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QUA L I T Y, C O N C I S E – T H E F U T U R E O F I N D E PE N D E N T JOU R NA L I S M
Face of the
first Brit
DNA reveals
unexpected
ancestor
P5
Suffrage centenary
Parliament’s women mark 100 years
Millions
to benefit
from new
workers’
rights
WEDNESDAY
7 FEBRUARY 2018
Number 2,248
Reforming
kingdom
Special report from
Saudi Arabia
P8-9
Stormy
weather
New BBC map
divides UK
P19
Turmoil on
the markets
£50bn wiped
from the
FTSE 100
P6
P25
» Help for staff denied sickness and holiday pay
under wide-ranging plan to reform ‘gig economy’
» Fast-tracked complaints can be brought against
unfair bosses who will face heavier penalties
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POLITICS
Kim Wilde
fears abduction
and being forced
to sing ‘Kids in
America’ where?
See p.17
The day at
a glance
WEDNESDAY
7
FEBRUARY
Quote of the day
MARTIN FARQUHAR
TUPPER
COURTS
SCOTLAND
POLAND
PEOPLE
31,000 people sign
anti-Trump petition
‘Holocaust Bill’
signed by President
Marines to welcome
Harry and Meghan
An arrest warrant against
WikiLeaks founder Julian Assange
remains valid Westminster
Magistrates’ Court has ruled. He has
been in the Ecuadorian Embassy
in London, since 2012 to avoid
extradition to Sweden over a sexual
assault allegation, despite Sweden
dropping its extradition application.
Campaigners have handed
councillors a petition signed by
31,000 people opposed to the Trump
Organisation’s plans for a second golf
course in Aberdeenshire. Proposals
were submitted for a second 18-hole
course at Balmedie in 2015. Donald
Trump’s first course in the area
opened in 2012.
President Andrzej Duda has signed
a Bill that outlaws blaming Poland
as a nation for crimes committed
by Nazis during the Holocaust. The
legislation approved by MPs carries
fines and prison sentences of up to
three years for public statements
that falsely attribute the crimes of
Nazi Germany to Poland.
Prince Harry and Meghan Markle
will visit Edinburgh on their first
official joint visit to Scotland next
week. The Prince and his fiancée
will see a social enterprise café
before going to a reception at the
Palace of Holyroodhouse. They will
be officially welcomed by the Royal
Marines Scotland Band.
CRIME
A major cigarette smuggling
operation has been disrupted by
Border Force officers at Belfast
Port. Eight million cigarettes for
sale in the UK were discovered on
a ship from Singaporey, the Border
Force said. The load was listed as
bed linen with a delivery address
in Co Down.
Birthdays
Chris Rock, comedian, 53;
Ashton Kutcher, actor, 40;
Garth Brooks, country
singer, 56; Kate Thornton
(below), presenter, 45;
Eddie Izzard, comedian, 56;
Ray Mears, woodsman, 54
Anniversaries
Friday 7 February 1992
Ministers from the 12
countries in the European
Community take another
step towards political and
economic union by signing
the Treaty on European
Union and the Maastricht
Final Act, which had been
agreed in the southern
Dutch town of Maastricht
the previous December.
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Crossword.............21
TV & Radio...........28
Travel.........................33
Business..................38
Puzzles.....................44
Weather...................47
Politicians at Westminster should
move into Buckingham Palace
during the multi-billion pound
restoration of Parliament, a peer
has suggested. Labour’s Lord Desai
argued it was the only building in the
area large enough to accommodate
both Houses “with room to spare”.
Assange arrest
warrant still valid
Millions of cigarettes
listed as bed linen
Well-timed silence
hath more eloquence
than speech
‘Move Parliament to
Buckingham Palace’
The List
Most common causes
of micro-stress
Life can be stressful and, according
to research, people spend 27 days
every year “micro-stressing” –
letting little things get to them.
According to the study, people in
Britain spend just under two hours
each day feeling tense, with nearly
two-thirds (38 per cent) putting it
down to the pressures of everyday
life. Here are the top 15
micro-stress triggers:
1 Losing a wallet
2 Leaving a bag or other
belongings on public transport
3 Losing a phone
4 Losing a bank card
5 Pet going missing
6 Breaking down in the car
7 Missing a flight/train/bus
8 Forgetting to lock a door
9 Losing keys
10 Arguing with a partner
11 Being on time
12 Not having cash to hand
13 Forgetting passwords
14 Missing an appointment
15 Having enough money to last
until the end of the month
SOURCE: VODAFONE
Newspapers support recycling
The recycled content of UK
newspapers in 2015 was 71%
FASHION
ENVIRONMENT
Greenhouse gas emissions in
2016 in the UK:
The road to
pollution
Transport became the
largest sector for
greenhouse gas
pollution in 2016 as
emissions overall fell
five per cent in a year.
Latest figures have
revealed transport
was responsible for
26 per cent of all
greenhouse gas
emissions. The
reduction in
pollution was
mostly due to a
decrease in the
use of coal for
electricity
generation.
WORDS:
FLORENCE SNEAD
GRAPHIC:
NICK COLES
26%
TRANSPORT
+2%year on year
25%
Louboutin fighting
for red soles in court
In 1993 French fashion designer
Christian Louboutin used an
assistant’s “Chinese Red” nail polish
to coat the soles of high heels, which
became an iconic look. Now he is
fighting to protect his signature style
as senior judges at the European
Court of Justice discuss whether his
trademark remains valid. PAGE 41
FRANCE
Tourists get eyeful of
snow-encased Eiffel
ENERGY SUPPLY
-17%
17%
The Eiffel Tower was closed because
of bad weather yesterday. Visitors
to Paris had to admire the snowcovered tower from afar, clutching
umbrellas as the snow continued
all day. Twenty-eight French
departments, eight in Paris, have
been placed on orange (danger) alert
because of the weather conditions.
BUSINESS
-5%
14%
RESIDENTIAL
+4%
SOUTH AFRICA
10%
AGRICULTURE
4% WASTE MANAGEMENT
4% OTHER
No change
41%
+5%
-10%
the amount by which
greenhouse gas
emissions in the UK
have fallen since 1990
SOURCE: DEPARTMENT FOR BUSINESS,
ENERGY AND INDUSTRIAL STRATEGY
Zuma speech called
off over heckle fears
South African President Jacob
Zuma (above) will not give the
state of the nation address in
parliament because of concerns that
his speech would be heckled. The
embarrassing decision to postpone
tomorrow’s speech added to growing
momentum against Mr Zuma, who
faces allegations of wrongdoing.
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i WEDNESDAY
7 FEBRUARY 2018
BUSINESS SPORT
38-43
48-56
Letter from the
Science Correspondent
PHILIPPINES
ThePage3Profile
KATIE PRICE, ONLINE ABUSE CAMPAIGNER
Why was Katie Price in Parliament.
The former model and reality TV star, has
taken her campaign for internet trolling
to be made a crime to Westminster. She
spent 40 minutes taking questions from
MPs, along with her mother Amy, at the
Commons Petitions Committee. It follows
her revelation of the “horrific” online abuse
to which her 15-year-old son Harvey
(pictured with his mother at Westminster
yesterday ) has been subjected to. Harvey
is partially blind, autistic and has PraderWilli syndrome, a rare genetic condition
that causes learning difficulties. “He can’t
speak to defend himself, I can,” she said told
MPs who have launched an inquiry into
online abuse after a petition started by her
was backed by more than 200,000 people.
Duterte puts squeeze
on criminals’ cars
Tom Bawden
Bulldozers a destroyed more than
two dozen luxury cars, including
Porsches, Mercedes and Jaguars
in the Philippines yesterday, as
part of a tough crackdown on crime
and corruption. President Rodrigo
Duterte watched as the vehicles,
some valued at £80,000, were
reduced to piles of scrap.
Cheddar Man: the
best story I have
ever covered
i@inews.co.uk
The news that the first Britons
were black is the most fascinating
story I have covered in 20 years as
a journalist.
Scientists used DNA tests
to put a face to Britain’s oldest
complete skeleton – known as
Cheddar Man (page 5). And to their
amazement they found that he
had dark, curly hair, blue eyes and
dark skin. Hearing this stopped
me in my tracks, though I found it
difficult to put a finger on why.
Perhaps it’s because it offers
an antidote to the bitter divisions
running through our country
at the moment which – despite
protestations to the contrary –
seem to me to contain at least an
element of racism. The discovery
that the first British settlers were
black must surely make people
stop and think about just how
fluid British identity is.
Or maybe it’s because it shows
things are never as as fixed as
some may think. By extension,
it also implies that we’re all
fundamentally so much more
similar than we can be led to
believe by the the divisions of
cultures, nations, and history.
The fact that the first Briton
was black is surely the most
stark symbol you could get in
this country about the changing
nature of life - one that may cause
some of us to rethink a whole host
of stereotypes relating to religion,
race, gender and sexuality. And
it may even prompt many to
consider how fluid their own
identity is - and how change may
not be as difficult to effect as we
might think.
In a year marked by the
divisions of Brexit and the whims
of Donald Trump, it can’t be a bad
thing to be reminded about what
we all share.
SCOTLAND
‘Tiger on the loose’
was large cuddly toy
Armed police were sent to an
Aberdeenshire farm after reports a
tiger was on the loose. The farmer
called Police Scotland and officers
checked with local wildlife parks and
sent a number of units, including an
armed response team, to the farm.
However, a large cuddly toy was the
only strange presence in the shed.
It’s still not against the law?
No. In fact Ms Price, who has four other
children, revealed she had gone to police
to complain about the trolling but was told
they were unable to charge anyone because
of a lack of specific legislation to deal with
such abuse. Ms Price has received the
backing from MPs Stella Creasy, who has
been trolled online, and John Whittingdale
among others. Mencap has also backed her.
“Katie Price deserves credit for placing a
spotlight on this issue,” said Rob Holland,
Public Affairs Manager of the charity. “We
hope this will lead to tougher deterrents
to anyone who wishes to target and abuse
someone online due to their disability.”
MUSIC
Kool group to join
Hall of Fame
The 2018 Songwriters Hall of Fame
will include John Mellencamp,
Alan Jackson, Kool & the Gang and
Jermaine Dupri, who becomes the
second hip-hop act to be inducted.
Allee Willis, who co-wrote the
musical The Color Purple and “I’ll
Be There for You” – the theme from
Friends – will also be inducted.
What did she say?
She wants a “Harvey’s Law” to make
such abuse is illegal. She insisted the
criminalisation of online abuse should not
be restricted just to those targeting the
disabled. “I know I’m here because it started
off because Harvey and his disabilities but
this isn’t just for people with disabilities.
It will help everybody,” she told the
committee. “Like me or hate me, I’m here to
protect others.” She also wants a register
of people found guilty of online abuse.
“If they are big enough to go behind their
computers and say these things then I want
them named and shamed,” she said.
UNITED STATES
‘Lounge’ lizard turns
up in woman’s salad
A Maine woman realised after a
couple of bites of her salad that her
fork was stuck in a three-inch lizard.
After vomiting and getting over her
shock, Michelle Carr, a nurse from
Kittery, said she feared she could
have ingested harmful bacteria. A
biologist friend believes she found a
blue-bellied lizard from California.
But what about freedom of speech?
Ms Price was adamant that this should be
dealt with carefully and that there should
be a debate about how bad abuse had to be
before it was judged illegal.
Jane Clinton
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NEWS
PARLIAMENT
WEATHER
Former finance
boss at Carillion
denies being
‘asleep at wheel’
Cold snap could
last until March,
say forecasters
By Ben Chapman
Carillion’s former chief executive
admitted failings in the run-up to
the construction firm’s collapse last
month as he and other top bosses
faced a volley of tough questions
from MPs yesterday.
“Clearly the business did have
issues – undoubtedly,” Keith
Cochrane told a joint Business
and Pensions Select Committee.
“And clearly, do I wish we had
done something about it sooner?
Absolutely. I recognise that.”
Carillion’s former chief financial
officer Zafer Khan who also
appeared before the committee,
denied that he had been “asleep at
the wheel”. “As soon as I came into
the role, we were looking to tackle
Hospital Handover delay
Completion of a £335m hospital is
facing a “significant delay” following
the collapse of Carillion, an NHS
chief executive has warned.
The firm, which went into liquidation last month, was building the
646-bed Royal Liverpool University
Hospital in Merseyside.
The project was behind schedule
and Carillion had told the Royal
Liverpool and Broadgreen University Hospitals NHS Trust it could not
meet a 28 February handover date.
The Trust’s chief executive Aidan
Kehoe said its “preferred option was
for sub-contractors and Carillion
staff who worked on the project to
complete it”. But he added: “Many
of the sub-contractors are experiencing severe financial difficulties.”
the issues, and the key focus of my
time in the role was to bring net debt
down,” he said.
He initially appeared to claim that
he had reduced the company’s debt,
but conceded that it had increased
during his nine-month tenure.
MPs heard that Carillion will
continue to pay Mr Khan’s £425,000
salary for the year after he was
sacked in September. He left the
company just four months before
it collapsed, leaving hundreds of
workers redundant and publicsector contracts in turmoil.
He added that he did not expect
the company to collapse. “I was
surprised at the outcome that
eventually came to pass.”
Emma Mercer, who took over
from Mr Khan in September 2017,
said the company had adopted a
“more aggressive” approach to
accounting in the years running up
to its collapse, under Mr Khan and
his predecessors. “We were taking
judgements on more contracts and
the size of those judgements had
increased,” she said. That meant
that when the prospects of being
paid for those contracts quickly
deteriorated, “it was very difficult
to withstand those deteriorations.”
Mr Cochrane, who replaced
Richard Howson as chief executive
last July, said he was “truly sorry”
for the collapse. THE INDEPENDENT
Carillion was put into
liquidation in January
with debts of around £900m and
a pension deficit thought to be at
least £587m.
By Jane Clinton
Soldiers on exercise at
Stainmore on the border
between Durham and Cumbria
in the Pennines had a frosty
reception when they were
caught in a blizzard yesterday
(left) – and the cold snap looks
set to continue for at least the
next month.
The Met Office said “a
prolonged cold period” with
below-average temperatures
was expected for most of
February and could even
continue to be felt in March.
Snowfall caused motorway
pile-ups yesterday and flights
were cancelled on the second
day of what is expected to be
the UK’s coldest week of winter
with more freezing weather in
store. With snowfall expected
in most of the country there are
a series of weather warnings
in force. The Met Office has
put out two yellow warnings
meaning severe weather is on
the way with frost and snow
likely over the country. It
advises to plan ahead and to
regularly check updates.
Fighting the cold: Soldiers in the blizzard at Stainmore in the PenninesPA
New weather map, page 19
NHS
Computers cause ‘hundreds of deaths a year’
By Ella Pickover
Problems with computers could be
blamed for up to 900 patient deaths
in the NHS a year, experts have said.
Computers are embedded across
the NHS but many are “bad” and “low
quality”, according to two academics.
Devices in hospitals – which are
used for a range of applications from
storing patient records and making
appointments to systems embedded
in devices like MRI scanners and dialysis machines – are “unnecessarily
buggy” and “susceptible to cyber-attack”, according to Professor Harold
Thimbleby, of Gresham College, London, and Swansea University.
He and colleague, Professor Martyn Thomas, of Gresham College,
estimate that hundreds of deaths
a year could be caused by computer problems.
Prof Thimbleby said: “There isn’t a
good word to describe how bad stuff
in a hospital is and how unaware staff
are of the low quality. They’re overworked, they’ve got a job to do and understanding the computer systems
isn’t part of it, so it’s understandable.”
NEWS
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VOICES
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i WEDNESDAY
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5
SCIENCE
Meet our ancestor: first Briton who lived
12,000 years ago had ‘dark to black’ skin
NATURAL HISTORY
By Tom Bawden
SCIENCE CORRESPONDENT
S c i e n t i s t s t o d ay m a ke t h e
extraordinary revelation that the
first modern Briton, who lived 300
generations ago, was black.
The surprise finding of DNA
tests on the UK’s oldest complete
skeleton, known as Cheddar Man,
show that it belonged to a man with
dark curly hair, blue eyes and “dark
to black” skin pigmentation.
The analysis of a tiny sample of
ground-up skull bone revealed that
the 12,000-year-old man it belonged
to had completely different features
to the pale skin and light hair that
the researchers had expected.
And it demonstrates that
whiter skin is a much more recent
development in Europe than
previously thought – evolving to
help people produce more vitamin D
from sunlight.
These discoveries shine a
spotlight on the fluidity of the human
body and they are so dramatic they
have the potential to transform the
way some people see British identity,
experts said.
“This is not what I would have
guessed for someone in Britain
10,000 years ago. Of course skin
colour is only a few bits of DNA
but we humans make it much
more socially significant,” said one
of the project leaders, Professor
Chris Stringer, of the Natural
History Museum.
“We think that we all know what
we are and who we are - but actually
the truth is that things have always
changed and will always change,”
added Steven Clarke, who has made
a film about the project.
When Cheddar Man was alive
Britain’s population would have
only numbered around 12,000
people, scattered sparsely around
the country.
These settlers would have arrived
Climate change
wiped out earlier
cannibal settlers
By Tom Bawden
SCIENCE CORRESPONDENT
Reconstruction model of a head based on the skull of Britain’s oldest complete skeleton PA
in the UK, via Europe, from the
Middle East at the end of the last
Ice Age and been the first modern
Britons.
There were previous populations
of people in Britain dating back
much earlier than Cheddar Man but
they had all been wiped out.
By contrast, the people of Cheddar
Man’s era mark the beginning of
a period of continuous settlement
which is still going on - making them
the first modern Britons.
The First Brit: Secrets of the 10,000
Year Old Man airs on Channel 4 on
18 February.
HEALTH
Cheddar Man The evidence
He was discovered in Gough’s Cave
at Cheddar Gorge in 1903. However,
it is only with recent developments
in DNA analysis that scientists have
been able to determine what Britain’s
oldest complete skeleton would have
looked like in the flesh.
They did this through a genetic
analysis that began by drilling a
2mm-wide hole into his skull and
retrieving a few milligrams of
bone powder.
This was assessed with DNA
technology that is so powerful it can
now do as much DNA sequencing in
one day as would have taken two to
three years just a decade ago.
Previous research has already
determined various genetic
mutations that tell us a person’s
physical characteristics, and so the
scientists were able to match these
with the data they had collected
on Cheddar Man to determine the
colour of his eyes, hair and skin, and
then make a model.
HEALTH
SOCIETY
Dementia patients ‘benefit Just a fifth of
quota of EU
from hour a week of talk’
doctors hired
By Paul Gallagher
HEALTH CORRESPONDENT
Social interaction for just one hour a
week will improve the lives of elderly
people with dementia living in nursing homes, a study suggests.
The research – led by the
University of Exeter, King’s College
London and Oxford Health NHS
Foundation Trust – trained key
care home staff to deliver “personcentred care”, such as talking to
residents about their interests.
When combined with just one
hour a week of social interaction,
the programme improved quality
of life and reduced agitation and
aggression in people with dementia,
the study, published in the journal
PLOS Medicine found.
The approach also saved money
compared to standard care, due to
residents being less agitated and
therefore not needing as much antipsychotic medicine.
Researchers say the next
key challenge is to roll out the
programme to the 28,000 care and
nursing homes in the UK to benefit
the lives of the 300,000 people with
dementia living there.
Care home standards vary
considerably across the country.
Previous research has found that
in many care homes, residents have
as little as two minutes of social
interaction per day.
More than a quarter of
main meals now meat-free
By Katie Grant
By Paul Gallagher
HEALTH CORRESPONDENT
Only a fifth of the 600 extra GPs
from EU countries promised
by April have been recruited so
far, according to NHS England
board papers.
The documents, seen by Pulse
magazine, show that just “130
GPs are expected to be recruited
by 31 March 2018”.
NHS England now claims that
its target was only to “begin
recruitment” of the 600 doctors
by the end of the financial year,
rather than have them “at their
desks in practices”.
Human beings living in Britain
around 18,000 years ago practised
cannibalism, experts said.
Analysis of human bones found
in Cheddar Gorge found chewing
marks and evidence of human
butchery on them.
However, the researchers
believe that cannibalism at this
time in Britain was a way to
commemorate the dead rather
than a food source.
“Was this part of a tribute to
the dead? That within your own
group, when one of your relatives
dies, you eat parts of them in
order to take on their courage of
knowledge. In other words, it’s a
sort of respect for the dead,” said
Professor Chris Stringer, of the
Natural History Museum.
The discovery of cannabilism
in Britain was made by some of
the same team that analysed
Cheddar Man. The cannibalised
bones, however, predate him by
about 5,000 years –to a previous
colonisation which was later
wiped out by a dramatic decline in
the temperature.
A few thousand years later the
next colonisation of Britain began
– which included Cheddar Man
and formed the population from
which many people in Britain are
descended.
The DNA profile of Cheddar
Man has revealed that although
they were found in the very same
cave, he shares no direct ancestry
with these earlier cannibals.
Vegetarian and vegan diets are
proving so popular that more
than a quarter of evening
meals now contain no
meat or fish at all, new
figures have revealed.
Veganuary, whereby
people try out a vegan
diet for the month of
January, has contributed
to the increased appetite
for meat-free meals, according
to analysis by the research group
Kantar World Panel.
Plant-based diets are poised to
become mainstream this year, the
group announced, with 29 per cent of
evening meals consumed by Britons
in January containing no meat or fish.
Britons’ sustained desire to
tuck into veg and two veg
is reflected in the chilled
aisles: over January, one
in 10 shoppers bought a
meat-free ready meal,
causing sales to rocket
by 15 per cent compared
to this time last year,
Kantar said.
Sales of spinach, cherries
and aubergine were also up year
on year – by 43 per cent, 25 per cent
and 23 per cent respectively. Analysis
of consumer behaviour indicates that
going vegan for January could be the
“natural result” of changing attitudes.
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Legal action taken against ‘two-child limit’ rule
By Sian Harrison
Families hit by the Government’s
“two-child limit” for welfare payments have started a High Court
action against the policy.
The rule, introduced in April
last year, restricts child tax credits and universal credit to the first
two children in a family.
Lawyers acting on behalf of
three UK families told London’s
High Court the legislation was
“detrimental” to children and
urged Mr Justice Ouseley to declare it “irrational and unlawfully
discriminatory”.
Richard Drabble QC said the
policy, created by the Welfare
Reform and Work Act 2016, is “incompatible” with the European
Convention on Human Rights and
the UN Convention on the Rights
of the Child.
He told the court: “The rule fails
to have regard for the individual
rights of children and is predicated on the proposition that those
unable to support themselves
solely through work should make
choices about intimate behaviour.”
Lawyers for the DWP are arguing it was “not a policy aim” to
influence parents’ decisions about
having children.
The hearing continues.
A trader on
the floor of the
New York Stock
Exchange REUTERS
ECONOMY
FTSE 100 loses
£50bn after
turmoil on world
stock markets
By Robin de Peyer
Almost£50bnwaswipedofftheFTSE
100 as markets around the world suffered another day of turbulence.
London’s blue-chip index ended
the day down 2.6 per cent, or 193.58
points, at 7,141.4 points – its lowest
close since April 2017.
In a “heart-stopping” morning of
turmoil, the FTSE slumped more
than 250 points to 7079.41 early on.
It adds to deep losses during Monday’s session, when more than £27bn
was wiped off the value of London’s
blue-chip stocks, and followed a brutal overnight sell-off in Asia and on
Wall Street, where the Dow Jones
Industrial Average and the S&P 500
dropped 4.6 per cent and 4.1 per cent
respectively on Monday.
Tokyo’s Nikkei 225 closed down 4.7
per cent, while the Hong Kong’s Hang
Seng Index plunged 5 per cent lower.
US stocks continued their descent
after markets opened yesterday
after the Dow Jones had suffered its
biggest ever one-day points fall on
Monday.
The index opened 2 per cent down
but rallied later yesterday, and ended
the day up more than 560 points, or
2 per cent.
The sell-off followed data in the US
showing faster wage growth than expected, which coincided with a raft of
other changes to the country’s economy, including a sinking dollar and a
major package of tax reforms being
passed into law.
The changing conditions have triggered fears among investors that the
US Federal Reserve could raise interest rates four times in the space of a
year, rather than the expected three.
Investors are also fearful of the potential for the US economy to overheat, risking a period of inflation.
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Q&A What’s going on?
Global stock markets have sold off
sharply over the past 48 hours, with
a reported $4trn (£2.9trn) being lost
from indices across the world.
Why is this happening?
Equities – or stocks and shares –
have been enjoying an epic party
since the financial crisis of 2008-9
thanks to the huge amount of
money that central banks have been
pumping into the financial system
to keep everything afloat.
The US was one of the first off
the mark to begin quantitative
easing (QE) – or money printing –
with the Federal Reserve pumping
$4.5trn into markets between 2008
and 2014.
The UK followed soon after, with
the Bank of England issuing £375bn
of new money to keep everyone
calm, while Japan went full guns
blazing on an epic 80trn yen
(£527bn) per-month QE program.
Pleasingly for central bankers,
it seems QE has worked –
unemployment is at record lows,
the global economy is strengthening
and inflation is coming up (which
contrary to common sense is a good
thing for growth).
This was underlined sharply last
week when the US published some
titan wage growth figures, and it is
this that has spooked markets.
But the correction in stocks was
not unexpected after a long period
of strong performance on markets
around the world, analysts said.
“Stock markets have had a very
smooth ride upwards and we’ve not
had a fall of more than 3 per cent for
15 months,” said Jane Sydenham, investment director at the stockbroker Rathbones.
“There’s been a real lack of volatility, which is very unusual.”
Jacob Deppe, head of trading at
online trading platform Infinox,
said: “While the fall in global equity
markets looks dramatic, it is no
more dramatic than the record
rises we have seen since the end
of November.
“For that reason alone many
would argue a correction was on the
cards,” Mr Deppe added
“The party may be over for now,
but this could be more of a sobering
correction than a rout.”
James Bateman, chief investment
officer for the multi-asset business
at fund manager Fidelity International, agreed that “in the long span
of financial history, this is not news”.
He said that in the current market
environment, “the money is made by
keeping your head when others are
losing theirs”.
Karen Ward, a strategist at JPMorgan Asset Management, said
the moves did not “represent a
major change of economic or market direction… it is a normal shakeout after a peculiarly strong start to
the year”. EVENING STANDARD
Falling stocks
FTSE 100
7,800
7,700
12 Jan
7,778.64
7,600
7,500
7,400
7,300
6 Feb
7,141.40
7,200
7,100
9 Jan 2018
6 Feb
Dow Jones
27,000
26,000
26 Jan
26,616.71
25,000
5 Feb
24,345.75
24,000
9 Jan 2018
5 Feb
Nikkei 225
25,000
23 Jan
24,124.15
24,000
23,000
22,000
6 Feb
21,610.24
21,000
19 Jan 2018
6 Feb
Good news is bad news then?
For markets punch-drunk on free
money, yes.
A strengthening global economy
means those money taps are being
turned off and as inflation comes
up central banks are raising interest
rates (higher rates keep inflation
under control as savers get more for
their money).
This is bad for markets in a
number of ways, but fundamentally,
higher rates means it costs more
for businesses to borrow money
to invest while higher wages will
also sap profits – all of which drains
shareholders’ returns.
Thus the sell-off, or ‘taking profits‘,
in softer market parlance.
As the first to start the flood, the
US is now the first to stem the tide,
with the Fed having already hiked
rates five times since December
2015 (from zero per cent to 1.25 per
cent) and now set for four more
hikes this year.
As similar economic
improvements are being seen across
Asia – China and Japan especially –
their markets are being hit hard too.
Europe was late to the QE party
and so is still printing with rates at 0
per cent, while the UK has shot itself
in the foot with Brexit and rates will
likely stay low for a while yet.
Who will lose out?
Anyone invested in markets will
seen the value of their holdings
fall, with steeper losses for those
invested in the US and Asia.
Will it affect my pension?
Yes. Pensions are invested in
markets and so will rise and fall
with them. The closer you are to
retirement the more of an issue
this is. If you are drawing your
pension down, it may be beneficial
to seek the advice of a qualified
financial adviser.
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WHITE HOUSE
Slump a reminder
that Trump has
‘limited influence’
By Josh Boak
IN WASHINGTON
The sudden slump in stock prices,
rising bond rates and fierce volatility have been a stark reminder that
President Donald Trump, like his
predecessors, has only limited influence on the US economy.
Immediately after his 2016 election all the way through last week’s
State of the Union address, the
President repeatedly claimed credit
for a surging stock market and increases in Americans’ retirement
saving accounts.
On Twitter, he declared that stocks
would rise even higher once his $1.5
trillion tax cut was “totally understood and appreciated”.
“This is a healthy reminder that
there are risks in the market,” said
Mark Doms, a senior economist at
Nomura Securities. “If you invest in
the stock market, there are ups and
downs. We just hadn’t had too many
downs recently.”
It’s not just stock prices that
have been tumbling. Bond prices have been falling and interest rates have been rising on US
Treasury securities.
The result is higher loan costs,
which make it more expensive for the
government to borrow and more burdensome for Americans who need to
take on debt to buy homes or cars or
to pay for college.
Economy Positive news
What the Trump administration may
find frustrating is that markets have
plunged in response to relatively
positive economic news.
The January US jobs report showed
that Americans’ average hourly
wages, which have lagged for years,
had shot up 2.9 per cent over the
previous 12 months – the fastest such
increase in more than eight years.
White House spokeswoman
Sarah Sanders sought to play
down concerns, saying that the
economy was experiencing
“strengthening US economic growth,
historically low unemployment, and
increasing wages.” AP
For now, the Trump administration is choosing to emphasise the possibility of faster wage gains.
At a hearing yesterday, Treasury Secretary Steven Mnuchin was
asked whether the administration
would take any responsibility for the
recent market drops.
“I think we will still claim credit for
the fact that it is up 30 per cent since
the election,” he said.
And a day earlier, the White House
said in a statement after yesterday’s
plunge that the President was focused on “our long-term economic
fundamentals, which remain exceptionally strong”. AP
Analysis
This is just a natural
correction to the market
Ben Chu
A
bout $4trn (£2.9trn)has
been shed from equity
markets around the
world in the past week.
So what do these market sell-offs
mean for the global economy?
What do they mean for all of us?
The first thing to do is to
appreciate that stock markets
can boom when GDP is stagnant,
when wages are flat, when living
standards are going nowhere.
And they can fall when economies
are picking up speed and life, for
many people, is getting better.
The latter actually describes the
current situation.
Indeed, one popular
explanation for the sharp sell-offs
in equity markets in recent days
is that it is actually a response to
the strength of the US and global
economy. The implication of that,
so the logic goes, is that the US
central bank, the Federal Reserve,
will have to put up interest
rates faster in order to stop the
domestic economy overheating
and inflation getting out of hand.
So what we are witnessing is a
natural correction.
Another explanation is that US
financial markets, and to some
extent those of the rest of the
world, have been in the grip of
irrational euphoria for some time.
That could suggest what we are
seeing is not so much a natural,
short-term, correction, but the
bursting of a bubble. In other
words, there could be much more
to come.
So, which is it? The answer is
that it’s impossible to say with any
confidence. And the people who
claim they know with certainty
really don’t. What we can say is
that even if a stock market bubble
is in the process of popping,
that does not imply that the real
economy – whether in the US, the
UK or anywhere else – is set to
implode too. THE INDEPENDENT
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EMPLOYMENT
Workers to get better
protection in plans to
reform ‘gig economy’
tion in the workplace, but the Government said the moves would help
to create better, higher-paying jobs.
The announcement follows a review into the “gig economy” and the
changing nature of the workplace
by the former Downing Street adviser Matthew Taylor. Under the
plans, workers who believe they
are not getting their entitlement to
sickness and holiday pay will have
their complaints swiftly investigated. Previously they had to go
through a laborious complaint to an
industrial tribunal.
Around 1.2 million agency workers will be entitled to a breakdown of
who pays them and any deductions
from wages, and laws allowing agencies to employ workers on cheaper
Millions of workers are being promrates could also be repealed.
ised new protections against unThe Government is pledging a
scrupulous employers who deny
crackdown on firms where unpaid
them sickness and holiday pay in a
interns do the job of a worker, and
package of measures designed to
will quadruple to £20,000 the fine
modernise employment laws.
for employers showing malice, spite
Companies will be required to
or gross oversight in treatment
spell out clearly to all new recruits
of staff.
– including casual and zero-hours
Theresa May said: “We recognise
staff – their full rights on their first
the world of work is changing and
day in the job and will face steep new
we have to make sure we have the
penalties if they mistreat staff.
right structures in place to reflect
Unions have accused ministers of
those changes. We are proud to have
failing to get to grips with exploitarecord levels of employment but
we must also ensure that workers’
rights are always upheld.”
Workers’ rights What the new proposals mean
Stephen Martin, director-general
of the Institute of Directors, said:
spite or gross oversight to £20,000.
n New staff given a list of their rights
“This could be the biggest shake-up
n All agency workers will
on their first day, including holiday
of employment law in generations. It
have a breakdown of who pays
and sick pay entitlements.
is right that government proceeds
them and any deductions from
n A new right to a payslip for all
cautiously by consulting widely.”
their wages.
workers, including casual and zeroThe TUC’s general secretary,
hour workers.
n Launching a task force with
Frances O’Grady, said: “The Govn All workers can request more
business to promote awareness
ernment has taken a baby step when
stable contracts.
and take-up of the right to
it needed to take a giant leap. These
request flexible working introduced
n A crackdown on sectors where
plans won’t stop the hire-and-fire
in 2014.
interns are doing the job of a worker.
culture of zero-hours contracts or
n A new name and shame scheme
n Ensuring new and expectant
sham self-employment.”
for employers who fail to pay
mothers know their workplace rights.
Rebecca Long-Bailey, shadow
employment tribunal awards.
n Launching a new campaign to
Business Secretary, said: “Like so
n Quadrupling employment tribunal
encourage more working parents to
much from this Government, tofines for employers showing malice,
share childcare .
day’s response is just more words.”
By Nigel Morris
POLITICAL EDITOR
CONSERVATIVES
EU
Tory MPs threaten to
quit over Rees-Mogg
Brussels ‘ready
to act’ if UK
steps out of line
By Richard Vaughan
Divisions within the Conservatives deepened yesterday after
two prominent Tory backbenchers threatened to leave the party if
Jacob Rees-Mogg should ever become leader.
Mr Rees-Mogg has increasingly been seen
to be calling the shots
when it comes to the
Government’s approach
to Brexit.
The growing influence
of one of the Tories’ most
hardline Brexiteers has led
to him being widely touted as a
future leader of the party.
But his rising public profile provoked a serious backlash from the
likes of former business minister
Anna Soubry and former education
secretary Justine Greening, particularly given his beliefs on abortion
and same-sex marriage.
Ms Soubry told ITV yesterday:
“Somebody like Jacob [Rees-Mogg],
with his views on things like abortion, a man who says he’s had six
children and never changed a nappy,
somebody who says that even if you
were to be raped by your father you
wouldn’t have a right to choose to
have a termination – I’m sorry, but
I couldn’t stay in a party led by
somebody like him.”
In a separate interview,
Ms Greening (inset), who
until last month was a
cabinet minister, hinted
that she would desert
the party under Mr ReesMogg’s leadership.
Asked if she would remain, Ms Greening told the
BBC’s Daily Politics: “That might be
a bit of a stretch, admittedly.”
Mr Rees-Mogg has emerged as
the rebel-in-chief among backbench Conservatives. On Monday,
he delivered a scathing verdict on
Mrs May’s botched general election
campaign and added that the Prime
Minister did not look like she was
enjoying the job.
By Nigel Morris
Theresa May with
female members
of both Houses
of Parliament at
Westminster PA
SOCIETY
POLITICAL EDIDTOR
Brussels is threatening to punish
Britain if it steps out of line in the
post-Brexit transitional period
by swiftly denying it access to the
single market, according to leaked
European plans.
The proposals were revealed on
the eve of today’s meeting of cabinet
ministers in which Theresa May will
attempt to reach consensus over
her approach to the next phase of
Brexit talks.
The EU stepped up the pressure
after its chief negotiator, Michel
Barnier, told Britain that it was time
to choose between being in the customs union during the transition
period and having tariff-free access
to the single market.
The leaked legal document indicated that the EU wants to be able
to act against Britain for breaching
its rules without having to bring
the case to the European Court
of Justice.
May: abuse turns
women away
from public office
By Dean Kirby
NORTHERN CORRESPONDENT
Theresa May has warned that online
abuse is turning women and men
away from public life as she paid tribute to the “heroic” suffragettes who
fought to make Britain a “truly universal democracy”.
On the centenary of the 1918 Representation of the People Act, which
granted the vote to many women
aged over 30, the Prime Minister
said the nation could look back with
pride on the “enormous strides” that
society has taken since the franchise
was extended.
But speaking in Manchester, the
birthplace of leading suffragette Emmeline Pankhurst, she also hit out at
the “bitterness and aggression” that
has entered public debate and made
it hard to conduct political discussion
without it “descending into tribalism
and rancour”.
She said: “Women in the 19th century had to contend with open hostility and abuse to win their right to
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Rudd to
consider a
pardon for
suffragette
‘criminals’
By Aine Fox and Arj Singh
vote. In the 21st century it cannot be
acceptable for any woman – or any
person – to have to face threats and
intimidation simply because she or
he has dared to express a political
opinion. Sadly, that has all too often
become the case.
“A hundred years after bringing
all voices – male and female, rich and
poor – within our parliamentary democracy we now face the prospect of
our country’s public debate becoming oppressively hostile and participation in it a risk which many are
unprepared to run.”
Mrs May announced plans to
tackle the issue with a Law Commission review of legislation relating to
online offensive communications.
She also pledged to establish a new
annual internet safety transparency
report to provide data on how social
media companies are dealing with
abusive material.
The Prime Minister used her
speech to hit out at the treatment of
Claire Kober, the Labour leader of
Haringey Council, who is stepping
down after 10 years after saying she
has faced “threats, bullying and intimidation” from Labour activists,
which included singing a song about
stalking at a council meeting.
Mrs May said: “It is a depressing coincidence that in the week we
are celebrating the first inclusion of
women in the democratic process,
one of the most senior women in
local government has in effect been
hounded out of office.”
Adding that open debate in universities has also been frustrated by an
“aggressive and intolerant minority”,
she said: “It is time we asked ourselves seriously whether we really
want it to be like this.”
Mrs May endorsed the
report into intimidation
by the Committee on Standards
in Public Life, which called for
legislation to shift the balance of
liability for illegal content to the
social media companies.
SOCIETY
Sturgeon: battle for gender equality
in Britain is still being fought
By Chris Green
SCOTLAND EDITOR
Gender equality in the UK is still
an “un-won cause” a century
after the first women won
the right to vote, Nicola
Sturgeon has said as she
promised to complete
the work started by the
suffragettes.
The Scottish First
Minister said it was an
“uncomfortable truth”
that women were still not regarded as men’s equals despite 100
years passing since the Representation of the People Act.
Echoing the famous slogan of the
suffragette movement, Ms Sturgeon said it was time for “deeds, not
words” as she promised to improve
the SNP’s female representation
in politics.
During a debate at Holyrood
marking the centenary of the legislation, which gave all men and
some women the right to
vote for the first time, she
said her generation had
a responsibility to keep
fighting for equality.
The SNP leader said
women were still largely
paid less than men and that
sexual abuse, sexual harassment and sexist behaviour were
“still far too widespread”.
“The uncomfortable truth is that
gender equality is still an un-won
cause - an un-won cause that is the
duty of our generation to win.”
The Home Secretary has said she
will “look at” calls to pardon suffragettes who were treated as criminals during their fight for the right
to vote.
Amber Rudd stressed it was
“complicated” when looking at cases
of arson and violence, but promised
to analyse individual proposals.
The Government is facing calls
to pardon female activists jailed
before the implementation of the
Representation of the People Act
100 years ago.
Ms Rudd (inset) said Turing’s
Law, which pardoned thousands of
gay and bisexual men convicted of
now-abolished sexual offences, had
set a precedent.
She told BBC Radio 4’s Today
programme: “I have seen this campaign, I completely understand
where it’s coming from, the extraordinary pained campaign, violence
that these women went through in
order to deliver the vote, which has
been of such benefit to us
for generations.
“So I will take
a look at it, but I
must be frank, it
is complicated
because if you’re
going to give a
legal pardon for
things like arson
and violence it’s not
as straightforward as
people think it might be, but I
will certainly look at proposals.”
The Prime Minister backed Ms
Rudd’s promise to review the case
for pardoning suffragettes and also
cautioned it might not be as simple to carry out as it may seem “at
first blush”.
Scottish Conservative leader
Ruth Davidson backed calls for
pardons, saying the suffragettes
were simply righting the wrong of
voting inequality.
Jeremy Corbyn promised yesterday that Labour would issue a pardon and offer a public apology for
the miscarriages of justice and persecution the campaigners suffered.
Mr Corbyn said: “Many of those
women were treated appallingly
by society and the state... Some
were severely mistreated and forcefed in prison post-conviction so a
pardon could mean something to
their families.”
Sam Smethers, chief executive
of the Fawcett Society, named after
suffragist Millicent Fawcett, said:
“Suffragette activism was for a
noble cause and many of them became political prisoners.
“It would be a fitting tribute to
pardon them now. They made such
sacrifices so that we could all enjoy
the rights we have today.
“In any meaningful sense of the
word, they were not criminals.”
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Review aims to ‘preserve future
of UK’s high-quality newspapers’
By Adam Sherwin
ARTS AND MEDIA CORRESPONDENT
Ministers could challenge Google
and Facebook’s dominance over digital advertising after Theresa May
launched a review to “preserve the
future of high-quality national and
local newspapers in the UK”.
Speaking in Manchester, Mrs May
said the number of local newspapers
forced to close due to falling circulations and a collapse in digital advertising revenue was “dangerous for
our democracy”.
By 2020 Google and Facebook are
Analysis
Hold the front
page – for the
sake of freedom
P
eople love to deride local
papers for their silly stories
and efforts to find local
angles to international
news, but that is unfair. I’m biased,
having spent my formative years
expected to take 71 per cent of all the
money spent in the UK on digital advertising, leaving newspapers with
an ever-shrinking slice of the pie.
Around 200 regional and local titles
have closed since 2005.
Warning of “fears for the future
sustainability of high-quality journalism”, Mrs May said the review
would “consider whether the creators of content are getting their fair
share of advertisement revenue”. It
will “recommend whether industry
or government-led solutions can help
improve the sustainability of the sector for the future”.
The review will also examine the
spread of “fake news” and “clickbait” – sensational online headlines
designed to drive traffic to websites.
“When trusted and credible news
sources decline, we can become vulnerable to news which is untrustworthy,” the Prime Minister said.
The review will explore methods to
“undermine commercial incentives”
which reward “low quality news”.
David Dinsmore, chairman of the
News Media Association, welcomed
the review, which “acknowledges the
importance of journalism in a democratic society”.
as a journalist at the Camden New
Journal, a paper with alumni at
the Guardian, Mail, Metro, BBC,
Evening Standard and i amongst
others. It is not just that a stint on
local news is a good entrance for
the less socially mobile, or those
without contacts, to a notoriously
nepotistic trade – thus helping
address a lack of plurality of views
in the national debate. Local
papers are essential for keeping
local authorities – never far
from authoritarianism – to heel.
Bournemouth Council has now
removed anti-homeless bars on its
benches after the Bournemouth
Echo kicked up a stink. Local
papers give wronged residents
somewhere to turn – whether it’s
being electrocuted due to faulty
wiring on estates, or trying to keep
libraries open. Grenfell Tower is
a stark reminder of what happens
when local activists have nowhere
to turn.
Lamb gets a warm welcome
Three-year-old Leo Bartholomew,
from Bath, Somerset, gets an
early treat when he cuddles a
newborn lamb at The Olde House
Farm, Chapel Amble, Cornwall.
Lambing season gets under way
a few weeks earlier in the region
thanks to the area enjoying much
milder weather than the rest of
the country. BEN BIRCHALL/PA
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Overseas pupils ‘should get extra resources’
By Richard Vaughan
EDUCATION CORRESPONDENT
Ministers should funnel cash to
pupils who join the school system from overseas in a bid to help
schools boost their grades, according to a report.
A “late arrival premium” would
give schools the extra resources
to improve the attainment of pupils who have recently come into
the country and speak English as a
second language.
The recommendation is set out in
a study published by the Bell Foundation and the Education Policy
Institute (EPI). It shows that the
Government’s headline figures for
average attainment among students
who have English as an additional
language (EAL) hide major disparities in performance between certain
groups. In particular, the report
says grades are affected by the stage
at which a pupil arrives in the
school system.
For example, at GCSE level, pupils
with EAL scored an average grade of
a C if they arrived between reception
and Year 7. But this decreased to a
grade of around a D if they arrived
in Year 8, 9 or 10 – falling further to
below an E if they arrived in Year 11.
The author of the report said the
research refutes the notion that
EAL pupils always perform better at
school than other pupils.
Jo Hutchinson, director for social
mobility and vulnerable learners
at the EPI, said: “The Government
should pay greater recognition to the
huge range in performance of EAL
pupils and reflect this in its recent
reforms to the school funding system. In particular, it should provide
more intensive support to children
arriving late into the school system
to ensure that the time they start
their education in England is not a
significant barrier to achievement.”
The report shows marked
differences between
learners based on their first
language. Tamil and Chinese
speakers perform better than
Pashto and Turkish speakers.
ENTERTAINMENT
John Mahoney, star of
‘Frasier’ and TV’s bestloved dad, dies aged 77
By Adam Sherwin
ARTS AND MEDIA CORRESPONDENT
Colleagues have paid tribute to John
Mahoney, the British-born actor who
found fame in his 50s playing the
cranky yet lovable father in the US
sitcom Frasier.
Blackpool-born Mahoney, who
died in a Chicago hospice aged 77,
appeared in all 263 Frasier episodes, from 1993 and 2004, winning
an SAG Award in 2000 and two
Emmy nominations.
As Martin “Marty” Crane, the
father of two sons played by Kelsey
Grammer and David Hyde Pierce,
Mahoney’s blue-collar former cop
delighted in undercutting the pretensions of his two status-obsessed sons.
Barking homespun wisdom from
his tatty favourite chair, its very
existence an affront to his cultured
offspring, “Marty” was a source of
perpetual embarrassment to Grammar’s pompous psychiatrist son.
Mahoney moved to the US aged 19
when his older sister agreed to sponsor his emigration. He was eventually
granted citizenship by serving in the
US Army and lost his British accent.
A child actor in Stretford, Manchester, Mahoney didn’t begin acting
professionally until he was 37, when
he quit his job as an associate editor
of a Chicago medical journal.
Mahoney’s grouchy, beer-swilling
father with a twinkle in his eye became an integral element of Frasier’s
huge success.
A very British-style sitcom about
social snobbery, Frasier’s UK influence was enhanced by Essex actress
Jane Leeves’ performance as Mancunian Daphne Moon.
Mahoney also appeared in films
such as the Coen Brothers’ Barton
Fink and Moonstruck and became an
in-demand voice-over actor appearing in Antz and The Simpsons.
His final screen role, in the ITV
Second World War series Foyle’s
War, saw Mahoney return to the
north-west England of his childhood.
The cast of ‘Frasier’ with Mahoney, second left, pose with their Emmy for Outstanding Comedy Series in 1998 AFP/GETTY
Witty and wise Some of Marty’s best lines
Frasier: “Didn’t you ever give Mom
something unexpected?”
Martin: “Yeah, you!”
thing is to drop it before you start
yakking on and on to someone who
doesn’t give a rat’s ass.”
she came back, they’d raise the baby
as a little sister. Not like today; we
had morals and values back then.”
“The world would be a happier place
if everybody would remember two
little words: ‘people stink’.”
“Boy, things have really changed
since my day. Back then, if a girl got
in trouble, her family would send her
away to relatives in another state,
and if anybody asked, just lied and
said she went to Europe. Then when
“Let’s see. One of my sons just got
picked up by a guy. The other son is
jealous. Yep, life is good.”
“Well, don’t worry about it. We all get
obsessed sometimes. The important
SOCIETY
POLICE
Council agrees to remove
‘anti-homeless’ bench bars
‘Victim’ charged
with possession
of child images
By Florence Snead
A council which was hit by a backlash
after it installed “anti-homeless” bars on public benches
has removed them.
Bournemouth Council said it had put in
the bars to stop people from lying down
on the benches – and
preventing others from
sitting down – after it received complaints from the
general public.
But campaigners branded the
bars “anti-homeless” and rapper
Professor Green (inset) travelled to
the town to take one of them off.
A petition calling for the
bars to be removed was
signed by more than
22,000 people, prompting the council to review its decision.
Shelley Morris, from
the non-profit organisation Second Chance, said
of the overnight removal
of the bars: “It’s a really good
thing. It’s quite brave from the council to admit they made a mistake.”
Across
By Lewis Smith
The man who alleged he was
the victim of a paedophile ring
of public figures including
Lord Brittan, Harvey Proctor,
and Field Marshall Lord
Bramall, has been charged with
possession of indecent images
of children.
Identified only as “Nick”, the
man’s allegations prompted
the now discredited Operation
Midland police investigation.
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‘Hedgehog champions’ needed to
halt sharp decline in population
Tunnock’s
in trouble for
‘demeaning’
skirt poster
By Emily Beament
Hedgehog numbers in the countryside have halved since the turn of the
century, a report warns.
It is a more positive picture in
towns and cities as numbers have
fallen by a third since 2000 and rates
of decline have slowed, the State of
Britain’s Hedgehogs 2018 report found.
But with numbers “plunging” in the
countryside, the groups behind the
report, the British Hedgehog Preservation Society and the People’s Trust
for Endangered Species, plan to engage with farming communities to
try to halt the decline.
Householders are also being urged
to sign up as “hedgehog champions”
and take measures such as putting
out wet pet food, leaving garden areas
wild and making holes in fences for
them to move from garden to garden.
Data from three surveys, including
one measuring hedgehog casualties
on roads, suggest numbers of the
species have declined in rural areas
by half since 2000.
They face problems from intensive
farming, including a loss of habitat
and a reduction in prey such as grubs
and worms.
While badgers are known to be
predators of hedgehogs, Emily
Wilson, of Hedgehog Street, a campaign run by the two groups, said
there was no evidence that they were
a major cause of declines.
“There are many reasons hedgehogs are in trouble,” she said. “The
intensification of agriculture through
the loss of hedgerows and permanent
grasslands, increased field sizes, and
By Katie Grant
The number of
hedgehogs in
rural areas has
fallen by half
since the turn
of the century
PTES/BHPS/PA
the use of pesticides which reduce
the amount of prey available, are all
associated with the plunge in numbers of hedgehogs in rural areas.”
Measures that could arrest the
declines include providing more field
margins, hedgerows and scrubby
areas which create more habitat for
the animals to live, nest and feed in.
A trial putting wildflower strips
through the middle of fields to encourage insects which prey on crop
pests to reduce pesticides could also
benefit wildlife such as hedgehogs by
providing them with more food, Ms
Wilson said.
Tips How to help hedgehogs
If you want to help hedgehogs in your
area, one of the ways you can do so is
by leaving out some food - but it has
to be the right type.
According to the RSPCA, it is best
to put out meaty food, for example
wet cat or dog food, or crushed
cat biscuits.
As for liquids, you should never
put down milk as it can cause
diarrhoea - put down a shallow dish
of water instead.
You can also help hedgehogs by
building them a makeshift home, by
piling leaf litter and logs on top of
some cardboard, leaving some space
underneath where they can nest. This
may also attract slugs and beetles,
which they like to eat.
Check bonfires thoroughly
before lighting them and check for
hedgehogs before mowing.
Bricks can be placed at the sides of
ponds to give hedgehogs an easy way
out, while people with swimming
pools should cover them overnight.
The trio found their campervan had
been submerged in a crocodile area
The group had arrived at the riverside area near Gordonvale, about
15 miles south of Cairns, on Monday
evening, Queensland Fire and Emergency Services (QFES) said.
QFES officer Guy Bulmer said:
“During the night and the course of
the evening they noticed water entering the campervan and there was a
croc sign quite close by.
“After we got them back to dry land
they were certainly grateful,” the officer added. “They got warmed up
and it was happy days because noone got hurt.”
AUSTRALIA
English backpackers saved
from crocodile floodwaters
By Ryan Wilkinson
Three English backpackers had to be
saved from rising floodwaters in Australia after their campervan was submerged in a crocodile warning area.
Emergency services in Queensland
launched a rescue mission after the
men, in their early 20s, were spotted
perched on the vehicle’s roof, metres
from a sign warning of the presence
of the deadly animals.
The northern state’s waterways
are home to saltwater crocodiles, the
largest species of the reptiles, that
can sometimes prey on humans.
Tunnock’s has been rapped by the
UK advertising regulator over a
“demeaning” poster featuring a
female tennis player lifting up her
skirt to reveal one of its teacakes.
The poster was put up beside
Glasgow’s SEC Hydro Arena to coincide with a charity tennis match
between Andy Murray and Roger
Federer last November.
It showed the woman, with her
underwear exposed, holding the
chocolate-covered marshmallow
snack in place of a tennis ball at
the top of her thigh. Accompanying the image was the text “Where
do you keep yours?” and an additional message: “Serve up a treat”.
Tunnock’s insisted the poster
was produced “with a tennis audience in mind”, but the Advertising Standards
Authority (ASA)
found it “bore
no relevance”
to the product
being advertised. It said the
phrase “serve
up a treat” was
a double entendre,
implying the woman
featured in the advert
was the “treat”.
While the poster was only
“mildly sexual” in nature, when
combined with the phrase “serve
up a treat” it had the effect of
objectifying women by using a
woman’s physical features to
draw attention to the advert, the
ASA noted.
This was likely to be viewed as
“demeaning towards women, likely to cause serious offence to some
consumers and was socially irresponsible” the ASA concluded.
Tunnock’s said it did not intend
to offend anyone.
The ASA also ruled that a social
media campaign from Poundland,
entitled #ElfBehavingBad, was irresponsible, likely to cause widespread offence and must not be
used again in its current form.
The budget retailer’s Christmas
campaign featured toy elves and
contained sexual references.
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MAY’S
LEADERSHIP
CUSTOMS
UNION
SUFFRAGE
CENTENARY
LAURI LOVE
APPEAL
STOCK
MARKET
APPLE
HOMEPOD
She simply
can’t make
up her mind
It works; the
Government
doesn’t
We’ve no right
to wipe their
convictions
Hackers have
ability to be
huge asset
This is a
correction,
not a bubble
Higher bar set
for sound of
smart speaker
TheDaily Telegraph
The Guardian
TheSpectator
Daily Mail
BBC News
The Verge
Since losing the
Tories their majority
at last year’s election,
Theresa May has been
vulnerable to the
whims of the various
camps in her party. If a
“small cabal of MPs”, as
Lord Hague put it, kicks
off, they have a good
chance of forcing the
PM to appease them to
avoid embarrassment.
(Asa Bennett)
Before 2016, the most
troublesome aspect of
British customs was
the occasional queue
of lorries on the M20
motorway. Now it
threatens to cripple
British manufacturing
and reverse the Irish
peace process. The
customs union works.
The Government does
not. Let us be sure we
ditch the right one.
(Jonathan Lis)
Pardoning the
suffragettes would be
wrong. Many of them
chose to be arrested
and to go to jail to
highlight the injustice
they were fighting. The
present has no right
to reach back into the
past and wipe their
convictions, in both
senses of the word,
from the record.
(James Forsyth)
The Daily Mail is
known for highlighting
unfashionable causes
when no-one else will.
One such case is Lauri
Love, who was facing
extradition to the US
and up to 99 years
in prison for alleged
computer hacking. We
are delighted that he
won his appeal and
that the threat has now
been lifted. It was a
great day for justice.
(Editorial)
Make no mistake – we
still have monetary
policy broadly set for
recession despite
global economic
growth being at its
most positive since the
financial crisis.
Globally, the economic
fundamentals are
strong and the market
falls we have seen come
after a record long run
of equity highs.
(Kamal Ahmed)
The HomePod sounds
incredible – far better
than any other speakers
in its price range – but
it also demands that
you live entirely inside
Apple’s ecosystem in a
way that even Apple’s
other products don’t. Is
beautiful sound quality
worth locking yourself
even more tightly into
a walled garden?
(Nilay Patel)
The Times
Quote of
the day
With no authority
figure in No 10 to hold
it together, the Tory
party is turning into
a squabbling mess.
The “yeah but no but”
attitude of the Prime
Minister over Brexit
is symptomatic of a
wider inability to make
up her mind.
(Rachel Sylvester)
Evening Standard
Daily Express
If we were to leave the
EU but remain in its
customs union we
would find ourselves
in a no-man’s-land in
which we are deprived
of the freedom to do
our own trade deals
with nations outside
the EU.
(Ross Clark)
Some will say that
pardons condone acts
of violent protest and
disorder. Our answer
is that the political
system failed to
provide a legitimate
outlet for their
grievances, by denying
them the vote. This is
not rewriting the past.
(Editorial)
TechCrunch
Forbes
New Statesman
For the past 15 years,
talented computer
geeks have fallen
foul of the US justice
system. Proportional
responses to criminal
behaviour can help
the UK use the abilities
of hackers.
(Cara McGoogan)
With the Wall Street
sell-off of last Friday
and this further
plunge, many are
playing fast and loose
with the term “bubble”.
But indicators are
not signaling a stock
market bubble – far
from it.
(Steve Hanke)
Apple’s HomePod
is easily the best
sounding mainstream
smart speaker. It’s got
better bass response
than anything else in
its size and boasts a
nuance and subtlety of
sound that pays off the
seven years Apple has
been working on it.
(Matthew Panzarino)
LifeInBrief
NEAVE BROWN ARCHITECT
It’s a nice
gesture, but
I worry it
erases their
radicalism…
They broke
the law
because their
cause couldn’t
be won by
petitions and
letters alone
Caroline Lucas
The co-leader of the
Green party on a
proposal to pardon
the suffragettes
“High buildings should only be used
for the very rich,” said architect and
social housing pioneer Neave Brown
in the aftermath of the Grenfell
Tower disaster.
Brown was born in Utica, New
York, to father Percy, a businessman,
and mother Beatrice, who worked
in publishing. He spent a privileged
childhood between the US and the
UK. As a teenager, he came to the UK
to be educated at Marlborough and
won a place to read English at Oxford.
However, while on military service, he
was persuaded to study architecture.
Once qualified, he worked first as a
designer of schools for Lyons, Israel
and Ellis and later for Middlesex
County Council. From there he went on
to set up his own private practice and,
together with some friends, built five
terraced houses in the Modernist style
on Winscombe Street in Highgate, one
of which became his family home for
forty years. The houses on Winscombe
Street were completed in 1965 and
Grade II listed in 2014.
Building homes that fostered
community was Brown’s passion.
Having built Winscombe Street, he
left private practice for the architect’s
department at Camden Council. It was
while he was working for Camden that
he would design and build what was to
be his career-defining development:
the Alexandra and Ainsworth estate
in Swiss Cottage. The estate, which
comprised 520 apartments, a school,
a community centre, a youth club and
parkland, adhered to Brown’s guiding
principle that every unit should have
its own front door and its own piece of
private outdoor space.
The building was completed in
1978, having run over budget. Camden
Council called an inquiry into the
overspend, which exonerated Brown.
However, he later claimed that the
incident effectively ended his career
in the UK, saying: “Nobody is going to
employ an architect… that has been in a
public inquiry.”
Despite its controversial beginnings,
the Alexandra and Ainsworth estate
was immediately popular with
residents, and when it was listed in
1993, the then Heritage Secretary, Peter
Brooke, described it as “one of the most
distinguished groups of buildings in
England since the Second World War”.
Brown took his expertise overseas.
His last development, the Medina in
Eindhoven, was completed in 2002.
Brown then retired from architecture
and turned his attention back to his first
love – fine art – studying for a BA at the
City and Guilds of London School of
Art. He also continued to speak on the
subject of social housing and was given
a standing ovation after an appearance
at the Hackney Empire.
To Brown, the Grenfell Tower
disaster seemed an obvious outcome of
post-Thatcher social housing policies.
Expanding on his comment that only
the rich should have high-rise buildings,
he explained, “because they’re the only
ones that can be done with proper
lifts, proper services, proper control,
proper entrances and the proper
environment”. THE INDEPENDENT
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Died 9 January 2018
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May can leave a female legacy
Prime Minister should take radical approach to political promotions
I
f you want to annoy Boris
Johnson, don’t talk about
that bus and the £350m NHS
pledge. Instead, suggest that
it’s time for the Tories to skip
a generation. Then, proceed to
list Amber Rudd as one of the fresh
faces who could take over from
Theresa May.
Rather than their differences
over Brexit, the Foreign Secretary’s
grumble is that, despite their
colleagues’ perceptions, Rudd
is older than him. The Home
Secretary was born in 1963, with
Boris arriving on the scene a
year later.
The problem for poor old BoJo is
that, within Parliament, they have
rather different lifespans. Johnson
– an Old Etonian from a political
family – entered Parliament in 2001
as a thrusting thirtysomething.
In contrast, Rudd didn’t enter
Parliament until 2010 – by which
point she had two teenage children.
If you look at the make-up of the
current Conservative Party, this is
a recurring theme. Male MPs tend
to have started in politics early in
their careers whereas many of the
women joined in their mid-forties.
But the depressing thing about
Rudd’s example is that her fast
ascendancy to one of the great
offices of state is where she becomes
the exception rather than the rule.
Despite being able to boast that
it’s two-nil to the Tories on female
Prime Ministers, the Conservative
Party has a women problem.
Although there have never
been more female MPs in the
Commons, with 208 elected in the
snap election, the majority of the
Cabinet’s heavy hitters are male.
What’s more, if you look at the
junior ministerial ranks, there’s
every reason to think this is a trend
that is likely to continue.
It’s not that there’s a shortage of
talent. The Conservative Party is
filled with successful women thanks
in part to the often unnoticed hard
work of one Conservative peer,
Anne Jenkin, and Theresa May.
The pair founded Women2Win
and Jenkin has spent the past
few years encouraging successful
businesswomen, heads of charities
or teachers to consider politics.
Or, as one recently elected female
MP in her fifth decade puts it, “my
second career” is being an MP.
The problem is that by the time
they arrive in the Commons, it’s
much harder for them to move
up the ministerial ranks in the
traditional way. Climbing the greasy
pole tends to involve beginning as
Theresa May shares a joke with her successor as Home Secretary, Amber Rudd, whom she appointed in July 2016 GETTY
a parliamentary private secretary
(PPS) where your role is to be
an errand boy, who receives no
extra income for carrying a
minister’s bag.
Many secretaries of state want
their PPS to be their eyes and
ears at Westminster, hanging
out in the tea room and spending
their evenings in the bar picking
up gossip. It’s easy to see why
this prospect could fail to entice
a 50-year-old former business
executive with three kids at home
or a young mother who would
rather get home for bedtime than
listen to their colleagues take on
who’s up and who’s down. But to
an ambitious young man with no
commitments and a taste for power
this is almost the perfect way to
spend an evening.
Theresa May knows all about this.
She was notorious at Westminster
for not being the clubbable type.
Even before she became Home
Secretary, she preferred to work in
the evening rather than hang out
in the Strangers’ Bar. If she was to
be found in one of the Commons’
restaurants, she was normally
enjoying the chance to dine with
her husband.
But May isn’t taking the
opportunity to change a culture
that was set up with men in mind.
In her last reshuffle, three-quarters
of the PPS appointments went
to men. It will be these men who
form the pipeline for the next set
of ministerial appointments and
develop the relationship with the
Cabinet heavy hitters that’ll see
The Tory
party is filled
with successful
women thanks
in part to
Women2Win
them catapulted into top jobs if
their boss makes it to the top.
May is often unfairly accused of
not being a “sister”. This ignores
her work getting more women
into Parliament. But the biggest
thing that she could do for the
women she has encouraged to
come to Westminster would be to
get rid of the whole Buggins’ turn
approach to promotions. Instead,
she should make the place a
true meritocracy.
Women who arrive in Parliament
with years of experience at a
senior level in business shouldn’t
have to start at the bottom when
they arrive. Rather, they should
be given the chance to move
into a role commensurate with
their experience. After all, this is
what would happen in any other
industry. But in politics, late nights
networking and long hours running
mini-errands are too often the key
to promotion.
This is an outdated approach –
and for May, embracing the idea
that a long apprenticeship on the
lowest rung of the ladder isn’t a
prerequisite to a big promotion
would have several upsides. For
one, it would remind her detractors
that, despite what some say, her
long record of supporting other
women is impressive and deserving
of praise. For another, it would show
that she is more than capable of
bringing through a new generation
of talent.
It wouldn’t be a bad legacy either
for a Prime Minister desperate to
be remembered for more than just
Brexit. It would show how having
women in charge can change the
whole culture of a party and of
politics more generally. It would
also make it that much more likely
that Britain’s third female prime
minister will also be a Tory.
Katy Balls is political correspondent
at ‘The Spectator’
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Age is just a
number
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AND EMAILS
Your correspondent
used the example of just
one politically unaware
18-year-old to state that
it would be “absolute
folly” to lower the voting
age to 16 (Your View,
6 February).
I am fairly sure that
if the same question
about Jeremy Corbyn’s
views on Brexit had
been put to all of the
currently enfranchised
population, there may
have been a similarly
blank expression on
many faces.
Age does not
automatically convey the
knowledge and wisdom
to make informed
decisions, nor are
16-year-olds incapable
of gathering information
and applying rational
thought. There are
the informed, the
uninformed, and the
plain disinterested in all
age groups.
JANET DAWSON
WINDSOR
Female
intervention?
Emilie Lamplough
suggests that the age
differential at the end
of the First World War
was to ensure that
women didn’t become
the majority of voters
(Your View, 6 February).
I’m tempted to suggest it
might have been a better
world if they had.
JOHN BRADY
CLAINES, WORCESTER
Remember
Hull’s women
In all the celebrations
of women’s suffrage,
I was sad to see that
another group of women
who changed the world
7 days
from on
ly
£869pp
were not acknowledged.
In 1968, following the
loss in two weeks of
three Hull trawlers,
the fishermen’s wives
improved safety at sea
including the provision
of a mother ship with
medical staff to protect
the vessels.
Monday night’s
wonderful documentary
was relegated to BBC4,
and the events received
no mention in the
national news.
These were workingclass women who
fought the established
power of the trawler
owners and received
little acclaim and a great
deal of bad press at the
time. They deserve to be
remembered.
FLORENCE LEONARDT
DONISTHORPE,
DERBYSHIRE
Give us Mr Bean
instead
My spirits rose when I
read that Mr Bean was
the answer to “Brexit
gloom and doom” (i,
6 February). Alas, no.
Apparently Mr Bean is
“the figure that people
around the world most
associate with UK
culture”, and will be used
to boost tourism.
We are therefore
stuck with the Laurel and
Hardy of British politics
(Davis and Fox) and a
puppet (May).
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Christine Bell made
some powerful points
about the recent changes
to the state pension
scheme (Your View, 3
February). I was very
much on her side until I
got to the last paragraph
– “They would never have
done this to men”.
The scheme was run
in a way that was hugely
unfair to men relative
to women for most of
its existence. While
women could receive
the full state pension at
An NHS protest
march attracted
60,000 people
but no i coverage
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60, and go on to enjoy,
on average, nearly two
decades as recipients, the
average man would not
receive it until 65, and be
dead by 70.
It has been obvious
for a long time that
this anomaly would
have to be corrected.
Unfortunately, they have
postponed the decision
for too long, and have
now had to implement
the changes with
undue haste, causing
huge resentment.
DR L KING
NOTTON,
WEST YORKSHIRE
Trump may
be right
While Mr Trump’s
outburst regarding the
NHS might be unsavoury
to Mrs May and Mr Hunt,
it is however a sad fact
that the Government,
either deliberately or
by an overwhelming
obsession with Brexit,
has lost the domestic
agenda plot.
Like it or not, Mr
Trump may be right.
RICHARD LONG
TELFORD,
SHROPSHIRE
No mention of
NHS march
Sixty thousand people
marched through London
on Saturday to protest
about NHS underfunding
and privatisation yet
there was no mention of
this at all in i.
Your omission
surprises and
disappoints me.
SUE WINDOS HARRIS
A patient, not a
‘lovely lady’
Thank you, Julia Buckley
(i, 5 February) for
revealing that doctors
refer to you as a “lovely
lady”in their letters
of referral.
I have noticed this a
couple of times recently
between my doctors and
consultants. I assumed it
was just my GP’s practice
but it is obviously more
general. Are we ladies
supposed to be flattered
by being so described?
What terms are they
using for men – surely
they dare not call them
“lovely gentlemen”. I am
in my 70s and I am not
flattered. If anything, I
feel patronised. Please,
medical professionals –
just stick to the facts.
CAROLE DARLNG
BRISTOL
Better use for
your money
Has the bitcoin price
balloon turned into a lead
balloon? The price has
dropped from $20,000
to about $7,000, a drop of
around 65 per cent, in the
past week. This seems to
be a minor story, whereas
there seems to be great
concern about stock
markets dropping only a
few per cent.
For most people, it is a
minor currency that they
wouldn’t touch. If you
have lots of money to risk,
why not give it to charity?
DENNIS FITZGERALD
MELBOURNE,
AUSTRALIA
A Formula One
solution?
Would having Grid Boys
as well as Grid Girls and
some female Formula
One drivers solve
the problem?
K SCHOFIELD
CHEADLE HULME,
CHESHIRE
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Kim Wilde thinks she’s going to be
abducted by aliens and forced to sing
“Kids in America” on repeat in space.
She claims she witnessed alien
activity in her garden in 2009. “There
were a couple of massive lights just
above the clouds, going backwards
and forwards,” she told Attitude
magazine. “I said to my husband that
maybe the captain was a big Kim
Wilde fan and wanted to know where
I live. I’m worried he’s going to beam
me up and I’ll have to sing
‘Kids in America’ to him
for the rest of my life.”
Wilde insisted she
hadn’t gone “loopy”
but said the
experience
changed her
life, saying:
“When you
see something
as extraordinary
and maybe
extraterrestrial like
that, you’re never
quite the same.”
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Crowhurst in the past year –
Crowhurst and The Mercy. The latter
commanded the far bigger budget of
the two and, having been pushed for
release ahead of the former, had its
premiere in London last night.
It stars Colin Firth as Crowhurst,
who entered a solo race to
circumnavigate the globe non-stop
in 1969, and Rachel Weisz as his wife
Clare. Crowhurst got into trouble
and began reporting false positions.
Eventually, his boat was found in
the Atlantic. Crowhurst was not on
board; it’s believed that he took his
own life.
Talking about Crowhurst’s fate,
Firth said: “We are in no position to
judge. The conditions of stopping
were so brutal. That was the kind
of pressure, the solitude and
everything you’re up against. I
don’t think anyone can possibly
understand that.”
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woman, adding: “I think everyone
is on a spectrum
of whatever
they prefer.”
It’s not the first
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said: “I kind of
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KELNER’S VIEW
Simon
Kelner
I
s international diplomacy
dead? I ask this question with
specific reference the UK and
the US. Time was, when there
was a difference of opinion between
the two nations, the respective
ambassadors would be called in for
an “interview without coffee” (a
gloriously evocative phrase I learned
at the weekend). There would
follow a dressing-down in private,
we would be none the wiser and the
world would continue to spin.
No longer does this state of affairs
pertain. Or, at least, not while
Donald Trump has something to say.
We now know that he likes tweeting
from his bed in the White House, so
there he was on Monday, watching
Nigel Farage on Fox News – how he
must have enjoyed waking up to that
– and he couldn’t help himself.
Farage was espousing opinions
about the NHS that were
contentious at best or, as more
accurately described by senior
Tories, “nonsense”. It wasn’t enough
for the President (inset) to watch
and nod furiously at every specious
claim about immigration causing
a crisis in the NHS. He had to go
online and tell his 47.4 million
followers that our NHS
was “going broke and
not working” before
praising Fox News for
“exposing the truth”.
This brought a
furious response from
Health Secretary
Jeremy Hunt who,
barely concealing his
jingoism, tweeted that
he was “proud to be from the
country that invented universal
coverage – where all get care
no matter the size of their bank
balance”. And so it went on, a
transatlantic Twitter spat laced with
nationalism, fuelled by ignorance
and expressed in no more than
140 characters. This is what a
complex issue, with an international
dimension, has been reduced to.
At the same time as this
unedifying name-calling was
infecting the ether, the architects
of our new world of communication
were busy disowning their creation.
A group of Silicon Valley social
media pioneers have come together
to form the Centre for Humane
Technology, the purpose of which is
to challenge the new orthodoxies of
interpersonal relationships. Their
contention is that Google, Facebook
and Twitter are “eroding the pillars
of our society”.
This group liken themselves
to whistleblowers. “We’re on the
inside,” Tristan Harris, a former
ethicist at Google, told
the New York Times.
“We know how the
engineering works.”
Much of their effort
is aimed at educating
people about the
dangers of technology,
highlighting the
narcotic properties
of social media and its
adverse health effects.
“With smartphones, they [the big
social media companies] have got
you for every waking moment,” said
Roger McNamee, an early investor
in Facebook who is also part of this
new initiative.
“Every waking moment” is the
operative phrase here. We are never
alone with social media running in
the background – and yet, somehow,
we are more isolated. We never
need pause for thought, reflection
or consideration. This is as true for
private individuals as it is for the
leader of the free world – and we
have already seen (with Kim Jongun and Trump) how international
tension can be ratcheted up when
diplomacy is replaced by soundbites.
MUSIC
And that didn’t mean a career and
kids – it was about having a laugh,
pinching Prince Charles’s bum,
partying, piercings and pushing
boundaries. I was sold.
The news of their reunion was
teased out on social media over the
weekend as the girls descended
on Geri’s house in north London.
The upshot seems to be that the
band members won’t confirm
whether there will be gigs or new
music but, according to reports,
they are considering television
shows, endorsement deals and
a compilation album. The next
morning, Mel C said on the radio:
“We need the girl power message
more now than ever.”
But do we? Girl power came
about on the back of ladette culture.
We didn’t want to be feminists –
I’d never heard the word. I just
wanted to have as much fun as Liam
and Noel. Fast-forward 20 years, and
in the wake of #MeToo, it doesn’t
feel as though we need to get
misty-eyed over a time when women
were playing catch-up with men.
I know what I’m supposed to
think about this reunion, and
that’s the problem. It comes with a
pre-packaged political point.
“Female uprising?” I imagine
Svengali manager Simon Fuller
thinking. “We’ll have a bit of that – it
just feels right.”
Trust me – it doesn’t. Girl power
was a positive, pleasant, poppy
brand of right-on. A plan to rehash
the slogan and its delivery in 2018
is about as naive as Baby Spice’s
bunches. EVENING STANDARD
Laura
Weir
Misty-eyed for
‘girl power’? I
don’t think so
N
ow, here’s the story from
A to Z. The Spice Girls are
re-forming and I’m thrilled
at the prospect of living
what was, quite literally, my best life.
There was an enormous chasm of
difference between my idol, Mel B,
and me. Her: working-class, mixedrace, Leeds-born, mad for it. And
me: white, blonde, more recorder
and revising, less raving. Even so,
she was everything I wanted to be.
I’d witnessed hardcore “let’s ’av it”
behaviour at school, but it was never
paired with success. I’d seen blonde
and pretty, but never powerful. I’d
seen ginger, but always bullied. I’d
seen sporty, but never sexy at the
same time. I knew posh people but
they weren’t glamorous – and they
weren’t married to footballers.
At a time when I was facing
seismic dilemmas – such as,
geography or history? Am I clever or
cool? – these girls had attributes to
love. They told me I could have it all.
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HEALTH
Scots warm to BBC’s new weather
map… but has Britain shrunk?
Painkillers
‘can have
emotional
effect’
By Adam Sherwin and Chris Green
By Florence Snead
The BBC was accused of shrinking Kent and obliterating Wales as
viewers delivered their reaction to
the broadcaster’s biggest weather
presentation overhaul in more than
a decade.
Thirteen years after an angled map
prompted complaints of “dizzyness”,
the BBC returned to a “flat map projection”, offering a straight bird’s-eye
view of the country.
The new presentation turns the
UK land mass from brown to green,
features more details of roads and
towns to help drivers,
and gives presenters more flexibility to
zoom in.
Scottish viewers,
who complained that
the previous angled
map gave a “distorted”
view of the country,
were delighted with
the changes. “It’s like
you’ve taken the lid off
Scotland and let it grow
to its full extent. That
wasn’t so hard, was it?” said one viewer of the nation’s new prominence.
SNP MP Ronnie Cowan was
pleased that the BBC had acknowledged “misrepresenting the land
mass of the UK and have addressed
the problem”. His colleague Angus
MacNeil added: “It only took them
twelve and a half years. Now people
can see Scotland really is a big place
and we need to have ambitions for
Scotland to match.”
There were losers too. One viewer
complained that “place names now
obscure the map and the weather” in
the “new smaller BBC weather map”.
Weather bulletins
will feature new
on-air graphics and the latest
technology, allowing for longerrange forecasting on both TV
and radio.
The new weather map is
flat – harking back to the
Michael Fish era (inset).
Thomas Schafernaker
(below) gestures in front
of the tilted map BBC
Distorting the facts?
The “huge blocky backgrounds to
the place names obscure any detail
for locations hidden underneath
them,” said another. “And ‘Birmingham’ covers half of Wales and the
West Midlands.”
One tweeted: “As a Kent resident,
the new flat map profile takes a bit of
getting used to. We’ve shrunk a bit.”
“Why is GB so small?” asked
one viewer. “We don’t need to see
TECHNOLOGY
Possible cure for scarce airwaves
By Jane Clinton
A new extra high frequency range for
wireless communication that can be
bounced off walls could boost dwindling bandwidth reserves.
The new range of frequencies are in
the terahertz (THz) region. A paper
in the journal APL Photonics looks
at the feasibility of using THz carrier waves for data transmission, and
they do not need to be aimed by line
of sight from transmitter to receiver.
Many researchers have believed
that wireless communications that
rely on indirect (non-line-of-sight)
pathways are impossible. “Our work
shows this isn’t necessarily the case,”
said Daniel Mittleman of Brown University, whose group led the study.
The frequencies are usually unable
to pass through solid objects but, the
study demonstrates, can be bounced
off them without losing detail, enabling transmission without being in
line of sight of the receiver.
The world is running out of bandwidth to support growing communication demands. Technologies such
as the “internet of things”, which
make everything from toasters to
front doors accessible online, have
driven an explosion in data traffic.
THz radiation is about 100 times
higher in frequency than typical
wireless carrier waves.
the forecast for Luxembourg or
Eastern Sweden.”
BBC Weather presenter Sarah
Keith-Lucas introduced the new-look
forecast at 1.30pm. She explained
that the “cleaner, fresher” look would
be powered by “hi-res data”.
New digital features will help
users plan their days with a “chance
of rain” percentage and a “feels
like” temperature.
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How to play Place 1 – 9 once
in the grid, obeying the sums
between pairs of squares.
The weather map has been a bone of
contention between the BBC and the
SNP for years.
When it was launched in 2005 the
“tilted” map caused anger, with SNP
MP Angus MacNeil claiming it gave a
“distorted” view of Scotland.
The protests prompted the corporation to change the angle 11 days
later, but some Scots remained
unhappy about the perspective.
In 2016, the then SNP MP Paul
Monaghan accused the BBC of
making Scotland “literally appear
less significant”.
The issue was discussed ahead of
the 2014 independence referendum,
with some suggesting people were
being “trained to underestimate
Scotland’s size”. Film-maker Robert
Sproul-Cran suggested the angle
of the map could have a “profound
effect on our understanding of who
and where we are in the world”.
NATURE
Ants used in war against superbugs
By John von Radowitz
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Over-the-counter painkillers
such as ibuprofen and paracetamol could be influencing people’s
thoughts and emotions as well
as their physical symptoms, research suggests.
Scientists behind a recent study
have revealed both drugs could
also affect the way people process information, experience hurt
feelings and react to evocative
images. According to its findings,
women who took a dose of ibuprofen reported feeling less hurt
from emotionally painful experiences than those given a placebo,
while men showed the opposite
response.
Meanwhile individuals given
a dose of acetaminophen – otherwise known as paracetamol – were
less emotionally
distressed than
their placebo
counterparts
when reading
about a person
in emotional or
physical pain.
The people given
paracetamol also appeared to experience less
discomfort at the prospect of parting with their belongings, setting
cheaper prices when asked to put
a selling value on personal items.
However, when processing
information, participants given
paracetamol made more errors
of omission in a game where they
were asked, at various times, either to perform or to not perform
a task.
The authors of the study, published in the scientific journal Policy Insights from the Behavioural and
Brain Sciences, said their findings
were in many ways “alarming”.
One of them, Kyle Ratner, said:
“Consumers do not anticipate
broader psychological effects.”
Ants are being recruited as soldiers
in the human war against re s i s t ant superbugs.
Scientists have
identified a species
of the insect that
make powerful antimicrobial agents for t h e i r
own protection.
Experts hope they will provide a much-needed source of
antibiotics to replace those that are
rapidly proving ineffective.
Researcher Dr Adrian Smith,
from North Carolina State University in the US, said: “One species
we looked at, the thief ant (Solenopsis molesta, pictured), had the most
powerful antibiotic effect of any
species we tested – and until now,
no one had even shown
that they made use of
antimicrobials.”
The ants carry the
natural antibiotics on
their exoskeletons.
Twelve out of 20 ant
species were found to carry
some kind of effective antimi- crobial agent, while eight did
not appear to make use of antibiotics at all, according to the research
reported in the journal Royal Society
Open Science.
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COURTS
Outrage over Sinn
Féin man’s ‘putrid
little statelet’ jibe
By Lesley-Anne McKeown
A row has erupted in Ulster after a
senior Sinn Féin representative described Northern Ireland as a “putrid
little statelet”.
Unionists have described Alex
Maskey’s remarks, at a time when
the future of the Stormont government is in doubt, as “offensive” and they accused the
West Belfast MLA (Member of the Legislative
Assembly) of trying to
“justify terrorism”.
Mr Maskey (inset) said
on Twitter: “Unfortunately it took more than
the CRA [Civil Rights Association] to secure rights in
the putrid little statelet NI.”
The comments were posted in response to an unrelated tweet on the
100th anniversary of women’s voting
rights from SDLP leader Colm Eastwood, who noted: “We can’t forget
that it took the CRA here to ensure
that all people got full access to voting rights.”
The row comes amid a fresh
round of talks aimed at restoring the
power-sharing devolved government
at Stormont.
South Belfast MP Emma Little
Pengelly was among those outraged
by Mr Maskey’s remarks.
She said: “To call Northern Ireland a ‘putrid little statelet’ shows
utter contempt to many who, like
me, are deeply proud of the province.” Ulster Unionist MLA Doug
Beattie dismissed the comments as
“absolute offensive rubbish”, adding:
“Alex Maskey’s description of Northern Ireland as a ‘putrid little statelet’
exemplifies a continued attitude of
disrespect within Sinn Féin.
“This is all the more offensive, as
the reference is within a tweet appearing to justify terrorism.”
Traditional Unionist
Voice leader Jim Allister
echoed the outrage,
saying: “The many victims of IRA terrorism
will be in no doubt as to
what Maskey was referring to.”
In a later tweet, Mr Maskey appeared to reference the
new negotiations.
He said: “Looking back on how the
northern 6 county state systemically
discriminated against many of it’s
citizens, I am delighted how far we
have came [sic].
“Still a way to go to deliver fully
on rights for all and that is our current task.”
In January Sinn Féin
MP Barry McElduff
resigned after posing with a loaf
of Kingsmill bread on his head on
the 42nd anniversary of the IRA
massacre in the town of Kingsmill.
Legal aid given
to families to
sue Hyde Park
bomb suspect
Rohingya
refugees with
their belongings
after crossing
the border to
Bangladesh
REUTERS
By Deborah McAleese and
David Young
The families of soldiers killed in
the IRA’s Hyde Park bombing in
July 1982 have been granted legal
aid to bring a civil case against
one of the alleged bombers – at the
sixth time of asking.
Relatives of the four Royal
Household Cavalrymen murdered
in the blast intend to bring the
case against Co Donegal man John
Downey, who has denied murdering the soldiers.
Mark Tipper, whose 19-year-old
brother Simon was killed, said:
“I’m elated – when you have been
refused five times, you just don’t
think it will ever come about.”
Ulster Unionist Danny Kinahan, who has been supporting the
families, hailed it as an important
step forward for the Hyde Park
Justice Campaign. “For over three
decades the families have lived in
the hope that they would see justice delivered for their loved ones.
I hope that day has now come one
step closer,” the former MP added.
Downey, 66, was charged with
the Hyde Park murders and stood
trial at the Old Bailey in 2013.
But the case collapsed after it
was revealed he had a written assurance from former prime minister Tony Blair’s government that
he was no longer wanted.
Trial judge Mr Justice Sweeney
ruled that Downey’s arrest was an
abuse of process and he put a stay
on any future prosecution.
MYANMAR
Backlash over ‘biased’ Rohingya paper
series. Dr Leider was “senior consultant” to the UN’s resident co-ordinator. However, that official later
suppressed a report criticising the
UN’s handling of the Rohingya crisis.
Now, in a letter to Oxford University Press, senior figures in academia
are urging the publisher not to run Dr
Leider’s paper.
Dr Leider declined to comment.
But Oxford University Press said it
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Trump misconduct accuser to run for office
By Emily Shugerman
A record number of
women are running for
office in the US this year. The
number of Democratic women
challenging incumbents in the
House of Representatives is up
nearly 350 per cent from 2016.
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One of the first women to publicly
accuse President Donald Trump
of sexual misconduct is running
for office.
Rachel Crooks, who told The New
York Times in 2016 that Mr Trump
had kissed her against her will, has
announced she will run for state representative in Ohio as a Democrat.
“I think my voice should have been
heard then, and I’ll still fight for it to
be heard now,” Ms Crooks told Cosmopolitan. “Americans are really
upset with politics as usual, and I
want to be a voice for them.”
Ms Crooks was one of two women
who told the Times about alleged
abuses by then-candidate Trump in
the run-up to the election.
Mr Trump has now been accused
by more than a dozen women of
various kinds of sexual misconduct,
including sexual assault. The Presi-
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upset when
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Crooks said Mr Trump had unexpectedly kissed her on the mouth
when she was 22 and working as a
receptionist at Bayrock Group, a
property company with offices in
Trump Tower. “It was so inappropriate,” she said in 2016. “I was so upset
that he thought I was so insignificant
that he could do that.”
Now 35, Ms Crooks told Cosmopolitan she wants Mr Trump to be held
accountable, but doesn’t want the
issue to define her campaign.
“I think there will be a lot of people
who see value in [my campaign],” she
said. “But I hope more so because
I’m a viable candidate rather
than a participant in the #MeToo
movement.”
She would like to focus on creating
jobs, ensuring access to healthcare,
and improving Ohio’s education
system. She is running for a state
representative seat that covers a
rural area outside Toledo.
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the party’s nomination in the May
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Elon Musk rocket
blasts off with
mannequin and
red sports car
A building on the verge
of collapse in Hualien
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By Jane Clinton
SpaceX’s Falcon Heavy rocket was
launched last night carrying Elon
Musk’s red sports car and a spacesuited mannequin.
The demonstration flight, delayed
by more than two hours because of
high winds, is one of the most powerful rockets ever to be launched and is
designed to pave the way for human
expeditions to Mars.
Thousands thronged to Nasa’s
Kennedy Centre to see the launch.
The rocket has an unusual cargo
with SpaceX CEO Mr Musk’s Tesla
sports car, and the mannequin being
accompanied by a copy of Douglas
Adams’ The Hitchhiker’s Guide to the
Galaxy, with the radio set to play
David Bowie’s Space Oddity on a loop.
Concrete or steel slabs are typically used as ballast for experiments
but Mr Musk decided to add some
theatre to the proceedings.
Falcon Heavy is designed to deliver
a maximum payload to low-Earth
orbit of 64 tonnes, which is the equivalent of putting five London doubledecker buses in space.
Such performance is slightly more
than double that of the world’s next
most powerful rocket, the Delta IV
Heavy, but, says Mr Musk, at onethird of the cost.
It is one of the most ambitious
rocket launches ever seen, and is the
most powerful since Saturn V was
last flown in 1973. Falcon Heavy is
229.6ft long (some 23 storeys), has 27
engines, and weighs 549,054kg.
Two of the boosters were recycled
The SpaceX ‘Falcon Heavy’ rocket
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and programmed to return for a simultaneous touchdown at Cape Canaveral, while the third, brand new,
set its sights on an ocean platform
some 300 miles offshore.
The Falcon Heavy is a combination of three Falcon 9s, the rocket
that the company uses to ship supplies to the International Space
Station and lift satellites. Spacex is
reusing first-stage boosters to save
on launch costs.
On the eve of the flight,
Elon Musk said the
company had done all it could
to maximise success and he was
at peace with whatever happens:
success, “one big boom” or some
other calamity.
TAIWAN
Hotel guests trapped after earthquake
By Jon Sharman
A 6.4-magnitude earthquake has
struck near the coast of Taiwan,
leaving people trapped inside
collapsed buildings.
The US Geological Survey said
that the earthquake struck about 13
miles north-east of Hualien, on the
island’s east coast
Taiwan’s Central News Agency
reported that the ground floor of the
Marshal Hotel, in Hualien district,
had caved in and people were believed to be trapped inside.
“The President [Tsai Ing-wen]
has asked the cabinet and related
ministries to immediately launch
the disaster mechanism and to work
at the fastest rate on disaster relief
work,” the President’s office said.
People said they could feel the
earthquake in Tapei, the island’s
capital, which is more than 160km
(100 miles) away.
Taiwan lies near the junction of
two tectonic plates and is regularly
hit by earthquakes.
The latest tremor struck shortly
before midnight local time. A magnitude 6.1 earthquake took place
nearby on Sunday.
The island’s worst tremor in recent decades was a 7.6-magnitude
earthquake in September 1999 that
killed around 2,400 people.
Meanwhile it was claimed yesterday that expanding early warning
systems and speeding up its alerts
could save more lives when earthquakes strike.
In a paper published in the journal Seismological Research Letters,
scientists described how the Sasnex
system uses algorithms to analyse
seismic waves and determine the
size of an earthquake.
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President arrests judges and declares state of emergency over ‘coup’
By Mohamed Junayd
IN MALE
An exiled former president of the
Maldives has urged India to intervene after the government of the
Indian Ocean archipelago imposed a
state of emergency and arrested two
senior judges.
The Maldives plunged into crisis
last week after the Supreme Court
quashed terrorism convictions
against nine leading opposition figures including the country’s first
democratically elected president,
Mohamed Nasheed, who is now
in exile.
Having defied the court ruling
to release the detainees, President
Abdulla Yameen declared a state
of emergency and ordered security
forces to seize control of the court
and arrest the chief justice and another judge.
Mr Nasheed, who was granted
asylum by Britain in 2016, sought
Indian intervention to resolve the
island nation’s most serious political
crisis in years.
“On behalf of Maldivian people
we humbly request: India to send
envoy, backed by its military, to release judges & pol[itical]. detainees.
We request a physical presence,” Mr
Nasheed, who is currently in Colombo, said in a Twitter post.
Since Mr Yameen took control of
the overwhelmingly Muslim country
of 400,000 people in 2013, his government has faced heavy criticism over
the detention of opponents, political
influence over the judiciary and the
lack of freedom of speech.
Mr Yameen said he had acted to
prevent a coup. REUTERS
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New air strikes
kill ‘at least 16’
China accused
of ‘brutal’ arrest
Syrian opposition activists say
at least 16 people have been
killed in new air strikes on the
Damascus suburb of Eastern
Ghouta, a day after Russian
and Syrian government forces
battered rebel areas across the
country in sweeping air raids.
The UK-based Syrian
Observatory for Human
Rights says at least five
towns in the region were hit
with 16 casualties, while the
activist-run Ghouta Media
Centre put the toll at 17 dead.
Both groups say they expect
the death toll to rise. AP
Sweden has escalated its two-week
stand-off with China over the “brutal” arrest of Hong Kong-based
Swedish bookseller Gui Minhai.
Mr Gui was seized on a Chinese
train while travelling with Swedish
diplomats on 20 January.
Swedish foreign minister Margot
Wallstrom said Mr Gui’s detention
was “contrary to basic international rules on consular support” and
demanded that China disclose Mr
Gui’s whereabouts.
“The brutal intervention was implemented despite repeated Chinese
assurances that Mr Gui was a free
man at the time,” she said. AP
President ditches
deal with foreign
oceanographers
By Manuel Mogato
IN MANILA
Philippine President Rodrigo
Duterte has banned all foreign
scientific research off the
country’s Pacific coast and
told the navy to chase away
unauthorised vessels, despite
Man charged with treason
over symbolic ‘swearing-in’
By Jackson Njehia
SYRIA
PHILIPPINES
KENYA
earlier allowing Chinese
oceanographers to operate there.
Mr Duterte, who has cultivated
warm ties with China to lessen
Manila’s dependence on the
United States, offered no
explanation for the about-face on
the seismically active Philippine
Rise, which the United Nations
declared part of the Philippines’
continental shelf in 2012.
“Let me be very clear about
this: the Philippine Rise is
ours and any insinuation that
it is open to everybody should
end with this declaration,” Mr
Duterte said. REUTERS
A Kenyan politician has been charged
with treason for his involvement in
a symbolic presidential “swearing
in” of opposition leader Raila
Odinga in a challenge to President
Uhuru Kenyatta.
Miguna Miguna has appeared in
court in Kajiado County near the
capital, Nairobi, accused of “being
present and consenting to the
administration of an oath to commit
a capital offence, namely treason”.
Mr Odinga ran against Mr Kenyatta
in an election last August that was
nullified by the Supreme Court. Mr
Herat
A group of young Afghan
women in the deeply
conservative western Herat
province are breaking
traditional barriers as their
war-torn country’s first female
coders in an overwhelmingly
male-dominated tech field.
The game they created at
the Code to Inspire computer
training centre in the city
of Herat underscores
Afghanistan’s struggle to
eradicate vast opium poppy
fields ruled by the Taliban.
For 20-year-old Khatera
Mohammadi, one of the
students at the centre, Fight
Against Opium was based
on her brother’s real-life
experience years ago as a
translator for US troops in
Helmand province.
“Each time he came back
home, he would tell us about
the poppy fields, the terrible
mine blasts, battling opium
traffickers and drugs,” Ms
Mohammadi said.
She and her colleagues
thought that if they created a
game, it would raise awareness
about the evils of opium
cultivation.
Her dream, she says, is that
one day the opium poppy would
be replaced by the saffron
crocus – so she put that in
the game, having the soldiers
encourage local farmers to
cultivate saffron instead.
“Saffron is more expensive
and it would be better for the
country,” she said. AP
Ahmad Seir
Kenyatta won a repeat poll in October
after Mr Odinga boycotted it.
Mr Miguna, who was also
charged with “taking part in an
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FRANCE
Macron to meet resurgent Corsican nationalists
French President Emmanuel Macron
is heading to Corsica for a two-day
visit at a time when nationalists on
the Mediterranean island are gaining
more influence.
Mr Macron will start his visit by
paying tribute to the late prefect
Claude Erignac, who was shot dead
on the island 20 years ago by proindependence activists. Erignac
was France’s most senior official
on the island. Mr Macron will then
meet with nationalist leaders Gilles
Simeoni and Jean-Guy Talamoni.
T h o u s a n d s o f n at i o n a l i s t s
demonstrated on Sunday ahead of
Mr Macron’s visit, asking for more
autonomy, equal status for the
Corsican language and the release of
prisoners held in mainland prisons.
In December, Corsican nationalists
triumphed in the election for a new
regional assembly, crushing Mr
Macron’s young centrist movement
and traditional parties.
TURKEY
VIETNAM
JAPAN
Ban on foreign
defence systems
Eco-activist gets Royal marriage to
14 years in jail
commoner on ice
Turkey will no longer buy
defence systems, software or
products from abroad except in
an emergency, President Recep
Tayyip Erdogan said yesterday,
vowing to develop domestic
military designs and systems.
Mr Erdogan said Turkey was
ready to cooperate with foreign
defence firms that accepted
Ankara’s conditions, but that this
would not lead to purchases of
ready-made systems. REUTERS
A court in Vietnam sentenced an
activist to 14 years in jail yesterday for
live-streaming fishermen marching
to file a lawsuit against a Taiwanowned steel plant’s spill of toxins into
the ocean.
Following a trial by the People’s
Court in Nghe An province that
lasted half a day, Hoang Duc Binh
was convicted of abusing democratic
freedoms to infringe on the interests
of the state, organisation and people
and opposing officers on duty. AP
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From...
Miguna Miguna was at a ‘swearing-in’
of opposition leader Raila Odinga
unlawful assembly” and “engaging
in organised criminal activity”, had
attended the ceremony last week.
He was arrested on Friday and
granted bail of 50,000 Kenyan
shillings (£360) but remained in
police custody with his whereabouts
unknown until he appeared at the
court in Kajiado yesterday.
Isaac Okero, president of the Law
Society of Kenya, told reporters:
“Once again the state is wilfully
violating Mr Miguna’s rights by
moving him without any notice to his
lawyers or his family and, in order
to frustrate their access to him, to a
court stationed outside Nairobi.”
Japan’s Princess Mako will
postpone her wedding to
commoner Kei Komuro until after
her grandfather Emperor Akihito
abdicates next year, public
broadcaster NHK said yesterday.
The couple, who were due to
marry in November, want more
time to arrange their ceremony
and prepare for married life.
Princess Mako must become a
commoner after the union, royal
family law dictates. REUTERS
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In the first of a series of reports
from Jeddah, Bethan McKernan
looks at the kingdom’s reforms
A
country where they must still seek
the permission of a male guardian
to fulfil needs as basic as travel,
study and opening a bank account.
“I have seen how my life and my
opportunities are different to what
my mother had,” said 19-year-old
Fizah, an assistant at a women’s
clothes shop. “It’s a good time to be
a woman in Saudi Arabia.”
Crucially, allowing women
to drive will also allow them to
participate more fully in the
workforce. Long overdue social
reforms are being ushered in part
to sweeten a bitter pill: the House of
Saud has been badly hit by a global
plunge in oil prices since 2015.
Vision 2030 is new Crown
Prince Mohammed bin Salman
bin Abdulaziz Al Saud’s blueprint
for opening up Saudi Arabia to the
modern world – and its money. It
has so far encompassed a raft of
wide-ranging reforms, and even a
promise the country will return to a
more “moderate” Islam.
“There have always been
promises for change in the
Women peruse a
car showroom in the
Saudi Red Sea resort
of Jeddah AMER
HILABI/AFP/GETTY
kingdom, but nothing genuine was
achieved,” said recent university
graduate Mohammed al Rushoodi,
from Riyadh. “Overall there are
good overdue changes [such as
women driving]. But I think that
these freedoms are not the main
Give and go The $107bn shake-down
At Riyadh’s Ritz-Carlton hotel,
police cars still guard both the
vast compound’s entrance and the
turn-off from the motorway.
More than 200 royal figures,
politicians and business leaders
were placed under arrest at the hotel
last November in an anti-corruption
sweep seen as part of Prince
Mohammed’s efforts to consolidate
his power and shut down opposition.
The last detainees were released
This Saturday in
or moved to another location last
weekend after being shaken down for
$107bn (£76bn) in assets, including
property, companies, shares and
cash, in what the attorney-general
Sheikh Saud Al Mojeb described as
the recuperation of “lost revenue”.
Among those paying for their
freedom were billionaire Prince
Al-Waleed bin Talal, owner of global
investor Kingdom Holding, and
Waleed al-Ibrahim, who controls
money
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Last month, American
R&B singer Nelly played
a concert here – although,
in the end, women were
not allowed to attend
‘Many Saudis
are being
introduced to
the real world’
t a rooftop café in
Jeddah, four young
women smoke appleflavoured argileh and
drink tea while scrolling
furiously through the online
offerings from local car dealerships.
“That’s a V6 engine,” one says,
handing a phone back to her friend.
“Don’t bother with that. Go for the
inline instead.”
At the table opposite, two
wealthy-looking Yemeni men roll
their eyes at each other. “Of course,
it’s wonderful women are going to
have these freedoms,” a prominent
local businessman later said. “But
nothing in the kingdom is ever that
simple. Those women get to drive at
a cost. Their families, their fathers
and brothers, are becoming poorer.”
In Saudi Arabia, critics say the
current rate of change is swift but
cosmetic. Thanks to a royal decree,
from June women will be allowed
to drive in the conservative Islamic
kingdom for the first time since
1990. The deeply symbolic move
will transform women’s lives in a
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regional broadcaster MBC. Up to 56
detainees are believed to have been
moved from the hotel to prison after
failing to reach settlements; they
may stand trial.
The only settlement disclosed so
far was a deal by Prince Miteb bin
Abdullah to pay more than $1bn.
He was once a contender for the
throne, so his detention has fuelled
suspicion of a political dimension to
the purge.
business
How to earn cash, and see more of
the countryside, by looking after
people’s homes
concern at the moment. Many
Saudis are currently concerned
about the economy.”
The country’s unemployment
rate climbed to a high of 12.8
per cent last year. The kingdom
introduced its first-ever VAT (at
5 per cent) on 1 January and has
begun phasing out fuel subsidies.
So while women will be able to get
behind the wheel in a few months,
it will cost a lot to fill up the tank
– and there aren’t enough jobs for
everyone to drive to.
“Saudis are just being introduced
to the real world. What they were
living in previously was a fairy tale,”
said 25-year-old Yousif el Helw, an
Egyptian national who has lived in
Jeddah most of his life.
For ordinary Saudis, these
changes are already beginning to
take hold. In the Red Sea city of
Jeddah, the religious police have
never enforced the rules governing
a virtuous Islamic lifestyle as
strictly as in Saudi Arabia’s
capital, Riyadh. Groups of women
use public spaces without male
chaperones, often work in mixedgender environments and wear
glittery abayas in shades of grey
and blue as well as black. Some
women do not wear headscarves at
all. Couples hold hands in public.
Last month, American R&B
singer Nelly played a sold-out
concert here. Although, in the end,
women were not allowed to attend,
the fact an artist whose most
famous lyrics are: “It’s getting hot
in here/So take off all your clothes,”
was even allowed to enter the
kingdom shows a transformation is
taking place.
The Crown Prince, at 32, is likely
to set the agenda in Saudi Arabia
for decades. While he has been
criticised for his aggressive stance
on regional rival Iran, as well as
orchestrating the regional blockade
of Qatar and causing bloodshed in
Yemen, he has made it clear he is
serious about domestic reform.
In a recent rebuke of the
puritanical religious establishment,
the prince noted: “Seventy per cent
of [the Saudi] population is under
30… We won’t allow the 30 per cent
to hold them back.”
People in Riyadh seem bolder
now: teenagers roam around a new
park on rollerblades while Justin
Bieber blasts from cars stuck
in traffic. Yet their horizons are
shrinking in other ways. Travel
agencies that used to advertise trips
to Europe now suggest destinations
more friendly to shallow pockets,
such as Turkey, or seaside resorts
in Jeddah.
“Everything in this country is
still decided at the top, not by the
people,” a female activist who has
been arrested on several occasions
said in an interview conducted over
encrypted messenger Telegram
because she is forbidden to contact
foreign journalists.
“The same people are still
in charge. But it’s something.
Something is always better than
nothing.” THE INDEPENDENT
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L
eaving behind your home,
family and friends to
head into the unknown to
start a new life requires
resourcefulness and
an independent spirit. Luckily,
Alford Gardner has plenty of both.
Now 92, Alford, who was born in
Jamaica in 1926, was in his early
20s when he boarded the SS
Empire Windrush in 1948, bound for
Britain. He was one of 492 people
on board, the first large group of
post-war immigrants from the
Caribbean to come to the UK.
This year marks 70 years since
the arrival of the Windrush. For
Alford, however, it wasn’t the
first time he had been to Britain.
Despite his youth he had already
served as an engineer and motor
mechanic in the RAF during the
Second World War, having joined
in 1943 at the age of just 17.
The following year he came over
to England as part of a cohort of
2,000 men from the Caribbean,
recruited for ground crew duties.
He did his square bashing at
RAF Hunmanby Moor in Filey,
Yorkshire, before going on to
complete his initial training at
Wheaton Aston in Staffordshire.
He was then posted to Moretonin-Marsh in Gloucestershire,
returning to Jamaica in 1946.
“When I got home we were told
we could do a vocational course
with the RAF,” he says. “They
had courses in mechanics and
engineering, welding, all sorts of
trades. It was a six-month course
and I came to Leeds to do mine.”
The winter of 1946-47 is
famously one of the most severe
that Britain has ever experienced
and Alford arrived right in the
middle of it, in January 1947. “That
was a winter,” he says, laughing.
“There was so much snow you
had to dig yourself out of the door
every morning. It was a very bleak
winter. The first couple of weeks
with all that snow I didn’t like it,
but as things went on it got better.”
When it was time to return
home to Jamaica, he knew
he would be back. “That was
always the plan,” he says. “I
was determined to come back
to England. For a lot of people
there was nothing back home – in
Jamaica at that time there were
very few opportunities, there were
no jobs going at all. A lot of the
lads were down and out; I had my
parents to help me but a lot of the
lads, their parents had died.”
He heard that a ship was due to
set sail for England – newspaper
advertisements offered cheap
transport for anyone wishing to go
and work in the UK – and Alford
knew he wanted to be on it. His
father gave him £50 – the fare was
£28 – and he and his older brother
boarded the Windrush in Kingston.
“We were at sea for a few weeks
and we had a good time on the
journey,” he says. “We stopped off
in Havana for two days and then
we went on to Mexico and then
Bermuda. We were there for about
four or five days and on the last
night in Bermuda we had a big
dance; that was beautiful.
“There were lads from Jamaica
and Trinidad and Barbados and
the majority of them were ex-RAF.
There were also a few women who
were expecting to come and train
as nurses. We didn’t really have
much contact with the women.
We were below decks and they
HEALTH
Palliative care for cancer
sufferers is being neglected
Little is spent on it, but it can improve patients’ quality
of life – and maybe even extend it. By Lucy Ziegler
O
ver the past 20 years,
there has been rapid
advancement in the
treatment of cancer,
leading to impressive
survival rates for many. But half of
all patients diagnosed with cancer
in the UK still die of the disease.
Though oncologists are
dedicated to keeping their
patients alive as long as possible,
repeated cycles of treatment and
cumulative side-effects often
have a detrimental impact upon
the quality of a person’s life, with
minimal benefits in terms of
extending survival. Palliative care
focuses on managing symptoms
– physical and psychological –
rather than curing disease, and
research has shown that for
patients with advanced cancer it
can have significant benefits in
terms of quality of life for patients.
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Clockwise from main: Alford Gardner, now and (above right)
as a young recruit; soldiers board the SS ‘Empire Windrush’ at
Southampton, bound for Korea in October 1950; Alford’s cricket
club SIMON HULME; KEYSTONE/GETTY
were in a different part of the ship,
so we didn’t really see them.
“Then we arrived at Tilbury. Our
plan was always to come back up
to Leeds; the RAF recruiters were
begging us to join them again but we
had decided we weren’t going to.”
They arrived in Britain with
high hopes, anticipating good
employment prospects and a
bright future in a new country. But
the reality was more problematic,
as depicted in a new show by
the Phoenix Dance Theatre –
Windrush: Movement of the People,
which is touring the UK this year.
“We know people were excited
to come to the UK on the promise
of work and a better life, but we
also know it was not the case
for all,” says Sharon Watson,
artistic director of Phoenix and
choreographer of Windrush.
“Britain was recovering from the
war and needed help to rebuild the
country, but the stories they told
were of a bittersweet experience.”
Alford, like many others, faced
In some cases it even results in
improved survival rates.
Yet less than 0.3 per cent of the
£500m spent on cancer research
in Britain every year is allocated to
end-of-life care. And in research my
colleagues and I have carried
out, funded by Yorkshire
Cancer Research, we
found that around a
third of the patients
who die from cancer
are not referred to
specialist palliative
care services at all.
Among them may
have been people who
were getting good-quality
end-of-life care from their GP or
oncology team – but it’s likely there
were others who were not receiving
any adequate support or care at the
end of their lives.
We also found that, on average,
patients who died from cancer who
did get access to palliative care
received just seven weeks of it.
Our analysis showed that
among the two-thirds who were
referred to specialist services,
even short periods of
end-of-life care brought
benefits. Two weeks
was associated with
a greater chance of
avoiding dying in
hospital. Four weeks
meant patients were
also more likely to avoid
being admitted to hospital
in an emergency, and they
were more likely to get access to
more powerful pain relief.
These findings show that more
needs to be done to help patients
who are dying from cancer. But
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racism, exclusion, prejudice and
discrimination. Having returned to
Leeds, where he still lives, he says
finding accommodation was at first
“terrible”. And initially getting a
job wasn’t easy either.
“I would go to the labour
exchange and the moment I walked
through the door this man would
say, ‘Sorry son, there is nothing for
you’,” he says. He kept going back,
to be met with the same response
every time, but his tenacity paid off
when one day there was someone
in the office who was hiring.
“He asked me what kind of work
I was looking for. I told him I was
a mechanic and he asked me if I
could strip an engine. Then he said,
‘When could you start work?’ and
I said, ‘Right now’ and I also told
him that I knew a lot of lads who
were looking for work. In the end,
four of us got jobs just through me
meeting that man.”
Outside of work, he was keen to
establish a cricket team. “One of
the first things I said when we got
here was ‘we must have a cricket
team’,” he says. “Within a few
weeks we got four of us and then
another four and we gradually
built up a team and started
playing matches.” It was the first
Caribbean Cricket Club set up in
the UK and is still going strong.
Once settled into employment,
Alford and a group of four friends
bought a house together. A
few years later he met a young
woman at a dance – they fell in
love, married, and together they
had eight children. “Everything
was fine once I had my house and
started my family,” he says. “And I
always had work.”
Today Alford is still fit and active
– his energy levels would put some
people half his age to shame – and
he loves music, playing bingo,
cooking, gardening and travelling
every year to visit relatives in
Jamaica, America and Canada.
Looking back 70 years on, he has
no regrets about making that lifechanging journey on the Windrush.
“It was a brilliant decision and the
right decision for me,” he says. “I
have lived a very happy life – I’m
still living a happy life.”
‘Windrush: Movement of the
People’ opens at the West
Yorkshire Playhouse in Leeds
tonight and tours until May;
phoenixdancetheatre.co.uk
this can only happen if oncologists
and their patients have timely
conversations about end-of-life
care – and these conversations can
be challenging, especially when it’s
hard to judge how long someone
will have left.
Oncologists are treating their
patients for longer than ever before
– it is not unusual to treat a patient
with incurable breast cancer for
seven to 10 years.
However, given that nearly half of
the UK population will get cancer in
their lifetime, and half of those will
die of the disease, it’s clear these
improved conversations can’t come
quickly enough.
Lucy Ziegler is a senior research
fellow at the University of Leeds.
Read the full article at
TheConversation.com
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Another
View
Martin
Daubney
Where’s
Daddy? He’s
being erased
by the law
A
re dads being airbrushed
out of existence? The
question might sound
like the sort of internet
conspiracy theory
dreamt up by men’s rights activists,
angry dads in Batmen outfits, or
even outright misogynists.
Yet a report out this week
suggests this is precisely what
is happening, at every level of
the parent/state interface, when
households recorded as single
parent log no data on the parental
involvement status of the fathers.
The Fatherhood Institute report
Where’s The Daddy? points out that
single fathers are legally part of
one morass, from deceased dads,
through willingly absent “bad dads”,
to those fighting tooth and claw
to play a more active role in their
children’s lives.
This legal erasing of dads
begins at birth, when a mother
automatically has parental
responsibility for “her” child.
Non-married fathers (47 per cent
of the UK total but 96 per cent of the
under-20s) can have their name on
the certificate by jointly registering
the birth of the child with the
mother (at her agreement), getting
a parental responsibility agreement
with the mother, or getting a
parental responsibility order from a
court, which is normally taken as a
hostile stance against the mother.
In the UK 4 million children
are growing up in single-parent
households, 90 per cent of which are
headed by mothers.
The report makes the useful
(if bureaucratically nightmarish)
suggestion that all forms filled in
where the parent interacts with
public services (hospital, school, etc)
go into more detail about the nature
of a father’s involvement.
This will help with provision
Protesters from Fathers 4 Justice call
for better rights in Whitehall AFP
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of services for single fathers, and
also help to establish a paper trail
of fatherhood involvement – useful
in family courts for custodial
access and establishing child
maintenance, as fathers who are
more absent pay more.
And here we reach the next
battlefront: family courts. Do they
favour mothers? Legally, in certain
circumstances, there is no doubt this
is the case.
When the Legal Aid, Sentencing
and Punishment of Offenders Act
2012 (Laspo) was implemented
in 2013, hundreds of thousands of
people were suddenly no longer
entitled to free legal aid. A key
exception was women who claimed
domestic abuse, which leads to the
application for non-molestation
orders. In the year following its
introduction, applications under
Laspo boomed by 300 per cent.
Prior to Laspo, the legal aid split
was roughly 40 per cent vs 60 per
cent to men and women. Post-Laspo,
it is 15 per cent vs 85 per cent. That
Laspo is the cause of this change is
entirely unambiguous.
Family courts
favour mothers
in certain
circumstances
Here, you can draw one of two
conclusions: either domestic
violence incidents against women
rose 300 per cent annually (which
flies in the face of recorded crime
data), or an increasing number
of women began to report
them, perhaps realising they’d
automatically qualify for free
legal aid if more serious allegations
were made.
Men on the receiving end of
non-molestation orders (which
effectively kept them out of the
children’s lives until disproven) were
thus faced with the costly process
of self-funding their case against a
mother effectively bankrolled by
the state.
Divorce, ensuing parental
alienation and even false allegations
all have a profound effect on fathers,
and there is a raft of evidence to
show this increases depression
and suicidality.
Suicide is now the biggest killer
of British men under 50, and one
stubbornly high-risk demographic
are men in their forties – the time
when relationship breakdown is
most likely to impact.
At the end of last year, I
co-authored the Harry’s Masculinity
Report, the UK’s biggest-ever
academic study into men’s mental
wellbeing, and it was abundantly
clear that loving relationships and
family were essential pillars of men’s
positivity. Fathers told us time and
again their children were often their
“only reason to live”.
By that metric, is it any wonder
that when a man’s very reason
to live is removed – either by
authorities that barely recognise
their existence, or by family courts
that bankroll the legal challenges of
mums yet not dads – then his mental
health will be impacted?
The author is a journalist and
broadcaster, and a former editor
of ‘Loaded’ magazine
Television Wednesday 7 February
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My Millionaire Migrant Boss
Eurovision: You Decide
A Stitch In Time
9pm, Channel 4
Liverpool-based Palestinian
businessman Marwan Koukash
arrived in Britain in 1976 with just
£200 and now, he says, he wants to
put something back by giving four
unemployed Brits the chance to
improve their lot through hard graft.
Benefits recipient Joe, 25 (left with
Koukash), 18-year-old Georgia
(“punctuality is an issue”), dreamy
Heidi, who “doesn’t think there’s a
reason to work”, and 49-year-old
Wendy begin at Koukash’s luxury
hotel under the gimlet eye of Polish
housekeeping head Joanna. There’s a
post-Brexit subtext to this new
series, since three million migrant
workers do the jobs Britons don’t
want to. Can the natives hack it?
7.30pm, BBC2
The Brighton Dome is where Abba
had their 1974 Eurovision triumph
with “Waterloo” and where Mel
Giedroyc has assembled the six
arguably masochistic contenders
hoping to represent the UK in Lisbon
in May. They include two former
Voice UK contestants, a 16-year-old
Britain’s Got Talent finalist and an
experienced Eurovision backing
singer, while Giedroyc is joined in
her presenting chores by a man who
has tasted Eurovision glory,
Sweden’s 2015 winner Mans
Zelmerlow (no, I can’t remember him
either). The winner will then be
decided by a 50-50 combination of
viewer votes and the decision of a
jury of music professionals.
8.30pm, BBC4
“History’s ultimate fashion victim” is
how Amber Butchart introduces
Marie Antoinette, the final subject in
an enlightening series. Dressed with
what might be called Gallic flair,
Butchart visits Paris to view a 1783
portrait of the doomed queen which
scandalised pre-revolutionary
France because she was wearing a
simple white muslin “chemise” –
more like underwear than a dress.
Let them wear scanties!
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The New Builds Are Coming:
Battle In The Countryside
9pm, BBC2
Director Richard Macer (Inside
Vogue) concludes his outwardly
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whimsical but actually quite acute
documentary about Britain’s
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to the developers who are spreading
their vast new estates across the
countryside. “Nobody has a right to a
view,” is the blunt opinion of one
architect planning 3,500 homes on
the edge of the Oxfordshire village
of Culham. No doubt he enjoys a
very nice view himself.
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Girlfriends
9pm, ITV
Kay Mellor’s cheerfully overplotted
saga of knocking-on-a-bit friends
Linda, Sue and Gail ends in Spain,
where the women have gone to
identify Micky’s body and finally
discover what happened to Linda’s
husband on that fateful cruise.
Alex Polizzi mounts a
‘Restaurant Rescue’
9pm, Channel 5
Mel Giedroyc presents
the six acts hoping to
represent the UK in
‘Eurovision: You Decide’
7.30pm, BBC2
Gail, Sue and Linda go
to Spain in ‘Girlfriends’
9pm, ITV
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located in an
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restaurant (R).
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Phil’s Love It Or
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(S).
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(S).
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The team
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Are Coming:
Battle In The
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Linda, Gail
and Sue arrive
in Spain to
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series (S).
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(S).
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(R) (S).
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Framed! Gold
Comical clips
(R) (S).
8.00 Two And A Half
Men (S).
8.30 Superstore
Amy discovers
Mateo and Jeff
are dating (S).
9.00 FILM: The
Dressmaker
(Jocelyn
Moorhouse
2015) Premiere.
Drama, starring
Kate Winslet (S).
9.00 FILM: The
Hangover Part
II (Todd Phillips
2011) Comedy
sequel, starring
Bradley Cooper
(S).
11.00 The Killer
Wave Of 1607:
Timewatch (R)
(S).
11.50 Timeshift:
When Coal Was
King (R) (S).
11.20 FILM: Easy
A (Will Gluck
2010) Teen
comedy,
starring Emma
Stone (S).
11.10 Family Guy
Peter and Lois
decide to have
another baby (R)
(S).
11.40 Family Guy (R)
(S).
12.50 Top Of The Pops:
1981 (R) (S). 1.25 Top Of
The Pops: 1981 (R) (S). 2.00
Queen Victoria’s Children
(R) (S). 3.00 Close
1.10 FILM: Secrets And
Lies (Mike Leigh 1995)
Drama, starring Brenda
Blethyn and Marianne
Jean-Baptiste (S). 4.00
Close
12.05 American Dad! (R) (S).
12.35 American Dad! (R) (S).
1.05 Two And A Half Men
(R) (S). 1.35 Superstore (R)
(S). 2.00 Totally Bonkers
Guinness World Records
(R) (S). 2.25 Teleshopping
5.55 ITV2 Nightscreen
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Peyton And Polizzi’s
Restaurant Rescue
9pm, Channel 5
Great British Menu judge Oliver
Peyton makes a promising doubleact with Alex Polizzi as they
gatecrash Gordon Ramsay’s patch by
going to the aid of failing
restaurants. Their first stop is an
Italian eatery in Bedford.
FILM
CHOICE
LAURENCE PHELAN
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Gomorrah
9pm, Sky Atlantic
The chain-smoking back-stabber Ciro
Di Marzio is one of the more
fascinating characters in this
compelling Mafia saga – and since
helping bump off gang boss Pietro,
Ciro has been building a new life in
Bulgaria. That is all about to change.
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FILM OF THE DAY
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The Hurt Locker
Pusher
11.25pm, TCM
(Kathryn Bigelow, 2009)
Action films have long used the
unexploded bomb as a device to
generate tension and suspense in
a scene. This multi-Oscar-winning
Iraq war movie, which puts you right
there, in the dust and in the moment,
with the members of a three-man
US bomb-disposal unit, has dozens
of such scenes and is exceptionally
intense as a result. Jeremy Renner
(left) stars as the unit’s leader: a
fatalistic sergeant for whom risk is a
drug. He’s as cocky as Tom Cruise in
Top Gun, as cool and unreadable as
Steve McQueen in The Great Escape,
as damaged as Martin Sheen in
Apocalypse Now. Anthony Mackie and
Brian Geraghty also appear.
1.55am, Channel 4
Nicolas Winding Refn, 1996)
Winding Refn would go on to make
ultra-stylised genre films such as
Drive, but his Danish-language debut
was a sweaty, scuzzy, naturalistic
drama, about a drug dealer having
the worst week of his life.
Secrets And Lies
1.10am, Film4
(Mike Leigh, 1995)
Having perfected the art of the
bittersweet domestic comedy-drama
in which a social gathering finally
proves cathartic for characters
who have been living lives of quiet
desperation, Mike Leigh won the
Palme d’Or for this one.
BBC Radio 1
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Tenerife (R) (S). 7.30 All
Star Driving School (R)
(S). 8.00 Baby Daddy (R)
(S). 9.00 Melissa & Joey
(R) (S). 10.00 How I Met
Your Mother (R) (S). 11.00
Brooklyn Nine-Nine (R) (S).
11.30 Brooklyn Nine-Nine
(R) (S). 12.00 The Goldbergs
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(R) (S). 1.00 The Big Bang
Theory (R) (S). 1.30 The Big
Bang Theory (R) (S). 2.00
Melissa & Joey (R) (S). 2.30
Melissa & Joey (R) (S). 3.00
Baby Daddy (R) (S). 4.00
Brooklyn Nine-Nine (R) (S).
4.30 Brooklyn Nine-Nine
(R) (S). 5.00 The Goldbergs
(R) (S). 5.30 The Goldbergs
(R) (S).
8.55 Supershoppers (R)
(S). 9.30 A Place In The
Sun: Home Or Away (R) (S).
10.30 Four In A Bed (R) (S).
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A Place In The Sun: Home
Or Away (R) (S). 3.10 Come
Dine With Me (R) (S). 3.40
Come Dine With Me (R)
(S). 4.15 Come Dine With
Me (R) (S). 4.50 Come Dine
With Me (R) (S). 5.20 Come
Dine With Me (R) (S). 5.55
The Secret Life Of The Zoo
(R) (S).
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Theory Penny
appears in a
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Theory (R) (S).
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A Staffordshire
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Bender’s
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(R) (S).
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(R) (S).
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She Wrote
A volunteer
firefighter is
found dead (R)
(S).
7.00 Hollyoaks Dirk
tries to win
over Imran (S).
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Road To
Tenerife (S).
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A miniature
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Hills-style
mansion in
north London
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7.00 The Simpsons
Professor
Frink plays
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(S).
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(R) (S).
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Scene
Investigation
An actor is
killed on a film
set (R) (S).
8.00 Endeavour
The murder
of a museum
specialist leads
Morse to a
school with a
dark history (R).
8.00 The Goldbergs
(R) (S).
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(S).
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Their Own
With Bradley
Wiggins, Jimmy
Carr and Sara
Cox (R) (S).
8.00 Blue Bloods
Police
investigate the
drug-related
deaths of three
teenagers (R) (S).
10.00Foyle’s War
Hilda Pierce
is targeted by
an assassin in
the last-ever
episode. Last in
the series (R) (S).
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(S). 2.00 ITV3 Nightscreen
2.30 Teleshopping
6.00 The Dog Whisperer
(R) (S). 7.00 Monkey Life (R)
(S). 7.30 Monkey Life (R) (S).
8.00 Meerkat Manor (R)
(S). 8.30 Meerkat Manor (R)
(S). 9.00 Road Wars (R) (S).
10.00 NCIS: Los Angeles
(R) (S). 11.00 NCIS: Los
Angeles (R) (S). 12.00 NCIS:
Los Angeles (R) (S). 1.00
Hawaii Five-0 (R) (S). 2.00
NCIS: Los Angeles (R) (S).
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(S). 4.00 Stargate SG-1 (R)
(S). 5.00 The Simpsons (R)
(S). 5.30 Futurama (R) (S).
6.00 Urban Secrets (R)
(S). 7.00 Richard E Grant’s
Hotel Secrets (R) (S). 8.00
Storm City (R) (S). 9.00 The
West Wing (R) (S). 10.00
The West Wing (R) (S).
11.00 House (R) (S). 12.00
House (R) (S). 1.00 Without
A Trace (R) (S). 2.00 Blue
Bloods (R) (S). 3.00 The
West Wing (R) (S). 4.00
The West Wing (R) (S). 5.00
House (R) (S).
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Show With Nick Grimshaw
10.00 Clara Amfo 12.45pm
Newsbeat 1.00 Scott Mills 4.00
Greg James 5.45 Newsbeat
6.00 Greg James 7.00 Annie
Mac 9.00 The 8th With Charlie
Sloth 11.00 Huw Stephens 1am
Benji B 3.00 1Xtra Mixes 4.00
Adele Roberts
BBC Radio 1Xtra
6am Dotty 10.00 Ace 12.45pm
Newsbeat 1.00 Yasmin Evans
4.00 Sian Anderson 5.45
Newsbeat 6.00 Sian Anderson
7.00 Toddla T 9.02 The 8th
With Charlie Sloth 11.00
1Xtra Residency 1am Benji B
3.00 1Xtra Mixes 4.00 1Xtra
Residency
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9.00 Celebs Go
Dating Sam is
left stunned on
his next date (S).
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With Amanda
Lamb Andrew
and Rebecca
bring their
dated house up
to speed (S).
9.00 Strike Back:
Retribution
Section 20
attempts to
track down
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contractor (S).
9.00 Gomorrah Ciro
has retired
to Sofia in
Bulgaria (S).
10.00Don’t Tell The
Bride Ireland
New series (S).
10.00Ugly House To
Lovely House
With George
Clarke (R) (S).
10.00Russell
Howard’s Hour
With guest
Fiona Bruce (R).
10.10 Gomorrah
Genny knows he
must confront
Scianel now she
is out of prison
(S).
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Theory Sheldon
is forced to
work with
Kripke (R) (S).
11.35 The Big Bang
Theory (R) (S).
11.05 24 Hours In
A&E A man
who has been
hiccuping for
three days (R)
(S).
11.00 The Force:
Manchester
Documentary
following the
work of Greater
Manchester
Police (R) (S).
11.20 The Sopranos
Last-ever
episode. Tony
comes out of
hiding to find
Phil (R) (S).
12.00 First Dates (R) (S).
1.05 Celebs Go Dating (R)
(S). 2.05 Gogglebox (R) (S).
2.55 Don’t Tell The Bride
Ireland (R) (S). 3.50 The
Goldbergs (R) (S). 4.15 How
I Met Your Mother (R) (S).
5.00 Rude(ish) Tube (R) (S).
12.10 Ramsay’s Kitchen
Nightmares (R) (S). 1.15
Selling Houses With
Amanda Lamb (R) (S). 2.15
Grand Designs Revisited
(R) (S). 3.15 8 Out Of 10 Cats
Uncut (R) (S). 3.55 Close
12.00 Ross Kemp: Extreme
World (R) (S). 1.00 Hawaii
Five-0 (R) (S). 2.00 The
Blacklist (R) (S). 3.00
Hawaii Five-0 (R) (S). 4.00
Stop, Search, Seize (R) (S).
5.00 The Dog Whisperer
(R) (S).
12.30 Britannia (R). 1.30
Dexter (R). 2.35 Dexter (R).
3.40 Girls (R) (S). 4.15 The
West Wing (R) (S). 5.05 The
West Wing (R) (S).
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ON DEMAND
Queer Eye
Netflix
Overdue return of the
makeover show featuring a
brand new Fab Five.
Islam, Women And Me
===
Radio
6.00 Classic Coronation
Street (R) (S). 6.25 Classic
Coronation Street (R)
(S). 6.55 Heartbeat (R) (S).
8.00 The Royal (R) (S). 9.05
Judge Judy (R) (S). 9.30
Judge Judy (R) (S). 10.00
Judge Judy (R) (S). 10.25
Griff’s Great Britain (R)
(S). 10.55 Griff’s Great
Britain (R) (S). 11.30
Love Your Garden (R)
(S). 12.35 The Royal (R)
(S). 1.35 Heartbeat (R) (S).
2.40 Classic Coronation
Street (R) (S). 3.15 Classic
Coronation Street (R) (S).
3.45 On The Buses (R) (S).
4.20 On The Buses (R) (S).
4.50 Rising Damp (R) (S).
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(R) (S). 5.55 Heartbeat
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6.30am Chris Evans 9.30 Ken
Bruce 12noon Jeremy Vine
2.00 Steve Wright In The
Afternoon 5.00 Simon Mayo
7.00 The Folk Show With Mark
Radcliffe 8.00 Jo Whiley 10.00
Brad Paisley – This Is Country
Music 11.00 Old Grey Whistle
Test 40 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
Vanessa Feltz
BBC Radio 3
6.30am Breakfast. 9.00
Essential Classics. 12noon
Composer Of The Week:
Takemitsu. 1.00 News 1.02
Radio 3 Lunchtime Concert.
2.00 Afternoon Concert. 3.30
Choral Evensong. 4.30 New
Generation Artists. Hornplayer Alec Frank-Gemmill
performs Henselt. 5.00 In
Tune. Music and arts news.
7.00 In Tune Mixtape. An
eclectic non-stop mix of
music. 7.30 Radio 3 In Concert.
The London Philharmonic
Orchestra plays Stravinsky and
Rimsky-Korsakov. 10.00 Free
Thinking. 10.45 The Essay: All
Miss Brodie’s Girls? 11.00 Late
Junction. 12.30am Through
The Night.
BBC Radio 4
6am Today 9.00 Behind The
Scenes: Dawn Walton 9.45
Book Of The Week: Somebody I
Used To Know 10.00 Woman’s
Hour 10.56 The Listening
Project 11.00 Sylvia Pankhurst:
Honorary Ethiopian 11.30
Chain Reaction 12noon News
12.04 Witness 12.15 You And
Yours 12.57 Weather 1.00 The
World At One 1.45 Will Self’s
Great British Bus Journey
2.00 The Archers 2.15 Drama:
The Book Of Yehudit 3.00
Money Box Live 3.30 Inside
Health 4.00 Thinking Allowed
4.30 The Media Show 5.00
PM 5.57 Weather 6.00 Six
O’Clock News 6.30 Bridget
Christie’s Utopia. New series.
7.00 The Archers. 7.15 Front
Row. 7.45 That Was Then. By
Jonathan Myerson. 8.00 The
Moral Maze. New series. 8.45
Four Thought. 9.00 Inside The
Killing Jar. 9.30 Behind The
BBC iPlayer
A feisty 28-year-old British
Muslim investigates her
identity in this documentary.
Inside No 9
BBC iPlayer
Steve Pemberton and Reece
Shearsmith’s inventive blackcomedy anthology.
8.31am Yesterday In
Parliament 9.45 Daily Service
12.01pm Shipping Forecast
5.54 Shipping Forecast
Flexidisc 9.00 Jessie Kesson
Short Stories 9.15 Baldi 10.00
Comedy Club: Angstrom 10.30
Comedy Club: Welcome To Our
Village, Please Invade Carefully
10.55 Comedy Club: The
Comedy Club Interview 11.00
Comedy Club: Political Animals
11.15 Comedy Club: Hamish
And Dougal: You’ll Have Had
Your Tea 11.30 Comedy Club:
The Guns Of Adam Riches
12mdn’t MR James Stories
12.15 The Strange Case Of
Dr Jekyll And Mr Hyde 12.30
The Tingle Factor 1.00 The
Daughter Of Time 1.30 The
Wonderful Weightless World
Of The Flexidisc 2.00 Brave
New World 2.15 In Search
Of Ourselves: A History Of
Psychology And The Mind
2.30 Tales Of The City: Michael
Tolliver Lives 2.45 Quicksand
3.00 The American Senator
4.00 The Write Stuff 4.30
Change At Oglethorpe 5.00
Ring Around The Bath 5.30
Angstrom
BBC Radio 4 Extra
BBC 5 Live
6am The Daughter Of Time 6.30
The Wonderful Weightless
World Of The Flexidisc 7.00
Ring Around The Bath 7.30
Angstrom 8.00 The Navy Lark
8.30 Round The Horne 9.00
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At Oglethorpe 10.00 The
American Senator 11.00 Jessie
Kesson Short Stories 11.15
Baldi 12noon The Navy Lark
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The Wonderful Weightless
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Search Of Ourselves: A History
Of Psychology And The Mind
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Tolliver Lives 2.45 Quicksand
3.00 The American Senator
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Change At Oglethorpe 5.00
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Stories 6.15 The Strange Case
Of Dr Jekyll And Mr Hyde
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The Horne 8.00 The Daughter
Of Time 8.30 The Wonderful
Weightless World Of The
6am 5 Live Breakfast 10.00
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Reading Europe – Russia: The
Big Green Tent. By Ludmila
Ulitskaya. 11.00 Tez Talks.
Comedian Tez Ilyas talks about
the assumptions people have
about Muslims. 11.15 Rhys
James Is.. The comedian reads
a letter he wrote to his future
self. Last in the series. 11.30
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of the day’s developments.
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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
Pick
ofthe
day
Brad Paisley –
This Is Country
Music
10pm, BBC Radio 2
The Grammywinning singersongwriter (above)
presents country
classics alongside
promising new
artists ahead of the
Country 2 Country
festival in March.
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Pancakes
please
More than just a Shrove Tuesday
treat, this kitchen staple has
worldwide appeal. BySudiPigott
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E
veryone loves a pancake. Simply mention
the word to someone
of pretty much any age,
or any culture, and they
will smile, perhaps look a little
nostalgic, wistful even, before
waxing lyrical about their favourite pancake recipe and occasion.
Yet why do we, especially in the
UK, tend to cast pancakes aside
after each Shrove Tuesday and
only reawaken ourselves to their
life-enhancing pleasures when
that date is nearing again?
The rich variety of pancakes to
be found in the UK alone reflects
the many cultural influences that
make up our cuisine. Pancakes are
a simple, almost invariably affordable food, that’s usually quick and
simple to make, even if the preparation for some varieties may require some planning, fermenting
or resting ahead.
My personal fascination with
pancakes probably reflects my
east-European Jewish heritage. I
have a vague, if warm memory of
cherry blintzes, daringly dredged
in sugar which got all over the sofa’s antimacassars, when as a sixyear-old I visited my Hungarian
great-grandmother at her west
London apartment.
The other side of the family, my
mother’s, was Russian, and my
grandmother would turn her hand
to blinis, even back in the 1970s,
way before they were stocked,
ready-made in supermarkets, to
accompany smoked salmon.
Sri Lankan hoppers, another
pancake treat MAJA SMEND
Fast forward, and one of my
frequent dates was a walk on
Hampstead Heath, plus a hit of
La Creperie, in Hampstead High
Street, offering garlic, cream
and mushroom-stuffed crepes
wrapped in a paper plate from a
van. It is still there, now as a stall,
often with snaking queues. Back
then, it seemed a racy, rather
Parisian treat.
Far more recently, with greedy
glee, I discovered socca at one of
my favourite markets in the world,
Cours Saleya in Nice. The hot
socca, simply made from chickpea flour, olive oil and water, with
a smidgen of cumin, was whizzed
down from a bakery deep in the
Old Town on the back of a bicycle
and smelled enticing. It is sold still
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AREPAS DE CHOCLO WITH BLACK BEANS, SPICY AVOCADO,
MANGO AND TOMATO SALSA
MAJA SMEND
hot, wrapped in a cone and sprinkled with sea salt.
My friend Rosa Jackson, a
Nice-based French-Canadian
writer who runs a cookery school,
Les Petis Farcis, in the city, soon
alerted me to Chez Pipo, a restaurant on the edge of Nice Old Town.
Here, they serve the real deal: the
socca is cooked over a mightily impressive wood fire and has a satisfyingly deep, earthy, smoky tang.
I often make socca as a starter
when having friends over, served
with a feisty anchoide (made from
anchovies, olive oil, garlic and vinegar) and crème fraiche.
Socca is just one of a number
of gluten-free pancake varieties.
As well as chickpea flour, the food
writer Christine McFadden’s new
book, Flour (Absolute Press), details recherché flours, from millet
and potato to coconut, a challenging flour that soaks up liquid at
an alarming rate yet makes the
most wonderful, light, fragrant
pancakes. Do as Christine does,
and mix rice and coconut flours
for a rather less unpredictable
pancake session.
Rice flour is widely used in
Asian pancakes, from Sri Lankan
hoppers to Southern Indian dosa.
The chef and food trend consultant Philip Owens is a huge fan of
banh xeo, the crisp and lacy, bright
yellow (from fashionable turmeric) Vietnamese version. “They’re
our most requested canapé right
now,” he says. “Guests love their
eye-catching colour and they tick
all the boxes of healthy eating yet
are adventurous and require an element of participation as they’re
dipped in a tangy sauce of lime,
rice wine, sesame oil, vinegar, soy,
fresh ginger and chilli.”
Banh xeo translates as “sizzling cake”, derived from the
impressively loud sizzling sound
the rice flour and coconut milk
batter makes when it is dropped
into the hot pan. Banh xeo are
traditionally made with pork and
prawns, and lots of vegetables to
give textural contrast and crunch:
shiitake mushrooms, mangetouts, beansprouts or fine strips
of mooli and carrot. The distinction between a good and a brilliant banh xeo is in the thinness
and crispness of the batter. It is
usually eaten wrapped in lettuce
leaves with masses of fresh herbs.
In Europe, some of the finest
pancakes are to be found in Brittany, where they are traditionally
made with buckwheat (which, despite its name, is also gluten-free).
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These Colombian and Venezuelan pancakes are made from cornmeal and
stuffed with cheese or served as a savoury “sandwich”, brimming with
chicken and avocado, chorizo, plantain or black beans. The Venezuelans
favour a thicker, rounded, palm-shaped arepa, split open and filled,
whereas the Colombians prefer larger, floppier arepas that fold around
fillings. Ideally, use a yellow or white masarepa maize flour that is
pre-cooked (a popular brand is PAN Harina). Polenta works too and gives
a coarser texture, though the arepas don’t end up so fluffy and thick.
200g sweetcorn kernels,
fresh or frozen, cooked
250ml semi-skimmed milk
20g unsalted butter
200g pre-cooked polenta
or masarepa
1 tsp golden caster sugar
125g mozzarella, grated
small bunch of coriander, chopped ½ green
chilli, deseeded and finely
chopped butter or corn oil,
for cooking
FOR THE FILLING
400g can black beans, drained
1 tsp paprika
1 garlic clove, crushed
1 tbsp avocado oil or olive oil
150ml soured cream
3 tbsp chopped coriander
The secret to a perfect buckwheat
galette, according to Aymeric Peurois, who runs Mamies, a Breton
crêperie in Covent Garden, London, is overnight fermentation of
the batter to allow the flavours to
develop. This is what gives his galettes de sarrasin (as the French
know them) such a beautiful
golden colour and pleasing lacy
texture. I’d never tasted galettes
of such deliciousness.
Just as Korean cuisine has captivated British diners, Colombian
food seems poised to be the next
stop in our culinary travels. And
round and puffy, maize-based
arepa pancakes, a staple in Colombia and Venezuela, are likely
to be every bit as popular here as
Korean bao buns have become.
Just like bao, they work with many
different types of filling.
For the food writer Jenny Linford, there has been little to beat
the oyster pancakes she enjoyed
during her childhood in Singapore
(a recipe for these is in Christine
Arepa pancakes
are likely to be every
bit as popular here as
Korean bao buns
McFadden’s book, Flour). They
were made at street stalls, using
tiny oysters and served twisted in
paper, and “much of the appeal is
eating with your hands,” observes
Jenny, her whole face shining as she
remembers the heady pleasure.
Similarly, the Danish author
and chef Trine Hahnmann gets
positively misty eyed when she
talks about the Nordic pancake
aebleskiver, little crisp, light,
fluffy balls rather like doughnuts
that require a special pan with
spherical indentations. Tradition has it that aebleskiver are
turned with two knitting needles
used dexterously rather like chopsticks. I was thrilled to be served
aebleskiver as petit fours at Stockholm’s famed open-fire restaurant
Ekstedt, where the pans were
heated until smoking in the wood
fire oven and turned out ethereal
miniature aebleskiver.
So, there’s less reason than ever
to confine ourselves to the traditional Shrove Tuesday lemonand-sugar pancake, as alluring
as that can be. There are just so
many varieties that are too flipping good to ignore.
FOR THE SALSA
400g tomatoes, chopped
2 avocados, chopped
1 mango, chopped
1 green chilli,
deseeded and chopped
zest and juice of 1 lime
8 radishes, finely sliced
small bunch of coriander, chopped
2 tablespoons olive oil
sea salt and freshly ground
black pepper
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Preheat the oven to 100°C and heat
a plate to keep the arepas warm.
Put the sweetcorn in a blender
and add the milk. Pulse until the
corn is roughly ground. Pour into
a saucepan over a medium–high
heat and add the butter. Heat until
the milk is just boiling. Cool a little.
Put the polenta in a bowl and mix
in the sugar and ½ a teaspoon of
salt. Add the mozzarella, coriander and chilli. Stir in the milk
mixture (the polenta will absorb
some of the liquid). Season. You’ll
have a thick pancake batter, not a
pouring batter.
Mix the filling ingredients in a
bowl. Mix the salsa ingredients
together and season well.
Melt a small knob of butter
in a large frying pan. Spoon in 3
tablespoons of batter to make a
pancake about 12cm in diameter.
Press down gently using a spatula
and cook for 2–3 minutes, until
golden. Flip over and cook for 5–7
minutes. Keep warm. Repeat with
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Travel
S
kipper Laurie is proud of his
ship. “The oldest coal-fired
steamer in the southern
hemisphere that’s still carrying passengers every day,”
he says. “Launched in 1912 on Lake
Wakatipu, the only body of water
she’s ever known.” The ship’s belly is
open, so passengers get a good look
at the steam-driven pistons and coalstoked boilers of the stately twin-screw
steamer TSS Earnslaw, pride of New
Zealand’s Queenstown.
It’s 40 minutes across the lake to
Walter Peak station, a working sheep
farm that welcomes tourists with a
demonstration shearing shed and
wood-fired barbecue. The juicy piece
of Merino lamb from the nearby Cardrona Valley is probably the best I’ll ever
taste, but a buffet that includes unlimited desserts and cheese is not ideal fare
for cycling. Way too full to pedal a bike, I
front up for a two-hour pootle about the
property in the saddle of an Ubco.
Rugged, motorbike-ish and utterly
silent, this New Zealand-designed and
built electric farm-bike is what I imagine we will ride when we terraform
Mars. I’m geared up to ride in a military-style jumpsuit and helmet, ready
for a quick briefing from Heather, our
guide. We each select a bike, switch on
batteries, turn a few wobbly figure of
eights around some traffic cones, and
then we’re off.
The 15,000 Merino and 5,000 Perindale sheep scattered across the 63,650
acres of Walter Peak Station love the
Ubcos because they truly are silent (the
risk of being run over by one you don’t
hear coming notwithstanding). “Gassing up” isn’t too bad either – a full battery charge, good for 100km (60 miles),
costs 88 cents (47p).
Ah, the serenity.
The trail we’re on has Lake Wakatipu
in and out of view. The entire South
Island is so absurdly picturesque that
words are wasted on it.
We switch the bikes from “eco” to
“power” mode and now we’re really
motoring, with top speeds of 45km
Cameron Wilson
Travel
essentials
The electric trail
bikes, above,
and the steamer
‘Earnslaw’ on
Lake Wakatipu
REAL JOURNEYS
(27 miles) per hour. Stones go tumbling
in our wake, yet the bike feels remarkably stable even as the tyres slip sideways in search of better grip.
We stop to see the re-foresting
projects around the lakeshore. Wilding
pine is the non-native culprit hereabouts, swathes of which are being felled
and replaced with native species.
After a 15-minute pit stop for hot
chocolate and energy bars, we high-tail
it back to the bike shed in time for our
steamship rendezvous.
The glory of the bikes is not so much
that they get you to places that are
otherwise inaccessible – horse-riding
groups use these same trails, for starters – but more that riding one is a novel
and exhilarating experience, as well as
one that is pain-free.
Queenstown is New Zealand’s action
sports capital, offering bungee jumping, jet-boating and paragliding; with all
the whooping and squealing going on,
silent bikes seem a brilliant addition.
Someone’s playing the Earnslaw’s
piano when we hop aboard, and I take
a moment to look through a lyrics sheet
featuring some singalong favourites.
I’m told it’s a rowdy scene after dinner
and drinks, and I rather wish I could be
here to join in.
Up in Laurie’s wheel-house, I watch
him levering back and forth on the
ship’s brass “telegraph”, which relays
directions to the engineer below – stand
by, slow, half, full.
Both the telegraph and the ship’s
brass wheel seem oddly familiar, and
I ask Laurie why a landlubber like me
should recognise it.
“Well, there’s a clue in the year the
Earnslaw was launched: 1912. The technology you’re looking at is exactly as it
was back then, and common to steamships all over the world. Including
one which sank in the Atlantic in 1912
– that’s the one you and everyone else
instantly thinks of. The Titanic.”
Getting there
Air New Zealand
(airnewzealand.co.uk)
flies from Heathrow to
Auckland from £839,
and from Auckland
to Queenstown
from £117.
Staying there
The Dairy (thedairy.
co.nz) has doubles
from £168, B&B.
More information
Real Journeys
(realjourneys.co.nz)
offers Ubco bike tours
year-round, though
in low season (May to
September) minimum
numbers are needed
to secure a booking.
Steamship, bike
hire and afternoon
tea costs NZ $159
(£87), or a trip on the
steamship only costs
NZ$59 (£33).
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Black in
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Marvel’s new superhero is breaking
pre-sale records but why has it
taken so long for a black
superhero to break through?
By Kaleem Aftab
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There’s a lot of buzz around
this debut novel from a
former CIA
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plot is very
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focusing on CIA analyst
and mother of four Vivian,
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artistic style of Van Gogh.
It’s a jaw-dropping technical
achievement that seduces
the senses.
T
he Marvel movie Black
Pa n t h e r , w h i c h i s
released next Tuesday
in the UK, is about to
put paid to the myth
that black superheroes
do not succeed at the box office, in the
same way thatWonderWoman zapped
the idea that female superheroes are
a financial curse.
When Black Panther went on
advance sale in the United States,
last month, ticket sales were, in the
first 24 hours, higher than that of
2016’s Captain America: Civil War,
which had an opening weekend of
$179.1m (£129m) in the US alone.
Black Panther is still outstripping
pre-sales for all superhero movies.
American pollsters report that 97
per cent of those they interviewed
who are going to see Black Panther
said they are “looking forward to a
different kind of superhero movie”.
Given that the only noticeable
difference in the film from all those
other battle-led comic-book movies
is that the leading actors, Chadwick
Boseman, Michael B Jordan, Angela
Bassett and Forest Whitaker, are
black, shows how low the bar has been
in comic-book movie adaptations
that lead with black characters. To
date, only Anthony Mackie’s Falcon
in the Captain America film has a
role substantial enough in the recent
Marvel reboots for most audiences to
remember the character’s name.
Arguably, the black superhero
genre began and ended with the turnof-the-millennium Blade franchise,
an ultra-stylised genre hybrid
bashing together science fiction and
horror that starred Wesley Snipes as
a half vampire “daywalker” with an
aesthetic look that owed so much to
The Matrix.
Snipes recently revealed that
Blade came about after he had tried
and failed to get Black Panther on to
the screen. When the Fantastic Four
comic was published in 1966, Black
Panther was the first Stan Lee hero
of African descent; T’Challa (aka
the Black Panther), was king of the
fictional African nation of Wakanda.
But Snipes said that every time he
said “Black Panther”, financiers
Black
Panther was
the first Stan
Lee hero of
African descent
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Chadwick
Boseman as the
Black Panther
(main picture); Joe
Cornish’s ‘Attack
the Block’; Wesley
Snipes as Blade
in the film of the
same name, which
arose from his
attempts to bring
Black Panther to
the big screen
didn’t think of the superhero, but the
beret-clad rebels of the Civil Rights
the 1960s movement. Even Boyz n
the Hood director, John Singleton,
when approached, wanted to take
the superhero and put him into the
Civil Rights battles. Snipes, however,
would take what he learned trying to
make this film and put the knowledge
into creating Blade.
The film was a breakout hit in 1998
for Marvel; at the time the company
had been bankrupt and for many
decades struggling to bring their
comic-book creations to screen. It
also showed a black superhero that
actually seemed to believe in their
own myth, down in no small part to
Snipes’ elegiac performance.
Before this, the story of black
actors in Spandex had been a sad
tale. There was Robert Townsend’s
tongue-firmly-in-cheek Meteor Man
in 1993, which starred the director
himself as a goofy schoolteacher who
acquires super powers, including
the ability to communicate with his
dog. In addition to fighting off the
neighbourhood thugs he also built
a community garden, but attracted
zero box-office takings.
DC Comics, the creators of
Batman and Superman and Marvel’s
illustrious rivals in superhero
folklore, also tried and failed to
create a black superhero with their
ill-thought-out Batman spin-off
Catwoman, which starred Halle
Berry. At the time, Berry was the
biggest thing in acting after her
Oscar success with 2002’s Monster’s
Ball. Catwoman’s story revolved
around a brutal cosmetics company
and has created its own lore as being
possibly the worst superhero movie
ever made. Michelle Pfeiffer, Ashley
Judd and Nicole Kidman were all
lined up for this turkey, so it’s perhaps
unfortunate that this movie starred
an African American actor - although
it was groundbreaking because of
this fact and showed that given the
right actor and timing a big studio
would back a franchise led by a
black actor.
Not even the box- office
dynamite of Will Smith has
managed to crack the idea
that black superheroes are
poor box-office. His
big leotard moment
came in the 2008’s
Hancock, directed by
Peter Berg. Smith
played a superhero
with a poor public
image rating
because he kept
o n d e s t roy i n g
the city when he
thwarted villains,
so driving up
everyone’s cost of
living. The problem
with Hancock (and with a lot of black
superheroes) was that the scripts
always veering towards comedy,
the syndrome that marred 1983’s
Superman 3. Audiences have always
liked their superheroes to at least
believe in their fantasy world as
much as we have to. Smith succeeded
in Independence Day and Men in Black
because the characters he depicted
were invested in the moment, and not
trying to make some great satirical
or political point.
By contrast with comic book films,
there has been a strong record of
black actors using their guile and
wit to exist in supernatural worlds
from George A Romero’s decision to
cast Duane Jones as the lone hero in
Night of the Living Dead through to
Will Smith’s blockbuster successes
and John Boyega playing a south
London teen fighting off aliens in Joe
Cornish’s 2022 film Attack the Block.
In realitly, the problem has been
less about audiences not wanting to
see black heroes rise up, but more
that the superhero films in which
they’ve been given an opportunity to
do so have had poor scripts or were
trying to be both satirical and heroic.
This may be explained by the
fact that a lot of the archetypes
o f t h e b l ac k s u p e rh e ro a re
rooted in the B-movie aspects
of Blaxploitation films. At the
BAMcinématek in Brooklyn they
are currently showing a programme
of “Black Superheroes”. The
programme includes Blaxploitaton
movies Black Dynamite, Abar: The
First Black Superman, Foxy Brown
and Cleopatra Jones. These are not
classic comic-book heroes, just black
folks trying to stick it to the man in a
society that oppresses them.
Black filmmakers have
traditionally wanted to make
films that deal with the immediate
injustices that they face, rather
than transpose these onto fighting
imaginary supernatural threats. As
Muhammad Ali said: “No, I’m not
going 10,000 miles from home to
help murder and burn another
poor nation simply to continue
the
domination of white
slave masters of the
darker people the
world over. This is
the day when such
evils must come to
an end.”
In the end,
what
Black
P a n t h e r
triumphs at
is being seen
as a blockbuster
comic-book movie where
the black heroes happen
to have African heritage,
rather than being heroes
because they are black.
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Last night’s
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televis on
SEAN O’GRADY
Can’t we make going
back to the past a
little more miserable?
» Back in Time for Tea BBC2, 8pm
» Islam, Women and Me BBC1, 10.45pm
O
ne of the kids in Back in
Time for Tea asked “Is
it a pasta maker?” when
confronted in the back
yard by what some of us readily
recognised as a clothes wringer.
The teenager disoriented by this
cast iron relic of a time before
washing machines was a member
of the Ellis family of Bradford,
the latest guinea pigs to find
themselves transported, trapped
and forced to eat tripe in the north
of England of the inter-war era by a
BBC film crew.
We’ve all seen so many of
these family-goes-back-in-timeto-live-like their-grandparentsauthentically exercises but this
time, in exactly the right measure,
we saw the “trade cycle” at work
– boom and bust hitting helpless
families – and the evils of the means
test for benefits, where a “nosey”,
an official assessor, would come
round to value your chattels and
determine whether you should get
the 15 shillings a week dole money
(£47 at today’s prices).
Anything above about
£20-worth of possessions or
savings (£1,250 in 2018 money)
would see your benefits payments
summarily docked by some
unresponsive bureaucrat. Couldn’t
happen now, eh?
As an antidote to the sort of
fawning around the aristocracy you
see with Downton Abbey, meeting
a family with nowt but bread and
lard to keep them going was as
No
o one in these
families seems to go
down the pub and get
drunk, as well they did
welcome as a few lumps of coal on
a cold night. But I’d like maybe a bit
less social niceness, to be honest.
No one in these happy families
seems to go down the pub and get
drunk, as well they might, and
well they did. No one smokes. No
one gambles. No one gets done
for shoplifting or gets rickets or
uses a back-street abortionist. No
one gets beaten up for being gay.
No one turns to Oswald Mosley’s
British Union of Fascists. Without
sounding too miserabilist I’d like
to see a bit more of this as well as
the recipes for Whitby polony and
dressed tripe. I really don’t think
I can watch another poor mam
slaving over some inedible offalbased pie for tea.
Last night I met, through the
wonders of BBC documentary
Where’s the dishwasher? Mum gets
stuck in at the inter-war sink BBC
making and a remarkable
documentary called Islam,
Women and Me, a Muslim
millennial: Mehreen Baig.
Mehreen, in fact, meets men
through the Muslim dating app
Muzmatch, because she is 28,
still lives with her parents and is
looking for a husband. Not so much
an arranged marriage for her, then,
as one guided by algorithms and
pursued via smartphone. Which is
how it should be.
But for Mehreen, things are
not as simple as that. She wants
to know: “Can I be a strong
independent woman and a good
Muslim, or does Islam not give me
that right?”
By the end of her odyssey around
sharia councils, I was gratified
that Ms Baig had found the answer
to her question. She opened up
diplomatic talks with her loving
but over-protective dad about
her 11pm curfew; she explored
with each of her dates whether
they might be cool both with her
wearing a hijab –and also a bikini
on a beach holiday in Morrocco.
Her solution seems to be a
pick’n’mix form of Islam, which
reflects reality. Every Muslim and
every Muslim family defines their
religion essentially for themselves,
including total or partial rejection
of it, just as Christians do, as it
happens. Ms Baig asked the right
questions, interviewed the right
people, and got some of the right
answers to her dilemmas. She is a
strong independent woman, and no
power on earth, or above it, is going
to change that.
Twitter: @_SeanOGrady
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Jeff Tweedy performing
a stripped-down
acoustic set of his
Wilco favourites MARK
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“Turn it up!” booms one audience
member. “You’ve come to the
wrong show,” is Jeff Tweedy’s
droll reply. “I can go quieter,” he
offers. Later, he charmingly shuts
down unwelcome clapping from a
Saturday night crowd that swings
from hushed reverence to whoops
of joy.
This is, after all, the unplugged
show: a chance to hear the
frontman of beloved alt-country
band Wilco perform intimate
versions of songs across his
30-year back catalogue. In June last
year Tweedy released Together At
Last, an album of 11 stripped-back
arrangements of Wilco favourites
and rarely heard tracks.
Tweedy may perform alone
frequently, but this is his first
solo show in London since 2010.
Wilco’s songs originally began
with just Tweedy on acoustic
guitar, and it’s a rare treat to
experience their introspection
and lyrics more nakedly exposed
against the pared-back simplicity
of guitar and harmonica. “Via
Chicago” proves a striking
opener, its arresting lyrics “I
dreamed about killing you again
last night/ And it felt all right to
me” sounding poignant against
strummed guitar.
What the show also reveals
is that the 50-year-old, his
long tresses crowned by a
Stetson, could have a successful
alternative career as a stand-up.
He warns us that he might have
to stop abruptly if his beard hair
gets trapped in his harmonica as
it did in rehearsals, sending tears
shooting out his eyes. “You’ll think
I’m really into it. But it’s the beard
hair,” he quips.
One thing about having no hit
songs, he observes, is that you
don’t have to perform that one
number that everyone has come
to hear. But there are obvious
favourites; ripples of appreciation
as he starts “Impossible
Germany”, or “I Am Trying To
Break Your Heart”, its distinctive
riff meticulously picked out.
“Jesus, Etc” is an emotionally
charged, wonderfully tender
rendition, his voice lilting over
gentle guitar as the audience
hangs on his every strum.
New songs are lapped up.
They even sing along to the
catchy refrain of “Noah’s Flood”
– testament to Tweedy’s hold
over a crowd. Finale “A Shot in
the Arm” is as powerful as ever
without amplification.
A measure of strong
songwriting is whether fullbodied rock songs stand up to the
acoustic treatment. Tweedy’s solo
show is a masterclass.
ELISA BRAY
VISUAL ARTS
Turner in Surrey
LIGHTBOX, WOKING
Work produced by JMW Turner
during his various travels, stops
and periods of residence on the
Thames, the Wey Navigation
and in the old county of Surrey,
combining pencil and oil sketches,
finished oils and watercolours.
Also on display are personal
possessions of the artist, including
his fishing rod, travelling
watercolour box and watercolour
palette. (01483 737800) to 4 Mar
Impressionists In London,
French Artists in Exile
(1870-1904)
TATE BRITAIN, LONDON SW1
The first exhibition to map the
connections between French
and British artists, patrons and
art dealers during the FrancoPrussian war and afterwards.
The experience of artists such as
Monet, Tissot, Pissarro, Dalou,
Sisley and Legros in London and
the friendships that developed
influenced their own work but
also contributed to the British art
scene. (020 7887 8888) to 7 May
FILM
Phantom Thread
15, PAUL THOMAS ANDERSON, 130 MINS
If this is indeed Daniel Day-Lewis’s
final film as an actor, he is going
out on a wondrously bizarre note.
This must be the oddest film in
his career, one in which he gives
a typically commanding but very
idiosyncratic performance as
a fastidious fashion designer in
early 1950s London who cares
more about fabrics than flesh and
blood. Vicky Krieps plays Alma,
a waitress in a hotel who disrupts
his careful life. Nationwide release
Journey’s End
12A, SAUL DIBB, 108 MINS
THEATRE
VISUAL ARTS
Out of Love
Henri Michaux
ORANGE TREE, RICHMOND
GUGGENHEIM, BILBAO
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Elinor Cook won the George
Devine Most Promising
Playwright Award in 2013. Her
new play, which was first
performed in Edinburgh last
year, is a frank portrait of lifelong
friendship. Lorna and Grace share
a succession of discoveries and
setbacks as early innocence
gives way to angst, but their
experiences diverge for reasons
of class and opportunity, and also
because they have such different
understandings of their bodies
and sex.
Sally Messham’s Lorna is
sincere yet detached, while Katie
Elin-Salt captures the bright
fervour of Grace. Their rivalry is
sometimes touching, sometimes
messy, and Hasan Dixon nimbly
sketches a string of male characters who create unease between
them. Cook vividly imagines the
rewards and hazards of intimacy,
and James Grieve’s production is
light on its feet.
Until 3 March
(orangetreetheatre.co.uk)
HENRY HITCHINGS
EVENING STANDARD
The Belgian poet and
neo-surrealist artist Henri
Michaux (1899-1984) was
an intensely shy man. What,
then, would he have thought
about being presented in the
Guggenheim, Bilbao, the world’s
most extravagantly plated
armadillo of a museum?
He was also an artist who
combined chance with a degree of
control. He would splatter-splash
ink down on to a surface and
then try to seek out the form – a
face perhaps? – that was in the
throes of being born. If he found
it, he would encourage it along by
adding a mark or two. He had no
time for automatic writing – or
for the pronouncements of that
petty dictator André Breton.
He wanted to encourage the
mysterious to emerge from the
depths of himself. His drawings and his paintings feel small
and secretive, as if they have
taken some considerable risk by
revealing themselves thus far.
This exhibition is in three parts.
It shows us how he worked with
signs and extrapolated from
Henri Michaux,
Untitled, 1981,
watercolor on paper
ARCHIVES HENRI
MICHAUX, VEGAP, BILBAO/
FMGB GUGGENHEIM
BILBAO MUSEOA/PHOTO:
ERIKA BARAHONA EDE
A very solid adaptation of RC
Sherriff’s First World War-set
play, bolstered by some fine
performances from appropriately
shell-shocked-looking British
actors, among them Sam Claflin,
Paul Bettany and Asa Butterfield.
The film-makers capture the pity
of the war as well as its absurdity,
and their traditional approach
and trust in the original material
turn out to be strengths, not
weaknesses. Limited release
TALKS & POETRY
Louise Penny and
Ann Cleeves
HEFFERS, CAMBRIDGE
notions of the alphabet (he was
fascinated by Chinese calligraphy).
It presents drawings made under
the influence of mescalin and
other drugs in the 1960s. And it
sets his own work alongside some
of the various ethnographical
objects that he owned, often
primitive totemic figures. There
are more than 200 works in all,
scratchings, combings, ant-like
swarmings of mark-making;
ghostly, mirror-warped faces
swimming into view. It all feels
like an intense exercise in deep
interior delving.
But there are many of his
better works missing and, as a
consequence, we see only part of
Michaux’s greatness.
Until 15 May (henrimichaux.
guggenheim-bilbao.eus)
MICHAEL GLOVER
THE INDEPENDENT
Two writers come together to talk
about their writing. Ann Cleeves’
new book is a Vera Stanhope
investigation, The Seagull, while
Canadian author Louise Penny
published Glass Houses in August.
(01223 463200) tonight 6.30pm
Philippa Gregory
ST MARY’S CHURCH, ELY
For Dark Tracks, the fourth in her
Order of Darkness series set in
15th-century Venice, the writer
read widely about the Holocaust.
Here she discuss the issues
writers face when tackling
difficult subjects. (01353 645005)
tonight 7.30pm
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2-27
Arts
agenda
THE CULTURAL HIGHLIGHTS
YOU HAVE TO SEE
The Young Today Have
Been Betrayed by the Older
Generations
EMMANUEL CENTRE, LONDON SW1
On the panel at this Intelligence
Squared debate are Georgia
Gould, Jeremy Paxman, Ella
Whelan and Esther Rantzen.
Jonathan Freedland chairs.
(intelligencesquared.com)
tonight 7pm
David Hempleman-Adams
CHEMISTRY THEATRE, UNIVERSITY OF
BRISTOL
The polar adventurer recounts
leading the team that
circumnavigated the North
Pole in a small aluminium sailing
boat in 2016. (wildernesslectures.
com) tonight 7.30pm
COMEDY
Nick Mohammed
SOHO THEATRE, LONDON W1
The ace character comedian
brings a clutch of his favourite
creations to Soho, including his
verbose, camp Mr Swallow, last
seen in Edinburgh reinventing
Dracula and the Houdini story.
(020 7478 0100) to Sat
Leicester Comedy Festival
VARIOUS VENUES
Among the early starters at
Leicester’s huge bash are Alasdair
Beckett-King and satirical
songsters Jonny and the Baptists
(tonight), punk poet John Cooper
Clarke and Rob Kemp (Thur) and
Tom Binns as his ace Sunderland
psychic, Ian D Montfort (Fri).
(comedy-festival.co.uk) to 25 Feb
VOICES
14-18
TV
28-29
Stravinsky, wrote in his master’s
memory, plus Stravinsky’s betterknown (and bee-inspired) Scherzo
Fantastique and Firebird ballet.
(020 3879 9555) tonight 7.30pm
DANCE
Phoenix Dance Theatre
WEST YORKSHIRE PLAYHOUSE, LEEDS
Sharon Watson’s new Windrush:
Movement of the People marks 70
years of Caribbean immigration
to the UK, and the excitement
and hardships of that first
generation. Plus Christopher
Bruce’s Shadows and Aletta
Collins’ Maybe Yes Maybe, Maybe
No Maybe. (0113 213 7700) to Sat
Vault Festival
THE VAULTS, LONDON SE1
There’s a great comedy line-up
at this mixed-arts bash below
Waterloo station. Picks this week
include Liam Williams hosting
a mixed bill (tonight), Bridget
Christie trying out her new hour,
What Now? (Thur), and Josie Long
(Fri). (vaultfestival.com) to 18 Mar
Hannah Gadsby
SOHO THEATRE, LONDON W1
A chance (and perhaps your
final chance, given Hannah
Gadsby’s insistence that this
is her stand-up swan song) to
catch last year’s joint winner of
the Edinburgh Comedy Award
performing the confrontational,
patriarchy-smashing Nanette.
(020 7478 0100) to 3 Mar
POP
IQ
30-37
THEATRE
Shrek the Musical
SUNDERLAND EMPIRE
A delicious touring version of
the story of Shrek, a grumpy
green ogre who lives in a swamp
and is not a typical fairytale
prince. It’s driven by two fine
performances by Steffan Harri as
Shrek and Laura Main as Fiona.
(atgtickets.com) to Sun
Everybody’s Talking
About Jamie
THEATRE ROYAL, NORWICH
Writer Tim Firth’s musical about
Take That is an infectious homage
to the music of Britain’s bestloved boy band and the power of
youthful friendship. The action
never takes itself too seriously as
it journeys from 1990s suburban
teenage bedroom to the present
day. (thebandmusical.com) to 17 Feb
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The York Realist
TATE, ST IVES
VARIOUS VENUES
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Opening
this week
VISUAL ARTS
Virginia Woolf
The Band
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First
Chance
Robert Hastie’s staging of
Peter Gill’s play stars Ben Batt.
(020 3282 3808) opens Thur
A joyous musical inspired
by a BBC documentary about
a Durham schoolboy with
ambitions to be a drag queen.
(0330 333 4809) to 21 Apr
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Art from 1850 to the present, viewed
via the writings of the novelist.
(01736 796 226) opens Sat
DANCE
Tanztheater Wuppertal
Pina Bausch
SADLER’S WELLS, LONDON EC1
Pina Bausch’s Viktor features
gymnasts in evening dress.
(020 7863 8000) opens Thur
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CLASSICAL
London Philharmonic
Orchestra
ROYAL FESTIVAL HALL, LONDON SE1
Vladimir Jurowski conducts
Rimsky-Korsakov’s rarely heard
Piano Concerto (with soloist
Alexander Ghindin) alongside
the recently rediscovered Funeral
Song that Rimsky’s star pupil, Igor
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APOLLO THEATRE, LONDON W1
Meat Wave
They’re not the first hardcore
band to channel post-break-up
angst into taut, Steve Albiniproduced barrages of punchthe-air catharsis, but this Chicago
trio make intense, all-consuming
work of it. Even the song about
the pet cat stings on The Incessant.
Gullivers, Manchester (seetickets.
com) tonight; Joiners, Southampton
(seetickets.com) Thur; Lexington,
London N1 (seetickets.com) Fri
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VARIOUS VENUES
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A cracking line-up of Daoirí
Farrell, Julie Fowlis and, from
the US, Suzy Bogguss and the
Secret Sisters join a house band
that includes Danny Thompson,
Michael McGoldrick and John
McCusker. Corn Exchange,
Cambridge (01223 357851) tonight;
Sage, Gateshead (0191 443 4666)
Thur; Bridgewater Hall, Manchester
(0161 907 9000) Fri
If you only see
one thing today
VISUAL ARTS
Lubaina Himid:
Meticulous
Observations and
Naming the Money
WALKER ART GALLERY,
LIVERPOOL
GARETH JONES
This show by the 2017
Turner Prize winner,
Lubaina Himid, features
works selected by her from
the Arts Council Collection,
along with 20 figures from
her major installation
Naming the Money. The
selected pieces are all by
women artists, while at
the centre of the display
is Himid’s 1987 series of
watercolour drawings,
Scenes from the Life of
Toussaint L’Overture,
about the former slave who
led the Haitian revolution.
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POLITICS
Treasury’s Brexit analysis
‘did not need to be secret’
By Ben Chu
The chairman of the Government’s
official forecaster has said it was a
mistake for ministers to have tried to
keep secret a Treasury forecast that
showed Brexit was likely to do longterm harm to the economy.
Speaking at the Institute for
G o v e r n m e n t , R o b e r t C h o t e,
chairman of the Office for Budget
Responsibility, was asked about
the findings of a leaked document
suggesting that even a soft Brexit
would harm UK GDP by 2030.
The findings incensed Brexiteers,
with the Tory backbencher Jacob
Rees-Mogg accusing Treasury
officials of “fiddling the figures”,
motivated by their own preferences
to remain in the European Union.
“It’s not been a happy period,” Mr
Chote admitted. “There’s clearly
a logical case for having a good
study done of the economic impact
of the different outcomes that the
Government is thinking of looking at.
There’s also a case for saying that in
the current environment… if you do
a lot of that work and you circulate it
around government it’s not entirely
surprising that it leaks.”
Mr Chote, who is a former director
of the Institute for Fiscal Studies,
suggested that the problem could
have been avoided if ministers had
simply published the findings. “In an
In its November 2016
forecast the OBR revealed
the working assumption that
Brexit would result in a £59bn
deterioration in the UK’s public
finances by 2020-2021.
ideal world you would have embarked
on this exercise in the hope and
expectation that you end up with a
published project that can be shared
with the public in general as well as
within government,” he said.
Mr Chote said that transparency
was generally beneficial when it
comes to forecasts and could allay
conspiracy theories.
“Some people have the idea that
there’s some sort of vast neo-liberal
supercomputer in the Treasury
basement that generates particular
results,” he said. “Almost all the
results you get about the impact of
different Brexit scenarios is down
to judgements and assumptions that
you put in… No one should take those
sorts of results entirely at face value.
What you should say is: ‘What are
the key judgements and assumptions
driving this result and how sensitive
Mr Chote said transparency was
beneficial when it came to forecasts
are the numbers you get out at the
end to those assumptions?’
“I would hope that when this does
become public that that will be a key
part. Whether it’s 2, 5 or 8 [per cent
of GDP loss] is only interesting up to
a point.”
M r C h o t e ad d e d t h at t h e
Government ought to have invited
Brexit-supporting economists on
to an advisory panel to oversee its
forecasting process. THE INDEPENDENT
COURTS
Defendant’s
heart attack
halts Tesco
fraud trial
By James Davey
Quote of
the day
We will be
wearing T-shirts
made by
machines, not
by the Chinese.
But there will
still be demand
for services
Shanta Devarajan
World Bank director for
development economics
on our global future
The 30
Second
Briefing
BITCOIN AND
CREDIT CARDS
What’s the story?
Virgin Money has jumped on
the regulatory bandwagon and
banned customers from buying
cryptocurrencies on their credit
cards, joining a global crackdown on
online currrencies that has included
sanctions from the South Korean
government to Facebook.
What did they say?
Following Lloyds Bank’s
announcement on Monday, a Virgin
Money spokesperson told the BBC
that a “review of their policies”
has prompted the ban on credit
card purchases.
Why just credit cards?
Thanks to the law of leveraging,
when people borrow to invest which is, at its heart, always a
gamble - losses are effectively
doubled (as you didn’t have the
money to start with). The wild
swings in the value of bitcoin which has more than halved in less
than a month - have prompted
concerns over the debts that
customers might be nursing.
But why just bitcoin? Why not
all gambling?
Good question. As yet there has been
little analysis into why credit card
companies seem to be taking such
a stand on cryptocurrencies when
their customers lose thousands
on gambling on credit every day.
Perhaps it’s the huge fees they
charge their customers to do it.
Will other banks and providers
follow suit?
Several big US issuers moved over
the weekend, including Bank of
America, Citigroup, JP Morgan,
Capital One and Discover. Lloyds’
ban applies to 8 million credit card
customers across Lloyds Bank, Bank
of Scotland, Halifax and MBNA.
The fraud trial of three former Tesco
directors has been abandoned after
one of them suffered a heart attack
more than four months into the case.
Carl Rogberg, the 51-year-old
former finance director of Tesco
UK, is awaiting bypass surgery in
hospital following a heart attack last
Thursday, prompting Judge Deborah
Taylor to say it would not be right
and proper to continue with the trial,
which started in September but has
been dogged by multiple delays.
The Serious Fraud Office will now
weigh whether to pursue a new trial.
The judge said a retrial could be
timetabled for this September.
Mr Rogberg and his fellow
defendants Christopher Bush, 52, the
former managing director of Tesco
UK, and John Scouler, 49, the former
UK food commercial director, were
accused of fraud and false accounting
at Britain’s biggest retailer in 2014.
The case centred on Tesco’s
September 2014 announcement to the
stock exchange that its profit forecast
had been overstated by £250m, mainly
due to booking commercial deals with
suppliers too early.
Tesco’s disclosure, made three
weeks after current chief executive
Dave Lewis replaced Philip Clarke,
wiped around £2bn off its market
value and plunged it into the worst
crisis in its near 100-year history.
The trio denied any wrongdoing
and pleaded not guilty.
The case had been nearing a
conclusion but the jury was told on
Monday it had been halted because
of Mr Rogberg’s illness. REUTERS
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BUSINESS SPORT
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TRANSPORT
OIL & GAS
Grayling under pressure to
renationalise East Coast line
BP’s profits leap
as oil prices
recover and
new wells open
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From the
business
pages
By Richard Vaughan
By Angela Jameson
The Transport Secretary is under
mounting pressure to explain his refusal to ban Stagecoach from future
rail franchise bids despite it being
forced to terminate its contract on
the East Coast Main Line early.
Chris Grayling told the Commons
on Monday that the troubled rail line
may need to be renationalised as he
admitted that the franchise holder ,
a joint venture between Stagecoach
and Virgin Group will collapse in a
matter of months.
In the same statement, however, he
also announced that Virgin was being
given an extension to continue running the West Coast Main Line, and
that Stagecoach is among a shortlist
of firms for a new contract to run the
East Midlands franchise.
He said the Government had no
“adequate legal grounds” to restrict
Stagecoach from bidding.
The comments were pounced upon
by Labour peer and former transport
secretary Lord Adonis, who accused
him of misleading the House and
breaching the Ministerial Code.
Lord Adonis has written to Mr
Grayling, pointing out that he was
given advice by the Transport Department’s lawyers in 2009 that it
would be reasonable not to invite a
company to bid for future franchises
where it had recently failed to deliver
Virgin and Stagecoach could be open to bid for other rail franchises
on a previous franchise. His letter
said: “You could have ascertained
this from the officials who advised
me in 2009, so I assume your untrue statement in the Commons was
wilful in order to attempt to deflect
criticism from your extraordinary
decisions to give a new contract to
Virgin for the West Coast Main Line,
to allow Stagecoach to bid for the
next three rail franchises and even
to consider allowing Stagecoach to
continue operating the East Coast on
a new contract.”
And he added: “You are in breach
of the Ministerial Code. I would be
grateful for a parliamentary statement correcting the record.”
Mr Grayling told MPs on Monday:
“The problem is that Stagecoach got
its numbers wrong. It overbid and is
now paying a price.”
The decision to bring the rail line
under public control would mark an
embarrassing policy shift from the
Government, which has repeatedly
criticised Labour’s plan to renationalise the railways.
Mr Grayling’s reluctance to allow
the state to run the franchise has
left him open to criticism that he is
putting “ideology over public duty”.
SERVICES
Ombudsman service quits property sector
By Vicky Shaw
A body which resolves consumers’
gripes about businesses is to
withdraw from complaints handling
in the property sector.
Ombudsman Services (OS) said it
would start a managed withdrawal
Outlook
JIM
ARMITAGE
Bonds vs shares:
where Britain and
America differ
T
hey’re calling it the
R eve n ge T rad e. Fo r
years, investors have been
forced by super-low bond
yields into buying shares.
They’ve been getting increasingly
jittery and bad-tempered about it –
the most hated bull market in history.
Now, with those high wage inflation
from the current schemes it
operates for surveyors, managing
agents, estate agents and letting
agents by 6 August.
The non-profit organisation, which
also operates in the communications
and energy sectors, is one of several
services which clears up disputes in
the property sector, including the
Property and Housing Ombudsman
Services. OS’s chief ombudsman,
Lewis Shand Smith, said: “Redress
in the housing sector is a really
confusing picture for all involved,”
adding that there was a “patchwork”
of schemes. PA
figures out of the US on Friday, all the
haters have an excuse to sell. Interest
rates are on the turn, they cried.
Bonds are back. Vengeance is ours.
You can make those arguments
for the US, where they’ve seen the
Standard & Poor’s index gain by 25
per cent in the past year, and interest
rates have already gone up five times.
But here in the UK, the story’s a
little different. The FTSE 100 Index
has only gone up 8 per cent, and the
Bank of England has only pushed
through one tiny rate rise since
cutting them after the Brexit vote.
Dividend yields (the return you get
on a share price compared with the
likely dividend) are 1.8 per cent in the
US, against 4.3 per cent in the UK.
Stocks like Direct Line and Taylor
Wimpey are yielding 7 per cent and
more. Set that against government
bond yields of just 1.56 per cent and
UK shares don’t look so expensive.
Not so the US, where Treasury
bonds have raced up to 2.74 per cent.
The billion-pound question for FTSE
investors is whether UK bonds will
catch the US fever.
As AJ Bell’s Russ Mould put it
yesterday, no matter what the Bank
of England Governor does, bond
market vigilantes might force up
yields themselves by aggressively
selling gilts.
Keeep your head
and remember your
Shakespeare: Revenge
ends in tragedy
They might, but why? They didn’t
when inflation was rising, so why
should they now when it seems to be
on the wane?
FTSE bears also point out that, if
the economy declines, our top shares
are hardly the most bombproof:
banks, insurers, oils and miners are
all as sensitive to macro trends as
princesses to peas.
Again, though, with pretty much
Fourth-quarter profits at oil giant
BP more than quadrupled as prices
surged and the firm’s new production
came onstream.
Underlying profits for 2017 leapt
to $6.2bn (£4.4bn) compared with
$2.6bn in 2016. Production increased
by 12 per cent to 3.6 million barrels a
day, and operating cashflow for the
year, excluding Gulf of Mexico oil
spill payments, was up 40 per cent
at $24.1bn.
Chief executive Bob Dudley said:
“We had our most successful year
in exploration since 2004. We had
our best reserve replacement ratio
in over a decade. It has been one of
our best years in history [in refining
and processing].”
BP, like rival oil
giant Shell, is
raking in the
cash as oil
prices soared
recently to
a three-year
high of $70 a
barrel, up from
an average of $54
a barrel in 2017.
A long period of costcutting in the oil sector has focused
the business, and BP is also reaping
the benefit of delivering seven new
projects during 2017, which have
boosted its production significantly.
BP said its average cost per barrel
had fallen from $60 to $53.
Fruitful adventures in Egypt,
Senegal, Trinidad and the North
Sea gave BP its strongest year in
exploration since 2004.
However, BP’s results continue
to be overshadowed by the Gulf of
Mexico oil spill in 2010, with $5.2bn of
payments during the year.
C o m p e n s at i o n c l a i m s ove r
t h e D e e p w a t e r Ho r i z o n s p i l l
could take 15 to 18 years to clear.
EVENING STANDARD
every global economy ticking
along nicely, the peas these days
are squishy – hardly likely to cause
sleepless nights.
US investors might have good
cause to take vengeance on Wall
Street’s bull market, but over here
those selling into this week’s falls will
miss out on future rallies.
Wiser to keep your heads and
remember your Shakespeare:
revenge invariably ends in tragedy.
Names for our pain
There’s nothing quite like a market
crisis to inspire the City’s finest to add
to the English lexicon. So far, as well
as the “revenge trade”, we’ve had the
“boiling frog syndrome” (when bond
yields heat up slowly), “hot honey”
(money that flows into gold), and the
Rennies Run (an indigestible bull
market). One’s left wondering if this
surge in new jargon is just another
dead cat bounce.
EVENING STANDARD
Tesla to put solar
panels on homes
Australian Herald
In a bid to bring solar power to
thousands of homes, the state
government of South Australia
has struck a deal with Tesla.
Officials revealed that as part of
the deal, Tesla will install up to
50,000 solar-power systems on
homes, at no cost to residents.
The system would include
both solar panels and Tesla
Powerwall batteries, and would
become part of a decentralised
electric grid.
Virtual banks face
tough restrictions
South China Morning Post
Virtual banks looking to set up
in Hong Kong will need to have
at least HK$300m (£28m) in
capital, and cannot impose a
minimum account balance or
low balance fees, according to
draft guidelines released by the
Hong Kong Monetary Authority.
Officials will receive feedback
until 15 March and the final
regulations will be issued
in May.
Vehicle sales soar
to pre-crisis levels
The Rio Times
New car sales in Brazil rose by
23 per cent in January 2018,
in comparison with the same
period last year, according to
the latest data from the National
Federation of Automotive
Distributors. Truck sales were
particularly strong, rising 56 per
cent to 4,600 units. The sector is
now expected to return to levels
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Sushil Chandra, chairman
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Lidl and Tesco top
market share
Hargreaves
Lansdown leap
Lidl and Tesco were among the
supermarket winners, industry
data showed yesterday,
although the UK’s biggest
grocer grabbed less market
share from its rivals. Tesco
outpaced rivals with a 2.6 per
cent jump in sales in the 12
weeks ending 28 January, with
the Co-op the worst performing
grocer, Kantar said.
Fund platform Hargreaves
Lansdown has reported
booming profits and sales. The
investment giant’s half-year
profits rose 12 per cent to £147m
as sales soared 43 per cent to
£3.34bn as customers rushed
to buy ISAs, index trackers and
other funds. Its client numbers
rose by 61,000 to more than
a million.
GOVERNANCE
CHINA
Ocado boss in
club-night shock
Mercedes in
social media gaffe
Ocado boss Tim Steiner said
he was shocked at reports of
behaviour at the Presidents
Club event, which he attended.
The executive said the
revelations of groping and
sexual assault that emerged
after the annual all-male,
charity dinner two weeks ago
were “totally unacceptable”.
Mercedes-Benz issued an
apology in China for quoting the
Dalai Lama on its Instagram
account. The quote “Look at
situations from all angles, and
you will become more open”
– appeared on Monday on
Mercedes’ account. The site is
officially banned in China, but is
widely accessed regardless.
TRADE
STOCKS
China demands
new US tariffs
European shares
take a dip
China has demanded talks
with the US on compensation
for steep tariffs imposed on
imported solar panels and
washing machines, according
to World Trade Organisation
filings. China said it believed the
US measures broke numerous
WTO rules.
European shares hit their
lowest level since August 2017
yesterday as a global sell-off in
equities deepened and volatility
spiked on growing worries over
inflation and rising bond yields.
The pan-European STOXX
600 index fell for the seventh
straight session.
MUSIC
EU looks at AppleShazam buy-out
EU regulators will examine
Apple’s acquisition of British
music discovery app Shazam
following a request from seven
EU countries. The deal will
save Apple significant sums in
commission it currently pays
Shazam for referrals.
FASHION
Louboutin takes a
step back in court
Fashion designer Christian
Louboutin’s bid for exclusive
rights to put red soles on highheeled shoes ran into trouble
yesterday when a Dutch court
adviser said he may not be
entitled to stop others from
selling the same kind of sole.
FTSE 100 down 193.6 at 7141.4
Company
Price
Chg
High
3i Group
Admiral
Anglo Amer
Antofagasta
AB Foods
Ashtead Group
AstraZeneca
Aviva
BAE Systems
Barclays
Barratt Dev
BHP Billiton
BP
BAT
Berkeley Grp Hldgs
British Land
BT
Bunzl
Burberry
Carnival
Centrica
Coca-Cola HBC
Compass
CRH
Croda Intl
DCC
Diageo
Direct Line Ins
Easyjet
Evraz
Experian
Fresnillo
G4S
GKN
Glencore
GSK
Halma
895.6
1803.5
1641.0
912.6
2609.0
1998.0
4728.5
489.1
560.8
189.1
563.0
1502.2
475.0
4519.5
3849.0
631.0
239.0
2025.0
1541.0
4792.0
124.1
2246.0
1425.0
2451.0
4267.0
7000.0
2407.5
362.3
1643.0
352.3
1528.0
1285.0
261.7
406.9
378.1
1242.8
1183.0
-35.8
-42.5
-12.6
-3.8
-68.0
-37.0
-158.0
-16.7
-24.4
-4.9
-4.0
-40.2
-7.0
-113.0
-17.0
-17.2
-7.9
-35.0
-12.5
-158.0
-3.2
-50.0
-18.0
-45.0
-73.0
-155.0
-67.5
-9.4
+1.5
-15.0
-50.5
-28.0
-9.5
-2.1
-8.8
-37.6
-37.0
975.0
2184.0
1795.4
1071.0
3387.0
2185.0
5520.0
570.5
682.5
244.4
705.5
1662.4
536.2
5643.6
4270.0
695.0
349.2
2472.0
2024.0
5435.0
236.5
2682.0
1765.9
2955.0
4645.0
7762.5
2735.5
411.3
1695.7
401.3
1708.0
1746.0
342.6
449.5
416.9
1724.5
1341.0
Low
684.0
1698.0
950.1
11.1
2391.0
1476.0
4260.0
482.2
533.5
177.3
6.3
1103.0
436.9
4064.0
2801.0
584.0
238.2
1930.0
1481.5
4241.0
119.7
1784.0
1396.5
27.0
3300.3
6340.0
2186.5
328.4
906.4
169.8
1428.0
1231.0
247.8
3.0
270.0
1235.2
947.5
Markets
FTSE 100
7141.4
-193.6
FTSE 250
19262.6
-427.9
FTSE All Share
3924.9
-102.5
FTSE Eurofirst300
1462.6
Dow Jones *
24472.4
S&P 500 *
2655.2
+6.3
Nasdaq *
7014.2
+46.7
DAX
12392.7
-294.8
CAC 40
5161.8
-124.0
Hang Seng
30595.4
-1649.8
Nikkei
21610.2
-1071.8
-37.5
+126.7
Company
Price
Chg
High
Hammerson
Hargrve Lans
HSBC Hldgs
IAG
Imperial Brands
Informa
IntCont Htls
Intertek
ITV
Johnson Matth
Just Eat
Kingfisher
Land Secs
Legal & Gen
Lloyds Bk Gp
Lon Stock Ex
Marks&Spen
Mediclinic Intl
Micro Focus Intl
Mondi
Morrison (Wm)
National Grid
Next
NMC Health
Old Mutual
PaddyPwrBetfair
Pearson
Persimmon
Prudential
Randgold Res
Reckitt Ben
RELX
Rentokil Initial
Rio Tinto
Rolls-Royce
RBS
Shell A
456.0
1751.5
727.0
617.8
2729.5
663.0
4498.0
4801.0
160.7
3241.0
776.8
344.9
937.5
254.0
66.2
3912.0
289.1
556.6
2052.0
1832.5
213.6
748.7
4830.0
3162.0
222.7
7975.0
678.4
2435.0
1772.0
6458.0
6452.0
1465.0
281.9
3845.0
820.0
274.4
2286.0
-20.5
-80.0
-22.8
-8.0
-70.0
-14.0
-103.0
-125.0
-4.3
-78.0
-13.6
-12.4
-25.3
-10.7
-1.9
-43.0
-3.9
-27.8
-59.0
-39.5
-4.1
-32.5
-91.0
-46.0
-5.2
-110.0
-11.6
-35.0
-73.5
-66.0
-103.0
-30.0
-6.6
-53.0
-20.0
-7.3
-80.5
52338.0
1935.0
798.6
680.6
3956.5
773.0
4944.0
5470.0
221.8
3511.0
830.4
369.8
1217.1
279.9
73.6
4076.0
397.8
890.2
2970.5
2145.0
254.4
1174.3
5355.0
3540.0
242.0
8967.0
773.0
2901.0
1992.5
8255.0
8110.4
1784.0
338.8
4226.6
994.5
304.2
2579.5
EURO/
POUND
Low
456.0
1258.0
518.2
472.5
2673.5
480.0
3656.0
3414.0
142.8
2681.0
495.1
285.3
912.0
235.2
61.8
2964.4
282.0
495.4
26.8
1684.0
205.0
748.7
3565.0
1700.0
184.2
6572.5
563.0
1932.0
1557.0
6444.0
6299.0
1439.0
229.6
2882.5
664.0
220.8
1982.5
DOLLAR/
POUND
Company
Price
Chg
High
Shell B
RSA Insur
Sage
Sainsbury(J)
Schroders
Scot Mort Inv Tst
Segro
Severn Trent
Shire
Sky
Smith&Neph
Smith (DS)
Smiths Gp
Smurfit Kappa Grp
SSE
Stan Chart
Standard Life Aber
St James Place
Taylor Wimpey
Tesco
TUI AG
Unilever
United Utilities
Vodafone
Whitbread
Ferguson
WPP
2305.0
595.0
697.8
237.2
3451.0
422.2
551.2
1816.0
3137.5
1045.0
1215.0
480.3
1510.0
2450.0
1191.5
785.0
396.0
1132.0
184.8
199.9
1551.5
3824.5
691.8
205.3
3755.0
5156.0
1227.0
-92.0
-22.4
-27.0
-6.2
-184.0
-22.0
-15.4
-70.5
-79.0
-5.0
-26.5
-10.8
-45.0
-62.0
-48.0
-26.6
-21.3
-41.0
-2.5
+1.1
-27.5
-122.5
-29.6
-5.4
-59.0
-56.0
-30.5
2617.0
672.5
825.2
339.9
3784.0
478.4
590.8
2575.0
5067.0
1066.0
1442.0
565.0
1697.0
2662.0
1554.0
860.0
448.6
1279.5
211.9
217.1
1652.5
4557.5
1078.0
239.7
4333.0
5722.0
1928.1
Low
2037.0
568.5
613.0
222.4
2931.0
342.4
444.3
1816.0
3081.0
11.4
1143.0
5.3
1442.0
1712.7
1191.5
678.8
339.7
1008.0
168.8
165.3
934.4
3253.0
690.2
191.2
3499.9
4427.0
1218.5
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Fashion chain New Look said
its earnings and revenue fell in
the nine months to December
as it implemented a turnaround
strategy after struggling to
compete in the UK market.
Earnings before interest, tax
and depreciation fell to £43.8m
in the 39 weeks ending in
December, from £153.8m in the
same period in 2016.
$1,328.9
Suggestions that up to 10,000
British bankers may move to
Frankfurt after Brexit has led
to a 10.7 per cent increase in
apartment prices in the second
half of last year, according
to estate agents. Prices in
Germany’s financial centre have
leapt by 99 per cent since 2004
and there are fears Brexit will
continue to push prices up.
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Matrix
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revenue down
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Harry says …
Charity credit cards have largely
disappeared from the market, so a
replacement may be hard to find.
The main advantage of these
cards is that the provider processes
donations for you, so you don’t have
to worry about setting up a regular
payment. However, the amount
donated is typically only around 25p
for every £100 you spend – just £15 a
year if you spend £500 a month.
An alternative would be to take
out a cashback credit card and pay
the proceeds to charity yourself.
While this may be more of a hassle,
these cards generally offer better
rates than the donations made by
charity cards. What’s more, if you’re
a taxpayer, you can claim gift aid
when sending these payments.
WHAT IS A CASHBACK
CREDIT CARD?
A type of reward card that pays
you a percentage of what you spend
back in the form of a credit on
your bill either monthly, quarterly
or annually.
In the past there were a huge
number of cashback credit cards
to pick from. But the EU’s cap on
the interchange fees providers can
charge merchants in 2015 – which
helped to fund this perk – has led to a
number of UK deals being pulled.
So if you are trying to be savvy with
your money and earn extra cash for
your everyday spending you should
move quickly while deals from the
likes of American Express, Aqua
and Santander are still around.
HOW CASHBACK CREDIT
CARDS WORK
They pay a rate of cashback that
dictates how much you can earn
each time you spend. Some come
with introductory rates that may be
daily
money
In a bid to get customers thinking
about their retirement earlier, insurer
Royal London has said it will begin
sending its “wake up” packs five years
before a customer’s retirment, rather
than the six months before required
under current rules. The firm hopes
this will encourage more informed
retirement decisions.
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payments to charity as a proportion
of my spending. However, it has now
ceased to offer these credit cards, so
I’m looking for a replacement. What
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Cash savers searching for better
returns in 2018 may be wise to choose
a challenger bank, which according
to Moneyfacts.co.uk have been
leapfrogging bigger banks since the
beginning of the year.
Since 1 January, Ford Money (1.22
per cent) and Tesco Bank (1.3 per cent)
capped followed by an on-going rate,
while others pay a flat unlimited rate
for as long as you have the card.
The trick with a cashback credit
card is to use it like a debit card and
load all your everyday spending on
to it to rack up the rewards.
Many of these cards charge an
annual fee, but if you regularly spend
on your card and repay the balance
in full each month, you could earn
more than a hundred pounds a year.
The stand-out deal at the time
of going to press is the American
Express Platinum Everyday card,
which pays 5 per cent cashback
on all spending for the first three
months (capped at £100), and
between 0.5 per cent and 1 per cent
after that.
have jumped higher in best buy tables,
while Paragon Bank has launched
a limited edition easy access saver,
paying 1.21 per cent interest per year.
Currently the best easy access cash
rate for savers with £10,000 or more
is with ICICI Bank UK, whose HiSAVE
Bonus Saver Series Two account pays
1.34 per cent per year.
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It seems the UK is a nation of lovers as
research from Mintel shows Britons
spent more on Valentine’s Day than
Easter last year - an average of £60
per person compared to £41 for the
Christian holiday.
Showing that some gender
traditions hold fast, men spent
more than women at an average
of £72 compared with £44, while
men aged between 27 and 37 were
particulalry generous, spending
£81 on average.
The trend is set to continue this
year, with Mintel predicting a 5 per
cent rise in average spend, totalling
£650m for the country.
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If you’re a big spender, the
American Express Platinum card
could work out even better for you.
This also pays 5 per cent for the
first three months and then it pays
up to 1.25 per cent (though you’ll
need to take into account the £25
annual fee).
The golden rule with any
cashback credit card is that you
must pay off the balance in full every
month, otherwise the interest you
incur can very easily outweigh what
you’ve earned.
The two American Express cards
mentioned above come with APRs
of 22.9 per cent and 28.2 per cent
respectively, meaning borrowing
is expensive compared with
other cards.
GIFT AID
If you’re a taxpayer, claiming gift aid
is a great way to boost charitable
donations. Doing so means that
charities can claim an extra 25p for
every £1 you donate – and it won’t
cost you anything. Donations qualify
as long as they don’t amount to
more than four times the amount
of income tax and/or capital gains
tax you’ve paid in the tax year
(from 6 April to 5 April). To ensure
your chosen charities are able to
benefit from gift aid, you just need to
complete a form which they provide.
Harry Rose is the editor of ‘Which?
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AEROSPACE
Boeing services revenue soars
as it chases $50bn a year target
By Jamie Freed and Fathin Ungku
Boeing’s services unit has
announced deals worth nearly
$1bn as part of its effort to more
than triple the division’s
annual revenue to $50bn
(£35bn) in as little as
five years.
The jet
manufacturer has
been looking to
boost revenue in its
services business
which involves jet
maintenance, repair
and overhaul (MRO), data
analytics and pilot training.
Revenue grew by 5.5 per cent
to $14.6bn in 2017, and the growth
rate is forecast to be even higher
this year, Boeing Global Services
CEO Stan Deal told Reuters at the
Singapore Airshow.
“Over the next 5 to 10 years
we are going to accomplish that
as a stretch objective,” he
said of the $50bn target,
adding it will “clearly
involve” acquisitions.
Last month Boeing’s
petition to impose
a 300 per cent duty
tariff on Canadian/
British manufacturer
Bombardier – approved
by US President Donald
Trump – was defeated by
the US International Trade
Commission, saving up to 4,000
jobs at Bombardier’s factory in
Northern Ireland. REUTERS
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{1} LITELOK GOLD LOCK
The Litelok is the most innovative
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This 4.6kg lock comes with a handy
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Games&Puzzles
daily recipe
Turkey meatball broth
with greens
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 49
RHYME LETTERS
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GREASE
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LEAVE
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FLICK
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STEEPLE
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LUCK
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SERVES 2
50g white bread, blitzed into crumbs
1tbsp milk
250g minced turkey
1 large egg yolk
1tbsp finely chopped sage
1tbsp finely chopped parsley
Sunflower or light olive oil, for frying
1 large or 2 small onions, finely diced
1 large carrot, peeled and finely diced
1 celery stick, finely diced
300g shredded green cabbage
(eg savoy or January king)
1 litre chicken stock
Salt and black pepper
Small handful of finely grated
Parmesan, to serve
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Jigsawdoku
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LURING
How to play Place the numbers 1-9 once in each row, column
and bold-lined jigsaw region. Solution: minurl.co.uk/i
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DUPING
LETTERS
MEANING
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In a large bowl, stir the breadcrumbs into
the milk. Add the turkey, egg yolk, sage
and parsley.
Season with salt and pepper and
use your hands to mix and squidge it
together well. Roll into walnut-sized
balls. Heat a thin layer of oil in a large,
deep frying pan and fry the meatballs
to lightly brown them all over (cook in
batches if they don’t all fit). Transfer to
a plate.
Add the onion, carrot and celery to the
same pan and cook for 15–20 minutes on
a low heat, until tender but not coloured,
stirring now and then. If the veg looks
like catching at any point, add a splash
of water.
Add the meatballs, cabbage and stock.
Simmer for 5–6 minutes, until the
meatballs are cooked through (cut one
open if you’re not sure) and the cabbage
wilted. Check the seasoning and serve
sprinkled with the Parmesan.
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Futoshiki
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How to play
Place the numbers
from 1-5 exactly
once in each row
and column. The
greater than and
less than signs
(‘>’ and ‘<’) indicate
where one cell is
greater/less than
the adjacent
cell indicated.
Solution:
minurl.co.uk/i
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Killer Sudoku No 1205
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
Variation: This works equally well with
shredded kale or even Brussels sprouts.
Try minced chicken or pork.
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Recipes taken from riverford.co.uk/recipes
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Spring green and coconut dal
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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
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Maths Puzzle
Codeword No 1926
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 49.
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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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1 Crockery item (5)
2 Hearing range (7)
3 School of
Buddhism (3)
4 Effrontery (5)
5 Famous ballet (4,4)
6 Stringed
instrument (6)
10 Effectiveness (8)
12 Counting frame (6)
14 Sequence of
hereditary
rulers (7)
16 Command (5)
17 Rowing crew (5)
19 Unhappy (3)
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Solution to yesterday’s Concise Crossword
ACROSS 1 Suck, 3 Session (Succession), 8 Farming, 9 Limbo, 10 Epoch, 11 Arsenal,
12 Unfulfilled, 17 Origami, 19 Wager, 21 Atoms, 22 Unusual, 23 Operate, 24 Stay.
DOWN 1 Suffer, 2 Curio, 3 Signal failure, 4 Sales, 5 Immense, 6 Noodle, 7 Vishnu,
13 Noisome, 14 Lawful, 15 Potato, 16 Brolly, 18 At sea, 20 Gaunt.
Today’s other puzzles Cryptic Crossword, page 21;
Five-Clue Cryptic, page 11; One-Minute Wijuko, page 19
Puzzle solutions See page 49 and minurl.co.uk/i
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Tomorrow: Easier
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Word Ladder, Word
Wheel, Kakuro,
Minesweeper,
ABC Logic, Killer
Sudoku, Futoshiki,
Codeword,
Jigsawduko and
Wijuko created by
Clarity Media.
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puzzles,
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Concise Crossword No 2248
ACROSS
1 Quarry (4)
3 Zest (4)
7 Just (4)
8 Marvellous (8)
9 Improvement (11)
11 Sacred word (6)
13 Felt or velvet
hat (6)
15 Teenage years (11)
18 Dead end (3,2,3)
20 Culinary herb (4)
21 Dry (4)
22 Small river
island (4)
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
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Word Wheel
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words of three or more letters, each
including the letter at centre of the wheel,
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SPORT
Meet the kids
taking the pony
express route to
the top of racing
As a new generation of jockeys make
their mark, Jon Freeman reveals how
they learned their trade the hard way
J
ames Bowen is the
16-year-old lad from west
Wales who became an
overnight sensation when,
displaying all the nous,
skill and strength of an old pro,
he urged home a horse just three
years younger than himself to
win his nation’s Grand National at
Chepstow on 27 December. Sports
fans, and not just racing fans, were
stirred out of their post-Christmas
armchair torpor. “How old? Wow!”
But he isn’t the only youngster
making waves. Hardly a Saturday
has gone by this winter without
newbies (or nearly newbies) Bowen,
Harry Cobden, Bryony Frost, or
Lizzie Kelly, plus Jack Kennedy in
Ireland, riding high-profile winners
on TV to underline just what a fine
batch of fresh talent there is out
there.
Why is this happening now? Well,
one thing these jockeys – and many
others still in, or barely out of, their
teens – have in common is that they
all honed their techniques on the
Pony Racing circuit. British Pony
Racing, introduced a decade ago,
isn’t yet quite as ingrained as in
Ireland, where it’s a way of life, so
you couldn’t quite call it an equal
opportunity.
But it has helped towards
levelling the playing field; a
big leg-up for the current crop
and paving the way for future
generations of boys and girls,
wannabe champions, following on
behind.
And it’s loads of fun, apparently.
JAMES BOWEN
Just a boy. He won’t be allowed
behind the wheel of a car until his
next birthday, 12 March. The day
after, he’ll be steering half-tons of
horse flesh around Cheltenham’s
turns and over its fences.
He seems to have come out of
nowhere, but he has served his time
like all the rest and rode in his first
pony race when he was nine.
Being from a family steeped in
racing is a head start, of course,
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a successful trainer, would ferry
James and his elder brother Sean,
now an established top pro, all
around the UK to pony-racing
events.
James remembers his father
driving him on an 18-hour round
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LAKE WASHINGTON Miss V Williams 5 11 3..A P Cawley
LISSYCASEY Sheila Lewis 5 11 3..................................M Hamill (5)
MIDNIGHT FRENSI M S Wilesmith 9 11 3... Mr J M Ridley (7)
SARTENE’S SON N Twiston-Davies 5 11 3 .........S Twiston-Davies
TOTTERDOWN R Phillips 7 11 3..............................D Hiskett (5) H
AM I APPROPRIATE B Pauling 5 10 10 ..............................D Jacob
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15-512 CAPTAIN LARS (CD) Archie Watson 9 9 7...E Greatrex B 5
BELLE’S SPIRIT R Dickin 5 10 10...............................................C Poste
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4571-3 EXCELLENT GEORGE (CD) S C Williams 6 9 6..............................
GLOI
Mrs D Hamer 7 10 10 .......................................................T Bellamy
.............................................................................................................Aaron Jones (3) T 2
LADY VITESSE M Keighley 5 10 10...........................H Stock (7) H
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118-15 DUTIFUL SON (CD) Emma Owen 8 9 4 .................C Noble (5) 3
VALDAS PRINCESS O Sherwood 6 10 10 ...................... L Aspell
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82-610 TAVENER (D)(BF) D C Griffiths 6 9 2 ....................M Dwyer C 4
MONSIEUR LECOQ N Williams 4 10 7............Lizzie Kelly (3)
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247-71 DUKE COSIMO (D) M Herrington 8 8 7.......Phil Dennis (3) 1
- 15 declared 6
20-316 BERNIE’S BOY P McEntee 5 8 5 ............ Nicola Currie (5) C 6
BETTING: 11-8 Solomon Grey, 7-4 Doux Pretender, 10-1 Am I
- 6 declared BETTING: 11-4 Captain Lars, 3-1 Duke Cosimo, 4-1 Excellent George, 6-1 Appropriate, 16-1 Valdas Princess, 20-1 others.
GREG WATSON’S HALF CENTURY NOVICES’ CHASE
Tavener, Dutiful Son, 7-1 Bernie’s Boy.
BEST OF CHELMSFORD CITY
4.00
TOTESWINGER TWO IN THE FIRST THREE HANDICAP
(CLASS 4) £10,100 added 6f
2.10
FORM VERDICT
Michael Herrington ventures south with his Newcastle scorer Duke
Cosimo, who is entitled to plenty of respect attempting to follow up.
However, preference is for the track and trip winner CAPTAIN LARS,
who has been in fine form of late and is blinkered for his first start
for Archie Watson. Course and distance scorers Excellent George and
Dutiful Son are entitled to play a part.
BEST OF FAKENHAM
3.05
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MORNING
INSPECITION
ATTHERACES.COM/CHELTENHAM HANDICAP HURDLE
(CLASS 3) £16,800 added 2m 7f
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RED INDIAN B Pauling 6 11 12........................................................ D Bass
THEO’S CHARM N Gifford 8 11 12................................J Bowen (3)
APPLESANDPIERRES D Skelton 10 11 3..Bridget Andrews (3) C
PRINCETON ROYALE (D) N King 9 11 1 ...................T Whelan C
ROCK OF LEON (D) P Kirby 7 10 0..............................................A Nicol
- 5 declared BETTING: 5-4 Red Indian, 9-4 Applesandpierres, 9-2 Theo’s Charm, 8-1
Princeton Royale, 16-1 Rock Of Leon.
FORM VERDICT
RED INDIAN arrives here having finished third in the Lanzarote last
time out and that form is rock-solid in the context of this race. A 3lb
rise in the ratings for that performance in negated by the fact that
this race is significantly weaker than the Lanzarote. That said, it is
still competitive with all of his rivals finishing second in their most
recent starts. Theo’s Charm does not win that often but he is certainly
talented, while similar comments also apply to Applesandpierres and
Princeton Royale.
BEST OF LUDLOW
1.40
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MORNING
INSPECITION
BROMFIELD ‘NATIONAL HUNT’ NOVICES’ HURDLE
(CLASS 4) £7,400 added 2m
SOLOMON GREY (D) D Skelton 6 11 9...........................H Skelton
COURT DUTY J Flint 6 11 3.......................................................R T Dunne
DOUX PRETENDER N Henderson 5 11 3....................... N Fehily
FIRE AHEAD I Williams 5 11 3 ..................................................D Crosse
(CLASS 4) £10,000 added 2m
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3
5B-011 DRUMCLIFF (D) H Fry 7 11 10 .....................................N P Madden T
21P-12 TREE OF LIBERTY (CD) Kerry Lee 6 11 4 ..........Jamie Moore
31P1-3 COPAIN DE CLASSE (D)(BF) P Nicholls 6 10 12.............................
................................................................................................................ S Twiston-Davies
4
9888-0 SHININSTAR J Groucott 9 10 12........................................L Edwards
5
-854F8 THE LION MAN R Dickin 8 10 12.................................................C Poste
6
556-P6 OVER TO MIDNIGHT Lady S Brooke 8 10 5......... Miss L Brooke (7)
- 6 declared BETTING: 11-8 Drumcliff, 7-4 Tree Of Liberty, 9-4 Copain De Classe, 66-1
Shininstar, Over To Midnight, 100-1 The Lion Man.
FORM VERDICT
This is likely to become a three horse race with COPAIN DE CLASSE,
Drumcliff and Tree Of Liberty well clear of the rest according to official
ratings. At these weights the preference is for the Paul Nicholls-trained
gelding because of the promise he displayed behind subsequent Grade
2 winner Benatar in an Ascot handicap chase in November. That was
his first start over the larger obstacles and he is more than entitled to
improve for that experience. Drumcliff is an improving gelding who
has to be respected despite having to give 12lb to the selection, while
Tree Of Liberty bumped into a potentially high-class rival at Newbury
last time out.
MICHAEL LUMSDEN MEMORIAL TROPHY MARES’
HANDICAP HURDLE (CLASS 3) £15,000 added 2m 5f
It is a big leg-up for the
current crop and paves the
way for future generations
of wannabe champions
FORM VERDICT
BEST OF WOLVERHAMPTON
A very competitive contest but the marginal preference is for BRILLARE
MOMENTO, who won two good contests at Cheltenham in 2017 and
BET & WATCH AT SUNBETS.CO.UK HANDICAP (CLASS
was not disgraced against the geldings at Sandown last time out. Back
3) £11,500 added 7f
against her own sex today, the daughter of Milan has been dropped 2lb
in the ratings and is having her first run after a wind operation. War 1
58380- DOUGAN (C)(D) P Evans 6 9 7................................................A Kirby 11
Creation put in a career best last time out and is an obvious threat, 2
12641/ HAYADH (D) Rebecca Bastiman 5 9 6 .................................J Hart 4
while Sainte Ladylime and Whatzdjazz are others to consider.
3
2492-7 RIGHT TOUCH (D) R Fahey 8 9 1...................................P Hanagan 3
4
5395-0 BARRACUDA BOY (C)(D) Mrs M Fife 8 9 1.........J Haynes 12
ATTWOOD MEMORIAL TROPHY HANDICAP CHASE
5
227/0- MICKEY (CD) T Dascombe 5 9 0........................... R Kingscote C 7
(CLASS 3) £21,500 added 2m 4f
6
8521-4 TWIN APPEAL (CD) T D Barron 7 9 0...............Ben Curtis B 6
9112-8 UNFORGIVING MINUTE (CD) J Butler 7 8 13... T Clark (3) 1
1
-44U11 TOWN PARKS (C)(D) Kerry Lee 7 11 13(7ex)...Jamie Moore 7
/03-32 EXCHEQUER (D) D O’Meara 7 8 13.................................M Harley 8
2
22P/1- MINELLA PRESENT (D) N Mulholland 9 11 12.. N Fehily H 8
16-632 MUJASSAM (D) D O’Meara 6 8 13......................................S Gray B 9
3
1P3-U1 COLIN’S BROTHER (C) N Twiston-Davies 8 11 7 .......J Bargary (3) 9
4
13-051 CREEP DESBOIS B Pauling 6 11 7.............................................D Jacob 10 0682-1 CUSTARD THE DRAGON (D) J Mackie 5 8 12.....................................
.........................................................................................................................J Fanning C 10
5
211364 AZZURI (C) D Skelton 6 11 1.................................................H Skelton T
6
14-5F3 MONSIEUR CO P Nicholls 5 11 1..............S Twiston-Davies C 11 8241-4 THE GREAT WALL (D)(BF) M Appleby 4 8 10 .....L Morris 2
7
344/33 VIVACCIO (C) Miss V Williams 9 10 9........................A Coleman 12 0096-0 WELLIESINTHEWATER (C)(D) D Shaw 8 8 8.............................
....................................................................................................................P Mathers V 5
8
24U-36 UHLAN BUTE (D) Miss V Williams 10 10 7 ....C Deutsch (3)
- 12 declared 9
8-7564 DALLAS COWBOY (D) A J Martin (IRE) 8 10 5....D Meyler (3) H,T
10 2-2F22 MIDNIGHT TARGET (C) J Groucott 8 10 1....L Edwards H,T BETTING: 9-2 The Great Wall, 5-1 Exchequer, 11-2 Twin Appeal, 6-1 Right
Touch, 7-1 Custard The Dragon, Dougan, 10-1 Mickey, 12-1 Mujassam,
- 10 declared BETTING: 7-2 Town Parks, 4-1 Colin’s Brother, 5-1 Creep Desbois, 13-2 Unforgiving Minute, 20-1 others.
Dallas Cowboy, 8-1 Minella Present, 10-1 Monsieur Co, 12-1 Azzuri,
FORM VERDICT
Vivaccio, 14-1 others.
THE GREAT WALL landed a Southwell maiden on his first start for
FORM VERDICT
present connections and was backed to make a winning handicap
CREEP DESBOIS found three miles to be too much of a stamina test debut over 7f at the same venue last time. He could manage no better
on his chasing debut at Ascot before getting off the mark at Fakenham than fourth, but he’s well drawn to attack this evening and if the money
seven weeks ago back at this distance, and he should have more to is down again this evening, he could be the one to be on. Exchequer
offer at the age of just six. Ben Pauling’s string seem to have turned has gone up 1lb for a narrow beating at Lingfield and can fight it out
the corner now after a poor spell of form, and this 129-rated chaser with Twin Appeal, a C&D winner off 3lb lower in December, for the
can continue that spell. Town Parks continues to go up in the weights silver medal.
but is chasing a hat-trick, while Colin’s Brother and Minella Present are
BETWAY LIVE CASINO HANDICAP (CLASS 4) £9,750
others to take seriously.
6.25
3.15
4.45
ONIBURY MAIDEN HURDLE (CLASS 4) £7,400 added
2m 5f
1
08-6PP BLACK JACK JAXON S Flook 6 11 4 .....................J M Davies C,T
2
1/4-56 BLACKMILL David Dennis 7 11 4 ............ S Twiston-Davies T
68 COISA BLANCO Jonjo O’Neill 5 11 4...........................K Moore (3)
1
4-1U22 SAINTE LADYLIME (D) K Bailey 7 11 12................M Hamill (5) 3
4
1-79 EARTH STORM Jack Barber 6 11 4..............................N Scholfield
2
1-2184 BRILLARE MOMENTO (D) M Keighley 7 11 12 ..A Coleman
5
122 GOWITHTHEFLOW B Pauling 5 11 4.....................................D Jacob
3
-1311F WHATZDJAZZ (D) D Skelton 6 11 7..................................H Skelton
P KERRY’S BOY B Pauling 5 11 4............Mr A R Ferguson (7) T
4
8212-7 REJAAH (C) N Hawke 6 11 3............................................D G Noonan T 6
4 MIDNIGHT TROUBLE N Twiston-Davies 6 11 4....J Savage (7)
5
120-1F LAMANVER ODYSSEY (D) H Fry 6 11 3......................N Fehily T 7
P33 SHALAKAR Miss V Williams 5 11 4...............Mr H Nugent (7)
6
5-3314 MOLLY CHILDERS (D) S Edmunds 6 10 13 .Joshua Moore 8
5-2940 SOME AMBITION C Longsdon 5 11 4.......Jonathan Burke T
7
-242U4 OSCAR ROSE (BF) F O’Brien 6 10 10........................... P Brennan 9
8
314-41 WAR CREATION (C) N Henderson 6 10 9....N De Boinville 10 25-84F TAKE EM OUT T Vaughan 6 11 4...........................................A Johns T
311-4 TRUCKERS LODGE (BF) T R George 6 11 4.......... A P Heskin
9
8-6146 MONAR ROSE B Case 6 10 9................................................D Jacob H,T 11
78 TURANGI P Hobbs 6 11 4............................................................ M G Nolan
10
6153 FAIRY POL Henry Oliver 5 10 8..........................................J M Davies 12
3- GNARLY Jonjo O’Neill 6 10 11..............................................A Coleman
11 7-1431 CHILLI FILLI (CD) H Daly 5 10 6..............................................A Tinkler 13
P-595 TOUCH OF VELVETT G McPherson 6 10 11.........Kielan Woods
12 0726P- VIVANT H Fry 5 10 4..............................................................N P Madden T 14
- 14 declared - 12 declared BETTING: 4-1 War Creation, 5-1 Sainte Ladylime, 6-1 Oscar Rose, 8-1 BETTING: 11-8 Gowiththeflow, 5-1 Truckers Lodge, 6-1 Shalakar, 10-1
Chilli Filli, Whatzdjazz, Brillare Momento, 10-1 Lamanver Odyssey, 12-1 Midnight Trouble, Kerry’s Boy, 12-1 Turangi, Gnarly, Take Em Out, 25-1
others.
Vivant, Fairy Pol, Molly Childers, 20-1 others.
2.40
trip to Scotland for one losing ride.
“Pony racing isn’t cheap to do and
mum and dad put in a lot of time
and money,” he says now, forever
grateful.
Neither son was pushed by his
parents to become a jockey but they
were naturals from the word go and
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NOW CHILDREN C Cox 4 9 9.....................................................A Kirby 3
MARATHA (CD) S C Williams 4 9 7 .................R Kingscote T 4
LAQAB D Shaw 5 9 4 ................................................................... P Mathers 2
NONIOS (CD) D M Simcock 6 9 4...............................M Harley H 5
KELLY’S DINO (CD) K Burke 5 9 2 .......................... Ben Curtis C 7
THA’IR (CD) M Appleby 8 9 1 ..................................................L Morris 1
COILLTE CAILIN (CD) D Loughnane 8 9 1...............A Mullen 6
GEALACH GHORM Sarah Hollinshead 4 8 7......................................
..........................................................................................................Josephine Gordon 8
- 8 declared BETTING: 3-1 Maratha, 7-2 Kelly’s Dino, 4-1 Nonios, 5-1 Tha’ir, 6-1 Now
Children, 10-1 Coillte Cailin, 14-1 Laqab, 33-1 Gealach Ghorm.
FORM VERDICT
NONIOS appeared on good terms with himself when scoring over 1m2f
at Chelmsford last month and, also proven over C&D, David Simcock’s
charge is expected to be thereabouts following a 4lb rise in the ratings.
Maratha is up 2lb for rattling the crossbar over track and trip latest but
with that solid recent run to his name, he’s considered the principal
threat ahead of the unexposed, but returning, Now Children.
NEWS
2-27
with a clutch of Grade One winners,
including a first Cheltenham
Festival triumph last March.
But Kennedy is not from a
racing family and so had to
pester his parents to buy
him his first pony when
he was nine.
He quickly shone
on the junior circuit,
becoming champion
rider three times, but it
was a means towards an
end.
“I used to always try to ride
a race,” he said. “They were
usually tight tracks and
you’d get lads who just
wanted to get out in
front, no matter what.
You might not win riding
a race, but you learned
a lot.”
By the time Kennedy
was 16, nobody was in
any doubt that he was more
than ready for the big time and
soon everyone was singing
his praises. “A fantastic
natural talent,” said
veteran jockey Conor
O’Dwyer. “The real
deal,” added top trainer
Enda Bolger. The only
way was up.
Harry Cobden on Irondale
Express at Lingfield. Right:
(top to bottom) Cobden,
Bryony Frost, James Bowen
and Jack Kennedy GETTY
HARRY COBDEN
Last season’s conditional
jockeys’ champion has been
a little under the radar
lately. But Cobden
was the big news in
November, around his
19th birthday, when
he was entrusted with
the ride on the nation’s
favourite old chaser, Cue
Card.
He also effectively took
over as Paul Nicholls’ stable jockey
around that time, while Sam
Twiston-Davies was sidelined with
a broken elbow. He is, quite clearly,
it wasn’t too long before it became
inevitable.
JACK KENNEDY
Like Bowen, he broke through at 16,
but that was in 2016. Ireland’s boy
wonder is now two years down the
line and has quickly risen to the top
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held in the highest regard by the
best in the business. From Somerset
farming stock, Cobden is another
quick learner, travelling the same
route through pony-racing
and point-to-point to
emerge as an almost fullyformed jockey.
His break came when
he met Megan Nicholls,
the daughter of local
trainer Paul, on the ponyracing circuit and soon
he was invited to ride out
for the ten-time champion. “I
took him up on it and kept on
going back,” said Cobden. “It
has all progressed from
there.”
BRYONY FROST
The daughter of 1989
Grand National-winning
jockey Jimmy Frost was
riding Nosey, the stable
donkey, as soon as she could
walk and later enjoyed great
success in point-to-points.
Now 22, she burst on
the National Hunt scene
last year like a force of
nature, winning over
owners and trainers
with her riding skills and
captivating everyone with
her down-to-earth charm.
And she has acquired the
enviable knack of shining on the
big occasion.
Frost enjoys a wonderful
rapport with racegoers
and is clearly having
the time of her life, but
she is deadly serious
once she climbs aboard
a horse and utterly
determined to carve out a
successful career. She’ll no
doubt continue to sparkle on
the big occasions, perhaps even on
the biggest stage of all one April, at
Aintree just like her dad almost 30
years ago.
BUSINESS SPORT
38-43
48-56
Will-he,
won’t-he
hype grows
for Samcro
By Jon Freeman
RACING EDITOR
A debate is being fanned concerning the exceptional Irish novice
Samcro and whether he should
take his chance in the Champion
Hurdle next month rather than
stick with his own kind and run in
one of the novice hurdles, any of
which look his for the taking.
Robbie Power, who rode Supasundae to beat Faugheen in last
Saturday’s Irish Champion Hurdle
at Leopardstown, has suggested
that the first-day showpiece now
has little strength in depth behind
the odds-on Buveir D’Air and argues that it would be a viable target.
Some agree and it would certainly liven up what has become
something of a one-horse race, but
of course the only people who really matter in this conversation are
Samcro’s trainer Gordon Elliott
and Gigginstown boss Michael
O’Leary and as yet they haven’t
shown any inclination to take up
the challenge, not publicly anyway.
Those of a certain age will remember another brilliant Irishtrained novice, Golden Cygnet,
who 40 years ago next month
sprinted up the hill with his head in
his chest to win the Supreme Hurdle at Cheltenham by 15 lengths in
a faster time than the wonderful
Monksfield recorded in the Champion Hurdle later that afternoon
and was promptly installed as favourite for the following year’s big
race.
i WEDNESDAY
7 FEBRUARY 2018
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top
tips
BEST BET
Copain De Classe
(2.10pm, Ludlow)
Ran encouraging first race over
fences at Ascot and looks good
at these weights.
NEXT BEST
Brillare Momento
(2.40pm, Ludlow)
Undergone wind surgery since
last run; step back up in trip will
suit her.
ANTE-POST
There was a huge punt
yesterday on Waterlord (33-1
down to 12-1) for Saturday’s big
Betfair Hurdle at Newbury.
Sadly, we never found out quite
how good he was. A few weeks later,
trainer Edward O’Grady took Golden Cygnet to Ayr for the Scottish
Champion Hurdle and he was in the
process of beating two more hurdling greats, Sea Pigeon and Night
Nurse, at close to level weights,
when falling at the last with fatal
consequences.
The legendary Irish trainer Vincent O’Brien said he was the best
hurdler he ever saw.
Elliott, and particularly O’Leary,
have been at great pains to play
down the current hype and say
they see their six-year-old more as
a chaser than a hurdler – perhaps a
Gold Cup winner a few years down
the line – but even now Samcro
has that same aura about him as
that freakishly talented novice of
yesteryear.
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EMIRATES FA CUP 4TH RD REPLAYS
Birmingham (0)........1 Huddersfield (0)......4
Adams 52
Roberts 60 (og)
Mounie 94
Att 13,175
van La Parra 97
Ince 106
AET, score after 90 mins 1-1 .
Rochdale (0) ..................1 Millwall (0)................... 0
Henderson 53
Att 2,790
Swansea (4)....................8 Notts County (1)......1
Abraham 18, 45
Husin 35
Dyer 20, 30, Naughton 53
Routledge 57, Carroll 65
James 82
CHECKATRADE TROPHY
QUARTER-FINAL
Yeovil (1)............................3 Fleetwood Tn (1).....2
Bolger 23 (og)
Bolger 17
Whelan 56
Hiwula 80
Zoko 90
Att 1,314
SEMI-FINAL
Lincoln City (0)..........1 Chelsea U21 (0)..........1
Waterfall 72
Redan 78
Lincoln win 4-2 on penalties
SKY BET LEAGUE ONE
Bury (2)...............................2 Wimbledon (1)...........1
Miller 17
Edwards 28 (og)
Bunn 43
Att 2,975
P W D L F A Pts
Wigan
28 19 6 3 55 13 63
Shrewsbury
29 18 7 4 39 21 61
Blackburn
30 17 8 5 54 29 59
Scunthorpe
31 15 9 7 45 32 54
Rotherham
30 15 5 10 50 36 50
Bradford
31 15 3 13 45 47 48
Charlton
29 13 7 9 39 36 46
Peterborough 29 12 7 10 46 38 43
Portsmouth
30 13 4 13 36 35 43
Oxford Utd
30 11 8 11 47 45 41
Plymouth
31 11 8 12 35 39 41
Gillingham
30 10 10 10 34 34 40
Bristol Rovers 30 12 3 15 43 47 39
Doncaster
31 9 11 11 36 37 38
Southend
30 10 7 13 36 49 37
Walsall
29 9 9 11 36 41 36
Fleetwood Tn 30 10 6 14 42 48 36
Blackpool
30 8 10 12 35 41 34
Wimbledon
30 9 7 14 29 35 34
Northampton 31 9 6 16 28 51 33
Oldham
31 8 8 15 43 56 32
MK Dons
29 7 9 13 29 41 30
Rochdale
27 5 10 12 27 37 25
Bury
30 6 6 18 24 45 24
SKY BET LEAGUE TWO
Acc Stanley (1)............ 2 Swindon (0)..................1
Kee 25 (pen)
Richards 71 (pen)
Jackson 62
Att 1,243
P W D L F A Pts
Luton
31 19 6 6 67 30 63
Wycombe
30 16 7 7 59 43 55
Acc Stanley
30 17 4 9 53 37 55
Notts County 30 15 9 6 52 33 54
Mansfield
30 14 11 5 46 33 53
Exeter
29 16 3 10 40 34 51
Swindon
31 16 3 12 48 44 51
Coventry
30 15 5 10 35 23 50
Lincoln City
30 13 10 7 43 30 49
Colchester
31 12 10 9 42 37 46
Newport C
31 12 10 9 41 38 46
Crawley Town 31 13 6 12 34 36 45
Carlisle
30 11 8 11 42 41 41
Stevenage
31 10 8 13 40 44 38
Cambridge Utd 30 10 8 12 28 41 38
Cheltenham
31 9 9 13 41 46 36
Grimsby
32 9 9 14 29 44 36
Yeovil
30 9 7 14 43 50 34
Port Vale
31 9 7 15 34 41 34
Morecambe
31 7 10 14 29 41 31
Crewe
30 9 2 19 35 53 29
Forest Green 31 8 5 18 33 54 29
Chesterfield
31 7 6 18 31 55 27
Barnet
30 5 7 18 29 46 22
LADBROKES SCOTTISH PREMIERSHIP
Motherwell (0)........... 2 St Johnstone (0) ..... 0
Campbell 64
Att 3,227
Main 70
Partick (0)........................0 Rangers (1).....................2
Windass 39
Att 7,332
Tavernier 59
P W D L F A Pts
Celtic
26 18 6 2 54 18 60
Aberdeen
26 16 4 6 43 29 52
Rangers
26 15 4 7 48 28 49
Hibernian
26 12 8 6 36 30 44
Hearts
26 9 10 7 27 23 37
Motherwell
26 9 5 12 33 36 32
Kilmarnock
23 7 8 8 27 31 29
St Johnstone 24 7 5 12 22 36 26
Dundee
25 7 4 14 26 38 25
Partick
26 6 6 14 24 43 24
Hamilton
24 6 5 13 31 42 23
Ross County 26 5 5 16 28 45 20
LADBROKES CHAMPIONSHIP
Falkirk (2)..........................3 Brechin (0).....................1
Jakubiak 13
Mackin 67
Loy 28, Longridge 71 Att 4,214
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St Mirren
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Dundee Utd
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Livingston
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Morton
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Dunfermline 23
Queen of South 23
Inverness CT 23
Falkirk
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Dumbarton
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Brechin
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LADBROKES SCOTTISH LEAGUE ONE
Raith (1) ..............................3 Albion (0).........................1
Herron 7, 63
Hopkins 54
Thomson 76
Att 1,294
P W D L F A Pts
Raith
24 16 5 3 49 20 53
Ayr
24 15 3 6 64 32 48
Arbroath
22 11 4 7 42 30 37
Alloa
22 10 5 7 34 27 35
Stranraer
24 10 5 9 39 41 35
East Fife
24 9 3 12 36 42 30
Airdrieonians 23 7 8 8 31 39 29
Albion
23 6 4 13 45 56 22
Forfar
24 6 3 15 25 51 21
Queen’s Park 24 4 6 14 26 53 18
FA TROPHY THIRD ROUND REPLAY
Billericay 3 Harrogate Town 2; Bromley 7 Workington 1; East Thurrock 2
Spennymoor Town 5; Gateshead 3
Maidstone Utd 0; Stockport County L
Maidenhead Utd L.
CRICKET
SECOND TWENTY20 INTERNATIONAL
Afghanistan v Zimbabwe, Sharjah:
Afghanistan 158-9 (20 overs). Zimbabwe
141-5 (20). Afghanistan beat Zimbabwe
by 17 runs.
HORSE RACING
MARKET RASEN
Going: Soft
1.50 1. OISTRAKH LE NOIR (D Jacob) 4-9
fav; 2. Antunes 7-2; 3. Working Class 22-1.
7 ran. 41/2l, 41/2l. (B Pauling). Tote: £1.20;
£1.02, £1.90. Exacta: £2.60. Trifecta: £11.10.
CSF: £2.13. NR: Sable Island.
2.20 1. STOICAL PATIENT (Jamie Moore)
9-2; 2. Flemerina 11-8 fav; 3. Chasma 9-2.
5 ran. 21/4l, 1l. (G L Moore). Tote: £4.00;
£2.40, £1.10. Exacta: £9.80. Trifecta: £21.80.
CSF: £11.75.
2.55 1. BURROWS EDGE (J Bowen) 15-8
fav; 2. Herewego Herewego 11-2; 3. Dans Le
Vent 4-1. 8 ran. 13/4l, 21/2l. (N Henderson).
Tote: £2.10; £1.10, £1.30, £1.20. Exacta:
£11.10. Trifecta: £34.60. CSF: £12.37.
3.25 1. TOWERING (P Brennan) 20-1; 2.
Future Security 5-2 fav; 3. Board Of Trade
5-1. 8 ran. 21/4l, 11/4l. (C Dore). Tote: £25.30;
£5.60, £1.20, £1.60. Exacta: £95.80. Tricast:
£296.61. Trifecta: £650.10. CSF: £69.12.
4.00 1. BIGPIPENOTOBACEE (A P Heskin)
3-1; 2. Phoeniciana 11-2; 3. Minella Tweet
3-1. 4 ran. 5-4 fav Just Minded (4th). 1l, 13l.
(T R George). Tote: £5.70; Exacta: £17.30.
Trifecta: £54.00. CSF: £16.25. NR: Romulus
Du Donjon.
4.30 1. SIR JACK YEATS (Mr James King)
7-1; 2. Cousin Pete 9-5 fav; 3. Warden Hill
2-1. 6 ran. 1/2l, 6l. (Richard Spencer). Tote:
£4.90; £3.30, £1.10. Exacta: £19.50. Trifecta:
£41.20. CSF: £19.67.
Placepot: £70.00. Quadpot: £33.40.
Place 6: £29.02. Place 5: £27.07.
SEDGEFIELD
Abandoned due to snow.
SOUTHWELL
Going: Standard
1.30 1. SILCHESTER (J Fanning) 4-1; 2.
Dawn Dancer 9-4 jt-fav; 3. Betjeman 28-1.
9 ran. 9-4 jt-fav Pacific Fleet (6th). 3l, shd.
(D M Simcock). Tote: £4.90; £2.00, £1.10,
£5.40. Exacta: £15.50. Trifecta: £217.80.
CSF: £12.77.
2.00 1. CHERUBIC (S Levey) 25-1; 2. Political Slot 16-1; 3. Odds On Oli 9-4 fav. 9 ran.
7l, 23/4l. (P Evans). Tote: £34.40; £6.10, £3.70,
£1.20. Exacta: £424.90. Tricast: £1181.87.
Trifecta: £1936.40. CSF: £338.93.
2.30 1. HARD GRAFT (A Mullen) 3-1; 2.
Going Native 3-1; 3. Helen Sherbet 5-2
fav. 5 ran. 21/2l, 21/4l. (D Brown). Tote:
£3.70; £1.70, £1.90. Exacta: £12.90. Trifecta:
£25.50. CSF: £11.69. NR: Montague.
3.05 1. FOOLAAD (R Winston) 11-10 fav;
2. Midnight Malibu 10-1; 3. Classic Pursuit
11-1. 9 ran. nk, 23/4l. (S Bowring). Tote: £1.90;
£1.10, £2.60, £3.80. Exacta: £12.80. Tricast:
£80.72. Trifecta: £66.40. CSF: £12.31.
3.35 1. SHELNEVERWALKALONE (L Morris) 7-1; 2. Sir Geoffrey 11-2; 2. High Anxiety
20-1; 10 ran. 5-2 fav Archimedes (5th). 3/4l,
dht. (I Furtado). Tote: £6.10; £2.80, Sir Geoffrey £2.20, High Anxiety £6.80. Exacta:
Shelneverwalkalone, Sir Geoffrey £12.10,
Shelneverwalkalone, High Anxiety £47.70.
Tricast: Shelneverwalkalone, Sir Geoffrey,
High Anxiety £366.37, Shelneverwalkalone,
High Anxiety, Sir Geoffrey £411.32. Trifecta: Shelneverwalkalone, Sir Geoffrey,
High Anxiety £161.30, Shelneverwalkalone,
High Anxiety, Sir Geoffrey £192.50. CSF:
Shelneverwalkalone, Sir Geoffrey £21.84,
Shelneverwalkalone, High Anxiety £65.48.
4.10 1. COISTE BODHAR (J P Sullivan) 8-1;
2. Blistering Dancer 12-1; 3. Deben 13-2. 9
ran. 11-10 fav Jack Blane (7th). ns, 6l. (S
Dixon). Tote: £9.50; £3.80, £1.60, £2.40.
Exacta: £94.80. Tricast: £656.56. Trifecta:
£442.10. CSF: £92.61.
4.40 1. STAR ASCENDING (J Fanning)
4-6 fav; 2. Clayton Hall 10-1; 3. Monzino
40-1. 7 ran. 11/2l, 6l. (Jennie Candlish). Tote:
£1.50; £1.10, £2.70. Exacta: £7.50. Trifecta:
£65.30. CSF: £7.98.
Jackpot: Not won, pool of £14,716.81
carried over to .
Placepot: £190.30. Quadpot: £32.50.
Place 6: £168.87. Place 5: £90.41.
TENNIS
ATP DIEMA XTRA SOFIA OPEN, BULGARIA: First round: M Klizan (Slovak) bt
A Donski (Bul) 7-5 6-1; D Istomin (Uzb) bt
A Andreev (Bul) 6-3 6-4; (6) V TROICKI
(Serb) bt E Gulbis (Lat) 6-3 6-7 (2-7) 6-3;
M Basic (Bih) bt F Mayer (Ger) 6-4 6-1; J
Kovalik (Slovak) bt R Albot (Mol) 6-3 6-3.
ATP OPEN SUD DE FRANCE, MONTPELLIER: First round: G Simon (Fr) bt Y
Maden (Ger) 6-1 4-6 7-6 (7-3); R Berankis
(Lith) bt J Benneteau (Fr) 6-3 7-6 (8-6);
J Chardy (Fr) bt S Tsitsipas (Gr) 4-6
7-5 7-5; C Taberner (Sp) bt N Gombos
(Slovak) 7-6 (7-5) 7-6 (7-1).
TODAY’S FIXTURES
FOOTBALL
EMIRTAES FA CUP FOURTH ROUND
REPLAYS
Tottenham v Newport Co (7.45pm) .................
CRICKET
FIRST TWENTY20 INTERNATIONAL:
Australia v England (Hobart, 8.40am).
THIRD ONE DAY INTERNATIONAL:
South Africa v India (Cape Town,
11.00am).
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Six Nations
ENGLAND
SCOTLAND
‘Oldie’ Wigglesworth hopes call-up
by Jones is not just one last hurrah
Debacle against
Wales was just a
temporary blip,
insists Horne
By Hugh Godwin
By Andy Newport
I am thinking about one
week only. If you do a good
job this week, maybe you’ll
get next week
RUGBY UNION CORRESPONDENT
Richard Wigglesworth has not
so much come in from the cold as
emerged from an industrial-scale
freezer, but the England team’s hierarchy managed a discernible degree
of logic to explain their selection of
the 34-year-old Saracen scrum half
to fill in for the injured Ben Youngs
in this weekend’s Six Nations match
with Wales at Twickenham.
Youngs, the first-choice scrumhalf for England since Eddie Jones
took charge two years ago, ruptured
a ligament in his left knee early in
Sunday’s 46-15 win in Italy. The
Leicester No 9 may need surgery
and is out for the season and maybe
the summer tour to South Africa too.
Jones has picked Youngs
or Harlequins’ Danny
Care to start all 24
Tests during his
tenure, and even
from the bench
Wigglesworth
only Exeter’s Jack
has 27 caps and
Maunder has had
scored his only
a brief look-in,
try against
with a few minutes
France in 2008
on tour to Argentina
last summer.
In the circumstances
of no younger alternative having
been given anything like a thorough
grounding, Jones was looking for experience and adaptability last Sunday night, which was when he called
Wigglesworth from Rome.
“Eddie had told me there was
a chance for me if an injury happened,” said Wigglesworth, “but
until I got the call to say ‘come in tomorrow’ I was a bit nervous, waiting
by the phone on Sunday night. I am
thinking about one week only, and if
you do a good job this week maybe
you’ll get next week and that is the
way to look at it.”
Wigglesworth won the first of his
27 England caps in Italy in February
2008, a week after being an unused
substitute, watching in frustration
as England were beaten by Wales
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at Twickenham. Coincidentally that
was the start of Warren Gatland’s
Wales coaching career, and a Grand
Slam year for the Welsh.
But Wigglesworth, while successful at club level, has not made a competitive start for England since the
2011 World Cup and his most recent
cap was from the bench in the dead
rubber against Uruguay at the 2015
World Cup – the swansong of Jones’s
predecessor, Stuart Lancaster.
Wigglesworth’s only involvement
under Jones has been as a utilityback replacement against the Barbarians last May, followed by a short
pre-season training camp in August.
“We believe he’s playing very well,
he has great input due to his experience and he is in fantastic shape,”
said Steve Borthwick, the England
assistant coach and Wigglesworth’s
former captain for club and country.
“The [England] coaches visit clubs,
always keeping dialogue with players on our radar, constantly searching for the best players we can.”
Maro Itoje, the England lock who
was one of five of Wigglesworth’s
club-mates to play in Rome last
weekend, said: “Wiggy’s a proper
professional, one of the hardestworking and fittest guys I know. If
you’re ever doing running, don’t do
it next to Richard because he’ll make
you look terrible. He’s old enough to
be my dad and he can outrun me!
He’s very clear on what he wants,
and if you fall short of that he’s not
afraid to let you know it.”
More youthful English No 9s, such
as Wasps’ Dan Robson may view
this development dimly. At 34 years
and 246 days old this Saturday, Wigglesworth will be the second-oldest
England scrum-half after Richard
Harding of Bristol, who played
against Fiji in summer of 1988 at the
age of 34 years and 293 days.
To catch up on England’s playbook
of moves and set-piece calls Wigglesworth, whose accurate line-kicking
and close support of the pack is in
sharp contrast to the fast-breaking
Care, has been busily consulting the
team’s bespoke app.
“The end of the 2015 World Cup
was one of the worst weeks of my life.
You put that much effort into something and you mess it up, “ he said.
“I was lucky to be at Saracens, as
going back to something meaningful
and being at the sharp end of [club]
tournaments definitely helped me
get over what happened. You can be
as jealous as you want and want it
[England] as much as you do, but it’s
other people who decide that for you.”
Peter Horne is taking solace from
the hope that Scotland cannot
again perform as poorly as they
did against Wales in Cardiff as
they look to salvage their Six
Nations hopes.
Gregor Townsend’s team were
tipped as dark horses for the
Championship title before last
Saturday’s tournament opener.
But they got off to the worst
imaginable start as Warren
Gatland’s injury-hit Welsh side
ruthlessly exploited the Scots’
error-strewn display.
However, Horne, whose late
try prevented the 34-7 scoreline
appearing even worse, insists the
Dark Blues should not be written
off as title contenders.
The 28-year-old Glasgow
centre (right) believes
the horror show at
the Principality
Stadium was
nothing
more than
a blip – but
concedes his
side will have
to tighten up
considerably if
they are to bounce
back against France
at Murrayfield on Sunday.
“I’m confident it was a slip as I
can’t see us being that bad again,”
he said. “I think there will be a
good reaction from the boys as
we were all pretty devastated.
We’ve got France immediately
after it and we are desperate to get
another opportunity.
“The 23 boys who are selected
this week will be champing at
the bit. We are pretty beaten
up, we are disappointed and
embarrassed by the result and
desperate to put things right.
“Can we still win the title?
Yes, we can beat anyone in the
competition and we’ll be taking it
game by game.”
WALES
Gatland sticks with men who mauled Scots
By Andrew Baldock
Warren Gatland will send an unchanged Wales team to Twickenham for Saturday’s Six Nations clash
against England.
The Wales head coach has retained his starting line-up that
accounted for Scotland 34-7 on
Saturday. Gatland’s only switch is
among the replacements, where fitagain Northampton wing George
North takes over from Owen Watkin.
North, who has twice been sidelined by knee injuries this season,
last played for Wales when they lost
to France in the final match of last
season’s tournament.
But he has scored 30 tries in 69
Wales appearances and is a proven
performer at the highest level.
North’s fellow British and Irish
Lion Liam Williams, who was due to
resume full training with the Wales
squad on Monday following an abdominal injury, is not involved.
North made a try-scoring return
for his club in their Anglo-Welsh
Cup victory over Harlequins last
Friday, but Gatland has opted to retain starting wings Josh Adams, who
wins his second cap, and Steff Evans.
“It’s great to name an unchanged
starting XV,” said Gatland. “The
players deserve that for a very
good performance on the opening
weekend.
“We know how tough it is going to
George North returns to the Wales
bench for the visit to Twickenham
be against that huge English forward
pack. They are really going to test us.
“England have been in great form
the last couple of years so we know
the challenge we face, but we have
had a good couple of weeks in camp
and we are looking forward to going
up to Twickenham.”
Wales were the last team to beat
England in a Six Nations Test match
at Twickenham, winning 19-12 six
years ago when centre Scott Williams scored a try five minutes from
time.
Since then, England have reeled
off 14 successive home victories in
the tournament, while they are also
chasing an unprecedented hat-trick
of Six Nations titles this term.
Wales team v England
Kick-off Saturday, 4.45pm at Twickenham
TV ITV1 4.20pm
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J Adams
S Evans
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S Williams
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Patchell
H Parkes
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G Davies
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J Navidi
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R Moriarty
5
4
A W Jones (capt)
A Shin ler
C Hill
3
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S Lee
K Owens
R Evans
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WINTER OLYMPICS
Russia policy
‘lets down
clean athletes’
Rowan Cheshire
competing in the
Freestyle Ski World
Cup last year in
California GETTY
By Matt Slater
Fridge Kids keep
calm and spin
around in the
face of danger
Tim Rich hears how Rowan Cheshire
and Billy Morgan manage massive risks
W
hen he was asked
what it was like to
climb El Capitan,
the 3,000 ft of
vertical granite
wall in the Yosemite National Park,
the Yorkshire mountaineer Andy
Kirkpatrick replied: “You confront
how mortal you are.”
Many of the British Winter
Olympic squad gathering in
Pyeonchang will have to confront
how mortal they are; none more
so than the snowboarders and the
freestyle skiers, the fighter pilots of
these Games.
For Rowan Cheshire (right), Sochi
2014 should have been her first and
last Olympics. She was 18 and went
to Russia as the youngest member of
the squad, part of the group who had
learned their tricks on the dry slopes
of Halifax, Stoke and Sheffield and
called themselves “The Fridge Kids”.
She was due to compete in the
half-pipe. A manoeuvre went wrong,
she struck her head on the side
of the pipe and knocked herself
unconscious.
It was, however, the mental side of
the crash that affected her far more
than the physical pain. Before going
to Russia, she had won medals in the
Alps and the Rockies but after Sochi
there were two more head injuries
and now Cheshire struggled to catch
a train to Manchester.
“A lot of people with concussion
feel they can’t go anywhere by
themselves because they feel so
slow and foggy and weird,” she said.
“After my head injuries, I felt I didn’t
want to go anywhere by myself. I’d
have to get my mum to get the train
or a taxi with me. I was accompanied
everywhere.
“Even when you are healed, the
feeling of: ‘Oh my God I am going
to feel weird if I go outside’ would
manifest itself. Getting a train to
Manchester, which from where I
Doing a flip on a
trampoline got my head
used to spinning, knowing
that I wasn’t going to fall
live, near Stoke, is the easiest thing,
became a thing I didn’t want to do. I
would go into a panic.”
Then, there was the loss of
her great-grandfather, Kenny
Conway, to whom Rowan had been
exceptionally close. In October
1939, he had been picked up
from the waters of Scapa
Flow, clinging to a piece
of wood. He had been
a signalman on the
battleship, Royal Oak,
sunk at her moorings by
the German submarine,
U47, in one of the first
disasters of the war.
Kenny knew something
of trauma and afterwards
would jump out of his cinema seat
whenever a gun was fired on screen.
Rowan has the ship’s name and the
coordinates of the sinking tattooed
on her arm.
In December 2016, she made her
comeback in Colorado, something
her parents did not try to prevent.
For one thing, her father, a hangglider, knew the adrenalin rush
would be hard to replace. “People
say rollercoasters and toboggans
are terrifying but they are
not that bad,” she said. “My
psychologist got me back into
gymnastics to get back into
extreme sport. That helped
massively; just being able to
do a flip on the trampoline. It
got my head used to spinning,
knowing that I wasn’t going
to fall. I was nervous when
I returned but it’s never
as bad as you think it’s
going to be.”
At first glance,
Billy Morgan
(above) seems
the coolest of
the Fridge
Kids. At 28,
he is already a
veteran, aware
that “some of the younger kids who
are coming up are killing it. They
have gone from 14 years old to world
class very quickly”.
His language is full of words like
“stoked”, “epic” and “huzzah”. You
imagine Billy enjoys his après-ski.
He tells one story about sitting
on a roof with Possum Torr
“a Kiwi snowboard legend”
at Sochi and another
about being in the
middle of a dancefloor
with a toilet seat around
his neck.
He also possesses
exceptional ability. In
December 2011, four years
after skiing on snow for the first
time, Morgan became the first
snowboarder to perform a triple
corked rodeo. That means going
over a slope, at speed, and doing
three horizontal twists with your
head parallel to the ground. It looks
ludicrously dangerous.
Morgan is taken aback when
you ask if you require arrogance to
snowboard. “A lot of snowboarders
are quite quiet,” he said. “There
is not much arrogance in
snowboarding because it is
not cool to be an un-liked
person. It’s pretty much the
same 30 or 40 people all
year round.
“I went through a stage
in 2016 when I thought the
fear had got me and that I
couldn’t do this anymore.
I had to go to a contest
where I had to do triple
corks and I didn’t
want to do triple corks
because it’s scary.
“But I did them
and had a really good
time. I had to work my
way around that and
decide that the risks
haven’t changed; it’s just
my perception of them.”
Dick Pound has condemned the
International Olympic Committee’s response to the Russian doping problem which has
overshadowed preparations
for the Winter Olympics in
Pyeongchang.
The IOC said Russian athletes
who proved they were clean
would be allowed
to co mp ete a s
neutrals in the
PyeongChang
Games, which
open on Friday.
The 168 Olympic Athletes
of Russia (OAR)
will compete
under the Olympic
flag and the Olympic
anthem will be played at medal
ceremonies they feature in.
Former World Anti-Doping
Agency president Pound (above),
speaking during the 132nd IOC
session, said: “I agree we need to
get Russia back in the Olympic
family but on our terms, not on
its terms of denial and attack. A
large proportion of the world believes the IOC have failed and let
down clean athletes.”
RUGBY LEAGUE
Ah Van scored
a try with
broken arm
By Sports Staff
Widnes winger Patrick Ah Van
scored a try in his side’s opening
match of the season with a broken
arm.
The 29-year-old New Zealander
complained of soreness in his arm
but played on and touched down
10 minutes from the end of the
Vikings’ 40-12 win over Catalans
Dragons in the Super
League opener at
the Halton Stadium on Sunday.
Ah Van discove re d t h e
extent of the
injury when he
went for scans
which revealed a
clean break and is
now facing up to three
months on the sidelines.
Vikings coach Denis Betts
said: “It’s the nature of the beast
in sport but you have got to feel
sorry for Pat. He’s worked hard to
get himself in fantastic condition
for the season ahead and I believe
he is in the best shape of his life.
“It is incredibly unfortunate
that he has broken his arm in the
first game of the season. It was
just a clash between two players
in a tackle.”
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FOOTBALL
FA CUP
Pochettino fears focus on
diving is ‘killing the game’
By Jonathan Liew
Mauricio Pochettino fears English
football’s tendency towards overanalysis, and its fixation on minor
issues like diving, is slowly “killing
the game”. Speaking after Dele Alli
was booked for simulation in the
draw against Liverpool on Sunday
– his third such offence in as many
seasons – Pochettino voiced his belief the general mood of moral panic
within the game, over what he described as “minimal details”, risks
stifling football’s natural expression.
Pochettino also reserved harsh
judgement for the use of video technology, saying human refereeing
errors were an intrinsic part of the
game. Likewise, he argued simulation on the pitch, while an offence Mauricio Pochettino says diving is
rightly punishable under the laws a valid way to trick your opponent
of the game, was simply a sporting
tactic rather than anything more
He agreed Alli’s dive merited a
sinister, insisting: “Football is about booking, although he denied the fortrying to trick your opponent.”
ward was beginning to develop a bad
The Tottenham manreputation among referees.
ager has admitted in the
But it was the froth and fuW
e
are
so
past that during his playrore that followed which he
sensitive
ing days in Argentina,
found most baffling.
diving to win a penalty about the
“Look, it was a yellow
from the referee was re- situation and card,” he said. “It happens.
garded as a skill, one so focused on The referee was right. The
even practised in train- Dele. I think
problem now is we are so
ing. And Pochettino’s
sensitive about the situadistaste for English mor- it’s a minimal tion, and then we are so foalising is underpinned by issue. Dele’s
cused on Dele Alli. It’s too
the fact it was over his not perfect
much sometimes. There is
leg Michael Owen dived
such a focus on this type of
during the 2002 World
situation. I think it’s a miniCup, ultimately sending England mal issue.
through to the knockout stages at
“Of course, Dele’s not perfect.
Argentina’s expense.
Nobody is perfect. Of course, he is
a clever boy. He is a little bit nasty.
The problem is that, more than this
type of situation, I am worried we
are going to change the game that
we know.”
“Football is a creative sport,” he
said, “in which you need the talent that grows in a very intelligent
person, a very smart brain. I am
worried that in a few years, we are
pushing the sport we love now into a
very rigid structure. With VAR, with
focusing too much on small actions.
“Football is about trying to trick
your opponent – yes or no? Twenty
years ago, 30 years ago, we all congratulated a player when he tricks
the referee like this. That is the
football that I was in love with when
I was a child. Yes, in Argentina, but
in England too. You believe in England you were honest and always
perfect?”
Finally, Pochettino argued referees should simply be allowed to officiate. “I am worried that maybe we
are going to kill the game,” he said.
“We love this game. Referees are humans too, and sometimes they are
right, sometimes they are not right.
“My worry is this: of course if you
dive, and the referee saw you, you
are punished. And he deserves it.
But don’t go more crazy.”
Alli is set to be rested for Spurs’
FA Cup fourth-round replay against
Newport County at Wembley tonight. Pochettino said he would
make several changes, with games
against Arsenal and Juventus coming up in the next week. Toby Alderweireld and Danny Rose could both
return from injury. THE INDEPENDENT
NEWPORT COUNTY
Flynn says
sorry for
‘lazy Alli’
dossier
By Phil Blanche
Newport manager Michael
Flynn has apologised to Mauricio
Pochettino after his FA Cup dossier targeting Tottenham weaknesses – including the accusation
that Dele Alli doesn’t work hard
enough to retain possession and
that Eric Dier was one-paced –
was made public.
Spurs host Newport in a
fourth-round Wembley replay
tonight after the League Two side
drew 1-1 with Pochettino’s side at
Rodney Parade.
Newport were eight minutes
from a famous win before Harry
Kane equalised, but the aftermath of the game was dominated
by the leaked dossier which exposed the Spurs areas that County were keen to exploit.
“I’ve dealt with the leak of the
so-called secret dossier manager
Michael Flynn exchanged numbers
with Mauricio Pochettino
to manager,” Flynn said. “Things
have a habit of coming out and
it happens in football. It’s the
way it is, nothing is private these
days, but there was no malice in
it. I apologised on our behalf to
Mauricio for it getting out. It was
helpful in preparing for the first
game against Spurs because we
needed all the help we could get.
“We exchanged numbers
before the game. He shook my
hand and gave me his details,
which shows the class of him.
“We’ve exchanged a couple of
messages back and forth since
then. There is no issue here and
he has bigger things to worry
about.”
Newport’s dossier also suggested Mousa Dembélé gave away
needless free-kicks. Michel Vorm
was also singled out for not coming for crosses, and the Dutch
goalkeeper was stuck on his line
from such a ball when Padraig
Amond put County ahead in the
first half.
“There were a lot of good
things in there also,” smiled
Flynn. “Look, it’s something we
do on every team and we did it
on Lincoln and Colchester in our
last two matches.
“It is a report that is done week
in, week out by our scouts and it
is a good tool.
“We’ve had other reports on
Spurs done from their games
against Liverpool and
Manchester United.
“It gives you a lot of information, but it is what you do with it
that is important.”
Newport have lost twice since
the original tie, while Spurs
have beaten United and drawn at
Liverpool after dominating the
second half.
Abraham leads
record-breaking
rout of County
SWANSEA CITY
Abraham 18, 45, Dyer 20, 30,
Naughton 53, Routledge 57, Carroll 65,
James 82
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NOTTS COUNTY
Husin 35
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Swansea City
Nordfeldt
Naug ton Van der
Bartley
R berts
By Phil Blanche
AT THE LIBERTY STADIUM
Narsingh
Swansea recorded their biggest-ever
FA Cup win as Notts County were demolished at the Liberty Stadium.
First-half doubles from Tammy
Abraham and Nathan Dyer, as well
as second-half efforts from Kyle
Naughton, Wayne Routledge, Tom
Carroll and debutant Daniel James,
saw Swansea cruise into a last-16 tie
away to manager Carlos Carvalhal’s
former club Sheffield Wednesday.
Noor Husin gave County brief
hope, making it 3-1 after 35 minutes,
but the League Two promotion contenders were blown away on a freezing night in south Wales.
Carvalhal had called for Abraham
to show a marked improvement after
going 14 games without scoring, and
the England striker duly responded
with his first goals for nearly four
months. Swansea showed their intent in the opening exchanges when
Adam Collin saved from Abraham
Carroll
Clucas Routledge
er
Abraha
ad
sandra
Hawkridge Husin
tue-Thick Grant
Dickin on Brisley
Duffy
unt
Collin
Notts County
Substitutions: Swansea City Ki (Clucas, h-t), James
(Dyer, 62), Maric (Van der Hoorn, 78) Notts County
Milsom (Husin, 62), Forte (Alessandra, 62), Smith
(Stead, 65)
Booked: Swansea City Clucas; Notts County
Virtue-Thick.
Man of the match Abraham. Match rating 6/10.
Possession: Swansea City 75% Notts County 25%.
Attempts on target: Swansea City 14 Notts County 3.
Referee M Atkinson (Bradford).
Attendance 7,822.
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Tammy Abraham
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and Dyer, but the County goalkeeper
was beaten after 18 minutes.
Naughton and Luciano Narsingh
combined down the right and Abraham was picked out to sweep home.
Abraham turned provider just 83
seconds later with a delightful pass
which Dyer sidefooted home for his
first Swansea goal since August 2015.
Dyer’s next, however, took only 10
more minutes to arrive with the lively
Narsingh again making a telling contribution. And County were given
hope when Husin fired home from
the edge of the box after Swansea had
failed to clear their area.
The goal was allowed to stand after
Martin Atkinson had checked with
the video assistant referee to see
whether a couple of County players,
standing in offside positions, were
obscuring the view of Swansea goalkeeper Kristoffer Nordfeldt.
Swansea restored their three-goal
advantage in the second minute of
stoppage time. Kyle Bartley’s raking
pass sent Narsingh scampering down
the right again and he fed Abraham,
who converted.
Jon Stead tested Nordfeldt but the
County defence continued to creak
with Collin blocking Narsingh’s
near-post effort. Collin was not so
competent dealing with Carroll’s
53rd-minute corner and the loose ball
ran to Naughton, who lashed home
only his second Swansea goal.
Routledge grabbed the sixth four
minutes later with a delightful curled
finish from just inside the box. Carroll struck the goal of the night after
65 minutes when his 25-yard stunner
left Collin grasping at thin air, before
James’s strike secured Swansea their
biggest home win since moving to the
Liberty Stadium in 2005.
Round-up
League One Rochdale
secured a potential fifthround visit of Tottenham
Hotspur as they overcame
Millwall 1-0 at a sandy
Crown Oil Arena last
night. Captain Ian
Henderson poked home
from close range early in
the second half for the side
second from bottom of the
third tier.
On a bitterly cold night
in Lancashire, a scrappy
match was decided by a
single goal on a threadbare
and heavily sanded
surface that was treated
at length ahead of kick-off.
Keith Hill’s side await the
winners of Spurs’ replay
with Newport tonight.
Huddersfield were
taken to extra-time at
Birmingham before
prevailing 4-1, securing a
home tie with Manchester
United a week on
Saturday. Steve Mounie,
Rajiv van La Parra and
Tom Ince all found the net
in the additional half-hour
at St Andrew’s after the
hosts had taken an early
lead through Che Adams.
REVISED FIFTH ROUND DRAW
Fri 16 Feb Leicester v Sheffield United
(7.45), Chelsea v Hull (8pm, BT)
Sat 17 Feb Sheffield Wednesday v
Swansea (12.30, BT), West Bromwich
Albion v Southampton (3), Brighton v
Coventry (3), Huddersfield v
Manchester United (5.30, BT)
Sun 18 Feb Rochdale v Newport
County/Tottenham Hotspur (4, BBC)
Mon 19 Feb Wigan Athletic v
Manchester City (7.55, BBC)
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PREMIER LEAGUE
CHAMPIONSHIP
‘We are open to
winter break to
ease congestion’
Heckingbottom joins Leeds
as Barnsley hit out at move
By Andy Sims
By Sports Staff
The Premier League is willing to
discuss the idea of a winter break.
Fixture congestion has long been a
bugbear of managers, particularly
with the glut of matches around
the Christmas period, while other
leagues in Europe, including La
Liga in Spain, Italy’s Serie A and
Germany’s Bundesliga, shut down
for a mid-season rest period.
The fatigue resulting from
a lack of mid-season break has
also been used as a reason for
England’s failings in international
tournaments.
Any break would likely be at
the beginning of January directly
after the third round of the FA
Cup and the crowded Christmas
fixture period. It is understood
that the tender documents sent
to potential broadcasters for the
upcoming sale of Premier League
TV rights reference a winter
break.
The Premier League claims
easing fixture congestion is a
reason for a mooted break –
although how having two weeks
free of games will ease congestion
is yet to be decided.
“The Premier League has been
in discussions with the FA and
EFL for several months regarding
the challenges of the increasingly
congested English football
calendar. Provided space can
be found in the calendar, we are
open to this in principle and will
continue constructive discussions
with our football stakeholders to
seek a workable solution.”
Leeds United have appointed Paul
Heckingbottom as their head coach
less than a week after he signed a new
contract at Barnsley.
The 40-year-old, who had been
in charge at Oakwell since February 2016, agreed terms
with the Tykes on Friday.
But Heckingbottom (right)
has swapped that rolling
contract for an 18-month
deal with their Yorkshire
rivals to replace Thomas
Christiansen. The Dane was
sacked after a run of seven
matches without a win including a
third-round FA Cup exit at the hands
of League Two Newport.
Heckingbottom will be expected to
take Leeds, six points behind sixthplaced Bristol City, into the play-offs.
Predictably the news did not go
down well at Barnsley, who said in a
statement: “Barnsley Football Club are
thoroughly disappointed to announce
that Paul Heckingbottom has joined
Leeds United.”
Chief executive Gauthier Ganaye
added: “It will make things more
difficult short term, but our
club is full of resources and
it is certainly not dependent on one man.”
Heckingbottom will
begin his tenure against
Sheffield United at
Bramall Lane on Saturday. He said: “I can’t wait to
get started. It’s a big opportunity at a big football club and it’s
something you work hard for.
“What appealed was the size of the
club. When I spoke to Victor [Orta, director of football] and the owners they
were aligned with what I was thinking
and how I liked to work.”
NETHERLANDS
Koeman opens
Dutch reign
with England
By Sports Staff
Former Southampton and Everton
manager Ronald Koeman has been
appointed the Netherlands coach
on a four-and-a-half year contract
- and will begin his reign against
England in a friendly next month.
The 54-year-old, out of work
since being sacked by the Toffees
last October, replaces Dick
Advocaat and will take charge of
the Oranje for the first time when
England visit Amsterdam for a
friendly on Friday 23 March.
Advocaat left following the
failed qualifying campaign for this
summer’s World Cup, where they
finished third in Group A behind
France and Sweden. It is the 10th
managerial post of Koeman’s
career, which also includes Ajax,
Benfica and Valencia, while he
won 78 caps for the Dutch as a
player, helping them win Euro 88.
“Happy to be here and serve the
country in our road to Uefa Euro
2020!,” he tweeted.
Experience an award-winning matchday
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SPORT
FOOTBALL
CHELSEA IN CRISIS
Tension simmers between
Boss fails to mask frustrations
as performances plummet
Sam
Cunningham
FOOTBALL
CORRESPONDENT
When Roman Abramovich landed
in a private jet at Manchester Airport to watch the game that inspired
him to buy a football club, the story
goes that he initially thought Graeme
Souness was a chauffeur.
Souness, one of the games’s greats,
had been asked to escort Abramovich and two wealthy friends to Old
Trafford for a Champions League
tie between Manchester United and
Real Madrid in early 2003, by his
agent Pini Zahavi. The Scot rolled up
in a huge Mercedes with tinted windows to pick them up and dropped
the three men off at the stadium, barely getting a word
out of Abramovich in the
passenger seat. United
won 4-3, although Brazilian Ronaldo’s hat-trick
knocked them out on aggregate. Abramovich was
blown away by the game
and the occasion; by Zinedine Zidane and Luis Figo. Less
than three months later, he bought
Chelsea.
But Abramovich has never been
your standard multi-millionaire
fan-turned-owner. He was a billionaire, for a start and admitted he
bought the club only because it was
for sale. This is a man who is trusted
and respected by Russian president
Vladimir Putin and has links to
American President Donald Trump.
Zhukova Abramovich, at the time
Roman’s wife, attended Chelsea’s
friendly against AC Milan with
Trump’s son-in-law Jared Kushner
in New Jersey in 2013.
In a rare interview after buying
Chelsea in 2003, the BBC bluntly
put it to Abramovich that as an outrageously rich 36-year-old, his background all sounded very dodgy. He
shrugged, pointed out there are lots
of young rich people in Russia and
said: “We don’t live that long, so we
The
Sport
Matrix
The stories you
need to know
earn it and spend it.” He said buying
the club was really about having fun.
Fifteen years on, and Abramovich
has changed as an owner. He knows
who Souness is and, while he might
have been quick to fire managers in
the past, people close to the Russian
say he takes a longer-term view of
who manages his football club, that
he has matured as an owner and is
willing to give them more time.
At Chelsea, Abramovich, 51,
surrounds himself with a cabal of
trusted aides. Chairman Bruce
Buck has been with him since the
2003 takeover and director Marina Granovskaia (below), who leads
player negotiations, started working
for Abramovich’s former oil company, Sibneft, in 1997 and has been
his senior advisor for around two
decades. Eugene Tenenbaum, another director,
was head of corporate
finance for Sibneft,
joined the board during the takeover and
acted as interpreter in
those initial interviews.
Between them they have
seen many Chelsea managers come and go.
A strained relationship with these
key figures has taken its toll on current manager Antonio Conte – he
looks paler than usual and weary – to
the point that he made the rare move
of calling for their public backing
this week. Before that he laid the
blame solely on the club’s board for
transfers and the public criticism of
transfer strategy caused tension.
But Conte is, in his own words,
a winner and he is frustrated that
Chelsea have been unable to compete with Manchester City this season after winning the title by seven
points last year. Since July they
have spent more than £200million
on transfers but split that over 10
players, whereas Conte wanted only
three or four.
He has won 70 per cent of his topflight matches, the joint-best win
rate alongside Pep Guardiola of any
manager in Premier League history.
Linked with the job
Luis Enrique (age 47) Won nine
trophies in his three years in
charge of Barca
Carlo Ancelotti (58) Vast experience including managing Chelsea
2009-11. Three-time CL winner
Diego Simeone (47) Atletico Madrid manager since 2011, guided
them to La Liga title in 2014
Maurizio Sarri (59) Vastly experienced , doing very well at Napoli
Max Allegri (50) Succeeded Conte
at Juve. Won three titles and got to
two Champions League finals
Thomas Tuchel (44) Chelsea said
to admire his work with Borussia
Dortmund though he was sacked
by the German club
In a season in which City seem to be
running away with the title, Chelsea
are still in the top four, still in the
Champions League and still in the
FA Cup. All this despite a summer
of spending that has not worked out.
There is concern among some
who are closely connected with the
club that the players are downing
tools in the same manner that led
TENNIS
MUNICH AIR CRASH
Nadal aiming for
return to Queen’s
Old Trafford remembers tragedy
Rafael Nadal will hope to make it
third time lucky after signing up for
the Queen’s Club championships this
summer. The world No 1 has been
forced to pull out of the Wimbledon
warm-up tournament for the last
two years, suffering a wrist injury
in 2016 and then prioritising rest
after his French Open victory last
summer. But Nadal, the champion in
2008, intends to be in west London
for this year’s tournament, which
begins on 18 June.
Manchester United stars past and
present stood silent at Old Trafford
to mark the 60th anniversary of the
Munich air disaster.
At 3.04pm on February 6, 1958,
slush on the runway in Germany
prevented United’s plane from
reaching take-off speed and led to a
crash that killed 23 people.
Eight first-team players and three
long-serving members of staff were
among those to die as United made
their way back from a European Cup
match at Red Star Belgrade.
Sir Bobby Charlton and Harry
Gregg were among the survivors
and both men attended the occasion,
along with families of the players,
staff, media and friends.
More than 4,500 supporters
joined them in the East Stand (top
right), with Sir Alex Ferguson
among those giving readings.
United manager Jose Mourinho
(right) and captain Michael Carrick
laid wreaths at the service, which
was also attended by Liverpool great
Kenny Dalglish.
to Jose Mourinho’s demise in 2015.
Defender Cesar Azpilicueta denied
this yesterday. “Are the players letting the coach down? No. I think if
you see the training sessions, we all
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Conte and Chelsea’s owner
How season unravelled
Antonio Conte
tries in vain to
rally his men
at Watford on
Monday GETTY
Summer 2017 In May Conte celebrates his first title with Chelsea but
come summer it is clear there are
problems with player recruitment.
Lukaku is expected to join but goes
to Manchester United instead, while
Matic is replaced by Bakayoko.
New season A 3-2 home defeat by
Burnley on the opening day hints
at problems to come but the club
recovers well in the Premier League
and makes progress in the Champions
League with victory at Atletico
Madrid. However Manchester City
outplay Chelsea at Stamford Bridge
at the end of September and there is
a bad defeat by Roma a month later.
Another woeful loss comes in early
December at lowly West Ham.
2018 begins with Cheslea still getting
results in the PL but they are knocked
out of the Carabao Cup by Arsenal.
Then comes calamity in the league
when they lose to Bournemouth
and Watford in successive games,
shipping seven goals.
Next stop for stumbling Blues has
been graveyard for their managers
Jonathan
Liew
Antonio Conte may have
launched a savage attack on
his own side after Chelsea’s
4-1 defeat at Watford, but that
hottest of heads had cooled
by yesterday morning. After
Watford scored three goals in
the last seven minutes of the
game to clinch victory, Conte
had claimed that his side played
with fear, devoid of personality,
and suggested that some of them
simply were not up to the job of
playing for a big club.
But with the passing of time
came a realisation that the
frantic, unforgiving festive
period had not only been hard
on the Italian. Players have been
given two days’ rest, training
cancelled as Conte ponders how
to turn things around. And those
players will, in turn, fight for
him amid talk of his imminent
demise, says Cesar Azpilicueta:
“We know that there is
speculation here all the time – it
has been that way in the six years
I have been here.
“Are the players letting the
coach down? No. I think if you
see the training sessions, we all
fight hard. We are the first to be
disappointed with the way the
last two games went.
“We are getting penalised in
Bridge. Seven have bitten the
the bad moments we are having
dust after games with Albion,
in the game. It’s not a long period, including Andre Villas-Boas and
but in this league, which is so
Roberto Di Matteo. Defeat on
tough, you get punished as soon
Monday in front of a frustrated
as you drop a bit.
Chelsea crowd would be, at the
“As a player, all I want is
very least, uncomfortable.
to come back to the
“Our performance
training pitch as soon as
was very poor,” Conte
Are the
possible, to work hard
said after the Watford
and to get into Monday’s players letting defeat. “We started very
game against West
bad, without personality.
the coach
Brom, to get the three
We played with fear. We
down? No.
points and to get our
are not used to playing
I
think
if
confidence back.”
this type of football. We
you
see
the
Monday’s visit of West
can lose, but always try
training
Brom is now far more
to play football and try
intriguing than any
to be positive.”
sessions, we
neutral observer would all fight hard
And when asked
ever have thought.
to assess his own job
The Baggies have
security, Conte claimed
a reputation as coach slayers,
not to be perturbed by the
harbingers of doom for Premier
prospect of getting the sack,
League managers – particular
despite frequent run-ins with
those heralding from Stamford
the Chelsea board over recent
months.
“My soul is clear,” Conte
insisted, which if true is a hell of a
thing to be able to put on your CV.
“I’m not worried about my job,”
Conte said. “I work every day,
and I give 120 per cent, OK? If
this is enough, it’s OK.
“Otherwise, the club can take
a different decision. Every day
and every press conference, you
ask me if I’m worried. No, I’m
not worried. I can be the Chelsea
There is always speculation at
coach or not. Which is the
Chelsea, says Cesar Azpilicueta
problem?” THE INDEPENDENT
fight hard. We are the first to be disappointed with the way the last two
games went,” he said.
Conte is known to impose a strict,
relentless training regime on his play-
ers, which they love when they are
winning titles but begin to despise
when they are not. There was a softening after the Watford thrashing,
in a sign of compromise, when Conte
allowed his players an extra two days
off – they were due to take yesterday
off anyway – with a rare midweek
free and their next fixture not until
next Monday.
Conte is listening to his players’
concerns and on Monday rested
Marcos Alonso, who has been feeling
frequent niggling injuries.
Some want to see the academy
that Abramovich has so optimistically invested in given a chance and
evidence for that approach is stacking up.
Tiemoue Bakayoko, a £40million
summer signing, was abysmal on
Monday night. He was booed and
sworn at by his own supporters as
he walked off the pitch following his
30th-minute dismissal.
Injuries aside, Nathaniel Chalobah,
now at Watford, and Ruben
Loftus-Cheek, who moved to Crystal
Palace to play regularly, are examples
of two academy players who could
have been given a chance ahead of
the 23-year-old French midfielder.
BOXING
RUGBY LEAGUE
FOOTBALL
Wigan whacked at temple visit
Rigg leaves club to
become tattoo artist
Ali gets two-year ban
for steroid abuse
British Olympic boxer Muhammad
Ali has been given a two-year ban
after testing positive for a steroid
last year. The 21-year-old’s failed test
came when he was fighting for the
British Lionhearts in their World
Series of Boxing match against the
Morocco Atlas Lions in Casablanca
last April. Trace elements of
Trenbolone were found in his urine
sample and he was suspended in
May, which means he will be eligible
to compete again in May 2019.
Wigan are hoping a session of
meditation at a Buddhist
temple will help them
get the edge over Hull
in Saturday’s Super
League match in New
South Wales. Both
English clubs have
arrived in Wollongong
to prepare to play
the first Super League
match to be staged outside
Europe and the Warriors have
gone to unusual extremes to get
Upcoming fixtures will provide stern test
» Continued from back page
Gary Cahill and Thibaut Courtois,
have given Chelsea’s manager their
public backing.
Conte gave an impassioned defence of his position after the defeat
by Watford, in which they played 60
minutes with 10 men and conceded
three goals in seven minutes at the
their minds and bodies in shape.
“It’s been a good trip so far, we
went to a Buddhist temple
today and did some
meditation,” revealed
Wigan forward Tony
Clubb (left). “It was really
nice there. The woman
who took us was fairly
strict and, if your posture
wasn’t right, she had a
big wooden stick. It was an
experience but a good one.”
» Ah Van’s pain game, p51
end. But he also criticised his players, saying they played with fear and
without personality.
Chelsea had the chance to move
four points clear of fifth-place Tottenham on Monday night, but while
they are 19 points behind leaders
Manchester City, they are still only
six behind second-place Manchester United. Their recent form has
Newport County midfielder Sean
Rigg has left the club to become
a tattoo artist. Manager Michael
Flynn, whose League Two side take
on Premier League side Tottenham
Hotspur in the FA Cup at Wembley
tonight, said: “Sean has left the
club to pursue his dream as a tattoo
artist. Even last week I asked Sean
to stay – and I’ve also spoken to his
father and his agent – but he made
his mind up a while back.”
» Tottenham v Newport, p52
been a concern. They have won
three matches in 10 – including a
penalty shoot-out victory against
Norwich in the FA Cup – and lost
three of their last four.
After they play West Brom and
Hull, they face Barcelona in the
Champions League and have away
matches against Manchester United
and Manchester City.
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Jones would
lead Lions to
3-0 win over
Springboks,
says Gatland
By Sports Staff
Warren Gatland is backing Eddie
Jones to succeed him as the next
British and Irish Lions coach and
expects he would bring back a
clean sweep from their three test
tour of South Africa in 2021.
“He’d do a great job as Lions
coach. 3-0 would be expected. It’s
probably the easiest of the three
tours isn’t it?” Gatland said after
naming his Wales side to face
Jones’ England in the Six Nations
on Saturday.
Gatland coached the last two
Lions tours to Australia in 2013
and New Zealand last year and
says Australian Jones is the best
man to handle the next one.
England forwards coach Steve
Borthwick, who assisted Gatland
in New Zealand, added: “The
Lions was a great opportunity
to learn from other coaches. I
believe I improved as a coach.
“As coaches, there are great
similarities [between Gatland
and Jones]: their will to win, and
their great experience of the
game at the top level.”
» Rugby union, p50
Sport
They’re gr-eight
Swansea hammer
Notts County 81 to
book date with
Carvalhal’s old side
» FA Cup replays, p52
07.02.18
P50
RUGBY UNION
North on
Wales bench
for showdown
with England
Tammy Abraham,
Wayne Routledge
and Nathan
Dyer celebrate
Routledge’s goal
GETTY
P51
OLYMPICS
Britain’s Fridge
Kids keep
calm in the
face of danger
Chelsea give Conte time to
lead side out of dismal run
By Sam Cunningham
FOOTBALL CORRESPONDENT
P48
RACING
The brilliant
young jockeys
taking fast
route to top
Chelsea will stick by manager
Antonio Conte despite their awful
run of form.
The Italian gave his players an
extra two days to recover from their
thrashing by Watford and will be
given time by Chelsea owner Roman
Abramovich to improve the club’s
current situation.
Chelsea have suffered consecu-
tive three-goal top-flight defeats for
the first time since October 1995, but
Conte is being backed to turn their
fortunes around.
i has been told that Chelsea have
not held discussions with other managers and it is a huge display of their
confidence in Conte, with former
Barcelona manager Luis Enrique,
47, and the hugely successful Carlo
Ancelotti, 58, who won the double with Chelsea in 2010, currently
unemployed.
The club believe Conte deserves
more time with Chelsea still in the
top four in the Premier League, into
the last 16 of the Champions League,
where they will face Barcelona over
two legs, and still in the FA Cup,
hosting Hull City in the fifth round.
On Friday, Conte will return to
Chelsea’s Cobham training centre to prepare his players for their
Premier League meeting with West
Bromwich Albion at Stamford
Bridge next Monday.
The surprise 4-1 defeat by Watford
at Vicarage Road followed a shock
3-0 defeat at home to Bournemouth
the previous weekend.
Concerns have been raised by
players over Conte’s tireless training regime, but the 48-year-old
Italian has accepted that the demands are proving too much for
his thin squad and is listening to
them. Several players, including
» Continued on p55
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