Boy, 16-1 Fronsac, Elapidae, 25-1 others.
Rock The Kasbah goes particularly well when fresh and has been saved
32RED.COM EBF FILLIES’ HANDICAP (CLASS 2) £27,000
for this very race since winning at the track over 3m in October but a
added 1m 1f
slight concern would be the form of the yard at present with a couple
seemingly not finishing off their races as expected. Vintage Clouds 1
716940 SOUL SILVER D M Simcock 3 9 7.....................C Shepherd (3) 6
has been in much better form this season and his second to Clan Des 2
176320 CAROLINAE (CD) C Fellowes 5 9 7 ......................S Donohoe H 1
Obeaux at Haydock over a trip short of his best puts him right in the 3 61595D STELLAR SURPRISE S C Williams 3 9 0P J McDonald T 2
mix here, but preference goes to a winner on the same card in CHASE 4 51-606 DAISY BERE (CD) K Burke 4 8 13..................................J Haynes C 7
THE SPUD. Fergal O’Brien’s gelding is a guaranteed stayer having won 5
4221 DOMITILLA M Botti 3 8 12........................................ T Marquand H 3
the Midlands National at Uttoxeter back in March and was impressive 6
-26031 PURE SHORES (CD) I Williams 3 8 8(6ex)............... L Morris 4
in beating Robinsfirth over an extended 3m, with that rival coming out 7
801 STAR QUALITY (C) David Loughnane 3 8 5..........Nicola Currie (7) 5
and winning a handicap at Cheltenham since so the 9lb rise looks fair
- 7 declared for an improving type. Others worth considering are Pobbles Bay, last BETTING: 9-4 Domitilla, 4-1 Pure Shores, 9-2 Stellar Surprise, 6-1
year’s runner Raz De Maree, and Folsom Blue on his first outing over Carolinae, 8-1 Star Quality, Soul Silver, 10-1 Daisy Bere.
fences for Gordon Elliott.
3.55
FORM VERDICT
3.20
1
2
3
4
5
6
CORAL YOURCALL NOVICES’ LIMITED HANDICAP
CHASE (CLASS 3) £20,000 added 3m
342-21
/42P-2
5285-P
241-F1
21-84F
/4-651
PRIME VENTURE (D) E Williams 6 11 8........................A Wedge
FLINTHAM (C)(D) M Bradstock 8 11 5..............Sean Bowen C
LESSONS IN MILAN (D) N Henderson 9 10 12......James Bowen (5) C
PURE VISION A Honeyball 6 10 9 ..............................A Coleman T
BOBO MAC T Symonds 6 10 7.......................................Jamie Moore
BILL AND BARN (CD) P Nicholls 6 10 6........................H Cobden
- 6 declared BETTING: 5-2 Bill And Barn, 3-1 Prime Venture, 9-2 Pure Vision, 6-1
Lessons In Milan, Flintham, 15-2 Bobo Mac.
FORM VERDICT
Carolinae found Listed company too hot to handle at Naas last time
but is a better animal on this surface and could bounce back, while Star
Quality and Pure Shores both come into this on the back of maiden
successes at this venue. Stellar Surprise drops in trip after a decent
effort at Lingfield latest, but DOMITILLA is preferred, as Marco Botti’s
lightly-raced filly was thoroughly impressive at Lingfield last time and
a 7lb rise might not be enough to stop her.
BEST OF LEOPARDSTOWN
1.15
1
2
3
4
5
6
PADDY’S REWARDS CLUB CHASE (GRADE 1) (CLASS 1)
85,470 added 2m 1f
233-31
2/11-1
2232-2
397-24
/410-9
1-F331
BALL D’ARC (D) G Elliott 6 11 12..............................Jack Kennedy
PRIME VENTURE was second only to a progressive mare at Haydock
MIN (CD) W P Mullins 6 11 12 ............................................P Townend
on his final start last season before making a winning reappearance
ORDINARY WORLD H de Bromhead 7 11 12 ....D N Russell
at Ffos Los last month and he can defy top-weight to claim this prize
SIMPLY NED (D) N Richards (UK) 10 11 12............M P Walsh
for Evan Williams. Confirmed mud-lover Flintham is bred to thrive
TELL US MORE G Elliott 8 11 12..........................S W Flanagan B
in this sphere and is one to respect, while recent course scorer Pure
WOODLAND OPERA (C)(D) Mrs J Harrington 7 11 12........R M Power T
Vision and Paul Nicholls’ fairly treated Bill And Barn are other names
- 6 declared to take very seriously.
BETTING: 2-7 Min, 7-1 Ball D’arc, 10-1 Ordinary World, 14-1 Woodland
Opera, 20-1 Simply Ned, 50-1 Tell Us More.
BEST OF WETHERBY
1.00
LEOPARDSTOWN BETTING AT 188BET NOVICES’
CHASE (CLASS 4) £8,000 added 3m
1.50
1P-F52
2P3/
126-73
418-22
22-322
2-2113
2-1116
1P
24-111
2-1
11
1
PADDY POWER FUTURE CHAMPIONS NOVICE HURDLE
(GRADE 1) (CLASS 1) 72,650 added 2m
HARDLINE (D) G Elliott 5 11 10 ................................. D N Russell H
LE RICHEBOURG Joseph P O’Brien 4 11 7........B J Geraghty
BORDEAUX BILL (D) B Ellison 6 11 0............................. H Brooke
MAKITORIX (D) W P Mullins 4 11 7..................... Alexis Poirier
DARK VALLEY M Hammond 7 11 0..........................F O’Toole (5)
MENGLI KHAN (D) G Elliott 4 11 7..........................Jack Kennedy
SHARP RESPONSE (C) Mrs S Smith 6 11 0. Sean Quinlan
REAL STEEL (D) W P Mullins 4 11 7............................P Townend
THREE WAYS (D) J Snowden 6 11 0....................G Sheehan C,T
SHARJAH
(D) W P Mullins 4 11 7......................Mr P W Mullins
THUMB STONE BLUES K Bailey 7 11 0 ...............B Hughes C,T
FORM VERDICT
WHISKEY
SOUR (D) W P Mullins 4 11 7.................D J Mullins
- 5 declared On The Road has been a very consistent individual and may find further
- 7 declared improvement for a first-time tongue-tie and Mitchell Bastyan’s 5lb BETTING: 7-4 Bordeaux Bill, 9-4 Three Ways, 3-1 Sharp Response, 15-2 BETTING: 10-11 Mengli Khan, 5-2 Real Steel, 5-1 Sharjah, 14-1 Le
claim following his first run of the season at Ffos Las. Dandy Duke is Thumb Stone Blues, 14-1 Dark Valley.
Richebourg, 20-1 Makitorix, 25-1 Whiskey Sour, 50-1 Hardline.
respected in his bid for a hat-trick of victories along with Kris Spin, who
FORM VERDICT
PADDY POWER CHASE (0-150) (GRADE B) (CLASS )
has looked happier back over hurdles but a chance is taken with CHEF THREE WAYS has finished second on both starts over fences to date,
170,940 added 3m 100yds
D’OEUVRE coming back over hurdles in first-time blinkers.
behind Give Me A Copper at Kempton and over this C&D behind
1
285-09
ROAD TO RICHES (CD) N Meade 10 11 10..A W Short (7) T
Captain
Chaos
latest,
and
he
can
make
it
third
time
lucky
over
the
larger
CORAL FUTURE CHAMPIONS FINALE JUVENILE
142-59 ANIBALE FLY (D)(BF) A J Martin 7 11 8....................D Meyler T
ITV4 obstacles with those pieces of form looking the strongest on offer. 2
HURDLE (GRADE 1) (CLASS 1) 3YO £50,000 added 2m
PLEASANT COMPANY (D) W P Mullins 9 11 7 ..... D J Mullins H
3
/1419Bordeaux Bill has shaped as though a step up to 3m wouldn’t go amiss
221140 POTTERS POINT (D) G Elliott 7 11 7.................. C Meehan (5) T
1
1231 CRUCIAL MOMENT (D) W G M Turner 11 0.......Sean Houlihan on his Market Rasen second to Acting Lass last time, while Thumb 4
5
7137-1 POLIDAM W P Mullins 8 11 6.......................................P Townend H
2
43 EMBOLE D Skelton 11 0...........................................................H Skelton H Stone Blues completes the shortlist.
6
4724U- UCELLO CONTI G Elliott 9 11 5 ......................L A McKenna (7) T
3
62 HOLD ME TIGHT P Gundry 11 0 ................................N Scholfield T
188BET CASTLEFORD HANDICAP CHASE (CLASS 2)
7
2F3/34 APACHE STRONGHOLD (C) N Meade 9 11 4........Jonathan Moore T
4
2 LOOK MY WAY (BF) J J Quinn 11 0.................................. R Johnson
8 26U4-P THUNDER AND ROSES (D) M F Morris 9 11 3
5
8-1 MERCENAIRE N Williams 11 0........................................Lizzie Kelly
£23,000 added 1m 7f
.............................................................................................................Ms L O’Neill (3) T,V
6
11 SUSSEX RANGER (D) G L Moore 11 0..................Jamie Moore
346-P2 TOP GAMBLE (C) Kerry Lee 9 12 9.............................. R Johnson T 9
115-47 GENERAL PRINCIPLE (D) G Elliott 8 11 0.........Jack Kennedy T
7
21 FAMOUS MILLY G Cromwell (IRE) 10 7..............R T Dunne T 1
314-67 JUST CAMERON (CD) M Hammond 10 11 12.........Joe Colliver C,T 10 P5-355 THREE STARS H de Bromhead 7 10 13....................R M Power
8
5 MIRZAM T Symonds 10 7..................................................................... D Bass 2
3
419-14
CYRUS
DARIUS
J
M
Jefferson
8
11
12.............................B
Hughes
11 4P-433 BAY OF FREEDOM Peter Fahey 8 10 12 ....................... K Sexton
9
6 PACOFILHA J Flint 10 7.....................................................................A Wedge
4
5/2-3F DUKE OF NAVAN N Richards 9 11 9...................................R Day (3) 12 33PP-3 BONNY KATE N Meade 7 10 12...................................S W Flanagan
- 9 declared 501-82 PAIN AU CHOCOLAT Rebecca Menzies 6 11 6 ............ T Kelly 13 3U-232 FLAXEN FLARE (C) G Elliott 8 10 12.....................D N Russell C
BETTING: 6-4 Sussex Ranger, 3-1 Famous Milly, 7-2 Mercenaire, 6-1 Look 5
7-1451 ARCHIVE B Ellison 7 11 1.............................................................. H Brooke 14 63U-01 OSCAR KNIGHT Thomas Mullins 8 10 10...............M P Walsh
My Way, 14-1 Embole, 16-1 Crucial Moment, 50-1 Mirzam, 100-1 Hold 6
7
21-311 MOVIE LEGEND (CD) Mrs L Wadham 7 11 0D G Noonan C 15 31-135 CALL THE TAXIE (D) Ellmarie Holden 6 10 9...................................
Me Tight, Pacofilha.
- 7 declared ............................................................................................................Rachael Blackmore
FORM VERDICT
BETTING: 3-1 Movie Legend, 7-2 Archive, 4-1 Cyrus Darius, 5-1 Duke 16 9-108P ON FIDDLERS GREEN H de Bromhead 7 10 9.................................
Look My Way was only beaten by two lengths on his stable bow at Of Navan, 11-2 Top Gamble, 10-1 Pain Au Chocolat, 16-1 Just Cameron.
............................................................................................................Dylan Robinson (5)
Newcastle earlier this month, though the form wasn’t done much good
17 2P8-12 WOODS WELL (BF) G Elliott 6 10 9................................. A Ring (3)
FORM VERDICT
when the winner bombed out at Doncaster just a fortnight later. Sussex
18 40-166 DROMNEA M F Morris 10 10 8 .................................M Enright C,T
Ranger was impressive at Sandown recently and clearly has scope for DUKE OF NAVAN looks to have plenty in his favour here for Nicky 19
182-F2 FOREVER GOLD (CD) E Cawley 10 10 8 .......C D Timmons (3) B
improvement in this sphere, but FAMOUS MILLY makes more appeal Richards and is fancied to put aside his early fall at Newbury earlier 20 71PU-7 TEXAS JACK (C) N Meade 11 10 8.....................................B J Cooper
here. She won easily at Aintree last time and evidently handles deep this month. Just 1lb higher than his last victory in April 2015, the nine- 21 8P2U-6 SQUOUATEUR (C) G Elliott 6 10 7........................B J Geraghty T
year-old has only had 10 races over fences and can account for Top
ground, while a 3lb sex allowance is a further bonus.
22
452F6VIEUX MORVAN Joseph P O’Brien 8 10 7.. S Shortall (3) B
Gamble, who was second in the Grade 2 Hill Way Chase at Cork last
23 P-5025 FULL CRY H de Bromhead 7 10 6.......................R Loughran C,T
time. Cyrius Darius and Just Cameron are others to take seriously.
CORAL WELSH GRAND NATIONAL HANDICAP CHASE
24 34PP9- OUT SAM G Elliott 8 10 6....................................................L P Dempsey
ITV4
(GRADE 3) (CLASS 1) £150,000 added 3m 5f 110yds
25 0277-6 SPACE CADET (C) G Elliott 7 10 6...........................................B Hayes
DOWNLOAD THE APP AT 188BET/TBA MARES’
26 431235 PHIL’S MAGIC A J Martin 7 10 3 ..............................D O’Regan C,T
1
69F1-2 VICENTE P Nicholls 8 11 12..................................................H Cobden H
HANDICAP CHASE (CLASS 4) £8,000 added 3m
27 -21419 BAILY MOON (D) M F Morris 6 10 2............... S Crimin (5) C,T
2
4126-1 ROCK THE KASBAH (C) P Hobbs 7 11 10................... R Johnson
108-62 SAME CIRCUS (D) D McCain 6 11 12....................Will Kennedy 28 216615 TESSERACT Joseph P O’Brien 6 10 2.......................... R C Colgan
3
1174-1 BEWARE THE BEAR N Henderson 7 11 10(4ex).......Sean Bowen 1
2231-5 GRACE TARA (D) M Scudamore 8 11 5 .............................. B Poste 29 -5U113 TEACHER’S PET J P Dempsey 6 10 0 .......................RESERVE T
4
2751-1 CHASE THE SPUD F O’Brien 9 11 9............................... P Brennan 2
23413- MILLY BALOO T Easterby 6 11 0..........................................B Hughes 30 2U-383 HE ROCK’S S J Mahon 8 9 13 ........................................RESERVE B,T
5
2/81-0 SILSOL P Nicholls 8 11 8 ................................ Bryony Frost (5) B,T 3
-47273 DAWNIERIVER (D) M Scudamore 7 11 0.............T Bellamy C 31 -321F2 MAGIC OF LIGHT (BF) Mrs J Harrington 6 9 13 RESERVE
6
11F6-2 FINAL NUDGE David Dennis 8 11 6....................................... L Aspell 4
1-8P5P SHENEEDEDTHERUN (C)(D) M Scudamore 7 10 10...........J Kington (3) T
- 31 declared 7
/115-9 POBBLES BAY (C) E Williams 7 11 5..................................A Wedge 5
- 5 declared BETTING: 4-1 Polidam, 11-2 Oscar Knight, 6-1 Squouateur, 10-1 Anibale
8
403P-2 BISHOPS ROAD Kerry Lee 9 11 5...............................Jamie Moore
9
840-16 HOUBLON DES OBEAUX Miss V Williams 10 11 4 ........C Deutsch (3) C BETTING: 5-4 Same Circus, 7-4 Milly Baloo, 5-1 Grace Tara, 10-1 Fly, 12-1 Out Sam, Pleasant Company, 14-1 Ucello Conti, 16-1 Forever
Gold, General Principle, Bonny Kate, 20-1 others.
10
/113-1 WILD WEST WIND (C) T R George 8 11 3(4ex).......C Gethings (3) T Dawnieriver, 25-1 Sheneededtherun.
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3.00
2.10
2.05
2.50
2.40
50
SPORT
FOOTBALL
CHAMPIONSHIP
PREMIER LEAGUE
Pep warns of a
shock if City
fail to focus at
Newcastle
By Andy Hampson
Diogo Jota scores Wolves’ equaliser at Millwall yesterday as the
Championship leaders are forced to settle for a 2-2 draw at The Den PA
Lions tame Wolves
as Bristol City’s
festive joy continues
Johansen sealing the points for
Slavisa Jokanovic’s side with a
As Middlesbrough impressed
breakaway in the seventh minute
new manager Tony Pulis with
of added time.
a comfortable 2-0 victory over
“I am disappointed at losing
Bolton to keep the m in touch
the record,” the Cardiff coach,
with the play-off positions,
Neil Warnock, lamented. “I was
Championship leaders Wolves
disappointed in the goals we
dropped points for the second time conceded. Overall they were better
in four matches to give the chasing
than us.”
pack hope.
Bristol City took advantage
After being held by relegationof Cardiff’s slip-up to move into
threatened Sunderland earlier
second place, maintaining their
this month, Wolves again had to
fine recent form with a 2-0 victory
settle for a point as they were held
over Reading. Having beaten
2-2 by Millwall at The Den.
Manchester United in the
Nuno Espirito Santo
League Cup last week and
saw his side fall behind
with only one defeat
through Lee Gregory
in 13 matches in all
in the opening quarter
competitions, City,
before Diogo Jota and
who host Wolves this
Romain Saiss turned
Saturday, secured the
the match around
points through secondto put the visitors in
half strikes from Jamie
control.
Paterson and Lloyd Kelly
Jake Cooper’s header
(left). “I was worried this
with 18 minutes
game might be where it
remaining brought
caught up with us, but
It’s not an all
Millwall back on level
the boys were fantastic,”
indifferent
terms and Wolves
manager Lee Johnson
result, I knew said. “We were excellent
were unable to find a
breakthrough, going
second half and could have
Millwall
close in injury time
would be like scored three or four. We
through Barry Douglas. they were.
could have conceded too
“It’s not an indifferent
and we’ll have to tighten
We
showed
result, I knew Millwall
up. Against Wolves, they’ll
character
and
would be like they were,”
be in the back of the net.”
Nuno said. “It’s a tough can be proud
Derby fell to fourth
environment to play in.
after a goalless draw at
We showed a lot of character and
Hull, while Leeds strengthened
we can be proud of ourselves.”
their grip on a play-off place,
Cardiff City, second going into
their 2-1 success at Burton giving
yesterday’s matches, wasted the
Thomas Christiansen’s side a
fourth consecutive win. Tom
opportunity to close the gap at
Naylor gave the Brewers a surprise
the top to five points as they were
lead but two quickfire goals on
beaten at home for the first time
the hour, from Pablo Hernandez
this season, going down 4-2 to
and Kemar Roofe, turned the
Fulham in South Wales.
match around for Leeds. “We are
Goals either side of half time
doing quite well at the moment,”
from Tim Ream and Floyd Ayite
Christiansen said. “It is very
put the London side in control but
satisfying. [Hernandez’s goal]
the Bluebirds hit back through
brought us into the game again.”
a fine Kenneth Zohore volley
Sheffield United moved into
from range. Much-admired Ryan
the top six with a 3-0 win over
Sessegnon restored Fulham’s
Sunderland, while Aston Villa
two-goal lead and the sides
were beaten 2-1 at Brentford.
traded injury-time strikes, Stefan
By James Mariner
Pep Guardiola has told Manchester
City to forget about the table when
they face Newcastle at St James’
Park today.
City’s outstanding Premier League
season continued when they chalked
up their 17th successive victory
by thrashing Bournemouth 4-0 on
Saturday.
That gave them a 13-point lead at
the top of the Premier League table
at the season’s halfway point and with
a remarkable 60 goals to their name.
But manager Guardiola is wary of
Newcastle, who are the only team
City have not yet faced in the league
this season.
He said: “Do what we have done
until now – that is what we have to
do, and focus on Newcastle. Focus on
what we have to do on the pitch – defensively, offensively, individually, as
a group.
“Forget a bit about the schedule
and the table and focus on what we
have to do. That is the best way. Fatigue? I don’t think [will be a problem]. It may happen but we have a
good-enough squad.”
Rafa Benitez’s side won for the first
time in 10 Premier League games, 3-2
at West Ham at the weekend, and defender Ciaran Clark hopes the Magpies can take confidence from that
win going into today’s match.
“We know it’s going to be tough
against City, they’re an unbelievable
side which they’ve shown all season,”
said Clark, 28. “But we’ll go out there
and give it our best shot and then who
knows what might happen. Hopefully
we can be the team that stops their
run.
“It is going to be hard work, for a
start. They’ve obviously spent a lot
of money on talent and they’ve obviously got loads of talented players,
the squad they’ve got is unbelievable.
“Hopefully we can take the confidence from the game at West Ham
into the City game.
“When you play against teams
like City you know they are going to
create chances. It is going to be one
of those games that if we can keep
it tight and then create a couple of
chances then we can catch them by
surprise, maybe.”
Pep Guardiola has warned City not to
become complacent at Newcastle
Moyes furious at
referee after late
Wilson equaliser
BOURNEMOUTH
Gosling 29, Ake 57, Wilson 90
3
WEST HAM UNITED
Collins 7, Arnautovic 81, 89
3
Bournemouth
Begovic
Fran is
S Cook
Ake
A mith
Ibe
L Cook
Gosling
Fraser
By Nick Purewal
AT THE VITALITY STADIUM
A controversial stoppage-time goal
rescued a point for Bournemouth
against West Ham in a thrilling
encounter.
Callum Wilson was credited with
the home side’s third after Nathan
Ake headed goalwards. There was a
suspicion of offside but referee Bobby
Madley awarded the equaliser after
a lengthy conversation with assistant
Simon Long.
Wilson’s disputed goal cancelled
out a double from Hammers forward
Marko Arnautovic that had David
Moyes’s travelling side expecting
victory. Arnautovic took his tally to
five goals in as many games with his
late double, the first of which came
after Asmir Begovic’s slip when attempting a regulation clearance.
The Austria forward then slotted
home after Begovic could only redirect Javier Hernandez’s shot.
Wilson’s goal sparked raucous
Kin
ilson
nautov
Lanzini
Masuaku
Obi
Cr sswell
Ayew
g
ate Zabaleta
Ogbonna
Colli s
Adrian
West Ham United
Substitutions: Bournemouth Afobe (King, 65), Pugh
(Fraser, 86); West Ham United Carroll (Obiang, 60),
Hernandez (Ayew, 61), Rice (Zabaleta, 79).
Booked: Bournemouth Francis, L Cook, Ake; West
Ham United Zabaleta, Collins, Cresswell, Ogbonna.
Man of the match Arnautovic.
Match rating 8/10.
Possession: Bournemouth 56% West Ham 44%.
Attempts on target: Bournemouth 10 West Ham 5.
Referee R Madley (West Riding).
Attendance 10,596.
NEWS
2-33
VOICES
16-20
TV
34-35
IQ
37-41
BUSINESS SPORT
42-43
47-56
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27 DECEMBER 2017
51
Football Results and tables
Morata makes sure drama
stays away from the Bridge
CHELSEA
Morata 46, Alonso 60
2
BRIGHTON & HOVE ALBION
0
Chelsea
Courtois
Az ilicueta
Cahill
Rudig r
By Jack Pitt-Brooke
AT STAMFORD BRIDGE
Furious West Ham
players surround
referee Bobby
Madley after
Bournemouth’s late
equaliser yesterday
REUTERS
home celebrations but David Moyes,
the West Ham manager, was furious
afterwards.
“We didn’t defend it well but then
for him [Madley] to overrule the
linesman’s decision was incredible,”
he said. “I’ve got to say when I saw
the commotion there would be no
way he’d overturn it. What you can’t
question is that the player put it in
with the top of his arm.”
The breathless draw preserved the
status quo at the foot of the Premier
League table, with West Ham still sitting outside the drop zone, one place
above Bournemouth, who equalled
their worst Premier League run of
eight matches without a victory.
Hammers skipper James Collins
ghosted free in the box to nod home
from an early corner, only to giftwrap Bournemouth’s equaliser.
Eddie Howe’s men rallied quickly
and ought to have struck when Josh
King toe-ended wide when sliding on
to Wilson’s smart, early cross.
After a couple of missed chances,
the Cherries finally levelled when
Collins miscued an attempted
clearing header and the deflection
dropped kindly to Dan Gosling, who
drilled home their first Boxing Day
goal in the Premier League.
They doubled their tally when Ake
turned home Lewis Cook’s low cross
that had bobbled through the West
Ham box after a corner, and Moyes
chose to shake things up by bringing
on Andy Carroll and Hernandez.
Arnautovic’s eight-minute double
turned the game on its head but just
when the Hammers thought they
were home and dry, up popped Ake
to head goalwards and, to furious
protest from Moyes, Wilson had the
last touch before the ball crossed the
line. THE INDEPENDENT
This is the time of year for riotous upsets, revelry and role-reversal – just
ask Jose Mourinho – but not here at
Stamford Bridge yesterday afternoon. Manchester United’s own bid
for second place has been upturned
this Christmas and now they are level
on points with Chelsea but ahead on
goal difference. There was no misrule
here, as the match went entirely to
Antonio Conte’s script.
Conte knows that his team’s chances
of retaining the title are remote in the
extreme now, but he is still proud of
his players’ dogged pursuit. “Manchester City are doing something
extraordinary, to win every game,”
he said. “There is a great motivation
for me, for the players, and we want
to try to improve. It is very important
for us to start the second half of the
season with a win.”
Brighton and Hove Albion came
and played well, defending with discipline and compact organisation.
They made things difficult for Chelsea, slowed the game down and even
played well with the ball when they
had it. They did not come here to be
expansive – why would they? – but
they executed their game plan as well
as you might expect. It is not an easy
time of year to have a small squad.
The challenge then was whether
Chelsea could break them down. This
is how many Premier League games
play out now, with the small team
camped in and the big team trying to
unpick them.
But Chelsea are tougher than that
and cleverer than that. They simply
came out at full pelt for the start of
the second half and within less than
a minute they were ahead. The goal
that broke the game open came
from the increasingly productive
pairing of Cesar Azpilicueta and Alvaro Morata. As Chelsea advanced,
Fabregas Kante Bakayoko
Moses
Alonso
Morata
Hemed
Izquierdo
Propper
Suttn r
March
tephen
Dunk
Duffy
Kayal
Sc elotto
Ryan
Brighton & Hove
Substitutions: Chelsea Willian (Hazard, 73), Batshuayi
(Morata, 82), Drinkwater (Kanté, 85); Brighton & Hove
Albion Gross (Kayal, 73), Murray (Hemed, 80),
Knockaert (March, 82).
Booked: Brighton & Hove Albion Stephens.
Man of the match Hazard.
Match rating 5/10.
Possession: Chelsea 67% Brighton & Hove 33%.
Attempts on target: Chelsea 8 Brighton & Hove 1.
Referee M Dean (Cheshire).
Attendance 41,568.
Marcos Alonso
(centre) heads
home Chelsea’s
second goal
against
Brighton at
Stamford
Bridge
yesterday AFP/
GETTY
Azpilciueta picked up the ball under
no pressure. Knowing exactly what
Morata was going to do – make a run
in behind Lewis Dunk – he curled a
perfect cross onto his forehead. The
header was emphatic, Morata’s 10th
Premier League goal of the season
and Chelsea were away.
From there the pressure was on
Brighton to come out and play and it
was always more likely that Chelsea
would score a second.
Marcos Alonso hit a beautiful freekick that Mat Ryan had to dive to
keep out but it did not matter. Soon
after Alonso had the second, another
header.
Chelsea could have had more but
they did not need them. The win felt
very routine by the end and credit to
Chelsea for not panicking after a first
half when things did not quite break
their way. THE INDEPENDENT
PREMIER LEAGUE
Bournemouth (1)...3
Gosling 29
Ake 57
Wilson 90
Chelsea (0).................... 2
Morata 46
Alonso 60
Huddersfield (1)......1
Ince 10
West Ham (1).............3
Collins 7
Arnautovic 81, 89
Brighton (0) ...............0
Att 41,568
Stoke (0)........................1
Sobhi 60
Att 24,047
Liverpool (1) ...............5 Swansea (0)................0
Coutinho 6
Att 52,850
Firmino 52, 66
Alexander-Arnold 65
Oxlade-Chamberlain 83
Man Utd (0).................. 2 Burnley (2)..................2
Lingard 53, 90
Barnes 3
Defour 36
Att 75,046
Tottenham (2)............5 Southampton (0)...2
Kane 22, 39, 67
Boufal 64
Alli 49
Tadic 82
Son 51
Att 55,412
Watford (1)................... 2 Leicester (1)................1
Wague 45
Mahrez 37
Schmeichel 65 (og) Att 20,308
West Brom (0) ..........0 Everton (0)..................0
Att 25,364
P W D L F A Pts
Man City
19 18 1 0 60 12 55
Man Utd
20 13 4 3 43 16 43
Chelsea
20 13 3 4 34 14 42
Liverpool
20 10 8 2 46 23 38
Tottenham
20 11 4 5 39 20 37
Arsenal
19 10 4 5 34 23 34
Burnley
20 9 6 5 18 17 33
Leicester
20 7 6 7 30 30 27
Everton
20 7 6 7 24 30 27
Watford
20 7 4 9 29 35 25
Huddersfield 20 6 5 9 18 32 23
Brighton
20 5 6 9 15 25 21
Stoke
20 5 5 10 23 41 20
Southampton 20 4 7 9 20 30 19
Newcastle
19 5 3 11 19 29 18
Crystal Palace 19 4 6 9 16 29 18
West Ham
20 4 6 10 22 38 18
Bournemouth 20 4 5 11 18 31 17
West Brom
20 2 9 9 14 27 15
Swansea
20 3 4 13 11 31 13
THE SKY BET CHAMPIONSHIP
Barnsley (0)................0 Preston N E (0) ........0
Att 14,014
Birmingham (0).......0 Norwich (1) .................2
Att 19,967
Pritchard 33
Murphy 71
Brentford (1).............. 2 Aston Villa (1)...........1
Sawyers 22
Onomah 30
Vibe 52
Att 11,341
Bristol City (0).......... 2 Reading (0)..................0
J Paterson 68
Att 23,116
Kelly 90
Burton Albion (1)...1 Leeds (0)........................2
Naylor 29
Hernandez 61
Roofe 64
Att 5,612
Cardiff (0)...................... 2 Fulham (1)....................4
Zohore 58
Ream 12
Paterson 90
Ayite 56
Sessegnon 78
Johansen 90
Att 21,662
Hull (0).............................0 Derby (0).......................0
Att 18,026
Ipswich (0)....................0 QPR (0) ...........................0
Att 18,696
Middlesbrough (0) 2 Bolton (0).....................0
Braithwaite 49
Att 29,443
Assombalonga 67
Millwall (1) ................... 2 Wolves (1) ....................2
Gregory 13
Jota 45
Cooper 72
Saiss 56
Att 13,121
Nottm Forest (0).....0 Sheff Wed (2).............3
Reach 5
Rhodes 45 (pen)
Lucas Joao 65
Att 28,635
Sheff Utd (1).................3 Sunderland (0)........0
Lundstram 36
Att 30,668
Stearman 58
Baldock 62
P W D L F A Pts
Wolves
24 17 4 3 45 19 55
Bristol City
24 13 8 3 39 24 47
Cardiff
24 14 5 5 35 22 47
Derby
24 13 6 5 38 21 45
Leeds
24 13 3 8 37 27 42
Sheff Utd
24 13 2 9 39 29 41
Middlesbrough 24 11 5 8 32 23 38
Aston Villa
24 10 8 6 32 24 38
Preston N E
24 9 10 5 27 23 37
Ipswich
24 11 3 10 37 33 36
Fulham
24 9 8 7 33 31 35
Brentford
24 8 10 6 37 32 34
Nottm Forest 24 10 1 13 33 41 31
Sheff Wed
24 7 9 8 30 29 30
Norwich
24 8 6 10 24 30 30
Millwall
24 6 9 9 26 27 27
Reading
24 7 6 11 29 32 27
QPR
24 6 9 9 26 34 27
Hull
24 5 8 11 37 41 23
Barnsley
24 5 7 12 25 36 22
Burton Albion 24 5 5 14 17 43 20
Sunderland
24 3 10 11 28 42 19
Bolton
24 4 7 13 23 43 19
Birmingham 24 4 5 15 12 35 17
SKY BET LEAGUE ONE
Blackburn (2) ............. 2 Rochdale (0)...............0
Dack 35
Att 15,115
Mulgrew 42 (pen)
Blackpool (1)............... 2 Scunthorpe (2).........3
Philliskirk 25
Hopper 2
Longstaff 88
Holmes 8
Adelakun 46
Att 3,446
Bradford (0)................1 Peterborough (2)...3
Taylor 83
Lloyd 14
Marriott 33, 67
Att 21,220
Bury (0)...........................0 Rotherham (2)..........3
Ball 5
Frecklington 10
Vaulks 83
Att 4,630
Doncaster (2).............. 3 Northampton (0)...0
Coppinger 33
Att 8,032
Mason 43 (pen)
Butler 66
Gillingham (0)...........1 Oxford Utd (0) ..........1
Wilkinson 87
Ricardinho 52
Att 5,555
MK Dons (0).................0
Att 9,268
Oldham (0)....................1
Bryan 82
Att 4,578
Portsmouth (1)......... 2
Close 45
Pitman 72 (pen)
Southend (2)...............3
Cox 2, 79
Turner 11
Walsall (0).....................0
Plymouth (1) .............1
Sawyer 17
Fleetwood T (0).......2
Cole 50
Hunter 67
Wimbledon (0) ........1
Taylor 50 (pen)
Att 18,644
Charlton (0)................1
Reeves 66
Att 9,588
Bristol Rovers (0).0
Att 5,759
Wigan (0).......................0 Shrewsbury (0).......0
Att 11,115
P W D L F A Pts
Wigan
23 16 4 3 49 12 52
Shrewsbury
23 14 6 3 30 14 48
Blackburn
23 14 5 4 42 20 47
Scunthorpe
24 13 6 5 34 20 45
Bradford
24 13 3 8 37 31 42
Peterborough 24 11 5 8 42 35 38
Portsmouth
24 12 2 10 29 27 38
Rotherham
24 11 3 10 41 33 36
Charlton
23 10 6 7 31 30 36
Oxford Utd
24 8 8 8 36 35 32
Southend
24 8 7 9 29 38 31
Walsall
23 7 9 7 30 31 30
Doncaster
24 8 6 10 26 27 30
Fleetwood Tn 24 8 6 10 33 38 30
Blackpool
24 7 7 10 30 34 28
Bristol Rovers 24 9 1 14 33 41 28
Gillingham
24 6 9 9 23 26 27
Oldham
24 7 6 11 38 46 27
Plymouth
24 7 6 11 23 32 27
MK Dons
24 6 8 10 26 35 26
Wimbledon
23 6 5 12 18 29 23
Northampton 24 6 5 13 19 42 23
Rochdale
23 4 10 9 24 31 22
Bury
23 4 5 14 19 35 17
SKY BET LEAGUE TWO
Cambridge Utd (0).1 Barnet (0).....................0
Maris 62
Att 4,639
Carlisle (1)..................... 3 Accrington S (0) .....1
Devitt 11
Kee 47 (pen)
S Miller 78
Att 5,404
Grainger 83
Cheltenham (0) ........0 Yeovil (0).......................2
Att 3,484
Sowunmi 69
Green 85
Chesterfield (0)........0 Crewe (2).......................2
Att 5,904
Porter 7
Kirk 26
Crawley Town (0)...0 Colchester (1)............2
Att 2,154
Mandron 4
Szmodics 57
Exeter (0) ..................... A Forest Green (0).... A
Att 4,107
Abandoned due to waterlogged pitch.
Grimsby (1)..................1 Mansfield (0).............1
Rose 10
Angol 80
Att 5,704
Lincoln City (1).........3 Stevenage (0)............0
Anderson 34
Att 9,268
Green 63
Ginnelly 80
Morecambe (0).........1 Notts County (2) ....4
Lang 89
Grant 13, 59
Att 1,947
Alessandra 21, 86
Port Vale (0)................1 Coventry (0) ..............0
Smith 79
Att 7,127
Swindon (0) ................0 Luton (0).......................5
Att 8,526
Collins 48
Hylton 55
Taylor 66 (og)
Cornick 72
E Lee 84
Wycombe (1) .............. 2 Newport C (0)...........0
Tyson 15
Att 4,629
Akinfenwa 78
P W D L F A Pts
Luton
24 15 6 3 58 19 51
Notts County 24 13 8 3 43 25 47
Lincoln City
24 11 7 6 31 19 40
Wycombe
24 11 7 6 43 32 40
Colchester
24 11 6 7 35 27 39
Exeter
23 12 3 8 32 29 39
Coventry
24 11 5 8 26 18 38
Mansfield
24 9 10 5 33 27 37
Accrington S 23 11 4 8 35 30 37
Newport Cnty 24 9 8 7 32 28 35
Swindon
23 11 2 10 35 33 35
Carlisle
24 9 7 8 36 33 34
Grimsby
24 9 7 8 26 29 34
Cambridge Utd 24 9 6 9 22 30 33
Cheltenham
24 8 6 10 31 33 30
Stevenage
24 8 6 10 32 37 30
Port Vale
24 8 4 12 25 33 28
Crawley Town 24 7 6 11 22 30 27
Yeovil
24 7 6 11 32 41 27
Crewe
24 8 2 14 26 38 26
Morecambe
24 5 7 12 20 33 22
Barnet
24 5 5 14 24 35 20
Chesterfield
24 5 5 14 26 46 20
Forest Green 23 5 5 13 23 43 20
LADBROKES SCOTTISH PREMIERSHIP
Dundee (0)....................0 Celtic (2).........................2
Att 9,193
Forrest 8
Griffiths 43
P W D L F A Pts
Celtic
21 15 5 1 48 15 50
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
21 5 4 12 21 32 19
Partick
20 4 5 11 17 36 17
Ross County 20 4 4 12 20 33 16
LADBROKES SCOTTISH CHAMPIONSHIP
Dumbarton 1 Livingston 4.
Leading Positions: 1 St Mirren P 18 pts
38, 2 Dundee Utd (17-36), 3 Livingston
(17-29), 4 Dunfermline (18-26), 5 Morton
(17-26), 6 Queen of South (17-26).
VANARAMA NATIONAL LEAGUE
Aldershot 3 Woking 1; Barrow 1 Wrexham 1; Boreham Wood 0 Sutton Utd
4; Chester FC 0 Guiseley 2; Dover 2
Maidstone Utd 2; Eastleigh 1 Torquay 1;
Ebbsfleet United 2 Bromley 1; Gateshead
2 Hartlepool 2; Leyton Orient 2 Dag &
Red 0; Macclesfield 2 FC Halifax 1; Maidenhead Utd 1 Solihull Moors 0; Tranmere
4 AFC Fylde 1.
Leading Positions: 1 Macclesfield P 26
pts 48, 2 Sutton Utd (26-45), 3 Aldershot
(26-44), 4 Wrexham (26-44), 5 Dover (2643), 6 Tranmere (25-40).
52
SPORT
FOOTBALL
PREMIER LEAGUE
Lingard fails to
hide United’s
sudden drop
in standards
MANCHESTER UNITED
Lingard 53, 90
2
BURNLEY
Barnes 3, Defour 36
2
Manchester United
De Gea
You
By Mark Critchley
AT OLD TRAFFORD
When Jesse Lingard’s stoppagetime equaliser crossed the line to all
but ensure that Manchester United
would avoid only their second defeat
at Old Trafford in 43 games, it was
celebrated like a winner by every
player in a red shirt.
A few minutes later, when the final
whistle sounded, reality set in as
those same players realised a hardearned point at home to Burnley is
not, by this club’s standards, enough.
It could easily have been much
worse. Sean Dyche’s brilliant visitors led from the second minute
here after Ashley Barnes bundled
home before Steven Defour doubled
the lead with a fabulous free-kick.
At half-time, a famous three points
seemed on the cards. A second-half
double by substitute Lingard, however, meant United salvaged a point.
And yet, they needed three, especially after drawing at Leicester City
two days previously. Manchester
City can go 15 points clear of their
neighbours and nearest challengers at the top of the Premier League
table tonight with a win at Newcastle.
Burnley’s opener came from a set
piece and Romelu Lukaku was at
fault. The Belgian first ducked underneath Johan Berg Gudmundsson’s
Jones
Rojo
Pogba
Matic
vic
Ibr
Mata
aw
Rashford
Lukaku
Barnes
Arfield
Defour
Gudmundsson
Hendrick
or
Tayl
Long
Mee
B rdsley
Pope
Burnley
Substitutions: Manchester United Mkhitaryan (Rojo,
h-t), Lingard (Ibrahimovic, h-t); Burnley Vokes (Defour,
67), Walters (Barnes, 81).
Booked: Manchester United Rojo, Shaw, Mkhitaryan;
Burnley Barnes, Taylor, Gudmundsson, Bardsley,
Pope, Vokes, Cork.
Man of the match Lingard. Match rating 7/10.
Possession: Manchester United 71% Burnley 29%.
Attempts on target: Manchester United 6 Burnley 2.
Referee M Atkinson (West Riding).
Attendance 75,046.
free-kick, then failed to clear his lines
in the ensuing goalmouth scramble.
When the ball ricocheted into Barnes’
path for a second time, he made no
mistake.
At the other end of the field,
Lukaku and Zlatan Ibrahimovic
were starting together for the first
time and it told. The pair made much
the same runs into the same channels, with their struggles encapsulating a team lacking in rhythm.
After those early forays forward,
Dyche’s side had settled down, bedded in and were ready to battle it out.
Nobody expected a second for the
visitors, which only made Defour’s
strike all the more breathtaking.
Around 30 yards out from goal,
he lifted a free-kick over the wall
and into the top left-hand corner of
David De Gea’s goal. It was the first
time United’s keeper had conceded
from outside the area all season.
Jose Mourinho had to change
something. The Ibrahimovic-Lukaku
experiment was abandoned, with the
former sacrificed, and Lingard was
introduced as one of two changes.
The in-form but much-maligned
academy graduate almost made an
immediate impact but again, like in
the derby, an opposition goalkeeper
denied the Stretford End a goal with
his face. Nick Pope knew little about
Sobhi’s strike earns Stoke a precious point
HUDDERSFIELD TOWN
Ince 10
STOKE CITY
Sobhi 60
1
1
By Liam Blackburn
AT THE JOHN SMITH’S STADIUM
Ramadan Sobhi’s secondhalf equaliser earned a vital
Premier League point for Stoke
in an entertaining draw at
Huddersfield yesterday.
Tom Ince’s first Premier
League goal since February 2014
had given the visitors the lead
after just 10 minutes but Sobhi’s
close-range finish made it all
square on the hour.
Ince’s long wait for another
Premier League goal arrived
early thanks to some lax
defending. Collin Quaner reached
the byline via a Tommy Smith
one-two and his stab back was
latched upon by Ince, who reacted
quickest to score.
Stoke, though,
somehow failed to
find a 27th-minute
leveller, after a
20-second flurry
of chances. Jonas
Lossl saved Ryan
Shawcross’s header
before last-gasp blocks
from Jonathan Hogg and
Chris Lowe kept out Kurt
Zouma and Eric Maxim ChoupoMoting, respectively.
Stoke kept the attack alive,
though, and Choupo-Moting’s
overhead kick was clawed off the
line and on to the post by Lossl,
who then smothered the rebound
with a host of red and white
shirts closing in. The visitors
were convinced referee Anthony
Taylor was going to award the
goal but replays showed around
an inch of the ball had not
crossed the line.
Potters manager Mark
Hughes said afterwards:
“How that hasn’t gone
in, I have no idea.”
Early in the second
half, Huddersfield’s
Steve Mounie landed an
overhead kick on to the roof
of the net and Jack Butland
saved from Rajiv van La Parra
and Ince, before Shawcross’s
injury replacement Sobhi (above)
equalised.
His chance was put on a plate
by Joe Allen, who delivered
a back-post cross that Sobhi
converted. Huddersfield manager
David Wagner said: “I’m very
pleased with the performance.
“We were aggressive and
controlled the open play, but they
were dangerous from set pieces
and scored too. Maybe 1-1 was a
fair result, so we accept it.”
Hughes added: “It was a little
bit to and fro and you could argue
we had more clear-cut chances.
We created some good moments...
and showed good desire.”
Substitutions: Huddersfield Town Lolley (Van La
Parra, 62), Depoitre (Mounie, 62), Malone (Lowe, 83);
Stoke City Sobhi (Shawcross, 32), Diouf (Shaqiri, 65),
Adam (Fletcher, 76).
Booked: Huddersfield Town Schindler, Zanka; Stoke
City Sobhi, Cameron, Zouma, Diouf.
Man of the match Allen. Match rating 6/10.
Possession: Huddersfield Town 59% Stoke 41%.
Attempts on target: Huddersfield Town 8 Stoke 7.
Referee A Taylor (Cheshire).
Attendance 24,047.
Lingard’s strike from point-blank
range as it struck him in the mouth
and was relieved to see it deflect off
him and on to the top of the crossbar.
Shortly after, he was not so lucky
as Lingard found the response
United needed. Showing the kind of
invention his team-mates had lacked
in the first half, the substitute backheeled Ashley Young’s cross around
his marker Kevin Long. His touch
had just enough on it to arc around a
stretching Pope and nestle in the far
corner of the net.
Huddersfield Town
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Quaner
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Hogg
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Mounie
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Zouma Shawcross
Butland
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for Manchester
United’s first
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Watford rediscover their fighting spirit
– with a little help from Schmeichel
WATFORD
Wagué 45, Schmeichel og 65
2
LEICESTER CITY
Mahrez 37
1
Watford
Gomes
Janm at
Wagué
Kabasele
Ze elaar
By Nick Szczepanik
AT VICARAGE ROAD
As the minutes ticked by, it became
clear that Dyche’s side simply were
not going to give up any clear-cut
chances. If an equaliser were to be
found, it would be an ugly one.
Sure enough, Lingard’s second
in the first minute of stoppage time
was a scuffed strike through a mass
of bodies after a brief game of pinball in the Burnley penalty area.
United’s jubilant players did not
care and celebrated wildly but by
the final whistle, their shoulders
were slumped. THE INDEPENDENT
Watford got their pride back at
Vicarage Road, winning for the
first time in seven games and
ending a run of four defeats with
a display of heart and effort.
Leicester had won four of their
previous six games but gave up a
first-half lead far too carelessly
and could not force an equaliser
despite plenty of late pressure.
Riyad Mahrez put Leicester
ahead after 37 minutes with his
sixth league goal of the season but
Malian defender Molla Wagué,
making his first Premier League
start on loan to Watford from
Udinese, equalised just before the
interval.
Abdoulaye Doucouré,
returning after a one-match
suspension, put Watford ahead
after 65 minutes with some help
from Kasper Schmeichel, the
Leicester goalkeeper (below).
The Leicester team looked
more potent than that of
Watford, who were still without
their suspended striker and
talisman, Troy Deeney. In
his absence and with
little evidence of Andre
Gray finding any sort
of form, the Brazilian
Richarlison was tried
in an unfamiliar lone
forward role.
It was Leicester who
had the first meaningful
effort at goal, a looping
header by Shinji Okazaki from a
cross by Ben Chilwell that had to
be fingertipped over the crossbar
by Heurelho Gomes, the Watford
Toothless Baggies
miss golden chance
to end winless streak
WEST BROMWICH ALBION
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By Nick Mashiter
AT THE HAWTHORNS
Wasteful West Brom extended their
winless run to 18 games after failing to find a way through against
Everton yesterday.
Salomon Rondon and Craig
Dawson missed golden chances as
the Baggies still hunt for their first
win under manager Alan Pardew
from six attempts. They are second
bottom of the table, three points
from safety, and will go half a season
without a Premier League victory
if they fail to beat Arsenal at home
on Sunday.
That Albion are not cut adrift
will be a crumb of comfort but they
needed Ben Foster’s late save from
Oumar Niasse to clinch a point.
Rondon wasted a glorious chance
after just five minutes when he failed
to connect with Jay Rodriguez’s
cross just five yards out.
The opening at least gave Albion
belief and the busy Chris Brunt and
Cleverley
Watson
Doucouré
Carrillo
icharliso
Pereyra
Vardy
Albrighton Okazaki Mahrez
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goalkeeper and captain. Gomes
had been at fault with Brighton’s
winner on Saturday and would
have been keen to make
amends.
But he should have
been beaten after
25 minutes. Marc
Albrighton played a
superbly-weighted
pass through the
defence with the
outside of his right foot,
sending Jamie Vardy clear.
He sped away from the defenders
and attempted to lift the ball over
the advancing Gomes. The net
rippled, but although the visiting
fans saluted a goal, the ball had
gone the wrong side of the post.
Watford took heart from that
lucky escape and Doucouré had
a fierce shot blocked by Harry
Maguire, while Andre Carrillo
began to look dangerous on the
right. But when the breakthrough
came after 37 minutes, it was
Leicester who made it. Okazaki
played Albrighton in down the
left and the winger checked back
onto his right and sent the ball
onto the head of Mahrez, who
headed back across Gomes. The
goalkeeper got his fingers to the
ball, but the header was simply
too well-placed to keep out.
Rodriguez also went close before
Dawson should have given the hosts
the lead after 19 minutes, only to
power a header over from six yards.
The home side’s profligacy
continued four minutes into
the second half when Rondon (right) sliced wildly
wide and the striker’s
afternoon ended shortly
after when he limped off
with a hamstring problem.
After the match, Pardew
said: “Nine times out of 10 you
win that game, we just couldn’t find
that moment. We missed a couple of
chances early on but I don’t know if
that affected the strikers.
“It’s a shame we couldn’t get the
win as with the other teams drawing
it would have been a significant win.”
Without 11-goal Wayne Rooney, out
with a virus, Everton were toothless
themselves and relied on Albion’s
poor finishing to extend their unbeaten run to eight games.
However, they almost completed
a smash-and-grab win with two
minutes left but Foster saved
Niasse’s low effort.
Everton manager Sam Allardyce was delighted that
his side continued their
recent good run. He
said: “It’s a great point
for us under the pressure we came under. I
thought our defensive
qualities yet again were
a major part in that.
“O umar could have
won it. Whether we deserved
it doesn’t matter, in the Premier
League you get what you can.”
Substitutions: West Bromwich Albion Robson-Kanu
(Rondon, 53), Krychowiak (Livermore, 69), McClean
(Phillips, 88); Everton Niasse (Calvert-Lewin, 61),
Lennon (Bolasie, 61), Baningime (Davies, 88).
Booked: West Bromwich Albion Dawson, Barry.
Man of the match Keane.
Match rating 4/10.
Possession: West Bromwich 53% Everton 47%.
Attempts on target: West Bromwich 3 Everton 3.
Referee R East (Wiltshire).
Attendance 25,364.
Substitutions: Watford Okaka (Pereyra, 44), Prodl
(Watson, 87), Sinclair (Carrillo, 90); Leicester City
D Gray (Dragovic, 73), Slimani (Okazaki, 73), Ulloa
(King, 84).
Booked: Watford Watson, Kabasele, Zeegelaar;
Leicester City Maguire, Dragovic, King.
Man of the match Albrighton. Match rating 6/10.
Possession: Watford 50% Leicester City 50%.
Attempts on target: Watford 1 Leicester City 5.
Referee C Kavanagh (Manchester).
Attendance 20,308.
But in the final minute of the
first half it was 1-1. Leicester
failed to clear a corner from the
left and the ball bounced off Wes
Morgan to Wagué, who shot in off
Schmeichel.
Leicester regrouped and
Mahrez’s low cross from the right
only just evaded the onrushing
Vardy but they were behind 20
minutes into the second half
when Schmeichel stayed on his
line as Cleverley sent a free kick
beyond the far post. Doucouré
met it with his left foot and
Schmeichel’s touch only helped
the ball across the line and in.
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Kane scores
hat-trick to
eclipse Messi
and Shearer
TOTTENHAM HOTSPUR
Kane 22, 39, 67, Alli 49, Son 51
5
SOUTHAMPTON
Boufal 64, Tadic 82
2
By Darren Witcoop
Tottenham Hotspur
Lloris
Auri r
Sanchez Vertonghen
AT WEMBLEY STADIUM
Harry Kane did not just break the
goals record for the calendar year,
he left his rivals trailing in his wake
after his eighth hat-trick of 2017
helped Tottenham Hotspur thump
sorry Southampton.
Kane took just 22 minutes to break
Alan Shearer’s 22-year record when
he opened the scoring. Before long
Lionel Messi’s goal haul of 54 in
Europe in 2017 had been eclipsed
and Kane ended the year with another one for good measure.
Given Kane is still just 24, few will
be surprised if he goes on to set alltime records. Dele Alli and Son Heung-min also scored for Spurs, but
this was Kane’s day.
The England striker said it was
a “great feeling” to break Shearer’s
record. “It was hard not to think
about it, going into the game being
level,” he admitted.
“As always I wanted to win the
game first and foremost, but of
course I wanted to score, as a striker. To get that goal early on and get
that record was a great feeling and
I could enjoy the rest of the game.”
Spurs manager Mauricio Pochettino hailed Kane as the best in the
world. “First of all I want to congratulate Harry, massive achievement
for him, well deserved,” said the Argentinian coach.
“And we are all so, so, happy because it’s an amazing thing to celebrate. For me, he’s world class.
Today, No 1 striker in the world; in
his specific position, who’s better?”
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Substitutions: Tottenham Hotspur Sissoko (Dembélé,
54), Lamela (Son, 76), Winks (Alli, 84); Southampton
Tadic (Redmond, 63), Gabbiadini (Lemina, 63),
McQueen (Targett, 77).
Booked: Southampton Hojbjerg, Long.
Man of the match Kane.
Match rating 8/10.
Possession: Tottenham 57% Southampton 43%.
Attempts on target: Tottenham 7 Southampton 6.
Referee G Scott (Berks & Bucks).
Attendance 55,412.
After early pressure it was inAll eyes were on Kane but
evitable the breakthrough
it was the absence of
would come, and of course
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and from Christian
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Eriksen’s free -kick
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six
fewer
Kane headed home
be on his way next
than Alan Shearer
from close-range for the
month but without
record-breaking goal in the
him, his team-mates
22nd minute and was mobbed
were tested by a freeby his team-mates.
scoring Spurs side.
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Touré ‘wants to play
for Ivory Coast again’
Yaya Touré has reversed his
international retirement and hopes
to win another trophy with Ivory
Coast, according to his agent.
Dimitri Seluk tweeted yesterday
that the 34-year-old was ready
to return to international action,
having last played for his country in
September 2016. “Yaya Touré has
decided to return to Ivory Coast
national team. He wants to win
another trophy with the Elephants
of Ivory Coast,” Seluk wrote.
Before long, Shearer had tweeted
his congratulations to Kane. Southampton threatened to cut short
the celebrations within a minute.
Sofiane Boufal’s shot was pushed
away by Hugo Lloris but the French
keeper misjudged Rose’s cushioned
header back.
The French No 1, on his 31st birthday, was saved by the post as the ball
stayed out and a comical own goal
was narrowly averted.
Tottenham have not lost a league
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Curran’s non-wicket ‘worst feeling’
Wigan maintain lead
at top despite draw
England’s Tom Curran described
the agony of seeing his first
Test wicket chalked off
for a no-ball as “the
worst feeling I’ve had”.
Making his debut
yesterday, Curran’s
Test career appeared
to be off to a dream
start when he had David
Warner caught at mid-on
for 99. But Curran had
marginally overstepped the line
and a reprieved Warner went on to
reach his century with the following
ball. Curran (left) revealed that
on the previous delivery he
had asked umpire Kumar
Dharmasena for guidance
on where his foot was
landing on the crease.
“He said half-and-half,”
Curran said. “So I moved
a little bit forward. Gutted.
It was horrible, the worst
feeling I’ve had, but looking at
the positives, I get to get my first
wicket twice.”
Wigan remain four points clear at
the top of League One after being
held to a goalless home draw by
second-placed Shrewsbury. Will
Grigg and Max Power both hit the
crossbar for Wigan as the Shrews
extended their unbeaten run in
all competitions to six matches.
Blackburn stretched their own
unbeaten league run to 12 with a 2-0
home win against Rochdale, thanks
to goals from Bradley Dack and
Charlie Mulgrew’s first-half penalty.
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Chelsea
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Tottenham 20
Arsenal
19
Burnley
20
Leicester
20
Everton
20
Watford
20
Hudd’field 20
Brighton
20
Stoke
20
So’ton
20
Newcastle 19
C Palace
19
West Ham 20
B’mouth
20
West Brom 20
Swansea
20
W
18
13
13
10
11
10
9
7
7
7
6
5
5
4
5
4
4
4
2
3
D
1
4
3
8
4
4
6
6
6
4
5
6
5
7
3
6
6
5
9
4
L
0
3
4
2
5
5
5
7
7
9
9
9
10
9
11
9
10
11
9
13
F
60
43
34
46
39
34
18
30
24
29
18
15
23
20
19
16
22
18
14
11
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16 43
14 42
23 38
20 37
23 34
17 33
30 27
30 27
35 25
32 23
25 21
41 20
30 19
29 18
29 18
38 18
31 17
27 15
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Harry Kane beats Oriel Romeu to
head in his first goal yesterday GETTY
Just after the break Shane Long
burst through for Southampton
but could not get the purchase required on the shot. The same could
not be said for his team-mate Mario
Lemina, who rattled the crossbar
moments later.
In the 49th minute, Alli ensured
there would be no way back. His
form has been in question lately but
he showed quick feet before curling
his shot past Fraser Forster.
Then it was the turn of Son to get
on the score sheet, collecting Alli’s
perfectly weighted pass to fire beyond Forster after another quick
counter-attack.
The Southampton supporters let
their feelings known, with underpressure manager Mauricio Pellegri
forced to listen to calls for him to
be sacked. Tottenham, meanwhile,
had taken their foot off the gas, and
sloppy defending led to Southampton
scoring through Boufal in the 64th
minute. Serge Aurier was guilty and
November 2016 and, given
Lloris should have done better
Southampton’s struggles in
as Boufal’s shot beat him at
front of goal, you would
his near post.
not have bet on that
Normal service was
record changing once
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utes when Kane colPL goals scored by
the home side’s lead
lected Alli’s pass to
Kane for Spurs –
in the 38th minute.
chip home for the best
one behind Teddy
It was all too easy as
of the lot. SouthampSheringham’s club
Spurs manipulated the
ton substitute Dusan
record
ball before Alli sent Son
Tadic scored in the 82nd
minute, but it was a mere
scampering through and
consolation on a day domihis cross was diverted home
nated by Kane. THE INDEPENDENT
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LIVERPOOL
Coutinho 6, Firmino 52, 66,
Alexander-Arnold 65,
Oxlade-Chamberlain 82
SWANSEA CITY
55
0
By Simon Hughes
AT ANFIELD
This was a night where Philippe
Coutinho illustrated why Barcelona
are still determined to sign him. It
also illustrated why Liverpool must
be as resilient as they were in the
summer to keep him if they want to
remind the world they are serious
about winning trophies.
Coutinho showed his stellar quality, scoring the game’s opening goal
before supplying a second for Roberto Firmino. Coutinho was on a
different level, reminding us that he
is ready to play for a team that wins
trophies. This was his 200th appearance for Liverpool and he has lived
on Merseyside long enough to expect at least one.
He would improve himself at
Barcelona. He would improve Barcelona. Can Liverpool’s steady development accelerate to the point
where it matches the ambition of
their best players?
There were the typical flashes
that makes this Liverpool side appear so irresistible and Swansea
survived until the fifth minute when
Jordan Ayew took the risk of dribbling across the pitch from left
to centre, falling under a limited
amount of pressure. Seconds later
Liverpool were ahead. Firmino did
the donkey work, Mohamed Salah
passed to Coutinho and his shot
from 25 yards flew past a motionless
Lukasz Fabianski. Glorious.
Swansea had come to defend.
Falling behind so early did not alter
their game plan at all initially and
this meant that Oliver McBurnie,
the lone centre-forward, was compeltely isolated. It was a bad night
for caretaker manager Leon Britton
and Swansea need to find the right
manager quickly if they are to be
saved from relegation.
For Liverpool, neither Joel Matip
nor Ragnar Klavan were under pressure when in possession. Because
neither possesses the ball-playing
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RACING
Tony Pulis was yesterday appointed
the new manager of Championship
side Middlesbrough – and he
watched from the stands as his new
team beat Bolton Wanderers 2-0 at
the Riverside.
The 59-year-old Welshman took
over from Garry Monk, who was
sacked last Saturday after a 2-1 win
at Sheffield Wednesday that left
them ninth in the table.
Pulis (right), who had been linked
with the Swansea City vacancy
following Paul Clement’s departure,
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‘Gorgeous’ Might Bite
wins King George VI
Might Bite lived up to his lofty
reputation from novice days to
land the King George VI Chase at
Kempton. Nico de Boinville’s mount,
who has been known for his quirky
nature, was made to fight all the way
by second-placed Double Shuffle
(50-1) and Tea For Two (20-1) in
third. Trainer Nicky Henderson
said: “He has so much presence and
charisma. You can’t help but love
him as he’s gorgeous.”
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first time against Aston Villa at the
Riverside this Saturday.
After yesterday’s match,
where second-half goals
from Martin Braithwaite
and Britt Assombalonga
secured victory, he
accepted it was not
going to be easy to secure
the club a return to the
Premier League.
Pulis said: “I’m not going
to turn water into wine. I have to
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Lallana (Salah, 69), Milner (Robertson, 75); Swansea
City Abraham (McBurnie, 62), Clucas (Mesa, 65),
Sanches (Fer, 78).
Booked: Swansea City Olsson.
Man of the match Firmino.
Match rating 7/10.
Possession: Liverpool 55% Swansea City 45%.
Attempts on target: Liverpool 9 Swansea City 4.
Referee K Friend (Leicestershire).
Attendance 52,850.
make sure that I have a good look at
the place before I start making any
predictions. What I will say is that
there was some very good play
from us at times. I liked the
attitude in the dressing
room at half-time too – it
was very good.
“The club is ninth
in the division [at the
start of the day], but if
everything at the club
was spot on and working
well, I wouldn’t be here
talking. Garry still would be.”
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abilities to pass his way out of defence or spring forward and make
opposition midfields think twice
about what they are doing, it can
sometimes make Liverpool quite
predictable to play against.
Liverpool were in control here
but having drawn with Everton and
Arsenal in the last two weeks, when
wins should have been settled before
recoveries were afforded, Firmino
could have done with finishing off
his chance shortly before the break.
Released by Salah, he decided to try
to beat Federico Fernandez again
and screwed his shot wide.
Firmino would end up scoring
twice after an unselfish assist from
Salah, while Alex Oxlade-Chamberlain would later make it 5-0, but before that there was another moment
to cherish.
It ended with Trent AlexanderArnold lashing a half volley past
Fabianski. The teenage right-back
has been compared to Steven Gerrard because he is local, he has already made it his public mission
statement to become Liverpool’s
captain and he has the technical
ability that makes him a dangerous
crosser. Here, he celebrated like
Gerrard, sliding on his knees in front
of the Kop. THE INDEPENDENT
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£300m I’ve spent at United
‘not enough’, says Mourinho
By Mark Critchley
P48
Jose Mourinho last night claimed
that the money Manchester United
have spent in the transfer market is
still “not enough” to compete with
Manchester City.
United lost more ground on the
Premier League leaders yesterday
when they drew 2-2 against Sean
Dyche’s Burnley at Old Trafford,
three days after sharing the points
with Leicester City.
While Manchester City remain
unbeaten at the top of the table,
United have dropped seven of the
last 15 points and watched their
neighbours streak ahead. Pep Guardiola’s side will be 15 points clear if
they beat Newcastle United tonight.
When asked whether such a record
was acceptable at a “big club”, Mourinho differentiated between a big
club and a “big football team”, claiming United’s squad still requires work
if it is to match a club that can “buy
full-backs for the price of strikers”.
“You think Milan is not as big as
us? You think they are not as big as
we are? You think Real, Inter Milan
is not as big as we are? There are
many big clubs,” Mourinho said.
“I know what is a big club. One
thing is a big club and another thing
is a big football team. We are in the
second year of trying to rebuild a
football team that is not one of the
best teams in the world.”
Guardiola has spent a total of
£416m since arriving at the Etihad
in 2016. Mourinho was appointed at
Old Trafford at the same time and
has spent less, just under £300m on
seven players during his 18 months
in the job, but the United manager
insists that yet more money must be
made available to him.
“It is not enough. The price for the
big clubs is different for the other
clubs,” he said. “The big historical
clubs, they are normally punished in
the market for their history. The boys
are doing what they can and they are
doing fine.” THE INDEPENDENT
» Man United 2 Burnley 2, p52
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