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Wife walks free
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After that rousing speech,
her fans dare to dream
Modern love
Michel Faber on
his late wife and
their passion for
David Bowie
Pay row
women
silenced
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WEDNESDAY
10 JANUARY 2018
Number 2,224
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PM promotes
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Simon Kelner on
the downfall of
Toby Young
» Outcry after Radio 4 presenter
is hauled off air for supporting
colleague’s equal pay demands
Where to avoid
the crowds
» New Culture Secretary says the
‘brilliant women’ working for the
corporation deserve much better
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MEDICINE
Why is time
running out for
Julian Assange
of WikiLeaks?
See p.9
The day at
a glance
WEDNESDAY
10
JANUARY
Quote of the day
Education is a progressive
discovery of our
own ignorance
WILL DURANT
PEOPLE
COURTS
Coach ‘abused boy
Former Trump aide
more than 100 times’ quits news website
Kebab-eating PC is
sacked for absence
Rescuers are searching the Israeli
desert for a British tourist who has
been missing for seven weeks. Oliver
McAfee, 29, of Dromore, Co Down,
was last seen on 21 November. His
wallet, keys and a tablet computer
were found on a cycling trail. He had
given up his gardening job in Essex
last April to cycle across Europe.
A former youth football coach
was a “predatory and determined
paedophile” who abused one boy
more than 100 times, prosecutors
alleged yesterday. The ex-Crewe
Alexandra coach Barry Bennell, 63,
denies 48 sex offences between 1979
and 1991 and his trial continues at
Liverpool Crown Court.
A police officer who went missing
while on duty and ate a kebab as
colleagues searched for him has
been sacked for misconduct. PC
Richard Musgrave, 52, left March
police station in Cambridgeshire to
give friends a lift before driving to
an industrial estate to eat his meal.
Officers mounted a hunt for him.
SWITZERLAND
Unusually heavy snowfall and a
high risk of Alpine avalanches have
stranded 13,000 tourists in the Swiss
ski resort of Zermatt. With roads,
trains, cable cars, ski slopes and
hiking trails into the town closed,
helicopters were deployed to ferry
some visitors to a nearby village to
escape the snow-bound valley.
Birthdays
Sir Rod Stewart, singer, 73;
George Foreman, former
boxer, 69; Pat Benatar,
singer, 65; Abbey Clancy
(below), model, 32; Jemaine
Clement, comedy actor, 44;
Ian Poulter, golfer, 42
The List
Noises that
disturb our sleep
One in four British adults says
they are deprived of an average
6.5 hours of sleep each week
because they are disturbed by
noisy neighbours. Here are the
most disruptive sounds and the
proportion of complainants who
are troubled by them:
Anniversaries
Thursday 10 January 1985
Eight people are killed
and dozens injured in a
gas explosion at a block
of luxury flats in Putney,
South-west London.
The blast at Newnham
House was compared to
a 50lb bomb going off and
destroyed the building.
Bass-driven music (43%)
Couples arguing (34%)
Drilling (29%)
Hammering (24%)
Crying babies, inset (22%)
Children arguing (20%)
Phone alarms (5%)
Lawn mowing (4%)
Footsteps (2%)
POLICE
Donald Trump’s former chief
strategist, Steve Bannon, has
stepped down as the executive
chairman of the right-wing
Breitbart News website. His
sudden departure comes amid a
furore over remarks attributed to
him in a new book questioning the
US President’s mental fitness.
Men in the UK enjoy nearly five more hours of
leisure time per week than women. Despite being
more likely to be employed part-time, women
typically spend more hours doing unpaid work
such as household chores and childcare.
SOCIETY
Men more
time-rich
Average total daily leisure time by age and sex, 2015
Age
Women
Men
16 to 24
Men
43hrs
25 to 34
NATURE
Too many females
put turtles at risk
Women
55 to 64
38hrs
65 and
over
0
2
4
6
8 Hours per day
Parents’ leisure time on weekends in 2015 (hours)
Youngest 36
child under 5
Youngest child
between 5 and 10
Youngest child
between 11 and 17
43
41
Almost all green sea turtles native
to the Great Barrier Reef are
female. Scientists found that rising
sea temperatures had disrupted
the temperature-dependent
sex-determination of turtle eggs. A
paper published by Nature Australia
warned the ratio could threaten
population numbers. PAGE 11
49
44
35
52
40
45
50
Average hours of unpaid work done in each category in 2015
COOKING
9
TRANSPORT
Men
Women
3
9
CHILDCARE
3
9
3
GREECE
6
6
6
HOUSEWORK
LAUNDRY
VOLUNTEERING
9
3
6
Newspapers support recycling
The recycled content of UK
newspapers in 2015 was 71%
The energy company Cuadrilla has
been given permission to explore
for oil at a site which was the centre
of fierce anti-fracking protests in
2013. West Sussex County Council’s
planning committee agreed to grant
temporary consent for flow testing
and monitoring at Lower Stumble in
Balcombe, near Haywards Heath.
45 to 54
9
3
9
Protesters confront
labour minister
3
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ENERGY
Fracking firm gets
green light for oil test
35 to 44
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TV & Radio...........28
Business..................38
The 10 Best...........43
Puzzles.....................44
Weather...................47
A smart pill that can diagnose
illnesses by sensing gases in the gut
has been hailed a success in its first
human trial. Australian scientists
believe the ingestible capsule could
put an end to painful colonoscopies
and revolutionise the way that
diseases of the gut are treated.
British cyclist goes
missing in Israel
Heavy snow cuts off
Alpine ski resort
UNITED STATES
Smart pill could end
colonoscopy misery
6
6
WORDS: VALERIE BROWNE; SOURCE: ONS
Activists stormed the Greek labour
ministry and confronted its minister,
Effie Achtsioglou (above, left),
yesterday during a protest over
moves to restrict the right to strike
– a condition set by international
creditors in return for bailout funds.
Athens is to introduce legislation
which could limit strike frequency.
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UNITED STATES
NORISHIGE KANAI,
ASTRONAUT
Drugs worth $22m
hidden in furniture
Is this spaceman growing
too big for his boots?
Possibly. Lieutenant Norishige
Kanai, a Japanese astronaut,
has grown 9cm taller since
he boarded the International
Space Station (ISS) just
over three weeks ago. “Good
morning, everybody. I have
a major announcement,”
he wrote on social media
yesterday. “We had our bodies
measured after reaching
space and – wow, wow, wow
– I had actually grown by as
much as 9cm.”
Are there any growing pains?
It’s not physically painful,
but it does pose difficulties.
Lt Kanai voiced concerns that
he would grow so tall that he
might not fit into the seat of
the Russian Soyuz vehicle
which is scheduled to bring
him home in June. “I grew
like some plant in just three
weeks,” he said. “Nothing like
this since high school. I’m a bit
worried whether I’ll fit in the
Soyuz seat when I go back.”
Is this his first space mission?
Yes. Lt Kanai, 41, is a Japanese
doctor who was selected
as an astronaut candidate
by the Japan Aerospace
Exploration Agency in 2009.
He has also served as a diving
medical officer in the Japan
Maritime Self-Defence Force,
but was sent into space as a
flight engineer to conduct
experiments while the ISS
orbits the Earth. As he puts
it, he went “from deep sea to
space”. He is well-versed in
medical research into how
extreme environments affect
the human body.
Was the additional height
expected, then?
Yes and no. It is usual for
astronauts to grow by an
average of between 2cm and
Customs officials in Philadelphia
made their largest drugs seizure in
a decade when they found 317kg of
cocaine, with a street value of $22m
(£16m), hidden inside bedroom
furniture and kitchen cabinets
shipped from Puerto Rico. More
than 250 bricks of drugs were found
inside false walls of the furniture.
SOCIETY
5cm during their time in
space because the absence
of gravity allows their
vertebrae to spread apart and
stretch out. It is not a longterm effect because when
they return to Earth and its
gravitational pull, astronauts
return to their usual height.
What is rare, however, is the
amount that Lt Kanai has
grown in such a short time
living on the ISS.
Are other astronauts
concerned?
Not particularly. Libby
Jackson, a spokeswoman
for the UK Space Agency,
agreed that Lt Kanai’s growth
was more than expected
but she told the BBC: “Nine
centimetres is a lot, but it is
possible, knowing that every
human body is different. You
do get taller in space as your
spine drifts apart. There is a
range of growth for different
people, and everybody
responds differently.”
Can he come home?
The Soyuz craft which ferries
astronauts to and from the
ISS from the Russian-leased
Baikonur Cosmodrome in
Kazakhstan has a strict
seat-height limit. If crew
members become too tall,
it could pose a problem. Lt
Kanai faces an uncertain five
months on the space station,
during which time he could
grow even taller.
Valerie Browne
A late ban for pub’s
swastika posters
Swastika-covered posters
promoting a village pub’s “German
night” on Facebook have been
banned – three months after the
event took place. The Advertising
Standards Authority said that The
Buck Inn in County Durham had
“trivialised the events of the Second
World War”. PAGE 12
GERMANY
‘Playboy’ to feature
transgender model
The German edition of Playboy is
to feature a topless transgender
model on its cover for the first
time. Giuliana Farfalla was a
contestant last year on Germany’s
Next Top Model, hosted by Heidi
Klum. The magazine’s editor-inchief, Florian Boitin, said it was
“opposed to all forms of exclusion”.
MUSIC
Bowie’s posthumous
sales top five million
David Bowie fans in the UK have
bought two million albums by the
singer since his death. The musician
died of liver cancer at the age of
69 on 10 January 2017. Since then,
British fans have bought more than
five million of his records, including
3.1 million singles, according to the
Official Charts Company.
i WEDNESDAY
10 JANUARY 2018
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Letter from the
Opinion Editor
Barbara Speed
i@inews.co.uk
In i readers’ own
words, that was
the year that was
As with so much these days, it
started with a tweet. i reader
Gordon Veniard sent our editor
Oliver Duff a suggestion: given
our commitment to concise
news, we should challenge our
readers “to tell a complete story
of the year 2017 in 100 words”.
And so the challenge was
set. Scores of readers wrote in,
sending in poems, acrostics,
rants, riddles, and personal tales.
The most popular words to crop
up were, predictably, Trump
and Brexit. Politics in general
dominated, following a year
which felt the aftershocks of the
dramatic referendum and US
election of 2016.
In selecting the winning
entries, we were looking for
something unexpected. Brian
Sillett told us about his “year
of guilt” about everything from
not recycling to hiding from
carol singers.
Kerry Brown described how
2017 taught her to appreciate
what was “lovely and simple”,
after her son was diagnosed
with leukaemia the year before.
See their contributions, and
those of the other finalists, on
pages 26-27.
Our winner, however, is Steve
Edwards, for his story of an
alien far in the future reading
about the momentous events of
2017 – “the year of Trump, Brexit
and fake news” – shrugging, and
continuing on his way. It offers
something we all could do with a
little more of: perspective.
Our office manager, Denise
Thompson, has searched the
cupboards and dredged up a £50
John Lewis gift card prize, so
congratulations, Steve.
Features, pages 26-27
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NEWS
BREXIT
EU accuses Davis of hypocrisy over ‘no deal’ advice
By Nigel Morris
David Davis has been accused of
hypocrisy after it emerged that
he had taken legal advice over
preparations by Brussels for a “no
deal” British departure from the
European Union.
The Brexit Secretary consulted
Whitehall lawyers on the grounds
that the EU’s planning breached
Britain’s continuing rights as a mem-
ber state and could jeopardise companies’ existing contracts.
Mr Davis revealed his move in a
letter to Theresa May obtained by
the Financial Times.
Labour MP Pat McFadden, a
member of the Brexit select committee, told the paper: “The government
is implicitly threatening a no-deal
scenario. It should come as no surprise that the EU is also preparing
for this possibility.”
He pointed out that the Government had allocated £3bn in last
year’s Budget to prepare for
Britain leaving the bloc
without a deal.
A European Commission spokesman
said: “We in the European Commission are
surprised the United
Kingdom is surprised
we are preparing for a
scenario announced by the UK
Government itself.”
In his letter last month,
Mr Davis said European
Commission guidance
envisages Britain becoming a “third country” after March 2019,
without referring to the
Government’s hopes of
agreeing a two-year transition period or a free-trade
deal. He argued the guidance treated
Britain differently from other member states ahead of Brexit “in a way
which is damaging to UK interests”.
An aide from the Department for Exiting the EU
said: “There have been a number
of instances where the commission has not acted in good faith.”
BREXIT
SNP immigration
blow as Scots opt
for UK-wide policy
By Tom Peterkin
Nicola Sturgeon’s demand for a separate Scottish immigration system
has been dealt a blow by a poll showing most Scots believe in a common
policy across the UK.
Research for the National Centre
for Social Research (NatCen) report
also found a majority of people in
Scotland would prefer to see an end
to freedom of movement.
The report by Sir John Curtice
was conducted for NatCen’s “What
UK Thinks” project. Out of 859 Scots
surveyed, 63 per cent thought that
post-Brexit the rules on immigration
should be the same in Scotland as in
the rest of the country.
Of the random sample from the
Scottish survey results
59%
of voters in Scotland back
an end to freedom of
movement with the EU
63%
are willing to accept free
movement in return for
free trade
67%
think the UK Government
is handling Brexit
negotiations badly
SOURCE: NATIONAL CENTRE FOR SOCIAL RESEARCH
annual Scottish Social Attitudes
Survey, 67 per cent thought the same
should be true for trade.
A majority appeared to reject freedom of movement with 59 per cent of
voters in Scotland believing that potential EU migrants to the UK should
have to apply to come here. That was
slightly behind the 64 per cent of voters across Britain who thought potential EU migrants to the UK should
have to apply.
But 63 per cent of people in Scotland would accept free movement if
it were the price to be paid for free
trade, compared with just 53 per cent
across Britain as a whole. The Scottish leg of the survey was done in parallel with a similar exercise done with
2,168 people across Britain.
The proportion of Scots thinking the UK Government is handling
Brexit negotiations badly rose from
57 per cent in February last year to
69 per cent. While 55 per cent think
the EU is handling the talks badly, up
from 44 per cent.
Jackson Carlaw, Scottish Conservative Deputy Leader said: “This...
exposes just how utterly out of touch
the SNP has become. Contrary to
what Nicola Sturgeon says, most
people in Scotland know it makes
common sense for decisions on immigration and trade with the EU to
be the same across the UK.”
DIPLOMACY
Queen ‘will take Trump in her stride’
By Rob Merrick
Boris Johnson has refused to push
to cancel Donald Trump’s
planned state visit to Britain – insisting the Queen
will take it “in her stride”.
Labour urged the Foreign Secretary to pull
the plug after the author
of an explosive new book
about the US President
warned he would use the trip
to “Trumpalise the Queen”.
But Mr Johnson replied: “I think
Her Majesty the Queen is well capable of taking this American President
– or indeed any American President
– in her stride.”
At the weekend, Theresa
May confirmed Mr Trump
would come to the UK, but
without revealing when,
or for what purpose, the
visit would take place.
The state visit is thought
to have been shelved indefinitely, because of the fear of
public protests and out of a desire to
avoid embarrassing the Royal Family.
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i WEDNESDAY
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MEDIA
MEDIA
BBC presenter
taken off air after
support for pay
equality colleague
BBC promises
speedy review
of presenter pay
By Adam Sherwin
ARTS AND MEDIA CORRESPONDENT
The BBC has been accused of censorship after a female presenter was
pulled off air for supporting a colleague’s demand for equal pay.
Radio 4 presenter Winifred Robinson was taken off air on You and Yours
for supporting her colleague Carrie
Gracie’s demand for equal pay, leading to accusations that journalists
throughout the corporation
were being silenced.
She had tweeted support for Ms Gracie,
who quit as BBC China
editor after discovering she was paid
significantly less than
her male international
editor equivalents. Shari
Vahl (inset), another You and
Yours presenter, replaced Ms
Robinson on the programme, which
asked listeners to call in on the topic
“Are you getting fair pay?”
Ms Robinson had tweeted that it
was a “mess” for the BBC to lose Ms
Gracie, a “superb journalist”, from
her post and called for “equal pay for
equal work – it’s the law.”
Tony Hall, the BBC’s director-general, was summoned to appear before
MPs to “account for the actions of the
BBC on gender pay since the publication of salaries last year”.
BBC managers were accused of
shutting down debate by using impartiality rules to prevent journalists from backing the principle of
fair pay on air. It is understood that
Ritula Shah, host of the The World
Tonight on Radio 4, who had tweeted
support for Ms Gracie, was told that
the programme had to drop the topic
altogether because she was “part of
the story”.
A World Service radio report was
pulled and presenters of 100 Days, a
programme on the BBC World News
channel, were told they could not discuss a segment on equal pay, because
of their tweeted support.
By Adam Sherwin
The BBC has promised that an analysis of presenter pay by accounting
firm PwC, independently assessed by
a QC, would be published by the end
of the month. The results will “help
inform a new pay policy at the BBC,”
Fran Unsworth, director of news,
said in an email to staff.
Her email came as the Equality and
Human Rights Commission, the regulatory body responsible for policing
equal pay, warned it could “take action” against the BBC.
Legal firms Matrix Chambers and
Mishcon de Reya are advising highprofile BBC women on potential
legal action over gender pay, with
employment tribunals or High Court
proceedings possible. The National
Union of Journalists has lodged a
group complaint on behalf of 121
women at the BBC.
However BBC News anchor Simon
McCoy stayed on air despite tweeting “full support” to Ms Gracie. Evan
Davis was allowed to present a Newsnight discussion on the Gracie controversy on Monday. He had tweeted
there was an “inevitable arbitrariness of pay” at the BBC and did not
back Ms Gracie explicitly, suggesting
the situation was more nuanced.
Labour’s Jess Phillips voiced concerns about women at the BBC being
“silenced” over the issue. Ms
Phillips said: “As Evan Davis
took to presenting Newsnight to talk about this
last night, after going
on Twitter and giving
his very clear opinion...
about this issue, why has
he not been silenced when
women who have spoken up
as part of the campaign group
are taken off air?”
The BBC said: “We need to ensure
BBC impartiality is not brought
into question.”
Last night Carrie Gracie
tweeted: “BBC bosses say
my salary from 29th Jan back
on News Channel will be 145K.
Will be paid more for sitting in
warm studio than hurtling round
country of 1.4 billion 24/7. Strange.”
JUSTICE
Corporation taking
a long time to obey
the law, says peer
By Nick Lester
Winifred Robinson was not allowed to present yesterday’s ‘You and Yours’
under BBC impartiality rules ABIGAIL ZOE MARTIN
POLITICS
‘Brilliant women of BBC deserve better’
By Adam Sherwin
The new Culture Secretary, Matt
Hancock, has ratcheted up pressure
on the BBC over pay.
In his first Commons appearance
in the role, Mr Hancock told MPs:
“The BBC must act, because the
brilliant women working at all levels
of the BBC deserve better.”
He questioned how “BBC for-
eign editors can earn more than
Her Majesty’s ambassadors in the
same jurisdiction”. Carrie Gracie
was China editor on £135,000 a year,
and turned down a £45,000 pay rise,
accusing the BBC of “illegal gender
pay discrimination”, which it denies.
Jon Sopel, North America editor, is
paid £200,000-£249,999. Middle
East Editor Jeremy Bowen earns up
to £200,000.
Mr Hancock called upon the BBC
to “observe pay restraint and deliver value for money for licence fee
payers”. That would mean cutting
the salaries of the BBC’s highestpaid men, such as newsreader Huw
Edwards, who is reportedly being
asked to reduce his £600,000 pay.
Mr Hancock said: “This isn’t just
a matter of levelling women’s pay up.
It’s a matter of pay equality.”
The BBC is not above the law when
it comes to dealing with equal pay, a
leading broadcaster has said.
Speaking in the House of Lords,
Baroness Bakewell said: “They have
taken a long time to obey this law.
The BBC is not above the law. What
they are good at is arguing a very
complicated case, which is in fact
very simple.
“What people should be given is
equal pay for an equal job. The BBC
will say, ‘We need until 2020 to sort it
out, it’s very difficult’.”
The peer, better known as Joan
Bakewell, has been a presenter for the
BBC on television and radio since the
1960s. She added: “The distinction
they try to feed off is the difference
between information and entertainment. People who are entertainers receive different fees from each
other. But journalists are something
else and this is an absolute condition
of their job that they are efficient and
able in the same sort of way.”
MEDIA
Virgin Trains withdraws ‘Daily Mail’ over staff concerns
By Catherine Wylie
The Daily Mail has accused Virgin Trains of censorship after the
company stopped stocking the
newspaper and described it as “not
at all compatible” with its brand
and beliefs.
The train operator said it made
the decision in November, pointing
out in an internal note to staff that
“considerable concern” had been
raised by colleagues about the newspaper’s editorial position on issues
such as immigration, LGBT rights
and unemployment.
But the newspaper said Virgin
Trains told them that the only reason the paper would no longer be
sold was to “save space”.
A spokesman for the Daily Mail
said: “It is disgraceful that, at a time
of massive customer dissatisfaction over ever-increasing rail fares,
and after the taxpayer was forced
to bail out Virgin’s East Coast mainline franchise, a decision strongly
criticised by the Mail, that Virgin
Trains should now announce that
for political reasons it is censoring
the choice of newspapers it offers
to passengers.”
A Virgin Trains spokesman said:
“We regularly review the products
we have on sale for customers in the
shop on board our West Coast trains,
and after listening to feedback
from our people, we decided in November that we
would no longer stock
copies of the Daily Mail.
“When we stocked
the Daily Mail on board,
we sold one copy for
every four trains.”
In an internal note to
staff within its West Coast
business, Virgin Trains wrote:
“Different viewpoints are often
valuable, and it’s certainly
true that we choose to take
our news from different
sources depending on
our view of the world.
“Thousands of people
choose to read the Daily
Mail every day. But, from
Sunday 26 November, they
will no longer be reading it
courtesy of VT.”
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NEWS
POLITICS
Government ‘not quite’ a mess, says Tory chairman
By Rob Merrick
The new Tory chairman has claimed
the party does not know how many
members it has – as he said the
Government was “not quite” in
a mess following Theresa May’s
botched reshuffle.
Brandon Lewis did not dispute
that the membership total had
plunged to a rumoured 70,000, at a
time when Labour can boast more
than half a million paid-up activists.
He said: “We are not a centrally run
membership list – it does not work
like that. Membership is done locally
by local associations.”
Pressed on whether the party
is “in a mess”, Mr Lewis told BBC
Radio 4’s Today programme: “Not
quite” – but admitted there was a
“job of work” to be done. For more
than four years, the Conservatives
have refused to respond to requests
for up-to-date information about the
number of party members.
Most estimates put the figure at
100,000, but the head of the Campaign for Conservative Democracy,
John Strafford, said he believed it
was 70,000. In contrast, Labour said
it had 552,000 members last summer. The Scottish National Party
(118,000) and Liberal Democrats
(103,000) reported six-figure totals.
THE INDEPENDENT
POLITICS
May promotes a
new generation
after wielding axe
However, an analysis by the Sutton
Trust found an increase in the proA new political generation has been portion of senior ministers who were
promoted to the Government as privately educated and attended OxTheresa May replaced a clutch of ford or Cambridge universities.
It calculated that cabinet memwhite male ministers with women
bers were five times more
and ethnic minority MPs.
likely than the general
The Prime Minister
population to have gone
said the moves, which
to a fee-paying school.
included the appointCasualties of the rement of 11 MPs elected
Number of MPs
shuffle included Mark
for the first time in
from the ‘Class of
Garnier, who lost his
2015, would enable
2015’ who made
job as trade minisher administration to
their
debut
as
whips
ter weeks after being
resemble the country
or ministers
cleared over allegations
more closely.
of inappropriate behaviour
She wielded the axe a
towards a female member of
day after a heavily criticised
cabinet reshuffle that brought few staff, including asking her to buy a
sex toy.
new faces into her top team.
Downing Street sources insisted
But middle-ranking male ministers made way yesterday for younger his departure was not linked to
and more diverse replacements as the incident.
Robert Goodwill, the minister for
Mrs May picked out the rising stars
children and families, Philip Dunne,
of the Tory parliamentary party.
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POLITICS
Eurosceptic MP
given new Brexit
department post
By Nigel Morris
POLITICAL EDITOR
The first cabinet
meeting of the
new year in
Downing Street
yesterday PA
the health minister, and John Hayes,
the transport minister, also headed
for the exit.
Among the new arrivals were
Suella Fernandes, who moved to the
Department for Exiting the EU, Rishi
Sunak, who was made a housing minister, and Lucy Frazer, appointed to
the Ministry of Justice.
Overall six men and eight women
made their debut as ministers or
whips, including five from ethnic
minorities and 11 from the “class
of 2015”.
Mrs May said: “This Government
is about building a country fit for
the future – one that truly works for
everyone with a stronger economy
and a fairer society.
“This reshuffle helps us do just that
by bringing fresh talent into government, boosting delivery in key policy
areas like housing, health and social
care, and ensuring the Government
looks more like the country it serves.
“It also allows a new generation
of gifted ministers to step up and
make life better for people across the
whole UK.”
Jo Johnson was moved
from his job as universities
minister after the row over Toby
Young’s appointment to the
new universities regulator. He
was replaced by Sam Gyimah,
formerly at the Ministry of Justice.
An extra minister was appointed
to David Davis’s Brexit department
in the government reshuffle – with
the new post going to a prominent
Eurosceptic MP.
Suella Fernandes was made a
parliamentary under secretary of
state in the Department for Exiting
the European Union (DExEU) as its
number of ministers was increased
to five.
The expansion comes as
negotiations with Brussels
e n t e r t h e i r s e co n d
stage with the realistic
deadline for agreement
ove r t h e t e r m s o f
Britain’s post-Brexit
relationship with the EU
just ten months away.
The appointment of Ms
Fernandes, the MP for Fareham,
will please Tory Leave supporters
as she chaired the European
Research Group (ERG) of MPs
pressing for a “hard Brexit”.
She follows her predecessor as
ERG chairman, Steve Baker, into
the department which has been hit
by ministerial resignations over the
last year and has many unfilled civil
servant posts.
Theresa May’s official spokesman
said: “Ministers at DExEU are
CONSERVATIVES
Rising stars A foot on the ladder
A number of MPs first elected in the
2015 general election – and one who
triumphed in a by-election the year
before – have got their foot on the
first step of the ministerial ladder.
Suella Fernandes,
37
The daughter of
immigrants who
arrived in Britain
in the 1960s, she
qualified as a
barrister after Cambridge University.
A passionate supporter of the
Leave campaign, she has chaired the
European Research Group of Tory
MPs campaigning for a “hard Brexit”.
The MP for Fareham, Hampshire,
moves to the expanded Department
for Exiting the European Union.
Oliver Dowden, 39
The MP for
Hertsmere,
Hertfordshire,
has been at the
heart of the Tory
Party for much
of his career, serving as deputy chief
of staff to David Cameron. While
there, he told an interviewer that
he was in charge of “day-to-day
crisis management”. Following
Mr Cameron’s resignation, he was
appointed CBE.
Rishi Sunak, 37
A millionaire
businessman
who ran two
major investment
companies
inherited the safe
North Yorkshire seat of Richmond
from William Hague in 2015 – but
unlike his predecessor supported
Brexit. He has been tipped as a
future Tory leader, but for now will
serve in the newly-named ministry
for housing.
Kit Malthouse, 51
The Liverpoolborn MP for
North West
Hampshire has
been a Tory
activist for
more than 20 years. A chartered
accountant, he was on Westminster
Council for eight years and served
under Boris Johnson as deputy
London mayor for policing.
Robert Jenrick, 36
Arrived in the
Commons after
winning a 2014
by-election
in Newark,
Nottinghamshire.
Although he qualified as a
working on delivering on the
verdict of the British people and on
implementing Brexit and working
on the deal which the Prime
Minister wishes to secure.”
But Labour MP Alison
McGovern, of the Open Britain
group, said: “This looks like yet
another capitulation by the Prime
Minister to the Brextremists.”
Tom Brake, the Liberal Democrat
Brexit spokesman, said: “They have
been forced to scrape the Brexit
barrel and recruit someone from
the ideological fringes of the
Conservative Party.
“This is a sign Theresa
M ay i s e m b ra c i n g
hard Brexit whatever
the cost.”
Eloise Todd, the chief
executive of the Best of
Britain organisation, said:
“This is a terrible day when
the latest chair of the shadowy
European Research Group is made
a Brexit minister.”
Liam Fox (inset), the International
Trade Secretary, told the Commons
yesterday the Government would
have about 40 “continuity” trade
deals in place at the moment of
Brexit. He said the government was
aiming to have “as many as possible”
of the existing agreements with
current trading partners “ready to
transpose when we leave”.
solicitor, he held a series of senior
management posts with auctioneers
Christie’s. After becoming an MP he
campaigned against the sale of looted
art treasures from Iraq and Syria.
Nus Ghani, 45
The daughter
of parents from
Pakistan, she
worked in the
charitable sector
and for the BBC
World Service. She became the
MP for Wealden, East Sussex, two
years ago after being selected in an
open primary. She is being made
a transport minister as well as a
Tory whip.
Lucy Frazer, 45
Ms Frazer, who
became a QC
at the age of
40, swapped
law for politics
to become the
MP for South
East Cambridgeshire. As a new
backbench MP she focused on
education and social mobility
before being promoted to serve
as the ministerial aide to cabinet
member David Lidington.
The former barrister moves to the
Ministry of Justice.
‘Is that it?’ Tory
dismay over
‘anti-climax’
By Nigel Morris
As Theresa May’s new-look Cabinet
met for the first time, senior Tories
expressed dismay over the botched
reshuffle of the top posts.
Most senior ministers were not
moved, while Jeremy Hunt refused
to switch to another post and
Justine Greening turned down the
job she was offered.
One MP told i: “You can’t get
round it – the whole thing was illjudged and an anti-climax. It didn’t
help her at all.”
As the final cabinet posts were
confirmed, the former minister Sir
Nicholas Soames tweeted: “is that
it? I don’t mean to be rude or to be
seen to be disloyal but there needs
to be a major improvement to the
reshuffle tomorrow.”
The former Tory leader Iain
Duncan Smith told the Evening
Standard: “If there were problems
with the reshuffle, they lie in the
expectations that were built up
prior to it. That comes down to
managing the media, and I suspect
that is where the faultline exists.”
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HEALTH
EDUCATION
Patients may miss out on cheaper prescriptions
By Ella Pickover
Hundreds of thousands of patients
in England are missing out on
cheaper NHS prescriptions,
analysis suggests.
More than 800,000 people
would have been better off if they
had purchased a prescription
prepayment certificate (PPC),
according to the Money Saving
Expert website. The certificates
enable patients to make a one-off
payment and then get as
many prescriptions as
they need for the period
covered. The current
cost for a PPC is £104
for 12 months, or £29.10
for three months.
Money Saving Expert
said that in the 2016-17
financial year prescription
items cost £8.40, so anyone paying
for 13 or more prescription items
would save with a PPC.
The consumer website
sent a Freedom of
Information request
to NHS Business
Services Authority.
It found that 825,677
people in England
paid for 13 or more
prescription items in the
2016-17 financial year.
The journalist apologised for misogynistic and homophobic social media posts
Young quits new
university role to
avoid ‘distraction’
By Richard Vaughan
EDUCATION CORRESPONDENT
Toby Young has resigned from the
board of a higher education watchdog
after just eight days – following a
wave of criticism of his appointment.
The newspaper columnist and
free-schools champion announced
his decision in a blog for The
Spectator magazine, in which he said
that his appointment to the Office
for Students, created on 1 January,
had become “a distraction” from
its work, and admitted that some of
his comments during his time as a
journalist were “plain wrong”.
Mr Young stepped down after
a hail of criticism for his offensive
comments about women’s breasts,
gay people, the disabled and starving
children in Africa. Defending reports
of his social media activity, he said:
“The caricature drawn of me in the
past seven days, particularly on social
media, has been unrecognisable to
anyone who knows me.
“I am a passionate supporter
of inclusion and helping the most
disadvantaged, as I hope my track
record of setting up and supporting
new schools demonstrates.
“But some of the things I said before
I got involved in education, when I
was a journalistic provocateur, were
either ill-judged or just plain wrong
– and I unreservedly apologise.”
Sir Michael Barber, the chairman
of the OfS, made clear that he had
had misgivings about Mr Young’s
continued presence on the board.
“ I w e l c o m e To b y Yo u n g ’s
statement,” Sir Michael said. “He
has reached the right conclusion. Mr
Young has done good work founding
a number of schools, as director of
the New Schools Network, and to
promote greater social mobility.
However, many of his previous tweets
and articles were offensive, and not in
line with the values of the OfS.”
The intense criticism of Mr Young
had overshadowed the launch of
the OfS, a new regulator for higher
education in England created from
the merger of the former Office for
Fair Access and the Higher Education
Funding Council for England.
Toby Young’s decision to
quit came despite him
receiving the full support of both
Theresa May and the former
universities minister, Jo Johnson.
Analysis
This scandal was entirely of
the Tories’ own making
Richard Vaughan
F
or a government that is
trying to do its best to avoid
a crisis, in appointing Toby
Young to its new university
regulator position it created one
entirely on its own.
The decision to hand Mr Young
a role at the Office for Students
illustrated multiple failures on
behalf of ministers. The first was
appointing Mr Young in the first
place, given he had built a career
out of being controversial. And
the second was to misunderstand
the reason for the public outcry.
It was too late that ministers
realised the outrage was directed
at Mr Young’s offensive comments
about women and disabled people.
Handing a high-profile job to
someone who wrote the book on
being controversial was always
likely to blow up. And it was
entirely avoidable.
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TRAVEL
Train firm and transport
bosses censured for
letting down passengers
By Neil Lancefield
Value for money has not been
achieved by the UK’s largest
rail franchise, the Government’s
spending watchdog has said.
Passengers on the Thameslink,
Southern and Great Northern
(TSGN) franchise have suffered the
worst disruption on the network
since services began in September
2014, the National Audit Office
(NAO) reported.
Industrial action had been a
“major contributor” to delays and
cancellations but the Department
for Transport (DfT) made decisions
which “have negatively impacted on
passengers”, it found.
The inquiry noted that the
“complex and ambitious” franchise
has the highest passenger numbers
in the country, and includes four
major train services operating on a
very congested part of the railway
with unreliable infrastructure.
DfT officials failed to grasp the
potential impact on passengers of
combining an increase in capacity,
targets to improve services and
expansion of driver-only
operated trains, which has
led to strikes by members
of two trade unions.
Since Govia began
o p e rat i n g t h e f u l l
franchise in July 2015,
146,000 trains (7.7 per
cent of services) have
been either cancelled or
delayed by more than half an
hour, compared with 2.8 per cent on
the rest of the network.
A large chunk of the disruption
has been caused by a shortage of
train crews. The DfT and Govia say
industrial action was the biggest
cause of this, although the operator
Better times SWR and Network Rail ‘to reduce delays’
Officials from two rail firms have
pledged to make improvements after
recent poor performance when they
were called to a special meeting by
the industry’s watchdog.
Bosses from South Western
Railway (SWR) and Network Rail
(NR) were questioned by Transport
Focus at a meeting in London
following delays and disruption to
services to and from Waterloo since
an £800m station upgrade in August.
The watchdog said the move
followed months of declining
punctuality and major disruption.
The board asked SWR managing
director Andy Mellors and
NR’s route managing director
Becky Lumlock to explain poor
performance and investment plans.
Anthony Smith, the head of
Transport Focus, said: “It’s vital that
they continue to work together to
produce a more robust timetable.”
has also been hit by a shortage of
employed drivers.
Between the start of the franchise
and August 2017, the DfT made
payments of £2.8bn to Govia and
received £3.6bn from train tickets.
Sir Amyas Morse, the head of
theNAO,said:“Overthepast
three years, long-suffering
p a s s e n ge r s o n t h e
Thameslink franchise
have experienced the
worst performance on
the rail network. Some
of the problems could
have been avoided if the
department had taken more
care to consider passengers in its
design of the franchise.”
The Govia chief, Charles Horton,
said its difficulties had “sometimes
been greater than expected and we
regret the disruption caused to our
passengers”.
The DfT said the disruption
had been “unacceptable” but an
improvement in reliability over the
past 12 months was expected to
continue as the Thameslink upgrade
was completed this year.
The RMT transport union
described the National
Audit Office report as “dynamite”
and claimed it proves the
Government has given Govia “a
free hand to slash staff and run
services into the ground”.
PEOPLE
HEALTH
Assange’s five-year
embassy stay may
be coming to an end
Just one cigarette
can be addictive,
scientists say
By Padraic Flanagan
After his five years holed up in
Ecuador’s embassy in London, time
may finally be running out for the
WikiLeaks founder and fugitive
from justice Julian Assange.
Ecuador is seeking
a “third country or a
personality” to broker
a final settlement with
the UK Government
to resolve the future
of the 46-year-old
Australian computer
p r o g r a m m e r, t h e
country’s foreign minister
said yesterday.
Maria Fernanda Espinosa said
the South American country was
“considering and exploring the
possibility of mediation” to end the
“untenable” five-year impasse.
Mr Assange moved into Ecuador’s
embassy in Knightsbridge in 2012
to avoid arrest and extradition to
Sweden to answer rape charges. The
charges were dropped by Swedish
authorities last year. He remains in
the embassy amid fears that
he will be extradited to the
US and put on trial after
WikiLeaks publishing
l e a ke d s e c r e t U S
military documents
and diplomatic cables
in 2010.
“No solution will
be achieved without
international co-operation
and the co-operation of the
United Kingdom, which has also
shown interest in seeking a way
out,” the foreign minister told
correspondents in the Ecuadorian
capital, Quito.
Meghan learns the royal wave
Prince Harry and Meghan Markle’s
trip to Brixton yesterday left the
south London suburb buzzing
with excitement, as hundreds of
screaming well-wishers lined the
streets to welcome them.
The Prince and his bride-to-be
visited the studios of Reprezent FM,
a “youth-led” radio station which
also offers media training.
As the couple were greeted by
local dignitaries at the Pop Brixton
community centre, the noise
reached such a crescendo that Harry
remarked “it’s so loud” before asking
Ms Markle to “give them a wave”.
At one point, she covered
her mouth with her fingertips,
appearing briefly overwhelmed at
the crowd’s excited reaction, before
the pair went inside to meet DJs and
young people at Reprezent FM.
By Paul Gallagher
HEALTH CORRESPONDENT
Smoking just one cigarette is all
it takes to develop a daily habit, a
study has shown.
More than two-thirds (69 per
cent) of people who had ever
tried a cigarette had gone on to
become a daily smoker, even if just
temporarily, researchers found.
The authors, from Queen Mary
University of London, said their
study showed “the remarkable
hold that cigarettes can establish
after a single experience”.
They said that the research,
published in the scientific journal
Nicotine and Tobacco Research,
provided support for reducing
cigarette experimentation
among teenagers.
Researchers searched global
databases for studies examining
cigarette experimentation and
smoking habits.
POLITICS
Government rejects ‘safeguards’
By Shaun Connolly
Proposed safeguards aimed at
stopping a repeat of Tony Blair’s
sidelining of the Cabinet in the runup to the Iraq War have been rejected
by the Government.
The influential Commons Public
Administration and Constitutional
Affairs Committee expressed
“concern” that its recommendations
for greater scrutiny were not
accepted in a government response
to its report on lessons to be learned
from the Chilcot investigation into
the conflict.
MPs said they were “disappointed”
with the response given
clear evidence of the need for
improvements to public inquiries
and government decision-making
the committee received. They added:
“It is particularly concerned about
the Government’s failure to accept
the case for stronger safeguards
t o e n s u re p ro p e r co l l e c t i ve
consideration by the Cabinet on
decisions of national importance.”
In its report last March, the
committee raised concerns about
insufficient safeguards, warning that
it would still be possible for a prime
minister to disregard the proper
Cabinet decision-making process.
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IRAN
Diplomatic breakthrough as North
Korea agrees to send team to Games
Protests led to
3,700 arrests,
says reformist
By Amir Vahdat
By Padraic Flanagan
North Korea will send athletes and
cheerleaders to next month’s Winter Olympic Games in South Korea,
a diplomatic breakthrough after
months of tension over Pyongyang’s
nuclear weapons programme.
The two countries, in their first official talks for more than two years,
also agreed yesterday to hold talks
on reducing tension along the border
and to reopen a military hotline.
The meeting was arranged after
North Korea’s leader Kim Jong-un
made a surprise push for improved
ties to counter the growing tension.
Critics warned it may have been an
attempt to create divisions between
Seoul and Washington.
“I think we took an important
first step toward the development of
South-North relations,” chief South
North Korea said after
its first talks with South
Korea in more than two years
that it would not discuss its
nuclear weapons with Seoul.
Korean delegate Cho Myoung-gyon
said after the talks in the border village of Panmunjom.
His North Korean counterpart,
Ri Son-gwon, read a joint statement
in which the two Koreas agreed
to “actively co-operate” in the
PyeongChang Olympics to “enhance
the prestige of the Korean people”.
He said Pyongyang will send a delegation of officials, athletes, cheerleaders and journalists and South
Korea will provide necessary services for the delegation.
“I believe that North Korea’s
participation in the PyeongChang
Games will provide us with a chance
to reduce tension on the Korean peninsula,” said Mr Cho, whose official
title is unification minister.
The two sides still have to work out
details such as the size of the North
Korean delegation, which is expected to be dominated by members of
a female cheerleading group, who
are said to be selected both for their
beauty and ideological purity.
South Korean media said the
delegation could also include Kim
Yo-jong, the younger sister of Kim
Jong-un, in her capacity as a senior
official in the ruling party.
Hand in hand: South Korea’s Cho
Myung-gyun (left) with North
Korea’s Ri Son-gwon GETTY
NORTH KOREA
Potential defectors at Winter Olympics face lethal risk
By Padraic Flanagan
Forget the standings in the
medal table, all eyes at this year’s
Winter Olympics will be on how
many members of North Korea’s
delegation to PyeongChang try
to defect.
While only two North
Korean athletes – the country’s
star ice-skating duo – have
managed to qualify for the
Games, senior officials and
cheerleaders, dubbed “the Army
of Beauties”, will also head south
from Pyongyang.
Despite the temptation, every
member of the team will be
aware of the potentially lethal
consequences of trying to flee.
Failure could result in a death
sentence or prison camp. Success
would almost certainly mean
their families back home would
face reprisals from Kim Jongun’s security forces.
North Koreans who make it
across the more porous border
with China live under fear of
being detained and sent back.
About 3,700 people were arrested in
the days of protests and unrest that
shook Iran over the past two weeks,
according to a reformist legislator – a
far higher number than authorities
had previously said.
The protests, which vented anger
at high unemployment and official
corruption, were the largest in Iran
since the disputed 2009 presidential election, and some demonstrators called for the overthrow of
the government.
At least 21 people have been
killed in the unrest surrounding
the protests.
The official news website of the
Iranian parliament, icana.ir, quoted
Mahmoud Sadeghi, an MP, as saying different security and intelligence forces detained the protesters,
making it difficult to know the exact
number of detainees.
He did not elaborate or say where
he got the figure.
Previously, authorities had said
“hundreds” were arrested in Tehran
alone, not offering a total figure for
arrests as the demonstrations spread
into small towns and the countryside.
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HEALTH
More sleep could cut the sugary snacks we eat
By Tom Bawden
SCIENCE CORRESPONDENT
We know sleep is good for our physical and mental health – now it turns
out that getting a few extra winks
can also work wonders for our diets.
A new study finds that the more
we sleep the fewer sugary snacks we
consume. This, in turn, significantly reduces the risk of obesity and
cardio-metabolic problems such as
strokes, diabetes and heart disease.
It’s not clear exactly why sleeping
more improves our diets in this way
but the researchers think it’s prob-
ably a combination of two things:
more time in bed leaves less time for
late-night snacks while the less tired
we are the less we crave sugary foods
such as ice cream and chocolates to
make us feel better.
“Pretty much everyone’s New
Year’s resolution is to lose weight,
to eat more healthily or to exercise more. Getting more sleep can
make all of these easier,” said lead
researcher Haya Al Khatib, from
King’s College London.
“If you’re constantly sleep deprived you’re much more susceptible to biscuits lying around in your
office or your cupboard,” she added. 10 grams less free sugars a day. Free
The study involved a group of sugars are added to foods by manuadults who typically slept for
facturers or in cooking and
are present in honey, syrless than the recommended
minimum of seven hours.
ups and fruit juice.
Dr Wendy Hall, also
Most were able to
increase the time they
of King’s College Lonslept by 52 to 90 mindon, said: “The fact
The number of
utes a night through
that extending sleep
grams of free sugars
measures such as
led to a reduction
the test group
avoiding caffeine bein intake of free sugcut from their
fore bed, relaxing in the
ars suggests a simple
daily diets
evening and not eating
change in lifestyle may
really help people to contoo much or too little before they put their heads down.
sume healthier diets.”
“As a guide we should be aiming
Overall, the group ate an average of
10
for around eight hours of sleep a
night,” said Victoria Taylor, a senior dietitian at the British Heart
Foundation.
The study is published in the American Journal of Clinical Nutrition.
Sleep-deprived workers
are costing the UK
economy £40bn a year by being
less productive or absent from
work – and they face a higher risk
of death, according to a study by
the research firm Rand Europe.
PEOPLE
MEDIA
Lloyd reveals plan
to choose gender
of her next baby
Misleading
ad for Dyson
air purifier
is banned
By Padraic Flanagan
The glamour model and realitytelevision star Danielle Lloyd has
defended her decision to choose
the sex of her next baby, despite
widespread criticism of the
controversial procedure which is
illegal in this country.
The mother-of-four said that
she was so desperate to have a girl
that she planned to travel abroad
so she could select the gender.
Her comments, made in an
interview with Emma Barnett on
BBC Radio 5 Live, provoked an
outcry on social media, with many
women venting their anger about
“designer babies”. One tweeted:
“No way should you be able to
choose your child’s gender. Any
child, regardless of whether it is a
boy or a girl, is a blessing.”
Lloyd, 33, has three sons with
her former partner, the footballer
Jamie O’Hara, and gave birth to
another son by her new partner,
Michael O’Neill, 16 weeks ago.
She said: “It has always been
my dream to have a little girl.
It’s about having that mix and
bringing up a little girl. I know she
might not be ‘girlie’ – she probably
won’t be with four brothers – but
it’s just about having a little
mini-me, almost.”
The model said she planned
to travel to a clinic in Cyprus,
where gender selection is legal.
She added: “I could continue to
have babies and hope I’d have a
girl but I want to be realistic. I’ve
got four boys at the moment and
they are a handful.”
She said she was frustrated that
few admit to gender selection but
insisted that she had received a lot
of support on social media, despite
the criticism. “A lot of people are
doing it but they keep it quiet, and
that is what is so frustrating for
me,” she added.
Gender selection is illegal in
the UK unless there are specific
medical grounds, but cases of
parents going to countries where
it is permitted are reported to be
on the increase.
The process involves having
in vitro fertilisation and then
using a pre-implantation genetic
diagnosis to determine which
embryos are male and which
are female.
By Josie Clarke
Danielle Lloyd, who recently gave birth to her fourth son, says she has plans
to go to Cyprus, where gender-selective fertility treatment is legal GETTY
ENVIRONMENT
Climate change ‘reducing number of male sea turtles’
By Aine Fox
A population of sea turtles could become all-female in the near future
because of rising temperatures, scientists have warned.
Researchers said climate change
poses a “serious threat” to the animals, whose sex depends on the
temperature at which the egg has
been incubated.
Most green sea turtles monitored
in the Great Barrier Reef are female.
That has been the case for more
than two decades, marine scientists
found. Ninety-nine per cent of young
green sea turtles tracked to warmer
nesting beaches and up to 69 per
cent originating from cooler beaches
were female, research published in
the journal Current Biology said.
Scientists said: “Combining our
results with temperature data show
that the (warmer) northern GBR
(Great Barrier Reef) green turtle
rookeries have been producing pri-
marily females for more than two
decades and that the complete
feminisation of this population is possible in the
near future.”
It is the first time
the animals have been
tracked to their nesting
beaches, using a method
combining genetic markers and hormone analysis
to determine their gender.
Cooler temperatures were
found to produce more male hatchlings while warmer weather
saw more females hatched.
The so-called pivotal
temperature, which
produces a 50/50 gender split, can be passed
down from parent to
offspring. But the range
that would result in all
males or all females varies
by only a few degrees, scientists said.
An ad for Dyson’s air purifier has
been banned for implying that indoor pollution is more damaging to
health than outdoor pollution such
as vehicle exhaust particles.
The television ad for the British
company’s purifier heater, seen in
May, showed a woman at the window of her house looking visibly
concerned, before cutting to a car
exhaust producing green vapour.
A voice-over said: “What could be
worse than the pollution outdoors?
Well, the pollution indoors can be
up to five times worse where
gases and microscopic
particles can build
up.” A kitchen is
shown where
items let off purple and green
vapour, including
cleaning products, potted plants
and a hob, while text
above them indicated
the type of gas and particles being released. The purifier
then sucks in the coloured vapour.
Dyson said it intended to raise
awareness about indoor air pollution, citing a paper from the European Respiratory Journal which
stated that concentrations of some
air pollutants were two- to five-fold
higher indoors than outdoors, and
a study by the US Environmental
Protection Agency which stated
that “indoor air levels of many pollutants may be two to five times and
occasionally more than 100 times
higher than outdoor levels”.
Upholding the complaints, the
Advertising Standards Authority
said the ad would lead consumers
to understand that indoor pollutants were more damaging than
outdoor pollutants.
It said the reports provided by
Dyson only discussed the presence
and types of indoor pollutants and
not if they were more damaging to
health than outdoor pollutants.
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Ex-councillor
walks free after
killing husband
Pub’s offensive
‘Nazi’ ad banned
by regulator
By Padraic Flanagan
A former councillor who killed her
sick husband of 50 years, believing
that he wanted her to help him die,
has walked free from court.
Susanne Wilson smothered husband Henry, 70, with a cushion at
their home in Ayr, South Ayrshire, in
September 2016.
At Glasgow’s High Court, Judge
Lady Rae told Mrs Wilson, a
72-year-old mother of three, that
she had been spared jail due to
“exceptional circumstances”.
At the time of the killing, the court
heard, she had been the main carer
for her ailing housebound husband
Defence QC Gordon
Jackson told the court
Susanne Wilson is to volunteer
at the hospital that helped her
with her mental health, teaching
embroidery to patients.
and had been struggling to come to
terms with allegations of sex abuse
made against him.
Lady Rae told Mrs Wilson: “This
was a very tragic case. There are
exceptional circumstances and punishment would not be in the interests
of justice.
“The main reason was your mental
health at the time of the death of your
husband. There is no reason to suggest you are any risk whatsoever to
the public.”
Mrs Wilson admitted culpable
homicide in June 2017. Prosecutors
accepted her plea of “diminished responsibility” due to the strain she was
under at the time.
The court heard that on the day
of his death, Mr Wilson, a retired
Butlins shop manager with chronic
heart disease, was found struggling
to breathe by his wife after taking an
overdose. He said to her: “Help me.”
Prosecutor Bill McVicar said: “She
took that as a request that she should
help him to die.”
By Josie Clarke
Working on their knight moves
Three-year-old Rufus MurlyGotto bravely battles a knight
at the launch of Knight School
at the Tower of London. Taking
place during half-term, from
Saturday 10 February to Sunday
18 February, the event offers
families a chance to travel back to
a medieval world of heraldry and
valour through a fun-filled series
of engaging and interactive activities. YUI MOK/PA
Swastika-covered posters promoting
a village pub’s “German night” on
Facebook have been banned – three
months after the event took place.
The Advertising Standards
Authority said that The Buck Inn
had “trivialised the events of the
Second World War and actions of the
German Nazi party”. And it said it
was “inappropriate” to superimpose
the pub chef’s head on a picture of a
Nazi soldier giving a Sieg Heil salute.
Bosses of the pub, in Sadberge,
Co Durham, had designed the
promotion – which had “Don’t
mention ze war” plastered over it –
to advertise a three-course German
meal last October.
They argued that the posts were
meant to be “light-hearted and
humorous”. Only three of the 500,000
people who saw the ads complained
to the ASA that they were offensive.
But after a three-month
investigation, the ASA upheld their
complaints, saying: “We considered
the ad was likely to cause serious or
widespread offence.”
Local councillor Gerald Lee agreed
that the posters had been in bad taste.
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Will playing Churchill prove to be
Oldman’s finest hour at the Baftas?
The Weeknd
drops H&M
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By Adam Sherwin
ARTS AND MEDIA CORRESPONDENT
By Taylor Heyman
Darkest Hour, the wartime Winston
Churchill biopic, heads British hopes
at the Bafta film awards with nine
nominations, including Best Actor
for Gary Oldman.
Already a Golden Globe winner
for his portrayal of Churchill, Oldman will compete with fellow Brits
Daniel Day-Lewis, Daniel Kaluuya
and Jamie Bell for the prize.
Oldman, also tipped for an Oscar,
said the recognition meant more
than previous honours because it was
“for the privilege of playing Winston
Churchill, which it truly was”.
Eric Fellner, Darkest Hour producer, said the film, which portrays
a desperate Churchill fighting off
demands for Britain to negotiate
with Hitler in 1940, played into current debates about the nature of
political leadership.
The film will battle Dunkirk, also
set in May 1940, for Best Film. The
Shape of Water leads the nominations,
with 12 in total. The fantasy romance
stars British actress Sally Hawkins
as a janitor who forms a relationship
with an amphibious creature being
held in captivity.
She competes with Irish actress
Saoirse Ronan for Lady Bird, Annette Bening for Film Stars Don’t Die
In Liverpool, Frances McDormand for
Three Billboards Outside Ebbing, Missouri and Margot Robbie for I, Tonya.
The all-male Best Director category includes British film-makers
Christopher Nolan and Martin McDonagh, nominated for Dunkirk and
Three Billboards Outside Ebbing, Missouri. Bafta voters overlooked Greta
Gerwig for her acclaimed coming of
age drama, Lady Bird.
Joanna Lumley has been announced as the new host of the event,
which will take place at the Royal Albert Hall in London next month.
Bafta chief executive Amanda
Berry said she expected nominees
to use the event to continue highlighting harassment and sexual assault, an issue which dominated the
Golden Globes.
The Canadian singer The Weeknd
has ended his association with
fashion brand H&M after it produced a controversial advertisement featuring a black child model
in a hoodie bearing the quote,
“Coolest monkey in the jungle”.
The Weeknd, whose real name
is Abel Tesfaye, said he was
“shocked and embarrassed” by
the photo, which sparked a backlash online.
Basketball superstar LeBron
James and rapper Diddy also condemned the image. James posted
a refreshed image showing the
model wearing a crown and Diddy
posted a picture with a sweatshirt
revised to read “Coolest king in
the world”.
Amanda Berry,
Natalie Dormer,
Joanna Lumley,
Letitia Wright
and Jane Lush
at the Bafta
photocall AP
Baftas The nominations
Best film
n Call Me by Your Name
n Darkest Hour
n Dunkirk (right)
n The Shape of Water
n Three Billboards
Outside Ebbing, Missouri
Outstanding British film
n Darkest Hour
n The Death of Stalin
n God’s Own Country
n Lady Macbeth
n Paddington 2
n Three Billboards Outside
Ebbing, Missouri
Best actress
n Annette Bening, Film Stars
Don’t Die in Liverpool (right)
n Saoirse Ronan, Lady Bird
n Margot Robbie, I, Tonya
n Frances McDormand, Three Bill-
boards Outside Ebbing, Missouri
n Sally Hawkins, The
Shape of Water
Best actor
n Daniel Day-Lewis,
Phantom Thread
n Daniel Kaluuya, Get Out
n Jamie Bell, Film Stars
Don’t Die in Liverpool
n Gary Oldman, Darkest Hour
n Timothée Chalamet, Call Me by
Your Name
Best supporting actress
n Allison Janney, I, Tonya
n Kristin Scott Thomas,
Darkest Hour
n Lesley Manville,
Phantom Thread
n Laurie Metcalf, Lady Bird
n Octavia Spencer, The Shape of Water
HEALTH
Stepping into
nature boosts
wellbeing
By Paul Gallagher
HEALTH CORRESPONDENT
Best supporting actor
n Christopher Plummer, All the
Money in the World (left)
n Hugh Grant, Paddington 2
n Sam Rockwell, Three
Billboards Outside
Ebbing, Missouri
n Woody Harrelson, Three Billboards Outside Ebbing, Missouri
n Willem Dafoe, The Florida Project
Best director
n Denis Villeneuve, Blade Runner 2049
n Luca Guadagnino, Call Me by
Your Name
n Christopher Nolan, Dunkirk
n Guillermo Del Toro, The Shape
of Water
n Martin McDonagh, Three Billboards
Outside Ebbing, Missouri
Going for a walk has always
been seen an excellent way
to relax. Now a study has
shown that, for city-dwellers,
exposure to trees and birdsong
is beneficial for mental health.
Researchers at King’s
College London teamed up
with landscape architects J &
L Gibbons and art foundation
Nomad Projects to assess the
relationship between nature in
cities and mental wellbeing.
Higher levels of mental
wellbeing were especially
evident in people at greater
risk of mental health issues.
The results were published
in the journal BioScience.
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‘NEXT OF KIN’
REVIEWS
Policy is the
problem, not
personality
Privatisation
hasn’t saved
money
One way to
parity? Pay
men less
Judge by
actions, not
by tweets
The idea is a
distraction for
Democrats
Confusing
plot, obvious
dialogue
The Times
Daily Express
TheSun
The Guardian
Washington Post
Radio Times
This was hardly a
reshuffle to reset
the party’s political
fortunes. The gender
and racial diversity
of the group looked
like modernisers’
window-dressing
obscuring some
reactionary views.
The Government’s
real problem is not
personality but policy.
(Rachel Sylvester)
Rail privatisation was
supposed to transfer
financial risk from the
taxpayer to private
investors – yet the
Government has been
feeble at resisting the
industry’s demands.
The railways are
gobbling up twice
as much subsidy in
private hands than
they were under
British Rail.
(Ross Clark)
Gracie asks for parity
and is offered a
£45,000 rise, which
would have given her
significantly more
than Dame Barbara
Woodward, the
British ambassador to
Beijing. What about
the levelling down of
salaries that Lord Hall
has talked of? Pay the
men less. Why not?
(Julia Hartley-Brewer)
I am no champion
of Justine Greening,
who voted for every
unjust Tory policy
going. But what does
it say about a party
that finds a place
for an unqualified
egotist because he’s
friends with the
old boys’ network,
while sidelining a
gay, northern, compeducated woman?
(Owen Jones)
Obama’s route to the
presidency started
with a great speech,
too. But over the
years, he proved he
was worthy of the
expectations that had
been placed upon him.
It’s possible Oprah
could prove herself
worthy too. But she
certainly hasn’t done it
yet. (Paul Waldman)
While much of the
dialogue, the music
and the action is
disappointingly
obvious, the timeline
is so confusing that
I had to rewind and
watch the first half
again in case I’d missed
something. I really
don’t think I had.
(Eleanor Bley Griffiths)
Daily Mirror
Quote of
the day
The shake-up that was
intended to bolster
her position instead
stressed how wobbly
it remains, as she was
forced to leave the big
posts untouched and
then back down on
other changes – with
the likes of Jeremy
Hunt still in post.
(Editorial)
Evening Standard
Yorkshire Post
Like the unions, the
train operators – and
the Government –
are committed to
public safety. All
three have far more
in common than they
care to admit, hence
the need to resume
meaningful talks.
(Editorial)
Yes, pay parity
needs to happen.
Broadcasters will have
to accelerate a process
that has dragged
out for too long.
But the battle lines
as currently drawn
solve only part of the
problem for women in
TV and radio.
(Anne McElvoy)
The Spectator
People should be
judged by what they
do, not by the worst
of their bad jokes. And
it might drive Toby’s
critics mad, but he has
done more for others
in the last few years
than most of his critics
will do in a lifetime.
(Fraser Nelson)
The Telegraph
ABC Online
A Winfrey candidacy
could actually make
things worse for
the party. It would
delay further the
task that Democrats
must face: finding a
seasoned, respected
politician who can
fire up American
voters enough to
dislodge Trump.
(Michelle Maynard)
Next of Kin was familiar
territory. Just as the
possibility of terrorist
attacks has filtered into
everyday life, so it has
filtered into television
dramas. But Next of Kin
also brought something
new to the screen... a
believable depiction
of a large, first- and
second-generation
immigrant family.
(Benji Wilson)
LifeInBrief
JOHN ATKINSON RUGBY PLAYER
Until the
Parole Board
publicly
explains the
rationale for
the decision,
people can’t
possibly have
confidence in
our criminal
justice system
Zac Goldsmith
The MP responds to
the John Worboys
statement in
the Commons
There are few more stirring sights in
sport than that of a winger breaking
free deep in his own team’s territory
and setting off for the try line. One hand
gripping the ball and the other handing
off would-be tacklers, their dash for
glory prompts euphoria in the most
curmudgeonly spectator.
No one executed the long-distance
touchdown better than John Atkinson.
Atkinson, whose rugby league career
brought him a World Cup winner’s
medal and the second-highest number
of tries in Leeds history, has died at
the age of 71 after suffering from
Alzheimer’s in the final years of his life.
He will be remembered as one of
the finest wingers the 13-a-side game
has known, part of a pantheon that
includes Billy Boston, Brian Bevan,
Tom Van Vollenhoven, Clive Sullivan
and Martin Offiah.
Before he had touched an oval ball
in earnest, Atkinson represented
Yorkshire at running, swimming,
gymnastics, cricket and boxing.
Roundhay, a rugby union club in his
native Leeds, exploited his athleticism
on their left flank, where his try-scoring
feats attracted the interest of their
professional league neighbours, Leeds,
for whom he signed in 1966.
With his blend of individual flair
and strong teamwork ethic, Atkinson
swiftly established himself as a
favourite with the Headingley crowd. A
penchant for scoring on big occasions
cemented his standing. There was the
decisive try in Leeds’ 16-14 defeat of
Castleford in the 1969 Championship
final, and another in the 1972 final win
over St Helens.
Atkinson represented Leeds in
five Challenge Cup finals at Wembley
between 1968 and 1978, touching
down in each of the three they won.
His pace, balance and single-minded,
often flamboyant, finishing also helped
him earn winner’s medals in the
Yorkshire Cup (no fewer than seven),
the BBC2 Floodlit Trophy and the
Players’ No 6 Trophy.
His prized memento, however,
was the medal he received after an
attritional World Cup final against
Australia at Lyon in 1972. The match
ended in a draw after extra time but
Great Britain were declared champions
by virtue of having defeated their
opponents earlier in the tournament.
Atkinson, who played in three other
World Cups and had been a key player
in 1970 when Britain last won a Test
series in Australia, was one of the Lyon
squad’s characters. His colleague,
Mike Stephenson, said: “Atky needed
17 stitches in a head wound, but he still
brought one of the nurses back to the
team’s celebratory party.”
His Leeds sojourn ended in 1982
after 548 games and 340 tries. After a
season as player-coach with Carlisle
he served as a detective sergeant with
the regional crime squad in Leeds and
then as a security manager, a job he lost
following a drink-driving conviction.
Atkinson’s wife, Carol Butterfield,
cared for him during the five years he
suffered from dementia.
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Born 3 October 1946
Died 23 December 2017
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Tories are making a hash of Twitter
The reshuffle gaffe points to deeper problems facing the party
D
avid Cameron once
taunted Gordon
Brown that he
was “an analogue
politician in a digital
age” who was
“completely stuck in the past”.
However, this week’s shambolic
cabinet reshuffle showed once again
that it’s now the Tories who don’t
get the digital age.
To kick off the reshuffle, the
party’s Twitter account blasted
out the name of the new party
chairman, Chris Grayling, complete
with a Pop Art-style photo.
The tweet was then sent to the
MPs’ WhatsApp group, with an
encouragement from the party’s
political director for them to spread
the news.
There was only one problem: the
tweet was wrong.
In an embarrassing case of
miscommunication between No 10
and central command, that title was
actually assigned to Brandon Lewis,
a former immigration minister –
and the tweet hastily deleted.
Things got worse from there.
News began to spread of Downing
Street’s unsuccessful wranglings
with ministers unwilling to change
jobs, thanks to journalists tweeting
how long each minister had been in
No 10. For Justine Greening, who
left government, it was more than
two hours.
It soon became clear that no
one in No 10 has mastered the art
of completing a reshuffle in the
digital age.
However, the silver lining is that
the Tories do at least accept that
they have a problem. Whether
it’s cringe-worthy Conservative
Instagram posts, fake news
dominating social media or
self-inflicted Twitter gaffes, the
Tories know they are on the back
foot online – and they are ready to
do something about it.
One of the reasons Lewis was –
eventually – picked over Grayling
for chairman is that the latter
wasn’t deemed to be sufficiently
digitally savvy for the task at hand
(oh, the irony).
That task is great – and for this
reason Lewis has not just been
given a deputy in the form of
rising star James Cleverly but a
whole batch of “vice-chairmen”,
made up of the party’s best media
performers. Their mission is to
re-oil the rusty party machine and
inject a bit of life.
The initial signs are promising.
As Cleverly put it before his
The reshuffle tweets – complete with spelling mistake – emphasised how
much work the Conservatives have ahead if the party is to cut through online,
and to younger voters. But the party rejected young Tory Georgia Toffolo’s
offer of help, deeming her ‘too posh’ to win over Labour supporters GETTY
appointment: “We need to make
campaigning fun, cheap and easy.
We also need to give people the
ammunition to fight these fights on
social media.”
However, this is easier said than
done. Senior figures at Conservative
Campaign Headquarters (CCHQ)
think that since the election they
are getting close to having the
machinery they need – with the
Labour and
Momentum are
making content
that people want
to share – the
Tories are not
size of the digital team almost
doubling and an increased pace in
responding to events.
But the thing that pretty much
everyone can agree on is that a
change in tone is required. If the
Conservatives are to cut through
online, it isn’t enough to sound like
a quote from a party press release.
Labour and Momentum are making
content that people want to share
– that taps into people’s values. The
Tories are not.
The difficulty the Tories face is
that pushing the boundaries online
is hard when you are the party of
government. As one former staffer
puts it: “Labour can say whatever
they like because they are in
Opposition and they don’t need to
worry about the ministerial code.”
Although Cleverly is rated
for his sharp rebuttals on his
personal Twitter account, now that
he is deputy chairman, it’s probably
only a matter of time until a rogue
tweet is ruled as going too far.
This suggests that perhaps the
answer could be found in thirdparty endorsements. But then that
raises a question as to why CCHQ
figures blocked plans last month
to utilise the popularity of I’m a
Celebrity jungle queen and young
Tory Georgia Toffolo. Although
Toff volunteered her services and
legion of fans, it was ruled that she
was “too posh to win over Labour
supporters”. Posh or not, there’s
no way a group like Momentum
wouldn’t work out a way to bring in
someone with more than a million
followers on Instagram.
This is the big challenge for the
Tories: working out how to adapt
to the new rules of engagement.
The party is understandably
cautious about the wild web but a
control-freak approach will bring
little reward. For safer terrain,
inspiration could be found in
Michael Gove – the Government’s
resident eco-warrior – and his work
at Defra. Thanks to a range of good
new policy announcements you can
go online and find endorsements for
government policy from the kind of
organisations that people trust far
more than political parties.
This is the crunch point. All the
good machinery in the world can’t
fix the Conservatives’ problem
if there is no central message. If
they are to compete with Labour
online, they must remember it’s
the message, not just the medium,
that matters.
Katy Balls is political corespondent
of ‘The Spectator’
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Meat-eaters fuel
poverty
Oh, Yasmin – wrong
target (i, 9 January).
Quinoa, avocados and
asparagus are as beloved
by meat-eating foodies
as they are by vegans.
And as for soya, it’s not
just “a large proportion”
but the vast bulk of it
that is grown to feed
intensively farmed meat.
It is meat production
that takes food out of the
mouths of the hungry.
You are right that no
one has the right to feel
smug about their choice
of diet – but we all have
a duty to be aware of
the implications of our
food choices.
How many meateaters acknowledge
the waste, cruelty and
damage to the planet
implicit in their diet?
HELEN PORTER
NEWTOWN, POWYS
I suspect Yasmin
Alibhai-Bown is being
deliberately provocative
in her accusation that
vegans are clueless about
the impact of their diet.
There are only
two alternatives to
importing vegan food
from countries like Peru
and Bolivia. One is not
to import food from
these countries at all,
with the devastating
effect that would have
on their economies; the
other is to import meat
rather than crops, with
the devastating effect
that would have on
their environments.
NICK CORNEY
ST AUSTELL,
CORNWALL
Reshuffle
rejected
Government reshuffle?
More like rearranging
the deck chairs on
the Titanic...
MARY HICKMAN
REDHILL, SURREY
The Cameron/May
Government has now
made its fourth change at
the Ministry of Justice in
seven years, along with
three each at Education
and Work and Pensions.
Since ministers tend
to argue that it takes
six months to master
a brief, that sounds like
five wasted years across
those ministries alone.
So are Cabinet
reshuffles really for the
public benefit, or more of
a rewards game for the
party faithful?
ROBERT NISBET
HAVERFORDWEST,
PEMBROKESHIRE
‘Thunderbirds’
failed to make
a list of 20
greatest British
children’s TV
shows GETTY
Bittersweet
vinyl
I have enjoyed
countless treasure
hunts and charity shop
vinyl bargains over
the past 40 years (i,
9 January). However,
lately I tend to walk on
by, leaving the thrill of
the hunt to others.
Charity shop vinyl
stock is invariably the
result of a clear-out of
somebody’s once loved
treasures. Unsettlingly,
too many charity shop
LPs now mirror my
own collection.
My creaking joints
and numerous aches
are all I need to know
about the march of time,
thank you very much.
To be reminded that
another Dansette has
been switched off for
the last time can wait a
while longer.
COLM BRADLEY
LEICESTER
Eats, shoots
and fruits
Padraic Flanagan’s
article mentioned “soft
fruit, such as berries,
mushrooms and broccoli”
(i, 9 January).
Either Mr Flanagan
makes a very avantgarde fruit salad, or this
may be a case where
the semi-colon could
usefully be applied.
CHRIS ROUSE
YORK
Men experience
pressures, too
Denise Felkin writes that
“Today, women (never
men) are expected to
provide reasons not
to have children” (i,
9 January). She clearly
does not understand the
male experience.
Men are simply
expected to become
providers – family men
– and are negatively
judged when they refuse
to fulfil this role. The
pressure on men to be
providers is perhaps
more intense than for
women to have children,
to be mothers.
Women are repeatedly
told they have a choice,
but it is rarely, if ever,
mentioned that men
have a choice to go their
own way, to opt out of
family life.
NICK SMITH
ASTON CLINTON,
AYLESBURY
Caring about
the unborn
So there has been an
“outcry” over Theresa
May’s appointment
of pro-life MP Maria
Caulfield as her
vice-chair for women
(i, 9 January).
Surely, in the name of
balance and diversity,
it’s a good thing to
include someone
who cares about the
rights of the unborn.
Or is it now a crime to
oppose abortion?
GEOFF CHAPMAN
WEST CAMEL,
SOMERSET
Not sitting so
comfortably
Philip Dunne should
try sitting in the lessthan-comfortable seats
in hospitals (i, 9 January).
When one is in one’s
seventies or older, and
in the early hours of
the morning has a
suspected heart attack
and has to endure the
four-hour minimum
wait between blood tests,
then even a floor can
seem more appealing
than the seats in A&E
if there are no beds or
trolleys available.
And it’s not only
the patients that
suffer – often they are
accompanied by their
spouses who are not in
the first flush of youth.
Serves them right
for living so long or not
having private health
insurance, I suppose.
KEITH HUNTER
Thunderbirds
are... not go?
I read the list of
20 greatest British
children’s television
programmes with
interest but was shaking
my head in disbelief that
any list on this subject
could exclude Gerry
Anderson’s Thunderbirds
(i, 9 January) .
In 2015 the series
celebrated its 50th
birthday and has been
enjoyed by numerous
generations since first
being broadcast in 1965,
and also influenced film
and television ever since.
I also detect a
bias towards BBC
‘Non-essential’
operations
How interesting it
was to read a quote
from Andy Murray
that perfectly sums up
what the cancellation
of “non-essential” hip
operations means to so
many people this month
(i, 9 January).
He said: “It’sextremely
tiring mentally when
every single time you
are walking [that] you
are feeling your hip.
From the first minute
that you wake up in the
day and start walking
to when you lie down at
night, it’s tiring because
you’re sore.”
Is saying “sorry”
really enough?
SANDRA WARFIELD
WOBURN SANDS,
MILTON KEYNES
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“I had lost my mind. I genuinely
thought we were these
people and we were
off the set, running
down the street
still screaming
at each other
and the
cameras were
still running
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Quoteoftheday
“I had the unusual experience of
having sex with Paddington.” Hugh
Grant isn’t referring to filming
“Paddington 2”, thankfully, but
to filming his latest role as MP
Jeremy Thorpe in “A Very British
Scandal” alongside Ben Whishaw,
who voices Paddington and also
plays his lover Norman Scott in the
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misstepping on the movement.
Singer Justin Timberlake shared
a photo of him and his wife Jessica
Biel preparing to walk the red carpet
in their Time’s Up badges with the
completely inappropriate caption,
“Here we come!! And DAMN, my
wife is hot! #TIMESUP”.
The worst offender of all was, as
always, a Trump. Ivanka Trump
responded to Oprah Winfrey’s
awards ceremony speech – much
of which was aimed at Ivanka’s
misogynistic, power-abusing father
Pay women on TV more
than men, urges Allen
Lily Allen has offered up
her opinion on the gender
pay gap debate, claiming
women working on
camera should earn
more than men
because they have
a “short shelf life”.
The 32-year-old
singer said:
“Women working
on screen sadly
have a shelf life not
dissimilar to that of a
premiership footballers
(happy to be proven wrong).
Till that changes, their pay
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Time’s up for
those who
jump on the
bandwagon
The problem with complex
causes like Time’s Up, the
movement against sexual
harassment fundraising to
pay for the legal defence of
victims of sexual abuse, is
that some celebrities are just
too dumb to figure out how
to appropriately respond, let
alone help.
The movement was given
huge traction at the Golden
Globes, during which hordes
of celebrities showed their
support by wearing black,
as well as Time’s Up badges.
Actress Tessa Thompson
(right), one of the movement’s
founders, posted a photograph
to Instagram on Sunday which
showed a group of fellow
Time’s Up activists including
Reese Witherspoon, Tarana
Burke and Rashida Jones.
Girls creator Lena Dunham
(inset) was also in the photo, but
her presence was questioned
by many, not least because of
Dunham’s decision to defend
Murray Miller, a former Girls
writer who was accused
of a historic sexual assault
last year.
Thompson responded to
criticism of her photograph
(which has since been deleted)
with the comment: “Lena was
not anywhere present
in our group during
the countless hours of
work for the last
two months. We
hosted an open
house for the
actresses for red
carpet messaging
and Lena’s presence
was a surprise.”
Dunham wasn’t
the only person
IQ
30-37
should reflect that. They
should get more than
their male counterparts,
or men should get
less than them.”
Allen
made the
comment
in response
to Newsnight
presenter
Evan Davis
who claimed
yesterday that equal
pay in showbiz “doesn’t
make sense”because of
varying workloads.
– with a gushing tweet. Winfrey said:
“For too long, women have not been
heard or believed if they dare speak
the truth to the power of those men.
But their time is up.”
Ivanka wrote: “Just saw
@Oprah’s empowering & inspiring
speech at last night’s #GoldenGlobes.
Let’s all come together, women &
men, & say #TIMESUP!”
Ivanka’s decision to ignore the
claims of sexual harassment against
her father is part of the problem. Time
is up for her, too.
Versace family dismiss
new drama as ‘fiction’
The family of murdered fashion designer
Gianni Versace have denounced the
forthcoming television drama about
his death.
The American Crime Story series,
devised by Ryan Murphy, was
described by a family spokesman as
a “work of fiction”.
They added that it had not been
authorised (it is based on a version of
events described in the book by Vanity Fair
writer Maureen Orth).
Edgar Ramirez stars as Versace in the
drama, a follow-up to The People vs O.J.
Simpson, while Penelope Cruz (pictured
left) plays his sister, Donatella, and
Ricky Martin co-stars.
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Young’s tweets showed what he really thought
KELNER’S VIEW
Simon
Kelner
W
e Are What We Tweet.
That would appear
to be the overriding
message from the Toby
Young farrago, which has ended –
rather predictably – in a public act of
self-defenestration. No matter what
we achieve in real life, our virtual
existence would appear to be just
as material when assessments are
made about character, personality,
and, in this case, suitability for a
public role.
I think this is a little unfair. It’s as if
people are judged by what they say in
unguarded moments, or by their odd
impure thoughts, or by what they say
to their friends in the pub or at times
of high emotion. I’m pretty sure that
when he was tweeting his often vile
aperçus, Young thought it was all a
laugh. He was just being provocative,
he would believe, casually addressing
a circle of like-minded individuals.
But no. Tweeting is publishing, and
even if you think better of it and
delete an ill-judged post, someone
somewhere will have already rescued
it, catalogued it and kept it in a safe
place to launch as a missile strike on
your reputation at a later date.
This is the story of
Young – the same story
of Labour MP Jared
O’Mara (suspended for
off-colour tweets he
wrote as a student),
and the reason why the
editor of Gay Times was
sacked before he had
even produced an edition
of the magazine (he had
deleted a hideous series of racist,
transphobic, fatphobic, misogynistic
tweets but, sadly for him, Buzzfeed
got there first). Maybe now, people
will learn the lesson.
On a different but more
widespread level, sweeping a
person’s social media presence
informs employers’ attitudes to
potential recruits. And no longer is
there such a thing as a truly blind
date. The truth is out there, in all its
often horrible guises.
But back to Young. As a particular
type of journalist, he has never
shied away from putting himself
in the story. His book How to Lose
Friends and Alienate People is,
notwithstanding its self-deprecating
title, about his favourite subject:
himself. He craves to be noticed, to
be famous, to be in – as well as of –
the news.
I’m not saying that he’s not
serious about educational
inclusivity, or that his achievement
as a pioneer of free schools is to be
disregarded, but a significant
part of his being must have
been thrilled to wake up
this morning and to find
that he was the lead
story on the BBC news.
His Spectator blog,
on which he announced
his resignation, will
doubtless have been the
most widely read of any of his
missives. Trebles all round! In his
valedictory statement, he said: “The
caricature drawn of me in the last
seven days, particularly on social
media, has been unrecognisable to
anyone who knows me.”
Really, Toby? Are you sure? I
know him a little bit, and it seems
pretty accurate to me. He’s a
self-confessed provocateur who
finds political correctness a pinko
conspiracy to stop him saying what
he really thinks.
Young said what he thought, and
was unable to expunge it from the
records when it proved inconsistent
with his ambitions. At last, he has
taken responsibility for that.
EDUCATION
And no one has the faintest idea
whether the curriculum has actually
boosted standards. All we do know,
13 years on, is that Scotland has
slipped down the international
OECD league table for attainment
and that nationwide Scottish
surveys show a fall in literacy
and numeracy standards among
children in both primary and early
secondary school.
My experience is that parents
want something simple: they want
every child to be able to go to their
local school and get the same
first-class education they got.
The implementation of
Curriculum for Excellence has
been chaotic. And the emphasis on
applying knowledge has, too often,
meant core skills in literacy and
numeracy have been put to one side.
This only entrenches the attainment
gap, as it is children from the most
deprived backgrounds who most
need knowledge in the basics.
It’s time to do away with the
bureaucracy and strip Curriculum
for Excellence back so everybody
knows what skills we want young
people to learn. We need better
support for teachers. Acquiring
core knowledge should be given
prominence once again.
It is all very well applying
knowledge, but if we don’t teach
young people how to spell and
calculate things properly, they
will miss out. And, lastly, I would
put more power in the hands of
headteachers so schools have real
autonomy on how to operate.
Ruth
Davidson
School policy
was vague
and chaotic
F
ew things are more likely to
bring a flick of exasperation
to the eyes of parents around
Scotland than the three
words Curriculum for Excellence.
When it was launched
13 years ago, the idea was relatively
straightforward. In the 21st century,
the argument went, society would
require a greater focus on skills, and
on personal and social responsibility.
Young people should understand
why they were learning, just as much
as what they were learning. And
teachers would have freedom to
teach as they pleased.
Ironically for a curriculum that
was all about applying education to
the real world, the problem has been
translating this philosophy into the
classroom. The learning “outcomes
and experiences” that were meant
to shape the curriculum have been
vague, leaving teachers in the dark.
Ruth Davidson is the leader of the
Scottish Conservatives
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Catherine Deneuve
and other French
performers, writers
and academics said
they were defending
sexual freedom
Deneuve hits
out at new
wave of
‘puritanism’
ALBERTO PIZZOLI/
AFP/GETTY
By Padraic Flanagan
French screen legend Catherine
Deneuve has hit out at a new
“puritanism” sparked by the sexual
harassment scandals, saying men
should be “free to hit on” women.
Deneuve, 74, was among
100 female French writers,
performers and academics who
wrote an open letter deploring
the “denunciations” that
followed allegations of sexual
assaults by Hollywood producer
Harvey Weinstein.
“Rape is a crime, but trying to
seduce someone, even persistently
or cack-handedly, is not – nor is
men being gentlemanly a macho
attack,” said the letter published in
the French newspaper Le Monde
and reported by The Guardian.
“Men have been punished
summarily, forced out of their
jobs when all they did was touch
someone’s knee or try to steal a
kiss,” they said.
Deneuve, who played a
prostitute in the 1967 film Belle
de Jour, said they were defending
sexual freedom, for which “the
liberty to seduce and importune
was essential”.
Men have
been punished
summarily,
forced out
of their jobs
when all
they did
was touch
someone’s
knee
SCIENCE
SCIENCE
The way we cradle our babies ‘is
ingrained in evolution of mammals’
Cancer clue
found in ants
and nettles
By Sally Wardle
By Tom Bawden
SCIENCE CORRESPONDENT
If you look at any mother or father
cradling their child, chances are the
youngster will be snuggling up on the
parent’s left side. That’s because our
brains work in such a way that this
position allows the parent and child
to form the strongest emotional bond.
And it’s not just humans that are
biased towards the “left-cradle”.
A new study finds that this prime
emotional processing position is
such an ingrained evolutionary feature that it is favoured across the
mammal class, from chimpanzees
and gorillas to Indian flying fox bats
and Pacific walruses.
Holding an infant on your left knee
with them looking up at you means
each of you is observing the other primarily through your left eye, which is
connected to the mind’s emotional
headquarters in the right hemisphere of the brain.
This left eye is connected to the
right hemisphere because the brain
is “cross-wired” – the left-hand side
of the body controls the right hemisphere of the brain and the right-hand
side governs the left hemisphere.
And so holding a baby on the left
helps tears, laughter and other im-
portant responses to be sent to the
right side of the parent’s brain.
“Our results showed the consistent
preference for the face-to-face position which facilitates the use of the
left visual field in both mother and
infant,” said Andrey Giljov, of St Petersburg State University.
He believes this is the first time
such interactions between mother
and offspring have been observed in
mammals other than primates.
“Our results suggest that the cradling bias in humans has an ancient
evolutionary origin,” Dr Giljov added.
The bias has been observed in
males and females of humans and
Cerebral cortex A tale of two hemispheres
The cortex of the brain
looks like a walnut and
is divided into left and
right hemispheres.
They share some
brain functions
and take sole
control of others.
The right
hemisphere is in
charge when it comes
to “social cognition”
tasks ranging from
recognising faces and emotions
to spatial coordination and
social learning.
Meanwhile, the left
hemisphere is more
analytical and is the
part that controls
speech, arithmetic
and writing. To make
matters a bit more
confusing, the brain is
“cross-wired” meaning
that the right hemisphere
controls the left hand side of the body,
and vice versa.
For around 90 per cent of the
population the left hemisphere is the
dominant part of the brain – which is
why most people are right-handed.
Other functions associated with
the left hemisphere include logic,
linear thinking and remembering
facts. And other functions of right
hemispheres include imagination,
holistic thinking, intuition, artistic
flair, rhythm and daydreaming.
mammals. Meanwhile, left-handed people – and animals with an
equivalent bias – also seem to generally prefer that snuggling position, researchers have found. The
study is published in the journal
Biology Letters.
The researchers studied
a group of Pacific walrus
mothers with calves living off
Kolyuchin Island, in Russia’s
Chukchi Sea, and a group of
Indian flying fox mothers (below)
and pups in Sri Lanka.
Cancer cells can be targeted and
destroyed more effectively when
a substance found in stinging
nettles and ants is used, research
has found.
The new treatment, named
JPC11, can be recycled and reused within affected cells to attack them repeatedly, a study has
found. The approach could lessen
the side-effects of chemotherapy
and overcome increasing resistance to existing drugs.
Researchers are focusing on
potential uses of JPC11 in treating ovarian and prostate cancers.
Dr James Coverdale, a researcher at the University of Warwick,
said: “This is a significant step in
the fight against cancer.”
JPC11 is activated with a dose
of sodium formate, a natural
substance found in organisms
including stinging nettles and
ants, and targets the metabolic
process that causes cancer cells
to multiply. The compound converts the energy cancer cells
need to divide rapidly into an
unnatural lactate which leads to
their destruction, according to
the study published in the Nature
Chemistry journal.
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Ben
Chu
How did the
BBC get it
so wrong?
T
he first “ultimatum
game” was conducted
at the University of
Cologne in 1982. Two
players, unknown to
each other previously and unable
to communicate during the game,
were asked to split a pot of money
between them.
The first player got to choose the
division. The second player got to
accept or reject the division. But
if it was rejected neither player
would get anything. According to
the axioms of “rational” economic
choice the second player would be
expected to accept any proposed
division of the pot so long as she or
he received more than zero.
Something is, after all, worth
more than nothing. And which
rational person would choose
nothing over something?
But that was not the result the
researchers found when they ran
this game multiple times. On the
occasions when the first player
divided the pot less than equally the
second player often reacted badly.
“Subjects will often rely on what
they consider a fair or justified
result,” they wrote. “The typical
consideration of player two seems
to be: ‘If player 1 left a fair amount
to me, I will accept. If not… I will
punish him by choosing conflict’.”
This was the first rigorous study
to provide compelling empirical
evidence that people often value
“fairness” just as much as money
– and that the principle of fairness
can actually trump financial
considerations. A great many other
empirical studies have supported
the finding. Ultimatum games
played and observed in different
Funeralcare
Carrie Gracie rejected a £45,000
pay rise, saying, ‘I didn’t want more
money, I wanted equality’ PA
countries, cultures and professional
groups have all pointed in the
same direction.
And this week we have had a vivid
real-world confirmation of it with
Carrie Gracie’s resignation as China
editor of the BBC on the grounds
that she was being paid less than
her male counterparts.
Gracie says her bosses at the
Corporation offered her a £45,000
pay rise, taking her salary to
£180,000, when she complained
about the disparity. But the pay rise
would still not have meant gender
pay parity, so she resigned and
went public with her frustrations,
landing the BBC with a public
relations nightmare.
As for Gracie, she will come
away, not quite with nothing (she
will remain employed at the BBC),
but with considerably less money
than she could have had if she had
accepted the offer. “I didn’t want
more money. I wanted equality,” as
she put it. The principle was more
important than the money.
It may be naive to expect BBC
managers to be familiar with
ultimatum games. Yet one presumes
they are pretty experienced in staff
negotiations about salaries. So
why did they get it so wrong? The
answer is that they were probably
doing what they have done in the
past: addressing the case of a staff
member unhappy about money by
offering a bit more cash.
But of course the terms of this
negotiation were very different.
As in the ultimatum game,
both sides had full information.
Gracie knew, roughly, what her
An informed
workforce will be
less amenable to
being bought off
male counterparts were being
paid because the Government
had forced a high level of pay
transparency on the BBC.
There is a lesson here for bosses
everywhere. An informed workforce
on matters of relative pay levels is
one that is liable to put more of a
premium on principles. They will
be less amenable to being bought
off. The Government’s deadline for
all firms with more than 250 staff
to reveal their gender pay gaps is in
April, but aggregate firm-level gaps
will not facilitate the individual-level
comparison Gracie had access to.
The best hope for those suffering
from wage discrimination – and
the worst nightmare for bosses
guilty of discrimination – is that the
aggregate gender pay disclosure
requirement is merely the beginning
of a new era of pay transparency.
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Vegas highlights
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Taxi drones, gaming phones and a
robot modelled on Audrey Hepburn
By Rhiannon Williams
TECHNOLOGY CORRESPONDENT
Flying cars and chatty robots yesterday helped launch the world’s biggest
gadget show in Las Vegas, proving
that science fiction is now fact for
technology fans.
If Monday’s press day of the annual Consumer Electronics Show
(CES) was all about TVs and smart
appliances, the first official day of the
giant extravaganza was all about laptops, drones and robots.
Dell kicked off proceedings with
the impressive XPE 15 laptop, which
it claims is the world’s most power-
ful laptop/tablet two-in-one. Razer
demonstrated Project Linda, a prototype laptop controlled by clicking the
company’s recently-released Razer
Phone into a small dock, transforming it into the trackpad, and Asus
partnered with Korean e-sports
team League of Legends to create a
formidable new gaming laptop – the
ROG Strix SKT T1 Hero Edition.
Lenovo also announced a range
of new ThinkPad X1 Carbon and X1
Yoga laptops, with a safety mechanism called the ThinkShutter for sliding across the front-facing webcam,
to appeal to the security-conscious
buyer. Both models also feature eye-
tracking software in order to lock the
device when the user isn’t looking at
it to avoid snoopers.
Overnight, Intel wowed
crowds with the Volocopter
VC200 (inset) – a huge autonomous drone capable
of seating two people,
which it briefly flew without passengers inside the
Monte Carlo Hotel during
its press conference. Chief
executive Brian Krzanich
called the machine “essentially,
a flying car”.
“Imagine pulling out your phone,
opening up a transportation app and
INQUEST
ARTS
Lady Lucan killed herself
after fearing Parkinson’s
By John Dunne
Lady Lucan took her own life after
becoming concerned she had Parkinson’s disease, a coroner has ruled.
The 80-year-old was found by police who forced their way into her
£3m mews property in Belgravia
after a friend reported her missing.
Officers discovered the countess
in her nightclothes in a secondfloor dining room at about 5.30pm
on 26 September, the inquest at
Westminster coroner’s court heard.
Her death was attributed to drugs
summoning your own personalised
ride by air taxi,” he said. “That sci-fi
vision of the future is actually much
closer than you might think.”
Sophia, Hong Kong company Hanson Robotics’
humanoid robot, demonstrated her new-found
ability to walk. The
robot, which first shot to
fame at CES two years
ago and which is modelled
on Audrey Hepburn, is able
to converse with humans thanks
to AI partly powered by Google, and
has been recovered in a “frubber”,
skin-like substance.
After a pre-show press day which
very much toed the line in terms
of practical technologies, the first
official day of the Consumer Electronics Show (CES) in Las Vegas
has finally ushered in the outlandish gadgets and technologies for
which it has become famous.
Intel’s gigantic Volocopter, an
autonomous drone built to carry
two people, is the future of transportation if the company’s chief
executive Brian Krzanich (inset)
is to be believed.
Robots have formed
a key part of CES
for years, and
their presence
in 2018 appears
to be bigger
than ever, and
demonstrates
that, while it’s
fairly easy to create a robot, developing one that’s fully
functional is beyond the vast majority of exhibitors.
Sophia the robot’s conversational and walking skills are impressive, but pale in comparison
to Boston Dynamics’ advanced
bipedal and animal-like creations,
which can sprint, climb and even
backflip. These highlight just how
far the company is ahead of CES’s
robotic contingent, including the
Ubtech’s Walker butler robot,
which meandered around the
show at a slow rate, and Somnox –
a horrifying sleep companion bot
designed to mimic the rise and fall
of a breathing human body.
The connected home outlined
so carefully by LG and Samsung
on Monday is already in grave
danger of veering into insanity.
US firm Kohler has created the
PureWarmth toilet seat, allowing
you to control the temperature
thorough a phone app.
Who said technology was making the world a better place?
Lady Lucan died at her home in
Belgravia in September, aged 80 ITV
and alcohol. There were books on
suicide in the house from which she
is believed to have copied out details
in a diary a month earlier.
The countess’s husband, Lord
Lucan, vanished on 7 November 1974,
after Sandra Rivett, nanny to his
three children, was found murdered
at the family home. She was one of the
last people to see her husband.
Yesterday’s inquest, attended by
her daughter, Camilla Bingham,
heard the countess had just finished
her autobiography but feared she was
succumbing to Parkinson’s. However,
a post-mortem examination found no
sign of the disease and she had not
been diagnosed with it.
There were no signs of a struggle in
the property. EVENING STANDARD
Writer backs mercy-killing play
By Robert Dex
The writer Deborah Moggach says
she had no hesitation in backing a new play recounting
her late mother’s role in an
infamous mercy killing.
The play, called The
Promise, is based on police interviews and court
transcripts made after
Moggach’s mother, Charlotte Hough, herself a successful author, admitted helping an
elderly friend to die in Primrose Hill
in 1983.
The play is being produced by
SilverSage, a group of Camden performers in their sixties and seventies, as part of a festival run by the
charity Spare Tyre. Moggach, 69, the author of
The Best Exotic Marigold
Hotel, donated money
and provided documents for research.
She said: “It was
traumatic, but it was
a long time ago and I’m
pleased this group of actors
are bringing it to the public and
hopefully it will add to the debate
and lead to some loosening of the
law.” EVENING STANDARD
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Trump declares he would beat Winfrey
By Thomas Beaumont
Donald Trump does not think that
Oprah Winfrey will run for president in 2020, but he has a prediction
on what would happen if she did: he
would win.
“Yeah, I’d beat Oprah. Oprah
would be a lot of fun,” Mr Trump
said at the White House. “I don’t
think she’s going to run,” he added.
As Democrats encouraged Oprah
Winfrey to seek the presidency in 2020, those closest to
her are sending mixed
messages about her
political intentions.
CBS News host Gayle
King said Winfrey is
“intrigued” by the idea
of a White House bid.
“She loves this country
and would like to be of service
in some way, but I don’t think she’s
actively considering it at this
time,” King said.
Earlier, Mr Trump was
mocked for appearing to
struggle with the words
to the US national anthem
at an American football
match. One Twitter user,
Tony Posnanski, said it appeared as if the President
(inset) “just kept repeating ‘apples sauce’ during the anthem”. AP
UNITED STATES
Oprah’s fans
dare to dream
The talk-show host could pursue a
transformative presidential agenda –
but is she tempted? By Cahal Milmo
W
ere proof needed
of the universal
nature of Oprah
Winfrey’s appeal,
then it might be
found in the musings in 2015 of a
reality-television host launching a
bid for the White House which few
thought could succeed. When it was
put to him that Winfrey would make
a good running mate for his putative
Republican presidential ticket,
Donald Trump said: “I like Oprah. I
think Oprah would be great. I think
we’d win easily, actually.”
The talk-show host and richest
black American had already given
her backing to Hillary Clinton, just
as she had done to Barack Obama,
playing a part in helping him win.
All of which shows that the idea
of Winfrey, whose personal wealth
stands at $3bn (£2.2bn), being
linked with high office in the United
States is not new – nor indeed are
her multiple denials that she is
interested in such a thing.
What is new is that after an
electrifying speech on Sunday
night at Hollywood’s Golden Globes
ceremony, far more people than
the President Trump think she
should do so and, perhaps more
importantly, could succeed in
throwing him out of the Oval Office.
In the wake of the speech,
bookmakers cut the odds of Winfrey,
63, becoming the 46th President of
the United States in 2020 from 89-1
to 16-1. A repeat of her barnstorming
performance in the 2012 Iowa
primary, which tipped the balance in
favour of Obama – only this time for
her own candidacy – all of a sudden
makes a run look plausible rather
than ludicrous, it is claimed by
her supporters.
On one level, Winfrey’s rousing
address on Sunday was to a
familiar audience. The actor and
philanthropist, who was herself
the victim of serial sexual assault
as a child and young woman,
was steadfast in her support of
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the Golden Globe Awards on Sunday
prompted speculation she could
mount a presidential bid in 2020
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women affected by the abuse and
harassment scandal convulsing
Hollywood. But it is the signature
of Winfrey’s popularity, developed
as she attracted 40 million viewers
to the Oprah Winfrey Show, that
she reaches far beyond any
interest group.
Winfrey invoked the heroes
of the civil rights movement and
the freedom of the press as she
issued a cri de coeur for sexual
and racial justice. In a glimpse
of the sort of oratory that might
be seen on a Winfrey campaign
trail, she reminded the audience
of the travails of her own mother,
a domestic maid who travelled the
country seeking employment.
The Oscar nominee said she
wanted to speak out on behalf of
women who had “endured years of
abuse and assault”.
“They’re the women whose
names we’ll never know” she told
the audience. “They are domestic
workers and farm workers. They
are working in factories, and they
work in restaurants, and they’re
in academia and engineering and
medicine and science.”
The effect of the speech
was instantaneous among the
Tinseltown aristocracy and beyond.
Meryl Streep told The Washington
Post: “She launched a rocket tonight.
I want her to run for president. I
don’t think she had any intention.
But now she doesn’t have a choice.”
Jennifer Palmieri, President
In the wake of the speech,
bookmakers cut the odds of
Winfrey becoming President
from 89-1 to 16-1
Money men To run or not?
Mark Zuckerberg
The multibillionaire founder of Facebook (inset) has repeatedly insisted
he is not considering a bid for the
Democrat 2020 candidacy. That has
not halted speculation he has political
ambitions, fuelled by a tour of all 50
American states, though Facebook’s
problems over “fake news” won’t help.
Howard Schultz
The former Starbucks chief
executive was supposedly
on Hillary Clinton’s list of
potential vice-presidential
running mates. He has
criticised President Trump
and has set out his stall as a
champion of job creation. He has
firmly denied any political ambitions.
Mark Cuban
The billionaire owner of basketball
side Dallas Mavericks has admitted to
interest in a run for the White House.
He says he is “socially a centrist” but
“fiscally very conservative” and thinks
he would stand for the Republicans.
Oprah Winfrey (right) with Barack
and Michelle Obama REUTERS
Obama’s former communications
director before taking the same role
in Hillary Clinton’s 2016 campaign,
said Winfrey brought with her a
track record of success outside
politics which would counterbalance
the suspicion of ambition that
hindered Ms Clinton.
“She would be a serious
candidate,” says Ms Palmieri. “I
think lessons we all learned from
watching Hillary’s run, and how
her ambition was unfavourably
and unfairly viewed, coupled with
Oprah’s existing popularity, could
give Oprah a strong start.”
All of which begs the question
of just what a Winfrey presidency
might look like.
Despite her longstanding financial
backing of the Democrats, she has
long insisted she has no personal
political ambitions – “There will
be no running for office of any
kind for me.” But her retweeting
of an essay positing that she
represents the Democrats’ “best
hope” for 2020 has muddied the
waters and her supporters will
espy in her history glimpses of a
potential transformative political
agenda – coupled with the sort of
entrepreneurial record that helped
propel Mr Trump into office.
Through her charitable
foundation, Winfrey has
campaigned for improved education
and a focus on the lives of children
and women as the most powerful
tool for bringing about social
change. A Winfrey presidency with a
laser focus on social justice, hard on
the heels of a Trump administration
accused of abandoning that turf, is
what her backers dream of.
And yet some argue it would be a
bad idea.
Writing in The New York Times,
author Thomas Chatterton
Williams, said: “I am not
immune to Oprah’s charms,
but President Winfrey is
a terrible idea. It also
underscores the extent
to which Trumpism
– the kowtowing to
celebrity and ratings,
the repudiation of
experience and expertise
– has infected our civic
life. The ideal post-Trump
politician will, at the very least, be
a deeply serious figure with a strong
record of public service behind her.”
One Democrat pollster this week
put Winfrey’s chances of securing
the party’s candidacy at less than
1 per cent. Others point out that
there has been a paradigm shift
in American politics and in this
new ruthless contest of populism
Winfrey has the personality and
moral authority to trounce Mr
Trump at his own game.
Here, after all, is the woman who
studied her way to success and who
built her fortune on an ability to
connect with audiences.
The only uncertainty, it would
seem, is the willingness of the
candidate. Asked after the Golden
Globes speech whether Winfrey
might stand, her partner Stedman
Graham told the Los Angeles Times:
“It’s up to the people. She would
absolutely do it.”
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Israeli jets strike
as Assad forces
head for victory
By Patrick Cockburn
Israeli jets yesterday launched missile attacks on targets in the outskirts of Damascus – a clear sign of
Israel’s heightened concern as President Bashar al-Assad comes close
to winning the civil war in Syria.
According to reports, Israel’s
security cabinet has held meetings
several times in recent days to discuss how it should respond to the
“day after” the war as Syria returns
to Mr Assad’s control and to Iran’s
expanded influence in Syria.
Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu said that Israel’s policy was
to stop Hezbollah moving “gamechanging weapons” out of Syria into
Lebanon. “We back it [the policy] up
as necessary with action,” he added.
Israel has carried out more than 100
air strikes against Syrian Army and
Hezbollah arms depots and military
facilities in the past six years.
The strikes are a sign that Israel
is trying to adjust to likely new developments in Syria in 2018: as the
end of the civil war comes in sight,
Hezbollah and the Syrian armed
forces, both battle hardened by the
war, will no longer be tied down by
fighting and could be deployed to
confront Israel.
The Syrian war is not over, but
the success of the coalition that includes Iran, Syria, Lebanese Hezbollah and Iraqi Shia forces means
that the balance of power in the region is swinging against Israel.
The Syrian Army is advancing
swiftly without much resistance
into the largest remaining rebel enclave in province of Idlib south west
of Aleppo in an offensive launched
a week ago.
Backed by artillery and air
strikes, Syrian units are fightSome Syrian oppositionaffiliated media reported
that the Israeli planes targeted
a Syrian army depot while the
UK-based Syrian Observatory
for Human Rights said the
depots belonged to Hezbollah.
Benjamin Netanyahu wants to stop
Hezbollah moving weapons from
Syria into Lebanon REUTERS
ing Hayat Tahrir al-Sham (HTS),
formerly known as the al Nusra
Front and once the Syrian arm of
al-Qaeda, which is dominant in the
province. Other rebel groups complain that HTS is refusing to cooperate with them in holding back
government forces.
The Syrian Army and air force
are also battering Eastern Ghouta,
the other large rebel enclave just
east of Damascus, the capture of
which would give Mr Assad full
control of the capital and the area
round it, something he has not enjoyed since 2011.
Israel is concerned about the return of the Syrian Army to parts of
southern Syria close to Israel as it
tries to reopen the road to Jordan.
There is a US-Russian agreement
arranged by President Vladimir
Putin that Hezbollah and Iranian
backed forces will not approach
within 25 miles of the Israeli-Syrian
front line in the Golan.
But Mr Assad is likely to be less
reliant on the support, and more independent of the wishes, of his two
main allies, Russia and Iran, as he
gets close to victory.
The latest Israeli air strikes and
the angry Syrian response show
that both sides are muscle-flexing.
They are not are not necessarily a precursor to a wider military
conflict, but they do show that Israel believes it can no longer stay
on the margins of the Syrian war.
THE INDEPENDENT
SYRIA
Plea for civilians trapped in Ghouta
By Raissa Kasolowsky
Amnesty International is calling on
the Syrian government to allow the
urgent evacuation of more than 500
sick and injured civilians from the
besieged eastern Ghouta area.
According to medical personnel
in the area, at least 529 patients require urgent treatment that is unavailable in the enclave.
Eastern Ghouta is the last big
stronghold of rebels fighting President Bashar al-Assad near the cap-
ital, Damascus. Doctors say they
cannot provide adequate care because of a lack of surgical supplies,
medical equipment and medicine.
The blood of Emir al-Bash, two,
was visible on his mother’s hands as
she sat in the medical centre where
his body was taken after he died
from a blast.
“My child died hungry. We wanted to feed him. He was crying from
hunger,” said Heba Amouri. Emir is
the second child she has lost since
the war began in 2011. REUTERS
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UNITED STATES
Berlusconi: ‘We
must keep euro’
Thousands flee
heavy storms
Italy must not leave the euro,
the former Italian prime
minister, Silvio Berlusconi,
has said.
His main ally going into
March’s election, the rightwing Northern League,
appears to agree with him.
But the League’s leader,
Matteo Salvini, has given mixed
signals about the euro, pledging
last week to rectify the “error”
of the single currency.
Mr Berlusconi, who also once
touted the idea of quitting the
euro – hopes to lead the centreright to power in March. REUTERS
Thousands of Southern Californians
have fled their homes after a powerful rain storm that could trigger flash
floods and mudslides soaked steep
slopes where a series of wildfires
burned off vegetation last month.
Heavy downpours that could produce more than an inch of rain per
hour were expected last night, forcing officials to order or advise some
Ventura, Santa Barbara and Los Angeles county residents to evacuate.
“Recent burn areas will be especially vulnerable where dangerous
mud and debris flows are possible,”
the National Weather Service said.
Talk to cardboard
cutouts, PM
tells media
By Aukkarapon Niyomyat
IN BANGKOK
Prime Minister Prayuth
Chan-ocha has come up with an
unusual way to avoid questions
from journalists – cardboard
cutouts of himself that he says
reporters should talk to.
Mafia clan ‘dismantled’ as
169 suspects are arrested
By Philip Pullella
ITALY
THAILAND
ITALY
Police in Italy and Germany claimed
a major success against a powerful
mafia organisation yesterday after
making 169 arrests.
Officials said the operation had
dismantled a key clan of ‘Ndrangheta,
the organised crime syndicate based
in Calabria, in southern Italy.
The Carabinieri (Italian state
police), working with police in
Germany, said the clans of the Farao
Hundreds of thousands of
devotees in the Philippines,
many of them barefooted,
joined a chaotic procession
yesterday that featured a black
statue of Jesus Christ, one of
the biggest annual festivals
in the predominantly Roman
Catholic nation.
The faithful gathered in
central Manila to follow a
carriage bearing the statue
called the Black Nazarene,
believed to have healing
powers. Some of them climbed
on the carriage as it was
pushed and pulled by dozens of
men holding ropes, while the
crowd waved handkerchiefs in
REUTERS
Sumo grand champion
Kisenosato (second
from left) performs his
ring entry rite at the
Meiji Shrine in Tokyo
yesterday. The Shinto
ritual is part of the
New Year celebrations
at the shrine. With
Kisenosato are swordholder Shohozan (left),
dew-sweeper Kagayaki
(third from right)
and referee Tamajiro
Kimura. AP
REUTERS
Critics said it showed the
military junta chief’s “contempt
of media criticism” in a country
yet to restore democracy since a
coup in 2014.
Seventeen life-sized cutouts
have been set up around the
government compound ahead
of Children’s Day on Saturday.
They show Prayuth in various
outfits including sportswear,
work suits and traditional
Thai attire.
Human Rights Watch said the
move added to a “long list of his
bizarre and bullying reactions
to reporters”. REUTERS
SOUTH KOREA
No more compensation for wartime brothel workers
The Japanese government said
yesterday that it could not give any
more help to South Korea to help
“comfort women” – a euphemism
for girls and women forced to work
in Japan’s military brothels during
wartime. Japan has rejected any
suggestion that it should augment
a 2015 deal, under which Japan
apologised to the victims and
provided one billion yen (£6.6m) to a
fund to support them.
H ow ev e r, a S o u t h Ko re a n
investigation concluded last month
that although the 2015 agreement for
REUTERS
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GHANA
INDIA
At least 25 killed
by Cyclone Ava
LGBT people
Cinema anthem
face more abuse ruling reversed
The death toll from a cyclone
in Madagascar has risen to 25,
with a dozen people still missing.
Cyclone Ava also displaced more
than 17,000 on the Indian Ocean
island over the weekend.
Officials said the danger has
passed and alerts have been lifted.
The island was hit hard by a
cyclone in March that left at least
50 dead and damaged the Sava
region, which produces about half
of the world’s vanilla. AP
Human Rights Watch is calling for
the decriminalisation of homosexuality in Ghana after a new report found
that violence towards LGBT people
by mobs and family members is on
the increase.
Its report says the retention
of a colonial-era provision in the
country’s Criminal Offences Act
prohibiting and punishing “unnatural
carnal knowledge”is relegating
LGBT Ghanaians to “effective
second-class citizenship”.
IN SEOUL
Manila
infiltration of mafia structures and
methods in our economy,” German
interior minister Thomas de Maizière
said. “We will not allow criminal
organisations like the ‘Ndrangheta to
do their criminal business here.”
The gang’s presence in Germany
became well known in 2007 when a
feud between the Calabrian clans
turned a birthday party into a
massacre. Six Italians were killed
when their cars were sprayed with
bullets outside a pizzeria in Duisburg.
Big step
into the
new year
By Hyonhee Shin
Postcard
From...
and Marincola families had infiltrated
businesses in both countries,
particularly those involved in wine,
food, rubbish collection and funeral
services. A number of public officials
were suspected of corruption, the
police said. The equivalent of £44m
in assets was seized.
Eleven of the 169 arrests were
made in the German states of BadenWürttemberg, Hesse, Bavaria and
North Rhine-Westphalia.
“The detentions and seizures are
an important success against the
a sign of praise to the kneeling
life-sized image that carried a
cross on one shoulder.
Processions and other
religious rites were also held
elsewhere in the country to
celebrate the feast.
Citing police estimates,
media said this year’s
festivities may draw 17 million
devotees nationwide, some
seeking healing for illnesses
and forgiveness for sins, others
offering thanks for blessings.
Rogelio Lim said all his
wishes had come true since
he became a Black Nazarene
devotee in 1977.
“My child is now a medicine
graduate,” he told Reuters. “I
have been spared diseases. I
have been blessed with a house.
Everything we wished for. A
good job. This is why I am here,
to thank Him.” REUTERS
Ronn Bautista
the women had been fundamentally
flawed because the victims’ demand
for legal compensation had not been
met, the government would not look
to renegotiate the deal.
Japan and South Korea share a
bitter history that includes Japan’s
1910-1945 colonisation of the country.
India’s Supreme Court has
reversed a ruling that ordered
the national anthem to be played
before film screenings while
audiences stand.
The 2016 ruling, which the
court had said was designed to
instil patriotism, set off a wave of
attacks in theatres, including one
on a disabled man in a wheelchair.
The court said a government
commission should make further
recommendations on the issue. AP
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25
FRANCE
Apple faces fraud
inquiry over
slower iPhones
IN PARIS
French prosecutors have opened an
investigation into tech giant Apple
over revelations that it secretly
slowed down older versions of its
mobile phones.
The Paris prosecutor’s office said
yesterday an inquiry was opened last
week over alleged “deception and
planned obsolescence” of some Apple
products. It is led by the French body
in charge of fraud control, which is
part of the finance ministry.
It follows a legal complaint filed
in December by a French consumer
rights group that aims to stop intentional obsolescence of goods by
companies.
In France it is illegal to intentionally shorten the lifespan of a product in
order to encourage customers to replace it. A 2015 law makes it a crime,
with penalties of up to two years in
Analysis of performance
data by the benchmarking
firm Primate Labs clearly showed
the artificial inhibition of the
iPhone’s performance, which
prompted Apple’s admission.
prison and fines of up to 5 per cent of
the company’s annual turnover.
Apple apologised in December for
secretly slowing down older iPhones,
a move it said was necessary to avoid
unexpected shutdowns related to
battery fatigue.
It said the problem was that ageing
lithium batteries delivered power unevenly, which could cause iPhones to
shut down unexpectedly – endangering the delicate circuits inside.
The French consumer rights
group, called HOP, filed a lawsuit on
27 December. It claims Apple slowed
down older smartphones in order to
make clients buy the new iPhone 8,
which was launched on the market
around the same time, according to
HOP’s written statement.
At least eight separate class-action
lawsuits have been filed in the US in
relation to the admission. Plaintiffs
in California, Illinois and New York
all argue that Apple did not have consent to slow their devices.
A statement on Apple’s website
said: “We’ve been hearing feedback
from our customers about the way
we handle performance for iPhones
with older batteries and how we have
communicated that process. We
know that some of you feel Apple has
let you down.” AP
First same-sex weddings sealed with a kiss
The first same-sex marriages took place in ceremonies
across Australia yesterday after the country’s last
legal impediment to gay marriage expired.
Marriage equality became law on 9 December, with
overwhelming support in Parliament, but in Australia
couples must give a month’s notice for weddings.
Athletes Craig Burns and Luke Sullivan (above)
MALTA
Corruption
investigator
fears for life
By Amy Harding
A former anti-corruption investigator in Malta says he fears for
his life after looking into reports
written by murdered journalist
Daphne Caruana Galizia.
Jonathan Ferris told BBC2’s
Newsnight he is seeking police
protection as he thinks he might
be targeted after looking into her
claims against top Maltese political figures. Ms Caruana Galizia
married at a midnight ceremony near Tweed Heads in
New South Wales.
“It’s another way to show your love and appreciation
of your partner in front of the people in your life,” said
Mr Burns, a 29-year-old sprinter, who will compete in
the Commonwealth Games on Australia’s Gold Coast
in April. AP
NATURE
died in a car bomb attack near her
home on 16 October last year. She
was known for writing a blog in
which she accused powerful figures of corruption.
Prosecutors are looking into
the possibility her murder was
ordered by someone angered by
her reporting.
Mr Ferris says he was examining the reports while working at
Malta’s anti-money laundering
agency, the Financial Intelligence
Analysis Unit. But he claims he
was sacked from there because his
work threatened to uncover sensitive secrets.
“We believe there was political Daphne Caruana Galizia died in a car
bomb attack near her home in October AP
interference,” he said.
In Saturday’s
Whale protected
me from shark,
says biologist
By Alina Polianskaya
A biologist says she was saved from
the jaws of a 15-foot tiger shark by a
humpback whale.
Nan Hauser was swimming off
the coast of Rarotonga, in the Cook
Islands, when the 25-ton whale
swam in to prevent a “potentially
deadly” attack.
She said the encounter may be
proof of a whale’s intuitive nature
to protect other species, including
humans. She caught the incident on
camera and believes this could be
the first ever documented case of a
humpback whale guarding a human
from a shark. The whale tucked the
63-year-old under its pectoral fin and
pushed her along with his head for
around 10 minutes, she said.
She later realised that the 15-foot
tiger shark was nearby, and that was
what the whale was steering her
away from. She initially believed it
was another whale until she realised
it was moving its tail from side to side
rather than up and down.
“I’ve spent the past 28 years
protecting whales, and in the moment, I didn’t even realise that they
were protecting me,” she added.
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COMPETITION
Longleat
silverback
gorilla Nico
dies aged 56
By Nina Massey
One of the world’s oldest silverback gorillas
has died. Nico (inset),
whose 56th birthday
was celebrated in
July, died in his sleep
on Sunday, Longleat
Safari Park said.
He spent most of
his life at the park in
Wiltshire after arriving
from Switzerland in the
1980s. A spokeswoman for
Longleat said on Facebook: “Everyone here has been truly saddened by
the death of Nico.
“His main keeper has been working with Nico virtually on a daily basis
since 1989 and has forged an extraordinarily close bond with him.
“It goes without saying that he is
particularly devastated by the loss
along with the rest of his keeping
team who have cared for Nico over
the years.”
Keepers were unsure of Nico’s
exact age and there was a likelihood
he may have been older than 56.
The gorilla, who once tipped the
scales at 34 stone (216kg),
lived on his own island in
the middle of a lake at
Longleat in a purpose
built, centrally-heated house.
He also had a series of lookout stations and giant tree
trunk climbing frames
where he could sit and
watch the antics of the
nearby colony of three
younger gorillas – brothers
Kesho, Evindi and Alf.
The oldest male gorilla in the world
lives in the USA and was born in 1961
while the oldest female, who also lives
in America, was born in 1956.
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Golden year or
one to forget?
You sum up 2017
From the personal to the political, i readers
have reviewed the past 12 months in 100 words
B
ack in December,
someone came to us
with a bright idea:
to ask i readers
like themselves to
summarise the year in 100 words.
As many of you discovered in the
past month, it was a tricky brief to
cram the year into so few words.
In 2017, President Donald
Trump was inaugurated, women’s
marches took place around the
world in response, a gunman
opened fire in a nightclub in
Istanbul, Kim Jong-un claimed
he was close to developing an
intercontinental ballistic missile,
Theresa May announced we’d be
leaving the single market, and
Moonlight, a film with an all-black
cast, cleaned up in awards
season. Oh, and that only takes us
to February.
Other entries stayed closer to
home, drawing on writers’ own
lives to paint a personal portrait of
the year. Here are our six finalists,
including the overall winner –
who received a £50 John Lewis
voucher – and contributions from
a few of our regular columnists.
Reasons to be cheerful, 2017.
1. England’s under-21 footballers
won the World Cup.
2. Lubaina Himid, the oldest
person to win the Turner prize, is
a black woman.
3. Steve McQueen is filming a
“lasting memorial” to the Grenfell
Tower tragedy.
4. Sophia the robot, tells the UN:
“I am here to help humanity
create the future.” Should we give
her a driverless car?
Miriam and Rafael Halahmy
Clockwise from top left: the
Women’s March after Donald
Trump’s inauguration;
Theresa May after last year’s
election; Jeremy Corbyn fans at
Glastonbury; Grenfell Tower
2017 was about what is lovely and
simple. Not what is wonderful,
amazing or stunning. Not what
is outstanding, exceptional or
extraordinary. 2017 was about
recognising and appreciating the
simplicity of loveliness around us.
My son was diagnosed with
leukaemia in 2016. He will finish
treatment in 2019. At the moment,
NEWS
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VOICES
14-18
TV
28-29
Lost at home,
the unknown
and the weak,
but stable
Yasmin
Alibhai-Brown
I
n a new collection,
Goodbye Europe, I wrote
about my forced migration
from Uganda to Britain,
how a brainwashed colonial
subject became a keen European
and why Brexit is so discombobulating for us migrants.
The essay ended: ‘I must grow
old in these shrunken isles. I
lost one homeland and am now
lost in the one I found’. 2017 was
a bitter year. But there were
sweet moments.
Witnessing endless chaos in
the Tory madhouse. And meeting
a white working-class mum in
a supermarket who named her
daughter Yasmin, so she grows up
“tough and pesky” like me.
Stephen
Bush
life is lovely. The children going to
school, working hard in jobs we
have and relishing the company of
good people.
Look around, recognise the
simplicity of the loveliness around
you. One day this could change. As
you are is not guaranteed. Life will
throw you curveballs.
I complain to the i about typos
and reliance on spell checker
results witch (sic) are knot (sic)
chequed (sic).
I don’t answer the door to carol
singers.
And I feel guilty about thinking
2018 will not be guiltless either.
Brian Sillett
Kerry Brown
Snap election, Britain votes
New £1 coins, new £10 notes
Robert Mugabe finally goes
Mount Agung in Bali blows
Ryanair, staff trouble
Syria reduced to rubble
Fats Domino, Chuck Berry
Jeremy Corbyn, Glastonbury
Fake news, tweets, sacking
Tories saved by DUP backing
Terrorist attacks, moped crimes
Big Ben, no chimes
Did Kim Jong-un kill Kim Jong-nam?
Nuclear warheads scare Japan
Mexican earthquake, California fires
White House sycophants and liars
The world kow-tows to the Chinese
Yemen, Rohingya refugees
Grenfell Tower, cladding burnt
Lives lost, lessons learnt?
Royal engagement, Royal bump
Monarch Airlines, Donald Trump.
Rob Barratt
2017: a year of guilt.
I should not have voted in the
pointless Brexit referendum.
I don’t know what to recycle.
I haven’t yet learned to
read music.
I eat meat ignoring the tons of
methane gas cattle contribute to
the atmosphere. I even feel bad
about my own contribution when I
break wind.
I use products which
contain microbeads.
In summing up 2017, I look no
further than ‘The Page 3 Profile’.
Every day, stories of people doing
extraordinary things are woven into
narratives of joy, success, sadness
and triumph, which are the warp
and weft of everyday life. There
have been many headline-grabbing
events, but these stories help keep
our feet on the ground and give a
sense of perspective in a chaotic
world. The year brought terrible
and tragic news, but the Page 3
feature demonstrates the goodness
and hope surrounding us, and the
triumph of the human spirit. Daily, it
restores my faith in humanity.
Roy Turner
THE WINNER
In translation, the message read:
“2017, year of Trump, Brexit and
fake news. More climate change and
freak weather. Loss of Europe, the
Ashes and innumerable precious
species. Where will it all end?”
The octopedal Andromedan
standing on a dead world of rocks
and refuse, gave a silent sigh of
remorse as he tossed the artefact
into the transporter. Perhaps these
words had once made sense to a long
dead primitive species. One for the
archaeologists on the home planet to
argue over. Nothing of significance
to be noted on the Standard
Galactic Index.
Steve Edwards
A
t the beginning of 2017,
one group of MPs were
terrified about what
would happen once
Jeremy Corbyn came
into contact with the electorate. By the end, the fear was still
there, but the MPs feeling it were
rather different.
This was a year in which all
of the things we were told were
“rules” – that divided parties
never do well, that Labour
only prospers when it’s led
from the centre-left, and that
campaigns don’t really change
anything – turned out to be more
like guidelines.
As such, the lesson I’m taking
for 2018 is that there is an awful
lot I don’t know about.
Katy
Balls
W
oman begins year
on career high having beaten male
colleagues to top
job. Now in charge
of the most difficult brief, she
starts to strategise.
She goes on a walking holiday
and decides her strategy requires
a new mandate – to be won in
an impromptu vote. Woman
promises strong and stable
leadership but reveals she isn’t
very good at debates, management
or manifestos. Plan backfires, she
loses support and has to turn to
colleagues in Northern Ireland
for help. Male colleagues round
on her but get distracted fighting
each other. Woman remains in
post – weak but stable.
IQ
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BUSINESS SPORT
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i WEDNESDAY
10 JANUARY 2018
27
HEALTH
Taking care is
good news for
Hunt – and us
A loved one with a complex illness has
shown Ella Risbridger why it matters
I
n the latest fiasco of a Cabinet
reshuffle, there was one small
ray of hope: Jeremy Hunt
being given an unexpected
promotion. This is, I admit,
an unlikely point of optimism.
Hunt (inset) has presided over the
worst winter the NHS has seen in
recent history, prompted multiple
strike actions, and is seemingly in
the process of trying to privatise
perhaps the greatest public
healthcare system in the world.
His promotion, then, is not
remotely hopeful in itself – but the
nature of that promotion might be.
He is now not simply the Health
Secretary, but the head of the
“Department of Health and Social
Care”. The integration of these two
areas has been a Conservative goal
for some time, but this feels like a
concrete, tangible step towards it.
This may seem like a question of
semantics. It isn’t. The separation
of social and medical care means
a separation of social and medical
funding, and that affects people.
“Fragmented health and social
is a catastrophe for everyone,” one
health worker told me recently. “All
anyone wants is for the health and
social money to come together.”
She is not alone, as an
investigation by the King’s Fund
think-tank made clear in 2015. This
system does not work for patients.
I know this from personal
experience. Last year, somebody
I love was suffering from an
incredibly complex illness
that needed extensive
and unusual care and
treatment.
He had multiple
consultants at
multiple hospitals
in multiple
administrative
districts, and lived
in another one, and the
suggestion was that he ought
to move again to yet another. This
was medically necessary, and
it was complicated and messy
because that is what illness is
like. We can’t simplify medical
conditions; we can’t really simplify
medicine. So why not simplify
everything else?
“It’s a question of pots of money,”
a doctor told me, patiently. “We’ve
got one pot. They’ve got one pot.
The Clinical Commissioning Group
have another pot. Nobody wants to
pay for this out of their pot.”
Here is one, very small, example:
my loved one needed a particular
This is not a reason to
trust Jeremy Hunt an inch.
But it is, perhaps, a small
spark in a dark place
Ella Risbridger says the NHS’s
funding structure should change
kind of cushion, his doctors told
us, to avoid tearing his skin. If he
didn’t have the cushion, he would
certainly need urgent (expensive)
medical care at some point; it was
not “if”, but “when”. If the skin
tore, his (inpatient) recovery would
take significantly longer. It would
cost the medical side of things
significantly more in the long run.
But because he didn’t currently
have any medical need for the
cushion it was a social care
question. But why should the social
“pot” pay for something that the
doctors wanted?
Another example: while he was
(briefly) in intensive care, someone
called his mother to ask if this
meant they could stop funding
his place at the rehab centre
in which he had been
learning to walk again.
We were lucky;
it was sorted out,
mostly. But I have
been involved in this
struggle deeply for
more than a year,
and I still don’t really
understand who, in the
end, paid for what.
Must the funding
structures of health and social
care really be as complex as the
mad jumble of cancer, brain injury,
PTSD and pneumonia that meant
that we needed them?
Of course, rearranging the
funding pots won’t do any good
unless they’ve got enough money in
them. A doctor friend warns that
this seems to her to fit the pattern
towards privatisation.
This will not solve the
catastrophic underfunding of the
NHS – and nor is it a reason to
forget Hunt’s track record.
This is not a reason to stop
fighting for the NHS. This is not a
reason to trust Hunt an inch. But it
is, perhaps, a small spark in a dark
place, and we have precious few of
those.
@missellabell
Television Wednesday 10 January
CRITIC’S
CHOICE
GERARD GILBERT
PICK OF THE DAY
===
Kiri
The Truth About Looking Good
9pm, Channel 4
Miriam (Sarah Lancashire) is an
experienced social worker, at ease
with her chaotic clients and on
first-name terms with the local
police. And then everything changes
when she allows a young black girl
called Kiri an unsupervised visit to
her biological grandparents before
being adopted by a white family.
Kiri is abducted and the fingers
of the media, police and Miriam’s
colleagues all point at the suddenly
complacent-seeming social worker.
Lancashire (left, with Felicia Mukasa)
is her usual compelling self, while
the direction of the script (by Jack
Thorne, who wrote the historical sex
abuse drama National Treasure) is
still commendably unclear.
8pm, BBC1
Should you have received some
expensive moisturiser for Christmas,
you may want to avoid Cherry
Healey’s investigation into the
efficacy of beauty products – it
seems that moisturisers have zilch
beneficial effects. Healey also helps
test cellulite treatments, and
discusses the human psychology
that induces the UK to spend over
£9bn a year on beauty products.
===
A Stitch In Time
8.30pm, BBC4
“I really love the colour green,” says
fashion historian Amber Butchart
as she surveys van Eyck’s “Arnolfini
Portrait,” although how the
pigmentation in the voluminous
robe of the 15th-century merchant’s
wife was produced comes as a
surprise: three-day-old urine.
As tailor Ninya Mikhaila gets to
work reproducing this iconic dress,
we also learn that the wife was not
pregnant, as was once thought,
but holding up great swathes of
this rather showy-offy garment.
===
Miriam’s Big American
Adventure
9pm, BBC1
Miriam Margolyes continues to
confront her way across Middle
America, surviving a kids’ summer
camp in Indiana, meeting a Trumpsupporting sheriff in Ohio, and
hunkering down with apocalypseready “preppers” in Tennessee.
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Fighting For Air
9pm, BBC2
With air pollution in the UK declared
“a public health emergency”, Dr Xand
van Tulleken conducts a large-scale
experiment to try to bring about
a quantifiable improvement in air
quality. He also conducts his own
personal experiment, measuring the
shocking results of how his body
functions after exposing himself to
pollution on a typical city street.
===
England’s Forgotten Queen:
The Life And Death Of
Lady Jane Grey
9pm, BBC4
The middle segment of Helen
Castor’s exciting retelling of the
nine-day reign of Lady Jane Grey
Amber Butchart fronts
‘A Stitch In Time’
8.30pm, BBC4
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About Looking Good’
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Miriam Margolyes
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Forgotten
Queen: The
Life And Death
Of Lady Jane
Grey (S).
10.00Mock The Week
With James
Acaster, Ed
Gamble, Rhys
James and Nish
Kumar (R) (S).
10.30 Newsnight (S).
10.00ITV News (S).
10.30 ITV Regional
News (S).
10.45 Heathrow:
Britain’s
Busiest Airport
(R) (S).
10.00999: What’s
Your
Emergency?
The work of
the emergency
services in
Wiltshire (R) (S).
10.05 Celebrity Big
Brother’s Bit On
The Side (S).
10.50 Football On 5:
The Carabao
Cup (S).
10.00Fit To Rule:
How Royal
Illness Changed
History (R) (S).
11.15 And They’re Off
For Sport Relief
Ore Oduba
hosts a celebrity
sporting
challenge (R) (S).
11.15 Inside The
Factory
Investigating
the production
of sauces in the
Netherlands
(R) (S).
11.40 Holiday
Horrors: Caught
On Camera
Documentary
looking at what
can go wrong
on holiday (R) (S).
11.05 24 Hours In
A&E Cameras
follow a woman
who collapsed
at home with
an unexplained
headache (R) (S).
12.05 BBC News (S).
12.15 Sign Zone: DIY SOS:
The Big Build (R) (S). 1.15
Sign Zone: The Real T. Rex
With Chris Packham (R) (S).
2.15 This Is BBC Two (S).
12.35 Jackpot247 3.00
Tenable (R) (S). 3.50 ITV
Nightscreen 5.05 The
Jeremy Kyle Show (R) (S).
12.05 Pokerstars
Championship Cash
Challenge (S). 1.10 FILM:
The Social Network (David
Fincher 2010) (S). 3.15
Grand Designs Australia (R)
(S). 4.10 Location, Location,
Location (R) (S). To 5am.
12.10 Police Interceptors
(R) (S). 1.10 SuperCasino
(S). 3.10 GPs: Behind
Closed Doors (R) (S). 4.00
Now That’s Funny! (R) (S).
4.45 House Doctor (R) (S).
5.10 Wildlife SOS (R) (S).
5.35 Nick’s Quest (R) (S).
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
The Cube (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).
12.40 The Big Soap Quiz:
Coronation Street V
Emmerdale (R) (S). 1.45 The
Ellen DeGeneres Show (S).
2.35 The Jeremy Kyle Show
(R) (S). 3.40 The Jeremy
Kyle Show (R) (S). 4.45 The
Jeremy Kyle Show (R) (S).
5.50 Take Me Out (R) (S).
7.00 You’ve Been
Framed! Gold
Comical clips
(R) (S).
7.30 You’ve Been
Framed! Gold
(R) (S).
8.00 Two And A
Half Men (S).
8.30 Superstore
The employees
are given a
chance to win a
cash bonus (S).
9.00 FILM: Exodus:
Gods And Kings
(Ridley Scott
2014) Biblical
epic, starring
Christian
Bale (S).
9.00 FILM: 22
Jump Street
(Phil Lord,
Christopher
Miller 2014)
Comedy, with
Jonah Hill (S).
11.00 The Wonderful
World Of
Blood – With
Michael Mosley
Documentary
examining
blood (R) (S).
11.55 FILM: JFK (Oliver
Stone 1991)
Conspiracy
drama, starring
Kevin Costner
and Gary
Oldman (S).
11.15 Family Guy
Brian runs
away from
home (R) (S).
11.45 Family Guy
Bonnie and Lois
visit Paris (R) (S).
12.00 Top Of The Pops: 1981
(R) (S). 12.40 Top Of The Pops:
1981 (R) (S). 1.20 England’s
Forgotten Queen: The Life
And Death Of Lady Jane
Grey (R) (S). 2.20 Workers
Or Shirkers? Ian Hislop’s
Victorian Benefits (R) (S).
3.45 Close
12.15 American Dad!
(R) (S). 12.40 American
Dad! (R) (S). 1.10 Two And
A Half Men (R) (S). 1.40
Superstore (R) (S). 2.05
Totally Bonkers Guinness
World Records (R) (S).
2.30 Teleshopping
NEWS
2-27
finds the fortress of the Tower of
London slowly morphing into a
prison as the populace outside
proves sympathetic to the usurped
Mary Tudor and a naval blockade
intended to hem Mary into
East Anglia turns mutinous.
FILM
CHOICE
LAURENCE PHELAN
===
Hansa Studios: By
The Wall 1976-90
9pm, Sky Arts
The “wall” being the Berlin Wall,
which, until its demolition, was
overlooked by the recording studio
of choice of David Bowie, Iggy Pop
and Brian Eno. Bowie recorded
Heroes here and Iggy cut Lust For Life,
and these two albums dominate the
button-twiddling part of a
documentary about a very particular
time at a very particular place.
VOICES
14-18
TV
28-29
IQ
30-37
FILM OF THE DAY
===
Raw
Empire Of The Sun
10.20pm, Sky Cinema Premiere
(Julia Ducournau, 2016)
This startling debut is a comingof-age story and a fresh kind of horror
movie. It’s about an unworldly and
virginal young vegetarian (Garance
Marillier, left) discovering herself
during her first year away from home
at a Brutalist concrete veterinary
college, giving herself over to
transgressive desires and developing
an animalistic new appetite for flesh.
It’s shot so as to defamiliarise and
make the everyday seem eerie and
strange, but its symbolic power is all
the greater for the matter-of-fact way
it approaches matters of the body
(probably not coincidentally, writerdirector Ducournau is the daughter
of two doctors) and taboos.
6.05pm, TCM
(Steven Spielberg, 1987)
A young Christian Bale holds his own
against John Malkovich and various
British luvvies in this adaptation
of JG Ballard’s autobiographical
novel about life in a Japanese
internment camp in 1943-45.
6.00 Fish Town (R) (S). 7.00
The British (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).
8.55 Food Unwrapped (R)
(S). 9.30 A Place In The
Sun: Home Or Away (R)
(S). 10.30 Four In A Bed (R)
(S). 11.00 Four In A Bed (R)
(S). 11.35 Four In A Bed (R)
(S). 12.00 Four In A Bed (R)
(S). 12.35 Four In A Bed (R)
(S). 1.05 Come Dine With
Me (R) (S). 1.40 Come Dine
With Me (R) (S). 2.10 Come
Dine With Me (R) (S). 2.40
Come Dine With Me (R)
(S). 3.15 Come Dine With
Me (R) (S). 3.50 A Place In
The Sun: Home Or Away
(R) (S). 4.50 A Place In The
Sun: Home Or Away (R) (S).
5.55 The Secret Life Of The
Zoo (R) (S).
6.00 Heartbeat
Forged
banknotes
circulate in
Aidensfield
(R) (S).
6.00 The Big Bang
Theory (R) (S).
6.30 The Big Bang
Theory A
revelation from
Sheldon shocks
Amy (R) (S).
6.55 The Supervet
Noel Fitzpatrick
and the team
deal with two
emergency
cases (R) (S).
6.00 Futurama
(R) (S).
6.30 The Simpsons
Bart is sent
to a juvenile
detention
centre (R) (S).
6.00 House A boy
whose choking
nightmares
become a
reality (R) (S).
7.00 Murder, She
Wrote Grady’s
wedding is
disrupted by a
murder (R) (S).
7.00 Hollyoaks
Brody goes with
Maggie to the
hospital (S).
7.30 Coach Trip:
Road To
Tenerife (S).
7.55 Grand Designs
Restoring a
Grade II-listed
engine house in
Cornwall (R) (S).
7.00 The Simpsons
Principal
Skinner and Mrs
Krabappel get
engaged (R) (S).
7.30 The Simpsons
(R) (S).
7.00 CSI: Crime Scene
Investigation
A doctor’s
wife and a
newspaper
editor are found
dead (R) (S).
8.00 Endeavour
Morse tries to
outwit a serial
killer (R) (S).
8.00 The Goldbergs
(R) (S).
8.30 The Goldbergs
Geoff and
Erica struggle
with their
relationship (S).
8.00 A League Of
Their Own With
Anthony Joshua,
Mo Farah and
Emma Bunton
(R) (S).
8.00 Blue Bloods
Frank contends
with a
whistleblower
within the
NYPD (R) (S).
JFK
11.55pm, Film4
(Oliver Stone, 1991)
A jittery and paranoid but technically
brilliant bit of film-making, Stone’s
all-star drama follows DA Jim
Garrison’s (Kevin Costner) every line
of enquiry into the assassination
of JFK, without settling on any
one conspiracy theory.
10.00Foyle’s War
Foyle uncovers
financial
corruption
(R) (S).
12.15 Inspector Morse (R)
(S). 2.10 ITV3 Nightscreen
2.30 Teleshopping
6.33am The Radio 1 Breakfast
Show With Nick Grimshaw
10.00 Clara Amfo 12.45pm
Newsbeat 1.00 Scott Mills 4.00
Greg James 5.45 Newsbeat 6.00
Greg James 7.00 Annie Mac
9.00 The 8th With Charlie Sloth
11.00 Rob Adcock 1am Benji B
4.00 Radio 1’s Early Breakfast
Show With Adele Roberts
BBC Radio 1Xtra
6am Nick Bright 10.00 Ace
12.45pm Newsbeat 1.00
Yasmin Evans 4.00 MistaJam
5.45 Newsbeat 6.00 MistaJam
7.00 DJ Target 9.02 The 8th
With Charlie Sloth 11.00 1Xtra
Residency – Kenny Allstar 1am
Benji B 3.00 1Xtra Mixes 4.00
1Xtra Residency – Melody Kane
BBC Radio 2
9.00 Don’t Tell
The Bride
Groom-to-be
Daniel plans
a Caribbeancarnival style
wedding (S).
9.00 Location,
Location,
Location
The presenters
help two sets
of buyers in
Kent (R) (S).
9.00 A League Of
Their Own: US
Road Trip 2.0
(R) (S).
9.00 Game Of
Thrones Jon
Snow and his
team go beyond
the wall to
capture a white
walker (R) (S).
10.00Body Fixers
Dr Esho treats
an acid attack
victim (R) (S).
10.00Grand Designs
An intrepid pair
want to build
a Kiwi-style
hill house in
Worcestershire
(R) (S).
10.00The Russell
Howard Hour
With guest
Diane Abbott
(R) (S).
10.20 Game Of
Thrones Tyrion
tries to save
Westeros from
itself (R) (S).
11.10 The Big Bang
Theory Sheldon
receives acting
lessons (R) (S).
11.35 The Big Bang
Theory (R) (S).
11.05 8 Out Of 10
Cats Does
Countdown
With David
Walliams and
Jessica Hynes
(R) (S).
11.00 The Force:
North East
A trail of blood
leaves officers
puzzled (R) (S).
11.50 The Sopranos AJ
is inconsolable
after his split
from Blanca
(R) (S).
12.05 Gogglebox (R) (S).
1.10 The Goldbergs (R) (S).
1.45 The Inbetweeners
(R) (S). 2.40 Don’t Tell The
Bride (R) (S). 3.35 Celebs
Go Dating (R) (S). 4.25
Rude(ish) Tube (R) (S).
4.50 Charmed (R) (S).
12.05 Ramsay’s Kitchen
Nightmares USA (R) (S).
1.05 Location, Location,
Location (R) (S). 2.05 Grand
Designs (R) (S). 3.10 8 Out
Of 10 Cats (R) (S). 3.50
Close
12.00 Ross Kemp: Extreme
World (R) (S). 1.00 Hawaii
Five-0 (R) (S). 2.00 Hawaii
Five-0 (R) (S). 3.00 The
Blacklist (R) (S). 4.00 Stop,
Search, Seize (R) (S). 5.00
The Dog Whisperer (R).
1.00 The Tunnel:
Vengeance (R) (S). 2.05
Dexter (R). 3.10 Banshee
(R) (S). 4.20 The West Wing
(R) (S). 5.10 The West Wing
(R) (S).
29
ON DEMAND
Little Women
BBC iPlayer
Heidi Thomas’s fine
adaptation of the beloved
Louisa May Alcott novel.
Big Little Lies
BBC Radio 1
6.00 Futurama (R) (S). 6.30
Futurama (R) (S). 7.00
Monkey Life (R) (S). 7.30
Monkey Life (R) (S). 8.00
Meerkat Manor (R) (S).
8.30 Meerkat Manor (R)
(S). 9.00 Road Wars (R) (S).
10.00 Stargate Atlantis (R)
(S). 11.00 MacGyver (R) (S).
12.00 NCIS: Los Angeles (R)
(S). 1.00 Hawaii Five-0 (R)
(S). 2.00 Hawaii Five-0 (R)
(S). 3.00 NCIS: Los Angeles
(R) (S). 4.00 Stargate SG-1
(R) (S). 5.00 The Simpsons
(R) (S). 5.30 The Simpsons
(R) (S).
6.00 Hollyoaks (R) (S).
7.00 Coach Trip: Road
To Tenerife (R) (S). 7.30
Streetmate (R) (S). 8.00
Charmed (R) (S). 9.00
Melissa & Joey (R) (S).
10.00 Baby Daddy (R) (S).
10.30 Baby Daddy (R) (S).
11.00 Brooklyn Nine-Nine
(R) (S). 11.30 Brooklyn
Nine-Nine (R) (S). 12.00
The Goldbergs (R) (S). 12.30
The Goldbergs (R) (S). 1.00
The Big Bang Theory (R) (S).
1.30 The Big Bang Theory
(R) (S). 2.00 Melissa & Joey
(R) (S). 3.00 Baby Daddy (R)
(S). 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).
WEDNESDAY
10 JANUARY 2018
===
Radio
6.00 Classic Coronation
Street (R) (S). 6.25 Classic
Coronation Street (R)
(S). 6.50 Heartbeat (R)
(S). 7.55 The Royal (R) (S).
9.00 Judge Judy (R) (S).
9.25 Judge Judy (R) (S).
9.55 Judge Judy (R) (S).
10.15 The Darling Buds
Of May (R) (S). 11.30 The
Darling Buds Of May (R)
(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).
4.20 On The Buses (R) (S).
4.55 Rising Damp (R) (S).
5.25 George And Mildred
(R) (S).
i
BUSINESS SPORT
38-43
48-56
6.30am Sara Cox 9.30 Ken
Bruce 12noon Amol Rajan 2.00
Steve Wright In The Afternoon
5.00 Simon Mayo 7.00 The
Folk Show With Mark Radcliffe
8.00 Ana Matronic 10.00 Nile
Rodgers’ Good Times 11.00
David Bowie’s Heroes 40th
Anniversary 12mdn’t Pick Of
The Pops 2.00 Radio 2 Playlists:
Country Playlist 3.00 Radio
2 Playlist: Easy 4.00 Radio 2
Playlist: Radio 2 Rocks 5.00
Vanessa Feltz
BBC Radio 3
6.30am Breakfast. With Petroc
Trelawny. 9.00 Essential
Classics. Sue MacGregor’s
cultural inspirations. 12noon
Composer Of The Week:
Schubert. Donald Macleod
explores Schubert’s friendships
in 1820, at the age of 23. 1.00
News 1.02 Radio 3 Lunchtime
Concert. Music from the
Dartington and Two Moors
Festivals. 2.00 Afternoon
Concert. Performances from
the BBC Philharmonic. 3.30
Choral Evensong. From
Hereford Cathedral. 4.30
New Generation Artists 5.00
In Tune. With Samson Tsoy
and Frank Andersen. 7.00 In
Tune Mixtape 7.30 Radio 3
In Concert. Peter Bellamy’s
ballad opera The Transports.
10.00 Free Thinking. Eleanor
Rosamund Barraclough
explores how our minds react
to liminal spaces. 10.45 The
Essay: Cornerstones. The
contrast between the solidity
of Aberdeen and the state of
the North Sea oil industry.
11.00 Late Junction 12.30am
Through The Night
BBC Radio 4
6am Today 9.00 Soul Music
9.30 The Ideas That Make
Us 9.45 Book Of The Week:
Auntie’s War 10.00 Woman’s
Hour 10.56 The Listening
Project 11.00 The Cameron
Years 11.30 Chain Reaction
12noon News 12.04 The
Curious Cases Of Rutherford
& Fry 12.15 You And Yours
12.57 Weather 1.00 The World
At One 1.45 Conflict And
Co-operation: A History Of
Trade 2.00 The Archers 2.15
Drama: Stone 3.00 Money
Now TV/Sky Box Sets
Nicole Kidman gives a stellar
performance in a drama set
in California’s motherland.
Comedians In Cars
Getting Coffee, Netflix
Jerry Seinfeld chats to
a who’s who of (mostly)
American comedy.
Box Live 3.30 Inside Health
4.00 Thinking Allowed 4.30
The Media Show 5.00 PM 5.57
Weather 6.00 Six O’Clock News
6.30 Angstrom. New series.
Spoof Scandinavian detective
stories, by Joel Morris and
Jason Hazeley. 7.00 The
Archers 7.15 Front Row 7.45
Shardlake: Heartstone. By CJ
Sansom. 8.00 Across The Red
Line. Fraser Nelson and Zoe
Williams debate the inherent
virtues of equality. 8.45 Four
Thought 9.00 A Little Lateral
Thinking. How lateral thinking
has become a by-word for
creativity. 9.30 Soul Music.
People from around the world
describe how Bach’s cantata
changed their lives. 10.00 The
World Tonight 10.45 Book
At Bedtime: The Vital Spark:
A Far Cry From Kensington
11.00 Life On Egg. Peter is
sent to the mainland for some
urgent training. 11.15 Lazy
Susan: East Coast Listening
Post. Jenna and Dana meet a
self-made business woman.
Last in the series. 11.30 Today
In Parliament 12mdn’t News
And Weather 12.30 Book Of
The Week: Auntie’s War 12.48
Shipping Forecast 1.00 As BBC
World Service 5.20 Shipping
Forecast 5.30 News Briefing
5.43 Prayer For The Day 5.45
Farming Today 5.58 Tweet Of
The Day
BBC Radio 4 LW
8.31am Yesterday In
Parliament 9.45 Daily Service
12.01pm Shipping Forecast
5.54 Shipping Forecast
BBC Radio 4 Extra
6am Secret Agent – X9 6.30
Lifeboats On The Thames
7.00 Like They’ve Never Been
Gone 7.30 Jeremy Hardy Feels
It 8.00 The Navy Lark 8.30
Round The Horne 9.00 The
Write Stuff 9.30 Change At
Oglethorpe 10.00 Lost Horizon
11.00 Behind The Screen 11.15
Devonia 12noon The Navy
Lark 12.30 Round The Horne
1.00 Secret Agent – X9 1.30
Lifeboats On The Thames 2.00
In Siberia 2.15 Five Hundred
Years Of Friendship 2.30 More
Pick
ofthe
day
Tales Of The City 2.45 Speaking
For Themselves 3.00 Lost
Horizon 4.00 The Write Stuff
4.30 Change At Oglethorpe
5.00 Like They’ve Never Been
Gone 5.30 Jeremy Hardy
Feels It 6.00 I Am Legend 6.30
Musical Legends 7.00 The
Navy Lark 7.30 Round The
Horne 8.00 Secret Agent – X9
8.30 Lifeboats On The Thames
9.00 Behind The Screen 9.15
Devonia 10.00 Comedy Club:
Jeremy Hardy Feels It 10.30
Comedy Club: The Secret
World 10.55 Comedy Club:
The Comedy Club Interview
11.00 Comedy Club: Mr And
Mrs Smith 11.30 Comedy
Club: Children’s Hour With
Armstrong And Miller 12mdn’t
I Am Legend 12.30 Musical
Legends 1.00 Secret Agent – X9
1.30 Lifeboats On The Thames
2.00 In Siberia 2.15 Five
Hundred Years Of Friendship
2.30 More Tales Of The City
2.45 Speaking For Themselves
3.00 Lost Horizon 4.00 The
Write Stuff 4.30 Change At
Oglethorpe 5.00 Like They’ve
Never Been Gone 5.30 Jeremy
Hardy Feels It
BBC 5 Live
6am 5 Live Breakfast 10.00
The Emma Barnett Show 1pm
Afternoon Edition 4.00 5 Live
Drive 7.00 5 Live Sport 10.30
Phil Williams 1am Up All Night
5.00 Morning Reports 5.15
Wake Up To Money
BBC 6 Music
7am Shaun Keaveny 10.00
Lauren Laverne 1pm Mark
Radcliffe And Stuart Maconie
4.00 Steve Lamacq 7.00 Marc
Riley 9.00 Gideon Coe 12mdn’t
6 Music Recommends With
Mary Anne Hobbs 1.00 The
First Time With Terry Hall 2.00
One Nation Under A Groove:
The Story Of George Clinton
And P-Funk 2.30 6 Music Live
Hour 3.30 6 Music’s Jukebox
5.00 Chris Hawkins
Classic FM
6am More Music Breakfast 9.00
John Suchet 1pm Anne-Marie
Minhall 5.00 Classic FM Drive
7.00 Smooth Classics At Seven
8.00 The Full Works Concert.
Jane Jones celebrates the work
of Joseph Haydn. 10.00 Smooth
Classics 1am Sam Pittis
Absolute Radio
Angstrom
6.30pm,
BBC Radio 4
New series. Spoof
Scandinavian
detective stories
following the work
of Knut Angstrom,
an alcoholic,
maverick Swedish
detective. The cast
includes Morgana
Robinson (above).
6am Christian O’Connell’s
Breakfast Show 10.00 Leona
Graham 1pm Andy Bush 4.00
Dave Berry 7.00 Danielle Perry
10.00 Pete Donaldson 1am
Chris Martin
Heart
6am Jamie And Emma
9.00 Toby Anstis 1pm Matt
Wilkinson 4.00 JK And Lucy
7.00 Sian Welby 10.00 Kat
Shoob 1am Simon Beale 4.00
Jenni Falconer
TalkSPORT
6am The Alan Brazil Sports
Breakfast 10.00 Max Rushden
1pm Hawksbee And Jacobs
4.00 Adrian Durham And
Darren Gough 7.00 Kick-off
10.00 Sports Bar 1am Extra
Time With Adam Catterall
The
Escape
Matrix
2017 was the year when cities
fought back against overcrowding
caused by visitors, while tourism
in other parts of the world
suffered natural and man-made
disasters. This is the year to
make your tourist footfall count,
writes Nick Boulos
Caribbean calling
The Caribbean was hit hard by hurricanes Irma and Maria
last September but tourist dollars will play an important
part in the region’s recovery. Some islands, such as Antigua,
suffered minimal damage and yet fearful holidaymakers have
stayed away. Make the most of the quiet beaches (they won’t
stay that way for long) while having a positive impact on the
economy, particularly if your money goes towards helping
sister island Barbuda’s recovery.
Virgin Holidays (virginholidays.co.uk) offers seven nights
in Antigua from £869 per person, including flights from
Gatwick. A week at Carlis le Bay, which is offering the chance
for guests to take part in recovery efforts on Barbuda, costs
from £2,152 for a week with flights.
Try Tunisia
Amsterdam’s
beach
Tunisia’s tourism industry was
rocked by terrorist attacks in
2015 and the aftershocks can still
be felt today with numbers still
critically low. Support those whose
income depends on tourism and,
in the process, discover a countr
brimming with history and cultu
(discovertunisia.uk).
Marvel at the mosaics on show
at the Bardo Museum in Tunis
and delve into the fragrant and
Unesco-protected medina before
relaxing on the golden shores of the
Mediterranean in a resort such as
Hammamet, Sidi Bou Said or
El Haouaria.
Thomas Cook has a week’s
half-board at The Sindbad in
Hammamet from £290 with
Gatwick flights (thomascook.com).
Arts
Modern love
Michael Faber on how
Bowie’s music defined
marriage to his late wife
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Catalonia calling
It’s a tumultuous time in north-eastern Spain. Residents
of Barcelona took to their streets last year not only to
protest about the independence referendum, but to
voice concerns about the damaging effects of tourism.
Gaudi’s city is an undeniably tempting prospect,
but it’s not the only option. Trace the coast around
100km south and discover the delights of Tarragona
(tarragonaturisme.cat/en). Founded in the fifth century
BC and bursting with Roman remains, the port city has
a medieval core that gives way to beaches, museums
and seafood restaurants – all just 80 minutes away from
Barcelona. A little further afield, the beaches of the
Costa Daurada beckon.
EasyJet Holidays (easyjet.com) offers seven nights’
room only at the four-star Ciutat de Tarragona hotel
from £249 per person, including flights from Luton.
Ancient Egypt
This fascinating, ancient land, famed for
its warm welcome as much as its pointed
pyramids, needs tourists more than ever.
From a peak of 14 million visitors in 2010,
footfall fell to around eight million last
year, although the industry is showing
signs of recovery. The devastating slump
in visitor numbers has stimulated some
exceptional bargains; whether you want a
city break in chaotic but charming Cairo,
Almost 16 million people
visit the Netherlands’ muchloved canal city each year,
but authorities are now
considering measures to limit
arrivals, including increasing
tourism taxes, banning new
souvenir shops and limiting
the number of nights residents
can rent out their homes.
Another tactic is to direct
tourists’ attention away from
the crowded Canal Ring.
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and swap the crowded canals
for some seaside fun instead.
Yes, Amsterdam has a beach.
Well, sort of. Located just
18 miles west of the city
and easily reached by train,
Zandvoort is marketed as
“Amsterdam Beach” – a long
and lovely strip of soft sand
and dunes lined with lively
beach bars and restaurants
(holland.com).
Railbookers (railbookers.
co.uk) offers two nights
from £269, including
accommodation and train
travel from London.
a heavenly beach break in Hurghada or a
boat cruise down the Nile to the temples
of Luxor, topped with the rare privilege
of having these iconic spots almost to
yourself – now is the time to go.
Red Sea Holidays (redseaholidays.co.uk)
has a two-week holiday, including a week’s
Nile cruise aboard the MS Grand Rose and
a week’s all-inclusive at the Grand Makadi
in Makadi Bay, from £974 including flights
from Birmingham.
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Open banking
The personal
finance revolution
that could spell
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For
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Anyone who has been to Dubrovnik
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experience they are keen to repeat.
The medieval walled city receives up
to 10,000 visitors per day, many of
them on cruise excursions.
The Croatian coastline has
surged in popularity in recent years,
however nearby Albania is blessed
with the same Adriatic vistas but
Venetian glory
La Serenissima has already
imposed a tax to help ease tourist
pressure, but that didn’t stop a
number of the 55,000 residents
from taking to the streets to voice
concerns about the 20 million
visitors that flock here every year.
However, the nearby island
of Lido – essentially a 12kmlong sandbank that acts as a
natural barrier to the lagoon – is
remodelling itself as a sustainable
one wanting more time together
receives barely a fraction of the
number of visitors and offers better
value for money.
Tucked among the sweeping bays
and rugged, village-dotted terrain
is Dhermi Beach, renowned for its
cliffs and coves, white shores and
teal water (albania.al).
The tour operator Regent
Holidays (regent-holidays.co.uk)
offers an eight-day Albanian
coast and culture tour which
costs from £1,765, including flights
from London.
tourist destination, supporting
small-scale businesses and
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What awaits? Family-run hotels,
grand Liberty-style villas and
quiet coastal bike trails along
beaches with views across the
waters of the domes, belltowers
and swarming piazzas of Venice
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nights’ half board at Villa Mabapa
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Desert dreams
Travel
Hiking through the desert to the lost city
of Petra ranks high on many travel bucket
lists. But despite Jordan being a largely safe
country, it has suffered by association from
the turmoil in its neighbouring countries. Bad
news for those who rely on tourism, but good
news for intrepid folk keen to experience one
of the world’s most dreamt-of destinations
without battling through throngs of selfiesticks (visitjordan.com).
Travel Local (travellocal.com) has an
eight-day Essential Jordan trip from £800,
including accommodation, excursions and
transport but excluding flights.
Mexican magic
Central Mexico was rocked last
year, quite literally, by a number
of devastating earthquakes.
Buildings came crashing down,
as did large chunks of the
country’s tourism industry.
Travel advisories about drugrelated violence have also meant
that droves of US citizens – the
lion’s share of Mexico’s visitors,
at around 70 per cent – have
chosen to stay away, even from
coastal resorts unaffected by
crime and natural disasters
(visitmexico.com/en).
The heavenly Yucatan
Peninsula, for example,
sprinkled with stop-in-yourtracks beaches, has seen a drop
in visitor numbers.
Discover its sublime shoreline,
Mayan ruins and buzzing
colonial towns and mercifully
flat terrain by bike.
Explore (explore.co.uk)
offers eight nights from £1,599
per person, including flights
from Gatwick.
TravelUnravelled
Skye’s not
the limit
Choosing which of Scotland’s
alluring islands to visit is no easy
task, although the vast majority
settle on Skye, often lured by
Dunvegan Castle and the
Cuillin Mountains.
But there are other options.
Arran, small and quiet in
comparison, offers a glimpse
into the Bronze Age at the
Machrie Moor stone circles and
the chance to scale Goatfell, the
island’s highest peak at 2,866ft,
from which basking sharks
and golden eagles can often be
spotted below (visitarran.com).
Ferry services are operated
by Caledonian MacBrayne
(calmac.co.uk); rail and sail
options from Glasgow Central
take just over two hours.
BY SIMON CALDER
Airport security’s duty of care with
valuables, and volcanic eruptions in Bali
Travelling back from
Christmas with our daughter
in the US, we carefully wrapped
some breakable presents in
clothing in our checked suitcase.
When we got home we found
that this had been opened by the
US Transportation Security
Administration [TSA] who appear
to have emptied it and then thrown
everything back in. Needless to say,
two were damaged.
Can we get any compensation,
and is there a way of avoiding this
in future?
Paul B
Q
As soon as I read “breakable
presents in clothing in our
checked suitcase” my heart sank.
Fragile items and checked baggage
do not mix in any circumstances,
because once a case is out of your
possession you have no control
over the bumps and jolts that the
contents may receive. All bags on
A
flights departing from US airports
are X-rayed, and some may be
selected for manual inspection.
The TSA says you can file a claim if
“your property is lost or damaged
during the screening process”. But
it also warns the investigation can
take six months, and that the TSA’s
decision is final.
You may find it quicker and
easier to claim on travel insurance,
though the insurer may decline
compensation because of how the
items were transported.
In future, make maximum use
of your hand baggage allowance
to transport anything breakable
in the cabin, across the Atlantic.
But remember that this excludes
sharp items, or a liquid or gel in a
container over 100ml, or anything
else that is prohibited.
In terms of taking valuable and
fragile gifts by air, these times
were not made for those of a
generous nature.
My partner and I are booked
to go to Bali in March for our
honeymoon and we are concerned
about the situation there. Should
the holiday company be willing
to assist us? We have spoken to
them and they say we must pay 30
per cent of the hotel cost plus the
full price of the airline tickets to
cancel. What are our rights?
Frank J
Q
The presence of a simmering
volcano in the shape of
Mount Agung is a concern for
many travellers booked to Bali.
But I infer from your question that
you have booked a proper package
holiday. That means you can relax.
It’s most unlikely you would
be allowed to fly in if an eruption
were imminent. So either the
holiday will go ahead as planned, or
volcanic activity ahead of the trip
will scupper your plans.
Although the latter case will
A
be distressing, you will be able to
choose between a full refund and
an alternative holiday. The best
deal is likely to involve accepting
all your money back, because you
will then be able to shop around for
the best short-notice alternative.
There will be plenty of availability.
Personally, I would recommend
Costa Rica or Mexico in March.
But the odds are you will be able
to enjoy a Bali honeymoon as
planned. THE INDEPENDENT
Tourists at
Lempuyang temple,
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simmering Mount
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country house horror film,
which offers two hours of
escalating mayhem.
I
n late 2015, coming back from
an overseas commitment, I
passed through an airport
newsagents and spotted
David Bowie’s face on the
cover of a music magazine.
“BOWIE NOW!” exclaimed the
headline. Christ, he looks unwell,
I thought. Has he got cancer? The
look of people on chemotherapy
was intimately familiar to me,
not just from my first career as a
nurse, but also because my wife
Eva had died of cancer the year
before. But then I thought: Relax,
the guy’s just getting old. In a year
or so, he’ll be 70.
Bowie never reached 70. And
Eva never reached 60. They never
met. Yet this is a memoir about
him and us.
David Bowie played a significant
role in many people’s romances
and marriages. You wouldn’t
be surprised if I told you that
Eva and I danced to “Absolute
Beginners”, that I proposed to Eva
by playing her “Be My Wife”, that
we grew misty-eyed with nostalgia
whenever we heard “Starman” or
“Heroes”. But, in truth, none of
that happened and Eva’s favourite
Bowie track was “Ian Fish UK
Heir”, a seriously avant-garde
piece from The Buddha of Suburbia,
which few people have heard. She
was never good at remembering
titles (to be fair, “Ian Fish UK Heir”
is not the most memorable title)
and so, whenever she wanted me
to fetch it for her, she would refer
to it as “the seepage one”.
“Seepage” was one of Eva’s
favourite concepts. We first
discussed it in 1988, before we were
Author Michel Faber and his late wife Eva
shared a passion for David Bowie, who died
two years ago today. Here he recalls a
unique musical bond with the superstar
I reegret that she
never met him
accidentally at
some arts festival
even lovers. She was fascinated
with the idea of half-hidden layers
pushing up into view, of colours
so strong that they refused to be
whitewashed over, of surfaces
eroded by age or neglect or acid
rain to show what lay beneath, of
the past bleeding into the present
and future.
“Ian Fish UK Heir” is an
instrumental loosely based on
the song “Buddha Of Suburbia”;
a disembodied fragment of whose
central melody bubbles up from
the sonic murk like a silvery
pattern on the surface of molten
lava. The piece advances without
beat, voice or recognisable
instruments, moving at a tranquil
pace for just over six minutes,
though it feels like an excerpt
from a piece that might run for 60
minutes or even forever.
Eva was not a hipster and had no
interest in impressing other people
with the esoteric strangeness of
her musical taste. She just liked
what she liked and played it when
she was in the mood.
The reason Bowie’s Seventies
repertoire failed to make an
impression on her was that, during
the Seventies, she was part of a
strict Jehovah’s Witness family,
living in a poor inner suburb of
Melbourne, Australia. Her Polish
father played the accordion at
family gatherings and his brother
played violin. Eva’s strongest
musical memory was of a bunch
of cowboys – authentic, working
cowhands – from a ranch in
Bundaberg coming to Melbourne
for a Jehovah’s Witness convention
and singing “When It’s Roundup
Time In Texas”. No doubt some of
Eva’s schoolmates were into Bowie
but she was forbidden to visit the
homes of non-Witnesses.
Meanwhile, in another part
of Melbourne, I was growing up
with Ziggy, Aladdin Sane and
the Thin White Duke. As a young
teen, having seen the film clip for
“Life On Mars” on television, I
walked into my local record shop
and asked the walrus-moustached
guy behind the counter what he
thought the best Bowie album
was. “Take your pick, they’re
all as bad as each other,” he
sneered. Provoked by this antiglam snobbery, I quickly became
a Bowie aficionado. I bought all
the official product, I bought the
bootlegs, I cut the interviews out
of music magazines. I could sing
along with “Helden” in German
and could, if required, have
assigned an accurate date to every
haircut and outfit David sported
between 1964 and 1977. In 1978,
when Bowie came to Australia,
I was in the third row of the
Melbourne Cricket Ground to see
him.
By the time I met Eva in 1988,
she was long out of the Witness
movement (“disfellowshipped”,
as they say) and the mother of two
small children. I’d had enough of
pop music and had moved on to
the avant-garde. There was no
way we were going to bond over
Ziggy Stardust and certainly not
over Never Let Me Down, the thencurrent Bowie release, easily his
worst album.
It was too late for Eva to
become a glam kid. Instead, she
was moved by side two of Low –
the instrumental side, evoking
Berlin, where her parents had fled
persecution in Poland after the
Second World War. “Warszawa” in
particular connected with her.
But her favourite piece of all was
“Ian Fish UK Heir”, which came
out in 1993 when old fans like me
had dismissed Bowie as a spent
force, a superfluous member of the
rock aristocracy. Black Tie White
Noise and The Buddha of Suburbia
suggested there was plenty of life in
the old chameleon yet.
Eva used music to colour the
atmosphere in the room where she
worked, and preferred CDs which she
could let run without having to get up
to skip tracks that jarred the state
of mind she was trying to maintain.
The Buddha of Suburbia, a ragbag
of moody instrumentals and perky
rock songs sung in an exaggerated
Cockney accent, didn’t pass muster
with her. But in 1999, Bowie released
All Saints, a compilation of his
instrumental pieces, and “Ian Fish
UK Heir” was on it. The album was
perfect for Eva’s requirements, and
once I gave it to her, she no longer had
to ask me for “the seepage one”.
In 2008, when Eva was first
diagnosed with incurable cancer,
we were given the impression –
fortunately false – that she would
have to die within the next year to
18 months. Reader, ponder this:
What would you give your partner
as a birthday present on their
final birthday?
I gave Eva a unique, privately made
CD featuring unreleased music made
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And
the
stars
look
very
different
today
specially for her by some of her
favourite musicians. I organised
it in secret, contacting the artists
in the months leading up to 29
May, 2009. Almost all of them
were people who knew Eva or
at least had met her. Brian Eno
contributed a lovely piano piece
entitled “For Eva”. Krautrock
pioneers Faust contributed two
improvisations that are among
their best. Baby Dee, with whom
Eva had spent a sublime couple
of days in our flat in Edinburgh,
sent her “Regifted Light”. There
were contributions from Lucie
Treacher, a Scottish girl whom
Eva had taught at school and who’d
gone on to be a composer, and from
Glossolatrix, a Dutch electronic
duo whose “Droneva” had seepage
aplenty. And from many other
friends and well-wishers, some
renowned, some obscure.
My initial vision for the CD was
that it should feature only artists
who knew Eva personally or who
knew me well enough for Eva to
be real to them. In the end, I made
a couple of exceptions: Tim Finn,
because his Split Enz hit “Six
Months In A Leaky Boat” was her
favourite pop song, and Franco
Battiato, because she loved his
music so much. I haven’t listened
to his wordless masterpiece “I
Have A Message For You” since
it accompanied Eva’s coffin into
the furnace.
When contacting all those
musicians, I considered Bowie,
too. Because of “Ian Fish UK
Heir”, because of Low. Bowie was
in semi-retirement at the time, but
doing the odd thing here and there.
I could almost certainly have got
in touch with him. But something
held me back from asking, and it
wasn’t fear of refusal.
David Bowie was a superstar.
Being a superstar does things to
a person. They either become a
Michael Jackson figure, losing
their sanity in a labyrinth of
showbiz unreality, or they
construct a persona to deal with
the madness that assails their
life, while keeping their true self
well protected. Bowie was in the
latter category, a consummate
veteran of fame. Every time he
stepped out of his home, he had to
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Above: Michel Faber and wife
Eva; main image, David Bowie
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employ strategies for dealing with
worshippers, vampires, scoophungry journalists and legions
of dazzle-eyed hopefuls whose
dream-come-true it would be to
have a small piece of their hero.
Eva was quite allergic to fame.
Though far from shy, she was
modest, and avoided any kind of
limelight herself. She had never
hero-worshipped anyone, never
been a “fan” in the conventional
sense. She valued unguarded
conversations with sincere people
who treated her as an equal.
When I became successful
as an author and we travelled
together to literary festivals, she
would unfailingly gravitate to
the sincerest person in the room,
whether it was a Nobel-winner or
some rumpled little poet nobody
had heard of. And they would
talk about things that mattered,
while all around them, the selfprotective, superficial chatter
hazed the atmosphere.
We ’d h a d t h a t s i n c e r e
connection with the musicians
who were keen to contribute to
her birthday CD. The Thin White
Duke didn’t know Eva from a bar
of soap and, crucially, she was
just one of a thousand people who
might seek admittance through his
protective portals every day.
Looking back, I don’t regret
my decision to leave David Bowie
untroubled by a plea to shine his
Starman light on a sick stranger.
The album was fine the way it was,
and the balance of contributors
who knew Eva well and who knew
her only slightly and who didn’t
know her at all was just right.
But I do regret that she never
met him accidentally at some arts
festival or other, or in the home
of a mutual friend. She couldn’t
have named more than a couple
of his greatest hits, cared nothing
about his status, and would have
invited him to come out for a walk
in the fresh air if the room was too
noisy for a decent conversation. He
might have liked that. They could
have talked about painting, about
Eastern Europe, about bringing up
children, about any of the random,
unexpected topics that enliven
conversation between people who
have no agenda. He might have
liked that too. And, in the unlikely
event that the conversation
strayed to music, she might have
expressed her appreciation for
“Ian Fish UK Heir”, although
there’s zero chance she would have
remembered its title.
Instead, she would have looked
candidly into Bowie’s famous
mismatched eyes and said “You
know: the seepage one.”
A perfectly pitched
trip down comedy’s
memory lane
» Inside No. 9 BBC2, 10pm
» House of Saud: Family at War BBC2, 9pm
I
found last night’s Inside
No. 9 such a rich and delightful
confection of nostalgia, parody
and reflection that I am yet to
get over it. So thanks to all those
involved, and principally to Steve
Pemberton and Reece Shearsmith
who wrote and starred in the play,
evocatively titled Bernie Clifton’s
Dressing Room, with Sian Gibson
as the only other player. The
acting, the direction and script
were all astonishingly tight – every
shot, every reaction, every detail
of prop and script reference all
perfectly pitched.
Set within the confines of a
church hall, surrounded by the
detritus of am dram productions,
we met a long defunct Northern
double act meeting for the first
time since their split decades
earlier. An uncomfortable reunion,
then, for the once-quite-famous
double act of Cheese and Crackers.
Tommy (Cheese/Shearsmith)
walked out on Len (Crackers/
Pemberton) in 1993, because of
Len’s drinking. Specifically, that is,
after Len Crackers disappeared in
the middle of an elaborate musical
routine, only to be found lying
unconscious in a pool of his own
vomit, and some empty bottles, in
the dressing room at the Glasgow
Pavilion allocated to Bernie Clifton
(who you may remember had that
comedy ostrich routine).
“The ostrich had to be
destroyed,” reflected Tommy.
Tommy “Cheese” prefers to be
Th
he acting, the
direction and the
script were all
astonishingly tight
known as Thomas Drake these
days, you see, and has left the
cheesy routines long behind.
Crackers, though, had apparently
become “a monster after six
half-hour shows for Anglia”. So
Len Crackers went back to being
Len Shelby, washed-up alcoholic,
and was virtually begging his old
comedy partner to join him on
Britain’s Got Talent with “updated”
material. All suggestions were met
with hostility because of the harm
they would to do to the image of
Thomas’ software firm.
The double act’s heyday was,
as Thomas disdained it, “the arse
end of variety”, when living fossils
such as Cannon and Ball, Little
and Large, Paul Daniels, Bernard
Manning and Russ Abbott could
still command vast TV audiences.
Chalk and cheese: Len (Pemberton)
and Tommy (Shearsmith) BBC
It was a time when fictional Cheese
and Crackers could be “top of the
bill with Mick Miller, Bobby Knutt
and the Grumbleweeds”.
“Who killed variety?” was often
a question rhetorically asked by
entertainers. We now know: they
did, by being not very good.
House of Saud: a Family at
War, the first of three episodes,
was the sort of current affairs
show that really does need to be
seen, where someone has made
the effort to actually bother to
explain the “how” and the “why” of
world affairs, in this case modern
terrorism, as well the horrific
events themselves.
The documentary made a
convincing, meticulously argued,
case for how and why so much
that has gone wrong in the world
in recent decades originates in the
Kingdom of Saudi Arabia, and its
complex and inherently unstable
web of religious and courtly politics.
Thus were traced the linkages
between waves of radical Islamist
terror – Afghanistan in the 1980s,
Bosnia in the 1990s, the Middle East
and the West now – and the past
and present actions of a variety
of Saudi players. It explained, too,
why the Crown Prince, Mohammed
bin Salman, has been taking such
drastic action to clamp down on
these elements in his kingdom and
“return” it to moderate Islam.
It is not so much about the
millions of dead, maimed, poisoned
and homeless Iraqis, Syrians,
Yemenis and Afghanis, but rather
because of the lethal threat Isis and
Wahhabism now pose to the Saudi
regime itself.
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An artist at his peak: ‘Femme au
Tub’ (c. 1891) GLASGOW MUSEUMS
AND LIBRARIES COLLECTIONS
VISUAL ARTS
Gluck: Art and Identity
Arts
Arts
reviews
VISUAL ARTS
Drawn in Colour: Degas from the Burrell
NATIONAL GALLERY, LONDON
HHHHH
Edgar Degas was set apart from
his Impressionist colleagues by
his distaste for painting outdoors
— he joked that if he could he’d
organise gendarmes to shoot
plein-air painters — but also by his
late-career preference for pastel
over oil paint.
Examples of his works in pastel,
plus the occasional oil, lent by the
Burrell Collection in Glasgow,
form this show, alongside a few
CLASSICAL
OPERA
The Creation
Salome
KINGS PLACE, LONDON
ROYAL OPERA HOUSE, LONDON
HHHHH
This opened an imaginatively
curated year-long odyssey
entitled Time Unwrapped, offering
1,000 years of music.
Fittingly it took us back to the
beginning of time with Haydn’s
Creation. The Choir of the Age of
Enlightenment, with brass and
timpani, were up in the firmament
(the gallery), delivering Haydn’s
choruses with all the vigour
they demand. Down on Earth, an
acrobatic Adam Fischer directed
the OAE in a subtle and sensitive
reading. The orchestra’s historical
instruments ensured that it
was also a colourful one: the
whirr of flying insects, the roar
of the tawny lion, the foaming
billows. All were portrayed with
pungent sonorities — and not
without humour.
The three soloists, from the
OAE’s Rising Stars programme,
acquitted themselves admirably.
It was the tenor James Way who
took the breath away, however,
with his immaculate tonal control
and the astonishing musicianship.
‘Time Unwrapped’ runs
throughout 2018 (020 7520 1490)
BARRY MILLINGTON
EVENING STANDARD
works from the National Gallery’s
own collection.
Initially, the galleries at the
National seem gloomy because
of the low light needed to protect
these fragile pictures, but slowly
BRIGHTON MUSEUM
EVENING STANDARD
Westerns don’t come much
more brutal than Scott Cooper’s
Hostiles, in which the homicidal
behaviour of the Comanches is
matched by that of the US army.
This is far too traditional to
be seen as revisionist, but
the film stands as a reminder
of why westerns continue
to be made and it boasts
exceptional performances by
Christian Bale and Rosamund
Pike. Nationwide release
Triumphant:
Malin Byström as
Salome and John
Daszak as Herod
HHHHH
When Richard Strauss made his
famous comment that the teenage
princess in his new opera should
have the mature voice of an Isolde,
his first Salome, Marie Wittich,
supposedly responded: “Either
one or the other, Herr Strauss.”
Malin Byström, making a
triumphant house debut in the
role, goes a long way to satisfying
the dual requirements: she has
complete dramatic credibility
while delivering the vocal part
with a visceral energy that would
surely have contented Strauss.
Though essentially a lyric
rather than dramatic soprano,
she has a rich middle to upper
register, colouring the words
expressively. Just occasionally
one could wish for a bit more heft
in the upper reaches, but she has
the notes and paces herself well.
So too does Henrik Nánási on
the podium, generating almost
unbearable tension in the final
pages but also responsive to the
quicksilver glories of the score
— the depiction of flickering
moonlight or glittering jewels.
Also outstanding in a strong
cast is Michael Volle as Jokanaan.
David McVicar’s insightful
Degas’s riot of colour sings from
the walls, making for a quietly
breathtaking show.
Degas loved pastel because
slow-drying oil denied him
flexibility and spontaneity: with
pastels he could work quickly
and innovatively.
Many works are inevitably of
the ballet (half of Degas’s works
tackle this subject). A relatively
conservative pastel Preparation
for the Class (1877) is the earliest,
but from there, Degas gets
extraordinarily inventive.
Women in a Theatre Box (188590) teems with energy, with
vigorous vertical marks covering
the surface dominated by vast
areas of sizzling orange; the same
colour describes the tutus of a
trio of dancers waiting in the
wings, set against a stage flat, with
flurries of zigzagging bursts set
against delicate lines describing
the figures.
Woman in a Tub (1896-1901) is
similarly daring in composition
and technique. The bare facts of
the model’s body and the tub are
all that matter, Degas rhyming
the curves of one with the other.
Near that, we see how he brought
the looseness of pastels to his
rare late oil paintings in the
remarkable After the Bath (1896).
You can’t escape the awkward
voyeurism of the bathing works,
which have led to accusations
of Degas’s misogyny. But they
show an artist absolutely at his
peak technically. Pastel is often
art’s most insipid medium, yet in
Degas’s hands, as this terrific show
proves, it is vivid and vital.
To 7 May (0800 912 6958)
BEN LUKE
CLIVE BARDA
This exhibition explores the life
and work of the 20th century
trailblazer of gender fluidity,
who mixed with the Newlyn
School and adopted the name
Gluck. As well as portraits,
landscapes and flower paintings,
the show includes clothing,
accessories, photographs, press
cuttings and personal ephemera.
(brightonmuseums.org.uk) to 11 Mar
When We Were Young
SCOTTISH NATIONAL PORTRAIT
GALLERY, EDINBURGH
This display documenting the
experience and representation of
childhood uses photographs from
the gallery’s collection to explore
how the portrayal of children has
shifted over the past 170 years,
featuring daguerreotypes from
the 1840s to digital prints from
2017. (0131 624 6200) to 13 May
Tove Jansson (1914-2001)
DULWICH PICTURE GALLERY,
LONDON SE21
See the Moomin creator Tove
Jansson in a different light, with
a survey of her work as a painter.
Her legacy as an illustrator and
author is formidable, but her
true passion was fine art and
she created some astonishing
paintings. Her self-portraits
are regal and poised, and her
landscape paintings are an
evocative portrayal of Finland.
(020 8693 5254) to 28 Jan
FILM
Hostiles
15, SCOTT COOPER, 133 MINS
All the Money in
the World
15, RIDLEY SCOTT, 132 MINS
Ridley Scott’s absorbing film,
about the kidnapping of the
teenaged John Paul Getty III in
Italy in 1973, is billed as a crime
drama but its real themes are
exchange and negotiation. While
Christopher Plummer (replacing
Kevin Spacey) is impressive,
Michelle Williams, as the
distraught mother, is at the heart
of the film. Nationwide release
Molly’s Game
15, AARON SORKIN, 140 MINS
production reveals new
subtleties in its third revival (by
Barbara Lluch).
Avoiding the traditional exotic
clichés of the Dance of the Seven
Veils, he uses it to hint at the
sexual grooming to which Salome
has been implicitly subjected by
her stepfather, Herod.
To 30 January (020 7304 4000)
BARRY MILLINGTON
EVENING STANDARD
This film marks the directorial
debut of West Wing creator
Aaron Sorkin, who also wrote
the ingeniously crafted screenplay.
Jessica Chastain gives a blazing
performance as a former Winter
Olympics hopeful who is busted
by the FBI for running an illegal
gambling operation, in a film
that never loses its momentum
or its fatalistic humour.
Nationwide release
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THE CULTURAL HIGHLIGHTS
YOU HAVE TO SEE
TALKS & POETRY
POP
Kimberley Chambers
This Is the Kit
WATERSTONES, LIVERPOOL
VARIOUS VENUES
The thriller writer discusses
her latest book, Life of Crime,
a standalone story.
(0151 709 9820) tonight 6.30pm
This Is the Kit spin lovingly lateral
alt-folk stylings around the warm,
winning vocals of Bristol-raised,
Paris-based bandleader Kate
Stables. Vivid lyrics, buoyant
banjo-work, lively hooks and wild
sax breaks enrich Stables’ Kit-bag
on Moonshine Freeze. Joiners,
Southampton (ticketweb.uk)
tonight; Marine Theatre, Lyme Regis
(wegottickets.com) Fri
COMEDY
Michael McIntyre
NORWICH PLAYHOUSE
A chance to see the hyperactive
lord of the arenas up close as he
warms up for his Big World Tour.
(01603 598598) tonight and Thur
Trygve Wakenshaw and
Barnie Duncan
SOHO THEATRE, LONDON W1
Brilliant physical comedian
Trygve Wakenshaw teams up with
his fellow Kiwi Barnie Duncan for
the tale of a pair of office drones
making it through the day at
Rucks’s Leather Interiors.
(020 7478 0100) to 20 Jan
Ricky Gervais
COLSTON HALL, BRISTOL
A blistering return to the stand-up
stage in Humanity, in which the
comedian shows a bit more of
his own by balancing trademark,
wilfully abrasive material with
tales of growing up on a Reading
council estate. (0117 203 4040)
tonight and Thur
Moor Mother
VARIOUS VENUES
Philadelphia’s Camae Ayewa
established herself as a multidisciplinary art-rap force to
reckon with on 2016’s Fetish Bones
and Crime Wave, a collaborative
EP with producer Mental Jewelry.
With focused rage, poetry and
politics merge in her fractured
hybrids of Afrofuturism,
industrial rap, punk and free jazz.
The Islington, London N1
(wegottickets.com) tonight;
Headrow House, Leeds (dice.fm) Fri
The Cribs
VARIOUS VENUES
Wakefield’s brothers Jarman
return refreshed with a new
album, 24/7 Rock Star Shit, which
compensates for what it lacks in
self-reinvention with stalwart
reserves of galvanic punk-pop
VOICES
14-18
TV
28-29
snark. And a great title. Junction,
Cambridge (junction.co.uk) tonight;
Sub89, Reading (seetickets.com)
Thur; Engine Rooms, Southampton
(eventbrite.co.uk) Fri
OPERA
The Return of Ulysses
ROUNDHOUSE, LONDON NW1
Baroque specialist Christian
Curnyn conducts and John
Fulljames directs the Royal
Opera’s new in-the-round (and
English-language) staging
of Monteverdi’s Homeric
homecoming drama, featuring
Roderick Williams as the errant
Ulysses and Christine Rice as his
faithful Penelope. (020 7304 4000)
tonight and Fri 7.30pm
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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 and
Adrian Edmondson star.
(01789 403493) to 24 Feb
The Woman in White
CHARING CROSS THEATRE,
LONDON WC2
The first revival of Andrew
Lloyd Webber’s sweeping 2004
adaptation of Wilkie Collins’s
Victorian classic, originally seen
in the West End and here newly
revised. (08444 930650) to 10 Feb
First
Chance
Opening
this week
FILM
Three Billboards Outside
Ebbing, Missouri
15, MARTIN McDONAGH, 115MINS
Golden Globe winner Frances
McDormand stars. Opens Fri
VISUAL ARTS
William Blake in Sussex:
Visions of Albion
PETWORTH HOUSE AND PARK
FOLK & ROOTS
WORLD MUSIC
The Transports
Kalison Orquestra
VARIOUS VENUES
JAZZ CAFE, LONDON NW1
Peter Bellamy’s folk-ballad opera
returns to the stage, retold as a
story of migration for the 21st
century, with the Young’Uns,
Faustus, Nancy Kerr, Greg
Russell, Rachael McShane and
Matthew Crampton. Cheltenham
Town Hall (0844 576 2210) tonight;
Union Chapel, London N1
(020 7226 1686) Thur; Octagon
Theatre, Yeovil (01935 422884) Fri
Limber up with the nine-piece
London-based salsa band,
delivering two extended
high-energy sets of Cali salsa
at this one-off show.
(020 7485 6834) tonight
Work from the artist’s three years
living in Sussex between 1800 and
1803. (nationaltrust.org.uk) opens Sat
DANCE
Resolution
THE PLACE, LONDON WC2
The UK’s biggest festival of new
contemporary dance has pieces by
80 artists. (020 7121 1100) opens Fri
8 days
from on
ly
£899pp
THEATRE
The Band
WALES MILLENNIUM CENTRE, CARDIFF
Writer Tim Firth’s musical about
Take That is an infectious homage
to the music of Britain’s bestloved boy band and the power of
youthful friendship. The on-stage
action never takes itself too
seriously as it journeys from
1990s suburban teenage
bedroom to the present day.
(thebandmusical.com) to 20 Jan
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TRAFALGAR STUDIOS, LONDON SW1
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Vic by Tom Morris, the director of War Horse, and his creative team, starring Louis Maskell as Grinpayne,
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business@inews.co.uk
CONSUMER
Supermarkets ring in extra
£1bn sales over Christmas
By Rebecca Jones
UK supermarkets enjoyed a strong
Christmas trading period last year,
with Britons spending an extra £1bn
on food and beverages compared to
2016 – and discounters Aldi and Lidl
gaining most.
The latest grocery market share
figures from Kantar Worldpanel
show that £28.8bn was spent in
supermarkets in the 12 weeks to
31 December, boosting overall sales
by 3.8 per cent compared to the same
period a year earlier.
The figures are compiled using
data collected from 30,000 UK
households which, on average, spent
a record £1,054 on groceries between
September and December.
Kantar claims discount retailers
enjoyed the strongest growth over
the period, with European chains
Aldi and Lidl both growing sales by
close to 17 per cent year on year.
Despite this, Kantar says shoppers
continued to trade up to more
expensive options, with £469m
spent on premium own-label lines
in December alone – the highest
amount to date.
ThefirmsaysTescowasthefastestgrowing of the big supermarkets,
with sales up 3.1 per cent in the
final quarter of the year. Morrisons
also enjoyed sales growth, of
2.1 per cent, with its strongest
Kantar says the Co-Op
was the Christmas loser,
as sales fell 0.2 per cent in the last
quarter of 2017, while all of the
big supermarkets’ market shares
fell compared to the discounters.
showing coming from ambient and
frozen foods.
This was reflected in Morrison’s
results, published yesterday, which
showed a 2.8 per cent rise in sales in
the 10 weeks to 7 January, sending
shares up close to 4 per cent in
early trading to 235.5p. Analysts
say the firm was in part boosted by
the collapse of Palmer & Harvey, as
it stepped up to supply cigarettes
to high-street convenience chain
McColl’s after the wholesaler went
bust in November.
However, in the company’s
announcement, chief executive
David Potts struck a cautionary note.
“Consumers were very savvy, but
conscious of inflation,” he said, adding
that the firm was not upgrading its
profit expectations.
Wine and spirits merchant
Majestic Wine also reported a strong
Morrison’s recorded a 2.8 per cent
rise in sales over 10 weeks to January
festive trading period, with sales
up 3.8 per cent in the 10 weeks to
1 January while sales at its recently
acquired online business – Naked
Wines – were up 13 per cent.
The figures contrast with those
from high-street retailers. House
of Fraser and Debenhams recently
lowered profit expectations while
Mothercare’s shares slid 30 per cent
on Monday after a 7 per cent fall in
sales in the run-up to Christmas.
COMPANIES
Burger chain
scrambles
to avoid
collapse
By Josie Cox
Quote of
the day
Turnaround
occurs not
because leaders
do some brilliant
thing, but
when everyone
performs better
Mike Duggan
The mayor of Detroit on
rejuvenating the ailing
US city’s economy
The 30
Second
Briefing
BUILDERS’
BONUSES
Who’s taking home the money?
The chief executives of Britain’s
housebuilders are set to pocket
millions thanks to lucrative
share-bonus schemes known
as Long Term Incentive Plans
(LTIPs) that are linked to the
performance of their company
share prices.
Who are they?
Jeff Fairburn, the boss of
Persimmon, is going to take home
the biggest pay packet of the
individuals affected, with his share
bonus coming in at £110m. Reports
suggest the CEOs at Berkeley Group,
Taylor Wimpey and Barratt Homes
are in line for £5.5m, £2.1m and
£1.7m respectively.
What’s the response?
General uproar. In December
Fairburn resigned under pressure
from shareholders, however he is
still taking his bonus – arguing that
the scheme was approved by 85 per
cent of shareholders at the time
and had done “exactly what it was
set out to do”.
Which was?
LTIPs are meant to align managers’
interests with shareholders’,
encouraging them to manage the
company well and swell its
market value.
Makes sense. So why the outcry?
For housebuilders, the schemes
were approved before the
Government introduced its Help to
Buy scheme, which has been a pay
day for housebuilders who inflated
prices of new-build flats in response
– as many commentators predicted.
So will LTIPs go?
More than a few FTSE 100
executives are remunerated through
these schemes, so it’s unlikely.
Under-pressure burger chain Byron
plans to radically overhaul its business and slash the rent on some of
its outlets in the face of tough trading
conditions.
The restaurant group plans
to launch a company voluntary
arrangement(CVA) to push the
necessary changes through. Under a
CVA, a company enters into a legally
binding agreement with its creditors
to avoid tumbling into administration.
“Over the last 10 years, Byron has
grown to become a standout name
within the UK’s casual dining sector,”
said Will Wright, restructuring
partner at KPMG, the company
appointed to supervise Byron’s CVA.
“However, in recent times,
parts of its portfolio have not met
expectations, and with gathering
economic headwinds starting to
impact the sector, the directors
embarked upon a strategic review.”
Byron, which opened its first
restaurant in 2007, currently
operates around 70 restaurants
across the UK. The CVA proposal
would see some of those restaurants
continue operating as they do now
and some having their rent slashed.
For three of the group’s restaurants
a reduced rent, equivalent to 55 per
cent of the current rent, will be paid
for six months, while the company
agrees with the landlords whether
those outlets will continue trading.
“It’s important to stress that no
restaurants will close on day one, and
employees, suppliers and business
rates will continue to be paid,” Mr
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ENERGY
INDUSTRY
Singapore uncovers £1.7m
heist at Shell’s top refinery
Weak pound
buoys UK
boating
industry
By Henning Gloystein
and John Geddie
Eleven men were charged in
a Singapore court yesterday
i n co n n e c t i o n w i t h a l a rge scale oil theft at Shell’s biggest
refinery, while police said they
were investigating six other men
arrested in a weekend raid.
During raids on Sunday, police
said they seized $3.05m (£2.26m)
in cash and a small tanker as part
of investigations into theft at the
Pulau Bukom industrial site, south of
Singapore’s main island.
They have also frozen suspects’
bank accounts.
The charges allege three incidents
of gasoil theft: on 21 November 2017,
of more than 2,322 tonnes valued at
$1.277m, and on 5 and 7 January this
year of a combined 2,062 tonnes of
gasoil, valued at $1.126m (totalling
$2.4m, or £1.7m).
The investigation began after Shell
contacted the authorities in August
2017, police said in a news release.
After “extensive investigations and
probes,” the Criminal Investigation
Department, Police Intelligence
Department and Police Coast Guard
made a series of simultaneous raids
across Singapore, which led to
the arrests.
Of the suspects nine are
Singaporeans, of which eight
By Kalyeena Makortoff
Pulau Bukom
oil refinery
can produce
500,000 barrels
per day REUTERS
were employees of the Singapore
subsidiary of Royal Dutch Shell.
Two Vietnamese nationals were
charged with receiving stolen goods
on a small tanker named Prime South
in the early evening of January 7,
at wharf 5 at the heart of Shell’s
operations on Bukom island.
Shipping data from Thomson
Reuters Eikon showed the Prime
South had been shipping fuel between
Ho Chi Minh City, Vietnam, and
Singapore for the past 30 days.
Shell said yesterday it anticipated
“a short delay” in its supply
operations at Bukom, its largest
wholly owned refinery in the world in
terms of crude distillation capacity.
It declined to specify the total
amount of oil stolen. REUTERS
Last month another
Singapore-based company,
Keppel, agreed to pay more than
$422m to resolve charges it bribed
Brazilian officials.
AUTOMOTIVE
Aston Martin seeks £5bn value in possible IPO
By Josie Cox
The world-renowned British car
maker Aston Martin is reportedly
considering going public on the
stock exchange in a deal that
could value it at up to £5bn.
Bloomberg reported that the
Outlook
MATTHEW
GWYTHER
A new ball game
for the Millwall
of the skies
W
e all have our
favourite Michael
O’Leary quote.
My chart-topping
outburst from the
billionaire chief executive of Ryanair
remains the mouthful directed
at the late socialite Tara PalmerTomkinson, who had made the
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car maker, founded in 1913, had
held preliminary talks with
advisers about an initial public
offering (IPO), though no final
decision had yet been made.
It said that investor interest in
a stock-market flotation this year
could be enhanced by the planned
expansion of Aston Martin’s
sports utility vehicle segment
next year, when the group plans to
build the new DBX SUV in Wales.
Aston Martin declined to
comment. It is controlled by
Investindustrial Advisors Ltd and
Kuwaiti investors.
error of trying to board one of the
airline’s 737s using a Blockbuster
membership card as ID.
“When they book the ticket, they
tick the box which says they’ve read
about the photo ID and all they have
to do is produce the f ***ing ID.
So what do they do? Turn up with
f***ing video cards. Go away. We
don’t care.”
But now, it appears the Ryanair
management, due to meet pilots in
Rome today, does care. About its passengers and even its staff. Last autumn was one of the most trying in the
airline’s short history. In September,
Ryanair didn’t have enough available
rostered pilots to run its schedule
and 18,000 cancellations meant
700,000 passengers were affected,
with many left temporarily stranded.
It became clear a lot of pilots, traditionally the crème de la crème of
any airline, were disgruntled by their
working conditions. Ryanair’s labour
costs are among the lowest in Europe,
partly because it uses large numbers
of pilots who are technically self-employed, gig-economy operatives. A
full PAYE pilot in Germany, for example, would cost an extra 35 per cent
on top of the salary in social charges.
Initially, O’Leary’s response to the
unrest was customarily pugnacious;
if pilots “misbehaved” by not co-operating during the crisis, any future
“goodies” would be withheld.
But the macro picture was against
No
ow Ryanair is the
Crystal Palace, complete
with family enclosure
and no foul language
him. There is a global shortage of
about half-a-million fully trained
captains because of the huge growth
of aviation in Asia and the fact that
many ex-Cold War era, militarytrained pilots are nearing retirement.
Ryanair trains huge numbers of
young cadets, and far too many of
The boat and yacht industry saw
revenues hit their highest level since
the financial crisis as the Brexit-hit
pound boosted sales for UK firms.
Figures released by lobby group
British Marine showed revenues
rising 3.4 per cent in 2017 to £3.12bn,
a total not seen since 2007-08.
It helped the sector to support
more than 33,000 jobs in the
manufacturing and service industry,
while British Marine said firms
“directly contributed” more than
£1.3bn to the economy between
March 2016 and April 2017.
British Marine’s chief executive,
Howard Pridding, said sterling’s fall
– sparked primarily by Brexit jitters
– was partly to thank for
the performance,
as it made UK
p r o d u c t s
cheaper for
international
buyers. He
added: “These
impressive
f i g u r e s
demonstrate how
the industry has
successfully cashed in on the
pound’s devaluation since the Brexit
referendum in 2016.
“In 2017, UK marine industry
exports grew by 4.7 per cent to
£924m, with the weak pound making
British-made boats and products
more competitive abroad.”
Boating tourism was a major
beneficiary, with more than 60 per
cent of marine tourism operators
reporting a jump in sales over the
summer, while a net balance of 47
per cent of marina and boatyard
companies reporting a jump
in revenues.
The data was released as part of
the opening today of the five-day
London Boat Show, which runs until
14 January.
them were leaving once they had
their 737 wings. With Ryanair’s continuing ambitious growth plans, that
gave O’Leary a big headache. He may
call a plane “just a bloody bus with
wings” but he can’t get behind the
joystick himself and is busier than he
would like to be dealing with the complexities of Brexit.
The pilots saw a golden opportunity and took it, using WhatsApp
to organise across the 84 European
bases just before Christmas. Strike
action was threatened in four countries, including Ireland, during one of
the busiest times of the year. To everyone’s amazement, O’Leary backed
down and agreed to recognise pilots
and cabin crew unions.
New year, new approach. Once
Ryanair was “the Millwall of the
skies” – no one likes us: we don’t care.
Now, it would seem, it is the Crystal Palace, complete with foul-language-prohibited family enclosure.
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From the
business
pages
School to accept
bitcoin payment
Cape Business News
South Africa business school
Red & Yellow is to accept bitcoin
payments for all degrees,
advanced diplomas, certificates
and online courses. The school,
which has campuses in both
Cape Town and Johannesburg,
says it is focused on preparing
its students for career success
in a digital future, so the
acceptance of the next wave
of financial currency is the
obvious route.
Myanmar property
market looking up
The Myanmar Times
Real estate agents believe
prospects are looking good
for the Myanmar property
market in 2018 after the
government released the rules
to the Condominium Law at
the end of last year. U Thet
Naing Oo, managing director
of legal services firm Maverick
Management Company, said the
firm saw a rise in the number of
housing loans in 2017.
Ferrero ‘close to
major US deal’
Corriere Della Sera
Ferrero is close to a major
breakthrough on the American
market by buying Nestlé’s US
chocolate bar business. The
$2bn (£1.5 bn) operation would
see Ferrero become the thirdbiggest confectionery business
in the US, after Hershey and
Mars. Ferrero is reportedly
poised to win the bid as Hershey
looks to withdraw from the
contest to buy Amplify.
State firm wins
Stolichnaya rights
Russia Today
A Dutch appeals court has
upheld a ruling giving rights to
the iconic Stolichnaya vodka
brand to a Russian stateowned company. The ruling
comes after a lower court had
stripped the rights from a firm
in Luxembourg. Stolichnaya
vodka is one of the most globally
renowned brands to emerge
from the Soviet Union. The
product became the world’s
fourth best-selling premium
vodka in 2015.
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BAT
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Burberry
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Centrica
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Compass
CRH
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Diageo
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Easyjet
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Fresnillo
G4S
GKN
Glencore
GSK
Halma
Hammerson
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273.6
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141.4
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7665.0
2660.0
373.0
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1071.0
3387.0
2118.0
5520.0
570.5
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1610.2
531.3
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695.0
400.7
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2024.0
5435.0
236.5
2682.0
1765.9
2955.0
4571.0
7675.0
2735.5
411.3
1549.0
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342.6
379.3
400.0
1724.5
1341.0
52338.0
678.0
1680.0
950.1
11.1
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1476.0
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533.5
177.3
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436.9
4064.0
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574.6
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4102.0
119.7
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3228.0
6000.0
2128.5
328.4
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1428.0
1231.0
238.7
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Morrison (Wm)
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Pearson
Persimmon
Prudential
Randgold Res
Reckitt Ben
RELX
Rentokil Initial
Rio Tinto
Rolls-Royce
RBS
Shell A
Shell B
1816.0
766.3
664.0
3173.0
750.0
4694.0
5274.0
169.8
3220.0
793.0
340.9
997.0
271.1
68.4
3719.0
318.3
636.0
2201.0
1928.5
232.3
850.7
5020.0
3216.0
227.2
8800.0
738.2
2715.0
1908.0
7196.0
6848.0
1694.0
310.0
4094.0
866.8
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2535.0
2569.0
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-2.4
+56.0
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+5.4
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+88.0
+50.0
+2.0
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-33.0
+4.0
-20.0
+48.0
-6.0
-0.8
+56.5
-1.8
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1828.5
774.9
680.6
3956.5
773.0
4755.0
5470.0
221.8
3511.0
827.0
369.8
1217.1
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4069.0
397.8
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2970.5
2145.0
254.4
1174.3
5355.0
3216.0
232.3
8967.0
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1934.0
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1784.0
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480.0
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COMPANIES
EMPLOYMENT
Record results for
Games Workshop
Google accused of
pro-diversity bias
Fantasy miniatures maker
Games Workshop has posted
record sales and profits as the
firm hailed a “cracking” set
of results. The Nottinghambased group said sales in the
six months to 28 November
rocketed 54 per cent to
£108.9m, while profits jumped
from £13.8m to £38.8m. Online
sales were up 71 per cent.
Two former employees are
suing Google, claiming it
discriminates against white,
conservative men. Engineers
James Damore and David
Gudeman claim Google fails to
protect staff with conservative
views, including supporting
President Trump, and employs
illegal hiring quotas to fill posts
with women and minorities.
SECURITY
INVESTMENT
City hires more
cyber experts
Fund manager
pockets £8m
An urgent need for cybersecurity experts is helping to
drive a City hiring boom.
Recruiter Robert Walters says
that after the EU vote some
banks froze hiring, but the need
for IT risk experts amid a spate
of hacks is now outweighing
Brexit fears. The firm reported
22 per cent growth in net fee
income in the fourth quarter.
Investment fund manager
Terry Smith pocketed at least
£8m last year from his group
Fundsmith. The company paid
£14.2m to five partners for
the year ending March 2017.
Revenue nearly doubled to
£82m in tandem with assets
under management, which
swelled to more than £11bn
from £5.9bn.
ECONOMY
RETAIL
Restaurant boss
warns over visas
Festive cheer for
clothing brands
The chairman behind Indian
restaurant chain Masala Zone
has urged the Government to
ensure visa systems are swift
after Brexit, as he says job
applications have plunged.
Ranjit Mathrani said a number
of his EU national workers
had returned to their home
countries since the referendum.
Clothing brands Joules and
FatFace are celebrating a jump
in Christmas sales, bringing
some cheer to beleaguered
retailers. FatFace saw a 12 per
cent jump in total sales in the
five weeks to 6 January, while
Joules saw total retail sales soar
19.2 per cent in the seven weeks
to 7 January.
CONSUMER
FINANCE
Fury over Just Eat
card charge move
Dimon sorry for
bitcoin ‘fraud’ slur
Online takeaway delivery
company Just Eat has been
criticised for introducing a 50p
service charge on all orders,
just days before a ban on credit
and debit card surcharges
comes into effect on Saturday.
The company is suspected of
trying to get around the law.
Chief executive of JP Morgan
Jamie Dimon has said he
regrets calling cryptocurrency
a “fraud”. In an interview with
Fox Business, Mr Dimon said
he believes blockchain, the
technology behind bitcoin, is
“real”. Mr Dimon has long been
an ardent critic of bitcoin.
the
markets
The FTSE 100, which tracks the
share prices of the UK’s biggest
companies, finished on an all time
high yesterday, closing at 7,731.0
points after rising 0.5 per cent
from the open. The biggest riser
was miner Anglo American, which
saw shares rise over 3 per cent to
£16.67p while positive data on UK
supermarket sales over the fourth
quarter sent Sainsbury’s trading
up 3.1 per cent to £248.4p.
***
The pound broke a three-day
winning streak to close 0.3 per
cent lower against the dollar at
$1.3518 while making a marginal
gain against the euro to €1.1338.
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CURRENCIES
North Korea ‘in hacking bid
to mine bitcoin alternative’
By Aatif Sulleyman
Software designed to make computers mine an alternative to bitcoin and send it to a university in
North Korea has been discovered
by security researchers.
The finding appears to support
suggestions that North Korean
actors are targeting computers in
order to raise funds while the state
is under strict economic sanctions.
A North Korean hacking group
called Andariel secretly took over a
server at a South Korean company
and used it to mine around 70 monero last year, a hacking team said
this month.
Experts have traced several
similar attacks to North Korea
over the course of 2017. Since May,
North Korean actors have targeted
at least three South Korean cryptocurrency exchanges with the suspected intent of stealing funds,
cyber security firm FireEye said.
The installer was spotted by
another cyber security firm, AlienVault, which says it was created on
24 December.
“Cryptocurrencies
could provide a financial lifeline to a
country hit hard by
sanctions,” the company said. “Therefore it’s not surprising
that universities in
North Korea have
shown a clear interest
in cryptocurrencies.
“Recently the Pyongyang
University of Science and Technology invited foreign experts to lecture on cryptocurrencies.
“ T h e i n s t a l l e r… m ay b e
the most recent product of
their endeavours.”
It is designed to use host computers to mine the cryptocurrency monero and then send any
coins to Kim Il-sung University in
Pyongyang, according to AlienVault. However, it isn’t yet clear
how the software is actually being
used. “It’s not clear if we’re looking at an early test of an
attack, or part of a ‘legitimate’ mining operation where the owners
of the hardware are
aware of the mining,”
AlienVault says.
It adds that a North
Korean server used
in the code does not appear to be connected to
the wider internet, which could
mean its inclusion is ”a prank to
trick security researchers”.
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How much tax do I pay
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Dear Harry,
Please could you help me
work out what information
I should include on my tax
return for savings interest?
Should I deduct the personal
savings allowance from the
amount I earned and enter
this figure on the return,
or should I enter the full
amount received?
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Harry says: The personal
savings allowance was
introduced in April 2016 and
it allows you to earn interest
up to £1,000 tax-free if you’re
a basic-rate taxpayer, or
£500 if you’re a higher-rate
taxpayer. Your allowance
applies to interest you earn
from any non-Isa savings
accounts and current
accounts. It also applies to
some investments, including
interest from government
and corporate bonds and
peer-to-peer lending.
In most cases, any
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automatically by HMRC
through the pay-as-youearn (PAYE) system, using
information provided by
banks and building societies.
You should have been issued
with a “notice of coding” if
this is the case.
Or, as you suggest, it
can be declared on a selfassessment tax return if you
usually complete one. You
should enter the full amount
you received in interest
during the 2016-17 tax year.
Your allowances will then be
deducted as part of HMRC’s
calculation of your tax bill.
Some people are obliged
to fill out a tax return every
year, such as those who
run their own businesses,
employees or pensioners
with income above £100,000
or those with pre-tax
investment income of at least
£10,000.
But HMRC may contact
you and ask you to complete
a tax return if you have
untaxed income from other
investments or land, or if you
make a capital gain above the
annual allowance.
The deadline for
completing old-style paper
tax returns was 31 October,
so for everyone who missed
that, the all-important online
deadline is 31 January.
If you need to complete
one – and you’re not one
of the 16,000 or so people
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In a Which? Money survey,
41 per cent of respondents
told us they feared doing
their tax return more than a
trip to the dentist, while even
greater numbers told us they
prefer cleaning ovens and
unblocking drains.
However, the tax return
experience is unlikely to be as
bad as many fear. Our survey
also found that around half
(47 per cent) of people who
have previously filed a tax
return say they got it out of
the way in between one and
three hours. And one in three
(29 per cent) did so in under
an hour, probably helped by
good record-keeping. The
majority of respondents (59
per cent) told us they actually
find the process quite easy.
Missing the 31 January
deadline for online returns
will cost you a fine of at least
£100, and the costs can rise
into the thousands for the
worst offenders – so, leaving
it until the last minute could
prove stressful and costly.
If you want to settle your
tax bill by credit card you’ve
got even less time, as HMRC
will stop accepting personal
credit card payments on
13 January.
The key to making the
process run smoothly is
to get your paperwork in
order before you begin – 44
per cent of people who file
taxes say gathering details of
income, expenses, invoices
and other evidence is the
biggest hassle of the process.
To get started with your
return, you’ll need a Unique
Taxpayer Reference number
(UTR) – if you can’t find it
you’ll need to call HMRC.
You’ll also need to apply
for your own passwords to
the self-assessment portal,
Government Gateway.
Working parents are missing
out on more than £8,000 of
childcare incentives, according
to a report by Killick and Co.
The firm claims 69 per
INVESTMENT
Investors may take a
shine to gold again
By Russ Mould
Gold was outshone by the
stellar returns achieved
by equities last year, but
the precious metal still
rose by a respectable 13
per cent and has started
the new year with gusto,
going back above $1,300
(£967.74) an ounce.
This resurgence could
continue as a result of
three interrelated factors:
inflation, interest rates
and sentiment.
Gold is often seen as a
hedge against inflation
and a store of value. So if
cent of parents in work were
not using the 15 hours of
free childcare available to
them, while half had not even
heard about the new tax-free
childcare scheme.
***
Macmillan Cancer Support has
found nearly two-thirds of UK
adults don’t have a will. Among
over-55s, 42 per cent don’t
have a will, while the charity’s
survey of 2,000 people also
inflation persists in the
UK and takes hold globally
as a result of a general
pick-up in economic
activity and the Trump
tax changes, we could see
more people turning to the
metal to protect the value
of their wealth.
Additionally, a study
of gold’s performance
relative to rising interest
rates in the US shows
higher rates can be good
for gold. During the seven
cycles of rising interest
rates, the metal has on
average gained 86 per
cent between the first
suggested that 1.5 million
people may have unknowingly
voided their will by getting
married. Official guidance
recommends people review
their will every five years.
***
Starting salaries rose last
month amid a further decline
in the availability of staff,
especially nurses and other
medical employees, according
to the Recruitment and
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increase and the last – and
gold is already up by 23
per cent since Federal
Reserve chair Janet
Yellen sanctioned the first
interest rate rise of this
cycle in December 2015.
The third factor is
sentiment. A look at the
trading positions on the
futures market shows
sentiment is relatively
bearish but improving.
Net long futures
exposure sank to less
than 30,000 contracts
in mid-December, but a
resurgence to 44,122 by the
end of 2017 helped to nudge
gold higher.
While gold is trading at
a three-month high, it is no
higher now than it was in
summer 2013 and stands
well below the September
Employment Confederation.
A survey of 400 agencies
found that both permanent
and temporary workers were
being offered higher pay rates.
***
More than 40 per cent of
shoppers report they are still
being hit with card surcharges,
just days away from a nationwide ban coming into force
(13 January). Card machine
provider Paymentsense says
Part of a
hoard of
gold coins
dating from
between
1847 and
1915 found
hidden in
a piano in
Shropshire
PA
2011 peak of $1,900 an
ounce. So, if investor
sentiment towards gold
continues to improve,
there is plenty of scope for
it to forge higher.
Investors can include
gold in their portfolios
via an exchange-traded
commodity fund that
tracks the price of gold
itself such as ETFS
Physical Gold, or by
investing in gold miners.
A passively managed
option worth considering
is iShares Gold Producers
(ongoing charge 0.55
per cent) and an actively
managed option is
BlackRock Gold and
General (1.17 per cent).
Russ Mould is an investment
director at AJ Bell
many small businesses are
still charging customers extra
to pay by card, with shoppers
in Bristol, Birmingham and
Manchester reporting the least
change in business behaviour.
***
AJ Bell Youinvest has been
voted the best overall direct
investment platform by
Platforum. Improvements to
usability and investor guidance were key factors.
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There are hundreds of cheap,
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highest quality. The Sky Drone,
however, is simple, well-made
and comes with a 720p HD camera
that produces a clear video of your
journey – everything you need to
have fun trying out your flying
capabilities.
£24.99, maplin.co.uk
{5} YUNEEC BREEZE
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Relative newcomer Yuneec burst
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drone in 2015. The Bre
a different proposition entirely.
It’s aptly named as it couldn’t be
easier to set up. You just fold out
the four wings, install the Yuneec
smartphone app and get started.
In the air it is nippy, if not electric,
and it’s really easy to pilot with the
intuitive on-screen controls.
£319, argos.co.uk
{2} HUBSAN X4 H107C
This pocket-sized drone
comfortably fits in the palm of
your hand, but somehow manages
to fit a camera on board. Video is
streamed live to a 4.3in screen on
the controller. At 720px x 240px, it’s
comparatively low-res but to get
first-person view on a drone at
this price is impressive.
£38.49, tomtop.com
{6} DJI SPARK MINI DRONE
The latest release from DJI, the
Chinese brand, is a bit of a gamechanger for one simple fact: it’s so
small. The vast majority of drones
{3} PARROT SWING
This mini drone is a great
starter machine for anyone
unsure about the whole drone
thing. Its unique design means it
can fly like a traditional quadcopter
or flip horizontally and move like a
plane, which allows it to travel at up
to 18mph.
£89.99, very.co.uk
{4} PARROT MAMBO FPV
The latest version of Parrot’s entrylevel drone offers an enjoyable
introduction to flying but with
a few extra tricks up its sleeve.
Weighing in at just 63g, it’s pretty
tiny but will hover in place as long
as there’s not too much wind. It’s
also quick to charge up and has
the bonus of looking a bit like a
Transformer.
£129.99, currys.co.uk
Best
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that offer full HD video quality
are significantly larger, meaning
that they aren’t practical for use in
many scenarios. The Spark easily
fits in the palm of your hand and is
light and portable.
£449,Johnlewis.com
{7} DJI PHANTOM 4
The DJI Phantom range is a bestseller for good reason – it is a
beautiful piece of sleek, white
plastic and when it gets into the air
it is fantastically responsive and
boasts an unrivalled set of features.
It darts around exactly where you
want it to at a breakneck 20m per
second (45mph), yet still captures
silky footage.
£899.99, maplin.co.uk
{8} GOPRO KARMA WITH HERO6
The Karma has had its share of
problems in development but GoPro
now seems to have well and truly
fixed them. What you get is more an
action filming kit than just a drone
because it comes mounted with a
detachable HERO6 Black camera and
a handheld Karma Grip gimbal, which
allows you to take ultra-smooth and
steady shots on the ground.
£1,049,currys.co.uk
{9} YUNEEC TYPHOON H PRO
Yuneec’s Typhoon H Pro
model competes squarely
with DJI’s Phantom 4 at
the top end of the market.
The Typhoon’s has six blades
as opposed to the usual four
and it can still fly if one of
them breaks down. It also has
a controller with a built-in 7in
touchscreen monitor, meaning
you don’t have to rely on your
smartphone or tablet.
£1,100, jessops.com
{10} DJI MAVIC PRO
The Phantom 4 clearly raised the
bar when released but then DJI
brought out the Mavic Pro which has
become a favourite among drone
enthusiasts. It essentially bundles
all of the impressive abilities of its
bigger brother into an unbelievably
tiny package and is the ultimate
flying camera to take on holiday or an
adventure sports weekend.
£999, jessops.com
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How to play Fill the white squares so that the total in each
across or down run of cells matches the total at the start
of that run. You must use the numbers from 1-9 only and
cannot repeat a number in a run. Solution: minurl.co.uk/i
Find the missing words by following the RHYME, LETTERS and MEANING links
– eg, a word that rhymes with ‘cheek’, has one letter different from ‘pear’ and
has the same meaning as mountain, would be ‘peak’. Full rules at zygolex.com.
Solution, page 49
RHYME LETTERS
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SPARK
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SWAB
9
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FLUSH
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SERVES 4
400g smoked back bacon
1kg white potatoes
300g leeks
300g carrots
150g pack mangetout
400g tin chicken soup
75g mature grated cheddar cheese
Sea salt and black pepper
15ml sunflower oil
1 x 22cm square deep ovenproof dish
MEANING
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PRAISE
Jigsawdoku
3
7
2 7
2
3
5 2
3
Futoshiki
5 1
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8 6
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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
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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Italian bake
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How to play Find all the mines in the grid. Numbers in certain squares indicate how
many mines there are in the neighbouring squares, including diagonally touching
squares. Mines cannot be placed in squares with numbers. Solution: minurl.co.uk/i
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SLAVE
Minesweeper
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STONE
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Killer Sudoku No 1181
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CREST
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Recipe taken from aldi.co.uk
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MASTER
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DRESSING
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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4
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FLUTTER
Preheat the oven to 180°C/350°F/gas
mark 4. Chop the bacon into chunks and
sauté in a frying pan with the oil for five
to six minutes until just coloured.
Peel the potatoes and cut into slices.
Chop the leeks into slices, wash well and
drain. Put the potato and leek slices into a
pan of cold slightly salted water, bring to
the boil, cover and cook for five minutes,
then drain well.
Put the potato, leek slices and the
bacon into the baking dish, pour over the
soup and gently mix, season with some
black pepper.
Sprinkle over the grated cheese and
bake in the oven for 20 to 25 minutes
until golden. Meanwhile, peel the carrots
and cut into thick matchsticks.
Cook in some boiling salted water for
three minutes. Cut the mangetout in half
lengthways, add to the carrots and cook
for a further three minutes. Drain and
serve alongside the bake.
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Maths Puzzle
Codeword No 1902
How to play Fill the empty squares with
numbers that will make the across and
down calculations produce the results
shown in the grey squares. Each numeral
from 1 to 9 must only appear once. The
calculations should be performed from
left to right and top to bottom, rather than
in strict mathematical order.
How to play The numbers in the grid correspond to the letters of the alphabet.
Solve the puzzle and fill in the letters in the key as you discover them.
Three letters are provided to give you a start. The solution will be printed in
tomorrow’s paper, the solution to yesterday’s codeword is on page 49.
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1 Marsupial (8)
2 Spouse (7)
3 Dried grape (7)
4 Lariat (5)
5 Merit (4)
6 Broad (4)
10 Moisture in the
air (8)
12 Affectedly selfimportant (7)
14 Dry period (7)
16 Representative (5)
17 Present (4)
18 Abominable
snowman (4)
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ACROSS 1 Tor, 3 Guyed (Tour guide), 8 Lissome, 9 Kerry, 10 Irrepressible, 11 Gentry,
13 Honest, 16 Out of position, 19 Noble, 20 Tsunami, 21 Eaten, 22 Yen.
DOWN 1 Talking point, 2 Riser, 3 Geezer, 4 Yikes, 5 Durable, 6 Copper, 7 Hypertension,
12 Notable, 14 Odious, 15 Soften, 17 Fleet, 18 Italy.
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Puzzle solutions See page 49 and minurl.co.uk/i
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3
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Tomorrow: Easier
POET
Concise Crossword No 2224
ACROSS
1 Cosmetic
powder (4)
3 Vendor (6)
7 Burden (4)
8 Unreal (8)
9 Painkiller (11)
11 Delay (4-2)
13 Zeal (6)
15 Protein in
blood (11)
19 Horror film
character (8)
20 Forbidding (4)
21 Gap (6)
22 Remain (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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21
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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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winning record
By Jon Freeman
RACING EDITOR
This is not so much a new-year
prediction as an assumption.
Later this year Mark Johnston
will overtake Martin Pipe (4,183
career wins) and then Richard Hannon Snr (4,193) to become Britain’s
most numerically successful trainer
ever.
Johnston already holds the
record for most consecutive campaign centuries – 24 and counting
– and in the last decade has boosted
production at his Kingsley House
stables in North Yorkshire with
seven double centuries.
The numbers are so impressive
and uncannily consistent that,
though nothing can be taken for
granted, it’s possible to forecast
with some confidence that the proud
Scot will find the 176th extra win he
needs for the all-time record sometime in early September (I’m going
the 8th!), around a month before his
59th birthday.
Winter is always Johnston’s
quietest time of the year on the
KEMPTON
BEST BET
Reckless Endeavour
(6.15pm, Kempton)
Up against it at the weights, but a
potential surprise package if he
gets the breaks.
Sam Twiston-Davies clears the final fence aboard Wicked Willy to win the
Hawksmoor Investment Handicap Chase at Taunton yesterday GETTY
track, but you can still depend on a
few winners to keep the scoreboard
ticking over and I fancy Rainbow
Rebel will be the stable’s first of 2018
in the Amateur Riders’ Handicap at
Kempton this evening.
Rainbow Rebel hasn’t won
since completing a four-timer in
September 2016, but has been
placed on numerous occasions since
and the booking of Simon Walker (a
LINGFIELD
32RED/EBF FILLIES’ HANDICAP (CLASS 3) £16,500
added 7f
51424- MAKE MUSIC (CD) A Balding 5 9 7...........Jason Watson (7) 3
1
5682-4 ROYAL BIRTH S C Williams 7 9 5.............. Aaron Jones H,T 6 1
69404- SOUL SILVER (D) D M Simcock 4 9 5.............Oisin Murphy 1
2
39118- DONJUAN TRIUMPHANT (D) A Balding 5 9 2P J McDonald 2
3
48463- YEAH BABY YEAH (D) Miss G Kelleway 5 8 13 M Dwyer 2
H5
14551- PATTIE M Channon 4 8 11 ........................................................C Bishop 4
3
12723- MYTHMAKER (D) B Smart 6 9 2..................................................G Lee 4 4
8012- STAR QUALITY (D) David Loughnane 4 8 7.......B A Curtis 5
4
01353- RECKLESS ENDEAVOUR (D)(BF) J Osborne 5 9 2...................D 5
- 5 declared Costello 1
5
01802- TOMILY (D) R Hannon 4 9 2..........................................Hollie Doyle 3 BETTING: 7-4 Star Quality, 3-1 Make Music, 7-2 Pattie, 6-1 Soul Silver,
6
2111-3 DIAGNOSTIC (D)(BF) W Haggas 4 8 11............. T Marquand 2 7-1 Yeah Baby Yeah.
- 6 declared FORM VERDICT
BETTING: 11-4 Donjuan Triumphant, 3-1 Mythmaker, 10-3 Diagnostic, STAR QUALITY landed a 7f Wolverhampton maiden in December and then
6-1 Royal Birth, 7-1 Reckless Endeavour, 8-1 Tomily.
lost little in defeat when upped to the extended mile at the same track on
her handicap bow last time. She refused to cave in once headed and there
FORM VERDICT
is every chance she’ll benefit from the return to 7f and go well even after
Tomily just failed to get the better of an in-form winner at a 2lb rise in the ratings. Chepstow scorer Pattie is worth a market check
Wolverhampton last month and has to be respected, while Reckless now back from a break, though the main danger may be C&D winner Make
Endeavour continues to shape well in defeat for Jamie Osborne Music, who is entitled to build on her comeback run here in December.
and has the plum draw in stall one. Diagnostic didn’t look a straight
forward ride when beaten at odds-on six days ago, and it could be
worth chancing that DONJUAN TRIUMPHANT arrives here fully fit
RACING UK MAIDEN HURDLE (DIV 1) (CLASS 4) £7,400
after a 81 day absence. Not seen since finishing down the field in a
Grade 1 at Ascot, he represents an in-form yard and looks to be the
added 2m
most likely winner.
1
P BITE MY TONGUE J G O’Neill 5 11 5................... Mr J Nailor (7)
/33-65 BORN FOR WAR T R George 6 11 5.............................. A P Heskin
100% PROFIT BOOST AT 32REDSPORT.COM AMATEUR 2
3
76-553 CAPTAIN JACK R J Price 5 11 5................................................... B Poste
RIDERS’ HANDICAP (CLASS 4) £10,000 added 1m 4f
4
63 LORD MARMADUKE P Webber 5 11 5 ...................R McLernon
F6-7P MEGA MIND Sam Thomas 5 11 5.................Mr James King (5)
1
67/00- SEAPORT (D) S Durack 7 11 2............Miss S M Doolan (3) T 1 5
6
0P6P2/
RIGHT ON ROY S Drinkwater 8 11 5 .........Mr H F Nugent (7)
2
42743- RAINBOW REBEL M Johnston 5 11 0............Mr S Walker 11
7
SEAN O’CASEY M Appleby 5 11 5........................................J Quinlan
3
33/19- TIME TO BLOSSOM S Crisford 5 10 10Miss S Brotherton
8
1-U7 SHIVERMETIMBERS (D) Miss V Williams 6 11 5 C Deutsch (3)
10
39-36 SIR EGBERT Tom Lacey 5 11 5 ..............................................A Johns H
4 08324- EVERY CHANCE J Osborne 5 10 10Miss K Harrington T 2 9
10 19-376 ST JOHN’S E Williams 5 11 5 ......................................................A Wedge
5
2725-2 ELTEZAM Mrs A Perrett 5 10 9.Miss Danielle Smith (7) 5
11 3-5242 ZALVADOS Oliver Greenall 5 11 5.................................I Popham T
6
/1730- ELYSIAN PRINCE N King 7 10 9.........Miss Page Fuller C,T 6 12
9-0 DOODLE DANDY R Mathew 5 10 12.................. R Condon (7) H
7
58890- LANGLAUF (CD) B Millman 5 10 8...Miss A McCain (3) C 8 13
39-37 THE MISTRESS D Skelton 7 10 12.................................H Skelton T
8
641/8- MILORD K Bailey 9 10 6.....................................Mr Ed Bailey (5) C 3
- 13 declared 9
116/ DIAKTOROS (D) I Williams 8 10 4.. Mr James Morley (7) 9 BETTING: 6-4 Zalvados, 5-1 Lord Marmaduke, 11-2 Sean O’Casey, 6-1
10 43707- RAVENOUS (D) L Dace 7 10 3 ......................Miss S Stevens (7) 7 Sir Egbert, 12-1 Shivermetimbers, Captain Jack, St John’s, 14-1 others.
11 57373- ZAMBEASY (C)(D) P Hide 7 10 1...................................Doubtful C 4
RACING UK MAIDEN HURDLE (DIV 2) (CLASS 4) £7,400
- 11 declared added 2m
BETTING: 9-4 Rainbow Rebel, 3-1 Time To Blossom, 9-2 Eltezam, 7-1
Every Chance, 12-1 Elysian Prince, Diaktoros, 16-1 Ravenous, 20-1 1
BAHAMA MOON Jonjo O’Neill 6 11 5...........Mr J J O’Neill (7)
Milord, 25-1 others.
2
43-P66 BUCK BRAVO D Rees 6 11 5...........................................N Scholfield T
3
990 EATON MILLER T Symonds 6 11 5 ......................................... B Poste
FORM VERDICT
4
2-256 HATTAAB T R George 5 11 5................................................. A P Heskin
RAINBOW REBEL ran creditably in a better race than this at Lingfield 5
P2-97 LISSYCASEY Sheila Lewis 5 11 5......................Rob Williams (3)
last month and has to be respected here despite a relatively poor 6
432-26 MONBEG OSCAR (BF) E Williams 6 11 5......................A Wedge
draw. Simon Walker is one of the better amateur riders in this line up, 7
646 OURVILLE’S MILLION O Sherwood 5 11 5.................... L Aspell
and should ensure that the five-year-old is given a fair opportunity. 8
P3 SHALAKAR Miss V Williams 5 11 5..........Mr H F Nugent (7)
Diaktoros looks fairly treated but does have a 988-day absence to 9
36 SHALL WE GO NOW (BF) H Fry 5 11 5..............................N Fehily
overcome for Ian Williams, while Every Chance is a consistent type and 10
2/P SKINFLINT D Pipe 6 11 5 ................................................................Doubtful
the booking of Kate Harrington catches the eye.
11
70 GLOI Mrs D Hamer 7 10 12....................................................T Whelan H
6.15
32RED CONDITIONS STAKES (CLASS 2) £25,000 added 6f
NEXT BEST
Rainbow Rebel
(7.15pm, Kempton)
Overdue a win after several
creditable efforts and has the
right man on top.
2.50
LUDLOW
12.50
7.15
1.20
nine-time champion amateur on the
all-weather circuit) can tip things his
way.
Ke m p t o n’s fe a t u r e i s t h e
Conditions Stakes, the six runners
headed by the classy Donjuan
Triumphant, a Group Two winner
in his pomp and still a smart
operator.
But it might be worth taking a
chance with Reckless Endeavour,
12
13
2-P TAKING A CHANCE I Williams 5 10 12.......................R T Dunne
4 COMRADE CONRAD (BF) D Skelton 4 10 7.............H Skelton
- 13 declared BETTING: 5-2 Monbeg Oscar, 4-1 Comrade Conrad, Bahama Moon, 11-2
Shall We Go Now, 6-1 Shalakar, 12-1 Hattaab, 16-1 others.
HEATH FARM MEATS CHASE (NOVICES’ LIMITED
HANDICAP) (CLASS 4) £12,000 added 2m 4f
SECRET DOOR (C) H Fry 7 11 13..................................................D Jacob
VOLT FACE C Longsdon 9 11 12......................Jonathan Burke T
WANDRIN STAR K Bailey 7 11 8 ................................................... D Bass
FREE RANGE D Skelton 8 11 7..........................................H Skelton C
OLD SALT (C) E Williams 6 11 6..............................................A Wedge
HEY BILL (D) G McPherson 8 11 3.......................... Kielan Woods
DARK MAHLER (C) Miss E Lavelle 7 11 3............N Scholfield
MEGABUCKS Henry Oliver 7 11 3...................................T J O’Brien
FARM THE ROCK Katy Price 7 11 2.................................... B Poste T
- 9 declared BETTING: 11-4 Dark Mahler, 5-1 Secret Door, 13-2 Free Range, 7-1 Farm
The Rock, 8-1 Wandrin Star, Old Salt, Volt Face, 10-1 Others.
1.55
1
2
3
4
5
6
7
8
9
1-3395
2-234P
1-544
11-124
435-P3
17-P84
/P64-1
P1-253
74-52F
FORM VERDICT
4
5
6
7
8
9
10
11
ANTE-POST
Punters have latched on
to William Henry in Saturday’s
Lanzarote Hurdle and he’s
now clear favourite with
some firms.
who has run well on all three starts
since joining Jamie Osborne from
Ireland, despite not enjoying the rub
of the green.
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153-95
35-973
3-1562
111-P7
155-56
/32-94
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ABRACADABRA SIVOLA D Pipe 8 11 10.....D G Noonan C,T
GOOHAR H Daly 9 11 9................................................................ A Tinkler C
GROVE SILVER Jennie Candlish 9 11 8........Sean Quinlan C
BENDOMINGO N Twiston-Davies 7 11 8S Twiston-Davies
BANDON ROC K Bailey 7 11 4 .......................................................... D Bass
FREDDIES PORTRAIT D McCain 9 11 2.......Will Kennedy T
KILMURVY J Scott 10 10 13......................................N Scholfield C,T
TB BROKE HER M Sheppard 8 10 4.....Stan Sheppard (3) C
- 11 declared BETTING: 10-3 Tb Broke Her, 5-1 Bendomingo, 7-1 Grove Silver, 8-1
Kilmurvy, Abracadabra Sivola, 10-1 others.
FORM VERDICT
TB BROKE HER has gone from strength to strength since joining Matt
Sheppard from Ireland and he still appears feasibly well treated to follow
up his Hereford rout here against some battle-hardened rivals. The in-form
Scott and Schofield combination field the 10-year-old Kilmurvy who can’t
be discounted, while Grove Silver has been threatening to land a telling
blow and could build on his third last time for his shrewd connections.
Bendomingo jumps straight into the handicap ranks having been beaten by
Rocklander on his only chase start, while Abracadabra Sivola is a regular
fixture in these types of contests who can’t be ruled out.
Secret Door has proved frustrating to follow in his career so far, while Free
RACING UK MARES’ HANDICAP HURDLE (CLASS 4)
Range was disappointing at Market Rasen on Boxing Day and connections
£10,000 added 2m 5f
reach for first-time cheekpieces now. Old Salt looks sure to appreciate the
step up in distance, but this can go the way of recent course scorer DARK 1
52-294 MARVELLOUS MONTY J Farrelly 8 11 12.................B J Powell
MAHLER. Emma Lavelle’s charge did it well on his chasing debut and 2
34-254 FILLE DES CHAMPS E Williams 7 11 7.........M Bastyan (5) T
shaped as though a step up in trip would play to his strengths.
3
14-PP6 SHOOFLY MILLY J Scott 9 11 7 ................................M Griffiths T,V
4
56-521 MISTY MAI D Rees 8 11 7..........................................James Bowen (5)
A.J.A AMATEUR RIDERS’ HANDICAP HURDLE (CLASS 4) 5 3UFP-P WHERE’S CHERRY N Mulholland 7 11 6 ..................N Fehily C
6
417/P- COMRAGH J Scott 8 11 5.........................................................N Scholfield
£7,600 added 3m
7
P54 ASK CATKIN T Symonds 6 11 5................................................... B Poste
1
763-4P BROOM TIP T R George 6 12 0.............................Mr N George (5) 8
/PP-54 THE LAST BAR D Skelton 8 11 5...........................................H Skelton
2
812-45 BRAW ANGUS (BF) K Bailey 8 11 12............................Mr Z Baker 9
2P4-57 ROBIN DEUZ POIS P Webber 6 11 4.........................R McLernon
3
0-83P7 WINDSHEAR Mrs S Leech 7 11 9.............. Brodie Hampson T 10 U5P3-0 WESTERBEE J W Mullins 7 11 1...........................Kevin Jones (5)
4
-61335 GAMAIN (D) N Williams 9 11 9 Mr Chester Williams (5) B 11 65363/ PINK TARA Miss V Williams 7 10 10.....................C Deutsch (3)
5
232-P3 JOHNS LUCK (D) N Mulholland 9 11 9........Mr James King C 12 0/0586 BONNIE BLACK ROSE A Whiting 8 10 9 .................D Crosse H
6
8-6011 VIRGINIA CHICK E Williams 6 11 7...Miss Isabel Williams (7) 13 67937U DAHILLS HILL G McPherson 6 10 8 .................... Kielan Woods
7
74P-49 TINDARO P Webber 11 11 7.................Miss Sophie Smith (7) T 14 512-02 EASTER IN PARIS (D) P Henderson 9 10 6 .......... P Brennan
8
P5P-41 FLASHJACK H Daly 8 11 6......................................Mr M Galligan (7) 15 P-8422 TARA WELL R Dickin 8 10 0.................................................J Quinlan C
9
5-P6PP MR MULLINER P Henderson 9 11 4.........................Mr B Paris-Crofts (7) T 16 5F30-7 JAUNTY CLEMENTINE B Eckley 6 10 0........................T Whelan
10
4-3512 GALACTIC POWER (C) R Dickin 8 11 4........................ Miss Ceris Biddle (7)
- 16 declared 11
614333 BALKINSTOWN (D) Robert Stephens 8 10 13......Mr C Dowson (7) T,V BETTING: 3-1 Fille Des Champs, 6-1 Tara Well, 8-1 Misty Mai, Dahills Hill,
12
9-PF05 WAY OF THE WORLD Sheila Lewis 7 10 12....................Mr L Williams (5) 10-1 The Last Bar, Pink Tara, Marvellous Monty, 12-1 others.
13 35B505 PHARE ISLE (D) B Case 13 10 11......Mr Charlie Case (7) C,T
RINCON DEL PUERTO GARRUCHA FILLIES’ JUVENILE
14 3-9434 SAHARA HAZE P C Dando 9 10 8 ....................Mr B R Jones (7)
HURDLE (CLASS 4) 4YO £9,000 added 2m
15 346970 TIS WHAT IT IS D Pipe 5 10 8............................. Mr R Dingle (7) B
16 30P694 PHANGIO (D) M Sheppard 9 10 5 ...........Mr Ed Bailey (7) B,T 1
13 HILLCREST FIRE (D) Stuart Edmunds 11 2 Joshua Moore
17 -PPP5F PASSING FIESTA S-J Davies 9 10 0................Mr J Jeavons (7) 2
BOIS D’EBENE E Williams 10 10 ...........................................A Wedge
- 17 declared 3
LET’S BE HAPPY A Stronge 10 10.....................................B J Powell
BETTING: 7-2 Flashjack, 9-2 Virginia Chick, 7-1 Galactic Power, 10-1 4
55 MIRZAM T Symonds 10 10...............................................Jamie Moore
Gamain, Braw Angus, Balkinstown, 12-1 Broom Tip, 14-1 others.
5
64 PENNY RED Mrs N Evans 10 10 ......................................T Whelan T
6
8
QUIMBA N Twiston-Davies 10 10............... S Twiston-Davies
JOIN THE HENRY DALY RACING CLUB HANDICAP
7
SHAMBRA Mrs L Wadham 10 10...................................... L Aspell H
CHASE (CLASS 4) £12,000 added 3m 2f
8
2 SHEE’S LUCKY N Mulholland 10 10..................................... N Fehily
1 P04-8P READY TOKEN C Longsdon 10 11 13 ........Jonathan Burke T
- 8 declared 2
/P-82P GORSKY ISLAND (CD) T R George 10 11 12..C Gethings (3) BETTING: 6-4 Hillcrest Fire, 5-2 Shee’s Lucky, 6-1 Quimba, 7-1 Shambra,
3
24-4U8 NANSAROY (BF) E Williams 8 11 10.............................A Wedge C 14-1 Let’s Be Happy, Bois D’ebene, 20-1 Mirzam, 33-1 Penny Red.
3.35
2.25
4.05
3.00
Results service
DONCASTER
Going: Soft-good to soft in places on
hurdle course
11.55 1. MOUNT MEWS (B Hughes) 0-0 fav;
2. Sam Red 11-4; 3. Sussex Road 150-1. 3 ran.
7l, 31l. (J M Jefferson). Tote: £1.20; Exacta:
£2.00. Trifecta: £1.10. CSF: £1.44.
12.25 1. BLACK OP (N Fehily) 1-3 fav; 2.
Colonial Dreams 11-4; 3. Aaron Lad 15-2. 8
ran. 17l, 41/2l. (T R George). Tote: £1.20; £1.10,
£1.10, £1.30. Exacta: £2.00. Trifecta: £4.60.
CSF: £2.13. NR: Fawsley Spirit.
12.55 1. TOMMY RAPPER (H Skelton) 10-11
fav; 2. Book of Gold 11-4; 3. The Ogle Gogle
Man 10-1. 9 ran. 11/4l, 11l. (D Skelton). Tote:
£1.70; £1.30, £1.10, £1.80. Exacta: £3.70. Trifecta: £14.70. CSF: £3.81.
1.25 1. AND THE NEW (B J Powell) 14-1; 2.
Django Django 40-1; 3. Ravenhill Road 5-6
fav; 4. Not That Fuisse 17-2. 16 ran. 13/4l, 13/4l,
41/2l. (J Farrelly). Tote: £22.20; £4.40, £6.50,
£1.10. Exacta: £600.70. Trifecta: £2058.20.
CSF: £413.50.
2.00 1. RENE’S GIRL (H Skelton) 2-1 fav; 2.
Song Saa 11-4; 3. Miss Tongabezi 13-2. 5 ran.
10l, 41/2l. (D Skelton). Tote: £1.80; £1.10, £1.30.
Exacta: £6.10. Trifecta: £14.30. CSF: £7.87. NR:
Casablanca Mix.
2.35 1. WOOLSTONE ONE (G Sheehan) 11-1;
2. Rosie McQueen 14-1; 3. Polly’s Pursuit 9-1;
4. Oscar Rose 11-2 jt-fav. 16 ran. 11-2 jt-fav
Black Tulip (10th). 11/2l, nk, 11/2l. (Miss E Lavelle). Tote: £15.50; £3.80, £4.50, £2.50, £1.60.
Exacta: £182.60. Tricast: £1465.33. Trifecta:
£1127.90. CSF: £141.35.
3.10 1. RED INFANTRY (R T Dunne) 7-2; 2.
Nightline 11-2; 3. Crystal Lad 11-4 fav. 6 ran.
31/2l, nk. (I Williams). Tote: £5.20; £2.20, £3.50.
Exacta: £27.90. Trifecta: £106.00. CSF: £21.56.
3.40 1. CHEQUE EN BLANC (Jamie Moore)
2-1; 2. Amberjam 15-2; 3. Innisfree Lad 7-4 fav.
8 ran. 11/2l, 31/2l. (G L Moore). Tote: £2.40; £1.10,
£1.60, £3.00. Exacta: £18.40. Tricast: £30.09.
Trifecta: £46.10. CSF: £16.76.
Placepot: £7.80. Quadpot: £5.60.
Place 6: £5.81. Place 5: £4.46.
SOUTHWELL
Going: Standard
12.15 1. EPITAPH (A Mullen) 9-2; 2. Acker
Bilk 10-11 fav; 3. Jabbaar 8-1. 5 ran. 1/2l, nk.
(M Appleby). Tote: £4.90; £2.40, £1.10. Exacta:
£8.40. Trifecta: £35.10. CSF: £8.62.
12.45 1. LAYDEE VICTORIA (A Mullen) 11-4;
2. Kheleyf’s Girl 5-2; 3. Lady Lintera 6-4
fav. 6 ran. 13/4l, 21/4l. (O Pears). Tote: £3.70;
£3.10, £1.10. Exacta: £10.30. Trifecta: £12.20.
CSF: £9.45.
1.15 1. HELEN SHERBET (B A Curtis) 25-1; 2.
Papa Stour 1-2 fav; 3. Hard Graft 11-2. 5 ran.
31/2l, nk. (K Burke). Tote: £11.50; £6.00, £1.10.
Exacta: £22.70. Trifecta: £108.40. CSF: £38.73.
1.45 1. LONDON (Nicola Currie) 7-1; 2. Muqarred 10-1; 3. Alpha Tauri 14-1. 9 ran. 7-2 fav
Tha’ir (9th). nk, 21/4l. (P McEntee). Tote: £6.90;
£1.90, £2.20, £4.70. Exacta: £72.10. Tricast:
£915.14. Trifecta: £798.30. CSF: £69.96.
2.20 1. HAMMER GUN (P Mathers) 9-2; 2.
Kommander Kirkup 7-2; 3. Jack The Truth 7-4
fav. 7 ran. nk, 3l. (D Shaw). Tote: £4.50; £1.80,
£3.00. Exacta: £21.50. Tricast: £36.21. Trifecta:
£56.40. CSF: £19.61. NR: Born To Finish.
2.55 1. ANGEL PALANAS (Russell Harris)
9-2; 2. Tagur 5-1; 3. Viva Verglas 4-1 fav. 8
ran. 6l, 11/4l. (K Burke). Tote: £5.10; £1.70, £1.70,
£1.90. Exacta: £29.60. Tricast: £95.59. Trifecta:
£120.30. CSF: £26.38. NR: Hisar.
3.30 1. BOP IT (Harrison Shaw) 16-1; 2.
Something Lucky 10-3; 3. Roy’s Legacy 20-1.
12 ran. 3-1 fav Dazeekha (5th). nk, 11/4l. (M W
Easterby). Tote: £17.90; £4.90, £2.00, £5.40.
Exacta: £80.00. Tricast: £1119.93. Trifecta:
£456.60. CSF: £66.14.
Placepot: £130.80. Quadpot: £49.20.
Place 6: £68.08. Place 5: £57.40.
TAUNTON
Going: Soft-good to soft in places
12.35 1. KOHUMA (James Bowen) 7-1; 2.
Drewmain Legend 9-1; 3. Chilli Romance 6-1
jt-fav; 4. Flight To Nowhere 16-1. 17 ran. 6-1
jt-fav Overawed (15th). 13/4l, 5l, nk. (R Walford).
Tote: £5.70; £1.90, £2.20, £2.40, £3.90. Exacta:
£50.50. Tricast: £413.55. Trifecta: £133.60.
CSF: £64.77.
1.05 1. APPLESOLUTELY (M G Nolan) 20-1; 2.
Coup De Pinceau 2-1 fav; 3. As I See It 5-2. 13
ran. 21/4l, 12l. (R Mitford-Slade). Tote: £29.40;
£5.80, £1.10, £1.40. Exacta: £125.80. Trifecta:
£593.10. CSF: £60.19. NR: Madame Fiona.
1.35 1. DARCY WARD (N Scholfield) 14-1; 2.
King Of Realms 11-10 fav; 3. Samburu Shujaa 8-1. 14 ran. 3/4l, 21/4l. (Jack Barber). Tote:
£14.50; £3.30, £1.10, £2.70. Exacta: £33.40.
Trifecta: £127.60. CSF: £29.55.
2.10 1. WICKED WILLY (S Twiston-Davies)
7-2 fav; 2. Rolling Dylan 13-2; 3. Royalraise
25-1. 10 ran. ns, 21/4l. (N Twiston-Davies).
Tote: £4.00; £1.30, £2.10, £7.70. Exacta:
£28.00. Tricast: £495.52. Trifecta: £662.70.
CSF: £27.32. NR: According To Harry.
2.45 1. CANELIE (N P Madden) 10-1; 2. Padleyourowncanoe 2-1 fav; 3. Here’s Herbie
4-1. 8 ran. 13/4l, 5l. (H Fry). Tote: £12.50; £3.20,
£1.20, £1.40. Exacta: £39.00. Tricast: £96.58.
Trifecta: £212.10. CSF: £31.89.
3.20 1. PREMIER PORTRAIT (G Levinson)
10-1; 2. Unioniste 6-4 fav; 3. Bear’s Affair
7-2. 10 ran. ns, 8l. (Dr Charles Levinson). Tote:
£15.70; £3.30, £1.10, £1.90. Exacta: £41.30.
Trifecta: £144.70. CSF: £27.20.
3.50 1. SMITH’S BAY (W Hutchinson) 5-2 fav; 2.
Hey Bud 11-1; 3. Dancing Doug 28-1. 11 ran. 31/2l,
1l. (A King). Tote: £3.90; £1.50, £3.70, £6.00. Exacta:
£42.60. Trifecta: £497.40. CSF: £33.80. NRs: Bang
On, Corsecombe, Locker Room Talk.
Jackpot: Not won, pool of £1,760.54 carried over .
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Joshua v Parker is a fight worthy of a famous crown
Steve
Bunce
Tyson saved the
heavyweight scene and the
revival started when he met
Tucker in a unique fight
I
n 1987, the heavyweight championship of the world was still
an American obsession, a faded
crown confined to the seemingly endless stream of boxers
produced in rotten city gyms by
men skilled at moulding champions
from anything above six-foot.
Eddie Futch and Angelo Dundee
were often the men you sent your
heavyweight dreamer to and they in
turn worked on creating something
close to a championship boxer from
the raw potential that arrived at
their doors.
In the Sixties, the great heavyweights from the Seventies had all
won Olympic gold medals but there
would be no more Muhammad Ali,
Joe Frazier and George Foreman
heroes in vests; in the Seventies,
the medals vanished when the
Cubans converted their big lads
into fighters.
Futch and Dundee had their work
cut out finding a future at a time
when Rocky was starting to look
more like a wistful documentary
than a comic book adaptation.
When the finery at the Hilton in
Las Vegas was illuminated by the
ring walks of Mike Tyson and Tony
Tucker in the summer of 1987, the
division was on the very edge of
commercial success once again and
firmly an American possession.
It lacked the magic of the great
recent years and The Rumble in the
Jungle and other Ali spectaculars
were a distant memory at that time;
Lennox Lewis lands a blow on Vitali Klitschko during their bloody heavyweight fight in 2003 GETTY
Tyson, a protégé of Cus D’Amato, a
man even older in years and ways
than Futch or Dundee, was from ancient and pure boxing stock.
Tyson saved the heavyweight
scene and in many ways the revival
started when he met Tucker in a
unique fight, one which Anthony
Joshua and Joseph Parker – a Londoner and a Kiwi – will repeat if they
can agree a deal for a fight.
Tucker was unbeaten and the IBF
champion that night and Tyson was
also unbeaten, the WBA and WBC
champion; it was the first time two
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unbeaten heavyweights had entered
the ring, each draped in a belt from
a sanctioning body. It is, considering the lunacy of the sport, truly
odd that it has not happened more
often. Joshua and Parker are both
unbeaten, Parker is the WBO champion and Joshua has the WBA and
IBF belts – their fight is big.
On the night at the Hilton, a hotel
stranded far from the neon lights
in the city, Tucker survived the
distance, nicked a few rounds and
was instantly forgotten once the bell
sounded. He lost for the first time in
V E
Y H A
EFL CUP SEMI-FINAL FIRST LEG
Man City (0).............................2 Bristol City (1)..........................1
De Bruyne 55
Reid 44 (pen)
Aguero 90
Att 43,426
CHECKATRADE TROPHY THIRD ROUND
Bury (1).........................................2 Fleetwood Town (2)..........3
Bunn 45, Dai 55
Hiwula 14, 50
Att 698
Grant 17 (pen)
Oldham ......................................P Leicester U21 .........................P
Postponed - due to a frozen pitch.
Charlton (1)..............................1 Oxford Utd (0) ..........................1
Ahearne-Grant 7
Thomas 54
Att 1,146
Oxford Utd win 3-0 on penalties.
Portsmouth (0)...................1 Chelsea U21 (0)........................2
Pitman 90
Musonda 59, 90
Att 3,116
Luton (0).....................................0 Peterborough (0) ................ 0
Att 2,253
Peterborough win 7-6 on penalties.
Rochdale (0) ...........................0 Lincoln City (0).......................1
Att 1,171
Palmer 88
Yeovil (2)......................................2 Forest Green (0)................... 0
N Smith 3, C Smith 26
Att 1,395
LADBROKES SCOTTISH CHAMPIONSHIP
Inverness CT 4 Falkirk 1.
VANARAMA NATIONAL LEAGUE
P W D L F A Pts
Macclesfield
29 16 7 6 38 26 55
Aldershot
29 14 9 6 46 30 51
Sutton Utd
29 14 7 8 42 34 49
Wrexham
28 13 9 6 31 22 48
Boreham Wood
29 12 11 6 40 29 47
Dover
29 11 12 6 38 23 45
Dag & Red
29 12 9 8 46 35 45
Tranmere
28 12 8 8 42 26 44
Bromley
29 12 8 9 46 37 44
Ebbsfleet United
29 10 12 7 41 33 42
AFC Fylde
27 10 9 8 43 37 39
Maidenhead Utd
29 9 11 9 37 40 38
Maidstone Utd
28 9 11 8 35 40 38
Woking
27 10 5 12 38 43 35
Eastleigh
28 7 13 8 40 42 34
FC Halifax
29 8 10 11 31 38 34
Hartlepool
28 8 9 11 31 38 33
Gateshead
26 7 11 8 32 28 32
Leyton Orient
29 8 8 13 35 42 32
Barrow
29 7 10 12 36 40 31
Chester FC
28 5 11 12 25 44 26
Solihull Moors
29 6 6 17 26 45 24
Guiseley
27 4 10 13 25 50 22
Torquay
28 4 8 16 23 45 20
AFC Fylde (0)..........................1 Chester FC (0)...........................1
Rowe 55
White 68
Att 1,531
35 fights and Tyson moved to 31 and
zero, with 27 ending early.
The WBO, incidentally, had their
first heavyweight champion in 1989
when an Italian (Francesco Damiani) beat a South African (Johnny
du Plooy) one night in Sicily and
that was the start of the carnage we
now have nearly thirty years later.
A quick scroll through the recent
archive reveals a list of dreadful
world heavyweight challengers
from exotic boxing locations, that is
truly awful.
On the night Tyson beat Tucker,
it had been nearly thirty years
since a European had briefly held
the world heavyweight title when
a smiling Swede put on a savage
smash-and-grab raid against Floyd
Patterson one night in 1959 at New
York’s Yankee Stadium. However,
Sweet Ingemar Johansson was
knocked out cold in the rematch the
following year.
Tyson was a real champion for
a few years and he was followed
by Lennox Lewis, Riddick Bowe
and Evander Holyfield. They came
close to all fighting each other. Bowe
twice beat Holyfield (and lost once),
who twice beat Tyson.
Lewis beat Holyfield and Tyson
as professionals and stopped Bowe
in the 1988 Olympic final. Lewis
also ended his career by stopping
Vitali Klitschko in a bloodbath in
Los Angeles in 2003. The Klitschko
brothers followed the quartet, with
Wladimir and Vitali reigning for
more than a decade.
In 2015, Tyson Fury beat Wlad,
then vanished and in 2016 Joshua
won a belt stripped from Fury
and in the same year Parker won
another of the belts taken from the
absent, self-styled, Gypsy King.
That’s the potted history from
Tucker and Tyson to, hopefully,
Parker and Joshua, which should
be confirmed for early April, once
Joshua has ended his prolonged vacation in Dubai. It is a good fight for
an epoch. THE INDEPENDENT
TENNIS
Dag & Red (0)..........................2
Cheek 55, Sparkes 90
Att 1,117
Maidstone Utd (0)............1
Anderson 54
Boreham Wood (1)..............3
Andrade 12, 48 (pen)
Balanta 59
Ebbsfleet United (0)..........2
Powell 46, 61
Att 2,396
Guiseley ...................................P Gateshead ..................................P
Postponed - due to a frozen pitch.
CRICKET
SECOND ONE DAY INTERNATIONAL
Pakistan v New Zealand, Nelson: Pakistan 246-9 (50
overs; Mohammad Hafeez 60, Shadab Khan 52, Hasan
Hasan Ali 51). New Zealand 151-2 (23.5 overs; M J Guptill
86no). New Zealand won by 8 wickets (D/L Method).
DARTS
BDO LAKESIDE WORLD PROFESSIONAL
CHAMPIONSHIPS, Frimley Green: Men’s 1st rd: J
Williams (GB) bt D Nilsson (Swe) 3-2, R Veenstra
(Neth) bt K McKinstry (GB) 3-2, G de Vos (Bel)
bt D Telnekes (Neth) 3-1. Women’s 1st rd: A de
Graaf (Neth) bt P Jacklin (GB) 2-0
TENNIS
WTA HOBART INTERNATIONAL, AUSTRALIA:
First round: A Riske (US) bt (8) K SINIAKOVA (Cz
Rep) 2-6 6-3 7-5; M Niculescu (Rom) bt (6) I BEGU
(Rom) 6-3 6-2. Second round: (5) L TSURENKO
(Ukr) bt Y Putintseva (Kaz) 6-3 6-2; M Buzarnescu
(Rom) bt A Friedsam (Ger) 7-5 6-4; D Vekic
(Croa) bt M Vondrousova (Cz Rep) 6-4 6-4; (2) E
MERTENS (Bel) bt B Haddad Maia (Br) 6-4 6-4.
ATP ASB CLASSIC, AUCKLAND, NEW ZEALAND:
Men’s Singles First round: P Gojowczyk (Ger) bt
T Smyczek (US) 6-3 4-6 6-3; R Haase (Neth) bt C
Ruud (Nor) 0-6 7-6 (8-6) 6-3; L Lacko (Slovak) bt S
Tsitsipas (Gr) 6-3 6-7 (5-7) 6-3; J Vesely (Cz Rep)
bt R Albot (Mol) 3-6 6-1 7-6 (9-7); S Johnson (US)
bt L Caruana (US) 7-5 7-6 (7-4); H Chung (S Kor)
bt T Sandgren (US) 6-3 5-7 6-3; (6) P CUEVAS
(Uru) bt T Daniel (Japan) 6-3 6-2.
TODAY’S FIXTURES
FOOTBALL
EFL CUP SEMI-FINAL FIRST LEG
Chelsea v Arsenal (8).............................................................................
CHECKATRADE TROPHY THIRD ROUND
Shrewsbury v Blackpool (7)............................................................
VANARAMA NATIONAL LEAGUE NORTH:
Darlington v Salford City (7.45).
ICE HOCKEY
ELITE LEAGUE Challenge Cup Quarter-Finals
2nd Leg: Cardiff Devils v Guildford Flames.
Konta is ‘feeling good’
despite first-round defeat
By Sports Staff
Johanna Konta’s defence of her Sydney International title ended swiftly
as she lost to Agnieszka Radwanska
in the first round.
A surprising slide in the rankings,
to No 28, meant former world No 2
Radwanska entered this week
as an unseeded player, but
she showed her quality
in a 6-3, 7-5 victory over
the Brit. In a repeat of
last year’s final matchup, this time fourth seed
Konta could not take
control of the contest
against Poland’s former
Wimbledon runner-up.
Consolation for Konta came with
the fact she completed the match
without obvious physical problems,
five days after being forced to retire
from her Brisbane International
quarter-final with Elina Svitolina
due to injury.
She now heads for Melbourne
and the Australian Open, where 12
months ago she reached the quar-
ter-finals, while Radwanska continues her Grand Slam preparation in
Sydney and faces American teenager CiCi Bellis next.
Konta (below) said: “I felt I recovered a lot quicker than I anticipated,
which is a massively positive thing.
I’m right where I should be, coming
off the end of last year.
“I’m happy again with
the different kind of players that I’ve played so
I feel good going into
Melbourne – as good as
I can feel.”
A m e r i c a n Ve n u s
Williams was the casualty
of a heavyweight secondround clash with Germany’s
former world No 1 Angelique Kerber, starting well but fading to a 5-7,
6-3, 6-1 defeat in a match delayed for
two hours by a thunderstorm.
The two-time Grand Slam champion, who has now won her past
six matches after going unbeaten
in last week’s Hopman Cup, meets
Dominika Cibulkova in today’s
quarter-final.
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WINTER OLYMPICS
Banned Marler
to miss start of
Six Nations
By Jack de Menezes
Joe Marler will miss England’s
Six Nations matches against
Italy and Wales next month
after being given a six-week
ban for the red card that he
received during Harlequins’
Premiership defeat at Sale
Sharks on Saturday.
Marler, who was sent off
during Quins’ 30-29 defeat,
pleaded guilty to striking
replacement flanker TJ Ioane
in the head with his shoulder as
the Sale forward attempted to
move away from a ruck.
Marler admitted the charge
at a disciplinary hearing
in London and, because his
shoulder struck Ioane’s head,
a mid-entry point suspension
was deemed necessary, as per
RFU regulations, resulting in
at least a six-week suspension.
However, given Marler’s
poor disciplinary record, an
additional week was added
to the ban, before a reduction
of one week was applied
due to the prop’s “plea, his
conduct since the incident
took place and other personal
mitigation”, panel chairman
Philip Evans QC confirmed.
Ioane was banned for two
weeks for an incident involving
Marler earlier in the same
match.
This is the third blemish on
Marler’s record this season. He
was reprimanded in September
for grappling with England
team-mate James Haskell and
spraying water in the Wasps
forward’s face, before being
banned for three weeks after
striking lock Will Rowlands
with his elbow in a European
match against the same club.
Ireland and Wales have both
lost key players to injury ahead
of the Six Nations.
Leinster centre Garry
Ringrose is likely to miss
Ireland’s opening games
against France and Italy at
least, while Ospreys flanker
Dan Lydiate has been ruled
out for the rest of the season
as he needs surgery on an arm
injury.THE INDEPENDENT
Team GB target five medals on route
to becoming top-five Alpine nation
Stakes are high after huge investment in athletes heading for PyeongChang
By Kevin Garside
CHIEF SPORTS CORRESPONDENT
England prop Joe Marler has been
banned for six weeks
ThelatestinaseriesofWinterOlympic
landmarks – this beingone monthto go
– was rolled out at the Korean Cultural
Centre in west London yesterday,
where UK Sport set its medal
target in PyeongChang at a
minimum of five.
That might not appear a big return on their
£32million investment in
the Olympic cycle since
Sochi, yet it would be an
unprecedented number and
might be seen as the start of an
ambitious programme to transform
Britain into a top-five Alpine nation
over a 12-year period.
Much rests on the performance
of short track speed skating world
champion Elise Christie, on Eve
Muirhead maintaining her momentum with the women’s curling team,
and on the ability of our snowboarders and slopestyle skiers to deliver on
their undoubted potential.
At this stage of proceedings, in front of the Korean
Ambassador to the UK,
the mood was undeniably
upbeat. “The target of a
best-ever Olympic Winter Games is indicative
of just how far the athletes
and their national governing
bodies have progressed over the
past four years,” said Team GB Chef
de Mission Mike Hay.
“It is a reflection of the growth we
have seen across many of our winter
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Amount in millions of
pounds that UK Sport
has invested in Britain’s
Winter Olympics and
Paralympics squads
Number of medals Team
GB won at the Sochi
Olympics in 2014: one
gold, one silver and two
bronze
Number of medals won in
Winter Olympics history
by British skiers. James
Woods, Dave Ryding, Andrew
Musgrave and Izzy Atkin will
be looking to change that
sports that they have medal potential
and that Britain is now viewed as a
credible winter nation.”
UK Sport’s Director of Performance, Chelsea Warr (inset), added:
“We know that our goals for any
Games are always ambitious. However, this is a particularly stretching
target given the high risks and low
margins for error across a range of
events we have medal opportunities
in. And, in some events, the more unpredictable outdoor terrains that our
athletes will need to navigate.
“Nevertheless, some fantastic
work has gone on behind the scenes
by all the teams working with our
athletes to ensure they are the best
prepared in the world.”
The greatest medal burden falls on
Dan Hunt, sporting director of a ski
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North Korea will
send team to
Winter Games
By Matt Slater
Great Britain’s main medal hopes in
PyeongChang are (clockwise from
main picture) Andrew Musgrave,
Dave Ryding, Elise Christie, Katie
Ormerod and Laura Deas. The mascots
for the Winter Games (top) were in
London yesterday GETTY IMAGES
and snowboard squad tasked with
bringing back a minimum of two
medals. With slopestyle skiers of the
pedigree of James Woods and Katie
Summerhayes, snowboarder Katie
Ormerod and cross-country skier
Andrew Musgrave, Hunt just needs
to get them to the gate in one piece to
have a chance of meeting his targets.
Hunt, a former performance director of the British women’s cycling
team, has galvanised the set-up but
the fruits of the structural changes
he is making will not all be felt in
PyeongChang.
“It feels quite similar to the cycling programme heading to Beijing,
where some parts of the programme
were really well-established, like the
sprints, and other parts were less
well-established but we still had opportunities. There, we managed to
convert those opportunities. Here,
there are just more variables.
“It feels like there is real morale in
the team, that we are a happy ship
and that people are excited about the
future, which is a bit different to how
it was when I started. It feels like we
are going somewhere now and people
who have been with the organisation
for a while are really stepping up.”
The International Olympic Committee president, Thomas Bach, has
“warmly welcomed” North Korea’s
decision to take part in next month’s
Winter Games in South Korea.
The news represents a remarkable
breakthrough in relations between
the two nations that share the Korean peninsula. They have not signed a
peace treaty following the end of the
Korean War in 1953 and have spent
the last two years ratcheting up tensions in the region.
It is a major boost for the Winter
Olympics in PyeongChang – just 50
miles from the demilitarised zone between North and South Korea – and
for the IOC as it continues to struggle with the repercussions of the
Russian doping scandal, allegations
of corruption, and declining interest
from cities for hosting future Games.
Bach said: “The IOC warmly welcomes the proposals on which the
Republic of Korea [South Korea] and
the Democratic People’s Republic
of Korea [North] have agreed upon.
These proposals mark a great step
forward in the Olympic spirit.”
They also represent a great step
forward for peace in the region, particularly after months of nuclear missile tests, threats of war and stinging
economic sanctions against the isolated North Korean regime.
It is also the first piece of good
news regarding PyeongChang 2018
that the IOC has been able to trumpet, following recent stories about
poor ticket sales, the National Hockey League’s refusal to release its
players and the ongoing row about
Russia’s involvement.
News of the Korean breakthrough
came yesterday after the first highlevel talks between the countries
since 2015. South Korean officials
have suggested they believe the
two Koreas will march together
in the opening ceremony, under a
unified flag, as they did at the 2006
Winter Games.
Two figure skaters from North
Korea, Ryom Tae-ok and Kim Ju-sik,
qualified but missed the registration
deadline and would need IOC clearance to compete in the Games, which
run from 9-25 February.
IOC president Thomas Bach ‘warmly
welcomed’ North Korea’s decision
Bayliss to step down from
role as head coach in 2019
By Jonathan Liew
Trevor Bayliss has announced that
he will step down as England coach in
September 2019 at the end of his currentcontract.Thatperiodtakesinthe
World Cup on home soil and the next
Ashes series, and in the wake of their
4-0 Ashes defeat, Bayliss confirmed
that while he wants to stay in charge
for the time being, he has no intention
of going any further than that.
“I told [director of England cricket] Andrew Strauss 12 months ago
that I’m contracted to September
2019, and that would see me out,”
Bayliss said. “I’ve never been anywhere more than four or five years,
whether you’re going well or not.
I’ve always felt that it’s time for a
change around about that four-year
mark. A new voice, a different approach, reinvigorates things.”
Bayliss (right)took over as England
coach in the summer of 2015,
and while he has overseen
a transformation in the
team’s limited-overs fortunes, England have not
won either of the last two
global trophies, and have
lost more Test matches
than they have won.
Despite the fact that he
will not be around for the next
Ashes tour in 2021-22, Bayliss, 55,
said that the process of preparing
for the next trip in four years’ time
was one that would be undertaken
under his watch. “I’ve got no problem working towards a long-term
goal even if I’m not going to be
there,” he said. “Joe Root as captain
will still be there, and there’s
a base of six or seven players that will still be young
enough and good enough
to be in the team.”
Given that England’s
bowling attack was simply not good enough to
triumph in Australian
conditions, Bayliss admitted that in future young bowlers
might need to be blooded earlier,
even if it comes at the expense of
short-term results. THE INDEPENDENT
Helmets for bowlers? How T20’s
big hitters are changing attitudes
Richard Edwards on the start of a headgear revolution
B
efore Dennis Lillee, Jeff
Thomson, Michael Holding and Andy Roberts
started pinging the ball
around batsmen’s ears
at 90mph, not much thought was
given to protecting the head.
After all, that was what the bat
was for. Before the death of Phil
Hughes, the thought of an umpire
or, even more incongruously, a
bowler wearing any form of headgear was equally unthinkable.
The events of November 2014
changed all that and now, on New
Zealand’s South Island, another
revolution in cricket protection
is under way. Shortly before
Christmas, Warren Barnes, a pace
bowler for the Otago Volts, donned
a specially designed helmet for a
three-over spell that saw him pick
up three wickets for 33 runs.
Rather that, he reasoned, than
follow through with his head down –
something he has done throughout
his career – and be smashed square
on the head by a crushing straight
drive from a marauding Twenty20
batsman.
“When I bowl I drop my head down
a lot and I don’t actually lift my head
up until the batter has hit the ball,” he
says. “In the nets, when we’re doing
Twenty20 stuff, I’ve been hit quite a
few times in the chest, in the shoulder, everywhere really.
“It was pretty much a matter of
time before I got seriously injured
so Rob [Walter, the Otago Coach]
wanted something to be done. We
went online and got a hockey mask.
We then took it to a local dude in
Dunedin and he got the whole protective top fitted. It works well.”
There has been no shortage of
interest since, with Barnes fielding calls from Australia and India
as those involved in cricket scent
another potential development in a
sport that has already changed out
Warren Barnes has started wearing an adapted hockey mask GETTY
of all recognition since the advent
the bat and does some serious damof T20 cricket 15 years ago.
age. It has to be a good thing, espeLuke Fletcher of Nottinghamshire cially for the quick bowlers who end
would have been paying more atten- up halfway down the wicket in their
tion than most, given the sickening
follow through.”
blow he received in a T20 match
It’s not only the bowlers who
against Warwickshire at Trent
are looking for greater protection.
Bridge in July. Sam Hain smashed
Wicketkeepers have long-since
the ball straight back on to the top
donned helmets standing up to the
of Fletcher’s head – a blow which
wicket, partly, in England at least,
ended Fletcher’s season and
as a result of the eye injury
left his team-mates and
suffered by Paul Downton
the batsman himself viswhile playing for Midibly shaken.
dlesex in a 40 over
“In T20 today,
match against Hampthere is no time to
shire back in 1990.
Years since T20
get out of the way,”
Downton had his
was introduced.
says Barnes. “Luke
lens partly shattered
It continues to have
Fletcher has his eyes
and never played
a profound affect on
on the ball all the
again.
the game
time, he doesn’t really
Umpires have also
drop his head at all, and
taken to wearing both
he had no time to react at
helmets and arm-guards.
all, the poor bugger.
Even the non-striker is no longer
“The safety for the players,
safe – a point proved by Ben Rohrer
because of what happened to Phil
in the recent Big Bash clash between
Hughes, is absolutely paramount.
Sydney Thunder and the Brisbane
Especially now that the Twenty20
Heat. He was hit on the collarbone
is evolving so rapidly and just getand partially in the throat by a drive
ting faster and faster. It’s just a mat- from his batting partner, Callum
ter of time before a ball comes off
Ferguson last week.
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Planet Football
ARSENAL
Iwobi faces fine for
pre-match partying
Alex Iwobi will be fined by Arsenal
if he is found to have partied
until the early hours of Saturday
morning ahead of Sunday’s FA Cup
defeat to Nottingham Forest.
The 21-year-old forward was
filmed dancing in central London
at 2.37am on Saturday in a video
uploaded to Snapchat, according
to The Sun.
He then played 90 minutes at
the City Ground as the holders
crashed out, going down 4-2 to the
Championship side.
Arsenal manager Arsène
Wenger said: “Yes, if that is
true he will be fined. It is
impossible to go out 48
hours before a game. It is
unacceptable.”
Iwobi was reported to
have attended a party that
included people smoking
cannabis and inhaling
laughing gas.
But Wenger said his
player was not involved
in either taking drugs
or drinking alcohol. “First of
all, we have to be cautious with
everything that is coming out,”
Wenger said. “When you read what
is reported it is like he has taken
drugs. He was not involved in that
at all. He has been out at a birthday
party and how long he has stayed?
That is important. After, I will
decide what happens.
“Did he do drugs or alcohol?
Not at all. If your neighbour
takes drugs, what can you do?
You are responsible for your own
behaviour, not the behaviour of
your neighbour.”
Wenger admitted Iwobi’s
performance against Forest
may have been affected.
“Who knows that?”
Wenger said. “You know
that sometimes you want to
prepare 100 per cent but it
is not always a guarantee
you will be at your
best. But that is what
is requested from a
top-level professional.”
WEST HAM UNITED
NEWCASTLE UNITED
Moyes lines up
£2m swoop
for Arfield
Beardsley denies
bullying and
racism claims
West Ham United manager David
Moyes has targeted Burnley
midfielder Scott Arfield for a
January transfer.
Arfield has six months left on
his contract at Turf Moor and
while Burnley have offered him an
extension, West Ham are prepared
to make him a better deal and pay
close to £2m for the 29-year-old.
Moyes is a long-term admirer
of Arfield, having tried to sign
him during his season in charge
of Sunderland. Now he is desperate
to add Premier League experience
to his West Ham squad and will
try again for the Scottish-born
Canada international.
Newcastle
Under-23s
coach Peter
Beardsley has
“categorically”
denied allegations
of bullying and
racism, after agreeing to take leave
while they are investigated.
In a statement issued through
his solicitors, the 56-year-old
(above) former Magpies and
England star has protested his
innocence as he fights to clear
his name. A formal complaint of
bullying was made by 22-year-old
midfielder Yasin Ben El-Mhanni,
backed by several team-mates.
HUDDERSFIELD TOWN
STOKE CITY
Huddersfield Town have made
an £11m bid for Norwich City
midfielder Alex Pritchard.
The Terriers have made the
significantly improved offer after
one of £5m was rejected for the
24-year-old. Former England
Under-21
international
Pritchard is
understood to be
keen for a move to
the John Smith’s
Stadium.
Austrian right-back Moritz Bauer
has completed a transfer to
managerless Stoke, having been a
target of recently-axed manager
Mark Hughes.
The Potters have made Bauer,
25, their first signing of the
window for an undisclosed fee
after reaching an agreement with
Russian club Rubin Kazan.
Bauer agreed personal terms on
a four-and-a-half-year deal which
was completed despite the fact
Hughes was sacked on Saturday.
Terriers in £11m Bauer seals his
Pritchard bid
Potters deal
FOOTBALL ASSOCIATION
FA to instigate ‘Rooney
Target is for more
Bame applicants
and improved
whistle-blowing
procedures
By Samuel Lovett
The Football Association has confirmed that it will enforce the ‘Rooney
Rule’ when selecting future coaching
roles within the England set-up.
This means at least one Black,
Asian and Minority Ethnic (Bame)
applicant, with the relevant
qualifications and experience, will
be interviewed by FA figures for
coaching positions.
Chief executive Martin Glenn
said the rule will “absolutely”
be implemented when selecting
Gareth Southgate’s successor as
England manager.
“The principles of a voluntary
Rooney Rule will be formally adopted
by the England team set up,” Glenn
confirmed yesterday. “What it will
say is the opportunity to have a career
beyond playing is something that the
FA is serious about promoting.
“The FA wants to become a more
inclusive organisation, where the
workforce more represents the people who play football today.”
English Football League clubs introduced their own version of the
Rooney Rule on 1 January but the
same measure has been applied to
roles in their academies since June.
The initiative will be applied to
back-room staff as well as head
coaches, Glenn confirmed.
“I think the Rooney Rule on its own
isn’t enough,” Glenn said. “All the
other programmes about building
the pipeline of talented young Bame
coaches is also important at the same
time. We are also quite a big employer
as well, if you think about the 28 Eng-
land teams now, if you include men’s,
women’s and disability.
“I think, in talking to people at the
Premier League and the FA, I don’t
see any resistance to it and to be fair
the EFL has a Rooney Rule in place.”
There are currently five Bame
managers working in England’s top
four divisions. Jimmy Floyd Has-
selbaink at Northampton, Carlisle’s
Keith Curle, Nuno Espirito Santo at
Wolves and Chesterfield manager
Jack Lester. Brighton manager Chris
Hughton is the only non-white manager in the Premier League.
The introduction of the Rooney
Rule was one of many initiatives put
forward by the FA as it outlined its vi-
Analysis
Years overdue, this is
a very small step in
the right direction
Ed
Malyon
This will not be the year in which
football conquers racism – Fifa
claimed to have done that in 2016
– and it won’t be the year in which
we get close to racial equality
within the sport.
But we will take a tiny step.
The first, most minuscule stride
towards beginning to think we are
heading in the right direction.
The FA has announced that it
“The under-representation of
black managers in our leagues is a
national embarrassment,” wrote
columnist Oliver Holt, then of the
Daily Mirror, when he called for
the Rooney Rule in football. That
was 2013. And since then there
has been five years of silence, hundreds of opportunities lost and
only token gestures.
The reality in 2018 is this: of the
will be introducing its version of
482 leading coaching roles in
“the Rooney Rule”, named after
England’s top four divithe Pittsburgh Steelers’
sions, just 22 are held
legendary owner Dan
by coaches of Bame
Rooney, who died last
backgrounds. There
year but only after
are only four Bame
successfully implemanagers in the
menting a way to
Bame coaches in
EFL, and one in the
promote diversity in
England’s top four
Premier League.
American football.
divisions – holding
less than five per
The EFL, to their
It means that the
cent of the available
credit, have now
Football Association
jobs
brought in a Rooney
will now ensure that
Rule of their own, having
“at least one Bame canhad great success with a trial
didate will be interviewed
for academy posts. Baby steps, but
for every role”, a straightforward
forward steps.
stipulation that is long overdue.
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Modernising the FA
The FA’s chief executive Martin Glenn
has announced a raft of cultural
changes to bring the FA up to date.
These include:
n A new whistle-blowing policy for
players and codes of conduct and
bespoke diversity training for coaches
and staff.
n The adoption of a voluntary
‘Rooney Rule’ to interview a qualified black, Asian and minority ethnic
(Bame) candidate for every new
coaching job, and working with the
Professional Footballers’ Association to identify and train promising
Bame coaches.
n The publication of an external
review of the FA’s diversity and
equality record by Easter and the
disclosure of its gender pay gap
in April.
n A bigger role for its Inclusion Advisory Body, closer co-operation with
anti-racism charity Kick It Out and an
annual diversity report.
n The creation of Football Advisory
Panel to tap into the expertise of
former players and managers.
n The trial of “on-camera” briefings by
former players to give a “human face”
to the FA’s disciplinary decisions.
From left to right: Chris Hughton,
Nuno Espirito Santo, Keith Curle and
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sion for English football, and the organisation itself, in the coming years.
The FA intends to invest a total
of £180m in English football from
2018-19 onwards. This marks a 38
per cent increase on the £123m the
FA has poured into football this
season and is a result of the restructuring work Glenn has led over the
Former Aston Villa striker Darius
Vassell’s stock is rising as a coach
At the top of the game, though,
there appears little appetite for
its introduction. The Premier
League is understood to feel that
last two and a half years. The FA
also outlined a new programme
to improve whistle-blowing procedures and diversity across the
English game following the Eniola
Aluko controversy.
It has also pledged to increase investment in the grassroots game,
with £9m being made available for
this is a pyramid issue, one that
must be solved through building
up from the bottom, by improving
Bame coaches so they are in a position to apply for top-flight jobs.
The Premier League is playing
its part by funding apprenticeships for up-and-coming Bame
coaches: recent graduates include
Darius Vassell, Darren Powell and
Darren Kenton.
The Premier League is a global
beast these days. At times it feels
like a supra-national league that
just happens to take place in England. But should we give them a
free pass when all that is being
asked for is the opportunity for
a non-white coach to state their
case, to showcase their ideas, in
front of a majority (if not entirely)
white board tasked with recruiting a manager?
The greatest focus will, inevitably, fall on the manager of the England men’s team, and that causes
great concern. Bame coaches
facilities and an extra £6m for participation. In addition, the FA will
double the prize fund for the FA
Cup from next season, with more
money for clubs at every stage of the
tournament, and pay off the debt on
rebuilding Wembley by 2024, several
years early, saving £2-3m a year in
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wishing to succeed Gareth Southgate will need to have a Uefa Pro
Licence and relevant experience.
The leading candidate, currently, would be Brighton’s Chris
Hughton, if you assume that the
FA wants to go English.
It is worth mentioning that this
isn’t just an English problem. A
list of the 50 best managers in the
world published by FourFourTwo
magazine last year contains just
two Bame managers. Numbers
that tell a story.
“Don’t start in the Premier
League. Start with the Football
League. Introduce the rule for the
Championship and Leagues One
and Two,” wrote Holt back in 2013.
We’ve done that now. The FA
is on board, too. The process has
started, the movement is going in
the right direction, but the sad reality is that this is a tiny first step
on a depressingly long journey to
something approaching equality.
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Murray in clear but
VAR divides opinion
among Palace players
By Jim Daly
The Video Assistant Referee was
given its first test in competitive
English football on Monday night
during Brighton’s 2-1 FA Cup win
over Crystal Palace, but it has left
some players unconvinced.
Referee Andre Marriner didn’t
need to call on the VAR until the
final minutes, when striker Glenn
Murray arrived at the far post to
reach a header from Uwe Hünemeier and score the winner against
his former club.
Some Palace players protested to
Marriner, but after a short wait and
a message in his ear from VAR
Neil Swarbrick, he confirmed the goal. After the
game, Palace midfielder
James McArthur (right)
admitted the experience had left more questions than answers.
“It was probably 15 seconds we were waiting,” he
said. “But they might have got
it right. They take a bit of time to review it. When it is so close like that
you need to take your time to review
it rather than jump to a conclusion.”
Some of McArthur’s team-mates
still weren’t convinced Murray had
not used his arm, even after watching multiple replays. “It hit Glenn’s
knee and then we do not know if
there is contact after that. It is hard
for them [the officials].
“We got half the changing room
saying it is a goal, and half the
changing room saying it is not. Even
that is not clear-cut. It is one those
that will probably not happen like
that again, but on the first night it is
so hard to call.
“The referee does not think it
touches his hand, and they have got
so many cameras watching it, they
can see it a lot more than you can.”
Palace were not at their best dur-
ing Monday’s third round clash,
aside from a frantic spell in the
second half when they peppered
Tim Krul’s goal with shots and
equalised Dale Stephens’ first-half
effort through a superb shot from
Bakary Sako.
McArthur was cagey about the
use of VAR in the future, but admitted that, with or without it, his side
were simply not good enough.
“There is so much money for
clubs involved that you want mistakes out of the game. But at the
same time, it is part of life in football that people make mistakes. We
make mistakes and referees do. You
have got opinions both ways.
“We should have done
better as a team. One
incident has cost us
but that is not down to
the referee.”
Goalscorer Murray,
meanwhile, was convinced the ball had not
hit his arm. “I knew it didn’t
touch my arm,” he said. “I didn’t
know what it touched, but obviously
the assistant VAR was in the referee’s ear telling him that it was all
legit. I just needed to get something
on it as I felt it was going to just
sneak wide, and luckily I did.”
Officials at the Premier League
will be pleased that the first official
outing of VAR passed off without
controversy, but Murray gave it
only a cautious thumbs up.
“There are pros and cons. Especially with the brand of the Premier
League, with its physicality and
speed – that’s what the world likes
to see. If the VAR is going to slow
it down then it’s not a good thing,
but if it can be introduced gradually, smoothly and fluidly, then it is.
We’ve had goal-line technology that
kicked off with no problem, so hopefully the VAR will be like that.” THE
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One month to
go: Team GB
given lofty
medal target
MANCHESTER CITY
De Bruyne 55, Aguero 90
2
BRISTOL CITY
Reid pen 44
1
By Mark Critchley
AT THE ETIHAD STADIUM
Manchester City may be blowing
away all and sundry in the top-flight
but the Premier League leaders seem
to find second-tier opponents somewhat more problematic.
Bristol City were all but a few minutes away from becoming the second
Championship side to come to the
Etihad, derail the juggernaut and
hold Pep Guardiola’s team in this season’s Carabao Cup.
While City needed penalty shootout heroics from goalkeeper Claudio Bravo to finally beat Wolves in
the fourth round, it took a last-gasp
header from Sergio Aguero last night
to earn his side a first-leg lead.
At half-time, Lee Johnson’s visitors were even hopeful of inflicting
City’s first home defeat in over a year,
as a first-half performance made up
of organised defending and assertive counter-attacking ended with
Bobby Reid winning and converting
a penalty.
Yet Guardiola’s side is developing
a knack for winning late and after a
night of wasteful finishing, their most
trusted frontman came to the rescue.
Though disappointed, Bristol,
Johnson and those supporters will
not leave without hope.
After the match, Bristol defender
Aden Flint said: “Disappointed to
concede but we can hold out heads
high. We played well. We’ve taken
probably the best team in the world
all the way. We are still in the con-
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Manchester City
Bravo
Danilo
Stones
Mangala Zinchenko
De Bruyne Gundogan
B Silva
Sterling
Reid
Bryan
Toure
Sane
Paterson
Smith
Pack
Brownhilll
Magnusson Baker
Flint
Wright
Fielding
Bristol City
Substitutions: Manchester City Aguero (Toure, 70),
Walker (Zinchenko, 79); Bristol City Walsh
(Magnusson, 72).
Booked: Bristol City Flint, Smith, Bryan.
Man of the match De Bruyne.
Match rating 7/10.
Possession: Manchester City 68% Bristol City 32%.
Attempts on target: Manchester City 6 Bristol City 3.
Referee A Taylor (Wythenshawe). Attendance 43,426.
Second leg Tuesday 23 January, 7.45pm, Ashton Gate
test and looking forward to the
next game.”
Their display, combined with their
elimination of Manchester United in
the previous round, suggest they still
stand an outside chance of reaching
a Wembley final when the two teams
reconvene at Ashton Gate.
Even though Guardiola named
what could be called a weakened
line-up, the four changes included a
four-time African Footballer of the
Year, a £43m summer signing and the
outstanding player of the Premier
League season so far.
Bristol were duly dominated for
the first quarter of an hour but,
backed by a strong away following of
more than 7,500, Johnson’s side withstood the early pressure.
More surprisingly still, the visitors
threatened to break through. Joe
Bryan, scorer of the opener against
United, fired an effort from 25 yards
and forced Bravo to parry awkwardly.
City, nevertheless, should have
scored first. Bernardo Silva was
particularly wasteful in the opening
45 minutes, shanking several efforts
RUGBY LEAGUE
Draper quits role after one year
Roger Draper is to leave the Rugby
Football League at the end of
the month.
Draper (right), a
former Lawn Tennis
Association chief
executive, joined
the rugby league
governing body as
chief commercial officer
just over a year ago.
The news comes
just days after Nigel Wood
announced his resignation as RFL
chief executive and in the wake of a
successful move by the 12 Super
League clubs to seize more
control of the purse strings.
Draper, 47, says he has
taken the decision to
commit more time to his
other business interests.
“As a huge fan of the
sport, it is with a heavy
heart that I have decided
that now is the right time for
me to leave the Rugby Football
League,” he said in a statement.
wide. Kevin De Bruyne did better,
forcing Frank Fielding into the best
save of the first half with a curling
shot from the left.
Then, as half-time neared, Bristol
took a lead that nobody at the start of
the night had seen coming.
Josh Brownhill, a boyhood City fan
and former United academy player,
robbed a careless Eliaquim Mangala
of possession in midfield and played
in Reid. John Stones’ attempt to win
the ball back in his own area was mistimed and left referee Anthony Taylor
with no choice but to point to the spot.
Having won the penalty, Reid
converted it confidently, firing un-
FOOTBALL
Rowett ends Stoke
talk with Derby deal
Derby manager Gary Rowett has
signed a new contract with the club
to end any uncertainty regarding
his future. The 43-year-old has been
linked with the vacant managerial
position at Stoke, after the Premier
League side sacked Mark Hughes on
Saturday shortly after their FA Cup
defeat at Coventry. However, Rowett
has agreed to a new three-and-ahalf-year deal at Pride Park, just 10
months after he was appointed by
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Sergio Aguero
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winning goal for
Manchester City
last night REUTERS
derneath Bravo’s right hand. The
shock lead, though, barely lasted a
minute. Raheem Sterling chipped
the on-rushing Fielding but from
underneath his own crossbar, 6ft 6in
centre-half Flint showed wonderful
composure to head off the line.
A mis-hit clearance by Bravo in the
early stages of the second half and
Ilkay Gundogan’s furious reaction
said much about their performance.
The goalkeeper atoned a few short
minutes later, though, with a pass
that initiated the equaliser. Bravo’s
superb through ball, while under
pressure in his own six-yard box,
found De Bruyne in midfield and the
Belgian was off, scampering down
the pitch.
Bristol’s defence kept backing off
until he found Sterling on the edge
of the area. The England attacker
played a clever return pass to De
Bruyne, who blasted past Fielding.
From there on, the sense was that
Bristol’s moment had been and gone.
But without an out-and-out striker to
call on, City’s attack still seemed uncharacteristically blunt.
Aguero’s introduction eventually had the desired effect, though, as
Silva’s inch-perfect cross found the
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Date finalised for
Frampton v Donaire
Carl Frampton’s highly-anticipated
featherweight fight with Nonito
Donaire has been confirmed for
21 April at Belfast’s SSE Arena.
Frampton takes on the 35-year-old
Filipino-American – a four-weight
world champion who has lost four
times in 38 fights. Frampton, 30,
then hopes to take on the winner
of the forthcoming IBF world
featherweight title fight between
Lee Selby and Josh Warrington, at
Windsor Park in the summer.
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Chelsea looking for a centre-half
after missing out on £75m Van Dijk
By Miguel Delaney and
Jack Pitt-Brooke
Antonio Conte has confirmed that
Virgil van Dijk was a target for Chelsea before he moved to Liverpool
at the beginning of this month, and
it is understood that the Premier
League champions are still looking
for a centre-half.
The overriding problem for Chelsea in the pursuit of Van Dijk was that
they were always unwilling to pay
more than £50m for him, £25m short
of what Liverpool eventually forked
out. It was also well known that the
26-year-old Dutchman wanted to
work with Jürgen Klopp.
“This is football,” Conte said yesterday ahead of tonight’s Carabao
Cup semi-final first leg against Arsenal. “This is life. For sure he was
our target but as you know this is
football. We can have a lot of targets
but you must be able to reach those
targets. The transfer market is not
simple for any club.”
Conte added that he felt Liverpool
would feel the benefit of their recent
transfer dealings.
“Van Dijk is a top defender,” the
Italian said. “At the same time, they
sold very well [with Philippe] Coutinho because when you sell a player for
this amount of money [£142m], and
then you have the rest of money to
invest, to improve your team.”
Looking forward to tonight’s game,
Conte said Eden Hazard was fit to
play against the side against whom
he had controversially won a penalty
when the two sides met in the Premier League a week ago – thereby
incurring the wrath of Arsenal manager Arsène Wenger.
Hazard missed Saturday’s FA Cup
draw at Norwich but Conte said:
“Eden is fit, in a good physical condition. He has a little problem in his
calf, he’s ready and in contention.”
Wenger had described the award
of a penalty for a Hector Bellerin
kick on Hazard as “farcical”, comments which he has been asked to
explain to the Football Association.
Three days later, Conte labelled
Wenger as an “old coach” who
should accept the decisions of the
referee – comments which have
rather been overtaken by the outbreak of war between Conte and
Jose Mourinho. But Wenger gave a
Fritsch banned for text admission
Canadian Brad Fritsch has been
given a three-month ban
after he texted the PGA
Tour’s head of antidoping to inform him
that a weight-loss
supplement that he
had taken contained
a banned substance.
Fritsch (right), 40,
who will be eligible to
play again on 28 February
as the ban was back-dated
to November 30, admitted he was
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“embarrassed” at failing to check
what he was taking, but felt dutybound to admit his error. “I’m
just so upset with myself
that I didn’t think to
question what was in the
supplements,” he said.
“But I never did. And in
the programme rules, it
stipulates that a self-report
is the same as a positive test.
I wish I had paid attention to
the details. I’m embarrassed that I
didn’t pay attention to the details.”
Chelsea
Courtois
Azpilicueta Christensen Cahill
Moses
Kante
Fabregas
Alonso
Bakayoko
Morata
Hazard
Lacazette
Sanchez
Ozil
Wilshere
Welbeck
Elneny
Maitland- Mustafi Chambers Bellerin
Niles
Ospina
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riposte of his own to both Conte and
Hazard yesterday. “I did not blame
Hazard,” Wenger insisted. “Why did
I question Hazard? I did not. I questioned the decision of the referee.
“We are objective. You look at the
picture. You see how Hazard goes
down and you see how quickly he
takes the penalty.
“If he was so injured, why did he
take the penalty? He made more of
it. What a professional [does], basically, and he shouts. I can understand that. I do not blame Hazard.
He acted in a very professional way,
basically, to get the penalty for his
team. Which he did well.”
Regarding Conte’s comments
about Wenger’s age, the 68-yearold said that the 48-yearold was not exactly a
young man either.
“Am I an old coach?
Yes,” Wenger said.
“He’s not a young Arsenal have won
coach. He is an old
two of six League
coach as well.”
Cup semi-finals
One player who
under Arsène
Wenger
won’t be playing
tonight is Chelsea’s
new midfielder Ross
Barkley,whowassignedfrom
Everton for £15m on Friday but has
been injured for most of the season.
“[Tonight] is very soon, very soon
for him,” Conte said. “But we must
be pleased because his physical
condition is good and he has started
to train with us, understand our
football. We must be pleased, but
he needs a bit of time to work on
the physical and tactical aspects.”
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Former Wigan player
Garcia dies aged 29
Former Wigan defender Juan
Carlos Garcia has died at the age of
29 after suffering from leukaemia.
Garcia had been diagnosed with the
illness in early 2015 and remained in
England until returning to his native
Honduras towards the end of last
year. He joined Latics from Olimpia in
2013 and though he would make just
one appearance for Latics, against
Manchester City in the League Cup,
he featured in two of his country’s
games at the 2014 World Cup.
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