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PAPER – BRITAIN’S FIRST AND ONLY CONCISE QUALITY TITLE
Ban the
book!
Is this the end
for Murray?
Kevin Garside
on our
fallen hero
Trump
tries to kill
astonishing
White House
exposé
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FRIDAY
5 JANUARY 2018
Number 2,220
FR DAY
Three Billboards
Outside Ebbing,
Missouri
The team behind
2018’s hot tip for
film awards talks to i
P11
Outrage at
release of
black cab
rapist
» Not all victims informed before news breaks that one of
Britain’s most prolific sex attackers will be let out
» Alarm as John Worboys convinces Parole Board he is no
longer a danger to public after 10 years in custody
» Cabbie is believed to have carried out more than 100
rapes and sexual assaults on women in six years
P5
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l Ten to watch on TV
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Bard choices
Is this a reality
show I see
before me?
Theatre
audiences
to vote on
next play
INSIDE SIMON KELNER
P20
Closing the bank
killed our village
P29
P21
I MARY DEJEVSKY
NHS winter crisis:
PM apologises to
patients for
cancelled ops
Children’s
TV presenter
Ed Petrie
YouTube
must do more
to protect
young
P7
P22
I HOMES
P45
I PUZZLES
P17
P52
I TV GUIDE
P38
The
News
Matrix
ENVIRONMENT
Why is there
a brouhaha
over this soft
drink?
See p.13
The day at
a glance
FRIDAY
5
JANUARY
Quote of the day
The nice thing about
being a celebrity is that
if you bore people they
think it’s their fault
HENRY KISSINGER
Farm subsidies for
five extra years
UK farmers will continue to receive
the current level of EU subsidies
until 2024, Michael Gove has
announced. The new system will
reward farmers for taking steps
to help the environment, such as
planting wildflower meadows and
woodlands. PAGE 8
POLITICS
DIPLOMACY
POLICE
BREXIT
Election could stop
Brexit, claims Blair
US cuts its security
funding to Pakistan
Detainees denied
sanitary products
Farage to question
Barnier in Brussels
Voters could put a stop to Brexit
in a special general election on the
issue, Tony Blair has suggested.
The former Prime Minister said the
public should be allowed to “think
again” to decide Britain’s future
relationship with the EU. He insisted
there was “little doubt Brexit is
causing economic difficulty”. PAGE 11
The US is suspending security
assistance to Pakistan for failing
to take “decisive action” against
Taliban militants targeting US
personnel in Afghanistan. The
State Department’s declaration
signaled growing frustration over
Pakistan’s cooperation in fighting
terrorist networks.
Urgent action is needed to address
poor practice in the treatment of
women on their period in police
custody. The Independent Custody
Visiting Association warns that
conditions for menstruating
detainees may breach human rights
laws. A woman in a was refused
protection, claims the ICVA. PAGE 14
Former Ukip leader Nigel Farage
is due to meet the EU’s Brexit
negotiator Michel Barnier to
represent “the views of the
17.4 million”. Mr Farage has called
on people to tweet him questions
for Monday’s meeting in Brussels.
The anti-Brexit group Open Britain
derided the decision.
FILM
CONSUMER
ONLINE
SOCIETY
Women still kept out
of director’s chair
MPs want ‘latte levy’
on coffee cups
Zuckerberg admits
more mistakes
After Christmas
comes Divorce Day
Hollywood made no progress in
tackling its diversity problem behind
the camera in the past decade with
only 4 per cent of top directors being
women. Only eight women directed
a top 100 grossing film in 2017, one
less than the high mark nine years
previously, research published
yesterday revealed.
Consumers should be charged a
25p “latte levy” on disposable coffee
cups, and the revenue used to pay for
improved recycling, MPs have said.
It comes as a response to claims that
a huge mountain of unrecyclable
coffee cups is overwhelming and
disrupting Britain’s waste-disposal
systems. PAGE 6
Facebook boss Mark Zuckerberg has
admitted the social network makes
“too many errors” when stopping
misuse of the site. He said he wants
to “fix” how Facebook handles hate,
abuse and fake news in 2018. The
platform was repeatedly criticised
last year for its attitude to removing
extreme and abusive content.
Lawyers have dubbed 8 January
“Divorce Day” because of the spike
in couples considering ending their
marriage after the festive period.
Calls to Relate peak in January with
relationship experts blaming the
stress of trying to stage a perfect
Christmas when two people are no
longer happy together.
Birthdays
January Jones,
actress, 40; Marilyn
Manson, singer, 49;
Jayne Middlemiss
(below), presenter, 47;
Bradley Cooper,
actor, 43; Deadmau5,
DJ/producer, 37
HEALTH
The List
Most commonly
hacked passwords
These are the top 10 most
commonly hacked passwords of
2017, which was called the “year of
the hack” after the NHS was held
to ransom by hackers.
Anniversaries
Friday 5 January 1945
Japanese pilots receive
the first order to become
kamikaze, meaning “divine
wind” in Japanese. Their
suicidal blitz on US forces
in the Pacific revealed
Japan’s desperation in
the final months of the
Second World War.
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2 password
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4 qwerty
5 12345
6 123456789
7 letmein
8 1234567
9 football
10 iloveyou
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DAYS
7
The number of diets the average Briton
will start and fail in their lifetime, or
three unsuccessful diets a year
People see the most
weight loss after dieting
for less than a week
WEEKS is the
typical time Britons
stick to a diet
55%
Said they "always" fail
when they go on a diet
Where MEN
would most like
to lose weight
from their bodies
Where WOMEN
would most like
to lose weight
from their bodies
Face 11%
17% Face
SOURCE: SPLASHDATA
Stomach 65%
Bum 8%
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Hips 7%
Thighs 8%
index
Crossword.............24
TV & Radio...........38
The 10 Best...........47
Business..................48
Puzzles.....................52
Weather...................55
A lot of people like to start the new year with healthy resolutions to do
more exercise and stick to a January diet. Researchers from Laughing
Cow reveal UK diet trends, how they differ between the sexes and the
foods most likely to tempt dieters away from healthy habits.
How Britain
fights the flab
WORDS: VALERIE BROWNE
SOURCE: LAUGHING COW
Newspapers support recycling
The recycled content of UK
newspapers in 2015 was 71%
63% Stomach
15% Bum
15% Hips
22% Thighs
Foods which tempt men away from their diets
Beer
29%
Crisps
28%
Biscuits
23%
Pizza
20%
Bread
20%
Sweets
19%
Chips
18%
Wine
16%
Chinese food
13%
Curry
13%
Foods which tempt women away from their diets
Chocolate
45%
Crisps
30%
Bread
30%
Sweets
23%
Biscuits
21%
Pizza
20%
Wine
17%
Chips
16%
Chinese food
15%
Curry
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Letter from the Assistant
Comment Editor
ThePage3Profile
ARTS
BEAR GRYLLS, CHIEF SCOUT
Rylance to star in
new Globe season
Eleanor Doughty
Sir Mark Rylance will return to
Shakespeare’s Globe to star in
Othello. The Oscar-winning actor,
who was the theatre’s first artistic
director, will play Iago, opposite
Moonlight star Andre Holland as the
tragedy’s title character. It is the first
season for the Globe’s new artistic
director, Michelle Terry.
A convenient dead
cat for Education
Secretary
Has the Bear growled again?
The Chief Scout, Bear Grylls, has pledged his
support for a campaign by Scouts in Wales
calling on a council to reverse a decision to
charge them business rates. Flintshire County
Council changed its discretionary rate
relief policy affecting charities
and sports groups in April to
help with a budget shortfall,
meaning it would now
affect Scout troops.
Has this
angered the
community?
Of course.
More than 7,700
people have signed
a petition calling on
the council to reverse its
decision, which they say
requires 16 Scout groups
to pay up to £570 in rates.
The council has blamed “severe financial
pressures”. It said hardship rate relief was
available to qualifying groups via the Welsh
Government, with the county’s Scouts now
paying 20 per cent towards their rates, varying
from £150 to £570.
Business rates for children’s charities?
Yes. The petition argues: “Scout groups are
not businesses. The Scout Association and
Scout groups are registered as charitable
organisations and are run by local volunteers.”
Flying in the face of Grylls’ recommendation?
Undoubtedly. Speaking at the Conservative
Party conference in Manchester last October
in his Scout uniform – an act that arguably
broke the Scouting Association’s rules against
appearing in uniform at a political event – he
warned the party “will perish” if it ignores
young people. Grylls said that if he was prime
minister, he would make the “relatively
small investment” in Scouting, which would
represent the “best money I’ve ever spent”.
What exactly did he say?
In opposition to the latest move, Grylls wrote
on Twitter: “I know councils are under pressure,
but it’s not right that Scout groups should
be targeted. People give time to support the
development of young people and should be
supported.”
Valerie Browne and Dean Kirby
ONLINE
Shamed YouTube
star quits ‘for now’
YouTube vlogger Logan Paul
has stepped away from posting
videos following an outcry when he
uploaded images of what appeared
to be the body of someone who killed
themselves in a Japanese forest.
Paul said he was suspending his
video blog “for now” and “taking
time to reflect”.
GERMANY
Becker’s son sues
over ‘racist’ slur
The son of former tennis star Boris
Becker is suing a member of the
right-wing AfD party who insulted
him on Twitter. Noah Becker says
he suffered “unbearable and racist
remarks” from Jens Maier. The
tweet emerged after Noah said he’d
been attacked because of his skin
colour. Maier denies writing it.
UNITED STATES
Cocaine Cowboy’s
past ‘still relevant’
Prosecutors want to use the boasts
of a man from Miami’s Cocaine
Cowboys era against him in a trial.
Court documents claim 72-year-old
Mickey Munday has bragged about
his past on social media and in the
documentary Cocaine Cowboys.
Munday’s alleged crime was similar
to his work for the Medellin cartel.
i@inews.co.uk
You can thank journalist Toby
Young for this week’s social media
meltdown. A level of hysteria
bordering on farce has ensued
about the merits of whether
or not Mr Young should have
been appointed as one of 15
non-executive directors at the
newly established Office for
Students (OfS), the regulator
meant to champion the interests
of students.
The OfS board has issues
far greater than Mr Young. His
appointment is a handy cover for
the Department for Education,
which has not been bold in its
appointments. The chair is Sir
Michael Barber, Tony Blair’s
former education adviser, and
the CEO is Nicola Dandridge CBE,
the former chief executive of
Universities UK. Professor
Steve West is one of those
wicked vice-chancellors, and
lawyer Professor Carl Lygo,
founded BPP University.
Together, this group represents
the education “blob” that Michael
Gove fought to overcome between
2010 and 2014. Some say that
Education Secretary Justine
Greening has failed to be robust
enough with the “blob”. These
appointments will do nothing to
dispel that impression.
That the majority of the
OfS’s board has strong links
to university management is
tantamount to vice-chancellors
marking their own homework.
When demands are made,
with whom will these board
members side – students or their
management colleagues?
Mr Young’s litany of drama is
a dead cat, a distraction from the
fact that the OfS board has not
been thought through.
Twitter: @brushingboots
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5
CRIME
FILM
100 rapes and
sexual assaults
– now attacker is
freed on parole
Brits lead the
way in battle
for rising star
Bafta award
By Katie Grant
Victims of “black cab rapist” John
Worboys were kept in the dark about
the decision to release him.
Worboys, one of Britain’s most prolific sex attackers, was jailed in 2009
for sexually assaulting women in the
back of his cab after plying them with
Champagne and sedatives.
He was convicted of one rape, five
sexual assaults, one attempted assault and 12 drugging charges against
a dozen victims but is believed by police to have attacked over 100 women.
Worboys, from south-east London, was ordered to serve at least
eight years and told he would be kept
locked up until he was no longer considered to be a danger to women. He
has spent 10 years in custody including a period on remand.
There was an outcry last night
when it was revealed that the Parole
Board has decided he can be released
on licence. He is barred from contacting any of his victims.
Amid the fury, there were questions about why not all of his victims
had been told in advance that he
was about to be released, or given a
chance to express their views to the
Parole Board.
Harriet Wistrich, a lawyer representing two of Worboys’ victims, said
that the first one woman learned of
the decision was while “listening on
the radio, cooking tea for the kids”.
She added: “They’re absolutely sick
and disgusted and shocked to the
core about it.”
It is understood that all those who
were signed up to the victim contact
scheme were informed as soon as the
parole board decision was made, but it
was unclear how many this involved.
Ms Wistrich said: “It feels like another smack in the face, after having
spent years battling for justice to
[hold] the police to account for failing
to investigate, that they’ve also not
had the courtesy to inform her.”
The Labour MP Richard Burgon
tweeted: “Victims of sexual crimes
and violent crimes deserve the right
to be kept informed. Vital for justice
that their voices can be heard.”
Worboys would lure women to
drink drugged Champagne by telling
them he had won the lottery or had
done well at a casino, showing them a
plastic bag stuffed full of cash.
The drugs left the women, whom he
liked to pick up at trendy nightclubs
or bars, unable to protect themselves.
Police have faced strong criticism
for their handling of rape complaints
relating to Worboys.
Two women who went to police
in 2003 and 2008 were not believed
by officers, allowing him to remain
at large for several years before he
was caught.
Karen Ingala Smith, chief executive of the sexual and domestic violence charity Nia, said: “The police
believe that Worboys may have raped
more than 100 women, others think
this is a conservative estimate.
“He’s served just over a month per
rape victim. How can we say justice
has been served?”
By Kerri-Ann Roper
Daniel Kaluya (above), Josh O’Connor and Florence
Pugh hope to win the audience vote GETTY
Yvette Cooper, the Labour
MP and former Shadow
Minister for Women and
Equalities, said she had “serious
questions” about the Parole
Board’s decision, given Worboys’
“appalling and vile crimes”.
Comment
How can he be
back on streets?
The Secret Barrister
H
ow can one of Britain’s
most prolific rapists,
John Worboys, be back
on the streets less than a
decade after his conviction?
Worboys was convicted of
19 offences. On 21 April 2009,
he was sentenced to terms
of imprisonment for public
protection (IPP) on all counts.
For all but two, the tariff was
five years, with the tariff for two
offences being set at eight years,
to run concurrently. IPP was a
sentencing initiative introduced
in 2005 and available until 2012,
designed to ensure that dangerous
violent and sexual offenders were
not released until the Parole
Board deemed that they no longer
posed a risk to the public.
In Worboys’ case the judge
considered that the appropriate
determinate sentence for an
offence of this type would have
been sixteen years. All prisoners
serving determinate sentences
are automatically released at the
halfway stage – so eight years was
the appropriate tariff for him.
It is reported that Worboys has
in fact served 10 years including
time spent in custody on remand
awaiting his trial – and the former
London taxi driver has satisfied
the Parole Board that he no longer
presents a risk to the public.
The full version of this article is
available at inews.co.uk
EDUCATION
British actors have scored three
out of the five nominations in a
shortlist predicting the future
stars of the film world.
Daniel Kaluuya, Josh O’Connor
and Florence Pugh have been
nominated for the EE Rising Star
Award at next month’s Baftas, the
only category on the night decided
by audience vote.
Kaluuya’s role in 2017 horror
film Get Out was widely praised by
critics and has earned him Golden
Globe and Screen Actors Guild
Award nominations.
The 28-year-old Londonborn star, who will
soon be seen on
the big screen in
Marvel’s muchanticipated film
Black Panther,
spoke of his admiration for the
work of previous
nominees.
O ’C o n n o r, 2 7,
has been lauded for his
role in 2017 British film God’s Own
Country and has also appeared in
popular homegrown TV shows
such as Peaky Blinders, Ripper
Street and The Durrells.
Pugh, 21, from Oxfordshire, was
praised for her debut in 2014’s The
Falling as well as 2016’s Lady Macbeth, which won her the Evening
Standard breakthrough of the
year award.
Speaking at the nominee announcement, the chief of Bafta
said the film world’s sexual harassment scandal has been “genuinely
shocking” and she would support
winners of the film awards by
speaking about it on stage.
Amanda Berry (inset) said the
season of awards ceremonies will
shine “a very bright spotlight” on
the conversation around harassment and assault.
TRAVEL
‘Focus on white working-class boys’ Pilots grounded
after ‘midair fight’
By Heather Saul
encourage the aspirations of young
A focus on ethnic minorities and
women’s agendas has had a
“negative impact” for white
working-class boys and
their ability to adapt, the
shadow Education Secretary argues.
In an interview with
political magazine The
Spectator, Angela Rayner
(inset) said that white working-class boys were not told
they need to “aspire” in the same way
as other disadvantaged groups.
The MP, who left school at 16 while
pregnant, called for a cultural change
among the white working classes to
people. When asked about white
working-class boys’ poor performance in university admissions tables, she said: “As we’ve tried to
deal with some of the issues
around race and women’s
agendas, around tackling
some of the discrimination
that’s there, it’s had a negative impact on the food chain
[for] white working boys.
“They have not been able
to adapt. Culturally, we are not
telling them they need to learn and
need to aspire. They are under the
impression they don’t need to push
themselves in the way that maybe the
disadvantaged groups had to before.”
By Oz Katerji
India’s Jet Airways has ordered
an investigation and grounded
two pilots following reports that a
senior male pilot slapped a female
co-pilot in the cockpit during a
flight from London to Mumbai.
An unnamed airline official has
been quoted as saying the pilot
allegedly attacked the co-pilot
after an argument and she came
out of the cabin crying.
A Jet Airways spokesman said
that a “misunderstanding” occurred between the cockpit crew
but was quickly resolved, and the
flight had continued to Mumbai.
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CONSUMER
COURTS
Coffee drinkers
may face ‘latte levy’
to boost recycling
Shopkeeper
broke up meat
cleaver brawl
By Josie Clarke
Consumers should be charged a
25p “latte levy” on disposable coffee
cups to pay for better recycling facilities, MPs are urging.
All disposable cups should be
recyclable by 2023, and should be
banned if the target is not met,
the Environmental Audit
Committee said.
MPs on the committee
are calling on the Government to introduce a
25p charge on disposable cups on top of the
price of a coffee, with the
money raised put towards
reprocessing facilities and
“binfrastructure” to ensure cups –
and other food and drink packaging
– are recycled.
Some coffee shops give money off
drinks to customers who take in reusable cups. Pret a Manger has doubled its discount to 50p.
But the MPs said uptake of these
offers was low, at less than 2 per cent
of coffee purchases. Consumers
seem more responsive to a charge
than a discount, based on the success of the 5p single-use plastic-bag
levy, they argued.
The UK throws away 2.5 billion
disposable coffee cups every year.
Almost all are incinerated, exported or sent to landfill because
their plastic lining makes
them costly to recycle.
The committee said
cups from cafes that do
not have in-store recycling systems should be
printed with “not widely
recycled” labels to boost
awareness, while cafes that
have recycling systems should mark
cups “recyclable in store only”.
The group also calls on the Government to set fees for producers
who make packaging that is difficult
to recycle.
Committee chairwoman Mary
Creagh (inset) said: “Coffee cup
By Henry Vaughan
Billions of disposable coffee cups with plastic linings are given away each year,
most being incinerated or sent to landfill as recycling facilities are scant AFP
producers and distributors have
not taken action to rectify this and
Government has sat on its hands.
“We need to kickstart a revolution
in recycling.”
She added: “Coffee shops have
been pulling the wool over customers’ eyes, telling us their cups can be
recycled when less than 1 per cent
are. Taxpayers are footing the bill
for disposing of the billions of coffee
cups thrown away each year.”
Laura Foster, of the Marine Conservation Society, said: “A charge
added to our coffee at the point of
purchase will help consumers think
about whether to take a refill cup to
the cafe.”
Less than 1 per cent of
coffee cups are recycled
because there are only three
UK facilities that can split the
paper and plastic components,
although many consumers
believe they can be recycled.
A shopkeeper “heroically” intervened as a group of men fought
with guns, a meat cleaver and a
samurai sword in his North London
off-licence, a court has heard.
CCTV footage played at the Old
Bailey showed shelves pulled over
and stock crashing to the ground in
the store in Wood Green.
Ali Osman, 27, Abdinasir Abdurahim, 26, and Jordan Francois, 21, are
standing trial, while two other men
involved have yet to be identified.
Cameras captured the scene on 11
July last year as the men allegedly
fought using weapons including firearms and a Katana “samurai” sword.
Abdurahim, from Tottenham,
north London, has admitted violent
disorder but denies possession of a
firearm or imitation firearm.
Francois, from Edmonton, north
London, denies violent disorder, possession of an offensive weapon concealed within a sock and wounding
Abdurahim with intent.
Osman, from West Ham, east
London, denies possessing a
samurai sword and firearm or imitation firearm. The trial continues.
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HEALTH
HEALTH
The Prime Minister
made her apology as
she visited patients
in Surrey TOBY
Flu jab may not
prevent most
common strain
MELVILLE/PA
By Alex Matthews-King
Sorry your operations are cancelled,
Prime Minister tells NHS patients
know it’s frustrating, I know it’s disappointing for people, and I apologise.”
She spent an hour-and-a-half
Theresa May apologised yesterday speaking to staff and patients at the
for the state of the NHS as offihospital, which had 99.8 per
cial figures highlighted the
cent bed occupancy rate
strains put on the health
on New Year’s Eve, and
service this winter.
she thanked those who
The Prime Minisworked over Christmas.
ter, visiting Frimley
The Prime Minister
The peak of the bed
Park Hospital in Surhas faced widespread
occupancy
rate
in
rey, said she recoganger for claiming that
NHS hospitals on
nised it was “difficult”
the NHS was “better
New Year’s Eve.
for the 55,000 people
prepared for this winThe safe limit is
who have had their opter than ever before” and
85 per cent
eration postponed for at
that there were “more beds
least a month as the NHS
available across the system”.
deals with the most urgent cases.
Official figures published yesShe said she hoped procedures terday showed that bed occupancy
could be rescheduled “as soon as pos- rates climbed to 93.5 per cent on New
sible”, adding: “I know it’s difficult, I Year’s Eve, up from 86.7 per cent on
By Paul Gallagher
HEALTH CORRESPONDENT
93.5%
Christmas Day, with an average of
91.7 per cent across the week. The
safe limit advised is 85 per cent.
On New Year’s Eve, 12 hospital trusts reported 100 per cent
bed occupancy, the highest for several weeks.
Mrs May’s claim of a rise in bed
capacity has been contradicted by
Chris Hopson, the head of NHS Providers, which represents trusts, who
said bed capacity was down “by 2 to
3 per cent” on last year. Mr Hopson
said the health service was also buckling due to “extra money for capacity
coming in too late”.
Public Health England confirmed
seven further flu-related deaths, taking the total this winter to 23. There
were 731 beds closed each day because of the norovirus or diarrhoea
The Nuffield Trust’s chief
economist, Professor John
Appleby, warned: “The sobering
reality is that winter for the NHS
has hardly started. The service
is likely to face another three
months of exceptional need.”
and vomiting in Christmas week,
below the average of 812, according
to NHS England figures.
Niall Dickson, chief executive of
the NHS Confederation, warned:
“Staff are working at full capacity to
deliver the right care, but the pressures are becoming intolerable.
“If the health service cannot cope
at its front door, what lies behind it
will also be struggling.”
BACKGROUND
Diversions and delays hit ambulances in festive period
By Jack Hardy and Paul Gallagher
Delays in ambulances delivering
patients to A&Es in England have
reached their highest level of the
winter, as those waiting more than an
hour nearly doubled in a week.
NHS England figures showed the
number of patients waiting at least
an hour to be transferred from the
back of an ambulance to A&E between Christmas Day and New Year’s
Eve increased from 2,413 to 4,734.
A further 17,000 people also had to
wait for more than 30 minutes to be
seen by staff – up from almost 12,000
the previous week.
Ambulances were also forced to
‘Absolute agony’ Eight-hour wait
A woman has described how her
mother, 71, suffered in “absolute agony” waiting eight
hours for an ambulance.
Debbie McCrossan, 52,
from Bournemouth, said
her mother dislocated
her hip on 11 December
but she claimed she was
not deemed a priority by
medical staff.
Arriving at Poole A&E at 10pm,
after calling an ambulance at 2pm,
her mother had to wait another hour
to be admitted into casualty, she said.
Ms McCrossan said: “They [ambulance staff] couldn’t have been
more apologetic, explaining
they were ever so busy
with people having strokes
and heart attacks. As mum
was ‘responding appropriately’, unfortunately
she was not a priority. I sat
with her the whole day and
it was absolute agony for her
each time she moved.” She added: “I
can’t fault Poole A&E for the service,
it was abundantly clear they were
completely rushed off their feet.”
divert to different A&Es on 39 occasions during Christmas week, down
on 57 between Boxing Day and New
Year’s Day last year.
The figures also revealed unprecedented demand on the NHS nonemergency 111 hotline during the
period – up 21 per cent on the previous week to 480,400, the most in a
single week since it was set up in 2014.
Niall Dickson, chief executive of
the NHS Confederation said: “Staff
are working at full capacity but the
pressures are becoming intolerable.
These delays cause distress to patients and their families, but emergency departments are seen as a
litmus test for the rest of the system.”
The flu jab most frequently given
to adults may not offer protection
against the most common strain of
the virus, Public Health England
(PHE) has warned.
In a letter to GPs in the south
west, the body warned that people could still get ill if they have
had the “trivalent” flu jab, which
protects against three strains of
the illness.
The jab protects against two
Influenza A strains, including the
“Aussie flu” strain, which has already claimed lives in the Republic of Ireland, and one Influenza
B strain. But it does not protect
against one type of the virus, Influenza B/Yamagata, which has
accounted for the vast majority
of Influenza B cases reported by
labs, they warned.
PHE confirmed that 21 of the
25 cases tested in the penultimate week of 2017 were from this
Yamagata strain.
It warned practices that most
adults and staff have had the
three-strain jab and this is likely
to include hundreds of thousands
of NHS staff vaccinated as part of
a drive to limit the impact of staff
sickness over winter.
“It is possible that cases of flu
will be seen among individuals,
both staff and patients, who have
accepted this vaccination,” the letter says. THE INDEPENDENT
SOCIETY
Warning over
mental health
in pregnancy
By Tess De La Mere
One in four pregnant women
suffers from mental health problems, research has revealed, and
scientists say identifying issues
early could be vital for a healthy
pregnancy.
The research by scientists at
King’s College London further debunked the myth that pregnancy
boosts physical and mental health.
Nationally an average of one
in five women experiences some
form of mental health disorder
during their lifetimes, while this
jumps to one in four in young
women. Depression and anxiety were among the most common disorders among pregnant
women, but eating disorders and
obsessive compulsive disorders
both made up 2 per cent of cases.
The study, the first of its kind
in the UK, aimed to identify how
common disorders were during
pregnancy and how midwives
can best identify them. One of the
study’s authors, Louise Howard,
professor of women’s mental
health at King’s College, said: “It
was important to know just how
common all the disorders were.”
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TECHNOLOGY
AGRICULTURE
Intel security bug
could hit millions
of laptop users
Farmers are paid
according to the
amount of land
they own SCOTT
BARBOUR/GETTY
By Rhiannon Williams
TECHNOLOGY CORRESPONDENT
Intel and Microsoft are working
to fix major security flaws in processors which expose millions of
smartphones and computers across
the globe to hacking and significant
performance slowdowns.
Researchers from Google said
yesterday they had discovered a
flaw in chips from manufacturers
Intel, AMD and ARM which could
allow hackers to access passwords,
encryption keys and cached files.
Google worked with other hardware and software manufacturers to patch the problem under an
agreed disclosure date of 9 January,
but brought the disclosure forward
following a report from tech
site The Register, which
focused on the bug in
Intel chips.
Intel denied the security flaw was unique
to its processors,
claiming the chips
and operating systems
of “many different vendors” are susceptible,
adding that it was working
with other parties to resolve the
issue. The flaws do not have the potential to corrupt, modify or delete
data, the company added.
Further software updates to protect devices will be issued over the
next few days. Apple is also working
on software fixes for its products.
Intel is one of the world’s largest
chip makers, supplying processors
to Apple, Microsoft, HP, Dell and
Lenovo, among others – equating
to 80 per cent of the world’s desktop computers and 90 per cent
of laptops.
Researchers uncovered two
Microsoft, Amazon and
Google all separately
confirmed security updates
have either been released or are
pending for their respective
Cloud computing services, which
could also be affected.
known flaws: one that affects purely Intel chips, called Meltdown,
and another called Spectre, which
affects chips from Intel, ARM
and AMD.
Processors in smartphones and
computers effectively act as the
brains of the device, and queue up
possible actions the user may execute in order for it to run as quickly
as possible.
Pre - emptively loading lists of instructions
leaves the data vulnerable to attack from
hackers or malicious
code.
The solution is to
separate the kernel
within the chip, which
can result in the machine
slowing down between 5 and
30 per cent, some programmers
found.
Intel denied the initial report,
claiming performance impacts are
“workload-dependent, and, for the
average computer user, should not
be significant and will be mitigated
over time”.
Microsoft issued a security update for its Windows 10 operating system and older versions on
Wednesday, which will be applied
automatically.
Microsoft added that it had
no evidence of any attacks on its
customers.
Farmers
welcome five
more years
of subsidies
By Katie Grant
Plans set out by Michael Gove to
guarantee farmers the same level of
subsidy as they now receive from the
EU for five years after Brexit have
been welcomed by landowners.
The Environment Secretary an-
nounced that “basic payments” made
per acre under the EU’s common agricultural policy (CAP) will continue
until March 2024.
B u t h e s a i d : “ Paying landowners for the
amount of agricultural
land they have is unjust,
inefficient and drives
perverse outcomes.”
Mr Gove (inset) unveiled in its place a new
approach of investing in “environmental enhancement”.
The Country Land and Business
Association said: “Exiting the European Union gives us a once-in-a-generation opportunity to build a new
food and land use policy that is significantly better than the Common
Agricultural Policy.”
The National Farmers
Union said flexibility was
needed about when a new
agricultural policy was
brought in as it was not
clear what Brexit would
mean for farmers on free
trade and labour issues.
Labour’s Mary Creagh,
chairwoman of the Environmental Audit Committee,
which recommended environmental
payments a year ago, said the changes would be two years later than
planned and apply to England only.
POLITICS
Ageing male membership an ‘existential crisis’ for Tories
By Sam Lister
The Conservatives are facing an existential crisis because its members
are mostly ageing men, a former deputy chairman has warned.
Members of the two main parties,
as well as the Liberal Democrats and
SNP, are in their 50s on average, but
at least 44 per cent of Tories are over
65, academics found.
More Tory members are male than
other parties, 71 per cent compared
with 53 per cent of Labour members,
57 per cent of the SNP and 63 per cent
of Lib Dems, according to a study by
the Mile End Institute at Queen Mary
University of London.
Robert Halfon, a former minister, told BBC Radio 4’s Today programme: “We do face an existential
crisis: we have a problem with our
membership, we have a huge problem with our infrastructure.”
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Waitrose bans energy drink sales to children
By Josie Clarke
Waitrose is to ban sales of highcaffeine energy drinks to children
under 16.
The supermarket said that from
5 March, customers buying drinks
containing more than 150mg of caffeine per litre would be asked to
prove they are over 16.
Campaigners have been calling
for a complete ban on the sale of energy drinks to children after it was
found that their sugar and caffeine
content remained high even though
the drinks have been reformulated
ahead of the soft-drinks levy, which
is due to take effect in April.
Teachers’ union NASUWT welcomed Waitrose’s move, saying that
one in 10 teachers cited
energy drinks as a key
cause of poor pupil
behaviour.
Waitrose said that
its decision was based
on existing industry labelling guidelines, which
require any soft drink with
more than 150mg of caffeine per
litre to carry a high-caffeine content
warning and to state it is not recommended for children.
The British Soft Drinks
Association introduced a
voluntary code of practice in 2010, saying
that high-caffeine soft
drinks should not be
promoted or marketed
to those under 16.
However, the Association insisted last night
that “energy drinks and
their ingredients have been
deemed safe by regulatory authorities around the world”.
In 2013, Morrisons announced a
ban on children under the age of 16
from buying high-caffeine energy
drinks in some stores.
The general secretary of the
union, Chris Keates, said: “Waitrose
has taken a positive and responsible
step which hopefully not only other
supermarkets will follow, but which
will also encourage the Government
to produce national guidelines on
recommended consumption levels
of caffeine for children.
“These drinks are readily available legal highs and are leading
to children and young people con-
suming high levels of stimulants,
with little known about the longterm health impacts.
“Teachers are left to deal with
the effects these stimulants have on
pupil behaviour.”
Campaign group Action
on Sugar recently found
that typical serving sizes of
high-energy drinks were 500ml.
It described them as “excessive”
and said they were larger than
other sugar-sweetened drinks.
HERITAGE
Leave ‘Bell
End’ alone,
urge rival
campaigners
By Matthew Cooper
A petition opposing “pointless”
calls to rename a street called
Bell End has attracted more than
3,000 signatures.
The rival campaign demanding
council bosses “Leave the Historic
Name of Bell End Alone!” was
set up on Tuesday, after around
30 people signed a change.org
petition claiming bullies were
teasing local children.
Sandwell Council says the
controversial street name almost
certainly has medieval origins,
with the Old English term “Ende”
meaning “a quarter or division of
a settlement”.
The new petition, which targets
5,000 signatures before being
delivered to the West Midlands
council, was set up by Linda
George, who pointed out that
a mine closed in the 1930s was
named Bell End Colliery.
The latest petition states: “Bell
End is a historic name in Rowley
Regis. Believed to be named after
a mine in the locality.
“None of the residents and
locals and those that have
longstanding family
connections... want this pointless
change and in fact find the
suggestion that it should be
changed deeply offensive.
“If children are being bullied
because of the name of their
road, the problem is the bullying
children, who need educating.”
In the frame
Ron Hodgson hangs a painting
of the Swiss Cottage at his stand
on the opening day at the Mayfair
Antiques and Fine Art Fair in
central London JOHN STILLWELL/PA
COURTS
Two charged
over teen’s nut
allergy death
By Eleanor Barlow
The street nameis adored by some
residents MATTHEW COOPER/PA WIRE
Two m e n h ave b e e n
charged with the manslaughter of a 15-year-old
girl who suffered an allergic reaction to a takeaway.
Mohammed Abdul Kuddus, 39, of Belper Street,
Blackburn, and Harun Rashid,
38, of Rudd Street, Rossendale, appeared at Blackburn magistrates’
court yesterday in connection with
the death of Megan Lee (inset), from
SCIENCE
Oswaldtwistle in Lancashire. Both
men were charged with manslaughter, failing to discharge general
health/safety duty, and contravening
or failing to comply with EU regulations on food safety and hygiene.
Magistrates sent the case
to Burnley Crown Court,
where the men will appear on 7 February. They
were both given conditional bail.
The teenager died in
hospital on 1 January last
year after being admitted
two days earlier. She had eaten
food from the Royal Spice Indian
takeaway in Hyndburn. A post-mortem examination showed she died
from acute asthma due to nut allergy.
Bonobos
‘befriend bullies’
By Valerie Browne
Bonobo prefer to befriend their bullies, a new study suggests, which
implies that attraction to kindness
is a uniquely human trait.
Scientists looked at the behavioural preferences of humans and
bonobos – one of our closest genetic
relatives in the animal kingdom.
In a series of trials, 24 bonobos
were shown animated videos of a
cartoon character struggling to
climb a hill. Another cartoon character arrives, which is either helpful
and pushes him to the top, or is un-
helpful and shoves him back down.
The bonobos in the study at Lola
ya Bonobo Sanctuary in the Democratic Republic of Congo generally
preferred the unhelpful character
who hogged the spot over the one
who yielded. Scientists at Duke University concluded that this bias may
be what enables humans to work together in large numbers.
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UNITED STATES
Trump launches legal fight to stop
explosive book about presidency
By Emily Shugerman
IN NEW YORK
A lawyer for US President Donald
Trump is seeking to halt the
publication of an explosive
new book that claims to
have insider information
on the White House.
Charles J Harder instructed the book’s publisher to “immediately
cease and desist from any
further publication, release or
dissemination of the book”, in a letter seen by The Washington Post. Mr
Harder says he is pursuing possible
libel charges against the author.
Fire and Fury: Inside the Trump
White House, a purported tell-all
book about Mr Trump’s presidency
penned by journalist Michael Wolff,
set off a flurry of condemnation from
the White House after excerpts were
published on Wednesday.
Press secretary Sarah
Huckabee Sanders released
a statement claiming that
the book was “filled with
false and misleading accounts from individuals
who have no access or influence with the White House”.
Mr Harder has also sent a
cease and desist letter to former
White House chief strategist Steve
Bannon (inset), claiming he breached
a confidentiality agreement by making “disparaging statements” about
the President to Mr Wolff.
Fire and Fury frequently cites onthe-record comments by Mr Bannon, including one where he deemed
a Trump Tower meeting between
campaign officials and a Russian
lawyer “treasonous” and “unpatriotic”. The meeting is now of interest
to both Congressional investigators
and special counsel Robert Mueller,
who are probing possible Trump
campaign collusion with Russia.
Mr Trump responded with a
blistering statement, in which he
accused Mr Bannon of having gone
insane.“Steve Bannon has nothing
to do with me or my presidency,” he
said. “When he was fired, he not only
lost his job, he lost his mind.”
The cease and desist letter sent to
Mr Bannon accuses him of breaking
his employment agreement with the
Trump Organisational and defaming the President, according to the
Post. The letter orders him to stop
communicating confidential or disparaging information, and to preserve all records in preparation for
“imminent” legal action.
The book’s publishers did not immediately respond to a request for
comment. THE INDEPENDENT
President Trump
responded to Mr Bannon
by saying he pretended to have
influence “to fool a few people
with no access and no clue, whom
he helped write phony books”.
Wolff in the White House The author behind the exposé
Fire and Fury: Inside the Trump White
House, the new book by journalist
and “provocateur” Michael Wolff, is
due to be published on Tuesday.
The 64 year-old National Magazine Award-winner began his career
at The New York Times and is now a
regular columnist for Vanity Fair and
USA Today.
He has written several books on
the news media, including The Man
Who Owns the News: Inside the Secret
World of Rupert Murdoch, based on 50
hours of conversation with the news
mogul. Its reception was
mixed, being described
as“meandering” and
“inconsistent”. Fire and
Fury is similar in concept.
Wolff (inset) has no
shortage of critics who have
started picking apart sections
of his book already released,
with many doubting
its credibility.
Some of those interviewed have denied making
the statements in the book.
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Blair dismisses author’s
British intelligence claims
By Richard Vaughan
‘Fire and Fury’
claims that First
Daughter Ivanka
has her eye on the
top job REUTERS
Tony Blair has rubbished claims
that he warned Donald Trump’s
aides that British intelligence spied
on the US President during the election campaign as a “complete fabrication from beginning to end”.
The claims emerged in an explosive new book on the Trump administration, in which author Michael
Wolff writes that Mr Blair shared a
“juicy rumour” with Jared Kushner,
Mr Trump’s son-in-law and adviser.
According to the book, called Fire
and Fury: Inside the Trump White
House, the former prime minister
told Mr Kushner “that the British had had the Trump campaign
staff under surveillance, monitoring its telephone calls and other
communications and possibly even
Trump himself”.
A month later, the then White
House press secretary Sean Spicer
claimed GCHQ was spying on the
President’s New York residence
Trump Tower, causing relations between the US and UK to plummet.
The book is based on more than
200 interviews with Mr Trump’s
In a May 2016 interview
on Good Morning Britain,
Donald Trump blasted Tony
Blair’s decision to intervene in
Iraq as a “disaster”. He predicted
the Chilcot Inquiry would show
Blair did a “terrible job”.
Tony Blair said yesterday he had not
sought an official Middle East job AFP
inner circle and with the President
himself. It also claims that Mr Blair
was looking for a role as an adviser
to Mr Trump on the Middle East.
But the former Labour leader dismissed the claims out of hand. “This
story, as we pointed out, is a complete fabrication from beginning to
end,” he told BBC Radio 4. “I have
never had such conversations in the
White House, outside of the White
House, with Jared Kushner, with
anyone else.”
Asked if he had met Mr Kushner,
Mr Blair replied he had but rubbished the claims: “Of course I have
met him, we discussed the Middle
East peace process. And that, by the
way, story is also untrue. I wasn’t angling for some job.
“I’m still very active in the Middle
East peace process but I have no desire to have an official role. I never
sought one, was never offered one,
don’t want one.”
And he added: “It’s a reflection to
me of the crazy state of modern politics. Here’s a story that is literally an
invention and is now halfway around
the world, with conspiracy theories
attached to it. But anyway, there you
go - that’s modern politics.”
TRUMP’S WHITE HOUSE
What’s in the book? Phone sex, Ivanka and burgers in bed
By David Gardner
Here are some of the most sensational claims in Fire And Fury: Inside
The Trump White House, by Michael
Wolff, which is out on Tuesday.
PHONE SEX
Wolff claims Trump played a trick on
his friends when he wanted to pursue their wives.
“Trump liked to say that one of
the things that made life worth living
was getting your friends’ wives into
bed. In pursuing a friend’s wife, he
would try to persuade the wife that
her husband was perhaps not what
she thought.
“Then he’d have his secretary ask
the friend into his office; once the
friend arrived, Trump would engage in what was, for him, more or
less constant sexual banter. ‘Do you
still like having sex with your wife?
How often? You must have had a
better f**k than your wife? Tell me
about it. I have girls coming in from
Los Angeles at three o’clock. We can
go upstairs and have a great time. I
promise...’
“All the while, Trump would have
his friend’s wife on the speakerphone, listening in,” Wolff writes.
IVANKA FOR PRESIDENT
Trump’s daughter Ivanka
moved into the White
House as an unpaid adviser, together with her
husband, Jared Kushner,
but she has her eye on the
top job, claims the book.
“The [couple] had made an
earnest deal: If sometime in the future the opportunity arose, she’d
be the one to run for president,”
Wolff claims.
“The first woman president, Ivan-
ka entertained, would not be Hillary
Clinton; it would be Ivanka Trump.”
POTTY MOUTH
The US president is said to have
lashed out at his female acting Attorney General after she refused to
back his controversial travel ban on
seven majority-Muslim countries.
“Trump conceived an early,
obsessive antipathy for
Deputy Attorney General
Sally Yates (inset). She
was, he steamed, such a
c**t,” the book claims.
SHIRTS AND SHEETS
Trump is alleged to have told
his cleaning staff tidying his
bedroom: “If my shirt is on the floor,
it’s because I want it on the floor.” He
would even strip his own bed and let
housekeeping know when he wanted his sheets washed, Wolff says.
COURTS
IN WASHINGTON DC
President Donald Trump’s former
campaign chairman is suing special counsel Robert Mueller (inset)
and the Justice Department, saying
prosecutors had overstepped their
bounds by charging him for conduct
that he says is unrelated to Russian
HE NEVER EXPECTED TO WIN
The book claims that Trump believed the presidential run would
be a great boon to his brand – but he
never expected to win. “Don Jr told
a friend that his father, or DJT, as he
calls him, looked as if he had seen a
ghost. Melania was in tears – and not
of joy,” says the book.
“Once he lost, Trump would be
both insanely famous and a martyr
to Crooked Hillary. Ivanka and sonin-law Jared would be international
celebrities. Steve Bannon would
become the de facto head of the Tea
Party movement,” Wolff claims.
dream, the day Trump officially became America’s 45th President.
But Wolff claims the moody billionaire wasn’t happy. “Trump did
not enjoy his own inauguration. He
was angry that A-level stars had
snubbed the event, disgruntled with
the accommodations at Blair House,
and visibly fighting with his wife,
who seemed on the verge of tears,”
Wolff writes.
FAST FOOD
HIS BIG DAY WAS A BUST
Trump supposedly found the White
House a little “scary,” says the book,
and took refuge eating McDonald’s
cheeseburgers in his bedroom. “If
he was not having his 6.30pm dinner
with Steve Bannon, then, more to his
liking, he was in bed by that time with
a cheeseburger, watching his three
screens and making phone calls to a
small group of friends,” writes Wolff.
It was the culmination of his wildest
EVENING STANDARD
UNITED STATES
Former aide takes legal
action over Russia claims
By Eric Tucker and Chad Day
Trump also told staff not to touch
anything – especially not his toothbrush, as he is allegedly notoriously
afraid of being poisoned.
interference in the 2016 presidential election.
The lawsuit by Paul
Manafort is the most direct challenge to date to Mr
Mueller’s legal authority
and the scope of his mandate
in his role as special counsel.
It comes amid Republican allegations of partisan bias among
members of Mr Mueller’s team,
which for months has been investigating whether the Trump campaign coordinated with Russia to
influence the outcome of the
US election.
The lawsuit also takes
aim at the Deputy Attorney General, Rod Rosenstein, who is overseeing
Mr Mueller’s investigation
and who recently said he
was satisfied that the former
FBI director was staying within
the scope of his authority. AP
Republican wins by chance
By Alan Suderman
IN RICHMOND
A Republican has won a House of
Delegates race in Virginia state that
was so close its outcome was determined by pulling the candidate’s
name out of a bowl.
The win allows the Republicans
to maintain a slim majority in the
House, though a final tally is still uncertain because the Democrat in the
race could ask for another recount.
The outcome of another close legislative race is also in doubt because it
is locked in a court battle.
David Yancey’s name came first
out of a ceramic bowl. The race between incumbent Mr Yancey and
Democratic challenger Shelly Simonds has bounced back and forth
since November, when Democrats
wiped out the Republicans’ 66-34
advantage in the House. AP
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ENVIRONMENT
Irn-Bru fans in a panic as 117-year-old
recipe is changed to beat sugar tax
No marine
life in ocean
‘dead zones’
as big as EU
By Chris Green
SCOTLAND EDITOR
Fans of Irn-Bru have started stockpiling the drink after its makers confirmed the recipe is to be changed for
the first time in 117 years.
Makers AG Barr said the sugar
content of Irn-Bru, Scotland’s most
popular soft drink, would be cut by 50
per cent “later this month”, prompting fears among consumers that the
distinctive taste will be lost.
Plans to drastically cut the sugar
content of Irn-Bru were announced
in October, allowing it to avoid the UK
Government’s new sugar tax which is
due to come into force in April.
Instead of using high amounts of
sugar, the drink will shortly be blended with a mix of low-calorie sweeteners including aspartame, already
used in thousands of other products.
The move means Irn-Bru’s sugar
content will fall from 10.3g per 100ml
to 4.7g, pushing it under the 5g level at
which the new sugar tax takes effect.
Despite the change, there will still
be four teaspoons of sugar in a regular 330ml can of the drink, although
this is less than half the 8.5 teaspoons
found in the old version.
An AG Barr spokesman said:
“From January 2018 Irn-Bru will
continue to be made using the same
secret Irn-Bru flavour essence, but
with less sugar.
“We know that our loyal drinkers
love Irn-Bru for its unique great taste
and we’ve worked hard to deliver this.
By Tom Bawden
Chief executive Roger White
at the Irn-Bru factory in
Cumbernauld. The makers
say consumers will not be
able to taste the difference
with the new recipe PA
We ran lots of taste tests that showed
most people can’t tell the difference.”
The decision to change the recipe
has proved controversial, with more
than 8,000 people signing an online
petition, “Hands Off Our Irn-Bru”.
Stephen McLeod Blythe, who runs
the Save Real Irn-Bru campaign, said
he thought AG Barr would eventually
ENVIRONMENT CORRESPONDENT
be forced to revive the original formula: “People are stockpiling.”
John Davidson, who said that he
had amassed three dozen bottles,
added: “We shouldn’t have to be
stocking up. It’s ridiculous! Barr’s
could have easily passed on the ‘sugar
tax’ to consumers rather than adding
that vile sweetener to it.”
Irn-Bru, launched in 1901,
has long been Scotland’s
most popular soft drink,
outselling global brands including
Coca-Cola. It is sometimes
described as “Scotland’s other
national drink” after whisky.
Oxygen-free “dead zones” that
when combined are as big as the
European Union have developed
in the world’s oceans in the past 50
years – making it virtually impossible to support marine life.
The 4.5 million sq km of oxygendepleted water represent 2 per
cent of global oceans, and are the
result of climate change warming
the sea as well as pollution from
fertilisers and other chemicals, a
new study has found.
“Oxygen is fundamental to life
in the oceans, and this decline
ranks among the most serious
effects of human activities on the
Earth’s environment,” said Denise Breitburg, of the University of
California, San Diego.
About half the oxygen on Earth
comes from the ocean, so declining levels in the sea can also affectlife on land.
Ocean dead zones are not new
but their area is increasing significantly. The EU-sized areas of
oxygen-free ocean represent a
fourfold increase in five decades.
The volume of oxygen-free
water in coastal waters is rising
even faster, and is now 10 times as
big as it was in 1950.
The study was published in the
journal Science.
INDUSTRY
Mustard maker leaves Norwich home after 160 years
By Alan Jones
A historic factory making Colman’s
mustard is to close with the loss of
jobs, dealing a “devastating” blow to
the workforce.
Unilever, the owner of Colman’s,
said its site in Norwich, where the
condiment has been produced for 160
years, will close by the end of 2019.
However, the consumer goods company said it will “protect the historic
link between the city and Colman’s”
by retaining production and packing
of mustard powder and undertaking
other key processes in a new facility
in the area.
Manufacturing of other products
will move to other sites
in the UK, mainly Burton upon Trent, while
other work will switch
to Germany.
The
decision
will affect 113 jobs,
although 40 will transfer
to Burton and around 25
roles will be created in the
new facility near Norwich.
Unilever said in a statement that a recent decision by Britvic to close
its factory on its shared
site in Norwich had “serious implications” for
the company.
A beach blanketed with dead fish in
Temuco, Chile FELIX MARQUEZ
COURTS
Thief who claimed Taser
left him suicidal loses case
By Flora Thompson
A shoplifter who sued police after
being tasered, claiming it left him
feeling suicidal, has lost his case.
Paul McClelland was hit with the
stun gun by a Sussex Police officer
after being arrested in a Brighton
car park in July 2013.
The 42-year-old sought damages against Chief Constable Giles
York after claiming that officers
used excessive force when he had
been surrendering.
But the force rejected his claim,
Police footage from 2013 showed
Paul McClelland being tasered PA
saying he was a danger to officers and the public. An internal
investigation found no evidence
of misconduct.
High Court Judge Jonathan Simpkiss dismissed the case at Brighton
County Court yesterday.
He said McClelland clearly had
“considerable antipathy” towards
the police and was “squaring up for
a fight”.
Sussex Police welcomed the
ruling but McClelland’s solicitor,
Sophie Khan, branded it “perverse”
and “bizarre”.
Deputy Chief Constable Bernie
O’Reilly described the scrutiny of
his officers in the case as “rigorous”
and said that Tasers were a “critical” piece of equipment to keep the
public safe.
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Child
‘had a
virus’
DNA analysis
of this 16th
century
mummy of a
child showed
they had
suffered
from the
hepatitis B
virus, scientists claimed
yesterday.
It has long
been believed
that the child,
who has been
buried in the
Basilica of Saint
Domenico
Maggiore in
Naples, Italy,
had been
infected with
smallpox.
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POLICE
‘Rights breached’
of women having
periods in cells
By Hayden Smith
Urgent action is needed to address
poor practice in the treatment of
women and girls having their periods
in police custody, the Government
has been told.
A watchdog has suggested that
conditions for detainees who are
menstruating may breach humanrights laws. The group is calling
on Home Secretary Amber
Rudd (inset) to launch
a review.
The Independent Custody Visiting Association
(ICVA) said it observed
one woman in a police cell
dressed in a paper suit.
A request for her to be
given underwear so she could
have some sanitary protection was
refused, according to the ICVA.
Katie Kempen, its chief executive,
told i that Independent Custody Visitors were “worried and distressed”
by the woman’s situation and immediately raised the issue.
She said: “These paper suits are
loose, which means a sanitary towel
is useless and, as we understand,
a tampon was considered a security risk by the officers on shift. The
woman was left bleeding in a paper
suit – a distressing situation for the
visitors, and all the more so for the
vulnerable woman involved.”
The watchdog said that inspection
reports suggested this was not an
isolated incident, and that there was
poor practice in forces across England and Wales.
The assessment said few forces
appear to consistently apply guidance that requires women detainees
be offered a hygiene pack without
asking; little privacy is offered for the
changing of sanitary protection, and
hygienic facilities for washing are not
always made available.
Inspection reports also
suggest women are stripsearched and have their
clothing removed by officers who are provided with
no statutory guidance on
how to treat women experiencing their period, according to the ICVA.
The organisation cited a
legal opinion which it said concludes that a failure to ensure access to adequate sanitary protection
in police stations is likely to breach
human-rights standards.
It is calling for swift action to
protect the dignity of women and
girls affected.
The ICVA is funded by the
Home Office.
The UN has special rules
on the treatment of
women prisoners, known as the
Bangkok rules. They recognise
that prison is usually an
ineffective – or even damaging –
solution to offending by women.
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Help make the case
for help in schools
in Northern Ireland
By Richard Vaughan
EDUCATION CORRESPONDENT
What donations can do
i’s Christmas Appeal set out to
raise £100,000 for Magic Breakfast,
a charity that provides healthy
breakfasts to about 470 schools in
disadvantaged areas.
Thanks to the incredible generosity
of i readers, we’ve already hit our
target - but that doesn’t mean that
the giving stops. The campaign will
close tomorrow, but Magic Breakfast
will still be accepting donations.
And we will be providing updates on
their work and how your money is
being spent.
Magic Breakfast already operates
in England and Scotland, and is
working to establish how many
children and schools need its help in
Wales and Northern Ireland. In the
long term, it intends to meet the need
to provide breakfast at school for
children across the UK.
Each breakfast costs just 22p per
child. For just £1, you would give
a child a healthy breakfast for four
days. For £5, you would provide
22 breakfasts, equal to a month’s
worth. For £25, you would provide
more than 100 breakfasts. For £50,
you would provide more than 220
breakfasts, more than a year’s worth.
2017 Christmas Appeal
make two months’ worth of educational progress more than schools
that did not provide a breakfast.
The research stated that teachers also saw better behaviour and
concentration in their classrooms.
“These improvements mean that
breakfast club provision can have
benefits even for children who do not
attend by improving their classroom
learning environment,” it stated.
Magic Breakfast already operates
in England and Scotland and is working to establish how many children
and schools need its help in Wales
and Northern Ireland. Long-term,
it intends to meet the need to provide breakfast at school for children
across the UK.
The charity is now calling on those
living in Northern Ireland to identify where breakfast clubs are most
needed. Alex Cunningham, Magic
Breakfast’s general manager, said:
“As a charity we fundraise to reach as
many children as possible and have
the greatest impact.
“While we are not currently operating in Northern Ireland, if we can
demonstrate the scale of morning
hunger there, we can look at how
the charity can expand support to
address this. We invite schools and i
readers to help us build this case for
support if they have seen hunger in
the mornings first hand.”
A report by the Royal College of
Paediatrics and Child Health last
summer revealed one in four children
in Northern Ireland lived in poverty.
As well as hunger, the region is significantly affected by child obesity,
with 28 per cent of children suffering
from being overweight. Dr Karl McKeever, RCPCH officer for Ireland,
said: “We can’t afford to ignore the
fact that child health is not as good as
it should be in Northern Ireland.”
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Loves tomatoes on toast
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has backed i’s Christmas Appeal.
He recommends scrambled eggs
for breakfast.
What is your most memorable breakfast? What made it memorable?
I stayed at a small guest house in the
mountains in Japan. There were small
pickled and fermented fish, freshly
steamed eggs and tofu, vegetables, small
broths – it was incredible.
Do you usually eat breakfast? What do
you have?
We have breakfast at the restaurant
cooked by a different member of the
team every day.
What did you have for breakfast as
a child?
Marmite on toast would definitely have
been one of the things I ate most as a
child, and my mum also used to cook
roast tomatoes on buttered toast for me,
which is still one of my favourite things
and something I serve at the restaurant
in the summer.
What would you recommend for a quick,
healthy breakfast?
I love scrambled eggs on some good
sourdough. I’m not sure if the amount of
butter I add in counts as healthy, though!
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COMMENT FROM HOME & ABROAD
TRUMP’S
TWEETSTORM
NHS CRISIS
WORSENS
FAT CAT
THURSDAY
TOBY YOUNG
AND THE OFS
PROTESTS IN
IRAN
MAFIA ON
TELLY
US President
is losing his
grip
Fundamental
changes
needed
This ghastly
inequality
must end
Journalist’s
position
questioned
The West’s
moral
abdication
BBC show has
critics
gripped
New YorkTimes
Daily Express
Daily Mail
The Guardian
Daily Telegraph
The Spectator
If this were almost
any other person, we
could simply ignore
him and starve the
beast of oxygen. But
we can’t. This person
is the president of the
most powerful nation
on earth.
Trump has America
in a vice grip. We want
to ignore the absurdity
of his every utterance, but to do so is a
civic abdication.
(Charles M. Blow)
By far the greatest
failing is the structure
of the NHS itself. It was
built for an entirely
different era, when life
expectancy was lower.
The NHS has been in
crisis ever since.
The sentimentality
over the outdated
NHS is undermining
healthcare. What
we need is more
pragmatism.
(Leo McKinstry)
January 4 is the day
the typical FTSE chief
executive will already
have pocketed more
pay in 2018 than an
average employee will
earn in the entire year.
This lack of restraint
divides society, and
brings capitalism into
disrepute. (Editorial)
Young’s personal
toxicity may do for
him in the end, but it
should also sink the
OfS – a vanity project
engineered to grab
easy headlines. Young
has punctured what
little authority the
OfS had outside of
academia.
(Dawn Foster)
Why isn’t there
universal support
from all shades of
political opinion
for the anti-regime
protesters in Iran?
Have we forgotten the
difference between
right and wrong?
(Allister Heath)
I only wish that the
BBC could make
dramas like it every
month. But even if it
had the budgets, it lacks
the courage and the
mindset. The BBC’s
instincts tend less
towards artistic quality
these days than they
do towards virtuesignalling and social
engineering.
(James Delingpole)
TheScotsman
CNN
Donald Trump has
fallen through the floor
of comedy and into the
basement of tragedy.
A president who can’t
be trusted to keep
silent to avoid stoking
a war is not funny. He
is frightening.
(Michael D’Antonio)
If the necessary funds
cannot be raised
from extra taxation,
spending cuts in other
areas may be another
bullet we must bite.
Whatever the remedy,
it is clear our health
service is ailing and
needs help.
(Editorial)
Quote of
the day
Daily Mirror
We need to
redistribute earnings
more evenly to boost
those in the middle and
the bottom – using the
excesses from the top.
Answers include
a real living wage,
not a breadline legal
minimum. Social
justice for all would
build a fairer Britain,
and we will fight to
make Fatcat Thursday
history. (Editorial)
The Sun
What should bother
us all is the Left’s
hysterical campaign to
prevent a Tory being
in the OfS. Toby Young
founded a school,
runs an education
charity and works to
help working-class
kids. But the Left are
so used to dominating
every public body they
have had a hissy-fit.
(Editorial)
The Times
When the election
comes, I will be
thinking about where
Jeremy Corbyn was
in February 2014. He
was celebrating the
anniversary of the
Islamic revolution
in Iran, the moment
when Iranian women
were robbed of rights –
when they were forced
to shroud. What’s a
piece of cloth amid a
revolution?
(Janice Turner)
Jewish Chronicle
I don’t suppose for a
minute that McMafia
will be a black-andwhite story. But we
might want to accept
that, for the purposes
of dramatic licence,
making some of the
characters Jewish gives
an uncaring audience
something familiar to
grasp. (Jenni Frazer)
LifeInBrief
GAVIN STAMP ARCHITECTURAL HISTORIAN
I can think
of very few
interviews
that are
absolutely
designed
to increase
cynicism
about politics
Lord Lamont
The former
Tory chancellor
condemns Tony
Blair’s comments
on Brexit
The architectural historian Gavin
Stamp, who has died aged 69, was a
writer for Private Eye, a conservationist,
photographer, and television presenter
of unrelenting charm.
Gavin Stamp was born in March
1948 in Bromley. Having passed the
eleven-plus and the Dulwich College
entry examination, he was accepted to
the public school as part of the “Dulwich
Experiment”, with help from a Kent
County Council grant. After Dulwich,
he took a degree in Architecture at
Gonville and Caius College, Cambridge,
where he graduated in 1978 with a PhD,
having been tutored by the visionary Dr
David Watkin. Labelled a “Young Fogey”,
he was always smartly attired, wearing
suits and watch-chains with polished
leather shoes.
Leaving Cambridge, he moved to
London and soon started work at the
Architectural Press in Queen Anne’s
Gate, near St James’s Park. It was there,
in the basement pub The Bride of
Denmark, in which he met his hero, the
poet Sir John Betjeman, and the pair
became fast friends.
It was Sir John who had started
the “Nooks and Corners” column in
Private Eye, which was focused on the
vandalism of those who it deemed to
be intent on wrecking England. When
Sir John retired from Private Eye, it was
recommended that Stamp should take
over, and he wrote for the magazine for
the rest of his life.
In 1982, he married Alexandra Artley,
a secretary at the Architectural Press,
who went on to become a columnist
in the glossy magazine industry. With
Artley, Stamp had two daughters,
Agnes , also a journalist, and Cecilia, a
jewellery designer.
While neither Stamp nor his wife
earned enough to ever allow them a
mortgage, they were able, with a small
loan from a local bank, to purchase
a house near King’s Cross Station in
London. This, 1, St Chad Street, with
its old-fashioned gas fire, became a
popular haunt for their friends, and a
lively entertaining venue.
In the end, the couple sold the house,
when Stamp was asked to become
Professor of Architectural Hisotry
at the Mackintosh School of Art in
Glasgow. In Glasgow, they bought a
house built by the neoclassical architect
Greek Thomson, starting a society in
his name, to go along with their other
societal memberships – of the Victorian
Society, and the Twentieth Century
Society, which Stamp had orignially
co-founded as the 1930s Society.
Stamp wrote many books, giving
him credence to join the ranks of
those learned architectural academics
including Dan Cruickshank, Lucy
Lambton and of course the Betjemans,
all of whom fought under a common
idea, to save the ruination of the United
Kingdom from deficient planners and
ill-advised architecture.
In 2014, Stamp remarried, to
Rosemary Hill, the biographer of AW
Pugin, the Gothic revival architect.
In 2017, Stamp was diagnosed with
prostrate cancer, and died after a
course of chemotherapy.
Born 15 March 1948
Died 30 December 2017
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EdPetrie
Kids’ TV is not child’s play
If YouTube has to vet every video to protect children, so be it
H
aving worked as
a children’s TV
presenter for over 12
years, I have never
really considered
myself to have a
“proper job”. I view my field of
expertise as the best way to put a
custard pie in someone’s face, fall
over in a funny way, or try to slip the
odd educational fact in when no one
is looking.
But as I watched another
YouTube vlogger scandal blow up
the other day, it got me thinking that
maybe there is more to what we do
in kids’ TV than just trying to give
children some laughs and (heavily
disguised) lessons.
The subject of the most recent
internet shaming ritual is Logan
Paul. In case you don’t know, he’s a
YouTuber whose target audience is
a similar age to mine – roughly 8-14
years old. His current infamy is the
result of a recent post in which he
visited a famous Japanese suicide
spot and videoed himself and his
friends gawping at the body of a
dead man. Unfortunately, this video
was only removed after six million
of his – predominately young – fans
had seen it.
It was clearly a spectacularly
insensitive thing to do (and he has
since apologised… twice, because
his first apology didn’t quite cut the
mustard.) But scenarios like this
will happen again. And again.
These vloggers are working at an
unprecedented pace – very often
writing, filming, presenting and
editing all their own content, and
feeling under constant pressure to
update their millions of fans with
fresh material, 24/7. Inevitably,
it pushes them towards a state
where they become very inwardlooking and, given the lack of time,
increasingly likely to make bad
judgements. Or, in this case, very
bad judgements.
This is why, having worked in
“traditional” children’s television, I
regard myself as being particularly
lucky – despite the fact that
traditional broadcasters are making
fewer and fewer programmes.
When I got my first job in kids’
TV, at Nickelodeon in 2004, the
genre was thriving and I had teams
of execs, producers and experts to
help me take the first steps in my
career. When I moved to CBBC,
this development continued,
with intensive training, advice
and support on how to hone my
skills and interact with our young
audience, something that was
particularly critical at a time
In many
households,
YouTube is the
first place kids go
to find content
they enjoy
when social media was becoming
important to our audience.
However, these parameters
began to look increasingly outdated
as YouTube stars started to emerge,
amassing millions of followers
and broadcasting completely
unregulated content to anyone who
visited their channel.
But YouTubers were also
filling a gap produced by a lack of
investment in commercial children’s
television (following a tightening
of the rules on TV advertising to
younger audiences). Original and
properly regulated content, created
especially for young people, was
disappearing and YouTubers were
happy to cater to the demographic’s
ferocious appetite for new stuff.
Meanwhile, in the world of
public service kids’ TV, those of
us working tirelessly to create
entertaining and appropriate
programming for children found
the utterly unregulated nature
of YouTube a shocking prospect.
This was something further
exacerbated for me when I became
a father myself. Like most parents,
I have turned to YouTube to help
distract or entertain my child. But
I had to be vigilant in a way that
wasn’t necessary when I turned on
CBeebies or CBBC. The YouTube
content was always bookended
with adverts that weren’t age
appropriate, and even when using
the supposedly “child friendly”
YouTube Kids app, we had to hover
nearby in case YouTube’s algorithm
started “entertaining” our child
with a parody episode of Peppa Pig
chain-sawing her family to death.
While Logan Paul is being torn
to bits and shamed on Twitter, the
platform on which he posts his
material appears to be quietly going
about its business. Because it’s just
a “platform”, not a publisher, nor a
broadcaster… apparently.
But YouTube has studios. It also
produces adverts with its most
successful vloggers, promoting
their content and their brand on
its “platform”. I don’t see much
French YouTubers Marc Jarousseau,
aka Kemar, and Nathalie Odzierejko,
aka Natoo; 22-year-old Logan Paul
visits a known suicide spot in Japan
(below) in his infamous YouTube
video AFP/GETTY
difference between YouTube and
our traditional broadcasters.
YouTube is using freelance
presenters to create content for
them. Linear broadcasters use
freelancers – I am a freelancer.
There are, of course, contractual
differences in the way we are
employed, but the end result is
the same.
At the very least, YouTube needs
to be offering help and guidance
to the young people making the
most popular content for them.
Quite often, content creators
themselves are almost as young
as their followers. Both need to be
supported, educated and protected.
I don’t think it would cost too much
to fund half a day’s child protection
and compliance training for
content creators with more than a
million subscribers.
YouTube has to take child
protection as seriously as every
other global, multi-million dollar
organisation. And when it comes
to their “family friendly” YouTube
Kids app, I find the fact that they
don’t vet every video before it is
uploaded quite staggering. “You
can’t expect them to watch every
video,” I’ve heard a vocal minority
say. Well, yes you can. If it means
we end up with significantly less
content on YouTube, so what? If
they are worried about making
less in advertising revenue, they
can subsidise it with profits from
Google’s other money-making
exercises, or they can simply face up
to new realities, just as traditional
broadcasters had to.
Ultimately, YouTube has been a
phenomenal success in the field of
children’s entertainment. In many
households, it’s the first place kids
go to find content they enjoy. And
part of their success in achieving
that has been copying Facebook’s
old motto: “Move fast and break
things”. They’ve broken things.
Maybe now is the time to find ways
to put things back together.
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Birkbeck is a
top university
Further to your report
that some of the highest
paid university leaders
(i, 1 January) head
poorly performing
institutions, it is right
that universities
should be accountable,
but judgments of
performance should
be fair.
The story gives the
misleading impression
that Birkbeck, University
of London, performs
poorly. In reality, it is one
of the top 30 institutions
marked out by significant
success in both the official Government frameworks for measuring
performance in teaching
and research.
Birkbeck is unlike any
other UK university. Its
evening teaching, parttime courses and unique
widening access mission
make direct comparisons difficult. League
tables are geared to the
sector mainstream; our
students are 18 to 80,
many without traditional A-levels. Birkbeck
changes lives and creates
opportunities; others
do not.
University leaders’ pay
should be scrutinised,
but through real measures of performance not
one media ranking.
SIR HARVEY MCGRATH
CHAIR OF GOVERNORS,
BIRKBECK, UNIVERSITY
OF LONDON
Of darlings and
sweethearts
Most visitors to the
customer services desk
at a local supermarket
yesterday were being
addressed by the
(female) staff member
as “darling”. I was
delighted to be upgraded
to “sweetheart”.
MICHAEL WILLIAMS
DALSTON, CARLISLE
While Mike Walters is
right to observe that
terms “luv”, “pet” and
“dear” are traditional
terms of general friendly
Stamp of
approval
address, the context of
Emily Cole’s situation
was not friendly and I
don’t think “honey” is in
any way neutral, in fact it
strikes me as a bit creepy.
If Mr Walters (i, 4
January) was making a
complaint to a railway
official and they
addressed him as “sonny”
or “laddie”, how would he
take it?
MARY NELSON
LONDON
I doubt that Simon
Kelner and Mike Walters
(i, 4 January) use the
terms “darling”, “pet”,
“luv”, “dear” and “honey”
with male customers
or staff, so why do they
think it’s appropriate to
use them with women?
Indeed, why does
anyone think such
terms are appropriate
in any interaction with
a stranger?
PETER PATCHING
EVESHAM,
WORCESTERSHIRE
Here in the West
Country, the phrase, or
question, “Alright, my
lover” has been used for
generations regardless
of either person’s sex.
JONATHAN D R BROWN
FALMOUTH,
CORNWALL
More students,
more imbalance
As a non-university
resident of St Andrews,
I found Ross Brown’s
article (i, 3 January)
very accurate.
The view of many
town residents is that
they have little power to
influence the drive by the
university to grow and
achieve Russell Group
status so there is a view
that student numbers
will continue to rise. This
will inevitably create an
imbalance, as Mr Brown
describes, in the nature
of the local community.
I agree that Fife
Council has been poor
at managing the situation regarding HMOs
and appear to refuse to
listen to the concerns
Good to see minority
interest programmes
such as Game of Thrones
getting their own
postage stamps (i, 3
January). Can we look
forward to the same
recognition being given
to other programmes
with similar levels of
viewing, such as The One
Show or Countryfile?
JOHN OLD
‘Clean’ streets
of Windsor
Farmers may be in line to get subsidies for growing flowers AFP/GETTY
from the community.
There is serious concern
that the infrastructure
of this medieval town
will not cope with the
ongoing expansion.
PATRICK MARKS
ST ANDREWS, FIFE
Blair fancies job
at top EU table
Would it be cynical of
me to think that maybe
Mr Blair is opposing
Brexit because he rather
fancies a job at the top
of the unaccountable
bureaucracy which runs
the EU?
Perhaps if he had done
something about making
it more accountable and
less expensive to run
when he was in a position so to do, we would
not have voted to leave.
DENNIS DAVIS
BIDEFORD, DEVON
Food favourites
on the menu
I agree with Barbara
Speed (i, 4 January)
about Pizza Express.
We now live in North
Wales, having lived in
Manchester and London
for nearly 30 years. Every
time we visit a city, it is
our treat to eat at Pizza
Express, Wagamama
or Nando’s, and, like
Barbara, we know what
our favourites are.
With these establishments you know what
consultant say that
the Queen Elizabeth
hospital in Birmingham,
that has been a beacon of
light in the city and way
beyond, is struggling to
function, with no light
at the end of the tunnel.
And Jeremy Hunt takes
five seconds to say he’s
sorry.
DR GILL HAYES
BARNET GREEN,
BIRMINGHAM
you are going to get and
haven’t wasted your
money on an indifferent
unknown dish.
EDWINA STEPHEN
TREFANT,
DENBIGHSHIRE
Farming trees
and flowers
I like Mr Gove’s idea
to subsidise farmers
for planting trees and
primroses, but I’m a bit
worried about what
we’re going to eat.
COLIN FORD
RYDE, ISLE OF WIGHT
I suppose tens of
thousands of patients
across the UK are
saying to themselves: “I
feel a lot less pain and
disappointment now
that the Health Secretary
and the Prime Minister
have apologised for the
neglect of NHS.”
JIM LACEY
STOKESLEY,
NORTH YORKSHIRE
We need action,
not apologies
After nearly 50 years
of working in the
health service, it was
heartbreaking for me to
hear a senior hospital
i was wrong
Doctor not an MP
Yesterday we inadvertently described Dr Nick
Scriven, the president
of the Society for Acute
Medicine, as a Tory MP.
This was a production
error. Dr Scriven is not
a Tory MP. Dr Sarah
Wollaston, who in fact
called for an increase in
health spending, is, and
it is to her we intended
to refer.
‘It’s shaping up to be a hugely dramatic year.
Your grandkids are going to ask you about it’
All revved up
for signing off
I am mystified why
members of the clergy
need to state their
profession by prefacing
their identity with “Rev”
when writing to the
press. There are no other
examples I can think of
where this occurs.
JOHN P SHELDON
HOLBROOK,
DERBYSHIRE
Shining a light
for schoolboy
I’d happily buy a desk
lamp for Chinese
schoolboy Qu Sinian
(i, 4 January) if you
can arrange for him to
receive it.
PETER LILLEY
HARROGATE, NORTH
YORKSHIRE
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Would it not be a nice
gesture on the part of
Meghan Markle and
Prince Harry to sponsor
a hostel for homeless
people in Windsor? They
might then ride with a
clear conscience through
the “clean” streets of the
town in May.
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Robbie doesn’t
skate around
security needs
Oliver’s proud
of mum Rachel
Rachel Johnson’s son Oliver Dawnay
has explained that he received the
news that his mother would be
entering the Celebrity Big Brother
house this week with terror.
He adds, however, he doesn’t think
she’s been hired for her tendency
to row, explaining: “I don’t think my
mum will struggle with conflict.
She’ll struggle mostly with
boredom.” It’s just a few
weeks since Boris and
Rachel’s father Stanley
Johnson left the
Australian outback
where he was filming
I’m a Celebrity... Get Me
Out of Here! While the
Foreign Secretary has
been busy, the rest of his
family have been pimping
the family name out for mucky
reality TV cheques. However, Dawnay,
21, says his mother (inset) will do
him proud - something she surely
did when she barked at transgender
newsreader, India Willoughby, in last
night’s episode: “Can I see your tits?”.
Becoming an A-list actress comes
with perks and freebies, but fame
also comes with a price tag when
you end up having to pay for a
24-hour security team to follow
you around.
Margot Robbie has paid many
thousands of dollars for extra
security ever since she appeared
as Harley Quinn in Suicide Squad.
She told The Hollywood Reporter:
“There’s just all this stuff you learn
along the way, like, when you get
death threats, it’s [smart] to have
a security team do a background
check on whoever sent them to
see if there is any past history of
violence because you’ll need to
know whether you need security to
go to certain events.”
Robbie is appearing as
80s figure-skating champion
Tonya Harding in new film I, Tonya
– something she hopes
has given “humanity” to the
disgraced Harding.
Westminster is too
bitchy, says Creasy
Labour MP Stella Creasy has compared the way
women treat each other in Westminster to a
bitchy book from the film Mean Girls.
The “Burn Book” in the Lindsay Lohan film is
where spiteful gossip about other female pupils
is noted down, something Creasy recognises
from her job. “There’s definitely a ‘Burn Book’ in
politics – the way we talk about other women
is important,” Creasy explains in the new issue
of Vogue.
She also commented on the recent wave of
sexual harassment allegations. “Women should
be believed, because coming forward about
harassment is hard. I see the pressure to close
down the debates, to say systems are in place,
but if so, they’re not working.
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I’d like to be a non-drinker who drinks occasionally
KELNER’S VIEW
Simon
Kelner
T
he last time I gave up alcohol
for January, five years ago,
I kept going and didn’t have
another drink for 11 months.
I really felt the benefit, mentally
and physically, and believed that I
might not have another drink again.
However, not even its alliterative
attractions could persuade me that
Dry December was a good idea, and
my wagon came to juddering halt.
But Dry January? Makes
complete sense. It plays to the
climate of New Year resolution,
to our passion for renewal, and
our desire to counterbalance the
excesses of Christmas. More than
three million people are estimated to
be now in the throes of Dry January,
and all those who make it through
to Frigid February should feel very
pleased with themselves.
The health benefits of reducing
one’s alcohol intake are proven.
In 2013, an experiment overseen
by New Scientist concluded that
stopping drinking for a month
has a beneficial effect on liver fat
and cholesterol levels, and, not least,
helps people lose weight. If there
was a pill that could achieve
all this, it would be a
worldwide phenomenon.
Relying on one’s own
strength of character,
of course, is a different
matter, particularly
when there are so
many cultural forces,
not to mention peer
pressures, with which
to contend. Drinking is so
much more part of our daily
lives than it has been historically,
consumption has been steadily
rising, and, as a consequence, so
alcohol-related health problems
have increased. Since 2009, for
instance, there has been a 44 per
cent increase in the over-50s seeking
treatment for alcohol dependency.
Clearly, it’s not just about Dry
January, however much of a shortterm boost that gives our minds
and bodies. One of the purposes
of this initiative is to try and effect
a fundamental change in our
relationship with alcohol, something
that will bring significant benefits to
society in the long term.
There is no evidence that Dry
January inspires real change in
consumption levels, but it puts the
issue on the agenda.
Liver disease can develop over
decades, so a relatively short period
of non-indulgence is unlikely to
counter long-standing degradation.
A more sensible, sustainable
drinking regime would do that.
A friend of mine has one day off a
week, one week off a month,
and one month off a year.
A former colleague
only drank alcohol on
the final two weeks of
every month. Ideally,
I’d like to become
a non-drinker who
drinks occasionally.
My desire to be more
healthy is countermanded
by the unbearable thought
that I may live out the rest of my
years without tasting the bottle of
Pétrus I was given for Christmas.
But what this all tells us is that
many of us are concerned about our
drinking, and are looking for help.
There is no short cut, however, no
magic potion. It requires a large
measure of willpower, mixed with a
sense of purpose. If alcohol had only
just been invented, it would almost
certainly be a banned substance,
given the damage it inflicts on
health, relationships and society.
For the newly-minted refuseniks,
it’s worth bearing this in mind as a
motivation. And also to remember:
moderation, or even abstinence, isn’t
just for January, you know.
CULTURE
has captured imaginations for
generations. Part of the allure lay in
that deft inter-relationship of word
and image, collaboratively capturing
Pooh’s wise musings, Piglet’s
quiet trepidation and Tigger’s
thoughtless optimism.
With their human themes of
mishap and misunderstanding,
friendship and falling out,
adventure and problem-solving,
Milne’s creations have entered our
imagination. We all know an Eeyore
when we meet one.
As visitors step through the doors
into a lost, prelapsarian landscape of
loyal friendship and simple joys, you
can almost see the burdens of school
runs, feedback forms and mortgage
rates lift from their shoulders. As I
wander around the exhibition, it is
a pleasure to watch grandparents
nudging new generations into their
own childhood worlds of Piglet
and Pooh. For ardent fans, we have
early Shepard sketches and critical
analyses of Milne’s prose. But we
also have a slide, attracting both
young and old.
The V&A is learning that
against the dogma of daily life, the
familiarity and innocence of Winniethe-Pooh’s adventures is a perfect
antidote. Never so more than now,
we need to know that the Forest is
still there.
“Wherever they go, and whatever
happens to them on the way, in that
enchanted place on top of the forest,
a little boy and his Bear will always
be playing.” EVENING STANDARD
Tristram
Hunt
Bear of little
brain is a cure
for stress
“O
nce upon a time, a very
long time ago now, about
last Friday, Winnie-thePooh lived in a forest
all by himself under the name of
Sanders.” On this bleak January
day, let the V&A whisk you away to
the Hundred Acre Wood. For in the
halls of South Kensington, you will
find a Winnie-the-Pooh exhibition
that promises to raise a smile among
even the grouchiest of Eeyores.
And it is no surprise to find, in these
troubled times of Brexit, Trump
and terror, that the show has proved
an unexpected success. Since
we opened last month, we have
welcomed more than 23,000 visitors.
There is something curiously
magical and enduring about that
bear of very little brain, who first
went bump, bump, bump up the
stairs in 1926. The stories of AA
Milne and sketches of EH Shepard
conjured up a gentle world that
Tristram Hunt is director of the V&A
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PEOPLE
Blanchett takes centre stage
on Cannes Film Festival jury
By Alexander Britton
Cate Blanchett said the festival played ‘a pivotal role in bringing the world together to celebrate story’ AFP/GETTY
The Oscar-winning actress and
director Cate Blanchett will be
the president of the jury at this
year’s Cannes Film Festival, the
organisers announced yesterday.
The Australian star of The
Curious Case Of Benjamin Button
and Elizabeth said she was
“humbled” to be given the role
at the annual event, which takes
place in May.
She will be one of only four
women to hold the role since
2000, along with director Jane
Campion, the French film star
Isabelle Huppert and Norwegian
actress and director Liv Ullmann.
Blanchett said last night:
“I have been to Cannes in
many guises over the years:
as an actress, producer, in the
marketplace, the Gala-sphere and
in competition but never solely
for the sheer pleasure of watching
the cornucopia of films this great
festival harbours. This festival
plays a pivotal role in bringing the
world together to celebrate story:
that strange and vital endeavour
that all peoples share, understand
and crave.”
Blanchett follows Pedro
Almodovar, jury president of the
70th edition of the festival, whose
jury awarded the Palme d’Or to
The Square by Swedish director
Ruben Ostlund.
Pierre Lescure, the president of
the festival, and Thierry Fremaux,
its general delegate, said: “We
are delighted to welcome such
a rare and unique artist whose
talent and convictions enrich
both screen and stage. Our
conversations from this autumn
tell us she will be a committed
president, a passionate woman
and a big-hearted spectator.”
ARTS
As you like it: audiences to
vote on Bard’s Globe plays
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Pupils can discover Will power at Globe rehearsals
“Come, and take choice of all
my library, And so beguile thy
sorrow,” Shakespeare wrote. Now
audiences at Shakespeare’s Globe
theatre in London are to vote each
night to choose which of the Bard’s
plays its ensemble will perform.
The Globe’s new artistic director,
Michelle Terry, has announced that
audience members will be given a
choice of three plays: The Merchant
of Venice, The Taming of the Shrew or
Twelfth Night.
The Globe is still deciding the
mechanism for the audience vote,
which will take place shortly
before curtain-up.
“We’re talking about
putting hands up, or
throwing vegetables.
We’re asking if we
can tweet it,” said
the Olivier awardwinning actress (inset),
who takes over after the
controversial departure of
her predecessor, Emma Rice.
An ensemble of eight actors will
be prepared to perform whichever
Schoolchildren will be invited to
watch rehearsals at the Globe to
challenge perceptions picked up in
school that Shakespeare is “boring.”
Teachers are also invited to attend.
Ms Terry, who has unveiled her
first season as the theatre’s artistic
director, said the way the Bard is
taught in schools is a turn-off. She
added: “I loved Shakespeare from
the age of seven because no one
told me I shouldn’t.”
Patrick Spottiswoode, the Globe’s
education director, said: “The exam
system doesn’t allow the soul of
living action in Shakespeare to be
sufficiently explored in schools.”
The theatre will also run events
examining censorship and race in
relation to Shakespeare.
play wins. “They will be pooing
their pants,” Ms Terry suggested.
She said that putting the choice
of play in the hands of the
audience was a return
to the tradition of
Shakespeare’s day
and would help to
break down barriers
between performers
and paying customers.
Audiences will vote at
performances during the
Globe’s summer tour and at
its Sam Wanamaker Playhouse.
The Oscar-winner Sir Mark
Rylance returns to the Globe
during Ms Terry’s first season. Sir
Mark, who ran the Globe from 1996
to 2005, will play the villainous Iago
in a production of Othello.
Ms Terry will not employ the
amplified sound and hi-tech
lighting which resulted in Ms Rice’s
early departure. She said: “There
is something about what we can
do here at the Globe that we can’t
do anywhere else. Where we use
technology, it will be functional
rather than for effect.”
Ms Terry’s season will open
with Hamlet, in which she may take
the title role, in a double bill with As
You Like It.
HERITAGE
Plan to ‘clad’ historic prefab houses is scrapped
By Katie Grant
Plans to “clad” 20 pre-fabricated
wooden houses, built by German
prisoners just after the Second
World War, have been scrapped
following objections from a
conservation group.
In a letter to Stroud District
Council in Gloucestershire, the
20th Century Society described
the “well-preserved” houses as
“remarkable” and voiced concern
that the proposed work would have
a “substantial and harmful impact”.
The plan was to insulate about
15 properties in Dursley, WottonUnder-Edge and Painswick, known
as the “Swedish Homes”, with a
silicon render on the outside walls.
The council confirmed that the
plans had been withdrawn. It said:
“Some initial concerns were raised,
so we decided to withdraw the
applications, consult further with
the planning department, then
submit revised plans.”
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Lions prey on giraffes in nature reserves
By Claire Hayhurst
Researchers are calling for an
urgent review into how populations
of giraffes are managed in the wild
when living alongside lions.
The giraffe population has fallen
by 40 per cent in 30 years, with
lions the main predators pursuing
the world’s tallest mammals.
For the first time, academics at
Bristol University investigated the
impact of the presence of lions
on giraffe populations in the
wild. They found that the
number of calves is likely
to be 82 per cent lower
when lions are kept in
the same conservation
area as giraffes.
The research, published
in the journal PLOS One,
examined giraffe populations at
two adjacent sites in Kenya, one
with no lions and one with a high
density of lions. In areas with
no lions, juvenile giraffes
– those less than a year
old – made up 34 per cent
of the population, but
only 6 per cent in areas
with lions.
Z o e M u l l e r, a P h D
student at Bristol, warned
of an “unrecoverable situation” if
giraffe calves continued to decline.
Another View
Mary Dejevsky
Do the latest protests in
Iran really add up to a
consensus for change?
A
s Iranian city streets
filled with pro-regime
demonstrators, the head
of Iran’s Revolutionary
Guards declared the
“defeat of sedition” – by which he
meant the past week of protests.
But is what many saw as the most
serious threat to theocratic rule
since the ayatollahs came to power
really over, and was it that serious to
begin with?
The very use of the word
“sedition” certainly amounted to
an admission that the unrest had
passed beyond a revolt against
economic grievances, to acquire
more than a tinge of the “green”
protests that broke out after the
2009 presidential election. Is Iran,
with its overwhelmingly young
population, its frustrated youth,
and the double blight of Western
sanctions and low oil prices, simply
a decade or so behind the regional
curve? If so, will the anti-regime
protestors fade away, or will they
return – not this week or next,
perhaps, but in months or a year?
So much of history depends
on where you start from. Any
interpretation of the latest protests
in Iran is no different.
Upheaval in Iran
has far-reaching
implications for
the nuclear deal
For those who “came in”, as it
were, after 1979 when the Islamic
Revolution that swept Ayatollah
Khomeini to power, they can indeed
be seen as the first serious threat
to theocratic rule, both by virtue
of the political complexion they
assumed and the rapid geographical
spread. They were not just, as some
have argued, like a reprise of the
provincial food protests of early
1990s. There seems to be more to
them than this.
My perspective, however, is a
little different. I spent a summer
in Iran in the early 1970s, when the
Shah was still in power, American
backing for the regime was visible
and an Islamic uprising was (barely)
on the radar. Younger city women
worked and wore heels and lipstick
and regarded their chador-wearing
sisters in the religious cities and
the countryside as backward. The
assumed trajectory – assumed that
is by Iran’s urban middle class, by
foreign investors and by the UK
and Washington - was that Iran was
rapidly modernising and would take
its place as a leading, and reliably
pro-Western, regional power.
Within the decade, that prospect
was gone. It never occurred to
Life goes on: Iranians shop at Tehran’s
ancient Grand Bazaar yesterday AFP
me at the time that the process
of westernising – widely seen as
synonymous with modernisation
– would be eclipsed.
Nor, I would hazard, did many
appreciate how much that
modernisation had been fostered
from the outside, and how shallow
its roots were. The very idea that
a popular revolution could be
regressive was hard to grasp.
Among the lessons I took from
the overthrow of the Shah and the
victory of an almost mediaeval
theocracy was that attempts to
impose or accelerate modernisation
may be doomed to fail unless there is
sufficient support or understanding
for what is needed and the benefits
spread beyond a privileged caste.
This, for me, is the question
posed by the protests of the past
week. Do they reflect a sudden and
brief upsurge of exasperation that
can be quelled by a few judicious
price subsidies and the continued
loosening, within boundaries, of
theocratic rules? Or is there now
a consensus for change, that could
perhaps allow Iran to pick up where
it left off, though at a slower pace
and with fewer of the artificially
Westernising impositions?
Any new upheaval in Iran has
far-reaching implications in the
short term for the nuclear deal,
and in the longer term for regional
stability. At best, social ferment
could herald a new discussion – at
worst, it would descend into a
fight: about what sort of country
Iran wants to be, and how religion
and the state might reach a
new accommodation.
With so relatively few, either
in Iran or abroad, now having a
living memory of a very different
Iran, the risk is of a Western lunge
in pursuit of gain. Persians have
always prided themselves on their
long perspective. It is something
the often short-termist West could
usefully borrow.
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Three killed as storm wreaks more havoc
By Charlie Burgess
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BELGIUM
Border moves
after land swap
with Netherlands
By Jon Stone
The Netherlands and Belgium have
peacefully adjusted their national
borders by swapping a large tract of
land, in an effort to resolve a police
jurisdiction nightmare at the frontier.
The area affected, which is roughly
the size of 27 football pitches, lies to
the east of the Belgian city of Vise,
west of the Dutch village of Eijsden
and on the River Meuse.
Now the border is in the centre
of the River Meuse, with the
Netherlands having taken control of
just over 40 acres of new land and
Belgium adopting eight new acres.
The change was made after a
peninsula on the river gained a
reputation for lawlessness because
of the geographical difficulties of
policing it from the Belgian side,
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was found on the peninsula and Dutch
police were unable to investigate the
crime because it had taken place in
Belgium. Belgian officers, meanwhile,
had difficulty reaching the site and
had to approach it by boat.
The border between the two
countries once ran down the Meuse,
but the river’s course has shifted over
time, leaving land on either bank in
the neighbouring country.
While the Dutch will now have to
take on policing responsibilities for
the peninsula, in compensation they
will gain attractive countryside and
nature reserves.
“The agreement shows that
borders can also be exchanged
peacefully,” said the Belgian foreign
minister, Didier Reynders, when the
deal was struck two years ago.
The Dutch and Belgian border is
less rational in other areas, however.
The Belgian town of Baarle-Hertog,
to the north-east of Antwerp,
straddles the Dutch and Belgian
border and has a number of Dutch
enclaves within it, yet is itself entirely
surrounded by the Netherlands.
The double - enclave border
situation is so messy that some
businesses in Baarle-Hertog are split
down the middle, with the un-policed
border marked with tiles.
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Catalan separatist asks to be freed
By Inmaculada Sanz
and Angus Berwick
IN MADRID
A Cat a l a n s e p a rat i s t , O r i o l
Junqueras, appeared in court
yesterday to ask for his release after
more than two months in detention
for his role in the Spanish region’s
illegal push for independence.
State prosecutors asked the
Supreme Court to keepMr Junqueras
in Estremera prison outside Madrid,
which would prevent him from
swearing in at the opening session
of the new Catalan parliament on
17 January, court officials said.
A regional election on 21 December
gave separatists a slim majority in the
parliament in a blow to the Spanish
prime minister Mariano Rajoy, who
had hoped that it would quash the
Catalan separatist movement and
resolve the political crisis. REUTERS
Three people were confirmed dead
yesterday as Storm Eleanor swept
across Europe after blasting the
British Isles this week.
Tens of thousands of people
were affected by power cuts and
air travel was disrupted yesterday.
A couple drowned on Spain’s
northern Basque coast after they
were swept away by a huge wave,
and a skier was killed by a falling
tree in the French Alps. Many
European ski resorts, which are
busy because of the school holidays,
remained closed for a second day
because of the risk of avalanches.
About 20 skiiers in Austria had to
be rescued from a cable car.
In Switzerland, strong winds
blew a train carriage off its tracks,
injuring eight people. More than
14,000 homes in the country were
left without power and record wind
gusts of 121mph were recorded near
the city of Lucerne. High winds left
people stranded in a ski lift in St
Gallen, overturned a light aircraft
at Stans and snapped the 13m-high
Christmas tree in the capital, Bern.
Hundreds of flights were
cancelled at Amsterdam’s Schiphol
Airport and authorities closed
all five major sea barriers in the
Netherlands for the first time.
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Kremlin warns Trump to keep
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the US at the appropriate time!”
In response, the Russian deputy
foreign minister, Sergei Ryabkov,
said in an interview with the state
news agency Tass: “We warn the
US against attempts to interfere in
the internal affairs of the Islamic
Republic of Iran.”
He also said Washington was
now “tempted to use the moment to
raise new issues with regard to the
JCPOA”. The Joint Comprehensive
Plan of Action limits Iran’s nuclear
programme, including restricting
uranium enrichment for 10 years.
It was not clear yesterday if the
fall in the number of reports of new
protests in Iran meant they were
subsiding, or if the authorities’
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Russia warned the United States
yesterday not to interfere in Iran’s
“internal affairs”.
Donald Trump has pledged “great
support” for Iranian protesters, who
have staged rallies across Iran over
the past week against the country’s
clerical leadership.
At least 21 people have been killed
in the demonstrations, which are
the largest to strike Iran since its
disputed 2009 presidential election.
“Such respect for the people of
Iran as they try to take back their
corrupt government,” the US
President tweeted on Wednesday.
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were ready to intervene if needed
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In the clearest sign authorities
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Pop singer held
over ‘sexually
suggestive’
music video
By Roisin O’Connor
Many of the jewelled objects from the Al Thani Collection were displayed at the Metropolitan Museum of Art in New York in 2014 AFP/GETTY
Thieves steal Qatari royal jewels
‘worth millions’ from Venice show
By Nicole Winfield
IN ROME
Precious Indian jewellery belonging
to the Qatari royal family has been
stolen in a raid on an exhibition
in Venice.
Several items from the famed Al
Thani Collection were removed from
a case at the exhibition at the Doge’s
Palace on Wednesday morning.
Italian police said the thieves made off
with a brooch and a pair of earrings
by mixing in with the crowds on the
last day of the exhibition.
The stolen jewels were not the
main highlights of the collection,
which includes gems dating from
the time of the Mughal Empire. The
items taken are believed to be worth
several million pounds, although
they may be difficult to sell on the
black market because of their fame.
Police said the thieves delayed the
triggering of the alarm system at the
Doge’s Palace in Venice AP
Detectives said a security alarm
went off at about 10am at the palace
and officers immediately sealed
off the area. But the thieves had
already escaped from the museum
on the edge of St Mark’s Square,
which is one of the city’s top tourist
destinations and is known in Italy as
the Palazzo Ducale.
Vito Gagliardi, the city’s police
chief, told the ANSA news agency
that the thieves managed to delay
the triggering of the alarm system,
which allowed them to escape.
The Al Thani Collection is a
renowned collection of 270 pieces of
Indian and Indian-inspired jewellery
and precious stones, spanning 400
years from the Mughal period to the
present and assembled by Qatar’s
Sheikh Hamad bin Abdullah Al
Thani. Forbes magazine has said that
“there is no comparable collection
on the planet”.
The exhibition, Treasures of the
Mughals and the Maharajahs, was
due to close on Wednesday. Venice
was the latest stop for a travelling
exhibit which has previously visited
the Victoria and Albert Museum in
The Doge’s Palace, at the
end of St Mark’s Square,
was for centuries the seat of the
Venetian republic’s government,
until its 1,000 years of
independence was brought to an
end by Napoleon Bonaparte.
London, the Grand Palais in Paris,
New York’s Metropolitan Museum of
Modern Art and the Miho Museum
near Kyoto, Japan.
A spokesman for the collection,
John Maxse, said it was in contact
with Italian police and Venice’s
Foundation of Civic Museums,
which runs the palace. Mr Maxse
said the stolen brooch and earrings
were “contemporary pieces and
consequently of less historical value
than other items in the collection”. AP
A female pop singer has been
arrested in Egypt less than a month
after another female singer was
sentenced to two years in prison over
a controversial music video.
Leila Amer will be detained for four
days while authorities investigate
her video for the song “Boss Oumek”
(“Look At Your Mother”), which
allegedly includes “suggestive”
dancing and gestures.
The video shows a belly dancer
making enticing gestures at a man
watching at home on television. The
video also shows Ms Amer (inset)
caught between the man and an
older woman, who appears to be her
mother, as she struggles to prepare a
meal and do laundry.
The lawyer who filed a complaint,
Ahmed Mahran, told local media that
the video was a “great risk”
to Egypt and called it
a “moral disaster”,
pointing out that
the title rhymes
with a well-known,
sexually explicit
Arabic insult – kus
emek – meaning
“your mum’s pussy”.
“These works
represent an attack on
society and the destruction of
the state, it being an Islamic country,”
said Mr Mahran.
Hany Shaker, the president of
Egypt’s musicians’ union, announced
last week that Ms Amer had been
expelled from the organisation.
Ms Amer’s case comes less than a
month after another female singer
was sentenced to two years in prison
for making a raunchy video. Shyma,
real name Shaimaa Ahmed, was
shown dancing in her underwear and
pouring milk over a banana as she
performed her song “I Have Issues”.
She was arrested following
mass outrage sparked by a blogger,
Marwan Younis. It was reported last
week that her sentence had been cut
to one year following an appeal.
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Ex-sumo champion fined for assault
By Aron Heller
IN JERUSALEM
The Israeli military is reopening
an investigation into the death of a
paraplegic Palestinian man in the
Gaza Strip during a protest along
the border with Israel.
The military said it would examine
the circumstances of Ibrahim Abu
Thuraya’s death last month after
new information emerged. Medical
records in Gaza show that the double
amuptee, who used a wheelchair,
was killed by a bullet to the head.
The army closed its initial inquiry
after a day, saying live fire was used
against the main instigators of the
protest but was not directed at Mr
Thraya, and that it was impossible
to determine the cause of his death.
The case has become a rallying cry
among Palestinians since President
Donald Trump recognised
Jerusalem as Israel’s capital.
Mr Thraya, 29, was killed on 15
December in clashes on the Israeli
border. Palestinians say he was shot
deliberately by an Israeli sniper – a
claim that the military denies. AP
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A former sumo grand champion
was fined 500,000 yen (£3,280)
for hitting a junior wrestler on
the head with a karaoke remote
control, fracturing his skull.
Harumafuji Kohei, 33, retired
in November after injuring fellow
Mongolian Takanoiwa while
drinking at a bar – an incident that
has threatened to taint the image
of Japan’s national sport.
He admitted that he assaulted
Takanoiwa in the city of Tottori in
October, as he believed the junior
wrestler disrespected him when
he continued to check his phone
while he was giving him advice.
His two coaches were also
demoted for allegedly delaying the
reporting of the incident.
Kohei, fined by a court in
Tottori, said last month: “I have
a feeling of chagrin, to be honest,
but the responsibility is all mine”
He said his life would now be
“sharply different than what I
thought it would be”.
Sumo is rooted in Japan’s
cultural history. Athletes in
similar cases have retired,
believing they had disrespected
the sport.
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TURKEY
US conviction
of banker
condemned
By Tulay Karadeniz
IN ANKARA
Turkey has condemned
the conviction of a Turkish
banker in the United States,
for evading Iran sanctions, as
unprecedented meddling in its
internal affairs.
Macron vows to ban
fake news in elections
By Michel Rose and
Jean-Baptiste Vey
IN PARIS
AUSTRALIA
At least 30 killed Nine overdose
by ‘Russian jets’ on travel drug
At least 30 civilians were killed
yesterday when jets dropped
bombs on a residential area in
a besieged rebel enclave east of
Syria’s capital Damacus, a war
monitor said, identifying the
planes as Russian.
At least four bombs flattened
two buildings in the town of
Misraba, civil defence sources
said. Separately, Russia’s
defence ministry said two of its
soldiers were killed in a mortar
attack, allegedly carried out by
rebels, on the Hmeimim base
near the western port city of
Latakia on Sunday. AP
FRANCE
Nine backpackers were taken
to hospital after accidentally
overdosing on a drug they mistakenly
believed was cocaine.
The drug was identified by officials
in Perth, Western Australia, as
hyoscine, a common prescription
drug for travel sickness.
The group of seven men and two
women, all aged between 21 and 25,
reportedly included nationals of
France, Germany, Italy and Morocco.
They suffered seizures, paralysis,
overheating and hallucinations.
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President Recep Tayyip
Erdogan described the case
as a political attack before
Wednesday’s court decision
ended a trial that had strained
diplomatic relations between the
Nato allies.
The case has angered Mr
Erdogan and his ministers,
some of whom accuse US court
officials of ties to a cleric blamed
for the 2016 coup attempt.
Some of the testimony at the
trial implicated senior officials,
including Mr Erdogan. But
Ankara claimed the case was
based on fabricated evidence.
Emmanuel Macron has vowed to
overhaul French media laws this year
to fight the spread of “fake news” on
social media, which he said was a
threat to liberal democracies.
The President has claimed that
he and his team were victims of fake
news and a major data hack during
his election campaign last year.
Since coming to office last May,
he has particularly pointed the
finger at Russian media, accusing
the television channel RT of sowing
disinformation about him via its
website and social media during the
Havana
The Malecon, a historic
esplanade stretching along
Havana’s coast, comes alive at
sunset. The whole city comes
together to chat, drink and
listen to music, as Soviet-era
Ladas and Chevrolets rattle
past, ferrying tourists from
one side of the city to the other.
Along the boulevard,
constructed in the 1900s for
affluent middle-classes, a
same-sex couple steal a kiss.
A trans woman sits on the sea
wall, chatting to friends. One
man dances with another.
In a country which
incarcerated LGBT people for
most of Fidel Castro’s rule, the
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event of fake news appearing would
allow a judge to delete some content,
close a user’s account, or block access
to a website, he added.
Mr Macron, who has cut back on
the close relations his predecessor,
Francois Hollande, had with the
media, said officials must keep their
distance from the press, adding: “The
closeness which we had on occasions
got used to was, I think, neither good
for those in government nor for the
journalists.” REUTERS
North Koreans rally in
Pyongyang yesterday
in support of a New
Year’s Day address given
by Kim Jong-un. They
pledged allegiance to
their leader and vowed to
carry through the tasks
set out in his speech,
in which he called for
renewed efforts to
achieve maximum selfsufficiency and economic
development.
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NIGERIA
Abducted Chibok schoolgirl found after four years
A Nigerian schoolgirl seized in a mass
abduction by Boko Haram extremists
from a boarding school nearly four
years ago has been found, authorities
announced yesterday.
The kidnapping resulted in global
outrage and drew attention to the
thousands of Nigerians who have
been taken by Boko Haram during its
deadly insurgency over the years.
While more than 80 of the girls
seized in the town of Chibok by
Islamic extremists were freed last
year following negotiations with
the government, more than 100
remain captives.
A Nigerian military official,
Colonel Onyema Nwachukwu, said
Salomi Pogu was rescued near Pulka
village in Borno state. She had been
No 86 on the list of girls abducted at
Chibok. Ms Pogu was found with a
young woman and her child. AP
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island’s capital now has gay
clubs and bars and celebrates
Pride every year.
Luis de Armas, who was born
in Matanzas, around 50 miles
east of Havana, moved to the
capital to go to university. He
now organises LGBT-friendly
tours of the capital for visitors.
“The mentality of the people
in Cuba has changed,” he says.
“There is no problem with
being gay, transgender, lesbian
or bisexual.”
“It is more accepted now,”
Luis adds. “There are many
programmes that teach people
how to accept differences and
support the gay community.”
“I feel good here – I can be me. I
am accepted in my building, in
my work, in my neighbourhood,
in my family and I think I speak
for most of the people.”
Emmanuel Macron claims his election
campaign team was hacked AFP
Koreans
rally for
Mr Kim
By Haruna Umar and
Ismail Alfa Abdulrahim
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campaign. “If we want to protect
liberal democracies, we must have
strong legislation,” Mr Macron said
in a New Year address to journalists,
adding that the reform he envisaged
would also change the role of France’s
media watchdog, the Conseil
supérieur de l’audiovisuel (CSA).
“At election time, on internet
platforms, the rules applying
to content won’t be exactly the
same,” Mr Macron said. “There
will be increased transparency
requirements for internet platforms
regarding sponsored content, with
the aim of making public the identity
of those who place the ads and also
limiting the amount of them.”
A new emergency procedure in the
Neo-Nazi jailed for No terror link
ridiculing camp
in murder case
Man condemned
to death as ‘spy’
A neo-Nazi who posted on social
media a picture of the Auschwitz
concentration camp with an
offensive caption has been jailed
for 18 months. Judge Manfred
Weber, presiding at a court in
Hohenstein-Ernstthal in eastern
Germany, told the 33-year-old:
“You made fun of Auschwitz
survivors. That’s very bad.”
The name of the man, from
Glauchau in Saxony, was not given
under German privacy rules. AP
A Yemeni court controlled by
Houthi rebels has sentenced a
devotee of the Baha’i religion to
death on charges of disseminating
his faith and spying for Israel.
The sentence handed to Hamid
bin Haydara was condemned by
human rights groups, including
Amnesty, which described it as
“cruel” and “degrading”.
The Baha’i faith originated
in Iran in 1844 but is now
banned there. AP
There is no evidence that the fatal
stabbing of a Japanese man in a series
of random and unprovoked attacks
in the north-eastern Irish town of
Dundalk this week was related to
terrorism, police said yesterday.
An 18-year-old Egyptian man has
been arrested on suspicion of the
murder of 24-year-old Yosuke Sasaki,
whom police said had been living in
Ireland for the past year. Two other
men were injured in the attacks early
on Wednesday. REUTERS
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MEDICINE
Tragic British family’s seaplane had
been rebuilt after deadly accident
Australia plans
to score big
with medical
marijuana
By Rod McGuirk
IN CANBERRA
A seaplane which crashed near
Sydney this week, killing its
Canadian pilot and his five British
p a s s e n ge rs , wa s i nvo l ve d i n
another fatal crash 22 years ago, an
investigator revealed yesterday.
The de Havilland DHC-2 Beaver,
built in 1963 and owned by the
tourism business Sydney Seaplanes,
crashed into the Hawkesbury River
on Sunday after the group had been
to a New Year’s Eve lunch.
The victims of the crash included
Richard Cousins, the 58-year-old
chief executive of the catering group
Compass, and his two sons, William,
25, and 23-year-old Edward.
Mr Cousins’ fiancée Emma
Bowden, 48, her 11-year-old daughter,
Heather Bowden-Page, and the
seaplane pilot Gareth Morgan, 44,
were also killed.
The Sydney Morning Herald
reported that investigators had
marked the plane as “destroyed”
after a crash in 1996 in which the
aircraft clipped a hillside northwest of Sydney with its wing and
cartwheeled, killing the
pilot. It was said to have
been rebuilt later and
used for crop spraying.
Crash investigators
and police hoisted the
Wreckage is recovered from the Hawkesbury River yesterday. British tycoon
Richard Cousins (below) was one of the victims MICK TSIKAS/AAP IMAGES
wreckage of the aircraft from the
river yesterday. The head of the
Australian Transport Safety Bureau,
Nat Nagy, said his team would
also examine the history of the
plane and the circumstances
of the 1996 crash, as was
customary in such inquiries.
He added: “There were
a number of factors
i nv o l v e d i n t h a t
incident and that
will be something
we look at.”
The investigation bureau did not
immediately respond to a request for
its report on the 1996 tragedy.
Peter Gibson, of the Civil Aviation
Safety Authority, said a single
aircraft having two fatal crashes was
“unusual”, although he could not say
whether it was unprecedented.
Mr Gibson questioned the
investigation bureau’s conclusion
that the plane was “destroyed” in
the 1996 crash. “It certainly was
not destroyed. Clearly from the
description of the repairs, wings were
not falling off and that sort of stuff,”
he said. An engineer had assessed
the plane as repairable after the
first crash, and it was rebuilt to the
manufacturer’s specifications and
cleared to fly again within months,
Mr Gibson added.
“All the appropriate, normal steps
were followed. We have checked the
paperwork for the whole process and
there certainly does not appear to be
anything untoward.”
The regulator had verified Sydney
Seaplanes’ media statement that it
replaced its aircraft engines after
every 1,100 flying hours – 100 hours
sooner than the industry standard,
Mr Gibson said. The engine of the
plane which crashed on Sunday had
flown for about 200 hours. Geoff
Dell, a former Australian airline
safety manager, said planes could fly
again safely after a crash, adding: “If
it’s done properly and they haven’t
missed anything, it’s not an issue.”
Some aviation experts suspect that
the plane’s engine stalled. AP
Mr Cousins was due to
retire in March having
turned the ailing catering firm
Compass into a £25bn global
leader. He was a keen cricket fan
who had travelled to Sydney with
his sons to watch the fifth Test.
By Colin Packham
IN SYDNEY
Australia said yesterday that
it planned to become the fourth
country to legalise medicinal
marijuana exports in an effort
to cash in on the estimated
£40bn global market.
Despite growing demand,
only Uruguay, Canada and
the Netherlands have so
far legalised the export of
medicinal marijuana. Israel
has said that it intends to do so
within months.
Cannabis cultivation in
Australia is still small, as
recreational use remains
illegal. But the government
hopes domestic medicinal use,
legalised last year, and exports
will rapidly boost production.
“Our goal is very clear: to
give farmers and producers
the best shot at being the
world’s number one exporter of
medicinal cannabis,” said the
Health Minister, Greg Hunt.
The Australian government’s
proposal needs to pass federal
parliament when it returns to
session in February. The main
opposition Labor Party has
signalled that it would support
the move. REUTERS
SOUTH AFRICA
UNITED STATES
18 people die and 260 hurt
as train hurtles into lorry
Motel firm ‘breached guest privacy’
By Phuong Le
IN SEATTLE
By Christopher Torchia
IN JOHANNESBURG
A passenger train taking people
home after the New Year break
crashed into a lorry in rural South
Africa yesterday, killing at least
18 people and injuring about 260
others, authorities said.
Officials said that the truck driver,
who survived, allegedly tried to
cross the tracks just ahead of the
approaching train, part of which
burst into flames after the collision,
trapping passengers in carriages.
Some were able to escape with their
luggage and hurriedly dragged bags
away from the smoking wreckage.
“The truck driver was taking
chances. He thought that he
was going to pass through,” said
the Transport Minister, Joe
Maswanganyi. “Little did he know
that the train was going to hit him.
That has cost a lot of lives.”
Some of the dead were badly
burnt, said Mthuthuzeli Swartz, the
acting chief executive of the stateowned passenger rail agency.
The train, with 429 passengers
Many passengers on the train were
returning home from New Year
breaks when the crash happened AP
on board, was travelling from
Port Elizabeth to the country’s
commercial hub, Johannesburg.
The crash derailed half a dozen
carriages and power lines were
damaged. The lorry driver emerged
unscathed and the train driver and
his assistant suffered minor injuries,
Mr Swartz added. AP
One of America’s leading budget hotel
chains is being sued for allegedly
disclosing the private information
of thousands of its guests to US
immigration authorities, in violation
of consumer protection laws.
Washington state’s attorney
general, Bob Ferguson, has filed
the lawsuit against Motel 6, alleging
that it disclosed the private data of
thousands of customers.
Mr Ferguson said motel employees
divulged the names, birthdates,
driver’slicencenumbers,licenceplate
numbers and room numbers of at
least 9,150 people to US Immigration
and Customs Enforcement agents
without a warrant.
As a result, at least six people were
detained on or near motel property
over a two-year period.
Motel 6 was aware that the agents
usedtheregistryinformationtosingle
out guests based on their national
origin, in violation of Washington
state’s anti-discrimination law, the
lawsuit alleges.
Mr Ferguson said that at least
six locations in the state provided
the information without guests’
knowledge or consent. AP
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I
have, against all the odds,
become a tidy freak. My
kitchen gleams with a
righteous glow of cleaning
products and elbow grease.
Dust and detritus are on the
run, terrified by a shock and awe
assault that has decimated their
once-impenetrable strongholds.
Where advanced civilisations
of muck once stood, now there’s
only the clear lines and scrubbed
surfaces of idyllic cleanliness.
To say this is an unexpected
development would be a
considerable understatement. I
wouldn’t have said that I was a
slob particularly – but everyone
else would have. I was messy, lazy,
depressed, careless, unable to see
how anything could be cleaned, let
alone go about cleaning it.
“All came from dust, and to
dust all return,” says Ecclesiastes;
it is supposedly an existential
observation, but they could have
easily been talking about my flat.
New me is sprightly, rigorous,
fastidious; my warfare on crumbs
and the causes of crumbs has
taken on the cloak of a crusade.
I’m so keen on putting things back
in their places that I now try to
put them away before I’ve taken
them out. My new spider sense is
an almost superpowered instinct
for when someone has moved
something, yet shows a lack of
desire to move it back.
The proximate cause of this
transformation is a slender new
volume called A Monk’s Guide to a
Clean House and Mind by Shoukei
Matsumoto, who is, you may not
be surprised to learn, a Japanese
monk of the Zen Buddhist variety.
Matsumoto’s work is part
of what appears to be a new
export sector for Japan, books
on how to tidy up, following the
global success of Marie Kondo’s
delightfully strange work The
Lifechanging Magic of Tidying
Up. But while I fully recommend
Kondo’s book, it is largely
concerned with encouraging you
to throw most of your stuff away.
Matsumoto is largely concerned
with having you sweep up. A lot.
His book is a wonderfully
calming paean to the merits
of cleanliness, and easily lulls
the weak-minded, such as
myself, into a hypnotic reverie
focused on the belief that the
only meaningful activity in life is
tidying up. Practical matters of
the tools and robes and clothes the
monks use in their daily routines
are interspersed with poetic
encouragement to see tidying as
more than a chore. Cleaning is not
carried out, he says, because there
is dirt, but instead as an “ascetic
practice to cultivate the mind”.
When you polish the floor, “you
are polishing your heart and
mind”. Leaving a cupboard door or
drawer open is, apparently, a sign
that your heart is untidy. And my
favourite: when ironing, imagine
that you are “ironing out the
wrinkles in your heart”.
I haven’t managed to visualise
ironing out the wrinkles in my
heart, but what I did take from
the book is the sense of valuing
the activity of tidying, rather
than doing it in a rush with one
eye on sitting back down on the
sofa. In this, it’s possible that the
state of the world has combined
with an opportune window in my
life to make this happen.
After all, when the other
options are slumping in the
living room to watch another
overwrought television drama
or watching the Trumpocalypse
continue to unfold on Twitter,
it is perhaps not so surprising
that I’m to be found, dishcloth in
hand, scrubbing the corners of
my window frames yet again. It
is equally possible, however, that
I’m just going through the lamest
midlife crisis ever.
Whether this development is
good for family life is not so clear.
My partner was delighted by the
sudden outbreak of sparkling
surfaces, but after a few weeks,
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‘Shutting the banks was the
death knell of the village’
As an increasing number of branches close their doors,
Chris Burn looks at the effects on one community
I
Dan Kuper’s
conversion to
cleanliness has
caused tension
with his partner
tensions have settled in. If
Matsumoto is right and leaving jars
out or crumbs on the bread board
is a sign of an untidy heart, my
missus, I am afraid to say, is of the
untidy heart brigade.
The switch in our dynamic
is almost dizzying. Mere weeks
ago, I was the one being berated
for leaving lids off jars or leaving
saucepans “to soak” for three days.
But now I am the one on the high
pinnacle of spiritual enrichment,
while she is left down among the
mucky peons. Matsumoto doesn’t
attest to the power of tidying
vis-à-vis gloating rights, but I
can fully recommend the utility
of a relentlessly clean kitchen in
relationship negotiations.
Unfortunately, however,
‘A Monk’s Guide to a Clean House
and Mind’ by Shoukei Matsumoto
(£4.99, Penguin Books) is out now
fleece is that it’s not very cool. Its
reputation is still a bit too practical.
Perhaps fleece-maker Schoffel
needs the Midas touch which
turned Burberry trench coats and
Barbour jackets into high-street
must-buys.
But until then, I will wear my
fleece jumper with my fleece
pyjama bottoms and my fleece
socks in colours and prints
(penguins and rabbits) that I
wouldn’t be caught dead in beyond
the confines of my home.
But loving something means
loving all of it, including its flaws.
Fleeces are no exception.
Fleece, I have found, eventually
begins to sag around the body
parts that protrude – knees,
elbows and the bottom – and the
soft texture eventually begins to
look tired. I had to throw away my
favourite funnel-necked jumper,
which was wonderful for nuzzling
into in the depths of winter,
because it had started to smell.
A top tip for fleece: when you
wash it, dry it quickly. Hanging it
to dry on an air rack in the cold
winter makes it smell like wet dog,
and no amount of washing can
get the smell out. I have lost many
pieces because of this, although
its tends to be more of a problem
with fleeces at the cheaper end of
the spectrum.
Perhaps it’s time to invest...
with great tidying comes great
resentment. This doesn’t appear to
be a Buddhist precept, so far as my
reading of Matsumoto goes, but it
is true.
Most of his writing is concerned
with his monkish ways, so he
never explains how to handle the
distinctly unBuddhist emotion
engendered when your immaculate
kitchen is newly besmirched by a
late-night bowl of cereal.
Much as my heart may be freshly
polished, my tongue is sharper
than ever. And with that, I’ve got
to go – I can hear someone putting
down a glass.
t has been six months since
the final two bank branches
in Wath-upon-Dearne closed
their doors, but the anger is
still fresh for many residents.
Like many people in the South
Yorkshire village, which at its height
used to have four bank branches on
the high street, Bob Goode and his
wife, Irene, must now travel three
miles to the town of Wombwell to do
their banking.
The distance may be small but
the impact has been major. Stores
have reported faltering trade as
previously loyal customers instead
combine their shopping with trips
to bank branches elsewhere, while
locals believe that recent cuts
to the bus routes serving Wath,
near Rotherham, mean that fewer
people now visit the village centre.
“When you see all of the banks’
adverts on television saying: ‘We
are there for you,’ it makes me
laugh,” says Mr Goode.
Wath’s story is far from unusual
– 948 bank branches were closed
or preparing to shut last year.
In fact, closures have become so
commonplace in recent years
that an organisation established
specifically to oppose them
itself decided to shut down. The
Campaign for Community Banking
Services folded 18 months ago. Its
founder, Derek French, glumly
explained that after 17 years of
fighting against the trend, there was
simply no point continuing. “We
don’t want people to think they can
stop it. There’s no hope of changing
anything,” he said.
When closures are announced,
the banks involved may be different
but the reason given is almost
always the same: a claim that
branches are being used less as the
popularity of online banking grows.
Both HSBC and Yorkshire Bank
used this rationale for closing their
branches in Wath, while the same
explanation has been offered in
recent weeks by Lloyds and Royal
Bank of Scotland as they announced
plans to shut more than 300
branches between them next year.
But the idea that customers are
abandoning visits to bank branches
in favour of the internet gets short
shrift in the streets of Wath. “We
have to go to Wombwell now for
banking,” says Mr Goode. “You
queue for an hour to get served
because that is the only branch
there is. We have seen people go and
walk away. There was an old lady
who said to us: ‘It is the third time I
have tried to get served in here.’
“I will never do online banking.
I don’t trust it and I want to feel it
is safe. Face-to-face is more secure.
Everybody here feels the same.
I don’t think it is people using online
banking more – banks are forcing
people to use it more.”
Mrs Goode says that Wath’s two
Concerned traders and residents
of Wath-upon-Dearne, where four
banks closed JONATHAN GAWTHORPE
branches remained popular until
their closure last summer. “I cannot
understand why they shut Yorkshire
Bank,” she says. “Anybody who says
there was nobody using it is talking
a load of rubbish.”
A similar view is shared by
65-year-olds Ron and Alana Duffy,
who say they believe recent shop
closures in the village are connected
with the loss of the bank branches.
“They have decimated the village – it
used to be the ‘Queen of Villages’,
now it is a tip,” says Mr Duffy. “As
soon as they shut the banks, it was
the death knell of the village. There
are so many isolated people it
is unbelievable.”
Mrs Duffy says that, like many
people locally, she is not interested
in using internet banking and would
rather travel to a branch. “I’m not
IT-savvy and I don’t want to be.”
Her husband adds: “These
so-called experts don’t live in the
real world. They sit in their ivory
towers and all these little villages
around this area, they are killing
them off, one by one.”
She fears for the future of Wath,
asking: “What is going to become of
it? All we will have are charity shops,
bookies and hairdressers.”
David Bowney, the owner of a
carpet shop a few yards from where
Yorkshire Bank used to stand,
says its closure had an impact on
his business. “The banks brought
people in and people have gone
elsewhere. Monday used to be our
busiest day because everybody
came to the bank first thing and
then went shopping. We don’t get
that passing trade any more.”
Cate Ward has been selling
clothes, shoes and cards for 30 years
What is going to become
of it? All we will have are
charity shops, bookies
and hairdressers
inside the Value for Money Market,
which sits opposite the two former
bank buildings. She was among the
1,200 people in Wath who signed a
petition against the closures.
“It has had a big impact. I have to
go to Barnsley, pay to park and go
into the bank with my takings. You
can’t do things online when you have
cash in the till,” she says.
“When they announced the
closures, I said: ‘Why can’t the four
banks get their act together?’ They
could get their act together when
they needed to be bailed out. But
they couldn’t to keep just one branch
open in town. Each branch had four
teller positions, so they could have
had one position for each bank. It
would have been a saving for the
branches, but they said they still
couldn’t afford to do that.
“One of my customers who I
haven’t seen all year was in recently
and she said the main reason was
that she used to come here to the
bank but now doesn’t come to the
village. I have lost her trade, not
because she doesn’t like my stuff but
because they closed the branches.
“We are just going to become
like every other small village where
everything is shut down and there
is going to be no community. Older
people want to go out and chat. They
might have been sat in all day. But
things like this isolate people.
“They have changed the bus
routes because there are fewer
people coming in for the banks.
So now there are fewer buses and
fewer people. We are in a decline
and nobody seems to want to do
anything about it.”
Banks and building societies have
signed up to a protocol designed to
minimise the impact of closures by
helping customers find alternatives,
such as using the Post Office. The
industry-wide Access to Banking
Standard was launched in 2015 and
updated last summer. It has the
support of the Government and the
main high-street lenders. Changes
to the protocol included giving
affected customers more notice of
planned closures and greater clarity
on the reasons for such decisions.
Stephen Jones, the chief
executive of trade body UK Finance,
said: “Banking is in the midst of a
customer-led revolution with more
people than ever before making use
of digital innovation and alternative
ways to bank to help manage their
money on a daily basis.
“However, banks are very
aware of the role branches play
in the community and conscious
that customers and businesses
should not be left behind. That is
why decisions to close branches
are never taken lightly and why it
remains important that customers
continue to be able to access
banking services if a local bank
branch closes.”
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I
t has a mouthful of a title, a
leading lady who has just
turned 60 and a story that
paints small-town America
in unflattering light. In other
words, everything Hollywood
shies away from. But written and
directed by Irish playwright/filmmaker Martin McDonagh, Three
Billboards Outside of Ebbing, Missouri is already one of the most
acclaimed films of the year.
Premiering in Venice last September, where it won the film
festival’s Best Screenplay award,
it has since claimed a clutch of
critics’ prizes and been nominated for six Golden Globes. In the
coming awards season, it might
just be the film that topples Christopher Nolan’s Dunkirk.
The story of a resolute woman
fighting indifference in the wake
of the horrifying rape and murder of her daughter, it has the
emotional capacity to chime with
viewers. The three billboards in
question are hired by Mildred
Hayes (Frances McDormand)
to prompt the complacent local
police force into action. It’s been
seven months since her daughter,
Angela, was raped, killed and her
body set on fire. As the billboards
say in bold, black lettering: “Still
No Arrests?”, “How Come, Chief
Willoughby?”, “Raped While
Dying”. It’s the first striking moment in a film that never takes an
easy turn or fails to surprise.
“It really is a very American
story,” says Woody Harrelson,
who plays Willoughby. Despite
the fact that it was written by McDonagh eight years ago, it feels
like it’s shoved a thermometer
right down the throat of America
to take its current temperature.
Racism, revenge, anger, hatred
and police brutality all bubble
away under the surface.
“You could really mine a lot of
analogies out of this movie,”
says Harrelson’s co-star Sam
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Mildred’s rage
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Rockwell, who plays Willoughby’s
loyal but prejudiced deputy.
“Maybe it’s a reaction to this
whole Trump thing. Watching
the debates between Hillary and
Trump, it became bigger than the
presidential debate; it became a
battle between feminism and misogyny. When you saw him mugging behind her… it was hilarious
and tragic. You could say that
about this movie.”
Prejudice simmers throughout
the film. As Mildred puts it: “It
seems to me the police department is too busy torturing black
folks to solve actual crimes.”
As it happens, Rockwell met
real cops in Missouri. “These
guys were very decent people,
they were not racist cops, but as
we know, they do exist.”
McDonagh is understandably
cautious about proclaiming the
film a state-of-the-nation address.
“I can only say it wasn’t written as
a dissection of modern-day American politics,” he says. But with
others taking it that way, he’s torn.
“Do you say: ‘It wasn’t intended
that way, so it’s nothing to do with
me’? Not really. But do you jump
on the bandwagon and say: ‘This
is what I think of American society’? That’s not true either. I’m
interested to see what the critical
and popular reaction will be.”
Rockwell, an actor who stems
from the more liberal California,
is uncertain how those in Missouri
might react. “It depends. I think
some people will think there’s too
many curse words. There are a lot
of Bible Belt people in the US, and
they’re very strange with profanity. It’s a big part of America, the
Bible Belt. That fundamentalist
religion mentality is very odd.”
Whatever the reaction (and all
the early reviews point to McDonagh having hit a nerve), Three Billboards is undeniably a remarkable
character study of a woman shattered by grief and forced to let her
heart calcify after losing a child in
the most unimaginable way.
“Mildred doesn’t start off from
a place of hate,” says McDonagh.
“A place of anger, sure, and sadness and rage, but it’s not hate. It’s
almost clinically moving forward
and reacting to anything that
comes her way. That’s the germ of
the story.”
Compared to McDonagh’s earlier film work – notably hitman tale
In Bruges (2008) – he’s jettisoned
some of his trademark black humour. “It’s just a sadder story,”
he says. “To a degree there is no
solution to the thing she needs
a solution for. Being true to her
struggle was the priority for me.
Cynicism wasn’t a possible fallback position.”
It’s hard not to see the film as
also playing with the tropes of
the western. “Perhaps it’s become
more of a western than intended,”
concedes McDonagh, who reports
that McDormand looked to Hollywood’s eternal cowboy, John
Wayne, “in the way she walked or
behaved” to inspire her portrayal
of Mildred. “I didn’t really see it
until later in the edit – it’s a strong
person walking through a town
taking on the bad guys.”
McDonagh wrote the role for
McDormand, who aside from her
title character in the HBO miniseries Olive Kitteridge, hasn’t had
a part this juicy since her Oscarwinning cop in Fargo (1996).
Harrelson, who worked with the
actress on the 2005 sexual harassment drama NorthCountry, says he
can’t imagine anyone better than
her playing Mildred. He compares
it to Sally Field’s titular Oscarwinning single mother/textile
worker in Norma Rae. “It’s as great
as a Norma Rae part… this incredibly powerful woman.”
The film has grossed a steady
$21m (£15.5m) in the US – impressive for an R-rated movie
that doesn’t involve spandex-clad
superheroes – with the film apparently playing to mainstream
audiences in Middle America. “I
think Mildred’s rage is cathartic
for audiences: maybe they’re dealing with their own feelings about
what’s going on in the world,” suggested Fox Searchlight’s co-president Nancy Utley recently.
Will it conquer the Oscars
when the nominations come out?
McDonagh has form in this arena,
winning one Academy Award for
his short film Six Shooter and gaining a nomination for In Bruges’s
bristling screenplay. Just don’t
ask Harrelson, who is clearly over
awards season already. “I don’t
even put one moment of thought
into it,” he says. “I hope it does well
and I hope people see it. That’s all I
can hope for.”
‘Three Billboards Outside Ebbing,
Missouri’ (15) opens on 12 January
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“Money is never just money; it
always stands for something,” we
are told midway through Ridley
Scott’s absorbing new film about
the kidnapping of the teenaged
John Paul Getty III in Italy in 1973.
All the Money in the World is billed
as a crime drama, but its real
themes are exchange and negotiation. The questions it asks are
ALSOSHOWING
BRAD’S STATUS (15)
HHHHH
Mike White, 102 mins, starring:
Ben Stiller, Austin Abrams,
Jenna Fischer, Michael Sheen,
Jemaine Clement, Luke Wilson
Ben Stiller plays Brad Sloan,
a husband and father living a
comfortable middle-class life in
the suburbs of Sacramento. He
runs a small non-profit company,
is happily married and has a
talented musician son.
Brad, though, is prey to status
anxiety. His problem is not so
much with what he has failed
to achieve as his obsession with
the success of his old college
friends. For him, the world is a
battleground. For them, with
their money, girlfriends and
private jets, it’s a playground.
When Brad accompanies his
son on a trip to visit Harvard and
Tufts (the colleges his son hope
to attend), his paranoia mounts.
White keeps matters light,
while Stiller plays Brad in goodnatured, comical fashion. The
only downside is that the film
feels as superficial as its central
character. It isn’t so much
despair that has engulfed Brad as
a mild envy of the lives of others.
JUPITER’S MOON (15)
HHHHH
Kornél Mundruczo, 129 mins, starring:
Merab Ninidze, Zsombor Jéger
Hungarian director Kornél
Mundruczo’s latest feature sits
uncomfortably between political
allegory and thriller. It’s the story
of a young Syrian refugee who
is shot as he crosses the border.
Instead of dying of his wounds,
Aryan (Zsombor Jeger) develops
magical powers – he is suddenly
able to levitate at will. Aryan
is taken in hand by Gabor Stern
(Merab Ninidz), a sleazy doctor
who realises that he can make
money by showing off Aryan
as a novelty act.
As in his earlier feature,
White God, Mundruczo shows
the paranoia and racism in a
Hungarian society in which
outsiders are regarded with
loathing and fear, shunned or
treated as potential terrorists.
However, rather than making a
conventional political drama, the
director turns to magical realism.
Where the film comes
unstuck is in its action-movie
clichés. The shoot-outs and
chases play like scenes out of a
low-grade Die Hard – made all
the more incongruous next to the
meditative and poetic moments
when Aryan takes wing.
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to forget that Michelle Williams
is at the heart of the film. She
plays Gail Harris, the distraught
mother trying to get her son back
from the kidnappers. She shows
us Gail’s helplessness but also her
steeliness and courage.
Scott juggles styles throughout.
Early on, when John Paul Getty III
(Charlie Plummer) is seen walking through Rome, it is as if we’ve
stumbled into a Fellini or Pasolini
film. Scott accentuates the glamour to contrast it with the squalor
that follows.
As a story, All the Money in the
World is pulling in several directions at once. It’s a satirical study
of how extreme wealth distorts
human behaviour. There are
darkly comic scenes in which, for
example, we see Getty entering
into complex negotiations – not to
help Gail but to buy some precious
painting of a Madonna and child.
Plummer is
impressive but
Michelle Williams is
the heart of the film
Mother courage
Williams as
Gail Harris with
Mark Wahlberg’s
special agent
Fletcher Chase
what lengths its characters will go
to in order to acquire or hold on to
money, and whether the money is
a source of life or death.
Ridley Scott has shown the
same ruthlessness and brinkmanship you would expect from
the kidnap victim’s oil tycoon
grandfather, J Paul Getty, in rescuing his own movie. With Kevin
Spacey (originally cast as J Paul)
in disgrace over sexual harassment allegations, Scott drafted in
Christopher Plummer to replace
him. He then re-shot and re-edited large parts of the film only
weeks before its planned release.
Plummer is very impressive indeed but, with all the fuss around
his last-minute casting, it is easy
Film
Matrix
At the same time, it is a thriller.
The clock is running. The filmmakers dutifully ratchet up the
tension. Every so often, Gail
receives a call from Cinquanta
(Romain Duris), the kidnappers’
representative, warning her that
if the cash isn’t forthcoming, John
Paul will be mutilated and killed.
Yet, the thriller elements are
the least convincing element.
Mark Wahlberg’s character is
clearly intended as an equivalent
to the type of special agent Clint
Eastwood played in 1980s and
1990s movies but there is little
space for movie heroism.
The film, based on John Pearson’s book about the Getty clan,
generally sticks close to the facts.
For all the vigour of the action
scenes, this is a character drama.
Plummer brings cunning, venality and, finally, an unlikely pathos
to his role as Getty. Williams,
meanwhile, is the moral centre
of the film, the one character who
doesn’t allow the dollar bills to
cloud her vision. THE INDEPENDENT
Savage western pays
homage to classics
HOSTILES (15)
HHHHH
Scott Cooper, 133 mins, starring:
Christian Bale, Rosamund Pike
Westerns don’t come much more
brutal than Hostiles. The film has
a few moments of Little House On
The Prairie-like tranquillity right
at the start. We see homesteader
Rosalie Quaid (Rosamund Pike)
sitting in the parlour, teaching her
daughters how to use adverbs as
her husband saws wood outdoors.
But then comes the slaughter: the
scalping, the shooting, the wanton killing of children. From that
point on, the tone doesn’t lighten.
The Comanches are killers. Their
homicidal behaviour is matched
by that of the US army.
Captain Joe J Blocker is surely
the darkest role Christian Bale has
yet tackled, a grizzled, embittered
old-timer with a severe hatred
of Native Americans. “I’ve killed
savages; I’ve killed plenty of them
because that’s my job,” he hisses.
Blocker is dismayed when his
commanding officer orders him to
lead a team accompanying cancerridden Cheyenne war Chief Yellow
Hawk (Wes Studi) back to his old
hunting grounds to die.
Yellow Hawk and Blocker provide a twisted reflection of one
another. They’re both “butchers”,
and men out of time. It’s the 1890s
and the old ways are changing.
Civilisation, as represented by the
banks, the politicians, the press
and the railroads, is encroaching.
They can hardly feel nostalgic, but
the peaceful future looks as bleak
to them as the violent past.
In its own sombre way. Hostiles
is very striking. It boasts exceptional performances from Bale
and Pike. There is a rugged beauty to its evocation of the old West.
Cooper throws in shots of dawn
rising over the plains and plenty
of majestic imagery of mountains,
forests and deserts. At the same
time, it makes downbeat and forbidding viewing.
The film can’t make up its mind
about human nature. It suggests
that religion and civilisation are
no barriers when it comes to killing, but at the same time, all the
main characters are consumed by
a sense of longing and regret.
Hostiles is far too traditional to
be seen as a revisionist western.
There are echoes of Ford’s cavalry westerns, while the explosions
of violence rekindle memories of
Sam Peckinpah. There is a morose and self-conscious quality
to the storytelling that may put
off some, but the film also stands
as a reminder of why westerns
continue to be made. If you want
to deal with the most primal emotions, to combine action and soulsearching, this is still the genre to
turn to. THE INDEPENDENT
REEL
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JESSICA BARRETT
LGBT smash could
be granted a sequel
Luca Guadagnino (above) has
revealed he may make a follow-up
to Call Me By Your Name. He has
been toying with the idea because
there is undeveloped material left
in the original novel, by André
Aciman. “These characters are
so fantastic, and I want to know
what happens to them.”
His darkest hours
on 12 cigars a day
To get into character as Winston
Churchill, Gary Oldman (above)
smoked £30,000 worth of cigars
on the set of Joe Wright’s Darkest
Hour. “They’re £50 quid a pop,
and I’d do 12 a day,” he said. “I had
a bad stomach for three months.”
Foster hits out
at blockbusters
Killer instinct Christian Bale as the embittered Captain Joe Blocker
WHAT CRITICS ARE SAYING ABOUT THE NEW RELEASES
ALL THE MONEY IN THE WORLD
(15)
HOSTILES (15)
BRAD’S STATUS (15)
JUPITER’S MOON (15)
“A story of towering greed
and the absence of mercy,
and an ideal 21st-century
morality tale.”
The New York Times
“Cooper’s western may be
too meditative for some, but
its grit, beauty and honesty are
too potent to ignore.”
Total Film
“Mike White – whose writing
credits include Chuck & Buck and
Nacho Libre – has made his most
mature and achingly truthful film.”
San Francisco Chronicle
“The movie’s often-astonishing
imagery has been applied to a
mainstream thriller that might
charitably be called goofy.”
AV Club
“With the pulsing rhythm of an
action thriller and the dank core of
a classic film noir, this packs
a philosophical punch.”
Newsday
“Stunningly filmed by
cinematographer Masanobu
Takayanagi in the expansive
tradition of the genre.”
Time Out
“A droll and vigorous psychological
study of an everyday egomaniac,
but we’ve seen Stiller do this sort
of thing before, and better.”
Empire
“It’s hard to think of a more blatant
Hollywood begging letter than
Kornél Mundruczo’s weirdo, selfserious genre mash-up.”
Little White Lies
Jodie Foster says that big-budget
superhero films are “ruining the
viewing habits of movie-goers”.
“Studios making bad content
to appeal to the masses is like
fracking,” she explained. “You get
the best return right now but you
wreck the Earth.”
Gerwig lauds her
lack of control
Greta Gerwig has had a great
start to awards season, with
nominations for her directorial
debut Lady Bird across the board
so far. She plans to direct again,
as “it’s simultaneously something
that’s in your control and utterly
not in your control and that
paradox is very appealing to me”.
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What we’re listening
to right now
JEFF ROSENSTOCK
ALL THIS USELESS ENERGY
The eccentric New York indiepunk artist dropped his surprise
album Post- earlier this week,
including this epic rock tune.
The LP can be pre-ordered from
Specialist Subject Records.
KING GIZZARD &
THE LIZARD WIZARD
GREENHOUSE HEAT DEATH
The Australian psych-rockers
are at their most spiritual on
this track from Gumboot Soup,
their fifth album of 2017.
LIL WAYNE
FAMILY FEUD (FT DRAKE)
A royally infectious track from
the hip-hop star, which includes
raps from Drake about Diddy,
Colin Kaepernick and Donald
Trump. Stream it now.
MAJOR LAZER
GO DUNG (FT KES)
This dancehall reggae track is
dripping in the unmistakable
party attitude of Major Lazer.
A great listen to kick off
the new year.
SAINTSENECA
THE WANDERING STAR
The Columbus, Ohio, folk troupe’s
latest cut is a ghostly sounding
tune with a dreamy flow.
THE STREETS
BURN BRIDGES
Mike Skinner has released two
new tracks, including this trapinspired single accompanied by
his signature social commentary.
AMERICAN NIGHTMARE
THE WORLD IS BLUE
The gloriously heavy posthardcore band (who broke up in
2004 before returning in 2011)
have announced that their new
self-titled album will be released
in February. This, the first track,
is a blistering gateway to it.
LAURA MARLING
A HARD RAIN’S A-GONNA FALL
The British folk artist (below)
covered Bob Dylan to accompany
the end of the fourth season of
BBC’s Peaky Blinders. Her goldenhued version is a beautiful listen.
Giles Bidder
D
eclan McKenna knew
he had won the BBC
Introducing Artist of
the Year award back
in October, when a
Corporation representative presented it to him backstage after a
concert. “They didn’t let me keep
it then, because they had to take
it away to inscribe it,” he tells me.
Two months later, in early December, the presentation was
made official – and public – by
Radio 2 presenter Jo Whiley on
BBC1’s Breakfast programme.
McKenna, 18, came over all embarrassed during his on-screen
acceptance. His T-shirt read: “I
want to go home”.
It’s a week on from that TV appearance, and I half-expect him
to bring the award (whose previous winners include Izzy Bizu,
Jack Garratt and Catfish and the
Bottlemen) when we meet in a
north London café not far from
his new flatshare. But he arrives
empty-handed. Shame. “They
told me they still hadn’t inscribed
it,” he says, laughing. “I do hope
that at some point they actually
give it to me and let me keep it”
‘I worry that what I
do is just mediocre’
If Declan McKenna is struggling to cope with the sudden
fame of being named the BBC’s best new young artist, it’s
understandable: he’s only 18. He talks to Nick Duerden
about being the switched-on voice of a new generation
Anyone over the age of 20
might have remained oblivious
to McKenna until now. There
has been no big hit single, and
his debut album, What Do You
Think About The Car?, which was
released in the summer, didn’t
make the Top 10.
Nevertheless, it is an appealingly gauche combination of
The Kooks and Vampire Weekend, and remains notable because, welded to its wonky indie
rhythms are some lyrics that are
actually worth listening to.
Unlike so many of his peers,
McKenna’s songs come with
sentiments that don’t sound as
though they have been cribbed
from Hallmark card inscriptions.
In the space of 11 songs, he confesses undying syrupy love to
precisely no one.
The track “Bethlehem”, for example, is about religion and war;
“Isombard” concerns police brutality. “Paracetamol” tackles the
media treatment of the suicide of
a transgender teenager in Ohio.
I ask him why his songs contain
such depth, and he answers that
he grew up in Hampshire, “where
nothing much happens, so I had
to look elsewhere for material”.
After watching a TV documentary about Sepp Blatter’s dubious
behaviour while at the helm of
Fifa, he wrote “Brazil”, while “The
Kids Don’t Wanna Come Home”
is a polemical plea for teenagers
to be included in political debate.
Had they been, he believes, Brexit
might have been avoided.
In the flesh, McKenna is tall
and gawky, chatty but nervous.
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1
WILL & GRACE
TONIGHT 10PM, CHANNEL 5
After a 12-year break, the
beloved sitcom returns with a
politically charged agenda. Will
and Grace have both divorced
and live together once again in
Will’s Manhattan apartment.
Everything’s the same except
there are references to fidget
spinners, Grindr and President
Trump. They’re not just talking
about politics, they’re involved
in it, too. Interior designer
Grace is up for a job decorating
the Oval Office at the White
House while lawyer Will is
trying to fight the dismantling of
the Environmental Protection
Agency. Of course the real stars
of the show are Jack and Karen,
who are still exactly as we left
them in 2006.
2
HARD SUN
SAT 9.35PM, BBC1
From the creator of Luther,
Neil Cross, comes this
detective drama set in a
pre-apocalyptic world. Charlie
Hicks (Jim Sturgess) and
Elaine Renko (Agyness Deyn),
are two detectives who, while
investigating a murder, stumble
upon a flash drive which
proves that the world faces
destruction in five years.
Tento
watch
Chosen by
Jessica Barrett
David Attenborough. This
documentary begins with the
discovery of the bones, trapped
in the cliffs of Dorset. The
fossil is covered in preserved
skin and Attenborough and
his team are able to decipher
more about how the creature
looked than ever before. Using
state-of-the-art imaging
technology and cutting-edge
CGI, the team build the skeleton
and create the most detailed
ignored – and the consequences
for the rest of society.
4
7
SAS: WHO DARES WINS
SUN 9PM, CHANNEL 4
The most intimidating man in
reality TV, ex-Royal Marine Ant
Middleton, is back to put 25 new
civilians through their paces in
yet another extreme location.
This time the wannabe SAS
recruits will be navigating the
Atlas Mountains in Morocco.
There are extreme weather
conditions, remote caves,
perilous treks and exhausting
tasks to face in their quest
to complete their Special
Forces training.
5
SILENT WITNESS
MON 9PM, BBC1
After surviving being buried
alive in the finale of the previous
series, it’s not a surprise that
Nikki Alexander (Emilia Fox) is
having trouble moving on from
her traumatic experiences in
Mexico. On leave from work,
she seeks out fellow pathologist
Sally Vaughan (Emma Fielding)
for support. But when Nikki
heads to her house, she
discovers that it has become
a crime scene and Sally is
nowhere to be found.
6
WORKING CLASS WHITE MEN
TUES 10PM, CHANNEL 4
3
ATTENBOROUGH
AND THE SEA DRAGON
SUN 8PM, BBC1
A 200 million-year-old fossil
was discovered on the Jurassic
coast of Britain in 2013. It is
believed to be an ichthyosaur,
a vast sea creature. Since
that day, bringing the story
of the ichthyosaur to life has
become a passion project for
animation of an ichthyosaur
ever made.
Clockwise from top David
Attenborough brings an
icthyosaur back to life; Agyness
Deyn plays a detective in ‘Hard
Sun’; ‘Silent Witness’ returns
Rapper Professor Green has
been carving a niche for himself
with well-researched, heartfelt
documentaries that have drawn
attention to issues including the
struggles of the working class,
drugs and mental health. This
time he is investigating why
working-class British white men
feel so demonised, angry and
HOW TO GET AWAY
WITH MURDER
TUES 10PM, SKY LIVING
Murder, deception, fear and
guilt have tied Middleton
University professor Annalise
Keating (Viola Davis) to an
inner circle of associates and
students, once known as the
Keating 5. As the latest series
of Shonda Rhimes’ dark drama
begins, the group is attempting
to rebuild their lives and put the
past behind them. Despite their
best efforts, however, their trials
are not over yet.
8
INSIDE NO.9
TUES 10PM,
BBC2
The
anthology
comedy
series
continues with
a Northern
comedy act
who haven’t
appeared
on stage
together for
30 years. Len
and Tommy,
aka Cheese and
Crackers, last
starred together
at the Glasgow
Pavilion in the
1980s. Now
Len (Steve
Pemberton)
wants to
relaunch
their
career
and
audition for Britain’s Got Talent –
but Tommy (Reece Shearsmith)
can’t forget the past.
9
TOM KERRIDGE’S LOSE
WEIGHT FOR GOOD
WEDS 8PM, BBC2
Michelin-starred chef Tom
Kerridge has managed to
lose 12 stone on the healthy
eating plan he devised for
himself; now he wants to share it
with the British public. Kerridge
turns his attention to a group
who claim they are too busy
to cook healthily at home. He
wants to convince them that it’s
possible to cook meals which are
less than 500 calories, including
cheat pizzas, healthy pasta, sea
bass and Cajun scrambled eggs,
in less than 15 minutes.
10
KIRI
WEDS 9PM, CHANNEL 4
A four-part drama written
by Jack Thorne, the man
behind National Treasure,
This is England and Skins.
Sarah Lancashire
stars as Miriam, a
no-nonsense social
worker who is caught
up in a media scandal
when a girl in
foster care goes
missing during
what was
supposed to be
a supervised
visit. Thorne
says he drew
on his mother’s
history in
the caring
profession to
explore the
pressures that
carers face.
Television Friday 5 January
CRITIC’S
CHOICE
GERARD GILBERT
PICK OF THE DAY
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Will & Grace
Natural World
10pm, Channel 5
It’s not just rebooted British sitcoms
such as Porridge and Still Open All
Hours that are engendering a sense
of déjà vu at the moment – ahead of
Roseanne’s return later this year,
here’s a resuscitated Will & Grace,
a mere 12 years after it signed off.
So the gang’s all here: Eric
McCormack and Debra Messing (left)
as the eponymous gay lawyer and
his straight BFF – now living
together again after their respective
divorces – and the scene-stealing
Megan Mullally and Sean Hayes as
friends Karen and Jack. Donald
Trump’s America provides much for
them to sink their teeth into,
especially after Grace wins the job
of redecorating the Oval Office.
7pm, BBC2
If you missed this in the messy
aftermath of Christmas, then
David Attenborough takes as his
unpromising subject two species of
ant. The more intriguing are those of
the Jura mountains between France
and Switzerland, who have put aside
the usual inter-colony hostility,
embraced co-operation and created
a hugely successful “supercolony”.
There’s probably a Brexit parable
in there if you wanted one.
===
Match Of The Day Live:
The FA Cup
7.30pm, BBC1
Liverpool v Everton. The tie of the
FA Cup third round has to be the
Merseyside derby – although the
hosts will be somewhat blunted with
three out of the “Fab Four” probably
missing at Anfield this evening.
Mohamed Salah and Sadio Mane
have been in Ghana for yesterday’s
African Footballer of the Year
awards and Philippe Coutinho may
still be nursing his injured thigh.
===
Jamie And Jimmy’s
Friday Night Feast
8pm, Channel 4
Comedian Greg Davies introduces
himself to the Southend Pier café
dwellers as the worst cook they’ve
probably ever had on the show, and
as Jamie Oliver comments, “He
doesn’t disappoint.” After Davies is
taught the secrets of cooking Thai
green curry, Oliver and Doherty
head off to teach schoolchildren the
perils of consuming energy drinks.
===
Rome Unpacked
9pm, BBC2
The winning double act of Andrew
Graham-Dixon (the art history stuff)
and Giorgio Locatelli (the culinary
side of things) returns. So while
Locatelli instructs Graham-Dixon
on how spaghetti carbonara should
really be made, the arts broadcaster
returns the favour with a lecture
on Caravaggio.
===
Top Of The Pops:
The Story Of 1985
9pm, BBC4
BBC4 goes full-on 1980s for the rest
of the night, starting with musical
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: MasterChef:
The Professionals (R)
(S). 9.00 BBC News (S).
11.00 Westminster In
Review (S). 12.00 Coast
(S). 12.10 FILM: Triple
Cross (Terence Young
1966) Second World
War spy adventure, with
Christopher Plummer (S).
2.15 Dolphins – Spy In The
Pod (R) (S). 3.15 Dolphins –
Spy In The Pod (R) (S). 4.15
Planet Earth II (R) (S). 5.15
Antiques Road Trip (R) (S).
6.00 Good Morning
Britain (S). 8.30 Lorraine
(S). 9.25 The Jeremy Kyle
Show (S). 10.30 This
Morning (S). 12.30 Loose
Women (S). 1.30 ITV News;
Weather (S). 1.55 ITV
Regional News; Weather
(S). 2.00 Midsomer
Murders (R) (S). 3.59 ITV
Regional Weather (S). 4.00
Tipping Point (R) (S). 5.00
The Chase (S).
6.20 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:
Igor (Anthony Leondis
2008) Animated comedy,
with the voice of John
Cusack (S). 11.15 Animals
Make You Laugh Out
Loud (R) (S). 11.45 GPs:
Behind Closed Doors
(R) (S). 12.40 5 News
Lunchtime (S). 12.45 The
Hotel Inspector (R) (S).
1.35 FILM: Family Secrets
(Terry Cunningham 2016)
Romantic drama, starring
Michaela McManus (S).
3.20 FILM: Deadly Paradise
(Michael Feifer 2016)
Thriller, starring Boti Bliss
(S). 5.00 5 News At 5 (S).
5.35 Barging Loving Celebs
(R) (S).
6.00 BBC News At
Six; Weather (S).
6.30 BBC Regional
News; Weather
(S).
6.00 Eggheads (S).
6.30 Great British
Railway
Journeys
Michael Portillo
explores
Dorset (S).
6.00 ITV Regional
News; Weather
(S).
6.30 ITV News;
Weather (S).
6.00 The Simpsons
(R) (S).
6.30 Hollyoaks Harry
offers to be
James’ date to a
work event (S).
6.30 5 News Tonight
(S).
7.00 Celebrity
Mastermind (S).
7.30 Match Of The
Day Live: The FA
Cup Liverpool
vs Everton (S).
7.00 Natural World
The story
of how ants
survive a harsh
environment
in the Swiss
Alps (R) (S).
7.00 Emmerdale
Reality hits
home for one
resident (S).
7.30 Coronation
Street (S).
7.00 Channel 4 News
(S).
7.00 Greatest
Celebrity
Wind-Ups Ever!
The antics
of celebrity
pranksters (R)
(S).
7.00 World News
Today; Weather
(S).
7.30 Great
Continental
Railway
Journeys (R) (S).
7.10 FILM: Chronicle
(Josh Trank
2012) Sci-fi
thriller, starring
Dane DeHaan
(S).
7.00 You’ve Been
Framed!
Gold Top 100
Holidays
Vacation
calamities
(R) (S).
8pm
8.00 Mastermind (S).
8.30 Christmas
University
Challenge 2017
The final of the
quiz. Last in the
series (S).
8.00 River Monsters
New series (S).
8.30 Coronation
Street Phelan
clashes with
Luke (S).
8.00 Jamie And
Jimmy’s Friday
Night Feast
With comedian
Greg Davies (S).
8.00 Costa Del
Celebrity New
series. Five
celebs travel to
Spain to sample
life on the Costa
Blanca (S).
8.00 Only Yesterday:
The Carpenters’
Story The lives
of Richard
and Karen
Carpenter (R)
(S).
8:50 Three
Billboards
Interview
Special
8.00 Two And A Half
Men Alan’s
affair with
Lyndsey is
jeopardised (S).
8.30 Superstore (S).
9pm
9.00 Rome Unpacked
Part one of
two. Giorgio
Locatelli
explores Italy’s
capital (S).
9.00 The Big
Soap Quiz:
Coronation
Street V
Emmerdale
Stars face off
(S).
9.00 FILM: The
Beatles: Eight
Days A Week
– The Touring
Years (Ron
Howard 2016)
Premiere (S).
9.00 Celebrity Big
Brother Full
House Live The
ups and downs
of BB life (S).
9.00 Top Of The Pops:
The Story Of
1985 Recalling
the year of Live
Aid (S).
9.00 FILM: Red 2
(Dean Parisot
2013) Action
thriller sequel,
starring Bruce
Willis (S).
9.00 FILM:
Bridesmaids
(Paul Feig
2011) Comedy,
starring Kristen
Wiig (S).
10pm
10.00BBC News (S).
10.25 BBC Regional
News; Weather
(S).
10.35 Graham
Norton’s Good
Guest Guide (S).
10.00QI With Josh
Widdicombe,
Susan Calman
and Rich Hall
(S).
10.30 Newsnight (S).
10.00ITV News;
Weather (S).
10.30 ITV Regional
News; Weather
(S).
10.40 Guess The Star
(R) (S).
10.00Will & Grace
New series.
The US sitcom
returns (S).
10.30 Celebrity Big
Brother (S).
10.00Top Of The Pops:
1985 Big Hits
Memorable hits
of Live Aid year
(S).
11pm
11.25 Enterprice
Comedy (S).
11.50 FILM: Shanghai
Noon (Tom Dey
2000) Comedy
Western (S).
11.05 Deep Water
New series.
Australian
crime drama
starring Noah
Taylor and Yael
Stone (S).
11.40 Take Me Out
Celebrity
Special With
James “Arg’
Argent, Melvin
Odoom and Nile
Wilson (R) (S).
11.10 FILM: The
Bourne Legacy
(Tony Gilroy
2012) Spy
thriller sequel,
starring Jeremy
Renner (S).
11.05 Celebrity Big
Brother’s Bit On
The Side Rylan
Clark-Neal
presents the
CBB companion
show (S).
11.00 Radio 2 In
Concert: Tears
For Fears
Highlights of a
performance by
the 1980s band
(S).
11.15 FILM: Insidious
(James Wan
2010) Horror,
starring Patrick
Wilson and
Rose Byrne (S).
11.35 Family Guy
First-ever
episode of
the animated
comedy (R) (S).
1.40 BBC News (S).
12.00 Deep Water (S).
12.55 Darcey Bussell:
Looking For Fred Astaire
(R) (S). 1.55 Judi Dench: My
Passion For Trees (R) (S).
2.55 The Ultimate Disco
Movie (R) (S). 4.05 This Is
BBC Two (S).
12.30 Jackpot247 3.00
Alphabetical (R) (S). 3.50
ITV Nightscreen
1.40 FILM: Piranha 3DD
(John Gulager 2012) (S).
3.05 Prince: Last Year Of
A Legend (R). 4.00 Kitchen
Nightmares USA (R).
4.50 Location, Location,
Location (R). 5.45 Kirstie’s
Vintage Gems (R) (S).
12.00 SuperCasino (S).
3.10 GPs: Behind Closed
Doors (R) (S). 4.00 My
Mum’s Hotter Than Me! (R)
(S). 4.45 House Doctor (R).
5.10 Wildlife SOS (R). 5.35
Chinese Food In Minutes
(R). 5.50 Access (S).
12.00 TOTP2: 80s Special
(R) (S). 1.00 Top Of The
Pops: The Story Of 1985
(R) (S). 2.00 Top Of The
Pops: 1985 Big Hits (R) (S).
3.00 Only Yesterday: The
Carpenters’ Story (R) (S).
4.00 Close
1.20 FILM: Insidious:
Chapter 2 (James Wan
2013) Horror sequel,
starring Patrick Wilson
and Rose Byrne (S). 3.30
Close
12.05 Family Guy (R) (S).
12.35 American Dad! (R) (S).
1.05 American Dad! (R) (S).
1.30 Two And A Half Men
(R) (S). 2.00 Superstore (R)
(S). 2.25 Teleshopping 5.55
ITV2 Nightscreen
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
(S). 11.45 Close Calls: On
Camera (S). 12.15 Bargain
Hunt (S). 1.00 BBC
News At One; Weather
(S). 1.30 BBC Regional
News; Weather (S). 1.45
Doctors (S). 2.15 Father
Brown (S). 3.00 I Escaped
To The Country (S). 3.45
The Farmers’ Country
Showdown (S). 4.30
Antiques Road Trip (S).
5.15 Pointless (S).
6pm
7pm
Late
Graham Norton offers
his ‘Good Guest Guide’
10.35pm, BBC1
Greg Davies has a go at
a Thai green curry with
the help of Jamie Oliver
and Jimmy Doherty
8pm, Channel 4
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). 8.20
Emmerdale (R) (S). 8.50
Coronation Street (R) (S).
9.25 The Ellen DeGeneres
Show (R) (S). 10.10 Who’s
Doing The Dishes? (R) (S).
11.10 Dress To Impress (R)
(S). 12.10 Emmerdale (R)
(S). 12.45 Emmerdale (R)
(S). 1.15 Coronation Street
(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).
A matter of taste:
‘Rome Unpacked’
9pm, BBC2
i FRIDAY
5 JANUARY 2018
outtakes from a year which saw Billy
Bragg and The Style Council share
the charts with A-ha. Evergreen
survivor Shakin’ Stevens, meanwhile,
had the Christmas number one,
while there is a recent concert by
one of the decade’s most successful
duos, Tears For Fears, at 11pm.
FILM
CHOICE
LAURENCE PHELAN
===
Graham Norton’s
Good Guest Guide
10.35pm, BBC1
Some entertaining highlights from
what is now a decade of Graham
Norton’s BBC chat show are
cunningly packaged as a tongue-incheek guide for celebrities hoping to
survive their stint on the host’s sofa.
Ricky Gervais and Julie Walters are
among those describing what it’s like
actually to be a guest.
FILM OF THE DAY
===
GoodFellas
Chronicle
10pm, ITV4
(Martin Scorsese, 1990)
Scorsese’s gangster drama, based
on the memoirs of the mob informer
Henry Hill (Ray Liotta) and set in the
New York of the 1950s, 1960s and
1970s, is a truly bravura piece of
film-making. It’s a sociological study
of men living apart from the rest of
the world, according to rules of their
own devising and with their own
version of capitalism characterised
by extreme risks and excessive
rewards. It is so gruesomely
compelling and so exhilarating that
you can’t take your eyes off it for a
second. Co-stars Robert De Niro and
Joe Pesci (left, with Liotta) brilliantly
delineate two different shades of
psychopathy as Hill’s cohorts.
7.10pm, Film4
(Josh Trank, 2012)
When used well, as in this film
about three high-school kids who
develop superpowers, the “found
footage” conceit lends a frisson of
verisimilitude to outlandish events.
The believable dialogue helps too.
6.55 Murder, She
Wrote A
jeweller is
murdered
and a famous
actress’s tiara is
stolen (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: Home Or Away
(R) (S). 12.35 A Place In The
Sun: Home Or Away (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 The
gang has a
Sheldon-free
weekend (R) (S).
6.25 Four In A Bed
(R) (S).
6.55 The Supervet
Noel Fitzpatrick
helps a cat walk
again. Last in
the series (R) (S).
6.00 Futurama (R)
(S).
6.30 The Simpsons
Homer resolves
to be more
generous (R) (S).
6.00 House A
violent incident
has serious
consequences
for one member
of the team (R)
(S).
7.00 Hollyoaks Diane
gives Tony an
ultimatum (S).
7.30 Hollyoaks: Gay
Dads Forever
(S).
7.55 Grand Designs
A former
blacksmith
devises his own
way of building
a house (R) (S).
7.00 The Simpsons
(R) (S).
7.30 The Simpsons
Homer builds a
robot for Bart
(R) (S).
7.00 CSI: Crime
Scene
Investigation A
woman is found
crucified in a
church (R) (S).
8.00 The Simpsons
8.30 Modern Family
The PritchettDunphy-Tuckers
look back at
their run-ins
with celebrities.
8.00 Blue Bloods
Danny and Baez
are determined
to get justice
for a woman
held hostage (R)
(S).
9.00 Delicious A
vengeful Gina
sets out to
give Sam a
40th birthday
she will never
forget.
9.00 Game Of
Thrones The
Night’s Watch
stands behind
Alliser Thorne
(R) (S).
10.00A League Of
Their Own
James Corden
hosts the sports
quiz (R) (S).
10.00Game Of
Thrones
Tommen
confronts the
High Sparrow
(R) (S).
8.00 Rosemary
& Thyme A
murder takes
place at a
monastery (R)
(S).
8.00 The Crystal
Maze: Celebrity
Special Steve
Jones, Joey
Essex and Jodie
Kidd compete
(R) (S).
9.00 Rosemary
& Thyme A
murder occurs
at a famous
botanist’s home
(R) (S).
9.00 FILM: Fast
& Furious 6
(Justin Lin 2013)
Action thriller
sequel, with Vin
Diesel (S).
9.00 FILM: Pride &
Prejudice (Joe
Wright 2005)
Period drama,
starring Keira
Knightley (S).
10.00Foyle’s War
American
GIs arrive in
Hastings (R) (S).
12.05 Inspector Morse (R)
(S). 2.10 Love And Marriage
(R) (S). 3.05 Agatha
Christie’s Marple (R) (S).
4.45 Richard Wilson On
The Road (R) (S). 5.10 Judge
Judy (R) (S). 5.35 ITV3
Nightscreen
6.00 Futurama (R) (S).
7.00 The Simpsons (R) (S).
7.30 Football’s Funniest
Moments (R). 8.00 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) (S).
4.00 Modern Family (R) (S).
4.30 Modern Family (R) (S).
5.00 The Simpsons (R) (S).
5.30 Futurama (R) (S).
6.00 Fish Town (R) (S).
7.00 The Guest Wing (R)
(S). 8.00 Richard E Grant’s
Hotel Secrets (R) (S). 9.00
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).
High Maintenance
Now TV/Sky Box Sets
Cult comedy following an NYC
cannabis dealer’s many clients.
9pm, Channel 4
(Ron Howard, 2016)
Covering their careers as a touring
live act, from the Cavern Club to
Candlestick Park in San Francisco,
this doc strips away everything else
to reveal the Beatles as one of the
great rock’n’roll bands.
6.30am The Radio 1 Breakfast
Show With Scott And Chris
10.00 Jordan North 12.45pm
Newsbeat 1.00 Cel And Katie
4.00 The Official Chart With
MistaJam 5.45 Newsbeat 6.00
BBC Radio 1’s Dance Anthems
With MistaJam 7.00 Annie Mac
9.00 Pete Tong 11.00 Danny
Howard 1am B.Traits 4.00
Radio 1’s Essential Mix
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 Seani B 9.00
Semtex 11.00 Sir Spyro 1am
Kan D Man And DJ Limelight
4.00 Diplo And Friends
BBC Radio 2
11.35 The Big Bang
Theory The
friends cross
paths again with
Wil Wheaton (R)
(S).
11.35 It Was Alright
In The 1960s
Revisiting
television of the
1960s (R) (S).
11.00 The Simpsons
Krusty agrees
to run for
Congress (R) (S).
11.30 The Simpsons
(R) (S).
11.00 Game Of
Thrones Jorah
and Daario
undertake a
difficult task (R)
(S).
12.00 The Big Bang Theory
(R) (S). 12.30 Gogglebox
(R) (S). 1.25 Rude Tube (R)
(S). 2.25 Tattoo Fixers (R)
(S). 3.20 The Crystal Maze:
Celebrity Special (R) (S).
4.15 Rude(ish) Tube (R) (S).
4.40 Charmed (R) (S).
12.40 Ramsay’s Kitchen
Nightmares USA (R) (S).
1.40 Ramsay’s Hotel Hell
(R) (S). 2.35 Grand Designs
(R) (S). 3.40 Close
12.00 The Force: North
East (R) (S). 1.00 Air
Ambulance ER (R) (S). 2.00
Hawaii Five-0 (R) (S). 3.00
Hawaii Five-0 (R) (S). 4.00
NCIS: Los Angeles (R) (S).
5.00 Stop, Search, Seize
(R) (S).
12.10 War Dog: A Soldier’s
Best Friend (R) (S). 1.35
Dexter (R). 2.45 Banshee
(R) (S). 4.00 The West Wing
(R) (S). 5.00 The West Wing
(R) (S).
BBC iPlayer
Office-style mockumentary
about cousins living in a very
different part of the Cotswolds
to the Chipping Norton set.
The Beatles: Eight Days A Week
– The Touring Years
BBC Radio 1
6.00 Hollyoaks (R) (S). 6.30
Streetmate (R) (S). 7.00
Charmed (R) (S). 9.00 FILM:
The Rugrats Movie (Igor
Kovalyov, Norton Virgien
1999) (S). 10.35 Rude(ish)
Tube (R) (S). 11.00 The
Goldbergs (R) (S). 11.30 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).
ON DEMAND
This Country
===
Radio
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). 9.55 Judge
Judy (R) (S). 10.25 Judge
Judy (R) (S). 10.50 FILM:
The Belles Of St Trinian’s
(Frank Launder 1954)
Comedy, starring Alastair
Sim (S). 12.35 The Royal (R)
(S). 1.40 Heartbeat (R) (S).
2.40 Classic Coronation
Street (R) (S). 3.15 Classic
Coronation Street (R) (S).
3.50 Agatha Christie’s
Marple (R) (S). 5.55
Heartbeat (R) (S).
39
6.30am Mark Goodier 9.30
Ken Bruce 12noon Jeremy
Vine 2.00 Steve Wright In The
Afternoon 5.00 Simon Mayo
7.00 Tony Blackburn’s Golden
Hour 8.00 Friday Night Is
Music Night 10.00 Sounds Of
The 80s 12mdn’t Anneka Rice:
The Happening 2.00 Radio 2’s
Funky Soul Playlist 3.00 Radio
2 Playlist: New To 2 4.00 Radio
2 Playlist: 21st Century Songs
5.00 Huey On Saturday
BBC Radio 3
6.30am Breakfast. With Petroc
Trelawny. 9.00 Essential
Classics. With guest Harrison
Birtwistle. 12noon Composer
Of The Week: Colin Matthews.
Presented by Donald Macleod.
1.00 News 1.02 Radio 3
Lunchtime Concert. Ian Skelly
presents highlights of the
Schubertiade. 2.00 Afternoon
Concert. Arvo Pärt’s Symphony
No 4 “Los Angeles”. 5.00 In
Tune. Music and arts news.
7.00 In Tune Mixtape. An
imaginative, eclectic mix of
music. 7.30 Radio 3 In Concert.
Music by Esa-Pekka Salonen
and Rautavaara. 10.00 The
Verb. With Ron Padgett, Hollie
McNish, Laurie Bolger, Lennox
Cato and Harry Giles. 10.45 The
Essay: Brick, Stone, Steel, Glass
11.00 World On 3 1am Through
The Night
BBC Radio 4
6am Today 9.00 Her Story
Made History 9.30 The Ideas
That Make Us 9.45 Book Of
The Week: The Vital Spark:
Appointment In Arezzo
10.00 Woman’s Hour 11.00
My Father’s Israel 11.30 The
Pale Horse 12noon News
12.04 Home Front 12.15 You
And Yours 1.00 The World
At One 1.45 Conflict And
Co-operation: A History
Of Trade 2.00 The Archers
2.15 Drama: The Vital Spark:
Intelligence 3.00 Gardeners’
Question Time 3.45 From Fact
To Fiction 4.00 Last Word
4.30 A Good Read 4.55 The
Listening Project 5.00 PM
5.57 Weather 6.00 Six O’Clock
News 6.30 The News Quiz.
New series. Miles Jupp returns
with the topical comedy panel
game. 7.00 The Archers. Pip
Bonus Family
Netflix
Missing Cold Feet? Try this
Swedish dramedy as it follows
an estranged couple’s new lives.
prepares for a big night. 7.15
Front Row. Arts programme.
7.45 Shardlake: Heartstone. By
CJ Sansom. 8.00 The Listening
Project In Hull. Fi Glover and
guests reflect on Hull’s year
as UK City of Culture. 8.50 A
Point Of View. Reflections on a
topical issue. 9.00 Home Front
Omnibus. Parts 35-40. By
Katie Hims. Last in the series.
10.00 The World Tonight.
News round-up. 10.45 Book At
Bedtime: How To Stop Time.
By Matt Haig. 11.00 Great
Lives. Science entertainer
Helen Arney chooses pioneer
physicist Hertha Ayrton as
a great life. 11.30 Her Story
Made History. President of
Liberia, Ellen Johnson Sirleaf.
Last in the series. 11.55 The
Listening Project. A life model
resolves her relationship with
her artist father. 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
IPM
BBC Radio 4 LW
7.30am Today 9.45 Daily
Service 12.01pm Shipping
Forecast 5.54 Shipping
Forecast 11.00 Test Match
Special 1am Test Match Special
5.30 Test Match Special
BBC Radio 4 Extra
6am Dr Finlay: The Adventures
Of A Black Bag 6.30 Looking
For Ripley 7.00 The Leopard
In Autumn 7.30 Just William
– Live! 8.00 I’m Sorry I’ll Read
That Again 8.30 Albert And Me
9.00 The Motion Show 9.30
After Henry 10.00 Far From
The Madding Crowd 11.00
Writing Lives 11.15 Take Me
To The North Laine 12noon I’m
Sorry I’ll Read That Again 12.30
Albert And Me 1.00 Dr Finlay:
The Adventures Of A Black
Bag 1.30 Looking For Ripley
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
Pick
ofthe
day
The Madding Crowd 4.00 The
Motion Show 4.30 After Henry
5.00 The Leopard In Autumn
5.30 Just William – Live! 6.00
I Am Legend 6.30 Soul Music
7.00 I’m Sorry I’ll Read That
Again 7.30 Albert And Me 8.00
Dr Finlay: The Adventures
Of A Black Bag 8.30 Looking
For Ripley 9.00 Writing Lives
9.15 Take Me To The North
Laine 10.00 Comedy Club:
Hey Hey We’re The Monks
10.30 Comedy Club: On The
Hour 10.55 Comedy Club: The
Comedy Club Interview 11.00
Comedy Club: The Harpoon
11.30 Comedy Club: Life: An
Idiot’s Guide 12mdn’t I Am
Legend 12.30 Soul Music 1.00
Dr Finlay: The Adventures
Of A Black Bag 1.30 Looking
For Ripley 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 Motion Show
4.30 After Henry 5.00 The
Leopard In Autumn 5.30 Just
William – Live!
BBC 5 Live
6am 5 Live Breakfast 10.00
5 Live Daily With Chris
Warburton 1pm The Friday
Sports Panel 2.00 Kermode
And Mayo’s Film Review 4.00
5 Live Drive 7.00 5 Live Sport:
The Friday Football Social
10.00 Adrian Goldberg 1am
Up All Night 5.00 5 Live Boxing
With Costello & Bunce 5.30 5
Live Sport: The Friday Football
Social
BBC 6 Music
7am Shaun Keaveny 10.00
Mary Anne Hobbs 1pm Mark
Radcliffe 4.00 Steve Lamacq
7.00 Iggy Pop 9.00 Tom
Ravenscroft 12mdn’t Nemone’s
Electric Ladyland 2.00 6 Music
Classic Concert 3.00 6 Music
Live Hour 4.00 The First Time
With Wilko Johnson 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. A tribute to the work
of George Gershwin. 10.00
Smooth Classics 1am Katie
Breathwick 4.00 Emma Nelson
Absolute Radio
Radio 3
Lunchtime
Concert
1.02pm,
BBC Radio 3
Ian Skelly presents
highlights of the
Schubertiade,
including cellist
Sol Gabetta
(above) performing
Brahms’ Sonata No
1 in E minor, Op 38.
6am Andy Bush 10.00 Leona
Graham 1pm Sarah Champion
4.00 Pete Donaldson 7.00
Absolute 80s With Claire
Sturgess 10.00 Chris Martin
4am Martyn Lee
Heart
6am Jamie And Emma
9.00 Toby Anstis 1pm Matt
Wilkinson 4.00 JK And Lucy
7.00 Club Classics 9.00
Annaliese 1am James Merritt
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 The
Two Mikes 1am Extra Time
With Tom Latchem
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AGENDA
What’sontoday...
Visual Arts
BP PORTRAIT AWARD 2017
Scottish National Portrait Gallery,
Edinburgh
The exhibition, which originally
ran at London’s National Portrait
Gallery, is now in Edinburgh,
showcasing work selected
from 2,580 entries by artists
from 87 countries, including the
winner of the £30,000 first prize,
Breech! by Benjamin Sullivan.
(0131 624 6200) to 11 Mar
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,
including pieces that have not
been seen in public for more than
80 years and a few that have only
come to light in recent years.
On show are Elwin Hawthorne,
Walter and Harold Steggles,
Cecil Osborne, John Cooper,
Phyllis Bray and Grace Oscroft.
(023 8083 3007) to Sat
PETER DOIG
Michael Werner Gallery, London W1
The draw of this show of
paintings, all from the past couple
of years, is partly the appeal of
an artist, now nearly 60, who is
unconcerned with mind-boggling
concepts but whose work can
still sell for tens of millions of
dollars. He’s 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.
(020 7495 6855) to 17 Feb
A GREEN AND PLEASANT LAND:
BRITISH LANDSCAPE AND THE
IMAGINATION: 1970S TO NOW
Towner Gallery, Eastbourne
A free survey of artists who have
shaped our understanding of
the British landscape and its
relationship to identity, place
and time, featuring work by
more than 50 artists, primarily
photographers, exploring how
an artist’s own cultural, political
or spiritual ideologies shapes
their depiction of urban and rural
landscape. (01323 434670) to 21 Jan
REMBRANDT: LIGHTENING
THE DARKNESS
Castle Museum & Art Gallery, Norwich
Rembrandt was a supreme
communicator through light
and shadow, whether portraying
divine transcendence or purely
human concerns. This exhibition
focuses on the Dutch master’s
uses of light and shade, with
selections from the extraordinary
collection of 93 etchings held
at Norwich Castle, combined
with a group of related oil
paintings and drawings on loan.
(01603 493625) to Sun
TURNER PRIZE
Ferens Gallery, Hull
The Turner Prize has moved
from London to Hull for 2017,
with a free exhibition of the
four shortlisted artists for the
£25,000 prize. This is the first
year that older artists have been
considered, with a list including
two over the age of 50: British
painter Hurvin Anderson is
52, while Lubaina Himid, this
year’s winner, who was born in
Zanzibar, is 62. German artist
Andrea Buttner and PalestinianEnglish artist Rosalind
Nashashibi are both in their
forties. (01482 300 300) to Sun
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
PAULA REGO: THE BOY WHO
LOVED THE SEA AND OTHER
STORIES
Jerwood Gallery, Hastings
At the heart of this show, the
first major exhibition of new
work by Paula Rego in a UK
public art gallery for a decade, is
a set of paintings, drawings and
sculptures inspired by a 2005
story by Hélia Correia, “The Boy
Who Loved the Sea”.
(01424 728377) to Sun
A WALK IN THE WOODS: A
CELEBRATION OF TREES IN
BRITISH ART
The Higgins, Bedford
The role of trees and woodland
in British landscape painting,
with pieces drawn from the Cecil
Higgins Art Gallery Collection.
Among the 40 watercolours,
drawings and prints from the
past two centuries are works
by John Constable, John Sell
Cotman, Edward Lear, Samuel
Palmer, Paul Nash, Graham
Sutherland and Lucian Freud.
galleries seem gloomy because
of the low light needed to protect
these fragile pictures, but slowly
Degas’ riot of colour sings
from the walls, making for
a quietly breathtaking show.
(020 7747 2885) to 7 May
Dance
CINDERELLA
Sadler’s Wells, London EC1
Matthew Bourne reimagines
the fairy tale as a wartime
romance. The prince becomes
a dashing pilot searching for
Cinderella through the rubble of
the Blitz, with swirling fantasy
from Prokofiev’s score and Lez
Brotherston’s brilliant designs.
LATE NIGHT GIMP FIGHT
Soho Theatre, London W1
dysfunctional newlyweds, plus
projections by cartoonist Chris
Riddell) with Lyadov’s Enchanted
Lake and Dukas’s The Sorcerer’s
Apprentice. Bridgewater Hall,
The “washed-up boy band of
sketch comedy”, who cut their
teeth at the Soho Theatre,
return for their first new show
in four years. Expect an
abundance of bad taste, rabid
puerility – and a rollicking good
night. (020 7478 0100) to Sat
Manchester (0161 907 9000)
tonight 7.30pm; Royal Concert Hall,
Nottingham (0115 989 5555) Sat
7.30pm; Barbican Hall, London EC2
(020 7638 8891) Sun 7pm
SPENCER JONES
Soho Theatre, London W1
Folk & Roots
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
Classical
BAROQUE AT THE EDGE
LSO St Luke’s, London EC1
NORMAFEST
Various venues, Whitby
Celebrating all things Norma
Waterson with an opening-day
bill today that features Irish
Traveller singer Thomas
McCarthy, south London
singer Lisa Knapp, and the Gift
Band featuring Norma herself
alongside daughter Eliza and
husband Martin Carthy.
(01947 458899) to Sun
Created by Scottish Ballet’s
founder Peter Darrell, the
company’s Nutcracker has been
lovingly restored, its sparkling
designs updated by Lez
Brotherston. (0844 871 7647) to
Spun off from the long-running
Lufthansa Festival of Baroque
Music, this new series aims to
spawn creative fusions between
Baroque and other musical
styles. It opens with pianist
Joanna MacGregor playing a
boundary-blurring mix of Byrd,
Purcell, Rameau, Couperin,
Messiaen, Gubaidulina,
Birtwistle, Glass and more.
13 Jan
(020 7638 8891) tonight 7.30pm
(020 7437 9595) to Sun
Comedy
NATIONAL YOUTH ORCHESTRA
OF GREAT BRITAIN
Various venues
ALICE RUSSELL
Ronnie Scott’s, London W1
(020 7863 8000) to 27 Jan
THE NUTCRACKER
Theatre Royal, Glasgow
STEWART LEE
Leicester Square Theatre, London WC2
The comedian settles into the
second leg of his annual Leicester
Square residency. Content
Provider is a wonderfully snarky,
poison-pen letter to Brexit.
(020 7734 2222) to 3 Feb
Mark Elder conducts 164 of the
nation’s finest teenage musicians
in a fairytale programme
coupling Bartók’s one-act
psychodrama Duke Bluebeard’s
Castle (directed by Daisy Evans
and featuring Robert Hayward
and Claudia Mahnke as the
Jazz
SCOTT HAMILTON QUARTET
Pizza Express Jazz Club, London W1
The mellifluous American tenor
saxophonist returns with a book
full of standards and a British
quartet of pianist John Pearce,
bassist Dave Green and
Steve Brown on drums.
The soul and blues vocalist on
Brighton’s Tru Thoughts label
plays three nights at Ronnie’s,
drawing on her six albums,
including her most recent, 2013’s
To Dust, with a band including
guitarist Alex Cowan and
violinist Mike Simmons.
(020 7439 0747) to Sat
MANUEL HARLAN
Pick
ofthe
day
(01234 718618) to 25 Feb
ROY LICHTENSTEIN
Tate, Liverpool
More than 20 works, drawn from
the Artist Rooms collection, chart
the artist’s career, from his early
interest in landscape to his pop
paintings influenced by comic
strips and advertising imagery.
The free display also presents a
three-screen installation, his only
work with film, which was made
after spending two weeks at
Universal Studios in 1969.
(tate.org.uk) to 17 Jun
DRAWN IN COLOUR:
DEGAS FROM THE BURRELL
National Gallery, London WC2
Edgar Degas was set apart from
his Impressionist colleagues by
both his distaste for painting
outdoors and his late-career
preference for pastel over oil.
Examples of his pastels, plus the
occasional oil, lent by the Burrell
Collection in Glasgow, make up
the bulk of this show. Initially the
THEATRE
GUYS AND DOLLS
Royal Exchange, Manchester
Director Michael Buffong has moved the action uptown to Harlem for Britain’s first all-black production
of the 1950 Broadway classic, which brilliantly captures the spirit of Damon Runyon’s original New York
wise-guy street fables, with the talented cast of actors, singers and dancers of the Talawa Theatre Company
serving up a glamorous and colourful treat. Ashley Zhangazha and Ray Fearon dominate as the zoot-suited
rogues Sky Masterson and Nathan Detroit. (0161 833 9833) to 3 Feb
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MICA PARIS
Hideaway, London SW16
The British soul great scales
down to Hideaway proportions
for these two dates, taking
audiences on an intimate journey
through the gospel, soul and
jazz music that inspired her and
continues to influence her today.
(020 8835 7070) tonight and Sat
Theatre
THE GRINNING MAN
Trafalgar Studios, London SW1
A pared-back musical adaptation
of Victor Hugo’s 1869 novel,
L’Homme Qui Rit, devised at the
Bristol Old Vic by Tom Morris,
the director of War Horse, and
his creative team, starring Louis
Maskell as Grinpayne, who had
his face sadistically slashed from
ear to ear when he was a small
boy. Morris’s production unfolds
like a fevered, slightly bonkers
but luridly compelling fairy story.
(0844 871 7632) to 17 Feb
HAMILTON
Victoria Palace Theatre, London SW1
Sceptics wondered whether the
American subject matter and
idiom of Lin-Manuel Miranda’s
musical could survive the journey
from New York. But they have.
Hamilton is a knockout, and its
British cast is superb, with two
star-making performances from
Giles Terera and, in the title role,
magnetic newcomer Jamael
Westman. Believe the hype.
(hamiltonmusical.com) to 30 Jun
CELL MATES
Hampstead Theatre, London NW3
An astute revival of Simon
Gray’s 1995 play about double
agent George Blake and his
relationship with an Irish petty
criminal, Sean Bourke, one of
the men who helped him break
out of Wormwood Scrubs in
1966. Geoffrey Streatfeild elicits
sympathy for the loneliness of
Blake in his ideological prison
and excites repellence at his
ruthlessness in Edward Hall’s
production. (hampsteadtheatre.
com) to 20 Jan
impressive production offers
the pleasure of experiencing a
story that you love to dread
told in another medium that
traps the audience in the same
space as the characters.
(0844 871 7629) to 10 Mar
TWELFTH NIGHT
Royal Shakespeare Theatre,
Stratford-upon-Avon
The RSC has gone all-out on a
sumptuous design that positively
drips with opulence, in this
updating of the most bittersweet
of Shakespeare’s comedies to
the Aesthetic movement’s
heyday of the 1890s. Kara
Tointon plays Olivia and
Adrian Edmondson is Malvolio
in Christopher Luscombe’s
confident, light-on its-feet
staging. (01789 403493) to 24 Feb
A delicious touring version of
the story of Shrek, a grumpy
green ogre who lives in a swamp
and is not a typical fairytale
prince. This is a merry and
surprisingly romantic subversion
of stereotypes about love and
beauty, driven by two fine central
performances by Steffan Harri as
Shrek and Laura Main as Fiona.
(0844 871 3014) toSun
THE TWILIGHT ZONE
Almeida Theatre, London N1
The American dramatist Anne
Washburn has created a mash-up
of eight of the original shows
from the cult 60s TV series
The Twilight Zone, weaving the
strands in ways that increase
the tension and sense of
foreboding in these mixes of sci-fi,
supernatural fantasy and horror.
(020 7359 4404) to 27 Jan
BEAUTIFUL: THE CAROLE KING
MUSICAL
Palace Theatre, Manchester
Marc Bruni’s touring production
of the Carole King tribute
musical, with Bronté Barbé in the
lead. This journey through the
world of pop, beginning in 1958,
tells a gripping human story with
real feeling, and has some hugely
enjoyable 60s showbiz moments.
SCHOOL OF ROCK
New London Theatre, London WC2
(atgtickets.com) to Sat
THE LION, THE WITCH
AND THE WARDROBE
West Yorkshire Playhouse, Leeds
THE EXORCIST
Phoenix Theatre, London WC2
John Pielmeier’s intelligent stage
adaptation of William Peter
Blatty’s novel about the demonic
possession of a 12-year-old girl
and her actress mother’s fight to
reclaim her through an exorcism
admirably resists the temptation
to camp it up. Sean Mathias’s
With his surprise smash hit ‘Get Out’ up for two Golden
Globes on Sunday, Hollywood producer Jason Blum talks
microbudgets and Harvey Weinstein with Adam Sherwin
SHREK THE MUSICAL
Playhouse, Edinburgh
The kids are more than all right
– in fact, they are an absolute joy
in this ridiculously entertaining
show, with music by Andrew
Lloyd Webber, adapted from the
2003 movie and starring Gary
Trainor as a slacker wannabe
rocker who is dumped by his
band and winds up masquerading
as a supply teacher at a snooty
prep school. This fable about
the empowering force of music
crackles with mischief and sly
irreverence – and Lloyd Webber
has composed his happiest, most
confident score in a long while.
(0844 811 0052) to 13 Jan 2019
‘Give me $50m and I’d
make 10 $5m films’
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
GLENGARRY GLEN ROSS
Playhouse Theatre, London WC2
Christian Slater is in cracking
form as Ricky Roma, the slickest
of salesmen in a hyper-macho
estate agent’s office in Chicago,
in Sam Yates’ revival of David
Mamet’s drama. Roma is an
amoral monster, out only to
make money, but Slater floats
light as cloud, his devious
confidence tricks never
seeming manipulative but
instead sweetly conspiratorial.
(0844 871 7631) to 3 Feb
The players Blum (left) with ‘Get Out’ director Jordan Peele and cast Allison Williams and Daniel Kaluuya GETTY
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s Get Out a horror movie,
a thriller or a provocative
satire on racial tensions in
Trump’s America? Whichever label sticks, the film which
has grossed $255m (£188m) on a
$4.5m budget has become this
year’s surprise contender for
awards season.
Nominated for two Golden
Globes at Sunday night’s ceremony, the film gave British actor
Daniel Kaluuya a break-out role as
an African-American whose first
visit to his white girlfriend’s family
descends into a nightmare. Oscar
and Bafta nominations are likely
to follow next week.
Tactical manoeuvring by distributor Universal helped secure
the Globe nominations, for best
film and actor in the “musical or
comedy” categories – prompting
cast member Lil Rel Howery to
tweet that there’s “nothing funny
about racism”.
So what category does fit Get
Out? “It’s action, horror, comedy,
all of the above. But [director and
writer] Jordan Peele called it a
documentary,” says producer
Jason Blum, Hollywood’s king of
low-budget horror movies.
“We didn’t anticipate the outcry the Globes category would
cause. The only positive about
it is that people feel a passionate
connection to the movie,” says the
founder of Blumhouse Productions, which created the $900m
Paranormal Activity franchise
from a micro-budget 2007 film
costing $15,000.
The 48 year-old Los Angelean
has made his name by turning out
cost-effective, commercial genre
films which make a solid return.
Blum launched his career hustling to get college friend Noah
Baumbach’s debut movie Kicking
and Screaming financed in 1995.
After working in both the independent and studio sectors, he
hit on a formula. “Rather than
make expensive movies, I would
make smaller movies that would
be attractive to a studio who could
release them to a larger audience. Give me $50m and I’d still
make 10 $5m movies. I enjoy the
restrictions; I believe you make
better movies when everyone involved only gets paid if what you
do makes money. It makes the conversations more honest.”
Happy Death Day, Blum’s most
recent high-concept, $5m horror
release, has also grossed more
than $100m worldwide. Blum isn’t
tied to the horror genre, though.
He signed on as co-producer of
the Oscar-winning music teaching drama Whiplash when writer-director Damien Chazelle
struggled to acquire financing.
“No one would make it, so we financed a short movie, which won
If it gets people
talking about racism
in America, that’s the
first step towards
making it better
Sundance.” His credits include
HBO’s Emmy-winning docu-series The Jinx and he is currently
casting for an actor to play Roger
Ailes, the late Fox News founder
forced out of the company amid
a sexual harassment scandal, for a
television series.
Blum’s fast talk falters only
when he recalls the four years he
worked directly for Harvey Weinstein in the disgraced producer’s
film acquisition unit. The “psychological warfare” he endured
included being scorched by a lit
cigarette during a hotel meltdown.
Blum says he had “100 per cent
no idea” that Weinstein’s behaviour
extended to sexual harassment
and rape, which the latter denies.
“I thought he was a bully and definitely gross in how he talked about
women, but not a rapist.”
Blum himself is now moving
into uncharted territory. “We’re
doing an arthouse film and are
talking to a big-name actor who
I’m being very clear with: ‘You’re
not going to make any money up
front or on the back end’, because
this is straight art and I don’t think
it’s going to make any money.”
For Blum, Get Out is the perfect
mix of art and commerce. “If it
gets people talking about racism
in America, that’s the first step towards making it better.” Perhaps
President Trump will screen it at
the White House? “He should see
it. It would be good for Trump, because it’s about him. But he won’t
because he’s too busy watching
eight hours of Fox News a day.”
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BOOKS
FR DAY
Virile musings on men, women and war
DON’T SAVE ANYTHING
James Salter
(Counterpoint Press, £12)
Review by Alasdair Lees
T
he great American
writer James Salter
was only just finding
wider acclaim when he
died aged 90 in 2015.
For many years a writer’s writer
admired by authors from Susan
Sontag to Richard Ford, he produced an arresting body of work
spanning novels, short stories,
screenplays, memoirs and journalism. His masculine, lyrical
style has often been compared to
Hemingway, but it is more purposefully beatific and sensual.
He takes a more compassionate
view of men and women maturing
through war, sex and work, the
“great games”, he called them, of
the grown-up 20th-century world.
Don’t Save Anything, a new collection of non-fiction pieces for publications such as Esquire and The
Paris Review, provides a welcome
entry point to his preoccupations.
A graduate of West Point, Salter
was a fighter pilot in Korea, a period documented in his novel The
Hunters. He is one of the masters
of writing about the US military
and Don’t Save Anything includes
a handful of essays on this theme.
“Cool Heads” recounts one of
two incidents where he comes
close to being killed. It’s a taut
study of what courage means,
and how giving in to fear made
those who did “outcasts”, full of
“concealed shame”.
The exigencies of training at
America’s most prestigious military academy is summed up in
“The First Women Graduate”.
“There were women who missed
their periods until November,”
he relates. “Some, like women
in concentration camps, missed
them for a year.”
Salter meditates further on oldfashioned conceptions of courage
and honour in his profiles of great
skiers and rock-climbers such as
Toni Sailer and Royal Robbins. He
marvels at men such as Robbins,
facing walls “more than twice as
high as the Empire State… trying
to solve the rock as if it were the
door of a bank vault”.
Female readers, though, may be
irked by Salter’s focus on the virile, and his musings in the chapter “Men and Women”. “Women
have a harder duty in this world,”
he writes, “they have been given
their beauty in recompense.” In a
passage that resonates in the aftermath of the Weinstein scandal,
he posits that “men’s dream and
ambition is to have women… but
Slippery slope Feminists may raise an eyebrow at Salter’s comments on female skiers in Aspen AP
this is something that needs to be
restrained… Men will take what
they are not prevented from taking and the force of society must
be set against this impulse.”
In one of a number of travel
pieces about Aspen, he notes rapturously that “nothing is more
thrilling than a talented girl skiing
– boldness, grace, speed”. His romantic take on brothels in “When
Evening Falls” may well also have
feminists raising their eyebrows.
But if Salter’s fascination tends
toward the male, what men they
are. The chapters on Eisenhower and the Italian warrior-poet
Gabriele D’Annunzio are gripping.
Partly responsible for dragging
Italy into the First World War
with his inflammatory speeches,
the libertine D’Annunzio led torpedo-boat raids and commanded
a flying squadron, piloting “in
patent-leather boots and sometimes [holding] the bombs be-
tween his knees”. The modest,
“unheroic” Eisenhower, dismissed
as “clerk” and a “manager”,
“indistinguishable”, emerges
wondrously in Salter’s account
as a “great soldier and a great
man”, responsible for the Second
World War’s “greatest victory”,
D-Day, with “the army made over
in his image”.
This is a compelling and wholly
welcome introduction to Salter’s
writing. THE INDEPENDENT
ALSORELEASED
FUTURE HOME OF
THE LIVING GOD
Louise Erdrich
(Corsair, £18.99)
When Louise Erdrich’s new novel
opens, Cedar Hawk Songmaker,
a 26-year-old “adopted child of
Minneapolis liberals”, is four
months pregnant. For the first
time in her life, she’s moved
to discover more about her
biological parents – members
of the Ojibwe tribe – not least
because she wants to know if she
should be on the look-out for any
genetic abnormalities lying in
wait for her unborn child.
It’s certainly the right time to
be worrying about such issues,
since on this occasion Erdrich’s
fictional world is that of a nearfuture America marked by
“biological chaos.” Evolution
hasn’t simply stopped; it’s
actually going backwards.
This means a variety of things,
from the appearance of strange
prehistoric animals in backyards,
through to an extension of the
Patriot Act, under the Church of
the New Constitution that’s now
in charge of the US, which calls
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for “gravid female detention”.
Thus, what begins as a story
about motherhood and origins
quickly metamorphoses into an
action-packed escape adventure,
as Cedar fights for her freedom.
Although it might seem like
Future Home of the Living God is
its own unexpected mutation
in Erdrich’s oeuvre, the novel’s
underlying themes – of adoption,
parentage and lineage – have
also been central to some of her
other works, particularly the
two novels that preceded this,
the 2012 National Book Awardwinning The Round House, and its
follow-up LaRose.
As such, it would be unfair
to see this new work only as a
product of the current historical
moment, especially since Erdrich
has been very vocal about the fact
she began writing the novel back
in 2002, as a response to George
W Bush’s reinstatement of the
“global gag rule”, restricting
family planning assistance in
the US. Given today’s America’s
conservative agenda regarding
women’s reproductive rights, it
makes perfect sense, however,
that Erdrich’s story is seeing the
light of day now.
With the renewed interest
in The Handmaid’s Tale, it’s
impossible to not read Future
Home of the Living God as an
homage to Margaret Atwood’s
genre-defining novel. There
are also echoes of PD James’s
dystopian novel about mass
infertility, The Children of Men.
The problem, however, is
that while both Atwood and
James excel at the dystopian
world-building that underlies
their plots, Erdrich’s wider
world never convinces. The
introduction of every new detail
comes hand-in-hand with a series
of associated questions: how?
Why? It’s all so muddled in fact,
that even the elements which
Erdrich has proved herself a past
master of – the entanglements of
kith and kin – are also lacking.
It’s testament to her
considerable storytelling powers
that I found myself eagerly
turning each page to find out how
Cedar’s story plays out, but there
are simply too many unexplained
absences and leaps in the plot,
character development and
scene-setting for this to rival her
previous works. THE INDEPENDENT
1. The Fat-Loss Plan Joe Wicks (Bluebird)
2. Private Eye Annual 2017 Ian Hislop (Private Eye)
3. Bad Dad David Walliams (HarperCollins)
4. 5 Ingredients – Quick & Easy Food Jamie Oliver (Michael Joseph)
5. Diary of a Wimpy Kid: The Getaway Jeff Kinney (Penguin)
Lucy Scholes
AN UNREMARKABLE
BODY
Elisa Lodato
(W&N, £14.99)
In her pleasingly distinct debut,
Elisa Lodato sets out to tell the
story of a middle-aged woman’s
life through her autopsy report.
One day in February 2012,
30-year-old Laura arrives at her
mother’s house for lunch, only
to discover her body lying in a
heap at the bottom of the stairs,
her neck broken by the fall. In
the months that follow, and
while Laura attempts to process
her grief, questions about her
mother’s life start to nag at her,
namely why she apparently
sanctioned her husband’s affair
with the babysitter, for whom he
eventually left his wife and kids.
The structuring of the chapters
by means of an introductory
extract from the autopsy report
is rather ingenious.
Although not without its flaws,
An Unremarkable Body shows
notable promise. Occasional
over-writing – the description of
a cook who “simmered dinner
into submission”; or the sight
of a woman crying, “her body
sought to service emotion with
water” – and slightly stilted
dialogue are reminders that this
is a first novel, but I’m intrigued
to see what Lodato writes next.
THE INDEPENDENT
Lucy Scholes
STORM FOR THE
LIVING AND THE DEAD
Charles Bukowski
(Ecco, £20)
We get a full flavour of Bukowksi’s
preoccupations here – gutterlevel working-class life, sex, the
absurdity of the times, a love of
the zoo of life. Some poems, such
as “Tough Luck” – “I remember
this time in the German prison
camp / we gotta hold of this queer
/ they come in handy in times
of no women” – seem designed
to offend. Others, such as the
graphic “Love Song”, reflect his
desire to liberate poetry from
what he called “anti-truth”.
Alasdair Lees
DEAR ALFONSO
Mary Contini
(Birlinn, £17.99)
The latest book in Contini’s series
charting her family’s journey
from Italy to Scotland and the
setting up of the family business,
the celebrated deli Valvona &
Crolla. Carlo, her husband’s
father, was born in extreme
poverty in 1930s Pozzuoli, near
Naples. As such, he and his family
were fated to be hapless victims
of war. But even soup made from
two fish heads is rendered mouthwatering in Contini’s prose.
Kirsty McCluckie
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World
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THE WRITTEN WORLD: HOW
LITERATURE SHAPED HISTORY
Martin Puchner
(Granta, £14.99)
Review by Stuart Kelly
I
f there is one thing which separates humans from other
creatures, it is writing. Animals may show intelligence
and even communication
skills, but a crow is yet to write a
poem and an octopus has never
penned an autobiography. It is the
single most significant technology,
or as Puchner shows in The Written World, intersections of technologies, in our history. We are,
fundamentally, Homo Auctor.
It is a hard task to cover more
than 4,000 years of literary activity in less than 400 pages, but
Puchner makes a fair fist of it.
Some of the chapters are as one
would expect – Homer, the Bible,
One Thousand And One Nights, the
Declaration of Independence, the
Communist Manifesto. The introduction shows the askance way
Puchner approaches his topic,
with the Apollo 8 mission and
their use of biblical quotation to
Quills at the ready The 1776 signing of the Declaration of Independence
express the magnitude of seeing
for the first time an “earthrise”.
Other chapters deal with texts
readers may be less familiar with,
such as Lady Murasaki’s The Tale
Of Genji, the Mayan Popol Vuh
(an interesting aside on whether
or not literature and writing
developed not once, but twice),
and the Malian Sunjata story –
Puchner is especially good on
this, and the way in which an oral
text becomes a written text, and
reveals its acquaintance with
writing even while it was primarily a performance.
He is good as well on Anna
Akhmatova, and the many people who memorised her poem
“Requiem”, and the emergence of
samizdat publishing under Soviet
censorship. He has an interesting
take on an extended version of
the Axial Age, and ponders why
so many of the key figures – the
Buddha, Confucius, Socrates and
Jesus – eschewed writing.
Puchner also looks at the nuts
and bolts of writing. Clay, papyrus,
parchment and paper were all disruptive technologies, and there is
a degree of plus ça change when we
consider that Babylonians wrote
on tablets and Jewish priests and
Roman poets scrolled their works.
The combination of a wine press
and metal-working skills allowed
Gutenberg to revolutionise the
book. It is a pleasing irony that
Gutenberg began by printing indulgences and it was outrage at indulgences that led Martin Luther
to become the first print celebrity.
The broad sweep is good, but it
is sometimes at the expense of detail. “While some female novelists
would adopt a male pseudonym,
as George Eliot did, more often
they wrote under their own names
recording… the plight of governesses in England”. I take it this is
a reference to either Agnes Grey
or Jane Eyre. Likewise, there is a
throwaway reference to the first
printed Qur’an but no detail on Paganino and Alessandro Paganini
who produced it in 1537-8, or what
the implications were for the Ottoman Empire seeing Christians
using a machine to make copies of
the Qur’an with, like every Early
Modern book, errors.
There are cringe-inducing moments, too. Puchner talks about
his own American editor advising him he “needed a more constant presence in the book”. This
translates into various asides of “I
visited Pergamum/Palermo/the
British Museum/Jerusalem”. It’s
not the only inelegant repetition.
Phrases such as “foundational
text”, “textual fundamentalism”
and “origin story” are drummed
into readers as if we are a thick
class of students. As for the final
two chapters, they are the most…
one could say autobiographical,
but self-indulgent would be better.
ONEMINUTE
WITH…
Sarah Pinborough,
novelist
Where are you now and
what can you see?
In my bedroom in Stony
Stratford, packing to go to
Antwerp. Actually, I’m watching
Irvine Welsh fill our one small
suitcase with all his stuff. I can
also see a fair bit of mess. I’m
moving house soon and have lost
all will to tidy this one.
What are you currently reading?
I’m reading The Craftsman by
Sharon Bolton [out in April],
which is dark and fabulous. It’s a
very creepy thriller. I’ve started
reading it in daylight rather than
at bedtime. Riveting stuff.
Who is your favourite author
and why do you admire her/him?
COFFEE
TABLE
CHOICE
Hard to say just one, but Stephen
King has always had a place in
my heart because I lived and
breathed him as a teenager.
As an adult I tend to be a fan of
individual books rather than
authors; I’m lucky to be sent a
lot of books and there are plenty
of gems among them. Also, I
loved Justin Cronin’s The Passage
trilogy and Louise O’Neill’s Only
Ever Yours.
Describe the room where
you usually write…
Before I got my dog I’d work
in bed but now it’s laptop, sofa,
sofa blanket. I have a study I
never use, except to do exercise
videos through my iMac.
Which fictional character
most resembles you?
Someone once said I was just like
Jack Nicholson’s character in The
Last Detail. I always wanted to be
Fagin. I’m not sure what that says
about me.
Who is your hero/heroine
from outside literature?
It’s Hollywood, señor, but not as we know it. Fifty years ago, Almeria in south-east Spain became known as the movie capital of the world, its
landscape standing in for everywhere from the American West to North Africa to the Moon. David Lean’s ‘Lawrence of Arabia’, ‘Cleopatra’
starring Burton and Taylor and Sergio Leone’s westerns were all filmed there, and their abandoned sets remain to this day. In ‘Once Upon a
Time in Almeria: The Legacy of Hollywood in Spain’ (Daylight Books, £24.99), Mark Parascandola photographs these fantastical ghost towns.
Pictured: The Yellow Rose, the town saloon from Sergio Leone’s ‘For a Few Dollars More’ (1965).
I don’t really have heroes, but
there are so many real people
who do brilliant things every day
that no one hears about. I guess
we have to try to be our own
heroes rather than bit players.
‘Behind Her Eyes’ by Sarah
Pinborough is out now in
paperback (HarperCollins, £7.99)
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HOLBECK HILL, YO11
Price: £465,000
What they say: Elevated with
commanding views, this
penthouse apartment has
three bedrooms, a balcony
and modern fixtures.
Call: 01723 266894
D
ownsizing isn’t always the
final rung on the property
ladder, as Deborah Dufton
and David Cole discovered
when they converted a
historic schoolhouse into a bijou home
in the country.
The property, in a pretty village near
Malton, was certainly smaller than
their previous house but it still wasn’t
quite right for their lifestyle. They
love travelling and when they aren’t
enjoying city breaks in London and
other voyages of discovery they visit
their children in the south of England.
“We adored the house and the village,
but we go away a lot and the garden
became an issue. We also realised we
would benefit hugely from being close
to a railway station,” says Deborah.
With ease of maintenance, a good
cultural offering and a main-line station
top of the wish list, the couple were
pointed towards The Residence in York,
the conversion of the former Terry’s
chocolate factory in the sought-after
Bishopthorpe Road area. The luxury
flats were selling fast and choice was
limited, but they managed to buy a twobedroom property.
“We had to take what they had but it
turned out really well as we have a lovely
balcony with views of the Peace Garden.
Another benefit is there is plenty of
storage here,” says Deborah, a serial
mover and improver. She has a passion
for design and has restored, renovated
and extended more than 30 properties
in the UK and in America, where she
worked as a real estate agent selling
and dressing upmarket homes. The
interiors in her converted schoolhouse
were so well-planned that the property
was snapped up by the first people who
came to view. They also bought most of
the furniture and furnishings.
“I often sell my houses fully furnished.
Downsize
with taste
Sharon Dale meets a couple who transformed an
apartment in a former chocolate factory in York
It makes sense as the items were bought
specifically to suit. It also means I can
have a fresh start in my next home,”
says Deborah, who was delighted to
have a new project to focus on when she
and David got the keys.
While many fellow residents were
happy with the developer’s inoffensive
all-white decor, she had other ideas. Her
mission was to inject colour, warmth
and character into the property, which
includes a hall, open-plan living space,
ground-floor bedroom and en suite,
with a master bedroom and house
bathroom on the mezzanine level above.
“The plan was to create an elegant feel
to fit with the period building,” says
Deborah, who is a big fan of interior
designer Kit Kemp.
She began by painting the rear wall
of the open-plan space in Farrow &
Ball’s Drawing Room Blue, which is
complemented by yellow accessories,
including cushions from John Lewis.
A huge circular mirror on the opposite
wall enhances the feeling of space. The
flooring is wood-effect vinyl as The
Residence rules don’t allow wood floors,
which transfer noise to neighbouring
A wall
painted in
Drawing
Room Blue
(top) is a
backdrop
to some of
Deborah’s
collection
of art; the
newly
converted
Terry’s
factory
(below,
left); fabric
panels
allow light
to flood in
properties. It looks very convincing.
The kitchen, enlivened with a colourful
painting, and the bulk of the furniture is
new and bought to suit the space.
The sofa and chairs, rug and the
extendable dining table and chairs are
all from BoConcept at Redbrick Mill
in Batley – one of Deborah’s favourite
interiors stores. She found a discreet
glass coffee table at Oka and added
some antique and vintage pieces. The
carver chair by the kitchen is from
online store Vinteriors and originally
belonged to a Canadian senator. Above
it is a painting by Patrick Morgan.
Deborah also collects ceramics,
including work by one of her favourite
potters, David Roberts, a raku
specialist based in Holmfirth. “The
art brings the apartment to life. It’s a
very diverse mix but I buy what I like
and somehow it all goes together,” she
says. Keeping the interior filled with
natural light and views was important,
so curtains were shunned in favour of
fabric panels either side of the doubleheight windows. Weighted poles are
sewn into the bottom to keep them
perfectly straight and still. It also means
that when night falls, the sensational
Villeroy and Boch chandeliers reflect
and twinkle in the glass.
A plaster frieze adds a classical
touch to the outside wall and there’s
a comfortable seating area on the
balcony, which is screened with clever
planting by York-based Vertigrow. “We
love sitting out here,” says Deborah,
who says she can’t rule out another
move. “I’d love to do another property
but I’m not sure David would be too
happy about moving again.”
QUAY STREET, YO11
Price: £360,000
What they say: This Grade II
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OSGODBY CLOSE, YO11
Price: £450,000
What they say: This detached
property is on a generoussized plot and offers
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Immaculately presented.
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HIGH STREET, SCALBY, YO13
Price: £750,000
What they say: A fantastic
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Best
Buy
Home
{1} LAKELAND DRY SOON MINI
DELUXE 2-TIER HEATED AIRER
The larger three-tier Dry Soon
model has long been a favourite
of ours but this latest smaller
version is perfect for singles
or couples with less to dry. The
genius touch for anyone living in
a smaller space is that the hook is
designed for the rack to be hung
over the back of a door when not in
use. Cheap to run, the heated bars
give laundry a speedy drying time.
For example, underwear dries in a
couple of hours.
£100, lakeland.co.uk
{2} ADDIS EASI AIRER
A quality rack with sturdy struts
and joints, this comes with a threeyear guarantee. In a grey and
turquoise finish, there’s plenty of
room for a larger load of washing.
The great thing about this rack is
the ease of use – you don’t feel
like opening it could cost a finger.
Wide-set bars make for easy
hanging and to assemble the airer,
just pull the concertina action via
a soft-grip handle on top.
£35, amazon.co.uk
{3} ITALIAN DESIGN LARGE
FOLDING WOOD CLOTHES AIRER
This investment piece is more like
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airer has a capacity of 18m.
£27, vileda.com
Clothes airers and dryers
{9} ROBERT DYAS COUNTERTOP
DRYING RACK
This handy rack is small enough
to sit on a kitchen or utility room
countertop, and though it won’t
be large enough to accommodate
the whole wash, it is just the
ticket for separating underwear
or flimsier items you might not
want flapping on the line for all
the world to see. With a mesh tray
on the bottom for drying knitwear
and adjustable side racks, this one
folds flat to slot safely away when
not in use.
£15, robertdyas.co.uk
LesleyJoneslooks at indoor options when you can’t hang laundry outside
a piece of furniture than a flimsy
airer. You wouldn’t be ashamed
to have your privates on parade
if a neighbour popped by – this
is superbly designed and will be
in the family for years to come.
There’s a whopping 25m of drying
space, and expanding sides make
drying even super-king bed linen
a breeze.
£180, lakeland.co.uk
colour gives this door-hanging
airer a modern look. It’s a great
option for drying bulky towels,
embarrassing undies or anything
else that you’d rather keep out of
the line of sight. Ditch the tumble
dryer, buy an eco-friendlier
Brabantia airer online and the
company will plant a tree via the
WeForest initiative.
£23, amazon.co.uk
model that provides up to 15m of
drying space. What’s more, there
are adjustable hooks that can be
swung out from the sides to use
with hangers – handy if you have
lots of shirts to dry on laundry
day. Another bonus is the fact that
this model is on wheels, so you
can easily move it around your
utility room or patio.
£20, amazon.co.uk
{4} ITALIAN DESIGN WOODEN
CLOTHES AIRER
This unusual wooden dryer brings
a talking point to the laundry
room and is suitable for shirts
and items that can be popped on
to hangers and attached to one
of the outstretched bars. Can
accommodate at least two loads,
and comes with a storage bag.
£100, lakeland.co.uk
{6} IKEA FROST DRYER
Here’s a basic, lightweight plasticcoated hanger with a bargain price
tag that’s sturdy enough to take
daily use. At this price you can
afford to have them lined up – and
they also fold flat for easy storage.
The adjustable height means it
can easily handle even longer
items of laundry.
£10, ikea.com
{5} BRABANTIA HANGING
DRYING RACK
Indoors or out, the pop of
{7} DELUXE 3 TIER 15M
FOLDING AIRER
This is a great price for this
{8} VILEDA PREMIUM 2 IN 1
INDOOR TABLE DRIER
If you want to dry your washing
indoors, consider this well
constructed airer on wheels. If
you hate ironing, you’ll appreciate
the slightly wider drying bars,
which mean fewer creases
appearing on drying garments.
We also like the way the
“wings” on each side of the drier
can be removed and hooked over
a door or balcony for outdoor
laundry drying. This gives it top
marks for versatility. This
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{10} MINKY INDOOR/OUTDOOR
ROTARY AIRER
This looks like the traditional
rotary drier your mum used to
have in the garden, but thanks to
the stable tripod base, it can also
be brought indoors in a rush if the
heavens open. The rotary action
allows clothes to get a better
airing when used outdoors
– just remember to load it up
with items evenly on each side for
better stability.
£30, very.co.uk
THE INDEPENDENT
FA Cup All the
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Business
Business Editor Elizabeth Anderson
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business@inews.co.uk
RETAIL
Debenhams’ profits ‘to fall
between £55m and £65m’
By Laura Onita
Debenhams issued a stark profit
warning yesterday after an abysmal
Christmas spooked the City, savaging
the retailer’s shares.
It said profits for the year would
be lower than expected after it was
forced to slash prices in the run-up to
the festive period to boost sales.
The shares dropped 5p, or almost
15 per cent, to 30p as it admitted
earnings will fall between £55m and
£65m, dragging down rivals Marks
& Spencer and Next’s stocks, despite
the latter’s better-than-expected
sales. Analysts had been expecting
profits to be around £83m.
Debenhams said same-store sales
in Britain dropped 2.6 per cent in the
17 weeks to 30 December and it has
been trading “below expectations”
in its January sales as shoppers
shunned its typically popular
gift category.
“If I’d do anything different, gifting
would be more premium to be more
attractive and have less of a need
to discount products,” the chief
executive, Sergio Bucher, said.
The department store chain’s
9.9 per cent increase in online sales
failed to offset the 1.3 per cent decline
in same-store sales for the group. The
shares are now down 45 per cent over
the past year.
Debenhams has been struggling
Debenhams has had a
troubled few years, with
critics saying it has been too
slow to adapt to online shopping.
Shares in the company were
trading at 117p five years ago.
with increased competition and
changing shopping habits on the
high street and is in the middle of a
turnaround plan.
It has previously said 10 of its 176
stores may close. But Mr Bucher was
adamant no further stores will be
closed imminently. That is despite
plans to cut £10m in costs.
The money will come from a
management reshuffle, new deals
with suppliers and review of the
rent it pays for its stores and the
head office.
This is the second time in four years
Debenhams has been forced to issue
a profit warning after the crucial
trading period, which in 2014 led to
the sacking of its financial director.
Analysts at Investec downgraded it
to hold due to the “weak Christmas
trading”, while Liberum reiterated
its sell position.
Sergio Bucher said that no further
stores will be closed imminently
The disappointing performance
could be a sign of the difficulties
other retailers are facing, although
some have said this week that they
had a good Christmas. Fashion chain
Next said on Wednesday that sales
had jumped in the six weeks to 24
December, partly because of the
colder weather.
As a result, the company has
increased its annual profit guidance
by £8m to £725m. EVENING STANDARD
COURTS
Claims firm
boss fined
for inventing
road crash
By Josie Cox
Quote of
the day
The 30
Second
Briefing
Now a transaction
can happen any
place, at any time.
From sitting at
the kitchen table
to waiting for
a train
Greg Satell
The ‘Driving Innovation’
author on why retailers
must embrace online
shopping
EUROZONE
More good news for the eurozone
economy.
The bloc’s economy ended 2017 with
its strongest growth in almost seven
years, helped by a steep increase in
service sector activity and a nearrecord expansion of manufacturing
production, according to forecasts
released yesterday.
What were the figures?
IHS Markit’s Final Composite
Purchasing Managers’ Index rose to
58.1 in December in the 19 countries
that use the euro. This was up from
a reading of 57.5 in the previous
month and marked the highest level
since February 2011. Anything
above 50 signals expansion.
Chris Williamson, chief business
economist at IHS Markit, described
December as a “stellar end to 2017
for the eurozone”.
What does it mean?
The figures indicate that eurozone
GDP expanded by 0.8 per cent
during the fourth quarter of the year.
This would outpace the UK, where
overall GDP growth in the final
quarter of 2017 is expected to come
in between 0.4 and 0.5 per cent.
It comes after a strong third quarter
for the eurozone.
The eurozone economy grew by
0.6 per cent in the third quarter of
2017, and unemployment fell to its
lowest in almost nine years. The
unemployment rate fell to 8.9 per
cent of the workforce, or 14.5 million
people, in September.
What now?
Economists expect growth to
continue across the bloc this year,
Mr Williamson said there was “no
sign of momentum being lost as we
move into 2018”.
THE INDEPENDENT
The director of a Bristol-based
accident claims company has been
fined for inventing a road accident to
trace the owner of a number plate he
wanted to buy.
Miles Savory, a director at
Accident Claims Handlers Ltd,
filed official forms to the Driver and
Vehicle Licensing Agency (DVLA)
requesting the identity of the
registered keeper of a particular car
that he claimed had been involved in
a collision.
The Information Commissioner’s
Office said the owner of that car then
received a letter from Mr Savory
offering to buy his registration plate,
which reads W1 DOW.
The driver subsequently
complained to the DVLA, triggering
an internal investigation that
revealed what Mr Savory had done.
Police later confirmed that the
vehicle in question had not been in
the area of the alleged crash at the
time. Its owner lived in Huddersfield,
West Yorkshire, at the time.
After appearing at Bristol
magistrates’ court, Mr Savory
was fined £335 and ordered to pay
£364.08 in costs, as well as a victim
surcharge of £33.
“This was an unusual case in many
ways, but one which demonstrates
the lengths some people will go
to in order to get hold of personal
information,” said Steve Eckersley,
ICO’s head of enforcement.
“Unlawfully obtaining people’s
personal data is a criminal offence
and the ICO will not hesitate to take
action.” THE INDEPENDENT
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RETAIL
Aldi had £10bn Christmas
bonus in UK and Ireland
By Josie Cox
The discount retailer Aldi raked
in sales of more than £10bn in the
UK and Ireland last year. This was
a record for the German company
and could be a worrying sign for
established grocers battling to retain
precious market share in a highly
competitive environment.
Aldi said record sales of high-end
products with a seasonal appeal
and cut-price vegetables over the
Christmas period had buoyed
numbers. Sales in the UK were more
than 15 per cent higher last month
than during December 2016.
The top-selling products included
Aldi’s mince pies, Aberdeen Angus
beef roasting joints and Irish cream
liqueur. Its “specially selected”
premium range enjoyed a sales surge
of 30 per cent.
“This was our busiest- ever
Christmas, as millions of festive
shoppers switched to Aldi from more
expensive food retailers,” Matthew
Barnes, the supermarket’s boss for
the UK and Ireland, said.
The retailer sold around 6.8 million
bottles of wine, Champagne and
Prosecco during December – which
is equivalent to more than 200,000
bottles per day.
Aldi added it had sold more than
four million mince pies and over 100
million packs of vegetables.
Aldi also said yesterday that
it would start paying all store
assistants a minimum hourly rate of
£8.85 nationally and £10.20 in London
from 1 February.
The current government-set
national minimum wage for anyone
over the age of 25 is £7.50.
Mr Barnes also struck an upbeat
outlook for the year to come,
especially in terms of expansion.
“We see significant capacity for
further growth as there are still more
than 400 towns and cities across the
UK without an Aldi store,” he said.
“Shoppers in these areas consistently
tell us they would shop at Aldi if they
could, and we are committed to
meeting this demand for new Aldi
stores.” THE INDEPENDENT
Aldi has a 6.9 per cent share
of the UK grocery market.
This is behind Morrisons, Asda,
Sainsbury’s and Tesco but ahead
of Co-op, Waitrose and Lidl.
Saga slump prompts management shake-up
The over-50s travel and insurance
specialist Saga has shaken up its
management team after a profit
warning last month sent its share
price plunging.
Tour and cruise operations will be
Outlook
JIM
ARMITAGE
Investors have
grounds to worry
over Debenhams
E
very year, Debenhams’
shares come down with the
Christmas decorations. As
traditional as mince pies
and turkey, the Debenhams’
festive profit warning shocker rarely
fails to disappoint.
Yesterday was no exception and
comes four years almost to the day
BUSINESS SPORT
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RETAIL
Whitbread
names ex-ITV
boss Crozier as
new chairman
By Angela Jameson
LEISURE
By Angela Jameson
TV
38-39
combined into a single group called
Saga Travel, which will be led by
Robin Shaw, previously the chief
executive of its cruise business.
Saga Services – the insurance
arm – will also have a new boss, Gary
Duggan, who was hired in September
as the unit’s chief executive designate
from insurer BGL. Saga took a £2m
hit in October when Monarch airline
collapsed because it was forced to
rebook flights for package holidays
which had already been sold.
Shares in Saga were flat yesterday
at 126p. A month ago they were
trading at 184p.
since it fired its finance director,
Simon Herrick, after another
dismal Christmas.
In stark contrast to Next’s
chipper statement on Wednesday,
Debenhams has been forced
to downgrade profit forecasts
having seen grim sales, pre- and
post-Christmas.
The chief executive, Sergio Bucher,
says he’s accelerated his hunt for cost
savings and found a further £10m
behind the sofa for this year, but after
the update yesterday, investors may
have grounds to fret about the thinly
covered dividend.
Despite all that, optimists may see
the share price crash as a buying
opportunity. Management says that
although seasonal gift sales were
lousy, takings elsewhere aren’t bad.
They’ve only just begun revamping
the store estate, and those which are
finished are doing nicely.
The question is, in a tough
m a rke t , w i t h s a l e s m o v i n g
inexorably online, do you want to
invest in a department store chain
with an unnerving reputation for
disappointing shareholders?
ASHLEY’S SLIP
I have mentioned how shortsellers spotted Carillion’s looming
catastrophe long before its bosses.
The same can be said about
Debenhams, Britain’s second-mostshorted stock after the crippled
Shorter-in-chief Crispin
Odey has Debs as a rare
bright star in his troubled
hedge fund’s portfolio
construction firm. Shorter-in-chief
Crispin Odey has Debs as a rare
bright star in his troubled hedge
fund’s portfolio over the past year.
Not so Mike Ashley, who took
a punt buying into Debs a couple
of years back. Rarely able to act
straightforwardly, he did it through
The former ITV chief executive
Adam Crozier is to become chairman
of Whitbread, the owner of Costa
Coffee and Premier Inn, at the end
of February.
Mr Crozier, currently the senior
independent director at Whitbread,
will take over from Richard Baker,
who retires as chairman next month
after nine years on the leisure
company’s board and four years
as chairman.
Mr Crozier (inset) was chief
executive of ITV for seven years until
July 2017, and before that ran Royal
Mail and the Football Association.
He is also chairman of Vue cinemas,
as the chain considers a
stock market listing.
M r C r o z i e r,
53, said: “I
am delighted
to become
chairman of
Whitbread and
to help steer the
company through
the next chapter of
its long history.”
He takes a key role as Whitbread,
which employs 50,000 people, is
facing pressure from an activist
investor to split the company.
Mr Baker said: “As I now approach
my ninth Whitbread year-end, we are
executing our strategic plan to build
a bigger and better Whitbread for the
benefit of all stakeholders.
Sachem Head, a New York-based
fund, has built up a 3.4 per cent
stake in Whitbread, which also owns
Beefeater and Brewers Fayre pubs,
but has not said whether it will press
for a split.
Alison Brittain, the chief
executive, joined Whitbread in 2015
but the shares have fallen back
from a peak of 5,430p to 4,001p at
the close of business yesterday.
EVENING STANDARD
options which he could have bought
himself out of last autumn when the
shares were 47p. That would have
crystallised a £30m loss, so he stayed
in. With the shares now at 30p, he
(or, to be precise, Sports Direct,
since he bought the stock with the
company’s cash) must be down
about £50m.
Egotistical tycoons shouldn’t
always believe in their own genius.
FRANCE’S LOST CAUSE
Little new in the FT’s story that
France is agitating to force UK fund
management to the EU post-Brexit.
This has been acknowledged as a risk
since the referendum.
Truth is, while UK funds are
making worst-case-scenario plans
to move some decision-makers to
the EU, few – if any – are considering
sending them to France.
If he succeeds in his lobbying,
Emmanuel Macron’s victory will
prove pyrrhic. EVENING STANDARD
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From the
business
pages
Pakistan accepts
Chinese currency
The Jordan Times
Pakistan will allow the yuan to
be used for imports, exports
and financing transactions for
bilateral trade. Economists
say that in light of a massive
Chinese infrastructure project
in Pakistan, the move will “yield
long-term benefits for both the
countries”. The China-Pakistan
Economic Corridor launched in
2013, a $54bn (£40bn) project
linking western China to the
Indian Ocean.
Zuma resignation
reports buoy rand
Business Day Live
Reports that pressure is
mounting on President Jacob
Zuma to step down helped the
rand strengthen to levels last
seen in mid-2015 yesterday. The
rand was up almost 1 per cent
against the dollar at R12.25 (74p)
to the dollar. The rally came
after a report said Mr Zuma had
been given until Tuesday next
week to step down as South
Africa’s president.
Hot weather speeds
up crop growth
Dominion Post
Hot weather leading up to the
new year has accelerated crop
growth by about three weeks
compared with last year’s
dismal summer season. Some
vineyard owners across New
Zealand are now concerned
that organising labour to pick
grapes at harvest could become
an issue. Vegetable and cereal
growers have faced challenges
with premature production.
Bitcoin mines to
be scaled down
China Daily
The People’s Bank of China,
the country’s central bank,
has reportedly asked local
governments to control
electricity supply to bitcoin
mines as a first step to scale
down bitcoin mining. The move
is aimed at reasonably guiding
bitcoin miners to stop their
businesses, since all bitcoin
exchange platforms have
been shut down in an earlier
nationwide campaign. The
trend is to regulate the scale.
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The
Business
Matrix
The day at
a glance
FTSE 100 up 24.8 at 7695.9
Low
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Admiral
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Direct Line Ins
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IAG
Imperial Brands
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IntCont Htls
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INVESTMENT
Oil prices surge
amid Iran unrest
£3bn boost for
UK tech industry
Oil prices hit fresh two-and-ahalf-year highs as the biggest
anti-government protests in
Iran for nearly a decade sent
the cost of crude soaring. Brent
crude surpassed $68 a barrel
at one stage – the highest since
May 2015 – before easing back
slightly later in the afternoon.
It will mean higher prices for
motorists at the pumps.
The UK has emerged as
Europe’s leading destination
for tech-sector investment,
attracting nearly £3bn in
funds last year. Venture capital
investment in Britain’s tech
industry almost doubled to
£2.99bn in 2017, beating secondplaced Germany at £694.49m,
said research by PitchBook for
London & Partners.
GAMING
SERVICES
Nintendo shares
rise on China hope
Index shows
robust growth
Electronics giant Nintendo was
on winning form yesterday, with
investors cheering the prospect
of the popular Pokémon Go game
launching in China. Shares in
the Japanese firm gained as
much as 5 per cent in Tokyo
following reports that developer
Niantic, in which Nintendo has
a stake, is looking at a deal with
China’s NetEase.
The UK’s dominant services
sector had a strong month in
December, according to the
latest survey snapshot. The
Purchasing Managers’ Index,
compiled by IHS Markit,
strengthened to 54.2 from
53.8 the previous month, with
any reading over 50 signalling
growth. Analysts had pencilled
in a flat reading.
RETAIL
M&A
Nisa sales soar
after rival fails
£63m profit for
Robey Warshaw
Sales at convenience store
operator Nisa rocketed as it
benefited from the collapse of
rival Palmer & Harvey. The
group, in the process of being
taken over by the Co-operative,
saw sales rise 18 per cent to
£277.2m in the 10 weeks to 31
December, boosted by contracts
with Costcutter and McColl’s.
Profits at boutique advisory
firm Robey Warshaw shot up
last year, helping one partner
pocket £37m. The group said
operating profit for the year to
31 March rose more than 70 per
cent to £63.3m after advising
on several blockbuster deals,
including AB InBev’s takeover
of SABMiller.
TOBACCO
PROPERTY
Cigarette giant
aims to kick habit
Hotel guests will
be close to Queen
Philip Morris, one of the world’s
biggest tobacco companies,
has said its ambition is to stop
selling cigarettes in the UK.
It is focusing on creating new
products to replace cigarettes.
The company said it had spent
£2.5bn on research into smokefree products.
A Parisian investor is
considering creating a hotel
opposite Buckingham Palace. A
French family has paid around
£30m for 4-5 Buckingham
Gate, a Grade II listed office
block which was used by the
Metropolitan Police before a
move to the New Scotland Yard.
the
markets
Markets were flying again in the
US. The Dow Jones burst through
25,000 for the first time ever
yesterday, spurred by strong
US jobs numbers. The positive
sentiment spread to the UK. The
FTSE 100 rose 25 points to end the
day at 7,695.88, while the FTSE 250
was up 77 points at 20,820.45.
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The biggest riser on the FTSE
100 was NMC Health, up 5.5 per
cent to 3,080p. In second place
was G4S, up more than 3 per
cent to 273.9p. The outsourcing
company clinched a major deal
with the Department for Work and
Pensions earlier this week.
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London house prices fall
for first time in eightyears
By Stephen Little
UK house-price growth slowed last
year, with prices in London falling
for the first time in eight years, according to data from Nationwide.
The building society said house
prices increased by 2.6 per cent
across the country in 2017, compared with growth of 4.5 per cent
in 2016.
London was the weakest-performing region for the first time
since 2004, with house prices falling 0.5 per cent year-on-year.
Average UK property prices
were £211,156 in December, up 0.6
per cent from the previous month.
“Low mortgage rates and healthy
employment growth continued to
support demand in 2017, while supply constraints provided support
for house prices,” Robert Gardner,
Nationwide’s chief economist, said.
“However, this was offset by
mounting pressure on household
incomes, which exerted an increasing drag on consumer confidence
as the year progressed.”
Nationwide expects house-price
growth to be 1 per cent in
2018, with subdued economic activity and the
ongoing squeeze on
household budgets
exerting “a modest drag on housing
market activity and
house-price growth”.
“O ver the longer
term, once the economy
regains momentum, we expect house prices to rise broadly
in line with earnings, though if the
rate of house building fails to keep
up with population growth, prices
may outpace earnings once again,”
Mr Gardner said.
He added that the UK housing
market had been characterised
by significant regional disparities
in house prices in recent years
and that it is unclear what impact
Brexit will have.
The fastest growing region in
2017 was the West Midlands, with
house-price growth of 5.2
per cent over the year.
This was followed by
the South West at
4.8 per cent and the
East Midlands at 4.6
per cent.
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Kakuro
Zygolex® In i every day
How to play Fill the white squares so that the total in each
across or down run of cells matches the total at the start
of that run. You must use the numbers from 1-9 only and
cannot repeat a number in a run. Solution: minurl.co.uk/i
Find the missing words by following the RHYME, LETTERS and MEANING links
– eg, a word that rhymes with ‘cheek’, has one letter different from ‘pear’ and
has the same meaning as mountain, would be ‘peak’. Full rules at zygolex.com.
Solution, page 57
RHYME LETTERS
10
5
23
25
6
17
24
16
23
METAL
5
34
4
5
FRICTION
7
17
24
8
16
24
17
9
1 8
9 5
4
9
3
2
Killer Sudoku No 1177
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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How to play Find all the mines in the grid. Numbers in certain squares indicate how
many mines there are in the neighbouring squares, including diagonally touching
squares. Mines cannot be placed in squares with numbers. Solution: minurl.co.uk/i
10
9
TEAR
Minesweeper
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How to play
Place the numbers
from 1-5 exactly
once in each row
and column. The
greater than and
less than signs
(‘>’ and ‘<’) indicate
where one cell is
greater/less than
the adjacent
cell indicated.
Solution:
minurl.co.uk/i
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JET
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RHYME
2
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4
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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6 5
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4
4
SNORT
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6
DARN
4
BLEMISH
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Variation
Pearled spelt or barley work as
substitutions for the wheatberries, or, to
save time, choose couscous or bulghur.
SUNRISE
5
11
17
21
Boil the purple sprouting broccoli for
three to four minutes, until just tender.
Remove with a slotted spoon and plunge
into very cold water before draining. Add
the wheatberries to the same water and
cook for 25 minutes, or until cooked but
still chewy. Drain in a colander.
Wipe out the pan and heat the oil in
a frying pan on a medium heat. Add the
chilli and garlic and fry, stirring, until the
garlic has turned golden.
Add the broccoli and fry for a couple
more minutes, then add the drained
wheatberries and a handful of crispy
fried onions, if using.
Mix everything together, check the
seasoning and add a dash more onion oil
if it seems dry. Serve warm.
5
28
SERVES 2
A hearty and healthy lunch combining
toothsome wheatberries, clean greens and
crispy fried onions. Wheatberries are the
entire wheat kernel except for the hull. They
take a while to cook but have a good nutty
texture, lending real substance to a dish.
MAINE
TRASH
28
100g purple sprouting broccoli,
trimmed if necessary
100g wheatberries (or one of the
alternatives below)
4 tbsp sunflower or vegetable oil (or use
the oil you used to fry the onions)
1 fresh red chilli, very finely sliced
2 garlic cloves, very finely sliced
Handful of crispy fried onions (optional)
Salt and black pepper
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Maths Puzzle
Codeword No 1898
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 57.
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2 Respond (5)
3 Rider’s foot
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4 Second-hand (4)
5 Having a strong
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6 Approbation (11)
10 Splendour (8)
12 Fuel container (3,4)
15 Rustic (5)
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Solution to yesterday’s Concise Crossword
ACROSS 1 Harm, 4 Onyx (Harmonics), 9 Amateur, 10 Taste, 11 Hypoglycaemia, 13 Mishap,
15 Kick in, 16 Toad-in-the-hole, 19 Corfu, 20 Oversee, 22 Twee, 23 Grab.
DOWN 2 Axe, 3 Mercy, 4 Ostracise, 5 Yashmak, 6 Mathematics, 7 Wasp, 8 Remaindered,
12 Gratitude, 14 Sparrow, 17 Thong, 18 Oast, 21 Era.
Today’s other puzzles Cryptic Crossword, page 24;
Five-Clue Cryptic, page 13; One-Minute Wijuko, page 25
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Concise Crossword No 2220
ACROSS
1 Mend with
stitches (4)
3 First king of
Israel (4)
7 Intermittently
(3,3,2)
8 Article (4)
9 Academic cap (11)
11 Confidential
warning (3-3)
13 Excellent (6)
14 Blue pigment (11)
17 Couple (4)
18 Disconcerted (8)
19 Appear (4)
20 Aspersion (4)
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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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idoku Exclusive to i
Sudoku Easier
18
Z
How to play
Convert the word
at the top of the
ladder into the
word at the bottom
of it, using only
the four rungs
in between. On
each rung, you
must put a valid
four-letter word
that is identical
to the word above
it, apart from a
one-letter change.
There may be more
than one way of
achieving this.
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Dawn Dancer can
do quickstep over
longer distance
By Keith Hamer
Dawn Dancer can put his best foot
forward and open his account at the
third attempt in the Maiden Stakes
at Southwell today.
The son of Dawn Approach came
on leaps and bounds for his first run,
when staying on to take clear second
place behind the odds-on favourite
On The Warpath over seven furlongs
on this track five and a half weeks ago.
The winner has gone on to score
again and Dawn Dancer can appreciate the step up to a mile.
The Amber Fort showed his turn
was surely near when running
Kommander Kirkup to a neck two
weeks ago and can go one better in
the Betway Sprint Handicap.
The four-year-old, trained by
David O’Meara, has won only once
in 15 career starts, and that was back
in August 2016, but he is capable of
more and this could be his day.
A mile and three-quarters on
Fibresand should be just the job
for Alternate Route in the Betway
Amateur Riders’ Handicap.
The Sir Mark Prescott-trained
KEMPTON
7.15
100% PROFIT BOOST AT 32REDSPORT.COM HANDICAP
(CLASS 6) 3YO £6,569 added 6f
1
4045- JAN’S JOY S C Williams 9 9 ............................Aaron Jones (3) T 6
2
608- BE MINDFUL C Hills 9 7............................................... C Shepherd (3) 7
3
44131- INUK (CD) R Hughes 9 6....................................................... S W Kelly C 9
4
960- SUMMER THUNDER P Cole 9 2............................Oisin Murphy 1
5
9950- EDE’S A WINNER P Phelan 9 1 ................................ P Bradley (5) 5
6
53260- ISTANBUL PASHA P Evans 9 0.............................. Fran Berry V 4
7
06773- JAZZ AFFAIR J Osborne 8 12........................................ D Costello V 8
8
06547- HARVEST DAY M W Easterby 8 9......................W Carson E,T 3
9
958- POWERFUL ROSE M Blanshard 8 7 ....................Hollie Doyle 2
- 9 declared BETTING: 5-2 Inuk, 4-1 Jan’s Joy, 6-1 Jazz Affair, 7-1 Summer Thunder,
Harvest Day, 8-1 Istanbul Pasha, Be Mindful, 20-1 Ede’s A Winner, 25-1
Powerful Rose.
32RED ON THE APP STORE HANDICAP (DIV 1) (CLASS 6)
£6,569 added 6f
1
24150- LADY MOREL (D) J Tuite 4 9 8....Poppy Bridgwater (7) V 8
2
04194- CHIP OR PELLET Mark Pattinson 5 9 7..........Danny Brock 2
3
72327- WARBA Mohamed Moubarak 4 9 5........................S Levey C,T 3
4
45432- BROUGHTONS FANCY (D) Mrs K Tutty 5 9 5...................................
..............................................................................................................Gemma Tutty (5) 1
5
55444- NEW RICH (CD) Eve J-Houghton 8 9 3.........E Greatrex V 12
6 64986- JUSTICE ROCK (D) P McEntee 5 9 2 .........C Shepherd (3) T 4
7
22581- MISTRY (D) M Usher 5 9 0.................................Oisin Murphy C 11
8
776746 RAPID RISE J Bradley 4 8 12...................................T Marquand B 7
9
32078- WEDGEWOOD ESTATES (D) A Carroll 7 8 12..W Carson 6
10 0/706- DALNESS EXPRESS J G O’Shea 5 8 12 .................. L Morris T 9
11
000- BRAVE TART Martin Smith 4 8 12.......................... T Clark (3) 10
12 00709- TAUREAN GOLD J Bridger 4 8 12................................F Norton C 5
- 12 declared BETTING: 10-3 Broughtons Fancy, 9-2 New Rich, 6-1 Warba, Mistry,
10-1 Rapid Rise, Chip Or Pellet, Wedgewood Estates, 12-1 Justice Rock,
14-1 others.
32RED ON THE APP STORE HANDICAP (DIV 2) (CLASS 6)
£6,569 added 6f
1
7214-1 PULSATING (D)Archie Watson 4 10 1............E Greatrex C 11
2
07043- MOSSY’S LODGE (D) A Carson 5 9 7...............................L Morris 5
3
03520- IMBUCATO A Carroll 4 9 6.................................................G Downing 7
4
92330- BURAUQ (CD) J Bradley 6 9 5.................................T Marquand V 1
5
28042- OLAUDAH H Candy 4 9 3...............................................................A Kirby 4
6
09177- DEER SONG (C) J Bridger 5 9 2...........................................F Norton 8
7
70833- TALLY’S SONG Grace Harris 5 8 13............ Oisin Murphy C 2
8
42333- SILVER PENNY (D) J Boyle 4 8 13 ...............C Bennett (3) C 10
9
70665- GENERAL GERRARD M Madgwick 4 8 12 ............................................
..........................................................................................................Jane Elliott (5) T,V 3
10 900/9- FRED’S FILLY N Mitchell 5 8 12................................... M Dwyer V 9
11
070- WILLOW TIGER LILY J R Jenkins 4 8 12..........Hollie Doyle 6
- 11 declared BETTING: 9-4 Olaudah, 3-1 Pulsating, 6-1 Mossy’s Lodge, 7-1 Silver
Penny, 12-1 Tally’s Song, Burauq, 14-1 Deer Song, General Gerrard,
16-1 others.
5.45
6.15
6.45
BEST BET
Very First Time
(1.50pm, Wetherby)
NEXT BEST
Dawn Dancer
(1.30pm, Southwell)
Kadrizzi is tipped to end his losing run at Kempton today GETTY IMAGES
four-year-old has generally alternated between a mile and a half and
two miles, but was meant to have a
first try at this distance at this track
in December only to be a non-runner.
He came out after that to run second over 12 furlongs at Lingfield,
again leaving the impression this
track and distance will suit.
Kadrizzi can capitalise on a drop in
32RED CASINO NOVICE STAKES (CLASS 5) £6,000 added
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8.45
grade thanks to his decreasing mark
in the 32Red Handicap at Kempton.
Dean Ivory’s sprinter has been on
a losing run since winning at Ascot
in August 2016, when his rating rose
from 97 to 103. He has now slipped
to 85 which means he can take his
chance in this Class Four contest.
Erinyes might be able to add
another course and distance
32RED CASINO HANDICAP (CLASS 5) £7,521 added 1m
1
52/5- NATURE BOY R Brisland 4 9 7.......................................J Mitchell 10
2
89398- PLUCKY DIP (CD) J Ryan 7 9 6..................................................A Kirby 6
3
90082- STEAL THE SCENE (C) Kevin Frost 6 9 5.... D Costello C 12
4
38696- SHIFTING STAR (C)(D) J Bridger 13 9 4....W Carson T,V 14
5
3/520- EXIT EUROPE (C) Sir M Prescott 6 9 4.................L Morris C 4
6
62113- MAGIC MIRROR (CD)(BF) M Rimell 5 9 1T Marquand V 5
7
47723- HAPPY ESCAPE N Mulholland 4 9 1 ................T J Murphy T 8
8
53300- DANA’S PRESENT (CD) A Newcombe 9 9 1E J Walsh (3) 11
32RED.COM HANDICAP (CLASS 5) £7,521 added 1m 4f
9
51388- ALMANACK (C) Mark Pattinson 8 8 13..................D Muscutt 9
10 /4698- FROZEN LAKE J G O’Shea 6 8 13.......................Fran Berry H 13
1
41529/ SURENESS (C)(D) A Newcombe 8 9 10 ............E J Walsh (3) 1 11 60761- BIG BAD LOL Ed Walker 4 8 13 ............................................L Keniry 7
2
24482- FLIGHT OF FANTASY (D) H Dunlop 4 9 7 ......... K O’Neill H 3 12 57878- GALINTHIAS (D) S Dow 6 8 13 ...................... Levi Williams (7) 2
3
30975- ARDAMIR Mrs L Mongan 6 9 7............................................A Kirby 11 13 26697- DRAGON DREAM (C) R Ingram 4 8 12 Rhiain Ingram (5) 3
4
272/ POTTERS LADY JANE Mrs L Wadham 6 9 5T Marquand 9 14 830014 MR MAC (C) P Hedger 4 8 12.......................................C Bishop H,T 1
- 14 declared 5
16934/ STATUS QUO (BF) H Fry 5 9 5.......................................S W Kelly T 5
6 00446- TOP BEAK M Attwater 5 9 4.....................................R Havlin H,T 10 BETTING: 9-2 Big Bad Lol, 5-1 Magic Mirror, 6-1 Steal The Scene, 7-1
7
/1046- ERINYES (CD) Archie Watson 4 9 4...........Oisin Murphy B 2 Happy Escape, Nature Boy, 10-1 Exit Europe, Mr Mac, 12-1 Plucky Dip,
8
52221- BOYCHICK Ed Walker 5 9 4..................................................... L Morris 6 14-1 others.
9
59461- SONNETIST P Evans 4 9 3.................................................Fran Berry 8
10 57520- PACK IT IN A Dunn 5 9 1..........................................................L Keniry C 7
11 33134- BEATISA (C) Mrs C Dunnett 4 8 13.....Jacob Mitchell (7) 12
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12 421/8- QUEBEC R Ingram 7 8 12 ...................................Rhiain Ingram (5) 4
STAKES (CLASS 5) £5,800 added 1m
- 12 declared BETTING: 10-3 Boychick, 11-2 Flight Of Fantasy, 6-1 Status Quo, 7-1 1
69- FORESTRY J Portman 4 10 0........................................Rob Hornby 2
Potters Lady Jane, Sonnetist, 8-1 Erinyes, Ardamir, 12-1 Top Beak, 16-1 2
59- HAMELIN POOL M Chapman 4 10 0.............Phil Dennis (3) 1
others.
3
2- RIVERSIDE BRIDGE B Ellison 6 10 0 .................... S Donohoe 9
4
78- LADY SUNDEW I Jardine 5 9 9..........................C Rodriguez (3) 6
32RED HANDICAP (CLASS 4) £11,600 added 6f
5
ALLLEEDSAREN’TWE I Furtado 3 8 8........................ T Eaves 11
6
92- DAWN DANCER A Balding 3 8 8......................Oisin Murphy 10
09- KEYNOTE D C Griffiths 3 8 8.......................................... M Dwyer H 7
1
80590- ELJADDAAF (CD) D Ivory 7 9 7..................................R Winston H 2 7
5- LOVE RAT S Dixon 3 8 8.............................................................. K O’Neill 3
2 00408- KADRIZZI (D) D Ivory 5 9 7............................................J Duern (3) C 7 8
3623- HEATHER LARK J Gosden 3 8 3 ...................................... N Mackay 8
3
60554- KODILINE (D) C Cox 4 9 7......................................................... A Kirby V 1 9
4- ONE MORE CHANCE D Brown 3 8 3............................A Mullen 4
4
20406- CLEAR WATER M Wigham 5 9 6 ................................F Norton C 4 10
ROSE SAPPHIRE S Crisford 3 8 3..............................F Norton T 5
5
25130- RELY ON ME (D) A Balding 4 9 6...................Oisin Murphy C 6 11
- 11 declared 6
15296- SUPER JULIUS Eve J-Houghton 4 9 6....................C Bishop C 9
7
34652- SHAMSAYA (D) S Crisford 4 9 4.........................................R Havlin 5 BETTING: 5-4 Heather Lark, 9-2 Rose Sapphire, 5-1 One More
8
4161- SPARKALOT (CD) S Dow 4 9 2............................................. L Morris 8 Chance, 6-1 Dawn Dancer, 10-1 Love Rat, 12-1 Riverside Bridge, 20-1
Allleedsaren’twe,
50-1
Lady
Sundew, Keynote, Hamelin Pool, 66-1
9
24571- EXCELLENT GEORGE (D) S C Williams 6 9 1...................................
.............................................................................................................Aaron Jones (3) T 3 Forestry.
10 04212- TEMERAIRE (D)(BF) H Palmer 4 9 0......................J Mitchell 11
SUNBETS.CO.UK MAIDEN HANDICAP (CLASS 5) £5,800
11 32123- BORN TO FINISH (CD) J Osborne 5 9 0.........D Costello C 10
added 1m
- 11 declared 64277- AKKADIAN EMPIRE I Jardine 4 10 0 ..........................................................
BETTING: 9-2 Excellent George, 5-1 Sparkalot, 6-1 Temeraire, 7-1 Born 1
...............................................................................................Sebastien Woods (7) C 2
To Finish, Kodiline, 8-1 Shamsaya, Rely On Me, 12-1 Super Julius, 14-1
2
36223- EPITAPH M Appleby 4 9 13 ................................................L Morris V 3
others.
3
084- AIYA A Balding 3 8 9....................................................Oisin Murphy H 5
FORM VERDICT
4
6774- BEAUTIFUL ARTIST J Gosden 3 8 7.......................N Mackay C 6
SPARKALOT remains unexposed and he arrives here having won 5
4354- GOING NATIVE Olly Williams 3 8 6................................. S James 4
two of his three starts to date and he looked to have a bright future 6
23454- FAR DAWN S Crisford 3 8 4.............................................F Norton B 7
when winning over C&D last time out. Born To Finish has been 7
49324- MEDICI ORO D Brown 3 8 1.............................................J Fanning C 1
running well of late, while Excellent George and Temeraire both merit
- 7 declared consideration based on recent evidence. Others to consider are Rely On BETTING: 9-4 Beautiful Artist, 10-3 Aiya, 5-1 Far Dawn, 6-1 Going Native,
8-1 Epitaph, Medici Oro, 12-1 Akkadian Empire.
Me, Shamsaya and Super Julius.
1
2
3
4
1- BARDD N Henderson 6 9 9.......................................................L Morris 1
07025- NIGHT OF GLORY (BF) A Balding 4 9 9.. Oisin Murphy C 2
ARCTIC CHIEF R Phillips 8 9 5......................................T J Murphy 4
3- FIRMAGE BURG H Fry 4 8 11.........................................Fran Berry 3
- 4 declared BETTING: 4-5 Night Of Glory, 9-4 Bardd, 4-1 Firmage Burg, 50-1 Arctic
Chief.
7.45
SOUTHWELL
1.30
8.15
2.05
2.40
success by way of the 32Red.com
Handicap.
Very First Time is fancied to carry
on his good work over fences by completing a hat-trick at Wetherby.
After getting off to an inauspicious start when falling two out on
this course in early November when
holding every chance in the race won
by Some Invitation, the six-year-old
has put that behind him with victories at Hexham and Newcastle.
He has quickly got the hang of
the jumping game and can carry
the famous colours of owner Trevor
Hemmings to another success in the
Novices’ Limited Handicap Chase.
BETWAY SPRINT HANDICAP (CLASS 5) £5,800 added 6f
1
35555- MUSHARRIF D Carroll 6 9 9.............................................S Donohoe 5
2
62097- MIDNIGHT MACCHIATO D Brown 5 9 7..............R Winston 2
3
5743-4 COURIER (D) M Appleby 6 9 5...............................................L Morris 7
4
30220- INTERLINK (D) Mrs M Fife 5 9 4...................................B McHugh 3
5
54805- MONTE CINQ J Ward 4 9 2..................................................C Hardie H 1
6 0844-4 CROSSE FIRE (CD) S Dixon 6 9 2............................. K O’Neill V 11
7
30526- KODY RIDGE (D) Roger Fell 4 9 2 .................................B A Curtis 4
8
25652- THE AMBER FORT (D)(BF) D O’Meara 4 9 1...Daniel Tudhope 10
9
35714- AMAZING GRAZING R C Guest 4 9 0.............................J Hart E 8
10 47081- NEWSTEAD ABBEY (CD) M Herrington 8 8 13T Eaves B 9
11 83931- GHASEEDAH (CD) S Crisford 4 8 13 ................ T J Murphy B 6
- 11 declared BETTING: 3-1 Ghaseedah, 4-1 The Amber Fort, 15-2 Courier, 8-1 others.
WETHERBY
BET AT RACINGUK.COM MARES’ HANDICAP HURDLE
(CLASS 4) £7,400 added 3m
TOTAL ASSETS S Waugh 10 11 12 ..............................C Bewley (3)
DARK SUNSET (D) D McCain 7 11 6......................Will Kennedy
NARANJA J Snowden 6 11 5................................................... G Sheehan
LADY MIX N Hawke 5 11 5.......................................James Bowen (5)
KATY ROYAL C Fairhurst 6 11 0 .................................... Joe Colliver
PENNYWELL (D) W Greatrex 8 10 13.......................... R Johnson
- 6 declared BETTING: 9-4 Dark Sunset, 3-1 Naranja, 9-2 Pennywell, 5-1 Total Assets,
6-1 Lady Mix, 12-1 Katy Royal.
1.15
1
2
3
4
5
6
112-25
114541
346-31
-66536
-34324
3-5F12
FORM VERDICT
Uttoxeter winner Pennywell narrowly failed to follow up at Fakenham
last time but has to be considered here receiving weight from all of
her rivals, while Naranja steps up in trip now having obliged favourite
supporters at Lingfield. However, preference is for DARK SUNSET from
the thriving Donald McCain stable, who appreciated the hike in distance
when scoring over three miles at Doncaster last time and can follow up
here from just 5lb higher.
JUMP TO IT AND JOIN RACING UK CHASE (NOVICES’
LIMITED HANDICAP) (CLASS 3) £11,400 added 3m
SCOTCHTOWN (C) N Twiston-Davies 6 11 8 J Bargary (3)
BALLYDINE C Longsdon 8 11 8............................Jonathan Burke
VERY FIRST TIME (D) T Easterby 6 11 8......................B Hughes
THE BOSS’S DREAM (D) N King 10 11 0.......................T Whelan
BOBO MAC T Symonds 7 11 0.............................................A Coleman
- 5 declared BETTING: 13-8 Very First Time, 9-4 Ballydine, 7-2 Scotchtown, 7-1 Bobo
Mac, 14-1 The Boss’s Dream.
1.50
1
2
3
4
5
227-42
1129/2
82-F11
11P7/6
21-84F
FORM VERDICT
VERY FIRST TIME has impressively notched up a Hexham/Newcastle
double and, despite being hit with an 11lb rise for the latest of those,
the progressive son of Champs Elysees could score again. Ballydine is
entitled to improve for his seasonal/chase debut second at Haydock
last month (first outing since April 2016) and rates the biggest threat,
ahead of Scotchtown. The latter ran well in a similar Chepstow event
latest and won on his only previous visit to Wetherby.
Results service
BANGOR
Going: Heavy
1.15 (2m4f72yds h’cap nov ch): PINCH OF GINGER
(B Hughes 4-1) 1; Oneida Tribe (5-2F) 2; Heavenly
Promise (14-1) 3. 9 ran. 0l, 11/2l. (D McCain).
Following a stewards’ inquiry, Oneida Tribe who
finished 1st was disqualified and placed 2nd.
1.45 (3m30yds h’cap ch): VICE ET VERTU (P Brennan
6-1) 1; Thedrinkymeister (10-1) 2; Catching On (10-1)
3. Shanty Town (6-1) 3. Carlton Ryan 15-8F. 7 ran. 10l,
41/2l, dht. (H Daly).
2.15 (2m7f32yds nov hdle): SAMUEL JACKSON (M
G Nolan 11-4) 1; Uppertown Prince (5-4F) 2; Doctor
Haze (16-1) 3. 5 ran. 11/2l, 54l. (R Mitford-Slade).
2.50 (2m145yds nov hdle): FIN AND GAME (B Hughes
11-8F) 1; Doc Carver (7-2) 2; Trigger Nichol (16-1) 3. 13
ran. 1/2l, 23l. (D McCain).
3.20 (2m7f32yds h’cap hdle): TAILOR TOM (Will
Kennedy 8-1) 1; Arden Denis (7-1) 2; American Life
(2-1F) 3. 9 ran. nk, 11/2l. (D McCain). NRs: Libby T
Valance, The Draconian.
3.55 (2m145yds nh flat): BEFORE MIDNIGHT (Nico
De Boinville evs F) 1; Burns Cross (13-8) 2; Alderson
(25-1) 3. 4 ran. 31/4l, 41/2l. (N Henderson). NR: Locker
Room Talk.
Placepot: £41.10. Quadpot: £4.70.
8.45 (5f h’cap): JORVIK PRINCE (Gemma Tutty 8-11F)
1; Toolatetodelegate (9-2) 2; Fareeq (10-1) 3. 11 ran.
21/4l, 1/2l. (Mrs K Tutty). NR: Novabridge.
Placepot: £30.40. Quadpot: £4.90.
CHELMSFORD CITY
NEWCASTLE
Going: Standard
6.15 (1m2f nov): VOLEVO LUI (M Monaghan 14-1) 1;
Danzay (3-1) 2; Shakour (7-2) 3. Native Arrow 10-11F.
7 ran. 3/4l, 33/4l. (M Botti).
6.45 (1m h’cap): ABLE JACK (S Levey 9-4F) 1; Casina
di Notte (16-1) 2; Wicker (8-1) 3. 8 ran. 2l, 13/4l. (S C
Williams). NRs: Lunar Deity, Samphire Coast.
7.15 (2m h’cap): VETTORI RULES (Rossa Ryan 9-2)
1; NOBLE BEHEST (A Kirby 6-4F) 1; Argante (20-1)
3. 6 ran. dht, 5l. (Miss G Kelleway, Robert Stephens).
7.45 (5f h’cap): UDONTDODOU (R Winston 6-5F) 1;
Boom The Groom (7-1) 2; Compas Scoobie (8-1) 3. 6
ran. 1/2l, 3/4l. (R C Guest).
8.15 (7f h’cap): LUCYMAI (J Duern 9-2) 1;
Firmdecisions (8-1) 2; Exchequer (7-4F) 3. 8 ran. 11/2l,
13/4l. (D Ivory).
Going: Standard
1.00 (1m5yds nov): COURT HOUSE (R Havlin 10-3)
1; Kaser (1-3F) 2; Lady Noorah (16-1) 3. 4 ran. 13/4l,
1
/2l. (J Gosden).
1.30 (2m56yds h’cap): APALIS (Harrison Shaw 7-2)
1; Thankyou Very Much (11-1) 2; Indian Red (15-2) 3.
Strictly Art 15-8F. 12 ran. 21/4l, nk. (M W Easterby).
2.05 (2m56yds h’cap): SUGARLOAF MOUNTAIN (S
Donohoe 9-1) 1; Senatus (2-1) 2; Good Time Ahead
(11-8F) 3. 6 ran. 1l, nk. (B Ellison).
2.40 (1m4f98yds nov): WINDS OF FIRE (T Marquand
8-13F) 1; Dichato (9-2) 2; Urban Soul (10-3) 3. 4 ran. 6l,
1
/2l. (C Appleby).
3.10 (1m2f42yds): DESERT RULER (J Garritty 5-2)
1; Shamrokh (4-1) 2; Zabeel Star (9-4F) 3. 8 ran. hd,
1
/2l. (J O’Keeffe).
3.45 (1m5yds h’cap): SYMBOLIC STAR (C Rodriguez
3-1JF) 1; Supreme Power (8-1) 2; Rockley Point (9-2)
3. Leonard Thomas 3-1JF. 9 ran. 23/4l, 2l. (F Murtagh).
NR: Nelson’s Bay.
4.20 (1m5yds h’cap): LIMONCINO (P Mulrennan 8-1)
1; Celtic Artisan (6-1) 2; Ingleby Angel (7-4F) 3. 9 ran.
1
/2l, 1/2l. (M Dods).
4.55 (5f h’cap): ORIENTAL LILLY (Phil Dennis 7-1)
1; Twizzell (10-1) 2; Daschas (6-4F) 3. 8 ran. 11/2l, nk.
(J Goldie).
Placepot: £100.10. Quadpot: £10.90.
WOLVERHAMPTON
Going: Standard
1.55 (7f36yds h’cap): PAPA STOUR (Oisin Murphy
5-6F) 1; Swissal (7-2) 2; The British Lion (9-2) 3. 7 ran.
4l, 1/2l. (A Balding). NRs: Hard Graft, Northern Law.
2.25 (1m142yds h’cap): SURREY BLAZE (Oisin
Murphy 11-2) 1; Authentic Art (6-4F) 2; Freebe Rocks
(5-1) 3. 11 ran. nk, shd. (J Tuite). NR: Dragon Tattoo.
3.00 (7f36yds): SUMMER ICON (C Bishop 8-1) 1;
Raven’s Lady (9-4) 2; Diagnostic (8-15F) 3. 4 ran. 3/4l,
nk. (M Channon). NR: Star Quality.
3.30 (6f20yds): BREATHLESS TIMES (Adam J
McNamara 8-11F) 1; Grandfather Tom (25-1) 2; Wide
Acclaim (9-1) 3. 9 ran. 23/4l, hd. (R Charlton).
4.05 (6f20yds h’cap): PULSATING (E Greatrex 2-1F)
1; French (11-1) 2; Billyoakes (4-1) 3. 9 ran. 3/4l, 3/4l.
(Archie Watson). NR: Herm.
4.35 (6f20yds h’cap): PUSHKIN MUSEUM (S W Kelly
6-1) 1; Picks Pinta (7-1) 2; Bobby Vee (14-1) 3. Hisar
7-2F. 10 ran. 1l, 13/4l. (P Morris).
5.05 (1m1f104yds h’cap): INFLUENT (L Morris 11-4) 1;
Tangramm (2-1F) 2; Nonios (5-1) 3. Anif (12-1) 3. 8 ran.
1l, nk, dht. (J Tate).
5.35 (1m4f51yds h’cap): ACKER BILK (D Costello 4-1)
1; Gabrial The Terror (9-1) 2; Pour L’amour (13-2) 3.
William Booth 9-4F. 10 ran. 8l, 3/4l. (K Dalgleish). NRs:
Raashdy, Widnes.
Jackpot: £9,082.70. Placepot: £171.70. Quadpot:
£60.80.
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Tottenham Hotspur (0) 1
Son 84
West Ham (0)............................1
Obiang 70
Att 50,034
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A Pts
Man City
22 20 2 0 64 13 62
Man Utd
22 14 5 3 45 16 47
Chelsea
22 14 4 4 41 16 46
Liverpool
22 12 8 2 50 25 44
Tottenham Hotspur 22 12 5 5 42 21 41
Arsenal
22 11 6 5 40 28 39
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
West Ham
22 5 7 10 25 40 22
AFC Bournemouth 22 5 6 11 22 34 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
SPANISH CUP FIFTH ROUND FIRST LEG
Leganes 1 Villarreal 0; Celta Vigo 1 Barcelona 1;
Numancia 0 Real Madrid 3; Espanyol 1 Levante 2.
How two ice skaters could point to a
thaw in relations between two Koreas
N
ever have two figure
skaters been so
important. Kim Ju-sik
and Ryom Tae-ok are
not considered strong
medal hopes at next month’s Winter
Olympic Games. Yet they have,
unwittingly, taken on an altogether
greater role: as the cause of a
thawing in relations between North
Korea and South Korea.
On New Year’s Day, Kim Jong-un
declared that he wanted to melt
“frozen North-South relations”,
and declared his support for North
Korea taking part in the Winter
Games, which are in PyeongChang
in South Korea. Two days later,
North Korea reopened its hotline
to South Korea, which had been
disabled since February 2016,
announcing that they hoped to
discuss the logistics of sending Kim
and Ryom to the Games.
South Korea have already made
clear that North Korean athletes are
welcome – opening up the hope that,
somehow, sport can help to improve
relations between North and South
Korea and, ultimately, even reduce
the threat of nuclear war.
Outcast regimes have
always recognised the power of
international sport. It provides the
impression – however delusional
– of normalcy, which led apartheid
South Africa to pay huge sums to
North Korean figure skaters Kim Ju-sik (right) and Ryom Tae-ok hope to
compete in the Winter Olympics in PyeongChang next month GETTY
entice cricket and rugby tours to the
country in the 1970s and 1980s.
Sporting victories can also
be framed as not mere wins on
the pitch, but also vindication of
a nation’s entire economic and
political system: think of the Soviet
Bloc doping rampantly to win
medals during the Cold War.
Kim Jong-un’s regime invests
in sport because of what it can get
in return. Sport is a tool for social
cohesion – and so a distraction
from most people’s abject lives.
Interviews with those who have
left North Korea conducted by
Christopher Green, an academic
at Leiden University in the
Netherlands, found that almost
all had very fond memories of the
country’s sporting victories, seeing
them as communal triumphs rather
than individual ones.
Success in sport, then, can focus
people’s minds away from the regime.
And it can also bolster the regime
economically, because of athletes
playing abroad sending cash home.
While North Korea’s own regime
has benefited from sport, games
have sometimes also performed
a wider good. When relations
between North and South Korea
have thawed, warmer relations in
sport have been both a cause and
consequence.
The two countries competed as
a single team in the World Table
Tennis Championships in 1991, and
shared a unified flag in the opening
ceremonies of the Olympics and
Asian Games between 2000 and
2006 – part of the “Sunshine
Decade” in North-South relations.
Unless they are playing against
each other, many South Koreans
support North Korea in football
matches: so sport serves as an
outlet – perhaps the only outlet – of
Korean unity.
It may well do so again next
month if North Korea indeed enter
the Games. Green believes that
participation would add to the
regime’s attempts to strengthen
their relationship with South Korea,
and “it is almost impossible to
imagine the USA attacking North
Korea during a period of engagement
between the two Koreas”.
If that is indeed the case,
Kim Ju-sik and Ryom Tae-ok’s
performance in PyeongChang will
be irrelevant. They will have already
won an altogether greater prize.
Diamond targets new ground
for Sale and prop ‘like Marler’
RUGBY UNION CORRESPONDENT
Ambitious Sale Sharks have settled on four possible sites for a new
stadium as well as targeting the signing of two international props in the
mould of Harlequins’ Kyle Sinckler
and Joe Marler.
But director of rugby Steve Diamond appeared to distance himself
from a move to bring fly-half Danny
Cipriani back from Wasps to the
north-west of England.
Sale co-owners Simon Orange –
brother of Take That singer Jason
– and Ged Mason regard a stadium
of the club’s own as essential in being
able to compete financially with bigger-spending Premiership rivals.
A bid to buy the AJ Bell Stadium, their rented home of the last
five years, was turned down in the
autumn, and while a deal is still
possible, Diamond revealed a move
nearer to the club’s roots in the borough of Trafford, cheek by jowl with
Manchester United FC and the Testcricket arena, was one option in a
feasibility study he and Orange are
carrying out this month.
“We have got four venues to look
at in January – two we can build new
and two are old we can redevelop,”
said Diamond. “East Cheshire have
a site they want us to look at [in an
area] which, outside of central London, contributes more to the Chancellor’s purse than anywhere in the
country – Alderley Edge, Wilmslow
and Knutsford, a really wealthy area.
“And Trafford have a site. They
have Lancashire cricket – the Test
ground – and they have Old Trafford [football]. They would love us
to be back in that region. We have to
decide by June.”
Sale’s recent signings, including
South Africa scrum-half Faf de
Klerk and Australia full-back James
O’Connor, have helped international
wings Denny Solomona and Byron
McGuigan rack up the tries this
season. Eighth-placed Sharks meet
SKIING
FIS CROSS COUNTRY WORLD CUP, OBERSTDORF,
GERMANY: Mens 15km Freestyle Mass Start: 1 E
Iverson (Nor) 29mins 49.8Secs; 2 S Bjoernsetad
Skar (Nor) 29:50.2; 3 F De Fabiani (It) 29:50.7.
Selected: 6 A Musgrave (GB) 29:53.8.
FIS ALPINE SKIING WORLD CUP, ZAGREB, CROATIA: Men’s Slalom: 1 M Hirscher (Aut) 1:50.600;
2 M Matt (Aut) 1:50.650; 3 H Kristoffersen (Nor)
1:50.710. Selected: 7 D Ryding (GB) 1:52.780.
TENNIS
HOPMAN CUP, PERTH, AUSTRALIA: Group B,
Men’s Singles: K Khachanov (Rus) bt Y Sugita
(Japan) 6-4 6-2; R Federer (Swit) bt J Sock (US) 7-6
(7-5) 7-5. Women’s Singles: N Osaka (Japan) bt A
Pavlyuchenkova (Rus) 6-4 3-6 7-6 (7-5); B Bencic
(Swit) bt C Vandeweghe (US) 7-6 (8-6) 6-4. Mixed
Doubles: A Pavlyuchenkova (Rus) & K Khachanov
(Rus) bt N Osaka (Japan) & Y Sugita (Japan) 4-1
4-0; B Bencic (Swit) & R Federer (Swit) bt C
Vandeweghe (US) & J Sock (US) 4-3 (5-3) 4-2.
ATP & WTA BRISBANE INTERNATIONAL, AUSTRALIA: Men’s Second round: (1) G DIMITROV (Bul)
bt J Millman (Aus) 4-6 7-6 (10-8) 6-3; K EDMUND
(GB) bt H Chung (S Kor) 7-6 (7-3) 5-7 6-4; D Istomin
(Uzb) bt J Donaldson (US) 7-6 (7-5) 6-2; R Harrison (US) bt Y Hanfmann (Ger) 6-7 (5-7) 6-4 6-2.
Women’s Quarter-finals: (7) A SEVASTOVA (Lat)
bt A Krunic (Serb) 6-2 6-4; A Sasnovich (Bela) bt A
Cornet (Fr) 3-6 6-2 6-3; (3) E SVITOLINA (Ukr) bt (5)
J KONTA (GB) 1-6 7-6 (8-6) 3-2 ret; (2) K PLISKOVA
(Cz Rep) bt K Kanepi (Est) 3-6 7-5 6-2.
TODAY’S FIXTURES
(Football 7.45pm unless stated)
FOOTBALL
FA CUP THIRD ROUND
Liverpool v Everton (7.55)....................................................................
Man Utd v Derby (8)...................................................................................
CRICKET
FIFTH TEST MATCH—SECOND DAY OF FIVE:
Australia v England (Sydney, 11.30pm).
FIRST TEST MATCH—FIRST DAY OF FIVE: South
Africa v India (Cape Town, 8.30am).
FIRST ONE DAY INTERNATIONAL: New Zealand v
Pakistan (Wellington, 10.00pm).
RUGBY UNION
AVIVA PREMIERSHIP (7.45): Worcester v Bath.
GUINNESS PRO14 (7.35): Scarlets v Newport
Gwent D’gons, Edinburgh v Southern Kings.
Puzzle solutions
RUGBY UNION
By Hugh Godwin
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Harlequins, one place and one point
above them in the Premiership, this
Saturday afternoon, in a crowdpleasing switch from Friday night.
But Sale’s former Quins wing
Marland Yarde will sit the match out,
as Diamond said: “Part of the deal was
they didn’t want him to play against
us, however sad that sounds. We
agreed it and there is no point breaking the gentlemen’s agreement.”
Cipriani revitalised his career
with three years at Sale before he
re-joined Wasps in 2016, and the
30-year-old is now the subject of
renewed transfer rumours.
Asked if the Sharks would add
more signings next season, Diamond,
a former Sale hooker who returned to
take charge of the team in 2011, said:
“Not in the backs, no. We are looking
for a lock and a couple of props, of
Test quality, absolutely.
“The props have got to be able
to defend, and to be comfortable in
midfield with the ball in their hands
– a bit like a Sinckler, a Marler (right).
“Scrummaging is important but
not as important as it was. The game
[of rugby union] has speeded up. If
we are going to encourage people
to come and watch it, and when you
see how quick football is, it’s got to be
able to compete on the eye.”
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FOOTBALL
Wenger’s claims of
penalty conspiracies
attract FA attention
By Tom Allnutt
Joe Root gets a ‘friendly’ word from David Warner after his dismissal late on the first day of the fifth Ashes Test GETTY
England’s series summed
up in nine unlucky minutes
ENGLAND
Root 83, Malan 55no
233-5 Sydney scoreboard
AUSTRALIA
By Jonathan Liew
AT THE SYDNEY CRICKET GROUND
Day 1 of 5: England have scored 233 for 5 wickets
against Australia
England won toss
ENGLAND — First Innings
Runs 6s 4s Bls Min
A N Cook lbw b Hazlewood
39 0 3 104 143
M D Stoneman c Paine b Cummins 24 0 4 24 44
J M Vince c Paine b Cummins
25 0 4 54 80
*J E Root c M R Marsh b Starc
83 0 8 141 223
D J Malan not out
55 0 5 160 215
†J M Bairstow c Paine b Hazlewood
5 0 1
7
7
Extras (lb1 w1)
2
Total(for 5, 81.4 overs)
233
Fall: 1-28, 2-88, 3-95, 4-228, 5-233.
To Bat: M M Ali, T K Curran, S C J Broad, M S Crane, J
M Anderson.
Bowling: M A Starc 16-4-63-1, J R Hazlewood 17.4-247-2, P J Cummins 17-4-44-2, N M Lyon 26-4-61-0, M
R Marsh 5-0-17-0.
Australia: C T Bancroft, D A Warner, U T Khawaja, *S P
D Smith, S E Marsh, M R Marsh, †T D Paine, M A Starc, P
J Cummins, J R Hazlewood, N M Lyon.
Umpires: H D P K Dharmasena and J S Wilson.
At 6.51pm Sydney time on the first
day of the final Ashes Test, England
were cruising. Joe Root had just
despatched Mitchell Starc’s first
delivery with the new ball for four.
The sun was out. The songs were
flowing. England were 228-3 and
an entirely satisfactory day was
winding towards a close. England’s
Ashes troubles felt, if not quite be- from beneath them in the space of a
hind them, then certainly something few minutes.
from another year.
It was a day that encapsulated
At 6.52pm, Root was crouched their series, a day that encapsudisconsolate over his bat: his knees lated their tour, a day that in many
buckling, his face covered, his mind ways encapsulated this side. Real
still not quite believing. He had promise, not just in flashes but over
batted beautifully for his 83 runs, sustained periods. A comfort that
but this would be the end of
at times verged on serenity.
the road.
A team that looked like it
Not only had he failed
might win, right up until
again to turn a halfthe point it didn’t.
century into a cenEven 233-5 is a comtury. He had handed
petitive score, albeit
Joe
Root
has
passed
the momentum of
probably not compet50 four times in this
the game back to
itive enough. If nothAshes series. He has
Australia on the cusp
ing else, England will
failed to convert one
of stumps. Starc was
be
able to claim the
into a century
laughing like a man
most respectable 4-0
who had just struck oil in
thumping in Test history.
his driveway.
On a glorious batting
At 7.01pm, a minute past the
strip, England’s top order rescheduled close, Jonny Bairstow verted to type: no century for Root,
was out too. And so a platform that no substantial score for Mark
England had spent 80 overs pains- Stoneman or James Vince, and ultitakingly constructing was kicked mately an outcome that was a poor
4
reflection of all their hard work. Only
Dawid Malan remained of their specialist batsmen, 55 not out after the
first day and a helpless bystander
to the carnage that unfolded in the
last few overs. With a decent score
on the board, England would have
been favourites on a wearing pitch.
It was a deceptively crucial toss
for Root to win, even if Smith tried
to pretend otherwise. Rain had delayed the start of play for more than
two hours, forcing an early lunch.
When it cleared Root won the toss
and batted, a decision that despite
the overcast conditions and light
grass sheen on the wicket, was probably easier than it looked: one that
claimed first use of a slow pitch for
their batsmen and gave last use of it
to their spinners. And as the clouds
finally gave way to bright sunshine,
Barmy Army songs and beautiful
batting conditions, England could
finally glimpse some light at the end
of a long, gruelling tour.
But Root snatched calamity from
the jaws of tranquility, clipping a
half-volley to Mitchell Marsh at
square leg. Surprisingly, England
did not send in a nightwatchman.
Chris Woakes is normally their
man, but he was injured, and so
Bairstow decided to take matters
into his own hands.
And when he nicked the last ball
of the day from Hazlewood, there
was a curious sense of predestination to it: as if everyone knew exactly
what was about to happen. Perhaps,
in some oblique and crucial way,
we have all known since Brisbane.
England: a team that look like they
might win, right up until the point
when they don’t. THE INDEPENDENT
Arsène Wenger has been asked by
the Football Association to provide
observations about his comments
made before and after Arsenal’s
game with Chelsea.
Wenger complained
about two penalty
decisions given against
the Gunners, the first
awarded to West Bromwich on Sunday and the
second given to Chelsea on
Wednesday.
Both Premier League matches
ended as draws and Wenger has until
6pm next Tuesday to respond.
Wenger (above) has said he intends
to appeal against the separate FA
charge relating to his behaviour after
last weekend’s 1-1 draw with West
Bromwich, when Arsenal defender
Calum Chambers was penalised by
Mike Dean for a handball.
Arsenal then conceded another
penalty, against Chelsea at the Emirates Stadium, when Eden Hazard
went down following a challenge
from Hector Bellerin. The game finished 2-2.
It is understood the FA’s latest
enquiry relates in particular to
Wenger appearing to suggest there
may be a conspiracy against his team.
Wenger said before the game against
Chelsea: “I must say what is more
frustrating for me is that it happened
many times this season – at Stoke, at
Watford, at Manchester City, at West
Brom. That is a concerning coincidence for me.”
Arsenal have conceded
four penalties in the Premier League this season
– no teams have conceded
more – and against West
Bromwich and Chelsea
both came after they had
taken the lead.
In January last year, Wenger
was given a four-match touchline
ban after pushing and verbally abusing fourth official Anthony Taylor.
Meanwhile, Arsenal midfielder
Jack Wilshere says a dairy-free and
gluten free diet has put him in the
best shape of his career. Wilshere,
who scored against Chelsea on
Wednesday, said: “I am leaner. I am
probably fitter as well. I feel sharper
and quicker on the pitch.”
Arsène Wenger’s
comments that he “would
have committed suicide” had
Chelsea won have been criticised
as “flippant” and “damaging to
understanding” by the mental
health charity Mind.
RANGERS
Nicholl ‘chuffed to bits’ after
sealing his Rangers return
Jimmy Nicholl could not contain
his excitement after sealing a
return to Ibrox as Rangers assistant manager. The 61-year-old has
been appointed No 2 to Graeme
Murty after Falkirk agreed to
allow him to move on from the
same role under Paul Hartley.
Nicholl, who has also been
Nothern Ireland manager Michael
O’Neill’s assistant in recent years,
had two playing spells at Ibrox in
the 1980s. “I got the opportunity
all those years ago with John
Greig and Jock Wallace, and then I
thought that was going to be it, I’d
had my wee spell and fulfilled one
of my ambitions,” he said.
“Then, three years later, I
was back with Graeme Souness
and Walter Smith. Then, again
I thought that was it after that.
But 30 years later to have the
opportunity to go back to Rangers
in this capacity as assistant
manager with Graeme Murty, I
am so excited and chuffed to bits
that Graeme has given me this
opportunity.”
Nicholl has been brought in to
provide Murty with experienced
assistance after the 43-year-old
was promoted from his role as under-20s coach following two sepa-
Jimmy Nicholl had two playing spells
at Rangers during the 1980s
rate spells as caretaker manager
last year.
Nicholl, a former Manchester
United and Northern Ireland fullback, has managed Raith Rovers –
guiding them to a League Cup final
victory over Celtic in 1995 – as
well as Millwall and Cowdenbeath
and has been assistant to Jimmy
Calderwood at Dunfermline,
Aberdeen and Kilmarnock.
He will fly to the United States
this weekend ahead of a training
camp and two games against Brazilian sides in the Florida Cup.
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Obiang and Son trade in wonder strikes
TOTTENHAM HOTSPUR
Son 84
1
WEST HAM UNITED
Obiang 70
1
Tottenham Hotspur are
hoping to secure the
futures of Harry Kane and Toby
Alderweireld over the next few
weeks. The former’s should be
straightforward; the latter’s more
complicated.
By Jack Pitt-Brooke
AT WEMBLEY STADIUM
Tottenham are used to Wembley
frustration but this took it to a whole
other level. No game here, certainly
no draw, has been as one-sided as
this. Spurs played the whole 90 minutes in West Ham’s half but could not
find a way through the wall of claret
and blue shirts. If we are in a new era
of defensive football in the Premier
League, this was a fine example of it
from David Moyes’ tired side.
Frustration became disbelief
when West Ham took the lead with a
long-ranger from Pedro Obiang, out
of nowhere. It was only when Son
Heung-min scored from almost as
far out that Spurs secured a point.
The visitors were happy to defend
their penalty area. Moyes fielded a
5-4-1, leaving Javier Hernandez to
play a very lonely game up front.
Both teams played on Tuesday
night but Mauricio Pochettino had
the luxury of bringing in three top
Tottenham Hotspur
Lloris
Sanchez Vertonghen Davies
Aurier
Dier
West Ham players surround the grounded Pedro Obiang after his goal GETTY
players, including Harry Kane. West
Ham put in a grown-up defensive
performance. Davinson Sanchez,
Kane and Christian Eriksen all had
shots blocked from good positions.
Often Spurs would attack with every
West Ham outfielder apart from
Hernandez in the box.
Eventually Spurs realised they
had to shoot from distance: Kane
forced a good save from Adrian from
20 yards, Eriksen’s took a deflection, forcing a save. The best chance
came when Jan Vertonghen picked
out Serge Aurier, who headed back
across goal, but Kane could not control and convert.
The second half did not start any
differently. Kane thundered one over
from 25 yards but it felt like Spurs
were getting closer. Kane tangled
with Pablo Zabaleta and went down
in the box. Then he skipped past
Winston Reid and was blocked by
Zabaleta again.
But these shots were worth nothing when West Ham’s first one went
in. They had not mounted one serious attack until, with 20 minutes left,
Obiang found himself in space 30
yards from goal. With no obvious options on, he decided to hit it as hard
as he could towards the top corner.
It was a one in a million shot, flying
past Hugo Lloris and in.
There were more corners, more
blocks, until Spurs finally got level
with a goal almost as spectacular.
Son had the ball 25 yards out and,
tired of passing, he drove it into the
top corner before Adrian could get
across to save. THE INDEPENDENT
Sissoko
Alli
Eriksen
Son
Kane
Hernandez
Masuaku
Lanzini
Zabaleta
Obiang Noble Kouyate
Rice
Ogbonna
Reid
Adrian
West Ham United
Substitutions: Tottenham Lamela (Sissoko, 74),
Wanyama (Dier, 74), Llorente (Davies, 82); West Ham
Ayew (Hernandez, 65), Carroll (Lanzini, 85).
Booked: West Ham Noble, Carroll.
Man of the match Ogbonna.
Match rating 7/10.
Possession: Tottenham 71% West Ham 29%.
Attempts on target: Tottenham 8 West Ham 1.
Referee M Dean (Cheshire).
Attendance 50,034.
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FOOTBALL
The
Fan
Matrix
ARSENAL
We are really quite
good at the FA Cup.
An unmatched 13 wins
(seven under Wenger)
and Wembley is our second home
now – before ‘they’ moved in.
It’s reached the point where our
affiliation with Emirates, and
theirs with the competition, are
being questioned. George Bond
What supporters
are saying
about your club
BOURNEMOUTH
EDITED BY JAMES MARINER
PREMIER LEAGUE: FA CUP SPECIAL
BRIGHTON & HOVE
I suspect there’d have
been a lot more on
Monday’s game had it
been third round last
season. I think a lot of people have
got the Palace bug out of their
system after the long wait to play
them and it’s not really had the
time to build up again.
A1X (North Stand Chat)
BURNLEY
James Tarkowski (above)
signs a new deal at Turf
Moor. Really surprised
by this, I thought for
sure he was going to be the next
Michael Keane/Andre Gray and
be a player we had to sell in the
summer due to only having a year
left. Fantastic news.
jedi_master (Up The Clarets!)
With King and Fraser
out, Wilson stepped in
for a point at the Amex
on New Year’s Day, kickstarting our 2018. With 16 games
left and uncertainty around King’s
fitness, the window is crucial. We
displayed spirit at Brighton and
must take this forward when we
play Wigan. Emily Victoria
CHELSEA
With the league
effectively won already
and facing Barcelona
in the Champions
League, this is our one realistic
shot of a trophy this year. I expect
a couple of changes from Conte
and perhaps, just maybe, even a
youngster on the bench!
Charlie Gould
CRYSTAL PALACE
EVERTON
HUDDERSFIELD TOWN
LEICESTER CITY
LIVERPOOL
MANCHESTER CITY
Wow. What a New Year
period! The City game
was unbelievable, and
then to go and win at
Southampton was incredible.
Hopefully we start 2018 as we
mean to go on. So far the man
Roy has worked wonders. Three
points off mid-table and Brighton
next, bring on 2018! Ollie Potts
I would rest Mahrez
and Maguire for
Fleetwood tomorrow,
and go pretty much full
strength. One game a week for
rest of season, on 30 points, let’s
have a good Cup run! Although I
can see Puel ringing the changes
unfortunately and seeing us
struggle. Lesta2014 (Foxes Talk)
MANCHESTER UNITED
With only six points
over Christmas, our
title challenge died.
The Cup is our only
realistic chance of
silverware. First time a United FA
Cup tie won’t be on TV in 12 years
– welcome respite from moaning
Mourinho. Gabriel Counsell
No Coutinho and Salah
tonight – we just may
have a chance!... at a
draw and taking it to
extra-time and maybe winning
on pens. Last two games we have
looked very poor after seemingly
being impossible to score against.
Let’s hope it’s sorted – with a bit of
luck, who knows? Marcus Bailey
A late winner in the
opening game of 2018
was great, but a derby
win in the Cup would be
even better. They stole a point
last month so Klopp will hopefully
recognise it’s not a fixture to take
lightly. Another statement of
intent can prove we are making
the right moves. Elliott Charles
NEWCASTLE UNITED
Positives to take if we
win or lose against
Burnley tomorrow
but a draw would
be problematic. Would it be
unsportsmanlike if, with the
scores at 0-0 deep into injury
time, Bravo fake-fumbled a
backpass into his own net?
MarsLlama (Blue Moon)
SOUTHAMPTON
Joe Donnohue
STOKE CITY
SWANSEA CITY
TOTTENHAM HOTSPUR
WATFORD
WEST BROMWICH ALBION
WEST HAM UNITED
What a dismal festive
period. Since Silva’s
reluctance to fully shut
down the temptation of
the Toffees, red cards and last
minute reversals have plagued
our form book. Bristol City again
next. Yikes. Alex Keating
A crucial win at Stoke
to start the New Year
has lifted the spirits of
everyone but attention
turns to the FA Cup. Expect Rafa
to ring changes in a weakened
side but we have to be wary of
Luton, free-scoring in League 2.
Certainly a mixed bag
of results over the
festive period. A flurry
of draws. Ince finally
scored. We ended our away
drought. But to be 11th at this
stage is just magical. Whilst the
FA Cup may not be our biggest
priority, we need to show Bolton
how far we’ve come. Olly Diamond
Ralph Krueger –
please don’t insult our
intelligence by stating
that our demise was
largely down to a “cloud” created
by Van Dijk staying last summer.
Complacency is what has
plagued this club and led us into a
relegation scrap. Nick Roberts
Hughes out? Apparently
not for this weekend’s
FA cup tie at Coventry.
A loss is inevitable
as our performances
spiral into deepening depths of
disappointment. Tactically inept,
lack of pace and zero defensive
composure creates the classic
combination. Hugo Parrott
FA CUP
Hiring a coach sacked
by a Championship
team is never
encouraging. On the
plus side, it looks like
we won’t go down without at least
trying to attack. A chance to test
ourselves against the best in the
Champ probably means we will
lose. Jenkins out. Nye Williams
Normally we would
throw youngsters into
the Cup, but because
of how everything has
panned out we have to go strong
in this and get a win on the board.
Likely see some fringe players
used. Dan87uk (Westbrom.com)
Not really worried about
the atmosphere for an FA
Cup third round game
against AFC Wimbledon
this weekend. It almost
should be the type of match that
we look to get families in for.
We all got taken as kids at some
point, no?
CSWY (The Fighting Cock)
A crucial win against
West Brom moved
us out the bottom
three, and has lifted
the pressure slightly. Hopefully
Moyes plays a strong team at
Shrewsbury and we avoid a pitiful
exit. Joe Light
Luton Lee brothers
spurred on by
dad’s black and
white memories
Newcastle trip has special relevance
for Hatters duo, writes Kevin Garside
T
he coach carrying its
cargo of Lee family
members and friends
to Newcastle tomorrow
leaves Hornchurch at
7am. And don’t be late or you will
have grandad Reg on your case. And
you wouldn’t want that.
Reg Lee, 74-year-old father of
ex-Newcastle and England player,
Rob, and grandfather to Luton
Town brothers Ollie and Elliot, has
emerged as a defining character
in the Lee football story. He never
played and knows nothing about the
game but every week he brings his
unique expertise to bear in varying
degrees of ribald ‘encouragement’.
“When I play at Kenilworth
Road, I can hear him shouting in
the crowd. Dad’s quieter, takes
everything in and has a word after
the game, which is the best way,”
Ollie says.
And what does grandad shout?
“You wouldn’t want to know,” Ollie
adds. Rob was less demure. “He will
say exactly what he thinks, whether
it’s right or wrong, he just comes out
and says it. He swears a lot. But he
supported me.”
When Rob’s junior team lost a
manager, Reg would step in. Pearls
of advice included “you can do
f***ing better. He didn’t have any
wise words for us. Just run around
a bit more, get stuck in and score a
couple of goals. That was it.”
The story of the brothers Lee
shone like neon when Luton were
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drawn at Newcastle in the FA Cup
third round. Their father was a
central figure at St James’ Park in
that halcyon period under Kevin
Keegan when Newcastle played in a
manner that made today’s cavaliers
at Manchester City look like
Roundheads.
“People ask, do you regret not
winning the league, and I genuinely
say to them the five years I had
with Keegan I would not trade
for a league winner’s medal,” Rob
says. “He didn’t really like buying
defenders. He wanted to buy players
who wanted to entertain.
“At one time we had [David]
Ginola, [Tino] Asprilla, [Les]
Ferdinand, [Peter] Beardsley, [Alan]
Shearer all playing. I had to play
holding midfield. He called me and
Dave Batty his dogs. I used to score
goals. There I had to sit in. I just
wish he had won the league then no
one could question him, and maybe
the whole structure of coaching
would have changed.”
The spirit of Keegan is alive at
Luton, who top Division Two having
scored more goals than any team
in the four divisions, opening with
eight against Yeovil after falling a
goal behind, and twice hitting seven.
The boys were born in Newcastle
away from the Yeovil game when I
and enjoyed their first exposure to
set him up. It’s been nice we’ve got
the game watching from a box at
that natural connection straight
St James’ Park and nutmegging
away.” The career advice from dad is
Shearer when some team members
Keegan-esque. “Just enjoy playing.
gathered in the Lee family
If you don’t enjoy it, you won’t
garden. “They were
play well, and if you don’t
playing against my
play well, you’re not the
mates, Shearer, Gary
same team.”
Speed, Warren
Though Rob
Barton, Shay Given,”
believes his boys have
Years since Elliot
Rob recalls.
the potential to play
Lee’s professional
“They used to
at a higher level, he
debut, for West
come round during
argues the best way
Ham at Manchester
the season and we
to achieve that is to be
United in the FA Cup
had five-a-sides. I don’t
involved in the lower
third round
know if it was allowed. I
leagues rather than stuck
don’t think the physio was
in a holding pattern at a
very happy about it. He
Premier League club or
used to join in as well,
loaned out, as both were
the doctor. That is
at West Ham.
where they learnt
“It can be difficult
their skills I think.”
for young British
Goals scored by
Ollie, the elder at
players to forge a
Oliver Lee this
26, is an ever-present
career, especially
season – in Luton
in the Luton midfield.
if you fall by the
victories of 8-2, 3-0,
Elliot, three years
wayside,”
he says.
7-0 and 5-0
younger, is a striker
“I’m looking forward to
who joined the club from
Luton getting promotion
West Ham in the summer.
and seeing how they get on
Shared time on the pitch has
in a higher division.” But first to
been limited as Elliot waits an
Newcastle.
opportunity to cement a place, but
“The pick-up is from my place,”
when they do run out together the
Rob says. “We needed so many
chemistry is obvious.
tickets I had to ring Newcastle and
“We know each other inside out
ask for a few favours. For our family
and I know what’s he going to do,”
it’s the best possible tie, a dream
Ollie says. “We’ve not really played
come true for the boys to go back
together properly up until the last
there. It’s the next best thing to
six months but we clicked straight
pulling on a black and white shirt.”
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Mourinho dismisses
stories of quitting
United as ‘garbage’
By Ian Whittell
Jose Mourinho laughed off suggestions that his living in a Manchester
hotel demonstrated a lack of commitment to his job at Old Trafford.
The United manager was responding to claims that the club feared he
would walk out this summer, two
years into his three-season deal.
“If the fans want me to be
comfortable, that’s the way
I feel comfortable, I am
very lazy!” said Mourinho. “I don’t want anyone
to worry because I’m
not living in a two square
metres room. I’m in an
apartment where I have all
the comfort and support, like
living in a house. If they are worried
about me being comfortable and
happy and supported, I really am.
“If they want me to be in a house
that I don’t like, lonely, away from
my assistants, then I would be a sad
guy, and sad guys don’t work well.”
Rumours have circulated of
Mourinho being distant in his dealings with senior club officials in
recent weeks. However, he is adamant he sees his long-term future
at Old Trafford.
“Look, it depends on what you
want to know and what you want
to speak about,” said Mourinho
(above). “If you want to speak about
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some news, I say ‘garbage.’ I don’t
find a better word to define the talk.
“If you want to ask me directly, if I
see myself next season in Manchester United, I say I see myself here.
And, as I said when I arrived, I’m
going to leave when the club wants
me to leave, because I have no intention to leave at all.
“My intention is to stay, and to
work and to improve and to
bring the club to where the
club belongs and I want
to stay. And I don’t see
any reason not to stay.”
Mourinho is in preliminary talks with
executive vice chairman
Ed Woodward over a contract extension and appeared
genuinely insulted at suggestions he
had lost his passion and hunger for
the job. “Because I don’t behave as a
clown, it means I’ve lost my passion?”
said Mourinho. “I prefer to behave as
I am, more mature, better for myself and the team. You don’t have to
behave like a crazy guy. It’s not what
you do in front of the cameras.
“The worst thing someone can
do is put one inch of doubt about
my professionalism, my dedication to my club, to my job, to my
players. So yes, the garbage news
affected me just on this aspect
because it’s something I don’t
admit.” THE INDEPENDENT
Klopp has Van Dijk in
mind to make debut
in Merseyside derby
By Mark Critchley
Virgil van Dijk could make his
Liverpool debut in tonight’s FA
Cup third-round tie against
Everton, said manager Jürgen
Klopp. Van Dijk (right) became
the most expensive
defender of all time
when he completed
his move to Anfield
on 1 January.
The £75m signing from
Southampton has not played
a competitive match since 13
December but took part in his
first training session with
his new team-mates on
Wednesday.
Klopp will be without Philippe Coutinho
and Mohamed Salah,
who are struggling
with thigh and groin
injuries respectively, but
yesterday he suggested
that Van Dijk may
play. “Mo and
Phil are not
available so it
is not possible.
With Virgil it is different,” Klopp
said. “He is obviously healthy and
I have to make a decision for this
game. It is clear centre-half is a
position which usually needs to
be tuned to the rest of the team
with the kind of defending.”
K l o p p m ay d e c i d e
against fielding Van Dijk
given his lack of recent
playing time but
said he would play
his strongest available side, having
previously been accused
of selecting weakened
teams in the FA Cup.
“I can imagine everyone is desperate to see
him on the pitch but from
our point of view there is
no rush and it is much more
important how many good
games he can play for us.
“It is not decided because
we have to wait for last
updates on each position but
the line-up will be a line-up
which shows all the respect
we have for the FA Cup.”
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TENNIS
Sport
Murray admits
defeat to hip
as he pulls out
of Aussie Open
Briton contemplates surgery which
he knows may jeopardise his career
said that hip injuries were particularly troublesome for tennis players
“because it’s very hard to identify
Andy Murray flew home last night what’s going on”. He added: “Everyafter pulling out of the Australian thing goes through the hip – loading,
Open having conceded defeat in his running, speed, turning, everything.”
latest attempts to recover from the
If Murray does opt for surgery, it
hip problem which has kept him off is likely to be several more months
the court for the last six months.
before he returns to competition.
And he must now contemplate Moreover, even if he did return after
whether to have surgery which
surgery, the likelihood is that it
could spell the end of his
would take him a long time
time at the top.
to recover his former
While Murray had
levels.
been hoping that rest
Although it would
and rehabilitation
be very difficult to
It has been over 10
would cure his hip
co m p a re t h e two
years since Andy
injury, which first
experiences, it took
Murray last sat out
surfaced at last sumMurray some 15
consecutive
mer’s French Open,
months
to get back to
Grand Slams
the Scot admits that he
his best after the back
will now have to consider
surgery he underwent in
an operation. He wanted
September 2013.
to avoid that option because the
At least the Australian Open will
chances of success were “not as high have been grateful for the notice that
as I would like”.
Murray gave. At the last two tournaThere is still a chance, moreover, ments the Scot entered – last year’s
that Murray will regain full fitness US Open and this week’s Brisbane
without going under the surgeon’s International – he did not pull out
knife. The Scot, who has never re- until after the draw had been made.
vealed the exact nature of his injury,
There will be speculation that we
might want to take heart from the have already seen the best of Murrecent experiences of South Africa’s ray, but he might still hope that time
Kevin Anderson, who missed last is on his side. Edmund put in words
year’s Australian Open because of a what many of Murray’s supporters
hip problem but ended the summer must be thinking. “It’s a shame bereaching his first Grand Slam final in cause Andy is only 30 and yet you see
New York.
what Roger Federer is doing at 36,”
Britain’s Kyle Edmund, who is Edmund said. “Potentially he has got
through to the quarter-finals here, more years in him.” THE INDEPENDENT
By Paul Newman
05.01.18
P59
FOOTBALL
Son salvages a
point for Spurs
after Obiang’s
wonder-goal
P60
FOOTBALL
Luton’s Lee
brothers on trip
to dad Rob’s old
stomping ground
IN BRISBANE
2007
Konta hopes for best after
retiring hurt from Brisbane
By Derren Howard
P57
WINTER OLYMPICS
North Korean
ice skaters who
could help avert
nuclear war
Johanna Konta is in a desperate race
to be fit for Melbourne after she withdrew from the Brisbane International
at the quarter-final stage due to a
problem with her right hip.
Konta, playing her first
event since recovering
from a foot injury, required on-court treatment on her hip in the
third set against Elina
Svitolina and retired when
serving at 3-2 down.
The extent of the injury is unclear but the British No 1 still hopes to
defend her title at the Sydney International next week in the city of her
birth, before the Australian Open,
where she reached the quarter-finals
in 2017 and semi-finals in 2016.
“It’s a bit of a waiting game,”
admitted Konta (left). “The most important thing now will be to get
some physio treatment, have
a good night’s sleep and
wake up tomorrow and
see where to take it from
there.
“I will give it the maximum amount of time to be
able to play in Sydney.
“I started feeling it in my
right hip/groin area in the second game of the third set. I felt a little
bit of pain go through there. I couldn’t
really load through that right leg.”
Andy Murray sits
with coach Jamie
Delgado after
an unsuccessful
attempt to prove
his fitness in the
World Tour Finals
last November
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If this is the end of
Murraymania, we
will miss him dearly
Kevin
Garside
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T
he post-Andy Murray
apocalypse is upon us.
Back to the Brit-ometer
at Wimbledon we go, a
return to a time when
British performance in the men’s
draw was measured in hours not
days.
Five months after limping out
of his last tournament at Wimbledon, Murray’s career is in crisis, if
not over. Rest and rehabilitation
has not cured his troublesome hip
leaving surgery his only option. And
that’s a gamble.
Gustavo Kuerten, Lleyton Hewitt
and David Nalbandian all suffered
the same fate and though all played
on after surgery, none was ever the
same. Murray is barely 30, but in a
sport that is ever more reliant on
premium physical conditioning,
none can compete at anything less
than 100 per cent fitness.
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RUGBY UNION
Young commits
future to Wasps
Wasps rugby director Dai Young
has signed a long-term contract
extension with the Premiership
club. The former Wales prop
had been touted among the
contenders to succeed Warren
Gatland as national head coach
following next year’s World Cup
in Japan. He said: “I was humbled
to be mentioned as a possible
Wales coach ... but there is so
much to come [at Wasps].”
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GOLF
FOOTBALL
Woods to open
with Farmers
Carvalhal plots
fishy transfers
Tiger Woods has announced he
will start his 2018 campaign by
playing the Farmers Insurance
Open, which starts on 25 January,
and Genesis Open three weeks
later in California. The 14-time
major winner returned to action
in December’s Hero World
Challenge following a fourth back
operation, with injury having
limited the former world No 1 to
just four appearances in the last
two years.
Swansea manager Carlos
Carvalhal has indicated he is
likely to be taking the cheaper
option in the January transfer
window by buying “sardines
and not lobster”. Carvalhal said
ahead of tomorrow’s FA Cup trip
to Wolves: “We have money for
sardines and I’m thinking lobster.
I will do my best to try and bring
in the best players. I will look to
the lobsters and sea bass, but if
not we must buy sardines.”
SKIING
Especially Murray, whose game
but at huge cost to their physical
is predicated on his speed and
wellbeing.
agility about the court. Though he
Already the Australian Open is
always had delicate hands and great
missing Kei Nishikori and Murray.
imagination, he did not have the sigNadal withdrew from Brisbane to
nature shot to put opponents away
give himself a chance of playing
like Rafa Nadal or Roger Federer. He the season’s first major and Djokochased down everything,
vic, himself absent since
and kept the ball alive.
Wimbledon, will determine
Murray, like his stellar,
the fitness of his injured
We have
big-four counterparts, or
had few heroes elbow next week.
more accurately big-five,
Federer did not compete
as genuine
Federer, Nadal, Novak
again in 2016 after further
Djokovic and Stan Wawrin- as Murray,
aggravating a delicate
ka have all endured lengthy who must
knee in his semi-final
be regarded
periods on the sidelines,
loss to Milos Raonic at
enforced by the gruelling
Wimbledon, and has
as one of
schedules imposed by
severely cut down his
our greatest
broadcast dosh.
playing
commitments to
sportsmen
The players are little
prolong what is left of his
more than global advertiscareer. The professional
ing hoardings, contesting events in
tennis circuit requires its own
far-flung places, the value of which
triage unit so frequent are the
is rooted in sponsorship engagebio-mechanical failures.
ment. This globalisation of the sport
The problem with Murray’s condihas enriched the top players beyond tion is the small sample of souls who
the dreams of past generations
go down the surgical route. Outside
of the explosive arena of professional ball sports, soft tissue injuries of
the hip are neither frequent nor high
priority so the surgical treatment of
them is not supported by deep medical knowledge or experience.
How we shall miss him should this
episode turn out to be terminal. We
have had few heroes as genuine or as
talented as Murray, who must be regarded as one of the greatest sportsmen Britain has produced.
To become the first British male
to win Wimbledon, not once but
twice, and the US Open 70-odd
years after Stockport’s finest Fred
Perry bossed the courts was a triumph in the era of Federer, Nadal
and Djokovic. Five defeats in the
Australian Open final alone tell you
how unforgiving this epoch has
been for Murray.
Nevertheless the scale of his
achievements, rounded out by two
Olympic titles, stand comparison
with most who have ever played the
game.
Ryding posts top-10 finish in Zagreb
Great Britain’s David Ryding recorded his third top-10 finish in two
weeks as he came home seventh in the slalom World Cup event in Zagreb.
Ryding lay 18th after the first run but improved by over two seconds in
the second – and briefly led the field. Ryding came sixth in Italy three
days before Christmas, before finishing in fourth in Oslo on New Year’s
Day. Ryding is eighth in the standings with four events remaining.
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FOOTBALL
Ranger sacked
from Southend
Nile Ranger’s contract with
Southend has been terminated
due to “reoccurring disciplinary
issues including timekeeping”.
Ranger, the former Newcastle
and Blackpool striker, joined the
Essex club in 2016 and scored 10
goals in 49 appearances. The club
stuck by him after his release
from prison in August having
served a sentence for bank fraud.
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