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THE
THURSDAY
11 JANUARY 2018
Number 2,225
PAPER BRITAIN’S FIRST AND ONLY CONCISE QUALITY TITLE
Brexit food
stunt goes
down badly
To all the
critics of my
knighthood…
‘Typical’ British
goods presented
to EU are made by
Remainers P8
By Nick Clegg
P15
War on
plastic
»
er
rkets r
Lords vote is
attack on free
press, warns
minister
P6
Buried alive
Hunt for
survivors
in California
mudslide
P23
rap
How to think
like a creative
genius
»
P30
»
Cheerleaders
for peace
North Korea’s
Games changer
»
P26
Wenger’s
Cup gamble
pays off
Makeshift
Arsenal hold
Chelsea
News.co.uk
P7
P54
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INSIDE WHO DOES THE HOUSEWORK?
P10
I PUZZLES
P44
I TV & RADIO
P28
I KEVIN GARSIDE
P52
The
News
Matrix
TECHNOLOGY
Why does
Nick Mason
think Pink Floyd
would struggle
to find fame
today?
See p.19
The day at
a glance
THURSDAY
11
JANUARY
Quote of the day
If everything seems under
control, you’re just not
going fast enough
MARIO ANDRETTI
SYRIA
Lights go out during
hi-tech gadget show
People attending the world’s biggest
consumer technology show (CES)
got a chance to test the battery life
of the latest gadgets when there
was a power cut at the Las Vegas
Convention Centre. Organisers said
it was an “isolated power outage”
and they were working to resolve it.
TRANSPORT
ROYALS
Cap cost of monthly
rail tickets, says MP
William ‘still waiting’ Dead Britons’ bodies 54 genes are linked
to prostate cancer
to be Harry’s best man returned home
SCIENCE
The cost of monthly rail tickets
should be capped so passengers
don’t pay more than annual ticket
holders, according to Tory MP Will
Quince. The Colchester MP told
the Commons many people could
not afford the one-off expense of an
annual ticket, but ended up paying
more by buying monthly passes.
The Duke of Cambridge has said
Prince Harry has yet to ask him
to be his best man at his wedding
to Meghan Markle. William said
at a charity event for Calm, which
works to change the culture around
masculinity and help men who are at
risk of suicide, “He hasn’t asked me
yet – it could be a sensitive issue.”
COURTS
COURTS
The bodies of two British men killed
while fighting against Isis in Syria
have been repatriated. Jac Holmes
and Oliver Hall, both 24, died a
month apart last year while battling
the extremists in Raqqa with the
Kurdistan People’s Protection Units.
Their remains arrived at Heathrow
airport yesterday.
Scientists have developed a new tool
which might help to predict a man’s
genetic risk of developing prostate
cancer. A study, published in the
BMJ, reveals how researchers in
the US have identified at least 54
gene variants which are associated
with an increased risk of developing
prostate cancer.
POLITICS
UNITED STATES
Bigamist was ‘caught’ Accountant denies
on Ant and Dec show stealing £1.8m
Winfrey vs Trump
a ‘dystopian’ worry
Douglas says sex
claim ‘will be a lie’
A bigamist caught out when his wife
saw him on live TV with another
woman has been jailed for six
months. Daniel Gundry’s estranged
wife Helen spotted him on Ant and
Dec’s Saturday Night Takeaway in
March 2016 attending a “family
wedding” rather than working in
Dubai, as he had claimed.
Family Guy-creator Seth
MacFarlane says it would be
“troublingly dystopian” to have
Oprah Winfrey running for
president against Donald Trump.
MacFarlane said: “We don’t want to
create a world where public service
careers become undesirable in the
face of raw celebrity.”
Hollywood star Michael Douglas has
denied an allegation of sexual
misconduct from 32 years ago –
before the claim is published. The
two-time Oscar winner said he
anticipated an allegation by a former
employee of inappropriate behaviour
in front of her. He called it a
“complete lie, fabrication.” PAGE 19
An accountant stole £1.8m from the
Bermudan government and invested
it in properties and cars in the UK,
Cardiff Crown Court has heard.
Jeffrey Bevan, from Cwmbran, is
accused of siphoning off money
while working in the British
overseas territory. Mr Bevan denies
the charge. The trial continues.
Birthdays
Mary J Blige, R&B singer,
47; Jamie Vardy, footballer,
31; Newton Faulkner
(below), singer, 33; Rachel
Riley, presenter, 32;
Bryan Robson,
ex-footballer, 61; John
Sessions, comedian, 65
SPORT
The List
Top 10 most
romantic gestures
Traditional romance isn’t dead.
Britons have named their most
romantic gestures and the results
are very much in tune with
long-established values.
Anniversaries
Saturday 11 January 1908
The Grand Canyon in
Arizona is declared a
national monument by
US President Theodore
Roosevelt. The first
European sighting of the
canyon was in 1540
by members of a
Spanish expedition.
1 Holding hands – 46%
2 Having a cuddle – 44%
3 Buying a surprise gift – 43%
4 A romantic walk – 32%
5 Giving flowers – 31%
6 Planning a spontaneous
trip away – 30%
7 A candlelit dinner – 26%
8 Breakfast in bed – 25%
9 Cooking a homemade meal
from scratch – 22%
10. Writing a love letter – 20%
SOURCE: MILLS & BOON
The height of tee-dium
Golf has been crowned the most boring sport to watch, beating even horse
racing and swimming to the dubious title. According to a survey by YouGov,
most Britons would prefer to watch athletics, tennis and gymnastics.
How exciting or boring would you say each of the following sports are to watch?
(Percentage of those who have watched each sport.)
70
Golf
Cricket
58
Darts
58
Basketball
52
Horse racing
52
Cycling
50
Formula 1
49
Boxing
28
25
32
23
Neither boring
nor exciting
Very/quite
exciting
Don’t
know
32
34
26
41
27
23
Very/quite
boring
43
18
35
Tennis
23
29
35
18
20
25
19
14
19
21
20
39
Gymnastics
Newspapers support recycling
The recycled content of UK
newspapers in 2015 was 71%
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43
40
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18
22
20
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46
Rugby Union
Athletics
17
24
43
Rugby League
Football
index
Crossword.............22
TV & Radio...........28
The 10 Best...........34
Business.................40
Puzzles.....................44
Weather...................47
18
57
Snooker
Swimming
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59
American Football
36
43
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NEWS
2-27
VOICES
14-18
TV
28-29
IQ
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BUSINESS SPORT
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i THURSDAY
11 JANUARY 2018
3
Letter from the
Assistant Editor
ThePage3Profile
BRADFORD GIRLS’ CRICKET TEAM, ROLE MODELS
Andrew Johnson
i@inews.co.uk
A wasted chance to
promote British food
Superstars?
Yes. The Bradford girls’ cricket team
star in a new film that aims to inspire
more girls to take up the sport. The
film was produced by Ummahsonic,
an online platform highlighting
positive contributions made by
Muslim youth, and empowering
young women across the country.
from a team of inexperienced players
when they first formed in 2014. And
despite the struggle, they became one
of the best teams in the country.
Was it a sticky wicket?
The video highlights the difficulties
the team faced when they first started
out. “Society says South Asian girls
aren’t supposed to play cricket and
when they say that, our dreams are
crushed,” said team member Zainab.
She said they felt like outcasts at
their first competition. “We played
against elite grammar schools. and
people laughed at our headscarves
and mismatched equipment.”
what we were doing,” Zainab said. “We
were invited to go to Lord’s – it was a
dream come true.”
Coach Jaffary supported them
every step of the way. He said:
“The girls have shown a tenacity in
pursuing the sport they love despite
some saying they shouldn’t play.
“No one should be denied access to
sport and the passion, courage and
determination shown by these girls
should be held up as an example and
pave the way for others to follow.”
How did they become role models?
Most of the girls are Muslim and
had to overcome barriers from their
communities as well as from outside
perceptions. They built themselves up
Who started the girls’ team?
Carlton Bolling college PE teacher
and Bradford girls’ cricket coach
Zaheer Jaffary motivated the girls to
start the team and has coached them
from the start. “We hope to inspire
and empower other young women
to achieve their goals and show that
no one should be confined by their
gender or background,” he said.
NATURE
PARAGUAY
PEOPLE
INDIA
New spider species
given literary twist
Shop closed over
transgender dolls
Country star Nelson
forced to leave stage
National anthem
ruling stood down
Aragog, a giant spider from Harry
Potter And The Chamber Of Secrets
and Charlotte from Charlotte’s Web
are two names from novels and
literary classics that have been used
to name seven new spider species.
The arachnids, discovered in iron
caves in the state of Para in Brazil,
belong to the genus Ochyrocera.
A shop in the Paraguayan border
town of Ciudad del Este has been
temporarily closed for selling
“transgender” dolls. The mayor
has justified the decision by saying
the town last year declared itself
“pro-life and family.” The dolls
appear to be standard-image baby
dolls, but they have male genitalia.
Country music legend Willie
Nelson, 84, has cancelled shows
in Nevada and California after
leaving a concert in San Diego after
performing just one song. Fans
said that Nelson was coughing and
apparently had difficulty breathing.
Ticketmaster said he left the stage
early because of an illness.
India’s Supreme Court has reversed
a ruling that ordered the national
anthem to be played before film
screenings while audiences stood,
after it sparked a spate of attacks on
cinema-goers who refused to take
part. The 2016 ruling set off a wave
of attacks in cinemas, including one
on a disabled man in a wheelchair.
Unwittingly breaking boundaries?
Yes. “We didn’t realise the enormity of
Valerie Browne
When I was at primary school,
every October we had to bring in a
bagful of tinned and other edible
goods for the harvest festival.
I suspect they were usually
dusty cans of pears and peaches
retrieved from the back of parents’
cupboards. After display in St
Bernadette’s Church these were
packaged up and distributed to
the “needy”.
I can’t help thinking that
more thought went into those
hampers than the one which has
embarrassed the nation after
it was presented by leading
Brexiteers to the EU’s chief
negotiator Michel Barnier (page
8). They were supposed to be
“fantastic products from Britain”
to showcase our economic
prowess. A gift-come-warning,
if you like.
If you’re going to give someone
a food hamper, at least make
sure it’s full of luxury items. The
contents of the Britain’s Fantastic
Goods hamper are hardly that. PG
Tips? Marmite?
The hamper is a reasonable
idea. But I am imagining a
Thick of It-style omnishambles
where, at the last minute,
someone realises they forgot all
about it. Quick, goes up the cry, nip
to the 24-hour shop.
More embarrassing for the
Brexiteers is that many of the
goods are manufactured by
Remain-supporting companies,
or foreign-owned corporations.
The senders have also co-opted
Winston Churchill, despite the
fact the EU was basically his idea
after he saw the devastation
wrought on Europe during the
Second World War.
But more galling is the missed
opportunity. Britain is replete
with independent food retailers
coming up with crisps, wines,
cakes, biscuits – you name it.
You just have to glance at the
Great British Food Awards for
inspiration. Greek-style yoghurt
made from Jersey Cream by the
Cotteswold Dairy in Tewkesbury,
for example. Or the Great Taste
Awards, which honoured Bodger’s
Barley Wine by the Chiltern
Brewery, which uses 100 per cent
British hops and malts.
Alas, I fear the Brexiteers were
more bent on creating a cheap
photo op, rather than really
wanting to honour British goods.
SAUDI ARABIA
MUSIC
PEOPLE
UNITED STATES
Prince sacked for
criticising Riyadh
Mars will add some
‘Finesse’ to Grammys
G-Eazy raps H&M
and cuts all ties
Pupils charged over
marijuana in sweets
A Saudi prince who purportedly
made an audio recording criticising
the government has been sacked
as head of the kingdom’s Maritime
Sports Federation. Prince Abdullah
bin Saud bin Mohammed is claimed
to have said the government’s
stated reasons for arresting 11 other
princes are “false” and “illogical.”
Bruno Mars (right) and Cardi B, who
collaborated on the song “Finesse”,
will perform together at the
Grammy Awards. The Recording
Academy has announced that
“Despacito” hit-makers Luis Fonsi
and Daddy Yankee, SZA and Kesha
will also take the stage on 28 January
at Madison Square Garden.
Rapper G-Eazy has cancelled a
partnership with H&M after the
retailer was accused of racism over
a promotional image of a black
child dressed in a hoodie reading
“coolest monkey in the jungle.” The
American tweeted that he decided
“our partnership needs to end” after
seeing “the disturbing image.”
Maine police say they have issued
summons to four teenagers
accused of bringing marijuanainfused sweets to school. The
alarm was raised to school
authorities, who subsequently
called the police, when a student
revealed the sweets, which looked
like Jolly Ranchers, were on sale.
4
NEWS
TRANSPORT
EDUCATION
Grammar schools welcome reshuffle
By Richard Vaughan
EDUCATION CORRESPONDENT
Grammar school leaders are “optimistic” the appointment of Damian
Hinds as the new Education Secretary could lead to a wider expansion of selective education.
Mr Hinds (inset) was promoted to
the role on Monday at the expense
of Justine Greening during Theresa
May’s botched cabinet reshuffle.
In 2014, the MP for East
Hampshire, who attended
a grammar school in
Altrincham, Cheshire,
p e n n e d a n e s s ay
that called for the
introduction of “elite”
s e l e c t i ve s c h o o l s
to serve parts of
the country.
Ji m S k i n n e r, c h i e f
executive of the Grammar
School Heads Association, said
he was “hopeful” Mr Hinds’s
appointment could lead
to a resurrection of the
Government’s grammar
school plans in the future.
“There is unlikely to be
any education legislation
as everything is taken up by
Brexit. But after two years I
hope that legislation will be
resurrected,” Mr Skinner said.
‘Bailout’ for rail
companies
‘rewards failure’
By Richard Wheeler and
Elizabeth Arnold
The Government’s decision to bail
out the East Coast rail franchise,
involving Stagecoach and Virgin, was
condemned by Labour as a “reward
for failure”.
In a Commons debate called by
Labour on the rail franchising, the
shadow Transport Secretary, Andy
McDonald, said other struggling
companies would expect similar help.
Transport S ecretary Chris
Grayling was placed under fresh
pressure in the Commons to explain
his actions as Labour raised further
concerns over the early termination
of the East Coast rail franchise
involving Stagecoach and Virgin.
The companies had agreed to pay
the Government £3.3bn to run the
service over eight years until 2023.
But it was announced in November
that a new East Coast Partnership
will take on responsibility for both
intercity trains and track operations
on the route in 2020.
Labour peer Lord Adonis, who
quit as infrastructure tsar over the
handling of the franchise, viewed the
action as a taxpayer-funded bailout
to enable Virgin Trains East Coast to
walk away early.
Mr McDonald, moving a Labour
motion on rail franchising which
calls for public sector operation of
services, said: “The Government
should have followed the example of
Labour in 2009 when the operator
defaulted and taken the contract
Strike action
Rail workers walk out
Rail workers were said to be “standing
firm” in the latest wave of strikes over
the role of guards as the Government
was accused of being more interested
in protecting the profits of train
operators regardless of the impact on
services and safety.
Members of the Rail, Maritime
and Transport (RMT) union on South
Western Railway (SWR), Arriva Rail
North (Northern), Merseyrail and
Greater Anglia walked out for 24
hours yesterday following action
on Monday, with another stoppage
due tomorrow.
Picket lines were mounted outside
railway stations affected by the
strike, and passengers faced delays,
cancellations and replacement buses.
back into the public sector. If a
company defaults, it doesn’t deserve
the contract. That way there’d be
no reward for failure, and other
companies in the industry wouldn’t
expect the same treatment.
“In light of East Coast, what plans
does the Secretary of State have
to renegotiate the TransPennine
Express, the Northern and Greater
Anglia franchises?”
Mr Grayling branded Labour’s
arguments “complete nonsense”
and “hypocritical”, adding: “I keep
hearing their ideas won’t cost a
penny, it’s absolutely untrue.”
Labour raised concern over the early termination of the East Coast rail franchise
CRIME
Armed robbers raid Ritz Hotel
By Sally Guyoncourt
Armed robbers stole millions of
pounds worth of jewels in a raid at the
luxury Ritz Hotel in Paris last night.
A gang of five in balaclavas stormed
the premises and used an axe and
handguns to smash the windows
of a jewellery shop inside the RitzCarlton at around 7pm.
Three of them were tasered and
arrested by police outside the hotel
but two others managed get away
on scooters. The estimated value
of the theft is reported to be £3.5m,
according to French police sources.
One eyewitness told Sky News: “We
heard shouting from the bartenders
to get down. One man wearing a ski
mask ran right from the bar door to
the front right past my father. He had
an axe in his hand.”
NEWS
2-27
VOICES
14-18
TV
28-29
IQ
30-39
BUSINESS SPORT
40-43
48-56
i THURSDAY
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5
ROYAL FAMILY
Kate sympathises
over pressures
of social media
The Duchess of
Cambridge during
her visit to the Reach
Academy Feltham in
London. GETTY
By Catherine Wyatt
The Duchess of Cambridge has
spoken about the addictive nature
of social media, saying it can be
“hard to break away from”.
Kate was visiting the Reach
Academy Feltham in west London
when she made the comments to a
group of teenage students.
After the Duchess heard from
a female pupil who said she had
struggled with the pressures of
social media, Kate said: “It can get
so addictive as well. It becomes
part of your lifestyle, doesn’t it?
It’s hard to break away from that.”
During the visit, Kate met
pupils and parents who had been
supported emotionally by mental
health charity Place2Be.
The charity provides mental
health services to 282 schools
across the UK, helping children
experiencing issues such as
bullying, bereavement, domestic
violence, neglect and trauma.
HEALTH
POLITICS
Nurses recruited from abroad to
ensure cancer patients get care
Hunt insists
he wants to
hold talks on
NHS funding
By Paul Gallagher
HEALTH CORRESPONDENT
An NHS trust which has said it
does not have enough trained staff
to treat cancer patients has been
desperately trying to maintain
“fragile” staffing levels by recruiting
nurses in the EU and the Philippines,
i can reveal.
Oxford University Hospitals NHS
trust (OUH) has already said it is
thinking of delaying chemotherapy
for cancer patients due to a lack of
trained staff.
In papers presented at its latest
board meeting in November, the
trust’s chief nurse, Sam Foster, told
executives the situation surrounding
nurse safe staffing levels was “fairly
fragile” and required “intensive and
robust day-to-day management”.
“Six-monthly reviews were
reported to have been instituted
for the emergency department and
wards,” the minutes state. Meetings
were taking place three times a day
to take steps necessary to maintain
safe staffing levels, including the
closure of beds.
A trust committee had spent
“considerable time” looking at the
impact of nurse staffing shortages
and had begun to recruit “from the
Philippines, Spain and Ireland”,
according to recently published
minutes. Some 86 nurses and 31
midwives had been due to join the
trust in the run up to Christmas.
The minutes also reveal that a
recruitment campaign for obstetric
middle-grade doctors and special
care baby unit [SCBU] nurses to
work at the trust’s Horton General
Hospital had failed, meaning the
hospital could not deliver obstetric
services nor were there sufficient
numbers of nurses to staff SCBU.
Meanwhile, a leaked memo
circulated to staff at the trust’s
Churchill Hospital revealed that
a chronic shortage of specialist
GPs cut appointments as
‘intense’ pressure hits
GPs are facing “intense” winter pressures and are being forced to offer
fewer appointments for routine
services, leading doctors say.
The Royal College of GPs said
family doctors need to prioritise
services “based on urgency”.
A poll of doctors by the GP
magazine Pulse found that in the past
year a fifth of GPs have been forced
to cut back routine appointments.
The survey of 500 doctors found
that 21 per cent had done so, and 23
per cent said they had ended some
clinical services.
nurses meant it is considering
delaying chemotherapy for cancer
patients. It also warned the number
of chemotherapy cycles offered to
the terminally ill may need to be cut.
Dr Andrew Weaver, the hospital’s
head of chemotherapy, wrote: “I
know that many of us will find it
difficult to accept these changes but
The bottom line is that the current
situation with limited numbers of
staff is unsustainable.”
Churchill’s cancer centre, which
treated almost 20,000 patients in
2016, has a 40 per cent shortfall in
nurses on the unit that administers
chemotherapy, the Times reported.
Patient groups have warned that
the proposals would cost lives and
leave people to die in pain. Hospital
bosses said the measures were not
yet official policy and that a final
decision would have to be made
by the medical director and other
senior executives.
Theresa May said there were
“absolutely no plans” for the trust
to reduce or delay the start of
chemotherapy treatment for cancer
patients when asked about it at
Prime Minister’s Questions.
HEALTH
Oxygen cylinders in safety alert after hospital deaths
By Ella Pickover
A number of patients may have died
as a result of NHS staff failing to
operate oxygen cylinders properly.
Changes to the design of the
cylinders could have led to staff
believing that oxygen is flowing
when it is not, according to a patient
safety alert. NHS trusts have been
ordered to ensure that staff know
how to operate the devices safely
and health bosses have launched an
urgent investigation.
Patient safety experts at NHS
Improvement noticed that over the
past three years 400 incidents had
been reported to the national safety
reporting system.
As a result, NHS Improvement
sent an urgent warning to all NHS
organisations: “All deaths and severe
and moderate harm incidents were
reviewed and 24 incidents related
to failure to operate the oxygen
cylinder controls to obtain a flow of
oxygen were identified.
“Six patients died, although most
were already critically ill and may not
have survived even if their oxygen
supply had been maintained.” The
warning added: Five patients had a
respiratory and/or a cardiac arrest
but were resuscitated, and four
became unconscious.
“Other incident reports
described patients experiencing
difficulty breathing and low oxygen
saturations that required urgent
medical attention.”
By Richard Wheeler
and Harriet Line
Jeremy Hunt insisted he is willing
to hold talks about how to ensure
“significantly more funding” is found
for the NHS.
The Health Secretary reiterated
his desire for a 10-year plan for the
health service, adding a national
consensus needs to be built. But he
claimed Labour was not interested in
being part of such discussions
H i s r e m a rk s c a m e i n a n
Opposition-led debate
on the NHS winter
crisis, which
shadow Health
S ecretary Jon
Ashworth said
was “predictable
and entirely
preventable”. He
also questioned
why Mr Hunt was still
in post given doctors and
nurses have “lost confidence” in him.
Mr Hunt (inset) warned attempts
to “politicise” the pressures on the
NHS were a “serious mistake”, and
dismissed suggestions the health
service was “on its knees”.
Lib Dem ex-health minister
Norman Lamb urged him to support
a Royal Commission on NHS funding.
Mr Hunt said “significantly more
NHS funding was needed” and a
“national consensus as to how we are
going to find that funding. I’m open to
all discussions from colleagues about
the best ways to do that”.
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NEWS
POLITICS
Row as peers vote to ‘restrict press freedom’
By Nick Lester
Newly appointed Culture Secretary
Matt Hancock accused unelected
peers of voting to curb press freedom
after they backed controversial
regulation and the go-ahead to part
two of the Leveson Inquiry.
Mr Hancock said it would be a
“hammer blow” to the local press
and he would seek to overturn the
changes in the elected House of
Commons. His response was swift
after the double defeat of the Government in the Lords.
Following a lengthy and impassioned debate on the Data Protection Bill, peers voted by 238 to 209
for a further hearing into alleged data-protection breaches by the media.
Afterwards Mr Hancock tweeted:
“House of Lords have just voted to
restrict press freedoms. This vote
will undermine high-quality journalism, fail to resolve challenges the
media face and is a hammer blow to
local press.
“We support a free press and will
seek to overturn these amendments
in the Commons.”
The upper chamber also backed
by 211 votes to 200 a controversial
measure that would mean newspa-
pers not signed up to a state-supported regulator paying both their
own and their opponents’ legal costs
in relation to alleged data protection
breaches, even if they were successful in court.
This was despite warnings the
move was unlawful and was effectively “blackmail” of the media.
The first amendment, requiring
the Government to hold a public inquiry into data-protection breaches
by national newspapers, was tabled
by independent crossbencher Baroness Hollins, whose family suffered
press intrusion.
Lady Hollins said: “First, there is
the sheer scale of unlawful conduct
and the lack of any accountability.
Secondly, there are the traumatic
consequences for the many ordinary
people who are victims. Thirdly,
there are the ongoing implications
for the conduct of powerful press organisations today.”
Leading QC Lord Pannick pointed
out newspapers who breached data
protection laws were hit with significant damages and costs. He also underlined the valuable and essential
work done by the press in exposing
wrongdoing.
The Data Protection Bill
aims to make it simpler for
people to control how companies
use their personal details, with
extra powers to issue fines.
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Airport.
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causing a risk of explosion. Residents downwind were warned to
close their windows as fire crews
brought the fire under control.
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SOCIETY
A million calls to benefits
helpline ‘abandoned’
By Loulla-Mae Eleftheriou-Smith
More than a million calls to the
universal credit helpline have been
abandoned before people received
an answer, according to new figures.
L a b o u r M P Ji m M c M a h o n
obtained the figures through a
written parliamentary question,
which showed around 1.3 million calls
were abandoned between September
2016 and October 2017. The calls
amount to around 12 per cent of those
made to the helpline at the time.
Mr McMahon said the sheer
number of abandoned calls could
mean claimants are giving up on
trying to get through to the helpline
and not getting the support they
needed as a result. The worst
period was shown to be in August,
September and October, when more
than 120,000 calls were abandoned
each month.
Mr McMahon cited reports
claiming staff manning the helpline
were struggling to cope due to the
volume of calls.
“Everything we hear about
universal credit suggests that it is
failing in its purpose to provide help
and support to vulnerable and low
income claimants,” he said.
A Department for Work and
Pensions (DWP) spokesman said
the claims were “disingenuous” and
there were “a number of reasons why
someone might end their call”.
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ENVIRONMENT
Tories unveil
strategy to
banish ‘scourge’
of plastic waste
By Nigel Morris
POLITICAL EDITOR
Supermarkets will be urged to sell
more loose food and taxes could be
levied on throwaway bottles and
coffee cups in a drive to eliminate
the “scourge” of plastic waste within
25 years.
Theresa May will today pledge
action to slash the production of
single-use plastic which ends up
polluting the countryside and beaches
and poisoning the world’s oceans.
Her strategy includes working
with supermarkets to create “plasticfree aisles” in which all fruit and
vegetables are sold loose rather than
in containers.
Environmental groups welcomed
the move, but said it did not go far
enough.
Friends of the Earth chief executive
Craig Bennett said: “A 25-year
plan is clearly needed,
but with the nation
facing an accelerating
environmental crisis
we can’t afford to wait
a quarter of a century
for urgent action to
tackle the issues that
already threaten our
lives, health and planet.”
Greenpeace UK said the
most glaring gap in the strategy
is the lack of support for depositreturn schemes, which are “triedand-tested” ways to keep plastic
bottles out of the environment.
S u e H ay m a n , t h e s h a d o w
Environment Secretary, said: “This
plan, years behind schedule, is a
cynical attempt at rebranding the
Tories’ image and appears to contain
only weak proposals.
“This is all simply too little too late
to reverse the damage of the Tories’
inconsistent and failed approach to
environmental policy.”
Mrs May will also announce that
the 5p plastic bag charge, which is
currently limited to large retailers,
will be extended to all shops across
England. Since the levy came into
force in October 2015, an estimated
nine billion fewer bags have been
used by shoppers, dramatically
reducing levels of litter.
Beach litter
volunteers reported
seeing a significant
jump in debris after
Storm Eleanor GETTY
How i last month revealed the Tories’
plan to focus on the environment
The Prime Minister confirmed
moves signalled in last year’s
Budget to consider imposing taxes
on single-use items such as bottles,
disposable cups, straws, polystyrene
takeaway boxes, drinking straws
and throwaway cutlery. A review is
also under way into setting
up a separate plastic bottle
deposit scheme.
Mrs May will attempt
to regain the green
agenda by committing
the government
to improving the
environment. Pledging
to eradicate the use of
avoidable plastic waste
by 2042, she will say future
generations will be shocked at
the quantity of plastic which was
thrown away.
“In the UK alone, the amount of
single-use plastic wasted every year
would fill 1,000 Royal Albert Halls,”
she will say.
“One million birds and over 100,000
other sea mammals and turtles die
every year from eating and getting
tangled in plastic waste. One in three
fish caught in the English Channel
contains pieces of plastic. This truly
is one of the great environmental
scourges of our time.”
Mrs May will also promise
extra investment in
research into environmentallyfriendly alternatives to plastic
and help for developing nations
to reduce plastic waste.
ENVIRONMENT
Amount of rubbish on beaches ‘will grow’
By Tom Bawden
ENVIRONMENT CORRESPONDENT
The amount of rubbish strewn
across our beaches is likely to
increase in the future as storms
become more frequent and intense,
campaigners have warned.
Beach litter volunteers reported
seeing a significant jump in debris
after Storm Eleanor this month –
a sight that is expected to become
increasingly common as scientists
predict that climate change will fuel
more extreme weather.
The stronger wind and waves
generated by storms not only propel
more litter on to the beach, they also
scatter it far more widely across the
ground – well beyond the tide line
where rubbish typically ends up on
calmer days.
Stormy conditions also create
more litter by, for example, breaking
up crab traps into pieces, which
might be sharp and dangerous to
beach-goers, campaigners warned.
“We find after every major storm
beaches have a high volume of
litter deposited on them, some of
which has been dislodged from the
seabed,” said Richard Harrington,
of the Marine Conservation Society.
“With storminess in our seas
predicted to increase we can expect
to see a legacy of marine debris
washing up on our beaches for many,
many years to come.”
Peter Kohler, co-director of the
Plastic Tide campaign to tackle
litter, added: “You have massive
spikes in litter after storms and it’s
also blown further back in the beach,
well beyond the tide line, so it is more
likely to stay there.” Under normal
conditions much of the litter washed
on to a beach will be returned to the
sea by a subsequent wave.
CONSUMER
M&S admits they ‘didn’t get it
right with cauliflower steak’
By Josie Clarke
Marks & Spencer is to stop
selling its controversial
“cauliflower steak” after
attracting ridicule from
consumers who called it
“wasteful” and “ridiculous”.
The retailer launched the
slice of cauliflower, wrapped
in plastic and costing £2.50, as
part of its new Veggie range.
Consumers were quick to mock
the product while many raised
concerns about its potential
‘It’s a Fool Detector!’; The M&S sliced
‘cauliflower steak’ RACHEL CLARKE
environmental impact. Rachel
Clarke tweeted: “Marks and
Spencer stores are selling sliced
cauliflower as “Cauliflower
Steak” with lots of lovely plastic
and charging £2 (normally
£2.50). A cauliflower costs about
69p from a local veg shop.”
Another Twitter user replied:
“Is not a ‘Cauliflower Steak’, it’s
a Fool Detector!” Others said
M&S should be “ashamed”.
An M&S spokeswoman
admitted that “on this occasion
we didn’t get it right”. She added:
“Once we’ve sold the stock in
stores, we won’t be ordering any
more of this product.”
Siobhán Norton, Page 18
HEALTH
Health experts call for urgent review into ‘poor practice’ in animal studies
By Paul Gallagher
HEALTH CORRESPONDENT
Researchers misrepresented the
results of animal studies to gain
funding and approval for human
trials to test a new tuberculosis
vaccine, an investigation has found.
Health experts said their findings
pointed to “a systematic failure”
afflicting animal research. They
called for urgent action to tackle poor
practice. The investigation, led by
BMJ’s associate editor, Dr Deborah
Cohen, uncovered a “pick and mix”
approach to animal research, and
raised questions, which included a
lack of clarity about what data was
required when deciding to move
from animal pre-clinical studies to
human clinical trials.
The inquiry focused on MVA85A,
a vaccine developed by researchers
at Oxford University to boost the
effectiveness of the BCG vaccine and
provide extra protection against TB,
which kills a million people a year.
It was reported to be effective in
animal studies but failed to show
benefit when tested in a large clinical
trial in South African infants in 2009.
The BMJ was told this apparent
disparity between the animal and
human results led major funders of
TB research to rethink funding, with
allegations this slowed progress in
the field. But an independent review
in 2015 found the results of the animal
studies was overstated. Experts said
it was not an isolated case.
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BREXIT
What’s in the basket?
Leave lobbyists present a
basket-case ‘gaffe’ to EU
By Richard Vaughan
A delegation of Leave campaigners
were left red-faced yesterday after
they handed the EU’s chief negotiator a hamper packed with British
items produced by businesses worried about Brexit.
The group presented Michel
Barnier with a basket of “fantastic
products from Britain” in an attempt
to raise awareness of the “powerful
position” Britain holds globally.
B efore the meetin g, Joh n
Longworth, co-chairman of Leave
Means Leave, said he would tell Mr
Barnier that any post-Brexit trade
deal must not restrict the UK’s
“economic and regulatory freedom”.
He said he would tell the Brussels
official that unless progress on a
deal was made by the middle of the
year, the UK could walk away from
talks and revert to World Trade
Organisation rules.
But the group, which also
included the former CBI chief
Lord Jones of Birmingham, Labour
Leave chairman John Mills and
MEP Stephen Woolf, was accused
of an embarrassing gaffe over the
products it included, such as tea,
piccalilli and marmalade from
Fortnum and Mason, English wine
and cheddar cheese.
Twitter users quickly highlighted
that two of the brands, Marmite and
PG Tips tea, are owned by Unilever,
which has been a critic of Brexit.
Two months ago, Unilever
warned it was delaying whether to
consolidate its HQ in the UK – rather
than the Netherlands – because of
the “political turbulence” unleashed
by Brexit.
The gifts also included Hendrick’s
Gin, whose producer has moved its
base to Dublin, while Fortnum and
Mason has warned that Brexit has
damaged Britain’s brand.
The move was ridiculed on social
media and in Westminster. Caroline
Ewen Venters, Fortnum and Mason’s chief
executive, said last month: “At the
moment I believe brand Britain is
firmly damaged, and I think action
needs to be taken by businesses
and the Government.”
Lucas, Green MP and supporter
of pro-EU group Best for Britain,
said: “They have taken products
to Barnier for a cheap stunt but
helped make his case that Brexit
will damage businesses and, more
importantly, jobs in the UK.
“This hamper is a metaphor for
the disaster that Brexit will be.”
Francis Grove-White, deputy
director of pro-Europe group
Open Britain, added: “We have
re ac h e d p e a k B rex i t . S e l fimportant charlatans marching
around Brussels with hampers of
quintessentially British products,
many of which are owned by
companies that have said they are
deeply worried about the impact of
Brexit, does nothing to further the
national interest.”
The Liberal Democrat leader,
Vince Cable, said: “This is a
wonderfully cack-handed attempt
to hamper relations with the EU’s
chief negotiator.”
Following the meeting, Mr
Barnier’s adviser, Stefaan de Rynck,
tweeted that the Dorset cheese
enjoyed “EU-protected origin”
status.
1 Marmite
Invented by a German and owned by
Anglo-Dutch company Unilever, which
has raised a series of warnings over the
impact Brexit will have on UK business.
2 PG Tips
Also owned by Unilever. The company
has delayed announcing the location of
its headquarters due to Brexit fears.
3 Fortnum & Mason’s
tea, piccalilli and marmalade
The boss of London’s flagship luxury
department store warned last month
that Brexit had damaged the UK’s brand
and was struggling to find staff.
4 Dorset Cheddar cheese
Enjoys protected origin status by
the EU. Supplied by the Queen’s
cheesemonger Paxton & Whitfield.
5 Biography of Winston Churchill
Churchill called for a United States of
Europe in 1946 and was never known
to be a Little Englander. Mr Barnier had
apparently just seen Darkest Hour.
5
6 Complete Works of Shakespeare
Difficult to say how he would have
voted, but he set many of his plays
across Europe.
7 Hendrick’s Gin (not pictured)
Produced by William Grant & Sons in
Girvan, Scotland, it moved its base to
Dublin for trading reasons.
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HEALTH
High-energy drinks
may face child ban
after top Tory’s plea
By Nigel Morris
POLITICAL EDITOR
Chancellor Philip Hammond (left) and
Brexit Secretary David Davis are on a
two-day visit to Germany PA
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LEGAL
Britain set to become ‘third
country’ if no deal is agreed
By David Connett
Brussels is warning British companies of the risks they face in the event
of a “no deal” Brexit.
Legal letters sent directly to UK
businesses, representative bodies
and charities warn about the
damaging consequences of a failure
to reach an agreement on the terms
of withdrawal.
The documents call on companies
to be ready for the UK to become a
“third country” on March 29 2019,
with no automatic right to operate in
the single market.
They also warn that operating
licences will lapse once the UK leaves
and that many groups may have to
create EU entities to continue doing
business in the EU.
The letters, characterised as “be
prepared” documents, were sent out
before Christmas.
It was also revealed that UK
bodies seeking contracts with the
EU are being told that if the bidding
process runs beyond Brexit day,
their application will be rejected
and they will not be able to recoup
funds already spent. The European
Commission rejected claims it was
discriminating against the UK while
it was still a member.
BUSINESS
Trade deal is
main aim of
Germany visits
By Michelle Martin
IN BERLIN
Chancellor Philip Hammond and
Brexit Secretary David Davis are
in Berlin in search of a special postBrexit trade deal, but the German
government said it was not planning
to meet with them.
Spokesman Steffen Seibert told
reporters that maintaining the
unity of the EU’s other 27 members
is “of paramount importance”
and that would continue to be
Germany’s “focus”.
M r H a m m o n d at t e n d e d a
closed-doors conference in Berlin
yesterday and Mr Davis is meeting
German business leaders in
Munich today.
However, Berlin stock exchange
chief executive Artur Fischer played
down talk of a bespoke Brexit deal
for the UK, saying the scenario was
“very unlikely”. He told BBC Radio
4’s World At One: “It is certainly
possible, but not probable.”
The visits come as German
leaders are concentrating on
domestic politics, trying to form a
new government more than three
months after the country’s election.
REUTERS
Hammond
urges EU to
supply details
of trade vision
By Nigel Morris
Philip Hammond urged European
Union leaders to supply more
details of their Brexit stance as he
told them: “It takes two to tango.”
Speaking in Berlin last night,
the Chancellor said that they had
produced “little, if any signal” of
how they envisaged trade links
operating between Britain and the
EU after Brexit.
He and David Davis, the Brexit
Secretary, are on a two-day visit
to Germany to meet business
leaders. Their visit comes amid
reports of resistance in Europe’s
biggest economy to Theresa
May’s call for a bespoke trade
deal covering goods and services
after Brexit.
Mr Hammond told a dinner
hosted by Die Welt newspaper:
“They say, ‘It takes two to tango’.
Both sides need to be clear
about what they want from a
future relationship.
“I know the repeated complaint
from Brussels has been that the
UK ‘hasn’t made up its mind what
type of relationship it wants’.
“But in London many feel we
have little, if any, signal of what
future relationship the EU27
would like to have with a postBrexit Britain.”
He bemoaned the “relative
silence” from Europe over its
preference for “our future
relationship”. The Chancellor
added: “I fear that many EU
opinion-formers see this as
a question only for British
politicians, for British voters to
resolve, before they engage with
the EU27.”
He said Brussels must move
past suggestions Britain will be
punished for Brexit and set out
what future relationship it wants.
In a joint article yesterday, Mr
Hammond and Mr Davis warned
the EU not to put “unnecessary
barriers” to trade in goods and
services between the bloc and the
UK after Brexit.
They said they wanted financial
services to be covered by the
new “economic partnership”,
with a deal that “supports
collaboration within the European
banking sector”.
Ministers are examining the effects
of high-energy drinks on health,
Theresa May has said, following an
MP’s plea to prohibit their sale to
under-16s.
The call was made by Tory vicechairwoman Maria Caulfield,
who highlighted the suicide of
a constituent who drank vast
quantities of the drinks.
“His family is convinced that his
intake of high-energy drinks – more
than 15 cans a day – increased his
anxiety and contributed to his
death,” she told the Commons.
The Lewes MP pointed to
Waitrose’s decision to introduce age
checks on the sale of high-caffeine
energy drinks, and urged Mrs May
to introduce a national ban on their
sale to under-16s.
Mrs May did not rule out the move
as she responded: “We recognise
that there are issues around drinks
that are high in sugar and we know
that energy drinks high in sugar can
be damaging to children’s health.”
She said the Department of
Health and Social Care would be
looking at the scientific evidence.
J a m i e O l i v e r, w h o h a s
campaigned against the drinks,
said: “We need the Government to
do its bit and legislate against the
sale of these drinks to children. We
want our kids to flourish.”
A Downing Street source said:
“There is probably an issue with
sugar and caffeine and other
substances in some of those energy
drinks because obviously some of
them are quite high in caffeine.”
The British Soft Drinks
Association said the drinks and
their ingredients had been “deemed
safe” by regulators and were not
marketed to under-16s.
It comes as a school in Kent said
it would search pupils’ bags for
unhealthy food and drinks. The
BBC reported that the Charles
Dickens School in Broadstairs plans
to confiscate high-energy drinks.
CHINA
Dinner with Cameron
‘goes on sale for £12,000’
By Loulla-Mae Eleftheriou-Smith
China’s wealthy business leaders
were reportedly offered the chance
to have dinner with David
Cameron and have a picture taken with him – for
£12,000.
The former prime
minister, who is in
Shanghai for speaking
engagements, is due
to meet President Xi
Jinping during a trip
to China.
Promotional material
advertising a dinner and a picture
with Mr Cameron (inset) appeared
on social media, the BBC’s China
correspondent Robin Brant
tweeted. The adverts related to the
Shanghai International Ball and
Leaders’ Forum, which took place
this week, and showed a picture
of Mr Cameron next to a
price in Chinese yuan, the
BBC reported.
A spokesperson for
Mr Cameron said
the adverts were
part of “confusing”
p ro m o t i o n a l
material linked to his
appearance at the Global
Alliance of SMEs’ Women
Leaders Forum in Shanghai.
He would not be the only expremier to earn thousands for his
presence: Tony Blair has reportedly
earned up to £330,000 a speech.
TRANSPORT
Johnson: Virgin
Trains ‘Mail’
ban is absurd
By Arj Singh
Boris Johnson has described
Virgin Trains’ decision to stop
stocking the Daily Mail as an
“absurd” and “pompous” ban that
resembles censorship.
TheForeignSecretary weighedin
on the row between the newspaper
and train operator, which declared
the paper “not at all compatible”
with its brand in an internal note to
West Coast line staff in November.
Virgin Trains also said staff had
raised “considerable concerns”
about the paper’s “editorial position
on issues such as immigration,
LGBT rights and unemployment”.
Mr Johnson tweeted: “Absurd
ban on Daily Mail by Virgin!
Pompous, censorious and wrong
#virginontheridiculous”.
The paper’s spokesman said:
“It is disgraceful that, at a time of
massive customer dissatisfaction
over ever-increasing rail fares...
Virgin Trains should announce that
for political reasons it is censoring
the choice of newspapers it offers.”
Simon Kelner, page 18
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NEWS
SOCIETY
How retired men and women spend their time
Elderly men miss out on
chores (and better health)
By Sally Guyoncourt
Elderly men in Europe and the US
spend less time doing housework
than older women – but when they
do it they feel healthier, research has
revealed.
Researchers in Germany found
that on average elderly women spend
five hours a day doing housework,
compared with around three for
elderly men.
But they also found that those
who did more housework felt better.
Women in Italy and
Germany spent the most
time on housework (five hours a
day) and their counterparts in the
US spent the least (four hours).
Nicholas Adjei, the study author,
said: “The percentage of those aged
65 years and above is increasing
globally due to higher life expectancy.
“It is important to understand how
older adults spend their time in these
later years, and the possible positive
and negative implications for their
health. Engaging in a few hours of
housework may be beneficial to the
health of older adults. “
There was, however, one downside
to this increased activity. If it was
combined with too much or too
little sleep, it appeared to have
a detrimental effect on elderly
women’s health.
Mr Adjei added: “Long periods of
housework combined with too little
or too much sleep – that is fewer than
seven or more than eight hours of
sleep, respectively – was associated
with poor health among elderly
women, whereas in men the same
was associated with good health.”
The study, published in the journal
BMC Public Health, looked at the
lives of 15,333 elderly men and 20,907
elderly women from France, the UK,
Germany, the Netherlands, Italy,
Spain, and the US.
They found notable differences
in the length of time each spent on
housework but also the types of work
they did. In all the countries, men
spent less time cooking, cleaning and
shopping than women (88.7 minutes
a day compared with 217.9 minutes).
But men did do more gardening
and maintenance than women (68.8
minutes against 38.5 minutes a day).
It concluded: “Housework activities
remain strongly gendered even after
retirement.”
Total time per day doing housework
3.1hrs
Men
4.7hrs
Women
Minutes per day spent on cleaning, cooking and shopping
Men
88.7
Women
217.9
Minutes per day spent on
gardening and maintenance
68.6
38.5
Average time per day
sleeping (men and women)
9
9hrs
3
6
SOURCE: BMC PUBLIC HEALTH
SCIENCE
Equal chance of giving birth
from fresh or frozen embryos
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many live births as fresh embryos,
according to a study of women
with fertility problems.
During a typical IVF cycle,
“fresh” embryos are usually
planted into a woman’s womb
once an egg has been successfully
fertilised with her partner’s sperm.
Some women choose to have one
or more embryos frozen and then
stored for implantation at a later
date.
The women were given one cycle
of IVF, where either a transfer of
fresh embryos occurred, or all
embryos were frozen and one
cycle of thawed embryos occurred
subsequently without the use of
IVF drugs.
After the first completed cycle of
IVF, ongoing pregnancy occurred
in 36 per cent of women in the
frozen embryo group, and in 35
per cent of the fresh embryo group.
Rates of live birth after the first
embryo transfer were 34 per cent
in the frozen embryo group, and 32
per cent in the fresh embryo group,
the researchers from Vietnam
and Australia found. Their work
is published in The New England
Journal of Medicine.
Dr Lan Vuong, the lead author
from the University of Medicine
and Pharmacy in Ho Chi Minh City,
said: “Frozen embryo techniques
are growing in popularity. This
is one of the reasons why our
research is important for fertility
clinicians and researchers and, of
course, couples who are hoping to
have a child.”
Around 800 women participated
in the study.
RELIGION
SOCIETY
Former Liberal Democrat leader
regrets saying gay sex is not a sin
‘Druggie’ and
‘crackhead’ are
‘inappropriate’
By Andrew Woodcock
The former Liberal Democrat
leader Tim Farron has said he
regrets saying that gay sex is
not a sin.
The staunch Christian made
the statement during
the 2017 general
election campaign
when he was coming
under extreme
pressure to clarify
his position on the
issue, which he had
initially attempted to
dodge by saying: “We are
all sinners.”
He has now said that he was
“foolish” to allow himself to
be pressurised into saying
something which he did not
believe was right, in the hope
that it would allow him to
redirect media attention onto
his party’s policies.
Mr Farron (inset) quit as
Liberal Democrat leader after
the election, saying he had
found it impossible to
reconcile the demands
of the position with
his faith. In an
interview with
Premier Christian
Radio, Mr Farron was
asked whether he felt
pressurised into saying
gay sex was not a sin.
He replied: “Of course I
did. And there are things –
including that – that I said that I
regret. I, foolishly and wrongly,
attempted to push it away.”
By Hayden Smith
People who take drugs should not
be described as “users”, “junkies”
or “addicts”, according to a report.
Terms such as “druggie” and
“crackhead” need to be phased
out; instead, people in influential
positions should promote the use
of “non-stigmatising” language,
the Global Commission on Drug
Policy says.
“Person who uses drugs” is approved by the commission but it
advises against “drug user”. Describing people as having “drug
dependence” or “problematic drug
use” is appropriate but “addict”,
“junkie”, “pothead”, “crackhead”,
“druggie” and “stoner” are not.
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BROADCASTING
Big band and organ shows axed in Radio 2 revamp
By Adam Sherwin
ARTS AND MEDIA CORRESPONDENT
Radio 2 has axed its long-running
shows playing organ and big-band
music, and given new slots to Jo
Whiley and Cerys Matthews, in a
generational shift at Britain’s most
listened-to station.
Listen to the Band, a weekly
showcase for brass band and military
music, presented by 78-year-old
conductor Frank Renton, has existed
in various forms on the BBC since the
Second World War. The show is being
“rested”, the BBC said.
The Organist Entertains, on the
network for 50 years, has also been
axed, with veteran presenter Nigel
Ogden retiring. Theatre organist
Ogden, 63, had introduced pipe and
electronic organ music since 1980.
The singer Paul Jones is also
leaving, after presenting his Blues
Show for more than 30 years. Cerys
Matthews, the musician-turned-6
Music presenter, will join Radio 2
to host a new live blues show on
Mondays. The changes are designed
to complete Radio 2’s evolution from
a “pipe and slippers” station to one
boasting 15 million listeners and a
broad appeal to younger audiences.
Criticised for its highly paid “pale,
male” daytime stars, the schedule
shake-up allows Radio 2 to give more
prominent slots to women.
Whiley will join forces with Simon
Mayo for a new daily Drivetime show
and become the first female DJ on the
station’s weekday daytime schedule
for 20 years.
Sara Cox takes over the 10pm
weeknight slot. Irish presenter
Angela Scanlon also joins Radio 2.
Gary Davies, the former Radio 1
DJ nicknamed Medallion Man, joins
the station to present the nostalgic
Sounds of the 80s show. Chris Evans,
Jeremy Vine and Steve Wright’s
shows remain unchanged.
Lewis Carnie, the head of Radio
2, said: “Obviously to deliver this
much increased commitment to
live broadcasting and to refresh our
specialist genres, we have to make
many changes to create the space
and so we are resting the 30-minute
The Organist Entertains and Listen
To The Band programmes for the
time being.
“They have been long-serving
programmes on Radio 2 but as the
audience evolves, we have to reflect
what best serves their needs and
where there is scope to broaden
our offering.”
Brass and organ music will still
be included on Friday Night is Music
Night, the BBC said.
Out with the old, in with the new Radio 2’s new line-up
OFF AIR
Nigel Ogden
The theatre organist was
inspired to play after
hearing the Wurlitzer
at the famed Blackpool
Tower Ballroom. He first contributed
to The Organist Entertains in 1972
before taking over presenting duties.
He continues to play concerts of
popular light and classical music.
ON AIR
Cerys Matthews
The Welsh singer-songwriter (left)
enjoyed success with Catatonia
and was a leading figure in the
“Cool Cymru” movement of the late
1990s. She joined BBC 6 Music as a
presenter in 2008 and her eclectic
Sunday morning show has the
highest listenership of any single
programme on the network.
Frank Renton
A professional trumpet
player who become the
principal conductor
of the Royal Artillery
Orchestra. In 1995, he was recruited
as the host of Listen To The Band,
which has been a fixture on Radio 2
since 1976.
Sara Cox
The 1990s “ladette” and
former Radio 1 breakfast
show host is reinvented
as an evening presenter
for Radio 2 after launching her hit
show Sounds of the 80s. Her new
programme will feature guests from
the worlds of theatre, music and film.
Paul Jones
A 1960s pop star
who was the original
frontman with Manfred
Mann, and co-composed
the signature tune for the pop
television show Ready, Steady, Go!
Jones began presenting Radio 2’s
new rhythm and blues music show
in 1986.
Jo Whiley
Another refugee from
Radio 1 who found a
new home on Radio 2’s
night-time schedules.
She is moving from an 8pm slot
to the earlier drivetime programme
and will co-host it with the veteran
DJ Simon Mayo, who has presented
it alone for eight years.
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New ‘softer’ Army ads will not solve
recruitment crisis, warns ex-chief
Police investigate
resident’s death
By Sally Wardle
A new Army recruitment campaign
which promotes the emotional
support given to troops will fail to
target those most likely to sign up,
critics claimed yesterday.
Radio, television and online
adverts seek to address concerns
that potential soldiers might have
about religion or sexuality. But one
retired colonel, Richard Kemp, said
the £1.6m campaign would not solve
the Army’s “recruiting crisis”.
GeneralSirNickCarter,theChiefof
the General Staff, said the campaign
reflected the changing demography
of the UK. The new adverts, which
are all voiced by serving soldiers, are
part of its “belonging campaign”.
The recruitment drive follows
growing concern about falling
numbers of service personnel. The
regular Army has fallen from 159,100
people in 1980 to 83,561 in 2017. A
report commissioned by Downing
Street last July found the Army was
running more than 30 per cent short
of its annual recruitment target.
Sir Nick said: “What this campaign
is about, frankly, is a recognition that
we don’t have a fully manned Army
at the moment, that the demography
of our country has changed and that
we need to reach out to a broader
communityinordertomanthatArmy
with the right talent.” One ex-soldier
and academic said suggestions that
the adverts portrayed the Army as
“soft” were “completely ridiculous”.
But Dr David Martin, a veteran
of the war in Afghanistan, said
recruitment drives both old and
new shared the sense of status and
belonging that a service career
imbued as motivations for signing up.
He said: “I don’t see these new
adverts as a particular diversion
from that but a lot of people have
painted these adverts as ‘Well, what
we did before was war-fighting
and now it’s all soft and cuddly and
about belonging’.
“I find the criticism from outside of
the Army is often unknowing of the
realities [of Army life].”
The ads ask questions
including: “What if I get
emotional?”, “Can I be gay in the
Army?” and “Do I have to be a
superhero?” In another, a Muslim
soldier explains how the Army has
allowed him to practise his faith.
Meteorites suggest
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PROCUREMENT
UK relies on allies for patrol
aircraft after Nimrod axed
Cannibalising
vessel parts
‘is acceptable’
Ministers have been accused of
“hollowing out” the UK’s defence
capability after new figures
showed 17 maritime patrol
aircraft belonging to Nato allies
were deployed to a key British
airbase last year.
Eight US aircraft, as well as
planes from Germany, France,
Norway and Canada, were
temporarily deployed to RAF
Lossiemouth in Scotland.
SNP MP Martin DochertyHughes said: “These figures
reaffirm how disastrous the
decision to chop up – quite
literally – the RAF’s Nimrod fleet
in 2010 was.
“Coming in the same week that
we hear the MoD is delaying the
security review yet again, we have
to ask if the Tories are taking
the decisions to address the real
threats we face.”
The Ministry of Defence
said it had “robust” maritime
surveillance in place and was
committed to spending £3bn on
nine new P-8 Poseidon aircraft to
patrol the seas from 2020.
Shocked residents spoke today
after murder squad detectives
discovered a man’s body buried in
the back garden of a house on a quiet
suburban street.
A woman – named locally as
Barbara Coombes – lives at the
address, with her father Kenneth
Coombes also listed as living at the
residence in Reddish, Stockport.
Police said a 63-year-old woman
walked into a local police station on
Sunday confessing she had killed a
man “a number of years ago”.
Officers have gone door-to-door
handing out a questionnaire to say
they are investigating the death of
Kenneth Coombes, stating he would
have been in his late eighties in 2005.
Mr Coombes would have been 99
years old yesterday.
Barbara Coombes is registered
at the address, along with an Islay
Coombes, 29, believed to be her
daughter, a student.
ASTRONOMY
DEFENCE
By Jon Vale
By Pat Hurst
By Georgina Stubbs
Cannibalising parts from Britain’s
second aircraft carrier HMS Prince
of Wales would be a “perfectly reasonable thing to do”, the most senior civil servant at the Ministry of
Defence has said.
Stephen Lovegrove also told MPs
he is “not uncomfortable” with the
current level of parts-stripping
which is taking place across Royal
Navy vessels.
Giving evidence to the Public Ac-
counts Committee, Mr Lovegrove
was asked if he could guarantee that
HMS Prince of Wales would not be
cannibalised to support HMS Queen
Elizabeth.
“I wouldn’t rule out the chances of
that. There are certain bits of equipment on the Prince of Wales which
may find themselves being repurposed for use on the Queen Elizabeth,” he said. “I think that would be,
potentially, a perfectly reasonable
thing to do if it were not to compromise the operational schedules of
either of the two boats.”
Last year an investigation by
the National Audit Office found
the Royal Navy is increasingly
forced to strip parts from vessels in
order to maintain other ships and
submarines.
By Nilima Marshall
Scientists have discovered water and
organic compounds essential for life
on two ancient meteorites that fell to
Earth almost 20 years ago.
Halite (salt-containing) crystals
were found within two 4.5 billionyear-old rocks believed to have come
from the asteroid belt between the
orbits of Mars and Jupiter.
The study, published in Science
Advances, appears to support data
gathered by Nasa’s Dawn spacecraft
that suggests building blocks of life
may be present on some asteroids,
particularly the planet Ceres, the
largest object in the asteroid belt.
An international team, including
scientists from the Open University,
found amino acids, hydrocarbons
and water – the key ingredient for life
– in the salt crystals.
The meteorites fell to Earth in 1998
but technology then could not detect
traces of amino acids.
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CABINET
RESHUFFLE
TOBY YOUNG
RESIGNS
NORTH
KOREA
OPRAH FOR
PRESIDENT
TRADING
WITH CHINA
STAMMERERS
ON TV
PM’s game
plan is still
unknown
Journalist
falls over
bad tweets
What next
for the
rogue state?
She must
think before
running
Next on
Trump’s
to-do list
ITV show
exposes
weakness
Financial Times
Stylist
Esquire
RollingStone
WashingtonPost
The Guardian
Mrs May cannot
seem to get a break.
Whenever the Prime
Minister builds up
any momentum, a
self-inflicted mistake
undoes any progress
and further drains
away her political
capital. Tories are
asking themselves:
how sustainable is
this situation?
(Sebastian Payne)
For hundreds of years,
we’ve been living in a
world built by men like
Young, and we’ve only
been able to access
two survival strategies
for dealing with their
sexist attitudes: laugh
it off or ignore it.
Thanks to the growth
of online activism,
something is shifting.
(Daisy Buchanan)
The odds against North
Korean retaliation are
very slim and then
where do we go? I think
this was not a strategic
leak, but a desperately
panicky one.
(Charles P. Pearce)
It’s not clear that taking
a chance on a celebrity
candidate with no
background in public
office would be worth
the risk. Without a
compelling reason to
choose Oprah Winfrey
over far more qualified
candidates, it’s not
obvious what the
advantages would be.
(David Atkins)
America has never
faced a rival quite
like China, which
presents such a
compelling, wellfinanced challenge to
democratic values.
America certainly
doesn’t want a new
“Red Scare,” but maybe
a wake-up call.
(David Ignatius)
I’m not bothered about
the science, because
I am so absorbed in
the drama. Which is
an excellent one, with
a lovely diverse cast,
who have interesting
back stories. This is
very much a good news
story, hallelujah. It may
border on evangelical
but it’s irresistible.
(Sam Wollaston)
Daily Express
New Statesman
There were moments
of Mayite self-harm,
but this was quite a
clever reshuffle if the
PM wants to lead the
Conservatives into
the next election. As
far as May’s political
objectives go, the
reshuffle was a lot
more successful than it
looks. (Stephen Bush)
The tweets made by
Toby Young were
unpleasant and it
is right that he was
forced to stand down.
But the row over this
episode should not
be allowed to obscure
a considerably more
serious problem:
namely the state
of some of our
universities. (Editorial)
Quote of
the day
Daily Mail
What if there are
talks between North
and South Korea that
eventually broaden
out to include China,
the US and Russia?
What if Trump and
Kim Jong-un sit down
together to see who
really is crazier? What
if they actually got
along? A joint Nobel
Peace Prize: Kim
Jong-un and Donald
Trump. Don’t rule it
out. The world is an
unpredictable place.
(Justin Webb)
The Times
CNN
Maybe Oprah will
yield to the pleas of
Americans looking
for a celebrity force
powerful enough
to counter Donald
Trump. Twitter is
ablaze with chants of
“Run, Oprah, run!”
I would suggest
another: “Think twice,
Oprah, think twice!
(David Axelrod)
If Chinese President Xi
is to succeed, he will
need to show there is
more to his regime
than Communist Party
rhetoric. Since China is
an adult kind of place,
it is unlikely to involve
intemperate tweets
but, rather, cold-eyed
diplomats and
corporate executives
with spreadsheets.
(Michael Burleigh)
Daily Telegraph
What was frustrating
about this show [School
for Stammerers] was
that it never really
attempted to explain
why people stammer.
The omission made
for storytelling that
was simpler but less
satisfying. What were
our stammerers up
against? We didn’t
know. (Tom Ough)
LifeInBrief
BRONWEN, LADY ASTOR MODEL
He’s
gesticulating
in a very
eccentric
fashion. He
must calm
himself; it’s
not good for
his image
John Bercow
The Speaker of the
House of Commons
ticks off Labour MP
Jon Ashworth for his
enthusiastic PMQs
Bronwen, Lady Astor, who has died
aged 87, was a model and the sometime chatelaine of the great Italiante
mansion Cliveden, made infamous for
the Profumo Affair in the 1960s.
She was born Janet Bronwen Alun
Pugh in 1930, the daughter of Welsh
barrister Sir John Alun Pugh, who went
on to become a county court judge, and
Kathleen, who disliked children. She
was generally known by her middle
name, Bronwen, rather than Janet. She
was, as a young child, a model pupil at
St Christopher’s Church of England
primary school, near the family home
in Hampstead.
In 1939, she was sent to boarding
school at Dr Williams’ School in
Dolgellau, north-west Wales, where her
older sister Gwyneth looked out for her.
On leaving school, Bronwen began
training at the Central School of Speech
and Drama, but instead became a
drama teacher, earning her diploma
in 1951.
The next year, after the accidental
death of her best friend Erica Pickard,
Bronwen followed the friends’ shared
dream to become a model. Finding an
agent, her career quickly took off, and
she soon began to appear in Vogue, and
other magazines.
In 1956, she revived her catwalk
career, walking in Rome in the latest
fashions from Fabiana and Simonetta.
Soon after, the French designer Pierre
Balmain picked her to be his muse,
proclaiming “You are my Garbo”.
Three years larter, at the age of 29,
she met the recently-divorced Viscount
Astor, who was 22 years her senior. She
duly agreed to marry him, despite being
daunted by the prospect of running
his family’s stately home, Cliveden, in
Buckinghamshire. The couple were
married in 1960.
On the fateful weekend that would
make Cliveden’s name for all the wrong
reasons, Astor briefly met Christine
Keeler. Pregnant with her first baby,
Bronwen turned in for the night and
was absent from the proceedings.
The scandal that enveloped Cliveden
destroyed her marriage to Lord Astor,
who was labelled a seedy playboy, and
a coward. Bronwen felt degraded by
her being cut off from society parties
and at the races. She recalled: “It was
like living a nightmare. There was an
awful silence.”
In 1965, she starred in the annual
show for the Queen Mother, arranged
by the socialite Lady Pamela Berry, wife
of the then owner of the Daily Telegraph.
Astor died in 1966, and Bronwen was
well-provided for in his will. She moved
with her two young daughters to a
manor house in Surrey, and four years
later converted to Catholicism.
She spent her old age in living
London, and she windsurfed and fished
for salmon well into her 80s. In 2011,
she returned to the catwalk for the
Vintage Festival at Goodwood, hosted
by her daughter Janet, who had married
the Earl of March.
She died after an illness, and is
survived by her two daughters,
Pauline, and Janet, now the Duchess
of Richmond.
Born 6 June 1930
Died 28 December 2017
Eleanor Doughty
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An honourable record
Labour is trying to distort the Coalition years
David Cameron with Nick Clegg at
the Coalition government’s first
press conference in Downing
Street’s rose garden in 2010 GETTY
I
t was like the good old days.
Incoming fire from left and
right. “Arise Sir Useless”
screeched the front-page
headline of the Daily Mail in
Scotland with characteristic
restraint. “A true sign of how
Britain’s elite rewards failure”
spluttered an angry Guardian
headline. One pundit even said that
it was “uncool” and “Alan Partridgeesque”. Right-wing Brexiteers
fulminated, left-wing bloggers
pontificated – but both agreed it
was unacceptable.
You’d think I was standing for
election. Or I had said that we
should join the euro next week.
Or that the new British passport
should feature yellow stars on a
blue background. Yet all this huffing
and puffing was simply because I
had been included in the New Year
Honours List for the work I did as
deputy prime minister. Luckily,
judging from the messages from
well wishers, the general public
appears to take a less hysterical
attitude towards honours.
But there was one argument
deployed against my knighthood
which deserves to be taken
seriously: the argument from the
Corbynite left that the record of the
Coalition government, especially
the reductions in public spending,
somehow disqualified me, and by
extension other Liberal Democrats
who were in government, from
receiving honours at all.
It is an allegation worth
considering in detail as it forms a
central part of Labour’s wider
narrative under Jeremy Corbyn and
John McDonnell: the 2008 financial
crisis did not require austerity; tax
and spend policies were deliberately
regressive; inequality soared; the
weak were punished as the strong
were protected; the Lib Dems
meekly fell into line with a hardline Tory doctrine; and austerity
has been pursued uninterrupted
and unaltered from 2010 to the
present day.
Stories matter in politics. And
this, in essence, is the story told
by Corbyn’s Labour Party about
our recent past as it seeks to
explain to the British people why it
deserves to be in government today.
Unfortunately, it is misleading,
wrong and distorted in every
single respect.
Just consider this: the pace of
deficit reduction under the
Coalition was less – yes, less – than
that planned by Gordon Brown and
Alistair Darling in Labour’s 2010
manifesto (they even passed a law
to halve the deficit in four years –
the Coalition did so in slower time).
Earnings inequality was less – yes,
less - by the end of the Coalition
than when Labour left office.
For 99 per cent of the time
Labour was in office, the highest
rate of tax was 40 per cent, under
the Coalition it was 45 per cent. By
the end of the Coalition, the top 1
per cent of earners paid 27 per cent
of income tax, higher than at any
point under Labour. The top 20 per
cent contributed more towards
deficit reduction during the
Coalition than the remaining
80 per cent put together.
Female unemployment soared
by 26 per cent during Labour’s
time in office, while the number
of women in work increased by a
million to an all-time high under
the Coalition. The Coalition was the
first Government ever to introduce
free universal school meals for
the youngest children at primary
school and an entitlement to free
pre-school support for two-yearolds from the most disadvantaged
families. Shared parental leave and
the right to flexible working were
dramatically increased. Labour’s
abhorrent policy of incarcerating
the innocent children of asylum
seekers was ended.
Crucially, much of this
progressive record has been undone
by the Conservatives since they won
Labour’s story
about our recent
pastismisleading,
wrong and
distorted in every
single respect
a majority of their own in May 2015.
£12bn of extra, and overwhelmingly
regressive, welfare cuts have been
forced through, all of which I had
personally blocked in the Coalition.
Capital gains tax has been slashed
(one of the first acts of the Coalition
was to increase it from 18 per cent
to 28 per cent for higher earners).
Corporation tax cuts have
been pursued well beyond what is
justified; and higher income earners
have been given disproportionately
favourable tax treatment as the
Conservatives have lifted the higher
rate tax threshold. The Institute
for Fiscal Studies has shown that
the sharp increase in inequality
expected in this Parliament is
largely, if not exclusively, due to
these most recent tax and benefit
changes. All of them only occurred
after the Coalition ended.
These are the inconvenient truths
which the Corbynite left refuses to
acknowledge – much as they refuse
to acknowledge that the single
biggest source of social damage in
recent years was the financial crisis
of 2008, a crisis in large part caused
by Labour’s failure to regulate the
banks properly.
Contrary to left-wing folklore, I
didn’t relish many of the choices
we had to make. Responding
to the economic crash and
making necessary savings to
public spending were not the
circumstances that I would have
chosen to be in government,
but they were the unavoidable
circumstances that I – and any
politician, from any party – had
to face up to. Timing may be
everything in politics, but no
politician can choose the events that
they must respond to.
The left also likes to claim that
the Lib Dems could have mustered
a parliamentary majority to govern
with Gordon Brown in 2010 to
keep the Tories out of power. In
fact, Labour and Lib Dem MPs
would have been 11 seats short of a
majority, and a “rainbow” coalition
with smaller parties was simply
unworkable. And yet now Labour’s
hard-left leadership wants to
commit the greatest betrayal of
progressive values of all: supporting
a “Tory Brexit” which will cost the
country many billions of pounds.
The hypocrisy is beyond parody.
I don’t claim that the Coalition
was perfect. We made mistakes,
as all governments do. There
were things I wish we hadn’t
done. But history will show it
was a remarkably moderate and
stable government in unstable and
immoderate times. A rewriting of
history may appeal to the misplaced
moral superiority of the hard left
– but it is no basis upon which to
govern the country. Who knows,
a few years from now, maybe it’s
something Lord Corbyn of Upper
Street may learn to regret.
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Ella Risbridger’s timely
article on health (i, 10
January) pinpoints the
crucial issue of who
pays for what when a
person’s special needs
do not neatly fit under a
particular heading.
Surely Jeremy Hunt’s
change of title, is not a
“promotion”, but rather a
reminder that health and
social care are intrinsically linked, and problems with healthcare will
not be lessened, until
this fact is wholly and
completely understood.
Not only must health
and social care work fully
integrate, but political
parties should be doing
exactly this, too. Let them
all sit down together and
make a first-class health
service a reality.
PAM BROWN, OBE
HASTINGS,
EAST SUSSEX
A salary that is
hardly ‘unfair’
Am I the only one who
finds it distasteful to
describe a £180,000
salary as “unfair”? This
is at least seven times
the average wage. I
appreciate a case is being
made for equal pay but
the optics of the top 1 per
cent saying how unfair
life is are not great.
REV CHRIS SMITH
CHEVENING, KENT
It’s not just the
‘Daily Mail’
LLMAN.CO.UK
I understand that Virgin
Trains are going to ban
the Daily Mail on their
train services. I only
have one question at
this stage: are they also
going to ban the Daily
Express, The Sun and
the Daily Star? I await
developments.
ROBERT BOSTON
KINGSHILL, KENT
My local library
stocks most daily
newspapers, including
the Daily Mail, but not
i. Should I complain
to Monmouthshire
Council that this
constitutes censorship?
RICHARD LOTT
CHEPSTOW,
MONMOUTHSHIRE
Jude Glendinning
bemoans the lack of a
suitable title to address
a female without
disclosing her marital
status. In fact, there
is such a word which
has been around for
centuries: “Mistress”.
Both Miss and Mrs
are abbreviations of
Mistress, dating from the
17th century. So let us
reclaim the proper use
of “Mistress”!
NICHOLAS PRICE
BRIDGE OF ALLAN,
STIRLING
Is there a tailor
in the House?
Photographs have shown
the Prime Minister and
four men prominent in
her party. All four of the
men are sporting singlebreasted jackets that are
much too small for them.
I’d like to see the return
of the double-breasted
jacket. In the absence
of that happening, men
in the public eye really
should get real about
their waistlines. These
four cannot be described
as suitably tailored.
CHRISTOPHER VOWLES
HAVANT,
HAMPSHIRE
the wrong party. Labour
needs to stop appeasing
Brexiters and start
opposing them, starting
with its own leadership.
CHRIS WEBSTER
NORWICH
Milk with
plenty of bottle
Reclaiming
Mistress
Young’s views
unacceptable
I do not find Toby
Young’s removal
depressing. He is free
to express his views
but must expect that in
order to have a public
post influencing the
efficiency of universities
his views should reflect
an openness and nondiscriminatory view
of society. Misogyny
and his ideas about
class and disability
are unacceptable.
SUSAN RAISBECK
SALISBURY, WILTSHIRE
A housing
conundrum
The first question to
be asked by the new
minister of housing
should be: why are
houses still being built
in the same labourintensive way as the
Romans 2,000 years
ago with bricks and
mortar, when buildings
for flats or offices
are built in sections,
fabricated off-site and
then winched into place
by crane? If the builders
reply that it cannot be
done, remind them that
Wates and Span were
doing just that in the
early 1960s in Dulwich
and Blackheath.
Unless the minister
can get action on these
points, the promise of
more houses will remain
a pipe dream, with untold
social consequences.
WILLIAM HAINES
SHREWSBURY,
SHROPSHIRE
Labour should
show its colours
This week, Jeremy
Corbyn refused to join
cross-party talks on
Brexit and repeated the
lie that a country cannot
be in the single market
but outside the EU
(like Norway).
The recent survey by
Queen Mary University
of London showed that
87 per cent of Labour
members, but only 25 per
cent of Tories, want to
stay in the single market;
78 per cent of Labour
members want a second
referendum on Brexit,
but only 14 per cent of
Tories do so.
On both these questions, and in multiple
parliamentary votes on
Brexit, Mr Corbyn insists
on taking the Tory line
in defiance of his own
MPs, party members and
voters. Either Labour is
now a hard Brexit party,
or Mr Corbyn is leading
Glass milk bottles
are made of sterner
material than beer
bottles, being designed
for jostling and multiple
re-use. One from the
1970s, unearthed in my
garden, resisted the full
weight of the spade,
arousing suspicion that it
was a metal canister.
I returned to deliveries
of milk in glass bottles 14
years ago, with never a
bottle broken. As the old
joke goes – the number of
psychiatrists needed to
change a light bulb? One,
but the bulb must really
want to change.
ANNE RIDLEY
MALVERN,
WORCESTERSHIRE
TV at your
convenience
Your report about a
phone app allowing
the “sitter” to control
the temperature of the
loo seat (i, 10 January)
reminded me of being in
a motel in Page, Arizona,
almost 30 years ago
when I found there was a
television on the wall in
front of the loo.
NEVILLE DENSON
ST BEES, CUMBRIA
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it’s been announced she will not only
star in a new film franchise - but
she’s going to produce it, too. The
British star of Stranger Things will
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goes from
straight to gay
Meghan Markle has taken yet another step
towards renouncing life as she knows it and
becoming a member of the Royal Family by
deleting her social media accounts. Both
her Twitter and Instagram accounts were
suspended yesterday, meaning Markle will
no longer be able to engage with her fans.
The Royal Family has told Meghan, who
has quit her job as an actress on US drama
Suits, that her charity work and support for
various causes will now be curated for her
(and there will be no more mouthing off
about Trump, as she did on a Canadian talk
show in 2015).
One of her first official visits, along with
Prince Harry, took her to Reprezent Radio
in Brixton in south London. As they left a
DJ slipped them his card and offered to play
at the couple’s wedding in May. Jevanni
Letford said afterwards: “I didn’t think
anything would come of it. I thought I’d take
a punt and see what happens.”
Letford’s suggestion for a first dance? “I’d
probably start off with “This Is How We Do
It” by Montell Jordan, so that everyone can
start doing the running man dance.” Prince
Charles doing the running man? Harry and
Meghan: please book Jevanni immediately.
Love Island was one of the biggest
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2017: even if you didn’t watch the ITV
reality show, you almost certainly
can’t have escaped hearing about it.
For such a wide-reaching show,
however, its representation of love
left a little to be desired, mainly
because only straight
contestants were
included on
the show.
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Simon
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T
his may sound strange
for someone who writes a
regular column in a national
newspaper, but I sometimes
find myself short of opinions.
Not in the sense that I have no
strongly held beliefs, but more that
I find it increasingly difficult to feel
indignant/offended/scandalised
by the everyday controversies
that appear to cause so many
others to feel indignant/offended/
scandalised. Take the case of Virgin
Trains vs Daily Mail, which has been
characterised as indicative of a new
culture war that’s raging in modern
Britain. Whether it’s student unions
preventing guest speakers to
appear on campus, or the stoking
of fury about the appointment of
Toby Young to a public body, the
divisive nature of contemporary
politics, fuelled by the simplistic,
one-thought nature of social media,
means that we have to choose sides,
and fight to the death.
And into this mix comes Virgin
Trains West Coast, which decided
last November that it wouldn’t give
its customers the opportunity to
buy the Daily Mail on its trains. In
an internal memo, which
has just been published in
the house journal of rail
union Aslef, it told staff
that the Mail’s editorial
approach was “not
compatible” with the
company’s ethos.
It said it was
responding to
employees’ concerns
“about the Mail’s editorial
position on issues such as
immigration, LGBT rights and
unemployment”. The Mail sold
around 70 copies a day on Virgin’s
trains, so it’s hardly a matter to keep
Lord Rothermere awake at nights,
but it’s enough to make it on to the
national news bulletins, and spark
earnest television discussions.
Should we care? This is where
I find myself out of sync with
prevailing climate. I don’t think
it’s censorship, as some have
suggested, or an attack on free
speech, as has been claimed on
social media. To my mind, it’s not
that much more profound an issue
than Virgin deciding to sell Pringles
rather than Walkers in their buffet
cars. And the 70 people who want
to luxuriate in the Mail’s view of
the world while the Staffordshire
countryside passes them by are
perfectly at liberty to purchase their
paper before stepping on the train.
As far as I know, copies of the Mail
are not being confiscated by Aslefsupporting inspectors.
You may have worked out
that I cannot take this
affair seriously. Virgin is
owned by a billionaire
who sued the NHS
for missing out on
a lucrative public
contract, so I find its
occupation of the moral
high ground somewhat
tendentious. I’d have
more respect for it if this had
been a publicity stunt, but it made
its stand in an internal memo.
Unlike the ill-fated appointment
of Toby Young, this “controversy”
affects no one, has no wider
implications, and only succeeds
in getting people to throw rocks
from their respective sides of the
barricade. This is not part of a
culture war: it’s a storm in a tea bar.
I have no brief for the Daily
Mail, but, unlike Virgin Trains, at
least they have to stand the test
of the marketplace. Virgin enjoys
a monopoly position, and if the
question is whether to take our
railways out of the hands of private
profiteers, that’s something worth
working up a head of steam about.
GROCERIES
offers a similar product, and in any
big supermarket you are liable to
find all kinds of cauliflower-related
atrocities. You can find cauliflower
florets, cauliflower rice and, if you
look hard enough, cauliflower pizza
bases (bleurgh).
It goes beyond cauliflower, of
course. You can find spiralised
courgette, or courgetti, where it has
been sliced into noodles. Whole
Foods has even been ridiculed for
selling pre-peeled oranges.
But what of it? You can prise my
pre-chopped butternut squash from
my cold, dead hands – who has the
muscle power or patience to hack
through one of those impenetrable
buggers after a hard day at work?
The biggest problem with
overpriced convenience products
isn’t the price, but the packaging.
M&S responded to the cauliflower
criticism by saying that the plastic
packaging is recyclable and that
it is working on ways to address
packaging concerns. But why not
have the “steaks” stacked next to
the actual cauliflowers? Customers
could then help themselves to as
many as they need.
Convenience has been king
for some time, but supermarket
shelves are usually crammed with
the unhealthiest convenience foods
going. If vegetables are equally as
convenient, and people are more
likely to stick them in their basket,
then that can hardly be a bad thing.
People happily pay more than £2 for
foods that offer next to no nutritional
value. So let them eat (cauliflower)
steak. There are worse things.
Siobhán
Norton
Cauliflower
steak outrage
is overdone
M
arks and Spencer
has harnessed a
fundamental rule of
modern consumerism
– there is no price too high on
convenience. But it didn’t account
for the power of social media. Just
in time for Veganuary, it launched
the cauliflower steak: a slice of
cauliflower, packaged in plastic,
yours for just £2.50. Oh, and a lemon
and herb drizzle, of course. Then
it hastily pulled the product in
response to an almighty backlash.
Madness? Certainly: the
same supermarket sells a whole
cauliflower for a quid. But was it
really worth the online outrage?
They say fools and their money
are easily parted, but the same
could be said for busy people. And
if the laws of supply and demand
say consumers demand their
cauliflowers are pre-sliced, then
surely it would be foolish of M&S
not to supply them? Sainsbury’s
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By Ian Jones
The BBC shrugged off the loss of
The Great British Bake Off in 2017 to
again broadcast the most-watched
TV programme of the year – with
a little help from a walrus mother
and her pup.
A chart-topping 14 million people
saw episode one of the wildlife series Blue Planet II, which included
dramatic footage of walruses fighting to find a home, along with dazzling scenes of surfing dolphins and
a sex-changing fish.
The ratings were nearly two million down on the most-watched programme of 2016, when 15.9 million
saw Candice Brown win the final
A walrus mother and her pup helped
the show draw in viewers BBC
of Bake Off. But it was enough for
the BBC to hold on to its title as the
home of the biggest TV audience of
the year.
Second place also went to the
BBC, thanks to the 13 million peo-
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Close behind in third place was
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Overall in 2017, the BBC broadcast the year’s most-watched
documentary (Blue Planet II), light
entertainment (Strictly Come Dancing) and live event (the One Love
Manchester charity concert).
The BBC showed a string of
high-profile dramas, including Line
of Duty and Sherlock. But those
were beaten in the ratings by ITV’s
Broadchurch. The last episode of
the crime thriller was watched by
11.6 million people.
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Pink Floyd’s Nick Mason has
warned that the band would
struggle to reach its dizzying
heights in today’s climate.
The musician is backing a
campaign to stop the closure of
grass-roots music venues after
more than a third were said to
have shut in a decade, according to
research by UK Music.
Mason echoed calls by Sir Paul
McCartney for the Government to
back a change in the law to protect
smaller venues.
Speaking yesterday at a
gathering of campaigners at
Westminster, Mason said the
change was vital. A Bill tabled by
Labour MP John Spellar would
force property developers to
consider nearby clubs, bars and
other venues before working on
one, placing the onus on them to
find solutions to noise issues such
as funding new soundproofing.
Mason said: “It’s more and
more difficult to get a record deal
now – it tends to be something you
get much further along in your
career, and so if you also lose the
opportunity to make a modest
living playing live, it’s going to be
extra-tough.”
Asked whether Pink Floyd
would have made it today, he
said: “Hopefully we’d survive
but I think it would be a lot more
difficult... it might have taken us
longer to get established.”
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include Feargal Sharkey, Craig
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Pay code ‘will not curb the university fat cats’
By Alison Kershaw
A proposed new code on university
bosses’ pay is “necessary” but “insufficient”, according to the head of
a new watchdog.
More leadership is needed from
universities in setting fair salaries
for senior staff, says Nicola Dandridge, chief executive of the Office
for Students. She welcomed a new
draft remuneration code published
by the Committee of University
Chairs (CUC), saying it is an acknowledgement of “the need for appropriate and justifiable pay in the
higher education sector”.
She also warned the new regulator “will not hesitate” to intervene
if it believes there are “unjustified”
levels of pay. There has been growing
concern about the spiralling hikes in
vice chancellors’ pay. A new draft
remuneration code published by the
CUC on Tuesday says the process for
setting pay must be transparent and
should take into account the value a
person provides to their institution.
Responding to the draft code,
which is open for consultation until
12 March, Ms Dandridge said: “The
code is necessary but in itself insufficient. We also need to see leader-
ship from institutions in setting fair
remuneration, people are rightly
concerned by the level of pay. Exceptional performance, clearly tied
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Why experts
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wealth will go
I
f 18 months ago your crystal
ball had shown you that in
January 2018 Britain would be
preparing to leave the EU and
that Donald Trump would be
President of the US, I don’t think
you would have believed its further
prediction that shares would start
2018 at an all-time high. Add in the
tensions with North Korea, and you
might have been even more dubious.
So how to explain it?
There is a simple answer: that
politics don’t matter much, whereas
money matters a great deal. In other
words, as long as there is no global
disaster, whoever happens to be US
President is not important in global
terms. As for the spat between one
member of a trading bloc and the
rest, that is less important still.
What does matter is that the
world’s central banks have printed
shed-loads of money, and it had to
go somewhere. Shares are one place
where the cash has gone.
The trouble is, this does not tell
us much about what might happen
next. Indeed, there are two sharply
diverging views. Both start from the
same place, accepting that ultraeasy money policies have created a
global recovery.
The optimistic view is that this
recovery can continue for several
years, because inflation will
remain low. Interest rates
will rise, but slowly. The next
downturn is years away.
Meanwhile, these people
think share and property
prices will continue
to reflect the solid
economic prospects.
The other view
is that the central
banks have created
a bubble that will
at some stage
Surprise contender:
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ing more than £100,000 and give an
explanation if someone earns in excess of £150,000.
The average salary of
a UK vice-chancellor in
2015-16 was 6.4 times that of
the average university worker,
says a government report.
burst. The surge in the price of
unconventional assets, notably
cyber currencies, shows how if you
spray the world with cheap money
for long enough, even normally
sensible people go slightly bonkers.
So there will be a financial crash.
They would acknowledge, of course,
that they just don’t know when
that will happen or how serious the
consequences will be.
That is the background to
this year. We in the UK will be
preoccupied with Brexit, but this is
not important in global terms.
What matters is the durability of
the recovery, and the things, such
as an asset price crash, that might
unseat it. Momentum matters in
economics. Once an economy is
growing solidly, it takes quite a lot
to unseat it. Global growth last year
was the highest for a decade, so it
would be unlikely for there to be a
collapse in demand in 2018.
Given property’s
role in the 2008
crash, I can’t see it
unseating things
Whether the world still has
similar momentum a year from now
is something else, and the single
most likely thing to check it will be a
fall in asset prices.
Some asset prices don’t matter
to the economy, while others do. For
example, if the gold price falls, that
has zero impact on overall economic
demand. Property prices do matter,
but property is such a segmented
market that is hard to predict its
impact. Given the role of property
in the 2008 crash, I can’t see it
unseating things this time.
What happens to bitcoin and the
rest should not matter. If all the
cryptocurrencies were seen to be
worth zero (as I think they probably
are), a lot of people would have
sore heads. It would be bad news
for money-launderers, but I
can’t see how this destroys the
world economy.
But maybe that is too
optimistic. Maybe there are
links that no one yet can see.
Of one thing we can
be sure: this will be a
fascinating year at all
sorts of levels, but if
come January 2019
the world economy
has carried on
growing at a decent
clip, we will mostly end
up a bit better off.
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Celebrated
Glasgow
artist
Rosemary
Beaton fears
students
are lacking
appreciation
for important
works
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CULTURE
‘iPad generation is missing out on artwork’
By Ian Marland
The iPad generation is missing out
on seeing major works of art up
close and personal, according to
one of Scotland’s leading artists.
Rosemary Beaton said young
students are more likely to research important works on their
devices than travel to galleries to
see them in person.
She raised fears that today’s
students are starting to lack appreciation of the full scale and
presence of important artworks.
Beaton, 54, who still teaches at
the Glasgow School of Art, where
she trained, is celebrating more
than 30 years of work with a new
book and a retrospective exhibition in February.
She was one of a group of artists from the Glasgow School of
Art dubbed the “new Glasgow
Girls” who made their name in the
1980s, playing a role in establishing its visual arts fame.
At 20 years old she became
the youngest winner of the National Portrait Gallery’s annual
portrait award for her painting of
Sir Robin Day, also becoming the
first Scot to win the award. Beaton said: “There’s nothing like seeing work in the flesh because you
don’t know what scale it is.”
Residents hire
private security
firm to aid police
By Nick Rennie and
Sally Guyoncourt
A rise in crime and a drop in police
numbers has seen residents and businesses in one part of the country take
crime-fighting into their own hands.
Melton Borough in Leicestershire
saw a spike in crime last year of 22
per cent up to March 2017, compared
with the previous 12 months. It was
the highest increase in the county.
It came as Leicestershire Police
struggled with a drop in numbers of
547 since 2010 and a proposed further cut of 250 officers.
Against this backdrop, the citizens
of Melton Borough decided to pay
private security firms to take on the
task of policing their streets.
But Leicestershire Police says it
does not need this kind of support.
A force spokesman said: “Officers
in Melton are already working with
various partners such as the local
authority, local schools, Leicestershire Fire and Rescue Service, local
charities, Leicestershire County
Council, housing associations and
community groups to address issues
in the community.
“As a force our policy is not to en-
dorse or validate the work of any private company.”
Blueline Security and Alarm Response Management have been sending out cars in the evenings and early
hours of the morning on the lookout
for suspicious activity.
Blueline Security carried out its
patrols on a trial basis over the festive period, funded by local businesses concerned about lower police
numbers and a rise in crimes such as
arson and burglary.
Director Jamie Strickland, who
served 23 years in the Royal Military
Police, told The Melton Times: “We
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in Surrey, was pushed off a jetty by a
friend as a prank and did not emerge
for about 10 seconds, Southwark coroner’s court heard.
Coroner Andrew Harris criticised
the level of supervision by teachers
as he ruled Abdul’s death accidental.
He vowed to try to prevent similar
deaths in future.
“I am minded to write a report to
the Department for Education asking for a swimming test to be taken
before children can go swimming on
school trips,” he said.
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A congressional report has
warned of deepening Russian interference throughout the West
and chides President Donald
Trump for producing no strategic plan to bolster their efforts
or safeguard the US from falling
victim to the Kremlin’s meddling.
The dossier, commissioned by
Senator Ben Cardin of Maryland,
a senior Democrat on the Senate Foreign Relations Committe,
blamed Mr Trump for what it describes as a failure to respond to
Russia’s mounting destabilisation
activities in the US and worldwide.
“Never before has a US president so clearly ignored such a
grave and growing threat to US
national security,” it reads. Republicans on the committee did not
take part in the 200-page report.
But even without their backing,
its account of Russian operations in
19 European nations foreshadows
the still-unpublished Senate Intelligence Committee’s bipartisan inquiry into Russia’s role during the
2016 US presidential election. AP
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SURVIVORS
‘I thought I
was dead’,
says rescued
teenage girl
By Andrew Dalton
IN MONTECITO
Emergency workers
evacuate residents
and their dogs
through floodwaters
REUTERS
Rescue crews search for survivors
after 15 die in California mudslides
By Christopher Weber
Romero
Canyon
IN MONTECITO
At least 15 people have died in
mudslides in a coastal area of
southern California.
The death toll is expected to rise
further as rescue workers continue
searching for survivors in the upmarket enclave of Montecito close
to Santa Barbara.
Mudslides slammed into homes
in the area, covering highways and
sweeping away vehicles, according
to officials.
“Right now our assets are focused
on determining if anyone is still alive
in any of those structures that have
been damaged,” Santa Barbara
County Sheriff Bill Brown said.
Several dozen homes have been
destroyed or severely damaged and
it is likely many more are in a similar
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condition in areas that are still inaccessible to rescue groups.
In addition to the 15 deaths, which
were confirmed by Santa Barbara
County spokeswoman Yaneris
Muniz, at least 25 people have been
injured, while more than 50 had to be
rescued by helicopters and an undetermined number of others are still
missing. Four of the injured are in a
critical condition.
Most of the deaths occurred in and
around Montecito, a wealthy enclave
of about 9,000 people that is home to
such celebrities as Oprah Winfrey,
Rob Lowe and Ellen DeGeneres.
About 300 people were stranded
in a canyon in the region as local rescue crews used helicopters from the
US Coast Guard to airlift them out,
officials said.
The county initially ordered 7,000
residents to evacuate and urged
another 23,000 to do so voluntarily,
but only 10 to 15 per cent complied
with the mandatory orders, according to the Santa Barbara County
Fire Department.
Ms Winfrey’s home survived the
mudslides, although the property
was affected.
On the same day many Democrats
were talking about the possibility of
the television host running for president following her rousing speech
at the Golden Globes, she shared an
Instagram post showing photos of
the deep mud in her back yard and a
video of rescue helicopters hovering
over her house.
“What a day!” she wrote. “Praying
for our community again in Santa
Barbara.” AP
Last month’s wildfires
left the area vulnerable
to mudslides. The fires burned
away shrubs that hold the soil
in place and also prevent water
from sinking into the ground.
A 14-year-old girl was found alive
on Tuesday after firefighters
using rescue dogs heard cries for
help from what was left of her
Montecito home.
“I thought I was dead there for
a minute,” Lauren Cantin (inset),
covered in mud, told NBC News
after workers spent six hours
rescuing her.
Another survivor, Thomas
Tighe, said he stepped outside his
home in the middle of the night
and heard “a deep rumbling –
an ominous sound I knew was
boulders moving as the
mud was rising”.
Two cars were
missing from
his driveway,
and he
watched
two others
slowly move
sideways
down the
middle of the
street in a river
of mud.
In daylight, Mr Tighe
was shocked to see a body pinned
by rubble against his neighbour’s
home. He wasn’t sure who it was.
The worst of the rainfall
occurred in a 15-minute span
starting at 3.30am when
Montecito got more than half an
inch in five minutes, while nearby
Carpinteria received nearly an
inch in 15 minutes.
“All hell broke loose,” said Peter
Hartmann, a dentist who also
works as a photographer for the
local website Noozhawk. “Power
lines were down. Water was
flowing out of water mains and
sheared-off fire hydrants.”
Mr Hartmann watched
rescuers revive a toddler pulled
unresponsive from the mud. “It
was a freaky moment to see her
just covered in mud,” he said. AP
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UNITED STATES
President bans drilling for
oil off the Florida coast
Trump’s lawyer sues BuzzFeed News
By Eric Beech
IN WASHINGTON
Donald Trump’s administration will
not allow drilling for oil or gas off the
coast of Florida, where the President owns properties.
The ban came at the behest of
Florida’s Republican governor, according to Mr Trump’s Interior Secretary, Ryan Zinke.
“I support the governor’s position
that Florida is unique and its coasts
are heavily reliant on tourism as
an economic driver,” Mr Zinke de-
clared. The Trump administration
last week proposed opening nearly
all US offshore waters to oil and gas
drilling to boost domestic energy
production. The plan sparked protests from coastal states, environmentalists and the tourism industry.
Mr Trump has properties in both
Mar-a-Lago, West Palm Beach,
and Miami.
Diane Hoskins, of Oceana, an environmental lobby group, said: “Such
a quick reversal begs the question
‘Will the Trump administration give
equal consideration to all the other
By Harriet Agerholm
Trump has properties in Miami
(above) and Mar-a-Lago AFP/GETTY
coastal governors from both parties
who overwhelmingly reject this radical offshore drilling plan’?” AP
Donald Trump’s lawyer is suing BuzzFeed News for publishing the
so-called “Steele dossier”,
which alleges ties between
the Trump campaign and
Russian officials ahead of
the 2016 election.
The dossier includes a
number of salacious claims
about the Trump campaign’s ties to Russian officials, including allegations about
Mr Trump’s lawyer, Michael Cohen,
that have not been verified.
Mr Cohen’s lawsuits claim the dos-
sier contained “false and defamatory” allegations about him that
resulted in “harm to his personal and
professional reputation, current
business interests, and the
impairment of business opportunities”, ABC News
reported.
Mr Cohen (inset) tweeted: “Just filed a defamation action against @
BuzzFeedNews for publishing the lie filled document on
@POTUS @realDonaldTrump
and me!” However, BuzzFeed’s editorin-chief Ben Smith said the dossier
was “unquestionably real news”.
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IN TOKYO
Astronaut Norishige Kanai has
apologised for spreading “fake
news” after tweeting he had
grown 9cm in height during a
mission to the International
Space Station.
Astronauts’ spines extend
in the absence of gravity but
return to normal when back
on Earth. Mr Kanai, 41, said he
had measured himself after
questions were raised about the
growth claim and that he had
“stretched” only 2cm. REUTERS
YEMEN
‘Security forces
opened fire
on detainees’
By Maggie Michael
IN CAIRO
Family members and a detainee
say Yemeni security forces
opened fire on detainees in
the southern port city of Aden
earlier this week, wounding 12.
The detainee and two family
Army admits its soldiers
killed captured militants
By Shoon Naing
MYANMAR
Astronaut sorry Free journalists
for ‘fake news’
now, urges EU
By Elaine Lies
MYANMAR
The European Union has called on
authorities in Myanmar to release
two Reuters journalists after
prosecutors sought charges against
them in court in Yangon yesterday.
The EU, a significant donor to
Myanmar, said the case of Wa Lone
and Kyaw Soe Oo was an important
test for the country’s commitment to
democracy after military rule.
An EU spokesman said: “Having
heard the charges brought under
the Official Secrets Act of 1923, we
expect the Myanmar authorities to
ensure the full protection of these
journalists’ rights and to release
them as quickly as possible.” REUTERS
members, who were visiting
jailed relations, claim the
incident happened on Sunday in
Beir Ahmed 2 detention centre.
The facility is part of an antiterrorism campaign led by the
United Arab Emirates, which
has set up secret prisons to hold
hundreds of terrorist detainees.
The detainee, one of the 12
wounded, said soldiers opened
fire to halt a protest by the
detainees against restrictions on
closer contact with visitors.
The witnesses spoke on
condition of anonymity as they
feared retribution. AP
Myanmar’s military has admitted
its soldiers murdered 10 captured
Muslim “terrorists” during insurgent attacks in September, after
local Buddhist villagers had forced
the captured men into a grave they
had dug.
“Villagers and members of the
security forces have confessed that
they committed murder,” the military
said in a statement.
It was a rare admission of
wrongdoing by the Myanmar military
during its operations in the western
state of Rakhine.
The army launched a sweeping
Ain Sefra
Snow has fallen in the Sahara,
covering desert dunes in a
layer up to 40cm deep.
Snow started falling on the
Algerian town of Ain Sefra
in the early hours of Sunday
morning, giving children
an opportunity to race each
other down the slopes. Rising
temperatures meant it began
to melt later in the day.
It is the third time in nearly
40 years the town, known as
“The Gateway to the Desert”,
has seen snowfall. Ain Sefra,
which was founded in 1881 as
a French garrison town, sees
average high temperatures of
more than 37°C in summer and
THE INDEPENDENT
Samuel Osborne
REUTERS
The decorated interior
of the golden dome
inside the Dome of
the Rock mosque at
the Al-Aqsa mosque,
in Jerusalem’s Old
City, was unveiled
yesterday. It followed
renovation work
carried out by the
Waqf, a Jordanianbacked body that
oversees Muslim
religious sites in
Jerusalem. AFP/GETTY
SRI LANKA
MPs fight in Parliament during corruption debate
MPs exchanged blows in Parliament
in Sir Lanka yesterday during a
debate over alleged corruption.
The brawl erupted after
opposition members protested in
the chamber as Prime Minister Ranil
Wickremesinghe was addressing
claims that a former central bank
governor’s son-in-law made a quick
profit of $72m (£53m) and the state
suffered a loss of about $55m (£40m).
Opposition MPs first lodged a
protest that they had not been given
the report and later walked into the
middle of the chamber while shouting
slogans and carrying placards.
Government MPs also walked into
the well of the chamber and a brawl
broke out.
About 50 people from both sides
of the 225-member Parliament took
part in the scrum. It was unclear if
anyone was hurt but some had their
shirts torn off. AP
INDIA
TUNISIA
HONDURAS
Leopards kill
three children
Jewish school
under attack
Earthquake hits
close to island
At least three children have been
killed by leopards in a series of
attacks in rural India.
Two of the children, aged three
and 10, were killed in a village
in the central state of Madhya
Pradesh, possibly by the same
big cat, while a boy, 14, died in the
northern state of Uttar Pradesh.
Pranav Chanchani at tiger
conservation scheme, WWF-India,
said only a tiny percentage of
people were ever attacked. AP
A Jewish school on a Tunisian island
was attacked late on Tuesday as
violent anti-government protests
raged elsewhere in the country.
Petrol bombs thrown at the school
on the tourist resort island of Djerba
caused damage but no injuries,
said the head of the area’s Jewish
community, Perez Trabelsi.
Locals have complained of a
reduced security presence as police
combat anti-government protests
around the country. REUTERS
One of the strongest earthquakes
to hit the Caribbean struck off the
coast of Honduras on Tuesday.
There were no early reports
of serious damage or casualties
on land after the quake, with a
magnitude of 7.6, struck at 10pm.
Tsunami centres issued
advisories for Puerto Rico, the
Cayman Islands, Cuba, Jamaica
and other Caribbean islands as
well as on the coasts of Mexico,
but no tsunami materialised. AP
IN COLOMBO
has seen record lows of -10.2°C
in winter. In 1979, a snowstorm
lasting half an hour stopped
traffic. Two years ago, snow
settled for a day, and the town
saw snowfall again last year.
Snow in the Sahara is
“unusual but not unheard of”,
a spokeswoman for the Met
Office said. “It seems like the
snowy pictures were taken
across the higher areas in the
north of the region, towards
the Atlas regions, so it’s not
surprising that the area would
see some snow if the conditions
were right,” she added.
“With the set-up over Europe
at the moment, which has
given us cold weather over the
weekend, a push southwards
of cold air into that region and
some sort of moisture would
bring that snow.”
counter-offensive in the north of
the state in response to Rohingya
militant attacks in August that
triggered an exodus of more than
Golden
dome
unveiled
By Bharatha Malla Warachi
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From...
More than 650,000 Rohingya have
fled the country REUTERS
650,000 Rohingya Muslim villagers.
The United Nations has condemned
the army’s campaign as an example
of ethnic cleansing. Myanmar denies
this, saying that its forces were
carrying out legitimate counterinsurgency operations.
James G omez, Amnesty
International’s regional director for
South-east Asia and the Pacific, said:
“This grisly admission is a sharp
departure from the army’s policy of
blanket denial of any wrongdoing.
“However, it warrants serious
independent investigation into what
other atrocities were committed
amid the ethnic cleansing campaign.”
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New migrants
‘must visit Nazi
death camps’
By Riham Alkousaa
IN BERLIN
New migrants to Germany must visit
Nazi concentration camp memorials
to help tackle a perceived rise in antiSemitism, Germany’s Central Council of Jews said yesterday, in support
of a proposal by a Palestinian-German politician.
The German government decried
as shameful the spectacle of the
Israeli flag being burnt at demonstrations last month against US President
Donald Trump’s decision to recognise
Jerusalem as Israel’s capital.
Josef Schuster, head of the Central
Council of Jews expressed support for
a proposal by Sawsan Chebli, a Berlin
state senator, for mandatory visits by
newly arrived refugees to Nazi concentration camps memorials.
“People who have fled to us who
have themselves had to escape or
been expelled, can develop empathy
in such memorials,” Mr Schuster told
Deutschlandfunk radio yesterday.
Germany has received well over a
million migrants fleeing war and poverty in the Middle East and Africa.
Germany is home today to an estimated 200,000 Jews and has built a
reputation in recent decades as a tolerant, safe place for Jews to live. However, data show anti-Semitic crimes
reported to the police rose 4 per cent
to 681 in the first eight months of 2017
from the same period in 2016.
“It makes sense for everyone living in this country to be obliged to
visit a concentration camp memorial
site at least once in their lives,” Ms
Chebli told Bild am Sonntag newspaper on Sunday.
She said such visits, long a staple of
school education in a country determined not to forget its history, should
also be extended to new migrants,
who should make trips as part of their
compulsory integration courses.
Currently, the integration courses
focus on learning the German language, as well as the country’s history, culture and legal system
Asked about the possibility of
mandatory visits to concentration
camps, a spokeswoman for the Federal Office for Migration and Refugees said that the integration course
for immigrants already had a module
regarding the consequences of the
Nazi rule for the people of Germany
and Europe. REUTERS
In a newspaper article
last month, the German
justice minister, Heiko Maas,
called for more emphasis to
be placed on the Holocaust in
migrants’ integration courses.
Online videos
show the
armoured vehicle
ramming into the
shop REUTERS
Armoured vehicle used to steal bottle of wine
A man rammed an armoured
personnel carrier into a shop
window before climbing through
the rubble to steal a bottle of wine
in a town in northern Russia
yesterday morning, according to
local media and videos posted on
social media.
The man had stolen the
vehicle from a privately run
motor sport training ground
nearby, then driven it through a
forest and into Apatity, a small
town just south of the Arctic
circle, the local news agency
Hibinform said.
Struggling to turn around
in a narrow street, the man,
whom witnesses described as
being drunk, proceeded to slam
the tank into the window of the
“family” convenience store.
He also crushed a Daewoo car
parked nearby, images showed.
Footage shared on social media
showed the man subsequently
exiting the vehicle through its
hatch, briefly inspecting the
damage and entering the shop
through the broken window.
He was later arrested in
possession of a stolen bottle
of wine.
The shop was not licensed
to sell alcohol that early in the
morning, the agency added.
INDIA
SPAIN
Airline fires pilots who left
cockpit during flight
Catalan separatists to re-elect Puigdemont
By Inmaculada Sanz
IN MADRID
By Lydia Smith
Jet Airways has fired two pilots who
allegedly got into a fight and stormed
out of the cockpit during a flight, leaving the controls unattended.
The Indian airline said in a statement it had “terminated services of
both the cockpit crew with immediate effect”.
The staff involved, a man and a
woman, were taken off flight duties
following an investigation. The incident occurred on a New Year’s Day
flight from London to Mumbai, during which the male co-pilot reportedly slapped the female pilot after they
got into heated argument.
The female pilot is believed to have
left the cockpit in tears, followed
briefly by the co-pilot.
Aviation safety rules state at least
one pilot should remain at the controls at all times during a flight.
Catalonia’s main separatist parties have agreed to re-elect fugitive
Carles Puigdemont as president of
the region later this month, adding
to fears the respite from the political
storm in Spain will be short-lived.
Mr Puigdemont (inset), who has
been in Brussels since he was sacked
in October over an attempt to secede from Madrid, faces arrest if he
returns home.
Junts per Catalunya (Together for
Catalonia) representative Jordi
Xucla said yesterday that
his party and Esquerra
Republicana de Catalunya (ERC) (Republican
Left of Catalonia) will
support Mr Puigdemont’s return to the job
in which he spearheaded
the independence push.
After Catalan leaders
declared independence in October following a banned referen-
dum on secession, Prime Minister
Mariano Rajoy called a regional
election on 21 December
to resolve the country’s
worst political crisis
in decades.
Pro-independence
parties achieved a slim
majority of parliamentary seats in the election but failed to get over
50 per cent of the vote. The
results failed to resolve the
crisis. REUTERS
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The squad going to the Winter
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hey are the smiling
face of a regime that
does not countenance
criticism. North Korea’s
cheerleading squad,
an “army of beauties” whose
number once included the wife
of leader Kim Jong-un, will travel
to the Winter Olympic games
in South Korea next month, in a
move heralded as the beginning
of a restoration of diplomatic ties
between the two foes.
As with all things inside the
hermit nation, little is known about
how the women – some of them
teenagers from music schools,
some university students, some
already members of Pyongyang’s
propaganda units – are plucked
from obscurity to join the squad.
Once a regular fixture of
sports events on the Korean
peninsula, the group of up to 300
cheerleaders has rarely travelled
overseas in recent years, since
visiting China in 2007 for the
Women’s Football World Cup
in Wuhan. Domestically, they
perform to vast crowds, including
at the annual Arirang Festival,
a mass gymnastics and artistic
event in Pyongyang
Since the Korean War, the
cheerleaders – whose number is
often greater than the athletes
they accompany – have visited
South Korea only three times.
Among the 101 cheerleaders who
travelled to the Asian Athletics
Championships in Incheon in
2005 was a 16-year-old girl called
Ri Sol-ju, who would later go on
to marry Mr Kim. Little is known
about how she came to join the
squad, but Ms Ri, the daughter of
a professor and doctor, would like
the others have been selected from
a “good household”.
According to selection
standards reportedly revealed
by Kim Gyeong-sun, head of the
sports exchange body between
the two Koreas, being young and
pretty is essential for the squad.
The girls must be aged around
20, smart and “uniformly
pleasant”. As with almost all
areas of life in the paranoid
regime, a full background check
is carried out on applicants, with
those considered a defection
risk excluded.
The risks – and the
embarrassment that defection
would create – are obvious.
Wherever the cheerleaders
go, they are expected to act as
upholders of the world view of
the Kims. In 2003, in Daegu,
South Korea, for example, they
did just that. Travelling by coach
back to their dormitories after
another performance where their
tightly synchronised routines had
drawn worldwide acclaim, the
cheerleaders noticed a poster of
Kim Jong-il had been left out in the
driving rain.
The cheerleaders ordered the
coach to stop, even reportedly
confronting the perplexed driver,
and disembarked to rescue the
poster. “How could you place
our general in such a place?” one
cheerleader asked. “He deserves
only respect. We cannot stand
for this.”
Two years later, when Ms Ri
was with the team performing
in Incheon, South Korea, their
minders believed that some of
the girls had violated a pledge not
to speak about what they saw in
South Korea on their return to
Pyongyang. According to reports,
21 members of the squad were sent
to prison camps for discussing life
outside North Korea.
According to one defector, the
girls had promised to view South
Korea as an “enemy territory”
and not discuss what they saw
in Incheon. By that time, Ms Ri
TRAVEL
We’re now famous for taking
a holiday from the truth
British tourists make so many false compensation
claims that costs for breaks will soar. By Chris Burn
B
ritish holidaymakers
have not always had
the best reputation on
the Continent, largely
when it comes to boozy
behaviour. But a new reason for
hotel owners and tour operators
to be wary of Brits abroad has
been developing: a dramatic rise
in false claims for serious illnesses
suffered while on holiday.
According to the travel
trade organisation Abta, since
2013 there has been a 500 per
cent increase in the number of
compensation claims received
by travel companies for illnesses
like food poisoning – despite the
number of sickness reports to
resorts remaining the same.
The Government has pledged to
crack down on fraudulent claims,
warning such action is needed to
“help stop the price of package
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Ramblers take
a turn on to
centre stage
A walking group for black men is the
inspiration for a new play. By Chris Burn
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had begun a journey that would
eventually lead her to Mr Kim.
In 2012, North Korean state
media first mentioned Ms Ri as
being the wife of Kim Jong-un.
Since then, they are believed to
have had three children. How they
met remains a mystery. There is
speculation that Mr Kim could
have been introduced to Ms Ri at a
classical music concert in 2010.
The cheerleaders’ visits to South
Korea stopped after 2005. Then in
2014, it was announced with great
fanfare that they would travel to
Incheon again for the Asian Games.
Pyongyang wanted to send its
largest contingent of athletes and
supporters, numbering almost
holidays soaring for the honest
majority”. A survey has suggested
what may be behind the rise of the
past few years: claims management
firms cold-calling millions of people
and urging them to apply
for compensation.
While an estimated
one in five people
has received an
approach from
such companies,
70 per cent of
those questioned
by YouGov were
unaware that
making a false
claim could result in a
prison sentence.
In October last year,
Deborah Briton and her partner
Paul Roberts, from Wirral,
Merseyside, were jailed at
500, but demanded Seoul pay for
the cheerleaders’ expenses and
security. When South Korean
diplomats balked at the size of the
flag the North Koreans demanded
and the size of the cheerleading
squad, the delegation from
Pyongyang stormed out of talks,
accusing Seoul of abusing sport for
“sinister political purpose”.
Son Kwang-ho, vice-chairman of
Pyongyang’s Olympic Committee,
thundered: “The south side openly
slandered the decision to send the
cheerleading squad, asserting it is
a group for political operation.”
Today, the cheerleading
squad, with its songs and tightly
coordinated dance routines,
Liverpool Crown Court for making
fraudulent claims. Briton was
sentenced to nine months in
prison and Roberts was handed a
15-month term. It came a couple of
months after the Lancashire
company Allsure Ltd
had its licence to offer
regulated claims
management
services
cancelled after an
investigation found
it had encouraged
holidaymakers
to fabricate or
embellish symptoms
of gastric illness to
obtain compensation.
The firm also exaggerated
expected payouts.
The YouGov research for Abta
was published six months after the
remains just that. The agreement
to send the cheerleaders to South
Korea was reached on Tuesday at
the border village of Panmunjom,
the first such meeting between the
Koreas in two years.
State media in Pyongyang
said the cheerleaders would
“create an atmosphere of
national reconciliation”.
Widely viewed as a positive step
in the light of Mr Kim’s nuclear
ambitions, the two parties also
agreed to military talks.
If, as is now predicted, the two
leaders do hold an unprecedented
meeting in the coming weeks, the
girls will have something new to
sing about at the Winter Olympics.
Government announced plans to
reduce the incentives of making
such claims. Owing to the reported
increase in claims, and because
many tour operators appear to
settle them out of court, the costs
to the industry are increasing. This
is raising fears of higher package
holiday prices for the majority of
law-abiding holidaymakers.
A major barrier to tackling
the issue is that legal fees are
not controlled, so costs for tour
operators who fight cases can be
out of proportion to the damages
claimed. Under government
proposals, travel firms would pay a
prescribed sum depending on the
value of the claim, making the cost
of defending cases predictable.
Abta wants the measures to be
in place by April – in time for the
summer season.
n 2004 Maxwell Ayamba,
Donald McLean and Mark
Hutchinson began a walking
group for black men in
Sheffield. Originally designed
to get people together for health
and wellbeing, as well as a sense of
community camaraderie, 13 years on
it has become the inspiration for a
new theatre production called Black
Men Walking.
It’s produced by Eclipse Theatre
and directed by the one-time
Londoner but now Sheffield-based
Dawn Walton, who, as a black
woman, joined the walking group
and was struck with inspiration
while out with the group one day.
“We were walking along this flat
road and I was told it was an old
Roman road,” Walton tells me. “I
thought about Septimius Severus,
the black Roman Emperor who died
in York. I realised this was a road he
probably marched down and here
I am 2,000 years later marching
down the same road – it was quite an
emotional moment.”
Walton’s production is part of a
programme called Revolution Mix
which aims to deliver a swathe of
new black British productions – and
through an initial seven touring
productions, a series of radio
dramas and a film hopes to show
there is more to the black British
story than slavery, immigration and
teenage gang crime.
“The spirit of them [the men from
the walking group] lives within the
piece; their love, camaraderie, their
support for one another, the space
that they’ve made for themselves,”
Walton says.
“We felt getting together a group
of like-minded men would help us
physically as we were approaching
that period of middle-age,” Donald
McLean tells me on a Sunday
morning ramble as we head out from
Sheffield into the Peak District.
Maxwell Ayamba echoes this:
“This is a safe space, somewhere
to bond with ourselves and to
bond with nature. The landscapes,
the views, the fresh air – it all
relieves tension.”
It was the group’s initial intention
to recruit 100 black men, all walking
to improve their health. That target
is something they are still aiming
for but women are now regular
attendees too. There’s no formal
membership, no commitment, just
an organised walk once a month.
This has led to other adventures
however, with several of the group
walking up Ben Nevis together.
It’s a place that has become as
vital for friendship as it has exercise,
as McLean tells me. “Friendship
has been the number one thing.
Some amazing friendships
have been formed and solidified
– deep friendships.”
Mark Hutchinson points out
that the benefits of such a group
include mental health as well as
physical health.
Some amazing
friendships have been
formed and solidified –
deep friendships
“Through talking, you can share
how you feel and express hopes and
desires. We felt this would be a way
for people to join us. And there’s –
with a small p – a political sense to
this, a social sense. The group is for
black people to very much feel like
this is our country, a country where
you can walk and feel it’s an activity
that anybody and everybody can do.”
Ultimately, he says, “you’re
welcome because the countryside
is for everybody.” He hopes the
next age of walkers will learn from
what the group has achieved.
“We’re paving the way for future
generations to see that the
countryside belongs to everyone.”
‘Black Men Walking’ will be at the
Royal Exchange Theatre, Manchester,
on 18 January; West Yorkshire
Playhouse, Leeds, February 21 to 24;
Hull Truck Theatre, February 27 to
March 3; and the Crucible Theatre,
Sheffield, April 9 to 12
eclipsetheatre.org.uk
Members of the walking group get together once a month JONATHAN GAWTHORPE
Television Thursday 11 January
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PICK OF THE DAY
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Transformation Street
Big Cats
9pm, ITV
Gender reassignment must have
truly gone mainstream if ITV –
rarely the most ground-breaking of
broadcasters – is taking to the
subject in a big way. Ahead of its new
Tony Marchant drama Butterfly,
about the effect on a family when
one of their children has a sexchange, comes this new three-part
documentary following patients at
a specialist London clinic. First up,
Lucas (formerly Lauren, left) and his
mother Karen discuss his transition
– for Karen partly a grieving process
for the daughter she’s lost – while
Lucas is excited at having his
breasts removed. “Having breasts
for me is like being stuck behind
prison bars,” he says.
8pm, BBC1
The star of this new series from the
BBC’s miracle-working Natural
History Unit is not a big cat at all,
but titchy enough to fit into the palm
of your hand. But while the rustyspotted cat of Sri Lanka may at first
appear like a kitten at large in a
dangerous forest, it has the
predatory skills of its better-known
cousins the lion and the tiger (also
featured in tonight’s opener).
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George Clarke’s
Amazing Spaces
8pm, Channel 4
Given the UK’s housing crisis, this is
a timely return for George Clarke
and sidekick Will Hardie’s diverting
look at more unconventional
solutions to home-building. They
start with Dudley couple Sam and
Adele, who have bought a rotting
1975 narrowboat despite having no
experience of the waterways (“I’ve
been on a ferry once to Ireland,”
volunteers Sam), and a Yorkshire
couple transforming a cattle trailer
into a high-end glamping van.
===
A House Through Time
===
9pm, BBC2
No 62 Falkner Street in Liverpool is
proving to have a chequered history
– the reason of course why it was
chosen for this bricks-and-mortar
version of Who Do You Think You
Are?. David Olusoga picks up the
building’s history in 1853 as a
woman widowed in a cholera
The Tunnel: Vengeance
6.00 Flog It! Trade Secrets
(R) (S). 6.30 The Farmers’
Country Showdown (R)
(S). 7.15 Antiques Road
Trip (R) (S). 8.00 Sign
Zone: MasterChef: The
Professionals (R) (S). 9.00
Victoria Derbyshire (S).
11.00 BBC Newsroom Live
(S). 12.00 Daily Politics
(S). 1.00 Coast (R) (S). 1.15
Brazil With Michael Palin
(R) (S). 2.15 Himalaya
With Michael Palin (R)
(S). 3.15 The Great British
Winter (R) (S). 4.15 Great
Barrier Reef With David
Attenborough (R) (S). 5.15
Flog It! (R) (S).
6.00 Good Morning
Britain (S). 8.30 Lorraine
(S). 9.25 The Jeremy Kyle
Show (S). 10.30 This
Morning (S). 12.30 Loose
Women (S). 1.30 ITV News;
Weather (S). 1.55 ITV
Regional News; Weather
(S). 2.00 Judge Rinder
(S). 3.00 Dickinson’s Real
Deal (S). 3.59 ITV Regional
Weather (S). 4.00 Tipping
Point (S). 5.00 The Chase
(S).
6.20 3rd Rock From
The Sun (R) (S). 6.45 3rd
Rock From The Sun
(R) (S). 7.10 Everybody
Loves Raymond (R)
(S). 7.35 Everybody
Loves Raymond (R) (S).
8.00 Everybody Loves
Raymond (R) (S). 8.30
Frasier (R) (S). 9.05 Frasier
(R) (S). 9.35 Frasier (R) (S).
10.05 Ramsay’s Kitchen
Nightmares USA (R)
(S). 11.00 Sun, Sea And
Selling Houses (R) (S).
12.00 Channel 4 News
Summary (S). 12.05
Darts: BDO Lakeside
World Professional
Championships Live
coverage of the afternoon
session on day six (S). 5.00
Come Dine With Me (R) (S).
6.00 Milkshake! 9.15 The
Wright Stuff 11.15 GPs:
Behind Closed Doors
(R) (S). 12.10 5 News
Lunchtime (S). 12.15 The
Hotel Inspector (R) (S). 1.10
Access (S). 1.15 Home And
Away (S). 1.45 Neighbours
(S). 2.15 NCIS (R) (S). 3.15
FILM: Dear Diary, I Died
(Ben Demaree 2016)
Thriller, starring Katherine
Kelly Lang (S). 5.00 5 News
At 5 (S). 5.30 Neighbours
(R) (S).
6.00 BBC News At
Six; Weather (S).
6.30 BBC Regional
News; Weather
(S).
6.00 Eggheads (S).
6.30 Great British
Railway
Journeys A trip
from Taunton
to Newton
Abbot (S).
6.00 ITV Regional
News; Weather
(S).
6.30 ITV News;
Weather (S).
6.00 The Simpsons
Homer becomes
head of the local
Mafia (R) (S).
6.30 Hollyoaks (S).
6.00 Home And Away
Ash drives Mick
deep into the
Bush (R) (S).
6.30 5 News Tonight
(S).
7.00 Rick Stein’s
Road To Mexico
The chef heads
from San Diego
to Tijuana (R) (S).
7.00 Emmerdale
Robert and
Victoria hatch a
plan (S).
7.30 Divorce Wars:
Tonight (S).
7.00 Channel 4 News
(S).
7pm
7.00 The One Show
Topical stories
from around the
UK (S).
7.30 EastEnders
A familiar face
returns (S).
8pm
8.00 Big Cats
New series.
Documentary
following
ultimate cat
species around
the world (S).
8.00 The Hairy
Bikers’
Mediterranean
Adventure
The culinary
delights of
Sardinia (S).
8.00 Emmerdale (S).
8.30 The Cruise:
Return To The
Mediterranean
New series (S).
9.00 Death In
Paradise Jack
enters the
high-stakes
world of poker
when a player is
poisoned (S).
9.00 A House
Through Time
David Olusoga
focuses on the
1850s to the
1890s (S).
10.00BBC News At
Ten (S).
10.30 BBC Regional
News; Weather
(S).
10.45 Question Time
(S).
Daytime
6.00 Breakfast (S). 9.15 Rip
Off Britain: Holidays (S).
10.00 Homes Under The
Hammer (S). 11.00 Wanted
Down Under (S). 11.45
Close Calls: On Camera
(S). 12.15 Bargain Hunt
(R) (S). 1.00 BBC News At
One; Weather (S). 1.30 BBC
Regional News; Weather
(S). 1.45 Doctors (S). 2.15
Father Brown (S). 3.00 I
Escaped To The Country
(S). 3.45 The Farmers’
Country Showdown (S).
4.30 Antiques Road Trip
(S). 5.15 Pointless (S).
6pm
9pm
10pm
11pm
Late
epidemic turns the family home into
a boarding house, only for it to be
reconverted by an ambitious Jewish
immigrant from Denmark struggling
to weather a global financial crisis.
But the really fascinating occupants
are the Robinsons; the wife, Anne,
suing her abusive husband for
divorce (a rarity in the 1880s), in a
mysterious saga ending when a body
was dragged from the River Mersey.
9pm, Sky Atlantic
You couldn’t get more different
crime shows than the cosy Death In
Paradise (9pm, BBC1) and this bleak
Anglo-French take on The Bridge,
which concludes its final story, the
so-called Pied Piper mystery, with a
suitably shocking double-episode.
Beauty spots: leopards
feature in ‘Big Cats’
8pm, BBC1
6.00 Totally Bonkers
Guinness World Records
(R) (S). 6.55 Dress To
Impress (R) (S). 7.45
Emmerdale (R) (S). 8.20
Coronation Street (R) (S).
8.50 Coronation Street
(R) (S). 9.25 The Ellen
DeGeneres Show (R) (S).
10.10 Who’s Doing The
Dishes? (R) (S). 11.10 Dress
To Impress (R) (S). 12.10
Emmerdale (R) (S). 12.45
Coronation Street (R) (S).
1.15 Coronation Street
(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).
George Clarke returns
with more ingenious
and eccentric builds in
‘Amazing Spaces ‘
8pm, Channel 4
Siobhan McSweeney
in ‘Derry Girls’
10pm, Channel 4
7.00 The Wonderful
World Of
Puppies (S).
7.00 Beyond 100
Days (S).
7.30 Great
Continental
Railway
Journeys Part
one (R) (S).
7.00 FILM: The
Seeker: The
Dark Is Rising
(David L
Cunningham
2007) Fantasy
adventure (S).
8.00 George Clarke’s
Amazing Spaces
New series. The
architect visits
a canal boat
conversion in
Dudley (S).
8.00 Big Family
Values: More
Kids Than Cash
An Essex family
of 10 receive
some troubling
news (S).
8.00 Bloody Queens:
Elizabeth And
Mary Letters
between Mary
Queen of Scots
and Elizabeth I
(R) (S).
9.00 Transformation
Street New
series. People
undergoing
gender
reassignment
surgery (S).
9.00 Hunted The
hunters get a
lead on former
policeman
Jamie Clark
when he uses
an ATM (S).
9.00 Celebrity
Big Brother
Highlights of
another day
with the famous
residents (S).
9.00 England’s
Forgotten
Queen: The
Life And Death
Of Lady Jane
Grey Last in the
series (S).
10.00Live At The
Apollo Ed
Byrne hosts,
with Angela
Barnes. Last in
the series (S).
10.30 Newsnight (S).
10.00ITV News At
Ten; Weather
(S).
10.30 ITV Regional
News; Weather
(S).
10.45 Great Art (S).
10.00Derry Girls
Sister Michael
announces a
school trip to
Paris (S).
10.35 The Undateables
(R) (S).
10.00Celebrity
100 Per Cent
Hotter Jedward
and Charlotte
Dawson receive
makeovers (S).
10.00Fit To Rule:
How Royal
Illness Changed
History Last in
the series (R) (S).
11.45 This Week The
past seven days
in politics (S).
11.15 Michael Palin:
A Life On Screen
The actor and
writer looks
back on his
varied career
(R) (S).
11.45 Joanna
Lumley’s
Postcards The
actress recalls
her trip through
China and
Mongolia (R) (S).
11.35 Working Class
White Men Part
one of two.
Life in modern
Britain for
working-class
men (R) (S).
11.05 Celebrity Big
Brother’s Bit On
The Side Rylan
Clark-Neal
presents the
CBB companion
show (S).
11.00 Lost Land Of
The Volcano
Scientists and
film-makers
explore a
volcano in New
Guinea (R) (S).
11.15 FILM: Tinker
Tailor Soldier
Spy (Tomas
Alfredson
2011) Cold
War espionage
thriller (S).
11.20 Family Guy
First-ever
episode of
the animated
comedy (R) (S).
11.45 American Dad!
(R) (S).
12.35 BBC News (S).
12.15 Sign Zone: Labour
– The Summer That
Changed Everything (R) (S).
1.15 Sign Zone: Imagine –
Rachel Whiteread: Ghosts
In The Room (R) (S). 2.20
This Is BBC Two (S).
12.10 Jackpot247 3.00
Divorce Wars: Tonight (R)
(S). 3.25 ITV Nightscreen
5.05 The Jeremy Kyle
Show (R) (S).
12.35 The Secret Life
Of The Zoo 1.30 Food
Unwrapped Diet Special
2.30 How To Retire At
40 3.00 Grand Designs
Australia 3.55 Coast vs
Country 4.50 Location,
Location, Location
12.00 SuperCasino 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).
12.00 Top Of The Pops:
1981 (R) (S). 12.40 Bloody
Queens: Elizabeth And
Mary (R) (S). 1.40 England’s
Forgotten Queen: The Life
And Death Of Lady Jane
Grey (R) (S). 2.40 Peaky
Blinders (R) (S). 3.40 Close
1.50 FILM: The Pact
(Nicholas McCarthy 2012)
Horror, starring Caity Lotz
(S). 3.40 Close
12.15 American Dad! (R) (S).
12.40 Two And A Half Men
(R) (S). 1.10 Superstore (R)
(S). 1.35 Ibiza Weekender
(R) (S). 2.30 Teleshopping
7.00 You’ve Been
Framed! Gold
Comical clips,
narrated by
Harry Hill (R) (S).
8.00 Two And A Half
Men Walden
finds himself in
danger (S).
8.30 Superstore (S).
9.00 FILM: Red 2
(Dean Parisot
2013) Action
thriller sequel,
starring Bruce
Willis (S).
9.00 Release The
Hounds: Love
Island New
series. Horror
game show,
hosted by Matt
Edmondson (S).
10.00Celebrity Juice
With Jimmy
Carr and Kelly
Brook (R) (S).
10.50 Family Guy
Lois inherits a
fortune (R) (S).
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Derry Girls
10pm, Channel 4
The second visit to 1990s Derry/
Londonderry and Lisa McGee’s
raucously funny comedy follows the
girls’ attempts to raise the cash for a
school trip to Paris, which involve
stealing a small-ads noticeboard
from the chippy run by the ferocious
Fionnula, who allegedly once
punched a rottweiler. And while the
young cast (especially Jamie-Lee
O’Donnell as ring-leader Michelle)
are sparky, they’re buttressed
by some lovely older support,
including Siobhan McSweeney
as sardonic Sister Michael and
Kevin McAleer as Uncle Colm,
a man so tedious that he’s even
able to make being kidnapped by
masked gunmen sound boring.
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Don’t Look Now
From Russia With Love
10pm, Sky Movies Select
(Nicolas Roeg, 1973)
With its exquisite associative editing,
temporal dislocations and ominous
atmosphere, Roeg’s masterful Daphne
du Maurier adaptation gets under the
skin in a way few other ghost stories
can – and is all the more haunting for
the fact that the supernatural element
is secondary to its investigations of
love and grief. Donald Sutherland and
Julie Christie (left) give moving and
beautifully natural performances as
a couple staying in off-season Venice,
who begin to have premonitions, see
splashes of blood-red colour amid
the city’s shadowy alleys, and are
susceptible to the claims of a psychic
who says she has spoken to the young
daughter they recently lost.
9pm, ITV4
(Terence Young, 1963)
For his second assignment, Sean
Connery’s 007 is lured to Istanbul by
the promise of a Soviet decryption
device, which is the bait in a trap set
by Spectre’s spike-shoed number
three, Rosa Klebb (Lotte Lenya).
Caddyshack
9pm, TCM
(Harold Ramis, 1980)
Ramis’s directorial debut is a goofy
class comedy about the members
of an exclusive golf club (Rodney
Dangerfield; Chevy Chase), and the
college-age kids who caddy for them.
Bill Murray and a puppet gopher steal
the film, however.
BBC Radio 1
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).
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). 2.30 Melissa & Joey
(R) (S). 3.00 Baby Daddy (R)
(S). 3.30 Baby Daddy (R) (S).
4.00 Brooklyn Nine-Nine
(R) (S). 4.30 Brooklyn
Nine-Nine (R) (S). 5.00 The
Goldbergs (R) (S). 5.30 The
Goldbergs (R) (S).
8.55 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 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 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
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Kate Molleson
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How to
think like
a creative
genius
The mind comes up with ideas in
various ways but we can train
creativity. By ValerievanMulukom
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Education
Primary pick
Choosing the right school
for your child can be a
fraught experience
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hether you get
mesmerised
by Vincent van
Gogh’s painting
The Starry Night
or Albert Einstein’s theories
about space-time, you surely have
to agree that both pieces of work
are products of mindblowing
creativity. Imagination is what
propels us forward as a species
– it expands our worlds and
brings us new ideas, inventions
and discoveries.
But why do we seem to differ
so dramatically in our ability
to imagine? And can you train
yo u rs e l f t o b e co m e m o re
imaginative? Science has come
up with some answers, based on
three different but interlinked
types of imagination.
“Creative imagination” is
what we normally consider
to be creativity with a large
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groundbreaking. This is different
from everyday creativity, such
as coming up with imaginative
solutions to household problems
or making crafts.
Creative inspiration is
notoriously elusive. Being able
to train creativity or induce a
state of creativity has therefore
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long been the aim of many artists
and scientists.
But is it possible? We know
some individuals have a more
creative personality than others.
Yet research has suggested
creative imagination can also be
boosted through our environment
or simply putting in lots of
hard work. For example, when
children engage with creative
content or watch others be highly
creative, they become more
creative themselves.
There are two phases to
creative imagination. “Divergent
thinking” is the ability to think of a
wide variety of ideas, all somehow
connected to a main problem or
topic. It tends to be supported by
intuitive thinking, which is fast
and automatic. You then need
“convergent thinking” to help you
evaluate the ideas for usefulness
within the main problem or topic.
This process is supported by
analytical thinking – which is slow
and deliberate – allowing us to
‘Imagine it and it
will happen’ is the
opposite of what you
should be doing
If you’ve set yourself
a goal of being more
physically active and
less stressed this
year, consider this: it
might be better for
you to stop worrying
about it.
A study of over
60,000 adults in the
US examined the link
between perceptions
of exercise and
mortality. The
researchers found
something curious:
people who worried
about being less
active than others
were up to 71 per
cent more likely to
die within 21 years
later, regardless of
select the right idea. So if you want
to write that masterpiece, having
lots of brainstorming sessions
with friends or taking a course in
creative thinking or writing may
help you come up with new ideas.
H o w e v e r, t h a t d o e s n ’ t
necessarily help you select a good
one. For that, research suggests
that the first requirement is
exposure and experience. The
longer you have worked and
thought in a field and learnt about
a matter – and, importantly, dared
to make mistakes – the better you
are at intuitively coming up with
ideas and analytically selecting
their actual levels of
physical activity or
overall health.
Inversely, believing
you are getting
enough exercise
can lead to better
health. In a study
conducted by
Harvard University,
a group of hotel
workers was told its
daily work fulfilled
recommended
exercise guidelines.
A second group –
the control group
– was not given
this information.
After one month,
people in the
informed group
showed significant
health improvements,
including a 10-point
drop in systolic
blood pressure and
0.9kg weight loss.
Waist-to-hip ratio
also improved, as did
body mass index. All
of these changes were
significantly greater
than the changes in
the control group.
As for stress, it’s a
commonly held belief
that this is bad for you
– but the evidence
is not clear cut. For
example, a 2016 UK
study of over 700,000
women found that
self-reported levels
of stress had no
direct effect on
Painter
Pablo
Picasso
believed in
learning as
much as he
could about
art so he
could push
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the right one. Creative success
is therefore not so much about
finding a muse. As microbiologist
Louis Pasteur said: “Fortune
favours the prepared mind.” This
also applies to art, with Pablo
Picasso advising: “Learn the rules
like a pro, so you can break them
like an artist.”
For many people, the ability
to become completely absorbed
by an idea is key to finalising a
successful, creative project. For
that you need something scientists
call “fantastical imagination”,
probably best predicted by
your fantasy proneness and
mortality. How you
perceive or think
about stress may be
as big a problem as
stress itself.
In a large study,
spanning nine years,
researchers explored
the role of stress and
its impact on health
and mortality. In this
study, the researchers
not only explored
people’s levels of
stress, but also their
beliefs about stress
being dangerous for
their health.
The results showed
that neither high
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imaginative immersion. These
describe your tendency to
have highly vivid and realistic
fantasies and level of absorption
in imaginary worlds.
However, given that fantastical
imagination can increase
daydreaming and distract from
everyday obligations, it may not
seem like a desirable ability to
have, at first glance. There’s even
a dark side – one’s fantastical
imagination tends to increase as
a response to traumatic events by
becoming an escape from reality.
B u t t h e re a re b e n e f i t s .
Fantasy engagement in children
amounts of stress nor
the perception that
stress has a negative
effect on health
were independently
associated with
premature death.
However, people
who believed that
stress affects health
and reported a large
amount of stress
had a 43 per cent
increased risk of
premature death.
Interestingly,
those who reported
high levels of stress
but who did not
believe their stress
was harmful had the
lowest mortality
rates, even compared
is associated with increased
creative imagination, narrative
ability, and perspective taking.
For adults, it may help improve
memory consolidation, creative
problem-solving and planning.
This is also an ability you can
boost. Research shows that
children who were encouraged
by their parents to participate
in pretence play and role playing
have higher levels of fantasy
proneness later in life. And it’s
never too late to start – amateur
actors are known to have higher
fantastical imagination too.
“Episodic imagination” is
similar to fantastical imagination
but predominantly makes use of
real (episodic) memory details
rather than imaginary (semantic)
details when visualising events in
our mind’s eye.
This helps individuals to better
imagine alternative pasts and
learn from their mistakes, or
imagine their futures and prepare
for them. The little research
that has been done on this so far
indicates that individuals with a
higher capacity for visual imagery
experience more sensory details
when imagining their future.
Moreover, though years of selfimprovement books suggest to
“imagine it and it will happen”,
this is actually the opposite of
what you should be doing. The
best preparation for the future
is paradoxically to imagine the
process – not the outcome – of
your desired future event. One
study showed that when students
imagined desired outcomes (good
grades for an upcoming test) they
performed significantly worse
than students who imagined the
process getting to the desired
outcomes (imagining studying
thoroughly).
We all have imaginative ability
to various degrees. So even
though you are yet to actually
write that novel, keep trying.
There are many routes to boost
creativity, with play, practice and
experience being crucial. It may
even make you smarter.
Valerie van Mulukom is a research
associate in psychology at
Coventry University
with those who had
less stress.
What links these
areas of research is
the idea that your
mindset may be
very important
in influencing the
positive and negative
effects of stress
and exercise.
To change your
mindset about
exercise, give up
worrying how much
physical activity
you are doing
compared with
others. Follow public
health guidelines on
appropriate levels
of physical activity,
but remember to
praise yourself for the
exercise and activity
you do.
As for stress,
don’t worry about
it being bad for you.
By choosing not
to worry, you can
greatly reduce any
stress you may have
about stress itself.
Accept stress as a
normal part of life
and a natural survival
mechanism for
dealing with threats.
Robin Bailey is a
senior lecturer
in psychological
therapies at the
University of
Central Lancashire
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When rovers return to Mars,
it’s my gadget that will need
to find evidence of life
Designing machinery that can analyse samples of the red planet to look
for microbes is an exciting prospect for space scientist ClaireCousins
An artist’s
impression
of the
ExoMars
2020 rover
on the
surface of
Mars
F
inding past or present
microbial life on Mars
would, without doubt,
be one of the greatest
scientific discoveries
of all time. And in just two years’
time, there’s a big opportunity to
do so, with two rovers launching
there to look for signs of life –
Mars2020 by Nasa and ExoMars
by the European Space Agency
and Roscosmos.
I am helping to develop one of
the instruments for the ExoMars
rover, which will be Europe’s
first attempt to land a mobile
platform on the red planet. It
will also be the first rover to drill
into the Martian crust to a depth
of two metres.
The Viking landers sent
by Nasa in the 1970s carried
experiments designed to search
for life – they were ultimately
unsuccessful, but provided a
wealth of information about
Mars’ geology and atmosphere
that is still useful now.
While it is not completely
impossible that life could exist
on Mars today, ExoMars is
primarily focused on looking for
extinct life. We are looking for
single-celled microorganisms,
invisible to the naked eye.
Earth itself was a world of
single-celled life for two billion
years or more, but unlike our
planet, Mars is unlikely to have
progressed any further down
the evolutionary path.
The life we’re looking for
would have existed three or
four billion years ago. A lot
can happen in that time: rocks
preserving this evidence can be
eroded away and redeposited,
or buried deep beyond reach.
Luckily, Mars does not have
plate tectonics – the constant
shifting about and recycling of
the crust that we have on Earth
– which means it’s a geological
time capsule.
Because we are looking
for evidence of long-dead
microorganisms, the hunt
for biosignatures lies in the
detection and identification
of organic “chemofossils” –
compounds that are left behind
by the decomposition of life.
These are different to organic
compounds delivered to planets
on the backs of meteorites, or
those, such as methane, that can
be produced by both geological
and biological processes.
No single compound will
prove life once existed. Rather,
it will be distinctive patterns
present in any organic
compounds discovered that
betray their biological origin.
Amino acids, for example, are
fundamental components to
living things, but are also found
in certain meteorites.
The difference lies in finding
evidence that shows a process of
selection. Amino acids naturally
exist in both left-handed and
right-handed forms, just like
gloves, but life only uses the lefthanded ones.
It is also possible for
microorganisms to produce
visible fossils in the rock
record. When conditions allow,
microorganisms can become
interspersed with fine sediment,
producing characteristic
structures in rocks that
form afterwards. However,
the specific environmental
conditions required for this
mean such deposits are unlikely
to be discovered by a rover
exploring just one small region
of a whole planet.
The best bet, therefore, will be
looking for organic compounds,
a task which falls to the Mars
Organic Molecule Analyser
(Moma) – the largest instrument
in the ExoMars rover payload.
Over time, a combination of
harsh chemistry and intense
radiation effectively removed
much of the organic material
from the surface of Mars. But
Nasa’s Curiosity rover has begun
to find some simple organic
compounds brought up from
below the surface, hinting
at what may lie beneath. By
analysing samples, Moma will
have a better shot at finding
those organic biosignatures
that have survived the ravages
of time.
Before any search for
biosignatures even begins,
however, ExoMars will first
need to find the right rocks.
The landing sites shortlisted for
the mission have, in part, been
chosen based on their geological
characteristics, including their
age – more than 3.6 billion
years old.
Ultimately, finding strong
evidence of extinct life on Mars,
whether it be chemofossils or
something more visible, would
be just the first step. But if the
Nasa Mars2020 rover also found
similarly tantalising evidence,
then these discoveries would
represent a step change in our
understanding of life in general.
And, while incredibly unlikely,
it is of course possible that
ExoMars chances upon some
living Martian microorganisms.
Whether ExoMars hits the
jackpot remains to be seen, but
at the very least it will mark a
new beginning for the search for
life on Mars.
Claire Cousins is a research
fellow in planetary science at the
University of St Andrews
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Education
‘Have you applied
for your child’s
school place yet?’
From postcode lotteries to confusing Ofsted
ratings, MatildaBattersbyrecalls the stress
of finding a primary place for her son and
talks to other mums about their experiences
Choosing the right
school for your child
Talk to everyone you know
locally, including parents,
grandparents and children.
Ask any teachers who are
friends for their views on the
schools you’re interested in.
Put more than one choice
down even if you’re sure
you’ll get your local one.
Go on as many school tours
as you can — do the children
look happy and engaged?
Follow your instincts.
Ask yourself if you can
picture your child there. If
you can’t, why not?
Don’t obsess over Ofsted
ratings. Many schools with
happy pupils don’t have an
Outstanding rating.
Be practical. Does the
school have a breakfast
or after-school club? Are
there spaces?
Ask the headteacher about
staff retention. If teachers
are leaving in droves, why?
Ask about homework and
discipline methods. Do you
agree with their approach?
Is your first choice also
a feeder for a decent
secondary school?
Pedants’
Corner
BY JEFF ROBSON
I
f your child is just under
school age then you too might
have experienced a conversational phenomenon at parties
during the festive period. The
words “Have you applied for your
school place yet?” repeated endlessly and in increasingly hysterical tones as the mulled wine and
mince pies flowed.
Parents in England and Wales
must apply for primary school
places starting in September by 15
January (Scotland and Northern
Ireland have different systems)
and this deadline creates a frenzy.
Having lived abroad for the
best part of last year, my partner
and I returned to the UK with
our young son in late November
to find that amongst our friends
and neighbours the conversation
about primary schools had
reached audibly panicked levels.
We live in north-east London, an
area chock full of young families
Paalmer’s son
didn’t get a place
at any of their first
three choices
with primary schools bursting at
the seams and new ones opening
up to take the overspill.
Were we going to choose
the nearby, newly-built and
brand-spanking but enormous
academy that was Ofsted-rated
“Outstanding”? Or opt for the
100-year-old community school
just yards from our house,
but which had virtually no
playground? Did we value Ofsted
CASTING DOUBT
Several readers have
taken us to task over
the use of the phrase
“casting a ballot” in
relation to elections
As Robert Hackford
pointed out, the ballot
is “the name of the
process by which we
cast a vote”.
PRIZE BLUNDER
Another point
which has drawn
ratings over the opinions of happy
children who currently attend
schools requiring improvement?
What about teaching methods,
homework, how closely the
curriculum is being followed, art
resources, teaching assistants…
I’ll admit to losing a few nights of
sleep weighing it all up.
Living in a highly populated
area we are in the fortunate
position of having a lot of choice.
School admissions forms invite
you to put six schools (a minimum
of three) in preferential order.
Six may seem like a lot. Why
bother? Especially as in 2017
approximately 91 per cent of
childrenwereofferedafirstchoice.
But in areas of high demand, like
some local authorities in London,
one in four children missed out on
their first choice last year.
Pupils from poorer families
are also statistically more likely
to miss out, with research from
Teach First suggesting just
one in six from disadvantaged
backgrounds win places at the
best primary schools.
Even if you live next door to
your choice of school, in highly
subscribed areas there’s no
guarantee your child will get a
place. The methods by which
schools decide who is and isn’t
getting in can be confusing,
vary from council to council and
sometimes seem capricious.
In April, on what has been
dubbed “National Offer Day”,
parents get to find out if their little
darlings got in.
Three years ago Laura Palmer
moved her family to Brighton
specifically to get her son into a
school with a decent grounds. “I
complaints relates to
our reporting of the
Turner Prize. Some
stories have referred
to the 2017 prize
being the first time
that artists over 50
had been considered.
The age limit of
50 had been in place
since 1990, but in
the first six years of
the prize’s existence
there was no age limit.
Interestingly, initially
it was open to anyone,
including curators,
critics or gallery
directors, who had
made the “greatest
contribution” to art.
Since 1988 it has
been awarded solely
to artists.
OUT ON A LIMB
A picture caption
illustrating the effects
of Storm Eleanor in
the 4 January issue
Laura Palmer wanted
large school grounds
Fiona Chow found
one school she applied
to had been part of a
national scandal
referred to “a flooded
road at New Brighton
on the Wirral”. The
peninsula on the
north-west coast
does not contain a
definite article. It
should have read “on
Wirral” or “on the
Wirral peninsula”.
FILM DOUBLE BILL
A “preview of the
year” item in the
1 January issue said
grew up in London and went to a
Victorian school with only a small
slab of concrete for a playground,”
she says. “The house we bought in
Brighton is on the same street as
our first choice of primary school.
It is 500 yards away, in fact, you
can see the school from our house.
“But due to the way the council
works out distances for the
catchment area, which they base
on the distance of a paved and
well-lit route from the school, we
were supposedly 1.5km away, so
we didn’t get in. This doesn’t make
sense to me.”
Ms Palmer’s son didn’t get a
place at any of their first three
choices. They were offered a
school four miles away that was
in “Special Measures”, an Ofsted
rating judging it as inadequate.
“The council said they’d provide
transport but the idea of putting
my four-year-old on a school bus
by himself was not appealing,”
she says. “It was really stressful
as the Ofsted report was very
worrying. Lots of people told us
not to worry about Ofsted. I did
that All The Money
In The World was
directed by Martin
Scorsese. The director
was Sir Ridley Scott.
And a film listing
on the TV pages on
3 January said that
after the release of
Pretty Woman “the
whole world fell in
love with 21-year-old
Julia Roberts”
(pictured, with Richard
Gere). Roberts was
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In Saturday’s
‘Plant snowdrops in
clumps, rather than
singly, as they do best
in company’
Guy Barter on
the jobs to do
in your garden
this weekend
get my mother-in-law, who is a
former headteacher, to read it
and, although at first, she said the
school looked fine, after reading
the Ofsted report she said to try
and get him in somewhere else.”
They rejected the school place
and went on the waiting list for
their preferred schools. “For
months we agonised. We even
looked into private schools which
is something I never thought we’d
do. Eventually, in July, we were
offered a place at our second
choice.” Ms Palmer’s son is now
happy in Year 2.
Fiona Chow, from Manchester,
applied for a school place for
her daughter when applications
opened last autumn. “I’m really
lucky because we live in the
Trafford area and no schools are
less than Good or Outstanding.
One of the best primary schools is
around the corner from us, so we
put that first. But I wanted to put a
second and third.
“We chose a Church of England
school close to my parents, for
second. Then third we put one
I’vee never
been one of the
organised mums,
like the ‘alphas’ in
the BBC2 comedy
‘Motherland’
I had heard was good, before
reading about a national scandal it
was related to – so we struck that
one off the list and chose another.”
Even the forms for school
applications can be a bit of a
nightmare. If you do it online you
have to remember to log back
in after submitting it to attach
documents with proof of parental
responsibility and address.
“I made my application in
September,” says Ms Chow. “I
thought I’d done it all ages ago,
the other mums were all coming
to me for advice and I was filling
them in. But I got an email last
week saying I hadn’t submitted
my application yet. I’ve no idea
how it happened. Luckily I found
born in 1967, so in 1990
she was 23.
SENSE OF PURPOSE
The article on Fort
Cumberland, British
archaeology’s “Q
branch” on 2 January
referred to its location
as being “purposefully
unobtrusive”.
Purposefully means
“in a way that shows
determination or
resolve”. The more
out before 15 January.” The
agony of making a decision that
will shape the trajectory of your
child’s early life is something I’ve
struggled with too. We know that
wherever he goes there will be
brilliant teachers, new friends and
opportunities we can’t give him.
But during my sleepless nights
I keep asking: What if I choose the
school that contains bullies? What
do we do if he hates it when legally
he has to go?
I’ve never been one of the
organised mums, like the “alphas”
in the BBC2 comedy Motherland
– so reading up on what schools
have the best reputations, joining
last-minute tours and pumping
every local I know for information,
before finally, agonisingly, making
a decision that may well be totally
meaningless thanks to a postcode
lottery, feels decidedly odd.
I asked my son what he wants
from school. “A pirate ship in the
playground,” he replied. Not sure
anywhere will meet those exacting
standards, but here’s hoping we
get one of our top three.
appropriate
adjective would have
been “purposely”. The
OED does give wriggle
room, though – a
secondary definition is
“with a useful purpose”.
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It’s probably best for my wife,
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classics. John Hamilton reveals the artists who
inspired him to rip up the publishing rule book
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The Shankill
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BY MARTIN DILLON
Belfast, 19721978. The IRA
is active but so
are the Shankill
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of Protestant
killers led by
a man called
Lenny Murphy, a hater of
Catholics with a Catholicsounding name. In this
re-issued classic, Martin
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hen I started
a t Pe n g u i n
20 years ago,
as part of an
entirely new
team, there
was a real sense that change was
needed and that we had been
brought in to achieve it. One of our
challenges was to reinvigorate
the likes of Anthony Burgess,
George Orwell, James Joyce and
Evelyn Waugh and appeal to a
new generation by showcasing
this amazing Penguin backlist in a
more relevant way.
The collection of rebranded
classics would be called Penguin
Essentials: we aimed to persuade
new readers to discover these
books as well as reignite existing
readers’ love for them.
The brief from my managing
director was to ignore everything
done before and completely
reinvent the covers. It was an
exhilarating challenge. I was new
at Penguin, full of ideas and felt I
needed to prove myself. I thought
of it as a rebirth, a shake-up of
a great brand with a long and
respected design history.
It was also really exciting
trying to capture the attention
of young people who wouldn’t
necessarily pick up Dubliners or A
Room with a View, redesigning the
covers to convey that the stories
had contemporary relevance. I
started thinking about what was
turning young people on, and
looked everywhere for inspiration:
skateboard shops, record covers,
street art and fashion.
As I was personally very
inspired by music, I turned to
designers in the music industry,
people who could produce a fresh
and interesting cover. The first
commission I made was with
Intro, an agency that was doing
cool design work for Manchesterbased record label Blood and Fire,
creating jackets for bands such as
Primal Scream.
When I called them and asked
whether they’d like to do a book
cover, they replied that they’d
never done one before. I said it
didn’t matter, that was the whole
idea, and told them to choose
whichever book they wanted
from the list I gave them. My only
Peeople were
queuing up to do a
George Orwell or
Jack Kerouac cover
instructions were: “Do what you
want. Treat it like it’s a record.”
I then approached iconic design
collective Tomato and told them
that Intro was doing a cover.
Before I knew it, lots of people
wanted to design an Essentials
cover for me. I think these
creatives were drawn in by the
Penguin brand and that the titles
up for grabs were fantastic; people
were queuing up to do a George
Orwell or a Jack Kerouac cover.
Plus, they were all excited about
having creative freedom with
no boundaries. We were initially
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meant to publish 10 but, because
of the buzz, we extended it to 20
titles in the first year.
Our commissions became
increasingly unexpected and
brave, and we started contacting
up-and-coming creatives from
further afield. For example, we
found two Israeli skateboarders
online, now known as Unga
(Broken Fingaz), and asked
whether they wanted to redesign
the cover of Jonathan Coe’s
What a Carve Up! We had to get a
synopsis translated and sent over
to Israel as they couldn’t get the
book in Hebrew.
One of my highlights is Hatch
Show Print’s design of A Home at
the End of the World by Michael
Cunningham. They are Nashvillebased printers who designed Elvis
Presley’s show posters in 1956
and many well-known countrywestern adverts.
I am also thrilled that we were
able to get Banksy involved, who
reimagined the cover of Nick
Cave’s And the Ass Saw the Angel. I
approached him through a friend
of a friend in a bar, and never
expected he’d do a cover for us.
The Ditchling Museum of Art +
Craft is steeped in design history,
and, as it’s not far from my home,
I often visit for inspiration. When
they mentioned their plans for an
exhibition of the work of Elizabeth
Friedlander, a designer who
produced book covers for Penguin
in the 50s and 60s, I suggested I
could pull together something
contemporary to tie in with
the show.
Friedlander’s daring approach
to book design and her free spirit
Covers that have become classics
in their own right include Banksy’s
design for Nick Cave’s ‘And the
Ass Saw the Angel’ (above right),
‘A Clockwork Orange’ designed by
Tomato (above) and ‘What a Carve
Up!’, designed by Unga (below)
in going against convention reflect
the energy and ingenuity of all the
artists who have collaborated with
us on the Essentials since 1998.
T h e 20 Years of Penguin
Essentials exhibition is significant
because the covers have never
been recognised as a body of
work before, and it is moving to
see the work of so many talented
individuals displayed together.
Working on the Penguin
Essentials was a real career high,
and I am proud that the series
remains as energised and exciting
as when it was first launched 20
years ago. The philosophy of the
series remains the same today:
we want to continue to redesign
the classics to capture the
imagination of all kinds of people
while showcasing creatives from
around the world.
The diversity of the artists we’ve
commissioned is quite incredible,
and when we put together the
exhibition and looked at the
covers as a whole for the first time,
it’s clear they are standing the test
of time. Designers look back all
the time for inspiration – I’d like
to think that in another 20 years’
time, design students will look
back at the Penguin Essentials
and draw inspiration from this
body of work. THE INDEPENDENT
John Hamilton is art director
at Penguin Random House UK
and the founder of the Penguin
Essentials series; ‘20 Years of
Penguin Essentials’ and ‘Elizabeth
Friedlander’ are at Ditchling
Museum of Art + Craft, East
Sussex, until 29 April (01273
844744)
unshine and laughter were
the last things I imagined to
find in Jack Thorne’s follow
up to last year’s fantastic,
Bafta-winning National Treasure.
Perhaps it was the mere mention
of a drama based around a social
worker who ends up suspended
when one of the foster children
she supervises is abducted. It
is a narrative that is usually the
grim stuff of the evening news
or Panorama, illustrated by the
bleached-out camera lighting
of police conferences, taped-off
homes and snakes of hunched
volunteers combing through park
land.
They come later in the first
episode but in the hands of
cinematographer Matt Gray, (who
also gave Broadchurch, Three Girls
and Apple Tree Yard their spacious
feel) the first half of Kiri skips
around the sun-dappled streets of
Bristol, the colours of the graffiti
popping from the walls and even
the flyovers looking jaunty rather
than dangerous.
Social worker Miriam is slipping
something stronger than milk into
her morning coffee, unsurprising
when you learn later on that she
had a son who died of cancer when
he was 13. As played by the ever
mesmerising Sarah Lancashire,
Miriam is no two-dimensional
washed-up, lonely, burnt-out
character. Based Thorne has said
on his real mother, Miriam is as
hilarious and deeply caring as the
You just know more
lurks in the shadows
that grow as the clouds
block out the sun
women everybody knows in their
life but rarely sees on TV. “We
shouldn’t give kids to MILFs,” she
warns a junior. “It does something
funny to their heads.” Unlike the
conventions of most dramas,
she doesn’t need a man for a
professional foil or love interest.
Instead, she has her arthritic
lurcher Lizzie who has a cancer
and chronic flatulence problem and
a fantastically enigmatic look when
Miriam starts to go increasingly off
the rails.
Like National Treasure, Kiri
observes the explosion as a scandal
breaks and observes the effects
on the protagonists as their lives
unravel. Miriam takes Kiri from the
middle-class white family trying
to adopt her to visit her black birth
grandparents, an excursion that
Sarah Lancashire as social worker
Miriam with Felicia Mukasa as Kiri
goes horribly wrong and leaves
Miriam suspended, accused in
the national media of putting race
before the child’s safety.
Those are, of course, hot-button
issues for Thorne to play with
but you never feel like they are
dictating the characters’ actions.
Which means anyone could
directly or indirectly be responsible
for Kiri’s grizzly fate. While Miriam
and Kiri’s birth father Nate are
both in the spotlight, you just
know more lurks in the shadows
that grow as the clouds block out
the sun. What’s going on with the
creepy son of the middle-class
family? Or behind the impenetrable
stare of the grandfather (played by
the magnetic Lucian Msamati), for
whom Thorne promises more in
subsequent episodes.
Electronic artist Clark also
provides an original score, free
of the overwrought minor chord
clichés that come with most new
dramas. Totally gripping.
A two-hour history of a
recording studio may not appear
that fascinating to the layman,
but music nerds will be in heaven
at this epic survey of the Berlin
landmark where Bowie recorded
“Heroes”, and that was also used
by Depeche Mode, Nick Cave and
U2. Hansa Studios: By the Wall
1976-1990 looked at the golden,
or rather gloomy, era for the music
complex, inspiring musicians with
its isolated theatricality under the
shadow of the Berlin Wall. Rather
than big name talking heads, they
had studio nerds lovingly talking
about the drum set up on “Lust for
Life”. Geek heaven.
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Arts
VISUAL ARTS
Arts
reviews
George Shaw:
My Back to Nature
THE COLLECTION, LINCOLN
Patsy Ferran brings
a lovely light touch to
Anoushka Warden’s
autobiographical play
HELEN MURRAY
THEATRE
My Mum’s
a Twat
ROYAL COURT THEATRE, LONDON
HHHHH
The Royal Court casts its net wide
in the search for new talent but
it hasn’t had to look far for this
latest piece. Anoushka Warden is
the theatre’s head of press and My
JAZZ
Rebecca
Ferguson
BOISDALE CANARY WHARF, LONDON
HHHHH
Rebecca Ferguson was nearly a
megastar. Probably the best voice
to emerge from a British television
talent show, she went from
runner-up of 2010’s The X Factor to
have four top 10 albums.
But an uncertain musical
style and management wrangles
scuppered A-list status, and the
woman who made her way to
the stage drew polite applause
instead of cheers. She proceeded to
command attention by doing what
she shines at: singing the blues.
This was the second night of
a two-week residency; a fresh
repertoire of classics sung by
the likes of Nina, Aretha and Etta.
Her vocals were assured and
world class. Sam Cooke’s civil
rights anthem “A Change Is Gonna
Come” had new depth. There was
sweetness, too, in “I Say A Little
Prayer”, and upbeat tomfoolery
on “Hit the Road, Jack”. Then with a
little wave, she was gone — not so
much the queen of the blues as an
exceptional lady-in-waiting.
To 19 January (020 7715 5818)
JANE CORNWALL
EVENING STANDARD
Mum’s a Twat is her debut play. A
pleasure to report, then, that this
one-woman show, starring Patsy
Ferran and co-directed by Vicky
Featherstone and Jude Christian,
is a real winner.
It’s a loosely autobiographical
account of how one girl loses
her mother to a brainwashing
religious cult that atrophies her
parental capabilities. As the title
suggests, the girl does not take her
beloved mother’s transformation
lying down. The sadness in the
story is offset by the girl’s witty
courage, cheek and her philosophy
of “adapt and overcome”.
Chloe Lamford’s fine design
has the unnamed girl confronting
us in a slightly idealised version
of her teenage bedroom. It’s the
right environment for a play that
shows us the material mainly from
the perspective of an eight- to
18-year old. It’s remarkable how
the little girl is never taken in for
a moment by the Heal Thyself
Centre for Self-Realisation and
Transcendence in Somerset or
tempted to ingratiate herself with
her mother by feigning interest.
Ferran brings a lovely light
touch to girl’s acid scorn for the
devotees’ “batshit crazy beliefs”
and for the twisted logic whereby
they can make anything seem to
support their assertions.
Our heroine is devastated when
her mother emigrates to Canada
to set up a sister spiritual centre
with the abysmal stepfather,
dubbed “Moron”. She’s left to
move in with her former fighter
pilot dad in Devon, flying off to
Canada for annual holidays.
She has the worst Christmas of
her life when her mum and Moron
embark on a silent retreat over
four days starting on Christmas
Eve, but they happen to live in
a cool area of Kitson’s Landing.
And so, behind their backs she is
introduced to, among other things,
sex and drugs and gangsta rap. The
piece is powerful at heightening
what she hungrily embraces as
what she witheringly rejects.
Warden’s honest writing is
full of vivid description, such as
her lethal account of her mother
performing a “healing” on her;
“Never once did she actually touch
me. Sometimes she did weird fast
hand flying gestures with swirly
bits spiralling up to the ceiling...”
A fascinating 80 minutes and
an invigorating debut.
To 20 January (020 7565 5000)
PAUL TAYLOR
THE INDEPENDENT
Surrealism in Egypt:
Art et Liberté 1938-1948
TATE, LIVERPOOL
Paintings, photographs and
archival documents comprise a
fascinating exploration of how
surrealism thrived away from
its European proving ground.
The exhibition centres on the
politically engaged Art et Liberté
group, a collective of writers and
artists who lived and worked in
Cairo in the 1930s and 1940s.
(0151 702 7400) to 18 Mar
Ed Ruscha
SCOTTISH NATIONAL GALLERY OF
MODERN ART, EDINBURGH
Ed Ruscha has lived and worked
in Los Angeles for most of 60
years and the city has been his
constant inspiration, both directly
in his photographs, and less
directly but also more pointedly,
in his paintings. This free show of
more than 60 artworks from the
Artists Rooms collection includes
photographic series, paintings
and drawings dating from the
early 1960s to the 2000s.
(0131 624 6200) to 29 Apr
FILM
DANCE
Song of the
Earth/ La
Sylphide
Hostiles
15, SCOTT COOPER, 133 MINS
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
COLISEUM, LONDON
HHHHH
English National Ballet’s double
bill is a substantial pairing of Song
of the Earth, Kenneth MacMillan’s
staging of Mahler, with the floating
Romantic ballet La Sylphide.
They’re both major works and
major undertakings, the company
showing its mettle as it moves into
unfamiliar territory.
Song of the Earth, revived in
tribute to the 25th anniversary of
MacMillan’s death, is spare and
weighty. Mahler’s music is a setting
of Chinese poetry on the beauty
of the earth and the acceptance of
death. Nicholas Georgiadis dresses
the dancers in simple costumes,
while MacMillan responds to
the words or moves wider to
create abstract images. The style,
blending ballet and modern dance,
is sometimes a stretch for English
National Ballet, but they dance
with seriousness and care.
This cast was led by Tamara
Rojo, the company’s artistic
director. She’s both technically
impressive and oddly remote
as the woman facing death. The
shapes of the choreography are
Artists can be broken by the
weight of being the National
Gallery’s associate artist, but
George Shaw responded to this
trickiest of commissions better
than any participant yet. His new
paintings teem with his passion
for the great art he had the fortune
to immerse himself in at the
National, alongside an inescapable
need to apply it to his personal
history. This touring exhibition of
the work he produced in the role
travels around the country until
late 2018. (01522 782040) to Sun
Tamara Rojo and
Joseph Caley in
‘Song of the Earth’
LAURENT LIOTARDO
gorgeously articulated, but she
misses the vulnerability of the
role. There’s even an incongruous
touch of Black Swan command
to some of her dancing, and little
chemistry with her partners.
August Bournonville’s La
Sylphide is an enchanting blend
of dance and storytelling. Frank
Andersen’s production brings out
the warmth and the style.
Jurgita Dronina is all innocent
mischief as the sylph, capturing
the character’s supernatural airiness. Isaac Hernández makes a
headstrong James, dancing boldly
and acting vividly. As Effie, Anjuli
Hudson moves effortlessly from
mime to dance and back again,
giving the character real heart. Jane
Haworth brings a sardonic edge to
Madge the witch, while Precious
Adams shines as a solo sylph.
To 20 January (020 7845 9300)
ZOE ANDERSON
THE INDEPENDENT
All the Money in
the World
15, RIDLEY SCOTT, 132 MINS
Ridley Scott’s absorbing new
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 as the
oil tycoon grandfather, Michelle
Williams, the distraught mother,
is at the heart of the film.
Nationwide release
Molly’s Game
15, AARON SORKIN, 140 MINS
This film marks the directorial
debut of West Wing creator
Aaron Sorkin, who also wrote
NEWS
2-27
Arts
agenda
THE CULTURAL HIGHLIGHTS
YOU HAVE TO SEE
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
TALKS & POETRY
Tom Mole
BLACKWELL, EDINBURGH
In What the Victorians Made
of Romanticism, the author
examines how the popular
media of the 19th century
sustained and transformed the
reputations of Romantic writers.
He talks about the book here.
(0131 622 8222) tonight 6.30pm
Geoff Mulgan
ROYAL SOCIETY OF ARTS, LONDON WC2
How do collective problems find
collective solutions? Is tapping
into “a bigger mind”, in groups
or with the help of machines,
the answer? The chief executive
of Nesta suggests some ideas.
(020 7930 5115) today 1pm
Jane Robinson
LSE, LONDON WC2
The writer discusses her latest
book, Hearts and Minds: the Untold
Story of the Great Pilgrimage
and How Women Won the Vote,
which uses diaries, letters and
unpublished accounts to chronicle
the Suffragists’ six-week Great
Pilgrimage to London in 1913.
(020 7955 6043) tonight 6.30pm
COMEDY
Chris Rock
MANCHESTER ARENA
The US megastar arrives in the
UK with Total Blackout, and he’s
in no mood to pull any punches
with incendiary material about
rampant racism in his homeland,
and about his recent, very messy
divorce. (0844 847 8000) tonight
DANCE
The Royal Ballet
ROYAL BALLET SCHOOL, LONDON WC2
In Draft Works, the company
perform works-in-progress,
created by dancers and
guest choreographers.
(020 7304 4000) tonight and Fri
POP
VOICES
14-18
TV
28-29
BUSINESS SPORT
40-43
48-56
self-reinvention with stalwart
reserves of galvanic punk-pop
snark. And a great title.
Sub89, Reading (seetickets.
com) tonight; Engine Rooms,
Southampton (eventbrite.co.uk) Fri
gives a remarkably powerful
performance, spiky-haired
and spitting intemperate
scorn as the terminal skinflint.
(0844 871 7628) to 20 Jan
Fall Out Boy
GARRICK THEATRE, LONDON WC2
ELECTRIC BRIXTON, LONDON SW2
“I’ll stop wearing black when they
make a darker colour,” declare
Chicago’s rock-operatic emo
warriors, channelling Wednesday
Addams on “Wilson (Expensive
Mistakes)”. No change there,
then, though the heroic silliness
will surely endear at this
small-scale preview show for
the seventh album, Mania.
(gigsandtours.com) tonight
CLASSICAL
London Symphony
Orchestra
BARBICAN HALL, LONDON EC2
Simon Rattle is joined by the
mezzo-soprano Magdalena
Kozena for three arias by Handel
plus Mahler’s Rückert-Lieder,
framed by Schubert’s Unfinished
Symphony and a suite from
Rameau’s last opera, Les Boréades.
(020 7638 8891) tonight 7.30pm
Young Frankenstein
This boisterous musical comedy
is Mel Brooks’ adaptation of his
own cult film. It’s an old-fashioned
and unsubtle entertainment, often
puerile and sometimes hell-bent
on causing offence, but packed
with moments of zany silliness.
Hadley Fraser is tirelessly
exuberant as the inventor’s
grandson. (0330 333 4811) to 10 Feb
FOLK & ROOTS
The Transports
VARIOUS VENUES
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. Union Chapel,
London N1 (020 7226 1686) tonight;
Octagon Theatre, Yeovil (01935
422884) Fri
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First
Chance
Opening
this week
FILM
Darkest Hour
PG, JOE WRIGHT, 125MINS
Gary Oldman stars in a drama about
Winston Churchill’s early days as
prime minister.Opens Fri
THEATRE
Lady Windermere’s Fan
VAUDEVILLE THEATRE, LONDON WC2
Kathy Burke directs the latest
offering in this year-long season of
Oscar Wilde plays at the Vaudeville
Theatre. (0330 333 4814) opens Fri
VISUAL ARTS
David Haughton in St Just
PENLEE GALLERY AND MUSEUM,
PENZANCE
Post-war work by the Slade artist.
(01736 363625) opens Sat
THEATRE
8 days
from on
ly
£899pp
Girl from the North Country
NOEL COWARD THEATRE,
LONDON WC2
Conor McPherson’s musical
composed of Bob Dylan songs.
(delfontmackintosh.co.uk) to 31 Mar
The Cribs
A Christmas Carol
Following the anniversary
celebrations of Men’s Needs,
Women’s Needs, Whatever,
Wakefield’s brothers Jarman
return refreshed with a new
album, 24/7 Rock Star Shit, which
compensates for what it lacks in
Matthew Warchus’s magnificent
staging provides everything you
might want from a theatrical
adaptation of Dickens’s timeless
(and never more timely) morality
tale urging social responsibility
and compassion. Rhys Ifans
VARIOUS VENUES
IQ
30-39
OLD VIC, LONDON SE1
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VARIOUS VENUES
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fifth album. Hayley Williams leads Paramore to the arenas on the bouncing back of After Laughter,
where springy grooves and funk-pop moves offer ebullient release from rivers of lyrical angst.
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business@inews.co.uk
ECONOMY
Manufacturing grows at
highest rate since 2011
By Holly Williams
Britain’s factories enjoyed further
growth in November as the sector
notched up its seventh month of
expansion in a row for the first time
in 20 years.
O f f i c i a l d at a s h owe d t h at
manufacturing output surged by 3.9
per cent year-on-year over the three
months to November, the biggest rise
since March 2011.
This helped overall industrial
output lift 3.3 per cent over the three
months as it was also boosted by
energy demand in the autumn cold
snap, according to the Office for
National Statistics (ONS).
British goods are also in high
demand overseas thanks to the
pound’s falls since the Brexit vote.
The longest run of monthly
expansion since 1997 means
manufacturing output is now at
levels close to the pre-financial crisis
peak seen in February 2008 and is
set to provide a fillip for the wider
economy in the face of more difficult
consumer pressures.
But ONS figures showed a more
difficult autumn for the construction
sector, with output dropping by 2 per
cent in thethreemonths to November,
compared with the previous three
months, the biggest fall since
August 2012. Housebuilding was the
only bright spot in the quarter, the
British goods export
values rose 1 per cent in
November, while imports were
up 2.1 per cent, pushing the
overall goods trade deficit to
£12.2bn for November.
ONS figures showed. A separate
report from the British Chambers
of Commerce published yesterday
sounded another cautionary note,
warning that the economy is set
for an “underwhelming” 2018 as
businesses continue to grapple with
cost and staffing pressures.
It’s survey of 7,000 businesses - the
largest of its kind - revealed that over
70 per cent of services firms were
reporting hiring difficulties. It is the
highest level since records began in
1989 as restaurants, bars and coffee
shops haemorrhage their European
staff to Brexit.
Echoing the ONS data, the BCC
said UK manufacturers were
fairing much better, although many
businesses had reported a slowdown
in both domestic and export sales.
The mixed data leaves a question
mark over whether UK GDP will
Housebuilding was the bright spot in
a difficult quarter for construction
pick up in the fourth quarter of 2017.
Howard Archer, chief economic
adviser at the EY Item Club, said
that the ONS figures “maintain
our view that UK GDP growth was
likely 0.4 per cent again in the fourth
quarter of 2017”.
But Chris Williamson at IHS
Markit said recent purchasing
managing index surveys suggest
growth could potentially tick up in
the last three months of the year.
ENERGY
Price cap
could be
introduced
by Christmas
By Susanna Twidale
Quote of
the day
Evidence on why
productivity
growth is so
weak points to
structural drivers,
and they won’t
go away without
strong policy
Jeremy Lawson
Chief economist at
Aberdeen Standard on
the productivity challenge
The 30
Second
Briefing
REUSABLE
CUPS
What’s the story?
Sales of reusable coffee cups are
going through the roof thanks to a
number of measures, including a
potential 25p surcharge, aimed at
reducing the 2.5 billion plastic-lined
cups British people throw away
every year – which are clogging up
our oceans and rubbish sites.
How much is ‘through the roof’?
Argos reports that sales of reusable
cups rose 537 per cent in December
2017 compared with December
2016. This follows a recent BBC Blue
Planet programme showing how
sea animals are being devastated by
plastic, spurring the Environment
Secretary, Michael Gove, into action.
So who will benefit?
Retailers like Argos that sell
reusable cups – essentially mugs
with lids or small flasks. Some high
street coffee chains, including Pret
a Manger, have also introduced
discounts for customers who bring
their own mugs, which could boost
sales among environmentally
friendly consumers. This would, of
course, also boost the environment
and – by extension – everyone.
And the losers?
Packaging companies. Perhaps
unsurprisingly a number have
been vocal in their objections to
the so called “Latte Levy” proposed
by the Government, arguing that a
tax of this sort would be incredibly
difficult to administer and would
simply mean all consumers paying
higher prices.
Would it?
They have a point, which is why the
UK’s biggest recycling firm, Suez, has
called on the Government to work
with businesses to find the best
solution to the crisis.
A government plan to cap the most
common form of gas and electricity
tariffs for millions of British
households could come into effect in
time for Christmas 2018, Ofgem, the
regulator, said.
Theresa May said in October she
would impose controls to tackle what
she called “rip-off energy prices” as
home power bills have doubled in
Britain over the past decade to an average of £1,150 a year.
Dermot Nolan, Ofgem’s chief executive, said for the measure to take
effect by Christmas it would have to
receive royal assent – meaning it officially becomes law – before Britain’s
politicians break for summer recess
on 20 July.
Once the law is passed, Ofgem
would need to launch a statutory
consultation process of around 50
to 60 days and then allow energy
suppliers further time to implement
the measure.
Mr Nolan was speaking at a crossparty parliamentary committee during which he also said he is not taking
a bonus this year, as he apologised for
moving too slowly to protect vulnerable gas and electricity consumers on
the most expensive standard variable
tariffs (SVTs).
Ofgem is charged with setting the
cap on SVTs, which is the most common rate that energy suppliers levy.
Among Britain’s Big Six energy
suppliers, SSE had the largest percentage of customers on SVTs at 71
per cent while British Gas had 67 per
cent of its customers on SVTs and
e.on had 61 per cent. REUTERS
NEWS
2-27
VOICES
14-18
TV
28-29
TRADING
Watchdog spread-betting
warning sends shares south
By Josie Cox
The financial watchdog has issued
a warning about the risks posed by
spread-betting providers, saying
they don’t adequately educate retail
investors about the products they
are selling and there are not enough
controls to regulate the market.
The Financial Conduct Authority
(FCA), which completed an extensive review of the sector, found that
76 per cent of retail customers who
bought so-called contracts for different (CFDs) products lost money between July 2015 and June 2016.
Spread-betting is a type of market speculation, often done online,
where investors bet on the price of a
stock, commodity, currency or other
financial asset going up or down. The
regulator said it had sent a letter to
all providers and distributors of
CFDs, flagging “areas of serious concern”. It added that it had “identified
weaknesses in the conflict of interest
management arrangements” at all of
the providers it had assessed.
“Given the significant weaknesses
we found across our sample, we believe there is a high risk that firms
across the sector are not meeting
our rules and expectations when providing and distributing CFDs,” the
watchdog said. “As a result, consumers may be at serious risk of harm
from poor practices in this sector.”
The watchdog said firms needed
to improve “a number of oversight and control arrangements
to reach standards we would
consider adequate”.
Following the publication of the
report, shares in leading providers
CMC Markets, IG Group and Plus500
fell between 2 and 6 per cent, with IG
Group being the biggest loser in the
FTSE Midcap index. It follows tumbles last year when the European Securities and Markets Authority also
announced it would be carrying out a
public consultation on the marketing
of CFDs. THE INDEPENDENT
Spread-betting is
regulated by European
Union rules that have no caps on
leverage or the size of bets people
can place on price movements.
Driving a
cleaner
future
A landmark deal
between the Government and the automotive industry has
been announced.
The Government
has pledged £26.4m,
match-funded by
industry to total
£52.8m, to develop
the next generation
of driverless and
low-carbon vehicles.
Business and Energy
Secretary Greg
Clark said: “The [car]
sector will shape our
response to the challenges in our industrial strategy.” PA
Outlook
JAMES
MOORE
Brexit boosts
German Lidl as
Sainsbury’s fades
L
idl has declared that
it shifted 600 tons of a
cruciferous vegetable –
sprouts – that many of us
find every bit as toxic as
Marmite over the Christmas period.
However, of far more significance
than that, or the 17 million mince pies
that passed through its checkouts, or
the 800,000 litres of fizzy wine that
its shoppers quaffed, were the grocer’s overall sales figures and the relentless growth of its floor space.
The German outfit revealed a 16
per cent rise compared with December last year while saying that it had
opened nine new stores during the
holiday period, bringing the total
to 693.
The contrast with Sainsbury’s
could hardly have been more stark.
The latter might have put a profit upgrade on its shelves to keep the City
happy but its sales moved at the pace
of an arthritic tortoise by comparison. Really, its numbers look about
as exciting as a plate full of those
sprouts, plain boiled and without
any seasoning.
At 2.3 per cent higher, Sainsbury’s groceries increased at below
the rate of food-price inflation during the third quarter of its financial
year, suggesting volumes were down,
while general merchandise fell by 1.4
per cent. The group refuses to strip
the performance of Argos out from
that last number, but it’s really not
necessary for it to do so to demonstrate that its big acquisition has had
a tough time of it. Clothes sales being
a modest 1 per cent ahead rounded off
the meal with a “meh” for dessert.
The traditional supermarkets
often like to comfort themselves by
pointing to their peers in other markets that Lidl, and its shadow sibling
Sainsbury’s numbers look
ab
bout as exciting as a plate
full of those sprouts, plain
boiled without any seasoning
Aldi, have entered, eventually finding
an “equilibrium” with the new kids on
the block.
But they might have to wait a while
yet for that to happen in this market.
Often called discounters, Aldi
and Lidl are really just very smart
retailers. While they limit shoppers’
IQ
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COMMODITIES
Oil price highest
since 2014 but
‘overheating’
worries grow
By Libby George
The price of oil hit the highest level
since 2014 as production cuts and
healthy demand helped to balance
the market, but analysts have warned
of possible overheating.
In the US, West Texas Intermediate crude futures reached $63.57 a
barrel in early trading yesterday, the
highest since 9 December 2014. Brent
crude futures were at $69.10 a barrel,
28 cents above their last close after
touching $69.29, the highest since
May 2015.
“The extension of the Opec agreement... and declining inventories
are all helping to drive the price
higher,” said William O‘Loughlin,
investment analyst at Australia’s
Rivkin Securities.
I n N o v e m b e r,
the Organisation
of the Petro leum Exporting Countries
(Opec), together with Russia
and a group of
other producers, extended an
output-cutting deal
to cover this year which w a s
aimed at reducing a global supply
overhang that had dogged oil markets since 2014.
However, amid the bull run, which
has pushed up crude prices by more
than 13 per cent since early December, there are indicators of an overheated market.
In the US, crude oil production is
expected to hit 10 million barrels per
day next month, increasing supply,
while in Asia – the world’s biggest
oil-consuming region – refiners are
suffering from high prices and ample
fuel supplies.
“Selective perception is the reason
why the market is completely ignoring this just now,” Commerzbank analyst Carsten Fritsch said. REUTERS
choice, they offer better value and
have become very good at marketing.
With Brexit casting a pall over the
economy, keeping wages down, inflation up and uncertainty at high levels,
they are shooting at an open goal.
Sainsbury’s thinks food-price inflation will ease later this year, and
it isn’t the first to say so. But even if
it’s proved correct and the overall
rate of inflation comes down, British
consumers will remain embattled, indebted and nervous.
The sunlit uplands Brexiteers
claimed the country would enter
through after leaving the EU are a
mirage, which is becoming clear.
All this presents a huge opportunity for retailers like Lidl, whose proposition rests on serving up low prices.
It’s one of the rich ironies of a
Brexit driven by a gang of aggressive nationalists: Two of the biggest
winners from it look set to be a pair
of German supermarket chains.
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From the
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pages
Energy summit
for West Africa
Ghana Web
The annual West Africa
Regional Energy Summit is set
to take place in Côte d’Ivoire
from January 24 to 25. The
event provides a platform where
public and private stakeholders
and industry experts can stay
up-to-date with upcoming
projects and new strategies to
unlock gas and power trading
in West Africa. Among the
participants will be the West
Africa Gas Pipeline Authority.
Morales ‘hopeful’ of
talks with Macri
Buenos Aires Times
Bolivia’s President Evo Morales
said he was hopeful he would
finally sit down with Argentina’s
President Mauricio Macri in
February. Argentina has already
suspended talks twice, yet Mr
Morales is said to be eager to
bring Argentina into the fold on
$15bn (£11bn) plans to build a
3,500km train line across Bolivia
from the Brazilian port of Santos
to the Peruvian port of Ilo.
Houses sold fall
as prices rise
The New Zealand Herald
High prices, higher deposits,
finance constraints and lending
tightening has seen the number
of houses sold in 2017 plummet.
The latest data from Quotable
Value showed year-on-year,
the volume of houses sold was
down every month in 2017, with
numbers down by more than
20 per cent in February and
October. Despite this, property
values continued to rise.
Greek banks ask
ECB for more time
Ekathimerrini
Greek banks are asking the
European Central Bank to
allow them a few years for their
capital strengthening, should
such a requirement arise from
a marginally negative result
for one or more lenders after
this spring’s stress tests. In the
coming weeks, the ECB will
inform the managers of domestic
lenders of the stress tests’
macroeconomic parameters.
Local bank officials are
optimistic about the outcome.
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BUSINESS
The
Business
Matrix
The day at
a glance
FTSE 100 up 17.5 at 7748.5
975.0
2184.0
1631.6
1071.0
3387.0
2118.0
5520.0
570.5
682.5
244.4
705.5
1589.0
531.3
5643.6
4263.0
695.0
400.7
2472.0
2024.0
5435.0
236.5
2682.0
1765.9
2955.0
4507.0
7595.0
2735.5
411.3
1549.0
1708.0
1746.0
342.6
379.3
395.8
1724.5
1341.0
52338.0
678.0
1680.0
950.1
11.1
2335.0
1476.0
4136.5
467.3
533.5
177.3
6.3
1103.0
436.9
4064.0
2774.0
574.6
242.2
2009.0
1439.0
4102.0
119.7
1766.0
1424.8
27.0
3221.0
6000.0
2125.5
328.4
906.4
1428.0
1231.0
236.6
3.0
270.0
1270.0
894.0
493.5
Markets
FTSE 100
7748.5
FTSE 250
20760.0
FTSE All Share
4251.9
+17.5
-115.0
+3.8
FTSE Eurofirst300
1568.2
-5.0
Dow Jones *
25388.7
+2.9
S&P 500 *
2748.8
-2.5
Nasdaq *
7144.4
-19.2
DAX
13281.3
CAC 40
5504.7
-19.3
Hang Seng
31073.7
+62.3
Nikkei
23788.2
-61.8
-104.2
High
Hargrve Lans
HSBC Hldgs
IAG
Imperial Brands
Informa
IntCont Htls
Intertek
ITV
Johnson Matth
Just Eat
Kingfisher
Land Secs
Legal & Gen
Lloyds Bk Gp
Lon Stock Ex
Marks&Spen
Mediclinic Intl
Micro Focus Intl
Mondi
Morrison (Wm)
National Grid
Next
NMC Health
Old Mutual
PaddyPwrBetfair
Pearson
Persimmon
Prudential
Randgold Res
Reckitt Ben
RELX
Rentokil Initial
Rio Tinto
Rolls-Royce
RBS
Shell A
Shell B
1802.0
758.0
662.6
3165.0
736.0
4685.0
5284.0
169.6
3186.0
804.4
337.4
998.7
271.0
68.1
3744.0
310.8
638.4
2145.0
1916.0
226.9
864.6
4932.0
3166.0
225.2
8795.0
727.8
2748.0
1904.0
7216.0
6800.0
1700.0
310.8
4037.5
868.6
278.7
2525.5
2560.0
-22.0
-5.5
-1.4
-5.0
+14.0
-6.0
-34.0
-1.4
-13.0
-6.6
-2.2
+13.1
-0.7
-0.0
-14.0
-2.9
+12.4
-437.0
-12.5
+1.7
-3.8
+78.0
+28.0
-0.3
-75.0
-7.4
-30.0
-16.5
-52.0
-41.0
-13.5
-0.1
+78.0
+4.6
+2.4
-4.5
-3.0
1828.5
774.9
680.6
3956.5
773.0
4755.0
5470.0
221.8
3511.0
827.0
369.8
1217.1
279.9
73.6
4069.0
397.8
890.2
2887.8
2145.0
254.4
1174.3
5355.0
3211.0
232.3
8967.0
823.5
2901.0
1934.0
8255.0
8110.4
1784.0
338.8
4226.6
994.5
290.5
2541.5
2580.5
Low
1256.1
518.2
457.2
3013.0
480.0
3656.0
3383.0
142.8
2681.0
495.1
285.3
912.0
231.6
61.8
2899.0
296.3
495.4
26.8
1635.0
205.0
844.8
3565.0
1551.0
184.2
6572.5
552.0
1884.0
1524.0
6320.0
6299.0
1397.0
216.7
2882.5
635.5
213.4
1982.5
2037.0
EURO/
POUND
DOLLAR/
POUND
Company
Price
Chg
High
RSA Insur
Sage
Sainsbury(J)
Schroders
Scot Mort Inv Tst
Segro
Severn Trent
Shire
Sky
Smith&Neph
Smith (DS)
Smiths Gp
Smurfit Kappa Grp
SSE
Stan Chart
Standard Life Aber
St James Place
Taylor Wimpey
Tesco
TUI AG
Unilever
United Utilities
Vodafone
Whitbread
Ferguson
Worldpay Group
WPP
620.6
802.2
241.0
3576.0
466.4
587.6
2131.0
3664.5
1014.5
1285.0
512.6
1525.0
2426.0
1329.5
795.4
432.1
1244.0
208.6
214.3
1562.0
4091.5
812.0
237.7
3956.0
5370.0
439.9
1329.0
-5.0
-4.8
—
+14.0
+4.4
+1.0
-9.0
-210.5
+5.0
-0.5
-5.4
-20.0
-38.0
+5.5
+1.4
+4.4
-7.0
-2.6
+4.6
+7.5
-1.0
-5.8
+0.8
-38.0
-60.0
+4.9
-10.5
672.5
820.0
283.6
3589.0
469.5
589.6
2575.0
5067.0
1028.5
1442.0
565.0
1685.0
2510.0
1570.0
860.0
448.6
1255.0
211.4
215.2
1576.5
4557.5
1078.0
238.8
4333.0
5582.9
441.0
1928.1
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556.2
595.0
222.4
2885.0
320.0
431.0
2041.5
3435.5
11.4
1143.0
5.3
1438.0
1712.7
1273.0
678.8
336.5
1008.0
164.6
165.3
934.4
3173.5
764.5
186.5
3499.9
4427.0
4.7
1238.5
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GOLD
Per troy ounce,
London pm fix
+$0.49
-23.6
+15.5
+23.6
+12.2
-30.0
+5.0
-51.0
-0.4
—
+0.9
-10.4
+24.0
-2.2
-45.0
-5.0
+5.8
-3.0
-14.0
-12.5
-35.0
-1.1
+1.0
-21.5
-7.0
+18.0
-10.0
-4.5
-2.4
+13.0
+1.0
+13.0
+11.1
-0.4
+6.5
-7.6
-4.0
-1.2
Chg
$68.94
920.2
1887.5
1627.0
994.0
2852.0
2020.0
5153.0
506.2
572.0
200.1
647.4
1585.6
527.4
4925.0
4220.0
680.6
267.9
2049.0
1770.0
4817.0
145.1
2384.0
1546.5
2755.0
4497.0
7540.0
2667.5
367.4
1524.5
1650.0
1407.5
286.3
325.9
395.1
1353.4
1286.0
534.8
Price
$1,316.9
3i Group
Admiral
Anglo Amer
Antofagasta
AB Foods
Ashtead Group
AstraZeneca
Aviva
BAE Systems
Barclays
Barratt Dev
BHP Billiton
BP
BAT
Berkeley Grp Hldgs
British Land
BT
Bunzl
Burberry
Carnival
Centrica
Coca-Cola HBC
Compass
CRH
Croda Intl
DCC
Diageo
Direct Line Ins
Easyjet
Experian
Fresnillo
G4S
GKN
Glencore
GSK
Halma
Hammerson
Company
+ $5.82
Low
-0.07c
High
$1.3511
Chg
– 0.39c
Price
€1.1299
Company
OIL
Brent crude,
per barrel
CURRENCY
FASHION
Buffet warns over
bitcoin’s demise
Quiz enjoys lavish
Christmas period
US billionaire Warren Buffett
has ruled out a foray into
cryptocurrencies, warning that
the bitcoin boom will “come to
a bad ending”. The chairman
and chief executive of Berkshire
Hathaway has joined the chorus
of voices criticising the digital
currency, which endured a
rollercoaster ride at the tail
end of 2017.
Glasgow-based fashion firm
Quiz saw a 31.9 per cent
increase in group revenue over
the Christmas period. “The
group generated strong full
price sales in the lead-up to
Christmas, driven by continued
strong growth through Quiz’s
own website as well as through
new and existing third party
online retailers,” the firm said.
RETAIL
ENERGY
Online sales boost
Ted Baker profits
Rising oil prices
may mean misery
Ted Baker’s profits jumped over
the Christmas period, driven
by strong growth in online
sales. The firm said retail sales
increased by 9 per cent in the
eight-week period to 6 January,
with online sales surging 35 per
cent. Gross margins were in line
with its previous expectations
and it expects to end the year
with a “clean stock position”.
A rise in the cost of oil could
spell “misery” for motorists in
2018, as price increases look
probable, the RAC has warned.
The price of a barrel of Brent
crude has this week been
nearing the $70 (£51.70) mark
for the first time since 2014,
helped by an agreement within
Opec to cut production coupled
with healthy global demand.
FOOD
FOOD
Lidl has record
festive sales
Sainsbury’s has its
‘best Christmas’
Lidl said it was the “fastest
growing supermarket” over
Christmas after record sales.
The German chain said sales
rose 16 per cent in December
as it experienced its highest
ever footfall. It marked a record
trading day on 22 December
and the week before Christmas
was its “strongest ever”.
Sainsbury’s has reported
its best Christmas trading
performance ever, driven by
a surge in online sales and a
strong performance across its
Argos business, triggering the
retailer to upgrade its profit
forecast for the full financial
year. Sales in the 15 weeks to 6
January increased 1.2 per cent.
RETAIL
HOUSING
Moss Bros issues
profit warning
Taylor Wimpey
wants stability
Moss Bros shares crashed
15 per cent yesterday after a
profit warning. Moss Bros had
warned of “very tough” market
conditions in September, and
today said footfall was lower
than expected in December
amid a “very challenging
consumer backdrop”.
Pete Redfern, the boss of
housebuilder Taylor Wimpey,
said constant governmental
change is bad for stability.
The housing industry now
has its third minister in seven
months after Dominic Raab’s
move from the Department
of Justice.
the
markets
The FTSE 100 continued to gain
ground and reach new highs
yesterday, with the UK’s premier
financial index finishing the day
0.23 per cent up to 7,756.11 points.
Banks had a strong session, with
RBS racking up the highest gains
– 4.6 per cent to 293.40p – while
HSBC and Standard Chartered
also climbed more than 3 per cent.
Housebuilder Taylor Wimpey
saw the biggest losses, with shares
shedding 4 per cent to 200p.
***
The pound finished the day 0.4
per cent down against the euro
at €1.1296 and 0.2 per cent down
against the US dollar to $1.3511.
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COMPANIES
Carphone Warehouse
fined for data breach
By Josie Cox
Carphone Warehouse has been
slapped with a £400,000 fine after
one of the company’s computer systems was compromised as a result
of a cyberattack in 2015, putting
millions of people’s data at risk.
The Information Commissioner’s Office said the company’s
failure to secure the system allowed unauthorised access to the
personal data of over three million
customers and 1,000 employees.
That data included names, addresses, phone numbers, dates of
birth, marital statuses and – for
more than 18,000 customers – historical payment card details.
“A company as large, wellresourced, and established as
Carphone Warehouse, should
have been actively assessing its
data security systems, and ensuring systems were robust and not
vulnerable to such attacks,” said
Information Commissioner Elizabeth Denham.
“Carphone Warehouse should be
at the top of its game when it comes
to cybersecurity, and it is concerning that the systemic failures we
found related to rudimentary, commonplace measures.”
The ICO said intruders had,
theoretically, been able to access
the company’s system via out-ofdate WordPress software, but it
also said that so far there has been
no evidence the inadequate security measures had resulted in cases
of identity theft or fraud.
Nonetheless, Ms Denham said
customers and employees had
been victimised by having their
data “open to abuse by the malicious actions of the intruder”.
A set of stringent data protection rules, known as the General
Data Protection Regulation, will
be introduced in May. Under it,
companies will have to be more
transparent in the way they collect
data, be more explicit about notifying the public if there is a hack or
a data breach, and will have to appoint a dedicated data protection
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24
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the pork medallions on both sides
until browned. Transfer to a shallow
ovenproof dish.
Trim the celery and spring onions and
chop into small pieces.
Fry them in the same pan with a little
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stock cube, paprika and the drained
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oven for 30 minutes. Put the ciabatta loaf
in to cook 10 minutes before the end of
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1 x 400g can chickpeas
3 x sticks celery – approx 300g
1 x bunch spring onions
2 x teaspoons tomato purée
1 x teaspoon green pesto
1 x teaspoon paprika
50g drained black pitted olives
1 x chicken stock cube
300ml boiling water
1 x ready-to-bake ciabatta
1 x iceberg lettuce
300g cherry tomatoes
½ cucumber
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Sun Cloud can
shine brightest
in Yorkshire
By Jon Freeman
RACING EDITOR
There seems to be a “Grand National” of some description on every
other week these days, with the latest being staged at Catterick today.
This north Yorkshire version
is run now in memory of the late
Denys Smith, who, 50 years ago this
April, won the real thing at Aintree
with Red Alligator to seal the jumps
trainers’ title.
Sun Cloud is bidding to win this
long distance handicap chase for
BEST BET
Crushed
(12.30pm, Catterick)
Flat winner at Windsor last
September and the type to make
his mark over hurdles.
the second time, having first run
away with it back in 2014 when still
a novice.
Alto Des Mottes, just denied after
a last-fence stumble in 2016, tries
again, while Gonalston Cloud and Itstimeforapint, second and third last
year, are also back for more.
But Malcolm Jefferson’s Sun
Cloud stands out. He may be getting
a bit long in the tooth now, but seems
every bit as good as ever, having
won three of his last four starts, all
over hurdles.
Indeed, the handicapper reckons
BEST OF CATTERICK
NEXT BEST
Un Prophete
(1.30pm, Catterick)
Made hard work of winning at
Exeter recently, but has scope to
improve.
Dahills Hill, ridden by Kielan Woods, clears the second last before winning the
Racing UK Mares’ Handicap Hurdle at Ludlow yesterday GETTY
he has improved over hurdles by
more than a stone, but he remains on
a very winnable mark on his return
to fences.
We know Sun Cloud likes the track
and he handles any ground. Everything points to him; if anything it’s
all a bit too neat and perhaps Donald
McCain’s consistent bottom weight
FORM VERDICT
RACINGUK.COM JUVENILE HURDLE (CLASS 4) 4YO
£8,800 added 2m
1
13 CORNERSTONE LAD (D) M Hammond 11 4............ H Brooke
2
6 ABOUT GLORY J Riches 10 12 .........................................................A Nicol
3
CRUSHED A King 10 12.......................................................W Hutchinson
4
ECOLE D’ART J M Jefferson 10 12..........................J Hamilton (3)
5
INVESTIGATION S A Harris 10 12............................................ B Poste
6
562 OUTCROP Jennie Candlish 10 12........................ Sean Quinlan H
7
PENNINGTON R Ross 10 12...............................................J Kington (3)
8
TAKE THE HIGH ROAD K Dalgleish 10 12...................B Hughes
9
2 TURNING GOLD N Twiston-Davies 10 12 ................T Bellamy
10
68 MILLIE THE MINX Mrs D Sayer 10 5..........C McCormack (3)
11
5 SHINE BABY SHINE P Kirby 10 5...............................T Dowson (3)
- 11 declared BETTING: 9-4 Turning Gold, 5-2 Crushed, 9-2 Cornerstone Lad, 13-2
Outcrop, 8-1 Ecole D’art, Take The High Road, 33-1 others.
BLACK HORSE INN DINE DRINK WIN HANDICAP CHASE
(CLASS 3) £13,800 added 2m
1
64-637 DRESDEN (D) Henry Oliver 10 12 0..................................B Hughes
2
6P3678 INK MASTER (D) D McCain 8 11 12.............Will Kennedy H,T
3 PF-4F1 UN PROPHETE (D) Miss V Williams 7 11 9....C Deutsch (3)
4
515341 WORKBENCH (D) D Skelton 10 11 8.....................H Skelton B,T
5
2-3315 CRACKING FIND (C)(D) Mrs S Smith 7 11 6.... Sean Quinlan
6
2-3614 VENGEUR DE GUYE (D) Miss L Russell 9 11 4.....Derek Fox T
7
2-5U46 DISCOVERIE (CD) K Slack 10 10 10 ....C McCormack (3) B,H
- 7 declared BETTING: 9-4 Workbench, 5-2 Un Prophete, 5-1 Vengeur De Guye, 13-2
Cracking Find, 7-1 Dresden, 14-1 Ink Master, 16-1 Discoverie.
12.30
1.30
Donald McCain saddles two here with preference for SONIC, the mount
of Brian Hughes. He was clear of the field when falling at the second
last at Musselburgh last time and can gain compensation with a clear
round. Stablemate Ballasalla is respected, while a hood could see
Planet Nine fulfil the promise he showed as a bumper horse. Hear No
Evil has to be considered despite having to concede weight all round
and the impressive Aintree winner can be forgiven his ‘French Furze’
flop last time.
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WATT FENCES NORTH YORKSHIRE GRAND NATIONAL
HANDICAP CHASE (CLASS 3) £26,155 added 3m 6f
1220-8
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GONALSTON CLOUD (C) N Kent 11 11 12 ............... A Tinkler C
I JUST KNOW (C) Mrs S Smith 8 11 10............... Sean Quinlan
MILBOROUGH I Duncan 12 11 6........................................ P Brennan
SUN CLOUD (CD) J M Jefferson 11 11 3 .........................B Hughes
ALTO DES MOTTES H Hogarth 8 11 2...........J Hamilton (3) C
BILLY BRONCO E Williams 7 11 1.........................................A Wedge
POINT THE WAY (C) B Ellison 7 11 0..........................H Brooke C
ITSTIMEFORAPINT Miss L Russell 10 10 11....Derek Fox T
GOLDEN INVESTMENT D McCain 9 10 4.....L Murtagh (5) H,T
- 9 declared BETTING: 3-1 Sun Cloud, 4-1 I Just Know, 9-2 Billy Bronco, 7-1 Point The
Way, 8-1 Gonalston Cloud, 10-1 Golden Investment, Milborough, 12-1
Itstimeforapint, 14-1 Alto Des Mottes.
FORM VERDICT
Sun Cloud has been in very consistent form for him of late having won
his last two outings over hurdles and a return to fences in a race he
won back in 2014 should see him hold every chance. Gonalston Cloud
was very consistent in staying chases last season and is entitled to
improve for his return effort in a novice hurdle at Wetherby, but
FORM VERDICT
preference goes to I JUST KNOW. He was outclassed behind Waiting
WORKBENCH took advantage of a declining mark at Sandown last time Patiently at Carlisle but is respected greatly on the basis that he is the
and, just 3lb higher here, he could be capable of following up at the expense only representative for the Sue Smith team with the yard having won
of fellow recent winner Un Prophete. Venetia Williams’ seven-year-old the last two renewals of the race.
should be suited by the soft underfoot conditions and can be the one to
fight out the finish with the selection. Cracking Find has to be respected at
a course he has gone well at in the past, while Vengeur De Guye could leave
his latest effort in the past now returned to easier ground.
BETFRED.COM APPRENTICE HANDICAP (CLASS 5)
BEST OF CHELMSFORD CITY
RACINGUK.COM/ANYWHERE EBF ‘NATIONAL HUNT’
NOVICES’ HURDLE (CLASS 4) £8,400 added 2m 3f
1
32-13 HEAR NO EVIL (BF) D Skelton 6 11 12......................H Skelton T
2
/1-P39 ALLMYOWN P Kirby 7 11 6.................................................................A Nicol
3
8-9 BALLASALLA D McCain 6 11 6...................................Will Kennedy
4
49-P DIG A BIT DEEPER T Easterby 5 11 6..........................K Wood (5)
5
726-4 INDIAN HARBOUR Sally Haynes 5 11 6..........N Moscrop (5)
6
11-45 PLANET NINE (BF) Mrs R Dobbin 6 11 6......Craig Nichol H
7
044- SAM’S GUNNER M W Easterby 5 11 6 .............. Sean Quinlan
8
P5 SECRET MELODY T Easterby 5 11 6....................................C R King
9
4-232F SONIC D McCain 5 11 6....................................................................B Hughes
10
7P YOUNOSO Miss T Jackson 7 11 6.....................Sam Coltherd (5)
- 10 declared BETTING: 13-8 Sonic, 2-1 Hear No Evil, 9-2 Planet Nine, 8-1 Indian
Harbour, 16-1 Sam’s Gunner, 20-1 Ballasalla, 25-1 others.
2.05
5.55
£8,000 added 1m
1
3012-1 TITAN GODDESS (CD) Mike Murphy 6 10 1(6ex)...........................
...............................................................................................................Nicola Currie (3) 7
2
16558- HIGHLAND PASS (D) A Balding 4 9 10..................................................
...........................................................................................................Jason Watson (7) 3
3 P0300- SPIRITUAL STAR (CD) L Carter 9 9 9........................P Bradley 6
4
52/5-4 NATURE BOY R Brisland 4 9 7......................................Jane Elliott 2
5
9398-9 PLUCKY DIP (C)(D) J Ryan 7 9 6..... Sebastien Woods (3) C 4
6
63382- ROSS RAITH ROVER (D) R Eddery 5 9 4................................................
.......................................................................................................Darragh Keenan (5) 1
7
25013- TED’S BROTHER (C)(D) Laura Morgan 10 8 9..................................
...........................................................................................Poppy Bridgwater (7) B 5
- 7 declared BETTING: 11-8 Titan Goddess, 9-2 Nature Boy, 5-1 Ross Raith Rover, 7-1
Highland Pass, 8-1 Ted’s Brother, 10-1 Plucky Dip, 20-1 Spiritual Star.
Golden Investment is worth a saver.
Whenever Alan King runs a horse
at Catterick it pays to take notice;
he has sent only five up from his
southern bases in his entire career
and four of them have collected, including the last two winners of this
afternoon’s Juvenile Hurdle.
Now he runs jumping newcomer
BET TOTEQUADPOT AT BETFRED.COM HANDICAP
(CLASS 4) £10,000 added 1m 2f
DUTCH UNCLE (D)(BF) Archie Watson 6 9 9.....E Greatrex C 8
VAN HUYSEN (CD) D F Davis 6 9 7....................................S Levey 4
TANGRAMM (CD)(BF) D Ivory 6 9 7 ....................R Winston C 7
WIMPOLE HALL (C) W Jarvis 5 9 6............................ R Havlin C 1
MAIFALKI J Ward 5 9 6....................................................................T Eaves 6
GRACEFUL JAMES (CD) J Fox 5 9 5............................... K O’Neill 5
HAIRDRYER (CD)(BF) A Balding 5 9 4............................A Kirby 3
YOURE ALWAYS RIGHT J Farrelly 5 9 2 .............S Donohoe 2
RITA’S MAN (D) K Dalgleish 4 8 11.......................... S W Kelly C 9
- 9 declared BETTING: 9-4 Hairdryer, 9-2 Tangramm, 5-1 Wimpole Hall, 6-1 Dutch
Uncle, 10-1 Van Huysen, Maifalki, Graceful James, 16-1 others.
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GROBY NOVICES’ HANDICAP CHASE (CLASS 4)
£11,350 added 2m
RUBY RAMBLER (D) Mrs L Wadham 8 12 0............... L Aspell
NOT ANOTHER MUDDLE G L Moore 7 11 12...... Jamie Moore
BESTWORK (D) C Longsdon 7 11 8..................Jonathan Burke
MUST HAVEA FLUTTER D Skelton 6 11 0 .....Bridget Andrews (3)
DIAMOND ROCK Henry Oliver 7 11 0.......................... R Johnson
VOCALISER (CD) R Dickin 6 10 11.............................................C Poste
SKIPPING ON Laura Morgan 9 10 3..........................R McLernon
GLANCE BACK Miss E Baker 7 10 2...................................J Banks T
- 8 declared BETTING: 6-4 Not Another Muddle, 9-2 Bestwork, 5-1 Vocaliser, 6-1
Diamond Rock, 7-1 Ruby Rambler, 12-1 Must Havea Flutter, 25-1 others.
LEICESTER BADGE HOLDERS CHASE (NOVICES’
LIMITED HANDICAP) (CLASS 3) £13,400 added 2m 4f
1
124-1 ACTING LASS (D) H Fry 7 11 8...............................................N Fehily T
2
618-P2 CULTIVATOR N Henderson 7 11 5............... Nico De Boinville
3
1129/2 BALLYDINE C Longsdon 8 11 2 ............................Jonathan Burke
4
322-3P BALLYARTHUR (CD) N Twiston-Davies 8 10 8.............S Twiston-Davies
- 4 declared BETTING: 6-5 Acting Lass, 5-2 Cultivator, 4-1 Ballydine, 6-1 Ballyarthur.
ROA/RACING POST OWNERS’ JACKPOT NOVICES’
HURDLE (CLASS 4) £8,400 added 1m 7f 113yds
1
313 CANYON CITY (D) N King 5 11 11 ..........................................T Whelan
2
32-151 BANJO GIRL (D) Mrs L Wadham 6 11 10......Maxime Tissier (7)
3
8 BOOBOROWIE A Stronge 5 11 5.........................................B J Powell
4
3-12 CANYOURINGMEBACK N Gifford 6 11 5........................ L Aspell
5
CHRISTO Oliver Greenall 6 11 5............................................I Popham
6
2-5 CLASH OF D TITANS W Greatrex 5 11 5................... R Johnson
7
1-4 DESSINATEUR (D) Miss V Williams 5 11 5..........A Coleman
8
7-1 PASSAM Miss C Dyson 6 11 5.....................................N Scholfield T
9
P/ SANOK P Cowley 6 11 5 ......................................................C Gethings (3)
10
0 TANGO DU ROY E Williams 5 11 5 .................................T J O’Brien
11
3 THE NEW PHARAOH L Morgan 7 11 5.......Mr J J O’Neill (7) H
12
726-U WELL SMITTEN W Greatrex 6 11 5................................ G Sheehan
13
RESPECTABILITY M Mullineaux 6 10 12.........................J Banks
- 13 declared BETTING: 9-4 Banjo Girl, 4-1 Clash Of D Titans, 5-1 Canyon City, 7-1 Well
Smitten, 8-1 Canyouringmeback, 10-1 Dessinateur, 12-1 others.
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Unconvincing novice chasers
Finian’s Oscar and Yanworth have
been introduced at 10-1, with a
run, for the Stayers’ Hurdle.
Crushed – a typical King horse from
off the Flat (middle-distance, rated
70-80) and though there are one
or two likely types in opposition, I
wouldn’t want to bet against him.
CHIEFTAIN HANDICAP HURDLE (CLASS 3)
£10,400 added 1m 7f 113yds
1
2-2323 CHIEFTAIN’S CHOICE (D) Kevin Frost 9 11 12.................................
...................................................................................................................James Bowen (5)
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-21197 SWORD OF FATE (D) Tom Lacey 5 11 12................................................
..................................................................................................Mr Thomas O’Brien (5)
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24-532 SLEEPY HAVEN (CD) Jennie Candlish 8 11 12.....D G Noonan
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-36259 SHANROE SAINT B Case 6 11 8...................................................D Jacob
5 494063 MR ANTOLINI (D) N Twiston-Davies 8 11 7........................................
................................................................................................................ S Twiston-Davies
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1/3-1F DU SOLEIL (D)(BF) Miss V Williams 6 11 7..........A Coleman
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F-6F66 CAPITOUL (D) Dr R Newland 6 11 6 .............................. N Fehily H
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633-91 BALGEMMOIS (CD) A Stronge 5 11 4............................B J Powell
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367-42 WIND PLACE AND SHO J Eustace 6 11 1.....................J Quinlan
10 373-93 ICONIC SKY (D) Mrs L Wadham 5 11 0.....Maxime Tissier (7) C
11 156-63 SPORTY YANKEE (D) M Keighley 5 10 9........H Stock (7) C,T
12 626P-6 HOLLYWOOD ALL STAR (D) G McPherson 9 10 1.......................
.............................................................................................................................. R Condon (7)
- 12 declared BETTING: 7-2 Mr Antolini, 4-1 Du Soleil, 6-1 Balgemmois, 7-1 Wind Place
And Sho, 8-1 Chieftain’s Choice, 10-1 Sleepy Haven, 12-1 others.
BEST OF NEWCASTLE
32RED.COM HANDICAP (CLASS 3) 3YO
£17,500 added 7f
JELLMOOD (D)(BF) M Botti 9 7 ................ M Monaghan (3) H 1
JOE’S SPIRIT (D) M Bell 8 13 ...................................... C Noble (5) H 4
WINDSOR CROSS (CD) R Fahey 8 8......................B McHugh V 2
BLUE HARMONY (CD) K Burke 8 2.................. Hollie Doyle V 3
KIKINI BAMALAAM (D) K Dalgleish 8 2 .................. J Fanning 5
- 5 declared BETTING: 13-8 Jellmood, 5-2 Joe’s Spirit, 3-1 Blue Harmony, 7-1 Windsor
Cross, 14-1 Kikini Bamalaam.
BETWAY SPRINT HANDICAP (CLASS 3)
£17,500 added 5f
1
0636-4 HAKAM M Appleby 6 9 7......................................................A Mullen V 4
2
1505-3 COMPAS SCOOBIE (D) S C Williams 5 9 5..........................................
.............................................................................................................P J McDonald H,T 1
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2284-5 MEMORIES GALORE (D) Roger Fell 6 9 3...... T Hamilton C 5
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67078- DOC SPORTELLO (CD) A Carroll 6 9 2..........T Marquand C 3
5
4674-6 DYNAMO WALT (CD) D Shaw 7 8 13.....................P Mathers V 2
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5041-3 ALEEF (BF) D O’Meara 5 8 12 ..........................................F Norton T 6
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3348-2 TWIZZELL (D) K Burke 4 8 7.................................................J Fanning 7
- 7 declared BETTING: 7-4 Aleef, 4-1 Compas Scoobie, 9-2 Hakam, 6-1 Twizzell, 7-1
Memories Galore, 14-1 Doc Sportello, Dynamo Walt.
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FORM VERDICT
TWIZZELL knocked on the door over course and distance last time
and with Rowan Scott taking over in the saddle removing 3lb, she
could be capable of going one better this time. The selection’s usual
pilot PJ McDonald partners Compas Scoobie and he must hold serious
claims having ran with promise on his first couple of outings for Stuart
Williams. The visored Hakam is respected for Mick Appleby, while Aleef
can go well despite being potentially better over further these days.
Results service
KEMPTON Going: Standard
4.15 1. SPARE PARTS (Nicola Currie) 6-4 fav; 2. Tigerfish 16-1; 3. Runaiocht 10-1. 14 ran. 3l, 1/2l. (P McEntee).
Tote: £2.00; £1.10, £3.10, £3.90. Exacta: £18.20. Tricast:
£200.82. Trifecta: £128.00. CSF: £28.15.
4.45 1. SOVEREIGN DUKE (Fran Berry) 9-2; 2. Albishr
3-1 fav; 3. Holy Shambles 7-1. 12 ran. hd, 3/4l. (H Candy).
Tote: £4.00; £1.40, £1.30, £2.30. Exacta: £17.20. Trifecta:
£83.80. CSF: £17.52.
5.15 1. SIR HAMILTON (L Morris) 6-4 fav; 2. Briscola
9-2; 3. Aquarium 4-1. 12 ran. 1/2l, 11/2l. (D P Quinn).
Tote: £2.30; £1.10, £2.10, £1.60. Exacta: £8.50. Trifecta:
£27.20. CSF: £7.33.
5.45 1. DEELEY’S DOUBLE (P J McDonald) 11-2; 2.
Ice Canyon 14-1; 3. Lazarus 33-1. 13 ran. 9-2 fav Mac
O’polo (4th). 11/2l, nk. (D Loughnane). Tote: £5.60; £2.50,
£4.00, £7.40. Exacta: £79.50. Tricast: £2316.63. Trifecta:
£2933.50. CSF: £76.92.
6.15 1. MYTHMAKER (G Lee) 4-1; 2. Royal Birth 10-1;
3. Diagnostic 9-2. 5 ran. 10-11 fav Donjuan Triumphant
(5th). 1/2l, 1/2l. (B Smart). Tote: £3.60; £1.70, £4.50. Exacta:
£29.50. Trifecta: £79.10. CSF: £35.93. NR: Reckless
Endeavour.
6.45 1. BRIDGE BUILDER (C Bishop) 6-1; 2. Strategic
Heights 8-1; 3. Bernie’s Boy 20-1. 11 ran. 5-1 fav Robbie
Roo Roo (9th). nk, 1/2l. (P Hedger). Tote: £6.90; £1.80,
£2.70, £5.50. Exacta: £56.00. Tricast: £894.95. Trifecta:
£542.30. CSF: £51.49. NR: Porto Ferro.
7.15 1. TIME TO BLOSSOM (Miss S Brotherton) 5-1;
2. Every Chance 9-2; 3. Seaport 16-1. 10 ran. 9-4 fav
Eltezam (4th). 11/2l, 1l. (S Crisford). Tote: £6.30; £2.20,
£1.40, £6.50. Exacta: £31.10. Tricast: £337.83. Trifecta:
£289.90. CSF: £26.59. NR: Zambeasy.
Placepot: £78.20. Quadpot: £34.80.
Place 6: £165.62. Place 5: £88.32.
LINGFIELD Going: Standard
1.10 1. BO SELECTA (S Donohoe) 7-1; 2. Violet’s Lads
4-1; 3. Fortune And Glory 2-1 fav. 9 ran. 11/2l, nk. (Richard Spencer). Tote: £6.70; £1.80, £1.70, £1.30. Exacta:
£19.10. Tricast: £78.15. Trifecta: £73.30. CSF: £36.16.
NRs: Demi’s Quest, Forever Yours, Highly Approved,
Still Got It, Summer Thunder.
1.45 1. LOS CAMACHOS (Fran Berry) 9-2; 2. Power
And Peace 2-5 fav; 3. Folie Douze 12-1. 8 ran. nk, 4l. (P
Evans). Tote: £6.10; £1.40, £1.02, £4.20. Exacta: £10.70.
Trifecta: £73.60. CSF: £7.57. NR: Jabarout.
2.15 1. AUTHOR’S DREAM (Martin Harley) 11-4; 2.
Grey Waters 4-5 fav; 3. Fitzwilly 7-1. 8 ran. 3l, 11l. (W
Knight). Tote: £3.30; £1.20, £1.02, £1.70. Exacta: £6.40.
Tricast: £13.16. Trifecta: £17.20. CSF: £5.40.
2.50 1. PATTIE (C Bishop) 5-1; 2. Soul Silver 7-4; 3.
Make Music 6-4 fav. 4 ran. 11/4l, 3/4l. (M Channon). Tote:
£5.00; Exacta: £16.40. Trifecta: £38.00. CSF: £14.51.
NR: Star Quality.
3.25 1. SOMETHING LUCKY (A Rawlinson) 3-1 fav; 2.
Blastofmagic 7-2; 3. Silver Penny 4-1. 9 ran. shd, 13/4l.
(M Appleby). Tote: £4.50; £1.50, £1.40, £1.60. Exacta:
£14.90. Tricast: £43.49. Trifecta: £59.40. CSF: £14.38.
NR: Popsilca.
3.55 1. CALLIANDRA (K O’Neill) 4-1; 2. Aibell 2-1 fav; 3.
Dream Point 6-1. 9 ran. 31/4l, nk. (C Appleby). Tote: £4.30;
£1.60, £1.10, £2.50. Exacta: £17.20. Trifecta: £87.00. CSF:
£13.50. NR: Liberty Lynx.
Placepot: £29.60. Quadpot: £11.90.
Place 6: £21.02. Place 5: £13.78.
LUDLOW Going: Chase: good to soft-soft in
places; hurdle: soft
12.50 1. ZALVADOS (I Popham) 4-6 fav; 2. Shivermetimbers 6-1; 3. Sir Egbert 5-1. 13 ran. 41/2l, 23/4l.
(Oliver Greenall). Tote: £1.40; £1.10, £1.70, £1.70. Exacta:
£6.30. Trifecta: £22.50. CSF: £5.51.
1.20 1. COMRADE CONRAD (H Skelton) 8-1; 2. Monbeg Oscar 6-4 fav; 3. Shalakar 9-2. 12 ran. 3/4l, 21/2l. (D
Skelton). Tote: £5.80; £1.60, £1.50, £1.40. Exacta: £16.70.
Trifecta: £82.50. CSF: £20.15. NR: Skinflint.
1.55 1. HEY BILL (Kielan Woods) 14-1; 2. Megabucks
3-1 fav; 3. Free Range 12-1. 9 ran. 1l, 8l. (G McPherson).
Tote: £14.00; £4.10, £1.70, £3.10. Exacta: £63.00. Tricast:
£529.64. Trifecta: £1681.20. CSF: £57.21.
2.25 1. VIRGINIA CHICK (Miss Isabel Williams) 5-1; 1.
FLASHJACK (Mr M Galligan) 5-2 fav; 3. Gamain 7-1; 4.
Galactic Power 10-1. 17 ran. dht, 21/2l, 12l. (E Williams,
H Daly). Tote: Virginia Chick £2.90, Flashjack £1.70;
Virginia Chick £1.70, Flashjack £1.20, Gamain £2.30,
Galactic Power £2.20. Exacta: Virginia Chick, Flashjack
£9.10, Flashjack, Virginia Chick £7.10. Tricast: Virginia
Chick, Flashjack, Gamain £47.93, Flashjack, Virginia
Chick, Gamain £42.93. Trifecta: Virginia Chick, Flashjack, Gamain £48.60, Flashjack, Virginia Chick, Gamain
£32.10. CSF: Virginia Chick, Flashjack £8.78, Flashjack,
Virginia Chick £7.21.
3.00 1. TB BROKE HER (Stan Sheppard) 4-1 fav; 2.
Goohar 11-1; 3. Gorsky Island 15-2. 11 ran. 5l, 16l. (M
Sheppard). Tote: £3.50; £1.80, £2.80, £3.20. Exacta:
£25.10. Tricast: £318.54. Trifecta: £140.90. CSF: £46.51.
3.35 1. DAHILLS HILL (Kielan Woods) 8-1; 2. Fille Des
Champs 9-2 jt-fav; 3. Tara Well 9-2 jt-fav. 15 ran. 7l,
13/4l. (G McPherson). Tote: £15.10; £3.70, £1.70, £2.10.
Exacta: £80.70. Tricast: £190.05. Trifecta: £441.20. CSF:
£44.44. NR: Robin Deuz Pois.
4.05 1. SHAMBRA (L Aspell) 8-1; 2. Shee’s Lucky 9-4;
3. Penny Red 40-1. 8 ran. evens fav Hillcrest Fire (4th).
31/4l, 14l. (Mrs L Wadham). Tote: £6.50; £2.10, £1.10,
£8.30. Exacta: £38.90. Trifecta: £461.00. CSF: £27.75.
Jackpot: Not won, pool of £3,836.12 carried over to
Catterick.
Placepot: £17.40. Quadpot: £13.20.
Place 6: £17.26. Place 5: £15.32.
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BOXING
TENNIS
Williams has sights
set on smashing
Grand Slam record
“Maybe this goes without saying,
but it needs to be said in a powerful
Serena Williams “absolutely” intends way: I absolutely want more Grand
to surpass Margaret Court’s record Slams. I’m well aware of the record
of 24 Grand Slam titles – and believes books, unfortunately. It’s not a secret
being a new mother can help her that I have my sights on 25, and actuachieve that goal.
ally, I think having a baby might help,”
The 36-year-old, who gave
Williams said. “When I’m
birth to her first daughter
too anxious, I lose matches,
I’m
m well
Alexis Olympia in Septemand I feel like a lot of that
ber, decided to pull out of aware of the
anxiety disappeared when
the Australian Open fol- record books. Olympia was born.
lowing concerns over her It’s not a
“Knowing I’ve got this
ability to make an impact in
beautiful baby to go home
secret
that
Melbourne.
to makes me feel like I
Williams (below) won the I have my
don’t have to play another
last of her 23 Grand Slams sights on 25 – match. I don’t need the
Down Under in 2017, defeat- having a baby money or the titles or the
ing her sister Venus in the might help
prestige. I want them, but
final when, it would later
I don’t need them. That’s a
emerge, she was in the early
different feeling for me.
stages of her pregnancy.
The American added: “SomeThe American former world No 1 times I get really down and feel
returned to the court on 30 Decemlike, ‘Man, I can’t do this’, it
ber at the World Tennis Championis that same negative atship in Abu Dhabi, where she lost
titude I have on the court
an exhibition match against Jesometimes.”
lena Ostapenko, the 2017
“I guess that’s just who
French Open champion.
I am. No one talks about
Despite admitting
the low moments – the
she was “not where
pressure you feel, the
I personally want
incredible letdown every
to be” in announcing
time you hear the baby cry.
her withdrawal from the
“I’ve broken down I don’t
Australian Open, which
know how many times, or I’ll
starts on 15 January, Wilget angry about the crying,
liams told Vogue magathen sad about being angry,
zine she was determined
and then guilty, like, ‘Why
to return to a competido I feel so sad when I have a
tive level sooner rather
beautiful baby?’The emotions
than later.
are insane.”
By Sports Staff
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LEFT TO RIGHT:
clove; deer; blows;
crow; close; doe;
shut; shot; dot;
but; point; yet;
paint; bus; joint
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WORD WHEEL
DARTS
BDO LAKESIDE WORLD CHAMPIONSHIPS, FRIMLEY GREEN Men’s 2nd rd:
A Baetens (Bel) bt S Mitchell (GB) 4-2, M
McGeeney (GB) bt D Noppert (Neth) 4-1
TENNIS
ATP & WTA APIA INTERNATIONAL
SYDNEY, AUSTRALIA: Men’s Second
round: P Lorenzi (It) bt (1) A RAMOSVINOLAS (Sp) 6-3 7-5; D Medvedev
(Rus) bt J Donaldson (US) 6-3 4-6 7-5;
(4) F FOGNINI (It) bt A Dolgopolov (Ukr)
3-6 6-3 6-4; (5) A MANNARINO (Fr) bt
R Berankis (Lith) 6-2 6-1; A De Minaur
(Aus) bt (7) D DZUMHUR (Bih) 6-2 3-0
ret; F Lopez (Sp) bt (3) D SEBASTIAN
SCHWARTZMAN (Arg) 6-3 7-6 (7-1); B
Paire (Fr) bt L Mayer (Arg) 6-2 3-6 6-1; (2)
G MULLER (Lux) bt J Millman (Aus) 7-6
(7-5) 6-4. Women’s Second round: (1) G
MUGURUZA (Sp) bt K Bertens (Neth) 6-3
7-6 (8-6); D Gavrilova (Aus) bt S Stosur
(Aus) 6-4 6-2; C Giorgi (It) bt P Kvitova
(Cz Rep) 7-6 (9-7) 6-2; A Radwanska (Pol)
bt C Cartan Bellis (US) 7-6 (7-4) 6-0.
WTA HOBART INTERNATIONAL,
AUSTRALIA: Women’s Second round: H
WATSON (GB) bt J Fourlis (Aus) 6-2 6-2.
CRICKET
ONE-DAY TOUR MATCH: CRICKET AUSTRALIA XI V ENGLAND XI, (Drummoyne
Oval, Sydney, 3.20am).
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Amir Khan (left) and Eddie Hearn after the press conference at the Dorchester Hotel yesterday PA
Jungle epiphany leads
Khan to join up with Hearn
in there, on my own and not listening when he would work with Matchto other people, and thinking about room, Khan then responded: “No.
Amir Khan decided to sign for where I wanted to be in my life.
It’s a little surreal. Eddie’s good
Matchroom and Eddie Hearn while I wanted people to see the
at that and you have to realone with his thoughts in the jun- real side of me, and then
spect him.”
gle of reality television series I’m A that I wanted to get
A potential difficulty
Celebrity...Get Me Out Of Here!
back on the boxing
in making the long
The welterweight has signed a scene again, make
sought-after fight
Years since
three-fight contract with a promot- sure I come back
between Khan and
Amir Khan last
er about whom he has long spoken of with a bang.
Brook is that the latfought in the United
his dislike, and will return to the ring
“The only way to
ter has moved up to
Kingdom
after a near two-year absence at Liv- do that is with somelight-middleweight, a
erpool’s Echo Arena on 21 April.
one established. I
division seven pounds
It will also be five years
know for a fact
higher than where Khan
since Khan last fought in
he [Hearn] can
will remain.
I know for get me the big fights.
the UK, since when Hearn
Confirmation of his return
has repeatedly tempted to a fact he can
I had a lot of options but also comes after a period in which
lure him into a fight with get me the big wanted my career to be he repeatedly spoke of wishing to do
long-term rival Kell Brook, fights. I had a
in England, so that’s why I so, but had been recovering from an
contributing to the tension
picked Eddie.
operation on a long-term hand injulot
of
options
between them.
“I’ve got two or three ry and difficulties in his personal life
but
wanted
The 31-year-old rejected
years left in me and want with wife Faryal Makhdoom.
an offer from ITV to work to fight in
the best fights of my ca“I’m coming back fresh, with no
with Matchroom, which England, so I
reer. We decided to put our injuries, with a new promoter.” said
made its approach before picked Eddie
egos to one side, and start Khan, who last fought in May 2016
his time on reality televiworking with one another, when he suffered a heavy knockout
sion late last year.
and forget about the ‘He defeat by Saul “Canelo” Alvarez.
However, he said yesterday: “I said this’. It’s business, isn’t it?”
“I want to fight someone decent; I
was in the jungle, thinking very hard
Asked if he ever envisioned a time don’t belong in tune-up fights.”
By Declan Warrington
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Fury’s causes ‘alarm’ by going missing
By Declan Warrington
Tyson Fury has had no contact with
the British Boxing Board of Control,
despite insisting he is to “reapply”
for his boxer’s licence.
The 29-year-old (right) was last
month cleared to return to the ring
by UK Anti-Doping after an absence
of over two years, following his acceptance of a backdated ban over a
positive test for a banned steroid.
His licence was suspended by
the BBBC in October 2016 owing
to “anti-doping and medical issues”
and he will need to be assessed by
the governing body before it consid-
ers lifting that suspension. BBBC
general secretary Robert Smith said:
“Fury has alicencebut it’s suspended.
We haven’t heard from him, and
until we hear from him there
is no decision to make.
“We have a number of
reports already in from
when he was suspended.
We will need up-to-date
ones and then pass them
on to our doctors and consultants. They will tell me if
they need more but at present
we are nowhere near that.”
Steve Bunce, the i boxing columnist, described the situation as “alarm-
ing”. Speaking to the BBC, he said:
“It’s rather astonishing that nobody
from Tyson’s camp has made contact
since early December, when the
doping issues were sorted out.
I find that rather alarming.
“Here we have this
enormous juggernaut.
We don’t want him out
of control. We want him
controlled. We want to
know where he will fight,
who, and who is training him.
We need some clarity. I don’t
want to see him out of control because we know what happens when
Tyson Fury is out of control.”
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NBA’s big leap does not include London team
Matches such as tonight’s Philadelphia versus Boston clash at O2 will remain a rarity in capital
sport, but sport is incredibly meaningful to people. And when they can
While the NFL has been widely see people in the realm of competicriticised for opposing the activism tion giving their all and being judged
of its players, Adam Silver, the com- by a fair set of rules, it’s not a big leap
missioner of the NBA, is embracing to say, ‘can’t societies operate in the
basketball’s significance beyond the same way?’”
court: as an outlet for proTonight’s match at Lontest, and even a manifestadon’s O2 between the PhilMaybe
tion of egalitarianism.
adelphia 76ers and Boston
“We believe it’s impor- we’d increase Celtics will be the eighth
tant that everybody in to two or
consecutive year in which
the NBA family fully par- three games,
the NBA has been played
ticipates in society, and to but you won’t in London. Yet, while the
an extent that they have see a major
NFL, which began playing
a point of view and they change in
in London four years earwant to share it respectlier, has expanded to four
games
in
fully – that’s appropriate,”
matches each year, and is
he told i. “Over time, those Europe
likely to have a team based
values of diversity, incluin the UK from 2020, the
sion, equality resonate not just in the NBA’s involvement in the UK reUnited States, but globally.
mains restricted to a game a season.
“Those are fundamental values
The solitary game amounts to “in
that are represented by the com- essence an all-star Europe game,”
petition on the floor, where you are Silver said. “Its also somewhat of a
judged only by your ability to com- gateway, in the same way that Lonpete, regardless of your ethnicity, don can be viewed as a gateway to
your nationality, your skin colour.
the rest of Europe – despite Brexit,”
“Some people will say it’s just he laughs. “Doing two of them inBy Tim Wigmore
From last to first?
How deliberately
losing has paid
off in Philadelphia
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Adam Silver sees greater potential
for growth in Mexico than Europe
stead of one, or even three, doesn’t
really change much from a business
standpoint.”
Yet a combination of logistics
and concerns over player welfare
renders an NBA team based in London inconceivable for the foreseeable
Joel Embiid has lived
through the bad
times but thinks the
sacrifice is paying
off for the 76ers
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By controversially exploiting league’s
draft rules the 76ers have become
contenders. Mark Woods reports
I
t is a mantra with which
Part of the admirable meritocracy
Arsenal fans have become
in American sport that decrees
depressingly familiar. Trust
teams who lose should be given help
The Process. The tantalising
to eventually succeed, primarily
promise of jam tomorrow,
through receiving the first choices
purchased on the never-never, as an in the drafts of fresh talent.
incentive to stay patient and keep
Even in the Moneyball era of
the candles of hope burning.
crunching figures and facts, it
Yet at least in north London, the
does not take a Harvard-educated
journey towards the mythical title
statistician to work out that the
has taken in stops at Wembley and
more potential A-List stars you
enough top four finishes to make
accumulate, the lower the odds
many others seethe in envy. Not so,
of stumbling upon a formula
however, in Philadelphia where the
for success. Yet there is a thin
path towards a championship
line between simple short-term
for basketball’s 76ers
rebuilding and sustained
has been so circuitous
exploitation of the system.
that it has written a
In an overhaul
legend of its own.
orchestrated by thenThe Sixers,
general manager Sam
who face the
Hinkie, between 2012
Number of regular
Boston Celtics
and the summer of
season games the
tonight in London
2017, the 76ers – the
76ers won in the
in the NBA’s
franchise of multiple
2015-16.
They lost 72
annual transtitles and greats such
Atlantic detour,
as Julius “Dr J” Erving
have embraced the
and Allen Iverson – won just
creed that the last must
109 of their 410 games. “It was
eventually be first like few others.
hard,” admits their towering centre
10
future. “As optimistic as we were, 15 celerate this growth over the coming
or 20 years ago, about the potential years: there is only one current NBA
to have a franchise here in Europe, players from China.
things have actually gone the op“As we have more great players
posite way,” he said. “Maybe
that will lead to more teams
we’d increase to two
in the NBA,” Silver said.
games or even three
“There needs to be a
now, but you won’t see
better development
a major sea-change in
structure outside the
regular season games
USA for developing
Different
in Europe.”
great players.”
nationalities
There are no such
The NBA has acadof current NBA
logistical obstacles
emies in five counplayers born
to situating a team
tries, adding India and
outside US
in Mexico City, which
Senegal last year. In Enghosted two regular sealand, the NBA announced
son NBA games this sumyesterday that the junior basmer. “The potential expansion to ketball league will expand from four
Mexico City is something we’re to 16 leagues by 2021. The league
going to continue to look at,” Silver is also hoping to take pre-season
said. “It’s a gateway to the rest of games to India later this year.
Latin America.”
Global viewing figures for the
Yet the NBA does not believe that league are growing. Over one bilit needs teams located abroad to lion unique viewers watched the
grow. In 1972, there were no NBA 2016-17 NBA season; viewing figures
players born outside the US and for NBA Sundays, a prime-time slot
Canada. This season, there are 108, tailor-made for a European audience,
from 42 countries, making up 25 per have risen 25 per cent this year on the
cent of the league. Silver hopes to ac- continent, and 90 per cent in the UK.
Joel Embiid. “The first year was
really hard for me but the second
year I understood what was going
on, making sure I was healthy,
taking my time. It was tough, going
through that, going into games
knowing you’re going to lose.”
The gambit was effectively to be
bad to, eventually, be good. Maybe.
“So many things have got to fall into
place,” Sixers coach Brett Brown
notes. “Draft picks. Acquisitions.
Health.” Still, it was a strategy
deemed so beyond the pale that
the NBA tweaked its rules as a
The first year was really
hard for me. It was tough
going into games knowing
you’re going to lose
formidable group of high-flying
prospects in the entire NBA, a core
capable of contending for a title in
the very near future.
Ben Simmons, an Australian
point guard who is defying the
convention that his is a position
for the vertically challenged.
Embiid, a Cameroonian giant who
has overcome multiple injuries
to dominate with his power and
finesse. Dario Saric, a wunderkind
from Croatia who has been tipped
for greatness since his teens. A
core that bonded while trust in the
process was being truly tested.
“I feel like I’ve seen everything
and been through everything,”
Embiid affirms. “Been through the
time when we only won 10 games in
a season which was awful. So I feel
like the process, I take it personally. I
feel like some people might have lost
their jobs because of me so every
time I’m on the court, I try to prove
everybody wrong. On the court,
we’ve been doing OK this year. We
can be so much better but we’re in
the race for the playoff spots.”
Now, the fun really begins. To
see if bottoming out will now result
disincentive to what is known
in Philly’s young crop catapulted
as tanking. Enough that
back all the way to the top.
changes to management
To reward the team, and
were quietly
its fans, for their faith in
demanded, including
The Process.
the firing of Hinkie,
“I don’t even know
to halt the approach
what it means now,”
Years since the
in its tracks.
Brown smiles. “It’s
76ers last won an
Unfortunately
almost like I now
NBA championship
for the rest of the
want to say ‘Trust
league, the 76ers
The Progress’. We’re
high-stakes bet has
doing that. We’re moving
paid off handsomely.
forward. So I’m opting out
And a sell-out crowd at The
of the process and trusting the
02 will witness arguably the most
progress.”
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Planet Football
ARSENAL
Coquelin to join
Valencia for £10.8m
Francis Coquelin will leave Arsenal
for Valencia in a £10.8m deal after
agreeing terms on a four-and-a-half
year contract with the Spanish side.
The 26-year-old midfielder
was wanted by Premier League
clubs, in particular West Ham
United, who made a big push to
sign the former France Under-21
international.
But Valencia’s
interest was made
known last weekend
and Coquelin is
excited about the
prospects under
coach Marcelino at
Mestalla.
After years of
cycling through
coaches and
falling down La
Liga’s pecking order,
Valencia have enjoyed
a resurgence under the
former Villarreal coach
and are currently third at the
halfway stage of the season.
An eight-point buffer to fifthplaced Sevilla has them in a good
position for Champions League
qualification and that was a huge
draw for Coquelin. They also
reached the quarter-finals of the
Copa del Rey this week.
Coquelin failed to fulfil his
potential at Arsenal after
joining the club as a trainee
in 2008, suffering a number
of niggling injuries. He made
a handful of cup appearances
before a season on loan at
Lorient in 2010-11.
Further loan spells
at Freiburg and –
briefly – Charlton
followed, before a
sustained run in the
Arsenal set-up from late
2014 until the arrival of
Granit Xhaka 18 months
ago. He did not score once
in his 159 games for the
club. THE INDEPENDENT
ENGLAND
SCOTLAND
England will host Nigeria and
Costa Rica in World Cup warm-up
friendlies in June.
The Three Lions will take on
Nigeria at Wembley on 2 June and
face Costa Rica at Elland Road five
days later, before heading off for
the tournament in Russia.
Gareth Southgate’s men are in
Group G with Panama, Belgium
and Tunisia, opening against the
Africans in Volgograd on 18 June.
England have twice played in
Leeds before: a 2-1 defeat by Italy
in 2002 and a 3-3 draw against
Sweden in 1995. Elland Road,
which has a capacity of 37,890, also
staged matches at Euro 96.
Nacho Novo is
in “great spirits”
as he continues
to recover from
a suspected
heart-attack.
The 38-year-old
former Rangers striker was taken
ill on Saturday, after featuring
for a team of ex-Ibrox stars at a
tournament in Berlin, and was
rushed to hospital for surgery.
His girlfriend, Stephanie
Heaney, said: “Nacho is in great
spirits. He is eating and drinking
and now needs plenty of rest and
physiotherapy in preparation to
get home to Scotland.”
WEST BROMWICH ALBION
SHEFFIELD UNITED
England midfielder Jake
Livermore (below) will not face
any Football Association action
over his confrontation with a fan
during West Brom’s defeat against
West Ham. The 28-year-old got
involved in an angry exchange
with a supporter
sitting just behind
the away team’s
dug-out at the
London Stadium,
after being
substituted.
Sheffield United have completed
a double swoop for Lee Evans and
James Wilson.
Midfielder Evans joins from
Wolves for a reported £750,000, on
a three-and-a-half year deal, while
Manchester United striker Wilson
has signed on loan for the rest of
the season.
Evans has been on loan at Wigan
this season, having joined Wolves
from Newport in 2013. Wilson
scored twice on his United debut
against Hull in 2014.
By Ed Malyon
Villas-Boas crashes out of Dakar Rally
Former Chelsea and Tottenham Hotspur manager
Andre Villas-Boas has ended his first attempt at
the Dakar Rally after damaging his back.
Villas-Boas (right) picked up the injury
during the fourth stage in Peru on Tuesday
when his Toyota Hilux crashed into a sand dune
and he was taken to hospital for checks.
His team, Toyota Overdrive, confirmed that
the Portuguese coach has not suffered any
broken bones. Villas Boas said on Instagram: “Just to tell
everyone that both me and [co-driver] Ruben [Faria] are
safe and well. We jumped off a dune and crashed the car
nose first. The Dakar unfortunately is finished for us.”
The 40-year-old left his role as coach of Chinese
side Shanghai SIPG in November to compete in his
first rally. Britain’s defending motorbike champion
Sam Sunderland withdrew at the fourth stage after
also being taken to hospital with a back injury.
CRICKET
Livingstone earns England
call-up for New Zealand tour
By Rory Dollard
England have called up uncapped
Lancashire batsman Liam Livingstone and returning paceman Mark
Wood for the two-match Test series
in New Zealand.
As expected, there has been
no mass bloodletting after the
comprehensive Ashes defeat, with
Gary Ballance, Jake Ball and Tom
Curran the only absentees from the
squad beaten 4-0 in Australia.
Ballance did not feature in the
series, Ball featured only in the first
Test and Curran was a late addition
to the squad before turning out in
Melbourne and Sydney.
Coach Trevor Bayliss made a
strong case for the retention of
Mark Stoneman and James Vince
when reviewing the campaign
earlier this week, but the pair
underperformed Down Under and
there is little doubt that this show of
faith requires immediate payback.
England play two warm-up
matches in Hamilton before
their gruelling winter schedule
finally comes to a close with Tests
in Auckland on 22 March and
Christchurch eight days later.
Livingstone, 24, is the spare
batsman on tour and will likely push
harder for a place than Ballance,
who resembled little more than a
place holder during the Ashes.
As has been the case with the
last three squad announcements
all-rounder Ben Stokes appears
Lancashire’s
batsman Liam
Livingstone
will join the
England squad
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England squad:
J Root (Yorkshire; captain),
M Ali (Worcestershire),
J Anderson (Lancashire),
J Bairstow (Yorkshire), S Broad
(Nottinghamshire), A Cook (Essex),
M Crane (Hampshire), B Foakes
(Surrey), L Livingstone (Lancashire), D Malan (Middlesex),
C Overton (Somerset), B Stokes
(Durham), M Stoneman (Surrey),
J Vince (Hampshire), C Woakes
(Warwickshire), M Wood (Durham)
with a caveat next to his name, as he
waits to find out if he will be charged
by the Crown Prosecution Service.
The England and Wales Cricket
Board noted: “His involvement
remains subject to any relevant legal
or disciplinary developments in
relation to the incident in Bristol in
September.
“Should the ECB Board receive
formal confirmation that Stokes has
either been charged or that he will
face no charges, they would convene
within 48 hours to make a decision
on his availability for the team.”
Southgate’s men Novo continues
to face Costa Rica recovery from
at Elland Road
heart attack
Livermore in the Blades make
clear over spat
double signing
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Kevin
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MANCHESTER UNITED
Mourinho mulls
over £13m offer
Moshiri’s voodoo slur
shows that football is to land Paris
still stained by racism winger Lucas
CHIEF SPORTS CORRESPONDENT
T
he Rooney law is
the major stakeholder at Everton,
introduced by the
could not believe a player might
Football Association
turn down a lucrative offer to stay,
in the morning and in
“an unbelievable amount” as he
the afternoon we have
asserts in his commentary on a
reports of voodoo from a meeting
proposed move to Chelsea before
of Everton shareholders. One step
Manchester United stepped in.
forward, two steps back in English
Of course Moshri would not
football’s attempts to modernise
understand an impulse to leave
and rid the game of racist attitudes. that wasn’t cash motivated. He is
It has been some season already
a financier, a speculator, a man for
for Romelu Lukaku on the casual
whom profit is king. Lukaku’s head
racism front; songs dedicated
had gone, he told us. He couldn’t
to the size of his pecker and now
think straight.
we understand via the anecdotal
In truth, his thinking could not
observations of quasi Everton
have been straighter, his aim more
owner Farhad Moshiri, the role
true. As if Lukaku needed voodoo
played in his departure from
to tell him Chelsea or subsequently
Everton by a belief
United were better bets
system that has its
than Everton.
roots in West Africa and
As if Lukaku Not surprisingly,
spread through slavery needed
Lukaku is unhappy with
to the West Indies.
his portrayal as a flaky
voodoo to
We are told that the
character informed by
tell him
voodoo message was
some kind of black magic.
Chelsea or
conveyed by Lukaku’s
Through a representative
subsequently he warned of legal
mother (patronising
dismissal of a Congolese United were
recourse. “Romelu is
woman) while she was
Catholic and voodoo is not
better bets
on “a pilgrimage to
part of his life or his beliefs.
than
Everton
Africa” (where else? I
“He simply had no
mean what other place
faith in Everton and no
is more anchored to superstition
confidence in Mr Moshiri’s project.
and irrationality than the
That is why he did not want to sign
“Dark Continent”?).
on any condition. He wanted to
It couldn’t be that Lukaku
make the next step in his career
(below) left Everton because he
and wanted the security to be able
wanted to realise his ambitions
to leave.”
and dreams at a club with the
In other worlds he reached a
resources to compete for major
rational decision on the basis of
trophies? It couldn’t be that he
sound thinking, just like anyone
was following the time-honoured
else would. At the very least, he
tradition of the modern player to
deserves an apology. It should be
cleverly use his power to engineer
said that Moshri’s casual racism
a move to a club that would better
is not Everton’s, a club that is
serve his interests, much
at the forefront of inclusion
like the recent examples
and community engagement
of Philippe Coutinho, Luis
with a variety of proactive,
Suarez and Cristiano
charitable initiatives.
Ronaldo?
That Moshri was insensitive
No voodoo invoked to
to the negative impact his
explain their choices.
remarks might evince tells us
Some kind of
how deeply entrenched
supernatural
ignorance remains in
power had to
some quarters. As does
be in play for
the need for the FA to
Lukaku, the kind
introduce a rule which
of thing that no
forces the game to
longer gains any
recognise the credentials
purchase among
of an individual already
white elites,
suitably qualified.
but still appeals
While we welcome
to thick, black
the Rooney
types who aren’t
regulation that will
smart enough to
guarantee Bame
recognise a good
candidates are
deal when they
considered
see one.
for any
Moshri, who has
posts,
been associated
equally, the
with football for all
necessity of
of 10 years, first as an
its implementation
investor in Arsenal and
in 2018 is bloody
since February 2017 as
depressing.
Brazilian in frame but Mkhitaryan’s
time at Old Trafford nearing an end
By Miguel Delaney
Manchester United are weighing up
a deal for Paris Saint-Germain’s Brazilian winger Lucas Moura, whose
representatives are pushing to get
him a move to a top four club in the
Premier League.
Nantes are also interested in the
25-year-old but he and his entourage believe a higher-profile move
is still a possibility, with United the
likeliest destination.
Jose Mourinho had wanted a rightwinger but sees Lucas as having a
different profile from his top summer
target, Ivan Perisic of Inter Milan,
and has other aims this window, such
as a left-back – Tottenham’s Danny
Rose or Alex Sandro, of Juventus –
and a midfielder.
Mourinho nevertheless might be
willing to do a deal, providing United
can secure a loan until the end of the
season or a cut-price fee of around
£13m. Another bonus is that the Brazilian would not be cup-tied for the
Champions League.
United previously tried to sign
Lucas Moura in 2012 after an impressive showing at the London Olympics, but he decided to join PSG at
the last minute.
Meanwhile, United attacker Henrikh Mkhitaryan is willing to return
to Borussia Dortmund this window,
Paris Saint-Germain’s Brazilian
winger Lucas Moura (right) and
(above) United’s Henrikh Mkhitaryan
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with the Bundesliga club also keen on
a move for the playmaker, but there is
a considerable gap between their positions on wages. That makes a summer move more likely.
Other than a few flashes Mkhitaryan has generally been a disappointment for United since signing in the
summer of 2016, struggling to fit into
Jose Mourinho’s system or really settle at the club.
The Portuguese would sanction
a sale if the right deal comes along,
and Dortmund looks like that, though
considerable negotiation is required
over wages. Mkhitaryan is currently
EVERTON
CHAMPIONS LEAGUE
Lukaku to
consider
legal action
United hit back
with £89 tickets
for Sevilla fans
» Continued from back page
Manchester United will charge
Sevilla supporters £89 to see their
team at Old Trafford after the Spanish club refused to change their
prices for away fans.
Jose Mourinho’s men face Sevilla in
the last 16 of the Champions League
and fans who travel to the first leg at
the Ramon Sanchez Pizjuan on 21
February will have to pay £89 – £35
more than Liverpool supporters
were charged in December.
United attempted to get Sevilla to
lower the price but, having failed to
do so, have said they will hike prices
to the same amount for away supporters at the second leg.
The additional revenue will be used
to subsidise every United fan who attends the Seville match to the tune of
£35, with any extra money donated to
the Manchester United Foundation.
to keep him: first summer with
his agent, him and his family we
managed to keep him.
“Last summer we offered
him a better deal than Chelsea,
whatever they offered we matched
but he just didn’t want to stay.
“If I tell you what we offered
him you wouldn’t believe it but
they offered him a better deal.”
Lukaku, who is big friends with
Manchester United playmaker
Paul Pogba, eventually moved to
Old Trafford in July for an initial
£75million after Jose Mourinho
caught his former side napping
over the transfer.
Moshiri was similarly
unsuccessful in trying to keep
boyhood blue Ross Barkley, who
By Sports Staff
Farhad Moshiri failed to persuade
Romelu Lukaku to stay at Everton
moved to Chelsea last week after
backing out of a £35m deal on
deadline day in August.
“I didn’t spend as much time
to keep Ross as I did Rom,” added
Moshiri. “We got into the last year
[of his contract] and again we didn’t
want him to go. Sam [Allardyce]
spoke to him and he didn’t want to
stay.” THE INDEPENDENT
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De Bruyne lets slip that
Sanchez may be done deal
By Mark Critchley
Kevin De Bruyne believes Alexis
Sanchez will only help to improve
Manchester City if, or indeed when,
he eventually arrives from Arsenal.
City have trailed Sanchez for
some time, agreeing a £55million
deal in principle for the Chilean last
summer, only for Arsenal to pull the
plug on the transfer after failing to
secure a replacement.
Sanchez’s contract at the Emirates expires this summer and City
are confident of either securing his
signature for a cut-price fee this
month, or on a free transfer at the
end of the season.
A recent knee injury to Gabriel
Jesus has given City an incentive to
push for Sanchez sooner rather than
later, however, and an agreement Alexis Sanchez appears destined to
could be reached between the two join Manchester City at some point
clubs within the next week.
Speaking after Tuesday’s
an excellent season under
hard-fought Carabao Cup
Pep Guardiola, a player
semi-final first leg win
of Sanchez’s qualover Bristol City, De
ity would always be a
Bruyne appeared
welcome addition to
t o s u g ge s t t h a t
the squad.
The amount,
Sanchez’s arrival at
“A v e r y go o d
in pounds, that
Arsenal turned
the Etihad was more
player,” he said of
down from City for
a case of “when” and
Sanchez. “Obviously
Alexis Sanchez last
not “if”.
we will see what hapsummer
The City playmaker
pens in this transfer
also admitted that alperiod. We don’t have
though the team are enjoying
to take care about that
55m
on a deal of over £120,000 a week,
and the German club’s wage structure would bring an offer well short
of that.
Internazionale also have an interest in the Armenian playmaker,
and may move if Dortmund make
progress, but that could see United
looking to leverage their position on
summer target Perisic.
Mourinho was very keen on the
Croatian winger, but the Old Trafford hierarchy struggled to strike
a deal with Inter and Perisic ultimately signed a new contract. THE
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LIVERPOOL
Legendary goalkeeper
Lawrence dies, aged 77
By Sports Staff
Former Liverpool goalkeeper
Tommy Lawrence has died at the
age of 77.
The Scot made 390 appearances
for the Reds between 1962 and
1971, helping Bill Shankly’s
side win two league titles
and an FA Cup.
Lawrence (right) was
known affectionately
as “The Flying Pig”
for his ability to make
spectacular saves despite
his stocky build. He was
capped three times by
Scotland.
Liverpool chief executive
Peter Moore said of Lawrence
on Twitter: “A boyhood hero of
mine. A great goalkeeper, a great
member of the Liverpool family,
and a wonderful human being. He
will be missed...”
Lawrence signed professional
forms in October 1957, a few
months after his 17th birthday,
and made his debut five years
later in a 1-0 defeat at West Brom.
He rarely sat out a game,
missing only four league
matches in the six
seasons between 1963
and 1969, including
three ever-present
campaigns.
Lawrence played
every game when
Liverpool won the
league in 1965-66, and
in 1965 he was part of the
club’s first FA Cup triumph.
In early 1970, Ray Clemence
came into the team and the
following year Lawrence joined
Tranmere. He then played for
non-league Chorley, before taking
up the role of a factory quality
controller in Warrington.
Everybody is doing a
good job. When he
comes he will add
something to the team
anyway. If a good player comes to us,
that is better – if he doesn’t come, we
do it with the team we have. We are
on a good period already, the whole
season.”
De Bruyne added: “Everybody is
doing a good job. When he comes he
will add something to the team.”
The Belgian’s own future is in no
doubt, but that did not prevent City
from opening negotiations with him
recently over a new contract.
De Bruyne, set to put pen to paper
on a lucrative six-year deal worth up
to £235,000-a-week, expects that
talks between the club and his representatives will “probably” be completed soon.
“We are still in negotiations,” De
Bruyne, 26, said. “I am waiting for
an offer from the club but my agent
has been on holiday for three weeks.
There is nothing really new for
the moment.
“I’m not in a hurry. I still have
three-and-a-half years on the contract,” he added. “Negotiations are
going good but they are going quietly. That is the way I think it should
be.” THE INDEPENDENT
BRISTOL CITY
Reid: We showed
how you can contain
Pep’s superstars
complimented him on his side’s
performance, telling him Bristol
Bobby Reid, Bristol City’s goalscor- City had played better than most
er at the Etihad Stadium on Tuesday top-flight opponents.
night, believes he and his teamReid agreed that he and his teammates found the way to play against mates acquitted themselves well
all-conquering Manchester City.
and, when asked what they did to
The Championship outfit came cause so many problems, said the
within minutes of earning a valu- key was trying to play their hosts at
able away draw from the
their own game.
first leg of their EFL Cup
We just did “They move the ball
semi-final tie against Pep
well and at any given
Guardiola’s side, only to what we’ve
time they can do somebe denied when Sergio been doing
thing special, but we
Aguero headed home a all season
worked hard to move the
stoppage-time winner.
against other ball and we showed we
Reid had put Bristol teams: hard
can play good football
ahead from the penalty work, press,
as well,” the 24-year-old
spot at the end of the first
midfielder said.
recover
for
half after winning a spot“To be fair, we just did
each
other
kick under John Stones’
what we’ve been doing
late challenge.
all season against other
Kevin De Bruyne equalised soon teams: hard work, press, recover
after the break but City otherwise for each other – try to give the man
struggled to break down Lee John- on the ball options – and it’s done all
son’s well-organised visitors, who right for us. You have to give them a
continually caused the Premier bit of respect but not so much that
League leaders problems on the they can just roll you over.”
counter-attack.
Like his manager, Reid is confiAfter the final whistle, John- dent that Bristol, currently fourth in
son claimed that Guardiola had the Championship, can progress to
By Mark Critchley
The Robins proved they can good
play football, says Bobby Reid
the Wembley final in late February,
despite Tuesday’s 2-1 defeat.
The two sides meet again in a fortnight’s time at Ashton Gate, the site
of Manchester United’s elimination
from the competition last month.
“I think, with the crowd behind
us, it will be a different atmosphere,”
Reid said of the second leg. “It’s a
closed-in stadium and the fans are
right on top. The fans will be buzzing, right behind us.
“We’ll still play with that energy
and desire and who knows how it
will go,” he said. “There’s only one
goal in it. One-nil would be enough.”
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SPORT
FOOTBALL
CARABAO CUP
Makeshift Arsenal dig deep
to thwart dominant Chelsea
CHELSEA
ARSENAL
0
0
By Miguel Delaney
AT STAMFORD BRIDGE
Arsène Wenger had to sit in the press
box to watch this match because of
his touchline ban but, beyond Jack
Wilshere’s unfortunate injury, he
would have had very little to report.
This effective VAR experiment
of a 0-0 draw between Chelsea and
Arsenal was just as much an argument as to why two-legged League
Cup semi-finals in such a congested
calendar should be abolished. The
game had no real consequence for
the second leg, other than to potentially remove Wilshere from the return in two weeks’ time.
Even the pre-match headline
news that Alexis Sanchez had been
dropped was diluted by the fact that
he was eventually brought on. Like
everything else in this game, though,
it was to little effect.
It was almost as if these sides had
expended their energy in last week’s
chaotically brilliant 2-2 draw. This
was Chelsea’s second 0-0 draw in a
row and another flat display from
Arsenal, following FA Cup elimination at Nottingham Forest.
The first half certainly was not as
lively as last week’s, partly down to
the absence from the starting lineup of Mesut Özil and Sanchez. This
weakened Arsenal side might just be
a glimpse of their strongest in a few
months’ time, however.
This meant that Chelsea weren’t
as stretched on the break, and were
more willing to carry the game towards David Ospina goal. Cesc Fabregas looked to test the make-up
of that makeshift Arsenal back line the top for Alex Lacazette in the
with a few searching passes early on, 21st minute. The forward could not
but Shkodran Mustafi managed to match it with the finish, however,
clear. When Fabregas finally found blazing over horribly. Alex Iwobi
himself free, he could only
at least tested Thibaut Courtois
head a cross from Cesar
with a shot that was batted
Azpilicueta straight
away, just as referee Marat Ospina.
tin Atkinson waved away
C h e l s e a we re
complaints after conhaving much more
sulting the VAR about
All four matches
joy on the wings,
a challenge in the Chelbetween these
e s p e c i a l l y a ny
sea penalty area from
teams
this
season
time Victor Moses
Moses on Maitlandhave
ended
in
draws
took on the out-ofNiles moments later.
after 90 minutes
position and thereThe system was used in
by exposed Ainsley
the first half, to some confuMaitland-Niles. One run
sion in the crowd, but not as
led to a shot that Ospina just
much confusion as in the Arsenal
about held, another a dangerous ball defence when a cross was deflected
across the box. It was difficult not to towards Andreas Christensen just
have some sympathy with the young- after the break. The centre-half
ster, who is primarily a midfielder.
could only put his header over.
At least Arsenal’s starting XI had
Chelsea were beginning to gain
some strength in midfield and Jack more control, an advantage only
Wilshere played a divine ball over aided when Wilshere had to go off
4
with an injury. It was unfortunate,
not just because he had been one of
Arsenal’s best performers, but because this has been his best run of
form for the club in years. It didn’t
feel a coincidence that Wenger then
finally brought on Sanchez, if only
to provide a different outlet now his
main creator was off.
Eden Hazard burst through the
middle to tee up Morata to drive a
shot at Ospina. The striker wasn’t
having much luck at that point, and
nor were the rest of his team in front
of goal. Moses had a wicked shot deflected away by Calum Chambers
and Arsenal barely left their own half
in the second period. When they did,
through an Iwobi run, he could only
poke a feeble shot towards Courtois.
It summed up the match. Never
mind VAR, there won’t be too many
replays of this. THE INDEPENDENT
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Meek Morata
unable to replicate
Costa’s impact
against familiar foe
to carve out some half-chances,
but could never find that assertive
conviction needed to score. He got in
behind Chambers easily enough at
the start but hooked his shot wide.
AT STAMFORD BRIDGE
Just like at the Emirates, that early
he problem for Alvaro
miss appeared to sink his confidence
Morata at Chelsea is
and he never truly recovered.
that he has come in to
Morata went into his shell for
replace a striker from
the rest of the first half and he had
whom he could hardly be
to wait until the second half to get
more different. If Diego Costa was
back into the game. Ten minutes in
all about abrasion and rough edges,
he found himself in a good position
Morata is all finesse and sleek lines.
again but gave David Ospina a fairly
When things are going Morata’s way, easy save down to his right. Soon
he looks like an immaculate luxury
after Morata managed to get in
product. But when they are not, like
behind once more, rolling Mustafi
last night, he looks too diffident and
with power reminiscent of Costa
aloof to be truly effective.
himself, but his second touch was
Perhaps we were spoilt
too heavy and he ran too
with Morata’s fast start, his
close to Ospina. When
W
hen
seven goals in his first eight
Morata broke forward
things go
games for Chelsea after
one more time, only to be
joining from Real Madrid. Morata’s way, shrugged off the ball at the
Because since then he
edge of the box by Granit
he looks a
has been drifting away,
Xhaka, the game was up.
luxury
and finds himself heading
Morata was taken off with
into the serious end of the product. When three minutes left.
season bereft of form and they do not, he
It was another
looks diffident frustrating evening for
confidence.
and aloof
Morata managed
the Spaniard, because so
three goals in December,
much of what he does looks
but this was his third
good, but he failed to hurt
successive game without a goal in
the opposition again. It was one of
January. When these teams met
those games where it was impossible
at the Emirates in the Premier
not to think about Costa, who, for
League last Wednesday he struggled all his occasional ugliness, certainly
badly, missing three chances
knew how to get things done against
when through on goal, showing
this opposition. Costa scored three
none of the confidence from the
times for Chelsea against Arsène
opening months. Antonio Conte
Wenger’s Arsenal, back when they
said afterwards that, for Morata,
always used to win these games, and
the goals were coming, but here,
in another, in September 2015, he
against the same opponent, back
crucially got Gabriel sent off in a 2-0
at Stamford Bridge, was little
Chelsea win.
improvement.
This was Morata’s third game
Up against a back three of Rob
against Arsenal this season and he
Holding, Shkodran Mustafi and
is yet to score. There is a second leg
Calum Chambers, not exactly
soon enough, another chance for him
impenetrable, Morata managed
to finally register. THE INDEPENDENT
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outside of a post last night REUTERS
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BASKETBALL
NBA considers
Man City model
NBA commissioner Adam Silver
has revealed that his sport is
considering following Manchester
City’s lead in letting franchises
own foreign teams. “Our rules
do not allow an NBA club to own
another basketball club. But
it’s something we’re constantly
having to look at,” Silver told i.
“We’ve had lots of discussions with
the Premier League to discuss the
ways they do things differently.”
» Basketball,p50
FOOTBALL
CYCLING
Hero gives new dog Froome ‘available’
a memorable name for GB selection
Nottingham Forest’s FA Cup
hero Eric Lichaj – who scored
twice in their third-round win
over Arsenal – has named his
new dog “Gunner”. The full-back
revealed that his wife, Kathryn,
had promised him a dog if he
scored a hat-trick. An online
campaign was launched and Mrs
Lichaj was inundated with images
and videos of dogs before she
relented, allowing the 29-year-old
to bring in his new companion.
Chris Froome can still be picked
for Great Britain, despite being
in a fight to avoid a doping ban,
according to British Cycling chief
executive Julie Harrington. It was
revealed that the Tour de France
champion returned a urine
sample at last autumn’s Vuelta
a Espana containing twice the
allowed concentration of asthma
drug salbutamol. But Harrington
said: “Chris isn’t banned and is
available for selection.”
TENNIS
Djokovic impresses on return from injury
Novak Djokovic made an impressive return in an exhibition clash with
Dominic Thiem, but admitted his elbow is still not 100 per cent. The
former world No 1 has not played a competitive match since retiring
during his Wimbledon quarter-final against Tomas Berdych last July.
Doubt was cast over whether Djokovic (above) would be fit to play in
the Australian Open, which starts on Monday, when he withdrew from
warm-up events in Abu Dhabi and Doha after feeling pain in the elbow.
After beating Thiem 6-1, 6-4 at the Kooyong Classic, Djokovic said: “I
don’t want to be over-confident. Obviously I’m very happy with the way
it went today, but I don’t want to say it’s 100 per cent. I’ll say that when I
start a tournament and I actually feel that it is 100 per cent.”
RUGBY UNION
Ospina
Second leg Wednesday 24 January, 8pm, Emirates
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48-56
Banahan leaves
Bath for Gloucester
Chambers
Substitutions: Chelsea Willian (Drinkwater, 68),
Bakayoko (Hazard, 84), Batshuayi (Morata, 87); Arsenal
Elneny (Wilshere, 57), Sanchez (Lacazette, 66).
Booked: Chelsea Kante; Arsenal Xhaka, Elneny.
Man of the match Mustafi.
Match rating 5/10.
Possession: Chelsea 54% Arsenal 46%.
Attempts on target: Chelsea 6 Arsenal 3.
Referee M Atkinson (West Yorkshire).
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Matt Banahan will leave Bath
at the end of the season for
Gloucester, ending a 12-year spell
at the Recreation Ground. The
31-year-old has scored 90 tries
in over 250 games since joining
in 2006 – originally as a forward,
before being converted to a wing.
He has made 16 appearances for
England, although he has not
been selected since 2011.
Sport on tv
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Sky Sports Main Event, 8am
Tennis: Australian Open draw
Eurosport, 8am
T20 cricket: Sydney v Perth
BT Sport 2, 8.30am
Tennis: Sydney International
Eurosport, 8.30am
Darts: BDO World Championships
Ch. 4, 12.05pm, BT Sport 1, 6.45pm
Basketball: Celtics@76ers
BT Sport 2, 8pm
Ancelotti
in line to
succeed
Wenger
at Arsenal
By James Olley
Sport
Arsenal are preparing for the possibility of Arsène Wenger leaving
this summer and consider Carlo
Ancelotti a serious candidate to
replace him.
Wenger overcame pressure
from a section of fans to agree a
two-year deal at the end of last
season but his position will be reviewed in May.
No final decision has been taken,
with plenty depending on Arsenal’s fortunes during the second
half of the campaign. They remain
in contention for the Carabao Cup
after last night’s goalless draw at
Chelsea in the semi-final
first leg.
However, senior
figures at the
club believe the
68-year-old’s
time in charge
may end earlier and there is
a sense behind
the scenes that he
could give serious
consideration to cutting
short his contract.
Arsenal have been restructuring the club around Wenger with
a view to avoiding the painful
transition Manchester United
endured following Sir Alex Ferguson’s retirement in 2013. The idea
is to reduce the dependency on the
manager, thereby providing an additional degree of stability and
continuity, no matter who replaces
Wenger when he does depart.
It is believed the club are therefore more relaxed over Wenger’s
future than in previous years and
see Ancelotti, 58, as having sufficient gravitas and experience to
steer the club forward.
He also has extensive experience working as a head coach in
this more continental structure,
having done so at Bayern Munich,
Real Madrid, AC Milan and Paris
Saint-Germain. EVENING STANDARD
11.01.18
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FOOTBALL
Mourinho
ponders £13m
bid for PSG
winger Lucas
Arsenal’s Calum Chambers gets
in a challenge to prevent Chelsea’s
Alvaro Morata scoring in the first
leg of the Carabao Cup semi-final
at Stamford Bridge last night.
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BASKETBALL
The team
that set out
to get better
by losing
Lukaku seeks legal advice
over ‘voodoo’ remarks
United striker distances himself from claims made by Everton owner Moshiri
By Mark Critchley
P49
TENNIS
Serena sets
her sights on
Court’s Grand
Slam record
Manchester United’s Romelu
Lukaku is seeking legal advice after
Everton’s majority shareholder
Farhad Moshiri claimed “voodoo”
caused the striker to leave the club.
Moshiri said on Tuesday night
that Lukaku turned down all attempts to keep him at Goodison
Park, including a £140,000-a-week
contract, after a phone call from his
mother, who was on “a pilgrimage
in Africa”.
Lukaku’s mother, who is of Congolese descent, was then said to have
convinced her son to leave. “He had
a voodoo and he got the message
that he needs to go to Chelsea,”
Moshiri claimed.
Though Chelsea were initially the
favourites to sign the Belgium international, Lukaku eventually decided
to sign for United in a £75m deal last
summer. Yesterday, a representative for Lukaku told BBC Sport that
Moshiri’s remarks were inaccurate
and said that the 24-year-old, who is
a Catholic, is seeking legal counsel.
“Romelu’s decision had nothing
to do with voodoo,” the representative said. “He distances himself from
these beliefs and this statement and
will now see what judicial steps can
be taken in relation to them.”
Iranian billionaire Moshiri, who
has pumped £150m of his own
money into Everton to clear debts,
said on Tuesday that the Toffees offered the striker an “unbelievable”
amount of money to stay, understood to be £140,000 a week.
“The issue with Romelu was not
financial. As long as I am major
shareholder financial issues are
irrelevant. I wasted two summers
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