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N E W S PA P E R
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T H E
Y E A R
The deadly big chill
Jane Merrick
I wish I’d kept
my northern
accent P18
P6
ASK HARRY
Will I lose
my late
husband’s
state
pension if
I remarry?
P43
WEDNESDAY
28 FEBRUARY 2018
Number 2,266
Brain food
Why we eat
what we eat
No 10 ‘ripped
up rules’
to appoint
Toby Young
Tory rebels
threaten
showdown
with May
P4
US giant
throws down
challenge
to Murdoch
P5
» Government does not have Commons majority
P30
Approval
ratings for
NHS hit
35-year low
for hard Brexit, warn pro-Remain Conservatives
» Up to 15 MPs ready to defy whips and support
cross-party amendment for customs union
P10
P8
PLUS YASMIN ALIBHAI-BROWN
P15
I TV
P28
I PUZZLES
P44
I PHIL NEVILLE INTERVIEW
P52
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PEOPLE
Why might
this group be
known as the
Splice Girls on
19 May?
See p.5
The day at
a glance
WEDNESDAY
28
FEBRUARY
Quote of the day
Birthdays
Ainsley Harriott (below),
chef, 61; Barry McGuigan,
former boxer, 57; Mike
Figgis, film director,
70; Georgina Leonidas,
actress, 28; Megan
McDonald, children’s
author, 59
CONSUMERS
COURTS
RELIGION
WILDLIFE
Harpist convicted of
historic sex abuse
Pagan chaplains
wanted for prisons
Tiger conservation
not up to scratch
More than one in five energy
customers are now with small and
medium-sized suppliers as the Big
Six see their market share fall to
a record low, Ofgem figures show.
Some 21 per cent of electricity
customers and 22 per cent of gas
customers were signed up with
smaller suppliers in December.
A harpist who has played for the
Queen and several prime ministers
has been jailed for sexually abusing
a schoolboy in the 1980s. Danielle
Perrett, 59, was sentenced to four
years and nine months alongside
her ex-fiancé Richard Barton-Wood,
68, at Ipswich crown court. She had
denied sexual assault.
Seven pagan chaplains are being
sought to minister to prisoners.
Salaries of up to £29,000 a year are
being offered to candidates who
can provide religious care “in the
Pagan faith tradition”, according to
the Ministry of Justice. Paganism
has been recognised as a religion in
prisons for over 20 years.
A third of tiger conservation areas
surveyed by wildlife experts are
at risk of losing the endangered
cats, WWF has warned. An
assessment of 112 protected sites
across 11 countries found 35 per
cent of them, the majority of which
are in southeast Asia, had major
management issues.
ENTERTAINMENT
The Kevin Spacey Foundation UK
is closing today in the wake of the
sexual harassment allegations
against the actor. Trustees of
the charity said the work of the
organisation is “no longer viable”.
The foundation, which helped to
encourage and train young artists,
was set up in 2011.
SOCIETY
EGYPT
Childcare costs
State media body
attacks BBC report
The average cost of sending a young child to nursery part-time is now
£122 a week, according to a new report. The Family and Childcare Trust's
18th annual childcare survey shows that prices vary widely across the
country and that costs are soaring.
£ 1 2 2
Average cost for 25
hours a week at
nursery for a child
aged under two.
£ 1 1 9
7%
Up
on last
year
Saturday 28 Feb 1953
The Cambridge University
scientists James Watson
and Francis Crick
announce that they
have determined the
double-helix structure
of deoxyribonucleic
acid (DNA), the molecule
containing human genes.
Average cost for
25 hours a week
at nursery for a
child aged two.
World’s top recording
artists for 2017
Ed Sheeran has been named
the best-selling global recording
artist for 2017 by the International
Federation of the Phonographic
Industry (IFPI). The 27-year-old
is the only British musician to
feature in the top 10 compiled
by the international music trade
body. The top 10 global recording
artists are:
Cost for 25 hours a week at nursery for a child aged under two
London (inner)
£183.56
London (outer)
£145.44
£141.70
£124.73
£122.46
£122.30
£122.20
£116.36
£116.18
£109.68
£109.61
£108.52
£183.56
£105.30
England
Great Britain
North East
East of England
South West
Wales
Scotland
East Midlands
1. Ed Sheeran
2. Drake
3. Taylor Swift
4. Kendrick Lamar
5. Eminem
6. Bruno Mars
7. The Weeknd
8. Imagine Dragons
9. Linkin Park
10. The Chainsmokers
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West Midlands
Yorkshire
North West
150%
140%
Nursery price increases*
130%
Percentage of local authorities who
do not have enough nursery places
for three-and four-year-olds
elegible for free early education.
40%
120%
33%
110%
14%
CPI inflation
index
Crossword.............22
TV & Radio...........28
Travel.........................32
Business..................38
Puzzles.....................44
Weather...................47
6%
Up
on last
year
The List
South East
Anniversaries
The daughters of novelist Penny
Vincenzi have paid tribute to their
“endlessly positive and resilient”
mother, who has died aged 78. Her
daughters Polly Harding, Sophie
Cornish, Emily Gunnis and Claudia
Vincenzi said she “fulfilled her
ambition” to die at her typewriter.
Big Six energy firms’
share at record low
Spacey arts charity
closes its doors
There is no sincerer love
than the love of food
GEORGE BERNARD SHAW
Novelist Penny
Vincenzi dies at 78
100%
2010
2012
2014
2016
2018
*25 hours a week for a child under two
England
Wales
Scotland
SOURCE: FAMILY AND CHILDCARE TRUST
Newspapers support recycling
The recycled content of UK
newspapers in 2015 was 71%
Egypt’s state media body is calling
on officials to boycott the BBC
after it broadcast a report on
the repression of dissent under
President Abdel-Fattah el-Sisi,
which addressed torture and forced
disappearances. It also wants the
BBC to publish a statement saying
the report contains inaccuracies.
WEATHER
Titchmarsh: Enjoy
the view, don’t worry
Alan Titchmarsh has urged
gardeners not to worry about their
outdoor spaces during the extreme
weather. The TV presenter said
gardening enthusiasts should
instead enjoy how scenic the
landscape looks in the snow and his
advice about the best thing to do is
“not worrying, really”.
NETHERLANDS
Supermarket aisle
a plastic-free zone
A “world first” plastic-free
supermarket aisle is being unveiled
in Amsterdam. More than 700
products will be available minus
plastic packaging in the new metrosized pilot store of supermarket
chain Ekoplaza, including meat, rice,
sauces, dairy, chocolate, cereals,
fruit and vegetables.
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BELGIUM
MONICA BULMAN,
NURSE RETIRING AFTER 66 YEARS
Free transport when
air is most polluted
Oliver Duff
Brussels will make public transport
and the city’s bike share system free
on high air pollution days. Under
new proposals, if two consecutive
days have high levels of particulate
matter – the standard measure of air
pollution – trams, buses and trains
will all have to be made available to
passengers for free.
Clown cuckoo land
Time to hang up the fob watch?
Monica Bulman is thought to be one of the
UK’s longest-serving nurses, having clocked up
an impressive 66 years’ service looking after
others. She started working for the NHS in
1952 when she was 19 and now more than six
decades later – at the age of 84 – is finally set to
call it a day.
Why hadn’t she retired before?
Putting it simply, because she “didn’t want to”.
Monica, who finished her 66-year run at Torbay
Hospital, could have retired in 1998 when
she turned 65 but instead chose to take up a
temporary post in the hospital’s outpatients
department as a bank nurse. She ended up
staying and was most recently a member of its
specialist outpatient surgical clinic team for
endoscopy.
A lot must have changed over the
years?
It certainly has, not least the
development of modern
technology. Monica
started out in 1952 at
Eltham Hospital, London,
before qualifying as a state
registered nurse at St John’s
Hospital in 1954. But it’s
not just the equipment which
has changed – the uniforms have
too. Monica admitted she preferred
the old ones (inset) because they were “much
more glamorous”.
Nursing must be pretty tough?
Of course – and tiring too. But Monica said the
job had helped her as much as she had helped
others. She said it got her through some of
the toughest times of her life and that she did
not know what she would have done without
her colleagues. And it seems the feeling is
mutual, with the Torbay and South Devon NHS
Foundation Trust calling her an “inspiration”.
What will she do now?
Apart from enjoying a well-earned rest? There
is plenty to keep her occupied. Monica is an
avid reader and also regularly attends spinning
classes at Torbay Leisure Centre. She said she
was also looking forward to spending some
quality time with members of her family.
Florence Snead
PEOPLE
Dean’s ‘Rebel’ jacket
worth $600,000
James Dean’s cherry-red jacket from
Rebel Without a Cause is expected to
sell for up to $600,000 (£430,000)
at auction this week in Florida. The
bomber-style, nylon wind-breaker
worn by the actor, who died aged 24,
still looked at the height of fashion
at Palm Beach Modern Auctions,
where it has been displayed.
MIDDLE EAST
Jerusalem churches’
tax solution sought
Jerusalem’s mayor has suspended a
plan to impose taxes on properties
owned by Christian churches,
backing away from a move that had
enraged religious leaders and had led
to the closure of the Church of the
Holy Sepulchre. A professional team
is being established to “formulate a
solution” with the Christians.
FRANCE
Disneyland will be
a site to Marvel at
The Walt Disney Company has
announced a €2bn (£2.2bn)
expansion plan for Disneyland Paris.
Disney Group said the development
will include three new areas based
on Marvel superheroes as well as the
Frozen and Star Wars movie series,
“along with new attractions and live
entertainment experiences”.
Letter from
the Editor
i@inews.co.uk
Characterising Boris Johnson
as a clown is easy and yet also
underestimates the man. Look at his
role in turning the Brexit vote – a
result that surprised him, among
others.
However, he demeans the office of
Foreign Secretary when he trivialises
the issue of Northern Ireland’s
future, at an especially fraught time
for the country and for the Good
Friday Agreement.
Mr Johnson, if you missed it
yesterday, compared the Irish border
with the boundaries of London’s
traffic congestion charge zone.
His point, botched in its delivery,
was that Automatic Number Plate
Recognition cameras could help to
minimise disruption. But even they
would not remove the need for some
physical checks too.
Mr Johnson’s lack of tact lets him
down again. Time, perhaps, for the
Foreign Secretary to embark on a
re-education visit, starting in Derry.
****
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correspondent Rhiannon Williams,
“there’s no i in team, but there’s a
great team in i”.
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shortlisted for Newspaper of the
Year at the National Press Awards
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Sunday Times, the Daily Mail, the Mail
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In the other shortlists announced
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News Website of the Year, arts editor
Alice Jones for Critic of the Year,
Yasmin Alibhai-Brown for Columnist
of the Year, Stephen Bush and Katy
Balls for Political Commentator of
the Year, the late Steve Connor for
Science Journalist of the Year, Kim
Sengupta for Foreign Reporter of
the Year, and Sam Cunningham for
Sports Journalist of the Year for his
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NEWS
EDUCATION
Johnson urged to
step down over
link to Young role
By Richard Vaughan
EDUCATION CORRESPONDENT
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th ly
co a
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ra
ct
Jo Johnson was facing calls to
resign yesterday after an official
investigation found he had played an
influential role in the appointment
of Toby Young (inset) to the board of
the new universities watchdog.
Labour MPs demanded Mr
Johnson, who is currently transport
minister, “apologise or step down”
from his post amid accusations
of political interference in key
placements to the new Office for
Students (OfS) during his time as
universities minister.
It came after a damning report
by the Commissioner for Public
Appointments revealed ministers
and No 10 advisers meddled in the
vetting process when it came to
placing certain members on to the
board of the regulator.
The commissioner decided to
launch an investigation into Mr
Young’s appointment after he was
forced to resign following public
outcry over a series of lewd and
sexist social media posts were
unearthed.
It found that Mr Johnson
approached the journalist-turnedfree school pioneer to apply for the
job, and that his nomination
was later questioned by
Justine Greening, the
Education Secretary at
the time.
The report also
revealed that ministers
and advisers at No 10
had blocked nominees for
the “student experience”
position on the OfS board,
due to their close links to student
unions.
The decision to appoint one
Crackdown on salaries
and grade inflation
Universities will face a major
crackdown on the excessive salaries
of vice chancellors, grade inflation
and be forced to ensure better value
for money for students, under new
powers to be revealed today.
The Government’s new Office for
Students will outline its regulatory
framework later today, which aims
to bring the higher education sector
to heel.
Universities are expected to
do more to increase access to the
most disadvantaged young people,
and show they are doing enough to
warrant charging students £9,250 a
year in tuition fees.
It comes at a time when
universities and the salaries they
pay their most senior staff are under
intense public scrutiny.
particular candidate to the board
“was heavily influenced, not by
the panel, but by special advisers,
notably from 10 Downing Street”,
the report stated.
In particular, the document
highlights “clear disparities” in
the level of scrutiny into the
backgrounds of different
candidates, while it
warned of political
interference that led to
“serious shortcomings
in terms of fairness
and transparency”
in respect of one of the
appointments.
Sam Gyimah, who replaced
Mr Johnson as universities minister
last month, admitted “lessons
needed to be learnt”
Drone captures abstract charm of glacial river
An Indian-born photographer has been shortlisted for
the Sony World Photography Awards with this colourful
aerial view of a glacial river in Iceland. Manish Mamtani,
who is originally from Nagpur but now lives in Boston,
US, said: “While crossing the bridge, I noticed a pattern in
the water and wondered how it would look from the sky.
I stopped the car after crossing the bridge and flew my
drone to capture this image. I included the bridge and the
car to give an idea of the scale.”
Other entries in the competition can be viewed when
the Sony World Photography Awards Exhibition returns
to Somerset House in London from 20 April to 6 May.
POLITICS
Sexual harassment ‘at all levels of Labour’
By Richard Vaughan
Sexual harassment and abuse is
taking place at “all levels” within
the Labour Party, a damning report
documenting the experiences of
women activists has found.
The findings were compiled from
stories submitted via the LabourToo
website, which was inspired by the
#MeToo campaign, and revealed
dozens of cases of abuse and
discrimination faced by women in the
Labour Party. In all, 43 anonymised
stories were submitted over a twomonth period, covering “party
staff, activists, and politicians and
candidates, both at a national and at
a local level”.
Among those submitted was at
least one allegation of rape, which
was said to have occurred at Labour’s
annual conference. “I told my region
and an MP I trusted. No one cared,”
the victim said.
The LabourToo website said the
findings showed the need for a proper
complaints process to be created to
ensure perpetrators were held to
account. “Sexual harassment, abuse
and discrimination is not restricted
to the corridors of Westminster, but
is taking place at all levels within the
Labour Party,” a spokesperson said.
A Labour spokesperson said Karon
Monaghan QC had been appointed
“to make an independent assessment
of the party’s current procedures for
dealing with sexual harassment”.
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5
MEDIA
Murdoch’s plans to capture Sky in danger as
cable giant Comcast crashes in with £22bn bid
By Adam Sherwin
Comment
ARTS AND MEDIA CORRESPONDENT
The American cable television and
media group Comcast pledged to
protect Sky News yesterday after
it gatecrashed Rupert Murdoch’s
attempt to buy Sky with its own
£22.1bn offer.
Comcast, which owns NBC and
Universal Pictures, offered £12.50
per share, significantly higher
than the £10.75 per share that Mr
Murdoch’s 21st Century Fox had
agreed to pay to own the satellite
broadcaster outright.
The move could disrupt Walt
Disney’s £47bn deal to buy Fox’s
entertainment assets, which
includes a stake in the satellite
broadcaster. It also threatens to
drag the Murdoch family into a fullblown bidding war.
Sky’s independent shareholders
expect Fox to come back with a
higher offer. But Disney could now
make its own direct bid for Sky,
which saw its share price soar by 20
per cent on the Comcast news.
Comcast, which owns the global
news network MSNBC and the
production company behind
Downton Abbey, said its offer
bypassed the media plurality issues
which have dogged Mr Murdoch’s
bid to buy the 39 per cent of Sky he
does not own. It only has a “minimal
presence” in the UK.
The Comcast chairman, Brian
Roberts,saidthathiscompanywould
boost Sky’s spending on original
drama and keep the loss-making Sky
News as a going concern. “We have
tremendous respect for Sky News
and its strong track record for highquality editorial and journalistic
independence,” Mr Roberts insisted.
“We will fully maintain that.”
Sky’s retention of the bulk of its
Premier League football rights has
made the company more attractive.
The major media companies
have embarked upon a wave of
consolidation to combat the rise of
paid-for TV streaming services such
as Netflix and Amazon.
Comcast’s assets include the
Comcast boss
is Democrat
donor and as
political as
Murdoch
Adam Sherwin
Rupert Murdoch,
pictured here
with his wife Jerry
Hall, wants to
buy out Sky
Q&A Why does Comcast want to buy Sky?
What is Comcast?
Comcast Corporation is a
massive global media and
technology company with
a market capitalisation
of about £132bn. Among
many other assets, it
owns Universal Pictures,
DreamWorks Animation
and channels like MSNBC,
CNBC and The Weather
Channel. It also owns Universal
Parks and Resorts.
Why does it want to buy Sky?
It is keen to expand and diversify
away from the US, because
pressure on the cable
industry there appears
to be increasing from
streaming services like
Netflix and Amazon.
What would a takeover
mean for Sky?
In December 2016, 21st Century
Fox agreed to buy the 61 per cent of
Hollywood film studio behind
Jurassic World, the DreamWorks
film studio and British film company
Working Title, which produced the
award-winning Winston Churchill
biopic Darkest Hour.
The bid pits Comcast’s Mr
Roberts, 58, against the 86-yearold Mr Murdoch, who rebuffed a
Comcast approach to buy Fox’s
entertainment assets ahead
of Disney.
Mr Roberts said that Sky, which
has 23 million customers, was
undervalued as both a pan-European
telecoms operator and a producer of
original sports, entertainment and
news programming.
Sky that it does not already own. But
the prospect of a Fox takeover has
raised regulatory concerns and some
investors fear Fox might influence
the orientation and identity of Sky.
Is a deal likely to go ahead?
A Comcast bid will be subject to the
same scrutiny as a Fox bid. Antitrust clearance will be required
from the European Commission and
individual national authorities.
THE INDEPENDENT
Sky advised its shareholders to
“take no action” over the Comcast
proposal. Comcast said it wanted to
discuss its offer with Sky executives.
The cable firm, which has 25 million
high-speed internet customers, said
it would also settle for a Sky majority
stake, and would be prepared to be
co-owners with either Fox or Disney.
E
xit one broadcasting
dynasty, enter another?
Brian Roberts, the
Comcast boss who hijacked
Rupert Murdoch’s bid for Sky, is
the billionaire scion of a media
family who enjoys aggressive
dealmaking and high-level access
to presidents.
Mr Roberts, 58, inherited
Comcast, the US’s largest cable
provider, from his father, Ralph,
who turned a 1,200-subscriber
business in Tupelo into a national
giant by gobbling up
competitors.
He is as political
as any Murdoch.
A golfing buddy
of President
Obama, he is a
major Democrat
donor. Comcast
spends $19m
(£13.6m) a year on
corporate lobbying.
Mr Roberts (inset) urged
Mr Murdoch to sell him Fox’s
entertainment assets instead
of Disney. Comcast’s £22bn bid
for Sky is a step towards the
company’s ultimate aim of selling
an internet-connected box to
customers worldwide which will
be the portal to view all content
– from Netflix to Premier League
football – on TV screens, laptops,
and mobile devices.
PEOPLE
HEALTH
We’re invited to the royal
wedding, Spice Girls reveal
Sea swims linked to tummy bugs
By Benjamin Butterworth
Prince Harry and Meghan Markle’s
wedding looks set to get a splash of
Brit pop after it was revealed the
Spice Girls may be performing.
Mel B appeared to confirm the
news when she told a US chat show
that she will be attending the royal
ceremony with “us five Spice Girls”.
Asked if the group will be
performing on the day, the 42-yearold nodded her head, as if to confirm
the suggestion.
American actress Meghan
Markle is said to be a big fan of the
Spice Girls, while Prince Harry was
famously photographed alongside
the group as a boy in 1997.
Earlier this year the band
confirmed rumours they are to
reunite on fresh projects.
Publicist Jo Milloy said of their
reunion: “We have enjoyed a
wonderful afternoon catching-up
and reminiscing about the amazing
times we have spent together.
“We are always overwhelmed at
how much interest there is across
the whole world for the Spice Girls.
By Claire Hayhurst
The Prince met the Spice Girls as a
boy in 1997 JOHN STILLWELL/PA WIRE
“The time now feels right to
explore some incredible new
opportunities together.”
She added that the group wished
to “reinforce their message of female
empowerment” for new fans.
People who swim, bathe or take part
in water sports in the sea are more at
risk of stomach bugs, ear aches and
other illness, a study has found.
The research is the first systematic
review to examine evidence on
whether spending time in the sea is
associated with an increased risk of
reporting a variety of ailments.
Results showed that sea bathing
doubled the odds of reporting
general ear illnesses, and the odds of
reporting earache rose by 77 per cent.
There was also a 29 per cent rise in
reporting gastrointestinal illnesses.
The researchers say that despite
an improvement in water quality in
recent years, seawater is still polluted
from sources including industrial
waste and sewage.
Dr Will Gaze, of the University of
Exeter Medical School, said: “We
don’t want to deter people from going
into the sea, which has many health
benefits such as improving physical
fitness, well-being and connecting
with nature.
“However, it is important that
people are aware of the risks so they
can make informed decisions.”
The paper is published in the
International Journal of Epidemiology.
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NEWS
HOUSING
Hundreds of Grenfell-style blocks still unsafe
By Jemma Crew
The number of high-rises in
England with Grenfell-style
cladding has passed 300, but only
seven social housing blocks have
had the material removed, new
Government figures show.
Some 301 out of 314 buildings
over 18 metres with aluminium
composite material cladding are
unlikely to meet current building
regulations guidance and pose
fire hazards, the Ministry of
Housing, Communities and Local
Government (MHCLG) said.
More than half, 158, are social
housing blocks, managed for
tenants by either local authorities
or housing associations.
The Government said
“remediation work” is under way on
92 buildings, and has been finished
on seven, the MHCLG said.
Shelter’s chief executive Polly
Neate said: “It’s shocking that
more than eight months on
from the Grenfell fire only a tiny
proportion of unsafe cladding has
been replaced on homes across the
country. The Government must
take responsibility.”
John Healey, Labour’s shadow
housing secretary, said the
number was “shameful”, and urged
ministers to help fund safety work.
WEATHER
Four killed on
roads as snow
brings chaos
By Florence Snead and Lewis Smith
At least four people were killed on the
roads yesterday as freezing weather
swept in from the east, bringing
widespread snowfalls and disrupting
transport and schools.
Bad weather was
expected until at least
the weekend, while in
Scotland conditions
could deteriorate so
badly that there were
warnings it would be
“dangerous” to travel.
Train services,
especially in the East
and South East, were
widely disrupted, and British
Airways cancelled dozens of flights
from Heathrow airport. EasyJet also
warned of disruption.
Three people were killed in a crash
on the A15 at Baston in Lincolnshire
and another on the A47 near
Peterborough in Cambridgeshire.
Treacherous road conditions were
feared to be a factor.
Police said there were 20 collisions
within three hours on Lincolnshire’s
roads, including a school bus with 45
pupils on board. The children
were unharmed after their
bus collided with a car
and veered off the road
near Deeping St James.
In Essex, 17 cars were
involved in a pile-up
on the A120 between
Colchester and Elmsted
Market. The M20 in
Kent was blocked as up to
20cm of snow. In Tibenham,
Norfolk, 11cm was recorded. Cumbria
and Northumberland also had
heavy snowfalls.
The lowest temperatures recorded
were minus 8.9C in Farnborough,
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Drug-users
move from
heroin to Spice
By Padraic Flanagan
Clockwise from main: snow showers seen from a helicopter
in north London; a blizzard engulfs the Angel of the North
statue in Gateshead, Tyne and Wear; stationary traffic on
the M20 in Kent; people walk their dogs on Blyth Beach in
Northumberland; a boy walks to school in Ashford, Kent
(inset below left) PA
Former legal highs and “chemsex”
drugs are driving a dramatic shift
in substance abuse away from
alcohol, heroin and crack cocaine,
according to a study.
R e s e a r c h e r s a r e u rg i n g
drug support staff to adapt to
the changes they found on the
streets where homeless users are
shunning injectable drugs like
heroin in preference for smoking
“Spice”, a powerful synthetic
cannabinoid.
The six-month study also
discovered that gay men who
previously used recreational
drugs such as ecstasy have
moved on to injecting crystal
methamphetamine and
mephedrone.
Criminologists from
Manchester Metropolitan
University conducted interviews
with 53 drug users and 31 staff
from a range of organisations
in the city – including drug and
alcohol treatment services, the
police, homeless day centres and
sexual health services.
Dr Rob Ralphs and Dr Paul Gray,
who carried out the research, are
advising that treatment services
need to respond to this “significant
shift” to ensure appropriate help
is available.
SOCIETY
Headteacher Ges Smith
from Jo Richardson
Community School in Dagenham,
east London, said he had banned
pupils at the school from
touching snow on health and
safety grounds.
Hampshire, and at Altnaharra in
Sutherland, but worse is forecast.
Temperatures last night were
expected to be as low as minus 10C
in remote parts of Scotland, and by
tomorrow morning, said Met Office
forecaster Craig Snell, “minus 15
is a possibility” along with up to
40cm of snow. In eastern Scotland
there is a risk the amber weather
warning could be upgraded to red,
said Holyrood’s transport minister
Humza Yousaf. “That could be
not just treacherous but frankly
dangerous if you travel,” he said.
The heaviest snow today and
tomorrow was expected to be in
Scotland and northern England,
but by Friday, with another weather
system moving in, the South West
and south Wales were expected to
get up to 10cm.
Northern Ireland is the subject of a
yellow warning from the early hours
of today, with heavy snow showers
predicted and possible power cuts.
SCHOOLS
TRANSPORT
Snow causes
widespread
school closures
Train lines closed even
where snow did not fall
By Neil Lancefield and Ian Jones
By Lewis Smith
More than 750 schools around
much of the UK closed yesterday
because of the snowy weather.
Kent was the worst affected
region with more than 330 schools
keeping their doors shut.
In Wales more than 220 schools
closed and others shut in East
Sussex, Norfolk, North Yorkshire,
West Yorkshire, Lancashire,
Essex, Surrey and Aberdeen.
Many closures are expected
again today, especially in eastern
Scotland and North East England.
With concerns about pupil
safety, many schools took the
decision to close before the school
run but others attempted to stay
open before giving up and sending
children home.
Mary Boyle, principal at the
Knole Academy, in Sevenoaks,
Kent, was among the heads who
sent children home after initially
trying to stay open.
She said the weather conditions
had been worse than expected.
Rail services were severely
disrupted by the weather, with
hundreds being cancelled and many
more being delayed.
However Network Rail
apologised to passengers after it
closed rail lines in areas where
predicted heavy snow failed to
materialise. It was decided on
Monday that no trains would
operate on Greater Anglia’s rural
routes yesterday and today, with a
limited service on main lines.
Services in the region were
being restored last night after the
heaviest snow fell further south
than had been anticipated.
The cancellation of trains
amid heavy snowfall could add
to the millions of pounds that rail
companies receive each year in
compensation. Disruption caused
by problems such as infrastructure
faults, vandalism or bad weather
are attributed to Governmentowned Network Rail, which is
responsible for maintaining tracks.
Network Rail makes payments
to train companies when the
aggregate length of delays exceeds
a performance benchmark over a
certain period.
Stephen Joseph, chief executive
of the Campaign for Better
Transport, said: “Passengers see
train operators profiting from
delays and are rightly angry.”
Operators in England and Wales
received £181m from Network Rail
for unplanned disruption in the
last financial year, but paid out just
£74m in compensation to delayed
passengers.
A Eurostar train passing through
Ashford, Kent, yesterday PA
Film success
just the ticket
for black cats
By Florence Snead
An animal rescue charity has
said rehomings of its black cats
have increased by 6 per cent
since the release of the Marvel
blockbuster Black Panther.
The popular superhero film,
released two weeks ago, took
£2.67m on its opening day.
Since then, the number of
black cat adoptions at Cats
Protection has enjoyed a boost.
Gemma Croker, the charity’s
social media manager, said:
“While we can’t be sure if the
movie has contributed to this
upturn, we know the superhero
theme has a special resonance
with cat lovers.”
The news comes just weeks
after it emerged black moggies
were being shunned by
would-be owners because their
faces did not come out as well
in selfies.
Christine Bayka, of Bristol
cat rehoming centre The
Moggery, said all but three of
the cats in her care were black.
Ms Bayka said she hoped that
the film would prompt more
people to consider adopting
black cats.
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TRADE
UK ‘giving up three-course
meal for a bag of crisps’
By Nigel Morris
Liam Fox, the
International
Trade
Secretary,
gives a speech
on Brexit
in London
yesterday
AFP/GETTY
The former head of Liam Fox’s
Whitehall department has criticised
his ex-boss’s call for Britain to leave
the European customs union, likening
it to giving up a three-course meal
“for the promise of a packet of crisps”.
Sir Martin Donnelly, who stood
down as permanent secretary at
the Department of International
Trade last year, said 60 per cent of
British trade is either with the EU
or states with which the EU has
signed trade deals.
He told BBC Radio 4’s Today
programme: “You’re giving up a threecourse meal, which is the depth and
intensity of our trade relationships
across the European Union and
partners now, for the promise of a
packet of crisps in the future if we
manage to do trade deals outside the
European Union which aren’t going to
compensate for what we’re giving up.
You just have to look at the arithmetic
– it doesn’t add up, I’m afraid.”
Sir Martin claimed that Britain
outside the EU would not have the
economic clout to trade as an equal
partner with the United States or
China. He predicted that Britain
would eventually apply to return to
the European single market because
of the damage to British industry
and jobs.
Dr Fox said that entering a customs
union with the EU after Brexit would
be a “complete sell-out” of the UK’s
national interests.
CONSERVATIVES
Rebels tell May
she can’t win vote
on customs union
By Nigel Morris
But one source said that they had
received 15 private declarations
of support from Tories and a few
Rebel Conservatives insisted others – including parliamentary
yesterday they have enough support private secretaries (PPSs) –
to defeat Theresa May in a showdown were contemplating backing the
Brexit vote demanding that Britain amendment. “Even if a few people are
joins a customs union with the picked off, there could still be around
European Union.
12, which should be enough to win,”
They claimed that up to 15 pro- an MP told i yesterday.
Mrs May suffered her first defeat
Remain MPs were threatening to
defy the Tory whips and support a on Brexit legislation in December
cross-party Commons amendment when 11 Tory MPs teamed up with
Labour to demand that Parliament
backing the move.
They played down claims by the was given a“meaningful” vote on any
Prime Minister’s supporters that deal with Brussels.
defeat could trigger Mrs May’s
One signatory of the rebel
downfall, but insisted that she
amendment to the Trade
needed to realise there was
Bill, Sarah Wollaston, the
no Commons majority
MP for Totnes, told the
BBC she believed there
for a hard Brexit.
was a “huge” majority
P r o - E U To r i e s
Prime Minister’s
in Parliament for being
struck a defiant note
working
majority
in
in a customs union.
as Cabinet minister
the
Commons,
which
is
“The
simple
Liam Fox categorically
dependent on support
reality
is there is
ruled out the proposal,
from the DUP
not a parliamentary
describing membership
m aj o r i ty fo r a h a rd
of a customs union as a
Brexit,” she said. “We know
“sellout” of British interests.
there are very many ministers
The stance is set to be confirmed
by Mrs May in a major speech on and many, many PPSs currently
Friday, arguing that the move would not able to sign amendments who
limit Britain’s ability to negotiate would very much like to see us
come to a customs arrangement of
trade deals after it leaves the EU.
With the support of the 10 some sort… There is going to have to
Democratic Unionist Party MPs, be a compromise.”
Former Attorney General Dominic
the Prime Minister has an effective
Grieve said many saw the issue as
working Commons majority of 13.
A handful of pro-Brexit Labour one where the solution should be
MPs could be expected to oppose the “pragmatic and not ideological”.
customs union move, but Mrs May
could face defeat if the Tory rebellion
Lord Heseltine, the former
reaches double figures.
Deputy Prime Minister,
Eight Conservative MPs are
praised “brave” MPs who followed
publicly supporting the amendment,
their conscience and not selfwhich has been tabled by the former
interest in the face of “vilification
Tory Cabinet minister Anna Soubry
from the media and elsewhere”.
and the Labour MP for Streatham,
Chuka Umunna.
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Johnson’s
border claim
provokes
ridicule
By Nigel Morris
The Scottish Brexit
Minister, Mike Russell,
said the Withdrawal Bill
was compatible with the
rules of devolution PA
Scotland and Wales make move to
protect devolved powers from Brexit
By Chris Green
SCOTLAND EDITOR
The Scottish and Welsh Governments have published emergency
legislation to prepare their legal systems for Brexit, moving the UK closer to a major constitutional clash.
M e m b e r s o f t h e S co t t i s h
Parliament and Welsh Assembly
will be asked to pass a Continuity
Bill in case amendments to the EU
Withdrawal Bill cannot be agreed.
The First Ministers of both
nations have accused the UK
Government of attempting a postBrexit “power grab” by storing
devolved responsibilities returning
from Brussels at Westminster.
The alternative legislation is set to
be debated, scrutinised and voted on
by MSPs and AMs at Edinburgh and
Cardiff faster than usual, meaning it
could become law within weeks.
In a statement at Holyrood,
Scotland’s Brexit Minister Michael
Russell said the Bill would provide
Scotland with “legal certainty and
continuity” on the day the UK left
the EU.
The UK Government has warned
that if the devolved nations do
not reach an agreement on the
Withdrawal Bill, significant gaps
could be left on their statute books.
Welsh First Minister Carwyn
Jones said the Bills were not an
attempt to “block Brexit”, but to
protect the devolution settlements
given that the sides were “running
out of time”.
If Scotland and Wales refuse to
give their consent to the Withdrawal
Bill, Westminster could technically
overrule the decision, but this would
likely spark a constitutional clash.
In a further twist, Holyrood’s
Presiding Officer Ken Macintosh
said that after taking legal advice he
believed the Bill was not compatible
with the rules of devolution.
Mr Russell said the Scottish
Government disagreed with this
analysis and the Lord Advocate,
the nation’s top law officer, had also
given it the green light.
However, it is the first time that a
Scottish Government Bill has been
judged to be outside the Parliament’s
legislative competence by the
Presiding Officer.
It means that if the Continuity
Bill is passed by Holyrood, it could
still ultimately be ruled unlawful by
the UK Supreme Court, leading to
further constitutional turmoil.
In contrast, Mr Macintosh’s
counterpart in the Welsh Assembly,
Elin Jones, said she believed that the
Continuity Bill was compatible with
the rules of devolution.
Scottish Secretary David Mundell
said the UK Government was
“focused on achieving agreement”
with the devolved administrations
Scottish Conservative
constitution spokesman
Adam Tomkins said: “The tabling
of this bill is unnecessary. Up
until now there has been a
constructive approach from the
UK and Scottish governments.”
on the Withdrawal Bill. “We have
been clear that we will protect and
enhance the devolution settlement
as we leave the EU, and that there
will be a significant increase in
Holyrood’s decision-making powers.
“But it is crucial we protect the
UK’s valuable common market,
and to do so we will need common
approaches across the UK in
some areas.
“We have made a considerable
offer to the devolved administrations
on amending the Withdrawal Bill,
and look forward to further talks.”
Boris Johnson was widely mocked
yesterday after arguing that crossing
the Irish border after Brexit would be
much the same as moving between
London boroughs.
The Foreign Secretary made the
comparison as he hit back at claims
that leaving the European customs
union would lead to a hard border.
He suggested that goods crossing
between Northern Ireland and
the Republic could be monitored
electronically, just as motorists
are when they move into London’s
congestion charge zone.
“There’s no border between
C a m d e n a n d We s t m i n s t e r,”
said Mr Johnson (inset). “But
when I was Mayor of London we
anaesthetically and invisibly took
hundreds of millions
of pounds from
the accounts of
people travelling
b e twe e n t h o s e
two boroughs
without any
need for border
checks whatever.”
Later, a leaked
letter, seen by Sky
News, revealed the
Foreign Secretary told the
Prime Minister “it is wrong to see
the task as maintaining ‘no border’”
– and that the Government’s task
will be to “stop this border becoming
significantly harder”.
His comments about the capital
were ridiculed by Labour MPs from
London.
Chuka Umunna, the MP for
Streatham, said: “So let’s get
this straight: London’s borough
boundaries can be compared to
the border between two sovereign
states which was central to a conflict
in which over 3,000 people died
between 1969 and the signing of the
Good Friday Agreement?”
Tottenham MP David Lammy
tweeted: “This isn’t just stupidity and
ignorance but wilful recklessness.”
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HEALTH
EU’s draft Brexit agreement
will ignore May’s demands
UK could miss out on medical trials
By Joe Watts
Theresa May is on a collision course
with Brussels as it emerged that a
draft EU Brexit agreement is likely
to ignore a string of demands she
has made.
The draft withdrawal document,
to be published today, will state
that EU citizens must retain full
rights during the Brexit transition
period, and that the UK must
remain subject to European Court
rulings indefinitely.
The paper outlining the moves,
which fly in the face of the Prime
Minister’s demands, comes just
days before Mrs May is set to make
a crucial speech on Brexit.
Speaking ahead of publication of
the EU’s draft withdrawal agreement, the bloc’s chief Brexit negotiator, Michel Barnier, warned there
are disputes about how the transition should work. In particular,
there is disagreement as to whether
EU citizens arriving during the
likely two-year period after Brexit
day in March 2019 should still have
the right to freedom of movement –
something Mrs May does not want
to grant. Mr Barnier said: “There
By Paul Gallagher
HEALTH CORRESPONDENT
Michel Barnier said: ‘We have not
achieved the transition yet’
are significant points of disagreement with the UK… In the light of
these disagreements, we have not
achieved the transition yet.
“On all of these points, I am happy
to discuss these matters straight
away with [Brexit Secretary] David
Davis.” THE INDEPENDENT
Children could be excluded from
lifesaving clinical trials for cancer
treatments when the UK leaves the
EU, according to campaigners from
the Brexit Health Alliance (BHA).
The coalition of organisations from
the NHS, medical research, industry,
patients and public health bodies has
called on negotiators to agree a deal
that allows the UK to participate fully
in collaborative trials and research.
A member of the Association
of Medical Research Charities
gave the example of paediatric
cancer specialists who are trialling
a chemotherapy treatment for
children and young adults with
recurring neuroblastoma. This rare
form of cancer affects around 100
children every year in the UK. The
small number of patients means that
the trial could not have happened in a
single European country.
Niall Dickson, the co-chairman
of the BHA, said: “If patients are
to continue to benefit from early
access to better treatments, health
technologies and cutting-edge
medicines, we have to be able to
take part in multinational research
programmes and trials. We have
achieved so much through cooperation with European partners.”
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HEALTH
GP satisfaction rating ‘at
lowest level in 35 years’
By Paul Gallagher
HEALTH CORRESPONDENT
Public satisfaction with GP services
has dropped to the lowest level in 35
years, a survey has found.
The latest British Social Attitudes
survey, which has been tracking
public opinion of the NHS since 1983,
also found that almost one in 3 people
(29 per cent) were not happy with the
overall health service – the highest
dissatisfaction rate in a decade.
Long waiting times for GP
or hospital appointments, the
Government not spending enough
money on the NHS, and not enough
NHS staff, are among the main
reasons behind the rise.
About 57 per cent of people said
they were satisfied with the NHS –
the lowest level since 2011, according
to the research published by health
Professor John Appleby,
chief economist at
the Nuffield Trust, said the
Government should take “serious
note” of the drop in satisfaction.
think-tanks The Nuffield Trust and
The King’s Fund.
The survey, which polled 3,000
people about their satisfaction with
the NHS overall and 1,000 people
about individual services, found that
65 per cent of people said they were
satisfied with GP services, the lowest
level since the survey began.
Ruth Robertson, fellow at The
King’s Fund, said: “For the first
time, general practice is no longer
the highest rated service. This is a
service that people used to see as the
jewel in the crown of the NHS. It is
really in decline.”
Professor Helen-Stokes Lampard,
chair of the Royal College of GPs, said:
“While we are disappointed in these
figures, they are hardly surprising
as what we are seeing now is
symptomatic of the inevitable effects
of a decade of underinvestment in our
family doctor service – and just not
having enough GPs in the system to
meet demand.”
NHS
Doctors ‘paid’ to avoid referrals
By Paul Gallagher
GP practices in five areas of the
country are being offered “profit
share” agreements that see them
paid up to half the savings made
if they refrain from referring
patients to hospital.
The controversial payments
are revealed as part of a “Cash
for Cuts” investigation by Pulse
magazine looking at how local
health organisations are taking
the pressure off secondary care.
Among the five “profit sharing”
schemes is NHS Coastal West
Sussex CCG, which is offering
groups of GP practices 50 per cent
of the savings on any reduction in
elective activity from the previous
year. Dr Peter Swinyard, chair of
the Family Doctor Association,
said: “From a patient perspective,
it means GPs are paid to not
look after them. It’s a serious
dereliction of duty.”
If the cap fits…
Models parade the Italian designer
Maria Grazia Chiuri’s creations
for Dior’s autumn/winter 2018-19
women’s ready-to-wear collection
at Paris Fashion Week yesterday.
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COURTS
Lewis Gilbert, director of ‘Alfie’, Bond
films and ‘Educating Rita’, dies aged 97
Yacht boss
‘stayed in
pub’ as crew
sought help
By Adam Sherwin
Highlights reel
Gilbert’s long career
ARTS AND MEDIA CORRESPONDENT
Lewis Gilbert, the Oscar-nominated
filmmaker who directed classic
British movies including Alfie and
three instalments of the James Bond
series, has died aged 97.
A director of more than 40
films, including Educating Rita and
Shirley Valentine, Gilbert was praised
for putting working-class characters
on screen.
Alfie, released in 1966, starred
Michael Caine as a callous cockney
womaniser and epitomised the
cultural revolution sweeping
Britain during the “swinging
Sixties”. Its depiction of a
backstreet abortion also
shocked audiences.
The low-budget film
won the Jury Special
Prize at Cannes,
a n d re ce i ve d f i ve
A c a d e my Aw a r d
nominations, including
one for best picture.
Gilbert directed the acclaimed
You Only Live Twice (1967) starring
Sean Connery, and returned to the
Bond franchise to helm The Spy Who
Loved Me and Moonraker.
As well as action thrillers, he
brought to the screen smaller-scale
films such as the Bafta-winning
Educating Rita (1983) and Shirley
Valentine (1989), both based on Willy
Russell plays.
He was born in London and was
a child actor, the son of secondgeneration music-hall performer.
Reach For The Sky (1956)
A stirring biopic of RAF pilot Douglas
Bader, who lost both legs in a plane
crash. It became the biggest British
box-office hit of 1956 and won a Bafta.
Alfie (1966)
The exploits of Michael Caine’s East
End wide boy typified the sexual
freedoms of 1960s London.
You Only Live Twice (1967)
The classic Sean Connery Bond film
features memorable fight scenes,
space-race paranoia and the brilliant
casting of Donald Pleasence as the
villain Blofeld.
Educating Rita (1983)
Caine reunited with Gilbert for the
story of a working-class woman
who enrols on an Open University
course. It was the breakthrough role
for Julie Walters.
Gilbert in Rome on the set of ‘The Adventurers’ in 1968 with Candice Bergen;
Michael Caine (left) takes a break from filming ‘Alfie’ in London in 1965 GETTY
He began his cinematic career
behind the camera assisting Alfred
Hitchcock on Jamaica Inn (1939)
and made his name as the director
of the hit war films, Reach for the
Sky (1956) and Carve Her Name with
Pride (1958).
Awarding Gilbert a BFI fellowship
in 2001, Heather Stewart, the BFI’s
creative director, saluted him as “the
most prolific of British filmmakers”,
whose “outstanding contribution
to British film included everything
from three Bond films and definitive
stories of British bravery in the
Second World War to three films
Shirley Valentine (1989)
Pauline Collins play a housewife
whose sex life is rekindled on a trip to
Greece in this comedy romance.
that will forever be remembered for
their working-class heroes: Alfie,
Rita and Shirley”.
Ms Stewart added: “In Educating
Rita and Shirley Valentine, he gave
us funny and real character studies
of women we normally never get a
chance to see on the big screen.”
COURTS
NHS to pay £8.5m to boy left almost blind by hospital blunder
By Tristan Kirk
A boy who was left nearly blind
because of medical failures after his
birth has won £8.5m in compensation
from the NHS. The child, now 11, was
born extremely prematurely at St
George’s Hospital, Tooting in 2006.
Doctors realised he had a condition
that posed a threat to his vision and
planned to review his sight, the High
Court heard – but this did not happen.
Mr Justice Foskett ruled “deficient
monitoring” by the hospital meant
the child lost the vision in his left
eye, and is partially sighted in his
right eye. The boy’s barrister, John
Whitting QC, said he may lose his
sight entirely in the future.
Mr Whitting said: “He has suffered
considerably over the years, but is
coping with the incredible support of
his parents and wider family.”
St George’s Healthcare NHS
Trust admitted full liability for his
injuries and agreed yesterday to pay
a £2.65m lump sum. It will also make
a £55,000 payment every year until
his 19th birthday, rising to £62,000
a year after that. The judge capped
the total payout at just over £8.5m.
EVENING STANDARD
By Ben Mitchell
The boss of a yacht management
company kept drinking after he
received an urgent email from
the crew of a yacht saying it was
taking in water just a few hours
before it sank, killing four men
aboard, a court was told yesterday.
The 40ft Cheeki Rafiki lost its
keel in the Atlantic and got into
trouble as the crew sailed from
Antigua to the UK in May 2014.
Skipper Andrew Bridge, 22, of
Farnham, Surrey; James Male,
22, from Southampton; and Steve
Warren, 52, and Paul Goslin, 56,
both from Somerset, were all lost
at sea, the court heard.
The US Coastguard was
criticised for calling off its search
after two days but
following protests
from family and
friends and
intervention
by the British
Government, the
search was restarted. The boat
was found but there
was no sign of the men.
Douglas Innes, 43, the
director of Stormforce Coaching
Limited, is the subject of a
retrial at Winchester Crown
Court. He denies four counts of
manslaughter by gross negligence.
Nigel Lickley QC, for the
prosecution, told the jury that the
yacht had an undetected fault with
bolts holding the three-ton keel to
the hull. These failed, causing it to
fall off during bad weather.
He said that when Mr Innes
(pictured) received an email
marked “Urgent” from the yacht
on the evening of 15 May, saying
that it was taking on water, he was
in a pub and carried on drinking
and did not immediately alert the
coastguard. Mr Lickley said that
Mr Innes, of Southampton, had a
“duty of care” to the four men and
“not to put cost over their safety”.
The trial continues.
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Boarded-up pub turned into
best in Britain in five years
By Padraic Flanagan
A pub which was closed and boarded
up five years ago has been named the
best in the country after it was taken
over by a postman with a passion for
real ale.
The Cricketers Arms in St Helens,
Merseyside, won the Pub of the Year
title from the Campaign for Real Ale
(Camra), which praised its selection
of 13 locally sourced cask ales and up
to 20 ciders in the summer.
The pub hosts regular beer
festivals, quizzes, karaoke and other
events and has opened a whiskey and
gin bar. Under its ambitious owner,
Andy Evans, plans are well advanced
to build a microbrewery at the site.
Mr Evans, 45, said yesterday:
“We’re absolutely ecstatic at
winning the award. It’s an incredible
achievement for a hard-working
team. The fact that it is the first time
a Merseyside pub has won the top
prize makes it all the more special.”
The pub’s transformation from an
unloved local on the brink of closure
to the best in the country, which
routinely attracts coachloads of beer
fans, can be traced to Mr Evans’s
introduction to cask ale just seven
years ago. “I was a postman for 23
years and quite happy with the nineto-five life, having a couple of pints
at the weekend, maybe Guinness or
Fosters,” he said. “But when I tried
my first pint of cask ale, that was it
for me. I became a real fan.”
After their offer for the Cricketers
was accepted, Andy and Denise,
41, who worked in a fruit and veg
shop, gave up their jobs to devote
themselves to transforming the pub
into a beer lovers’ paradise.
Mr Evans said: “When I’m
behind the bar here it’s eight hours
of laughter for me. When you love
what you are doing, it doesn’t feel
like work.”
Paul Ainsworth, a spokesman
for Camra, said: “The Cricketers is
a genuine community pub where
people from all walks of life come
together to socialise.”
The other three finalists
were Weavers Real Ale
House in Kidderminster, the
Standford Arms in Lowestoft and
Wigan Central in Wigan.
HEALTH
TECHNOLOGY
Diesel fumes raise risk of
motor neurone disease
Drone footage
helps effort to
save turtle
By Padraic Flanagan
People who are frequently exposed to
diesel exhaust fumes at work, such as
car mechanics, may be at higher risk
of developing motor neurone disease.
American researchers who
examined the work history
of 1,639 people with the
disease, which is also
known as amyotrophic
lateral sclerosis in the
US, said that the risk
might increase with
greater exposure to fumes.
“ T h e o v e ra l l r i s k o f
developing ALS is low, but our
findings suggest that the greater
the exposure to diesel exhaust, the
greater the risk of developing ALS,”
said Dr Aisha Dickerson, of Harvard
University’s TH Chan School of
Public Health in Boston.
Motor neurone disease is a rare
and incurable neurological condition
that progressively affects the nerve
cells responsible for controlling
voluntary movement.
According to the findings,
men with any exposure to
diesel exhaust at jobs held at
least 10 years prior to their
date of inclusion in the study
were 20 per cent more likely
to have ALS than men with
no exposure during the same
time period. Dr Dickerson said it
was important to look at the ALS risk
posed by exposure to diesel fumes in
the general population.
Business, page 41
By Claire Hayhurst
Drones are being used to track
turtles in an effort to improve
their conservation, scientists say.
The devices can follow turtles
across large areas and in hard-toreach locations.
Dr Alan Rees, of the University
of Exeter, said the stunning
footage gathered by the drones
would also increase public
interest in turtle conservation.
“Drones offer cheaper and
often better ways to gather
information,” he said. “We are
learning more about turtles’
behaviour and movements at sea.
“They also give us new avenues
for anti-poaching efforts.”
The Queen spends her summer holidays on the royal estate at Balmoral AFP
ENVIRONMENT
Queen’s bid to make Balmoral go
green is blocked by red squirrels
By Lucinda Cameron
Plans to build a hydroelectric
scheme on the Queen’s Balmoral
estate are to come under scrutiny
from park chiefs amid concerns
that it will be too noisy for wildlife.
The Cairngorms National
Park Authority (CNPA), which is
responsible for planning in the area,
said the proposal raises “issues of
significance to the collective aims
of the National Park”.
Balmoral Estates proposes
to install a 2MW hydroelectric
scheme on the River Muick, several
miles from Ballater. The scheme
comprises the construction of a
buried pipeline approximately
two miles long, a semi-buried
powerhouse and a pipe and channel
returning water to the river.
Red squirrels, otters, badgers,
water voles and pine martens are
among the wildlife living in the area.
The application was made to
Aberdeenshire Council, which has
raised concerns about potential
noise, but the CNPA “calls in” and
determines the most sensitive plans.
Balmoral Estates refused to
comment on the application.
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us by our
generation
Murdoch left
with few
good options
Accent
snobbery is
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China looks
back to
its past
A passionless
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Corbyn’s sudden
alliance with big
business goes against
every bone in his body.
As recently as
December, he
railed against City
“speculators and
gamblers” who are part
of a “damaging and
failed system that’s
rigged for the few”.
(Peter Oborne)
There is no great,
sudden divide, with
fat, asset-poor
millennials one side
and trim, homeowning millionaires
on the other. The
problems of young
people are problems
older people used to
have. The problems of
older people are also
problems for younger
people, too, just not
yet. (Hugo Rifkind)
Comcast is driving a
Sky-shaped wedge
between Walt Disney
and 21st Century Fox.
The US cable group’s
offer for the UK pay-TV
group leaves Fox
chair Rupert Murdoch
with two unappealing
options: enter a
bidding war, or rethink
his deal to sell Fox’s
entertainment assets
to Disney.
(Liam Proud)
If we shed the
snobbery, a
representative future
is on the tip of our
tongues. There is no
dictionary corner
on high for speaking
our nation’s language
the right way. We
should all be spurring
on those who sound
different from us — it’s
the only way we’ll all
win in the end.
(Laura Weir)
Far from “becoming
more like us”, the
rising superpower
is reverting to its
own model, rejecting
foreign ways and
values, and exploiting
vacuums left by the
Trump administration
as it pursues the “China
Dream” of national
strengthening and
rejuvenation laid out
by its new helmsman.
(Jonathan Fenby)
If the film’s most
modern coup is the
feminist slant it brings
to the Passion, its good
taste holds it back in
that department too. It
professes to show its
oft-told tale from an
untold perspective, but
its characterisation of
Mary feels tentative
and incomplete.
(Guy Lodge)
The Scotsman
Bloomberg
The Guardian
Financial Times
I may be a lost cause,
but there is still time
for those podgy
millennials. They are
old enough now to
know better, and to
change their eating
habits before it is too
late. Fewer Big Macs
would be a start.
(Susan Dalgety)
The intervention
is ambitious and
courageous. But the
gatecrasher is clearly
eyeing a long-term
prize. Controlling
Sky would create a
transatlantic pay-TV
partnership that
would benefit sharing
content. (Chris Hughes)
We are constantly
getting messages
that working-class
people are not as
smart as those that
are middle or upper
class. No wonder so
many people from the
regions try so hard to
posh it up.
(Faiza Shaheen)
By signalling his
intention to remove
the two-term limit on
China’s presidency,
Mr Xi has exposed a
rift in Chinese society
between those who
fear the return of
strongman rule, and
those who welcome it.
(Tom Mitchell)
New Statesman
Quote of
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As polls have shown,
Labour members
overwhelmingly
favour single market
membership and a
second referendum.
But Corbyn’s
Euroscepticism
has trumped his
oft-expressed
commitment to
internal democracy.
(George Eaton)
HollywoodReporter
Mary Magdalene is
an uneasy viewing
experience, ponderous
and disjointed in
places, but also crafted
with conviction and a
strong aesthetic vision.
As Mary, Rooney
Mara’s laser-beam
gaze fails to disguise
her blank presence and
narrow range.
(Stephen Dalton)
LifeInBrief
SRIDEVI KAPOOR ACTRESS
The rightwing terrorist
threat is more
significant
and more
challenging
than perhaps
the public
debate gives it
credit for
Mark Rowley
Britain’s most
senior counterterrorism officer on
terror threats
Sridevi Kapoor, an Indian actress who
has died at the age of 54, spent her life
in the spotlight, making her debut as the
young Lord Muruga in the Tamil film
Thunaivan at the age of four. She
would go on to make more than 300
films, in six different languages, and
become Hindi cinema’s first female
superstar, though she could not even
speak the language when she made her
first Hindi film.
Sridevi was born Shree Amma
Yanger Ayyapan in Sivakasi, Tamil
Nadu. Her father, Ayyapan, was a Tamil
lawyer, and her mother, Rajeswari,
was Telugu, so Sridevi was raised
bilingually.
It wasn’t long before the young
actress became the family’s main
breadwinner. Speaking about her early
start in cinema to Filmfare magazine,
Sridevi said: “I was a good student. For
a while my parents did make me cope
with school and films simultaneously.
But after a point, this wasn’t practical.
I had to choose between studies and
films. I chose films.”
By the late Eighties, her career was
at its peak. She refused a role in Steven
Spielberg’s Jurassic Park to concentrate
on making the most of her moment as
Bollywood’s biggest – and highest paid
- female star.
In 1993 she starred in Bollywood’s
most expensive production, Satish
Kaushik’s Roop Ki Rani Choron Ka Raja.
The comedy action film, which Sridevi
helped finance, was a box-office flop.
However, Sridevi fell in love with the
film’s producer, Achal “Boney” Kapoor,
whom she married in 1996.
It wasn’t Sridevi’s first marriage.
During the Eighties, she was frequently
cast alongside Mithun Chakraborty,
sparking rumours of a secret wedding,
which were confirmed when a fan
magazine published their wedding
certificate. Sridevi and Chakraborty
divorced after three years.
With Kapoor, Sridevi had two
daughters, Jhanvi and Khushi, named
after heroines from Kapoor’s films. Of
taking a break from her career to raise
their children, Sridevi said: “Marriage
and having children was a different
experience altogether, and I wanted to
cherish every moment.”
After 15 years Sridevi made a
critically acclaimed return to the
screen in 2012’s English Vinglish, playing
a middle-aged Indian mother learning
to speak English in New York. A year
later she was voted “India’s Greatest
Actress in 100 Years” in a national poll.
That same year, 2013, she was awarded
the Padma Shri, India’s fourth highest
civilian honour.
Last year she made her 300th film,
Mom, playing a vigilante out to avenge
her daughter. Critic Meena Iyer wrote
of Sridevi in the role: “She turns in a
captivating performance; happiness,
helplessness, vendetta and victory, she
walks you through the entire gamut of
emotions with panache.”
She was famously shy off-screen.
Talking about her reputation for being
quiet, she said: “The work should talk.”
Her last film, Shah Rukh Khan’s Zero,
will be released in December 2018.
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Civilisation as the rest of us see it
The BBC’s triumphant new series is an antidote to the original
Tour guides: David
Olusoga, Mary Beard
and Simon Schama
at the launch of
‘Civilisations’ at the
National Gallery
PETE DADDS/BBC
I
recently went along to the
splendid launch of the BBC
series Civilisations at the
National Gallery. Directorgeneral Tony Hall spoke about
the genesis of the project;
the indomitable Kirsty Wark
interviewed the presenters, Simon
Schama, Mary Beard and David
Olusoga; and we watched some
choice snippets.
David Attenborough took
us back to the late 1960s when
he commissioned the original
Civilisation, presented by the
patrician and awfully erudite
Kenneth Clark, who lived in an
11th-century castle and sired Alan,
minister in Thatcher’s government
and uninhibited diarist.
Attenborough confessed
there was no grand plan for
the undertaking. He wanted
to introduce colour TV to the
cautious British public and showing
paintings seemed a good way to
start. Almost 50 years later, the
BBC has gone back to the idea, but
does not attempt to replicate it. As
Attenborough said: “Society has
changed. We live in an international
society, a multi-ethnic society.
You can’t just do it the way we did
it then”. Obvious, really – though
apparently not to everyone.
Someone sitting near us
remarked: “A Jew, black man and
woman as presenters? Guess who
won’t find that funny?” You don’t
have to guess. It’s so predictable.
The usual suspects have already
been jumping up and down: rightwing hacks, upper-class twits,
old Oxbridge boys and girls, and
grumps who long to be taken in a
Tardis to sepia-toned bygone days.
One such reader emailed to say
Jacob Rees-Mogg, “a man with
pedigree and real conservative
values”, should have been handed
Clark’s baton. In The Times,
journalist James Marriott is very
cross about this offering, to his mind
Clark saw
his own rich life
reflected. It’s all
about politics
and identity.
Always was.
a “mess”. Whereas Clark was “stern
about what counted as good art…
the three presenters of Civilisations
have no standards at all”, Marriott
argues. They “gush” about
everything instead of delivering
script in that marvellously brittle
way Clark had, and drag in all this
stuff from foreign lands for us to
watch and swallow.
The Daily Telegraph is offended
because presenters raise tricky
questions about colonialism, race,
feminism and class. The traditional
way is to tell the story of geniuses
– all white and male – and how
they made European civilisation
the greatest in human history. The
band of brothers who write for The
Spectator will no doubt have their
own belligerent views on this latest
BBC politically correct “outrage”.
Does one despise or pity these
incurable reactionaries? Expensive
education, all that inherited cultural
capital, and yet they have little
capacity for critical thinking.
Clark briskly declared the
beautifully illuminated Latin
Book of Kells as “more refined
and elaborate than anything in
Islamic art”. And acolytes praised
him for his impressive ignorance
and prejudices. He opined that
the Gainsborough portrait of
Mr and Mrs Andrews on their
country estate was enchanting
and “Rousseauist”. We all have our
own tastes and it is technically an
impressive painting. However, as
John Berger, one of our greatest
socialist intellectuals and activists
noted: “They are not a couple in
Nature as Rousseau imagined
nature. They are landowners and
their proprietary attitude towards
what surrounds them is visible in
their stance and their expressions.”
Berger’s book and series, Ways
of Seeing, which was broadcast the
year I came to the UK, changed the
way I looked at art and life. Clark
found his own rich life reflected in
this picture and so was drawn to it.
It’s all about politics and identity.
Always was.
But back to this phenomenal
BBC project, which uses the latest
technological advances to transport
and educate audiences. It opens
up debates and controversies
over what is civilised and what is
barbaric. It will bring different
mirrors for us to gaze at the world’s
most exquisite creations and locate
those in the wide sweep of human
progress. It is an insightful, creative
challenge to the “patriotic” mindset
– but also to, say, obscurantist
Muslims, who abominate artists
and destroy historical monuments;
and to all those who will not
acknowledge the co-dependence
and cross-fertilisation between
mankind and womankind through
the ages.
In one of my favourite parts,
Schama rhapsodies about the
domed Suleymaniye Mosque
created by the Ottoman architect
Mimar Sinan and Michelangelo’s
St Peter’s in Rome. They were
contemporaries, examples of
Westerners and Easterners
working together to fashion some
of the most dazzling edifices and
civilisational highs.
Olusoga and Beard, too,
rivetingly guide us through their
chosen artefacts and expand our
imaginations by suggestively
introducing nexuses.
The BBC has, of late, been hard
to defend. Too many scandals,
too arrogant and inequitable.
This could be its first big step
to redemption.
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(Jenny Eclair’s column,
i 27 February). in which
celebrities, including
Jenny, nominated
their favourite piece
of female-generated
art from the past 100
years. I listened with
only half an ear, only
engaging when I heard
the popular vote went
to When Harry Met Sally,
a film that promulgates
the idea that men cannot
be friends with women
because they want sex
with them.
You were not alone
in your disbelief, Jenny.
Although I could suggest
a number of other
artworks ahead of Tracey
Emin’s, I do see Emin’s
work as having a feminist
message. I don’t know
where to begin in the
suggestion that Nora
Ephron’s film does.
HELEN KENDALL
HARBURY,
WARWICKSHIRE
I agree with much of
what Paul Mason says
(27 February), but even
he, a well-respected
economist in a former
life, glosses over the fact
that the definition of a
customs union requires
all members to deal
with those outside the
union in an identical
way, via the common
external tariff. A country
making trade deals on
its own account with
non-members is a
contradiction in terms.
Labour is disingenuous
in suggesting that this is
possible.
GLENDA KELLY
WREXHAM
Feminist?
Really?
I too listened to the
Front Row debate
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I feel sorry for
today’s youth
We 1950s kids thrived
on a diet of bland but
nutritious British
food, supplemented by
revolting spoonfuls of
cod liver oil and, more
palatably, rose-hip syrup.
On our Doncaster
council estate, none
of us was obese,
none noticeably
undernourished. Free
school milk was provided
daily. Subsidised lunches
were a given. Dietary
education was pragmatic
and effective. There
were no McDonald’s.
We joyously played
energetic street games.
I see many fat, inactive,
unhappy youngsters
these days, entranced
by their smartphones,
ostensibly much better
off than us kids were.
How ironic that I should
feel sorry for them.
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While I believe the dairy
industry to be more
morally questionable
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being the only species
on Earth to indulge in
such a practice is not in
itself a reason to desist
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Thanks for art’s
larger ladies
Thank you for the article
about Tate Britain’s All
Too Human exhibition
and in particular the
painting Sleeping by the
Lion Carpet featuring Sue
Tilley (i 27 February). It
reminded me of seeing
the very real, ordinary
Renoir’s nudes as a
teenager.
The ongoing battle
HAROLD WOOD, ESSEX
It’s just a bit
of snow
A milkman doing his round on skis in Earl’s Court,
London, in 1962 TERRY FINCHER, MICHAEL STROUD/GETTY
with lack of self-worth
and body image never
leaves large ladies like
me. Thank you to Sue. I
admire her courage!
MARGARET FUNNELL
BOLLINGTON,
CHESHIRE
Potholes on
Mars
How wonderful to know
that “in 2021 a European
rover will drill two
metres into the soil to
look for signs of life” (i,
27 February).The result?
Another pothole!
TERRY SLATER
HARLOW, ESSEX
Small plates on
the menu
Ella Pickover’s article
describing research into
labelling restaurant
menus with nutritional
data reminds me that
there is a least one
chain that already
gives this information
(i, 27 February). In my
experience this has made
me stop to think more
carefully about what I
select to eat.
Might I suggest that
restaurants modify their
menus to offer the option
of smaller portions and
include choices that
deliver fewer calories.
For those of us who
visit a restaurant for
a treat, food should be
offered that fulfils that
expectation. However,
there are many who
have or choose to eat out
frequently and might
welcome the calorie
information to avoid the
dreaded obesity.
VERITY BROME
I remember the 1947
winter and the “feet” of
snow but I’m blowed if I
can remember the school
being closed. It wasn’t
necessary as all pupils
walked to school, as did
the teachers. The winter
of 1963 was far worse.
I was in the RAF
serving on a V bomber
squadron in Norfolk.
My wife and child lived
in RAF rented private
accommodation in Kings
Lynn. The bedroom was
so cold that there was ice
on the inside wall.
For many years I have
told my son that if the UK
was hit by another 1963
winter we just wouldn’t
be able to cope. At least
then there were plenty
of local shops – now it’s a
drive to an out-of-town
supermarket.
ERIC SHARP
SCARBOROUGH,
NORTH YORKSHIRE
Have a little
faith on Brexit
Archbishop Welby’s
worries over Brexit
and the housing
market (i, 26 February)
might be solved a little
more quickly if he can
encourage the nation to
have a little more faith
the democratic process
for the future as Britain
leaves the EU.
Brexit hopefully
will reduce the net
immigration level into
this country from the
current level of
200,000. This in turn
will cut the demand for
housing and bring the
prices down.
NIGEL SCOTLAND
CHELTENHAM,
GLOUCESTERSHIRE
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We’ve all got our own
vices for how we prefer to
unwind at the end of a hard
week, but Charlize Theron
revealed she had to knock
a penchant for weed on
the head because it made
her dull.
The actress said: “I really
appreciated marijuana
way more than alcohol or
anything else. My chemistry
was really good with it
when I was younger and
then it just changed one day.
“Like, in my early thirties
I just became boring on it
and I would just stand in
front of my fridge, so that’s
no good.”
Kim surprised TV show was a hit
Kim Kardashian has said the
overwhelming success of her reality
TV show, Keeping Up With The
Kardashians, surprised everyone –
most notably herself – who thought
it would be cancelled
shortly after airing.
The plot-light
programme, which
often seems to revolve
around the sisters
eating salads together,
has actually clocked up
14 series on the
E! Channel.
Kim told Vogue India:
“I didn’t think the show
would go beyond season one or two.
And then as things were happening,
my mom and I were so excited. We
didn’t even know what we were
starting, but we knew we
were in it together.”
She added that she fully
expected to end up back
in her fledgling career
as a stylist to her celeb
pals like Paris Hilton: “I
thought I was just going
to run my clothing store.”
She’s now thought to be
worth £126m, so that’s
looking increasingly
unlikely.
Schumer’s new
hubby habit
me out of the water. All his stories
about me that were supposed to be
endearing were about me screaming
at him. I just annoy him all day.”
The Trainwreck actress – who
recently posted an Instagram
picture of her and Fischer
hiking over boulders,
quipping that they were
“on the rocks already” –
said that one side effect
of the wedding was that
she’s been peppering
every conversation with
the word “husband” ever
since: “I just have been really
overusing it to a degree that’s
insane. Like, when it’s completely
uncalled for.”
For better, for worse; he’ll just have
to get used to it.
She got married in a quickie
wedding last month – and now
Amy Schumer has revealed
more about her Malibu
beach nuptials to chef
Chris Fischer.
The bride of two weeks
said: “It feels f*****g
good. I’m wife as hell. But
it’s still, like, a novelty.”
The couple’s vows on 13
February probably had guests
Jennifer Aniston, Jake Gyllenhaal
and Larry David in stitches. But
the comedian said: “Mine sucked! I
thought mine were good, but his blew
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KELNER’S VIEW
Simon
Kelner
A
t Wembley on Sunday,
thousands of Manchester
City supporters
were wearing yellow
ribbons. It had nothing to do
with bringing our troops home.
Nor was it a demonstration of
widespread backing for Catalonian
independence among the residents
of Cheetham Hill or Chorlton. It
was a gesture of support for the
club’s manager, Pep Guardiola, a
proud Catalan, who had been told by
the game’s governing body that he
couldn’t wear his own yellow ribbon.
Wearing the badges of allegiance
is what we football fans do. Scarves,
jerseys, hats, even (like my friend
John) a pair of sky-blue socks: these
are the symbols of our belonging,
worn proudly, sometimes defiantly,
to distinguish us as part of a force
bigger than ourselves. In the age of
the individual, it provides us with a
sense of identity. It is, in a minor way,
a political statement.
Pep’s yellow ribbon is, of course,
a more overt symbol, and that is
where he fell foul of the Football
Association’s rules that preclude
the wearing of political messages on
the touchline. Bear in mind
that this is the same FA
which fought for the
right of players to wear
a poppy on their shirts
on Remembrance
Day. And it’s the same
FA which permitted
players to have rainbow
laces in support of gay
rights. Both could be
considered political gestures
of a similar nature to Guardiola’s
yellow ribbon, which he wears to
draw attention to the plight of those
imprisoned in Spain for supporting
Catalan independence.
“Before a manager, I am a human
being,” said Guardiola, who is so
steeped in the Catalan quest for
self-determination that, in 2014,
he stood as a candidate for the
pro-independence coalition Junts
Pel Si, and has had many run-ins
with the Spanish authorities over
his public stance. The Spanish police
have even searched Guardiola’s
plane twice, looking for the ousted
Catalan leader Carles Puigdemont.
So this is not a lazy, fashionable
display of political awareness for
Guardiola. This is not a form of
hashtag activism. He’s not like a
Hollywood actress wearing a black
evening gown believing it helps
the cause of oppressed women
everywhere. He may be the most
successful and charismatic football
manager in Britain, but he is also a
rounded, socially aware and political
active man. There are
precious few such figures
in football.
And this is where I
would contest the FA’s
position on Guardiola.
Within the obscene
wealth and skewed
values of our national
game, surely there is
room for the occasional
statement which identifies
that there is a world beyond
football, a world of injustice and
inequality, where people struggle to
make their voice heard.
Guardiola refuses to toe the line.
He has been charged and fined – and
yet he won’t back down, he says. To
prevent a needless stand-off, the
FA could bring their rules in line
with Europe, where the wearing
of political symbols is permitted,
as long as they are not considered
offensive. Whatever happens,
Pep Guardiola has made many
thousands of one-eyed football
fans aware of a political struggle
elsewhere in the world. And,
whichever side of the debate you fall
on, that can’t be a bad thing.
SOCIETY
voices of reporters like her, and the
unashamedly Yorkshire-accented
Chris Mason, are becoming more
commonplace, but it has been a very
gradual change.
In 2001, when I moved to London
to become a political correspondent
in Westminster, my northern accent
stuck out like Big Ben. It wasn’t a
broad Scouse twang, but my vowels
were flat, except my U-sounds,
which had become as deep and
round as a Yorkshire Dale. During
the 2001 Conservative leadership
contest, I called a press officer and
asked what their candidate was “up
to” that day. “Oop to?” mocked the
man at the other end of the phone.
I couldn’t say “budget” without
someone laughing. It wasn’t the
worst thing in the world, but it did
make me change the way I speak.
The longer I spent in Westminster,
I am ashamed to say, the longer my
vowels became. It was easier. When
my daughter was born in 2010, I said
“barth” and “glarse” so she wouldn’t
be picked on at school.
The thing is, how many others
are, like me, hiding our true voices?
If only we had all decided not to
smooth out the accents we grew
up with, to live with our flat vowels,
hard Gs and sibilance from the
provinces, then we would be more
the norm, and the next young person
arriving at Euston or King’s Cross
would be able to say “bus pass” with
pride. For this reason, after 17 years
in London, I am reclaiming my flat
vowels. I’ll raise a flat-A glass to that.
Jane
Merrick
I’m proudly
reclaiming
flat vowels
W
hen I turn on the radio
I can tell straight away
whether it’s tuned to
Radio 4 or 5Live. How?
The accents. As someone who grew
up in Liverpool, spent their early
twenties in Leeds and moved to
London 17 years ago, I am attuned to
a northern accent whenever I hear
it. Radio 5 Live is full of twangs and
lilts; Radio 4, not so much, unless it’s
a gritty afternoon drama featuring a
northern character in trouble.
So I understand why BBC
Breakfast reporter Steph McGovern,
who is from Middlesbrough, has
chosen to speak about class and
accents in broadcasting. She says a
lot of women “posher than me” earn
more than her at the corporation,
and she has had to fight for parity.
This despite the fact that McGovern
is one of the best broadcasters on
the BBC – clear, engaging and lively,
which is surely what the audience
wants first thing in the morning. The
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CULTURE
Hip-hop ‘Hamilton’ helps West End
audiences hit record 15 million mark
Great Exhibition
of the North
reveals line-up
By Tom Wilkinson
By Robert Dex
The success of shows including
Hamilton and Harry Potter helped
to push London theatre audiences
past 15 million for the first time.
Figures released by the Society
of London Theatre (Solt) showed
2017 was a record year for the capital’s theatre business, with boxoffice revenues topping £700m.
It is the first time audiences have
exceeded 15 million since the organisation began collecting audience data more than 30 years ago.
The figures, which cover all the
major theatres in central London,
show that attendances increased
by five per cent, from 14.3 million in
2016, with the average theatregoer
paying £46.71 for their ticket.
Statistics broken down by genre
show that audiences for musicals
rose eight per cent, to 8.7 million,
and attendances for plays were up
seven per cent, to 4.4 million.
Other types of theatre, including opera and dance, sold more
than 1,880,000 tickets, a fall of
7 per cent, but for an increased
revenue of nearly £92m.
A Solt spokesman said the figures were “driven by a strong performance in the first two quarters
but also noticeable for a fall in both
attendance and revenue in the
final quarter of 2017”.
Hamilton, Lin-Manuel Miranda’s hip-hop musical about
America’s founding fathers, broke
box-office records on Broadway,
and sold thousands of tickets in
London before a cast for the show
at the refurbished Victoria Palace
Theatre had been announced.
It followed the success of Harry
Jason Pennycooke
as Thomas
Jefferson in
‘Hamilton’
MATTHEW MURPHY
Potter and the Cursed Child, starring Jamie Parker, Noma Dumezweni and Paul Thornley, a two-part
new story that brought the schoolboy wizard into adulthood. The
Book of Mormon and Wicked also
helped to push up attendance.
Solt president and West End
producer Kenny Wax said: “The
industry has many reasons to
celebrate but must remain cautious as we look ahead to the rest
of 2018.
“It is heartening to have seen
growth in audiences for both plays
and musicals.” EVENING STANDARD
Mr Wax said the box
office figures were
“a testament to the creative
strength of London theatre and
cements the city’s status as the
world’s theatre capital”.
TECHNOLOGY
Bigging it up: new iPhone gets larger screen
By Rhiannon Williams
TECHNOLOGY CORRESPONDENT
Three more new iPhones are set
for release in September REUTERS
Apple is planning to reveal three
new iPhones in September including, it is believed, the company’s
largest yet.
A new flagship iPhone with a
6.5-inch display is to be announced
alongside an upgrade to the current iPhone X and a cheaper model
with an LCD screen, according to
Bloomberg.
The new 6.5-inch model is likely
to sport a high-quality OLED display which could appeal to busi-
ness users seeking larger screens
for working.
The new handsets are likely
to feature Face ID, Apple’s facial
scanning technology, and may
come in a new shade of gold. They
will run the next generation of software, iOS 12.
The programme for the Great
Exhibition of the North, billed as
England’s biggest event of 2018,
has been unveiled.
The 80-day celebration will
run in Newcastle and Gateshead
from 22 June and is expected
to pull in three million visitors
and celebrate the North of
England’s creativity.
An 80m water
sculpture on
the Tyne and
a spectacular
opening event
including the
Kaiser Chiefs
is planned.
Broadcaster
Lauren Laverne
(inset), from
Sunderland, will organise a
Great Northern Soundtrack in
honour of the event and there
will be a solo exhibition from
Turner Prize 2017 winner,
Lubaina Himid.
Ms Laverne said: “It’s a great
opportunity to showcase the
vast array of talent ... across a
breadth of styles and genres.”
Sir Gary Verity, chairman of
the Great Exhibition, said the
diverse programme would tell “a
pioneering story” and “change
the world’s view of the North”.
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TURKEY
Erdogan hatches plan to criminalise adultery
By Lydia Smith
Turkey’s President, Recep Tayyip
Erdogan, is considering criminalising adultery, having expressed
regret about adhering to European
Union demands as it sought to join
the bloc.
“I think it would be very, very welltimed to again discuss the adultery
issue, as our society is in a different
position with regards to moral values,” Mr Erdogan (inset) said.
“This is a very old issue, far-reach-
ing. It should be discussed. It was already in our legal proposals [in 2004]
in the first place. We took a step
in accordance with the EU’s
demands, but we made a
mistake,” he said.
Turkey abandoned
efforts to criminalise
adultery as part of its
work towards meeting
EU membership criteria,
which involved sweeping
changes to the country’s penal
code, including the expansion of
individual liberties. The adultery
proposal in particular caused a backlash, with EU officials saying the
law would hinder Turkey’s
chances of joining the bloc.
Mr Erdogan’s Justice
and Development Party
abandoned the idea of
criminalising adultery
in September 2004. But
the President has now expressed regrets about the
entire “process” of adhering to
the bloc’s requirements. “We should
now evaluate preparing legislation
about adultery and perhaps consider
it together with the issue of harassment and others.”
Presidential spokesperson Ibrahim Kalin confirmed on 21 February
that a new adultery law was on the
Justice Ministry agenda, according
to Turkey’s Hurriyet Daily News.
The criminalisation of adultery has
been subject to debate in Turkey for
decades. In 1996, the country’s constitutional court overturned an adultery law, stating it penalised women
more than men. Under the law,
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democratic, secular state.
UNITED STATES
ENVIRONMENT
Trump to run in 2020
with digital guru in
campaign hot seat
Cities given
‘wake-up’ call
on climate
By Sophie Hares
IN MEXICO CITY
By Clark Mindock
IN NEW YORK
Donald Trump will run for a second
term as president and will name Brad
Parscale, his 2016 digital strategist,
as his campaign manager for 2020.
Mr Trump’s ambitions for a second
spell in the Oval Office were already
writ large since the President filed
paperwork for his 2020 campaign
on Inauguration Day, allowing
him to begin taking donations for the upcoming
presidential race.
But Eric Trump, one of
the President’s sons, last
night hailed his father’s
choice of new campaign
manager. He said that Mr
Parscale as an “amazing talent” who was “pivotal to our success in 2016”.
He added: “He has our family’s complete trust and is the perfect person to be at the helm of the
[2020] campaign.”
In 2016, Mr Parscale (inset) was in
charge of overseeing the campaign’s
digital media strategy and its online
fundraising campaigns.
Hi latest promotion suggests that
in 2020 Mr Trump will rely heavily on using social media and other
digital platforms to spread the message. Mr Parscale frequently tweets
and retweets articles related to the
ongoing scandal surrounding Russian hacking of the 2016 election. Mr
Parscale, like the President, consistently argues that Russia’s attempts
to influence the campaign through
social media bots did not sway the
election in Mr Trump’s favour.
Mr Parscale recently said that he
thought the Trump 2016 digital
strategy was much more effective than that of their
Democratic opponent
Hillary Clinton.
Meanwhile, Mr Trump
has reached an informal deal with Boeing to
provide the next generation
presidential aircraft.
Deputy press secretary Hogan
Gidley said yesterday that the President negotiated a $3.9bn (£2.8bn)
“fixed-price contract” for the new Air
Force One planes. It follows years of
negotiations between Boeing and the
US Air Force – and Mr Trump’s personal intervention since his election.
In December 2016, Mr Trump
tweeted that costs for the programme were “out of control,
more than $4bn... Cancel order”.
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Driverless car test rules relaxed
By Christopher Weber
IN LOS ANGELES
Driverless cars will be tested
in California for the first time
without a person behind a
steering wheel under new rules
approved on Monday.
Until now, driverless cars
could only be tested on public
roads in the state if a person
could take the wheel in
an emergency.
“This is a move that had to
happen for California to stay
People queue to collect water in Cape Town, South Africa REUTERS
competitive in this field,”
said Nidhi Kalra, a Rand
Corporation scientist.
But the advocacy group
Consumer Watchdog slammed
the new California regulations,
claiming autonomous cars have
not yet been proven safe enough
to be deployed without a human
backup driver.
“It will be just like playing a
video game, except lives will be
at stake,” said John Simpson, the
group’s privacy and technology
project director. AP
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Conservatives pick Maori leader
By Nick Perry
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Climate change will hit the world’s
cities harder than previously
thought – and the incidence of
storms, floods and other extreme
weather events show the damage has already started, an expert
group has said.
The severe water shortages
pushing drought-stricken Cape
Town towards “day zero”, when
it runs out of water, are proving a
wake-up call to other vulnerable
cities, said Mark Watts, executive
director of the C40 climate change
alliance – the global network of cities tackling climate change.
“Almost every [C40 member]
city is reporting extreme weather
events that are off all the scale of
previous experience, and ahead of
all the modelling of climate change,”
Mr Watts said.
“Given that all the scientific models are failing to predict the pace
that climate impact’s actually having, how do you do good public policy?” he said on the sidelines of the
C40’s Women4Climate conference.
Nearly half of the 92 cities in the
C40 network saw extreme flooding
last year, according to Mr Watts,
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MPs from New Zealand’s
main conservative party
yesterday chose their first
indigenous Maori leader
as they regrouped after
an election loss.
National Party memb e rs s e l e c t e d S i m o n
Bridges (inset, left), 41, from
among five candidates. He is a
former lawyer and prosecutor who
was first elected to parliament 10
years ago and held several ministerial portfolios in the previous
government, including energy,
labour and transport.
The party also chose a
Maori deputy leader after
Paula Bennett (inset, right)
fended off one challenger
to retain her position.
The next election is due
in 2020. “I’m really excited…
I hope Maori are proud of me,”
Mr Bridges said. He replaces former
prime minister Bill English, 56, who
is quitting politics. AP
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By John von Radowitz
Two closely related types of ape use
the same sign language despite evolving as separate species at least a million years ago.
If a chimpanzee and a bonobo
met face to face for the first time
they would probably be able to communicate, scientists have found. It
suggests that primate gestures with
shared meanings are biologically inherited and may extend to humans.
Dr Kirsty Graham, from the University of York, said: “The overlap in
gesture meanings between bonobos
and chimpanzees is quite substantial.
In future we hope to learn more about
how gestures develop through the
apes’ lifetimes. We are also starting
to examine whether humans share
any of these great ape gestures and
understand the gesture meanings, so
watch this space.”
While chimpanzee gestures have
been well studied, less is known
about those of bonobos.
Scientists knew that the apes
used many of the same gestures, but
whether or not they shared similar
meanings was much less clear.
Bonobos, an endangered species
from central Africa, closely resemble the chimpanzees but are more
slightly built.
The “initiate grooming” signal, a
loud scratching of an ape’s own arm,
was almost universally recognised by
both species, as was the “acquire object” gesture, a mouth stroke.
Standing on two legs, on the other
hand, was only an invitation to have
sex among bonobos.
The team wrote in Public Library
of Science Biology: “We find that the
similarity between the two species is
much greater than would be expected by chance.”
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SOCIETY
Chemical weapons watchdog starts
inquiry into ‘chlorine gas’ attacks
Aid workers
‘demand sex
for meals’
By Anthony Deutsch
The world’s chemical weapons
watchdog has opened an investigation into attacks in the besieged
rebel-held Syrian region of Eastern Ghouta to determine whether
the outlawed substances have been
used there.
T h e O rga n i s a t i o n fo r t h e
Prohibition of Chemical Weapons
(OPCW) will examine a range of attacks, including one on Sunday that
health authorities said killed a child
and caused symptoms consistent
with exposure to chlorine gas.
Political leaders in the UK, France,
and the United States have said they
would back targeted military action
against Damascus if there were proof
chemical weapons had been used
A UN inquiry to
identify those behind
chemical weapons attacks
concluded in 2016 that Syrian
government forces had used
chlorine on three occasions.
President Bashar al-Assad’s forces.
Syrian warplanes continued to
strike Eastern Ghouta yesterday,
despite a Russian call for a five-hour
daily truce to allow the 400,000 people living there under siege to leave.
In addition, the Red Cross said
Russia’s humanitarian pause in the
embattled rebel-held enclave near
Damascus offered little time for aid
delivery and provided no guarantees
of safety for besieged residents.
Ingy Sedky, the spokeswoman for
the International Committee of the
Red Cross in Damascus, said that
any respite from the fighting in Eastern Ghouta was welcome, but that
five hours “is very limited and there
is little that we can achieve in such
limited time”.
Mohammed Alloush, head of the
largest insurgent group in Eastern
Ghouta, argued that a daily humanitarian pause introduced by Russia
was aimed at displacing civilians
rather than protecting them.
Russian Foreign Minister Sergey
Lavrov, speaking after talks with
French Foreign Minister Jean-Yves
Le Drian, dismissed this claim.
By Padraic Flanagan
Victims of a
suspected
chemical attack in
Eastern Ghouta
AFP/GETTY
No civilians have left Eastern
Ghouta since the humanitarian pause
began. Russia accuses the insurgents
of preventing people from leaving, allegations denied by the rebels.
Some reports suggest that local
civilians are frightened to leave in
case the young men among them
become conscripted by the Syrian
army. The enclave has been under
siege by the government since
2013. REUTERS
Aid workers in Syria have been
withholding deliveries from
women unless they agree to give
sexual favours, a report claims.
Despite warnings three
years ago about such abuse by
men delivering aid on behalf
of NGOs, a new study by the
United Nations Population
Fund shows it is continuing in
southern Syria.
UN agencies and charities
said they had zero tolerance
of exploitation and were not
aware of any abuse. But some
aid workers told the BBC the
abuse was so widespread that
some women were refusing to
go to distribution centres.
“Examples were given of
women or girls marrying
officials for a short period
of time for ‘sexual services’
in order to receive meals or
obtaining distributions ‘in
exchange for services, such as
spending a night with them’,”
according to the report.
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PAKISTAN
UNITED STATES
B&B in Hawaii
discriminated
against gay couple
By Jennifer Sinco Kelleher
IN HONOLULU
A Hawaii bed and breakfast
discriminated against a couple
by denying a room to two women
because they are gay, a state
appeals court affirmed.
Aloha Bed & Breakfast’s
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IN MANILA
DENMARK
A whistle-blower warned Denmark’s
biggest bank in 2013 that family
members of Russian President
Vladimir Putin and Russia’s spy
agency were using its Estonian bank
branch for money laundering, a
Danish newspaper has reported.
The Berlingske daily said a leaked
internal report indicated that the
Danske Bank leadership knew “of
far more serious conditions than
previously stated”.
Danske Bank reportedly shut down
20 Russian customer accounts after
the allegations of illegal activity. The
clients’ identities were kept secret at
the time. AP
owner, Phyllis Young, had argued
she should be allowed to turn
away gay couples because of her
Catholic beliefs. She appealed
against a 2013 lower court
ruling that ordered her to stop
discriminating against same-sex
couples. Last week’s ruling
supported the 2013 decision.
Diane Cervelli and Taeko
Bufford, of Long Beach,
California, tried to book a room
there, with just one bed, in 2007.
Ms Young told them she was
uncomfortable reserving a room
for lesbians and cancelled the
reservation. AP
Aboard the original Orient
Express for the first time,
Agatha Christie’s greatgrandson James Prichard
explains its dual significance
to the “Queen of Crime”. A solo
trip on the fabled locomotive
not only inspired one of her
most famous novels, Murder
on the Orient Express, but also
improved her personal life.
Christie first travelled on the
iconic Orient Express in 1928
during the most painful time
of her life, after Mr Prichard’s
great-grandfather, Archie
Christie, walked out on her.
“She wanted a holiday
and someone suggested she
went on an archaeological
dig in Syria,” Prichard said.
For a woman travelling solo
in that era, the trip was
“extraordinarily brave and
adventurous”, he added. “She
met an archaeologist on the
trip, Max Mallowan, who
became her second husband.
Mr Prichard spoke about
the family matriarch while
travelling from Paris to
France’s Champagne region on
a specially chartered voyage.
Looking around a restored
1920s train carriage, Mr
Prichard said he could see the
appeal in “the beauty of the
train”. The art deco-style car
with birch burl panels and
exotic woodwork by famed
French decorator Rene Prou
was refurbished last year by
France’s national rail network,
the SNCF. AP
Thomas Adamson
i WEDNESDAY
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Duterte blocks UN from
investigating drug killings
The Philippines has said it will allow
an investigation into alleged human
rights abuses in its war on drugs, but
has excluded a key United Nations investigator from the role.
More than 30 mostly Western
countries have called on the
Philippines to allow the UN
expert, Agnes Callamard, to look
into the thousands of killings
in President Rodrigo Duterte’s
19-month-old crackdown.
Ms Callamard’s specialist areas
under the United Nations are
extrajudicial killings, and summary
Barred: Agnes Callamard, the UN
expert on extrajudicial killings AFP
and arbitrary executions. Mr
Duterte’s spokesman, Harry Roque, a
lawyer, said the Philippines welcomed
any investigation provided that the
United Nations sends a “credible,
objective and unbiased” rapporteur,
who is also “an authority in the
field that they seek to investigate”.
Ms Callamard does not fit that
description, he said.
More than 4,000 Filipinos have
been killed by police during the drugs
war and hundreds, possibly several
thousand, more by unidentified
armed men.
A prosecutor at the International
Criminal Court in The Hague
this month started a preliminary
examination into a complaint
accusing Mr Duterte and at
least 11 officials of crimes against
humanity. REUTERS
Look who
is coming
to lunch
A woman found
one of the world’s
deadliest snakes in
her child’s lunchbox
at the family home in
Adeleide, Australia.
Reptile handler Rolly
Burrell identified it
as a young eastern
brown. The reptile
was then removed
without incident. Mr
Burrell said that even
juvenile snakes had
dangerous venom.
SOUTH SUDAN
Beauty pageant tradition is a ‘positive for women’
Amid the ethnic violence, famine
and mass displacement in five years
of civil war, a Miss World pageant
carries on in South Sudan, one of the
world’s most devastated countries.
The pageant launched in 2011,
the year South Sudan gained
independence from Sudan. What
began with 20 applicants from
around the country and the diaspora
has now grown to about 60. The
global organisation funds the local
pageant; South Sudan’s government,
while supportive, says it doesn’t
contribute money.
“This is a positive thing for women”
said Shelina Doro, a women’s
protection officer with the UN. Even
though beauty pageants can be “up
for interpretation”, she said that at
the moment in South Sudan “this is
what we have”.
Each year contestants pick a cause
that supports communities. AP
AUSTRALIA
GREECE
SOUTH KOREA
Police boss quits
over racist blog
Minister follows Ousted President
wife by quitting faces long jail term
A senior state police officer has
resigned over racist and obscene
comments he posted online under
a fake name.
Assistant Commissioner
Brett Guerin’s resignation was
accepted by Victoria State Police
Chief Commissioner Graham
Ashton. The racist rants targeted
Indians, Pakistanis, Somalis and
Argentinians. He also attacked
senior police officers in his
obscene posts. AP
The economy and development
minister, Dimitri Papadimitriou,
has resigned, after his wife, a junior
Greek cabinet minister, also stepped
down over a rent-allowance scandal.
Mr Papadimitriou’s wife, deputy
labour minister Rania Antonopoulou,
quit after she sought and got rent
relief for her Athens home, despite
declaring an annual household
income of more than £360,000.
The subsidy will be stopped for
cabinet members who are not MPs.
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By Manuel Mogato
Sharif’s brother Putin linked to
new party chief bank scandal
Pakistan’s ruling party
yesterday chose Shahbaz
Sharif as its president,
replacing his brother and
veteran leader Nawaz
Sharif following his latest
disqualification by the
Supreme Court.
The Pakistan Muslim
League-Nawaz party also
elected Nawaz Sharif as
“leader for life”, in what will be
seen as a provocative move and
could anger the judiciary after
last week’s Supreme Court
verdict that removed him as
party leader. REUTERS
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South Korean prosecutors are
seeking a 30-year jail term for
former President Park Geun-hye,
who was ousted last year amid an
influence-peddling scandal.
Ms Park, 66, was dismissed
after being impeached, and is on
trial for alleged bribery, abuse of
power and coercion, which she
denies. Choi Soon-sil, a friend
of Ms Park at the centre of the
scandal, has been jailed for 20
years for taking bribes. REUTERS
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Down and out and
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A businessman is trying to purge Torbay of
‘nuisance’ beggars. Cahal Milmo reports
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ith its palm trees
and sandy beaches,
Torbay has long
induced residents
and visitors to
reach for their cameras. Lately,
however, pictures are being
taken here for altogether more
controversial reasons.
Abetted by signs tied to lamp
posts showing a large image of a
camera and the words “warning
– you are in a photographic zone”,
Torquay businessman Ashley Sims
and his colleagues claim to have
disrupted “professional beggars” by
snapping those seeking money.
Mr Sims has threatened to “name
and shame” around 10 individuals
who are not be “genuinely homeless”
and are instead committing fraud
by appearing to be rough sleepers.
Having checked their identities
with support organisations, he
intends to publish their pictures
on social media under the hashtag
#fakehomeless. Mr Sims insists
that of 17 people confronted while
begging, only two have been
confirmed as homeless – and of the
remainder, five agreed to leave the
town “to protect their benefits”.
The initiative is all the more
unorthodox because it has appeared
to have the support of Humanity
Torbay, a homelessness charity
which had previously been accused
by business leaders of attracting
rough sleepers to the area because
of its outreach work.
But yesterday the charity said it
was distancing itself from the “name
and shame” element of the scheme
as police, the local authorities and
other volunteers groups lined up to
condemn the measure for fuelling
misconceptions about homelessness
and begging, as well as encouraging
ugly vigilantism.
Ellie Waugh, one of five
housewives who founded Humanity
Torbay last year, told i: “We don’t
agree with or support publishing
photographs of people. But we
recognise that there is a problem
with people – call them professional
beggars if you would like – who
are asking for money but are not
homeless. They include people who
we have helped with finding housing
who have complex needs.
“At the same time, there is some
Attacks: A Torbay
outreach worker
said a rough
sleeper had been
urinated on GETTY
evidence of more organised groups
who are targeting the area. We have
had some of the homeless people
we work with say they support
what Ashley Sims is doing because
it removes doubt… It is frustrating
that this has become the focus of the
debate – we ask people to give people
food and blankets, not money.”
The row frames a wider
controversy which has seen some
local authorities and police forces
adopt an increasingly muscular
approach to combating begging and
rough sleeping, while others argue
that the result is the scapegoating of
the homeless.
Earlier this month,
Cambridgeshire Police warned
residents of Ely not to give money to
CULTURE
The gift of Gaeilge
The Irish language is a political football in
Stormont but there are many reasons to
love it, argues Darach Ó Séaghdha
Dubh
One of the first things you’ll hear
about Irish is that it is hard to
pronounce. It’s worth examining
this opinion rather than dismissing
it outright, as the answer takes us
to the heart of the language itself.
Firstly, there are different regional
dialects. The word dubh (meaning
“black”) is pronounced “dove” in
the Munster and Connacht dialect,
but “doo” in Ulster. While this
might intimidate some learners, in
practice it is more forgiving than
Received Pronunciation in English
– there’s no one “right” way to
pronounce a word.
Róisín
Another reason people think Irish is
hard to pronounce is because they
see Irish names in English language
contexts. The lovely name Róisín is
probably one you’ve seen with and
without the fadas above the letters.
In Irish, those fadas give you a key to
pronouncing the vowels underneath
them. So o is “uh” and ó is “oh”.
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beggars because the cathedral city
has “no known homeless people”.
In 2016 Sussex Police was accused
of criminalising rough sleepers
after it used plain-clothes officers
to monitor rough sleepers and then
make arrests if by-laws banning
begging were broken.
The Conservative leader of
Windsor Council was criticised
when he recently suggested rough
sleepers should be cleared from the
town’s streets for this year’s royal
wedding, while the local authority in
Bournemouth was this month forced
to backtrack on placing bars across
park benches to prevent them from
being used to sleep on.
Britain is facing a constant and
troubling rise in the number of
people sleeping on the streets. Last
year saw a 15 per cent rise to 4,751
rough sleepers per night, according
to a government survey conducted
on a single night last autumn. That
is double the number as in 2010,
despite a pledge from Downing
Street to end rough sleeping by 2027.
Homelessness charity Crisis said
the true number of rough sleepers
was much higher at around 8,000
with a further 9,000 sleeping in cars,
tents, buses and trains.
Mr Sims insists that his action is
designed to weed out fraudsters and
allow local authorities and charities
to focus their efforts on those in
genuine need.
The businessman told BBC News:
“One thing these people don’t like
Seeing this name without the fadas,
or not knowing what the fadas mean,
could lead someone to think that the
language is illogical.
Corrchoigilt
Snámh
If you have a friend called Niamh,
you’ll recognise that the mh at the
end of this word (the Irish for
swim) is pronounced like
a V. The traditional Irish
alphabet had 18 letters
and V was not one of
them. V sounds were
expressed in writing with
MH or BH.
Ceol
Unlike English, a C in Irish is
a hard C. Ceol is the Irish word
for music. It sounds tantalisingly
similar to ceo, the word for mist or
fog; the two words together conjure
all sorts of Clannad video imagery in
my mind. “Mo cheol thú” (my music
to you) is one of the ways in Irish to
say I love you.
Irish has some words with no exact
match in English. This one (corecha-guilt) means the strange light
in low-burning embers, or a person
who is full of mischief.
Féinphic
Irish is an old language, but
it is also a new language
with terms being added
all the time. One of the
recent words added is
this one (feign-pic), the
Irish for selfie. The Irish
terminology database
has over 3,000 entries in
the law category and almost
15,000 entries in the computer
science category.
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is being photographed or filmed, so
we’ve gone and done that. We have
identified who is genuine with the
relevant charities and their names
and if they are homeless or not, and
five of them have told us they won’t
go begging any more if I don’t put
their photo up.”
The campaigners said there had
been a reduction in the number of
ambulance calls to the centre of
Torquay because their scheme was
keeping drug users away.
Others point to an increasingly
blurred line in public perception
between homelessness and nuisance
begging, and alongside it a grim
catalogue of incidents targeting
the most vulnerable. According to
Crisis, rough sleepers are almost
17 times more likely to have been
victims of violence compared to the
general public.
One outreach worker in Torbay
told i she was aware of several
attacks in recent months, including
an incident where a rough sleeper
was deliberately urinated on.
A spokesman for Torbay Council
said: “We are already aware of
an individual wrongly identified
as ‘fake homeless’, who has then
been the subject of abuse via social
media. The actions being proposed
by this campaign encourages
vigilantism and enables anyone
so-minded to target people, and is
therefore unacceptable.”
Others on the frontline of Devon’s
efforts to tackle homelessness
looked on the situation with dismay.
Nick Pannell, chairman of Friends of
Factory Row, a longstanding charity
in Torquay, said: “Contrary to wildly
exaggerated reports, not much
money is made from begging. It is
generally a desperate bid to scrape
together a few coins to buy drugs
or alcohol.
“They are not professional
beggars changing out of designer
clothes into rags, but genuinely
desperate, sad, alienated human
beings with profound problems
who are living at the edge of our
communities. Then someone comes
along with a camera and starts
taunting them, publishing their
pictures. So what if they have some
dingy bedsit or hostel bed? That
does not disqualify them from being
treated with dignity and respect.”
the Irish word for a chimpanzee
(inset) – why not leave it as it is in
English? Well, two reasons: first,
Irish is just doing what English
did, taking the source Bantu word
and expressing its sound with
local phonology. Second, using
Irish spelling makes it easier for
speakers to apply Irish grammar
to the word – two chimpanzees are
“dhá simpeansaithe”, a chimp in the
genitive case is “an tsimpeansaí”
and so on.
Rún
Simpeansaí
Finally, my favourite word in Irish
(pronounced roon) can mean a
promise, a secret, a love or a secret
love. The Irish language has buried
treasure in its music, poetry, wisdom
and its fun. If you look closer, it
doesn’t have to be a secret anymore.
Sometimes when people criticise
Irish they point out that some of the
new words are just English words
with some Irish bells and whistles
stuck on. An example of this is
Darach Ó Séaghdha is the author of
‘Motherfoclóir: Dispatches From A
Not-So Dead Language’ (£10.99, Head
of Zeus)
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SOCIETY
Sleazy does it –
an idiot’s guide
to modern dating
New ‘simulator’ teaches men how to talk
to the opposite sex. By Adam Forrest
W
hen Piers Morgan
calls you a “dick”
on live television
for your views on
British women,
you might want to take a long, hard
look at yourself. But what British
dating coach Richard La Ruina did
instead was to create a “live-action
simulator” to teach his pick-up
techniques to civilians.
The excruciatingly named
Super Seducer comes out on
PlayStation 4, PC and Mac next
week and purports to teach single,
heterosexual men how to become
irresistibly brilliant with the
opposite sex.
The timing of La Ruina’s
simulator is truly strange. A deluge
of sexual-harassment scandals
and the #MeToo movement have
forced a re-examination of almost
every aspect of gender relations.
A video game portraying woman
as sexual objects ready to be
advanced upon simply cannot pass
as harmless fun.
La Ruina insists that he is
only trying to help men become
better at something at which
many remain pathetically clunky.
“A lot of guys struggle with the
basics – how to talk to woman,
what to text, what kind of things
are appropriate,” he explains.
“Yes, unwanted sexual attention
is sleazy. But in the right time and
right place women do want sexual
attention. You can’t be sleazy if you
start talking to someone and begin
to escalate things when you pick up
on the right signals.”
Essentially a series of video
training exercises, Super Seducer
allows the player to test out
different conversational gambits
in everyday scenarios role-played
by La Ruina and his ensemble
of actresses.
The seediest chat-up lines and
over-eager behaviours – such
as lunging in for a kiss – are
continually presented as the
“wrong” options to choose. Take
it easy, La Ruina advises – make
sure a woman is comfortable. “You
never want to escalate things too
quickly or invade her physical
space,” he says.
A common-sense message on
consent, perhaps, but the whole
thing still feels odd and outdated
– mostly because of its treatment
of seduction as a one-way process.
The game presents women as
passive, delicate creatures waiting
to be coaxed into attraction, rather
Guys are now terrified
of approaching a woman.
They imagine they’ll be seen
as this terrible harasser
Dating coach Richard La Ruina
claims his video game helps men
‘become irresistible’ to women
than human beings with the same
basic desires and agency as men.
After Morgan called La Ruina “a
dick” for dismissing British women
as too “entitled” during a Good
Morning Britain appearance last
year, the 37-year-old, who moved
to Russia three years ago and is
now married to a Russian woman,
accepts he has an old-fashioned
understanding of gender roles.
“Men and woman are different.
It’s the definition of manliness
to initiate and make the moves.
I mean, imagine a woman
approaching a guy, calling him,
inviting him on date, inviting him
back, trying to kiss him. I mean,
really? It can happen I suppose.
But I don’t think it’s the female
fantasy to do all the running.” What
about the #MeToo movement?
Does he believe that it has left men
too scared to flirt or ask women
out? “The current climate has
made it harder to know what to
do,” he says. “It is becoming very
different in the UK and US. The
guys who might be struggling,
socially, are now terrified of
approaching a woman. It’s all too
easy for them to imagine they’ll be
seen as this terrible harasser.”
La Ruina says some of the most
frustrated types are pledging
allegiance to the Men Going Their
Own Way movement, rejecting
the whole idea of forming loving
relationships. “It’s sad. I’m seeing
some guys online say they’d rather
stay single and use prostitutes.
That’s bad for everyone.”
La Ruina seems strangely
bewildered by evolving dating
etiquette. “I’m married now, but I
do feel sorry for the younger guys
trying to figure things out. If we
don’t want a birth rate of zero,
women need to tell guys what to
do, not just what not to do.”
Television Wednesday 28 February
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PICK OF THE DAY
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The Assassination Of Gianni
Versace: American Crime Story
The World’s Most
Extraordinary Homes
9pm, BBC2
Fashion designer Gianni Versace
was gunned down on the doorstep of
his Miami mansion on a beautiful
July morning in 1997. The culprit,
fantasist Andrew Cunanan, was
already wanted for four murders
and a new drama series from the
makers of the Bafta-winning The
People vs OJ Simpson delves into
Cunanan’s motivation as it follows
the Ripley-esque drifter (played by
Darren Criss) in the run-up to his
killing spree. Director (and Netflix’s
new $300m man) Ryan Murphy has
a sure feel for the material; Edgar
Ramirez plays Versace and Ricky
Martin his lover (both left), while
Penelope Cruz is Donatella.
8pm, BBC2
Gianni Versace would probably have
liked the extravagance of the first
house visited by Caroline Quentin
and architect Taylor (he does the
sober architect stuff, she gets to
whoop it up and enjoy the buildings)
as they begin a new run of deluxe
home visits in Portugal; it has two
swimming pools, one on top of the
other. They also view a “giant
sandwich of a house” within the
Peneda-Geres National Park.
===
Shetland
9pm, BBC1
Although it’s based on the books of
Vera author Ann Cleeves, Shetland
owes a sizeable debt to the
aesthetics of Scandi-noir, dues it
now pays by sending Tosh (Alison
O’Donnell) to Bergen to investigate
the Norwegian energy company that
has been covering up an accident on
an oil rig. And as in so many Nordic
detective dramas, her investigation
leads her into dense forests and
far-right politics.
===
The £1 Houses: Britain’s
Cheapest Street
9pm, Channel 4
The deadline is fast approaching for
the not-yet-owners of the Liverpool
houses to complete their work or
face having spent all their cash and
energy in vain. Mel and Rob have
run out of readies, however, while to
add to the fun it’s Mischief Night in
Liverpool and the local kids are
intent on anti-social behaviour.
===
Save Me
9pm, Sky Atlantic
Lennie James, best-known these
days as Morgan Jones in The Walking
Dead, wrote and stars in this very
impressive new drama – playing
“Nelly” Rowe, a London wide boy,
ducking and diving between
girlfriends and holding court at his
local pub. But when the police
accuse Nelly of abducting his own
teenage daughter, a girl he hasn’t
seen since she was three, he realises
it’s time to get serious, and teams up
with the child’s mother, Claire (the
dependably good Suranne Jones), to
find her. Claire’s scary new boyfriend
is the first of several obstacles that
6.00 Caught Red Handed
(R) (S). 6.30 Get Away For
Winter (R) (S). 7.15 Wanted
Down Under Revisited (R)
(S). 8.00 Sign Zone: Great
British Railway Journeys
(R) (S). 8.30 Sign Zone:
Grand Tours Of Scotland’s
Lochs (R) (S). 9.00 Victoria
Derbyshire (S). 11.00 BBC
Newsroom Live (S). 11.30
Daily Politics (S). 1.00
Perfection (R) (S). 1.45 Plan
It, Build It (R) (S). 2.15 Yes
Chef (R) (S). 3.00 A Place
To Call Home (R) (S). 3.50
More Creatures Great
And Small (R) (S). 4.20
Caribbean With Simon
Reeve (R) (S). 5.20 Flog
It! (R) (S).
6.00 Good Morning
Britain (S). 8.30 Lorraine
(S). 9.25 The Jeremy Kyle
Show (S). 10.30 This
Morning (S). 12.30 Loose
Women (S). 1.30 ITV News;
Weather (S). 1.55 ITV
Regional News; Weather
(S). 2.00 James Martin’s
American Adventure (S).
3.00 Tenable (S). 3.59 ITV
Regional Weather (S). 4.00
Tipping Point (R) (S). 5.00
The Chase (S).
6.00 Countdown (R)
(S). 6.45 3rd Rock From
The Sun (R) (S). 7.10 3rd
Rock From The Sun
(R) (S). 7.35 Everybody
Loves Raymond (R) (S).
8.00 Everybody Loves
Raymond (R) (S). 8.30
Frasier (R) (S). 9.35 Frasier
(R) (S). 10.05 Ramsay’s
Kitchen Nightmares USA
(R) (S). 11.00 Undercover
Boss USA (R) (S). 12.00
Channel 4 News Summary
(S). 12.05 Come Dine
With Me (R) (S). 1.05 Posh
Pawnbrokers (R) (S). 2.10
Countdown (S). 3.00 A
Place In The Sun: Summer
Sun (R) (S). 4.00 A New Life
In The Sun (S). 5.00 Four
In A Bed (S). 5.30 Extreme
Cake Makers (R) (S).
6.00 Milkshake! 9.15
The Wright Stuff 11.15
Can’t Pay? We’ll Take
It Away 12.10 5 News
Lunchtime (S). 12.15 GPs:
Behind Closed Doors (R)
(S). 1.10 Access (S). 1.15
Home And Away (S). 1.45
Neighbours (S). 2.20 NCIS:
Conspiracy To Murder
(R) (S). 3.20 FILM: Left For
Dead (Tristan Dubois 2014)
Thriller, starring Elisabeth
Rohm (S). 5.00 5 News At 5
(S). 5.30 Neighbours (R) (S).
6.00 BBC News At
Six; Weather (S).
6.30 BBC Regional
News; Weather
(S).
6.00 Eggheads Quiz
show presented
by Jeremy Vine
(R) (S).
6.30 Great British
Railway
Journeys (R) (S).
6.00 ITV Regional
News; Weather
(S).
6.30 ITV News;
Weather (S).
6.00 The Simpsons
Another trilogy
of Halloweeninspired stories
(R) (S).
6.30 Hollyoaks (S).
6.00 Home And Away
Brody comes up
with a plan to
buy back Salt (R)
(S).
6.30 5 News Tonight
(S).
7.00 The One Show
Presented by
Matt Baker and
Alex Jones (S).
7.00 Sea Cities Life
in and around
Britain’s ports
and rivers,
beginning in
Plymouth (R) (S).
7.00 Emmerdale (S).
7.30 Coronation
Street Bethany
suffers a
harrowing
experience at
work (S).
7.00 Channel 4 News
(S).
7.00 Can’t Pay? We’ll
Take It Away
Paul Bohill and
Steve Pinner
evict a couple
who owe five
months’ rent (R).
7.00 Beyond 100
Days (S).
7.30 Handmade On
The Silk Road
Last in the
series (R) (S).
6.35 FILM: The Land
Girls (David
Leland 1997)
Wartime drama,
starring Anna
Friel, Rachel
Weisz (S).
7.00 You’ve Been
Framed! Gold
(R) (S).
7.30 You’ve Been
Framed! Gold
(R) (S).
8pm
8.00 Holby City
Roxanna pitches
an experimental
treatment that
could help
Oliver recover
(S).
8.00 The World’s
Most
Extraordinary
Homes New
series (S).
8.00 Britain’s
Brightest
Family (S).
8.30 Coronation
Street Bethany
fears for her
state of mind.
8.00 The Supervet
A Jackahuahua
puppy is
in need of
emergency
spinal surgery
(S).
8.00 GPs: Behind
Closed Doors A
regular patient
suffering from
bulimia visits
the surgery (S).
8.00 The Secret
History Of
Our Streets
The history of
Edinburgh’s
Moray Estate
(R) (S).
8.50 Lady Bird
Interview
Special
8.00 Two And A Half
Men (R) (S).
8.30 Two And A Half
Men Bridget
makes another
reappearance
(R) (S).
9pm
9.00 Shetland Perez
questions
Donna about
the shocking
DNA results (S).
9.00 The
Assassination Of
Gianni Versace:
American Crime
Story (S).
9.50 Live At The
Apollo (R) (S).
9.00 Benidorm New
series. Billy
and Sheron
celebrate their
25th wedding
anniversary
with a holiday.
9.00 The £1 Houses:
Britain’s
Cheapest Street
Last in the
series (S).
9.00 Violent Child,
Desperate
Parents Laverne
Antrobus meets
Debbie and her
eight-year-old
son Joe (S).
9.00 Nelson In His
Own Words
Dramadocumentary
(R) (S).
9.00 FILM: Big Eyes
(Tim Burton
2014) Biopic
of painter
Margaret Keane,
starring Amy
Adams (S).
9.00 Survival Of
The Fittest The
boys and girls
compete in the
ultimate battle
of the sexes (S).
10.30 Newsnight (S).
10pm
10.00BBC News At
Ten (S).
10.30 BBC Regional
News; Weather
(S).
10.45 A Question Of
Sport (S).
10.00ITV News (S).
10.30 ITV Regional
News (S).
10.45 Heathrow:
Britain’s
Busiest Airport
(R) (S).
10.00Damned Nitin
drops in on
drunk parent
Zak (S).
10.30 8 Out Of 10
Cats Does
Countdown (R).
10.00When Chat
Shows Go
Horribly Wrong
(R) (S).
10.00British Empire:
Heroes And
Villains – A
Timewatch
Guide Last in
the series (R) (S).
11.15 Film 2018 New
series (S).
11.50 FILM: Good
(Vicente Amorim
2008) Drama,
with Viggo
Mortensen (S).
11.15 Amazing Hotels:
Life Beyond
The Lobby
Return of the
series exploring
extraordinary
hostelries (R) (S).
11.45 Heroes And
Villains: Caught
On Camera (R)
(S).
11.35 24 Hours In
A&E Cameras
follow a man
with symptoms
of a suspected
stroke (R) (S).
1.25 BBC News (S).
12.15 Sign Zone: Flatpack
Empire (R) (S). 1.15 Sign
Zone: Royal Recipes (R) (S).
2.00 This Is BBC Two (S).
12.35 Jackpot247 3.00
Tenable (R) (S). 3.50 ITV
Nightscreen 5.05 The
Jeremy Kyle Show (R) (S).
12.30 Pokerstars
Championship Cash
Challenge (S). 1.25 FILM:
Safety Not Guaranteed
(Colin Trevorrow 2012) (S).
2.50 The FGM Detectives
(R) (S). 3.45 The Question
Jury (R) (S).
Daytime
6.00 Breakfast (S). 9.15
Murder, Mystery And My
Family (S). 10.00 Homes
Under The Hammer (R)
(S). 11.00 Wanted Down
Under Revisited (S). 11.45
Caught Red Handed (S).
12.15 Bargain Hunt (R)
(S). 1.00 BBC News At
One; Weather (S). 1.30
BBC Regional News;
Weather (S). 1.45 Doctors
(S). 2.15 Shakespeare
And Hathaway – Private
Investigators (S). 3.00
Escape To The Country
(R) (S). 3.45 Get Away For
Winter (S). 4.30 Antiques
Road Trip (R) (S). 5.15
Pointless (R) (S).
6pm
7pm
11pm
Late
12.55 SuperCasino (S).
3.10 Cowboy Builders (R)
(S). 4.00 My Mum’s Hotter
Than Me! (R) (S). 4.45
House Doctor (R) (S). 5.10
Divine Designs (R) (S). 5.35
Wildlife SOS (R) (S).
Alan Davies has a tough
task in ‘Damned’
10pm, Channel 4
Caroline Quentin visits
a posh Portugal pad in
‘The World’s Most
Extraordinary Homes’
8pm, BBC2
6.00 The Planet’s Funniest
Animals (R) (S). 6.20
Totally Bonkers Guinness
World Records (R) (S). 6.45
Totally Bonkers Guinness
World Records (R) (S). 7.10
Dress To Impress (R) (S).
7.55 Emmerdale (R) (S).
8.20 The Cube (R) (S). 9.25
The Ellen DeGeneres Show
(R) (S). 10.15 Who’s Doing
The Dishes? (R) (S). 11.10
Dress To Impress (R) (S).
12.15 Emmerdale (R) (S).
12.50 You’ve Been Framed!
Gold (R) (S). 1.15 You’ve
Been Framed! Gold (R) (S).
1.45 The Ellen DeGeneres
Show (S). 2.35 The Jeremy
Kyle Show (R) (S). 3.40 The
Jeremy Kyle Show (R) (S).
5.50 Take Me Out (R) (S).
The drama ‘Save Me’
stars Lennie James
and Suranne Jones
9pm, Sky Atlantic
10.00Celebrity Juice
With Johnny
Vegas and
Rylan ClarkNeal (R) (S).
10.50 Family Guy (R)
(S).
11.00 Horizon:
Is Seeing
Believing? (R)
(S).
11.10 FILM: Alien
(Ridley Scott
1979) Sci-fi
horror, starring
Sigourney
Weaver (S).
11.15 Family Guy
Peter tries to
prove he is a
genius (R) (S).
11.45 American Dad!
(R) (S).
12.00 California Comes
To The Whistle Test (R)
(S). 1.00 Top Of The Pops:
1982 (R) (S). 1.30 Top Of
The Pops: 1982 (R) (S). 2.00
Fabric Of Britain (R) (S).
3.00 Nelson In His Own
Words (R) (S). 4.00 Close
1.25 FILM: Wadjda (Haifaa
Al-Mansour 2012) Drama,
starring Waad Mohammed
(S). 3.30 Close
12.15 American Dad! (R)
(S). 12.40 The Cleveland
Show (R) (S). 1.10 Two And
A Half Men (R) (S). 2.10
Totally Bonkers Guinness
World Records (R) (S). 2.20
Teleshopping 5.50 ITV2
Nightscreen
NEWS
2-27
James’s pithy script (the dialogue is a
special treat) throws in their way.
===
Damned
10pm, Channel 4
Another darkly entertaining visit to
Elm Heath social services, where the
staff are gathered around watching
a clip of their usually self-assured
boss Denise (Georgie Glen) having a
brain-freeze during an interview on
a breakfast news programme. What
can have caused her uncharacteristic
loss for words? Meanwhile, Rose
(co-writer Jo Brand getting in
more digs against Brexit) has a
date with Denise’s brother Dennis
(former Casualty stalwart Clive
Mantle) and Al (Alan Davies) must
take into care the son of a violent
criminal known as “the animal”.
FILM
CHOICE
LAURENCE PHELAN
VOICES
14-18
TV
28-29
IQ
30-36
i WEDNESDAY
28 FEBRUARY 2018
BUSINESS SPORT
38-43
48-55
FILM OF THE DAY
===
Wadjda
Big Eyes
1.25am, Film4
(Haifaa al-Mansour, 2012)
Wadjda, who plays hopscotch and
listens to pop music, wears scruffy
Converse All-Stars and braids her
own bracelets, would seem to us like
a perfectly ordinary 10-year-old girl
(left). But in Riyadh in Saudi Arabia
where she lives, her irrepressible
and carefree nature is extra special
– and a serious concern to the pious
teachers at her school. This very
likeable and cautiously optimistic
film about Wadjda’s efforts to buy
herself a bicycle – despite the fact that
Saudi girls are not supposed to ride
them – was the first feature directed
by a female Saudi director. Haifaa
Al-Mansour has since moved to Los
Angeles to continue her career.
9pm, Film4
(Tim Burton, 2014)
One of Burton’s few non-fantasy
films, about Walter Keane (Christoph
Waltz), whose kitsch paintings of
wide-eyed waifs made him famous in
the 1950s and 1960s, but were in fact
painted by his wife (Amy Adams).
===
Good
11.50pm, BBC1
(Vicente Amorim, 2008)
Viggo Mortensen is excellent in
this adaptation of CP Taylor’s play.
He makes the process by which a
principled, liberal literature professor
in 1930s Germany is turned, by
degrees, into an officer of the SS,
seem plausible and all too natural.
Radio
BBC Radio 1
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
The Cruise (R) (S). 10.55
The Cruise (R) (S). 11.30
Love Your Garden (R)
(S). 12.30 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).
4.55 You’re Only Young
Twice (R) (S). 5.25 George
And Mildred (R) (S).
6.00 Hollyoaks (R) (S).
7.00 Coach Trip: Road To
Tenerife (R) (S). 7.30 How
I Met Your Mother (R) (S).
8.00 Baby Daddy (R) (S).
9.00 Melissa & Joey (R)
(S). 10.00 How I Met Your
Mother (R) (S). 10.30 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 (R) (S). 12.30
The Goldbergs (R) (S). 1.00
The Big Bang Theory (R) (S).
1.30 The Big Bang Theory
(R) (S). 2.00 Melissa & Joey
(R) (S). 3.00 Baby Daddy (R)
(S). 4.00 Brooklyn NineNine (R) (S). 4.30 Brooklyn
Nine-Nine (R) (S). 5.00 The
Goldbergs (R) (S). 5.30 The
Goldbergs (R) (S).
8.55 Food Unwrapped (R)
(S). 9.30 A Place In The
Sun: Winter Sun (R) (S).
10.30 A Place In The Sun:
Winter Sun (R) (S). 11.30
Four In A Bed (R) (S). 12.05
Four In A Bed (R) (S). 12.35
Four In A Bed (R) (S). 1.05
Four In A Bed (R) (S). 1.35
Four In A Bed (R) (S). 2.10
Come Dine With Me (R)
(S). 2.40 Come Dine With
Me (R) (S). 3.10 Come Dine
With Me (R) (S). 3.45 Come
Dine With Me (R) (S). 4.15
Come Dine With Me (R) (S).
4.50 A Place In The Sun:
Winter Sun (R) (S). 5.55 A
Place In The Sun: Winter
Sun (R) (S).
6.00 Monkey Life (R)
(S). 6.30 Monkey Life (R)
(S). 7.00 RSPCA Animal
Rescue (R). 7.30 RSPCA
Animal Rescue (R) (S). 8.00
Send In The Dogs (R) (S).
9.00 Road Wars (R) (S).
10.00 Warehouse 13 (R) (S).
11.00 Forever (R) (S). 12.00
NCIS: Los Angeles (R) (S).
1.00 Hawaii Five-0 (R) (S).
2.00 Hawaii Five-0 (R) (S).
3.00 NCIS: Los Angeles (R)
(S). 4.00 Stargate SG-1 (R)
(S). 5.00 The Simpsons (R)
(S). 5.30 Futurama (R) (S).
6.00 Richard E Grant’s
Hotel Secrets (R) (S). 7.00
Urban Secrets (R) (S). 8.00
The Guest Wing (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).
6.00 Heartbeat A
jealous husband
disrupts the
sheepdog trials
(R) (S).
6.00 The Big Bang
Theory (R) (S).
6.30 The Big Bang
Theory (R) (S).
6.55 The Supervet
A cat needs
surgery on
its knee after
falling from a
balcony (R) (S).
6.00 Futurama
Bender
becomes a
tyrannical
pharaoh (R) (S).
6.30 The Simpsons
(R) (S).
6.00 House A donor
falls ill before
his brother’s
transplant (R)
(S).
7.00 Murder, She
Wrote The
body of a peglegged man is
discovered in
Jessica’s living
room (R) (S).
7.00 Hollyoaks (S).
7.30 Coach Trip:
Road To
Tenerife The
coach finally
arrives in
Tenerife (S).
7.55 Grand Designs
Building a
contemporary
bungalow in
Maidstone (R)
(S).
7.00 The Simpsons
Homer tries
to be a better
father (R) (S).
7.30 The Simpsons
Homer invents
a new drink (R).
7.00 CSI: Crime
Scene
Investigation
Nick and Sara
investigate a
possible suicide
(R) (S).
8.00 Endeavour
A boy from a
broken home
is reported
missing (R) (S).
8.00 The Goldbergs
(S).
8.30 The Big Bang
Theory (R) (S).
8.00 DC’s Legends Of
Tomorrow The
team becomes
embroiled in
the sinister
world of John
Constantine (S).
8.00 Blue Bloods
Danny
investigates
the murder of a
tourist (R) (S).
6.30am The Radio 1 Breakfast
Show With Nick Grimshaw
10.00 Clara Amfo 12.45pm
Newsbeat 1.00 Scott Mills
4.00 Greg James & Adele
Roberts 5.45 Newsbeat 6.00
Greg James & Adele Roberts
7.00 Annie Mac 9.00 The 8th
With Charlie Sloth 11.00 Huw
Stephens 1am Benji B 3.00
Radio 1 Comedy – Niki And
Sammy’s Peachy Podcast 4.00
Early Breakfast With Jordan
North
BBC Radio 1Xtra
6am Dotty 10.00 Ace 12.45pm
Newsbeat 1.00 Yasmin Evans
4.00 MistaJam 5.45 Newsbeat
6.00 MistaJam 7.00 DJ Target
9.02 The 8th With Charlie Sloth
11.00 1Xtra Residency 1am
Benji B 3.00 1Xtra Mixes 4.00
1Xtra Residency
9.00 Celebs Go
Dating The
celebrities head
off to Cape
Verde for a
mini-break (S).
9.00 Selling Houses
With Amanda
Lamb Last in
the series (S).
9.00 Strike Back:
Retribution
Reynolds is
forced to make
a life-defining
decision. Last in
the series (S).
9.00 Save Me New
series. Thriller,
starring Lennie
James.
10.00Law & Order:
UK A man is
found shot dead
in a hotel room
(R) (S).
10.00Don’t Tell The
Bride Ireland
A groom-to-be
plans a wedding
in a country
pub car park in
Offaly (S).
10.00Ugly House To
Lovely House
With George
Clarke (R) (S).
10.00Bliss (S).
10.30 A League Of
Their Own:
Rally Special
Full coverage of
the challenge (R)
(S).
10.00Gomorrah Enzo
finally begins to
enjoy all he has
achieved (S).
11.00 Law & Order:
UK A woman’s
body is found in
the Thames (R)
(S).
11.05 The Big Bang
Theory (R) (S).
11.35 The Big Bang
Theory (R) (S).
11.05 The Mega
Brothel A look
inside a fivestorey brothel
in Stuttgart,
Germany (R) (S).
11.00 The Force:
Essex A dispute
between
neighbours gets
out of control
(R) (S).
11.00 Gomorrah
Genny sends
Patrizia to
agree terms of
surrender (S).
12.05 Unforgotten (R) (S).
1.05 Unforgotten (R) (S).
1.55 ITV3 Nightscreen 2.30
Teleshopping
12.00 First Dates (R) (S).
1.10 Celebs Go Dating
(R) (S). 2.15 Don’t Tell The
Bride Ireland (R) (S). 3.05
The Goldbergs (R) (S). 3.30
Timeless (R) (S). 4.15 How
I Met Your Mother (R) (S).
4.35 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 (R) (S). 3.15
8 Out Of 10 Cats (R) (S).
4.00 Close
12.00 Ross Kemp: Extreme
World (R) (S). 1.00 Brit
Cops: Frontline Crime UK
(R) (S). 2.00 Most Shocking
(R) (S). 3.00 Hawaii Five-0
(R) (S). 4.00 It’s Me Or The
Dog (R) (S). 5.00 Futurama
(R) (S).
12.00 Save Me (R). 1.00
Here And Now (R) (S). 2.10
Britannia (R). 3.10 Girls (R)
(S). 3.45 I, Tonya: Special
4.10 The West Wing (R) (S).
5.00 The West Wing (R) (S).
BBC Radio 2
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. With Petroc
Trelawny. 9.00 Essential
Classics. The best in classical
music with Suzy Klein.
12noon Composer Of The
Week: Richard Strauss. Donald
Macleod looks at the effect
the First World War had on
Strauss’s life and music. 1.00
News 1.02 Radio 3 Lunchtime
Concert. Tom Redmond
presents highlights from
the 2017 Aldeburgh Festival.
2.00 Afternoon Concert. 3.30
Choral Evensong. Recorded
in Durham Cathedral Chapter
House. 4.30 New Generation
Artists. The Amatis Piano Trio
plays Ravel’s Trio. 5.00 In Tune.
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Return journey
Travelling on the Children’s
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years after it was founded
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Why
we eat
what
we eat
The links between our
brains and our bellies
are many and varied,
as a new book explores
– but is it true that
having a sweet tooth
make us kinder?
By SophieMorris
I
n 2013, there was an uproar over
a new Dairy Milk bar. Unhappy
eaters complained that the
popular Cadbury’s bar, which
had been reshaped into more
rounded pieces, was too sickly and
sugary compared with the original.
But the manufacturer insisted it
hadn’t changed the recipe one bit.
Were the customers making it up?
Most likely, they were genuinely
experiencing this new bar as sweeter, because the way our brains interact with food, and the act of eating
it, is incredibly complex. We already
know that our relationship with food
is far more than a matter of taste and
hunger, but the growing field of neurogastronomy can show how fluctuations as subtle as the shape of food
can alter our experience of it.
It can also teach us how to tackle
some of the eating habits that are
making us ill.
In a new book, the neuroscientist Rachel Herz unpicks the links
between our brains and our bellies.
Why You Eat What You Eat, a Freakonomics for the foodie generation,
reveals not only how many aspects
of psychology shape our relationship with food, but how food can
also shape our relationships with
each other.
Why eating sweets
makes us kinder
Having a sweet tooth is not an
empty phrase. Some of us are
more sensitive to sweet foods than
others, and for these people sweet
food tastes even sweeter. This is
underpinned by genetics, and those
who are less sensitive to the taste of
sweet food end up eating more of it,
and may develop related weight and
health problems. On the upside, a
number of studies show that eating
sweet foods make us nice people.
This is because if we like sweet
food, eating it gives us pleasure and
leaves us in a great mood, and we
sprinkle some of that happiness on
those around us.
Why bitter food lovers
might be psychopaths
The intensity with which we taste
bitterness – foods such as chicory,
black coffee, and strong ales –
depends on a gene variant. We fall
into three categories: supertasters,
who taste all bitter foods very
strongly; non-tasters, who often
love these foods because they don’t
taste them strongly; and tasters,
whose likes and dislikes vary. Just
as liking sweet food has been shown
to be linked to agreeableness, so, in
a recent study of 1,000 Americans
from a wide range of backgrounds,
liking bitter foods was linked to
a number of malevolent traits
associated with psychopathic
personalities. Cheers!
Fatty foods make us happy
“For almost everyone,” explains
Herz, “fatty foods evoke bliss. We’re
programmed to love it.” Just as
dopamine, the neurotransmitter
governing positive feelings, is
switched on by drugs, sex, or some
great comedy, it is also the key to
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the delight we get from food. Just centres of the brain,” Herz explains.
the feel of fat on the tongue, no
“This is why food aromas are so
swallowing required, lights up the irresistibly persuasive.”
reward and emotional centres of
the brain. In a study, young adults Why do we eat so
much hot sauce?
were assessed for symptoms of
mild depression, and split into
Ever thought of yourself as a
groups depending on whether they masochist? If you’re a liberal user
were mildly depressed or not at all of hot sauce and other spicy foods,
depressed. They were then given you may be what psychologists
milk with different fat contents,
call a benign masochist. “A bit of
and all accurately guessed the fat unpleasantness in safe circumstances
content of each milk sample. After can be thrilling,” explains Herz,
watching some happy and sad film likening the experience to watching a
clips, however, the mildly depressed horror film or skydiving. Or it may be
group lost their ability to taste the that eating chilli causes a release of
different fat contents.
endorphins – “our body’s homemade
opioids” – giving us a heroin-like high.
Delicious food smells
By the way, the more chilli you eat,
make us eat more
the more you’ll be able to tolerate,
Hands up if you’ve wandered
as your tastebuds desensitise to the
into Lidl just to smell the bakery
capsaicin burn.
smells. And are they real baking
Red means stop
aromas, or buttery-croissantin-a-can? It’s obvious that great
Instagram is testament to the appeal of
kitchen smells make us desire
beautiful food, but it’s been proven that
food, but several studies show
the colour red can help us to cut down
they also make us overeat. When on snacking – as red is a universal
a group of undergraduates were
signal for danger, we’re scared of it,
exposed to pizza-baking smells for unknowingly. In a study of 100
10 minutes before getting the
pizza, they ate 43 per cent more
pizza than without the smells.
In France, diners teased with the
scent of a pain au chocolat later
chose to eat much higher-calorie
desserts than without the patisserie
prompt. “Unlike our other senses,
smell is directly wired into the
emotion, memory, and motivation
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people at a German university,
people were served pretzels
on red, white, or blue plates.
Regardless of hunger or their stated
preference for one plate colour over
another, those served the pretzels
on a red plate ate half as many
as the others.
wings. Now imagine a
plate of 20 wings in front
of you, all hot and crispy
and dripping with buttery
hot sauce. Now imagine eating
the wings one at a time. Go
through the whole sequence in
your mind – then imagine doing
this another 19 times.” Go on! If
you get through this exercise, Herz
promises you’ll then eat fewer wings
than without the visualisation,
because you’ve already stuffed
yourself full to bursting with the
sensory pleasures of them.
Why reusable bags
make us buy biscuits
Since the plastic bag ban we’ve
all got used to carrying reusable
shopping bags, and can enjoy that
small bump of good feeling when
we hit the “own bag” button on the
self-checkout.
In the US, however, bringing
your own bag is still voluntary in
most places, so shoppers aren’t
forced into this good deed, and the
consequences are surprising: customers are rewarding themselves
for reusing a bag, by loading up
their trolleys with cakes, chocolate
and crisps.
Why You
Eat What
You Eat, by
Rachel Herz
(WW Norton
& Company
Ltd, £20) is
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Travel
Keeping
track of a
historic line
The Children’s Railway was founded 70 years
ago for the youth division of the Hungarian
Communist Party. The trains still run today, as
Stephen Wynn-Davies discovered in Budapest
I
’m standing on a railway
platform tucked into the Buda
Hills, the temperature below
freezing, as a diesel hydraulic
locomotive rolls into view.
The air is thick with icy fog as
the train pulls into Huvosvolgy
station, on the north-west fringes
of Budapest.
Seventy years ago, this station
was the heartbeat of the Children’s
Railway (Gyermekvasút) that
was conceived by the Hungarian
Communist Party in 1948. On the
Buda side of the river Danube,
east of the Hungarian capital, up to
20,000 children between the ages of
10 and 14 took it in turns to skip a
day of school once every 15 days for
a shift on the railway, supervised by
adults. All posts, except train driver,
were assigned to children and by
the 1960s it had become a way of
life. Roughly 10,000 children were
accommodated in Pioneer Youth
Camps, located in the hills, for one
or two weeks a year, to learn about
handling money and stamping
tickets – and more fundamentally
about working in a collective team.
On the face of it, not a lot
has changed. Children are still
patrolling the platform, kitted
out in matching navy suits, caps,
jackets and white shirts stamping
our 700 Hungarian forint (£2)
tickets and those aged between 10
and 14 are still expected to spend
one day out of 15 working on the
railway. But today, and since the
end of Hungarian communism in
1989, the mindset of the children’s
railway has shifted. The camps have
ceased operation and the number
of children working on the narrowgauge railway is in the hundreds,
rather than tens of thousands.
Rather than instilling communist
values, it’s seen as an opportunity
for extra-curricular activity, with
games and excursions weaved into
the working timetable.
Today’s train screeches to a
halt in front of me and off step two
Hungarian children to greet me and
this afternoon’s other passengers.
As our guards for the journey, they
usher us on to the train and direct
us to our seats. I have stationed
myself next to a window, partially
misted by body warmth and the
freezing air, to catch a glimpse of
the frozen views outside. I wipe
away the condensation with the
sleeve of my jacket as a short, highpitch blast of a whistle heralds the
start of the seven-mile journey.
After rolling out of the station, the
centre of Budapest comes into view
a few miles down the hill.
The train has a top speed of 12
miles per hour, giving me plenty
of time to take in the wooded hills
on the other side of the windows,
before we pull into the first of
seven stations. As the train slows
to a stop, the children spring into
action to welcome the next batch
of passengers. With everything
in order, our guards jump back
on board and other children on
the platform alert the driver with
another short blast of the whistle
before standing in salute as we roll
on to the next station.
Almost 30 years after the end
The train has a top
speed of 12 miles per
hour, giving me time
to take in the scenery
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of communism in Hungary, the
Children’s Railway – the Pioneer’s
Railway during that period, in
reference to the youth section of
the party – continues to operate
as a well-oiled machine. After the
republic fell in 1989, the railway
faced challenges from opponents
of the regime. Today, the children
are put through their paces for
several months of training before
sitting a test to get an unpaid job on
the railway.
After approximately half an
hour of chugging through woods
and hills, we are halfway through
our journey and stationary
at Janos-hegy – Budapest’s
highest peak. As the
guards open the doors
to the next batch of
passengers, I feel the
temperature drop;
the snow is deep. Our
new passengers are
pink-faced, layered up and visibly
relieved to be in the warmth.
We are descending into the
Travel essentials
How to get there
The Children’s
Railway journey
features on Great
Rail Journeys’
Grand Imperial
Cities escorted
group tour. The
13-day trip
includes guided
tours of Vienna,
Budapest,
Prague and
Berlin, and
excursions on
the Danube and
The Children’s
Railway. It costs
from £1,895
(greatrail.com).
Stephen WynnDavis travelled
on a six-day trip to
Budapest, Prague
and Berlin with GRJ
Independent (greatrail.
com/grj-independent),
which costs from
£875 including five
nights’ four-star hotel
accommodation,
internal rail, selected
meals and excursions.
Wizzair (wizzair.com)
flies to Budapest and
Prague from the UK
from £24.95 one way.
What to see
Services operate on
the Children’s Railway
daily except Monday
from September to May
(www.gyermekvasut.hu).
More information
budapest.com
gotohungary.com
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The ethos behind
the railway may
have changed
but children still
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foothills and closing in on the
city as the condensation drips
away from the window. The snow
has disappeared and night is
descending as we near the final
stop. We pull into Széchenyi-hegy
and our guards offer us a helping
hand down the steps and on to
the platform.
We are ushered across the
neighbouring railway tracks before
our diesel locomotive is powered
up and driven out of sight. On the
final run of the day, the guards are
on their way back up to Huvosvolgy,
where their parents are waiting to
pick them up before they return to
school the following day.
The spacious Szechenyi-hegy
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rolling down from the hills into
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started on the railway. The blackand-white photos of the children
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Barbara, a Hungarian tour guide
who was born in Buda, was one of
them. She tells me how she spent
time on the railway during the
1970s and “enjoyed meeting other
children, singing communist songs
and the feeling of honour for getting
a spot in the camp”. That era may
be consigned to history, but the
sense of pride for working on this
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London. There
are weird
conditions
imposed by the
architect, who seems to be
an obsessive neat freak.
Later, another woman, Jane,
moves into the same house.
We wonder what happened
to Emma. Well, something
absolutely horrible
happened to her before
she moved in. Something
horrible happened to Jane,
too. Horribly compelling.
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CERTIFICATE 18, 148 MINS
A gruelling
Western
thriller, which
unfolds in
reverse
chronological
order. Dakota
Fanning stars
as Joanna, who is desperate
to escape from her
lecherous preacher father,
played by Guy Pearce.
T
he estate of Samuel
Beckett is notoriously
exacting about the way
his plays are presented.
Mess with the dialogue
or stage directions and
you risk being threatened with legal
action or having your production
shut down. Yet audiences at a new
touring production of Not I at the
Battersea Arts Centre this month
will hear a lot more than just
Beckett’s original play text, thanks
to theatre-maker Jess Thom,
the first person with Tourette’s
syndrome ever to perform a work
by the Irish dramatist.
Thom, who is better known as
her disability rights campaigning
alter ego, Touretteshero, knew
that it might be tricky to persuade
the Beckett estate to let her
do the show. Vocal tics – most
commonly “biscuit”, “hedgehog”
and “cats”, but also whole phrases
that reference everything from
Boris Johnson to the Teletubbies –
pepper Thom’s speech, making a
traditional rendition of the rarely
performed, and famously difficult,
Not I monologue nigh on impossible.
The play’s stage directions,
which call for a disembodied
mouth positioned “about eight feet
above stage level”, only complicate
matters further. “As a wheelchair
user with poor impulse control, that
posed some logistical challenges,”
says Thom, with her typical dry wit.
She wasn’t put off. Thom first
read Not I years ago, at a time when
her tics were worsening and she
was finding it difficult to adjust. The
story of Mouth, a woman isolated
from her community and not in
full control of her speech and body,
resonated immediately.
“There’s so much within the
text about the experience of being
stared at and standing out in
different ways,” says Thom. “It’s not
a play about Tourette’s but it totally
speaks to the experience of being
neurodiverse and the experience
of other people who experience
barriers and exclusion.”
Thom wrote to the Beckett estate,
explaining that she and director
Matthew Pountney were “interested
in honouring the stage directions but
that that would mean there would be
some involuntary words”. Edward
Beckett, the playwright’s nephew
and executor, replied that his aim is
for Beckett’s work to be performed
in the way that the playwright
intended. If Thom and Pountney
thought they could do that, he was
happy for them to proceed.
The estate has been “really
supportive” in terms of Thom and
Pountney’s vision for bringing the
play to a wider audience, Thom says,
with Edward Beckett attending a
preview ahead of the show’s run at
the Edinburgh Festival Fringe last
August. “We experimented with
some things like how British Sign
Language (BSL) could be integrated
into the piece,” she explains. “I don’t
think they’d necessarily been asked
about that before so it was stuff that
they needed to see to understand.
Beckett
with biscuits
Jess Thom has Tourette’s, but the playwright’s estate
gave her permission to perform his notoriously
difficult monologue ‘Not I’. She talks to Jo Caird
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It was the 1970s just as
I remember it – from
prawns to power cuts
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A
Jess Thom
performing ‘Not
I’ by Samuel
Beckett (with a
sign language
interpreter)
I was very aware in asking those
questions and in us thinking about
how we made it accessible that
if we got that approach right,
then that potentially could open
the estate up and open Beckett’s
work to new audiences and to
performers and maybe it would
make it easier for people making
approaches afterwards.”
The mission of increasing
disabled people’s access to theatre
and live performance is what led
to Thom becoming a performer
in the first place. In 2014, a series
of upsetting experiences as an
audience member, in which she
was made to feel unwelcome as
a result of people’s responses to
her vocal tics, prompted Thom to
make Backstage in Biscuit Land, a
show about her Tourette’s with the
message that “making art inclusive
makes it better”.
A hit at Edinburgh that year,
Biscuit Land went on to tour the UK
and internationally, and it was as a
result of conversations with people
running venues on that tour that
Not I came about. “I became really
interested in their cultural curation
around what work is and isn’t made
accessible to disabled people,”
she says. “I want to see a range
of work and I didn’t feel that was
reflected in relaxed performances.
So we wanted to challenge that and
demonstrate how you could take a
really intense piece of theatre and
make it accessible at every level to
audience and performer.”
The theatrical experience that
Thom and Pountney have created
begins with an introduction by Thom
and BSL interpreter Charmaine
Wombwell that describes the scene
for blind and partially sighted
audience members, and explains
what’s going to happen so that
people unfamiliar with theatre
are put at their ease. Seating, on a
padded floor, is a free-for-all. “We
wanted people to be much more
in control of the space than you
are maybe in a traditional theatre
space,” says Thom.
The lights go down, Thom and
The play
speaks
to the
experience
of being
neurodiverse
her wheelchair are lifted into
position on a seesaw created by a
circus designer – “we didn’t want
it to look bondage-y and we didn’t
want it to look medical, so we went
contemporary circus” – and away
she goes with Beckett’s trickiest
monologue. This is followed by
a short film about the making of
the show and a discussion which
culminates in audience members
being invited to “make noise in
solidarity with Mouth”.
Thom didn’t go to drama school
and the only other theatre show
she’s been involved in is Backstage
in Biscuit Land, but her lack of
experience is mitigated by being
able to empathise with the character
of Mouth, she says. “When she says
‘whole body like gone’, I have a clear
understanding of what it means to
have your body suddenly go. When
she says ‘mouth on fire… stream of
words’, well, yes, I know that.”
Thom’s own “stream of words” is
less of a problem in the show than
she anticipated it might be. The
speed with which she must perform
the monologue (the actor Billie
Whitelaw, who performed the play
for its UK premiere in 1973, recalled
Beckett telling her, “You can’t go fast
enough for me”) works to “displace”
her vocal tics. It’s “like putting a
stone into water”, she explains.
Where the challenge really lies
is in the four pauses that break up
the text. “In those moments it’s like
every ‘biscuit’ that would have gone
before suddenly surges. At some
points I was taken aback by that and
maybe little bit worried that I can’t
achieve this silence. But then I was
like, this is my version of silence.”
Thom’s Not I may not be exactly
how Samuel Beckett envisioned
the play. And what she’s doing with
it might upset a handful of Beckett
purists. But if you want to make
theatre – and by extension, society as
a whole – inclusive and enjoyable for
the many, not the few, sometimes you
need to do things a little differently.
‘Not I’ is at the Battersea Arts Centre,
London, to 17 March (020 7223 2223)
t some point in about
1976, the Ellis family of
Bradford, time-travelling
guinea pigs in BBC2’s
exercise in immersive social
history, Back In Time For Tea,
sit down to a Vesta paella meal.
The question is immediately put,
rhetorically: “Where do you find
prawns so small?”
Where indeed, and even though,
like the elder Ellises, I lived through
that decade and suffer vivid
tangerine dreams about it to this
day, I still don’t know the answer
to that question. Nor, indeed, why
“dehydrated” food was such “a
thing” in those days. Maybe it was
inspired by the space missions
that enthralled us all, or was to do
with advances in “food science”,
or perhaps we all just got a bit
ahead of ourselves, as was often
the case in those days. Today, only
the Pot Noodle stands as a living
monument to that pioneering work
by Batchelors and the other big
ready-meal outfits.
Most of the latest episode was
constructed with the usual care
we’ve come to expect in this series,
and made enjoyable to watch by
the enthusiasm of the Ellis family.
Thus, everything was some shade
of beige (check); the music sounds
as good now as it did then (check)
– T-Rex, Bowie, Alvin Stardust,
Boney M, The Hues Corporation,
David Soul and the Bee Gees were
all plumbed-in via a push-button
radio or 45rpm singles. “We’ve got
Tizer!” the Ellis children cried as
they opened a kitchen cupboard.
They showed the era exactly as I
remember it, more than just Space
Hoppers and Buckaroo, but the
grimmer side of life, like lights and
the telly going off at 10pm during
the power cuts of the winter of
1973-74. That was as tough as any
Christmas since the end of the
Second World War, and which will
make anything Brexit chucks at us
feel pretty tame.
The show, being set in Bradford,
also showed some of the racial
tensions that built up as a result
of the immigration of labour from
Pakistan to work in the mills and,
more to the point, what happened
when the mills started to run out of
work, and unemployment started
to creep up on the industrial North.
Odd things didn’t ring quite
true. The family Vauxhall Viva
was suspiciously free of structural
corrosion; I’ve never heard of
“spaghetti hoop puffs”, and the
1977 Silver Jubilee commemorative
mugs would never have been used
to drink tea out of. While Northern
Soul was fully represented, punk
was entirely absent, as was the
rampant sexism and violent
football hooliganism that disfigured
the age. Let alone all the sexual
abuse we’ve since learned about.
Still, you can’t have everything,
and the most poignant moment
came when the family had a
“farewell to the 1970s” party,
complete with Watneys Party
Seven, Babycham and cocktail
sausages on sticks. They had not
long since learned the result of
the May 1979 general election and
heard Mrs Thatcher talking about
bringing harmony; and the Ellises,
for the first time, felt some sadness
at leaving the past behind.
In the last of this second run, Sea
Cities visited Brighton. How the
makers of this documentary turned
it into such a dull old town I cannot
conceive. It was like watching a
film made by a BBC trainee who
pointed their camera in entirely
in the wrong direction for most of
the time – out to sea and around
the boring stony beach rather
than back towards the strange
worlds behind – the low life, the
high life, the no life, the nutters
and the sexually crazed, whom
you can’t really miss on a night
out, even when the Conservatives
aren’t in town for a conference.
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Jon, Lesley,
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THE CULTURAL HIGHLIGHTS
YOU HAVE TO SEE
VISUAL ARTS
DANCE
John Piper
Tango After Dark
TATE, LIVERPOOL
PEACOCK THEATRE, LONDON WC2
John Piper drew inspiration from
Britain’s landscape, its buildings
and its monuments and was a
pivotal figure in the development
of abstract art in Britain.
(0151 702 7400) to 18 Mar
This new show by tango star
German Cornejo is danced
to music by Astor Piazzolla.
(020 7863 8000) to 17 Mar
FILM
POP
Ibeyi
ELECTRIC BRIXTON, LONDON SW2
Harriet GordonAnderson, Nikki Shiels
and Elizabeth Nabben in
‘Picnic at Hanging Rock’
PIA JOHNSON
THEATRE
alt-J
THE GARAGE, LONDON
HHHHH
This intimate gig was the fourth
for the War Child Brits Week,
which also featured Rag‘n’Bone
Man and Laura Marling.
With only about 600 fans, it
was probably one of the smallest
gigs the Leeds indie rock band
have done in quite some time,
following the European tour
they’ve just finished. Next, they
head to America.
They gave an almost faultless
show, save from restarting one
of their most well-known songs
“Matilda”, which came right in
the middle of the set. And it was
practically the only bit of talking
The French-Cuban twins Naomi
and Lisa-Kaindé Diaz perform
tracks from their second album,
Ash. (stargreen.com) tonight
CLASSICAL
London Philharmonic
Orchestra
scale from the somewhat woozy
Weir movie. As adapted by Tom
Wright and directed by Matthew
Lutton, the story seems to have
even more of a horrible force,
told with stylised minimalism in
ways that starkly deconstruct the
underlying assumptions.
The emphasis is on the failure
of the English colonisers –
frightened of and hostile to
Australia’s prehistoric landscape
that is teeming vegetation which
they ignorantly perceive to
be “an anti-Eden” – and on the
disappearances as symbolising
the land taking revenge on its
would-be “civilisers”.
The excellent five-strong
female cast begin as narrators
in spruce blazers, straw hats and
white socks, stealthily advancing
to the edge of the stage.
There is no hint of costumedrama nostalgia for the past
in this production where the
episodes are surtitled with
Brechtian captions (“Eyes in the
Back of the Head”) and where
there is the added energising
instability of watching Appleyard
College students take on all the
roles, not least that of the bullying
headmistress who slowly cracks
up, carafe in hands, after the girls
disappear and parents begin to
withdraw their daughters.
The rhythm of the show and the
acid-etched stage pictures are
highly impressive. Scenes flash out
disjointedly between blackouts.
Victimised orphan Sara has
fallen into the posture of an
upended insect by the time
we’ve reached the next-to-last
instalment of the head’s systematic
torture of the girl. Some may
find this approach overemphatic,
but I admired the production’s
uncompromising clout.
PAUL TAYLOR
the crowd were treated to from
the trio. “Let’s start that again, we
f**ked it up,” admitted frontman
Joe Newman.
Their almost robotic stances
and minimal interaction made it
feel like listening to their record
in a live venue. And that wasn’t
necessarily a bad thing; the
90-minute set was purely music.
Performing a mixture of all
three albums to date, the band
opened with “Deadcrush” from
their rather short 2017 album
Relaxer, which embodies the
spooky electronic music and
shrill vocals they are known for.
This beautifully hazy track is
based on the band’s crushes on
photographer Lee Miller and Anne
Boleyn (hence the title).
Then it was on to the grungy
“Fitzpleasure” from their Mercury
award-winning first album, An
Awesome Wave, swiftly followed
by the upbeat “Something Good”
from the same album.
The bohemian “Nara”, which was
the first song the band worked on
as a trio following the departure of
Gwil Sainsbury in 2014, served as
a nod to LGBT rights in Russia.
The strongest section arrived
with “Bloodflood”, “Matilda” and
“Dissolve me”, where Newman
encouraged the crow to bop along
and get bouncing on the spot.
From “Left Hand Free”, it
was straight into the encore,
with “Intro”from the first
album, Relaxer’s “3WW” and
“Breezeblocks”, alt-J are ready
to kick off summer festival season
in style.
EMMA HENDERSON
Sarah Vaughan
BOOKA BOOKSHOP & CAFE,
OSWESTRY
The writer talks about her new
thriller, Anatomy of a Scandal.
(01691 662244) tonight 7.30pm
COMEDY
David Baddiel
VARIOUS VENUES
David Baddiel is on the road with
his very affecting, very funny
My Family: Not the Sitcom. New
Alexandra Theatre, Birmingham
(atgtickets.com) tonight; Lancaster
Grand (01524 64695) Thur and Fri
Vasily Petrenko conducts
Stravinsky’s joyously comical
neo-classical Pulcinella Suite.
(020 3879 9555) tonight 7.30pm
THEATRE
Sunset Boulevard
WALES MILLENNIUM CENTRE,
CARDIFF
Nikolai Foster’s production
of Andrew Lloyd Webber’s
musical is seamless and visually
spectacular, evoking vintage
Hollywood glamour with
film clips, high platforms
and staircases and an ingenious
mix of cinematic and mood
lighting. Ria Jones stars.
(atgtickets.com) to Sat
If you only see
one thing today
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Margot Robbie stars in this
comedy-drama purporting to tell
the story of figure skater Tonya
Harding and of her role in the
hammer attack on her main rival,
Nancy Kerrigan, in the run-up
to the 1994 Winter Olympics.
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Picnic at Hanging Rock
Joan Lindsay’s novel has been
haunting the Australian psyche
since it was published in 1967.
Brought to a worldwide audience
by the Peter Weir film adaptation
in 1975, it tells the unsettling
and supposedly true story of
the pupils from the all-girls
boarding establishment Appleyard
College, and one of their teachers,
inexplicably vanishing during a St
Valentine’s Day trip in 1900 to this
sinister volcanic beauty spot.
The tale is not based on fact
but it rouses so many deep
anxieties that it has become
embedded as a great Australian
myth that continues to fascinate
as if it really happened, bristling
with mysteries that might one
day be solved.
This stage version, by the
Malthouse and Black Swan State
theatre companies of Australia,
is at the opposite end of the
I, Tonya
WORLD MUSIC
Seun Kuti and Egypt 80
VARIOUS VENUES
Seun Kuti brings the mighty Egypt 80 band to the UK for shows
of wild, funky Afrobeat energy, compelling rhythms and urgent
social/political messaging drawn from his albums From Africa
with Fury: Rise and A Long Way to the Beginning. Oran Mor,
Glasgow (0141 357 6200) tonight; Belgrave Music Hall, Leeds (0113
234 6160) Thur; Electric Brixton, London SW2 (020 7274 2290) Fri
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BANKING
RBS staff at new unit came
from the notorious GRG
By Holly Williams
Nearly all of the senior staff at Royal
Bank of Scotland’s new turnaround
unit for small businesses also worked
in the controversial division accused
of widespread mistreatment of small
businesses, it has been revealed.
The Commons Treasury Select
Committee said information provided
by RBS showed 30 of the 32 current
employees at senior manager grade
or above within RBS Restructuring
previously worked in its heavily
criticised Global Restructuring
Group (GRG). It added that 136 of 182
– 75 per cent – of total current RBS
Restructuring employees previously
worked in GRG.
Nicky Morgan, chairwoman of the
cross-party group of MPs, said the
discovery suggested the overhauled
turnaround division at the bank
may have been a mere “rebranding
exercise”. She is demanding that
RBS provide details of how staff
training and rewards have been
changed to ensure the “toxic culture”
within GRG has been stamped out.
The MPs have also flagged up
worries over the “surprisingly low”
compensation so far paid out to small
businesses affected by GRG, and has
asked to be provided with quarterly
updates from the bank.
The committee said just £1m had
been paid out in direct loss claims,
RBS reported a bottomline profit for the first time
in a decade last Friday, posting
a surplus of £752m for 2017 - a
major improvement on the
£6.95bn loss in 2016.
with current trends implying that
it will pay out under £5m in direct
loss claims in total – far less than the
£280m set aside by the bank for GRG
complaints.
Ms Morgan said: “Mr McEwan
[RBS chief executive Ross McEwan]
has assured the committee that the
culture at RBS Restructuring is
fundamentally different from that of
GRG. The discovery that almost all
the senior management in the new
unit previously worked at GRG raises
concerns that there has merely been
a rebranding exercise.”
On the payouts, she added: “To
provide confidence that fair and
reasonable compensation is being
provided, decisions on consequential
loss must be subject to independent
oversight. RBS shouldn’t be marking
its own homework.”
It comes after the committee last
‘Toxic culture’: MPs are seeking
reassurances about staffing REUTERS
week used its parliamentary privilege
to publish findings of a report into
the bank’s mistreatment of small
businesses. The committee branded
the findings “disgraceful” and said
there had been “overwhelming public
interest” in making the GRG report
public. Andrew Bailey, head of the
Financial Conduct Authority, had
failed to publish the report because of
legal concerns despite demands from
the committee.
TECHNOLOGY
Launch of
charter to get
women into
tech sector
By Josie Cox
Quote of
the day
The cab driver
was incredibly
knowledgeable
about the
difference
between Virgin
and Sky in every
feature
Brian Roberts
The Comcast CEO on how
a chance meeting helped
him decide to bid on Sky
The 30
Second
Briefing
ASTON
MARTIN
What’s the story?
Aston Martin posted its first annual
profit since 2010 last year, earning
£87m before tax. It was quite a
U-turn for James Bond’s favoured
car manufacturer, after it posted
a £163m loss in 2016. The UK and
US remained its strongest markets,
where 1,500 and 1,300 units were
What took the company’s
handbrake off?
The DB11 coupe helped to drive
sales past 5,000 vehicles in 2017,
a nine-year high, and with that
revenue rose by 48 per cent
to £876m.
be made at Aston Martin’s new
factory at St Athan in South Wales,
which will bring 750 jobs to the area
next year. The launch of the DB11
Volante, plus redesigned versions of
the Vantage and Vanguard models,
will mean that Aston Martin’s
factory in Warwickshire should
be working at capacity for the first
time since 2007.
Is bigger output a medium-term
tactic for Aston Martin?
Output looks set to expand next
year too, as boss Andy Palmer’s plan
to broaden the model range and
quadruple production continues:
the company’s first SUV-hybrid
model, the DBX, is slated to hit
the market in 2020. The DBX will
What’s on the horizon?
Brexit uncertainty has led the
company to apply to have the new
Vantage model licensed by an EU
regulator rather than in the UK,
Mr Palmer said yesterday. He also
confirmed that the firm is looking
into floating on the stock market in
the second half of the year.
sold respectively. The value of its
core range crept up to £151,000.
More than a dozen companies,
including PwC, Tesco, JP Morgan
and Zoopla, have teamed up to launch
a new charter aimed at tackling the
factors behind a critical shortfall
of women in the UK’s booming
technology sector.
Based on a PwC survey of over
2,000 A-level and university students,
the professional services firm found
that only 27 per cent of female
students say they would consider a
career in technology, compared to 61
per cent of male students. Only 3 per
cent of the females say it is their first
choice, PwC found.
“Waiting until women are entering
work is simply too late – to boost the
number of females in technology
we need to take coordinated action
to start inspiring girls to consider
technology careers while they are
still at school,” said Sheridan Ash,
one of the founders of the charter and
leader of a programme to encourage
women in tech at PwC.
The charter, which has also been
signed by companies including
the British Science Association,
Girlguiding, money.co.uk, NatWest
Markets, Sophos and T Systems,
warns that without coordinated
action from school age to create
a sustainable pipeline of diverse
tech talent “the UK could lose its
competitive edge on the world stage”.
The signatories vow to collaborate more closely with schools to
“educate and inspire pupils to consider a career in technology”. They are
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GKN scotches sale rumours
with stock market listing
Provident in
£331m investor
cash call after
mis-selling fine
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From the
business
pages
By Michael Bow and Ben Woods
By Holly Williams
Plane-to-car parts supplier GKN has
scotched rumours of a possible sale
of its aerospace arm with plans to list
the division on the stock market.
The under-fire engineer, facing a
takeover bid, will split its two main
GKN Aerospace and GKN Driveline
units and list them on the market
by next summer to parry the hostile
£7.4bn offer from suitor Melrose.
Finance boss Jos Sclater said
the proposal was “elegant” from a
pension scheme perspective.
“We can demerge two investmentgrade companies and they are then in
a very good position. It has some real
advantages for shareholders and it’s
something we can control. We don’t
need bidders.”
Selling the aerospace unit would
also have involved a hefty tax bill,
Sclater said. Chief executive Anne
Stevens said the management team
had held “some good meetings with
shareholders,” who will decide the
fate of the FTSE 100 company.
As the engineering group updated
on its plans to fend off the hostile
bid, GKN revealed profits have
more than doubled.
The move to split GKN Aerospace
and GKN Driveline aims to help shift
£2.5bn back to shareholders over
three years, while generating £340m
cash each year until 2020.
GKN is splitting
its Aerospace and
Driveline units
Sales broke through the £10bn
mark for the first time in the
company’s history, rising 6 per
cent organically to £10.4bn. But
underlying pre-tax profits made for
grimmer reading, tumbling 16 per
cent to £572m.
Meanwhile, Unite is urging
Business Secretary Greg Clark to
block Melrose’s bid, warning that a
takeover could lead to GKN being
sold off piecemeal and jobs cut or
moved abroad. Labour leader Jeremy
Corbyn called Melrose “a company
with a history of opportunistic
asset-stripping” in a speech last
week, while promising a future
Labour government would intervene
to prevent hostile takeovers.
EVENING STANDARD
The aerospace-toautomotive group GKN’s
pre-tax profits soared to £658m
in 2017, up from £292m for the
same period the year before.
RETAIL
More Brits are becoming ‘too polite’ to haggle
By Tom Nicholson
British awkwardness is making
haggling is a dying art, according
to research.
A survey by TopCashback.co.uk
found that 21 per cent of consumers
said every price was negotiable,
Outlook
JIM
ARMITAGE
Tax Uber more
to pay for a better
Underground
T
ransport for London’s bosses
claim not to be concerned
that experts reckon their
business plan is running
out of rail.
The operator of the transport
system is set to make an operating
deficit (known to the rest of us as a
“loss”) of nearly £1bn in 2018-19, up
compared to 35 per cent last year.
Forty-six per cent said they were too
embarrassed to haggle, 37 per cent
said they were too polite and 29 per
cent worried that the seller wouldn’t
respond well.
Those born between 1977 and 1995
are the least likely to haggle regularly,
with just 12 per cent doing it, while
those born between 1946 and 1964
are significantly more likely to haggle
with 26 per cent) doing it regularly.
The youngest generation (born
after 1996) and those born between
1965 and 1976 are equally as likely,
with 17 per cent doing so.
from £784m in 2017-18 and £171m four
years ago, the FT reports.
TfL bosses are unfazed, claiming it
will return to profit by 2021 thanks to
cost efficiencies and a 30 per cent rise
in passenger income.
To budget on bringing in nearly a
third more fares by 2021-22 – at a time
when passenger numbers are down 1
per cent on a year ago — seems brave
to say the least.
Mayor Sadiq Khan, who has frozen
fares, hopes that revenues from
Crossrail will boost the numbers.
But why are like-for-like passenger
numbers on the Tube, buses
and trains falling while London’s
population is at an all-time high
of 8.8 million?
Quality? Unlikely. The Tube and
buses are arguably the best they’ve
ever been, having undergone £30bn
of investment in the past three
decades. Price? Doubtful: TfL fares
are still decent value for money.
The established argument blames
the fact that Londoners now work and
shop from home. That’s undoubtedly
true, but another major factor must
be passengers eschewing buses and
the Tube for Uber.
Figures for last year show the
number of private hire vehicles in
London – largely Ubers – surged
nearly 40 per cent since 2015
to 87,400.
Uber’s complex accounting makes
it hard to get reliable numbers, but
It can’t be right that a
company whose cheap fares
are bankrolled by Silicon
Valley can clog up our streets
by some estimates, its 40,000 drivers
are making £184m a year in fares
(that seems conservative to me).
Whatever the true figure, black
cab drivers say that’s money which
would otherwise be going to them.
But, given how expensive black cabs
are, I don’t buy that.
Troubled subprime lender Provident
Financial has announced a £331m investor cash call after being ordered
to pay almost £171m in fines and compensation over mis-selling at its Vanquis Bank arm.
The Financial Conduct Authority
(FCA) fined credit card lender
Vanquis £2m and ordered it to pay
£168.8m in compensation for failing
to disclose charges of its popular
repayment option plan (ROP).
Provident announced the rights
issue to boost its bruised balance
sheet and cover the cost of the
Vanquis settlement, as well as an
expected £20m hit from an ongoing
investigation into its car financing
arm, Moneybarn, over
affordability checks.
The rights issue
will raise £300m
after £31m
Compensation
i n ex p e n s e s ,
and fine
Provident said.
Provident
Full-year
Financial
was
results released
ordered to pay
alongside the
settlement showed
the hit and Moneybarn
penalty pushed Provident into the
red in 2017, leaving it nursing losses
of £123m against profits of £343.9m
in 2016.
With this stripped out, underlying
profits were still hammered last year,
down 67 per cent at £109.1m.
But shares surged yesterday
h av i n g t u m b l e d o n Mo n d ay
ahead of the expected rights issue
announcement. Provident’s shares
closed up 70 per cent at 1002p.
The FCA said Vanquis had
committed “very serious breaches”.
Mark Steward, director of
enforcement and market oversight
at the FCA, said: “Vanquis failed to
make sure customers were informed
about the full cost of the ROP when it
was offered to customers.”
£171m
Uber is priced so cheaply that its
revenue is being leached from the
Tube. Being an Uber fan, I don’t want
to regulate it off the streets; I’m glad
its licence is unlikely to be revoked.
But it can’t be right that a company
whose cheap fares are bankrolled by
Silicon Valley stock valuations can
clog up London’s streets, add to our
pollution, drain revenues from the
Underground and pay barely any
price in return.
TfL says it is pushing through
a five-year charge of £2.9m for
companies with 10,000 vehicles
or more, but for Uber, that barely
registers (and makes no dent in TfL’s
£1bn shortfall).
For the good of London, the
Government should let the Mayor
cut, or at least cap, the number of
private hire vehicles, and megaoperators such as Uber should make
a financial contribution that better
reflects the impact they have on the
city. EVENING STANDARD
Power stations run
short of coal stocks
The Hindu
Nearly half of Indian coal-fired
power-plants have less than a
week’s coal stocks in reserve, a
report has found. The Central
Electricity Authority found that
46 of 113 such power plants had
less than seven days’ stocks,
with eight having only one day’s
reserves and six having no
reserves at all. Coal shortages
began during the monsoon
season last year, and plants have
struggled to replenish stocks.
Petrol engineers
back renewables
The Sun
Nigeria’s Society of Petroleum
Engineers (SPE) has urged
the government to invest more
in renewable energy. SPE
chairman Chikezie Nwosu
said that hydroelectric and
gas-powered cars were ripe for
investment, and added: “The
Stone Age did not end because
mankind ran out of stones, and
the oil age will end long before
we run out of oil.”
Islands ‘import
too many cars’
The Soloman Star
Car imports to the Solomon
Islands need to be capped to
ease congestion, according to
the finance ministry statistician
Henry Risoni. “Our country
is very small and our road
infrastructure is not good
enough but vehicle imports
have been unbelievably higher,”
Mr Risoni said. “This is also
a contributing factor to the
ongoing traffic jam.”
Chief of troubled
marine parks quits
The New York Post
Joel Manby, CEO of SeaWorld
Entertainment, is to step down
as attendances continue to slide
and concerns over animals
kept in captivity continue to
grow. Marketing campaigns
to undo the negative impact of
the 2013 documentary Blackfish
have not stopped attendances
falling by nearly 1.2 million, or
5.5 per cent, across SeaWorld’s
12 parks. The company posted
a loss of $20.4m (£14.7m) in the
fourth quarter of 2017.
40
BUSINESS
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224.9
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4912.0
3516.0
257.8
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727.0
2604.0
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5948.0
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221.8
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369.8
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222.4
2997.0
347.3
444.3
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2940.5
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SCOTLAND
BANKING
Confidence rises
in businesses
Virgin Money’s
28% profits jump
Scottish businesses are
returning to “cautious
optimism” as confidence rises,
according to a new report.
Confidence in Scotland rose 17
points during February to reach
35 per cent, the latest Business
Barometer from Bank of
Scotland Commercial Banking
found. Companies’ hiring
intentions also rose.
Virgin Money’s profits have
outstripped expectations,
jumping by nearly a third after
it secured “market-beating
growth” across its financial
products. The challenger bank’s
underlying pre-tax profits
rose 28 per cent to £273.3m, as
mortgage balances and retail
deposits climbed 13 per cent
and 10 per cent respectively.
ECONOMY
INSURANCE
IMF: growth but
risks ahead
Direct Line staff in
free shares bonus
The IMF managing director
Christine Lagarde said the
global economy was showing
broad-based growth, but the
landscape was shifting with
heightened risks of trade
disputes, monetary policy
normalisation and technological
change. She said the IMF was
expecting global growth to
reach 3.9 per cent in 2018.
Workers and investors at
Direct Line shared in the
spoils of soaring profits with
a bumper payout. All 10,000
staff at the insurer will be given
£500 worth of free shares and
investors will get a 15p special
dividend after profits rose more
than 50 per cent to £540m.
“Staff have really helped us do
well,” said CEO Paul Geddes.
RETAIL
SERVICES
M&S admits
gender pay gap
Johnson reports
20% rise in profits
Marks & Spencer has admitted
to paying its average female
employee 12.3 per cent less
than its average male worker,
attributing the gap to the
majority of its entry level
staff being women and men
dominating the most senior
ranks. Around 57 per cent of its
senior managers are male.
Johnson Service Group has
reported a 20.5 per cent rise
in annual pre-tax profits to
£31.2m, as it reaped the rewards
of recent acquisitions. The
company expanded to its UK
footprint last year after buying
PLS in Edinburgh in July and
StarCountry in Wrexham in
December.
AUTOMOTIVE
INDUSTRY
Inchcape warns
tough year ahead
CBI survey shows
weaker growth
Profits at Inchcape soared
in 2017, but the auto retail
and service firm said it was
expecting a more difficult year
ahead. The company’s pre-tax
profit increased 38.1 per cent
to £369.9m in the year to 31
December, amid a 14.2 per cent
rise in revenues to £8.9bn.
New figures show weaker
growth in order books. The
latest industrial trends survey
by the Confederation for British
Industry showed a balance of
10 per cent of firms reported an
increase in order books over the
three months to February, down
from 14 per cent in January.
the
markets
TOM NICHOLSON
The pound tumbled against the
dollar as new Federal Reserve
chairman Jerome Powell hinted
that US interest rate hikes were on
the horizon. Sterling traded as low
as 1.385 against the dollar in the
afternoon, before rallying slightly.
***
Following news of Comcast’s
£22bn bid for Sky, the broadcaster’s
shares vaulted by 226.50 points to
close up 20.50 per cent at 1,331.50.
***
Elsewhere on the FTSE 100, things
were rather more tepid – the index
closed down 7.1 points or 0.10 per
cent at 7,282.4.
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41
TRANSPORT
RETAIL
Car industry may miss
CO2 targets ‘due to
anti-diesel backlash’
Greggs’ profit
falls as it invests
in supply chain
By Sean O’Grady
New cars are greener than ever, but
the benefits are being squandered
because of continuing public confusion about diesel-powered vehicles,
the auto industry has warned.
The Society of Motor
Manufacturers and Traders (SMMT)
said yesterday that “the anti-diesel
agenda” and a slower than expected
take up of electric vehicles meant
that the industry could miss its
next round of European-mandated
CO2 targets in 2021, making it more
difficult for the UK to meet its
international climate change targets.
“The industry shares the
Government’s vision of a low-carbon
Total CO2 emissions from
all cars in use fell by 7.4
per cent between 2000 and 2016.
However, they rose by 2.1 per cent
in 2016 against 2015, and have
risen in each of the past three
years, according to SMMT data.
future… but we can’t do it overnight;
nor can we do it alone,” said Mike
Hawes, chief executive of the SMMT.
“The anti-diesel agenda has set
back progress on climate change,”
he added.
Diesel cars emit less CO2 than
petrol cars, meaning they contribute
less to global warming. However, they
emit more particles, which cause
health problems when breathed in.
Some cities are taking harsh
action against diesels. Stuttgart
and Dusseldorf were given the
go-ahead by the German Federal
Administrative court yesterday to
ban older, less green diesel cars from
pollution-hit areas.
Data from the SMMT show that
overall, new car CO 2 emissions
have fallen by a third since 2000.
But in 2017 the average rate of CO2
emissions in new cars sold to the
British public rose for the first time in
decades: by 0.8 per cent, to 121g/km.
The SMMT said diesel sales fell
because of mixed signals on taxation,
as well as Volkswagen’s “dieselgate”
scandal. THE INDEPENDENT
By Kalyeena Makortoff
Macy’s cheered by festive sales
American department store
chain Macy’s reported cheerier
figures than expected for the
Christmas period, with sales up
1.4 per cent against an expected
0.4 per cent increase and fourth-
quarter earnings in 2017 which
nearly trebled the previous year’s
takings. Macy’s has announced
cust-cutting measures including
the closure of 11 stores and laying
off 5,000 staff.
Greggs has reported lower annual
profits amid rising costs, but the high
street chain said 2018 would be the
“peak year” for internal investments
meant to help transform the business.
The baked goods retailer said pretax profits fell from £75.1m in 2016
to £71.9m last year, despite reporting a 7.4 per cent rise in total sales to
£960m over the year to 30 December.
Its earnings were knocked by an
exceptional charge of £9.9m linked to
an investment programme meant to
reshape its internal supply chain.
That is compared with a £5.2m
charge in 2016, when it launched the
first phase of the turnaround plan.
Chief executive Roger Whiteside
said it was a strong performance for
Greggs given the “challenging economic circumstances” which saw
rising inflation affecting both the
company costs and customer disposable income.
The retailer said it opened 131 new
shops in 2017 against 41 closures,
with 1,854 stores in total. Its new
lower-calorie Balanced Choice range
accounted for more than £100m
of sales.
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FINANCE
Will I forfeit my late husband’s
state pension if I remarry?
Since the 2016 reforms, different rules apply – depending on your age
Ask
Harry
Your questions
about money
Name and address supplied
Harry says: Congratulations on
your new relationship. I appreciate
that it must be frustrating to
have a financial question playing
on your mind at a time when you
want to be enjoying yourself and
planning your future together.
I explained the specifics of your
case to the Department for Work
and Pensions (without giving away
your identity) and I received a
reassuring response. A spokesman
explained that since you were born
in February 1952 and therefore
reached state pension age before
6 April 2016, under the old state
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Would-be savers ought to doublecheck their picks for the best fiveyear fixed-rate bond deals given
how much the market has moved
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Dear Harry,
My husband died in 2014, so
when I became eligible to
receive a state pension, it was,
and still is, increased by a very
considerable amount because of
his contributions. However, I have
now met a gentleman and we are
discussing marriage. It suddenly
dawned on me that it might affect
the extra money I receive because
of my late husband, and it might be
withdrawn.
I have looked at the government
website, and am rather confused
by it. I found a couple of items that
seem to say the extra would be
withdrawn. I would be so grateful if
you could advise me if that is correct,
and whether we could either get
married or live together, without
losing any income? It is lonely on my
own, and I would dearly love to be
part of a couple again.
I dare not contact Her Majesty’s
Revenue and Customs (HMRC)
myself to find out my position for
sure, as I cannot afford to lose any
of my pension, but I am hoping you
can help answer my query.
i WEDNESDAY
28 FEBRUARY 2018
While the Bank of Mum and Dad is
being squeezed by stagnant wages
and rises in the cost of living, the
Bank of Gran and Grandad remains
generous. A Saga Populus poll
found that more than a quarter of
grandparents save more than £50 a
month for their grandchildren, and
one in seven puts aside £100 a month.
***
A widow’s
entitlement can
also depend on the
date of marriage
AFP/GETTY
pension system, someone in your
position would “normally” keep the
extra payments you are receiving
in relation to your late husband’s
pension if you were to remarry.
The key point is that your
entitlement is based on your
situation at the point when you
reached state pension age. If,
hypothetically, you were a few years
younger, and remarried when you
were yet to reach state pension age,
it would be a different matter.
Though admittedly this
is a complicated area, the
DWP’s response confirmed the
understanding of the pension
experts here at Which? You will
no doubt note, however, that
the DWP’s response wasn’t
unequivocal – its use of “normally”
leaves some room for doubt.
Nevertheless, I suspect that
this is merely a reluctance on the
DWP’s part to give a definitive
answer on an individual case when
it isn’t in possession of all the
facts, rather than something to
This Saturday, in your
money
business
be unduly concerned about. The
DWP suggests that you contact the
Pensions Service on 0800 731 0469.
I would advise doing so before tying
the knot, just so that you have a
definitive answer based on all the
particulars of your case before you
make any decisions.
THE NEW STATE PENSION
For anyone in a similar position, but
who reached state pension age after
6 April 2016, the situation is slightly
different. You might still be entitled
to some of your late spouse’s state
pension, but only if your marriage
or civil partnership with them
began before 6 April 2016 and
either they reached state pension
age before 6 April 2016 or they died
before that date but would have
reached state pension age after.
WHAT IF I HAVEN’T REACHED
STATE PENSION AGE?
The widow’s pension, awarded to
widows over age 45, was replaced
by the bereavement allowance
in 2001. This is given to widows,
widowers or surviving civil
partners over age 45 until they
reach state pension age. It is paid
for up to 52 weeks.
The amount you will get depends
on your age at the time of your
partner’s death, and the overall
level of their National Insurance
contributions. The younger you
are, the less you’ll get. The rates
in 2017-18 are as follows: if you are
aged between 45 and 50, you will
get between £34 and £74 a week;
if you are aged between 50 and
55, you will receive between £74
and £106 a week; from age 55 to
state pension age, you will be paid
up to £114 a week. In some cases,
you may get an additional pension
on top of bereavement allowance
based on your late spouse or civil
partner’s earnings.
Harry Rose is the editor of ‘Which?
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daily recipe
Grilled leek & blue cheese salad
with apples, celery and hazelnuts
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
9
17
17
3
DECAYS
9
27
GNASH
9
24
13
8
ROTE
26
15
17
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33
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FLASK
POOLS
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LA TY
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15
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HIND
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5
FOILS
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SIGHTLESS
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SERVES 2
3 small leeks
1tsp Dijon mustard
1tbsp cider vinegar
3tbsp olive oil
40g hazelnuts, toasted and skinned
2 celery sticks
2 apples
100g salad leaves
100g blue cheese, crumbled
Put a pan of salted water on to boil. Trim
the flared leaf tops away from the leeks
so you are just left with straight lengths.
Poach the leeks in the boiling water for
about eight minutes, until they are easily
pierced with a knife tip. Remove them
from the pan and allow to cool.
Put a griddle pan on a high heat. Peel
away the top layer or two from the leeks;
they will have become overcooked and
water-logged. Spilt the leeks in half
lengthways, and slice into 3cm pieces.
When the griddle is very hot, cook the
leeks for 20 to 30 seconds a side; enough
to mark them, but not so much that
they start to burn. Remove and season
with salt.
Make the vinaigrette by whisking
together the mustard and vinegar. Whisk
in the olive oil a small bit at a time, until
you have a thick, emulsified dressing.
Season with salt and pepper.
Break the hazelnuts into coarse pieces.
Dress with a tiny bit of oil and a pinch of
salt. The oil helps the seasoning to stick.
Thinly slice the celery at a sharp
angle. Core the apples and slice them
into thin discs. Throw the salad leaves,
leeks, apple and celery together with the
dressing. Pile artfully on to a serving
dish and scatter over the hazelnuts and
blue cheese.
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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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Minesweeper
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Killer Sudoku No 1223
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
HURRY
LETTERS
Futoshiki
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
OASIS
FASTEN
RHYME
2
9 8
5
Tomorrow
Sweet potato, spinach and
almond curry with quinoa
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STALL
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How to play Place the numbers 1-9 once in each row, column
and bold-lined jigsaw region. Solution: minurl.co.uk/i
Recipe from riverford.co.uk
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Maths Puzzle
Codeword No 1944
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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2 Make sense
(Informal) (3,2)
3 Poisonous (5)
4 Pungent gas (7)
5 Japanese robe (6)
6 Domesticated
polecat (6)
7 Combined (11)
13 In theory (2,5)
14 Slightly drunk
(Informal) (6)
15 Overnight case (6)
16 Misprints (6)
18 Written
composition (5)
20 Leg bone (5)
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Solution to yesterday’s Concise Crossword
ACROSS 1 Lettuce, 5 Bray (Let us pray), 9 Dudgeon, 10 Latin, 11 Mar, 12 Bird table, 14 To
begin with, 18 Tent poles, 20 Net, 21 Roost, 23 Needing, 24 Yolk, 25 Asunder.
DOWN 2 Eiderdown, 3 Tremble, 4 Canary Islands, 6 Rut, 7 Yonder, 8 Clot, 9 Damp, 13 Bête
noire, 15 Western, 16 Storey, 17 Stag, 19 Pâté, 22 Owl.
Today’s other puzzles Cryptic Crossword, page 22;
Five-Clue Cryptic, page 11; One-Minute Wijuko, page 21
Puzzle solutions See page 49 and minurl.co.uk/i
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5
9
7
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Tomorrow: Harder
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Word Ladder, Word
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ABC Logic, Killer
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Codeword,
Jigsawduko and
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Concise Crossword No 2266
ACROSS
1 Drama (4)
3 Section of a
recording (5)
8 Raised strip of
land (5)
9 Greatest amount (7)
10 Endanger (7)
11 Priest (5)
12 Large travel bag (11)
17 Fruit (5)
19 Inspector of
accounts (7)
21 Stalemate (7)
22 Zodiac sign (5)
23 Before time (5)
24 Festive occasion (4)
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8
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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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8
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28 FEBRUARY 2018
WORD
2
Z
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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ABC Logic
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column. Each row and column has two
blank cells. The letters at the edge of a row/
column indicate which of the letters is the
first/last to appear in that row/column.
Solution: minurl.co.uk/i
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C
B
B
A
A
C
C
B
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C
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A
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Word Wheel
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including the letter at centre of the wheel,
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top
tips
Sizing up Gold
Cup rivals a bind
for Harrington
media] saw them this morning and
they were going a proper gallop.
They are both in fantastic shape.”
Bookies and punters are finding it
Sizing John was found by the
difficult to split Jessica Harrington’s racecourse vet to be “clinically abtwo Cheltenham Gold Cup contend- normal” after his Leopardstown
ers, Sizing John and Our Duke, and flop and Harrington decided that
those looking for hints from the lady the best plan was to give him all the
herself at yesterday’s media function time he needed to recover and then
were disappointed.
go straight for the Gold Cup
Last year’s winner, Sizwithout a prep run.
ing John, will be bidding
“The term ‘clinically
to become the first to
abnormal’ covers a
successfully defend
multitude of things,”
his Gold Cup crown
said Harrington. “He
Odds for Sizing
since Best Mate comoverheated a bit at
John to defend his
pleted a treble in 2004
Leopardstown and
Gold
Cup
crown
at
(Kauto Star’s two wins
so we let him right
Cheltenham this
were in 2007 and 2009)
down and then startyear
and everything seems
ed building him back
back on track following a
up again.”
“hiccup” at Leopardstown
Our Duke was considover Christmas.
ered by many to be a Gold Cup
It hasn’t been plain sailing this winner-in-waiting when, having only
season, either, for Our Duke, but he his fourth run in a chase, he trounced
re-emerged as a serious player when seasoned handicappers in the Irish
giving weight and a beating to top Grand National last April.
novice Presenting Percy at Gowran
He is prone to giving the odd fence
Park earlier this month.
a clout, but Harrington explained:
“It would be very hard to split “I just think he lacks a bit of conthem,” said Harrington. “You [the centration when they aren’t going
BEST BET
Gloriux
(6.15pm, Newcastle)
Unlucky behind Big Lachie over
course and distance recently and
fancied to turn the tables.
By Jon Freeman
RACING EDITOR
NEXT BEST
Displaying Amber
(7.15pm, Newcastle)
Finished well over five furlongs
last time and step back up to six
will suit.
ONE TO WATCH
Jessica Harrington’s Rock The
World is a best-priced 16-1, with
a run, to win the Grand Annual
Chase again.
6-1
NEWCASTLE
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Sizing John, the 2017 Gold Cup winner, has fully recovered from being
diagnosed as ‘clinically abnormal’ over the Christmas period GETTY
quick enough. He had a bad start to
this season, but we discovered his
problem with the kissing spine and
he came back and looked good the
other day.”
Dangers? Well, Harrington, who
turned 71 on Monday, is too wise to
chart a pecking order there, either:
“I hate every single one of them!
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67-865 INSHAA S G West 6 9 12 ...............................................................J Hart C 5
2
08-627 HIGHWAYMAN D Thompson 5 9 12................J P Sullivan H 6
3
080-17 SIR JAMIE (D) A Carroll 5 9 11.........................................R Havlin B 2
1
5248-8 BOB MAXWELL T D Barron 4 9 2.............................. Ben Curtis 1 4
5474-3 URBAN SPIRIT Roger Fell 4 9 11......................... T Hamilton C 9
2
KEIR HARDIE G Scott 4 9 2...............................................................G Lee 2 5
34-026 QUEEN MOON A Balding 4 9 10..........................................G Lee B 12
3
KINDLER J Ewart 4 9 2.....................................................P Mulrennan 6 6 0680-7 ROYAL HOLIDAY (CD) Mrs M Fife 11 9 10......P Makin C 14
4
3 LOUGH SALT R C Guest 7 9 2..................................................P Makin 9 7
23-003 THE KING’S STEED (D) S Lycett 5 9 10......Ben Robinson (5) B,T 8
5
222-37 PREROGATIVE A Carroll 4 9 2 ........................................R Havlin C 7 8
56-393 OPTIMA PETAMUS (D) P Holmes 6 9 10 .... Paula Muir (7) V 1
6
CALLOMANIA Adrian Nicholls 4 8 11.........................A Mullen 3 9
5-88 ISLAND SONG Gemma Anderson 4 9 9 ................A Mullen 13
7
LATE FOR THE SKY Mike Hammond 4 8 11.....C Rodriguez (3) 10 10 43640- LORD ROB D Thompson 7 9 8 .................................P Mulrennan 4
8
MILLIE THE MINX Mrs D Sayer 4 8 11...............J P Sullivan 5 11 -04353 BABETTE (BF) I Williams 4 9 8.................................Doubtful V 10
9
WISE COCO A Whillans 5 8 11..........................................R Scott (3) 8 12 5309-4 QUICK MONET S A Harris 5 9 8..............................C Bennett (3) 3
10 87-992 ZARKAVON J Wainwright 4 8 11..Faye McManoman (7) 4 13
6000- JOE CABLE N Tinkler 3 8 3 ...............Faye McManoman (7) 11
BETTING: 7-4 Keir Hardie, 2-1 Bob Maxwell, 6-1 Prerogative, Lough Salt, 14
86-8 STREET SENSATION R Fahey 3 8 3......................P Mathers B 7
10-1 Kindler, 16-1 Callomania, 33-1 Zarkavon, 50-1 Wise Coco, Late For
- 14 declared The Sky, 100-1 Millie The Minx.
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8-1 Inshaa, Sir Jamie, Queen Moon, 10-1 Highwayman, Street Sensation,
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The one that hasn’t blotted his
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a good performance at Leopardstown. There are lots of horses with
a chance and it just depends on who
performs on the day.”
Harrington has enjoyed some
wonderful Cheltenham moments
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career tally to 11 last March when Supasundae (Coral Hurdle) and Rock
The World (Grand Annual) helped
complete a first festival treble.
Rock The World is back for the
same handicap chase, but the muchimproved Supasundae is now favourite for the Stayers’ Hurdle after
claiming Faugheen’s famous scalp
over two miles at Leopardstown.
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-03146 DIAMOND REFLECTION A Dunn 6 9 7...................L Keniry T 5
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7224-1 COMPATRIOT (CD) Olly Murphy 4 9 3(6ex)..J P Spencer 8
3
1-1632 SUNSHINEANDBUBBLES (C) Jennie Candlish 5 9 2...E Greatrex C 6
4
002-75 ROCK’N GOLD A Wintle 5 9 1......................................Hollie Doyle 1
5 8830-0 FILAMENT OF GOLD (CD) R Brotherton 7 8 13...Doubtful B 9
6
36-764 COOL MUSIC (D) A Brittain 8 8 12...............................C Hardie C 4
7
6586-9 THE FOOZLER P Niven 5 8 12..........Connor Murtagh (5) C 2
8
22/5-2 MRS BURBIDGE (CD) N Mulholland 8 8 11.L Morris C,T 3
9
09-467 LORD FRANKLIN A Crook 9 8 11 ...................................... F Norton 7
BETTING: 5-4 Compatriot, 7-2 Sunshineandbubbles, 6-1 Mrs Burbidge,
8-1 Rock’n Gold, 10-1 Cool Music, Diamond Reflection, 25-1 The Foozler,
33-1 Lord Franklin.
1
326-88 JOYS DELIGHT D Loughnane 4 9 7.................R Kingscote C 11
2
07-074 OK BY ME I Williams 4 9 4.................................................. A Kirby C 13
3 860-06 LIFE OF LUXURY W Brisbourne 5 9 4 ................. W Carson 10
4 645-86 LUNAR MIST R Guest 4 9 4.............................................S Woods (7) 4
5
0008/6 FINAL ATTACK Sarah Hollinshead 7 9 3................. F Norton 2
6 P6-334 JEREMY’S JET (BF) A Carroll 7 9 3...................... G Downing T 5
7
96-950 LADY NAHEMA M Bosley 5 9 2............................D Costello B,T 1
8
070-26 METTE M Usher 5 9 2.......................................................................R Tate T 6
9
05-705 STEEL HELMET Harriet Bethell 4 9 2Josephine Gordon 3
10 3045-4 SMART MOVER Mrs N Evans 5 9 2......... Jane Elliott (5) C 9
BETWAY HANDICAP (CLASS 4) £10,300 added 6f
11 -04353 BABETTE (BF) I Williams 4 9 2..........................R P Walsh (7) V 7
12 7/004- ALLIGATOR A Carroll 4 9 2..............................................L Morris B 12
13 99900/ CLOCK ON TOM B Leavy 8 9 2............................................W Cox (5) 8
1
08900AFANDEM (D) M Johnston 4 9 11....................................F Norton 8
BETTING: 9-2 Jeremy’s Jet, 5-1 Babette, 11-2 Ok By Me, 10-1 Alligator,
72-222 NAUTICAL HAVEN (D) K Ryan 4 9 7 ................... C Noble (5) C 3
Lunar Mist, Smart Mover, Joys Delight, 12-1 Final Attack, Steel Helmet, 2
3
83-832 UPAVON (D) A Carroll 8 9 7.........................................................A Kirby 6
14-1 others.
32REDSPORT.COM HANDICAP (CLASS 5) 3YO £7,401
4
6552-9 ROSE BERRY C Dwyer 4 9 5 ..................Josephine Gordon H 7
BERTILATETHANNEVER Mike Hammond 6 10 0......C Rodriguez (3) 13
1
SUNBETS.CO.UK HANDICAP (CLASS 6) £6,164 added
5
04-129 ESPRESSO FREDDO (C) Robert Stephens 4 9 5.....C Shepherd (3) C 2
added 6f
2
4 DUTCH COED N Tinkler 6 10 0............................. L Edmunds (3) 3
1m 1f
6
55630- BAHAMIAN DOLLAR (D) P Evans 5 9 5..........G Malune (7) 1
3
4- MAJESTIC MAN Ronald Thompson 5 10 0 .....................G Lee 8 1
28-524 ELITE SHADOW Miss G Kelleway 9 7.......Aaron Jones (3) 6
7
16-735 UNION ROSE (C) R Harris 6 9 3......................................C Bishop C 5
4
PENISTONE J Bethell 4 10 0...............................................K Stott T 10 2
11-553 NO APPROVAL D Bridgwater 5 9 8....Poppy Bridgwater (7) 9
6242-3 GABRIAL THE DEVIL (BF) D O’Meara 9 7...................... S Gray 2 1
03225- JACOB’S PILLOW (D) Rebecca Bastiman 7 9 1.. L Morris 4
44-870 CAPTAIN REVELATION M Mullineaux 6 9 7 ..... L Jones E 7 8
5
0/ MAYDALE J J Davies 5 9 9...........................................................P Makin 7 3
34-43 WAZIN S Crisford 9 7................................................................R Havlin B 4 2
BETTING: 15-8 Nautical Haven, 9-4 Upavon, 8-1 Rose Berry, Jacob’s
6
07- BROKEN FORCE K Burke 3 8 9...................................... Ben Curtis 9 4
4306-2 GORSE Mrs A Duffield 9 0................................................J Fanning C 1 3 002-03 SHAMLAN (C)(BF) Kevin Frost 6 9 6...................D Costello C 1 Pillow, 12-1 Union Rose, Bahamian Dollar, Afandem, 14-1 Others.
/00-01 SCRUTINY (CD) K Ryan 7 9 5................................J P Spencer C,T 4
7
4-3 KINGS FULL K Ryan 3 8 9................................................................. S Gray 2 5
457-55 GHOST J J Quinn 8 10....................................................................... J Hart H 5 4
3-2315 CRITICAL THINKING (CD) David Loughnane 4 9 5.......S Donohoe T 3
8
MOZZAFIATO J Gosden 3 8 9 ............................................... K O’Neill 1 6
5-95 NALAINI D Carroll 8 10 ............................................... Phil Dennis (3) 8 5
FORM VERDICT
4-3452 BEATBYBEATBYBEAT A Brittain 5 9 5............C Hardie V 10 NAUTICAL HAVEN has finished runner-up on all four starts on the
9
5 NIGHT CASTLE C Appleby 3 8 9...................................... C Beasley 4 7
695-5 RIVER RULE A Carroll 8 4..........................................................K O’Neill 7 6
10
6- POETIC AFFAIR M Johnston 3 8 9.............................J Fanning 11 8
705-3 DISPLAYING AMBER B Haslam 8 3.......................J P Sullivan 3 7 2900-0 MAKHFAR (CD) M Usher 7 9 4...............................................R Tate C 6 all-weather, including chasing home Reckless Endeavour in a class
11
5-23 STEALTH J Gosden 3 8 9........................................................R Havlin B 5
8
0712-5
DELEYLL
J
Butler
4
9
3............................................................A
Kirby
C
11
- 8 declared 2 handicap over this trip at Lingfield recently, but there appears to
12
NEW RHYTHM A Whillans 3 8 4 ...............................J P Sullivan 6 BETTING: 5-2 Wazin, 10-3 Gabrial The Devil, 4-1 Gorse, 8-1 Displaying 9 0-6334 LORD MURPHY (CD) D Loughnane 5 9 1....R Kingscote T 8 be no issue with his resolution. Dropped in class and with first-time
13
PRINCESS NOORA Adrian Nicholls 3 8 4...........A Mullen 12 Amber, 10-1 River Rule, Elite Shadow, Nalaini, 14-1 Ghost.
10 0-0010 GONE WITH THE WIND (CD) Rebecca Bastiman 7 8 13.......L Morris C,T 5 cheekpieces applied, Kevin Ryan’s four-year-old is taken to gone one
11 960-78 THREE’S A CROWD E De Giles 4 8 7............................Doubtful 2 better at the main expense of Upavon, who was only denied by a neck
BETTING: 9-4 Night Castle, 3-1 Stealth, 7-1 Mozzafiato, Kings Full, 8-1
BETWAY
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£3,500
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Broken Force, 10-1 Poetic Affair, 14-1 Princess Noora, 16-1 Penistone,
BETTING: 4-1 Beatbybeatbybeat, 9-2 Shamlan, 11-2 No Approval, 6-1 at Chelmsford off 2lb lower last time out. Jacob’s Pillow is a consistent
Scrutiny, 13-2 Lord Murphy, 7-1 Critical Thinking, 8-1 Deleyll, 14-1 Gone sort returning from a break for whom the booking of Luke Morris
20-1 others.
1
864-57 SEE VERMONT (D) Rebecca Bastiman 10 9 12 ... J Hart B 4 With The Wind, 16-1 others.
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2
-34214 ROY’S LEGACY (CD) S A Harris 9 9 12.............C Bennett (3) 5
BETWAY CASINO HANDICAP (CLASS 5) £7,116 added
3
333-42 KINGSTREET LADY Mrs R Carr 5 9 10......... J P Sullivan C 8
BETWAY MAIDEN STAKES (CLASS 5) £5,900 added 6f
1m 1f 104yds
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0-8813 BIG LACHIE (CD) D Loughnane 4 9 9...........................A Mullen 1 4
7-1847 NOVABRIDGE (CD) Mrs K Tutty 10 9 8.Gemma Tutty (5) B 3
21-122 KING KEVIN (CD) E Dunlop 4 9 7.........................J P Spencer B 1
2
85-245 TOMMY G J Goldie 5 9 9............................................. Phil Dennis (3) 8 5
9600/6 RIAL Adrian Nicholls 5 9 8 ...................................B Sanderson (7) 9 1
090/6- RESPECTABILITY M Mullineaux 6 9 9.....................L Jones E 6
24/777 ECHO BRAVA (C) Suzi Best 8 9 5.................................R Winston 6 1
3
688-47 JOHNNY CAVAGIN Ronald Thompson 9 9 7 .................G Lee 2 6
096-32 LITTLE KINGDOM (CD) Miss T Waggott 4 9 6Ben Curtis 2 2
7- CARPET TIME T D Barron 3 8 13.....................................F Norton 4
205-33 PERCEIVED A Brittain 6 8 9................................................... C Hardie 4 2
4
3784-8 GLORIUX J Balding 4 9 6 ............................................ L Edmunds (3) 7 7
8033-2 FINTRY FLYER J Goldie 4 9 6..........................Phil Dennis (3) C 6 3
4-22 DUBAI ACCLAIM R Fahey 3 8 13 ..................................P Hanagan 2
2238-9 GOLCONDA PRINCE R Fahey 4 8 8...........................P Hanagan 5 3
5
09-647 FOXY BOY (D) Rebecca Bastiman 4 9 3.................R Scott (3) 5 8
66856/ GRIFFIN STREET A Whillans 5 9 5.................... P Mulrennan 7 4
6 ROYAL RATTLE T D Barron 3 8 13....... Josephine Gordon 3
282/89 SWORD OF THE LORD Mrs N Evans 8 8 7.........L Morris C 7 4
6
303-90 SPIRIT OF ZEBEDEE (C) J J Quinn 5 8 13 ...................J Hart C 4 9
34-447 IDEAL SPIRIT Mrs K Tutty 3 8 10.................................R Scott (3) 1 5
563- VJ DAY K Ryan 3 8 13 .............................................................. J P Spencer 5
7
3127-2 HADLEY Miss T Waggott 5 8 12..............................Ben Curtis C 3
6 705300 THECORNISHBARRON (D) A Sadik 6 8 7...............W Cox (5) 3 5
- 9 declared 5 SERVILIA C Hills 3 8 8....................................................................L Morris 1
379-97 BLUE ROCKS (C) Mrs L Williamson 4 8 7.... G Malune (7) 2 6
8
31-166 WINDFORPOWER (CD) Miss T Waggott 8 8 11.....Ben Robinson (5) V 6 BETTING: 3-1 Little Kingdom, 4-1 Fintry Flyer, Kingstreet Lady, Roy’s 7
BETTING: 5-2 Big Lachie, 3-1 Hadley, 9-2 Tommy G, 7-1 Foxy Boy, 8-1 Legacy, 8-1 Novabridge, 12-1 See Vermont, 14-1 Rial, 20-1 Ideal Spirit, BETTING: Evens King Kevin, 3-1 Golconda Prince, 7-2 Perceived, 12-1 BETTING: 11-8 Dubai Acclaim, 7-4 Vj Day, 9-2 Servilia, 10-1 Carpet Time,
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Coming to America... Kiwis
to face England in Denver
Hearn and RFL in
talks to broaden
sport’s appeal
By Ian Laybourn
By Ian Laybourn
England’s ground-breaking Test
match against New Zealand in
Colorado has been given the go-ahead
and will be the first of three meetings
in the United States over the next
three years.
The match between Wayne
Bennett’s England and the Kiwis will
be staged at the Mile High Stadium
in Denver on Saturday 23 June, with
a local 2pm kick-off.
The international – which has been
organised and funded by Australian
promoter Jason Moore to raise the
profile of rugby league ahead of the
2025 World Cup in the United States
– will go ahead despite opposition
from some NRL clubs concerned
over player welfare.
New Zealand Rugby League
(NZRL) chairman Reon Edwards
said: “We have worked with the
Rugby Football League (RFL) and
the Rugby League International
Federation (RLIF) on this, agreeing
to play a New Zealand-England Test
in the United States each year for the
next three years.”
The match will take place on a
blank weekend in Super League
which was set aside for the Pacific
Test series in Sydney and a standalone State of Origin match.
It has the unqualified support of
Bennett – who has just signed a new
two-year deal to remain as England
coach – a strong advocate of the international game and whose England
side travelled to Sydney last summer
to take on Samoa. He said: “For us to
grow stronger as a group and build
England suffered a narrow defeat to New Zealand the last time they met, in the
2016 Four Nations series GETTY
on the progress of last year, these are which has a capacity of 76,125, is
home to 2016 NFL Super
the games we need to be inBowl champions the Denvolved in. We saw the benver Broncos and is 5,280
efits of taking on Samoa
feet – or exactly a mile
mid-season ahead of
the World Cup.
– above sea level.
“We hear people
It will be England’s
Unanswered points
talking about growfirst game in the USA
scored by England
ing the game and
since
they played their
against the USA
this is the perfect
hosts in an unofficial
in 2000 –the last
opportunity to take
Test in Orlando in Octotime they played in
the States
two of the world’s elite
ber 2000, a game which
nations over to a country
featured current England
that loves sport and enterteam manager Jamie Peacock
tainment.” The Mile High Stadium, and assistant coach Paul Wellens.
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Boxing promoter Eddie Hearn has
offered to get involved in rugby
league to raise the sport’s profile.
The Rugby Football League is to
take up an offer of help from the
boss of Matchroom Sport.
There is no suggestion that
Hearn will seek to emulate his
father, Barry, who transformed
the fortunes of snooker and darts,
but he expressed an interest
during a meeting with RFL
interim boss Ralph Rimmer and
marketing chief Mark Foster.
The two-hour get-together
at the Waldorf Hotel in London
followed calls for the Hearns to
help fill the void created by the
departure of chief executive Nigel
Wood and Super League executive
Roger Draper last month.
“Whatever we are accused of,
we don’t stand still,” Rimmer
said. “I saw an opportunity. I just
dropped him a line asking him if
he fancied getting together for a
talk and he did. He was excellent.
“We talked about things we can
do with the sport and I suspect
those talks will continue.”
Rimmer added: “They know
a bit about it and from their
time with Leyton Orient they
understand the dynamics of
governing body and clubs.”
“With darts and snooker, they
could literally go in and buy the
sport but he knows that isn’t
possible with a sport like ours.
“But nevertheless, he gave us
one or two helpful tips. It was
very worthwhile.”
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Wilson cited for eye contact on Hughes
EMIRATES FA CUP FIFTH RND REPLAY
Swansea (0) ............................2
Sheff Wed (0)..........................0
Ayew 55, Dyer 80
Att 6,198
Swansea at home to Rochdale or Tottenham in
quarter-finals
THE SKY BET CHAMPIONSHIP
Hull (0)..........................................1
Barnsley (1)...............................1
Dawson 73; Att 14,005
McBurnie 22
Reading (0)..............................1
Sheff Utd (2) ..............................3
Richards 51; Att 6,769
Sharp 11, 63, Duffy 44
P
W
D
L
F
A Pts
7
5 59 28 73
Wolverhampton 34 22
Cardiff
34 20
7
7 50 27 67
Aston Villa
34 18
9
7
53 32 63
Derby
34 16 12
6 53 31 60
Fulham
34 16 11
7
57 37 59
Sheff Utd
34 17
4
13 49 40 55
Bristol City
34 14 12
8 48 40 54
Middlesbrough 34 15
7
12 46 34 52
Preston
34 12 15
7 40 33 51
Brentford
34 13 11
10 50 41 50
Leeds
34 14
7
13 47 43 49
Millwall
34 12 12
10 40 35 48
Ipswich
34 14 6
14 45 43 48
Norwich
34 12 11
11 34 37 47
Nottm Forest 34 12
4
18 41 53 40
QPR
34 10 9
15 38 51 39
Sheff Wed
34 8
13
13 37 44 37
Reading
34 8 10
16 39 48 34
Bolton
34 8 10
16 29 51 34
Hull
34
7
12
15 45 51 33
Barnsley
34
7
11
16 34 48 32
Birmingham
34 8
6
20 22 51 30
Burton Albion 34
7
8
19 26 60 29
Sunderland
34 5
12
17 37 61 27
SKY BET LEAGUE ONE
AFC Wimbledon 0 Blackburn 3; Bristol Rovers P
Wigan P (Postponed - due to frozen pitch); Peterborough 2 Walsall 1.
Leading Positions: 1 Blackburn P 35 pts 72, 2
Shrewsbury (34-68), 3 Wigan (31-66), 4 Rotherham
(34-62), 5 Scunthorpe (35-57), 6 Plymouth (35-53).
SKY BET LEAGUE TWO
Wycombe 0 Coventry 1.
Leading Positions: 1 Luton P 34 pts 68, 2 Accrington
Stanley (34-65), 3 Wycombe (35-62), 4 Notts County
(35-61), 5 Mansfield (34-60), 6 Exeter (33-58).
LADBROKES SCOTTISH PREMIERSHIP
Hearts 1 Kilmarnock 1; St Johnstone 1 Rangers 4.
Ladbrokes Scottish Championship Brechin P Dunfermline P; Dumbarton P Inverness CT P; Dundee
Utd P Queen of Sth P; Morton 0 Livingston 1. League
One Airdrieonians P Alloa P; Albion P Arbroath P.
League Two Peterhead 2 Clyde 1; Stenhousemuir P
Cowdenbeath P; Stirling P Edinburgh City P.
CRICKET
TOUR MATCH: NORTH SOUND: ANTIGUA: West
Indies A 236 (76.2 overs). England Lions 20-0 (11
overs).
SNOOKER
WELSH OPEN: CARDIFF: 1ST RD: R O’Sullivan
(Eng) bt R Hull (Fin) w/o; K Maflin (Nor) bt J Robertson (Eng) 4-0; S Craigie (Eng) bt L Fernandez
(Rep Ire) 4-0; M Gould (Eng) bt M White (Wal) 4-2;
L Brecel (Bel) bt J Boileau (Rep Ire) 4-2; N Saengkham (Thai) bt R Muir (Sco) 4-2; L Haotian (Chin)
bt P Davison (Eng) 4-2; J Jones (Eng) bt M Xiwen
(Chin) 4-3; S Carrington (Eng) bt P Lines (Eng) 4-3;
M Dunn (Eng) bt H Akbar (Pak) 4-0; K Wilson (Eng)
bt R Milkins (Eng) 4-1; Xu Si (Chin) bt A McManus
(Sco) 4-0; M Williams (Wal) bt M King (Eng) 4-2; J
Lisowski (Eng) bt M Joyce (Eng) 4-3; J Astley (Eng)
bt Z Anda (Chin) 4-2; G Wilson (Eng) bt S Baird
(Eng) 4-1; A McGill (Sco) bt B Eltahhan (Eg) 4-1; D
Grace (Eng) bt R Richards (Wal) 4-3; M Stevens
(Wal) bt K Doherty (Rep Ire) 4-1; S Vahedi (Irn) bt A
Borg (Malta) 4-0; Yu De Lu (Chin) bt B Joe Castle
(Eng) 4-2; R McLeod (Eng) bt A Duffy (Eng) 4-2; N
Bond (Eng) bt L Kleckers (Ger) 4-2; S Maguire (Sco)
bt J Perry (Eng) 4-2; B Woollaston (Eng) bt T-C
Leong (Malay) 4-3; M Georgiou (Eng) bt M Mann
(Eng) 4-0; R Williams (Eng) bt A Taylor (Eng) 4-0; G
Greene (N Ire) bt S Murphy (Eng) 4-0; O Lines (Eng)
bt E Sharav (Sco) 4-3.
HORSE RACING RESULTS
CHELMSFORD CITY Going: Standard
2.15 1. MAKE MAGIC (J P Spencer) 5-1; 2. I Was
Only Joking 8-13 fav; 3. Miss Milla B 7-1. 5 ran. hd,
nk. (D M Simcock).
By Duncan Bech
2.45 1. SHARP OPERATOR (W Carson) 8-1; 2.
Scotland No 8 Ryan Wilson has
been cited for making contact
with the eye area of England’s
Nathan Hughes.
The alleged offence took
place shortly before half-time
of Scotland’s 25-13 Six Nations
victory at Murrayfield on
Saturday.
Television cameras caught the
back rows clashing off the ball
with Wilson, who was pinned to
the floor, raking his right hand
across the right side of Hughes’s
face.
Wilson must appear before a
Six Nations disciplinary hearing
today to answer for an offence
that carries a low-end sanction of
a four-week ban, rising to 12-plus
weeks.
Tournament organisers said in
a statement: “The alleged offence,
contact with the eye area of an
opponent (Law 9.12) took place in
the 37th minute of the match.”
It places his involvement in
the remainder of Scotland’s
title bid in grave doubt with
3.15 1. GALA CELEBRATION (J P Spencer) 5-6
Tilsworth Lukey 16-1; 3. Babette 11-4 fav. 11 ran.
11/4l, 21/4l. (C Wallis).
fav; 2. Frozen Lake 6-1; 3. Tellovoi 9-4. 4 ran. 11/2l,
2l. (I Williams).
3.45 1. MAMBO DANCER (F Norton) 6-4 fav; 2.
Di’s Gift 6-1; 3. Galileo’s Spear 9-2. 6 ran. 4l, 2l. (M
Johnston).
4.15 1. CAPTAIN LARS (E Greatrex) 2-1; 2. Shamshon
10-11 fav; 3. Classic Pursuit 6-1. 4 ran. 1/2l, 33/4l.
(Archie Watson).
4.45 1. AVOCET (L Morris) 11-8 fav; 2. Canford
Thompson 2-1; 3. Torch 14-1. 8 ran. 3l, 21/2l. (Olly
Murphy).
Jackpot: £3,662.00. Placepot: £26.10. Quadpot:
£10.40. Place 6: £23.12. Place 5: £19.43.
LINGFIELD Going: Standard
2.00 1. ROUNDABOUT MAGIC (T Marquand) 9-4
jt-fav; 2. Awesome Allan 9-4 jt-fav; 3. Kinglami 9-2.
8 ran. nk, 21/4l. (S Dow).
2.30 1. WALK IN THE SUN (R L Moore) 1-12 fav; 2.
Ryan Wilson celebrates
the win over England – but
he could miss Scotland’s
remaining Six Nations
matches pending today’s
disciplinary hearing PA
fixtures against Ireland and Italy
remaining.
Wilson was involved in a tunnel
scuffle with Owen Farrell before
the match at Murrayfield but
Six Nations Rugby is seeking
clarification on that incident
through the unions.
England flanker Sam Underhill
has escaped a citing after being
shown a yellow card for a no-arms
tackle in the latter stages of the
Calcutta Cup match.
New Orleans 25-1; 3. Belated Breath 18-1. 4 ran. 7l,
11/4l. (J Noseda).
3.00 1. ABE LINCOLN (R L Moore) 6-4 fav; 2. Emenem 15-8; 3. Kyllachy Gala 7-2. 5 ran. 3/4l, 3/4l. (J Noseda).
3.30 1. ZEST (D Muscutt) 2-1; 2. Summer Icon 7-1; 3.
Stellar Surprise 3-1. 5 ran. 15-8 fav Carolinae (4th).
1
/2l, hd. (J Fanshawe).
4.00 1. FRENCH MIX (L Keniry) 25-1; 2. Smiley Bagel
9-4 fav; 3. Attain 11-2. 7 ran. ns, 4l. (A Dunn).
4.30 1. RAVENHOE (O Stammers) 3-1; 2. Spirit Of
Gondree 20-1; 3. Rivers Of Asia 2-1 fav. 8 ran. 3/4l,
hd. (M Johnston).
5.00 1. BIG AMIGO (E J Walsh) 9-2; 2. Bloodsweatandtears 8-1; 3. General Gerrard 16-1. 9 ran.
3-1 fav Rising Sunshine (4th). 3/4l, 1l. (D Loughnane).
Placepot: £14.10. Quadpot: £10.20.
Place 6: £9.24. Place 5: £7.80.
CATTERICK Abandoned due to snow.
FIXTURES (Football 7.45pm unless stated)
FOOTBALL
EMIRATES FA CUP FIFTH RND REPLAY
Tottenham v Rochdale (Live on Bt Sport 2)
LADBROKES SCOTTISH PREMIERSHIP
Celtic v Dundee, Hibernian v Hamilton, Motherwell
v Aberdeen (Live on Sky Sports Main Event).
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TENNIS
SAILING
Becker keen on
Davis Cup revamp
By Evan Bartlett
IN MONACO
Boris Becker has backed plans
to overhaul the Davis Cup,
admitting the format is in need
of a change.
Becker twice won the
tournament as a player for
Germany, in 1988 and 1989, but
thinks the increased physical
demands on today’s stars mean
it is time for change.
The International Tennis
Federation (ITF) announced a
proposal to transform the Davis
Cup into an 18-nation World
Cup-style tournament.
The idea is for the World Cup
of Tennis Finals, as it will be
called, to feature the game’s
leading stars and be played in
one location over seven days at
the end of each season.
“The Davis Cup is the oldest
team competition we have in
tennis, the most prestigious
and the most important, but
we all agree that the format
needs refurbishment and a few
changes and I’m happy that the
authorities have realised that,”
said Becker, who was speaking as
an ambassador for the Laureus
2018 World Sports Awards.
“Ultimately, it’s about how
to get the best players to play
with the least amount of time.
We want to see [Roger] Federer
and [Rafael] Nadal every week,
Boris Becker won the Davis Cup
twice with Germany as a player
but they can’t play every week.
We have to make the schedule
ideal so you have the best players
competing for their country.
“The current format has four
ties over a whole year. It’s almost
impossible to get the best players
to play every year.
“So it’s important to reduce
the ties, and I’m a big fan of a
one-week competition where
you get the best players – maybe
in another country, on another
surface – to compete in one week
to determine who is the best
country. I like that idea very
much and I think most players
like that idea very much.”
The proposal will be submitted
for approval at the ITF’s annual
general meeting in Orlando,
Florida, in August, when it will
require a two-thirds majority to
be passed.
CRICKET
Topley signs white-ball deal
but Test dream remains alive
By Sports Staff
Reece Topley has become the latest
England international to turn his
back on the first-class game and
commit only to white-ball cricket.
The fast bowler (below), who has
played 10 one-day internationals
and six Twenty20 internationals for
England, has signed a contract with
Hampshire for this season.
The 24-year-old follows
international teammates Adil Rashid and
Alex Hales in making
himself unavailable
for red-ball cricket.
A statement on
Hampshire’s website
said: “Topley penned the
new deal in December as part
of a programme to help maximise
his playing opportunities whilst
preventing injury throughout
the season.”
Last year, he was ravaged with
injuries and, following a hand
problem, did not play after July
due to a stress fracture in his back.
He returned to action over the
winter, as part of England’s Pace
Programme, and will be fit for the
start of Hampshire’s campaign in
April. Topley said: “It has been a
frustrating time for me. It is hoped
this proposal will assist me by
preventing further injury as my
body matures.
“I do hope to return to red-ball
cricket and still harbour ambitions
of being the first left-arm fast
bowler to take 100 Test wickets
for England.
“The short-term goal
is simply to return
t o p e r for min g fo r
Hampshire and only
then, perhaps, to try
and resurrect playing
for England.”
Hampshire’s director
of cricket, Giles White,
added: “Reece’s attitude to
his rehab has been outstanding and
he deserves things to go his way this
year. Reece’s intentions for red-ball
cricket are clear, and the longer
form of the game is still something
that is important to him.
“This move is something that
ourselves, Reece and the ECB feel
is the best route for him to be able to
achieve his long-term goals at both
domestic and international level.”
The mental side will be
harder than the physical.
There will be times I think:
‘What am I doing here?’
Susie Goodall
is all set to take
on the gruelling
challenge that is
the Golden Globe
race. By Tim Rich
W
hen Susie Goodall
told her mother she
would be entering
the Golden Globe
race, she left out a
few details. “I told her first it was a
round-the-world race. Then I told her
I would be doing it by myself. I left
out the fact it would be in a tiny boat
and that I wouldn’t have any modern
navigational aids until much later.”
There were reasons for her reticence. In July, Goodall and 29 others
will attempt to recreate one of the
greatest, most gruelling and most
lethally stupid races in the history
of sport, which is the subject of a
recent film, The Mercy, starring Colin
Firth. It led to the death of two of
the nine yachtsmen who, in 1968, accepted The Sunday Times’ challenge
to be the first to sail single-handed
non-stop around the world.
Only one man, Robin Knox-Johnston, finished the Golden Globe race
and likened the experience to ‘being
locked in jail on your own for nine
months with hard labour.’
The yachts that will set off from
the west coast of France on 1 July
will be equipped only with navigational aids that were available 50
years ago. The Vendée Globe, in
which Ellen McArthur finished second in 2001, allows modern technology and yet three sailors have lost
their lives competing for it.
The organisers point out that each
yacht in the Golden Globe carries
a sealed box with a satellite phone,
GPS trackers and distress beacons,
although if opened, the boat is
deemed to have stopped.
At 27, Goodall is the youngest sailor and the only woman. Although she
grew up inland in Gloucester, she has
been sailing since she was three. One
of the 1968 competitors, a naval commander called Nigel Tetley, somehow
cooked himself roast pheasant on
Christmas Day. “My mum is Danish
so we celebrate on Christmas Eve,”
she says. “I will try to have duck and
a glass of wine.” Her food will be carried aboard in tins – spinach, beans
and “an awful lot of chickpeas’. The
Sunday Times’ organisation of the
race was so slapdash there were
rica and South America. “Because
no entry requirements. A former
there’s no land to break it up, the
paratrooper, Chay Blyth, set off with
waves are like nowhere else in the
some teach-yourself books about
world. The swell is constant.”
sailing. By the time he reached
She will ride out the waves in a
South Africa, Blyth, who had never
36ft Rustler yacht whose design
sailed before, was in the lead,
dates from the 1980s. It was
although by then he had
called Ariadne then and
read enough to know he
DHL Starlight now and
would not survive the
on its first run into the
Southern Ocean.
Atlantic in Susie’s
The modern Goldwords: ‘she leaked like
Prize
money
given
en Globe stipulates
a sieve’. Very gingerly
to Robin Knoxevery competitor
you ask if she is preJohnston, the
must have done 8,000
pared
for the worst.
winner of the first
miles of ocean sailing
“There is the ultiGolden Globe race
and 2,000 miles solo.
mate risk and I have
in 1968
Many of Goodall’s have
thought of how I would
been done in the high northcope,” she says. “I have gone
ern latitudes of Iceland, Greenland
through every scenario I can think of
and the coast of Norway. Nothing,
and planned what I would do. Then
she knows, will prepare her for the
there is the mental side of it, the
Southern Ocean that lies between
loneliness. The hardest part of sailAntarctica and the tips of South Afing alone is the first week because
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Atlantic
Ocean
Nasri banned for six months
for intravenous treatment
By Matt Slater
Les Sables d’Olonne, France
Race start: 1 July 2018
Pacific
Ocean
Pacific
Ocean
Indian
Ocean
Cape of Good Hope
Storm Bay
Cape Horn
Southern Ocean
Susie Goodall (far
left) hopes to follow
in the footsteps of
Sir Robin KnoxJohnston (below), the
only finisher of the
first Golden Globe
round-the-world
yacht race held in
1968-69. The fate of
Donald Crowhurst
(left), who also took
part but gave out
false positions, is the
subject of a major
film GETTY
Samir Nasri has been given a
six-month doping ban by Uefa,
European football’s governing
body has confirmed.
The ban, which the former
Arsenal and Manchester City
midfielder’s legal representative
revealed on Sunday, follows an
investigation into an intravenous
hydration treatment he received
while on holiday in Los Angeles
in December 2016.
Nasri, who played 41 times for
France and won the Premier
League with City in 2012 and
2014, was given 500 millilitres of
sterile water and micronutrients
by a medical company called
Drip Doctors.
On loan from City to Sevilla
at the time, Nasri had reported
feeling ill and vomiting before
calling a doctor, his Marylandbased former girlfriend Dr
Sarabjit Anand, who provided an
initial diagnosis.
He later posed for a
photograph with Drip Doctors
co-founder Jamila Sozahdah
that was widely shared on social
media and ultimately led to
this ban.
According to the World AntiDoping Agency’s code, athletes
can only receive infusions of 50
millilitres in a six-hour period.
Sevilla applied for a
retrospective therapeutic use
exemption and a doctor’s note to
cover the greater dosage, but it
Samir Nasri with Jamila Sozahdah
after his treatment in Los Angeles
was refused by Uefa in February
2017 and that decision was
upheld on appeal by the Court of
Arbitration for Sport.
In a statement, Uefa said its
control, ethics and disciplinary
body had found the player
guilty of “using a prohibited
method in accordance with
sub-section M2, par. 2 of the
Wada prohibited list”.
It added that the six-month
ban was awarded on 22 February
and is open to appeal.
Nasri, who turned 30 last
June, is currently without a
club, having left Antalyaspor in
January after just six months
and eight games with the
Turkish team.
FOOTBALL LEAGUE
EFL hits back at criticism
over lack of drug testing
Association. A spokesman for
the governing body said the proThe English Football League has gramme is “research and intelli“campaigned” for its players to be gence-led” and is “one of the most
drug-tested more often and said it comprehensive national anti-dopis unfair to blame it, the clubs or ing programmes in world sport”.
players for any perceived shortage The number of tests is scheduled to
of checks.
rise from 3,250 last season to 5,000
Compared to the year before, the this campaign.
overall number of tests rose last
The spokesman added that the
season in the Premier League
programme is weighted to
by almost a half and were
those playing higher up the
up by nearly a quarter
ladder and those playin the EFL. But, in a
ing the most minutes.
breakdown of these
An EFL spokesnumbers acquired
man said testing
by the BBC via a
of its clubs has inAmount of antiFreedom of Informacreased as a result
doping sanctions
tion Act request, it
of additional fundhanded out in
English football
has emerged that at
ing and voiced some
last season
least a quarter of EFL
annoyance its efforts
players were not tested
were being criticised.
at all.
“We would absolutely
In the EFL there were 1,494
welcome further and ensamples collected from 2,047 play- hanced checks made on players
ers, leaving at least 553 who were within our competitions,” he said.
not tested and, as some players will
There were only two anti-doping
have been tested more than once, sanctions dished out in English
the number not tested at all will be football last season: a five-month
higher.
suspension for Aston Villa UnderEnglish football’s testing pro- 18 player Jake Humphries and a 14gramme is conducted by UK Anti- month ban for ex-Accrington player
Doping on behalf of the Football Patrick Lacey.
By Matt Slater
you have been working with a lot of
people on the boat and then, suddenly, you are on your own.
“The mental side will be harder
than the physical because we are not
meant to be alone. Someone told me
it was easier to be alone when you are
older. I know there will be times when
I think: ‘what am I doing here?’”
Nobody in the 1968 race asked
themselves that question more than
Donald Crowhurst. Because the
departure of The Sunday Times race
was staggered, Knox-Johnston was
first home but not guaranteed the
£5,000 prize (worth £86,000 now)
for the fastest time.
It went down to a contest between
two trimarans. Victress, skippered
by Nigel Tetley, was in the lead but
was being caught at an unbelievable
rate by Crowhurst, a weekend sailor.
Tetley began pushing Victress harder and harder until, 1,200 miles from
deception was bound to be uncovhome, she broke up and sank off the
Azores. There was a reason why
ered and that he faced humiliation
Crowhurst’s times seemed astonish- and financial ruin. He let his boat
ing. They were made up. Crowhurst
drift, wrote a 25,000-word streamhad signed a disastrous sponsorship of-consciousness treatise and threw
himself into the ocean.
deal that meant he would
Knox-Johnston gave the
have to repay all the money
He pottered £5,000 prize to his widow.
spent on building and
Tetley never recovered
equipping his boat if he did around the
not finish.
coast of Brazil from his failure and in 1972
So he pottered around
and employed was found hanging in a
off Recife on the northwood in Kent.
a former
In one respect, the sea is
east coast of Brazil and
journalist
to
employed a former Daily
different now. “You can be
Express journalist to issue issue dramatic alone in the middle of the
dramatic press releases
press releases Atlantic and be surroundabout his progress that
of his progress ed by an ocean of plastic.
failed to convince Britain’s
It is utterly shocking,”
most famous sailor, Sir
says Goodall. “I’ve talked
Francis Chichester.
to Robin Knox-Johnston about his
It was cheating worthy of Dick
race. He has the most soothing,
Dastardly but it masked something
grandfatherly voice, which when you
deeper and more melancholy. On the are about to do what I am going to
voyage home, Crowhurst realised his do, is what you need to hear.”
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FOOTBALL
SHEBELIEVES CUP
‘People
want me
to fail. 100
per cent.
They want
us to lose’
Phil Neville faces the toughest of
baptisms as England manager in
the United States. Steve Brenner
reports from Columbus
P
hil Neville has been here
before. The doubters
taking a potshot. The
critics having a field day.
The former Manchester
United and Everton midfielder
was consistently forced to defy
doubters – with much success, it
has to be said – during his playing
career. Now the 41-year-old is on the
other side of the touchline, but the
situation remains the same.
His appointment five weeks ago
was controversial and sparked
debate within the game. Many are
still uneasy that a man with no
experience in women’s football has
landed the plum job.
A few sexist tweets which
were dredged up did a lot to fan
the flames of discontent. Neville,
however, is made of stern stuff.
No one comes through the ranks
under Sir Alex Ferguson with a
soft underbelly and, as his England
bow against France tomorrow
approaches, anyone who has the
temerity to doubt his credentials is
given short shrift.
Yes, he knows people want him to
lose. He’s fully aware people expect
him to fall on his face.
Losing captain Steph Houghton,
her deputy Jordan Nobbs, as well
as leading striker Karen Carney to
injury, has made the task here all
the more daunting.
Neville, however, is bullish about
England’s prospects. Winning next
summer’s World Cup in France
is the ultimate goal. Installing
legendary striker Casey Stoney
in his backroom staff has been
a masterstroke in unifying a
fractured squad who have seen the
tumultuous end to Mark Sampson’s
reign put the Lionesses in the
headlines for all the wrong reasons.
“People are going to be watching
this game wanting us to lose,”
Neville conceded before the
SheBelieves Cup, which starts with
England’s match against France in
Columbus, Ohio.
“We know that is going to happen.
People want me to fail. 100 per cent.
They want me to come here and
lose all three games. But do you
know what? That’s just how it was
in my playing career.
Former England striker
Casey Stoney (right)
has joined Phil Neville’s
coaching staff GETTY
“It’s part of my motivation. The
two years – and have just two wins
team have got their motivation, I
to show for their efforts. It’s a poor
have got mine. It is to show people
record which must be improved
that we will be successful.
over the next week-and“I think it’s the English
a-half though and, with
mentality of wanting
I know what France 2019 in mind, a
people to fail. I’m sure
standards are spike in fortunes would
Gareth Southgate feels
set Neville up for the
the same way sometimes. required. We
task ahead.
are
playing
the
But also, I think it was a
Germany and the USA –
No 1 and No 2 currently ranked
surprise to people that
I wanted to take this job
No 2 and No 1 in the world,
teams in the
and the negativity that
world. We will respectively, in front of
surrounded it – there
see how good England – will provide the
are people who want
sternest of tests.
they are
me to fail. The way I’ve
“I’m not going to be
been received inside the
judged by my bosses at
women’s game has been nothing
the FA off these three games,”
short of fantastic.”
said Neville. “But they know they
England have competed in this
are three massive games and, if
annual tournament for the past
you look at England’s record in
this tournament, we have found
it difficult to win games. It’s going
to be no different this time. But
this is a chance for us to make
a statement.
“If we had played a team who we
are better than in my first game and
won three or four-nil, I wouldn’t
have learnt anything. I have already
learnt that the players who are here
want to be here. And I know, over
the next 10 days, what standards
are required. We are playing the
No 1 and No 2 teams in the world
and I will see them at eye level. We
will see how good they are.”
Youngsters Rachel Daly –
who plays for Houston Dash
Phil Neville’s
appointment
to the top job
in the women’s
game caused
uproar last
month GETTY
–and Manchester City duo Abbie
McManus and Georgia Stanway
were all called up following the
withdrawals of Neville’s key
trio, along with City goalkeeper
Ellie Roebuck, 19, who has been
taken on this trip for some
invaluable experience.
Arriving at the last minute would
have daunted many young players.
Neville, much to his delight, found it
did anything but.
“We had a brilliant moment on
Monday night when the four young
girls I’ve called into the squad – we
made them stand up in front of the
group and explain what playing
for England meant to them,”
he revealed.
“I’ve got to say, it’s one of the best
moments I’ve had in football. It
was emotional. It means the world
to them.
“I called Georgia Stanway on
Saturday evening. She had played
for Manchester City against
Chelsea and was on her way back
up to Barrow-in-Furness with her
dad in the car.
“She was at the Tickled Trout
services, in Preston, and I had to
ask him to come off the motorway
and turn back around and bring
her back down to us because I’m
picking her for England.
“When you get moments like that,
the joy, she said she would run down
to meet us. Those are the type of
players I want.” THE INDEPENDENT
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FOOTBALL
NEWCASTLE UNITED
Two-week winter
break in February
could become a
reality in 2020
Benitez awaits
news on knee
scan for Shelvey
but it has taken current chief executive, Martin Glenn, to spearhead the
change, following repeated meetings
After almost two years of discus- with Premier League chairman Richsions, the Football Association has fi- ard Scudamore and EFL chief execunally come up with a feasible system tive Shaun Harvey.
“If we are going to get a winter
for a winter break in English football.
The debate has raged for more than break, which the FA very much
two decades and has been repeatedly wants, it would be after the current
championed by England managers: Premier League TV rights deal is
done,” Glenn has said. “There
Sven-Goran Eriksson, Fabio
is a consensus that it would
Capello, Roy Hodgson, and
be a good thing to do.”
even Sam Allardyce in
Clubs, supporters
his brief tenure, all arand broadcasters have
gued in favour of the
been resistant to the
idea. Current national
Minimum number
idea of stopping footteam manager Gareth
of days each club
ball altogether for any
Southgate was initialwould have without
period
of time during
ly unconvinced by the
a game under the
the
season, as other
benefits but has since
proposed winter
leagues around Europe
changed his position.
break
do.
It is likely that he will be
The Bundesliga takes
the first beneficiary after the
almost a month off, in France,
FA, Premier League and English
Football League reached an agree- Ligue 1 has a 24-day break, Scotland
ment on how it can work within the stops for 19 days, Spain 18 and Italy
16.
hugely complex domestic schedule.
There has also been no desire to
Despite repeated pleas from England managers, it is only in the past cancel the festive fixture list around
two years that the FA has taken the Christmas and into the New Year,
initiative and put concrete proposals which many believe is one of the highon the table for its two main stake- lights of the football calendar.
The proposal in England, thereholders: the Premier League and
fore, is to enable each top-flight club
the EFL.
Former FA chairman Greg Dyke at least 13 days off in early February
spoke of his desire for a winter break by moving the FA Cup fifth round to
By Damian Spellman
By Sam Cunningham
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Manchester United’s Antonio Valencia trains in Dubai last month GETTY
midweek, but to stagger the break so
that half the league games still take
place each weekend and top-flight
football does not stop completely.
Domestic league and cup dates
for next season are already well established and the Premier League is
unable to change scheduling already
agreed with broadcasters under the
TV rights deal. However, the Premier
League has notified potential rights
holders that this break could begin
from the start of the 2019-20 season.
A Premier League statement said:
“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.”
The winter break will not apply in
the Championship, League One and
League Two.
CHAMPIONSHIP
WORLD CUP
Southgate keeping
tabs on Sessegnon
Neymar and PSG face
dilemma over injury
By Tom Collomosse
Ryan Sessegnon is on the radar of the
senior England team following his
sparkling performances for Championship side Fulham this season.
Sessegnon (below), who does
not turn 18 until 18 May, has been
watched by Steve Holland, England
manager Gareth Southgate’s
assistant, on more than one
occasion as he has lit up
the division, scoring 13
goals in 37 appearances
in all competitions from
left-back and midfield.
The teenager is wanted
by a number of Premier
League clubs, with Tottenham
prominent among them, and it appears highly likely that he will leave
Fulham should they fail to secure
promotion to the top flight – although
they may demand a deal worth up to
£50m before they sell up.
At this stage, Sessegnon is only an
outside bet to be selected by South-
gate but Holland’s presence at matches involving him this season proves
how highly he is regarded.
Sessegnon has played for England
at junior level and was joint-top
scorer for England Under-19s at last
year’s European Championships,
which they won by defeating Portugal in the final.
Sessegnon knows that, barring injury, he is first choice
for Fulham and would remain so even if they move
up a division. There would
be no such guarantees at
clubs such as Tottenham
or Manchester United.
Tottenham are likely to
listen to offers for their England left-back Danny Rose, who made
clear his wish to leave the club last
summer, at the end of the campaign,
although the 27-year-old spent most
of last year out of action with a knee
injury and Ben Davies has been preferred by Spurs in the big games this
season. EVENING STANDARD
ing feeling among the superstar’s
entourage is that he should have
Neymar and Paris Saint-Germain
an operation.
face a big decision over whether to
This could create a political proboperate on the player’s foot injury. It
lem, since any surgery would keep
could well bring to a head a controthe 26-year-old out for at least two
versy over whether the superstar
months, potentially missing the
prioritises his country or the
European games for which he
club that signed him for a
was so expensively signed.
world-record fee, potenFor his part, Neymar
tially jeopardising his
does not want to play
World Cup.
while taking painThe Brazilian sufkilling injections,
Goals for Neymar
fered “a sprain of
since that would
in all competitions
the right ankle and
almost certainly
with Paris
fissure of the fifth
leave him unfit for the
Saint-Germain
metatarsal”, according
World Cup.
to the French league
There is also the
leaders, in their win over
danger that a fissure
Marseille on Sunday. Neymar
could develop into a fracture,
was taken off in tears on a stretcher.
potentially keeping him out of the
Although PSG manager Unai
Champions League if PSG progress,
Emery declared himself “optimistic” as well as Russia 2018. The Brazilon Monday that Neymar would be
ian’s camp feel it is best if he has the
available for next week’s attempt to
operation, so he has at least a month
overturn a 3-1 defeat to Real Madrid
to be in the best possible condition
in the Champions League, the growfor the World Cup. THE INDEPENDENT
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Newcastle manager Rafael
Benitez will anxiously await
the results of a scan on Jonjo
Shelvey’s knee this week after
the midfielder suffered an injury at Bournemouth.
The club have confirmed
that the 26-year-old, who has
produced some of his best form
for the club in recent weeks,
was hurt during Saturday’s 2-2
Premier League draw at the
Vitality Stadium and is a major
doubt for the Liverpool game.
Shelvey, a £12million signing
from Swansea in January 2016,
has made 23 appearances for
the club to date this season and
was a central figure in their 1-0
win over Manchester United on
11 February.
He has endured a testing
time at St James’ Park to date,
serving a five-match ban last
season after being found guilty
of racially abusing Wolves midfielder Romain Saiss – a charge
he strongly denied – and being
sent off twice this term.
Shelvey, who has consulted
a psychologist over his anger
issues, has risen to the fore as
Newcastle have stepped up
their bid to keep themselves
out of the Premier League’s
bottom three.
LEAGUE TWO
Evans quits
as Mansfield
manager
By Sports Staff
Manager Steve Evans and his
assistant Paul Raynor have
resigned from their posts
at Mansfield.
Evans took charge of the
Stags in 2016 and led them to a
12th-place finish last season.
Mansfield, who are fifth in
League Two, said that they
have “reluctantly accepted”
the pair’s resignations.
In a statement on the club’s
official website, chairman John
Radford said: “Whilst I am
disappointed by their decision,
there are no individuals bigger
than Mansfield Town and the
process of appointing a new
management team, which can
lead the club to League One, is
already under way.
“Mansfield Town has
progressed year upon year in
recent seasons, both on and
off the field. Our ambitions of
promotion this season remain
and we will leave no stone
unturned in our process of
appointing the right manager.”
Academy boss John
Dempster has been placed in
temporary charge.
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SNOOKER
‘Bully’ Williams
faces his accuser
Mark Williams declined to
respond to former professional
player Darren Morgan’s claims of
cyber-bullying after his win at the
Welsh Open. Williams beat Mark
King 4-2 and he then came face to
face with BBC pundit and former
world championship semifinalist Morgan in his post-match
interview but would only say: “It’s
probably best for me not to make
any comment.”
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TENNIS
FORMULA ONE
Jaziri stuns top
seed Dimitrov
Vettel and Bottas
fastest in testing
Top seed and world No 4 Grigor
Dimitrov suffered a shock defeat
against wild card Malek Jaziri in
the first round of the Dubai Duty
Free Championships. Dimitrov
won the opening set before the
Tunisian – and world No 117
– produced a stunning fightback
to win 4-6, 7-5, 6-4. Dimitrov said:
“Unfortunately, I couldn’t play my
game to the extent I was looking
for. My movement was not good
over the court.”
Ferrari’s Sebastian Vettel and
Valtteri Bottas of Mercedes
were first and second fastest on
day two of testing at Circuit de
Catalunya in Spain, giving an
indication that the two teams
may be set for another close
battle for the world title this
season. The reigning world
champion, Lewis Hamilton, sat
out testing as Mercedes wanted
to maximise time on the circuit
by avoiding swapping drivers.
Swansea striker
Tammy Abraham
(right) puts the
Sheffield Wednesday
defence under
pressure REUTERS
graced the last eight of the FA Cup,
when Bill Shankly’s Liverpool were
humbled 2-1 at Anfield before Preston inflicted semi-final pain.
Swansea controlled the tempo of
the game in the first half, enjoying
two-thirds of the possession but creating little of note. Abraham, on loan
from Chelsea, had a header deflected over, but it was Wednesday who
fashioned the better chances after
an opening quarter best described
as sterile.
Twice the Swansea goal was
threatened in a matter of seconds
and Kristoffer Nordfeldt had to push
away Jacob Butterfield’s well-struck
shot from 18 yards.
The Swedish goalkeeper also had
to react quickly when Lucas Joao
sent the loose ball back into the sixyard box and Jordan Rhodes was
close to making a telling touch.
Nordfeldt then held Joao’s effort after the Portuguese switched
the ball back on to his left-foot with
Wednesday sensing a breakthrough
and an upset.
Swansea responded with wayward
attempts from Sam Clucas and Abraham, and Carvalhal blinked at halftime by sending on Martin Olsson
and Ayew (left) replacing Ki Sungyueng and Wayne Routledge.
Carvalhal’s call paid off 10 min-
Swansea City
Nordfeldt
n der
Hoorn
Roberts
Fernandez
Ki
Dyer
Bartl y
Carroll
Abraham
Joao
Clucas
Routledge
odes
Boyd
Hunt
Reach
Pudil
Jones
Loovens
Butterfield
Venan io
Dawson
Sheffield Wednesday
Substitutions: Swansea City Olsson (Ki, h-t), J Ayew
(Routledge, h-t), Britton (Dyer, 83); Sheffield
Wednesday Palmer (Hunt, 38), Nuhiu (Butterfield, 68),
Abdi (Rhodes, 81).
Booked: Sheffield Wednesday Rhodes.
Man of the match Carroll. Match rating 5/10.
Possession: Swansea City 60% Sheff Wed 40%.
Attempts on target: Swansea City 4 Sheff Wed 3.
Referee S Attwell (Warwickshire). Attendance 8,198.
Swansea host Rochdale or Spurs in the quarter-finals
utes after the restart as Tom Carroll
strode forward with purpose, striking both posts with a rasping effort,
before Ayew dispatched the rebound
for his ninth goal of the season.
Rhodes had the opportunity to
get Wednesday back on level terms
when he lined up a free-kick from 25
yards but the striker’s shot was comfortably collected by Nordfeldt and
Wednesday would not come as close
again.
Abraham had endured a frustrating evening as his hold-up play was
not of the standard of a striker harbouring World Cup ambitions with
England this summer.
But he played a decisive role in Dyer’s decider as Swansea removed the
last representative of the Championship from the competition.
Ayew almost added a third as Dawson held his low drive, but Swansea’s
passage was secured by then.
Swansea winger Jefferson
Montero has returned to
Ecuador for the rest of the season.
Montero, 28, joined La Liga side
Getafe on loan in September, but
is now back in his home country
on a “sub-loan” with Emelec until
the summer.
FOOTBALL
Sharp takes Blades back into play-offs
Billy Sharp scored twice as Sheffield United won 3-1 at Reading to move
back into the top six of the Championship. The forward (above) struck
in either half on a bitterly cold evening at the Madejski Stadium, with
Mark Duffy also finding the net. Omar Richards gave the Royals hope
early in the second period before Leandro Bacuna had a penalty saved
by Blades keeper Simon Moore and Sharp added his second. Elsewhere
in the Championship, Michael Dawson scored a late equaliser to salvage
a 1-1 draw for Hull in their relegation clash against Barnsley, leaving both
clubs just above the drop zone. Oli McBurnie headed the Tykes in front
from a Brad Potts cross halfway through the first half, before former
Tottenham defender Dawson volleyed in from a corner to earn a point.
BOXING
Booth banned for
Westgarth tweets
Tyan Booth has had his boxing
licence suspended for distasteful
comments made after Scott
Westgarth’s death. Westgarth
died aged 31 on Sunday morning,
after his points win over Dec
Spelman in Doncaster. Supermiddleweight Booth, 34, then said
on social media: “Some people
would enjoy it if I got killed in a
boxing ring like Scott Westgarth.”
Sport on tv
Tennis: Dubai Open
Sky Sports Arena, 3pm
Snooker: Welsh Open
Eurosport, 12.45pm
Cycling: Track World Champs
Eurosport 2, 5.30pm
Football: Tottenham v Rochdale
BT Sport 1, 7.15pm
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Sky Sports Football, 7.30pm
Squash: Windy City Open
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