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The world welcomes 2018
INSIDE – 2018 PREVIEW OF THE YEAR I POLITICS I CULTURE I SPORT I TECHNOLOGY I P25-31
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COMMENT
Ian Birrell
Roll up, roll up
for the end of the
war on drugs
INSIDE
The real
Dad’s Army
Volunteers
wanted to patrol
Britain’s Brexit
borders
P6
Iran protests
Where next – by
Kim Sengupta
P4
City spirit
Milton Keynes
to grow faster
than London
P11
Derry Girls
Channel 4’s sharp
new comedy
P38
This won’t
hurt a bit
Hamish McRae
on what to
expect from the
economy
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P5
Feeling blue
City’s winning
run ends in tears
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Advice to Meghan Markle
on becoming British
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Where to go in 2018
...for serenity, inspiration,
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adventure TRAVEL P34
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POLICE
How has
Usain Bolt
proved his
relative worth
to time travel?
See p.21
The day at
a glance
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Quote of the day
DIPLOMACY
EGYPT
CULTURE
Locals saved lives in
Cairo church attack
UK arts ‘could be
Greenwich museum
devastated by Brexit’ workers to strike
The Palestinian foreign minister
says the envoy to Washington is
being temporarily recalled for
consultations on the future of
relations with the US. It comes
after President Trump recognised
Jerusalem as Israel’s capital,
prompting Palestinians to reject
Washington’s role as a peace broker.
Witnesses to an attack claimed
by Isis, in which at least nine
people were killed outside a
church in Cairo, said residents and
worshippers may have prevented a
much higher death toll. They said
that worshippers shut the church’s
iron gate to prevent the assailant
entering and killing more people.
Arts leaders have warned that
restricting freedom of movement
after Brexit could have a devastating
impact on the UK’s creative
industries. A survey of 50 figures
from music, theatre and publishing
found more were concerned about
the continued access to talent than
about Government funding.
POLICE
Scottish force uses
28-year-old vehicle
You can only find truth
with logic if you have
already found truth
without it
G K CHESTERTON
Police Scotland are still using a
vehicle that is 28-years-old. The
force’s fleet includes 95 that are
more than a decade old, while 1,006
are five to 10 years old, according to
a Freedom of Information request
by the Scottish Liberal Democrats.
Police Scotland said all its vehicles
are maintained to a high standard.
Birthdays
John Digweed, DJ/
producer, 51; Colin
Morgan, actor, 31; Jack
Wilshere, footballer, 26;
Verne Troyer, actor, 49;
Fiona Phillips, presenter
(below), 57
The List
World’s top-grossing
touring acts
English hospitals with the most expensive
car parking charges for a one-hour visit
Royal Surrey County Hospital, Guildford
Hereford County Hospital
Northampton General
St Thomas' Hospital, London
Friday 1 January 1915
The 15,000-tonne
battleship HMS Formidable
is torpedoed by the German
submarine U-24 and sinks
in the English Channel,
killing 547 men. Formidable
was part of the 5th Battle
Squadron commanded by
Admiral Lewis Bayly.
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Basildon Hospital, Essex
Whittington Hospital, London (after 5pm)
Chelsea & Westminster Hospital, London
Aintree University Hospital, Liverpool
Luton and Dunstable
Mid Cheshire Hospitals
Mid Essex
University Hospital of South Manchester
index
Crossword.............20
TV & Radio............32
Travel.........................34
Business..................42
Puzzles.....................44
Weather...................46
Royal Free, London
St James's, Leeds
Newspapers support recycling
The recycled content of UK
newspapers in 2015 was 71%
Workers at a number of London
museums were set to strike today in
a dispute over contracts. Members
of the Prospect union at the Royal
Museums Greenwich say new
contracts have been imposed on them,
increasing their hours and ending paid
breaks. Members voted 85 per cent
in favour of strike action.
VENEZUELA
Minimum wage to
rise by 40 per cent
Hospital car parks are back in the spotlight - after the
revelation that NHS trusts cashed in almost £175m from
charges last year. But which hospitals are charging the most?
Southend University Hospital
1. U2 (below) $316.0m (£233.8m)
2. Guns N’ Roses $292.5m
(£216.4m)
3. Coldplay $238m (£176.1m)
4. Bruno Mars $200.1m (£147.9m)
5. Metallica $152.8m (£113.5m)
6. Depeche Mode $141.1m
(£104,4m)
7. Paul McCartney $132m (£97.6m)
8. Ed Sheeran $124.1m. (£91.8m)
9. The Rolling Stones $120m
(£88.7m)
10. Garth Brooks $101.4m (£75m)
Source: Pollstar
EMPLOYMENT
Car sick
Bristol Royal Infirmary
Ageing white male rock stars
raked in the most cash from world
tours in 2017, according to an
annual list just published. Celine
Dion (11) and Lady Gaga (15) were
the highest-ranked women. Ed
Sheeran, 26, is the youngest in the
top 10.
Anniversaries
Police are appealing for help to
identify a man who collapsed outside
University College Hospital, London,
on Boxing Day. The man, who had
suffered a heart attack, was found
without identification. Doctors are
keen to find his family as quickly as
possible because of his poor health.
Palestinian US
envoy is recalled
PARKING
MONDAY
Plea for help to
identify sick man
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The Venezuelan President Nicolas
Maduro announced a 40 per cent
increase to the minimum wage as
of this month, in a move that many
fear could lead to hyperinflation.
Mr Maduro said the new wage level
would protect workers against what
he calls Washington’s “economic
war” to sabotage socialism.
SOCIETY
Fire causes horse
show cancellation
Liverpool International Horse Show
was cancelled last night after a fire
engulfed vehicles parked in a multistorey car park next to Liverpool’s
Echo Arena. Several vehicles were
damaged but nobody is believed
to have been injured. The evening
session was cancelled after horses
were moved to safety.
EMPLOYMENT
More staff
choose tribunals
Employment tribunal claims
increased in the months after fees
were declared unlawful, the head
of the conciliation service Acas has
revealed. Sir Brendan Barber said
demand for its early conciliation
service rose by a fifth over the two
months following a Supreme Court
decision in July. PAGE 43
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ROCHDALE TOWN HALL, POTENTIAL BIG BEN SUBSTITUTE
Oliver Duff
ALAN CURTIS / LGPL / ALAMY
i@inews.co.uk
Good health and
happiness to all
of our readers
Northern Towerhouse?
A Government minister has written
to the BBC and ITV suggesting this
Gothic masterpiece stands in while
Big Ben is having surgery. Jake
Berry, who has responsibility for the
“Northern Powerhouse” strategy, says
he was “struck” by the similarity of
the Rochdale clock’s chimes to those
heard on the airwaves.
Anyone else in favour?
Gyles Brandreth says he supports the
idea, while Rochdale MP Tony Lloyd
says the move could “put Rochdale on
the back of every [HP] sauce bottle”.
His more colourful predecessor
Simon Danczuk has yet to weigh in.
Nice. But will it happen?
The Beeb suggests not. “While the
idea of using Rochdale’s bells may
have a ring to it, after considering
various options we decided
pre-recording Big Ben’s chimes offers
the most reliable and resilient option
whilst the Palace of Westminster
carries out its repairs,” Auntie said.
include Manchester Town Hall and
the Royal Courts of Justice. Rochdale
Town Hall was built by William
Henry Crossland, a pupil of George
Gilbert Scott, the architect of the
Midland Grand Hotel at St Pancras
station. Crossland, who won a design
competition, built the original
clock tower with a wooden spire –
but this was destroyed in a fire. A
shorter tower was erected by Alfred
Waterhouse in 1888.
Why so grand?
The 1860s saw a “Gothic Revival” in
British architecture. Other examples
So you could call it much loved?
Its octagonal staircase, exterior
decoration and stained-glass
windows have attracted admirers
far and wide. Architectural historian
Nikolaus Pevsner said it possessed
a “rare picturesque beauty”. And it’s
rumoured that Hitler wanted to take
it brick-by-brick to Germany had he
won the war.
An interesting workplace, then.
Alas, most of the council’s functions
have relocated – first to the brutalist
Municipal Offices, and now to the
swish No 1 Riverside. But the Town
Hall is still used for citizenship
ceremonies and civic functions.
Conrad Landin
One good reason to celebrate 2018
is that it is not 2017. Last year
will not be missed very much.
Terror attacks, economic uncertainty, widening inequality, political shocks, nuclear brinkmanship
and major humanitarian crises
did little to make the heart sing.
Even amid the most horrifying
circumstances, though, it is worth
remembering the triumph of
human spirit.
I recently bumped into
journalist Geoff Ho, a martial arts
enthusiast as well as business
editor of the Sunday Express. When
three London Bridge attackers
tried to knife fellow drinkers,
Geoff confronted them. He told
the men, “No, it’s not happening,”
and fought two of them as they
stabbed him, to save others.
We remain one of the world’s
most generous nations: in our
personal giving to charitable
causes (we are bested by the
Burmese every year); in our
state aid to hard-up people
around Earth; in our willingness
to embrace social change and
to cast aside the baggage of our
forebears; in our contribution
to the advancement of human
knowledge and culture. These are
tangible improvements to life
for billions of people, including
many unborn. And so much can be
achieved in the year ahead.
Succumbing to gloomy predictions is easy but often wrong.
I am a self-confessed optimist.
Events rarely turn out as badly as
we fear. (Except the World Cup.)
Even the most poisonous
hatred can be fought. Take Isis, all
but defeated in the Middle East
– a turn of events unthinkable
12 months ago. What surprises
will we look back on in a year’s
time, as we contemplate 2019?
The world will continue to
change, and i’s journalists will
continue to make sense of the
shifting sands. In wishing you
a happy new year, I would also
like to thank all of i’s readers for
your support and kindness in
2017. We remain a young upstart,
continuing to defy expectations
because of your backing.
Most of all, I wish you good
health and happiness in 2018.
PEOPLE
RELIGION
PEOPLE
WALES
Bieber paints for
wildfire victims
Pope says goodbye
to ‘wounded’ year
UK runner to do a
‘Forrest Gump’ in US
Torchlight leads to
mountain rescue
Justin Bieber has painted a religious
picture to raise money for charity.
The pop heart-throb’s painting,
entitled Calvary, features a cross
against a backdrop of storm clouds.
Bieber, 23, said he is selling it in
aid of the wildfires in California,
although he did not specify whether
the proceeds would go to those
affected or towards rebuilding work.
Pope Francis said in his year-end
message that 2017 had been
marred by war, lies and injustice,
and he urged people to take
responsibility for their actions. At
his last public event of the year,
an evening vespers service in St.
Peter’s Basilica, the pontiff said
that humanity had “wasted and
wounded” the year. PAGE 8
A British adventurer is aiming to
become a real-life Forrest Gump
by running across America. Jamie
McDonald, 31, a former tennis coach
from Gloucester, will be dressed as
a superhero as he attempts to run
6,000 miles from the West Coast
to the East Coast. He hopes to
raise £250,000 for the Superhero
Foundation charity. PAGE 23
A lone mountaineer was rescued
by helicopter from a steep gully in
Snowdonia yesterday after he was
located by the light of his torch.
He ran into difficulty on the snowcovered 3,000ft Tryfan mountain.
The unidentified man was unable
to describe his location because of
a bad phone signal, but his torch
was spotted from the roadside.
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IRAN
Comment
Students protest
at the University of
Tehran on Saturday,
before yesterday’s
communications
shutdown AFP/GETTY
What people
want is clear:
a new regime
Shahin Gobadi
T
Tehran blocks social media apps in
effort to crush anti-regime protests
By Ben Kentish
Iranian authorities have temporarily blocked mobile access to
Instagram and the messaging app
Telegram to “maintain peace” amid
anti-government protests.
At least two people have been
killed in the country’s biggest protests since 2009. Many of the demonstrations have been started and
promoted using Telegram.
Last night, Iran’s President Hassan Rouhani said people were free to
protest against the government but
warned they must not jeopardise
security. Speaking at a cabinet session, he acknowledged there were
problems but warned that violence
would not be tolerated. “The government will definitely not tolerate
those groups who are after the destruction of public property or dis-
rupting the public order or sparking
riots in the society,” he said.
He also attacked US President
Donald Trump, who had earlier
tweeted about Iranians “finally getting wise as to how their money and
wealth is being stolen and squandered on terrorism”.
Mr Rouhani said: “This guy in
America who wants to sympathise
with our people today has forgotten
he called Iranian people ‘terrorists’
a few months ago. This person who
is against Iran from head to toe does
not have the right to be sympathetic
to Iranian people.”
Pavel Durov, Telegram’s chief executive, confirmed access to the app
had been restricted. He tweeted:
“Iranian authorities are blocking access to Telegram for the majority of
Iranians after our public refusal to
shut down [one of the main chan-
Hardliners
The protest now centres on the
condemnation of corruption, the
power of the conservative clergy,
and foreign policy, especially Iran’s
involvement in the Syrian conflict.
Demonstrations have taken place
in the holy cities of Mashhad and
Qom. An increasing number of young
people, including theology students,
stress the need for change and reform.
But hardliners are a power to be
reckoned with – and some blame them
for instigating the current troubles.
Iranian liberals note that the
marches began after a number
of recent reforms, including the
announcement that women in Tehran
will no longer face arrest for not
wearing headscarves.
Kim Sengupta
nels] and other peacefully protesting channels.”
The company did agree to close
one channel on Saturday after Iranian authorities claimed people were
using it to incite violence. Facebook,
which owns Instagram, is yet to respond to the shutdown.
Protests began on Thursday and included tens of thousands of people, although they
appeared to have died down yesterday. Initial clashes were over
economic difficulties and corruption, but there were also demands
for the country’s Supreme Leader,
Ayatollah Ali Khamenei, to resign.
At least two people were killed in
Doroud, 200 miles south-west of Tehran. The province’s security chief,
Habibollah Khojastepour, denied
they had been shot by police.
THE INDEPENDENT
he protests that have
continued for four days
and have been growing
are in no way comparable to the 2009 protests. They are much deeper and
the public grievances are much
more profound.
What the world is witnessing
is the culmination of a series of
acute crises that the regime has
covered up for years. There have
been protests and uprisings in
more than 50 cities and towns
throughout the country despite
the regime’s efforts to suppress
them. The underlying message of
the protests is – people demand
regime change and the fact is that
it is within reach.
The slogans of the protesters
– “Death to Khamenei” and
“Death to Rouhani” – leave no
doubt that they are opposed to the
entirety of the regime and demand
change. As Maryam Rajavi, the
president-elect of the National
Council of Resistance of Iran, put
it: “This uprising has tolled the
death knell for the totally corrupt
dictatorship of the mullahs, and is
the rise of democracy, justice and
popular sovereignty.”
The mullahs’ regime has no
future. This is a sinking regime
and any investment in it is
certain to fail. It is time for the
international community to
recognise the Iranian people’s
resistance and efforts to
overthrow that regime.
The world community should
stand on the side of the Iranian
people and their desire for
regime change.
The writer is a spokesman for the
opposition group, the People’s
Mojahedin Organisation of Iran
Analysis
US refusal to
lift sanctions
has given
ammunition
to hardliners
Kim Sengupta
T
he malign shadow of
Donald Trump loomed
over the Iranian
presidential election I
covered earlier this year.
His threat to tear up Iran’s
nuclear agreement with
world powers was seized on by
hardliners to attack President
Hassan Rouhani (inset).
They claim the reformist
leader has been naive to trust the
West and has compromised the
nation’s security.
The full economic benefits
expected by the Iranian people
have failed to materialise
because Washington refuses to
lift sanctions it was expected to,
leading to further criticism of the
Rouhani government.
Iranian liberals are deeply
concerned about what this holds
for the future. There have, in fact,
been some rewards in return
for Iran limiting its uranium
enrichment programme. Tehran,
for example, now sells its oil on
the global markets and has
signed deals to buy tens
of billions of dollars of
Western aircraft. But
the aircraft purchases
are among many in
jeopardy if the US
Congress brings in the
tougher sanctions Mr
Trump wants.
Crucially, economic
policy has failed to adequately
improve the lives of ordinary
Iranians. Unemployment remains
high, at 12.4 per cent. There has
been a steady rise in food prices,
with a 40 per cent increase in
poultry prices being one trigger
for protests. The government
blames this particular price rise
on a cull necessary to prevent
avian flu outbreaks.
The First Vice-President,
Eshaq Jahangiri,
acknowledged that there
was legitimate anger
about rising prices,
but added: “The
people behind what
is taking place [the
street protests] think
they will be able to harm
the government. But when
social movements and protests
start in the streets, those who
have ignited them are not always
able to control them.”
What happens next will depend
on the scale of any further
protests and the authorities’
reaction to them.
So far any action has been
taken by the police, with the
Revolutionary Guard, fervent
protectors of the Islamic
Republic, staying in its barracks,
thus showing tacit backing for the
government.
The Iranian government is
being given a helping hand,
inadvertently, by Mr Trump.
Amir Hamdani, of the New York
think-tank the Atlantic Council,
said: “Anything Trump says about
Iran will be rejected by the vast
majority of Iranians, given his
position on a host of issues that
touch on Iranian prestige and
national interests.”
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COVER STORY
Nurses to fill in for ambulances on 999 calls
some tragic cases where people have
been left with a serious fracture and
no pain relief,” it says.
In the email, NHS Durham Dales,
Easington and Sedgefield CCG and
NHS North Durham CCG explain
ambulances are stretched because
of “inappropriate 999 calls” and because they’re forced to queue outside
A&E because of a lack of capacity to
move patients into hospital.
Figures released last Friday revealed that almost 60,000 patients
waited more than 30 minutes in an
ambulance to get into A&E in the
month up to Christmas Eve, with one
in five waiting more than an hour.
The CCGs’ email says GPs will
also be asked to “provide analgesia
on rare occasions”, and includes
advice from an A&E consultant on
what pain relief can be safely administered to patients with a fracture.
The email’s list includes intravenous morphine – with the note “assuming renal function is OK” – but
GP leaders said this should only happen with proper monitoring. Dr Andrew Green, who leads on GP clinical
By Alex Matthews-King
Nurses and GPs are to be sent to
answer 999 calls ahead of ambulance
crews in the latest evidence that the
NHS is struggling to cope with the
rise in demand for treatment during
winter.
Health chiefs in the North-east
of England have told nurses and
GPs they may have to act as “first
responders” if ambulances are delayed. Bosses said the scheme was
necessary because of a massive increase in demand and was intended
to avert more “tragic” cases involving older patients with serious fractures and no pain relief.
An email from NHS Clinical Commissioning Groups (CCGs) in County
Durham said the scheme was being
introduced in response to “huge
pressures” on the North East Ambulance Service (Neas) this winter.
The email, sent in the last few
days, said the scheme would only
apply to patients over 65, and only
when an ambulance was delayed by
more than an hour. “We have had
Ambulance services are stretched because of ‘inappropriate 999 calls’ and
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HEALTH
HEALTH CORRESPONDENT
The NHS is suffering such a severe
shortage of interventional radiologists that patients are dying because too few experts are available
to carry out surgery, according to
senior doctors.
The lack of specialist doctors to
perform minimally invasive surgery on women after childbirth,
victims of car crashes and other
emergency cases means some patients are having to undergo major
operations which put
them at greater risk of
complications.
More than one in
four hospitals can no
longer provide such
care to patients on a
daily basis because
they cannot recruit
enough specialists.
Experts in the field of
interventional radiology
use state-of-the-art imaging
devices to pinpoint where in the body
medical problems have occurred.
They perform minimally invasive surgery to stop acute bleeding, remove life -threatening
blockages such as blood clots and
also treat cancers and the potentially fatal infection sepsis. NHS
figures show they now perform almost one million
procedures a year thanks
to advances in medical
technology.
Dr Nicola Strickland (inset), president
of the Royal College
of Radiologists, said:
“There is no doubt
that around the country
people are dying or
coming to serious harm due
to the lack of interventional radiology provision in their area.”
Busiest Christmas for NHS hotline
By Hilary Duncanson
The NHS 24 hotline in Scotland has
experienced its busiest festive period
since it began 15 years ago, receiving
more than 45,000 calls in four days
over Christmas.
The figure is almost double the
number of calls in the same period
last year, and thousands more are
flooding in over the new year period.
The service said it was facing
“exceptional” demand, particularly
from people suffering from cold and
flu symptoms.
The Sunday Post reported that NHS
24 centres in Aberdeen, Cardonald,
TECHNOLOGY
Internet giants could be penalised
through taxes if they fail to co-operate with Government efforts to fight
terrorism and tackle online extremism, a minister has said.
The security minister Ben Wallace warned that Britain is the most
vulnerable it has been for 100 years
because terrorism fuelled by radicalising content online and “patience
is running out fast” with web companies that put profit before public
safety.
Obstruction and inaction by social
media companies, whether it is by
blocking access to encrypted messages or leaving extremist content on
their sites, is costing taxpayers hundreds of millions of pounds, he added.
He said “ruthless profiteers” will
not “get away” with leaving police
and law enforcement to repair the
damage done by radicalising content,
Clydebank and South Queensferry
had been inundated with calls from
patients suffering from those symptoms, as well as stomach upsets.
The bases are expecting to take at
least another 29,000 calls over the
Hogmanay and new year period.
Confirming the figures, an NHS
24 spokeswoman said: “Already this
weekend our call demand on Saturday was over 13,000 calls and by
10.30am on Sunday we had almost
3,500 calls.
“There are lots of cold and flu
symptoms circulating and the demand this year has been exceptional,”
she said.
HEALTH
Minister: tax tech giants for extremist content
By Ryan Wilkinson
The North East Ambulance
Service answered
24,500 calls to 999 and the
non-emergency 111 from
23 December to Boxing Day this
year – compared with 16,400 over
the same period in 2016.
SCOTLAND
Patients dying because of
radiologists shortage
By Paul Gallagher
issues for the BMA, said administering morphine in frail people “should
only be done with full facilities for
continuous observation and respiratory support should it be required.”
Dr Neil O’Brien, clinical chief officer at NHS North Durham CCG,
said the move had been developed
for patients needing “urgent, but
not emergency, help”. “We are asking everyone to help the NHS over
the winter. Please only use the emergency services when it is obvious
that you or another person has a
life-threatening illness or injury that
needs immediate assistance.”
NHS England and the Department of Health had no additional
comment. THE INDEPENDENT
Tax The search goes on
The tax affairs of internet giants have
come under increasing scrutiny.
In 2015 it was reported that
Facebook had paid just £4,327
in UK corporation tax.
The social network had
funnelled the proceeds
of ad sales via Ireland
and the Cayman Islands,
in a mechanism that
became known as the
“double Irish”.
The company altered
this practice following criticism, but still paid just £5.1m for
the 2016 tax year. This was in spite of
British revenues rising from £210.8m
to £842.4m.
Twitter paid £1.24m for the 2015
year, while Google reached a deal with
the Treasury in 2016 to pay an extra
£130m in back-payments.
and revealed tax measures are being
considered.
“I have to have more human surveillance,” Mr Wallace told The Sunday Times. “It’s costing hundreds of
millions of pounds. If they [internet
firms] continue to be less than
co-operative, we should
look at things like tax as
a way of incentivising
them or compensating
for their inaction.”
Mr Wallace’s warning comes after a parliamentary inquiry into
fake news criticised Twitter and Facebook for failing
to act against Russian attempts
to influence British politics.
Google has announced it will
“significantly” increase the number
of staff tracking down extremist,
violent and predatory content posted on YouTube to more than 10,000
in 2018.
Hope for diabetes drug in
treatment of Alzheimer’s
By Paul Gallagher
HEALTH CORRESPONDENT
A drug used to treat diabetes has
been found to reduce memory loss
in a promising study scientists believe could one day help tackle degenerative brain diseases such as
Alzheimer’s.
Researchers in the UK and China
tested an experimental diabetes
treatment on genetically modified
mice with features of Alzheimer’s
disease. Triple receptor drugs have
been proven to protect the brain
from degeneration.
Both Alzheimer’s and diabetes
involve changes in glucose metabolism and researchers are investigating whether existing diabetes drugs
could improve symptoms in people
with Alzheimer’s by boosting this
process. The new study, published
today in the journal Brain Research,
indicates that the diabetes drug
may have improved certain aspects
of memory and thinking ability and
helped to limit brain changes associated with Alzheimer’s.
However, the researchers did not
test the drug in mice without features of Alzheimer’s leaving experts
to say that without this important
control group it is difficult to interpret the results with confidence.
Dr David Reynolds, the chief
scientific offficer at Alzheimer’s
Research UK, said: “Animal studies are a vital first step in research
but positive signs like these do not
always translate into benefits in
people.
Future studies will need to build
on these findings to further assess
the potential of this drug and its
suitability for testing in people.”
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CONSERVATIVES
Rees-Mogg is party’s favourite for next leader
By Richard Vaughan
Jacob Rees-Mogg has been named
as the Tory faithful’s favourite
to become the next leader of the
Conservative Party.
The MP for North-East Somerset (inset) has attracted a strong
following among party members
for his traditional conservative
cultural views as well as his stance
on Brexit. According to a monthly
survey by Conservative Home,
Mr Rees-Mogg is the top
choice for leader among
members, just ahead of
Michael Gove in second and Boris Johnson in third.
All three are
staunch advocates for
Brexit, and each believes
that the UK should make a
clean break from the European
Union. Mr Rees-Mogg received
the most votes from Tory
members to become the
next leader despite
his strong views on
abortion.
In a TV interview in
September, the devout
Catholic said he believed
abortion was “morally indefensible” even for pregnancies caused by rape or incest.
Dover MP Charlie Elphicke called the new volunteers a ‘Dad’s Army’
‘Dad’s Army’ to
help guard UK’s
Brexit borders
By Paul Gallagher
and Richard Vaughan
A government plan to allow a “Dad’s
Army” of volunteers to help guard
UK borders has been ridiculed by unions and opposition politicians.
The Home Office confirmed that
proposals for “Border Force Special
Volunteers” at small airports and
seaports are being discussed. The
extra bodies would bolster existing
Border Force staff.
While unions immediately condemned the proposals, officials defended them as an addition to existing
measures rather than an alternative.
Volunteers are already used to sup-
Volunteer forces
The special constabulary is a force of
trained volunteers who work with and
support their local police.
“Specials”, as they are known, come
from all walks of life – teachers,
taxi drivers, accountants
and secretaries – and
volunteer a minimum of
four hours a week. Once
special constables have
completed training, they
have the same powers as
regular officers and wear a
similar uniform.
Police Support Volunteers
(PSVs) perform tasks which
complement the duties performed
by police officers, ranging from
providing front counter services
and administration to following up
crime reports.
The RNLI has more than 4,500
volunteer crew members for
rescue operations.
For lawyers, many groups and
initiatives cover pro-bono roles
which offer “both an important way of
providing vital services to people in
real need and an excellent way to gain
legal experience”. These can include
helping at legal advice clinics, human
rights groups and migrant centres.
plement police numbers and are the
backbone of the Royal National Lifeboat Institution.
However, an MP whose constituency covers one of Britain’s largest
ports warned against creating such a
force because of the complexities of
border security.
Dover MP Charlie Elphicke said:
“Border security is a skilled job,
which takes many years of training.
I would urge great caution before
seeking to adopt a model like that
used by the police, with special constables. We can’t have a Dad’s Armytype of set-up.”
The Border Force carries out immigration and customs controls for
people and goods entering the UK,
and critics have raised concerns over
“poor” coverage of dozens of minor
harbours and landing places.
The Home Office also said an extra
300 permanent Border Force officers were being recruited in preparation for any future arrangements
required by Brexit.
A Home Office spokesman said: “Border Force
is currently considering
the potential benefits of a
Special Volunteer force,
and is in discussions with
other law enforcement
agencies to understand
how they use volunteers.”
Mark Serwotka (inset), of
the Public and Commercial Services union, which represents Border
Force staff, warned the Government
was “risking this country’s security
on the cheap” with the “ridiculous”
plan. He said: “It is already using
poorly trained seasonal workers at
most ports and airports because of
permanent staff cuts.”
The Home Office says it
uses a mixture of expert
officers, technology, data
and intelligence to keep UK
borders secure.
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Public use Christmas break to oppose ivory
By David Hughes
The UK will be “front and centre” of
global efforts to end the ivory trade,
Michael Gove vowed as conservation
groups urged the Government to act
quickly to implement a proposed
near-total ban on sales.
More than 60,000 responses to a
public consultation were received on
Government plans to ban the sale of
ivory items, with the overwhelming
majority in favour of prohibition, the
Environment Department said.
The Environment Secretary Mr
Gove said the scale of the response
– including 30,000 submissions during Christmas week – underlined the
strength of feeling about the issue.
Mr Gove said: “It is imperative
we halt the decline in the elephant
population to protect these wonderful animals for future generations.
“Ivory should never be seen as
a commodity for financial gain or
a status symbol and we are ready
to take radical and robust action to
protect one of the world’s most iconic
and treasured species.
“In 2018 the UK must be front and
centre of global efforts to end this insidious trade.”
Tanya Steele, UK chief executive
of the conservation charity WWF,
said: “The scale of the response
shows just how strongly the public
An illegal stockpile of tusks is burnt in
Kenya AFP/GETTY
feel about the need to end this mindless slaughter. The UK Government
must now act quickly. On averag,e 55
elephants a day are killed. Every day
we wait is a day too long.”
About 20,000 elephants are being
slaughtered annually due to the
global demand in ivory and, if current rates of poaching continue, the
animals could become extinct within
decades in some African countries.
Conservation groups have called
for a ban amid concerns the legal
market in ivory in the UK has been
used as a cover for trade in illegal
ivory. The illegal wildlife trade is estimated to be worth between £7bn
and £17bn a year.
Existing rules allow for “worked”
or carved items produced before
3 March 1947 to be sold in the UK
while sale of raw ivory of any age is
prohibited.
Under the new proposals, sales
of the older worked items would also
be banned.
International efforts to
combat the illicit trade
will be stepped up in 2018, with
representatives of countries
from around the world gathering
in London for a major summit
in October.
DIPLOMACY
British aid
budget will
promote UK
interests
By David Hughes
and Richard Wheeler
A
versary
minted
Coins marking 200 years since
the publication of Frankenstein
are among new designs being
la nched by the Royal Mint for
2 18. Mary Shelley’s classic
e is being commemorated
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POLITICS
PM considers moving Johnson in January reshuffle
By Richard Vaughan
The Prime Minister is considering a
significant clear-out of her Cabinet,
which could involve up to five of the
21 ministers being replaced.
Following the departure of Damian
Green just before Christmas, it is expected that she is using the break to
plan an overhaul.
The most high-profile change
being considered is a move for Boris
Johnson from Foreign Secretary
to give him a more “supercharged”
Brexit position.
It is believed that Mr Johnson
would strongly resist such a move.
Mrs May has long been expected
to reshuffle her Cabinet, and having
succeeded in pushing Brexit negotiations to the next phase, is understood
to be firmly considering a clear-out in
the new year.
Among those being tipped for
the sack are the party chairman Sir
Patrick McLoughlin, the Education
Secretary Justine Greening, the
Business Secretary Greg Clark, the
Transport Secretary Chris Grayling
and Andrea Leadsom, the leader of
the Commons.
The mass firings would free up
space for Mrs May to bring some
fresh blood and new ideas to her
Cabinet table.
The likes of justice minister
Justine Greening could be replaced as
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Dominic Raab and immigration
minister Brandon Lewis could be
in line for promotion, while Health
Secretary Jeremy Hunt has been
heavily tipped to become the Prime
Minister’s de facto deputy, a position
vacated by Mr Green.
A source told The Sunday Times:
“Jeremy is a peacemaker and a negotiator, and that’s what’s needed to
deal with the rest of the Cabinet and
the devolved administrations.”
One Cabinet member told i before
Christmas: “It’s clear to everyone
that Jeremy is on manoeuvres. He
is deeply ambitious and seems convinced he has a good chance of greater things.”
Britain’s aid budget will be pushed
into projects that promote the
UK’s interests, Boris Johnson
has said.
The Foreign Secretary (pictured) said money will be “more
sensibly distributed” to support
Britain’s policy goals rather than
only helping the world’s poor.
His comments came as the International Development Secretary Penny Mordaunt said the UK
will provide a £21m boost to
a UN emergency aid
fund amid warnings 2018 could
be “even bleaker” than 2017.
Mr Johnson
said the £13bn
aid budget will
be diverted to
places where it
will support British
efforts to deny safe havens to Islamist terrorists in Africa, Yemen and in refugee camps
for Rohingya Muslims fleeing to
Bangladesh, The Sunday Times
reported.
“The old jam jars are being
smashed,” Mr Johnson said. “The
cash will be more sensibly distributed with a view to supporting British foreign policy. You are
going to see a lot of progress there
on ODA [official development assistance] funding, supporting diplomatic activity in Africa.”
Ms Mordaunt confirmed extra
support for the United Nations
Central Emergency Response
Fund. The money is expected to
help provide food, critical health
services, clean water and sanitation to millions of people, Ms
Mordaunt said: “While 2017 was
a year of harrowing humanitarian
crises, the truth is 2018 could be
even bleaker.”
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NEW YEAR
New Year’s celebrations in (clockwise from above) Dublin; Sydney
Harbour Bridge; Edinburgh; Hong Kong; and Beijing PA; GETTY; AP; REUTERS
Upbeat messages of compassion and
caring from the world’s leaders
By Conrad Landin
The Archbishop of Canterbury used
his new year message to praise the
“depth of compassion” shown by
communities affected by the Grenfell Tower fire and terror attacks.
Justin Welby praised the heroism of emergency service workers
and recalled the “desperation and
sorrow” he witnessed when visiting
Grenfell. He also highlighted the suffering of people “struggling to find
work or relying on food banks” and
“coping with poor mental health or
physical illness”. He said their “suffering will never make the news”.
“When things feel unrelentingly
difficult, there are often questions
which hang in the air,” he said. “Is
there any light at all? Does anyone
care?” Quoting the Gospel of John
– “The light shone in the darkness
and the darkness has not overcome
The Archbishop of Canterbury,
Justin Welby: ‘Does anyone care?’ PA
it,” he said that “light” was seen in
the “resilience of Borough Market”
which was now as vibrant and welcoming as before the June attack. It
was also in faces of “the volunteers”
who helped after the Grenfell
blaze, and in the heroism of
emergency workers. “So
often in 2017, the depth
of suffering was matched
by a depth of compassion
as communities came together,” he said.
His sentiments were
echoed from a more global
perspective by Pope Francis,
who said humanity had “wasted and
wounded” the year 2017 “in many
ways with works of death, with lies
and injustices”.
Taking a different tack, Good
Morning Britain presenter Susanna
Reid wrote on Instagram: “DON’T
CHANGE! How about that for a res-
olution?” Prime Minister Theresa
May (inset) said the next year would
allow Britons to feel “renewed confidence and pride” as the country
makes progress on Brexit, creating
a “stronger and fairer” society.
Mrs May added: “Of
course any year brings its
challenges – that is true
for each of us personally,
as much as for our country and the world. But the
real test is not whether
challenges come; it’s how
you face them. Whether
you allow a task to overcome
you, or tackle it head on with purpose and resolve.”
Jeremy Corbyn, the Labour leader,
said the prospect of a “new Britain”
was “closer than ever before”. “Ours
is a fantastic country full of wonderful, caring and talented people with
the hope of a great future ahead of
us, where we all share in the wealth
we create.”
Sir Vince Cable, of the Liberal
Democrats, said: “Looking forward
to 2018, we’ve got a lot of work to do.
There’s still time to offer people the
choice of an exit from Brexit.”
Nicola Sturgeon, Scotland’s First
Minister, said: “In 2018 we will take
steps to strengthen young people’s
rights, and ensure they have an even
louder voice in decisions about their
own lives.”
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TRANSPORT
Revellers brave strong winds as Storm Dylan
brings tempestuous end to the year
New Year travel hit by
strikes on rail networks
By Conrad Landin
New Year’s Eve revellers preparing to
see in 2018 across the country braved
stormy conditions to celebrate.
Storm Dylan brought winds of
up to 76mph to parts of the UK
yesterday making travelling and carousing perilous in some parts of the
country.
Ahead of Hogmanay in Scotland,
several CalMac ferry services on the
west coast were disrupted and some
road routes and train services hit.
An amber weather warning was also issued for Northern Ireland PA
The Tay Road Bridge and Forth
Road Bridge were closed to doubledecker buses as the high winds hit
and the Erskine Bridge was closed to
high-sided vehicles.
The new Queensferry Crossing
had a high winds warning in place
with a 40mph speed limit.
On the roads, there were restrictions on bridges and fallen trees
caused some disruption. Some flood
warnings were issued for parts of
southern Scotland but were later lifted. There were also electricity blackouts caused by trees on power lines.
The UK weather service issued an
amber warning covering Northern
Ireland and parts of western Scotland, stating there was potential for
“injuries or danger to life” from flying debris, while a yellow warning
extended into northern England and
across to the Lothians.
The Met Office said the “lively
weather” looked likely to continue.
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By Alan Jones
New Year’s Eve revellers faced
widespread travel disruption before
welcoming in 2018 last night.
Workers at two rail companies
are said to have supported strikes
which disrupted New Year’s Eve
train services.
Members of the Rail, Maritime
and Transport union on South
Western Railway (SWT) and CrossCountry walked out for 24 hours in
separate disputes over the role of
guards and working conditions.
The RMT claimed there were
141 unstaffed SWT stations which
would become “crime hot spots and
no-go areas for vulnerable and disabled passengers” if guards were removed from train services.
Andy Mellors, of South Western
Railway, said: “The RMT knows
we plan to keep a guard on all our
trains to assist passengers. What
we want to discuss with them is
what happens when a guard is
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unavailable at short notice so our
passengers aren’t left stranded.
“We have given them repeated
reassurances we will need more
guards as we introduce new and
longer trains. For our passengers
and their members they need
to stop scaremongering and
start talking.
“We will do everything we can
to keep our passengers moving
during this unnecessary strike but
passengers are warned to check
before travelling and be prepared
for queues.”
The CrossCountry dispute is over
rosters and Sunday working.
A spokesman for the Rail Delivery Group said: “This strike action
doesn’t help anyone, including those
who wanted to celebrate the new
year with their friends and family.
“We are minimising the impact of
the RMT strikes and will continue to
work to end these disputes so that
we can play our part to support Britain’s economy.”
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CRIME
SOCIETY
Mum’s the word in marriage certificate change
By Conrad Landin
Mothers’ names could be included
on marriage certificates in England and Wales this year for the
first time. The move follows years
of campaigning to end the practice of including only the names of
fathers. Critics say the old system
has reinforced the patriarchal aspects of marriage.
The campaign was bolstered
by the support of former cabinet minister Dame Caroline
Spelman, who acts as the Church
of England’s official representative in the Commons. Bishop of St
Albans the Rt Rev Alan Smith was
another proponent of change. The
pair have proposed identical bills
in both houses of Parliament.
The Home Office has
reportedly given its backing to the
new plan.
Marriage Foundation research
director Harry Benson told The
Sunday Times: “Having only the
father’s name on the certificate is
one reason why people mistakenly
think marriage can be a patriarchal institution.”
Both parents are already
included on marriage certificates
in Scotland and Northern Ireland,
and on civil partnership certificates across Britain.
The Australian High Commissioner Alexander Downer, who was reportedly
told by a Trump adviser that the Russians had intelligence on Hillary Clinton AP
London diplomat
kickstarted FBI’s
Trump probe
By Lesley Wroughton
and Roberta Rampton
IN WASHINGTON DC
The Trump campaign adviser
George Papadopoulos told an Australian diplomat in May 2016 that
Russia had political dirt on the
Democratic presidential
candidate Hillary Clinton,
The New York Times has
revealed.
The conversation between Mr Papadopoulos
and the diplomat, Alexander Downer, in London
was a driving factor behind
the FBI’s decision to open a
counter-intelligence investigation of
Moscow’s contacts with the Trump
campaign, The Times reported.
Two months after the meeting, Australian officials passed
the information that came from
Mr Papadopoulos to their American counterparts when leaked
Democratic emails began appearing online, according to the newspaper, which cited four current and
former US and foreign officials.
Besides the information from the
Australians, the inquiry by the Federal Bureau of Investigation was also
propelled by intelligence from other
friendly governments, including the
British and Dutch.
Mr Papadopoulos (inset), an international energy lawyer, pleaded guilty on 30 October to
lying to FBI agents about
contacts with people who
claimed to have ties to
top Russian officials.
It was the first criminal charge alleging links
between the Trump campaign and Russia. The White
House has played down the
former aide’s campaign role, saying
it was “extremely limited” and that
any actions he took would have been
on his own.
The New York Times, however, reported that Mr Papadopoulos helped
to set up a meeting between the thencandidate Donald Trump and the
Egyptian President Abdel Fattah
al-Sisi and edited the outline of Mr
Trump’s first major foreign policy
speech in April 2016. REUTERS
Alexander Downer Iraq war champion to Trump foe
George Papadopoulos should have
done his homework before a night
on the town with Alexander Downer.
Australia’s longest-serving foreign
minister is an unlikely anti-Trump
hero. He is, after all, best known for
vociferously championing the Iraq
war. But given his own record for
generous entertainment, perhaps he
was always the most likely ear for Mr
Papadopoulos ’s startling revelation.
Mr Downer is most famous for
being photographed wearing high
heels and fishnets in 1996, although
he also attracted controversy during
his time as opposition leader in 1994.
Riffing on the party slogan “The
things that matter”, he suggested its
domestic violence policy could be
billed “the things that batter”.
After the Iraq invasion, Downer
and the Australian Prime Minister
Michael Howard were criticised
as “accomplices in probably the
most catastrophic foreign policy
decision the US has made” by the
veteran Australian diplomat Richard
Woolcott. He was also once heard
telling the Labor politician Penny
Wong to “shut up, you foul-mouthed
bitch”. After Mr Howard’s government
was voted out in 2007, Mr Downer
took on several business and
academic posts.
He has also played a leading role
in the campaign to keep Australia a
monarchy. With the Liberals back in
office, Downer was appointed High
Commissioner to London in 2014.
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ECONOMY
There’s much more
to Milton Keynes
than hackneyed
pictures of concrete
cows AFP/GETTY
Growing faster than
London: boom time
for Milton Keynes
By Adam Sherwin
There is a lot more to Milton Keynes
than concrete cows and roundabouts,
as its growing population knows. The
booming “new city” will enjoy a faster
rate of economic growth than London in 2018, researchers predict.
The town will have the third highest level of economic growth (2 per
cent) of UK cities in 2018, the report
from Irwin Mitchell and the Centre
for Economics and Business Research predicts.
The Buckinghamshire city’s
growth rate is tipped to be almost
twice that of Manchester, Leeds and
Birmingham. Milton Keynes’s estimated gross value added (GVA) – a
measure of economic output – is the
same as Oxford and just behind Cambridge (2.3 per cent).
The findings support claims that
the Cambridge-Milton Keynes-Oxford arc has the potential to become
the UK’s “Silicon Valley”, attracting
investment to the area. It is “a frontrunner in the UK for technology” and
is successfully attracting start-ups,
the report said. Plans are under way
for an east-west rail link which will
connect the city to Oxford and Cambridge by 2023.
The proximity to London means
that the “arc” as a whole will grow
faster than other areas, including the
capital itself, the report predicts.
Once mocked for its rigid street
grid and perceived sterility, Milton
Keynes, which celebrated its 50th
anniversary last year, has been hailed
as a model for “liveable cities” to cope
with Britain’s population boom.
Milton Keynes was a contender
to be named 2023 European Capital
of Culture until the European Commission pulled the plug after Brexit.
UK ministers are hoping to revive
elements of the plan, which included rigging up some of the town’s
22 million trees to play the sounds
of different orchestral instruments.
Aberdeen came close to knocking Cambridge off the top GVA spot
for 2017, with 2 per cent, as the oil
industry showed signs of a revival.
Aberdeen is predicted to fall down
the rankings in 2018 with growth
of 1.2 per cent as the oil sector resurgence slows. At the bottom of
the league table are Middlesbrough
in 45th place, with expected GVA
growth of 0.6 per cent, Belfast at 0.7
per cent and Swansea at 0.8 per cent.
Home of innovations
Milton Keynes covers 119 square
miles and is 40 per cent green space.
No one is ever more than half a mile
from a park.
The Concrete Cows sculptures,
made from scrap, were created in
1978 by Canadian artist Liz Leyh.
The originals have been moved
around the town, but are now in the
MK Museum.
By 2026, almost 300,000 people
TRANSPORT
SOCIETY
Trains are the oldest since records began
Young Muslims
start New Year
clearing litter
By Neil Lancefield
Britain’s trains are the oldest since
current records began, Office of Rail
and Road (ORR) statistics show.
Passengers are travelling in carriages which were typically built in
the mid-1990s.
The average age of 21.1 years is
older than at any point in publicly
available records and 60 per cent
older than in 2006.
The ORR has previously said older
trains can result in worse reliability,
less comfortable journeys and poorer
performance than modern versions,
although it notes that older rolling
stock can be refurbished.
Travellers using the Caledonian
Sleeper service between London and
The oldest trains are on the
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oldest trains at 42 years old. Merseyrail, which runs trains in Merseyside, has the second-oldest fleet at 38
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Bells to ring out
for Armistice
centenary
By Emily Beament
A series of commemorations will
mark the course of the final year
of the First World War, leading up
to the centenary of the Armistice
that brought the bloody conflict to
an end.
The 2018 events include ceremonies commemorating General
Ferdinand Foch’s appointment as
Supreme Allied Commander on
the Western Front and the Battle
of Amiens, and bells ringing out
years. TransPennine Express, which
operates in northern England and
Scotland, has the newest trains at an
average of just nine years.
The Campaign for Better Transport chief executive, Stephen Joseph,
claimed the age of Britain’s trains
shows “just how far the railways have
to go to modernise”.
He said: “We’ve been promised
new trains by several train operators
and some are under construction –
we now want to see these promises
turn into reality.
“While some, like the famed Pacers
in the North of England, do deserve
the scrapyard, others can be refurbished to modern standards and
could help deal with overcrowding
on parts of the rail network.”
By Isabel Togoh
Hundreds of young Muslim people
across the UK will kick off the new
year with a “nationwide streetcleaning day”.
Members of the Ahmadiyya
Muslim Youth Association (Amya)
will spend New Year’s Day sweeping streets in various cities to help
tackle the cost of littering.
The youth organisation, which
will tidy up parts of London, Glasgow, Cardiff, Birmingham, Manchester and Newcastle, say it is part
of “our religious and civic duty”, and
will live in Milton Keynes. Around
13 people move to it every day.
The Open University was
established here in 1969 - the
world’s first degree-awarding
distance learning institution.
More than 22 million trees and
shrubs and 250 million daffodils
have been planted in MK. The town
started the country’s first kerbside
household recycling in 1992.
is calling on communities across the
country to join in.
Farhad Ahmad, a national
spokesman for Amya, said: “Littering costs the UK an estimated £1bn
a year. While the Government and
local authorities are doing a great
deal to address this issue, we feel
strongly that it is our religious and
civic duty to also act.
“There is a strong community
spirit behind the initiative and there
can be a lot achieved by goodwill
and a united Britain.”
Almost 30 local groups took part
in last year’s introductory event, but
Mr Ahmad said he expects cleaning
to be carried out in as many as 40
places today.
Amya members will begin the day
with prayers for the nation, before
donning hi-vis jackets and starting
work.
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across the UK on Armistice Day.
They aim to help people understand how the course of the war
changed in 1918, to give thanks for
peace and to remember the sacrifice of 800,000 soldiers who went
to war and did not come home, the
Government said.
Culture Secretary Karen Bradley said: “On this day 100 years ago,
soldiers in the trenches welcomed
in the new year, unsure of what it
would bring.
“On the centenary of the Armistice we will give thanks for peace
and for those who returned, and remember the sacrifice of the 800,000
soldiers who died.
“This is the best tribute we
can make.”
Across
Woman praised for
tripping suspect
By Paul Gallagher
Police want to thank a woman
who tripped up a suspect fleeing
arrest. CCTV footage shows the
woman tripping the man, allowing
pursuing police to tackle him.
After arresting a 23-year-old
man on drugs and drunk and
disorderly charges, officers
went to thank the woman for her
assistance but she had gone.
Chief Inspector Gerry
McDonald of East Herts police
said: “I would like to praise the
woman’s efforts.”
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22 June EYELEVEL
By Laura Harding
Great Exhibition of the North
launches with spectacle along Tyne
Downton Abbey, one of Britain’s
most watched television series, is
to get a big screen outing.
The actress Phyllis Logan, who
played housekeeper Mrs Hughes
in the ITV series, revealed that
a new script has been completed
and filming dates set for this year.
She told The Mail on Sunday
that cast members of the period
drama have been consulted about
their availability, adding: “There’s
a potential script coming our way,
slightly rewritten.”
She added: “Everyone’s been
asked what’s going on between
this date and that date.
“So we just hope that all the
elements come together. To have a
last hurrah with all the characters
will be fantastic. I’m certainly up
for it.”
The final episode of Downton
Abbey, shown on Christmas Day
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A spectacular 80m (262ft)-long
water fountain in the River Tyne
will launch the Great Exhibition of
the North, the biggest event to take
place in England in 2018.
The countdown has begun to the
event, created to promote Northern
art, design and innovation, which
will be staged in Newcastle and
Gateshead, running from June to
September.
A Great North Soundtrack series
of gigs curated by Lauren Laverne
and a specially commissioned anthem for the North written by poet
and playwright Lemn Sissay will be
among the highlights of the event,
which has a modest £14m budget.
The brainchild of former chancellor George Osborne, the Great Exhibition of the North was awarded to
Newcastle and Gateshead over competing bids from Blackpool, Bradford
and Sheffield.
The exhibition will take over cultural hubs such as the Gateshead
Sage and Baltic Centre of Contemporary Art and the Great North
Museum in Newcastle. The 80-day
Northern powerhouse The show’s highlights
Morecambe-based Water Sculptures,
which developed effects for the 2012
London Olympics opening ceremony,
will create the Tyne display.
The free exhibition will include
John Lennon’s Record Plant piano
and the spacesuit worn by the first
Briton in space, Sheffield-born Helen
Sharman (above left).
Stephenson’s Rocket (above
right) will return to its birthplace
in Newcastle upon Tyne and the
2017 Turner Prize winner, Lubaina
Himid, will present an exhibition
of new work at Baltic Centre for
Contemporary Art.
The Great Exhibition of the North
will also highlight the area’s strength
in key sectors, including digital, health
innovation and energy, as well as
profiling great Northern innovations
such as graphene, which was
discovered by scientists working at
the University of Manchester in 2004.
On Saturday,
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dead – we revived it’
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exhibition will open on 22 June with
the River Tyne water fountainwhich
is set to reach the height of the Tyne
Bridge. Inspired by the Angel of the
North sculpture, which celebrates
its 20th anniversary in 2018, three
newly commissioned music compositions will provide a soundtrack to the
water fountain.
Work by Yorkshire-born artists
Barbara Hepworth and David Hockney will be on display during the
summer, along with the spacesuit of
Sheffield astronaut Helen Sharman
and Stephenson’s Rocket locomotive, built in 1829 at the Forth Street
Works of Robert Stephenson’s firm in
Newcastle. The writer Lemn Sissay
said: “The exhibition will shine a light
on the difference the North is making
to the world.”
Sir Gary Verity, chairman of
the Great Exhibition of the North,
promised an “outstanding summer
of amazing exhibits, inspired technology, vibrant street performance,
cutting-edge culture and magical
experiences.”
The event was inspired by the
Great Exhibition of 1851, held in the
Crystal Palace in Hyde Park to showcase Britain’s industrial prowess.
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By Sally Wardle
Three people were treated for
smoke inhalation after a fire at a
block of flats in Manchester city
centre.
The blaze started on the ninth
floor of a 12-storey building near
the Arndale Centre.
The fire service said the flames
spread to other floors via wooden
balconies and no external cladding was involved. Four properties were affected, it added.
Eyewitness Andrew Hirst, 36,
said crowds cheered as the fire
was extinguished. “You could hear
the crowd’s cheers as it was going
down and you could see the torches from the firemen searching the
burnt-out apartments right next
to the other apartments that were
still frighteningly ablaze,” he said.
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to start today.
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MAY’S ANNUS
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2018 BREXIT
PREDICTIONS
IRAN
PROTESTS
VLADIMIR
PUTIN
DOCTOR
‘WHO CARES’?
RUSSIAN
WORLD CUP
It’s the
manifesto
wot lost it
Don’t trust the
doom-sayers
just yet
Plenty of
reasons for
unrest
2018 victory
a foregone
conclusion
A dull
Christmas
special
Who will
collect this
year’s trophy?
New Statesman
The Sun on Sunday
Haaretz
The Guardian
The Times
The Spectator
2017 was the year
that May’s opponents
took back control.
Labour wiped out
her parliamentary
majority, the EU
forced the UK to accept
its divorce terms
and MPs defeated
the Government in
the Commons.
(George Eaton)
ConservativeHome
This year the
ConservativeHome
gaffe of the year award
does not simply go
to an individual. An
outright majority
of the 1,050 party
members who took
part in the survey have
awarded it to the party
itself, specifically to its
ill-judged and backfiring manifesto.
(Mark Wallace)
Quote of
the day
May 2018
bring an end
to those who
hijacked Iran
in 1979
Shappi Khorsandi
The British-Iranian
comedian on
demonstrations
in Iran
May ends the year on
a high. Having expertly
dealt with Brussels,
she has shown she
will make Brexit a
great success. Despite
all the Remoaner
doom-mongering,
unemployment is at
its lowest level since
1975 and the FTSE 100
ended the year at a
record high. (Editorial)
BBC
Anyone who tells you
they know how Brexit
is going to play out in
2018 isn’t to be trusted.
After last year’s
rollercoaster, almost
anything could happen.
Another general
election? A big shift in
the public mood? The
only predictable thing
is unpredictability.
(Chris Morris)
Its foreign policy,
mostly in the Middle
East, has given
Iran the status of a
mid-sized regional
power. This may have
strengthened its status
internationally – but
this has been seen as
coming at the expense
of welfare among
Iranians, who are
paying out of their own
pockets for fighting in
Yemen and Syria.
(Zvi Bar’el)
Fox News
There are plenty of
reasons for the public
anger against Iran’s
rulers. According to
Amnesty International,
Iran accounted for 55
per cent of all recorded
judicial executions in
the world in 2016.
(Ivan Sascha Sheehan)
With no real
opposition candidates
taking part, victory
is ensure. But the
Kremlin is worried
about turnout, as
political apathy grows,
and a low one would
ring alarm bells.
(Shaun Walker)
DeutscheWelle
Putin is not fond
of conventional
campaigning,
including TV debates.
He prefers to present
himself as a saviour of
animal species, or as
a huntsman. Opinion
polls seem to prove his
approach is successful.
With approval rates
between 75 and 83 per
cent, Putin is [still]
the most popular
politician in Russia.
(Editorial)
If you were slumped
on a sofa, half-cut
on Baileys, vaguely
feeling you should
watch something
Christmassy and
wanting to see Jodie
Whittaker turn up,
then I daresay it
might have felt like a
slow-moving stream of
portentous nonsense.
(Hugo Rifkind)
The Mail on Sunday
What is Doctor Who
for? Does anyone
really enjoy watching
it any more? There was
even a good Dalek, a
contradiction in terms
if ever there was one.
You used to be able to
rely on the Daleks to
shock some life into a
series that long ago ran
out of ideas.
(Peter Hitchens)
Gareth Southgate’s
young England side
can, you feel, spring
a surprise. They have
sailed through their
mocks: now for the
real exams. And please
let’s bring in video
refereeing to avoid the
errors that can blight
matches, tournaments
and careers. It boggles
what’s left of the mind
that it still hasn’t been
introduced.
(Roger Alton)
Sky News
France. You don’t win
a World Cup now
without a fantastic
squad. And France have
one. No matter which
of their 23 men play,
no matter who gets
injured, they will field a
world-class team.
(Nick Powell)
LifeInBrief
BEN BARRES TRANSGENDER NEUROBIOLOGIST
Ben Barres, a neurobiologist who made
groundbreaking discoveries regarding
the structure and function of the
brain that may have implications for
understanding Alzheimer’s disease
and other degenerative disorders, and
who, as a transgender man, became an
outspoken opponent of gender bias in
science, has died at his home in Palo
Alto, California. He was 63.
His death was announced by
Stanford University, where he was
a professor of neurobiology in the
medical school. The cause was
pancreatic cancer.
Dr Barres was one of the world’s
leading researchers on glial cells, which
are the most numerous structures
in the brain but whose purpose was
almost a complete mystery.
Dr Barres discovered that some
glial cells could have harmful effects.
In what he described as “the most
important discovery my lab has ever
made”, he showed in a 2017 article
published in Nature that the glia could
undergo changes or could secrete
substances that could damage neurons
and other cells in the brain.
In other words, glial cells might
contribute to the degeneration of
brain tissue that is a hallmark of
Alzheimer’s and Parkinson’s diseases,
as well as multiple sclerosis, motor
neurone disease, glaucoma and other
conditions.
Dr Barres began his scientific career
when he was known as Barbara Barres.
After undergoing hormone treatments
and surgery, Dr Barres became known
as Ben in 1997. His experience led him
to become a powerful advocate for
women and other marginalised people
he believed were denied opportunities
in a scientific world dominated by men.
Dr Barres recalled that, after his
transition to life as a man, he led a
seminar at an academic conference. A
colleague overheard another scientist
say, “Ben Barres gave a great seminar
today, but then his work is much better
than his sister’s.”
Barres was born in New Jersey. His
father was a salesman. When Dr Barres
was 41 — and still known as Barbara —
he developed breast cancer, a disease
his mother died of at about the same
age. He underwent a mastectomy.
“I said, ‘While you are there please
take off the other breast’,” Dr Barres
said on the Charlie Rose show. “Since
this cancer runs in my family, he did
agree to remove the other breast. And I
just can’t tell you how therapeutic that
was. I felt so relieved.”
Dr Barres later read an article about
a transgender man who had undergone
female-to-male transition. He began
to take testosterone, which led to a
deeper voice, a beard and male-pattern
baldness.
Dr Barres has two surviving sisters
and a brother.
“I feel like I have a responsibility to
speak out,” he said. “Anyone who has
changed sex has done probably the
hardest thing they can do. It’s freeing,
in a way, because it makes me more
fearless about other things.”
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And a hippy new year
Twenty-five countries are reforming their drugs laws. Not Britain... yet
T
he first time I went to
the United States was
in 1983, when I spent
summer working at
a camp for diabetic
children in California.
It was a beautiful time: hiking
in sun-dappled forests of giant
sequoia, sleeping under stars and
partying hard with fellow workers
in my free time. Among them was
an affable man with a handlebar
moustache who claimed to be a
carpenter. One night he confessed
to me over a beer that he really lived
off profits from 45 cannabis plants
he grew each year, hidden in woods.
Today, he can finally go legal, if
he’s still in business. For the Golden
State has legalised recreational
use of cannabis, opening up the
biggest marijuana market in
America. Medical cannabis has
been permitted for two decades –
as it is for more than half the US
population – but now Californians
over the age of 21 no longer need a
doctor’s approval if they want to use
weed without breaking the law. The
state joins seven others in allowing
casual usage, with Massachusetts
set to follow suit later this year.
This is a watershed moment for
drug prohibition, a stupid policy
that predictably proved such a boon
to gangsters. Not just because it
was Richard Nixon, a former state
congressman, who launched the
disastrous war on drugs during his
shamed presidency. But because
this is the most populous state in
the country, so wealthy it is the
world’s sixth biggest economy and
so influential as home to the global
entertainment industry. This $7bn
new market will alter the economic,
physical and social landscape,
raising a handy $1bn annually
in taxes.
So roll up for a hippy new year?
Certainly reform in California
was pushed by libertarians in a
culture riddled with cannabis.
This is home to Haight-Ashbury,
after all. Already there is talk of
culinary cannabis, special smoking
lounges – and fears of big business
forcing out small farmers such as
my summer friend. Yet this seismic
shift is just part of the fast-changing
global scene on drugs, driven
as much by criminal justice and
health concerns as by arguments of
personal freedom, although sadly
Britain sits on the sidelines to our
immense national detriment.
Country after country is
recognising the failure of the
drugs war and its tragic impact
in destroyed lives, devastated
California joins
seven other states
in allowing casual
use of cannabis
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communities and damaged
countries. Just look at the
maelstrom of deadly violence in
Mexico, the lethal arrival of everstronger drugs at lower prices – or
listen to gangland experts such as
Misha Glenny.
“If you want to do something
about organised crime, the quickest
way to do it is legalise drugs,” the
author of McMafia argues.
“In Latin America, more than
100,000 people are murdered
every year because of drug laws
fashioned in Washington. It’s
the most immoral thing that I’ve
come across.”
Thankfully, things are changing
fast. Across the US border, Canada
is preparing to end pot prohibition
this year, a flagship domestic
policy of the government of Justin
Trudeau. This follows a similar
move last summer in Uruguay
and is even more significant
than California’s step. Given
that Canadians already spend as
much on weed as they do on wine,
according to official data, it makes
sense to accept reality. Yet this bold
political move is being overseen
by a former police chief to protect
children, backed by hefty spending
on public education.
Contrast this with Britain, where
regulation on alcohol ensures it is
easier for children to buy cannabis
than beer, all while profits from an
unregulated drug market fuel the
criminal gangs wrecking deprived
communities. Skunk shows again
how prohibition leads to stronger
drugs – which are easier to smuggle
in smaller quantities – while spice,
a potent synthetic alternative,
wreaks havoc in heavily guarded
jails. Yet the Government bleats
about stopping drug use alongside
At last,
country after
country is
recognising the
failure of the
war on drugs
its mantras on social justice and
mental health, while refusing to
explore if legal regulation might be
safer and saner for society.
Britain looks increasingly
isolated, despite efforts by a handful
of progressive police forces to stop
prosecuting drug users. More than
25 countries are pursuing reform
worldwide. In Europe, Portugal
blazed a path by decriminalising all
drugs in 2001, slashing heroin use
so fast that today its drug mortality
rates are one-tenth those seen in
Britain. Norway is shifting from
punishment to treatment after MPs
from across the political spectrum
united last month to push this cause
in parliament. Ireland is introducing
safe drug consumption rooms.
Others are shifting on the
cannabis front. In the Netherlands,
a new right-wing government is
trialling four models of legal mass
production. Despite those smokefilled coffee shops, production is
currently illegal in the country.
Germany is loosening rules on
medical marijuana in a bid to seize
control of a potentially massive
market. This is bad news for Britain,
which has the world’s most valuable
firm in this sector amid excitement
over its new cannabis-based
treatment for childhood epilepsy.
And the biggest player in the US is
run by a Briton, who would love to
offer his products to patients in his
native land.
Our Government loves to talk
about global Britain. Yet while
ministers mouth dreary platitudes
about preventing drug use – often
despite their own experiences
and while hypocritically glugging
back glasses of alcohol – the
cannabis conundrum shows again
how we are being bypassed by
more progressive nations. Clearly
Theresa May dislikes evidence that
challenges her prejudices, but I
sense change in Westminster.
So it would be good to see MPs
show some new year resolution by
coming out of their stupor on drugs
and taking back control – at least
on cannabis.
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Against The Machine or
Public Enemy.
Jones should not
criticise somebody for
pointing out that raw
energy and fury has
all but disappeared
from music these days.
Because it has.
JOHN HEFFER
SURREY
Although I do not wholly
agree with Bono’s view
that music has become
too “girly”, I completely
disagree with Alice
Jones’ arguments (i,
30 December) as to why
it hasn’t. Young people
used to be angry at
hypocrisy and injustice,
and this was reflected
in the music. Indeed,
they used to protest and
march about such issues
– but no more. Feelgood
music, ballads and love
songs seem to be the
order of the day.
Jones misses the point
when she lists famous
female and male artists
to try to support her
argument. None of the
females mentioned
produces the fire of
Savages, Sleater-Kinney
or L7. And the males pale
against the likes of Rage
Remembering
Tom Petty
I was disappointed
that your round-up of
notable figures who died
in 2017 (i, 30 December)
overlooked Tom Petty, a
giant of rock.
During his 40-year
career he sold 80 million
records, achieving worldwide popularity, and was
inducted into the Rock
and Roll Hall of Fame.
The 90,000 fans who,
like me, were thrilled by
his farewell UK show in
London’s Hyde Park last
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Sympathy for
the sub?
I completely
sympathise with Jeff
Robson with regard to
producing a complex
newspaper totally
free of grammatical or
typographical errors
(i, 29 December).
I expect, however, that
the remarkably brave
Kazimierz Piechowski,
whose obituary you
printed on 20 December,
would have been
surprised to read he
was in fact due to die on
15 December 2018.
ROBERT SMITH
SURREY
After reading Jeff
Robson’s piece, I will be
less critical in 2018. It
certainly made me be
more understanding.
Common examples of
mistakes which should
be corrected include
powerful antennas
and radio receivers
– for example, radio
telescopes. These are
sensitive, not powerful.
Transmitters need to be
powerful.
A butterfly has one
antenna each side and
two antennae. One radio
antenna, two antennas.
CLIVE PYGOTT
SHROPSHIRE
Punish boozy
behaviour
In the past, I was a
regular drinker. For
about 40 years I had
many nights of heavy
drinking, after which
memories were more
than fuzzy.
I am, however, amazed
at the comments
of your columnist
Shappi Khorsandi (i, 30
December). If the folks
who end up in A&E
through alcohol ingestion were made to take
responsibility by paying
for their treatment in the
proposed “drunk tanks”,
then it is likely that the
incidence of their behaviour might go down.
While attitudes such
as Khorsandi’s prevail,
there will always be
a problem. She says
getting paralytic on
alcohol to the point of
lying down in the street
is a “rite of passage” for
younger generations.
However, it appears that
an increasing number
of young people are
rejecting her philosophy.
We now know that
alcohol is carcinogenic
and this might be at least
part of the reason.
RON BUTTERLY
LEEDS
A Messiah with
mudguards?
How on earth does
Jeremy Corbyn keep his
cream trousers so clean
when he rides a bike with
no mudguards? Maybe
he is the Messiah after all.
TIM MORAN
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A year in culture: ones to watch in 2018
2018 looks unusually bright for new
cultural arrivals , with diverse and
exciting talents set to break through
in film, music, television and theatre.
Here we introduce a dozen names we
believe are worth keeping an eye on.
for screen time with One Direction
defector Harry Styles), Irish born
Keoghan is a name you’ll recognise
before the end of the year. He grew
up in foster care and was taken in
by his grandmother at the age of 12.
After appearances in independent
Irish films, Keoghan got his break in
’71, then Dunkirk and last autumn’s
The Killing of a Sacred Deer alongside
Nicole Kidman and Colin Farrell.
Watch out for him next in Black 47, a
film about the Irish famine, in which
he stars with Jim Broadbent.
9
1 Kodi Smit-McPhee This
21-year-old Australian actor
is breathing new life into the
action-hero casting vortex, which
has been populated by such stars
as Tom Cruise, Vin Diesel and Hugh
Jackman for decades. The son of a
professional wrestler, Smit-McPhee
has already starred in Dawn of the
Planet of the Apes, X Men: Apocalypse
and has just been cast as the lead in
the adaptation of the fantasy novel
Tunnels – about teenage boys who
discover an entire secret civilisation
underneath London.
9 Stefflon Don Real name Stephanie
Allen, this 26-year-old singer and
rapper was born in Birmingham to
parents of Jamaican descent, then
raised in Holland. She has had an epic
2017, but 2018 is set to be even bigger.
Her single “Hurtin’ Me”, with rapper
French Montana, went silver by the
end of last year, and an appearance
on a new track with Future and MC
Fioti has also launched her as a force
to be reckoned with in the US.
2 Timothée Chalamet A student
of New York’s LaGuardia High
School (on which Fame was based),
this 22-year-old started out
with a bit-part on television
thriller Homeland. He has earned
himself a Golden Globe nomination
for his performance in Call Me By
Your Name, and he is on the path
to A-list Hollywood territory.
Watch out for him next in Hostiles
with Christian Bale and the
eagerly awaited Lady Bird with
Saoirse Ronan.
3 Ms Banks This 23-year-old British
rapper already has the seal of
approval from hip-hop mogul Nicki
Minaj, who tweeted some of Banks’s
lyrics in admiration earlier this year.
South London star Banks, born on a
Camberwell estate, toured with US
rap sensation Cardi B last year and
her tracks “Bangs” and “Day Ones”
have been getting more radio play.
She says her aim is to elevate the
music of women – and to remove the
novelty factor from public opinion
of female MCs. She’s already on
her way.
4 Danielle Macdonald Named by
Variety magazine as one of their
actors to watch over the
next year, Australian-born
Macdonald first grabbed the
industry’s attention with her
irresistible performance as
a wannabe rapper in indie
movie Patti Cake$ in 2017.
Now she’s filming the lead
in Dumplin’, with Jennifer
Aniston in a supporting
role, and is the star of
Netflix film Bird Box
with Sandra Bullock
and Sarah Paulson.
Next up, Macdonald
will shoot White Girl
Problems, which is
being produced by
Elizabeth Banks.
5 Florence Pugh She
has been described
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10 Mena Massoud Egyptian-born,
Canadian-raised actor Massoud
was working towards a degree in
neuroscience at Toronto University
when he decided to drop out and
pursue a career in acting. It paid off.
Massoud, now 26, was cast as Tarek
Kassar in Tom Clancy’s Jack Ryan on
US television, and that opened the
door to his casting as Aladdin in the
Disney live-action remake.
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as the “next Kate Winslet”, which
she dismisses as ridiculous
– but the prediction may not
be far off. When it comes to
identifying our next big
female acting star, it might
well be Pugh. Having just won
the British Independent
Film award for best
actress, thanks to her
turn in Lady Macbeth,
Pugh is set to appear in
The Commuter
with Liam Neeson,
and the BBC
adaptations of
King Lear and John
Le Carré’s The
Little Drummer
Girl opposite
Alexander Skarsgård.
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6 Tom Grennan Born in Bedford
in 1995 but based in London, this
singer-songwriter first found fame
as the guest vocalist on Chase &
Status’s track “All Goes Wrong”
(now the soundtrack for Sky’s
Premier League coverage) after
being signed on the spot at a gig in
a Finsbury Park pub. Since then his
own breakout hit “Found What I’ve
Been Looking For” has caught the eye
of Elton John, who called him to tell
him that he’s a fan. Grennan’s debut
album is out in March.
7 Bria Vinaite Discovered by director
Sean Baker as he scrolled through
Instagram one day, Vinaite found
herself plucked from obscurity to,
three weeks later, playing the lead in
Baker’s 2017 hit The Florida Project.
11 Mabel The 21-year-old daughter
of singer-songwriter Neneh Cherry
and Massive Attack record producer
Cameron McVey started her music
career in 2015 with her single “Know
Me Better”. Since then she’s been on
the front row at Paris Fashion Week,
travelled to Coachella with grime
king Skepta and released the hit
single “Finders Keepers”, as well as
a mixtape and an EP – and has been
recording her debut album.
The 24-year-old New Yorker gives
such an incredible performance
as single mother Halley that
the audience at Cannes gave
her a standing ovation. The
film also earned co-star
Willem Dafoe a best
supporting actor
nomination at the
Golden Globes.
Vinaite’s next role
will be in The Beach
Bum, with Matthew
McConaughey,
Isla Fisher and
Zac Efron.
8 Barry Keoghan One
of the breakout stars
of Dunkirk (despite
having to compete
12 Jamael Westman When he was
cast as the lead in the West End
transfer of Lin-Manuel Miranda’s
Broadway musical Hamilton,
Westman had big shoes to fill.
The show’s writer and director
himself had played Hamilton
in part of the Broadway run.
But Westman need not have
worried: Miranda has raved
about his performance.
Having only graduated
from Rada in 2016,
Westman, 25, from
Brixton in London,
had previously
appeared in Torn at
the Royal Court and
The White Devil at
the Globe. Starring
in Hamilton at
such a young
age promises
success ahead.
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Hamish
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S
tand by for a bumpy ride in
2018. The world economy
will carry on growing
decently as we go into the
year with plenty of momentum,
but for financial markets it will be
a different story: either a crash, or
to use that weasel word of market
commentators, a correction.
The story goes like this: we have
at last a world economy firing on
all cylinders, for every region in the
world is showing reasonable growth.
This has not happened for more
than a decade. Further, the world’s
largest economy, the US, is getting
a fiscal boost from the Trump tax
cuts just at the time when it is close
to full capacity. The recovery from
the banking crash of 2008 has been
an uneven one, but for the world as
a whole, this has been a long boom,
the second longest in half a century.
But it has been, in some measure,
an artificial boom, in that it has been
driven by ultra-easy money. Interest
rates in the major economies are the
lowest there have been, not for 10,
20 or 50 years, but the lowest ever in
recorded history.
The downsides to such policies
are now evident. The price of just
about all asset classes have
boomed, from houses
in London to shares
in Apple, Facebook
and the other hi-tech
giants, from German
bonds to the Salvator
Mundi painting by
Leonardo da Vinci,
sold in November in New
York for $450m (£340m),
the most expensive work of art
ever. The asset boom has inevitably
favoured those who already have
assets, while those struggling to
acquire them – to buy a starter
home, for example – have lost
out. Income inequality may have
narrowed a bit in most countries,
but wealth inequality everywhere
has soared.
Booms come to an end, and it is
very hard to see this boom surviving
2018, though it is quite possible it
may run on for some months yet.
The questions are whether this
boom will end with a fizzle or a bang;
which asset classes are most at risk;
and what damage might be done to
the real economy.
On the first, we cannot know. We
can however make two observations
from past experience. One is that
the longer the boom is allowed to
run, the harder the bump at the end.
The asset classes most at risk are
easier to identify. Top risk must be
in the unconventional assets,
bitcoin obviously but also
other crypto-currencies,
and other assets that
have yet to hit the
headlines. But I am less
worried about these,
partly because they
are narrowly held and
partly because a collapse
of a crypto-currency would
not have a systemic impact on
financial markets.
The final element, the impact
on the real economy, turns on the
nature, scale and timing of the
market movement. The world
economy is pretty resilient to a weak
equity market. A sharp rise in global
interest rates would shake it, but
some rise is already expected.
For me, the great paradox is this.
My worry is that markets will be
allowed to race on through 2018, for
the longer they run, the greater and
more damaging the fallout in 2019.
IN SICKNESS & IN HEALTH
Another one of my big three
is a triumphant care home hack
that brings me joy every time I use
it. Nick’s room has thick, heavy
curtains that are incredibly well
made, but that obscure about a third
of his windows when they’re pulled
open. After months of moaning
about them, I took myself off to
Robert Dyas in search of a solution.
No delicate cords and hooks would
hold the awesome girth of these
drapes – instead, I free-styled with
two sturdy chrome bathroom-towel
rings. No drilling, no rawlplugs, just
self-adhesive patches that stuck
on the wall and, once cured, stayed
there as if they’d been cemented.
Now Nick’s room is lighter and
brighter, and I am content. And I
didn’t have to get into a drawn-out
conversation with the home about
getting someone to sort it for me.
My final pride-of-2017 moment
was seeing Nick finally try out a
powered wheelchair. We’ve been
waiting a long time to find out
whether or not he’d be eligible for an
NHS chair, and whether he’d be able
to use it. I thought he’d be brilliant,
although some friends and family
worried he’d not be able to manage.
On a sunny day last month, he
proved beyond doubt that he’s ready
for a new chair, calmly piloting his
way around a car park under the
watchful eye of the therapist he
needed to convince. In one of the
videos I took of the momentous
occasion, if you listen carefully,
you can hear me sobbing with joy
and admiration, watching my Nick
in the chair that will soon be his,
negotiating all that lay before him.
May we all travel through 2018 with
such skill.
Rebecca
Armstrong
Three great
things about
the past year
In 2014, Rebecca’s husband Nick
was hit by a car and seriously injured.
Here, in one of a series of columns,
she writes about the aftermath of
his accident
S
o here we are – another year
done, a box-fresh one newly
opened. As I pack away
2017, I feel proud to have got
through another 12 months healthy,
employed and married.
There are three things I’m
particularly proud of, though. One
is giving up booze for a month
in November. Drink, more than
anything else, has been my constant
companion since Nick’s accident
and I didn’t know if I could go
four weeks without it. I could, and
I intend to do it again this month.
By putting down my glass I feel as
though I’m picking up with myself
and finding out who she actually is
when she’s not half-cut.
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MONARCHY
Pay vs performance
Prince asks if bearded man is a terrorist
Worst for high vice chancellor pay and low university ranking
University
VC pay
VC pay Good University
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Guide 2018 rank
Difference
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£392,287
10
122
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114
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£357,000 15
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South Bank
£295,000 51=
106=
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£342,000 19
74
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10 Huddersfield
£364,564 13
65
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By Conrad Landin
Prince Philip was accused of
making another questionable
comment while meeting crowds
at Sandringham yesterday. The
gaffe-prone prince allegedly pointed to a bearded man in the crowd
and asked: “Is that a terrorist?”
The Duke of Edinburgh, 96, is
said to have made the comment
during a walkabout after the
Royal Family attended a service at
St Magdalene church, close
to Sandringham House
in north Norfolk.
A witness told The
Sun that the royal consort made the remark
to his bodyguard. The
onlooker, who sported
a bushy ginger beard,
overheard and “burst out
laughing”. The bearded man left
Sandringham before he could be
identified by reporters.
The prince, who retired from official engagements in 2017,
joked with another
onlooker after spotting the woman’s pet
Labrador lying on the
wet ground. He pointed
at the dog and said: “I hope
he hasn’t got rising damp.”
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Some of best-paid
bosses lead worst
universities
By Richard Vaughan
EDUCATION CORRESPONDENT
Some of the highest-paid university
vice-chancellors are in charge of the
worst-performing institutions in the
country, according to a new analysis.
The issue of university chiefs’ pay
has come under scrutiny as concerns
grow that students are not receiving
value for money from their £9,250 a
year tuition fees. Among the institutions that fare the worst
in “pay versus performance” tables are Birkbeck,
University of London,
which was ranked 122nd
out of 129 universities
but handed its master,
Professor David Latchman,
£392,287 last year, the 10thhighest in the country.
Second-worst for pay versus
performance was the University of
Worcester, which was ranked 102nd
in the guide, despite paying its vicechancellor, Professor David Green,
£319,000 a year.
Also in the top 10 analysed by The
Sunday Times Good University Guide
was Bath Spa University, which
made the headlines last month when
it emerged that the departing vicechancellor Christina Slade (inset)
was paid more than £800,000 in her
final year, half of which was “compensation for loss of office”.
Vice-chancellors’ salaries prompted an outcry in 2017 when it was revealed that scores were taking home
more than the Prime Minister.
The highest paid vice-chancellor was Dame Glynis
Breakwell, head of Bath
University, who received
£468,000 before stepping
down last year. Her university does not make the
10 worst for salary versus
performance, however, as it
was ranked 12th best.
The University and College
Union general secretary Sally Hunt
said the rankings showed vice-chancellors’ pay to be “out of touch”. “This
exposes the arbitrary nature of senior pay rises in our universities. In the
vast majority of cases, vice-chancellors sit on the committee signing off
their pay and perks,” Ms Hunt said.
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aiming to crack down on excessive
vice-chancellor pay and ensure students receive better value for money.
The Office for Students (OfS) will
hold higher education institutions
to account for the quality of teaching they provide and hopes to clamp
down on spiralling salaries.
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Mr Coy, who took over in 2015
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British sightseers among six
dead in seaplane crash
By Chris Baynes
Four Britons are feared to be among
six people killed after a seaplane
crashed and sank in a bay near Sydney, Australia.
The UK Foreign Office said it was
in contact with authorities in Sydney
following the incident in Jerusalem
Bay, in the Hawkesbury River north
of the New South Wales state capital.
Police said divers had recovered
six bodies and an investigation was
under way to identify the victims and
determine the cause of the crash.
Local reports said four Britons, an
11-year-old boy and the aircraft’s
pilot were killed. The passengers had
been on a “wine and dine” sightseeing
flight operated by Sydney Seaplanes.
A UK Foreign Office spokeswoman said: “Officials from the British
consulate are in contact with local
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Emergency
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are investigating the cause of the
crash, which happened at about
3.10pm local time (4.10am GMT) yesterday, near to the town of Cowan.
The ATSB said the single-engine
plane was reported to have “sunk
rapidly” after hitting the water. “At
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Beaver Seaplane, VH-NOO, operated by Sydney Seaplanes was flying
in the vicinity of Jerusalem Bay (near
Cottage Point),” the bureau said.
“We have spoken to a number of
witnesses,” acting police superintendent Michael Gorman said. “It’s
too early in the investigation so we
don’t know why the plane crashed.”
He added that forensics officers
would inspect the plane when it had
been raised from the riverbed.
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By Chris Weller
The German physicist Albert
Einstein needed complex equations to describe his theory of relativity, but 18-year-old Hillary Diane
Andales, of the Philippines,
does just fine with a pickup truck, a few mobile
phones and Usain Bolt.
Ms Andales is the
winner of the 2017
Breakthrough Junior
Challenge, an annual
competition that calls
on teenagers across the
world to submit videos
no longer than three minutes
that simplify big ideas in science or
maths. Ms Andales won the grand
prize of $250,000 (£185,000) in
scholarship money.
Her winning video was titled
Relativity &amp: The Equivalence of
Reference Frames. It began by displaying a sideways number, which
you could interpret as either a “6”or
a “9” depending on which way you
turned your head. The perspective
you take, Ms Andales noted, determines your reference frame.
Reference frames are fundamental to relativity, because observers perceive things differently if
they are in different locations,
she explained.
Ms Andales demonstrated this by recruiting three of her friends
to record the sound a
pickup truck made as
it drove down a road
and honked the horn.
Each person stood in a
different spot – one in front
of the car, one behind the car,
and one inside the car – and recorded the sound.
Each reference frame yielded a
different sound, since the sound
waves coming from the horn were
either bunched up (producing
a higher pitch) or spread out (a
lower pitch) relative to where they
were recorded.
The same test can be done with
velocity and time, Ms Andales explained. If Usain Bolt (inset) ran
the 100m race at 98 per cent of the
speed of light, a 10-second finish
from his perspective would read 40
seconds on the judge’s clock.
The reason is that faster clocks
seem to move slower relative to a
stationary observer. It’s the same
principle that explains why clocks
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17,000mph, lag behind terrestrial
clocks by about 0.007 seconds
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Man cleared of
blasphemy
Funeral bomb
kills at least 17
A man has been exonerated
after serving nine years of a life
sentence for blasphemy.
A two-judge panel of
Pakistan’s supreme court ruled
that Mohammad Mansha was
falsely accused, citing lack
of evidence,
According to court records,
the 58-year-old was arrested
in September 2008 after
the imam of a mosque in
the Bahawalnagar district
in Punjab province told
authorities that Mr Mansha
had desecrated a copy of
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A bombing targeted the funeral of a
local official in eastern Afghanistan
yesterday, killing at least 17 people.
Noor Ahmad Habibi, deputy
spokesman for the governor
of Nangarhar province, said a
rickshaw rigged with explosives
went off among people gathered in
the provincial capital, Jalalabad, to
mourn a former district chief.
Mr Habibi said initial reports were
that a suicide bomber was behind
the attack, but the authorities now
believe it was a remotely detonated
explosion. About 13 people were also
wounded. No group has admitted
responsibility for the attack. AP
Ex-president
jailed for
insulting judges
By Menna Zaki
IN CAIRO
On Saturday an Egyptian court
convicted the former president
Mohammed Morsi and 19
others of insulting the judiciary,
sentencing them to three years
in prison. The case involves
Relations with Turkey suffer
after successful asylum bid
By Michele Kambas
PAKISTAN
EGYPT
GREECE
25 defendants, five of whom –
including the rights activist
Alaa Abdel-Fattah – were fined
£1,250 each.
Mr Abdel-Fattah is serving
a five-year sentence for
participating in an illegal
protest in 2013.
All the defendants are
accused of insulting the
judiciary by making statements
on television, radio, social
media or in publications that
the court found to be inciting
and expressing contempt
toward the court and the
judiciary. AP
Greece dismissed Turkish anger
yesterday over its decision to grant
asylum to a soldier Ankara accuses
of involvement in the abortive coup
against President Recep Tayyip Erdogan in July 2016.
Turkey said the decision by a
Greek asylum board undermined
relations between the two countries.
The soldier was one of eight who fled
after the 15 July coup attempt. It also
accused Athens of harbouring “coup
plotters”, a charge Greece denies.
The countries are at odds over
issues from ethnically split Cyprus to
Mordovia
By any count, Mordovia is a
strange choice to host football
at the 2018 World Cup.
Work on the Mordovia
Arena, in the Russian region’s
capital Saransk, is behind
schedule. Metal on metal
reverberates around the
stadium, as an army of 1,500
migrant workers toil away in
the biting cold.
Saransk, population 330,000,
is a not altogether unpleasant
provincial backwater. But it
hardly has a football team to
speak of, and the legacy effect
will be questionable.
For Soviet Russia’s dissident
movement, Mordovia was
instantly associated with
the Gulag. The first camps
appeared there as early as the
1930s; for a while after 1960 it
was the only region housing
“dangerous” political enemies
of the Soviet state.
After the fall of the Soviet
Union, Mordovia’s Gulags
reverted to normal prison
camps, but the network has
survived intact. Today, two
dozen of the camps remain
open in the wilderness.
The small town of Yavas, 120
miles west of Saransk, remains
the administrative centre of
the prison network. The main
road here is still named after
the founder of the Soviet secret
police, Felix Dzerzhinsky, and
a huge statue to him remains
untouched. No one finds either
fact the least bit remarkable.
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sovereignty over airspace, but their
relations had improved recently.
The asylum board rejected the
applications by the other seven
Lighting
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Germany
Vehicle appraiser
and do-it-yourselfer
Alexander Frank
and his wife Katrin
celebrate the new year
with their Volkswagen
Microbus, or “Bulli”,
decorated with
chains of lights, in
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Rebels kill five Indian soldiers at Kashmir base
Five Indian soldiers and three
suspected militants have been killed
after rebels stormed a paramilitary
camp in disputed Kashmir.
Gunmen in combat dress entered
the camp near southern Lethpora
village, firing guns and grenades at
the sentry, a security official said.
Soldiers in the camp responded to
the attack, which left at least three
of them wounded. The camp is on
the strategic highway connecting
the Kashmir Valley with the rest of
India, and serves as a training centre
for soldiers.
The Jash-e-Mohammed militant
group, which is fighting against
Indian rule in Kashmir, claimed the
attack, according to the Greater
Kashmir newspaper.
The paper quoted the group
as saying: “Such attacks will
continue till the last Indian soldier
leaves Kashmir.”
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BAHAMAS
Protests against
Kabila: two shot
Penalty for fake Haitian migrants
threats is raised intercepted
Human Rights Watch says
security forces have shot dead at
least two people amid protests
in the Democratic Republic of
Congo’s capital against President
Joseph Kabila’s refusal to step
down from power.
The group’s Central Africa
director, Ida Sawyer, said
yesterday the two men were
killed in the Matete district as
security forces dispersed peaceful
protesters. AP
As telephoned bomb threats continue to inundate Russian authorities,
President Vladimir Putin has signed
a law doubling the penalty for false
reports of impending explosions or
fire to a possible 10 years in prison.
Mr Putin signed the law yesterday.
Since September, authorities have
received false bomb reports allegedly
targeting more than 3,000 structures
in about 180 cities. The subsequent
building evacuations have sometimes
caused severe traffic problems. AP
By Aijaz Hussain
IN KASHMIR
Postcard
From...
The soldier was involved in the coup
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soldiers, and the Greek government
has appealed against the decision
to grant the soldier asylum and
sought its annulment. But it says the
country’s judiciary is independent.
“Our faith in democratic principles
and practices is not a weakness, but
a source of strength,” the Greek
foreign ministry said in a statement
yesterday.
“Democracies do not threaten,
or can be threatened,” the foreign
ministry said. The eight soldiers
flew by helicopter to Greece in the
early hours of 16 July 2016, as the
attempted coup against Mr Erdogan
crumbled. They denied involvement
in the attempt. REUTERS
The Bahamas navy says it has
intercepted a boat carrying 76
Haitian migrants. It is the second
large group stopped in the past
two weeks.
The navy said yesterday the
Haitians were aboard a 40ft boat
stopped about 20 miles west of
the Exuma islands. The navy
recently stopped another boat
carrying 87 Haitians. Hundreds
of Haitians each year try to reach
the Bahamas in search of work. AP
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Niagara
in freeze
frame
‘Real life Forrest
Gump’ says
failure likely
Ice surrounds the
Niagara Falls thanks
to a bitter cold snap
that has hit the US
and Canada. Tourists
gathered at the brink
of the Horseshoe Falls
in Ontario for a rare
photo opportunity
close to the falls.
The water flows at a
reduced rate when
parts of it freeze over,
but it never stops
flowing. Walking
on the ice has been
forbidden since 1912,
when three people
died.
By Rod Minchin
AARON LYNETT/AP
UNITED STATES
Father of two is killed by police
after ‘swatting’ video game prank
By Mythili Sampathkumar
and Shehab Khan
IN NEW YORK
A man has been arrested after a
father-of-two was killed in a prank
in Kansas. A Wichita police officer
shot and killed Andrew Finch after
a prank caller – suspected to be
25-year-old Tyler Barriss – reportedly told authorities Mr Finch had
killed his father and was holding
hostages inside the man’s home.
Authorities later learnt that
the call was a hoax, known as
“swatting”, in which people falsely
report an emergency to authorities
that requires a police response, usually by Swat (special weapons and
tactics) teams.
An official who earlier confirmed
Mr Barriss’s arrest said the shooting stemmed from a dispute over the
Call of Duty video game.
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The deadly hoax was sparked by an
argument over the ‘Call of Duty’
video game
Mr Finch, 28, was killed during a standoff with police minutes
after they received the hoax call,
said Wichita deputy police chief
Troy Livingston.
On the evening of 27 December,
a call was made from a man who
claimed he had just shot his father in
the head and that he was holding his
mother and little brother hostage.
“I already poured gasoline all over
the house, I might just set it on fire,”
he told the dispatcher.
Wichita police officers responded,
surrounding a house on the city’s
west side, Mr Livingston said.
“As the incident unfolded, a
28-year-old male opened the front
screen door and stood in the doorway or just outside that doorway,”
Mr Livingston said.
“Officers gave him several verbal
commands to put his hands up and
walk towards them.”
Mr Finch was unarmed and followed commands to raise his hands
but then failed to keep them raised as
instructed by police, Mr Livingston
said, and an officer feared he was
drawing a gun and shot him once.
Police entered the house and found
no one dead or injured and no hostages inside, Mr Livingston added.
“The person who made the phone
call took my nephew – [who is] two
kids’ father,” Mr Finch’s aunt, Lorrie Hernandez-Caballero, told the
The Witchita Eagle. “How does it
feel to be a murderer? I can’t believe people do this on purpose.”
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The FBI estimates that
roughly 400 cases of
swatting occur annually, with
some callers disguising their
phone number. Officials have
warned these calls represent
a danger to public safety.
A British adventurer who is aiming
to become a real-life Forrest Gump
by running across America has said
he accepts he may not complete the
near 6,000-mile challenge.
Jamie McDonald (inset), 31, will be
dressed as a superhero as he
attempts to conquer the
United States unaided, having previously
run across Canada.
The former tennis
coach from Gloucester will start his run
on the west coast in
March, at Cape Alava
in Washington, and he
hopes to reach West Quoddy Head Lighthouse in Maine.
Mr McDonald, who is raising
money for his health charity, Superhero Foundation, will battle through
deserts, sub-zero weather, and
against the likelihood of injuries.
“I’ll be running the equivalent of
230 marathons,” he said. “There is a
good chance I am not going to make
it, so I just have to battle that fear.”
ITALY
Boat migrants
are blocked by
Libyan police
By Steve Scherer
IN ROME
Migrant arrivals to Italy by sea fell by
a third in 2017 compared with a year
earlier, the interior ministry said yesterday, as Libyan authorities helped
to slow departures.
More than 119,000 came to Italy by
boat this year after a record 181,000
made the crossing in 2016. “We were
able to govern the flow because we
were the first to believe that an agreement with Libya was a turning point,”
the interior minister Marco Minniti told Corriere della Sera. In February, Italy signed an agreement with
Tripoli promising aid, equipment and
training in exchange for help in fighting people smuggling. REUTERS
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and getting to know her new home
and people.
Watching that interview
brought back stories my late
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from Pakistan in the early Sixties.
Having read and heard so much
about Britain, when he arrived he
was shocked by the open racism,
and how hard it was to find a room
to rent or a job – even those he was
overqualified for.
Undeterred, he made his life
here, and as an immigrant and
outsider did his best to get to know
and understand his new country.
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recollections, and some of my own
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My father was a great walker
in whatever town or city
he was in. For him it was
the best way to get the
feel of a place, bump
into people, and have
a chat.
Even as a princess,
I reckon you can still
get about incognito. Stick
a needle in a map, put on
your walking clobber and go. By
walking, you see how people live
and spot the local car boot sales
or church fetes. You’ll be able to
check out people’s front gardens:
you can tell a lot from them. We
Brits love our lawns.
My father told me that he was
once walking past Windsor Castle
and got talking to someone who
worked there who told him all
about the castle’s history.
Listen to the radio
Dad listened to The Archers,
because he said he wanted to
understand village life and the
“countryside” accent. So tune
in – there isn’t that much about
farming life any more, and
there aren’t many “countryside
accents”, unless you count the
Grundys. But it will help you to
connect with middle England.
He also listened to the Today
programme. I know as someone
who worked on it for 18 years that
I’m supposed to say listen to it,
but you don’t have to listen to the
whole hog. Tune in for the bulletin
at 8am and the 8.10am interview
and you’re covered.
Go window shopping
I’m guessing you’re going to
be inundated with designers
throwing freebies your way.
Ignore them.
My dad couldn’t afford on his
wages to buy anything nice, so
on a day off he used to go window
shopping. It’s great way to peoplewatch, spot the latest trends and
hang out. Far better than Mayfair.
Your sister-in-law-to-be knows
that well – that’s why fashionistas
always rave about her wearing
Zara or Jigsaw.
Turn on the box
Start watching
Coronation Street, or
Corrie as we call it.
Does the Queen call
it that? I understand
she’s a fan. Watch
Corrie and you’ll learn a
lot about British life. I’m
going to throw in EastEnders
as well, for good measure.
Go to a café
Dad was a foodie, but there were
not many restaurants he could
afford. He enjoyed going to a café,
but as a Muslim he couldn’t eat
the full English, so the café owner
used to make up a plate of eggs,
chips, beans and cabbage for him
and Dad often fondly remembered
those meals and people he met.
So go to a café, have a fry-up,
and hang out with the locals.
Don’t forget fish and chips, and
you’re going to have to go out for
a late-night kebab with lots of
chilli sauce.
Read lots of British literature
Dad read as much as he could.
Support your local library and
independent book shop. My father
read everything – biographies
of people like Churchill, poems
of John Betjeman, the novels of
Charles Dickens, to name a few.
My recommendations would be
Jane Austen for the wit, manners
and language; and Zadie Smith
(inset), who can tell you all about
your new city and how Britain has
changed.
Find an older person and listen
to their stories
It will help both of you.
Visit Southall
It’s not just women of mixed-race
heritage that feel an affinity to
you; it’s all women of colour. If
you want to get to know the Asian
community here, you should head
for Southall. Fifty years ago it
was the one place my father could
wander about and not have people
stare at him or shout abuse.
It’s a great place to eat, shop,
and get your eyebrows threaded
for next to nothing. Try the
samosas, jalebis and channa puri,
and buy three pashminas for
under a tenner.
Get into politics
My father loved watching political
programmes and documentaries.
Brian Walden, World in Action and
the News at Ten with its bongs.
He regularly went to Speakers’
Corner in Hyde Park to hear
people talk.
I know as a royal you can’t get
involved in politics. But if you want
to get a feel of what winds people
up, tune in to radio phone-ins. It’s
a touchstone. Radio Five Live and
LBC are good places to start.
And finally, if anyone asks where
do you come from – a question
that my father faced and I still get
asked – take a tip from me: claim
your ears are blocked. It’s really
not worth responding.
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PREVIEW
OF THE
YEAR
Inhale the
scent of violets
and look
into ‘mystic’
Cahal Milmo’s
crystal ball, in
our guide to
the year ahead
F
or fans of royal weddings
and curling who wish
to place a foot on the
property ladder, 2018 is
likely to be an auspicious
year. In the meantime, spare a
thought for anyone living on the
Korean peninsula with a large
amount of bitcoin and a fervent
belief that Russia would benefit
from a change of leader.
Even by the hubristic standards
of the fraught pursuit of future
gazing, the next 12 months offer
little by way of cast-iron certainty.
After all, few sitting down in
front of their crystal ball this time
last year would have confidently
ventured that Theresa May would
be stripped of her majority in
a snap election she doubtless
wishes she had never called,
nor that panjandrums from
Hollywood to Westminster would
be embroiled in lurid revelations of
sexual misconduct.
But from proceedings at St
George’s Chapel in Windsor Castle
on 19 May, to the result of the
Russian presidential elections
due in March, there are some
events in the 2018 diary that can
be confidently expected to occur
– whether they elicit a smile or
a frown.
Doubtless led by battalions of
sparkly-toothed anchors from
the networks of the bride’s native
land, broadcasters from around
the planet will jostle for position
alongside British royal watchers, as
Prince Harry and Meghan Markle
tie the knot before the FA Cup final
kicks off that evening.
The wedding of the Queen’s
grandson to his American fiancée
– a love match redolent of the
modernisation of the House of
Windsor – will vie for our attention
with other global feelgood events
and fight it out for the highest
television audience of 2018.
Harry, Meghan and “The Dress”
have some stiff competition in this
yardstick of global significance.
The final of the football World
Cup in Moscow’s Luzhniki stadium
will draw the multitudes on 15 July,
albeit with only a modest chance
that one of the teams will line up to
the strains of God Save the Queen.
The ‘BepiColombo’ probe heads to
Mercury in October; Moscow is due
to host the World Cup final on 15 July
What will
the world
look like
in 2018?
But such drama can only pale
against the disciplines – from
genteel to blood-curdling – that
will unfold amid the snow drifts of
PyeongChang, South Korea, for the
Winter Olympics in February.
Hopes will be high for a repeat
of the triumphs of 2014 in Sochi,
Despite their geopolitical
goading, all-out war between
North Korea and the United
States remains unlikely
where Team GB took a bronze and
silver respectively in the women’s
and men’s curling events en route
to a record haul of four medals – a
tally they have been set the target of
doubling in 2018.
Such moments of frivolity and
endeavour will serve to punctuate
happenings that are more heavily
freighted with portent or peril.
While it is not entirely clear who
the finalists will be in the Luzhniki
stadium in July, it is not a risky bet
that four months earlier Vladimir
Putin will have won re-election as
Russian president, since his only
challenger of any repute – Alexei
Navalny – has already been ruled
ineligible.
Victory will bring Mr Putin’s
tenure in power to a full quarter
of a century and cause further
trepidation for neighbouring
states already in the crosshairs
of the former KGB man’s taste for
“hybrid warfare”.
Despite their geopolitical
goading, all-out war between North
Korea and the United States seems
unlikely, if only because annihilation
will ultimately prove unpalatable
to Pyongyang. But that is not to say
the Korean peninsula won’t be the
scene of regular salvoes of sabrerattling rhetoric from Kim Jong-un
and Donald Trump, and many
sleepless nights for diplomats.
A world that has become imbued
with a certain sense of instability
and grind will in many ways feel
little different. The winds of Brexit
will swirl and buffet as the end game
on Britain leaving the EU hoves into
view by the end of the year.
Employees will hope in vain for
pay rises of around 4 per cent while
employers expect to grant them at
no more than inflation. At the same
time, the predicted bringing of
house price growth to a juddering
halt may give a few more first-timebuyers the chance to actually buy.
The value of the crypto-currency
bitcoin may or may not finally crash.
But perhaps more interesting than
such financial stargazing is the real
stuff.
In October, a rocket carrying
the BepiColombo probe, jointly
funded by Europe and Japan, is due
to blast off at the start of a sevenyear mission to explore Mercury,
slingshotting its way through the
solar system via Earth and Venus.
Once there, the orbiter will spend
a year analysing the planet closest
to the Sun to study its origin and
evolution. It is therefore quite
possible that the best of 2018 will
ultimately come to those who wait.
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Having suffered a disastrous
general election, an aborted
backbench coup, a sexual
harassment scandal, Cabinet
resignations, monthly Brexit
dramas and the worst conference
speech in history, Theresa May will
be glad to see the back of 2017.
Brexit will once again dominate
the political diary over the next
12 months. However, Mrs May
received a significant boost last
month when she convinced the
European Union to move talks on
to the crucial next phase.
It means the Prime Minister
enters 2018 in a far stronger
position than was forecast just
two months ago. So much
so that Mrs May is
believed to be
considering a
Cabinet reshuffle
later this month
that could
see several
ministers
facing the sack
(page 7).
Her first
major task will
be to persuade
the EU to open
negotiations over
Britain’s future trading
relationship with the bloc in
January rather than its preferred
date in March.
The PM then has the distraction
of the circus coming to town in the
shape of Donald Trump’s planned
visit to the UK next month. The
Stop Trump Campaign is already
calling for it to be the biggest
protest in British history.
March will signal the halfway
point in Britain’s exit from
the European Union, and will
invariably lead to anxious warnings
that the country is far from
prepared for Brexit in a year’s time.
Around this time, the EU
(Withdrawal) Bill will be, in all
likelihood, passed by Parliament,
which is expected to provide MPs
with the power to vote on the final
Brexit deal.
The English local election
results in May will give some
indication of which way the
political wind is blowing on a
national level, although as last
year’s council elections bore no
relation to the general election
result, signals must be treated
with caution.
Mrs May can be
expected to push
more of her
domestic policy
agenda as she
tries to forge
a legacy that
is more than
just Brexit.
Her drive
to improve
housing is
likely to feature
strongly, as
will her plans for
improved mental
health services.
The summer is likely to be
dominated by the Government’s
social care Green Paper. The policy
has become a significant thorn
in the side for the Tories after its
manifesto pledge was branded a
“dementia tax”. But it is an issue
that is not going to go away.
By the autumn, the Brexitinduced psychodrama will go into
overdrive as the clock ticks down
to the cut-off point for talks in
October.
Both sides need to have enough
time to ratify whatever deal is
hammered out before Britain
leaves the EU. If a deal is on offer,
it will be make or break for proRemain MPs within the Tory party.
The small backbench group will
have to decide whether to support
the Government or send it back
to the negotiating table. Jeremy
Corbyn will be crossing his fingers
that 2018 is the year that Brexit
finally tears the Conservatives
apart and hands him the keys to
Downing Street.
But it is considered highly
unlikely that there will be any
attempt to unseat Mrs May before
the Brexit deadline of 29 March
2019 – the threat of a Corbyn
government is too much for even
the most Europhile Tories to bear,
Michael Heseltine aside.
If Mrs May was hoping for an
easier ride in 2018, she will be
disappointed.
Prince Harry and
Meghan Markle will
marry in May; Jeremy
Corbyn (above left) may
think he has a chance
of toppling Theresa
May (left) in 2018 ALEXI
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AN ELECTION?
More frustration may be in store in
the coming year for “Brenda from
Bristol” – Brenda Kay (left), the
pensioner who became a viral news
sensation with her exasperated
reaction to Theresa May’s
announcement of a snap general
election in 2017. On being told of
the move in April, just two years
after the 2015 general election,
Brenda said: “You’re joking? Not
another one. Oh, for God’s sake, I
can’t stand this.”
Given that the outcome of the
June poll was a hung parliament,
speculation about the possibility
of another snap general election is
bound to continue in 2018 against
the background of Brexit turmoil.
With the Conservatives having
to depend on a “confidence
and supply” parliamentary
arrangement with the DUP to stay
in power, many observers believe
another general election
could take place in 2018,
long before the due
date of 2022.
If an early
general election
does not
materialise in
the first part of
2018, attention
will focus on
the council and
mayoral elections on
3 May as the first major
test at the ballot box for
the main parties in England
since the June general election.
The May polls cover 151 councils
including the 32 London boroughs,
as well as five mayoral contests
in the city, plus council elections
in several major cities including
Birmingham, Leeds, Manchester
and Newcastle-upon-Tyne.
Most of the council
seats were previously
contested in
2014, coinciding
with European
Parliament
elections
where Ukip
topped the poll,
gaining 24 seats
in the European
Parliament to
Labour’s 20 and the
Conservatives’ 19 – a drop
of seven seats.
But Ukip’s fortunes have waned
since the vote in favour of Brexit at
the EU referendum in June 2016.
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While Donald Trump, Brexit,
and North Korea are likely to
dominate the headlines in the
near future, there will at least be
a little light relief for the nation
courtesy of Prince Harry and his
bride-to-be Meghan Markle.
The couple will marry in a
private ceremony at St George’s
Chapel in the grounds of Windsor
Castle on 19 May.
There will be no special bank
holiday to mark the occasion but
the ceremony will take place on a
Saturday, and television cameras
are expected to be allowed inside
the chapel.
Broadcasters could, however,
struggle with the logistics of
the wedding because it is on
the same day as the FA Cup
final at Wembley, an event
traditionally attended by Prince
William, who is President of the
Football Association.
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DONALD TRUMP
Donald Trump has had a bumpy
first year as US President, and
2018 may not be any smoother.
Among the issues to challenge
him again in 2018 will be the federal
and congressional investigations
into alleged ties between Russia
and Mr Trump’s advisers. Having
started as a look into Russian
meddling in the presidential
election, investigations have
morphed into an overwhelming
issue that has dogged the
President’s first term in office.
Following the surprise election
of a Democrat in the Alabama
Senate race, the President’s
chances of repealing and replacing
Obamacare may have all but
been extinguished.
Republicans already failed
several times this year to pass
healthcare legislation through
the Senate with a 52-48 majority.
In 2018, thanks to the election of
Democrat Doug Jones in Alabama,
their margin for error will be even
smaller. However, it is likely to be
an issue the White House will not
want to let lie.
Last month, Mr Trump (below)
recognised Jerusalem as the
capital of Israel and the move
could potentially derail the peace
initiative that Mr Trump’s son-inlaw Jared Kushner is leading. Mr
Trump has suggested he is after
the “ultimate deal” when it comes
to peace between Israel and the
Palestinians, but the first challenge
will be getting both sides back
around the negotiating table.
The President’s planned
overhaul of the US State
Department will most likely
cause further friction, especially
over the Iran nuclear deal and
the Jerusalem decision – Mr
Trump advocates a much more
aggressive approach than many
diplomats are comfortable with.
Several top department posts and
ambassadorships also continue to
remain vacant. Dozens of countries
do not currently have a Senateconfirmed US ambassador in place,
including key allies such as South
Korea, Jordan and Saudi Arabia.
THE INDEPENDENT
Alexandra Wilts
NORTH KOREA
With places like Hawaii again
beginning to test their nuclear
missile warning systems – for the
first time since the Cold War – it
is easy to believe that a full-blown
crisis will be difficult to avert.
While the threat of military action
has no doubt caught the attention
of Kim Jong-un (left), such rhetoric
alone is unlikely to rein him in.
So we return to diplomacy, the
route Donald Trump has said is his
EUROPE
After a decade of anxiety and
upheaval, the European Union will
smile again in 2018. The grinding
economic slump is finally over, and
growth will continue to surge for
much of Europe.
The refugee and euro crises that
tore through the continent in 2015
appear to be resolved. And even
Brexit, which once threatened
to unravel the EU, will fortify the
bloc: Britain’s negotiations will
remind Europeans of their strength
in unity.
The new European confidence
will be epitomised by French
President Emmanuel Macron,
whose fresh energy will drive
efforts at reforming eurozone
architecture. He will also spur
bold EU trade talks with Japan,
Australia and Latin America.
There are bumps ahead, not
least from Eurosceptic populists,
who refuse to leave the scene. Italy,
which has elections on 4 March,
could take an anti-immigration and
Eurosceptic turn.
Hungary’s Prime Minister,
Viktor Orban, will likely rage
against foreigners and Brussels
as he cruises to a comfortable
third consecutive election win in
the spring.
And Poland’s hard-line
government shows no signs
of retreat in its assault on
independent courts and media,
despite threats from the rest of
the EU.
Leo Cendrowicz
RUSSIA
Vladimir Putin’s team has long
built electoral appeal on the idea
of control and stability. It was a
popular offer for a nation dizzied
by the demands of postSoviet upheaval. As
he begins his fourth
presidential campaign,
Mr Putin (inset) faces
a different dilemma.
A majority of Russians
want change. The polls
show it. The Kremlin feels it.
His approach will attempt an
almost impossible balancing act.
On the one hand, he will offer
reform without isolating his everdecreasing inner circle. On another,
it will answer the socio-economic
demands of his electorate, which
has experienced three years of
declining income.
Whatever happens, Mr Putin
will be the one constant. Official
approval ratings continue
to hover around 80 per
cent. Judging by the
way 2017 ended he will
run on a traditional,
authoritarian platform.
The harsh custodial
sentence handed down to
his former economics minister
in December suggests fear will
continue to be a major instrument
of power. Alexei Navalny,
the nation’s most prominent
opposition voice, has been blocked
from running. THE INDEPENDENT
Oliver Carroll
preferred option. A recent report
by Lisa Collins, a fellow at the
Centre for Strategic International
Studies, on 25 years of diplomacy
by the US with North Korea,
suggests that provocations from
Pyongyang have slowed during
times the country has been
invited to the negotiating table.
A return to negotiations may
yet be achieved through economic
pressure. Mr Trump has backed
the strongest UN sanctions ever
imposed on North Korea, having
previously suggested that such
moves don’t work. He has also
turned his attention to China and
Russia to bring more pressure to
bear on Pyongyang.
Diplomacy looks like the only
viable option in 2018. The UN
appears united in agreement that
action is required. The speed at
which North Korea tests missiles
suggests that Pyongyang’s
nuclear programme is currently
developing swiftly.
The one thing that unites all
parties dealing with North Korea
is that nobody wants a conflict
involving nuclear arms – so the
odds are on movement on the
diplomatic front this year, as the
alternative is much worse.
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2018 year
From Trump’s UK visit to commemoration of the
end of the First World War – here’s a quick guide
to key events over the next 12 months
January
18 January
29 January
This year’s line-up includes
the world premieres of
Brad Anderson’s Beirut,
starring Jon Hamm; Ben
Lewin’s The Catcher Was
a Spy, starring Paul Rudd;
and Wash Westmoreland’s
Colette, starring Keira
Knightley.
New York ceremony is hosted by James Corden. Jay-Z
(left) leads the nominations
with eight, including his first
nod for Album of the Year,
followed by Kendrick Lamar
with seven, Bruno Mars with
six, and Childish Gambino
(among others) with five.
7 January
GOLDEN GLOBE AWARDS
Comedian Seth Meyers (right) hosts the
entertainment awards season opener.
Many guests are expected to wear black
in protest at gender inequality and
sexual harassment. The Shape of Water
leads the nominations.
9-25 February
February
The 2018 Winter Games are
scheduled to be held in
PyeongChang, South Korea.
21 February
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BRIT AWARDS
The venue is the US Bank Stadium in
Minneapolis. The half-time show is
headlined by Justin Timberlake,
14 years after he exposed Janet
Jackson’s nipple in the infamous
“wardrobe malfunction” of 2004.
Hosted by Jack Whitehall and
broadcast live on ITV. Performers include Stormzy, Dua Lipa, Ed
Sheeran, and Sam Smith. Statuettes
designed by the sculptor Anish Kapoor.
4 March
March
‘THE INVISIBLE ENEMY
SHOULD NOT EXIST.’
Unveiling of Michael Rakowitz’s commission for the
Fourth Plinth in London’s Trafalgar Square, a
recreation of the Lammassu, an Assyrian deity from
the eighth century destroyed by Islamic State in 2015.
April
Chancellor Philip Hammond
(reshuffle permitting) delivers
his first Spring Statement
since the Budget was moved.
24 March
THE CANCER RESEARCH UK
BOAT RACES
164th University Boat Race
and 73rd Women’s Boat Race on
the Thames in West London.
COMMONWEALTH
GAMES
ROYAL BABY DUE
12 May
24-26 May
The world’s largest non-sporting TV event, attracting a global audience of 200 million and broadcast
live on BBC1. The event takes place in Portugal for
the first time, with 42 countries competing.
Show opens to the
public. Tickets start
at £37 for 5.30pm
entry.
19 May
19 May
Prince Harry and the American actress Meghan
Markle marry. The couple met through mutual
friends and became engaged in November.
Second event of the
day for Prince
William (see left).
EUROVISION SONG CONTEST
CHELSEA FLOWER SHOW
CANNES FILM FESTIVAL
The celebrity-laden festival
in the south of France will
preview new films of all genres, including documentaries, from around the world.
June
ROYAL WEDDING
6 April
6 April
Soft drinks industry levy
or “sugar tax” comes into
force. The levy will apply
to the production and
importation of soft drinks
containing added sugar
and forms a key part of the
Government’s childhood
obesity strategy.
The 171st running of the
world’s most famous
steeplechase, with 40
runners and riders racing
over the four-mile, three and
a half-furlong (7.14km)
course at Aintree Racecourse near Liverpool, on
what is traditionally the
biggest betting day for UK
horse racing.
SUGAR TAX
This time it is the turn of
the Gold Coast, Queensland. Plenty of familiar
names should be there
including Tom Daley,
Greg Rutherford and
Katarina JohnsonThompson, but Sir Mo
Farah will not.
The Duke and Duchess of
Cambridge’s third baby is
due in April. Catherine is
expected to give birth at
St Mary’s Hospital London,
where William was born.
FA CUP FINAL
25-28 May
Honouring the
most successful
music artists of
the past year
based on album
and digital song
sales, streaming, radio airplay,
touring and social
engagement.
Europe’s largest free ticketed music festival expands
this year to become The
Biggest Weekend, featuring
four events in four nations
over four days, with more
than 175,000 tickets available. The BBC Music event
is enlarged in response to
the lack of a Glastonbury
Festival this year.
BILLBOARD MUSIC
AWARDS
15 June - 15 July
22 June - 9 September
Hosted by Canadian Prime
Minister Justin Trudeau (left)
and attended by leaders of the
other G7 member nations –
currently Theresa May (UK),
Emmanuel Macron (France),
Angela Merkel (Germany),
Paolo Gentiloni (Italy), Shinzo
Abe (Japan) and Donald
Trump (US).
Among the 32 teams competing
in Russia will be newcomers
Iceland and Panama.
Celebrating the best art, culture and
design from across the North East,
North West and Yorkshire. The
event, themed “The Blazing World:
The Fires of Invention”, takes place
across Newcastle (right)
and Gateshead.
FIFA WORLD CUP
20 June - 1 July
EDINBURGH FILM FESTIVAL
In its 72nd year, Edinburgh
claims to be the longest continually running film festival.
GRAND NATIONAL
20 May
8-9 June
GROUP OF SEVEN SUMMIT
US President Donald
Trump (left)
reportedly starts a
two-day visit to
the UK to meet
Prime Minister
Theresa May,
with the trip
expected to
coincide with him
opening the new US
embassy in London.
SPRING STATEMENT
4-15 April
1 April
TRUMP ARRIVES IN UK
13 March
ACADEMY AWARDS
Hosted by Jimmy Kimmel.
Expected front-runners for
best film and best actors
are Dunkirk, The Shape of
Water, Darkest Hour, Gary
Oldman (Darkest Hour),
Denzel Washington
(Roman J. Israel, Esq.),
Timothée Chalamet (Call
Me By Your Name) and Jessica
Chastain (Molly’s Game).
1 March
8-19 May
26 February
WINTER OLYMPICS
4 February
May
GRAMMY AWARDS
SUNDANCE FILM FESTIVAL
GREAT EXHIBITION OF THE NORTH
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Reigning men’s champion
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14 July
Two back-to-back weekend music
festivals in London’s Hyde Park,
linked by the midweek Open House
programme of film screenings, live
music and street food. Headliners
include Roger Waters, Eric Clapton,
Michael Bublé and Bruno Mars.
Commemorating the start of the
French Revolution in 1789. President
Emmanuel Macron will take part in
the parade along the Champs-Élysées.
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BASTILLE DAY
27-29 July
LONDON FILM & COMIC CON
Convention for cult film and TV. Guests
will include Pearl Mackie (Doctor Who).
24-26 August
26-27 August
Dual-site festival. Line-up is uncertain
but luxury loo passes cost £35 each.
Annual street party and cultural festival in
West London has been held since the 1960s.
3-27 August
13 August
31 August
Huge annual arts festival
with hundreds of events at
venues across the city.
Winners announced at Edinburgh
International Book Festival. Britain’s
oldest literary awards include fiction,
biography and drama categories.
Free event featuring live music followed by
the official celebrity switch-on of the famed
illuminations.
August
READING AND LEEDS FESTIVALS
EDINBURGH FESTIVAL
FRINGE
JAMES TAIT BLACK PRIZES
BLACKPOOL ILLUMINATIONS SWITCH-ON
30 Sept - 3 Oct
13 September
September
CONSERVATIVE PARTY
ANNUAL CONFERENCE
MERCURY PRIZE
Album of the Year
award open to
musicians from
Great Britain and
Ireland. Last year’s
winner was Sampha
for his album
Process.
8 September
LAST NIGHT OF THE PROMS
“A few tickets” are still available for
the finale of the eight-week season at
Royal Albert Hall. The nationwide
BBC Proms In The Park and other
concerts are broadcast live on BBC
Radio 3.
October
NOTTING HILL CARNIVAL
Theresa May will be hoping
to bring good news to a
crucial gathering.
28 September
RYDER CUP
Defending champions USA
take on UK and European
golfers at Guyancourt, France.
3 October
5-14 October
Start of the annual festival that
will screen about 300 films from
around the world.
Billed as the world’s oldest literary festival.
Special guests last year included Hillary
Rodham Clinton.
4 October
20-27 October
BFI LONDON FILM FESTIVAL
CHELTENHAM LITERATURE FESTIVAL
2 October
THE HYUNDAI COMMISSION
Opening of the fourth in an
annual series of large-scale
installations in Tate Modern’s
Turbine Hall.
November
5 November
HARVARD UNIVERSITY
HUMANITARIAN AWARD
Previous honourees include Malala
Yousafzai, Hans Rosling and Rihanna.
December
5 December
TURNER PRIZE
The winner is announced live on the
BBC News channel. The £25,000 prize
is awarded to a British-based artist for
an outstanding exhibition or presentation of work in the preceding year.
Nobel Prize for Literature winner
announced. British author Kazuo
Ishiguro triumphed last year.
INVICTUS GAMES
Sporting competition for wounded,
injured and sick service men and women.
Host city this year is Sydney.
10 November
11 November
30 Nov - 1 Dec
Event at the Royal Albert Hall
features a service and a
selection of musical performances honouring the sacrifices
of British Armed Forces members to mark Remembrance
Sunday.
Marks the signing of an armistice
agreement in a railway carriage near
Compiegne, France, on the 11th hour of
the 11th day of the 11th month of 1918. The
First World War left nine million soldiers
dead and 21 million wounded, with a
million or more fatalities each shouldered
by Germany, Russia, Austria-Hungary,
France and Great Britain.
Attended by heads of
government from the
19 leading industrialised nations plus the
EU, opens in Buenos
Aires – the first time
it is held in South
America.
ROYAL BRITISH LEGION
FESTIVAL OF REMEMBRANCE
100TH ANNIVERSARY OF THE END OF
THE GREAT WAR
11 December
21 December
The 25th Nobel Peace Prize
concert is staged in honour of the
2018 Laureate.
The Official UK Music Charts
announced on BBC Radio 1,
including the Christmas No 1.
13-14 December
25 December
Chaired by the European Council
President Donald Tusk.
Queen Elizabeth’s traditional
recorded message to the nation
and the Commonwealth.
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The sporting year is dominated
by the World Cup in Russia, which
means six months of scare stories
about football violence on the
streets of Moscow followed by four
weeks of tournament immersion
across June and July, during which
we discover that ordinary Russians
are just like the English, supporters
of a terrible football team.
Once the group stage is complete
and England are on their way
home, having drawn against
Tunisia and Panama and lost to
Belgium, we can switch allegiance
to Iceland and remind ourselves
that football can be fun.
Before that it’s off to South
Korea for a fortnight in February
to commune on snow. The
Winter Olympics take place in
PyeongChang (inset) just 60 miles
south of the DMZ that separates
the South from the Dear Leader in
the North.
Fear not, the threat of nuclear
attack has been downscaled by the
intelligence services, who claim
risk to life from pestilence
and petty criminals was
greater on Copacabana
Beach in Rio than in
the mountain cluster
80 miles east of
Seoul.
Britain is sending
its largest detail in
Winter Olympics
history, 60-plus
athletes, including
the fabulous
Muirheads – three
members of the same
family representing
Team GB’s curling
teams: women’s
skip Eve, and her
MUSIC
This year will mark the return
of some big names. Fresh off the
back of their UK tour, The Prodigy
will release a new album – despite
announcing in 2015 that they
wouldn’t be making a seventh
studio album. Their last LP was
brothers, Tom and Glen, in the
men’s squad.
Look out also for somersaulting
snowboarders, who say things like
“stoked” when they land a trick,
and a slalom racer with an
eye for the podium who
learnt to ski on a dry
slope in Pendle. Go
Dave Ryding.
The world of
golf is guessing
where the
restored Tiger
Woods might
break cover
in 2018, but if
he comes close
to living up to the
hype that followed
his return to golf at the
18-man Hero Challenge this
month, expect to
see him in Paris in
October teeing up in
the Ryder Cup.
The Americans
already think they
have the biennial
pageant won. With Woods involved
as a player as opposed to the vicecaptain role he occupied two years
ago in the sweeping American
victory in Minnesota, look out for
golf-mad President Trump
whizzing about the
Palace of Versailles
on a buggy. Trump
Versailles, that is.
It’s showtime
for Anthony
Joshua, should
2018 pan out
as expected
for Britain’s
heavyweight
boxing king. The
double IBF/WBA
champion is slated to
meet WBO champ Joseph
Parker in the spring. Victory
would make irresistible calls for
a unification bout against WBC
title holder Deontay Wilder in the
autumn. No more will Britain be
known for its horizontal heavies.
Our heavyweight tennis hero,
Andy Murray, limps into 2018 with
his future in the balance at the
tender age of 30. Murray made his
post-Wimbledon comeback after a
hip injury with a one-set exhibition
defeat in Abu Dhabi against
Roberto Bautista Agut last Friday.
Even in his pomp Murray
moved about the baseline between
points as if he had a sack of
potatoes strapped to his back.
Though scheduled to contest the
Australian Open later this month,
the first major of the season looks
way too big a proposition, inviting
us to consider for the first time
the reality of a post-Murray
tennis Britain. Arghhh.
Kevin Garside
2015’s The Day Is My Enemy. Manic
Street Preachers have named their
first album in four years, Resistance
is Futile - it’s due out in April.
And following frontman Alex
Turner’s recent confirmation that
the band’s four-year hiatus is over,
Arctic Monkeys are expected to
make their long-awaited comeback.
As well as a new album, recorded
last summer, speculation about
headline festival appearances
refuses to die down.
Another returning
name is Jack White (inset),
with a new record, while
Swedish folk duo First Aid
Kit will this month release
Ruins, the follow-up
to 2014 Stay Gold.
Newcomer Cardi B,
who dominated the US
charts with her debut single “Bodak
Yellow” last year, is also expected
to release her debut rap album
this month.
In 2017, Charli XCX finally
received the recognition she
deserved after years in the
industry, mostly thanks to popsingle-perfection “Boys”. That
single is expected to be on the
album due for release this year.
Finally, having taken much of
2017 off work following a kidney
transplant operation, the most
followed singer on Instagram,
Selena Gomez, will release a
follow-up to 2015’s Revival.
Nicki Minaj, Moby, Muse,
Kylie Minogue and
Interpol also have 2018
releases lined up.
Jessica Barrett
Luzhniki Stadium in
Moscow will host seven
matches in the 2018 Fifa
World Cup, including
the final in July;
heavyweight champion
Anthony Joshua (left)
has two fights scheduled
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TECHNOLOGY
The year ahead paints an
interesting landscape for
technology, as the giants of the
industry seek to push the frontiers
of innovation while simultaneously
addressing culpability for the issues
they’ve long overlooked.
Artificial Intelligence is set to
continue creeping into our homes,
through the steady rise of the
smart speaker courtesy of Amazon,
Google and, soon, Apple.
Samsung and Facebook are
understood to be plotting their
own voice-controlled speakers, too,
and Amazon will try to integrate
its Alexa assistant into as many
third-party products as possible,
including BMW and Mini cars.
Expect more and more of your
everyday products and appliances
to become smart, too.
Regulatory and governmental
pressure is likely to increase
on social media giants, after
sustained criticism over failure to
cull hate speech and terrorist
propaganda from Twitter,
Facebook, Google
and YouTube –
greater corporate
responsibility will
be non-negotiable.
Political storms
will also continue
to rage over the
legal and ethical
implications of
messaging apps’
use of encryption
and net neutrality in the
US, following the country’s
communications regulator’s
decision to repeal rules created
to treat all internet traffic equally.
Blockchain, the digital ledger for
cryptocurrency including bitcoin,
could start to host trade financing
following an incredible 12 months
of growth.
Elon Musk’s SpaceX company
(above) is due to host the
2018 Hyperloop Pod
Competition in summer,
inviting students to
submit designs for
the high-speed
pods powered
by magnetic
levitation. Musk’s
electric car
business Tesla is
forecast to start
delivering its waybehind-schedule saloon
Model 3 by the summer.
The next generation of
mobile connectivity, 5G, will
be essential to the widespread
adoption of driverless cars (inset) in
the future.
Rhiannon Williams
FILM
TV
Doctor Foster star Suranne
Jones (right) will be back on our
screens in 2018 in a significantly
different role, as Miss Pinkerton
in ITV’s period drama Vanity Fair.
And after her award-winning
performance in Cilla, Sheridan
Smith returns to ITV to front
drama Clean Break, which follows
a cleaner struggling to make ends
meet on a zero-hours contract in
the City of London.
Line of Duty creator Jed
Mercurio has a new drama in
store on BBC1. Bodyguard tells the
fictional story of a veteran now
working as a specialist protection
officer for the Royal Family. Line of
Duty’s Keeley Hawes and Game of
Thrones’ Richard Madden star.
Hugh Grant will take the lead in
BBC1’s A Very English Scandal, an
adaptation of John Preston’s book
about Jeremy Thorpe, accused of
attempting to murder his ex-lover
in the 1970s.
Following the success of
Bafta-winning National Treasure,
writer Jack Thorne returns with
Channel 4 drama Kiri, which
examines the abduction of a
young black girl who is about to be
adopted by her white foster family.
It stars Sarah Lancashire, who may
also return in the third series of
Happy Valley on BBC1 later in 2018.
New series of Luther, A Handmaid’s
Tale, Cold Feet and The Durrells all
return in the new year.
Daisy Wyatt
For Hollywood, 2017 was a
horrifying year, with devastating
sexual assault revelations. But the
landscape of the film industry is
beginning to change.
In December, Martin Scorsese
replaced shamed star Kevin Spacey
with Christopher Plummer in All
the Money in the World. And Bryan
Singer was replaced by Dexter
Fletcher in Bohemian Rhapsody,
the Queen biopic, after a serious
allegation, which he denies.
A swarm of anticipated sequels
includes Mamma Mia: Here We Go
Again, shot by director Ol Parker
and out in July. In June, Jurassic
World: Fallen Kingdom will see the
return of the franchise’s original
star, Jeff Goldblum. Andy
Serkis directs October’s big
release The Jungle Book, with
Benedict Cumberbatch as Shere
Khan, while Predator has been
remade as The Predator by director
Shane Black.
Christmas will herald Mary
Poppins Returns. Emily Blunt
(below) steps into the shoes of Julie
Andrews, while Ben Whishaw and
Emily Mortimer play the grown-up
Banks children.
Star Wars will dominate the box
office in December with the pin off
Solo: A Star Wars Story, starring
Alden Ehrenreich in the role made
famous by Harrison Ford.
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McMafia
9pm, BBC1
What does it take to corrupt you?
That’s the question underlying this
darkly lavish drama based on
journalist Misha Glenny’s 2006
non-fiction book of the same name
that looked at the increasingly
globalised nature of organised crime.
James Norton (left) plays Alex, the
anglicised son of Russian émigrés
about to pay for the sins of his uncle
when he finds his investment fund
being knocked by false rumours. An
international cast and a host of
flashy foreign locations recall The
Night Manager, while Alex’s girlfriend
(played by Julia Rylance, Mark
Rylance’s stepdaughter) is, rather too
neatly, a proselytiser for
ethical capitalism.
Blue Planet II: Oceans
Of Wonder
3.30pm, BBC1
If, for whatever reasons, you find
yourself unable to move from the
sofa today after last night’s fun, then
here’s another chance to marvel at
the extraordinary undersea
highlights in David Attenborough’s
blockbusting nature series.
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Grandpa’s Great Escape
6.55pm, BBC1
The now traditional seasonal
adaptation of a David Walliams
children’s book is this very enjoyable
one about a former Spitfire ace (the
great Tom Courtenay) now suffering
from Alzheimer’s. Directed with the
cartoonish panache of Walliams’
6.00 Breakfast (S). 9.00
FILM: Cars 2 (John
Lasseter, Brad Lewis 2011)
(S). 10.40 How To Train
Your Dragon: Legend Of
The Boneknapper Dragon
(R) (S). 10.55 FILM: Bedtime
Stories (Adam Shankman
2008) Fantasy comedy,
starring Adam Sandler (S).
12.25 The Highway Rat (R)
(S). 12.55 The Archbishop
Of Canterbury’s New Year
Message (S). 1.00 BBC
News; Weather (S). 1.15
A Christmas Carol Goes
Wrong (R) (S). 2.05 FILM:
Shrek Forever After (Mike
Mitchell 2010) (S). 3.30
Blue Planet II: Oceans
Of Wonder (S). 5.00
FILM: Maleficent (Robert
Stromberg 2014) (S).
6.25 Sign Zone: Stick
Man (R) (S). 6.55 FILM:
Frankenweenie (Tim
Burton 2012) Animated
fantasy, with the voice
of Charlie Tahan (S). 8.15
The Big Family Cooking
Showdown (R) (S). 9.15
The Big Family Cooking
Showdown (R) (S). 10.15
New Year’s Day Concert
Live From Vienna 2018 (S).
12.45 White Falcon, White
Wolf: Natural World (R)
(S). 1.35 FILM: Dances With
Wolves (Kevin Costner
1990) Western, with
Kevin Costner. 4.25 Sign
Zone: The Archbishop Of
Canterbury’s New Year
Message (R). 4.30 Final
Score 5.30 Eric & Ernie’s
Home Movies (R) (S).
6.00 CITV 9.25 Cannonball
Splash Hits (R) (S). 10.25
You’ve Been Framed! (R)
(S). 10.55 50 Greatest
Harry Potter Moments
(R) (S). 12.45 ITV News;
Weather (S). 1.00 ITV
Racing: Live From
Cheltenham Coverage
of today’s race meetings
at Cheltenham and
Musselburgh (S). 3.30
FILM: Charlie And The
Chocolate Factory (Tim
Burton 2005) Children’s
fantasy, starring Johnny
Depp (S). 5.45 Paul
O’Grady: For The Love Of
Dogs At Christmas (R) (S).
6.30 BBC News;
Weather (S).
6.45 BBC Regional
News (S).
6.55 Grandpa’s Great
Escape (S).
6.30 Great British
Railway
Journeys New
series (S).
6.40 ITV News;
Weather (S).
7.00 Reindeer Family
& Me Gordon
Buchanan
travels across
Lapland with a
reindeer (R) (S).
7.00 Emmerdale (S).
7.30 Coronation
Street Chesney
makes a scene
during his stag
do (S).
8.00 EastEnders The
day has arrived
for Aidan’s gang
to pull off their
job (S).
8.00 Only Connect
(S).
8.30 Christmas
University
Challenge 2017
(S).
8.00 FILM: Spectre
(Sam Mendes
2015) Premiere.
James Bond
thriller, starring
Daniel Craig (S).
9.00 McMafia New
series. Thriller,
starring James
Norton (S).
9.00 Sue Perkins
And The Chimp
Sanctuary
A haven for
chimpanzees
used in medical
research (S).
10.00Mrs Brown’s
Boys New Year
Special (S).
10.30 BBC News;
Weather (S).
10.50 BBC Regional
News (S).
10.00FILM: Noah
(Darren
Aronofsky
2014) Premiere.
Biblical epic,
starring Russell
Crowe (S).
7pm
8pm
===
PICK OF THE DAY
11.00 FILM: Indiana
Jones And The
Kingdom Of
The Crystal
Skull (Steven
Spielberg 2008)
(S).
12.55 The Graham Norton
Show (R) (S). 2.00 BBC
News (S).
12.10 Frankie Boyle’s 2017
New Year World Order
(R) (S). 12.40 Romesh
Ranganathan: Irrational
Live (R) (S). 1.40 Festival
Tales: Edinburgh At 70 (R)
(S). 2.40 Sign Zone: The
Highway Rat (R) (S).
6.05 Jamie’s Cracking
Christmas (R) (S). 6.15
FILM: Flash Gordon
(Mike Hodges 1980) (S).
8.15 FILM: Thunderbirds
(Jonathan Frakes 2004) (S).
10.05 The Simpsons (R) (S).
10.35 The Simpsons (R) (S).
11.05 The Simpsons (R) (S).
11.35 FILM: The Cat In The
Hat (Bo Welch 2003) (S).
1.10 FILM: Hugo (Martin
Scorsese 2011) Family
adventure, starring Asa
Butterfield (S). 3.35 FILM:
Ice Age: The Meltdown
(Carlos Saldanha 2006)
Animated adventure
sequel, with the voice
of Ray Romano (S). 5.20
Channel 4 News (S). 5.30
FILM: Mrs Doubtfire (Chris
Columbus 1993) (S).
novel, it’s nicely Royston Vasey
around the edges, with Jennifer
Saunders as the owner of the dodgy
care home whither grandpa has been
consigned.
his reasons for turning down a
Hollywood adaptation of his books:
“It took Peter Jackson three movies
to make Tolkein’s Lord Of The Rings
and he still had to cut things.”
===
===
The Great Festive Bake Off
7.40pm, Channel 4
The second of these festive spin-offs
sees former contestants Benjamina,
Rav, Rob and Sandy returning to the
tent to try to impress Paul
Hollywood and Prue Leith.
===
The South Bank Show
8pm, Sky Atlantic
Ahead of a rerun of season 5 of
Game Of Thrones, author George RR
Martin chats to Melvyn Bragg in a
repeated 2015 profile, and explains
6.00 Milkshake! 7.45
Thomas & Friends:
Journey Beyond Sodor
(S). 9.15 FILM: On The
Town (Gene Kelly, Stanley
Donen 1949) Musical,
starring Gene Kelly, Frank
Sinatra and Jules Munshin
(S). 11.25 FILM: Oliver!
(Carol Reed 1968) Musical,
starring Ron Moody (S).
2.10 FILM: Mrs Caldicot’s
Cabbage War (Ian Sharp
2002) Comedy drama,
starring Pauline Collins (S).
4.20 FILM: The HundredFoot Journey (Lasse
Hallstrom 2014) Premiere.
Comedy drama, starring
Helen Mirren (S).
6.35 World’s
Strongest Man
2017 Action
from the
Grand Final in
Botswana. Last
in the series (S).
7.40 The Great
Festive Bake Off
Part two of two.
Benjamina, Rob,
Rav and Sandy
return to the
tent (S).
Sue Perkins And The
Chimp Sanctuary
9pm, BBC2
In 2015 the US federal government
ended all medical experimentation
on chimpanzees, necessitating the
release from laboratories of more
than 500 chimps, many of whom
found their way to the so-called
Chimp Haven in Louisiana. Nature
lover Sue Perkins, a longtime
opponent of animal experimentation,
visits the sanctuary, bonding with
24-year-old Whitney, who was used
for research into hepatitis.
Sir David Attenborough
recaps ‘Blue Planet II’
3.30pm, BBC1
Sue Perkins meets
rescued apes in an
American sanctuary
9pm, BBC2
6.00 Totally Bonkers
Guinness World Records
(R). 6.25 The Cube: Celebrity
Special (R). 7.15 Emmerdale
(R). 7.40 Coronation Street
(R) (S). 8.10 Ant & Dec’s
Saturday Night Takeaway
Presents (R) (S). 8.40 Ant
& Dec’s Saturday Night
Takeaway Presents – Who
Shot Simon Cowell? (R) (S).
9.10 You’ve Been Framed!
Gold (R) (S). 10.10 FILM:
Bean (Mel Smith 1997) (S).
12.00 Emmerdale (R) (S).
12.30 Coronation Street (R)
(S). 1.00 FILM: Beethoven
(Brian Levant 1992) (S).
2.50 FILM: The Mummy
(Stephen Sommers 1999)
(S). 5.05 FILM: Despicable
Me (Pierre Coffin, Chris
Renaud 2010) (S).
Tom Courtenay stars in
‘Grandpa’s Great Escape’
6.55pm, BBC1
7.00 New Year’s Day
Concert From
Vienna 2018 (S).
6.35 FILM: Iron Man
2 (Jon Favreau
2010) Superhero
adventure
sequel, with
Robert Downey
Jr (S).
7.00 FILM: Uncle
Buck (John
Hughes 1989)
Family comedy,
starring John
Candy (S).
9.00 The Story Of
Bohemian
Rhapsody The
making of the
classic Queen
song (R) (S).
9.00 FILM: Now You
See Me (Louis
Leterrier 2013)
Crime thriller,
starring Jesse
Eisenberg (S).
9.00 FILM: The
Hangover
(Todd Phillips
2009) Comedy,
starring Bradley
Cooper (S).
8.00 The Two
Ronnies: In
Their Own
Words (S).
9.00 FILM: Pitch
Perfect 2
(Elizabeth Banks
2015) Premiere.
Comedy sequel,
starring Anna
Kendrick (S).
10.45 ITV News;
Weather (S).
10.00Britain’s
Greatest Ever
Double Acts
A countdown
of the nation’s
favourite duos
(R) (S).
10.00Queen: Rock The
World Hitherto
unseen archive
documentary
following the
band (R) (S).
11.05 The Keith And
Paddy Picture
Show (R) (S).
11.35 Bear’s Mission
With Anthony
Joshua (R) (S).
11.15 First Dates:
Celebrity
Special For
SU2C Famous
singletons
embark on
dates (R) (S).
11.50 Football
On 5: The
Championship
Highlights of
Leeds United
vs Nottingham
Forest (S).
11.00 Queen: The
Legendary
1975 Concert A
performance by
the rock band
(R) (S).
11.15 FILM: Secretary
(Steven
Shainberg 2002)
Comedy drama,
starring Maggie
Gyllenhaal (S).
11.05 Family Guy (R)
(S).
11.35 Family Guy (R)
(S).
12.30 Jackpot247 3.00 The
Jeremy Kyle Show (R) (S).
3.55 ITV Nightscreen 5.05
The Jeremy Kyle Show
(R) (S).
12.20 The Price Is Right
(R) (S). 1.15 FILM: Speed
2: Cruise Control (Jan
De Bont 1997) (S). 3.20
Ramsay’s Kitchen
Nightmares USA (R) (S).
4.10 Location, Location,
Location (R) (S).
1.00 SuperCasino (S). 3.10
World’s Strongest Man
2017 (R) (S). 4.00 Cruising
With Jane McDonald (R) (S).
4.45 Access (S). 4.55 House
Doctor (R) (S). 5.20 Wildlife
SOS (R) (S). 5.45 Chinese
Food In Minutes (R) (S).
12.05 The Clash: New
Year’s Day ’77 (R) (S). 1.20
The Story Of Bohemian
Rhapsody (R) (S). 2.20
Queen: Rock The World (R)
(S). 3.20 Close
1.30 FILM: Byzantium
(Neil Jordan 2012) Vampire
horror, with Gemma
Arterton and Saoirse
Ronan (S). 3.55 Close
12.05 Family Guy (R) (S).
12.30 American Dad! (R)
(S). 12.55 American Dad!
(R) (S). 1.25 Celebrity Juice
Christmas Special (R) (S).
2.25 Teleshopping 5.55
ITV2 Nightscreen
NEWS
2-31
===
The Story Of Bohemian
Rhapsody
9pm, BBC4
BBC4’s “Queen Night” kicks off with
Brian May and Roger Taylor
recalling the making of the rock epic
repeatedly voted as the nation’s
favourite single. That’s followed at
10pm by Queen: Rock The World, a
look at how the band adapted to
punk, and at 11pm, Queen: The
Legendary 1975 Concert.
FILM
CHOICE
LAURENCE PHELAN
===
Mrs Brown’s Boys
New Year Special
10pm, BBC1
“CSI Mammy” is the title of the
second of Brendan O’Carroll’s
festive specials, as Maria sets up a
neighbourhood watch.
VOICES
14-18
TV
32-33
IQ
34-41
FILM OF THE DAY
===
8pm, Sky Cinema Premiere
(Jordan Vogt-Roberts, 2017)
One of the best large-scale popcorn
movies of recent years, this return
visit to Skull Island, “a place where
myth and science meet”, to which
cinema-goers were first taken
in Merian Cooper and Ernest
Schoedsack’s 1933 giant of fantasy
cinema, is extremely stylish, witty
and often just downright bananas.
The 100ft ape is the star, and the
opening helicopter attack must be
seen to be believed – but the massive
spiders, sea squid, “skullcrawlers”,
Tom Hiddleston, Brie Larson (both left)
and John C Reilly all play their parts
too, while the Vietnam-era setting
allows The Stooges, Bowie, Creedence
and Sabbath on to the soundtrack.
5pm, BBC1
(Robert Stromberg, 2014)
Disney’s retelling of its 1959 classic
Sleeping Beauty from the point of
view of the villainess wants to have
its fairy cakes and eat them, so now
the wicked fairy godmother is more
sinned against than sinner.
Kong: Skull Island
Maleficent
===
Secretary
11.15pm, Film4
(Steven Shainberg, 2002)
An odd but affecting romcom-ofsorts, starring Maggie Gyllenhaal as
a shuffling, mousy self-harmer who
only begins to flourish after she takes
a job as secretary to James Spader’s
tightly wound boss, and an S&M
relationship blossoms between them.
Radio
BBC Radio 1
6.00 The History Of Mr
Polly (R) (S). 7.45 Goodbye
Mr Chips (R) (S). 9.50 FILM:
Carry On Girls (Gerald
Thomas 1973) Comedy,
starring Sid James (S).
11.30 FILM: The Likely
Lads (Michael Tuchner
1976) Comedy based on
the television series,
starring James Bolam
and Rodney Bewes (S).
1.15 FILM: The Wizard
Of Oz (Victor Fleming
1939) Musical fantasy,
starring Judy Garland (S).
3.20 The Royal Variety
Performance 2017 (R) (S).
6.00 Lewis The
prime suspect
in a teenager’s
rape is
murdered (R) (S).
6.00 Rude(ish) Tube (R)
(S). 6.25 Streetmate (R) (S).
6.55 Charmed (R) (S). 7.55
Charmed (R) (S). 9.00 FILM:
Postman Pat: The Movie
(Mike Disa 2014) Animated
adventure, with the voice
of Stephen Mangan (S).
10.45 FILM: Dr Dolittle
3 (Rich Thorne 2006)
Comedy sequel, starring
Kyla Pratt (S). 12.30 The
Big Bang Theory: Big Bang
A-Z (R) (S).
8.55 A Place In The Sun:
Winter Sun (R) (S). 9.55
Food Unwrapped (R) (S).
10.30 Food Unwrapped (R)
(S). 10.45 FILM: Carry On
Spying (Gerald Thomas
1964) Comedy, starring
Kenneth Williams (S).
12.35 A Place In The Sun:
Winter Sun (R) (S). 1.35
Four In A Bed (R) (S). 2.05
Four In A Bed (R) (S). 2.35
Four In A Bed (R) (S). 3.10
Four In A Bed (R) (S). 3.40
Four In A Bed (R) (S). 4.15
Come Dine With Me (R)
(S). 4.50 Come Dine With
Me (R) (S). 5.20 Come Dine
With Me (R) (S). 5.50 Come
Dine With Me (R) (S).
6.00 FILM: Temple
Grandin (Mick Jackson
2010) Fact-based drama,
starring Claire Danes (R)
(S). 8.10 Hugh Jackman:
Movie Musical Greats
(R). 9.40 Darkest Hour:
Special 10.10 FILM:
Becoming Mike Nichols
(Douglas McGrath 2016)
A look at the life and
work of filmmaker Mike
Nichols (R) (S). 11.30 The
Warner Saga (R) (S). 12.35
24x36: A Movie About
Movie Posters (R) (S). 2.20
Drew: The Man Behind
The Poster (R) (S). 4.15
Magician: Astonishing Life
Of Orson Welles (R) (S).
6.00 FILM: Elstree
1976 (Jon
Spira 2015)
Documentary.
6.20 Come Dine With
Me (R) (S).
6.55 Great Canal
Journeys: India
The first of two
programmes (R)
(S).
6.00 Futurama The
Earthicans
receive an
unexpected
windfall (R) (S).
6.30 The Simpsons
(R) (S).
7.00 FILM: Titanic
(James Cameron
1997) Romantic
drama, starring
Kate Winslet
and Leonardo
DiCaprio (S).
7.55 Great Canal
Journeys: India
Part two of two.
Exploring the
Brahmaputra
river (R) (S).
7.00 The Simpsons
(R) (S).
7.30 The Simpsons
The family
spends
Christmas on a
ranch (R) (S).
9.00 Micky
Flanagan’s Out
Out Tour A
performance by
the comedian
(R) (S).
10.00Tommy Cooper:
Not Like That,
Like This Biopic
of the muchloved comedian,
starring David
Threlfall (R) (S).
12.05 Inspector Morse (R)
(S). 2.20 ITV3 Nightscreen
2.30 Teleshopping
6.00 The Simpsons (R)
(S). 6.30 The Simpsons (R)
(S). 7.00 The Simpsons
(R) (S). 7.30 The Simpsons
(R) (S). 8.00 The Last
Dragonslayer (R) (S). 10.00
David Attenborough’s
Conquest Of The Skies
(R) (S). 11.00 David
Attenborough’s Conquest
Of The Skies (R) (S). 12.00
David Attenborough’s
Conquest Of The Skies (R)
(S). 1.00 Flying Monsters
With David Attenborough
(R) (S). 2.30 The Bachelor
King (R) (S). 4.00 Modern
Family (R) (S). 4.30 Modern
Family (R) (S). 5.00 The
Simpsons (R) (S). 5.30
Futurama (R) (S).
6.00 The Big Bang
Theory: Big
Bang A-Z (R) (S).
6.30 The Big Bang
Theory: Big
Bang A-Z (R) (S).
8.00 Midsomer
Murders
Barnaby
investigates
murders echoing
the plots of
horror films (R).
i MONDAY
1 JANUARY 2018
BUSINESS SPORT
42-43
47-56
8.00 The Late Late
Show With
James Corden
All the year’s
best moments
(R).
8.00 The South
Bank Show
With Game of
Thrones author
George RR
Martin (R) (S).
9.00 FILM: Air Force
One (Wolfgang
Petersen
1997) Action
thriller, starring
Harrison Ford.
9.00 Game Of
Thrones Jon
Snow tries
to mediate
between Mance
Rayder and
Stannis (R) (S).
10.00Sarah Millican:
Outsider
Footage
recorded at the
Brighton Dome
(R) (S).
10.00Game Of
Thrones Arya
arrives in
Braavos (R) (S).
11.00 Gogglebox 2017
Highlights from
the past 12
months (R) (S).
11.05 It Was Alright In
The 1970s Ideas
conveyed about
society, sex
and national
stereotypes in
the 1970s (R) (S).
11.25 Football’s
Funniest
Moments
Memorable
incidents from
the world of
football (R) (S).
11.10 Game Of
Thrones Tyrion
walks the
Long Bridge of
Volantis (R) (S).
1.10 The Big Bang Theory
(R) (S). 1.40 The Big Bang
Theory (R) (S). 2.10 Rude
Tube (R) (S). 3.10 First
Dates (R) (S). 4.05 The
Crystal Maze: Celebrity
Christmas Special (R) (S).
5.00 Charmed (R) (S).
12.10 Father Ted (R) (S).
12.40 Father Ted (R) (S).
1.10 Father Ted (R) (S).
1.40 Father Ted (R) (S).
2.15 Small, Far Away: The
World Of Father Ted (R) (S).
3.20 8 Out Of 10 Cats (R) (S).
4.00 Close
12.25 The Force: North
East (R) (S). 1.25 Air
Ambulance ER (R) (S). 2.25
Brit Cops: Frontline Crime
UK (R) (S). 3.25 A League Of
Their Own: Rally Special
(R) (S). 4.00 Stop, Search,
Seize (R) (S).
12.20 Big Little Lies (R)
(S). 1.30 Dexter (R). 2.45
Dexter (R). 4.00 Urban
Secrets (R) (S). 5.00 Urban
Secrets (R) (S).
6am The Radio 1 Breakfast
Show With Jordan North
10.00 Luke Franks 1pm Katie
Thistleton 4.00 Dev 7.00
Daniel P Carter 9.00 The 8th
With Charlie Sloth 11.00 Huw
Stephens 1am Radio 1’s Drum
& Bass Show With Rene LaVice
3.00 Radio 1’s Specialist Chart
With Phil Taggart 4.00 Early
Breakfast
BBC Radio 1Xtra
6am Nick Bright 10.00 Reece
Parkinson 12.45pm Newsbeat
1.00 UKG Takeover 3.00 UKG
Takeover 4.00 Sian Anderson
5.45 Newsbeat 7.00 1Xtra
Live – The Rewind 9.00 The
8th With Charlie Sloth 11.00
Twin B 1am Radio 1’s Drum &
Bass Show With Rene LaVice
3.00 1Xtra Mixes 4.00 1Xtra @
Carnival
BBC Radio 2
6.30am Sara Cox 9.30 Ken
Bruce 12noon Mika 2.00 Radio
2 In Concert 3.00 Ed Balls On
Musical Theatre 5.00 Simon
Mayo 7.00 The Blues Show
With Paul Jones 8.00 Johnnie
Walker Meets Sir Elton John
And Bernie Taupin 10.00
Will Young Essential R&B
11.00 The Russell Davies
Archive 12mdn’t Johnnie
Walker’s Sounds Of The 70s
2.00 Radio 2’s Jazz Playlist
3.00 Radio 2 Playlists: Great
British Songbook 4.00 Radio
2 Playlists: Hidden Treasures
5.00 Nicki Chapman
BBC Radio 3
6.30am Breakfast 9.00
Essential Classics 10.15 New
Year’s Day Concert 1pm News
1.02 Sean Rafferty At Home
With Sir John Tomlinson
2.00 Afternoon Concert 5.00
Words And Music 6.15 New
Generation Artists 7.30 BBC
Proms 2017 9.00 Logical
Family: An Evening With
Armistead Maupin And The
BBC Symphony Orchestra
10.45 The Essay: Brick, Stone,
Steel, Glass 11.00 Jazz Now
12.30am Through The Night
BBC Radio 4
6am Today 9.00 Her Story
Made History 9.30 One To
One 9.45 Book Of The Week:
The Vital Spark: Appointment
In Arezzo 10.00 Woman’s
Hour 11.00 The Untold 11.30
Conversations From A Long
Marriage 12noon News 12.04
Home Front 12.15 You And
Yours 12.57 Weather 1.00 The
World At One 1.45 Conflict
And Co-operation: A History
Of Trade 2.00 The Archers
2.15 Drama: Elsinore 3.00
Round Britain Quiz 3.30 The
Food Programme 4.00 When
Women Wore The Trousers
4.30 Beyond Belief 5.00 PM
5.57 Weather 6.00 Six O’Clock
News 6.15 50 Years Of Just
A Minute: Nicholas Parsons
In Conversation With Paul
Merton 7.00 The Archers.
Will is on tenterhooks. 7.15
Front Row 7.45 Shardlake:
Heartstone 8.00 The Infinite
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ONDEMAND
Lovesick
Netflix
A new series of the best
current British rom-com.
Dexter
Now TV/Sky Box Sets
Michael C Hall plays the serial
killer with the perfect cover:
he’s a police forensics expert.
A Christmas Carol
Goes Wrong
BBC iPlayer
Derek Jacobi joins the
accident-prone Cornley
Polytechnic Dramatic Society.
Monkey Cage Christmas
Special. The science behind
magic and illusions. 8.30
Crossing Continents 9.00
James Burke On The End Of
Scarcity. The broadcaster
discusses nanotechnolgy.
9.30 Her Story Made History.
Monica McWilliams talks about
her role in the Good Friday
Agreement. 10.00 The World
Tonight. News round-up. 10.45
Book At Bedtime: How To
Stop Time 11.00 With Great
Pleasure At Christmas 12mdn’t
News And Weather 12.30 Book
Of The Week: The Vital Spark:
Appointment In Arezzo 12.48
Shipping Forecast 1.00 As BBC
World Service 5.20 Shipping
Forecast 5.30 News Briefing
5.43 Prayer For The Day 5.45
Farming Today 5.58 Tweet Of
The Day
BBC Radio 4 LW
9.45am Daily Service 12.01pm
Shipping Forecast 5.54
Shipping Forecast
BBC Radio 4 Extra
6am Dr Finlay: The Adventures
Of A Black Bag 6.30 The
Quietest New Year On Earth
7.00 Winston Comes To Town
7.30 Just A Minute: 50 Years
In 28 Minutes 8.00 Hancock’s
Half Hour 8.30 Dad’s Army
9.00 The 99p Challenge 9.30
The Party Line 10.00 Show
Boat 11.00 Introductions 11.15
January 12noon Hancock’s
Half Hour 12.30 Dad’s Army
1.00 Dr Finlay: The Adventures
Of A Black Bag 1.30 The
Quietest New Year On Earth
2.00 Animal Farm 2.15 Five
Hundred Years Of Friendship
2.30 Tales Of The City 2.45 The
Examined Life 3.00 Show Boat
4.00 The 99p Challenge 4.30
The Party Line 5.00 Winston
Comes To Town 5.30 Just A
Minute: 50 Years In 28 Minutes
6.00 The Demon King 6.30 A
Good Read 7.00 Hancock’s Half
Hour 7.30 Dad’s Army 8.00 Dr
Finlay: The Adventures Of A
Black Bag 8.30 The Quietest
New Year On Earth 9.00
Introductions 9.15 January
10.00 Comedy Club: Just A
Minute: 50 Years In 28 Minutes
Pick
ofthe
day
50 Years Of Just
A Minute:
Nicholas Parsons
In Conversation
With Paul
Merton
6.15pm,
BBC Radio 4
The title explains
it all, with no hint
of hesitation,
repetition or
deviation.
10.30 Comedy Club: Absolute
Power 10.55 Comedy Club:
The Comedy Club Interview
11.00 Comedy Club: Dead
Ringers 11.30 Comedy Club:
The Museum Of Everything
12mdn’t The Demon King 12.30
A Good Read 1.00 Dr Finlay:
The Adventures Of A Black Bag
1.30 The Quietest New Year
On Earth 2.00 Animal Farm
2.15 Five Hundred Years Of
Friendship 2.30 Tales Of The
City 2.45 The Examined Life
3.00 Show Boat 4.00 The 99p
Challenge 4.30 The Party Line
5.00 Winston Comes To Town
5.30 Just A Minute: 50 Years In
28 Minutes
BBC 5 Live
6am Science Of The Storm
7.00 5 Live Breakfast 10.00
Beyond Reasonable Doubt?
11.00 Beyond Reasonable
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12.30 5 Live Sport: Premier
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5.30 5 Live Sport: Premier
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1am Up All Night 5.00 Morning
Reports 5.15 Wake Up To
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7am Shaun Keaveny 10.00
Lauren Laverne 1pm Chris
Hawkins 4.00 Huey Morgan
7.00 Don Letts’ Culture
Clash Radio 9.00 Gideon Coe
12mdn’t 6 Music Recommends
With Lauren Laverne 1.00 The
First Time With Elvis Costello
2.00 Golden Years – The David
Bowie Story 2.30 6 Music Live
Hour 3.30 6 Music’s Jukebox
5.00 Chris Hawkins
Classic FM
6am More Music Breakfast
9.00 John Suchet 1pm AnneMarie Minhall 4.00 The Classic
FM Chart Of The Year 7.00
Smooth Classics At Seven 8.00
The Full Works Concert. David
Mellor presents a celebration
of Leonard Bernstein’s work.
10.00 Smooth Classics 1am
Bob Jones
Absolute Radio
6am Martyn Lee 10.00 Claire
Sturgess 2pm Rock ’n’ Roll
Football With Chris Martin
6.00 George Godfrey 10.00
The Sound Of Protest With
Danielle Perry 12mdn’t The
Songs They Tried To Ban With
Pete Donaldson 1.00 Chris
Martin
Heart
6am Jamie And Emma
9.00 Toby Anstis 1pm Matt
Wilkinson 4.00 JK And Lucy
7.00 Sian Welby 10.00 Kat
Shoob 1am Simon Beale 4.00
Jenni Falconer
TalkSPORT
6am The Best Of My Sporting
Life 7.00 The Alan Brazil
Sports Breakfast With Danny
Kelly And Micky Quinn 11.00
Warm Up 1pm Matchday Live
5.00 The Full Time Phone-in
7.00 World Darts Final 11.00
My Sporting Life 1am Extra
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SERENITY
LITTLE CORN ISLAND, NICARAGUA
The Corn Islands, about 44 miles
(70km) off Nicaragua’s Caribbean
coast, are idyllic retreats with a
Creole population that makes its
living from lobster fishing and
tourism. Great Corn Island is the
larger but Little Corn Island attracts
those on a quest for calm: there are
no roads and therefore no cars.
Instead, make your way from
one palm-backed beach to the next
via walking tracks beneath the
mango and breadfruit trees. Just
750 locals live on Little Corn Island,
often outnumbered by visitors, but
it’s possible to get away and find
a quiet spot on a beach to soak up
the tropical vibe. The north of the
island is the most secluded and
has the best beaches; the east coast
is buffeted by wind and waves,
perfect for beachcombing. To counterbalance the serenity – you can
have too much of a good thing –
rejoin the crowd at one of the bars
or cafés, such as Habana Libre, for
fresh lobster, drinks and dancing
under the stars.
Be there Great Corn Island’s airport
has daily connections to Managua
and Bluefields. There are also
regular if not reliably punctual
boats from Bluefields to Great Corn
Island, taking five or six hours. From
Great Corn Island, take one of the
daily pangas to Little Corn Island (it
can be a rough crossing). On Little
Corn, you can either stay in the
village or in one of the outlying and
more exclusive abodes.
INSPIRATION
ISLE OF JURA, SCOTLAND
Inspiration of any kind – revelatory or otherwise – isn’t overly
concerned by weather. When
George Orwell retreated to an
island to write Nineteen EightyFour, he shunned the sunshine of
the Mediterranean and instead
plumped for the raw, wild allure
of Jura. One of Scotland’s Inner
Hebrides, Jura is as beautiful as it is
remote, with roughly 200 inhabitants still outnumbered by deer, and
only one significant road, one pub
and one (extremely good) distillery.
Staying on the north side of the
island in a remote farmhouse called
Barnhill, Orwell thrived on the
silence and tranquillity that envelop
Jura’s heather glens, ancient forts
and standing stones: the perfect
conditions to conduct inspiration
when it strikes. Barnhill can still be
hired out – although, in keeping with
its heroic isolation, you’ll rely on
a generator for electricity. (On the
plus side, it makes it harder for Big
Brother to watch you.)
Be there Jura is best reached via the
regular car ferry from Port Askaig
on Islay. It takes five minutes and
departs hourly Monday to Saturday,
and every two hours on Sunday.
From April to September, the Jura
passenger ferry (jurapassenger
ferry.com) runs from Tayvallich on
the mainland to Craighouse on Jura
(one hour; one or two sailings daily
Emotional
escapes
Instead of choosing your
holiday by prioritising
destination or climate,
why not base it on how
you want to feel? These
five trips are selected
by Lonely Planet
except Tuesdays). Booking recommended. The Jura Hotel, Craighouse
(jurahotel.co.uk) is a good bet accommodation-wise, or self-catering and
Barnhill, see escapetojura.com.
ENLIGHTENMENT
ESALEN INSTITUTE, CALIFORNIA
You don’t have to go to India in your
search for higher consciousness. On
California’s wild, Big Sur coastline
is the Esalen Institute, a spiritual
getaway that attracts about 20,000
visitors each year. Founded in 1962,
as beatniks became hippies and the
Western fascination with Eastern
religions edged towards the mainstream, Esalen fused Eastern and
Western spiritual traditions, influencing the wave of countercultural
energy that helped define the decade.
Today, Esalen is the perfect
expression of all-embracing spiritu-
alism, mystical self-improvement
and radical open-mindedness. Six
hundred workshops annually offer
a panoply of mind-expansion. From
weekend retreats to month-long
live-in experiences, Esalen aims
to illuminate the path to self-realisation, with accommodation for a
range of budgets.
Be there Esalen runs a programme
of weekend, five-day and seven-day
workshops throughout the year.
“Rustic” accommodation is
provided in its spectacular grounds,
between mountain and ocean,
with natural hot springs and a
canyon stream.
The closest airports are in the
San Francisco Bay Area; depending
which one you arrive at, the drive
will take between 75 minutes and
five hours. There’s a shuttle service
available from airports on Fridays
and Sundays. esalen.org
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VOICES
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Away from it all,
clockwise from
main: Bell Gorge
in Australia; the
Empty Quarter in
Oman; Little Corn
Island, Nicaragua
LONELY PLANET
SOLITUDE
THE EMPTY QUARTER, OMAN
There are more than seven billion
of us on the planet, but pockets of
wilderness remain if you know
where to look. Take the Empty
Quarter, for example. Covering
650,000 sq km (251,000 sq miles),
an area roughly the size of France,
and spanning the borders of four
countries – Oman, the UAE, Yemen
and Saudi Arabia – the Empty
Quarter (or Rub’ al Khali, as it’s
properly known) encompasses
the largest swathe of sand dunes
anywhere on Earth.
It’s only when you step foot on
the dunes that you realise how
profoundly empty this place
is. Apart from a few Bedouin
tribesmen, who have clung on to
their nomadic lifestyle, no one lives
in the Empty Quarter these days.
The explorer Wilfred Thesiger
had a lifelong fascination for the
place, and with its palette of fiery
colours and blazing night skies, it’s
not hard to understand why. “No
one can live this life and emerge
unchanged…” Thesiger wrote. “For
this cruel land can cast a spell which
no temperate clime can match.”
Be there Most visitors fly to the
Omani town of Salalah, and then
travel into the desert by 4x4. It’s
important to travel with an experienced guide, as it’s extremely easy
to get lost. Most operators, such as
Arabian Sand Tours (arabiansand
toursservices.com), carry all the
equipment and supplies you’ll need.
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Unravelled
BY SIMON CALDER
Istanbul is a spectacular,
historic city... But is Turkey
a safe country to visit?
a 4x4 route such as the Gibb River
Road through the Kimberley in the
north of Western Australia is still
a serious undertaking, requiring
emergency water, food, spare fuel
and wheels, as well as a precise plan
in case of breakdown.
Temperatures are rarely less
than roasting and in the wet season
the dirt road is frequently bisected
by rivers or washed out by floods.
But Kimberley’s elemental beauty
is enhanced by its brutality. The
slightest bit of water causes trees
to flourish, attracting brightly
coloured parrots. Although long
revered by Aboriginal people,
it wasn’t until 1983 that the
350-million-year old geology of the
Bungle Bungle Range in the east
Kimberley, now part of Purnululu
National Park, was “discovered” by
Westerners.
Be there Western Australia’s
capital, Perth, receives international and domestic flights. From
here you’ll need to take another
flight to Broome. You can rent a
high-clearance 4x4 from an outfit
such as Britz (britz.com.au). Derby,
the starting point of the Gibb River
Road, is just another 220km (137
miles) from Broome.
for a series of terrorist outrages in
recent years, and the risks in Turkey
are certainly higher than in many
other Mediterranean countries. But
I consider them acceptably low, and
would happily go there tomorrow.
Except, perhaps, for the weather.
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We are thinking of going to
Istanbul in January for four or
five days. What is your advice about
flying and safety there? Would it be
wiser to wait for a few months?
Sheila S
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This is an edited extract from “The
Place to Be” (£19.99, Lonely Planet)
ADVENTURE
THE KIMBERLEY, AUSTRALIA
The vast continent of Australia,
still inhabited mainly around its
fringes, is synonymous with stories
of adventure. Many perished in
the Outback, be they explorer or
escapee from Australia’s 19thcentury colonial prisons. Today,
adventure in Australia is a little
safer, but only slightly. Taking on
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Find a quiet
spot on the
beach and
soak up the
tropical vibe
On Saturday,
in your
Days out guide
From feeding time at the aquarium
to a glow in the dark family run
Istanbul is one of the greatest
cities on the planet. Sultanahmet
Square has an extraordinary
concentration of spectacular
architecture, notably the Blue Mosque
and the Hagia Sofia. Centuries of
commerce are continued at the Grand
Bazaar and its smaller sisters. The
setting is superb, with Europe meeting
Asia across the Bosphorus.
The cuisine is similarly impressive.
And the people are friendly and
welcoming (apart from the shoeshine
scammers — if anyone drops a brush
near you, ignore it).
My main concern is the weather.
While Istanbul is worth visiting at
any time of year, March would be a
lot warmer and more enjoyable than
January. The crowds tend not to build
up until Easter.
In terms of flying there, Turkish
Airlines is my choice. I have flown on
the carrier for decades, ever since I
discovered it offers broadly European
business-class standards in economy.
Istanbul has been the location
My two children and I are
travelling to Jamaica for a week’s
package holiday. The travel agent
told me it would be cheaper to book
for four people than for three, so
we added my other daughter who is
already there, even though she will
not be travelling with us in either
direction. I thought this would be
excellent as it would allow extra
baggage, not to mention a spare seat.
However, upon contacting the travel
agents recently ahead of my trip just
to clarify the extra baggage and spare
seat, I was told that I am not entitled
to either? How can this be when I have
paid for them?
Brian N
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It is not unknown for the total
cost of a trip to fall when more
people are booked on it. The classic
example is for cruises, where one
person will often pay more than a
couple combined. But for this to work
on a holiday to Jamaica surprised me.
You may want to go through the sums
again with the travel agent to ensure
that you were correctly advised.
However, if he or she led you to
believe that you would be entitled to
extra baggage and a spare seat, that
was plain wrong.
Both a seat on the plane and a
baggage allowance goes with a person
rather than a ticket. If only three of
you show up at check-in, only three
seats will be assigned and only three
baggage allowances will apply.
One aspect of this situation that you
might like to check: if air passenger
duty (£75 to Jamaica) has been paid on
the fourth ticket, you should be able to
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The Big Bank Holiday General Knowledge Crossword
ACROSS
10 Song about the Polish
Solidarity movement
released as the lead
single from U2’s 1983 album
War (3,5,3)
12 Tradition in which a darkhaired man crosses the
threshold at midnight (5-7)
14 The Welsh New Year
celebration (8)
15 Former name for Ethiopia (9)
16/54 English actress
who played Bond Girl
Strawberry Fields in
Quantum of Solace (5,8)
17 Ebenezer Scrooge’s clerk in
Charles Dickens’ novel
A Christmas Carol (3,8)
19 Village that was the principal
seaport of Moray in the 17th
century (8)
20 See 53
21 1955 film starring Glenn
Ford and Sidney Poitier
(10,6)
25 Gold coin minted by the
Republic of Venice that gave
its name to a small shiny
decoration on a garment (6)
27 The Temptations’ first US
number one single (2,4)
28 Album by Gorillaz released
in April 2017 (6)
29 A drug, agent or nerve that
can cause blood vessels to
expand (11)
31 Gorden ___, actor who
played René Artois in
‘Allo ‘Allo! (4)
32 The largest city in the Indian
state of Madhya Pradesh (6)
33 Tennis player who became
the youngest ever French
Open champion, at the age of
16, in 1990 (6,5)
37 District in a city concerned
with the production of
popular music (3,3,5)
39 German-occupied French
port raided by the Allies in
1942 (6)
40 Berkshire town with a public
school founded in 1440 (4)
43 Means by which the 1990
World Cup Final between
West Germany and
Argentina was settled (7,4)
45 Ancient Italian deity of
pastures and forests,
identified with the
Greek Pan (6)
46 George ___, Romanian
composer whose works
include the opera Oedipe (6)
48 Ford car model
manufactured in Europe
from 1968 to 2004 (6)
50 A source of light containing
a heated solid, such as a
filament (12,4)
53/20 American tennis player
who made the semifinals at
this year’s ATP Finals (4,4)
54 See 16
55 African country whose
capital is Freetown (6,5)
59 Technical name for the
anklebone (5)
60 Nat ___, footballer,
nicknamed ‘The Lion of
Vienna’ (9)
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Eve (8)
62 Arsenal’s longest-serving
manager (6,6)
63 Wind of force two on the
Beaufort scale (5,6)
DOWN
1 MP for Broxtowe who
has been one of the most
prominent Conservative
opponents of Brexit (4,6)
2 1966 musical that features
the song If They Could See Me
Now (5,7)
3 Pietro ___, Italian runner
who won the men’s 200m at
the 1980 Olympics (6)
4/8 American diver who won
two gold medals at both the
1984 and 1988 Olympics (4,8)
5 Isabelle ___, French film
actress and singer who holds
the record for most César
Awards for Best Actress (6)
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6 Passion fruit (10)
7 Technical name for
alcohol (7)
8 See 4
9 Body of water surrounding
the South Pole (9,5)
11 Toy whose name was
registered in 1932 as a
trademark (2-2)
12 The splitting of the nucleus
of an atom into roughly
equal parts (7)
13 Area at the centre of New
Year celebrations in New
York City (5,6)
18 1967 film starring Paul
Newman as a prisoner in a
Florida prison camp (4,4,4)
22 The Hindu goddess of
destruction (4)
23 Horace ___ , fictional
barrister played by
Leo McKern (7)
24 See 36
26 French chemist who created
the first vaccines for rabies
and anthrax (5,7)
30 Country whose capital is
Baghdad (4)
31 City in southwest Germany
that is home to 50,000 NATO
military personnel (14)
34 In Greek mythology, the
divinity of the stream
believed to flow around the
earth (7)
35 Unit of speed that is one
nautical mile per hour (4)
36/24 English physician who
created the first vaccine (6,6)
38 Colour named after the bird
Pavo cristatus (7,4)
41 Play by Harold Pinter first
performed in April 1960 (3,9)
42 County known as ‘The
Garden of England’ (4)
44 A rotating machine that
separates liquids from solids
or dispersions of one liquid
in another (10)
47 The Duke of Wellington’s
war horse (10)
49 Formerly, the largest
of South Africa’s Bantu
homelands (8)
51 Name under which Jackie
Stewart raced early in his
career (1,1,5)
52 A rich sweet German bread
containing nuts, raisins, etc
(7)
56 A period of longterm reduction in the
temperature
of the Earth (3,3)
57 A cat, goat, or rabbit of a
long-haired breed (6)
58 Hebridean island whose
chief town is Tobermory (4)
61 A member of a people of
Rwanda and Burundi (4)
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exploding, or dark, tense films about
haunted gunmen, conflicted loyalties
and families torn apart.
We don’t immediately think of
comedy, of the humour of going
about your daily lives in a town with
a heavy military presence, of what it
might feel like if you and your teenage
friends were messing around on the
bus and couldn’t quite bring yourself
to stop even when the Army came on.
Now that’s about to change thanks
to Channel 4’s newest comedy, Derry
Girls, a raucous and very funny look
at what it was like to spend your
teenage years in a place many people
only know from the headlines.
“Growing up I hated that there
was only one view of Derry,” says
the show’s 36-year-old creator,
Lisa McGee. “I don’t want to take
away from those films and TV
programmes which are often
brilliant, but living there you just
didn’t want people to think it was
that depressing, because there was
always a funny warmth to Derry. It’s
a gorgeous place to grow up in.”
The show’s director, Michael
Lennox, himself from Belfast, agrees.
“What attracted me to Derry Girls
was the way it looked at people
just getting on with their lives
away from the badness,”
he says.
“Many people on the
mainland don’t know much
about Derry and what they do
know is serious films. It felt as
though this was a chance to
try something different.”
Certainly Derry Girls
feels like a fresh take on a well-worn
subject. Its four heroines – knowit-all Erin, studious Claire, mouthy
Michelle and dippy Orla – plus
Michelle’s English cousin James,
the hapless butt of many of the
show’s best jokes, spend most of
their time hanging out and dreaming
up schemes while trying to avoid
the wrath of acerbic headteacher
Sister Michael.
There might be soldiers on the
streets and the constant threat of
bombs, but Erin is as concerned
about catching the eye of moody
David Donnelly as she is about a
possible ceasefire.
“People have these assumptions of
Derry and what it’s like to grow up in
Northern Ireland and how harsh it
must have been, but that’s just one
side of the story,” says Lennox.
“Sure there was conflict and we
don’t pretend that’s not happening,
but this is also about watching
four young girls figure out life and
romance and all the other stuff
that comes with it. It’s not a ‘woe is
me’ show, more a ‘this is us and it
was great’.”
Despite that, McGee, whose
previous work includes BBC3’s
Being Human and short-lived
Channel 4 sitcom London Irish,
wasn’t sure about setting her newest
comedy during the Troubles.
“I’d always said I’d never
write anything about the
Troubles because I’d
just had enough of them
growing up,” she says.
“But then I thought,
OK, no one has told
this story, about
the ordinariness of
being a teenager.
It just seemed
as though a lot
Top, from the left, James
(Dylan Llewellyn), Michelle
(Jamie-Lee O’Donnell),
Erin (Saoirse Jackson),
Orla (Louisa Harland) and
Claire (Nicola Coughlan).
Above: Granda Joe (Ian
McElhinney); inset: writer
Lisa McGee CHANNEL 4
of the mundane stuff going on dayto-day in this dark situation was
actually very comical. Although we
do also address the serious stuff
as well.”
It helps that McGee’s teens are
brash, bold and brilliant company,
and she captures perfectly that
particular freedom of being a teenage
girl out with your best mates when
every small quip seems like the
funniest thing ever.
“I was so frustrated growing up
that when you’d see girls on TV they
would always be focused on what the
boy liked or wanted,” says McGee,
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adding that she based the Derry Girls
on her own best friends from school.
“At that age I was more interested
in what my friends were doing and
making them laugh – the people I
find the funniest are still my friends
from school.”
Saoirse Jackson, who plays Erin,
agrees. “It’s really good at capturing
what it feels like to be a teenage girl,”
she says. “We’ve all done that thing
where we laugh louder so that the
boys who we fancy can hear us, when
at the same time we don’t really care
about those boys as much as we do
our friends. It’s a real celebration of
what it’s like to be that age and just be
hanging out and making each other
laugh.”
Yet for all its universality there
are also things very specific to the
setting. On the girls’ first day back
at school, British Army soldiers
get on the bus, while one plot-line
contrasts Erin’s outrage over her
fish supper order with her uncle’s
hijacking by the IRA.
“I loved the idea of these two things
being as dramatic as each other… the
silliness of that,” says McGee. “For
example, there are a lot of films that
everyone over in England remembers
came out that I’ve never seen. That’s
because we had no cinema for a
long time because it had been blown
At that age
I was more
interested
in what my
friends were
doing and
making them
laugh
up, so there’s sort of this gap in my
knowledge. It’s the little things like
that that bring it home to you how
different growing up here was.”
Derry humour too is very much
its own beast, dark and sharp and
willing to go where other places
might not dare. “There’s a real
heart to the humour but also no
prisoners are taken,” says JamieLee O’Donnell, who plays the gobby
Michelle. “You have to grow a bit of a
thick skin because people really will
say anything to you.”
McGee agrees. “Sometimes the
toughest places to live are also the
funniest,” she says. “Women aren’t
afraid to say what they think in Derry
– there’s no interest in being the
mysterious woman in the corner. You
want to be in the middle of it, shouting.”
McGee hopes that Derry Girls will
be a hit, if only because there are so
many more stories to tell.
“I’d like to take it right through to
the Good Friday Agreement and Bill
Clinton and Bono and John Hume
coming to Derry, which was just
an amazing, really exciting, really
hopeful time. Of course those things
don’t last. But at that time to be in
Derry felt so incredible.”
‘Derry Girls’ starts on Channel 4 on
4 January at 10pm
t a time when surreal
strangeness is de
rigueur in comedy, and
has been pushed to the
limits by the likes of The Mighty
Boosh and BoJack Horseman, it’s
worth remembering just how
original Big Night Out was when it
first appeared.
Like many people of a certain
age, I have only to hear the words
“What’s on the end of the stick,
Vic?” or “Morrissey, the Consumer
Monkey” to be transported back
to the early ’90s, when Vic Reeves
and Bob Mortimer’s first shows
on Channel 4 drove a brightly
coloured and patently fake sword
through the heart of tired variety
and comedy formats.
So it was with a mixture of
anticipation and trepidation that I
approached their one-off revisiting
of the format. Would the glorious
silliness still seem fresh and
inspired? Or would it be an overfamiliar reappearance of the shtick
that, after Shooting Stars, The Smell
of Reeves and Mortimer et al, was
now as tired and staid as the things
it set out to send up?
But from the first moments
– an animated sequence with
a deadpan commentary on a
burning house and “a frightening
bear” segueing into the duo
singing, or rather shouting, about
“trousers!” – I was reassured.
It was as strange and inspired
as ever.
Without slavishly recreating the
format, it kept the same mixture
of physical comedy (the fight
It kept the physical
comedy, corny jokes
and unconvincing
impersonations
scenes from Thor recreated with
a broom and some incongruous
sound effects), corny jokes (“I went
to a karaoke club with my Indian
friend” “Gurupta Singh”? “Yeah, I
did”) and extremely unconvincing
celebrity impersonations – Rod
Stewart became a large, shellsuited Geordie demanding the bus
fare to the O2.
Occasionally, it feels as though
they are taking their status as
wacky national treasures for
granted. But whenever that
happened, there was usually
a puerile but laugh-out-loud
sequence (“Ed Sheeran” and
“Rag’n’ Bone Man” endorsing
Geordie Jeans, or a “part dog,
part lecturer” helping out in a
Reeves and Mortimer still offer
glorious silliness
rendition of Summer of ’42) on
the way.
Needless to say, this was not
going to win over the unconverted.
And I’m not sure it can sustain a
full-blown series. But for any fans
of their ability to mine comedy
gold from showbiz clichés, the nonsequiturs of everyday conversation
and songs about Idris Elba keeping
his falcons dry, this was half an
hour of uniquely deranged heaven.
At the other end of the television
spectrum, Antiques Roadshow
offered the gentle pleasure of
ordinary people sharing their
mementos and, more interestingly,
stories of how they came by them.
This was another special edition
to celebrate its 40th anniversary,
broadcast from the Elstree studios
and focusing on film, television
and entertainment memorabilia.
Having Fiona Bruce pop into the
bar of the Queen Vic felt a bit
gimmicky, but as always the heart
of the show was the objects and
their owners.
Often the value was irrelevant, as
the mementos were clearly owned
by avid collectors who would never
part with them. But it provided
cracking tales of meeting The
Beatles, helping Diana Dors when
her car broke down and being
given an original Doctor Who script
when William Hartnell threw some
“junk” out in a house move.
And it produced the requisite
“jaw-drop” moment when an
Elstree scene-painter was told that
the Darth Vader mask, axe from
The Shining and the Raiders of the
Lost Ark pendant he’d been given
would now fetch £250,000 – at a
conservative estimate.
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Arts
reviews
Acrobuffos in ‘Air Play’:
a perfect reminder of
the real joy of Christmas
FLORENCE MONTMARE
THEATRE
Air Play
BRIGHTON DOME
HHHHH
Every airport terminal, train and
bus station over the Christmas
period is filled with snakes of
people dragging giant suitcases
with them, filled with presents.
The luggage of modern festivities
seems as oversized and bloated
POP
Eliza Carthy
ST LUKE’S, GLASGOW
HHHHH
Everyone should have a folk big
band in their life. Eliza Carthy’s
Wayward Band, formed a few
years back to play on her Wayward
Daughter album, are a mighty
12-piece comprising string, brass,
accordion, percussion and electric
guitar players, fronted by the
face-painted and corseted Carthy,
looking like Boudica-meets-Marie
Antoinette and sounding soulful
and righteous.
Fluently mixing up styles
across a potent, dynamic set, their
rollicking instrumentals received
a boost of rock power and martial
drumming on top of the fiery
fiddling. The snake-hipped and
squalling brass added some
New Orleans swagger to “The
Fitter’s Song” and applied some
vaudeville character to the sea
shanty “Great Grey Back”.
The Wayward Band bounced all
over the musical map, from droll
tales of marrying for money and
a case of 17th-century custard
poisoning to a 100-year-old
anti-war lament and “You Know
Me”, Carthy’s folk-rock fusion of
charity and welcome in response
to the refugee crisis.
FIONA SHEPHERD
as the mood of the season itself.
But when the duo Acrobuffos
open their red and yellow cases at
the opening of Air Play, two giant
sheets of diaphanous material
matching the colour of their
luggage fly up to the 20m (65ft)
cupola of the Brighton Dome,
suspended in seemingly magical
flight by the wind power of 16 floor
fans arranged around the central
platform. With another six fans
on the elevated stage, the two pull
out a steady of stream of balloons,
umbrellas, glitter and even
polystyrene snow in a delightful
and entrancing performance that
transported the audience away
from the madness outside and
into to the simple magic of play
and imagination.
Seth Bloom and Christina
Gelsone, a husband and wife team
of clowns, first staged the show
in this country at the Southbank
in 2016, but performing it in such
a perfectly designed theatre,
against the competition of manic
pantomimes and Hollywood
blockbusters, made its quiet
simplicity and themes of childlike
wonder more powerful.
They took on the characters
of brother and sister, teasing
and competing to perform more
outrageous tricks with their
props, but their silent physical
theatre, while sometimes
hilarious, was never overplayed
for buffoonish laughs. Even if
you have a clown allergy, their
physical comedy is subtle and
intelligently done, pitched at
a mixed audience of adults
and children.
They pulled all ages on to the
stage to join them in trying to
keep the balloons afloat or, at one
point, enveloping themselves
entirely into two giant spheres.
They made the continual dance of
suspension seem easy, but there
was clearly a great deal of careful
choreography and technical
precision as the show became
more complicated,
Air Play’s wordlessness, and the
gently shifting soundtrack, lulled
you into focusing on the visual
poetry of the objects suspended
in air, as if Disney’s Fantasia was
being enacted before you. It was a
perfect reminder of the real joy of
Christmas, and the delicate magic
that can be conjured up from
everyday objects flying through
the air.
BERNADETTE McNULTY
THEATRE
Giles Taylor
as Marley in
‘A Christmas
Carol’ RSC
A Christmas
Carol
ROYAL SHAKESPEARE THEATRE,
STRATFORD-UPON-AVON
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A Christmas Carol is adapted so
often that it’s hard to imagine
fresh ways of interpreting it. But
David Edgar’s politically charged
new version, despite labouring
some of its points about the
importance of social conscience,
feels both plausibly Victorian and
sharply relevant.
One of his innovations is to
include Charles Dickens as a
character – by using the novelist’s
anxieties to frame the story,
Edgar examines his processes as
an author. Another is to make the
miser Ebenezer Scrooge more
dynamic than usual, and he’s
given an air of crabby sourness by
the excellent Phil Davis. A third
is that all the ghosts who visit
Scrooge are women.
Rachel Kavanaugh’s production
conjures both festive cheer
and the creepy atmosphere of
Scrooge’s home. There are striking
special effects to suggest the
faces that haunt him, and Stephen
Brimson Lewis’s snow-strewn
design also evokes the textures of
domestic poverty.
The standouts in a warm
VISUAL ARTS
A New Era: Scottish
Modern Art 1900-1950
SCOTTISH NATIONAL GALLERY OF
MODERN ART, EDINBURGH
More than 100 paintings,
sculptures and works on paper
charting Scottish modernism,
from the early years of the century
when JD Fergusson and SJ Peploe
experienced at first-hand the new
work produced in Paris by artists
such as Picasso and Matisse,
to the turn of the 1950s, when
emerging Scottish artists such as
Alan Davie and Eduardo Paolozzi
were at the forefront of European
art. (0131 624 6200) to 10 Jun
Red Star over Russia:
a Revolution in Visual
Culture 1905-55
TATE MODERN, LONDON SE1
A mountain of visual memorabilia
from the February Revolution
to the death of Stalin, amassed
over decades by designer David
King, telling the story of how the
Soviet Union tried to create a
new visual identity in the service
of the revolution. Artists and
designers such as El Lissitzky
and Rodchenko put their talents
to the service of what they hoped
would become a transformative
collective endeavour.
(020 7887 8888) to 18 Feb
Surrealism in Egypt: Art et
Liberté 1938-1948
TATE LIVERPOOL
Paintings, photographs and
archival documents comprise a
fascinating exploration of how
surrealism thrived away from
its European proving ground.
The exhibition centres on the
politically engaged Art and
Liberty Group, a collective of
writers and artists who lived and
worked in Cairo in the 1930s and
1940s. (0151 702 7400) to 18 Mar
FILM
Sanctuary
15, LEN COLLIN, 88 MINS
A funny, big-hearted and affecting
comedy-drama, following a group
of characters with “intellectual
disabilities” on a day out to the
cinema in Galway with their
hapless but well-meaning young
care worker. Christian O’Reilly’s
screenplay combines elements
from the typical feelgood drama
with sharper insights into the lives
of the protagonists. Limited release
Persona
15, INGMAR BERGMAN, 83 MINS
A re-release of one of the
director’s most experimental,
confrontational and idiosyncratic
features, in which a breezy
young nurse, Sister Alma (Bibi
Andersson), is assigned to look
after the brilliant but troubled
classical actress, Elisabet Vogler
(Liv Ullmann), who has become
catatonic. This two-hander is
a very intense psycho-drama,
superbly played by its leads.
Limited release
ensemble are Brigid Zengeni,
charismatic as the Ghost of
Christmas Present, and Giles
Taylor who, as Scrooge’s former
business partner Marley,
resembles a genial ogre. Gerard
Carey is a touchingly hapless Bob
Cratchit, and Jude Muir tugs the
heartstrings as Tiny Tim.
To 4 February (01789 403493)
HENRY HITCHINGS
EVENING STANDARD
Star Wars: the Last Jedi
12A, RIAN JOHNSON, 152 MINS
Writer-director Rian Johnson, a
new recruit to the franchise, has
a monumental task with Episode
VIII, and he has risen to the
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challenge, having great fun with
the hardware in the George
Lucas toybox and also handling
a multi-stranded narrative with
dexterity. It’s a bit overblown,
cheesy and cod-mystical,
but like all the best Star Wars
films, it has a sense of fun,
energy and fantastical creation.
Nationwide release
Mountains May Depart
12A, JIA ZHANGKE, 123 MINS
Jia Zhangke’s film might best be
described as an intimate epic,
combining family melodrama with
a probing analysis of changing
times in contemporary China and
unfolding over three decades. It
opens in 1999 and centres on a
dance instructor (played by the
director’s partner and regular
collaborator Zhao Tao) – a
seemingly carefree young woman
living in a fast-changing provincial
town. Limited release
Human Flow
12A, AI WEIWEI, 140 MINS
Ai Weiwei’s magnificent
documentary, which puts the
current refugee crisis in a
historical and political context,
is epic in scale and often
heartbreaking to watch. Ai Weiwei
is offering a panoramic view of
the world, treating refugees with
dignity and kindness, insisting
on seeing every one of them as
an individual with a story to tell.
Limited release
Menashe
U, JOSHUA Z WEINSTEIN, 82 MINS
Menashe is a rough gem of a
film, a small-scale but delicately
observed and quietly funny
Yiddish-language drama about
the tribulations of a Hasidic
Jewish widower in Brooklyn.
The film is reportedly inspired
by the real life of its Hasidic star,
Menashe Lustig, who gives a
wonderful performance as the
well-intentioned but bumbling and
chaotic father. Limited release
Happy End
15, MICHAEL HANEKE, 108MINS
Michael Haneke is, as ever,
utterly relentless in probing away
at hypocrisies, bad faith and
unhappiness in this film about a
family of wealthy industrialists
– among them a 12-year-old
(Fantine Harduin) who has just
poisoned her mother, a ruthless
matriarch (Isabelle Huppert),
and a grandfather (Jean-Louis
Trintignant) who yearns to die.
Haneke leaves it up to us to work
out the roots of their discontent.
Nationwide release
The Disaster Artist
15, JAMES FRANCO, 103 MINS
It’s a nice irony that the making
of one of the worst movies in
recent history has enabled James
Franco to make one of the best
films in his own chequered career.
Franco directs and also stars as
Tommy Wiseau, the auteur behind
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the sublimely awful The Room
(2003). Tommy’s performance is
ludicrous. He can’t remember the
lines he himself wrote – and yet, in
his own warped way, as an artist
who doesn’t give up, he does have
integrity. Nationwide release
Call Me By Your Name
15, LUCA GUADAGNINO, 132 MINS
Coming-of-age films set over
long, lazy summers constitute
a mini-genre in their own right.
Few, though, have the freshness
or poignance of this adaptation of
André Aciman’s 2007 novel about
a gay affair between a teenage boy
and a 20-something male graduate
student in Eighties Italy. What
makes the film so magical is the
extraordinary delicacy, formal
daring and insight with which
Guadagnino tackles familiar
material. Nationwide release
JAZZ
Scott Hamilton Quartet
PIZZA EXPRESS JAZZ CLUB,
LONDON W1
The mellifluous American
tenor saxophonist returns with
a book full of standards and a
British quartet of pianist John
Pearce, bassist Dave Green
and Steve Brown on drums.
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The Ferryman
GIELGUD THEATRE, LONDON W1
Jez Butterworth’s play is a
triumphant show that fully
justifies the hype. Directed by
Sam Mendes and set in Northern
Ireland in the early Eighties,
it’s a complex family portrait,
played out against the backdrop
of the Troubles, starring the
fiercely uncompromising Paddy
Considine. There are some
similarities here to Butterworth’s
Jerusalem, not least a sense of
the mystique of rural life. Yet The
Ferryman has its own distinct
tang of humour and menace.
(theferrymanplay.com) to 19 May
Pinocchio
NT: LYTTELTON, LONDON SE1
This is the first time Disney
has given its blessing to a stage
version of the 1940 movie. John
Tiffany’s production is fairly
lavish, but it is beautifully
proportioned, always reminding
the audience that, at the heart of
the piece, there’s a simple story
about a wooden puppet’s quest to
be a real boy and find the answer
to the riddle of what it is that
unites people and makes them
human. (020 7452 3000) to 10 Apr
First
Chance
Opening
this week
FILM
Brad’s Status
15, MIKE WHITE, 102 MINS
Ben Stiller and Austin Abrams star in
Mike White’s comedy-drama.Opens Fri
POP
Winter Sprinter
LEXINGTON, LONDON N1
Three bands a night over four nights,
including the Surfing Magazines
(tomorrow) and Laetitia Sadier (Thur).
(wegottickets.com) opens tomorrow
COMEDY
Stewart Lee
LEICESTER SQUARE THEATRE,
LONDON WC2
The comedian settles into the second
leg of his annual West End residency.
(020 7734 2222) opens tomorrow
THEATRE
Dreamgirls
SAVOY THEATRE, LONDON WC2
Thirty-five years after it opened
on Broadway and 10 years
after the movie adaptation was
released, this celebrated musical,
loosely based on the story of The
Supremes, gets a West End run.
And, boy, does it hit the stage
as if it means business in Casey
Nicholaw’s full-throttle, fastmoving blast of a production.
(0844 871 7687) to 2 Jun
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one thing today
FILM
Molly’s Game
15, AARON SORKIN, 140 MINS
This film marks the
directorial debut of West
Wing creator Aaron
Sorkin, who also wrote
the ingeniously crafted
screenplay. Jessica
Chastain gives a blazing
performance as a former
Winter Olympics hopeful
who is busted by the FBI for
running an illegal gambling
operation, in a film that
never loses its momentum
or its fatalistic humour.
Nationwide release
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Market stalls as homes sell
for less than asking price
By Jasmine Andersson
Sellers are said to be losing con­
fidence in the property market after
more than a third of them sold their
homes for less than their asking
price in November, according to a
recent report.
The data, which was compiled by
the Zoopla property website, showed
that 35.33 per cent of sellers ended
up selling their homes for less than
their target price, marking a 1.25
percentage point increase compared
with July.
And with incomes being squeezed
across the country, the property
market looks likely to grind to a halt
over the course of 2018.
Although experts believe there is
room for minor growth as the year
moves forward, the public tightening
their purse strings as well as the
looming uncertainty of Brexit looks
likely to influence underconfident
buyers who are struggling to rely on
the strength of the pound since the
negotiations began.
However, savvier spenders
While aspiring buyers in
London scrabble to get on
to the property ladder, a group
of activists are launching the
London Renter’s Union to secure
fairer tenancy rights in the city.
predictions, the property markets
thrived during the last day of trading.
FTSE 100 companies such as
Persimmon Homes experienced a 57
per cent surge in trading figures, with
their boss, Jeff Fairburn, taking home
an enormous £110m bonus.
Luxury housebuilders Berkeley
appear to be looking outside
Homes also celebrated a
London to climb on to the
successful year after the
property ladder.
company’s share prices
While the capital city
rose by 50 per cent.
faces a purchasing
London property
drought, there are
prices also remain sky
The number of
still several standout
high, with the London
government
areas where prices
borough of Barking
housing incentive
schemes to help
are on the up.
and Dagenham now
those who want to
Glasgow, Birming­
the only recorded area
buy a home
ham and Manchester
in the capital city where
are likely to experience
average property prices
rising house prices,
are below £300,000 and thus
as people compete for more eligible for stamp duty concessions.
affordable property in other thriving
The G overnment abolished
areas of the country. The West of stamp duty for first­time buyers in
England will probably also enjoy a the autumn Budget to encourage
buying boost.
aspiring property owners to secure
I n s p i t e o f t h e d o l e f u l their dream homes.
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Vauxhall was
overtaken by
Volkswagen in
UK sales rankings
More staff
turning to
employment
tribunals
By Alan Jones
Quote of
the day
MOTORING
I always believe
that when you
follow your gut,
you can never
lose, because
settling is the
worst feeling in
the world
Rihanna
The singer and creator
of Fenty Beauty puts
her heart at the centre
of her business
Vauxhall becomes third most popular car brand
By Neil Lancefield
Car giant Vauxhall says it is
“following a strategic plan” after
slipping to third place in the UK
sales rankings.
The brand has been overtaken by
scandal­hit Volkswagen in new car
registrations, recording a 22 per cent
year­on­year decrease in the first 11
months of 2017.
Volkswagen has grown by 1 per
cent to take second spot behind Ford.
French company PSA Group
agreed to buy Vauxhall owner Opel
earlier this year.
A spokesman for Vauxhall, which
has factories in Ellesmere Port,
Cheshire, and Luton, Bedfordshire,
argued that the £1.9bn deal
accelerated plans to focus on profits.
He said: “Vauxhall is following a
strategic plan to remove the brand
from unprofitable channels, such as
daily rental.
“In the light of the PSA takeover
and the need to become profitable
across the group, that plan has been
stepped up into 2018.”
Volkswagen Group sparked
outrage in 2015 when it was found
to have fitted software designed to
cheat emissions tests to 11 million
diesel vehicles worldwide, including
almost 1.2 million in the UK.
It has emerged that a third
of Volkswagen cars fitted with
software to cheat emissions tests
remain unfixed. Alison Jones,
director of Volkswagen UK, said the
brand was focusing on its customers.
“Volkswagen will continue to
concentrate on the needs of our
customers, the number of which is
clearly increasing,” she said.
Employment tribunal claims in­
creased in the months after fees
were declared unlawful, the head of
the conciliation service has revealed.
Sir Brendan Barber, chairman
of Acas, said demand for its early
conciliation service rose by 20 per
cent over the two months following
a Supreme Court decision in July,
while there was a 60 per cent jump
in tribunal claims compared with the
same period a year earlier.
Sir Brendan said the court ruling
was a “significant outcome” for those
who argued that tribunal fees were
a barrier to accessing justice. The
Supreme Court upheld a challenge
by Unison that the charges were
discriminatory.
Sir Brendan predicted there could
be “challenging disputes” in the pub­
lic sector in 2018 because of ongoing
tensions over pay not rising in line
with inflation.
He said pay will be high on the
agenda this year as all large employ­
ers will have to publish the differ­
ences between men and women’s pay
in April.
“Right across the economy, liv­
ing standards are facing a squeeze,”
he remarked.
“Improving the UK’s productivity
is the key challenge that can deliver
higher living standards.
“Next month will see the end of the
consultation period on the Financial
Reporting Council’s new Corporate
Governance Code, which includes
guidance around how companies can
ensure workers have a greater voice
in boardrooms.
“This could herald a new recog­
nition of the importance of work­
place relations in our economic
performance.”
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After a scandal-hit year,
brands need good PR
now more than ever
The day at
a glance
Danny
Rogers
on PR and
advertising
TOURISM
RETAIL
PROPERTY
Hull enjoys £60m
cultural boost
Poor spellers led
to fake sandals
Persimmon boss
under pressure
Hull’s City of Culture status has
generated £60m for the local
economy. According to Hull City
Council figures, the Yorkshire
city also received an influx of
3.5 million visitors over the
course of its celebrations. Hull
will retain the title until 2021,
when it will be handed over
to Coventry.
A German court has ordered
Amazon to not take advantage
of customers misspelling the
word Birkenstock. Shoppers
who have searched for the
likes of “Brickenstock” to buy
the popular sandals have been
misdirected to counterfeit
versions of the shoes on the
retail giant’s website.
The boss of Persimmon Homes
is under increasing pressure
to donate some of his bonus to
charity after the housebuilder
profited from the Government’s
help-to-buy scheme. Jeff
Fairburn, the chief executive
of the FTSE 100 company,
has received a £110m bonus
despite protests.
AUTOMOTIVE
SAFETY
CONSUMER
New fuel hike for
deficit-hit Tunisia
Outside airbags to
save pedestrians
DWP warning on
pension scams
Tunisia is raising its fuel prices
in a bid to reduce its deficit.
The North African country
has introduced its second fuel
increase in six months in order
to reach its target of reducing
4.9 per cent of its GDP in 2018,
in an effort to push through
economic reforms.
General Motors has put forward
plans to trial airbags on the
outside of cars in the US. The
car company, which includes
brands Chevrolet and Cadillac,
has received a patent to install
airbags on the outside of
vehicles to protect pedestrians
involved in collisions.
The Department for Work and
Pensions (DWP) is warning
people to not fall victim to
pensions scams in 2018. It is
advising consumers to hang
up on cold callers and research
schemes before committing to
them, after £2.3m was scammed
from pension pots in 2017.
TOURISM
TECHNOLOGY
REGULATION
‘Y Viva España’
80 million times
Power shift for
electric cars
Crash lawyer
stands for FCA
Spain has celebrated a
record-breaking 80 million
tourists taking their holidays in
the country. According to the
Spanish statistics office, Britons
top the tourist figures, with
913,373 visitors making their
way to the nation in November.
A lack of bays to recharge
self-driving electric cars is
the last barrier to driverless
vehicles becoming mainstream,
insurance group Axa says. The
next generation will not need
to learn to drive thanks to the
advent of “robo-cars”, it claims.
A lawyer who advised the UK
government during the 2008
economic crash is running to
be the next chairman of the
Financial Conduct Authority
(FCA). Charles Randell faces
competition from one as-yetunnamed hopeful.
Who has the toughest job in PR
going into 2018? It’s a difficult
call this year after 12 months
of reputational crises covering
the political, corporate and
personal spheres. There’s a lot of
rebuilding to do.
There were the self-inflicted,
moderately amusing brand
disasters, such as PepsiCo
producing an awful and shortlived global campaign
featuring Kendall
Jenner (inset) or
Unilever putting out
clumsy advertising
that offended
minority groups.
More seriously,
2017 saw operational
crises such as United
Airlines’ treatment of
an Asian grandfather on
one of its planes. Not only was
he unfairly manhandled off the
aircraft but United’s CEO blamed
him for being “disruptive”.
Indeed, the airline sector has
big reputational problems on its
hands for 2018.
The previously Teflon
Ryanair suffered a raft of
flight cancellations in the final
quarter of the year, with many
loyal customers close to their
wits’ end. And British Airways
had its own difficulties, not
least criticism for catering and
legroom cutbacks, as well as that
catastrophic IT malfunction
last May, which left many tens
of thousands of passengers
stranded without information.
On the transport theme, Uber
is still bolstering its comms
operation after a year in which
its scandal-hit chief executive
Travis Kalanick resigned, a
sexist corporate culture was
revealed and Transport For
London still threatens to remove
the company’s licence to operate.
Interestingly, Uber’s problems
dovetailed with the biggest
reputational story of 2017, which
was the inability of numerous
organisations to protect staff
and customers from sexual
harassment, even assault.
Hollywood’s studios and
celebrities are still highly
mobilised in analysing their
cultures and rebuilding
their reputations
following the scandals
surrounding
producer Harvey
Weinstein and
actor Kevin Spacey.
Indeed, these horror
stories spilt over into
US media firms, with a
raft of complaints about
senior executives.
All that without even
mentioning the politicians or,
indeed, the sports governing
bodies that continue to be
under scrutiny for child abuse
accusations and doping by
elite-level athletes.
So this year, it is difficult to
imagine any communications
director who is not currently
experiencing a heightened state
of anxiety.
On the bright side, their skills
have never been in such demand.
Happy New Year.
Danny Rogers is group editor-inchief of Brand Republic Group
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Roasted beetroot, carrot, lentil and
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Kakuro
Zygolex® In i every day
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Solution, page 47
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Killer Sudoku No 1173
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
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Variation
For a heartier dish, double the quantity
of lentils, omit the leaves and finish
with a scattering of crumbled feta and
chopped parsley.
CLEAN
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Heat the oven to 190°C/gas mark 5. Wrap
the beetroot in foil and roast it in the hot
oven, which may take an hour or more,
depending on their size.
About half an hour before the beetroot
are cooked (the test is whether you can
easily insert and remove a knife), toss
the carrots in a roasting tin with 1 tablespoon of the oil, the cumin seeds and
some salt and pepper. Add to the oven
and roast for 20–25 minutes, until beginning to caramelise.
Meanwhile, put the lentils into a pan of
cold water and bring to the boil. Simmer
for about 20 minutes, until tender. Drain
and dress with 1 tablespoon of the olive
oil and a little salt while still warm.
Mix the lemon juice and 3–4
tablespoons of olive oil with a little salt
to make a simple dressing. Taste and
adjust the balance of lemon to oil if
necessary. Allow the beets to cool so you
can handle them, then slip off the skins.
Cut into bite-sized chunks and toss
with some of the dressing. Dress the
salad leaves, scatter over the lentils and
top with the carrots and beetroot.
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SERVES 2
2 medium beetroot (about 300–350g),
scrubbed well
3 medium carrots (about 300–350g),
peeled and cut into quarters lengthways
5–6 tbsp olive oil
1 tsp cumin seeds
100g Puy lentils (or other small green
lentils)
2 tbsp freshly squeezed lemon juice, or
to taste
bag of salad leaves, eg rocket or
watercress
salt and black pepper
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11 Work of fiction (5)
12 Magician’s
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Results service
CRICKET
Bairstow backs
under-fire Moeen
to deliver in final
Test at Sydney
DARTS
PDC WORLD DARTS CHAMPIONSHIPS, ALEXANDRA PALACE, LONDON Saturday Semi-Finals: P
Taylor (GB) bt J Lewis (GB) 6-1; R Cross (GB) bt M
van Gerwen (Neth) 6-5.
RUGBY UNION
AVIVA PREMIERSHIP
Moeen Ali has so
far struggled with
bat and ball but
could find joy on a
turning wicket in
Sydney GETTY
Ali are unquestioned.” Moeen’s trials
and tribulations – which stem partly
from his promotion to No 6 at the
Jonny Bairstow believes England start of the series ahead of Bairstow,
should stand by under-fire all-round- only for the pair to swap places again
er Moeen Ali in next week’s fifth for the Perth Test – have given rise
Ashes Test.
to speculation that with one eye on
Moeen has been struggling for the future, Hampshire leg-spinner
form all series, averaging just 19 with Mason Crane might be in for a Test
the bat and 135 with the ball. But debut on what is expected to be a
Bairstow said Moeen was “absolute- turning Sydney track.
ly” still part of England’s
But Bairstow said that
first-choice XI and said
even though the series is
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the selectors should “get
over, England must play
important
behind” him.
their best side, regardless
“The guy’s the second- that we get
of future considerations.
fastest ever to 2000 Test behind Mo. He “You’ve got to play your
runs and 100 Test wickets,” can take the
best team,” he insisted.
Bairstow said as the Eng- game away
“We’re still in it to win
land side arrived in Syd- from you – his games of cricket. Whether
ney for the final leg of their
that’s Mason playing, the XI
Ashes engagement, having capabilities are will be going out to win this
unquestioned
got the better of a drawn
next Test match.
fourth Test in Melbourne.
“Yes, the series has gone.
“It’s unquestionable to even think But you can see from the spirit that
that he’s not in our best XI. He the guys showed in the last Test
wouldn’t have played the first four match that by no means is the foot
Test matches if he wasn’t.
off the gas. We’re very proud to play
“There’s not many finger-spinners cricket for England.
that will come to Australia and bowl
“We’ve been pretty close in all the
teams out. It’s very important that we Test matches, a session and a half
get behind Mo. He can take a game either way. It was exactly the same
away from you, and whether it be the in Melbourne. To put a substantial
next game or the first Test in New total on the board and then to apply
Zealand, the capabilities of Moeen ourselves with the ball like we did
By Jonathan Liew
IN SYDNEY
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a far superior economy rate. “I’d feel
disappointed for this group if we
didn’t get a win on this trip because
we’ve worked so hard,” said England’s record wicket-taker.
“We have played well at times in
all four Tests. It would be nice if we
can carry that on and have one last
push at Sydney and try to get a win.
It would mean a lot to the lads, and all
the English support we’ve had over
here. Unfortunately for us, it is a bit
late.” THE INDEPENDENT
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was a great effort, and in that second
innings to have them effectively 16-4
gave us a really good chance to win
that Test match.”
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said his England team-mates are
determined to end a disappointing
Ashes tour with a victory in Sydney.
The 35-year-old has performed
well in the series taking 16 wickets
at an average of 25, six wickets more
than the tourists’ next best in Stuart
Broad and Chris Woakes – and with
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Across 10 New Year’s Day,
12 First-footing, 14 Calennig,
15 Abyssinia, 16/54 Gemma
Arterton, 17 Bob Cratchit,
19 Findhorn, 21 Blackboard Jungle,
25 Sequin, 27 My Girl, 28 Humanz,
29 Vasodilator, 31 Kaye, 32 Indore,
33 Monica Seles, 37 Tin Pan Alley,
39 Dieppe, 40 Eton, 43 Penalty
kick, 45 Faunus, 46 Enescu,
48 Escort, 50 Incandescent lamp,
53/20 Jack Sock, 55 Sierra Leone,
59 Talus, 60 Lofthouse,
61 Hogmanay, 62 Arsène Wenger,
63 Light breeze.
Down 1 Anna Soubry, 2 Sweet
Charity, 3 Mennea, 4/8 Greg
Louganis, 5 Adjani, 6 Granadilla,
7 Ethanol, 9 Antarctic Ocean,
11 Yo-yo, 12 Fission, 13 Times
Square, 18 Cool Hand Luke, 22
Kali, 23 Rumpole, 26 Louis Pasteur,
30 Iraq, 31 Kaiserslautern,
34 Oceanus, 35 Knot, 36/24
Edward Jenner, 38 Peacock blue,
41 The Caretaker, 42 Kent,
44 Centrifuge, 47 Copenhagen,
49 Transkei, 51 A N Other, 52
Stollen, 56 Ice Age, 57 Angora,
58 Mull, 61 Hutu.
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Results service
LINGFIELD Going: Standard
11.40 1. SHADOW WARRIOR (A Kirby) 8-1; 2.
Dark Magic 20-1; 3. Nick Vedder 4-1. 10 ran. 7-2
fav Mach One (5th). 1l, 1/2l. (P D’Arcy).
12.10 1. FURZIG (T Hamilton) 7-2; 2. Kath’s
Lustre 16-1; 3. Jeopardy John 6-1. 10 ran. 2-1 fav
General Jack (4th). 11/4l, 11/4l. (R Fahey).
12.40 1. OJALA (A Kirby) 7-4 fav; 2. Cristal Pallas
Cat 10-1; 3. Roman Spinner 4-1. 5 ran. 1/2l, 1/2l. (S
Dow). Tote: £2.20; £1.10, £3.40. Exacta: £15.70.
Trifecta: £44.60. CSF: £17.38. NR: Mossketeer.
1.15 1. CELESTIAL SPHERES (T Marquand) 5-2;
2. Al Hamdany 6-4 fav; 3. Rainbow Rebel 9-2.
6 ran. 11/4l, 11/2l. (C Appleby). Tote: £3.40; £1.70,
£1.60. Exacta: £6.60. Trifecta: £21.70. CSF: £6.36.
1.45 1. GORING (E Greatrex) 11-2; 2. Alfred
Hutchinson 20-1; 3. Third Time Lucky 8-1. 12
ran. 7-4 fav Mystique Moon (4th). 2l, 1l. (Eve
J-Houghton). Tote: £7.20; £2.40, £2.30, £5.60.
Exacta: £159.90. Tricast: £909.37. Trifecta:
£1532.70. CSF: £118.02.
2.15 1. PRIDE OF ANGELS (A Kirby) 5-1; 2.
Strategic Heights 13-2; 3. Stoic Boy 7-1. 10 ran.
9-2 fav Bridge Builder (5th). 3/4l, 11/2l. (G L Moore).
Tote: £4.90; £2.60, £1.80, £3.00. Exacta: £41.60.
Tricast: £236.93. Trifecta: £332.10. CSF: £38.27.
2.50 1. GOLD CLUB (C Bennett) 15-2; 2. Haraz
6-4 fav; 3. Forever Yours 11-4. 7 ran. nk, 3/4l. (L
Carter). Tote: £5.20; £2.40, £1.90. Exacta: £18.80.
Tricast: £38.95. Trifecta: £71.70. CSF: £19.07.
NRs: Cherished, Malaysian Boleh.
3.20 1. MET BY MOONLIGHT (S Drowne) 6-1; 2.
Shackled N Drawn 11-8 fav; 3. Grand Myla 5-2. 8
ran. 23/4l, 1/2l. (R Hodges). Tote: £6.60; £1.70, £1.20,
£1.20. Exacta: £22.80. Tricast: £26.12. Trifecta:
£51.30. CSF: £14.37. NRs: Roy’s Legacy, Waneen.
Jackpot: Not won, pool of £1,744.07 carried
over to Cheltenham.
Placepot: £624.80. Quadpot: £54.60.
Place 6: £199.34. Place 5: £59.26.
Ambitious Frost
looks ahead to
2018 with great
expectations
Hurdle material, Old Guard has got
his mojo back and I fancy he will
prove too good for Wholestone (deBryony Frost will have had more spite his fine track record), the mare
reason than most to raise a glass last Colin’s Sister, and last year’s winner
night to 2017 with all its wonderful Agrapart.
memories still dancing around her
The Dipper Novices’ Chase is
head. A first Cheltenham Festival Willoughby Court v Yanworth,
win and a first Grade One triumph round two, after the former outwere the race highlights, but, best of jumped the latter (who now has a 5lb
all, it was the year when she won the pull) at Newbury a month ago.
universal respect and admiration of
All being well, both will be serious
her mentors and peers.
players at the Festival, but
Definitely not one to
I wonder whether we’re
rest on her laurels, the
in for a bit of a turn-up
ambitious young rider
here as they take on
will have toasted in
Ballyandy and Ami
2018, too, with great
Desbois, two quite
Bryony Frost
expectations. A
classy opponents in
enjoyed a successful
first Grand National
their own right.
2017 as she rode her
ride, perhaps, and
Ballyandy finished
way to 23 winners
the chance to follow
fourth in the Supreme
in the footsteps of her
Novices’ Hurdle last
dad, Jimmy, who won
March, while Ami Desthe world’s most famous
bois was fifth in the Albert
steeplechase in 1989. How
Bartlett. Both have since
I am
brilliant would that be?
switched confidently to
But first things first: this delighted to
fences.
afternoon she has a great see all this rain
Stamina will be at a
opportunity to kick off and dreadful
premium in the prevailthe new year with another
ing deep ground and I
prestigious victory aboard weather about wouldn’t be at all surprised
Old Guard in Cheltenham’s as it means
to see Graeme McPherGrade Two Relkeel Hurdle. he will have
son’s stamina-laden Ami
Old Guard was one of his optimum
Desbois outstay his more
Frost’s 23 winners of 2017 conditions
illustrious rivals.
at Newbury a month ago
He has won both his
and Paul Nicholls’ now
chase starts in style, but
seven-year-old (every horse has its McPherson said yesterday: “I am
official birthday today) ran better delighted to see all this rain and
still when a close fifth behind My Tent dreadful weather about as it means
Or Yours in the International Hurdle he will have his optimum conditions
over today’s course a fortnight later, for the first time this season.”
finishing as well as anything after
The going at Cheltenham is offibeing a little outpaced and squeezed cially heavy, soft in places and one
for room going to the last.
of punting’s golden rules these days
Once considered Champion is that whenever it’s proper clarty,
By Jon Freeman
RACING EDITOR
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UTTOXETER Going: Heavy
Bryony Frost and Old Guard clear the
last to win the Ladbrokes Handicap
Hurdle at Newbury in December GETTY
as they say hereabouts, look first
to trainer Venetia Williams and her
team of mudlarks.
It isn’t a foolproof system, but
Burtons Well, in good form when
last seen at Stratford in October,
does very much catch the eye in the
Betbright Handicap Chase back on
his favoured softer surface.
Steve Drowne brought the curtain down on his 27-year career in
the best possible way at Lingfield
yesterday as Met By Moonlight
forged clear in the closing stages to
win the Betway Dash, the final Flat
race of 2017.
Fittingly, Met By Moonlight’s sire
is Sakhee’s Secret, one of the jockey’s six Group One winners, while
trainer Ron Hodges was a great help
and influence in the jockey’s early
development.
“That was nice, wasn’t it?” said the
46-year-old rider. “I’ve no regrets.
I’m happy with how it’s gone and that
I’m finishing in one piece.”
top
tips
BEST BET
Old Guard
(3.10pm, Cheltenham)
Back on top form this season and
this course brings out the best
in him.
NEXT BEST
Burtons Well
(2pm, Cheltenham)
Went close on seasonal return
and in his element on this
deep ground.
EACH WAY
Skipthecuddles
(2.35pm, Cheltenham)
Behind Red Rising last time, but
much better off at the weights
and softer ground will suit.
12.20 1. COMBER MILL (A Tinkler) 7-1; 2. Richardofdoccombe 7-2 fav; 3. Clock On Tom 9-2. 9
ran. 1/2l, 21/4l. (A Ralph). Tote: £7.50; £2.20, £1.50,
£1.70. Exacta: £30.00. Tricast: £121.33. Trifecta:
£179.70. CSF: £32.43. NR: Boutan.
12.50 1. SIR WILL (Jamie Moore) 6-1; 2. Juge
Et Parti 11-8 fav; 3. Florrie Knox 2-1. 6 ran. nk,
3
/4l. (Kerry Lee). Tote: £4.90; £2.20, £1.50. Exacta:
£17.30. Trifecta: £21.00. CSF: £15.53. NRs: Day
In Paradise, Game On.
1.25 1. CAILLEACH ANNIE (D G Noonan) 5-2
fav; 2. Clondaw Rigger 9-1; 3. Leith Hill Legasi
8-1. 9 ran. 5l, 41/2l. (Miss J Du Plessis). Tote:
£2.80; £1.30, £2.70, £2.50. Exacta: £24.90. Tricast:
£156.77. Trifecta: £121.20. CSF: £25.07. NRs: Mr
Love, Sharney Sike.
1.55 1. CAVE TOP (Ross Turner) 11-8 fav; 2.
Crucial Role 3-1; 3. Eaton Hill 11-4. 4 ran. 21/4l,
11l. (Oliver Greenall). Tote: £1.90; Exacta: £5.90.
Trifecta: £8.80. CSF: £5.76. NR: Top Ville Ben.
2.25 1. TOWN PARKS (Jamie Moore) 7-1; 2.
Arctic Gold 15-8 fav; 3. Back To The Thatch 4-1. 5
ran. 11/4l, 8l. (Kerry Lee). Tote: £6.20; £2.40, £1.60.
Exacta: £12.40. Trifecta: £68.30. CSF: £21.84.
3.00 1. INNISFREE LAD (D Bass) 7-1; 2. Mozo
3-1; 3. Fearsome Fred 7-1. 7 ran. 7-4 fav River
Dun (5th). 28l, 1/2l. (David Dennis). Tote: £8.80;
£3.70, £1.90. Exacta: £36.10. Tricast: £154.08.
Trifecta: £166.30. CSF: £29.33. NR: Poetic
Presence.
3.30 1. QUEENS CAVE (T Scudamore) 4-5 fav;
2. Shapiro 4-1; 3. Coded Message 10-1. 8 ran.
5l, 21/2l. (D Pipe). Tote: £1.70; £1.10, £1.60, £2.70.
Exacta: £6.40. Trifecta: £47.00. CSF: £4.92.
Placepot: £64.30. Quadpot: £18.00.
Place 6: £56.82. Place 5: £30.39.
WARWICK Going: Heavy
12.30 1. BLACK TULIP (Nico De Boinville) 7-1;
2. Sensulano 5-1; 3. Redemption Song 9-4 fav.
9 ran. 11/2l, 31/4l. (H Daly).
1.00 1. THEMANFROM MINELLA (Max Kendrick) 6-1; 2. Paddy The Oscar 11-2; 3. Astigos
20-1. 7 ran. 5-2 fav Horatio Hornblower (4th).
41/2l, 8l. (B Case).
1.35 1. LE ROCHER (T Scudamore) 1-10 fav; 2.
Royal Act 8-1; 3. Sussex Road 28-1. 3 ran. 21/4l,
60l. (N Williams). .
2.05 1. FLASHJACK (J Sherwood) 4-1 jt-fav;
2. Definately Vinnie 7-1; 3. Culture De Sivola
9-2. 8 ran. 4-1 jt-fav Millicent Silver (5th). 8l,
6l. (H Daly).
2.35 1. NATIVE ROBIN (N Scholfield) 11-1; 2.
Very Live 4-1; 3. Dontminddboys 2-1 fav. 7 ran.
23/4l, nk. (J Scott).
3.10 1. SAMSON’S REACH (D Jacob) 8-1; 2.
Tanacando 16-1; 3. Indian Reel 13-2. 9 ran. 3-1
fav Xhale (Pulled Up). 31/2l, hd. (R J Price).
3.40 1. KINGSPLACE (Mr J Nailor) 2-1 fav; 2.
Barley Hill 4-1; 3. Mr Washington 7-2. 7 ran. 4l,
3l. (N Twiston-Davies). Placepot: £101.70. Quadpot: £21.70. Place 6: £535.97. Place 5: £315.91.
NEWS
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CHELTENHAM
BALLYMORE NOVICES’ HURDLE (LISTED) (CLASS 1)
£25,000 added 2m 4f
1
21 AINCHEA C Tizzard 5 11 0........................................................B J Cooper
2
614-3F AYE AYE CHARLIE F O’Brien 6 11 0 ............................. P Brennan
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5-523 MY CHARITY G McPherson 7 11 0............................................D Jacob
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PF-54 OLLIE VAAR R J Price 6 11 0....................................................L Heard H
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1-13 ONEFORTHEROADTOM (BF) H Fry 5 11 0......B J Geraghty
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02-1F2 SPRINGTOWN LAKE (D) P Hobbs 6 11 0.................T J O’Brien
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2110-1 TIKKANBAR N Mulholland 7 11 0.......................................... N Fehily
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2R-114 WHATMORE H Daly 6 11 0..........................................................A Tinkler
- 8 declared BETTING: 5-2 Springtown Lake, 3-1 Ainchea, 11-2 Whatmore,
Onefortheroadtom, 13-2 Tikkanbar, 8-1 Aye Aye Charlie, 16-1 Others.
FORM VERDICT
SPRINGTOWN LAKE only found On The Blind Side too good in a Grade
2 contest at Sandown last month and he is clearly the one to beat based
on that evidence. However, Ainchea caught the eye with the way he won
at the same venue the next day. He looks to have a very bright future
but the form of the Colin Tizzard yard has to be a concern. Others to
consider are Onefortheroadtom, Tikkanbar and Whatmore.
12.15
WATCH LIVE RACING ON BETBRIGHT.COM HANDICAP
CHASE (CLASS 2) £25,000 added 3m 2f
1
F8-493 SOUTHFIELD THEATRE (C) P Nicholls 10 11 12.....S Twiston-Davies B
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P52-50 VYTA DU ROC (C) N Henderson 9 11 6............................D Jacob C
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75-13P BALLYMALIN N Twiston-Davies 8 11 3.....................T Bellamy
4 2P5-4U RUSSE BLANC (D) Kerry Lee 11 10 9 .........................H Skelton C
5 P4-PF0 LAMB OR COD (CD) P Hobbs 11 10 6.......................T J O’Brien T
- 5 declared BETTING: 9-4 Vyta Du Roc, 5-2 Southfield Theatre, 3-1 others.
FORM VERDICT
A disappointing turn out for this contest and it is hard to pick a potential
winner as they all have some questions to answer. That said, the marginal
preference is for SOUTHFIELD THEATRE, who ran well enough in a
similar event over C&D last month and he has been dropped 4lb in the
ratings subsequently. Russe Blanc would arguably be the safest pick
given his record on heavy ground but he does lack the class of some of
his rivals today. All of the rest have some sort of chance but Vyta Du
Roc is the pick of them based on his form from last season.
12.50
BETBRIGHT DIPPER NOVICES’ CHASE (GRADE 2) ITV1
(CLASS 1) £35,000 added 2m 5f
WILLOUGHBY COURT (CD) B Pauling 7 11 5....... Nico De Boinville
SIZING TENNESSEE (C) C Tizzard 10 11 3.............B J Cooper
AMI DESBOIS (D) G McPherson 8 11 0 ................ P Brennan T
BALLYANDY (C) N Twiston-Davies 7 11 0......S Twiston-Davies
YANWORTH (C)(BF) A King 8 11 0.............................B J Geraghty
- 5 declared BETTING: 11-10 Willoughby Court, 2-1 Yanworth, 5-1 Ballyandy, 14-1
Sizing Tennessee, Ami Desbois.
FORM VERDICT
WILLOUGHBY COURT beat Yanworth by three lengths at Newbury last
month and he can be supported to confirm that form today, despite a
5lb swing in the weights. The main reason for that is Yanworth’s poor
jumping performances to date and it would not be a big surprise if
he were to fail to complete the course. Willoughby Court won the
Neptune here back in March and he clearly improved for his chasing
debut. Ballyandy should run his usual solid race and is hard to rule out,
while the others may lack the speed of the principals.
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BETBRIGHT HANDICAP CHASE (GRADE 3)
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(CLASS 1) £75,000 added 2m 5f
TOP GAMBLE (D) Kerry Lee 10 11 12 .....James Bowen (5) T
SHANTOU FLYER (CD) R Hobson 8 11 10....M Bastyan (5) C,T
VICONTE DU NOYER (C)(D) C Tizzard 9 11 6......B J Cooper T
QUITE BY CHANCE (D) C Tizzard 9 11 4..................T J O’Brien
SAMETEGAL (C) P Nicholls 9 11 2.......... S Twiston-Davies T
THEINVAL (D)(BF) N Henderson 8 11 2.................J McGrath C
BURTONS WELL Miss V Williams 9 10 12...........A Coleman
SPLASH OF GINGE (CD) N Twiston-Davies 10 10 11...............
......................................................................................................................................T Bellamy
9
0-235F BALLYHILL (D) N Twiston-Davies 7 10 5 ..........J Bargary (3)
- 9 declared BETTING: 3-1 Sametegal, 4-1 Burtons Well, 5-1 Top Gamble, 11-2
Theinval, 7-1 Ballyhill, 10-1 others.
2.00
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3
4
5
6
7
8
346-P2
2P-5PP
PP2-70
F0P-23
221/23
27-4F3
214F-2
00-417
VOICES
14-18
DORNAN ENGINEERING RELKEEL HURDLE
ITV1
(GRADE 2) (CLASS 1) £50,000 added 2m 4f
AGRAPART (CD) N Williams 7 11 6.............................Lizzie Kelly
ANTEROS (C)(D) Mrs S Leech 10 11 4 .............A Coleman T,V
OLD GUARD (C) P Nicholls 7 11 4.............................Bryony Frost
WHOLESTONE (CD) N Twiston-Davies 7 11 3............D Jacob
QUALANDO (C) A Jones 7 11 0 ..........................................T Bellamy C
RAYVIN BLACK (BF) O Sherwood 9 11 0................T Garner V
ROYAL VACATION (C)(D) C Tizzard 8 11 0 ....H Cobden B,T
COLIN’S SISTER (D) F O’Brien 7 10 13 ....................... P Brennan
- 8 declared BETTING: 15-8 Old Guard, 2-1 Colin’s Sister, 10-3 Wholestone, 8-1
Agrapart, 20-1 Royal Vacation, 25-1 Rayvin Black, 33-1 Others.
139-77
-32F25
-71315
13-426
22-2P9
57-522
1PP-3P
115-14
FORM VERDICT
Agrapart took this contest in similar conditions last year and a return
to the Prestbury Park mud could revive his fortunes, however, it looks a
much deeper race this time around and he faces a tough task conceding
weight to all his rivals. Wetherby Grade 2 winner Colin’s Sister is a
versatile and classy operator who looks set for a bold bid, although
a chance is taken on course specialist WHOLESTONE reversing form
from their duel in West Yorkshire to take this. Nigel Twiston-Davies’
charge has scored here over varying distances and in varying ground
conditions during his novice hurdle season and the Albert Bartlett
third can leave his latest effort firmly in the past here. Old Guard has
been in fine form and has to be respected, while the testing ground
brings Rayvin Black into the equation and he could be an option for
each-way backers.
3.45
LISTED STANDARD OPEN NH FLAT RACE
(CLASS 1) 4YO £25,000 added 1m 6f
ITV1
1
2
3
4
5
6
21 ACEY MILAN A Honeyball 10 12...................................A Coleman T
ARCH MY BOY Martin Smith 10 12....................................T Cannon
7 COPPERHEAD C Tizzard 10 12...............................................H Cobden
FEEL THE PINCH F O’Brien 10 12...................................A P Cawley
GOLD FIELDS Laura Morgan 10 12....................................H Skelton
4 KINGOFTHECOTSWOLDS (BF) N Twiston-Davies 10 12....
................................................................................................................ S Twiston-Davies
7
3 MALINAS JACK J Mackie 10 12......................................................D Jacob
8
21 NORMAL NORMAN J Ryan 10 12..................................... P Brennan
9
ROMEO BROWN N Williams 10 12..............................Lizzie Kelly
10
2 SKYLINE (BF) H Morrison 10 12........................................T J O’Brien
11
VOLCANO Christian Williams 10 12........................B J Geraghty
12
21 ENA BAIE H Fry 10 5.............................................................................N Fehily
13
0 FRIDAY FEELING J G O’Shea 10 5..................Brodie Hampson
- 13 declared BETTING: 10-3 Acey Milan, 11-2 Ena Baie, 6-1 Skyline, 13-2 Volcano, 7-1
Normal Norman, 8-1 Malinas Jack, 14-1 others.
FORM VERDICT
Anthony Honeyball has his string in fine order of late and his Acey Milan
sets the standard following his Wincanton victory last time. However,
he was beaten on debut at Exeter by Christian Williams’ VOLCANO,
who created a taking impression that day and can remain unbeaten
here, with Barry Geraghty picking up a very handy spare ride aboard
Dai Walters’ promising grey. Ena Baie must be considered with Harry
Fry’s stable potentially turning the corner and she was a winner in
France when last seen, while Kingofthecotswolds is respected at his
trainer’s local track.
i MONDAY
1 JANUARY 2018
BUSINESS SPORT
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47-56
NORTH NORFOLK HANDICAP HURDLE (CLASS 3)
£13,400 added 2m 4f
1
351P16 FIXED RATE (CD) C Mann 5 11 12 .....Angus Cheleda (10) B,T
2
24-22F ARTIFICE SIVOLA (CD)(BF) Mrs L Wadham 8 11 11.................
........................................................................................................ Maxime Tissier (7) H
3
639-5P MARIAH’S LEGEND Miss Amy Murphy 6 11 9....J Quinlan
4
/61P-0 ARGANTE (CD) H Spiller 9 11 7..................................C Gethings (3)
5 1U6057 CROOKSTOWN (D) B Case 11 10 8.................................I Popham B
6
235417 MAMOO (CD) N King 5 10 6...................................................T Whelan V
- 6 declared BETTING: 5-4 Artifice Sivola, 7-4 Mamoo, 7-1 Fixed Rate, 12-1
Crookstown, 14-1 Argante, 20-1 Mariah’s Legend.
INDEPENDENT RACECOURSES LTD. NOVICES’
HANDICAP CHASE (CLASS 4) £9,400 added 2m 5f
1
9-313F MULLAGHBOY (C) Olly Murphy 7 11 8.....................C Poste H,T
2
462131 NORSE LIGHT David Dennis 7 11 3(7ex) ............ T Whelan T,V
- 2 declared BETTING: 1-2 Norse Light, 13-8 Mullaghboy.
1.55
3.05
TOTEPOOL HAPPY NEW YEAR NOVICES’ HANDICAP
CHASE (CLASS 4) £8,000 added 3m
APACHEE PRINCE (BF) A Whillans 9 11 12 ....K Edgar (3) T
MISFITS (D) Miss L Russell 7 11 12.......................Derek Fox H,T
EAGER TO KNOW (D) M Hammond 8 11 2.......F O’Toole (5)
SMILING JESSICA (D) R Menzies 8 10 13......G Cockburn (3) C
ROBINS LEGEND C Grant 6 10 10.................................B Hughes V
DUTCH CANYON N Alexander 8 10 2.......... B Campbell (5) C
- 6 declared BETTING: 11-4 Apachee Prince, 3-1 Eager To Know, 7-2 Misfits, 4-1
Smiling Jessica, 6-1 Robins Legend, 20-1 Dutch Canyon.
3.25
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2
3
4
5
6
TOTEEXACTA HAIR OF THE DOG HANDICAP HURDLE
(CLASS 3) £18,400 added 3m
1
1212P3 AHEAD OF THE CURVE (D) S Corbett 6 11 12....J Corbett (5) T
2
-13145 MIRSAALE K Dalgleish 8 11 12........................................C Bewley (3)
3
5-42P1 STAMP YOUR FEET T R George 6 11 7................. A P Heskin T
4
/0-P19 FLY VINNIE (CD) A Whillans 9 11 2......................Steven Fox (5)
5
B3231- TANTAMOUNT (D) Miss L Russell 9 11 2 ............Derek Fox T
6
31-711 CRESSWELL LEGEND (D) K Bailey 7 11 2...................... D Bass T
7
-22664 RAINY CITY I Jardine 8 10 12........................Ross Chapman (5) C
8
22284- ARTHURS SECRET (C) A M Thomson 8 10 11..................................
...................................................................................................Rachel McDonald (7) H
9
3733-3 VOLCANIC D McCain 9 10 9 .....................................Will Kennedy T
- 9 declared BETTING: 9-4 Stamp Your Feet, 7-2 Cresswell Legend, 5-1 Tantamount,
8-1 Mirsaale, 10-1 Volcanic, Ahead of The Curve, 12-1 Arthurs Secret,
16-1 Rainy City, Fly Vinnie.
FORM VERDICT
CRESSWELL LEGEND is a progressive six-year-old who makes his
handicap debut off what should be a workable mark based on two wins
at Ludlow earlier in the season. Stamp Your Feet also merits a place on
the shortlist following his Hereford success last month and a 4lb rise in
the ratings appears to be lenient. Ahead of The Curve is another in with
a decent shout, while Mirsaale cannot be discounted.
TOTEQUADPOT ‘AULD REEKIE’ HANDICAP CHASE ITV1
(CLASS 2) £30,000 added 2m 4f
1
F214-6 MAX WARD (D) T R George 9 11 12............................... A P Heskin
2
210-25 UPSILON BLEU (D) Miss P Robson 10 11 9......Craig Nichol
3
125-45 KNOCKGRAFFON (D) Olly Murphy 8 11 8.......B Hughes C,T
4
175057 KING’S WHARF (D) A M Thomson 9 11 2 ............Derek Fox T
5
3-5135 INDIAN TEMPLE (CD) T Reed 9 11 0.............................. H Reed (7)
6 720F48 MR BOSS MAN Nigel Thomas Slevin (IRE) 10 10 4.................
.......................................................................................................................Will Kennedy C
- 6 declared BETTING: 9-4 Upsilon Bleu, 3-1 Knockgraffon, 4-1 Max Ward, 9-2 Indian
Temple, 8-1 King’s Wharf, 12-1 Mr Boss Man.
154624
3545-4
754-33
4VP22F
5P4-P7
P34-65
FORM VERDICT
SMILING JESSICA was perhaps booked in for another placed effort
when falling two out, but Rebecca Menzies’ mare could be capable of
landing the spoils off a tumbling chase mark. Her best performance
over fences has come at Southwell which gives hope that today’s
speedy circuit could play to her strengths and a big run could be on the
cards. It may be notable that Brian Hughes has chosen Robins Legend
for Billingham handler Chris Grant, while Misfits could be Scotland’s
best chance of keeping this prize on home soil.
BEST OF SOUTHWELL
BEST OF MUSSELBURGH
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1.45
BETWAY HANDICAP (CLASS 3) £16,000 added 5f
1
2
42284 MEMORIES GALORE (D) Roger Fell 6 9 7 . T Hamilton C 8
48315 MIDNIGHT MALIBU (CD) T Easterby 5 9 7...........................................
................................................................................................ Rachel Richardson (3) 7
3
00782 KICKBOXER (D) M Appleby 7 9 6...........................G Malune (7) 5
4
41721 TILLY TROTTER (CD) D Carroll 4 9 3................................T Eaves 1
5
85041 ALEEF D O’Meara 5 9 2........................................Daniel Tudhope T 6
6
77492 RAZIN’ HELL (CD) J Balding 7 8 13............................A Mullen V 3
7
30844 CROSSE FIRE (CD) S Dixon 6 8 7.................................K O’Neill V 2
8
40448 PENNY DREADFUL (D) S Dixon 6 8 7........................................................
.........................................................................................................Nicola Currie (5) B 4
- 8 declared BETTING: 7-2 Tilly Trotter, 4-1 Aleef, 9-2 Razin’ Hell, Kickboxer, Memories
Galore, 10-1 Midnight Malibu, 14-1 Crosse Fire, 25-1 Penny Dreadful.
FORM VERDICT
RAZIN’ HELL appreciated the drop back to the minimum distance when
beaten a mere head over C&D 10 days ago and the handicapper has left
him on a mark of 80 - 3lb lower than when he won this race 12 months
ago. Memories Galore is a consistent performer on the all-weather and
turf but boasts more wins in this sphere and is a must for the shortlist.
Others to consider are Tilly Trotter and Kickboxer.
2.20
SUNBETS.CO.UK TOP PRICE ON ALL FAVOURITES
HANDICAP (CLASS 3) £16,000 added 7f
01050 RENE MATHIS (D) R Fahey 8 9 7................................T Hamilton 5
20636 HAKAM (D) M Appleby 6 9 7..............................................L Morris C 9
50907 HOLIDAY MAGIC (CD) M W Easterby 7 9 3.........................................
...........................................................................................................Harrison Shaw (7) 1
4
57345 PEARL SPECTRE (C)(D) P McEntee 7 9 2..............................................
...............................................................................................................Nicola Currie (5) 7
5
06816 MUJASSAM (C)(D) D O’Meara 6 9 0........... P Vaughan (7) B 6
6
9990 LOST AT SEA K Burke 4 8 13..............................................J Haynes C 2
7
31476 FLORENCIO (CD) Roger Fell 5 8 12........................D Costello C 3
8
60682 CUSTARD THE DRAGON (CD) J Mackie 5 8 10.................................
.............................................................................................................................J Fanning C 4
9
40014 HAMMER GUN (CD) D Shaw 5 8 8......................... P Mathers V 8
DINE AND VIEW AT CATTERICK RACES NOVICES’
- 9 declared CHASE (CLASS 4) £9,400 added 3m 1f
BETTING: 10-3 Pearl Spectre, 4-1 Custard The Dragon, 5-1 Hakam, 6-1
FORM VERDICT
1
7678PP BILLY FLIGHT (D) N Wilson 6 11 0...........................T Dowson (3) UPSILON BLEU ran really well when finishing fifth in a valuable Mujassam, Hammer Gun, 8-1 Rene Mathis, 10-1 Florencio, 16-1 others.
2
4110-F IMPULSIVE STAR (CD)(BF) N Mulholland 8 11 0........B J Powell race at Ascot last time and he makes plenty of appeal on that form,
FORM VERDICT
3
312-FP JUST MINDED (BF) Mrs S Smith 7 11 0...............................D Cook as well as his previous runner-up finish at Ayr. He should mount a Holiday Magic won this contest last year off a mark of 86 and is 2lb
4
418-22 THREE WAYS J Snowden 7 11 0 ..............................G Sheehan C,T bold bid despite the burden of top weight but could have a fair bit higher bidding for a repeat success. He joins Pearl Spectre, who has
to fear from Max Ward, who didn’t shape without promise on his
- 4 declared placed
form
over
track
and
trip, on the shortlist but the vote is for
BETTING: 10-11 Impulsive Star, 6-4 Three Ways, 13-2 Just Minded, 33-1 seasonal reappearance but should be much sharper this time around. CUSTARD THE DRAGON. Under a nice weight and from a decent draw,
Knockgraffon hasn’t been with Olly Murphy long and could still have
Billy Flight.
the five-time C&D scorer can build on his latest second-placed effort
more to offer.
over
track
and
trip
behind
the
reopposing Hammer Gun and reverse
CATTERICKBRIDGE.CO.UK HANDICAP CHASE (CLASS 4)
form with that rival now 2lb better off at the weights.
£10,400 added 2m 3f
TOTEPOOL HOGMANEIGH HANDICAP HURDLE
BEST OF CATTERICK
1.35
2.45
RAMONEX Richard Hobson 7 11 12 .........................................D Cook
WEYBURN M Keighley 7 11 7........................................C Shoemark T
BANNY’S LAD (D) M W Easterby 9 11 3..........H Bannister C
NEFYN BAY (CD) D McCain 9 11 1 ................L Murtagh (5) C,T
WITNESS M Hammond 9 10 7......................................H Brooke C,T
- 5 declared BETTING: 5-2 Weyburn, 10-3 Witness, 7-2 Banny’s Lad, 4-1 Nefyn Bay,
FORM VERDICT
5-1
Ramonex.
TOP GAMBLE found Un De Sceaux too hot to handle in the Hilly Way but
there is nothing of that calibre in opposition here and he’s expected to step
up on that effort now tackling further on his return to handicap company.
The main danger may be Sametegal, who chased home subsequent
HARTNOLL HOTEL HANDICAP CHASE (CLASS 3)
Cheltenham winner Guitar Pete at Wetherby before running with credit
£19,050 added 3m
over the National fences at Aintree in the Grand Sefton. Theinval will
appreciate the return to 2m5f and could also sneak some minor money.
1
/2721- LOWER HOPE DANDY (CD) Miss V Williams 11 12 0 .............
..............................................................................................................................C Deutsch (3)
BETBRIGHT CASINO HANDICAP HURDLE (CLASS ITV1
2
231P-4 DAWSON CITY (D) P Gundry 9 11 13 ....... Sean Houlihan (7)
3
523222 RESOLUTION BAY (C) P Hobbs 6 11 12.......................M G Nolan
2) £25,000 added 3m
4
3311/P STEEL SUMMIT (D) David Dennis 9 11 11...................... L Aspell
1
-03727 WHATAKNIGHT (D) H Fry 9 11 12......................Mr M Legg (5) T 5
85-P62 SOLOMN GRUNDY (D) N Mulholland 8 11 9........R T Dunne
2
313-61 LOVENORMONEY (D) W Greatrex 7 11 7...........A Coleman C 6
P3/3P1 WESTERN CLIMATE (D) T H Weston 9 11 7...Sean Bowen
3
/42111 ARTHUR’S GIFT (CD) N Twiston-Davies 7 11 6......T Humphries (7) 7
P7-512 YOU SAY WHAT (CD) D Pipe 8 11 6...............T Scudamore C,T
4
180-P5 SKIPTHECUDDLES G McPherson 7 11 2............................D Jacob 8
PF1-24 CASTARNIE (CD)(BF) R Walford 10 11 2...........James Best C
5
214-14 BOYHOOD T R George 7 11 0................................................ P Brennan 9
F-9P63 FEAR GLIC Miss J Du Plessis 12 10 9.......................D G Noonan
6
1/1-31 RED RISING (D) D Skelton 7 11 0.........................................H Skelton
10 4-2751 HANSUPFORDETROIT (D) B J Llewellyn 13 10 3.........................
7
-23651 BUCKLE STREET M Keighley 5 10 11 ................H Stock (7) C,T
.....................................................................................................................................D Crosse T
8
3-2125 SUPREME STEEL Dr R Newland 7 10 7.......C Hammond (7) B
- 10 declared - 8 declared BETTING: 7-2 You Say What, 9-2 Resolution Bay, 5-1 Solomn Grundy,
BETTING: 3-1 Red Rising, 4-1 Arthur’s Gift, 9-2 Others.
13-2 Western Climate, 7-1 Castarnie, 8-1 others.
1
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3
4
5
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U73-61
125-13
222-85
P34-63
BEST OF EXETER
2.25
2.35
FORM VERDICT
RED RISING bolted up by nine lengths on good ground at Southwell last
month and has an obvious chance if building on that effort on the forecast
testing surface. Dan Skelton’s charge was a point winner on bottomless
ground, offering hope he’ll handle conditions. Lovenormoney commands
respect on the back of his easy victory in the mud at Chepstow and can
fight it out for the places with Arthur’s Gift, who is 6lb higher than when
striking over this track and trip 17 days ago.
IQ
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PREMIER LEAGUE BETTING AT 188BET BEGINNERS’
CHASE (CLASS 3) £18,400 added 2m 1f 109yds
2PP-46 PHOBIAPHILIAC Nicky Martin 7 10 12................M Griffiths H
225-82 REPORT TO BASE E Williams 6 10 12.............................A Wedge
68-33F VALHALLA (C) C Tizzard 8 10 12..........................T Scudamore T
- 3 declared BETTING: Evens Report To Base, 5-4 Valhalla, 7-1 Phobiaphiliac.
1.40
1
2
3
2.15
ITV1
(CLASS 2) £30,000 added 2m
DEAR SIRE (C)(D) D McCain 6 11 12 ...............Will Kennedy H
SILVER CONCORDE (CD) K Dalgleish 10 11 8........B Hughes
BEENO Kenneth Slack 9 11 7..........................C McCormack (3) H
TRADITIONAL DANCER I Jardine 6 11 1.....Ross Chapman (5)
APTERIX (D) B Ellison 8 11 0................................................C O’Farrell
SIR CHAUVELIN (CD) J Goldie 6 11 0 ......................C Bewley (3)
MEADOWCROFT BOY (D)(BF) A Whillans 9 10 4.....Craig Nichol
- 7 declared BETTING: 13-8 Sir Chauvelin, 7-2 Silver Concorde, 13-2 Beeno, 7-1 Dear
Sire, 8-1 Traditional Dancer, 10-1 Apterix, 12-1 Meadowcroft Boy.
SUNBETS.CO.UK HANDICAP (CLASS 5)
£5,800 added 1m
MAMA AFRICA (CD) T D Barron 4 9 9........Jane Elliott (5) 8
ALPHA TAURI (CD) C Smith 12 9 7....................... G Malune (7) 7
MAJESTIC MOON Miss J Feilden 8 9 7.....Shelley Birkett (3) 4
KELLY’S DINO K Burke 5 9 5..........................................B A Curtis C 1
MUQARRED (CD) Roger Fell 6 9 5 ......................T Hamilton C 5
MONSIEUR JIMMY (CD) D Carroll 6 9 5.... Ger O’Neill (7) 3
ISSTOORA (CD) Archie Watson 4 9 0..................... L Morris C 2
CAPTAIN BOB P Kirby 7 9 0...........................................D Costello C 6
- 8 declared FORM VERDICT
BETTING: 5-2 Mama Africa, 7-2 Monsieur Jimmy, 4-1 Muqarred, 11-2
SIR CHAUVELIN hasn’t been seen in this code for 632 days but he has Isstoora, 15-2 Majestic Moon, 12-1 Captain Bob, 16-1 Kelly’s Dino, 20-1
remained in excellent form on the Flat and was last seen claiming a Alpha Tauri.
decent pot at Newcastle in November. His current hurdles mark still
looks a fair one and he is fancied to making a winning switch back to
this sphere. Silver Concorde has thrived since joining Keith Dalgleish’s
SAVILLS ‘A DIFFERENT OUTLOOK’ CHASE (LISTED)
yard and looks sure to lay down a bold hat-trick bid, while Dear Sire
(CLASS 1) €25,641 added 2m 5f
could be worth a second look on his return from a break.
1
451424 A TOI PHIL (D) G Elliott 8 11 12 .............................Jack Kennedy T
TOTEPOOLLIVEINFO.COM HANDICAP HURDLE (CLASS
2
/F21-1 BACHASSON W P Mullins 7 11 9....................................P Townend
3
1194-5 CHAMPAGNE WEST (CD) H de Bromhead 10 11 9....................
4) £10,000 added 2m 3f
.....................................................................................................................Dylan Robinson
1
1233 MISTER SHOWMAN K Dalgleish 5 11 12................B Hughes C
4
230-8P LORD SCOUNDREL G Elliott 9 11 2............................D O’Regan T
2
441127 THORPE Miss L Russell 8 11 10...................B Campbell (5) C,T
- 4 declared 3
4331U2 CRAIG STAR D McCain 8 11 10..............................Will Kennedy C
BETTING:
6-4
Bachasson, 2-1 Champagne West, 5-2 A Toi Phil, 6-1 Lord
4
230-66 BUYER BEWARE P Holmes 6 11 8 .............................. Joe Colliver
5
3P-P11 BENNY’S SECRET N Alexander 8 11 7....Lucy Alexander H Scoundrel.
FORM VERDICT
6
227/0 ARGENT KNIGHT C Kellett 8 11 5.................................H Reed (7) B
7
7653/5 TITUS BOLT J Goldie 9 11 1.................................................C Bewley (3) BACHASSON dominated a small field when returning a 24-length winner
8
8/P3-P STAIGUE FORT (D) S Corbett 10 11 0...................... J Corbett (5) in Listed company at Thurles in November and is expected to go well
9
64-326 CASTLETOWN Miss P Robson 6 10 9 .............. Craig Nichol B once again if he isn’t taken on for the lead by Champagne West. A Toi Phil
makes some appeal on his Grade 2 victory at Gowran in September and is
- 9 declared BETTING: 9-4 Benny’s Secret, 3-1 Craig Star, 7-2 Mister Showman, 8-1 respected now eased in grade, having found Sizing John too classy when
Thorpe, 10-1 Castletown, 14-1 Buyer Beware, 16-1 Titus Bolt, 25-1 fourth in the John Durkan. Lord Scoundrel needs to step up plenty on his
Kerry National effort, when pulling up, in order to figure.
Argent Knight, Staigue Fort.
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3
4
5
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17295
BEST OF TRAMORE
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2.50
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SPORT
TENNIS
Murray: I need
to play matches
to see exactly
where I’m at
» Continued from back page
court in preparation for his
opening match on either
Wednesday or Thursday
against Ryan Harrison or
Leonardo Mayer. He hit
with the Argentine Federico
Delbonis but his practice
session was cut short by rain
on a typically hot and steamy
Brisbane day.
“I felt OK today, actually,
a bit better than I did in the
match in Abu Dhabi,” Murray
said afterwards. “I’m
hoping that’s going
to keep getting
better with each
day I practise
with better
players.
“That’s
what I need.
I’ve not really
done that much
over the last few
months, so hopefully
I’ll get in a few more days’ good
practice before I play.”
He added: “I certainly feel
fresh mentally. I don’t feel like
there are many miles in my legs,
which was certainly the case
at the beginning of 2017, when
most days I was quite sore all
over. Right now the hip is the
only thing that is any concern.”
Murray (above) said he
was confident he would be
fit enough to play this week.
“Unless something happens
the next couple of days that
goes wrong, I don’t see myself
not playing because of my hip
right now,” he said.
“What I feel is that I need
to play matches to see exactly
where it’s at. Practising and
doing everything in the gym is
great but playing matches is
what I need.” THE INDEPENDENT
RUGBY UNION
Slade has Exeter
rocking as leaders
cement their
position at No 1
claim of a sell-out crowd in this marvellously bespoke rugby arena, where
no one is too far from the action.
He must have earned a mental tick
LEICESTER
of approval from the watching Eddie
Pens G Ford 2.
6
Jones before England gather for a
quickfire training camp in Brighton
By Hugh Godwin
today. Manu Tuilagi, the Leicester
AT SANDY PARK
centre who unlike Nowell is not in
that squad, showed flashes of his
A calamitous misjudgement by belligerent best in his third match
Leicester’s free-scoring wing Jonny back after injury but it was not
May, playing out of position at full- nearly enough.
back, handed his England colleague
A back strain suffered by Mathew
Henry Slade the game-breaking try.
Tait during the journey to Devon
The match-defining moment ar- had ushered May into Leicester’s
rived midway through the second No 15 jersey, more than five years
half as the champions Exeter won since he last played at full-back, for
their seventh successive
Gloucester at the start of the
Premiership match and
2012-13 season. Exeter atextended their lead at
tempted various kicks
the top of the table to
to test the quality of
10 points.
May’s positioning.
Exeter have won
However, for a long
Champions Exeter
their last seven Prewhile his only obvious
are unbeaten in 14
miership matches
error
came when he
Aviva Premiership
since the loss at
made a counter-attackleague matches at
Leicester at the end
ing run and coughed up
Sandy Park
of September and they
a penalty for holding on
are unbeaten in 14 league
as Exeter’s loosehead prop
matches on this ground – 13
Alec Hepburn came in quickly
of them featuring a bonus point for to jackal for possession.
the home side.
The penalty was converted by the
For the first time since 1965, left boot of Slade, 48 metres from the
Leicester have now lost six matches posts, for 3-0 after 23 minutes.
in a row. While the modern fixture
The next two scores had an elelist looks very different to those far- ment of fortune on each side. Don
off amateur days, the manner of Ex- Armand knocked on as he leapt sueter’s victory was familiarly current perbly to nick a line-out from Leices– a liberal dose of the bludgeon to win ter in the Exeter 22, and the Tigers’
the arm-wrestle of the first hour or so piled forwards at the scrum to earn
before a few slashes of the rapier to a penalty expertly converted into the
rack up the tries.
breeze by George Ford.
Jack Nowell’s rampaging carries
When Exeter returned to the atfor Exeter earned the rapturous ac- tack, Armand spilt a pass from the
EXETER
Tries Armand, Slade, J Hill, Yeandle;
Cons Steenson 2; Pens Slade, Steenson
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Talking Points
1
Djokovic and Murray had nightmares
in 2017 – this year looks just as scary
The will-he-won’t-he ever be as
good again or even play again saga
around Novak Djokovic (right)
shows no sign of getting less weird
in 2018. Djokovic won’t play in the
Qatar Open; he didn’t play in Abu
Dhabi on Friday in an exhibition tournament after he
felt pain in his elbow. With
Andy Murray also looking
sluggish as he too searches
to recapture lost glories,
men’s tennis again looks
to be about Roger Federer and Rafael Nadal.
Which is less weird
than extraordinary.
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dangerously-jinking Nowell, and it
was the 10th handling error of the
first half by the champions.
But the scrummage again yielded
an offence as Exeter forced the Tigers into a whirling retreat, and Gareth Steenson made the score 6-3 just
before the interval.
Another dash by May had a better
result two minutes into the second
half, with Exeter off their feet after
the tackle, and Ford keeping his
poise well after the ball was blown off
Five takeaways from this weekend’s action
2
AC Milan’s rivals fail to stifle their
laughter at Rossoneri’s struggles
Four days after a 1-0 derby victory
in the Coppa Italia came proof
positive that AC Milan remain
pretty rank. Milan had to come
from behind to rescue a point
against a good, hardly great,
Fiorentina team. Gennaro
Gattuso’s side remain 11th
in Serie A, behind the likes
of Torino, Atalanta, Udinese and Sampdoria. And
Juventus continue to chortle, behind closed doors,
at their wise decision to
offoad Leonardo Bonucci to the Rossoneri
for €42m.
3
It’s a mistake to underestimate
Brentford and their great Vibe
I wonder why, under Dean Smith,
Brentford seem to attract even less
attention than they did under Mark
Warburton. So slick against Aston
Villa earlier in the week, Brentford
climbed to within four points of the
Championship playoffs by handily
beating Sheffield Wednesday, another more celebrated team with far
more money. In Sergi Canos, Smith
has one of the division’s best players. In Lasse Vibe, he may have one
of the most underrated.
For Vibe (right), read
Brentford: slick, invisible and coming for
your play-off place.
4
Northampton’s sorry slip from
powerhouse to rotting residence
It’s a good job it’s already almost
impossible for anyone except
London Irish to be relegated this
season from the Aviva Premiership, because Northampton Saints
are doing a good job at slip-slipsliding towards the foot of the
table. Northampton, without a
permanent coach, shipped seven
tries at Twickenham on Saturday
against Harlequins, their seventh
Premiership defeat in a row. One
can only look from the outside in at
one of English rugby union’s great
powerhouses, and shake one’s head,
and wonder at how quickly and
stealthily rot can set in.
the tee to land the kick for 6-6. The
Chiefs pile-drived through multiple
phases to engineer their first try for
Armand, with the helpful heft of Dave
Ewers at his shoulder, and Steenson
converted for 13-6 after 52 minutes.
But May’s luck ran out just after
the hour. It was debatable whether
he or Ford should have dealt with
a ruck box-kick by Will Chudley. It
was May who lunged for it, but the
ball had been allowed to bounce and
all he managed was to tap it into the
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The Cavs now in
need of Thomas to
come and save them
For the longest time, through the
autumn, it seemed like the Cleveland Cavaliers might not actually
need Isaiah Thomas to return any
time soon from the hip injury that
has stopped him from playing an
NBA game since moving from the
Boston Celtics in the summer. Now,
the Cavaliers have begun losing –
they dropped a fourth game in five
to the Utah Jazz on Saturday night
– and Thomas (above) will make his
debut in the next few days. We’ve
had to wait a while for one of the
most compelling stories of this
NBA season.
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DARTS
Henry Slade scored
the decisive try as
Exeter went 10 points
clear at the top GETTY
Graham tipped for Six
Nations after Newcastle
pile misery on Exiles
By Sam Peters
hands of Slade who ran 40 metres for
an exultant try.
With the floodgates opened, Jonny
Hill dotted down out wide from setup play by Nic White and Slade, then
Exeter’s club captain Jack Yeandle
was an apt scorer from a line-out
drive to finish both the scoring here
and a spectacular year.
Exeter’s director of rugby Rob
Baxter hailed 2017, when the club
won their first Premiership title, as
“a year you don’t want to end,” but
added: “It doesn’t matter how good
the past has been, you’ve got to look
to the future.
“The important thing is not to
get too focused on what 2018 will
bring, but get focused on training
on Tuesday.
“I hope everyone will have a few
beers and enjoy their New Year’s
Eve. We’ll all have a headache today
and we’ll get on with things and make
sure Tuesday is a good training day,
that’s what will makes us successful.”
Gary Graham celebrated being
called up into England’s Brighton
training camp by helping
Newcastle inflict further pain on
London Irish on Saturday before
being backed by director of rugby
Dean Richards to challenge for a
Six Nations spot.
The uncapped Newcastle
flanker, a surprise pick in Eddie
Jones’s 34-man squad to train
on the south coast this week,
enjoyed a steady performance
against bottom-of-the-table Irish
as Richards’ men made it five
wins from five in December in all
competitions.
The 25-year-old son of former
Scotland hooker George Graham
has been called up – with Bath
youngster Sam Underhill
continuing to battle concussionrelated symptoms – and could
make a late push for inclusion in
England’s Six Nations squad. “He
doesn’t take a backward step,”
Richards said after his team
recorded their first win at the
Madejski Stadium since 2009.
“He’s like his old man in that
respect. He’s a good footballer and
very hard-nosed about the way
he plays. He takes the game to the
opposition week in and week out.”
The inclusion in England’s
squad of Graham, a former
Scotland Under 20s player who
was born in Stirling, has not been
welcomed north or south of the
border.
Earlier this year, the RFU
successfully lobbied World Rugby
for international qualification
criteria to be extended to five
years of residency but Graham
qualifies on the current threeyear rule English rugby’s
hierarchy has claimed damages
Uncapped flanker Gary Graham was a
surprise inclusion in England’s squad
less well-resourced nations. “My
job is to pick English-qualified
players,” Jones said earlier this
year after calling up New Zealandborn players Jason Woodward
and Willi Heinz. “It doesn’t matter
if they are born in Tasmania or
Timbuktu or New Zealand or
Northampton or Bedford.”
Newcastle’s victory, courtesy of
two first-half tries from Alex Tait
and one from Vereneki Goneva,
leaves Nick Kennedy’s London
Irish side rooted to the foot of the
Aviva Premiership table.
Elsewhere, Saracens enjoyed
a 46-31 home victory against
Worcester. Owen Farrell was at
his accurate best for Sarries as he
nailed five conversions and two
penalties.
Gloucester saw off Sale Sharks
20-16 at Kingsholm while England
scrum-half Danny Care went over
twice as Harlequins triumphed
50-21 against Northampton at the
Stoop. THE INDEPENDENT
Taylor aims to
bow out on top
of the world
Phil Taylor has the chance to end
his illustrious career in perfect
style when he faces Rob Cross
in the final of the World Darts
Championship at Alexandra
Palace today.
The 16-time champion ensured
he would make his swansong in the
New Year’s Day showpiece with a
6-1 semi-final win over provisionalround qualifier Jamie Lewis.
“I’m over the moon, I really am
– it’s a struggle,” Taylor said after
reaching his 21st world final. The
57-year-old from Stoke, who has
won this title 14 times and the
BDO version twice, will retire
after the tournament.
But asked if he thought it was
fate that he would leave the sport
by winning a first title since 2013,
Taylor (below) added: “No. First
round, Chris Dobey, you’re in for
a battle. Get past Chris Dobey
maybe you’ll have a chance.
“When I got to Gary Anderson
[in the quarter-finals]
I thought, ‘That’s
[me] done now’,
because Gary
is younger, fitter, stronger
and a lot better
than me. But he
didn’t perform
so I just took advantage. I’m just
going to relax, get my
rest in and get ready for the final.”
In stark contrast to veteran
Taylor, Cross is contesting his first
world final after beating defending
champion Michael van Gerwen
6-5 in a remarkable semi-final.
Cross, in his first season as a
professional, took advantage of
uncharacteristically poor finishing from the Dutchman.
“Words can’t explain it,” Cross
said. “He [Taylor] is my favourite
player. It’s going to be special for
him but at the same time I’ve got
to do my own job.”
If you’re running a marathon in 2018, get Mo-tivated by Farah
T
here is resolution in the
air. For this is the time of
year when we suddenly
find out that our work
colleagues, our family
members – heck, even our children
– are card-carrying, flag-waving
resolutionaries.
From today, they will pour forth
their conviction to give this up, to
start this fitness regime or that
building project. And fair play to
them. Of the loudest of them all will
be the first-time marathon runners,
particularly those who have signed
up to the London Marathon.
Because, as the calendar flicks
over to January, this is when the
event that seemed so hypothetical
last year is worryingly genuine.
This is when shit gets real.
It is with this dread in mind that
Armchair
Fan
Matt Butler
listens to the
best podcasts
for runners,
new and old
the television presenter George
Lamb has begun a weekly podcast
on Audible detailing his training
regime for the big day. He has
enlisted some big names to help
him as well: Sir Mo Farah and the
personal trainer Joe Wicks.
Getting Farah on board sounded
quite a coup. Especially if he went
into detail on his techniques for
becoming a world beater. Like
sleeping in an altitude tent so
noisy that you can barely hear
your doorbell. Or signing up to a
controversial coach and sticking
with him even when he is under
investigation by US Anti-Doping.
Or heading off to Ethiopia for track
sessions with banned athletes. Or...
Of course he wouldn’t go into any
of this. That was all for his track
career. This is the road we are
talking about.
In the first episode, broadcast on
28 December, Farah did not give
much insight into the work needed
to be done to tackle a marathon.
And perhaps with good reason – the
last thing a first-timer needs to hear
are stories of soul-crushing interval
sessions, or three-hour tempo runs.
He kept things very upbeat, insisting
to Lamb that he “enjoy it” and that
the crowd are a massive boost.
As light and fluffy as the podcast
– called Mo-Joe, geddit? – may have
been in the first episode, I’m going
to stick with it. Because, all joking
aside, any nuggets of wisdom from
a multiple Olympic champion will
be worth hearing. And hopefully the
length will go beyond 28 minutes,
for listeners who may follow the
podcast on training runs.
At the other end of the scale,
the Talk Ultra podcast is well
worth a listen for aspiring distance
runners, even if the thought of
running beyond 26 miles gives you
the shakes. Just before Christmas
it featured a fascinating 75-minute
interview with the reluctant
superstar of ultra-running, Kilian
Jornet. He, like Farah, has had his
feats called into question – most
notably his double ascent of Everest
in the space of six days.
Photographic evidence of the feat
last summer is thin on the ground,
which is odd given the amount
Jornet usually documents his feats.
The Spaniard has said that all will
be revealed in a film later this year.
But the host, Ian Corless, asked him
what he might say now to prove to
people he actually stood on top of
the world twice within a week.
Jornet paused, then said: “I do
these things for myself. I don’t need
to prove anything to anyone.”
Which, coincidentally, is a nice
mantra for first-time marathon
runners to adhere to. Vive la
resolution indeed.
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Premier League Saturday action
MANCHESTER UNITED 0-0 SOUTHAMPTON
‘Bad luck’ to blame for United’s
troubles, claims Mourinho
because it’s what I feel. I could be
here now with a ‘bias’ theory but
I’m not at all because honestly
I’m happy with the referees’
performances in these matches.
“You have to be biased against us
to say that the penalty against City,
against Leicester and Southampton
were not penalties.”
Mourinho will go without either
of his senior centre-forwards
for today’s trip to Everton after
Romelu Lukaku and Zlatan
Ibrahimovic suffered injury
setbacks in quick succession.
Ibrahimovic has been ruled out
for a month after a recurrence of
the knee ligament injury which
almost ended his career last
season. The 36-year-old Swedish
striker only recently returned
having spent seven months on the
sidelines.
Lukaku, meanwhile, was
carried off on a stretcher in the
opening stages of the draw with
Southampton after a clash of heads
with defender Wesley Hoedt.
“We have lots of problems,”
added Mourinho. “Now we have
to cope with Everton and Derby
County [in the FA Cup}, then an
open space of nine or 10 days before
Stoke City. Hopefully in this period
we can rest, we can work, we can
recover.” THE INDEPENDENT
HUDD’FIELD 0-0 BURNLEY
CHELSEA 5-0 STOKE
By Mark Critchley
Jose Mourinho believes
Manchester United’s recent
malaise can be put down to plain
bad luck and refused to blame his
players after a third draw in as
many Premier League games.
After sharing the points against
Leicester City and Burnley,
United were held to a stalemate
by Mauricio Pellegrino’s stubborn
Southampton on Saturday.
Mourinho’s side fell out of the top
two for the first time this season
with Chelsea now second.
United have struggled since
suffering defeat against City in
the Manchester derby earlier this
month, having taken nine points
from a possible 15 in the time since.
“I feel unlucky, yes,” he said.
“When I speak about three big
decisions, three penalties in
matches where a penalty and
a possible goal makes a huge
difference, I want to say unlucky
LIVERPOOL 2-1 LEICESTER
Romelu Lukaku was carried off on a
stretcher against Southampton
Salah’s fitness
is a big concern
for Liverpool
Dyche remains
focused on last
season’s total
Conte relaxed
about Hughes’
rotation policy
Jürgen Klopp is
anxiously awaiting
a fitness report
on Liverpool’s
leading scorer
Mohamed Salah.
The Egypt
international (above) took his tally
to 23 in just 29 appearances since
signing from Roma but limped off
after scoring both goals in the 2-1
win at home to Leicester.
His absence would be a blow
ahead of Liverpool’s trip to Burnley
but Klopp knows the 25-year-old
will need a break at some point.
Leicester boss Claude Puel has
labelled the New Year’s Day clash
with Huddersfield as “crucial”.
Sean Dyche will not set Burnley a
new target in 2018 until they have
achieved their current goal of
beating last season’s points total.
The Clarets have surpassed
expectations so far this term and
remain on course to comfortably
pass last season’s 40-point
haul, after the goalless draw at
Huddersfield took them to 34.
“The goal still, is to build on
last season,” said Dyche. “Now
we’re doing that, but we’ve got to
physically do that.”
Huddersfield head coach
David Wagner wants his side to
launch 2018 with an improved
performance at Leicester today.
“It’s all about survival,” he said.
Chelsea manager Antonio Conte
believes Mark Hughes was
well within his rights to field a
weakened Stoke side on Saturday.
Stoke were blown away
at Stamford Bridge by goals
from Antonio Rüdiger, Danny
Drinkwater, Pedro, Willian and
Davide Zappacosta.
Hughes (below) admitted
afterwards he had prioritised
today’s crunch game at home to
Newcastle by
leaving out key
players. “You
can be surprised
but am I? Not at
all,” Conte told
Chelsea TV.
B’MOUTH 2-1 EVERTON
WATFORD 1-2 SWANSEA
N’CASTLE 0-0 BRIGHTON
Big Sam makes Ayew dreams
summer plans of staying up
Darlow: Magpie
mood is upbeat
Sam Allardyce anticipates a hectic
summer of rebuilding to forge an
Everton team in his image. The
Toffees surrendered their sevenmatch unbeaten start to life under
new manager Allardyce (below)
with a 2-1 loss at Bournemouth.
“There’s a lot to sort out, a lot to
do and a lot to find out about the
players, so we’ll
have to talk about
it with the owners
and the board,”
said Allardyce.
Newcastle goalkeeper Karl Darlow
is confident the squad’s fate
remains in their own hands.
The Magpies have collected
just five of the last 36 points they
have contested and are without
a home win in six attempts after
Saturday’s draw with Brighton.
“We have stayed fairly positive,”
said Darlow. “We’ve been through
a bad patch, but that can happen
in the Premier League. If we keep
picking up points, then we’ll be in a
good place.”
Jordan Ayew feels Swansea’s
new-found confidence can help
them avoid relegation this season.
New manager Carlos Carvalhal
saw his Swans come from a goal
down with four minutes remaining
to snatch a dramatic win at
Watford. “I think this win is a step
forward,’’ Ayew said. Football is all
about confidence. We know we can
do better things with confidence.”
Kyle Naughton will miss
Swansea’s next three games after
accepting a violent conduct charge.
Record-breaker
Wenger fumes as
Baggies convert
their late penalty
WEST BROMWICH ALBION
Rodriguez pen 89
1
ARSENAL
McClean og 83
1
By Steve Madeley
AT THE HAWTHORNS
It was supposed to be a day for Arsène
Wenger to celebrate, but referee Mike
Dean ensured the Arsenal manager’s
party after his record-breaking
match would be far from joyous.
On the afternoon when Wenger
broke Sir Alex Ferguson’s record for
the most Premier League games in
charge, he watched his team denied
victory by a controversial late
penalty.
Alexis Sanchez had shrugged off
speculation about his future to give
the Gunners an 83rd-minute lead –
later ruled as an own goal for James
McClean – in an otherwise forgettable encounter.
But six minutes later, Jay
Rodriguez equalised for West Brom
as the Premier League’s bottom club
collected a draw their dogged display
merited, even if the manner of its
arrival was hugely contentious.
Wenger was left fuming and
received a long lecture from Dean
after the referee had stunned the
visitors by punishing Calum Chambers for handball.
“It’s disappointing, but what can
you do?,” said Wenger afterwards.
“You can talk and talk and talk but it
doesn’t change anything.”
When asked if the penalty decision was 100 per cent wrong, Wenger
said: “Yes, in my opinion. It’s difficult
to accept. It’s not the first time this
has happened. It’s best we don’t talk
about it.
“We know what’s going on and we
just have to deal with it.”
Albion’s first-half passing was
pleasing and Jake Livermore carved
out a half-chance when he tricked his
way down the right flank and crossed
towards Hal Robson-Kanu, who
failed to bring the ball under control.
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Football tables, fixtures and results
PREMIER LEAGUE
Bournemouth (1)... 2 Everton (0).................1
Fraser 33, 88
Gueye 57
Att 10,497
Chelsea (3) ....................5 Stoke (0) .......................0
Rudiger 3
Att 41,433
Drinkwater 9
Pedro 23, Willian 73 (pen)
Zappacosta 88
Huddersfield (0) .....0 Burnley (0)................0
Att 24,095
Liverpool (0)............... 2 Leicester (1)...............1
Salah 52, 76
Vardy 3
Att 53,226
Man Utd (0)..................0 Southampton (0)..0
Att 75,051
Newcastle (0).............0 Brighton (0) ..............0
Att 52,209
Watford (1)...................1 Swansea (0)...............2
Carrillo 11
Ayew 86
Att 20,002
Narsingh 90
Yesterday
Crystal Palace (0)...0 Man City (0)...............0
Att 25,804
West Brom (0) ..........1 Arsenal (0)..................1
Rodriguez 89 (pen) McClean 83 (og)
Att 26,223
P W D L F A Pts
Man City
21 19 2 0 61 12 59
Chelsea
21 14 3 4 39 14 45
Man Utd
21 13 5 3 43 16 44
Liverpool
21 11 8 2 48 24 41
Arsenal
21 11 5 5 38 26 38
Tottenham
20 11 4 5 39 20 37
Burnley
21 9 7 5 18 17 34
Leicester
21 7 6 8 31 32 27
Everton
21 7 6 8 25 32 27
Watford
21 7 4 10 30 37 25
Huddersfield 21 6 6 9 18 32 24
Brighton
21 5 7 9 15 25 22
Southampton 21 4 8 9 20 30 20
Bournemouth 21 5 5 11 20 32 20
Stoke
21 5 5 11 23 46 20
Newcastle
21 5 4 12 19 30 19
Crystal Palace 21 4 7 10 18 32 19
West Ham
20 4 6 10 22 38 18
West Brom
21 2 10 9 15 28 16
Swansea
21 4 4 13 13 32 16
West Bromwich Albion
Foster
Hegazi
Dawson
Phillips
Livermore
Barry
Evans
Gibbs
Brunt
Robson-Kanu
Rodriguez
Lacazette
Sanchez
Kolasinac
Iwobi
Xhaka
Koscielny
Wilshere Bellerin
Mustafi Chambers
Cech
Arsenal
Subs: West Bromwich McClean (Phillips, 72),
Krychowiak (Brunt, 72), Nyom (Robson-Kanu, 75);
Arsenal Maitland-Niles (Kolasinac, 37), Mertesacker
(Koscielny, 72), Welbeck (Iwobi, 74).
Booked: West Bromwich Dawson, Brunt, Evans;
Arsenal Cech, Mustafi, Wilshere.
Man of the Match Sanchez. Rating 5/10.
Possession: West Bromwich 35% Arsenal 65%.
Attempts on target: West Bromwich 3 Arsenal 4.
Referee M Dean (Wirrall).
Attendance 26,223.
But the visitors looked threatening
on the break and home goalkeeper
Ben Foster was forced into two saves
from long-range efforts, first from
Granit Xhaka and then Alex Iwobi.
The hosts began the second half on
the front foot with Rodriguez forcing
Chambers into a desperate challenge.
Jay Rodriguez slots
home West Bromwich’s
controversial late
penalty yesterday, while
(below) Arsenal manager
Arsène Wenger argues
with referee Mike Dean
REUTERS
And defender Ahmed Hegazi sent
an overhead kick over the crossbar in
a scramble at a corner. Arsenal had
begun the second half dreadfully but
they might have led on the hour-mark
when Alexandre Lacazette came to
life following an exchange of passes
with Iwobi.
Lacazette weaved his way past
two challenges and hit a low shot that
brought a smart save from Foster.
Arsenal were increasingly desperate for a breakthrough with Iwobi
trying an ambitious shot from distance that Foster held comfortably.
With seven minutes remaining
the dam was breached as Arsenal
took the lead with a free-kick won
by Sanchez and the striker’s effort
deflected off McClean and into the
net with Foster stranded.
Six minutes later the scores were
level, however, as Chambers was penalised harshly for handling a Kieran
Gibbs cross and Rodriguez drilled
the spot-kick low past Petr Cech.
Wenger lost his cool on the touchline and was subjected to a lengthy
lecture from referee Dean.
West Brom manager Alan Pardew
was pleased to steal a point.
He said: “When you keep talking to a team about doing the right
things and application, you learn
your luck and it doesn’t happen. It’s
hard. But we did. We got something
today – at last.
“The decision’s a tough one on
Arsenal. I’ve seen it. He could have
given it, could not have given it but
we deserved the break and if they
keep doing that kind of commitment
and effort, we’ll get enough breaks in
the games to win.” THE INDEPENDENT
THE SKY BET CHAMPIONSHIP
Barnsley (0)................1 Reading (0).................1
Pinnock 90
Kermorgant 68
Att 11,945
Birmingham (0).......1 Leeds (0).......................0
Maghoma 83
Att 21,673
Brentford (1).............. 2 Sheff Wed (0)............0
Vibe 20
Att 10,853
Jozefzoon 83
Bristol City (0)..........1 Wolves (0)...................2
Reid 53
Douglas 66
Att 25,540
Bennett 90
Burton Alb (0)...........0 Norwich (0)................0
Att 4,565
Hull (2) ............................. 2 Fulham (0)..................2
Bowen 32
Kamara 48 (pen),
85
Dicko 36
Att 15,701
Ipswich (0)....................1 Derby (1).......................2
Garner 65
Winnall 13, 48
Att 17,267
Middlesbrough (0) 0 Aston Villa (0) .........1
Att 29,422
Snodgrass 75
Nottm Forest (0).....0 Sunderland (1)........1
Att 26,830
McGeady 40
Sheff Utd (0)................0 Bolton (1).....................1
Att 28,387
Madine 21
P W D L F A Pts
Wolves
25 18 4 3 47 20 58
Derby
25 14 6 5 40 22 48
Bristol City
25 13 8 4 40 26 47
Cardiff
25 14 5 6 35 23 47
Leeds
25 13 3 9 37 28 42
Sheff Utd
25 13 2 10 39 30 41
Aston Villa
25 11 8 6 33 24 41
Preston NE
25 10 10 5 28 23 40
Middlesbrough 25 11 5 9 32 24 38
Brentford
25 9 10 6 39 32 37
Ipswich
25 11 3 11 38 35 36
Fulham
25 9 9 7 35 33 36
Norwich
25 8 7 10 24 30 31
Nottm Forest 25 10 1 14 33 42 31
Millwall
25 7 9 9 27 27 30
Sheff Wed
25 7 9 9 30 31 30
Reading
25 7 7 11 30 33 28
QPR
25 6 9 10 26 35 27
Hull
25 5 9 11 39 43 24
Barnsley
25 5 8 12 26 37 23
Sunderland
25 4 10 11 29 42 22
Bolton
25 5 7 13 24 43 22
Burton Albion 25 5 6 14 17 43 21
Birmingham 25 5 5 15 13 35 20
SKY BET LEAGUE ONE
Blackburn (1) ............. 2 Scunthorpe (1)........2
Graham 6, 47
van Veen 12
Att 12,784
Townsend 56
Blackpool (0).............. 2 Plymouth (2)............2
Daniel 55
Lameiras 39
Solomon-Otabor 90 Carey 45
Att 3,417
Bradford (1).................3 Oxford Utd (0) .........2
Wyke 2
Carroll 50
McCartan 54
Obika 75
Dieng 59
Att 19,691
Bury (0)...........................0 Fleetwood T (1).......2
Att 3,158
Hunter 24, Cole 47
Gillingham (0)........... 2 AFC W’don (0).........2
Francomb 62 (og)
Taylor 67 (pen)
Ehmer 69
Forrester 84
Att 6,419
MK Dons (1) .................1 Peterborough (0) .0
Aneke 27
Att 10,304
Oldham (0)....................1 Bristol Rovers (0) 1
Davies 72
Bodin 49
Att 3,928
Portsmouth (2).........3 Northampton (1) ..1
Kennedy 41
Long 36
Hawkins 45, 48
Att 18,539
Southend (0) ..............1 Shrewsbury (2) ......2
Leonard 55
Coker 18 (og)
Att 7,076
Godfrey 40
Walsall (1).....................1 Rotherham (1).........2
Edwards 12
Ajayi 1
Att 4,685
Ball 58
P W D L F A Pts
Wigan
24 16 5 3 49 12 53
Shrewsbury
24 15 6 3 32 15 51
Blackburn
24 14 6 4 44 22 48
Scunthorpe
25 13 7 5 36 22 46
Bradford
25 14 3 8 40 33 45
Portsmouth
25 13 2 10 32 28 41
Rotherham
25 12 3 10 43 34 39
Peterborough 25 11 5 9 42 36 38
Charlton
24 10 7 7 31 30 37
Doncaster
Fleetwood T
Oxford Utd
Southend
Walsall
Blackpool
Bristol Rovers
MK Dons
Gillingham
Oldham
Plymouth
AFC W’don
Northampton
Rochdale
Bury
25
25
25
25
24
25
25
25
25
25
25
24
25
24
24
9
9
8
8
7
7
9
7
6
7
7
6
6
4
4
6
6
8
7
9
8
2
8
10
7
7
6
5
10
5
10
10
9
10
8
10
14
10
9
11
11
12
14
10
15
28
35
38
30
31
32
34
27
25
39
25
20
20
24
19
27
38
38
40
33
36
42
35
28
47
34
31
45
33
37
33
33
32
31
30
29
29
29
28
28
28
24
23
22
17
SKY BET LEAGUE TWO
Cambridge Utd (2)..3 Crewe (1)......................1
Maris 1
Dagnall 30
Amoo 27
Att 4,165
Ikpeazu 70
Carlisle (0)....................0 Coventry (0) .............1
McNulty 50
Att 5,807
Cheltenham (0) ........1 Newport C (0)..........1
Eisa 77
Amond 55
Att 3,637
Chesterfield (0)........0 Colchester (0)..........0
Att 5,537
Crawley Town (1) ...1 Stevenage (0)...........0
Boldewijn 33
Att 2,075
Exeter (1)....................... 2 Barnet (0)....................1
Wilson 30
Watson 69
Taylor 90
Att 3,869
Grimsby (0) .................0 Accrington (0).........3
Kee 55 (pen)
McConville 61
Jackson 77
Att 4,188
Lincoln City (1)......... 2 Forest Green (1) ....1
Rhead 8, 57
Doidge 24
Att 8,964
Port Vale (1).................4 Luton (0)......................0
Potts 23 (og)
Att 5,523
Pope 60, 83
Whitfield 70
Swindon (0) ................1 Notts County (0)...0
Norris 47
Att 6,247
Wycombe (1) ..............1 Mansfield (0)............2
Akinfenwa 7
Potter 52
Angol 81
Att 4,227
P W D L F A Pts
Luton
25 15 6 4 58 23 51
Notts County 25 13 8 4 43 26 47
Lincoln City
25 12 7 6 33 20 43
Exeter
24 13 3 8 34 30 42
Coventry
25 12 5 8 27 18 41
Wycombe
25 11 7 7 44 34 40
Accrington St 24 12 4 8 38 30 40
Colchester
25 11 7 7 35 27 40
Mansfield
25 10 10 5 35 28 40
Swindon
24 12 2 10 36 33 38
Newport Co
25 9 9 7 33 29 36
Cambridge U 25 10 6 9 25 31 36
Carlisle
25 9 7 9 36 34 34
Grimsby
25 9 7 9 26 32 34
Cheltenham
25 8 7 10 32 34 31
Port Vale
25 9 4 12 29 33 31
Stevenage
25 8 6 11 32 38 30
Crawley Town 25 8 6 11 23 30 30
Yeovil
25 7 6 12 35 45 27
Crewe
25 8 2 15 27 41 26
Morecambe
25 6 7 12 24 36 25
Chesterfield
25 5 6 14 26 46 21
Barnet
25 5 5 15 25 37 20
Forest Green 24 5 5 14 24 45 20
LADBROKES SCOTTISH PREMIERSHIP
Aberdeen (0)...............0 Hearts (0) ....................0
Att 18,371
Celtic (0).........................0 Rangers (0) ................0
Hibernian (1)..............1 Kilmarnock (1)........1
Shaw 23
K Boyd 1
Att 17,666
Motherwell (1)..........1 Hamilton (1)..............3
Tanner 3
Imrie 41 (pen)
Bingham 53
Att 4,890
Docherty 76
Partick (1)...................... 2 Ross County (0).....0
Doolan 35
Att 2,870
Sammon 86
St Johnstone (0) ......0 Dundee (1) ..................2
Haber 3
Att 4,769
Leitch-Smith 90
P W D L F A Pts
Celtic
22 15 6 1 48 15 51
Aberdeen
22 13 4 5 33 24 43
Rangers
22 12 4 6 41 25 40
Hibernian
22 9 8 5 31 27 35
Hearts
22 7 9 6 21 19 30
Kilmarnock
21 6 8 7 25 28 26
St Johnstone 21 7 5 9 21 30 26
Motherwell
21 7 3 11 26 32 24
Hamilton
21 6 5 10 30 34 23
Dundee
22 6 4 12 23 32 22
Partick
22 5 5 12 19 37 20
Ross County 22 4 5 13 21 36 17
LADBROKES SCOTTISH CHAMPIONSHIP
Brechin (2).................... 2 Inverness CT (1).....3
Sinclair 18 (pen), 39 Smith 4 (og)
Att 571
Oakley 65, 78
Dumbarton ................P Morton ....................... P
Postponed - due to frozen pitch.
Falkirk (3) ...................... 3 QoS (1)............................2
Grant 20
Dobbie 45
Hippolyte 42
Kerr 90
Longridge 44
Att 4,285
Livingston ..................P Dunfermline ......... P
Postponed - due to frozen pitch.
P W D L F A Pts
St Mirren
19 13 2 4 37 22 41
Dundee Utd
18 11 3 4 25 16 36
Livingston
17 8 5 4 28 22 29
Dunfermline 18 7 5 6 34 24 26
Morton
17 7 5 5 25 18 26
Queen of South 18 7 5 6 32 27 26
Inverness CT 18 6 5 7 21 21 23
Dumbarton
18 4 7 7 15 25 19
Falkirk
17 2 8 7 12 27 14
Brechin
18 0 3 15 14 41 3
LADBROKES SCOTTISH LEAGUE ONE
Airdrieonians P Alloa P (Postponed - due
to frozen pitch); Arbroath 1 East Fife 1;
Ayr 2 Forfar 3; Queen’s Park 2 Albion 2;
Raith 3 Stranraer 0.
Leading Positions: 1 Ayr P 19 pts 41, 2
Raith (17-39), 3 Alloa (17-27), 4 Stranraer
(18-25), 5 Arbroath (17-24), 6 East Fife
(19-23).
LADBROKES SCOTTISH LEAGUE TWO
Berwick P Stenhousemuir P (Postponed
- due to frozen pitch); Edinburgh City
P Clyde P (Postponed - due to frozen
pitch); Elgin P Stirling P (Postponed
- due to frozen pitch); Montrose 2 Peterhead 6.
Leading Positions: 1 Montrose P 18 pts
37, 2 Peterhead (16-34), 3 Stenhousemuir
(17-29), 4 Stirling (16-27), 5 Annan Athletic (18-27), 6 Elgin (17-24).
VANARAMA NATIONAL LEAGUE
Aldershot 1 Maidstone Utd 1; Barrow
1 Solihull Moors 2; Boreham Wood 2
Torquay 0; Chester FC P Hartlepool P
(Postponed - due to frozen pitch); Dover
0 FC Halifax 0; Eastleigh 2 Woking 2;
Ebbsfleet United 1 Dag & Red 1; Gateshead P Wrexham P (Postponed - due to
frozen pitch); Leyton Orient 0 Bromley
1; Macclesfield 1 Sutton Utd 0; Maidenhead Utd 1 AFC Fylde 2; Tranmere 4
Guiseley 0.
Leading Positions: 1 Macclesfield P 27
pts 51, 2 Aldershot (27-45), 3 Sutton Utd
(27-45), 4 Dover (27-44), 5 Wrexham (2644), 6 Tranmere (26-43).
ITALIAN LEAGUE
Atalanta 1 Cagliari 2; Benevento 1 Chievo
0; Bologna 1 Udinese 2; Fiorentina 1 AC
Milan 1; Inter Milan 0 Lazio 0; Roma 1
Sassuolo 1; Sampdoria 2 SPAL 0; Torino
0 Genoa 0; Verona 1 Juventus 3.
FIXTURES
(Football 3pm unless stated)
FOOTBALL
PREMIER LEAGUE
Brighton v AFC Bournemouth (12.30).........
Burnley v Liverpool (3)..............................................
Everton v Man Utd (5.30).........................................
Leicester v Huddersfield (3)..................................
Stoke v Newcastle (3) ..................................................
THE SKY BET CHAMPIONSHIP
Aston Villa v Bristol City (5.30)..........................
Bolton v Hull (3)...............................................................
Derby v Sheffield Utd (3)..........................................
Leeds v Nottingham Forest (3) ...........................
Norwich v Millwall (3) ................................................
Preston v Middlesbrough (3)................................
QPR v Cardiff (3)..............................................................
Sheffield Wednesday v Burton (3)..................
Sunderland v Barnsley (3)......................................
SKY BET LEAGUE ONE
AFC Wimbledon v Southend (3) .......................
Bristol Rovers v Portsmouth (3) .......................
Charlton v Gillingham (3) ........................................
Fleetwood v Bradford (3).........................................
Northampton v Wigan (3).......................................
Oxford Utd v MK Dons (3)........................................
Peterborough v Doncaster (3).............................
Plymouth v Walsall (3)...............................................
Rochdale v Blackpool (3) ..........................................
Rotherham v Blackburn (3)....................................
Scunthorpe v Bury (3) ................................................
Shrewsbury v Oldham (3)........................................
SKY BET LEAGUE TWO
Accrington v Morecambe (3)................................
Barnet v Swindon (3)...................................................
Colchester v Cambridge Utd (3).........................
Coventry v Chesterfield (3)....................................
Crewe v Grimsby (3).....................................................
Forest Green v Wycombe (3)................................
Luton v Lincoln City (3).............................................
Mansfield v Carlisle (3)..............................................
Newport Co v Exeter (3) ...........................................
Notts County v Port Vale (3) .................................
Stevenage v Cheltenham (3) .................................
Yeovil v Crawley (3) ......................................................
VANARAMA NATIONAL LEAGUE
AFC Fylde v Tranmere (3) .......................................
Bromley v Ebbsfleet Utd.........................................
Dagenham & R v Leyton Orient (3).................
FC Halifax v Macclesfield (3)................................
Guiseley v Chester FC (3) ........................................
Hartlepool v Gateshead (3).....................................
Maidstone Utd v Dover (3)......................................
Solihull Moors v Maidenhead Utd (3)...........
Sutton Utd v Boreham Wood (3) ......................
Torquay v Eastleigh (3) ..............................................
Woking v Aldershot (1)...............................................
Wrexham v Barrow (3)...............................................
VANARAMA NATIONAL LEAGUE: AFC
Fylde v Tranmere (3.0), Bromley v
Ebbsfleet Utd, Dagenham & Redbridge
v Leyton Orient (3.0), FC Halifax v Macclesfield (3.0), Guiseley v Chester FC (3.0),
Hartlepool v Gateshead (3.0), Maidstone
Utd v Dover (3.0), Solihull Moors v Maidenhead Utd (3.0), Sutton Utd v Boreham
Wood (3.0), Torquay v Eastleigh (3.0),
Woking v Aldershot (1.0), Wrexham v
Barrow (3.0).
NATIONAL LEAGUE NORTH: Alfreton
Tn v Stockport Co (3.0), Brackley v
Leamington (3.0), Curzon Ashton
v Bradford P A (3.0), Gainsborough
v Boston Utd (3.0), Harrogate Tn v
Darlington (3.0), Kidderminster v AFC
Telford (3.0), Salford City v FC United
of Manchester (3.0), Southport v
Chorley (3.0), Spennymoor Tn v Blyth
Spartans (3.0), Tamworth v Nuneaton
(3.0), York v North Ferriby Utd (3.0).
SOUTH: Bognor Regis Tn v Havant and
W (3.0), Chelmsford v Braintree Tn (3.0),
Chippenham v Hungerford Tn (3.0),
Dartford v Welling (3.0), East Thurrock
v Concord Rangers (3.0), Eastbourne
Borough v Whitehawk (3.0), Hemel
Hempstead v St Albans (3.0), Oxford
City v Gloucester (3.0), Truro City v
Poole Tn (3.0), Wealdstone v Hampton
& Richmond (3.0), Weston-S-Mare v
Bath City (3.0).
EVO-STIK NORTH PREMIER:
Altrincham v Witton Albion (3.0),
Barwell v Nantwich Tn (3.0), Buxton v
Ashton Utd (3.0), Farsley Celtic v Shaw
Lane (3.0), Grantham v Matlock Tn
(3.0), Hednesford v Stafford Rangers
(3.0), Mickleover Sports v Coalville
Tn (3.0), Stalybridge v Lancaster City
(3.0), Stourbridge v Rushall Olympic
(3.0), Sutton Coldfield Tn v Halesowen
(3.0), Warrington Tn v Marine (3.0),
Workington v Whitby (3.0).
EVO-STIK SOUTH PREMIER: Bishop’s
Stortford v Royston Tn (3.0), Chesham
v Slough (3.0), Dorchester v Tiverton
(3.0), Dunstable v Biggleswade Tn (3.0),
Farnborough v Basingstoke (3.0), Frome
Tn v Merthyr Tn (3.0), Gosport Borough
v Weymouth (3.0), Hereford FC v
Redditch (3.0), Kettering v Kings Lynn
Tn (3.0), St Ives Tn v St Neots Tn (3.0),
Stratford Tn v Banbury (3.0).
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SPORT
FOOTBALL
PREMIER LEAGUE
Injury blows
for City as
Palace bring
run to an end
CRYSTAL PALACE
MANCHESTER CITY
0
Crystal Palace
Hennessey
0
By Miguel Delaney
AT SELHURST PARK
So, one moment of celebration for
Manchester City in the 90th minute,
but only amid what might well be as
bad a day as Pep Guardiola and his
league leaders are going to suffer
this season.
Jason Puncheon, meanwhile, put in
as bad a challenge as anyone will see
this season, in a 0-0 draw at Crystal
Palace that looks set to have consequences for the rest of City’s season.
An Ederson save from a poor and –
given Wilf Zaha’s weak tumble – controversial Luka Milivojevic penalty
preserved City’s unbeaten record
but their winning run stops at 18.
Both Kevin De Bruyne and Gabriel
Jesus went off with injuries. The Belgian had his hands on his head as he
lay on a stretcher after Puncheon’s
atrocious late challenge. The Brazilian, meanwhile, left the field in tears.
Palace manager Roy Hodgson got
his game plan spot on and was only a
poor penalty kick away from it being
pitch perfect.
“It’s frustrating of course, but
it was a good save,” the 70-yearold said, generously of the woeful
effort. “It’s better to concentrate on
our performance and how well we
played. I have to give the players an
enormous pat on the back for how
they played.
“To be brutally honest, with five
or six minutes to go I was thinking
we had to make sure we don’t lose
Fosu- Tomkins
Mensah
Cabaye
Milivojevic
Townsend
Sané
Gundogan
Danilo
Dann
Benteke
Jesus
Van
Aanholt
Riedewald
Zaha
B Silva
Fernandinho De Bruyne
Mangala Otamendi Walker
Ederson
Manchester City
Subs: C Palace Kelly (Dann, 20), Puncheon (Cabaye, 75),
Lee (Puncheon, 90); Man City Aguero (Jesus, 23),
Sterling (Gundogan, 57) Touré (B Silva, 81).
Booked: C Palace Dann, Van Aanholt, Cabaye,
Puncheon; Man City Fernandinho, Sané, Aguero,
Touré.
Man of the Match Fosu-Mensah. Rating 6/10.
Possession: C Palace 26% Man City 74%.
Attempts on target: C Palace 1 Man City 4.
Referee J Moss (West Yorkshire).
Attendance 25,804.
the game. Wilf [Zaha] did brilliantly
to provoke [the tackle that led to
the penalty], but unfortunately we
didn’t take advantage. I may think
differently at the end of season but
now I’m inclined to say well done to
my players.”
Pressed on the Puncheon foul,
Hodgson said: “I’m here to talk
about the 95 minutes of football, not
the incidents you’ve probably seen
15 or 16 times. I was following the
ball so didn’t pay the incident with
Puncheon any heed.”
On the ease with which Zaha
went down for the penalty after
being challenged by Raheem Sterling, Hodgson said: “You’re talking
to someone here who took the first
points off Man City [in 19 games]
about the validity of a penalty decision. I think the sense is there’s an
element of being satisfied with the
performance, not losing a game
when many predicted we would.
“There’s also a sadness of not taking advantage. Also a moment we
can savour. You have to allow me a
few minutes of enjoyment.”
As for City, their 18 consecutive
victories already represented a
Premier League record, but Palace’s
resilience means they fell one short
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Hodgson’s brave tactics
show you must stand
up to Pep’s superstars
league table. Newcastle accepted
a defeat to City in the belief that
their prospects of beating Brighton
at home three days later with a
stronger team were enhanced. The
CHIEF SPORTS
CORRESPONDENT
goalless draw exposed the poverty of
hat’s what happens
that approach.
when you have a go.
Similarly, Hughes saw a 5-0
Crystal Palace did
pasting at Stamford Bridge on
the Premier League a
Saturday as a price worth paying for
service by standing up to
the chance to beat, irony of ironies,
Manchester City and demonstrating Newcastle today with a beefed-up
the power of positive thinking.
team. What this fails to acknowledge
No limp retreat for them. No
is how prospects can also be
sliding out of the contest to save
improved by a hike in morale born of
themselves for another day. No
results like this.
resting players for fights they might
Palace go into their critical fixture
win. Palace backed themselves to
at Southampton buoyed by a sense
get a result and were a saved penalty of renewal, belief and confidence
in added time from inflicting a first
rocketing instead of being nailed
league defeat of the season on City.
to the floor, a point recognised
As it was they became the first
by Hodgson. “I’m very proud of
team to stop them scoring and only
the team’s performance,” he said.
the second to take a point
“We tried to make the
since Everton back in
most of our attacking
F
a
ilure
is
August. Yes they had to
opportunities.
defend for long periods, but not losing.
“We would have been
they were not defensive in Failure is
jumping through hoops to
attitude. Wilfried Zaha was accepting the
gain all three. If we keep
at City at every opportunity impossibility
that level of performance,
and lost out on the man
we have a good chance of
of winning.
of the match award only
staying in the league.”
There was
by a hair’s breadth to
And of enjoying the
team-mate Timothy Fosu- none of that
experience to boot. Failure
from Palace
Mensah, who set out the
is not losing. Failure is
template of how to compete
accepting the impossibility
meaningfully, defending
of winning. There was none
like a dervish and initiating attacks
of that from Palace and the spectacle
with purpose.
was better for it.
City dominated possession
If only Hodgson had infused his
and went at the afternoon with
England team with the same spirit.
the usual vim. But unlike their
If only he felt about Zaha then as
previous engagement on the road in
he does now. Hodgson gave Zaha
Newcastle, City were met by a level of his England debut in 2012 against
aggression and intent equal to their
Sweden, replacing fellow debutant
own. Palace refused to accept that a
Raheem Sterling of all people.
shortfall in talent meant they were
Sterling has progressed to 35
out of the game. If they showed the
caps and is seen as indispensable
requisite character and organisation, to club and country. Zaha appeared
defeat was not inevitable.
only once more before switching
Manager Roy Hodgson could
his allegiance to Ivory Coast last
easily have taken the Rafa Benitez
year. Were he able to conjure
route, the same policy adopted by
consistently in his youth this kind
Mark Hughes for Stoke’s trip to
of marauding threat, Zaha would
Chelsea. Both rested key players
still be a Manchester United player
in order to optimise their chances
and leading the line for England in
against rivals at the other end of the
Russia in the summer.
Kevin
Garside
T
of the European mark set by Bayern
Munich, also then managed by Guardiola, in 2014.
Despite their inability to score
in the league for the first time this
season, City remain in first place
and 14 points ahead of Chelsea, their
closest challengers.
Their frustrations against a
team that remains threatened by
relegation and in 17th place in the
Premier League are likely to represent only a blip in what still looks set
to be a remarkable season.
The big concern for Guardiola this
morning, though, is going to be the
injuries to Jesus and De Bruyne, with
the former looking set for a month on
the sidelines and the latter likely to
miss tomorrow’s home game against
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The stories you
need to know
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Three match ban
for Tadic ‘elbow’
Ashley Young has been
suspended for Manchester
United’s next three matches after
he appeared to elbow Dusan
Tadic during their 0-0 draw at
Old Trafford on Saturday. Young,
accepted the charge of violent
conduct but his appeal on the
length of the suspension was
rejected. The 32-year-old will
miss matches against Everton,
Derby (FA Cup) and Stoke.
» Mourinho bemoans luck, p52
CRICKET
FOOTBALL
Malan to replace
Stokes in ODI side
Coutinho Barça
shirts advertised
Ben Stokes is set to be replaced
by Dawid Malan in England’s
one-day international squad to
face Australia. Stokes
was named earlier
this month in the
squad for the
forthcoming
series, even
though he
remains
unavailable for
international
selection. The
all-rounder (above)
is still waiting to see if he will
be charged with causing actual
bodily harm following a latenight fracas outside a Bristol
nightclub in September. The ODI
series starts on 14 January.
Speculation linking Liverpool’s
Philippe Coutinho (below) with
a January move has increased
after Nike advertised
a Barcelona shirt
for sale with
the Brazilian’s
name on it.
Social media
lit up with
screen grabs of
the official Nike
website showing
the offer in several
different languages.
Headlined “Where the magic
happens”, the page, which is no
longer on the website, continued
with the message: “Philippe
Coutinho is ready to light up
Camp Nou.”
» Bairstow backs Moeen, p47
FOOTBALL
Warburton given
the boot by Forest
Nottingham Forest have sacked
manager Mark Warburton after
less than nine months in charge
at the City Ground. Forest, who
are 14th in the Championship,
announced the former Rangers
and Brentford coach’s departure
yesterday morning, along
with his assistant, David Weir,
and sporting director Frank
McParland. Academy coach
Gary Brazil has been appointed
caretaker manager.
» Salah concern for Klopp, p52
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City’s winning run
ends in tears
By Miguel Delaney
Sport
Pep Guardiola last night revealed
that Gabriel Jesus will be out for
just over a month after going off
injured in Manchester City’s 0-0
draw at Crystal Palace, and that
Kevin De Bruyne is likely to miss
tomorrow’s game against Watford.
The setbacks came as City’s
record run of 18 consecutive wins
ended, but Guardiola said his side
were “lucky” not to have suffered
worse injuries sooner as a result
of poor challenges that he called
for the authorities to look at “for
all players”.
De Bruyne was the victim of a
poor foul from Jason Puncheon
late on in the game and, although
his injury may not be as bad as
initially feared – he left Selhurst
Park without the need for crutches
– Guardiola said they would only
know for certain today.
“Gabriel will be out for maybe a
little more than one month. Kevin,
we will see tomorrow, if it is a kick
or something else… Hopefully, it is
just a huge kick. Maybe he will not
be ready for the Watford game in
two days.
“We were lucky in recent games.
It is the same. I admire the physicality of the league, but the referees have to protect the players.
It is all I am asking.”
The City manager added that
there would be “internal meetings” at the club to decide whether to move for Arsenal’s Alexis
Sanchez this month as cover for
De Bruyne and Jesus.
The club’s previous stance was
that they would wait until the summer to sign the Chilean on a free
transfer. Guardiola was mostly
evasive on the subject of Sanchez
yesterday, but admitted it would
be discussed.
“I don’t know,” Guardiola said
when asked if the situation had
changed. “He is a player for Arsenal and I think he is going to stay
there. We will have internal meetings and see what is for the best,
but he is an Arsenal player and I
think he will be.”
Guardiola now has a greater selection issue in attack than at any
point this season, especially with
David Silva still out for personal
reasons. The manager said he
did not know when the midfielder
would be back.
“Personal things are more
important than any other situations,” he said. THE INDEPENDENT
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Murray: I’ll be happy if I only reach No 30 in world now
By Paul Newman
IN BRISBANE
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perfect start to
new year on
Old Guard
Andy Murray has missed tennis so
much during his six-month absence
with a hip injury that he admits he
would be happy just to be competing again, even if he has to settle for
nothing better than “top 30” tennis.
“I want to get back to playing my
best tennis and winning the biggest
tournaments, but if I don’t I’m OK
with that,” the former world No 1
said here yesterday ahead of his return to competition at this week’s
Brisbane International. “I just want
to keep playing.
“My expectations aren’t massively
high just now because I’ve not played
for such a long time. I just want
to enjoy playing again. I’ve really
missed it the last six months or so.
“You kind of re-evaluate what is
important to you. I just want to be
able to play tennis. I don’t mind if it’s
30 in the world level. I would love it
to be No 1-in-the-world level, but I
just want to play. When that’s taken
away from you, you realise how important it is. I’m just hoping that I
can get back to a level where I’m able
to be really competitive.”
Murray has not played since limping out of Wimbledon in July. After
failing to recover his fitness in time
for the US Open, the Scot made
Brisbane the long-term target for his
return. However, he did not confirm
his participation here until he had
played a practice set against Spain’s
Roberto Bautista Agut in Abu Dhabi
on Friday night.
Having come through that test,
Murray continued his journey Down
Under and arrived here on Saturday.
He is travelling with his coach, Jamie
Delgado, his trainer, Matt Little, and
physiotherapist, Mark Bender.
Less than 24 hours after his arrival, Murray was out on the practice
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