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Tributes to British
chief executive and
his family killed
on holiday P13
As safe as
The best and
worst places
to buy
a home
Great train
2 JANUARY 2018
Number 2,217
What I learned
from not
drinking for
a month
by Emily Morris
» Protests today at 40 railway stations as millions
wake up to steepest fare hikes for five years
» ‘People are being priced out of getting to work’, claim
campaigners, as tickets rise 3.4% – and wages stagnate
I gave away my
kidney – and so
should you
» Rail commuters complain they’re being penalised while
motorists enjoy seventh year of fuel duty freeze
theipaper theipaper
UK trampoline
injury epidemic
Parents bouncing
into trouble
Power failure
Darts has a brilliant
new champion as
Taylor checks out
How has an
art gallery
proved that
less can be
more ?
See p.21
The day at
a glance
May could be forced
into student U-turn
Ministers are preparing for a defeat
that would force Theresa May to
abandon her policy of counting
foreign students as immigrants. A
new Immigration Bill to be brought
forward this year will allow MPs to
force a vote on the issue, the Home
Office believes. PAGE 7
Escaping bikers
end up in river
Hospitals ‘under
intense strain’
Government to seize Diabetes drug could
Islamist chief’s assets fight Alzheimer’s
Three bikers careered into a river
after trying to escape police called to
reports of a roundabout being used
for illegal stunts. West Midlands
Police said the riders “rounded
off 2017 on a damp note” as they
attempted to evade officers in
Birmingham at about 3pm on New
Year’s Eve.
Many hospitals reported more than
99 per cent capacity in the week
before Christmas, the president
of the Society for Acute Medicine
has said. Dr Nick Scriven called
for non-urgent operations to be
postponed until at least the end of
January as services are being are
put under intense strain. PAGE 11
Pakistan’s government plans to seize
control of charities and financial
assets linked to Islamist leader
Hafiz Saeed, who Washington has
designated a terrorist, according
to Reuters. Pakistan’s civilian
government detailed its plans in
secret to government departments
in December.
A drug to treat diabetes could be
used to fight Alzheimer’s after
“significantly” reversing memory
loss in tests on mice. A “triple
receptor drug” created to treat
type 2 diabetes also helped reduce
the amount of amyloid plaques
associated with Alzheimer’s, the
University of Lancashire found.
Quote of the day
It is far better to grasp
the universe as it really is
than to persist in delusion,
however satisfying
and reassuring
Court reviews lethal
injection drugs
Army: Boko Haram
captives ‘have fled’
£18k bill for 64-night Imported waste ban
Antigua work trip
will be ‘chaos’ for UK
Ohio’s prison system must produce
records about lethal drugs it wants
shielded from public view for the
state Supreme Court to review
privately. At issue is a lawyer’s
request for multiple records about
Ohio’s lethal injection drugs,
including who made them and when
they expire.
The Nigerian army says more than
700 people held by Boko Haram
militants have escaped. They fled
from several islands in Lake Chad
and arrived in the town of Monguno,
in Borno state, north-west Nigeria,
according to a military spokesman.
There has been no independent
verification of the army’s claim.
Taxpayers footed an £18,000 bill to
cover the costs of three government
officials who stayed at a luxury hotel
while working on a Caribbean
island.Border Force staff spent
64 nights between them at the
Sugar Ridge resort on Antigua to
advise local authorities on drug
trafficking. PAGE 7
A ban on imported waste imposed
by the Chinese government poses
major issues for the UK’s recycling
industry. China will no longer accept
24 grades of plastic, textiles and
paper imports that officials claimed
were “contaminated”. Industry
experts predict that the ban will
cause chaos. PAGE 12
Cuba Gooding Jnr, (below)
actor, 50; David Bailey,
photographer, 80; Mr C,
rapper, 52; Scot Gemmill,
football coach, 47
The List
The most expensive
places to park
Hugh Norton has also
popped up in Lady
Chatterley’s Lover
(2015), episodes of War
and Peace (2016) and
Grantchester (2017), the
last of which also
featured James’s
mother, Lavinia.
Blink and you’ll miss it
In the first episode of BBC1’s new drama series McMafia,
which aired last night, viewers saw James Norton star as a
British-raised son of an exiled Russian mobster. Eagle-eyed
observers will have seen the actor’s father, Hugh, appearing
in a cameo role in the show. Have you spotted these other
blink-and-you’ll-miss-it cameos over the years?
The most expensive prices
to park your car for an
hour in council-run spaces
can be revealed after a
survey of councils in the
UK’s largest cities.
Friday 2 January 2009
A rare, unrestored 1937
Bugatti Type 57S Atalante
coupé is reported to have
been found in the garage
of Harold Carr, a surgeon,
two years after his death
in Gosport, Hampshire.
A month later, the black
two-seater – one of just 17
ever made – sold at a Paris
auction for £2.9m.
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London (City) £4.80
Liverpool £2.00
Hull £1.20
Plymouth £1.00
Nottingham £1.00
Manchester £1.00
Leicester £1.00
Cardiff £1.00
Bristol £1.00
Glasgow 80p
Wolverhampton 70p
Bradford 60p
Wakefield 50p
Sheffield 50p
Leeds 50p
Edinburgh 50p
Derby 50p
Brighton 50p
Birmingham 50p
Newcastle 20p
Belfast 20p
Newspapers support recycling
The recycled content of UK
newspapers in 2015 was 71%
Alfred Hitchcock
The director made dozens of cameos
in his own films over the decades,
beginning with three appearance in
The Lodger (1927). In Rear Window he
can be seen winding the clock in the
songwriter's apartment.
Jessie Burton
A television adaptation of the author’s
2014 novel The Miniaturist was
broadcast over Christmas. Burton
appeared in a ballroom scene.
Alan Rickman
Shortly before starring in the Harry
Potter film franchise as Professor
Snape, Alan Rickman tangoed his way
through the 2000 music video for the
Texas song “In Demand” with
frontwoman Sharleen Spiteri.
Phil Collins and Glenn Close
All eyes are on Robin Williams and
Dustin Hoffman in Hook (1991) but
Phil Collins has a small part - a police
officer - in Steven Spielberg's fantasy
adventure. Glenn Close also has a
minor role as a bearded pirate.
Tom Hanks
Pop star Carly Rae Jepsen didn’t even
have to ask the Oscar winner to
appear in the video for her 2015 song
“I Really Like You”. Hanks is friends
with the singer’s manager and offered
up his services as he liked the concept.
Estelle Reiner
Meg Ryan’s character fakes an orgasm
in a diner in When Harry Met Sally.
Director Rob Reiner cast his mother
Estelle as a customer who summons
a waitress and declares: “I’ll have what
she’s having.”
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2 JANUARY 2018
Rabbi labels singer a
‘bigot’ in full page ad
Oliver Duff
A controversial rabbi has placed
a full-page advertisement in The
Washington Post calling the singer
Lorde (below) a bigot. The advert
appeared in Sunday’s edition with
the title, “Lorde and New Zealand
ignore Syria to attack Israel.”
The remarks come after the New
Zealand singer cancelled a concert
in Israel. PAGE 21
Gravy trains and
Ayatollahs – it’s a
new year of i
Cold snap pushes
penguins indoors
Meet Durham’s Lord of the Rings
Graham Duff (centre) has reunited a
woman with her engagement ring
after she lost it on Christmas Day –
just 24 hours after it was presented
to her. Mr Duff, an amateur metal
detectorist, was alerted to a post on a
community Facebook page explaining
that Sunny Smith’s ring had slipped
off in a stable while she was tending
to the horse owned by her family.
It must have been like searching for a
needle in a haystack
That’s how Ms Smith (right) described
her frantic hunt to her local newspaper,
the Northern Echo. A forklift driver by
trade, Mr Duff, 52, is originally from
Essex and has lived in Durham for
eight years with his partner Sue. He has
been interested in hunting for treasure
since the 1990s and jumped at the
opportunity to help Ms Smith.
Had he unearthed much of
interest before?
Plenty – from medieval coins to
valuable posy rings, plus numerous
sentimental pieces of jewellery
belonging to friends and neighbours.
How long did it take him to locate Ms
Smith’s ring?
“Five minutes - if that,” Mr Duff told
i. What’s more, within a couple of
days, he’d been called upon to track
down another ring, this one belonging
to a man, 25 years married, whose
wedding band had slipped off while he
was feeding his hens.
What did Mr Duff get for his services?
“I didn’t do it for the money,” he said.
Both parties offered him a reward but
he refused to accept it. “I was more
than pleased to help,” he explained. Mr
Duff, who is receiving treatment for
prostate cancer, added: “With what’s
going on in my life at the minute... it’s
cheered me up. I’ve been on a bit of a
high from it.”
What next for the Lord of the Rings?
Mr Duff proposed to his fiancée in the
cockpit of an aircraft last year, and
the couple will marry in April. The
detectorist said his wife-to-be has not
misplaced her ring – but if she does,
she knows just the man to find it.
Katie Grant
Extreme cold temperatures
prompted keepers at Calgary Zoo to
move their penguins into a heated
enclosure. A cold snap on New Year’s
Eve pushed temperatures in the area
below -30°C. Yesterday, Canada’s
coldest temperature was registered
in Eureka, northern Nunavut
territory, at -40.5°C.
‘Last Jedi’ rakes it in
as top film of 2017
Star Wars: The Last Jedi has become
the top grossing film of the year in
the final week of 2017, taking $1bn
(£740m) worldwide. Released in
UK cinemas just before Christmas,
the movie generated an estimated
$52.4m (£38.8m) last year, pushing
it past Disney’s Beauty and the Beast
into top spot. PAGE 21
Letter from
the Editor
Welcome back – even if, like us,
you never really went away.
We’ve had a team working in
our editorial offices – London,
Edinburgh, Manchester and
Belfast – over Christmas and the
new year. I hope you’ve enjoyed
recent papers. Today we have a
lively edition to propel you
into 2018.
If you only read one thing
today about what’s going on in
Iran, make it Patrick Cockburn’s
analysis on page 9. We are blessed
to have Patrick and Kim Sengupta
among our correspondents,
bringing you superb insight on
the Middle East. The plates are
shifting there once again – and
only a fool would confidently
guess the dynamic of power that
we’ll find in 12 months’ time.
We cover this morning’s rail
fare protests, as another new
pricing regime kicks in. Successive
hikes are making going to work
uneconomical, even unaffordable,
for some people. Public anger is
growing, especially as passengers
find their journeys disrupted
by delays, cancellations and,
on many popular commuter
routes, chronic overcrowding.
Investment in the network is
welcome, but people need to be
able to rely on the service now.
The bumper pay packets that rail
executives expect to receive this
year are unconscionable.
More eccentrically, we
cover the spate of trampoline
accidents around Britain, now an
established national trend. Our
reporter Cahal Milmo has kicked
off his shoes to investigate.
And finally: for a charming little
tale, turn to page 29, where one
tiny Scottish publisher deserves
its success.
Til tomorrow. Twitter: @olyduff
‘Snubbed’ railway passengers plan
nationwide protests over fare rises
By Neil Lancefield
Rail passengers are set to greet one
of the UK’s largest fare increases
with a wave of protests across
the country.
As average ticket prices across
Britain rise by 3.4 per cent – 3.6
per cent for season ticket holders –
today, protests are planned by rail
unions and passenger groups at
more than 40 railway stations.
Members of the Rail, Maritime
and Transport union will hand out
chocolates to passengers in a bid to
“sweeten the bitter pill” of the price
increase, the highest in five years.
Many season tickets have gone
up by more than £100, including
in Theresa May’s constituency of
Maidenhead, where an annual pass
to London rose by £104 to £3,092.
Travellers buying off-peak, unregulated fares will be hit by even bigger rises of up to 10 per cent in some
cases, according to analysis from
watchdog Transport Focus.
Meanwhile, average pay rises
were below 2 per cent last year and
are predicted to remain low for most
of 2018, leaving passengers worse
off again.
Stephen Joseph, of the Campaign
for Better Transport (CBT), accused the Government of choosing
to “snub rail passengers” by continuing to raise fares while fuel duty is
frozen for a seventh consecutive
year. CBT figures show average season tickets into London terminals
have gone up by £146 this year, compared with £74 last January.
Mr Joseph said: “The extra money
season ticket holders will have to
fork out this year is almost as much
as drivers will save.
“That doesn’t seem fair to us, or to
the millions of people who commute
by train, especially as wages continue to stagnate. What’s good enough
for motorists should be good enough
for rail passengers.”
Bruce Williamson, of campaign
group Railfuture, warned “people are being priced out of getting
to work”. The Transport Depart-
Q&A Unwelcome hike
How much have fares gone up by?
The average increase is 3.4 per cent.
How does this compare with
previous years?
It is the biggest rise since 2013. Fares
went up by 2.3 per cent last year.
Who pays for the railways?
It has been the policy of successive
governments to reduce rail funding
by taxpayers and to increase the relative contribution of passengers.
Who decides fare increases?
Regulated fare rises are set by the
Government, which uses the Retail
Prices Index inflation measure from
the previous July (3.6 per cent in 2017).
This applies to around half of tickets
and includes season tickets.
What about other tickets?
They are set by the operators.
Where does the money go?
The Rail Delivery Group says profit
margins for rail companies are
around 3 per cent, with most revenue
going on investment in the network,
staffing and maintenance..
Rail passengers travelling today, the first working day of 2018, are being hit with the largest fare rise in five years PA
Then... ...and now
This table compares the price of
a 12-month season ticket bought
now with one purchased last year.
It does not include the price paid if
within-London travelcards are also
purchased for journeys in the capital.
Bournemouth to London
Previous price £6,500
New price £6,732 Increase £232
Oxford to London
£4,920; £5,096; £176
Gloucester to Birmingham
£3,968; £4,108; £140
Liverpool to Manchester
£3,044; £3,152; £108
Elgin to Inverness
£2,804; £2,904; £100
Barrow-in-Furness to Preston
£3,940; £4,040; £100
Ludlow to Hereford
£2,136; £2,212; £76
Stirling to Glasgow
£2,084; £2,160; £76
Barnstaple to Exeter
£2,008; £2,080; £72
Chelmsford to Colchester
£2,100; £2,172; £72
Thetford to Norwich
£1,868; £1,932; £64
Neath to Cardiff £1,652; £1,708; £56
Blackburn to Manchester
£1,820; £1,864; £44
Bangor to Llandudno
£1,220; £1,260; £40
ment said the rises were paying for
the “biggest modernisation of our
railways since the Victorian times
to improve services for passengers –
providing faster and more comfortable trains.
“This includes the first trains running though London on the Crossrail
project, a new Thameslink service
and continuing work on the transformative Great North Rail Project.
“The price rises for this year are
capped in line with inflation, with
97p out of every £1 paid going back
into the railway.”
Paul Plummer, chief executive of
the Rail Delivery Group which represents train operators, said: “On
average, fares will rise by less than
inflation this year.”
What improvements are being made?
The Department for Transport says it
is investing in the biggest modernisation of the network since Victorian
times, with major projects to provide
faster, better trains with more seats.
What do passenger groups say?
They claim fare rises are pricing
people off the railways because wages
are not increasing at the same rate.
What impact are fare rises having
on demand?
Passenger numbers have more than
doubled since the network was privatised in the mid-1990s. But the latest
figures from the Office of Rail and
Road show that passenger journeys
fell by 0.4 per cent between July and
September, compared with 2016.
Real problem is a price regime that’s stuck in the last century
Simon Calder
lackfriars station, in
central London, is a
visionary structure.
Rail magazine recently
rewarded its transformation
“from a down-at-heel secondary
terminal into an iconic,
modern facility”. Nevertheless,
whichever one of the four trains
each hour to Gatwick airport
the hapless traveller chooses,
the ticket machines will prove
baffling. Be you a seasoned
passenger or a befuddled tourist,
if the airport is your destination
then all you probably want is the
cheapest fare, price £10.70. But
the machines will offer you three
different ticket types, without
revealing the cost. As the minutes
tick down to your train, good luck
with pressing the right button.
As passengers and the Labour
Party rail against the soaring cost
of train travel, the real problem
remains unaddressed: dragging
the fares structure into the 21st
century. Many fares make no
economic sense but they have
remained in place for a couple of
decades because politicians lack
the cojones to construct a fares
regime that is fair to passengers.
At privatisation in the 1990s,
some fares were deemed to
be so socially and politically
sensitive that they needed to
be regulated: standard class
weekly season tickets in England
and Wales, most fares around
London and off-peak returns
nationwide. And these “baked
in” prices, which currently rise
in line with inflation, distort
the market. At the root of the
problem: politicians’ reluctance
to make tough choices. And that
is partly because there has been
no coherent discussion about the
purpose of the railway.
Is it to provide an efficient
inter-city alternative to the
car? To connect disparate
communities? Or to facilitate
economic growth and attractive
lifestyles while limiting
environmental damage? The
answer, of course, is all three.
No political party has shown
any appetite for starting a
discussion about rewarding
commuters who are prepared to
arrive in London before 8am or
after 9am with slightly cheaper
tickets. “Super-peak” pricing
should be part of a national
debate about how to manage
demand for a network whose
core is rapidly approaching its
bicentenary. One-way pricing –
the only rational solution – and
sensibly programmed ticket
machines will eventually prevail.
A politician brave enough to say
so deserves a first-class return.
2 JANUARY 2018
Bracing for
a new year
Clockwise from top left:
swimmers take part in the
New Year’s Day dip in the sea at
Whitley Bay, North East England;
two of the 1,100 swimmers in
front of the Forth Bridge in the
River Forth yesterday in South
Queensferry, Scotland; part of
the Hogmanay celebrations in
Edinburgh; and the London New
Year’s Day Parade. PA;GETTY
Students may finally escape immigration row
By Rob Merrick
Ministers are braced for a defeat
that would force Theresa May to
abandon her much-criticised policy
of counting foreign students as immigrants in official statistics.
A new Immigration Bill, to be
brought forward this year, would
allow MPs to force – and almost certainly win – a vote on the controversy, the Home Office believes.
Amber Rudd, the Home Secretary, is believed to have warned the
Prime Minister that growing support for the rethink in Parliament
means a U-turn is now inevitable.
Removing foreign students from the
figures would be embarrassing
for Mrs May, who has resisted the move as weakening the defences against
higher immigration.
However, her claim
that up to 100,000 foreign students a year fail
to go home after graduating fell apart when official
exit checks revealed that fewer
than 5,000 overstay when their
visas expire.
The Prime Minister has been left
in what has been described as “a minority of one” as Cabinet opposition
to the policy has grown.
Ms Rudd (inset), the
Chancellor, Philip Hammond, and Foreign Secretary Boris Johnson
have all called for it to
be scrapped – as have
business and university
Universities have warned
that classing the students
as long-term migrants is deterring young people from coming to
Britain to study and is damaging
Taxpayers footed an £18,000 bill covering the costs of three government
officials who stayed at a luxury hotel
while working on a Caribbean island,
records show.
Border Force staff spent 64 nights
between them at the Sugar Ridge
hotel on Antigua, a £37m resort that
boasts an infinity pool, a gourmet restaurant and stunning views.
The team made the trip in early
2016 to advise local authorities on
Mrs May fears that taking
out foreign students from
the figures will be seen as an
attempt to cook the books. She
has argued that including them
puts pressure on universities to
root out bogus students.
versal has become even more likely.
A Government source said: “It is
inevitable that someone will bring
forward an amendment on this, and
it is very difficult to see how we could
Civil servants rack up £18k
bill at Caribbean resort
By Sam Lister
to the nation’s successful higher
education sector.
There are about 438,000 foreign
students currently studying in the
UK, so changing the policy could
make a significant difference to the
headline immigration numbers.
Ministers first contemplated defeat on the issue last year, after an
amendment to the Higher Education
Bill was passed by the Lords.
That attempt was killed off by
June’s snap election.
But with the Tories having lost
their Commons majority – and with
an Immigration Bill looming – a re-
drug trafficking but the details have
only emerged following a Freedom of
Information request by MailOnline.
Documents show the bill for accommodation came to £12,126 while,
£4,144 went on subsistence, £1,310 on
car hire, and £994 on flights.
Antiguan customs authorities
asked the Border Force team to “help
them build the capacity and capability” at the country’s main airport, VC
Bird, a Caribbean transport hub.
The Home Office said the officials
were potentially at risk of being ob-
served by criminal gangs during their
stay on the island.
In its response to the FoI request,
the department said it appreciated the decision to put the officials
up in the holiday resort “might
raise concerns” but “it was considered to be the most suitable option
available in terms of balancing cost
and security”.
“ T h e o f f i ce rs s e l e c t e d fo r
deployment were based within
the Caribbean region and
travelled by economy flights,” a
spokesman added.
Guests at the Sugar Ridge hotel
can take advantage of a spa, fitness
centre with personal trainer and
have access to an exclusive beach.
Glowing meteor brings in new year
By Dean Kirby
Hundreds of New Year’s
Eve revellers reported
seeing a glowing green
meteor blasting
through the skies
above Britain.
Keen-eyed people
reported seeing a
shooting star, with others
believing it was a UFO.
The UK Meteor Network,
said it received more than 600
sightings of the “New Year’s
Eve fireball”. It was spotted
in towns and cities including
Bristol, Leeds, Sheffield,
Doncaster, Newcastle
and Aberdeen.
It said: “Many
observers reported
green colour and
fragmentation at the
end. The meteor was
apparently moving
quite slowly.”
The International Meteor
Organisation said: “Probably
one of the last bright fireballs of
2017, but what a fireball!”
Boris ‘frustrated’ by lack of support from Leavers
By Jane Clinton
Boris Johnson has said he is being
“left out on a limb” by some of his
fellow Cabinet members over his
push for a hard Brexit.
Friends of the Foreign Secretary say he is increasingly frustrated that he is not supported by
other Leavers in his bid for a clean
break from the EU.
“The other Leave supporters
tend to hide behind his skirts and
don’t say very much,” an ally told
the PoliticsHome website. “He
feels like he is being left out on
a limb when they should be supporting him.”
Just before Christmas, the Cabinet, which is split between those
who supported Leave and those
who voted Remain, discussed
what the Brexit “end state” should
look like. Prominent Leavers
including the Environment Secretary Michael Gove, Penny Mordaunt and Brexit Secretary David
Davis are those who Mr Johnson
feels are not pulling their weight.
Meanwhile, Mr Davis’s position
in the cabinet is said to have weakened, with some suggesting that a
new year reshuffle could see his
position “marginalised” if Boris
Johnson is given a more prominent role in Brexit negotiations.
Protests spread
and death toll
climbs as police
arrest hundreds
By Ben Kentish
At least 13 people have now been
killed in anti-government protests in
Iran, and security forces have had to
fight off “armed protesters” trying to
take over police stations and military
bases, reports in the country’s state
media suggest.
Authorities had previously confirmed four deaths but the total is
now believed to have risen after tens
of thousands of people joined the protests, which began last week.
Two people were killed in clashes
on Sunday night, adding to the two
deaths confirmed on Saturday. Hundreds of people have been arrested.
State television reported that some
“armed protesters” had tried to
storm security facilities.
“Some armed protesters tried to
take over some police stations and
military bases but faced serious resistance from security forces,” it said.
The initial protests were over economic difficulties, rising food prices
and alleged corruption among the
elite, but there are also demands for
the unelected supreme leader, Ayatollah Ali Khamenei, to resign.
Location of key protests
Caspian Sea
Videos posted on social media
showed demonstrators chanting:
“Mullahs, have some shame, leave the
country alone.”
As demonstrations continued,
President Hassan Rouhani insisted
people were “absolutely free to criticise” but said violence would not
be tolerated. “The government will
show no tolerance for those who damage public properties, violate public
order and create unrest,” he said.
“People are absolutely free to criticise the government and protest but
their protests should be in such a
way as to improve the situation in the
country and their life.
“Criticism is different from
violence and damaging public
Authorities suspended access to
Instagram and the messaging app
Telegram, which has been used to
publicise many of the demonstrations. Communications minister
Mohammad-Javad Azari Jahromi
accused the social media companies
of promoting “armed uprising and social unrest” by hosting foreign-based
opposition networks such as Amadnews. THE INDEPENDENT
Bandar Abbas
100 miles
Trump: Iran ‘failing at every level’
By Catherine Lucey
President Donald Trump bid farewell to 2017 with a lavish party at his
private club, before kicking off 2018
with angry tweets about Iran and
On Twitter yesterday, Mr Trump
attacked Pakistan, saying: “The United States has foolishly given Pakistan
more than $33bn in aid over the last
15 years, and they have given us nothing but lies... They give safe haven to
the terrorists we hunt in Afghanistan,
with little help. No more!” It was not
immediately clear why the president
decided to comment on Pakistan.
The US has long accused Islamabad of allowing militants to operate
relatively freely in Pakistan’s border
regions to carry out operations in
neighboring Afghanistan.
On Iran, Mr Trump seemed to be
responding to widespread anti-government protests there. He tweeted
that the Middle East country was
“failing at every level” and voiced
support for the protesters, saying it
While some Iranians have shared
Mr Trump’s tweets, many there distrusthimashehasrefusedtorecertify
the nuclear deal and because his travel bans have blocked Iranians from
obtaining US visas. AP
2 JANUARY 2018
Kim warns
US he has
button on
his desk’
By Eric Talmadge
and Kim Tong-hyung
The protests in Tehran, originally about rising prices, have been growing in intensity since last Thursday and now aims to overthrow the regime GETTY
Demonstrations present dilemma for Rouhani
Patrick Cockburn
ran is seeing its most
widespread protest
demonstrations since
2009. They are still gaining
momentum and at least 13 people
are reported to have been killed,
though the circumstances in
which they died remains unclear.
The motive for the protests is
primarily economic, but many
slogans are political and some
directly attack clerical rule in
Iran, which was introduced with
the overthrow of the Shah in 1979.
The demonstrations began
with one against rising prices
on Thursday in Mashhad, Iran’s
second largest city and the site
of its most holy shrine, a place
which is traditionally seen as a
stronghold for clerical hardliners.
It may be that these
conservatives initiated or
tolerated the protests as a way of
undermining President Hassan
Rouhani, seen as a political
moderate, who was re-elected by a
landslide last year.
If so, the protests have swiftly
spiralled out of the conservatives’
control and are erupting all
over Iran, strong evidence of a
high level of discontent across
the country and a possible sign
of covert organisation by antigovernment groups.
US President Donald Trump
threatened last year to support
domestic anti-government
resistance in Iran, though this
does not necessarily mean that his
administration has done so. His
latest tweet accuses Iran’s leaders
of turning the country “into an
economically depleted rogue state
whose chief exports are violence,
bloodshed and chaos”.
The US and Saudi Arabia may
also be tempted to fund ethnic
groups such as the Iranian Kurds
who are already alienated from
the central government.
Belligerent rhetoric like Mr
Trump’s will be used to discredit
protesters as the pawns of
foreign powers.
Iran has been divided politically
since the fall of the Shah, but the
most immediate cause of unrest
over the past five days is economic
and social discontent. In many
Iranian President Hassan Rouhani is
under pressure not to appear weak AP
respects, grievances are similar
to those in other oil states where
there is long-suppressed anger
about corruption and inequality.
Youth unemployment was 28.8
per cent last year. The nuclear
deal with the US and other major
powers in 2015 reduced sanctions,
but has not produced the benefits
that many expected. A 50 per
cent increase in the price of fuel
was announced in the budget in
December. Egg and poultry prices
recently rose by 40 per cent.
It is too early to say how far
the protests are a threat to
the government and to Iran’s
political stability. The size and
motivation of demonstrations is
murky because of a lack of reliable
eyewitness reporting. This is
in part because of government
restrictions on news coverage
by Iranian and foreign news
outlets which creates a vacuum
of information. In the past, this
vacuum has often been filled by
exiled opposition groups who
become a source of exaggerated or
fabricated accounts of protests.
I was in Tehran in early
2011 when there were genuine
demonstrations in the north of
the city, but they were often of a
smaller size than skilfully edited
film showed on YouTube. Pictures
of protesters tearing down a
picture of Iranian spiritual leader
Ayatollah Ali Khamenei might
indicate a radical anti-regime
turn in the protests or might be a
one-off that tells one little about
the direction of the movement.
The same is true of slogans
praising the Shah or criticising
Iran’s support for Syrian
president Bashar al-Assad.
So far, Mr Rouhani and his
administration have reacted in
a low-key way to the protests,
appealing for calm and saying
people have the right to
demonstrate, but not to destroy
property or engage in violence.
The government is clearly
hoping the demonstrations will
run out of steam, but so far the
opposite seems to be happening.
The number of arrests is still low –
200 in Tehran by Sunday – but Mr
Rouhani must be under pressure
not to appear weak.
He may launch a crackdown
eventually, but a well-publicised
suppression might increase
support for the protests in Iran
and would certainly lead to the US
and West Europeans jumping to
the defence of human rights with
an enthusiasm they have failed to
show in countries such as Yemen,
where a Saudi-led blockade has
brought eight million people to
the edge of famine.
Bloody suppression of protests
might also push the West
Europeans towards Mr Trump’s
aggressive posture towards
Iran and fatally undermine the
nuclear deal. This would, in
turn, strengthen the hand of the
hardliners who can say that Mr
Rouhani’s more accommodating
posture to the outside world and
more liberal policies at home have
North Korean leader Kim Jongun said yesterday that the United
States should be aware that his
country’s nuclear forces are now
a reality, not a threat. But he also
struck a conciliatory tone in his
new year address, wishing success for the Winter Olympics set
to begin in South Korea in February and suggesting the North may
send a delegation to participate.
Kim, wearing a Western-style
grey suit and tie, said in his customary annual address that his
country had achieved the historic
feat of “completing” its nuclear
forces and added that he has a nuclear button installed on his desk.
“The US should know that
the button for nuclear weapons
is on my table,” he said during
the speech.
“The entire area of the US
mainland is within our nuclear
strike range... The United States
can never start a war against me
and our country,” Kim said.
He also called for improved
relations with the South, an idea
mentioned in speeches more often
than it is met.
He said the PyeongChang Winter Olympics would be a good opportunity to showcase the status
of the Korean nation.
He also said the two Koreas
could meet urgently to discuss the
North sending a delegation.
“The Winter Olympic games
that will be held soon in the South
will be a good opportunity to display the status of the Korean nation and we sincerely wish that
the event will be held with good
results,” he said.
South Korea’s presidential office said it welcomed the proposal
to hold talks between government
officials over the issue of North
Korea sending a delegation to
the Olympics.
The office of president Moon
Jae-in said the successful hosting of the PyeongChang Olympics
would contribute to peace and
harmony not only on the Korean
Peninsula and in northeast Asia,
but in the entire world. AP
Kim Jong-un struck a conciliatory
tone in his address GETTY
All signs point to
Cheltenham: the
town has been
identified as
the UK’s biggest
house price
winner over the
past year PA
Cheltenham tops
list of best places
to buy a home
By Dean Kirby
Leafy Cheltenham has been named
the best place to buy a home, as
figures show its value has risen
more than any other town or city
in the UK.
The Regency spa town in Gloucestershire, best known for its racing
festival and as the cultural centre
for the Cotswolds, saw the highest
percentage price rise in 2017.
However, 13 towns recorded
declines in house prices, with
the largest in Perth, which saw a
5.3 per cent slip, according to research by Halifax.
Cheltenham’s rise follows praise
by the New York Times in 2016,
which described it as a “sophisticated mini metropolis” among the
“sprawling meadows dotted with
daffodils and storybook villages”.
The Visit Cheltenham website
proudly boasts about the town’s
“leaf-lined promenade” and cafe
culture for a “continental feel”.
Around 28,000 people were
heading to Cheltenham Racecourse
for the New Year’s Day jump meeting yesterday.
House prices in the town increased at nearly five times the
average UK rate during 2017, at 13
per cent compared with 2.7 per cent
nationally. Houses cost an average
£313,150, a rise of £36,033.
The seaside town of Bournemouth on the south coast experienced the second biggest rise, with
an increase of 11.7 per cent, while
Brighton on the south-east coast
completed the top three with an 11.4
per cent rise.
Halifax managing director Russell Galley said: “Unlike last year,
the top performers are not exclusive to London and the South East,
with the top spot now belonging
to Cheltenham in the South West,
and towns in East Anglia, East
Midlands, North West, Wales and
Yorkshire and the Humber also
making the list.”
On the up
Tougher time
The top 10 areas with the biggest year-on-year increases in average
house prices according to Halifax, with the average house price in 2017
followed by the increase in cash and percentage terms:
1 Cheltenham, South West, £313,150, £36,033, 13%
2 Bournemouth, South West, £273,687, £28,587, 11.7%
3 Brighton, South East, £374,662, £38,289, 11.4%
4 Crawley, South East, £323,660, £30,555, 10.4%
5 Newham, London, £402,781, £37,344, 10.2%
6 Peterborough, East Anglia, £220,623, £20,314, 10.1%
7 Gloucester, South West, £231,581, £20,152, 9.5%
8 Huddersfield, Yorkshire and the Humber, £186,988, £15,981, 9.3%
9 Exeter, South West, £273,874, £22,789, 9.1%
10 Nottingham, East Midlands, £193,397, £15,884, 8.9%
The 10 areas with the weakest year-on-year growth in average house
prices, according to Halifax, with the average house price in 2017
followed by the change in cash and percentage terms:
1 Perth, Scotland, £180,687, -£10,126, -5.3%
2 Stoke-on-Trent, West Midlands, £152,340, -£6,402, -4%
3 Paisley, Scotland, £123,665, -£4,593, -3.6%
4 Wakefield, Yorkshire and the Humber, £168,920, -£5,076, -2.9%
=5 Rotherham, Yorkshire and the Humber, £140,364, -£3,146, -2.2%
=5 Dunfermline, Scotland, £158,442, -£3,535, -2.2%
7 Barnsley, Yorkshire and the Humber, £135,114, -£2,238, -1.6%
8 Aberdeen, Scotland, £201,270, -£2,155, -1.1%
9 Bromley, South East, £488,191, -£3,192, -0.6%
=10 Bradford, Yorkshire and the Humber, £131,505, -£514, -0.4%
=10 Leeds, Yorkshire and the Humber, £191,751, -£728, -0.4%
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NHS under ‘huge strain’ as Christmas rush starts to bite
By Rhiannon Williams
Pressures on the NHS have “escalated rapidly” over Christmas and new
year with hospitals experiencing
significant bed shortages, a leading
doctor warned.
Dr Nick Scriven, president of the
Society for Acute Medicine, said
some hospitals were at 99 per cent
capacity just before Christmas.
He said services are being placed
under significant strain as they enter
the new year and called for nonurgent operations to be postponed
until at least the end of January.
Doctors have described corridors
overflowing with patients and used
social media in a bid to find extra
staff to cope with demand.
Dr Richard Fawcett, of the Royal
Stoke University Hospital, wrote
that A&E had run out of corridor
space after ambulances were divert-
ed from County Hospital,
NHS England said
hospitals were “generally coping”, with
overall bed occupancy levels down from
95 per cent in the
lead-up to Christmas
to around 93 per cent.
Dr S criven said:
“Things have escalated
rapidly and we are on the
cusp of it being at least
as bad as last year
when it was described
by the Red Cross as a
humanitarian crisis.
Number of hours
“There is an awful
some patients are
lot of respiratory illwaiting in A&E
ness causing a lot of
severe symptoms in
the old and young and
10- to 12-hour delays in
emergency departments are now
not uncommon – along with some
patients being placed on inappropriate wards.”
He urged hospitals to prepare
for extra demand, adding: “With us
yet to experience any significant infection outbreaks, my belief is that
trusts may be wise to consider cancelling some elective surgery until at
least the end of January and maybe
into February.”
Britain bounces
into trouble as
takes off
tors annually – has also given rise to
safety concerns amid multiple reports of serious injuries. One lawyer
A m b u l a n ce s w e re c a l l e d t o told i he is representing 14 clients who
trampoline parks across Britain more have suffered injuries at trampoline
than 700 times in a year – an annual parks and are seeking compensation.
increase of more than 50 per cent,
The parks typically feature up to
according to figures obtained by i.
200 trampolines in a warehouse, alTrampolining has surged in popu- lowing participants to jump across
larity in the United Kingdom since wide spaces as well as playing on obthe craze was imported from Amer- stacle courses and foam-pit jumps.
ica, and the first commercial park Visitors are generally required to
opened in 2014, offering children and sign a waiver, undertaking that opadults the chance to bounce around erators are not liable for injuries.
soft-play complexes.
One venue, Flip Out in Chester,
But the dramatic growth, which closed its Jump Tower section earlier
means there are now 200 centres in this year after two people broke their
Britain – catering for 20 million visi- backs and one broke their leg on it in
a single day.
Data provided under Freedom of
Injuries Why so many?
Information rules to i shows that ambulances were called to 68 trampoThe main explanation for the increase line parks from Exeter to Edinburgh
in emergency call-outs was a rapid
on 760 occasions in 2016, compared
rise in park openings, around 100
with 489 in 2015.
between 2015 and 2016, resulting in
The tally, based on responses from
far more people using the facilities
11 ambulance trusts in England, Scot– according to the International Asso- land and Wales, represents a 55 per
ciation of Trampoline Parks (IATP),
cent increase in calls over a year. Figwhich commissioned a code of
ures for the first eight months of
standards in consultation
2017 show there were 444
with safety bodies.
calls, well in excess of 2015
Peter Brown, a
but down on 2016.
founding member of
The decrease follows
the UK branch of the
the introduction in
The number of
IATP and managing
March of a safety code
people who suffered
director of the
for trampoline parks,
Freedome trampoline
setting out for the first
in one day at Flip
park chain, said: “The
time standards for their
Out in Chester
increase is primarily
design and operating
down to the rapid growth
procedures as well as inin parks and therefore
troducing inspections.
customer numbers.
While not all emergency calls
“The sector in general has matured
were related to injuries, the main
in 2016 and 2017, with operators
reason for ambulance call-outs was
getting better at managing the risk of
“traumatic injury”, covering 685 ininjuries… The IATP is committed to its
cidents between 2015 and 2017. Traumission to serve our membership by
matic injury is a broad category used
promoting optimally safe operations.” by ambulance trusts to describe comThe Royal Society for the Prevention
plaints from bruising to suspected
of Accidents, which helped to draw
broken limbs and spinal injuries.
up the safety standards, said it was
One large operator told i its injury
continuing to monitor injury rates.
rate was 0.01 per cent of customers.
By Cahal Milmo
Trampolining has rocketed in popularity in the UK since the first commercial park opened in 2014 GETTY
Woman now in back brace after fun day out
By Cahal Milmo
The trampolining industry
insists it has a good safety record
but it has been hit by a number of
high-profile cases of customers
suffering significant injuries.
The parent company of Flip
Out, one of the most popular
operators, was earlier this
year the subject of legal action
by customers over injuries
allegedly sustained at its
Chester park.
They included receptionist
Sarah McManus, 29, from
Oswestry, Shropshire, who says
she fractured her spine when
jumping from a four-metre high
ledge into a foam pit. She must
now wear a back brace.
Speaking earlier this year, she
said: “I followed the instructions
on the sign and landed in the
seated position as suggested, but
when I hit the foam, I heard a
crack in my back and felt like I’d
been winded.
“I was barely able to breathe
and couldn’t shout for help,
so I had to throw some of the
foam sponges in the air to get
attention. I was eventually
fitted with a back brace that I
wear daily and only remove it to
shower and sleep.”
Three other people suffered
serious injuries on the tower in a
single day, prompting Flip Out to
remove the apparatus.
In a statement, the company
insisted it had an excellent safety
record, adding: “Safety is our
No 1 priority and we strive to
ensure that everyone who visits
can enjoy all of the activities in a
safe environment. We welcome
feedback from our customers
and we are investigating these
claims to establish exactly what
Jonathan Flattery, of
Manchester-based Express
Solicitors, said Ms McManus was
one of 14 clients who are bringing
cases against parks, including
four hurt by jumping into foam
pits by tower jumps.
He said: “We are pleased
that guidelines have now
been introduced that assist in
reducing risks and preventing
accidents. But we continue to be
contacted by clients who have
unfortunately sustained injuries
at these parks.”
UK has no idea how
to keep recycling
after China ban
Parents told:
cut snacks to
100 calories
By Rhiannon Williams
UK councils may refuse to recycle
plastic because a newly-imposed ban
on imported recycled waste by the
Chinese government will raise fees.
The ban, which came into place
yesterday, poses major issues for the
UK’s recycling industry which sends
approximately two-thirds of its used
plastic to China.
UK councils could stop collecting hard-to-recycle plastics such as
meat trays and yoghurt tops if they
are forced to pay higher fees to recycling sorting plants to meet the
higher standards, Lee Marshall, chief
The Environment
Secretary Michael Gove
owned up to having “not given
sufficient thought” to the
issue when questioned by the
Environmental Audit Committee
in November.
executive of local authority recycling
advisory group Larac, has warned.
China announced the ban on
24 grades of plastic, textiles and
paper imports that it claimed were
contaminated with dirty or hazardous materials or other waste products last July.
This includes “plastics waste from
living sources, unsorted waste paper
and waste textile materials,” meaning that the staples left inside a newspaper or muddied cardboard could
be classified as contaminated.
The ban was met with dismay
by recycling bodies and waste disposal companies, with Simon Ellin,
the chief executive of the Recycling
Association, warning that rapid implementation of China’s veto would
cause chaos.
“There could be chaos until everyone [in the industry] is able to adapt
or ideally a much longer time period
is given for us to prepare.”
Much of the recycled material is
likely to have to be incinerated, stockpiled or buried in landfill sites.
By Jennifer Cockerell
Expect a roaring success
Kate Diment from Summers
Place Auctions polishes one
of a pair of giant bronze lions
that could fetch up to £100,000
when they go under the hammer
in Billingshurst, West Sussex,
in March. The sculptures are
modelled on artist Sir Edwin
Landseer’s original bronze lions
that surround Nelson’s Column
on Trafalgar Square, central
Half the sugar consumed by children
comes from unhealthy snacks and
sugary drinks, according to a campaign that suggests parents should
seek out snacks of no more than 100
calories at a time.
Public Health England (PHE)
warned that, on average, children are
consuming at least three unhealthy
snacks and sugary drinks a day,
with around a third consuming four
or more.
This means that children can easily consume three times more sugar
than is recommended.
Its new Change4Life campaign
encourages parents to “Look for 100
calorie snacks, 2 a day max,” to help
them offer healthier snacks in a bid
to tackle the obesity epidemic that is
seeing a third of children leave primary school overweight or obese.
Each year, children are consuming almost 400 biscuits, more
than 120 cakes, buns and pastries,
around 100 portions of sweets and
nearly 70 of both chocolate bars
and ice creams – washed down with
more than 150 juice drink pouches
and cans of fizzy drink.
2 JANUARY 2018
poet donates
verse to charity
By Laura Harding
Richard Cousins (left) died with his fiancée Emma Bowden and her daughter
Heather (above) and his sons, Will (below left) and Ed COMPASS GROUP/PA
Tributes to British chief executive
and his family killed on holiday
By Ellie Cullen
Tributes have been paid to a British
family – including a prominent businessman and an 11-year-old girl - after
they were killed in a seaplane crash in
Sydney on New Year’s Eve.
Richard Cousins, the 58-year-old
chief executive of FTSE 100 company
Compass Group, died alongside his
sons Will and Edward, aged 25 and
23, his fiancée Emma Bowden, 48,
and her daughter Heather, 11, while
on holiday in Australia.
The group were on a return flight
to Sydney’s Rose Bay, close to Sydney
Harbour, when the small aircraft apparently nose-dived into the Hawkesbury River off Jerusalem Bay, 25
miles north of Sydney city centre,
on Sunday.
A sixth person on board, Sydney
Seaplanes pilot Gareth Morgan, 44,
also died.
Friends described Mr Cousins as
“well known and respected” after
he helped to transform Compass’s
fortunes upon becoming the ailing
catering firm’s boss in 2006. He had
been due to retire in March.
Paul Walsh, Compass chairman,
said: “Richard was known and respected for his great humanity and a
no-nonsense style that transformed
Compass into one of Britain’s leading
Mr Cousins’ son Will was head of
press for anti-Brexit campaigners
Open Britain. Labour MP Chuka
Umunna described him as “an absolute pleasure to work with, utterly
dedicated to the cause, dynamic and
full of enthusiasm”.
The former boss of Emma Bowden
Witness ‘It turned sharply’
The cause of the seaplane crash is
not yet known and investigators say
it could be many months before they
can piece together events.
The single-engine aircraft belonged
to sightseeing flight company Sydney
Seaplanes, which offers scenic
flights over local tourist attractions.
The company said all flights had
been cancelled.
A spokesman for the Australian
Transport Safety Bureau (ATSB) said
the sequence of events leading up to
the accident were not yet understood.
Eyewitnesses said the aircraft
turned sharply to the right shortly
after taking off. The plane then “sunk
rapidly” after crashing into the river,
ATSB said.
described the 48-year-old as the
“Grace Kelly” of their office. Lisa
Byrne, ex-editor-in-chief of OK! Magazine where Ms Bowden was art editor, said her colleague was “serene”
and “regal”. “She was well-educated
and remained calm under pressure,”
she added.
Edward Cousins recently graduated in history from St Andrews University. Friends spoke of his “sense of
humour and bright personality”.
Neighbours at the family home
in Tooting, south-west London, described how “distraught” relatives
were seen arriving at the house.
The boss of the pilot described him
as a “gentle guy.”
Detective Superintendent Mark
Hutchings told a press conference
that the crash “can only be described
as a tragic accident”.
Co-op to open 100 new stores in new year retail push
By Alan Jones
The Co-op plans to open 100 new food
stores in 2018, creating around 1,600
jobs in the UK.
The retailer will invest more than
£160m in the venture, as well as giving “major makeovers” to a further
150 outlets.
More than 20 new stores will open
in London, up to 18 in Scotland, 10
in Wales, with further locations in
English cities including York,
Plymouth and Bristol.
The announcement follows an
agreement for the Co-op to become
the exclusive wholesale supplier to
the 2,200 Costcutter Group stores,
and the deal to buy Nisa Retail, which
is conditional on Competition and
Markets Authority approval.
Jo Whitfield, chief executive of
Co-op Food said: “The Co-op is positively responding to the changes
occurring within this dynamic sector.
“We have the ambition for
our stores to be at the heart
of local life, bringing communities together and offering our members and
customers great quality
products when and where
they need them.”
Stuart Hookins, Co op’s director of portfo lio and development, said: “The
Co-op’s acquisitions and refit programme is a fundamental part
of our food strategy.
“Our expansion plans
for 2018 will mean that the
Co-op is on track to have
opened at least 100 new
stores in each of three consecutive years.”
More than one million
new members have joined the
Co-op in the past year.
Poet Tony Walsh is donating the
use of his poem “This Is The Place”
to a charity supporting communities in Greater Manchester.
The verses captured the city’s
response after a terrorist attack
at an Ariana Grande show killed
22 concert-goers in May last year.
The poet, who writes under the
name Longfella, recited the piece
at a vigil for the victims of the
Manchester Arena bombing and
it came to symbolise the defiant
response to the attack.
Walsh has announced he is donating the work and associated
royalties to the Forever Manchester charity – which initially commissioned it in 2013 – to support
grassroots community activity.
He said: “Every day, I receive a
request to use the poem in all sorts
of different ways and people stop
me in the street to tell me how it
has helped or affected their lives.
“It feels only natural to continue to use the poem to help a
charity that really makes a difference to the people of Greater
Baby boy born
just 10 seconds
into 2018
By Hilary Duncanson
The first babies of the new year
were quickly welcomed into the
world at maternity units, with
several newborns appearing in the
first hour of 2018.
One of the first to arrive was a
baby boy in the NHS Grampian
area, who was born 10 seconds
after midnight on New Year’s Day.
Harry Ferguson, son of Craig Ferguson and Amy Coull (below), was
born at Dr Gray’s
Hospital in Elgin,
weighing 9lb 8oz.
In Glasgow, the
Princess Royal
Maternity unit’s
first arrival
of 2018 came
at 1 2 .0 5 a m .
mother Emma
MacDonald, 29,
gave birth to
baby girl Bonnie Petrucci, weighing around
7lb 2oz.
Alice Burchell came into the
world at Leicester Royal Infirmary at nine minutes past midnight.
Weighing just over 8lbs 14oz, her
delighted parents, Mathew and
Emma, said it felt “very special”
to have a New Year baby.
In the North East, baby Tommy
Curran arrived at 12.28am at Newcastle’s Royal Victoria Hospital.
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2 JANUARY 2018
Six dogs rescued
as people fled
for their lives
By Dean Kirby
The people of Liverpool offered lifts
and hotels opened their doors to hundreds of people left stranded when
a fire destroyed up to 1,600 cars on
New Year’s Eve.
Vehicles were heard exploding
“every few seconds” at the Echo
Arena multi-storey car park near the
River Mersey as firefighters battled
temperatures of up to 1,000°C.
Witnesses described grabbing possessions and running for their lives
after the blaze broke out in an old
Land Rover and rapidly spread.
Dan Stephens, chief fire officer of
Merseyside Fire and Rescue Service,
said the fire could have been stopped
if sprinklers had been fitted in the
Liverpool’s mayor, Joe Anderson,
said the council would take advice
on any “lessons to be learned” at
Fire chief Dan Stephens,
speaking from the scene,
said the temperature of the fire
was between 800ºC and 1,000ºC,
and crews reached the car park
within eight minutes of the alarm
being set off.
the council-owned building. Police
said there were no serious injuries
but every car in the 1,600-capacity
car park is believed to have been destroyed in the fire, which is thought to
have started accidentally. Firefighters rescued six dogs.
Motorists abandoned their cars
and fled with 4,000 people who were
evacuated as the final event of the
Liverpool International Horse Show
was called off at the Echo Arena.
Residents in nearby apartments
and hotels were also forced to leave
as 12 fire engines were scrambled to
the scene at around 4.42pm.
Former Liverpool and England international footballer Mark Wright
and his wife, Sue, who were at the
horse show, were forced to abandon
their vehicle and fled along with six
children as they dialled 999 for help.
Mrs Wright helped ensure 80 horses being stabled on the ground floor
of the car park were led to safety.
Merseyside Police said initial investigations indicated that an “accidental fire within a vehicle caused
other cars to ignite”.
Mr Anderson thanked hotels and
their staff for “helping so many people” and wrote on social media: “Over
200 people called my office offering
lifts. As always, Liverpool proves it’s
the kindest city in the world.”
Clockwise from above: burnt-out cars in what remains of the car park in Liverpool; a photo of the fire posted by former
footballer Mark Wright’s wife Sue; the blaze takes hold in the Echo Arena car park REUTERS / SUE WRIGHT / AFP/GETTY
Two teenagers among
four stabbed to death
By Ryan Hooper
Two teenagers are among four
people who were stabbed to death
in a series of apparently unrelated
attacks around London within a 24hour period.
Scotland Yard said the male victims – a 17-year-old, an 18-year-old
and a 20-year-old on New Year’s
Eve, and a 20-year-old in the early
hours of yesterday – all died as a
result of their injuries, while a fifth
was critically ill in hospital.
Metropolitan Police commander
Neil Jerome said four deaths in such
a short period of time was unusual.
The fatalities took the number of
people stabbed to death in the capital last year to 80. He said: “It is
heartbreaking that at a time when so
many of us are contemplating what
lies ahead in 2018, four families are
one to senseless violence and the callous use of knives as lethal weapons.”
In Sheffield, two men are critically ill after five people suffered
stab or slash wounds in a fight at
a Great Gatsby-themed New Year’s
Eve party.
Three other men suffered superficial injuries.
Rabina Khan, page 20
Wet and windy start to the new year
By Johanna Carr
The UK is to experience a wet and
windy start to the new year, the Met
Office has said as it issued two weather warnings.
A yellow weather warning has
been issued for 6pm today to 8am tomorrow for the North East and west
England, Northern Ireland and parts
of Scotland. The warning predicts
gales of 60 to 70mph, while in some
western coastal areas, there could be
gusts of up to 80mph.
A second warning for high winds
is in place from midnight tonight to
10pm tomorrow covering the same
areas plus the Midlands, the east of
England, London, the South East
and the South West and Wales. The
warnings come a day after Storm
Dylan lashed Ireland and Wales.
Weather, page 46
In this Saturday’s
On Scottish island
regularly eats fish
Lined up, having an
argument (2,1,3)
Female fashion
somewhere in
Ireland (6)
How to be good with money
Financial experts (and i readers) share their
best tips for growing your savings in 2018
No 2217
Solution, page 49
I am in China, not
really singing (6)
Like a proper
that’s amazing
in river (3-3)
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IN 2018
We invented
trains but
can’t run them
Hope for a
better year
than last
ground not
dead yet
May must
manage her
to falter
Jury still out
on Scrooge’s
Daily Mirror
The Sun
Daily Mail
The Atlantic
The Times
No wonder Labour’s
shadow Transport
Secretary Andy
commitment to
renationalise rail,
ensuring basic services
are run and owned
by Great Britain, is
the most popular line
of any speech. There
will be more Virgin
East Coast great train
robberies unless a way
is found to stop the
Tories in their tracks.
(Kevin Maguire)
This year, we want to
see Britain booming
as an economic
powerhouse as
we prepare to be
unshackled from
Brussels and freed
to strike global
trade deals.
Sir Nick Clegg, Lord
Heseltine, Lord Adonis
(above), Lord MallochBrown, Tony Blair.
Truly, Brexit is blessed
in its enemies.
(Dominic Lawson)
The open question
for 2018 is how far
the Brexit rebels are
willing to push it. The
mutineers range from
some MPs who regard
the one-off decision
over Brexit as far
more important even
than their own party,
to others who have
already folded under
pressure from whips.
(Faisal Islam)
Two-thousand-fivehundred years of
Persian civilisation
and a centennial-long
quest for democracy
offer hope about the
irrepressible Iranian
will for change. But
the Islamic Republic’s
four-decade history of
brutality suggest that
change will not come
easily, or peacefully,
or soon. (Karim
A Christmas Carol Goes
Wrong on Saturday
was quite entertaining.
For about 10 minutes.
Thereafter it felt rather
like the same joke on
repeat: the Cornley
Polytechnic Drama
Society had hijacked a
live BBC performance
of the Dickens classic
and were forcing their
performance on the
nation. (Carol Midgley)
Daily Express
Despite inadequate
service, long-suffering
passengers are facing
a fare rise. Passengers
pay twice: both as
rail users and as
taxpayers. A train
service like this is a
disgrace. (Editorial)
Daily Telegraph
But if in 2017 our
eyes were fixed to
the floor, in 2018 we
must begin to lift
them to the horizon.
We must begin to
look around us as a
nation, and ask: what
place is Britain to
occupy in the world
now? And to do so, we
need to be clear-eyed
about the threats –
and benefits – that
the world has to offer.
It is easy for both
Brexiteers and the
left to sneer at Adonis
as an irrelevance.
The unfashionable
centrism that he
incarnates is not
defunct. It has
taken a pasting, as
the pathologies of
globalisation have
become more clear
and governments
have failed to keep
pace with the cost.
In consequence,
technocrats have been
bulldozed by populists.
(Matthew D’Ancona)
The differences within
the Tories on what the
exit deal must contain
are so deep, they are
irreconcilable. No
amount of Tory soap
can disguise that it’s
impossible to cobble
something together
which keeps both Gove
and Hammond happy.
(Manuel Cortes)
The Stage
Four days into the
protests, there are still
more questions than
answers. The picture
that is emerging,
however, is that the
political landscape in
Iran is being shaken
up by those seeking
change outside of
reform. (Trita Parsi)
There’s great charm
in seeing the Cornley
company bring its
relentless amateurism
to TV production.
With plenty of
genuinely laugh-outloud moments, this
wonderfully warped
take on Dickens is a
lovely end-of-year
treat. (Tim Bano)
Quote of
the day
I’ll celebrate my
next birthday
Perhaps I’ll
do something
special for my
110th birthday
Dame Vera Lynn
The centenarian
singer explains
how she’s looking
forward to
longer life
The greatest literary hoax of the 20th
century fooled lie-detectors, handwriting experts, publishers, journalists,
Swiss bank officials and very nearly the
entire United States.
The hoax’s perpetrator? Clifford
Irving, the globetrotting novelist
and supposed biographer of the late
American billionaire Howard Hughes.
Irving, who has died aged 87, had
lived nearly as swashbuckling a life as
Hughes when he contacted publisher
McGraw-Hill in early 1971, declaring
that he had obtained Hughes’s
permission to write a tell-all biography
of the aviator and movie mogul.
Born in Manhattan, the son of a
cartoonist, Irving graduated from
Cornell University in 1951. His act
of literary forgery was inspired by a
neighbour forger Elmyr de Hory, who
became the subject of Irving’s book
Fake! (1968). Sometimes described as
a novel, the book chronicled de Hory’s
career creating sham works by Picasso,
Matisse and Modigliani, and inspired
the Orson Welles film F for Fake.
In a letter to his publisher, Irving
said that he had sent a copy of Fake! to
Hughes, who was reportedly living in
near-total isolation inside a hotel in
the Bahamas. The billionaire, he said,
replied with a thank-you note praising
Irving’s sympathetic treatment of the
subject, which Irving took as cue to
suggest a biography of Hughes himself.
Irving assumed that Hughes had
become so reclusive that he would
rather stay silent than come forward
and deny the book was real. With the
help of co-author, Richard Suskind,
Irving began studying the details of
Hughes’s life.
Irving travelled to Mexico, Puerto
Rico and the Bahamas to “meet” with
Hughes in parked cars and motel
rooms. He studied examples of Hughes’
handwriting to forge letters by the
billionaire, encouraging the book’s
publication; appeared on 60 Minutes to
try to convince sceptics the biography
was real; and was aided throughout by
his wife, the former Edith Sommer, who
used a false passport to deposit the
publishers’ fees in a Swiss bank account
under the name HR Hughes.
The story fell apart in early 1972,
just before the book’s scheduled
publication, when investigators
linked Edith Irving to the Swiss bank
account. Irving, his wife and Suskind
returned the remainder of the money
they made during what Irving later
called the “writing event!” and pleaded
guilty to charges of grand larceny and
conspiracy. Each of them spent time
in prison, with Irving serving about 16
months of a two-year sentence.
Serving time came as a shock to
Irving, who was dubbed “Con man of
the year” in a Time magazine story and
insisted his “autobiography” –“the most
famous unpublished book of the 20th
century” as the International Herald
Tribune put it – was merely a joke.
Irving is survived by his wife of
19 years, the former Julie Schall of
Sarasota; three sons from earlier
marriages; and one grandson.
Born 5 November 1930
Died 19 December 2017
Harrison Smith
2 JANUARY 2018
A month without alcohol changed my life
Sobriety forces people to look at themselves again – with surprising results
e’ve arrived: past
the oceans of
festive Bailey’s,
lager and wine,
January is upon
us. It promises
to be dark and long and frugal, and
for many, it looks set to be dry, too.
In 2018, more than three million
people in the UK are expected to
sign up to Dry January, ditching
alcohol for the first month of the
year. Alcohol can be incredibly
harmful, we all know that, but
how can just 31 days off the stuff
make a difference?
I signed up to Go Sober for
October (which is a similar
campaign albeit in a different
month) the day after a wedding
with a free bar. Memories of the
night before were patchy, and
over a massive recovery pizza,
my boyfriend and I decided it was
time for a booze hiatus. The Go
Sober campaign raised money for
Macmillan Cancer Support who
had helped my mum immensely
when she had cancer; it was a
very worthy cause. And publicly
declaring a ban on alcohol for
charity meant no going back. I
may have still been been under the
influence when I did it, but I signed
up and immediately told everyone,
including my proud mum.
More than anything, I was
intrigued about what might happen.
Perhaps I’d have an epiphany and
decide to go teetotal forever? At
the very least, I’d lose a few pounds,
save money and get gorgeous,
glowing skin.
As the nights got colder and
longer, I realised I really fancied
a glass of red wine (just as when
the nights get warmer and shorter,
I hanker after white). Instead of
sitting around yearning, I took to
bed and read.
Sleep didn’t come easily at
first. Historically, I’d been quick
to remedy early signs of insomnia
with a nightcap. Eventually, though,
I drifted into a deliciously deep
slumber, complete with dreams I
could remember. The most notable
of these recurred: a visceral scene
in which my childhood guinea pigs
were miraculously still alive and in
desperate need of feeding. Google
told me this meant I had issues I
needed to confront, but that might
have been nonsense.
I’d love to say I leapt out of bed
earlier every morning in October,
but I love my duvet and I didn’t. My
skin didn’t glow, either, which was
disappointing, and I didn’t lose any
weight. Also, no one was sponsoring
us; it became apparent that giving
up alcohol was not considered as
noble as jumping out of a plane, say,
or climbing Kilimanjaro. I began to
wish I’d just carried on drinking and
signed up to a 10k run.
One evening, a friend and I
decided to go to a warehouse party.
“Can I really do this... sober?” I
asked, as though we were about
to cross over into a wild frontier.
I thought of all the people I know
who can have fun without booze:
recovering alcoholics, Muslims,
pregnant people. I did not need
alcohol to enjoy the party, I told
myself, repeatedly. Then the
babysitter cancelled and instead of
feeling disappointed that I couldn’t
go, I was relieved.
The greatest challenge of Sober
October was my birthday. I booked
a large table at a halal restaurant,
where alcohol was off the menu. My
friends came, the food was great,
and it was fun. Then my boyfriend
and I went away to an extremely
remote Airbnb. We’d planned a
weekend of autumnal hikes, but
between booking and setting off,
I’d fallen off my bike and sprained
my ankle. There, unable to walk
further than the loo, with Storm
Brian howling outside, the absence
of alcohol was painfully felt.
72 per cent
of Dry January
maintain lower
levels of harmful
For as long as I could remember,
time spent with my boyfriend had
involved a bottle of wine. Without it
to soften the focus, it became clear
that the starving guinea pigs of my
dreams may well have represented
cracks in our relationship that
really needed to be discussed.
On the 1st of November, I declared
that I would not recommend giving
up drinking to anyone. The best
outcome of the whole thing was
that we had (just) reached our
fundraising target for Macmillan.
For me, the only thing that looked
healthier was my bank balance.
When I woke the next morning
with a red wine headache, I changed
my mind. It had taken a return to
hangovers to make me appreciate
the glorious days without them.
Two weeks later, my boyfriend
and I discussed the cracks that had
surfaced in that Airbnb and agreed
to break up. Sober October had
completely changed our lives – but
not in the ways we expected.
And I’m glad I did it. A month of
sobriety forced me to look at my life
with new clarity, a process that was
difficult but necessary. I still drink,
but I’m more aware of the benefits of
abstaining, and far less likely to chuck
a cheap bottle of wine in my shopping
basket just for the sake of it.
According to Alcohol Concern,
six months after Dry January ends,
72 per cent of participants maintain
lower levels of harmful drinking
than before. You might not come
out of Dry January with flawless
skin and a trimmer physique, but
you will see things from a fresh
viewpoint, and that’s a brilliant way
to begin a new year.
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Bye Santa, hello
Easter bunny
to Barbara Bach, but
I’m assuming she will
be called Lady Barbara.
Why can’t David Furnish
be Sir David? When
Susan Calman becomes
a Dame, will her wife
be called Dame Lee?
Presumably not!
In early November there
was much discussion
about the early arrival
of Christmas goods
in the shops. Keeping
up the trend, my local
Co-op staff were busy
on Boxing Day taking
down decorations, and
filling shelves with...
Easter eggs.
Fresh look at
It’s New Year’s Day and
the Co-op has hot cross
buns and Easter eggs
ready for sale. How fast
the year is going!
No plastic with
our five a day
Farm shops are great
but not everyone has
access to one (Your View,
30 December). The first
supermarket that starts
selling vegetables free
of plastic wrapping, and
with brown paper bags
supplied, will have my
custom – and, I suspect,
that of thousands like me.
Knight with real
Bless Michael Morpurgo
for bequeathing his
knighthood to “Joey”, the
beast which inspired
War Horse and made so
many people aware of
the suffering and death
of thousands of horses
in the First World War.
I love Morpurgo’s work:
this gesture gladdens
my heart and doesn’t
surprise me.
Playwright Michael Morpurgo has been awarded a knighthood for services to literature and charity PA
Drugs law must
be changed
Ian Birrell is right (i,
1 January) to point
out how the UK lags
behind with drugs law
reform. Our laws are
unscientific, inhumane
and arbitrary. They
criminalise 70,000 each
year and fill prisons
with non-violent,
otherwise law-abiding
people. Even worse,
accidental drug
deaths have escalated:
according to the ONS,
3,744 died in 2016.
UK drugs policy is
expensive, in lives and
money. We ignore
evidence from more
enlightened countries
that have managed to
reduce harm caused by
drugs. Theresa May may
“dislike evidence that
challenges her prejudices” but the consequences are more deaths
and suffering. Drugs
policies have become far
more dangerous than the
drugs they were meant
to protect us from.
Change is essential.
The original
Forrest Gump
You report that Jamie
McDonald is about to
run across the USA
for charity.
A friend of mine did
that in about 1975, for
his school. He was a
primary school teacher,
at that time living and
working in Rollestone,
Hampshire, on the edge
of the New Forest. His
name was Malcolm
Rimmer, and he was a
maths specialist. He did
the run entirely without
support, and slept on
the ground so often that
he found it difficult to
sleep in a bed afterwards.
Quite a feat, carrying
your own supplies, tent,
etc. I’d love to know how
he is now.
Gay marriages
and the Palace
Why is it that when
men are knighted – or
ennobled – they also gain
a title for their wife, while
a male recipient, such as
Sir Elton John, doesn’t
get one for his husband?
Sir Ringo is married
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“I’ve been taking
Wellman since
my twenties
to support my
health and
hectic lifestyle.”
From Boots, Superdrug, Holland & Barrett,
supermarkets, health stores, pharmacies
I have to agree with DJ
Taylor (i, 30 December)
that indeed the average
person is drowning in
“stuff” and a new year
cathartic decluttering
is not only good for the
soul, but hopefully the
charity shops, too.
But sometimes even
these shop can bulge
with clothes, books and
DVDs. Seemingly we
can no longer travel
light, and this is a great
shame because I wonder
at and admire refugees
who have to leave
their homes, with just
a knapsack filled with
the barest essentials.
It makes you think and
re-evaluate what is
really necessary for
a happy and fulfilled
Their freedom from
war and oppression is
more important than
homes filled with the
latest gizmos and all
things irrelevant.
The end of the world
What the apocalyptic new
BBC1 drama Hard Sun has
to tell us about ourselves
What’s on the
menu for 2018
Octopus, junk
food vegan-style
… and the world
cuisines we’ll
be discovering
this year
By Jessica Barrett
back to
visit me,
says dad
2 JANUARY 2018
Twitter: @jess_barrett
Mitch Winehouse has described
visits that he receives from his
late daughter Amy Winehouse
while he’s lying in bed at
night. “After three years I was
thinking maybe that one day she
will come back in some shape
or form, and she does come back
— not physically, but spiritually — all
the time,” said the former black cab driver.
Amy, who died in 2011 as a result of
alcohol intoxication, was extremely
close to her father – Mitch says it’s
comforting to see her again. “Her
spirit comes and sits on the end
of my bed. She just sits there and it
looks just like her with her beautiful
face and she looks at me. I say to her,
‘Are you all right?’. It is comforting in a
way to know she is here and around me.”
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Shaming of Lourdes is the pits
Does this photograph offend you?
More specifically, does the fact that
Madonna’s daughter Lourdes has
hair in her armpits offend you? If
it does, might you now decide to
make a public comment about it on
Instagram, like thousands of people
did on Madonna’s page yesterday,
in order to shame a 21-year-old
We’re beyond
says Campbell
The decision by Netflix to drop series
four of Black Mirror last Friday was
a gift for those of us fed up with
watching EastEnders’ Max Branning
gurning in hospital waiting rooms. If
you’ve watched them all (six episodes
doesn’t go a long way when you’ve got
days on the sofa to fill), by now you
have probably picked your favourite.
The episode called Hang the DJ has
received the most adoration, maybe
because of its similarity to last series’
standout favourite San Junipero. Its
woman? But if, like me, you think life
is too short to give a monkey’s about
whether or not someone, celebrity or
otherwise, shaves their armpits then I
salute you. You are clearly not one of
the social media vigilantes who want
to try and police what women do with
their bodies. Which seems like as good
a way as any to move into 2018.
star, Bafta-winning Georgina
Campbell (below), says she loves the
way Hang the DJ actually represents
modern dating. “I think we’re kind of
beyond romantic comedies...where
you bump into someone at a library
or someone accidentally pours
coffee over you and that’s how two
people meet. Now [you meet] over the
phone.” Campbell, who appears in the
episode opposite Joe Cole, continues:
“The idea of option paralysis and
having too many options at your
fingertips almost jolts your thinking
about how online dating can be quite
harmful. That means you’re perhaps
not taking the time to get to know
people properly or have a proper
lasting relationship.”
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The very soft centre in British politics
very so often, a concept
becomes fashionable without
actually meaning much.
Take the Third Way, that
supposedly provided a philosophical
underpinning to Blairism, which
swept all before it for several years.
Lots of people who should have
known better nodded sagely and
stroked their chins meaningfully
when presented with vacuous
nonsense dressed up as a revolution
in political thought.
Eventually, it all vanished
in a puff of smoke. Tony Blair
(inset) turned out to be primarily
interested in, well, Blair, rather
than ideas. And once the moment
had passed, it was suddenly rather
difficult to get anyone to confess to
having bought into it.
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in terms of ‘Now I’ve got to elicit a
response or I’ll lose respect’.”
He and other officers say that
stop and search powers are vital in
removing knives from the streets,
but that it must be intelligence-led
and delivered “ethically and
with integrity”.
Perhaps we could follow Scotland’s example. In 2017, there was
not a single knife crime fatality. This
could be attributed to its violence
reduction unit, which Strathclyde
police established in 2005 to tackle
the problem, particularly in cities.
Although knife crime will never
be fully eradicated, the root causes
need to be better identified and
targeted. The tragic murder of Syed
Jamanoor Islam – the 20-year-old
stabbed outside his home in Tower
Hamlets, east London, in April –
arose from a seemingly trivial dispute, when eggs were thrown at his
brother. But the consequences were
life-changing for all those involved.
On 22 December, I attended the
sentencing hearing of the four young
men involved in the brutal murder
of this aspiring artist and business
studies student, who died in his
mother’s arms. A 16-year-old, who
cannot be named, was convicted
of Syed’s murder and sentenced to
16 years in prison. The other three
were sentenced for conspiring to
cause actual bodily harm.
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muttering, and the words “liberalism”
and “open” tend to come up. Is Blair,
the architect of ID cards and 90-day
detention without charge, in any way
liberal? Are Chuka Umunna and
Sir Nick Clegg, who want the UK to
retain the EU’s protectionist barriers
against trade with much of the rest
of the world, truly advocates of an
“open” Britain?
There’s only one thing
that unites the supposed
centrist movement at
the start of 2018: deep,
enthusiastic love for
the EU project. Not
simply having voted
Remain – millions did
so reluctantly, while
harbouring serious
reservations about its
failings – but active fanboy
giddiness about an ever closer union.
And there’s the problem for this
“centrist” revolution: it isn’t really
at the centre of the ideological
spectrum or the electorate. It has its
zealots – there are probably more
hardcore EU enthusiasts today than
there were before the referendum.
They have enough people, energy
and money to sustain their cause for
years to come, but it is an inherently
fringe, not centrist, movement.
Ironically, what they most closely
resemble is a pro-EU Ukip.
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Emperor’s New Clothes doesn’t make
us immune to the error. Just as
market bubbles keep finding willing
investors, so fashionable political
concepts gain fans regardless of
their merits. Those who stand for
nothing will fall for anything, as the
axiom goes.
The latest such fad in the UK is
what some call “centrism”.
There is, we are told,
an unserved centrist
electorate, in a no-man’s
land between Theresa
May and Jeremy
Corbyn. Prominent
and wealthy people
fret publicly that the
centrist worldview
is being neglected.
Figures such as Lord
Adonis are hailed as champions
of centrism when they criticise the
Conservatives, or Labour, or both.
Predictably, a range of centrist
political parties have been launched
in recent months. But none has
made any impact, and most have
already sunk without trace. The
pre-existing party which calls itself
centrist, the Liberal Democrats,
picked up a few seats last June, but
went backwards in total votes.
What does centrism mean in
modern Britain? Most attempts at a
definition start by identifying what
centrists are against: Corbynism on
the left and Brexit on the right. But
what is a centrist actually for? At
this point there is normally a bit of
ast year was one of the worst
in four decades for child
knife deaths, according to
figures from the Ministry
of Justice. There were 24 fatal
stabbings in London alone – but this
is a nationwide problem.
In 2016, in the UK, a knife or blade
was used in a crime every 16 minutes. Records also show that 2,300
victims of knife crime were aged 18
or younger last year – a rise of 45 per
cent over three years in England and
Wales. Up to September, there were
4,439 knife crimes where the perpetrator was aged between 10 and 17.
Detective Chief Superintendent
Sean Yates, the police officer tasked
with reducing knife crime in London, says social media has played a
part in spiralling knife-crime rates:
“Social media goes viral very quickly
and then suddenly hundreds and
hundreds of people know you’ve
been disrespected, and that feeds in,
Mark Wallace is executive editor of
Conservative Home
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A controversial rabbi has placed a
full-page advertisement in The Washington Post calling the singer Lorde
a bigot.
The advert appeared in the paper’s New Year’s Eve edition with the
title “Lorde and New Zealand ignore
Syria to attack Israel”.
The remarks come after the New
Zealand singer-songwriter cancelled
a concert in Israel. The singer cited
an “overwhelming” amount of messages from fans asking her not to
perform in protest at the Israeli government’s policies in Palestine.
The advert, placed by the rightwing rabbi Shmuley Boteach, said
Lorde’s decision was indicative of
New Zealand’s “growing prejudice
against the Jewish state”. Mr Boteach
criticised New Zealand for calling for
the United States to reverse its decision to recognise Jerusalem as the
capital of Israel, as announced by
Donald Trump in December. Lorde
‘Last Jedi’ has
the last laugh
as top-selling
film of 2017
By Jane Clinton
New Zealander Ella Marija
Lani Yelich-O’Connor, known
professionally as Lorde, has had
two top 10 albums in the UK.
is also criticised for agreeing to perform in Russia “despite Putin’s support for Assad’s genocide in Syria”.
This is not Mr Boteach’s first foray
into the field of incendiary full-page
adverts. In 2014, The Guardian published a letter by Mr Boteach and
Nobel laureate Eli Wiesel that accused the Palestinian resistance
movement Hamas of using children
as human shields. Other papers refused to publish it.
In 2015, he accused National Security Adviser Susan E Rice of not
giving the Rwandan genocide enough
attention when she served under
President Clinton. The advert appeared after Ms Rice criticised Israeli
Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu.
Mr Boteach has also criticised
John Kerry, the former Secretary of
State, for “justify[ing] the spilling of
Jewish blood” by working towards a
nuclear deal with Iran.
During the 2016 election, Mr
Boteach defended Mr Trump, whom
he endorsed, against allegations of
anti-Semitism after he said Jewish Americans were “not going to
support me because I don’t want
your money”. He also defended Mr
Trump’s ex-chief strategist Steve
Rabbi Shmuley Boteach has a history of Bannon and the website Breitbart
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against accusations of anti-Semitism.
Lorde cancelled her concert in Israel after an ‘overwhelming’ response from
fans concerned about the country’s policies in Palestine KEVIN WINTER/GETTY
An empty art gallery has attracted
108,000 visitors after an artist cancelled her show.
Glasgow’s Gallery of Modern Art
(GoMA) said the space which has
Star Wars: The Last Jedi has become the top grossing film of the
year in the final week of 2017, taking $1bn (£740m) worldwide.
Released in UK cinemas just
before Christmas, the film generated an estimated $52.4m (£38.8m)
last year, pushing it past Disney’s
Beauty and the Beast into top spot
This late surge has given Disney
a good year, making it
the top movie studio by market
share for the
second year
in a row.
The company hopes
to build on
that prowess
in 2018 with
another Star
Wars product – a
spin-off that will tell
the backstory of Han Solo and is
set for release in May in the US.
Its popularity at the box office saw it bring in more than
$1bn (£690m) worldwide since it
opened less than three weeks ago.
There are also three Marvel superhero films in the offing – Black
Panther, Avengers: Infinity War and
Ant-Man and the Wasp.
The second highest-grossing
film was Jumanji: Welcome to
the Jungle, which took $50.6m
(£37.45m) at the box office.
Pitch Perfect 3 came in at No 3
with $17.8m.
Despite this surge, however,
2017 was a difficult year for the
film industry. The US box office,
the world’s biggest movie market,
finished the year down 2.3 per cent
to $11.1bn.
Empty space attracts more
than 100,000 visitors
By Angus Howarth
Lorde’s resistance:
rabbi denounces
singer as bigot for
Israel boycott
By David Levesley
2 JANUARY 2018
been left empty after the Dutch artist Marlie Mul called off her show has
been a surprise hit.
She refused to produce any art
for her exhibition, but suggested the
show could go on, billed as “This Exhibition Has Been Cancelled”.
Gallery of
Modern Art,
which was
empty for five
Visitors were greeted by billboards
on the windows from May to October,
explaining the cancellation of the exhibition, which ran for five months.
The gallery’s curator Will Cooper
said: “By removing what would traditionally be considered an art object,
we are instead presenting the gallery
as an empty space, giving us a moment to question the value in turning
over exhibition after exhibition after
Ms Mul blamed a lack of funding
and issues with health and safety
regulations for her decision not to
display anything other than signs
saying the show had been called off.
The Brussels-based artist said: “I
specifically told the gallery to use the
vacant space in whichever way they
thought would be most suitable.
“It was their idea to use this as an
opportunity for members of the public to apply to do events in the space.”
There were 108,756 visitors to Gallery 1, on GoMA’s ground floor, while
the cancelled exhibition was in place.
of jobless
losing out
on support
By Alan Jones
Around 300,000 unemployed people or those on low incomes are
missing out on financial support
they are entitled to, according to a
new study.
The Resolution Foundation said
huge numbers were not claiming
unemployment benefits worth at
least £73 a week.
The think-tank said the group of
“forgotten unemployed” were mainly older people, especially women
aged 55 to 64, and younger men.
Most were jobless, but a significant minority were in work and
entitled to claim universal credit or
jobseeker’s allowance.
Many don’t claim benefits if they
are living with a partner or parents,
said the foundation, which urged
the Government to do more to help
those on the “margins” of the labour
David Finch, senior economic
analyst at the Resolution Foundation, said: “Over the last 20 years,
a growing number of unemployed
people are not claiming unemployment benefits.
“Policy makers have generally
been pretty relaxed about this gap,
assuming that is largely due to people finding new work very quickly,
or having other sources of financial
support at home.
“But while there are good reasons
for some people not to claim benefits, there are also around 300,000
forgotten unemployed people who
are falling through the cracks and
not getting the financial support
that they need and are entitled to.”
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One in five
workers wants
a new job
One in five workers is looking for a
new job, with many blaming poor
management for wanting to move
on, a study suggests.
A survey of 1,000 employees by
Investors in People (IIP) showed
that one in four said they were unhappy in their job. Nearly half said
they planned to look for a new job
in 2018, for more pay or better job
IIP chief executive Paul Devoy
said: “In a year where unemployment has reached its lowest level
since 1975, but wages have stagnated, the improvements to the
labour market have failed to translate to the pockets of UK workers.
“With research suggesting that
employee disengagement costs
the UK economy £340bn annually, bad leadership is eroding UK
“With 49 per cent of workers
citing poor management as the
main reason they’re considering
looking for a new job, management strategies must evolve to
meet the demands of employees if
organisations are to retain staff.”
2 JANUARY 2018
Bone yard
clues to past
By Cahal Milmo
Fay Worley works
in the skeleton
collection at Fort
Unlocking the secrets of
Britain’s past – one dig at a time
Fort Cumberland is British archaeology’s ‘Q branch’. By Cahal Milmo
ith a faded sign
and barbed wiretopped fences the
sole evidence of its
presence opposite a
pleasure boat marina, Fort Cumberland is purposefully unobtrusive.
To passers-by, this official facility
on a wind-blown promontory on the
eastern edge of Portsmouth could
easily be taken for a cloak-anddagger military facility.
Instead, the collection of faded
red-brick buildings behind the
brambles and stonework is home
to crack operatives of a different
variety – the experts who form
the archaeological arm of Historic
England, the heritage watchdog
which protects and researches the
fabric of the past, and which granted
i rare access.
From poring over 2,000-year-old
bones to see whether Roman
Britons were getting enough
sunlight to carefully unpicking
the fused cargo of a shipwreck
which has spent the past 300
years in the shifting waters of the
English Channel, Fort Cumberland
is effectively the “Q Branch” of
British archaeology.
The fort is home to 34 scientists
and experts dedicated to reading
the runes of the past in exotic ways
– from zooarchaeologists who can
identify any unearthed animal bone
from the fort’s reference collection
of more than 3,000 skeletons to
geophysics specialists who probe
beneath the ground with radar
and electromagnetic signals to
precision-guide excavations.
It acts as a hub for Britain’s
burgeoning – but stretched –
archaeology industry, setting down
best-practice guidelines and offering
expertise as the sector faces one of
the busiest periods in its history,
with work beginning on dozens of
infrastructure projects requiring
compulsory excavations, such as the
HS2 rail link, over the next decade.
Gill Campbell, acting head of
archaeological conservation and
technology for Historic England,
said: “We can be asked to do
anything from helping a member of
the public to advising on projects,
and from working with a university
on a collaboration to conducting our
own research.
“But at the end of it all we are
seeking information about our
past, we are trying to find out about
how people lived and applying our
knowledge to that end.”
The fort is home to nearly 2,000
Wanted Archaeologists for new digs
With some 40 major infrastructure
projects, costing more than £460bn,
due to be completed over the next 18
years, archaeologists are in massive
demand because of legislation
brought in 25 years ago which means
that developers must fund a survey of
their site – and any further excavation
deemed necessary – as a condition of
planning permission.
The problem is that there are not
enough archaeologists to go around. A
study published by Historic England
in 2016 warned that the sheer amount
of work associated with large-scale
building schemes means that as many
as 2,000 extra archaeologists – most
of whom are employed in the private
sector – will need to be found by 2022
to meet demand. It is, in some ways,
a nice problem to have, not least
because the shortage should provide
leverage for issues such as low pay in
the industry – the average wage for an
archaeologist is £25,000, 15 per cent
below the UK average.
It also comes at a time of rapid
advances in the techniques that the
archaeologists in Fort Cumberland
– which until 1973 was home to a
detachment of the Royal Marines –
and beyond can bring to their work.
artefacts retrieved this summer
from the wreck of the Rooswijk, a
trade ship belonging to Dutch East
India Company which sank in a
storm in 1740 on the Goodwin Sands,
eight miles off Dover.
The vessel had only days before
left its home port of Amsterdam
bound for Indonesia.
The Fort Cumberland team are
seeking to piece together a picture of
life on board from remarkable finds
that include an 18th-century flatpack building kit, two coconuts and
an intact nit comb.
Angela Middleton, the
archaeological conservator
working on the artefacts, said:
“The importance of these objects is
they tell us things that were never
written down.
“We have building materials
such as copper sheeting and bricks,
almost like a kit to make a structure.
We will examine the sludge from
the nit comb to see if there are nits
on it to tell us about standards of
hygiene. And as for the coconuts –
why on earth were they transporting
coconuts back to Indonesia?”
Anywhere else, such labours
would be rarefied and extraordinary.
But in this timeworn stronghold,
variously targeted in its day by the
French navy and the Luftwaffe, it is
all in a day’s work.
One of the most remarkable
spaces in the fortification is the
meticulously curated bone yard
that is Historic England’s animal
reference collection.
It contains the skeletal remains
of 3,500 creatures found on
the British Isles, ranging from
songbirds to an aurochs – the
giant wild cattle that disappeared
from Britain in the Bronze Age.
The collection and its
expert staff are invaluable in
identifying even fragments of
bone unearthed in excavations,
including pig bones recently
found near Stonehenge which
cast light on butchery techniques
of 1,300BC. The skeletons have
also helped in work to conserve
and explain an unusual technique
of previous centuries – paving
floors with knuckle bones and
teeth of animals.
In east London, the
Elizabethan audience attending
the plays of William Shakespeare
at the defunct Curtain Theatre
in Shoreditch entered via a yard
paved with sheep knuckle bones
while at Wrest Park, a stately
home in Bedfordshire, the floor of
a bath house was inlaid with deer
bones in the late 18th century.
Senior zooarchaeologist
Polyadora Baker, who has studied
the floors, said: “Were the bones
just a cheap product for builders?
Or was it a fashion among owners
of stately homes?”
Clues to the past are also now
being found in “calculus” or
tartar on human teeth. Working
with experts at the University
of York, staff are able to take
calcified deposits from skulls and
analyse them for insights into the
diet and health of ancient Britons.
Meanwhile, Simon Mays, a
human skeletal biologist at the
fort, assessed the incidence
of vitamin D deficiency by
examining skeletons of 300
Roman Britons discovered in
Lincolnshire. His work was part
of a wider study with a Canadian
team to discover whether the first
round of urbanisation in Europe
caused rickets by depriving early
Britons of sunlight.
Wrest Park, where a bath house
floor was inlaid with deer bones
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have the courage and necessary
baby-grabbing skills, or would I
freeze and do one of those yelps I
normally do when I see a wasp?
Most of us never get to find out.
When my brother rang me to see
if I’d consider giving him a
kidney, I got to find out if I
could save a life in slow
When doctors
test to see if you’re a
donor match based
on your blood type,
they are also trying
to find out if you’re the
right kind of person for
a live donation. You have
hours of conversations about your
motivations, the possible outcomes
and what to expect if and when the
donation happens.
I had rushed in without really
thinking about any of that stuff. All
I knew was I wanted to do it. This
was my opportunity to jump off the
pier, and my brother was the idiot
baby. But they won’t let you jump
in without thinking. I had already
told my brother I would come to his
rescue. Yet I wasn’t quite ready to
walk down the pier.
I’m a stand-up comedian
with a wife with her own
health issues, and a
small child who might
grow up to be the
greatest human being
ever to have lived. It’s
not just me jumping in.
It’s us. They are going to
live through this too. And
if it goes wrong they’re going
to suffer through this too. How do
you do the right thing when there’s
more than one right thing? When
there’s more than one life at stake?
I love my brother. I love his life,
but obviously I prefer my own.
There were times when I wished
Attendance and achievement have
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Liverpool after the introduction of
breakfasts for pupils.
More than 50 children at St Gregory’s Catholic Primary School in
Liverpool start their day with bagels
and toast each morning.
The food ensures they go to class
without feeling hungry, ready to concentrate on their lessons.
Staff at the school in the Netherley
area of the city, which has high levels
of deprivation and a number of lowincome and single-parent families,
say the breakfast club is also helping
mums and dads get to work.
As they handed out breakfast and
joined pupils in a “rise and shine”
exercise session, staff told i that attendances have improved and children are able to focus more in class
after one of the morning meals provided by Magic Breakfast.
The charity is the focus of i’s
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f you watch enough news or
action films, we all eventually
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jumping in front of a bullet and you
wonder: Could I do that? Would I
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“It sets them up for the beginning
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“If children are hungry, they can’t
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Foster parent David Green, 50,
who volunteers at the breakfast club,
said: “Some parents wouldn’t be
able to go to work if it wasn’t for the
breakfast club. They know their children are getting a good breakfast. It
sets them up for the day.
“It’s free as well, which means
it’s great for everyone. They don’t
have to worry about finding £1
every morning.”
The school is one of more than
460 primary, secondary and special needs schools supported by the
Magic Breakfast charity.
Pupils from the nursery to year
six have cereal and bagels for breakfast before taking part in games or
exercise sessions. They can also
make use of the school’s sensory
room before they start their first
class of the day. “The breakfast club
makes me happy,” said Ava Rushton, six. “My friends are funny –
they make me laugh. We get time to
read and play games as well as having breakfast.”
Rhys Walsh, eight, said: “I like it
too. Every time we come to breakfast, we have fun. We dance and it
gives you energy. It’s good exercise.
“I like to see my friends. They’re
all here when I get here. I like the
bagels best of all. I have them with
jam. When I’ve had my breakfast,
I’m ready to learn.”
The school also saves a plate of
bagels for any pupils not attending the club, who may have missed
Emily Frezza, from Magic Breakfast, said: “St Gregory’s is such a
nurturing school. It runs throughout everything they do and Magic
Breakfast is now a big part of the
school day.”
Giving a kidney
to my brother was
like saving a life
in slow motion
as I am of making it into a heartfelt
and funny stand-up show. In both
cases I was giving something that
was easier to keep to myself. And in
both cases, sharing was vastly more
difficult but undoubtedly the right
thing to do.
In Ireland, whenever you talk
about money someone will pipe up,
“You can’t take it with you”. And yet
that’s exactly what so many of us do
with the “wealth” inside of us. When
I think about the thousands of
people in need of organ donations it
boggles my mind. I’ve lived through
the life-changing joy that is organ
donation. Most of us won’t get the
chance to know what it feels like to
be a lifesaver while we are here, but
with an organ donor card in your
wallet you get to rest easy knowing
that for multiple families that is the
gift you will leave behind.
someone else would jump off the
pier but I knew, and my wife knew
and my six-year-old son knew, that it
had to be me.
Like everything serious in my life,
once I can find the funny in it, it’s
not scary anymore. I wonder why
there’s no Oscar for Best Comedy
when comedy is this important.
Comedy in this case became a
matter of life or death. Writing,
talking and sharing the experience
in my podcast, An Irishman Abroad,
and in my stand-up show, Organ
Freeman, became my guiding light
through this. I’m as proud of the
fact that I saved my brother’s life
Twitter: @jarlath
2 JANUARY 2018
Ivory sale ban hailed by elephant activists
By Farah Master
A ban on ivory sales in China, the
world’s largest importer and end
user of elephant tusks, took effect on
Sunday with wildlife activists calling
it a vital step to reduce the slaughter
of the endangered giants.
China has made a big push to
eradicate ivory sales, and demand
has fallen since early 2014 because
of a crackdown on corruption and
slower economic growth.
Public awareness campaigns featuring celebrities have helped to
boost awareness of the bloody cost of
ivory. Wildlife groups estimate that
30,000 elephants are killed by poachers in Africa every year.
“It is the greatest single step toward reducing elephant poaching,”
said Peter Knights, chief executive
of the group WildAid.
China has allowed the sale of preconvention ivory, which refers to
products such as carvings and crafts
acquired before the 1975 Convention
on International Trade in Endangered Species of Wild Fauna and
Flora (Cites), as long as it is accompanied by certificates.
The trade in pre-convention ivory
has been legally thriving in China
and Hong Kong since 1975, and environmental activists have long as-
It is estimated that 30,000 elephants
are killed in Africa every year
serted that it has spurred demand
for all ivory.
The ban on all ivory sales has already led to an 80 per cent decline
in seizures of illegal ivory entering
China, as well as a 65 per cent decline
in raw ivory prices, said WildAid.
Under the ban, China’s 172 ivorycarving factories and retail outlets
will also close. Some factories and
shops started closing in March.
Illegal ivory supplies have also
been rife in unlicensed shops and online across China.
This year, ivory prices in China
were about 65 per cent lower than
2014 levels, said WildAid, with retailers in some places trying to sell off
stocks before the ban. The Chinese
ban has been hailed by activists but
they warn that Hong Kong, a special
administrative region of China, remains a big obstacle to the eradication of elephant poaching as the ban
on sales does not apply in the former
British colony. REUTERS
Since 2003, Hong
Kong has intercepted
about 40 tonnes of illegal
ivory, only about 10 per cent
of what is believed to have
been smuggled in, according to
Wild Aid.
shops open
in California
By Steve Gorman
California launched the world’s largest regulated commercial market for
recreational marijuana yesterday,
as dozens of newly licensed stores
opened for business.
It becomes the sixth US state, and
by far the most populous, venturing
beyond legalised medical marijuana
to permit the sale of cannabis products of all types to customers over the
age of 21.
Colorado, Washington, Oregon,
Alaska and Nevada were the first to
introduce recreational pot sales on a
state-regulated, licensed and taxed
basis. Massachusetts and Maine are
on track to follow suit later this year.
With California and its 39.5 million residents joining the pack, more
than one in five Americans now live in
states where recreational marijuana
is legal for purchase, even though
cannabis remains an illegal narcotic
under US law.
The marijuana market in California alone, which boasts the world’s
sixth-largest economy, is valued by
most experts at several billion dollars
annually and is expected to generate
at least £740m a year in tax.
Voters passed a ballot measure in
November 2016 legalising personal
possession and use of recreational
pot. In 1996, California was the first
state to legalise marijuana for medical use, and more than 30 states have
since done likewise.
prays for
Pope Francis leads a
mass to mark the World
Day of Peace in Saint
Peter’s Basilica at the
Vatican yesterday
Maduro responds
to inflation with
40% wage rise
By Alexandra Ulmer
and Corina Pons
Khalil Moutawakkil, CEO of Kind
Peoples, a California cannabis clinic AP
The Venezuelan President Nicolas
Maduro has announced a 40 per cent
increase to the minimum wage as
of January, a move that will foment
what many economists already consider hyperinflation in the oil-rich but
crisis-stricken nation.
In his televised year-end address,
Maduro said the new wage level
would protect workers against what
he calls Washington’s “economic
war” to sabotage socialism.
Most economists say Caracas is exacerbating the situation
in a country already struggling
with the world’s fastest inflation.
To counter those price increases,
Maduro has been raising the minimum wage, but quickening inflation
coupled with a depreciating bolivar
currency has plunged millions in the
country into poverty.
Venezuelans will now earn some
797,510 bolivars a month, factoring
in food tickets, which amounts to just
over £5.20 on the widely used black
market index. Millions will still be unable to afford three meals a day, while
the increase is likely to stoke inflation
further. REUTERS
Tech giants
face new hate
speech law
By Jane Clinton
Germany will begin to enforce a
new law demanding social media
sites remove hate speech or face
fines of up to ¤50m (£44.3m).
The law, the most stringent example of efforts to police social media
firms, gives the sites 24 hours to act
after they have been told about the
law-breaking material.
Social networks and sites with
more than two million members will
be affected by the law. Those that do
not remove illegal posts could face
the maximum fine.
Facebook, Twitter and YouTube
will be the main focus for the new
law. Reddit, Tumblr, Vimeo and
Flickr and Russian site VK could
also be affected.
The Netzwerkdurchsetzungsgesetz (NetzDG) law was passed at
the end of June 2017 and came into
force in early October.
Social media sites were given
until the end of 2017 to make the
necessary preparations for the
arrival of the legislation.
Its introduction came following
a series of high-profile cases where
fake news and racist material was
being spread by the German arm of
some popular social media sites.
Around the
world in
10 stories
Assad reshuffles
ministers amid
rebel clashes
By Bassem Mroue
Tourists killed
in plane crash
Air strike fire
engulfs market
A family of five from New
York City died on a plane that
crashed into woodland off a
popular tourist beach on New
Year’s Eve, killing all 12 people
on board.
Ten Americans and two Costa
Rican pilots were killed when
the plane crashed minutes after
takeoff in Punta Islita.
Reports have identified
the family as Bruce and
Irene Steinberg and their
sons William, Zachary and
Matthew. Officials have yet
to determine the cause of the
crash. REUTERS
Yemeni witnesses and security officials say Saudi-led coalition air
strikes have killed at least 23 people
in the port city of Hodeida.
They say yesterday’s strikes
also wounded eight others. A blaze
erupted in a market after a strike
targeted a petrol station in el-Garrahi
district, they said.
The witnesses and officials spoke
on condition of anonymity because
they feared retaliation or weren’t
authorised to brief reporters.
The coalition could not be reached
for comment. The war has killed more
than 10,000 civilians and pushed
Yemen to the brink of famine. AP
Christmas tree
bursts into flames
at New Year party
By Harriet Agerholm
Revellers in Russia witnessed
an unusual light display as they
welcomed the New Year.
A 25m artificial Christmas
tree on Russia’s largest island,
Sakhalin, burst into flames
and sent a column of smoke
billowing into the sky. By the
time firefighters arrived at the
scene in Lenin Square, YuzhooSakhalinsk, a smouldering metal
frame was all that was left of
the tree, the Siberian Times
reported. No one was hurt in
the incident.
The city’s mayor will conduct
an investigation into the fire and
identify potential perpetrators,
according to local news website The blaze was
caused by a firework that
hit the plastic tree, the
website reported.
Syrian President Bashar al-Assad
reshuffled his government yesterday,
replacing the ministers of defence,
information and industry, state news
agency Sana has reported.
No reason was given for the
reshuffle, while pro-regime forces
have been gaining ground over the
past two years under the cover of
Russian air strikes and with the help
of Iranian-backed fighters.
The announcement came as
Las Vegas
Las Vegas welcomed 2018 with
fireworks, big-ticket musical
acts and unprecedented
security in the wake of the
deadliest mass shooting in
US modern history just three
months ago.
Law enforcement officers
kept a close eye on the
estimated 330,000 people who
travelled from all over the US
and beyond to pack in the Las
Vegas Strip and the central
Fremont Street.
The Las Vegas Metropolitan
Police Department had every
officer working throughout
the weekend and was aided
by the Nevada National
Guard and federal agents.
Rosy-cheeked visitors took
selfies and live-streamed
the celebration amid
temperatures of 4°C, which
was much warmer than most
of the US.
They wore glittery hats,
tiaras and other 2018-themed
paraphernalia as they hugged
and cheered in the new year.
A roughly eight-minute
fireworks display at the top
of seven of the city’s worldfamous casino-style hotels
started at the Stratosphere 10
seconds before midnight.
More than 80,000 fireworks
illuminated the sky in gold, red
and green.
New Year’s Eve is worth an
estimated $254.3m (£188m)
to Las Vegas, according to the
city’s Convention and Visitors
Authority. AP
Regina Garcia Cano
Bashar al-Assad gave no reason for
the ministerial changes AFP/GETTY
fighters from Hayat Tahrir al-Sham
attacked troops and pro-government
gunmen, capturing parts of a military
installation and surrounding a force
inside the building.
The UN says government forces
are holding nearly 400,000 people
under siege in eastern Ghouta. The
region was once a hotbed of protest
against Mr Assad’s government. AP
and a few
Camels kick up the
dust as they race
during the Liwa 2018
Moreeb Dune Festival
yesterday in the Liwa
desert, around 150
miles west of the Gulf
emirate of Abu Dhabi.
Palestinian girl charged over Israeli soldier punch
Israel indicted a 16-year- old
Palestinian girl on Monday on
charges including assault for
punching an Israeli soldier in the face
two weeks ago.
The incident made her into a hero
for Palestinians and was seen as humiliating by right-wing Israelis.
Ahed Tamimi was arrested after
she was filmed punching the soldier
outside her family home in a village
in the occupied West Bank. The
confrontation took place after what
Israel says was a stone-throwing assault on its troops.
Tamimi has become such a symbol
for Palestinians that a commentator in Israeli left-wing newspaper
Haaretz said Israel risked turning
her into the “Palestinian Joan of Arc”.
Right-wing Israelis, meanwhile,
have debated whether the soldier
had appeared weak by opting not to
strike back. REUTERS
By Ali Sawafta
different parts of Syria witnessed
violence, mostly in the suburbs of
the capital Damascus and northwestern Syria, where troops are on
the offensive on the southern edge of
Idlib province.
Heavy clashes broke out between
Syrian government forces and
insurgents east of Damascus when
troops tried to reach under the cover
of a dozen air strikes a force trapped
inside, opposition activists said.
The clashes have been ongoing
for three days but, on Sunday,
rebels backed by al-Qaida-linked
51 people die as
firework kills man boat capsizes
Teen held over
family killings
Two people have died from
fireworks injuries amid new year
celebrations in Germany.
In the Brandenburg region
outside Berlin, the DPA news
agency reported that a 35-year-old
man died after igniting fireworks,
and a 19-year-old suffered fatal
head injuries after he set off a
homemade device.
A firework left an 11-year-old
boy with severe facial injuries in
the same region. AP
A 16-year-old New Jersey boy
armed with a semi-automatic rifle
shot and killed his parents, sister
and a family friend inside their
home, authorities have said.
Monmouth County prosecutor
Chris Gramiccioni said the teen
will be charged with four counts
of murder after the shooting that
occurred on Sunday night, less
than 20 minutes before midnight
on New Year’s Eve, in the shore
town of Long Branch. AP
A speedboat carrying 51 people capsized off Indonesia’s part of Borneo
island yesterday, killing at least eight,
an official said.
The accident happened when
the boat, the Anugrah Express, was
travelling from Tanjung Selor,
the capital of North Kalimantan
province, to Tarakan in the same
S earch and rescue official
Manangap Djumala said several
people are also missing. AP
Saudi Arabia and
UAE introduce
VAT for first time
By Oz Katerji
Saudi Arabia and the United Arab
Emirates have introduced value
added tax (VAT) for the first time,
signalling a shift in economic policy
for the Gulf states.
Gulf states have used tax-free
living as a means of attracting
foreign workers for many years,
but as of yesterday a 5 per cent levy
is being applied to the majority of
goods and services.
Faced with lower oil prices, the
governments of Saudi Arabia and the
UAE have looked towards VAT as a
means of increasing revenue, with
the UAE estimating VAT income will
generate around £2.4bn in revenue in
the first year alone.
The change in policy is part of a
region-wide measure agreed upon in
2016 by the six member states of the
Gulf Co-operation Council (GCC).
“The imposition of VAT will
help to raise tax revenues of the
Saudi government to be utilised for
infrastructure and developmental
works,” Mohammed Al-Khunaizi, a
member of Saudi’s Shura Council,
said yesterday.
The remaining GCC members
– Bahrain, Oman, Qatar and Kuwait have until January 2019 to
introduce the new tax measures.
While these represent a significant
shift in economic policy for the oil-
Actors unite to
tackle sexual
By Jane Clinton
Three hundred Hollywood women
have launched a group to tackle
sexual harassment, following revelations in the wake of the Harvey
Weinstein scandal.
The “Time’s Up” campaign
group has received the backing
of actors including Reese Witherspoon, Eva Longoria, Emma
Stone and Natalie Portman as well
as executive and writers.
There will be a $13m (£9.6m)
fund for those less privileged who
are affected by sexual misconduct
to take legal action.
A full page advert in The New
York Times and the Spanishlanguage newspaper La Opinion,
read: “The struggle for women to
break in, to rise up the ranks and
to simply be heard and acknowledged in male-dominated workplaces must end; time’s up on this
impenetrable monopoly.”
rich nations, they have indicated that
they do not have plans to introduce
income tax.
Among the items which will now
carry the additional 5 per cent levy
will include fuel, food, clothes, utility
bills and hotel accommodation.
Medical treatment, financial
services and public transport however will be exempt from the new
VAT laws.
The International Monetary Fund
has long called for GCC states to diversify their revenue streams away
from oil reserves with more than 90
per cent of budget revenues dependent on the oil industry in Saudi Arabia and 80 per cent in the UAE.
Saudi Arabia, which is the world’s
biggest oil exporter and largest economy in the Arab world, froze major
building projects and imposed a wage
freeze on civil servants after the kingdom announced a budget deficit of
more than £70bn. Riyadh hopes that
the new measures will balance the
budget by 2018.
City governor’s
ancient clay
seal unearthed
Saudi Arabia and the
United Arab Emirates
have already taken steps to boost
government income. The Saudis
have taxed tobacco and soft
drinks and cut some subsidies
offered to the local population.
By Jeffrey Heller
The explosion at Terrigal Beach, New South Wales NOOSHEMUSHTAQ /REUTERS
Rebels beat
drinking ban
Thousands flee fireworks malfunction
By Oz Katerji
A New Year’s Eve fireworks
display turned to panic on an
Australian beach last night when
a display barge caught fire near
the watching crowd.
Thousands of revellers had
gathered to witness the 9pm
fireworks on Terrigal Beach,
New South Wales, but were sent
fleeing five minutes into the show
after an explosion caused a fire to
break out on the barge.
A group of New Year’s revellers found
a novel way to circumvent an alcohol
ban on a New Zealand beach – by
building themselves a tiny sand island furnished with a wooden picnic
table and drinks cooler.
The party-goers had started building a sandcastle early on Sunday afternoon in the middle of the Tairua
estuary, Coromandel Peninsula in
By Oz Katerji
the North Island of New Zealand.
Local authorities had enforced a ban
on public drinking over the new year
period, so the crafty Kiwis came up
with the plan to avoid violating the
rules and risking a fine of £130.
The ingenious idea was snapped by
local resident David Saunders, who
posted the photos to a local Facebook
group Tairua ChitChat.
In this Saturday’s
Miranda Richardson on feminism
“It used to be a dirty word. It meant tubthumping and lacking in some sort of levity.”
Two pyrotechnicians who jumped
off the boat to avoid the fire were
later treated by paramedics for
minor injuries.
“The fireworks were going off
as you’d expect and then suddenly
there was a hell of an explosion.
Next thing the barge was on fire,”
local resident Kevin Andrews told
Australian media service Fairfax.
Anooshe Mushtaq tweeted:
“It was a horrible experience. I
escaped as soon as I saw the boat
on fire. It was absolute chaos.”
Israeli archaeologists yesterday
unveiled a 2,700-year-old clay
seal impression, which they said
belonged to a biblical governor of
The artefact, inscribed in an
ancient Hebrew script as “belonging to the governor of the city”,
was likely attached to a shipment
or sent as a souvenir on behalf
of the governor, the most prominent local position in Jerusalem
at the time, the Israel Antiquities
Authority said.
The impression, the size of a
small coin, depicts two men facing
each other in a mirror-like manner and wearing striped garments
reaching down to their knees. It
was unearthed near the plaza of
Judaism’s Western Wall in the Old
City of Jerusalem. REUTERS
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Getty family’s
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or many years, he was
known in Siena simply
as “Marchetti”. Few
would have guessed that
the young man with a
shock of sandy red hair, drawn to
the Palio horse race around the
Piazza del Campo each year, would
eventually lead a family known
throughout the world.
If the Getty dynasty, founded
on the unimaginable wealth
accrued by oil baron John Paul
Getty, has its roots in the oilfields
of Oklahoma and latterly the
country houses of Britain, Italy
may represent the beating heart of
the clan.
The story of the Gettys is one of
profound contradictions, a story of
avarice and altruism, of triumph
and tragedy in equal measure. It is
the subject of a new Ridley Scott
film, All The Money in the World,
with Kevin Spacey now replaced
by Christopher Plummer in the
role of John Paul Getty. The film
sheds new light on the childhood
of Mark Getty, one of Britain’s
richest, and most private, men.
Mark grew up in Italy, where his
father, Sir Paul Getty, son of John
Paul, ran a division of the family
business while married to water
polo champion Gail Harris. Mark’s
parents divorced in 1964.
Gail bought a country house in
the hills behind Orgia, a village
outside Siena. Mark and his
three siblings would travel to the
property from Rome on weekends.
Primitive and remote, with little
in the way of conveniences, the
family’s existence in Orgia was
idyllic. In a 2015 interview, Mark
remembered playing in the woods,
swimming in rivers, riding on hay
carts and helping to bring in the
cattle at night.
Then, in 1973, when Mark was 13
his older brother John Paul III was
kidnapped by Calabrian gangsters.
He was taken to a cave and
chained to a stake. The kidnappers
sent a ransom note to Gail,
who contacted the police, but
nobody believed the story. Most
assumed Paul had concocted
the plot to extort money from
his grandfather, John Paul, who
famously said: “I don’t believe
in paying kidnappers. I have 14
grandchildren and if I pay one
penny now, then I will have 14
kidnapped grandchildren.”
In response, the kidnappers cut
off the teenager’s right ear.
John Paul, then living in Sutton
Place, a vast Tudor manor
house near Guildford, filled with
Rembrandts and Canalettos,
grudgingly agreed to pay some
of the $3m ransom. He then lent
his son the rest, to be repaid with
Following his release, John Paul
III never fully recovered from
his ordeal, marrying the German
actress Martine Zacher two years
later. The couple had a son, the
Hollywood actor Balthazar Getty.
Haunted by his experience, John
Paul III had a stroke, brought on
by drink and drug addiction, and
was left blind, quadriplegic and
unable to speak. He died in 2011,
aged 54.
His grandfather spent his last
years at Sutton Place, reportedly
surrounded by a “harem of
mistresses”. One, Lady Ursula
d’Abo, sister of the Duke of
Rutland, told the National Enquirer
in 1973: “Paul is fascinated by
English aristocratic ladies. He
seems to get a kick out of having a
real-life countess cook for him.”
After his death, in 1976, the
Getty fortune largely passed to
the new J Paul Getty Museum in
Malibu, California. In 1984, the
family oil interests were sold to
Texaco for £18bn.
That year, Sir Paul, a
philanthropist who donated
£50m to the National Gallery,
developed depression. Margaret
Thatcher, who recommended his
knighthood, is believed to have
eventually encouraged Sir Paul
to check out of a clinic. “Now, Mr
Getty. What’s the matter? We
really must get you out of here,”
she said.
In 1994, Sir Paul married his
long-term companion, Victoria
John Paul Getty III in 1973 after his
kidnappers were arrested GETTY
Christopher Plummer
as J Paul Getty in Ridley
Scott’s ‘All the Money in
the World’ SONY/AP
Holdsworth, and retired to
Wormsley, a 2,500-acre estate
in the Chiltern Hills. Introduced
to cricket by Mick Jagger, Sir
Paul installed a replica of The
Oval cricket ground at Wormsley
and built a castle to house his
collection of books, including
Chaucer manuscripts and
Shakespeare first folios. He died
in 2003.
Today, the family’s combined
fortunes are somewhat
diminished, estimated by Forbes
to be around £3.8bn.
Upon Sir Paul’s death in 2003,
most of his fortune was left to
Mark, a man of relatively modest
tastes by comparison.
After graduating from Oxford
University, he married Domitilla
Harding, aged 22. In 1985, they
bought an abandoned village in the
mountains near Orgia and began
to restore its buildings, one house
at a time. Together, they have
three children.
In 1993, Mark launched a new
project with a £20m investment,
backed by three-quarters of the
family – his father, two uncles
Why 2018 won’t really be the
year of the driverless car
Public fears
over safety and
reliability will
slow UK rollout,
says Rhiannon
ingering doubts over the
safety of driverless cars
could derail the future
of the technology in the
UK, a poll suggests. Close
to two-thirds of motorists said
they would not buy a driverless
car, while three-quarters said they
were not confident they would be
safe to use, with fear of hacking the
biggest concern, research
conducted for The Times has found.
Nevertheless, significant strides
are likely to be taken this year
towards making driverless cars
a reality. The first fully driverless
cars – that is, vehicles with no one
behind the wheel – were driven
successfully on public roads by
Waymo, a division of Google’s
parent company Alphabet in
Arizona, US, late last year.
In October, California’s
Department of Motor Vehicles
2 JANUARY 2018
TV series adds to
sweet success for
tiny publisher
Pre-war Germany novels were bought
on a hunch, writes Adam Sherwin
and 13 of 18 cousins. Called
Getty Images, the company he
co-founded would become the
world’s biggest picture agency by
buying image libraries around the
world. For Mark, there was little
difference in what he was doing to
what his grandfather had done in
the oilfields of Oklahoma.
“Intellectual property,” he told
The Economist in 2000, “is the
oil of the 21st century. Look at
the richest men a hundred years
ago: they all made their money
extracting natural resources or
moving them around. All today’s
“There are no sure-fire, quick and
easy formulas for success in business, there are no ways in which a
man can automatically become a
“There are no tricks, no magical
incantations or potions, which
can make a business an overnight
success. Many qualities and much
hard work are needed.
“Every business executive is going
to make mistakes in his career. The
important thing is to learn from
them and avoid repetition.
“No successful businessman
has ever made his fortune without
the help of employees. No psychological weapon is more potent than
example. An executive who seeks to
achieve results through the people
who work under his direction must
himself demonstrate at least as high
a standard of performance as he
hopes to get from his subordinates.
If he makes a habit of spending three
hours over lunch, he has no right
to complain when his secretary
dawdles an extra 10 minutes over
her coffee break.
“In dealing with employees, it is
essential they be given recognition
as human beings, as individuals.
Unquestionably, financial reward is
the principal motivation that causes
people to work. However, this is not
the sole motivation. For the majority
of people, work satisfies a distinct
psychological need.”
richest men have made their
money out of intellectual property.”
Getty Images was acquired
by the Carlyle Group in 2012
for £2.5bn. Again, a Getty had
succeeded. Mark Getty would
become chairman of the National
Gallery and was in 2016 awarded
an honorary knighthood by the
Queen. His wealth is estimated at
around £300m.
“I was raised in Italy for the early
part of my life, in a relatively small
village near Siena, and everyone
worked there, from the day that
they could walk to the day that
they died, so I didn’t really see that
I was particularly different,” he
told The Daily Telegraph in 2011.
“Most people, if they have an
opportunity to do little, will do just
that, particularly if you’re born
into money. I could have easily
done nothing, but it would have
been boring and unfulfilling. You
only live once, and I never wanted
to live in anyone else’s shadow.
“If we were guaranteed that we
lived many times, then I’d probably
accept it, but, of course, I know it’s
just the once.”
proposed changes to its existing
strict autonomous vehicle rules
requiring a human driver to be
present at all times, which should
be approved early this year
and be in place by around
June. Many driverless
companies had taken
to testing their
vehicles in states
with less stringent
regulations, including
Arizona and Florida,
so the overhaul will
accelerate progress in
Silicon Valley’s back yard.
In the UK, a similar overhaul
will see amendments to the Road
Traffic Act to approve test drives
without a human driver, and
should take around a year to be
cleared before testing can begin
in 2019.
The Department for Transport
has opened a report by the
Strategic Road Network
for public consultation
until February, which
details how the
Highways England
intends to spend
£15bn of investment
to ready the UK’s
roads for the full
arrival of driverless
cars (inset) in around 2021,
according to Transport Secretary
Chris Grayling.
Before we can fully embrace a
future free of human intervention,
however, electric cars need to
increase sales. Tesla’s Model S
is due to start shipping to UK
customers in the summer, and
while official sales dates are yet
to be set for Porsche’s Mission E
and Jaguar’s I-Pace, that luxury
car makers are now taking fullyelectric vehicles seriously shows
how far the technology has come
from the eco-friendly hippy option
to producing sleek, attractive cars
that run like a dream.
In the meantime, the UK
Government must make
inroads towards early driverless
infrastructure, including more
electric charging points and
reliable energy sources and
internet connections. Until safety
and dependability is guaranteed,
the public will remain sceptical.
Extract ‘How to be Rich’, by J. Paul Getty
small publishing house
in the Highlands is
celebrating a surprise
boom after snapping up
a series of crime novels
set in 1930s Berlin which have now
been turned into an international
television hit.
Based in Dingwall on the Inner
Moray Firth in Scotland, Sandstone
Press is the most northerly
independent publishing house
in Britain.
Robert Davidson, a former water
industry civil engineer who founded
Sandstone, gambled on buying the
rights to a series of thrillers set in
pre-war Berlin, written by German
author Volker Kutscher.
Sandstone hired Niall Sellar, an
Edinburgh-born modern foreign
languages teacher, to translate the
books from the German.
Steeped in the decadent and
corrupt atmosphere of Weimar
Germany, the novels, which follow
police detective Gereon Rath, have
now been adapted for the £36m
series Babylon Berlin, which has
become Sky’s biggest ever foreignlanguage drama launch. It has
recorded 500,000 downloads in the
UK and is outperforming Game of
Thrones in Germany.
After printing 15,000 copies of
the first two books, Sandstone is
struggling to meet the demand
for reprints. The company has
sold on the international rights to
publishing giants in North America
and Australia.
Davidson said: “I was approached
about the books in Frankfurt, before
any television deal, and there was
no competition for them. It was a
good question whether the British
public would buy a German author.
Now we’re trying to
keep up with demand.
There’s a danger we might
run out of copies
Sandstone is a small publishing house
in the Scottish Highlands
Now we’re trying to keep up with
demand. There’s a danger we might
run out of copies.”
Other publishers baulked at the
cost of translating the titles. “We
couldn’t pay the £14,500 we needed
for the translation until we got a
grant from the Goethe-Institut [a
German cultural association],” said
Davidson. The former engineer,
who set up Sandstone 15 years ago,
bought the books, set against the
background of Communist riots
and the rise of fascism, on a hunch.
“They are a brilliant series which
speaks of an era of intense interest
and importance to us in our present
time with Brexit on the horizon.”
Another foreign-language
acquisition, a series of thrillers
by Jorn Lier Horst, a former
senior investigating officer in the
Norwegian police force, and also
set for television adaptation, should
boost Sandstone’s coffers further.
The publisher, which has had
two Man Booker prize longlist
nominations, is able to make
substantial investment in new
authors after the Kutscher
success. It has also snapped up
world rights to Goldstein, the
third book in the Kutscher series
while Babylon Berlin’s producer’s
creators have confirmed funding
for a return series.
Liv Lisa Fries as Charlotte Ritter in Sky’s lavish £36m series ‘Babylon Berlin’,
which is outperforming ‘Game of Thrones’ in Germany SKY ATLANTIC
Television Tuesday 2 January
Inside No 9
10pm, BBC2
A bedroom farce in which the actors
speak lines written in iambic
pentameter may sound like an
experiment taken perhaps a step too
far by Reece Shearsmith and Steve
Pemberton, but the preferred verse
form of Shakespeare works
remarkably well in their duo’s
comedy of errors, which opens a new
run of the anthology series. The
setting is the ninth floor of a luxury
hotel in London, with Rory Kinnear
(left, with Shearsmith) in dual roles to
fire the essential mistaken identities,
Bill Paterson as a suicidal guest,
Marcia Warren as a forgetful mother,
Kevin Eldon as a stage hypnotist and
Helen Monks as a chambermaid.
Clever (and amusing) stuff.
The Greatest TV
Moments Of All Time
8pm, ITV
It’s another of these national votes
that most people were unaware was
taking place, with a best TV show
award for each decade since the
1960s, with an overall winner
chosen at the end of what in format
is an awards ceremony. Paddy
McGuinness hosts and the guests
include John Cleese, Meera Syal,
Tony Robinson and William Roache.
8.30pm, ITV2
This single-camera workplace
comedy from one of the producers
of the US version of The Office is
unlikely to be voted one of the
greatest TV moments of this evening
let alone all time, but it’s serviceable
fare with Ugly Betty star America
Ferrera among the minimum-wage
staff at a hypermarket.
the world. So was this “killing
machine with very strange teeth” a
lizard or a bird? Was it a pea-brained
scavenger or a sophisticated hunter?
24 Hours in A&E
The Real T. Rex
With Chris Packham
9pm, BBC2
As a child, says Chris Packham, he
was obsessed with dinosaurs and in
particular “the apex predator of the
Cretaceous era”, the Tyrannosaurus
Rex. However, it seems that T Rex
has endured centuries of scientific
and cultural inaccuracy, prompting
Packham to head to America and
make an unexpectedly fascinating
film about the latest research and to
meet Tristan, one of the most
complete Tyrannosaurus fossils in
6.00 Breakfast (S). 9.15 Rip
Off Britain: Holidays (S).
10.00 Homes Under The
Hammer (S). 11.00 Wanted
Down Under (S). 11.45
Close Calls: On Camera
(S). 12.15 Bargain Hunt
(R) (S). 1.00 BBC News At
One; Weather (S). 1.30 BBC
Regional News; Weather
(S). 1.45 Doctors (S). 2.15
Father Brown (S). 3.00 I
Escaped To The Country
(S). 3.45 The Farmers’
Country Showdown (S).
4.30 Antiques Road Trip
(S). 5.15 Pointless (S).
6.00 Flog It! Trade Secrets
(R) (S). 6.30 Holiday Of
My Lifetime With Len
Goodman (R) (S). 7.15
The A To Z Of TV Cooking
(R) (S). 8.00 Sign Zone:
Celebrity Antiques Road
Trip (R) (S). 9.00 BBC
Newsroom Live (S). 11.00
Westminster Abbey (R) (S).
12.00 Coast (R) (S). 12.05
FILM: The Wooden Horse
(Jack Lee 1950) Fact-based
Second World War drama,
starring Leo Genn (S). 1.45
The Wonder Of Animals
(R) (S). 2.15 Operation Wild
(R) (S). 3.15 Penguins – Spy
In The Huddle (R) (S). 4.15
Planet Earth II (R) (S). 5.15
Flog It! (R) (S).
6.00 Good Morning
Britain (S). 8.30 Lorraine
(S). 9.25 The Jeremy Kyle
Show (S). 10.30 This
Morning (S). 12.30 Loose
Women (S). 1.30 ITV News;
Weather (S). 1.55 ITV
Regional News; Weather
(S). 2.00 Midsomer
Murders (R) (S). 3.59 ITV
Regional Weather (S). 4.00
Tipping Point (R) (S). 5.00
The Chase (S).
6.00 Kirstie’s Handmade
Christmas (R) (S). 6.20
3rd Rock From The Sun
(R) (S). 7.35 Everybody
Loves Raymond (R) (S).
8.00 Everybody Loves
Raymond (R) (S). 8.30
Frasier (R) (S). 9.00 Frasier
(R) (S). 9.35 Frasier (R) (S).
10.05 Ramsay’s Kitchen
Nightmares USA (R) (S).
11.00 Sun, Sea And Selling
Houses (R) (S). 12.00
Channel 4 News Summary
(S). 12.05 Couples Come
Dine With Me (R) (S). 1.05
Posh Pawn (R) (S). 2.10
Countdown (S). 3.00 The
Secret Life Of The Zoo (R)
(S). 4.00 A Place In The
Sun: Winter Sun (S). 5.00
Come Dine With Me (S).
6.00 Milkshake! 9.15
Teenage Mutant Ninja
Turtles (R) (S). 9.40 Cats
Make You Laugh Out
Loud 2 (R) (S). 10.05 FILM:
Legends Of Oz: Dorothy’s
Return (Will Finn, Dan
St Pierre 2013) Animated
fantasy (S). 11.45 GPs:
Behind Closed Doors
(R) (S). 12.40 5 News
Lunchtime (S). 12.45 The
Hotel Inspector (R) (S). 1.40
FILM: 10.0 Earthquake
(David Gidali 2014)
Disaster movie, starring
Cameron Richardson (S).
3.15 FILM: A Date To Die
For (John Murlowski 2015)
Thriller, starring Victoria
Pratt (S). 5.00 5 News At
5 (S). 5.35 Barging Loving
Celebs (R) (S).
6.00 BBC News At
Six; Weather (S).
6.30 BBC Regional
News; Weather
6.00 Eggheads (S).
6.30 Great British
Michael Portillo
Letchworth (S).
6.00 ITV Regional
News; Weather
6.30 ITV News;
Weather (S).
6.00 The Simpsons
Homer goes on
hunger strike (R)
6.30 Hollyoaks (S).
6.30 5 News Tonight
7.00 EastEnders
Linda is fearful
of what lies
ahead (S).
7.00 Kate Humble:
Off The Beaten
Track (S).
7.30 Christmas
Challenge 2017
7.00 Emmerdale
Debbie starts
her new job
working for
Tom (S).
7.00 Channel 4 News
8.00 Holby City
New series.
Ric arrives in
prison to begin
his sentence (S).
8.00 Inside The
Factory Behind
the scenes at
a Grimsby fish
finger factory
8.00 The Greatest TV
Moments Of All
Time Presented
by Paddy
McGuinness (S).
9.00 McMafia
convinces Alex
into a venture
designed to
harm Vadim’s
business (S).
9.00 The Real T. Rex
With Chris
Packham A CGI
of the dinosaur
10.00BBC News At
Ten (S).
10.30 BBC Regional
News; Weather
10.45 Match Of The
Day (S).
10.00Inside No 9 (S).
10.30 Newsnight (S).
12.15 Stacey Dooley In The
USA (S). 1.20 BBC News (S).
9pm, Channel 4
The staff at St George’s have a
mystery to unravel when a patient
arrives after collapsing in the street
– the team eventually managing to
contact his daughters as they try to
find out what may have caused him
to fall unconscious.
Celebrity Big Brother:
Live Launch
9pm, Channel 5
Bless the makers of Big Brother, who
in their wisdom have decided to
Chris Packham shows
us ‘The Real T. Rex’
9pm, BBC2
Emma Willis once again
takes the reins for a
new ‘Celebrity Big
Brother: Live Launch’
9pm, Channel 5
Paddy McGuinness has
a look at classic TV
8pm, ITV
7.00 Secrets Of The
National Trust
With Alan
Titchmarsh (R)
7.00 Beyond 100
Days (S).
7.30 Great
Journeys (R) (S).
6.25 FILM: Battleship
(Peter Berg
2012) Sci-fi
starring Taylor
Kitsch (S).
8.00 The Secret Life
Of The Zoo The
keepers try
to bring two
feuding sloths
closer together
8.00 Diet Secrets &
How To Lose
Weight New
series. Experts
reveal the
secret to dieting
success (S).
8.00 Andrew Marr’s
The Making Of
Modern Britain
A look at Britain
at the dawn
of the 20th
century (R) (S).
9.00 24 Hours In
A&E New
series. An
patient arrives
after collapsing
in the street (S).
9.00 Celebrity Big
Brother: Live
Launch New
series. Emma
Willis presents
9.00 Victoria: A
Royal Love
Story The
monarch’s love
for her husband
Prince Albert (R)
10.00ITV News;
Weather (S).
10.30 Regional News;
Weather (S).
10.40 The Keith And
Paddy Picture
Show (R) (S).
10.00Prince: Last
Year Of A
Legend Key
events of the
artist’s final 12
months (S).
10.35 One Night With
My Ex New
series. Former
couples spend
one night
together alone
10.00The World’s
(R) (S).
10.30 2017: A Year In
The Life Of A
Year (R) (S).
11.15 Sue Perkins
And The Chimp
Sanctuary (R)
11.10 FILM: Clueless
(Amy Heckerling
1995) Comedy,
starring Alicia
Silverstone (S).
11.00 Naked
Attraction (R)
11.35 Celebrity Big
Brother’s Bit On
The Side New
series. Rylan
presents (S).
12.15 NFL This Week (S).
1.05 Sign Zone: The Real
Marigold On Tour (R) (S).
2.05 Sign Zone: Reindeer
Family And Me (R) (S).
3.05 Sign Zone: Winter’s
Weirdest Events (R) (S).
4.05 This Is BBC Two (S).
12.50 Jackpot247 3.00
Loose Women (R). 3.45
ITV Nightscreen 5.05 The
Jeremy Kyle Show (R) (S).
12.05 What Britain Bought
In 2017 1.05 The World’s
Best Christmas Lights:
From Liverpool To
Bethlehem 2.00 The Secret
Life Of The Zoo 2.55
Ramsay’s Kitchen
Nightmares USA To 3.45am.
12.30 Celebrity Big
Brother: Live From The
House 1.15 SuperCasino
3.10 GPs: Behind Closed
Doors 4.00 My Mum’s
Hotter Than Me! 4.45
Wildlife SOS 5.35 Chinese
Food In Minutes To 5.45am.
6.00 Totally Bonkers
Guinness World Records
(R) (S). 6.25 Totally Bonkers
Guinness World Records
(R) (S). 6.55 Who’s Doing
The Dishes? (R) (S). 7.45
Emmerdale (R) (S). 8.20
Coronation Street (R) (S).
8.50 You’ve Been Framed!
(R) (S). 9.25 The Ellen
DeGeneres Show (R) (S).
10.10 Who’s Doing The
Dishes? (R) (S). 11.10 Dress
To Impress (R) (S). 12.10
Emmerdale (R) (S). 12.45
Coronation Street (R) (S).
1.15 You’ve Been Framed!
Gold (R) (S). 1.45 The Ellen
DeGeneres Show (R) (S).
2.40 The Jeremy Kyle
Show (R) (S).
6.00 Take Me Out
Dating game,
hosted by Paddy
McGuinness (R)
7.00 You’ve Been
Framed! Gold
(R) (S).
7.30 You’ve Been
Framed! Gold
(R) (S).
8.00 Two And A
Half Men New
series. Charlie’s
daughter turns
up at Walden’s
beach house (S).
8.30 Superstore (S).
9.00 FILM: Die Hard
2 (Renny Harlin
1990) Action
thriller sequel,
starring Bruce
Willis (S).
9.00 FILM: White
House Down
Emmerich 2013)
Action thriller,
with Channing
Tatum (S).
11.00 Tales Of Winter:
The Art Of Snow
And Ice How
the season has
been depicted
by Western
painters (R) (S).
11.25 FILM: Solomon
Kane (Michael
J Bassett 2010)
Period fantasy
thriller, starring
James Purefoy
11.40 Family Guy
Mayor West
becomes Peter’s
new best friend
(R) (S).
12.30 Great Barrier Reef
(R) (S). 1.30 Andrew Marr’s
The Making Of Modern
Britain (R) (S). 2.30 Tales
From The Royal Wardrobe
With Lucy Worsley (R) (S).
3.30 Close
1.30 FILM: The
Grandmaster (Wong
Kar-Wai 2013) Biopic of Ip
Man, starring Tony Leung
(S). 3.45 Close
12.10 Family Guy (R) (S).
12.40 American Dad! (R)
(S). 1.10 American Dad!
(R) (S). 1.35 Two And A
Half Men (R) (S). 2.05
Superstore (R) (S). 2.30
mark 100 years since women gained
the vote by having an all-female Big
Brother house. Sisterhood is likely to
be short supply, however, especially
when men are later drip-fed into the
Prince: Last Year Of A Legend
10pm, Channel 4
Unavailable for preview, but this
documentary charts the key events
of Prince’s final 12 months, starting
with the Rally 4 Peace concert for
riot-torn Baltimore, which was
followed by a secret gig at the White
House for the Obamas, two new
albums, and the Piano & A
Microphone tour, where he played
solo. So what led to the musician’s
unexpected death at his Paisley Park
home in April 2016?
3.30pm, Sky Cinema Action
(John G Avildsen, 1976)
Sylvester Stallone’s script about a
lowly palooka given a shot at the
world title created a movie and
cultural icon. In fact, Rocky is often
misremembered as a triumphalist
sports movie, but the boxing is the
least interesting thing about it. As a
character study and love story,
however, it is absolutely charming. It
finds a kind of poetic realism in the
down-at-heel neighbourhoods and
run-down meat-packing districts of
Philadelphia where it is set, while
Stallone and Talia Shire give
beautifully low-key, naturalistic and
affecting performances as bighearted Rocky (Stallone, left) and
shy pet store worker Adrian.
11.10pm, ITV
(Amy Heckerling, 1995)
Transposing Jane Austen’s Emma to
an LA high school, Amy Heckerling’s
comedy was an influential teen film
in the 1990s and popularised a
whole new lexicon – Valley speak.
Alicia Silverstone is the air-headed
but likeable matchmaker Cher.
Die Hard 2
9pm, Film4
(Renny Harlin, 1990)
With the exception of a villain as
charismatic as Alan Rickman, this
sequel reconvenes the key elements
of the wildly successful 1988 Bruce
Willis action movie. This time,
terrorists take over an airport.
BBC Radio 1
6.00 George And Mildred
(R) (S). 6.25 Wycliffe (R) (S).
7.55 Goodnight Mister Tom
(R) (S). 10.00 Judge Judy
(R) (S). 10.25 Judge Judy
(R) (S). 10.55 FILM: Carry
On Dick (Gerald Thomas
1974) Comedy, starring Sid
James (S). 12.40 The Royal
(R) (S). 1.40 Heartbeat
(R) (S). 2.40 Classic
Coronation Street (R) (S).
3.15 Classic Coronation
Street (R) (S). 3.50 Agatha
Christie’s Marple (R) (S).
5.55 Heartbeat (R) (S).
6.00 Hollyoaks (R) (S).
7.00 Charmed (R) (S). 7.55
Charmed (R) (S). 9.00 FILM:
A Monster In Paris (Bibo
Bergeron 2011) (S). 10.50
Rude(ish) Tube Shorts (R)
(S). 11.00 The Goldbergs
(R) (S). 11.30 How I Met
Your Mother (R) (S). 12.00
How I Met Your Mother (R)
(S). 12.30 How I Met Your
Mother (R) (S). 1.00 The Big
Bang Theory (R) (S). 1.30
The Big Bang Theory (R)
(S). 2.00 Melissa & Joey (R)
(S). 2.30 Melissa & Joey (R)
(S). 3.00 Baby Daddy (R)
(S). 3.30 Baby Daddy (R) (S).
4.00 Brooklyn Nine-Nine
(R) (S). 4.30 Brooklyn
Nine-Nine (R) (S). 5.00 The
Goldbergs (R) (S). 5.30 The
Goldbergs (R) (S).
8.55 A Place In The Sun:
Winter Sun (R) (S). 9.55
Food Unwrapped (R) (S).
10.30 How To Lose Weight
Well (R) (S). 11.30 A Place
In The Sun: Winter Sun
(R) (S). 12.35 A Place In
The Sun: Winter Sun (R)
(S). 1.40 Come Dine With
Me (R) (S). 2.15 Come Dine
With Me (R) (S). 2.45 Come
Dine With Me (R) (S). 3.15
Come Dine With Me (R)
(S). 3.50 Come Dine With
Me (R) (S). 4.20 Four In A
Bed (R) (S). 4.55 Four In A
Bed (R) (S). 5.25 Four In A
Bed (R) (S). 5.55 Four In A
Bed (R) (S).
6.00 Futurama (R) (S). 6.30
Futurama (R) (S). 7.00
The Simpsons (R) (S). 7.30
The Simpsons (R) (S). 8.00
Moonfleet (R) (S). 9.00
Moonfleet (R) (S). 10.00
Modern Family (R) (S).
10.30 Modern Family
(R) (S). 11.00 Modern
Family (R) (S). 11.30
Modern Family (R) (S).
12.00 Football’s Funniest
Moments (R) (S). 1.00
Hawaii Five-0 (R) (S). 2.00
Hawaii Five-0 (R) (S). 3.00
NCIS: Los Angeles (R) (S).
4.00 Modern Family (R) (S).
4.30 Modern Family (R) (S).
5.00 The Simpsons (R) (S).
5.30 Futurama (R) (S).
6.00 Fish Town (R) (S).
7.00 The Guest Wing (R)
(S). 8.00 Richard E Grant’s
Hotel Secrets (R) (S). 9.00
Richard E Grant’s Hotel
Secrets (R) (S). 10.00
Richard E Grant’s Hotel
Secrets (R) (S). 11.00
FILM: Elstree 1976 (Jon
Spira 2015) Documentary
examining the making of
the first Star Wars movie.
1.00 Without A Trace (R)
(S). 2.00 Arctic Peril (R) (S).
3.00 The West Wing (R) (S).
4.00 The West Wing (R) (S).
5.00 House (R) (S).
6.55 Murder, She
Wrote Cabot
Cove is thrust
into the
limelight (R) (S).
6.00 The Big Bang
Theory Leonard
and Sheldon
need helium –
and fast (R) (S).
6.30 The Big Bang
Theory (R) (S).
6.25 Four In A Bed
(R) (S).
6.55 The Supervet A
Labrador has a
tumour in its
leg (R) (S).
6.00 Futurama
competes in the
3004 Olympics
(R) (S).
6.30 The Simpsons
(R) (S).
6.00 House The team
treats a man
whose dark
jeopardise his
life (R) (S).
7.00 Hollyoaks (S).
7.30 The Big Bang
Theory Penny
tries to bond
with Leonard’s
mother (R) (S).
7.55 Grand Designs
A revisit to a
timber home
by financial
problems (R) (S).
7.00 The Simpsons
Homer is
banned from
driving (R) (S).
7.30 The Simpsons
(R) (S).
7.00 CSI: Crime
Investigation (R)
8.00 The Simpsons
(R) (S).
8.30 Harry Hill’s
Tea-Time New
series. With
guest Trevor
8.00 Blue Bloods
Frank fears a
terrorist attack
on New York
City (R) (S).
8.00 Midsomer
Murders A
socialite is
found dead
in Midsomer
Malham (R) (S).
10.00Foyle’s War
Foyle is
frustrated at
seeing everyone
else go off to
war (R) (S).
12.05 Inspector Morse (R)
(S). 2.10 ITV3 Nightscreen
2.30 Teleshopping
8.00 The Big Bang
Theory (R) (S).
8.30 The Big Bang
Theory (R) (S).
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9.00 Tattoo Fixers
The team help
Mark, whose
tattoo has
turned into a
Greek tragedy
9.00 Penelope
Keith’s Coastal
Villages The
actress visits
the idyllic
villages of East
Anglia (S).
9.00 The Blacklist
New series. The
return of the
crime thriller,
starring James
Spader (S).
9.00 Game Of
Thrones Jaime
and Bronn head
south (R) (S).
10.008 Out Of 10
Cats: New Year
Special (R) (S).
10.50 The Big Bang
Theory (R) (S).
10.00The Billion
Pound Hotel A
look inside the
opulent Burj Al
Arab in Dubai
(R) (S).
10.00Trollied New
series. A big
means a shakeup at the store.
10.30 The Simpsons
(R) (S).
10.00Game Of
Thrones Jon
enlists the
help of an
unexpected ally
(R) (S).
11.20 The Big Bang
Theory (R) (S).
11.55 Gogglebox (R)
11.05 8 Out Of 10
Cats Does
Countdown (R)
11.00 The Simpsons
Homer becomes
the target of a
murderer (R) (S).
11.30 The Simpsons
(R) (S).
11.05 Game Of
Thrones Jorah
and Tyrion run
into slavers (R)
12.40 Tattoo Fixers (R)
(S). 1.55 8 Out Of 10 Cats:
New Year Special (R) (S).
2.35 Body Fixers (R) (S).
3.30 Gogglebox (R) (S). 4.15
Rude(ish) Tube (R) (S). 4.35
Charmed (R) (S).
12.05 Ramsay’s Kitchen
Nightmares USA (R) (S).
1.10 Penelope Keith’s
Coastal Villages (R) (S).
2.10 The Billion Pound
Hotel (R) (S). 3.15 8 Out Of
10 Cats (R) (S). 3.55 Close
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t ought to be setting an example to the country, but
as is so often the case, the
House of Commons is a font
of backward thinking when it
comes to disability, and diversity
more generally.
The problems with the Palace
of Westminster – which is in need
of a full-scale renovation costing
up to £5.7bn that is also intended
to improve access for disabled
people – go well beyond the two
debating chambers, as becomes
clear to me when I take a tour.
If, like me, you use a wheeled
conveyance, you frequently end
up in the bowels of the building,
winding your way through grimy
corridors. At one point I have
some huge scrapes inflicted on
In a country where life remains hard for many disabled people, it is symbolic that the Houses
of Parliament are one of the worst places to visit in a
wheelchair. Vince Cable tells JamesMoorewhy he is
determined that should change
a doorframe pointed out to me.
They were made by some of the
wider wheelchairs and mobility
scooters. I can only imagine the
damage done to them in return.
Away from the public areas,
with their gaudy decoration –
the paintings, the stained glass,
the statues – the shabbiness
of the place becomes obvious.
One politician who says he wants
to change that is Vince Cable.
With the debate over restoration
and renewal of the Houses of Parliament set to continue for some
time – a vote on how this will be
done has been put back to 2019
– the Liberal Democrat leader
is arguing for seating to be reserved for wheelchair-using parliamentarians so they can sit with
their parties, rather than being
relegated to the bar of the House.
In a country supposedly intent
on improving things for the disabled, it would be a symbolic move.
“It shouldn’t be a major problem
to clear spaces on either side so
someone in a wheelchair can park
themselves, in a perfectly sensible, practical way,” he tells me
when we meet in Portcullis House
– the most modern and accessible
part of the UK legislature, but a
building that would still be found
wanting were it to be constructed
under today’s regulations.
Cable’s party’s president, Baroness Sal Brinton, is a wheelchair
user and he is keenly aware of the
issues that working in the place
presents to people with disabilities. “It’s something that could and
should be done now,” he continues
on the subject of seating. “But in
any event this place is going to
have to be substantially rebuilt.
It’s falling down. I didn’t realise
there are people going around the
building for 24 hours to check if
fires break out.
“We should be ahead of the
curve rather than behind it on
disability access. The restoration and renewal of the Palace of
Westminster will be debated in
the Commons and the Lords next
month. We’re calling for both to
have at least five reserved spaces
for wheelchairs. These could be
tip-up benches, allowing disabled parliamentarians to sit with
their parties.”
When I suggest to Cable that
the House is one of the nation’s
more hostile workplaces towards
diversity generally – the recent
revelations about the conduct of
MPs towards women would bear
that out – he maintains that it is
still better than it once was. “But
it is very unrepresentative of the
British public.” To address this,
We should be
ahead of the curve
rather than behind it
on disability access
he would like to see parties allowed to create all-black and minority ethnic shortlists alongside
the all-women and all-disabled
shortlists already allowed under
equalities legislation.
This, he says, could be accomplished relatively easily, via secondary legislation. “Certainly
when I came here there were very
few women, and women attracted
verbal insults and aggression a lot
of the time,” he says, warming to
his theme.
“That’s changed. There were
hardly any black or Asian MPs.
There is now a respectable
number, but it is still short when
it comes to the population at large.
“It’s only in the last few years
there’s been a crèche, and the atmosphere is still quite hostile. You
very occasionally see an MP with
a baby in the division lobby. Most
of us think that’s great, but you do
see House of Commons officials
sniffing with distaste.”
He says the Palace’s handling of
disability, in particular, sticks out
like a sore thumb judging by what
he has heard of Brinton’s experiences. “She is quite rude and aggressive – and rightly so – about
the lack of consideration of this
place. You have to be.”
It is to her that Cable credits
the proposal to create wheelchair
seats within the chamber “so people who are disabled aren’t sort of
penned out of Parliament”.
“The other thing Sal and others have pointed out is that the
disabled loos aren’t adequate.
They’re there, but they’re often
not big enough to turn around
in. The doors are often not fitted
correctly. So there’s a whole lot of
rethinking needs to be done about
the architecture of the place.”
Cable is one of just 12 Liberal
Democrat MPs, a number that
went up by four at the last election
but is still tiny compared with the
Conservatives, Labour and the
Scottish National Party. The party’s poll rating has hovered around
the 7 per cent mark, and reports
last week said insiders feared the
party was fighting for its life.
But Cable says he is optimistic
that the party’s poor performance
with voters in recent years can be
turned around. “One is we’ve got
a larger, more active membership
than we’ve ever had. It’s at record
levels,” he says. “We have more
members than the Tories, as it
happens. There’s quite a lot of energy at local level which people
don’t always see.
“We’re winning local byelections, doing better than the
other major two parties. I get
a good reaction when I go and
speak to students at universities
and I get a good response in areas
that don’t fit with the stereotype
of being Liberal Democrat
On the issue of disability, Cable
is indeed leading the way. It’s
encouraging to hear his passion
for the subject given how often it
gets papered over, and it’s a stance
that stands in stark contrast to
that of the Government – which
likes to talk about how it wants to
improve life for disabled people
on the one hand, while punching
them in the face with the other.
The elephant in the room is
that Cable was once a part of the
coalition with the Conservative Party that introduced
reforms that have inflicted
deep wounds upon many
disabled people.
The introduction of
the personal independence payment (PIP) as
a replacement for disability living allowance
by Iain Duncan Smith
while at the Department
for Work and Pensions is
the obvious one.
To be fair to Cable, he never
looked as comfortable as some
of his colleagues did with being a
part of the coalition, and it wasn’t
anywhere near his remit as Business Secretary.
Now he argues that the main
problem with the PIP is not so
much the benefit itself but with
its testing regime, about which he
is scathing: “The issue has been
the implementation – the harshness and insensitivity of the system. We want to build a campaign
around that.
“There is a lot of debate around
the universal credit, and quite
rightly so because it is awful, but
there has been much less attention on the PIP payments regime.”
His method of solving the problems it has created is to strip the
contractors hired by the Govern-
Sir Vince Cable
wants MPs who
use wheelchairs
to be able to
sit with their
parties, a
problem with
which Baroness
Sal Brinton
(below) is only
too familiar
ment of the responsibility for
testing and instead to take it back
“We’d have it done by Government, on a consistent standard
with proper testing and professionals. At the moment there is a
rejection rate of 75 per cent, and
then you go to appeal where about
two-thirds are upheld. That shows
either grotesque incompetence or
that there’s a systematic process
of setting quotas.
“I’ve always suspected that
there was. There probably isn’t
anything on paper, because that
would probably be illegal, but it
has become fairly clear that some
of the testers felt themselves
under pressure to turn people
down on fairly frivolous grounds
and they somehow had to reject
as many people as they could.
“Whether there is a specific
quota, or just a mindset, I don’t
know, but it is bad the way
the system operates. Government bureaucracy
doesn’t necessarily work
better than private enterprise, but it is more
“In an area where
you’re talking about payments which can be the
difference between people being able to live a civilised life and not… you can’t
subcontract that sort of stuff.”
He talks of trying to “grab
the agenda” on the issue and
“change consciousness”. But he
admits that achieving substantive
change, whether in policies such
as the PIP, or with the Commons’
unfriendliness towards diversity,
and in particular disability, will
require “a hard slog”.
“It’s not outright resistance that
you encounter. It’s passive resistance. I see it in my casebook when
it comes to issues like housing. You
have to get a report by an occupational therapist done, and that
takes forever. Then the council or
the housing association say they
have to wait until a premises becomes vacant, and so on.
“There is constant friction and
resistance to change.”
2 JANUARY 2018
Pioneers for
disabled rights
Marsha de Cordova
Labour’s disabilities
spokesman is visually
impaired, one of 360,000
registered blind or partially
sighted people in the UK.
The MP for Battersea can
only read documents in
large print and says she
has to work harder than
colleagues to do her job.
Stephen Lloyd
The Liberal Democrat MP
for Eastbourne is deaf. Lloyd
has promised to “harry” and
“shame” the Government
over its record on disability.
Robert Halfon
The Conservative MP
with cerebal palsy and
osteoarthritis walks using
crutches. He dislikes the
term disabled, saying he
prefers “differently abled”.
Paul Maynard
The Tory MP for Blackpool
North and Cleveleys has
cerebral palsy. In 2011
he said Labour MPs had
mocked him while he
was making a speech
by “pulling faces at
me, really exaggerated
gesticulations”. While
making another speech
on disability in 2016
he challenged Labour’s
Angela Rayner to “step
outside,” saying she was
chatting through it.
Jared O’Mara
Currently suspended
from the Labour Party
while it investigates
alleged misogynistic and
homophobic comments,
the MP for Sheffield
Hallam with cerebral palsy
is not presently attending
Parliament on the advice
of his GP, according to
a spokesman.
on the
high seas
Shipping produces more
carbon emissions than most
countries and pollutes the
oceans. Will slowing vessels
or making them electric do
enough? MarkPiesingreports
very day the clothes,
tech and toys that fill
the shelves in our shopping centres seem to arrive there by magic. In
fact, about nine out of 10 items are
shipped halfway around the world
on board some of the biggest and
dirtiest machines on the planet.
It has been estimated that just
one of these container ships, the
length of around six football pitches, can produce the same amount
of pollution as 50 million cars.
The emissions from 15 of these
mega-ships match those from all
the cars in the world. And if the
shipping industry were a country, it would be ranked between
Germany and Japan as the sixthlargest contributor to global CO2
Most of the pollution occurs
far out at sea, out of the sight and
minds of consumers – and out of
the reach of any government. Now,
an alliance of environmentalists,
researchers and industry organisations, as well as ship owners and
builders, fed up with the sluggishness of the industry’s response to
its emissions problem, is attempting to do something about it.
Initially, their goals are to
encourage ships to sail at slower
speeds to reduce emissions, to
persuade owners to share data
with each other to encourage efficiency, and even to help shipping
companies find new ways to make
money in the low-carbon economy.
Ultimately, they want to do
away altogether with the need to
burn oil to transport goods overseas. Instead, projects such as the
Smart Green Shipping Alliance
and the Carbon War Room want
ships to be propelled by renewable
energy that produces little in the
way of CO2 emissions.
The campaigners are in a race
against time. They want to persuade the industry to reduce emissions by 50 per cent by 2050. Yet
the industry is facing increased
demand thanks to population and
economic growth that is set to
drive emissions from shipping as
many as six times higher than they
are today.
Whose job is it to clean up
Like aviation, shipping isn’t covered by the Paris Agreement on
climate change because of the
international nature of the industry. The Paris deal aims to limit
the global temperature rise to
below 2°C this century by reducing emissions. Instead, it is the
job of the International Maritime
Organisation (IMO) to negotiate
a reduction in emissions from
the industry. Environmentalists
blame the organisation for the industry’s slow response.
“International shipping produces nearly one billion tons of CO2
emissions, which is approximately
2 to 3 per cent of total man-made
emissions,” says Tristan Smith,
a reader in energy and shipping
at the UCL Energy Institute and
leader of the UCL Energy Shipping Group. “This needs to reduce
rapidly if we are to avoid the risks
of dangerous climate change – at
least halving in magnitude between now and 2050.”
“Reducing emissions from shipping is not an easy thing to do,”
agrees Maurice Meehan, director
of global shipping operations with
the Carbon War Room, an international think-tank working on
market-based solutions to climate
change, founded by Richard Branson in 2014.
“The industry will say that they
are doing a good job building more
efficient vessels and retrofitting
Out of sight, out of mind: a
container ship can produce
the same amount of pollution as
50 million cars AFP/GETTY
older ships. However, efficiency
is only up because these ships are
carrying more cargo. The biggest
ships are emitting more because
they are speeding up.
“The industry is aware of the
problem,” adds Meehan. “What
is concerning us is the speed and
ambition of their solutions.”
The worst fuel in the world?
Their fuel is an
nightmare: heavy
and toxic
Today, most ships burn bunker
fuel. Typically, it’s the dregs left
over at the end of the refinery
process. It is an environmental
nightmare. It is heavy and toxic,
doesn’t evaporate, and emits more
sulphur than other fuels. It is poisonous to fish and crustaceans
and isn’t much good for seabirds
– or for humans living near ports.
Many analysts believe that the
only way that the industry is going
to be weaned off its dirty habit is
by the introduction of tough new
regulations by the IMO. However,
that may be some way off.
In the latest round of IMO talks
in October, on reducing carbon
emissions by 2100, a group of
European nations and their allies
pushed for drastic cuts by 2050,
while Saudi Arabia, India, Brazil
and the International Chamber of
Shipping suggested a slower rate
of reduction.
The pressure group InfluenceMap recently caused controversy when it accused the
shipping lobbying groups of
“having unmatched power” over
IMO decisions.
“The shipping industry understandably is reluctant to make
large investments until regulations
that could make the alternative
technologies economically viable
are on the horizon,” says Smith.
“And there are groups in the
shipping industry taking more
conservative and less evidencebased positions in the negotiations on reducing emissions than
those being taken by many of the
countries involved.
“There are also many in the shipping industry who see the inevitability of decarbonisation and are
already working on solutions, and
they are going to be in a better position when the transition starts.”
“There won’t be any change
without regulation,” agrees Dr
Jenifer Baxter, head of energy
and the environment at the Institution of Mechanical Engineers.
“This due to the simple reason
that money talks. Companies fear
being driven out of the market if
they change their behaviour and
others don’t.
“I wouldn’t say that the IMO has
been captured by the industry,”
she adds. “The difficulty is in its
The IMO argues that a lot is
being done to tackle these deadly
emissions. “People rely on shipping every single day, as the most
cost-effective and fuel-efficient
way to transport essential raw materials, commodities and consumer goods,” says Natasha Brown, a
spokeswoman for the agency. “It is
the IMO’s responsibility to make
sure that shipping has a minimal
negative impact on the ocean and
atmospheric environment.
“The IMO has already adopted
mandatory measures aimed at reducing greenhouse gas emissions
from international shipping.
“In 2019, ships over 5,000 gross
tonnage – those which emit 85 per
cent of greenhouse gas emissions
from shipping – will be required
to collect fuel-oil consumption
data. This data will provide a firm
statistical basis for an objective,
transparent and inclusive policy
debate and consideration of any
further actions needed.”
Brown expects that an initial
strategy to deal with greenhouse
gas will be adopted next year. “The
intention is to update this strategy in 2023 – by this time IMO will
have been able to consider three
full years of data.”
Hopes for the future
Frustratingly for environmentalists, a good chunk of the reductions needed in emissions from
shipping could be achieved simply
by the ships slowing down.
“Setting speed limits could
make a big impact – 12 per cent
– by 2030,” says Meehan, “and
that could be achieved without
the need for new technology or
retrofitting. With the technology
on the market today we have the
potential to take out another 20 to
30 per cent.”
Liquefied natural gas or onboard carbon capture and
storage could also help shipping
companies to meet emission targets relatively painlessly because
their vessels won’t need extensive alterations.
“To achieve a 50 per cent cut
we need to get wind turbines and
batteries to store the energy they
produce, and alternative fuels like
hydrogen or ammonia on to these
vessels sooner rather than later,”
adds Meehan. “We need to convince ship owners that they need
to take a risk on early-stage tech.
“Then we need to look at the
trading routes the ship sails on
and what fuel is most suitable for
which route. The availability of
any alternative fuels on that route
is also an issue. It has to be a case
of the right fuel for the right ship.”
Electric-powered ships, for ex-
When things go wrong: a stricken
cargo ship sheds its load in Devon;
below, a tanker leaks oil off Taiwan
ample, could be a good option on
short hops, though not so much on
longer journeys across an ocean
or two – at least not for now.
The Ampere, the world’s first
electric car ferry, was launched in
Norway earlier this year powered
only by batteries.
And in China, what has been
called the first electric cargo
ship is now at work on the Pearl
River. It can do about 50 miles
on one charge – but, ironically, it
is used to transport coal to local
power stations.
The Smart Green Shipping
Alliance’s plan is to launch a 100
per cent renewable-powered ship
in five years’ time. This retrofitted ship would be powered by
waste-derived liquid biomethane to power off-the-shelf gas
engines and future automated
sail technology.
“We are having all these conversations,” says Jenifer Baxter,
“but all the data shows we are not
doing what we need to do, because
CO2 is going in the direction we
don’t want it to go in.
“Shipbuilders are not seeing an
end to internal combustion engine
ships anytime soon. Anything that
requires a different fuel or batteries is still a while away.
“Ultimately, nothing is going
to change without regulation and
that will depend on how much
pressure is put on the industry.
“Consumers need to start asking about the shipping policies of
the companies whose products
they are buying.”
Maurice Meehan died shortly
after speaking to i. His friends
and colleagues were keen for
his interview to still appear in
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Exercise your right
to look good
If you need every bit of help to get to the gym,
try pulling on some stylish workout gear to
motivate you, writes Sarah Young
aving spent the best
part of two weeks
enjoying the excesses
of Christmas feasting,
it’s safe to say that, for
some of us, our commitment to
any fitness regime has faded.
The new year signals
the chance to part
ways with Quality
Street (sob) and get
back in shape. Unless
you’re a gym bunny,
doing so can feel like
an uphill battle. But
having the right kit
can help.
If you’re in need
of a little extra
motivation to get
down to the gym, then
one way is to invest in stylish
fitness gear.
Whether you want to take up
yoga, spinning, boot camp or longdistance running, there are plenty
of pieces that promise to spruce
up your sportswear and let you
feel good about yourself at the
same time.
The way you feel in what you’re
wearing during your workout
is important: ill-fitting tops and
uncomfortably taut waistbands
can leave you self-conscious – and
that reflects in your performance.
Thanks to the athleisure trend,
fitness gear can also be about
making a sartorial statement. So
whether you prefer baggy or fitted,
short or full-length, a
new breed of gym garb
has both fashion and
While it might be
time to ditch that
tatty XXL T-shirt,
the attire you
choose to train in
needs to do more
than just look good.
Performance is key,
so make sure to opt
for technical fabrics
specially designed to respond to
the needs of a sweaty session.
Similarly, when shopping for
new pieces it’s a good idea to look
for lightweight, moisture-wicking
products that fit well and come
with vents in the right places.
Feeling daunted about a new
class? Bring your A-game with a
roster of sweat-absorbing and seriously stylish gym gems.
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This first novel
is set during the
reign of terror
of Matthew
Hopkins, the
general. The
story begins
in 1645, when
Alice, Hopkins’s sister,
returns from London to her
home town in Essex.
Rise of the
Pat Tate (Craig
Fairbrass) is a
ruthless Essex
who crushes
standing in
his way. In
prison, he
formulates a plan of revenge
against those who have
wronged him.
stand-ups are
often revered
a s l a t t e r- d ay
fools speaking truth to authority,
comedians have generally
displayed a recalcitrant attitude
towards religion.
Nevertheless, comedy is a
broader church than its reputation
for militant atheism suggests.
Muslim comic Dave Chappelle and
Christian stand-up Jim Gaffigan are
among the world’s most acclaimed
and highest earning acts. In the
UK, Miranda Hart, Tim Vine and
Milton Jones might not mention
their Christianity onstage. But the
likes of Frank Skinner and Omid
Djalili are increasingly relaxed
about discussing their respective
Catholicism and Bahá’í beliefs.
Moreover, countless platforms
now offer challenges to received
wisdom. Muslim comic Guz Khan is a
veritable phenomenon, his irreverent
online videos propelling him from a
wannabe who had never set foot on
stage 18 months ago to the current
series of Live at the Apollo. Following
Shazia Mirza, who broke into the
public consciousness with a pilot’s
licence gag in the wake of 9/11, and the
cheery but steely Imran Yusuf, the
latest generation of Muslim standups – Khan, Tez Ilyas, Bilal Zafar and
Kae Kurd – spend much of their sets
defending and extolling Islam against
Ilyas has joked, with tongue only
partially in cheek, that he wouldn’t
have a career without Islamophobia.
He stars alongside Khan in the
latter’s BBC Three vehicle Man Like
Mobeen, which for all of its goofiness,
is remarkable for its head-on tackling
of neo-Nazis, distrust of the police,
arranged marriage and the taboo of
parental abandonment. Khan has
rejected the cuddlier caricatures
of another Birmingham-set sitcom,
Citizen Khan, for “something more
real”. “Citizen Khan was only
broadcast last year but it has a real
On The Buses vibe,” he laments.
Mobeen came to prominence
satirising views like that of the
infamous Fox News segment
decrying Birmingham as a Muslimonly city. In his sitcom, Khan plays
him as agitated and flawed, with an
alluded-to drug-dealing past, but also
attending mosque and bringing up
his sister alone.
An amalgam of petty criminal
friends who straightened themselves
out with religious discipline, plus
his own shift from casual to devout
Muslim in his early twenties, Mobeen
is “a certain type of inner-city lad who
rarely gets a chance to speak in the
media”, says Khan.
If I was going to be
accused of all this sin,
I was going to enjoy
what I was accused of
We don’t
do religion?
We do now…
More comedians are embracing faith in their
work, writes Jay Richardson
“There’s more to his life than just
being a Muslim. But I can’t write
gags about how my toaster’s on the
blink. Unfortunately, as a Muslim
you have to defend yourself and
constantly justify what you believe.
That’s slightly easier if you can grab
a microphone and jump on stage.”
Ashley Blaker feels a similar duty.
As the UK’s only Orthodox Jewish
stand-up, he’s obliged by Kiddush
HaShem to sanctify God’s name
with his act, which he justifies with
appeal to Elijah’s acclamation of
two comedians in the Talmud. After
establishing a reputation as a writer
and producer of shows such as Little
Britain, he’s “aware that I’m probably
the only Orthodox Jewish person
many of the people I’ve worked with
have met, so they will judge us by how
I behave. Which is pretty unfair given
I’m only one of a quarter of a million
Jewish people in this country.
Blaker largely schleps around a
circuit of his own, frequently with
Jewish audiences who’ve never
watched comedy before. But he’s
performed in the US, Israel and
South Africa recently and is aiming
to become more universal, with
Everything You Always Wanted To
Know About Judaism at London’s
Soho Theatre later this month and
2 JANUARY 2018
Last night’s
Tez Ilyas, Guz Khan And Tolu
Ogunmefun In ‘Man Like Mobeen’;
Orthodox Jew Ashley Blaker (below);
and Christian Paul Kerensa (below
the upcoming Radio 4 show, Ashley
Blaker’s Goyish Guide To Judaism.
Although modern stand-up
is arguably a Jewish-American
invention, as Blaker observes, in
this country at least, “most Jewish
comedians don’t tend to talk about
being Jewish, a lot of them are
actually quite scared to”.
Just being himself offers the
opportunity to “debunk some myths”,
he says. “But also create some new
ones, which is hugely appealing to
me. Material about kids has great
crossover potential. We have six
children and the average in the
Orthodox world is about 6.4, so
in currency conversion terms,
that’s still only about 2.4 to
you, right? Still, some people I
know say ‘only six?’ I genuinely
know someone with 17.”
Alongside his friend Matt
Lucas, Blaker dipped
his toe into stand-up
at 16 and returned
to it belatedly after
becoming Orthodox in
his twenties, when a rabbi
persuaded him to speak at
a dinner about his seemingly
inexplicable media career – he
doesn’t own a television.
“I was like an alcoholic
having a drink for the first
time again”, he says. “I
imagine. And actually, what
I’ve found is that there’s a
hole in the market, because
there’s basically no one else
in the world doing what I’m
doing. Sustaining a kosher
diet while touring is easy
enough. It’s getting up for
synagogue after a late night
that’s tough.”
Embracing a similarly
unique path is Paul Kerensa, who
enjoys pop stars thinking he’s a
vicar and asking where his parish
is. A regular on Radio 2’s Pause For
Thought, he’s a writer for Miranda
and Not Going Out, who shrinks from
the label “Christian comedian”.
“I want to be a comedian and
separately to that, a Christian,” the
“dyed-in-the-wool Anglican” clarifies.
“But equally, as a Christian, it’s not
just a Sunday morning thing.”
With the UK’s live circuit shrinking,
he’s feeling less insecurity than many
of his peers. The publication of his
2013 book, So a Comedian Walks
Into a Church, about his experiences
visiting buildings of worship while a
jobbing stand-up, has led to a string
of religious “gigging” engagements.
“Anything that can get church
people to realise that the cultural
world at large is not to be feared and
to explore the comedy circuit is a
good thing,” he says.
He has no problem with
occasionally swearing, but he
despairs at comics who think
performing a “clean” set means
changing the word “wanking” to
“masturbating” in “front of children,
vicars and nuns”. And as a script
editor, he gets irked that BBC
watershed guidelines mean that
new writers tend to blasphemously
switch the banned swearwords in
their scripts to “Jesus Christ!”.
Of course, religion inspires
comedians who’ve left the fold
too, such as lapsed Catholic
and atheist Scott Agnew,
who maintains that having
“escaped the Church… I felt
the need to be really loud and
tell everyone this is a crock of
shit and you can live your life
in a much happier way”.
He suggests that his
strict upbringing instilled
a contradictory feeling that
he had to confess everything
while keeping his sexuality
secret. Suffering a breakdown
at 23, he left a monogamous
relationship and steady
journalism job for the promiscuity
and hedonism that informs his most
memorable anecdotes.
“My feeling was that if I was going
to be accused of all this sin, I was
going to enjoy what I was accused of,”
he reflects.
“There doesn’t seem to be an
opportunity to unbrainwash
yourself. And that’s really quite
scary. If I’d spent as much time
learning French and German as I
had singing hymns and rehearsing
the sacraments, I’d be able to speak
and perform in them fluently.”
‘Man Like Mobeen’ is on BBC
iPlayer now; Ashley Blaker
is at Soho Theatre, London,
22-23 January (020 7478 0100)
The Beeb’s sexy new
financial thriller isn’t
quite on the money
» McMafia BBC1, 9pm
» The Great Festive Bake Off Channel 4, 7.40pm
nother year, another BBC1
drama series everyone
will be talking about. And
they don’t come much
bigger than thriller McMafia.
Starring James Norton as a young
Russian billionaire, the plot moves
between Knightsbridge, Tel Aviv
and Mumbai. It doesn’t quite live
up to The Night Manager, but it’s
definitely trying hard to be the
sexiest television series this winter.
The trouble is, it’s hard to find the
world of finance that sexy – even
with James “Phwoarton” as the
hero. Norton plays Russian fund
manager Alex, the son of a superrich Russian businessman exiled
in London. Alex has (I’m not sure
how) managed to set up his fund
without using any family money,
or contacts of his father. But his
business falls into disrepute when
a hacker makes it look as if he has
invested in dodgy Russian deals.
The intrigue for the first half
an hour follows the various
financial problems at stake for a
young billionaire falsely accused
of investing in corrupt Russian
companies. Of course, it is hard to
care very much for fund managers,
let alone ones who are already set
to inherit huge family wealth. But
30 minutes in, the drama erupts
with a jolt when a group of Russian
men – seemingly business partners
of Alex’s uncle Boris – move to
attack them, and have a stab
at Boris.
This maverick uncle is one of the
It’ss hard to find the
world of finance that
sexy – even with James
“Phwoarton” as hero
few characters who has a strong
identity, and the only one who’s a
bit of a laugh.
Aside from Boris, and his
depressive billionaire brother
(Alex’s father), it was hard to
get a sense of what drives any of
McMafia’s other characters. Even
hero Alex is emotionally closed and
hard to work out.
His girlfriend and sister also
looked confusingly similar. And
it wasn’t clear exactly what his
girlfriend’s job was. In the opening
scene we were told Alex’s girlfriend
“works for the wealthiest man on
the planet”, but she was later seen
giving a major speech to a financial
foundation about embracing
ethical capitalism.
McMafia is certainly slick. But
as an exposé of international
James Norton is drawn into a web of
corruption in ‘McMafia’
organised money laundering,
I fear it’s too dense to be the sexy
thriller of 2018 that so many want
it to be.
The Great British Bake Off
has always been solid hangover
television. So if you were still
struggling from your New Year’s
Eve after 7pm last night, chances
are that The Great Festive Bake
Off came as a welcome treat. After
all, who wouldn’t be cheered up by
Paul, Prue, Sandi and Noel starring
in a spoof video of East 17’s “Stay
Another Day”?
Strange spoof videos
aside, the second part of the
Christmas Bake Off special saw the
welcome return of four different
bakers from series past. Benjamina
and Rav from 2016, Sandy from
2015 and Rob from 2011 were
ready to right their former baking
tent wrongs. Sandy was moved to
tears after her stunning Alaskan
tart signature bake earned her
a Hollywood handshake at long
last. But then – spoiler alert –
she fell at the final showstopper
hurdle, leaving Rav to be crowned
Christmas champion.
None of the returning
contestants had been on set
with Prue, Sandi or Noel before,
but that didn’t seem to make a
difference to the chemistry. All
four presenters wore Christmas
jumpers and were as jolly as ever
with the bakers.
The Great Festive Bake Off was
another excuse for Channel 4 to go
to town with a spin-off of its prized
ratings hit. But when Noel Fielding
joins in on a rendition of “Stay
Another Day” around the piano, it’s
hard to be too sceptical.
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Exploring a Classic
Deadpan: Thomas Ruff creates
powerful, surreal images, such
as ‘L’Empereur 06’ (1982)
Thomas Ruff
Thomas Ruff is a conceptual
photographer, which is a
misleading term, because this
excellent retrospective is full of
powerful, alluring imagery.
Ivana Gavric
Classical piano music reflects the
development of the instrument,
and at times it requires that
instrument in its correct period
form. Such thoughts were
prompted by Ivana Gavric in the
first piece of her recital: Haydn’s
early Sonata in F HXVI:23, which
would have been written with
the harpsichord in mind, needed
that instrument’s transparency of
tone, not a Steinway’s beefiness.
That said, Gavric managed to bring
to it a finely shaded virtuosity.
With three late pieces by Grieg
she evoked a watercolour Nordic
sound world, but three of Chopin’s
Opus 24 Mazurkas were delivered
with a similar touch; only in the
fourth, in B flat minor, did she find
the requisite mystery and poetry.
In Chopin’s second Scherzo she
seemed too ill at ease technically
for the music’s magic to work.
The real disappointment came
with Schumann’s Kreisleriana.
Gavric played it carefully and
accurately: until she learns to
love it she will never find the key
to Schumann’s most exuberant
keyboard work.
Ruff, a member of the
Düsseldorf school, works in
series, so he’s a gift to curators.
Iwona Blazwick, the Whitechapel’s
director, has filled this show
with inspired, unexpected
collisions of work, reflecting Ruff’s
shifting focus.
We see his vast, deadpan
portraits (1986-91), close-up
and expressionless, next to the
stars series (1989-92), featuring
Exuberant: Kraig
Thornber as the
Dame in Vikki
Stone’s playful ‘Jack
and the Beanstalk’
Jack and the
It’s always a pleasure to see a
performer start to make him or
herself at home in a particular
venue’s pantomime. For many
years it was the indomitable
Clive Rowe as the Dame at the
Hackney Empire, but now there’s
a new name on the glittery/
sparkly block and it’s that of Vikki
Stone. Last year, Stone delighted
Lyric audiences as the baddie in
Aladdin, and she’s back to wreak
havoc with those magic beans.
Writer Joel Horwood has
ingeniously made this a panto for
generation rent. Fearsome rents
in Ye Olde London are the real
enemy here, although evil landlord
Fleshcreep (Stone) is doing his bit.
Stone revels in the villainy, belting
around full of manic energy and
bellowing “It’s rent o’clock”, while
wearing a blue headpiece topped
by “FC” in two giant letters. It’s
infectiously good fun.
The best pantos are always
a skilful blend of tradition and
innovation – oh yes they are –
and here, appealingly, Jack is a
girl (Faith Omole, full of energy)
and Jill a boy, with aspirations
constellations captured in images
from a European Southern
Observatory telescope. Ruff has
repeatedly made works where his
finger never touches a shutter:
more space images taken from
the Mars Reconnaissance Orbiter,
recoloured and turned into
vast abstract art; online porn,
blown up and blurred; Japanese
manga made psychedelically
swirly; and digital photograms
where he replicates the imagery
and techniques of camera-less
photography within a computer.
Ruff is also a collector: historic
images of machines are recast as
surrealist objects; press agency
images are blown up and overlaid
with the notes and stamps on
their reverse, alluding to a lost
history of how photography met
the world in newspapers and
While Ruff makes beautiful
photographic images, he also
explores photographic culture: its
techniques and apparatuses, the
way it looks and is transmitted,
and its social and political uses
and implications.
A great photographer but also
an illuminating philosopher of his
To 21 January (020 7522 7888)
The ultimate feel-good show for
the devoted Pooh Bear fan,
telling the story behind the
creative partnership of writer
AA Milne and illustrator
EH Shepard through sketches,
letters, photographs, cartoons,
ceramics and fashion.
(020 7942 2000) to 8 Apr
Rose Wylie: Quack Quack
Rose Wylie finds inspiration for
vibrant, large-scale canvases in
her daily encounters and a variety
of sources, from art history,
cinema, comic books and the
natural world to news, verbal
anecdotes, celebrity stories and
sport. This free show includes
paintings dating from the late
1990s to the present day, some
of which have never previously
exhibited, including a new
group of works inspired by Hyde
Park and Kensington Gardens.
(020 7402 6075) to 11 Feb
Lubaina Himid:
Meticulous Observations
and Naming the Money
This show by the 2017 Turner
Prize winner, Lubaina Himid,
features works selected by her
from the Arts Council Collection,
along with 20 figures from her
major installation Naming the
Money. The selected pieces are
all by women artists, while at the
centre of the display is Himid’s
1987 series of watercolour
drawings, Scenes from the Life of
Toussaint L’Overture, about the
former slave who led the Haitian
revolution. (0151 478 4199) to 18 Mar
Thomas Bock
The first UK exhibition dedicated
to the work of the Birminghamborn Thomas Bock (c17931855), who was transported to
modern-day Tasmania for 14
years and pressed into work as a
convict artist, painting portraits of
captured bushrangers, before and
after their execution. This free
show also includes is his series of
portraits of Tasmanian Aboriginal
people, now in the British
Museum. (0121 248 0708) to 4 Mar
Molly’s Game
to break out of his sheltered
home and become an actor
(Daniel Fraser enjoys some ripe
actor-ly speechifying). But there
are more pressing matters at
hand and Daisy the talking cow
(Kayla Meikle) is going to do her
ut-moo-st to guide her family
through them.
As so often with this story,
things go rather baggy once
everyone gets to the top of the
beanstalk; co-directors Jude
Christian and Sean Holmes could
usefully give the cast a few more
sweeties at this point to raise
energy levels. Overall though, this
is a bright and appealing show,
with exuberant costumes in
reassuringly flammable-looking
fabrics and a peppy sextet of
younger performers. Panto fans of
all ages will beam.
To 6 January (020 8741 6850)
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
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 feel-good drama
with sharper insights into the lives
of the protagonists. Limited release
A rerelease of one of Ingmar
Bergman’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
Star Wars: the Last Jedi
Writer-director Rian Johnson, a
new recruit to the franchise, has
a monumental task with Episode
VIII, and he has risen to the
challenge, having great fun with
the hardware in the George
Lucas toybox and also handling
a multi-stranded narrative with
dexterity. It’s a bit overblown,
cheesy and cod-mystical,
but like all the best Star Wars
films, it has a sense of fun,
energy and fantastical creation.
Nationwide release
Winter Sprinter
Despite former curators Fortuna
Pop!’s demise, the annual
indie-pop beano lives on. Twelve
bands occupy the Lexington for
four nights: headline duties go to
the Surfing Magazines (tonight),
Steven Adams and the French
Drops (tomorrow), Laetitia Sadier
(Thur) and Darren Hayman (Fri).
( to Fri
Scott Hamilton Quartet
A new year’s tradition, 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.
(020 7437 9595) to Sun
Miklós Perényi
The Hungarian cellist offers
a wide-ranging programme
encompassing music by his
compatriots György Ligeti (Solo
Sonata) and György Kurtág (a
selection from Signs, Games and
Messages) alongside Cello Suites
by Bach (No 6), Max Reger (No 1)
and Benjamin Britten (No 2).
(020 7935 2141) tonight 7.30pm
Stewart Lee
Stewart Lee settles into
the second leg of his annual
Leicester Square winter
residency. Content Provider is
his latest – a wonderfully snarky,
poison-pen letter to Brexit.
(020 7734 2222) to 3 Feb
Late Night Gimp Fight
The “washed-up boy band of
sketch comedy”, who cut their
teeth at the Soho Theatre, return
for their first new show in four
years. Expect an abundance
of bad taste, rabid puerility –
and a rollicking good night.
(020 7478 0100) to Sat
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The Financial Conduct Authority
(FCA) has reportedly postponed a
decision on whether to create a stock
market category that would allow
Saudi oil giant Aramco to be listed in
the UK.
In July, the regulator launched
a consultation into permitting
state-controlled firms to list on the
premium segment of the London
Stock Exchange by watering down
current rules requiring that 25 per
cent of shares be publicly traded,
major transactions reported and
independent board members be
elected across the shareholder base.
The proposal was seen as a move
to secure the listing of Saudi Arabia’s
national oil firm Aramco, which is
seeking a destination for 5 per cent
of its shares. Aramco is thought to be
the world’s biggest company, with an
estimated market capitalisation of
$2 trillion (£1.5trn). This values its
proposed 5 per cent listing at $100bn
(£74 billion).
New York and L ondon are
considered the frontrunners for
the lucrative deal. However, Hong
Kong has recently emerged as a
contender after stock exchange
officials visited Saudi Arabian King
Salman in December.
A Hong Kong listing would
give Aramco increased access
Valued at around
$2trn, Saudi Aramco is
more than eight times the size
of the world’s largest public
company – China’s ICBC Bank,
which is valued at $230bn.
to what is thought to be vast Chinese
investor demand.
The result of the FCA consultation
into the new London category was
expected at the end of 2017. However,
the decision is unlikely to come for
a number of weeks. The delay is
thought to be due to widespread
criticism from investors and industry
In its response to the consultation,
Hermes Investment Management –
which manages more than £30bn of
assets and advises on some £330bn
– said the listing risked harming the
reputation of the London market and
put small investors, such as longterm pension savers, at risk.
The firm stated: “Protecting the
reputation and value of a primary
London listing should be at the top of
the regulator’s agenda.”
This was echoed by industry body
Oil giant Aramco is thought to be the
world’s biggest company AFP/GETTY
the Investment Association, which
said that a premium category without
minority investor protections “is not
a premium segment”.
However, FCA head Andrew Bailey
said the new category would “create
balance between open markets and
integrity”, adding that investors have
“long recognised” that sovereign
firms operate differently to private
firms and so were “well adapted” to
assess their treatment of investors.
EU blasted
for opposing
Niki sale to
Funding Circle
founders (l-r) Andrew
Mullinger, Samir Desai
and James Meekings
By Andrea Shalal
Quote of
the day
British ‘unicorn’ plans pre-IPO beauty parade
Yacht owners are
not a flamboyant
group. They
are self-made,
successful and
discerning. They
are rewarding
their success
Phil Popham
The boss of luxury
boatmaker Sunseeker
on his customer base
By Rebecca Jones
One of the UK’s most established
peer-to-peer lenders, Funding Circle,
is reportedly inviting a beauty parade
of advisers and banks that could help
it to float on to the London market.
The platform has arranged more
than £3bn in loans to small British
businesses since it was founded in
2010, and is understood to have told
investment banks that it expects to
begin considering launch partners in
the first quarter of this year.
Funding Circle, founded by Andrew Mullinger, Samir Desai and
James Meekings, is one of the UK’s
so-called “unicorns” – an unlisted
start-up company valued above $1bn
(£742m). Of more than 220 globally,
the UK accounts for 13 – the highest
number among European countries.
Others include food delivery app
Deliveroo, brewery Brewdog and online payments service Transferwise.
During its last round of fundraising
in January 2017, Funding Circle attracted £82m from investors, including blue-chip Silicon Valley venture
capital firm Accel. At that time, it
was valued at $1bn. However, sources
claim it could now “comfortably ex-
ceed” that level, with some predicting it could be worth as much as $2bn.
The firm is reported to be eyeing
an initial public offering (IPO) later
this year, though one source told The
Times it was “early days” and the
deal may not come to fruition until
early 2019.
Funding Circle reported a near 60
per cent rise in its revenues in 2016 to
£51m, generated by more than 10,000
loans worth more than £1bn.
However, higher-than-expected
operating costs meant its pre-tax
losses widened to £47.2m – up from
£39.5m in 2015.
The German government is set to
lose a €150m (£133.2m) loan to insolvent Air Berlin because the European
Union opposed Lufthansa’s purchase
of its Austrian unit, Niki.
“The damages will be borne by
creditors and German taxpayers,
who will see nothing of the Air
Berlin bridging loan,” said Hans
Michelbach, deputy leader of the
Bavarian CSU party in parliament
and financial spokesman for Angela
Merkel’s conservative bloc.
The situation would have been
different if Lufthansa had been
allowed to buy the airline for
nearly €200m, Mr Michelbach
said. Lufthansa backed out of an
agreement to buy Niki after the
European Commission indicated it
would block the sale.
Last week, British Airways owner
IAG said it would buy Niki for €20m
and provide liquidity to the company
of up to €16.5m, closing the final
chapter in the demise of Air Berlin.
Mr Michelbach called for an
investigation of the Air Berlin and
Niki insolvencies and the actions
of European Commissioner
Margrethe Vestager.
He said it appeared that the EU had
carried out secret negotiations and
provoked Lufthansa’s withdrawal
of its offer to “make possible the
takeover by a certain investor at a
bargain price”.
“By doing so, the commission
violated its neutrality obligation…
and acted against the interests of
creditors,” he said. No further details
were provided. REUTERS
The day at
a glance
SMEs failing to
insure key asset
Games Workshop is
2017 market winner
Only a quarter (26 per cent) of small
and medium enterprises (SMEs)
have insurance covering the loss of
key people. Research from insurer
Royal London shows that, even
though small firms are hurt most
by the loss of a key employee, 57
per cent do not think insurance is
important. Medium-sized companies
are more likely to have experienced
the loss of senior staff and nearly half
(47 per cent) have taken out a policy.
War games retailer Games
Workshop saw its shares rise more
than any other UK company in
2017. According to an analysis by
Bloomberg, the firm’s stock price
increased 266 per cent last year,
from £7.28p to £22.68p. Kazakhstanfocused copper miner KAZ Minerals
was the second biggest with a 135
per cent gain. Construction firm
Carillion was the biggest loser, with
shares falling 93 per cent.
£2.5bn of online
goods set for return
Deltic lines up
expansion drive
The growth enjoyed by online
retailers over the Christmas period
may come at a high logistical cost as
up to £2.5bn could be returned over
the coming weeks. Consultancy LCP
said the boom in online shopping
means retailers are now faced with
rising costs to process returns. The
firm said shoes have the highest
return rate at 28 per cent, followed
by clothes at 20 per cent and
homewares on 15 per cent.
Nightclub owner Deltic Group is
eyeing bolt-on acquisitions as it lines
up an expansion drive following
a failed merger attempt with
Revolution Bars. Chief executive
Peter Marks said the company
wanted to snap up profitable
businesses and had doubled the size
of its property department to help
spearhead growth. Mr Marks said
Manchester, Liverpool, Glasgow and
Newcastle were all areas of interest.
2 JANUARY 2018
The scandals of 2017
give me hope for a
better corporate culture
Rita Trehan
017 was the year of
the scandal. Claims,
confessions and lawsuits
have dominated the
headlines. In Hollywood,
household names have become
figures of ridicule – and even
disgust – while titans of the tech
world in Silicon Valley have put
their companies in jeopardy
through their own actions.
Someone said that the person
who neglects history is doomed to
repeat it, so what have we learnt
from the scandals this year?
BBC pay showed that having
women around isn’t enough.
When the BBC released a list of
their highest-paid members,
everyone was shocked. Out of 96
high-earners, only a third were
women and the top seven were
all men. Even at an institution
as well-respected the world over
as the BBC, gender inequality
was rife.
The salary revelations
highlighted a problem that
exists across all industries: the
belief that it is “enough” to bring
women into a company, when
what is in fact needed is not solely
a change to hiring processes
and policy, but wider internal
change. Recruitment is only one
piece of the puzzle; our approach
to gender parity needs to be
holistic if the glass ceiling is to
be shattered.
Uber proved that a toxic
culture never works out. When
Travis Kalanick resigned from
Uber over the summer, the
response from the public and
the media was less a question of
why, and more a question of why
now. While Kalanick was in the
driving seat, Uber was embroiled
in scandal after scandal. One
employee, Susan Fowler,
described in a viral blog post that
women faced daily indignities.
All of a sudden, the media
became interested in something
that HR professionals have
always known: a positive
company culture is fundamental
to the success of a business, and
Uber’s culture was toxic. If the
ride-hailing company once had a
healthy working culture, it was
lost during the organisation’s
rapid growth. And somewhere
along the way, there was a
HR professionals have
always known a positive
company culture is
fundamental to success
failure in the HR department.
HR should be the custodian and
defender of company culture and
should hold the chief executive
to account.
Clearly, that hadn’t happened.
Harvey Weinstein showed
that bosses can poison whole
industries. The scandal that hit
Hollywood was the worst of them
all, and though it didn’t relate
to the world of business or the
news media, there are lessons for
organisations to learn.
What became clear was that in
Hollywood, there was a culture
every bit as real as any company
culture, and this culture not
only allowed, but seemed to
encourage, appalling sexual
aggression and misconduct.
The behaviour of those at
the very top – people such as
Weinstein – filtered down and
pervaded the entire industry.
Which is not to say that those
“lower-level” actors found to
have been sexually aggressive
are excused in any way. Just as
a CEO often defines a company’s
culture, Weinstein, one of the
most powerful men in Hollywood,
seemed to define – or at least
personify – a fundamental
disregard and disrespect for
women that existed across
the industry.
These scandals have given
workers the opportunity to look
at their own companies more
objectively, and to speak out if
they see unscrupulous behaviour.
If they refuse to do so, they run
the risk of being brought down
with their organisation, and soon,
thanks to the bravery of women
and whistleblowers, there will be
fewer places for morally corrupt
businesses to hide.
With the introduction of
transparency laws, and greater
cultural awareness of what
takes place in companies large
and small across the UK and
US, we can surely anticipate a
2018 that will not be as freighted
with scandal as the year that
came before. What I hope more
than anything is that openness
and honesty – even about
mistakes – come to be seen as
necessary qualities for any
serious company.
Rita Trehan is a strategic adviser to
Fortune 200 companies and chief
people officer at AGL, Australia’s
largest energy company
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Crane is ready,
insists Bayliss as
struggling Moeen
faces Sydney axe
with Moeen desperately struggling
for form, it would appear Crane will
have to go it alone.
Mason Crane is ready for Test
Still, Bayliss was keen to emphacricket, according to England coach sise the positives. Crane impressed
Trevor Bayliss.
during the Twenty20 series against
The 20-year-old Hampshire leg- South Africa in June. And in contrast
spinner is set to replace Moeen Ali to Adil Rashid, who was abruptly
for the fifth Ashes Test at Sydney, discarded from the Test side dewhere he will have at least five daunt- spite taking 30 wickets over the
ing obstacles to overcome: his
winter, the England managerawness at international
ment have been impressed
level, his lack of match
with Crane’s attitude
practice on this tour,
in practice.
an Australian batting
“There’s maybe no
line-up that will imtime like the present to
First-class wickets
mediately attempt
find out,” Bayliss said.
taken by Mason
to hit him out of the
“We think he’s a guy
Crane at an
attack, an Australian
that has got the goods,
average of 44
pace battery that will
and the more he plays
test his fragile batting
at this level, the better
technique against the
he will get. You have got to
short ball, and the short
start somewhere.”
and doleful history of EngCrane did well in Sydney
lish leg-spin bowling that
cricket last winter,
He’s got
has seen many of his pred- the goods,
earning a call-up to the
ecessors enjoy the briefest and the more
New South Wales side, the
of careers.
state’s first overseas player
The cautionary tales of he plays at
in Sheffield Shield cricket
Scott Borthwick, Chris this level, the
since Imran Khan 30 years
Schofield and Ian Salisbury better he will
ago. So the conditions will
should serve as a counter- get. You have
not be entirely alien to him
weight to the justifiable got to start
even if, as Bayliss explained,
Crane hype. The turning somewhere
the pitch is not expected to
Sydney tracks of old would
turn appreciably until days
encourage teams to play
four and five.
two spinners, Crane will find much
“Normally, it’s been the case in
less help from the surface than he the past that you can easily play two
would have done 20 or 30 years ago.
spinners,” Bayliss said. “But looking
Spinners average 40 at the SCG at the wicket on TV, it looked like it
since the turn of the century, and had a decent covering of grass. I think
2 JANUARY 2018
Tearful Arians
opts to quit as
Black Monday
claims rivals
Mason Crane has
impressed England
management with
his attitude in
practice GETTY
By Sports Staff
By Jonathan Liew
it will still spin towards the end of
the game.”
Unlike many English leg-spinners,
he is a genuine wrist-spinner, generating torsion from the rotation of his
shoulder and wrist. He did some work
in Brisbane with Stuart MacGill,
another leg-spinner who generated
most of his revolutions from the
shoulder and wrist. His first-class
bowling average of 44, at an economy
rate of 3.9, is hardly going to give the
Australians sleepless nights. But
he has done much of his bowling in
unhelpful early-season English conditions, and enjoys a much better
record in July and August.
As for Moeen, Bayliss insisted he
would be back. “Like any player, you
go through highs and lows,” he said.
“Just a couple of months ago, we were
singing his praises as one of the best
all-rounders in the world. Conditions
are a bit different here, and it’s taken
him longer than he would have liked
to feel comfortable.” THE INDEPENDENT
Arizona Cardinals coach Bruce
Arians retired yesterday, as the
NFL’s ‘Black Monday’ claimed the
jobs of several of his counterparts.
Arians, twice the NFL’s coach
of the year during his career with
the Cardinals and the Indianapolis Colts, announced his departure
at a tearful press conference the
day after a season-ending 26-24
win over the Seattle Seahawks.
“The tears you see are really
tears of joy, peace,” Arians (below)
said. “I’ll miss the players. I’ll miss
coming out of the locker room,
hearing the national
anthem, because it
still gets me.”
Earlier yest e r d a y, t h e
Detroit Lions
and Chicago
Bears axed Jim
Caldwell and
John Fox respectively after missing
out on the play-offs.
Two other coaches did not
even make it to the new year,
with Chuck Pagano fired by the
Colts after they beat the Houston
Texans to complete a 4-12 season
and Jack Del Rio jettisoned by the
Oakland Raiders.
Del Rio announced his exit after
his team were hammered 30-10
by the Los Angeles Chargers to
conclude a season outside the
play-offs with a 6-10 record.
The Lions also missed the playoffs after finishing second in the
NFC North on 9-7.
With Ben McAdoo sacked earlier by the New York Giants, six
teams are looking for new coaches.
Roy Jones Jr was regal but at 49 his spark has long gone
ew year and the same
lunacy from a fighter
chasing something he
clearly lost a dozen or
more years ago in a
business that never fully closes its
door on fallen stars.
Roy Jones Jr has been finished,
dusted, unconscious, cut, left to
carry his own bags a dozen times
since he dictated terms, toyed with
opponents and was the world’s
finest boxer. Jones will be 49 when
he fights in his home town of
Pensacola, Florida, in February and
has his 75th professional fight.
It was in Seoul, 30 years ago, at
the Olympics ruined by corruption
in the boxing competition, that
Jones, the most dazzling of
amateurs, was denied the gold
medal by the most wicked of judging
scandals. He held the silver like a
steaming and putrid lump of human
waste, dashed it away in a corner
and turned professional to get what
was rightfully his.
Jones was regal in the ring,
winning 34 fights before a
disqualification loss left a slight
blemish on his record; five months
after the defeat he got revenge
inside three minutes with a coldness
often absent from his other wins.
In 2003 Jones stunned Las Vegas
when he won the world heavyweight
title with a performance of boxing
purity against a big lump called
John Ruiz, who could fight back
then. At that time Jones was 48-1
in fights, had won 22 world title
fights at middleweight, supermiddleweight, light-heavyweight
and heavyweight.
He was just 34, arguably one of
the top five boxers in history, and
Roy Jones Jr was knocked out by
Enzo Maccarinelli in 2015
had he walked away at that point his
legacy would have been secured.
Jones is obviously not the only
great boxer to continue fighting
long after the sell-by date had been
rinsed from his skull by a pounding,
but Jones, unlike Muhammad Ali,
become even harder to explain. Ten
Mike Tyson and Joe Louis, just
years ago he lost to Joe Calzaghe
kept on getting up and dreaming
in New York, he then beat a couple
again. The bright-eyed kid from
of other men who were fighting
the shameful Seoul Olympics has
time as urgently as he was; the
refused to listen to his body, his
whispers that Roy had found the
loved ones, his devoted
spark returned. They
flock and his critics during
were obviously false, but
Memories the brutal truth is nobody
a series of crazy fights
of his win
since that night of legend
wants to see an old fighter
against Ruiz in Las Vegas against Ruiz
look old and we all seek
so many fighting moons
glimpse of something
have been
from a lost time, often
ruined by
The defeats came,
finding a morsel to sadly
starting in 2004, and twice images of
justify our patronage.
he lost three in a row, often
His fight in February
on the canvas, is unlikely to be his last.
dropped and not moving
as the referee counted
Sadly, memories from
eyes closed
or the doctor jumped
his victory against Ruiz
in desperately seeking
have been ruined by the
assurances that Jones was still
losses and shocking images of Jones
breathing. People in our business
slumping to the canvas with his
asked: What has happened to
eyes closed.
Roy? There was no simple answer
He deserved a better end and
and with each of the defeats, eight
boxing deserved a better ending.
in total since the Ruiz win, it has
i racing
‘Slow learner’
Yanworth takes
a step in the
right direction
By Jon Freeman
It’s a slow process, but he’s getting
there. Yanworth still hasn’t completely got the hang of jumping fences, but he did enough at Cheltenham
yesterday to convince most that he
will, after all, be a major player at
the Festival in March.
A top class hurdler, Yanworth has
yet to show the same natural aptitude for chasing, but his victory in
the Grade Two Dipper Chase was
definitely a step in the right direction, if not a huge stride.
The yardstick is Willoughby
Court, who beat him by three
lengths at Newbury a month ago
and who was unable to confirm that
superiority on 5lb worse terms, although a blunder at the fourth last
fence didn’t help his cause.
Yanworth wasn’t always fluent
but produced a bold leap when it
mattered at the last.
He still managed to give his followers a scare by idling to the line
and only held off the rallying outsider Sizing Tennessee by a neck.
Crowned Eagle
(3.35pm, Newcastle)
Outclassed in the Derby, but
encouraging first effort at this
level on the all-weather.
Doctor Sardonicus
(5.10pm, Newcastle)
Ran well recently after a break;
coming off guaranteed fast pace
here will suit.
Royal Vacation travelled as well
as anything for a long way in
the Relkeel Hurdle and will be
interesting back over fences.
2m 4f 100yds
06223 BLUNDER BUSS C Grant 5 11 6.............................................B Hughes
2 FP3P-3 CARRICKCROSS BOYE I Jardine 8 11 6.............Mr B Lynn (7)
6P-3 CAVENTARA A M Thomson 6 11 6...........................................D Cook
00030 IN OUR BLOOD Neil McKnight (IRE) 8 11 6...A W Short (7) C
5 FUP3P6 OKEY DOKEY P Griffin (IRE) 7 11 6...............................C O’Farrell
2-65 SUNNY DESTINATION G Bewley 6 11 6................J Bewley (3)
3135-4 ARDEAN LASS S Crawford (IRE) 7 10 13......J J Slevin (3) H,T
822P4- BERKSHIRE DOWNS A M Thomson 8 10 13
Rachel McDonald (7) C,T
- 8 declared BETTING: 6-4 Blunder Buss, 4-1 Ardean Lass, 6-1 Berkshire Downs, 8-1
Sunny Destination, In Our Blood, 10-1 Okey Dokey, Caventara, 33-1
Carrickcross Boye.
£6,900 added 3m
1-11 NICEANDEASY K Dalgleish 5 12 0 ..............................Craig Nichol
113F-F ROYAL SALUTE G Bewley 8 11 13................................J Bewley (3)
87541- BRUICHLADDICH I Jardine 6 11 12..................................... H Brooke
1666-7 HARTFORTH (CD) D Whillans 10 11 12............ C Whillans (3)
9311/P IMPERIAL PRINCE I Duncan 9 11 10.................Steven Fox (5)
537-27 CHICORIA Tristan Davidson 9 11 7.................................. H Reed (7)
3-6314 SKIPTHESCALES (D) P Kirby 6 11 7....................T Dowson (3) C
0-8214 TOO MANY CHIEFS (CD)(BF) Mrs S Watt 7 11 6...........................
...............................................................................................................................F O’Toole (5)
3-0312 RIVABODIVA (CD) Miss L Russell 8 11 1... T Willmott (10) T
10 560353 LETEMGO (D) A B Hamilton 10 10 7 ..Ross Chapman (5) H
11 539-97 LASTIN’ MEMORIES Miss S Forster 6 10 5....J Hamilton (3) C
- 11 declared BETTING: 3-1 Niceandeasy, 6-1 Bruichladdich, Rivabodiva, 13-2 Too
Many Chiefs, 7-1 Letemgo, 8-1 Skipthescales, Royal Salute, 14-1 Imperial
Prince, Chicoria, 16-1 others.
(CLASS 4) £6,900 added 2m
110-13 BETTER GETALONG (CD) N Richards 7 11 11 ..........R Day (3)
2 PP-324 GRAYSTOWN W Coltherd 6 11 5 ....................Sam Coltherd (5)
3-4 LE FRANK Miss L Russell 6 11 5...........................T Scudamore T
6 LE GAVROCHE Mrs R Dobbin 5 11 5........................Craig Nichol
5 F-4P88 READ’EM AND WEEP R M Smith 8 11 5................D Irving (3)
3P- UP HELLY AA KING N Alexander 7 11 5.........G Cockburn (3)
7064- OFF THE HOOK N Alexander 6 10 12.............Lucy Alexander
- 7 declared BETTING: 8-15 Better Getalong, 5-1 Le Frank, 8-1 Graystown, 12-1 Off The
Hook, 14-1 Le Gavroche, 16-1 Up Helly Aa King, 66-1 Read’em And Weep.
Barry Geraghty
riding Yanworth
to victory at
yesterday GETTY
BETTER GETALONG landed a C&D novice hurdle on soft ground in
October and his Grade 2 third at Cheltenham in the Supreme Trial
latest represented an even better effort. It would be a huge surprise
if Nicky Richards’ seven-year-old weren’t to score here, despite
conceding weight all around. Graystown and Le Frank have shown
promise over timber and could feasibly pick up place money in a
contest which appears open for the minor honours.
“He’s going to be the death of me,”
said his relieved trainer Alan King.
“When he winged the last I thought
he was going to win by two or three
lengths. Luckily, when the other
horse came at him, he went again.”
For such a talented horse, and one
with such an impressive win-to-run
ratio (now 12 from 18), Yanworth has
been called some quite rude names
but King simply sees him as a “slow
learner.” Sessions with Yogi Breisner, former Chef d’Equipe of the
HANDICAP CHASE (CLASS 4) £7,100 added 3m
UPP4-8 UN NOBLE (C) N Richards 8 11 12...........................Craig Nichol T
15-214 ACDC (CD)(BF) C Grant 8 11 10...................................B Hughes H,T
1-6537 ANSEANACHAI CLISTE (D1) Ronan McNally (IRE)
10 11 10 J England C
47-272 CALIVIGNY (CD) N Alexander 9 11 9........ Lucy Alexander V
8-4421 LOCHNELL (CD) I Duncan 9 11 3........................................... H Brooke
6-2597 VALZAN Rebecca Menzies 6 11 0..........................................T Kelly C
-72355 ACHILL ROAD BOY (C)(BF) W Coltherd 9 10 11...S Coltherd (5)
434-31 LOWANBEHOLD (D) Miss S Forster 11 10 11...T Willmott (7)
2FP-51 FINAGHY AYR (CD) I Duncan 10 10 10 ...................Derek Fox C
10 P23334 PRESENTED (CD) Miss L Harrison 11 10 10
Ross Chapman (5)
BETTING: 4-1 Acdc, 5-1 Calivigny, 6-1 Lochnell, 13-2 Anseanachai Cliste,
8-1 Un Noble, Finaghy Ayr, Achill Road Boy, Lowanbehold, 10-1 others.
£14,400 added 2m 5f
1 54P-PP DEDIGOUT (D) M Hammond 12 11 12.................. Joe Colliver T
224-51 ONE FOR HARRY (D) N Richards 10 11 10...................R Day (3)
F12P-5 SELDOM INN A M Thomson 10 11 5 ...........................B Hughes C
/4504- MAGGIO P Griffin (IRE) 13 11 2.............................A W Short (7) T
24-731 ONLY ORSENFOOLSIES (D) M Hammond 9 10 13(7ex)
H Thompson Brown (10)
3211-1 PLUS JAMAIS (CD) I Jardine 11 10 9....Ross Chapman (5) C
4212-1 RHYMERS STONE (C)(D) Mrs H Graham 10 10 6
T Dowson (3) C
-1F575 ELUSIVE THEATRE (C)(D) S Crawford (IRE) 7 10 6
J J Slevin (3)
23-000 MASTER RUFFIT (CD) Neil McKnight (IRE) 10 10 0
Derek Fox
BETTING: 7-2 One For Harry, 4-1 Seldom Inn, Plus Jamais, 5-1 Only
Orsenfoolsies, 6-1 Rhymers Stone, 8-1 Elusive Theatre, 14-1 others.
A competitive heat in which a tentative vote goes the way of ONLY
ORSENFOOLSIES, who is turned out under a penalty for his softground Wetherby victory on Boxing Day. One For Harry was handed
a 3lb rise for scoring over 2m3f at Haydock and should give a good
account, likewise Carlisle scorer Rhymers Stone and Plus Jamais, who
arrives on a four-timer. Seldom Inn also commands a market check
now returning from spell chasing.
1m 4f
8158 NOT SO SLEEPY H Morrison 6 9 12................D Costello H,T 8
27001 SIR CHAUVELIN (CD) J Goldie 6 9 10.......Daniel Tudhope 5
07343 CROWNED EAGLE M Botti 4 9 4 ...................... T Marquand H 2
1723 BURCAN (D) M Botti 6 9 3 .......................................................Doubtful 4
4114 DUBAWI FIFTY (C) K McLintock 5 9 2.......P Mulrennan C 6
11 PADDYPLEX (C) K Dalgleish 5 8 12...................Oisin Murphy 7
2476 MUSTAAQEEM R Fahey 6 8 10....................................Fran Berry 3
12329 LAWLESS SECRET S Crisford 4 8 9.........................R Havlin H 1
BETTING: 3-1 Crowned Eagle, 4-1 Lawless Secret, 9-2 Sir Chauvelin, 11-2
Dubawi Fifty, 6-1 Paddyplex, 8-1 Not So Sleepy, Mustaaqeem.
British Eventing team and racing’s
go-to guru when horses need help
with their technique, seem to have
helped, although neither King, nor
jockey Barry Geraghty, were getting
carried away.
The bookies reacted by cutting
him to 8-1 for the JLT Chase, the
same price as Willoughby Court,
who had been clear favourite, although the RSA Chase is a stated
alternative. The day didn’t start well
for the Nigel Twiston-Davies team
DUBAWI FIFTY proved himself a progressive stayer last year, winning
twice before running a fine race when fourth in the Cesarewitch at
Newmarket. That form gives him strong claims here and although
today’s slightly shorter trip might not be ideal, the stiff nature of this
track should play into his strengths. Paddyplex is unbeaten since being
sent onto the Flat and he certainly deserves a crack at this decent prize,
while Crowned Eagle ran well recently and cannot be ruled out.
SUNBETS.CO.UK HANDICAP (CLASS 4) £9,400 added 1m
ICE ROYAL (D) J Osborne 5 9 12......................................D Costello 2
CHESTNUT FIRE (D) D Loughnane 6 9 7 ..............B A Curtis 1
INAAM (CD) R Fahey 5 9 7 .......................Sebastien Woods (7) 8
R Scott (3) B 5
36479 MEDICI BANCHIERE K Burke 4 9 5..............................C Lee (3) 10
53574 WAARIF (D) D O’Meara 5 9 3 ..................Daniel Tudhope T,V 4
56261 THELLO (CD) J Goldie 6 9 2......................................Phil Dennis (3) 7
62311 DELLAGUISTA (D) T Easterby 4 9 0..............................A Mullen 3
54540 ROCKWOOD (D) K McLintock 7 8 11............................T Eaves V 6
24134 NEWMARKET WARRIOR (CD)(BF) I Jardine 7 8 10
Oisin Murphy C 9
- 10 declared BETTING: 4-1 Thello, 5-1 Dellaguista, 6-1 Chestnut Fire, Ice Royal, 13-2
Inaam, 8-1 Newmarket Warrior, Waarif, 12-1 others.
THELLO has been handed a 9lb rise for scoring over track and trip last
time out but has struck up a good understanding with 3lb claimer Phil
Dennis and should be thereabouts under conditions known to suit.
Chestnut Fire landed minor money off this mark at Kempton last time
and has place claims once again off an unchanged rating. Inaam steps
back up in trip after being outpaced over 7f at Wolverhampton latest
and could also take a hand.
SUNBETS.CO.UK HANDICAP (CLASS 2) £25,000 added 7f
CERTIFICATE (D) C Dore 7 9 7........................Nicola Currie (5) 7
DRAGON MALL D M Simcock 5 9 3....................S Donohoe H 5
VON BLUCHER Rebecca Menzies 5 9 1...P J McDonald C 3
SWIFT APPROVAL (D) S C Williams 6 8 10
Oisin Murphy B 1
88521 TWIN APPEAL (CD) T D Barron 7 8 5 ................B A Curtis B 4
34802 HEAVEN’S GUEST (D) R Fahey 8 8 4 ........................P Mathers 6
83348 BERTIEWHITTLE (D) T D Barron 10 8 4 ....... G Malune (7) 2
- 7 declared BETTING: 5-2 Heaven’s Guest, 3-1 Twin Appeal, 5-1 Dragon Mall, Swift
Approval, 8-1 Certificate, 10-1 Bertiewhittle, 12-1 Von Blucher.
Heaven’s Guest hinted at a return to something like his best form here
last time but he remains a risky proposition for win purposes, as does
old favourite Bertiewhittle. Both must be respected, though, along with
Dragon Mall, who is very talented on his day. However, TWIN APPEAL
looks a handicapper on the upgrade having maintained his upturn
in form when winning cosily at Wolverhampton and he should have
plenty more to offer.
when jockey Tom Bellamy failed a
breath test and was stood down for
the afternoon. “I’m gutted for him,”
said his boss. “He’s a great big lad
who doesn’t eat anything and he had
one drink, which was obviously too
many. These things happen.”
Things picked up for Twiston-Davies when Ballyhill won the featured
Handicap Chase and got a whole
lot better still when Wholestone
notched his fourth course success
in the Grade Two Relkeel Hurdle. At
£30,000 added 5f
41405 CASPIAN PRINCE (D5) T Coyle 9 9 7.............B A Curtis H,T 4
27724 FINAL VENTURE (CD)(BF) P Midgley 6 9 3
P Mulrennan H 6
08671 ATLETICO (CD) R Varian 6 9 0 ...........................................J Mitchell 5
2362 BLUE DE VEGA R Cowell 5 9 0..............................Oisin Murphy 1
71014 DOCTOR SARDONICUS (D) D M Simcock 7 9 0 ...T Eaves 2
51511 GRACIOUS JOHN (D) P Evans 5 9 0......................... Fran Berry 7
64421 INTISAAB D O’Meara 7 9 0..............................Daniel Tudhope C 3
- 7 declared BETTING: 5-2 Gracious John, 4-1 Intisaab, 5-1 Doctor Sardonicus, 6-1
Final Venture, 13-2 Blue De Vega, 7-1 Caspian Prince, 10-1 Atletico.
All of these have claims but the nod goes to INTISAAB, who was
often highly tried last year and he ended 2017 with a victory at
Wolverhampton on Boxing Day. The seven-year-old finished a neck
in front of Caspian Prince in a Listed race in November and he meets
that rival on the same terms today. Gracious John has been in great
form of late and merits a place on the shortlist, while Blue De Vega
remains unexposed as a sprinter. Final Venture may be using this race
as prep for a trip to Dubai, while Atletico is unbeaten in two starts on
the Tapeta.
added 7f
ASSIMILE K Burke 9 2 ..................................................................... C Lee (3) 6
COMPLETION W Haggas 9 2 ..............................Daniel Tudhope 2
06 DALTREY J Gosden 9 2...................................................................R Havlin 9
FIRST CONTACT C Appleby 9 2.................................T Marquand 1
GORGEOUS GENERAL L Mullaney 9 2........................C Hardie 3
HARRY CRUMB B Ellison 9 2........................................B A Curtis 10
74 NAVAL OFFICER N Tinkler 9 2 ..................................................S Gray 8
9 LADY GRIGIO I Jardine 8 11.......................................Oisin Murphy 4
MEERPAT J Ward 8 11.......................................................................T Eaves 5
8 TEAM SHOWME M Dods 8 11..............................................A Mullen 7
- 10 declared BETTING: 2-1 First Contact, 9-4 Completion, 9-2 Daltrey, 8-1 Assimile,
10-1 Naval Officer, 16-1 Harry Crumb, 33-1 Lady Grigio, Gorgeous
General, Team Showme, Meerpat.
BETWAY HANDICAP (CLASS 4) £9,400 added 5f
SHAMSHON (D) S C Williams 7 9 7 ..............................S Levey T 2
ROSINA (D) Mrs A Duffield 5 9 5..............................J Fanning C 3
FAST TRACK (CD) T D Barron 7 9 5.....................B A Curtis H 9
RICH AGAIN (CD) J Bethell 9 9 2.............. Daniel Tudhope B 6
BROTHER TIGER (D) D C Griffiths 9 8 13........Fran Berry 1
MEHDI (C) P Morris 9 8 12............................................................T Eaves 5
JOHNNY CAVAGIN Ronald Thompson 9 8 10
Nicola Currie (5) C,T 4
20785 TOMMY G J Goldie 5 8 10...........................................Phil Dennis (3) 7
12123 ECONOMIC CRISIS (D) A Berry 9 8 9...........................A Mullen 8
- 9 declared BETTING: 11-4 Fast Track, 4-1 Brother Tiger, 9-2 Shamshon, 13-2
Economic Crisis, 7-1 Rosina, 10-1 Tommy G, Rich Again, 16-1 Johnny
Cavagin, 20-1 Mehdi.
2 JANUARY 2018
Encouraging return for Konta as she
impresses in the heat of Brisbane
By Paul Newman
To get the chance to
play such a high-quality
match so early on is only a
good thing to me
16-1, there are far worse each-way ante-post Festival punts than this slick
seven-year-old in what has become a
wide-open Stayers’ Hurdle.
At Exeter, jockey Adam Wedge
was banned for 21 days for mistakenly bypassing the third last fence in the
Beginners’ Chase on Report To Base.
The favourite crossed the line clear
of his two rivals, but was disqualified.
“I can only apologise to everyone,”
said Wedge. “There’s no explanation.
I just had brain freeze.”
New year, new coach, new beginning.
Johanna Konta put her disappointing finish to last year firmly behind
her here on Monday as a 4-6, 6-4, 6-3
victory over Madison Keys in the
first round of the Brisbane International gave the 26-year-old Briton a
perfect start to her 2018 campaign.
With her new coach, Michael
Joyce, watching approvingly from
the stands, Konta defied the sweltering conditions to record her first
competitive victory for four and a
half months in a high-quality enJohanna Konta
counter full of good shot-making.
It was an ideal start to the new enjoyed a
year for Konta after her 2017 season morale-boosting
had ended in such disappointing victory against
fashion. The world No 9 did not win Madison Keys AP
a match after mid-August, finished
her season early because of a foot
problem and then parted company
with her coach, Wim Fissette, before
recruiting Joyce.
The American, who made his
name working with Maria SharaKonta plays Ajla Tomljanovic, in
pova, could hardly have
the next round.
wished for a better start.
“I think both of us
Keys, the world No 19,
going into it knew it
who was runner-up at
was a tough match
last year’s US Open,
to have in the first
represented a major
round of any tournaThe temperature
challenge in Konta’s
ment,” Konta said
was 33C as the
first match of the new
afterwards. “I knew
match started on
season, but the Briton
going into it that I
a hot and steamy
came through it in emwas going to be facBrisbane afternoon
phatic fashion after a
ing a tough opponent.
hard-hitting contest that
I was actually excited
lasted two hours and seven
to play again. Obviously, I
haven’t played for a little while.
“To get the chance to play such a
high-quality match so early on is only
a good thing to me. To come through
in a three-set match and to get that
much court time, it’s a good thing.”
Keys was happy with her own performance and said the match had
featured some “damn good tennis”.
The American added: “I think if I
played the way that I played against
most people today, I probably would
have won. She happened to be better.
She was too good.”
The temperature was 33C when
the match started just after 3pm on
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Baltimore Ravens 27 Cincinnati Bengals 31,
Denver Broncos 24 Kansas City Chiefs 27, Los
Angeles Chargers 30 Oakland Raiders 10, Los
Angeles Rams 13 San Francisco 49ers 34, Miami
Dolphins 16 Buffalo Bills 22, Seattle Seahawks
24 Arizona Cardinals 26, Tampa Bay Buccaneers
31 New Orleans Saints 24, Tennessee Titans 15
Jacksonville Jaguars 10.
ELITE LEAGUE: Coventry Blaze 1 Nottingham
Panthers 2; Manchester Storm 5 Sheffield Steelers
6; Milton Keynes Lightning 0 Cardiff Devils 5.
Going: Heavy-soft in places
12.15 (2m4f56yds nov hdle): TIKKANBAR (N Fehily
3-1F) 1; Ainchea (4-1) 2; Springtown Lake (7-2) 3. 8
ran. 11/4l, 31/2l. (N Mulholland).
12.50 (3m2f70yds h’cap ch): VYTA DU ROC (D Jacob
15-8F) 1; Lamb Or Cod (12-1) 2; Ballymalin (5-2) 3. 5
ran. 22l, 6l. (N Henderson).
1.25 (2m4f166yds nov ch): YANWORTH (B
J Geraghty 15-8JF) 1; Sizing Tennessee (12-1) 2;
Willoughby Court (15-8JF) 3. 5 ran. nk, 8l. (A King).
2.00 (2m4f166yds h’cap ch): BALLYHILL (J Bargary
9-1) 1; Shantou Flyer (8-1) 2; Sametegal (5-1) 3. Top
Gamble 7-2JF, Burtons Well 7-2JF. 9 ran. 13/4l, 6l.
(N Twiston-Davies).
2.35 (2m7f213yds h’cap hdle): BOYHOOD (P Brennan
11-2) 1; Red Rising (11-4F) 2; Buckle Street (10-1) 3. 8
ran. 7l, 21/4l. (T R George).
3.10 (2m4f56yds hdle): WHOLESTONE (D Jacob
9-4JF) 1; Agrapart (4-1) 2; Colin’s Sister (9-4JF) 3. 8
ran. 31/4l, 31/4l. (N Twiston-Davies).
3.45 (1m5f209yds nh flat): ACEY MILAN (A Coleman
3-1) 1; Malinas Jack (25-1) 2; Romeo Brown (14-1) 3.
Volcano 5-2F. 13 ran. 33/4l, 8l. (A Honeyball).
Jackpot: £10,000.00, with £3,275.66 carried over
Placepot: £63.40. Quadpot: £20.50.
12.25 (2m3f66yds nov hdle): DIEG MAN (N P
Madden 2-5F) 1; Blottos (11-4) 2; Big Thunder (16-1)
3. 7 ran. 3l, 21l. (N Mulholland). NR: Teals Lad.
a typically hot and steamy Brisbane
afternoon. Given the high humidity
and the lack of breeze, this was always going to be a test of stamina and
physical conditioning as well as skill.
Konta, who spent the first 13 years
of her life in Sydney, usually handles
the heat better than most.
Although the Briton took time to
find her rhythm. “It was very humid
out there,” she said afterwards. “I
have my protocol that I follow to try
and stay in the best form that I can,
hydrating well, making sure that I
keep my energy levels up.”
Keys hit twice as many winners as
Konta (37 to 18), but the Briton made
fewer unforced errors (20 to 35) and
her superior movement usually told
in the longer rallies.
Petra Kvitova’s withdrawal from
the tournament because of illness
saw Heather Watson earn a place in
the main draw as a “lucky loser”, but
the Briton, who lost in the final round
of qualifying, was unable to take advantage and was beaten 6-0, 6-3 by
Estonia’s Anett Kontaveit.
Ryan Harrison will be Andy Murray’s first opponent here later this
week after the American beat Argentina’s Leonardo Mayer 6-4, 3-6,
6-2. Murray, who has a first-round
bye, won his only previous meeting with Harrison at the Australian
Open six years ago. THE INDEPENDENT
1.00 (1m7f156yds h’cap hdle): SNOWED IN (Sean
Quinlan 7-1) 1; Nautical Twilight (10-1) 2; Hartside
(10-3F) 3. 12 ran. 3l, 13/4l. (Mrs B Butterworth).
1.35 (3m1f54yds nov ch): THREE WAYS (G Sheehan
5-4) 1; Impulsive Star (6-5F) 2; Just Minded (11-2) 3.
4 ran. hd, 18l. (J Snowden).
2.10 (1m7f156yds nov hdle): RAISED ON GRAZEON (D
Cook 9-4) 1; Kalahari Queen (9-4) 2; Banrion Scairp
(20-1) 3. Paper Roses 6-4F. 7 ran. 2l, 9l. (J J Quinn).
2.45 (2m3f51yds h’cap ch): RAMONEX (D Cook 7-2)
1; Nefyn Bay (11-4F) 2; Weyburn (8-1) 3. 5 ran. 31/2l,
16l. (Richard Hobson).
3.20 (3m1f71yds h’cap hdle): RED DANAHER (D Cook
10-11F) 1; Emma Beag (8-1) 2; Rory’s Valentine (11-1)
3. 7 ran. 29l, 8l. (Mrs S Smith). NR: Bocasien Desbois.
Placepot: £35.40. Quadpot: £10.00.
1.20 (2m5f44yds h’cap ch): LITTLE WINDMILL (Mr Jack
Andrews 8-1) 1; Wish In A Well (11-4) 2; Money For
Nothing (7-1) 3. Oakidoaki 7-4F. 6 ran. 21/2l, 5l. (N King).
1.55 (2m4f1yds h’cap hdle): ARTIFICE SIVOLA
(Maxime Tissier 5-2JF) 1; Fixed Rate (9-2) 2; Mamoo
(5-2JF) 3. 6 ran. 37l, 13l. (Mrs L Wadham).
2.30 (2m7f95yds h’cap hdle): MORE THAN LUCK
(D England 11-4) 1; Minella Gathering (7-4F) 2;
Phoeniciana (10-1) 3. 6 ran. nk, 5l. (Olly Murphy).
3.05 (2m5f44yds h’cap nov ch): MULLAGHBOY (C
Poste 7-4) 1; Norse Light (1-2F) 2; 2 ran. 41/2l. (Olly
3.40 (2m3yds mdn hdle): THE LINKSMAN (J England
15-8) 1; Fresh New Dawn (13-8F) 2; Isis Blue (9-2) 3. 7
ran. 26l, 25l. (Sam England).
Placepot: £53.10. Quadpot: £11.40.
EXETER Going: Heavy
12.40 (2m175yds nov hdle): SHOW ON THE ROAD
(M G Nolan 6-5F) 1; Friday Night Light (11-8) 2; Get
Wishing (33-1) 3. 9 ran. 13l, 12l. (P Hobbs). 6 fences,
2 omitted.
1.15 (2m2f111yds h’cap hdle): YALLTARI (C Deutsch
13-8F) 1; Billy Hicks (7-1) 2; Dusky Lark (12-1) 3. 5 ran.
19l, shd. (Miss V Williams).
1.50 (2m2f111yds mdn hdle): RUN TO MILAN (N
Scholfield 13-8F) 1; Coningsby (10-1) 2; Storm
Control (2-1) 3. 10 ran. 11/4l, 9l. (V Dartnall). 7 fences,
3 omitted.
2.25 (3m54yds h’cap ch): WESTERN CLIMATE (Sean
Bowen 6-1) 1; Solomn Grundy (5-1) 2; Lower Hope
Dandy (17-2) 3. You Say What 9-4F. 9 ran. 28l, 21/4l. (T
H Weston). NR: Resolution Bay. 9 fences, 9 omitted.
3.00 (2m1f109yds nov ch): VALHALLA (T Scudamore
9-4) 1; Phobiaphiliac (13-2) 2; Report To Base (4-7F)
3. 3 ran. 40l, 40l. (C Tizzard).
Following a stewards’ inquiry, Report To Base who
finished 1st was disqualified and placed 3rd.
3.35 (2m3f48yds h’cap ch): MAJOR HINDRANCE (D
Crosse 4-1) 1; Le Boizelo (6-1) 2; Allee Bleue (17-2)
3. Lord Bryan 9-5F. 7 ran. 13/4l, 14l. (Henry Oliver).
4.05 (2m175yds mdn nh flat): SUMMIT LIKE HERBIE
(J Savage 6-4F) 1; Springcombe Joe (5-1) 2; Mrs
Miggins (9-5) 3. 7 ran. 7l, 31/4l. (N Twiston-Davies).
Placepot: £45.90. Quadpot: £21.20.
MUSSELBURGH Going: Good to soft-soft in places
12.30 (1m7f124yds hdle): UPTOWN FUNK (C Bewley
8-1) 1; Je Suis Charlie (8-15F) 2; Jamacho (12-1) 3. 6
ran. 11/2l, 8l. (K Dalgleish).
1.05 (2m7f180yds h’cap hdle): CRESSWELL LEGEND
(D Bass 9-4F) 1; Stamp Your Feet (4-1) 2; Volcanic
(4-1) 3. 9 ran. 3/4l, 3l. (K Bailey).
1.40 (2m3f193yds h’cap ch): KNOCKGRAFFON (B
Hughes 7-2) 1; Upsilon Bleu (4-1) 2; Indian Temple (103) 3. Max Ward 5-2F. 6 ran. 11/4l, 33/4l. (Olly Murphy).
2.15 (1m7f124yds h’cap hdle): SIR CHAUVELIN
(C Bewley 5-2) 1; Silver Concorde (2-1F) 2;
Meadowcroft Boy (20-1) 3. 7 ran. 11/4l, 14l. (J Goldie).
2.50 (2m3f81yds h’cap hdle): THORPE (B Campbell
14-1) 1; Craig Star (4-1JF) 2; Castletown (4-1JF) 3. 9
ran. 8l, 11/4l. (Miss L Russell).
3.25 (2m7f170yds h’cap nov ch): SMILING JESSICA
(G Cockburn 9-2) 1; Misfits (9-2) 2; Dutch Canyon
(4-1) 3. Eager To Know 3-1F. 6 ran. 3/4l, 13l. (Rebecca
Placepot: £15.10. Quadpot: £10.80.
Going: Heavy
12.45 (2m4f1yds sell hdle): ASCENDANT (Patrick
Cowley 15-8) 1; Ulysses (7-2) 2; Changing The Guard
(50-1) 3. Vive Le Roi 11-8F. 6 ran. 21/4l, 68l. (J
SOUTHWELL Going: Standard
12.05 (4f214yds nov): GIFT IN TIME (B McHugh
15-8) 1; Axe Cap (5-4F) 2; Sir Hector (14-1) 3. 6 ran.
/2l, 31/2l. (J Given).
12.35 (6f16yds h’cap): BY ROYAL APPROVAL (L
Morris 11-4F) 1; Samovar (7-1) 2; Helen Sherbet (6-1)
3. 7 ran. shd, nk. (M Appleby).
1.10 (1m4f14yds): GABRIAL’S STAR (T Hamilton
11-4F) 1; Maifalki (10-1) 2; Restive (9-2) 3. 8 ran. 5l,
2l. (R Fahey).
1.45 (4f214yds h’cap): MIDNIGHT MALIBU (Rachel
Richardson 15-2) 1; Razin’ Hell (5-1) 2; Aleef (5-2F)
3. 7 ran. nk, 1/2l. (T Easterby). NR: Penny Dreadful.
2.20 (7f14yds h’cap): CUSTARD THE DRAGON (J
Fanning 4-1CF) 1; Holiday Magic (10-1) 2; Florencio
(9-1) 3. Pearl Spectre 4-1CF, Hammer Gun 4-1CF. 9
ran. 1/2l, ns. (J Mackie).
2.55 (1m13yds h’cap): KELLY’S DINO (B A Curtis 8-1)
1; Majestic Moon (5-1) 2; Alpha Tauri (16-1) 3. Mama
Africa 9-4F. 8 ran. nk, 11/4l. (K Burke).
3.30 (1m13yds h’cap): MR COCO BEAN (B A Curtis
6-4F) 1; Swot (7-1) 2; Mimic’s Memory (8-1) 3. 12 ran.
13/4l, 2l. (T D Barron). NRs: Best Tamayuz, Star Links.
Placepot: £799.60. Quadpot: £190.20.
Leinster (11)............................21 Connacht (13)............................ 18
Leinster: Tries: Deegan, L. McGrath. Conversions:
Sexton. Penalties: Sexton (3). Connacht: Tries: Bealham, Healy. Conversions: Carty. Penalties: Carty (2).
Ulster (0)................................... 24 Munster (17) ...............................17
Ulster: Tries: Cave, Gilroy (2), Lyttle. Conversions:
Cooney (2). Munster: Tries: N. Scannell (2).
B Pts
12 11 0
1 367 172 9
7 0
5 350 226 10
6 0
4 299 285 5
Cardiff Blues 12
5 0
7 253 299 4
4 0
8 247 246 8
3 0
9 251 327 5
3 0
9 182 299 4
B Pts
12 10 0
2 332 203 8 48
12 10 0
2 361 206 6 46
8 1
3 329 289 6 40
Edinburgh 12
7 0
5 249 223 4
B Treviso
5 0
7 205 251 4
Newport G 12
2 1
9 226 397 4
Southern K 10
0 0 10 163 391 4
City Event: 1 A Myhrer (Swe), 2 M Matt (Aut), 3 L
Strasser (Ger), 4 D Ryding (Gbr). Standings, Overall:
1 M Hirscher (Aut) 574pts, 2 H Kristoffersen (Nor)
520, 3 K Jansrud (Nor) 480. Women’s City Event: 1
M Shiffrin (USA), 2 W Holdener (Swi), 3 M Meillard
(Swi). Standings, Overall: 1 M Shiffrin (USA) 981, 2
V Rebensburg (Ger) 510, 3 P Vlhova (Svk) 425.
ELITE LEAGUE: Dundee Stars v Braehead Clan,
Guildford Flames v Edinburgh Capitals.
number; revel;
live; lever; five;
level; fine; sheer;
tier; whine; ties;
moan; rise; while;
Across: 1 Mull-e-t-, 3 In a row, 4 Gal-way
Down: 1 M-I’m-ing, 2 T-wow!-ay
OTHER WORDS eel, egg, elite, engine, gel, gene, genie, gentile,
gentle, gentling, get, glee, glen, inlet, lee, leg, lenient, lent, let,
lie, lien, line, linen, linnet, nee, net, niggle, nine, tee, teeing,
teen, ten, tie, tile, tinge, tingle
Taylor denied dream
send-off after being
crushed by Cross
time, stopping to take a selfie with
fans, and surprisingly handed the
Former electrician Rob Cross throw to Cross after winning the
turned off “The Power” for the final pre-match bull-up.
time as he denied the retiring Phil
Whether that was to play mind
Taylor a 17th world title with a stun- games with his inexperienced opning 7-2 victory at Alexandra Palace ponent or not, it backfired as the
last night.
27-year-old showed no signs of
The 57-year-old had aspirations nerves on the big stage in taking the
of ending his illustrious cafirst three sets.
reer in fairy-tale fashion
“Voltage” had the Ally
but would not have
Pally crowd on their
envisaged the kind of
feet with two superb
performance Cross
checkouts, winning
was to produce in
the second and third
Rob Cross’s average
his maiden William
sets with 167 and
three-dart score in
Hill World Champi151
finishes respeclast night’s
onship final.
tively, to leave Taylor
PDC World
Cross, without a
tour card this time last
The veteran, who
year, averaged a remarkwon his first world title
able 107.67, hit 11 maximums
in 1990 before Cross was
and had a checkout pereven born, soon sparked
centage of 60 to end
into life when he took
his first year as a
out 151 en route to
professional on the
whitewashing his opProfessional Darts
ponent in the fourth
Corporation circuit
and then almost hit
in emphatic style.
the perfect leg at the
Power’ Taylor in his
The world No 6
of the fifth.
career, which came
raced into a 3-0 set
But after he was
to an end last night
lead and, after Taylor
agonisingly denied douwas denied a first World
ble 12 for a nine-darter,
Championship nine-darter
Cross somehow won that
by the width of the double-12 wire, leg and did not look back to move
continued his demolition job to one set away from becoming world
scoop a cheque of £400,000.
champion. Taylor showed his batTaylor, who appeared to make an tling qualities to prolong the inevitaoffensive gesture to the crowd while ble for another set but Cross was not
walking off stage during an interval, to be denied, taking out 140 with two
still averaged 102.26 yet had no an- treble 18s and double 16 to seal glory.
swer to Cross’s heavy scoring and
“I tried my best but he was like
prolific finishing.
me 25 years ago, he was relentless
The defeat brought the curtain and didn’t stop putting me under
down on a glittering career which pressure,” Taylor said afterwards.
saw Taylor put darts on the sport“He’s dedicated, he’s listened,
ing map with his domination, win- learned and the players next year
ning over £7million in prize-money have got a big problem.”
and more than 200 career titles.
He looked in relaxed mood as
he walked to the stage for the final
By Callum Dent
‘I don’t want
to overthink
it this time.
I’m going to
chill and see
what happens’
Slopestyle skier Katie Summerhayes tells
Kevin Garside what it feels like to be a
British medal hope for PyeongChang
hen you spend your
going to go wrong. You just have to
life executing 360s
relax. Worse on the half-pipe. If you
through the air,
land on the top there it’s scary.”
or 720s, or even
With injury claiming 15-year-old
900-degree spins,
Estonian phenomenon Kelly
there is risk involved. So it was not
Sildaru, Summerhayes’ prospects
unusual for Britain’s prima
are notionally increased
freestyle skiing ballerina,
in PyeongChang. That,
Katie Summerhayes, to
however, is not how it
spend Christmas with
works in a high-risk
her right ankle in a
environment, and
having carried the
But don’t be
burden of expectation
alarmed. The
into Sochi, she is
finished in the
22-year-old from
others to
slopestyle final at
Sheffield will be on the
about the
the 2014 Olympics
snow in PyeongChang
medal dynamic.
as one of Britain’s leading
“I have always had the
medal contenders in the
medal thing on me. I carried
Winter Olympics next
the Team GB flag at the
month. Having done
Youth Olympics in 2012.
the cruciate ligaments
All I do is ski, I have
in both knees
skied for as long as I
pre-Sochi, where she
remember. You just
Summerhayes came
finished seventh in
have to chill and have
second in the World
a slopestyle skiing
confidence. Once you
event making its
are at the start gate,
in Kreischberg,
Olympic debut, a
there is nothing more
Austria, in 2015
sprained ankle seven
you can do. It’s just
weeks out is a low-tariff
nerves at that point.
“I don’t want to overthink
“When I stand on the floor and
it this time. I have gone with
spin I get dizzy. In the air I’m fine.
expectations before. I don’t want to
Most of the time you know when it’s
approach this Olympics like that.
New world champion Rob Cross was not even born when Phil Taylor (right)
won his first title in 1990 AFP/GETTY
What is slopestyle?
A freestyle skiing discipline, slopestyle involves skiers tackling an
obstacle-laden course, with points
awarded for technical aspects rather
than speed. Rails (including straight,
rainbow and flat-down) and jumps
form the majority of obstacles, with
athletes judged on their tricks (spins,
flips, grinds and grabs).
A panel of judges rate each
individual run, based on height
reached, degree of difficulty, execution of tricks and overall style. The
lowest scorers are eliminated in each
round until medals are decided.
Slopestyle at the Winter Olympics
The sport was one of four to debut in
Sochi in 2014. Canadian Dara Howell
won gold with her score of 94.20, with
compatriot Kim Lamarre third. Devin
Logan, of the US, took silver.
I just want to chill and see what
Summerhayes, and her
20-year-old sister Molly, are
products of the British dry slope
generation. The trick-heavy
acrobatics of the snow park are less
chasers falter in
pursuit of Wolves
By James Mariner
dependent on the big mountain
scale. A rail and a ramp are the
I went
tools of this trade and easily found skiing in
in the Sheffield Ski Village, where Leeds last
mum and dad took the sisters at
week. One
the age of six and four.
guy told me
“They just wanted me and my
he followed
sister to try it. They had never
skied before. They wanted to give me on
us a hobby. I loved it. We went to
Kimberly in Canada on my first
That’s about
ski trip at eight. I would spend one
as famous
week, then two and three weeks
away at a time. When I was 16 my as we get
coach at Sheffield, Pat Sharples,
was made head of Britain’s first
slopestyle team, and I was in it.”
Summerhayes (below) had already
entered Europa Cup competitions
as an independent by then, at £50 a
pop, plus travel and accommodation.
Now as a fully funded Olympian,
Katie no longer has to pay her own
way, unlike Molly, who works parttime in McDonalds to fund her
Olympic ambitions in the
half-pipe discipline.
Fully funded does not mean
wealthy, however. Summerhayes
had to make her own way
to London to attend a
media day at the London
Ski and Snowboard show
in October, which meant
leaving Sheffield at first light to save
on peak-travel train fares. “I don’t
drive a fancy car. It was £200 on
the train, £30 in petrol. I’m like, I’m
taking the car.”
Summerhayes had to pay for her
overnight stay, too, a room booked
online. “I don’t know where it is,”
she said. “I’m going to have a look on
my phone later. It’s somewhere near
here [Battersea], I think.”
Britain’s elite ski and snowboard
fraternity are a tight group, a
lifestyle cult almost. Everyone
shares a love of the bobble hat and
beanie and is intimate with each
other’s story.
Outside the high-performance
community, there is a committed
audience of young people equally
immersed in the snow scene, who
stay connected to their heroes via
sundry social media threads.
“I went skiing in Leeds last week.
One guy told me he followed me on
Instagram. That’s about as famous
as we get.”
That might change with a medal
in PyeongChang. Oops. We are not
allowed to mention that. “I will be
trying to win a medal obviously.
I’ll be happy to make the finals.
I just want to have fun this
New Year, but it looks like being
the same story for Wolves as the
runaway Championship leaders
sat back and watched their three
closest challengers drop points
yesterday. With Nuno Espirito
Santo’s side hosting Brentford
tonight, having begun 2018
with a 10-point lead at the top,
second-placed Derby County
failed to make the most of Wolves’
inactivity as they were held to
a 1-1 draw by play-off hopefuls
Sheffield United.
Matej Vydra continued his fine
form with his sixth penalty of
the season halfway through the
first half and Andreas Weimann
spurned a chance to double the
Rams’ advantage. Leon Clarke
headed in his 15th goal of the
season before the hour to bring
the Blades level, the visitors
finishing stronger but unable to
find a winner. The Rams remain
second after Bristol City and
Cardiff, who began the day in third
and fourth place in turn, were
both beaten on the road.
As Cardiff’s losing run
continued at QPR, Bristol City
were thrashed 5-0 by Aston Villa,
a heavy enough reverse to take
them down to fourth and move
Neil Warnock’s defeated Cardiff
up a place on goal difference.
Lee Johnson’s side, with an FA
Cup visit to Watford this weekend
preceding a Carabao Cup semifinal trip to Manchester City days
later, were overwhelmed at Villa
Park, Robert Snodgrass scoring
either side of half-time to add to
goals from Scott Hogan, Birkir
Bjarnason and Conor Hourihane.
Villa’s rout moved them into
fifth place above Leeds, who
were held to a goalless draw
by Nottingham Forest. At the
bottom, Burton continued their
fine away form with a 3-0 win at
managerless Sheffield Wednesday
to move level on points with fourth
from bottom Hull, who lost 1-0 at
Bolton. Sunderland drop back
into the relegation zone, Chris
Coleman’s side suffering a 1-0
home defeat to Barnsley.
Conor Hourihane (right) celebrates
with Robert Snodgrass after scoring
Aston Villa’s fifth against Bristol City
2 JANUARY 2018
Football results & tables
Brighton (1)................. 2 Bournemouth (1).2
Knockaert 5
S Cook 33
Murray 48
Wilson 79
Att 30,152
Burnley (0)..................1 Liverpool (0).............2
Gudmundsson 87
Mane 61
Klavan 90
Att 21,756
Everton (0)...................0 Man Utd (0)................2
Martial 57
Att 39,188
Lingard 81
Leicester (0)................3 Huddersfield (0)....0
Mahrez 53
Att 31,748
Slimani 60
Albrighton 90
Stoke (0).........................0 Newcastle (0)...........1
Perez 73
Att 28,471
P W D L F A Pts
Man City
21 19 2 0 61 12 59
Man Utd
22 14 5 3 45 16 47
21 14 3 4 39 14 45
22 12 8 2 50 25 44
21 11 5 5 38 26 38
20 11 4 5 39 20 37
22 9 7 6 19 19 34
22 8 6 8 34 32 30
22 7 6 9 25 34 27
21 7 4 10 30 37 25
Huddersfield 22 6 6 10 18 35 24
22 5 8 9 17 27 23
22 6 4 12 20 30 22
22 5 6 11 22 34 21
Southamptn 21 4 8 9 20 30 20
22 5 5 12 23 47 20
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
21 4 4 13 13 32 16
Aston Villa (2)............5 Bristol City (0)........0
Hogan 23
Att 32,604
Snodgrass 34, 60
Bjarnason 72
Hourihane 85
Bolton (1).......................1 Hull (0)...........................0
Madine 20
Att 14,216
Derby (1).........................1 Sheff Utd (0)..............1
Vydra 24 (pen)
Clarke 57
Att 30,003
Leeds (0).........................0 Nottm Forest (0)...0
Att 32,426
Norwich (0).................. 2 Millwall (1).................1
Trybull 52
Morison 44
Maddison 77
Att 25,774
Preston (2) ................... 2 Middlesbrough (1)3
Robinson 14
Ayala 13, 73
Hugill 40
Howson 65
Att 15,101
QPR (0) ............................ 2 Cardiff (0)....................1
Smith 62
Ralls 54 (pen)
Smyth 72
Att 13,801
Sheff Wed (0)..............0 Burton Albion (1).3
Flanagan 37
Dyer 50
Att 25,506
Naylor 89
Sunderland (0).........0 Barnsley (0)..............1
Att 28,311
Pinnock 47
P W D L F A Pts
25 18 4 3 47 20 58
26 14 7 5 41 23 49
26 14 5 7 36 25 47
Bristol City
26 13 8 5 40 31 47
Aston Villa
26 12 8 6 38 24 44
26 13 4 9 37 28 43
Sheff Utd
26 13 3 10 40 31 42
Middlesboro 26 12 5 9 35 26 41
26 10 10 6 30 26 40
25 9 10 6 39 32 37
25 11 3 11 38 35 36
25 9 9 7 35 33 36
26 9 7 10 26 31 34
Nottm Forest 26 10 2 14 33 42 32
26 7 9 10 28 29 30
Sheff Wed
26 7 9 10 30 34 30
26 7 9 10 28 36 30
25 7 7 11 30 33 28
26 6 8 12 27 37 26
26 6 7 13 25 43 25
26 5 9 12 39 44 24
Burton Albion 26 6 6 14 20 43 24
26 4 10 12 29 43 22
Birmingham 25 5 5 15 13 35 20
P W D L F A Pts
25 17 5 3 50 12 56
25 16 6 3 33 15 54
25 14 7 4 45 23 49
26 14 7 5 37 22 49
26 15 3 8 42 34 48
26 13 2 11 33 30 41
26 12 4 10 44 35 40
Peterborough 26 11 6 9 43 37 39
25 10 7 8 32 32 37
Oxford Utd
26 9 8 9 41 39 35
26 9 7 10 29 28 34
Fleetwood T
26 9 6 11 36 40 33
26 8 8 10 34 37 32
Bristol Rovers 26 10 2 14 36 43 32
26 7 10 9 27 29 31
26 8 7 11 26 34 31
26 8 7 11 30 42 31
25 7 9 9 31 34 30
M K Dons
26 7 8 11 28 38 29
26 7 7 12 39 48 28
AFC W’don
25 7 6 12 22 31 27
Northamptn 26 6 5 15 20 46 23
25 4 10 11 25 35 22
25 4 5 16 19 38 17
AFC W’don (1)............ 2 Southend (0).............0
Trotter 27
Att 4,392
Soares 48
Bristol Rovers (0).. 2 Portsmouth (0)......1
Sinclair 84
Hawkins 64
Sercombe 90
Att 10,014
Charlton (0).................1 Gillingham (2)..........2
Aribo 83
Parker 11
Att 11,979
Eaves 32
Fleetwood T (1) ........1 Bradford (0)..............2
Sowerby 21
Gilliead 56
Att 3,089
McCartan 63
Northampton (0)....0 Wigan (1)......................1
Powell 5
Att 5,328
Oxford Utd (2)............ 3 M K Dons (1)...............1
Thomas 15
Gilbey 25
Van Kessel 45
Att 7,628
Obika 59
Peterborough (1)....1 Doncaster (0)...........1
Lloyd 14
Whiteman 90
Att 5,173
Plymouth (0)..............1
Taylor 68
Rochdale (0)................1
Kitching 90
Att 3,165
Rotherham (0) ..........1
Ball 89
Walsall (0) ..................0
Att 10,432
Blackpool (0)............2
Delfouneso 54
Mellor 67
Blackburn (0)...........1
Dack 66
Att 9,347
Scunthorpe (0).........1 Bury (0).........................0
Goode 86
Att 4,270
Shrewsbury (1) ........1 Oldham (0)..................0
Whalley 16
Att 6,383
Accrington St (1).... A Morecambe (0)......A
Kee 27
Abandoned - due to waterlogged pitch.
Barnet (1) ......................1 Swindon (2)...............2
Akinde 20
Iandolo 17
Att 2,038
Preston 45
Colchester (0)............0 Cambridge Utd (0)0
Att 4,789
Coventry (1)................1 Chesterfield (0)......0
McNulty 14
Att 7,402
Crewe (2)........................ 2 Grimsby (0) ...............0
Porter 12
Att 3,292
Walker 34
Forest Green (0)......1 Wycombe (2) ............2
Fitzwater 70
Bloomfield 26
Att 2,727
Mackail-Smith 42
Luton (2).........................4 Lincoln City (2).......2
Collins 32
Bostwick 6
Justin 43
Green 34
Hylton 72
Att 9,659
Cornick 82
Mansfield (2) ..............3 Carlisle (0)..................1
Hemmings 9, 75
Devitt 67 (pen)
Bennett 31
Att 3,632
Newport Co (1) ......... 2 Exeter (0).....................1
Amond 6
Stockley 52
Willmott 66
Att 3,318
Notts County (0).....1 Port Vale (0)..............0
Stead 86 (pen)
Att 7,241
Stevenage (2) .............4 Cheltenham (1).......1
Godden 23
Eisa 2
Pett 35, 88
Att 1,989
Newton 69
Yeovil (1) ........................1 Crawley Town (1).2
Surridge 19
Randall 44
Att 2,635
Verheijdt 90
P W D L F A Pts
26 16 6 4 62 25 54
Notts County 26 14 8 4 44 26 50
26 13 5 8 28 18 44
26 12 7 7 46 35 43
Lincoln City
26 12 7 7 35 24 43
26 11 10 5 38 29 43
25 13 3 9 35 32 42
26 11 8 7 35 27 41
25 13 2 10 38 34 41
Accrington St 24 12 4 8 38 30 40
Newport Co
26 10 9 7 35 30 39
Cambridge U 26 10 7 9 25 31 37
26 9 7 10 37 37 34
26 9 7 10 26 34 34
26 9 6 11 36 39 33
Crawley T
26 9 6 11 25 31 33
26 8 7 11 33 38 31
Port Vale
26 9 4 13 29 34 31
26 9 2 15 29 41 29
26 7 6 13 36 47 27
25 6 7 12 24 36 25
26 5 6 15 26 47 21
26 5 5 16 26 39 20
Forest Green 25 5 5 15 25 47 20
AFC Fylde (3)..............5 Tranmere (0)............2
Bromley (3).................4 Ebbsfleet Utd (1)....2
Dag & Red (0)..............0 Leyton Orient (0).0
FC Halifax (0) .............1 Macclesfield (1)......4
Guiseley (0).................1 Chester FC (0)..........1
Hartlepool (1)............ 2 Gateshead (1)............2
Maidstone U (0) ....... 2 Dover (1).......................2
Solihull M (0) .............3 Maidenhead U (0).1
Sutton Utd (0)...........1 Boreham W (0) .......1
Torquay ........................P Eastleigh ................... P
Woking (0)....................1 Aldershot (1).............2
Wrexham (2)...............3 Barrow (2) ..................3
P W D L F A Pts
Macclesfield 28 16 6 6 38 26 54
28 13 9 6 44 29 48
Sutton Utd
28 13 7 8 40 34 46
28 11 12 5 37 21 45
27 12 9 6 27 22 45
28 12 8 8 46 36 44
27 12 7 8 41 25 43
Boreham W
27 11 10 6 37 27 43
Dag & Red
27 11 9 7 40 30 42
Ebbsfleet Utd 27 9 12 6 39 31 39
Maidenhead U 28 9 10 9 37 40 37
Maidstone U 26 9 10 7 30 34 37
AFC Fylde
25 9 8 8 41 36 35
26 10 4 12 34 39 34
27 8 9 10 29 34 33
FC Halifax
28 8 9 11 31 38 33
25 7 11 7 32 26 32
27 6 13 8 36 40 31
Leyton Orient 28 8 7 13 35 42 31
28 7 9 12 35 39 30
Solihull M
28 6 5 17 26 45 23
Chester FC
26 4 10 12 23 43 22
26 4 10 12 23 46 22
27 4 8 15 23 41 20
(7.45pm unless stated)
Man City v Watford (8)...............................................
Southampton v Crystal Palace..........................
Swansea v Tottenham................................................
West Ham v West Brom..........................................
Fulham v Ipswich...........................................................
Reading v Birmingham (8)......................................
Wolverhampton v Brentford..............................
Dundee Utd v Brechin ...............................................
Dunfermline v Falkirk................................................
Inverness CT v Livingston .....................................
Morton v St Mirren......................................................
Queen of the South v Dumbarton...................
Albion v Airdrieonians..............................................
Alloa v Queen’s Park.....................................................
East Fife v Raith ..............................................................
Forfar v Arbroath ...........................................................
Stranraer v Ayr ................................................................
Clyde v Annan Athletic .............................................
Edinburgh City v Berwick ......................................
Montrose v Cowdenbeath......................................
Peterhead v Elgin...........................................................
Stenhousemuir v Stirling ......................................
Mahrez shows class
as £22m Silva finally
steps out for Foxes
Mahrez 53, Slimani 60,
Albrighton 90
Leicester City
By Nick Mashiter
Amartey Morgan Maguire
Riyad Mahrez’s classy volley inspired Leicester to a comfortable
victory over a tired Huddersfield
side. The winger lit up a turgid game
before Islam Slimani scored his first
Premier League goal since April
and Marc Albrighton wrapped up
the points.
The biggest cheer of the afternoon was reserved for Adrien Silva
as he made his delayed debut as an
86th-minute substitute, in a match
marred by captain Wes Morgan
limping off injured after 28 minutes.
Portugal midfielder Silva was
forced to sit out four months of the
season when the Foxes missed the
registration deadline by 14 seconds
on his £22million move from Sporting Lisbon last August.
Leicester manager Claude Puel
said: “It was very tough for him, to
make a lot of training sessions without playing. He kept a good, positive
attitude. It’s a good thing to see him
on the pitch.”
Mahrez handed in a transfer request last summer and, with the
January window open, reminded
suitors of his talent. He and Algeria
team-mate Slimani netted inside
seven second-half minutes as the
Foxes won their first game in six.
Huddersfield have won just two
of their past 11 league games and
offered little, but are six points
above the drop zone.
Their manager, David Wagner,
said: “We made an error before the
first goal and left Riyad Mahrez
alone. Unfortunately we lost our
focus and concentration, we were
1-0 down and had to open up. We
left some spaces, which they used.”
Leicester, who remain eighth,
were without striker Jamie Vardy
because of a groin injury, leaving
him a doubt for Saturday’s return
to former club Fleetwood in the
James Albrighton
Okazaki Slimani
Van La Parra
Huddersfield Town
Substitutions: Leicester City Dragovic (Morgan, 28),
Gray (Mahrez, 77), Silva (James, 86); Huddersfield
Town Quaner (Lolley, 59), Malone (Löwe, 76),
Depoitre (Smith, 82).
Booked: Leicester Morgan; Huddersfield Malone.
Man of the match Mahrez.
Match rating 6/10.
Possession: Leicester 52% Huddersfield 48%.
Attempts on target: Leicester 5 Huddersfield 1.
Referee G Scott (Oxfordshire).
Attendance 31,748.
FA Cup. Slimani made his second
league start this term in his place.
The first half lacked energy and
chances. Leicester were sloppy and
their defensive worries increased
when they lost centre-back Morgan, who appeared to injure his
hamstring fouling Steve Mounie,
for which he was booked.
In the 53rd minute, Huddersfield
only half-cleared a deep throw-in,
and Albrighton hooked the ball back
into the area. It dropped for Mahrez
at the far post and he placed a brilliant cushioned volley across Jonas
Lossl from eight yards.
Seven minutes later, Mahrez sent
Slimani through to chip in.
Leicester almost added a third
with eight minutes left when Wilfred Ndidi’s header hit the bar,
before Albrighton did convert, from
close range in stoppage time.
Riyad Mahrez (centre ) scores Leicester’s opener with a volley GETTY
Ragnar Klavan
heads home
winner at Burnley
yesterday GETTY
Klavan makes it
a festive clean
sweep for Klopp
Gudmundsson 87
Mané 61, Klavan 90
By Tim Rich
Had Jürgen Klopp remained in German football, he would be sitting by a
pool somewhere in the Arabian Gulf,
preparing for some warm-weather
training in the winter break.
It is doubtful he would have felt
much better than he did walking back
to the dressing room punching the
frozen, sodden Lancashire air.
Liverpool’s return from their three
festive league fixtures has been nine
points and this week will see the
arrival of Virgil van Dijk, the world’s
most expensive defender. Of the clubs
forlornly chasing Manchester City,
Liverpool will welcome 2018 with
most optimism – and host Pep Guardiola’s side a week on Sunday.
Ironically, their winning goal, deep
into stoppage time, was made by
Dejan Lovren and Ragnar Klavan,
the two men who probably have most
to fear from Van Dijk’s arrival. In the
94th minute, Lovren headed on Emre
Can’s free-kick and Klavan bundled
it into the net a few yards in front of
those Liverpool supporters who had
resigned themselves to the draw.
A few moments earlier, Burnley
had equalised from a very similar
move, a cross headed on by Ashley
Barnes and nodded low into the net
by Johann Berg Gudmundsson.
By making seven changes from
the side that had beaten Leicester at
Anfield two days before, Klopp had
taken a risk. With the FA Cup visit of
Everton this Friday, there were few
alternatives to a radical reshuffle, although most of the attention swirled
around Philippe Coutinho’s absence.
Of the members of Liverpool’s ‘Fab
Four’ strike-force, Coutinho most
resembles John Lennon in that he is
the most creative and the likeliest to
break up the group. You can say two
things about it. Coutinho’s absence
coincided precisely with the opening
of the January transfer window and
Bardsley Tarkowski
Wijnaldum Can
Lovren AlexanderArnold
Substitutions: Burnley Vokes (Hendrick, 71), Wells
(Arfield, 86); Liverpool Firmino (Mané, 72), Milner
(Lallana, 86), Matip (Oxlade-Chamberlain, 90).
Booked None.
Man of the match Lovren.
Match rating 7/10.
Possession: Burnley 42% Liverpool 58%.
Attempts on target: Burnley 4 Liverpool 5.
Referee R East (Wiltshire).
Attendance 21,756.
Barcelona are still prepared to pay a
vast sum of money for him. The rest
is speculation.
Perhaps it was a good game to
miss. The conditions were a caricature of English conditions in January.
Freezing rain sluiced down from the
Salah and
Mané given
go-ahead for
Ghana trip
By Tim Rich
Pennines beating out a rhythm on the
slate roofs that surround Turf Moor.
Klopp stood resolutely on the
touchline, a hooded cagoule jammed
over his peaked cap peering at the
game through the murk.
Often, it was a match best
obscured. On Saturday, Burnley had
drawn goallessly at Huddersfield. For
most of the match, they threatened to
do the same to Liverpool.
The stalemate was broken spectacularly as Trent Alexander-Arnold
sent a long, fiercely-driven ball across
the edge of the Burnley area. Sadio
Mané, whose skill has been rather
overshadowed by Mo Salah’s goals,
controlled it with one foot, turned
and shot into the roof of Nick Pope’s
net with the other. It was fabulously
worked, the goal of 2018 so far – a
judgement that might last a little beyond New Year’s Day.
The goal appeared to break
Burnley’s resistance and Pope had
to push a swirling 20-yard dive from
Alexander-Arnold past his post to
prevent a second goal that would
have killed off the game. Thus far,
they had played pretty well, dealing
with Liverpool’s blunted attack and
launching the odd counter-attack
that always seemed to be one pass
short of setting up the opportunity
for a breakthrough.
This was Burnley’s fifth game
without a win, although this does
include a 2-2 draw at Old Trafford
and fine performance here. The last
year has been 12 months their manager, Sean Dyche, will have relished.
Jürgen Klopp will allow strikers
Sadio Mané and Mohamed Salah
to make a 6,600-mile round trip
to Ghana the day before Liverpool
play Everton in the FA Cup on
Friday night. The players will
travel to Accra for the African
Footballer of the Year awards
on Thursday and return the
following day. They are competing
against Borussia Dortmund’s
Pierre-Emerick Aubameyang for
the award.
“We have two of the three best
African players in our squad,”
said the Liverpool manager. “We
have to show them respect. We are
going to sleep in a hotel the night
before the match, they are going
to sleep on a plane. That is the only
Virgil van Dijk will be available
to face Everton following his £75m
move from Southampton, but
Klopp was doubtful whether the
centre-half would play. “We have
made a few tests but there is no
rush,” he said. “We have to make
sure he can perform. Centre-half
is a position that depends on
others on the pitch. That means
you have to tune in so you can
work together. Pre-season is the
time for that usually.
“After Friday we have a little
bit more time. This is a long-term
project. It is not important when
his first game is but how many
good games he has.”
After Philippe Coutinho was
rested yesterday, for what Klopp
said was a slight injury, there
will be continuing speculation
about the Brazilian’s future at
Anfield. Barcelona still appear
determined to force through the
transfer blocked by Liverpool in
the summer.
Commenting on reports from
Barcelona’s kit manufacturers,
Nike, that the deal is imminent,
Klopp remarked: “I couldn’t be
less interested, but somebody told
me [of Nike’s comments] and I
thought, ‘Wow’.” THE INDEPENDENT
Virgil van Dijk is unlikely to make his
Liverpool debut on Friday, said Klopp
2 JANUARY 2018
Missed chances and calamitous
defending costly for Seagulls
Knockaert 5, Murray 48
S Cook 33, Wilson 79
Brighton & Hove Albion
By Ian Winrow
Callum Wilson claimed a point for
Bournemouth as Eddie Howe’s side
twice recovered after falling behind
to a Brighton team that paid a heavy
price for missed chances and a woeful piece of defending.
The draw leaves both teams
eyeing mid-table but managers
Chris Hughton and Howe will both
consider this a missed opportunity
to widen the gap between them and
the bottom three.
Hughton was left frustrated his
side failed to hold onto the lead given
to them first by Anthony Knockaert
and then Glenn Murray after Steve
Cook had levelled, particularly when
Jose Izquierdo wasted a clear opportunity to make it 3-1.
His frustration will have turned
to anger, though, at the way his side
failed to clear a 79th minute corner
before Wilson poked the ball home.
Hughton said: “It’s hugely
disappointing. We spoke about areas
we need to address, opportunities to
score more goals and be creative.
“We deserved to win, but haven’t
lost – we need to take that mentality
into the next few games.”
Brighton quickly opened up
Bournemouth to claim a fourth
minute lead. Shane Duffy started
the move with a sweeping, cross-
Knockaert Stephens Propper Izquierdo
L Cook
S Cook
A Smith
Substitutions: Brighton Bruno (Schelotto, 77),
Brown (Gross, 88); Bournemouth Ake (Pugh, 60),
Mousset (Afobe, 66), Gosling (Arter, 71).
Booked: Brighton Propper, Murray; Bournemouth
Man of the match Ibe.
Match rating 8/10.
Possession: Brighton 49% Bournemouth 51%.
Attempts on target: Brighton 6 Bournemouth 9.
Referee M Oliver (Northumberland).
Attendance 30,152.
field pass before an exchange of
passes between Markus Suttner
and Pascal Gross that eventually
released Izquierdo to cross towards
Knockaert, who finished well from a
tight angle.
Cook levelled in the 33rd minute
as the former Brighton centre-back
rose above the home defence to loop
Callum Wilson grabbed an equaliser
after woeful Brighton defending
a header that went in off the underside of the bar. Brighton regained
the lead soon after the break. Gross
squared the ball for Murray who
took his time before producing an
assured finish.
Izquierdo deserved credit for
his assist. Less impressive was his
failure to roll the ball to Gross after
the winger collected a loose ball and
raced the length of the pitch. Instead,
he shot straight at Asmir Begovic.
Bournemouth took full advantage
in the 79th minute when they equalised for a second time.
Brighton had five attempts to
clear a corner with Duffy eventually striking the ball against Adam
Smith, allowing Wilson to divert the
deflection home.
Howe lamented: “We gave them
goals at the start of both halves but
the lads showed great fighting spirit.” THE INDEPENDENT
Hughes: I’m best person for Stoke job
Perez 73
By Phil Medlicott
The pressure on Stoke manager Mark Hughes increased as
Ayoze Perez’s second-half strike
secured Newcastle United a 1-0
victory in the Potteries.
Perez (pictured) struck in the
73rd minute to earn the Magpies - whose goalkeeper
Karl Darlow made two
superb late saves to deny
Mame Biram Diouf – a
victory that takes them
above the Potters in the
Premier League table.
Newcastle’s second win
in 13 matches moves them
up three places to 13th and they
are now four points clear of the relegation zone. Stoke, who have won
only two in 12, drop one place to 16th
and remain two points clear of the
drop zone.
Cries of “you’re being sacked
in the morning” were heard after
the goal, and there were boos from
Stoke fans at the final whistle, while
a ‘Hughes Out’ banner was on display. “Who else is going to do it?”
the Welshman responded. “I’m the
best person to do it. The players are
frustrated, disappointed, but that’s
a consequence of the high standards
that I’ve set here.”
Hughes decision to rest key players for Saturday’s 5-0 loss at Chelsea
failed to pay off, but he was unrepentant: “Everyone’s saying that I
gambled. What was I going to do?
Risk players that had a big part to
play today?”
Three chances fell to
Christian Atsu, the Ghanaian’s first two shots
going wide and his
third blocked. Stoke
improved after the
break but Newcastle
grabbed a deserved
winner as Perez met a
Jacob Murphy cross to beat
Jack Butland.
Newcastle manager Rafael Benitez said: “The players were working
very hard over the last few games
and after the last result [0-0 at home
to Brighton last Saturday] this one
we needed to win. We started the
game very well [and] defended well.”
Stoke City
Edwards Zouma Wimmer Pieters
Manquillo Clark
Newcastle United
Substitutions: Stoke City Diouf (Shaqiri, 57),
Berahino (Pieters, 71); Newcastle United Gayle (Atsu,
64), Dummett (Murphy, 82), Hayden (Perez, 90).
Booked: Stoke City Allen, Choupo-Moting, Wimmer;
Newcastle United Manquillo.
Man of the match Lascelles.
Match rating 5/10.
Possession: Stoke City 59% Newcastle United 41%.
Attempts on target: Stoke City 4 Newcastle United 6.
Referee C Kavanagh (Manchester).
Attendance 28,471.
Pogba lifts
United with
a priceless
Martial 57, Lingard 81
Klavan leaves it
late to earn Reds
the points at
battling Burnley
Slopestyle skier
has eyes on prize
in PyeongChang
Konta copes with
heat of Brisbane
to end dismal
losing streak
By Mark Critchley
Perhaps Jose Mourinho has a point
about spending money after all. No
matter how poorly a team are playing, no matter how many players
are missing, no matter how far they
are behind their rivals, if there is an
£89million player in the ranks, things
can suddenly change for the better.
Manchester United looked in
danger of recording their worst
Christmas form of the Premier
League era during the first half of
this victory over Everton, with Mourinho’s side lacking any fluency, as in
stalemates with Leicester, Burnley
and Southampton.
Enter Paul Pogba, formerly the
world’s most expensive footballer.
The Frenchman put on a second-half
spectacular, setting up goals for Anthony Martial and Jesse Lingard and
stirring life into a listless performance with his sublime vision, intricate
passing and intelligent movement.
Everton had no answer to Pogba’s
virtuoso performance after the break
as Sam Allardyce fell to the second
defeat of his tenure.
United had been forced to change
things up front after Romelu Lukaku’s head injury, sustained on Saturday, prevented him making his first
return to the blue part of Merseyside
since his summer move. Marcus
Rashford was on the bench and Martial started as a lone central striker.
The most entertainment the opening 45 minutes could muster came
when Wayne Rooney took his first
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Jordan Pickford
is beaten by
Jesse Lingard
(not pictured)
for United’s
second goal PA
Williams Martina
Davies Schneiderlin
De Gea
Manchester United
Substitutions: Everton McCarthy (Rooney, 62),
Lennon (Bolasie, 62), Calvert-Lewin (Niasse, 81);
Manchester United Rashford (Martial, 77), Blind
(Lingard, 87), Tuanzebe (Mata, 90).
Booked: Everton Rooney, Holgate.
Man of the match Pogba.
Match rating 7/10.
Possession: Everton 39% Manchester United 61%.
Attempts on target: Everton 0 Manchester United 6.
Referee A Marriner (West Midlands).
Attendance 39,188.
corner in front of United’s travelling
support, who chanted his name as
he approached. The home fans applauded this show of respect, then
chortled as the away end serenaded
their club’s record goalscorer with a
chorus of “You Scouse bastard”.
Everton were perhaps the better side in these opening stages.
Pogba was cutting a forlorn figure
in midfield, but he began to channel
his frustration as the half drew to a
close. United’s captain made an intel-
ligent run before sending a low cross
into a crowded penalty area, but no
team-mate was on his wavelength. He
decided to go it alone 10 minutes later,
shooting just wide of Jordan Pickford’s right-hand post from distance.
Shooting from range emerged as
United’s ‘Plan A’ in the second half.
Juan Mata went close, striking an upright, before Martial made the breakthrough. Pogba, advancing down the
right virtually unopposed, squared
to his compatriot, who lifted the ball
out of Pickford’s reach into the top
corner. It was a sublime finish and it
seemed to break Everton’s resolve.
Pogba twice went close to extending the lead. Pickford saved his first
effort, a powerful strike from the
inside-left channel, while he just
Wenger dismisses
Henry’s split claim
Arsenal manager Arsène Wenger
dismissed Thierry Henry’s claims
of division in his squad. The former
Arsenal striker, now a TV pundit,
made the comments after only a
few of Alexis Sanchez’s team-mates
celebrated his goals with him in last
week’s 3-2 victory at Crystal Palace.
Wenger said: “There are people
who are paid to talk. It’s difficult
sometimes when you are paid to
talk, to talk, to talk and only say
things that are true and intelligent.”
failed to connect with a header from
four yards out.
United were dominant, but could
not sustain their momentum. Everton soon enjoyed their first sustained
spell of pressure, Oumar Niasse going
close to an equaliser with a near-post
header after Mason Holgate’s cross.
The noise around Goodison picked
up, the home crowd called for more,
but they could not quieten Pogba,
who resumed control of proceedings and soon registered his second
assist. Lingard took a pass from his
former academy team-mate on the
left, cut inside and then rifled another
spectacular, long-range strike past a
helpless Pickford. THE INDEPENDENT
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Halep kicks off the year in style
Simona Halep began 2018 with
a dominant display at the
Shenzhen Open. The
Romanian, who ended
2017 as world No 1,
beat American Nicole
Gibbs 6-4, 6-1 and
looked in good form
as she builds up to this
month’s Australian
Open, where she aims for
her first grand slam title.
Halep (above), who takes on
China’s Duan Ying-Ying in the next
round, said: “I look forward to the
next matches and hopefully I can
become better and better.”
Maria Sharapova also
kicked off her year with
an easy win, dropping
three games in a 6-3, 6-0
victory over Mihaela
Sharapova, who takes
on Alison Riske in the next
round, said: “It’s nice to get a
win on the first day of the year; that
was obviously the goal.”
2 JANUARY 2018
Lingard’s jewel gives
manager precious
time to draw breath
from good to great, but at 25 that
would be unusual and on his off
days United’s midfield becomes
a creative compromise in which
the loading on Paul Pogba to work
some alchemy is often too great.
ll games are must-win,
Mourinho gave Ander Herrera a
just some more
start at Goodison to liberate Pogba
than others, and
to a degree, and it worked after
Manchester United
the break, but for all his industry,
needed this one
against better teams, the Spaniard
desperately. Dinked down to third
does not provide world-class
by Chelsea, Liverpool level on
ballast in the middle of the park.
points, Jose Mourinho was running
There were moments in the
out of air to breathe.
first half when parts of the United
And there is no city on earth
machine looked in sync, but in
where vulnerability at United is
the final third their work lacked
divined more than the metropolis
the necessary quality to test the
on the banks of the Mersey.
goalkeeper, and not
The three-draw sequence
for the first time they
leading into this match
walked to the dressing
saw was a
ruthlessly exposed the
room on level terms
weakness in Mourinho’s
with the pressure rising.
squad, and if this report
that Mourinho Enter the good
ended at half-time, you
Mourinho, the element
is not the
might fear for him.
we thought was lost,
What we saw in the
the clarity of thought,
coach that
second period was a
the sensitivity to cajole
some would
reminder, perhaps, that
a response and lift the
have him
Mourinho is not the
group. This was an
moribund coach some
occasion where what
would have him. More of
he said mattered and
that shortly.
it produced a wondrous
The return to the bench
reaction, inspired by an
of Henrikh Mkhitaryan
immense 45 minutes
highlighted in particular
from Pogba.
Mourinho’s most
That does
obvious miss, the
not change the
lack of a world class
fundamental position.
No 10 at Old Trafford.
All things are relative,
Mourinho (right) was
and in regard to City
entitled to expect more from
Mourinho is certainly
the Armenian, and his failure to
running a resource deficit.
adjust to the Premier League goes
Mourinho needed his Titans
some way to explaining the gap to
to stand up. Anthony Martial,
Manchester City.
released by Pogba, did with a
Without an influential
marvellous strike after being
playmaker, Mourinho is forced
largely anonymous in the first half.
to juggle Juan Mata, who though
With Pogba doing his unique
technically gifted is some way
thing and the tension eased,
short of setting the agenda in big
those around him grew 10 feet.
matches, and Jesse Lingard, who
Luke Shaw continued his revival
though quick enough, has yet to
and Mata, Herrera and Lingard
prove he can make a difference at
began to thrive. United survived
the big show.
a rocky 10 minutes after Sam
True enough, he scored a
Allardyce sent on the combative
magnificent goal yesterday
James McCarthy, but in one
and not for the first time this
sweet moment Lingard ended the
season has made some pivotal
resistance with a jewel of a goal
interventions. Mourinho believes
and simultaneously reinflated the
Lingard might yet make the leap
Mourinho balloon. For now.
Mourinho hits back at Scholes criticism
Jose Mourinho hit out at former
Manchester United player Paul
Scholes for his criticism of Paul
Pogba after the midfielder’s matchwinning display yesterday. Pogba
was instrumental as United ended a
run of three consecutive draws, with
the Frenchman setting up goals for
Anthony Martial and Jesse Lingard.
Pogba was criticised after Saturday’s goalless draw against Southampton, with Scholes accusing him of
“strolling through games”. Mourinho
said Scholes was a “phenomenal”
player, but he did not have time for his
punditry. “I think the only thing Paul
Scholes does is criticise. I don’t think
he comments, I think he criticises,
which is a different thing,” the United
manager said. “Not every one of us
has to be phenomenal like he was as
a player. That does not mean that we
all have to be phenomenal.
“Paul [Pogba] tries to do his best
all the time. Sometimes he plays very
well, sometimes he plays well, sometimes he doesn’t play so well. It’s not
Paul’s fault that he made much more
money than Paul Scholes. It’s just the
way football is. I think Scholes will be
By Mark Critchley
Father and son see
red for Forest Green
Forest Green manager Mark Cooper
and son Charlie were both sent off as
their side’s problems mounted with
a 2-1 home defeat to League Two
promotion contenders Wycombe.
Cooper senior was outraged when
Charlie was given a straight red
in the 39th minute for a challenge
on Luke O’Nien, and he was sent
to the stand for his protests. His
dismissal comes two days after he
was involved in a confrontation with
a Lincoln fan following defeat there.
in history as a phenomenal player,
not as a pundit. I prefer to look at him
as a phenomenal player that gave so
much to the club that I am proud to
“If Paul [Scholes] one day decides
to be a manager I wish that he can be
25 per cent as successful as myself.
Fifty per cent of that is 12.5 silverware, 25 per cent is around six. If he’s
25 per cent, he’ll be quite happy.”
Regarding criticism from former
United players in general, Mourinho
said: “They would love to be at the
club and that’s a problem I cannot
Cardiff lose fourth game on trot
Cardiff City suffered a fourth
successive defeat, going down
2-1 at Queens Park Rangers
to further damage their
promotion aspirations.
Neil Warnock’s side,
having already lost
to Bolton, Fulham
and Preston over the
festive period, went
ahead from the penalty
spot early in the second
period at Loftus Road, Joe Ralls
finding the net after Jake Bidwell
brought down Callum Paterson.
Matt Smith powered home a
header to bring Ian Holloway’s
side level, before 20-year-old
debutant Paul Smyth (left)
ran half the length of the
pitch before cutting in
from the left and netting
with 20 minutes left.
Cardiff’s Junior Hoilett
had an effort dubiously
ruled out for offside against his
former side and QPR hung on.
» Championship round-up, p51
Nadal tests knee for
Australian Open
Rafael Nadal will make his
comeback from injury at an
exhibition event in Melbourne
next week, as he attempts to prove
his match fitness ahead of the
Australian Open. The 31-year-old
World No 1 has not played since
he withdrew from the World Tour
Finals in November with a knee
injury. However, Nadal will play the
Tie Break Tens event on 10 January
ahead of the first grand slam of the
season, which starts 10 days later.
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Tyrolean All Inclusive
Delight in the contrasting landscapes of the Austrian Tyrol
as you enjoy all-inclusive accommodation from your base in
Oberndorf. Discover the joys of Salzburg and take a journey on
the Zillertalbahn Railway.
Itinerary (for full details visit
Day 1
To Oberndorf
Fly from the UK to Munich. From here, transfer to
Oberndorf, Austria, travelling by coach. On arrival,
check in to your base for the next six nights, the
4* Kaiserhof Kitzbühler Alpen Hotel.
Day 2
Zell am See
Today you depart Oberndorf by rail for an excursion
to Zell am See. Zell am See is a picturesque town
full of medieval charm, idyllically nestled beside the
shimmering, brilliant-blue waters of Lake Zell, on which
you enjoy a cruise.
Days 3-4
This morning, travel by coach to Salzburg, an alluring
medieval city which is dominated by the brooding
Hohensalzburg Fortress, perched above the Old Town.
Here, enjoy a guided tour ahead of some free time. Day 4
is free. Perhaps revisit Salzburg where you may wish to
explore Hohensalzburg Fortress or take a cable-car into
the regional mountain range.
Day 5
Your excursion today takes you across the border and
into Germany, where you will visit the Eagle’s Nest.
Towering at the top of a 6,000ft mountain above the
town of Berchtesgaden, this impressive chalet was
given to Adolf Hitler on his 50th birthday. You then
descend to the town itself for a scenic boat trip on
Lake Königssee.
Day 6
Today, join the Zillertalbahn Railway from Jenbach.
Your outstanding journey on the Zillertalbahn takes
you on a 19-mile route from Jenbach through the
grandiose mountain scenery to Mayrhofen at the other
end of the valley. The trip begins at Jenbach station,
one of the very few stations in the world to be served
by lines with three different gauges. The journey takes
you past classic Tyrolean villages, thick forests and
fertile fields, with an arresting backdrop of dramatic
rocky peaks. Travelling aboard this wonderfully
restored train, you get a real sense of a bygone age
as you journey through the beautiful Ziller valley
to Mayrhofen. Explore this attractive village before
making the return journey.
Day 7
Munich to the UK
After breakfast this morning, transfer back to Munich
by coach for the flight to the UK.
Nights in hotel
By Coach
10 Sep 18
30 Sep 18
• Return flights from London to
• All Rail and coach travel
throughout your tour
• 6 nights’ hotel accommodation
with breakfast, lunch and dinner
every day
• Beer, wine, and soft drinks from
12pm to 9pm
• Cruise on Lake Zell and Lake
• Excursions to Zell am See and the
Eagle’s Nest
• Journey on the Zillertalbahn
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request a brochure
• Fully escorted by a UK Tour
Manager from start to finish
• Guided tour of Salzburg
By Rail
5 May 18
3 Jun 18
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