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THE
PAPER – BRITAIN’S FIRST AND ONLY CONCISE QUALITY TITLE
The Queen
Youthquake
rocks Tories
Party has
‘serious’
problem
with
young
people
Her most
revealing
interview
P4
P6
NHS cancels
non-urgent
operations
P10
Escape to
the sun for
Transport
Secretary
WEDNESDAY
3 JANUARY 2018
Number 2,218
8
simple
ways to
go green
in 2018
» Grayling accused of hiding in
Qatar as commuters vent their
anger at rail fares increase
» No minister is available to
explain the price rises
» Secretary of State also
under pressure over £2bn
‘bailout’ for train firms
P26
i@inews.co.uk
@theipaper
theipaper theipaper
P5
Are our
zoos
safe?
Kim Sengupta
on the Iran crisis
Monkeys
killed
in fire
Everyday dangers
Doctors reveal
their most
bizarre cases
P9
INSIDE CHARITY APPEAL
P22
I FOOD
P30
I TV & RADIO
P28
Yasmin
Alibhai-Brown
What is with
Brits and
booze?
P11
P15
P13
I GAMES
P44
I RACING
P48
The
News
Matrix
POLITICS
Could this
be the year
oysters really
come out of
their shells?
See p.30
The day at
a glance
WEDNESDAY
03
2018
Quote of the day
Many a man’s reputation
would not know his
character if they met
on the street
ELBERT HUBBARD
SOCIAL MEDIA
PROPERTY
CRIME
Lib Dems say empty
homes ‘a scandal’
Knife culture now a
Deputy chief ‘threw
feature of young lives stress ball’ at officer
Virgin Trains has “apologised
unreservedly” for a tweet which
was deemed “sexist”. When the
passenger, Emily Lucinda Cole,
complained about being referred
to as “honey” by a train worker the
Virgin Trains East Coast Twitter
account asked if she would “prefer
‘pet’ or ‘love’ next time”.
A “national scandal” in housing has
allowed tens of thousands of homes
to sit empty for years despite a
spiralling homelessness crisis, the
Liberal Democrats claim. Around
60,000 properties have been
unoccupied for at least two years,
23,000 for five years and more than
11,000 for at least a decade, they say.
Knife culture is now almost a
“permanent feature” of some
young people’s lives, a criminology
professor has said. David Wilson, a
former prison governor, spoke out
after a 17-year-old boy and two men,
aged 18 and 20, were attacked on 31
December, followed by a third man,
20, early the following morning.
A deputy chief constable has been
accused of throwing a rubber stress
ball at a junior colleague’s throat,
leaving a red mark. Matthew
Horne, of Essex Police, is accused
of breaching professional standards
by his actions. He now faces a
misconduct hearing in Chelmsford,
Essex, on 15 January.
IRELAND
SOCIETY
TELEVISION
HERITAGE
Stonehenge and NHS Takings below par at ‘Rude’ name not up
to be celebrated
US President’s resort residents’ street
Daenerys Targaryen, Jon Snow
and Arya Stark are among the
Game Of Thrones characters that
will feature on a new series of Royal
Mail stamps. They are among 10
protagonists from the hit HBO
fantasy series who will feature in
the set, which goes on sale on 23
January. PAGE 19
Celebrations to mark the gifting
of Stonehenge to the nation, the
formation of the NHS and the
election of Barack Obama are
among a series of 2018 anniversaries
to be marked by English Heritage.
The charity has also included the
150-year anniversary of the world’s
first traffic lights in London.
TRANSPORT
Top 10 Christmas
Day programmes
Anniversaries
Christmas television ratings are
hotly contested but despite the
fierce competition, there were few
surprises. The final ratings below
are consolidated after seven days
to include those who watched live
and those who viewed on
catch-up services.
The List
1. Call The Midwife (below)
BBC One 9.6 million
2. Mrs Brown’s Boys
BBC One 9 million
3. Strictly Come Dancing
BBC One 8.3 million
4. EastEnders BBC One 8.1 million
5. Doctor Who BBC One 7.9 million
6. Coronation Street
ITV 7 million
7. The Queen’s Speech
BBC One 6.2 million
8. The Highway Rat
BBC One 6 million
9. Victoria ITV 5.4 million
10. Emmerdale ITV 5.1 million
index
Crossword.............20
TV & Radio...........28
Travel.........................32
Business..................38
Puzzles.....................44
Weather...................47
POLICE
‘Thrones’ given
stamp of approval
Birthdays
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The former Treasury minister Lord
O’Neill has attacked Theresa May’s
pro-Brexit Cabinet members as
“clueless” about the economy, “mad”
and “ludicrous” He also described
her Brexit strategy as “fantasy” and
referred to Boris Johnson as “our
ludicrous Foreign Minister”.
Train firm called
woman ‘honey’
Mel Gibson, actor, 62;
Jodie Whittaker (below),
actress, 36; Professor
David Starkey, historian,
73; Sarah Alexander,
actress, 47; Stewart Hosie,
politician, 55
Wednesday 3 Jan 1990
After holing up for 10
days at the Vatican
embassy in Panama City,
the Panamian General
Manuel Antonio Noriega
surrenders to US troops
to face charges of drug
trafficking. Crowds
rejoiced in the streets as
he was flown to Miami the
following day.
Former minister hits
out at old colleagues
Future ship
shapes
Donald Trump has lost money for a
third year in a row at his golf club in
Ireland. Financial statements filed
with the Irish government show the
US President’s resort on the west
coast lost about $2.6m (£1.91) in 2016,
the most recent accounts available.
His two Scottish resorts recently
reported losses had doubled in 2016.
A petition has been launched to
change the name of a street that
residents claim is “offensive”.
People living in Bell End in Rowley
Regis, Sandwell, West Midlands, say
it is one of the rudest street names
in England. But as of last night, the
petition on change.org has only
attracted 12 signatures.
When it comes to transport, the seas are not always the first port of call. But with
advances in technology it looks likely that they will continue to play a vital role. Their
ability to transport huge cargo and thousands of passengers in just one trip makes them
an attractive option. The industry is moving to use cleaner oil-based fuels and
alternative energy — such as solar, wind power and fuel cells (electrochemical cells that
convert the chemical energy from fuel into electricity) — is another
innovation of these future ships.
Eoseas Concept Cruise Ship
Capacity: 3,311 passengers
Crew: 1,089
Length: 305 metres
Features: four dual-fuel LNG (liquid
natural gas) diesel electric
generators; innovative sail concept
for added wind energy propulsion
Zero Emission Activity
Cruise Vessel
“World Class” Cruise Ship
Capacity: 540 passengers
Length: 160 metres
Power source: fuel cells, solar
and winds energy
Features: Swat (Small
Waterplane Area Twin) hull; four
fully automatic wing sails
Capacity: 5,400 passengers
Features: 2,700 staterooms; all
season sailing capability;
LNG-fueled
Super Eco Ship 2030
Length: 353 metres
Power source: fuel cells
using LNG as hydrogen
source
Features: additional energy
from solar and wind power;
friction-resistant materials
Vindskip
Features: symmetrical aerofoil-shaped hull
designed to harness wind propulsion in
tandem with LNG; fuel savings of 60 per cent
and reduced carbon emissions by 80 per cent
compared with conventional shipping
SOURCE: FUTURISM
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The recycled content of UK
newspapers in 2015 was 71%
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NEWS
2-27
VOICES
14-18
TV
28-29
IQ
30-37
BUSINESS SPORT
38-43
48-56
i WEDNESDAY
3 JANUARY 2018
3
ThePage3Profile
UNITED STATES
PROFESSOR LEIGH SPARKS,
COLLECTOR
Trump claims credit
for aviation safety
Nigel Morris
Donald Trump has tried to take
credit for a lack of commercial
airline fatalities in 2017. The US
President tweeted that since taking
office “I have been very strict on
Commercial Aviation. Good news – it
was just reported that there were
Zero deaths in 2017, the best and
safest year on record!”
Age-old issue now
in Labour’s favour
UGANDA
President signs law
to benefit himself
President Yoweri Museveni has
signed into law a bill that removes
a presidential age limit from the
Ugandan constitution and which
allows him to run for election
again. Mr Museveni, one of Africa’s
longest-serving leaders and a US
ally, is 73 and would have been
ineligible to run in 2021. PAGE 24
RUSSIA
Military video really
barks out orders
Are those Argos catalogues for
recycling?
No, absolutely not! It is the treasured
collection of Professor Leigh Sparks,
who is believed to have the UK’s only
entire private collection of them
dating back to 1973.
the recipient of one man’s stash
that spanned 25 years and had been
gathering dust in the attic. His wife
insisted he get rid of them and they
nearly went up in flames in a bonfire,
but the man thought Professor Sparks
might have some use for them.
Now that is hoarding on an
impressive scale.
This is not just clutter. Professor
Sparks is in fact the head of the
retail studies department at Stirling
University and plans to use them to
write a book on the catalogues and
how products and buying habits have
changed over the years.
And there the story ends?
Well it would have if the collection
had been complete. Given that there
were some catalogues missing it
meant trawling the internet to make
it whole.
Is he a dedicated Argos “please go to
collection point A” man, then?
Not entirely. He can’t be given all
the credit for his collection. He was
Surely there were giving them away?
If only. When Professor Sparks began
searching he found that some of the
older editions were selling for more
than £100 on eBay. The only other
complete collection of catalogues
is held by Argos itself. Not even the
British Library has thought them
worthwhile to collect.
They really are that collectible?
Argos has “quietly” removed
catalogues from a small number of
stores so it would seem so. Professor
Sparks laments the “sad” the trend
toward using the internet instead.
When can we expect the professor’s
rhapsody on Argos catalogues?
This will be his “retirement project”
in the meantime he can wax lyrical
about the glossy pages. “Argos
catalogues, when they were at their
peak, were the largest print run of a
single publication that Europe had
ever seen,” he enthuses. “There are a
piece of cultural and social history.”
Jane Bradley
PICTURE: JOHN DEVLIN
Russia’s armed forces have unveiled
their latest cutting-edge weapon:
cuddly puppies. A defence ministry
video shows dozens of puppies
cuddling each other, while older dogs
are shown playing with unidentified
officers. The animals from the 470th
Dog Breeding Centre in Moscow are
among the most decorated in Russia.
UNITED STATES
McDonald’s tries to
freshen up image
McDonald’s is using fresh beef
in a burger, the latest test by the
restaurant chain to move from
frozen bmeat as it seeks to improve
the image of its food. The company
says the new burger, which is called
the Archburger, is being tested in
seven McDonald’s restaurants in
Tulsa, Oklahoma.
Letter from the
Political Editor
i@inews.co.uk
Theresa May oversaw a general
election campaign last year which
was characterised by blunders
and misjudgments.
But surely her biggest mistake
was to calculate that older voters
would sweep her to victory while
their children and grandchildren
stayed at home.
The error was to cost the Prime
Minister her Commons majority
as more than a million 18- to
24-year-olds registered for votes
– and then turned out to cast them
overwhelmingly for Labour.
Age is now the new dividing line
in British politics, with Labour
47 points ahead with teenagers
in June, but 50 points behind the
Tories among the over-70s.
Dauntingly for the Tories, the
tipping-point – the age at which
an elector is more likely to have
voted Conservative than Labour
– was 47.
That is a trend which spells
electoral doom for the party if
it continues.
As MP Andrew Bowie tells i
(page 6), many younger voters
view the Tories as a “fringe group”
and do not know anyone of their
age who supports the party.
The once complacent
Conservative hierarchy is
belatedly alive to the changing
demographics and showing signs
of responding to the political
muscle of younger voters.
The Budget contained moves
on house-building, stamp duty
and young adults’ railcards, while
Environment Secretary Michael
Gove has rolled out a succession
of green policies.
It will be a hard struggle for the
Tories to seem relevant to many
young adults facing stagnant
wages and little chance of buying
a home. But it is a challenge they
have to meet to have a chance of
winning the next election.
4
NEWS
HEALTH
NHS
Mixed-sex ward rules to be relaxed
By Ella Pickover and Sam Baker
Sanctions for breaches of mixed-sex
ward rules should be temporarily
lifted, NHS England has said
Men and women are supposed to
be treated on different wards under
NHS rules. Trusts could be fined for
breaching the rules but sanctions
have now been suspended, NHS
England confirmed.
The Royal College of Emergency
Medicine and the Society for Acute
Medicine both issued stark warnings over pressure.
Dr Adrian Boyle, emergency medicine consultant at Addenbrooke’s
Hospital in Cambridge, said: “Everybody is struggling at the moment.
“Every type 1 emergency department [consultant-led 24-hour major
A&E] that I know of is under serious and sustained pressure. It feels
worse than the equivalent period
last year. This means ambulances
are waiting outside emergency departments waiting to offload and
the emergency departments are full.
“Clinical staff are working extremely hard to try and look after
these patients, often having to treat
patients in corridors, and people are
suffering lengthy delays.
“We know that excessive crowding within emergency departments
is associated with avoidable deaths.”
NHS England’s national medical director Sir Bruce Keogh said hospitals has
been tackling ‘sustained pressure over the Christmas period’ GETTY
Hospitals told to
cancel operations
to free up beds
By Jane Clinton
Hospitals in England have been told
to delay scheduled operations and
cancel routine outpatient appointments to help the health service combat severe winter pressures, officials
announced last night.
In a drastic step to try to free up
staff and beds, NHS England said operations such as hip or knee replacements – should be delayed until at
least the end of January. Meanwhile,
to free up doctors to care for patients
with urgent need, day-case surgery
and outpatient appointments should
also put off until the end of the month.
Officials have estimated this could
lead to up to 55,000 deferred operations. Cancer operations and timecritical procedures should go ahead
as planned, NHS England insisted.
The aim is to free up more senior
hospital doctors to deal with patients
in already overcrowded accident and
emergency departments or provide
support for hard-pressed GP services. It is also hoped doctors will be
able to review the cases of patients
already in hospital to free up bed
space through timely discharges.
The advice came as a hospital in
Milton Keynes warned people to only
attend for emergency treatment.
Two ambulance trusts in East and
North East England have revealed
they are on the highest alert levels. It
also follows an public apology from a
senior doctor who said he was sorry
for “Third World conditions” in the
hospital where he works in Stoke.
The measures were announced following a meeting of NHS England’s
National Emergency Pressures
Panel, chaired by Professor Sir Bruce
Keogh, its national medical director.
NHS England said it was prompted by “sustained pressure over the
Christmas period” with high levels
of respiratory illness, high bed occupancy levels, signs of increased flu
activity and a rise in the number of
severe cases attending A&E.
Sir Bruce, who thanked health staff
for their “incredible hard work” over
Christmas, said: “We expect these
pressures to continue and there are
early signs of increased flu prevalence. The NHS needs to take further
action to increase capacity and minimise disruptive last-minute cancellations. That is why we are making
these further recommendations.”
Jon Ashworth, the shadow Health
Secretary, said: “As the NHS enters its 70th year, the truth is Tory
neglect has left it underfunded, understaffed and overstretched. Ministers must get an urgent grip of this
escalating crisis.”
HEALTH
Flu strain proves fatal in Ireland
By Jane Clinton
Health officials have urged people to
ensure they are vaccinated following
a number of deaths in Ireland which
have been linked to “Australian flu”.
The elderly, pregnant women and
children with chronic illness are
being urged to be vaccinated as the
threat from the virulent strain grows.
A Public Health England (PHE)
spokeswoman said: “The current flu
vaccine is still the best defence we
have against the virus. We therefore
encourage all those who are eligible
to take up the offer of the vaccine.”
The warning follows reports of
several deaths in Ireland among
people who contracted the H3N2
strain, which caused one of
Australia’s worst flu outbreaks last
year. It can lead to pneumonia and
other life-threatening conditions.
Still feeling really ill after a week
could indicate something more
serious than normal flu.
NEWS
2-27
VOICES
14-18
TV
28-29
IQ
30-37
BUSINESS SPORT
38-43
48-56
i WEDNESDAY
3 JANUARY 2018
5
WEATHER
Storm Eleanor set
to bring floods,
high winds and
more travel chaos
By Dean Kirby
NORTHERN CORRESPONDENT
High winds and dangerous waves
will continue to batter Britain
today as Storm Eleanor sweeps
across the country – bringing
flooding and travel chaos.
Met Office forecasters warned
of the dangers of further loss of
life with gusts reaching up to
90mph, with people on the coast
particularly at risk .
Yellow severe weather warnings
covering the whole of England and
Wales remain in place for much
of today. Overnight an amber
severe weather warning of wind
for Northern Ireland, northern
England and south-west Scotland
was in place.
The warnings come after a
woman died at the Lizard in
Cornwall after she was caught by
a freak wave and swept out to sea.
The Environment Agency last
night issued 56 flood warnings
and 85 flooding alerts. Fourteen
flood warnings have been issued
by the Scottish Environmental
Protection Agency, and seven by
Natural Resources Wales.
Weather, page 47
A man attempting to take photographs is caught by crashing waves at High Rock in Portmarnock, Dublin BRIAN LAWLESS/PA
TRANSPORT
Grayling accused of using Qatar
trip to avoid fury over rail fares
By Nigel Morris and Dean Kirby
Chris Grayling was accused of going
into hiding after he left Britain for a
Middle East trip at the same time
that rail users were hit by average
fare increases of 3.4 per cent.
The Transport Secretary’s visit
to Qatar and Turkey for talks with
ministers and officials meant that he
was not in the UK yesterday to face
angry protests about the biggest rise
in ticket prices for five years.
The Department for Transport
also failed to field any other ministers
to explain the fare increases.
The row comes months after civic
and business leaders in northern
England accused Mr Grayling of
“abdicating responsibility” after he
told them to “take control” of their
own transport networks.
Campaigners said the fare
rises were a “kick in the teeth” for
passengers after months of rail
strikes. Pickets sprang up at stations
yesterday, with protesters claiming
that commuters were “paying
through the nose”, with some facing
annual increases of more than £100
for their season tickets.
Further protests are planned for
Scottish stations today.
Mr Grayling is also under pressure
The shadow transport secretary Andy
McDonald (centre) joins an RMT
protest against fare increases outside
King’s Cross station in London
about his decision to allow Virgin
and Stagecoach to walk away three
years early from their contract to
run the East Coast main line. Labour
demanded his resignation on the
grounds that the move amounted to
handing a taxpayer-funded “bailout”
worth £2bn to the companies.
The Shadow Transport Secretary,
Andy McDonald, said: “The
Secretary of State for Transport’s
failure to publicly explain to rail
passengers why they are being hit
REACTION
Rail chief ‘out
of touch with
reality’ for hailing
‘brilliant’ service
Off the rails Virgin’s reply to complaint backfires
By Dick Murray and Nicholas Cecil
Virgin Trains has apologised after it
was accused of failing to take seriously a complaint of misogyny.
Customer Emily Cole wrote on
social media that she felt patronised
by a train manager after she made
a query, saying she was referred to
demeaningly as “honey”.
She wrote: “When Virgin Trains
mess up and the older male
train manager in the resulting
conversation dismisses you with
that hideously patronising word
women shudder at in contexts such
as these: “honey” @virgin_trainsEC.”
The response she received from
the company said: “Sorry for the
mess up, Emily, would you prefer
“pet” or “love” next time?”
This was met with accusations of
sexism from other users, eventually
forcing Virgin to apologise and
delete the tweet.
Ms Cole then replied: “Wonderful
to see that @virgin_trainsEC take
complaints of rude and misogynistic
behaviour seriously. Stunned.”
Virgin said: “We apologise
unreservedly for this tweet and for
the offence caused. To avoid causing
more offence we have deleted the
original post.”
with crushing fare increases smacks
of a man running scared. Passengers
and taxpayers deserve better.”
Mr McDonald was due to spend
yesterday touring protests at
railway stations across the country,
but after joining a rail union picket at
King’s Cross in London, he ended up
stranded on a broken-down Virgin
Train at Grantham in Lincolnshire.
Sir Vince Cable, the Liberal
Democrat leader, said: “Rail
passengers are shivering on
platforms, angered by the biggest
fare increase in years, while Chris
Grayling is off globetrotting.”
Speaking to LBC radio after
arriving in Qatar, Mr Grayling said
the fare increases were “higher than
I would wish”.
The Transport Secretary said
he would like to move to the lower
CPI measure of inflation, but that
he faced obstruction from rail
unions which insist on using the RPI
measure when negotiating pay rises.
A rail boss has been branded as being
in denial after hailing “fantastic improvements” on the network – as millions of passengers were hit with the
largest fare rise in five years.
Paul Plummer, chief executive of
the Rail Delivery Group which represents train-operating companies, also came under
fire after arguing they
could only be successful if they offer a “great
service”. Critics claim
the rail system allows
train firms to take little
risk but generate sizeable profits and pay bumper
salaries to their bosses.
Mr Plummer (inset) insisted some
parts of the system were delivering
a “brilliant” service to customers but
admitted other parts were “not as
good”.
Sir Vince Cable, MP for Twickenham and Liberal Democrat leader,
described Mr Plummer’s comments
as “out of touch with reality”.
Anthony Smith, chief executive of
independent watchdog Transport
Focus, said, “Satisfaction for money
varies widely.” EVENING STANDARD
6
NEWS
POLITICS
Tories face
‘serious problem’
over failure to
attract the young
By Nigel Morris
POLITICAL EDITOR
The Conservatives have fewer than
10,000 members aged under 30
and seem like a “fringe group” to
millions of younger voters, one of
their newest MPs has warned.
Andrew Bowie acknowledged
the party faces a “serious problem”
following years of dependence
on the loyalty of older
voters and called on it
to promote new Tory
faces, to respond to
young adults’ concerns
and to improve its
social media skills.
In an interview
with i, he said the party
had the twin challenge
of boosting numbers of
members aged under 30 and of
renewing its appeal to younger
groups to ensure the Tories did not
face “terminal decline”.
Asked how many young members
they had, he replied: “It’s not great
– we are talking about four figures,
not five.” Mr Bowie (inset), a 29-yearold former naval officer, is part of a
group of young MPs working with
Downing Street and Conservative
Campaign Headquarters to reach
out to a lost generation of voters.
“For far too long we were reliant
far too much on the older vote. We
took for granted that when people
become slightly older, owned
property, had a job and a family,
they would naturally pivot towards
Conservatives,” he said.
“We needed to have some
base in the 18 to 40 group
and we are now at an
historic low in that age
range voting for us.”
H e a rg u e d t h a t
people were not “going
to go on that journey
towards Conservatism”
if they did not know
anyone in their age group
supporting the party.
Mr Bowie, who captured West
Aberdeenshire and Kincardine
from the SNP, said the Conservative
leadership was “taking great
strides and investing a lot of time
and energy and effort” to attract a
younger demographic, but conceded
it would take time.
Admitting last year’s social media
campaign was “terrible”, he said the
Sixteen-year-old William Hague addresses the Conservative Party Conference at Blackpool in 1977 GETTY IMAGES
party needed to emulate Labour’s
success in galvanising young
supporters.
He also pointed to the success of
Ruth Davidson, the Tory leader in
Scotland, in engaging with people
who had never considered voting
Conservative.“It’s about making
people feel they are part of the
conversation,” he said.
Mr Bowie said announcements
on housing, student debt and the
environment were evidence of the
Tory leadership responding to
younger voters’ concerns.
Youthquake How younger voters are flocking to Labour and the Lib Dems
Labour’s youth wing is now so
large that it could be a massmembership political party
in its own right.
Young Labour has
more than doubled
in size since Jeremy
Corbyn took over as
party leader, making it
almost as large as the
Liberal Democrat Party.
There are more than
70,000 Labour members
aged between 14 and 26, compared
with 100,000 Liberal Democrats
overall, according to Electoral
Commission figures.
Liberal Youth, the
Lib Dem equivalent,
has 9,000 members –
almost the same as the
Tories – despite the
party getting 11 million
fewer votes than the
Conservatives in 2017.
The party’s anti-Brexit
agenda has triggered a sharp
rise in membership since 2016.
The biggest surge in Labour’s
youth membership has been in
the big cities. It has 15,000 young
members in London alone, many
attracted by the Corbyn campaign
group Momentum.
“The issues that affect young
people are Labour issues,” said
Megan Scott, the vice-chairman of
London Young Labour.
“There has been a very real
youthquake in Labour, with our
strength as a political force being
recognised.”
BACKGROUND
Forging a lifetime’s allegiance
over cheese and wine
By Nigel Morris
Tens of thousands of teenagers
once joined the Young
Conservatives to improve their
social life and potentially meet a
future husband or wife.
The organisation – whose
membership peaked at 157,000 in
1949 – was not primarily political,
but it helped a generation of young
adults to acquire a lifetime’s habit
of voting Tory. Membership of
the YCs dipped steadily from its
post-War high, but still stood at a
healthy 50,000 in 1970.
It nose-dived in the 1980s and
1990s, amid factional in-fighting
far removed from its previous
image of putting cheese-and-wine
evenings ahead of political talk.
The group was disbanded
in 1996, 10 years after the
Federation of Conservative
Students was wound up. In
their place came Conservative
Future, which set up branches
in universities and affiliated
to local Tory associations in
an attempt to mirror the wave
of enthusiasm among younger
voters for New Labour under
Tony Blair.
Twelve years ago, its
membership was said to be
around 15,000. Its demise came
in 2015 when it was hit by claims
of bullying and blackmail.
The Tory hierarchy is still
debating whether to set up a
formal youth organisation. The
establishment of a “vibrant”
new youth wing was advocated
four months ago, in a review of
party structures conducted by its
former chairman, Sir Eric Pickles.
Tory chiefs admit to being
rattled by the success of
the pro-Corbyn grassroots
organisation Momentum. An
attempt by right-wing activists
to set up an equivalent, Activate,
failed to gain much traction
during the election campaign.
BREXIT
POLITICS
Davis pinches EU mantra
and turns it against bloc
Remain campaign ‘flouted rules’
By Sam Lister
David Davis has turned the European Union’s negotiating mantra
against the bloc to warn that it cannot cherry pick the terms of a freetrade deal.
Britain wants “the full sweep of
economic cooperation” and financial
services must not be excluded from
any agreement, said the Brexit
Secretary. The chief EU negotiator,
Michel Barnier, has repeatedly
insisted that the UK cannot choose
to keep the best elements of
membership when it quits the bloc.
But Mr Davis said a deal that took
some areas of the current economic
relationship but not others would be
“cherry picking”.
In The Daily Telegraph, Mr
Davis wrote: “I do not believe the
strength of this cooperation needs
change because we are leaving the
European Union.
“Many of these principles can
By Sam Lister
David Davis wants same principles
applied to services trade GETTY
be applied to services trade too...
A deal that took in some areas of
our economic relationship but not
others would be, in the favoured
phrase of EU diplomats, cherry
picking.”
Former Cabinet minister Priti
Patel has accused Remain
campaigners of colluding
to flout rules on spending
during the referendum on
Britain’s future in the European Union.
The leading Brexiteer
( inset) s a i d t h e re wa s
“significant evidence” of coordination about expenditure and
has written to the elections watchdog
calling for an investigation into the
allegations. Ms Patel, who was forced
to quit as international development
secretary after holding secret
meetings with senior
Israelis, claimed rules had
been breached to feed
propaganda to voters.
T h e To r y M P fo r
Witham attacked former
prime minister David
Cameron’s decision to spend
£9m of taxpayers’ money on
a campaign leaflet “breaking the
normal rules of fair play of our
democratic system”.
NEWS
2-27
EDUCATION
Furious backlash
at watchdog job
for journalist
By Richard Vaughan
EDUCATION CORRESPONDENT
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What he said Lesbians, cleavage and designer babies
Toby Young literally wrote the book
on being controversial when he
penned the best-selling book How
To Lose Friends and Alienate People
about his time as a Vanity Fair
journalist in New York.
It means the author and journalist
is no stranger to being provocative,
and it did not take long for his critics
to dig out statements and social
media posts from the past.
In 2004, Mr Young penned a piece
about posing as a lesbian for a night.
The writer said he disguised himself
as a woman for a “whistlestop tour
of New York’s hottest lesbian clubs”
with the aim of drawing young
lesbians into his confidence
to “make out with them on
the dancefloor”.
More recently on
Twitter he replied to one
user “F*** you, penis
breath”, while during
Prime Minister’s Questions
in 2011 he tweeted about the
then Labour MP for Airdrie and
Shotts, Pamela Nash (inset), having
“quite some cleavage”. Perhaps most
controversially, though, Mr Young
wrote about what he termed
“progressive eugenics”
and the possible future
of technology allowing
designer babies to
be selected by using
parents’ “smartest”
embryos.
Such technology could
then be offered for free to
parents on the lowest incomes,
he said.
Flo & Joan
The appointment of the right-wing
commentator and free schools
pioneer Toby Young to the board of
the new universities regulator has
sparked a furious backlash over his
suitability to the role.
Mr Young was named by the
Department for Education as one of
15 members sitting on the board of
the new Office for Students, which
came into operation on Monday.
The regulator is intended to ensure
university students are receiving
value for money in return for their
£9,250-a-year tuition fees, and have
the power to rein in “excessive”
salaries paid to vice-chancellors.
But the appointment of Mr Young
as a board member provoked an
angry response from critics who
complained the journalist and author
does not have sufficient experience.
Concerns have also been raised
in relation to a string of lewd social
media posts he published, including
commenting on the cleavage
of a Labour MP during Prime
Minister’s Questions.
University and College Union
general secretary Sally Hunt said:
“If this organisation was to have any
credibility it needed a robust board
looking out for students’ interests.
Instead we have this announcement
sneaked out at new year with Tory
cheerleader Toby Young dressed
up as the voice of teachers and no
proper representation from staff
or students.”
Since 2010, Mr Young has become
increasingly involved in education
and became the first in the country
to open a free school under reforms
ushered in by the then Education
Secretary Michael Gove.
The 54-year-old co-founded the
West London Free School in 2011,
followed by three more free schools in
the area. The school’s GCSE results
last year were well above the national
average.
Defending his appointment, Mr
Young told i that the backlash was
“politically motivated”, adding he
had a proven track record of helping
disadvantaged young people gain
access to university.
Asked about his tweets, he replied:
“I’ve composed more than 56,000
tweets. A handful of them are
politically incorrect. Perhaps I should
issue a blanket apology for every
misdemeanour I committed.”
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Author and journalist Toby Young is a pioneer of free schools GETTY
ELECTIONS
May ‘could lose
half her London
boroughs’
By Joe Murphy
Theresa May could lose more
than half her London boroughs
in crucial elections in May, one
of the Conservative party’s most
respected experts reveals today.
Elections analyst Lord
Hayward said the Tories face
likely defeat in two councils and
the “fight of their lives” to cling
on to three others which were
previously seen as safe.
It means that on a bad night
the party would be left in
full control of four of its nine
boroughs. Although Lord
Hayward emphasised that there
was enough time for the Tories to
rebuild support and avoid defeats
on this scale, his study suggests
between two and five potential
hammer blows.
Margaret Thatcher’s former
local borough, Barnet, is likely
to be taken by Jeremy Corbyn’s
resurgent Labour party. Since its
creation in 1965 the borough has
never been controlled by Labour.
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NEWS
ENTERTAINMENT
Record year for music industry thanks to streaming
By Adam Sherwin
ARTS AND MEDIA CORRESPONDENT
Britons spent a record £7.2bn on
entertainment last year as digital
streaming boosted sales of music,
video and computer games.
The all-time high, reported by the
Entertainment Retailers Association
(ERA), represented an 8.8 per cent
increase on the figure for 2016 – a
growth rate four times faster than
that of the rest of the UK economy.
Digital video revenues from Netflix
and Amazon Prime subscriptions, as
well as films and TV shows viewed
on Sky, Google and Apple, soared by
22.2 per cent to £1.9bn.
Spotify and Apple Music helped
the music industry to achieve
growth of 9.5 per cent, the highest
this century. Trade association the
British Phonographic Industry (BPI)
said 68.1 billion songs were streamed
digitally in 2017, a rise of 51.5 per cent
on the previous year.
Sales of computer games, which
declined in 2016, enjoyed a surprise
revival and grew by 9.6 per cent
to a value of £3.35bn, driven by an
increase in availability of software
and the popularity of the football
game FIFA 18.
Digital platforms are offsetting
the decline in sales of CDs (down 12
per cent last year) and DVDs (down
by 17 per cent). But people still
value physical goods. Sales of vinyl
records were up by 26.8 per cent
with four million LPs sold. Vinyl now
accounts for nearly one in 10 physical
purchases, the BPI added, with Liam
Gallagher one of the biggest sellers.
Ed Sheeran’s Divide was the most
streamed and downloaded album, as
well as being the biggest seller on CD
and vinyl, with 2.7 million copies sold.
The mainstream breakthrough
of grime music also boosted sales.
Stormzy’s debut album Gang Signs &
Prayer topped the charts and outsold
Taylor Swift’s Reputation. Rag ’n’
Bone Man, Sam Smith and Little Mix
were the other best-sellers.
However, the BPI’s chief executive,
Geoff Taylor, warned that Brexit
could threaten the rosy outlook
for UK music. He said: “[The]
Government must ensure our
musicians are able to tour freely even
after we leave the EU.”
He also called on YouTube, which
pays a lower royalty rate than Spotify,
to “pay fairly” for its use of music.
Disney’s live action remake of
Beauty And The Beast was the most
popular video, selling more than 1.55
million physical and digital copies.
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2 Rag ’n’ Bone Man – Human
3 Various Artists – NOW That’s What
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4 Various Artists – NOW That’s What
I Call Music 98
5 Various Artists – NOW That’s What
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6 Sam Smith – The Thrill Of It All
7 Little Mix – Glory Days
8 Pink – Beautiful Trauma
9 Ed Sheeran – x
10 Michael Ball and Alfie Boe –
Together Again
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2 Liam Gallagher – As You Were
3 Fleetwood Mac – Rumours
4 Original Soundtrack – Guardians
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5 Amy Winehouse – Back To Black
6 Rag ’n’ Bone Man – Human’
7 Pink Floyd – Dark Side Of The Moon
8 The Beatles – Sgt Pepper’s Lonely
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9 Oasis – (What’s The Story)
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EDUCATION
Woburn Safari Park ‘devastated’
after 13 Patas monkeys die in blaze
‘Tatler’ brings
out guide to
state schools for
‘people like us’
By Nina Massey
and Henry Vaughan
By Richard Vaughan
Woburn Safari Park’s entire troop of
13 Patas monkeys has been killed in a
fire believed to have been caused by
a faulty generator.
The blaze broke out in the early
hours yesterday, within the African
Forest drive-through enclosure of
the park in Bedfordshire.
It is the second fire to strike
animal centres in less than two
weeks, after one at London Zoo, on
the weekend before Christmas, that
claimed the lives of an aardvark and
four meerkats.
Woburn spokesman Drew Mullin
said park staff were “devastated”
after the blaze ripped through the
Patas monkey house, killing all 13
animals inside.
He said: “When the fire crew
arrived, unfortunately they found
it was at the jungle and it’s the
Patas house.
“On arrival, the roof had already
collapsed, and nothing could be done
to save the 13 Patas that were inside.
Everybody here – staff, animal
keepers – are all devastated.”
He added: “They’ve inspected
it, the house, and said, from what
they can see, there may well be a
generator fault. But we will have to
do the investigations to find out.”
Bedfordshire Fire and Rescue
Service said: “We have concluded
that it is likely that the fire started
accidentally in a generator.”
Firefighters were called to the
scene shortly after 2.30am, when the
fire was spotted by security guards
on a routine patrol.
Fire station commander Paul
Goddard said he believed all the
monkeys had died before crews
arrived at the scene.
“They found the outbuilding
housing Patas monkeys was well
alight and its roof had fallen in,” a
spokesman for the service said.
The fire service said the fire was
over by 4.46am and the park opened
later in the morning, although the
jungle enclosure remained closed as
investigations continued.
All other animals within the jungle
Tatler, the high society magazine, has
issued its guide to state schools that
meet the exacting standards of “people like us”.
The glossy title launched its
first guide to state schools in 2014,
a move which it claims prompted
“flabbergasted amazement” that
Tatler readers would consider
sending their children to a non-fee
paying school.
The article states: “When we
published our first State Schools
Guide, in 2014, the reaction was one of
flabbergasted amazement. ‘Wonders
will never cease,’ said the world.
‘Tatler readers at state schools?’
“Well, wake up, world: these
days, most ‘People Like Us’ a) can’t
necessarily afford to send our
children to private schools and b)
don’t necessarily want to.”
A quick glance at
the list is likely to
ra i s e e y e b r o w s ,
h o w e v e r, g i v e n
they are located in
some of the most
exclusive postcodes
in the country.
To p p i n g t h e l i s t
of primaries is Barnes
Primary School in south-west
London, where the average property
price is only just shy of £900,000,
according to Foxtons estate agents.
Elsewhere, the magazine suggests
Dulwich Hamlet Junior School, in the
south-east London suburb, where
the average family home stands at
£852,00.
Primrose Hill Primary School,
in north-west London – alma
mater of Boris Johnson and the
Miliband brothers – makes the list
as does Great Tew Primary School
in Chipping Norton, the Cotswolds,
where former Prime Minister
David Cameron (inset) has a home.
Interested parents are told to ask
the school about the “shaking the
champagne bottle tradition”.
The full guide is in Tatler’s February
edition, which is out tomorrow.
EDUCATION CORRESPONDENT
All Woburn Safari
Park’s troop of
Patas monkeys
died in yesterday
morning’s fire PA
A year of tragedy How zoo animals have suffered
January 2018 Thirteen patas
monkeys die in a fire at Woburn
Safari Park in Bedfordshire.
November 2017 Lilith, a Eurasian
lynx, is shot dead after straying into
a caravan park near Aberystwyth
town centre almost two weeks after
escaping from Borth Wild Animal
Kingdom. The death of Lilith
(inset) came after a second
lynx – Nilly – died while
being moved by keepers
at the same zoo.
Meanwhile, crowds
watched in horror as a
Russian zookeeper is
mauled by tiger as she
tried to feed it at a zoo in
Kaliningrad. She sustained
facial wounds but managed to escape
– and is now recovering.
March 2017 South Lakes Safari Zoo
at Lindal-in-Furness, Cumbria,
has its operating licence revoked
after almost 500 of its animals
are found to have died in
four years. Some had
suffered emaciation and
hypothermia. Also that
month, a four-year-old
white rhino called Vince
is found bloodied and
mutilated at Thoiry Zoo near
Paris. Its killers had shot him
three times and cut off his horn
with a chainsaw.
drive-through enclosure are being
monitored by park staff, but none is
thought to have been affected.
The blaze wiped out all of the
park’s Patas monkey troop, and,
according to website UK Zoos,
the only other place in the UK that
houses them is Colchester Zoo
in Essex.
In the wild, the ground-dwelling
monkeys are found in the grassland,
open savannah and dry woodland of
central Africa.
They can grow up to 34in (85cm)
in length, with a 30in (75cm) tail, and
can live for 20 years.
Woburn’s website states that the
monkeys shared a 16-acre enclosure
with other species, but adds that
they were housed at night during the
winter months.
December 2017 An aardvark named
Misha and four meerkat siblings –
Robbie, Norman, Billy and Nigel – are
killed in a blaze at London Zoo. Misha
was born in June 2007 at the Royal
Burgers’ Zoo in the Netherlands and
was brought to London in 2008.
HISTORY
HEALTH
Detectorist to sell ‘bishop’s
ring’ discovered in field
Sauce packet mistaken for Crohn’s
By Jane Clinton
A medieval “bishop’s ring” unearthed by a metal detectorist is
expected to sell for thousands of
pounds at auction.
The 20-carat gold ring, which
is adorned with engravings of St
George, St Catherine and floral
emblems, was found in a farmer’s
field near Beverley Minster, East
Yorkshire, by detectorist Adam Day.
Mr Day realised he had found
“something special” when he moved
the soil aside to uncover the ring.
The ring’s guide price at auction
is between £8,000 and £10,000
because demand for such items are
high, according to Adam Staples
from Hansons Auctioneers.
Only high-ranking figures such as
bishops or nobility would have been
able to afford such a ring.
“It may well have belonged to a
bishop from Beverley Minster and
would have been commissioned,”
Mr Staples said.
Mr Day, 30, who is an HGV driver
By Tess de la Mare
The 20-carat gold ring was found in a
farmer’s field
from Hull, took up metal detecting
three years ago and admits he
was “shaking” when he saw the
ring, which dates back to between
1450-1550.
A woman thought she was suffering from a serious bowel disease for
six years before doctors discovered
some Heinz sauce packaging piercing the wall of her intestine.
The 41-year-old patient suffered
bouts of acute abdominal pain and
bloating lasting up to three days,
prompting doctors to diagnose her
symptoms as Crohn’s disease.
Doctors at Heatherwood and Wexham Park Hospital in Slough, eventually decided surgery was the only
option when the patient failed to re-
spond to standard treatment, a case
study in the British Medical Journal
reported.
But keyhole surgery found an inflamed mass in the small intestine,
revealing two pieces of plastic packaging bearing the Heinz branding.
The plastic appeared to come from a
sachet of sauce.
Once removed, the patient’s symptoms were cured almost immediately,
and she was still symptom-free five
months after surgery. Doctors said it
was the first case of ingested plastic
packaging mimicking the symptoms
of Crohn’s disease.
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NEWS
ROYAL FAMILY
COURTS
Queen recalls father’s
coronation and her
own in TV special
Triple killer
admits murder
of ex-girlfriend
By Adam Sherwin
ARTS AND MEDIA CORRESPONDENT
The Queen is to speak about her
unique experience of attending
the coronation of her father King
George VI in 1937, and, 16 years later,
being crowned herself, in a special
BBC1 film.
The monarch will make a rare
documentary appearance in The
Coronation, an hour-long film,
marking the 65th anniversary of her
1953 coronation.
Talking to royal commentator
Alastair Bruce, the Queen will share
her memories of the 1937 coronation,
which she watched when she was 11.
The most extravagant coronation
in British history was designed to
The film is part of a BBC
season about the royal
collection that will examine the
symbolic role of the Crown jewels,
which consist of 140 items and
contain 23,000 gemstones.
spread a “business as usual” message
following the shock abdication of
Edward VIII in December 1936.
The coronation of Queen Elizabeth
II, on 2 June 1953, screened to two
million households on television,
took place in a Britain which was
losing an empire and was looking
to the 27-year-old Queen to lead her
subjects in the post-war era.
In the film, which uses private and
official film footage, the Queen says:
“I’ve seen one coronation, and been
the recipient in the other, which is
pretty remarkable.”
The documentary also tells the
story of St Edward’s Crown, which
was destroyed after the English Civil
War and remade for the coronation
of Charles II in 1661. It has only been
worn by the Queen once, at the
moment she was crowned.
She recalls the day when the
weight of both St Edward’s Crown
and the hopes and expectations of a
country were on her shoulders.
Charlotte Moore, BBC director
of content, said: “It is a real honour
to have Her Majesty The Queen
By Emily Pennink
The Queen (centre) aged 11 at Buckingham Palace after the coronation of her
father George VI in 1937. Her coronation would take place 16 years later GETTY
revealing her intimate knowledge
of the Crown jewels – and fond
childhood memories from when her
father was crowned King George VI
in this very special film for BBC1.
“In her own words, The Queen will
bring to life the enduring symbolic
importance of the coronation
ceremonies for modern audiences
to enjoy.” The documentary will
also feature eyewitness accounts of
those who participated in the 1953
coronation ceremony including a
maid of honour who nearly fainted
in Westminster Abbey, and a 12-yearold choirboy who was left to sing solo
when his overwhelmed colleagues
lost their voices.
A triple killer faces life in prison after
admitting murdering his former girlfriend after she started a relationship
with another man.
Theodore Johnson, 64, throttled
Angela Best, 51, with a dressing gown
cord and beat her with a claw hammer at his home in north London.
He has killed two other women and,
on both occasions, was convicted of
manslaughter.
In November 1981, the garage
worker was convicted of killing his
wife, Yvonne Johnson, by pushing her
over the balcony of their ninth-floor
flat in Wolverhampton.
In March 1993, he was convicted of
killing his partner, Yvonne Bennett.
He strangled her with a belt at their
home in north London after she had
an affair but his claim of diminished
responsibility was accepted at the
Old Bailey.
After his release from a psychiatric unit, Johnson met Ms Best around
1995. He murdered her in December
2016 before throwing himself in front
of a train but survived.
Johnson will be sentenced on
Friday.
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IRAN
The crisis in Iran has been
internationalised, with the country’s
Supreme Leader, Grand Ayatollah
Ali Khamenei, blaming this week’s
protests on “enemies of Iran” who
were meddling in its internal affairs.
His remarks about the
demonstrations – the largest since
Iran’s disputed presidential election
in 2009 – came after a bloody
night in which protesters tried to
storm a police station and the first
deaths among security forces were
reported. At least 21 people have
died in the unrest of the past six days
and hundreds have been arrested.
The Grand Ayatollah warned of an
enemy “waiting for an opportunity,
for a crack through which it can
infiltrate”. He said: “All those at
odds with the Islamic Republic have
utilised various means, including
money, weapons, politics and [the]
intelligence apparatus, to create
problems for the Islamic system,
the Islamic Republic and the
Islamic Revolution.”
The reformist government of
President Hassan Rouhani claims it
is avoiding violent showdowns, with
only police on the streets and the
Revolutionary Guards confined to
barracks. But Ayatollah Khamenei’s
intervention may pave the way for
more punitive action.
The hardline cleric did not name
any of the supposed enemy states,
but Ali Shamkhani, the secretary of
Iran’s Supreme National Security
Council, blamed the US, Britain
and Saudi Arabia for fomenting the
violence. “The Saudis will receive
Iran’s response and they know how
serious it will be,” he warned.
The protests have been described
as the largest since that of the
“Green Movement” against the
election of Mahmoud Ahmadinejad
in 2009. But Mohammad Marandi,
an influential academic, insisted that
the numbers of people on the streets
this week were much smaller.
Sense of unity
is developing
across society
Javaad Alipoor
T
Students at an anti-government protest inside Tehran University AP
Mr Marandi said: “We now have
a situation where there are people
in the UK, Europe and the US, who
are encouraging attacks on police
stations, telling them how to make
Molotov cocktails.”
He said the initial protests
a b o u t e c o n o m i c g r i e va n c e s
were “entirely legitimate” but
he added: “Many of the marches
were subsequently hijacked for
extremist political motives. There
are legal ways to protest.” THE
INDEPENDENT; AP
Analysis
Escalation in violence may prompt crackdown
Kim Sengupta
A
mong the latest to die
in the rising violence in
Iran were an 11-year-old
boy, a man aged 20
and the first member of the
security forces, from the elite
Revolutionary Guards. Hunting
rifles, commonly available in
rural areas, were said to have
been used in the shootings.
If the accounts are true,
the killings are a significant
development in an increasingly
volatile and incendiary situation.
Hardliners can use these deaths
as evidence that extremists
or foreign agents are behind
the protests and demand a
severe crackdown. Some of
those who have been taking
part in the demonstrations are
themselves concerned that
agents provocateurs are trying
to sabotage their legitimate
protests against economic
hardship and corruption.
The pace and scale at which
events developed, spreading so
swiftly across the country, has
caused widespread surprise,
confusion and, inevitably,
conspiracy theories of “hidden
hands” at play. Donald Trump’s
constant tweets encouraging
an uprising have added to the
combustible mixture, damaging
rather than aiding the cause of
the genuine protesters.
The rallies began in Mashhad
last Thursday. The city is a
centre of Shia theocracy and also
the home of Ebrahim Raisi, the
hardline candidate who lost the
presidential election to Hassan
Rouhani. The slogans were antiRouhani and his economic and
social policies, with accusations
raised during the campaign.
The protests then, as we saw,
spread rapidly, with the attacks
not just against rising prices and
unemployment, but also against
corruption, the clergy, foreign
policy and, to some astonishment,
against the Supreme Leader,
Grand Ayatollah Ali Khamenei.
There have even been, albeit
on just a few occasions, chants
in the memory of the late Shah
overthrown in the Iranian
Revolution. So far President
Rouhani has defended the right
to protest while warning that
lawlessness will not be tolerated;
police, rather than Revolutionary
Guards, have been on the streets.
But it remains uncertain
what will happen if the violence
continues to escalate and the
hardliners press for action.
THE INDEPENDENT
AVIATION
In a year when more people flew
to more places than ever, 2017 was
the safest on record for airline
passengers.
The Dutch-based aviation
consultancy, To70, has released
its Civil Aviation Safety Review
for 2017. It reports only two fatal
accidents, both involving small
turbo-prop aircraft, with a total of
13 lives lost.
No jets crashed in passenger
service anywhere in the world.
The two crashes on New Year’s Eve
– a seaplane in Sydney, Australia,
which killed six, and a Cessna
Caravan which crashed in Costa
Rica, killing all 12 on board – are
not included in the tally, since both
aircraft weighed under 5,700kg, the
threshold for the report.
The first fatal accident included
in the report was in October: an
Embraer Brasilia operating as an air
ambulance in Angola. The pilots lost
control after reportedly suffering an
he protests that have
gripped Iran show that
the seismic social churn
which led to the Arab
Spring has not been neutralised
by the bloody civil war in Syria.
It is perhaps a welcome irony
that the struggle for popular
representation, human rights and
democracy in the region has come
to life again in Iran.
Unlike the movement of 2009,
recent demonstrations have not
been limited to Tehran, nor have
they have been limited to specific
demands around administrative
change. Almost every town and
every section of Iranian society
has been involved. In the capital,
for instance, demonstrations
against the continued
imprisonment of Reza Shahabi, a
leader of the independent trades
union movement, and the brutal
suppression of a demonstration
for workers’ rights, fed into
celebrations of the liberalisation
of hijab laws. In Mashhad,
protests began against corruption
among pension funds and hubs of
small investment, and as a result
of price increases.
What the future holds for
this moment is difficult to say.
Unlike in 2009, there is no unified
leadership, nor do there appear
to be entirely unified demands.
But there is a developing sense of
unity. The use of bilingual slogans
stands in contrast to the moment
in 2009 when Kurdish, Azeri and
Arab activists complained of
their situation being ignored by
protesters in Tehran.
The regime’s response has, as
yet, been relatively soft. We must
remember that Iran is, however
imperfect, a democracy and its
constitution guarantees many
rights that are, in practice, denied.
Javaad Alipoor is a British-Iranian
writer, director and political activist
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HEALTH
What doesn’t kill
you… the hazards
of everyday life
revealed by ‘BMJ’
By Tom Bawden
SCIENCE CORRESPONDENT
A 38-year-old man developed a
severe liver injury after taking
excessive amounts of the multipurpose home remedy Epsom
salts to dissolve his gallstones, it
was revealed last night.
Another man, 78, overdosed on
Milk of Magnesia in a near-fatal
bid to relieve his constipation,
although he was resuscitated and
given haemodialysis to remove the
“poison” from his blood, making a
remarkable recovery.
These are two of numerous
cautionary tales that have just
been released by the British
Medical Journal – ranging
from the quite surprising to the
blindingly obvious.
“Now that BMJ case reports
have reached a grand total of
15,000 submissions, certain
cautionary themes continue
to crop up – from the hazards of
misusing common household
products to the consequences
of unwittingly swallowing
everyday items,” said a
spokesman for the journal.
One unfortunate 64-year-old
damaged an eye after mistaking a
bottle of nail glue for eye drops.
A common reason for seeking
medical treatment was for
swallowing items accidentally –
anything from fish and chicken
bones to a hair grip and a bird
feather. In one case, a young
person accidentally swallowed
a small denture – which is
not as rare as people might
assume. Somewhat unusually,
however, it took several visits to
doctors before the problem was
pinpointed after a month. The
denture was successfully removed
under general anaesthetic.
Food and drink also proved
troublesome for some.
In one case, a 28-year-old man
developed acute hepatitis after
downing four or five caffeinated
energy drinks every day for three
weeks to help him get through a
stressful work schedule.
But it’s not all doom and gloom.
There are also cases where
an ingredient can have an
unexpected benefit. One
57-year-old woman with the blood
cancer myeloma successfully
turned to a daily dose of the
spice turmeric (containing the
chemical curcumin) to stabilise
her condition.
“The fact that our patient, who
had advanced stage disease and
was effectively salvaged while
exclusively on curcumin, suggests
a potential anti-myeloma effect of
curcumin,” said Dr Abbas Zaidi,
of the Barts Health NHS Trust in
east London.
“She continues to take daily
curcumin and remains in a very
satisfactory condition with good
quality of life.”
Rachel Johnson (above) and Ann Widdecombe (inset) join the ‘Celebrity Big Brother’ house last night PA; GETTY
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Celebrity Big Sister: reality
show marks vote centenary
By Jane Clinton
An all-female line-up entered the
Celebrity Big Brother house last
night to mark the 100th anniversary
of women over 30 getting the vote.
But the household will be shaken
up as men will be introduced as the
show progresses. “We approach
each series thinking of ways to make
it as entertaining and engaging as
possible,” said Tamsin Dodgson, the
show’s executive editor.
“As the nation prepares to mark
[the centenary], we’re launching
the show with female-only contest-
up. In 2007, Channel 4’s Big Brother
started with 11 female housemates
and gradually introduced men into
the show.
Dr Helen Pankhurst, an equality
campaigner who is Sylvia’s granddaughter and Emmeline’s greatgranddaughter, welcomed
the fact the programme
would raise awareness of
the 1918 votes for women
anniversary. “Anything
that draws attention to
the centenary and allows a discussion and
gets that message through
to different audiences is a
great thing,” she said.
Last year’s series of Celebrity Big
Brother was won by Girls Aloud’s
Sarah Harding.
ants, which is a gentle nod to this
landmark anniversary.”
Former MP Ann Widdecombe was the first contestant to enter the house with
the Foreign Secretary
Boris Johnson’s sister,
journalist Rachel Johnson, among the other contestants in the Channel 5
show. Malika Haqq – close
friend of US reality TV star
Khloe Kardashian – was the second
to enter last night.
It is not the first time the show
has started with an all-women line-
CRIME
Knife culture becoming a ‘permanent feature’ in young people’s lives
By Catherine Wyatt
Knife culture is now almost a “permanent feature” of some young
people’s lives, a criminology professor has said after four people were
fatally stabbed in less than 24 hours
over the New Year. David Wilson,
who is also a former prison governor,
spoke after a 17-year-old boy and two
men, aged 18 and 20, were attacked
on 31 December, followed by a third
man, 20, in the early hours of the
following morning.
It came as a senior police officer
said that the unrelated attacks in
London were “truly unusual, extraordinary and very tragic”.
Mr Wilson, professor of criminology at Birmingham City University,
said: “Knife crime and knife culture
is almost now a permanent feature of
some young people’s lives in most of
our major cities.”
Sunday’s stabbings took the
number of people stabbed to death
in London last year to 80, Scotland
Yard confirmed. Of those, 18 involved
victims under the age of 19. Scotland
Yard said a 19-year-old man has been
arrested on suspicion of murder at a
house party in Islington, north London. Five males, aged between 17 and
21, have been arrested in connection
with the death of the 18-year-old.
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‘McMAFIA’
REVIEWS
Customers
are being
let down
Britain
should
speak out
Their priority
is money,
not ethics
Opinions
are valid,
prejudice isn’t
Kim will hold
on to nuclear
weapons
Stylish and
slick, lacking
in substance
TheDaily Telegraph
TheIndependent
Daily Mail
The Times
Washington Post
DigitalSpy
Because wages have,
by and large, failed to
keep pace with price
rises, this is an added
burden on hardpressed travellers
and commuters, in
particular, since they
have little option
other than to use the
railways. On top of
that, there is renewed
controversy over the
pay of rail executives..
(Editorial)
The Sun
If there was any
justice, the poor, weary,
ripped-off British rail
passenger would be
getting compensation
for what they have
to endure. But no.
Britain’s railways are
quite simply a national
embarrassment.
(Clare Foges)
It is time for Jeremy
Corbyn to step up – in
turn, he can prompt
the Prime Minister and
the EU to stand up for
what Iran now needs:
freedom of speech.
Speaking out for the
people would be the
constructive and
intelligent way to
engage with Iran.
(Peyvand Khorsandi)
Al Jazeera
As long as Iran does
not radically modify
its institution of the
office of the Supreme
Leader, and as long
as the democratic
element of that system
remains marginalised
and powerless, riots
and uprisings will
be an immanent and
permanent feature.
(Ahmad Sadri)
Madonna
The singer has
a bright outlook
for 2018
The only sort of speech
that deserves to be
banned, on campus
or elsewhere, is that
which peddles true
prejudice – speech that
attacks people on the
basis of an irrational
hatred, which by
definition is immune
to reasoned argument.
An opinion can be
contested. Irrational
hatred can’t.
(Melanie Phillips)
MediaPost
I’m not sold on the
Office for Students.
Perhaps disciplines
like engineering or
mathematics can
be regulated like
the output of a gas
meter but a liberal
education is something
more elusive.
(Stephen Daisley)
This could be the way
to get some money out
of these companies. If
they won’t pay normal
tax like you or I and the
companies we work
for, why not just hit
them with record fines
or a windfall tax?
(Sean Hargrave)
The Spectator
I worry that, with such
absolutist rhetoric, the
US is ruling out the
realistic options for
peace — and putting us
on a path that may lead
inexorably to war.
No amount of
threatening is likely to
make Kim surrender
his nuclear weapons.
(Eugene Robinson)
BBC News
President Moon Jae-in
(above) is eager to
bolster his diplomatic
hand. But given that
the North sees its
nuclear programme as
a permanent fixture
and Trump insists that
Pyongyang will not
be allowed to have a
means of striking US
territory, it is hard to
see this crisis abating.
(Jonathan Marcus)
If you were hoping for
a feast for the senses,
you’d be disappointed,
but if you were looking
forward to a picture
of modern crime, then
you have it. As the show
insists, there really isn’t
that much glamour
at the top, just coldhearted pragmatism,
and cold it is – in each
and every frame.
(Catherine Pearson)
Daily Express
If they had changed
the music, it would
have looked exactly
like a scene from The
Godfather. While being
stylish, violent and
reasonably pacey and
so on, this seems less of
a story about corporate
skulduggery and more
of a corporate product
in itself. (Matt Baylis)
LifeInBrief
Quote of
the day
This is going
to be the best
year ever. I
know because
I tore my
dress dancing
It is true social media
is making as dramatic
an impact on mankind
as did the printing
press. But we should
be in no doubt that
Mark Zuckerberg’s
prime interest is to
make money from
us. He displays
as much concern
about the pernicious
consequences of his
actions as does a cruise
missile or tidal wave.
(Max Hastings)
SHARON LAWS CYCLIST
“I was not one of those girls that
competed from the age of six and was
born to race a bike.” Thus wrote Sharon
Laws, Olympic cyclist, looking back over
her late-blossoming career.
Born in Nairobi, Kenya, in 1974,
Laws spent most of her childhood
in Bourton-on-the-Water, an idyllic
Cotswold village in Gloucestershire.
After gaining an MSc in conservation,
she began a career in environmental
consultancy. But a chance meeting
in 2001 with endurance athlete Anna
McCormack changed her life.
McCormack invited Laws to join a
birthday weekend with some of the
UK’s best adventure cyclists. She lent
Laws her bike and when the weekend
was over Laws was hooked. She bought
a bike and threw herself into adventure
racing. She kept up her interest when
her work took her to South Africa.
A move to Melbourne in 2007 saw
her join the Australian road cycling
scene and in 2008, much to her own
surprise, she finished second in the
Australian National Road Race.
Laws was then asked by the British
Cycle Federation to take a sabbatical
to race with Team GB. She left her job
and turned professional, riding first for
Team Halfords Bikehut.
Laws wasn’t sure it would work out.
“Statistically, I was unlikely to become a
professional – let alone at the age of 34
with no background in cycling,” she said.
But her one-year sabbatical turned into
nine, and during that time she raced for
some of the biggest teams in women’s
cycling, including AA Drink-leontien.nl,
Lotto Nelisol Ladies, United Healthcare
and Garmin-Cervelo.
Laws was revered by her teammates as the ultimate “domestique” – a
cyclist who rides for the benefit of the
team rather than personal glory. For
example, a domestique cycles ahead
of the star rider to provide an energypreserving slipstream until the crucial
moment when the star can break from
the pack and go for a win.
In 2008, Laws joined TeamGB for
the Beijing Olympics. Though she
broke her left leg just weeks the event,
she returned to form just in time to
compete and her efforts enabled Nicole
Cooke to win gold in the road race.
She was a surprise omission from
the 2012 Olympic Team. Despite this,
she went on to have her best season
ever, becoming that year’s British Road
Race champion and taking the bronze
medal in the World Championships.
Laws retired from professional
cycling in August 2016, announcing
two months later that she had been
diagnosed with cervical cancer.
She continued to ride throughout
chemotherapy, even tackling the
notoriously difficult Taiwan Challenge.
In a diary of the mountain event for
Rouleur magazine, Laws wrote: “All that
is certain is I have to make the most of
every day and the opportunities I’m
given… For this event, I’d travelled for 24
hours, met new people who didn’t know
what I was going through or why I had a
silly hairstyle, laughed at jokes and had
brief moments during the climb when
I forgot I had cancer… I finally felt like I
was me again.”
Born 7 July 1974
Died 16 December 2017
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Calling time on binge drinkers
The NHS is crashing and can’t afford to treat all these inebriated idiots
I
t may astound native Brits
to know that most humans
around the world do not get
tanked up or legless on New
Year’s Eve, or Thanksgiving,
or Eid or Diwali or Baisakhi
(the Sikh celebration) or Hanukkah,
or weddings or baby-welcoming
ceremonies, or indeed on any
weekend night.
It really is possible to have a
great time without soaking your
head in booze. My English husband
– who grew up believing a drink is
essential for all fun occasions – has,
over the years, slowly started to
accept that it ain’t necessarily so.
On Sunday night we went to
a Lahori kebab restaurant in
Southall, west London, which seats
more than 200 diners. You always
have to queue because the food and
service are exceptional and the
place is family friendly.
They sell no booze. We did
not have to put up with vomit,
disgusting toilets, drunken
exchanges, or men and women who
had made themselves dangerously
unwell. A good, non-alcoholic time
was had by all. Very un-British.
This probably shows we are and
will always be un-integrated bloody
foreigners.
In case some readers think I am
being a “joyless Muslim”, I do drink
wine, maybe two glasses a week. My
mum, a much more devout Muslim
than I am, also drank socially.
However, my brother became a
serious alcoholic after we moved to
the UK.
In the end his dependency grew
and endangered his life. He died too
young. I can’t say whether he would
have done this to himself back in our
old country, Uganda. What I know is
that in the UK, he never felt he was
imbibing too much. It was, he said,
an “everyday habit”.
What is it with drink and the
Brits? Why do so many not show
any restraint or self-respect when it
comes to the next cocktail, beer or
glass of wine? The problem exists in
every class, from the aristocracy to
the poorest.
Fine wines can be as harmful as
cheap cider. Posh alkies just stay out
of sight. At a recent upper middleclass wedding, many of the women
behaved like Sue Ellen in Dallas,
sloshed and miserable. One poured
red wine all over my beautiful
Indian outfit and hiccupped her way
to oblivion. Not nice.
A study last year showed that we
come after Portugal in the excessive
drinking league. Other reports put
us at the very top.
Why do so many Brits not show a lot more self restraint or self-respect when it comes to the next cocktail, beer or glass of wine? PA
Some of the pictures circulating
over the weekend – of men beating
each other up, young women
tottering around in torn and stained
dresses, several people unable to
stand up – should bring national
shame, but they don’t.
In fact, when newspapers run
stories of binge-drinking revellers,
the comments from readers are
revealing and utterly depressing:
so what, it’s fun, it’s something the
Brits can be proud of, it’s nobody’s
business, it’s a fundamental right.
The OECD has expressed serious
concern that young British girls
drink more and suffer from more
sexually transmitted diseases
than their equivalents in Europe.
Alcoholism can lead to domestic
violence, suicide and generational
poverty. Professor Ian Gilmore,
chair of the Alcoholic Alliance UK,
warns that 60 medical conditions
are linked to a high consumption of
liquor. Yet punters do not care.
Well, they damn well should.
Our NHS is crashing. In some
At an upper
middle-class
wedding many
of the women
were sloshed
and miserable
hospitals at weekends, 70 per cent
of patients have been drinking
beyond sane levels. We, on the left,
have been far too tolerant of binge
drinkers. I was too, until a young
child I knew died of a preventable
illness while waiting in a London
A&E department which suddenly
had to cope with a rush of stag-do
inebriated idiots.
Now several cities are trying out
“drunk tanks”, mobile medical units
to take care of those who think they
are entitled to get blotto and get
doctors and nurses to deal with the
mess. Such alternative provision
may work well, but patients must be
made to pay a fee for the treatment.
We owe nothing to those who feel no
duty to society.
I don’t mean those who are
mentally troubled or ill, or people
with serious social problems, but
the too many who deliberately
harm themselves and feel entitled
to deplete scarce resources. They
must learn that consequences flow
from wild behaviours.
That, however, cannot tackle the
underlying problem. How do you
transform the embedded, squalid
drink culture? Through determined
political will and genuinely ethical
business practice, neither of which
is likely. Or by resisting the lure of
the dark stuff. Not just for January,
but forever. Seek out non-drinkers
in excellent kebab houses. It will
take many to overcome this curse
over time. We are many.
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Poaching
economics
Get what
you pay for
Can someone please
explain to me why it
is thought to be good
to burn illicitly traded
ivory? I was always
taught in economics that
decreasing the supply of
a product pushed up the
price. Thus by destroying
the ivory (which cannot
be returned to the
elephants) the price of
the limited supply goes
up, making poaching
more lucrative.
ROBERT DEWEY
Instead of increasing all
Rail Fares on 1 January
each year, wouldn’t it
be more equitable and
acceptable, to raise
them on individual lines
when improvements are
introduced, such as new
trains or faster timings ?
ANTHONY PEARCE
TILEHURST, READING
Parties in
glasshouses
Mark Wallace is not
often guilty of being
spiteful, but he was
this week (i, 2 January).
The fact that there is
such a broad range of
political ideas would
make it a fact that at least
one would exist in the
centre ground.
Instead of trying to
ridicule parties that
oppose his own, he
would do better trying
to work out why the
Conservative Party has
become so dishonest.
ALAN PEARMAN
HERRINGTHORPE,
SOUTH YORKSHIRE
Drowning
in stuff
I am sure Judith Daniels
is right in agreeing that
the average person
is “drowning in stuff”
and that a new year
decluttering is good
for the soul (Your View,
2 January).
I have just read a news
item exhorting people to
start saving now for next
Christmas and where
appropriate to make use
of the credit union.
Without wanting to be
too curmudgeonly, can I
suggest that things could
be eased considerably
if we all gave token
gifts rather than the
extravagant ones that
have become the norm?
NEVILLE DENSON
ST BEES, CUMBRIA
be the starting point –
how you influence the
impact of peer pressure,
on the other hand,
goodness knows.
GILES MABERLY
to deal with inebriated
people, and so clear A&E
of half of its twilight
customers may seem a
good idea. But there are
a few drawbacks.
Those suffering from
strokes or epileptic fits
may be wrongly scooped
up into these “tanks” – it
has happened in the
past that these types of
patients are mistakenly
seen as drunk. Also, these
no doubt expensively
fitted-out tanks are fair
game to be wrecked
by the average drunk
rampaging about town.
A&E means accident
and emergency, which a
drunk is not, but almost
legitimising being drunk
by offering them their
own little sanctuary
before being discharged
home is, frankly, a waste
of money.
MARY HODGSON
COVENTRY,
We can make a
difference
Pointless
cannabis ban
I congratulate Mr
Rylance on his resolution
to continue using his
local farm shop and
thereby reduce his
contribution to plastic
waste (i, 30 December).
I was moving towards
making such a decision
myself
May I suggest that all
who read this resolve to
reduce/cut out plastics
from their weekly shop,
and tell your supermarket you are doing it. If
all i readers act on this it
will make an impression.
ROSEMARIE
RICHARDSON
STONEHOUSE,
GLOUCESTERSHIRE
Ian Birrell is absolutely
right to draw
attention again to the
outdated,unproductive
and puritanical cannabis
legislation in the UK
(i, 1 January). People
suffer needlessly from
ailments that cannabis
has a proven track
record for relieving
and this includes a
growing evidence
base for its efficacy in
cancer treatment.
It is high time the
Government took
control of this industry
and used what would
be substantial tax
revenues to increase
spending on education,
treatment and further
research into the myriad
properties of this drug.
LUKE HOPKINS
CARDIFF
Cold comfort
from buns
A reader complains that
the Co-op is already
stocking up with “hot
cross buns” (i, 2 January).
May I point out that these
are invariably stone
cold – surely a case for
the trades description
watchdog. Incidentally,
they were served hot
to prove that they had
been baked on Good
Friday, because it was
considered unlucky to
prepare them earlier.
RON SHUTTLEWORTH
COVENTRY
Falling prices,
happy buyers
You suggest that the city
of Perth in Scotland,
should be embarrassed
as its house prices are
the fastest falling (i, 2
January). Lower prices
are generally regarded
as a good thing, allowing
poorer folk to get on the
housing ladder.
All such persons
must wish Perth is
merely the forerunner
of a truly happy 2018
for prospective home
owners across the
UK. Why is i standing
economics on its head?
Marx would be pleased.
TIM FLINN
GARVALD,
EAST LOTHIAN
Tax plastic and
cardboard
It is reported that the
UK has no idea how to
recycle or handle waste
paper and plastic, now
that China is to ban the
importation of 24 grades
Simple economics would suggest that by destroying the ivory, the price of the
remaining supply is forced up, thus making poaching more lucrative AFP/GETTY
of plastic, paper and
textiles (i, 2nd January).
There are ethical
implications in the
UK over exporting
our rubbish to another
country, and also the
futility of councils
separating waste, to
avoid charges, to then it
send abroad.
However, at this time
of year, when our bins
are overflowing with
the excessive packaging
of gifts, I wonder what
proportion of this paper,
cardboard and plastic
comes into the UK from
China. Is it time to tax
such materials entering
the country to pay for
their environmentally
acceptable disposal?
MIKE GOLDMAN
KNUTSFORD, CHESHIRE
Student
migration
Having been on a
one-woman mission to
include international
students in net
immigration figures, I am
thrilled to hear that some
sense is finally prevailing
in Westminster.
My peers are subjected
to constant policing of
their location, having
to tap in for lecture
attendance, prove their
continual engagement,
and some even have
to register at the local
police station as part
of their “induction” into
university; they may as
well have a GPS ankle
bracelet fitted when
they step off the plane at
Heathrow. I hardly think
a welcome such as this
is going to mean many
choose to stay here after
they graduate.
ISABELLA MELIDOR
NEWCASTLE
UPON TYNE
Sharp practice
has to stop
Amid all the worthy
well-meaning
people clamouring
to be heard on issues
such as education,
psychologically damaged
youth and so on, I have
heard not one word
about the ease with
which deadly knives
can be bought over
the counter.
Sainsbury’s, for
example, has very
recently been selling
potentially lethal
end-of-range kitchen
knives for as little as
35p. Introducing better
controls on supply must
Drawbacks of
drunk tanks
In theory, a drunk tank
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Lily grabs
her chance
to shine
A Whitehall
cover-up
I hadn’t noticed that there was
a national clamouring to see
Jack Whitehall without any
clothes on, yet apparently
the comedian and actor now
includes a no-nudity clause
in any employment contract
he signs.
“Especially on A League of
Their Own [the Sky 1 panel
show Whitehall (right) appears
on], I’m always naked. There’s a
lot of my arse,” says Whitehall.
“So I’ve been giving approval
now whether they can use my
bottom. It feels like you should
always have approval. From
day one, that should have been
in my contract.”
Lily James jumped at the
chance to play Winston
Churchill’s wartime secretary
in Darkest Hour because
the role didn’t involve
“falling in love with a man and
getting married”.
James, 28, said that taking on
the role of Elizabeth Layton in
the new biopic was a refreshing
change because her recent
appearances in Baby Driver
and Cinderella and in TV shows
Downton Abbey and War And
Peace didn’t feel empowering
in quite the same way.
“It was just really great
for me and refreshing to
play a character where her
storyline wasn’t about falling
in love with a man and getting
engaged and married,” she said.
“It was about a woman who
was ferociously dedicated and
she adored Churchill.
“She was aware that she was
in the presence of this great
man, but her focus was her
work and getting it right and
being a really crucial part of
the whole war effort.”
James (below) stars opposite
Gary Oldman, who has been
nominated for a Golden
Globe for his performance as
Churchill, and Dame Kristin
Scott Thomas, who plays his
wife, Clementine.
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If there’s a chance of an extra day off, let it snow...
KELNER’S VIEW
Simon
Kelner
S
hortly before the Christmas
break, two things descended
on the country retreat where
I was staying. One was an
American friend, and the other was
a substantial amount of snow. The
combination of the two exposed
some of the fault lines in the special
relationship. She was on a tight
schedule to catch a plane back to
New York, but this particularly
picturesque corner of the
Cotswolds, with its pristine white
roads unsullied by any spreading of
grit, proved impossible to escape.
She became increasingly
exasperated, marooned in what we
considered a winter wonderland,
but she regarded as a living hell.
“I don’t understand it,” she said.
“In America, this simply wouldn’t
happen. The roads would be cleared,
the schools would be open and
everyone would go to work as if
nothing had happened.” She was
desperate to catch her plane, and
she wasn’t especially reassured
when I said that the airports would
probably be closed anyway.
Eventually, she made her getaway,
co-opting a four-wheel drive
vehicle, and left behind a
blizzard of reproval about
the inadequacies of
British civic life and
the feebleness of our
determination to
overcome adversity.
It’s true. Our attitude
to most kinds of
climatic reverse is one
of studied insouciance
rather than steely
resolution, but it also may have
revealed something more profound
about British productivity.
I say this as someone who, for
the best part of two weeks, has had
nothing more significant to do than
to put some logs on the fire or to pop
out to get a pint of milk. And, blimey,
how I’ve enjoyed it. We jealously
guard our leisure time, we regard
any interruption to it as extremely
annoying, and given any opportunity
to bag a little unscheduled furlough –
a few inches of snow will do the trick
– we seize it with alacrity.
It’s not that we haven’t got the
equipment to deal with a heavy
snowfall, or that we’re incompetent.
It’s that we don’t always have
the will. Unlike Americans, say,
we’re not obsessively committed
to keeping the wheels of industry
turning when we can get a little
more guilt-free time off. If truth be
told, we’re actually looking for an
excuse to close the schools, rather
than find a way to keep them open.
As we know, productivity levels
in the UK are well below
those of our major trading
partners – Germany,
France and the US
– and continue to
fall. This is partly a
function of having
such full employment,
productivity being
the measure of output
divided by man hours
worked. It is also partially
caused, I believe, by the chronic
transport issues in Britain – all
those people stuck in cars on our
congested motorways every day
must be on their way to produce
something. But it must also have
something to do with an everincreasing appetite for, and sense of
entitlement to, leisure activity.
We are, and always have been,
an industrious nation. But the
transformation of Britain into a
service economy may have made us
a bit flabby, so to speak, around the
edges. I can still hear my American
friend raging, but as I reluctantly
return to work, shoulders drooping,
heart slightly sinking, I feel rather
proud to be British.
SOCIAL MEDIA
– financial punishment. The fines,
which could reach up to €50m
(£44.3m) are the biggest deterrent
to date for these companies, which
have so far dragged their heels when
it comes to regulating what exactly
makes it onto their networks.
The niggling flipside of the ruling
is the erosion of free speech. There is
a danger Twitter, Facebook et al will
cease to err on the side of caution
over post policing and simply take
down material which would be
allowed to remain were it not for the
threat of a hefty fine.
And while the rules could
significantly reduce the amount of
hate-filled content online, it doesn’t
extend to fake news. Fake news may
be dangerous and misleading, but
most of it isn’t illegal.
While it’s difficult to say how
effective the measures will prove,
Germany’s stance is admirable.
We all know more must be done to
stop racists, bigots, homophobes,
misogynists, terrorists and others
from exploiting global platforms for
their own means – the companies
themselves have even admitted it.
Germany has long had strict rules
banning Nazi symbolism, and it has
Volksverhetzung, a law forbidding
speech which could incite hatred
against a national, religious, ethnic
or racial minority. Technology
enabled this speech to find a wider
audience online, and now the sites
and apps that gave rise to it must
face up to their responsibilities.
Money talks – maybe social media
will listen.
Rhiannon
Williams
Lots to like in
this reponse
to hate speech
S
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ocial media may have brought
us closer than ever before, but
it has simultaneously given us
a platform to spread hate and
fear on a massive scale.
So Germany has decided to take
matters into its own hands. From
1 January, the country has begun
enforcing strict anti-hate speech
laws with the power to fine the social
media companies which fail to take
down “obviously illegal” posts or
content within 24 hours, or up to a
week for really complicated cases.
Announced last June, the rules
affect Twitter, Facebook, Google,
YouTube, Snapchat, Instagram and
any other network with more than
two million members, the majority
of which have been lambasted by our
own Government in a series of select
committees over their inability
to curb hate speech, terrorist
propaganda and abuse online.
Germany is hoping to hit the
tech giants where it really hurts
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Dating site’s
‘scientifically
proven match’
claim banned
Conservators replace
the final stained
glass panel in York
Minster’s 600-yearold Great East Window
yesterday, following a
10-year conservation
and restoration
project. All 311 panels
of the window, which
is the country’s largest
single expanse of
medieval stained
glass, were removed
and restored by York
Glaziers Trust – a task
that took 92,400 hours
and cost £11.5m.
By Josie Clarke
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LITERATURE
Dunmore’s moving contemplation
of death wins Costa poetry award
ARTS & MEDIA CORRESPONDENT
A poignant final poetry collection
by Helen Dunmore, in which she
contemplates her impending death,
has won the 2017 Costa Poetry
Award.
Inside The Wave includes
“Hold Out Your Arms”, a
poem written by Dunmore
in the weeks before her
death last June, aged 64,
from cancer. It concludes:
“You push back my hair
/ – Which could do with
a comb / But never mind
– / You murmur / ‘We’re
nearly there’.”
The poem was included
in the second edition of
the book at the wish of
Dunmore’s family. The
Costa judges praised “an
astonishing set of poems – a
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Costa winners Categories
First Novel Award
Eleanor Oliphant is Completely Fine,
by Gail Honeyman
Novel Award
Reservoir 13, by Jon McGregor
Biography Award
In the Days of Rain, by Rebecca Stott
Poetry Award
Inside the Wave, by
Helen Dunmore
Children’s Book Award
The Explorer, by
Katherine Rundell
final, great achievement”. Dunmore (inset) published her first
poetry collection aged 22 and
was a prolific writer, penning
an acclaimed novel, Birdcage
Walk, last year.
The posthumous poetry winner will among the names under
consideration for the overall £30,000
Costa Book of the Year against the
winners of the novel, first novel,
children’s fiction and biography categories. Four of the five winners are
women, including Rebecca Stott,
whose story of her family’s membership of a fundamentalist Christian
sect, won the biography award.
In The Days of Rain recounts her
experience in the Exclusive Brethren, a closed community who believed the world is ruled by Satan.
The first novel award went to
Scottish author Gail Honeyman for
Eleanor Oliphant is Completely Fine,
which was snapped up by HarperCollins after an eight-way auction at
the Frankfurt Book Fair. The novel
is the story of a childhood trauma
survivor that depicts the loneliness
of life and the power of kindness.
Jon McGregor took the novel
award for Reservoir 13, the story of
many lives haunted by one family’s
Eleanor Oliphant is
Completely Fine will be
adapted for the big screen by
Reese Witherspoon’s production
company. Honeyman finished
the book while working, fitting
writing into early mornings.
loss, which the judges called “hypnotic, compelling and original”.
Katherine Rundell was named
children’s book sward winner for her
fourth book, The Explorer, an adventure story about four children fighting for survival after crash-landing
in the Amazon rainforest. The story
was inspired by an expedition that
Rundell, who is learning to fly a small
aeroplane, made to the Amazon.
The Costa Book of the Year will be
announced on 30 January with the
five category winners each receiving
£5,000.
A claim by online dating
service eHarmony that it used a
“scientifically proven matching
system” has been banned after
it could offer no evidence
of customers having a
significantly greater chance of
finding lasting love.
A billboard ad for the website
seen in July said: “Step aside, fate.
It’s time science had a go at love.”
It went on: “Imagine being
able to stack the odds of finding
lasting love entirely in your
favour. eHarmony’s scientifically
proven matching system decodes
the mystery of compatibility and
chemistry so you don’t have to.
Why leave the most important
search of your life to chance?”
Lord Lipsey, who lodged
the complaint that triggered
the ruling and is also the joint
chairman of the All Party
Parliamentary Group on
Statistics and a former lay
member of the Advertising
Standards Authority’s (ASA)
council, said: “Phrases like
‘scientifically proven’ should be
confined to claims that are just
that, not used in crude puffery
designed to lure in those longing
for love. This is a new form of fake
news which the ASA has rightly
slapped down.”
The website said it used an
algorithm based on scientific
theories and data collected
from more than 50,000 married
couples in 23 countries, resulting
in statistical models associated
with cut-off thresholds for scores
that indicated a high probability
of successful relationships.
The website submitted a
granted patent for their algorithm
to the ASA and also provided a
copy of two published studies
which it claimed reported higher
levels of marital satisfaction
for couples who met through
eHarmony than any other source.
TELEVISION
ENVIRONMENT
‘Game of Thrones’ gets
the stamp of approval
Pret doubles discount for reusing cups
By Sam Baker
Daenerys Targaryen, Jon Snow
and Arya Stark are among Game Of
Thrones characters that will feature
on a new series of stamps, Royal
Mail has announced.
They are among 10 protagonists
from the hit HBO fantasy programme, based on the books by
George RR Martin, who feature in
the set that goes on sale on 23 January. The set of 15 first-class stamps
is being released to highlight British
contributions to the series.
The seven seasons so far have
been frequently filmed in Northern
Ireland with a predominantly British and Irish cast.
As well as the characters played
by Emilia Clarke, Kit Harington and
Maisie Williams, the other characters to feature on the stamps are
Cersei Lannister (Lena Headey),
Sansa Stark (Sophie Turner), Tywin
Lannister (Charles Dance), Eddard
Stark (Sean Bean), Olenna Tyrell
(Dame Diana Rigg), Tyrion Lannister (Peter Dinklage), and Jaime Lannister (Nikolaj Coster-Waldau).
By Benjamin Butterworth
Sword-wielding Ayra Stark features
on one of the stamps ROYAL MAIL/PA
There is also a five-stamp sheet
featuring images of the Night King
and his undead White Walkers,
giants, direwolves and dragons, and
the Iron Throne.
The collection’s release comes
ahead of the eighth and final season,
which is currently in production.
Pret A Manger has doubled its discount for customers who use their
own coffee cups.
The food and drinks chain will offer
customers who bring a reusable cup
a 50p discount on hot drinks in a bid
to “help change habits”.
“I’m delighted you can now get 50p
off a hot drink when you bring your
reusable cup to Pret. I hope this will
make a difference,” said chief executive Clive Schlee.
Pret has plans to source a “welldesigned” reusable cup to launch
later this year and will explore adding
china cups to more of its shops with
seating. Academics at Cardiff University estimate that 2.5 billion disposable coffee cups are used in the UK
every year, with about 25,000 tons
of waste created. Research suggests
charging extra for paper would cut
usage by 300 million cups per year.
Chancellor Philip Hammond signalled that taxes or charges could be
levied on single-use plastics to help
the UK lead the way on tackling “the
scourge” littering the environment in
his November Budget statement.
It comes amid rising concern about
the problem of plastic waste in the
oceans, harming and killing wildlife.
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over ‘spiked
vegan’ claim
By Jane Clinton
A chef who claimed she had “spiked
a vegan” with cheese has received
death threats and is “suicidal”, according to her partner.
Laura Goodman put a post on Facebook after she became fed up with
a group of vegans and vegetarians
who were dining on Saturday at the
restaurant she co-owns in Albrighton, Shropshire. Ms Goodman said
she had spent all day cooking vegan
options but the group ignored them
and choose dishes off the standard
menu, including a margherita pizza
with mozzarella cheese, which is not
vegan-friendly.
After finishing the shift at the
Carlini restaurant, the 47-year-old
posted the message to a closed Facebook group. She later added: “Pious,
judgmental vegan (who I spent all day
cooking for) has gone to bed still believing she’s a vegan.”
The chef soon faced a barrage of
criticism on social media and local
vegan groups have urged people to
boycott the restaurant.
Ms Goodman’s partner, Michael
Gale, 62, apologised for any offence
caused. He said his partner was “suicidal” and “mortified” by the comments which she posted “after a very
long shift and too much to drink”. He
insisted she had not “spiked” anyone.
“When one of the waitresses came
into the kitchen she commented she
thought one of the vegans had been
eating the pizza,” he said. “The comment came from that. Unfortunately
Laura has had death threats which
we have reported to the police.”
A spokesman for Shropshire
Council’s regulatory services department said it had received complaints
regarding the matter which were
under investigation.
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Slavery victims
‘hidden in plain
sight’ at nail bars
By Lizzie Dearden
Victims of modern slavery are being
“hidden in plain sight” in nail bars
throughout the UK police have
warned after smashing one of the
most sophisticated gangs yet seen
in Britain.
Three members of a Vietnamese
gang whose criminal exploits were
uncovered in Bath have been jailed
for a total of nine years for forcing
teenage girls to work without pay and
keeping them in squalid conditions.
They transferred their victims
to beauty parlours across England
while dumping the victims’ phones in
efforts to evade the police, sparking
an intelligence operation involving
the National Crime Agency.
Thu Huong Nguyen, a 48-year-old
Vietnamese woman known as Jenny,
was jailed for five years for conspiring to facilitate the movement of
people for labour exploitation and
requiring others to perform forced
or compulsory labour.
Viet Hoang Nguyen (known as
Ken), 29, and Giang Huong Tran
(known as Susan), 23, were also sentenced for conspiracy to require others to perform forced or compulsory
labour at Stafford Crown Court.
Viet Hoang Nguyen was jailed for
four years. Tran was given a two-year
suspended sentence.
Investigators believe their “cash
only” nail bars are a fraction of those
run by gangs using them to launder
money from cannabis factories and
other criminal activities throughout
the UK.
It was the first successful prosecution under the Modern Slavery Act,
said Detective Inspector Clair Langley, of Staffordshire Police.
Thu Huong Nguyen managed a nail
bar in Bath city centre, which was
Thu Huong Nguyen was jailed for five
years over modern slavery charges
STAFFORDSHIRE POLICE
first visited by police and welfare officials in February 2016. A victim and
another teenage girl were taken into
protective custody but soon fled back
to the gang.
They were transferred to other
nail bars in Cheltenham, Burton-onTrent, Gloucester and Derbyshire,
leading police to new victims and
perpetrators as the group inadvertently revealed the scope of their
operations.
Det Insp Clair Langley, of Staffordshire Police, said the speed the gang
moved victims around the country
“indicates their level of organisation”.
THE INDEPENDENT
Nail bars were identified as a hub of modern
slavery in a report released in
September, which found that
1,747 Vietnamese nationals were
reported as suspected trafficking
victims between 2009 and 2016.
ENERGY
Artificial island could be built
for wind farm in North Sea
By Dean Kirby
NORTHERN CORRESPONDENT
An artificial island could be built in
the North Sea for a giant wind farm
that could soon provide power to
British homes.
Dutch energy network
TenneT has identified Dogger Bank, 78 miles off the
Yorkshire coast, as a potential site for the island.
Plans have been drawn
up that could see electricity sent through longdistance cables which could
eventually reach 100 million people in the UK, the Netherlands, Germany and Denmark.
TenneT has joined forces with Danish firm Energinet to look at building
a series of “power link islands” across
the North Sea.
Torben Glar Nielsen, from Energinet, said: “It could be a very efficient and affordable way for
the North Sea countries
to meet the future demands for more renewable electricity.”
The first island at
Dogger Bank, which
is said to have optimal
wind conditions and
shallow waters, would be
around three square miles.
It would cost around £1.3m to build
and could be built by 2035.
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FINANCE
Paper money is rip-off for taxpayers, warns MP
By Dan O’Donoghue
Councils, hospitals and universities are “not getting value for
money” when it comes to purchasing basic office supplies
Some public sector organisations are paying up to seven times
more for paper than necessary, according to figures provided under
Freedom of Information requests.
The highest price paid by a local
authority per ream (500 sheets) of
standard office paper in 2016 was
£4.39 by Stratford-on-Avon Council. Runnymede Borough Council,
on the other hand, was able to
purchase some of its paper for just
75p per ream.
The most paid by an NHS trust
was £4.65 by Portsmouth Hospitals NHS Trust, with the lowest
being £1.40 by Colchester Hospital
University NHS Trust.
In higher education, the University of Manchester bought reams
for £4.40, while Oxford Brookes
paid £1.57 per ream.
Tory MP Craig Mackinlay, who
obtained the figures, said: “I think
taxpayers will be more than a little
concerned to learn that many public sector bodies are not getting
value for money from suppliers
when purchasing simple, everyday items such as paper.
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SOUTH KOREA
Seoul open to
talks after
Kim Jong-un
makes offer
By Christine Kim
IN SEOUL
South Korea has offered to hold
talks with North Korea amid
a stand- off over the latter’s
weapons programmes.
The offer came a day after North
Korean leader Kim Jong-un said he
was open to negotiations but that
his country would push ahead with
“mass producing” nuclear warheads.
The offer had been discussed with
the United States, the South’s unification minister said, while a decision
on whether to delay a massive joint
military drill between South Korea
and the United States until after the
Winter Olympics was pending.
Tension has been rising over North
Korea’s nuclear and missile programmes, which it pursues in defiance of years of UN Security Council
resolutions, with bellicose rhetoric
coming from both Pyongyang and
the White House. The North regards
the regular war drills between the
South and the United States as preparations for war.
“We look forward to candidly discussing interests from both sides
face-to-face with North Korea, along
with the North’s participation in the
Pyeongchang Winter Olympics,”
Unification Minister, Cho Myounggyon, told reporters.
“I repeat: the government is open
to talking with North Korea, regardless of time, location and form.”
Mr Cho said he expects the talks,
at the border village of Panmunjom,
to focus on North Korea’s participation at the Olympics in February,
but other issues would likely arise,
including the denuclearisation of
North Korea. Should the talks take
place, it would be the first such dialogue since a vice-ministerial meeting in December 2015.
The offer was made after a New
Year’s Day speech by Mr Kim, who
said he was “open to dialogue” with
Logan said
the clip was
intended to
raise suicide
awareness
Cho Myoung-gyon said South Korea
‘looked forward to’ talks AFP/GETTY
Seoul, and for North Korean athletes
possibly to take part in the Winter
Games, but he persistently declared
North Korea a nuclear power.
After welcoming Mr Kim’s address, President Moon Jae-in asked
his government to move as quickly
as possible to bring North Korea to
the Olympics.
Geng Shuang, a spokesman for
China’s foreign ministry, called the
recent positive comments from both
sides about improving relations, and
Mr Kim’s remarks about participating in the Olympics, a “good thing”.
He added: “China welcomes and
supports North Korea and South
Korea taking earnest efforts to treat
this as an opportunity to improve mutual relations, promote the alleviation
of the situation on the Korean peninsula and realise denuclearisation on
the peninsula.” REUTERS
Analysts have suggested
that Kim Jong-un’s New
Year’s Day speech, in which he
said he was “open to dialogue”,
was an attempt to weaken the
US-South Korean alliance.
JAPAN
Two die after choking on mochi
By Charlie Burgess
Two people have died and others
were left in critical condition after
choking on traditional celebratory
rice balls in Japan.
The round cakes, known as mochi,
are made by steaming and pounding
rice before shaping it into palm-sized
buns to be either baked or boiled.
The process gives the snack a chewy
and hard-to-swallow texture, which
caused the deaths and injuries.
This is not an isolated incident, as
every year people are hurt or killed
trying to eat the buns. Between 2014
and 2015, nine people died. It is estimated that 90 per cent of people
taken to hospital as a result of the
New Year’s tradition are 65 or older.
Despite the dangers, mochi is still
eaten on several Japanese holidays
including Children’s Day and Girls’
Day, during which special variations
of the balls are made.
Its popularity is enough for public
safety warnings from the government that instruct people to cut the
buns into smaller pieces and keep
them away from dogs.
JAPAN
YouTube star apologises for ‘graphic’ clip
of dead body at known suicide spot
By Rhiannon Williams
A prominent YouTuber has
apologised for posting a video
of a dead body during a trip to a
known suicide spot in Japan.
Logan Paul, who has more than
15 million subscribers on the site,
recorded himself and a group of
friends visiting the Aokigahara
Forest, where they came across
the body of a dead man.
Paul was filmed approaching
the body calling out: “Yo, are you
alive? Are you f***ing with us?”
He later asks another member
of the group, “What, you never
stand next to a dead guy?”
and starts laughing. The body
appears in several close-ups
throughout the footage, with the
face blurred out.
The forest is Japan’s most
frequented suicide spot, and
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is believed to be second only
to the Golden Gate Bridge as a
worldwide suicide destination.
While official statistics are
no longer released, to avoid
publicising the site, 105 deaths
were confirmed in 2003.
Paul was criticised for sharing
the footage, which has since been
deleted, with Breaking Bad actor
Aaron Paul calling the 22-yearold “pure trash”.
Paul shared an apology on
Twitter, where he wrote: “I
did it because I thought I could
make a positive ripple on the
internet, not cause a monsoon of
negativity.
“I intended to raise awareness
for suicide and suicide
prevention and while I thought,
‘If this video saves just one life,
it’ll be worth it’, I was misguided
by shock and awe, as portrayed in
the video. I still am.”
In a caveat at the beginning of
the video, Paul warns viewers
about the content, saying: “I
will say, before you watch, this
is graphic. “This definitely marks
a moment in YouTube history,
because I’m pretty sure this has
never hopefully happened to
anyone on YouTube, ever.”
TAIWAN
Mother wins case against her son
By Oz Katerji
Taiwan’s Supreme Court ruled
in favour yesterday of a single
mother who sued her son for
financial support, according to
local media reports.
The woman, surnamed Luo,
alleged that she had incurred
a debt of £500,000 to raise her
two young sons and pay for their
education since divorcing the
children’s father.
According to court
documents, the woman said she
signed an agreement with
her two sons that after they
became dentists, they would
pay her 60 per cent of any
net profits raised from their
dental practice until payments
reached £1.25m.
The younger son argued that
the agreement was against social
customs and should be invalid.
But the Supreme Court
ruled that the civil law allows
the persons involved to enter
into an financial support
payment agreement.
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SPAIN
Cost to economy
of Catalan crisis
put at €1bn
By Oz Katerji
Spain’s economy minister, Luis
de Guindos, has estimated
that the Catalan independence
crisis has cost the economy
€1bn (£890m).
In an interview with Spanish
radio, he said that a slowdown
African migrants given
three months to leave
By Charlie Burgess
IN JERUSALEM
UNITED NATIONS
Soldier ‘shot girl Six nations join
in row over pork’ Security Council
Venezuelan authorities
arrested a soldier over the
weekend and accused him of
killing a pregnant 18-year-old
during a row while queuing for
pork, according to local media.
Alexandra Colopoy was
gunned down by First Sergeant
David Rebolledo after being
told to leave as the pork had run
out, the state prosecutor said.
No further details were
provided but critics of the
government seized on the
incident, calling it a stark
example of the oil-rich
country’s meltdown. REUTERS
ISRAEL
The United Nations Security Council has six new members: Equatorial Guinea, Ivory Coast, Kuwait, the
Netherlands, Peru and Poland.
Their flags were installed outside
the council chambers yesterday in a
ceremony arranged by Kazakhstan’s
ambassador, Kairat Umarov. His
country currently holds the council
presidency.
The 15-member council is the UN’s
most powerful body. China, France,
Russia, the United Kingdom and
the United States are permanent
members, with veto power. Egypt,
Japan, Senegal, Ukraine and Uruguay
finished their terms last year. AP
in the Catalan economy had
triggered the downturn after
the independence referendum,
which Madrid considered illegal,
in October.
Madrid repeatedly warned
Catalan separatists about the
potential for economic damage
and this made up a significant
part of the government’s
campaign platform in last
month’s regional election.
“Catalonia was one of the
drivers of the Spanish economy,”
he told Cadena Ser. “However, in
the fourth quarter, it’s become
a burden.”
The Israeli government has issued
a warning to thousands of African
“infliltrators”, who entered the
country illegally, that if they do not
leave within three months they
face inprisonment.
The Population and Immigration
Authority is offering $3,500 (£2,573),
as well as travel costs and other
incentives, to any migrants from
Sudan and Eritrea who return to
their country, or a “third country” –
meaning Rwanda or Uganda.
It says that their return home will
be humane and voluntary. Migrants
Miami Beach
Viewers intrigued by the
Gianni Versace murder case
featured in the new season of
American Crime Story can
retrace the fashion designer’s
steps at his former mansion in
South Beach.
Tourists stop on its stone
front steps every day to pose
for pictures where Versace
was fatally shot by serial
killer Andrew Cunanan in
1997. There’s more to the
Mediterranean-style mansion
than Versace’s death, however.
Now a boutique hotel, the
Villa Casa Casuarina, Versace’s
former home still reflects his
glamorous designs and opulent
lifestyle. Visitors can swim in
the pool he lined with 24-carat
gold tiles, sleep on double-kingsized beds, gaze at the ocean
from his rooftop observatory
and dine in a gourmet
restaurant established in his
former dining room.
A resident artist maintains
the mosaics and frescos that
Versace had made for the
property, including designs
showcasing his signature
snake-haired Medusa head.
Versace spent $33m
renovating the three-storey
building that he purchased
in 1992. It was originally an
apartment complex built in
1930 by Standard Oil heir
Alden Freeman.
After Versace’s death, his
family sold the property,
which is now part of the Victor
Hotels group. AP
Jennifer Kay
have until the end of March to accept
the government’s offer, after which
they risk jail time. However, those
considered most vulnerable, such as
Out of
darkness
into light
Hindu devotees
light oil lamps on the
auspicious occasion
of Paush Purnima
during the annual
traditional fair Magh
Mela at Sangam,
the confluence of
the rivers Ganges,
Yamuna and the
mythical Saraswati,
in Allahabad, India,
yesterday.
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AFGHANISTAN
US soldier killed in fighting near Pakistani border
One US service member was killed
and four others wounded during a
“combat engagement” in the eastern
Afghan province of Nangarhar, the
US military has said.
The incident took place on Monday
in Achin, Nangarhar province. Two
of the wounded service members
are being treated at a medical facility
and are in a stable condition, the
statement said.
Nangarhar, on the porous border
with Pakistan, has become a
stronghold for Isis, generally known
as Daesh in Afghanistan, which
has grown to become a dangerous
militant group since it appeared
around the start of 2015.
There are currently about 14,000
US troops in Afghanistan and US
troops accompany Afghan forces
at battalion level, which puts them
at greater risk of being in combat
situations. REUTERS
SOUTH SUDAN
LIBERIA
UGANDA
Concerns over
broken ceasefire
New leader sets President free to
modest goals
run again in 2021
The United States, Britain and
Norway have called on parties
in South Sudan’s conflict to stop
violating a ceasefire signed last
month, their heads of mission in
the capital, Juba, said yesterday.
The deal aimed to end a fouryear war between the government
of President Salva Kiir and rebels
in which tens of thousands of
people have died. There have been
several reported violations of the
deal by both sides. REUTERS
The Liberian President-elect, George
Weah, set modest goals for his sixyear term yesterday, calling for
Liberia to start exporting crops and
repairing decrepit infrastructure.
The former international football
star rode a wave of youth support to
capture more than 60 per cent of the
vote in last Tuesday’s run-off, but he
will need to manage expectations as
he attempts to revive one of Africa’s
worst-performing economies.
By Idrees Ali
IN WASHINGTON
Postcard
From...
It is believed that more than 40,000
migrants are living in Israel AFP/GETTY
children, elderly people and victims
of slavery, will not face prosecution
for staying.
The Hotline for Migrant Workers,
an advocacy group, condemned the
move yesterday, saying expulsions
would “put the refugees’ lives
in danger.”
Thousands of Africans entered
Israel illegaly, prompting the
government to erect a fence along
its border with Egypt. Many say they
fled conflict and persecution and are
seeking refugee status.
The government, however, believes
them to be economic migrants whose
numbers threaten Israel’s Jewish
character. AP
REUTERS
Ugandan President Yoweri
Museveni has signed into law a
bill that removes a presidential
age limit from the constitution
and allows him to run for election
again, it was confirmed yesterday.
Mr Museveni, one of Africa’s
longest-serving leaders, is 73 and
would have been ineligible to run
in 2021. Now he could rule until
2031. Critics say the bill is an
attempt by Mr Museveni to rule
until the grave. AP
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GERMANY
Far-right MP’s anti-Muslim tweet investigated
By Joseph Nasr
IN BERLIN
A far-right politician is to be investigated for possible incitement to hatred after she criticised a police force
that tweeted in Arabic, accusing it of
doing so “to appease the barbaric,
Muslim, rapist hordes of men”.
Police in the state of North RhineWestphalia (NRW) posted a New
Year’s Eve greeting in Arabic as well
as German, English and French.
Cologne, a city where groups of
mainly Arab immigrants were accused of sexual assaults at New
Year’s Eve celebrations two years
ago, is located in the state.
“What the hell is wrong with this
country? Why is the official page of
police in NRW tweeting in Arabic,”
Beatrix von Storch (inset), a member
of the anti-immigrant Alternative for
Germany (AfD), wrote.
Her post was later deleted by
Twitter after it received complaints
from members of the public.
“Are they seeking to appease the
barbaric, Muslim, rapist hordes of
men?” she added.
Twitter suspended her account
for 12 hours after she posted the
message, saying it breached the
micro-blogging website’s rules,
which bar users from posting
hateful messages.
Social media platforms
face hefty fines in Germany if they fail to remove
hateful postings swiftly,
and companies such as
Facebook and Twitter
have hired extra staff to
monitor such messages.
Large numbers of officers
were deployed in North RhineWestphalia this year to secure New
Year’s street parties in large cities
and they said celebrations were
largely peaceful.
Prosecutors in the state
must first decide whether
they should deal with the
police complaint against
von Storch or transfer the case to Berlin
authorities, given that
her constituency is in
the capital.
If prosecutors deem
there is sufficient grounds
to launch an official criminal investigation, they would first have
to ask parliament to suspend her
immunity before proceeding with a
case. Cologne chief prosecutor Ulf
Willuhn said prosecutors must now
decide whether von Storch’s message amounted to “inciting people
to commit violence against a certain
section of society”. REUTERS
The German Medical
Association is against
proposals for asylum seekers
to undergo medical tests to
ascertain their age, deeming the
tests to be ethically wrong.
UNITED STATES
Ballet leader retires amid
claims of sexual harassment
By Charlie Burgess
IN NEW YORK
The leader of the New York City Ballet is retiring in the midst of an investigation into allegations of sexual
misconduct.
Peter Martins wrote a
letter to the company’s
board of directors on
Monday announcing his
retirement, stating that
the scandal had “exacted
a painful toll on me and
my family”.
The 71-year-old choreographer told board members that
he continues to deny allegations that
he sexually harassed or abused members of the company.
New York City Ballet announced
last month that Mr Martins would
take a leave of absence from the
company and its School of American
Ballet during an independent investigation. The company hired a law firm
to conduct the investigation after receiving an anonymous letter accusing Mr Martins of harassment.
Mr Martins (inset) said he
had “co-operated fully” in
the investigation.
“I believe its findings
would have vindicated
me,” he wrote in his letter to the board.
He said that to “bring
an end to this disruption
which has enveloped the
Ballet and the School”, he had
decided it was time for him to retire.
Board chairman Charles Scharf
heaped praise on Mr Martins for his
work but said that the investigation
would continue.
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AUSTRALIA
CURRENCY
Imam backs bitcoin trading ban
By Oz Katerji
The Grand Mufti of Egypt has endorsed a ban on bitcoin trading by
declaring it “forbidden” by Islam in
a fatwa reported by Egyptian daily
Al-Ahram.
Sheikh Shawki Allam, the most
senior imam in the world’s most populous Arab country, said the crypto-
currency was open to “fraudulence,
lack of knowledge and cheating”.
The Grand Mufti said risks could
arise because the virtual currency
was not subject to surveillance by any
centralised authority.
Egypt’s first bitcoin exchange
opened last August and was declared
illegitimate by Egyptian authorities
in December.
Investigators to raise plane that carried UK boss
By Jane Wardell
IN SYDNEY
The seaplane that crashed into a
Sydney river on New Year’s Eve,
killing six people, including the British chief executive of catering giant
Compass, will be raised by the end of
the week, investigators hope.
Australian Transport Safety Bureau executive director Nat Nagy
said investigators would probe several lines of inquiry to piece together
what happened, including a close
look at the plane’s electronics and
maintenance record, as well as the
pilot’s background and experience.
It was hoped the plane would be
raised by the end of the week, Mr
Nagy said. A crane, airbags, or a
combination of the two would be
used to raise the plane from the
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riverbed as gently as possible. The
plane is submerged near Cowan,
about 25 miles north of Sydney.
Mr Nagy said investigators would
also look for any other electronic devices that may have been on board.
A preliminary report into the
crash will be made public in about
a month, although authorities have
warned it may take up to a year to
find out what happened. REUTERS
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The state
CULTURE
of the art
Thinking of investing in art?
Conservator Richard Hawkes tells
Sharon Dale how pieces can
disintegrate and why he prefers
a landscape to a Banksy
uying contemporary art
has become increasingly
popular as investors
hunt for alternatives
to bonds and savings
accounts, but releasing your inner
Charles Saatchi should come
with a warning, according to
Richard Hawkes.
One of a handful of conservators
who specialise in preserving and
restoring works on paper, he
says: “Some of the materials used
are so poor and inappropriate
they could degrade within 20
years, significantly reducing
the value of your work of art. It’s
quite frightening.”
The root cause, Hawkes says, is
that art students are not taught
about the dangers. “They are
often encouraged to use upcycled
items, such as newspaper and
cardboard. They also use mdf
[medium-density fibreboard] as a
backboard, which can turn paper
brown within a year.
“I’ve been campaigning for
better education. If you look back
in history, painters like Turner
knew about pigments and how
they react and they knew about
paper. That is no longer the case.”
Signed prints from the 1990s
by a young Banksy are a good
example, according to Richard.
Before the world’s best-known
graffiti artist became famous, he
produced a series of £50 prints
made to fit Ikea frames.
They are now highly collectable
and worth a small fortune but
the quality of the materials is
poor, which is a dichotomy that
the mysterious maker himself
may well find amusing. In his
temporary art project, Dismaland,
one of the signs reads: “It’s not art
unless it has the potential to be
a disaster.”
“It’s understandable. He was
unknown at the time and worked
on cheap acidic paper, which is
liable to tear,” says Hawkes, who
works for museums, galleries,
art dealers and collectors. He
has tackled everything from the
restoration of a 13th-century
Koran to reviving historic
watercolours and wallpaper,
to cleaning vellum deeds,
photographs and globes.
The solution to the problem of
disintegrating Banksys is to repair
and line them using Japanese
paper. It is strong with long fibres
that can be knitted together
with starch paste. The paper is
one of the staples in Hawkes’s
studio, near Harrogate, where
he practises a combination of
chemistry and art.
Other tools of his trade include
erasers and brushes and a water
bath, where he immerses stained
originals and prints, often the
victim of acidic wood pulp boards
that create oxidisation marks.
“A lot of what I do is about
washing, which amazes people, but
the colours don’t run if you know
about pigments and how they
react. And paper isn’t that fragile.
It can last hundreds of years,” says
Hawkes, who also uses natural
sunlight for brightening, along
with calcium hydroxide, calcium
carbonate and various enzymes.
He sometimes sprays ultrasonic
mist on stains then pulls the water
through the paper on a special
vacuum suction table.
One of his favourite projects
was restoring the map carried
by the Duke of Wellington at the
Battle of Waterloo. It is a prized
artefact with iron staining thought
to be the Duke’s blood. Hawkes’s
most recent challenge is mending
a ripped and foisty periodic table
found rolled up underneath a stage
at the University of St Andrews.
Printed in Vienna in 1887, it
is the oldest known surviving
ENVIRONMENT
Go green in 2018 with
these eight handy tips
If you want to make a difference this year? We have
resolutions that show a little effort goes a long way
1. Recycle like a pro
It’s easy to get confused about
what can and can’t be recycled,
and most households end up
throwing away things they
shouldn’t. Double-check you’re
recycling everything you can, and
go above and beyond, too: take
heavier-duty products to your
local recycling centre, send old
electrical equipment, such as TVs
and laptops, to be salvaged, and
switch to rechargeable batteries.
2. Cycle to work
Ask any cyclist why they pedal to
work and they’ll probably boast
about skipping the sardine-packed
train carriage every morning, the
money they save on not having to
buy petrol and the fact they never
have to go to the gym. Add to that
list the fact that switching to a bike
reduces pollution. Fewer than 5
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EDUCATION
The lessons to
be learned from
‘studentification’
St Andrews has a population problem
shared by other university towns,
research reveals. By Ross Brown
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Art conservator
Richard Hawkes at
work in his studio
JONATHAN GAWTHORPE
printed version and is, he says,
“the equivalent of the Holy Grail
to chemists”.
Other interesting commissions
have included a flood-damaged
screenprint of Chairman Mao
by Andy Warhol, which was a
write-off. The insurer paid the
claim and then sent the print to
Richard to see if he could help
recoup some of its losses. It now
looks almost as good as new to the
untrained eye.
Flood damage is common and
Hawkes is part of a hit squad
of conservators who answer
emergency calls from museums
and galleries. One of the first jobs
is to freeze the documents and
paper works of art immediately to
prevent mould taking hold. They
can then be dried out with fans
and restored.
This knowledge and his love of
art is put to good use in the online
Watermark Gallery, which he runs
with his wife, Liz. He buys pictures
at auction knowing he can add
value by restoring them.
The couple also stock new work
by some of their favourite painters
and printmakers. Hawkes’s own
taste is for 18th- and 19th-century
watercolours, which he says have
fallen out of favour.
And as much as he applauds
Banksy for his chutzpah and his
clever ideas, he wouldn’t want one
of his pieces. “They are more of a
status symbol and I see them as
instant visual gratification,” he
says. “Once you’ve seen it and you
get it, that’s it.
“I like a picture that I can lose
myself in, like a lovely landscape.
They’re not fashionable at the
moment as collectors are buying
oils, so you can pick up a good
Victorian watercolour for £200.
“My bet is that they will prove
a good investment. The Chinese
love them, especially chocolate box
cottages and ladies who look like
they could be in Downton Abbey.”
per cent of Brits pedal to work – do
your bit to fix that by investing in
a bike.
really are. If you’re disappointed,
reward a more environmentally
friendly rival by switching to them.
3. Switch to paperless billing
5. Go second-hand
can’t make that commitment, buy
local. The food we eat is shipped
or flown thousands of miles, so
heading down to your local market
could make a world of difference.
You can complete this step
in the time it takes to
read this article –
that’s how easy it
is to go digital for
all your bills and
bank statements.
Just head to
your suppliers’
websites and
follow their
instructions.
4. Start using green
companies
Do some research and see how
green your favourite coffee shops,
clothing outlets or petrol stations
Check out charity shops
for some great bargains,
or repair your own
garments to make
them last longer.
And swap or sell
your unwanted
clothes to spread
the joy.
6. Eat green
Your diet has a huge
impact on climate
change – and if you think
going vegan is the only way to
lower your belly’s footprint, think
again. Eating less meat does have
environmental benefits, but if you
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7. Stop buying carrier bags
Supermarkets charging 5p hasn’t
completely stopped forgetful
shoppers from buying bags, so
make sure you always have one
on you. Hang your used bags near
your front door, so you don’t leave
the house without them, and pack
some in the car so you’re prepared.
8. Turn your office green
Print on both sides of paper, ask
for recycling bins to be placed near
every desk, put your computer to
sleep when you head out to lunch,
and turn off the lights in meeting
rooms when they’re not being used.
he small Scottish
town of St Andrews is
home to one of the UK’s
oldest and most highly
regarded universities.
The University of St Andrews has
grown very rapidly, experiencing
a threefold expansion in student
numbers between 2002 and
2017. Today, there are 9,000
full-time students in a town with
a permanent population of just
16,800. There is no doubt that St
Andrews is undergoing a process
of “studentification”.
Studentification occurs when
there’s a major influx of students
into specific areas of cities, towns
and neighbourhoods. At the crux of
the phenomenon in the UK is a rise
in the number of houses in multiple
occupation, or HMO, where three or
more unrelated tenants live together
in the same residence. There
are competing views on whether
greater numbers of student abodes
– particularly off campus – triggers
a process of urban renewal or sets in
motion a process of deterioration.
Although studentification can be
a good thing, the term is typically
used in a negative sense, to denote
a neighbourhood in decline. Local
Parts of the town are
visibly displaying the
“scarring” effects associated
with studentification
councils have sought extra powers to
break up so-called “student ghettos”
in cities such as Nottingham,
Birmingham, Worcester, Durham
and Leeds. So, St Andrews
University decided to investigate the
effect it is having in its town.
We found a massive increase in
the number of student-occupied
HMOs – there are now nearly
1,000 in the town. In some parts
of St Andrews, estimates suggest
students make up between 80 and 85
per cent of the population. But since
a partial ban on student dwellings
was placed on central areas in
2011, more HMOs have spilled into
neighbouring residential areas.
Our study found that creeping
studentification is having a
significant and, in many cases,
negative effect on the town’s housing
market. There are fewer
owner-occupied properties and
fewer opportunities for university
staff to live locally. There are also
greater restrictions on affordable
housing for residents: the amount
of socially rented accommodation
within the town has halved over
the past 10 years, while the average
house price in St Andrews is almost
double the Scottish average.
In some parts St Andrews, students
make up between 80 and 85 per cent
of the population AFP/GETTY
It was felt that the university
had grown too fast and many
locals had little power, creating
a growing sense of community
disempowerment. The number of
residents being replaced by childless
students has also raised fears that
local services, such as primary
schools, could be threatened.
Parts of the town are also visibly
displaying the “scarring” effects
associated with studentification
– the downgrading of the physical
environment, uncollected bins, litter,
vandalism, noise and anti-social
behaviour. The situation is bad
for students, too. They often face
extremely high rents – up to £700
– for poorly maintained properties,
owned by absentee landlords.
Of course, the university brings
substantial benefits to the local
economy, supporting 8,000 full-time
equivalent jobs in Fife and Tayside.
The institution also brings a degree
of cultural dynamism.
It’s encouraging that the
university is currently expanding its
halls of residence, adding another
1,000 spaces. The representatives
we spoke to from the local authority,
on the other hand, are relying on the
market to resolve matters.
Yet by indiscriminately approving
private sector HMO licences, Fife
Council has overseen a reduction
in affordable housing, inflation in
house prices and the degradation
of the local environment. But
there are workable solutions. The
development of a student housing
campus to the west of the town
would help ease pressure on the
housing market. THE CONVERSATION
Ross Brown is a reader in
entrepreneurship and small
business finance at the University
of St Andrews
Television Wednesday 3 January
CRITIC’S
CHOICE
GERARD GILBERT
PICK OF THE DAY
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8pm, BBC2
We’re so used to the new slimline
Tom Kerridge (left) that it’s a shock to
see a picture of the chef in his former
30st enormity. Kerridge lost 12st
through a combination of gym
sessions and cutting out carbs and
alcohol (his daily intake of the the
latter sometimes included 15 pints of
lager. “It makes me shudder now,” he
says as he prepares to mentor
slimmers and teach them how to
make delicious low-calorie food that
doesn’t taste like cardboard, as one
dieter puts it. On the opening menu
are a lasagne made without pasta
and southern-style chicken –
designed to help those who have
problems with comfort eating.
8pm, Channel 4
A dreadful title, but I guess we’re
lumped with it now, unlike the
homeowners in this returning show
in which Phil Spencer and Kirstie
Allsopp employ their well-oiled
jocular rivalry to try to persuade
dissatisfied property owners to
either sell their home or refurbish.
Tom Kerridge’s Lose
Weight For Good
Kirstie And Phil’s
Love It Or List It
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Trust Me I’m A Doctor
8.30pm, BBC2
The health magazine returns with
Michael Mosley finding out why
fizzy drinks make people eat more,
Dr Zoe Williams investigating
whether caffeine boosts your
physical performance, and surgeon
6.00 Flog It! Trade Secrets
(R) (S). 6.30 The Farmers’
Country Showdown (R)
(S). 7.15 Antiques Road
Trip (R) (S). 8.00 Sign
Zone: Fern Britton Meets
Gregory Porter (R) (S). 9.00
BBC Newsroom Live (S).
11.00 Westminster Abbey
(R) (S). 12.00 Coast (R) (S).
12.10 FILM: School For
Scoundrels (Robert Hamer
1960) Comedy, starring Ian
Carmichael (S). 1.45 The
Wonder Of Animals (R) (S).
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Huddle (R) (S). 4.15 Planet
Earth II (R) (S). 5.15 Flog
It! (R) (S).
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Women (S). 1.30 ITV News
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Midsomer Murders (R) (S).
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6.30 Great British
Railway
Journeys A trip
from Croydon
to Shorehamby-Sea (S).
7pm
7.00 Celebrity
Mastermind
With Phil
Williams (S).
7.30 A Question Of
Sport With
Kieron Dyer (S).
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Daytime
6.00 Breakfast (S). 9.15
Rip Off Britain: Holidays
(S). 10.00 Homes Under
The Hammer (R) (S). 11.00
Wanted Down Under
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Hunt (R) (S). 1.00 BBC
News At One; Weather
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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).
6pm
9pm
10pm
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A Stitch In Time
8.30pm, BBC4
Make way, Lucy Worsley, for here is
another history presenter with a
penchant for dressing up in the garb
of yesteryear, although, as a bona fide
fashion historian, Amber Butchart is
arguably better qualified. Even as
her contemporary self, Butchart has
an eye-catching dress sense as she
begins her series with King Charles
II, the monarch credited with
creating the three-piece suit. The
idea is that while she does the
research stuff, historical costumier
Ninya Mikhaila recreates the
clothing using traditional methods.
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Miriam’s Big American
Adventure
9pm, BBC1
If you saw the episode of The Real
Marigold Hotel in which Miriam
Margolyes enjoyed a testy
encounter with a Trump supporter
at a Florida retirement complex, you
can probably see why it might have
sparked the idea in a producer’s
mind to send the cheerfully flatulent
76-year-old actress on a tour of
Middle America. “I’m just a nosy
little Jew,” says Margolyes as she
alights in Chicago.
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Girlfriends
9pm, ITV
If you can imagine Zoe Wanamaker
as a school lollipop lady, then you’re
6.20 3rd Rock From The
Sun (R) (S). 6.45 3rd Rock
From The Sun (R) (S). 7.10
3rd Rock From The Sun
(R) (S). 7.35 Everybody
Loves Raymond (R) (S).
8.00 Everybody Loves
Raymond (R) (S). 8.30
Frasier (R) (S). 9.00 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
FILM: Primates Of The
Caribbean (Jan Rahbek
2012) Animated comedy
(S). 11.10 Pets Make You
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11.45 GPs: Behind Closed
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Lunchtime (S). 12.40 The
Hotel Inspector (R) (S). 1.30
FILM: A Father’s Denial
(Brian Herzlinger 2016)
Drama, starring Brady
Smith (S). 3.20 FILM: Drew
Peterson: Untouchable
(Mikael Salomon 2012)
Premiere. Fact-based
crime drama, starring Rob
Lowe (S). 5.00 5 News At
5 (S). 5.35 Barging Loving
Celebs (R) (S).
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6.30 Hollyoaks Diane
gets Leela,
Lily and Myra
involved in her
mission (S).
6.30 5 News Tonight
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Off The Beaten
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Challenge 2017
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Debbie feels
torn (S).
7.30 Coronation
Street Luke is
arrested for
assault (S).
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7.00 Starting Up,
Starting Over
A couple turn
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on London to
open their own
brewery (R) (S).
7.00 Beyond 100
Days (S).
7.30 Tales From The
Royal Wardrobe
With Lucy
Worsley (R) (S).
6.50 FILM: Ride
Along (Tim
Story 2014)
Police comedy,
starring Ice
Cube and Kevin
Hart (S).
7.00 You’ve Been
Framed! Gold
Clips (R) (S).
7.30 You’ve Been
Framed! Gold A
donkey with a
cold (R) (S).
8.00 EastEnders
Questions begin
to get asked
about Aidan’s
job (S).
8.30 Would I Lie To
You? (S).
8.00 Tom Kerridge’s
Lose Weight
For Good New
series (S).
8.30 Trust Me I’m
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series (S).
8.00 Exercise: New
Year, New You?
Tonight (S).
8.30 Coronation
Street Sinead
calls at Daniel’s
flat (S).
8.00 Kirstie And
Phil’s Love It
Or List It New
series. Head-tohead property
show (S).
8.00 GPs: Behind
Closed Doors
A patient seeks
advice about
losing weight
(S).
8.30 A Stitch In
Time New
series. The lives
of historical
figures through
the clothes they
wore (S).
8.50 Three
Billboards
Outside Ebbing,
Missouri,
Interview
Special (S).
8.00 Two And A Half
Men (S).
8.30 Superstore
Cheyenne and
her fiance come
up with a jingle
for the store (S).
9.00 Miriam’s Big
American
Adventure New
series. Miriam
Margolyes goes
on an epic road
trip (S).
9.00 Rick Stein’s
Road To Mexico
Rick’s heads to
the Yucatan
Peninsula. Last
in the series (S).
9.00 Girlfriends New
series. Drama
following
lifelong friends
Linda, Gail and
Sue (S).
9.00 20 Kids And
Counting
Documentary
following
Britain’s biggest
family, the
Radfords (S).
9.00 Celebrity
Big Brother
Highlights of
the housemates’
first evening
together (S).
9.00 FILM: Made
In Dagenham
(Nigel Cole
2010) Factbased drama,
starring Sally
Hawkins (S).
9.00 FILM:
Terminator
Genisys (Alan
Taylor 2015)
Sci-fi adventure
sequel (S).
9.00 FILM: Sherlock
Holmes: A Game
Of Shadows
(Guy Ritchie
2011) Premiere.
Crime thriller
sequel (S).
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10.45 FILM: Pretty
Woman (Garry
Marshall 1990)
(S).
10.00Mock The Week
New Year’s Eve
Special Outtakes, quizzes
and favourite
clips (R) (S).
10.30 Newsnight (S).
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10.45 Car Crash
Britain: Caught
On Camera (R).
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Cats Does
Countdown
Christmas
Special With
Jon Richardson
(R) (S).
10.00Marnie
Simpson In
Therapy Marnie
Simpson seeks
help from
therapist Mandy
Saligari (S).
10.45 Ford’s
Dagenham
Dream The
changing
fortunes of the
manufacturer
(R) (S).
11.15 Inside The
Factory Behind
the scenes at
a Grimsby fish
finger factory
(R) (S).
11.40 Heathrow:
Britain’s
Busiest
Airport The
documentary
returns to
Heathrow (R) (S).
11.05 Miranda Does
Christmas
A Christmas
special hosted
by comedian
Miranda Hart
(R) (S).
11.05 Celebrity Big
Brother’s Bit On
The Side Rylan
Clark-Neal
presents the
CBB companion
show (S).
11.45 Caravans: A
British Love
Affair The story
of Britain’s
affinity with
caravans (R) (S).
11.25 FILM: AVP:
Alien Vs
Predator (Paul
WS Anderson
2004) Thriller,
starring Sanaa
Lathan (S).
11.45 Family Guy
Bertram goes
back in time to
kill Leonardo da
Vinci (R) (S).
12.15 Sign Zone: Snow
Bears (R) (S). 1.15 Sign
Zone: Sue Perkins And The
Chimp Sanctuary (R) (S).
2.15 Sign Zone: Rick Stein’s
Road To Mexico (R) (S).
3.15 This Is BBC Two (S).
12.30 Jackpot247 3.00
Exercise: New Year, New
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ITV Nightscreen 5.05 The
Jeremy Kyle Show (R) (S).
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USA 1.00 Supershoppers
Sales Special 1.55 Shamed
2.50 Secret Life Of The Zoo
3.45 The Restoration Man
4.40 Location, Location,
Location 5.35 Countdown
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Proud 1.00 SuperCasino
3.10 GPs: Behind Closed
Doors 4.00 Mum’s Hotter
Than Me! 4.45 House
Doctor 5.10 Wildlife
SOS 5.35 Chinese Food In
Minutes 5.50 Access
12.45 Great Barrier Reef
(R) (S). 1.45 A Stitch In
Time (R) (S). 2.15 Ford’s
Dagenham Dream (R) (S).
3.15 Close
1.25 FILM: Warm Bodies
(Jonathan Levine 2013)
Romantic comedy horror,
with Nicholas Hoult and
Teresa Palmer (S). 3.25
Close
12.15 Family Guy (R) (S).
12.45 American Dad! (R) (S).
1.10 American Dad! (R) (S).
1.40 Two And A Half Men
(R) (S). 2.05 Superstore (R)
(S). 2.30 Teleshopping
11pm
12.45 BBC News (S).
Late
Gabriel Weston looking into the new
artificial pancreas that could
transform life for diabetics.
Kirstie Allsopp and Phil
Spencer offer advice
8pm, Channel 4
Zoe Wanamaker stars
in Kay Mellor’s
sprightly new drama
‘Girlfriends’
9pm, ITV
6.00 Totally Bonkers
Guinness World Records
(R) (S). 6.25 Totally
Bonkers Guinness World
Records (R) (S). 6.55 Dress
To Impress (R) (S). 7.45
Emmerdale (R) (S). 8.50
You’ve Been Framed!
Gold (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). 1.15
You’ve Been Framed!
Gold (R) (S). 1.45 The Ellen
DeGeneres Show (R) (S).
2.35 The Jeremy Kyle Show
(R) (S). 3.40 The Jeremy
Kyle Show (R) (S). 4.45 The
Jeremy Kyle Show (R) (S).
5.50 Take Me Out (R) (S).
Amber Butchart hosts
‘A Stitch In Time’
8.30pm, BBC4
NEWS
2-27
already halfway to engaging with the
latest plot-packed drama from Kay
Mellor, author of the recently
concluded Love, Lies And Records.
Wanamaker joins Phyllis Logan and
Miranda Richardson as lifelong
friends thrown back together when
one of their husbands disappears.
FILM
CHOICE
LAURENCE PHELAN
===
20 Kids And Counting
9pm, Channel 4
Yes, that’s right, it’s no longer 18 or
19 but 20 children that Noel and Sue
Radford have brought into the world.
Britain’s biggest family is bursting
its home at the seams. The older kids
are desperate for privacy from their
younger siblings but not, it seems,
from the camera team. Meanwhile,
their parents are planning a surprise
trip to Florida for the whole family…
VOICES
14-18
TV
28-29
IQ
30-37
FILM OF THE DAY
===
10.45pm, BBC1
(Garry Marshall, 1990)
Though the script supposedly began
life as a hard-hitting piece about the
social and economic realities of
prostitution, Pretty Woman is a fairy
story. And a simplistic and arguably
pernicious one at that – more
Pygmalion than Cinderella – about a
millionaire corporate raider who
buys and remoulds a woman young
enough to be his daughter. But it’s
also a Hollywood romantic fantasy
to be swept along by, that has you
rooting for these people because
they are Richard Gere and Julia
Roberts (left). And you can’t blame
Gere’s character: the whole world fell
in love with 21-year-old Roberts, and
she became an A-list star.
9pm, BBC4
(Nigel Cole, 2010)
The story of the women sewingmachinists at a Dagenham Ford
factory whose 1968 industrial action
paved the way for the Equal Pay Act
of 1970 may sound like dry material,
but this feel-good ensemble comedy
makes it anything but.
Pretty Woman
Made In Dagenham
===
Once Upon A Time In Mexico
9pm, Movies4Men
(Robert Rodriguez, 2003)
Antonio Banderas’s gunslinger El
Mariachi is recruited by Johnny
Depp’s CIA agent to intervene in a
Mexican coup planned by drug lord
Willem Dafoe. The ensuing action
sustains an over-the-top note.
Radio
BBC Radio 1
6.00 Classic Coronation
Street (R) (S). 6.25 Classic
Coronation Street (R)
(S). 6.55 Judge Judy (R)
(S). 7.20 Heartbeat (R)
(S). 8.20 The Royal (R) (S).
9.25 Judge Judy (R) (S).
9.50 Judge Judy (R) (S).
10.15 Judge Judy (R) (S).
10.45 FILM: Blue Murder
At St Trinian’s (Frank
Launder 1957) Comedy,
starring Lionel Jeffries
(S). 12.30 The Royal (R)
(S). 1.35 Heartbeat (R) (S).
2.40 Classic Coronation
Street (R) (S). 3.15 Classic
Coronation Street (R) (S).
3.50 Agatha Christie’s
Marple (R) (S). 5.55
Heartbeat (R) (S).
7.00 Murder, She
Wrote A
weekend at a ski
lodge turns to
terror (R) (S).
8.00 Endeavour
Prequel to
Inspector Morse
set in 1965,
starring Shaun
Evans (R) (S).
10.05 Foyle’s War
A pro-Hitler
organisation
is investigated
(R) (S).
12.05 Inspector Morse (R)
(S). 2.10 ITV3 Nightscreen
2.30 Teleshopping
6.00 Hollyoaks (R) (S).
6.30 Streetmate (R) (S).
7.00 Charmed (R) (S). 9.00
FILM: Space Chimps 2:
Zartog Strikes Back (John
H Williams 2010) (S). 10.35
Rude(ish) Tube Shorts (R)
(S). 11.00 The Goldbergs (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 The Big Bang
Theory (R) (S).
6.30 The Big Bang
Theory Sheldon
and Amy spend
Thanksgiving as
friends (R) (S).
7.00 Hollyoaks Diane
reveals that
Tony is sleeping
in the spare
room (S).
7.30 The Big Bang
Theory (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
Micro Monsters With
David Attenborough (R) (S).
8.30 Micro Monsters With
David Attenborough (R)
(S). 9.00 Dogs: An Amazing
Animal Family (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 NCIS: Los Angeles (R)
(S). 1.00 Hawaii Five-0 (R)
(S). 2.00 Hawaii Five-0 (R)
(S). 3.00 NCIS: Los Angeles
(R). 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
The West Wing (R) (S).
10.00 The West Wing (R)
(S). 11.00 House (R) (S).
12.00 House (R) (S). 1.00
Without A Trace (R) (S).
2.00 Blue Bloods (R) (S).
3.00 The West Wing (R) (S).
4.00 The West Wing (R) (S).
5.00 House (R) (S).
6.25 Four In A Bed
(R) (S).
6.55 The Supervet
A solution for
a three-legged
dog’s injured
front paw (R) (S).
6.00 Futurama (R)
(S).
6.30 The Simpsons
Blood-curdling
tales of terror
(R) (S).
6.00 House The
doctor
investigates a
four-year-old
patient’s cause
of death (R) (S).
7.55 Grand Designs
A couple
hope to build
a functional
home in Kent
(R) (S).
7.00 The Simpsons
Homer’s mother
asks for help (R)
(S).
7.30 The Simpsons
Michael Moore
stars (R) (S).
7.00 CSI: Crime
Scene
Investigation
Part two of
two. Catherine’s
daughter is
abducted (R) (S).
8.00 A League Of
Their Own With
Anthony Joshua,
Mo Farah and
Emma Bunton
(R) (S).
8.00 Blue Bloods
Robert Lewis
obtains new
evidence
against Danny
(R) (S).
8.00 The Goldbergs
New series (S).
8.30 The Goldbergs
Adam tackles a
school project
on the Second
World War (S).
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BBC Radio 1Xtra
6am Nick Bright 10.00 Ace
12.45pm Newsbeat 1.00 Reece
Parkinson 4.00 Sian Anderson
5.45 Newsbeat 6.00 Sian
Anderson 7.00 DJ Target 9.02
The 8th With Charlie Sloth
11.00 1Xtra Residency 1am
Benji B 3.00 1Xtra Mixes 4.00
1Xtra Residency
BBC Radio 2
9.00 Don’t Tell The
Bride A groomto-be plans a
wedding for his
perfectionist
fiancee (S).
9.00 The Truth About
Slim People
An experiment
following
people who
never put on
weight (R) (S).
9.00 Micky Flanagan
Thinking Aloud
The comedian
tackles the
topics that keep
him awake at
night (R) (S).
9.00 Game Of
Thrones Sansa
tries to talk to
Theon (R) (S).
10.00Body Fixers
Experts get to
work on various
body issues (R)
(S).
10.00The Department
Of Complaints
A team of
experts work
on behalf of
consumers (S).
10.00FILM: XXx2: The
Next Level (Lee
Tamahori 2005)
Action sequel,
starring Ice
Cube (S).
10.10 Game Of
Thrones Arya
makes progress
in her training
(R) (S).
11.05 The Big Bang
Theory Howard
tries to win
back Bernadette
(R) (S).
11.35 The Big Bang
Theory (R) (S).
11.05 999: What’s
Your
Emergency?
The challenges
faced on the
roads (R) (S).
12.00 Gogglebox 12.55
The Goldbergs 1.25 The
Inbetweeners 1.55 The
Inbetweeners 2.20 Don’t
Tell The Bride 3.15 First
Dates Abroad 3.40 Rude
Tube 4.10 Rude(ish) Tube
4.35 Charmed
12.05 8 Out Of 10 Cats
Does Countdown (R) (S).
1.10 Ramsay’s Hotel Hell
(R) (S). 2.05 Grand Designs
(R) (S). 3.10 8 Out Of 10
Cats (R) (S). 3.50 Close
11.20 Game Of
Thrones
Daenerys hosts
a celebration of
athleticism
(R) (S).
12.00 The Force: North
East (R) (S). 1.00 Air
Ambulance ER (R) (S).
2.00 Brit Cops: Frontline
Crime UK (R) (S). 4.00 Stop,
Search, Seize (R) (S). 5.00
Highway Patrol (R) (S).
6.33am The Radio 1 Breakfast
Show With Scott And Chris
10.00 Jordan North 12.45pm
Newsbeat 1.00 Cel And Katie
4.00 Dev 5.45 Newsbeat 6.00
Dev 7.00 Annie Mac 9.00 The
8th With Charlie Sloth 11.00
Huw Stephens 1am Benji B
3.00 BBC Radio 1 & 1Xtra’s
Stories – A History Of Hustle
4.00 Early Breakfast
12.20 The Sopranos (R) (S).
1.20 Dexter (R). 2.25 The
Tunnel: Vengeance (R) (S).
3.20 Banshee (R) (S). 4.20
The West Wing (R) (S). 5.10
The West Wing (R) (S).
6.30am Sara Cox 9.30 Ken
Bruce 12noon Jeremy Vine
2.00 Steve Wright In The
Afternoon 5.00 Simon Mayo
7.00 The Folk Show With Mark
Radcliffe 8.00 Ana Matronic
10.00 Nile Rodgers’ Good
Times 11.00 Jimmy Osmond
On Branson Missouri 12mdn’t
Pick Of The Pops 2.00 Radio
2 Playlists: Country Playlist
3.00 Radio 2 Playlist: Easy 4.00
Radio 2 Playlist: Radio 2 Rocks
5.00 Nicki Chapman
BBC Radio 3
6.30am Breakfast 9.00
Essential Classics 12noon
Composer Of The Week: Colin
Matthews 1.00 News 1.02
Radio 3 Lunchtime Concert
2.00 Afternoon Concert 3.30
Choral Evensong 4.30 New
Generation Artists 5.00 In
Tune 7.00 In Tune Mixtape
7.30 Radio 3 In Concert. The
concluding concert of the
BBC Symphony Orchestra’s
Esa-Pekka Salonen Total
Immersion day. 10.00 Free
Thinking. Matthew Sweet looks
at the career of impresario
Philip Astley. 10.45 The Essay:
Brick, Stone, Steel, Glass
11.00 Late Junction 12.30am
Through The Night
BBC Radio 4
6am Today 9.00 Her Story
Made History 9.30 Why I
Changed My Mind 9.45 Book
Of The Week: The Vital Spark:
Appointment In Arezzo 10.00
Woman’s Hour 10.56 The
Listening Project 11.00 A
Place Called Home 11.30 Chain
Reaction 12noon News 12.04
Home Front 12.15 You And
Yours 12.57 Weather 1.00 The
World At One 1.45 Conflict
And Co-operation: A History
Of Trade 2.00 The Archers 2.15
Drama: Elsinore 3.00 Money
Box Live 3.30 Inside Health
4.00 Thinking Allowed 4.30
The Media Show 5.00 PM
5.57 Weather 6.00 News 6.30
Jeremy Hardy Feels It 7.00
The Archers. Jolene gives some
good advice. 7.15 Front Row
7.45 Shardlake: Heartstone. By
CJ Sansom. 8.00 Across The
Red Line. Anne McElvoy invites
figures on opposed sides of a
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ONDEMAND
Sue Perkins And The
Chimp Sanctuary
BBC iPlayer
The comedian visits apes freed
from medical research.
Lovesick
Netflix
Johnny Flynn’s Dylan returns
in surely the first rom-com
to feature an STD.
Home Guards
All4/Walter Presents
Topical Hungarian drama about
the rise of the far right in a
small, dead-end town.
political issue to listen to each
other. 8.45 Four Thought. New
series. Karen Chapple discusses
gentrification and how to keep
our cities diverse. 9.00 The
Imperial Inversion Of Cricket.
Amol Rajan asks if England’s
old Imperial guidance and
governance of cricket is
history. 9.30 Her Story Made
History. Lyse Doucet meets
Iceland’s first female head of
state, Vigdis Finnbogadottir.
10.00 The World Tonight.
With Shaun Ley. 10.45 Book At
Bedtime: How To Stop Time. By
Matt Haig. 11.00 Life On Egg.
The team are excited when a
famous movie star comes to
visit. 11.15 Lazy Susan: East
Coast Listening Post. Dana and
Eric head to the north east of
England to spend time with a
male therapy group. 11.30 To
The Ends Of The Earth: Lost
Worlds, New Worlds 12mdn’t
News And Weather 12.30 Book
Of The Week: The Vital Spark:
Appointment In Arezzo 12.48
Shipping Forecast 1.00 As BBC
World Service 5.20 Shipping
Forecast 5.30 News Briefing
5.43 Prayer For The Day 5.45
Farming Today 5.58 Tweet Of
The Day
BBC Radio 4 LW
9.45am Daily Service 12.01pm
Shipping Forecast 5.54
Shipping Forecast 10.30 Test
Match Special 1am Test Match
Special 5.30 Test Match Special
BBC Radio 4 Extra
6am Dr Finlay 6.30 The Lost
Art Of Churches 7.00 Like
They’ve Never Been Gone 7.30
Jeremy Hardy Feels It 8.00
The Navy Lark 8.30 Round The
Horne 9.00 The Write Stuff
9.30 Life, Death And Sex With
Mike And Sue 10.00 Far From
The Madding Crowd 11.00
Introductions 11.15 Take Me
To Redcar 12noon The Navy
Lark 12.30 Round The Horne
1.00 Dr Finlay 1.30 The Lost
Art Of Churches 2.00 Animal
Farm 2.15 Five Hundred Years
Of Friendship 2.30 Tales Of The
City 2.45 The Examined Life
3.00 Far From The Madding
Crowd 4.00 The Write Stuff
Pick
ofthe
day
Four Thought
8.45pm,
BBC Radio 4
Karen Chapple
(above), professor
of city and regional
planning at the
University of
California at
Berkeley, asks how
we can keep our
cities diverse amid
gentrification.
4.30 Life, Death And Sex With
Mike And Sue 5.00 Like They’ve
Never Been Gone 5.30 Jeremy
Hardy Feels It 6.00 I Am
Legend 6.30 Musical Legends
7.00 The Navy Lark 7.30 Round
The Horne 8.00 Dr Finlay: The
Adventures Of A Black Bag
8.30 The Lost Art Of Churches
9.00 Introductions 9.15 Take
Me To Redcar 10.00 Comedy
Club: Jeremy Hardy Feels It
10.30 The Secret World 10.55
The Interview 11.00 Mr And
Mrs Smith 11.30 Children’s
Hour With Armstrong And
Miller 12mdn’t I Am Legend
12.30 Musical Legends 1.00
Dr Finlay: The Adventures Of
A Black Bag 1.30 The Lost Art
Of Churches 2.00 Animal Farm
2.15 Five Hundred Years Of
Friendship 2.30 Tales Of The
City 2.45 The Examined Life
3.00 Far From The Madding
Crowd 4.00 The Write Stuff
4.30 Life, Death And Sex With
Mike And Sue 5.00 Like They’ve
Never Been Gone 5.30 Jeremy
Hardy Feels It
BBC 5 Live
6am 5 Live Breakfast 10.00 5
Live Daily With Emma Barnett
1pm Afternoon Edition 4.00
5 Live Drive 7.00 5 Live Sport
7.45 5 Live Sport: Premier
League Football 2017-18 10.00
5 Live Sport: 5 Live Football
Social 10.30 Phil Williams 1am
Up All Night 5.00 Morning
Reports 5.15 Wake Up To
Money
BBC 6 Music
7am Shaun Keaveny 10.00
Mary Anne Hobbs 1pm
Mark Radcliffe 4.00 Steve
Lamacq 7.00 Marc Riley 9.00
Gideon Coe 12mdn’t 6 Music
Recommends With Mary Anne
Hobbs 1.00 The First Time
With Chris Cornell 2.00 Golden
Years – The David Bowie Story
2.30 6 Music Live Hour 3.30
6 Music’s Jukebox 5.00 Chris
Hawkins
Classic FM
6am More Music Breakfast
9.00 John Suchet 1pm AnneMarie Minhall 5.00 Classic FM
Drive 7.00 Smooth Classics
At Seven 8.00 The Full Works
Concert. The work of Edward
Elgar. 10.00 Smooth Classics
1am Bob Jones
Absolute Radio
6am Andy Bush 10.00 Leona
Graham 1pm Sarah Champion
4.00 Pete Donaldson 7.00
Danielle Perry 10.00 Claire
Sturgess 1am Chris Martin
Heart
6am Jamie And Emma
9.00 Toby Anstis 1pm Matt
Wilkinson 4.00 JK And Lucy
7.00 Sian Welby 10.00 Kat
Shoob 1am Simon Beale 4.00
Jenni Falconer
TalkSPORT
6am The Alan Brazil Sports
Breakfast 10.00 Max Rushden
1pm Hawksbee And Jacobs
4.00 Danny Kelly And Darren
Gough 7.00 Kick-off 10.00
Sports Bar. With Andy
Goldstein. 1am Extra Time
With Tom Latchem
VEGAN JUNK FOOD
The plant-based trend is finally losing
its somewhat sanctimonious image.
Vegan fast food is taking the country
by storm. Leading the way is chef Gizzi
Erskine and nutritionist Rosemary Ferguson’s collaboration restaurant, Pure
Filth, which offers nutrient-packed
“dirty but healthy” food. Such was the
success of their pop-up at Tate Britain
where they served an “Unhappy Meal
Box” designed by Ferguson’s husband,
Jake Chapman, they are now looking
for permanent sites. Even non-vegans
were raving about the uplifting powers
of a black bean burger in a beetroot bun
with Korean spicy tofu mayo and spicy
Bajan hot pepper sauce followed by a
raw apple pie bar.
Elsewhere, Vegan Wildflower has
opened in the new Peckham Levels in
London offering delights such as swede
fondue while Brighton-based vegan
pizzeria Verraza will soon debut in the
same city.
Meanwhile, it is likely that fledgling
businesses – such as Young Vegans in
Camden, London, which specialises in
pie and mash; Temple of Seitan, which
does fried “chicken”; and Club Mexicana with “fish” tacos and pulled jackfruit
– will expand. There’s always plenty of
room for innovation.
This is not just a London trend,
though: vegan comfort food is growing across the UK. Dave Shaw runs
Make No Bones in Sheffield. Its menu
includes poutine fries with almond
cheese and mushroom gravy, and avocado wings with a ranch dressing and
hot sauce. Kerb, the street food company, plans to repeat its “Livin’ on the Veg”
festival , which, it claims, visitors travel
from beyond the UK to attend.
EQUALITY IN THE KITCHEN
Travel
Flight of discovery
St Helena’s new airport
opens up an island barely
touched by time
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Arts
The end of days. Again
BBC drama ‘Hard Sun’
feeds our obsession with
all things apocalyptic
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This looks likely to be one of the most
discussed topics this year, with more
talks, debates and conferences as
chefs, restaurateurs
and others in the hospitality industry look
to address the evident
gender imbalance.
In March, the DVD
of an important film
made by Vérane Frédiani, A la Recherche
des Femmes Chefs
(The Goddesses of
Food) will be released
with English subtitles. The writer and
producer spent a
year talking to female chefs around the
world from Anne-Sophie Pic to Dominique Crenn about the issues and how to
bring about change.
Says Frediani: “It is particularly
timely as we see in the entertainment
world right now that if women begin to
talk and help each other, things change.
Women have the power to make inequality stop. It is particularly deep-set
in France where male chefs refer to
Veganism is ditching
its clean-eating image,
octopus is climbing its
way onto our plates
and equality is bringing
a welcome
new flavour
to professional
kitchens.
By SudiPigott
What’s
on the
menu
for 2018
Duddell’s
Cantonese abalone
rice pot (above);
Young Vegans in
Camden specialise
in pie and mash
(below); The
Goddesses of Food
film oster (inset)
their grandmothers, but almost never
to professional female cooks as mentors
or inspiration.”
The film was launched at last year’s
Parabere Forum, a consciousness-raising and inspirational event for women
in the food business. Set up by international journalist Maria Canabal, speakers have included Trine Hahnemahn,
Anne-Sophie Pic and Lara Bottura
(Massimo Bottura’s wife and CEO of
non-profit organisation Food for Soul).
In the UK, Ladies of Restaurants was
founded in 2016 as a support collective
and now has more than 500 members,
from chefs and sommeliers to front of
house and marketing. Co-founder Libby
Andrews, who is also head of marketing
at the award-winning Vietnamese Pho,
says: “We’re a place where women can
come for networking, advice and problem-solving. We’ve found the reaction
to be remarkable. So much so that next
year we have plans to register as a charity and eventually launch a mentoring
programme.”
RETRO FOODS
Devilled eggs are starting to show up
on hipster menus such as those at the
Duck & Waffle in London, where they
are served with an almighty kick of
smoked duck and piment d’espelette.
Rosie Sykes, author of the brilliant
The Sunday Night Book, is a huge fan of
such stuffed hardboiled eggs, to which
she gives a punchy anchovy makeover.
They’re a must order at Marcus Samuelsson’s Red Rooster, too.
Another look back on a classic is
chef Calum Franklin of Holborn Dining
Room in London, who has become an
Instagram star for his intricate pastry
skills, not least those displayed in his
beef Wellington. The beef fillet in puff
pastry with mushrooms duxelles takes
three days to make and has been much
imitated (if not equalled).
“It is such an iconic dish for me and
I wanted to make it more accessible,”
he says.
It will be on sale in his pie shop by the
slice as well as in its entirety and he is
working on all manner of more creative
pastry combinations.
And desserts are looking back, too.
Expect variations on baked Alaska,
including Palomar café’s Jacob the Angel’s baked Alaska iteration: meringuetopped, coconut-cream pies.
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will dedicate its upstairs dining room
to the cooking of octopus (and pork):
Galician octopus cooked in a copper
pan with olive oil and paprika will be a
signature dish. This is not just a metropolitan fancy, restaurants across the
country are embracing octopus – Dom
Chapman at Berkshire’s The Beehive
has a starter of octopus with caperberries, paprika and lemon vinaigrette.
RAW HONEY
CUISINES ON THE UP
Gastro-geography lesson for 2018: get
familiar with African food. It started
last year with the books of food blogger
Lope Ariyo and Brixton’s Ghana Kitchen restaurateur Zoe Adjonyoh.
In addition, the much praised open-
Smoked bone marrow jollof rice from
Ikoyi in London
ing of Ikoyi in St James’s Market, which
serves West African dishes under the
eye of Noma and Dinner-trained chef
Jeremy Chan – think Manx loaghtan
rib of lamb with asun relish or jollof rice
with smoked bone marrow – has fuelled
the trend.
Now is also the time to learn to differentiate between bobotie (spiced mince
with an egg custard topping) and potjie
(rather like a stew with spiced meat,
vegetables and potatoes cooked in layers without stirring). Early this month,
Amy Corbin, scion of the Corbin and
King dynasty, opens Kudu in Peckham.
Here she will specialise in South African food and feature the likes of kudu
bread with lardon butter, and lamb
rump cooked on the braai (barbecue)
with smoked yoghurt.
There’s also the beginning of an influx of top calibre Asian restaurants
coming to London. Renowned Hong
Kong restaurant Duddell’s has just
opened in St Thomas’s Church next to
Southwark Cathedral, serving ethereal
dim sum to ecstatic reviews. The xiaolongbao specialist from Taiwan, Din Tai
Fung, is arriving later in the year as is
the fashion-orientated Thai specialist
Greyhound Café.
However, Indian may well be the
standout makeover cuisine this year.
Bangkok-based Indian chef Gaggan
Anand has shown how well it can be
modernised and the likes of Badshah
in New York and Gunpowder in London
are showcasing an inventive, regional
and even iconoclastic kind of modern
Indian that is likely to have wider influence – consider Gunpowder’s mint and
garlic grilled-cheese sandwich.
And sumac, za’atar and shakshuka
have become almost mainstream, and
we’re also likely to be seeing far more
depth of Israeli cuisine. Several Israeli
chefs who’ve run successful pop-ups
are looking to open their own places:
Oded Oren, who has taken over Borough Wines and Spirits, and Dor Harel,
who held a vegan Israel supperclub at
Battersea’s The Pear Tree Café, will be
doing more in the spring.
Then there’s Limor and Amir Chen,
of Shoreditch’s Strut and Cluck, who
are opening Delimana in London’s
Marylebone in February, mixing Eastern Mediterranean home cooking and
the Israeli herbs and spices of their
childhood. As Amir says, the appeal is
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After a trial flight left passengers screaming, Julia Buckley decided to
brave the world’s most notorious airport on the UK outpost of St Helena
Y
ou have written a new
will, haven’t you?” said
my neighbour as we
were somewhere over
the Atlantic.
“Ha ha ha!” I said, too loudly. “Of
course not.” Then I remembered
he was an amateur pilot. “Wait,” I
said. “Have you?”
“I’m flying into one of the most
dangerous airports in the world,
then going diving in the middle of
the Atlantic,” he tutted. “Of course
I’ve made a new will.”
I’m a bad flyer. Not bad enough
not to fly, but bad enough only to
fly with certain airlines at certain
times of the day, sitting in certain
parts of the plane.
So what does this fearful frequent flyer do to challenge their
fear of flying? Book a flight to a
brand new airport alternately
called “one of the most dangerous” in the world.
The genesis of St Helena Airport has been almost as turbulent as the wind that plagues it. A
British overseas territory 1,200
miles west of the Angolan coast, it
was, until October, only accessible
via a five- to six-day boat crossing
from South Africa. It wasn’t great
– for supplies, for healthcare, for
tourism. “Serious hikers and old
people” were the only people who
could be bothered to come, one
resident told me.
In 1999, the authorities suggested they needed an airport. In
2005, the UK government agreed
to pay for it. The opening was
scheduled for 2010, but that was
before companies bidding for tender withdrew their offers and a
global financial crash.
There was also a need to level
off a mountainous landscape – filling in a chasm with eight million
cubic metres of rock to construct
a single flat surface.
Five years and £285m of UK
taxpayer funding later, the airport
was complete, only to find there
were “operational difficulties”
that rendered it non-functional.
Building an airport on a cliffside wasn’t conducive to landing
planes, it turned out. Winds gather speed across the open seas,
slamming straight into St Helena.
The opening of the airport was
delayed. Trial charter flights
didn’t go well. When the first passenger jet – a Boeing 737-800 – arrived for a trial run in April 2016,
it took three attempts to land: the
passengers were screaming; the
pilot had to sit in a room by himself for an hour after landing.
So the airport opening was put
on hold and the RMS St Helena
was given a stay of execution. St
Helena International Airport was
dubbed “the world’s most useless
airport”. And then, in July 2017,
it was suddenly announced that
flights would start.
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as had initially been envisioned,
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October 2017.
Four weeks later, I was at Johannesburg airport, checking in
for one of the world’s most notorious flights. I thought of a colleague
who took the flight in its second
week and told me that only four
pilots are qualified to fly this route.
I introduced myself to my neighbour: Hi, I’m Julia, I’m terrified of
flying. “No way!” said Brad (not
his real name). “I’m a pilot.” He
regales me with tales of his near
misses all the way to Windhoek.
Ah yes, Windhoek. The flight
to St Helena touched down, after
just under two hours, in Namibia.
We sat on the tarmac for an hour.
“We’ve checked on the St Helena
weather,” announced the pilot.
“Quite normal conditions, standard gusts of 60kph. It’ll be a little
bumpy going up now.”
Almost four hours later, the pilot
was back, warning us about the
landing. There are winds gusting
at 55mph. “Whew!” said Brad. We
will be “uncomfortable”, warns the
captain, but these are “quite normal conditions for St Helena”.
Suddenly we were grinding
down through thick cloud, the island buried somewhere beneath
us. “Whoah,” said Brad. “This is
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land.” We’ll effectively be doing a
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not going slow enough to stop – and
then the plane was groaning and
we really were stopping. The passengers applauded.
“Which way did you fly in?” people will ask over the next week.
When I say “past The Barn”, they
will look gravely impressed.
Would I fly there again? Actually, yes. It was only a few seconds
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Past Jamestown, the island’s only
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singer David Bowie. Cross, who has
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glorious track “Five Years”.
The song presents a vision of how the
human race might respond if faced by
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It includes the lines: “We’ve got five
years, my brain hurts a lot / We’ve got
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“I’ve loved that song since I was a kid,”
says Cross. “The character in the song
has learned that the world has just five
years before its destruction.
“What in lesser hands could have
turned into nihilistic, death metal,
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This idea of an impending cataclysm
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together by the common aim of saving
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Sturgess, 39, who also starred in Close
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on this idea. “At one point, Hicks says,
‘All the madness is going to come out
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that unites Hicks and Renko than
divides them. “As the story unfolds,
they become human to each other and
suddenly the obstacle is everyone else.
If you break it down, ultimately they’re
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underneath the surface. And they both
have incentives to keep going.”
Sturgess believes that another
positive aspect of Hard Sun is that it
will oblige us to remember that life
amounts to far more than our petty daily
concerns: “Anything that forces you to
look up to the sky and look outside the
world we live in and remind yourself that
there is more to life is compelling.
“We all need to be reminded of that.
Those massive ideas are humbling.”
That is not to say that Hard Sun is
devoid of hardness. As the human race
hurtles towards seemingly inevitable
disaster, the drama depicts a world
beset by chaos and cruelty.
Cross says he is inviting us to “imagine
the world you see when you look out of
your window – except it’s been given a
death sentence”.
He adds: “There is no hero to come
and save us. We’ve got five years.
This is the world of Hard Sun. What’s
it like trying to enforce the law in a
city that, day by day, slips closer to
certain destruction?
“And what about predators? What
about the murderers, the rapists, the
religious madmen, the cult leaders?
Who among them would fear a
prison sentence in a world like this?
What’s the point of justice in the face
of Armageddon?”
Hard Sun also acts as a timely warning
about the perils of wantonly damaging
our planet. Professor Brian Cox, 49, who
is a scientific consultant on the series,
says the drama demonstrates, “That the
universe is a dangerous place. One of the
misunderstandings people have about
nature is that it is cuddly. But nature is
not cuddly. It has to be respected. If you
don’t respect it, it will bite you.
“We are very fortunate to be here.
That idea is central to the drama. Hard
Sun points out that we have no right
to be here forever – it could very well
be otherwise.”
So while Hard Sun plays into our longstanding fixation with the apocalypse, it
also suggests that in the end our innate
humanity will shine through.
In addition, the drama underscores
that we should never, ever take for
granted the wellbeing of our planet or
the human race. Sturgess concludes
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Man vs Beast clash – and last night
it arrived. Chris Packham took
on Tyrannosaurus Rex, alpha
naturalist pitted against alpha
predator, obsessive hunter of
truth meets obsessive hunter of
herbivores. There could be only
one winner.
Actually, everyone got to be
a winner in this case study in
popular scientific programming.
The viewing public won because it
was disabused of hitherto widely
held certainties gleaned from
schoolbooks, models, children’s TV
and Hollywood. Let’s face it, T-rex
has an appalling image problem.
We see it as a purple cuddly
plaything (Barney the dinosaur;
pet Dino in The Flintstones) or as
a bloke in a latex suit (Godzilla).
But we’ve been getting T-rex very
wrong for a very long time. No
agent or lawyers, you see.
Just as well, then, that Packham
is around to take on the myths and
wrestle them to the ground before
grinding them to dust. We learned,
for example, that the biomechanics
of T-rex’s “design” meant that it
couldn’t run at much more than
10mph, and that there was no need
for Jeff Goldblum to drive quite
so fast to get away from the T-rex
in Jurassic Park. We also learned
that T-rex most likely couldn’t
The reconstruction
of T-rex looked a bit –
well, reminiscent
of Marc Bolan
roar, and instead let out a sort of
rumbly noise, like a blue whale. It
might have hunted in family groups
or packs. It might have had some
spindly primitive sort-of-feathers
around his head, and maybe
even a black mane. It might have
had orange “eyebrows”, too, for
social communication.
Weirdly enough, when the
Packham reconstruction of
T-rex was completed, it looked a
bit of a glam rocker - a bit, well,
reminiscent of Marc Bolan when he
was with his band T. Rex.
Scientists can, via a CT scan
and 3-D printing, produce a
rubber model of a T-rex brain –
surprisingly big for a lizard – from
which they conclude that T-rex
was far cleverer than previously
thought, and had excellent sight
Chris Packham examines dinosaur
bones in Alberta DOM WALTER
and hearing, again better than
previously assumed.
Science should be about wonder,
too, and as I watched Packham
touch some fossilised remains of a
T-rex where it fell 60 million years
ago, I too felt myself communing
with that lost world. T-rex TV is
powerful and fascinating.
Not so very long ago, the Rt Hon
Michael Denzil Xavier Portillo was
a rising star of politics and the
future of the right. David Cameron,
George Osborne and Theresa May
all once backed him for leader.
Portillo, then, could today be
negotiating Brexit in a series of
dramatic dashes on RAF jets
between between London and
Brussels. Instead, he spends most
of his time pottering around doing
rail-based BBC travelogues, and
his latest, Great British Railway
Journeys, is an Edwardianthemed trip around the South and
East of England, from Cromer to
Brownsea Island in Dorset, reliving
the glory years of rail.
Every season of the Portillo
adventures sees him push new
boundaries of fashion, and his
violently clashing shirts, slacks
and blazers made him look like a
human macaw landing in the dun
scenery of north Norfolk. It’s jolly
enough, he’s getting ever better at
it, and I’m pleased he spends a bit
less time on boring trains (there is
no great charm to a Greater Anglia
electric commuter shuttle) and
more time telling us stuff about the
personalities and social history of
the places he encounters. A lost
leader wandering around a lost
world, even if equipped with his
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Arts
VISUAL ARTS
Arts
reviews
Thomas Ruff
WHITECHAPEL GALLERY, LONDON E1
VISUAL ARTS
‘Chopped
Hand,’ 2017,
by Peter
Doig MARK
Peter Doig
MICHAEL WERNER GALLERY, LONDON
WOODS/
MICHAEL
WERNER
GALLERY,
NEW YORK
AND LONDON
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The draw of this show is partly the
appeal of an artist, now nearly 60,
who is unconcerned with mindboggling concepts, but whose
work can still sell for tens of
millions of dollars per painting.
He turns out to be a painter
interested in painterly things,
conjuring up visual memories
of historic art in pictures of
bathers, dream scenes, mysterious
forests, poor old musicians and
fascinating foreign lands.
The paintings are all from
the past couple of years. The
content is visual in a direct
sensual sense and also in a
more playful intellectual sense.
Within individual paintings
there are sometimes several
images in slightly different
registers, suggesting fragments
of a narrative whole that can’t
be known.
You might ask who a face
belongs to, or who’s that figure
playing a guitar, but those are
mysteries easily cleared up (it’s a
singer Doig likes). It’s a different
order of mystery to decipher the
symbols in paintings that are
quite fragmented.
The visual language of one
object in a painting will reappear
in another quite different object:
a man’s coat and the bark of a tree,
CLASSICAL
Liza
Ferschtman/
Roman
Rabinovich
WIGMORE HALL, LONDON
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Bartok’s Violin Sonata No 1 has
been described as “uncommonly
difficult”, and indeed, in the first
movement the musicians proceed
on such seemingly incompatible
paths that they might be
playing different works. But the
achievement of violinist Liza
Ferschtman and pianist Roman
Rabinovich was to transcend
the superficially rebarbative
nature of this piece, and to
display its underlying unity. They
triumphantly brought out the
poised beauty of the Adagio and
the wild fiddle-dance of the finale.
This couple make a brilliant
pairing – Ferschtman’s command
of texture and colour is remarkable, while Rabinovich’s refined
touch allows him to evoke the
most fleeting and quicksilver
shifts in mood. And in the encore
– Bartok’s Romanian Dances –
Ferschtman ran the gamut of
styles with blithe assurance.
MICHAEL CHURCH
THE INDEPENDENT
Thomas Ruff, a member of
the Düsseldorf school, is a
conceptual photographer, which
is a misleading term, because
this excellent retrospective is
full of powerful, alluring imagery,
including his vast, deadpan
portraits (1986-91), close-up
and expressionless, next to the
Stars series (1989-92), featuring
constellations captured from a
telescope. (020 7522 7888) to 21 Jan
From Mile End to Mayfair
CITY ART GALLERY, SOUTHAMPTON
This free exhibition brings
together work by the East
London Group, the loose interwar
collective composed mainly of
working men and women. On
show are Elwin Hawthorne,
Walter and Harold Steggles,
Cecil Osborne, John Cooper,
Phyllis Bray and Grace Oscroft.
(023 8083 3007) to Sat
Art of World War II:
John Noott Collection
ST BARBE MUSEUM AND ART GALLERY,
LYMINGTON
say. This surprising repetition
is visually exciting. But a happy
choreographing of visual stuff
will be accompanied invariably
by weird, out-of-tune, mere
plonking-down of stuff, nearby.
Colour in his paintings can seem
arbitrary, and his approach to
shapes can be just wilful.
The shoulder of the main
figure, a male bather, in Red Man
(Sings Calypso) is a mighty shape,
but the arm of the same man is
strangely small. The big and small
puzzle seems to have no visual
meaning. The whole painting has
points of happy greatness and
odd little points of nothingness,
a characteristic of many works
in this show. Distortion in art is
fine. Things don’t have to look like
they look. But in the past, with his
paintings of the 1990s showing
skiers, houses in the woods and
boats drifting on lakes, Doig was
concerned to harmonise bits and
pieces, whereas increasingly over
the years he’s been going for an
effect of fragments deliberately
not resolved. Arbitrary colour
and distortion that doesn’t do
anything runs through much
in the show, and is visually
jarring. He lets it happen while
supplying unexpected pleasure to
compensate for it.
To 17 February (0207 495 6855)
MATTHEW COLLINGS
EVENING STANDARD
DANCE
The Nutcracker
ROYAL ALBERT HALL, LONDON
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The bigger the dance, the better
it fits the huge space of the Royal
Albert Hall. Birmingham Royal
Ballet’s new version of The
Nutcracker is strongest when it
fills the stage with dancing. It’s
a sturdy production, providing
spectacle in dance, music and
shiny new projections.
It’s in the big numbers, such as
the snowflake waltz, that it rises
to gorgeousness. Reflected in a
mirrored backdrop, the swirling
skirts and patterns shimmer and
glow, as stage snow falls on the
dancers and on the audience.
David Bintley’s new staging is
based on the company’s lovely
traditional production. The
ballet now opens with a view of
the magician Drosselmeyer’s
steampunk workshop. A recorded
narration, by a heavily accented
Simon Callow, introduces the
story. Philip Ellis conducts a brisk
performance of Tchaikovsky’s
irresistible score, with some
discreet amplification.
The Royal Albert Hall isn’t a
good match for the intimacy of the
early scenes. As the heroine, Clara,
Karla Doorbar is bright and fleetfooted, reacting to her enchanted
Art dealer John Noott, who was
seven when the Second World
War broke out, has amassed
a collection of more than 100
paintings, prints and posters
related to the conflict, including
rarely seen portrayals of Dunkirk,
the Battle of Britain, the Blitz, life
on the Home Front, the war at sea
and in the air, and the battlefronts
in Africa, Europe and the Far
East. (01590 676969) to 17 Feb
Land, Sea, Life:
a British Art Collection
ABBOT HALL ART GALLERY, KENDAL
Seventy works by more than 40
artists help to explore recurring
themes in the work of British
artists of the 20th century,
emphasising trends in subject
matter and including still-life,
the human figure, landscape and
abstraction. Among the artists
are Frank Auerbach, Wilhelmina
Barns-Graham, David Bomberg,
Edward Burra, Eric Gill, Barbara
Hepworth, Patrick Heron,
Laura Knight, Eduardo Paolozzi,
Christopher Wood and Rosemary
Young. (015394 46139) to 17 Feb
Rebecca Warren
TATE ST IVES
The sculptor’s first major UK solo
exhibition in eight years, drawing
connections between her practice
and the geographical context
and artistic legacy of St Ives with
roughly worked sculptures and
neon vitrines. (tate.org.uk) to Sun
Fleet-footed: Karla Doorbar as Clara with Lachlan Monaghan in a
‘Nutcracker’ that filled the Royal Albert Hall’s stage ANNABEL MOELLER
journey with suitable wonder. The
transformation scenes now spill
out across the whole auditorium.
The Christmas tree “grows” up
the walls, while giant baubles
descend to hang over the heads
of the audience.
There’s a good transition to the
snow scene, as the pine tree turns
into a winter forest under starlit
skies. The dances of the second act
are now framed as a performance
by Drosselmeyer’s magic dolls,
with projections showing “his”
clockwork and costume designs.
Momoko Hirata brings out the
delicate detail of the Sugar Plum
Fairy’s solo, but César Morales
is underpowered as her prince.
Jonathan Payn is a confident
Drosselmeyer. Céline Gittens was
a marvellous Rose Fairy, with
glowing line and star presence
that reaches out to the gallery.
ZOE ANDERSON
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FILM
Molly’s Game
15, AARON SORKIN, 140 MINS
This film marks the directorial
debut of West Wing creator
Aaron Sorkin, who also wrote
the ingeniously crafted screenplay.
Jessica Chastain gives a blazing
performance as a former Winter
Olympics hopeful who is busted
by the FBI for running an illegal
gambling operation, in a film
that never loses its momentum
or its fatalistic humour.
Nationwide release
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THE CULTURAL HIGHLIGHTS
YOU HAVE TO SEE
Sanctuary
15, LEN COLLIN, 88 MINS
A funny, big-hearted and affecting
comedy-drama, following a group
of characters with “intellectual
disabilities” on a day out to the
cinema in Galway with their
hapless but well-meaning young
care worker. Christian O’Reilly’s
screenplay combines elements
from the typical feel-good drama
with sharper insights into the lives
of the protagonists. Limited release
Persona
15, INGMAR BERGMAN, 83 MINS
A rerelease of one of the
director’s most experimental,
confrontational and idiosyncratic
features, in which a breezy
young nurse, Sister Alma (Bibi
Andersson), is assigned to look
after the brilliant but troubled
classical actress, Elisabet Vogler
(Liv Ullmann), who has become
catatonic. This two-hander is
a very intense psycho-drama,
superbly played by its leads.
Limited release
Star Wars: the Last Jedi
12A, RIAN JOHNSON, 152 MINS
Writer-director Rian Johnson, a
new recruit to the franchise, has
a monumental task with Episode
VIII, and he has risen to the
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
COMEDY
Stewart Lee
LEICESTER SQUARE THEATRE,
LONDON WC2
VOICES
14-18
TV
28-29
the Blitz, with swirling fantasy
from Prokofiev’s score and Lez
Brotherston’s brilliant designs.
(020 7863 8000) to 27 Jan
JAZZ
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
CS Lewis’s muscular Christian
symbolism and brooding Norse
imagery jostle with the occasional
moment of pantomime in Sally
Cookson’s in-the-round staging,
which uses puppets, aerial
performers and live music to
create a convincing snowbound
Narnia. (0113 213 770) to 27 Jan
THEATRE
The Woman in White
CHARING CROSS THEATRE,
LONDON WC2
The first revival of Andrew
Lloyd Webber’s sweeping 2004
adaptation of Wilkie Collins’s
Victorian classic. Newly revised
by Lloyd Webber and lyricist
David Zippel, it’s both looking and,
crucially, sounding very good.
(08444 930650) to 10 Feb
Spencer Jones
A Christmas Carol
The Audition is ostensibly about
Spencer Jones trying out for a
Steven Spielberg robot movie,
but expect something a little
more off-beam than that – namely,
supremely dorky clowning and
brilliantly daft prop comedy.
(020 7478 0100) to Sat
Matthew Warchus’s magnificent
staging provides everything you
might want from a theatrical
adaptation of Dickens’s morality
tale urging social responsibility
and compassion. Rhys Ifans
gives a remarkably powerful
performance, spiky-haired and
spitting intemperate scorn
as the terminal skinflint.
(0844 871 7628) to 20 Jan
DANCE
Network
Matthew Bourne reimagines
the fairy tale as a wartime
romance. The prince becomes
a dashing pilot searching for
Cinderella through the rubble of
First
Chance
Opening
this week
WEST YORKSHIRE PLAYHOUSE, LEEDS
POP
Mica Paris
HIDEAWAY, LONDON SW16
The British soul great scales down to
Hideaway proportions for these two
dates. (020 8835 7070) opens Fri
DANCE
The Nutcracker
Imperium
THEATRE ROYAL, GLASGOW
Scottish Ballet’s Nutcracker, created
by company founder Peter Darrell,
has been lovingly restored.
(0844 871 7647) opens Thur
SWAN THEATRE,
STRATFORD-UPON-AVON
Robert Harris’s West Wing-intogas novels centred on Cicero
provides the source for these
six plays, performed as a pair
of trilogies. Gregory Doran for
the most part maintains a zippy
fluency in a turbulent story of legal
wranglings and bitter rivalries
that is full of incident and often
violent. (01789 403493) to 10 Feb
VISUAL ARTS
Elizabeth Friedlander
DITCHLING MUSEUM OF ART & CRAFT
A survey of the artist and typographer
best known for her Penguin book
covers. (01273 844744) opens Sat
Bryan Cranston stars as
anchorman Howard Beale, who
goes from grand old man of the
news to yesterday’s news to
latter-day prophet and media
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Cinderella
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sensation, in the course of this
visually arresting adaptation of
Sidney Lumet’s 1976 film, directed
by Ivo van Hove and featuring
Michelle Dockery as a ferociously
ambitious television executive.
(020 7452 3000) to 24 Mar
The Lion, the Witch
and the Wardrobe
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38-43
48-56
Scott Hamilton Quartet
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
SOHO THEATRE, LONDON W1
IQ
30-37
VISUAL ARTS
May Morris: Art & Life
WILLIAM MORRIS GALLERY,
LONDON E17
The most comprehensive
survey of May Morris to
date, bringing together
more than 80 works from
collections around the UK,
many of which have never
been on public display, and
revealing the breadth of her
creative pursuits, featuring
wallpaper and embroidery
alongside jewellery, dresses
and book designs, as well as
sketches and watercolours.
On show for the first time
is a hand-painted Valentine
card made by Morris for
George Bernard Shaw in
1886. The exhibition also
includes Morris’s Maids of
Honour embroidery,
created in the 1890s (left).
(020 8496 4390) to 28 Jan
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MONEY
BoE and Kremlin lining up
to launch cryptocurrencies
By Rebecca Jones and Ben Chapman
Both the Bank of England and
the Russian government have
hinted at plans to launch their
own cryptocurrencies, with both
lauding the potential applications of
the technology.
The BoE has announced it has
now fully assembled a task force to
examine the potential application
of a UK cryptocurrency, with ideas
that include allowing citizens to
store their wealth directly with the
central reserve.
Speaking to a parliamentary select
committee in December, the Bank’s
Governor, Mark Carney, said that the
central body was working through
the details.
“You [could] create a situation
where you can have an instantaneous
[bank] run. So as soon as there were
any concern, people can switch in
their account at the Bank of England,”
said Mr Carney.
A report in The Daily Telegraph
suggests the new currency could be
launched by the end of this year.
Meanwhile, Vladimir Putin’s
government is reportedly seeking
ways to establish a cryptocurrency
that could help it dodge sanctions.
The Kremlin is said to be looking
into the blockchain technology
behind bitcoin as the basis for a
“cryptorouble”. At a recent meeting
The BoE says Initial
Coin Offerings (ICOs) – the
means by which cryptocurrencies
are launched – must be regulated
more stringently. China recently
banned ICOs.
of Russian government officials, Mr
Putin’s economic advisor, Sergei
Glazyev, said a cryptocurrency could
be useful to carry out “sensitive
activity on behalf of the state”,
according to the Financial Times.
“We can settle accounts with our
counterparties all over the world
with no regard for sanctions,” Mr
Glazyev reportedly said.
A state-sanctioned cryptocurrency
would represent a change in
tactics by Mr Putin. In October, he
threatened websites selling digital
currencies with closure, saying that
bitcoin and its rivals were risky and
used by criminals.
“The usage of cryptocurrencies
carries serious risks. I know the
central bank’s position on that,” Mr
Putin said.
He added: “Cryptocurrencies are
issued by an unlimited number of
Governor Mark Carney said the Bank
of England was working through the
details of its own cryptocurrency
anonymous bodies. Thus, buyers of
cryptocurrencies could be involved
in unlawful activities.”
Also last month, Russia’s central
bank deputy governor, Sergey
Shvetsov, told a conference in
Moscow that the currencies were
“dubious”, according to Reuters.
“We cannot stand apart. We
cannot give direct and easy access to
such dubious instruments for retail
[investors],” Mr Shvetsov said.
MANUFACTURING
‘Momentum
still strong’
despite dip in
production
By Ben Chu
Quote of
the day
The 30
Second
Briefing
If Brexit increases
barriers to us in
Europe, it follows
we must rise to
the challenge and
prove what UK plc
is capable of
Rupert Pearce
Chief executive of
satellite operator
Inmarsat
POUNDLAND
SCANDAL
What’s the story?
Steinhoff, the South African owner
of Poundland, is in trouble over its
accounts, announcing yesterday
it will have to restate a number of
issuances back to 2015, sending its
share price plummeting as Moody’s
warns it might not be able to pay
its debts.
When did this all start?
Last month, Steinhoff, which
also owns Bensons for Beds and
Harveys, admitted to accounting
irregularities linked to its 2016
financial report, prompting the chief
executive to resign.
difficult for Steinhoff to repay or
refinance around €1.5bn (£1.3bn) of
debt that is becoming due next year,
which could force it into insolvency.
What are investors doing?
Selling. Shares in Steinhoff have
plummeted close to 90 per cent
since this time last month as scores
of investors have turned their back
on the group.
How are they trying to save it?
Professional services firm PwC is
currently conducting the review
into Steinhoff’s accounts. On
Tuesday, the company said that,
while “all involved are working
as expeditiously as possible,
the timeline for completion
remains uncertain”.
Will it survive?
Credit rating agency Moody’s last
week slashed its rating for the
company from B1 to Caa1 and said
the developments could make it
And Poundland?
As one of the UK’s most successful
retailers, it’s unlikely Poundland will
be going anywhere, but it could soon
change ownership.
UK manufacturing cooled in December from a four-year high, according
to the latest survey snapshot, although the sector retained its strong
growth momentum.
The manufacturing Purchasing
Managers’ Index came in at 56.3
in the month, down from 58.2 in
November, with any reading above
50 signalling expansion.
City of London analysts had
pencilled in a reading of 58.
“Rates of expansion remained
comfortably above long-term trend
rates,” said Rob Dobson of IHS
Markit, which compiles the survey.
He added that “over 50 per cent of
companies expecting production to
be higher one year from now”.
Manufacturing, which accounts
for around 10 per cent of the UK
economy, is estimated by the Office
for National Statistics to have
expanded by 1.3 per cent in the third
quarter of 2017.
UK manufacturing exporters
have benefited from the slump in the
pound since the 2016 Brexit vote and
a pick-up in global growth in 2017.
The manufacturing PMI for the
eurozone in December hit a record
high of 60.6. In Germany it was 63.3,
58.8 in France and 57.4 in Italy.
Some analysts were less optimistic.
“UK manufacturers have cut
investment since the Brexit vote
and are struggling to find skilled
workers,” said Samuel Tombs
of Pantheon. “As a result, work
backlogs are increasing quickly and
supply chain delays are worsening.”
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VOICES
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COMPANIES
Google’s ‘Dutch sandwich’
shielded £14bn from tax
By Jeremy Khan
Google moved €15.9bn (£14.1bn)
to a Bermuda shell company in
2016, saving at least €3bn in taxes
that year, regulatory filings in the
Netherlands show.
According to Bloomberg, Google
uses two structures, known as
a “double Irish” and a “Dutch
sandwich”, to shield the majority of
its international profits from taxation.
The set-up involves shifting revenue
from one Irish subsidiary to a Dutch
company with no employees, and then
on to a Bermuda mailbox owned by
another Ireland-registered company.
The amount of money Google
moved through this tax structure in
2016 was 7 per cent higher than the
year before, according to company
filings with the Dutch Chamber of
Commerce dated 22 December and
which were made available online
Tuesday. News of the filings was first
reported by the Dutch newspaper
Het Financieele Dagblad.
“We pay all of the taxes due and
comply with the tax laws in every
country we operate in around the
world,” a Google spokesman said in a
statement. “We remain committed to
helping grow the online ecosystem.”
Google is under pressure from
regulators and authorities around
the world for not paying enough tax.
Last year, the company escaped a
Google’s European
base in Dublin. Ireland
closed a loophole that
permitted ‘Double Irish’
tax arrangements in
2015 AFP/GETTY
€1.12bn French tax bill after a court
ruled its Irish subsidiary, which
collects revenue for ads the company
sells in France, had no permanent
base in the country. The European
Union has been exploring ways to
make US technology companies,
many of which use similar tax
shelters, pay more.
The Irish government closed the
tax loophole that permitted “Double
Irish” tax arrangements in 2015.
But companies already using the
structure are allowed to continue
employing it until the end of 2020.
The total pool of foreign earnings
Google was holding overseas, free
from taxation, was $60.7bn at the end
of 2016, the company said in its SEC
filings. THE INDEPENDENT
US filings show Google’s
global effective tax rate in
2016 was 19.3 per cent, thanks to
shifting the majority of profits to
its Bermuda-based entity.
Oil posts strongest year opening since 2014
Oil prices posted their strongest
opening to a year since 2014 on Tuesday, with crude rising to mid-2015
highs amid large anti-government
rallies in Iran and current supply
cuts led by Opec and Russia.
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ARMITAGE
In Cousins we
have lost one of
our wisest chiefs
T
oo much has been made of
the prickliness of the late
Compass chief Richard
Cousins in yesterday’s
obituary pages.
Yes, he was grumpy with journalists, but that didn’t make him any
less of a brilliant chief during an 11year tenure which saw him increase
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EMPLOYMENT
Two-thirds of
workers denied
pay rises and
promotions
By Josie Cox
COMMODITIES
By Henning Gloystein
IQ
30-37
US West Texas Intermediate
crude futures were at $60.63 (£44.54)
a barrel in morning trade, up 21 cents
after hitting $60.74 earlier in the day
– the highest since June 2015.
Brent crude futures, the
international benchmark, were at
$67.18 a barrel, up 31 cents after
hitting a May 2015 high of $67.29
a barrel. It was the first time
since January 2014 that the two
benchmarks opened the year above
$60 per barrel.
“Growing unrest in Iran set the
table for a bullish start to 2018,” the US
based Schork Report said. REUTERS
the company’s share price by 800
per cent.
The truth was, the boss of the
world’s biggest caterer didn’t really
care what the media thought of him,
as long as he had the backing of his
staff and shareholders, which he did
by the ladleful.
If anything, that made him a fitting
antidote to the more charming Mike
Bailey, whom he replaced after three
profit warnings.
Unlike most chief executives,
Cousins didn’t bother buffing up his
personal media profile to secure future cosy City sinecures.
When he quit as a director of Tesco
over his opposition to its takeover of
Booker, he could have made a song
and dance.
Instead, having failed to persuade
the board of his view, he made his
exit without fanfare and kept his
counsel, creating as little disruption
as possible.
Whether he was right about Book-
er remains to be seen. What is clear,
though, is that the City has lost one of
its wisest directors at an age, just 58,
when he had much more to give.
***
US share prices ended 2017 with
their ninth monthly gain on the trot: a
feat not seen for nearly half a century.
To bears, that looked something like
hysteria, induced by the laughing gas
Cousins didn’t bother
bufffing up his personal
media profile to secure
future cosy City sinecures
of artificially low interest rates. The
high will end with a hangover once
the West’s central banks start to hike
in earnest, they declared.
But now, as companies start calculating the huge impact on their
profits of Donald Trump’s $1.5 trillion (£1.1trn) tax cuts, it makes a lot
Two-thirds of UK workers were
denied a pay rise or promotion in
2017, a survey of more than 5,000
employees has revealed.
T h e s t u d y, c o n d u c t e d b y
recruitment site totaljobs.com,
also showed that the lack of wage
increases was translating into
demotivation across the workforce.
A total of 67 per cent said that they
didn’t feel as if their ideas were being
heard, while 54 per cent admitted
that they obsessively “clock-watch”
during the working day.
Only 12 per cent said that they felt
“fully engaged” in their roles and half
said that they had explored other
jobs during working hours, with
two-thirds admitting that they don’t
expect to be in their current role by
the end of 2018.
The findings chime with a
similar survey published by
human resource firm Investors
in People, which showed that while
overall happiness has improved
slightly over the past year, nearly half
of UK employees still expect to be
looking for a new job in 2018.
In both surveys, money emerged
as one of the main reasons for
employees to seek an alternative.
“It is clear from this research that
2017 has been a gruelling year for
millions of UK workers,” said David
Clift, human resources director at
totaljobs.com.
He added that “2018 promises
to be another year of economic
uncertainty, so employers need to be
alive to the threat of losing their best
talent”. THE INDEPENDENT
54%
Employees who admitted that they
obsessively ‘clock-watch’ during the
working day
more sense. While they are yet to calculate the longer-term savings from
the changes, you can start getting a
flavour reflected in the writedowns
companies are preparing to take now
in the future value of their deferred
tax assets.
The calculations are complicated
but, as one company put it yesterday,
you can see the hit going through
now as a mirror of the kinds of tax
cuts firms will benefit from in the
coming years.
For Shell and BP alone, the sum totals $4bn. For Barclays, it’s $1bn.
And they are just the UK firms.
Goldman Sachs has put the one-off
accounting hit at $5bn.
Multiply those kinds of numbers
across Wall Street’s biggest players
and you have some serious billions
being invested into US productivity
or paid out in dividends.
Pe r h a p s t h e D o w J o n e s
isn’t so overvalued after all.
EVENING STANDARD
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From the
business
pages
Vietnam’s women
leading the way
VnExpress International
Vietnamese women hold
more leading positions on the
business map compared with
other countries in the region,
including Malaysia, Singapore
and Indonesia. Women hold 25
per cent of CEO or board-level
positions in Vietnam, compared
with 14 per cent in Malaysia,
10 per cent in Singapore and
only 6 per cent in Indonesia. In
Vietnam, there are no quotas for
women board members.
Nairobi dominates
Kenya power sales
The Daily Nation
Nairobi accounted for more
than half of Kenya Power’s
electricity sales over the past
four years, reflecting the capital
city’s economic dominance over
the other 46 devolved units
created in 2013 to address the
wealth imbalance. Data released
by the power distribution firm
show that Nairobi accounted for
50.2 per cent of its unit sales in
the year to June.
Banks moving into
fintech investment
The Japan Times
Japan’s biggest banks are racing
to adapt to changing business
conditions amid the shrinking
population and spread of
online banking. Many have laid
out plans to downsize their
workforce and massive network
of branches while investing
in “fintech” – technological
innovation in the financial
sector – to streamline their
operations.
China food group
signs $400m deal
Belarusian
Telegraph Agency
The Vitebsk Oblast Executive
Committee and China’s DRex
Food Group reached a $400m
(£295m) agreement for
investment into the Belarusian
region. The deal was sealed
by Vitebsk Oblast Governor
Nikolai Sherstnev and DRex
Food Group President Dai
Shiwei. According to the
deal, dairy farms and a milk
processing plant will be set up in
the region within two years.
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COMPANIES
M&S checks out
of Hong Kong
City keen on deal
for bakers Gail’s
Marks & Spencer has sold its
retail business in Hong Kong
and Macau to its franchise
partner Al-Futtaim, the
company said. Al-Futtaim,
which already operates 72 M&S
stores across 11 markets in Asia
and the Middle East, purchased
27 shops in a deal which was
completed on 30 December,
M&S said.
Shares in Patisserie Valerie’s
owner rose 6.2p, to 359p,
as investors gave a deal to
acquire bakery chain Gail’s the
thumbs up. Patisserie Valerie
is expected to tap shareholders
for £35m to help buy the
company, which could go for
more than £150m. The deal
is not expected to go through
before March.
GAMBLING
ENERGY
High-rollers
return to Macau
BP braced for
billion-dollar hit
Macau’s Gaming Inspection
and Coordination Bureau
has recorded the first annual
gaming revenue growth in the
region in three years. Macau
overtook Las Vegas to become
the world’s premier gambling
destination, in revenue terms,
in 2007. However, it has suffered
since Beijing increased anticorruption measures in 2014.
BP has admitted it will take
a $1.5bn (£1.1bn) charge from
President Trump’s decision to
slash corporate tax rates in the
US, but benefit in the long term.
The oil giant told investors that
Trump’s tax overhaul would
eventually boost US earnings.
However, in the near future, it
will result in a one-off $1.5bn
charge in the fourth quarter.
AVIATION
EMPLOYMENT
Ryanair applies
for British licence
Happiness at
work on rise
Ryanair has applied for a British
air operating licence, in case
of a hard Brexit. Flying rights
are governed by EU-wide deals
and, because it is not part of the
World Trade Organization, the
aviation sector has no fallback
arrangement to protect flights if
there is no deal between Britain
and the European Union.
Happiness in the workplace
has improved slightly, but 47
per cent of UK employees still
expect to be looking for a new
job in 2018. According to a
survey by Investors in People,
one in four employees feels
unhappy at work, compared to
one in three who said they did at
the same point last year.
CURRENCY
RETAIL
Bitcoin boosted
by busier trading
Discounters shine
over Christmas
The value of online currency
bitcoin has fallen 30 per cent
from December’s high. After
passing $19,850, bitcoin’s price
tumbled rapidly to below
$12,000. It stood at $14,145
last night as online exchanges
reported increased trading
volumes over the festive period.
The City tipped Asos, Boohoo
and a clutch of discount
retailers as early winners in
Christmas trading. Shoppers
are likely to have spent less this
year, but online retailers and
those who combine online and
store operations smoothly are
expected to have done well.
the
markets
The UK’s FTSE 100 index ended
its first day of trading in the new
year on a downbeat note, with the
index closing 40 points – or 0.5 per
cent – lower at 7,648, with insurers
and miners among the worstperforming stocks. According to
the Share Centre, it is only the fifth
time in the past 15 years that the
market has finished lower on the
first trading day of the year.
***
The pound had a markedly more
upbeat day, finishing London
trading 0.6 per cent up against the
US dollar to $1.3582 and 0.3 per
cent higher on the euro to €1.1217.
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3 JANUARY 2018
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In Saturday’s
COMPANIES
‘Business as usual’ as Shell
retains Danish operations
By Ravender Sembhy
Royal Dutch Shell will no longer
sell its refining business in Denmark for $80m (£60m) to Dansk
Olieselskab. The deal was first announced in September 2016 and
had been expected to complete last year.
However, the oil
giant said yesterday
that Dansk Shell will
remain under Shell’s
ownership and
“continue business
as usual”.
“Shell announces
today that the agreement
i t s i g n e d w i t h Da n s k
Olieselskab in September 2016
regarding the sale of Dansk Shell,
which consists of the Fredericia
refinery and local trading and
supply activities, has terminated
and the sale will not complete,” the
company said.
The Fredericia refinery pumps
out 70,000 barrels a day and
Dansk Shell employs a total of
240 people.
The sale was part of a $30bn
divestment programme being by
Shell, which it insisted is still on
track. Deals worth $23bn have
already been completed as
part of the scheme.
Over the third
quarter alone,
Shell offloaded
$187m of upstream
and $1.15bn of
downstream assets
including a 50 per
cent share in Sadaf,
the petrochemicals joint
venture in Saudi Arabia.
Shell also recently announced
it had completed the sale of a
package of North Sea assets
for up to $3.8bn to smaller rival
Chrysaor.
The company also said in
November that it is restoring its
cash dividends after more than
two years in the latest sign that
the industry is emerging from an
extended slump.
Brent crude prices continue to
hold comfortably above $60 per
barrel, having fallen as low as $27.3
in January 2016.
Shell announced its foray into
Britain’s retail energy market last
month through the acquisition of
First Utility in a move that will
see the oil and gas giant become a
direct energy provider to 825,000
British homes.
Shell said that it plans to
“grow and develop” First Utility
as it looks set to compete with
the Big Six providers in the UK’s
energy market.
With a market
capitalisation of more
than £200bn Shell is one of the
10 biggest companies in the
world and the largest in the
UK’s FTSE 100 index.
Come dine with me
– the student trend
for recipe boxes
‘We are paying about £3
each for a great dinner,
almost every night’
Callum Hale-Thomson
says buying recipe boxes
with his housemates saves
money and improves the
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The UK has slipped down the
rankings as a destination for
foreign workers since Brexit, research has revealed.
Though the UK remains the
third most attractive destination,
Canada has leapfrogged into second spot, according to a study of
10,000 people in 20 countries by
accountants BDO.
The US is still the most popular
destination – preferred by 30 per
cent of respondents – but although
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Canada rose 2 per cent to 22 per
cent, the UK fell 3 per cent to 19
per cent.
Among European workers,
Britain’s drop in popularity is
even more stark, as it dropped
out of the top six preferred destinations for the first time since
2012, when it was seen as the
second-best location.
BDO managing partner Paul
Eagland warned: “UK businesses
are already struggling with a
skills shortage. The impact of the
EU referendum and uncertainty
around a new trade deal is likely to
make this worse.
“It’s absolutely imperative that
the Government makes it clear
to the world that the UK is still a
great place to do business and that
we continue to attract the world’s
bright and best to our country.”
Among Europeans, the US
remains the most popular destination, preferred by 24 per cent
of workers.
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goes. Older Brits
are clinging on to
all the cash, property and pension
deals. Meanwhile younger Brits –
discouraged by student loan hangovers and house prices – are sticking
two fingers up to the idea of having
to save for anything at all. With retirement a lifetime away, they are
blowing any extra cash at the bar.
Except they’re not.
A decent retirement ranks as the
second biggest area of concern for
young people’s prospects, beaten
only by housing, according to the
Intergenerational Commission.
And it’s paying off. Research
from think-tank the Resolution
Foundation suggests that those
in their twenties and early thirties are on course to enjoying a
life after work at a similar level of
comfort to the older, golden-goodbye bunch set to retire in style on
defined benefit schemes.
Doom-mongers – spurred on
by the decline in generous defined benefit schemes – have been
roundly dismissed by the Resolution Foundation, whose study into
the next 40 years of our retirement
fortunes is likely to shape Government policy on pension savings
and incentives.
“The recent story of retirement
living standards has been a successful one as typical incomes have
grown rapidly and pensioner poverty has fallen by a third,” it says.
The accepted benchmark for an
“adequate” pension is one which
provides a retirement income
worth two-thirds of someone’s preretirement earnings. Pensioners
currently receive an average of 54
per cent, for example. Financial institutions and advisers suggest that
achieving this kind of pension relies
on monthly savings worth at least
12 per cent of an employee’s salary,
starting from their early thirties.
Now, though, a major uplift in
private pension saving via autoenrolment, plus an increase in the
number of women becoming fully
entitled to a higher state pension
means millennials are on course to
enjoy the same level of retirement
income as today’s retirees.
It’s all looking promising for now.
But the tiniest shift in pay growth
rates could have a huge impact on
retirement incomes, the report
warns. And the future success of
the workplace pension depends on
us sticking with it when minimum
employee contributions increase
to 5 per cent from April 2019.
daily
money
British households have been
urged to begin saving now for
Christmas 2018 to avoid getting
into debt during the festive
season. The Money Advice Trust
says more people will struggle
with their finances this January
than last with 7.9 million Britons
expected to fall behind on
Auto-enrolment
in pensions puts
millennials in a stronger
position for their
retirement AFP/GETTY
“The big risk is that faced with
anaemic pay rises, people may
choose to stop saving into a pension, rather than face higher contributions,” says David Finch, senior
economic analyst at the Resolution
Foundation. “This would provide
a short-term income boost, but
could prove disastrous for their
incomes later in life.”
In fact, with these increases to
minimum contributions, the takehome pay of a typical employee is
set to rise by £1,700 over the next
four years were they to stop con-
The risk is anaemic
pay rises. People may
choose stop saving
into a pension
payments this month due to
Christmas expenditure.
***
Leeds Building Society has
launched a new fixed-term savings
bond offering the best rate on
the high street. Its limited issue
18-month fixed-rate bond pays 1.6
per cent and is available in branch,
online and by post.
***
TSB is slashing its personal loan
rate for medium-sized loans. It
has reduced its rate for amounts
between £7,500 and £25,000 to
2.9 per cent APR representative –
tributing – twice as much as the
£850 they would receive if they
made the minimum contributions.
“Policy-makers and employers
must ensure that auto-enrolment
continues to be popular during a
critical few years as it’s rolled out
and then ramped up across the
country,” Finch warns.
Kate Smith, head of pensions
at Aegon, adds: “The good news
is auto-enrolment means there’s
potential for future generations to
experience similar outcomes experienced by people retiring today,
which benefits younger millennials
the most. This group have got into
the habit of saving early and expect
far less support from the Government in retirement, so are more
motivated to save for themselves.
This puts millennials in a strong-
down from 3.2 per cent (subject to
approval). The firm gives personal
quotations that will not appear on
their credit record.
***
UK households are sitting on £260
worth of old phones that can be
turned into cash, according to sellmymobile.com. The retailer claims
the average UK household has at
least two old handsets. The firm
claims that the average used phone
sells to a recycler for £130 while
broken phones go for around £60.
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Research from Scottish Widows
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Five apps
that can
save you
money
Best
Buy
By Felicity Hannah
There are lots of ways to save
money in 2018. Maybe you plan to
budget more effectively or save
more, or to pay less for groceries
and eating out. Maybe you just
want to spend less on everyday
things. Whatever your goal
there’s more than likely an app for
it. Here are our must-haves:
CHIP If you find it hard to save
money each month then Chip
could be the answer. Once you
connect the free app to your online
banking, it gathers information
about your spending and uses that
data to work out how much you
can afford to save. Every few days
it transfers an amount it believes
to be affordable into a separate
savings account.
SQUIRREL Maybe you find it hard
er financial position, with a longer
exposure to stock market growth.
The challenge is to get more people
into the saving habit sooner, ideally
as soon as they start working.
Those in their forties, though,
are the exception. As well as losing the pension saving habit, they
have tended to miss out on definedbenefit pensions and are likely to
build up smaller defined-contribution pensions – becoming the lost
generation.
However, it’s never too late to
start saving, and as people are
working longer they shouldn’t give
up. This group has the potential to
benefit from valuable employer’s
pension contributions for another
20 years or more, giving them the
opportunity to build up a healthy
pension pot. THE INDEPENDENT
suggests the average Briton
spends £124 each month on “little
luxuries” such as takeaways and
taxis, with the majority underestimating the cost. The firm says
that Britons could gain as much
as £9,853 a year in retirement by
saving this into their pension.
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Data from Sainsbury’s Bank
Pet Insurance has revealed that
younger pets - rather than old generate the most claims. It says it
recieves 24 per cent more claims
for pets aged under two. Leg, hip
and shoulder disorders are the
most complaint.
to make your salary stretch
throughout the month, let alone
make savings. That’s where the
Squirrel app comes in. To use it,
you have to get your salary paid
into a separate account (run by
Barclays so don’t worry, it’s all
legit) and it then releases the
money gradually back into your
current account so you don’t
spend it all at once.
VOUCHER APPS
The10Best...
Yoga mats
There are
several different
voucher and
discount code
apps so it’s worth
browsing around.
VoucherCodes
is a good one, with
national and local
discounts so you can always
get the best deals. Vouchercloud
also allows you to find deals
local to you, using your location.
Finally, HotUKDeals has a load of
discounts and codes.
Abbi Henderson gets to grips with the essential item all yogis need
STOCARD As a nation we are
{2} YOGI BARE PAWS YOGA MAT
This is stylish and functional.
Its thick, cushioned structure
provides a stable base and its
super-grippy topside prevents
sliding. Etched patterns provide
guidance for the positioning of
certain poses. It weighs 2.5kg and
measures 180cm x 66cm.
£49.99, Yogi-bare.co.uk
terrible at using our loyalty cards
and vouchers, even though we are
pretty good at stuffing our wallets
and purses full of them. Stocard
is a digital wallet, allowing you
to store them all in your phone.
Just ask the cashier to scan the
relevant barcode when you’re
shopping and your points will
automatically accrue.
CASHBACK APPS There are several
cashback apps around. We like the
TopCashback and Quidco apps,
both of which are free. With these
you can download vouchers and
discounts, monitor your cashback
balance and make withdrawals,
and even earn extra bonuses. The
TopCashback app even lets you
earn money buying groceries.
THE INDEPENDENT
{1} LIFORME YOGA MAT:
This is designed by a team
of scientists and top yoga
instructors. It has a natural
rubber base, a felt centre for extra
cushioning and a non-toxic, sticky
surface that provides excellent
grip. It’s a few centimetres
larger in both length and width
than most mats. At £100 it’s a
real investment.
£104.95, Amazon.co.uk
{3} YOGAMATTERS STICKY
YOGA MAT
A best buy for beginners, its thick,
spongy qualities make it spot
on for newbies. It weighs only
1.2kg, measures 183cm x 61cm,
and comes in various colours.
While relatively grippy, it’s not
quite as slip-resistant as it could
be. It’s made from PVC and is
machine-washable.
£18, Yogamatters.com
{4} MANUKA LIFE ECO LUXURY
YOGA MAT
With a foamy, velvety feel and
a grippy surface, this combines
comfort and practicality. Its
extreme cushioning provides
support for advanced moves with
minimal slip. Although 6mm thick,
it’s light - at just 1.2kg. It measures
183cm x 61cm.
£24, Manukalife.com
{5} MANDUKA PRO YOGA MAT
Renowned for its durability and
unmatched cushioning, this
provides a firm, supportive base.
At 6mm thick it’s heavy. It’s also
slightly wider than standard-sized
mats at 66cm, and is available in
180cm or 215cm lengths. The mat
offers a fair amount of grip.
From £63.53, Amazon.co.uk
{6} LULULEMON THE
REVERSIBLE MAT 3MM
This has a surprising amount of
grip. At 3mm thick and less than
2kg in weight, it’s lightweight. It’s
also slightly wider (66cm) than
some other mat options.
£48, Lululemon.co.uk
{7} CORKYOGIS THE CLASSIC
CORK YOGA MAT
With a rubber base and a cork
surface, this mat is best suited to
sweat-inducing yoga. What seems
like a somewhat slippy mat at first
becomes more grippy the more
damp it gets. With a depth of 3mm,
it’s thinner than some other mats.
£65, CorkYogis.com
{8} SWEATY BETTY SUPER GRIP
YOGA MAT
This is tacky to the touch, ultragrippy and remains virtually slipfree. At 4mm thick, it’s 183cm in
length and weighs 2kg.
£55, SweatyBetty.com
{9} POWERHOUSE FITNESS
WARRIOR II MAT
This ticks almost all the boxes
for a beginner. Its spongy base
provides 4mm of cushioning,
but it doesn’t have the density of
some other mats. It’s lightweight
and slightly longer than standard
mats at 183cm. The ridged surface
provides suitable grip.
£17.99, Amazon.co.uk
{10} YOGABELLIES
PEACELOVEYOGA MAT
This has a rubber base and a suedelike surface. Soft to the touch, it is
more accommodating for gentle
yoga and stretching, as it has very
little grip. It’s 178cm x 61cm.
£49.99, Amazon.co.uk
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Butternut, red onion
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Zygolex® In i every day
How to play Fill the white squares so that the total in each
across or down run of cells matches the total at the start
of that run. You must use the numbers from 1-9 only and
cannot repeat a number in a run. Solution: minurl.co.uk/i
Find the missing words by following the RHYME, LETTERS and MEANING links
– eg, a word that rhymes with ‘cheek’, has one letter different from ‘pear’ and
has the same meaning as mountain, would be ‘peak’. Full rules at zygolex.com.
Solution, page 49
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6-7 tbsp olive oil
1 tbsp balsamic vinegar
1 medium butternut squash, peeled and
cut into chunks
A few thyme sprigs (optional)
30g pumpkin seeds
A pinch of hot smoked paprika
1 tbsp red or white wine vinegar
(or use more balsamic)
1 tsp Dijon mustard, or to taste
¼ tsp crushed garlic, or to taste
1 bag of mixed salad leaves (100–150g)
Salt and black pepper
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Killer Sudoku No 1175
How to play Each row, column and 3 by 3 box must contain
each number (1 to 9) only once. The sum of all numbers
contained in a dotted area must match the number printed
in its top-left corner. No number can appear more than
once in a dotted area. Solution: minurl.co.uk/i
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many mines there are in the neighbouring squares, including diagonally touching
squares. Mines cannot be placed in squares with numbers. Solution: minurl.co.uk/i
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Futoshiki
How to play
Place the numbers
from 1-5 exactly
once in each row
and column. The
greater than and
less than signs
(‘>’ and ‘<’) indicate
where one cell is
greater/less than
the adjacent
cell indicated.
Solution:
minurl.co.uk/i
QUIZ
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How to play Place the numbers 1-9 once in each row, column
and bold-lined jigsaw region. Solution: minurl.co.uk/i
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KNIFE
Heat the oven to 190°C/gas mark 5.
Keeping the onion discs whole, place
them in a roasting tin and drizzle with
a tablespoon or two of olive oil, the
balsamic vinegar and a splash of water.
Season with salt and pepper. Cover
the tin with foil and roast for 30 to 40
minutes on a low shelf in the oven, until
the onions are soft and sweet.
Meanwhile, place the squash chunks in
another roasting tin, toss with a further
tablespoon or so of oil to coat and a good
sprinkling of salt and roast for around
30 minutes, until tender and lightly
caramelised, throwing in the sprigs of
thyme halfway through the cooking
time (if using). While the vegetables are
roasting, put the pumpkin seeds in a
small pan with a teaspoon of olive oil,
a pinch of salt and a pinch of paprika.
Toast over a medium heat, stirring or
tossing frequently, until lightly browned,
then transfer to a plate to stop them
toasting further.
Make a simple vinaigrette: whisk
together the vinegar, around three
tablespoons of olive oil, the mustard
and garlic to taste. Season with salt
and pepper. Put the salad leaves in a
large salad bowl, pour over the dressing
and toss to combine. Scatter over the
butternut, onions and seeds.
GROUT
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Maths Puzzle
Codeword No 1896
How to play Fill the empty squares with
numbers that will make the across and
down calculations produce the results
shown in the grey squares. Each numeral
from 1 to 9 must only appear once. The
calculations should be performed from
left to right and top to bottom, rather than
in strict mathematical order.
How to play The numbers in the grid correspond to the letters of the alphabet.
Solve the puzzle and fill in the letters in the key as you discover them.
Three letters are provided to give you a start. The solution will be printed in
tomorrow’s paper, the solution to yesterday’s codeword is on page 49.
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Solution to yesterday’s Concise Crossword
ACROSS 1 Know, 4 Wear (Nowhere), 8 Dukedom, 9 Idea, 10 Temporal lobe, 12 Area,
14 Iota, 17 Maiden voyage, 19 Frog, 20 Terrace, 22 Apex, 23 Dusk.
DOWN 2 Nudge, 3 Wok, 4 Wimple, 5 Animosity, 6 Adore, 7 Select, 11 Playing up,
13 Remark, 15 Semtex, 16 Avert, 18 Guess, 21 Aid.
Today’s other puzzles Cryptic Crossword, page 20;
Five-Clue Cryptic, page 11; One-Minute Wijuko, page 23
Puzzle solutions See page 49 and minurl.co.uk/i
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1 Personal opinion
(Informal) (3,5,5)
2 Additional period
of play (5,4)
3 Mythical bird (3)
4 Ornamental
tree (7,6)
5 Drive out (5)
6 Student (7)
8 Sailor (9)
10 Give warning of (7)
13 Painful muscle
contraction (5)
17 Section of a
circle (3)
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Tomorrow: Harder
LOOM
Concise Crossword No 2218
ACROSS
1 Golf peg (3)
3 Uses oars (4)
6 Clothing item (6,6)
7 Ranking system (9)
9 Little devil (3)
11 Indian stick used
as a weapon (5)
12 Cheroot, for
example (5)
14 Uncooked (3)
15 Share feelings (9)
16 Put together
beforehand (12)
18 Elegant (4)
19 At the moment (3)
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How to play Each numeral from 1 to 9 must
appear (once only) in the squares forming the
red letter i. Solution: minurl.co.uk/i
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How to play
Convert the word
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ladder into the
word at the bottom
of it, using only
the four rungs
in between. On
each rung, you
must put a valid
four-letter word
that is identical
to the word above
it, apart from a
one-letter change.
There may be more
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column indicate which of the letters is the
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words of three or more letters, each
including the letter at centre of the wheel,
can you make from this diagram? We’ve
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Cheltenham to
turn greener still
with Wholestone
By Jon Freeman
RACING EDITOR
Owners Simon Munir and Isaac
Souede could not have asked for
a better start to the year with
two of their best, Vyta Du Roc
and Wholestone, carrying their
two shades of green silks into
Cheltenham’s winner’s circle on
Monday.
And this could be just the start
of a truly memorable 2018 for the
partnership.
All being well, Wholestone will
be a lining up in the Stayers’ Hurdle
back at Cheltenham in March as a
member of the Festival ‘green team’
that will also include Footpad and
Sceau Royal (heading the market
in the Arkle Trophy), Top Notch
(among the favourites for the Ryanair Chase) and Bristol De Mai (Gold
Cup).
Bristol De Mai has been diagnosed
with stomach ulcers – a possible
explanation for his disappointing
showing in the King George VI
Chase at Kempton – and connections
remain convinced that he can play
BEST OF LUDLOW
2.20
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2
3
4
5
6
7
8
LUDLOW CLUB CHASE (NOVICES’ LIMITED HANDICAP)
(CLASS 3) £11,600 added 2m
F11382
31P1-3
3221P11-P22
343-62
2-P465
210-34
44-2P1
EXITAS (D) P W Middleton 10 11 8 ..............James Bowen (5)
COPAIN DE CLASSE (D)(BF) P Nicholls 6 11 7.......S Twiston-Davies
TREE OF LIBERTY Kerry Lee 6 11 5 ........................Jamie Moore
LITTLE CHUNK (D)(BF) K Bailey 6 10 11...................D Crosse T
JOUEUR BRESILIEN Miss R Curtis 6 10 11...........A Wedge C
MASTER OF VERSE (D) V Williams 9 10 9 .....C Deutsch (3) H
SISTER SIBYL (D) H Morrison 7 10 4 ..........................T J O’Brien
NIGHTFLY (D) C Longsdon 7 10 4.................Jonathan Burke T
- 8 declared BETTING: 4-1 Copain De Classe, 9-2 Little Chunk, 5-1 Joueur Bresilien,
Nightfly, 6-1 Master Of Verse, 13-2 Exitas, 8-1 Sister Sibyl, 14-1 Tree
Of Liberty.
FORM VERDICT
COPAIN DE CLASSE shaped with plenty of encouragement when third
on chase debut at Ascot behind the progressive Benatar and remains
on the same handicap mark here with conditions to suit. Exitas looks
to be in the grip of the handicapper but is very consistent and should
run his usual solid race, while Tree Of Liberty is an interesting runner
for Kerry Lee making his chase debut having possessed some solid
form over timber.
2.50
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2
3
4
5
6
7
1871 MARES’ HANDICAP HURDLE (CLASS 3)
£10,100 added 3m
FU4-1U
71-671
65P-44
527-P7
317FF434-25
8-PPP5
SAINTE LADYLIME (D) K Bailey 7 11 12...James Bowen (5)
ELLENS WAY J Scott 6 11 6(7ex) .......................................M Griffiths
TAMBURA (D) G C Maundrell 8 10 13 ...............M Bastyan (5)
DAISY DE SIVOLA N Williams 5 10 11 ............Lizzie Kelly (3)
BRAVENTARA T R George 7 10 11................................. A P Heskin
FILLE DES CHAMPS E Williams 7 10 1......................A Wedge T
PASSING FIESTA S-J Davies 9 10 0........... C Hammond (7) V
- 7 declared BETTING: 11-8 Ellens Way, 7-2 Sainte Ladylime, 9-2 Braventara, 7-1 Fille
Des Champs, 10-1 Tambura, Daisy De Sivola, 100-1 Passing Fiesta.
FORM VERDICT
ELLENS WAY was an easy winner on her latest outing at Fontwell
just eight days ago and connections have shrewdly taken the option of
coming out under a penalty as she would be rated 5lb higher if running
off her new rating. Braventara returns to 3m for her handicap debut
and looks capable of improvement off her mark, while Fille Des Champs
can prove better than what she showed last time at Chepstow.
3.20
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3
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5
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ROA RACING EXCELLENCE ‘HANDS AND HEELS’
HANDICAP CHASE (CLASS 4) £8,100 added 3m
-14552
-44155
1104PU
25-425
358P32
9512-P
HEDGEINATOR (D) C Williams 8 12 0...........James Bowen C
COUGAR’S GOLD P Bowen 7 11 12..................................Doubtful T
JACK SNIPE J Scott 9 11 9 ....................................... Sean Houlihan B
AGREEMENT Mrs N Evans 8 10 7................. Mr H F Nugent C
IT’S A STEAL (C)(D) Mrs K Stephens 11 10 5....Mr L Williams
VEAUCE DE SIVOLA (D) B Barr 9 10 0........... Mr J J O’Neill T
- 6 declared BETTING: 11-10 Hedgeinator, 7-2 It’s A Steal, 6-1 Agreement, Jack Snipe,
7-1 Veauce De Sivola.
BEST BET
Sister Sibyl
(2.20, Ludlow)
Two promising chase runs and
now has her optimum trip and
ground conditions.
NEXT BEST
Indian Hawk
(1.50, Ludlow)
Another exciting Henderson
hurdling recruit who could well
be bound for better things.
Wholestone, pictured left winning at Cheltenham on Monday, could underpin
a big 2018 for owners Simon Munir and Isaac Souede GETTY
a major role in the Gold Cup if the
ground comes up soft on the big day.
Meanwhile, Munir and Souede
have a smaller fish to fry at Ludlow
today when Indian Hawk makes his
rules debut in the Maiden Hurdle.
Picked up for £110,000 last May
(these two don’t mess about at the
sales), shortly after a wide-margin
BEST OF MUSSELBURGH
point-to-point win, Indian Hawk
might have been found easier
openings – The Dellercheckout and
Copper West are two promising
rivals – but trainer Nicky Henderson
could win with the stable cat at the
moment and it will be no surprise if
this latest recruit adds to the tally.
Champion jockey Richard John-
BEST OF SOUTHWELL
BETWAY AMATEUR RIDERS’ HANDICAP (CLASS 6)
£4,800 added 2m 102yds
57428- STONEBOAT BILL D Carroll 6 11 6.......Miss S M Doolan (3) 6
1
911-PP POT COMMITTED (C) I Jardine 7 11 10........................... H Brooke 1
44272- HIGH KICKER Peter Fahey (IRE) 7 11 0......Mr A R Ferguson 9
2
223-P7 CREST (D) M Hammond 7 11 8 ...................Mr Joe Wright (7) T 2
/6000- ORMSKIRK J W Mullins 5 10 12..........Mr Luca Morgan (7) 5
3
433121 MULLAGHMURPHY BLUE (CD) J Dreaper (IRE) 7 11 2 ......... 3
77054- BOHEMIAN RHAPSODY B Barr 9 10 12 ....Mr C J Todd (7) C 3
..................................................................................................................................A E Lynch T 4
26490- CHESTNUT STORM B Barr 5 10 11 ............ Mr C A Jones (7) 4
4
5-841B MIDDLEBROW D McCain 7 10 13.......................Will Kennedy T 5
/6725- TYNECASTLE PARK R Eddery 5 10 10........Mr R Birkett 10
5
23212U MARTILOO Miss P Robson 8 10 13...............................B Hughes T 6
69612- SHINE BABY SHINE (CD)(BF) P Kirby 4 10 10......Mr B Lynn (3) 8
6
-4P559 BOY’S ON TOUR Miss L Russell 6 10 3 .........S Mulqueen (3) 7
8
42317- GENERAL ALLENBY (D) H Tett 4 10 7......Mr W Pettis (5) B,E,H 7
- 6 declared 70877- BENISSIMO A L Forbes 8 10 5.......................Miss J Cooley (3) 1
BETTING: 11-8 Mullaghmurphy Blue, 5-2 Martiloo, 3-1 Middlebrow, 14-1 9
10 30200- THACKERAY C Fairhurst 11 10 3.............Miss Becky Smith 2
Crest, 16-1 Pot Committed, 20-1 Boy’s On Tour.
- 10 declared ALL NEW RACINGUK.COM HANDICAP HURDLE (CLASS
BETTING: 9-4 High Kicker, 5-2 Shine Baby Shine, 5-1 Tynecastle Park,
4) £6,300 added 2m
7-1 General Allenby, 8-1 Bohemian Rhapsody, 12-1 Stoneboat Bill, 25-1
1
2-90U4 LORD FENDALE (D) T Vaughan 9 12 3 .......Jodie Hughes (7) H Ormskirk, Thackeray, 33-1 others.
2
13P4-2 SLEEP IN FIRST (D) J Ewart 12 11 12.............Steven Fox (5) C
BETWAY MAIDEN STAKES (CLASS 5)
3
0/6-8 MAGISTRAL Miss L Perratt 8 11 11.........................D Irving (3) C
£5,800 added 1m 4f
4
84/38- LADY CLITICO Rebecca Menzies 7 11 9 ......................... T Kelly H
74552- BOSTONIAN S Lycett 8 10 2....................................................L Morris 7
5
8/P-P0 NICE VINTAGE Katie Scott 6 11 7 .....................T Willmott (7) H 1
95- LEODIS T Tate 6 10 2...................................................................A Mullen 11
6
688F GREAT COLACI G Boanas 5 11 5 ......................C McCormack (3) 2
LISKEARD A Crook 6 10 2......................................... Phil Dennis (3) 6
7
41F-83 MITCD (CD) G Bewley 7 11 2 ...............................................J Bewley (3) 3
22653- NEW WORLD POWER D M Simcock 5 10 2.......................................
8
26/073 NENDRUM A M Thomson 9 11 2........................J Hamilton (3) T 4
...................................................................................................................Oisin Murphy 10
9
59P09- KING OF ARAGON I Jardine 6 11 2....Ross Chapman (5) C,T
WENCESLAUS D Bridgwater 6 10 2............................................................
10 425F11 RHYTHM OF SOUND (D) M Hammond 8 10 5........A P Cawley T,V 5
.................................................................................................Poppy Bridgwater (7) 2
11 544501 HEY BOB (D) C Grant 6 10 3..........................................C Bewley (3) T
6- WHITMEL M Appleby 5 10 2 .......................................A Rawlinson 8
12 3-2454 TOARMANDOWITHLOVE S Corbett 10 10 2....J Corbett (5) T 6
7
2304- BOUNDERBY D Loughnane 4 9 13 ..............................B A Curtis 5
- 12 declared 53222- PREROGATIVE A Carroll 4 9 13 ..........................T Marquand C 9
BETTING: 3-1 Rhythm Of Sound, 9-2 Hey Bob, 5-1 Sleep In First, 6-1 8
9
SASHEEDA Mrs L Williamson 4 9 8.......................R Powell H 3
Mitcd, Nendrum, 8-1 Toarmandowithlove, 14-1 others.
10 58053- SPECIALITY R Beckett 4 9 8 ................................P J McDonald B 1
ISN’T IT WISER TO BET AT RACINGUK.COM HANDICAP
11 37794- FABELLA BERE K Burke 3 8 0....................................Hollie Doyle 4
HURDLE (CLASS 4) £6,300 added 3m
- 11 declared 1
3444-7 FULL JACK (CD) A M Thomson 11 12 0..................................................... BETTING: 3-1 New World Power, 4-1 Speciality, Prerogative, Bounderby,
.........................................................................................................Rachel McDonald (7) 9-2 Bostonian, 16-1 Fabella Bere, 25-1 Wenceslaus, 33-1 Liskeard, Leodis,
2
6-1344 JUMP FOR DOUGH (D) Miss L Russell 7 11 12................................. Whitmel, 66-1 Sasheeda.
.......................................................................................................................T Willmott (10)
FORM VERDICT
3
3/9891 RANDY PIKE T Easterby 8 11 10(7ex)...........................K Wood (5)
4
P-P512 LADY LONDON (CD) Mrs R Dobbin 7 11 0... C O’Farrell C,T Prerogative has finished runner-up on his last three runs on the
5 5PF6F3 JUSTATENNER F Murtagh 7 10 11................... Sean Quinlan H level and is seemingly vulnerable for win purposes. 81-rated David
6 60P6-P DE DANU’S BACH (D) Nigel Thomas Slevin (IRE) 8 10 10 Simcock representative New World Power is another who has spurned
.......................................................................................................................................A E Lynch plenty of opportunities, so perhaps it might be worth taking a
7
4-373P SHOW’S OVER T Vaughan 7 10 4 .....Miss Jodie Hughes (7) T,V chance on BOUNDERBY, a former Godolphin representative who has
8
733941 COURT BALOO (CD) A Whillans 7 10 3.....................H Brooke V demonstrated ability for Andre Fabre in France and now debuts for
a new stable.
- 8 declared BETTING: 13-8 Randy Pike, 5-1 Court Baloo, 11-2 Lady London, 7-1 Jump
BETWAY HANDICAP (CLASS 6)
For Dough, 8-1 Full Jack, 12-1 De Danu’s Bach, Show’s Over, Justatenner.
£4,800 added 6f
GET DAILY TIPS AT RACINGUK.COM KILMANY CUP
1
11494- AWESOME ALLAN (D) P Evans 4 9 8...............Fran Berry T 5
HANDICAP CHASE (CLASS 3) £15,400 added 2m
2
72011- KOMMANDER KIRKUP (CD) M Herrington 7 9 8.........................
1
111PF- MIXBOY (CD) K Dalgleish 8 11 12 .........................................B Hughes
....................................................................................................................................T Eaves C 7
2
01-82U PAIN AU CHOCOLAT (D) Rebecca Menzies 7 11 11. T Kelly 3
55617- VROOM (CD) Miss G Kelleway 5 9 8...... Harrison Shaw (7) B 4
3
583-22 UT MAJEUR AULMES (D) V Dartnall 10 11 8......N Scholfield T 4 70070- BERLIOS (C) Rebecca Bastiman 5 9 7..........Phil Dennis (3) 3
4
-14515 ARCHIVE (D) B Ellison 8 11 6................................................... H Brooke 5
/9172- RUN WITH PRIDE (D)(BF) D Shaw 8 9 7...............P Mathers 1
5
-46225 SOLAR IMPULSE (D) C Kellett 8 10 8.......................H Reed (7) B 6
52663- TELLOVOI (C) R C Guest 10 9 5.............................J Osborn (7) B 6
6
123-31 CHAIN OF BEACONS (D) Katie Scott 9 10 1 ..... C Bewley (3) T 7
08725- VIVA VERGLAS (CD) D Loughnane 7 9 2....... Toby Eley (7) 8
7
P-P315 TRUST THOMAS (CD) Mrs A Hamilton 10 10 0....J Hamilton (3) 8
43427- ANGEL PALANAS K Burke 4 9 1........... Russell Harris (7) C 2
- 7 declared - 8 declared BETTING: 9-4 Ut Majeur Aulmes, 3-1 Mixboy, 5-1 Archive, 6-1 Chain Of BETTING: 11-4 Kommander Kirkup, 4-1 Run With Pride, 9-2 Awesome
Beacons, Pain Au Chocolat, 12-1 Solar Impulse, 16-1 Trust Thomas.
Allan, 6-1 Viva Verglas, Tellovoi, 8-1 Angel Palanas, 12-1 others.
1.30
ALEX DONALDSON MEMORIAL CHASE (NOVICES’
LIMITED HANDICAP) (CLASS 4) £8,000 added 2m 4f
12.40
2.40
2.30
3.00
1.40
son, sidelined since a Boxing Day
fall, is set to resume at Ludlow today
with two rides (Look My Way and
Victarion) after receiving the allclear from a concussion test.
SUNBETS.CO.UK HANDICAP (CLASS 4)
£8,550 added 7f
CAPTAIN LARS (C)(D)(BF) D Shaw 9 9 11......G Malune (7) V 7
THE GREAT WALL (CD) M Appleby 4 9 8(6ex).....A Mullen 1
LADY PERIGNON A Balding 5 9 7.......................Oisin Murphy 5
BOUCLIER (D) M W Easterby 8 9 7 .........................R Timby (7) 3
LETMESTOPYOUTHERE (D) P Evans 4 9 5.... Fran Berry 2
BOLD SPIRIT (CD) D Carroll 7 9 2............... Phil Dennis (3) T 6
ZAEEM (CD) I Furtado 9 8 12................................... P J McDonald 4
- 7 declared BETTING: 15-8 The Great Wall, 4-1 Bold Spirit, Lady Perignon, 13-2
Captain Lars, 7-1 Zaeem, 8-1 Letmestopyouthere, 33-1 Bouclier.
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3
4
5
6
7
9161582410143400090276659241259431-
BEST OF WOLVERHAMPTON
SUNBETS.CO.UK HANDICAP (DIV 1) (CLASS 6)
4.10 £4,800 added 7f
2.00
1.10
ANTE-POST
Wild West Wind has been
backed with several firms for the
re-staged Welsh Grand National,
but 12-1 is still available.
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2
3
4
5
6
7
8
9
10
11
12
890096541627088663622906684590500050857788677680/68990080/96-
NIGHT SHADOW (C) A Brown 4 9 7 ..........................C Hardie B 2
BREAKING FREE J J Quinn 4 9 5.........................................J Hart C 3
SIMPLY CLEVER D Brown 5 9 5 ............................................T Eaves 5
TASAABOQ (C) P McEntee 7 9 3..................Rossa Ryan (5) T 6
FRANGARRY A Bailey 6 9 3........................................H Burns (7) T 1
SUNI DANCER A Carroll 7 9 2.....................................G Downing 10
OOR JOCK (CD) D P Coakley 10 9 2................R Coakley (3) B 7
CLASSIC FLYER C Dunnett 6 9 1......Jacob Mitchell (7) B,H 9
SPIRIT OF GONDREE (CD) J Bradley 10 9 1......T Marquand V 4
SAM THE REBEL D Loughnane 4 9 1.............. E J Walsh (3) 12
TAEL O’ GOLD Lucinda Egerton 4 9 1...... Paula Muir (7) T 11
TAKE THIS WALTZ W G M Turner 4 9 1..............W Carson 8
- 12 declared BETTING: 3-1 Tasaaboq, 5-1 Oor Jock, Breaking Free, 8-1 Night Shadow,
Frangarry, 10-1 Spirit Of Gondree, Suni Dancer, 12-1 Classic Flyer,
14-1 others.
5.10
FOLLOW SUN BETS ON TWITTER HANDICAP (CLASS 5)
£6,000 added 7f
1
2
3
13874- CLOCK CHIMES (D)(BF) D Brown 4 9 7 .....................S Levey 10
60000- ARLECCHINO’S LEAP (CD) M Usher 6 9 7..........L Keniry C 2
26547- BRITISH EMBASSY (C) David Loughnane 6 9 7.............................
..............................................................................................................Rossa Ryan (5) H 8
4
26005- LITTLE MISS KODI (D) D Loughnane 5 9 7...........J Fanning 4
5
29253- ARNARSON E Dunlop 4 9 6................................................R Havlin C 7
6 00082- TAVENER (CD) D C Griffiths 6 9 6 ............................M Dwyer C 1
7
93/6- DE LITTLE ENGINE J Osborne 4 9 5...........................D Costello 3
8
35714- AMAZING GRAZING (D) R C Guest 4 9 5 ..............................................
.........................................................................................................B Sanderson (7) E 12
9
36275- COMPASS HILL J Hughes 6 9 3 .........................................S W Kelly 5
10 41476- AIR OF YORK (CD) J Flint 6 9 3...............................D Muscutt C 11
11 60907- JOEY’S DESTINY (CD) Kevin Frost 8 9 2.......................T Eaves 9
12 37160- ALFONSO MANANA (C) J Given 4 9 2.....Jacob Mitchell (7) B 6
- 12 declared BETTING: 4-1 Arnarson, 9-2 Tavener, 7-1 Compass Hill, 8-1 Clock Chimes,
10-1 British Embassy, Air Of York, Little Miss Kodi, Amazing Grazing,
12-1 others.
FORM VERDICT
ARNARSON remains a maiden but he has been knocking on the door of
late and Ed Dunlop’s colt will be hard to keep out of the frame today.
Tavener ended his 2017 campaign with a short-head second over C&D
and he should make a bold bid to go one better today. Amazing Grazing,
Compass Hill and Clock Chimes also warrant places on the shortlist.
Results service
AYR
Going: Heavy
12.30 1. CAVENTARA (D Cook) 11-2; 2. Ardean Lass 11-4; 3. Blunder
Buss 2-1 fav. 8 ran. 13/4l, 8l. (A M Thomson). Tote: £5.90; £1.40, £1.30,
£1.10. Exacta: £20.70. Trifecta: £57.80. CSF: £19.46.
1.00 1. TOO MANY CHIEFS (F O’Toole) 5-1; 2. Bruichladdich 22-1; 3.
Skipthescales 4-1. 11 ran. 9-4 fav Niceandeasy (Unseated Rider).
41/2l, 16l. (Mrs S Watt). Tote: £5.60; £1.70, £4.50, £1.70. Exacta:
£117.40. Tricast: £477.39. Trifecta: £1099.90. CSF: £108.06.
1.35 1. BETTER GETALONG (R Day) 2-11 fav; 2. Off The Hook 50-1;
3. Le Frank 10-1. 7 ran. 41/2l, 21/4l. (N Richards). Tote: £1.10; £1.10,
£13.10. Exacta: £17.90. Trifecta: £43.10. CSF: £18.85.
2.10 1. LOCHNELL (H Brooke) 11-2 jt-fav; 2. Finaghy Ayr 7-1; 3.
Lowanbehold 9-1. 10 ran. 11-2 jt-fav Acdc (4th). 11/4l, 11/4l. (I Duncan).
Tote: £5.30; £2.40, £2.80, £3.40. Exacta: £34.70. Tricast: £339.45.
Trifecta: £317.70. CSF: £43.10.
2.40 1. ELUSIVE THEATRE (J J Slevin) 11-4 fav; 2. One For Harry
9-2; 3. Seldom Inn 7-1. 9 ran. 3l, 17l. (S Crawford (IRE) ). Tote:
£3.70; £1.30, £1.50, £2.40. Exacta: £14.90. Tricast: £76.16. Trifecta:
£126.50. CSF: £15.58.
3.10 1. SKY FULL OF STARS (H Brooke) 11-2; 2. Roxyfet 10-3; 3.
Sultana Belle 11-1. 7 ran. 3-1 fav Titian Boy (4th). 21/4l, 16l. (J
Ewart). Tote: £6.10; £2.60, £2.00. Exacta: £18.80. Trifecta: £128.80.
CSF: £23.31.
3.45 1. IDEE DE GARDE (R Day) 2-1 fav; 2. Bluefortytwo 9-1; 3. Thepensionfund 6-1. 9 ran. 1l, 7l. (N Richards). Tote: £2.90; £1.70, £2.50,
£1.60. Exacta: £21.30. Trifecta: £115.80. CSF: £21.64. NR: Drenek.
Placepot: £54.20. Quadpot: £13.60.
Place 6: £43.49. Place 5: £32.65.
NEWCASTLE
Going: Standard
3.35 1. DUBAWI FIFTY (P Mulrennan) 5-2 fav; 2. Paddyplex 4-1; 3.
Lawless Secret 9-2. 6 ran. hd, 1l. (K McLintock). Tote: £2.70; £1.60,
£2.20. Exacta: £12.20. Tricast: £38.28. Trifecta: £33.40. CSF: £12.33.
NRs: Burcan, Sir Chauvelin.
4.10 1. DELLAGUISTA (A Mullen) 15-2; 2. Waarif 7-2 fav; 3. Newmarket Warrior 7-1. 10 ran. ns, 21/4l. (T Easterby). Tote: £4.70;
£1.50, £2.10, £2.00. Exacta: £33.10. Tricast: £197.08. Trifecta:
£159.90. CSF: £33.52.
4.40 1. VON BLUCHER (P J McDonald) 11-2; 2. Swift Approval
15-2; 3. Dragon Mall 7-4 fav. 7 ran. nk, nk. (Rebecca Menzies). Tote:
£5.70; £2.10, £3.30. Exacta: £46.40. Trifecta: £160.40. CSF: £44.65.
5.10 1. CASPIAN PRINCE (B A Curtis) 12-1; 2. Atletico 4-1; 3. Final
Venture 25-1. 7 ran. 7-4 fav Intisaab (4th). hd, nk. (T Coyle). Tote:
£9.40; £3.80, £2.40. Exacta: £56.70. Trifecta: £353.20. CSF: £62.06.
5.40 1. FIRST CONTACT (T Marquand) 5-6 fav; 2. Daltrey 5-1; 3.
Completion 5-2. 10 ran. 13/4l, shd. (C Appleby). Tote: £1.60; £1.10,
£2.10, £1.10. Exacta: £7.10. Trifecta: £14.90. CSF: £6.15.
6.10 1. ROSINA (J Fanning) 6-1; 2. Tommy G 10-3; 3. Rich Again
6-1. 8 ran. 3-1 fav Shamshon (5th). 1/2l, 1/2l. (Mrs A Duffield). Tote:
£6.20; £1.80, £1.70, £1.80. Exacta: £29.70. Tricast: £124.79. Trifecta:
£147.60. CSF: £25.70. NR: Brother Tiger.
6.40 1. LORD OF THE GLEN (Phil Dennis) 8-11 fav; 2. Magic Mark
5-2; 3. Shades Of Mist 7-1. 4 ran. 21/4l, 11/4l. (J Goldie). Tote: £1.50;
Exacta: £2.90. Trifecta: £5.20. CSF: £2.82.
Jackpot: Not won, pool of £8,746.56 carried over to Musselburgh.
Placepot: £201.80. Quadpot: £43.60.
Place 6: £335.86. Place 5: £176.65.
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I’d give anything to be able
to play again, says Murray
Andy Murray said yesterday that he
would give anything to be back out on
the court after continuing problems
with his injured right hip forced him
to withdraw from this week’s Brisbane International.
“The little kid inside me just wants
to play tennis and compete,” Murray
said in an emotional statement on his
Instagram account as he explained
why he had posted a photograph of
himself as a boy. “It’s really hurting
inside.”
He added: “I genuinely miss it so
much and I would give anything to be
back out there.
“I didn’t realise until these last few
months just how much I love this
game. Every time I wake up from
sleeping or napping I hope that it’s
better and it’s quite demoralising
when you get on the court and it’s not
at the level you need it to be to compete at this level.”
Murray has not played since he
limped out of Wimbledon and then
failed in a race against time to be fit
for the US Open last August, after
which he sought advice from several
specialists.
Murray added: “Having been recommended to treat my hip conservatively since the US Open I have done
everything asked of me from a rehab
perspective and worked extremely
hard to try to get back on the court.
“Having played practice sets here
in Brisbane with some top players,
unfortunately this hasn’t worked.”
Murray, who has never revealed
PA
the exact nature of his injury, said
that surgery might be an option.
“This is something I may have to consider,” he said. “But the chances of a
successful outcome are not as high as
I would like, which has made this my
secondary option and my hope has
been to avoid that.
“I’m going to be staying in Australia for the next couple of days to see if
my hip settles down a bit.”
Murray’s withdrawal is the latest
blow for a tournament that has been
beset by them.
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OTHER WORDS ace, acne, aeon, announce, anode, cane,
caned, canned, cannoned, canoe, code, cone, coned, cue, cued,
dace, dance, deacon, dean, deco, den, doe, done, due, dunce,
dune, end, eon, neon, node, none, nuance, nude, ocean, ode,
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comeback event following injury,
both pulled out last month, while
Petra Kvitova withdrew yesterday
after going down with a virus.
Meanwhile Novak Djokovic, another long-term injury absentee from
the sport, pulled out of this week’s
Qatar Open although, like his rivals,
he still hopes to be fit for the Australian Open.
Kyle Edmund, Murray’s fellow
Briton, made a good start to his
campaign in Brisbane, beating the
exciting 18-year-old Canadian Denis
Shapovalov 6-7, 7-6, 6-4 after two and
a half hours. EVENING STANDARD
Top seed Garbine Muguruza was
forced to retire from her secondround match against Aleksandra
Krunic at the Brisbane
International.
The 2017 Wimbledon champion
(below) suffered muscle cramps
when she was 5-2 up in the
deciding third set and pulled out,
setting the Serb up for a quarterfinal clash with seventh
seed Anastasija
Sevastova, who
beat Sorana
Cirstea.
British No 1
Johanna Konta
overcame a tough
start to beat Ajla
Tomljanovic and
reach the quarterfinals. For the second
game running, Konta fought
back from losing the first set,
eventually triumphing 4-6, 6-1,
6-4.
“It was a tough match, she
played incredibly freely,” Konta
said afterwards. “There wasn’t a
lot in it but I am very happy to get
through.”
Top seed Caroline Wozniacki
eased into the second round at
the ASB Classic in Auckland
with a straight-sets victory over
Madison Brengle
The Dane claimed a 6-3, 6-0 win
against her American opponent
to set up a second-round tie
with Petra Martic of Croatia.
Defending champion and fifth
seed Lauren Davis, sixth seed
Yulia Putintseva and seventh seed
Mona Barthel all crashed out.
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IN BRISBANE
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K U B F R A P H Y G D C O
Eddie Jones’ confidence in Dylan
Hartley remains intact despite the
England captain’s slump in form at
Northampton.
Hartley (right) has not been on
the winning side with the Saints
since September and on his last two
outings his opposite number has
been named man of the match.
Former England stars Lawrence
Dallaglio and Austin Healey were
scathing of his performance in Saturday’s 50-21 surrender to Harlequins
but Jones believes his skipper is
indispensable.
“It’s been a tough time for him,”
said Jones at England’s two-day
training camp in Brighton.
“When you are captain of a club
that is struggling, a club that has just
sacked their coach, it becomes a difficult time.
“That has been reflective of his
play, but very good players do compartmentalise things and he’s done
that terrifically well, come in and led
with effervescence, trained well – he’s
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been good. I don’t watch club rugby
to assess them on how they play at
clubs. I watch club rugby to assess
how they are going to play at international level, which is completely
different.
“Some guys can be outstanding
club players and be poor at international level. Some guys can be poor
club players and outstanding international players.
“Dylan’s attitude is right, his body
is right and he brings something to
the table that we need at the moment,
which is strong leadership.”
Saints’ interim head coach Alan
Gaffney has also given Hartley, 31, his
support. “Northampton has been his
club, always has been his club and his
heart lies here. I don’t see any changes being made there,” he said.
Jones views this year as crucial to
England’s hopes of winning the World
Cup in Japan in 2019. “2018 is when
you win or lose a World Cup – your
planning, preparation, developing a
team that is tough enough, resilient
enough, adaptable enough to win a
World Cup,” he added.
PREMIER LEAGUE
Man City (2)....................3
Sterling 1
Kabasele 13 (og)
Aguero 63
Southampton (1).....1
Long 17
Watford (0) ..................... 1
Gray 82
Att 53,556
Crystal Palace (0)......2
McArthur 69
Milivojevic 80
Tottenham (1) ...............2
Llorente 12, Alli 89
Att 20,615
West Ham (0)...............2
West Brom (1).............. 1
Carroll 59, 90
McClean 30
Att 56,888
P
W D L F
A Pts
Man City
22 20 2 0 64 13 62
Man Utd
22 14 5 3 45 16 47
Chelsea
21 14 3 4 39 14 45
Liverpool
22 12 8 2 50 25 44
Tottenham
21 12 4 5 41 20 40
Arsenal
21 11 5 5 38 26 38
Burnley
22
9 7 6 19 19 34
Leicester
22
8 6 8 34 32 30
Everton
22
7 6 9 25 34 27
Watford
22
7 4 11 31 40 25
Huddersfield 22
6 6 10 18 35 24
Brighton
22
5 8 9 17 27 23
Newcastle
22
6 4 12 20 30 22
Crystal Palace 22
5 7 10 20 33 22
Bournemouth 22
5 6 11 22 34 21
West Ham
21
5 6 10 24 39 21
Southampton 22
4 8 10 21 32 20
Stoke
22
5 5 12 23 47 20
West Brom
22
2 10 10 16 30 16
Swansea
22
4 4 14 13 34 16
Swansea (0) ...................0
THE SKY BET CHAMPIONSHIP
Fulham (0).......................4
Ipswich (1)......................... 1
Sessegnon 69, 74
Garner 45
Kamara 72, 76
Att 17,415
Reading (0).....................0
Birmingham (1)...........2
Maghoma 24
Att 14,491
Gallagher 64
Wolverhampton (0)3 Brentford (0)................0
Neves 57, Douglas 59 Att 28,475
Jota 80
P
W D L F
A Pts
Wolverhampton 26 19 4 3 50 20 61
Derby
26 14 7 5 41 23 49
Cardiff
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
Leeds
26 13 4 9 37 28 43
Sheff Utd
26 13 3 10 40 31 42
Middlesbrough 26 12 5 9 35 26 41
Preston
26 10 10 6 30 26 40
Fulham
26 10 9 7 39 34 39
Brentford
26
9 10 7 39 35 37
Ipswich
26 11 3 12 39 39 36
Norwich
26
9 7 10 26 31 34
Nottm Forest 26 10 2 14 33 42 32
Millwall
26
7 9 10 28 29 30
Sheff Wed
26
7 9 10 30 34 30
QPR
26
7 9 10 28 36 30
Reading
26
7 7 12 30 35 28
Barnsley
26
6 8 12 27 37 26
Bolton
26
6 7 13 25 43 25
Hull
26
5 9 12 39 44 24
Burton Albion 26
6 6 14 20 43 24
Birmingham 26
6 5 15 15 35 23
Sunderland
26
4 10 12 29 43 22
LADBROKES SCOTTISH CHAMPIONSHIP
Dundee Utd (2) ...........4
Brechin (0)....................... 1
McDonald 1, 49
Sinclair 64 (pen)
Stanton 7
Att 5,532
Keatings 52 (pen)
Dunfermline (1)........ 2
Falkirk (0) .........................0
Clark 16, McManus 51 Att 7,140
Inverness CT (1)........1
Livingston (0)............... 1
Doran 6
Lithgow 82; Att 2,239
Morton (0).......................1
St Mirren (1)................... 1
O’Ware 80
Morgan 25; Att 4,126
Queen of South (0) 0
Dumbarton (0)............0
Att 1,269
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St Mirren
20 13 3 4 38 23 42
Dundee Utd
19 12 3 4 29 17 39
Livingston
18
8 6 4 29 23 30
Dunfermline 19
8 5 6 36 24 29
Morton
18
7 6 5 26 19 27
Queen of South 19
7 6 6 32 27 27
Inverness CT 19
6 6 7 22 22 24
Dumbarton
19
4 8 7 15 25 20
Falkirk
18
2 8 8 12 29 14
Brechin
19
0 3 16 15 45
3
LADBROKES SCOTTISH LEAGUE ONE
Albion .................................2
Airdrieonians ............2
Furtado 70, Cairns 75
Trouten 57
McLaughlin 90
Att 1,032
Alloa (1)...............................2
Queen’s Park (1)..........2
Stewart 4
Donnelly 39
Renton 85
Cummins 54 (pen)
Att 476
East Fife (1).....................2
Raith (2)............................... 3
Wilkie 20
Robertson 8
Linton 56
Buchanan 25
Att 1,795
Zanatta 78
Forfar (0) ..........................0
Arbroath (1).................... 1
Att 990
McIntosh 43
Stranraer (0)................1
Ayr (2)....................................5
Turner 80
Shankland 8, 53
Moffat 39, Forrest 50, 63
Att 1,143
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Ayr
20 14 2 4 57 26 44
Raith
18 13 3 2 40 15 42
Alloa
18
8 4 6 28 23 28
Arbroath
18
8 3 7 37 28 27
Stranraer
19
7 4 8 30 34 25
Airdrieonians 19
6 6 7 28 36 24
East Fife
20
7 2 11 31 39 23
Albion
18
6 4 8 40 42 22
Queen’s Park 20
4 5 11 21 42 17
Forfar
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4 3 13 18 45 15
LADBROKES SCOTTISH LEAGUE TWO
Clyde (0).............................0
Annan Athletic (0)..0
Edinburgh City (1)..3
Berwick (0)......................0
Montrose (0)................1
Cowdenbeath (0)...... 1
Peterhead (1)................ 7
Elgin (0)...............................0
Stirling (0) ....................... 1
Stenhousemuir (0).. 2
TENNIS
ATP & WTA BRISBANE INTERNATIONAL,
AUSTRALIA: Men’s Singles First round: K
Edmund (GB) bt D Shapovalov (Can) 6-7
(5-7) 7-6 (7-4) 6-4.
Women’s Singles Second round: J Konta
(GB) bt A Tomljanovic (Croa) 4-6 6-1 6-4.
TODAY’S FIXTURES
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CRICKET
Dead rubber?
More like the
opening Test of
the 2019 Ashes
meetings, travel, net sessions, press
conferences, listless nights in hotel
rooms and bowling at Steve Smith –
Final Tests of Ashes series can has not gone unrewarded. “It would
often offer an imperfect portal to mean a lot to me,” Root said. “It
the future. In 2002-03, England’s would give a fairer account of how
consolation victory in Sydney was we’ve gone about this trip.”
notable for Michael Vaughan slapThere are two general feelings
ping Australia all round the SCG, within the England camp. Firstly,
not only announcing himself as an that 3-0 is not a fair reflection of
imminent replacement for
the balance between the two
the increasingly frayteams. And secondly, that
ing Nasser Hussain,
Australia are an ordibut laying the bluenary side who have
print for their 2005
been carried on the
triumph. Vaughan
shoulders of Smith,
England
have
won
wrote in his autowithout whom they
eight
of
12
post-war
biography that it
would probably have
series after winning
was the first time
lost
in Brisbane and
the final match of
he realised what it
Melbourne
and strugthe previous contest
would take to beat the
gled to force victory in
Australians. “The next
Perth. It is neither to
Ashes,” he decided, “would
hyperbolise nor to damn
be won on character.”
Smith with faint praise to
Australia did the
say that he has been as
same in England in
integral to Australia’s
2015, puncturing
victory here as Ian
England’s euphoric
Bell was to England’s
Joe Root was
post-Trent Bridge
in 2013.
dropped for the first
bubble, reminding
For Root, Syd– and so far only –
them that when the
ney brings back
time
in
his
career
ball fails to deviate,
unpleasant memobefore the 2013
they are an ordinary
ries. It was here that
Sydney Test
side at best. “It certainly
he was dropped for the
gave us confidence,” said
only time in his England
Steve Smith at the SCG
career, a nadir that ultiyesterday. “Just knowmately ended up being
ing that we could win
his moment of clarity.
in foreign condiRoot realised he had
tions. England will
spent so long tryAustralia
have
won
be doing their best
ing to shore up his
their last six Tests at
to get the result this
weaknesses that his
the SCG – England
week. We need to do
strengths had been
were
the
last
team
everything we can to
neglected.
to beat them, in
stop that happening.”
“It made a big im2011
So, welcome to the
pact on my career,” he
start of the 2019 Ashes. Sesaid. “One of the things
riously. Since the Second World
about international cricket is
War, when England won the final that once you’ve done it, you never
Test of an Ashes series, they went want to do anything else. When you
on to win the next series eight times are looking at things from the sideout of 12. When Australia won the lines, it does give you drive to take
final Test, they won the next series your game forward again.”
10 times out of 12. The fate of the urn
Four years later, Root will play his
may be secure this time, but with first Sydney Test as England’s capthe next series less than 18 months tain, and yet unless he makes his
away, already there is a feeling of first substantial score of the series,
territory being marked for the next. the full circle of redemption will not
Besides which, all this talk about quite be complete.
dead rubbers and meaningless
Root needs to show he can score
achievements has always seemed a century in Australia. If he doesn’t,
faintly ridiculous. The cricket it’ll nip at him: not just for the next
played by both sides in Melbourne two years, but for the next four, until
was hard, skilful and full-blooded he returns. And this is the thing
on a surface that encouraged the about the Ashes: it is not so much
exact opposite. The first three days a series of discrete contests as a
at Sydney are sold out. The battle continuous negotiation; a power
may be all but over, but the war is struggle; a battle of wits with no exeternal.
piry date. Dead rubber or not, w hat
For Joe Root’s England, victory happens at Sydney will resound for
in Sydney would means vindica- years to come.
tion. Only partial, of course, but
England have a premium opporstill a recognition that all their toil tunity to start the new year as they
and trouble – the hours of planning mean to go on. THE INDEPENDENT
By Jonathan Liew
IN SYDNEY
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England’s players
enjoy a warm-up
game of football
on the SCG
outfield PA
Wandering Geordie Stoneman gets
ready to enjoy home from home
Jonathan
Liew
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or the itinerant international cricketer, eternally
shuttling from continent to
continent, airport lounge
to airport lounge, contract
to contract, the idea of home is an increasingly nebulous concept. Many
players these days have not one
home but several and so it is with
England opener Mark Stoneman:
Newcastle by birth and temperament, London by residence, and yet
whenever he arrives in this city,
there is a part of him that instantly
feels at peace.
Sydney has been home to Stone-
man for six summers. Over the past
man in many ways. He first arrived
decade, he played club cricket for
in his early 20s, a raw, nuggety
St George, Campbelltown-Camden
left-handed opener trying to make
and Bankstown. He was
his way in county cricket.
in the crowd at the SCG
It was on the city’s hard,
during the 2006-07 Ashes,
Playing in bouncy wickets that he
standing among the Barmy Sydney was
honed his immaculate
Army. He met his wife, Se- massive on a
back-foot game, where he
rene, here. And inasmuch
toughened up as a charpersonal
and
as any Englishman playing
acter. “It was massive on
cricketing
an away Ashes series can
a personal and cricketing
front. You
feel at home, Stoneman
front,” he remembered.
learn a bit
will when he walks out to
“The two go hand in hand,
open the batting.
as you mature and learn a
more about
“It was always going to
bit more about yourself.”
yourself
be the icing of the tour, on
And yet as Stoneman
a personal note,” he said.
returns to his adopted city,
“I’ve got a lot of friends and family
he does so with a point to prove. He
here and it’s something I’m very
has certainly not looked out of his
much looking forward to.”
depth in international cricket but
Sydney was the making of Stoneneither has he produced the score
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DARTS
The Power is finally off
but not all will mourn
his exit from the oche
and desist. Either way, it left a
bad taste in the mouth, as did
his demeanour throughout the
match. Then there is the way
he has long been open in his
single-minded pursuit of money,
he Alexandra Palace
as well as success on the oche.
is dark. The beer taps
In an interview with him at his
have stopped flowing.
peak, my abiding memories
And after 16 world
were of how often he mentioned
championship titles
the value of his house, as well
and a crushing failure to land a
as the distinct impression that
17th, The Power has, at last, been the world was against him. As
turned off.
the interview was about his
It remains to be seen
favourite football team (Port
whether the absence of Phil
Vale, if you’re wondering),
Taylor from next year’s World
neither the eye-watering sum he
Championships will affect the
paid for his manor, nor his siege
layout of the Ally Pally, now
mentality, was relevant.
that the venue won’t have to
He is a sore loser and a bad
accommodate the massive chip
winner. One is to be expected:
on the shoulder of the man who
name a single top-level player
single-handedly (if you believe
who enjoys defeat. The other is
what he says) transformed the
simply unpleasant.
game.
Compare the predatory, deadBecause for all his
eyed grin of Taylor
success and for all the
during matches and in
T
a
ylor
has
many ways in which
interviews – no matter
for a long
he revolutionised
what the result may
time given the have been – with the
darts, Taylor has for
a long time given the
sheer joy of Rob Cross
impression
impression of a man
of a man who (“I’m on cloud nine,
who thinks the world
really”) after Monday’s
thinks the
owes him a living.
final. Yes, Cross won the
There is no disputing world owes
World Championship,
him a living
his skill at the game of
so his happiness
darts, nor the years of
was expected – but
hard work he has put
even when Taylor is
into practising. His
victorious, he is often
achievements are unlikely to
preoccupied with the perceived
be repeated, partly because he
lack of respect shown by other
put an unfathomable number of
players. There is an argument
hours into relentless practice
that it has never been in Taylor’s
sessions, and also, in the words
remit to be a nice guy. Simply the
of Michael van Gerwen, “the
ability to throw a dart is reason
level has changed and you have
enough for people to worship
to perform these days, because
him. But call me old-fashioned, I
everyone’s level is at a high
prefer my sporting heroes (we’ll
standard”.
ignore the “is darts a sport”
But Taylor’s absence will not
debate, for now) to be
be mourned in some circles
inspiring rather than
simply because he has on
irritable; rousing, not
so many occasions failed
rude; a totem, not a
to conduct himself in a way
tetchy so-and-so.
that is expected from a
Barry Hearn,
figurehead of the
the chairman of the
sport. Because
Professional Darts
like it or not, that
Corporation, said
is what he is.
yesterday that
Like
darts will not die,
Monday
simply because
night, for
Phil Taylor will no
instance,
longer be stalking
when he
the oche. He is
flipped his
right. And far
middle
from the game
finger after
dying, it may
winning the
yet go on to
fourth set. It
bigger things,
may well have
with players
been aimed at
like Cross –
a “friend” in
referred to as a
the audience,
“little monster”
as has been
by Taylor after
reported,
Monday’s final
or it may
– injecting a bit
have been a
more joy than we
message to
have been used to
tell a baying
with The Power in
fan to cease
the spotlight.
Matt
Butler
T
that would cement his place in the
team to genuinely announce himself
at this level. He has got starts on this
tour without ever quite going on.
None of his three Test half-centuries
have progressed beyond 56. It is why
for all the resilience he has shown,
he still rates this tour as “pretty
frustrating”.
What has he learned in his brief
experience of Test cricket? “The
unrelenting intensity at which the
game’s played,” he replied. “Things
have to be done for a lot longer.
Small moments make a huge impact.
Look at the catch that Peter Handscomb took in Perth [off Dawid Malan
when England were 368-4].
“We were in a position where we
thought we could put a score on the
board that Australia wouldn’t get
close to. All of a sudden, that catch,
which you don’t realise the importance of at the time, and then Australia came out and made 600, and
we’re losing the game.”
At least the draw in Melbourne,
arresting England’s seven-match
run of away defeats, has averted the
possibility of a whitewash, although
Stoneman hesitated to describe it
as a momentum shift. “If we’d won,
then maybe there would be more
questions asked of Australia,” Stoneman admitted, “but it’s given us a lot
of confidence that the things we’ve
tried to put in place have eventually
England’s Mark Stoneman has rated
this Ashes tour as ‘pretty frustrating’
come through. But ultimately we
want to win a game on this tour.”
A good Sydney strip, with the
grass on the wicket due to be
trimmed ahead of the game, offers
Stoneman a superb chance to make
that elusive big score. “Everybody
knows the key to Test cricket is
getting big scores on the board,” he
said, “and if you’re only making 30s
then you’re giving the opposition a
chance to make inroads. On the flip
side, if you’re out there for seven or
eight hours, the attack will wilt.”
One thing is for certain: when
you consider that Stoneman was
standing in the crowd at the SCG
11 years ago, he could scarcely have
been more satisfied with how things
have turned out since. “The Barmy
Army were in full voice, and Brett
Lee was steaming in with the ball,”
he remembered. “I was thinking
how good it would be to be out there.
I dreamed about it. It’s been a long
and winding road in between. But
looking back, I wouldn’t have had it
any other way.” THE INDEPENDENT
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Chelsea will be City’s
main challengers if
they topple Arsenal
Kevin
Garside
CHIEF SPORTS
CORRESPONDENT
A win at the Emirates tonight
would confirm Chelsea as the
team most likely to chase down the
distant Manchester City at the top
of the Premier League.
Though this is a more figurative
than material possibility it
nevertheless reflects the progress
made by Chelsea since losing at
Crystal Palace in mid-October.
With Pep Guardiola’s team
drawing the nation’s gaze
and Jose Mourinho’s
anguished laments
generating almost
as many headlines,
Chelsea have
prospered by stealth.
Ten wins and only
one defeat in 13 league
games saw them leapfrog
Manchester United into
second place before the latter’s
win at Goodison Park on New
Year’s Day. It is the kind of run
that in any standard season wins
championships.
Indeed it is not too dissimilar
to the one that blew the doors
off last year’s title race after
successive defeats by Liverpool
and tonight’s opponents early
in the season. Antonio Conte
re-structured his team around a
back three and rattled off 13 wins in
a row to lay the foundation for his
championship success on debut in
the Premier League.
The festive period saw a
tightening of the group behind City,
courtesy of United’s run of three
successive draws that allowed
Chelsea into second and Liverpool
to close within three points. With
Champions League qualification
Arsenal
Cech
Chambers Mustafi Mertesacker
Bellerin
Wilshere
Xhaka
Ozil
Sanchez
MaitlandNiles
Lacazette
Morata
Alonso
Hazard
Fabregas
Kante
Bakayoko
Cahill
Christensen
Moses
Azpilicueta
Courtois
Chelsea
Possible teams for tonight’s match at Emirates Stadium
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Referee A Taylor (Manchester).
the focus of interest behind City,
victory tonight carries even
greater weight and were Chelsea
to claim it they would put ten
points on Arsenal.
The opening of the transfer
window adds a layer of intrigue
at this time of year and for
Conte offers an opportunity to
press once more his claims for
reinforcements. David Luiz has
no future under Conte, prompting
speculation he might migrate
from west to north London should
Arsène Wenger make a cheeky bid.
Conte (below), whose own future
at the club has been a season-long
speculative thread, is typically
coy about how much
say he has in Chelsea’s
transfer business but
has made it a condition
that any outgoings
are conditional on
incomings.
“My expectations can
be a lot, or not,” he said,
enigmatically. “But the most
important thing is my opinion. I
try to give my opinion to the club
and then the club has to take the
best decision for the team. I’m only
a coach. My main task is to work
on the pitch with my players. If the
club decide to ask me something
about my team, I try to give my
opinion.”
Meanwhile Conte continues
to rotate his squad effectively. “I
trust these players. I don’t see a
problem. I understand if players
are not playing with regularity
and want to play with regularity.
It’s very important to involve all
my players. We are making many
rotations but at the same time our
results are positive.”
Matters at Arsenal are not quite
so sanguine. Wenger has until
the end of the week to respond
to the latest misconduct charge
after his post-match rant at West
Bromwich. At the heart of his “it
was never a pen” complaint was
the accusation that Mike Dean
saw only what he wanted to see in
awarding a handball against Calum
Chambers. And this from a coach
whose selective vision has defined
his Arsenal career.
Wenger is optimistic that
Mesut Özil will be deemed fit. He
is less optimistic about Laurent
Koscielny. “Koscielny [injury] is the
achilles again. The signs were not
too encouraging. He is 30 per cent
available, 70 per cent not.”
Conte welcomes back Eden
Hazard, rested for the 5-0 rout of
Stoke, and has few injury concerns
for the first of three fixtures
against Arsenal this month, the
others coming in the two-legged
semi-final of the Carabao Cup.
“When you play against Arsenal
every game is very important,”
Conte added. “This game is very
important for the league. We want
to try to get three points, to give
satisfaction to our fans.”
Llorente and Alli ensure
SWANSEA
TOTTENHAM HOTSPUR
Llorente 12, Alli 89
0
2
By Kevin Garside
Fernando Llorente
heads in for Spurs
against his old club
REUTERS
It had to be, Fernando Llorente back
at the Liberty Stadium planting a
header in the Swansea net.
It required an appalling error from
the linesman to legalise what was
clearly an offside strike. If that was
an injustice the result was not, Dele
Alli bringing a sense of proportion to
the night a minute from time.
Llorente cracked 15 goals in his
33 games on the South Wales coast,
yet knowing what might be coming
proved of little benefit to Federico
Fernandez, who was comprehensively out-jumped at the near post with
just 12 minutes gone.
Tottenham won’t have many easier
outings than this. The biggest threat
to their well-being in the first half was
the weather, biblically wet and promising with every slanting drop to incubate the kind of man flu that forced
Harry Kane to start on the bench.
Swansea, as they did at Vicarage
Road on Saturday, roused themselves in the final quarter. This has
become the default policy adopted
by the disadvantaged against top-six
sides, limit the damage with blanket
defence then spring an ambush when
legs get tired. The table tells you how
successful a ploy this is. Swansea sit
bottom while Spurs advance to fifth.
For the majority of the opening
period you wondered if Swansea had
been instructed not to tackle. Spurs
strolled around the park as if executing training-ground drills.
Only toward the end of the opening
period did Swansea raise a lick and
largely through the rapier thrusts
of Renato Sanches. Given the uplift
provided by the victory at Watford
following the shock appointment of
Carlos Carvalhal – coupled with a
Welsh gale blowing in off the Bristol
Channel – the circumstances for giving Spurs hell seemed ideal.
Carroll’s double hands
Moyes a boost after
McClean wake-up call
WEST HAM UNITED
Carroll 59, 90
2
WEST BROMWICH ALBION
McClean 30
1
By Jack Pitt-Brooke
AT LONDON STADIUM
Without a goal since April, without a
start in six weeks and hardly looking
sharp, Andy Carroll’s selection up
front for West Ham felt like a roll of
the dice from David Moyes. And in
the first half, as Carroll struggled up
front, it looked like a losing one.
But Carroll produced a vintage
second half, battering in an emphatic
equalising header and then slotting in
a far-post winner in added time.
Given that West Ham had one
whole week to prepare for this, since
drawing at Bournemouth, and West
Brom had one day, since drawing
with Arsenal, the hosts should have
brought more intensity to the first
half. But instead they looked slow,
ponderous and predictable.
It was Carroll’s first start since
November and for much of the first
half he struggled to impose himself
on the game, barely winning anything
from crosses or balls into the box.
The only West Ham player who
looked like he could seize control of
the occasion was Manuel Lanzini.
He started their best move of the
first half with a clever pass to Pablo
Zabaleta, eventually getting on the
end of it and forcing Ben Foster to
save his powerful shot. Later Lanzini
wriggled his way into space and got
off another shot but Foster was down
quickly to keep it out.
James McClean, at the other end,
had more luck. Stationed out on the
left, he had to spark a limp West Brom
But it was the visitors who looked
immediately at home in the conditions, perhaps mindful of the need
to make up ground as a result of the
broadcast spread of festive fixtures.
Spurs started the night seven
points adrift of fourth-placed Liver-
Andy Carroll
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score his and West
Ham’s first goal
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team into life but he did so, charging
at Zabaleta every chance he got, unleashing an early shot to test Adrian.
That enterprising spirit was rewarded on the half hour. Salomón
Rondón broke down the middle and
fed McClean to his left.
Cutting inside, he skipped past the
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a superb reaction save from Hugo
Lloris.
The scare prompted Spurs
manager Mauricio Pochettino to
summon Kane from his seat in
place of Llorente. But it was Swansea who almost scored next.
Jordan Ayew might have netted
after a characteristically mazy
dribble and when the ball was diverted for a corner, Mike van der
Hoorn cracked a header against a
post with Lloris beaten.
Now we had a contest. Swansea’s policy of containment, if that
is what it was for the first hour, was
no more. It was at this stage that
Swansea turned around the match
at Watford, the collective memory
of which seemed to infuse the
whole team.
Spurs didn’t mind. The Swans
charge left gaps at the back and
with a minute of normal time remaining, Alli made the most of the
space available courtesy of a sumptuous crossfield pass from Kane.
Alli’s first attempt came back off
the keeper’s legs, his second found
the roof of the net. Job done.
pool having played two games less.
With a home game to come against
West Ham tomorrow, victory here
was a necessity in the fight for Champions League places.
The second half followed the pattern of the first but with the lead only
enough time to change direction
and get the ball back on his left.
He eventually shot, 20 yards out,
and the ball hit Pedro Obiang,
looped over Adrian and in. West
Ham could have gone in at half
time 2-0 down but Craig Dawson
and Jonny Evans failed to score
from a McClean free-kick.
slender, Spurs were vulnerable to
the counter-attack.
After Lukasz Fabianski saved
Christian Eriksen’s free-kick
on the hour, the point was made
when substitute Luciano Narsingh
raced clear down the right to force
Carroll looked transformed
after half-time and in the 46th
minute he got away in the six
yard box, getting on the end of
Marko Arnautovic’s cross from
the right but hit his shot high.
After another 15 minutes of
frustration Carroll equalised
with a goal that only he could
have scored.
Aaron Cresswell, moved to
full-back as West Ham switched
to a back four, found space on
the left. He stood up a cross to
the far post, Carroll hurtled at
it, rose above Kieran Gibbs and
Evans, and thumped his header
into the net.
As West Ham pushed forward
they left space behind to exploit
but when Oliver Burke raced
onto Rondón’s pass he gave Angelo Ogbonna time to get back
and tackle him.
That was the moment when
West Brom could have recorded their first league win since
August. But they missed it and
the next time West Ham attacked, Lanzini played in Arnautovic down the left, he whipped
in a cross and there was Carroll
at the far post to slot the ball
home. THE INDEPENDENT
Dele Alli wrapped up the points for
Tottenham in the 89th minute
West Ham United
Adrian
Reid
Ogbonna Cresswell
Zabaleta Kouyaté
Obiang Masuaku
Arnautovic
Lanzini
Carroll
Rondon
McClean
Livermore
Rodriguez
Krychowiak Yacob
Gibbs
Evans
Hegazi
Dawson
Foster
West Bromwich Albion
Substitutions: West Ham Noble (Obiang, 46),
Hernandez (Masuaku, 73), Rice (Cresswell, 76);
West Brom Robson-Kanu (Livermore, 64), Burke
(Rodriguez, 71), Barry (Yacob, 83).
Booked: West Ham Lanzini, Masuaku, Carroll;
West Brom Yacob, Krychowiak.
Man of the match Carroll. Match rating 6/10.
Possession: West Ham 53% West Brom 47%.
Attempts on target: West Ham 5 West Brom 3.
Referee M Jones (Cheshire).
Attendance 56,888.
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Sanches
Clucas
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Lloris
Tottenham Hotspur
Subs: Swansea Narsingh (Rangel, 53); McBurnie (Dyer,
71), Routledge (Carroll, 78). Tottenham Wanyama
(Sanchez, 59), Kane (Llorente 68), Sissoko (Lamela, 77).
Booked: Swansea Olsson, Van der Hoorn;
Tottenham Sanchez, Lamela.
Man of the match Eriksen. Match rating 5/10.
Possession: Swansea 33% Tottenham 67%.
Attempts on target: Swansea 1 Tottenham 5.
Referee R Madley (W Riding). Attendance 20,615.
Reds opt against
legal action over
Nike web gaffe
» Continued from back page
hasn’t played for the club since Nike
advertised Barcelona shirts with his
name on the back.
The American sportswear giant
is yet to comment on the apparent
mistake, but Liverpool do not plan
on pursuing any legal action over
the matter and instead it is Barcelona – who are now very sensitive as
to how any wrinkle might affect the
deal – who are most annoyed about
the website incident.
Liverpool defender Jon Flanagan
yesterday pleaded guilty to assaulting his girlfriend. The 25-year-old
appeared at Liverpool Magistrates’
Court accused of beating Rachael
Wall. He was charged following an
incident on Duke Street in Liverpool
city centre at around 3.20am on Friday, 22 December. THE INDEPENDENT
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PREMIER LEAGUE
Quick-fire
Sterling puts
City back on
track after blip
MANCHESTER CITY
Sterling 1, Kabasele og 13, Aguero 63
3
WATFORD
Gray 82
1
By Mark Critchley
Manchester City
Ederson
Walker
Stones Otamendi Delph
AT THE ETIHAD STADIUM
The show is back on the road. After
the briefest of blips at Selhurst Park
on New Year’s Eve, Manchester City
began what could well be their next
record-breaking run of consecutive
victories with a comfortable win
over Marco Silva’s Watford.
Raheem Sterling’s first-minute
opener banished any lingering
thought of the goalless draw at
Crystal Palace, and when visiting
defender Christian Kabasele converted the ball into his own net inside
the opening quarter of an hour, victory was never in doubt.
Sergio Aguero scored his customary goal against this opposition,
adding a third in a sedate second
half, and though Andre Gray’s late
consolation will not have pleased
Pep Guardiola, by that stage, his
side were certain of restoring their
15-point lead at the top of the Premier League table.
The gap could be cut by one point
if Chelsea win at Arsenal tonight, but
what the chasing pack do is becoming more irrelevant with each passing week at the Etihad.
It took them just 39 seconds to
score the fastest goal of the Premier
League season so far and ensure
that they would not draw successive
league blanks for the first time in the
Guardiola era.
David Silva, back in the starting
line-up after a spell away as a result
of personal matters, slid one of his
trademark through-balls in behind
Watford’s backline to Leroy Sané on
the left flank.
His first-time cross arced its way
to the far post where Sterling was
waiting to finish off the simplest of
his 18 goals so far this season. It was
child’s play.
John Stones, another returnee,
should have added the second minutes later after more good work from
Sané on the left but the defender,
making his first start since November following a hamstring injury,
blazed over the crossbar. The Etihad
was not too concerned. Five minutes
in and a goal up, City were already in
total control.
Guardiola’s side eventually doubled their lead after 13 minutes,
though it was a Watford player who
applied the final touch. Kabasele’s
sliding attempt to intercept Kevin
De Bruyne’s low cross was sloppy
and duly punished, with the ball
De Bruyne Fernandinho D.Silva
Sterling
Sane
Aguero
Gray
Carrillo
Doucoure
Capoue
Richarlison
Watson
Zeegelaar Kabasele
Wague
Janmaat
Gomes
Watford
Subs: Manchester City Danilo (Stones, 67); Toure
(Fernandinho, 70); B Silva (De Bruyne, 79) Watford
Pereyraat (Watson, 61), Cleverley (Capoue, 61)
Sinclair (Richarlison, 82).
Booked: Manchester City Silva; Watford Pereyra.
Man of the Match De Bruyne. Rating 7/10.
Possession: Manchester City 79% Watford 21%.
Attempts on target: Manchester City 6, Watford 3.
Referee L Mason (Portsmouth).
Attendance 53,556.
Premier League table
Man City
Man United
Chelsea
Liverpool
Tottenham
Arsenal
Burnley
Leicester
Everton
Watford
Hudd’field
Brighton
Newcastle
C Palace
B’mouth
West Ham
So’ton
Stoke
West Brom
Swansea
P
22
22
21
22
21
21
22
22
22
22
22
22
22
22
22
21
22
22
22
22
W
20
14
14
12
12
11
9
8
7
7
6
5
6
5
5
5
4
5
2
4
D L F A Pts
2 0 64 13 62
5 3 453 16 47
3 4 39 14 45
8 2 50 25 44
4 5 41 20 41
5 5 38 26 38
7 6 19 19 34
6 8 34 32 30
6 9 25 34 27
4 11 31 40 25
6 10 18 35 24
8 9 17 27 23
4 12 20 30 22
7 10 20 33 22
6 11 22 34 21
6 10 24 39 21
8 10 21 32 20
5 12 23 47 20
10 10 16 30 16
4 14 13 34 16
looping past Heurelho Gomes and
into the corner of the net.
De Bruyne was a surprise inclusion having left the Selhurst
Park pitch on a stretcher, but the
outstanding player of this Premier League season looked both
unscathed and unintimidated by
Jason Puncheon’s horror tackle just
two days previous. Shortly after
his cross had helped increase City’s
lead, he almost added a third, cracking a free-kick against the bar.
Watford steadied themselves as
the first half progressed and had
chances of their own before the
break, the best of which fell to Gray.
It was the type of opportunity that
away sides who travel to the Etihad
with modest expectations simply
have to take but the visitors’ lone
striker fired straight at Ederson.
It was a timely warning against
complacency and suggested that
Watford could yet make this a contest, but Silva’s side failed to build on
that one clear-cut opportunity.
City re-emerged after the break
and resumed control, with their 63 minutes but was on hand to stab
share of possession nearing
the ball home from close range
the 80 per cent mark as
after Gomes had parried
they patiently probed in
another De Bruyne cross
search of a third.
into a crowded penalty
Aguero found it
area. It was his 10th
shortly after the hour
goal in six appearancRaheem
Sterling
mark. The Argenes against Watford.
took his tally to 18
tine, scorer of a hatIf anything, City
goals for the season
trick in the reverse
were
now too comas City went 15
fixture at Vicarage
fortable and with eight
points clear at the
Road in September, had
minutes remaining,
top
spurned his fair share of
Gray atoned for his firstopportunities in the previous
half miss and wiped out what
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The
Saints slip towards
Sport
relegation zone after
Palace stage fightback Matrix
SOUTHAMPTON
Long 17
1
CRYSTAL PALACE
McArthur 69, Milivojevic 80
2
By Tom Prentki
AT ST MARY’S
The stories you
need to know
Southampton
McCarthy
Romeu Vidal
Hojbjerg
Southampton slipped to within a
Tadic
Boufal
point of the relegation zone as they Ward-Prowse
failed to win for the ninth game in
Long
a row despite Shane Long’s first
Premier League goal in 324 days.
Benteke
Long’s early strike was cancelled
Townsend
Zaha
out by second-half goals from Crystal
Palace’s James McArthur and a brilMcArthur Milivojevic
Cabaye
liant winner from Luka Milivojevic.
The home crowd, many of whom
had left by full-time, vented their
Schlupp
h
Fosu-Mensah
anger against manager Mauricio PelTomkins
Kelly
legrino, who had been given the backing of his board earlier in the day.
Hennessey
The Southampton chairman,
Ralph Krueger, yesterday admitted Crystal Palace
that the protracted Virgil van Dijk Subs: Southampton Davis (Ward-Prowse, 70),
transfer saga has loomed over the Gabbiadini (Hojbjerg, 75), Redmond (Tadic, 79); Crystal
Palace Van Aanholt (Cabaye, 45), Sako (Schlupp, 64).
first half of the club’s season and is Booked:
Crystal Palace Fosu-Mensah.
expecting the defender’s exit to be Man of the Match Zaha.
Rating 7/10.
the catalyst for an upturn in form.
Possession: Southampton 61% Crsytal Palace39%.
That failed to happen against Crys- Attempts on target: Southampton 3 Crsytal Palace 4.
S Attwell (Birmingham).
tal Palace as the Saints’ dismal home Referee
Attendance 28,411.
record continued and made relegation a very real possibility.
Krueger has also given his full Hodgson’s side. They did finally crebacking to Pellegrino saying that ate a good opening when Christian
“from the get-go, Mauricio has com- Benteke turned sharply to forced a
pletely embraced the way we operate good low save from McCarthy.
here. The transfer that has just
Hodgson introduced Bakary
gone through is the end of
Sako after an hour and he
a very difficult phase for
provided Palace with
the club.”
more energy and the
Long’s goal gave
catalyst for victory.
Saints the st art they
Soon after, the EaDays since Shane
were after as the
gles equalised when
Long
last
scored
Irishman fired in form
Benteke nodded down
a goal in the
Jeremy Pied’s low
To w n s e n d ’s d e e p
Premier League
cross on the sodden St
cross giving McArthur
Mary’s turf. Long’s relief
the chance to volley high
was palpable and shared
into the net.
by his teammates who
Saints’ fragile confidence
rushed to join him in celebration.
was exposed as they fell behind,
Pierre Emile-Hojbjerg is beginning leading fans to sing “you’re getting
to show some of the promise that sacked in the morning” towards their
prompted his £12 million purchase manager. Townsend was again the
from Bayern Munich at the beginning provider, this time from the right as
of last season.
he found Milivojevic who swept home
The Dane forced a superb fingertip brilliantly from the edge of the area.
save from Wayne Hennessey with a THE INDEPENDENT
rising drive from 25 yards.
The Saints deserved their first-half
lead, though Palace looked dangerous
on the break, predictably through
Wilfried Zaha, when they attacked in
wide areas.
This was not a night for pretty football and standing water on the pitch
meant both teams frequently conceded possession in dangerous areas.
Palace created little of note in the
first half and only tested their former
goalkeeper Alex McCarthy once,
when he pushed Andros Townsend’s
low effort round the post.
The Eagles had a day less to prepare than their hosts and punishing
fixtures against Arsenal and Manchester City over the festive period Luka Milivojevic scored Crystal
seemed to be taking their toll on Roy Palace’s winner at Southampton
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Wenger charged
for referee rant
Arsenal manager Arsène Wenger
has been charged by the Football
Association following his conduct
in the referee’s changing room
after Sunday’s game against West
Bromwich. Wenger was furious
with referee Mike Dean, who had
awarded West Brom a penalty at
The Hawthorns for a handball by
Calum Chambers. He has until
6pm on Friday to contest the
charge.
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RUGBY UNION
€1 million lottery
win for O’Connor
Lydiate out for at
least six weeks
Preston North End defender
Kevin O’Connor has scooped
€1million on the Irish Lottery.
The Republic of Ireland under-21
international received the ticket
as a Christmas present from his
uncle. He travelled to Dublin with
his family yesterday to collect his
winnings. His uncle and godfather
Peadar Murphy posted the ticket
to the former Cork City left back
with the message, “I wish you the
best of luck.”
Wales flanker Dan Lydiate
looks set to miss at least part of
this season’s Six Nations after
suffering a biceps injury. Lydiate
was hurt during the Ospreys’
PRO14 victory over the Dragons
on New Year’s Eve. “It could
be a tendon in the biceps. It’s
not looking too great,” Ospreys
defence coach Brad Davis said.
Lydiate is out for six weeks but
between 12 and 16 weeks if he
needs surgery, according to Davis.
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De Bruyne was unscathed
and unintimidated by Jason
Puncheon’s horror tackle
just two days previous
would have been a fourth consecutive
clean sheet for the hosts.
Watford’s consolation was well
worked, with Andre Carrillo beating
Kyle Walker. Ederson failed to cut out
the winger’s low cross and this time,
Gray could not miss, tapping in at the
far post. THE INDEPENDENT
CHAMPIONSHIP
Wolves surge 12 points clear at the top
Three second half goals saw Wolves extend their lead at the top of the
table to 12 points after a 3-0 victory against Brentford. A fine free-kick
from Ruben Neves opened the scoring on 57 minutes with further goals
from Barry Douglas and one from former Brentford player Jota. Fulham
gave their play-off hopes a boost as they came from a goal down to thrash
10-man Ipswich 4-1. Ryan Sessegnon and Aboubakar Kamara both
scored twice. Lowly Birmingham enjoyed a 2-0 away win at Jaap Stam’s
Reading, Jacques Maghoma and Sam Gallagher were on target.
FOOTBALL
BBC drops Sinclair
after guilty plea
Trevor Sinclair has been dropped
as a pundit by the BBC after
pleading guilty to drink-driving
and a racially aggravated public
order offence. Sinclair was
sentenced yesterday to 150 hours
community service and given a
20-month driving ban after being
found twice over the limit and for
racially abusing a police officer on
12 November last year.
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Look who’s back De Bruyne a surprise Stoke are
inclusion as City return to winning ways struggling
to find an
upgrade
on Hughes
» Manchester City 3-1 Watford, p54
By Ed Malyon
Sport
Stoke City are exploring their
options with regards to a replacement for under-pressure manager
Mark Hughes, but the Welshman
could be saved by the lack of inspiring candidates for the role.
Hughes’ side lost 1-0 at home to
Newcastle on Monday to fall back
into a relegation battle and while
an FA Cup tie at Coventry should
give them some respite from their
Premier League woes, they return
to the fray in just under two weeks
with a trip to Manchester United.
They have won only four points
from their last seven games and
the Coates family, who own and
run the club, are aware that a
change might be needed but it isunderstood they would only consider a proven Premier League
coach.
Many of those who Stoke might
have considered have recently
found employment elsewhere and
there seems little chance of hiring
anyone who would be considered
an obvious upgrade on Hughes.
A further slip down the table
and into the relegation zone may
force the club’s hand but two of
their top targets – David Wagner
and Sean Dyche – are not understood to be interested in leaving
Huddersfield and Burnley respectively in mid-season.
Former Manchester City manager Roberto Mancini is the bookmakers’ favourite but it would be
a surprise to sources with knowledge of the Coates family’s thinking if the Italian were to take over
at the Bet365 Stadium.
There is a belief that Stoke boast
a talented squad with players such
as Xherdan Shaqiri, Joe Allen and
Jese who wouldn’t be out of place
playing for a top-six club.
However, some big signings, including club-record buy Gianelli
Imbula, flamed out quickly and
have already been shipped out
on loan while Saido Berahino, another significant recruit, has failed
to find form since moving to the
Potteries. THE INDEPENDENT
03.01.18
P52
FOOTBALL
Carroll double
helps Hammers
to crucial win
over West Brom
P49
TENNIS
Murray forced
to pull out of
Australian
Open warm-up
Coutinho’s team attempt to
push through Barça move
By Ed Malyon and Miguel Delaney
P51
DARTS
Why not
everyone is sad
at Phil the
Power’s farewell
Representatives working on behalf
of Philippe Coutinho are continuing with their efforts to convince
Liverpool to allow the Brazilian playmaker to leave this month.
Barcelona remain keen on the
25-year-old midfielder and believe
they will eventually get their man,
but there is no guarantee of a deal
happening this month.
As far as Liverpool are concerned,
there has been no bid for the
Brazil international (right)
since the summer and as
long as that continues to be
the case, there is nothing
for the club to discuss.
Liverpool manager
Jürgen Klopp is understandably keen not to lose
one of his best players halfway through the season, but
the Reds’ stance has softened
a little, while agents working
with the midfielder believe they are
close to a breakthrough.
The former Internazionale player
has made little fuss since September’s transfer deadline and
has knuckled down during the
autumn, but the very least
he would like to happen this
month would be to have a deal
signed that means he will join
Barcelona at the end of the
season.
This would be preferable
to an immediate departure for the
Reds, given their continued participation in the Champions League.
One source with knowledge of
Barcelona’s plans said that Coutinho
would “do anything in the world” to
secure a move to the Nou Camp.
The player missed Monday’s win
over Burnley with a thigh injury that
is also likely to keep him out of Friday night’s derby with Everton, and
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